National Coming Out Day: My Story

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October 11th is National Coming Out Day – happy coming out day! All of which made me think about my coming out. About how scary it was and still can be; and about how it never ends, how life is an ever-rolling series of coming out to new people, who mostly assume my partner is a man. Can it get tiresome? Yes. Is it necessary? Absolutely. Here’s my coming out story…


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Three Cheers For World Book Day!

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When I was at primary school, we didn’t have World Book Day. On the contrary, we had a postage stamp library and we penned our own novels in our final year, aged ten or eleven. Mine was a sci-fi romp entitled ‘They Came From…’. I drew a barcode on the back and everything. I would have loved World Book Day though, with its focus on telling stories, book characters and reading. I’ve always been a sucker for a good yarn…
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Top Ten Things About Summer

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As the UK wilts in the summer sunshine, I got to thinking about the best things about summer. Obviously, if you don’t love summer you are a massive curmudgeon and should never be allowed to eat a Cornetto ever again. That’ll learn you. For summer is the season of love, of joy, of getting burnt to a crisp when you fall asleep in your garden. Here are my most favourite bits…
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The One Where I Got Married…

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I don’t know if I mentioned it, but I recently got married. Yes, after months of preparation, a few belated weeks of stress and last-minute panic-buying from Poundland (no expense spared), it finally happened. Family and friends flew in from all corners of the globe and the country, I slept the night before, reminding myself to say I do and squeezed my eyes tight shut, hoping for no rain. Sure enough, when I woke up the sun shone bright with temperatures topping 80 degrees. Clearly, god loves the gays…
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The Wedding Day Countdown

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On Saturday March 29th, equal marriage will finally be made legal in the UK which is all sorts of awesomeness. On Saturday March 29th, it’s also precisely seven weeks until we get married which is all sorts of OMGness. I read an article in a magazine the other day and it listed all the things I should have done by now. I haven’t done half of them. Plus everyone keeps asking me how the plans are going, so I guess I should prepare a better answer than a manic smile and nod, right?
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How To Speak Corporate

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Forget drilling down or reaching out, if you want to leverage your best attributes in today’s corporate world you’ve got to think widescreen. Here’s my list of the ten corporate terms you simply have to slip into a meeting this week. Blue sky thinking is so last century…
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Valentine’s Day: A Yearly Guide

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It’s Valentine’s Day! Hurray! I know it’s Valentine’s Day because first, I looked at my calendar; and second, M&S has doubled the price of its meal deal so it must be true. For this special blog of lurve I’m going to take you on a journey of Valentine’s Day through the ages: from childhood to should-know-better. Because let’s face it, its acronym is VD for a reason…
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Top Ten Things That Make Me Happy

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Look up happiness in the dictionary and it says: bliss, contentment, pleasure and joy. The very opposite of the natural human state then. Pharrell knows how to be happy (wear a hat, walk with plenty of jaunt, sing a song). Captain Sensible knew that it took talking and wearing silly hats (I see a hat theme). But what is it that makes you happy? I mean apart from boring old friends/family/partner/smartphone. What are the things that make your entire being fizz with satisfaction? Here are my top ten…
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