+ From Single In The City, a blogging romance.
"DG and I had sex for the first time last night. He had invited me over for my first sleep over, exactly a week since our first real date..."
Good comments on this post too.
+ Dave Osler has been sweating on the future of socialism. No, it's not the shortest blog entry in the world...
+...and while he's been writing it there's been some Stumbling & Mumbling about the shortcomings of "strong leadership" solutions to, well, most things excluding Arsenal FC.
+ As well as Procrastination, here's what a young American Muslim called Zack does in his spare time.
+ I've found a new Hackney blogger. He is Father Nicholas Schofield and his blog is called Romany Miscellany. He ruminates on Doctor Ian Paisley - yep, the very same - and the guy who gave New York it's name.
+ It's one of my dear little jokes to call the Daily Mail the Daily Sharia due to its swivel-eyed authoritarianism and its obsessive policing of social boundaries dividing men from women. Tom Hamilton at Let's Be Sensible reveals that the Mail is not the only British national newspaper sharing common ground with fundamentalist Islam.
+ I've been tracking the government's powerful obsession with gathering data about children on the grounds that it will help protect them. Jonathan Calder at Liberal England shows similar urges are at work in it's vetting of the very people who wish to make children's lives better. He writes:
"The involvement of the criminal records system reinforces the prejudice that there must be something odd about an adult who enjoys the company of children. Already the Scouting and Guiding Movement is struggling to find volunteers. To discourage them further at a time when everyone agrees youngsters need more exercise and more socialisation is crazy."
+ No half measures from La Femme Contraire when it comes to drug legalisation. She can't understand why some would stop at cannabis.
+ Jock's Blog is very kind about Tory MP Greg Barker, the one who's left his wife and taken up with a male interior designer.
"It's terribly tragic for everyone concerned when you hear of a real case of shall we say 'sexual confusion' and there is speculation as to whether someone was really hiding his light under a bush, so to speak, all along."
It's the best thing I've read on Barker so far. And finally...
+ Alas, White Pebble's cat Lucy has died. The end of a sad tale, tenderly told.
Temperama - nothing if not eclectic, wouldn't you say?