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Tony V These boots are made for walking SUMMERTIME IN THE UK means travelling time for us, as we head cross-country to support as many gay Pride events as we can possibly handle. Coming from Australia, one has the impression that the UK is small; it is. But this is the beauty of it… there are so many Pride festivals in such a small land. Forty years on from the Stonewall Riots in New York that started it all, the desire to get out there, party and be proud has spread to the corners of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and is helping heterosex-

ual communities understand and accept their LGBT neighbours. One80news is proud to be a part of these events. Congratulations to everyone who is putting on an event this year – you should be proud of yourselves. On another note, we’ve just heard that the Rose and Crown in Greenwich is hosting the fourth annual Drag Race on Friday 14 August, featuring more than 30 drag queen and kings racing around the town in high heels. It’s going to be quite a spectacle. See you there.

Gay bars hit by Soho fire THE FIRE THAT RIPPED through a historic building in Soho’s Dean Street on Friday 3 July is said to be costing gay businesses thousands of pounds of lost revenue. The fire, which almost completely destroyed a film company’s offices in the road, was just yards from Old Compton Street - the gay centre of Soho. Large areas of Soho were shut down on Friday evening, costing bars and restaurants significant amounts in lost profits. At the time of going to press Dean Street was still closed to traffic, causing major disruption to delivery services and transport in and out of Soho. The fire caused the evacuation of around 50 people but no-one was injured. A fire brigade spokesman said an investigation into the cause of the fire was underway and it was too early to ascertain what caused it, but early reports indicate a faulty air conditioning unit may be to blame. Builders are working to try and make the remains of the building secure and reopen Dean Street to traffic.

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Potter’s ‘gay’ Bruno film upbringing banned HARRY POTTER STAR DANIEL Radcliffe is telling interviewers that it’s “good to keep people guessing” when they ask if he’s gay. Responding to internet chatroom rumours that constantly question his sexuality, 19-year-old Radcliffe admitted that people often presume he is gay. “I grew up around gay people my entire life, basically, that’s possibly why I’m quite camp, and some people think I’m gay when I meet them, which I think is awesome,” he says. “It’s always good to keep them guessing. I don’t go on any blogs or chats or anything, but my friends are demons for them, and apparently someone said ‘Daniel Radcliffe is gay. He’s got a gay face!” Radcliffe went on to say that he thinks it’s wonderful that Harry Potter character Dumbledore was outed by author J K Rowling as gay, and that he thinks Rowling probably did it to “fuck of the right wing.”

THE UKRAINE HAS BECOME THE first country to ban the movie Bruno. The Ukranian ministry of culture says that it is banning the film, which features spoof Austrian gay fashion journalist Bruno as he travels around America, because it includes, “artistically unjustified exhibition of sexual organs and sexual relations, homosexual acts in a blatantly graphic form, obscene language, sadism, anti-social behaviour which could damage the moral upbringing of our citizens.” A Ukranian spokesperson says that although homosexuality is legal in the Ukraine, attitudes are still very conservative.


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fe\/'e\nj Corrie’s new gay bar launch ‘Extravagant’ set built for new gay plot

THE HUGELY POPULAR primetime ITV soap opera Coronation Street is getting its first gay club. Corrie executives have given the goahead to build a brand new set from scratch to include the inside of a gay venue as part of an ongoing storyline. According to reports, the “extravagant” set will be used to follow gay character Sean, played by Anthony Cotton, who falls for a new gay character at his local gym. “We usually use the bars on Canal Street for our gay club scenes because they have been so good to us over the years,” a spokesperson said. “But this storyline is going to last for a long time so it made sense for us to build our own place rather than be on location for weeks on end.”

The plotline will focus on Sean as he falls for bodybuilder Leon, and decides to make him see how desirable he is by lying that he used to date his gym partner Jason (Ryan Thomas), who is actually straight. Jason remains blissfully unaware of Sean’s deceit, even when Leon starts chatting to him. As the story progresses, Sean ends up taking Jason to the gay club and entering him in a contest to find Mr. Weatherfield - which he wins. Although Jason is initially angry, he ends up wondering whether to continue in the competition when he realises a cash prize is up for grabs. The club is set to appear later this summer.

Blue star ‘bisexual’ Duncan James, of boyband Blue, has come out as bisexual. The handsome singer told the News of the World that he has sex with both men and women – and has had relationships with men in the past. “I’m not ashamed,” he said. “I met a guy [in 2001]. He was my friend at first but we took the friendship to the next level. Up until that point I’d never had those feelings towards a guy before. But this person came into my life and put a spanner in the works. I definitely loved him.” James (above) has been in high-profile relationships with women in the past few years, including Geri Halliwell and Martine McCutcheon, and has a daughter by ex Claire Granger. And as Blue begin a comeback tour, he says the other boys in the band are fine with his sexuality.

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CAMP FUNNYMAN GRAHAM NORTON’S BBC1 TV show is being axed. According to the Sun newspaper, the Totally Saturday show’s viewing figures have fallen from more than 4 million in June to 2.5 million in July. BBC bosses say they are keen to continue working with Norton, calling him a “fantastic host�. But Radio 1’s Chris Moyles attacked the show, branding it “appalling�.

New skool SCHOOLS ARE TO BE provided with fresh guidance on how to deal with homophobic bullying. The Schools secretary, Ed Balls, says new ideas about how to effectively tackle anti-gay jibes – which he says are reaching “epidemic� levels in playgrounds – are vital to protect children. “Homophobic bullying creates an ugly climate of intimidation and can make it harder for young people to come out,� he says. “Whether it’s directed at lesbian, gay, bisexual or heterosexual young people, our guidance makes clear that such bullying should be challenged. “Growing up can be challenging enough for young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Being bullied and discriminated against at school as well can make life miserable and sometimes fearful, too.�

Gay rape claim A TEENAGE BOY ON trial for beating a gay man to death is claiming that he only did it to protect himself from rape. Mossab Belhocine, 19, of Forest Road, Walthamstow, admits punching and kicking David Cooper, 28, but denies murder. The two met in Soho last year and went home together to Cooper’s London home. Belhocine told the court: “He came and sat next to me on the sofa and put his hand on my leg and started moving it up and down and moved it to my penis area ‌ I didn’t want it to happen. He came on top of me and was trying to kiss me. “I was punching him anywhere and trying to fight him off.â€? Belhocine allegedly then stole credit cards and electrical items from the flat as Copper lay unconscious. The trial continues.

Payout awarded TWO LESBIANS WHO SUFFERED anti-gay abuse from work colleagues have won more than ÂŁ20,000 in compensation. Beth Moules and Sharleen Amos, a couple that both worked as saleswomen at a westcountrybased water company, claimed unfair dismissal following comments from their workmates. In one such incident, the couple’s boss, Stephen Baker-Joy, had told them to stop complaining because “lesbians had never and would never suffer in the way that Jews hadâ€?.

