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Bookings for our CHAMPAGNE “Ladies Day” Excursion to Royal Ascot ENDS ON MAY 20TH. DONT MISS OUT!

EXCLUSIVE Panache E-Magazine meets Georgiana Williams of OMGH Designs, the Official sponsors of the Miss Caribbean UK 2013 Beauty Pageant

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Claudia Andrews

David F. Roberts

Kieran Etoria-King

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Peter Branch Photography

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Marie Parris

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PANACHE OCCASIONS Sales Executive position with Panache Occasions Ltd. Panache Occasions Limited is seeking an Advertising Sales Executive who will be responsible for maintaining and growing advertising revenue across a given client and market territory. Our readership has grown dramatically in the past year and we need a excellent sales person to help us attract sales revenue. The role will involve selling internet advertising via the telephone, email and face to face meetings with potential advertisers. Skills, Experience and Abilities Ideally you will have a minimum of 2 years’ experience in advertising sales in the media/ advertising sector. Alternatively you will be an experienced sales person (minimum 2 years) looking to break into magazine advertising sales.

Core Responsibilities • Selling advertising to a mix of new customers and existing key accounts. Working toward revenue targets and generating advertising sales revenues. • Proactively network, always seeking opportunities to promote all Panache Occasions Limited • This role will also involve maintaining and developing relationships with existing customers via regular meetings, telephone calls and emails. • The position will be responsible for working with the Managing Editor and Finance and Administration Manager on the development of sales and marketing strategies. • This role will involve visiting potential customers to aggressively prospect for new business

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Our team is a tight-knit group that works hard and has an enthusiasm for the product that they produce and represent. We are looking for someone who is ready to jump right in, learn the product and market and become a proactive, productive and collaborative member of this team. We need someone passionate and hard-working.

We offer 25% commission on all sales generated. If interested, please send your CV to info@panacheoccasions.com


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RACEDAY PROGRAMME Your admission to the Grandstand area which provides excellent views of the Royal Procession and racing action from the lawns situated in front of the Grandstand and easy access to all events surrounding the Parade Ring and track. We have secured the Grandstand area for your full enjoyment. You’ll be picked up by our fully air conditioned coach with a luxury specification, forward facing reclining seats, Freeview TV, Mobile Telephone & GPS Tracking, and PA/ Stereo sound system and comfortably arrive at Ascot ready for a fantastic time.

YOU MUST BE AT YOUR DEPARTURE POINT AT LEAST 5 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE COACH ARRIVAL TIME. COACH PICK UP 1 PICK UP - 07:45AM LEAVING AT - 8:00AM Cranbrook Rd, Gants Hill, Ilford IG2 6LE Landmark – KwikFit. Car parking available - Pay & Display £5.00 per day. Nearest Stn Central Line Gants Hill. COACH PICK UP 2 PICK UP - 8:20AM LEAVING AT - 8:30AM Weigall Road, Lee, Lewisham SE12 8HF Landmark - Crofton Albion Sports and Social Club. There are NO parking restrictions on this road. COACH PICK UP 3 PICK UP - 08:45AM LEAVING AT - 9:00AM Thornton Heath Clock Tower, Parchmore Rd CR7 8RX Landmark – 24 Hour Tesco There are NO parking restrictions when you park off-road on residential streets. CHAMPAGNE Breakfast Once we have all boarded the coach, our CHAMPAGNE Breakfast will be served with a glass of a Branded Champagne / Bucks Fizz and a variety of filled croissants, selection of pastries and fruits. 10:30AM - ARRIVE AT ASCOT The expected time of arrival at Ascot racecourse Ascot, High St, Ascot, West Berkshire SL5 7JX

12:00PM - CHAMPAGNE Lunch Whilst you are taking-in the ambiance of Ascot, we will be preparing your delectable Caribbean CHAMPAGNE Lunch which will be served from 12:00pm to 1.30pm. This will consist of the following: • A glass of a Branded Champagne / Bucks Fizz • Jerk Chicken, Smoked Salmon (V), Goat Curry • Rice & Peas (V), Macaroni Cheese (V) • Pasta Salad, Mixed Green salad, Coleslaw • Sliced Cakes & Gateau's, Fresh Fruits 2:00PM

- Royal Procession

2:30PM

- The first race begins

3:45PM

- Feature Race begins

4:30PM - CHAMPAGNE Afternoon Tea Before the last race, return back to the coach to be served CHAMPAGNE Afternoon Tea consisting of a glass of a Branded Champagne / Bucks Fizz served with scrumptious tea-time cakes and biscuits. 5:35PM

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- Depart from Ascot

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K based companies; Panache Occasions, CaribDirect and Studio One UK have pooled together their expertise and resources to create the Company - Miss Caribbean UK to present the very first Caribbean beauty contest of its kind in the UK. The Miss Caribbean UK “Beauty with a Purpose” Pageant 2013 consists of 6 heats commencing on 8th June to 12th October 2013 at the plush and exclusive CLUB ZANZIBAR, 291 Kirkdale Road, Sydenham London SE26 4QD and will lead to a GRAND FINAL on Saturday 30th November 2013 at the prestigious CIRCUS TAVERN, Meads Corner, A1306 Purfleet, Essex RM19 1TS Most beauty pageants are focused on choosing someone to hold up to scrutiny as the example of beauty for that county, region etc. We want to use “BEAUTY”, with a purpose! We want to use this pageant to INSPIRE, to INFORM, to UNITE and to raise awareness of issues relating to Caribbean peoples in the Caribbean and the diaspora. We want to use the pageant to inspire by example those who feel disadvantaged and to empower them by showing what you can do with the right attitude. We want to use the pageant to inform the audience about issues that are affecting men and women in the Caribbean and the diaspora. Such as the issues of female abuse in all its forms. For example we will be working with “Wilde International network” bringing light to their “PROTECT THE GIRL CHILD” campaign. www.wildeinternationalnetwork.org.uk We want to use the pageant as a vehicle for the peoples of the Caribbean and the diaspora

to unite around a common purpose, which will be to choose their UK Caribbean Queen to represent them to the World. Our main objective, however, is to help raise awareness of issues that are affecting the aforementioned community and to try and effect positive change to those issues. To achieve our objective we are forming collaborations with media agencies across the Caribbean and in the UK. We have also invited all the High Commissioners and consular heads of these countries and informed them of the objectives of this pageant. They have all given a positive indication of their attendance. We believe The Miss Caribbean UK “Beauty with a Purpose” Pageant 2013 has the potential to be extremely successful. Beauty contests are popular in many parts of the world. The biggest, the Miss World competition, has been running annually since 1951, and although it is less popular in the UK now than it was in 1968, when it attracted 27.5 million TV viewers, it attracts an enormous worldwide audience – up to 3 billion viewers in 120 countries. There are beauty contests for various categories of age, sex and sexuality. However, adult women’s beauty contests are overwhelmingly the most popular and high-profile version. We recognised that although some of the Caribbean countries currently organise their own individual countries’ pageant, e.g. Miss Jamaica UK, Miss Trinidad and Tobago UK and Miss Guyana UK, there was no “finale” to showcase the ultimate Caribbean UK beauty that they could attend, such as the “Miss World” contest. To this end we are delighted to present The Miss Caribbean UK “Beauty with a Purpose” Pageant 2013


