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APRIL/MAY 2009


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Hi There, A very special welcome to our first birthday edition of QS. It is hard to believe how fast the last year has gone, it seems like only yesterday I was running around Edinburgh with our “coming soon” posters and here we are celebrating our first year. Did you miss us for a month? We have decided that QS will be bi-monthly for the rest of this year. We have been swamped with new projects here at QS towers and we felt if we do the magazine every 2 months it will be better quality, we hope you agree? There is so many people we want to thank for making our first year really special. A huge thank you must go to all the gay venues and nights across Scotland who we have forged such strong links with. Each month when the magazine comes out they are the first to say how much they like it. We are proud to be a part of such an amazing community and we look forward to building even more links with the scene in our second year. Personally I want to thank all the charities we have worked with over the last year. Waverley care, Stonewall and especially LGBT Youth. James, Inga and all the gang at LGBTY have been amazing supporters of QS since we started and we look forward to working on more projects this year with such an amazing charity. Now anyone that knows me (Darren) will know how much I like to party! so of course we will be throwing a huge birthday party at CC Blooms on Sunday 3rd May (and yes it is a bank holiday). The lovely Ben Adams from A1 and recent celebrity big brother will be making a special appearance, Electrosexual will be downstairs and of course plenty of free stuff to give away so please come along so we can thank each of you personally for your support of the magazine. Since moving to Edinburgh I have loved every minute of it, I have met some amazing people and been privileged to be involved in so many amazing projects.We at QS do not take anything for granted, over the coming months we will be launching a new club night called ‘Drama’ at Foundation in Aberdeen plus launching our Scene key ring which will give you discounts to venues, cheaper drinks and special VIP invites to events.These key rings will be sold in gay venues across Scotland and part of the money will be going to local charities. If I was to list everyone that has worked with us over the last year I would need a whole magazine just for the names but to each and every one of you ‘thanks’ and we could not have done this without your support. Of course the real success of QS has been the huge amount of people like you who read each issue, we currently have over 130,000 of you and our aim is to increase that to 250,000 by the end of 2009. A special mention goes to all the staff here at QS both past and present. Leah who does our PR, John who helps with admin and all the rest. One person who I personally could not do this without is our fabulous designer Gary Leek. Gary has been my rock throughout the last few years and I am lucky to have such an amazing designer and friends. So we hope you enjoy this issue and as always if you would like to get involved in any way just get in touch. Lots of Love Darren, Gary and all the QS team


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CONTENTS

April/May 2009

3 Welcome 8 Upfront 10 Nightlife 26 Movies 28 Feature - Top 2009 DJ’s 34 Games 36 Feature Eurovision 41 Get This 45 Feature- Lesbian Vampire Killers 53 Travel 58 Icons- Judy Garland 60 Motoring 66 Health 69 Fitness 70 Feature- Ben Adams 74 My QS 76 Feature- Zac Efron 80 Feature- GaspUK 83 Interview Kris del Vayze 86 Problems- Aunty Liza 88 Away- Blackpool Pride 2009 92 Food & Drink 94 Fashion 114 Your Stars

The articles and views expressed in this magazine are not necessarily those of the publisher. Arion Media accepts no liability. Prices, dates and times are correct at time of going to press. No advertisement, article or picture in part or full may be used without prior written permission from Arion Media.

Darren Kavanagh Editor darren@qsmag.com Gary J Leek Design gary@qsmag.com Leah Ashley-Brown Public Relations leah@qsmag.com John May Admin john@qsmag.com Sales admin sales@qsmag.com General information info@qsmag.co.um www.qsmag.com Published by Arion Media in Scotland 0131 467 6212


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FRONT

PRIDE SCOTIA 2009 ANNOUNCES ROUTE Pride Scotia, Scotland’s Annual LGBT event, has finally announced a high profile route for the Pride March in Edinburgh on Sat 27th June. Assembly will take place from Noon outside the City Chambers in the High Street with speeches from invited politicians and community leaders. Sharp on the One O’Clock Gun, the March will move off down the Royal Mile and will pass the Scottish Parliament and Holyrood Palace before heading up Abbeymount, past the Regent, along Royal Terrace past London Road Gardens, up Baxter’s Place past Planet, CC Bloom’s and Habana, into Leith Street and will terminate in Calton Square beside the Omni Centre. Said Pride Scotia Chair John Hein, “Although we’ve been trying to confirm a route for over a year, we’ve been frustrated by Edinburgh’s tram works and, at one stage, thought that things might not even happen. But now we know where we are going to and from, we’ll be getting down to organising the rest of the event and working with local pubs and clubs to make Pride Scotia 2009 a day to remember.” “We’ve applied to be part of Homecoming Scotland as we hope that many Scots will take the opportunity to return to their roots. And there will be a major contingent from the Gay Police Association whose members will be attending from all over the UK.” “We’d also like to thank Edinburgh Council, Lothian and Borders Police and the Omni Centre who have all played their part in finding a route through the roadworks and making the event possible.” Pride Scotia will be looking for volunteers on the day if you can help, please phone 0131-556 9471 or E-mail: info@pride-scotia.org

QS TO LAUNCH CLUB NIGHT QS will be launching a new clubnight called ‘Drama’ at the gorgeous Founfation club in Aberdeen. This will run on the first Saturday of every month. The launch night will have the fabulous Kitty Cat Dolls performing, top Local Drag queens and wait for it....The amazing DJ Lucky Luciano will be on the decks, yes we intend to bring a huge slice of capital clubbing up to Aberdeen. We will have cheap drinks, a holiday raffle and much more so put Sat 2nd May in your diary please.

STIRLING GETS NEW CLUB NIGHT Stirling nightlife gets a brand new addition from Friday the 3rd of April, as The Beat club plays host to Dirty Little Secret, a new gay night promising to establish an alternative scene in the area. Dj’s Dolly DayDream & FamousC with Hostess Gems bring a new kind of kick to the FIRST FRIDAYS of the month at THE BEAT. They’ll be bringing a big bag of spangly tricks for you to strangely dance to. Clubbers can join in the madness for an evening of Cocky Pop Wonky Electro Glam’n’Glitter, dirty disko, retro rave and all manner of pop madness. With music from Bowie to Bloc Party with just a little Girls Aloud in the ghetto blender. With future monthly themes planned plus giveaways and guest DJs. The Beat, Medway Park, 56 Kenilworth Road, Bridge of Allan Entry is £5/4 ( with NUS Card) doors are from 10.30pm until 3am visit. A pickup service to collect clubbers and take them to the venue is even available. To arrange collection contact 0773 844 7283 www.bebo.com/secretlittledirty or www.myspace. com/secretlittledirty for further details. QS in May will be heading to Gran Canaria pride so I will be bringing you all the gossip from that in our next edition which is our summer one.


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H G R U B N EDI With Darren Kavanagh

Here I am again with all the information you need to make sure you are out and about on your local scene. Edinburgh is set for a busy couple of months with tons of new nights and events happening. First up the fabulous guys at the Regent are doing a charity quiz night now on the last Tuesday of every month. The launch night was packed to the rafters with over 75 people testing their brain power. Hosted by Brett & Siobhan this is one night not to be missed. The next quiz nights are Tuesday 28th April and 26th May.This quiz night is also a fundraiser for LGBT youth who are of course my favourite charity, the work they do for young people in Scotland is invaluable and I hope you can get out there and support them. Also the Regent will have a charity silent art auction and exhibition coming up so it would be great if you can donate something to that. The exhibition will be in The Regent Bar during Jun- Jul and people will have the opportunity to bid there and then via envelope at the bar. The highest bidder wins the item! LGBTY are calling on all people if they have unwanted paintings, drawings, sculpture or photograpy to call James Powsey on 0131 5553940 or email james.powsey@ lgbtyouth.org.uk Pink links is a new speed dating event for girls which happens on the first Friday of every month from 7-10pm. This is a great way for you ladies to get out there and meet some new friends or even the love of your life, this is also a charity fundraiser, See you Edinburgh folk are great at supporting your charities, well done!! Habana as usual is packed to the rafters at the weekends with some seriously hot boys and girls, not that I am a slag or anything but c’mon if it’s eye candy you want then Habana is the place to go. Tuesdays at Hhabana have taken off really well with DJ Chris playing the best cheese in town. Not only is it cheap drinks but great games like limbo dancing etc. On Sunday 12th April Habana is having an LGBTY fundrasier with hosts Coco Chanel and Miss Misty Mahem providing fabulous entertainment. Now another appeal, Habana are wanting you to donate Easter Eggs for their charity fundraiser so get your bum down to asda and buy some Eggs and drop them into Hab.

CC blooms seem to be going all out lately with new nights galore. ‘Woof’ is a once off special event for bears and their admirers. Sunday 12th April CC’s will become bear heaven. So if you like your guys big and bulky then make sure you are there. I can see this being rammed and hopefully it will become a regular event at CC’s. ‘Deviation’ has had a relaunch and now happens on the first Thursday of the month. Deviation is Edinburgh’s best Emo/Goth/Punk night so if you hate cheesy music then make sure you are there. Now onto what is set to be THE best night out in Edinburgh this year. On Sunday 3rd May CC blooms will be hosting the OFFICIAL QS birthday party and as usual CC blooms do not do things by half. The gorgeous Ben Adams (check featre later on in mag) will be performing his hits to what is sure to be a packed out CC’s. Downstairs the sexy Lucky Luciano will be hosting Electrosexual. QS would like you all to come this night so we can say thank’s for all the support you have shown to the magazine in the last year. We will have lots of free stuff to give away and a few suprised on the night. Speaking of Electrosexual this night continues to get better and better. Sunday 26th April will be a beach theme and then on Sunday 4th May will be a school disco. Electrosexual have teamed up with Habana to host the official pre-club event and well done to the hab boys for all the fabulous decor etc. For the beach party I hear a rumour the place will be covered in real sand!! One date for your diaries is a real treat. The legendary drag queen Dave Lynn will be making a special appearance at CC blooms on Saturday 16th May. Dave has appeared in Corrie, Eastenders, Weakest link to name a few. Dave Lynn of course regulary p e rforms a t legendary venues in London the Black Cap and Two Brewers.This is yet another LGBTY fundrasier and apart from Dave there will be prizes, games and much more. I am gutted because that night I will be at Blackpool Pride but make sure you are there for this very special night.


GHQ continues to pull in the most stylish crowd in Edinburgh and is as busy as always. Now for a real treat for you ladies... FURBURGER IS 4!!!! Friday 10th April @ GHQ, midnight til past your bedtime! Pre-club @ Planet from 9pm free passes available on the night

NIGHTLIFE 11 ‘Booty’ as usual thrown the best themed parties on the last Sunday of every month. On the last Sun in April the theme is ‘studio 54’ so get your wigs out and get dancing to some seriously great tunes courtesy of Dale Lush. Eurovision fever takes over GHQ on May 16th and they have a special appearance from the fabulous Sonia. Poptastic continues to run at GHQ on the first Friday of every month.

Furburger has reached the grand old age of 4 years on it’s next night on Friday 10th April. Come along and celebrate with the girls your mutha warned you about!!! Furburger started off 4 years ago downstairs in Ego on a Thursday night. From then the night has grown in strength and following and moved from Ego to a Friday night at The New Town Bar for a short period before finding it’s new home in the gorgeous club bar (back room ladies) @ GHQ on Picardy Place. Furburger offers an eclectic mix of music and your aural stimulation is brought to you by the funki diva, dejaybird, boy toy and debi t. All of the team have been resident dj’s since day 1 and will ensure your booty shaking pleasures are fulfilled! Furburger is a club for “girls who like girls who like music”. Their door policy is that they allow male guests of their female clubbers so.... ladies make sure your favourite dancing boys are ready for a booty shake down! Furburger is currently one of the only clubs at the moment to offer a night for lesbian women and their friends, go out and play, and celebrate with them on Friday 10th April. Furburger runs the 2nd Friday of each month @ GHQ, Picardy Place, Edinburgh

Priscilla’s of course is still my favourite venue in Edinburgh.You just have to love the banter there especially on a Saturday afternoon, though to be fair it’s usually me and Aunty Mike propping up the bar after a heavy night out and no sleep. Every night of the week Priscilla’s have great entertainment. If you have not made it on a Wed for ‘bent bingo’ then you are seriously missing out. With great prizes and cheapest drinks in town this is a pure laugh. Bent Bingo is hosted by Kris Del Vayse and soon the lovely Kris will be heading home to Australia to prepare for the new Drags Aloud show here in August. QS would like to thank him for all his amazing shows here and for being such a lovely person both on and off stage. Priscilla’s have loads of themed events coming up such as ‘disco inferno’ night and many more so why not pop down Leith Walk soon and find out what’s going on. Don’t forget when you are there you can also buy gorgeous stone baked pizza’s and get FREE wifi. Check out Pricilla’s on bebo for all information on upcoming events or on our flyers page at:

www.qsmag.com


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Top Remixes of the moment:

Steve Angello & Laidback Luke – Show Me Love (AC Slater Remix) Yes, once again the Robin S classic has been rehashed and remixed. I don’t think the ‘original’ mix of this version is up to much at all, Mobin Master brought out a far superior remix a couple years ago. Fortunately one of my favourite electro remixers AC Slater saves the day and chops up the tune with a nice dirty twinge of bassline electro. Cameo – Word Up (Dirty South Remix) Some people don’t like the idea of taking a classic tune and messing it up with an electro beat. But this tune….WOW! One of the dirtiest basslines I have heard in a long time and I know a thing or two about dirty basslines! For those who love the original tune, Dirty South break it down halfway through and play a nice untouched chunk of the original tune. A fine mix of cheese and filth! Jean Elan – Where’s Your Head At (Klaas Remix) Already somewhat of a signature tune in ELECTROsexual, this one really gets them going. The original Basement Jaxx tune was pretty nasty on its own, but Klaas work their electro magic as they always do and create a number you just can’t help but bounce to. Any harder or faster and this would be hardcore! Joy Kitikonti vs Tagteam – Whoomph Energizer (Lucky Luciano Mix) Joy Kitikoni’s Joyenergizer is a pure unadulterated slice of what I’d call electro-trance. This mashup remix is purely for fun, a singalong anthem brought kicking and screaming into the 21st century and totally electrofied! Check it and the other tunes mentioned out on the ELECTROsexual Bebo and drop me an email and tell me your thoughts! www.bebo.com/electros61 electro-sexual@live.co.uk

Phunkdup

Easter is always rife with special clubbing events, and Phunkdup at The Street on Picardy Place looks to be THE place to spend Easter Sunday this year! Kicking off at 2pm on Sunday 12th April and running through until 10pm (so you’ll still have plenty time to make it to a club if yer still standing at the end!), the line up looks quality, deep breath… Mark Price, Christer, Harry Brown, Roy McLaren, Dowzer, Mike 13, Craig Fraser, Allan Cargill, Neil Crookston, Majik, Lez L and Chris Barrie will all be hitting the decks over the course of the day. Make sure you get your Easter family lunch out of the way early because this event is not to be missed! Free entry all day.

Fuse

After a MASSIVE re launch at its new home Berlin on Queensferry St Lane, and an even BIGGER March date with guest Dickie Drysdale from Destroy Disco, Fuse is back on the first Friday of the month to serve up some more of the capitals finest electronica, wonky electro and fidget house. Expect a night of the wonkiest and heaviest tunes Edinburgh has to offer! Gus Armstrong, Luke Cassidy, Stu Todd and Tim James keep the main room bouncin’, while Lee Mutch, Slikk Mick, Matt Mackie & Guest John Marr (Diskokitten) play funky house & electro in the front room.


NIGHTLIFE 13 Next dates: Fridays 3rd April and 1st May. 10-3am £5/4 students/guestlist/with flyer www.bebo.com/FuseNight

Tackno

May Day holiday weekend sees Tackno returning to the scene to take over GHQ for a uniform theme night. On Sunday 3rd May expect to see resident DJ and local legend Trendy Wendy playing all manner of kitsch classics and timeless tunes. Not for the lactose intolerant because this night is all about wonderful CHEESE! You’ve all got your guilty pleasures (and you know it!) so come and party in a great atmos phere where you won’t be judged! Dig out your old uniforms and get to The Street to buy your ticket in advance, and be sure to pop in to The Street on the night as they will be hosting the pre-party! £7/£6 on the door, £5 in advance www.tackno.com/

Sound

The Sound crew (who are of course totally sound :-p) are very pleased to announce that from this month onwards Sound will be at The Newsroom on Leith Street on the last Friday of the month. After a fantastic February party and taking a break for March, Sound is back for more on Fri the 24th of April with special guests Stu Todd (FUSE /VANITY) and Tony Nicol (Exclusive debut).They will be joined by resident Lee Mutch and Matt Mackie playing all aspects of house and electro. Next dates: Fridays 24th April and 29th May. 8-1am Free entry all night. www.bebo.com/Sound_night

More club news from Lucky Luciano next issue. Photo by: Wildcatphotography


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Taste / Fever

If you’ve never been to one of Edinburgh’s longest running club institutions, what wrong wi ya? Call yersel’ a clubber?! Taste has been hosted in more venues than I can even think of over the years, but has always attracted a great crowd of ‘extroverts and perverts’. Now running at The GRV on Guthrie Street, residents Fisher & Price and Miss Chris keep the tunes banging for the dedicated and loyal fans. The next dates for Taste are the 5th of April and a very special bank holiday night on the 3rd of May, where there will be FOUR rooms of music and the residents will be joined by a wide a selecion of Edinburghs best known resident DJs [8 of them will be playing playing at Taste] as part of the Edinburgh Clubbing Community Forums “ Big Day Out “ [includes BBQ at The Outhouse from 12-6pm followed by a party in The City Cafe from 6-12 midnight]. Get yourself logged on to www.ECCF.co.uk for more info and to keep up to date with all the major clubbing events in Edinburgh. Its also a good place for a bit of banter aswell!

