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Antony

Boyfriend?

By Life, Love & RelationshipsNo Comments

Yes, I am pleased to announce that David (also known as the attractive stranger) and I have got together offically. He brought me a lovely card with a heart felt poem inside and some white roses. Hopefully if I get chance I’ll post a picture on the blog before they die!

Blog soon,

Antony

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Financial Blues

By Life, Money / FinancesNo Comments

I don’t often like to talk about money, especially on a public arena. However, things financially are they poor and difficult at the moment. I currently owe £6, 050 in debt. This is for various expenses including my over drafts from when I was studying at university and my car loan.

All of which have been essential expenditure. With the banks increasing interest rates at present I am forced to increase my payments from £230 per month to £380. An overall increase per month of £150.

I am a young professional that earns a decent wage, but this is a big difference. In addition to this my expenditure on food and petrol has increased as prices have rose. I am hopeful that this is only in the short term. But with what I read on the Guardian and BBC – News, it looks unlikely to be a short term thing.

I guess I will muddle through, knowing that there are those who are worse off than me. But I would love to see one day, my bank balance that is in the black not the red.

My only hope is that my family and friends do not suggle too much in this difficult financial time.

With care & hugs,

Antony

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Pink News on Manchester Pride

By Gay, Political, RantsNo Comments

I regulary check PinkNews.co.uk for the latest news in the gay world. Last week this article appeared: http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-8862.html.It follows an article the week before, where some young people had protested that Manchester Pride had become a money making venture.

In this article the Villiage Buisness Association (VBA) states that we have a ‘Marketing Manchester Pride’, which to me basically means a business. Having given it considerable thought – I would tend to agree. It has become about making money in some senses.

I have a few reasons for saying this. Firstly, for the last few years I have taken young people who identify as gay, lesibian, bisexual or questioning. The tickets are bought by the organisation in advanced, but even in advanced they are £12.50. How many vunerable young people, with little free cash could afford this? In addition to this, some of them are under 16 years of age. Where’s the consession for young people, OAP’s (Old Aged Pensioners), etc.

A friend of mine bought a weekend ticket on the Saturday after the main parade. He had to pay £18. To me that’s the cost of a gig and is outrageous for a so called ‘celebration of gay culture and the diversity of Manchester’. And my final point to make is that I have massively seen an increase in the money Manchester Pride spends on advertising, this year I have seen more adverts for Manchester Pride than ever before. Why do they need to advertise? All gay magazines list the dates of the different pride festivals around the country. And most gay people who have the internet check the Manchester Pride website.

I do recognise the good work that is completed with the funds raised. Support for gay men around HIV and in supporting the work the LGF do. But my question is: Why is it so expensive, therefore excluding the isolated and vunerable LGB people in society?

Answers on a post card…

Antony

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Update on an amazon order – Spore

By Amazon, TechnologyNo Comments

I recieved an email from Amazontoday about an order I placed ages ago for a few items, one of which that included Spore. It looks like it is will be a fantastic game! I have been watching it’s development for a good while. Although the last few months have flown by, with me loosing track of it’s swift development.

Here are is the You Tube’s Spore Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/Spore?ob=1

Take care,

Antony

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