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A GAY PRIDE FESTIVAL in Cambridge has been cancelled due to financial problems. The Pink Festival, described as ‘a gay Pride, family day out’ was expecting more than 15,000 people to attend this August. But in a statement, organisers admitted the festival had not secured enough funding and sponsorship, and blamed the credit crunch. They hope next year’s event will go ahead as planned.

Birds wanted DESPERATE ZOO KEEPERS IN Edinburgh are seeking female penguins to prevent more male birds from having sex with each other. Workers at Edinburgh Zoo say they blame a shortage of female birds is forcing the male penguins to form relationships with each other. “They have sometimes tried to physically mate with each other - not very successfully,� head penguin keeper Roslin Talbot told the Scottish Daily Record. “If we had four male king penguins and four female king penguins, this wouldn’t be happening.�


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Sex workers wanted for new research TERRENCE HIGGINS TRUST (THT) is launching a survey aimed at establishing the health and support needs of male and transgender sex workers. The research, which is being run by THT Brighton, Soho Boyz in London and The Blue Room in Manchester, will help THT assess the support services it provides to male and transgender sex workers in the region. “We’re launching this survey because we want to get a clearer picture of some of the key issues that male and transgender sex workers face, and whether local services are meeting their needs,” says Mark Cull, Health Promotion Coordinator at Terrence Higgins Trust in Brighton. “This survey is vital because it will help us develop and target our services and we really need both male and transgender sex workers to get involved. If you’ve sold sex within the last 12 months, or perhaps exchanged sex for somewhere to stay or for drugs or alcohol, please take the

time to fill the questionnaire in – it’ll only take a few minutes and the information you’ll give us is invaluable.” This is the first year that the survey has been carried out and it’s hoped that it will get a huge response. The survey can be completed at THT’s centre in Ship Street, Brighton. Anyone who takes part will be offered a £10 retail voucher. There will also be an opportunity for people to take part in the survey at Pride on August 1st. Soho Boyz will have a stall at Preston Park from where people can take part. The surveys can be completed until mid September. The survey includes questions about accessing sexual health services, HIV testing as well as questions on drug and alcohol use, housing and other issues. To take part in the survey and to find out about the services that THT offers contact Mark Cull on 01273 764223 or email mark.cull@tht.org.uk

Skydive success!

SOME MAY HAVE THOUGHT the idea plane stupid, others suggested drink may be clouding their judgement, but Ray and David, landlords of Southampton’s The London Hotel, knew it wasn’t pie in the sky as they took off on a jet plane, knowing they wouldn’t be coming back to terra firma in the same plane, but jumping out of it at 12,000 feet. All in the name of charity, of course. Why else would two generally sane men risk life and limb by hurling their bodies into the sky? Luckily, the big man in the sky was looking favourably upon our two brave boys and they landed back to earth safely n Sunday 12 July to raise a whopping £4,150. The Sunday evening at The London Hotel

was dedicated to a post-dive party, with Lady James performing to capacity crowd. A cheque was presented to the Countess Mountbatten Hospice on the night. Later in the evening, another cheque came out, this time for from the Diamonds are Forever fundraising evening (which took place earlier in the year) in memory of Lee Driscoll, for an amazing £7,500. Raymond and David of The London said “we are in awe of the generosity people have shown in donations over these two evenings, and would like to thank everyone who took part, so much.” You can watch a video of the skydive online, visit www.watchmyskydive.com and type in the name of the person you’d like to watch. www.the-london.co.uk

Family Funday: a statement from Bourne Free THE ORGANISERS OF BOURNE Free – Bournemouth’s Pride festival – have been forced to issue an official statement following reports that families are ‘fuming’ after the event. After heavy rain poured down on Saturday 11 July, the main day of the three-day festival, organisers took the bull by the horns and decided to move Sunday’s outdoor ‘Family Funday’ from the Lower Gardens in the town to The Branksome Pub. Families keen to join in the celebrations were apparently left out of the event - which aimed to be ‘inclusive’ as possible – because The Branksome does not allow under-18s into the venue. “The Bourne Free Pride Festival Committee deeply regrets the inconvenience caused to those families that came to the Bournemouth Gardens for a Family Funday on Sunday,” said a Bourne Free spokesperson. “The decision to cancel the event in the Gardens was made late on Saturday after an evening of heavy rain …. We feared that the Gardens would be too water soaked and muddy to offer a pleasant occasion. “We were unable to find an indoor familyfriendly venue at such short notice but were able to reschedule the planned bingo with drag artist

Miss Jason to a local pub in The Triangle. Unfortunately the notices for the Gardens were inadvertently misprinted leading many families to assume that the pub was open for a family event. “We are especially sad to have disappointed so many children, especially those of LGBT families who are often overlooked.” Bourne Free says it is looking into providing a replacement family-oriented day in the near future.


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A Moment in June O Nathapon’s debut feature is currently doing the rounds of the international film festivals. Peter Burton caught up with the firsttime director after a screening in Brighton.

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“Every year, C4 promoted seven new directors. I applied and was selected. They gave me a script called Raising Baby Rio to direct. It’s the story of a young black father who has to rescue his baby from his drug addict mother. It’s a subject I’m not at all familiar with, but that’s what I wanted to do. I told my producer that I wanted to get away from anything that I was familiar with…” A Moment in June is a sombre but intensely romantic film set between Bangkok and Chiang Mai and there are echoes of classic films. “One third of A Moment in June was inspired by David Lean’s Brief Encounter,” O admits. “It’s my most favourite film of all time. “My script for A Moment in June is slightly complicated. There are three mains stories – one set in 1972 and the other two set in 1999 – that intertwine and at the end, hopefully, the audience will understand why it had to be told and that was and come to one conclusion about all these six characters who are all connected in one way or another. It is romantic. I hope so. I think it is….” One of three narrative threads involves Pakorn, a theatre director and his photographer love Peon. Theirs is troubled relationship and at the beginning of the film they are separating for a month to consider if they have a future together. “Yes, there’s one gay couple of the film. So you could say that one third of the film has a gay subject,” O pauses for a moment. “But A Moment in June shouldn’t be pigeon-holed as a gay-themed film because it’s not dealing with a ‘how difficult it is to be gay’ premise. The two characters just are gay. However, having said that, it is a film about two gay people struggling to be in love with one another. Basically, it’s the story of two people who are in love who just happen to be men … I wanted to tell the story of a gay relationship showing it as equal to that of any straight couple.” What inspired the film? “One third of the film is my own story – but I think most first-time writers and directors would utilise their own experience. One third, as I’ve said, was inspired by Brief Encounter and the final third was adapted from a play that I wrote when I was studying theatre direction. All three threads combined into one central theme. Essentially A Moment in June is all about second chance…” The film has already garnered praise at film festivals in Thailand, Indonesia, Sweden and India. The film travels on to festivals in Italy and America. But in the meantime, O is hoping for distribution in the UK. “If anyone is interested, I’d be glad to talk,” he interjects. In the meantime, O is writing a new script (the action takes place in England) and directing music videos for Sony (Thailand). Where does he spend most of hi time? “In Kemp Town, Brighton…” And where does he consider home? “I go back and forward quite a lot, but I hope to spend more time in Brighton, writing…”

RAISING BABY RIO By O Nathapon, will be shown on C4 on a date to be confirmed, later in the year.

