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NOV 2011 GSCENE magazine

BEAR PATROL RECEPTION AT SUSSEX BEACON AFTER THEIR PARACHUTE JUMP WHICH RAISED £5,500

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EDITORIAL TEAM James Ledward, Graham Robson ARTS EDITOR Michael Hootman SUB-EDITOR Graham Robson DESIGN Michèle Allardyce

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CONTRIBUTORS AJ, Jaq Bayles, Jo Bourne, Nick Boston, Suchi Chatterjee, Nick Douglas, Craig Hanlon Smith, Andy Goff, Graham Hamilton, Adam Highway, Tessa Jane Lee, Alex Macpherson, Neil Masey, Enzo Marra, Hector Montalbo, Rick Moore, Tim Nail, Netty, Charles Nyereyegona, Carl Oprey, Eric Page, Marcus Patrick, Steph Scott, Del Sharp, Keith Sharpe, Gay Socrates, Glen Stevens, Jordan Thomas, Vron, Roger Wheeler, Mike Wall, Morham White, Rachael Woodgate, Kate Wildblood

NEWS & LISTINGS 6 News 20 Listings & What’s On 37 Solent Listings

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14 HIV ORGANISATIONS World Aids Day events in Brighton & Hove

58 ON THE MOVE Steve and Richard pack their trunks and emigrate to China

Fine dining with Jaq Charlie’s Kitchen Dance Music Desert Island Disco Shopping Arts News Art Matters Classical Notes Film Reviews Craig’s Thoughts Sharp Words Homely Homily Positive Thinking Changing Attitude Vron’s Voice Suchi’s World Charlie Says Netty’s World Queerying Queenie Mind out Young People’s Voice Sexualities Network Trans Matters Masey Dirty Fingers

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HEATHER LEAKE DATE

BRIGHTON HIV PHARMACIST RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Heather Leake Date, Consultant Pharmacist for HIV at the Royal Sussex County Hospital has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the HIV Pharmacy Association for her dedication to HIV patients. The association said: “It is a rare thing these days to be able to bring about something of real use to patients from just desire and devotion; and we recognise the inspired role you took and led for so long to make the HIVPA what it is today and for your continued work and dedication to HIV pharmacy. “From the early days of four or five of you discussing around a table on an irregular basis, to the current membership of 120 members, the association has grown to become a sizeable force of ongoing education and an online resource for pharmacists all over the world. Your amazing work is recognised by international colleagues. You are a role model we all aspire to be like.”

PHIL WARFORD WINS LAW SOCIETY AWARD

Philip Warford, Director of Brightonbased law firm Renaissance Legal last month won the Law Society Excellence Award for Legal Executive of the Year 2011. The awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the legal sector and are considered the most prestigious ceremony in the legal calendar. With over 600 guests and tough competition, Philip said he was overwhelmed to receive such a huge accolade from fellow legal professionals. Philip was recognised for his committed service to The Institute of Legal Executives, the legal sector and charitable organisations. Presenter & BBC broadcaster, Mishal Husain, described Philip as an inspiration to those around him. His efforts to make the law more accessible through unique, innovative approaches demonstrate the lengths Philip is prepared to go to, for the benefit of others. Mencap, a national charity for the learning disabled, nominated Philip for the award in recognition of not only his hard work and dedication to helping families and carers of individuals with a learning disability, but also for his achievements with Renaissance Legal over the past year. Philip said: “I am totally thrilled to receive such a prestigious award from the Law Society in recognition of my achievements over the past year. I put my heart and soul into creating a firm that truly cares and values the client. It’s fantastic that this is recognised by fellow professionals. This accolade allows me to reach out further to help families, vulnerable adults and the elderly, ensuring their futures are safeguarded and their wishes are guaranteed.”

BEAR PATROL RAISE £5,500 FOR SUSSEX BEACON

Fourteen members of Bear Patrol and their friends jumped from a plane above Salisbury Airfield last month raising a fantastic £5,500 for the Sussex Beacon. After the jump they returned for a reception to the Sussex Beacon (pictured on contents page) to celebrate. The Sussex Beacon launched a £150,000 appeal last month to raise money to keep their In Patient facility open. If you would still like to donate towards the Bears Jump, go to: www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Sky-DivePatrol.

SWINGING SIXTIES DINNER DANCE TO BENEFIT THE BEACON

The Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Cllr Anne Meadows, requests your attendance at a Swinging Sixties Spectacular; dinner and dance at the new American Express Community Stadium to benefit her charities which this year include The Sussex Beacon, on Friday, November 11 starting at 7.30pm. Special guests for the evening will be the Brighton Beach Boys. There will be a raffle and auction. Tickets are £50 available from the ticket hotline on 01273 645692 or from www.sussexbeacon.org.uk

BRIGHTON & HOVE VOTED TOP FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT

In a national survey covering 70 local authorities the public put Brighton & Hove top for public transport services. The city also finished second for overall satisfaction with transport services. The National Highways and Transport Public Satisfaction survey asked people about accessibility, public transport, walking and cycling, tackling congestion, road safety and highways maintenance and enforcement. Brighton & Hove performed well in areas of highway maintenance and road safety with most key indicators above the national average. Councillor Ian Davey, cabinet member for transport and the public realm, said: “The national survey is an excellent resource for the council, providing information that helps us to understand and respond to the views of the public. “It’s great that people rate the city’s public transport which we are constantly striving to improve and adapt to the needs of the city.” People were also asked to state how important services are to them and how satisfied they are. Services that performed well here were street lighting, rights of way, cycle routes and local buses.

BIZARRE BAZAAR AT SUBLINE

The Sussex Beacon's Bizarre Bazaar jumble sale returns to Subline bar, on Sunday, November 20, 2011. If you have any leather goods, fetish wear, DVDs or naughty bits and pieces that you want to clear out of your bottom drawer take them down to the Sussex Beacon Shop who will be only too happy to take them off you. Bizarre Bazaar is from 3–5.30pm on Nov, 20 at Subline Bar, 130 St James’ Street, Brighton, tel 01273 682992 For more info about the Sussex Beacon: www.sussexbeacon.org.uk

ALAN CARR BACKS THE BEACON APPEAL

Alan Carr took some time out from his current tour to become a Beacon Hero, injecting his own dash of Spexy into the Beacon appeal! After being photographed in his Appeal T-shirt Alan said: “As always it is my absolute pleasure to be supporting The Sussex Beacon, especially at this crucial time when funds are so desperately needed. £150,000 needs to be raised so that the Beacon can carry on their amazing work, and be there for those who need them now, and in the future.” ALAN CARR

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Alan signed his T-shirt and donated it alongside a signed copy of his book, to be raffled to raise funds for the appeal. Juley Ayres, fundraising and communications manager at the Sussex Beacon, said: “Alan was a star and wore his T-shirt like a true Beacon Hero! We hope this will help to raise the profile of the appeal and encourage regular giving, which will help to secure our future. We’re so grateful to Alan and to everyone who has supported us so far." The Sussex Beacon launched their appeal in August and need to raise £150,000 to keep their In Patient facility open.


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DANIEL HANNAN MEP KIETH TAYLOR

Following reports on the Gscene website last month that Daniel Hannan, Conservative MEP for the South East, along with two other Conservative MEPs and Nick Griffin of the British National Party voted against a resolution brought by among others, Keith Taylor, local Green MEP, calling on the European Commission to ensure sexual orientation and gender identity rights are fully upheld across EU Member States, including the right to freedom of expression and the right to non-discrimination. A spokesperson for Mr Hannan sent the following email to a constituent and Gscene reader who asked him for an explanation as to why he had voted against the resolution. The email read: “Mr Hannan voted unfortunately accidentally against this resolution. We have since contacted Parliament to inform them that Mr Hannan wishes to change his vote to 'in favour.’” Gscene asked Hannan for a comment but received no response. Gscene have now asked the two other Tory candidates who voted against the resolution, Roger Helmer, MEP for the East Midlands and Robert Sturdy, MEP for East of England to confirm if they intended to vote for or against the resolution and if they voted for the resolution, their reasons for doing so. Neither responded. Keith Taylor MEP, who is a member of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT rights, said: “It’s important that the European Commission is made aware of the need to protect and uphold LGBT rights in all member states. Whilst some countries have made significant progress in stamping out discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, others have seen a rise in homophobic sentiments and attacks. This is simply unacceptable. We have an obligation to create societies in which intolerance is rejected outright. I was shocked and dismayed that so many MEPs voted against today’s resolution. This is a sign of the stigma and prejudice which we need to work to overcome and signals the need for urgent action.” Three Tory MEPs voted against the resolution: Hannan, Helmer and Sturdy. Eight Tory MEPs voted for the resolution: Ashworth, Campbell Bannerman, Harbour, Deva, Karim, Stevenson, Swineburn and Yannakoudakis. Four Tory MEPs abstained: Elles, Foster, Girling and Nicholson. Both British National Party MEPs voted against the resolution. No Labour MEPs voted against or abstained from voting on the resolution. No Lib Dems voted against or abstained from voting on the resolution.

BEN SUMMERSKILL

STONEWALL WELCOMES GOVERNMENT AMENDMENTS ON GAY SEX CONVICTIONS

Stonewall have welcomed new amendments to the Protections of Freedoms Bill tabled by the government. The bill will remove records of gay men convicted of offences involving consenting sex that would now be lawful. Furthermore, the new amendments called for by Stonewall would see the malicious conviction of ‘loitering with intent’ under Section 4 of the Vagrancy Act 1824 removed from criminal records. Stonewall Chief Executive, Ben Summerskill, said: “We warmly welcome the government’s decision to table these amendments and will encourage all parties to support them. "Stonewall lobbied hard for gay men to be able to apply for convictions for consensual gay sex to be removed from their records. Not only were those convictions unfair but their presence on people’s records has dissuaded many of those men from applying for jobs or volunteering their time to good causes. We’re grateful to Home Office officials who have worked on this issue ever since we first met them as long ago as 2003.” He continued: “Many police forces across Britain were until the recent past often highly creative in the way they unfairly prosecuted gay men. Consequently, we strongly welcome these provisions being extended to men prosecuted for what was often a trumped-up charge of loitering with intent.” Stonewall gave evidence to the Public Bill Committee considering the Protection of Freedoms Bill on 24 March 2011.

LGBT LIB DEM GROUP RENAMED

The Lib Dem group for LGBT campaigning, DELGA, formally changed its name following the AGM at the Lib Dem conference and is now known as LGBT+ Liberal Democrats. Although commonly known as LGBT LibDems, the formal adoption of the new name signals the group’s commitment to inclusivity. It comes in the 40th anniversary of the first meeting of a lesbian and gay group at a UK political conference, which was at the Liberal Assembly in 1971. Stephen Gilbert, Lib Dem MP, commenting on the change said: “The LGBT campaigning arm of the Lib Dems has gone from strength to strength and I welcome its new direction and name as an important step in their continued growth.” http://act.libdems.org.uk/group /lgbt

CAMERON EMBRACES GAY MARRIAGE IN KEYNOTE SPEECH

David Cameron made his position on 'gay marriage' clear during his keynote speech at the Conservative Party Conference: “I once stood before a Conservative conference and said it shouldn’t matter whether commitment was between a man and a woman, a woman and a woman, or a man and another man. You applauded me for that. Five years on, we’re consulting on legalising gay marriage. To anyone who has reservations, I say: ‘Yes, it’s about equality, but it’s also about commitment’. Conservatives believe in the ties that bind us; that society is stronger when we make vows to each other and support each other. So I don’t support gay marriage despite being a Conservative. I support gay marriage because I am a Conservative.” Stonewall Chief Executive, Ben Summerskill, said: “We warmly welcome Cameron’s commitment. It’s unthinkable that a Conservative Prime Minister would have felt able to say this a decade ago.”

COUNCIL SEEKS VIEWS FROM CITY RESIDENTS ON PROPOSED BUDGET

Brighton & Hove City Council is seeking views from residents on its budget proposals for next year with a ‘budget simulator’ which is available on the council’s website. The exercise will spearhead a public consultation to survey people’s views and to increase understanding of how the council spends its money and the difficult decisions ahead to balance the budget in a time of financial constraint. The council will need to make savings of £20m next year if they don't put up the council tax; a proposed increase of 3.5% for council tax would still mean that over £16m of savings need to be found. The interactive budget simulator gives residents the chance to tell the council how they’d like spending prioritised across seven themes. Each user can increase, decrease or make no changes to each service to balance out the budget. The simulator works with the budget for the council’s day-to-day running costs, but not capital investment, from which users can allocate spending for a variety of areas, including housing, children’s services, adult social care and recycling and refuse. The completed budget responses will help inform all councillors when they set the final budget at Full Council on February 27 next year. The administration’s proposals will be set out at Cabinet on December 8, 2011, and will be followed by further consultation and scrutiny. Unions along with the community and voluntary sector are also being involved in ‘round table’ discussions on the budget, to which all political parties are being invited. To have your say go to www.brightonhove.gov.uk/budget. It also works on smartphones. People without the Internet can access the simulator at their local library where Council Connect volunteers will be on hand to help. Residents can also join in the budget discussions on Twitter by using the #bhbudget hashtag Cllr Gill Mitchell, Leader of the Labour & Cooperative Group, said: “I hope that this marks a genuine desire on the part of the Green administration to listen and act on people's views. My worry is that this could be seen as simply a gimmick given that in the short time that they have controlled the council, the Greens have already borrowed millions and taken decisions that mean more expensive services for tax-payers.”

GILL MITCHELL

TORY MEP CLAIMS HE ACCIDENTALLY VOTED AGAINST EQUALITY RESOLUTION

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PRIDE LONDON OUTLINES PLANS FOR BIGGEST PRIDE EVENT EVER IN 2012

Pride London, who are hosting WorldPride 2012 in London on July 7, 2012, have presented their plans to host the biggest Pride event ever in London to key authorities in the city. The Licensing, Operational and Safety Planning Group (LOSPG), responsible for approving major events in the centre of London now has an outline of the plans for key parts of next year’s celebrations which will pave the way for acts and sponsors to get involved, joining the headline sponsor Smirnoff, whose support has made the event possible. The event will provide the global LGBT community a chance to come together to celebrate the progress in achieving equality, and to give those who can’t march safely in their own country a secure environment to do so; it can also highlight that there are still 41 countries in the Commonwealth where homosexuality is illegal with punishments ranging from imprisonment to the death penalty. Over the next 12 months, Pride London will be raising awareness and campaigning for the worldwide decriminalisation of homosexuality. Pride London have launched a guide for other companies and organisations to sponsor the event to ensure that it remains free. Applications to enter floats and walking groups will open online shortly. Details will be published at: www.pridelondon.org/getinvolved/floats

SGT PETER ALLAN

SUSSEX POLICE SEEK LGBT VIEWS ON HOW TO PROVIDE MORE EFFECTIVE SERVICES

Sussex Police want to create an external reference group to consult with the LGBT community throughout Sussex; doing so by listening to their views. The quality of the service provided by the police affects their ability to provide an effective service to all communities and ultimately affects their success as a police force. More people are likely to report crime, provide information and act as witnesses if they have confidence in the police. The aims of this Pan Sussex group would be to: • Ensure Sussex Police is representing the LGBT community in an appropriate way that reflects current trends within the community • Ensure the LGBT community continues to have a high level of trust in Sussex Police • To be able to advise the senior officer in terms of policy issues concerning the LGB community, including police tactics. • To encourage members to raise issues concerning the LGBT community and bring them to the attention of the police • To consider possible projects/ to create partnership working • To ensure that the LGBT community has a voice countywide in Sussex Police The group would also aim to establish: • How Sussex Police meets the LGBT community’s needs • How LGBT communities want services to improve • What new services the LGBT community want introduced • What the barriers are in accessing LGBT services • What the barriers are in trust and confidence • If the LGBT community want to be part of ongoing dialogue with the police The ultimate aim of the group will be for Sussex Police to: • Be more accountable to local communities • Engage with diverse communities and give local people more influence over policing priorities, ensuring they focus on the community’s needs and responds to their concerns • Making sure everyone can access policing services People from all sections of the community are invited to sit on the group, young, old, working or retired, men and women but most importantly from places all over the county not just Brighton. LGBT people live all over Sussex and not just in Brighton, so it is important that their voices are heard, as often the problems facing people in a small Sussex village are different from those in Brighton. If the response to the idea is positive it is hoped to bring the group together to meet in early December. The process is being facilitated by Sgt Peter Allan, the Community Engagement Sergeant for West Sussex division. To register your interest and talk things through with him email: peter.allan@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone him on 07867 501150

DATE OF BRIGHTON PRIDE MOVED TO ACCOMMODATE LONDON OLYMPICS

The date for Pride 2012, Brighton Pride's 20th Anniversary, will be Saturday, September 1 with the street party on Sunday 2, 2012. Pride in Brighton & Hove say there are many details to be finalised including ticket prices and the entertainment line-up. They are working on the feedback from this year’s park event; food and drink prices and entrances/exits to the park are at the top of their list. Confirmed details will be posted on www.brightonpride.org The date for Pride in Brighton & Hove 2012 was chosen after consultation with statutory bodies, to work around the London Olympics. WorldPride takes place in London on July 7, 2012.

PETITION FOR MORE PUBLIC TOILETS IN BRIGHTON & HOVE

Do you think the council should have a statutory responsibility to provide public toilets? The law currently allows, but does not compel local authorities to provide toilets. • 40% of public toilets have closed in the last decade. • There are rarely sufficient toilets for women, resulting in lengthy queues. • Elderly and disabled people cannot always find accessible toilets. • Provision for babies and children is inadequate. • Many toilets still operating shut at inconvenient times. • Lack of toilets can lead to street fouling; a major public health issue. The organisers of the petition claim good public toilet provision enables everyone to participate fully in civic life and will attract visitors and boost local economies. They want a law requiring local authorities to provide and maintain suitable, safe, clean and appropriately located public toilets with realistic opening hours. To sign the petition view: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/p etitions/15258

MANCHESTER PRIDE RAISES £105,000 FOR GOOD CAUSES

This year’s Manchester Pride raised a total of £105,000, bringing the total figure the annual festival has raised since 2003 for LGBT organisations and charities, to over one million pounds. A total of £98,000 was raised during the ten day festival, with an additional £7,000 being raised at the first Manchester Pride Dinner in September 2010; this money has been distributed through the Pride Fringe Fund. As in previous years, the Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s free condom and lube scheme and the George House Trust’s HIV Welfare Fund will both receive £24,500, with the remaining money being distributed over the coming months to LGBT and HIV charities and organisations across Greater Manchester. Last year Manchester Pride raised £115,000 for good causes during the ten day festival. Next year’s Manchester Pride is scheduled to take place from the August 17-27. Vicken Couligian, Chair of Manchester Pride, said: “We’re over the moon to have raised such a fantastic sum of money over this year’s festival – and what better birthday present could we have than meeting the £1M target. After a summer that has arguably had its low points – with the gay blood ban still in place and the recent Manchester riots – it is great to have something positive to shout about in Manchester and be proud of” For more info: www.manchesterpride.com

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TAGS

Peter Saggs from The Arun Gay Society (TAGS) presented Kate Williams, occupational therapist at the Donald Wilson Rehabilitation Stroke Unit in Chichester with some items from the unit’s fundraisers’ wish list; including food warmers, swivel care seats, note books, diaries and tins of sweets for the staff. This has all been made possible through fundraising from TAGS members and friends. The Donald Wilson Rehabilitation Unit is TAGS’ charity of the year. Peter said: “We chose to support the unit as two members of TAGS had suffered bad strokes and had spent time there. The unit did all they could for them and they are now both back home. One has recovered well while the other receives visits twice a week from the unit’s care staff.”


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THT TO OFFER MONTHLY STI TESTING AT CHARLES STREET

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HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), working in partnership with the Sussex Community NHS Trust, will be offering under-25s tests for the sexually transmitted infections (STIs) chlamydia and gonorrhoea from Thursday, November 3 at Charles Street bar from 9pm. Chlamydia is the most common STI in the UK; an estimated 1 in 14 people aged between 16-24 have undiagnosed chlamydia. For most people chlamydia has no symptoms and, left untreated, it can lead to serious long-term health problems, including infertility. With high levels of undiagnosed STIs locally, THT is teaming up with the sexual health nurses from Sussex Community NHS Trust to encourage more young people to test. The service is free, simple and confidential - men will be asked to give a urine sample and women either a urine sample or self-administered swab. Samples will be sent off to the lab, with the results available in one week and sent via text message. THT staff will provide information and advice about sexual health, including where people can go if they have put themselves at risk. THT staff and volunteers will also hand out free condoms and other goodies. Ross Boseley, Head of Health Promotion at THT Brighton said: “Despite better awareness about STIs, some young people are still reluctant to be tested, or are worried about what the test involves. They needn’t be. Modern tests are quick and simple. We’re very grateful to Charles Street bar for giving us this opportunity. We hope that by spreading the message of how easy it is to test for STIs, young LGBT people in Brighton will be better equipped to maintain good sexual health.” Chris Marshall, General Manager at Charles Street bar said: “Charles Street is very pleased to be working with THT on this worthwhile and much needed initiative. THT has long partnered with us to help promote sexual health and well-being in the heart of Brighton’s LGBT community. We feel this monthly session brings another opportunity to reach members of the community who might otherwise have not been able or willing to access such support, in familiar and safe surroundings and also in such a convenient way.” The testing service will run from 9–11.30pm on the first Thursday of each month. To find out more about THT’s services in Brighton: www.tht.org.uk

LGBT HIP LAUNCHES SUICIDAL DISTRESS SURVEY

A group of Brighton & Hove organisations have joined forces to develop the LGBT Health Involvement Project (LGBT HIP), with the aim of giving local LGBT people a voice about local healthcare services and issues. The partner agencies are all providers of services to LGBT people in the city: Brighton LGBT Switchboard, THT South, MindOut, Allsorts Youth Project, Brighton Bothways and the Clare Project. Nicolas Douglas has been employed to carry out activities; including online community surveys, one-to-one and small group interviews as well as experimenting with new ways to enable people to give their feedback using social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Zhoosh! The charities are also aiming to convene a panel of local LGBT people who can be contacted to give quick feedback and reaction to events. At their first online consultation, and to mark last month’s World Mental Health Day, they focused on the issue of suicidal distress. International research identifies that LGB people are more than twice as likely to attempt suicide. National research has also highlighted the very high rates of suicide attempts reported by trans people. LGBT HIP want to find out from local LGBT people about their experiences and views so that they can make recommendations about what services are needed and how they can strengthen the community response to supporting people experiencing suicidal distress. Register your details to stay informed of all the activities that LGBT HIP will be promoting over the coming months. Find out about what they are doing to make sure that LGBT people have their say. To fill in the survey go to: www.surveymonkey.com/s/LGBT-HIP-Suicide

HIV IN THE UK

HIV IN THE UK - Where have we got to, and where are we going? Sexual health charity, Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is holding a free information session to mark World Aids Day. The session covers the basics of HIV, and will also explore some of the latest developments in treatment and prevention. It is suitable for anyone who wants to refresh their basic knowledge in light of medical advances and current research and is open to everyone. For more info or to book a place contact Peter Boorman on 01273 764200 or peter.boorman@tht.org.uk. The session is Tuesday November 29, 6–8pm at THT, 61 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AE, (arrive at 5.45pm for registration and coffee). Places on these sessions are very popular; if you have booked a place and can’t make it please let them know so someone who’s on the waiting list can take your place.

NEW RESEARCH SUGGESTS DEMAND FOR HIV HOME TESTING

New research by HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) suggests almost twothirds of people would consider using HIV home testing kits if they were legally available and regulated in the UK. In a bid to reduce high levels of undiagnosed HIV, THT is urging the government to legalise and regulate home testing as part of its new policy document HIV & Sexual Health: 12 Things The Government Can Do. The sale of home testing kits for HIV is illegal in the UK. They can be purchased over the Internet, but are unregulated, often of poor quality and lack important information on HIV transmission and relevant support. THT surveyed 657 people via newsletters, social media, and online media. Of the 490 respondents that hadn’t tested HIV-positive, • 63% said they would consider using HIV testing kits if they were legalised; • 51% thought legalisation would make them test more often; • Among gay men, one of the groups most at risk of HIV in the UK, 60% thought legalisation would make them test more often.

ARE YOU TRANS? LGBT HIP NEEDS YOU!

The LGBT Health Involvement Project (LGBT HIP) is asking local trans people to get involved in a new project about sexual health called Clued Up. The Claude Nicol Sexual Health Clinic (CNC) will host a special two-hour session for trans people. The clinic will be closed to other service users and healthcare staff will give the lowdown on how the clinic works and how to look after your sexual health. The session will be a chance to have some food, give feedback to the clinic and discuss the issues with other trans people in a relaxed, nonjudgemental atmosphere. The initiative is a result of a partnership between LGBT HIP, the CNC and the local Cancer Prevention Team. Jonothan Roberts, Sexual Health Advisor, said: “We know that trans people haven’t always found sexual health services as accessible as they might. Sometimes it’s about people’s fears about what might happen rather than how things really are. By taking part, we want trans people to feel empowered to access and make the best use of sexual health services.” The project is the latest initiative from LGBT HIP, the local project aiming to give LGBT people a voice about healthcare issues and services in the city. The session will take place on Friday, Dec 2, 6–8pm as part of World AIDS Day events in the city. For more info or to book a place contact: Nicolas Douglas on 07919 393708 or nicolas.douglas@tht.org.uk

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TRANSFORMERS

Transformers is a new trans group run by Allsorts Youth Project for young people aged 16-25 who are trans or questioning their gender identity. The Trans Youth Network meets on the last Wednesday of each month, from 5–7pm at Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AF. The group offers: • an opportunity to make friends with other young trans people; • support and information about transitioning your rights, coming out and much more; • fun activities and workshops; • discussions about what matters to you as young trans people. Food is provided free at the sessions. If you’re new to Allsorts’ services, go to the Friends Meeting House at 4.45pm and someone will give you 1-2-1 advice and more info about how the group works. For more info contact Allsorts on 01273 721 211 or info@allsortsyouth.org.uk


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A large crowd of supporters turned out for the MindOUT Stamp Out Stigma walk last month along Brighton Seafront.

ONLINE SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV

In the UK, around 69,000 people are diagnosed with HIV, and accessing care. It is now the nation's fastest growing, incurable health condition. THT's new resource, www.MyHIV.org.uk, is a “one-stop-shop” where people can access authoritative, accredited information and confidential one-to-one or group support through text or video chat, at any time of the day or night. MyHIV was launched in January and is part of an innovative suite of online, face to face and telephone support services, entitled Life Plus, created by THT, The Elton John AIDS Foundation and people with HIV, to deliver more personalised, cost effective and peer-led support for people living with HIV in the UK. Over 2,000 people are now registered on the site, accessing and sharing personal experiences and discussing sensitive issues such as being newly diagnosed, navigating treatment options, how to disclose HIV status to partners and how to manage safer sex in relationships where only one partner may be HIV positive. Members are making use of the site's integrated suite of HIV self-management tools tailored to their individual needs, requirements and stage of diagnosis, such as supportive online forum community, reminder functions for medication and clinic appointments, online counselling and advice and the option to privately and securely store information on health and treatment to monitor and actively manage their HIV and stay adherent to treatment. Chris, aged 47, who started using MyHIV as soon as it launched, said: “Reading about other people's experiences has empowered me to be open. We should all be able to be out and proud to prevent HIV losing its visibility.” Amelia, 51, said: "I’ve been positive for 19 years, and have told very few people so I’ve found the MyHIV forum a godsend." James, 29, said: “I'm just very grateful that I've found this forum from just posting something last night, I've had a response to my nine month quandary within 12 hours, from let's face it, the people with the real know how." Paul Ward, THT Deputy Chief Executive, said: “This free resource was designed by people with HIV, for people with HIV, so we're delighted it's making a real difference to so many people's lives. If you're living with HIV, don't go it alone; log on to www.MyHIV.org.uk and make use of the wealth of support that is there." Anne Aslett, Executive Director of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, said: “MyHIV is one of the first programmes that uses new technology to really help people manage a long term chronic health condition. This is a real innovation that we plan to extend to smartphones in the near future, as the foundation has done successfully with the HIV ichart application". To find out more about MyHIV log on to www.MyHIV.org.uk

THT is launching a new campaign to discover Brighton’s Next Top Condom. Each year, THT distributes over 170,000 condoms to men across the city’s commercial gay scene. Gay and bisexual men are being invited to test-ride four of the UK’s most advanced condoms and say which one gives them the best experience. The most popular brand, to be announced in 2012, will become THT’s condom of choice for distribution in Brighton & Hove. The campaign is part of THT’s Big Lottery-funded Informed Passions project, which looks at new and innovative ways to support the sexual health of gay and bisexual men in Brighton & Hove. The four brands for consideration are: Mates Skyn, Mates Aquafusion, Mates Ultra Thin and Pasante Sensiva. Each brand offers something new in terms of sensation and aesthetics, from one that comes ready coated with silicon lube, to another cleverly packaged in a round pot so it’s easier to open. THT staff and volunteers will be promoting the competition on the commercial gay scene from November 2011 and handing out sampler packs of all four brands. All men who feed back their views, either by phone, text or email, will be entered into a prize draw to win £50. For a Brighton’s Next Top Condom sampler pack visit THT office at 61 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AE, email: justin.harbottle@tht.org.uk or call/text 07971 316609

NEW MAN AT VAVAVOOM

Dale Dury has been in Brighton for most of the last eight years. He started his working life at the Bulldog, moved on to running his own party shop business and has been at the A-Bar and Amsterdam Hotel for the last two years. He’s very excited about his new venture at Vavavoom! Dale said: “This is where I belong, in the heart of the local LGBT community. It’s where I can offer people what they want. Vavavoom will be offering affordable drinks, pre-club entertainment and great fun; but it's not all about that! I want Vavavoom to be at the forefront in helping to support local charities and to work with other LGBT businesses to bring the LGBT community together.

