"Alone, even doing nothing, you do not waste your time. You do, almost always, in company. No encounter with yourself can be altogether sterile: Something necessarily emerges, even if only the hope of some day meeting yourself again." (E.M. Cioran)

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Dream On

Dreaming of being somewhere else
Somewhere better than here
Somewhere where everyone is laughing and music is everywhere
A 'somewhere dream'

Somewhere where there are soda carts in the streets, with all the little bottles of coloured liquids
Somewhere without fashion
Somewhere where life is not about lifestyles - and there's plenty to do without spending money
Somewhere with a music
Somewhere were laughter stems from pure, spontaneous joy, instead of smugness
Somewhere else. Dreaming it. Somewhere better than here.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

'Gotta Maintain'

Don't we all just love to hold on? To things, to our ideas, to other people, to what we have, to what we think we are. We hold on to every little thing. It's what we're made of - a whole lot of stuff being held onto.

To maintain. It's what we do.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

These Boots Were Made For Dancing

'Ghetto Fabulous' - Sleaze 2006

The first 'Sleazeball' I attended was in 1988 and I've been to at least seven or eight since. Last Saturday's 'Ghetto Fabulous' was the 25th anniversay of this Sydney gay and lesbian community party and it certainly didn't disappoint - despite the expected whinges here and there about the finer details of personal preferences for the event.

Despite any complaints, it is clear that 'Sleaze' (and also 'Mardi Gras' - parade and party) is an incredible, unique event in Sydney, providing opportunity for Queer Sydney (and supporters) to come out of hiding and party together. Like an antidote to TV versions of 'normality' and all that is sanitised, ordered and considered 'tasteful' in our daily lives, 'Sleaze' can be a cathartic experience. Dressing as tacky, freaky, raunchy as we feel, these parties are a 'safe place' - a haven for freaks, who appear to be less and less visible in a society that becomes more and more conservative every day. Celebrating the joy of being different - gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, pansexual - whatever. These parties rock!

Highlights for me were the ghetto blaster wall onstage at the Hordern, the graffiti wall outside, the mirrorballs and laser lights in the Hordern, the fantastic outfits people wore, the smiling faces, dancing to Sveta & Rob Gilbert in The Dome and Chip & Alex Taylor at night's end in the Hordern. Bring on Mardi Gras 2007!