Miss Caribbean UK are supporting the charity Cancer Black Care Miss Caribbean UK is supporting the charity, CANCER BLACK CARE (CBC), and will be donating 5% of net profits to this charity. The contestants all have charities that they support and that they will be promoting About CANCER BLACK CARE (CBC) www. cancerblackcare.org.uk Cancer Black Care ( CBC) (registered charity no. 1086465) has been in existence since 1995. Dr Frank Chinegwundoh MBBS MS MML(med law) FRCSEng FRCSEd FRCS(Urol) FEBU has been the Chairman of the Board of Trustees (since 1998). Cancer Black Care’s ( CBC) vision is to be the primary cancer support organisation for the Black Minority Ethnic (BME) sector in the UK. It aims to provide practical, physical and emotional support to people affected by cancer, as well as their carers, families and friends, especially, but not exclusively from the Black Minority Ethnic community (BME). CBC achieves these aims by engaging the community, providing support services and influencing educational programmes relating to cancer prevention, treatment, and palliative care. Below are some of the services offered Core Services • to give information and advice on all types of cancer • to provide one-to-one counselling • to raise funds on behalf of patients and their families • to initiate and facilitate support group meetings • to provide cancer information through open health forums • to provide a befriending and home visiting service • to engage the BME community by outreach work

• raise awareness of cancer promote healthy living • Information on Palliative Care • Befriending Scheme • Training

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CBC assists the National Cancer Plan’s objective of reducing inequality in cancer. We are on the Department of Health National Cancer Inequalities Initiative. CBC Information and Support Centre is based at 79 Acton Lane, London NW10 and provides services for the Brent and Harrow communities. Wider support is telephone based. . The majority of referrals to CBC come from local NHS Trusts. We therefore are supporting NHS patients. . We were commissioned by the Department of Health in 2009 to convene a panel of Black and Ethnic Minority Cancer sufferers to advise them. In 2011 we jointly completed a project on increasing the uptake of breast screening in African Caribbean in South London; the report is on the NHS cancer screening website. In 2012 we collaborated with several agencies to deliver a men’s prostate community health project as a one year pilot at the instigation of the Department of Health. The externally commissioned report was published in October 2012. The Chair represents Cancer Black Care on the Department of Health prostate cancer advisory group (PCAG). CBC welcomes volunteers and potential trustees.


A nationwide search is on for:

Miss Grenada UK 2013. For details on registration interested contestants can log on to:

www.misscaribbeanuk.com


Special Feature OoooMGH Designer:

Georgiana Williams

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stablished in the UK in 2009, Georgiana Williams and Natasha West have created a couture line to die for.

dresses, making the collection a fashion statement. that undoubtedly represents us.

OoooMGH Designs introduce a range of haute couture designs for men and woman between 16-45 and size 6-18 but their collection does not stop there as they also produce a sports collection called “GOSHyy” that consists of GOSHyy SnapBack and Woolly hats, and T-Shirts for men, woman & children.

We have a motivated team of designers who create garments for all special occasions. We strive on being unique, with each design being original from our fashion sense. Something to say OOOOh My Gosh I have to have it!

Panache E-Magazine met with the designer Georgiana Williams to get to know the beauty behind the organisation: -

What statement do your designs make?

The statement is: “OOOOh My Gosh” which is reflected in our creative and fresh logo, the signature “Super O” which is used in all our haute couture designs swimwear and

Do you do all the designs yourself?

What else would you be if you weren’t designing your range? If I wasn’t a designer I would be a personal stylist.

Who is your current favourite fashion designer and why? I simply love channel. I love the vintage concept in their range of clothing.

What advice would you give to young designer trying to get in the Fashion industry? I would definitely advice young designers to go with their vision of concepts. Be focused, have a good marketing strategy, and always take feedback into consideration.

Send us your comments to: - info@panacheoccasions.com


What is one thing your life experiences have taught you, which you would like to teach others? To take control of your life and always remember the number one in your life is YOU.

Where have your designs been showcased in the UK? Myself and Natasha snapped-up the opportunity to showcase our signature Super “O” swimwear by sponsoring the Miss Jamaica UK beauty pageant In 2011 and in 2012. This was a fantastic experience as all the contestants looked absolutely fantastic on stage in our costumes. Both occasions have been very proud moments for us.

What have been the highlights of 2013 so far? Recently, myself and Natasha were interviewed on the Sporah Show which is

aired on Sky’s BenTV on channel 182. We loved every minute of it and realised that the profile of our company is finally getting the recognition it deserves.

What plans do you have for the rest of 2013 and where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time? We have been busy updating our collection and I am pleased to announce that our new line will be showcased at the final of the prestigious Miss Caribbean UK Beauty Pageant 2013 which will be held at The Circus Tavern, Essex RM19 1TS on the 30th November 2013. We think that this is an event not to be missed!

Panache E-Magazine simply loves the swimwear made by OoooMGH Designs visit their website: http://www.omghdesigns.co.uk

Georgina and Natasha on the Sporah Show


DO YOU WANT TO BE THE FIRST MISS CARIBBEAN UK BEAUTY QUEEN? The search is on for MISS CARIBBEAN UK 2013! It could be YOU wearing the crown? Step into the spotlight and apply to represent your Caribbean Country in the UK. Panache Occasions, CaribDirect and StudioOne have provided a platform for the winners of all the UK’s Caribbean beauty pageants to demonstrate and display their beauty and intellect to the Caribbean community. Enter the Miss Caribbean UK 2013 “Beauty with a Purpose” pageant for an experience of a life time!

