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MOVING ON UP Transport for London scoops top honours in Stonewall’s Top Employers 2009
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IT’S OFFICIAL: Transport for London is one of the most gay-friendly employers in the whole country. They’ve nailed down fifth place overall in gay equality organisation Stonewall’s annual countdown of the top 100 employers for gay people, up from sixth place last year. With a record 317 employers taking part this year, TfL’s top five berth is great news for the organisation. “We are absolutely thrilled with this rating, especially as so many organisations are now participating in the annual Stonewall Index,” says Mark Mackenzie, Chair of the TfL LGBT Staff Network. “We attended the launch and it was certainly
an evening to celebrate – particularly as we had again managed to improve on last year’s ranking. TfL has improved its performance every year since the Index launched in 2005 and our latest ranking clearly demonstrates just how seriously we take the issue of making TfL a better place to work for lesbian and gay staff.” Faced with tougher criteria for inclusion than ever before, this year entrants really had to prove their worth. Transport for London is hailed in the report as an example of best practice, as they ensure that LGBT staff have equal access to personal and career development opportunities. Employees are also able to request a gay mentor.
Mackenzie is firmly convinced of the importance of equality in the workplace. “At TfL we have a significant number of gay employees and our equality monitoring is now highlighting growing numbers of staff indicating that they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered,” he says. “If lesbian and gay staff know that an employer such as Transport for London is committed to meeting their needs then this ultimately contributes to ensuring that we are able to attract the best talent and have a workforce that accurately represents the diversity of London.”
See page 2 for the full list of Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers.
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FIT but you know it I WAS LUCKY enough to attend a performance of Stonewall’s specially commissioned play FIT recently. It tackles head-on the issue of homophobic bullying, and so far it’s been performed in more than seventy-five schools around the country. It’s completely relevant, moving and funny in equal turns, and with plans for a DVD version which would be distributed to every school in the UK, likely to make a major difference. I come from the Section 28 generation, and when I voiced
my sexuality to my guidance teacher, all she was able to do was shift uncomfortably in her seat and quietly pass me the number for my local Gay Switchboard. Even then I could see that she was fearful she’d done too much, and pained that she couldn’t do more. The intervening twenty years have seen many changes, not least among them the birth of Stonewall itself. That anti-gay bullying is a major priority in schools is testament to their hard work, and FIT represents a high-point. See it if you can.
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Lloyds TSB Hampshire Constabulary Brighton and Hove City Council Kent Police Nacro Transport for London London Borough of Tower Hamlets Manchester City Council Merseyside Police Home Office Ford IBM Goldman Sachs London Fire Brigade Barclays HM Prison Service Gentoo Group Avon and Somerset Probation Area Cambridge City Council Ernst & Young PricewaterhouseCoopers KPMG West Yorkshire Police Staffordshire Police BT East Sussex County Council Scottish Government Cheshire Constabulary Commission for Social Care Inspection West Midlands Police Simmons & Simmons Lothian & Borders Police Credit Suisse Greater Manchester Police Metropolitan Police Service Gloucestershire County Council Citizens Advice Nottinghamshire County Council Environment Agency Environment Agency Wales Newham College West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service London Development Agency Metropolitan Housing Partnership Royal Bank of Scotland Group Sheffield City Council Shaw Trust Essex Police Thames Valley Police HM Revenue & Customs North Wales Police Pinsent Masons LLP Foreign & Commonwealth Office Hertfordshire Constabulary Department for Work & Pensions Ministry of Justice Procter & Gamble UK Crown Prosecution Service HBOS plc Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust
Last Year’s Position 6 3 9 26 1 6 17 6 NEW 14 43 5 38 13 17 17 14 67 16 78 9 29 51 3 11 33 51 88 78 33 NEW 11 17 43 33 29 24 67 59 59 NEW 43 NEW 33 NEW 17 94 38 59 78 NEW 67 26 59 74 59 88 88 43 51
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Last Year’s Position NEW 78 97 NEW 94 74 43 NEW 78 51 43 17 74 24 NEW NEW 38 NEW NEW NEW NEW NEW NEW 78 NEW 51 NEW NEW 94 NEW 26 NEW NEW NEW NEW 88 NEW 97 NEW NEW
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Putting the boot in TOP FOOTBALLERS are being lined up to star in a ground-breaking new video designed to wipe out homophobia on the terraces and on the pitch. The Football Association has agreed to fund the short Wishlist: Cristiano Ronaldo
film, which was proposed by Peter Tatchell of the gay human rights group OutRage! Following anti-gay abuse hurled at players such as Ashley Cole and Sol Campbell, Tatchell lobbied the FA to take action, and a funding Big name: Michael Owen
package was agreed earlier this month. The hunt is now on to find premiership stars to lend weight to the campaign. Tatchell has a few ideas on potential participants: “Our wish list includes David Beckham, CrisSpeaking out? Rio Ferdinand
Peter’s friends Gay charter It’s a ‘Big Nite’ for Peter Tatchell on Wed 28 Jan, as Just Friends – the social group for mature gay men - throws a gala fundraising event to support his Human Rights Foundation. The fundraiser is being held at the Phoenix Artist Club in Charing Cross Road, and organiser David Vinnels has gathered a huge array of talent, including James Akimbo, Dickie Beau and Ernesto Sarezale, the naked poet. The suggested minimum donation is £15, and tickets are available direct from the Phoenix Club or contact David at contactjustfriends@tiscali. co.uk for more information.
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Brighton and Hove City Council scoops top honours in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers 2009 IT’S OFFICIAL: Brighton and Hove City Council is the most gay-friendly local authority in the country. The Council nailed down third place overall in gay equality organisation Stonewall’s annual countdown of the top 100 employers for gay people, up from ninth in last year’s survey. In the process, they’ve leapfrogged over other authorities such as Manchester City Council, and beaten last year’s no.1 Nacro, the national crime reduction charity. “We were ecstatic when the news came through,” says Cabinet Councillor for Community Affairs Dee Simson. “It’s amazing to receive national recognition for our work – and hopefully this news will encourage people to consider the Council as
an employer. Good practice is good practice, and this award sends out the message that the Council is firmly committed to equality for all its employees.” Faced with tougher criteria for inclusion than ever before, this year entrants really had to prove their worth. For the Council that meant demonstrating delivery of a range of LGBT-friendly services as well as solid and equal employment practice. Head of Equality and Inclusion Mary Evans was a key figure in delivering the Council’s bid. “I can’t stress enough what a big achievement this is for us as a small City Council,” she says. “With the continued actions of our LGBT Forum, our support for Brighton Pride and
ISLINGTON COUNCIL has announced a new charter for gay residents. It promises that the council will “redouble its commitment to keep discrimination out of its office, playgrounds and public services.” The move comes in the wake of a high-profile case in which Christian registrar Lillian Ladele claimed to have been victimised for refusing to officiate at civil partnerships. An employment tribunal ruled that she had been discriminated against on religious grounds, but that decision has now been over-turned. The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) found that the Council disciplined Ladele for refusal to carry out her official duties, not on account of her religion. “We were overjoyed to win the lanmark Registrar case,” said Lib Dem Councillor Ruth Polling. “With this charter we are making it crystal clear that we expect all council employees to provide services to all people, regardless of who they are.” As well as covering council employees, the charter also pledges to help people in the community at risk of anti-gay bullying, elderly gay people and those from ethnic minorities who might be more at risk of homophobic attacks.
