29th June 2008
Gardening: Spring and summer herb gardening 1
11:34 AM — The whole process of growing and nurturing herbs, hand picking the aromatic leaves, adding them to home cooking and enjoying their flavour at the dinner table is a satisfying activity.
Gardening: Use your garden to boost your home’s value
11:14 AM — When most of us want to sell our home we focus on what we can do inside it, but the difference you make on the outside can prove extremely profitable. A well-kept garden can be a growing investment for your property, boosting its value by up to 10 per cent, according to garden maintenance firm Nicenstripy.
Gardening: tips for July 1
11:07 AM — Let's hope the rain stays away and we have a sunny July. Even if you have lots of gardening jobs to get through, this is the time to relax and enjoy the fruits of all your hard work over the past year. However, try not to overdo it when the weather is hot; save any gardening tasks for the early morning or early evening.
Gardening: Custom build your own BBQ 1
11:03 AM — If you want to make the barbecue a more permanent feature in your garden, the ideal solution is to build your own. A well-built barbecue will provide you with hundreds of chargrilled meals, with the obvious advantage of not having to store it every winter.
28th June 2008
Gay dancer ejected from Big Brother after spitting row 3
1:57 PM — Gay dancer Denis McHugh has been removed from the Big Brother house and will be questioned by police it has emerged this afternoon.
11:01 AM — Your property is your biggest asset, so you should make the most of it. That's what House Doctor and many other home decorating shows will tell you. Garish colour schemes, flower-power curtains and messy clutter are just some of the ways to devalue your property.
Elton John party raised £10m at charity auction
10:54 AM — Elton John's Thursday night, £3000 a head White Tie and Tiara Ball raised £10 million from a celebrity auction. Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish held the event at their lavish £20 million home in Windsor.
27th June 2008
Homophobic party push Labour into fifth at by-election
5:05 PM — The election to replace Boris Johnson as MP for Henley has proved humiliating for the government, with Labour pushed into fifth place by the Greens and the BNP.
Gay rights foe Stephen Green faces bankruptcy over court costs 11
4:27 PM — Preacher Stephen Green may have overstepped the mark when he tried to bring a private prosecution against the BBC Director General.
Queen invests Sir Ian with top honour
3:50 PM — Veteran actor Sir Ian McKellen has been made a Companion of Honour for services to drama and equality. The award was presented to the 69-year-old national treasure by the Queen.
COMMENT: Genetic explanations of homosexuality are crude, simplistic and doomed to failure 4
3:44 PM — A few years ago, Dr James Watson, the Noble Prize winner who co-discovered DNA, reopened the controversy over the so-called gay gene when he defended a woman's right to abortion.
Nick Clegg calls on Heinz to reinstate same-sex kiss advert 16
3:19 PM — The leader of the Liberal Democrats has become the first party leader to comment on the decision of food manufacturer Heinz to withdraw an advert from TV because it depicted two men kissing.
Politics and showbiz unite to show support for gay asylum seekers
12:17 PM — A Hollywood star, prominent politicians and leading gay-rights activists showed their support for LGBT asylum seekers and same-sex bi-national couples at a fundraiser last week.
Tabloid’s front page gay kiss shows Heinz how it’s done 9
10:56 AM — A tabloid newspaper has responded to the Heinz gay kiss ad fiasco by printing a photo of two men kissing on its front page this morning.
26th June 2008
Jacqui Smith’s Iran comments misunderstood claims minister 3
6:28 PM — A Home Office minister has defended his boss against accusations that she does not understand the dangers faced by gay people in Iran.
“Eco-dildo” a useful bulwark against oil price instability 3
6:12 PM — The makers of a wooden "eco-friendly" dildo have claimed that the product can "help save the planet." The latest sex toy, called an Eco-Dildo, is made from carefully selected wood.
Stonewall welcomes “very significant” Equality Bill 1
5:43 PM — Gay rights organisation Stonewall today welcomed the announcement by Cabinet minister Harriet Harman that a new Equality Bill to be brought before Parliament will include a need for public bodies to promote gay equality.
New legislation will instruct public bodies to promote gay equality 1
5:16 PM — The new Equality Bill published today includes proposals for all public bodies to promote equality for gay and lesbian people.
Pride London’s delight at men in uniform 1
5:10 PM — The UK’s largest Pride parade will for the first time feature members of all three branches of the Armed Services in uniform after negotiations between organisers and the Ministry of Defence.
Sex addiction group for gay men launched 1
4:37 PM — Next month sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust will launch a group for gay men addicted to sex.