DALE DRURY

CHOOSE BRIGHTON’S NEXT TOP CONDOM

“The original Vavoom worked well; but it’s history. Vavavoom is a completely new venue. It’s not only run differently, but it has a new meaning! I want Vavavoom to be a hub for the LGBT community; friends, locals and visitors, to gather and socialise in a friendly and welcoming environment. I welcome all your support in helping us to achieve this. Come along and meet the new friendly Vavavoom team, enjoy the surroundings and get involved!”

NEW GAY NIGHT IN BOGNOR REGIS

The White Horse in Bognor Regis is holding a gay night every Monday in the back bar from 8pm-midnight featuring Pink Karaoke and DJ Les. You’ll find the White Horse pub at 39 Chichester Road, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, 01243 841242.


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DO WE STILL NEED HIV ORGANISATIONS IN BRIGHTON & HOVE? Five of Brighton & Hove’s HIV organisations explain the work they do in the community, and why they need your support. The Sussex Beacon The Sussex Beacon and the Lords Select Committee on HIV & AIDS. In March 2011, the House of Lords Select Committee visited HIV services in Brighton, including The Sussex Beacon, to gather evidence for their new report, No Vaccine, No Cure: HIV & AIDS In The UK. Published on September 1, 2011, it demonstrates that HIV has not gone away and calls for the government to take action. The report estimates that by 2012 there will be over 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK. The number of people accessing HIV care has trebled over the last 10 years and treatment costs have risen to nearly £1 billion a year. More than a quarter of those living with HIV are unaware that they have the virus. Although antiretroviral drugs have dramatically cut the death toll there is still neither vaccine nor cure. The committee acknowledged the city’s multidisciplinary and holistic approach to service provision and welcomed the prioritisation of HIV locally. Their report praises the invaluable work of the voluntary sector in tackling HIV and recognises the value of peer support networks. The committee recognises the vital contribution made by voluntary organisations, “…without whose efforts the effectiveness of the early response to HIV and AIDS would have been vastly reduced. Throughout the inquiry, we have been impressed by the continuing strength of the voluntary sector”. They also note that, “Locally, groups such as …the Sussex Beacon have been integral to local prevention, testing and support strategies. This work must continue to be supported”.

Here at The Sussex Beacon we are heartened by the recognition given to the voluntary sector and for calls to secure funding for voluntary organisations and peer support networks. The Lords’ report demonstrates that The Sussex Beacon is as important today as when it first opened its doors in 1992. Drug

advancements have changed the pattern of need over the past decade and The Sussex Beacon has adapted in response. However, there remains a vast diversity of need. Many people live well with the right medication, others need support at crucial times, such as when changing their medication, and others struggle. The Sussex Beacon offers an integrated package of services designed to empower people to live more independent lives, whether through our Day Service, sleep support, life skills courses, support with anxiety management, treatment support or palliative care.

Partnership working with specialist HIV teams at the hospital and in the community enhances services and provides a safety net of care across the city. Sussex Beacon services continue to evolve. New funding for our Women & Families Service has enabled us to develop group work and set up life skills courses located within the wider community. Service User Representatives on our Service User Forum engage at every level to ensure that service users have a say in service development and that services are responsive to need. Our service user newsletter, The Voice, aims to empower, support and educate and enable people living with HIV to make informed choices. The Sussex Beacon welcomes the development of local independent self-help groups and endeavours to support their work. We have been involved with Outdoor Positive from the outset, hosting an initial meeting/focus group with service users and staff members present, and covering its first health walk in the Beacon newsletter. We are really keen to continue this level of support; for example by providing premises, space, involving service users where possible and collaborating on future events. Lunch Positive has been extremely supportive of our Women & Families Project, providing a delicious buffet for our party to celebrate the launch of our Positive Health for Women project. Women from the group also worked with them to prepare and share a fantastic

Christmas meal and our Link Nurse has recently supported women to feel more confident in attending Lunch Positive. Mick Sykes, trustee and former Service User Representative at The Sussex Beacon sums up: “The needs may have changed since the introduction of antiretroviral treatments, but with rising numbers of people with HIV in Sussex, people living longer with HIV, and with no cure, the needs remain”. No Vaccine, No Cure: HIV & AIDS In The UK report can be read in full at: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld2 01012/ldselect/ldaids/188/188.pdf More info contact: Kat Williams, CEO G www.sussexbeacon.org.uk

THT South Over 90,000 people live with HIV in the UK, with numbers expected to rise to 100,000 by 2012, making it our fastest growing serious health condition. Locally, Brighton & Hove has the highest HIV prevalence outside of London. Heterosexual cases continue to rise, but gay and bisexual men remain at highest risk; 83% of people living with HIV in Brighton in 2008 acquired the virus from sex between men. Taking stock of the situation, the House of Lords recently undertook an eight month study on HIV in the UK and found spending on HIV prevention to be “woefully inadequate”. While the government spent £762 million on drug treatments for HIV in 2009/10, only £2.9 million went on national prevention programmes. One key recommendation from the committee was that “priority must be given to prevention”.

“Estimates suggest one in four gay men with HIV don't realise they are HIV+. We believe this is where the majority of onward infections come from” Brighton & Hove’s Primary Care Trust commissioners value HIV prevention and have fought to retain vital services despite cuts. This means THT South can continue to provide a huge amount of awareness raising, information and resources for gay and bisexual men. Whether in the bars and clubs, cruising grounds, saunas, local groups or in online gay sites, you’ll find THT outreach workers and volunteers out in our community. THT South’s Positive Voices volunteers travel to schools and groups across Sussex, talking first-hand to thousands of young people about their experiences of living with HIV and improving knowledge of the condition.


GSCENE 15 Overall, the health promotion team had over 10,000 interventions with people from our community in 2010. The House of Lords report also recommends the development of interventions to utilise new online technologies for HIV prevention. Ahead of the report, THT South is already implementing these approaches, undertaking unique online interventions on Gaydar using the Smartphone app Grindr (over 8000 users log on weekly in Brighton) and websites such as Squirt.org.uk and Fitlads. Estimates suggest one in four gay men with HIV don't realise they are HIV+. We believe this is where the majority of onward infections come from. In an effort to reduce undiagnosed infection the House of Lords Committee recommended removing barriers to HIV testing by expanding beyond traditional GUM settings. Building on our existing Monday HIV testing service, THT South is excited to be working with the Brighton Sauna to put this into practice. Our new sauna rapid HIV testing service was launched in October 2011. Brighton & Hove has one of the lowest rates of late HIV diagnosis in the UK (a significant achievement given our high HIV prevalence) and such services can assist in reducing undiagnosed and late diagnosed HIV infections.

Supporting the growing population of people living with HIV also poses significant challenges. Sadly, stigma and ignorance about HIV remain prevalent. Improvements in medication mean most people with HIV live full and healthy lives, but for some, side effects, limited treatment options or HIV related complications can have a debilitating impact on their health. THT South offers peer support groups, health advice, counselling and social care support. In the last year we’ve supported nearly 600 people living with HIV and assisted with the development of a number of new social and support groups for the HIV community in Brighton. THT Brighton’s new under 25s group for people living with HIV provides a safe space for often under-supported members of our community. Benefit cuts are disproportionately affecting people with HIV and many HIV+ people who are caught in the increasingly complex system seek support and advice from our Welfare Rights service to help them maintain benefits they are entitled to. THT continues to seek new ways to support people living with HIV. 2011 saw the launch of our new website, MyHIV.org.uk. The site provides users with powerful tools to help

them manage their HIV and find information and support from their peers. HIV might not be making the dramatic headlines nowadays, but the cost, impact and spread of the virus continues to grow. The fight to reduce the number of new HIV infections and support increasing number of people living with the virus means that, more than ever, we need HIV organisations which can adapt and respond to the changing face of HIV, work with our community and continue to campaign for good sexual health for all. G 01273 764200 G info@brighton.tht.org.uk G www.tht.org.uk

Unlike most other manageable conditions we continue to experience stigma and discrimination. The gay community as a whole has been incredibly supportive of people with HIV, and it is the gay community locally which has been and continues to be the most effected. However, there are some, even within the gay community, who reiterate and reinforce the stigma. (Unsolicited email received on a gay cruising site: ‘I’ve seen you in St James’ Street, you look disgusting, dirty and riddled’.) The history of stigma has made many of us wary about disclosing our status, anxious about what people‘s reactions might be. Disclosing your HIV status is a bit like coming out all over again; not sure whether it will change the quality of relationships you may have with friends, family and acquaintances.

Lunch Positive At the lunch club we asked members to tell us what HIV means to them, and how it affects their lives. This piece reflects some of those thoughts and experiences. HIV used to be described as a fatal condition. These days it is often described as a chronic manageable condition; which it probably is, but this does not mean that it isn’t a serious condition that impacts significantly on the quality of life of those who have it. If indeed HIV is a manageable condition, some of us don’t manage it as well as others. We certainly have concerns that people may get the impression that you take your meds and everything’s fine and become complacent about avoiding infection. The drugs we take certainly have increased our life expectancy, but most of us experience long and short term side effects. Maintaining a lifelong, strict and often high level of medication intake can be a difficult burden, and we don’t always tolerate the meds well. There is recent concern about bone disease, in the form of arthritis and osteoporosis; cognitive impairment (affecting memory and thinking processes); susceptibility to cancers; and sometimes our medication can interfere with the treatment of other illnesses. Many of us experience a high level of fatigue which can make living a full life very difficult. A smaller number of us have become affected by rarer HIV-related conditions that have had disastrous impact on our lives. The toxicity of the meds; the stigma associated with the condition and the fact that it is infectious, make HIV very different to most other manageable conditions. For most people the psychological effects are possibly the worst. People with HIV are more likely to experience mental health difficulties than their peers; mostly depression, anxiety and feeling isolated. HIV is still often associated with ideas of ‘blame’ and ‘selfinflicted’; many of us have at some time taken this on board and felt guilty, dirty, stupid or pathetic about being infected. Part of the reason for these mental health difficulties is related to stigma.

“The toxicity of the meds, the stigma associated with the condition and the fact that it is infectious, make HIV very different to most other manageable conditions” For those of us whose physical appearance gives people the idea we have HIV, things can be hard. ‘My best friend recently suffered a seriously debilitating HIV-related illness and mostly I heard: ‘have you seen what’s happened to x? That won’t happen to me. It’s because of what he got up to…’ People backed off, and friends we once had suddenly disappeared. Maybe it was fear of seeing what could happen to oneself, or of ‘guilt’ by association. It was the loneliest time ever’.

The most recent national survey of the needs of people with HIV pointed out: ‘The widespread experience of discrimination and social isolation point to the particular harshness of diagnosed HIV compared with most other chronic conditions’ In recent evaluations of Lunch Positive, we were asked what we got out of coming along. Apart from the food, people’s answers were about friendship; sense of community; somewhere we can talk openly about our HIV, feel safe and be ourselves; not worry about accidentally letting something slip that would give away our HIV status; share information and experiences; feel less isolated; somewhere we can support each other in a range of informal ways. G 07846 464384 G info@lunchpositive.org G www.lunchpositive.org


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Peer Action Peer Action – helping ourselves and each other to live with HIV. What is Peer Action? What do we do? What do we need? Living with HIV comes with challenges. Even with the wonder of combination drug regimes which keep the worst symptoms in check, there is no cure and your defences are stretched thin. There is no way to predict when energy levels will drop; when what previously would be a simple cold can flatten you for weeks; when one of many secondary infections can flourish within your weakened system or when the drugs may fail. The impacts can be broader than health. Many continue to work – but others find it impossible to sustain the demands of previous careers and lifestyles. And in this downturn we all know the challenges of living on reduced or meagre incomes.

“We believe that social interaction and support between people living with HIV makes them stronger, improves their well-being and increases their resilience” Social stigma against HIV remains, even in corners of the gay scene – fear and ignorance generate strong reactions. While many men are comfortable with dating an HIV+ partner, many also cannot find it in themselves to consider the second date. In other words, wouldn’t it be good to talk to someone about the highs and lows of life with HIV who is not a doctor or other health professional, but someone who lives with HIV themselves? The health services in Brighton & Hove are generally very good and provide a great service in monitoring symptoms and prescribing appropriate treatments. But what about spending time with people who understand it from their own experience; enjoying life; making friends; getting support or learning new skills and interests? That’s where Peer Action comes in – literally an organisation run by HIV+ people for HIV+ people. We believe that social interaction and support between people living with HIV makes them stronger, improves their wellbeing and increases their resilience to the peaks and troughs of life; issues like isolation, disengagement, inactivity and adjusting to life post diagnosis. How best to enjoy what may be limited hours of energy. How to deal with the uncertainties of life that HIV throws up.

So what does that mean on the ground? Over recent months, Peer Action has been holding a sequence of open meetings to enable potential members to meet, talk and help us shape our understanding of the short and long terms needs of our community. We are starting small but thinking bigger; so for now we are planning a series of social activities through the autumn and winter. These include Gala bingo, 10-pin bowling and a quiz evening with wine and food.

Peer Action’s initial focus is on providing services for gay HIV+ men who are 45 or over, but that doesn’t mean we’re not interested in hearing from men or women with HIV who are younger than 45. Peer Action is very much a community organisation led by volunteers from the HIV community – so those who come forward and want to join will be able to help shape our future activities. Peer Action will move at whatever pace its members can muster, but with no paid staff that may sometimes be slower than you would like. Help Peer Action to help you. If you’re living with HIV, get in touch via our website (which itself is a peer-led development) with any suggestions, requests and ideas. Think along the lines of ‘my life would be better if (X) existed’. Alternatively, you could simply register your interest in finding out more about Peer Action activities or joining us at our socials. In parallel we are looking to add to our initial start-up grant from the Scarmann Trust (for meeting spaces, specific therapeutic activities and training). If you have suggestions for funding or services you provide that we could jointly promote or develop, please get in touch via the website. Peer Action is not the first community-run service for people with HIV in Brighton & Hove. In fact it was through Lunch Positive, the hugely successful provider of low cost and nourishing meals every Friday lunch time, that the idea for Peer Action was conceived. We’re here to work with organisations like Lunch Positive and Outdoor Positive, co-operating with each other and not competing, for the benefit of people living with HIV in and around Brighton. So if you, like many others, feel there is nothing left for you in our community, join us to help shape the future. To join Peer Action or find out more, visit  peeraction@yahoo.com  www.peeraction.co.uk

Outdoor Positive Daffyd Robert talks about being a volunteer with Outdoor Positive; the health walk, social event support group for people living with HIV. With the recent Pride festival fading into memory I think that we should all take ‘pride’ in the fact that Brighton has historically risen to the different challenges of the HIV epidemic. Let’s remember the initiatives that people took in the early years: The Quilt Project, Brighton Body Positive, Open Door, the Sussex AIDS Centre and Helpline, and Brighton Cares. These organisations are no longer with us but they all started from people within our community, wanting to make a difference and ease the burden of those with HIV and those who support them. The AIDS Memorial was a fine example of the wider community coming together and recognising the impact that HIV has had; remembering both those we have lost and those who survive. The Sussex Beacon and THT have adapted to the changing nature of care, prevention, and support work. AIDS prevention is now as important as HIV prevention.

“What is good about the recently formed HIV organisations, is that the support we need and receive is often from our peers and in social situations as opposed to traditional care environments” In the last couple of years, despite the recession and less money available, there has been a re-emergence of community led HIV organisations. Lunch Positive has excelled in providing healthy nutritious meals and a safe social environment, where people with HIV can network and relax. It’s also the only place in Brighton where professionals and organisations can meet the wide spectrum of


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Being ‘positive’, so much of our immune system is affected by mental health. If any of us, HIV+ or not, are suffering from depression or are living with prolonged stress, there is no doubt that it has an effect on our health. As a long term survivor I’ve noticed a change in the mindset of people living with HIV, they are more ‘positive'. The success of antiretroviral treatment has given us a new optimism about our future as we can expect increased longevity. We realise we can lead useful, productive and fruitful lives. What is good about the recently formed HIV organisations is that the support we need and receive is quite often from our peers and in social situations as opposed to traditional care environments. We’ve become ‘service users’ less and have discovered that we’re ‘members’ of communities. One of the things I like most about being a volunteer at Outdoor Positive is taking a couple of minutes to myself at an event and listening to the laughter and sounds of people enjoying themselves. At Outdoor Positive we provide an environment where people can socialise, have a little light exercise, and simply be themselves. Our events are for people infected with HIV, and those who support us. Sometimes, HIV does not come up in conversation, but if it does our members know that they can share experiences and knowledge in a safe environment without being overheard by someone in the corner of the room. Please get in touch, and discover more about Outdoor Positive. We’ve had a very informal structure, but as we look to the future we see the need to be able to hire transport, and have some events properly funded, so we will soon be approving our constitution. We welcome your opinions and ideas. In December, we look forward to meeting up at World AIDS Day events, Rottingdean Smugglers night, a friendly quiz night with Peer Action & Lunch Positive, and Brighton’s Burning the Clocks.  info@outdoorpositive.org  www.outdoorpositive.org

The Brighton & Hove World AIDS Day Partnership are organising a series of events in Brighton & Hove to mark World AIDS Day on December 1. The theme for this year’s events is Reflecting On 30 Years With HIV (this year is the 30th anniversary of the first reports from the USA of what we now know as HIV and AIDS). The partnership includes: BHCC Partnership Community Safety Team, Brighton Gay Men's Chorus, CDO Sussex, Lunch Positive, The Sussex Beacon, Sussex Community NHS Trust, Sussex Ecumenical HIV Chaplaincy and THT South. For up to the minute information, join their Facebook page World Aids Day - Brighton & Hove at www.facebook.com/worldAIDSdayBH

EXHIBITION

 REFLECTING ON 30 YEARS WITH HIV, Jubilee Library, Jubilee Square, Mon Nov 28–Thur Dec 8 (usual library opening hours). Staff and volunteers from the partnership will be available for some of the time, to discuss the exhibition and provide information about HIV. More info: Cath Mattos on 01273 694222 or Ross Boseley on 01273 764200.

An opportunity for prayer and reflection, in a welcoming and supportive atmosphere, for those with some faith or none. More info: Revd Heather Leake Date, Sussex Ecumenical HIV Chaplaincy, on 07867 773360 or susshivchap@gmail.com

ACTUALLY GAY MEN’S CHORUS

The newly formed group Peer Action has, through focus groups, identified the needs of older HIV+ gay men; those for whom networking on the gay scene isn’t as attractive as it used to be. We support them in their efforts to create a valued service and look forward to working with them.

BRIGHTON & HOVE WORLD AIDS DAY EVENTS

WAD CELEBRATION/HIV TESTING

 SHAE SHAE CREATIONS, 50 Queens Road, Wed Nov 30, 3-8pm HIV, My Journey, community speaker, promoting the Check Yourself campaign (HIV testing via sport), offering live HIV & STI screening and celebrating the work of the Sussex Caribbean & African HIV Prevention Network (SCAHN). More info: Wayne James on 01273 230832 or Jonathan Roberts on 01273 664716 or Beatrice Nabulya on 07877 301269

MEMORIAL SPACE

 NEW STEINE GARDENS, Thur Dec 1, noon–7pm. Staff and volunteers from the partnership will be there from noon, providing a safe and welcoming place for people to leave keepsakes, photos or messages of hope or remembrance at the memorial. They will collect new names of those we have lost to add to last year’s list and give info on the vigil and the day’s events. Hosted by Lunch Positive. Refreshments will also be available. More info: Gary Pargeter on 07846 464384 or info@lunchpositive.org

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL

 BRIGHTON AIDS MEMORIAL CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL, New Steine Gardens, Thur Dec 1, 67pm. Everyone is welcome to a reading of names and candlelight vigil. Space will be available for anyone seeking quiet moments for reflection. New names to be added to those submitted for last year’s reading, can be emailed by 6pm, Tues Nov 27, to: susshivchap@gmail.com or can be added to the list during the day at the Memorial Space in New Steine Gardens. More info: Ross Boseley 01273 764200 or ross.boseley@tht.org.uk

POSITIVE HOPE

 SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE & SOLIDARITY, The Sanctuary (top floor), Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, Thur Dec 1, 8–9pm. Churches Together in central Brighton & Kemptown and Sussex HIV Chaplaincy invite all to join them in a service of remembrance for those who have died and solidarity for those living with HIV/AIDS. Members of Lunch Positive will help us reflect on 30 years of HIV.

CONCERTS

 IF WE ONLY HAVE LOVE: A Celebration Of Life for World Aids Day, St Andrew’s Church, Thur Dec 1, 7.30pm, brings together the voices of Actually Gay Men’s Chorus directed by Jason Pimblett and the 100 strong, Hullabaloo Community Choir directed by Kirsty Martin. Music will range from Jaques Brel to Andrew Lloyd Webber and will feature an original piece written for the evening based on the music of Rodrigo. Donations on the night to the Sussex Beacon.

 CHARITY CONCERT FOR SUSSEX BEACON: St Mary’s Church on St James Street, Thur Dec 1, 7.30pm. The Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus, The Rainbow Chorus, Qukulele LGBT ukulele band and soprano, Red Gray will provide an opportunity to reflect on the losses many have suffered, as well as celebrating those surviving and fighting HIV/Aids. The concert will start straight after the annual Candlelit Vigil at the Aids Memorial. Tickets £8 from Dome Box Office and Sussex Beacon Charity Shops. All profits from evening will go to Sussex Beacon.

FUNDRAISERS

BTN GAY MENS CHORUS

HIV+ people, regularly under one roof. Remember the community cafe at the New Steine gardens providing food for the Pride street party revellers? How heart-warming it was to see an HIV organisation providing something for the wider community. Now that was something to have ‘Pride’ in.

 CHARLES STREET: A WORLD AIDS DAY CABARET FUNDRAISER, Wed Nov 30, 7pm hosted by Lola Lasagna featuring Brighton cabaret stars to benefit the Sussex Beacon.  QUEENS ARMS: CABARET EXTRAVAGANZA for World Aids Day, Thur Dec 1, 8pm hosted by Drag With No Name featuring Brighton cabaret stars Dave Lynn, Davina Sparkle, Rose Garden, Lady James & Maisie Trollette. Entry is £2 donation on the door. There will be an auction and raffle. All proceeds to the Sussex Beacon.


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FINE

mace, and pickled vegetables; Rice & Flesh, with saffron, calf tail and red wine; and Hay Smoked Mackerel with lemon salade, gentleman’s relish and olive oil. But, sadly, you can’t have it all, so those temptations must wait for another birthday – and another stroke of luck on the booking front.

WITH JAQ BAYLES

DINNER BY HESTON BLUMENTHAL The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 66 Knightsbridge, London Where do you take a chef for lunch for her ‘special’ birthday’? I’m not saying she’s overly critical, it’s just that we’ve never been anywhere to eat where she hasn’t found fault – and rightly so. In fact, I’m just as bad. There’s only been one restaurant I’ve eaten at that has ticked all the boxes – and then some. But you try getting a table at Heston Blumenthal’s three Michelin-starred Fat Duck in Bray, and good luck with that. So the next best thing? Blumenthal’s latest enterprise, Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel overlooking Hyde Park. Astonishingly, we managed to get a table – booked two months in advance, although they tell us the wait is now down to one month.

Then it was upstairs to lunch at Dinner. Dinner is not a Fat Duck, but is no less innovative, with dishes based on those that may have been served up in an English kitchen any time between 1390 and 1940 and employing a ratio of some 65 chefs to 300 covers a day. Indeed, the open kitchens are a focal point, and we were seated so ‘The Chef’ could see all the gastronomic action while I got the view of the beautiful people jogging in Hyde Park on the hottest late September day in living memory. So what’s on the menu for lunch at Dinner? We had to try the Meat Fruit – a dish which looks like a perfect mandarin on the plate but which turns out to be a sublime chicken liver parfait encased in mandarin-infused orange ‘peel’. And, as The Chef loves her seafood, Roast Scallops it was, with cucumber ketchup and borage. It also came with a hunk of roasted cucumber, the surprisingly crisp texture a perfect foil for the sweet, meaty scallops. Other options on the starter menu include Roast Marrowbone with parsley, anchovy and

ROASTED SCALLOPS

MEAT FRUIT

We started with a cocktail in the hotel’s Bar Boulud where, on arrival, a decorative blonde standing just inside the door directs you to two suited men at a dias two feet to your right, who then direct you to the bar about six feet in front of you. We could probably have found our own way there to be honest. I’m guessing unemployment isn’t a problem in Knightsbridge.

There are eight mains to choose from, from the 1672 Chicken Cooked With Lettuces to the 1827 Roast Sea Bass and Cockle Ketchup, but we plumped for the Powdered Duck Breast (1672 from The Queene-Like Closet Or Rich Cabinet by Hannah Wolley) and the Spiced Pigeon (1777, The Ladies’ Assistant and Complete System of Cookery by Charlotte Mason). The ‘powdered’ of the duck breast is salt – the method of preservation of the day and in which the meat is marinated for eight hours before being roasted and served in a rich, madeira-like jus. Never has a meat melted so sweetly in the mouth or offered up such rich, yet delicate, flavours, while the Spiced Pigeon was equally soft and beguiling, with a sweeter sauce of barely perceptible spiciness, backed by the earthy undertones of roasted artichokes. The delightful staff had alerted us when we arrived to the signature sweet of Tipsy Cake (1859), a confection of brioche and brandy, baked and served with spit-roasted pineapple, which the kitchen needs a 30-minute alert to cook. I’m not one for sweet things, but we were in it for the full works, so ordered one to share. And thank heavens we did or we’d have missed out on the most astonishing combination of alcohol infusion, creamy, light pudding and almost caramelised pineapple. It may be incredibly sweet, but that is offset by the brandy and the aftertaste is a revelation. I am still dreaming about it. TIPSY CAKE

DINING

For wine, we opted for one of the sommelier’s choices, a zesty and refreshing Verdejo which matched each course. So did The Chef find perfection? Oh yes! The food is fresh and approachable, exciting and interesting. The only slight downer to the whole event was being seated next to a couple of salesmen from Harlow who seemed unable to grasp the concept of speaking at anything below 87 decibels. But when the food’s this good I can take a little ear-bashing. It didn’t come cheap, though you wouldn’t expect it to when the chef is one of the most feted of the decade. Who minds paying for perfection? Our meal for two with wine was £175 (inc tip). Wine was £45, there wasn't really anything cheaper. There’s also a set lunch menu of two courses for £25. Choice of two starters and two mains.


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CHARLIE’S

KITCHEN

BY CHARLIE NYEREYEGONA

over. Add the garlic, tomatoes, ginger and the other tomato ingredients and mix in well with the spices and onions. Once the tomatoes begin to soften, add the orange zest and orange juice. Add the stock, turn down the heat and let the sauce thicken (about 10 minutes). Stir occasionally so that the sauce doesn’t stick. Serve in large bowls with rice or naan bread. Decorate with fresh coriander and chilli. Spicy, tangy and delicious – the perfect cold weather warmer. Enjoy! CHARLIE’S LAMB SHANKS Delicious for a Sunday lunch with friends! INGREDIENTS: (Serves 4)

I 4 lamb shanks I Tin of chopped tomatoes I ½ tbsp tomato ketchup I Tin of borlotti beans I 350 ml chicken stock I Large red onion, roughly chopped

RECIPES FROM CHARLIE’S KITCHEN Here are two of my favourite cold weather recipes to take the chill off those colder days. CHARLIE’S TOMATO & ORANGE CHICKEN CURRY This is a dry curry so not drowned in sauce. All the spices are readily available from any good supermarket or Asian store. I find the thigh meat more flavoursome but you can use breasts if you prefer, just be careful not to overcook it! INGREDIENTS: (Serves 2) Spices I 1 tsp cumin seeds I 1 tsp tandoori masala powder I ½ tsp turmeric I ½ tsp garam masala powder I 2 tsp chilli powder I 3-4 dried curry leaves I Fresh coriander leaves I Small piece fresh ginger, peeled, sliced I 3 garlic cloves, peeled & finely chopped I 1 hot red chilli (optional depending on taste) I 4 large chicken thighs, boned, cut into bite size pieces (or 2 large chicken breasts) I 1 tsp orange zest (grated skin of the orange) I Juice of 1 orange I 1 large onion, finely diced I 8 cherry tomatoes, halved I 1 tbsp tomato ketchup I 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce I 1 tsp tomato puree I 1 tbsp sunflower oil I 200ml liquid chicken stock I A good sprinkle of salt

METHOD: Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the dry spices and fry for 1-2 minutes. Add the chopped onion and the chicken. Allow the chicken pieces to caramelise on one side and turn

I Sunflower oil I 1 tbsp tomato puree I 1 tbsp sundried tomato paste I Flour I Glass of red wine I 6 cloves garlic, peeled

METHOD: Heat oil in pan. Flour the shanks. Reduce heat and caramelise the shanks. Pre-heat the oven to 150C. Place the shanks in an ovenproof dish with a lid. Add the puree, ketchup, paste, borlotti beans and garlic. Cover with red wine and stock. Gently roll over the shanks to bring the ingredients together. Place in the oven and cook for 4 hours. Check the meat and see if it easily comes off the bone, if not cook for a further hour. Remove the lid and turn up to 180C for 10 minutes to reduce the liquid and finish off the lamb. Serve with mashed potato. Truly delicious!


