Thursday, 30 October 2008

MacCain

MacCain

This picture of a vandalised fresco at the second edition of the Cans Festival, taken in Leake Street under Waterloo Station, has been used by Londonist to illustrate an article listing places to follow the results of the American presidential elections in London.




Thursday, 23 October 2008

Don't Trust the Internet

Well it's probably not something your mum taught you along with not speaking to strangers and brushing your teeth every night but it is probably something most people are aware of, these days.

I thought I was too. That's until, earlier tonight, I started mixing in a mug 4 tablespoons of plain flour, 4 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of cocoa (actually Nesquik chocolate powder). I mixed that thoroughly and then added an egg. I mixed the stuff again. Finally I added 3 tablespoons of milk and 3 tablespoons of olive oil and stuck the lot in the microwave for 3 minutes.

What is the link with the internet, I hear you say. Well, I found this recipe of the "mugcake" on the internet on a message board I am a member of. And while I am normal well disciplined, I decided try it out (probably out of boredom).

The result (exhibits 1, 2 and 3 are shown below and were shot with my cheap newish camera which I obviously don't master yet!) was not exactly pretty to look at.

About halfway through it's passage inside the entrails of the microwave, the mixture started to rise and rise till there seemed to be about half as much stuff outside of the mug as there was inside. I had to open the door and stop the microwaving a couple of times for fear of a flood.


After dutifully taking rubbish out of focus pictures, I finally reached for the reward of my hard 5 min labour and tasted my creation. While I can't say it tasted bad, after all why would good things mixed together taste bad, I can't really that it was wonderful either. It tasted a bit bland if I am honest. The taste reminded me of when I tried to sprinkle some Nesquik powder on my (non-sugared) crèpes. Hmmm, perhaps there is room for experimentation after all.

If I am honest, the thing was a little rubbery too; I wonder if Michelin, Goodyear and Dunlop have been told about this...

this one looks marginally better than mine.


Saturday, 18 October 2008

Peter Mullen: "Why I Was Wrong"

Rev. Peter Mullen has issued yet another justification, this time in a local newspaper where he is apparently a columnist. Thus showing, yet again, that he has no clue as to what he is talking about.

I MUCH regret making some off-colour jokes about homosexuals on my website and I have offered a full public apology. I made those remarks and they are the responsibility of no one but myself. I repeat, I’m sorry I wrote what I did. However, I do believe The Evening Standard took my words out of context, although that paper did have the good grace to print my explanation of my intentions.

To wit: I was not criticising individual homosexuals. I have never criticised them. I number many homosexual men and women among my dearest friends. I voted for the Homosexual Reform Act of 1967; and I would vote for it again today. This Act specified the decriminalisation of homosexual acts “between consenting adults in private.” “Between” means two. “Adults” meant 21. “Private” means in the bedroom – and neither Hampstead Heath nor public lavatories. What I do oppose – on the authority of the Christian faith – is the corrupting influence of the promotional parades of homosexuality by such as Gay Pride demonstrations. And that is what I was satirising. It is scandal that some homosexual campaigners have not kept to the letter and spirit of the generous Act of 1967 and instead have consistently and lewdly promoted homosexuality as if it were merely part of the entertainments industry.

Sex, whether homosexual or heterosexual, is a private matter and it should be kept private.

We used to acknowledge this when we contrasted “decency” with “indecency”.

One might say that what was once a mortal sin is now only a lifestyle choice. And the love that once dare not speak its name now shrieks at us in high camp down every high street. This situation is what some homosexualist campaigners constantly claim under their doctrine of “rights”. It is the reason also that they are so annoyed with me – because I repudiate their “rights” argument – which is in any case not Christian but secular.

Anyone who has listened to my sermons over the years, or who cares to read them on my website, will see that I have repeatedly and emphatically spoken out also against heterosexual promiscuity – the trivialising of human relationships so that “making love” has degenerated into “having sex” and the only remaining commandment seems to be “Wear a condom.” This is the sin of regarding others as means to one’s own gratification.

It is wrong and a hugely corrupting influence and I make no apology for opposing it on Christian grounds. When sexual relationships – homo or hetero – are trivialised and commodified by casual pick-ups and one-night stands, then the whole of our public life is degraded.