our work with community groups to deal with issues such as homophobic bullying and domestic violence, we’re continually striving to make the city a better place to live for LGBT people and for everyone. What’s really great is that this year staff were surveyed as part of our bid, and it’s their feedback that’s backed up all our efforts and pushed us into the top three.” So are they gunning for the number one slot next year? “We’ll see!” says Dee. “We’re just thrilled to have done so well, and our position is a tribute to the entire staff and the people of Brighton and Hove.”
Turn to page 2 for the full list of Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers.
Celebrating (from left): Head of Equality and Inclusion Mary Evans, the LGBT Forum’s Richard Tuset and Jo Barringer, and Cabinet Councillor for Community Affairs Dee Simson
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GAY LIFESTYLE chain Clonezone is the latest high street name to enter administration. The company has ten stores around the country, including branches in Soho and Earl’s Court. Shops in Brighton, Leeds, Bournemouth, Newcastle and Bristol have already closed, with the future of the London, Manchester and Glasgow stores uncertain as one80news went to press. Clonezone joins a list of recent high-profile casualties including Woolworths, entertainment retailer Zavvi and home furnishing store The Pier.
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tiano Ronaldo, Rio Ferdinand, Peter Crouch, David James, Wayne Rooney, John Terry, Frank Lampard, Theo Walcott and Michael Owen,” he says. “Big-name stars speaking out against homophobia [would] make anti-gay chants look as stupid, ignorant and uncool as racist ones.” The film, Give Homophobia the Boot, will be screened at matches on giant stadium screens, with plans underway to have it shown on television, made available on YouTube and distributed in schools. The plan has received a cautious welcome from Stonewall FC’s first team manager Eric Armanzi. “It’s good to see Peter Tatchell, with his great track record on issues, getting involved in the project,” he says. “However, I would like to see more input from grassroots gay football clubs rather than just the high-profile celebrity players. We deal with the problem day in day out and it would be good to be involved.”
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THE SOUND OF wedding bells rang in the new year for former London Mayoral candidate and I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! contestant Brian Paddick. Once the highest-ranking out gay policeman in the country, Paddick wed his partner Petter Belsvik at a private ceremony in Oslo earlier this month. As Paddick explained in an interview last year, the couple chose Norway over the UK because “same-sex couples can actually get married, as opposed to entering a civil partnership.”
THE DEADLINE is fast approaching for registration for Brighton Festival Fringe 2009. Performers and promoters who want to be a part of the world’s third largest Fringe festival have until Mon 9 Feb to get their entries in. This year’s event runs from Sat 2 – Mon 25 May, and is open to anyone working in any artistic medium – theatre, dance, visual arts and music, to name but a few. If you’d like to showcase your work you can register at the address below. www.brightonfestivalfringe.org.uk /registration
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ADMISSION TO the Royal Pavilion is free on Sun 18 Jan. The popular annual event celebrates the purchase of the Pavilion (the famous seaside home of King George IV) by Brighton’s Town Commissioners in 1850.
Thugs charged POLICE HAVE charged eleven people alleged to have shouted homophobic abuse at Portsmouth FC defender Sol Campbell during a match against Tottenham Hotspur in Sept last year. The eleven, including three juveniles, have been bailed by police to appear at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court on Tue 20 Jan.
Sailing success THE SAILING and Cruising Association is celebrating after raising £660 at their annual Laying Up Supper. The money goes to the Westminster Boating Base, a charitable trust which teaches young people and adults to sail, canoe and kayak. Based on the river Thames in central London, it’s been going since 1975 and teaches valuable life skills associated with being out on the water. The Sailing and Cruising Association in action
Harry defended GAY RIGHTS activist Peter Tatchell has sprung to the defence of Prince Harry, amid accusations that the third in line to throne used racist and homophobic terms when referring to fellow soldiers. “I cannot see anything offensive about the context and manner in which Harry used the word queer,” said Tatchell. “Later in his video diary the prince mouths to another soldier ‘I love you’ before kissing him on the cheek and licking his face. Kissing another bloke in front of his mates and putting it on film doesn’t seem very homophobic to me.”
Olympic Uni? THE SITE OF London’s Olympic park could become a university once the 2012 games are over. Mayor Boris Johnson is backing a viability study, with several major universities, including King’s College and Imperial College, reported to have expressed interest in the idea.
StJames’s action RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES in the St James’s area are being urged to attend the AGM of the revived St James’s Area Action Group on Wed 4 Feb. The meeting takes place at Dorset Gardens Methodist Church from 7.30-9.30pm. The group will be discussing ways help make the area a better place to visit, live and work in.
Add your voice BRIGHTON’S RAINBOW CHORUS is on the hunt for new members ahead of one of their biggest concerts to date. The choir is lined-up to appear at the prestigious Various Voices event in London, which runs from Fri 1 - Mon 4 May this year. The festival celebrates LGBT identity through song and gathers gay choirs from around the world. If you are interested in joining the Chorus visit www.rainbowchorus.org.uk to find out more details.
