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 …

Lost in Suburbia – A Gay Love Poem by Jay Bell

In Books, Gay, Random by Jay Bell

We two boys, lost in suburbia. Nobody knows how I love you. Car parked two blocks down. Heart pounding hard in waiting. Barking dogs, ethereal train horns in the distance. My footsteps echo. Over the backyard fence like a thief, robbing the house of you. Steal away your affection, take away your loneliness, make your riches mine. Fingers pressing on …

Cruel food facts

In Food by Jay Bell

I used to love a drink at night. What better way to shut off one’s brain and unwind before bed? Then I discovered a chart that really opened my eyes: Okay, so the first entry is decidedly British. Cider and the odd snack of beans and toast aren’t really on my radar. A pint of bittter, aka a little more …