I was delighted to be so warmly welcomed at church last Sunday by the many homosexual people in my congregation. I took the opportunity of their graciousness to say sorry to them personally for my tactless and offensive remarks – which actually weren’t very funny. I was glad to hear the comedienne Sandy Toksvig, on Radio Four’s The News Quiz, turn the joke back on me. She said: “Peter Mullen is Chaplain to the Stock Exchange – so he must know what it feels like to be completely buggered!”

That’s a funnier joke than the remarks I told and a lot better natured.


I can't even be bothered to comment!

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Dressed Art

Dressed 2

This picture has been used by Londonist to illustrate an article about an Art Exhibition in Harrow where artworks showing nudes have been removed from public display.

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Matthew Shepard - 10 Years

Matthew Shephard by Gina Van Hoof

To mark the 10th anniversary of the savage murder of her son, Judy Shephard has issued a statement available here.

I had the privilege to hear her talk a few years ago and she is a truly inspirational woman, who has managed to make something positive out of such a negative event.

Go Judy!

To find out more about the Matthew Shephard Foundation and its work, visit www.MatthewShepard.org or www.MatthewsPlace.com

picture of Matthew Shephard by Gina Van Hoof

Saturday, 11 October 2008

Peter Mullen - The Plot Thickens

Following my post about the comments the Rev. Peter Mullen made on his blog, here is some further interesting information.

Someone from a social website I belong to, took the trouble to write to the London Stock Exchange to complain about Mullen and he received the following reply (I have no reason whatsoever to doubt that this is original):

Thank you for your letter to Clara Furse regarding the comments of Peter Mullen, about which she has asked me to respond.

Like you, we were appalled to read of Peter Mullen’s comments in Monday’s Evening Standard and elsewhere. We were also concerned to see him being associated with the London Stock Exchange.

There are historic links between St Michael, Cornhill and “The Stock Exchange” of old, reflecting the fact that the Exchange was previously housed within that parish. However, there is no formal connection between the London Stock Exchange and Peter Mullen, and our company does not even have a chaplain.

We have asked the Diocese of London that Peter Mullen desist from implying a connection with our organisation when none exists.

Yours sincerely,

John Wallace,
Director of Corporate Commnunications
London Stock Exchange Group
Interestingly, the same guy also wrote to the the Archbishop and the Bishop of London, but is still waiting for an answer...

International Coming Out Day

International Coming Out Day poster - 11th October


At the end of August, I had to go back to France in an emergency for some serious family business. During a conversation with my mother where I was telling her about a friend of mine whom she also know and how he had recently signed the French equivalent of a Civil Partnership with his boyfriend (she didn't even know he was gay), my mother suddenly asked me if I had a boyfriend.

Missing only just one beat, I emitted a laconic "no". She then, I think, asked me why I hadn't, to which I replied that it wasn't that easy. We moved on to something else.

That was it: how I was outed by my mother. No drama, no fanfare, no tears or screams. Typical.

Anyway, I just wanted to say (in case you hadn't noticed), I am a big poofter!

National Coming Out Day UK - 12th October


Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Rev. Peter Mullen's Blog

Rev. Peter Mullen is the chaplain to the London Stock Exchange and the rector of St Michael's Cornhill and St Sepulchre without Newgate in the City. Rev. Peter Mullen was also until recently a blogger. Sadly the result of his cyber labour seem to have been deleted but Google has thankfully cached some of it and I have saved a copy for posterity, just in case.

The deletion of Rev. Mullen's writings might just have something to do with the fact that last week, the Evening Standard and then the Daily Mail published an article (the same article actually) about some of those very writings (even though the elements of said writings being quoted had been published in June this year, at the time of the blessing ceremony which took place between two members of the Church of England in St Bartholomew the Great - picture).