11-3am £5 members £6 non members As if that wasn’t enough, Sunday 12th April sees the Taste Easter special hosted in Faith on the Cowgate. The holiday specials are always rammed so don’t miss out! 11-3am £7 members £8 non members Fever has settled nicely into it’s new home Faith and continues to leave the crowds sweating and cheering! DJs Fisher & Price and Kaupuss will be on the decks providing the dirty tunage on Saturdays 18th April and 16th May. www.taste-clubs.com


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Photos by: Mike McLoughlin


Snapped in association with wildcatphotography


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Now, I’m sure all you lovely readers are wondering the same as I am, where has this year gone so far!? I think we’re all in agreement that it’s been rather quick. Oh well, no point dwelling on the past eh? There’s plenty of future to concentrate on, and the next 2 months on the Glasgow scene are set to be busy as ever! As per usual, we’ll start off with the fabulous haven of Delmonicas. The first weekend is a P!NK weekender celebrating all that is great about the woman herself! With a tribute show and a chance to win 2 tickets to see her at the SECC the following weekend, this is a weekend not to be missed! The following weekend sees the very holy time of Easter, so why not sin a bit and visit Dels for the Boner weekender. With a Striptease on Friday the 10th and those horny naked butlers on the 11th, forget about your rosary beads, and get your unholy-selves down there. As always the fabulous Ms Liza and DJ Darren will be rounding off the weekend with a night of the best music, naughty games and prizes galore!

On the 17th, Del’s will be hosting the pre-Poptastic party, giving all you fellow queers the chance to get happily tipsy just in time to head round the corner for the campest night of the Glasgow gay month. The following Friday, the second instalment of the new night “Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush” will take place, with quality music, and the chance to win an amazing holiday away from the changeable Glaswegian weather. Scouse legend Sonia will also be performing in Polo on the same night, so that entire weekend will have a fabulous Eurovision theme. Definitely one for the diary. Moving to May, the first bank holiday weekend will celebrate everything good about girl bands, Friday 1st bringing you all the Dels staff in drag, performing some girls aloud numbers. with the weekend being brought to a close on the Sunday with the chance to win tickets to see the fabulous Cheryl Cole and Friends, aka ‘Girls Aloud’ in concert the following weekend at the SECC. Needless to say, I know where I’ll be on that Sabbath day! Fast becoming a must for the second weekend of every month, the 8th - 10th of May will again play host to the kinky naughtiness that is “Boner”. Who else could say no to £1 shots served by half naked waiters? Keeping us all on our toes, Dels and Polo will be bringing a new monthly night for us all to feast on the 15th with ‘Minted’, check out the website for more details! The fabulous thing about May is that there are two, yes two bank holidays in it, so to celebrate, on Friday 22nd there will be a special PA performing live for all you regulars! A couple of nights later on the 24th, Dels will be giving away unlimited passes for SCLUB performing in Polo, I’m sure once you’re there it will just bring it all back to you. After that weekend you will want nothing more than to chill out aye? Why not pop over and chill out with a cocktail whilst watching drag show extraordinaire, the very witty and very kinky, Barbara La Bush on Monday 25th.


NIGHTLIFE 23 The final weekend of the month 29th - 31st will be the dazzling night that is ‘Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush’, with another chance to win a gorgeous trip away! Over to the Waterloo, they have their usual themed nights on the last Friday of the month, with April 24th being an old school theme, and May 29th will be extra special, as it will be the 2nd anniversary of the current management, the lovely Pat and her husband. They’ll be having a fabulous birthday party to celebrate, so make sure you all get along there. Also, on Wednesday 15th April will see a special charity night at the pub, raising money for Gartnavel Hospital, so if you feel like a different kind of warm feeling inside, get along and empty your wallets. Back to the Merchant City, we have the fabulous guys and gals at Bennets, bringing us even more nights, acts and offers. As some of you might know, the club is now open on a Wednesday night, and with the lure of £1 drinks, and DJ Marc (Dels/ Moda) spinning the tunes, it’s definitely worth checking out. The Easter weekend sees Bennets favourite Kelly Llorenna coming back to the stage on Saturday 11th, performing all the hits from her rather large list of clubland anthems. She’ll be on stage at about 1 in the AM, so make sure all you Bennet’s regulars get yourselves there early, before the place gets too packed. Saturday 2nd May will have Sam Solace singing her own special covers of the classic tunes of 2007 and 2008, including Run, Hallelujah and Bleeding Love. To be honest, she sounds like a bit of a Leona fan, but I’m sure it’ll be a good night regardless! If you’re still up for some more clubbing goodness, then Polo may well satisfy that urge. As mentioned earlier, they have the eurovision legend that is, Sonia, performing on Friday 24th. I think we all know her hit, “You’ll never stop me from loving you”. If you don’t, then make sure you’re there early, get down the front, and dance your arse off.

Now for a night that I’m personally very interested in, May brings a party like no other. Yes, that’s right, an S Club party (Cheesy I know, but I had to say it). Jo, Bradley and Jon are keeping the legend alive, bringing you all of the hits from possibly one of the most loved groups of the 90’s and early 00’s. Now, I hope that everyone is sitting down right now. Poptastic is going to be taking a little break for a while, much to the disappointment of all the Poptastic regulars. Hopefully we’ll see the triumphant return soon. While we’re waiting for that, I’m sure Polo’s going to give us something amazing to pass the time, let’s keep our fingers crossed. Whilst we’re on the subject of new nights at Polo, I’ll let you all know about upcoming monthly hits. Sunday 5th April sees the debut of the night, “Durty Disco”. This night promises an evening of down and dirty R&B music in the ‘Booty Room’, otherwise known as the Trophy Room. The following Sunday will bring us the next “Sin City”, the sister night to Del’s Boner weekend. Strippers, filth and naughtiness galore, this is a men’s only night, taking place in the Trophy Room, sorry ladies. Next door through in Moda, the fishbowls continue to impress the crowds, and with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, it definitely stays a favourite. Sticking with G1 venues, I’m glad to say that I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the newest addition to the scene, Speakeasy. At first, like many others, my feelings were mixed about this little pub, but they’ve managed to sway me. They now do quiz nights every Tuesday, with the music wonder Charlie. With a bottle of vodka as a prize for the winners, and the chance of winning the jackpot (which was £125 last time I went), you should all definitely head down and test your music, television and film knowledge. Selected drinks are £1 all night as well, making the night even more appealing. I won the quiz a couple of weeks back, and although I didn’t win the money, the bottle of voddy went down a treat!


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NIGHTLIFE If any of you are in any G1 pubs or clubs, you all should be informed that they’re going to be starting a gay data collection. When I heard about that at first, I wondered what the hell they wanted with my details. But it puts you in a prize draw that gives you the chance of winning trips and holidays for 2, romantic dinners for 2 and more. The prize draw will take place in Delmonicas on the last Wednesday of every month, with the prize being given away to the winners then. Giving a few details for a chance of winning any of that? Definitely worth a try eh?

So, just to remind you, Passionality on Mondays at Byblos, with DJ Shawn Roberts bringing you the best house and dance music, with a little bit of R&B and pop mixed in for good measure. F.U.N. (Fun, Unique, Naughty) on Tuesdays at Byblos, Mizz Shazza Halliwell brings you all of your pop, camp favourites, house, R&B and disco. Generally, anything you want, she plays! And finally, Allure on Wednesdays at Tunnel, Glasgow’s premier superclub. DJ Darren brings it all together with the top chart hits, disco classics, and hot house played all night long.

Now, before we part, I’d just like to remind all you dedicated mid-week clubbers of the wonderful Thorn guys and girls. You all should know who they are by now, the people who bring us Byblos on Mondays and Tuesday, and Tunnel on Wednesdays. All 3 club nights keep growing from strength to strength, with Wednesday being the busiest midweek gay night in Scotland.

*Breath* Well my lovelies, that’s all from me this time. As usual, I have given you all the gift of gay club knowledge. Now get out there, make use of that gift, and remember if you’re going out to play, always play safe!

Fizza x Pics by Wildcatphotography


DUNDEE Hi... I am Carole, the recently appointed Community Development Officer for LGBT Youth Scotland for Tayside and Forth Valley; but more importantly eagle-eyed, reporter of all things happening in Tayside and Forth Valley at the moment. As a newcomer to both areas I have been trying to discover what is out there for LGBT people in both areas, and there are plenty of options. From support groups to social events, clear your calendars as you have lots to choose from.

TAYSIDE In February we held a launch night for LGBT History Month in Dundee, with the police, youth services and young people attending. We had Shona Robison MSP address the event and the DAFT Initiative provided the music for the night. All in all it was a success and there was some really positive feedback about the type of LGBT services people want throughout Tayside. As a follow on from this event I am organising an event for young people aged 1425, who are interested in developing LGBT services for young people throughout Tayside, the aim is to design a service provision that is led and created by young people themselves. The information evening will be held on Tuesday 28April between 6-8pm at the Corner. If you are interested please send me an email and book your place for the night.

What’s Going On? Diversitay held there woman’s disco a couple of weeks ago and number of ladies who attended was impressive, the woman’s disco is only in it’s infancy, but the number of people attending suggest it may become a more regular occurrence. Diversitay also have a weekly switchboard, and monthly Transgender group. If you would like to find out more about their discos or any of the other services they have to offer, have a look at their website www.diversitay.org.uk Dundee has just held the third International Women’s Festival and it was a great success, with various events from walking tours to loads of women singing!! Planning and preparation will soon be underway for next year’s festival.

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The Guager, Brooklyn’s and OUT are all great places for a drink and a dance, these are the three main LGBT venues in Dundee although there are several “gay friendly” venues throughout the city. Why not try a bite to eat at the Braes on Perth Road or at Dundee Contemporary Arts, both offer delicious food at reasonable prices. There are many great things going on in Dundee, but there does seem to be a lack of activity in the Tayside area. If you live in Angus or Perth and would like to tell me what’s going on in your area, please drop me an email. My address is at the bottom of this page I would be more than happy to include it in the next issue of QS.

FORTH VALLEY There is not much happening in Forth Valley at the moment that I am aware of, but if I am wrong please let me know!! There is a Transgender group that meet in Dunblane once a month, they are a new group but have a good number of people going along to it. Within Stirling University they have an active LGBT society and are always looking for people to come along and have a drink with them. They go to other universities to meet LGBT societies and take part in awareness raising throughout the university. To find out more information go to the universities website. If you have anything you wish to add to the Forth Valley section of this page, then please let me know and I will happily include it. I hope you have enjoyed this brief canter through Tayside and Forth Valley, and as I have already mentioned if I have missed anything out regarding events or groups please let me know and I will include them in my next ramble through central Scotland. Until then stay safe and be fun!!! Carole carole.sneddon@lgbtyouth.org.uk


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MOVIES

17 Again Popular high school senior Mike O’Donnell (Zac Efron) seemingly has it all. He is a star athlete headed straight for a college scholarship when he decides to give it up to settle down with his high school girlfriend Scarlet.

Fast and Furious Vin Diesel and Paul Walker reteam for the ultimate chapter of the franchise built on speed -- “Fast and Furious.” Heading back to the streets where it all began, they rejoin Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster to blast muscle, tuner and exotic cars across Los Angeles and floor through the Mexican desert in the new high-octane action-thriller. When a crime brings them back to L.A., fugitive excon Dom Toretto (Diesel) reignites his feud with agent Brian O’Conner (Walker). But as they are forced to confront a shared enemy, Dom and Brian must give in to an uncertain new trust if they hope to outmanuever him. And from convoy heists to precision tunnel crawls across international lines, two men will find the best way to get revenge: push the limits of what’s possible behind the wheel.

Twenty five years later, an adult Mike (played by Matthew Perry) finds his life is not exactly what he expected. He is separated from his wife, Scarlett (Leslie Mann) and living with his best friend Ned Freedman (Thomas Lennon), his career at a pharmaceutical company is at a stand still, and his relationships with his teenage children are nonexistent. After getting passed up for yet another promotion at work, he returns to his high school to reminisce over his basketball awards and the life he could have had. While he is reliving his past, he is approached by a janitor and shares with him how things were so much better when he was 17. As Mike is driving home from the high school, he sees the mysterious janitor standing on the ledge preparing to jump into the Los Angeles River. Mike rushes out of his car to rescue him, but when he gets there, the janitor has vanished. What Mike doesn’t realize is that he is about to fall into the river and turn into his 17 year old self. Young Mike (Zac Efron) returns to Ned’s house, where he has the difficult task of convincing Ned that he is in fact Mike. At a loss of what to do, Ned pretends to be Mike’s father and they register Mike back in high school to finish the life he never had the chance to live. High school presents a lot of new challenges for Mike, such as dressing cool, keeping up with the latest gadgets and making new friends. But nothing compares to being in high school with his own children. He discovers that his daughter, Maggie (Michelle Trachtenberg), is not nearly as innocent as he thought she was and his son, Alex (Sterling Knight), is the brunt of the star athlete’s jokes. But Mike’s most difficult realization is that he hasn’t been a very good father or husband. Mike befriends Alex and tries to instill him with enough confidence to join the basketball team. He gets close to Maggie’s obnoxious boyfriend and does everything in his power to break them up. Most importantly, he visits an unsuspecting Scarlet and rediscovers all the things that initially made him fall in love with her. Through his experiences, Mike realizes that he had chosen the perfect life he just never appreciated it. Now, he must figure out a way to transform back into his older self and won back his wife and kids.


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Outlander 709AD, a space craft streaks across the night’s sky and crash lands in a Norwegian fjord. From its wreckage emerge, Kainan (JIM CAVIEZEL) a soldier from a far away planet and a deadly alien stowaway, the Moorwen. Before he has a chance to track down the Moorwen, Kainan is captured by viking warrior, Wulfric (JACK HUSTON) and held prisoner in the local village led by King Rothgar (JOHN HURT). Grudgingly accepted into the clan after saving Rothgar’s life, Kainan confides in Rothgar’s fiercely beautiful daughter, Freya (SOPHIA MYLES), about his past. As the Moorwen wreaks terror and destruction on neighbouring villages, the threat of conflict between the clans escalates and Kainan is called upon to kill the creature. Aware of their prey’s strength, Kainan and Wulfric fuse his advanced alien technology with the Viking’s Iron Age weaponry. Joining forces with the bloodthirsty Gunnar (RON PERLMAN), they lead one last mission to seek out and slay the Moorwen. In the face of the Viking’s destruction, the tale of Kainan becomes legend. OUTLANDER is directed by Howard McCain and co-written with Dirk Blackman, both of whom are currently scripting Brett Ratner’s CONAN. The film was produced by Chris Roberts (LORD OF WAR, LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN) and Barrie M. Osborne (LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, THE MATRIX).

British romantic comedy drama. Tala (Lisa Ray) is a young British-born woman of Jordanian descent who flies back to London to escape from the elaborate wedding plans being made for her by her wealthy parents. On her return she meets Leyla (Sheetal Sheth), a shy and sensitive aspiring writer, and despite their very different backgrounds and personalities, the two women fall in love. The pressure mounts as Tala’s wedding day approaches and Leyla struggles to find the strength to reveal the truth about her sexuality to her Indian Muslim parents. Can the two women overcome the obstacles stacked against them and save their relationship?

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By Patrick Fleming There are more DJs than ever in 2009 — 150,000 and counting if you believe the international DJ registry. It seems these days, any guy or girl with a headset, mixer and an iPod can call him or herself a DJ. But there is more to being a star DJ than just hitting the play button on a stereo. You need to be a master in track selection, own technical skills, spark creativity, be consistent, and most important: you have to be able to pack a dance floor. The mix masters on this year’s Top Nine not only meet all the criteria – they excel in it. That’s why they’re ranked above the 149, 991 other so-called DJs as the best of the gay dance floor. Here they are in descending order of gay – er - greatness.

No.9 DJ Wayne G

Wayne G rose to prominence as the original headliner of London’s “Heaven” nightclub, but it’s his sea-gig aboard Atlantis Cruises that most gay fans know him for. Circuit crowds also hail him for spinning gay super events including Sydney Mardi Gras, Berlin Love Parade, Folsom St Fair, and Fire Island’s Pines Party. A talented producer, Wayne G has remixed for the likes of Cher, Christina Aguilera, and Celine Dion – but don’t call him a commercial DJ. He eschews being categorized in any one particular genre. He weaves house, anthemic vocal tribal, and Latin flavored percussion to create a melodic high energy journey all his own. You can get a taste of it in his new remix compilation album, Move: Atlantis Dance 2009 (Silver Label), in stores now.


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Alyson Calagna

Alyson Calagna admits she doesn’t play by the rules. She spins a wide variety of music from pop to electro, some tribal and even funky house. Her love of beats and her passion for making people feel alive on the dance floor have made Alyson one of the most in-demand DJs on today’s dance floor. Last year, Alyson’s career reached an important pinnacle when she headlined Arabian Nights at Disney’s One Mighty Party event.The exposure rocketed her to the top of the DJ pool, landing her even more gigs. In fact, in the first quarter of 2009, Calagna will be appearing in twelve international cities, an impressive feat in these tough economic times.

No.7 Scotty Thompson

Scotty refuses to take himself too seriously; and that is the treat that’s endeared him to fans around the world. Sure, guys lust for his bod, but they yearn his for his beats too - and enthusiasts call Scotty a savior from the boring, self-important circuit DJs of yore. “I’m not afraid to take risks,” explains Thompson. He differentiates himself from other DJs both in approach – mixing on the fly, layering tracks on top of one another – and in content: he refuses to constrain himself to strict genre boundaries. He also strives to offer the circuit crowd something different. He plays a diverse array of House, Electro, Vocal and Tribal sounds. “You don’t always have to listen to Beyonce,” laughs Scott. “There are other names in dance music, people.”


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No.6 Seth Gold

If you haven’t heard of Seth Gold, it probably means you’re over thirty. If you’re in your twenties, well then, kid, you need to get out more. In fact, two years ago both Out Magazine and Instinct Magazine heralded Seth Gold as the next “It” DJ. Last year, Genre Magazine named him “America’s Hottest DJ”. It’s not just because of his good looks. Gold has something most other DJs don’t – the ear of the young gay crowd. His previous US tours –“The Varsity Tour”, “The Black Out Tour” and last year’s “Spring Break Tour” – were smash hits with newbie gays. This year, Gold embarks on “The Knock out Tour”, featuring mainstream wrestling stars. It’s sure to be another big gay hit with the kiddies – and may score the young DJ some international gigs.

No.5 Tony Moran

Gay club goers literally crawl out of the woodwork for a chance to hear Tony Moran play. For sure, he is a true rarity in the industry. Few can say they’ve stood in the sound booth with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, and the late Luther Vandross. Moran hit a milestone this year, clocking in two decades in the dance world. He may be older than most of the other top DJs on the gay dance floor, but he is also wiser. He predicts a shift in the gay party scene. “Twenty years ago, gay partiers let loose in small bars. Then the late 90’s were all about big rooms. Now, gay partiers are shaking their groove things aboard enormous, lavish cruises. The venues change, but the party remains the same.”


