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The first twenty years Stonewall: 1989. 2009. 2029. So much done. So much still to do. Campaigning for equality - at home, at school, at work. The gay equality organisation’s Gary Nunn writes for one80. TWENTY YEARS is just a moment in history. But when we reflect on what Stonewall supporters have achieved for lesbian and gay equality in that time, the change has been staggering. And that pace has accelerated in the last decade. The armed forces have progressed from their outright ban on lesbian and gay people to seeing them serving openly in Iraq and Afghanistan, supported by Stonewall’s Diversity Champions Programme. In an equally remarkable journey, schools have progressed from being forbidden by law to ‘promote’ homosexuality by the poisonous Section 28 to being able to welcome Stonewall’s touring play, FIT, which tackles homophobia and promotes respect. We’re now fundraising to make FIT into a DVD to send to every school in the country. The story challenges prejudices, specifically by focusing on the consequences of using ‘gay’ as a slang term for anything useless – making homophobia in schools seem cool in a way that racism isn’t. We know that teachers are desperate for resources like this. In Stonewall’s recent survey The Teachers’ Report, nine in ten teachers told us pupils experience homophobic bullying in their schools. Alarmingly, nine in ten teachers also reported that they’ve never received any training on how to tackle homophobic bullying. FIT would never have been allowed into schools before Section 28’s repeal in 2003. It’s refreshing to be able to make progress on undoing the nasty hangover-effect this has had on Britain’s education system. But in spite of these historic steps forward it’s crucial that we don’t become complacent. We forget at

our peril that homophobia is still very much alive in 21stcentury Britain. Homophobic hate crime continues to make the streets of thousands of towns and villages inaccessible to gay people at night. Discrimination at work continues to blight too many lives. Same-sex couples still phone our info line, incredulous that they’ve been turned away from a double room in a hotel or refused a civil partnership from a licensed registrar or at a licensed property. Faith leaders still condone homophobia – even though so many religious followers tell us they don’t share that animosity. Lesbians are still being refused smear tests by NHS staff. And only last summer the chilling words ‘Kill them’ were graffitied onto a Stonewall billboard promoting our campaign to tackle homophobic bullying in schools. Young people still lack positive out role models. And gay lives are still the basis of ridicule on the BBC. Stonewall’s birthday message is clear: the law may have changed, but society needs to catch up. We won’t let the momentum slow. And it easily could – these changes don’t happen inadvertently. They require robust intervention in the form of high quality lobbying, campaigning and support. We’ll continue to campaign to win hearts and minds in the next twenty years. We know that there remain immense challenges ahead. But we won’t stop until every single lesbian and gay person can live without regret, love without fear and fulfil every bit of their potential – at home, at school and at work.

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Union! Union! LONDON’S GAY RUGBY club, the Kings Cross Steelers, are getting ready for action as they prepare to host the third European gay rugby Union Cup tournament. The two-day event sees teams from across Europe competing at the Steelers’ West Ham home ground on Fri 22 and Sat 23 May, with the UK also represented by teams from Bristol, Cardiff, Newcastle and Manchester. The Steelers romped to victory in the last Union Cup in Copenhagen, and are thrilled to be hosting this year’s event. “As the world’s first gay rugby team, we are eager to encourage new and experienced teams alike, and look forward to inviting thirteen European rugby teams to come

to our clubhouse in West Ham,” says team Chairman Sean Robertson. “Our vision for 2009 is a tournament where new and experienced teams can meet and play rugby together, while retaining a strong sense of social camaraderie.” The tournament kicks off with a welcome evening on Thur 21 May, with a closing party on Sun 24 May at the Two Brewers, where this season’s kit will be auctioned off. Spectators are welcome to come along and support their team of choice. See the Union Cup and Kings Cross Steelers’ websites (details below) for more information.

Organisers are hailing this year’s Brighton Equality Walk as a huge success: more than 400 people turned out to walk 10km to raise funds for Stonewall’s Education for All campaign, with a whopping £50,000 raised so far - £20,000 more than last year. The event was hosted by former London Mayoral candidate and I’m A Celebrity! contestant Brian Paddick, ably supported by Mr Gay UK Dino Gamecho. Congratulations to everyone who took part.

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IDAHO: A day to remember IN EIGHTY-SIX countries around the world, homosexuality is illegal. In seven of these countries, being gay is punishable with the death sentence. It’s in response to this situation that

IDAHO, the International Day Against Homophobia, was set up by Louis Georges Tin in 2005. Tin, a professor and activist who lives in France, chose May 17 because it marks the anniversary of the day in 1990 when the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of mental diseases. “It’s important that we aren’t complacent about what’s happening to gay people around the world and in the UK,” says IDAHO’s Derek Lennard. “We musn’t take our rights for granted, when abroad people are being murdered, imprisoned and harassed because of their sexuality.” IDAHO 2009 looks set to be the biggest yet, with this year’s theme being End Transphobia: Respect Gen-

der Identity. London is one again observing the day with a selection of events. Highlights include a commemoration of the victims of LGBT hate crime hosted by the Camden LGBT Forum in the First Out Café Bar, where there will be poetry and readings from attendees and guests. A vigil is being held outside Walthamstow Assembly Hall and Close at 2pm, and in Southwark an informal ceremony is taking place outside the Tate Modern, where supporters of IDAHO will scatter petals into the River Thames to remember victims of injustice, homophobia and transphobia. For full details of IDAHO events visit the website - details below.

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fe\/'Y`k\j Nice ‘n’ generous HIV challenge THE TEAM at the recently opened Brighton branch of Nice ‘n’ Naughty (below) helped swell the coffers of The Terrence Higgins Trust this week when they handed over a cheque for £500. “We’ve had a great first month,” says store manager Holly Tiddy, “so we decided to donate a portion of our takings to THT as a way of saying thank you to the LGBT community.” THT’s Mark Cull was on hand to receive the cheque at a presentation earlier this week.

AN MEP CANDIDATE has hit out at the government following a recent UNICEF report which shows the UK has the highest rate of new HIV infections in Europe. Dr Joseph Healy of London claims the Department of Health is not doing enough to combat the spread of HIV. “We have had years of safe sex information, but the Dept of Health and the government have not devised a formula to deal with this situation in a manner which effectively prevents the spread of HIV,” he says. “For a long time support networks for HIV+ people have been run down and funding has been withdrawn.” Dr Healy also laid blame squarely at the door of the LGBT business community, claiming that they are “unwilling or at best indifferent to pushing the same sex message” while making profits from gay people.

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TOP GAY TORY Alan Duncan MP has apologised after expense claims came to light which showed he attempted to claw back garden maintenance claims from the taxpayers’ pocket. His claim for £3,194 was rejected by Commons watchdogs for not being “within the spirit” of expenses rules. “I understand that people are really incredibly angry about this issue. I personally am very sorry about,” said Mr Duncan in a statement to the press. “I think all MPs should be ashamed and every MP should apologise for the system that they’ve allowed to grow up without realising that this system is completely unfit for the modern age.” A number of cross-party politicians have been caught up in the storm created by a series of exposés in The Daily Telegraph. A new system for expense claims is expected to be rushed through.

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A STORM is brewing in Moscow over plans to hold a gay pride march in the run up to this weekend’s Eurovision Song Contest. The rally, organised by Russian gay rights activist Nikolai Alexeyev, is expected to attract up to 500 participants. A 2006 attempt to hold a pride rally in the city resulted in the arrests of more than 120 people. One Eurovision entrant has already threatened to boycott the event if trouble breaks out. Gordon, who is representing the Netherlands as part of the band The Toppers told Dutch radio that he’d be “on the first plane home” if there was any discrimination against the LGBT community.

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A Day in Hand THE A Day in Hand project will be launched this Sunday (17 May) at 2pm in XXL Club in Southwark Street, London. The ‘silent revolution’ is the brainchild of Dave Watkins, and is designed to promote equality and respect for Lesbian, Gay, Bi & Trans (LGBT) people by encouraging and inspiring same-sex hand holding in public. As Watkins explains on his website, “If you want to live in a world where you can hold your partner’s hand walking down the street, hold your partner’s hand walking down the street.” The launch event has been timed to co-incide with IDAHO - the International Day Against Homophobia. See page 3 for details of events in your area.

The government’s Equality Bill is one step closer to becoming law after passing its second reading in parliament this week. Conservatives tabled a motion rejecting the bill, with Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Theresa May describing it as “unworkable and bureaucratic.” The motion was defeated by 322 votes to 139, meaning that the Bill, which proposes a wide range of measures to tackle inequality, will now move on for consideration by a parliamentary committee.

THT’s Next step SEXUAL HEALTH charity The Terrence Higgins Trust is looking for gay men living with HIV to contribute to their What Next? website. The site is designed to provide information and support specifically for newly diagnosed gay men, and it gives them the opportunity to share their experiences directly with others. “We know that many people feel quite alone after being diagnosed with HIV,” says Marc Thompson, Deputy Head of Health Promotion at THT. “What Next? aims to reduce that feeling of isolation. Hearing from men with HIV who are living normal lives and managing their condition can really help. If you’re interested in featuring on the website, please get in touch. Your contribution could mean a lot to someone who is newly diagnosed.”