The prize is within your reach! The winner will receive:• CASH PRIZE OF £1000.00 • FREE FLIGHT TO THE WINNERS ISLAND • OPPORTUNITY TO MEET DIGNATORIES AND CELEBRITIES • TV AND RADIO INTERVIEWS • AND BEST OF ALL THE CROWN OF MISS CARIBBEAN UK 2013 HEATS for the following Countries will be held at: - Club Zanzibar, 291 Kirkdale, Sydenham SE26 4QD VISIT : www.misscaribbeanuk.com FOR APPLICATION FORM CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES Grenada 8th Jun Saint Lucia 29th Jun Dominica 20th Jul Barbados 31st Aug Antigua 21st Sep Saint Vincent 12th Oct MISS CARIBBEAN UK 2013 – FINAL 30th November


The FINALIST of each competition will automatically qualify to enter for the Miss Caribbean UK 2013 “Beauty For A Purpose” beauty pageant. Which will be on Saturday 30th November 2013 at the prestigious and World famous CIRCUS TAVERN - Meads Corner, A1306 Purfleet, Essex RM19 1TS (NB: - Guyana, Jamaica & Trinidad and Tobago conduct their own auditions / pageants. Please check their websites for further details. (The 1st and 2nd place winners of these countries will automatically qualify to enter for the title of Miss Caribbean UK 2013). For more information and application form, visit our website: www.misscaribbeanuk.com We want to use this pageant to INSPIRE, to INFORM, to UNITE and to raise awareness of issues relating to Caribbean peoples in the Caribbean and the diaspora. • We want to use the pageant to inspire by example those

who feel disadvantaged and to empower them by showing what you can do with the right attitude. • We want to use the pageant to inform the audience about issues that are affecting men and women in the Caribbean and the diaspora. Such as the issues of female abuse in all its forms. For example we will be working with “Wilde International network” bringing light to their “PROTECT THE GIRL CHILD” campaign. • We want to use the pageant as a vehicle for the peoples of Caribbean and the diaspora to unite around a common purpose, which will be to choose their Queen to represent them to the World. Our main objective, however, is to help raise awareness of issues that are affecting the aforementioned community and to try and affect positive change to those issues.

BEAUTY WITH A PURPOSE!


15th April 2013 Dear Applicants, I wish to inform you that our Mr Sovereign States 2013 pageant has been postponed until 2014. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. We will contact applicants and associates in due course. Carivog International, the promoter of Miss Trinidad and Tobago UK, Miss Universal Carnival Queen and Mr Sovereign States, wish to announce that Dr Patrick Williams is no longer involved in the planning or promotion of any of its events with immediate effect. Any submissions, undertakings or commitments made by Dr Williams on our behalf are now being handled by Angela Cox to whom all enquiries should be directed using the contact details below. To confirm Carivog has no connection with any other pageants being organised by Dr Williams, including any other male pageants. Carivog International Directors Email: Mobile:

admin@carivog.com +44 (0)7958 336 694


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This festivity goes back to the the days on the sugar plantations when slaves were giving permission by the plantation owners the chance to celebrate the ending of the sugar cane crop. Like many other traditions, this has carried on throughout the years even though we no longer under such circumstances.

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Annually many party seekers travel from neighbouring countries and from far and wide to enjoy this carnival spirit. With the sounds of new music playing on the radio stations and mascarade bands houses launching their dazzling costumes that are beautifully adorn with beads, sequins and feathers; the anticipation and excitment are truly building.

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arbadians are already longing for the arrival of their carnival better known as Crop Over, the second largest carnival in the caribbean after Trinidad and Tobago which starts religously every year in July and climaxes with a grand feeling of euphoria on the first monday in August.

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the Crop Over festival. Its never a dull moment with all the various shows, Foreday Morning Jam also know as J’ouvert (12 am till 7 am) and then the colorful showcase created by children and adults as they parade through the streets to the blasting tunes coming from the music trucks on their repsective days, Kiddies Kadooment and Grand Kadooment Day. One of these of mascarade band houses is Dragon Fly Mass Band, it is classed within the small band category because of its projected number of participants of 300 but there is nothing small about these grand costumes designs.

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This year’s theme is Mythology, the costumes have various historic names like Hsi Wang Hu “Queen Mother of the West”, Sun Wu-Kong “Monkey King” Hathor “Goddess of Beauty, Love, Women, The Sky, Fertility, Music and Dance, among others. Take a look at the costumes. So as we countdown to Crop Over 2013, get ready to really party as there is no time sleep not even for the weak. This is not one to be missed as anyone will tell you that once you come and experience it you’ll be defintely hooked!


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26th – 27th May 2013 Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N1 0QH

Access to style • Fashion shows • Hair shows • Beauty & nail bar • Seminars Tickets £12 at the door, £10 in advance

www.afrohairshow.com

For ticket outlets and further information visit:


be given FREE access to hair regimen tools which will inevitably improve the growth and texture of hair.

Afro Hair and Beauty LIVE 2013 With the arrival of summer, Europe’s largest lifestyle event for women (and men) of colour is back! Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE returns showcasing the latest season trends and hottest upcoming styles from across the pond. Taking place at the Islington Business Design Centre on 26th & 27th May the event will house a vibrant mix of hairstyle demonstrations, fashion shows, makeovers and live entertainment. Why not spend your Bank Holiday weekend in style! What to expect: WORKSHOPS AND DEMONSTRATIONS Here is where all the magic of beauty happens! On site renowned experts and awardwinning hair and makeup artists will be offering advice on skincare, natural styles and relaxers. Some of the best experts include: • Noire Essence who will be presenting the truth about black hair. This means that all myths about black hair can now be put to rest as participants will

• Dr Reginald Mitchell aka Dr Hair will be holding a seminar talking about everything to do with hair breakage, hair scalp analysis, children’s hair and hair styling tips you can do in the comfort of your home. • Natasha Briscoe, founder of Arise and Shine will be sharing information on diseases that are responsible for certain types of hair loss. And the natural remedies that can be taken to reduce symptoms associated with it. • T444Z which is dubbed as the miraculous hair food for natural or relaxed hair will be showing you how you can say good bye to your receding hair line, if your hair is thinning, if you wish to improve the thickness, length and health of your hair. This could be your time to hang up your lace front wigs and start rocking your own hair • You can find out how you can have flawless looking skin while earning an extra income with Mary Kay as well as bagging yourself goodies on the day. STAGE SHOWS This year’s fashion show is being sponsored by the British Heart Foundation (BHF). The BHF is the UK’s number one heart charity and is committed to raising awareness of heart disease - UK’s single biggest killer. Did you know that African Caribbean people are twice as likely to have a stroke as people of European origin? The show will be introduced by Michelle White, whose heart problems began at just 26 but she is a survivor and a supporter of the BHF.