Boutique is back Fatboy Slim: back to rock the beach
FATBOY SLIM will bring his Big Beach Boutique back to Brighton for a fifth time. The Council has given the provisional go-ahead for the event, which is scheduled to take place on the weekend of 4 and 5 September. Reveller numbers are likely to be cut for this year’s party following safety concerns at the 2008 gig.
fe\/'Zfddle`kp On your marks Let’s get tested THE SUSSEX BEACON half marathon takes place in Brighton on Sun 22 Feb, and there’s still time to register to take part. Last year’s event attracted more than 5000 runners from all over the UK and beyond, and raised over £10,000 for the HIV care centre, and £120,000 overall. Registration is open until Fri 20 Feb - see the website (details below) for information on how to
register and how to raise funds for the Beacon or the charity of your choice. Volunteers are also needed to help make sure the race runs smoothly, so if you don’t feel like a thirteen mile run, you’re still able to make a valuable contribution. There are many different volunteer roles available, so there’s sure to be something that matches one of your talents.
A NEW COMPETITION launched by Terrence Higgins Trust is putting the focus firmly on sexual health. Let’s Get Tested asks young people aged 15-25 to make a short film about getting tested for HIV and STI’s. “Young people represent only 12% of the population, but account for nearly half of all STIs diagnosed in clinics across the UK in 2007,” says Gareth Davies of THT. “With that in mind it’s especially important that young people know the facts about HIV and sexual health. If you’re under 25 and want to have your say on Let’s Get Tested, we’d love to hear from you! “
A familiar face supporting the competition is Hollyoaks star Glen Wallace, who plays Malachy Fisher in the popular soap. “Playing a character who has been affected by HIV made me realise how important it is to talk about sexual health,” says Wallace. “We’re really interested to hear what you’ve got to say, so why not have a go?” The competition is open until Sat 28 Feb, and the winner will receive £2000 and the chance to work with a top British director or producer to professionally make their film. See below for information on how to enter and upload videos.
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RENOWNED AUTHOR Rose Collis hopes once again to run her popular series of guided walks during this year’s Brighton Fringe Festival. Rose has devised a pair of brand new walks this year: Joe Orton’s Brighton and The Women of Woodvale, which will join previous tours Time Out: Gay Pubs Past and Present, and the ExtraMural Cemetery. With her vast reserves of knowledge at your disposal these walks are a great way to learn some of Brighton’s gay history. Rose is now looking for sponsorship to become an official Fringe event - contact details below.
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Grand young Duke Ireland’s Duke Special tells Tom Hewitson about cake, duels and awards Can you describe Duke Special for us? It’s kinda like being kidnapped by a circus and being forced to record purely onto a wax cylinder with some performing animals as a backing band. Your previous two albums have both been nominated for Choice Awards (the Irish equivalent of the Mercury Prize); do you reckon this one will be third time lucky? I dunno, always a bridesmaid. Awards are subjective, it depends who’s judging and things. People say you’re not good enough for an award, but if you win it you’re never as good as you think. I think being nominated is the best thing as it shows you’re working at a certain standard but it stops you from getting a big head. I want people to like what I do but not at any price - I trust my gut and go with what I think I should be doing and 99 times out of 100 decisions will be artistic not commercial. What was being on Sesame Tree (Irish version of Sesame Street) like? It was a dream fulfilled. It was an incredible experience. To sing with Muppets, I couldn’t get enough of that. I got some inside information on Bert and Ernie about liaisons that happened in the past but I’m under contract not to talk about it. It’s not so much between them, there are other people involved, but I can’t really talk about it. What was the musical duel with the Divine Comedy like? It was grand; it was an idea that Amnesty International had. I think the original gig for Amnesty years ago had a duel between Pete Townsend and Burt Bacharach. I’d toured with Neil so there was a couple of years of angst between us which we wanted to take out and onto the stage. We had a sword fight; you can look it up on Youtube
How are you spreading the word? Up until now, in the UK a lot of it has been word of mouth. However, I do think that pigeons might be an option for future. The original carrier pigeon has died out though, so I’ll have to spend some time breeding. It’s the anniversary of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species so I’m going to clue myself up and then I’m going to breed back until I can get carrier pigeons. If you were a cake, what cake would you be? A Madeira, because it’s a layered cake with many surprises. I’d hide little sweets in there and fruit things, there’ll always be something unexpected. Even if its not always welcome, it would keep things interesting.
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Tom’s Pick: Studio Arcade THIS FOUR-PIECE band, brought to life by song writing siblings Elle and Henry Williams, is the ultimate antidote to the excesses of Christmas. Like a bird soaring high on a sunny winter’s day, twenty-year-old Elle’s voice is achingly beautiful, immersing the post-holiday humdrum in a lake of ice-cold spring water. On top of planning a nationwide tour in the early part of 2009, Studio Arcade are putting the final touches to their debut album with help of Catatonia’s producer. Songs to definitely watch out for include the melancholic masterpiece Call of Duty and the toetappingly catchy Freedom Land. www.myspace.com/studioarcade
Kayleigh’s Choice: Emmy the Great What’s next for Duke Special? I’m doing a tour in the UK and then I’m going to the States to do a few shows in New York. Writing in February, then I’m doing some touring again in America. I’m also organising my own festival. I need a name actually, so if any of your readers have any ideas they can pigeon it to me.
Duke Special I Never Thought This Day Would Come is out now www.dukespecial.com
PLAYING IN support of recent (and reportedly penultimate) album Everything is Borrowed, Mike Skinner may have lost his status as Voice of the People (huge mainstream success does have a way of doing that) but as The Streets he still knows his way with a tune and fierce lyric. Playing at Brighton Dome on Wed 28 Jan and the O2 Academy Brixton on Thur 29 Jan, this could be one of your final chances to see The Streets in action.
THE PROBLEM with successful reunions - notably Take That - is that they always drag in their wake slightly less welcome comebacks. Falling firmly into this category is New Kids on the Block. They may have bestrode the globe like bandana-clad colossi in the nineties, but the tunes haven’t stood up very well. Nevertheless, they’re back for another crack of the whip at the O2 on Sat 24 Jan. Professionals to the last, these aging ‘kids’ promise a spectacular show. Hmm...
MARLENA SHAW, possessor of one of greatest jazz voices of all time, plays some rare UK dates this month. Best known on these shores for classics Woman of the Ghetto and California Soul, Shaw’s career spans some five decades, and her legendary live performances are energetic and always absolutely scintillating. Catch her at Ronnie Scott’s in London on Thur 22 and Fri 23 Jan and at Brighton’s Old Market on Mon 26 Jan.
