My Mazamet

Life at № 42

Official Mourning Declared Tomorrow in Brazil’s 4th Largest State

Governor Rui Costa declared official mourning for the 18th of August to honour my grandfather’s death which happened this morning. Mayor ACM also released a statement. Not entirely sure how … Continue reading

August 17, 2020 · 28 Comments

The World in Which a Dead Son Is Better Than a Gay Son

I’d rather have a dead son than a gay son. Let that phrase wash over you. Let it envelop you. Let it sink in. Taste its bitter sting. A dead … Continue reading

October 26, 2018 · 192 Comments

It’s not my fault | Edouard Louis

“It was a chase scene. In the foreground was what looked to be a middle-class man, wearing a white shirt and suit pants. He was trying to get away from … Continue reading

October 17, 2017 · 13 Comments

(Translation) Tradução: 40 Anos do Movimento Anti-Gay

Versão original in English: aqui. Em 2005 a SPLC publicou um cronograma da história do movimento anti-gay nos Estados Unidos. Usando aquele trabalho como base criei uma versão alternativa, mais detalhada, … Continue reading

September 17, 2017 · 25 Comments

Sexism, Racism, Classism & Homophobia – Here I come!

Or there I went. Down the rabbit hole, just like Alice. This business of one’s past is dangerous stuff. Here I was, safely behind my exceedingly high French walls, but no, … Continue reading

August 24, 2017 · 81 Comments

A Boy (or more) to be Sacrificed

I watched the men talking on the beach with some degree of suspicion. I simply did not understand what was going on, what they were doing, or why. I’d never … Continue reading

August 9, 2017 · 16 Comments

Cultural Oddities: Slave Jewellery

Isn’t that an extraordinary picture? All that jewellery you see, it’s gold. Solid gold. Salvador was the birthplace of slave jewellery. I think the concept doesn’t exist in any other … Continue reading

June 23, 2017 · 6 Comments

Teresa Cristina sings Roses Don’t Speak

      “… I complain to the roses. What nonsense. Roses don’t speak. Roses only exhale the scent they steal from you…”

April 28, 2017 · 9 Comments

Notes on The Time Before

I want to continue talking about that period because it’s oddly relevant to what’s going on in  the world today… As a child with grandparents from three different countries and … Continue reading

March 7, 2017 · 26 Comments

February: Skip a single little luxury month

The Max Mello association for animal’s plea got me thinking. Exchange rates, life, well being, Brazil’s £130 per month minimum wage. How a pretty boxed bottle of Cristal champagne is … Continue reading

February 8, 2016 · 30 Comments

If you love animals: The MaxMello Association for the Support of Animal Life needs an urgent hand |

Amazing work being done by this group in a part of the world where animals are regularly mistreated. They accept donations through paypal or bank transfer. Click on the link … Continue reading

February 7, 2016 · 9 Comments