Do you find someone cute a help or a hindrance when you exercise?
Tuesday, 31 July 2007
Do you find someone cute a help or a hindrance when you exercise?
Sunday, 29 July 2007
Saturday, 28 July 2007
Friday, 27 July 2007
It's easy to go about life just following the yellow brick road. But as a gay man - for me there was a point that I had to jump off that road. Life wasn't quite what it was made out to be. I was different from the rest of the crowd, even though I was walking the same road with them, to a point. But when I looked at my world from a different perspective, as a kind of outsider looking in - it was kind of like in the Matrix movies - you learn to see the code behind all of the things you once didn't ever question. And so I started to question things - why should I follow religious ideology when it really didn't seem to want to understand me? Do I really need to do the whole car, wife, house, dog, kid, holidays down the coast thing? Is society right with all the sexual taboos and is it's moral code really of benefit to the real people out there? Sometimes the answer was yes - or 'it works for me' but sometimes not. But just by looking at things with a more critical perspective it has made me think, how can I make this better? Can I help make the rest of the world look at the code and wonder if it can be improved upon too? Or am I seriously deluded?
I can see great potential in this world - and I think I can do great things to enable some of this - but sometimes it just seems too hard - where to begin? What to aim for specifically? But looking at the bigger picture, how long has it taken for us to take the environment seriously? Half the things that are starting to become common ideals now were in high school text books decades ago. I'm not exactly going to solve the problems of the world in the next 30 years, is there any point in trying? I'm not exactly read here by the millions that flock to Perez Hilton. And face it - there aren't a lot of people around who really are trying terribly hard to make a difference, so it's much easier to just fit in and watch the latest reality TV celebrity crap.
I'm a glass half full kinda guy though. I look for the positive. And by looking I guess I see it more readily than those who do not. It can drive people crazy, but I'm not about to change it. I can take a decent photograph, I can counsel the dying and occasionally heal the sick, I can organise incredibly intricate social events and can even string a few words together, but how am I going to seriously make a difference in the world? Should I use the force, or succumb to the hedonism of the dark side?
Wednesday, 25 July 2007
Today's Wild Wednesday theme is all about the people who are close to you; lovers, friends, family... Surprise them with unexpected gifts, hugs, kisses, sex, flowers, admissions of love, frankness, honesty, warmth, affection, time, text messages, intimate dinners, chocolate, humour, massages... You get the idea. Then let us know what you've done, no matter how simple.
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It's time to do things that might just scare you - or perhaps today the people around you!
(photo: bruce weber)
Tuesday, 24 July 2007
It's been a whole month since the pint sized penguin won leg 15 by correctly identifying The Glasgow Science Centre. Congrats also to Peter von Amsterdam who came up with an exceptionally creative guess which was so SOO wrong. click on the 'race around the world' - label below for the posts. Of course I've been racing around the world myself scouting for more pictures for the next series of the race - and it's time to set off again on your virtual race around the world.
Alas, your e-tickets are issued, and you're all ready to go. But where am I taking you?
First in with the correct answer wins the coveted prize. Most creative answer wins the respect and incredulity of the blog reading world.
The Race Starts NOW.
Monday, 23 July 2007
We got back to the car and there was no fine!
Perhaps I have learned a little French after all.
Saturday, 21 July 2007
Madonna: Express Yourself - Music Video
It's an oldie but still one of my favourites - probably better on a huge screen with the perfect sound system - but this will do for now. And apart from the beautiful imagery - including the men - the basic message is pretty good too.
The Weekend is here - have a great one!!
Thursday, 19 July 2007
Posted at 12:16
Here's the new Jay Brannon video for 'Body's a Temple'
You can download his music through itunes. (3min 40s)
I'm a big fan. (link on the right to his web page)
Curiously I've just read that there's a new movie he's in just completed called 'Holding Trevor' - spooky.
Wednesday, 18 July 2007
A predicted top of 12 degrees C (55.4F) today makes doing what this guy is doing quite out there today. (But who'd be doing it if they knew he'd be there too?... Yes you can all put your hands down now).
So for Wild Wednesday - we're doing a physical challenge. Do something that challenges you physically today. It might be a gym class you always thought would be too hard or make you look too uncoordinated, it might be a run in the park at 5 degrees (or just a run in the park), a swim in the ocean (or local fountain), it might be something sexual you always wondered about, or walking instead of driving to work, there are no limits - see what you can (or can't) do - but at least try, and let us know how you go. Aussielicious' Brenton is doing his 'aerial silks' class - can't wait to hear how that goes.
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Federal laws breach human rights
The Same-Sex: Same Entitlements Inquiry conducted an audit of federal laws relating to financial and work-related entitlements in order to identify those which discriminate against same-sex couples and their children.
