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April 2018

These are entries collected from various blogs written by Australia's GLBTQ community. They are aggregated here to make it easy for you to follow the blogs and find those that are of interest. If your blog is not listed here please email Panther with your details.

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Finally, something I’ve been looking to make happen, is going to happen. Today I told my housemate that I’ve found somewhere else to live. If it all goes to plan I’ll be moving all of 100 metres so getting to stay in the area that I love.

Even better news is the fact that the guy I’ll be sharing an apartment with is also a bit of a nudie. He and his partner have just done a sailing trip with Saltyboys who I sailed nude through Croatia with a few years ago.

We’ve chatted about it and I don’t think either of us will be sitting around the house nude 24/7 but I certainly won’t be bothering with pants for my first

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I was a patient of Doctor H for more than twenty years. I selected him from his advertisement in a gay newspaper as I preferred to have a doctor who would not be judgemental about my sexuality. Younger readers (if there are any) may not realise that homosexuality was illegal when I was younger and not something you could readily reveal to your Doctor thus exposing your health management to misdiagnosis or similar through absence of essential and possibly relevant information.

Anyway, I was quite satisfied with Doctor H as my GP but a couple years ago he decided to make a major change in his life departing his practice and moving ...
Amid doom and gloom about what we humans do to our planet and the environment we live in, there are some good news stories.

Portugal generated 103% of its power needs last year by using renewable energy. I expect it still generated some power by other means, and sold some power perhaps to Spain. Portugal is not usually at the forefront of much, aside from tourism for good reasons, so well done Portugal for a remarkable achievement.

China is replacing its diesel buses with electric buses at a furious rate.

The numbers are staggering. China had about 99 percent of the 385,000 electric buses on the roads worldwide in 2017, accounting for 17 percent of the country's entire fleet. Every five weeks, Chinese cities add 9,500 of the zero-emissions transporters -- the equivalent of London's entire working fleet, according Bloomberg New Energy Finance. All this is starting to make an observable reduction in fuel demand.

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I usually post something for ANZAC Day, one of our war commemorative days. I haven't this year and I am rather pleased that after the event, I can post a translation of the speech from the French village of  Villers Bretonneux by the Prime Minister of France, where Australia had such success in WWII but with an enormous loss of life.

Here is a copy and paste from The Guardian as reported.

Then the Frenchman went to the microphone with, it would seem, aggression in his heart and literature in his kitbag, launching himself into the crowd with a line from Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front: “He is entirely alone now with his little life of 19 years, and cries because it leaves him.” 'The earth is his only friend&apos ...

Sometimes keyboard warriors do great things, fighting for justice. Mostly they are just looking to be outraged when there is no reason to be at all.

Today here in Australia is ANZAC Day. That stands for Australian and New Zealand Armed Corps and is essentially our equivalent to the U.S. Memorial Day or Veterans Day (not sure which). Someone posted a message saying “Happy Anzac Day” on the page of a Sydney nudist group I’m in on Facebook, accompanied by a photo of genuine Army men, in their berets, standing nude in a river. They were covering their privates (pun intended).

A keyboard warrior thought it was highly inappropriate and disrespectful to use the image and to say “Happy Anzac Day”. Um no. Most

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We decided to go for a movie today.

I've been trying to convince Nathan to go and see A Quiet Place but he wasn't keen on horror. It seems that Emily Blunt (from The Devil Wears Prada) is not sufficient enough of a drawcard to entice Nathan into seeing that movie with me. Instead, we settled on the gay teen flick Love, Simon

The movie was showing at Cinema Nova so we headed out to Lygon Street for lunch first. We ended up going to Tiamo, which does a terrific chicken liver dish (I was in the mood for liver after seeing it served on My Kitchen Rules last night). Nathan went for the osso bucco.

The cinema was quite busy. I guess going to see a movie is a popular way to spend Anzac Day.

The movie seemed to have attracted three types of audience members: gay men ...

Sometimes you just have to have a scone, you know? Or at least that’s why we’re heading to the Sconery after a visit to the White Rabbit gallery (usually amazing but I was uninspired by this particular show). But Josh was in the mood for a savoury scone, like a cheese scone, and all they had were regular scones and fruit scones, which you could order with cream and jam.

I wasn’t feeling it either, so opted for a bagel sandwich (stuffed bagel) and so did he. We had coffees too. It looks like they do some interesting British baked goods here along with the scones. I found my bagel (proscuitto, fried egg, apple chutney, brie) also uninspiring, though it sure sounded good! Zomato reviews seem to advise coming here for

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In a very flattering move by the man that started the online magazine, I have been asked to be the guest editor of the fifth edition of QAMA.

If you’ve been coming here to this blog for a while you would know that I’ve contributed to three of the four issues so far released. My series (Don’t) Look was my first real attempt at erotic art photography, then in issue 3 I submitted CybEROTICA and most recently RED. As guest editor it is my job to chase up artists in both visual mediums and written word who might want to contribute to the magazine.

The theme I have chosen is Cliché. By definition a Cliché is “a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought.” I

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I wanted to go to the supermarket to get ingredients for cake icing for a banana cake I am making for a BBQ lunch today. I bought all the ingredients for the cake yesterday, but I forgot about the icing, stupid me. But, the supermarket isn’t open until 1pm. Really? What kind of 1950s throw back is that? If people want to celebrate Anzac Day that is their decision, good luck to them, but Anzac Day means nothing to me, so why am I, effectively, forced to? It is just another public holiday, and supermarkets are usually open on public holidays.

Anyone who knows me knows I love a good Aesop product, whether it be a bottle of hand wash, the latest perfume, their room spray, or even shampoo for the dog. At some point, I've become obsessed with the brand (and no, this is not a paid endorsement).

Apart from their products, I'm also totally crushing on their stores. Each one is different. All are exquisitely designed.

One of my favourites is their shop in North Melbourne.

Nathan and I took Truffles to the dog park on Sunday and, on our way back, decided to stop along Errol Street for some tea and cake. Afterwards, we walked over to Aesop's just to look at the store.

The ...