EMMY THE GREAT: She is a harbinger of twee orgasms laced with intelligence and sadness. Her songs move like delicate, antique lace through soft, intimate plasma. Like Camera Obscura but more grown up, and in common with Belle and Sebastian, the music is beautifully arranged indie folk with a sometimes cynical subject matter. Emmy, like the finest pearl, is a pleasure to swallow. Catch Emmy the Great in Brighton at Komedia on Mon 2 Feb and in London at ULU on Fri 27 Feb. www.myspace.com/emmythegreat
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Does Joe Orton’s landmark play still have the power to shock in 2009? IT’S IMPOSSIBLE to over-state the impact Entertaining Mr Sloane had when it premiered on the London stage in 1964. It’s a play peopled by the singularly unpleasant and (in the case of the titular Sloane) the psychopathic. With a generous dash of bi-sexuality thrown in, it certainly wasn’t My Fair Lady. Yet somehow, Sloane made a star out of its author Joe Orton and set the wheels in motion for a three year period studded with colossal successes and abject failures, culminating in his death at the hands of his lover Kenneth Halliwell. This latest revival stars a perfectly cast Imelda Staunton as Kath, the middle-aged landlady who invites a sinister lodger – Mr Sloane – into the home she shares with her brother and father. In quick succession morality moves out and death and debauchery move in. Mathew Horne (Gavin and Stacey), whom we’re used to seeing in somewhat lighter fare, takes the role of Sloane. Previews from Thur 22 Jan.
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150 years at the cutting edge A major new exhibition marks a century and a half of Brighton’s Art School 2009 MARKS the 150th anniversary of the founding of the original Brighton School of Art, and to celebrate this landmark the University of Brighton is mounting a special exhibition. Over one hundred and fifty exhibits from every media conceivable highlight the contribution that the school’s alumni have made to the art world, and the role-call of talent involved is nothing short of astounding. Works by Turner Prize winners Antony Gormley, Keith Tyson and Rachel Whiteread will be on display, alongside illustrations by John Vernon Lord, Quentin Blake and Raymond Briggs, plus many more. The exhibition, entitled From Art School to University: Art and Design at Brighton 1859-2009 runs from Fri 16 Jan to Sat 14 Mar at the University of Brighton Gallery on Grand Parade. www.brighton.ac.uk/arts150
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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is one of the world’s best-loved musicals, and the touring production of the West End hit is coming to Brighton. Starring Craig Chalmers, (one of the runners-up in the BBC1 show Any Dream Will Do), the show is a retelling of the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours. Joseph runs from Tues 27 Jan to Sun 1 Feb at the Theatre Royal. www.theambassadors. com/theatreroyal
SLIGHTLY UNEXPECTED, this - having willingly neutered himself (comedically speaking) since becoming the BBC’s face of variety, Graham Norton is now playing things a little bit dangerously by taking over the role of Zaza in the West End production of La Cage aux Folles. It’s either a mid-life crisis or a masterstroke, but with brilliant source material, an onform Norton should sparkle as the dragged up club-owner. (From 19 Jan, Playhouse Theatre.) www.lacagelondon.com
BRIGHTON COMEDIAN Jo Neary brings her most popular creation - the Brief Encounter-esque Celia - to vivid life on Sat 24 Jan at Upstairs at the Three and Ten. Celia speaks in the clipped tones of a forties movie heroine, falls helplessly in love with every man she meets and her delivery of catchphrase “I couldn’t bear it if you knew” is perfectly pitched and absolutely hilarious. Part of a double-bill with Joseph Nixon’s acclaimed sci-fi sketch show. www.otherplace productions.co.uk
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The Ting Tings Fruit Machine Single out 9 Feb
Comedian Stephen K Amos tells Niall McMurray about being a role model, how to ﬁnd the funny in the recession, and his plans to be the ﬁrst black Doctor Who.
STEPHEN K AMOS is a man on a mission - primarily, to make people laugh. Now something of a veteran on the comedy circuit, his regular appearances on panel shows plus a brace of documentaries put him firmly in the Next Big Thing category. His current tour, Find the Funny, arrives in Brighton this month, and with the country in the grip of freezing temperatures and a deepening recession, I asked Stephen if there’s actually anything to laugh about at the moment. “There’s plenty!” he says. “The American election for example, or Woolworths going under and the fact that I feel guilty about it because I helped myself to so many pick and mixes over the years. And hopefully every night I’ll trigger something in the
room that means the show will be unique - and funny.” I wondered what Stephen - who’s often lambasted the BBC for what he sees as their ‘one-in one-out’ policy on ethnic humour - makes of the recent troubles the corporation has endured in the name of comedy. “Well, they are getting it in the neck at the moment,” he notes. “People will suffer and heads will roll, but the flip-side of that is the live comedy scene will thrive because people will want to revolt against the feeling of being censored. That said, we all need to take responsibility for what we say - I don’t subscribe to the Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown school of comedy where everyone’s a target and it’s ok because he’s a fat bloke - not at all. If you do a joke and
the intent is clear and it’s not about having a go at other people then great - but if the main purpose is to shock or offend, then no way. The BBC have a responsibility to respond to complaints - even if they are spearheaded by a Daily Mail campaign. But it hasn’t done Russell Brand any harm. He’s on the up-and-up.” What’s it like being one of the very few black, out gay comedians? Is there a pressure on him to ‘represent’? “I personally know of at least four others, who for reasons best known to themselves, feel that it’s not ok to publicly declare who they are.” explains Stephen. “But I can only be honest and truthful in my comedy now. I’m openly proud of who I am, and if by that some
other young person - be they black, white, Asian, whatever, can go “Oh my god, he’s quite funny and he just happens to be gay” then that’s great for me. We’d all like to just be who we are but the fact is life isn’t like that. In this job, people want to put you in a box which makes it easy and accessible for other people. I’ve completely thrown people by being black, gay and a comedian - the whole set. I’ve been doing this for fifteen years, and for the first ten I didn’t say anything about my sexuality at all - I couldn’t hide the fact that I was black because I was black and the audiences weren’t colour-blind, but in the end you’ve got to be honest. It had a profound effect on my comedy - I was being more honest and talking about
things that I thought mattered, but making them funny.” 2009 is shaping up to be a big year for Stephen, with an Australian tour, two TV pilots and a sit-com in the works. But what he’d really like is to be the next Doctor Who. So does he think he’s the man to end forty-five years of white Doctors? “Well, if Barack Obama can be the President of America,” he laughs, “I think we may be ready for a black Doctor Who! It just takes a few people to think outside the box to make things better for everyone.”
ANOTHER CATCHY hit from the Tingers, instantly recognisable with Katie White’s vocals shouting “Ka-Ching” at you, over a ridiculous amount of guitars blaring in the background. Keep an eye out for the Bimbo Jones mix, which will take the song nicely to the dancefloor.
