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Editor’s Note Merry Christmas to all our readers! In this December edition, we’ve got huge features to show you what you may have missed at the Clothes Show or the World Travel Market! As you can see, there was a lot going on at the Clothes Show Live! From stalls selling all of your favourite clothes, jewellery, fragrances and more, to the huge events showcasing the newest in designer styles straight out of the studios and onto the catwalk. At the World Travel Market too, the sheer size of the ExCeL was staggering! Imaging trying to navigate your way around a place the size of 12 football pitches, all in the space of a day or two, it was crazy, but we’ve brought you some of the best the event had to offer. Check out the pages in the Travel section.
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CONTENTS PAGE GRIMEY (7-14) - Sex Selling, Music & Money, RIP Paul Walker, Mrs Carter Date, Jack Whitehall, Money Money Money, Becks and LeBron, Swift and Ellie.
PETER PAN REVIEW (44-45)
PENTATONIX REVIEW (15)
YOU’RE INVITED - 2014 LOOK AHEAD (56-57)
GRIMEY SPORT (16) NELSON MANDELA TRIBUTE (18-19)
THRILLER LIVE (46-47) COVER STORY (49-53) - Katy Perry.
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT (59-61) - Naaz.
I’M A CELEBRITY ROUNDUP (20-21)
HEALTH AND FITNESS (6364) - Hayley Newton’s Top Tips.
X FACTOR ROUNDUP (2324)
MOTORS (66 - 67) - Aston Martin V12 Vantage.
BIG SCREEN (69-70) - Gravity Review, DVD Picks.
FASHION & STYLE (27-43) - Holler Watches, Clothes Show Live..
CAREERS (72) - New Salon a cut above for exstudent.
GADGETS (73-75) - Damson Jet. EATING OUT (77) - Miller & Carter Steakhouse. MR & MISS SC (78-81) - Cat Deeley, Gus Bodur. REGGAE OR NOT (82-83) - Maxi Priest. TRAVEL (82-96) - World Travel Market Roundup
Word on the street
S W E N Y E GRIM beyoncE Mrs Carter World Tour
Rihanna Money Money Money Money!
Pentatonix Gig Review @ Glee Club And much much more!
S W E N Y E GRIM Sex Doesn’t Necessarily Sell...
arents are concerned about the way stars are underdressed, which is inspiring their children to dress likewise. As the suggestive way that stars like Miley Cyrus, Beyoncé, Rihanna and Katy Perry are portrayed seams to enhance that very image to girls not even old enough for secondary school. With the likes of Ellie Goulding leading the anti-sleaze, ‘clothes-on’ rebellion there’s hope for our next generation yet. It’s also proof that ‘sex’ doesn’t necessarily sell.
igures from UK Music, has revealed that the industry is worth a whopping £3.5bn to the British economy. They also reveal music businesses generate £1.4bn every year from exports, while British chart-toppers including Emeli Sande, Adele and Ed Sheeran, whose albums dominated the 2012 sales chart, boost the UK’s international brand and reputation by an estimated £72m. Live music contributes £662m, followed by recorded music (£634m), music publishing (£402m), music
Music adds 3.5bn to British Economy representatives (£151m) and music producers and recording studios (£80m). Jo Dipple, Chief Executive of UK Music, said: “A realistic picture of the how the industry is made up will lead to a better understanding of what investment and regulatory environment is needed to help our industry thrive. It’s a great UK success story, but now it can be even better understood and developed.”
Rest in peace Paul Walker, Dies at just 40 years old
he Fast And Furious man died this month whilst leaving a charity event. It came as a shock and sent social media platforms into meltdown. It was a huge surprise, he’s an inspirational actor that will be remembered for many years from now.
In the words of Vin Diesel who was a co-star with Paul Walker wrote on his personal twitter account ‘brother, I will miss you very much. Heaven has gained a new angel. Rest in peace xxx’ absolutely beautiful. May your spirit rest in peace.
Mrs. C arter adds extra date t o 2014 World Tour
fter being named “Best Live Act” by MTV’s European Music Award, superstar, Beyoncé, added a new date to her ‘Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2014.’ The five-week run will include performances in Portugal, the UK, Spain, Ireland, Holland, Belgium
Double-whammy for Jack
t was a double-whammy for comedian, Jack Whitehall, at the British Comedy Awards. At this year’s star-studded event, he was named the 2013 ‘King of Comedy,’ whilst he also picked up the best comedy actor award for his Channel 4 show Fresh Meat. Other winners included Miranda Hart, Paul Whitehouse
and his long time collaborator, Harry Enfield.
and Germany, with the tour playing the LG Arena Birmingham on 23 February 2014. Sponsored by Pepsi, Coty and MasterCard, tickets and local ticketing information are available on: Beyonce.com.
GRIMEY NEWS Rihanna earns more than best friend katy! Mark Wahlberg hits the roof!
ccording to Forbes, superstars; Beyonce, Rihanna and Nick Minaj are in the top 10 list of highest earning female musicians of all time. Appearing at No.4 is the former Destiny’s Child singer, with estimated earnings of $53million, while Bajan beauty, Rihanna comes in at sixth place earning £43million. Singer/Rapper Nicki is at joint 10th (with soul-
stress Mariah Carey) with a cool $29million boring a sizable hole in her purse. That said they’ve got a ways to go to top ‘queen’ of the banks; Madonna and her ever-bulging $125million. Other names on the list include; Lady Gaga, who earned $80m, Taylor Swift with $55million and Katy Perry, who came in at number seven counting away her $39million.
Icons to joi n forc Florid e i n South a?
Justin is just ‘average’ better Belieb it!
ootball icon, David Beckham, is to team up with NBA superstar, LeBron James to potentially bring an MLS football back to South Florida. The Miami Heat man and the former England captain have been exploring the idea of running a MLS franchise for the past few months. James, who already has a sizable stake in Premier League side, Liverpool he has followed the sport closely during the basketball off-season. The two stars are at the discussion stage, but hope things will develop in the early New Year.
