Saturday, May 28, 2005

London Queer and Bookish

Was in London today to meet with ‘A’ and make monthly trip to the sauna. Picnic lunch under the London Eye in bright sunshine but while a small gale whipped over the grass. Two lads were doing back flip somersaults off a seven foot wall which was terrifying to watch and we both felt that it was only a matter of time before one landed on his head but every time they landed a wedge of hard white skin and muscle like armour plating flashed between t-shirts and trackies. One of those scenes you want to look away from but becomes magnetic to the eyes.

Had a pleasant enough time in the sauna. A short skinhead in his mid 20s. A guy of about thirty who looked more appealing through the glory hole in the cubicle when he said, ‘I was supposed to meet you here’ than he did in normal light; my lacking any knowledge of this didn’t seem to matter to him. By accident almost, an Asian guy in his early twenties, lying provocatively on his front in a ‘rest room’, pawing his backside every time I passed his door, he was enthusiastic to an almost overwhelming degree – but fun and friendly.

For a while after I left ‘A’ at Liverpool Street spent a desultory time padding up and down Charing Cross Road. Bookshop after bookshop displaying books I would love to have on my shelves and couldn’t afford. But it was late and most, especially the specialists in Cecil Court were closing or closed – even Murder One, which has a good second hand science-fiction section was clad in builder’s boards and looked like it was either closed for refurbishment or closed down. The cute boys at CX79 and Ku Bar were of course oblivious to this and responded only by spreading their daft attempt at café culture onto a newly available section of pavement next to the hoardings.

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