Alesha Dixon Breathe Slow Single out 9 Feb
Stephen is on tour now and plays at the Theatre Royal, Brighton on Tues 10 Feb. www.ambassadors.com/theatreroyal
TV/DVD by Niall McMurray The Lair Out Mon 2 Feb TLA Releasing
AS IF Dante’s Cove wasn’t bad enough, here comes the spinoff, and in the grand tradition of spin-off’s (with the exception of Knots Landing), it’s unspeakably bad. No, really – The Lair makes the Cove look like Ibsen by comparison. But then, we’re not really here for high quality, are we? It’s all about the flesh on display and naturally there’s plenty of it, as a group of erotic vampires wreak their sexy brand of havoc in another mysteriously gay seaside town. The entire cast is clearly devoted to the Joey Tribbiani school of acting, with dramatic pauses so long you end up pretty certain they’ve just forgotten their lines, it’s terribly shot and the dialogue – what there is of it - is risible. None of these factors matter a jot of course. Flesh is flesh, and when it’s as toned and dumb as this, who cares? Guilty pleasure of the year…
BOOKS by Peter Burton
Undercover This Breathing World by Jose Luis de Juan Princes BBC 3, Thursdays
YOU JUST know this was conceived in a drunken moment watching Coming To America, don’t you? Three princes from India, Africa and Sri Lanka disguise their identities, taking everyday jobs in Brighton in the hope of finding true love. And look! – one of them is gay! In one fell swoop the BBC’s entire diversity remit has been satisfied, and while it’s undeniably entertaining, there’s something not very twentyfirst century about it: there’s a fine line between highlighting cultural differences and having a laugh at Johnny Foreigner’s expense, and Undercover Princes straddles it uncomfortably. Still, with four episodes in the run, I fully expect this to emerge as a thoughtful discourse on the issues of love, status and nationality. Or provoke a war, I haven’t quite decided yet.
FIRST PUBLISHED in 2007, This Breathing World is a delightfully sophisticated novel made up from two complementary stories adroitly plaited together. One narrative focuses on Mazuf, a Syrian homosexual scribe who becomes successful, rich and a man of letters in Rome two thousand years ago. The second story concerns Laurence, a student in Eisenhower’s paranoid America. Like Mazuf, Laurence is a homosexual (gay simply isn’t the appropriate word) and, like his Roman counterpart, a murderer. The ultimate convergence of these two worlds comes as a complete surprise. Elegantly encompassing a wide range of themes - identity, creativity, deceit and sexuality - This Breathing World progresses (by way of plenty of orgiastic sex) to a satisfying conclusion. In the very best sense of the term, this is a terrific adult read.
This Breathing World is out now (£7.99) published by Arcadia Books
AFTER THE surprise success of The Boy Does Nothing you would have thought Alesha’s career was on the up again unfortunately this song could trip her up. Breathe Slow is a beautiful mid tempo R&B ballad, but that just isn’t what Alesha is known for. Where are the up beat tracks and MCing? There are many more suitable songs on her excellent album The Alesha Show to choose from. Lets hope this does well so we get single number three from the album.
Britney Spears Circus Single out tbc
Murder in the Rue Ursulines by Greg Herren THE FOURTH Chanse McLeod murder mystery is once again set in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. This time the plot revolves around a high-powered and glamorous but intensely private Hollywood couple (think Cruise and Holmes, Pitt and Jolie), the spouse one of them has left behind (think Aniston) and a monstrous mother with a drink problem (think Debbie Reynolds). Chanse is called in to investigate a series of anonymous and increasingly threatening emails sent to the husband in the movie star couple. He clearly has something unsavoury to hide and isn’t telling the hunky detective all that he should. The plot thickens when the stage mother is brutally bumped off and Chanse finds himself drawn into a murky plot which now involves cute go-go boys in a low bar in the French Quarter and a rape that may or may not have taken place several years earlier. Like the previous Chanse McLeod thrillers, Murder in the Rue Ursulines is an enjoyable and undemanding read badly marred by sloppy editing which allows incidents to be repeated within a matter of paragraphs and details to change from mention-to-mention.
Murder in the Rue Ursulines is out now (£8.99), published by Alyson Books/Turnaround
TITLE TRACK from Britneys biggest album since Baby One More Time, this is Britney at the top of her game. This is streets ahead of Womanizer and has been on the download charts for months already. This is set to beat single no.1 from the album, and with an outstanding remix from Jason Nevins and a theatrical circus themed video, Britney is back firing on all cylinders.
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fe\/'jZ\e\^l`[\ Vez in Brighton HAPPY NEW Year and welcome to 2009, which is set to be even bigger and better than 2008! Despite the worries about the credit crunch you’ve shown that gays just want to party, as the clubs stay rocking and the beats keep playing. And of course welcome back students, how lovely it must be to have those new loan instalments: now go forth and spend them on clubbing!
The PV at the Jury’s Out
UNFORTUNATELY THE PV will be closed from 19th-23rd for a few repairs so you’d better get your fill while you can. Go to see their Saturday live acts, like Chelle on the 10th and Em on the 17th. They will be raring to go after their few days closed and Saturday 24th sees the big Gangsters Paradise party! The fabulous DJ Aquarius provides the soundtrack and the girls behind the bar provide the prizes for best costume so be sure to dress up as a gangster or moll.
AS USUAL THE Zone are offering an array of different drag artists and performers to keep you entertained non-stop, as well as their popular weekly events. This fortnight you can catch Sally Vate on the 17th, Gilly B and JJ on the 23rd and Lady James on the 24th. If the madness of the strip on a Thursday is too much for you, find comfort in the arms of The Zone’s Comedy and Film Zone. Looking forward you can start getting excited about Drag Queen Bingo from February on Sundays.
Revenge REVENGE HAVE rocked into 2009 with a fantastic thank you for their people, free entry and £2 drinks (up ‘til a certain time) on weekends. It’s tight fitting lycra and flowing capes on the 23rd as Lollipop goes Superhero: Batgirls, Spidey and the Lollipop Girls galore! You’ve got the Kinky Dangerous Pirate Party to look forward to too. Revenge is open Wednesdays for all your dancing and drinking needs, with a red light RUSH150 night! And the traditionalists know that Revenge is the place to be on Thursdays and Saturdays so get your regular instalments of Girls On Top and some Kinky fun every week!