Swift an inspiration says Ellie
inger Ellie Goulding says her friend Taylor Swift has inspired her to express her feelings in her songs The 26-year-old said she is similar to the country singer as they both write songs about relationships. Taylor and I are similar in that we write about relationships. She’s an inspiration to me because she reinstated how honest you can be about a boy in your music,” she said. “I thought maybe I should stop being so explicit at one point, then I slapped myself out of that. I’m always going to write about people,” she added. Singer-actress Selena Gomez revealed that she too was inspired by the confidence and wisdom of Swift.
hilst it may seem a slight anathema to pay good money to see a YouTube sensation perform live, Pentatonix proved exactly why the demand for live music will never fade during their gig at Birminghamâ€™s Glee Club on Sunday 24th November. The intimate venue was packed, creating a dynamic atmosphere for interplay between the performers and the crowd. Showing their vocal prowess to perfection, the group performed a range of their songs from their albums as well as their YouTube channel. Lead vocalist Scott Hoying lead most of the discussion but bass Avi Kaplan and beatboxer Kevin Olusola ramped up the crowd whilst Scott, Mitch Grassi and Kirstie Maldonado recovered
their voices between songs. During these recesses, Avi and Kevin both demonstrated their individual talents to murmurs of shock and awe from the audience, whose ears may well still be ringing from Aviâ€™s soul-vibrating performance of Misty Mountains from The Hobbit. Kevin led a solo performance of
what he was known for before joining the group; Celloboxing (Beatboxing while playing the Cello) which really has to be seen to believe how amazing it is, which then led into the Pentatonix version of Radioactive by Imagined Dragons, which includes the Cello. With over 20 items performed on the night, the group really pulled out all the stops, and combined with the little stories and interactions between them, rounded out a brilliant evening of stunning talent. The pitch of the singing and the crowd interaction from this young vocal group demonstrates exactly why they have already planned a second European tour in 2014, which will no doubt sell out as fast, if not faster than this tour. Definitely one to see! PTX Volume 2 is out now on iTunes.
T R O P S Y E RIM
Murray a people’s champion
how vulnerability and gratitude, Andy Murray winning the Sports Personality Of The Year was a victor, for not only what he has achieved on the world’s tennis courts, but also a victory of winning over a nation who took him on face value and his youthful petulance as ‘final and lasting.’ That he won with the most amount of votes in its history speaks volumes for a man who, at 26, has gone through enough trauma a person twice his age would probably be struggling to manage, in private, let alone in the constant gaze of the world’s media. Murray initially failed to capture the hearts and minds of the English public, which makes up the vast majority of voters for the BBC’s sporting popularity gong. His light-hearted quip about England and Scotland’s footballing rivalry was taken as gospel by many and his remark about supporting England’s
opponents at the 2006 World Cup, had scribes up and down the country making him public enemy number one. While the young Murray had greater concerns in his life, the media world found it difficult to get through to him and thus created their own image of him, constantly describing him as arrogant and grumpy. Against that backdrop, he has kept his head above the parapet, in terms of reaching Grand Slam finals before winning gold for GB in the London Olympics, winning his first ‘Slam; the US Open, where he became the first British player since 1977, and the first British man since 1936, to win a Grand Slam singles tournament. To then top it off with the converted Wimbledon title speaks volumes of a young man who achieved great feats against some trying odds to then crown the year off by being voted Sports Personality Of The Year is testament a truly deserved winner. I’m sure you’ll agree.
Blues draw Arsenal in E uropean ‘Ba ttle of Brit t’s a ‘Battle of Britain’ in the New Year as Birain’
mingham City Ladies will face their Arsenal counterparts in the UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter-finals. City knocked out Russian side FK Zorkiy Krasnogorsk, winning 7-2 on aggregate, whilst Arsenal reached the quarter-final stage with a 6-2 aggregate win over Glasgow City. Blues Ladies manager, David Parker said: “The whole point of it being the Champions League is about testing yourself against the best in Europe but it’s good for English football that we have two clubs still in there.” Shelley Kerr, Arsenal Ladies manager said: “If I’m being biased you’d want both teams to avoid each other, but one good thing is that there’s not much travelling and it’ll be an exciting game for the neutrals.” The two will face each other first in Birmingham towards the end of March with the second leg at Arsenal shortly after that.
hey wept, sang and danced in what became a familiar celebration of his life as his coffin, draped in his country’s flag, laid atop black and white cattle skins in front of a crescent of 95 candles, each marking a year of his life. With hundreds of the worlds statesmen and women gathered, shoulder-to-shoulder with celebrities, clergymen and ordinary men, women and children, Tata Madiba’s final departure, with the military pomp and traditional rituals never seen in Africa before marked the end of an exceptional journey for the prisoner turned president who transformed the nation. It was an extraordinary send off for an extraordinary human being as Nelson Mandela was laid to rest in his childhood village of Qunu. At the memorial, US president Barak Obama said: “We’ve lost one of the most influential, courageous and profound human beings that any of us will ever share time with,” whilst actor, Idris Elba, who plays the great man in the film; ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,’ said:”What an honour it was to step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela and portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world.’’
R.I.P. Tata Madiba At the funeral, Mandela’s long-time friend and former cellmate, on Robin Island, a tearful and emotional Ahmed Kathrada, eulogised: “He was born into a royal house and there was always that sense about him of someone who knew the meaning of leadership. You symbolize today and always will ... qualities of forgiveness and reconciliation. I’ve lost a brother. My life is in a void, and I don’t know who to turn to. I’ve lost a brother.”
Born in 1918, Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Mandela, linked with the royal House of the Thembu people, will go down in history as one of the greatest human beings to ever walk the earth, showing the highest level of forgiveness, humility, and human will the likes of which is unlikely to be witnessed again in generations to come. R.I.P. Tata Madiba.
Kian; A ‘King’ with style and finesse
n being crowned this year’s ‘King Of The Jungle,’ Kian Egan, has been deservedly lorded throughout, for not only his feats in the Australian outback, but, for the class and humility he showed from start to finish. The Westlife heartthrob proved a fitting winner after beating fashion designer, David Emanuel, in the final of the ITV show; I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here, After his long three weeks camping in the jungle, many people’s favourite, Kian, beat off the Royal designer in what was a memorable series, for a
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number of reasons. The Sligo-born singer, the voice of reason whilst all around him were losing their collective heads, proved worthy of the ultimate accolade despite the equally cultured and reserved approach taken by him and his rival in the final show. He described his experience as; “Just amazing. Everyone in the jungle was kings and queens.” And they were united in their joy for Kian as he was announced to be the winner, leaving him in tears as he received his crown from last year’s ‘queen of the jungle,’ EastEnders actress, Charlie Brooks. “It was the best three weeks of my life,” he said and that “everyone should do it, even you two” pointing at presenters Ant and Dec. Runner-up, Emanuel, famed for designing the late Princess Diana’s dress for her royal wedding, to Prince Charles, said Egan “was a great guy - he thoroughly deserves it. Going on, he said: “I was ‘honoured’ and I couldn’t quite understand’ how I got so far. ‘King’ Kian confessed that he had not expected to beat reality TV star Joey Essex in the outback. “I have a fan base of Westlife fans but nothing like what Joey has - he has over two million followers on Twitter, I have 250,000. That’s still a lot but even so he has 1.75m more than me so it’s like, what has happened? It’s way beyond my expectations. I never expected to be in the final, never mind winning it. It was absolutely gobsmacked.” Dec said: “He coped with everything with style and finesse.” That’s because that is how he carries himself.