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fe\/'community london/brighton Destination health The opening of 56 Dean Street means sexual health advice for gay men is more accessible than ever. THIS WEEK marks the start of a new chapter for the multiaward winning Victoria Clinic for HIV and Sexual Health. The gay men’s service has moved to new, larger stateof-the art premises in Dean Street, Soho. The new clinic, called ’56 Dean Street’ is now open following more than two

years of planning, research and consultation with gay men to determine their needs. “We’re delighted to open a clinic that will be highly efficient to run, accessible to gay men and that delivers a world-class service to patients at a time when rates of sexually transmitted infections

are increasing”, said Dr Alan McOwan, Service Director for Sexual Health at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. “At any time during opening hours, gay men can walk-in, have a HIV test and get their results in one hour.” Offering a full range of HIV

and sexual health services, including the aforementioned HIV testing and hepatitis B vaccination for gay men, 56 Dean St is open six days a week, from Monday to Saturday, with evening clinics on Mondays and Thursdays. See below for opening times and contact information.

56 Dean Street, W1D 6AQ Opening hours: Mon 12pm-7pm Tues 9am-4pm Wed 12pm-4pm Thur 12pm-7pm Fri 9am-4pm Sat 11am-4pm Tel 020 8846 6699

Kemptown gents BRIGHTON OURSTORY, the gay history project, and GEMS, the Gay Elderly Men’s Society, have teamed up for a very special presentation entitled Lady Jane Grey and other Gentlemen in Kemptown History. Lifting the veil on the area’s rich heritage of characters is local historian and Brighton Ourstory stalwart Tom Sargent, whose guided walks around gay Brighton proved to be extremely popular in September last year. If you’d like to find out more about some of the city’s most colourful inhabitants, head along to Dorset Gardens Methodist Church (just off St James’s Street) on Fri 29 May at 7pm. Tickets to what looks likely to be a very well attended event cost £2 and, as always with GEMS events, refreshments will be provided.

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Communityhelplines BRIGHTON & HOVE

QAccess 4 All LGBT disabled support group (01273) 721 211 QAllsorts Youth Project Tel: (01273) 721211 Email: uk QBLAGSS Brighton Lesbian & Gay Sports Society.0845 65 BLAGS QBrighton Bandits FC (01273) 6222273

QBrighton Bothways Group for the bi-sexual, bi-curious and their friends

QBrighton & Hove Disabled Dykes (01273) 204050 Email:

QBrighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard (01273) 204050 www.switchboard.

QBrighton LGBT Meditation Group 07789900568 QBrighton Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) Tel. (01273)

QBrighton Ourstory Project (01273) 206655

QBrighton Women’s Centre

72 High St, Brighton. (01273) 698036. QCAB HIV Project (01273) 327474 QCheek To Cheek LGBT dance classes (01273) 604834 QClare Project (Transexual/ gender identity counselling 07776 232100 QClaude Nicol Centre - NHS Sexual Health Clinic Royal Sussex County Hospital, Eastern Rd (01273) 664721 QGAYSWAG - Gay Sussex Walking Group 0870 7605476 QGEMS Group for mature gay men. Meets last Fri of the month at Dorset Gardens Methodist Church (01273) 884285 QLawson Unit - HIV Clinic Royal Sussex County Hospital, Eastern Rd (01273) 664722 QLesbian & Gay Advocacy Project Guidance with mental health problems (01273) 739847. QLesbian and Gay AA Meets every Sunday at 7.30pm Chapel Royal, North St, BN1 (01273) 203343. QLGBT Narcotics Anonymous Group (NA) Meets every Friday from 6pm 61 Ship Street, BN1 (01273) 604604. QMindout Guidance for LGBT

with mental health problems. (01273) 739847 QPride in Brighton & Hove For information or to volunteer call (01273) 775939

QRise (formerly The Women’s Refuge Project) domestic violence charity 01273 622822 QSpectrum LGBT community group (01273) 723123

QThe Sussex Beacon - HIV care centre. (01273) 694222

QTerrence Higgins Trust (THT) - sexual health/HIV charity. 61 Ship St, (01273) 764200

QTrans Swimming Trans swimming group every Monday 8.30pm Call 07867 741025 for venue details QUNISEX SEXUAL HEALTH PROMOTION University sexual health & drug/alcohol awareness service (01273) 678 641 QWarren Brown Unit Testing & treatment for STIs(01273) 461453. QWilde Clinic - Sexual Health Clinic for gay/bi men Weds: 6pm-9pm at the Lawson Unit. (01273) 664722


(0207) 7042040 QGay Asia Meets Group for gay/bisexual Asian and Oriental men QGaywise LGBT arts group

QAntidote Drug and alcohol support (0207) 4372523 www.

QGrace’s Cricket Club

QAlbert Kennedy Trust Supoort for young homeless LGBT people (0207) 831 6562

QBeau Belles Under 25 LGBT social group (0208) 4961530 beaubelles

QCara Life Spiritual support for those living with HIV (0207) 2436147 QCourage (GLB Christian organisation (01483) 301411

QDepression Alliance LGB Support Group (0845) 1232320 QDiversity Chamber Choir Singing social www.diversitychoir.

QEve Club Lesbian social (07890) 777464 QFamilies Together London Support for parents of LGBT kids (0208) 87442

Q4playsquash London Sports group QFreestyle Youth Under 25 group (0207) 0648383 www.

QGalop Community safety

QIrons Golf Society Gay golf group (07801) QKings Cross Steelers RFC Gay rugby team (07767) 232909 QLesbian and Gay Conservation Volunteers Environment group (0207) 2784294 QLGBT Consortium Parenting Group Support for parents of LGBT kids (0207) 0648383

Switchboard (0207) 8377324

QLondon Raiders Softball Club Mixed gay and lesbian softball club QLondon Transsexual Information Support & Social Group (0208) 3557413 email QMenzlink Gay male social group (0208) 5093898 QMetro Centre LGBT service provider (0208) 3055000 www.

QMosaic Youth Group Under 19 group 07931 336668 www.

QOctopus Gay social group (0208) 2702006

QLondon Bi Women’s Group

QPACE Counselling and advocacy (0207) 3595767 www.

QLondon Friend Counselling/bereavement service (0207) 78373337

QPink Therapy LGBT therapy organisation (0207) 4340367

QRomans AFC Football club

QLondon Frontrunners Gay and lesbian running group 07092 346340

QLondon Gay Men’s Chorus (0845) 8382059 QLondon Gay Symphony Orchestra 07963 853099 www.

QSoho Masses LGBT Catholics. (0208) 9860807 QStonewall Housing Housing advice for the LGBT community (0207) 3595767 www.

QThames Reach Housing Association (0208) 4631177

QLondon Lesbian and Gay

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LEADING THE WAY in providing healthcare for the LGBT community, Bournemouth’s Over the Rainbow is a onestop shop designed to look after the wellbeing of the town’s burgeoning gay population. As a template for LGBT services, OTR is pretty much spot on: as well as providing the now traditional free condoms, dental dams and lube, staff at the NHS and community supported centre are on hand to dispense advice, help and encouragement. Services on offer – in person or over the telephone – include sexual and general health information, help to stop smoking, advocacy, risk assessment work and coming out support. They also work closely with local drug and alcohol agencies should you need a referral. However,

ONE80 IS your paper - and if you belong to a community group, charity or organisation and would like to bring it to the attention of our readers, then let us know! Send us an email telling us who you are, what you’re doing and how you’re making a difference and we’ll do our best to make sure you’re featured in an upcoming edition of the paper. Get in touch if you’d also like to be included in our Community Helpline boxes on these pages - listings are free to non-profit organisations.

if you need someone to talk to about any issues affectng you, a qualified professional counsellor is on hand to help. Over the Rainbow also offers a complete ‘sexual health MOT’, a friendly and confidential service which includes testing for HIV, chlamydia,

gonorrhoea and other sexually transmitted infections – and while gay men are often perceived to be the focus of such services, OTR has recently published their ‘Gay Girls Health Guide’ to ensure that women are kept up to speed with the most up-to-

date health information. With recently refurbished premises at the top of Bournemouth’s Triangle gay village, it’s well worth paying a visit to Over the Rainbow. The centre is open Tues-Fri from 10am to 5pm. See the website for more information – details below.

Over the Rainbow


27 St Michaels Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH2 5DP. Tel: 01202 257478 Tel 08706 201360

Communityhelplines Thursday from 1pm to 3pm 0845 6036 309. QGFC Bournemouth and Hampshire Gay football club.


QBody Positive Advice, practical support, counselling and information service for people affected by HIV.

QKiss n Make Up Bournemouth-based social group for TS/TVs, partners and admirers.

QBournemouth University LGBT Social and political student society. makeupdorset

QBreakout Youth Project Southampton-based project for people aged 13 to 25 identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

QShellybeans Gay authors workshop for budding writers. Meets third Thursday of every month at Springbourne Community Centre. Email:

QDorset ChillOut Informal group for LGBT people to meet, chat, network and make friends. Email:

QSouth Coast Bears Gay men’s social group for bears, cubs, their admirers and friends. Meets first Friday of every month in Bournemouth.