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No.4 Escape

While many of today’s top DJs complain of the lull in today’s dance scene - arguing that the crowds are waning and that clubs are not investing enough money in parties - Escape says the gay club land is actually experiencing a resurgence. “The scene is more fun than ever,” he says. “All of a sudden, the industry is back to high energy, happy music. The dark, monotonous beats that took over dance floors at the start of 2000 are history.” In addition to his DJing gigs, Escape is one of the most sought after remixers on gay dance floors today. His remixes of Kristine W’s “Never” and Sarah Altereth’s “It Doesn’t Take Much” are among the most popular mixes in clubs right now. But it’s his remixes of Beyonce that are really getting all the single ladies’ hands up.

No.3 Junior Vasquez

They say that legends are made, not born. And after years of making the beats, playing the clubs, and producing the names that have kept club-goers partying for years, Junior Vasquez can easily count himself a legend. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to count him out. Twenty years after he started his meteoric rise to international fame and invented the notion of the superstar DJ, papa’s got a brand new bag of tricks up his vinyl sleeve. “When I look back at my discography, even I’m impressed,” admits Vasquez with a laugh. Indeed, he’s worked with countless divas including Whitney Houston, Cher, and Britney. He’s also one of the few people out there to piss off Madonna… and Live to Tell about it. “I like being controversial,” he says. “I’ll keep doing whatever I can get away with, because if you don’t cross boundaries, you don’t get attention.”


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No.2

Hector Fonseca

If any DJ understands the pulse of New York City, it is Hector Fonseca. With his residency at New York’s hottest Saturday-night party, his Billboardclimbing remixes, and his new album New York Club Anthems Volume 3 (Star 69 Records) flying off music store shelves, Hector Fonseca has proven he commands the sound of New York City. “The New York club scene has experienced significant changes in the past few years,” explains Fonseca. “We are reclaiming New York as the epicenter of the world’s dance scene. Still, due to my frequent tour travels, I am heavily influenced by European beats and I feature those sounds in my sets too.” Fonseca is a signed to the Star 69 music label, founded by superstar DJ Peter Rauhofer. In fact, Fonseca names Rauhofer as his DJ mentor – and it shows.

No.1 Tracy Young

Tracy Young scores the top spot for ’09! In between her gigs at the world’s best gay parties,Young spins for celebs like Lenny Kravitz,The Smashing Pumpkins, Sean “Puffy” Combs, and Russell Simmons. She is most famously connected with the Material Girl, who has personally called on Young to spin at her movie premieres, cd release parties, and even her wedding. Tracy has nine music CD’s under her belt including her latest - and, in our opinion, her greatest - Genesis, which celebrates her highly praised annual New Years day event in Miami. Young has been a top five DJ since 2000. She was ranked alongside the original super DJs Manny Lehman, Tony Moran, Vasquez, and Peter Rauhoffer. But where the other giants have seen their stars fall, Young’s has continued to rise. 2009 is indeed the year of the woman!


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Marcus Lange ...brings you latest in game play

CRASH - MIND OVER MUTANT Crash bandicoot spins his way back onto the Xbox 360 in spectacular fashion with his latest next gen instalment; Crash: Mind Over Mutant. Mind Over Mutant follows Crash and friends on their next adventure to stop the evil scientist Cortex and his new virtual reality gadget turning the islands inhabitants into rabid mutants. The main aim of the game is to try to defeat and capture as many mutants as possible to aid you on your journey. Once defeated by Crash’s hand, you can take control of these monsters and go on a romp around the island on their backs, smashing your enemies into tiny little pieces, using their elemental attacks and specific abilities to your advantage. Each mutant you capture will be stored in Crash’s ‘pocket’, enabling you to choose between them at the swift push of a button. There is a slight downside with the fact that you can only carry two mutants at any one time, but the game is fairly forgiving and will generate the required mutant for you to defeat if you get yourself into a bit of a sticky situation. The game has a definite sense of humour, having Crash collect the so called balls of ‘mojo’ dotted around the world in order to gain upgrades and new abilities for himself and the mutant he is currently in control of. Stringing together attacks without being hit will also enable you to multiply the amount of mojo you can collect from enemies and smashing up your surroundings, allowing you to level up a lot quicker, along with gaining new status enhancements and abilities. With a very free roaming atmosphere, if you can see it, you can almost definitely reach it.You may need to come back at another time with a certain mutant, but most areas are easily accessible to you at some point or another. There are also certain holes you will come across where Crash can dig quickly underground for hidden treasures and extra mojo for himself and his crew of mutants. Developers Radical have really tried to do something a little different with the cut scenes, each one playing out like a short cartoon in order to progress the story along when and where necessary. Maintaining the mad level of humor, these are all pretty entertaining to watch, and can be accessed from Crash’s house at any time if you want to re-watch them for sheer comedy value, if nothing more. If you’re in it for the achievements, then this is definitely the game for you. Within an hour, you are bombarded with achievements just for working through the tutorials and successfully carrying out certain attacks and abilities.This is by no means a bad thing, and really gives you a sense of accomplishment as you can progress at your own steady pace. Mind Over Mutant is a barrel of laughs for everyone, combining quirky humor with fast paced button bashing action that is fun to watch as well as play.

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Rune Factory - A Fantasy Harvest Moon From the creators of the well known and loved Harvest Moon series comes a new adventure in the form of Rune Factory – A Fantasy Harvest Moon for the Nintendo DS. Upon first glance, Rune Factory is just as it says; a fantasy version of the Harvest Moon games, with a few new updates and more of a role playing style to it. The classic aspects of game play are maintained very well, setting up your character on a small farm with the basic tools, and leaving you to build the farm back up to its previous glory, but with the addition of monsters and fighting. The introduction to the game is done in typical RPG fare. Your main adolescent character has amnesia after wandering across the vast landscape for so long with no food or water, and is met with the more than ditzy Mist in the town of Kardia. During their first meeting, she offers a garden hoe and watering can as opposed to food and water; useful tools, but not quite the sustenance needed at that precise moment in time. Of course, the only logical thing that Mist can do for this lone wanderer is to offer her old run down farm, allowing him to work the land as long as it takes for him to retrieve his lost memories. With stunning surroundings, Rune Factory is definitely a very pretty game. An improvement upon previous titles which were still appearing to be very much top down 2-D, the game really does make good use of the 3-D technology available for the DS. The town is vast, with more shops and houses than you can shake a stick at, so getting to know the locals really is a large and fun task in itself. It is rather disappointing that you cannot guide your character around the map with the stylus, as using the d-pad can be a bit of a pain when some would be more used to a point and drag style of control. However, you can select a tool and an object on the screen in order for them to interact with one another with the stylus, but this can be a bit of a drag when using the action button is far simpler. Nevertheless though, all the controls work well, with the stylus making itself useful when it really needs to. The most interesting aspect of the game is the use of monsters. Once you have built huts around your farm, you can capture monsters from the surrounding caves, and domesticate them to help with your crops. Of course, in order to capture these monsters you must first equip yourself with the right weapons and armour, which the locals are most than eager to help out with. Using a real time fighting system, the game really allows you to interact within the caves, just don’t let yourself get surrounded! The monsters you obtain can even fight alongside you in the later and more challenging caves, acting almost like an additional party member. These creatures will also take the place of the farm animals such as sheep and cows, so there will be no early morning shearing and milking. With all the additions to the game play, this is definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of the Harvest Moon series, but even newcomers will be sure to find something to love.


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By David McKenzie

In the occasion of an annual event, you always hear some moron from the marketing team (whose name is usually something made up or has a silly spelling, smells like a Ford Mondeo and snacks on hummus. ) wittering on about how this year’s event is “bigger and better” than the previous years. Well, today, readers I am your hatchback scented, hummus consumer, however the difference is that my name is spelt in a fairly orthodox way and my promise of all things bigger and better is actually true. I’m talking about the all new Eurovision song contest 2009. Oh, and it’s not in an “All New Top of the Pops” kind of way, with any luck Tim Kash is in some torture cell just now for services to murdering a national institution, hopefully with Coldplay on repeat. So, after Sir Terry jumped ship last year, it’s Graham Norton’s inaugural contest as the BBC’s commentator but that’s not the only change. After several years of block voting from certain parts of Europe, the organisers are to change the voting system. Every country will have a representative who will sit on a jury who will control 50% of the vote, and of course that leaves the other 50% to the public, as normal. Here are a couple of the runners and riders, as usual it’s a mixed bag of the good, the bad and the very very ugly!


FEATURE 37 Jade – “It’s my time” (United Kingdom) First up, let’s start with our very own Jade who won the chance to represent the UK after winning “Your Country Needs You”, Andrew Lloyd Webbers mission to get the UK flying high in the Eurovision again. So you’d expect him to equip Jade, a talented young prodigy with a hell raiser of a song that would melt even the frozen wastes of Russia. Well in reality, unfortunately the song is diabolical. I was expecting a furnace that would burn up the competition, when in reality we’ve got a three-bar fire and some salts. The monotonous lyrics are dull and uninspiring, this song sounds like a reject XFactor winner single. QS Rating: Nul Points Sounds Like: The old Lord’s really lost his touch Waldo’s People – “Lose Control” (Finland) So from the very, very bad to the very, very good. Already receiving acclaim on the internet, the entry from Finland is seriously contagious. Granted, the N-Dubz-esque rapping is cheesier than the entire contents of a Dairlylea warehouse, the chorus is incredibly catchy and will have you singing along and tapping your feet by the end. QS Rating: 4/5 Sounds Like: A very much improved version of Daz Sampson’s Teenage life which bombed a few years back. Gypsy Cz –“ Aven Romale” (Czech Republic) We’ve had bad, and good now time for ugly!! The Czech’s have had a tough time in Eurovision over the last couple of years. It had been rumoured that, due to a succession of poor results for the country in 2007 and 2008, coming last and second last, that they would pull out. And with this, they really do deserve another awful placing this year. The song is a tango inspired number that would be more fitting on a C.D. in a tapas bar. After last year’s fairly credible bash, this attempt this seems like a turkey waiting for Christmas. QS Rating: 1/5 (Kudos for the Eurovision factor!) Sounds Like: Bad Karaoke round at Borat’s place. Look out for: An idiot in an orange superhero type costume


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Inga & Anush –“Jan Jan (Dance, Dance)” (Armenia) Imagine, if you will, that the cheeky girls have bumped into a genie and he grants them three wishes. The first of which is to give them some musicality, then they ask for a track that is a poppyfolk fusion and finally they ask for Lembit Opik to be destroyed.With that combination of wishes you can imagine what this song’s gonna be like. QS Rating: 3/5 Sounds Like: The musical equivalent of a Heston Blumenthal pigeon and coffee curry. Look out for: Electronic snake charmers!!! Patrick Ouchène “Copycat” (Belgium) You know at family parties how your Uncle will have one too many banana daiquiri’s and convince himself he’s Elvis. This is what this is like. It’s set up in an ironic context, with the song’s main hook being “he’s a copycat” and is a toe tapping piece of pop parody. QS Rating: 3/5 Sounds Like: The musical equivalent of a Heston Blumenthal pigeon and coffee curry. Look out for: Electronic snake charmers! Niels Brinck – “Believe again” (Denmark) Denmark have fallen down a slippery slope, from the glamour and campness of their 2006 entry, Drama Queen sung by a feather clad drag queen to this poor Ronan Keating is a largely disappointing attempt to recreate the success of the Olsen Brothers winning song from 2000, “Fly on the wings of love”. QS Rating: 2/5 Sounds Like: A boring copycat attempt at “Whever you wil Look out for: A stool to use as a keychange prop. (How very Westlife!) The Toppers – “Shine” (Netherlands) The Toppers are hilarious. They look like the reuinited Spandeau Ballet and sound like they’re ready to go and do techno covers of church hymns. There’s a very evangelical quality to their song and it is the cheesy token “World Peace” entry, on a par with Alcazar’s “Someday” QS Rating: 3/5 Sounds Like: An aging boy band trying to get down with the “yoof” Look out for: Lots of shiny elderly people onstage!


FEATURE 39 Andrea Demirović - “Just Get Out of My Life” (Montenegro) Proving that the Eastern European countries are pulling up their socks in the Eurovision, Montenegro are sending out a contagious up-tempo ABBA –esque number that seems to tick most Eurovision boxes. It’s an angsty song that cleverly retains a pop feel, perfect for Eurovision. QS Rating: 4/5 Sounds Like: What “Gimmee, Gimmee, Gimmee” would sound like had it been written in 2009 in Eastern Europe by a gang of drag queens. Sinéad Mulvey & Black Daisy – Et Cetera (Ireland) Last year at Eurovision, Ireland proved a point. Europe doesn’t have a sense of humour. However after failing to reach the final, they’ve dusted themselves down and recruiting some girls who create a sound that you’d expect if Avril Lavinge teamed up with Kelly Clarkson. With an opening sounds like a rocked up “Joy to the World”. If this song went to school, its report card would simply say “could do better” QS Rating: 3/5 Sounds Like: Rocked up B*Witched Hadise- Düm Tek Tek (Turkey) Turkey has been chucking the same old dross at Eurovision for a number of years now. A predictable dancey number that sounds like the kind of thing you hear in your local kebab shop after a very late night. This is no different. Nice piece of talent to look at, who can sing, but really Turkey, very boring!! QS Rating: 1/5 Sounds Like: Music to watch a donner rotate to. Petr Elfimov - Eyes That Never Lie (Belarus) My eyes would be lying if I didn’t firstly point out that this is sung by a younger version of Keith Harris (the man who goes about with his hand up Orville the little green duck). Described as a rock ballad, the song certainly does what it says on the tin. As a Eurovision song goes it’s a bit bland. Sounds Like: Something your dad would like driving to. Look out for: Orville, he surely must make an appearance QS Rating: 2/5


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Eurovision Song Contest 2009 Final Saturday 16th May


Marcus lange looks at best buys... The N50

ASUS

Truly the pinnacle of mobile computing. The N50 is an elegant statement of style when it comes to mobile computing. With it’s stylish dotted pattern across the lid and continued on your desktop and keyboard, you will certainly get looks across the coffee shop when you’re typing away like SJP on heat. The N50 features touch sensitive buttons above the keyboard, controlling volume and multimedia functions making it easier to control your music whilst you work, and a great in built speaker that is as clear as day. Another unique ‘odd’ feature which I’ve never experienced before is it’s built in Air Ionizer that helps clear the air around the user of allergens and germs, as well as promoting air-flow and circulation. As standard now across the board, it features the fingerprint scanner so that only you can access all those hidden files, and now with the built in BluRay Player you can watch your videos and movies in High Definition. Vista is unfortunately the operation system, (regular readers will know I’m a Mac man) but works well and suits the elegance of this laptop. In terms of size, it’s pretty big, but it seems to be the trend in the laptop industry at the moment, not to be confused with the competition to create the smallest laptop in the world. Overall, this is a fantastic and well put-together machine and will serve all your needs, and keep you very happy. Designed for intuitive control and user-friendliness. The N50 costs £749 incl.VAT and is available from www.asus.com

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I am The Music Man! Guitar Hero Air Guitar Rocker Rock out with this portable stage kit, just clip to your belt and belt out the tunes! This fantastic little belt buckle and amplifier means you can take Guitar Hero with you anywhere you go! Including two air guitar plectrums just strum as you would a guitar and the amplifier pumps out your favourite riffs. The kit comes with a cartridge including some tracks and you can buy more once you’ve mastered those. A novel way to impress even the greatest of guitar heroes and rock bands. Available from www.prezzybox.com

iBlock This great little speaker is perfect for the ultimate in portable partying. The Lego shaped speakers have an optimised bass system and by pressing the rounded ridges you can turn the music up or down. Simply connect to your iPod and use them as you would your headphones! Available in black from www.prezzybox.com

Silly Gadget! Henry the Desktop Hoover The adorable icon of household chores Henry, is back! Smaller than ever before, Henry is ready to clean up and is perfect for those little accidents at work. Henry is a fully functioning hoover, just turn him on and he will suck all that dirt and grime away! Available at www.prezzybox.com along with his sister Hetty!


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Junkfunk are a men and women’s clothing company who have a unique style when it comes to prints. Bold colours, bold patterns but more importantly… bold statements. Perfect for all you fashionistas out there. Junkfunk began, like many closets, looking for trade on the streets of London in 2003, in just 6 years it has developed a cult following from T-shirt collectors around the world. Quirky in-house designers work on creating a brand for ‘free thinkers’ and ‘fun loving people’. Huw Williams founder and director says, “we always try to follow our own path and look for the funky or quirky in everyday life, this is what makes Junkfunk stand out from the crowd”

Beer Label …washed down with a nice pint…

Taking creative inspiration from the streets of London and Brighton, ensures that junkfunk stays ahead of the game and will always have something for that all important Saturday night at the Gay bar, or if you just want to stand out in a crowd. Their designs definitely reflect a ‘quirky’ take on life, they’ve extended their odd thinking and humour to canvas and cards as well, all available from their website www.junkfunk.com Junkfunk obviously had an appetite when creating its new designs -

Tobacco Sign …and a premium Virginia blend.

Pie and Mash Some Pie and Mash…

If you fancy a trip down to gay old Brighton, you’ll find them in the creative North Laine District, and if you cant get there, they have concessions in ‘Urban outfitters’, ‘Brown Thomas’ (part of Selfridges group), and ‘Lomo’ in Austria. All Junkfunk items however, can be found and ordered online at www.junkfunk.com where there are many more funny, odd and retro designs

Cranksters Paradise Finally, jump on your bike and enjoy the open road.


