Generally I try to avoid the Internet during Pride-time because of all the “why is there no parade for people who are proud of being straight?” and “I don’t go around pushing my lifestyle into people’s faces” (um, yeah, you kinda do) whingefests. I mean, I love the intra-queer discussions about the power structure within the LGBT movement that’s been going on, but apart from that I avoid all debates because I'm so over reading comments where privileged people come in only to interrupt the ongoing discussion with an irrelevant and frankly pretty ignorant lecture on how they "don't think this tone is helpful if you want to get the straight people who's on your side to support you!"
I'm always surprised how quickly a month can go by when you are off from work. We watched a lot of 30 Rock and The Big Bang Theory and Come Dine With Me and Animal Cops and The Hills, I bought many, many books, and then proceeded to read very, very few of them, we went to Waitrose and had some wine & cheese, I got a little bit obsessed with bad science for a while, we went to The Parlour and had some wine & cheese, we got invited to see Jordan perform at Heaven but unfortunately couldn't go (how GREAT would that have been!!!), we stayed home and had some wine & cheese. In conclusion, a lot of wine & cheese was had.
I also developed an obsession with history, like, pre-dino history. It’s all just so...fascinating, especially if like me you can’t really remember much from your middle school lessons. Not that post-dino is any less so. I have to say, some of the stuff just completely blows my mind. Did you know that genetic research shows that at some point in early human history the human population on earth shrunk to between 1 000-10 000 people, which is the reason why all humans living today are more genetically alike than individuals within any other species! Or that all of human civilization has taken place in what is essentially just a warmer interglacial period within an ice age that has been going on for about two million years now? Of course, we’re kind of messing with all that now with our CO2 levels and all, but. Still. Brrrr.
I love to read about the Bronze Age - it could be my favourite Age! - and especially about the gender equality. Of which there was a surprising amount. Like, in Minoan civilization women were allowed to inherit and own land, get divorced, oversee political matters and compete with men in sports, female priests were more common than male, and women could show their breasts in public. You know, a bit like Sparta expect without the military organisation and the nazi reference.
So, to sum up: I miss London and wish I was there right now.
(Me, the twin, Mike and P having dinner in London 2010 and discussing boys, Take That's reunion and Swedish rent control)