20 GSCENE OUT & ABOUT

PICS FROM AQUARIUM + A-BAR + BEDFORD TAVERN

NOVEMBER

LISTINGS

AQUARIUM

 ONE FOR THE DIARY: Sun (13) is WE’LL MEET AGAIN, Remembrance Sunday tribute charity cabaret from 6.30pm.  Sun (20) is Charity Day for LGBT Switchboard.  REGULARS: Sat is Karaoke Showtime at 4pm.  Sun is Roasties & The Rest at 3pm.  Mon is Shot night at 7pm.  Tue is CHICKEN BINGO at 8.30pm.  Wed is FLAT & SHARP OPERA at 8.30pm & 9.30pm.  Thur is Tune Night from 6pm, with Fri is SNACK ATTACK free snacks with every drink purchased 3–9pm.  HAPPY HOURS: 2–7pm daily; pints Fosters & Stowford Press £1.99 all day every day; Thur £3 doubles & splash of Smirnoff/Gordons/Bacardi/Bells, selected shots £1. Pies daily from 2pm. Open Sun–Thur from noon–midnight. Fri & Sat from noon–1am. Check the new underwater seascape on the Aquarium facade by local artist Sara Abbott!  www.aquariumtheatrebar.co.uk TUESDAY 1  A-BAR Food noon-8pm; opens 11am  AQUARIUM Chicken Bingo 8.30pm; pies 2pm-midnight; open noon  BAR REVENGE Karaoke Unplugged with DJ Alpha & hostess AJ: win paid gig 8pm; pizza 5pm-9.30pm; opens noon  BEDFORD TAVERN Games Galore; open noon  BULLDOG Opens 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Food noon-3pm & 6-9pm; open noon  CHARLES ST After work 5pm; food noon8pm; open noon  CROWN & ANCHOR Food 10am-2.30pm & 5.30-9pm; opens 10am  DR BRIGHTONS Twisted Tues; opens 1pm  FUNKYFISH BAR Opens 11am  LEGENDS BAR Food noon-5pm; open 11am  MARINE TAVERN Nat’s Quiz 9pm; opens noon  MARLBOROUGH Student night; open noon  POISON IVY Spice’s karaoke 7pm; open 11am  PROJECT 56 Breakfast Club 8am; Cocktail evening 8pm; opens 8am

BEDFORD

 QUEEN’S ARMS Sissy Sucks’ Karaoke & Skint 8pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN Food noon-2.30pm & 6-8.30pm; opens noon  REVENGE Supersonic: DJ Lee Harris 11pm  VAVAVOOM Video jukebox; opens 4pm  ZONE Video U Say We Play 7.30pm; open 11am WEDNESDAY 2  A-BAR Food noon-8pm; opens 11am  AQUARIUM Flat & Sharp Opera 8.30pm & 9.30pm; pies 2pm-midnight; open noon  BAR REVENGE Turning Tricks: DJ Trick 9pm; pizza 5-9.30pm; open noon  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Pulse: DJ Steve Lush 11pm  BEDFORD TAVERN Wine & Wisdom: quiz night & fundraiser 9pm; opens noon  BULLDOG Red Light Rush: DJ Marcia 10pm; opens 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Food noon-3pm & 6-9pm; open noon  CHARLES ST After work 5pm; food noon8pm; open noon  CROWN & ANCHOR Food 10am-2.30pm & 5.30-9pm; opens 10am

 ONE FOR THE DIARY: Sat (12) is Cabaret with Tammy Twinkle from 9pm.  REGULARS: Every Sat is Spice’s MEALS ON HEELS with food noon–5pm and then Shot-tastic with house shots £1 when Whigfield’s Saturday Night plays.  Sunday roasts noon–5pm, piano sing-a-long from 5pm and then a CAMP BINGO fundraiser in aid of Sussex Beacon from 7pm, with boozy bonuses and food to be won.  Tue is GAMES GALORE.  Wed is Wine & Wisdom Quiz raising money for Sussex Beacon, with prizes/wine specials from 9pm.  Fri is KRAZY KAMIKAZE KARAOKE at 8.30pm with drink deals all night.  Open daily from noon–late.

A-BAR

 ONE FOR THE DIARY: Thur (10) is Mae Day Charity Chuckles Stand-Up with Mae Martin from 8.30pm, free entry and donations to ADCAF. Sat (26) is HONEY HUSH with DJ Lonesome M spinning vintage r&b/rockabilly/rock & roll vinyl from 9pm, free entry.  REGULARS: Sun CABARET at 9.30pm: Thunderpussy (13), Sally Vate (20) and Davina Sparkle (27), Sun lunch served noon–5pm.  Fri is LIVE MUSIC from 9pm: Mark Russell & Guests’ open mic (4), Will Wilde Duo (11), Alexia Chellun (18) and Miss Jodie Spencer (25).  Sat is Pre-Club Lounge with cocktails and new DJs coming soon. Sat (19) is Gay Men’s Chorus Drinks.  FOOD: Served Mon–Sat from noon–8pm, Sunday lunch noon–5pm; one course £7.50, 2 courses £9.90 and 3 courses £12.30. Book now (01273 688825) for a 3 course dinner throughout December, or a 6 course meal on Christmas Day from 1pm for £55.  Open 11am from Mon–Sun, unrivalled sea view, large heated smoking terrace, all big sport events. Sauna closed.  www.amsterdam.co.uk  DR BRIGHTONS Cocktail Clinic; open 1pm  FUNKYFISH BAR Opens 11am  LEGENDS BAR Food noon-5pm; open 11am  MARLBOROUGH Open mic 8.30pm; food 12.30-8.30pm; open noon  POISON IVY Barbara Fella’s Karaoke 7pm; opens 11am  PROJECT 56 Breakfast Club 8am; Karaoke 8pm; opens 8am  QUEEN’S ARMS Karaoke Star 2011 9pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN Food noon-2.30pm & 6-8.30pm; opens noon  SUBLINE Backlash 9pm  VAVAVOOM Video jukebox; opens 4pm  ZONE Games Night 7.30pm; opens 11am THURSDAY 3  A-BAR Food noon-8pm; opens 11am  AQUARIUM Tune Night 6pm; pies 2pmmidnight; open noon  BAR REVENGE Girls On Top Warm Up: DJ Smithy 9pm; pizza 5-9.30pm; opens noon

BRIGHTON SAUNA

 BEDFORD TAVERN Thur Social; open noon  BULLDOG Release: DJ Grant Knowles 10pm; opens 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Food noon-3pm & 69pm; Big Dave’s Quiz 9pm; open noon  CHARLES ST Mad Cow XXL - My Cow Is On Fire: host Ms Joan Bond, DJs Lil Alex & LeeRoy 8pm; opens noon  CROWN & ANCHOR Food 10am-2.30pm & 5.30-9pm; opens 10am  DR BRIGHTONS Thirsty Thurs; opens 1pm  ENVY Get Some: DJs 10pm  FUNKYFISH BAR Opens 11am  LEGENDS BAR Food noon-5pm; open 11am  MARLBOROUGH Food 12.30-8.30pm; open noon  POISON IVY Spice’s Back to the 80s Karaoke 7pm; opens 11am  PROJECT 56 Breakfast Club 8am; Student Night 8pm; opens 8am  QUEEN’S ARMS Karaoke Party: Sissy Sucks 9pm; open noon

 ONE FOR THE DIARY: Wed (9) is the COCKS ‘N’ JOCKS night from 7pm–late. Let it all hang out or pick up a pair of jocks for £10. Cocks ‘n’ Jocks is on 2nd Wed of month.  REGULARS: Every 1st Thur of the month (Nov 3 & Dec 1) is STUDENTS/UNDER 25 night with DJ Dicky and licensed bar from 10pm with select drinks £2. Free entry for students/under 25s with ID and the advert on page 9 of this copy of Gscene, usual entry fee for over 25s and non-students.  www.thebrightonsauna.com


PICS FROM THE BULLDOG

GSCENE OUT & ABOUT 21

BULLDOG

 ONE FOR THE DIARY: Tue (29) is REGGAE Night with DJ Micklos.  REGULARS: Wed is RED LIGHT RUSH with DJ Marcia from 10pm, all drinks are £1.50 when music video plays.  Thur is RELEASE with DJ Grant Knowles from 10pm.  Fri is DJ Lil Alex and Karaoke from 10pm, all drinks £1.50 from 10pm–midnight.  Sat is DJ V John from 9.30pm and Karaoke at 10pm.  Sun is DJ Grant from 6pm and Karaoke at 9pm.  Mon is Marcia’s GLITTER BALL with 70s/80s tunes at 10pm.  HAPPY HOURS: Mon–Wed from 3–7pm & 11pm–midnight; Thur from 3pm–7pm & 9pm–midnight; Fri from 3–7pm & 10pm–midnight; Sat from 10pm–midnight, Sun all day. Drinks include: pints from £1.95, double spirit & mixer from £2.30, bottles from £1.85 (Terms & conditions apply).  Open daily from 11am–very late.  www.bulldogbrighton.com  FUNKYFISH BAR Opens 11am  FUNKYFISH CLUB Friday Funk: DJ Soul Finger 10.30pm  LEGENDS BAR Food noon-5pm; Friday Frenzy cabaret: Eva La Diva 9.30pm; DJ Peter Castle 11pm; opens 11am  MARLBOROUGH The Special People’s Club: DJs Liam & Tom 9pm; food 12.308.30pm; open 11am  POISON IVY Betty Swollocks’ Karaoke 7pm; opens 11am  PROJECT 56 Breakfast Club 8am; Old FRIDAY 4 School Disco 8pm  A-BAR Mark Russel & Guests’ Open Mic  QUEEN’S ARMS Camp Attack: Andy B & 9pm; food noon-8pm; open 11am Karaoke 9pm; open noon  AQUARIUM Snack Attack 3-9pm; pies 2pm-  REGENCY TAVERN Spitfire Jazz Night: 1am; open noon Honky Tonk; food noon-2.30pm & 6-9pm;  BAR REVENGE Disco Bomb: Alpha DJ opens noon 9pm; pizza 5pm-9.30pm; opens noon-6am  REVENGE X Factor Fridays: See the X BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Friday Factor finalists live b4 anyone else, guaranteed Frenzy: DJ Peter Castle 11pm meet & greet hosted by Dolly Rocket with DJs  BEDFORD TAVERN Krazy Kamikaze Karaoke Trick, Alex Baker, Ruby Roo & Fifilicious 8.30pm; opens noon 10.30pm  BULLDOG Main bar: DJ Lil Alex 10pm; top  SUBLINE Electro-convulsive 9pm  VAVAVOOM Pre-club & Dale’s karaoke 9pm; bar: karaoke 10pm; opens 11am opens 6pm  CAMELFORD ARMS Food noon-3pm &  ZONE Cabaret: Large Marge 9.30pm; opens 6-9pm; open noon 11am  CHARLES ST Friday Fix: DJ Leeroy 9pm; food noon-7.45pm; opens noon  CROWN & ANCHOR Food 10am-2.30pm SATURDAY 5  A-BAR Pre-club lounge: music/vids; food & 5.30-9pm; opens 10am  112 CHURCH ST Cabaret: Lady James noon-8pm; opens 11am 9pm; opens noon  AQUARIUM Karaoke Showtime 4pm; pies  DR BRIGHTONS Funky Fri: DJs Nick Hirst 2pm-1am; opens noon or Wayne 9.30pm; opens 1pm

 REGENCY TAVERN Joe sings, pianist Mark Hodge plays 8pm; food noon-2.30pm & 69pm; opens noon  REVENGE Girls On Top Do It Like A Dude: Jessie J-themed party, level 1 DJs Smithy, Fifilicious & Alpha; Box Bar DJs Miss Masters & Dulcie Danger 10.30pm  SUBLINE Leathered 9pm  VAVAVOOM Bar 150 7pm ; opens 4pm  ZONE Carrie O’Kay’s Karaoke 8.30pm; opens 11am

PERFECT SUNDAYS

Bloody Mary’s, Sunday papers and slow cooked Sunday roasts with veggie/vegan options noon-5pm 5pm SING-A-LONG with guest pianist! 7pm CAMP BINGO fundraiser for Sussex Beacon with boozy bonuses food prizes

TUE: GAMES GALORE WED: WINE WISDOM QUIZ

9pm, raising money for The Sussex Beacon

FRI: KRAZY KARAOKE

8.30pm, fantastic drink deals all evening

SATURDAYS

MEALS ON HEELS Spice’s home cooked treats noon-5pm SHOTASTIC! Shots £1 when Whigfield’s Sat Night plays! CABARET 12th Nov: with Tammy Twinkle @ 9pm

30 Western St, Brighton 01273 739495


22 GSCENE OUT & ABOUT

PICS FROM THE CAMELFORD ARMS, CHARLES STREET + ENVY

NOVEMBER

LISTINGS

CAMELFORD ARMS

 WORLD AIDS DAY: Thur (1) Dec is World Aids Day with free light refreshments till 6pm. Big Dave’s Charity Quiz in aid of Sussex Beaacon & THT is in the evening.  REGULARS: Sun (6 & 20) is the BEAR BASH from 5pm.  Thur is Big Dave’s QUIZ from 9pm with cash prizes and a free buffet.  FOOD: Served by new chef CJ on Mon–Fri from noon–3pm & 6–9pm; Sat from noon–7pm; Sun Big Dave’s Sunday Roasts are served noon till gone. Food deals from Mon–Wed, ask at the bar for more info. Open daily from noon.  BAR REVENGE Kinky Classics: DJ King K 9pm; pizza 5-9pm; opens noon-6am  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Ignition: DJ Lee Harris 11pm  BEDFORD TAVERN Meals on Heels: Spice cooks noon-5pm; Shot-tastic Sat; open noon  BULLDOG Main bar: DJ V John 9.30pm; top bar: karaoke 10pm; opens 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Food noon-7pm; open noon  CHARLES ST Fierce: DJs on rotation 9pm; food noon-7.45pm; opens noon  CROWN & ANCHOR Food 9am-2.30pm & 5.30-9pm; opens 9am  DR BRIGHTONS Sexy Sat: DJ Tony B 9.30pm; opens 1pm  FUNKYFISH BAR Opens 11am  FUNKYFISH CLUB Old Skool Saturday: DJ Delimentary 10pm  LEGENDS BAR Pre-Ignition with Ignition DJs 7pm; food noon-5pm; opens 11am  MARLBOROUGH Cherry Pop 9pm; food 12.30-8.30pm; open noon  POISON IVY Betty Swollocks’ Karaoke 7pm; opens 11am  PROJECT 56 Breakfast Club 8am; About Him: men’s night with GoGo Boys 8pm  QUEEN’S ARMS Cabaret: Peter Davis 4pm; Kamp Kevin’s karaoke & tunes 8.30pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN Food noon-6pm; opens noon  REVENGE Kinky Dangerous: Level 1 DJs Alex Baker & Smithy; Box bar DJs Dulcie Danger & Wayne G 10.30pm  SUBLINE Boiler Room 9pm  VAVAVOOM Theme night: Steps; Dale’s Karaoke 9pm; opens 2pm  ZONE Jennie Castell 9.30pm; opens 11am SUNDAY 6  A-BAR Sunday lunch noon-5pm; open 11am  AQUARIUM Roasties & The Rest 3pm; open noon  BAR REVENGE Sublime Sunday Live Acoustic Music 5pm; Karaoke Queens LouBag & Smithy till midnight; Sunday roasts/gourmet pies noon-7pm; opens noon  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Pop!Candy: DJ Jaykey 11pm  BEDFORD TAVERN Perfect Sunday: food noon-5pm; Piano sing-a-long 5pm; Camp Bingo Fundraiser 7pm; opens noon  BULLDOG Main bar: DJ Grant Knowles

6pm; top bar: karaoke 9pm; opens 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Big Dave’s Sun Roasts noon-till gone; Bear Bash 5pm; open noon  CHARLES ST Cabaret: Sandra 7pm; X Factor Results 8pm; Tranny Rock & Roll Bingo: Tammy Twinkle & Sally Vate 9pm; food noon7pm  112 CHURCH ST Richard’s Sunday Roast noon-late; opens noon  CROWN & ANCHOR Quiz 8.30pm; Sun lunch noon-5pm; opens 9am  DR BRIGHTONS Hang Over Therapy; open 1pm  FUNKYFISH BAR Opens 11am  LEGENDS BAR Cabaret: Laquisha Jonz 3.15pm; food noon-3pm; opens 11am  MARLBOROUGH Roasts 12.30pm-till gone; open noon  POISON IVY Donna Matrix’s Karaoke 7pm; opens 11am  PROJECT 56 Sunday Roast 12.30-4pm; Chill out 8pm  QUEEN’S ARMS Cabaret: Lady Imelda 5.30pm; X Factor resuts; Betty’s karaoke; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN Piano lounge 1pm; Sunday lunch noon-5pm; open noon  SUBLINE Come In Your Pants: DJ N.U.D.E 8pm  VAVAVOOM Bar 250; opens 6pm  ZONE Cabaret: Tammy Twinkle 8.30pm; open 11am MONDAY 7  A-BAR Food noon-8pm; opens 11am  AQUARIUM Shot Night 7pm; pies 2pmmidnight; open noon  BAR REVENGE Quiz With Liz 8.30pm; pizza 5-9.30pm; opens noon  BEDFORD TAVERN Recovery; opens noon  BULLDOG DJ Marcia’s Glitter Ball 10pm; opens 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Food noon-3pm & 6-9pm; open noon  CHARLES ST Food noon-8pm; open noon  CROWN & ANCHOR Food 10am-2.30pm & 5.30-9pm; opens 10am  DR BRIGHTONS Medication Mon; opens 1pm  ENVY Studio 150: NUS party 10.30pm  FUNKYFISH BAR Opens 11am  LEGENDS BAR Drag With No Name’s Monday Gangbang: songs, sketches & a special guest 9.30pm; food noon-5pm; open 11am

CHARLES STREET BAR

 TWO FOR THE DIARY: Sat (26) is FIERCE SPORTS DAY with Joan Bond, plenty of muscle, prizes, drink deals and pumping tunes. Don’t forget your kit!  Wed (30) is World Aids Day CABARET Fundraiser with host Lola Lasagne and allstar cabaret: Miss Jason, Dave Lynn & more from 7pm. Proceeds for Sussex Beacon.  REGULARS: Sun is a TRIPLE TREAT with cabaret at 7pm: Sandra (6), Lola Lasagne (13), Topping & Butch (20) & Titti La Camp (27); X Factor results from 8pm and then it’s Tammy Twinkle & Sally Vate’s TRANNY ROCK & ROLL BINGO at 9pm.  Thur is MAD COW XXL – MY COW IS ON FIRE from 8pm, Joan Bond and DJs Lil Alex and LeeRoy, £1 b4 10pm, all drinks from £1 (exc champers, bottles wine/cider Smirnoff Ice).  Every Fri it’s FRIDAY FIX with DJ Leeroy from 9pm.  FOOD: Served Mon–Sat from noon–8pm; Sunday Lunch from noon–7pm, one for £5.95, two for £7.95.  HAPPY HOURS: After work drink deals Mon–Fri from 5–9pm include all draft pints £1.25, Peroni £3 and doubles & mixers from £2.85, inc Smirnoff/Gordons/JD/Bells/Bacardi. Drink deals on Sun after the show & Sat from 5–9pm, include: draught pint from £2.35, double spirit & mixers from £2.85.

ENVY @ CHARLES ST

 REGULARS: STUDIO 150 every Mon is student night from 10.30pm, entry £1.50, all singles/bottles £1.50.  GET SOME! every Thur with resident DJs playing r&b/chart/ house/dubstep. Drinks from £1, entry £2 from 10pm.  Club open Thur & Mon.  www.charles-street.com  MARLBOROUGH Student night; open noon  POISON IVY Spice’s karaoke 7pm; open 11am  PROJECT 56 Breakfast Club 8am; themed food 7pm; opens 8am  QUEEN’S ARMS Kamp Kevin’s Dirty Laundry: chat, sing & win 9pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN Food noon-2.30pm & 6-8.30pm; opens noon  VAVAVOOM Bar 150 7pm ; opens 4pm  ZONE You Say Spotify Plays; open 11am TUESDAY 8  A-BAR Food noon-8pm; opens 11am  AQUARIUM Chicken Bingo 8.30pm; pies 2pm-midnight; open noon  BAR REVENGE Karaoke Unplugged with DJ Alpha & hostess AJ: win paid gig 8pm; pizza 5pm-9.30pm; opens noon  BEDFORD TAVERN Games Galore; open noon  BULLDOG Opens 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Food noon-3pm & 69pm; open noon  CHARLES ST After work 5pm; food noon8pm; open noon

 CROWN & ANCHOR Food 10am-2.30pm & 5.30-9pm; opens 10am  DR BRIGHTONS Twisted Tues; opens 1pm  FUNKYFISH BAR Opens 11am  LEGENDS BAR Food noon-5pm; open 11am  MARINE TAVERN Nat’s Quiz 9pm; open 12  MARLBOROUGH Student night; open noon  POISON IVY Spice’s Karaoke 7pm; open 11am  PROJECT 56 Breakfast Club 8am; Cocktail evening 8pm; opens 8am  QUEEN’S ARMS Sissy Sucks’ Karaoke & Skint 8pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN Food noon-2.30pm & 6-8.30pm; Mark Hodge’s Baby Grand Sing-ALong; opens noon  REVENGE Supersonic: DJ Lee Harris 11pm  VAVAVOOM Video jukebox; opens 4pm  ZONE Video U Say We Play 7.30pm; open 11am WEDNESDAY 9  A-BAR Food noon-8pm; opens 11am  AQUARIUM Flat & Sharp Opera 8.30pm & 9.30pm; pies 2pm-midnight; open noon


24 GSCENE OUT & ABOUT

PICS FROM CHURCH STREET + DR BRIGHTONS

NOVEMBER

LISTINGS

CHURCH ST

 ONE FOR THE DIARY: Friday CABARET from 9pm: Lady James (4), Tammy Twinkle (11), Jason Lee (18) and Pooh La May (25).  FOOD: Richard’s Golden Handbag Award winning Big Sunday Lunch is served from noon. You can book now for Christmas Day Lunch - reserve your place now!  Check out the secret beer garden - it’s the perfect place for a drink and a smoke!  ZONE Reggae Night: DJ Micklos 8.30pm; opens 11am THURSDAY 10  A-BAR Charity Chuckle Fundraiser: Stand-up with Mae Martin 8.30pm; food noon-8pm; opens 11am  AQUARIUM Tune Night 6pm; pies 2pmmidnight; open noon  BAR REVENGE Girls On Top Warm Up: DJ Smithy 9pm; pizza 5-9.30pm; opens noon  BEDFORD TAVERN Thur Social; open noon  BULLDOG Release: DJ Grant Knowles 10pm; opens 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Food noon-3pm & 6-9pm; Big Dave’s Quiz 9pm; open noon  CHARLES ST Mad Cow XXL - My Cow Is On Fire: Host Ms Joan Bond, DJs Lil Alex & LeeRoy 8pm; opens noon  CROWN & ANCHOR Food 10am-2.30pm & 5.30-9pm; opens 10am  DR BRIGHTONS Thirsty Thurs; opens 1pm  ENVY Get Some: DJs 10pm  FUNKYFISH BAR Opens 11am  LEGENDS BAR Food noon-5pm; open 11am  MARLBOROUGH Food 12.30-8.30pm; open noon  POISON IVY Spice’s Back to the 80s Karaoke 7pm; opens 11am  PROJECT 56 Breakfast Club 8am; Student

DAVE LYNN SUN 4 DEC

CERI DUPREE WED 16 & THU 17

 BAR REVENGE Turning Tricks: DJ Trick 9pm; pizza 5-9.30pm; open noon  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Pulse: DJ Steve Lush 11pm  BEDFORD TAVERN Wine & Wisdom: quiz night & fundraiser 9pm; opens noon  BRIGHTON SAUNA Cocks ‘n’ Jocks Night: jocks or nude evening 7pm  BULLDOG Red Light Rush: DJ Marcia 10pm; opens 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Food noon-3pm & 6-9pm; open noon  CHARLES ST After work 5pm; food noon8pm; open noon  CROWN & ANCHOR Food 10am-2.30pm & 5.30-9pm; opens 10am  DR BRIGHTONS Cocktail Clinic; open 1pm  FUNKYFISH BAR Opens 11am  LEGENDS BAR Food noon-5pm; open 11am  MARLBOROUGH Open Mic 8.30pm; food 12.30-8.30pm; open noon  POISON IVY Barbara Fella’s Karaoke 7pm; opens 11am  PROJECT 56 Breakfast Club 8am; Karaoke 8pm; opens 8am  QUEEN’S ARMS Karaoke Star 2011 9pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN Food noon-2.30pm & 6-8.30pm; opens noon  SUBLINE Backlash 9pm  VAVAVOOM Video jukebox; opens 4pm

FISHERMAN’S REST

 ONE FOR THE DIARY: The sensational Ceri Dupree returns Wed (16) & Thur (17) with a brand new cabaret show and gourmet dinner. Tickets £42.50 include: a glass of warm winter Pimms at 6pm, a 3-course gourmet dinner at 7pm and the show at 9pm. Book now on 01273 323888 to avoid disappointment, deposit required.  COMING UP: Book now for a special Dave Lynn WINTER WONDERLAND Sunday Cabaret Lunch on Dec (4), £21.50 for 5 courses and coffee and escape from the family with Maisie Trollette’s Boxing Day special on Mon (26).