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Q Bags Qbag is a fantastic new concept that lets you cook a whole new range of foods directly on the barbecue. The aluminium foil bag is the perfect cooking vessel, retaining moisture and succulence and letting your favourite sauces and marinades go to work, while the window lets you keep an eye on things. The window peels away for you to add ingredients or stir, and at the end of cooking the Qbag can be used as a serving dish. If the great British weather strikes - no problem! Qbag works just as well in the oven. £5.95 for 8 bags

Salt and pepper lovers Fair enough, your Salt & Pepper shaker is just for seasoning your food... hardly a style statement.That was the opinion of Prezzyboxians until the Salt and Pepper Lovers visited Prezzybox HQ. Two little people (gender unknown) one black, one white with their arms outstretched for a cuddle. When they meet? Hug time! Too cute for words! £4.95

MP4 Watch The cool Gadget everyone’s been waiting for has finally arrived! This digital watch with a 1.5 inch full colour OLED video screen allows you to watch videos and listen to MP3 music on a train, on a tube or bus. Browse your digital photos and digitally record sound too! Instead of carting around millions of gadgets to watch movies, listen to music and record lectures or important meetings, the MP4 player watch brings all these features together in one convenient package. It will even tell you the time! James Bond didn’t have a gadget as useful as this! Be the envy of him, and all your mates! £59.95 available in black or orange how wicked! More details and information about all items can be found at: www.prezzybox.co.uk

TAO Digital Keyring A wonderful gift idea, this little keychain is big enough to view your photos, but small enough to carry around with your keys. The small, clear screen will scroll through 56 of your favourite and most cherished images. Uploading your photos and charging the key ring couldn’t be easier using a USB connection to your computer. £29.95

Gamucci Micro Electronic Cigarette

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QS Talks to... James Corden star of new hit movie Lesbian Vampire Killers. Two no-hopers. One cursed village. A bus full of foreign female students and an army of salacious lesbian vampires. It’s gonna be one hell of a night! BAFTA winning comedy-duo James Corden and Mathew Horne (Gavin & Stacey) decide to escape their problems and head to the country for a weekend of debauchery. Things don’t quite go according to plan and they find themselves stuck in a village where all of the women have been enslaved by a legendary vampire curse. As the night unfolds the boys have to put all of their fears (and dreams!) behind them in order to rise to the challenge of becoming lesbian vampire killers.

Tell me about the genesis of the film for you… It started about two years ago, a year and a half, before any of our fame, if that’s the right word, kicked in! Actually, I don’t feel I’m famous in any way at all. But it was around then; Gavin & Stacey hadn’t been on. We’d shot it but it hadn’t been aired yet. Then for one reason or another the film didn’t happen. Then a wonderful producer called Steve Clark-Hall picked the script up and that changed everything. It suddenly picked up momentum. Literally, picked up Momentum [as a financier and distributor] and it went on from there. Did you audition for the part of Fletch, or were you offered it? I went and read for it. So did a lot of other people. I don’t mean this in any arrogant way, but I read it and thought, ‘If I don’t get this, I should probably give up,’ because it just feels the sort of part I want to do. It’s the sort of comedy that I really like. It requires energy and enthusiasm that I love doing, a complete commitment. My comedy heroes I like are people like Jim Carrey, Jack Black and Will Ferrell, men who make you laugh through sheer no-holds-barred kind of humour. Instead of jumping over hurdles, they simply run through them!


46 FEATURE Were you approached for this film as a pair?

It seems that there’s shades of Withnail & I: two dudes rushing out to the country and getting more than they bargained for? You’ve even got Paul McGann…

No, not for this. I’d been attached for quite a long time to this film and when you read it, it seems like it was written for us. It really does. If you are looking for two people who, I hope, understand comedy and look like best friends in this age range, probably, we might be the only two. I don’t know. Mat stands on his own as an actor and so do I, but there’s no denying that we work incredibly well together. We just do. It’s great fun. It feels like the right thing for us to do. I don’t think this a partnership that means that we’ll work together for the next 60 years but we might work together for the next six.

I’d never thought of that because I guess when you read that it bears no resemblance at all. But Paul McGann is a real hero of Mat’s and mine, and when we were told that he was playing the vicar we were so over the moon. I feel lucky enough to have worked with Richard Griffiths and I have met Richard E. Grant but I’d never met Paul so it’s nice to complete the trio! That film is very close to my heart. Isn’t it everyone’s? Yes, God! That film is a classic. Classic and genius are words that get bandied about too much, but never in regard to that film. Although when we get to vampire killing, our film couldn’t be more different!

What’s your character’s involvement as a Lesbian Vampire Killer?

Can you think of any touchstones for the film, Shaun of The Dead, maybe?

Me and Mathew [Horne] play two guys who go camping to get away from things that have been happening to them in London and end up, they think, coincidentally, in this town. When they get there, they end up being chased by lesbian vampires and they end up being lesbian vampire killers. Obviously, it’s very much an Academy Award film.

This film is without question in the same vein as that, although I wonder if our producer would like me saying that! Although I don’t think he’d see any reason for me not to! If our film were compared in a positive light with that film, then I would be nothing but proud, because that film for me is one of the best British films of the last ten years. And what’s amazing is that I didn’t realise quite how long ago Shaun of the Dead was, because it still feels fresh and current. It really does. But if we were going to stand this up and say, ‘This is Shaun of the Dead,’ we’re tits.

So are these vampires like traditional vampires, barring the fact that they’re lesbians? I guess their vampire traits are the same, in that they like to suck blood from people and they come out at night, but they are the most vamped up vampires you’ve ever seen! They can be killed in the same way, yes, with silver bullets, holy water, staked through the heart. We’ve got a great scene with holy water coming out from a shower. That’s a favourite.

Speaking of tits, is there much nudity? There isn’t really. In fact I don’t know if there’s any to be frank, but these are lesbian vampires so maybe…!


Mathew Horne chats to QS about his new role in Lesbian Vampire Killers... Is there a straight man-funny man dynamic between the pair of you (James Corden and Mathew Horne)?

Yes, although there’s a certain dynamic set up whereby, I don’t quite know how to put it really as I don’t quite know what it is, but I think I’m funny in a different ways to James’s funny. That’s all I can tell you. I have quite a bit of slapstick so it’s not as simple as one of us does that, and one does witty banter. It’s funny in different ways. It’s more clownstraight man but more blurred. I haven’t seen enough of it in action, haven’t watched it enough of us to analyse it that much; I don’t know what it is yet, so it’s still evolving. And when we do our sketch show it will evolve even more and I think by the end of that, I’ll probably know exactly what it is and I’ll be able to put it in good media sound bites for you! At the moment it’s ‘A clown and a straight man, and some blurring!’ How does your relationship work in this film? It’s about a relationship between two men and, comedically, it’s about their vernacular, the type of banter that one has with a good friend. As you say it’s about dialogue and there’s slapstick, which is also intrinsically involved in the gore and the effects. It feels like it has a little of a sitcom feel, a bit of silent film, and a bit of classic buddy movie there.

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And a bust up with your girl friend prompts your character’s adventure? Yeah. She dumps me. She’s a super mega bitch. She dumps me because she’s having an affair with somebody else and as soon as she dumps me she finds out the guy she’s having the affair with is married and she comes back after me. An equally hard woman has sacked James from his job, so we decide to go off hiking together. My ex comes to get me back. She wants to resolve everything just as I’m trying to do something positive in life by going away and having a good time with my mate. She comes back but she ends up dead. She gets a double whammy. Amazingly, this is not the first lesbian vampire film… Yeah, there’s something called The Hunger and a film about lesbian kickboxers. Heard of that? Yep, there are lesbian vampire kickboxers. Is horror close to your heart? Because you’re establishing yourself as a comic actor… I would like to continue to see myself as a comic actor. Thank you. You can put that in. Journalists always ask ‘Do you want to do different things?’ But I’m more than happy to do what I’m doing. I absolutely love what I can just about do, and it can embody other things such as horror. I studied film at University and a big part of that study was to examine their meanings and whatnot, particularly the feminist angle.


48 FEATURE As a student of film, do you think people try to read too much into the genre of horror film? I think so, at times, but horror’s a great one for that. There are very set rules for about what things mean and it is all quite funny. As long as you don’t take it too seriously, it can enlighten and it’s interesting and can inspire you and open your mind to certain things. So I’ve always had a healthy interest in horror, not just from my study at college but from a young age. Do you have favourite horror film? My favourite horror film is The Birds. You could argue that it’s not a horror film. From my study of and reading of horror films, it’s about a fear that comes from ‘The Wilderness’. It’s got this humanity and that film embodies all the things I like about horror films, tension, fright, suspense and all that stuff. Have any of your friends given you stick about the title? There’s an angry bunch of lesbians petitioning your film on their website… I think that was inevitable and the simple argument for them is that — and I don’t take them too seriously, maybe I should — it can also be read as a feminist text movie, because they are strong women. We are dumped and ditched by strong women and we were attacked by strong women and these are strong women who can destroy men and want to destroy mankind! So the flip side of it is that it is a feminist text. All my female friends and all of my friends just burst out laughing when they hear the title. I think it’s a really exciting title and think it makes people want to see it.

The naysayers say that it panders to the male fantasy. Well, it probably panders to the lesbian fantasy too, right? Of course it panders to the male fantasy but it is done with tongue in cheek, so to speak and it also panders to the lesbian fantasy of course. And even straight girls often much prefer looking at other girls, strangely enough, than to other men, so they’ll be fine as well. All sectors are dealt with! Do you think people will compare Lesbian Vampire Killers to any other British comedy-horror films? I think it’s going to be inevitably compared to Shaun of The Dead, because it’s the personality involved, the relationship at the core of it, and the fact that’s it got some blood in it. It’s not really like that film. It has much more of a teen heart than Shaun and the Dead.That was a brilliant comedy horror movie and that’s the genre it was, romzomcom, that’s inspired the sound-biting! Are comedy and horror difficult to splice together? Totally. As an actor, it’s very difficult to know where to pitch it in certain scenes: if you are being attacked by a vampire, yes. As an actor, you think that’s a scary, frightening thing. My life is in danger, but also you want to make people laugh, so it’s about how to make that feel funny, and that’s what’s really exciting about this job. Because you can come on set every day and try stuff out, try different ways of doing it. If people laugh then that’s probably the response you go for. Do you and James have a specific working style together? Without a doubt, when we’ve down time, that’s how it works with us. There’s no point sitting at home and writing sketches and emailing them to each other. You just have to hang out. It sounds like an excuse, just hanging out, but it really is not, and this is why we are able to do this film really. Strictly speaking, we should be in an office writing our sketch show but if we are working together, it’s the best environment, because not only do you get to interact with each other and create new ideas, we can also test them out on people around us. If some people on the crew laugh it’s in, as far as we are concerned. We make each other laugh and if one other person laughs and gets it, it’s in.


MyAnna Buring

How did you hear about the project? They called me up for a meeting and said would you be interested in coming in for a meeting. When I heard the title, I was like, ‘No way.You’ve got to be joking’. They said, ‘You’ll be playing a Swedish girl’ and it sounded just ridiculous. And then I read the script and loved it. Absolutely loved it. You are a vampire killer yourself? Yes. I am a killer. Absolutely! I play a Swedish tourist. Another Swede, I’m getting quite practised. It’s good fun, good fun to do it again.The other girls are much more girlie-girlie but Lotte, she is a bit of an academic, she’s the feisty one. She’s got a big heart and she’s been saving herself for someone special. Have you heard about the angry lesbians complaining on their website? Yes. Absolutely. All vampires in the world should make their own. I think I’d understand that better. I’m thinking whatever you do people will react to it and I think it’s a bit of an unfair thing to do. You can’t react to things before you’ve seen them because within a context, things then make sense. Everything’s within a context and once people have seen it then by all means you have a right to say that’s outrageous, but this is a comedy.

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Does your character get any good comedy lines? She gets a few and she gets more comedy action. She gets punchline stuff, which is fun. And she starts by killing her friends, one of her best friends. This is the thing though, the vampires look amazing and every time one gets killed I’m there going ‘I don’t necessarily buy it’. I think actually you’d quite happily be killed by some of these vampires rather than kill them! What’s the James and Mathew dynamic like? The boys’ dialogue is very well-written and the boys had an established bond already, which we could read into and feed off. For us [the girls] it was creating an atmosphere and creating reality, which was also funny, which also worked. So, hopefully, we’ve done that as well, so that across the board you get a sense of fun. What with The Descent as well, are you worried about being seen as a scream queen? Somebody was saying that to me. ‘Hey, you’re becoming this scream queen; this is your genre now?’ On the one hand that’s fantastic.What a great genre to be part of. It’s flattering to be seen that way. However, on the other hand, I think I have done other stuff — it’s the case that most people haven’t seen it — and that’s not horror or horror related.

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PINE-ING FOR SUMME

Take Recess from the Recession at Fire Island Pines By George Shapiro Every evening, my roommate and I eat our dinner with CNN reporter and dream date, Anderson Cooper, but lately, all he can talk about is the economic crisis and more job losses. It was really starting to get us down, but luckily we have come up with a plan to get the most bang for our buck this summer: a trip to an all gay paradise known as Fire Island. We decided to escape the news and escape the world and go to our summer wonderland. We made a reservation for a week in August at Hotel Ciel, located in the middle of the action in the Fire Island Pines harbor. Flights are cheap, and we are saving up our coins for the hotel and lots of cocktails! We will probably spend a day or two in New York too because Manhattan is just a short train ride away. We went last summer and were out of control at the biggest weekend of summer, Ascension Beach Party. The Fire Island philosophy is simple. You wake up and fry on the beach all day, with the occasional cruise up and down the beach to scope out the cuties. In the evening, you get glammed up and go to tea—which is a fun dance party.

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The music starts at 5pm, and on weekends, it doesn’t stop until 5am the next day. There’s low tea, high tea, middle tea, an underwear party, and a nightclub called Pavilion. The underwear party has amazing pop music and hundreds of guys dancing around in their underwear. It’s so fun! Pavilion is where big name DJs like Brett Henrichsen and Junior Vasquez play. We also saw some crazy tranny shows at a restaurant called Blue Whale. But Fire Island Pines is more than a party. There are fabulous restaurants, a gourmet market, Starbucks, cute shops, and a gym. It’s a gay island after all! Plus, the beaches are beautiful. And there are no cars allowed on the island—so you really feel like you are in a gay paradise. Adam Weaver, who heads the activities on the island, tells us about summer ‘09:


54 TRAVEL Why is 2009 the summer to experience the Pines? Flights are cheap this year, so we’re gearing for more boys than ever. How are you preparing for the extra guests? We’ve expanded the high tea room to fit more guys. We’ve also perfected our DJ roster to include all the favorites as well as some hot, new talent. I’ve been scouting the bars of NYC for the best, new nightclub performers, and I’m counting on a few big name acts to make it to the Pines too. Can you give us some of the artists already confirmed? I’m really excited about the Perry Twins over Ascension weekend. It will be their Fire Island debut! And of course, Joe Gauthreaux at Bay Dance and Tony Moran at Ascension are going to be fierce. I’m so psyched for the holiday weekend line-ups, but really, we’ve got great talent coming out every night of summer. When visiting the Pines, what should men include on their itinerary? Low Tea is a great place to have drinks and dance with your friends. High Tea follows at 8pm, where the dance party gets a little more wild and crazy. On weekends, there are live performances at Blue Whale Restaurant, which is a great place to have dinner or to just hang out at the bar to see the show. Oh, and if you’re here on a Friday, you can’t miss the underwear party. It’s really hot! What would you advise all gay men pack in their bag for a fun-filled weekend in the Pines? If you are coming for a day trip, all you need is a towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, and some drinking money. For a longer trip, make sure you bring plenty of cute swimsuits. The daytime look in the Pines is a speedo and designer shades. At night, make sure you have sexy jeans and you may want to pack a hoody for chilly nights.

What does the Pines offer singles that other gay destinations do not? P-Town is a great place to relax, and Atlantis is a great place to go wild. At the Pines, you get the best of both. You can chill on the beach and hang out with your friends at your beach house. Or you can go downtown, where there’s a party every night. Fire Island is what you make it. Where is the best place to meet cute guys? It’s really fun to check out guys on the beach all day, pick your favorites, and then make your move at low tea. You will find yourself meeting so many cool people every night of your vacation. Guys just seem to be more relaxed here. I’m not going to mention the “meat rack;” you guys have to find out about that on your own. Is the Pines suitable for a romantic getaway? The Pines is definitely a romantic place. It’s a great place to get away from it all and enjoy the quiet beaches and tranquil nature. You can cook dinners at home or go out to excellent restaurants. And if you are a couple who like’s to have fun, we’ve got plenty of that too. How can out-of-towners book their Fire Island Pines getaway? You can find everything from the latest summer entertainment schedule to available houses and hotel rooms at www.thepinesfireisland.com. Holiday weekends in the Pines book early, so it’s a good idea to start planning your trip soon.


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GAY PRIDE GRAN CANARIA 2009

This year´s dates are May 4th to 11th, the place Playa del Ingles (I know, why do they call it Gay Pride Maspalomas when it´s in Playa del Ingles?). Even with the “crisis” this year, plans are being made for the same if not more people than last year, around 120,000 extra people for the week, with plenty of plans by day and night throughout the period. In fact more shows and events will be taking place this year than ever before. It´s all happening in the center of the resort in and around the “Yumbo Center” (the commercial center home to most of the gay bars, restaurants, clubs, shops, sauna…) and you can expect to see street entertainment most days and evenings (dancers & musicians), a drag show/afternoon (hosted by Sandra Drag), a pool party, shows on the main stage three nights over the last week-end with international artists (Toyah, Hazell Dean, Vengaboys to name a few), Mr Gay Gran Canaria contest, special themed nights in Heaven night club, of course the Big Parade on the Saturday afternoon…. The list of events and artists goes on but you can see the program (plus photos from last year) on the official website at www.gaypridemaspalomas.com along with photos from last year. Talking to one of the 8 organizers of the event, Steve tells me something different this year will be a couple of exclusive events for Lesbians, after last year saw an increase of almost 60% on the girls attending. So this year on Thursday there´s a boat trip in the afternoon and a club night in Heaven for Lesbians only. He also asks we please support the businesses in return for the money they are raising for the week, they´ll be displaying “Official Pride Sponsor” banners. If you want to join in the parade on the Saturday, check with one of the sponsors first and see if there´s space on one of the floats but if not, you´re welcome to join in the procession which starts on Saturday at 4pm from the bottom of Avenida de Tirajana and finishes a couple of hours later after doing a circle of the streets around the Yumbo center. During the course of the week of course you’re not going to see 100,000 plus people at every event but on Friday and Saturday nights in the Yumbo with the main shows and afterwards in the Yumbo center, you´ll see most of them. Thursday by the way is another main-show night on the main stage in the Yumbo center in support of ACES, the charity for AIDS.


TRAVEL 57 Don´t miss my favourite event, just before the parade which is the world record attempt of most drag queen in a chorus line, in full costume and makeup and in 30C of heat! Anyone can join on the chorus line; get down to the beginning of the Parade an hour early at 3pm, in drag of course! Yes, 30C temperatures! and by night 20C so pack light, if you can´t find space round the pool then head for the gay beach and “bar number 7”. If you´re staying in Maspalomas go to the start of Maspalomas beach where the lighthouse is and walk along the beach itself and if you´re in Playa del Ingles, look for the Riu Hotel at the end of the main high street “Avenida Tirajana” then walk through the dunes themselves. Both ways the walk is around 20 minutes.

