A few days ago my Dish of the Week was a guy called Riyadh Khalaf.
In that blog I mentioned how he’d gone from Youtubing and radio onto BBC Three who gave him a chance to voice and showcase the LGBTQ community in a 6 part series called ‘Queer Britain’.
I am so happy to say that this show will now also be officially shown on BBC One!! starting on August 3rd.
I am absolutely thrilled for Riyadh.
I can’t stress enough what a personality this guy has.
Just spend some time going through his Youtube channel and I guarantee you will laugh, you will cry, you will drink an inordinate amount of wine and you will feel enlightened and blessed to be part of his journey.
To give you a taster, here are some of my favourite vlogs.
You already know that if I’m looking for a laugh I go straight to this one…
This is where I fell in love with his Mum!
This is where I really felt for his Dad.
This is where I could have cried for him.
But he continues to have fun and I love him….. Can you tell?!
Please tune in to BBC One on August 3rd. Open your heart and your mind and spread the love.
It’s been a while since I did one of these and in a way this is a strange one for me because, as much as I love this man, his personality, his smile and his enthusiasm for everything he does, I know that as I girl I would be on a forever losing battle to win his heart.
That and the fact that I’m also old enough to be his mother!!
Oh, and by the way, his Mother is a goddess and I love her to bits! and his Dad is amazing too.
I discoverd Riyadh a few months ago when I had a quiet afternoon and a large bottle of wine.
I stumbled onto this little gem on Youtube. He was such a cheeky happy guy, I couldn’t stop watching.
At the time I was looking for a good laugh and this hit the spot!!
I just had to check out his Youtube channel and found myself spending an entire afternoon having a major fit of giggles and having my eyes opened to a whole community I knew very little about.
Riyadh developed an interest in Youtubing at an early age and worked in radio in Ireland and was recently offered the chance to present his own 6 part TV show with BBC three.
I highly recommend taking a look at Queer Britain. A wonderful show and very enlightening.
Riyadh didn’t have it easy growing up in Ireland, but he overcame adversity, followed his heart and his dreams and now he’s living his dreams and I really hope that he goes from strength to strength. I want to see him hosting his own chat show in future. He’d be amazing!
I’ll leave you with this little piece from his Youtube channel.
Today was a good day.
I haven’t had a day to myself for almost three weeks. If I wasn’t at work, I was at Uni or I was on a placement. My days off were spent trying to complete my first essay and if I did find myself with a day off from all of that, there were chores to do.
I had a stroke of luck this week and found myself with three days off in a row and Ian managed to take a days holiday so we have the weekend together.
Unfortunately it hasn’t been very good for my diet!!
We started by having a day out today and went to MK to watch some films.
We arrived in MK at about 10am and had breakfast at Frankie and Benny’s and then headed of to see Baywatch!!
I know, I know. Really???
Surprisingly it was actually really fun!! Cheesy, but fun.
Of course the eye candy didn’t go amiss.
Then we went straight into film number two. The Mummy.
Forget what the critics are saying, this was actually really good and my favourite of the three films we saw today. There were lots of quick references to potential future characters and Russell Crowe as Dr Jekyl worked well. I look forward to, hopefully, the next one!
Then we went to Wagamama’s for dinner and I decided to be brave and try something completely different. One chicken and prawn Yaki Soba later and I was completely stuffed. Yes, we also had chilli squid. Can’t go to Wagamama’s without getting a chilli squid. YUM YUM!!
Film number three was Wonder Woman.
What can I say about this without spoiling it?
It was good. A good set up for the next one. Plenty of action and humour. I was very happy about how strong the women were portrayed. Wonder Woman herself did not come across as overtly sexual, even with the skimpy costume. She kicked arse!!
However, it lacked a little something for me personally. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t come out thinking, WOW! I’ve got to see it again and that was disappointing.
Now we’re home and I have a HUGE glass of wine and I’m watching Riyadh’s new Youtube video and having a giggle.
I have to do a bit of housework tomorrow… BOOOOO! before some old friends come round for a visit and Sunday I plan to do absolutely NOTHING.
Right, bed with another movie I think!!
So I got a new app on my phone this morning.
I found out about it when I watched Riyadh’s new video on Youtube last night.
The app was sponsoring Riyadh’s video and it sounded really interesting.
It sounded like a nice way to meet new people and make new friends.
The bit that got me hooked was the fact that you can see people nearby and, like Riyadh says in the video, if you’re going to be travelling alone, you can put the place you’re visitng into the app and see who’s nearby so you can find people, chat and make friends before you arrive.
Mmm, I thought.
Italy in the summer. I would love to have some friends who know the area and would take me exploring and get to know the real Italy.
So, being completely naive I thought, why not!
What I didn’t take into consideration, and what Riyadh failed to mention, is the fact that it is primarily a dating app!
It has given me a little confidence boost however.
I have been very clear in my profile that I have a partner and kids and that I’m looking to just ‘make friends’ with both guys and girls and in the last half hour alone I have had 13 likes, 15 visits to my profile, all men I might add, and I have also had 2 messages. 1 guy, 1 girl.
I am not responding to anything just yet.
I’m not really interested in meeting people locally but it’s nice to get the attention!!
The question now is, am I brave enough to actually try it and see what kind of people are out there?
Are there people who just want to make new friends or are they all out there looking for something more?
Whatever, it’s given me a real giggle this morning.
OK, I’m blogging about this for various reasons.
The first reason being, it’s important!
Everyone on the planet deserves to be treated the same way and unless it’s discussed and handled well by the media and other outlets, we’re never going to get anywhere.
The second reason is personal.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m a very open person and accepting of anyone regardless of race, religion or sexual preference or anything LGBTQ related.
With that said, and after a few teenage encounters at work, I realise just how little I actually know or understand about LGBTQ issues.
I have decided to enlighten myself by finding out as much as I can in the hope that I may be able to help people, directly or indirectly.
Knowledge is a powerful thing and if I can at least put a few biggots in their place by knowing my facts, then it will be worth it.
Channel 4 are showing a documentary tonight at 10pm titled ‘Kids on the Edge’.
Tonights episode tackles Gender Identity.
I think this is a perfect springboard into my education and may just prove valuable at work at some point. Even if I only help one troubled teen it will be worth it.
Now.. here’s some great news!!!
As any regular readers will know, I’ve recently discovered a wonderful Youtuber called Riyadh.
He’s such a bubbly, happy personality you can’t help but smile and laugh when you watch his Vlogs.
He works in media and he’s been keeping a secret for the last few months.
On Monday he was finally able to let the cat out of the bag on his Youtube channel.
Here is his big announcement on his Youtube channel.
YAY!! He’s got his own series on BBC 3 tackling LGBTQ issues.
I can’t wait.
It hasn’t got a title yet but you can keep track of it using the hashtag #ProjectRainbow
You can find him on Youtube – look for Riyadh K
You can find him on Twitter – https://twitter.com/RiyadhK
You can find him on Snapchat – https://www.snapchat.com/add/riyadhk
You can find him on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/riyadhkofficial
You can find him on Instagram – https://instagram.com/riyadhk
Go take a look. I guarantee he’ll put a smile on your face.
Keep your eyes open for the new series and take a look.