DR BRIGHTONS

 REGULARS: FUNKY FRIDAY is with DJs Nick Hirst or Wayne from 9.30pm, free entry.  SEXY SATURDAY is with DJ Tony B from 9.30pm, free entry.  HAPPY HOURS: Sun–Thur all day; Fri & Sat from 1–7pm, deals include pints of Fosters £2.75, large glass wine £3.75, large Smirnoff & mixer £3.60, 2 cocktails for £10.50 Sun–Thur. Free pool with every round of drinks bought Sun–Thur and during happy hour Fri & Sat.  Open Sun–Thur from 1pm–midnight and Fri & Sat from 1pm–2am.  www.doctorbrightons.co.uk

Night 8pm; opens 8am  QUEEN’S ARMS Karaoke Party: Betty Swollocks 9pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN Live piano 7.30pm; food noon-2.30pm & 6-9pm; opens noon  REVENGE Girls On Top v Emergency Room PJ Party: GOT DJs Smithy, Fifilicious & Alpha; ER DJs Miss Masters & Dulcie Danger in Box Bar 10.30pm  SUBLINE Leathered 9pm  VAVAVOOM Bar 150 7pm ; opens 4pm  ZONE Carrie O’Kay’s Karaoke 8.30pm; opens 11am FRIDAY 11  A-BAR Live music: Will Wilde Duo 9pm; food noon-8pm; open 11am  AQUARIUM Snack Attack 3-9pm; pies 2pm1am; open noon  BAR REVENGE Disco Bomb: Alpha DJ 9pm; pizza 5pm-9.30pm; opens noon-6am  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Friday Frenzy: DJ Peter Castle 11pm  BEDFORD TAVERN Krazy Kamikaze Karaoke 8.30pm; opens noon  BULLDOG DJ Lil Alex 10pm; top bar: karaoke 10pm; opens 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Food noon-3pm & 6-9pm; open noon  CHARLES ST Friday Fix: DJ Leeroy 9pm; food noon-7.45pm; opens noon  112 CHURCH ST Cabaret: Tammy Twinkle 9pm; opens noon  CROWN & ANCHOR Food 10am-2.30pm & 5.30-9pm; opens 10am  DR BRIGHTONS Funky Fri: DJs Nick Hirst or Wayne 9.30pm; opens 1pm  FUNKYFISH BAR Opens 11am  FUNKYFISH CLUB Friday Funk: DJ Soul Finger 10.30pm  LEGENDS BAR Food noon-5pm; Friday Frenzy Cabaret: Rose Garden 9.30pm; DJ Peter Castle 11pm; opens 11am  MARLBOROUGH Drag King workshop 68pm; Upstairs: Tom Salon 8.30pm; downstairs: Pussy Whipped with DJ Terri-Sian 9pm; food 12.30-8.30pm; open noon

FUNKY FISH

 POISON IVY Betty Swollocks’ Karaoke 7pm; opens 11am  PROJECT 56 Breakfast Club 8am; Old School Disco 8pm  QUEEN’S ARMS Camp Attack: Andy B & Karaoke 9pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN Food noon-2.30pm & 6-9pm; opens noon  REVENGE X Factor Fridays: See the XFactor finalists live b4 anyone else, guaranteed meet & greet hosted by Dolly Rocket with DJs Trick, Alex Baker, Ruby Roo & Fifilicious 10.30pm  SUBLINE Strictly Fetish: DJ tbc 9pm  VAVAVOOM Pre-club & Dale’s karaoke 9pm; opens 6pm  ZONE Cabaret: Gilly Bee 9.30pm; open 11am SATURDAY 12  A-BAR Pre-club lounge: music/vids; food noon-8pm; opens 11am  AQUARIUM Karaoke Showtime 4pm; pies 2pm-1am; opens noon  BAR REVENGE Kinky Classics: DJ King K 9pm; pizza 5-9pm; opens noon-6am  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Ignition: DJ Peter Castle 11pm  BEDFORD TAVERN Meals on Heels: Spice cooks noon-5pm; Cabaret: Tammy Twinkle 9pm; open noon  BULLDOG Main bar: DJ V John 9.30pm; top bar: karaoke 10pm; opens 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Food noon-7pm; open noon  CHARLES ST Fierce: DJs 9pm; food noon7.45pm; open noon  CROWN & ANCHOR Food 9am-2.30pm & 5.30-9pm; opens 9am  DR BRIGHTONS Sexy Sat: DJ Tony B 9.30pm; opens 1pm  FUNKYFISH BAR Opens 11am  FUNKYFISH CLUB Old Skool Saturday: DJ Delimentary 10pm  LEGENDS BAR Pre-Ignition with Ignition DJs 7pm; food noon-5pm; opens 11am  MARLBOROUGH Cherry Pop 9pm; food 12.30-8.30pm; open noon

 REGULARS: FRIDAY FUNK with DJ Soul Finger playing old-school disco/funk/soul/ Motown from 10.30pm, free b4 11pm, £2 after.  OLD SKOOL SATURDAY with DJ Delimentary playing old-school breaks/funk/soul/Motown/hip-hop from 10pm; £5 b4 11pm, £6 after.  The FunkyFish Bar opens daily at 11am.  www.funkyfishclub.co.uk


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26 GSCENE OUT & ABOUT

PICS FROM LEGENDS BAR + LEGENDS BASEMENT CLUB

NOVEMBER

LISTINGS

LEGENDS BAR

 ONE FOR THE DIARY: LEGENDS BIRTHDAY & Sussex Beacon All Day Fundraiser Sun (27) with Lola Lasagne, Davina Sparkle, Cassidy Connors, Dolly Partum, Drag With No Name, Lucinda Lashes, Dave Lynn from 3.30–10.30pm. Legends is donating £1000 so have a fantasic day out and help match that - the Beacon needs your support  REGULARS: FRI FRENZY Cabaret from 9.30pm: Eva La Diva (4), Rose Garden (11), Lola Lasagne with guest Butchesque (18) and Cassidy Connors (25). Bottle of birthday Moet (with ID)!  Sat is PRE-IGNITION from 7pm. Sunday CABARET at 3.15pm: Laquisha Jonz (6), Sandra & Nina (13), Drag With No Name (20) and Legends Birthday & Sussex Beacon fundraiser (27).  Mon GANGBANG with Drag With No Name at 9.30pm, sketches, songs, special guests from UK drag scene (see Legends’ Facebook).  WINTER PROMOS: Mon–Thur from 5–9pm any spirit & mixer/bottle £2, any pint £2.50.  FOOD: Served noon–5pm from Mon–Sat and noon–3pm on Sun, check website for daily specials. Heated smoking area, free entry and all day sun-terrace.  Open daily from 11am–5am.  www.legendsbrighton.com  POISON IVY Betty Swollocks’ Karaoke 7pm; opens 11am  PROJECT 56 Breakfast Club 8am; About Him: men’s night with GoGo Boys 8pm  QUEEN’S ARMS Cabaret: Auntie Robbie 4pm; LJ karaoke & tunes 8.30pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN Food noon-6pm; opens noon  REVENGE Kinky Dangerous: Level 1 DJs Alex Baker & Smithy; Box bar DJs Dulcie Danger & Lee Harris 10.30pm  SUBLINE Subline is 1: DJ Soap, pole dancing competition 9pm  VAVAVOOM Official Opening Party & Fundraiser: raffles & prizes; opens 4pm  ZONE Sally Vate 9.30pm; opens 11am SUNDAY 13  A-BAR Cabaret: Thunder Pussy 9.30pm; Sunday lunch noon-5pm; open 11am  AQUARIUM Roasties & The Rest 3pm; We’lll Meet Again: Remembrance Sunday tribute & fundraiser 6.30pm; open noon  BAR REVENGE Sublime Sunday Live Acoustic Music 5pm; Karaoke Queens LouBag & Smithy till midnight; Sunday roasts/gourmet

BASEMENT CLUB @ LEGENDS

 FREE ENTRY to the Basement Club! Doors open at 11pm.

 ONE FOR THE DIARY: PULSE every Wed with DJ Steve Lush playing crowd pleasers.  REGULARS: FRIDAY FRENZY with DJ Peter Castle playing pop/classics. Look out for the flash drink deals!  IGNITION every Sat with DJ Peter Castle plays house/chart and Lee Harris (5).  POP!CANDY every Sun with DJ Jaykey plays recent/classic pop.  HAPPY HOURS: Selected drinks £2.50 every Wed, £1.50 every Sun.  www.legendsbrighton.com

 PROJECT 56 Sunday Roast 12.30-4pm; Chill out 8pm  QUEEN’S ARMS Cabaret: Davina Sparkle 5.30pm; X Factor resuts; Betty’s karaoke  REGENCY TAVERN Remembrance Sun piano lounge 1pm; lunch noon-5pm; open 12  SUBLINE Anniversary Foam Party: DJ N.U.D.E 9pm pies noon-7pm; opens noon  VAVAVOOM Bar 250; opens 6pm  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Pop!Candy:  ZONE Carrie O’Kay’s karaoke 8.30pm; open DJ Jaykey 11pm 11am  BEDFORD TAVERN Perfect Sunday: food noon-5pm; Piano sing-a-long 5pm; Camp MONDAY 14 Bingo Fundraiser 7pm; opens noon  A-BAR Food noon-8pm; opens 11am  BULLDOG Main bar: DJ Grant Knowles  AQUARIUM Shot Night 7pm; pies 2pm6pm; top bar: karaoke 9pm; opens 11am midnight; open noon  CAMELFORD ARMS Big Dave’s Sun  BAR REVENGE Quiz With Liz 8.30pm; pizza Roasts noon-till gone; open noon 5-9.30pm; opens noon  CHARLES ST Cabaret: Lola Lasagne 7pm; X  BEDFORD TAVERN Recovery; opens noon Factor results 8pm; Tranny Rock & Roll Bingo:  BULLDOG DJ Marcia’s Glitter Ball 10pm; Tammy Twinkle & Sally Vate 9pm; food 12-7pm opens 11am  112 CHURCH ST Richard’s Sunday Roast  CAMELFORD ARMS Food noon-3pm & 6noon-late; opens noon 9pm; open noon  CROWN & ANCHOR Quiz 8.30pm; Sun  CHARLES ST Food noon-8pm; open noon lunch noon-5pm; opens 9am  CROWN & ANCHOR Food 10am-2.30pm  DR BRIGHTONS Hang Over therapy; open & 5.30-9pm; opens 10am 1pm  DR BRIGHTONS Medication Mon; open 1pm  FUNKYFISH BAR Opens 11am  ENVY Studio 150: NUS party 10.30pm  LEGENDS BAR Cabaret: Sandra & guest  FUNKYFISH BAR Opens 11am Nina 3.15pm; food noon-3pm; opens 11am  LEGENDS BAR Drag With No Name’s  MARLBOROUGH Roasts 12.30pm-till Monday Gangbang: songs, sketches & a special gone; open noon guest 9.30pm; food noon-5pm; open 11am  POISON IVY Donna Matrix’s Karaoke 7pm;  MARLBOROUGH Student night; open noon opens 11am

 POISON IVY Spice’s karaoke 7pm; open 11  PROJECT 56 Breakfast Club 8am; themed food 7pm; opens 8am  QUEEN’S ARMS Kamp Kevin’s Dirty Laundry: chat, sing & win 9pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN Food noon-2.30pm & 6-8.30pm; opens noon  VAVAVOOM Bar 150 7pm ; opens 4pm  ZONE You Say Spotify Plays; open 11am TUESDAY 15  A-BAR Food noon-8pm; opens 11am  AQUARIUM Chicken Bingo 8.30pm; pies 2pm-midnight; open noon  BAR REVENGE Karaoke Unplugged: DJ Alpha & host AJ 8pm; pizza 5-9.30pm; open 12  BEDFORD TAVERN Games Galore; open 12  BULLDOG Opens 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Food noon-3pm & 69pm; open noon  CHARLES ST After work 5pm; food noon8pm; open noon  CROWN & ANCHOR Food 10am-2.30pm & 5.30-9pm; opens 10am  DR BRIGHTONS Twisted Tues; opens 1pm  FUNKYFISH BAR Opens 11am  LEGENDS BAR Food noon-5pm; open 11am  MARINE TAVERN Nat’s Quiz 9pm; open 12  MARLBOROUGH Student night; open noon  POISON IVY Spice’s Karaoke 7pm; open 11am  PROJECT 56 Breakfast Club 8am; Cocktail evening 8pm; opens 8am  QUEEN’S ARMS Skint: karaoke 8pm; open 12


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PICS FROM MARLBOROUGH + POISON IVY

NOVEMBER

LISTINGS

MARLBOROUGH

 ONE FOR THE DIARY: Upstairs Fri (11) is a free DRAG KING Workshop at 6pm then TOM SALON follows at 8.30pm, £3 on the door.  REGULARS: Fri at 9pm: QUEER DISCO (4), PUSSY WHIPPED (11), Q&A (18), I<3 ELECTRO (25).  Sat is CHERRY POP cheesy tunes from 9pm.  Sun Lunch from 12.30pm–till gone. Sun (27) is Pop-Up music at 5pm with Mike & The Like and Faye & Ben Streek.  Wed is Open Mic at 8.30pm with drink deals.  Food served Wed–Sat from 12.30–8.30pm.  HAPPY HOURS: Mon–Wed from 5–8pm; Thur–Sat from 6–10pm and Sun 5–10pm. 3-4-2 on selected shots. Free pool Sun–Tue. Open daily from noon.  REGENCY TAVERN Food noon-2.30pm & 6-8.30pm; Mark Hodge’s Baby Grand Sing-ALong; opens noon  REVENGE Supersonic: DJ Lee Harris 10pm  VAVAVOOM Video jukebox; opens 4pm  ZONE Video U Say We Play 7.30pm; open 11am WEDNESDAY 16  A-BAR Food noon-8pm; opens 11am  AQUARIUM Flat & Sharp Opera 8.30pm & 9.30pm; pies 2pm-midnight; open noon  BAR REVENGE Turning Tricks: DJ Trick 9pm; pizza 5-9.30pm; open noon  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Pulse: DJ Steve Lush 11pm  BEDFORD TAVERN Wine & Wisdom: quiz night & fundraiser 9pm; opens noon  BULLDOG Red Light Rush: DJ Marcia 10pm; opens 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Food noon-3pm & 6-9pm; open noon  CHARLES ST After work 5pm; food noon8pm; open noon  CROWN & ANCHOR Food 10am-2.30pm & 5.30-9pm; opens 10am  DR BRIGHTONS Cocktail Clinic; open 1pm  FISHERMAN’S REST Ceri Dupree’s Cabaret 3 Course Dinner £42.50 inc: drink 6pm; 3 course dinner 7pm; show 9pm; booking 01273 323888, deposit required  FUNKYFISH BAR Opens 11am

 LEGENDS BAR Food noon-5pm; open 11am  MARLBOROUGH Open Mic 8.30pm; food 12.30-8.30pm; open noon  POISON IVY Barbara Fella’s Karaoke 7pm; opens 11am  PROJECT 56 Breakfast Club 8am; Karaoke 8pm; opens 8am  QUEEN’S ARMS Karaoke Star 2011 9pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN Food noon-2.30pm & 6-8.30pm; opens noon  SUBLINE Backlash 9pm  VAVAVOOM Video jukebox; opens 4pm  ZONE Games Night 7.30pm; opens 11am THURSDAY 17  A-BAR Food noon-8pm; opens 11am  AQUARIUM Tune Night 6pm; pies 2pmmidnight; open noon  BAR REVENGE Girls On Top Warm Up: DJ Smithy 9pm; pizza 5-9.30pm; opens noon  BEDFORD TAVERN Thur Social; open noon  BULLDOG Release: DJ Grant Knowles 10pm; opens 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Food noon-3pm & 6-9pm; Big Dave’s Quiz 9pm; open noon  CHARLES ST Mad Cow XXL - My Cow Is On Fire: Ms Joan Bond, DJs Lil Alex & LeeRoy 8pm; opens noon  CROWN & ANCHOR Food 10am-2.30pm & 5.30-9pm; opens 10am  DR BRIGHTONS Thirsty Thurs; opens 1pm  ENVY Get Some: DJs 10pm  FISHERMAN’S REST Ceri Dupree’s cabaret 3 course dinner, £42.50 inc drink 6pm, dinner 7pm, show 9pm; booking 01273 323888, deposit required  FUNKYFISH BAR Opens 11am  LEGENDS BAR Food noon-5pm; open 11am  MARLBOROUGH Food 12.30-8.30pm; open noon  POISON IVY Spice’s Back to the 80s Karaoke 7pm; opens 11am  PROJECT 56 Breakfast Club 8am; Student Night 8pm; opens 8am  QUEEN’S ARMS Karaoke Party 9pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN Live piano 7.30pm; food noon-2.30pm & 6-9pm; opens noon  REVENGE Girls On Top v Emergency Room major prize giveaway: GOT DJs Smithy,

POISON IVY

 REGULARS: KARAOKE every night from 7pm with different hosts: Mon & Tue is Spice with £1 drinks on Tue; Wed is Barbara Fella; Thur is Back to the 80s with Spice; Fri & Sat is Betty Swollocks; Sun is Donna Matrix.  HAPPY HOURS: 11am–5pm from Tue–Sun & 11am-midnight on Mon: £1.99 a drink. Open daily from 11am–1am.

Fifilicious & Alpha; ER DJs Miss Masters & Dulcie Danger in Box Bar 10.30pm  SUBLINE Leathered 9pm  VAVAVOOM Bar 150 7pm ; opens 4pm  ZONE Carrie O’Kay’s Karaoke 8.30pm; opens 11am FRIDAY 18  A-BAR Live music: Alexia Chellun 9pm; food noon-8pm; open 11am  AQUARIUM Snack Attack 3-9pm; pies 2pm1am; open noon  BAR REVENGE Disco Bomb: Alpha DJ 9pm; pizza 5pm-9.30pm; opens noon-6am  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Friday Frenzy: DJ Peter Castle 11pm  BEDFORD TAVERN Krazy Kamikaze Karaoke 8.30pm; opens noon  BULLDOG DJ Lil Alex 10pm; top bar: karaoke 10pm; opens 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Food noon-3pm & 6-9pm; open noon  CHARLES ST Friday Fix: DJ Leeroy 9pm; food noon-7.45pm; opens noon  112 CHURCH ST Cabaret: Jason Lee 9pm; opens noon  CROWN & ANCHOR Food 10am-2.30pm & 5.30-9pm; opens 10am  DR BRIGHTONS Funky Fri: DJs Nick Hirst or Wayne 9.30pm; opens 1pm  FUNKYFISH BAR Opens 11am  FUNKYFISH CLUB Friday Funk: DJ Soul Finger 10.30pm  LEGENDS BAR Food noon-5pm; Friday Frenzy Cabaret: Lola Lasagne & guest Butchesque 9.30pm; DJ Peter Castle 11pm; opens 11am  MARLBOROUGH Q&A 9pm; food 12.308.30pm; open noon  POISON IVY Betty Swollocks’ Karaoke 7pm; opens 11am  PROJECT 56 Breakfast Club 8am; Old School Disco 8pm

 QUEEN’S ARMS Camp Attack: Andy B & karaoke 9pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN Food noon-2.30pm & 6-9pm; opens noon  REVENGE X Factor Fridays: See the XFactor finalists live b4 anyone else, guaranteed meet & greet hosted by Dolly Rocket with DJs Trick, Alex Baker, Ruby Roo & Fifilicious 10.30pm  SUBLINE Electro-convulsive 9pm  VAVAVOOM Pre-club & Dale’s karaoke 9pm; opens 6pm  ZONE Cabaret: Jamie Watson 9.30pm; opens 11am SATURDAY 19  A-BAR Gay Men’s Chorus Drinks; food noon-8pm; opens 11am  AQUARIUM Karaoke Showtime 4pm; pies 2pm-1am; opens noon  BAR REVENGE Kinky Classics: DJ King K 9pm; pizza 5-9pm; opens noon-6am  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Ignition: DJ Peter Castle 11pm  BEDFORD TAVERN Meals on Heels: Spice cooks noon-5pm; Shot-tastic Sat; open noon  BULLDOG Main bar: DJ V John 10pm; top bar: karaoke 10pm; opens 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Food noon-7pm; open noon  CHARLES ST Fierce: DJs on rotation 9pm; food noon-7.45pm; opens noon  CROWN & ANCHOR Food 9am-2.30pm & 5.30-9pm; opens 9am  DR BRIGHTONS Sexy Sat: DJ Tony B 9.30pm; opens 1pm  FUNKYFISH BAR Opens 11am  FUNKYFISH CLUB Old Skool Saturday: DJ Delimentary 10pm  LEGENDS BAR Pre-Ignition with Ignition DJs 7pm; food noon-5pm; opens 11am  MARLBOROUGH Cherry Pop 9pm; food 12.30-8.30pm; open noon


30 GSCENE OUT & ABOUT

PICS FROM QUEENSARMS, BAR REVENGE + UV PARTY @ REVENGE

NOVEMBER

LISTINGS

QUEEN’S ARMS

 ONE FOR THE DIARY: Thur, Dec (1) is WORLD AIDS DAY Cabaret Fundraiser for Sussex Beacon with Drag With No Name hosting top cabaret from 8pm.  REGULARS: Mon is Kamp Kevin’s DIRTY LAUNDRY at 9pm.  Tue is SKINT KARAOKE at 8pm, 6 drinks for £10, Sissy Sucks (1 & 8).  Wed is KARAOKE STAR 2011 at 9pm, win £100 at Grand Final (30).  Thur is karaoke at 9pm: Sissy Sucks (3), Betty Swollocks (10).  Sat CABARET at 4pm: Peter Davies (5) & Auntie Robbie (12). Kamp Kevin’s karaoke and party tunes from 8.30pm; cabaret 4.30pm: Ben Appleton (19) & JP Christian (26). Kamp Kevin’s Naked Karaoke at 9pm.  Sun CABARET at 5.30pm: Lady Imelda (6), Davina Sparkle (13), Lola Lasagne (20), Kitty Litter (27), X Factor results & Betty’s karaoke.  www.queensarmsbrighton.com  POISON IVY Betty Swollocks’ Karaoke 7pm; opens 11am  PROJECT 56 Breakfast Club 8am; About Him: men’s night with GoGo Boys 8pm  QUEEN’S ARMS Cabaret: Ben Appleton 4.30pm; Kamp Kevin’s Naked Karaoke Show 9pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN Food noon-6pm; opens noon  REVENGE Kinky Dangerous: Level 1 DJs Alex Baker & Smithy; Box bar DJs Dulcie Danger, Miss Masters & King K 10.30pm  SUBLINE Boiler Room 9pm  VAVAVOOM Theme night: Hippie; Dale’s Karaoke 9pm; opens 2pm  ZONE Connie Conway 9.30pm; opens 11am SUNDAY 20  A-BAR Cabaret: Sally Vate 9.30pm; Sunday lunch noon-5pm; open 11am  AQUARIUM Roasties & The Rest 3pm; Charity Fundraiser for LGBT Switchboard 6.30pm; opens noon  BAR REVENGE Sublime Sunday live acoustic music 5pm; Karaoke Queens LouBag & Smithy till midnight; Sunday roasts/gourmet pies noon-7pm; opens noon  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Pop!Candy: DJ Jaykey 11pm  BEDFORD TAVERN Perfect Sunday: food noon-5pm; Piano sing-a-long 5pm; Camp Bingo Fundraiser 7pm; opens noon  BULLDOG Main bar: DJ Grant Knowles 6pm; top bar: karaoke 9pm; opens 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Big Dave’s roasts noon-till gone; Bear Bash 5pm; open noon  CHARLES ST Cabaret: Topping & Butch 7pm; X Factor results 8pm; Tranny Rock & Roll Bingo: Tammy Twinkle & Sally Vate 9pm; food noon-7pm  112 CHURCH ST Richard’s Sunday Roast noon-late; opens noon  CROWN & ANCHOR Quiz 8.30pm; Sun lunch noon-5pm; opens 9am  DR BRIGHTONS Hang Over Therapy; opens 1pm  FUNKYFISH BAR Opens 11am  LEGENDS BAR Cabaret: Drag With No Name 3.15pm; food noon-3pm; opens 11am  MARLBOROUGH Roasts 12.30pm-till gone; open noon  POISON IVY Donna Matrix’s Karaoke 7pm; opens 11am

 PROJECT 56 Sunday Roast 12.30-4pm; Chill out 8pm  QUEEN’S ARMS Cabaret: Lola Lasagne 5.30pm; X Factor resuts; Betty’s karaoke; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN Piano lounge 1pm; Sunday lunch noon-5pm; open noon  SUBLINE Sussex Beacon’s Bizarre Bazaar Fundraiser: adult goods, fetish-wear 3pm; Come In Your Pants: DJ N.U.D.E 8pm  VAVAVOOM Bar 250; opens 6pm  ZONE Carrie O’Kay’s karaoke 8.30pm; open 11am MONDAY 21  A-BAR Food noon-8pm; opens 11am  AQUARIUM Shot Night 7pm; pies 2pmmidnight; open noon  BAR REVENGE Quiz With Liz 8.30pm; pizza 5-9.30pm; opens noon  BEDFORD TAVERN Recovery; opens noon  BULLDOG DJ Marcia’s Glitter Ball 10pm; opens 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Food noon-3pm & 6-9pm; open noon  CHARLES ST Food noon-8pm; open noon  CROWN & ANCHOR Food 10am-2.30pm & 5.30-9pm; opens 10am  DR BRIGHTONS Medication Mon; opens 1pm  ENVY Studio 150: NUS party 10.30pm  FUNKYFISH BAR Opens 11am  LEGENDS BAR Drag With No Name’s Monday Gangbang: songs, sketches, special guest 9.30pm; food noon-5pm; open 11am  MARLBOROUGH Student night; open noon  POISON IVY Spice’s karaoke 7pm; open 11am  PROJECT 56 Breakfast Club 8am; themed food 7pm; opens 8am  QUEEN’S ARMS Kamp Kevin’s Dirty Laundry: chat, sing & win 9pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN Food noon-2.30pm & 6-8.30pm; opens noon  VAVAVOOM Bar 150 7pm ; opens 4pm  ZONE You Say Spotify Plays; open 11am TUESDAY 22  A-BAR Food noon-8pm; opens 11am  AQUARIUM Chicken Bingo 8.30pm; pies 2pm-midnight; open noon  BAR REVENGE Karaoke Unplugged with DJ Alpha & hostess AJ: win paid gig 8pm; pizza 5pm-9.30pm; opens noon

BAR REVENGE

 ONE FOR THE DIARY: SUBLIME SUNDAY acoustic music at 5pm (check venue for line up), roasts and gourmet pies noon–7pm, Karaoke Queens with Smithy & Lou Bag till midnight.  REGULARS: QUIZ WITH LIZ on Mon with cash and boozy prizes.  KARAOKE: UNPLUGGED on Tue at 8pm with Alpha DJ and hostess AJ, perform to win a paid gig!  TURNING TRICKS on Wed with DJ Trick pop/house/r&b.  GIRLS ON TOP Pre-Party on Thur with DJ Smithy pop/ chart at 9pm.  DISCO BOMB on Fri with Alpha DJ r&b/pop/party tunes at 9pm.  KINKY CLASSICS on Sat with DJ King K funky house.  HAPPY HOURS: All drinks (exc champagne/cocktails/doubles) from £1.99 all day Mon–Wed; £1.50 from 7pm on Thur; from £2.49 Fri–Sun; 2-4-1 cocktails 5–9pm; Fri & Sat Sourz shots £1 with drink purchase, try R-Bar’s new video jukebox.  Revenge discount tickets on Thur b4 11.30pm, Fri & Sat before midnight.  Pizza served 5–9.30pm on Mon–Fri, and till 9pm on Sat.  Open daily from noon–2am, Fri & Sat till 6am.  www.revenge.co.uk  BEDFORD TAVERN Games Galore; open noon  BULLDOG Opens 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Food noon-3pm & 69pm; open noon  CHARLES ST After work 5pm; food noon8pm; open noon  CROWN & ANCHOR Food 10am-2.30pm & 5.30-9pm; opens 10am  DR BRIGHTONS Twisted Tues; opens 1pm  FUNKYFISH BAR Opens 11am  LEGENDS BAR food noon-5pm; open 11am  MARINE TAVERN Nat’s Quiz 9pm; open noon  MARLBOROUGH Student night; open noon  POISON IVY Spice’s Karaoke 7pm; open 11am  PROJECT 56 Breakfast Club 8am; Cocktail evening 8pm; opens 8am  QUEEN’S ARMS Skint: karaoke 8pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN Food noon-2.30pm & 6-8.30pm; Mark Hodge’s Baby Grand Sing-ALong; opens noon  REVENGE Supersonic: DJ Lee Harris 11pm

 VAVAVOOM Video jukebox; opens 4pm  ZONE Video U Say We Play 7.30pm; open 11am WEDNESDAY 23  A-BAR Food noon-8pm; opens 11am  AQUARIUM Flat & Sharp Opera 8.30pm & 9.30pm; pies 2pm-midnight; open noon  BAR REVENGE Turning Tricks: DJ Trick 9pm; pizza 5-9.30pm; open noon  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Pulse: DJ Steve Lush 11pm  BEDFORD TAVERN Wine & Wisdom: quiz night & fundraiser 9pm; opens noon  BULLDOG Red Light Rush: DJ Marcia 10pm; opens 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Food noon-3pm & 69pm; open noon  CHARLES ST After work 5pm; food noon8pm; open noon  CROWN & ANCHOR Food 10am-2.30pm & 5.30-9pm; opens 10am  DR BRIGHTONS Cocktail Clinic; open 1pm  FUNKYFISH BAR Opens 11am


PICS FROM UV PARTY + X FACTOR FRIDAYS @ REVENGE

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X FACTOR FRANKIE COCOZZA

X FACTOR MISHA B

X FACTOR RHYTHMIX

X FACTOR CRAIG COLTON

HAPPY HOURS

REVENGE

 ONE FOR THE DIARY: Every week X FACTOR FRIDAYS at Revenge offers you a guaranteed meet and greet with your favourite X Factor contestants live from 10.30pm. Revenge is first club to have all the contestants perform live as they leave X Factor show with hostess Dolly Rocket and top DJs Alex Baker, Fifilicious, Trick & Ruby Roo. Free entry with limited pass/VIP card b4 midnight, £5 b4 12, £6 after, NUS £3 all night.  REGULARS: GIRLS ON TOP v EMERGENCY ROOM every Thur: Level 1 DJs Smithy, Fifilicious & Alpha: pop/urban/chart/requests, Box Bar DJs Miss Masters & Dulcie Danger: upfront /classic house. Themes: Do It Like A Dude Jessie J-themed party (3), PJ Party (10), Major Prize Giveaway (17) and Get Your Kit On (24). All drinks £2 (ex doubles & champers), entry £4, £3 NUS, free with pass from Bar Revenge.  KINKY DANGEROUS every Sat: level 1 DJs Alex Baker & Smithy: current/past chart hits, Box bar: DJ Dulcie Danger plays funky house with guest DJs: Wayne G (5), Lee Harris (12 & 26) and Miss Masters & King K (19). All drinks £2.50 (exc doubles & champers), Jagerbombs £2 till midnight. Free b4 11pm, £4 with pass from Bar Revenge, £4 b4 11pm, £6 b4 midnight, £8 after, £3 NUS all night, free b4 midnight with VIP card.  SUPERSONIC every Tue with DJ Lee Harris, commercial/chart/requests, Tues 10 drink deal (check advert for drink specials and brands), entry £2 NUS/£3 others.  Open 10.30pm on Thur, Fri & Sat & 11pm on Tue. Closed Sun, Mon & Wed.  www.revenge.co.uk  LEGENDS BAR Food noon-5pm; open 11  MARLBOROUGH Open Mic 8.30pm; food 12.30-8.30pm; open noon  POISON IVY Barbara Fella’s Karaoke 7pm; opens 11am  PROJECT 56 Breakfast Club 8am; Karaoke 8pm; opens 8am  QUEEN’S ARMS Karaoke Star 2011: last heat 9pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN Food noon-2.30pm & 6-8.30pm; opens noon  SUBLINE Backlash 9pm  VAVAVOOM Video jukebox; opens 4pm  ZONE Games Night 7.30pm; opens 11am THURSDAY 24  A-BAR Food noon-8pm; opens 11am  AQUARIUM Tune Night 6pm; pies 2pmmidnight; open noon  BAR REVENGE Girls On Top Warm Up: DJ Smithy 9pm; pizza 5-9.30pm; opens noon  BEDFORD TAVERN Thur Social; open 12

 BULLDOG Release: DJ Grant Knowles 10pm; opens 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Food noon-3pm & 6-9pm; Big Dave’s Quiz 9pm; open noon  CHARLES ST Mad Cow XXL - My Cow Is On Fire: host Ms Joan Bond, DJs Lil Alex & LeeRoy 8pm; opens noon  CROWN & ANCHOR Food 10am-2.30pm & 5.30-9pm; opens 10am  DR BRIGHTONS Thirsty Thurs; open 1pm  ENVY Get Some: DJs 10pm  FUNKYFISH BAR Opens 11am  LEGENDS BAR Food noon-5pm; open 11am  MARLBOROUGH Food 12.30-8.30pm; open noon  POISON IVY Spice’s Back to the 80s Karaoke 7pm; opens 11am  PROJECT 56 Breakfast Club 8am; Student Night 8pm; opens 8am  QUEEN’S ARMS Karaoke Party 9pm; open noon