JJ Rocks Consultancy will also be hosting an impeccable fashion show and pop-up boutique, with an eclectic mix of designers from established labels such as Ade Bakare to emerging labels such as Binghi’s Boutique. The theme will be “Empowering Women”: the confidence, strength and beauty that a woman exudes both inside and out. The Boutique aims to encompass all that is beautiful and chic. From handmade accessories to exquisitely made clothing with influences spanning across continents. Jodi Barima, Founder of JJ Rocks is a London/Paris fashion week designer/stylist and consultant. Her partner Dennica-Abdo Markham, Founder of US Company Fashion Meets music LA/London is also an events manager with grass roots in PR & Live Entertainment. This dynamic duo aim to raise the bar of Afro Hair and beauty Live with their conceptual show stopping surprises. Be prepared to be wowed as ‘Fantasy Hair’ makes a comeback to the stage. The legendary hair competition will feature award-winning hairdressers who will battle against each other and have their creative prowess put to the test. Stakes will be raised even higher at the ‘Battle of the Barbers’ as the winner will take home a prize draw of a £1000. The competition will see barbers go head to head in a 15 minute freestyle cutting challenge. Find out who will be able to cut the sharpest, fastest and most creatively! EXHIBITION Get your hands on the best products from around the world, brought to you by the people that make them. Skin serums, body

butters, hair extensions and everything in between, all ready to be tried and tested by you! Take time out to be indulged with a customised manicure at one of the many pop-up beauty booths or take the stress off your mind with an Indian head massage or spa facial. From beautiful henna tattoos to professional eyebrow threading and eyelash extensions all at cut prices, you will leave feeling totally revived and refreshed. Hair lovers will enjoy the interactive debate — a show’s first — and can put questions to our expert panel affiliated with major brands such as Mazuri, Mixed Chicks, Taliah Waajid and Jane Carter. Under one roof taking place over two days, you do not want to miss the array of live demos, catwalk shows, celebrity guest appearance and amazing one-off show discounts that are exclusive ONLY to Afro Hair & Beauty Live. To name a few of the exclusive offers - Supermalt are offering a Sanctuary Spa day out (the winner will be announced on stage) and 02 will be distributing free international SIM cards. Although this is an event for people of colour, Afro Hair and Beauty Live will also cater for people who in general are seeking full volume, long luscious locks for achieving the Cheryl Cole look.

So why not take advantage of the promotional ticket offer - £2 off. For more information about Afro Hair & Beauty Live visit http://www.afrohairshow.com


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Educational dilemma: How Valuable is a Degree?

here has been countless discussions and opinions voiced over the worth of education in this current UK economy. Many students are leaving universities with impressive degrees and still end up unemployed. Last year, the unemployment rate for 16-24 year olds increased to 21.1%, which meant that at least 11 million young people remained unemployed. From 2004 to 2009, university tuition fees ranged from £3,000 to £3,290 per year. This has since increased to a maximum of £9,000 under the current coalition government. This increase coupled with the lack of jobs for young people and graduates, begs the questions: is going to university worth it? How valuable is a degree? This is an on-going debate and with A-level exams currently in progress, it is imperative to review all the options. We are told time and time again that ‘Education is the key’ and led to believe that it is the only way. Although there is a general consensus on


Claudia Andrews is a young lady with a keen interest in writing and equality. Usually viewing the world from a different angle; she prides herself on being able to communicate to the world through writing. the value of education, we have to access the worth of education in this current economy. As young people, we are constantly reminded of the pros of getting a university education and a degree, whilst being reminded of the hardships we could face without one. Below is a list of some of the frequent pros we hear about getting a degree. PROS OF GETTING A DEGREE: • Better chances of securing a well-paid, highly skilled job • Helps to secure a better future • University helps to strengthen your social skills and status • Independence

It is clear that the current recession has somewhat nullified the first two advantages of getting a degree, which leaves many people in a rut as to what steps to take next. If you decide that going to university isn’t for you or you would like to defer your entry till you are absolutely sure, then there are a few alternatives to explore. APPRENTICESHIPS – a large number of apprenticeship schemes have been funded by the government. These schemes provide you with valuable experience, skills and qualifications. An advantage of this scheme is that you earn whilst learning these skills. www.apprenticeships.org.uk EMPLOYMENT- there are a number of jobs that require little to no experience. Going into employment provides you with some income as you decide the path to take. Internships- although some internships are unpaid, they provide valuable information and training which can be applied to future jobs. Some companies also hire interns that prove themselves during their internships. VOLUNTEERING- volunteering allows you a bit of autonomy as you decide the times you ‘work’. Mostly part time, you are exposed to a world of endless possibilities as you come in contact and help people from a variety of backgrounds.

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP – starting and running your own business. This is a bold move however, if done properly, can secure your future and help strengthen the economy. Don’t believe me? Take a look at Lord Sugar and Sir Richard Branson (both dropped out of school at a young age). Be sure to do a lot of research and seek advice where necessary.

Yes education is important. Education comes in various forms and a degree is only one way of educating yourself. The alternatives mentioned above all provide useful education for future employment whether theoretically or through life skills. Going to university is a wonderful experience and obtaining a degree is a great accomplishment however, ‘everything isn’t for everyone’ so if university isn’t for you, do not feel compelled to follow the crowd. There are a number of opportunities available, should you decide to take other routes aside from going to university.


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orn Mary Nana Agyeman Prempeh, a granddaughter to the Absolute Ruler of the Kingdom of Ashanti - Otumfuo Osei Tutu Agyeman Prempeh II, her mantra: “You will win if you don’t quit” is a real testimony of her royal power and has aided in the success of her show. ‘The Nana Churcher Show’ gives a unique look and insight into the lives of extraordinary personalities within the Afro-Caribbean community. Interviewing the likes of Politicians to musicians, this weekly show has grown tremendously in numbers and is establishing Nana Churcher as a household name in talk shows. Alongside her show, she works as a Beauty Consultant/ Sales Director at Mary Kay Cosmetics. Tell me about ‘The Nana Churcher Show’? ‘The Nana Churcher Show’ is a chat show, it was my childhood dream that has come true! I have always wanted my own talk show. I adored the Oprah Winfrey Show, her work and persistence, further strengthened my desire to have my own show. I love getting to know people and getting an


George Ameyaw is a proactive and idealistic individual. His passion for creating a better world drew him to the Ghana UK Based Achievement (GUBA) Awards. George began working with GUBA due to their outstanding contribution to the Ghanaian and UK community, as he hopes to ensure that the efforts of unsung heroes do not go unnoticed. He is the Head of PR/Marketing/Sponsorship for GUBA Awards.

insight into their life. From the discussions I have with people, I end up receiving valuable information which I share in hope that it can impact the lives of others. Nana Churcher is my name so the show was named after me. Kindly, VOX Africa TV (Sky 218) allows me to showcase myself every Sunday at 6:30 pm. Your interviews are fabulous but pick a few out. Yes you are right I have had some fabulous interviews but I guess the most interesting one will have to be the interview with Jermaine Lawlor. As a former gang member, he turned his life around and is currently a motivational speaker and an Evangelist. He works with

young people within his community to try and motivate them to work hard and stay off the streets. His interview is available at:http://www. youtube.com/watch?v=zvBqYSGQvS0&playnext=1&list =PLPoQTQyALibn3FUMT0o2WDkw4g0dp6G44. I have

also interviewed celebrities like Nollywood star Jim Iyke and His Excellency Ghana’s High Commissioner to the UK, Prof Kwaku Danso Boafo, but my dream is to interview you sir! I know motivation is key, what has been yours? The spiritual guidance of the good Lord which I’m blessed with is always a great help. I am motivated by my four beautiful children and of course the man of my heart – Alfred!

