03 July, 2010
Early morning listening
- The tribulations of a team of lesbian footballers in South Africa.
- A woman in Ethiopia making a stand against the culture of marriage by abduction.
- An all-female mountain-climbing team in Nepal.
- A gay gypsy man in the UK running away from his violent father and coming out.
I suppose I must be grateful that the arts magazine programme The Strand which followed all of this stuff was not on this occasion presented by the ultra-right-on Bidisha, otherwise we would probably have been treated to a short gig by a Lesbo-Anarchist band from Finland, who perform by strumming their clitorises as a protest against FGM. Instead we had Harriet Gilbert celebrating Istanbul's status as a 2010 European (sic) capital of culture.
Incidentally, why does Bidisha assume that we gora simpletons can't pronounce her family name? Or is she just ashamed of actually being called Bidisha Eyjafjallajökull?
Perhaps thats a veiled signal that Europe's leaders are about to grow a pair. We are going to re-establish the Byzantine empire, turf out the Turkish Muslim occupiers, yay! Istanbul/Byzantium will once again be a European capital.