SUN–THURS ALL DAY FRI & SAT 1–7pm • FOSTERS £2.75 • ANY LARGE WINE 3.75 • LARGE SMIRNOFF & MIXER £3.60 • TWO COCKTAILS FOR £10.50 NEW EXTENDED WINE LIST NOW AVAILABLE _____________________________

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34 GSCENE OUT & ABOUT

PICS FROM SUBLINE + VAVAVOOM

NOVEMBER

LISTINGS

SUBLINE

 TWO FOR THE DIARY: Subline’s 1st BIRTHDAY WEEKEND starts Fri (11) with STRICTLY FETISH, top DJ from 9pm, entry £5, ticket only. Sat (12) is WE R 1 with DJ Soap and a pole dancing competition from 9pm, entry £3 for members. Sun (13) is the Anniversary FOAM PARTY with DJ N.U.D.E from 9pm, entry £5 for members.  Sun (20) is The Sussex Beacon’s BIZARRE BAZAAR from 3pm, with adult goods and fetish-wear. Proceeds go to The Beacon.  REGULARS: BOILER ROOM every Sat at 9pm.  COME IN YOUR PANTS is Sun with DJ N.U.D.E from 8pm.  BACKLASH on Wed with retro tunes and prices.  LEATHERED on Thur with member discounts and free lockers.  ELECTROCONVULSIVE on Fri at 9pm  Open Fri & Sat from 9pm–4am, Sun from 8pm–2am, Wed & Thur from 9pm–1.30am. Closed Mon & Tue.  www.subline-brighton.com  REGENCY TAVERN Live piano 7.30pm; food noon-2.30pm & 6-9pm; opens noon  REVENGE Girls On Top v Emergency Room Get Your Kit On: Level 1 DJs Smithy, Fifilicious & Alpha; Box Bar DJs Miss Masters & Dulcie Danger 10.30pm  SUBLINE Leathered 9pm  VAVAVOOM Bar 150 7pm ; opens 4pm  ZONE Carrie O’Kay’s Karaoke 8.30pm; opens 11am FRIDAY 25  A-BAR Live music: Miss Jodie Spencer 9pm; food noon-8pm; open 11am  AQUARIUM Snack Attack 3-9pm; pies 2pm1am; open noon  BAR REVENGE Disco Bomb: Alpha DJ 9pm; pizza 5pm-9.30pm; opens noon-6am  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Friday Frenzy: DJ Peter Castle 11pm  BEDFORD TAVERN Krazy Kamikaze Karaoke 8.30pm; opens noon  BULLDOG DJ Lil Alex 10pm; top bar: karaoke 10pm; opens 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Food noon-3pm & 6-9pm; open noon  CHARLES ST Friday Fix: DJ Leeroy 9pm; food noon-7.45pm; opens noon  112 CHURCH ST Cabaret: Pooh La May 9pm; opens noon  CROWN & ANCHOR Food 10am-2.30pm & 5.30-9pm; opens 10am  DR BRIGHTONS Funky Fri: DJs Nick Hirst or Wayne 9.30pm; opens 1pm  FUNKYFISH BAR Opens 11am  FUNKYFISH CLUB Friday Funk: DJ Soul Finger 10.30pm  LEGENDS BAR Food noon-5pm; Friday Frenzy Cabaret: Cassidy Connors 9.30pm; DJ Peter Castle 11pm; opens 11am  MARLBOROUGH I <3 Electro: DJ TerriSian 9pm; food 12.30-8.30pm; open noon

 POISON IVY Betty Swollocks’ Karaoke 7pm; opens 11am  PROJECT 56 Breakfast Club 8am; Old School Disco 8pm  QUEEN’S ARMS Camp Attack: Andy B & karaoke 9pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN Food noon-2.30pm & 6-9pm; opens noon  REVENGE X Factor Fridays: X-Factor finalists live b4 anyone else, guaranteed meet & greet hosted by Dolly Rocket with DJs Trick, Alex Baker, Ruby Roo & Fifilicious 10.30pm  SUBLINE Electro-convulsive 9pm  VAVAVOOM Pre-club & Dale’s karaoke 9pm; opens 6pm  ZONE Cabaret: Stone & Street 9.30pm; opens 11am SATURDAY 26  A-BAR Honey Hush Frockabilly: DJ Lonesome M, 50s theme 9pm; food noon-8pm; opens 11am  AQUARIUM Karaoke Showtime 4pm; pies 2pm-1am; opens noon  BAR REVENGE Kinky Classics: DJ King K 9pm; pizza 5-9pm; opens noon-6am  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Ignition: DJ Peter Castle 11pm  BEDFORD TAVERN Meals on Heels: Spice cooks noon-5pm; Shot-tastic Sat; open noon  BULLDOG Main bar: DJ V John 9.30pm; top bar: karaoke 10pm; opens 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Food noon-7pm; open noon  CHARLES ST Fierce Sports Day: Miss Bond, games, prizes & DJs 9pm; food noon-7.45pm; opens noon  CROWN & ANCHOR Food 9am-2.30pm & 5.30-9pm; opens 9am  DR BRIGHTONS Sexy Sat: DJ Tony B 9.30pm; opens 1pm  FUNKYFISH BAR Opens 11am

VAVAVOOM

 ONE FOR THE DIARY: Sat (12) is the OFFICIAL OPENING PARTY & Fundraiser from 4pm–2am with entertainment, free glass of bubbly on arrival, raffles and prizes to raise money for The Sussex Beacon.  REGULARS: Sat THEME night: Steps (5); Hippies (19) free shots if in hippy gear; Science (26) themed shots and staff in lab gear, Dale’s Karaoke from 9pm, shots from £1.50, cocktails from £3.  Sun is BAR250 pints and others for £2.50, shots from £1.50.  Mon & Thur is BAR150 from 7pm, drinks from £1.50; inc select spirits & mixer, over 20 different shots, Smirnoff Ice/WKD, pints & bottled beer £2.  Tue & Wed is JUKEBOX FREE PLAY affordable prices, shots from £1.50.  Fri is Pre-Cub & DALE’S KARAOKE from 9pm, shots from £1.50.  Open: Mon–Thur from 4pm–midnight; Fri & Sat from 6pm–2am; Sun from 6pm.  Hotel rooms from £17.50pppn, call 01273 603010.  FUNKYFISH CLUB Old Skool Saturday: DJ Delimentary 10pm  LEGENDS BAR Pre-Ignition with Ignition DJs 7pm; food noon-5pm; opens 11am  MARLBOROUGH Cherry Pop 9pm; food 12.30-8.30pm; open noon  POISON IVY Betty Swollocks’ Karaoke 7pm; opens 11am  PROJECT 56 Breakfast Club 8am; About Him: men’s night with GoGo Boys 8pm  QUEEN’S ARMS Cabaret: JP Christian 4.30pm; Kamp Kevin’s Naked Karaoke Show 9pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN Food noon-6pm; opens noon  REVENGE Kinky Dangerous: Level 1 DJs Alex Baker & Smithy; Box bar DJs Dulcie Danger & Lee Harris 10.30pm  SUBLINE Boiler Room 9pm  VAVAVOOM Theme night: Science; Dale’s Karaoke 9pm; opens 2pm  ZONE Sally Vate 9.30pm; opens 11am SUNDAY 27  A-BAR Cabaret: Davina Sparkle 9.30pm; Sunday lunch noon-5pm; open 11am  AQUARIUM Roasties & The Rest 3pm; opens noon  BAR REVENGE Sublime Sunday Live Acoustic Music 5pm; Karaoke Queens LouBag & Smithy till midnight; Sunday roasts/gourmet pies noon-7pm; opens noon  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Pop!Candy: DJ Jaykey 11pm  BEDFORD TAVERN Perfect Sunday: food noon-5pm; Piano sing-a-long 5pm; Camp Bingo Fundraiser 7pm; opens noon  BULLDOG Main bar: DJ Grant Knowles 6pm; top bar: karaoke 9pm; opens 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Big Dave’s Sun Roasts noon-till gone; open noon  CHARLES ST Cabaret: Titti La Camp 7pm; X

Factor Results 8pm; Tranny Rock & Roll Bingo: Tammy Twinkle & Sally Vate 9pm; food 12-7pm  112 CHURCH ST Richard’s Sunday Roast noon-late; opens noon  CROWN & ANCHOR Quiz 8.30pm; Sun lunch noon-5pm; opens 9am  DR BRIGHTONS Hang Over Therapy; open 1pm  FUNKYFISH BAR Opens 11am  LEGENDS BAR Legends Birthday & Sussex Beacon All Day Fundraiser: with Lola Lasagne, Davina Sparkle, Cassidy Connors, Dolly Partum, Drag With No Name, Lucinda Lashes, Dave Lynn and many more, starts 3.30, opens 11am  MARLBOROUGH Roasts 12.30pm-till gone; Pop-Up Sunday Presents: Acoustic evening with Mike And The Like & Faye & Ben Streek 5pm; open noon  POISON IVY Donna Matrix’s Karaoke 7pm; opens 11am  PROJECT 56 Sunday Roast 12.30-4pm; Chill out 8pm  QUEEN’S ARMS Cabaret: Kitty Litter 5.30pm; X Factor resuts; Betty’s karaoke; open noon  QUEENS HOTEL Sunday Cabaret 3 Course Lunch £19.95 1pm; Davina Sparkle 2.30pm; booking 01273 321222  REGENCY TAVERN Piano lounge 1pm; Sunday lunch noon-5pm; open noon  SUBLINE Come in your Pants: DJ N.U.D.E 8pm  VAVAVOOM Bar 250; opens 6pm  ZONE Carrie O’Kay’s karaoke 8.30pm; open 11am MONDAY 28  A-BAR Food noon-8pm; opens 11am  AQUARIUM Shot Night 7pm; pies 2pmmidnight; open noon  BAR REVENGE Quiz With Liz 8.30pm; pizza 5-9.30pm; opens noon  BEDFORD TAVERN Recovery; opens noon


36 GSCENE OUT & ABOUT

PICS FROM WILD FRUIT + ZONE

NOVEMBER

LISTINGS

WILD FRUIT @ PROJECT

 BULLDOG DJ Marcia’s Glitter Ball 10pm; opens 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Food noon-3pm & 6-9pm; open noon  CHARLES ST Food noon-8pm; open noon  CROWN & ANCHOR Food 10am-2.30pm & 5.30-9pm; opens 10am  DR BRIGHTONS Medication Mon; open 1pm  ENVY Studio 150: Student night 10.30pm  FUNKYFISH BAR Opens 11am  LEGENDS BAR Drag With No Name’s Monday Gangbang: songs, sketches & a special guest 9.30pm; food noon-5pm; open 11am  MARLBOROUGH Student night; open noon  POISON IVY Spice’s karaoke 7pm; open 11am  PROJECT 56 Breakfast Club 8am; themed food 7pm; opens 8am  QUEEN’S ARMS Kamp Kevin’s Dirty Laundry: chat, sing & win 9pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN Food noon-2.30pm & 6-8.30pm; opens noon  VAVAVOOM Bar 150 7pm ; opens 4pm  ZONE You Say Spotify Plays; open 11am TUESDAY 29  A-BAR Food noon-8pm; opens 11am  AQUARIUM Chicken Bingo 8.30pm; pies 2pm-midnight; open noon  BAR REVENGE Karaoke Unplugged with DJ

ZONE

Alpha & hostess AJ: win paid gig 8pm; pizza 5pm-9.30pm; opens noon  BEDFORD TAVERN Games Galore; open noon  BULLDOG Reggae Night: DJ Micklos; opens 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Food noon-3pm & 6-9pm; open noon  CHARLES ST After work 5pm; food noon8pm; open noon  CROWN & ANCHOR Food 10am-2.30pm & 5.30-9pm; opens 10am  DR BRIGHTONS Twisted Tues; opens 1pm  FUNKYFISH BAR Opens 11am  LEGENDS BAR Food noon-5pm; open 11am  MARINE TAVERN Nat’s Quiz 9pm; open noon  MARLBOROUGH Student night; open noon  POISON IVY Spice’s Karaoke 7pm; open 11am  PROJECT 56 Breakfast Club 8am; Cocktail evening 8pm; opens 8am  QUEEN’S ARMS Skint: karaoke 8pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN Food noon-2.30pm & 6-8.30pm; Mark Hodge’s Baby Grand Sing-ALong; opens noon  REVENGE Supersonic: DJ Lee Harris 11pm  VAVAVOOM Video jukebox; opens 4pm

 ONE FOR THE DIARY: Wed (9) is Reggae Night with DJ Micklos from 8.30pm.  REGULARS: Sat CABARET from 9.30pm: Jennie Castell (5), Sally Vate (12 & 26) and Connie Conway (19).  Sun is KARAOKE with Carry O’Kay from 8.30pm with Tammy Twinkle (6) from 8.30pm.  Tue is VIDEO TECH YOU SAY WE PLAY with musical/pop classics on the big screen from 7.30pm.  Wed is GAMES Night from 7.30pm.  Thur is KARAOKE with Carrie O’Kay from 8.30pm.  Fri CABARET at 9.30pm: Large Marge (4), Gilly Bee (11), Jamie Watson (18) and Stone & Street (25).  Happy hours vary so ask at the bar for promotions.  Open daily from 11am.

 ONE FOR THE DIARY: The big WAD fundraiser WILD FRUIT RED PARTY on Sun (4) Dec is themed Circus of the Absurd. Join London’s Jodie Harsh and DJs Dulcie Danger & Yusuf Sebaiti at the VIP PREVIEW from 8pm. Free entry to the preview, but numbers are limited so entry is by invite or first-come basis. Free Hed Kandi CDs for the first 50 guests. From 10pm, the doors open for the Circus of the Absurd-themed party at Project, formerly Tru with top production and staging, eye popping décor and outrageous gogo boys. DJs Thomas Gandy, Fat Tony, De Put Madre, Lee Harris & Lil Alex will light up the decks on the amazing Funktion One sound system. Hosts Dolly Rocket, Yvette, Stephanie Starlett, Twiggy, Joan Bond, Billy Lewis and more join absurd performance artists The Amazing Ari & Marnie Scarlet-Diva; local diva Kryten Cummings, Wesley Sebastian and Barbara Bush for live PAs; and alternative surprises courtesy of Chrissy Darling, Twiggy, & Daniel Lismore. Upstairs in the POWDER ROOM BOUDOIR, DJs Munroe Bergdorf & Queen Josephine will be spinning pop and mish-mash mayhem. Brighton venues Revenge, Legends and the A-Bar are lending their support, and fundraising efforts will be split between the Rainbow Fund and the plight of gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell. Advance tickets available from Prowler, Nice & Naughty, Charles St & Dr Brighton’s.  www.aeonevents.co.uk  FUNKYFISH BAR Opens 11am  LEGENDS BAR Food noon-5pm; open 11am  MARLBOROUGH Open Mic 8.30pm; food WEDNESDAY 30 12.30-8.30pm; open noon  A-BAR Food noon-8pm; opens 11am  POISON IVY Barbara Fella’s Karaoke 7pm;  AQUARIUM Flat & Sharp Opera 8.30pm & opens 11am 9.30pm; pies 2pm-midnight; open noon  PROJECT 56 Breakfast Club 8am; Karaoke  BAR REVENGE Turning Tricks: DJ Trick 8pm; opens 8am 9pm; pizza 5-9.30pm; open noon  QUEEN’S ARMS Karaoke Star 2011 Grand  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Pulse: DJ Final 9pm; open noon Steve Lush 11pm  REGENCY TAVERN Food noon-2.30pm &  BEDFORD TAVERN Wine & Wisdom: quiz 6-8.30pm; opens noon night & fundraiser 9pm; opens noon  SUBLINE Backlash 9pm  BULLDOG Red Light Rush: DJ Marcia  VAVAVOOM Video jukebox; opens 4pm 10pm; opens 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Food noon-3pm & 6-  ZONE Games Night 7.30pm; opens 11am 9pm; open noon  CHARLES ST World Aids Day Cabaret THURSDAY 1 Fundraiser: Host Lola Lasagne, cabaret: Miss  CAMELFORD ARMS Light refreshments till Jason, Dave Lynn & more 7pm; food noon6pm; After the vigil: chill out & Big Dave’s 8pm; open noon Charity Quiz; open noon  CROWN & ANCHOR Food 10am-2.30pm  QUEEN’S ARMS World Aids’ Day Sussex & 5.30-9pm; opens 10am Beacon Fundraiser: Drag With No Name hosts  DR BRIGHTONS Cocktail Clinic; open 1pm top cabaret 8pm; open noon  ZONE Video U Say We Play 7.30pm; open 11am


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SOLENT

LADY IMELDA SUN (13)

DAVINA SPARKLE SUN (6)

LISTINGS

HAMPSHIRE SOUTHAMPTON

 ONE FOR THE DIARY: Sun CABARET from 5pm: Davina Sparkle (6), Lady Imelda (13), tbc (20) and Tammy Twinkle (27). Westie’s karaoke/tunes/celeb juice 9pm. Sun lunch served 1–5pm, £5.95.  Mon is BAR 150, DJ Ruby Roo from 9pm, floor fillers/pop/cheese, drinks £1.50, free entry till 10.30, £3 after.  Wed CABARET at 10pm: Cookie (2)  Fri is RUDE BOYZ, Tease Cassidy & DJs till 3am, free till 12, £3 b4 1am, £5 after. Stripper (18).  Sat is Divine Diva’s BOOM BOOM COW till 3am, chart/ cheese, pitchers £10 from 10pm, free till 12, £3 b4 1am, £5 after.  Opens noon daily. TUESDAY 1 PORTSMOUTH  OLD VIC Disco Bingo 8pm; food noon3pm; opens noon SOUTHAMPTON  EDGE Twinkle, Twinkle Superstar: Tammy Twinkle’s karaoke 9pm  LONDON HOTEL Lucinda’s Lucky Numbers: bingo, karaoke 8pm; food noon-3pm & 6.309pm; opens noon WEDNESDAY 2 PORTSMOUTH  HAMPSHIRE BLVD Cookie 10pm; open 12  OLD VIC NUS Night; food noon-3pm; open 12 SOUTHAMPTON  EDGE Bar 150: DJ Lady Bex & Pete Kendall’s karaoke 9pm  LONDON HOTEL Quiz 8pm; food noon3pm; open noon THURSDAY 3 PORTSMOUTH  HAMPSHIRE BLVD Westie’s karaoke & celeb juice 9pm; opens noon  OLD VIC Karaoke; food noon-3pm; open 12 SOUTHAMPTON  EDGE U DJ? 10pm  LONDON HOTEL Karaoke: Pat Cruise 9.30pm; food noon-3pm; opens noon FRIDAY 4 PORTSMOUTH  HAMPSHIRE BLVD Rude Boyz: Tease Cassidy, DJs till 3am; open 12  OLD VIC Food noon-3pm; opens noon SOUTHAMPTON  EDGE Get Some: DJ Lady Bex, guests 9pm  LONDON HOTEL Bad Toad 10pm; food noon-3pm; opens noon SATURDAY 5 PORTSMOUTH  HAMPSHIRE BLVD Boom Boom Cow: Divine Diva till 3am; opens noon  OLD VIC Bonfire Night BBQ 8pm; food noon-3pm; opens 5pm SOUTHAMPTON  EDGE The Big One: Resident DJs 9pm  LONDON HOTEL DJ Lucinda Lashes 8.30pm; food noon-3pm; opens noon SUNDAY 6 PORTSMOUTH  HAMPSHIRE BLVD Davina Sparkle 5pm; Sun lunch 1-5pm; Westie’s karaoke, celeb juice 9pm; opens noon  OLD VIC Chris Watkins 9pm; lunch 1-5pm; open 12

SOUTHAMPTON  EDGE We Are 1: DJ Steve Francis 9pm  LONDON HOTEL Sunday Service: Dolly Partem 7.30pm; Sally Vate 9.30pm; Sun lunch noon-3.30pm; open noon MONDAY 7 PORTSMOUTH  HAMPSHIRE BLVD Bar 150: DJ Ruby Roo 9pm; opens noon  OLD VIC Food noon-3pm; open noon SOUTHAMPTON  LONDON HOTEL Food noon-3pm; open 12 TUESDAY 8 PORTSMOUTH  OLD VIC Disco Bingo 8pm; food noon3pm; opens 12 SOUTHAMPTON  EDGE Twinkle, Twinkle Superstar: Tammy Twinkle’s karaoke 9pm  LONDON HOTEL Lucinda’s Lucky Numbers: bingo, karaoke 8pm; food noon-3pm & 6.309pm; open noon WEDNESDAY 9 PORTSMOUTH  HAMPSHIRE BLVD Cabaret: tbc; open noon  OLD VIC NUS Night; food noon-3pm; opens 12 SOUTHAMPTON  EDGE Bar 150: DJ Lady Bex & Pete Kendall’s karaoke 9pm  LONDON HOTEL Food noon-3pm; open 12 THURSDAY 10 PORTSMOUTH  HAMPSHIRE BLVD Westie’s karaoke, celeb juice 9pm; opens noon  OLD VIC Karaoke; food noon-3pm; open 12 SOUTHAMPTON  EDGE U DJ? 10pm  LONDON HOTEL Karaoke: Pat Cruise 9.30pm; food noon-3pm; opens noon FRIDAY 11 PORTSMOUTH  HAMPSHIRE BLVD Rude Boyz: Tease Cassidy, DJs till 3am; open 12  OLD VIC Food noon-3pm; open noon SOUTHAMPTON  EDGE Get Some: DJ Lady Bex, guests 9pm  LONDON HOTEL Lucinda Lashes: Miss Penny’s 30th B’day 10pm; food noon-3pm; open noon SATURDAY 12 PORTSMOUTH  HAMPSHIRE BLVD Boom Boom Cow: Divine Diva till 3am; open noon


38 GSCENE OUT & ABOUT

PICS FROM THE EDGE + PINK BALL @ LONDON HOTEL, SOUTHAMPTON

SOLENT

LISTINGS

EDGE SOUTHAMPTON

 ONE FOR THE DIARY: Sunday (27) is the STAFF SLAVE AUCTION & Fundraiser for World Aids Day with Tammy Twinkle from 9pm. Proceeds go to GCHS.  REGULARS: Every Tue is TWINKLE, TWINKLE SUPER STAR with Tammy Twinkle, £400 cash prize in final.  BAR 150 on Wed with DJ Lady Bex and Pete Kendall’s karaoke, free/£2 b4 10pm, £4/£6 after, drinks £1.50. Wed (16) is Uniforms & Militarythemed Bar 150.  U DJ on Thur where your music is played, free pool & entry.  GET SOME on Fri with DJs Lady Bex & guests, £2/£4 b4 11pm, £1 extra every hour.  THE BIG ONE is every Sat with 3 bars and 2 dancefloors, entry £3/£5.  WE ARE 1 every Sun with DJ Steve Francis, £1 drinks, free entry before 10pm, £2/£4 after.  Open 9pm–3am on Tue, Wed & Sun, 10pm–3am on Thur, 9pm–5am on Fri & Sat. Closed Mon.  www.theedgesouthampton.com  OLD VIC Bears & Otters Night: DJ Steve; food noon-3pm; opens 5pm SOUTHAMPTON  EDGE The Big One: Resident DJs 9pm  LONDON HOTEL DJ Tiny & Jacquii Cann 9pm; food noon-3pm; opens noon

SOUTHAMPTON  EDGE U DJ? 10pm  LONDON HOTEL Karaoke Cruising: Pat Cruise 9.30pm; food noon-3pm; opens noon

FRIDAY 18 PORTSMOUTH  HAMPSHIRE BLVD Rude Boyz: Stripper, SUNDAY 13 PORTSMOUTH Tease Cassidy, DJs till 3am; open 12  HAMPSHIRE BLVD Cabaret: Lady Imelda  OLD VIC Children in Need; food noon-3pm 5pm; Sunday lunch 1-5pm; Westie’s Karaoke & SOUTHAMPTON  EDGE Get Some: DJ Lady Bex & guests 9pm Celeb Juice 9pm; opens noon  OLD VIC Cabaret: Son of a TuTu 9pm; lunch  LONDON HOTEL Cabaret: Miss 1-5pm; opens noon Thunderpussy 10pm; food noon-3pm; open 12 SOUTHAMPTON  EDGE We Are 1: DJ Steve Francis 9pm SATURDAY 19 PORTSMOUTH  LONDON HOTEL Sunday Service: Dolly Partem 7.30pm; Cabaret: Lady Imelda 9.30pm;  HAMPSHIRE BLVD Boom Boom Cow: Divine Diva till 3am; open noon Sun lunch noon-3.30pm; open noon SOUTHAMPTON MONDAY 14  EDGE The Big One: Resident DJs 9pm PORTSMOUTH  LONDON HOTEL DJ Neil Sackley, Jo  HAMPSHIRE BLVD Bar 150: DJ Ruby Roo Frances 9pm; food noon-3pm; open noon 9pm; opens noon  OLD VIC Food noon-3pm; Psychic Supper SUNDAY 20 SOUTHAMPTON PORTSMOUTH  LONDON HOTEL Food noon-3pm; open 12  HAMPSHIRE BLVD Cabaret: tba 5pm; Sunday lunch 1-5pm; Westie’s Karaoke & Celeb Juice 9pm; opens noon TUESDAY 15 PORTSMOUTH  OLD VIC Cabaret: Wilma Fingadoo 9pm; lunch 1-5pm; opens noon  OLD VIC Disco Bingo 8pm; food noonSOUTHAMPTON 3pm; opens noon  EDGE We Are 1: DJ Steve Francis 9pm SOUTHAMPTON  LONDON HOTEL Sunday Service: Dolly  EDGE Twinkle, Twinkle Superstar: Tammy Partem 7.30pm; Cabaret: Davina Sparkle Twinkle’s karaoke competition 9pm  LONDON HOTEL Lucinda’s Lucky Numbers: 9.30pm; Sun lunch noon-3.30pm; open noon Cash Bingo & karaoke 8pm; food noon-3pm & MONDAY 21 6.30-9pm; opens noon PORTSMOUTH  HAMPSHIRE BLVD Bar 150: DJ Ruby Roo WEDNESDAY 16 9pm; opens noon PORTSMOUTH  HAMPSHIRE BLVD Cabaret: tbc; open 12  OLD VIC Food noon-3pm; opens noon  OLD VIC Student Night; food noon-3pm; SOUTHAMPTON opens noon  LONDON HOTEL Food noon-3pm; open 12 SOUTHAMPTON  EDGE Bar 150 Uniforms & Military: DJ Lady TUESDAY 22 Bex & Pete Kendall’s karaoke 9pm PORTSMOUTH  LONDON HOTEL food noon-3pm; open 12  OLD VIC Disco Bingo 8pm; food 12-3pm SOUTHAMPTON  EDGE Twinkle, Twinkle Superstar: Tammy THURSDAY 17 PORTSMOUTH Twinkle’s karaoke competition 9pm  LONDON HOTEL Lucinda’s Lucky Numbers:  HAMPSHIRE BLVD Westie’s Karaoke & Cash Bingo & karaoke 8pm; food noon-3pm & Celeb Juice 9pm; opens noon  OLD VIC karaoke; food noon-3pm; open 12 6.30-9pm; opens noon

LONDON HOTEL SOUTHAMPTON

 The London Hotel’s PINK BALL at The De Vere Grand Harbour Hotel (Sat Oct 8) raised £13,000 towards Ben Cohens Standup Foundation and a Local Hospice.  ONE FOR THE DIARY: Every Tues is LUCINDA’S LUCKY NUMBERS with Cash Bingo & karaoke from 8pm.  REGULARS: Wed (2) is QUIZ night from 8pm.  Thur is Pat Cruise’s KARAOKE CRUISING from 9.30pm.  Fri CABARET at 10pm: Bad Toad’s final gig (4), Lucinda Lashes hosts Miss Penny’s 30th Birthday (11), Miss Thunderpussy (18) and Lucinda Lashes hosts Catherine’s birthday with cabaret from Wilma Fingadoo (25).  Sat is PARTY TIME, DJs & entertainment: DJ Lucinda Lashes from 8.30pm (5), DJ Tiny & Jacquii Cann (12), DJ Neil Sackley & Jo Frances (19), DJ Tiny’s Guilty Pleasures (26).  SUNDAY SERVICE with Dolly Partem at 7.30pm, cabaret 9.30pm: Sally Vate (6), Lady Imelda (13), Davina Sparkle (20), Topping & Butch (27).  Free pool Mon & Tue. Food Mon–Sat from noon–3pm, Sun from noon–3.30pm and Tue from noon–3pm & 6.30–9pm.  Open daily from noon.  www.the-london.co.uk