The Marlborough THE MARLBOROUGH starts 2009 with a firmly established new management team and the most welcoming attitude on our scene. Everyone is welcome, theatre types have a constantly changing rota of alternative performances to visit, lesbians can enjoy the upstairs dance space every weekend and all trans members of our community have many of their group nights here, namely on Mondays. With a new pool table and games nights galore you will always be greeted with a grin on Princes Street.
Queens Arms THE Q FACTOR is back! Something of an annual tradition in these parts, I remember seeing a friend perform last year. You’ve got Brighton’s biggest talent competition to look forward to in Feb… In the meantime check out their regular karaoke nights to get the practice in, or of course learn from the professionals, the afternoon Saturday and Sunday sessions this fortnight feature Peter Davies (17th), Kitty Litter (18th), Lorna (24th) and Karen Noble (25th).
IF YOU RESIDE in the North Laines, you’re lucky to have the Brighton Tavern as your friendly local. The perfect place to spend a cosy afternoon or raucous evening, especially on such nights as wine tasting Wednesdays and game playing Tuesdays. And on your way to town start your weekend night off in style with some specialty shots and the good company of the Tavern people. Though you might never make it to town…
AS THE ABSOLUTELY mental New Years Eve party proved, the r-bar is definitely a versatile venue with chilled out beverages and relaxing views of the Pier during the day, and a bustling party bar in the evenings. Especially when Thursday hits as the Girls On Top pre-party offers some of the cheapest drink deals around, with no entry fee and live DJ. Friday has the same party vibe with girl DJs and a unique drinking game which usually means I end up with double Jagerbombs for the same price, fierce! Saturday is of course Kinky Baby, the perfect place to start your mad Saturday night out with a friendly vibe, gorgeous people and settings, and some Wii or pool if you fancy it. Good times!
A DRINK IN Vavoom is definitely a must in my late night escapades and they have their array of theme nights to keep you entertained. This time you can enjoy YMCA (17th) and Australia night (24th). New to Vavoom and the scene is the introduction of a movie zone in the upstairs bar. Now you go out but chill in as an episode of Queer As Folk is played every Wednesday followed by a fabulous film. With the top drinks deals going on it’d be rude not to pop in and say hi to the boys.
We’re excited about… WINTER PRIDE, which is all across Brighton from 7th – 15th March. Various events help to fundraise and party in true local community spirit at various venues around town. They need people to get involved so go to www.brightonpride.org and help out! Big Love xx Verity My Tune of the Week is “Tell U Y” (New Jack Swing Original) by ATFC feat. Yasmeen
fe\/'jZ\e\^l`[\ Jonny in London TRADITIONALLY JANUARY sees clubland taking a bit of a knock, but with these fine offerings from some of the finest promoters in London, it seems that the party is carrying on right through the winter - so no excuses for not heading out for a boogie!
Matinee Celebrates 11th Birthday
Popstarz on the move FRI 16 JAN sees the last ever Popstarz party at Soho’s Sin nightclub! The club is being demolished (there really aren’t many left in Soho) and moving to a new home, yet to be disclosed. While we wait for the new venue to be prepared, in around eight weeks time, Popstarz relocates for a oneoff party at Ghetto on Fri 23 Jan, and then weekly at The Bloomsbury Ballroom.
THIS JANUARY the Matinee Group will celebrate the global birthday of their huge house music brand. In London the party takes place at the Club Colloseum on Sat 24 Jan. To make up for issues with entry to the club on New Year’s Eve promoter Oliver M is offering advance ticket holders to the NYE party free entry to this event, just bring your ticket stub. DJ Lordee is the international guest DJ for the night. DXk`e\\CXli\eZ\:fekfe
OLIVER M’S infamous circuit party is back, now at a new home, kicking off on Sat 31 Jan. Revolver will now take over Brixton’s Fridge venue, a huge auditorium style setting perfectly suited to Revolver’s high production values. On the last Saturday of each month Revolver will fuse the passion of Europe with the up-for-it atmosphere and crowd London’s clubs are famous for. DJs include Nick Tcherniak, Oliver M, Pagano and Paul Heron, plus a guest international DJ each month.
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Sunday night Market
IF YOU LIKE your men big and burly, and you like your music tough and cutting edge, make sure you check out XXL weekly on Saturday nights. The event is spread over three rooms with chunky house in room one, harder progressive minimal in The Lab, and indie / disco / mash-up in the bar. Doors open 9pm.
SUNDAY GAY clubbing at Fabric is officially back! Market EC1 launched to great critical acclaim pulling a trendy mixed crowd into one London’s most fashionable clubs. A production policy based on not cutting corners has paid its dividend at a time when more and more promoters lean towards reducing costs. The international special guest for Sun 1 Feb is Sebastian Gamboa from Pacha Ibiza, winner of 2008 DJ Awards ‘Best Ibiza DJ’. He’ll be joined by White Night Nick Tcherniak and Deviate Records’ Pagano. Room 3 is hosted by Wish! Celebrating London Fashion Week, Market will have a special Style, Glamour and Glitz theme, watch out for the special effects and visuals…
Queer Nation returns home
PROMOTER PATRICK Lilley must be a busy man as Queer Nation plans a welcome return to its Brixton home. Details are still being closely guarded at this point, but the event is planned for Fri 30 Jan at Nsomnia (formerly Substation South). Look out for more details!
NOW FULLY settled into its new home, Beyond continues to pull in a diverse crowd for afterhours action each Saturday. DJs include multi award winning Steve Pitron, hottie boy DJ Steven Geller and production duo the Sharp Boys. Beyond attracts party people from right across the scene, from club twinks to muscle men and bears, and everyone shares one thing: they don’t want their Saturday night to end! Doors open 6am.
That’s so Taboo SAT 24 JAN sees the launch of a new polysexual urban club night in the heart of Vauxhall. Taboo will take over Area nightclub from 11pm – 5am. Room one will feature some of the finest R’n’B, hip-hop and Bashment, whilst room two is hosted by house music veterans Queer Nation. Room three is Urban World featuring urban sounds from around the world.