Sunday is a quite day for the Pride team but with everyone still here looking for diversion, it´s the day for the bars to come into their own and hold their own events. The biggest cabaret bar in the Yumbo for example, Sparkles Showbar have scooped Toyah from the main lineup to perform again in their bar. Exptect many of the bars around the Yumbo to be trying to do something just as enticing Sunday evening and thousands of people checking it all out. If you´re checking out the gay accommodation choices here for that week and they fill up, you can also ask for the Hotel Las Walkirias next to the Yumbo.They are going gay for that week as one of the official sponsors of Pride and will be hosting the pool party on the Wednesday and the drag show on the Tuesday. There isn´t a gay-exclusive complex with a pool area big enough anymore to cater for the numbers expected.Any hotel or apartment complex close to the Yumbo will be

If you´re here for a week and fancy a break from all the party atmosphere there´s plenty to do apart from party and beach all week long. Try a day out in Las Palmas, one of the biggest cities in Spain and 45 minutes away on the bus or by hire car. The main bus station is next to the 500-year-old historic quarter of the city, and next to that, “Triana” a very trendy shopping area (designer labels and all duty free!). From Triana catch a cab to “Mesa y Lopez”, a big and busy high street with more shops and department stores. Take note that is actually cheaper to buy your duty free stuff once out and about on the island rather than in the airport.

If you have a hire car, head into the center to get a real taste of Canarian life from small villages where people still live in caves to traditional Spanish and Canarian towns unspoilt by tourism. Pine forests, lakes, mountains 2,000 meters above sea-level… the roads in general even up in the mountains are easy to navigate, well maintained, don´t forget to drive on the right though! If you don´t have a hire car you can book a gay quad-safari to get a taste of the Canarian countryside for a few hours or join on a regular island tour by jeep for a different way to see the sights. Other top tips for days out include Palmitos Park Zoo, Maspalomas Market (Wednesday and Saturday mornings), gay cruising though by boat round the south coast as opposed to with a beer in a bar, horse-riding, see the sand dunes via camel safari or go sky-diving over them! You can meet the guys organizing the event along with other guys going to the event on their official Facebook site (search for “Gay Pride Maspalomas”) at www.facebook.com For more info on gay tourism on Gran Canaira, contact Islas Canarias Tours in the Yumbo center via www.islascanariastours.com & www.gay-grancanaria.com


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Judy d n a l r Ga By John May

Singer/actress Judy Garland had a varied career that began in vaudeville and extended into movies, records, radio, television, and personal appearances. She is best remembered as the big-voiced star of a series of movie musicals, particularly The Wizard of Oz, in which she sang her signature song, “Over the Rainbow.” But unlike most other film stars of her era, she also maintained a career as a recording artist, and after her movie-making days were largely over, she was able to transfer her stardom to performing and recording, culminating in her Grammywinning number one album Judy at Carnegie Hall.

The third daughter of former vaudevillians running a theater in Grand Rapids, MN, Garland made her stage debut singing “Jingle Bells” during the holiday season when she was two years old. Soon after, she joined the singing group formed by her two sisters. Early on, her surprisingly mature voice caused her to dominate the group. Her family moved to California in the fall of 1926, where the sisters found occasional work on-stage and on radio, even appearing in several film shorts in 1929 and 1930. In the summer of 1934, they toured in the Midwest, where George Jessel suggested they change their name from the Gumm Sisters to the Garland Sisters; eventually, each sister also picked a new first name, with Garland choosing hers for the Hoagy Carmichael/ Sammy Lerner song “Judy.” The Garland Sisters broke up in the summer of 1935 upon the marriage of Garland’s oldest sister, Mary Jane. Soon after, Garland successfully auditioned for the MGM film studio, and she was signed to a contract that fall. Within weeks, she made her network radio debut on The Shell Chateau Hour. The movie studio did not have immediate plans for her, but her career did advance in another area. She had made test recordings on two occasions in 1935 for Decca Records; finally, in June 1936 the label recorded her singing “Stompin’ at the Savoy” and released it the following month as her debut single, although she was not yet signed to a term contract with the label.


Garland made her feature film debut in the musical Pigskin Parade, on loan to the 20th Century Fox studio, in November 1936. She finally made an impression at MGM when she sang a version of “You Made Me Love You” with special material written by Roger Edens that transformed it into a tribute to film star Clark Gable, at Gable’s birthday party on February 1, 1937. The performance was re-created in Broadway Melody of 1938, released in August. After attending a preview, Decca president Jack Kapp finally decided to sign Garland to a recording contract, and the label soon released her studio versions of “Everybody Sing” and “Dear Mr. Gable: You Made Me Love You” from the film. Garland made four more films (Thoroughbreds Don’t Cry, Everybody Sing, Listen, Darling, and Love Finds Andy Hardy) and a couple more singles through 1938, but she didn’t achieve major stardom until the release of The Wizard of Oz in August 1939. Glenn Miller had jumped the gun on the film by recording “Over the Rainbow,” and the song was already a hit before the movie was released. But Garland’s recording for Decca also became popular, and her success was sealed by the release of Babes in Arms shortly after The Wizard of Oz. At the 1939 Academy Awards in February 1940, she was presented with a miniature Oscar for her outstanding performance as a screen juvenile. In March, Decca released her first album, Judy Garland Souvenir Album, a three-disc, six-song set combining the “Dear Mr. Gable: You Made Me Love You” single with her current singles “In Between” (from Love Finds Andy Hardy) and “Figaro” (from Babes in Arms). Garland appeared in three films in 1940, Andy Hardy Meets Debutante, Strike Up the Band, and Little Nellie Kelly, and she scored a Top Ten hit with her recording of “I’m Nobody’s Baby,” featured in the first of them. Her December recording session for songs from Little Nellie Kelly was conducted by David Rose, whom she married on July 28, 1941. She appeared in another three movies that year, Ziegfeld Girl, Life Begins for Andy Hardy, and Babes on Broadway. Her only film released in 1942 was For Me and My Gal, also starring Gene Kelly, who paired with her on a recording of the title song that became a Top Ten hit. In 1943, she starred in Presenting Lily Mars and Girl Crazy, and made a guest appearance in Thousands Cheer. She also made her concert debut during the year, appearing on July 1 with the Philadelphia Orchestra under André Kostelanetz at an open-air performance at the Robin Hood Dell in Philadelphia reported to have attracted 30,000 listeners, and toured service camps in support of the war effort.

ICONS 59 Garland’s film work became less frequent after 1943, tending to average a single major release each year. Meet Me in St. Louis, her next movie, was released in December 1944, directed by Vincente Minnelli, whom she married on June 15, 1945, just after her divorce from David Rose. Her recording of “The Trolley Song” from the score became a Top Ten hit, as did her album of songs from the film. She followed with another Minnelli-directed film, The Clock, in May 1945, her first non-singing dramatic role. In June, she joined Bing Crosby on a recording of the novelty “Yah-Ta-Ta Yah-Ta-Ta (Talk, Talk, Talk),” her first Top Ten hit with a song not featured in one of her films. Lyricist Johnny Mercer got the jump on all competitors in scoring a hit with his song “On the Atchison,Topeka and the Santa Fe” (written with composer Harry Warren) from Garland’s upcoming film, The Harvey Girls, taking it to number one in July. But Garland’s version, released in September, was also a Top Ten hit. The film appeared in January 1946.


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When it comes to convertibles the Eos has always been a distinctive car for the market, offering hard top coupe to stylish convertible in just 25 seconds. As many of you know the Eos won Top Gayer’s Car of the Year 07 and I still stick to it, testing the 1.4L petrol has only reinforced my high regard for this truly beautiful creation.

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Rich Tuckwell’s monthly round up... Bentley Azure 6L V8 Convertible

When it comes to style, the Eos definitely has it, you could argue that a lot of new cars, including the new Scirocco, are a bit more edgy and odd looking, but there is a class to VW’s styling that shouts classic, that giant chrome grill with the rounded headlights surrounding it, the sleek hood pinching in at the waist and motoring the pert bottom, with its The whole industry, in LED factlights the whole world, is financial on its winking as it pulls into the outside lane to jet off with arse. However in these times of gloom and doom, I thought this month I’d a blip of that fantastic 1.4 engine. Truly a celebrity check outworld, one of expensive convertibles money, the stuff none of of the car thethe Eos most is as handsome as Mark Wahlberg withof, all the of Mark Foster getus have any canreliability buy. That being Bentley’s monster drop top, the Azure. ting his kit car off on TV. for a week cost more than a 4 bedroom detached house, The test I had

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With the market suddenly overflowing with mid-sized SUV, Crossovers, 4wd-high-groundclearance-its-its-not-a-SUV-but-it-looks-like-one-cars, I thought I’d review three different models from three different manufacturers and in three different price bands. Now all three of these vehicles are my current pick of each of their price bands, so regardless of how much you’ve got to spend there is definitely something out these to suit your wallet.

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Audi Q5 SE 3.0L TDI Quattro (240bhp) S-Tronic (7sp Tip Auto) Audi’s Q5 might be at the most expensive end of the SUV / Crossover market; I actually tested the mid-range spec level with the top diesel engine under the bonnet. I have to say Audi’s 3.0L TDI is one of the best, in the not just the range, but the motoring industry and it certainly doesn’t disappoint in the Q5’s body. Everything about the Q5 screams quality, great design with practicality and functionality with style and flair. It’s a superbly capable off-road and in bad weather conditions thanks to Audi’s outstanding Quattro all wheel drive system. The higher ground clearance isn’t just the only thing the Q5 has to make sure that you stay the right way up off-road, hill descent and off-road ESP (electronic stability programme, it isn’t psychic lol) means fields and hills wont prove a problem, yes the Q5 will definitely get you where you need to be, regardless of the terrain in between you and where you need to be. Standard spec for the SE level (mid range) gives a plethora of kit, including upgrading the standard 17” alloys for 18” (its all about that extra inch guys lol), upgraded 10 speaker kick-arse stereo system that will ensure even the dead can hear you arrive, scrumptious leather interior over the standard cloth and a shed load of other toys, gadgets and chrome things that although you don’t need em make the car look amazing. Performance from that big 3.0L Diesel doesn’t disappoint, 0-62mph takes an ‘wipe the competition out’ earth moving 6.5secs, which when you bare in mind that this is an SUV is more than quick. In fact the Q5 3.0L Diesel version is one of the fastest in the sector. Fuel economy doesn’t suffer either for all that power, with a combined fuel consumption of 37mpg its actually a very fuel efficient and powerful car, so all you ecowarriors out there cursing the Q5 can just button it. Price wise, the car I tested had just about every optional extra Audi do, and yes it was one of the most pleasurable cars I’ve driven for a long time, however all the optional extra’s on my test car pushed the price up from a reasonable £34,650 OTR to a staggering 50K (yes that’s right FIFTY THOUSAND POUNDS!!), don’t get me wrong I think the car I had was superb and the toys and gadgets kept me happy all day long for a week, however just be careful just how many optional extra you load yours with. Worth every penny and my personal choice if your looking an SUV in the 30k – 40k price range.


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Volvo XC60 SE LUX AWD 2.4L Diesel (Turbo) 163bhp While I had this car through on test and whilst driving along in it with some friends in the back, I mentioned just how sexy I thought the XC60 was, and just how far Volvo have come in the younger persons popularity stakes. My friends replied that all Volvo’s were ‘old mans cars’ and that ‘you’d never catch us driving one’. They also made some other worrying comments about the interiors being old, blocky and very unattractive. It was at this point I realised that they hadn’t even noticed that they were IN A VOLVO at the time of making these informed opinions. I pulled over, informed my friends that I was getting a headache and would one of them mind driving for a bit. One took over and off we went, I at this point mentioned that he was now in fact driving a Volvo, which he, even with the huge Volvo badge on the steering wheel looking at him, disputed lol.

So all this just goes to show that ignorance is not always bliss. What is bliss however is the new XC60. It’s a stunning motor from ultra-funky rear lights to massive ‘get-out-of-my-way’ imposing front grille, it’s a work of design art. It also turns heads. Off-road it’s more than capable, with all the gadgets and gizmos required to keep you motoring on regardless of rough ground or bad weather. I was actually fortunate enough to have the XC60 during the recent blizzards that ground the Cotswolds to a halt for several days. Not me though, my trusty Volvo just ploughed on through it all, making it all a very minor inconvenience. Performance is unfortunately the thorn in the side of the XC60, the 2.4D (entry level diesel engine in the range) was noisier than I would have liked, sounding at times quite ‘tractor-like’. Although the 0-62mph time is 10secs, it actually feels like an age longer, making the Volvo feel sluggish, when you put your foot down there’s also a fair amount of turbo-lag before the power is delivered and then it’s in a big noise punch. I’d definitely look at the superb D5 version of the 2.4 diesel engine which gives the XC60 another 22bhp, shaves a second off the 0-62 time and will be a much more refined engine and loads more fun to drive. Then we come to the interior, once again the XC60’s interior spot on the money, absolutely bucket loads of kit included in the standard spec and by the time you get all the way up to the SE LUX trim level I tested you really couldn’t want for anything more. SE LUX trim gets full leather, electric everything (the only thing missing is a blender in the glove box). The seats are supremely comfortable (as always) and the driving position thoroughly lovely. Everything about the Volvo, once you’ve upgraded the engine to the D5 or T6 Petrol, is truly enjoyable. The 2.4D SE LUX I tested costs £28,050 OTR, however I’d spend a bit extra and buy the D5 engined SE LUX, which starts at £29,050.


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Renault Koleos 2.0L Privilége DCI 150bhp 4x4 Firstly it’s a Renault; secondly it’s got a stupid name, but so has Lady GaGa and it doesn’t stop us loving ‘Beautiful, Dirty, Rich’ and buying her singles by the shed load. The Koleos is Renault’s first attempt at an SUV 4X4 crossover, boy have they got it right! As Crossover’s go, it comes with great standard equipment levels, the top of the range I tested came with 3D SatNav, Bluetooth, leather, heated seats, BOSE sound system, panoramic roof and Bi-Xenon’s. Great on-road handling twinned with a comfortable ride that soaks up the bumps and potholes without any trouble. It also takes sweeping bends in its stride, and copes well with more adventurous driving styles better than most. The thanks to the good ground clearance off-roading, means it handles rutted fields like a cruising queen in search of trade. The ‘Uphill Start Support’ and ‘Hill Descent Control’ ensures you be handling fairly steep banks / hills without much headache. With 150bhp the performance has got more oomph that drag queen’s at a showing of ‘sing-along to Mama Mia’. 0-60mph takes 10.4 seconds and is delivered more like a car than crossovers. Fuel consumption is another matter though and a major chink in the Koleos’s armour. Renault claim 38.7mpg (combined cycle), however I had trouble getting 30mpg and off-road in 4x4 mode I was reading a terrible 14mpg. Price-wise its not cheap, starting at a very reasonable £17,999 rising up to the model I tested at a whopping £23,495, which with all the standard spec for the Privilege model is actually great value for money. So although it’s priced at the higher end of the ‘under 25k’ scale, you do get a lot of toys and gadgets for your money. On and off road it’s very pleasant to drive and very capable, it also looks good. Definitely worth looking at if you’re in the market for a good 4x4 crossover for under 25k.


Well to finish off this months column I thought I’d end with the newest Mitsubishi car. This all new Lancer Sportback (hatchback) is the latest offering in the Mitsubishi range. It sees the boot chopped off the new Lancer for an all new motor to be pitched against the likes of the Focus and the Megane sector.

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Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback GS2 1.8L MIVEC Now I was brought up to believe that if you cant say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. If I actually did that this would be the shortest review in the history of written reviews.

Let’s start with some positives, it looks great, from the front… in fact it looks stunning from the front, it’s got a real muscle car image, looking beefy, masculine and exceptionally sporting. It’s sexy from the side; flowing lines carry your eye from that huge front grille to the pinched and sloping rear. From the back…. well it looks sporty, especially with the massive overhanging rear spoiler on the roofline of the window. In fact it’s the styling of the car that is where my problem starts; it promises so very much and fails to deliver. The 1.8L MIVEC engine is more than capable and performs well, but with 0-62mph taking 10.4secs its not quick by any stretch of the imagination. Fuel economy is also a huge pitfall with the Sportback, 35mpg from a small engined hatchback is more an a little disappointing, it’s a total letdown. It also only has a 5sp gearbox, which wouldn’t be a problem if the engine wasn’t massively noise at 70mph in 5th gear, this car is crying out for mercy and a 6th gear! Not only would this quieten the engine noise down on the motorway but also probably improve fuel economy. Handling wise it’s outstanding, I’ll give Mitsubishi that, they certainly know how to set up a cars handling to make it second to none. This really is my overall problem with the Sportback, it looks like a sporty rally car, handles like one but the 1.8L is a noisy dismal letdown that just spoils the whole thing. It’s like hiring a rent boy with nine inches then finding out he’s impotent, all looks and no trousers isn’t going to make you hire him again and it’s the same for the Sportback. Standard spec for the entry level GS2 model I tested is good, you get electric windows, a good sound system including AUX port for plugging in the pod, cruise control and alloys. However the interior is drab and dull, nothing feels particularly well screwed together and in fact the plastic trim around the air con controls was loose and needed popping back on. The seats are sporty, firm and supportive, giving you a comfortable ride regardless of how long the journey is. It’s a mixed bag and I’m really not sure if this is good motor or not to be honest, it fails to deliver the performance the looks and the handling suggest it will have. It’s got plenty of spec but the interiors dark and uninspiring. All I hope is that the 2.0L turbo version and the Sportback Ralliart (evolution version of the Sportback) 2.0L turbo GSR super hot hatch are better and deliver what they promise. The 1.8L MIVEC Sportback GS2 costs £14,149 OTR, go test it and see if you agree.


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UNUSUAL SUPER FOODS By Rich Tuckwell

There is no formal definition for the term superfoods, but they are generally described as being especially nutritious, with bio-active compounds and special health benefits not available from other foods. Some common super foods that you may be aware of include broccoli, spirulina, blueberries, cereal grasses, oily fish and more. There are many articles, books and journals discussing the virtues of the common superfoods and whilst I can’t vouch for the fountain of youth claim, I have experienced the extra vitality that comes from eating these nutrientdense foods. Adding some of these foods into your diet is an extra way to support your body’s natural health and beauty. If you often read articles about nutrition, there’s no doubt that you’re aware of the holy grail of food - THE SUPER FOOD GROUP. So I won’t bore you with the virtues of broccoli: instead, let’s look at some of the more ‘unusual’ superfoods available and why you should do anything to get your hands on them!

