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Five Ways to Save UK Water Polo

(0) Comments | Posted 9 November 2013 | (22:49)

I'm a big fan of water polo as a sport.

Scientifically proven as the toughest sport in the world, it's exciting to watch and a lot of fun to play. Like the best team sports it helps people develop a range of skills, capabilities, and social networks.

I play...

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The Champagne Water Polo League (It Actually Exists)

(0) Comments | Posted 4 November 2013 | (16:22)

I play water polo for the London Orca squad. We've just finished a tournament in Amsterdam.

This is a big tournament - 140 players from 12 teams from across Europe. As well as my team from London, the teams travelled from Paris, Brussels, Manchester, Antwerp, and Copenhagen, plus...

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London Keeps on Giving

(0) Comments | Posted 7 October 2013 | (21:43)

Sometimes London can take you by surprise.

It was about 23:00 on a Thursday night and I wasn't in the best of moods. I'd been at a gay bar in Soho, working hard to try and drum up some crowds and raise some funds for a gay sports organisation. You'd...

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What Does 70 Feel Like?

(0) Comments | Posted 2 October 2013 | (20:41)

I recently accompanied Volleyball (my boyfriend) to the 70th birthday party of one of his friends - John.

This was the first time that I'd met John - from what I can gather he was a bit of a gay mentor for Volleyball, they went to the theatre together, hosted...

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London: The Future of Cycling?

(0) Comments | Posted 24 September 2013 | (18:33)

Today I was fined £50 for cycling through a red traffic light.

The pleasant young constable was almost apologetic as he flagged me down and filled out the penalty ticket.

"I don't like doing this" he said genuinely, "I'd much rather be out doing something else, but there's been a...

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The New Voices for LGBT Equality

(0) Comments | Posted 17 September 2013 | (13:39)

Homophobia and anti-LGBT discrimination in various countries around the world is nothing new.

But there's something about the moves by Russia to introduce new anti-LGBT legislation that has touched a nerve.

What's interesting is we are seeing new LGBT advocates and campaigners emerge - adding their voice of protest against...

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UK Deputy PM Celebrates Gay Marriage With Stephen Fry and Hugh Grant

(0) Comments | Posted 11 September 2013 | (21:39)

Nick Clegg was in a relaxed and welcoming mood as he greeted guests at Admiralty House in the heart of London's Westminster parliamentary precinct.

Although they have successfully steered The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 through both houses of the UK parliament and secured Royal Assent for the legislation,...

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The Power of "Fuck You!"

(0) Comments | Posted 26 August 2013 | (11:29)

My Canadian friend Ming had sent me a copy of Season 3 of RuPaul's Drag Race.

You may not be familiar with this program - I don't want to over-sell it, but it is without doubt the best television ever made. Anywhere. Ever.

Apart from the obvious appeal of a...

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Why Does It Have to Be Gay?

(0) Comments | Posted 12 August 2013 | (21:51)

You probably haven't heard of the International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics association. Known as IGLA for short.

What this organization does is coordinate an annual championship for the world's LGBT aquatics clubs. Swimming, water polo, diving, open water swimming, and synchronized swimming. There are clubs everywhere where gays...

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The Politics of Gay Sport

(0) Comments | Posted 7 August 2013 | (17:49)

The world of gay sport is complex and fascinating.

At school and when growing up, 'sport' is often an emotionally fraught arena for gay men and lesbians.

Sports teams and locker rooms can often seem to be intimidating or unwelcome places, and gay men and lesbians often decide early on...

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If Only I Was an Accountant

(0) Comments | Posted 3 August 2013 | (15:11)

I really envy Accountants.

Clever kids who do well at school, they understand maths, they study economics and business, they work hard and qualify as Accountants.

When they search for a new job they look up the 'Positions Available' under 'A' for Accountant.

At parties, when people ask what they...

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Ranting Against Russia

(0) Comments | Posted 25 July 2013 | (21:01)

If I was a woman I would marry Rachel Maddow.

Maddow is one of the most intelligent commentators on US television.

As the US Supreme Court was recently deliberating some aspect of marriage equality (which I have to admit that I never really quite understood but it seemed to excite...

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It's a Man's World - For the Sea Lions of Boulogne

(0) Comments | Posted 10 July 2013 | (21:28)

It's only male sea lions at Nausicaá in Boulogne sur Mer. It's a deliberate decision by France's 'Centre National de la Mer', wanting to keep things harmonious in the impressive enclosure housing the five boisterous mammals that are now calling this aquarium and education centre their home.

Sea...

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The Coffee Loving Vikings of Oslo

(0) Comments | Posted 27 June 2013 | (13:00)

I'm a bit obsessed with Vikings at the moment.

It's a time and a people that I've always been fascinated with, but my imagination has been rekindled recently by the television series Vikings starring Travis Fimmel - lots of bearded men, running around, killing each other,...

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Basking in the Brilliance of Britten

(0) Comments | Posted 7 June 2013 | (19:06)

'Time will not forget:The dead are witness,And fate is blind.'
['Peter Grimes', 1945]

The sun was shining in the English coastal town of Aldeburgh, but there was still a sense of foreboding in the grey, blustery sea.

Standing on the pebble beach it seemed as if there was no...

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Exploring Gay Marriage Through Photography

(0) Comments | Posted 5 June 2013 | (12:01)

One of the great things about working freelance is that you can sometimes find yourself in unexpected situations.

On a whim I replied to an advertisement from a photographer looking for models to take part in a project linked to London's LGBT Pride celebrations. The photographer was looking...

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A Party-Tsunami in Copenhagen

(0) Comments | Posted 31 May 2013 | (13:55)

Traveling can sometimes be a bit of a lottery. There have been countless occasions when, despite my best attempts at planning, I have 'just missed' the amazing experience that I had travelled halfway around the world for.

  • 'Normally at this time of year you can swim with dolphins here...

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Gay. Naked. Foam. Party

(0) Comments | Posted 30 May 2013 | (09:46)

I'd been to foam parties before, but when my friend Ginger Luke said that he and his boyfriend were heading to a naked foam party in London I was intrigued.

'It's a lot of fun and above all the music is great!' he said. Ginger Luke is a connoisseur of...

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I Blame My Personal Trainer

(1) Comments | Posted 22 May 2013 | (15:28)

I've had a bit of a fitness disaster recently.

My personal trainer dumped me.

It might sound a bit melodramatic, but I've been training with him twice a week for about nine years.

He's left London and moved to the US for a job offer that was too good...

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Taking Swimming From Wales to the World

(0) Comments | Posted 16 May 2013 | (01:17)

"Welcome to geek central!" laughed Dan Morgan as he opened the door for me into TechHub at Google Campus, just behind the Old Street roundabout in central London.

Morgan's youthful looks and cheeky sense of humour seem slightly at odds with his serious title as co-founder of tech...

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