Tweets on 2009-07-27

  • Bought cats expensive cat to play with while we're out. They completely ignored it until we bribed them with kitty treats. #
  • Off ringing for evensong so will have to upload the ukulele videos later. #
  • 12seconds – Flying V pink Mahalo ukulele #
  • 12seconds – Bohemian rhapsody on open Uke strings #
  • @helenduffett what are we practicing for #ldconf, already? #
  • @helenduffett I'm not nearly cool enough even to satirize that song. #
  • @helenduffett how about "Wake me up, when this conference ends" ? #
  • @adamrio Watching Tina Fey. She's v good. #
  • @helenduffett not sure I could actually get to London for t'prom, August and Sep are expensive enough already! #BBCR3 FTW! #
  • Really having a Greenday day. Trying to learn Uke "Wake me up when September ends"; Blvd of Broken Dreams on #bbcr4… #
  • Clickety-clickety. Hmm. Both Nottingham University and Nottingham Trent seem to think they hold the biggest Freshers' Fair in the country. #
  • On the annual council safety inspection of Meadow Lane football ground. No sign of Sven Goran Eriksson yet. #
  • Cor. Was kidding before but I have actually just shaken hands with Sven Goran Eriksson. #
  • – Bleurgh. Just got completely soaked through in cloudburst. #

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Speech to Nottingham Gay Pride

I was very happy to be invited to be one of the speakers at Nottingham Gay Pride’s Speaker’s Corner. Here’s what I had to say (minus the inappropriate jokes I ad-libbed on the day).

Hello, my name is Alex Foster and I am one of Nottingham City’s Lib Dem councillors.  If you live near the Beechdale Baths, it could well be that I represent you.  I’m also gay.

In fact, I’m in politics BECAUSE  I’m gay, not in spite of it.  Let me explain.


The first political thing I ever did was write to my MP about the age of consent.  I’m 31 next week, so when I was in school, Parliament was having its great debate about whether the age of consent for gay men should be lowered from 21 to 18.  I had found out all about this in the pages of Gay Times, and read about the Stonewall campaign, and it was because of them that I wrote to my MP.

I got a nice letter back – my Tory MP then was Peter Temple Morris – and although he didn’t agree with me he told me he respected my position.

There was a great debate going on at this time about this issue, and I got quite involved.  I saw that the Lib Dems were arguing in favour not just of lowering the age of consent to 18, but of equalizing it with heterosexual people at 16.  It was there in black and white in their 1992 manifesto:

Guarantee equal rights for gay men and lesbians through changes to criminal law, anti-discrimination legislation and police practices. We will repeal Section 28 of the 1988 Local Government Act. We will create a common age of consent regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

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Tweets on 2009-07-25

  • Very nearly said "Jelly baby, officer?" to a city warden. #
  • Today we learned that boy cats have nipples too. #
  • Wondering which of these precarious piles to try putting a tea tray on. #
  • Ow, ow, ow, kitten, stop climbing my legs! That hurts! And these were nice tidy jeans until quite recently. #
  • Still writing my speech for tomorrow's Nottingham Pride. #

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Tweets on 2009-07-24

  • @darrenram – Windsor? Sang there a few years ago. #
  • More screams from Nottingham Riviera. This time because of the sudden torrents of cold rain. #
  • Heh, my "cheap motel jibe" about Nottm Contemporary's new sign made it into the Evening Post. #
  • – The beach today, now the downpour is over. #
  • Apparently the nation's media's satellite trucks are parked outside the QMC, anyone know woss goin on? #
  • Ah, radio says there's a recall issue with heart valve surgery patients at the hospital. #
  • Oh dear – electrification of the Great Western line will mean the Midland Mainline is pushed down the queue. #
  • @maggiephilbin Could well be worth a call to the police (on non-urgent number) for exactly that reason. #
  • Oh dear. Played P the Howells Hymn to St Cecilia to show him how ghastly it is. Now have it on brain. #
  • Has already had quite enough of this "wakefulness" for one day, thank you very much. #
  • @darrenram well, a cathedral choir at St George's Chapel 🙂 #
  • Grr! @libdemvoice running like treacle. Makeover can't come too soon! Trying to get open thread out. #

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Tweets on 2009-07-23

  • Crazy fun day at The Vine – take your kids along if they're bored with summer hols already! #
  • Slightly unnerving conducting planning ctte to the sound of children screaming. Didn't think Chairoplanes where so frightening. #
  • Being slightly dismissive of the proposed new signs for Nottingham Contemporary. Looks like a cheap motel sign. #
  • Ooh, someone wants to open a creperie in the West End arcade. Fantastic, what a good idea. #
  • Mmmm, crepes. #
  • RT @hughmcguire: @LibriVox now has a catalog of 2,500 (!) free, public domain audiobooks: (via @bookoven) #
  • Is that … No, it can't be. The sun? It certainly looks big and hot and yellow… #
  • @thickfurred To express oneself / in seventeen syllables / is very diffic #
  • Level crossing near miss footage. Eeek eeek eek! #
  • Iain Dale posts about level crossings – read the comments for the horrible facts about level crossing road accidents 😦 #

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