The Billy Goat Plum – ‘Plums of Youth’

No, it’s not a joke – Kakadu Plum, commonly known as the Billy Goat Plum is native to Australia and has been a staple food of Aboriginal diets for centuries. If you’re feeling a bit old, a bit wrinkly around the edges you might want to take a flight to Oz, go walkabout and get stuck into the ‘plums of youth’. This potent fruit is known to have the highest source of vitamin C in the world, 5 times more than blueberries. Recent research on this amazing fruit also proves that it contains a huge amount of antioxidants, which can help slow the ageing process and stop muscular degeneration. And if you’re anything like me, slowing the ageing process is so high on your priority list that you may actually take that flight to Oz in search of these wonder plums. Which brings us to the biggest hurdle of all -how do you actually get your hands on them? The smallest hurdle is actually spending your life savings to buy a flight and spending a lifetime to actually get to Australia. Then it gets complicated! The Billy Goat Plum fruits for 6 weeks every year, around March, and only grows in the top end of the country ( where almost nobody lives). Plus, you need a permit to search for the fruit!! Unfortunately, it’s not readily available on supermarket shelves just yet, but because of its amazing properties, plans are being made to turn this wonder fruit into a complete industry. For now, you’ll have to stick to eating blueberries, but when your wrinkles turn into cavernous valleys on your face, remember the name and look out for this little aussie wonder.

Whilst you may not have heard of any of these foods, trust me, these are 3 of the biggest foods of the future. There’s a lot of buzz surrounding these little wonders and if you can’t find a stockist now, chances are you’ll be able to very soon.


Cupuacu – The Pharmacy in a Fruit Indigenous tribes, as well as local communities along the Amazon River, have cultivated Cupuacu as a primary food source for generations. Pronounced – coo-Pwah-soo, this amazing fruit is not only good for you, it tastes delicious too. And whilst I would be hard pressed to admit it, (I’m still not going to admit it) finding foods that are truly good for you AND taste like heaven are very few and far between. So if you’re one of the people who need to ‘puree’ your veges so you don’t have to eat them, or simply don’t eat them at all – then this is the superfood for you. The Cupuacu fruit is known for its creamy exotic tasting pulp, which has been used for centuries by indigenous tribes. These days it’s used throughout Brazil and Peru to make fresh juice, ice cream, jam and tarts. Aside from its wonderful taste, Cupuacu has some amazing health properties. It contains 10 different types of antioxidants, including the superior theograndin antioxidants which have not been found in any other antioxidant rich foods. The marvelous discovery about the antioxidants in Cupuaçu is that they are totally unique, and have never been seen before. They provide superior cardiovascular protective and immune supportive benefits, protect cells from oxidative damage and help the body fight cancer and disease. Capuacu is also very high in Vitamins A, C and many B vitamins, making it your ‘one stop shop’ for antioxidant replenishment. This powerhouse also provides a host of benefits for those who live in our stressful, fast paced world. It stimulates the immune system naturally, while increasing both energy and stamina without the nervousness or “jitters” that can be caused by other, synthetic caffeine sources. So you can easily give up your 10 cups of coffee day, suffer no withdrawal symptoms and feel great too! And if that’s not enough to convince you to visit your local health food store, it has also been proven to increase your libido. Slip some pulp into your next fruit drink mix, or better still, slip it into your partners drink, and viola, your new and improved sex life will be the envy of all your friends. What can’t this wonder fruit do? It can’t do anything unless you get your hands on some and eat it liberally.

HEALTH 67 Chia Seed - The Weight Loss Wonder

Originating in the Valley of Mexico, Chia seeds have gained in popularity due to their dense nutritious value. They are small dark oval shaped seeds that have been hailed for their significant health benefits for hundreds of years. They are very high in protein, dietary fibre and Omega 3 fatty acids. In fact, the Chia Seed contains the highest percentage of Omega 3 fatty acids available on the consumer market place! Forget drinking gut wrenching cod liver oil every day – the Chia Seed has arrived, and it tastes delicious too. This fantastic little superfood also contains boron, a nutrient that assists the body in assimilating calcium. But that’s not all – if you’re prone to eating too many sweeties then consider the Chia seed. It has a huge fibre content and has been used to help with weight loss due to the fact that it suppresses the appetite. If your diet is high in fat and sugar, there’s a good chance you’ll develop hypoglyceamia or diabetes at some stage in your life. Chia Seeds have shown promise in the management and prevention of diabetes too. The gel properties of the seed help to regulate blood sugar levels and to slow digestion, as well as helping to transport debri out of the body’s intestinal walls. Think of them as a vacuum cleaner for your intenstinal tract. Cardiovascular health is also high on the list of benefits of this magical seed.With more antioxidants than blueberries ( but less than the Billy Goat Plum) this wonder kid will not only keep you functioning well on the inside, but it will make your skin look great too! Now for the big question. How do they tatse? Actually, you’ll be pleased to know that Chia seeds have very little taste, which makes them acceptable to even the most discriminating palate. Around for centuries, the Chia seed in only now starting to gain recognition as the super food that many health gurus have always known it to be. Available in most good health food stores, or online, this superfood is definitely one to get your hands on.


When was the last time you had a shower or bath? I know that seems like a bit of an intimate question, especially as we are just getting to know one another, but I have been reading a survey by a shower company about British washing habits and it has me thinking. According to the survey, half the UK population admits to not washing for more than three days, and when they do, choose to wash underarms and hair over backsides! At first I was shocked. Three days without a wash? YUK! As an Australian, the thought of not washing for more than three days revolts me, or at least would have when I was living in Australia. Having been living in Europe for around a decade, I must admit that my attitude has changed just a little. Australia is a hot land and it can be pretty much guaranteed that everyone would know you hadn’t showered for three days as your smell would arrive a couple of hours before you did. In all fairness I think many Aussies shower twice a day in summer as it is the only way to feel clean. It is also the only place where, while working in a fitness club, I have been faced with the issue of bad body odor. No not mine……..of a member of the club! Someone who smells so bad that other members take the time to go and complain to the staff. This of course leads to the staff argument that goes something like this – ‘You go and tell him. No way, you go and tell him’. This argument will continue until the dirty looks from the other members’ drives one of the staff over to smell the roses, as it were. In all my time in Europe this hasn’t really happened. It is obviously got a lot to do with the colder climate. If you asked me now if I ever go three days without washing, my answer would be yes. In fact my record is 6 days. Admittedly this was achieved recently in the heavy snow falls, but to be honest I really didn’t feel too grubby, and I only smelt when I put my nose right into my armpit. Since no-one else would be doing that, I figured that I was fine. However, I have noticed a bit of a reversal when it comes to washing after a gym workout. This seems to be the only time that the English seem to feel it is imperative to take a shower, whereas I will avoid a shower at the gym like the plague. I don’t know if it is because I have worked in health clubs before and know what goes on in the change rooms (pretty much everything you can imagine), or whether I am becoming British and don’t like getting close to any sort of nakedness in front of people I don’t know, or who I will see next week in the gym…….way too many mental images!

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Anyway, I would much rather go home in a sweaty mess for my shower, rather than have one at the gym. The looks I get from English friends when I say I am going to wait until I get home to shower are unbelievable………. Made even more so by the fact around half of them won’t have showered for the previous three days! Pot/kettle anyone? Of course the next thing I thought of was just how well are we washing when in the shower? It seems the younger generation showers more so they ‘look’ clean, that is they choose to clean their hair over their backsides. I am pretty sure that after 3 days of no washing, the old backside will be a tad more important than the hair, especially after a nice sweaty workout at the gym. Of course the more mature of us have it sorted – the over 54’s are more likely to choose washing the bums as the most important area to clean. Which I guess is fine as long as it is not the first place you clean, followed by your face and hair!


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S M A D BEN A Ben Adams is a rare find in pop these days. In an industry only just getting over the ripple-effect of one-too-many TV talent shows, not only can he sing, write and produce his own material, at the tender age of 25, he’s already gained enough experience in the music industry to call his own shots. Ben’s musical endeavours surprise and exhilarate at every turn, and he’s ripping up the rule books of what constitutes pop music and doing things his way. These are no idle claims. Ben provides an unselfconscious alternative to the devaluing effect reality TV has had on the genre. “The pop industry would have us believe that young music fans are too stupid to grasp or embrace new ideas” Ben states. “That’s rubbish. Music has to be able to evolve and change, otherwise it gets stale”. Ben is currently working on what will be his 6th studio album, his 1st as a solo artist. and say what I wanted. If I wanted to take jazz chords and use them over a hip hop beat with some opera riffs then I could. In fact, the more unique the songs were, the more encouragement I got.” Ben’s view of the results - “everything’s slotted into place without having to force it” - might sound as if he’s taken it all in his stride, but there’s been no complacency. “Pop music has become so unadventurous, but to me that’s like someone throwing down a gauntlet. I know that I’ve got to step up my game at every opportunity, and that’s what I’ve tried to do with these songs. Now I just can’t wait for the world to hear what I’ve been doing for the last few years. To be honest, I never even knew I had it in me...”

Flicking through Ben’s new tracks, from the slick, world-class “Won’t Do You Wrong”, to the classic emotional highs and lows of the killer ballad “Boo Hoo” and the frenetic nightclub sleaze of “Get Off My Girl”, the whole thing sounds like Ben has simply crowbarred open his iPod and shaken his entire record collection into the mix, and so it comes as no surprise whenBen casually admits that his entire life has been consumed by music. 25 years in the making then, Ben’s debut solo album doesn’t disappoint. It’s dizzying stuff, veering from jazz to R&B to pop to soul and often doing all that in the space of a single verse and chorus, but the wide array of styles is no accident - and nor is the quality of the tuneage. “Pop music has really suffered from the ‘It’ll do’ mentality”, Ben shrugs. “But I didn’t want my career to be ‘quite good’ or ‘just good enough’. I wanted to smash the whole thing apart.” Ben grew up in Middlesex, in a modest house listening to the likes of Madness, James Taylor, Michael Jackson and Tracy Chapman on his mum’s stereo. Raised single-handedly by his mum without much spare cash around, Ben found that from singing solo in school assembly to picking up classical piano, oboe and violin in music lessons, and then combining all that with an emerging passion for musicians like Prince, Queen and Stevie Wonder, he could escape into the world of music. And while it may seem unlikely in the context of the drinking, dirty dancing and dubious circle exploits of new songs like “Get Off My Girl”, at only ten years old, a cherubic Ben Adams was one of the UK’s top choristers.


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Having won a scholarship based on his musical talents he found himself based at St Margaret’s Westminster Abbey, regularly performing for some eminent audiences (The Queen, The Pope), touring through all the major cities in Europe with the Choir, all leading up to recording two classical albums - “Benedicamus Domino” and “Laudate Pueri”. The experience would prove useful for his next career step. “If you are classically trained, which I was, it pretty much equips you to sing any kind of music. I’m thankful I was taught to sing at such a young age because it teaches you how to maintain your voice, which is really important, especially when you’re on tour.” His experiences in the choir turned him onto all types of music. “Anything to do with music excited me. I remember sitting at home every Friday watching Top Of The Pops, and wanting to be on it so much. I’m very lucky the way things panned out.” In 1997, Ben joined a band called A1 and between 1999 and 2002 they scored 3 albums, a string of number one’s and Top 10 hits across the globe, all but two of which were written or co-written by Ben. A1’s finest hour came with the first single from their third album. Kick-started by Ben during a frustrating group songwriting session, “Caught In The Middle” was ostensibly about an unhappy love triangle, but with hindsight its themes spotlit the musical tensions facing A1 as they approached their third album, and signalled a huge change in musical direction for the band. Gone on that third album were the high-octane disco stylings of the band’s first two albums. In their place was a sophisticated guitar sound courtesy of sought-after producer Mike Hedges (U2, Travis, Manic Street Preachers), who had been invited to work on a handful of songs and was so impressed with the band’s songwriting that he stayed for the whole album. “Caught In The Middle” became one of A1’s best selling singles; a reward, for Ben, that proved versatile songwriting had a place in the charts and that pop fans are only too happy to be challenged. “A1 was a great experience but I always felt it was a rehearsal for my solo career. I am a lot wiser to the industry so I can avoid the usual mistakes people make first time round. It’s like anything - the more you do it, the better you are at it.”


72 FEATURE When A1 came to a natural end, Ben was bombarded with all the predictable offers of work you might expect to head in the direction of someone who public persona had been permitted to extend little further that floppy hair and occasional winks to camera. In spite of having left A1, his record label Sony, his publishing company and his management, Ben turned them all down flat. “I was looking at the bigger picture,” he remembers, “and I didn’t want anything along the way to ruin it. He called Mike Hedges, and asked the producer for his advice on what equipment would be necessary to build up his own demo studio into something with which he could make hit records. One hefty investment later, Ben was ready to start work. Undeterred by the minor setback, Ben became a hermit, locking himself in that home studio and barely getting out of his dressing gown for an entire year. “I was a nightmare to be around,” he admits. “I didn’t want to be around other people, I didn’t want to go out. I knew that I had to put my all into doing music, because I’d thrown myself into it to such a degree that there just didn’t seem to be any other option.” In search of perspective on his songs - some voice of objectivity after two years of climbing the walls Ben brought in some of his favourite songwriters.


FEATURE 73 One revelation was flying to LA to work on “Get Off My Girl” with Har Mar Superstar - a larger than life party animal who drew out some of Ben’s surprising songwriting quirks. “I loved his music. It’s very inventive and fresh. I’m not interested in writing songs which have been heard a million times before. It’s really important for me to push the boundaries, whether it be musically, vocally, performance, and I think Har Mar is on the same tip in this respect. It’s been great to work with people who are a little bit out there. I’d say to Har Mar, ‘I’ve got a weird idea.’ He’d go ‘I’ve got an even weirder idea’. I’d say ‘Brilliant, let’s record it!’.” Ben spent just short of a month in Los Angeles working with Har Mar. “We’d work during the day and go to some crazy places in the evening. He’s a very funny guy.” As well as writing for himself, Ben as turned his attention to writing and producing for other artists, some already established and a handful of up and coming acts both here and in the US. Talking of his own album - “The songs on the album are about my life, and the things I’ve experienced.Although I’m only 25, I’ve already been through a lot. Writing songs for me is like writing a diary, except one that can be read by everybody.” Ben’s is state-of-the-art pop music, as broad in its influences (on “It’s Brutal Out There” you’ll hear Ben singing opera in the opening bars) as it is deep in its lyrical significance (the beautiful potential album closer “Broken Bird” was written for Ben’s mother). “Sometimes when you’re a writer, the powers that be want to put you in a box which can squash creativity. I didn’t have any of those boundaries on me, so I had free reign to do

Ben Adams will be performing live at CC Blooms on Sunday 3rd May for the official QS 1st birthday party.


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Name? John Williamson Age? 24, too old Location? Leith Walk Shoe Size? 8 Single/Taken? Both, lol Occupation? Hairdresser Who Was The Last Person Who Commented On Your Bebo/Facebook? My best friend, Lulu Name Of A Song That Reminds You Of A Loved One? Eek Spice Girls “goodbye” Favourite TV Show At The Moment? shameless Favourite Song At The Moment? Lady GaGa the whole album What Is Your Favourite Aftershave/Perfume? Thierry/angel Who Would You Invite To Your Dream Party? My man, and all my true friends, yall know who you are! Who Would You Swap Places With For 24 Hours? Beyonce. Favourite Holiday Destination? America/ Gran Canaria What Music Do You Listen To? Mostly R’nB, Bootylove, Xtina What Is Your Most Embarrassing Moment? In Adsa in my jimmy jams, oh the good old days! How Do You Relax? At home with music blaring What Is Your Biggest Phobia? Nothing What Was Your Last Text Message? I do! I miss you a lot very much! xxx Who Was It From? My loveable, huggable man What Is The Worst Injury You Have Ever Had? a drunken one. If You Could Go Back In Time Where Would You Go? Back to 2006? Who Is The Most Fanciable Male On T.V? Possibly Steve Jones?! Who Is The Most Fanciable Female On T.V? Love my men too much, Tess dally. What’s Your Biggest Fashion Disaster? Uv clubbing clothing, but still amazing! What Is The Strangest Snack You Enjoy? Oooh many concoctions!! What Is The Most Important Lesson Life Has Taught You? Be who you are the rest will follow! Do You Plan To Grow Old Gracefully? Live life to the max. What Is Your Current Mobile Ringtone? Britney Gimme More

Name? Mark McChord Age? 17 Location? Glasgow Shoe Size? 8 Single/Taken? Single Occupation? Unemployed Favourite Song At The Moment? Alesha Dixon , Hand It Over When Was the last Time You Cried? Recently Who Would You Invite To Your Dream Party? Christina Aguilera What Music Do You listen To? Hip Hop What Is The Strangest Snack You Enjoy? Chips, cheese and kebab sauce What Cant You Live Without? My phone Who Would Play You In A Movie Of You Life? Sean Hayes Who Is Your Hero? My Mother What Is Your Favourite Film ever And Why? How 2 lose a guy in 10 days, because it’s so funny plus I love Kate Hudson What Is The Most Important Lesson Life Has Taught You? To live life to the full. Who Was The Last Person Who Commented On Your Bebo? Andrew( Kefka for Hartfrob ). If You Were On A Desert Island Who Would You Like To Live On It With? Jennifer Hudson because i would love to hear about her life. Who Would You Swap Places With For 24 Hours? A famous person to see if the lime light is all Its cracked up to be. How Do You Relax? Lie down with a slow love song on. What’s Your Biggest Fashion Disaster? Having short dark hair. What Is The Best Advice You Have Ever Been Given? Just wake up every day and do what ever makes me happy.


