Ruled by an Iron Paw

In Pets by Jay Bell

I did a count today. The cats have seven different beds, which in our little apartment is almost two per room. And yet they still choose to sleep places that would otherwise be used by me, such as the office chair or the bathroom sink. They somehow manage to dominate me in their sleep, and that isn’t all. Occasionally I …

Big Gay Movie Review: Lilies

In Gay, Movies by Jay Bell

A man imprisoned for life calls upon a priest in order to make his final confession, yet it is the man of cloth that will be made to confess. The inmates take the old priest hostage and force him to view a stage play, a story from his own past, a story of two boys in love. Lilies takes place …

Weird Germany: Gypsies in Berlin

In Weird Germany by Jay Bell

What makes a gypsy? If living in colorful wagons and dressing strangely is the requirement, then there are many in Berlin. Not far from the center of the city is the Wagendorf, or “Wagon Village”. Squeezed in between blocks of apartment buildings and a narrow river is a long row of wagons that two dozen people call home. Even though …

Big Gay Movie Review: Trick

In Gay, Movies by Jay Bell

A more appropriate title for this movie would be “Cockblocked” since it is about two men who want nothing more than a private place to copulate. Gabriel (Christian Campbell) is a struggling musician and composer. On a subway ride home he meets Mark (John Paul Pitoc) a gorgeous professional striper. With no more than an exchange of names, they head …

Weird Germany: Beds

In Weird Germany by Jay Bell

Germany has so many quirks, little differences from the USA where I was raised. I should have started documenting these when I first moved here five years ago, but better late than never. I’ll start with something simple; the beds. As you can see, pillow are square and rather flat. Folding them in half brings you fairly close to the …

Big Gay Movie Review: No Night is Too Long

In Gay, Movies by Jay Bell

We recently watched a gay thriller called “No Night is Too Long.” You may not have heard of this film. It was originally a TV movie, co-produced between the BBC and Canada’s Showcase Network, although it has all the feel of a big screen film. The story centers around bisexual Tim Cornish (Lee Williams), a college student who develops a …