WEDNESDAY 23 PORTSMOUTH  HAMPSHIRE BLVD Cabaret: tbc; open noon  OLD VIC NUS Night; food noon-3pm SOUTHAMPTON  EDGE Bar 150: DJ Lady Bex & Pete Kendall’s karaoke 9pm  LONDON HOTEL Food noon-3pm; open 12 THURSDAY 24 PORTSMOUTH  HAMPSHIRE BLVD Westie’s Karaoke & Celeb Juice 9pm; opens noon  OLD VIC Karaoke; food noon-3pm; open 12 SOUTHAMPTON  EDGE U DJ? 10pm  LONDON HOTEL Karaoke Cruising: Pat Cruise 9.30pm; food noon-3pm; opens noon FRIDAY 25 PORTSMOUTH  HAMPSHIRE BLVD Rude Boyz: Tease Cassidy, DJs till 3am; open 12  OLD VIC Food noon-3pm; opens noon SOUTHAMPTON  EDGE Get Some: DJ Lady Bex & guests 9pm  LONDON HOTEL Lucinda Lashes hosts Catherine’s birthday, cabaret: Wilma Fingadoo 10pm; food noon-3pm; opens noon SATURDAY 26 PORTSMOUTH  HAMPSHIRE BLVD Boom Boom Cow: Divine Diva till 3am; opens noon SOUTHAMPTON  EDGE The Big One: Resident DJs 9pm  LONDON HOTEL DJ Tiny’s Guilty Pleasures 9pm; food noon-3pm; open noon

SUNDAY 27 PORTSMOUTH  HAMPSHIRE BLVD Sunday lunch 1-5pm; Cabaret: Tammy Twinkle 5pm; Westie’s karaoke, celeb juice 9pm; open noon  OLD VIC Candy Slag in Drag 9pm; lunch 15pm; open noon SOUTHAMPTON  EDGE World Aids’ Day Staff Slave Auction & Fundraiser: Tammy Twinkle 9pm  LONDON HOTEL Sunday Service: Dolly Partem 7.30pm; Topping & Butch 9.30pm; lunch noon-3.30pm; open noon MONDAY 28 PORTSMOUTH  HAMPSHIRE BLVD Bar 150: DJ Ruby Roo 9pm; open noon  OLD VIC Food noon-3pm; opens noon SOUTHAMPTON  LONDON HOTEL Food noon-3pm; open 12 TUESDAY 29 PORTSMOUTH  OLD VIC Food noon-3pm; opens noon SOUTHAMPTON  EDGE Twinkle, Twinkle Superstar: Tammy Twinkle’s karaoke 9pm  LONDON HOTEL Lucinda’s Lucky Numbers 8pm; food noon-3pm & 6.30-9pm; open noon WEDNESDAY 30 PORTSMOUTH  HAMPSHIRE BLVD Cabaret: tbc; open noon  OLD VIC Food noon-3pm; opens noon SOUTHAMPTON  EDGE Bar 150: DJ Lady Bex & Pete Kendall’s karaoke 9pm  LONDON HOTEL Food noon-3pm; open 12


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BY WILDBLOOD & QUEENIE Wizz bang wallop sparkle. Time to ignore the brrr and sweat it off in a nightclub, house party or via those headphones as you wiggle your way through that Monday morning ride to work. I First up are the Autumnal tones of Above The City on Culprit. Straight outta LA this lovingly crafted compilation of lazy beats and nostalgia-driven yet achingly hip electronica will get you warmed up just right. I Check out the Chaka inspired Nico Lahs Lost in My Soul to hear what the 21st century can really do with those 1980s classics. I Also ensuring beauty in every falling leaf this season is the tentative bass running through every track of Mario & Vidis Changed on Silence Music and the sublime synth funk nu wave of Wagon Cookin’ Eleven on Smoke N’ Mirrors/Om Records. Duvet days indeed. I If you want your bass lines more bouncy than a conker on elastic then it has to be Sean Biddle presents Chicago Nights on Bid Muzik. It came as no surprise that one of our favourite producers should deliver a compilation of such class

and once you get your dancing mush round the likes of Joey Chicago and Green Street you’re bound to be in disco agreement. Also worth an arse shake or two is the brilliant Azuli Amsterdam mixed by Roul & Doors/Frank Rizardo. House as it can be; inspiring, original and party insistent. I As for the longplayer happiness, first there’s The Littlemen Retro Resources: 10 Years of The Littlemen on Mobile Trax. Never has the Jack been so classy. I Second there’s the amazing Crosstown Rebels presents Rebel Rave 2 Mixed by Droog reminding us that sometimes you just have to give in to the Yallop. I Finally there’s Trentemoller Reworked/Remixed on In My Room. Occasionally music leaves you spellbound. Trentemoller provides that occasion. Enjoy. www.facebook.com/katewildbloo dandqueenjosephine www.katewildblood.wordpress.com

WILDBLOOD & QUEENIES’ NOV NICETIES I PAUL PARSONS Peepin' (Tim Nice remix) Tall House Underground Deep tech house that encourages the Miss-behave in us all. I DJ SNEAK & PHIL WEEKS Breakdown Acid Robsoul Recordings Hungry for the bleep? This tip to acid house will feed your addiction. I JAY WEST Still Groovin’ (Boogie mix) Salted Music Staple house wonder that is so part of your five a day. I ACID ANDEE Feelin' Me Stab Fever EP Lost My Dog One for the moody souls. I TOM TAYLOR & GARETH WHITEHEAD One Love Lost My Dog Understated house with the funkiest of intentions. I SHADES OF GREY The Departure Tronicsole Recordings Underground piano fuelled wonder that delights as you dance. I BEN GOMORI No Man Is An Island (Bak 2 Jak remix) Baker Street We’re jacking. Ben’s jacking. You jacking? I LEE PICTON Roll Deep White One of 2011’s hero’s delivers a new twist on peak time house. I JONNY CADE Platipussy / Vertigoed Black Key Records Divide deep tech house from a record label you need in your life. I TALAVERA Jack Cacao EP So Sound Recordings So Sound provide some much needed November sunshine.

DESERT ISLAND DISCO Just what makes your DJ tick? What tunes did those headphone-wearing lovelies listen to way back when? Here at Gscene we thought it was time to find out. Hence the desert island. No palm trees, just decent tunes. This month it’s the turn of the ever so talented Grant Knowles. I JOSH THE FUNKY 1 Universal Sound Funktion Recordings This one made it big for me at Brighton Pride 2005. Ian Carey produced yet another stonker, really putting him on the map. I THE STAR ALLIANCE feat SHELIA FERGUSON He’s a Runner Sporting Riff Raff This tune will live with me forever during my days at Revenge. This girl has great vocals. I RON GELFER feat TIGER LILY Your Beat Sounds Like (Disco Lips remix) Hed Kandi Now we’re talking. It’s like East meets West, with chord progressions through and through for that Saturday night feeling. I ALESHA DIXON The Boy Does Nothing (Bimbo Jones remix) Quite possibly one of my favourite contemporary pop songs of all time. Go girl! I MIKE CANDY & JACK HOLIDAY Insomnia (Chris Crime Infinity remix) An all time favourite, this tune goes everywhere with me. I SIMON FROM DEEP DIVAS v CORONA The Rhythm of The Night (Simon Sweat mix) DWA Records My favourite 1990s tune! Reworked and dirty and still gets those hands in the air. Fab! I E-SQUINE Sax (Club mix) 3Beat I love my sax and it’s shown at its best here. I KITTEN & THE HIP Don’t You Worry (Club mix) Hed Kandi My favourite label producing another magical moment of music from weekends in Ibiza. I DJ SLIDER & ANTON LISS feat SOOZY Q Mr Devil (Club mix) Hed Kandi I was blessed with the pleasure of working with Soozy Q in my time of producing. Crystal clear vocals from this girl! I OSARO Shut Up and Dance Twilight Crocodile Record Local singer/songwriter Osaro reached number 1 in the Brighton Dance Charts with this one. Just light and airy as this track bounces along. Download it and see if you can spot my vocals! Catch Grant at Retrosexual at Basement Club Legends, Thursday and Sunday at The Bulldog, Saturdays Fierce at Charles Street in Brighton and Funked Fridays at Hampshire Boulevard, Portsmouth.


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CHARADE (Park Circus blu ray). Stanley Donen's 1963 homage to Hitchcock is a beautifully constructed thriller with lush technicolor photography that has never looked better than on this HD transfer. As in North By Northwest Cary Grant plays the debonair hero; here he's romancing a young woman whose husband died mysteriously after stealing a quarter of a million dollars. To top it off, the bad guys are now after her believing she knows where the money is stashed. It's an incredibly stylish, entertaining souffle of a movie with one very palpable advantage over North: instead of icy Eva Marie Saint as the heroine, Grant is instead paired with the wondrous Audrey Hepburn. SILENT RUNNING (Eureka blu ray). Douglas Trumball, the man behind the special effects for 2001, directed this prescient eco sci-fi from 1972. Bruce Dern is among a group of astronauts who have been charged with looking after the last of Earth's vegetation which they conserve in giant domes travelling through space. They are given orders to nuke the forests, and their wildlife, and come back home. Dern's colleagues are simply happy to return to Earth, but Dern feels he has no option but to disobey. The film succeeds in its brilliant production design, and also its willingness to embrace the story's ambiguities. This is not some hectoring lesson on eco politics: Dern is, at the very least, a deeply flawed character who, in choosing plants over his fellow humans, seems pretty much on the extremist wing of the Green movement. LITTLE MALCOLM AND HIS STRUGGLE AGAINST THE EUNUCHS (BFI blu ray). Based on David Halliwell's celebrated stage play, this cult 1974 film stars John Hurt as a delusional revolutionary determined to get his revenge on society after being kicked out of art school. He forms his own totalitarian party with devoted acolytes, including David Warner as the 'sexually charismatic' Nipple. Like Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf this is very much a piece of expertly filmed theatre which concentrates on the actors and their performances. Hurt gives one of 1970s' cinema powerhouse displays of acting in a movie which is as funny as it is dark, and occasionally disturbing.

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Kings Road, Brighton, Box office: 0844 847 1515 www.brightoncentre.co.uk I Music highlights include: HURTS (Wed 2); JESSIE J (Thu 3); THE DAMNED (Sun 13); WILL YOUNG (Thu 17); JOHN BARROWMAN (Sun 20); THE MAGIC OF MOTOWN (Sat 26); KASABIAN (Mon 28) and DURAN DURAN (Wed 30). I STEPHEN MERCHANT LIVE (Sat 19). This is the first standup tour from The Emmy, BAFTA and Golden Globe award winning co-creator of The Office and Extras.

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24 Kensington St, Brighton Box office: 01273 699733 www.thebasement.uk.com I PROJECTOR/CONJECTOR and CONFERENCE OF STRANGE (Fri 4). The first of the double-bill is a multimedia ‘dance’ piece with two characters. The first is a boy called Projector, with a video projector attached to his head. The second is Conjector, a girl with a TV attached to her head. Boy meets girl on screen. They dance through

screens. The second half is a psychedelic fusion of live art, leftfield humour and hand drawn animation inspired by Donna Haraway’s Cyborg Manifesto. I THE MAKING OF BULL: THE TRUE STORY (Fri 11). Inspired by the Coen brothers’ film Fargo it's about what’s real and what’s fake. It’s also about how we make art and how our art makes us. The stage is a battleground between truth and lies; what’s spoken and omitted; what’s fiction and what is documentary. I THE OH FUCK MOMENT (Sat 19). Poet Hannah Jane Walker and Fringe First winner Chris Thorpe examine the poetic guts of mistakes in a bundle of words and strip lighting. I IT’S OK, IT’S ONLY TEMPORARY and UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN

Church Street, Brighton Box office: 01273 709709 www.brightondome.org I ERASURE (Fri 4). The electropop duo play their hits including A Little Respect, Sometimes, Victim Of Love and Ship Of Fools.

(Fri 25). The first part of the evening is based on a true event where, in childhood, Jenna was the victim of an act of violence carried out by her peers. The second piece is about thinking that you are a boy, realising that you are a girl and working out what you are going to do about it. I 7 DAY DRUNK (Wed 30). A onewoman show investigating the I MACBETH (Fri 4–Sat 5). Platform historical links between artists and 4's production creates a taut mind enhancing drugs. psychodrama that crackles with a wild electricity, brought alive by BRIGHTON LITTLE THEATRE the sonic experiments of composer Clarence Gardens, Brighton and guitarist Bic Hayes and sound Box office: 01273 777748 designer Jules Bushell. www.the-little.co.uk I RICHARD ALSTON DANCE I AMY'S VIEW (Tue 1–Sat 5). COMPANY (Tue 8–Wed 9). A triple David Hare's play focusses on a bill of classic and new repertoire in young woman meeting her mother, which each piece is infused with a successful West End actress, with the spirit of the music that a big favour to ask. Spanning a inspired it. "A choreographer for period of sixteen years, it’s about whom every dance is a love affair women, family, love and loss, set with his chosen music" The Times. in an England corroded by the I IMELDA MAY (Mon 14) with her political forces of the 1980s. A inspired fusion of surf guitars, running argument about the blues and rockabilly sings hits respective virtues of traditional theatre and the media arts weaves its way through espoused opinions on marriage, love, fame, fidelity, betrayal, personal and artistic integrity, and the elusive ethics of the corporate world. ERASURE

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BRIGHTON WOMEN’S CENTRE LIVE The Ranelagh Pub, 2-3 High Street, Brighton www.theranelagh.co.uk www.womenscentre.org.uk I The Ranelagh blues pub in St James's Street, Brighton presents its third monthly fundraiser for Brighton Women's Centre (Fri 25). This month's concert is a STUDENT SHOWCASE featuring five female singer/songwriters from a

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local music college, who will be each be playing an acoustic set. The music will range from folk and country to gypsy jazz. Admission is free, with music from 8.30pm. Collections will take place on the night for BWC which is across the road from the pub. The BWC provides support and services for vulnerable and disadvantaged women throughout Brighton & Hove.

Johnny’s Got a Boom Boom, Mayhem and Inside Out. I PIAF - THE SONGS (Tue 15–Wed 16). Eve Loiseau sings the songs of the French cabaret star. “Worldclass… delivers Piaf's songs with authority“ Gilbert Biberian, composer. I OSKA BRIGHT FILM FESTIVAL (Tue 22–Thu 24). The fifth international festival of short films and digital media made by people

with a learning disability. With screenings of over 100 short films and showing a specially commissioned installation, Digital Me, on the outside of the Unitarian Church in New Road, Brighton. www.oskabright.co.uk I SNAKES AND LADDERS (Fri 25). Four women, many memories and one secret. The plays is a bold and powerful new comic drama about race, identity and the testing of family loyalties. I THE TWO MAN TEMPEST (Sat 26). With an enchanting mesh of mime, masking, movement, and the music of voice, two actors conjure storms and apparitions, lay bare treasons and counterplot, and finally transport you to a 'brave new world' of love and reconciliation.

HONEYBEES THE MUSICAL! Sallis Benney Theatre, Grand Parade, Brighton I Advance notice for HONEYBEES THE MUSICAL! (7.30pm, Sat 3 & Sun 4 Dec). If you see just one lesbian field hockey musical this year it’s got to be this one! It’s all about life, love, winning, losing, lesbians and drama queens as the Brighton Honeybees take on the Hove Hornets. Who will be queen of the hive? Written by Cat Walker and Rebecca Duffy from the Brighton Honey Bees ladies hockey team and music and lyrics by Dungareen Jean, the show covers rock, pop, hip-hop and musical favourites with a twist, from Hockey Horror to Lady Lager. All profits go to Allsorts Youth Project, the Brighton charity supporting young people under 26 who are LGBT/unsure. www.allsortsyouth.org.uk Tickets: £10/£7.50 available: http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/whatson/gallery-theatre and on the door.


Upper Market Street, Hove Box office: 01273 201800 I TEN MEN - THE LIVES OF JOHN BINDON (Thu 17–Sat 19). Play based upon the life of actor John Bindon, a man that came from a brutal existence on the streets to appearing in classic British films such as Poor Cow, Quadrophenia, Get Carter, and Performance. Despite his acting career, Bindon is most famous for his scandalous association with Princess Margaret, a party trick involving five pint glasses and a part of his anatomy, and the murder trial that saw him ostracised from society. I AFTER PARTY (Wed 23–Sat 26). Explores the notion of Lena’s last big night as she is determined to enjoy herself no matter the cost, until the evening is interrupted by gatecrashers, chemically fuelled lust and paranoia. Secrets unfold as guests are taken hostage by social etiquette in this darkly comic story of the small hours where hedonism and fear share a sofa.

Mock The Week and Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow. A consuming brew of comedic delight, this gay friendly night promises a fabulous line-up every time. “Critics Choice" The Times

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Gardner Street, Brighton Box office: 0845 293 8480 www.komedia.co.uk BENT DOUBLE (6 Nov). An irreverent night of fun and frolics hosted by if.comedy Best Newcomer 2007 award nominee, Zoe Lyons, as seen on BBC 2's

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the murder of Josie’s father. Iron is an intense psychological drama in which mother and daughter try to break through the barriers of time, memory and punishment which separate them. But, between them lies the fact of murder. A murder Josie cannot remember and Fay has always tried to forget. Uncovering the memories they share is more dangerous than either of them can imagine.

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The Regency Tavern Cellar, 32/34 Russell Square, Brighton 01273 325652 I ALICE CRACKED (7pm & 8.30pm, NEW VENTURE THEATRE Tues 1–Thur 3; 3.30pm & 5pm Sat Bedford Place, Brighton 5 & Sun 6) is the story of the five Box office: 01273 746118 lives and deaths of Cracked Alice; www.newventure.org.uk told by The Mad Hatter and White I IRON (Sat 19–Sun 26). Josie has Rabbit who will lead you into the been looking for her mother Fay dark corners of the Regency. for 15 years. She finds her in Tickets £8, concessions £6. prison serving a life sentence for

ST GEORGES CHURCH St George's Road, Brighton I JANIS IAN, one of America’s most durable, perceptive singersongwriters and lesbian folk icon,

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makes a very rare visit to the UK to perform selections from her latest album The Best Of Janis Ian which features songs spanning her fourdecade long career, including her breakthrough hit, Society’s Child and At Seventeen, the classic, poignant reflection of awkward teen years.

UPSTAIRS AT THREE & TEN 10 Steine St, Brighton Box office: 07800 983 290 I THE TRIALS OF HARVEY MATUSOW (Tue 8–Wed 9). The age of McCarthyism, as seen through the eyes of America's most notorious liar: Harvey Matusow, communist-turned-anti-communistturned-anti-anti-communist. Written and performed by Robert Cohen. I BANE PART THREE (Tue 16, Wed 17, Sat 19). Hired hand Bruce Bane steps out in Joe Bone's high-octane


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Hawth Avenue, Crawley Box office: 01293 553636 I DEATH SONG (Thu 3). Juan lives with his 15-year-old daughter, Paulina, in a trailer park outside Las Vegas. He works hard to build a life for them both; cleaning casinos by night and washing cars by day. But beneath the surface of their quiet existence, the claustrophobic relationships that will lead to tragedy are forming. ‘Vivid, uncommonly sensitive dramatic entertainment… Beautifully realised’ The Times. I HARD TIMES (Wed 9). Stephen Jeffreys' adaptation of Dickens' classic is set in the north of England at the height of the Industrial Revolution. Four actors represent the resilient residents of smoke filled Coketown.

DEVONSHIRE PARK THEATRE Winter Gardens, Eastbourne Box office: 01323 412000 I TWELFTH NIGHT (Tue 1). Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece is set to the last days of the Raj where on the Indian coast a young girl is found washed up on a beach. As she struggles to find her feet the forces of change and fate conspire around her as the story of Twelfth Night unfolds in all its hedonistic and tragic glory. I MIREILLE (Sun 6). Gounod's opera focusses on thwarted lovers Mireille and Vincent who are separated by their social standing. Joyful Provençal peasant celebrations contrast with a world where superstitions and fear can lead to destruction. I BLONDE POISON (Tue 8). During WW2, Stella Goldschlag worked for the Gestapo. After the war she was accused of informing on more than three thousand Jews. Although Aryan looking, she was herself Jewish. Today, in her early seventies, she waits nervously to be interviewed by an international journalist. Based on a true story. I DOLCE VIA (Sat 12). Inspired by Fellini’s film La Strada, this is a story of love and loss, set in the bygone age of the variety circuit. I FRIEND OR FOE (Sun 20). Based on Michael Morpurgo's book, the play is set at the height of WW2. Two boys, David and Tucky, embark on a wondrous adventure deep in the Devonshire countryside. When a German bomber crashes, the boys feel they should hate the airmen inside. But one of them saves David's life...

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I VAMPIRATES (Fri 25). The year is 2505. The oceans have risen. A new era of piracy is dawning. After twins Grace and Connor Tempest are evicted from their lighthouse home, a vicious storm leaves them fighting for their lives in the freezing sea. Rescued by a notorious pirate ship, Connor finds new friends and a new life – but does he really want to be a pirate?

INK-D 96 North Rd, Brighton, BN1 1YE, www.ink-d.co.uk I Previously one half of internationally acclaimed artist collective Miss Bugs, MISSUM is now exploring her own individual aesthetic (until Sun 20). Her focus addresses a more traditional method of printing which incorporates the use of watercolours, collograph and drypoint etching, giving the artist’s work a darker edge that yet imparts a more feminine, softer tone.

GREY AREA GALLERY 31 Queens Rd, Brighton www.greyareagallery.org.uk I Fritz Welch will be showing works (Sat Nov 12–Sun Dec 4) from a wide array of disciplines to create his ANARCHIST SOUL JUNK, from drawing to sculpture; video and experimental music; as a performer, singer and drummer. Born in 1967 in Atlanta, he lived and worked in New York until a recent move to Glasgow. Welch is in a number of bands including Peeesseye, Brittle Hammer Trio and HorseEyeless and has collaborated with numerous other artists including Tamio Skirashi and John Butcher. Welch has shown his work throughout the US and Europe including at the Stedelijk, Amsterdam, The Drawing Center, NYC and at the Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna.

ZIMMER STEWART GALLERY 29 Tarrant Street, Arundel, West Sussex www.zimmerstewart.co.uk I Katharine Le Hardy will be showing her painted works (Sat Nov 12–Sat Dec 3). Landscapes are a constant source of inspiration for Katharine, who’s known for her contemporary beach scenes with surfers and people enjoying the seaside. She is particularly interested in approaching this traditional subject in an alternative way by looking at different viewpoints and unusual horizon lines. The works have been executed using gestural marks and loose impasto brushwork to engage the viewer and endow the composition with movement and dynamism.

HOP GALLERY Star Brewery, Castle Ditch Lane, Lewes www.hopgallery.com I The Hop Gallery presents a triptych of creative offerings; INTIMATE ABSTRACTIONS (until Thur 3) shows paintings and prints by five Sussex artists Dagmar Eberts, Tilney Hardiment, June Frickleton, Fiona Robinson and Dawn Stacey whose diverse modes of practice investigate the abstract; narrative and figurative. I HALF WILD AND WHOLLY TAME (Sat 5–Thur 17) displays landscape paintings of the South Downs courtesy of Colin Merrin, derived from drawings made in situ and developed in studio as paintings which encompass abstract concerns. I Rachel Clark – New Work (Sat 19–Sun 27) shows Rachel’s vibrant drawings and prints based on travelling in the UK and abroad. Themes include the seaside, cityscapes, shop windows, spontaneous observations and reactions to events and sights around her.

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This month there is much to be seen in Sussex with four galleries and six shows to tide you over till the mad panic of the festive period.

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one-man film noir parody. He's shooting first and asking questions later. Heavily inspired by film and graphic novels, the performance uses mime, gesture and sound effects to conjure the setting, with multiple character switching to create a filmic tapestry on stage that is funny, engaging and at times moving. Live guitar soundtrack from oneman Morricone, Ben Roe. I THE HUMBLE QUEST FOR UNIVERSAL GENIUS (Fri 18). A live comedy quiz show that sees Mark Allen and his “glamorous” assistant Eli Silverman pit two top stand-up comedians against each other in a bid to find a modern-day Universal Genius basically someone who excels in every single facet of human understanding. Unlike other quiz shows, the contestants will have their faculties thoroughly tested in proper subjects, such as poetry, languages, etiquette, wit, art, inventing, science and hunting.

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However, once you get used to this, this richness serves the Pärt particularly well. An inventive and enjoyable programme, well performed. Globe GLO5240

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I Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s third volume of the Piano Sonatas of FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN (1732-1809), as with the previous volumes, is not a chronological survey, and the centrepiece here is the substantial Sonata no.33, full of invention and almost radical use of harmony, stretching the bounds of classical formal structure. Bavouzet stretches this even

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Box office: 01273 709709 www.brightondome.org I As part of the STRINGS ATTACHED series, The Heath Quartet perform Janáček and Schubert (11am, Sun 6). www.stringsattachedmusic.org.uk I The Britten Sinfonia start a new season of lunchtime concerts at Brighton Corn Exchange (1pm, Sat 12) with music by Strauss and Bruch, and a new work by Charlie Piper. I Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Barry Wordsworth, are joined by Brighton Festival Chorus (2.45pm, Sun 13) for Verdi’s Requiem. I Later in the month (2.45pm, Sun 27), they’re conducted by Stephen Bell, playing Mozart and Bruckner, with Martin Owen the soloist in Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4. I The London Philharmonic Orchestra return (7.30pm, Sat 19) to perform music by José, de Falla and Mussorgsky, conducted by Eduardo Portal. I The wonderful pianist Mitsuko Uchida visits Brighton (7.30pm, Mon 21) to play Schumann, Schubert, Schoenberg and Chopin.

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have paired the music of GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI DA PALESTRINA (c1525-1594) with I The Fairy Queen by HENRY that of Estonian ARVO PÄRT PURCELL (1659- (b.1935). They’ve taken Palestrina’s 1695) contains famous Missa stunningly Papae Marcelli, beautiful music, and interspersed yet is its movements notoriously with four pieces tricky to stage. Half opera, half by Pärt, the first three using New incidental music and interludes, Testament texts, the last a Marian accompanying an adapted version hymn, Most Holy Mother of God, of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The original staging very effectively set. The juxtaposition works surprisingly included swans, peacocks and 12foot fountains, almost bankrupting well, and the choir’s consistent, blended singing works well. The the theatre. A mixture of fantasy, overall sound is perhaps heavier pantomime and high drama, the than we’re used to in this country, real challenge is to make all this with less soprano ‘ring’ (which I do hang together somehow. Modern miss in the souring lines of the productions often resort to Palestrina), and a thicker texture.

screenings at over 600 cinemas worldwide with PUCCINI’s Tosca (7.30pm, Mon 7 & 2pm Mon 14), starring Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel. At £15 a ticket, it’s a brilliant way to enjoy world class opera on your doorstep. www.roh.org.uk/cinema

ST BARTHOLOMEW'S CHURCH Ann Street, Brighton, 01273 415384, www.ssomusic.co.uk I The Sussex Symphony Orchestra are performing Elgar’s Dream Of Gerontius (7.30pm, Sat 12) with the Sussex Chorus.

SUSSEX DOWNS COLLEGE Mountfield Road, Lewes, BN7 2XH, www.nyslewes.org.uk I The Nicholas Yonge Society welcomes the Zimro Trio (7.45pm, Fri 25) to perform Mozart, Watkins, Stravinsky, Khachaturian and Bartók.

ZIMRO TRIO

both singers and actors (Sally Dexter beautifully over the top as Titania). William Christie conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, full of fizz and energy throughout. This DVD was recently named the Radio 3 Building a Library top choice, and the original production won 5-star awards from many critics. Opus Arte OA1031D I You can also catch a semistaged production of The Fairy Queen as part of the Brighton Early Music Festival (7.30pm, 6 Nov) at the Theatre Royal, with soloists including Elin Manahan Thomas, and Anna Devin (who performed in the Glyndebourne production). www.bremf.org.uk

TOSCA

BBC Philharmonic’s survey of the orchestral music of REINHOLD GLIÈRE (1875-1956). Glière is almost unique amongst Russian composers of the time, making a successful transition from the prerevolution romantic world of Tchaikovsky, right through to Stalin’s Soviet regime, when many composers who didn’t toe the line were subject to attacks and censure, or resorted to living in exile. Glière was safe largely due to the conservative nature of much of his output. That is not to say, however, that it lacks inspiration. The second and third symphonies in particular stand out - the monumental third symphony, titled Ilya Muromets, contains truly exciting music and some quite startling effects of orchestration. There are several ballet suites too, the most well known (and the most obviously pro-Soviet) being The Red Poppy. Listening to all five discs, it is clear that some of his invention and individuality prerevolution were sacrificed for a ‘safer’ style in the majority of his output - the symphonies proving the exception. Great performances here under the baton of Sir Edward Downes (except for the ‘mopping-up’ fifth disc of overtures and shorter works, which is conducted by Vassily Sinaisky). Chandos 10679(5)X

massively cutting the text, and even much of the music. Jonathan Kent’s Glyndebourne production goes the other way, restoring much of the text, and as a result, returning the piece to its extravagant and eccentric roots. It is a lavish production, with a real mixture of the comedy and pantomime (watch out for the bonking bunnies!), ethereal fantasy, and incredibly touching sensitivity. The cast is excellent -

BRITTEN SINFONIA

I Chandos have re-released the

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further, adding his own cadenza in the final movement, which adds to the overall improvisatory feel. He surrounds this by three works, finishing with the earliest and in some ways, lightest piece here. Sonata no.16 is a more overtly joyful piece, yet it still contains original touches, not least the finale’s use of irregular 5-bar phrases to match the 5-note motif - highly innovative. Bavouzet as ever has a perfectly light touch, as well as approaching the difficult issues of decoration, dynamics and repeats convincingly and sensitively. Chandos CHAN10689


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FILM

BY MICHAEL HOOTMAN I WE

WERE HERE

Dir: David Weissman, Bill Weber Plot: Documentary about the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco and how individuals rose to the occasion during the first years of the crisis. Word on net: "Beautiful and richly detailed film.” I “Gives you a feeling of transcendence at how often people can stay human and even come into their deepest humanity when facing the absolute worst.” I “Startling and moving...one of the best films of the year.” I “Harrowing and simply devastating movie."