QDorset LAGLO Dorset Police Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officer 01202 269911. QDorset Lesbian and Gay Helpline Confidential help and support. Mon, Wed and Thur, 7.30pm - 9.30pm. 0845 388 3544. QDorset Mind Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans support group. Meets at Over the Rainbow every

QOver the Rainbow Information, advice and support on general health, sexual health and coming out. STD screening service. 01202 257478.

QThe Dinner Ladies Social group for gay women living in the Southsea and Portsmouth areas.

trans Community Development. Thinking of starting up a group? Call Paul or Vicky on 01392 201012. QMetropolitan Community Church All inclusive, diversity embracing church. Every Sunday 11am, MCC, Hannington Road, Bournemouth BH7 6JT.

QLesbian and Gay Christian Movement Bi-weekly meeting in Southampton for religious discussion and social interaction. Every second Wednesday. 02380 581536. QLynx South West Lesbian, gay, bisexual and

QSpace Youth Project Group for young LGBT people. Meetings in Bournemouth, Poole and Weymouth.

QWestern Boys Group offering guidance and support for all female to male (FTM) identified people.

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Former Mis-Teeq lady and Strictly champ Alesha announces UK tour. Hooray! IT’S LOVELY when hard work and determination pay off, and here at one80 towers we’re thrilled that the lovely Alesha Dixon appears to have beaten the pop odds and emerged as a proper solo star. We’re therefore super-excited at the news that Ms Dixon has annouced a UK tour for later this year - not so excited that we got on Twitter straight away and started rambling on about it, but enough to have a little jig around the office to The Boy Does Nothing for a couple of minutes. We’ve got three copies each of Alesha’s album and new single Let’s Get Excited to give away - simply tell us the name of the album to be in with a chance of winning. Send your entry to or by post to one80, 4 Steine St, Brighton BN2 1TE by Wed 27 May. luck! Katja VonGood Kassell

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GRUMPY OLD Morrissey - pop’s best-loved vegetarian and the nation’s unoffical sparring partner to Jonathan Ross - hits the road this month in support of his realy rather good new album Years of Refusal. If you’re in the south his London dates are the most accessible Tue 26 May at the Mile End Troxy Ballroom, and Thur 28 - Sat 30 May at the Brixton O2 Academy. Rumours of an appearance on Strictly Come Dancing remain just that, sadly.

IT’S BEEN a long hard slog towards stardom for New Zealand’s Ladyhawke, but she finally seems to have convinced the nation that a Stevie Nicks for the noughties is just what we all need - hooray! After a few false starts her one80 approved self-titled album is poised to break into the top ten for the first time and she’s embarking on her debut headline tour this month. Catch her brilliant live show at Digital in Brighton on Tue 19 May and Koko in London on Thur 21 May.

HE DIVIDES gay opinion like few others, but there’s no denying John Barrowman’s work ethic - primetime variety, the upcoming Torchwood mini-series and now a national tour. He belts out the classic showtunes at the Guildhall in Portsmouth on Sun 24 May, Pavilion in Bournemouth on Thu 28 May, the Dome in Brighton on Sat 30 May and at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Mon 1 Jun. If we’re very lucky someone will goad him into using his hilarious Scottish accent - worth the ticket price alone!

TalentSpotters Adam’s Pick: One EskimO ONE ESKIMO are a rather odd little group hailing from the capital who, although labelled ‘indie’, seem to me more like a whole new genre in their own right! Fronted by Kristian Leontiou, who had mild solo success in 2004, they released their second single, Kandi, in February of this year. One Eskimo have already been called the new Gorillaz due to their animated look: the music however is very different. Kandi is an utterly floaty chilled out love song somewhat similar to Jack Johnsons Better Together. When discussing One Eskimo’s sound lead singer Kristian reported “I wanted to create a sound of my own:

magical, ambient, filmic, acoustic, beautiful and meaningful”, and he has certainly done that! Any listener of Kandi should fall head over heels for its relaxing sound, a certified one to stick on in the summer if you find yourself swinging in a hammock clutching a G&T! Also make sure to watch the Kandi music video, so utterly cute it would even make Simon Cowell go ‘aaaw’! Find One Eskimo in Southampton on Mon 18 May at The Joiners and on Tue 2 June at Komedia, Brighton.

Kayleigh’s Choice: Fadadoo Project THE FADADOO PROJECT were a fling flung delightfully my way at a party last month and, upon seeing their show at The Hope recently, I was damned happy I’d had Fadadoo flung all over my face. First, Beth’s voice - sweet like icing, soft as angel cake. Siren-like, she steels you deep into the song - you’ve got no choice but to listen in ecstasy. Then, the boxing gloves behind the beats and behind Beth’s gorgeous-ass voice, is Andy Baker - former MC and producer for the award winning Barnaby Ray Quartet. With prospective hits like Grey Days and No Choice, these guys are tight as a vice, and scintillatingly talented performers: a hip hop margarita with creative salts. It was

when, at the gig, I finally managed to clamber through the heaving crowd-womb - only sweat helping me slip between the bodies - I saw the oasis amongst the flesh. These guys are like nothing out there at the moment; this jewel-find drenched in sparkling promise. Get the album - currently available in Resident, Edge World Records, Rounder Records, and old faithful MySpace.

TopTen 1 Black Eyed Peas - Boom Boom Pow 2 Tinchy Stryder - Number 1 3 La Roux - In For the Kill 4 Ironik - Tiny Dancer (Hold Me Closer) 5 Lily Allen - Not Fair 6 Eminem - We Made You 7 Calvin Harris - I’m Not Alone 8 Ciara feat Justin Timberlake - Love Sex Magic 9 Lady GaGa - Poker Face 10 The Prodigy - Warrior’s Dance

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Continuing this month: The Brighton Festival and The Brighton Festival Fringe. See www.brightonfestival and for listings

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fe\/'essential arts & ents A feast for the senses

Back in the habit

The play’s the thing

Peter Pan comes home

The third CMP Festival is a literary, musical and gastronomical treat. BRIGHTON’S UNIQUE music and literary event, The Clifton, Montpelier and Powis (CMP) Festival returns for its third year in July. The line-up was unveiled at a launch event at St Nicholas’s Church earlier this month, and it’s clear that this is one festival that isn’t resting on its laurels.

Amongst those appearing this year are novelists Patrick Gale and Maureen Duffy, Sheila Rowbotham talking about pioneering gay liberationist Edward Carpenter, Brideshead Revisited producer Derek Grainger, and Ladies of Letters writers Carole Hayman and Lou Wakefield. Musical events include a per-

formance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s musical gem Trial by Jury, a programme of Handel and Mozart from the Brighton Chamber Choir and a concert from the Brighton Youth Orchestra Wind Octet. There’s also a weekend devoted to Food in the City with, amongst others, Colin Spencer and Marguerite Patten.

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Players from the Brighton Youth Orchestra

Literary Co-ordinator Peter Burton (l) The Brighton Chamber Choir’s with 3SIXTY editor Torsten Højer Jane Money

CMP Chair Adam Jones

Music co-ordinator Anthony Hawgood

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FINALLY OPENING on Tues 2 Jun, Sister Act: The Musical looks set to inject the West End with a burst of camp energy not seen since, well, Priscilla. Nevertheless, with a brand new score from Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid), and starring Sheila Hancock as Mother Superior and newcomer Patina Miller in the Whoopi Goldberg role, this is an Act we can’t wait to see - what’s the betting this gets turned back into a movie before the decade is out?

CHARLIE KAUFMAN. If he didn’t exist we’d have to invent him, if only to make sure we got masterpieces like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind every so often. He returns this month with Synechdoche, NY, in which he expands on the old ‘play within a play’ concept by having his lead create a city within a city. It’s typically Kaufman, undeniably moving and features outstanding performances from a dream cast led by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Absolutely unmissable, but may make your brain hurt.

THE BOY WHO wouldn’t grow up returns this summer in a breathtaking new production of Peter Pan in the gorgeous surroundings of London’s Kensington Gardens. Staged in a specially commissioned pavilion with 360 degree projected scenery, Neverland is about to come to life in a way that’s never been seen before. With a bar and picnic facilties on-hand, this may be the perfect summer night out. Playing from Tues 26 May until Sun 30 Aug.

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Motormouth The divine and very talkative Anastacia tells Niall McMurray about touring, tough times and toxic titties...

ANASTACIA IS on a roll. Straight out of rehearsals for her first major tour since 2004, she barely pauses for breath once you’ve got her onto a subject she likes. And as this is the singer of such survival anthems as I’m Outta Love and Left Outside Alone, one80 certainly isn’t going to interrupt – we just wind her up, let her go, and settle in for the ride… Tell us about the tour – are you as giddy as a schoolgirl in anticipation? I’m really excited – it seems like a while since I’ve been on the road and I’m putting together a tour that I believe if I was a punter I would really really enjoy coming to see. There’s a lot of people that like the older songs and those that vibe into the newer songs. And in putting together a tour you always find a song or two you’ve never done, so it’s been really fun putting the set list together. I’ve been working with Kim Gavin who

designed the Take That stadium tour, and he’s just brilliant – and although I’ve chosen smaller venues for this one, we’ve been able to balance it out so that fans feel they’re getting a large show. I feel physically ready for it – my last tour was on the tail end of cancer – I don’t know that I really felt as ready spiritually and mentally as I do now. I felt like I was at the time in 2004 and I gave a good show, but I feel prouder of the physical condition I’m in now.

