Diary of an old cheeser

Hi there! Like other blogs, this is my chance to wax lyrical (some might say talk utter cr*p) about a) what's happening in my life b) all of my pet obsessions in particular music, tv, movies, books and other generally connected things, quite often of the retro, old and "cheesy" variety. Hence the title of my blog. Feel free to leave a comment if the mood takes you. There's nothing like a good chinwag about one's favourite topics and besides I love to meet new people! Cheers, Simon

Saturday, December 23, 2006


And after all that rudeness, I feel I should revert to something slightly more tasteful. So here's some lovely pictures of York at Christmas time, just so you can see what it's like.

One of my favourite streets in York, Stonegate. Lovely old buildings.

Somewhere in the vicinity of Petergate I think? My goodness, I can't even remember my old home town.

The famous Betty's cafe. Renowned for its cream teas and cakes. Frequented by gossipy old ladies and old queens. And Alan Bennett.

The mansion house near Coney Street. I say, what a positively HUGE Christmas tree! Reminds me of - NO!! That's quite enough lowering the tone. I did that in the last post ...

Near Stonegate I think. Lovely Christmas lights. Don't you just dig those quaint old streets?

And last but not least, the city's greatest landmark, the very beautiful York Minster. Makes me proud to have grown up there. If you ever get the chance to visit the Minster, do! And the view from the roof is amazing.


  • At 3:20 pm , Blogger thomas said...

    ahhhh....lovely, I must go to York sometimes. And yes, you have told me many times before :-) It's just a little too far away from London to go for a daytrip. Have a good time! I'm going to celebrate in Londinium, my flight back home yesterday was cancelled and I'll probably rebook it to January xxx

  • At 5:38 pm , Blogger Old Cheeser said...

    Hello liebling Thomas!! Actually , York is very reachable - about 1 hour 45 minutes on a fast train so you could there and back in a day! (Okay you'd have to get up quite early, but it's still do-able...) It can take longer than that to get across London sometimes! (West Hampstead to Wimbledon for instance??! Heh heh...)

    I will indeed have a nice time. That's a real bummer about your flight being cancelled, what with all this sh*t weather. Sorry to hear it, but I'm sure you'll have a great time in your own inimitable fashion, darling! What are you doing for New Year by the way?

  • At 6:36 pm , Blogger matty said...

    OK. See? I need to move there. I swear -- the UK calls me!

    ...if only wishes were horses.

    (we'd all be afraid of them or something)

    No! ...we'd all take a ride! I knew I'd remember it!

    Those are such lovely pictures! It is pretty enough here but not that sort of depth or beauty unless you're on the beach or at Big Sur.

  • At 8:30 pm , Blogger Old Cheeser said...

    Bless ya Matty - well you will have to get yourself over to the UK one of these days and do a bit of a tour, then, don't ya? York is a tourist's dream, so much history (it was a Roman and Viking town) and lots of old buildings, streets, museums and pretty bits (as you can see from the pics). One of it's drawbacks though (and one of the reasons I have never contemplated moving back there) is the total lack of a gay scene. A common thing in provincial towns, admittedly. The only gay pub I know of is right next to the Minster, but I hear even that's not "gay" any more. There were rumours of another gay pub called "The Hole in the Wall". Whoever came up with such a subtle name?

    Leeds, the nearest city to York, is meant to be a lot better for Friends of Dorothy.

    So are you saying that San Francisco is not a pretty place? Surprising. I thought it was, or at least from the bits I'd seen on tv, in movies etc. It seems to have an eccentric charm about it that appeals to me.

  • At 2:33 am , Blogger matty said...

    Oh, no -- San Francisco is gorgeous and the BEST place to be if you're a gay man. ...it is a very male-centric city I am sad to say. It would annoy me if I were a lesbian. But, it is so pretty here but not historical pretty. We have sun and fog --- and lovely things like that. And, it can't be beat for people watching. ...I think it even better than NYC on that front.

    But there has always been something about the UK that attracts me. Since I was a little kid. I will get there for a visit sometime. My fear is that I will refuse to leave once there! My family is from London (both sides) ...but VERY poor white trash it would appear. I think I still have family there. I believe my father's family name was Stansfield but they lost the "s" when they immigrated to Texas. Odd, that.

    I think I would be most interested in Manchester. It just sounds cool. From what I hear --- London is THE most expensive place in the world to live. Ah, to dream.

  • At 1:50 pm , Blogger Old Cheeser said...

    Hey Matty! Sorry for the slow reply, have just got back home from York and finally have some time to send some replies now ... yippee!!

    Doesn't totally surprise me that San Fran is male-centric, seems to always be the case with the gay / lesbian scene in most major cities i.e. the gay bars / clubs severely outnumber the lesbian ones. Doesn't make it right though!

    So you have never been to the UK then? You MUST come visit. I think you would like London but I would imagine it's rather more fast-paced and aggressive than San Fran - well, some parts are anyway, and oddly enough that's one reason why I could quite happily leave one day!

    So which part of London does your family come from? Poor white trash, ha ha! I wonder if they're from the East End (lol) - mmm how nice to generalise.

    And yes London is indeed expensive. And the US dollar is very weak against our UK pound at the moment I hear, so you would find it somewhat pricey, admittedly. Still I'm sure you would have a fab time if you visited! I'd be happy to show you some of the sights!


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