THE DEEP BLUE SEA Dir: Terence Davies Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Rachel Weisz, Simon Russell Beale Plot: The wife of a British judge is caught in a self-destructive love affair with a Royal Air Force pilot. Based on Terence Rattigan's play. Word on net: "Elegantly staged, sublimely moody, tale of painful

Jackman could fit into one movie, here's the short answer: no.” I “Sentimental story of sisterly love found, lost and found again is beautifully made.” I “Respectable but bland...a grandly appointed disappointment."

THE FUTURE

Dir: Miranda July Stars: Miranda July, Hamish Linklater, David Warshofsky Plot: When a couple decides to adopt a stray cat their perspective on life changes radically, literally altering the course of time and space and testing their faith in each other and themselves. love all set against the backdrop of Word on net: “Overly precious poetic examination of a couple's post-War London.” I “Flat as a eccentric attempts to evolve their duck pond, the prisoner of a story lives will appeal to a rarified few.” whose relevance, even in I “July may be a bit too weird for metaphor, has lost much of its sting.” I “Occasionally moving and very well-acted, but somehow rather slight.” I “Emotionally charged through Davies' artistry and Weisz's fire."

SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN Dir: Wayne Wange Stars: Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun, Vivian Wu Plot: In 19th century China two girls develop their own secret code as a way to contend with the rigid cultural norms imposed on women. Word on net: “An emotionally powerful tale of two sets of Chinese women in two different centuries.” I “For those who wondered if foot binding, wife beating and a crooning Hugh

her own good. On the other hand, it is a glorious weird.” I “July has a way of making 90 minutes of incessant quirk feel like 30 years on a chain gang."

MACHINE GUN PREACHER Dir: Marc Forster Stars: Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon Plot: The story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing biker tough guy who found God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who've been forced to become soldiers. Word on net: “Terrific fit for Butler's brand of soulful aggression - half saint, half psychopath.” I “The exploitation title may not do it any favours, but this biopic is

gripping, inspirational and well told.” I “So self-righteous it's hard not to be offended at Forster’s clumsy attempt to force our hand and mindset.” I “What could have been insightful becomes a trivial and hypocritical ego boost that squanders its potential.”

STRAW DOGS Dir: Rod Lurie Stars: James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgård Plot: Screenwriter David Sumner relocates with his wife to her hometown in the deep south. While tensions build between them, a brewing conflict with locals becomes a threat to them both. Remake of Peckinpah's ‘fascist classic’. Word on net: “Essentially turns the film into exactly the kind of primitive masculine revenge tale that the original's detractors mistook it for.” I “Evidence of how Hollywood can take the most charged, passionate material and

never see honest gay relationships on the big screen, which is reason enough to check it out.” I “Restored my faith in cinema as an art form... a movie specific to the gay experience yet utterly universal, about everyday people puzzling through everyday life."

ALSO OUT...

I Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried and Cillian Murphy star in sci-fi thriller IN TIME. In the not-too-distant future the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, ‘time’ is the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. The rich can live forever, while the rest negotiate for their immortality. I TOWER HEIST stars Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy as two hard working guys who fall victim to a wealthy business man's Ponzi scheme and then rob his high-rise residence. I Eddie Marsan stars as an exsoldier, haunted by a violent past in JUNKHEARTS. He lives alone, make it into something generic and drowning his nightmares with alcohol until he allows a rough forgettable.” I “A terminal bore, sleeper, Lynette, so share his an empty mundane film."

WEEKEND Dir: Andrew Haigh Stars: Tom Cullen, Chris New Plot: After a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club. Just before closing time he picks up Glen but what's expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else... Word on net: “Rides the line between character study, comedy, drama, and a host of other genres without feeling cramped.” I “An unpretentious film about love... we

home. I Johnny Depp, Amber Heard and Aaron Eckhart star in Bruce Robinson's THE RUM DIARY. Depp is a freelance journalist who finds himself at a critical turning point in his life while writing for a run-down newspaper in the Caribbean.

FILM C O M P E T I T I O N I Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke

and John Hurt star in Tarsem Singh's 3D mythic epic, IMMORTALS, in which Greek warrior Theseus battles against imprisoned titans and an evil god who has declared war on humanity. To win two tickets to the Odeon Brighton answer to the following and send to Gscene Competition, 111 Western Road, Hove, BN3 1DD: Singh's thriller The Cell starred which pop diva as a social worker who enters the mind of a serial killer? OCTOBER COMPETITION: Lionel Shriver.


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CRAIG’S THOUGHTS CLOUDING OVER THE SHADOW: OR... WHEN THE DANCING STOPPED BY CRAIG HANLON-SMITH Once upon a carefree time ago there lived a people who although once hidden from view now danced in the open sunshine and always to their own kind of music. Having no promised land of their own, communities of the happy bunch sprang up all over the world and they soon caught the attention of the indigenous population into which they mingled. Although content in their own company the carefree lot soon began to bang their drum and demand to be heard as much as the indigenous crowd. These were the last days of disco and as the happy people began to stamp their cultural impact upon the world, their individual dancing ways were acknowledged, and in some quarters so too their demands for the right to bounce in the sunshine on Main Street. Not everyone who lived in Main Street was pleased to have the happy sorts bounding through their towns and some threw rocks. Although the leaders of the majority people were too sophisticated to pick up sticks and stones, they dug deep into their poetic reserves from mythical tales and threw words instead, at times framed in ancient law or biblical dogma. Some of the residents from Main Street listened to the words and so too threw rocks, but the carefree happy bunch stuck together and continued to bounce back ever-growing in number for the happiness was infectious and magnificent. It was at this time that high above the heavens (at first too high to notice from down below), thin clouds began to form above the land of the happy folk and at times the sunshine into which they danced was masked from view. A few in number of the carefree sort began to look a little creased around the edges and others began to tire of the bouncing and had to rest a while.

“...as the clouds began to spread across every land so too did the panic” The clouds had begun to thicken, and pockets of the carefree sort began to whisper amongst themselves that the tiredness and the creasing had arrived along with the strange mists which at times had begun to hide the sun completely. The bouncing of the disco beats began to fade and some amongst the happy crew became thinner and thinner often sitting for days, then weeks until they could hardly stand at all. As the mists continued to thicken it was as though some amongst the carefree could no longer breathe and it wasn’t long before many of them started to wither and then die. The happy bunch had now long since begun to sadden and clung to one another desperately searching for the source of their malcontent. Main Street meanwhile appeared not to notice apart from a caring few who occasionally bounced to the tune of the happy bunch, but the clouds did not discriminate and soon the sun barely shone at all. As the shadows from the clouds began to spread, indigenous populations across the world started to notice the piles of crumpled happy people too tired to stand and news of the cloud was now commonplace. No more than three seasons of summer had passed before the happy people had dwindled in number, their once carefree land now barren as though scorched from fire. As the clouds skirted the edges of Main

Street the indigenous too fell sick, but the rock throwers blamed the sickness not on the clouds but upon the dying happy people, for as the clouds began to spread across every land so too did the panic. The world was now populated with a frightened majority and a few looked upon the clouds as a divine intervention and praised the heavens for the sickening mists. Others fled to their homes, turned their backs and locked their doors hugging their children tightly, taping their windows and scrubbing their hands clean to keep out the mists. Governments pontificated, others argued but the happy sort and some on the edges of Main Street continued to fall for the clouds were now magnificent in number and like the happiness before them infectious. Across the lands the indigenous and communities formerly known as a happy sort began to learn to live with the clouds, the stigma and the loved ones lost. Hundreds of heroes searched high and low for means with which to clear the mists and at times their quest bore fruit. Some worked tirelessly for the good of others and in time the clouds dispersed and the sun once again began to peek through the heavens. As the heroic deeds continued to reap rewards and enlighten the caring, light filtered through to the darkest of quarters and the millions who had learned to live in the shadow of the clouds began to hope for a new way to dance in the sun.

“The world was now populated with a frightened majority and a few looked upon the clouds as a divine intervention and praised the heavens for the sickening mists” Time passed, and as the ancient moved onto a world far away the clouds became a story of old. More than a decade into a new century as new happy sorts began to bound through the towns more freely and vibrant than before, some elders thought it unwise to talk of the clouds and so they became forgotten amongst the old and unheard of in the young. Even monuments to an age gone by blended into the beige facade of ignorance which as every protagonist of a fairy tale knows, is bliss. Once upon a carefree time again there lived a people who although once hidden from view now danced in the open sunshine and always to their own kind of music. Having no promised land of their own, communities of the happy bunch sprang up all over the world and they soon caught the attention of the indigenous population into which they mingled. Meanwhile, high above the heavens (at first too high to notice from down below), thin clouds began to form above the land of the happy folk and at times the sunshine into which they danced was masked from view.


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SHARP WORDS FAT CHANCE DEL SHARP ON LOVE’S YOUNG DREAM, TAXING THE OBESE, AND INCREASING HIV AWARENESS.

So there are lots of young people having considerably more enjoyment in their lives than I am, hardly news but I still read with a slight pursing of the lips that yet another government study on the habits of ‘Everyone Else Who Gets to take Part in Surveys’ has shown 61% of 16-19 year olds have had sex. I actually could have worked that out myself, but how they are all managing this is what I want to know. I knew nothing about sex until I was seventeen when a much older woman (she was all of twenty four) looked twice at me. And even then I had to endure some tiresome gender studies discourse before I got a snog. But I had no idea about the er... actual sex thing. Being a lesbian was no problem, but finding out how to do it and someone to do it with was very fret inducing. Indeed hoping for some scant attention to my youthful yet spotted face was dashed every time I left the parental home with cries of “What on earth do you look like tonight!” ringing in my ears. Alright I looked like I’d been in the dressing up box and been to the Ronald McDonald school of make-up but hey - I was clean at least and there’s nothing wrong with a slight aroma of TCP and didn’t everyone have dodgy make up in the 1980s? It wasn’t just me surely. Was it?

“I looked like I’d been in the dressing up box and been to the Ronald McDonald school of make-up but hey - I was clean at least” But back to all this hot teen action... is that why they all look so pleased with themselves? I thought it was because they didn’t yet have to worry about bills, jobs, no jobs, big stomachs, grey hairs and impoverished middle age with terrible health and teeth. Yet they do manage to stop their lithe young bodies rutting long enough to protest about debts they don’t actually have yet and probably won’t because they’ve already worked out that they can go and do their degrees in the Netherlands for €10 a term and plus get all the firm young uninhibited Scandinavian flesh they want. But 43% of this energetic crowd are having unprotected sex which is considerably higher than the 36% in the last study a couple of years ago, despite having pictures of various JLS boys on condom packets. Although they might need to show more than their faces on them to generate interest (even with my demanding lifestyle there really is nothing I don’t have time to pick up and examine closely in Superdrug). With the number of HIV diagnoses in the past few years more than double the annual amount in the mid 1990s, there does seem to be surprisingly little information on display about HIV. Certainly perusing the leaflets some days ago at my new modern GP health centre there was no information at all. Strange indeed when the cost for prevention is £2.9m and that of treatment is £762m. Lots on display about Chlamydia and the under 25s however. Though I did have to read several leaflets to work out that it’s not just the

youngsters that can get it and even then the emphasis seemed to be on where to be tested rather than how to prevent it. Actually it was marketed like a cool new club night compared to the other ailments on offer. For the rest of us oldies there was just the drab old flu jabs, a smattering of mental health and organised ‘health walks’ to fight off the impending obesity ‘explosion’ were on offer, sounds messy. Instead of an iceberg we’re now confronted with a giant pie. I do hope they take into account the people who honestly can’t help being a bit on the big side because they’re on medication rather than ones scoffing kebabs after a few pints. It’s terrible that people should be vilified for being overweight when they haven’t even had a tiny bit of a good time getting there.

“With the number of HIV diagnoses in the past few years more than double the annual amount in the mid 1990s, there does seem to be surprisingly little information on display about HIV” We could be going the way of the Danes who have just imposed a tax on fats. Yes! Butter in Denmark will now cost an extra 25p and prices are going up on anything that contains more than 2.3% saturated fats, which is most food unless it’s a carrot or a glass of wine. The funds raised will go towards ‘anti-obesity promotion’ apparently, though I don’t know in what way exactly. It sounds rather menacing really and I hope it doesn’t involve newly converted supermarket aisles the width of a cat flap. I’m not Danish but do wonder if someone who loves their Danish bacon sandwiches smothered in Lurpak will continue eating them with the same pleasure knowing it’s now costing them an arm and a leg. Or indeed possibly a gut and a chin. I think we all know that a bit of butter, Danish or otherwise, doesn’t cause weight problems, and eating fat doesn’t make you fat anyway. As the Danes have less than 10% obesity rate compared to the UK’s 24% I think they’re doing quite well as they are. Whether the UK will follow is unknown although the National Obesity Forum screams hysterically that by 2050 70% of the population will be overweight if not obese. By the time I’m in my eighties (if I’m still around) I don’t think I’ll care what anyone else is eating. I’ll be shoveling shoplifted butter into my toothless mouth washed down with whatever alcohol that I’ve cooked up in my hovel and fondly remembering sex – before the sex tax law of 2014 which is really quite inevitable…


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POSITIVE

HOMILY

THINKING

BY GLENN STEVENS

BY GRAHAM HAMILTON

KNOW YOUR STATUS

A FOND FAREWELL

A report from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) showed that last year, 3,000 gay and bisexual men received a positive HIV test, the highest since records first began 25 years ago. This announcement can be seen in two ways; either the ongoing campaign for sexually active people to be come forward and take an HIV test is proving a great success; or the campaign urging people to look after themselves and each other and practice safer sex is not getting through.

By the time you read this, we shall be gone. Off to the sunny southern shores of Spain, wrestling with a new language, immersing ourselves in a different culture and making the most of new friends, new scenery and, hopefully, new opportunities.

It is encouraging to hear that a report from the House of Lords’ select committee on the issue of HIV and AIDS in the UK recommends among other things, a new national HIV awareness campaign, more spending on prevention work and specialist HIV training for medical staff. However, with the ongoing cuts from central and local government, it is difficult to see such plans being put into place. Furthermore, many of our HIV and LGBT charities are facing a reduction in services or closure altogether due to cuts in their funding. With this in mind, it is up to all of us as a LGBT community to stand together and tackle some of the issues we face, head on. As you may have read in the press, local charities The Sussex Beacon and the Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard are both facing financial crisis and urgently need public donations to continue their work. Dig deep into your pockets, ask your family and friends to do the same and make a contribution to these vital services. Alternatively volunteer your time to one of the HIV/LGBT charities, ensuring care, information and support continues to be available. At present the teaching of HIV and AIDS awareness in schools although mandatory, is only ‘strongly recommend’, allowing many schools to opt out of providing essential information on safer sex to its pupils. This has certainly lent itself to many LGBT teenagers either putting themselves at risk of contracting HIV, or leaving them woefully unprepared when negotiating safer sex. There is also a total lack in many schools talking about alternative sexualities during the sex and relationship education (SER). These issues are presently being reviewed by government; write to your local MP and the coalition government and challenge them to make sure that all pupils receive a clear education of safer sex, HIV and AIDS.

“Write to your local MP and the coalition government and challenge them to make sure that all pupils receive a clear education of safer sex, HIV and AIDS” Let us in turn promise to take care of ourselves and each other by taking on board the five pledges suggested by the HIV prevention group Gay Men Fighting AIDS (GMFA).  I will know my HIV status  I will not assume I know someone else’s HIV status  I will take personal responsibility for using condoms  I will value myself and my health  I will stay informed about HIV and how it is spread For more info, visit youcancountmein.org.uk. And finally, this World AIDS Day buy a red ribbon, wear it and show your support to all those living with the virus and remember those who have died so needlessly in the past.

So why the big move? Firstly, I want to say it has nothing to do with Brighton. There is nothing wrong with this town; I still love it passionately. That includes the people, the architecture, the seascape and the gay scene. Despite my somewhat disconsolate article last time, I am happy to report that I have since been reunited with my beloved Bulldog, now that my ban has been lifted. Moreover, it really seems that like a phoenix arising from the ashes, the once floundering gay scene is now making a spectacular come back. We still have a good choice of bars on the seafront, a modern Brighton Sauna and, for those missing Schwarz bar, Subline has proven to be a successful replacement. So, no, it has nothing to do with Brighton, it’s down to me and my partner Rob. We’re just not ready to hang up our hats yet. We want the next big adventure. I truly believe that change is good for the soul, especially when you are managing long term health conditions. Yes, it’s scary. What if we can’t get jobs? What if my health fails me while we are out there? What if we cannot speak the language? What if... What if?

“The fear of doing something is generally far worse than actually getting on and doing it” Those two, somewhat innocuous looking words, ‘what if’, can stop so many of us doing what we want to. I truly do not have all the answers but one thing I do know is that the fear of doing something is generally far worse than actually getting on and doing it. That has included, for me, bungee jumping off a mountain in New Zealand, flying out to Australia for a year with only £100 in my pocket, starting my HIV antiretroviral treatment and allowing myself to drop my guard and fall in love with my partner. Let’s be honest, Spain is literally just down the road. We are all part of the Eurozone. How difficult can it be? Initially we will be keeping our links back here; trying it out for the winter. I’ve got to say, I can’t wait to escape the next bout of ice and snow forecasted for here this winter. That, more than anything, gets us down and is reason enough for us to be heading further south. However, in terms of the UK, Brighton truly is the best. After seven years of presenting in state and private schools, in dodgy towns all over the country, trust me on this. I thank you Brighton and its people for always having looked after us and for having made us feel so very special and welcome. Thank you Gscene, for allowing me to have had a voice within this community. And thank you to anybody who has taken the time to read my articles. We shall miss you and shall definitely be back at some point.


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KEITH SHARPE QUESTION OF TRUTH KEITH SHARPE FROM CHANGING ATTITUDE SUSSEX ASKS DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY WORDS THERE ARE IN THE BIBLE? Of course it depends on which translation you use but there are approximately 800,000 words in the Old and New Testaments taken together. That’s a lot of words. I think it is arguable, though, that only three of these 800,000 words really matter. And these three words were not said by anybody ‘holy’, like say Abraham, Moses, or any of the prophets. In fact these words were spoken by a man who has had a very bad press, a man who has been despised for the past 2000 years. These words were spoken by Pontius Pilate; he was the Roman governor of Judaea, and as we all know, what he said was: “What is truth?” One way of looking at it is to see all the other words in the Bible as really an attempt to answer this vital three word question. What really matters in life is seeking out what is good and true and trying to live your life in accordance with that. The truth about homosexuality is that it is normal, natural and ubiquitous, and that it is an intentional part of the rich diversity of God’s creation. It is an intrinsic part of the animal kingdom and an inherent feature of every known human culture.

“The handful of texts which Christian homophobes regularly trot out to demonise the LGBT community do not condemn same sex love. Mostly they were written to defend the indefensible practice of males subjugating females” Some of the greatest human beings who have ever lived have been homosexual: Michaelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Socrates, Plato, Tchaikovsky, Alexander the Great, Lawrence of Arabia, among countless others. We gay people know this truth in our hearts. We know that our loves and lives, our desires and emotions, our sensitivities and our relationships are entirely normal and ordinary human experiences. For those of us with faith we also know that this is the way God made us. Unfortunately the predominant attitude of the Christian Church towards us is not based on this palpable truth, but rather on fear and ignorance. The Church has too often seen its job as one of giving divine sanction to homophobia and heterosexism. It has become in today’s society the last bastion of hatred and discrimination, legally allowed to preach, practise and perpetuate inequality. This has meant that many gay Christians are even now forced to live a lie, to lead double lives, to hide the reality and truth of who they really are. Changing Attitude is aware of 14 bishops in the Church of England who are gay, for example. Not one of them is prepared to tell the truth. Worse, they have in recent weeks sat through meetings where plans have been made by the House of Bishops to block permanently the promotion of gay clergy to the episcopate. Not only did they sit there silently and let this happen, they also allowed the impression of their straight colleagues to go unchallenged that there are no gay bishops,

so that everybody in the room imagined they were talking about ‘them’ (homosexuals), rather than any of ‘us’ (not homosexuals). Much easier to be nastier to ‘them’ than to ‘us’. The nicest word you could use to describe the action of these bishops is ‘complicit’; in other circumstances they could be called collaborators. What should our response be to the current lamentable attitude of the Church of England hierarchy specifically and to the all too pervasive homophobia of the patriarchal churches more generally? I think the two key words here are: challenge and affirm. We must challenge the falsehoods and lies at every turn. The Bible is not a homophobic document. The handful of texts which Christian homophobes regularly trot out to demonise the LGBT community do not condemn same-sex love. Mostly they were written to defend the indefensible practice of males subjugating females. The Old Testament passages were specifically repudiated by Jesus. It is scandalous that they are referred to at all now. In particular it is outrageous that the story of Sodom continues to be used by churches to attack our community. Biblical scholars have long recognised that this has nothing to do with samesex relationships, and is actually an Old Testament precursor to Jesus’ New Testament commandment to love your neighbour as yourself. And we must affirm the positive references to gay lives, identities and relationships to be found in the biblical texts. I would divide these affirmations into three categories: 1. specific instances of same-sex loving relationships 2. Jesus’ teaching on homosexuality 3. Jesus’ own life and relationships 1. The five principal instances of same-sex loving relationships recorded in the Bible are those of David and Saul, David and Jonathan, Ruth and Naomi, Joseph’s adventures in Egyptian prisons, and the Roman Centurion and his male servant. 2. Jesus’ teaching on homosexuality is given in Matthew 19: 3-12 where he makes clear that heterosexual marriage is not for everybody, and that some ‘are born that way from their mother’s womb’. 3. The Church teaches that Jesus was fully human but never wants to talk about his sexuality. Being thirty-three and unmarried in first century Palestine was distinctly dodgy. In the Gospel of Mark there are references to Jesus loving men, and in the Gospel of John there are five touching scenes of affection between Jesus and ‘the disciple he loved’. At the very least this was an intimate same-sex emotional bond with which gay people can identify. Jesus provoked Pilate’s famous question by his statement that: “The reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” (John 18:38) It is an irony of colossal proportions that so many who claim to speak in his name are so manifestly not ‘on the side of truth.’

OPEN AND WELCOMING CHURCHES Changing Attitude Sussex is committed to telling the truth about Christian teaching on homosexuality, and works for the full inclusion of LGBT people in every province of the Anglican Communion and more widely in all Christian Churches. For more info please visit www.changingattitudesussex.com and www.thegaygospels.com Changing Attitude Sussex and the Brighton & Hove LGCM are jointly staging an LGBT Carol Service at St Georges’ Church, Kemptown on Thursday, December 15 at 7.30pm. Do come along and have a sing!


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VOICE

WORLD

BY SUCHI CHATTERJEE

BOOK WORM

EVERY LITTLE HELPS

Lately I have been indulging in one of my periodic de-cluttering sessions; I’ve been aware for some time that I possess far too many books – and some of them must go. But how to decide? There’s the ‘you have to be ruthless’ school of thought, but it’s not one that I subscribe to – not where the printed word is concerned. (And you can keep your Kindles).

This is the third year that I’ve written about HIV/AIDS and though much is being done by Terrence Higgins Trust, the Sussex Beacon and a plethora of other LGBT groups I still feel that three years on there’s a lot more that can be done outside of these fantastic organisations.

Unlike other items destined for my local charity shop, my books need nurturing. They need careful consideration. Like good, loyal friends, they do not deserve to be cast out without a backward glance. After all, many of them have been with me for years, in sickness and in health, in all of my moods. From celibacy to serial monogamy, through heartbreak and out again. They have accompanied me in my numerous moves from London to Brighton and beyond – and have survived, little the worse for wear despite all the packing and unpacking of boxes over the years. It would not be fair to treat them with anything less than the utmost care and respect. Consequently, I have spent many an hour lingering hopelessly (to paraphrase the poet Stevie Smith) over which ones to ditch. It’s a painful process – clearly not a mindset shared by Cameron and his cronies, with their draconian axing of our public libraries. Philistines, all. Not surprisingly, people all over the country have been fighting back. Massive campaigns have been mounted but, despite petitions galore, this heartless and short-sighted government seems hellbent on forcing local councils to implement savage cuts – and libraries are in the front line.

“Despite petitions galore, this heartless and short-sighted government seems hellbent on forcing local councils to implement savage cuts” The ongoing public outcry has included support from high profile people like author Alan Bennett, who compared the closure of libraries to “child abuse”. Novelist Kate Mosse describes our erstwhile library service as “the envy of the world”. She says, simply: “Reading matters. Libraries matter”. One obvious, vital way of publicising a new novel is by author talks in bookshops - and libraries. Councils have a statutory duty to provide a library service, and to suggest that volunteers can step in and take over, is not just a joke, it’s an insult to all those highly trained librarians who are being made redundant. Now, back to my own literary cull. There are certain books I would never ever part with… Margaret Forster’s excellent and revealing biography of Daphne du Maurier, Virginia Woolf’s A Writer’s Diary, May Sarton’s Journal Of A Solitude, Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, The Diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner. Not forgetting Cynthia Lennon’s sensitively written biography of Beatle John, and two very different, equally compelling, accounts of Dusty Springfield’s life: by Lucy O’Brien and, later, Sharon Davis – each called, simply, Dusty. I would have to include Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet and, from my very early reading days, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind In The Willows – both of which helped turn me into the obsessive reader (and library-goer) I am today.

In the world of science and research, an area that is often only in our peripheral view, there is more news such as I’ve read in ScienceDaily online; “University of Utah researchers have discovered a new class of compounds that stick to the sugary coating of the AIDS virus and inhibit it from infecting cells… an early step toward a new treatment to prevent sexual transmission of the virus”. Global HIV & AIDS News posted online on the 21/09/11 that: “Researchers have found a way to prevent HIV from damaging the immune system, in a new lab-based study published in the journal ‘Blood’. The research could have important implications for the development of HIV vaccines”. This is great news but what else is being done to promote HIV/AIDS awareness within the communities we live and work in? Well, little things come to mind, like in the BMECP Centre on London Road there is a basket filled with condoms on one of the shelves in the main reception area along with printed information about HIV/AIDS. A lot more people are starting to talk about HIV/AIDS in public rather than in hushed whispers in dark corners. Friends of mine who I didn’t know were HIV positive have felt safe enough to admit to being HIV. But is this enough? Can it ever be enough? HIV/AIDS takes no prisoners. You might get parole but your sentence is for life and how you live that life and how you deal with your illness will impact on the quality of your life. Not everyone has it in them to take up the flag and march in the front line but every little bit helps. Telling a friend to “practice safe sex” could save them a lifetime of tears, being candid about sharing a needle might put someone off experimenting and just being a friend to a person who is waiting for HIV test results, well that is the greatest gift of all.

“How you deal with your illness will impact on the quality of your life” We look to the likes of the Terrence Higgins Trust and Sussex Beacon to guide us when it comes to HIV/AIDS, rightfully so but we as individuals have to play our part, we have it in us to keep this killer illness in the news not just on a medical research level but a HUMAN level too. The likes of Gscene have a part to play in this as well. Yes we should look at this subject every year, every day in fact because as She Who Shall Be Obeyed (mother) says, “HIV/AIDS isn’t just about the gay lifestyle, it’s about everyone and everybody whether they want to admit it or not.”


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CHARLIE SAYS BORN THIS GAY BEING AMERICAN AND IN THE MINORITY BY CHARLIE BAUER PhD There seems to be more and more books published these days about what it means to be gay than at any other point in history; almost as if the ‘gay movement’ were going through some sort of midlife crisis. Granted, as with most other things, the debates appear to be taking place by and around men, but the resulting arguments are nevertheless, fascinating. Recent publications, such as the incredibly apt (for manly old me); Velvet Rage: Overcoming The Pain of Growing Up Gay In A Straight Man’s World, would have found hardly any readership a few years ago but have now remarkably replaced the good old, ‘one handed read’ on the gay best seller list. One is lead to assume that it’s actually because gay men perhaps live longer now together with the fact that we have also lost a generation or two in the process. There was precious little time between Stonewall and the late HIV culture for any serious analysis of an established community, let alone the need for any self-help manuals for older gay men and his midlife crisis (like me). Up until recently this ‘old age’ was spent very much alone or in a covert mariage rose somewhere on the South Coast – which is reason enough for gay marriage, if you ask me. I also have to include in the book list the gay homo-textual assault - A Queer Thing Happened In America by Michael L Brown which is a charmless review of the ‘history’ of homosexuality by basically the Christian right. It seems to be no wonder that, at the same time as the repeal of the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy (gays in the military) that the Michael L Browns are now crawling out of the woodwork and stirring the old revisionist fudge. I find it odd that ideologies such as this (and it is a whopper of a book) are still not viewed as a political threat within the US. Let’s face it, the Log Cabin Republicans aren’t opposing Obama by contributing to the recent anti-gay legislation - their feelings and gestures remain as entrenched as they always have been, they just have a new battering ram. Brown implies that we (the people) have lost the ability to have a ‘constructive and honest dialogue’ about what gay mainstream media has become for fear that one could be labeled intolerant and bigoted. He states that because homosexuality is now so ‘in’ that no one would really dare to criticise it (leaving aside the fiscal and consumerist industries it has become); but he does however have plenty to say about gay men, religion and paedophilia. Mmmm. What is really worrying is that it is all presented as a fully researched study apparently in collaboration with the ‘gay community’ in someplace USA. What he doesn’t quite get is that ‘queer’ or whatever else you choose to call it, signified the flight away from the idea that the white heterosexual man has majority status – and it’s not just for the gays but for everyone who isn’t a white heterosexual man. This ‘otherness’ is composed of all the ‘other’ factions; the gays, the Asians, the blacks, the women, the transgendered, the disabled and any others that have been historically beaten down and disenfranchised. It’s an everchanging process that has worked to a greater degree, so what’s the point of a return to Victorian labeling - except for the same hateful reasons of ‘divide and conquer’ for Lord’s sake.

