June 10th, 2012

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Twitter: #FF (Follow Friday)

I got two great #FF (Follow Fridays) on Twitter this week.

Firstly, I got one from Gay Star News (GSN) who said:
Special #FF to these lovely people @MycroftBrolly @andy_woodfield @Kylens @Iainsean @CommKr8veWriter @Carl_Cunard ...

And they gave me this great photo:

Secondly I got one from Andy Woodfield who said:
#ff @DiversityRM @stonewalluk @PwC_UK @MycroftBrolly @Jujumck @gaystarnews @HarmonyPro @Lord_Sugar @clarebalding1 @lachlansmiles

Andy has become a really good friend of mine.

Photo credit: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/glee-work-gay-staff-group-everyone290512

GLEE at work: A gay staff group for everyone.
GSN interviews Andy Woodfield from PwC on how they have created GLEE, an LGBT staff network which works for straight people too:


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The Judas Kiss, Hampstead Theatre

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The Judas Kiss by David Hare
Directed by Neil Armfield
6 September - 13 October

Wilde’s dangerous philosophy leads him on a path to destruction. The Judas Kiss describes two pivotal moments on that path: the day Wilde decides to stay in England and face imprisonment, and the night, after his release two years later, when the lover for whom he risked everything betrays him.

With a quiet but burning sense of outrage, David Hare presents the consequences of taking an uncompromisingly moral position in a world defined by fear, expedience and conformity.

Cast includes Rupert Everett and Freddie Fox.

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Raks's Says - I am recommending this purely on the basis that I love Oscar Wilde!
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55 days, Hampstead Theatre

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55 Days by Howard Brenton
Directed by Howard Davies
18 October - 24 November

December 1648.

The army has occupied London.

Parliament votes not to put the imprisoned King on trial, so the army moves against Westminster and the only military coup in English history takes place. But the army leadership remains divided: Cromwell would prefer a compromise with the King, but the King will not compromise.

A new nation must therefore be forged…and over 55 days, an entirely new world is created.

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Raks's Says - I am recommending this purely on the basis that I love this period of English history!
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Forced marriage to become criminal offence

Photo credit: http://www.number10.gov.uk/news/forced-marriage-to-become-criminal-offence/

Cut and pasted from the No 10 Website:

Forcing someone to marry will become a criminal offence in England and Wales, the Prime Minister has announced.

The decision to create a specific offence of forced marriage follows a 12 week consultation which took views from the public, victims, charities and frontline agencies. The new law will be accompanied by a range of measures to increase protection and support for victims and a continuing focus on prevention.

Prime Minister David Cameron said:
“Forced marriage is abhorrent and is little more than slavery. To force anyone into marriage against their will is simply wrong and that is why we have taken decisive action to make it illegal. I have listened to concerns that criminalisation could force this most distressing issue underground. That is why we have a new comprehensive package to identify possible victims, support those who have suffered first hand and, indeed, prevent criminality wherever possible. We have spent time with those who work tirelessly to raise and address this issue and I want to send a clear and strong message: forced marriage is wrong, is illegal and will not be tolerated.”

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Raks's Says: Great news - long overdue!