Saturday 17 February 2024

We've vamos-ed

By the time you see this, dear reader, our flight should be in the descent to Malaga Airport! I have never needed a holiday more...

Here's our "theme tune":

It's traditional.

Next stop: Palm 5 Beach Bar!

"Normal" service should resume in a week (or so)...


PS - a parting gift...

Friday 16 February 2024

Shoulder-pads and fans - ¡Olé!

We're almost there, dear reader...

Just eight hours to go, and the holiday begins!

OK, we have to get up tomorrow at the crack'o'doom to get to Gatwick Airport, but the forecast for Andalusia is sunny and warm all next week!

To bring on that fiesta mood, how about a boppy little something from the gayest boyband ever?!!

¡Gracias Disco Es viernes!

¡Fabulosa!

Thursday 15 February 2024

As long as I remember who's wearing the trousers

Just because...

...I hadn't heard this immaculate piece of 1980s cool in ages, when I heard it on the radio the other day [it featured in the streaming TV-show-based-on-a-video-game "The Last Of Us", apparently]...

...and I have been singing it in my head all week...

...and it's just brilliant...

...and, in my interpretation of the lyrics, it's very homoerotic...

...let's head back to the heady days of 1987!

I'm taking a ride with my best friend
I hope he never lets me down again
He knows where he's taking me
Taking me where I want to be
I'm taking a ride with my best friend

We're flying high
We're watching the world pass us by
Never want to come down
Never want to put my feet back down on the ground

I'm taking a ride with my best friend
I hope he never lets me down again
Promises me I'm as safe as houses
As long as I remember who's wearing the trousers
I hope he never lets me down again

We're flying high
We're watching the world pass us by
Never want to come down
Never want to put my feet back down on the ground
We're flying high
We're watching the world pass us by
Never want to come down
Never want to put my feet back down on the ground

Never let me down
Never let me down
Never let me down
Never let me down

See the stars, they're shining bright
(Never let me down)
Everything's alright tonight
(Never let me down)
See the stars, they're shining bright
(Never let me down)
Everything's alright tonight
(Never let me down)

How the fuck can that be 37 years old this year?! That makes it the same age as Zac Efron, Hilary Duff, Andy Murray, Lionel Messi, Nicola Benedetti, Karen Gillan, Joss Stone and Novak Đoković...

Sigh.

[Read more about the making of this song]

Wednesday 14 February 2024

Of Wrighty, Poles and pancakes


Happy Valentine's Day - whatever that means.

It's another "snippets post" today, dear reader...

  • Sad news: Britain is in shock at the news of the unexpected death of Steve Wright, one of the most popular and long-serving DJs on BBC Radio.

    His afternoon show on Radio 1 started way back in 1981, and his last broadcast of Sunday Love Songs on Radio 2 was just last weekend! RIP, indeed.

  • Gay rights news: Polish President Donald Tusk's mission to dismantle the remnants of his predecessor's repressive crypto-fascist regime continues, as the prime-time presenter on that country's national television station made a public and heartfelt apology to LGBT+ people for the decades of anti-gay rhetoric that had been broadcast on that network.
  • Shopping news: The iconic ethical cosmetics chain The Body Shop has gone into administration after six decades in business. Sigh. More gaps in the high street, to be filled by hairdressers, fast food or charity shops...
  • Good news: One of the best comedy series in the last few decades Gavin and Stacey is coming back for another Xmas special! That’s well lush.
  • And finally: Even the vicars got involved, when Salisbury's Pancake Race yesterday was moved to the cathedral's cloisters due to the rain...

Our next bulletin will be at...

Tuesday 13 February 2024

There are worse things I could do

It's a day of "milestone birthdays" today, dear reader - the eternally elfin Robbie Williams is (gulp!) 50 years old, Jerry Springer would have been 80, and the lovely George Segal would have been 90...

...but most significant of all, scarily, today is the simply faboo "friend of the gays" Miss Stockard Channing's 80th birthday!!

As I said way back in 2008:

One of my favourite actresses, she is probably best known for her tour de force part of Rizzo in Grease, but I particularly love her for her roles in To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar and for the made-for-TV drama Tidy Endings, in which she starred with the fantastic Harvey Fiersten [a film that to this day, shockingly, has never been released on DVD!].

After four decades in the business, Stockard went on to become a household name as the First Lady in The West Wing until the series ended in 2006. But we queens will always hold her close to our hearts when we sing along with this classic number:

Many happy returns, Stockard Channing (born Susan Antonia Williams Stockard, 13th February 1944)!

Monday 12 February 2024

Here comes the bride*


The shock of Monday is upon us...

How much do I hate the feeling that time always flits by in a flash at at the weekends, yet the working week seems to drag..?!

However, this week is indeed the last grim obstacle before we clack our castanets and bugger off to the Costa del Sol next Saturday, so let's grin and bear it, shall we?

To lift our spirits on this Tacky Music Monday, here's an exercise in campery of the first order - courtesy of the late, dearly departed Concha Velasco, her abanico-flapping chorines and lithe safety gays!

I was planning to take a similar outift with me to Spain, but the cabin bag allowance on EasyJet forbids it, unfortunately...

Have a good week, dear reader.

[*Novia = "Bride" in Spanish]

Sunday 11 February 2024

Guapo del dia


[click any pic to embiggen]

Meet Mario Alcalde, Spain's first matador to "come out" (as "pansexual", whatever that is). Woof!

Whatever one might think of the bloodsport, it's a remarkable snippet of progress in the otherwise "strictly macho" world of the Torero.

In keeping with the theme [well, sort of...] - any excuse [as if I need one] to feature this marvellous routine from one of our all-time favourite films here at Dolores Delargo Towers:

Roll on our Spanish holiday next weekend!