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  1. kamal santamaria

    October 28, 2011 at 3:20 am

    alistair, hamdullilah

    where have you disapeared to? we miss you so much.

    hahaha 🙂

  2. Neil Campbell

    November 3, 2011 at 1:12 am

    As both a Buddhist and a homosexual I feel that I have as much – if not more – experience of both of these aspects of my life than Alistair Appleton! To use the old adage it takes one to know one and does not involve the use of Gaydar or anything of a spiritual nature!

    I have to admit that my Buddhism is a great solace to me in these troubled and violent times and I try not to influence other people in trying to ‘convert’ them to my religion! I know that we live in times when superficiality and ignorance of other people’s beliefs and religions are very prevalent which can be very frustrating for somebody like myself!

    I have experienced extensive homophobia from all sections of society – not that I consider myself to be flamboyant or effeminate and I know that the perpetrators of such crimes are usually closeted homosexuals and try to deflect their own self-loathing by being aggressive and violent towards openly gay men! This is quite apparent when I consider the number of so-called ‘straight’ men that I have had sexual relations with over the past 40 years or so! The majority of them ask me not to let on to them in the street if I see them out with their female partners! I have to admit that I feel sorry for them in that I have no reason to live a double life – unlike them! I doubt if they will ever come out and have to sneak around in order to fulfil their sexual desires!

    Until I accessed Alistair Appleton’s web page I was unaware of the fact that he was, also, gay although I was aware of the fact that he was a Buddhist and, hopefully, both he and I will be able to enlighten the majority of people as to the facts about both our sexuality and religion and that we can make this world a much happier and pleasant place to live in; without fear, anger and hatred!

    In closing, I feel that I must answer the question that was posed by you: do Buddhists watch television? The answer to this is: Yes, we do. I am very particular about the programmes that I watch although I do admit that I, also, watch some ‘crap’ too! But like all viewers I can only watch what is offered, can’t I? I avoid all of the (un)reality programmes that we have forced upon us by the programmes’ producers, especially The X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing, anything with the talentless Kerry Katona, Peter Andre, Katie Price, Jimmy Carr, Alan Carr, Mylene Klaas etc etc. The list is endless and I have to admit that anything that Simon Cowell and his cronies have a hand in is not even considered worth viewing by me!

    Why can’t we have some decent programmes on our screens which cater for the more discerning viewer?

    Thank-you very much, Alistair, for giving us many years of your presenting style! I have to admit that I love your dimples – they, and the rest of your body, have given me untold fantasies ever since I first saw you on screen at the beginning of the last decade! Peace and happiness to you! Neil Campbell

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