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My husband and I work hard in order to be able to provide the best for our children, so that is motivational enough. The bible also says a wise man leaves an inheritance for his children and that pushes me to do what I do. Tell your viewers about Season Two of ‘The Nana Churcher Show’? Season Two is going to be thrilling, energising and phenomenal. I travel outside the UK for some riveting, enlightening and in-depth conversations with celebrities, politicians and real life families. You would not want to miss out on Season Two, It will be exciting! In the next couple of years, I hope the Nana Churcher Show will be…. I hope ‘The Nana Churcher Show’ will be a household name, viewing figures will spiral and everyone will be talking about the show. I hope it becomes a show that people can’t wait to watch because it uplifts and encourages them to be part of a positive society and to also give back to the community. I believe each and every one of us has greatness within us but, some have to hear it from other sources and I hope that they get that message and the necessary encouragement and motivation from my show to go on to achieve all their dreams. and your views on GUBA Awards and its newly formed GUBA Foundation? I would like to hugely applaud Dentaa and the GUBA team for their extraordinary work ethic and amazing organizational skills. I know it is not easy to put up such an event and it is my prayer that GUBA always get the support they need. The GUBA Foundation is a wise thing to do; there is nothing more fulfilling than giving back to the community especially the way the GUBA Foundation is raising awareness about autism. I am a great fan of GUBA and I enjoy the event nights as well. I wish both GUBA and its Foundation many more successful years to come. Any advice for a potential career in the entertainment industry? I would say go for it but for the right reasons. The entertainment industry is tough, but like other industries you have to love what you do. Always remember success doesn’t happen

overnight so, work hard and have fun whilst doing so. It is important to network with the right people and to never be afraid to ask and learn. Let integrity and respect be part of you and always have a great attitude, and beyond the sky will be your limit. I always end by saying ‘ you will win if you don’t quit’, and you just said it in the beginning. Uncle George loves ‘The Nana Churcher Show’ and so does team GUBA. We encourage everyone to tune in to this exciting and entertaining show.

Season Two of the Nana Churcher show is a 13 episode show available now on VOX Africa TV (Sky 218) on Sundays at 6:30 pm To find out more about the show, visit: http://www.nanachurcher.com/ Twitter: @nanachurcher Facebook: The Nana Churcher Show YouTube: nanashowbest

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The Klub Talks Theatre Interview with Playwright & Actor

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“The Diary of Black Men” How Do You Love A Black Woman?

ngland will truly be in for a great treat this summer at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon this coming August 2013 www.fairfield.co.uk for the return of the classic theatre production that is the phenomenon known as “The Diary of Black Men” How Do You Love A Black Woman? www.diaryofblackmen.com This is an exciting & tantalizing theatrical production that has played to sold-out audiences in America & England for nearly a quarter century. Written by Houstonian Thomas Meloncon, this production has really stood the test of time and is the longest touring and most successful Black stage play in Black Theatre History. “They were spellbound in New York. Emotions ran high in Chicago, the audience begged for more in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. The acting is raw and powerful! There will be tears, laughter, anger, and joy.” - KMJQ Radio Houston


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will be on tour in August 2013 at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon. Look out for EXCLUSIVE information on the cast and the director; Russell Andrews of The Stagewalker Group via Panache E-Magazine. The Klub International Management Company has been working with this production since 1989 and acted as the executive producers when the play previously toured England in 1994 and 2000.

Mr Clayton LeBouef was born in Yonkers, New York on November 12. He is a true African American actor best known for his recurring role as Colonel George Barnfather in Homicide: Life on the Street. He appeared in several episodes during each of the show’s seven seasons on the air, from 1993 to 1999, and reprised his role in Homicide: Life Everlasting, the epilogue movie, back in 2000. He performs spoken-word pieces in addition to having authored several Theatre Productions/Stage Plays. His play Shero: The Livication of Henrietta Vinton Davis won an honourable mention at the 25th Annual Larry Neal Writers’ Competition in Washington, DC on May 9, 2008. Back in 2000, he appeared in the awardwinning mini-series The Corner. In 2002 he played Wendell “Orlando” Blocker in seven (7) episodes for the television hit show of The Wire. He also appeared as Harold Thomas the brother of the main character, Vivien Thomas, back in 2004 HBO’s movie ‘Something The Lord Made’ which starred Rap artiste Mos Def. From 2003 until 2005, he appeared in three episodes of Law and Order: Criminal Intent, two as the character Detective Edmunds. His portrayal of the Barbershop owner Tom Taylor in the short film The Doll won him “Best Actor” honors at the San Diego Black Film Festival.

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How did you feel becoming a member of the cast of this Theatre Classic - The Diary Of Black Men - How Do You Love A Black Woman? I’m grateful and excited. Mr Meloncon’s play holds a significant place in what I call “black theatre bliss-story.” How did you meet the Director Russell Andrews and what prompted you to accept the invitation to join the cast? I first met Russell at an audition for a television pilot in New York. Then we worked together in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars. It was a coproduction of Baltimore’s Centre Stage and Pittsburgh’s Public Theatre. During the run of the show we talked about collaborating in the future. So, when he invited me to join the “The Diary of Black Men” (DOBM) cast, which includes Lawrence Gilliard Jr (who I worked with on HBO’s The Wire) I gladly accepted. Why did you want to become a Film Star/ Actor? I really just wanted to pursue creative endeavours rather than destructive activity. To work with others on projects that was meaningful and lasting. Acting was the way I could contribute. Clayton what advice would you give to young budding actors trying to get into the Film/Entertainment Industry?

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Advice on “getting in” is tricky. I like to encourage young actors to build and expand the industry while attempting to be a part of the established one.

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Who is your favourite Actor, Actress or Icon & tell us why? Too many favourites to name one. Here’s a short list. I like these actors for their intensity, vulnerability and stage/screen presence: • James Brown; • Delroy Lindo; • Ivan Dixon; • Ruby Dee; • Toshiro Mifune; • Janet MacLachlan; • Miles Davis; • Ronald Colman; • Cicely Tyson; • Robert Deniro; • Michael Jackson etc.

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What are your plans for 2013 & beyond within the arts. I’m working to bring some of my written material to the stage/screen. One is about the extraordinary activists and elocutionist Henrietta Vinton Davis. The other is about the great legacy of black music. If you could make a Film or a Theatre Production with anyone dead or alive, who would you choose and why? I’d love to work with Euzhan Palcy. She deals with serious subjects and has integrity as an artist.

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What would you like to teach the young & others from what you have learned over the years as a Star Actor? I’ve learned that story is the star to focus on. Actors reflect the light, the message of the story.

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Its in your genes by Patrick Lewis Your Fitness Guru

HEALTH: Blaming your weight on genetics can seem a good way to dismiss all responsibility towards it. Although your genes can determine where and how easily fat is stored, long term weight gain is far more likely to be the result of individual lifestyle factors. No matter how old you are or how unhealthy you’ve been in the past, caring for your body brings enormous benefits. It can help you stay active, sharpen your memory, boost your immune system, manage health problems and increase your energy.