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Name? Rob Age? 20 Location? Falkirk/Glasgow Shoe Size? 9 Single/Taken? Single Occupation? Bar/Entertainment Who Was The Last Person Who Commented On Your Bebo/Facebook? The lovely Barry What Is Your Favourite Aftershave/Perfume? Gucci by Gucci Favourite Holiday Destination? Tenerife What’s Your Biggest Fashion Disaster? A fur coat from River Island What Is The Strangest Snack You Enjoy? Tomato ketchup with just about everything What Can’t You Live Without? My mobile Do You Plan To Grow Old Gracefully? Nope! Go out kicking and screaming Did You Ever Get Suspended From School? Oh yes What Is The Best Advice You Have Ever Been Given? Don’t swallow What Is Your Current Mobile Ringtone? Lady GaGaPokerface Favourite Song At The Moment? Pokerface-lady gaga Who Was Your First Kiss? Ross When Was The Last Time You Cried? Tuesday 17th march Who Would You Swap Places With For 24 Hours? A millionaire and go a spending spree What Music Do You Listen To? Dance/hardcore What Was Your Last Text Message? I’m out at the pub, will phone u l8er.x Who Was It From? S-jay If You Could Go Back In Time Where Would You Go? To my old house before my mum moved away Who Would You Most Like To Be Stuck In A Lift With? Hmm, Steven that’s all I’m saying What Is The Most Important Lesson Life Has Taught You? Live it as much as u can If You Could Change Anything In The Past What Would It Be? Sunday night


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Zac Efron

...21 year old Hearthrob American Actor

Zachary David Alexander “Zac� Efron (born October 18, 1987) is an American actor and singer. He began acting in the early 2000s, and became known to young audiences after his roles in the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical, the WB series Summerland, and the film version of the Broadway musical Hairspray.


FEATURE 77 Born in San Luis Obispo, California, and raised nearby in Arroyo Grande, Zac Efron took his first step toward acting at the age of 11 when his parents took note of his singing ability. Singing lessons soon led to an appearance in the production of “Gypsy” that ran 90 performances and he was hooked. After appearing on-stage in “Peter Pan,” “Auntie Mame”, “Little Shop of Horrors” and “The Music Man”, guest parts quickly followed on television series, including “Firefly” (2002), “ER” (1994), and “The Guardian” (2001). After guest-starring in several episodes of “Summerland” (2004), he joined the regular cast as girl-crazy Cameron Bale. Efron also starred in several pilots such as “The Big, Wide World of Carl Laemke” and “Triple Play.” He also recently starred as an autistic child in the television movie Miracle Run (2004) (TV), alongside Mary-Louise Parker and Aidan Quinn.

A junior in high school, Efron’s favorite sports include golf, skiing, rock climbing, and snowboarding. He recently added surfing after spending days on the beach for “Summerland.” He plays the piano at home, and is currently teaching himself to play the guitar. He’s also currently fixing up two cars in his spare time, a Delorean and ‘65 Mustang convertible, both treasured hand-me-downs from his evenmore-treasured grandfather. Efron lives at home with his parents and his younger brother Dylan. They have two highly affectionate Australian Shepherds, Dreamer and Puppy, and a very independent Siamese cat named Simon.

Efron graduated from Arroyo Grande High School in 2006,and was then accepted into the University of Southern California, but he deferred his enrollment while he worked on film projects. He plans to return at some time.Efron also attended Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, a community college located in Santa Maria, California, which provided him with the opportunity to perform as a “young player” during the years of 2000 and 2001.

Acting Career In 2002, Efron began to appear in guest roles on several television series, including Firefly, ER, and The Guardian. He portrayed Cameron Bale on the now-cancelled WB series Summerland. Originally introduced as a recurring character, Efron became a regular cast member on the show in the second season in 2004, starring opposite the likes of Kay Panabaker, Lori Loughlin and Jesse McCartney. Since appearing in Summerland, he has also had guest roles on the shows CSI: Miami, NCIS (TV series),The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and The Replacements. In 2003, Efron starred in the Lifetime original television movie Miracle Run. He played Steven Morgan, one of two autistic twins. For his performance, he was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-series or Special — Supporting Young Actor. In 2005, he played a main character in Hope Partlow’s music video for her song “Sick Inside.” Also in 2005, he played horse-loving Patrick McCardle in The Derby Stallion, where his character wants to beat the town bully at the steeple chase race.


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2006: High School Musical

In 2006, Efron starred in the Disney Channel original movie High School Musical as Troy Bolton, the popular student and captain of the basketball team. The film, which he initially made with “low expectations”, helped Efron gain recognition among teenage audiences as both an actor and a singer. As a result, he placed as high as no.4 on the IMDBPro’s STARMeter for the week of January 29, 2006. In August 2006, Efron won a Teen Choice Award in the Breakout Star and the TV — Choice Chemistry categories, shared with Vanessa Hudgens. The film’s cast, along with Efron, toured Sydney, Australia, London, England, and other locations to promote the film. Shortly after High School Musical aired, Efron debuted with two simultaneous charted songs on Billboard Hot 100 on February 4, 2006, with “Get’cha Head in the Game” and “Breaking Free”, a duet with Vanessa Hudgens from the film. On the following week’s chart, Efron had five simultaneous song credits from High School Musical: “Get’cha Head in the Game”, “Start of Something New”, “What I’ve Been Looking For: Reprise”, “We’re All in This Together” and “Breaking Free.” “We’re All in This Together” was credited to the whole High School Musical cast. “Breaking Free”, at the time, made the fastest climb in the history of the Billboard charts, from no.86 to no.4 between the two weeks; the record was beaten by Beyoncé and Shakira’s “Beautiful Liar”. Efron also appeared in the 2006 Disney Channel Games as captain of the Red Team. Efron’s singing talents were disputed when it was revealed that Andrew Seeley’s voice was blended with his on the soundtrack of High School Musical. An August 23, 2007 interview in Rolling Stone magazine revealed that he had been cast in High School Musical after the songs were written, and the songs (written for a tenor) were somewhat out of his baritone vocal range. However, Efron stated in interviews that he felt his future is that of a seri-

2007-present: Recent roles

On April 7, 2007, Efron appeared in an episode of Punk’d. Efron also starred in the music video for Vanessa Hudgens’s single “Say OK”, where he played her love interest. The video aired on March 16, 2007 on Disney Channel. That year, he was named one of People magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful People in 2007. A picture and short profile of him was in the section “Coming of Age”. In it, he related how he was always the shortest kid in school (he is now 5’8”) and was teased for the “huge gap” in his teeth. In 2006, Efron was cast as Link Larkin in a film version of Hairspray released on July 20, 2007. Efron performed all of his own vocals in the role, which was filmed in Toronto, Ontario, from September 5 to December 2, 2006. He cut and dyed his hair dark brown and gained about 15 pounds for the role. Both Efron’s performance and the film have received positive reviews. Because of this, he was not able to perform with his fellow castmates in High School Musical: The Concert. Drew Seeley took over for him.


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High School Musical 2 was released in August 2007, and Efron topped IMDBPro’s Star Meter at no.1, indicating that he was the most searched celebrity. Additionally, Lycos reported searches for Efron surged by 81%.The film set a new record, becoming the most watched basic cable program in U.S. history, with 17.2 million viewers. Efron also appeared on the cover of the August 2007 edition of Rolling Stone.The article about him revealed that he hoped to someday play an action hero. Efron presented the 2007 Teen Choice Award for “Favorite Movie” along with Queen Latifah, and later that year, he co-hosted the Nickelodeon Australian Kids’ Choice Awards with The Veronicas on October 10 in Sydney. Efron reprised his role as Troy in High School Musical 3: Senior Year, which was theatrically released on October 24, 2008. His next role will be in 17 Again, a high school-set comedy-drama produced by Adam Shankman and based on a pitch by Jason Filardi; the plot involves an adult who is transformed into a 17year old (to be played by Efron) 17 Again will be released in April.

In early 2008, Efron was cast as the lead role in the film Me and Orson Welles. Based on Robert Kaplow’s novel of the same name, the story, set in 1937 New York, tells of a teenager hired to star in Orson Welles’ production of Julius Caesar, where he becomes attracted to a career-driven production assistant. The film was shot in the Isle of Man, London and New York, during February — April 2008. It is currently set for release in 2009 and was introduced to North America via the Toronto Film Festival on September 5, 6, and 11, 2008. Efron is also scheduled to star in Paramount’s musical remake of the film Footloose,and has said that he would like to add his “own little bit of flair” to the role originated by Kevin Bacon

Personal life

Efron owns an apartment and has two dogs, Australian shepherds named Dreamer and Puppy. He also has a Siamese cat named Simon. On January 15, 2008, Efron was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles for an emergency appendectomy. Efron was also on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list in 2008, as number 92 with an estimated earning of $5.8 million from June of ‘07 to June of ‘08. Vanessa Hudgens confirmed, in an October 2007 interview with Teen Magazine, that she and Efron had been dating since the filming of High School Musical. They were still dating as of September 3, 2008.

One to watch...17 again starring Zac released 17th April


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GASP UK is an LGBT Alcohol Support Network working to develop and maintain a National Network of Alcohol Dependency & Recovery Support Services specifically for LGBT people in the UK.

Research shows that lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people are 2-3 times more likely than heterosexual people to suffer from alcohol addiction. Reasons for this include: (a)The problems of dealing with societal oppression; (b) Using alcohol as a means of coping with depression. (c) The role of bars in gay social networks, where LGB people feel safer and more at ease than in the wider variety of ‘straight’ places.· Given that LGBT people are less likely to access mainstream alcohol services for advice or treatment, there is an URGENT need for LGBT specific health and support services in the UK and an alcohol specific support service is the aim of GASP UK in the hope that we can help reduce the amount of alcohol related deaths and alcohol related domestic violence which is hidden in the LGBT community until its too late on many occasions. FACT - Alcohol can have dramatic effects on your sexual behaviour. Alcohol can make you more likely to have casual sex, and less likely to use condoms, leaving you at risk of exposure to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Alcohol can also have a negative impact on your relationships or your sexual performance. FACT – More LGBT People Are dying From Alcohol Related Illnesses Than From aids In The UK.

Where did GASP UK come from? GASP (UK) was founded by “Brian Morrison” a gay man living in Blackpool, who found recovery from alcohol dependency/addiction after being given approx 6 months life expectancy, back in June 2005 if he continued to drink as he was doing, Brian was dependent on alcohol 24/7 by the end of his drinking career and NEEDED the alcohol to stop him fitting due to lack of it in his system. Brian reached out for help with his addiction to alcohol but found there was no specific service where he could turn to for support as a gay man with an alcohol addiction and felt that he could not open up within the mainstream alcohol services and ended up going back to his normal way of living with his buddy, the alcohol. Brian had now built up an alcohol dependency to drinking approx 1 to 2 litres of vodka daily and was living in his own alcohol comfort zone by this time. Becoming more and more physically ill at such a fast rate, ending up in hospital on many times as well as many nights in police custody, and also many attempts at suicide, Brian could not find an answer to his problem with booze. Alcohol now had a tight grip of Brian. Eventually Brian accepted he was dying when he was given a strong message from a doctor at the local hospital in Blackpool, where if he continued to drink alcohol at the rate he was, he would not be in this world in around 6 – 12 months MAX. Brian then returned to got help from the local Blackpool alcohol services ADS and was offered treatment within an alcohol detox unit in Eccles, near Manchester where he was admitted on 30th June 2005 and this was the date that he had to make that life changing decision, DRINK and DIE or to not have another sip of any alcohol over his lips. Up until today which is now over 3 and half years further on, Brian has fully recovered from all his medical problems which was killing him almost 4 years ago from being addicted to alcohol.


As a ex mental health nurse before becoming dependent on alcohol, going through his alcohol addiction issue in his life and seeing the gaps in services for LGBT people in the UK, Brian then set about developing GASP (UK) to work with LGBT people who were dependent on alcohol and where the booze was causing problems in their lives around health and well-being, relationships and so many more alcohol related problems to list here. They are a small organisation of volunteers with no funding in place at present, and looking for sponsorships, donations and also volunteer peer support mentors Nationally who have also had alcohol dependency issues in their life and now 18 + months in recovery. All help and support appreciated All new peer support mentors and buddies will undergo recognised trained in the alcohol and addiction field, to help them to help other LGBT people with alcohol dependency/addiction issues. We are also looking at raising our profile, as well as funding to develop and maintain an NEW LGBT Alcohol Support Forum and helpline service, where we will be searching for peer supporters, recovery moderators and any other volunteers, fundraisers etc to support our work in many ways nationally. All help and support appreciated No Matter How Small, and GASP (UK) will find a use to help LGBT people suffering from alcohol dependency and also help those in recovery from alcohol addiction in helping them live a healthy and safer alcohol free lifestyle.

FEATURE 81 Our main aim is to develop and maintain an National LGBT Alcohol Support Network Forum to provide an alcohol support service to the LGBT community where we will signpost or refer to our networkmember organisations throughout the United Kingdom No matter where you are in the UK and needing support regarding your alcohol consumption, we will help to link you with a local service registered with our network. We aim to develop and maintain our very own peer support groups, 1-1 unique mentoring and alcohol outreach advice services in the many towns and cities in the North West of England. If you know of anyone seeking support around any alcohol related issues or any LGBT Alcohol Support Groups or services within the UK, please pass on our information or inform our team and we will look at how we make contact with this individual, group or organisation.

Take part in the survey

National LGBT Alcohol Dependency Survey target is 10,000 Replies Nationwide. The survey can be found on the website at: www.gaspuk.net GASP (UK) LGBT Alcohol Support Network c/o Alcohol Peer Support Services (APSS) 46 Cookson Street Blackpool Lancashire FY1 3ED Office: 01253 292300 Mobile: 07590 025105 Email: admin@gaspuk.net


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The amazing Kris Del Vayze is Edinburgh’s Prisciall’s bar drag host. Catch here doing Bent bingo on Wed, Karaoke on Thur plus Once a month Friday’s and Every Saturday. Drags aloud full troupe will be back in Edinburgh’s Fringe with a brand spanking new show.They will also be hosting some very special QS events this summer so watch this space.


86 PROBLEMS

Ask Aunty Liza... First of all readers, a thousand birthday kisses to QS magazine on its first birthday and here’s to many more years of continued success. I’ve been such a busy girl this past month, what with Delsfactor and all sorts of other fun activities. My dear friend the Countess Von Glow and I even managed a small trip to L.A. for the Oscars this month, but were refused entry after the Countess’ choice remarks over Sophia Loren’s choice of gown – she is a fiery one that Countess, suggesting she’d got it from T.K. Maxx! Dahlings! Tidal waves, upon tidal waves of problems I’ve had to sift through this past month! Your poor Aunty Liza’s mailbox has been swinging like the clappers, so lets get started with some of them before my Versace gown is ruined with the deluge!

Dear Miss L, When I first came on to the scene “many years ago,” I found myself diving into a serious relationship with the first guy I ever dated – unlike many of my friends who were out pulling every weekend. It lasted a few years, but after it ended, I found myself in yet another long term relationship. Well, I’m single again, but I feel like I don’t know how to be. After years of always having someone there to guide me along, how do I sum up the courage to go it alone for the first time. Sincerely T.G. Dear T.G.

If you have any problem big or small don’t hesitate to message me on my bebo page. www.bebo.com/DevineMissL Come visit Miss Liza every Saturday in Delmonicas – watch out for any up and coming events featuring Miss Liza at www.bebo.com/delmonicas .

Going it alone can be a daunting experience for someone who has always had companionship. I my self has been single since the passing of my dear Marcus, whom readers may remember from last months issue. I find that being single is not the end of the world. What I suggest is that you fear the prospect of no one finding you attractive again or struggling to make a relationship work at some point in the future. These are natural paranoia for someone who has been so used to the presence of “the other half,” and it will take time for you to adjust. I would suggest spending time with friends, as we all know they tend to stick around a lot longer than ex’s! That way you are able to fill the void left by your partner with the companionship of your friends. I hope that has in some way answered your question.


Dear Liza, For some time now I have been single. In this time I have “enjoyed” my single status, and have been with several different guys over the past year or so. However, during this period I have never been to have an STD test. I’m just so worried that the result may turn up something unexpected. I’m also concerned of what people may think if I go for a test. I always use protection and I’m always careful with whom I sleep with, but this does nothing to settle my concerns about my sexual health. Yours “Concerned” Dear “Concerned,” To start with my love, your Aunty Liza failed biology and barely made it through social sciences at the Dame Bryce School for Dysfunctional Girls – so medical advice, I’m not too proficient at, but, I’m not one to be defeated. Sexual health is so important these days – believe me back in my youth I thought sexual protection was turning the light off and complaining of a headache…again – that it sometimes goes ignored, particularly by the younger generations. Going for an STI test is nothing to be ashamed of, and more over, it puts your mind at rest, and helps you feel secure about your personal health. Protection should never be forgotten, and always be careful what you do during sex, and whom you have sex with – remember you know your own sexual history, but do you know the history of the person your sleeping with – I find a quick Q&A session before I get started helps break the ice; you know - cup of tea and a cigarette while I discuss my favourite position, location, flavours… anyway I digress! Remember your health is your responsibility - don’t put yourself or others at risk.

Dear Aunty L I have been in the same job for nearly four years now. Most of the time I love it, but recently I have become disillusioned by it. It’s not the career I always saw myself doing, but it has been convenient and pays the bills. I’m now in my late twenties, and I’m not sure if I’m now too old to go back to college or university and start over again. Should I stick where I’m happy and secure or follow my dreams? Yours H.C.

Dear H.C.,

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*Miss Liza mounts her desk, throws open the windows of her luxury west end home, and shouts* GO MY CHILD! FOLLOW THAT DREAM!!! My dear you should never hold back what you want to do. There are plenty of opportunities for people to study and learn new skills across the country.Your age should never hold you back from what you really want to do. For example, I always wanted to be a dancer, and I followed that dream and look at me now… ok so I never became a dancer, but I still tried it. Never doubt yourself until you’ve tried something, and if you really want something it will come to you eventually. I encourage all you readers, not just H.C., to follow your dreams and wishes and do things you really want to do, achieve what you want to achieve and let nothing hold you back. I’m going to finish now, before I break into “Climb Every Mountain”…


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BLACKPOOL PRIDE 2009

There are many exciting developments for Pride 2009 with the major one being the application to hold the event in the “Heart of the gay village”. This will mean an enclosed area on Dickson Road at the front of Funny Girls as far as Cruz Bar and along to Wilkinsons.There will be a main stage with stalls and other attractions within the area. The parade this year will be on the Sunday and to finish the weekend off a spectacular closing ceremony with guest artists. These will include the Manchester Lesbian & Gay Choir and outstanding young vocalist Daniel Fox.There will also be a grand fireworks display set off on the roof of The Flamingo. It is all coming together nicely.....

