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2011 - Don't stay there and rot

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2011 - Don't stay there and rot

So 2010 has gone the way of the Dodo, Michael Barrymore’s career, Kylie Minogue ever making a good record again and the 2018 World Cup bid - consigned to history. Personally, it was a great year and not because I lost a stone without any gym membership or dieting. Quite why people pay to exercise is beyond me considering there is a ready made gym outside everyone’s front door.

New Year is a funny time, the night itself is always full of expectation - what are you doing? who are you going with? what are you going to wear? where to buy what I need to get me through the night?

do I need a ticket? etc etc. It all feels like too much hassle and effort. All for a night that never really lives up to the high expectations. However, I think it is definitely worth it, if only to avoid the alternative. One year I actually stayed in on my own – which was fine until I heard fireworks and then I felt like I was missing out on having a good time and had more time to reflect on another year passing – which I never find a good thing. Tip – when you are drunk and have been with friends you fall asleep without even thinking of a year passing.

So 2010 huh, there were some great books – London Triptych springs to mind. Some great films - The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister pop into my head and there was plenty of good music too. I finally got to see Hidden Camera's live which was fantastic.

2010 also saw some impressive landmarks in the worldwide gay rights battle. The European Court of Human Rights fined Russia for banning Gay parades in Moscow and Argentina became the first Latin American country to let Gay couples marry and adopt children. Which reminds me – Congratulations to Elton and & David!

In the US. Obama finally managed to sign legislation repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', and 'Prop 8' failed in California after being ruled unconstitutional. The judge of the case said; "Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California constitution the notion that opposite sex couples are superior to same sex couples," There is a re-enactment of the whole Prop 8 court case on Youtube ( It makes rather compelling viewing if you have plenty of spare hours – think of it like a TV series you watch on boxset. On that topic, how good was the fourth series of Mad Men?

In the UK I can’t think of any particular achievements – a trend which is likely to continue in a environment led by a Tory dominated government. However, as always I am sure we can look forward to some 'Conservative' sex scandals.

I am sure there are loads more examples of positive stuff from 2010, but these were at the front of the brain. And I am not a futurologist so I am not particularly good at predicting the future. However, in 2011 I am looking forward to;

• A James Blake album
• Series 5 of Mad Men
• The London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
• London Pride – which is on my birthday
• Losing another half a stone without dieting or a gym membership
• David Cameron getting into a scandal involving rent boys
• The Sun slating Prince Harry for something to do with Williams stag do

Ok, so a couple of those may not happen, but on a more realistic level a new year is naturally a new start, a time for good intentions. Many a year I have made a resolution that only lasted a few days, however, I have learnt that I can make them stick if I break them into small achievable goals. For example, 'for two weeks after New Year I will blah'

Anyway, happy new year to one and all and to quote the debut single of Wham! 'Do you, enjoy what you do? If not, just stop - don’t stay there and rot.'


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