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COUNT DOWN Employers wait with baited breath to find out if they’ve made Stonewall’s Top 100 list

Nacro celebrates being no.1 in 2008. Who will top the list this year?

IT’S CRUNCH TIME for British businesses and organisations as they wait to see if they’ve made it onto Stonewall’s annual Top 100 Employers Index for 2009. The chart, published on Wednesday 7 January, is essential reading for every working or job-seeking gay person in the country as it details the companies most committed to providing a truly equal workplace. Last year’s winner was Nacro, the national crime reduction charity, and there were top ten berths for the Greater London Authority, Transport for London and Brighton and Hove City Council. All will be fighting to keep their places in the upper echelons of the index, as Stonewall’s Direc-

tor of Workplace Programmes, David Shields, explains: “Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers 2009 had more entries than ever before – with 317 employers taking part, up on 241 last year. It also included the largest ever survey of gay staff in the workplace with almost 7,000 participants.” Ahead of the official results, Stonewall has revealed that inclusion on the countdown has a good effect on gay workers. “The survey found that the higher an employer ranked in the index, the more satisfied their staff reported being,” says Shields. “This highlights the positive impact employers can have through Stonewall’s index on staff experience and productivity as a result.”

Our sneak peek (below), shows that as a whole, the professional services (such as accountants and law firms) come out on top, with the police and financial sectors also performing well. The complete list will be published in the next edition of one80news, out on Friday 16 January.




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Editor’s Comment More than your job’s worth? IT’S A MEASURE of how important we’ve become that inclusion on Stonewall’s 100 Top Employers list has become such a big deal to companies in the UK. While they clamour to get their houses in order, it’s even more important that every one of us takes a long hard look at our own job situations. Do our employers take the right steps to make sure we’re treated

fairly? Have we turned a blind eye to casual homophobia in the workplace for the sake of a quiet life? The rules don’t just apply to big business – anyone who employs an LGBT person has a duty of care towards them. So make sure you check out this year’s list. If your employer is on there, congratulations. If not, it’s time to find out why, and make 2009 the Year of Equality.

Killer caged A VICIOUS KILLER will spend at least thirty years behind bars for the brutal murder of a retired accountant. ‘Gentle’ Jeff Akers staggered

out of the Cowey Sale public toilets in Walton on Thames last February with a carving knife embedded eight inches into his back. Hate-filled Mark

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‘Hatred’: Mark Malone Malone had previously served time for attacking an autistic man who smiled at him in Truro, Cornwall, in 2003, and had assaulted another man in the same toilet just months before slaying Akers. Speaking afterwards, Akers’ father Peter welcomed the sentence, calling it “the next best thing to hanging.” The public toilets, the scene of the brutal murder, will now be demolished.

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Malone, who’s married with kids, was convicted of the killing at the Old Bailey in November after he failed to convince a jury that he didn’t stab Akers in a fit of anti-gay rage. Sentencing Malone to life, Judge David Paget said: “You murdered him in a particularly savage way, stabbing him in the back with a carving knife with such force that it completely severed the eighth rib and punctured his right lung. You did this simply because he was gay.” The judge also told Malone: “I am satisfied that you took that knife and went into those public lavatories looking for someone you thought was gay to stab. You clearly have an unhealthy interest in knives and very clearly have a hatred of homosexuals. You will have to be regarded, therefore, as posing a significant risk of serious harm to members of the public, in particular gay men, in the future.” It emerged during the trial that

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Europe is among those supporting an EU Parliament initiative to grant equal rights to gay couples across all member states. At the moment, British gay couples who are legally partnered can’t claim the same rights in fourteen EU states, among them Ireland, Germany, Greece and France. For example, French couples who have a same-sex marriage are recognised in the UK but the reverse is not true of British gay civil partnerships in France. It’s this type of discrepancy that the initiative hopes to solve, but it will require the co-operation of all twenty-seven EU states. Many high-profile British MEPs have so far failed to support the resolution. Yet to give his backing to the initiative is former I’m A Celebrity contestant Robert Kilroy-Silk, along-

side Tories Timothy Kirkhope and Ian Hudghton and Labour MEP’s Mary Honeyball and Peter Skinner. A successful resolution needs the backing of 50% of MEPs, but at the moment only 10% have signed up. Tom Wise, an MEP for the UK Independence Party, has already signalled his intention not to get involved. “I have no wish to interfere with the internal procedures of other countries,” he told a constituent. “Perhaps we all should respect local customs and laws, rather than imposing our views on our hosts.” The fate of the declaration will be decided on Thur 15 Jan 2009. Campaigners in favour of the motion have until then to secure the necessary 393 signatures for it to have any hope of being adopted by the European Parliament.

AMERICAN GAY rights groups have welcomed the appointment of Nancy Sutley to Barack Obama’s Environmental team. She is the first prominent gay figure to make it into the new President’s administration. Chuck Wolfe of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund called the news “another step toward full equality for gay Americans.” Hopes are high among campaigners that another gay politician, Mary Beth Maxwell, will be named for the highprofile post of Labour Secretary. Official word on the appointment was due as one80news Nancy Sutley went to press.



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Issue 37 • Friday 28 November - Thursday 11 December 2008


THE OWNER of the White Horse pub, Simon Thompson (standing, centre) preparing to celebrate with friends after being cleared of assaulting another bar owner at the Hilton Metropole in March. Police were called after an incident at The Golden Handbags, an event devised by the local gay magazine GScene to give awards to gay bars and clubs. Mr Thompson was charged with assaulting Sharon Barr, the owner of The Zone and accused of assaulting her bar manager and one of her barmen. A further public order charge was brought against him for allegedly shouting abuse at Ms Barr, outside her venue on St James’s Street. After a four day trial, one assault charge was dropped and Mr Thompson was found not guilty of the rest by three Brighton magistrates. The Chair of the bench Neil Rose told Mr Thompson: “You can leave here without a stain on your character.” See page two for a court digest