Another year over
e all talked about Alfonso Ribeiro’s ‘Carlton Dance,’ Joey Essex’s ‘conversating’ moments, Laila Morse (aka EastEnders’ Big Mo) ’s frank and succinct appraisals of all in her world, ‘Rear of the Year,’ Strictly Come Dancing’s Vincent Simone and our ‘brief’ encounter, snooker legend, Steve ‘Interesting’ Davis’ hilariously funny stumbling throughout, Annabel Giles beating double-Olympic swimming champion, Rebecca Adlington in a water-based trial and the obligatory ‘bush tucker trials – that of the eating variety. Amy Willerton’s ‘contraband-gate,’ after she was caught out, ‘bang-to-rights,’ sneaking chewing gum into the camp, Mathew Wright’s constant ranting and the other multitudes of critters, lizards, snakes, rats and other foreboding creature that we love to see suffer...the presence of cringing ‘d-listers.’ As their respective agents cracked open endless bottles of champagne, they all, individually and collectively, said that they didn’t know why they were doing the show. At least the final two incumbents – winner, Westlife’s Kian Egan, and runner-up, fashion designer, David Emanuel - showed great restraint and dignity to the end. Admittedly there were plenty of celebrities who
would have been a better watch, but sending this lot Down Under into rat-ridden pits and snake-infested swamps and serving them up a three-course meal of the jungle menu’s finest delicacies was a treat all the same. Declan Donnelly says: “People often ask what the secret of our success is, and I used to put it down to just something that happened, but reflecting on it, I think it’s friendship. Ours is a career built on a friendship, not a friendship built on a career.” This year’s line-up was said to be the best ever. You decide.
Well Done Sam!
his years X Factor was filled with laughter, excitement and of course, controversy, as per usual! In the start we had a wealth of talent, including Hannah Barrett, Tamera Foster and Luke Friend (who Iâ€™ve got to say was my personal favourite!) The show has become a must-see for many families up and down the country, but for me it can be a little bit upsetting how so many talented people fall by the wayside at the whim of just 4 judges. This year, the judging panel was a little bit more respectable than previous years with the reintroduction of Mrs O, who clearly was having the time of her life, especially after going on to win with her act, Sam Bailey. Her relationship with Louis Walsh was as vibrant as ever, as they laughed, giggled, kissed and poked throughout the series. Nicole Scherzinger this year has worn her heart on her sleeve, and has turned out to be a fantastic judge. There is a fine line between critical response and
putting someone down, and she has found the perfect path to take. Her final performance with Sam Bailey on XXXXX from Dreamgirls was a beautiful collaboration between two powerful and magnificent voices. Many people have wondered what the final would have really been like, if Sam Bailey was vocally challenged by Tamara and Hannah the real singers in the competition. Rumours have it that this was a strategy to have weaker singers that would not necessarily be a threat in the final, . Further more Mrs O needed to win this year has it was said she was the only judge that has never won. Luke friend was the happiest 3rd place finalist ever on the show, he has earned his place as a solo recording artist, and Nicholas will never look back as he is a little lovable diamond who sure can sing Congratulations to Sam on winning the tenth series of the X Factor, and good luck with the Christmas number 1!
OFFICE PLAYLIST Calvin Harris & Alesso Under Control Remarkable anthem, such a feel good track that instantly has the feel good factor about it which is a constant move stop player for the charts. One Direction Story of my life Such a catchy tune regardless if you’re a fan or not it’s getting played everywhere and by everyone. It’s catchy, it’s fun, it’s a great tune.
Eminem Ft Rihanna Monster Everytime these two get together great singles are made. An ace single with such a great chorus. Olly Murs Hand on my heart It’s completely different for the groovy Olly that everyone is used to hearing but it’s passionate and meaningful.
Lady Gaga Ft R Kelly Do What U Want It’s rare to see these two coming together to collaborate, you’ve got the king of R&B and the queen of dance music, it’s an incredible tune, controversial as always but non-stop enjoyment.
Mcfly Love is on the radio Another heartfelt and classic McFly anthem. They made everyone fall in love with them all over again with Love is Easy, now it’s got the same vibe and feeling with Love is on the Radio. Lily Allen Somewhere only we know Originally performed by Keane, now sung perfectly by Lily. It’s a catchy Christmassy feel for it. Making everyone get in the Christmas spirit. Bastille Of the night It’s a great track, a catchy hook, this band has just gone from strength to strength I feel you’re going to see more things from this incredible band. Tinie Tempah Ft John Martin Children of the Sun Tinie Tempah is back again with an incredible single from his highly acclaimed new album Demonstration. Hands down the best UK Hip Hop Rapper! gary barlow let me go The X Factor Judge is back with music of his own instead of judging other people,
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The date: A beautifully bright Sunday 8 December The place: NEC, Bickenhill lothes Show Live is the U.Kâ€™s premier fashion event and heralds the start of the festive season for the majority of fashionistas up and down the country. As a gift to my daughter for her 24th birthday, we also headed for the place to be seen at! On reaching our destination, we joined the masses for the long
walk through the atrium to the Clothes Show press office to collect our badges. This yearâ€™s spectacular was particularly so; Clothes Show Live celebrates 25 years of being the largest fashion and beauty exhibition in the U.K., featuring a wide mix of leading cutting edge designers as well as regular High Street favourites, beautiful boutiques and quirky market street stalls. The first exhibitor we came across was the newly rejuvenated Flori Roberts make-up stand. (continue on page # ...)
(continued...) For me, sica Wright but were unsuccessful. However, we did see Sam Callaghan from X-Factor who was in demand with the young ladies! this was a pleasant surWe were determined to see the Fashion Show which was based prise as Flori Roberts was the first brand of make-up I on a ‘Weekend in the Country’ theme and took our seats in the purchased back in the day until the Alcatel OneTouch Fashion Theatre. The show opened with an inbrand disappeared from the scene, troduction by pop star and TV personality Peter Andre! The roar of screams and applause was deafening as the house went wild! paving the way for the Fashion Fair range A performance by X-Factor hopefuls Unto take centre stage! As Talisa clicked away ion J followed. However, the best was yet to come. with the camera, I glanced around the stand The highlight of the show followed next as our hosts, designer adorned with an array of blushers, lipsticks and Henry Holland and Becca Dudley introduced the season’s foundation and shared a few words with the proprietor. latest fashions showcased by models in an explosion of Next, we visited Gemma Collins’ (of TOWIE) fashion superb avant-garde fashion set against a country stand. I should point out that Clothes Show Live featured a manor backdrop! It was dazzling, mesmerisnumber of celebrities making guest appearances, doing signing to watch and thoroughly entertaining! ings or exhibiting. A very glamorous Amy Childs was another that Among the array of glamorous models we spotted wearing one of her own designs, who also had a stand was celebrity model Jade Thompson, featuring beautiful sequinned evening dresses and other garments. Suddenly we saw Harry of TOWIE straight ahead surrounded by his the 22 year old winner of Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model who minders. We then joined a queue of press and public waiting to see Jestook to the runway in style. So people, to enjoy a fashionable and glamorous day out, ClothesShowLive is the place to be!
he magic of Neverland came to the NIA in Birmingham this month for 3 nights of wonderous delights. The multinational cast brought the story of Peter Pan to life in front of thousands, utilising cutting edge special effects and a brilliantly designed stage to great effect. For the UK leg of the tour, Stacey Solomon plays the narrator, Tinkerbell, who remains unseen for the majority of the production, although her unveiling and performance of Westlife’s “You Raise Me Up” is well worth the wait. Sandor Sturbl as Peter, and Lilly-Jane Young as Wendy put in stunning vocal and physical performances, both on the ground and in the air.
