Feb 262010

Well, ok, it’s not ACTUALLY our birthday, but I just noticed that it was a this month last year that we first put our site online, and became adamandwouter rather than Adam and Wouter; an eventful year in many ways, and one which flew by in others. Strange and sad occurrences, and some good things too. I know this sort of retrospective is more common either at new year or on an actual birthday, but sod it, it’s my website! :p

Feb 042010

Oh dear, I’m so glad I got my latte BEFORE the ruckus kicked off between the love of my life and the ill-equipped barista at Brighton station …. I could see his point, I really and truly could, but he should simply have bowed his head and asked what, if anything, he could do to make things better. I felt sorry for him. But all I did was hide around the corner and sip at my coffee.

Wouter - Persona non grata

Soon to be seen around Brighton

Feb 012010

Well, I may be pathetic but I think it’s cool. My first ever published piece of writing appears in this month’s Gscene Magazine. It’s a Brighton & Hove local magazine, if you’re in the city, pick one up, or you can always download a PDF of it here. I’m on page 61, and I’d love to hear your feedback!

Jan 202010

… a bitch.

So much to organise, it’s not even finalised yet and already we’re getting stressed and tense. Heaven only knows what we’ll be like in four weeks, probably homicidal! And grey-haired. Eeek.

Really like the place we want to take, it’s got a lot more which we want from a flat and is in fact cheaper, so win all round really. Fingers crossed that we don’t kill one another before we get there!

Jan 032010

Plagiarism – or plain theft!

Trying to be somewhat circumspect about identifying the target of my disgust too explicitly, as there’s a potential conflict there. However, I really can’t stand what this communications officer has done – to swipe, obviously, the opening of your OWN OPINION PIECE from another – more talented – writer, with no acknowledgement, is simply unforgivable!


The “author” of the recent opinion piece wrote:

“Did you know that two thousand years ago a Roman citizen could walk across the face of earth unharmed, cloaked only in the words “Civis Romanis” (I am a Roman citizen)? So great was the retribution of Rome, universally understood as certain, should any harm befall even one of its citizens.”

Compare with ….

West Wing – Season 1, Episode 3 – “Proportional Response”

“Did you know that two thousand years ago a Roman citizen could walk across the face of the known world free of the fear of molestation? He could walk across the earth unharmed, cloaked only in the words “Civis Romanis” I am a Roman citizen. So great was the retribution of Rome, universally understood as certain, should any harm befall even one of its citizens.”

The similarity is … striking, to say the least! Were this student to write something so staggeringly similar to somebody else’s work without¬†acknowledging¬†his indebtedness, I suspect he would be asked to explain himself quite quickly.

If you are so incapable of phrasing – or more likely – of forming your own opinion, that you need to purloin the efforts of someone else, the very least you ought to do, if you have even a modicum of decency, let alone self respect, is to indicate to those reading your words that this is the case. You really ought NOT let people imagine that you have the knowledge or capacity to create such work by yourself!

Aside from which, at the end of the piece, you repeat word for bloody word a position I took – and with which you vehemently disagreed at the time – that Civil Partnerships have “set back our chances of true equality”. Sadly, I don’t have a Hansard of my entire life to prove this. So I’ll let the theft of Aaron Sorkin’s genius stand on its own to demonstrate your utterly pathetic nature.

Oh, and congratulations on reaching a year with your boyfriend … since it’s lasted that long, I’m going to have to assume he’s a top?

Jan 012010

Well, we’re up and awake, sort of … been for a lovely walk in the beautiful sun, nice and cool and crisp, quick trip to Starbucks and a grande coffee later, I’m approaching humanity. Had a great night at the Grosvenor seeing in the new year surrounded by lesbians, LOL! Possibly indulged too much ….ok, DEFINITELY indulged too much! Feeling rather the worse for wear, but still looking forward to Doctor Who tonight. It’ll be sad to see Tennant leave, but I’m excited for what’s to come!

So, happy new year and welcome to the new decade!