You seem to have adopted Britain as your homeland now. How’s that working out for you? You know what, I really have - my whole band is from England, I’m the only American. I’ve got an English husband, English step-kids, English manager, English everything – I couldn’t be any more Anglicised if I tried. But I can’t adopt the lingo too much, it would just be all kinds of wrong – there’s too much New York in me!

Talking of cancer, how did you deal with it? Well, as you might have guessed I have a lot of optimism and that got me through. But after the cancer everybody was so nervous around me: they wouldn’t approach me or talk about it…whereas I was like ‘Yeah! Shit happens, I have toxic titties! Continue asking your questions!’ It’s the same way people are tip-toeing around this recession? Why bother? It’s here!

Who were your childhood icons? For me, it was kind of a combination of Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion…and a little bit of Cher mixed in with Bette Midler. I always felt like if all five of them had a kid it would be me. Of course, I was never really any of them – I had this voice, I was kind of quirky, kind of campy, I liked to dance but I didn’t really fit into their categories, so I had to make my own.

You pretty much became a gay icon from the get-go... (laughs) I certainly did! I think they take to someone who’s a little bit ballsy. They like a trap that can blow (translation: someone with a big voice who knows how to use it), and I think as much as they click with me, I click with them – it’s about freedom, love having no boundaries and music having no boundaries. And of course they love the remixes, and I’ve always been very remix orientated with my music. Maybe that was the connection at first, and then the fact that I looked like I did and sounded like I did – it made all the Manastacia drag queens come out! So if you were asked to sing at a gay wedding, would you? No way! I’d be there cheering them on, but I wouldn’t sing at anybody’s wedding, I’m too sappy - if you look for me at a wedding I’m always at the back crying and drinking loads of cockatoo cock-a-tails!

Anastacia HMV Apollo, Thur 25 June The album Heavy Rotation is out now

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FURTHER PROOF that it’s all about the ladies this year, the success of the second Bat for Lashes album, Two Suns, just goes to prove that there will always be a market for wispy, floaty types who sing about lords and ladies and courtly love. Moon and Moon is just gorgeous, the kind of thing you hear on Later, think is fabulous but forget to write down the name of because you’re just in from the pub. Lovely.

MY, HOW THINGS have changed. Time was, records with sleeves like this spent the majority of their lives clogging up the twelve inch section in Oxfam shops. Now though, in the super-stylised noughties, they fly off the shelves, albeit virtual ones. Bulletproof is a lot chirpier than In For The Kill but sadly not as good. It will, however, keep La Roux in super-hold hair gel for a while yet - thank goodness for that.

YOU HAVE to love Annie not since Heart’s All I Wanna Do has a song about getting preggers from a single night of lurve threatened to grace the hit parade. And frankly, the charts are all the better for it - there just aren’t enough cautionary tales in pop these days. Anthonio is a fabulous, Richard X produced minimalist masterpiece. Let’s all rush out and have a baby by a Mexican waiter to celebrate!



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fe\/'essential arts & ents Books Peter Burton When You Were Me by Robert Rodi FORTY YEARS AGO a large proportion of new gay fiction was focussed on teenagers coming to terms with their sexuality, teenagers enduring difficult rites of passage, teenagers coming out. These days it seems that almost every other gay novel is about the crisis gay men face when they reach a certain time in life, when they are confronted by middle age. There are two main protagonists in When You Were Me. Jack Ackerly is fifty-three, a former public relations consultant, recently separated from his longtime lover, who has sold his business and retired but who now finds himself wealthy but with too much time on his hands. Pondering his life, he finds himself regretting a youth spent making millions rather than enjoying carnal pleasures. He finds himself feeling that the time when he should have been sowing his wild oats was wasted on making his fortune. He longs to regain his lost youth and finds a witch who claims to know a process by which that may be possible. Corey Szalos is twenty-six and though the object of many men’s desire is incredibly broke and

entirely without prospects. Whe Jack, carelessly driving his Porsche, knocks Corey from his bicycle, the accident proves fortuitous and the two men agree to follow the witch’s process and, if it works, live inside each other’s skins. Like all fairy tales, When You Were Me has a moral: Be careful what you wish for as it may prove to be just what you don’t want. Jack finds Corey’s life shallow and without point, quickly discovering that readily available sex with other cute guys is deeply unsatisfying. Corey finds that money doesn’t necessarily bring happiness. Running to over four hundred pages, Rodi’s latest epic is highly entertaining – though far too long.

by Carole Hayman Ladies of Letters and Lou Wakefield

A COMPANION PIECE to the successful radio series with Patricia Routledge and Prunella Scales and recent television adaptation with Maureen Lipman and Anne Reid, Ladies of Letters comprises of letters exchanged by two women, acquaintances rather than friends, clearly inspired by E F Benson’s duelling dragons Mapp and Lucia. Vera and Irene, both not entirely merry widows, waspishly snipe at each other in the guise of caring friendship and there are glorious miscomprehensions over such things as the relationship between a son and his live-in best friend (clearly they’re gay), the wandering eye of a gentleman caller, The (mis)handling of drugs and a bizarre lesbian coupling which comes about as the result of an increasingly eccentric imprisonment on a hulk on the Thames. Ladies of Letters is richly comic and laugh out loud funny.

The Hippo Pool by V W Squair W V SQUAIR’S first novel The Hippo Pool is mainly set in a village on the banks of the Zambezi and is built around the lives of three brothers growing up at a time of change. AIDS, which has already killed their father, is an everpresent threat (casual unprotected sex leads to panic) and all three must decide whether to stay in their small rural community and continue to live a traditional life or to move away to the nearest town and take up work in the professions connected with modern ways, tourism for instance. A quiet but compelling story about the inevitability of change, The Hippo Pool is a nicely observed narrative about a way of life that is almost entirely alien.

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TV Niall McMurray Springwatch BBC2 Mon18 -Thur 21 May 8pm IF YOU THINK gay life is brutal, try the countryside: many’s the time I’ve been reduced to a quivering wreck during Springwatch as a nestful of adorable baby blue tits is obliterated by a hungry, hungry stoat. But as we’ve all learned from countless David Attenborough documentaries, you don’t mess about with Mother Nature - those tits will either have to smarten up or accept that they’re destined to be lunch. Springwatch is one of those genius strokes of programming that manages to unite the nation and make us forget all our troubles for a bit. Within the space of a week we form meaningful relationships with rutting stags on remote Scottish islands, knowing for sure that our hearts will be broken at the end when a grisly death befalls the one they’ve named ‘Rocky’. But still we watch. And we’ll still watch even though master of ceremonies Bill Oddie has retired (presumably to live on a farm in Wales), to be replaced by the lovely Chris Packham, whom you’ll all remember from The Really Wild Show. His hair’s a bit less spiky these days, mind you.

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fe\/'voices Dan H.G.knows sex...

What a difference a day made 24 LITTLE HOURS – meeting Freddie for the first time in Clapham couldn’t have been more perfect. It was a hot, sunny Sunday, I was on the way to being happily drunk with friends on the common, and then suddenly he was there – sparkling in a packed beer garden, as if he was the only person there. And I just went up and spoke to him, something I never do. We got on brilliantly, and I was over the moon – I’d just discovered the loveliest Irish hottie, in a straight pub on a Sunday, and after a few tester questions had found out he was single, and up for dating. He was funny, charming, his friends were great, and they were just as chuffed as we were that we’d met. We spent the next few hours together, going from pub to pub. The last one we came to was packed, and distracted by an old friend I’d not seen in years, I lost him. I called, having already swopped numbers hours before, and he said he was on the way home (about five minutes up the high street). I was gutted that we hadn’t had a chance to say goodnight, so he asked me over for a coffee – and that does mean a coffee, I just wanted to see him, I felt this was going to be more than a drunken shag and wanted to round off our first day properly. By this point I was hammered and knackered, the cab couldn’t find the address, my phone battery died (classic) and with no hope of finding the place without directions I went home to bed. I plugged my phone in, left a voicemail explaining the address error, then passed out. The next morning I sent him a text, something pretty standard with an ‘are you free later?’ I got back a short, sharp ‘really busy with work this week.’ OK. He’s not much of a texter, fair enough. I waited for a bit more of a response. Nothing. What a difference a day had made. I waited another 24 hours, then sent ‘How’s your week going?’ or something similar. No reply. The next day I called. No answer, no ring back. I’m usually pretty good at taking a hint – if someone’s not interested, I move on. But after Sunday’s dreamy loveliness, I couldn’t get it into my head that actually, he didn’t want to know. Was I totally deluded by a drunken haze on Sunday? Had I texted too soon, or too much? I’m not a believer in the whole text timing crap – if you don’t