Touted as the first time Peter Pan flies without wires or a harness, this incredible feat is achieved with the help of a wind turbine that is built into the set. Riding on a high-speed jet of air, Peter performs a series of backflips and somersaults as he rises up to 10 metres above the stage. The turbine was custom-made for the show by a company in Latvia, whose equipment is sometimes used to train astronauts! As well as the turbine, the show also uses a new, state-of-the-art 3D zip-line flying system, which enables the performers to fly above all areas of the enormous
stage. With a musical score including “Our House” by Madness, “Sailing”by Rod Stewart and “Angels” by Robbie Williams, this really was a truly spectacular event enjoyed by both adults and children alike. VIP Meet and Greets were available before the show, allowing special guests to enjoy a buffet fit for the Lost Boys, before photo opportunities with Hook, Smee, Peter, Wendy and Tinkerbell. A stunning evening, and one that will live on for a long time in the memories of all who attended,
because after seeing Peter Pan flying without wings (or a harness!), maybe we all felt like being that child that never grows up!
irect from London’s West End, where it’s in its record breaking 5th year, THRILLER LIVE is a spectacular concert created to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer. Already seen by over two million people in over 26 countries, THRILLER LIVE continues to moonwalk around the world, taking you on a visual, audio and electrifying journey through the magic of Michael’s 40 year musical history. Experience over two hours of nonstop hits from pop to rock, soul to disco in a show that pays homage Jackson’s legendary live performances and innovative dance moves executed with flair, precision and passion in a show that you will never forget. Expect your favourite songs delivered by an exceptionally talented cast and band, including: I Want You Back, ABC, Can You Feel It, Off The Wall, The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth
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he Prismatic Princess of Pop, Katy Perry, is bringing her second UK #1 album - PRISM - on tour to cities up and down the UK as The Prismatic World Tour, so to inform Street Cred readers as to what to expect from Katy’s tour in the New Year! On the heels of 2010’s Grammynominated Teenage Dream, Katy’s life took a turn down a road of selfreflection in the creation of PRISM, not only creating a compilation of songs that reflect her inner light, but also refract a colourful and mesmerising wave of change in her music and life. “I did a lot of figuring out who I am and reconnecting with myself and growing,” she says. “I’ve let a lot of light in, and through that it’s inspired me to write certain songs that are full of that wonderful positivity.” Katy’s hometown of Santa Barbara, and the location of the studio in which she wrote Teenage Dream was the setting for most of the albums creation, “I kind of go back to the essence of myself out there. I get to reconnect with who I was when I picked up a guitar at 13 and really understood why I wanted to contribute to the music scene. Music is so powerful and spiritual—it’s like the sixth sense. It moves people in so many different ways; it creates memories, it sets the tone, it sets the scene. Going home makes me forget all of the distractions and lets me remember myself just as a musician. I can strip away the make-up layers a little bit and get to the essential oils of who I am.” Seven of PRISM’s 13 tracks (16 on the deluxe edition) were created alongside Katy’s “dream team” Max Martin, Dr Luke and Cirkut
during these Santa Barbara Sessions, including her 10th #1 Top 40 track, lead single, “Roar” In the summer, Katy brought a new-found love of 90’s-era deep house music to producers Max Martin and Klas Ahlund in Stockholm, Sweden, and the results were club anthem “Walking On Air” and the hip-hop tinged “This Is How We Do.” “I was hanging out in Central Park one day with my DJ friend Mia Moretti, and we came across these roller skaters just skating around
to this deep house music, and I told Mia, ‘I have to write a song like that!’ These songs have that Wendy & Lisa meets CeCe Peniston’s ‘Finally’ meets Crystal Waters’ ‘100% Pure Love’ vibe.” Katy co-wrote every autobiographical track. “Being a writer for me is also about being an observer—observing culture, observing people and relationships, observing myself and my feelings. I put all that stuff in there. I write with my girlfriend Bonnie McKee a lot, but sometimes I write by myself. The
lyrics to my favourite song on the album, ‘Unconditionally,’ just came to me all at once. It’s just about me being able to tell my story completely and with great imagery. It’s kind of mathematical—this adds, this subtracts—but in general the theme this time around is just me. I look at the record as telling my whole story, not just making sure every song is a hit. And as much as I enjoyed the candy confection era, I think it’s nice to get back to my roots for a bit.”
aty’s special guests during the UK leg of The Prismatic World Tour will be Swedish Synthpop duo, Icona Pop. They have enjoyed #1 success in the UK singles chart with “I Love It”. Great Britain will be the first country on what is expected to be a year-long World Tour. Prism has already certified gold in the UK and multi-platinum in Australia, Canada and New Zealand, while lead single “Roar” has gone
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platinum in the UK, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Ireland and Sweden, and Gold in 10 further countries. Katy Perry’s PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR is planned to be a multifaceted spectacular and will include a special standing pit in front of the stage called ‘The Reflection Section’ which will see Katy getting closer than ever to her fans. This is set to be one of the hottest tickets of 2014, so make sure you don’t miss out!
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Beyoncé 20 February - 01 March The Mrs Carter Show World Tour Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, London, Dublin.
nEWTON fAULKNER 06 February - 07 March Ireland, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, York, Birmingham, Nottingham, Norwich, Ipswitch, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Portsmouth, Bexhill upon Sea, London, Guildford, Exeter.
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Wretch 32 23rd April - 03 May 2014 Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Newcastle, Norwich, Bournemouth, Oxford, London.
Justin Timberlake 01 April - 12 April The 20/20 Experience World Tour London, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham
Robbie Williams 16 June - 09 July Leeds, Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, London
Rizzle Kicks 07 February - 07 March Lincoln, Nottingham, Sheffield, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Newcastle, Norwich, Cambridge, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Manchester, Leeds, London, Cheltenham, Bristol, Southend-On-Sea, Cardiff, Brighton
â€™re Invited! Miley Cyrus 06 May - 16 May Bangerz Tour London, Leeds, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham
MAROON 5 08 January - 16 January Birmingham, London, Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin.
his months spotlight interview features the winner of the “ViewMyGig” unsigned artist competition 2013. ViewMyGig would proudly like to introduce to you female solo singer Naaz.
