My last few days, Prossy and Stoke City

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Hi All,

It really isnt long now, and im starting to soil myself! Lovely I know.

Wanted to give you a bit of information about what I've been up to in the two days since i last 'blogged'.

I spent yesterday afternoon helping a friend out in Manchester, and i really hope you can help her out too. Prossy Kakooza is a lesbian from Uganda who was imprisoned, raped and tortured horrifically, solely because she is gay.

She managed to escape, flee and to get to Britain where she claimed asylum because her life was indeed in danger if she was to be returned to Uganda. The Home Office rejected her application not because credibility of her story is in any doubt, the medical evidence is sadly overwhelming and they know her story is true, but because they believe Prossy could return to a different part of Uganda where she would be safe.

Firstly, it is illegal in the whole of Uganda to be gay. The sentence for this is between 7 years and life inprisonment, unnofficially it also represents the mistreatment Prossy has also faced. So, if Prossy was to return she would have to live her life in the closet or face prison. Secondly to move to a new village in Uganda you have to have a 'reference' from your old one, so her chance of no-one knowing she's a lesbian would not be possible either.

Therefore there is a campaign, which i spent yesterday helping Prossy to promote, to ask the Home Office to reconsider their decision. It would be great if you could get involved too. There's an online petition you could sign, or a sample letter to write to Liam Byrne who is the Immigration Minister. All the information can be found at and click on Prossy Must Stay.

I then hotfooted all the way back to Stoke to make sure i didnt miss my one opportunity this year to see the mighty mighty Potters play the beautiful game. Stoke pulled off a magnaminous 3-0 victory over tough opposition. Newcastle Town, who nearly made it into the Unibond League this year were worthy losers against Premiership Stoke City (i'll never tire of saying that). Joking aside, we really didnt look that great, but for a first run out after the summer, 3 goals and the chance to sub 10 players at half time did nicely, and it's good to pump some finances into our non-league neighbours!

Stayed over at my 'little' bro's flat last night, enjoyed myself on the Playstation with him and the other guys that live in his court. You should know not to challenge me on Mortal Kombat though Andrew!! Its a game from my era! Was really good to spend some final time with him, I know we're going to miss each other and he'll be well-old by the time i get back, maybe even older than me!!!

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