these moments that I've had.

Sunday, November 28, 2004  

Greetings from Florida.

The Vanity Fair photos(commissioned but not published by that magazine) of former fashion megastar Tom Ford, and shot by the late Herb Ritts, feature Ford on a large couch with two strikingly handsome, naked male models draped across his lap. Ford seemed to think it was only natural:

“You know the way that there is this heterosexual male fantasy of when a man gets rich and successful he surrounds himself with gorgeous women. Well, this was my homosexual version of that. It’s me with my bitches. And they were great bitches too. Just a pity that Vanity Fair did not have the nerve to run the shot.”

Ford was previously behind YSL's naked male advert for their M7 scent last year.

posted by Darren | 7:20 PM

Thursday, November 25, 2004  

Oliver Stone's epic film("Alexander") is filled with "puerile writing, confused plotting and shockingly off-note performances," says Manolha Dargis in the NY Times.

Oh dear; that was one of the few cinematic highlights on the agenda for the next two weeks in Florida. Most of everything else is also slated for release in the UK by the time we get back, so it isn't as exciting watching it while on away.

posted by Darren | 6:32 PM

Wednesday, November 24, 2004  

The "is he or isn't he?" mentality of moviegoers elevates the issue of sexuality beyond its relevance to the story. Early reviews have dubbed the film "Alexander the Gay" or "Queer Guy for the Macedonian Guy" - the ultimate trivialisation.

posted by Darren | 8:42 PM

From the increasingly tolerant New York Times -
The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit yesterday against a Missouri high school that twice admonished a gay student for wearing T-shirts bearing gay pride messages. The suit charges that the school violated the youth's constitutional right to free expression.

By the account of the civil liberties union, the student, Brad Mathewson, a 16-year-old junior, was sent to the principal's office at Webb City High School on Oct. 20 for wearing a T-shirt that he said came from the Gay-Straight Alliance at a school he previously attended, in Fayetteville, Ark. The shirt bore a pink triangle and the words "Make a Difference!"

Mr. Mathewson, the A.C.L.U. said, was told to turn the shirt inside out or go home and change. Instead he traded shirts with a friend, who wore the gay pride shirt the rest of the day without incident.

A week later, Mr. Mathewson was again admonished for wearing a gay pride T-shirt, this one featuring a rainbow and the inscription "I'm gay and I'm proud." Told once more to turn the shirt instead out or leave, he chose to go home and was eventually ordered not to return to school wearing clothing supporting gay rights.

Mr. Mathewson began attending the school, outside Joplin, in September. In a statement issued by the civil liberties union, he said: "The school lets other students wear antigay T-shirts, and I understand that they have a right to do that. I just want the same right. I think tolerating each other's differences is a key part in teaching students how to become good citizens."

Mr. Mathewson and his mother, Marion, held a news conference yesterday announcing the lawsuit. In a telephone interview, Ms. Mathewson said: "All he wants is to wear his T-shirts. He's a typical teenager, so he's angry that they're trying to tell him what he can and can't do. We had a meeting at the school to talk about it, but we didn't get anywhere with them. They talked, I listened, and I got more and more mad. At the end I just took him home with me."

posted by Darren | 8:02 PM

On Nov. 24, 1963, Jack Ruby shot and mortally wounded Lee Harvey Oswald, the (mistakenly) accused assassin of President Kennedy.

A Scottish firm has been criticised by the family of John F Kennedy for producing a game which recreates the president's assassination in Dallas.

What if it were your dad.

posted by Darren | 7:32 PM

Tuesday, November 23, 2004  

Those who receive POPBITCH will have seen this(below). Those who do not, may have also seen it, if you go searching for such things, or were sent it by some freaky friend. I laffed, though.

Gift Ideas for Christmas.

posted by Darren | 7:47 PM

Those who receive POPBITCH will have seen this(below). Those who do not, may have also seen it, if you go searching for such things, or were sent it by some freaky friend. I laffed, though.

Gift Ideas for Christmas.

posted by Darren | 7:47 PM

Wednesday, November 17, 2004  

"People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.
Well, I'm not a crook."
- President GW Bush.....err, sorry, I mean President Nixon, on Nov. 17, 1973, to an Associated Press meeting in Orlando, Fla.

We're going to the Orlando, Fla area in 10 days time. Nice.

posted by Darren | 8:38 PM

Tuesday, November 16, 2004  

Regent Street Christmas lights are usually my favourite. This year they have surpassed themselves.

posted by Darren | 8:50 PM

Monday, November 15, 2004  

I had an 'office day' today, which means, as I don't have an office, that I get to work from home. Hoping to do some chores as well, I was bitterly disappointed to be stuck in front of my PC all day, getting an increasingly powerful headache, made more intense by the simple inability to upgrade Windows Media Player for four hours. I think I need a better processor and more memory... or something.

Watched a few movies over the weekend... on DVD of course; we can't drag ourselves to the cinema very much these days. 'The Day After Tomorrow' was just 'alright', as blockbusters go. Mike Leigh's 'All or Nothing' had great performances as ever, particularly Ruth Sheen, but was over-long. 'Mean Girls' could have been better, but I'm assured by Dave that it was 'a very clever' script. 'Football Factory' was OK, actually better than I expected and it even kept Dave's attention and he has no interest in football whatsoever. Not much to do with football though, really.

I don't have an office day tomorrow, so I hope I don't get a headache.

posted by Darren | 8:37 PM

Wednesday, November 10, 2004  

I keep waking at 5am. I am tired. This evening I am ratty. Tomorrow I have an early start. I must sleep now. Something that cheered me slightly, though, was seeing the teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith. 'Excited' doesn't do it justice.

posted by Darren | 6:34 PM

Monday, November 08, 2004  

"The big danger is one of hubris. There's a tendency after you win your second term to think you're invulnerable. You're not just king of the mountain, you've mastered the mountain. That can often lead to mistakes of excessive pride."
DAVID R. GERGEN, former presidential adviser.

posted by Darren | 8:14 PM