4. I would watch singers on television and I quickly developed a love of music and singing. I would climb up the couch and start to sing really loudly (and very out of tune haha), and that is when I realized that this is what I really wanted to do. I used to be a really horrible singer though, kids in my school would simply laugh at me when I’d sing and call me names. Also, my brother was always was very hard on me, with a good intention of course, for me to get better. He would be critical of my singing so I’d try to improve myself and looking back I’m very glad he did that as he taught me to never give up. When I was 6 I wrote this song called ‘Love is for everybody’ and that was really the first song I ever wrote. After that I wrote many other songs too, but when I was about 9 I wrote a song called ‘No more war’ for my school talent show and won! Although I still secretly think that my teachers let me win out of pity… hahaha.
For the readers can you tell us a little background information about you and what you do? Of course! I’m a 15-year-old dreamer, born and raised in Holland, and originally Kurdish. In school I study A-levels and on Fridays I work as my dad’s doctors assistant. Besides that I work day and night on my music and school, because I really strive to achieve my goals, and would do anything to succeed. How old were you when you first developed a passion for music? Looking at videos of me as a child, I can see that I developed a passion for music from the age of
What artists or who inspire you? The number one artist that inspires me is definitely Demi Lovato, Through the years she has helped and inspired me so much that I can’t even put it to words. I don’t think anyone can ever do what she has done for the world, but I am definitely going for it. As I always say, you can’t be a loser when you try, even if you fail. After all I don’t think one can ever really be a loser at doing something. I believe that when something is done with your heart and soul, nothing is wrong about it. I think I know the answer to this question but If you could make music with any artist past or present who would it be and why? Demi Lovato! She has given me so much strength with her music and it would be the greatest honour to be able to help other people together with her, the legend. This is one of my biggest dreams, I can’t count the number of times that I have gone to sleep earlier in hope to dream about this. Best nights ever! Have you any plans to release a single or an album? What would your 1st album be called? Yes! I’m working on my album right now actually and I am planning on releasing many singles before the album! I’m going to keep the name secret though, since that is what I always do. Also, my album is going to be very different than most albums out there, you’ll see! Have you performed in any live gigs? Have you any gigs planned in the future? Yes! I’m actually going to be performing in front of the mayor of my city in January. Also I’m going to perform
in front of my entire school in December, and at a Radio station here in Holland! I hope more will follow up, although I am very thankful for these chances too! Where do you see your musical career heading in the next 12 months? I’m a believer but I never try to make myself too excited, since you never know what will or will not happen. I wish for the best and will definitely fight for it, but if nothing good will happen I’ll still be happy with what I have. Although, I really strive to make a name for myself, I want to share my music, share my intentions, and try to help and inspire people with it. Would you enter a TV talent contest for example The X-factor? No. I think they are great shows but I really want to try to get there without things like this. I also don’t want to be forgotten after a few weeks, I want people to remember my name and help and inspire them everyday through the day. To really be part of their life, drawn on their heart. ViewMyGig can hear a hint of Leona Lewis in your voice. Who would you say your voice and style of music is similar to? I actually don’t really know. I don’t really have a certain style of music, since all of my songs are actually completely different from each other. I also really have no idea who my voice is similar to. I don’t really want to compare myself to others though, me and my voice are what they are and I don’t think people should ever compare themselves to other people, since everyone is unique in their own way.
the cover art relates to the message of the song. This song is life to me.
What makes you different from other unsigned artists out there at the moment? I feel kind of awkward answering this question as I believe my fans can answer that better than me. But my goals and style are quite different than other people I think. Most people think that all teenagers only sing for money and fame, but I really do this to help people since I know what it’s like to go through many things. I strive to make a change, to fight for the future. And I really hope to succeed in that. ViewMyGig found you on YouTube and we were instantly drawn to your original song Nobody Said. What are the benefits of being able to upload you music to YouTube? I think YouTube is so fun and so good because it really is a place where people can express themselves in their videos and I find that very important. It is a great place to start with music and try to make a name for yourself, although I find it very hard, the fun makes that invisible to me. Tell me about your beautiful song Nobody Said? Nobody Said is a song very close to my heart, I wrote it with my brother since we were going to do a duet, but then he decided that he wanted me to do it on my own. I made a video on my YouTube where I explain the meaning behind the song, because it is a very deep meaning. I really strive to be able to save and inspire people with the lyrics and the song itself. Also
As an unsigned artist yourself do you have any advice to give others who want to make it in the music industry? Work hard and give everything your all, take even the smallest details like little performances seriously in order to get taken seriously by others as well. Live for living life. I know that sounds very strange but with that I mean, enjoy life, make something out of your life and work for your goals! The music industry is a tough industry, and I appreciate that it will take a long time to be successful. Maybe I will be successful and maybe I won’t. But don’t focus on that. Focus on the process, how amazing it is to work for your goal. And focus on constructive criticism, since it’s to help you. And last but not least: NEVER give up. Finally you are a member of ViewMyGig. What do you think of VMG and how does it help you? I absolutely adore VMG! It is an organization that helps unsigned artist like me. An organization that doesn’t focus on how famous you are, because fame doesn’t equal skills! I’m very thankful to VMG for opening so many doors for me and helping me with so many things. I hope and pray it will grow to become bigger. Interviewed by ViewMyGig - @viewmygig Follow Naaz on Twitter at @justnaaz
health + Fitness with hayley newton
i, my name’s Hayley Newton and I’m a celebrity personal trainer and choreographer. I’ve worked with A-Listers including Take That, Katherine Jenkins, Kelly Osbourne and Cheryl Cole, and I’m currently training Pixie Lott. You might have seen me in Street Cred before. Well my friend, the lovely Mark Dwane, said that with
ravelling back to the UK from LA was a bit daunting! After living in Hollywood for 3 years I had become accustomed to the sun. What would my life be like upon arrival in England with all the rainy weather? Surprisingly pleasant
Christmas coming up, it would be the perfect time to help you all get into shape for the party season. Gorgeous dresses, swish suits and romance in the air… we’ll all want to be looking our best. So I’m here to help you. Over the next few issues I’ll be providing my tips on how to get in shape for the party season. So what are we waiting for? Let’s get fit! Hayley x
his can burn over a 1000 calories an HOUR. That’s awesome! It’s also one of very few sports that gives you an all over body workout. It forces you to practice balance, precision and stealth.
actually! I have been loving the sunny summertime. It’s been the perfect environment to workout and take my dog on runs, but with winter approaching, how do we keep the enjoyment up of keeping fit when it begins to rain or snow? Well, I’m always one to keep
working out as fun as I can. Any winter sport around is a key way to enjoy your newest fitness regime. Anything that can burn calories whilst having fun in the moment is AWESOME! Let’s try:
ou can go on a date, for a laugh, or with your entire family. It can be enjoyable for all ages. It is the perfect solution to aid you in weight loss. Plus, it’s a sure winner in burning those calories. Not only that, but it will build muscle tone. You will be using your hamstrings, quadriceps mainly, but also your back and abdominal muscles are used for balance and posture.
