Thursday, 5 June 2014

A moment of contemplation

Forgive me, dear reader, a rare moment of contemplation. Earlier, I read that it was on on this day in 1981 [33 years ago!] that the first medical reports on a new and worrying kind of pneumonia seen in five gay men in the USA were published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Two decades of terror and heartache were to follow.

This is also the 70th birthday of the original "Valjean" in Les Mis, Colm Wilkinson, and here he is singing (beautifully) a most appropriate song from that show - Empty Chairs at Empty Tables...

Here they talked of revolution.
Here it was they lit the flame.
Here they sang about tomorrow
And tomorrow never came.


  1. I've been thinking about this too. I'm reading Armistead Maupin's "The Days of Anna Madrigal" and especially noted this quote describing the character Michael and his much younger husband, Ben...

    “Michael’s generation—its history of fighting disease and bigotry—sometimes made him grumpier than Ben would like him to be, but he knew what he’d found in Michael: a gift for intimacy like none Ben had ever known.”

    1. "...people like you and me… we’re gonna be fifty-year-old libertines in a world full of twenty-year-old Calvinists.”



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