let someone know you’re interested, they simply won’t know and will probably find someone who shows them they are instead. Or do the rules of engagement suddenly change as soon as you’ve sobered up? Our sunny Sunday bubble had burst, and perhaps the fantasy of a relationship didn’t seem so appealing mid-week with a three day hangover and tons of work to get on with. But it was still appealing to me. I cracked, and called AGAIN. This time I left a voicemail. I’m not sure what I said, but it was something like, ‘I’ve not really heard from you since Sunday, I had a great time then and want to see you again – however if you’ve sobered up and are not interested, let me know?’ It was quite a cheerful, jokey message, not half as psychotic as it may appear in print. I got a text back straight away. ‘I’m busy for the next few weeks with work and college, but let’s meet up when I’m not so busy.’ The famous line, ‘busy for the next few weeks,’ means quite clearly that someone is not interested. ‘A few weeks’ in dating terms is more like the time between Olympic games. It’s both cowardly and insulting – cowardly because this person wants to string you along as a potential dating option for a few weeks, without any commitment on their part, and insulting because they’re acting like its fine to do so. Fine it is not. It’s also a ‘kind’ way of letting someone down gently. In a few weeks, the moment is lost. You don’t have to feel too guilty about bumping into someone you pulled ‘a few weeks ago,’ if you’ve not spoken to them since. ‘Oh, hi, sorry I’ve not called, I’ve been so busy with work.’ Sure you have. In a few weeks, most people have moved on with their lives (especially if you’re the one who’s not interested), and you’ve managed to palm off someone you didn’t really fancy that much, without having to be brave enough to say ‘I don’t want to date you.’ Is it cruel, kind, or just dishonest? I guess it depends which side of the remark you’re on. After Freddie’s ‘busy for a few weeks’ text, I replied, saying I pretty much knew what that meant. This time I got back, ‘I don’t want to date anyway right now, sorry.’ Finally a bit of honesty. A few days later I went to check my A-Z. The address he’d given me, that the taxi couldn’t find? No such street.

Tony Vperspective

King of the road

35 Millers Road, Brighton BN1 5NP

AS THE JOURNEY continues I am proud to announce our newest edition to Marble Media Publishing - the birth this week of one80 South Coast. I think what I love most about this job is our road trips - meeting our advertisers and through them their clients around the country. Two days in Bournemouth and Southampton have been a great experience, speaking with them and getting a good perspective on what message they want to get across. It’s great to get to speak to some of our readers along the way too. The south coast is full of great venues and brilliant hotels and the glorious beaches remind

me of Bondi back home. On Monday night we have our launch party in Bournemouth and we look forward to working with the community and most of all being a part of Bourne Free. With new bars opening, great restaurants and fabulous hotels, I highly recommend your very own road trip to the south coast. Don’t forget, you still have a chance to enter our Summer of Love contest to find the UK’s longest lasting gay couple and also lock in Wed 17 June for our fundraiser benefit for the London Orca Water Polo Team - for tickets and information contact our office on 08706 201 360.

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fe\/'voices Rose Colliscalendar girl

Sectioned off

MAY 24 1988

IT’S ENTIRELY APPROPRIATE in a publica- fusion, especially in schools and colleges; tion that does nothing but ‘promote’ homo- a number of LGBT student support groups sexuality that we remember when a Conserv- closed because councils’ legal staff feared ative government decided to try and push us they could be in breach of the Act. This clause galvanised the lesbian and all back in the closet — legally. Section 28 — or Clause 28, as it began its gay community, and our allies, in an almost evil life — was a pernicious amendment to unprecedented manner: Stonewall and Outthe Local Government Act 1986, introduced Rage! — the yin and yang of late 20th cenby Jill Knight MP (thankfully, no longer with tury British lesbian and gay activism — were us). It stated that a local authority ‘shall not formed, high profile celebrities including Ian intentionally promote homosexuality or pub- McKellen finally came out, while imaginative lish material with the intention of promoting lesbians memorably abseiled into the House homosexuality’ or ‘promote the teaching in of Lords and staged a sit-in during a BBC Six any maintained school of the acceptability o’clock news bulletin. Section 28 was repealed by the Labour govof homosexuality as a pretended family reernment in Scotland in June 2000 and, on 18 lationship’. Olive Custance The clause did not create a criminal offence, November 2003, in the rest of the UK. Let’s but it engendered fear, uncertainty and con- hope it made Jill Knight spin in her grave.

Niall McMurrayintervention

Sorry seems to be the easiest word WELL OF COURSE they’re sorry. If you’d been Eh? So this debacle is the result of a yesteryear/ caught with your hand in the cookie jar you’d prob- now temporal clash is it? Oh, for those rosy, halcyably make a hasty apology too. But as we all know, on days when expense fiddling was a proper British institution – expected, morally justifiable and above sorry doesn’t always cut it, does it? The Telegraph, not usually known for injecting a bit all, private. Then there’s Hazel Blears, also playing the colof levity into the lives of its readers, has enthralled lective responsibility card. the nation with a series of ““I understand entirely why deeply damaging and pro- Hazel Blears: do you have a receipt the public hates this,” she foundly hilarious exposés of for that motirbike? told reporters.”The system MPs expense claims. Oh, is wrong. It needs to be how we’ve lapped up the inchanged.” creasingly outrageous tales Ah yes, the system. The of some of our most senior Labour politicians and their system did it, miss. If only peculiar spending habits. that defence worked for orWe’ve thrilled to a sweatierdinary people, eh? Unforby-the-day Gordon Brown tunately, that old ‘a big boy looking increasingly at a did it and ran away’ excuse loss to find a dignified restops working for most of us sponse to this new crisis, shortly before puberty. and laughed up our sleeves Look on the bright side, as David Cameron watched though. Personally I love his ace-in-the-hole vanish knowing that my hard as claims for swimming pool repairs and chandelier earned cash helps pay for dog food, the upkeep of purchases besmirched the Tories reputation. It’s second homes and the skimming of Artex ceilings. all been a pleasant diversion from the scourge of Artex is such a bind, isn’t it? Swine Flu and the heartbreak of the death of Peter The party is clearly over. An outraged nation will Andre and Katie Price’s fairytale marriage. not stand for such blatant rule-bending. Those poor Those apologies though – they really do take confused MPs will think twice before handing in a some beating. Take Alan Duncan, top Tory gay: receipt for so much as a bus ticket. But, as is in“I think all MPs should be ashamed and every MP creasingly clear, they’ve all been at it, who the hell should apologise for the system that they’ve al- do we vote for at the next election? All of a sudden lowed to grow up without realising that this system those ‘Joanna Lumley for PM’ calls don’t seem so is completely unfit for the modern age,” he says. ridiculous...

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fe\/'scene London venue listings Soho venue listings 01 ADMIRAL DUNCAN 54 Old Compton Street Tel: (020) 7437 5300 02 DUKE OF WELLINGTON BAR 77 Wardour Street Tel: (020) 7439 1274 03 HEAVEN CLUB 77 Wardour Street Tel: (020) 7439 1274 04 THE EDGE 11 Soho Square W1D 3QE Tel: (020) 7439 1313 05 FIRST OUT 52 St Giles High Street WC2H 8LH Tel: (020) 7240 8042 06 THE STAR AT NIGHT 22 Great Chapel Street W1 8FR Tel: (020) 7494 2488 07 SWEATBOX SOHO 1-2 Ramillies Street W1F 7LN Tel: (020) 3214 6014 08 KING’S ARMS 23 Poland Street W1F 8QL Tel: (020) 7734 5907 09 THE SAUNABAR 29 Endell St WC2H 9BA Tel: (020) 7836 2236 10 BOX 32-34 Monmouth St WC2H 9HA Tel: (020) 7240 5828 11 G-A-Y BAR 30 Old Compton Street W1D 4UR Tel: (020) 7494 2756 12 BALANS SOHO 60 Old Compton Street W1D 4UG Tel (020) 7376 0115 13 79 CXR 79 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0NE Tel: (020) 7734 0769 14 COMPTONS OF SOHO 51-53 Old Compton Street Tel: (020) 7479 7961 15 GEISHA BAR 75 Charing Cross Road W1D 6HN Tel: (020) 7479 7961 16 VILLAGE 81 Wardour Street W1D 6QD Tel: (020) 7434 2124 17 THE SHADOW LOUNGE 5 Brewer Street W1F 0RF Tel: (020) 72877988 18 THE ENCLAVE 25-27 Brewer Street W1F 0RR Tel: (020) 7434 2911 19 KU BAR 30 Lisle Street WC2H 7BA Tel: (020) 7437 4303 20 TRASH PALACE 11 Wardour Street W1D 6PG Tel: (020) 7734 0522 21 BARCODE 3-4 Archer Street W1D 7AP Tel: (020) 7734 3342 22 RUPERT STREET Rupert Street Tel: (020) 7292 7141 23 THE YARD 57 Rupert Street Tel: (020) 7437 2652

Vauxhall venue listings 01 HARD ON @ HIDDEN 100 Tinworth Street, SE11 5EQ 02 BARCODE VAUXHALL Arch 69, SE11 5AW. Tel: (020) 7582 4180 03 BEYOND @ AREA Albert Embankment, Arch 67-68, SE1 7TP 04 CHARIOTS VAUXHALL Albert Embankment, Arch 63-64. Tel: (020) 7247 5333 05 ROYAL VAUXHALL TAVERN 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY. Tel: (020) 7820 1222 06 EAGLE 349 Kennington Lane, SE11 5QY Tel: (020) 7793 0903 07 THE HOIST South Lambeth Road, Arch 47B – 47C, SW8 1RH. Tel (020) 7735 9972 08 FIRE South Lambeth Road, SW8 1RT 09 SUPERCLUB COLOSSEUM 1 Nine Elms Lane, SW8. Tel (020) 7627 1283