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t was whilst working at CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) that I experienced racial discrimination first hand.

Real Life Stories

As I said before, I had being cocooned somewhat from the full brunt of racist vitriol, by virtue of living in the heart of Brixton, which was described as a black ghetto area (although I just called it home) at the time. I lived what I have now come to realise, was a very sheltered childhood. I would go straight home from school most evenings, unless I had Basketball, Rugby or Athletics training. Then the routine would be; dinner, homework TV. That was my life and I was happy with it. On Sundays I would go to church. Racism was pretty much an abstract idea for me until my first try at climbing the career ladder. As mentioned before, I had left school with 8 ‘O’Levels and 2 As, which meant that I was eminently over qualified for the Inwards clerk role in which I was currently employed. I knew it and my managers knew it. After 9 months a role became available in the IT department (it probably wasn’t called that at that time but I’m getting old, so the memory fades) and I was made aware of it by my line manager.


A Jamaican Story A serialised story of a Jamaican boys journey from the hills of Trelawney to the golden streets of Brixton. He was always looking out for a possible promotion out of the stock room, so when this came up it drew his attention. The job was 2 grades higher, much more pay and no more storeroom. Unfortunately he had no formal qualifications and just to sit the aptitude test before you would be considered for interview you had to have at least 5 ‘O’Levels grade A-C. I had heard that there was a computer room at school but had never been inside, therefore, as strange as it seems now, I knew absolutely nothing about computers. However, being young and impetuous I was sure that I would be able to understand it. They had said on the application that ‘previous experience was not required!’ There was 8 or 9 applicants in the large conference room on the top floor of our offices, showing varying degrees of anxiety. I was at the lower end of the scale, I had a job already which was not at risk and as far as the rest of my coworkers were concerned I had done well to get the invitation to take the test. So I was under no stress. When the details of the test were explained to us, I was chomping at the bit to get started!

The aptitude test was basically the logic part of an IQ test and was something I was very familiar with, plus I had an aptitude for it. About a week later I got a letter inviting me to the interview. I became a minor celebrity in the stock room. Myself and a young girl had been invited to interview. Somehow it had leaked out that I had got a very high score in the aptitude test. Everyone was congratulating me, wishing me well and patting me on the back. One of their own had achieved! I went to the interview feeling very confident, I had the knowledge, via the grapevine, that I had done very well in the aptitude test, therefore all I needed to do now was wow him with my irresistible personality. The interview went pretty well as far as I knew. I was asked the usual interview questions and answered with the naive aplomb of the inexperienced. This was only my second work life interview and I had had a 100% success thus far. Why should this be different? A week later I was called to the HR department for the result of my interview. I remember feeling excitement and

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apprehension in equal measure. This had started as a minor diversion to what had become a pretty mundane job, but now held significance to not only myself but many people around me. It was the head of the computer department who gave me the news that although I had performed very well in both the test and the interview, they had selected the other applicant as she had performed a little better. The stockroom rallied around and offered commiserations. At lunch time we went to the pub where the guys bought me a few beers, I played darts and by the time I was on my way home the pain of rejection had almost disappeared. It wasn’t until the staff Christmas party three months later that the memory of my first interview failure was reignited. It was my first work Christmas party and I had been looking forward to it. Although I had been there for nearly one year, I had not met or seen all of the people who worked there and this seemed like a good opportunity to socialize. As it happened the party was held in the large conference room where I had taken the aptitude test. I was conspicuous by the fact that I was the only black male in attendance and as such drew the attention of most. I followed the routine of most people in my situation and had a drink or two or three. I was not the only one seeking moral sustenance from alcohol and as the night went on different people would approach me and ask how I was

doing or how I enjoyed working at CITB. One person, however, managed to sober me up instantly when for no reason that I knew at the time and can only construe now, he told me that if I had got 100% in the test and been the perfect candidate I would not have been offered the job because the head of department was a racist who would not have a black person on his team. It was like having a bucket of cold water thrown over you. I felt numb and unexplainably sad! The realization that my skin colour or ethnicity could be a reason for someone to actively impact my life negatively had a profound impression on me and has affected my interactions with white people ever since. I resigned from CITB a month later.


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PANACHE E-Magazine SAINT LUCIA JAZZ & ARTS GENERATES EVEN MORE EXCITEMENT Luther Francois makes the

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aribDirect is pleased to be accredited to cover the 2013 St Lucia Jazz Fest newly dubbed The Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival. The Saint Lucia Tourist Board, main organizer of the 13-day festival, which began on April 30 and runs to May 12, will feature awarding winning performances from across the length and breadth of the island, says jazz enthusiasts will be in for a treat when one of the region’s most widely acclaimed composer, arranger and music educator Luther Francois, takes to the stage. Saint Lucian saxophonist Luther Francois’ Calypso Projections will join the main stage, Saturday, May 11th with a cast that already features names like Tito Puento Jr., Tony Allen, Robbie Greenidge and David Rudder. “We are delighted to have the addition of yet another distinguished son of the soil as part


CaribDirect.com is your one stop shop for news, views, politics, entertainment and much more from the Caribbean. Founded and managed by dedicated Caribbean nationals we endeavour to showcase the latest from the multicultural Caribbean Diaspora with island and country specific blog updates on a daily basis, as well as coverage of contemporary technology, fashion, sports and business topics of the comprehensive line-up for 2013 festival,” say Deputy Director of Tourism Tracey Warner-Arnold. According to Warner-Arnold, who also has general oversight of the Jazz & Arts Festival, “the addition of Luther Francois to the lineup will further solidify our push out and appeal to the French market i.e. patrons from Martinique, Guadeloupe, Marie Galante and indeed mainland France, where Luther Francois has an incredibly strong influence and following.” Over his celebrated career, Luther Francois has gone on to work with some of the biggest and best musical minds the world over and is an accomplished musician and pioneer, who back in 1977, put on the first ever public jazz concert in Saint Lucia.

performances from Jamaica’s Konshens, Haiti’s T- Vice, Trinidad and Tobago’s Kerwin Dubois & Benjai, and national acts Superman HD, Ricky T and Thygeson ‘Penn’ Joseph. The festival’s main headliners include celebrated multiple Grammy-winner R Kelly, the O’jays, Brian Culbertson, The Jacksons, Akon, Tony Allen, Ronald ‘Boo’ Hinkson, David Rudder, Tito Puente Jr., Ginuwine and ACE Loctar. For more details on the Jazz Fest over the next week log on to www.caribdirect.com.