The Inquiry has identified 58 federal laws which discriminate against same-sex couples in the area of financial and work-related entitlements. Those laws breach the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Many of the federal laws discriminate against the children of same-sex couples and fail to protect the best interests of the child in the area of financial and work-related entitlements. Those laws breach the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Simple amendments will remove discrimination
It is simple to remove discrimination against same-sex couples in federal financial and work-related entitlements: change the definitions in the 58 laws listed in the report.
There is no need to rewrite federal tax legislation, superannuation legislation, workers’ compensation legislation, employment legislation, veterans’ entitlements legislation or any other major area of federal financial entitlements. There just needs to be some changes to a few definitions at the front of each relevant piece of legislation.
The Same-Sex: Same Entitlements Inquiry recommends that:
1. The federal government should amend the discriminatory laws identified by the Inquiry to ensure that same-sex and opposite-sex couples enjoy the same financial work-related entitlements.
2. The federal government should amend the discriminatory laws identified by this to ensure that the best interests of children in same-sex and opposite-sex families equally protected in the area of financial and work-related entitlements.
Tuesday, 17 July 2007
Monday, 16 July 2007
Time to hit the sack and prevent a bad dose of jetlag - gotta get to work tomorrow - and have probably slept 4 hours in the past 24... all sitting upright...
Tuesday, 10 July 2007
Everyone has their ups and downs, but for the perfect life all the time, here are some superchilled tips...
Health: You don't realise how good it is to have good health, until you lose it. Listen to the mainstream health recommendations (beware those who will make money out of their specific recommendations) treat your body as your temple and spend time keeping it maintained. It's okay to be a bit vain yes, but don't obsess - leave that to the people around you. Eat a mix of things, avoid all forms of smoke and exercise every day. It will help with sex too!! Yum.
Religion: If it makes you really feel better, then go for it - if it causes you nothing but stress - then reconsider. Most religions are intolerant of homosexuality, so I tend to be intolerant of most religions. No one really knows if there really is an afterlife - so consider this the only one you have - make it a good one!
Oh and the final piece of advice - be very careful about who you listen to for advice - but when you trust them - treat it like gold.
Posted at 10:50
Monday, 9 July 2007
Travelling is a lot of fun - even on the days when the weather is crappy and you're staying in freeway hotels... at least this one had a surprisingly fast and no additional charge wifi broadband service!! yay. great views huh!? But we're here just to sleep - now it's time to head farther south and into the (wet) mountains!! yay.
Sunday, 8 July 2007
A few good men. There have been quite a number in France (which I usually haven't found in the past) but these are the last batch from Croatia - Dubrovnik in fact.
Finally got to swim today. And the sun came out while we were in the outdoor pool. Excellent. I'm feeling a lot more settled. I have been official photographer for the new nephew, which has been fun, although I'm not sure I'm quite the baby photographer Anne Geddes is... Despite all the food I've eaten - I'm getting hungry!!!
Saturday, 7 July 2007
Okay- yes I'm on holiday in Europe and it is summer, although you wouldn't know it by the cool weather... but today was perhaps not my best day...
Anyone recognise this?
Thursday, 5 July 2007
But hey - there is a lot to see and do despite these factors - but Sylvain and I were sitting down this evening thinking, we do enjoy Paris - but don't quite understand why so many people rave on and on about the place... really, what is it about Paris that moves people so? Or is it the idea of Paris? The food though - if we lived here we'd be impossibly fat from all the fantastic things you can find!! Anyway - more to explore... just giving you a taste.
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Tuesday, 3 July 2007
So far there have been 2 casualties of travel...
I had searched high and low for the book 'Emergency Sex and other desperate measures' which had been highly recommended to me by Lynnette (of along the way - blog fame) I ultimately found with assistance from a bookseller who had some stashed away at the airport somewhere... only for me to leave it on the ship, having just started it, and it started well. damn damn damn - you know how hard it is to find specific English books in the middle of France??!! And right now is when I have the most reading time...
Number 2 on the lost list is my toothbrush - left in the hotel in Dubrovnik... but I do enjoy the supermarkets of France - they sell EVERYTHING - and I now have a new toothbrush which was sorely needed anyway.
Where have all the good men gone?
There have been some gorgeous men cruising the coast of Croatia - and more than a few who call Croatia home. So for all you lovers of men out there I've trained my lens on where some of the cute ones have been, and here are some photos to show you, collected over the past week or so... more will follow...
These guys were climbing and jumping off the rocks below our hotel room in Dubrovnik. This was taken from the balcony.
Sunday, 1 July 2007
Another swim in the Adriatic this morning - three of us have been doing a swim of between 1 and 2 km each day (and I've usually swum a little more another time in the day) and it has been great fun - exploring the coastlines and islands. Last night as we sat at an outdoor cafe watching the moonrise in the balmy evening I took my shoes off and walked down to the water and just immersed my feet for a while - it's therapy for me, calming - I can't keep out of the water - even if it is just my feet.... the drinks into the evening were awesome. sigh...
I'll post a pic a little later.... - updated - should be very clear now...