Lucrative 2009 bar contract awarded to Brighton’s Wild Fruit THE COMPANY BEHIND Brighton’s well know club brand Wild Fruit has won a three year deal to run all of the bars at Brighton Pride in Preston Park The news comes after the shock revelations that Stagfleet, which owns Club Revenge, was told by Pride that it wasn’t financially up to scratch despite offering a hundred thousand pound bond. Stagfleet and Wild Fruit had run the bars together for the last three years. “As a local gay business and staunch long term supporter and fundraiser for Pride we are thrilled that Pride have granted the bars to us subject to contract,” said Paul Kemp, of Aeon Events which runs Wild Fruit. Pride trustees have defended their tender process as a “rigorous” and “open” after criticism

from Stagfleet which had co-tendered with Aeon Events. “Once we (Aeon Events) had met the criteria, we were advised (by Pride) that it would be fair and more flexible of us to submit several options for Pride to consider,” said Paul Kemp. “Running the bars at Pride is an enormous undertaking and until contracts have been signed we can’t comment on specific details.” Kemp’s company will operate the Wild Fruit bar but it has the option to sublet others like the cabaret and members bar. Anyone can apply but it will be Pride which will decide in order to be: “inclusive and to encourage other local businesses to operate on the park and be involved in Pride as in previous years,” according to Aeon Events.


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COUNT DOWN Employers wait with baited breath to find out if they’ve made Stonewall’s Top 100 list

Nacro celebrates being no.1 in 2008. Who will top the list this year?

IT’S CRUNCH TIME for British businesses and organisations as they wait to see if they’ve made it onto Stonewall’s annual Top 100 Employers Index for 2009. The chart, published on Wednesday 7 January, is essential reading for every working or job-seeking gay person in the country as it details the companies most committed to providing a truly equal workplace. Last year’s winner was Nacro, the national crime reduction charity, and there were top ten berths for the Greater London Authority, Transport for London and Brighton and Hove City Council. All will be fighting to keep their places in the upper echelons of the index, as Stonewall’s Direc-

tor of Workplace Programmes, David Shields, explains: “Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers 2009 had more entries than ever before – with 317 employers taking part, up on 241 last year. It also included the largest ever survey of gay staff in the workplace with almost 7,000 participants.” Ahead of the official results, Stonewall has revealed that inclusion on the countdown has a good effect on gay workers. “The survey found that the higher an employer ranked in the index, the more satisfied their staff reported being,” says Shields. “This highlights the positive impact employers can have through Stonewall’s index on staff experience and productivity as a result.”

Our sneak peek (below), shows that as a whole, the professional services (such as accountants and law firms) come out on top, with the police and financial sectors also performing well. The complete list will be published in the next edition of one80news, out on Friday 16 January.

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JUNE 2008 saw one80news making headlines of its own as we asked the question ‘Is this really offensive, kids?’ Our cheeky response to Heinz pulling their notorious advert (which showed two men sharing a brief kiss) helped make the controversy a subject of national debate.


AUGUST 2008 saw our biggest-ever issue as one80news proved itself to be the indispensable guide to Brighton and Hove Pride. Overwhelmingly positive feedback from London visitors led directly to our decision to launch a London edition of the paper in November this year.



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THE ALBERT KENNEDY Trust is celebrating after raising more than £4000 at a charity event hosted by Village Drinks earlier this month. Sir Ian McKellen was the guest of honour at the fundraiser for the charity, which provides help for homeless young gay people.

LGBT GREENS are calling on gay Brightonians to help prevent the British National Party gaining a foothold in the city. A planned BNP meeting earlier this month was scuppered by more than 300 protesters. “We are proud to have joined the successful protest,” said Phelim MacCafferty of the Greens. “We call upon every LGBT person in Brighton and Hove to have as their first New Year’s resolution continued opposition to the fascists.”

Marina re-think

Capital crunch LONDON WILL suffer more from the credit crunch than any other place in Britain, according to Chancellor Alistair Darling. “London is the major financial services sector of the world,” he said. “Of course we are likely to be more severely affected as a result of the profitability being reduced.”

OPPONENTS OF a proposed extension to Brighton Marina are celebrating after the Council rejected the developer’s plans. “The proposed scheme was rightly rejected on a number of issues, most notably the poor quality of the architecture, and the lack of decent public spaces,” said Green Cllr Amy Kennedy. “If we’re going to redevelop the Marina, it’s essential that we get it right and approve a scheme that we can be proud of - unfortunately this wasn’t it.” Rejected: plans for Marina development

Elton v X Factor ELTON JOHN will be joined on-stage at his New Year’s Party by X Factor winner Alexandra Burke and Pop Idol champ Will Young. John, 61, recently told an audience that he’d rather have his “c*** bitten off by an Alsatian” than watch the ITV1 show. The concert takes place on Wed 31 Dec at the O2 in London.


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BRIGHTON’S CYCLISTS are to receive a boost with the news that the popular seafront cycle route is to be extended. The new stretch will link the Pier and Brighton Marina, effectively filling in a ‘missing link’ on the route. “This is part of our ongoing commitment to improve the cycle route network,” said Cllr Geoffrey Theobald.

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Thugs quizzed POLICE HUNTING sixteen men suspected of shouting homophobic abuse at footballer Sol Campbell have now identified twelve of them. A total of five have now been arrested and bailed until January, with the remaining seven expected to be questioned shortly. Anyone with information should contact Operation Decorum on 0845 0454545 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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SIR IAN MCKELLEN has claimed that Britain has had “one or two gay Prime Ministers” in an interview with Seven magazine. The X Men star and gay rights activist didn’t name names, but did speculate on the likelihood of 10 Downing Street being occupied by an openly gay PM. “I think openly gay politicians are the standard, rather than not, in all parties these days,” he said. “Eventually it’s very likely that one of them will become a leader.”

A NEW EXTREME sports event could attract up to 50,000 visitors to Brighton next year. White Air is the biggest land and sea-based extreme sports festival in Europe, and features the Red Arrows among its attractions. Previously staged on the Isle of Wight, the event is provisionally scheduled for Sep 18-20 2009.