his is an aerobic sport which exercises major muscle groups. It provides an intense cardio workout that helps burns calories. The average person burns up to 450 calories per hour, so it’s a great way to lose weight and increase your endurance.
ow let’s target all those indoor classes that you didn’t want to take up while the sun was shining (because let’s face it...you didn’t want to miss any moment in the sun).
n excellent choice in the winter. It’s freezing outside, and it will take all of 5 minutes once in the studio to warm your limbs up. The benefits of hot yoga are to develop strength, tone and flexibility along with a cardiovascular workout.
inter is the perfect excuse to get back to the gym. It’s a great environment to get motivated. There are people all around who are all aiming for the same goal as you - To get FIT!
ou didn’t outgrow a trampoline once you hit your teens. Whether it’s your kids trampoline or a class at your local leisure centre, get jumping! This is a cardiovascular workout. Plus you will be the coolest mum around if you start busting out some tricks that your kids can’t even do
ne of the most common reasons that people choose Zumba is for weight loss. For the average person you can burn up to 400 calories in one class. The added bonus is it’s sociable and fun dancing along to all the music. It’s sure to put you in a great mood!
You can also tweet me photos of you exercising, making healthy meals etc. on Twitter @HayleySNewton It will help to keep you motivated and I’d love to see them too You can follow Hayley on Twitter @HayleySNewton / www.hayleynewton.com
Sure, it can be an intimidating environment, especially if the person is beside you running in her spandex shorts, with her six pack on show and a full face of slap on! I mean come on... we’re not in a movie, this is reality. But if you are surrounded by this brand of person, then try and flip it to your advantage. Don’t be mad at them for parading their wonderful figure in your face, admire them for getting to that point. There is no reason why you can’t be pumping iron on the machine next to her in your little half top in months to come. Believe me, she wasn’t born that way. She was a determined person who gave up her time (like you are) to dedicate herself to getting trim.
f you have children, some gyms have day-care so you can drop them off there for an hours session if you feel comfortable. Or, if your child is older, then you could go during school or nursery hours. If you work full time, then there’s early morning, late evening or even your lunch times! A friend once told me “There are 24 hours in a day Hayley!”. Just this sentence alone could spur me on to use an hour that I would normally donate to sleeping or TV to get up and workout!
on’t be depressed it’s winter, be happy that Christmas is around the corner. You have carols to sing, presents to buy and your house to decorate with winter festivities. And all whilst underneath your winter coats and jumpers, a six pack is screaming to emerge, and when it does... your friends and family will have the shock of their life. Go get em!
MOTORS ASTON MARTIN V12 VANTAGE ONE FOR ‘14
he V12 Vantage is being updated to S specification, yet it doesn’t look too dissimilar from its predecessor. Benefitting from Aston Martin’s favorite party trick, the 2014 S model is the most powerful member of its venerable family and is said to be the fastest Aston Martin ever built—with the
notable exception of the ultrarare One-77. The furrowed hood of the new model continues to hide a naturally aspirated 5.9-liter V-12 engine with modest roots—it’s assembled on the premises of Ford’s production facility in Cologne, Germany. Power increases from 510 horsepower
at 6500 rpm to 565 horses at 6750 rpm. Peak torque jumps from 420 lb-ft to 457, with max twist arriving at 5750 rpm. The former model’s six-speed manual transmission, a smooth-enough unit, is replaced by a seven-speed, single-clutch automated manual transmission called Sportshift III. It’s derived from the ’box found in
Motors the V8 Vantage S, and supplied by Graziano. The new transmission is a whopping 55 pounds lighter, and it helps translate the 5.9-liter’s extra 55 ponies into a top speed of 205 mph—up from a redline-limited 190 mph in the previous V12 Vantage. The design of the Vantage series and subsequently development remains aesthetically pleasing and perhaps that’s why visual changes from the outgoing V12 Vantage to the incoming V12 Vantage S are rather modest. Symbolizing the magnitude of improvements, the cabin of the V12 Vantage S receives revised stitching and welt detailing, complemented by new colors and an available carbon-fiber package. They include a carbon-fiber grille with black carbon-fiber or silvermesh elements, forged 10-spoke alloy wheels, and a black roof. The V12 Vantage S is another incremental improvement in a lineup, which is based entirely on the brand’s VH architecture.
BIGSCREEN NEWS Review
fter a freak accident destroys their shuttle and leaves them adrift in space, Medical engineer Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) must work together in order to overcome the impossible and help each other survive. First of all, Gravity is more than a mere movie - it’s an experience. It is a true work of art that is as nightmarish as it is beautiful. Director Alfonso Cuarón has crafted something truly sensational. His direction is flawless and often left me awestruck at how he was able to create such beauty. Every scene and every moment is meticulously choreographed and impossibly executed. What Cuarón has accomplished here is quite unbelievable. In emulation of Cuarón’s impeccable direction, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney both give impeccable performances. Their characters are completely different, yet they are forced to become one in order to survive. All they have is each other and it is won-
derful to see these wildly different characters interact and develop a bond in the wake of disaster. They change each other. Clooney is an impossibly confident veteran who is constantly in control. Whenever something goes wrong, he knows exactly what steps to take in order to keep them alive. Bullock on the other hand, is on the opposite side
GRAVITY of the spectrum - She is painfully nervous and unconfident. She has absolutely no faith in herself. Her past is heart wrenching and has completely broken her as a woman. Clooney and Bullock take us on an amazing journey and bring a vital human element to a film set so far away from humanity. They force us to think what they think and feel what they feel. Fear, heartbreak, hopelessness and despair - we are right there with them. Bullock in particular is phenomenal. Her performance is powerful yet tender, and witnessing her metamorphosis in to a strong, determined survivor is a
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thing of beauty. On top of everything else, Gravity features some of the most sophisticated and brilliantly executed visual effects in the history of cinema. They are flawless. It truly feels like these events are unfolding in the vast expanses of space, high above the Earth’s atmosphere. It’s mesmerising. Gravity is perfect. If you do not believe that the concept of absolute perfection exists, then Gravity is as close to perfect as a film can possibly be. It is not the best film of the year, nor is it the best film to be released in recent memory - It is, quite simply, one of the best movies I have ever seen. Generations from now, parents will share this movie with their children for the first time and watch as they fall in love. It is captivating and achingly beautiful. Gravity is the kind of movie that cinema was invented for. It pushes the boundaries of film to places it has never seen before. See it on the biggest screen you can possibly find. Pay extra to see it in IMAX 3D. Gravity is a movie that absolutely must be experienced in a cinema. Immerse yourself in it, for there will not be another film like Gravity for a very, very long time. 10/10
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Careers & Education
New salon a cut above for ex-student
former Walsall College Hairdressing apprentice has used the skills gained on her course to set up a brand new hair salon in the local
area. 31-year-old Laura Robinson has opened up Churnhill Hair Salon, in Aldridge, after completing her Level 2 NVQ in Hairdressing in 2000 and then coming back to Walsall College five years ago to take her Level 3 Assessors Award. The salon, which offers a range of treatments, opened in early November and Laura has now enrolled her own apprentice 16-year-old Mia Herald on the same course she studied at the College’s Wisemore Campus. She eventually hopes to take on extra staff as the business grows. She said: “I was a manageress at a salon for around eight years and so this was a natural progression for me. My course at Walsall College gave me a great level of basic skills and has allowed me to develop the career I have now. Having my own business now is rather like a
blank canvas and the challenge now is to build up the client base and become a part of the community which is really exciting. Mia didn’t have to study at Walsall College but they are very good at making courses bespoke for the businesses needs so in the end we decided it was the right option.” Mandy Cresswell, a Hairdresser Trainer Assessor at Walsall College and Mia’s new tutor, said: “Laura is a great example of how an apprenticeship can equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to progress quickly in their chosen careers, support a business meet their objectives, and have the confidence to eventually set up their own businesses. It is fantastic that Laura has now become an employer in her own right and is encouraging students like Mia to follow the same career path as her by utilising the outstanding facilities we have here at Walsall College.”
