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Sunday is music day 7 – nostalgia

Dusty Springfield — “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?”

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I was very young…

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2009 in Gay and Lesbian, music, Sunday music

 

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Floating Life Sunday photo 6: Mardi Gras Fair Day

Yes, I’m back, and yes it was wet…

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Posted by on February 15, 2009 in Australia, Australia and Australian, events, Gay and Lesbian, local, photography, Sunday photo

 

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Sunday is music day 6: gay anthems

Shortly I have to venture out into a very damp Sunday to “cover” the Mardi Gras Fair Day for the South Sydney Herald, so you may expect pictures here and on the photoblogs shortly.

Meanwhile, consider the gay anthem. Read this excellent post if you are unsure what that means: My Eleven Favorite Gay Anthems.

Here is one of them.

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2009 in Australia, Australia and Australian, events, Gay and Lesbian, gay issues, local, Sunday music

 

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Sunday is music day 4: for Mardi Gras — and the Welsh

Shirley Bassey and Bryn Terfel.

I am what I am
I am my own special creation
So come take a look
Give me the hook or the ovation
It’s my world that I want to have a little pride in
My world and it’s not a place I have to hide in
Life’s not worth a damn till you can say
Hey world I am what I am

I am what I am
I don’t want praise
I don’t want pity
I bang my own drum
Some think it’s noise
I think it’s pretty
And so what if I love each feather and each spangle
Why not try and see things from a different angle
Your life is a sham till you can say
Hey world I am what I am

I am what I am
And what I am needs no excuses
I deal my own deck
Sometimes the ace
Sometimes the deuces
It’s my life and there’s no return and no deposit
One life, so it’s time to open up your closet
Life’s not worth a damn till you can say
Hey world I am what I am.

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2009 in Gay and Lesbian, gay issues, music, Sunday music

 

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The only gay in the village…

…not at Mardi Gras last night. 😉

Or so it would seem.*

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By all accounts it was a great success.

Australia’s gay and lesbian community stepped out in style to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Sydney’s Mardi Gras parade, lighting up the city’s streets with a colourful array of costumes and characters on Saturday evening.

Heading the 1.6 kilometre route was a group known as the 78ers, who took part in the first Mardi Gras in 1978. On that occasion, what started out as a peaceful march ended in confrontation with the police and several arrests.

“The 30th anniversary makes it extra special this year,” said Thomas Finnegan, 23, wearing a white mask and sequin-laden leotard and taking part in his third Mardi Gras.

With a theme of “Brave New World”, organisers were expecting up to 300,000 people to line the parade route.

Graeme Browning, the parade’s director, said that while the event’s 30th birthday was cause for celebration, the fight for acceptance and equality continued…

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Seen heading for Mardi Gras

I reached the stage a couple of years back where standing around in a crowd, no matter how friendly, does not appeal any more, so I am giving the Mardi Gras Parade a miss. However, in my wanderings around Central/Chinatown/Surry Hills I do get to see some sights, most of them pleasant on this particular occasion.

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Posted by on March 1, 2008 in Australia, events, Gay and Lesbian, gay issues, humanity, Indigenous Australians, memory, personal

 

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For Mardi Gras: a recycle

A little while ago I reported finding a whole stack of old entries going back to 2000, and made a page of some of them: Sydney’s Olympic Year 2000. From that page I thought I would recycle one entry as a kind of tribute to what the thirtieth Sydney Mardi Gras represents:

Saturday, September 30 2000

It is quite early as I write, as after yesterday’s hot weather I rose very early this morning–5.30am in fact. It is cooler and promises to be a very nice day. There being several hours before I go down to Chinatown to do my tutoring, I decided to visit here. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2008 in Australia, events, Gay and Lesbian, gay issues, memory, personal, reading

 

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