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Derry Maher (r) receives his medal THE BRIGHTON AND HOVE (Actually) Gay Men’s Chorus is bursting with pride at the news that one of their members has been awarded a medal by the King of Malaysia. Bass singer Derry Maher has been given the Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal in recognition of his service in the Malaysia campaign of 1957 to 1966. “I wear my medals with pride to commemorate my fallen and injured comrades,” said Maher.



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Tom’s Pick: Duke Special

The first quarter of the year is normally a wasteland for new releases, but the early part of 2009 is chock full of hotly anticipated albums. one80news takes a look at the big five... Pet Shop Boys Set to receive the Outstanding Contribution gong at 2009’s Brit Awards, Pet Shop Boys return with their new Xenomania-produced album on Mon 23 March, preceded by amazing new single Love Etc. Empire of the Sun The new incarnation of Luke Terry from The Sleepy Jackson, Walking on a Dream (out Mon 9 Feb) is an album of beautiful, other-worldly and absolutely brilliant pop. Set to be huge.

Described as ‘the f***ed up ringmaster of a broken circus’ Duke Special is as much about the theatre of the performance as he is the twisted tunes. It is clear from the outset that Peter Wilson’s music is like a confused, surreal carnival that leaves you with a slight sense that at any second things could get completely out of hand. His old fashioned, music-hall style draws easy comparisons with the Divine Comedy, flitting between soulful ballads and something far darker. The new album, I Never Thought This Day Would Come, is an absolute wonder to behold. Deliberately trying to push himself, Wilson has invited many co-writers to challenge his more than ample abilities. The resulting stand-out songs Sweet Sweet Kisses and Diggin’ an Early Grave should mean a meteoric rise for this very special Duke.

Kayleigh’s Choice: The Bobby McGee’s THE BOBBY MCGEE’S are flowers taken out of the fields of their usual context - delicate petals pinned cleverly; brilliantly arranged; soft against gruff. No Friends - a musical worm farm - is sweet, simple, and wild, and when I saw Genki Sudo live I reached some phenomenological ecstasy replete with butterfly hand-motions. The lyrics are so touching and so true I had to stop myself from bawling. The Bobby McGees are poignant, intelligent, violent, honest, funny, fun and romantic. Bury your face in the Bobby McGee’s; they leave a good taste in your mouth. Wed 31 Dec, 8pm at The Bees Mouth NYE Party, Western Rd, Brighton.

Lily Allen Second time around for Ms Allen, and it remains to be seen whether It’s Not Me It’s You (out Mon 9 Feb) can sustain the success of her debut - first single The Fear sets the standard high, but she may struggle to keep the momentum going in a fickle market. Franz Ferdinand Having abandoned sessions with Xenomania, third album Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (out Mon 26 Jan) is business as usual for the former music press darlings. Good, but no longer ground-breaking. Antony and the Johnsons After a gap filled by art exhibitions and side projects (Hercules and Love Affair), Antony Hegarty returns with The Crying Light (out Mon 19 Jan). New material premiered at the Barbican last October was breathtakingly good, so could this be the album of the year already? Don’t bet against it.

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THE BRIGHTON Philharmonic Orchestra present an icon of classical music on Sun 18 Jan, performing Beethoven’s 5th and 6th symphonies. Two hundred years since they were premiered, these masterpieces have lost none of their ability to inspire and amaze audiences. Between the symphonies, the BPO are joined by soprano Elizabeth Atherton for the dramatic and engaging aria Ah! Perfido, the lament of an abandoned woman. See the website for details.

IT’S BEEN a funny old career for Mandy Patinkin. Possibly the only celebrity to straddle the worlds of musical theatre and television crime (via Criminal Minds), he has the rare distinction of being outstanding in two fields. Appearing at the Duke of York Theatre from Thur 8 Jan to Sun 18 Jan, these shows see the man and his rich, quivering voice deliver standards from Sondheim, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and Randy Newman.

THIS MAKES it onto the music page by virtue of the subject matter - Michael Jackson. In the absence of any new material from the deposed King of Pop, fans will no doubt flock to this latest back-catalogue musical. Starring various Michael soundalikes and, er, Denise from Five Star, Thriller: A Musical Celebration opens at London’s Lyric Theatre on Thur 2 Jan. We’ll be charitable and say it’s going to run for slightly longer than the Boney M one did.



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CABARET HAS a knack of making stars - Liza Minnelli was propelled to mega-stardom in the 1972 movie version, and the 1998 Broadway revival launched Alan Cumming’s Hollywood career. Now it’s I’d Do Anything runner-up Samantha Barks’s turn, and she makes for a fantastic Sally Bowles opposite Wayne Sleep’s light-footed, hot-shoe-shuffling Emcee. Cabaret plays at the Theatre Royal Brighton from Tues 13 Jan to Sat 17 Jan.

NOT CONTENT with his day job fronting Antony and the Johnsons, Antony Hegarty is launching an exhibition of his very personal art at London’s Isis Gallery this month. Described as ‘little spells’, Antony’s drawings have an almost tortured genesis, with each piece drawn on, burned, soaked in the rain, thrown away and reclaimed, drawn on again, stained or dried over a fire. Likely to provoke as much debate as his other-worldly music, and well worth seeing.

CHEEK2CHEEK ARE holding a Sparkling New Year Ball for lesbian and gay revellers and their friends on Sat 10 January at the Old Market in Hove. Music will be provided by the ever popular Jacky’s Jukebox and there will also be one or two surprise performances during the evening, as well as the opportunity for beginners to join in some fun dances! Tickets are £12 in advance or £15 on the door, see the website for details of classes. theatre royal

The former Mr Minnelli turns his life into a musical - with added Peter Andre.

NEVER IN the history of light entertainment has one man been so convinced of his right to stardom, and yet with so little cause. David Gest, for who else could it be, has now decided that his life is worthy of transformation into a musical extravaganza - normally an honour reserved for slightly more famous people, like Jesus. We’re not exactly recommending Nuts: My Life as a Musical, but until Kerry Katona mounts a one-woman production of La Boheme, you’re unlikely to witness a bigger celebrity car-crash than this. Any show that combines Peter Andre, Coolio and Bonnie Tyler in the same performance just has to be worth seeing, and there’s always the chance that Liza will be in the gods with a stun gun....