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‘A MOMENT IN JUNE elegantly intertwines love stories set in 1972 and 1999 with the staging of a play deeply connected to both,’ Daily Variety opined. ‘This ambitious pic marks a strong debut for script-helmer O Nathapon, whose artful mix of theatrical and cinematic techniques produces an affecting study of love and separation.’ “I’m originally from Thailand,” twenty-nine year old O explained, “but I moved to England when I was fourteen. I went to Brighton College between 1994 and 1999 and then went to film school in Los Angeles between 2000 and 2004. I came back to do theatre studies in London in 2005 and I’ve been working on A Moment in June since 2005. “I wrote and directed and produced the film – the latter is one job I don’t like – I’m not a very good producer. But, yes, I wrote the film and directed it. It is my first feature film, but I have made a short film called Bicycles and Radios as part of my thesis for the school in LA.” O has also directed a short film for Channel 4’s Coming Up season. Called Raising Baby Rio, it will receive its world premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival and then be shown on C4 later in the year.


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CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY IS desperately trying to raise £125,000 in order to purchase the personal papers of a gay writer who was one of the major poets of the First World War. Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967) is one of the most well known and accessible of

the First World War poets (Martin Taylor’s Lads: Love Poetry of the trenches contains fine examples). His experiences during that bloody conflict instilled in him a fierce hatred of war which culminated in his issuing his Soldier’s Declaration (The Times, 1917) which caused a public furore because here was a member of the officer class, a hero (he had been awarded the Military Cross) behaving in the manner of a conscientious objector. He narrowly escaped court martial and (possibly) a firing squad. Aside from his poetry, Sassoon was author of a semi-fictional autobiography (Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, Memoirs of an Infantry officer, Sherston’s Progress) and three volumes of conventional autobiography (The Old Country, the Weald of youth, Siegfried’s Journey). Although he eventually married and fathered a son, Sassoon was famously emotionally involved with and an influence upon fellow First World War poet Wilfred Owen and love to the eccentric aesthete Stephen Tennant.

The Siegfried Sassoon archive includes forty-five notebooks, drafts of unpublished poems and a substantial cache of letters spanning more than half a century and was kept in filing cabinets in the family home. The death of Sassoon’s son George in 2006 has provoked the sale and if Cambridge University Library cannot raise the required funds then it is likely that the papers will be bought by one of the wealthy American libraries or universities – already home to a substantial part of Britain’s gay a literary heritage.

The Forbidden Broadway

Wilde shows FIRST STAGED IN 1895, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest can withstand almost anything. There have been musical version (Earnest in Love, The Importance), it has been staged en travesty (with Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket), it has been seen in an all-male production (in Berlin) and it has too frequently been seen with far too ancient actresses playing that greatest of stage dragons, Lady Bracknell. Now, in a new production at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park, Wilde’s ‘trivial comedy for serious people’ will have to confront its greatest challenge – the British weather. Heading the cast of this revival are Susan Woolridge as Lady Bracknell and Dominic Tighe as Algernon. The Importance of Being Earnest runs at the Open Air theatre in Regent’s Park until 25 July. Tickets: 0844 826 4242 or www. openairtheatre.com. Also running at the same venue is a revival of Jerry Herman’s award-winning musical Hello, Dolly! Samantha Spire stars as the interfering and irrepressible Dolly Levi and the show runs until 12 September

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GERARD ALESSANDRI SATIRICAL REVUE Forbidden Broadway originally opened at an Off-Broadway supper club in 1982. Written for a cast of two men and two women, the show has been regularly up-dated and is still keeping New York theatregoers amused. Parodying decades of highly successful and often grotesquely overblown musicals, a version of the revue surfaced in London a decade ago. Now a new edition of the show – sending up just about every hit musical currently playing in the West End – has opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London SE1. Wickedly witty, outrageously funny (Ana-Jane Casey is superlative as Nancy in Lionel Bart’s Oliver!, brutalised and bandaged and singing a pastiche of ‘As Long as he Needs Me’ now revamped as ‘As Long as he Beats Me’) Forbidden Broadway is a gloriously merciless. Everything from Chicago, Billy Elliot and Hairspray, The Lion King and Mary Poppins is joyously spoofed. Other members of the small but energetic and talented cast are Steven Kynman (a delicious Harry Potter striptease, clearly a reference to Daniel Radcliffe’s appearance in Equus), Alasdair Harvey and Sophie-Louise Dann. Forbidden Broadway is at the Menier Chocolate Factory; tickets: 0207 907 7060 or www.menierchocolatefactory.com

GERRI SMITH FIRST PERFORMED The Dorothy Squires Story (her one woman show about the life of the litigious gay icon) in Edinburgh in 1998. The play toured in 1999 and was revived last year for runs at the Hungerford Theatre Festival and the Grand Theatre, Swansea. ‘A terrific p e r fo r m a n c e ,’ The Stage said of Ms Smith’s portrayal of Squires. ‘She captures perfectly the throaty, lachrymose quality of her vocal style.’ A reconstruction of the show on 6 December 1970 for which Squires hires the London Palladium concludes the show, so there are plenty of the Welsh diva’s songs – including her signature number ‘Say It With Flowers’. The Dorothy Squires Story is a The Chambers, The Town Hall, Henley-on-Thames from 23-25 July at 2pm and 6pm. www. henleyfringefestival.co.uk

THE PENULTIMATE MUSICAL EVENT of the third annual Clifton Montpelier Powis Festival is an entertainment devised by Roger Brasier and Anthony Hawgood as an introduction to some of the more beautiful art songs and parlour ballads of the Victorian era. Nothing if not camp, Come Into the Garden Maude combines verse and music to evoke a time when to be gay was to be jolly and nothing more and Oscar Wilde was to be imprisoned for committing sexual offences. This highly diverting event will be presented at St Nicholas Church, Dyke Road, on 19 July at 10:30am. Tickets: Dome Box Office 01273 709709 or www. brightonticketshop.com or on the door.