West Londonvenues listings East Londonvenue listings THE ANGEL, 21 Church Street, Mill Meads Tel: 020 8555 1148 BJ’S WHITE SWAN, 556 Commercial Road, Limehouse Tel: 0207 780 9870 THE BLACK HORSE, 168 Mile End Road Tel: 020 7790 1684 CHARIOTS SHOREDITCH, 1 Fairchild Street 020 7247 5333 CHARLIE’S BAR, 124 Globe Road THE CORONET, 119 The Grove E ONE CLUB (Formerly The Black Horse), 168 Mile End Road Tel: 020 7790 1684 GHETTO OLD STREET, Ghetto 58 Old St Tel: 020 7287 3726 GEORGE AND DRAGON, 2 Hackney Road Tel: 020 7012 1100 THE JOINER’ ARMS, 116-118 Hackney Rd Tel: 020 7739 9854 THE OLD SHIP, 17 Barnes Street, Limehouse Tel: 0207 7790 4082

South London venue listings THE BANK, Flamingo Park, A20 Sidcup Bypasss Chislehurst, Kent, BR7 6HL Tel: 020 8309 1012 BIRD IN HAND, 291 Sydenham Road, Croydon, CR0, Tel: 020 8683 3104 BREWERY TAP, 78 Lingham Street, SW9, Tel: 020 7738 6683 CHARIOTS STREATHAM, 292 (rear of) Streatham High Rd, London SW16 6HG, Tel: 020 8696 0929 CHARIOTS WATERLOOO, 101 Lower Marsh, London. SE1 7AB, Tel: 020 7401 8484 THE CORONET THEATRE, 26-28 New Kent Road, LONDON SE1 6TJ, Tel: 020 7701 1500 GEORGE AND DRAGON, 2 Blackheath Hill, Greenwich, SE10, Tel: 020 8691 3764 KAZBAR, 50 Clapham High Street, London SW4, Tel: 0871 223 1154 THE STAG, 15 Bressendan Place, SW1, 020 7828 7287 PARK PLAZA COUNTY HALL HOTEL, 1 Addington Street SE1 7RY, Tel: 020 7034 4835 TWO-EIGHT-SIX, 286 Lewisham High Street, SE13, Tel: 0208 690 7648 TWO BREWERS, 114 Clapham High Street, London SW4, Tel: 020 7819 9539

GEORGE MUSIC BAR, 114 Twickenham Road, Isleworth, West London, Tel: 020 8560 1456 TED’S PLACE, 305A North End Road, London W14, Tel: 020 7385 9359 WEST 5, Pope’s Lane, Acton, W5 4NB, Tel: 020 8579 3266

North Londonvenues listings BLACK CAP, 171 Camden High Street, London NW1, Tel: 020 7485 0538 CENTRAL STATION, 37 Wharfedale Road, London N1, Tel: 020 7278 3294 THE GLASS BAR, 190 Euston Road, Regent’s Park, London NW1 2BN, Tel: 020 7387 6184 KING EDWARD VI, 25 Bromfield Street, London N1 OPZ, Tel: 020 7704 0745 KING WILLIAM IV, 77 Hampstead High Street, London NW3 1RE, Tel: 020 7435 5747 THE GREEN, 74 Upper Street, Angel N1, Tel: 020 7226 8895 KOKO, 1A Camden High Street, London NW17JE, 0870 4325527 THE OAK BAR, 79 Green Lanes, London N16 9BU, Tel: 020 7354 2791 REGULATION LTD. 17A St. Alban’s Place, Islington N1 0NX Tel: 020 7226 665 SCALA CLUB, 275-277 Pentonville Road, London N1, Tel: 020 7833 2022

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Sunday 17th May IDAHO fundraiser for local Breakout group Lucinda Lashes Hosts an evening of information and fun filled frolics with some excellent talent. Miss Penny on DJ & Sounds. All Mouth and No Trousers, Lady James, Steve Fawell, Jolene Dover, Connie Conway, Davina Sparkle, Jamie Watson, Drag With No Name.

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fe\/'scene Jonny Mon the South Coast scene A brand-new mini bar, Bournemouth ONE OF THE latest additions The Mini Bar to Bournemouth’s gay village is Mini Bar, a specialist vodka bar offering up something completely different for the local scene. The venue opened on Good Friday in April with a busy launch night and the fifty fabulous varieties of vodka are going down a treat. The Mini Bar is also one of the cheapest places to drink, as a twelvemonth price promise freezes all pints and all doubles at only £2.50! There will be a Sunday comedy night, a live vocalist on Wednesdays, and exciting plans are afoot for an extension, with DJs in for busy nights.

Dirty Sexy Saturdays, Bournemouth 2930 THE TRIANGLE keeps things fresh every Saturday with resident DJs on each week. Upstairs is pop, chart and gay anthems with DJ Adrian Dunbar on Sat 16 May, the Circus warmup on Sat 23 May and Kevin Brooks on Sat 30 May. Downstairs, DJ Chris B spins dirty sexy house. 2930 The Triangle by Tom Faull Also watch out © for Showstoppers on Sun 24 May, with Diane James, Paul Shiner and Lea Martin performing classic songs, warming you up for the big night at Circus.

Eurovision at The London Hotel, Southampton ON SAT 16 May The London Hotel is celebrating the Eurovision Song Contest by screening it live on their big screens, expect a fabulous, fun evening with David and his team. Then on Sun 17 May is a special night for IDAHO, (the International Day Against Homophobia), with Lucinda Lashes presiding over an evening of cabaret and entertainment.

The Bakers Arms, Bournemouth

The Branksome, Bournemouth The Edge, Southampton

NEW MANAGEMENT at the Bakers Arms means a new direction for the venue, and the sights are set on a traditional pub setting. Manager Mark intends to take the Bakers Arms back to its roots as a “good old fashioned pub”, where people can sit, relax, socialise, and chat. The TVs and sofas have been taken out, and replaced with a jukebox so people can choose their own music. Also watch out for the house double spirit specials, at only £3!

THE BRANKSOME is looking for the next big talent for this year’s Bourne Free festival in July. The final heat for the Bourne Free Karaoke Idol takes place on Mon 25 May from 9pm, with the grand final at The Branksome Garden Party on Sat 27 June. It’s £1 entry to sing, with the money going to help with costs for Bournemouth Pride 2009. If you have a hidden talent, now’s the time to let it shine!

The Sauna Bar, Bournemouth BOURNEMOUTH’S SAUNA Bar is one of the largest complexes of its kind on the South Coast. It features a jacuzzi, two saunas and a large steam room to help you relax and enjoy a deep clean. There’s also a fully licensed bar, serving a fabulous range of drinks at very competitive prices, and you can get professional massages to help ease away the stresses of everyday life.

XChange, Bournemouth THE XCHANGE IS a friendly club with a great variety of nights, open every night (apart from Sundays). On Tuesdays you can roll a dice with each order, throw a six and get free shots! Then on Wednesdays all drinks are only £1.50, all night. Friday is Star Cabaret night, with some great acts booked for the coming months including Jo Frances, Maisie Trollette and Cherry Bakewell. Cabaret takes place at 11pm, with free entry to those who arrive before 11pm!

Rowetta at The Edge, Southampton

THE EDGE HAS been throwing celebrity appearances around like nobody’s business, including N Trance’s Kelly LLorenna and a fabulous Amy Winehouse tribute act. To top it all off, on Sun 24 May the incredibly scrumptious Philip Olivier will be making a guest appearance, complete with toned, chiselled body. But how much of it will he expose? You’ll have to be there to find out. Also look out for the Edge Factor talent competition grand final on Sun 31 May, with a whopping £1,000 prize! www.theedgesouthampton. com

The Endeavour, Southampton THE ENDEAVOUR offers a happy hour promotion Monday to Friday with great discounts on drinks. There are also special deals on food, which is served daily from 6-8.30pm. Wednesday is curry night with a curry and a pint for £6.95, and Thursday is steak night with steak and pint available for £8.95. Look out for special cabaret performances including local singer Lucian on Sat 30 May.

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Vezon the Brighton scene The Bulldog

Vavoom THE BULLY IS one of Brighton’s institutions having been serving the local community for a whopping 30 years. If you have never visited the mother of St James’s Street taverns or haven’t graced the bar in a while, the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend is a perfect opportunity, as the Bulldog will be open for a very impressive 87 hours from Friday morning ‘til Monday night!

The Bulldog

Revenge REVENGE PULLS another one out of the bag for the big Bank holiday Saturday with superstar DJ and producer Bimbo Jones joining the Kinky Dangerous crew on Sat 23 May. Treat your ears with these talented DJs who have remixed everything from Pink to Britney. Treat your wallets every Tuesday as a new night Sound As A Pound costs just a quid for most drinks and one customer every week will walk away with the entire door money! Plus Bank Holiday Sundays mean another helping of Girls On Top goodness on Sun 24 May. Yes you can catch hundreds of WKD guzzling lesbians getting down to some Pink and Rhianna twice in one weekend!