David Gest is Nuts Indigo2 Mon 12 January Millennium Way, Greenwich, SE10 0BB Tel 0208 4632711

Coming attractions Brighton’s winter theatre season will see you through the cold, dark nights IT MAY BE winter, but hibernation is most definitely not an option in Brighton - culturally speaking there’s more than enough going on to keep us all well-nourished. The Theatre Royal has a great season coming up, with an eclectic programme of shows that provide something for everyone. Late January sees the ever-popular Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat take up residence, February brings a new production of Little Shop of Horrors, while March sees the eagerly awaited Waiting For Godot, starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart. The West End hit comedy Boeing Boeing touches down in April, stand-up comes from Ed Byrne and Stephen K Amos, and the Russian State Ballet return in February with Swan Lake. The Brighton Dome has an equally thrilling programme this winter, with one of the highlights being Brighton’s now traditional ‘alternative’ pantomime. This February it’s Sinderfella, starring David Raven as the Fairy Godmother, Dave Lynn and Pat Cruise as the Ugly Sisters and Miss Jason as Sinderfella herself! Other highlights include comedy from Rob Brydon in February, Al Murray and Ross Noble, both in March, and the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra with a series of concerts in February and March. There’s also a great line-up of music at the Dome, including Sharleen Spiteri, the NME Awards Tour, Ray Lamontagne and Elbow. Check the websites for all the details, and trust one80news to keep you informed throughout the year!

Clockwise from top left: Sinderfella, Rob Brydon, Little Shop of Horrors, Boeing Boeing, Waiting for Godot, Ross Noble

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That was the year, that was!

Girls Aloud

Over the course of 2008 we’ve talked to lots of celebrities, and they all had something unique to’s a selection of the best

The Loving Kind

Please don’t let this be the peak of my career

We don’t know how to tell you this Val Lehman...(Nov)

Brighton is Guardian-onSea!

Can we have that on a blue plaque, Polly Toynbee?(May)

I’m a lemon tree that makes lemons

I’m a bit of a hard chick

Thanks for clearing that up for us, kd lang (July)

Political correctness only exists in the mind of the politically undeveloped

Hear hear, Barbara Follett MP, Equality Secretary (Aug)

You’re not fooling anybody, Estelle (April)

Our greatest tool is eyeshadow

Honesty from the Trocks’ Ida Nevasayneva (October)

Dale Winton is one of my best friends

We wanted to quit while we were ahead

Aldo Zilli, clearly an equal opportunities friend (May)

So what on earth stopped you, Dawn French? (March)

I’ll turn up and sing anywhere

Brighton is like London-onSea

Don’t go selling yourself short, Kiki Dee (February)

Single out 12 Jan

But there’s no pier in London, is there, David Gray? (March)

HOW DO you improve on perfection? Girls Aloud just have with their twentieth single release, the product of twin geniuses Xenomania and Pet Shop Boys. The new mix of the The Loving Kind has been given an extra edge from the album version, with added synths, new intro, and fantastic video. This is perfect winter blues cure from the biggest girls in pop!

Lily Allen The Fear Single out 26 Jan

TV/DVD by Niall McMurray

BOOKS by Peter Burton

Dancing on The Tripods A Delicious Way to Earn a Living Ice ITV1 Sun 11 Jan Out Mon 12 Jan by Michael Bateman

YOU KNOW when you go to the supermarket and buy an own brand version of, say, Hob Nobs? Then when you get home and dunk one in a cup of tea you suddenly realise the magnitude of your mistake? You do? Good. You are therefore well prepared for the return of Dancing on Ice, ITV1’s answer to Strictly Come Dancing, and as you’d expect from the People’s Channel, it’s a load of old bobbins, with little or no nutritional value or educational relevance. But wait! If we think of this as credit crunch television it begins to make a strange sort of sense...only the cheapest cut of celebrities are used, and while Pip Schofield’s time probably costs a bob or two, I imagine Holly Willoughby works for food and maybe lodging. By watching you are quite literally contributing to the economic recovery of our once proud nation, which means you can safely push the boat out and buy proper Hob Nobs after all - hooray!

YOU MAY not remember The Tripods - you really need to be a thirty-something of a certain geeky persuasion to have any lingering memory of it. Suffice to say it was one of the BBC’s attempts to do high concept science fiction on the kind of budget - in the 1980’s - that wouldn’t cover one of Rachel Stevens’ ballgowns today. I smell a remake on the wind though, which probably explains this release, containing the show’s only two seasons (a planned third series was cancelled due to low ratings). In an unspecified near future, monstrous three-legged alien machines have enslaved the human race (wait, come back!) and turned the planet into a peaceful, simpler place. However, a courageous band of freedom fighters are determined to overthrow their extraterrestrial masters and return the earth to its state of war torn decay. I may have that bit mixed up but you get the gist. Anyway, it’s fabulous - go and buy it.

THE LATE MICHAEL Bateman wrote about food for more than forty years, contributing to various publications that included the Daily Mail, the Sunday Express and the Sunday Times. At the time of his death in 2006, he was Food Editor on the Independent on Sunday. This toothsome collection (the articles included were published between the 1960s and the present day) has features on the campaign for real bread and the problems of additives, fascinating profiles of Elizabeth David, Len Deighton and Sophie Grigson, articles on cuisines that were exotic when they were written but which are now taken for granted, and recipes for such delights as stuffed sweet aubergines and paella. Collections of journalism from days long gone can provoke nostalgia in the older reader and sheer incredulity in the younger but writing about food as it was eaten, as it were, is a particularly succulent mirror of our times.

A Delicious Way to Earn a Living (£18.99) is out now, published by Grub Street

TAKEN FROM the forthcoming album It’s Not Me, It’s You, and after a break of almost two years, a less playful Lily than we have seen before returns with The Fear. Singing about superficial celebrities lifestyles, and taking a pop at the fame seekers, Lily puts across her message in a song which is pure pop perfection.

