Travel – We are Family, especially in Brighton!
More and more gay families now include children – adopted, biological, maybe even from previous heterosexual relationships. So where better to take your little darlings than for a fun few days out by the seaside in lovely Brighton? Maybe even for Brighton Pride (Sat 2 Aug 2014)!
Brighton is a ... [Read more]
Travel – Coasting it in Dorset!
Bored of Bournemouth, that gay mecca of Dorset’s East? Instead, Bent’s Adrian Gillan hugs the lovely coast, and blokes, of West Dorset - from Lyme Regis to Weymouth!
So much quicker to reach than Cornwall! With its natural beauty, rich history and gorgeous guys, what could be nicer than a long ... [Read more]
Travel – Ostend Weekend
The Belgian Brighton? Adrian Gillan jumps on Eurostar and falls in love with Ostend – ‘Queen of the Belgian Coast’ – also taking in grand capital, Brussels, along the way…
Colonial Belgian monarch King Leopold II undoubtedly plundered the late 19th Century Congo to amass vast wealth to help ... [Read more]
Travel – Tune into Tunisia!
A short flight from home but a whole world away, Adrian Gillan falls in love with Tunisia…
Founded in the 8th Century BC by Phoenician traders (from Lebanon, as now is), old Carthage (home to Dido, besotted of Aeneas; birthplace of great Alp-crossing general Hannibal) was the stuff of legend which ... [Read more]
Travel – Thank you for the music, Brighton!
Voulez vous? And does your mother know? Bent’s own little dancing queen, Adrian Gillan, takes a chance on the UK’s queerest seaside resort, where - where else? - ABBA won Eurovision almost exactly 40 years ago, their undoubted springboard to pop mega-stardom!
On one fateful night in April 1974 ... [Read more]
Travel – Stratford-upon-Avon: Shakesqueer hits 450!
Adrian Gillan visits Stratford-upon-Avon to celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. But was the Bard really bent?
450 years after his birth (23 April 1564) in Stratford-upon-Avon, the sheer humanity, scale and scope of William Shakespeare’s work continues to ensure a fame-beyond-words - and ... [Read more]
Bent Travel – Disneyland Paris
With a cheery giant Mickey (and friends) parading beneath fairytale castles... all set amidst white-knuckle rides... us gays have long high-indexed on the legendary Disney scale – doubly so if you’re one of the increasing number of gays with kids! Every day’s a “Gay Day” at Disney!
Getting ... [Read more]
Travel – The lowdown on H-Town
From downtown high-rises to laid-back districts: Adrian Gillan flies United to land in Houston!
America’s fourth largest - and number one fastest-growing - city, Houston (a.k.a. H-Town), was founded back in the 1830s in a Texas region that has flown six flags since the European invasion: French ... [Read more]
Travel – New York, New York
Sights, lights, nights! Adrian Gillan flies Virgin Atlantic to get Bent’s gay guide to the Big Apple!
So good, you just have to name it twice, this former Native American homeland and Dutch colony is the most sung-about place on Earth - from Porter, Bernstein and Sinatra to Pet Shop Boys, U2 and ... [Read more]
Travel – Turn it up, in Tenerife!
Adrian Gillan feels winter heat in and around Playa de las Americas in south western Tenerife!
Tenerife is the largest of the seven isles that make up the Canary Islands: home to banana plantations and tropical groves, all dominated by Mount Teide - Spain's highest peak; Earth's third largest ... [Read more]
Travel – Plastered in Paris
Adrian Gillan gets Gallic, and perhaps just a teeny bit phallic, in the glorious French capital.
The French capital truly reeks of romance. Moreover, rest assured, few places on earth can be gayer than the roads of the intimate Marais and neon-lit Les Halles districts just north of Notre Dames ... [Read more]
Travel – Elegant Eastbourne
Brighton boring? Adrian Gillan heads mere miles down coast to find Eastbourne far from retiring!
Of course it’s hard to beat Brighton, undisputed gay capital of England’s south coast. But if you’re after something arguably less brash, a tad more genteel, 100,000-populated Eastbourne offers ... [Read more]
Life with The Lyons
Death, dysfunction and loneliness: Adrian Gillan enjoys the European premiere of The Lyons - the venomous dark comedy, with its fair share of gay characters, on at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London.
“A cross between Beckett, Orton and Albee.” Rating: ****
As Ben Lyons (Nicholas ... [Read more]
Travel – Bella Verona
Home to countless real-life Romeos, not to mention one or two gents, it’s more bars than Bards in World Heritage City, Verona, these days, finds Bent’s romantic roamer Adrian Gillan.
“Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona where we lay our scene…”
So Shakespeare - who ... [Read more]
Travel – Crazy Cardiff
Oh boyo! Adrian Gillan catches Welsh rarebits down in crazy, sexy Cardiff!
Dream of yummy lads in scrums; or strapping miner boys sluicing off their soot? Dream on! Cardiff is in fact one of Europe’s youngest capitals - both head and heart of Wales - as well as breeding gloriously horny, luscious ... [Read more]
Travel – BrightonRocks!
Bent’s Adrian Gillan explores the sights and homo haunts of the UK’s queerest seaside resort.
Randy royal raver Prince Regent escaped London back in the 1770s. Though straight - and no port or sailors here - he brought with him an air of flamboyance and devil-may-care that madeBrightona natural ... [Read more]
Travel – Bootiful Boys!
So much more than Delia Smith, Alan Partridge and tasty turkey! Adrian Gillan checks out those bootiful boys in East Anglian capital, Norwich!
Norwich is bootiful, really bootiful. Not just the city itself, which is indeed a kind of overlooked York - out-on-a-limb in the oft-forgotten lobe ... [Read more]
Travel – Fit ‘n Swiss!
Photo: Graham James.
Chocolate ‘n cheese, mountain ‘n lake, money ‘n men: Adrian Gillan is far from neutral about the sporty summer outdoors in gorgeous Switzerland, on a tailor-made all-action adventure!
Bored of the beach? Done with using your holiday to merely lie back, pig out and get ... [Read more]
Travel – Alberta: Edmonton & the Canadian Rockies
Home to the Canadian Rockies, it’s even where they shot Brokeback Mountain! Adrian Gillan visits the province of Alberta for soaring peaks in Jasper and big city buzz in capital Edmonton!
Born out of Canada’s own Wild West - where outlaws, prospectors and trappers moved amongst native peoples ... [Read more]
Bent Travel – Mumbai guys!
It’s not all “slumdog” in buzzing Bombay - or Mumbai, as now known! Gay ban recently lifted, Adrian Gillan flies, with Virgin Atlantic, direct to India’s financial, media and party capital!
Originally a string of scarce-inhabited islands off the mid-west Indian coast; snubbed by the Portuguese ... [Read more]
Travel – FAB FAL!
Bugger Bondi! Adrian Gillan far prefers the handsome surfer types wafted in by warm Gulf Stream winds all-year-round down in and around Cornwall’s lovely, balmy Falmouth! And there’s never been a better time to visit than during the Fal River Festival (24th May – 2nd June)!
It’s a surprisingly ... [Read more]
Travel – Breathless in Venice
Gaping gondolas! Adrian Gillan visits one of the most genuinely unique, beautiful – and frankly unlikely - cities on Earth! But quick… the waters are rising!
It makes Amsterdam look positively land-locked! And gives Canal Street a whole new meaning! One of our planet’s indisputable urban wonders ... [Read more]