Owner Alan with Betty Swollocks, Vavoom

Dr Brightons THE VAVOOM boys celebrate their 5th birthday on Saturday 23rd, complete with dancing boys, a free buffet and street entertainers, all presided over by Betty Swollocks. How have five years flown by so quickly? Be sure to stop in and join the festivities.

DR BRIGHTONS has refreshed to become a hot pre-clubbing destination all weekend, with live DJs from 9pm including the legendary Tony B every Saturday! What goes up must calm down, and DB’s offers just the solution with Café Del Mar chill outs on Sundays and delicious cocktail offers all week. Dr Brighton’s Crew

Wild Fruit SEX SEX SEX is the name of the game at Fruit’s second May party Peep Show. And lets face it, we all like a bit of risqué and definitely a bit of Seamus Haji on the decks. Feathers and fetish are encouraged at this burlesque themed sexy Sunday nighter at Tru on Sunday 24 May. Wild Fruit is of course followed by Rebel at the Honey Club for those ‘dirty stop outs’ who like to dance ‘til dawn to some dirty beats. Wild Fruit Sex Saloon

DJ Dulcie Danger and DJ Smiffy

Charles Street DRAG IDOL is back! The Brighton heat of Britain’s biggest cabaret contest is at Charles Street on Sun 24 May and is hosted by Connie Conway and Lady James. So if you fancy yourself as one of the UK’s best drag queens, singers, comedians or dancers, get your glitter on and get down there.

Lady James


Zone Bar THE ZONE continues to provide a top quality roster of entertaining cabaret acts each month. This fortnight you can catch Little Zoe on Sun 22 May and Miss Hap and Sally Vate on every Saturday night. Sharon’s new look for the bar is clearly going down a treat as it’s always rammed at the weekends.

Twisted Disco Love

SIRENS HOLD a Swinging Sixties Sirens party for the girls on Sun 17 May, think feminism and flower power set to Siren’s burlesque and pole dancing theme. On Mon 25 May it’s a Frat Party Hat Party Special: hats are a must as Ghetto celebrate manager Hattie’s birthday. Don’t think you Ghetto Brighton vain gays can get away with your hair un-squished as there will be a ‘create a hat booth’ for you slackers. Otherwise at Ghetto check out Quizalicious on Tuesdays followed by Twisted Karaoke and Wigout on Saturdays!

THE SEXY SECRET venue that was Water Margin is now back as Jam, which means TDL is back for it’s summer season of uplifting disco house, provided by some of the best DJs from the gay and straight scene. Fri 22 May sees Jon Byrne join Jock Discy and Chris Shepherd.

My Tune of the Week MY TUNE of the Week is a funky little number, Jammin’ (Lost Vegas Mix) by Bob Marley & The Wailers Big Love xx Verity

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fe\/'scene Jonny Mon the London scene Orange Summer of Love continues THE ORANGE TEAM, led by The Sharp Boys Sharp Boy Steven, continue to © Chris Jepson pay homage to 1989’s ‘Summer of Love’, with parts three and four of their mammoth Bank Holiday sessions. The event kicks off at 11pm at Area, Vauxhall, with DJs Steve Pitron, The Sharp Boys and The Oli, Then, from 8am (ouch!), the main event kicks off at Fire, featuring Acid House legend Danny Rampling! This party runs right through ‘til 7pm in the evening. Then, time for bed.

SupermartXe returns to The Coronet AFTER A SUCCESSFUL first Bank Holiday party, Logan and SupermartXe are back on Sat 23 May with Peep Show, to tantalise and tease those who attend. Special guest from Ibiza DJ Vitti joins Nick Tcherniak and Steve Pitron, with Marlon K in room two. The night also features a special PA from vocalist Belle, performing her new track by The White Knights.

Tonker Gay Rugby Party TONKER IS A men-only night at The Eagle, Vauxhall, for burly men, bears and their admirers. On Fri 22 May there’s a Super-Size Rugby Union Celebration Party, marking the gay rugby weekend in London. Suggested wear for this event is Rugby gear, so think shorts, rugby shirts and very little else! Music comes courtesy of Tim Jones and special guest Stefan Leesmant from Sweden. Entry is free before 11pm in full Rugby gear.

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Tonker, Vauxhall

Check yourself into Rehab DJ Steven Geller © Chris Jepson

POPCORN HAS been running mixed dance parties at Heaven for many years, drawing out a hedonistic crowd of students every Monday night. It features ten DJs over five rooms playing everything from house to pop and r’n’b. The newest addition to the line-up is Rehab, taking over the Departure Lounge on Mon 25 May, featuring one of London’s hottest new talents DJ Steven Geller. Steven rocks the room each month, playing an exclusive sixhour house set, as off duty DJs soak in the surroundings and enjoy a night off work.

Kudos Eurovision Party, Soho CONNIE CONWAY hosts a party to celebrate the campest show on the planet, this year beamed to you live from Moscow! Will it be nil points again? Or will the UK score big with Lloyd-Webber’s golden girl? Kudos Bar will be screening the whole thing live on their plasma screens, interspersed with Eurovision gems from past years and classic Euro Pop

The George Music Bar, Twickenham CABARET IS IN plentiful supply at the George over the next two weeks. The line-up includes Jamie Watson on Fri 15, Krissie Du Cann on Sat 16, Lola Lasagne on Fri 22 and Miss Hap on Sat 23. There’s also the annual Pride in Brighton and Hove Fundraiser on Sun 24 with a barbeque, cabaret and a prize draw.

The Edge, Soho EVERY FRIDAY at The Edge is Disco Prince, with DJ Boogaloo Stu supplying his mixed up music and crazy capers to the Edge club bar. Open ‘til 3am on the last Friday of the month. Also watch out for the Eurovison Party on Sat 16 May with the show on the big screens.

Freedom Bar, Soho HOT PINK is the latest addition to the weekly line up of events at the newly refurbished Freedom Bar. DJ and scene personality Jodie Harsh reins supreme on the decks, supplying choice pop and dance classics to a stylish midweek crowd. There’ll also be Hot Pink dancers throwing shapes on the dance floor, and credit-crunch busting drinks deals behind the bar, including Champagne cocktails for £2.90 and Kelly Donut shots for £1.50.

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fe\/'photos Admiral Duncan, Soho

Ku Bar, Soho

Wild Fruit at Tru, Brighton

The Kings Arms launch night, Brighton

Comptons, Soho

Duke of Wellington, Soho

Rupert Street, Soho

The Village, Soho

Lollipop Reloaded with Laquisha Jonz at Revenge, Brighton

R-Bar, Brighton

Charles Street, Brighton

The Star Inn, Brighton

Yard Bar, Soho

Vavoom, Brighton

The Bulldog, Brighton

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Phillip and Toby from Patisserie Angelique at Mini Bar, Bournemouth

Mini Bar, Bournemouth

The Exchange, Bournemouth

The Triangle 2930, Bournemouth

The Branksome, Bournemouth

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GPtips Dr Satinder on what someone really should have told Dot Cotton... WE KNOW that LGBT people smoke more than the rest of the UK population. Smoking rates among gay men and women are the highest. Why is this? Well it certainly has nothing to do with our biology. All the research done shows LGBT people smoke as a way to de-stress and relieve anxiety. Interestingly, among the LGBT community, those of us who are parents are more likely to give up smoking. If you smoke, giving up is one of the most beneficial things you can do for yourself. The risks of smoking are not just to do with getting cancer: other diseases such as emphysema (where your lungs stiffen up so you slowly suffocate) stroke and heart disease are are equally lethal - they’re just slower.

If you smoke and are still in your mid-thirties then the news is good. Give up smoking now and within a number of years the risk of your developing nasty diseases will fall to almost the same as someone

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get lung cancer than a nonsmoker. There are plenty of services now available either through your GP or community groups to help you give up smoking. Nicotine replacement therapies e.g. patches and gums can help you stop. But before you get to that stage you need to be in a mental space where you want to stop. Get motivated to give up: how long do you want to live? What do you want to do when you retire? What kinds of experiences do you want still want to have? Continuing to smoke is likely to rob you of opportunities to live a fit and healthy life where you can continue to do what you want to do. Don’t kid yourself: get advice from your doctor, live the long and disease free life you deserve.



