Wednesday, March 17, 2010

[The Life of Shaun #400] Lady Gaga (Feat. Beyonce) - Telephone

Lots of you have seen this already, I am sure, but if not, this is possibly the best piece of pop culture to come out in the post-Madonna world:

http://vodpod.com/watch/3234181-lady-gaga-feat-beyonce-telephone

(Make sure you watch full screen.)


And who'd'a thunk Beyoncé'd be getting on the bandwagon; but there you go - she ain't no dummy.

Cheers,
Shaun

PS - I suddenly want a Diet Coke and to switch to Virgin Mobile...

Shaun H. Coley
Shadwell, Tower Hamlets
London, UK

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

[The Life of Shaun #399] Sunset in Shadwell



I just came across this pic from January -- sunset from my flat.

Guess it ain't so bad to be home*.

Cheers,
Shaun


*It'll be even better when I can sleep past 5:30, but hey ho.


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London, UK

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

[The Life of Shaun #398] 29:04:48

Twenty-nine hours, four minutes and forty-eight seconds total transit time from Rockwell Gardens, Potts Point, Sydney to Kelday Heights, Shadwell, London, but I made it.  There was constant turbulance (literally, I mean) from Afghanistan to Ukraine, but other than that the flight was Xanaxful.

It's good to be home, but I see there have been sweeping changes in my time away; TfL has thoughtfully reclosed an escalator at Bank, deeming the 18-month closure which just ended a couple months ago too short, and one of my favourite local council estates is being torn down to make way for modern housing.  You can't stop the beat.

Shower, start laundry, eat - my day's ambitions.

Hope to see all the London folk soon.

Cheers,
Shaun

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Shadwell, Tower Hamlets
London, UK

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Sunday, March 07, 2010

[The Life of Shaun #397] Sydney Mardi Gras

"They didn't sell out tonight, there'll only be about 25,000 people."

And with that, I entered the world's largest gay party. Three main halls, each one more substantial than most clubs I've shook my tush in, en suite with several smaller venues in a gated gay fantasia. My engaging, nurturing and handsome tourguide, Matt, shuffled me from venue to venue, ensuring we found the best nooks and missed none of the important shows. I saw George Michael and Kelly Rowland, but left before Amanda Lapore and Adam Lambert.

Completely singular event, and as I entered, I thought about how exceptional it was that this largest and most impressive party takes place in a relatively small city on the farthest fringe of the gay travel map. But, after a few more drinks and pondering, I thought that perhaps the enterprising, but pragmatic, denizens of Sydney realised that they had to throw such a singular and exceptional event to inspire tens of thousands of leisure-minded gays, lesbians, their friends and supporters and their disposable income to fly for the better part of a full day to their fair city, bypassing scores of closer, bigger gaycation destinations along the way.

With Sunday afternoon came the follow-up party, Toybox, at Luna Park, Sydney's 1960sesque, fun fair - actually the main event in a lot of people's books. Equally dazzling and certainly unique -- but I left after two hours. Sometimes you just know when you are done, and I was done. I'd had a good party, and I've had a great holiday, I was happy and sated. It was time to go home.

Not looking forward to 28 hours of travel tomorrow, apexing with a three-train ride from Heathrow to East London, but looking forward to getting home and, crucially, staying there for a while.

Homeward-bound,
Shaun


Pics: Just how far away Sydney is and the city from Luna Park.




Shaun H. Coley
Sydney, NSW
Australia

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Friday, March 05, 2010

[The Life of Shaun #396] Shrove Sydney

The last weekend of my Australasian adventure has arrived; tomorrow is the official Mardi Gras party and it's pretty much a nonstop progression of inebriation into hangover and onto the plane from there. So in that sense, today's my last day on holiday! Boo!

Sydney (and Mary Keany) has been a gracious and welcoming host. I came here in 2002, intentionally not for Mardi Gras, as I wanted to see the city as it was in situ as I was thinking of trying to move over. But I was newly in love with New York, and after the bright lights of Manhattan, Sydney, despite all its charms, couldn't compare.

I am not sure if it's because it's Mardi Gras, I am older and in a different place, that I have friends here now, or if the city's just matured - most likely all if it - but I am loving it this time. Had this been my first experience here, I could've had a very different noughties.

But lovely as it is, Sydney can't escape its one disabling drawback: isolation. It is so far from everywhere else. New Zealand, its closest neighbour, is 3.5 hours away. If everything and everyone you care about is already here and you are content with holidaying in the Blue Mountains, then well enough. But I am already too far from too many people, thankyouverymuch, and I'd live a life of penury satisfying my travel compulsion here.

And, alas, as great as the hypothetical of another week or two here sounds, it is time to get back to my London. I've had a few pangs of homesickness and am ready to get back in the saddle. Also, life is falling apart without me there - Marco is buying wine from Iceland, Kimb'uh and Lottie are exchanging recipes rather than hangover cures, XXL is wrapped in a cloak of sadness and Alexi and I are down to five months to achieve our 2010 aspirations. My friends and city need me and I need them.

But first I have a hangover to get started on...

G'day
Shaun


Mary Keany's horrible building - it's been quite a hardship staying here. Her neighbourhood, Potts Point, is like a little antipodean New York - I like it immensely.


Equally as wretched, the view from down her street


On the left: the restaurant with Opera House views we wanted to eat at; on the right: the cruise ship they've parked in front of it. There was not a single customer inside. We ended up farther along the pier where we could have lunch with a view, but it meant A$40 fish & chips. Still? Worth it.


My unsuccessful attempt at taking the obligatory photo with Mary Keany


The improved version, thanks to a kind couple from Missouri


Dusk from the other end of Mary's street


And the city from her neighbourhood


Ms. Lapore made the rounds (she says "Hi", Mike! Well, with all the collagen she really says "Mmhhmm!")


Me and my Aussie girlfriend; she's offered to marry me if I change my mind about relocating.


And, summing up the week, me and Sue She after she did her reworking of "Bad Romance" entitled "I Think I Pooped My Pants" at a drag competition. She won.

Shaun H. Coley
Sydney, NSW
Australia

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