P!nk Sober Single out 19 Jan

Blood Wedding by P J Brooke P J BROOKE is the pen-name of husband and wife writing team Philip O’Brien and Jane Brooke who - with Blood Wedding - are newly embarked on a police procedural series based in and around the romantic Spanish city of Granada. This substantial (400 page) novel opens with the murder of Leila, a beautiful British Muslim girl who is in Spain to research her thesis on the Spanish Civil War. It transpires that she has discovered previously unknown and highly compromising material relating to the murder in 1936 of the gay playwright and poet Federico Garcia Lorca (the title of the book echoes that of one of his most famous plays). Co-opted into the investigation is Sub Inspector Max Romero, a maverick better working on his own than with a team. He has been a friend to both Leila (for whom he had a yen) and her academic father and feels a strong personal connection to the case. Leila’s murder becomes side-tracked when officials in Madrid decide that a terrorist cell is operating from a Muslim business centre in the village in which the killing took place. And the connections to the death of Lorca continue to echo. Romero finds himself confronted by moral dilemmas both rooted in the historic past and entirely contemporary which have to be satisfactorily resolved before he can move on. His search for truth and resolution provides a compelling narrative.

Blood Wedding (£18.99) is out now published by Constable

A CHANGE of tempo and mood from So What, Sober is P!nk at her most deep and meaningful. The lyrics can be interpreted in many ways, and P!nk is always at her best in her more emotional and personal songs. The video is also every gay girl’s fantasy with P!nk snogging another P!nk in a somewhat sexually charged bedroom scene!



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fe\/'jZ\e\^l`[\ Vez in Brighton BRIGHTONIA! WHETHER 2008 was your first year in our city or the latest in a long residency, we hope you had a good one. one80news has seen some seriously awesome parties happen, a fantastic Pride, some top acts, new bars pop up and of course the great community of Brighton and Hove celebrating good times together. I’m looking forward to another year of loving life here and I hope you are too! Here’s a line up of how best to bid farewell to the old and bring in the new. Happy New Year!



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REVENGE IS rewarding it’s customers for all their love this year with a ‘thank you’ night starring Lady Bex on Tues 30th Dec - so you get the chance to celebrate all the best party tunes of 2008 with no door price and cheap drinks! New Year’s Eve sees mega Kinky Dangerous action as the residents keep it pumping ’til extremely late. You can get all the action, pyrotechnics and lasers galore for free before 10pm! What is it with the ladies of Brighton at the moment, they just can’t stop partying, and I fear that the Girls On Top New Years Day Recovery Party will require more recovery the next day! We welcome the students back in town, they’re armed with their student loans and ready to cause havoc at their official night PayDay on Tuesday 6th, where the theme is Back2School. They’ll also be enjoying Playground every Tuesday night. Also, it’s going to be fancy dress galore in January at Revenge, so start digging out the retro pajamas, superhero outfits and pirate clobber…

VAVOOM HAS got to be a firm fixture of your New Year’s evening if you are pub-crawling around town that night. Situated in the heart of the action the Vavoom boys will be on hand as usual, the lounge upstairs will be open in full force and it’s the only place in town where you get to select your soundtrack to the evening on the video jukebox!

START YOUR year as you mean to go on, ie) heading on from your New Year’s Eve to an afterparty of the Rebel kind! The Rebel residents take over Audio for the first time, so make sure to check out that terrace and that tougher house music!

THE GIRLS are on hand with vodka jelly galore to get you in the mood, as they usually do with their friendly attitude and welcoming atmosphere. They are staying open late too for you so the party need not stop! Saturdays at the PV continue to provide top quality entertainment with Chelle on the mic and the Charity Shop Girls on the decks from 5pm. If you haven’t been down yet on a Wednesday check out their quiz night every week!

r-bar THE R-BAR is a top girls destination as the 2nd annual Lady Bex NYE Party returns to rock the venue. Some serious dancing was had last year, and how better to enter 2009 than with a scary dance version of Auld Lang Syne?! It’s on ‘til late and very cheap to get in so stop by. Recuperation will definitely be required, so get some hair of the dog the next day, they’re laying on some drinks deals to help bring you back into the world and ready you for (yes!) another night out on the town. Hearty roasts and sublime acoustic sessions continue to warm you up every Sunday through these cold winter months.

Brighton Tavern IF YOU are looking to stay away from the madness of a New Years Eve in gaysville, look no further than the North Laines, where The Brighton Tavern is waiting to bring you into 2009 in their friendly style, with bubbly, canapés and a buffet, with super-late opening. They’ll help you recover on New Year’s Day too with their signature Bloody Marys and bar snacks. Other days to venture down that way are Tuesdays for games night and Thursdays for hot winter warmers.

Queens Arms THE QUEENS Arms kick off with a karaoke party on Monday 29th, and on Tuesday 30th their infamous ‘Skint’ drinks wristbands will certainly get you into the NY party mood. The QA is the place to be if an evening of drag entertainment is what you’re after on the 31st - your host for the evening will be Drag With No Name. Helping you recover on New Year’s Day will be an Evening with Miss Jason. The cheap wristbands are back on Friday evenings and are guaranteed to get you ready for your night ahead! Tiffany Wells will be on hand for your afternoon cabaret on Sunday 4th.The following Sunday sees Diane James & Cassie La Claye take to the stage. Another top fortnight of entertainment from the QA!

The Zone THE OTHER venue sure to be high on your list for a dragulous New Year’s Eve is the newly decorated Zone, as the wonderful Lady James brings you into 2009. The Zone start off the year in top form with an array of top live performances from Gilly B and JJ (Fri 2nd) and Candy Rell (Wed 7th). They present an evening with a difference every Thursday as they play film classics, musicals and classic comedy clips all night.

Sundelicious REGULAR SUNDAY nights are back in action! Every week The Honey Club is your home of proper funky house music with Dulcie Danger. One of the best clubs in the UK, one of the best DJs in Brighton and surely some of the best drink deals on a Sunday night. Good formula methinks…

IF YOU like to dance to loud music with lots of men (as I’m sure you do!) but you don’t like house or pop, then check out DJ Marcia at the Bully for some 70s and 80s every Monday eve. There will always be a place for you to party over the New Year’s period as The Bulldog open their doors at 11am on New Years Eve and close 111 hours later! And then of course true to form they continue to offer super-long opening hours and great drinks deals well into 2009.