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FOOD IS SO important for your dog. We tend to forget that our dogs are carnivores. On the right food your dog will be happy, generally well behaved and thrive. On the wrong diet they can act like hyperactive kids fed on junk food! I take a natural approach to feeding, by which I mean a diet which is low in carbohydrate, colourings, additives and preservatives. Given a choice dogs would not feed themselves on wheat, maize, rice or the enumbers, carcinogens and other fillers which go into many commercial diets. During my training I did a great deal of research into raw and natural diets (bones, vegetables and the odd leftover). I read the work of vets Ian Billinghurst and Tom Lonsdale and as a result I now feed my dogs on a diet which includes raw chicken carcasses. Yes CHICKEN CAR-

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fe\/'nosh Charlie’sreview Brighton round-up The Secret Restaurant at the Palm Court Foyer (Brighton Dome Foyer) • The Secret Restaurant at the Hub (Pavilion Theatre) • Madame Geisha 75 - 79 East Street Tel 01273 770 847 •

Luxurious surroundings at Madame Geisha CARLUCCIOS RECENTLY hosted the launch of Alisdair Scott Sutherland’s The Spaghetti Tree, a fascinating insight into the Italian Trattoria Scene in the United Kingdom. This delightful read traces the history of the first proper Italian restaurant, La Trattoria Terazza in Soho, opened in London in 1959 and the influence it has had on some of the UK’s best chefs today - Alistair Little, Antonio Carluccio, Genarro Contaldo (Jamie Oliver’s mentor) and Giorgio Locatelli to name but a few! Across four decades two Italian waiters, Marco and Franco, have sparked a revolution in dining to create the kind of food and restaurants that we have today. Fun, relaxed and serving the best of fresh, simple, seasonal produce. Enjoy this celebrity-packed romp through the sixties and indulge yourself in a story of passion, courage, triumph and the beginning of your delicious gnochis, fresh egg pastas, raviolis and “petto di polo surpressa” (chicken kiev with parmesan cheese and garlic butter). Retailing at £14.99, it is well worth a read for all lovers of Italian cuisine! Tuesday saw the launch of the opening of the Palm Court Foyer and the Hub Restaurant at the Pavilion Theatre, for the Brighton Festival. Catered for by talented chef/owner of the Secret Restaurant company, the Palm Court Foyer offers

Indian Tiffin Snacks. Feast on “Mini Dosas with Three Aromatic Sambals, Cucumber Sandwiches, Chocolate and Cardamom Truffles or a Spiced Flan de Naranja (a sweet orange caramel shot with a brandy snap and caraway spoon)”, teamed with a refreshing glass of champagne or prosecco. Open from 11am -4pm until the end of May. If you fancy something a little more substantial, the Hub Restaurant around the corner offers a varied menu including: “Local Mussels Wok Cooked with Galangal and Tom Yum Sauce (£6.50) and Dark Star and Sussex Hop Sausage and Mash (£7.50). Build your own Salad Lunchbox and choose from: Cold Salmon, Char grilled Chicken, Fresh Tuna or Lemon Haloumi plus six salad items and dressing (£5.50). Sunday Lunch will be served on Sundays and there are also hot and cold bar snacks available. Open from 11am till late, the Hub will host great music artists and djs. So enjoy and make a night of i, during the Brighton Festival. With places like Madame Geisha opening, Brighton is truly one of the coolest places on the planet to be. Co –owned by entrepreneurs Damian, Matthew and Jenny, Madame Geisha is the ultimate in über chic. Damian says the idea is to “encourage people to eat early and then enjoy the whole

ambience of the place.” The space itself is cool, stylish and a “brand new concept in dining, drinking and entertainment” Over three floors there is an upstairs chill out space with loungy hammock seats and a private karaoke room and bar for hire. Head Chef Jo Griffiths has created a Pan Asian inspired menu that will excite your culinary senses at every level. Jo worked in Paris and at English’s in Brighton. Our waiter, Alberio, was well informed and very charming! We started off with a selection from the Handmade Dim Sum menu (£3.95) – Chicken Gyoza (Chicken and Vegetable Chilli Garlic Dumplings) and Char Siu (Sweet Barbecued Pork Buns with Chives and Ginger). Both were light and full of flavour and came with a scrummy selection of dips including a divine chilli and garlic and tamari and sesame oil. Dim Sums can be steamed, deep fried or pan fried. The Tiger Prawns are flash fried with chilli flakes, garlic and coriander. Our choice of wine was a bottle of the very drinkable white Spanish Macabeo (£13). Then it was time for mains. I decided on the Slow Roasted Belly Pork Marinated in Asian Spices with a Chilli and Soy Glaze, Potato Rosti and Wok Fried Vegetables (£12.95). A truly beautiful dish! My companion chose one of the specials, Pan Fried Chicken with Peanut Sauce and Coconut Rice (£11.95) and declared it delicious! The desserts (£4.95) are to die for. My companion raved about the Coconut Crème Brulee and the Orange Marmalade Ice Cream served with the Ginger Parkin Pudding…yum yum. After dinner we sampled a cocktail from the fabulous cocktail menu (£6.50). My Asian Infusion Martini contained Kiwi Vodka and Lemongrass and my companion’s Mojito, fresh mint and lychee juice. Madame Geisha is a wicked new experience. Come down and have a taste today!

Tony’sreview Pâtisserie Angélique 79 Poole Road, Westbourne BH4 9BB Tel 01202 765271 •

WHEN YOU VISIT Bournemouth you just have to stop at the Pâtisserie Angélique. You can’t miss it: it’s the pretty yet bold pink building situated at 79 Poole Rd Westbourne. You will be greeted by hosts Toby and Philippe, who are partners in life and in business. Phillippe (French by name and nature) is your wonderful pâtissier. Be prepared to enjoy Les Repas (a light meal) and leave room for the Pâtisserie Cabinet! We started with Feuilleté Jambon Smoked Ham and Tomato on Flaky Pastry and Quiche aux Poireau - the quiche that men will eat! After this lovely start and too many delights to choose from we decided to sod the diet and chose a selection of Mille Feuille Patissier, Gateau Breton, Tarte Amande and Far Breton

and a double cappucino. Pâtisserie Angélique is a highly recommended stop on the coast, and they house a great

sun terrace too. It is BYOB and be sure to look out for their Pink Sundays, details coming soon on the website.

Sarah’sreview Veeraswamy Mezzanine Floor, Victory House99 Regent Street, London W1B 4RS (entrance on Swallow Street) Tel 020 7734 1401 •

ENTER INTO this restaurant from Swallow Street and go in the lift to the first floor and you find yourself in a dining room overlooking, but a million miles away from, Regent Street. You can’t fail to notice the collection of turbans hanging on the wall and the chintzy chandelier; but all is spaciousness and comfort. To celebrate the fact that they were founded in 1926 they are revisiting some of the dishes from a menu of that year – dishes such as Moglai Moorgee Birianni, Moorgee Ka Salan

Madrassi and Jinga Ka Salan. It has to be said the food does not disappoint. Being a vegetarian I thought my choice would be limited. Not at all. I was bowled over by the fresh pineapple curry – fruity and spicy. I also indulged myself with the (red) snapper Tikka. My companion stuck to her favourite roast duck Vindaloo which she declared to be one of the best she had ever tasted. She was more than impressed with the Chicken butter Masala and indeed the Lamb Khichda. We were nearly defeated but could not resist the Travancore Prawn Curry. As a conclusion an array of the most wonderful sweets were brought to the table thereby causing us to surrender to an experience of sensual tastes

and flavours. The dishes are beautifully presented and all of them are full of delicate flavours; rich sauces, fragrant rice and served with light naan breads. You are able to appreciate all this in a luxurious ambiance not often associated with Indian restaurants. London’s longest established Indian restaurant offers a splendid dining out experience, with an impressive wine list and authentic dishes cooked by chefs with a wealth of experience and served by friendly, welcoming staff. At these prices (below) live like the Queen (whose birthday Veeraswamy shares) or indeed like a Maharajah!

A three course lunch is £19.26 (I puzzled a long time over the somewhat bizarre 26 pence until I saw the “founded in 1926”) and dinner plus a cocktail is £26.

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Starswith Russell Grant 15 May - 28 May ARIES 21 March - 20 April You’re trying so hard to understand a partner or close friend but there are some things which you just can’t seem to agree upon. Disturbing undercurrents give you cause for concern and you wonder whether someone isn’t telling you everything. This is a good time to share your innermost thoughts and feelings with those you love and care for and why keeping things to yourself will only cause confusion.

TAURUS 21 April - 21 May You’re more in tune with others than you have been recently. There may be a strange sensation as if you can read people and their motives like a book. Your intuition serves you well and you will regularly be in a position to help others to help themselves. You could be making a life changing choice very soon without realising the significance until you start seeing the consequences and where they lead.

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You’re doing too much for others and making too many personal sacrifices for friends. You’ve always found it hard to turn people away when they’re in need and you hate to feel you’ve let anyone down but it’s time you found the self confidence to say “No”. You will only be pushing yourself too hard if you take on more commitments on top of the duties and responsibilities you already have.

LEO 24 July - 23 August New directions beckon but indecision holds you back. Something that happens now will boost your confidence big time and help rid you of hang ups from the past. Your prospects will improve dramatically as soon as you take the initiative. Some decisions in life will give you an opportunity for excitement and adventure; welcome this as a gift from the Gods and a privilege that you have these choices.

VIRGO 24 August - 23 September No one seems to be doing anything right and you get irate and irritable with people who are careless in their ways. Frustration and aggravation caused by someone else’s silly mistakes will really bug you, but try not to carp and complain too much. As time passes your mood will lift and you will start seeing eye to eye with people again and you will be able to begin moving forward positively again.

LIBRA 24 September - 23 October Staying rational and putting your own feelings on a back burner is the best way to handle things now. Staying calm won’t be easy but somehow you’ll manage to look cool and collected, despite the feeling that some people aren’t being totally straight with you. You should make plans to chill out mid-month and do precisely what pleases you without feeling bad about not fitting in with other people’s plans.

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