Due to my failure to answer two Literature questions in last night's Quiz League battering, I've been sentenced to extra training and so a day off has been idly but wisely spent.
Further news on the strange bedfellows , The Mail and the Rev. Peter Mullen. As the Guardian reports, Mullen has used his column (you lot giggling at the back: see me after class) in The Northern Echo to 'apologise' for "making some off-colour jokes about homosexuals on my website.
- However, I do believe The Evening Standard took my words out of context, although that paper did have the good grace to print my explanation of my intentions.
- I was not criticising individual homosexuals. I have never criticised them. I number many homosexual men and women among my dearest friends.
I'm a bit confused at the next bit,
- I voted for the Homosexual Reform Act of 1967
- homosexual acts “between consenting adults in private.” “Between” means two. “Adults” meant 21. “Private” means in the bedroom.
So - apology over - he returns once more unto the breeches :
- And the love that once dare not speak its name  now shrieks at us in high camp down every high street.
- What I do oppose – on the authority of the Christian faith – is the corrupting influence of the promotional parades of homosexuality by such as Gay Pride demonstrations.
- I was delighted to be so warmly welcomed at church last Sunday by the many homosexual people in my congregation.
He then name-checks Sandy Toksvig on Radio 4 in a bid to show that he can take a joke at his expense.
So, we shall await further words of wisdom from the pulpit in the Mail as the star-crossed love affair continues.
1] Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows. I will here shroud till the
dregs of the storm be past...................The Tempest
2] All's Well That Ends Well........obviously
3] Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more...............Henry V
4] I am the Love that dare not speak its name........... Lord Alfred Douglas 'Two Loves'
5] The lady doth protest too much, methinks.............. Hamlet
6] A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life ...............Romeo and Juliet