abuse at cabal.org.uk
Sat Mar 1 23:27:36 GMT 2008
On 1 Mar 2008, at 18:30, Peter Corlett wrote:
> If you want a bloody awful pub, try a Wetherspoons and their "ale"
> which appears to come from Sarsons, or any place that advertises Sky
> Sports and cheap lager, or caters to tourists. A rainbow flag is
> usually a bad sign too.
And then I got the following response by private mail:
> Please could you expand on this on list. Just saying that you feel
> uncomfortable in a gay bar would do it. Otherwise it can be read that
> gay bars are some how bad.
Have a quick stroll down Old Compton Street and check out some of the
venues one day to see how many would make good London.pm socials, for
example. The beer's crap and overpriced, there's dreadful alleged
music that's turned up so loud my ears hurt, and there's nowhere to sit.
Strangely, I do feel uncomfortable standing in a lager barn with my
ears ringing and unable to have a chat because they can't hear me and
I can't hear them. My idea of a conversation is slightly more
intellectual than bellowing "hey, want to fuck?" (Especially as the
answer is going to be "no".)
There are, obviously, some gay bars that aren't bad. The King's Arms
on Poland Street does both London Pride and Directors and has a pool
table, for example. I sometimes pop over there on a Friday evening for
something to wet the back of my throat with while I'm playing with
some balls. But that's one lone pub against many others that are best
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