Environment Agency- the green in the rainbow! Once again we have massively improved our ranking in the Stonewall Workplace Index, coming 39th this year. This is a real achievement to move from 113th ranked in 2007 to 59th last year and now get into the top 50, especially as the index becomes increasingly competitive. Even more spectacularly the Environment Agency Wales were rated as the number 1 employer in Wales by Stonewall Cymru , an achievement they are justiﬁably delighted about. Lisa Pinney, the Environment Agency’s LGBT Network Executive Champion said” we are very proud of this improvement but it isn’t just about numbers. Our commitment to diversity has created a better place to work and made a difference to people’s lives. There is more to do but we have made a great start. The hard work by members and friends of the LGBT network has been critical to achieving this success.” Our LGBT network is very active across England and Wales. In addition to their day jobs network members work with diversity advisors and managers to improve equal opportunities policies and support our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender colleagues. Our staff network is open to colleagues who are friends and family members of LGBT people. In this way we can provide support for even more individuals, making a positive difference to their lives and showing that they are valued. Providing an ethical and supportive workplace , where people feel free to be themselves is an active part of our commitment to their personal and professional development. Over the last three years we have worked together to shape sensible and inclusive work policies and equality and diversity have increasingly become a natural part of how we operate. Attending external events and engaging with communities across the spectrum is an important part of our communication policy. Every community can play a important role in protecting and improving our shared environment. For us here in Southern Region one of our main events is Brighton Pride and we are already planning for Pride 2009. Our lgbt network lead, Darren, has big plans for a spectacular display this year, putting the green in the rainbow. He says” Everyone who works at here cares passionately about the environment, it’s a serious business. But that doesn’t mean that it is can’t also be fun, and that is what I want to show on our stand at Pride this year. “ If you would like to ﬁnd out more about the important work we do to protect and improve the environment or if you are interested in working for us visit our website www.environment-agency.gov.uk
fe\/'c`]\jkpc\ Mind Matters Inspirational thoughts from life coach Just Jean YOUR MIND is the most sophisticated computing device in the world as we know it, and it gets programmed up as we grow and develop. Generally, your brain is pretty similar to those of others around you; it’s just the programming that is different. The secret that most people don’t know is that you can change its programming and if you change its programming you can achieve amazing results - and fast! With practice, negative be-
haviours that don’t serve you can be redesigned and replaced with more positive empowering ones, leaving you with the possibility of a life without boundaries! Will you come on a trip with me? In coming issues we’ll be exploring topics such as relationships and how to find or keep one, eliminating fear and phobias, the power of belief, how to get whatever you want, addictions and how to stop them, fast track to a healthy body and instinct and the subconscious.
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Christian’s Fit Corner
Hove-based Life Pure Water believes that your fix of H2O shouldn’t travel halfway around the world to reach you. Their water comes from the lush green hills of Pembrokeshire and is some of the purest in the world. The company has also created an independent charity called Drop4Drop, which pledges at least a litre of water for developing communities worldwide for every litre sold.
FOR THOSE among you plagued by screamingly obvious questions on a day-to-day basis, a new website provides a helpful, albeit acerbic solution. Let Me Google That For You is a brilliant tool that allows you to send your tormentors the answer to their query in the form of a simple weblink which takes them through the Google search and asks ‘how hard was that?’ Great fun - try it out!
THIS ISSUE: sit-ups do not give you a six-pack! Firstly, we all have great abs! We just need to melt away the fat to reveal them. You simply need a good diet and aerobic exercise. Eat ‘clean’, avoiding fatty foods and refined carbohydrates like white bread and cakes. Keep alcohol intake to a minimum. We need to spend more calories than we eat each day. Aerobic exercises like cycling, fast
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Christian dispels the myths and lies of the fitness industry to help you achieve your goals for 2009!
walking, running and swimming are ideal for fat burning. Do these three times a week. Secondly, sit-ups are the worst exercise to train abs. Slow crunches on a mat, or a stability ball really work. Follow this with leg raises lying on a mat, bringing the legs as high as possible. Do three sets of fifteen repetitions on each exercise, twice a week. Good diet + regular exercise= a six-pack! Good luck!
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Introduce yourself to the new YOU in 2009 If you have felt there has always been something holding you back: stress, anxiety, a fear, a phobia, a habit, sexual problems, your weight, low self esteem, depression, an experience that has always stayed with you or something you just can’t put your finger on? Do you need to overcome this in order to get your life back on track? Hypnotherapy Hypnoanalysis Psychotherapy Cognitive Behavioural Therapy NLP Psychosexual Specialist What’s holding you back? Contact me for a free initial consultation: email@example.com
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fe\/'g\kj Kim says...when ‘Designer A home dog’ theft for Melvin choosing a puppy: FEARS THAT a pet-stealing ring is at work in London are growing after two ‘designer’ dogs worth £650 each were stolen over Christmas. Miniature Pinschers Minx and Enzo were taken on Boxing Day from their home while their owner was out. Enzo was later found, scratched and burned by a cigarette, while Minx is still missing. According to the charity DogLost, thefts of dogs - for breeding, ransom or to sell - are up dramatically and it is urging owners to make sure their pets are microchipped.
Stolen: Minx Anyone with information about Minx should call DogLost on 0844 800 3220 quoting reference number 16380.
DO YOUR homework and take your time. I had one client who went out to buy a goldfish and came home with a terrier! There are loads of breeds (and cross breeds) out there so pick one who fits in with you, the home you have and the amount of time you have for exercise, etc. Melvin: a very social boy MARVELLOUS MELVIN is a wonderful older boy who looks and acts far younger than his ten years. He was found in an abandoned property which must have been very tough for this social little fellow who loves nothing more than the company of people. He has a great enthusiasm for all the good things in life: food, playing and cuddling. If you feel that you can offer this loving chap the home of his dreams please contact the rehoming team at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home on 020 7627 9234 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research a reputable breeder who knows what they are doing. Always see the puppies with their mum. Dogs inherit personality mainly from mum rather than dad. Spend time with the litter. The boldest pups (who can be more difficult to train) will bound straight up to you and
the timid ones will hang back (who may never be the life and soul of the party). Pick the middle ground dog who is somewhere between the two, and comfortable with being handled. If on seeing a litter something doesn’t feel right, don’t feel pressured; walk away and rethink, however hard that might be. Kim Lummis runs Bark Busters, a dog training and therapy service. www.barkbusters.co.uk
Kim, with best friend Bob
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PART OF Epping Forest, Hollow Pond in Walthamstow is a godsend for East Londoners – a huge pond flanked by woods and fields, which make it a perfect place for urban dogs to stretch their legs. The area has a wilder feel than most London parks, but it’s still civilised enough to offer boating during the summer months – ideal if you fancy testing out your pet’s sea legs! There’s plenty of wildlife around, bird-spotting opportunities are myriad and there’s no problem with parking. Defintiely an oasis within the North Circular.