In the article, we learned what the Rev. thinks about gay people and what should be done to them:
We ["Religious believers"] disapprove of homosexuality because it is clearly unnatural, a perversion and corruption of natural instincts and affections, and because it is a cause of fatal disease. The AIDS pandemic was originally caused by promiscuous homosexual behaviour. Such promiscuity is itself an evil because its perpetrators merely use others indiscriminately for their own gratification, treating their fellows as sex objects and as means to an end rather than as ends in themselves.
And the pièce de résistance:
Let us make it obligatory for homosexuals to have their backsides tattooed with the slogan SODOMY CAN SERIOUSLY DAMAGE YOUR HEALTH and their chins with FELLATIO KILLS.
Following on the dear Rev.'s idea, I would suggest that we should perhaps also tattoo the Jews but that has apparently already been done...

The dear Rev. had also penned the following poem:
Gay wedding at St Bartholomew’s EC1

The Bishop of London is in a high huff
Because Dr Dudley has married a puff;
And not just one puff – he’s married another:
Two priests, two puffs and either to other.
“It isn’t a wedding, for that’s not allowed;
They’ve just come together and promised and vowed
To shack up and snug up, to have and to hold:
Ooh aren’t we radical! Ooh aren’t we bold!”
Now here’s a most queer and most wonderful thing:
He’s given his hand, he’s offered his ring;
And each to the other forever will bend,
After their troll in the coach up West End.
Not a flash wedding, no pics in Hello!
Just a honeymoon cottage, convenient so.
Of such Dr Dudley a goldmine has found,
From shaven-head puftas the nuptial pink pound.
The new Church of England embraces diversity,
A fresh modulation on ancient perversity:
“I’m C of E and PC so don’t think it odd of me
To offer a licence and blessing for sodomy.
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How charmingly Christian in its high charity this all is!

The Church of England's hierarchy has spoken out against the extremism of
Rev. Mullen's comments and he has himself apologised for his "injudicious" comments, adding that he "did not intend to cause offence when I made some joking remarks about homosexuals. I was not actually meaning to criticise individual homosexual persons, but the promoters of gay culture."

Yes, my dear reader, it was all a joke. It also seems that our preacher does not like preachers! For, no, he has nothing against homosexuals (some of his friend are indeed homosexuals. I kid you not!), he was simply talking against, well, homosexuals I suppose, for who else would be "promoters" (whatever that is) of the "gay culture" but gay people themselves?

The dear reverend, however fails to mention what he would do to heterosexual people who practise sodomy and fellatio or perhaps to adulterers. This last point is perhaps a little more delicate, for you see, it seems that our dear reverend was once censured by the Church for adultery.

Page 194 of Peter Vardy’s The Puzzle of Sex (Fount Paperbacks 1997- Vardy is an ethics lecturer at Heythrop College) refers to Peter Mullen as “An Anglican vicar who resigned for committing adultery with a parishioner” If you look him up in Crockford’s clerical directory, he left a parish in yorkshire in 1989, and did not minister as a priest again until 1997. His resignation would have been obligatory, and he would presumably have been on the Lambeth discipline list for at least 5 years (with thanks to Bob who left this very useful comment on the PinkNews article listed above).

Another interesting inconsistancy in Rev. Mullen's biography is that as I mentioned above, he is the chaplain to the London Stock Exchange. I am sure that Peter (I think I am allowed to be on first name terms with someone who takes so much interest in the decoration of my arse) would confirm the fact that, according to the gospel, Jesus never said anything about homosexuality. He had however a lot to say about rich people and commerce. Did he even banish the merchants from the Temple?

In anycase, considering the currently economic climate, one would imagine that Pete, in his quality of "moral advisor to Mammon" would have other things on his mind than other people's sexual preferences and activities.

So my message to Pete is very simple. Put your money where you mouth is (so to speak) and be more charitable and Christian in the future. Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.

If someone feels the need to write to my new mate Pete, here are the details:

Church address
St Michael, Cornhill
The Vestry,
St Michael’s Alley,
Cornhill,
London EC3V 9DS
website: www.st-michaels.org.uk

To contact the Rector:
The Rev’d Dr Peter Mullen,
The Watch House,
10 Giltspur Street
London EC1A 9DE
Telephone & Fax 020 7248 3826
e-mail citychurches@pmullen.freeserve.co.uk

There also was a Facebook group asking for Pete to be sacked, but it has been deleted.