I told close family and friends first, who I knew would bolster me, and on the whole I was met with nothing but love and support. Sadly, I was then put in a position where I had no choice but to come out fully. Both of us grew up in rural environments and loved every minute: me working on a dairy farm, playing rugby and being involved in the local young farmers group as a member and eventually chairman; Matt playing football, computer games and doing a lot of mountain biking, with no connection to farming until we met in I was 33 when I came out and was probably the first gay person most of my friends and acquaintances had met.
My parents accepted me and my then- partner but the biggest challenge came from the young farmers group, where one woman was very against my involvement — in the end, I had to withdraw from all activities. Matt was 21 when he told his parents and they were very accepting of him. He waited seven years to tell some of his closest friends, by which point they had a slight idea, and again, they were fine with it.
For instance, we married last year in a civil ceremony that was attended by people and in the evening had a massive disco in a barn for about Of those, more than. When I left secondary school, I came out to my mum who was and still is supportive, although she discouraged me from telling some of the older members of my family because they were unlikely to understand. When I was 16, I left my rural home and moved to Cheltenham, and a few months later to London. Moving back to the countryside was a way to achieve those things.
Having enjoyed sharing the gardens with them, I wanted to create an event for all LGBTQ people in the area and last year we held the first Stody Rainbow Garden Party, to bring a sense of Pride to the countryside.
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Failure to do so may result in the booking being cancelled. That these verse techniques changed little during years of literary production suggests the extreme conservatism of Anglo-Saxon culture. Most Old English poetry is preserved in four manuscripts of the late 10th and early 11th centuries. But in the absence of such indications, Old English poems are hard to date, and the scholarly consensus that most were composed in the Midlands and the North in the 8th and 9th centuries gave way to uncertainty during the last two decades of the 20th century. For most poems, there is no scholarly consensus beyond the belief that they were written between the 8th and the 11th centuries.
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If few poems can be dated accurately, still fewer can be attributed to particular poets. The most important author from whom a considerable body of work survives is Cynewulf , who wove his runic signature into the epilogues of four poems. Aside from his name, little is known of him; he probably lived in the 9th century in Mercia or Northumbria. Several poems not by Cynewulf are associated with him because of their subject matter. These include two lives of St.
Guthlac and Andreas ; the latter, the apocryphal story of how St. Andrew fell into the hands of the cannibalistic and presumably mythical Mermedonians, has stylistic affinities with Beowulf.