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The Marlborough add a new element to their wide range of entertainment - every Tuesday sees a Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Night in the cosy bar. The Marly peeps go back to their roots on New Year’s Eve at their theme party with a twist. In days of yore, the Marlborough was a whorehouse so they are encouraging you to dress as pimps and whores to bring in the New Year. Club Wotever takes over on Friday 2nd Jan for a gender bending night of dressing up and flirty fun. On the 5th and 6th to celebrate the DVD release of the 1980s TV show The Tripods, they are staging an exhibition of original costumes and props. The Marly is also a good place to check out during the day with their new food menu that is sure to keep you warm in the winter season. I tried to decide ‘My Tune of 2008’, but it was impossible to decide just one! So I thought I’d share with you an absolutely monumental tune for me this past year, it’s Hold That Sucker Down by David Vendetta. Enjoy.

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fe\/'jZ\e\^l`[\ Jonny in London After New Year’s Eve clubland used to take a bit of a dive throughout January, but that’s certainly not the case anymore! There’s so much going on in the first part of January that there was no way to fit it all in. Here are a few of the highlights to look out for…

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The Last Discotec

ESTEEMED LONDON promoter Wilmien Bos’s latest venture returns to Fabric for a New Year’s Day recovery party. The lineup is just too good to miss, with DJs including production master David Penn, White Knight Nick Tcherniak, Gutterslut DJs Per QX, Pagano and Guy Williams, and DJs from uber-cool girls night, Wish. There will also be live shows and acts throughout the night to help keep that NYE hangover at bay.

THE LAST ever Discotec was a special World Aids Day fundraiser, with half the door money going to charity. DJs included Guy Williams and Lee Harris in the main room, with r’n’b in room two. £700 was raised for the Terrence Higgins Trust. I’m very sad to see the back of the Discotec brand, which put on one of the hottest weekly midweek parties for many years!



PATRICK LILLEY’S popular Sunday nighter has moved to the lush surroundings of Sin, rather than relocating to East London with former venue The Ghetto. DJs Philly and Big Jon play r’n’b, Bashment and hiphop to a diverse crowd.

AFTER A packed launch party, the Spanish clubbing import is back! Taking over the Coronet once more, expect high production values and a fierce soundtrack from the likes of Steve Pitron and D’Johnny. Saturday 3 Jan.


Lo Profile LO PROFILE is one of the classiest little clubs in Soho, and has just celebrated its first birthday. They’ve gone all out to offer an inclusive deal on New Year’s Eve. The entry price includes complimentary drinks throughout the night, canapés, and a champagne toast at midnight. Doors are open 10pm – 5am, tickets are priced at £65 or £75 on the door. Not exactly cheap, but a lot of bang for your buck. CfGifÔc\Ÿnnn%*j`okpdX^%

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ON THURSDAY 15 Jan G-A-Y’s porn idol 2009 kicks off on the same day as Jeremy Joseph’s birthday. Expect raunchy young things both on and off the stage. Anyone can enter (as long as you are over 18), strip on stage, and be in with the chance to win some fantastic prizes!

LEGENDARY AFTER-HOURS night Beyond is still as popular as ever, now at Area in Vauxhall. Kicking off at 4:30am Sunday morning, each week it features some of London’s best DJ talent, right through ‘til midday! Not for the faint hearted.

A:M Recovery Party DON’T LET the January Blues get you down, get down to Fire and party the night away. There are three rooms of music at this afterhours party featuring hot new London DJ Steven Geller, Stevie B, Gonzalo and D’Johnny. Plus the new pop room with Jason Prince. Friday 2 Jan.



Kill Your Pets THE BRAND new Ghetto opens with some brand new club nights. The music is cutting-edge electro, disco, techno and rave with DJs including production master Per QX. And don’t worry: no-one is advocating sacrificing your pets here. Doors 9pm – late. From Fri 2 Jan and every Friday thereafter.


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fe\/'c`]\jkpc\ Kick start new year With Christmas and New Year out of the way, many of you will now be looking at ways of starting the year with resolutions. For lots of you this will include starting to get fit. I realise it can be hard to get going this month, even for the most dedicated gym buff, so here are my tips to get you kick started in the coming month:

Don’t leave it till next month. If you leave it ‘til then, you are making it harder to shift those extra pounds. Start your exercise programme today! As soon as you finish reading this page, take action! Phone some gyms (Cheetahs Gym, Hove: 01273 601440) or ZT Fitness: 01273 202226).

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Enquire about exercise classes, or buy some good running shoes and get outdoors for long walks or jogs. Brighton Kettlebells offer weekly Kettlebell Fitness to tone you up in record time (07876 558850).

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HOW MANY times have you made a good-intentioned New Year’s resolution only to see it fail at the first hurdle? Do your aspirations seem unreachable or unrealistic? If you can answer ‘yes’ to these questions you may want to consider getting some help. Jean Sotherby runs a Life Coaching service, and in just two sessions you could have a whole new life plan mapped out and your goals for 2009 and beyond could be within reach.

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First pets in cyberspace A new website for pet owners is taking the online world by storm since its launch in October last year. ThePet.Net is a free site which allows passionate pet owners to connect with each other to share and rate their own experiences of pet-friendly hotels, shops and services, and to ultimately find the best their pet can get. Bringing together pet owners from around the world, it’s like Facebook for animals, only without the perpetual status updates! The brainchild of Brighton vet Marc Abraham and online media expert Andrew Seel, ThePet.Net is also providing a lifeline to animal lovers as the recession begins to bite. “Why should your pet suffer because of the credit crunch?” says Abraham. “At last there’s a free online service where owners can search, list and evaluate pet-friendly businesses that pride themselves on putting

your pet before profit.” The site has already been praised in parliament by Bob Spink MP, citing its work in promoting positive pet ownership. Check it out for yourself at the address below.