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Scott Brown’s title story for the anthology A Casualty of War grew out of his experiences in Iraq where he recently spent eighteen months. He told Torsten Højer about the background to the tale. THIRTY-ONE YEAR OLD Scott Brown has a background in hospitality and public relations. He is travel correspondent for 3SIXTY and a political and Middle Eastern correspondent for Homme Arena Asia. Currently based in Dubai, he also specialises in short stories which are generally both sinister and erotic and which are characterised by a healthy disregard for figures in authority. In ‘Justice Armstrong-Jones’ (published in Bend Sinister) the authority figure is a High Court judge willing to go to any lengths to ensure that his name is always in the public eye. ‘The Collection Box’ (published in Death Comes Easy) focuses on a charismatic but embezzling priest who finds a teenaged runaway too much of a temptation and in ‘Mysterious Ways’ (published in Serendipity) his central figure is a high-powered football agent who enjoys a dalliance with the England captain just before dying and being reing reincarnated as an un-neutered moggie. Scott is now working on his first novel (a thoroughly nasty piece of work) and a new short story, but was keen to talk about the genesis of his most recently published tale. ‘A Casualty of War’ provides a grim insight into the bleak world of combat in present-day Iraq. Written as a first person account of a soldier reacting to conflict, it not only serves as a frightening reminder of the horrors of America’s war on terror, but also explores the dilemas of duty, love and (homo)sexuality in the most unforgiving of circumstances. “I was in Baghdad for eighteen months during the conflict,” Scott says. “It is harsh, hostile and people’s lives are pretty terrible. After living it, I had to write about it. The experiences in the story are not diaries of what I experienced. 0f course, it’s complete fiction - but some of the detail is drawn from reports and stories that I had access to.” ‘A Casualty of War’ begins with the beating and murder of an American soldier by compatriots who believe him to be gay. The narrator claims he is ‘no fag hater’ but still particpates in the attack. This is the first of many brutal killings in a story in which the violence and sexual tension steadily escalates. “Gay sex happens much more than people think it does in the army,” Scott continues. “All the guys are away from home for a year, they’re horny, hot and sweaty... you can be gay in the army, of course, but you can’t say anything in the US army. A lot of men would say ‘I’m not gay, I’m in the army’, but they still have sex with men. That was the mindset I was coming from in the story. They push their sexuality aside to keep their jobs. They’re determined and passionate about serving their country.” A Casualty of War: The Arcadia Book of Gay Short Stories, the seventh such collection to have been edited by Peter Burton and the fourth to be nominated for America’s prestigious Lambda Literary Award, contains stories by a wide range of authors, including Neil Bartlett, Sebastian Beaumont, Hugh Fleetwood, Francis King, Steven Saylor, Michael Wilcox and Richard Zimler and is available now.

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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 24 KU BAR 2 25 Frith Street, W1D 5LB 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 24 PENDULUM 56 - 57 Frith Street, W1D 3JG Tel: (020) 7734 8300

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’S ARMS, 116-118 Hackney Rd Tel: 020 7739 9854 THE OLD SHIP, 17 Barnes Street, Limehouse Tel: 0207 7790 4082

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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South London venue listings 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 WATERLOO, 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 ROSE AND CROWN, 1 Crooms Hill, Greenwhich, SE10 8ER, Tel: 0208 858 0154 KAZBAR, 50 Clapham High Street, London SW4, Tel: 0871 223 1154 THE STAG, 15 Bressendan Place, SW1, 020 7828 7287 TWO-EIGHT-SIX, 286 Lewisham High Street, SE13, Tel: 0208 690 7648 TWO BREWERS, 114 Clapham High Street, London SW4, Tel: 020 7819 9539


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fe\/'scene Jonny Mon the London scene G-A-Y Bar, Soho

Matinee Evolution – Revolution

ALL THROUGH JULY, G-A-Y Bar Soho is celebrating the appearance of dance diva duo Booty Luv, with a range of fabulous cocktails to get you in the party mood. Take your pick from Boogie Tonight, Shine, and Don’t Mess With My Man, each is a different mix of mainline spirits and fruity mixers. Listen out for any Booty Luv videos, and get bargain prices on selected drinks. www.g-a-y.co.uk

EXCITING NEWS FOR gay clubbers in London, as Matinee London has secured a monthly residency at a brand-spanking new club! Matinee Evolution – Revolution will take place on Sat 25 July, featuring new DJs, new musical styles, and all-new production. The venue, Cable, has been described as a new Fabric, so this is one clubnight you’ll want to check out. www.evolvedevents.co.uk Matinee © Tilllate.com

Work! at Area, Vauxhall PATRICK LILLEY’S MIDWEEK urban clubnight has moved to a brand new home. Now taking residence south of the river, Work! will take place every Wednesday at Vauxhall’s infamous Area nightclub, home of legendary afterhours Beyond. Expect the latest and greatest urban anthems, bashment and UK funky, dished out by the Work! residents, plus intense lighting and laser shows from the Area lighting jocky. Work! was previously held at Heaven. www.areaclublondon.com

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Ku Bar and Club, Soho

Pendulum, Soho

EVERY SUNDAY EVENING at Ku Bar Lisle Street, divalicious drag superstar Lady Lloyd takes over supplying her choice selection of chart hits and, well, generally being fabulous. Lady Lloyd’s Hits Factory takes place from 8pm – midnight, a kind of gay tea dance with the best pop tunes from the last few years, plus some special anthems thrown in for good measure. Entry is free. www.ku-bar.co.uk Ku Bar

TAKING OVER THE multi-story building on Frith Street that used to house Profile, Pendulum is a brand new concept: bar, restaurant and art gallery combined. Promoter Patrick Lilley (Queer Nation) intends to flaunt his love affair with all things American, by showcasing photographic displays of the legendary New York Vogue Balls scene between 1993 and now. The restaurant will serve up America’s foremost Southern cuisine, created and catered by Outsider Tart (www.outsidertart.com). Definitely worth a visit! Website coming soon. www.pendulumsoho.co.uk

The Yard, Soho LOCATED IN CENTRAL Soho, close to many of the busiest bars, The Yard is a hidden treasure accessible only via an unassuming entrance, which leads to the gorgeous courtyard and bar. Once inside, you’ll also have access to the Loft Bar, complete with smoker’s terrace and comfy sofas. DJs play on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with music ranging from 70s and 80s to funky house and club classics. Highly recommended. www.yardbar.com The Yard

Comptons, Soho IN THE HEART OF Soho’s gay village, Compton’s is one of the hottest spots in which to warm up your weekend. DJs include Paul Short every Friday, spinning funky and uplifting house, and Joe Public (Love Muscle XXX) every Saturday. Bears Upstairs takes place every Sunday, an ideal place to meet like-minded bears, cubs and admirers. www.comptonsbar.com Comptons

Kazbar, Clapham

Village, Soho

IT’S NON-STOP PARTYING at Kazbar this month with resident DJs Julius and Saint David playing fierce vocal house with the occasional camp classic thrown in for good measure, every weekend. Of course it just wouldn’t be Kazbar without Nine to Five being belted out at half past midnight on the Saturday.

