THE LAST WORD... ‘ The will of most Australians is on marriage’ the side of same-sex
WITH STEPHEN FRY, COMEDIAN, ACTOR, WRITER AND STAR OF
“AT all events, I think those who oppose (marriage equality) will find, as has happened in Britain, that their objections were baseless. The institution of marriage is stronger and quite unharmed, and no priests or ministers or imams were forced to marry couples against their beliefs. All is well.
It’s a huge and blessed thing for those marrying and a small, obvious and natural thing for the state to endorse it.
I think it’s inevitable (here). The tide of history and the will of most Australians is on the side of same-sex marriage. I adore Australia. Obviously I would say that, but it’s true.
The unique blend of larrikin and sophisticate; the shared (with Britain) wry, dry, laconic and ironic humour … the unbelievably good quality of food, wine and coffee. My favourite part? Are you insane? You know perfectly well that I can’t favour one city without earning the wrath of the others.
I’ve always had itchy feet. Wanderlust, the Germans call it. It’s possible it has something to do with growing up deep in the rural fastness of East Anglia in England, but I don’t know if that explains it.
‘To travel hopefully is better than to arrive,’ Browning said. I think it was Browning. And that’s how I feel. On top of that, it’s the simple privilege of seeing different cultures and civilisations.
While filming my new series, I was sitting with a group of teenage football players in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa, one of the most murderous cities on Earth, talking about how football was helping lift them out of the gang culture they grew up in.
On a happier side to these astonishing countries, their animal and plant life never ceases to amaze me. I was standing beside a giant turtle – and the word giant is very, very appropriate – watching her lay eggs in the sand dunes on a remote beach near the Panamanian-Columbian border.
That huge animal skittered along the same beach after being hatched 25 years earlier, escaped predators against all odds, and made it to the ocean, where it lived all those years before some astounding instinct drove it back all the way to that exact stretch of sand to lay her own eggs.
They say when travelling you should keep your nose to the wind and your eye to the skyline. I’m rather hopeless and in the journey through life I tend to keep my eyes down on my feet.
I’ve never been much of one for planning ahead. I love the surprise of new ideas that might come to me or new offers that come from elsewhere.”