In addition to world class musical performances, the 2013 Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival will feature renditions, portrayals and theoretical displays from scores of local artisans, who for years have honed their skills. The Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival opened on April 30th at the Mindoo Phillip Park with a down pour that did not deter revelers. The event encompassed a kaleidoscope of Caribbean music and artistry featuring

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Faith Lift

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DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE ASKING? by Pastor Chidi J. C. Akunma

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ay after day, like the mother of Zebedee brothers we sometimes make requests or supplications beyond our comprehension (Matthew 20:17-23). Sometimes our prayers are made to impress the audience around us, or our tiny circle of friends. Often, in ignorance, we make pious prayers that lack sincerity of purpose. Our petitions to God are borne out of the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life. That is why Brother James says, “You ask, and receive not because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lust” James 4:3. How many times have we heard people praying thus “ God give me patience, “God humble me”, “God give me faith, “God break me, mould me, and melt me”, e.t.c., found in all those our seemingly pious statements and our flowery prayer language and charismatic semantics. It is interesting to discover how God answers our prayers when He finds solid commitment in our hearts. Let us prayerfully study hereunder a discovery made by a Pilgrim who had suffered the hard dealings of God in the School of Prayer and Discipline.


Chidi JC Akunma is the Founder and Senior Pastor of Dominion Faith Ministries International, Southampton, England. A Church that is committed to transforming lives, empowering people and raising a people of the Kingdom to fulfil their dominion mandate. He is a dynamic preacher, teacher, leadership mentor, business consultant, and motivational and inspirational speaker. His passion is to empower people. His belief is reflected in his passion for teaching and mentoring all those who come into his sphere of influence. QUOTE: WHEN WE ASK……… The LORD for FAITH, He allows us to lay off work with no visible means to pay our bills, and then allows illness to take its toll. We ask the Lord for LOVE, He allows the most unappreciative, caustic, holierthan-thou -individual to confront us at every turn. We ask the LORD for PATIENCE, the babies squall, the children fight and the teenagers are not only slow to learn but refuse to follow our Lord. Then we hit all of the red lights on the way to work. The car knocked out and once again we are late for work, only to find ourselves stared down by a fiery eyed, uncaring, and overbearing supervisor. We ask for His MEEKNESS and immediately we are placed among those who ridicule everything we say and refer to us as fools or liars. We ask for WISDOM and those around us speak nothing but foolishness. We ask for PEACE and our spouse berates us, the boss explodes and day after day there is constant turmoil. We ask for KNOWLEDGE, and are forced to be a companion of fools. We ask for KINDNESS and GENTLENESS

only to find ourselves placed with those who have never had a kind word spoken to them and are belligerent and anything but kind. Some have asked for His glorious LIBERTY, His LOVE, His PATIENCE, His GENTLENESS, KINDNESS and His FAITH, only to find their wings feathers cut. They are confined, shut in with illness. In the natural it is an intolerable situation. But God has heard their prayer. He has given them the liberty to become His “slave” and the servant of others. He has placed them in a situation that His LOVE, His PATIENCE, His GENTLENESS, and His KINDNESS and His FAITH alone will see them through. Others may ask for His GRACE and HUMILITY, only to find that He has placed in the midst of offence, surely egotists. Some may ask for REST only to find themselves in the position where they constantly help others. We ask for PEACE and JOY, and heartbreaking news is received that shatters our little world. We ask for TEMPERANCE only to be confronted with excess and grossness on every hand. We ask for GOODNESS, only to be tempted to be unkind and show our lack of goodness.

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What is happening? Jesus Christ is answering our prayers. For how can we show faith unless we prove our faith in Him? How can we show love unless we are placed with the unlovely? For even a sinner loves those who love him. How else may we exhibit patience, unless there is a need for it? How else may we show His patience, His love, His gentleness, His humility and His meekness unless we are placed with the critical, the offensive and the unruly or those who refuse to understand? How else may we allow Him to give us His peace, except it be in the midst of turmoil? Not a day passes without the Lords giving us the opportunity to prove that our covenant with Him, that of going all the way with Him regardless of the circumstance; were not merely words. When we declared, TAKE ME, BREAK ME, PURGE ME, MELT ME, and MOULD ME into a vessel of your choosing. So, each day in every situation of each day, Christ Jesus is giving us the privilege to crucify self and allow His LIFE, HIS GRACE, HIS TRUTH, HIS LOVE, HIS PATIENCE, HIS HUMULITY, HIS MEEKNESS, HIS KNOWLEDGE, HIS KINDNESS, HIS FAITH – HIS ALL to come through us. But like babes who are blinded by their tears we yowl, we kick, we scream, and our eyes are so filled with tears that day after day we fail to see that our Lord Jesus is answering our prayers, those prayers to be like Him, showing forth His attribute. And brothers and sisters we shall remain as babes in Jesus going our daily antics and tantrums and sucking our thumbs and clinging to our security blankets until we are willing for self to be crucified and allow His life to come forth in resurrection power.

Last Word May I use this opportunity to invite you to enter into a personal relationship with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. I would therefore, like you to say with me this simple prayer.

“Lord Jesus, I need you. Please forgive me for all I have done wrong. Please come into my life and begin to lead me. I pray this as sincerely as I know how. Amen” If you have prayed this prayer, you are now born again. Congratulations! I will like to hear from you. Please contact me and let me know of your decision. I have a free gift for you to help you begin your new life in Jesus. Need Prayers? Please email or text your prayer request or call: Email: dfministries@hotmail.com; Tel: +44 (0) 7749061345


“Lord Jesus, I need you. Please forgive me for all I have done wrong. Please come into my life and begin to lead me. I pray this as sincerely as I know how.

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After sold out performances in 2012 the king of comedy SHEBADA is back to give you more than before.

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o, it’s May, and after 3 months of studying, assignments, and redoing the same assignments after my laptop was stolen, I’m back on the hallowed pages of Panache, and back in the real world - the football world.

Sports

At least I didn’t miss much - well, except Manchester United’s 20th title, the 7-0 dethroning of Barcelona by Bayern Munich and the apparent outbreak of the zombie apocalypse.

But first, a black issue.