Company founders Andrew Seel (l) and Marc Abraham (r)

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TOM AND NAOMI are very loving, gentle and relaxed cats who really need a new home. They’d be happy to share their new pad with children or dogs, and would love a garden. If you can help contact the rehoming team at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home on 020 76279234 or by emailing: ROSE IS A very beautiful cat with a very friendly nature but she can be a bit moody. She would Rose love to find a new home with no small children or dogs. Contact Lost Cats Brighton on 01273 422721 if you can give her the attention she needs.

Kim says... YOUR DOG hasn’t got a clue what time of the year it is - and at New Year, lots of activity and noise can send dogs used to the quiet life over the edge. A few tips to help over New Year: • Keep chocolate, raisins, grapes and even that ‘lovely’ Poinsettia you got for Christmas out of the way - they are poison to dogs. • If you are having a party give your dog an escape route - a quiet room or a sleepover at a mate’s house. • If kids are around keep an eye on what’s happening - the best natured dogs can object to their ears being tied up with tinsel. • If you come home worse for wear from a party, your dog might not immediately realise that it’s you so call them to you rather than bowling straight over to them. • Take the dog for a walk to help with the hangover the next day! Above all Happy New Year from everyone at Bark Busters enjoy yourselves and look after your dog.

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HOLLAND PARK is often considered to be one of London’s most beautiful and romantic open spaces. The park’s combination of wilderness and traditionally laid out gardens make it a favourite with dog-walkers from the area - although more often you’ll see the professionals at work, trailing miniature packs of expensive pooches in their wake. Around half of the park is given over to woodland, and there’s an abundance of wildlife to be enjoyed - most obviously squirrels, but peacocks too. Listen out for their distinctive calls!

DITCHLING BEACON is the third-highest point on the South Downs, and the views from the top are well worth the effort it takes to walk. Stunning at any time of year, but particularly in winter, there are car parks at the summit and the northern base, and a path along the ridge which forms part of the South Downs Way. Nearby you’ll find Blackdog Hill, which is supposedly haunted by a headless black dog - presumably due to the road to the hill’s former use as a ‘coffin road’, carrying the dead to their final resting place. Spooky!






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Charlie’s Restaurant of the Year 2008 MOKSHA CAFFÉ celebrated it’s one year birthday recently and what an achievement for young Oli de Trafford and his team! The place was packed for the event – a fitting tribute from all the happy customers and round after round of sumptuous canapés were consumed. This trendy café has progressed in leaps and bounds from a cool sandwich and cake bar to a definitive spot to see and be seen! Moksha Caffé not only produces the best cakes around but also provides the most delectable selection of paninis, melts, quiches, home made soups, speciality teas, coffees and

juices. Every time we come here there is some new culinary delight. Oli’s passion for his food and his business shows throughout. If he is not making more delicious cakes in the kitchen Oli will be seen waiting on tables, chatting to his customers and generally making sure that everything is running smoothly. The mojitos and tapas nights at the weekends are legendary. In addition cool art for sale adorns the walls and nightly entertainment includes Swedish spoken word nights and cabaret! Hats off to Oli and the very cool Moksha Caffé! I must get back to my melon daiquiri. Happy 2009!

THE POPULAR Drakes Hotel in Brighton houses a wonderful restaurant on its lower ground floor. On arrival we were delighted to be greeted by a lovely Australian hostess and a table set with linen, both a rarity these days. Drakes offers a chef’s choice menu with his special starters, mains and a dessert, accompanied with wine, for £55 per head. However, we selected from the menu and were surprised with in-between tasters - a refreshing innovation. The menu offered a small selection of quality starters and mains (and of course dessert) and had a festive appeal to it. For starters I chose the tempura oysters with pickled cucumber and caviar, served warm, and my partner had the chicken and pistachio balantine with spiced brandy apple chutney and sourdough toast. The chef’s presentation showed he takes pride in his food and the tantalising taste of each bite scores him top points. We were then given a taste of the Sussex chestnut soup with Douglas fir foam, served in a tall shot glass - one of the surprise accompaniments given through the evening. For mains, my man is a steak eater and he enjoyed the rib eye;

Charlie’s Kitchen Recipes Oh my God! It’s hard to believe it’s New Year! Where has the year gone? Well after all that turkey, duck and goose at Christmas, I can think of nothing better than a lovely paella for our New Year’s Day lunch! Wishing you all a healthy, happy and prosperous 2009 full of the best!

Charlie’s Easy Paella

INGREDIENTS •300g Paella rice •1 large red onion (roughly chopped) •4 large cloves garlic (crushed) •250g chorizo (roughy chopped) •2 large chicken breasts (finely chopped) •16 king prawns (peeled and cooked) •1500g bag cooked mussels in garlic butter •1 green pepper (de-seeded, roughly chopped) •150g marinated red peppers (chopped) •A good pinch of saffron •1 large tablespoon tomato puree •16 cherry tomatoes •1 bunch fresh oregano •2 tablespoons olive oil •2 450ml packs Knorr liquid chicken stock •1/3 bottle good white wine •Salt and pepper

METHOD In a large frying pan, or even better a paella pan, heat 1/2 a tablespoon of the oil and brown the chicken pieces • Remove from the pan and set aside in a bowl • Return the pan to the heat, add the olive oil • Lower the heat and add the onions and garlic and cook until soft • Turn up to a medium heat and add the tomato puree and saffron • Mix in well and add the chorizo, peppers, tomatoes and the rice and stir for 30 seconds• Add the white wine and cook for 2-3 minutes, then add one packet of the stock• Cover and allow to cook for 15-20 minutes or until the liquid has almost evaporated, stirring occasionally • Add the chicken pieces and the rest of the stock • Meanwhile place the mussels in the garlic butter sauce in a pan, cover and heat for 5 minutes• In another 15-20 minutes as the rest of the liquid has almost evaporated, add the mussels and the sauce and cooked prawns • Remove from the heat and and allow to rest for 2-3 minutes • Add the fresh oregano and a squeeze of lemon TO SERVE • Serve with some of the mussels in their shells on top. Enjoy, and a very happy New Year! Charlie runs Tasty Delish – modern, delicious food cooked in your own kitchen with menus tailor made to your individual requirements and budget. For a free quote on your private lunch, drinks party or dinner party contact Charlie on 07910 011097


GREAT GAY LANDMARKS Godfrey Winn - The Mill House, Falmer


cooked to perfection and served with smoked garlic mash, braised oxtail and root vegetables and a red wine sauce. I had the roast goose with fondant potato, creamed kale, celeriac puree and sundried cranberries and cassis sauce all of which infused beautifully with the goose. A selection of house baked breads, a delightful bottle of Mclaren Vale Linda Dormas Edigo Shiraz and service with a smile meant we couldn’t possibly leave without having dessert. Chocolate tart with pistachio ice cream and Christmas pudding soufflé rose to the occasion. All this, including the service charge, came in at under £135. One of your New Year’s resolution should definitely be to dine in this wonderful restaraunt.