GADGETS & GAMING WORDS by DANIEL RILEY
DAMson Jet review Putting you in the know before your Christmas purchases!
Gadgets and Gaming
ith true stereo performance at the forefront of what the Jet is, will this mighty pair of can-sized speakers pack enough of a punch to justify their ÂŁ150 price
tag? Bluetooth speakers are nothing new in this day and age, but where Damson have changed the game is with the separation of left and right channels to the left and right speaker respectively, all through A2DP Bluetooth. As with itâ€™s younger siblings the Twist and the Cisor, the Jet twins use Damsons Incisor Diffusion
Technology through their resonating rubberised feet to reproduce bass. Standing at a mere 7.5cm tall, with a cylindrical diameter of 5.8cm, each speaker is well sized, and fits comfortably in your hand, with the combination of a rubberised finish and hard plastic feels good to the touch. Packed into such a tiny speaker is a driver optimised for audio above 200hz, and a Lithium Ion battery that reports up to 9 hours of playback. Charging the battery is done via a micro USB cable with a divided end, allowing charging of both speakers at the same time.
Alongside connecting with bluetooth, the Jet ships with a 3.5mm port for direct input, but this will only work with a single speaker at a time, and you obviously lose the stereo sound with the loss of the second speaker. You can also connect to the Jet with any NFC compatible device by touching just below the logo on the front of the speaker. Jets are available in a number of colours, including Black, Blue, Orange, Red and White, so you can pick the speaker that will fit in with your style. Just as with the Cisor and Twist before it, you’ve really got to hear the Jet twins in action to believe what they can achieve. Holding the Jets in your hand gives out a wimpy sound, but you find the right surfaces to place them on, and you’ve got a pair of the loudest speakers you’re going to find, especially with such a miniscule size. The Jet comes with a carry case to allow easy transportation with a bit of added security. If you’re in the market for portable true stereo wireless speakers with great sound quality, look no further than the Damson Jet.
Miller & Carter Steakhouse
iller & Carter is one of the UK’s top steakhouses, and the Mailbox restaurant offers top quality food in a relaxed, informal environment.
tooth can choose from a delicious choice of desserts from Clotted Cream Rice Pudding through to Chocolate Brownie.
Serving only the finest 28-day aged Ashdale beef that is reared especially for Miller & Carter in the West Country, there are eight cuts of meat available from Rump to Chateaubriand.
Daniel Emery, General Manager from Miller & Carter Mailbox said: “Here at Miller & Carter Mailbox we pride ourselves in serving quality food in a relaxed, informal setting.
Food is served fresh all day including a selection of light bites on the daytime menu and more hearty options on the evening menu. There is a fantastic selection of steak, fish, ‘build your own burgers’, salads and pasta to choose from. To accompany the food, there is a wide selection of red, white and rose wine along with champagnes, which are available by the glass or bottle. Or you can enjoy one of their pre dinner cocktails. And no meal would be complete without pudding. Those with a sweet
“If you have never dined with us before, I’d recommend you come along and experience everything we have to offer. We have an extensive menu with something to suit every taste. And if you’re anywhere near as passionate about steak as we, then Miller & Carter should be at the top of your ‘to do’ list.” Miller and Carter is a specialist steakhouse with 28 branches nationwide offering quality food in a relaxed, informal environment, from historic coaching inns to restored barns, chic shopping centres and even a boat.
Miss STREET CRED PRESENTS
CAT DEELEY Birmingham born and bred, actress, singer, model and tv presenter cat deeley is this months miss street cred
s star personalities go, she has packed so much into her career, is highly recognised, both here, in the UK, as well as in the US. But, unlike so manywith far less achievements behind them-you won’t see her in the gossip pages of celebrity mags, or flashing what she shouldn’t after being dragged out of some hedonistic night club in London’s Soho. An actress, model, singer and TV presenter, Cat Deeley has amassed a wealth of success whilst keeping her Cred in the positive, ever since her early days growing up in Sutton Coldfield, in the West Midlands, UK. From her highly-rated fashion modeling days, as a teenager, she was very much sought after, in the industry, and beyond. In presenting-and co-presenting-shows including; ‘Hitlist UK,’ on MTV, children’s show, ‘SMTV,’ with Ant & Dec, and ‘CD:UK Hotshots,’ the former Dartmouth High and Bishop Vesey Grammar School pupil has showed a constant high level of style, class and deportment that has taken her to the heights of presenting US TV reality show; So You Think You Can Dance As an actress, she won a Children’s BAFTA award in 2001 before hosting programmes like ‘The Record of the Year,’ ‘Fame Academy,’ the 2004 ‘BRIT Awards’ and ‘Stars in Their Eyes.’ She appeared in an episode of ‘Little Britain’
Mr & Miss SC Pop Factor... and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice’ and guest hosted the American version of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ Establishing great recognition across the ‘pond,’ in 2011, she cohosted the US coverage of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, hosted the celebrity dating game show ‘The Choice’ and was a guest judge on Tyra Banks’ ‘America’s Next Top Model Cycle 18.’ and provided the voice of Loretta Geargrinder in the film ‘Robots.’ Cat also presented the ‘Soundtrack to My Life,’ played herself as host in ‘Peter Kay’s Britain’s Got the
A UNICEF UK ambassador, Cat, the pride of Birmingham, is married to comedian Patrick Kielty and is a great example of style and ambition with a lot of street cred. And that’s why she is this month’s Miss Street Cred.