IF YOU FANCY SOMETHING different for your Wednesday night, check out the Pink Poodle Comedy Club each week at the Village, Soho. Billed as “London’s gayest comedy cabaret” you can expect plenty of outrageous laughs from some of the best up and coming talent, hand picked by Miss O. Tickets are £5, from 9pm.

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Jonny Mon the Brighton scene The Aquarium NO FOOD IN the fridge? Don’t know what to cook for dinner? Well fear not, as the Aquarium Theatre Bar has launched the Fish Tank Café, serving food Thursday – Sunday. The food is simple and very affordable, with pub favourites such as Bangers & Mash (£4.50), Meatballs (£4.95) and Club Sandwiches (£2.95) complemented by a range of salads (£3.50 - £3.95). Food is served 4pm – 9pm Thurs, Fri and Sat, and midday – 4pm on Sundays. www.the-aquarium-theatre-bar.co.uk

Vavoom

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RAISING MONEY FOR Brighton Pride is always a big priority at this time of year, and the Vavoom team has come up with a great way to do this: auction of your cutest bar boys! On Sat 25 July, you can turn up at Vavoom pick out your favourite bar boy, and if you bid the highest price and take him for a complimentary meal at Strada. Everybody wins! www.vavoom.co.uk

ONE OF THE latest additions to Brighton’s gay men’s pub scene, The Kings Arms, continues to offer up great DJs each week playing different styles of music. Thursdays are Pop etc. with guest DJs playing the latest and greatest pop tunes, Fridays are Booze and Cruise with DJ Bozzey Bear playing 80’s, 90’s and 00’s music, and Saturdays are Bear Essentials with DJ Charlie spinning funky house. www.kingsarmsbrighton.co.uk The Kings Arms

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Lesbian Sauna Party ONE OF BRIGHTON’S favourite gay saunas will host a women only sauna party on Sat 25 July, giving the girls of Brighton a chance to play. The night is hosted by Voluptuous Events, who will be taking over the Denmark Sauna in Hove from 8pm ‘til late. Tickets don’t come cheap, priced at £35, but this includes a meet and greet, use of the sun beds, locker and towel facilities, ice-breaking games and masseuse services for the first five people in. Go girls! www.denmarksauna.com

The Zone The Bulldog ON MON 20 July, the team at the Bulldog will celebrate the birthday of one of its regulars from 9pm. Malcolm’s birthday party will feature DJ Marcia and his glitter ball, playing the best 70s and 80s party songs. The event will be raising money for the Sussex Beacon through a raffle, with prizes including concert tickets and free drinks. Happy birthday Malcolm! www.bulldogbrighton.com

IT’S SO CLOSE to Pride! We can feel it in the air. And what better way to celebrate, than to book one of the best-known cabaret acts on the Brighton drag circuit, for a very special debut performance? The act is none other than Dave Lynn, the venue is the Zone, and the date is Fri 31 July at 9.30pm. Other highlights include Sally Vate on Sat 18 July, and karaoke every Sunday from 6.30pm.

Ghetto Brighton YOU THOUGHT IT couldn’t get any more wacky that Lesbian Mud Wrestling: but you were wrong! Because Brighton’s very own Ghetto is going all out to raise money for Pride, hosting their first ever Jelly Wrestling competition on Weds 29 July. It’ll be slippery, sticky, messy, but most importantly fun, as teams of gay girls and boys grapple with each other on the Ghetto dance floor, trying to stay upright amongst all the jelly. The only question is, will there be custard? www.popstarz.org/ghettobrighton

R Bar FRIDAY NIGHTS ARE jumping at one of Brighton’s most stylish bar spaces, as a heady mix of great music, unthreatening gambling and well-priced drinks ensures a busy venue each week. The idea is this: every Friday at R Bar, order your round of drinks, toss a coin, and if you win the coin toss, you walk away with the round again for free! Simples. www.revenge.co.uk

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112 Church Street MANAGER COLIN CELEBRATES his birthday at Church Street on Fri 24 July, with friends and customers invited to join the festivities. Cabaret comes from local heroine Miss Jason, with other guest drag acts to be confirmed. Expect hilarious antics, outrageous humour, and a fun-packed roster of entertainment, carrying on ‘til 1am. www.112churchstreet.co.uk


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South Coast venue listings Bournemouthvenue listings 01 THE BAKERS ARMS 77 Commercial Road, 01202 555506 03 2930 THE TRIANGLE 30 The Triangle, 0845 474 3019, www.2930thetriangle.com 04 THE BRANKSOME Commercial Road, 01202 552544 | www.thebranksome.com 05 CIRCUS @ THE OPERA HOUSE 570 Christchurch Road, Boscombe. 01202 399922 06 OVER THE RAINBOW GAY MENS HEALTH PROJECT 01202 257478. www.rainbowbournemouth.co.uk 07 RUBYZ CABARET RESTAURANT West Hill Road, www.rubyz.co.uk 08 SAUNABAR 4 Avenue Lane, www.gaysaunabar.com 09 THE XCHANGE 4 The Triangle | 01202 294321 10 MINI BAR 109-111 Commercial Road | BH2 5RT 11 THE PATISSERIE ANGÉLIQUE 79 Poole Road, Westbourne, BH4 9BB. www.patisserieangelique.com 12 BAR BEYOND 103 Commercial Road | BH2 5RT 13 WHITE TIGER 27 The Triangle | Bournemouth | BH2 5SE | 0845 496 6305 | www.whitetigerstore.com

Eastbourne venue listings THE HART 89 Cavendish Place 01323 643 151 www.thehart.co.uk

Portsmouth venue listings HAMPSHIRE BOULEVARD 1 Hampshire Terrace Southsea 023 9229 7509 THE OLD VIC St Paul’s Road 023 9229 7013 www.oldvicportsmouth.co.uk MARTHA’S 227 Commercial Road 023 9285 2951

Southamptonvenue listings 01 THE EDGE Compton Walk | 02380 366163 | www.edge-nightclub.com 02 ISOBAR 100c St Mary’s Street | 023 8022 2028 |www.isobarsouthampton.com 03 THE PINK BROADWAY 79/80 East Street | 023 8023 8804 | www.pink-broadway.com 04 THE ENDEAVOUR 7 Simnel Street | www.theendeavour.co.uk 05 THE LONDON 2 Terminus Terrace | 023 8071 0652 | www.the-london.co.uk


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fe\/'scene The London Hotel, Southampton

The Edge, Southampton

DAVID, RAY AND his team are always keen to book some of the best cabaret around, and having enjoyed their parachute jump and landed safely it’s back to business as usual. Highlights this month include the following dates: Fri 24 is Mandy Gap, and Sun 26 is Drag With No Name, Fri 31 July is the pre-Brighton Pride Party with Lucinda Lashes, and Sat 1 Aug is Guilty Pleasures with Neil Sackley. You can watch David and Raymond’s skyjump online, by visiting www.watchmyskydive.co.uk and entering their name. www.the-london.co.uk Mandy Gap