Another fundraiser that has been going from strength to strength is “Pride Factor”, which is a series of events where people are invited to perform on stage in a variety of options rather like Britain’s Got Talent”. Now after three heats complete with one remaining on easter Sunday(12th March) at Pepes, the acts through to the final at the Flying Handbag on Sunday 3rd May will battle it out for the coveted prize of a slot on mainstage at Pride weekend as well as winning a grand flat screen TV. Two acts go through from each heat and the winner’s are decided on by public applause. More details can be had from the website at: www.pridefactor.co.uk

Confirmed acts for main stage at time of going to press are; Scooch, Jo O’Meara, Toyah Wilcox, Kelly Wilde, Hazell Dean, Andy Scott Lee, Hannah Jones, Daniel Fox, Frixion, Hoop La La, Jessica Garlick and Nicki French. Local artsits support include Joanna Shorrock, Chelsea Stevens and Tameka. Many pride fundraisers are being held with venues and individuals taking part. Notably was the completion of 16 miles in 12 hours for a sponsored swim by two committee members, Sharon Rees of Nevada Hotel and Lou Gardiner of the Blenheim Hotel on Lord Street. A fantastic achievement and they raised £1000 in the process for Pride Funds.

Wristbands are on sale on the website along with information on how to take part, volunteer, book a stall and general up to date information of what’s going to be on over the weekend. Now into it’s 4th year it is expected to be the biggest and best ever. Make sure you mark in your diary the 16th and 17th May...not to be missed. There are plenty of hotels in the vicinity but don’t leave it too late as they get booked up quickly. QS magazine is honoured to be one of the Media Partners for Blackpool pride 2009 and will bring you all the pictures and what went on in the next issue of the magazine. Keep up to date now by checking out: www.prideblackpool.com Also watch out for the special pride brochure that will be available from an outlet near you from mid April, in association with Gayzout Network.

In the water: Sharon Rees Above: Lou Gardiner

By Gary J Leek


92 FOOD

The taste of Spring With James Longworth

The second way of cooking lamb was originally inspired by a visit to a restaurant called Chez Heini in Zermatt, Switzerland. The owner is a camp as tits local named Urs who had a top 40 hit in 1990 under his stage name Dan Daniell. I should point out that this was the Top 40 Swiss Charts in a country not exactly famed for its music. You get the idea. Anyway, his Dad is a lamb farmer who goes out and slaughters the lambs in the morning for his son to cook in his restaurant in the evening. It is spit-roasted (behave) in herbs and served with dauphinoise potatoes and fresh veg. So simple, so orgasmically good. The evening is completed by Dan (Urs) singing his Spring means lambs top hit Matterhorn to a skipping on the hills. slide show of the mouns: t This in turn means tains around. He is also Ingredien that I can start sacribest mates with that chick b ficing baa-lambs on the Rack of lam Frida from Abba so norrbs cooker again. There are e h mally does I Believe In d e ix M so many great ways to arlic Angels too. It’s a superb rushed g C eat lamb and I have two recipe in a perfect setting il o ve particular favourites. The Oli which I have since tried to s e o t a t first I can take no credit Po reproduce with some suck il m l m for as it is a Nigella recipe, 150m a e cess. You will have to do r c le oub and that for that reason I 150ml d your own singing, but this r o won’t reproduce it here. Parmesan should help with the food: cheese Do a search for Nigella cheddar r e Pepp Lamb Pomegranate and it Salt and will be easily found. I absolutely hate her TV programs as she irritates the hell out me, but I have to give her full marks for combining slow cooked leg of lamb with pomegranate seeds. It’s dead easy, tastes fab and delicious cold the next day in some pitta bread with mayo. I judge seasons not by dates on a calendar, but by how scary it is at work. As a pilot the winter months really are a pain – everything is just harder. I have, however, noticed in the last few weeks that there have been genuinely lovely days to go flying. Sure there is still snow on the hills, but I reckon that Spring really is going to make the effort this year. This in turn means that the stodgy winter food is nearly done for another year. The fish pies, lasagnes, cottage pies and stews are shortly to be put aside for another year. My attention turns to lighter, fresher options as the supermarkets finally start to offer fresh produce that hasn’t been shipped in from Chile, but is home grown in the UK.


FOOD 93 To make the dauphinoise potatoes peel the tatties. Then cut them into thin slices using a food processor, the slicing side of a grater or a mandolin. Put these into a large, heavy-bottomed (like Nigella!) pan, add the milk, cream, one clove of garlic, salt and pepper. Bring to the boil and let the potatoes get completely covered in the increasingly thickening sauce. This will take about 15 minutes, remembering to mix the whole lot around about half way through. Grease an oven-proof dish with butter or marg, then spoon the potatoes in. Cover with a generous layer of cheese then pop into the oven on a low heat until the cheese browns. Meanwhile take the lamb and rub the outside with two cloves of garlic and a dash of olive oil. Cover with the herb mix. Brown the outside of the meat (easy tiger) by frying in a hot pan then pop into the oven covered in tin foil for about 15-20 minutes. I like my lamb really rare and bring it out earlier than that, but I realise most tastes will want it a tad pink, but mainly cooked through. Serve with a good dollop of the dauphinoise and some fresh vegetables (green beans / mangetout are particularly good). The other good thing about this is that you can stick the dauphinoise in the fridge once it has been cooked then reheat the next day. It actually gains in taste over night. This is perfect with a chunky red wine – rioja, shiraz or merlot and Abba just adds to the effect.

“Cock fish sauce...

Finally I am having a huge Thai revival and have to share my fishcake recipe with you. It’s easy, cheap and everyone that has tried it has come back for more. Also there are hardly any carbs in it to keep that six pack bulging.

...always makes me laugh

Other spring creations that I’ve discovered include Quinoa salads. Quinoa is a sacred food of the Incas from South America. It’s a complete protein with all the good stuff including all eight essential amino acids. It looks and cooks like couscous but has a nuttier flavour. Instead of boiling it in water try using orange juice. It gives this lovely fresh, citrus edge to it and mixing in roasted peppers, courgettes and coriander makes for a divine dish that you can serve hot or cold. My sister is inspirational with this style of cooking and hats off to her for always making the best salads from healthy ingredients that I have never heard of.

Quite simply blend a pack of frozen cod fillets, a pack of raw (peeled) prawns, a dash of fish sauce (there is a make called Cock Fish Sauce which always makes me laugh), the juice of a lime, a couple of t-spoons of thai red curry paste, coriander, and some garlic, lemongrass and ginger if you have them, but not essential if not. Fry this mixture up in a pan with some oil and you’re done. Serve with a salad of some sort and a couple of bottles of plonk. Some sweet chilli sauce with some additional lime juice is a perfect sauce to serve it with too. Heaven.

To finish I should impart some thoughts on spring drinking. It’s too early in the year for Pimms. Let’s start a strict rule which states you cannot drink Pimms until you are in pedal-pushers and flip-flops. Instead try mixing vodka with elderflower cordial and a dash of apple juice. Gin works in there too either as a substitute for vodka or just to beef it up a bit. Shaken into a cocktail glass this should kick start the warmer months. Enjoy!


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FASHION

DARE TO BARE Ristefsky Macheda Unveils Summer Collection By Joel Mancusic

No one knows fun in the sun better than an Aussie. With its white sandy shores and high crashing surf and of course, those deeply tanned, lean-muscled, bleach blonde Adonises splashing around in it the beach lifestyle is synonymous with Australia. It’s no wonder the top swim designers all hail from down under. Billabong and Aussiebum are some of the best known, but other designers like Clemente Talarico and Ristefsky Macheda are set to unveil new, more adult-friendly, collections this summer. Aussie swimwear is not just for kids anymore. What new swimwear are you introducing this summer? Our 2009 collection features the St Tropez board short in navy and white stripes and several swim trunks with sports shields featuring the Australian Southern Cross. We’re mixing a European influence with the relaxed Australian lifestyle. It’s winter here, but Australia is in the middle of its summer season. What are you seeing on the beaches? Swimwear is much more fashion focused this season. We are seeing both men and women using beachwear as an opportunity to express their personal style. Why has Australia become the leader of swimwear? The beach lifestyle is a big part of Aussie culture.

Do you surf? We spend a lot of time at the beach. After all, it’s “market research” for us. But we leave the surfing to the professionals. We just want to make them look fashionable. How have companies like Billabong and Aussiebum helped your brand? They have raised awareness for swimwear designs that come out of Australia. We really do enjoy a wealth of fashion talent down under. . How is Ristefsky Macheda different than Aussiebum? The major distinction is that we are a European-influenced label that draws upon designer principles, yet incorporates the relaxed Australian lifestyle into our creations. Ristefsky Macheda is a representation of cosmopolitan Australia. We are what the trendy city men are wearing. What is your most popular suit? Our signature cut curved board short is our most popular. It is a typical boardie, styled for surf and water activities, but also meant to look good. Why have most men resisted the bikini square cut? Not everyone can pull them off. Our cut, however, is more relaxed and masculine. We’re hoping the design might appeal to men who would not have considered daring to bare before. Speaking of daring to bare, Dare is actually the name of your new brief line. Yes, we just unveiled the bold new Dare Brief. The response has been fantastic. Once again, our mission was to make active wear that allows men to have fun, but still be stylish and refined. Mission Accomplished. What has been the favourite color? So far, the red and black briefs seem to be the most popular. But we’re predicting the yellow and blue may pull ahead this summer.


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Jacket £45, Shirt £28 Boots £65 Sunglasses £15 T-Shirt £6, Waistcoat £25 Jeans £35, Belt £12

Hoody £40, Polo £16 Jeans £35, Shoes £30 T-Shirt £10, Cardigan £25, Chinos £25, Shoes £25 Trilby £18


FASHION 99

Shirt £25, Cardigan £25 Jeans £35, Neckerchief £4 T-Shirt £6, Jeans £30 Shoes £25, Belt £12, Sunglasses £12

Polo Shirt £14 Waistcoat £25 Sailor Cap £25, Jeans £30, Neckerchief £4 Belt £12


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FASHION

Mac £75 Shorts £28, Scarf £12, Glasses £15

Jacket £80, Chinos £30, Glasses £15

Shirt £30, Belt £22, Bag £75

Jacket £100, Short £25, Glasses £15


FASHION 101

White T-Shirt £10 Cardigan £30, Shorts £28 Glasses £15, Shoes £28 T-Shirt £16, Glasses £15, Belt £12, Jeans £30

Stripe Polo £14, Mac £65 T-Shirt £12, Belt £15, Smart Short £25


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Hoody £40 Shirt £28, Jeans £30, Cap £10, Sunglasses £12 T-Shirt £6 Shorts £25, Trilby £15, Shoes £28

Jacket £100, Shirt £25 Shirt £28 Shorts £30 Shoes £25


FASHION 103

Duffle Coat £40 Shirt £25 Shorts £25 Glasses £15 Scarf £10 Shirt £28 Jacket £60 Belt £12 Trousers £25

Scarf £12 Crew £20 Shirt £28

Jacket £60 Shirt £28 Jeans £35 E


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Black Mena Striped Dress £110

Monsoon’s bohemian style is reflected

in a striking and ultra-feminine collection this season and tells a story that travels through cultures and continents, whilst drawing from its legacy of colour, texture and print. For Spring/Summer 2009, Daywear is relaxed, yet vibrant and opens with - Asian Safari, where African influences are merged with textiles from Japan. A cool palette of indigo and tonal blues is spiced up with sienna and berry to give an ethnic feel to colour-block shift-dresses and ombre-striped knitwear. An eclectic mix of world-wide statements inspire World Traveller, a collection to bring out the innerhippy in us all. Bringing together an overspill of textiles from the Indian desserts of Rajasthan, to the foothills of Guatemala and Eastern Europe, statement pieces feature Indian wood-block prints and eastern European paisleys. Desert orange and Dijon are highlighted with hot pink for a lush, richly infused colour palette.

Inspiration from modern Japan is evident in Tokyo and Lotus, collections of Eastern-infused dressing. A touch of the Orient is present in these silhouettes with Origami style folding that adds structural interest. Japanese-style prints and embroidery give texture in a delicately feminine, ornate way with silky-touch fabrics and delicate printed sheers for an added luxurious feel. Chinese orange and reds are the new brights, while oriental blues and jades help ground the vibrancy. Highlights of Summer yellow and grassy green allow a multi-coloured story on kimono sleeve tops and placement print maxi dresses. Lotus offers pleats, ruffles and cutwork details in soft cottons that are clean and unfussy, whilst metallic touches in both fabric and embellishment, give understated glimmer. The tropical islands of French Polynesia influence the South Pacific high-summer daywear look. Sultry brights combine with statement botanical prints to create a kaleidoscope of bold colour and pattern. Simple modern silhouettes carry delicate placement appliqué designs and multi-technique embroideries on a collection of, must-have, pretty summer wardrobe essentials.


FASHION 105 Occasionwear is eclectic, yet charismatic. A modern take on the 1950’s era is fused with modern English Country garden references to inspire the feminine and charming stories of Chelsea and Pagoda. Chelsea is a romantic collection with modern nippedin-waist silhouettes and couture detailing. Guipure lace is seen with abundant liberty-style bloom prints. Large chintz florals create colour and fun to organza ruffle prom dresses and shift dresses. Pagoda is more flirtatious and sets the mood for spring. Beautiful tea-party country florals and delicate chinoiserie are mingled with romantic layers of chiffon, lace and organza. Cyclamen and berry are layered with powder pink and tonal slate greys in this lingerie-inspired collection.

Blue Piano Tunic £85

The decadent and glamorous 1970’s era inspire Gypsy –a mix of Spanish shawl embroideries, scarf prints and patched Indian woodblocks that form the base for billowing and voluminous maxi-dresses.

Pink Bobette Dress £160

Rose Satin Shoe £60

www.monsoon.co.uk


106 FASHION

it £40, Tan peep-toe plat Charcoal drapey jumpsu ch) (ea £15 forms £35, chunky bangles

0, Multi-bead prom dress £4 Pink jacquard e £20 lace with corsag

Spot top £2 5, yellow tu lip skirt £25 bracelet £12 yellow gem

neck-

Crochet waistc oat £25 Cora l jersey vest £1 Charcoal cuffe 8, d crops £35


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Jacket £75,Trousers £45 ,Waistcoat £39.50, White blouse £35

Shorts £29.50 Jacket £TBC T.shirt £9.50 Belt £15 Pumps £25

Jacket £TBC Jersey dress £TBC Leggings £TBC Clear bangle £9.50 (3 piece set)

Shorts £29.50 Blouse £35 /Bag £19.50 Pumps £25


108 FASHION

/white t coat £20, navy broidered wais patent ey gr 8 £1 f Red Herring em ar ith belt £18, sc w ts le £9 or ng sh ba e ip jet pinstr ngle £8, Mood silver ba slouch bag £25,

Star by Julian Macdonald mini dress £55, Red Herring parachute parka £35, Butterfly by Matthew Williamson blue rimmed aviators £25 Mood silver bangle £8

Red Herring navy blazer £35, peg legs £25, black and gold studded belt £12, cream thin belt £8

Star by Julian Macdonald khaki safari jacket £60 Beach by Melissa Odabash zebra khaki print bikini pant £16, Red Herring reflective silver rimmed aviators £15, peach faux lizard slouch bag £20, Mood chunky silver bangle £8


FASHION 109

Star by Julien Macdonald animal print chiffon tunic embellished neckline £45, Red Herring black jersey harem pants £16, grey all over sequin jacket £40, Selection of Mood bangles £15

l dress with ial Edition cocktai Red Herring Spec bangle £9 bow £55, Mood jet

by e brown dress £59, EB Betty Jackson. Black ruffl e cuff £18 Erickson Beamon diamant

J by Jasper Conran long tux jacket £50, black peg trousers £40


110 FASHION

Patent hooded jacket £25,Limited Edition pearl Limited Edition leather jacket £100, Limited Edi tion embellished T shirt £28,Limited Edition trousers sari print dress £45,Lea ther clutch bag £25,He els £10 pumps £25,Navy £40,Mascara wand £2

Paisley folk top £20,Sunglasses £8,Hotpa nts £18,Socks £3,Sandals £40

Limited Edition kimono sleeve blouse £30,Hotpants £20,Belt £5,Leather bag £35


FASHION 111

Kaftan top £20,Jeans £25

Trilby £8,Crop denim jacket £25,Check shirt £18,Jeans £20

Limited Edition blouse £35,Hotpants £20,Socks £3,Sandals £40

Silk sequin detail dress £40


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114 STARS ARIES 21 March-20 April Your looks, like your youth are fading fast. Don’t bother with a face-lift - doctors will only find another one, exactly the same underneath. Fear not - you’ll be popular at Fetish and Freak Club meetings.

TAURUS 21 April-21 May Spring is in the air, the pastures are green and lush. And that’s where you’ll be - put out to pasture. This is only as a result of past indiscretions. Let this be a lesson for you.

GEMINI 22 May-21 June The duplicity of your nature could get you into trouble over this period. Be true to yourself and those around you and cosmic karma will be kind to you.

CANCER 22 June-23 July Travel is definitely in the stars for you, but avoid making hasty plans. Do your research carefully - that budget hotel that you are considering will be a disaster - go for your second choice.

LEO 24 July-23 August Stop being so stubborn. Change is good and of particular advantage to you at this time. Remember - it’s not all about you. Consider him as well - you know who I mean.

VIRGO 23 August-23 September

Don’t be ridiculous. You’ve had some pretty crazy ideas in the past. But the one that you are considering at the moment is quite possibly the most whacked. You’re hallucinating.

LIBRA 24 September-23 October Check your battery. What you thought you hears was actually nothing like what was actually being said. It will do you no good to go around repeating snippets of overheard conversation, either.

SCORPIO 24 October-22 November I know its frustrating, but be patient. Yes, you are surrounded by fools and yes, of course you’re right. You always are. They really don’t have a clue and your wisdom will shine through. There now. Does your bruised ego feel better?

SAGITTARIUS 23 November-21 December You need to get out more. No really, you do. Fresh air and a little more exercise is what your body is trying to tell you it needs. That little cutie that you see on the bus every morning is actually looking for a jogging mate.

CAPRICORN 22 December-20 January

You need more colour. Seriously reconsider your choices for that painting and decorating project. Don’t go replacing things if they’re not broken, either. You’ll be creating unforseen problems and unnecessary costs.

AQUARIUS 21 January-19 February They miss you as well. It really was a silly argument, wasn’t it? Certainly not worth losing a friendship over. Swallow your pride and give them a call. It will be well worth your while.

PISCES 20 Februrary-20 March Forget it. It’s no use. No matter how you try, it just isn’t your month. Stay home on the sofa, eat chocolate, order pizza and icecream. Watch daytime TV. Sure, you’re going to get fat, but face it, that’s the least of your problems.


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