At the end of April, the Professional Footballer’s Association held their annual awards ceremony at a swanky London hotel. At some point in the organising process, the committee must have decided they would like some live entertainment to kick off the show. What kind of entertainment? A comedian, perhaps. Just some good, clean, fun jokes about footballers to get everyone in a good mood for the presentations. So who should we get? Well, why not that Reginald D Hunter off the telly-box? He seems funny. In theory, there would be nothing wrong with the above thought process, except that Reginald D Hunter is not exactly known for clean jokes. The American is a very clever and, in my opinion, very funny man, but it would only have taken a five minute Google search to learn that perhaps


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his racially-charged, curse-littered matierial would not be ideal for what is essentially a corporate dinner, especially for a business which has had so many problems with racism recently I mean come on, the guy’s last two DVD titles have been ‘Trophy Nigga’ and ‘Pride and Prejudice and Niggas’. Needless to say, when Hunter showed up and started telling nigga-punctuated jokes about Luis Suarez and John Terry amongst other things, he brought a mixed reaction. Some laughed, while others - mostly FA bigwigs shifted awkwardly in their seats. But then the PFA had the cheek to ask for their money back! Convinced that Hunter had not fulfilled his mandate for the job, the PFA requested their payment be refunded, and Hunter’s representatives the London Speakers Bureau have distanced themselves, saying he violated an ‘unwritten agreement’. I’m sorry, but you can’t hire a comedian famous for one thing and then ask him to change his jokes and do something different, that’s not how it works. Comedians talk about subjects they know about and can be funny about. Hunter even apparently admitted to not knowing much about football during his routine. I think the PFA’s efforts to distance themselves from this issue are just another symptom

of the sport’s ongoing refusal to confront racism. It seems to be embedded - since the Suarez and Terry cases in 2011, it seems every week there are racist chants being hurled at black players up and down the country. When Rio Ferdinand refused to play for England in March, the fans sang songs about lynching him and his brother. The FA did nothing. Hunter confronted the elephant in the room through comedy - one of the greatest tools in the comedy box - and the PFA has vilified him for it. I would have expected this kind of incompetence from the nobheads over at the FA, but the PFA is run by current player Clarke Carlisle - a young, intelligent, black man, who I am generally a fan of. His BBC3 investigative documentary ‘Is Football Racist’ was fascinating and eye-opening. I don’t know how involved he was in the organising process for the awards night, but I would prefer to think that he was not responsible for such a short-sighted booking. But he should take responsibility for the handling of the issue, which I have found shocking. When you want a witty, insightful, naughty analysis of racism and society, there are none better on the UK circuit than Reg D Hunter. When you want good, clean jokes, you call Michael MacIntyre.

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Manchester United

Back in September, I predicted in this very column that it would be difficult to call the title race between United and City. As it turned out, the Red Devils reclaimed the title for a record 20th time with four games to spare. While the goals of Robin Van Persie ultimately decided the contest, Manchester City have been very disappointing. Fingers have been pointed at the abilities of manager Mancini, as well as at the motivation of a group of players that seem to have become apathetic. Whatever the reasons, City have had too many lacklustre performances and are likely to finish more than 10 points behind their rivals this season. Admittedly, they have still comfortably finished second, but performances such as their 2-2 home draw with Liverpool have occurred too often. Meanwhile, United have been as consistent as ever. Sir Alex adds another trophy to his collection, and the rest of English football is trailing in his wake. Don’t worry guys, at least he’s retiring.

Germany 11 - 3 Spain

FINALLY we can stop buttlicking Spanish football! Over the last week’s Champions’ League semi-finals, Bayern Munich demolished Barcelona 4-0 at home, and, even more shockingly, 3-0 at the Nou Camp, while Borussia Dortmund beat Real Madrid 4-1 at home and held them 4-3 on aggregate. In the wake of these breathtaking results, there has been a lot of hyperbole flying around in the media about a power shift from Spain to Germany, about how ‘tiki-taka’ has had its day and Germany is the new football Utopia. This is typical media over statement. In fact, all this represents is that Spain is in fact not the footballing utopia it has been made out to be.

I have never been a huge fan of ‘tiki-taka’ football myself, for a start, so it has been refreshing to see people put it in perspective when watching the powerful Munich side tear Barca apart at will. I also wrote in an online column two years ago about how tired I had become of the total domination and worship of Barcelona, so I’m revelling in their finally being dethroned. But the truth is that Bayern Munich have not come out of nowhere. This is now their third Champions League final in the last four years, and in truth still no-one can explain how they lost to Chelsea last year. They have had an absolutely immense season, securing the title in early April. At the time of the first leg against Barcelona, their goal difference in the league was +75. On average, they have been so efficient in front of goal that they have averaged three goals per game. They are an incredible side. I am surprised, and a little indignant, to see that Munich boss Jupp Heynckes, who is set to retire this summer, is to be replaced by former Barcelona boss and tiki-taka connaisseur Pep Guardiola. How must the club’s directors feel having watched the Spaniard’s old team, still using his tactics and style of play, get taken apart and humiliated by the team he is set to take over? How is he going to improve the best team in the world? NB: The Champions League Final will take place this month. I am stopping short of doing a full preview, but it’s worth noting an interesting subplot that will play out over the next few weeks, which is the situation of Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze. The 20-year-old star has been the subject of scorn from Dortmund fans after he recently agreed a deal to join...wait for it...Bayern Munich, at the end of the season. Where will his loyalties lie? Send us your comments to:


Luis Suarez - El Zombi Again!? Again!? ANOTHER BITE!? I cannot get my head around why he would do this. What kind of maniac bites people for no reason?

As a Liverpool fan, I love Suarez, and I, like most fans, have defended him to the hilt on every misdemeanour so far. He is misunderstood, we proclaim. It’s a cultural difference, he didn’t mean it. But this time, there is no defence to be made. Ivanovich tackled Suarez fairly and jockeyed him away from the ball, and the Uruguayan reacted by digging his teeth into the Serb’s arm like it was the climactic scene in Shaun of the Dead. There has been a lot of furore about the severity of the 10-match ban handed down by the F.A., most of it regarding the inconsistency of the governing body’s discipline system. Specifically, under the rule against retro-active refereeing, the FA could only act because the referee didn’t see the incident at the time. Kun Aguero’s two-footed stamp on David Luiz and Callum Macmanaman’s horror ‘tackle’ on Massadio Haidara both slipped under the radar recently because they were punished on the spot, as did Jermain Defoe’s very similar bite on Javier Mascherano in 2006. Theoretically, if Suarez had simply punched Ivanovic in the face, he would have faced only a red card and three game ban. The F.A.’s disciplinary system is undoubtedly flawed and corrupted (explain to me how an ‘independent judging panel’ can be independent when one of the members is an F.A. governor and they are told the parameters for what verdict they can come to before the inquest starts?) but the real issue here is that this is the second time - info@panacheoccasions.com

Suarez has, without provocation, bitten another player. They are not deliberately putting their limbs in his mouth, and he does not suffer from rabies, he just needs to learn to control these bizarre impulses which often seem to cloud his judgement. He is undoubtedly one of the best players in the Premier League, perhaps in Europe, but he is despised outside of Liverpool (and in, amongst Everton fans) because of the controversy which follows him everywhere he goes - aside from the large events like this bite and 2011’s racism scandal, there are countless questionable tackles, stamps and scraps. I am convinced this is the only reason Bale has beaten him to all the awards this season. We all love that he is a fighter and a hardworker, but he needs to reign himself in slightly and play within the rules. As a Liverpool fan, I hope he uses his 10game hiatus, and this summer, to finally get himself in order, for the team’s sake, and the sake of the league in general. It would be nice if he could stop being a pantomime villain and the league could finally appreciate one of its best players

A comic diagram to depict the relationship between Liverpool fans and Luis Suarez.


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