WHAT’S THE BEST way to counteract the heat and humidity of the long, hot summer’s nights we’ve been enjoying? Well the team at Southampton’s Edge club has got the answer, as the annual Beach Party 2009 takes place on Fri 31 July and Sat 1 Aug, complete with a swimming pool in the garden in which you can cool off. There’ll be plenty of boys and girls in their swim wear (and maybe a few without) so this should be a very exciting party. www.theedgesouthampton.com The Edge, Southampton

The Old Vic, Portsmouth Nicolette Street

THIS AWARD-WINNING traditional gay pub, at the heart of Portsmouth’s gay scene, features regular entertainment and a fab pub food menu. Female vocalist Nicollette Street will perform on Sat 25 July, and winner of the Drag Idol contest, Kevin Cruise, performs at the pub on Sun 26 July. Check the website for all the latest line-ups! www.oldvicportsmouth. co.uk

Hampshire Boulevard, Portsmouth AS ONE OF gay Portsmouth’s favourite cabaret venues, the Hampshire Boulevard has to live up to high expectations. Fortunately, the wonderful Titti La Camp will be on hand, performing on Fri 31 July. Titti had her first show at Camden’s Black Cap back in 1993, and has been wowing audiences ever since. Past glories have included performances at Pride events all over the UK, and hosting the Drag Idol competition. www.thehampshireboulevard.co.uk


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fe\/'scene Jonny Mon the South Coast scene Bakers Arms, Bournemouth EVERY THURSDAY AT Bournemouth’s Bakers Arms is cabaret and bingo night with resident hostess Sheila Tackya. It’s bingo with a twist: outrageous, camp, and most importantly, it’s fun! The show starts at 8.30pm each week. Bournemouth Leather Club meets on Fri 31 July at 9pm, and Kiss & Make Up (the transgender group) meets on Fri 7 Aug. www.thebakersarms.com The Bakers Arms

2930 The Triangle, Bournemouth SATURDAY 25 JULY is Girls Only night at 2930 The Triangle, as the ladies take over the basement with top DJs playing commercial house. Boys, fear not though, as the upstairs level is open as usual! Wednesday night is excellent value, with DJ Ondrey K spinning the tunes and bargain prices on all drinks. www.2930thetriangleclub.com

Bar Beyond, Bournemouth THE ‘NO CHEESE please’ music policy adopted by Bar Beyond has paid its dividend, as the bar remains busy many nights of the week. Thursdays are open deck night, so any budding DJs out there in Bournemouth can turn up and have a spin on Bar Beyond’s top of the range CD decks. And the prize? You could be one of the Bar Beyond resident DJs! But remember that music policy though…

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The Xchange, Bournemouth VETERAN OF THE cabaret circuit Miss Jason begins a new weekly residency at The Xchange, kicking off at 10pm each and every Thursday night. Miss Jason’s sharp tongue, quick wit and great sense of humour have earned her legions of fans across the UK, making this one weekly show you wont want to miss. Xchange DJs keep the party rocking, playing all things camp and cheesy. www.xchangebar.co.uk

The Branksome, Bournemouth

Mini Bar, Bournemouth JOHN AND HIS team at Mini Bar will be keeping the summer party spirit alive after Bourne Free with a fabulous selection of new vodka-based cocktails available throughout the day. Also look out for themed weekends, new for August, including a fun-filled Hairspray weekend. Dates have yet to be confirmed as we went to press. www.myminibar.co.uk Mini Bar

A FAVOURITE AMONGST locals, the Branksome has entertainment on every night of the week! Sundays feature DJ Pride from 8pm with guest cabaret at 10pm. Mondays are ‘karaoke queens’ from 9pm with Lucinda Lashes, Wednesdays feature local drag sensation Sally Vate, and Thursdays are DJ Pride and Crystal Candyfloss’s Fairylea, an evening of the utmost camp. On Friday Sally Vate cracks the weekend open, and on Saturday nights you can party right through ‘til 3am with DJ Pride. www.thebranksome.com

Circus, Bournemouth ONE OF THE longest running clubnights in Bournemouth’s history did not disappoint, as hundreds of party people braved the awful weather and continued to celebrate Bourne Free 2009 at Circus, well into Sunday morning. The atmosphere was fantastic, as everyone was up for a party, and as for the venue? Simply stunning. It’s just fantastic that a gay clubnight still puts so much effort into their output, with aerial performers, drag hosts, loads of make-up and fierce music from residents and guest DJs alike. The next event takes place on Sun 30 Aug, and we can’t wait! www.myspace.com/bournemouthbolts Circus, Bournemouth

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Pink Sundays, Bournemouth THE PATISSERIE ANGELIQUE is hosting Pink Sundays every week from 2 – 5pm. Toby and Philippe invite you to enjoy a chilled out afternoon with a cream tea, cake or milkshake on the sun terrace. If you fancy something different to other options on the scene, this is for you! www.patisserieangelique.com


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fe\/'books THE OUT TRAVELLER: HAWAII By Matthew Link (Alyson Books, £9.99)

THE OUT TRAVELLER: NEW YORK CITY by Dan Allen (Alyson Books, £9.99)

SPARTACUS INTERNATIONAL GAY GUIDE 2009

THE SMELL OF THE CONTINENT

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By Richard Mullen and James Munson (Macmillan, £20)

THE THIRTY-EIGHTH SPARTACUS International Gay Guide runs to around 1200 pages (slightly less than 2008’s edition) and remains the most comprehensive world guide for the gay male tourist. However, the gay traveller doesn’t find a ready welcome wherever he ventures. ‘Despite the recent 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, torture is still a common practice in over 81 countries worldwide and 83 countries continue to have national laws which criminalise homosexuality - not a real reason to celebrate, Briand Bedford, Chief Editor of the guide, writes in his Introduction. ‘It is also a fact that when money is tight, ideals such as human rights take a subordinate role in many people’s lives.’ Obviously Spartacus has more detailed information on those destinations that are the most popular with gay visitors. There are over one hundred pages devoted to Spain, for example, twelve of which focus on the Balearics (notably Ibiza). The USA is contained in one-hundred¬and-fifty pages, a dozen of which concentrate on NYC. The UK is allotted fifty pages. The Czech Republic is given twelve pages, most of which are dedicated to Prague (presumably the city’s popularity has as much to do with Bel Ami boys as it does the Charles Bridge). The substantial main text contains listings for countries from Albania to Zimbabwe and appended to these is a brisk summary of a further 73 countries for which ‘there is no evident gay scene or there is an overwhelming hostility towards homosexuals’). The Spartacus International Gay Guide is a perfect example of the way in which tourist demands have caused guides to specialise. They have come a long way since the beginnings of tourism in the early years of the nineteenth century.