Politically, recessions are always an interesting time when it comes to human rights, and the internal financial rumpus within the US has diverted our gaze away from the other dangerous stuff that passes us by, unnoticed. Historically, this is what happens when a country tries to rescue itself from the slippery edges of the abyss. Of course I’m not saying that nobody in the US gives a rats ass about ‘minority issues’ but as things get tighter people tend to divert attention. Another big issue is the illusion of constitutional freedom of speech that I really find so very confusing within the US, and Proposition 8 is a good point in question. All sorts of stuff had been bubbling under both before and leading up to the Prop 8 debacle in America, which stated that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognised in California. I’ll prove my case...

“Recessions are always an interesting time when it comes to human rights, and the internal financial rumpus within the US has diverted our gaze away from the other dangerous stuff that passes us by, unnoticed” In 2009, The LA Times chose to give the entire back page to a right wing religious group upholding Prop 8. Since I was living in LA, I decided to give them both a quick call and a little piece of my mind. When I was eventually put through to a sub-editor he explained to me that anyone was entitled to take out a full-page advertisement and that it would be unconstitutional to deny them that freedom. His words, however contradicted his meaning. “So,” I said, “say if I was from Al Qaeda, would I be able to take the back page?” “No, because that would be inciteful and they are a terrorist organisation.” “Really,” I said, “then what about if I was an American religious, terrorist organisation like a chapter of the KKK, could I have the back page then?” He did not reply - could not reply - and for a while I heard him shuffle about at the other end of the phone before he eventually hung up. Enough not said.


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NETTY’S

QUEERYING

WORLD

QUEENIE BY QUEEN JOSEPHINE

PASSION KILLER

DON’T PLAY THAT SONG AGAIN

HIV. AIDS. Sadly, rumours of its death are greatly exaggerated. There was a time in the late 1990s when I thought infection rates where slowing. Now there are more people living with HIV than ever before, and many people don’t even know they’ve got it.

There’s something that’s been buzzing around in my head for a few hours, and now that I’ve come to write my column I feel I have to share it with you rather than sticking to this month’s theme. It’s when I find myself thinking “why the fuck?” and a phenomenon a friend calls having an earworm. I am of course referring to the ludicrous tune that will come into my brain for no apparent reason, that I spend the rest of the day humming or whistling it, and then passing it, inadvertently, on to other poor souls who happen to be in my vicinity. Which of course could’ve happened to me and may explain why I started singing it in the first place…

As a gay woman the risks have escaped me. However, I recently underwent medical tests and noticed one of them was for HIV. “I’m a lesbian,” I smiled “I don’t think that’s necessary”. My nice female doctor looked at me over her spectacles and said; “Have you EVER had sperm flowing up your fanny?” I nodded. “Well then, we’ll test you for HIV.” Talk about being direct! Now she knows I’m not a ‘Gold Star Lesbian’. Dis! Indeed, from what I’ve subsequently researched she could have been a lot blunter. Unlikely as it seems, lesbians are still at some risk of contracting HIV through girl on girl action. The usual suspects are bodily fluids; rough sex (anything that breaks the skin of the vagina or anus); oral sex (if a woman has cuts or sores on her mouth, gums, genitals or has her period); breast milk (oh good God); or finally sharing toys with blood or faeces on them. Is it me, or is all that the worst date EVER? So, the question remains. In the face of death, disease and a life changed forever, why won’t some gay men who fuck numerous different partners use condoms? Is it the same reason people on the Jeremy Kyle Show still request DNA tests? Is the old condom such a passion killer, expensive, inconvenient, embarrassing (strange considering what you’re about to do), uncomfortable... somehow inorganic? All I can say is this: Don’t be so pathetic! Even the Romans used goat’s bladders and they put it about all over the world.

“In the face of death, disease and a life changed forever, why won’t some gay men who fuck numerous different partners use condoms?” There was a time in my life when ‘bareback’ was riding a horse without a saddle. Now it seems fucking commando is de rigour for some bears who need a hug (or as I call them, bears who need an HIV test). Gay men need to be responsible for their health or risk dying younger and being lumbered with a compromised life. It worries me that most blokes expect a casual fuck to inform them of their HIV status, yet the reality is that one in five HIV positive men regularly disclose their status. You do the math. Medical studies show clearly that young people’s brains perceive danger in a different way. Hence the amount of accidents they are involved in. To them, becoming extinct is the land of the old. I can vouch for this myself as a once very cute but acutely naive young girl, when I found this anonymous ancient verse which made me think. It’s as pertinent today as ever: Gaily I live, as ease and nature taught, And spend my time without a single thought, And am amazed that Death that tyrant grim, Should think of me, who never thought of him. HIV. Nature’s way of telling you to use a condom.

As a DJ I’m lucky enough to get to play gorgeous tracks, all of which I listen to endlessly at home and in the car. Yet even after a day of listening to beautiful music I’ll no doubt still have, for example, Grandma We Love You pinging around in my brain. I’ll probably be humming it on the way to the gig. But where did it come from? I’ve not listened to a strange golden oldie radio station that specialises in crap or heard it on an advert or thought about my own grandmas (god rest them) who were both known as Granny anyway. I’ve been alone too, with nobody who has done all/any of the above to possibly pass it on. And I’m sure I haven’t heard anything with a riff that vaguely reminds my poor head of that terrible song! Oooh the mind is a mysterious mistress.

“Yet even after a day of listening to beautiful music I’ll no doubt still have, for example, Grandma We Love You pinging around in my brain” True enough, a lovely day may put some kind of sunshiny lyric in your bonce, but it goes no way towards explaining why earlier this year in the sweltering Andalusian heat our delightful hostess gave both me and the missus Angelo by Brotherhood Of Man as that day’s must-sing-song. She had no idea why, though I suppose it was favourable to their more famous hit, Save Your Kisses For Me (which you’ll be delighted to know I’m now tempted to start on). As one of the young people I work with has a musical toy she plays constantly it’s no surprise to find yourself mid-way through Jingle Bells at any time of year. Alternatively, I once remember donating In The Bleak Midwinter to several families on a beach in Portugal during a September heat wave. Perhaps the sea was cold and, um, bleak? I guess I don’t really WANT to know why. Life would be incredibly dull without randomly hearing my lovely work colleague warbling one of her many earworms; be it Jake The Peg (diddle diddle diddle dee), Onward Christian Soldier or All Around My Hat (I Will Wear The Green Willow). Which one would you choose? Unfortunately I’ve still got the one from earlier clinging on, despite Maroon 5 on the radio urging me to Move Like Jagger. Anyone for Simply Red’s Holding Back The Years? xxxHRH


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“I’ve suffered from depression for eight years and HIV for three. There’s a real stigma attached to both illnesses individually, and when you suffer from both then it seems doubly hard to deal with” I wonder if attitudes within our communities have changed along with the classification? Sadly, there is still so much stigma associated with being HIV positive, arguably the same as it has ever been. The lack of information and awareness facilitate this much the same as mental health stigma and discrimination.

MENTAL HEALTH & HIV SIMON CAMPBELL, MINDOUT GROUP WORKER ASKS: HOW CAN WE SUPPORT EACH OTHER WITH MENTAL HEALTH AND HIV? How being HIV+ affects a person’s mental health will vary from person to person, but it will have an effect. Within the 400+ people who approach MindOut each year, some will contact us directly to do with HIV and mental health, some will be HIV+ and need support around unrelated mental health issues. Here is one person’s experience of the links: “Living with HIV can make you feel very isolated. When you’re first diagnosed it’s all very confusing and your head is bombarded with information which you try and make sense of. It’s an illness that has, as a rule, no outward and visible signs that you are suffering. Living with a mental health condition can be the same in terms of feeling isolated in the world at large, and no outward sign that you are suffering. Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness are common and feeling suicidal can be a result. “What happens then when you have a mental health condition and HIV? Well it seems double the trouble. I’ve suffered from depression for eight years and HIV for three. There is a real stigma attached to both illnesses individually, and when you suffer from both then it seems doubly hard to deal with. “My depression predates my HIV diagnosis but for many HIV sufferers depression is a side effect to the medication they have to take. This can be a real problem for some and I recently heard that among HIV sufferers suicide is the third or fourth most common reason for death. “We need a change of attitude towards both mental health and HIV. When I tell someone

that I suffer from depression you can see their face fall, and it often becomes clear that they don't want to get involved. With HIV the response can be more marked… and… rejection only serves to feed any depression I might be feeling. It takes a lot on our part to be open about our illnesses and step out of our comfort zone, be bold and step out of yours.” There have been massive steps forward in the treatment of HIV, so much so it has been classified as a long term manageable illness. Despite this, there does appear to be a decline in the overall profile of HIV within all communities since its peak during the late 1980s and 1990s. Alarmingly, there has been a steady climb in rates of infection in recent times.

Stigma and discrimination have a huge impact on those who live with HIV and present all kinds of challenges: whether that is coming out to one’s friends and family, disclosing one’s status to sexual partners, or coming to terms with one’s own fears and prejudices, which are much the same as the process many go through in coming to terms with their experience of mental health issues. At MindOut, we are very aware of the impact HIV can have on an individual’s overall sense of wellbeing and mental wellness. This far too often is compounded by the stigma and discrimination many of us have experienced around our sexual orientation and gender identity as well as mental health concerns. Those who use our services tell us this. In direct response to service user requests, MindOut is planning to pilot a HIV Peer Support Group for LGBT people with a mental health concern from mid-November. This group will be a place for people to share their stories and experiences, a place to receive and give support, a place to learn from each other about how we cope. The group will be facilitated by a paid worker and a volunteer.

MINDOUT NEW HIV PEER SUPPORT GROUP Starting mid-November for any LGBT people with HIV who have experience of mental health issues. For more information please ring MindOut on 01273 234839 or email us info@mindout.org.uk

MINDOUT SERVICES MindOut provides free, independent mental health advice, information and advocacy. We also run a peer support group work service and activity groups for LGBT people with mental health issues. MindOut services are free, confidential and non-judgemental.

MINDOUT CONTACT DETAILS If you, or anyone you know, has mental health issues and you would like to talk in confidence to an out LGBT mental health worker or would like to offer us your support, please contact us: • 24hr confidential answerphone: 01273 234839 • Email: info@mindout.org.uk • New website: www.mindout.org.uk


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YOUNG

PEOPLE’S VOICE BY JASON MACKINNON

CHALLENGES OF BEING YOUNG AND HIV Being young these days is a challenge: youth unemployment is at record levels, many of us are perceived as no-hoper rioting yobs and university looks increasingly unattractive as many who do go are stuck with student loan repayments for years. Although huge steps have been made, those of us that are seen as different still get monstrously bullied at school and even later on. And let’s not get started on the hormone and puberty thing! Now imagine all of the above is happening to you and your friends and now you’ve just been told you have HIV. There’s a lot of misinformation and stigma out there so getting support from your family or friends might not be a simple. HIV isn’t like diabetes or even cancer, where support of your nearest and dearest is expected and almost always unquestionably given. HIV is one of the few medical conditions that people still whisper about rather than openly discuss. All too common is the belief that HIV is bad, ergo people who get HIV are bad. There is still, perhaps unsurprisingly, a great deal of angst about telling the people whose opinion matters most to you that you have HIV. Fear of their negative reactions or even that they just won’t understand is a huge motivation for keeping quiet. I’ve seen many cases where newly diagnosed people have themselves had to support their friends and family come to terms after telling them. The irony was not lost on me. There’s still a belief today among many that was so deeply ingrained in those 1980s adverts; HIV = AIDS and AIDS = tombstones. In the UK today, the magnitude of untruth in that is staggering. In 2009 there were 516 HIV related deaths, that’s about 0.5965% of all the people in the UK with HIV (estimated at 86,500 by the end of 2009). To put that into a little context you’re almost twice as likely to die from asthma than you are from complications with HIV (believe it or not). It’s only natural that when you’re going through something difficult you seek out other people going through the same experiences. And thus the support group was born. But not everyone with HIV has the same experiences; some are mothers, some are gay men who’ve had HIV since the 1980s, some are sex workers, some are injecting drug users. So we try to get everyone into a group that suits their needs. After all, HIV is indiscriminate. Since July of this year I’ve been helping at a new group for HIV positive young people (aged 16-27), who want a social space where they can talk freely and discuss what they often cannot elsewhere. The group takes place on the first Tuesday of each month from 7:30–9:30pm at the Terrence Higgins Trust centre on 61 Ship Street, Brighton. Now all we need is a support group for people struggling to pay to go to university... or are they called bars? Stats references: • http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/jan/14/mortalitystatistics-causes-death-england-wales-2009#zoomed-picture • http://www.avert.org/uk-statistics.htm

ALLSORTS YOUTH PROJECT Allsorts Youth Project supports young people under 26 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or unsure (LGBTU) of their sexuality and/or gender. Allsorts Youth Project, Young People's Centre, 69 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AE. Tel: 01273 721211 www.allsortsyouth.org.uk, www.facebook.com/allsortsyouth, twitter.com/allsortsyouth

NEW MINDOUT GROUPS HELD IN CENTRAL BRIGHTON

HIV PEER SUPPORT A place to share your experience of coping with mental health issues related to being HIV positive. Friday mornings starting in November.

BISEXUAL PEER SUPPORT GROUP For bi people who would like to meet each other to discuss mental health. Tuesday afternoons in Hove starting early December.

WORK IT OUT A group for people in employment who have experience of mental health issues, come and share with others in similar situations. Wednesday evenings starting early December.

MINDFULNESS BASED MEDITATION Mindfulness based cognitive therapy is shown to improve depression and anxiety. Monday evenings, 8 week course starting in January. MindOut services are run by and for LGB&T people who have experience of mental health issues. For more information: G call our confidential 24 hr answerphone 01273 234 839 G or email info@mindout.org.uk All our services are independent, confidential, non-judgemental and free, except for the Mindfulness Meditation course for which there will be a charge.


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BRIGHTON & SUSSEX

SEXUALITIES NETWORK

TRANS

MATTERS

BY KATHERINE JOHNSON - UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON

BY STEPH SCOTT

SUICIDAL 'RISK' AND LGBT MENTAL HEALTH

TRANS MATTERS

There have been many changes in the cultural imagination about LGBT people over the last 60 years as a result of depathologisation, decriminalisation and steady steps towards greater social equality. Social research has played a role in these transformations but research doesn’t just provide (often competing) evidence about the social and psychological conditions of our lives: it also creates lasting representations, narratives and stories that circulate more generally about what it is to be LGBT.

Sadly, AIDS/HIV hasn’t gone away or been cured, it just isn’t as ‘fashionable’ as it used to be. In the 1980s, 1990s and part of the noughties it was reported with big name stars dying from its effects and other big name stars raising large sums of money for research. Now it’s mainly people of colour in Africa and poor people throughout the world unable to pay for treatment who are dying. Money for research is being reduced, as the cure seems as far away as it ever was. Sufferers are living longer in mainly white wealthy countries where priorities have been shifted; ‘cures’ for cancers would seem to be more profitable, after all the number of sufferers bear no comparison. Selling cancer cures will make drugs firms more profit and save governments/insurance companies huge sums of money. It is a simple matter of economics, supply & demand etc. Add in the global financial crisis and it is easy to see why priorities have shifted and sadly the global media must share some of the blame in failing to hold the guilty to account!

For instance, a well-known (mis)representation of homosexuality as a mental illness was established in the 1950s and this lives on in some psychological practice today. In the 1970s activists and researchers were successful in de-coupling this link, convincing the American Psychiatric Association that homosexuality was not a form of mental illness. Yet, over the last decade, a growing trend in health research has reformulated this link by arguing that LGBT people carry an elevated ‘risk’ for mental health problems, including suicidal behaviour.

“Sufferers are living longer in mainly white wealthy countries where priorities have been shifted; ‘cures’ for cancers would seem to be more profitable”

Much of this research is quantitative and only tells us about certain correlations, rather than why this might be. So what does the research communicate? Firstly, reports of the findings construe suicidal behaviours as mental illness. This is a dominant view within western psychology, however suicidal thoughts and feelings have been accounted for in relation to other factors such as escaping feelings of shame, as the result of cultural erasure, a lack of hope about the future and as a form of communication in extreme circumstances.

Funding for groups, like THT and hospices, which help educate the general public and look after the ill have been cut back. This in turn lessens the impact they have, after all if less money is being ploughed in then ‘obviously’ the problem is not so severe and not worth as many newspaper column inches! The less well-hidden xenophobic and racist commentators are able to sprout their vile hatred; “It’s only the poor/African/South American people and they don’t count”.

“Even if we could classify deaths by LGBT identity it would not tell us why this is happening”

This hatred also applies to trans people throughout the world, especially those who are killed. Sunday, November 20 is this year’s International Transgender Day Of Remembrance and Brighton is holding a vigil at Dorset Gardens Methodist Church from 3pm. This year it will be run jointly by Brighton’s three trans organisations; The Clare Project, FTM Brighton and Allsorts Young Trans Groups. Hopefully the trans flag will be flown from the town halls as it did under the previous council, though at the time of writing this column full details of the vigil have yet to announced. Details of events shall be available on the websites and/or Facebook pages of the organisations running the vigil.

Secondly, we cannot assume that LGBT people are more likely than anyone else to take their life as the research is only based on reports of suicidal feelings and behaviours, not actual suicides. Some researchers have called for this type of research but even if we could classify deaths by LGBT identity it would not tell us why this is happening. Instead it would establish within the cultural imagination a link between LGBT identities and suicide, which could have profound implications for all LGBT people. So, rather than pursuing research strategies to evidence that LGBT people really do kill themselves more often than heterosexual people we might want to see researchers question what else is being communicated (other than ‘mental illness’) when LGBT people report that they have thought about suicide or attempted to harm themselves.

BRIGHTON & SUSSEX SEXUALITIES NETWORK (BSSN) The BSSN is an inter-university research network aimed at supporting research and researchers who work on issues of human sexuality within the Universities of Brighton and Sussex and the wider Sussex area. We consist of community members and academics who have an interest in knowing about current sexualities research. We have an organising committee, which is open to all, and which meets about twice a year. A sub-committee organises our annual conference. Anyone can come to these meetings to suggest and organise events

Once again South America is the worst area for the killing of trans people, the USA has not improved, with the number of attacks on the increase although little change in actual deaths. There are still large areas of the world that don’t have reported attacks or deaths. Not because they don’t happen, just because they don’t get reported! Amnesty International and many other campaigning groups have urged the United Nations to take actions against countries that are failing to protect its own diverse citizens, but still nothing happens. The number of attacks/deaths may be small but are just the tip of the iceberg. Each year we remember our dead but countries still take little action. International Transgender Day Of Remembrance, Sunday November 20, vigil from 3pm at Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, Brighton.


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DIRTY

MASEY

FINGERS

BY NEIL MASEY

BY RHS SILVER MEDALLIST RACHAEL WOODGATE

THE HEALING POWER OF GARDENING

Winter has firmly set in, the clocks have gone back and economies around the world have begun to collapse, bringing fears of the pound being so worthless you’ll have to use a wheelbarrow load of notes just to enter the ‘eight items or less’ queue. And it’s all Greece’s fault. All this news of Greece reminds me of a holiday I went on in the 1990s. I’d convinced my straight friends to ignore the myth created by gay-bashing Sun newspaper and come on holiday to Mykonos with me. Their much-more-savvy girlfriends agreed it was a great idea to let them off the leash.

Finding breathing space from the mental rough and tumble of modern life is an increasingly rare thing. Gardening has not only given me that precious peace of mind, it’s also transformed my life. For those who knew of me back in my hedonistic Candy Bar days you probably wouldn’t recognise me now. While ‘Rach Red’ will always be a part of me, I’ve ditched the nocturnal life and the darkness of nightclubs and now have a day job teaching gardening to disaffected adults. Following some post-30 soul searching I reached a crossroads in my life – either continue in a comfortable gay bubble with hundreds of people bouncing in and out of my life (but if I’m honest very few lasting friendships), or take myself back to school and pursue something that had always been a private passion – gardening. The decision I made has blossomed into an amazing personal and professional development and I haven’t looked back.

At the island airport a sea of expectant faces watched a hole in the wall belch out suitcases of all sizes onto a conveyor belt. As each person was reunited with their bags it became increasingly obvious that I wasn’t going to be. Sadly my luggage had gone on holiday to Germany. On arrival at the apartment, and being a typical Brit, I made a cup of tea for us all. I went to put the tea bags in the mugs only to find one mug already had something in it; £320 in cash. The gods had looked down on me! With a pocket full of wonga I skipped off to the shops to buy a whole new wardrobe. There was limited choice for the ‘larger’ man; I was faced with wearing the island fashion of skimpy briefs, fitted T-shirts and sarong or borrowing my mate’s hip-hop gear. I chose the latter.

“As I set off for the apartment, I felt a heavy thud on my back accompanied by terrible grunting” As we wound our way down to the beach we met many cats and dogs which I insisted on patting and petting. The boys couldn’t wait to get to those beautiful women on the beach and on the first day they rushed off eagerly! They were of course furious to find sun-kissed boys in skimpy-wear and spent the rest of the holiday getting pissed and trying to find ways to wreak revenge on me. Each day on the way back, they’d leave me petting whatever pet I’d found while they went in search of booze. One particular dog, a beautiful French sheepdog called a Briard, received most of my attention. He was huge with curly black fur, standing waist high and very friendly so I’d spend ages each day stroking him. Alas; one day, when walking back from the beach, it all went terribly wrong. As usual everyone had left me behind to stroke the beautiful Briard, but with the sun beating down on my burnt skin, I didn’t spend that long with the pooch. As I set off for the apartment, I felt a heavy thud on my back accompanied by terrible grunting. The force of the blow threw me to the ground. As I wrestled my attacker I noticed that I was being, erm... ‘assaulted’ by the Briard. I was pinned, face down on the pavement and terrified but eventually I managed to push the beast off. The locals cried with laughter as I hobbled off, sunglasses broken, T-shirt ripped and with a grazed elbow and cut hand. It was only when I got back to the apartment that one of the boys pointed out that I’d also walked all the way through town with dog semen all over the back of my shorts. The shame of it all! At home a week later my clothes arrived from their trip to Berlin and I received a letter written in French. The writer expressed how much they’d enjoyed my company and our time together and they’d had fallen in love with me. With a Greek postmark on the outside and photo of my betrothed on the inside it was signed ‘Knobby, The Curly Haired Briard’. My mates had got their revenge in the end.

BUDDHA BLACK-EYED SUSAN RACHMEETS RED WATERS HER GARDEN

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However, you don’t need to change your career for gardening to transform your life. I challenge anyone not to feel great after a day’s gardening! For me it’s food for the soul and brings a wonderful sense of release that’s almost unparalleled. The mental stress and strain of daily life can overrun you. Anxiety, depression or isolation can weigh you down and make you lose perspective on your life. While the walls you feel hemming you in aren’t easy to climb over, gardening can give you a renewed sense of purpose and a clarity that can be truly liberating. Most of the people I work with are emotionally disaffected and alienated from society, but I see first hand how taking time out to grow and nurture plants has led to an amazing growth in their sense of self-worth and their confidence – a surprise to them perhaps, but not to me. Wider society is also beginning to wise up to the rehabilitative power of gardening, with occupational health projects popping up all over the country and vocational horticulture now used as a rehabilitative tool in schools, prisons, hospitals, hospices and social enterprise projects. Gardening brings people together, encourages a sense of community and offers that rare reward of watching something you have nurtured grow and flourish.

“Gardening can give you a renewed sense of purpose and a clarity that can be truly liberating” While gardening can be invaluable in embedding and developing basic skills like numeracy and literacy, it has a unique benefit in that traditional forms of communication are not required. Gardening activities lend themselves to groups with learning difficulties for whom communication can often be a barrier. Of course we shouldn’t forget the health benefits of being outdoors, especially if you’re cooped up in an office all day. Fresh air and physical work can help you relax and promote natural sleep. The gardening workout is one way of banishing that unused gym membership guilt! So why not get gardening? At the very least you’ll experience the wonder and beauty of nature on your doorstep. Beyond that perhaps you’ll throw off those shackles and break down the mental walls stopping you fulfil your potential. More information on using gardening to change lives: www.thrive.org.uk and for local workshops and informal courses: www.gardenhousebrighton.co.uk


58 GSCENE On the DJ front, the offers of work have already been flooding in with Steve’s reputation as one of Brighton’s most respected and reliable club DJs reaching Hong Kong through the ex-pat community. “DJing isn’t just my hobby. Along with Richard it’s one of my great loves. Over the years I’ve had an incredibly rewarding time working at clubs Revenge and Legends. I have many happy memories and made some very good friends along the way.” Steve was in fact the winner of the Best DJ Award at the first Golden Handbag Awards at the Brighton Dome in 1994. Steve says: “I was welcomed back at Revenge this year after a break of several years. I started at Revenge back in 1993 and at Legends’ Basement Club when it reopened after the refit. Tony Chapman has been my biggest advocate and I have the utmost respect for him and what he has done for the commercial gay scene in Brighton.”

ON THE MOVE James Ledward bids farewell to two old acquaintances Steve and Richard Lusher-Sawyer have been faces on the commercial scene in Brighton for as long as I can remember. Richard’s UK boss decided to take early retirement and his new boss was located in New York. Everyone in his company suggested that Richard would most likely need to move to New York. Although his new boss was in New York, Richard’s job involved mainly travelling in Asia and Europe. It didn’t make sense to move to the states and still have to travel everywhere except America. What started out as a casual conversation on where Richard would go started a cascade of events that led to Richard and Steve moving to Hong Kong last month. “I came home and casually said to Steve, fancy moving to Hong Kong?” laughs Richard. “We’d talked about living abroad before and Asia was on our list of favourite holiday destinations. I lived in Dubai 11 years ago for work, so I’d got my head around the idea before” he added. Steve was born in Asia and had lived in Hong Kong as a child. Although it has changed dramatically over the intervening years, Hong Kong still had a charm and magic that Steve fondly remembers: “I always wanted to go back, to see what had changed or what I remember from my childhood. I never thought I’d have the chance to live there again.” Richard and Steve’s main concern was what Richard’s company would do for them as civil partners. Richard said: “I was worried that either my company would pay lip service to the fact we are legally entitled to the same partner benefits as a straight couple or do nothing for us at all.” In fact Richard’s concerns where completely unfounded. His company treated Steve as an equal in the

relocation and flew him out to Hong Kong and put him in touch with estate agents to view potential apartments. The company gave the pair a 'married couples apartment allowance' which will allow them to live in a bigger apartment and they’ll pay for Steve to fly home to visit his family back in the UK. “We never once had to use the ‘we’re civil partners, give us the same rights as a married couple’ card,” says Richard. “Maybe all those years of marching at Prides in my teens have paid off. Back then Pride was a protest for equality and much less about celebrating diversity like it is today. My company have been truly outstanding. I haven’t had to ask for anything in regards to Steve being included in my relocation. I’m almost in shock. We shouldn’t have to worry that companies won’t do the right thing for civil partners now, but I bet some firms will still try and get out of their legal responsibilities.” However it won't be all plain sailing. Steve still needs to get a job once he arrives in Hong Kong to gain permanent residency. Many people think Steve is a full time DJ, but he's actually a successful operations manager for a business travel company. He's already secured interviews for when he arrives in Hong Kong.

“Tony Chapman has been my biggest advocate and I have the utmost respect for him and what he has done for the commercial gay scene in Brighton”

Richard and Steve are moving everything they own to Hong Kong and staying in a serviced apartment for the first month while their possessions literally take a slow boat to China and while they look for a three bedroom apartment to live in. “We’ve a lot of friends and family who want to come and stay,” Richard and Steve say in unison. “If only half of them come over, our new place will be like a hotel,” added Steve. Richard and Steve had to open Hong Kong bank accounts and HSBC in Brighton took it in their stride. They checked over their joint application before sending it to Hong Kong for approval and made the whole process hassle free. Strangely, while you can have a bank account without being a resident in Hong Kong you can’t get a mobile phone contract until you get the magic visa stamp in your passport! Gay life in Hong Kong could take some adjusting to. While there is a gay bar and club scene, it isn’t as large or diverse as Brighton. Many are closed on Sundays, possibly a throw back to British rule and a large and powerful Catholic presence that still has a lot of clout. Not that Richard and Steve will have any trouble making new friends. The local 'gay mafia' takes new ex-pats under their wing. “Everyone we met when we visited was so friendly. Maybe there was a little of the 'new meat' syndrome, but I know when I’m being hit on and just as importantly when I’m not. We met some really cool people and as we have a few friends out there already, I’m sure we won't be without drinking buddies from the moment we land,” says Richard. “We even met the man who publishes the local equivalent of Gscene. A really lovely guy that instantly offered to help us network as soon as he met us,” adds Steve. There are bound to be a few obstacles, however if Richard and Steve are as lucky in the future with the help and support they have had so far, it’s going to be a great and rewarding experience. They both say they’re going to miss all their friends in Brighton and hope everyone, as promised, keeps in touch with them.


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