Monday, July 04, 2005
I have seen the Liberal future and it is here
Yesterday I was passing through Cologne (as one does) and, with a couple of hours to spare between trains, left the station and walked into the nearest pub, the cavernous Alt Köln.
I also walked inadvertently into the city's three-day gay pride festival.
As I sat among the fake oak beams, nursing a glass of the local kölsch beer, a man aged at least 60 walked in to the bar, wearing only a black leather thong held up with some sort of black leather harness. He chatted amiably with some of the waiters and no-one batted an eyelid.
Which is how it should be.