FOR HOLIDAYMAKERS WHO can’t face lugging around the hefty Spartacus International Gay Guide, there are many pocket¬sized guides to specific destinations. The Out Traveller series, for instance, concentrate on particular areas of the United States. The latest volumes dissect Hawaii and New York City. Matthew Link points out that Hawaii can be idyllic for those looking for a beach holiday in a tropical setting but warns that it is not so enticing for those looking for exciting nightlife - there’s not much of it! NYC is an entirely different matter. It is one of the world’s prime gay destinations, boasting venues to suit every taste as well as a cultural cornucopia, fine restaurants and fabulous shopping. The Out Traveller books contain all the usual information a traveller expects from a gay guide and also has potted histories and brisk biographies of relevant personalities. It would be a good idea if all guides in the series followed the same template (Hawaii has a bibliography, New York doesn’t) - but that’s a minor complaint.

IN THEIR METICULOUSLY researched and highly entertaining The Smell of the Continent: The British Discover Europe, Richard Mullen and James Munson take as the starting point of modern tourism the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo in IB15. They contend that once the dictator was imprisoned on St Helena, it was safe for the British to get off their island and begin to discover (primarily) France, Italy and Switzerland. These travellers set out in carriages, carrying everything for their convenience and comfort as they visited the guillotine in Paris and the battlefield of Waterloo in Belgium. Some travelled in unimaginable style. The rampantly bisexual Lord Byron’s carriage was ‘vast and elegant’ and featured a library along with facilities for sleeping and dining.’ Many packed everything from curtains and carpets to kettles and caddies of tea. And they complained. So far as the British abroad were concerned, nothing that wasn’t from home was good enough. They demanded comfort and, until the European hoteliers provided it, they carried it with them. The British didn’t like the accomodation (damp rooms, unaired sheets, smells), didn’t like the food (especially the garlic), didn’t like the roads (rutted, haunted by bandits) and didn’t much care for the native. It was their constant complaining that raised standards and improved everything to such a degree that the British tourist became a kind of colonist. Amongst those travellers were large numbers of men who were on the road as ‘much for the gay sex to be found in the more tolerant South, amongst them E M Forster with his ‘well-practised sneers at his compatriots’, ‘the exotic’ Augustus Hare, A E Housman and Oscar Wilde, visiting the male brothels in Paris, Tchaikovsky and Thomas Mann. But all this was to change once the First World War began in 1914, the point at which this most enjoyable account concludes.

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himself a job, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bit of a nomad to begin with. He doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know exactly what he wants to do with his life, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a mechanic by trade. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very nice lad.â&#x20AC;? Ryan is heavily featured in the episodes running between 20-24 July. Sutton has some strenuous stunts and highly dramatic scenes as he is trapped in the wreckage of the Home Farm shop after a runaway van has ploughed through the façade. And the tensions between Ryan and the man is yet to discover is his father bode ill for the future. Then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a developing friendship between Ryan and Nathan, his devious half-brother (Lyndon Ogbourne). Sutton has enjoyed his first few weeks of filming Emmerdale. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been brilliant,â&#x20AC;? he enthuses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone has been really kind to me and showed me around. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been made to feel really at ease and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had some great scripts already.â&#x20AC;? And how does Sutton think Ryan will fit in with the current residents of the rural community known as much for raunch as animal husbandry? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good-looking lad.â&#x20AC;? Sutton modestly declares. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So hopefully heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have some interest from the local ladies. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quite a likeable guy, so I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anything which would warn the other villagers off him â&#x20AC;Ś not to begin with, anyway.â&#x20AC;?

      

                    

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fe\/'community South Coast It’s good nowadays, isn’t it? Wake up call In the first of an occasional series, Roger Wheeler fulminates against the ridiculous rules of Health and Safety. Many years ago I was working for a vast government department, drowning in a sea of civil servants, who were neither particularly civil nor servile; colleagues would often refer to me as Victor. They thought that I sounded like a gay version of the famous tv grump Victor Meldrew as I was constantly irritated and annoyed. I didn’t initially recognise this but soon realised that being well past my own sell by date modern life was becoming more and more annoying. I remember my dad sounding exactly the same nearly fifty years ago, so does every small thing become more annoying as you get older? Probably. It all stared when I met a colleague who

was to become my new best friend. Her name is Elfin, formally known as Elfin Safety. Her main aim in life is to protect you and me from ourselves. She thinks, no she knows that we do not have the sense that we were born with and simply cannot be trusted or allowed to undertake the simplest of tasks without instructions, cautions, warnings, safety goggles and protective clothing. For decades we have been able to open a window in a hotel or office, get on a train, cross the road, even cruising, without being constantly reminded that we are in serious danger of life threatening injury. I was planning an event at a major public conference centre, Elfin insisted on a risk assessment being undertaken. Apart from being a ludicrous suggestion as this venue was used by thousands of people every week without the need for risk assessments, I asked Elfin if, before she entered any shop or cinema, did she send in her troops to check that she would survive the experience. The work place ‘experience’, how I hate that now overused word, has become a minefield of dangerous hazards with the strong likelihood of one sustaining permanent injury unless you attend a course on, say, using a chair. What was once just a chair has become a serious threat to life and limb unless instructed on how to use it in the correct manner

Today in virtually everything we do we are warned to take great care or the lube may jump out of the tube and cause permanent damage, of course if you forget to use it there could be consequences. If we don’t carefully read every label on everything we buy we are at serious risk of, for instance, drinking the bleach thinking its gin. And the dangers of opening the fridge - never mind about boiling a kettle - are just too horrific to contemplate. I seriously question the need for this over protectiveness; of course the reason for it all lies with the Americans. That highly litigious society where you sue, or as they would say, issue a law suit, if you break a finger nail when ripping open a condom. There is money to be made from the most innocent of errors, as we are told every day by the ambulance chasing solicitors, sorry law firms, that if something is not your fault you can get substantial compensation. I just think it’s about time that we took responsibility for our actions, but its too late, careful you’re about to come to the end of this article and you need to look away now. In the 60’s, yes I know that was before real life existed and there was no internet or mobile phones how did we manage – the two most dangerous words in the language were Atomic Bomb nowadays its Health and Safety, our new best friend Elfin.

The Dorset Lesbian and Gay Helping is looking for volunteers. The helpline, which offers confidential help and support for LGBT people and parents, friends of gay people, through its telephone helpline from 7.30pm to 9.30pm on Monday, Wednesday & Thursday, always needs more help. If you are local to the Bournemouth area and if you can associate with the issues of lesbian and gay people and feel that you would like to give back to the community, then the team would like to hear from you. “We supply full training and support to all our volunteers and we have volunteers who are able to give varying levels of commitment,” they say. “If you believe you are someone with a listening ear, who does not judge people and you want to help people come to understand their sexuality, then we need your help”. Contact us in confidence on 0845 388 3544 or email: volunteers@dorsetgayhelpline.org and we will take it from there.

