It has been a wonderful Christmas Day which has been only slightly spoiled by people reading reports on Twitter, fearing the worst, demanding to be told, and forgetting that in the bad old days of the Northern Irish Troubles we heard in the morning. 24 hours a day news has spoilt us. As I have just said on Facebook, if there is anything untoward we will hear about it when we wake tomorrow. For now, let’s enjoy the peace and restfulness of the season. Continue reading When there is trouble, we will hear about it, don’t worry.
Originally posted on Alex Sparrowhawk: HIV & Me:
This week I’ve tucked myself up in bed early and watched a drama I’ve only just heard about on Twitter “Don’t Ever Wipe Tears without Gloves” a Swedish three part series set in the 1980s at the beginning of the AIDS crisis. It focuses on two gay men as they first start to experiment with their sexuality and develop a relationship with each other. I’ve found it very emotive and thought provoking, even crying whilst watching it. It also made me very angry. The images of young men in hospital covered in… Continue reading Don’t Ever Wipe Tears… or Wear Red Ribbons?
After about a week of not being able to wake up in the morning, today I have the opposite problem. I found it well nigh impossible to sleep all night—despite having my cuddly ginger “Build-a-Bear cat to cuddle—and so find … Continue reading After a week of too much sleep, last night I had not enough…
Michael questions why the BBC has ruled that presenters wearing red ribbons for World Aids Day is not appropriate but the RBL Poppy is. Continue reading Poppies Yes, Red Ribbons No.
At the end of last month, I met with Sara Girvin, a reporter with The Sunday Life — Sunday newspaper of the year — to talk to her about living with HIV. Sara had contacted me earlier in the month via Twitter suggesting an interview in the future. As before, with the Belfast Telegraph, and Ulster Television, and anyone else really, I am happy to talk about living with HIV. Sara suggested it being ‘at some stage before Christmas’ and I suggested that we have it leading up to 1 December, which is World AIDS Day.
The Sunday Life unlike its sister daily paper, the Belfast Telegraph, does not have a website. This can only be for the reason that they want us to go out and spend the £1.40 on buying the paper. I do have some sympathy for them, but on occasion it is awkward when trying to get people to read the article. So, that afternoon, Andrew went out and got a copy. Below is a photo of the spread — I did not expect to be across two pages!
Slavery in its contemporary guise is not always to recognise: a conference in London today reminds us that we may encounter the phenomenon in daily life without knowing it. The Trust Women conference, attended by campaigners from all over the … Continue reading Slavery in our own time – disturbing phenomenon
Earlier this evening, The Queen’s University Literific Society was debating the motion, This House Believes we will see the end of AIDS I was invited to speak in the debate, which is how they are marking World AIDS Day. It … Continue reading This House Believes we will see the end of AIDS
UCLA student Derek S. Hernandez tells us of events that are happening around LA for World AIDS Day 2013, and asks what each of us can do to stop the global HIV–AIDS pandemic. Continue reading World AIDS Day 2013 in Los Angeles, California
In the second of the guest posts from the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, we read the story of a wonderful young woman Momima. Like me, she wants to live her life without “crying over spilt milk.” Do read on, it is … Continue reading Meet Momina #linkup