A few snap shots of the Cologne gay scene.

Above: Bottles of "Mumu juice" which the gay bar Mumu in Cologne serves! It tastes like medicine.

Above: A bizarre minstrel figurine holding promotional flyers for a gay party. This is by the reception at Sauna Babylon.

Above: The outdoor pool at Sauna Babylon. This was taken near to 6 in the morning, hence the strange light quality. It is also raining.

Above: Some gay boys in Cologne with my friend Sina.

Above: eXCorner Bar in Cologne, where they stand on the seats and sing 'schlager' songs.

Gay Book Shop in Frankfurt, Germany

I went on a little exploration of the Frankfurt scene this afternoon, whilst my designated driver took a nap at the hotel. I was thrilled to discover a specialist book shop called Oskahh Vilde:

The proprietress was this lovely lady. She told me off lightly for dragging my flip flops across her recently mopped floor. She said this whilst sitting next to a pile of novels about a teacher who smears faeces all over his students' backs, but I didn't point this out.

The shop had an impressive array of DIVA magazines. DIVA is very popular amongst German gay girls. I'm not sure what Mathilde is, but she should perhaps ask DIVA for some design and formatting tips.
Oscar Wilde also have an impressive array of Gay Times back issues. It would appear Aiden Grimshaw has been fingered a lot whilst Matt Smith is a bit bent:

In the second-hand English section I was interested to find 'The LEATHER CONTEST Guide'. It informs the reader how to arrange a leather contest, how to attract entrants, how to organise the judging criteria and accommodate guests' luggage. I must look up the writer Guy Baldwin upon my return home.

ON BOY LOVE:

Whilst browsing the other magazines I noticed one called 'KOINOS: Features on Boys, since 1993'. The magazine contained (mildly erotic) photographs of boys, as if a man had taken a minibus of boys to a lakeside and made them re-enact Tuke's works, interspersed with essays and articles about man/boy relationships. It was 13€ and despite its apparent rarity and oddity I didn't buy it because I found it a bit too freaky, and also out of respect I guess for the boys photographed inside, who are probably in their thirties now and possibly don't recall the editorial shoot.

I think it's important that men who have feelings about boys (that have most likely come about due to a problem or insecurity in their own childhood) are allowed to discuss them, so that they can hopefully come to the realisation and conclusion that it is wrong to interfere with a young person's psyche and personal space whilst they're developing. The age of consent is 16 in the UK, and personally as a 23-year-old I usually find even 19-year-olds shockingly young looking (and annoying)! Still, it interests me that publications like this exist. After all, suppression of discussion and thought will only create dangerously deep-routed obsessions and desires.

The Oscar Wilde bookshop has its own website here: http://www.oscar-wilde.de/

I will be writing about the Frankfurt gay scene on my Gay Times blog soon, so keep an eye out.

Who will play Rebekah Brooks in her biopic?


Last night I dreamt I went to Wapping again...

The days are counting down, surely, until work begins on the movie of Rebekah Brooks’ life. The gripping story of a foxy red-haired damsel from Daresbury who did a brief stint in a Bourbon factory before climbing the rocky ranks of the British media, from writing the odd piece about a garden fete for the Warrington Guardian to becoming editor of The Sun, Chief Executive of News International, and a niche sex icon. Then came the sensational downfall as it emerged in the leftwing press just how good at selling newspapers she really was. In June 2011 her Wikipedia page was getting about one hundred visitors a day, by mid-July her page was enjoying over one hundred thousand. How will she respond to this surge of attention, notoriety and fame? Do a Cheryl and go blond? Have a sex change and release a pop album, perhaps under the stage name Dana News International? Or will she fall in love with an expenses scandal politician in prison?
There lies a Blockbuster, ‘Rebekah’, coming to a rip-off VUE near you...

But who would be best suited to play this ruthless phone-tapping siren of raw talent?

ONE: Nicole Kidman

Red-carpet resident Nicole Kidman comes from the same part of the world as Rupert Murdoch, the man who invented Rebekah Brooks. Nicole has plenty of experience in playing strong onscreen heroines with a splash of villainy and with pearly but not-quite teary eyes. It is an unknown fact that often Rebekah Brooks would burst out of her Sun office, wielding a bottle of gin, reeking of Chanel and yell in a dodgy French accent “I LOVE TO DAAAANCE!”

TWO: Tracy-Ann Oberman

Tracy-Ann rose to fame with her role as the hairdresser-turned-pub-landlady-turned-killer Chrissie in EastEnders and she was born just a few days before Rebekah Brooks. When Tracy turned 21, Jason Donovan was in the Number 1 slot with ‘Too Many Broken Hearts’, when Rebekah Turned 21, Kylie was in the Number 1 slot with ‘Hand On Your Heart’. A coincidence? Unlikely.

THREE: Julianne Moore

If they’re a gay icon and they’ve got red hair, traditionally the part should go to dear Julianne. But is Rebekah Brooks a gay icon?

FOUR: Nicola Roberts

Nicola Roberts is currently enjoying limited success going solo with her less than three minute long single ‘Beat Of My Drum’. Could the lead role in Rebekah be her next career step into a post Girls Aloud world?

FIVE: Jenny McAlpine

Jenny plays the much-loved crazy chick Fizz on Corrie, but she’s made other notable appearances on TV, like in Vernon Kay’s All Stars Family Fortunes. Could she take her lovely bubbly acting talents and focus them on depicting the dark knife-edge of British media?

SIX: Cher

We’ve all known Cher is a competent actress since The Witches of Eastwick, no doubt she’d scrub up brilliantly in The Witches of Fleet Street. She’s still acting too, appearing alongside Christina Aguilera last year in Burlesque. One wonders if Cher’s hit Turn Back Time is on Rebekah’s current iPod playlist. News International have given the singer’s plastic surgery a lot of column inches, could this be her chance to get one back at them by playing Rebekah Brooks in a lace corset across the back of a car seat in Warrington circa 1986?

SEVEN: Rupert Grint

Now that the Harry Potter franchise has finally ended one would assume Rupert is looking for a new ginger role on the big screen. Jude Law, Guy Pierce and Eddie Murphy have all cashed-in with a splash of onscreen drag. It might be time for Rupert to start growing those auburn locks?

EIGHT: Sigourney Weaver

A good candidate, the casting director of Rebekah would be a fool not to drop Sigourney a message on Facebook. Her steely gaze would be perfect for playing the face that launched a thousand police enquiries.

NINE: Susan Sarandon

Again, another strong actress who knows how to mix sauciness and sincerity whilst seeming like a victim and a villain at the same time. Thelma & Louise is an all-time classic, could Rebekah & Rupert be her next?

TEN: Charlie Dimmock

Surely there are comparisons to be drawn between media and horticulture. Constantly digging, turning shit over, planting seeds and all the time looking for a new scoop of dirt. It’s about time Dimmock took off her gardening gloves and did something with her life, perhaps Rebekah is her calling?