After the Library there was a pleasing few moments spent in Gay's The Word bookshop, the UK's only surviving, dedicated, real-world lesbian and gay bookshop. It's been going since 1979 and struggles on still. I remember visiting regularly as a student in London in the 90s. But the highlight of the afternoon had to be spending a couple of hours in Russell Square chatting about all things gay art and literature with a very knowledgeable friend whilst the dappled sunlight kept us warm and the children frolicked in the fountains. It was all too, too Brideshead and very enjoyable.
(pseud. for John Leslie Barford)
Is it too much to ask that I should be
Allowed to prove
God's gift of infinite variety
In human love.
I do not seek that all should understand,
Much less forgive;
But surely heed man's commonsense command
"Live and let live,"
And, if the greatest Lover's word divine
Further can move, -
(Who had Himself all natures, even mine,)
Love - and let love.