Saturday 24 February 2018

If you prance about like a prat, that is how you're going to be treated

Camping it up: revellers at a New York gay pride march
Camping it up: revellers at a New York gay pride march
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

So, here's the deal. You meet someone and you immediately get butterflies in your stomach. Your mouth goes dry when you talk to them and, when you're apart, your first instinct when you see or hear something interesting is to immediately contact your new partner and tell them what you just learned.

Then, as time goes on, you both move in together and, one magical night over a romantic meal, your proposal is accepted.

Now you can look forward to spending the rest of your life with your beloved, safe and secure and happy in the knowledge that, as the security of any State is largely based on people having strong ties in the community and an emotional, financial and spiritual investment in their environment, society will welcome you with open arms.

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