PRESTON PARK is one of the city’s great breathing spaces - as well as providing a home for Brighton and Hove Pride, it’s also fantastic for dog-walking. The park covers sixty-three acres, with plenty wide-open space within its borders. The lush beauty hides a secret though – below the surface runs Brighton’s ‘lost river’, the Wellesbourne. This ancient water source keeps the park green even in the driest of summers, although it does occasionally rise up in times of torrential rain – most recently in 2000.
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Restaurant reviews New Steine Bistro
Docklands Bar & Grill
10/11 New Steine, Brighton BN1 Tel 01273 695415 www.newsteinehotel.com
Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 Tel 0207 0552119 www.docklandsbarandgrill.co.uk
A CHIC, contemporary space, matched by the winning French charm of owner Herve Guyatt and General Manager Stephane. Warmly welcomed on a freezing winter’s night by the delightful Emma, we were immediately impressed by the cosiness and ambience of this fine bistro. The French influenced menu is locally sourced wherever possible and stylishly produced. Dinner is available seven days a week and apart from the a la carte menu, is an excellent two course and three course menu at £10.50 and £12.50 respectively. Going with the weather I chose the creamy mushroom soup from the fixed price menu and my dinner guest, the fish soup with rouille sauce, cheese and croutons at £5.25. My soup was creamy with a light herbiness and the fish soup,
very good. For mains again I ordered the grilled pork chops with mustard sauce from the fixed price menu and my companion the breast of corn-fed chicken and gratin dauphinoise from the a la carte at £10.50. My pork chops were really succulent and the sauce delicious: the chicken was tender, again with a truly delicious sauce and beautifully baked gratin. To accompany this we had a large glass of Colombard. Pausing for dessert while listening to some more witty banter from Stephane, mellow and chilled French retro pop crooned away in the background and marvellous artwork caught our eye. The crème caramel was all it should have been: creamy, light and accompanied by orange segments and spun sugar. The white chocolate mousse concoction, gobbled down by my dinner guest, was a delight to the palate and also served with spun sugar. Chef Jean Marc hails from Lyons and this is reflected in the simplicity, flavour and elegance of all the dishes. On the menu is something for everyone from an omelette to steak and chips.For a warm French welcome book today!
I ALWAYS GET a little concerned about huge dining rooms and tables set without linen, wondering whether the food and presentation will reach a delightful standard. However, the secret to success is to make sure that there is enough staff to cover such a huge dining area and the Docklands Bar and Grill at the Crowne Plaza did not disappoint me at all. It was service with a smile and you are treated as a VIP from the time you are met at reception until that last mouthful of tantalizing Black Forest gateau. The menu offers everything from soups, salads and light sandwiches to an array of grills and mains. To keep it simple, and knowing that the Christmas season was close and I was about to gorge on loads of turkey and ham, my partner and I decided to eat tapas style. The Docklands sharing plate for two (from the starters list) was presented on a large bread board and came with crab cakes, autumn salad, Serrano ham, mozarella and tomato pesto, chicken caesar aubegine and Somerset brie, priced
Charlie’s Kitchen Recipes Oh my God! There’s snow on the ground and it’s cold enough to freeze the …. off a brass monkey! Time to snuggle down by the fireside with someone warm and buff and a plate of my Tomato and Chicken Curry!
Tomato Chicken Curry INGREDIENTS (SERVES 2) • • • • • • • • • • • • •
2 large chicken legs with thighs 4 large chicken wings 2 tsps hot madras curry powder 1/2 tsp garam masala powder 1/2 tsp fenugreek Juice of 1 orange 1 large onion (finely chopped) 8 cherry tomatoes (halved) 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon sunflower oil 450ml packet liquid chicken stock Salt and pepper to taste
METHOD Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat • Add the curry powder and dry spices and fry for 1-2 minutes • Add the chopped onion and brown • Add the chicken and mix in well with the spices and onions • Allow the chicken to colour (3-4 minutes) and then add the tomato ketchup, orange juice and Worcestershire sauce and mix in well • Add the tomatoes and enough stock to cover the chicken • Turn down the heat, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes TO SERVE • Serve in large bowls with rice or naan bread. Spicy, tangy and delicious – the perfect winter warmer – ENJOY!
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at £12.95. This is an enjoyable way to taste a variety of wellpresented tapas. For mains we shared Cote de Boeuf (another plate for two), served with watercress, flat mushrooms, roast tomato, Bernaise and thick cut chips. This meal was cooked to perfection and was presented once again on a wooden bread board. Docklands Bar and Grill has a relaxed atmosphere but five star service. Make sure you leave room for dessert and I would even recommend you stay at the Crowne Plaza and book in a special deal that includes a three course dinner. The Docklands offers a two course lunch for £9.95 and their Valentine’s Breaks have a 10% off offer - quote WSO9 when making your booking.
Beverley Nichols, Theatre Royal Brighton
THE WRITER Beverley Nichols’s (1898-1983) association with Brighton was essentially literary. In 1933 he wrote a well-received guide to the town (as it then was) and in 1956 published Death to Slow Music, a ‘mystery’ set in Brighton, here masquerading as ‘Seabourne’. The third of five novels written over six years and starring the obstensibly retired private detective Horatio Green (who owes a great deal to Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot) and Police Superintendent Waller (who is generally a step or two behind Green). The detective - like Nichols a keen gardener - is aided in his investigations not by little grey cells but by a hyper-sensitive nose - he has an extraordinary sense of smell. Death to Slow Music focuses on the pre-London tryout of a Ruritanean operette called Serenade, written by and starring Nigel Fleet, a beautiful roman-
tic actor clearly based upon the actor, composer and playwright Ivor Novello. The show is to premiere at Seabourne’s Regency Theatre, Brighton’s Theatre Royal in a light disguise, described by Nichols as ‘one of the most charming buildings in Seabourne - a light, airy structure in faded stucco, constructed in the year 1806. Its delicate facade and pillared portico had long been cherished by all students of Regency architecture....’ Aside from the fact that the present theatre dates from 1866, the Regency is a dead ringer for the Theatre Royal. W Somerset Maugham greatly enjoyed Death to Slow Music and wrote to Beverley Nichols to tell him so. The elderly (and gay) author included in his letter to the younger (and gay) writer a particularly witty observation - ‘It doesn’t matter who you sleep with, the most important thing is who you wake up with.’
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