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Celebrity endorsed Hot Chestnut seller, ice cream van man, and star of his own range of childrens books, gus bodur talks to street cred about his star studded life For our readers, can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do? Hi, my name is Gus Bodur & I am 50 years old. I’ve been with my beautiful wife Inez for nearly 18 years. We have two beautiful children, Chloe aged 15 and Oliver who is 8. I was born in Whitechapel in 1963 and worked with my late father on the streets of London from the age of 14 selling fruit & veg from a fruit stall and chestnuts from a traditional brazier. Nowadays I sell ice cream from a vintage ice cream van in the summer (which I’ve done for the last 35 years) and still sell chestnuts in the traditional brazier in the winter. I was quoted “the best chestnut seller in London” by Antonio Carluccio when I worked outside his restaurant in Covent Garden. Since then I’ve worked alongside many famous actors at lots of red carpet premieres including Saving Mr Banks and The Polar Express with Tom Hanks, and A Christmas Carol with Jim Carey. Me and my wife have received a letter from Prince William to thank us for our charity donations and work over the years to Centre Point and Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospital. I will soon be at St Pauls Cathedral
for my 15th year raising money for Breast Cancer Care. You started out at the age of 14 on your fathers licenced fruit and vegetable stall in the heart of London’s West End, what made you decide to do what you do? I love my father and the work he did. I couldn’t read or write as I was dyslexic, but I had people skills from working on the streets of London as a street trader. My father had a licence, No.1691, with Westminster City Council. His pitch was outside Lyons Corner House opposite the Prince of Wales Theatre, Coventry Street, between Leicester Square and Picadilly. He was a licenced holder from 1970 to 1994. He was there for 24 years but just before the opening of Planet Hollywood (Trocadero) Westminster City Council said he failed to renew his licence by one day (not true!). My late father fought in the second World War, and this is how he would be paid back. That stall meant the world to him and he was heartbroken, until a few years later he died.
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You make donations from the sales of your childrens books to charity, which charities do you support and is there a reason why? We support Great Ormond Street and Centre Point, we feel that this is the right thing to do.
You’ve met a whole host of celebrities during your time selling Ice Cream and Hot Chestnuts, who has been your favourite and why? Hugh Jackman - A living legend and a gentleman. I met him when he had just finished filming Australia with Nicole Kidman. He loves chestnuts and was very impressed with the work I do. Had lots of time for me, a real gentleman, and a good looking one too! An absolute star. There are a range of books written about “Gussy the Ice Cream Man” How did these come about? My wife Inez came up with the idea, but we were focusing on our other brand - Golden Balls during the 2002 World Cup. Our daughter Chloe got some of my old photos of me and my Ice Cream Van, and cut them out to make Gussy ABC and Gussy 123 books for her little brother Oliver.
You have helped out a number of charity events, film premieres and music videos, what made you decide to do these? Again, it was Inez’s idea! Carluccio quoted me “The best chestnut seller in London”. Inez set up a web page for me and the rest is history! If there was a movie made about your life, which actor would you get to play you? Daniel Craig, Mr Bond 007. What advice would you give someone who is looking to start up their own business? You must really love your work, then your work will become a hobby. Remember that your customers always come first as they pay the bills! Where can our readers find you for some Hot Chestnuts in the winter, or Ice Cream in the summer? During the winter, you can find me selling hot chestnuts at the ExCeL London, and during the summer you’ll find me at Hampstead Heath on Spaniard Road. Many thanks for talking to us Gus, and all the best in the future!
REGGAE OR NOT?
MAXI PRIEST S
till holding its own in clubs, bars and radio stations throughout the world, reggae music remains one of the most listened to genres and is still flourishing today, in this post-internet era. And, high on the list of most listened to artists is Maxi Priest, who has earned his place amongst some of the world greats as he continues to spread the reggae gospel to an ever-increasing audience in Britain, mainland Europe, the Americas, Asia and far beyond. Since breaking onto the scene in the mid-1980s, London-born Priest has been creating the kind of music that has become soundtracks to the lives of many with a story to tell; about life, loves and the pursuit of happiness. With the foundations firmly laid by his musical heroes like Bob Marley, Toots & The Maytals and Jimmy Cliff, his debut single, ‘Should I’ reached
No.1 in 1985 launching a brand of reggae that held its position favorably in the UK reggae charts and having the ‘listenability’ to cross over into the British pop charts too. A former member of the formidable Jah Shaka he went on to perform in major venues, both here and overseas as he developed his craft and put UK reggae on an equal keel with that coming from Jamaica. He was, by now, welcomed in by the reggae fraternity with legends like Freddie McGregor and the late Gregory Isaacs calling them ‘one of their own.’ Now fully established, Maxi would perform with stars like American soul legend Roberta Flack and jazz man, Lee Ritenour His latest album, ‘Maximum Collection,’ is out now and very much worth a listen, with a new album coming in 2014. Maximum respect, Maxi.
Reggae or not…? These certainly do
ome of the biggest names in music appeared in a recent poll which shows the top 10 earners in reggae music. By way of US dollars, the survey compiled by entertainment company, Urban Islandz, revealed those who made the most through sales of records and money earned through live performances, putting them amongst the highest earning artists, period! Top of the list was US based singer, Shaggy, who was said to have earned US$22million, with names from both yesterday and today following close behind. The legend that is Jimmy Cliff comes in at number 2 earning a whopping US$18million, Sean Paul is third with US$11million and the first appearance of a Marley; Ziggy earning a cool US$10million. Brother Damien comes in sixth, behind Sean Kingston and just ahead of British-based reggae crooner, Maxi Priest. Surprisingly, lower down the list of reggae top 10 earners were names like Buju Banton, Beenie Man and Bounty Killer who is at 10 with a ‘mere’ US$3m in his back pocket. They are just some of the top artists who sold millions of records, toured successfully and have gone into successful business.
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treet Cred Magazine attended The World Travel Market 2013 at the ExCeL in London expecting an insight into the culture, attractions and people of the diverse world we live in, and that is exactly what was delivered. From one side of the world to the other, nearly every country you can think of was represented, not just by their tourist board, but by individual businesses showcasing their talents on a world stage. From independently owned hotels, to multinational hotel chains, as well as resorts, villas, and logistics businesses, the whole spectrum of everyone who makes up the tourism sector was on show. With stunning displays of cultural dancing, clothing styles, music and beverages, there was something to see, hear and learn at every single stall. For those that have never been to London ExCeL, it is huge. You may be thinking, well it’s an exhibition centre, of course it will be big! The ExCeL has approximately 90,000m2 of floor space, which in laymans terms is close to the size of 12 football pitches! 12 football pitches crammed full of the crème de la crème of world travel and tourism. Some of the standout exhibitors included the highly stylised stands of Iraq, Fiji, Costa Rica and Sultanate of Oman, which really drew you in with the design and dressing of their stands. Alongside the precise and clinically finished stands of exhibitors such as Etihad, Jamaica, Abu Dhabi and Qatar, there really was a feast for the eyes and brain as you can see. Whether you were there to make connections, to pick out your next destination, or to exhibit yourself, the World Travel Market 2013 turned out to be a huge success for everyone involved. To really give yourself time to get around the whole of the World Travel Market, prepare to spend at least 2 days at the ExCeL, you’ll need it!