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

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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

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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.

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

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

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(Jun22/Jul23) A surge of creative energy helps you take time out to work on a pet project. You get more satisfaction from writing, painting, and music than you do from work or family. Friends and relatives may feel miffed by your behaviour, but that can’t be helped. You should jump at the chance to work alongside or travel or study with someone who is an expert in their field or someone else could pip you at the post.

CANCER

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(Apr21/May21) Making money is a top priority. You hate venturing out of your comfort zone, but it’s more and more obvious you need to do so. If it means learning a new skill or trying your hand in a different industry go for it now. An influential friend can help you make some changes that will bring future prosperity if you’re prepared to make a break with the old ways of doing things and follow new trends.

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(Jul24/Aug23) If you’re looking for an escape route from a stressed out world of hustle and bustle you need look no further than your own fireside. Settle down for a few quiet times with your nearest and dearest inside your own four walls and take time out to chill out. This is a good time to play your cards close to your chest and not let all and sundry what you think or feel. Bring a plan to perfection in secret and then launch it.

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VIRGO

(Aug24/Sep23) You could quite easily take the lead at work or be in the vanguard of a community campaign. People are looking to you for leadership, so don’t be shy about asserting yourself. If you’re aiming to change things for the better now’s the time to get things moving. You can create your own good fortune by seizing the initiative and making the most of any opportunity to share your ideas with others.

LIBRA (Sep24/Oct23) Different faiths and philosophies have a fresh appeal to you now so why not explore the views and values of others by meeting people from various creeds and cultures or researching on the internet or at the library? It will widen your horizons. Being willing to take on an unusual professional project could put you on the path to a brand new career. A talent for executive leadership may be uncovered.

SCORPIO

(Oct24/Nov22) Be careful what you wish for. Right now you have a way of moulding events to

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SAGITTARIUS

(Nov23/Dec21) It’s time to even the score with anyone who has not been taking your thoughts and feelings into account when making important decisions at home or at work. Stand up for what you know

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is important and they’ll stop taking you for granted. A good job offer could come your way very soon but be prepared for some power struggles with your boss because neither of you will want to give ground.

CAPRICORN

(Dec22/Jan20) Not everyone will immediately recognise your abilities so be patient with people who seem blind to your talents. It won’t do any good climbing on your high horse so just bide your time and wait for your chance to set the record straight. Time spent alone or with those you love and care for gives you a chance

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AQUARIUS (Jan21/Feb19) With your popularity rising to new all time high levels you mustn’t be surprised to





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PISCES (Feb20/Mar20) Stand up for yourself against anyone who tries to bully and browbeat you into submission. If you give way now it will be harder to speak up for your beliefs in times to come. Be especially assertive when it comes to negotiating prices or wages. Driving a hard bargain will work in your favour and bring you to the attention of someone who will turn out to be a loyal and trusted friend



















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WHEN VISITING BOURNEMOUTH, Be sure to treat yourself to a meal at the stylish Ventana Brasserie and Bar at The Cumberland. The menu at Ventana ranges from light appetizers to healthy salads and delicious fresh seafood. With both indoor or patio dining, relaxing atmosphere and attentive staff, eating here was a real pleasure – aided by the company of a friend visiting from Australia. Our female companion ate light (watching her figure?). She went for a Chicken Caesar Salad made from locally sourced produce. The freshness of her dish was complemented by the size of the portion. My choice was the Peppered Fillet of Salmon, served with vodka, lime and chilli salsa, all atop a bed of green pea mash. I’m not usually keen on mashed potato, but the peas were an interesting twist and I augmented it with an additional order of the salsa. My unadventurous partner thoroughly enjoyed his chargrilled steak, but he just loves a bit of meat. The accompanying Bearnaise sauce (a lovely combination of egg yolks, lemon juice, butter, shallots, herbs and a careful seasoning) was excellent. There wasn’t much room for dessert – but we shared a combination of bread-and-butter pudding, raspberry cheesecake and white chocolate mousse. And Bailey’s! The price range is reasonable, salads cost from £7.95 and on average main course are around £14. Desserts are £4.95. Relaxation and service are priceless.

SITUATED AT THE ENTRANCE TO the markets in Greenwich, from the outside The Beachcomber Seafood Café looks like nothing out of the ordinary. However, the food served inside far exceeds expectations and this is due to the chefs – from Albania, Italy and Poland – whose expertise provides a combination of their national seafood cuisine and proves a piece de resistance. Three of us spent a happily relaxed afternoon, enjoying seafood cooked to perfection and pampered by friendly service. We shared a starter – a plate made up from scallops, lobster, calamari, kind prawns and scampi. Costing £6.95, there was ample for all of us but as Aussies and lovers of seafood we added a dish of battered calamari (the best I’ve encountered since I’ve been in Britain) and half-dozen fresh oysters. Our Aussie guest plumped for the fresh Scotch salmon, grilled and served with a parsley sauce and was more than happy with her choice. My partner ordered the Lobster Thermidor, flamed in a brandy and white wine cheese sauce. The lobster was a good 20oz and served with sautéed potatoes and a selection of seasonal veggies. I decided to try the Surf and Turf, consisting of an 8oz sirloin steak, cooked to perfection, and a 12oz lobster. It should be pointed out that The Beachcomber Seafood Café source their provisions daily and it is all cooked freshly on the premises. The reckoning for the three of us (including a good Pinot Grigio and a very drinkable red Bordeaux) was £140 (including gratuity) – but we had a terrific afternoon and I’d heartily recommend this venue.

Ventana Brasserie and Bar at The Cumberland Hotel

The Beachcomber Seafood Café

Café Bella

34 Greenwich Church Street, London, SE10 9BL Tel: 0871 4746626

120 St. James’s Street, Brighton, BN2 1TH Tel: 01273 623485

East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth, BH1 3AF. Tel: 01202 290722

A FAMILY RUN BUSINESS, OWNED by brothers and with mum helping out, Café Bella offers a wide variety of English and Italian dishes and is a firm favourite with Brighton residents and visitors alike. Located in busy St James’s Street, the venue has seating inside and out and is a perfect place to watch the LGBT world meander past. I ordered a good size old-fashioned English Mixed Grill and the size of the serving was such that I found myself regretting the breakfast I’d had earlier. The grill comprised choice pieces of chicken, gammon and steak with grilled tomatoes, mushrooms and fried potatoes. The size of the service was impressive and it was remarkably good value. My partner had his usual steak. He was happy with the size and tenderness of the cut, served with loads of chips and a side salad. He tucked in with gusto and had no complaints. The brothers make a mean coffee and have some great lunchtime specials for two or three courses. If you’re a local or a visitor in for Pride, stop by and tell them 3SIXTY sent you and well line your stomach before the party.


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