THE ACTOR, writer and broadcaster Godfrey Winn (1908-1971) was born in Edgbaston, Birmingham and educated at St Christopher’s, Eastbourne and King Edward’s, Birmingham. A pretty child, Winn began his career as a boy-actor (Galsworthy’s Old English, Shaw’s St Joan, Coward’s The Marquise) and made occasional appearances in later life in such films as Very Important Person, The Great St Trinian’s Train Robbery and Up the Chastity Belt. Publication in 1928 of his first novel - Dreams Fade opened up to him the profitable world of freelance journalism. Winn, known to his many detractors as ‘Winifred God’ because of his sanctimonious prose style, became a star columnist on such newspapers as the Daily Mirror and the Sunday Express where he wrote what the novelist Francis King, writing in his autobiography Yesterday Came Suddenly, described as ‘highly lucrative rubbish for an adoring readership of women.’ During World War II he served with distinction as an Ordinary Seaman in the Royal Navy; after the war

he continued to churn out his sentimental but profitable journalism and books. The latter included fiction, essays, books on World War II and travel, risible biographies (The Younger Sister, The Young Queen, The Queen’s Countrywomen) and two volumes of autobiography (The Infirm Glory, The Positive Hour). Intensely competitive (he listed lawn tennis and contact bridge as his hobbies), Godfrey Winn died during a particularly strenuous game of tennis which he was determined to win.

30 DEC - 15 JAN

You’ve not always been applauded for your communicative skills but right now you’re going to change things with an all out effort to respond sensitively and sympathetically whenever and wherever it’s needed.

Taurus - 21 April - 21 May If a job or other commitments in life are taking you nowhere a few enquiries about other types of careers or the possibility of substituting one course of study for another could be the way forward.

Gemini - 22 May - 21 June Check you haven’t overlooked one or two aspects of the small print of a recent transaction. Problems could come through a past careless decision but don’t panic, any difficulties encountered can be resolved

Cancer - 22 June - 23 July Team up with like minded people and whether you’re in a work, social or study environment, you will be a force to be reckoned with. Mutual support will strengthen existing bonds and you’ll enjoy the security this brings.

Leo - 24 July - 23 August Some recent confusion in a family matter has made a problem worse. Someone is looking for a straightforward solution that probably doesn’t exist. It might help if you looked to an expert and took as much help as is offered.

Virgo - 24 August - 23 September News concerning your profession or a personal aim will get your adrenaline flowing. This will be exactly what you had hoped to hear at the start of 2009. Challenges and a lot of hard work lie in front of you!

Libra - 24 September - 23 October You feel as if you’ve taken on far too much recently. It may be a wise move to back pedal a little and take time out to think through what you want 2009 to bring to you and then do all you can to make your dreams come true.

Scorpio - 24 October - 22 November Whatever you are involved in now, you will be taking it seriously. This will be a productive time for all areas of your life because you’re determined to stick to the high standards you always set yourself.

Sagittarius - 23 November - 21 December You are naturally friendly and a born leader. This combination will put you at the centre of what’s going on. It should come as no surprise to discover you’re in for a sociable time and you’re about to make some fresh and exciting new acquaintances.


fe\/'YXZbgX^\ Competition Time A NEW PRODUCTION of the timeless classic Cabaret comes to the Theatre Royal Brighton in January (see page 9). one80news has a pair of tickets for the Tues 13 Jan performance, and to be in with a chance of winning answer the following question:

Which actress won an Oscar for her role as Sally Bowles in the 1972 movie version of Cabaret? a) Liza Minnelli b) Judy Garland c) Vicky Entwhistle TO ENTER: 1) Email your answer to giving your name, address & telephone number. 2) Pop your answer on a postcard with contact details to one80news, 4 Steine Street, Brighton BN2 1TE. This prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. Usual one80news conditions apply (available on request). Closing date for entries is Thurs 8 Jan 2009.


You should be very proud of your efforts to get back on top of your money situation. There’s not a lot of cash to spare but outstanding debts have been settled and you know where you stand.

Pisces - 20 February - 20 March A minor emergency forces you to throw all other plans out of the window. Friends and workmates can help out here so don’t be afraid to get them involved. Text a Psychic - Text BRI followed by your question to 86600. Each text reply costs £1.50, plus your usual network charge. Speak to one of Russell’s hand chosen Psychics - call 0906 539 0740. Calls cost £1.50/min from a BT Landline. Calls recorded 18+ RGA Po Box 322, WA15 8YL


Aquarius - 21 January - 19 February

2 Which island is the first place in the world to usher in the new year?


1 Which hugely successful band has ITV booked to usher in the new year?

3 Who said: ‘Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account’? 4 Which song contains the lyric: ‘No more champagne, and the fireworks are through’ ?


CONGRATULATIONS TO last issue’s winner! Fiona Taratula of Hove won tickets to see The Nutcracker at the Brighton Dome. Well done!

Quiz Time


Capricorn - 22 December - 20 January A friend or neighbour may call on you to ask for a favour. You can’t give them the advice or help they need but you can steer them in the right direction. Don’t feel you haven’t been of any use to them because you have.

Complete the grids so that every row, column, 3x3 box contain just the digits 1 to 9.

Answers: 1 Take That; 2; Caroline Island, in the Pacific Ocean 3; Oscar Wilde 4; ABBA’s Happy New Year

Stars with Russell Grant ?FIFJ:FG<J9P Aries - 21 March - 20 April