I’ve been editor of this rag for five years now – exactly a third of the age of InOut – to the day in fact. As it is no coincidence that Distortion is taking place this coming week. The very first Distortion was organised by Thomas Fleurquin, the French founder of InOut, to celebrate our second anniversary back in 2000. That’s quite a claim to fame, which nobody ever seems to know. A bit like how this country’s most famous street festival is actually the brainchild of a Frenchman.
So there I was with a dilemma. Either I could organise a party to celebrate my five years and revel in the embarrassment of the insincere congratulations (“Wow, five, that is a long time, I’ve got older verucas”) and bribe somebody illustrious to gush all over my achievement on the podium, or I could bite the bullet and put the publication first.