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Issue 10 Summer 2014

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Credits Team Saeed Atcha – Editor Mithun Kerai – Sub-Editor Chloe Bennett – Sub-Editor Saimah Malji – Showbiz Journalist Laura Appleton – Fashion Journalist Khalil Malji – Financial Director Tiana Marie –Journalist Adam Toorawa – Journalist Shabih Syed – Journalist Phoebe McEwen– Journalist Kajol Patel - Journalist Sumah Ghanchi – Journalist Edward Jankowski – Journalist Ayesha Pasha – Journalist Beth Stevenson – Journalist Zenely Martin Rios – Journalist Aishah Atcha – Journalist Rhiannon Hayes - Journalist Naim Ismail – Journalist Sabina Toorawa – Journalist Sophie Brown – Journalist Hannah Moffatt – Journalist Amber Sargent – Journalist

With special thanks to Ronan Dunne, CEO O2 UK Amy Doram, O2 UK Cllr Sufrana Bashir-Ismail Bolton CVS Courtenay Gray, Online Blogger Melody Taylor, Online Blogger

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Hola! Welcome to Issue 10 of Xplode Magazine Bolton! This issue shows how far we’ve come from Issue 1 in May 2012 and we couldn’t have done it without you! Recently, we’ve calculated how many of you read Xplode and I’m proud to say that 13,128 people pick up and read Xplode every season – it’s great to see how that’s grown from just 500, 2 years ago. In this issue we’ve decided that we love food, so we’ve put 3 recipes in! One for making some scrumptious Oreo Truffles, Pink Lemonade for when the sun’s setting and you want a bit of a refreshing drink and our newest writer Zenely, has used her Spanish roots to tell us how to make a delicious Spanish Omelette. We’ve gone all out with our Fashion section and this time, we’re bringing you fashionista’s 6 packed pages of floral print as well as the best buys from Boots & Superdrug, and we’ve even gone into Manchester City Centre to snap YOUR style! As usual, you can find your music, health & showbiz fix by flicking those pages! Have fun & thanks for reading!

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Pink Lemonade


Let Me - e Entertain You!



Fashion Shoot

Snap Your Style

Music Reviews




What's It Like Being A Managing Director At 17?

Million Dollar Movie$


Xplode Your Taste Buds

8 To E Or Not To E


Music Reviews

Ariana Grande Setting the music world by storm with her Mariah-esque vocals is the Nickelodeon star, Ariana Grande. Soon to release her second album, ‘My Everything’, featuring the smash hit collab with Iggy, titled Problem. Problem has a real 90s RnB vibe to it and a catchy saxo beat, so let’s hope the rest of the album lives up to our high expectations!

Iggy Azalea The Australian star, Iggy Azalea has teamed up with the Radioactive Rita Ora to produce a new single, Black Widow which features on her debut album, The New Classic. The album was originally set to be released last October, however due to Iggy being too busy touring with Queen B herself, (as you do!) she had to put the album on hold. It’s crazy to think that a star like Azalea, who we didn’t even know earlier last year, is now brushing shoulders with Cara Delevingne and pinching songs off Katy Perry! The single is pretty bad ass and has a haunting feel about it, which makes sense as it was produced shortly after Katy’s Dark Horse. So what are you waiting for!? ‘Go check it out!’


Article by Chloe Bennett

We all know that making a movie is going to cost millions, but I bet you didn’t know that some have actually cost $300million! Here are the top 10 most expensive films:

With the cost estimated at $300million, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World End’ is known to be the most expensive film made to this day, followed by the much loved Animated Disney film ‘Tangled’ which was released in 2010 costing around $260million.

Article by Saimah Malji

2007 saw the release of the third SpiderMan film, many say that it wasn’t the greatest of the three, but it was definitely the most expensive with the production costing approximately $258million! Harry Potter is loved by millions of people around the world, so it’s no surprise that ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ is the 4th most expensive movie. Joint 4th with Harry Potter is the science-fiction adventure film, ‘John Carter’. Reaching the sixth spot, is the epic science-fiction film ‘Avatar’ which was released in 2009 which cost around $250million. We all love a superhero movie every once in a while, and considering this very superhero plays a multi-millionaire, it’s no surprise that the final movie in the epic trilogy cost around $230million to produce. Of course I am talking about ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ where Batman comes back to help defeat Bane! With the same estimated cost of $225million the final movies in our countdown include another ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie. This time it was ‘Dead Man’s Chest’ along with another superhero movie, ‘Man of Steel’ which was released in 2013. And finally joining these was an amazing fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’!


Article by Edward Jankowski

Did you enjoy last night, hanging around yet another street corner under a dodgy lamp post with a bottle of something naughty? What about the endless hours you spend in front of your computer scrolling through post, after mundane post, about someone’s cat. You would rather do that with a packet of crisps, cake and a can of coke, than volunteer or get a job, wouldn’t you? Have I insulted you enough?

career-minded in 100 years. The research was based on seven generations of Britons, your parents, grandparents and even your great grandparents! It was found that 13 to 19-year-olds, which NCS call ‘generation citizen’, say that excelling in our careers is one of the most important things in life for us.

I apologise, but it’s not me saying that above, it is in fact, everyone else.

We’ve been compared to those who grew up in the Great Depression of the 1930s, now aged 72-89, who showed similar aspirations.

It’s a stereotype that came a step closer to be proven untrue when a report was published by the National Citizen Service (NCS) who found that you and me, today’s teenagers, are the most ambitious and

The NCS is a government-backed scheme which brings 16 and 17-year-olds together to learn and develop skills, including teamwork and leadership.


Article by Phoebe McEwen

To E or not to E,

With all the new advancements in technology, books seem to be left behind. The reign of the Kindle and other e-book devices is upon us. But what do you think? Are e-books the way to go? Or should we just stick to a good old-fashioned paper book?

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I’m a book-worm, I demolish book after book. There’s no stopping me. In my opinion material copies are superior. I like the tangible sensation of a book; it being there in my hand. I love the experience of turning the pages in a book. I adore the fragrance of the pages and the yellow tint that they get with maturity. I admire seeing how distant I am with the outside world

until I reach the end of the book. The Kindle, to me is an advancement too far, a superfluous piece of technology. There is no purpose to possessing a piece of technology that presents the words and writing that book shops have been supplying for so many generations. There is no comfort in the plastic exterior of the device or the weird black and white-ness of the screen, there is no sensation or feeling in clicking a button to turn a page. On the other side of the argument- it’s the words that count and no matter which format you read them the words are what evoke the emotions in us, makes us feel the power of the book and create those

that is the question

unbreakable bonds between the characters and us. So what difference does it really make? However, I, as a self-confessed book-sniffer, will not back down easily. Why spend so much on a piece of technology to read books, when with that money you could have bought at least 12 books? It seems pointless. Also, an e-reader is breakable, whereas you can never break a book! Books are less dainty and delicate than an e-reader. They are stronger and can endure more. Would you spend so much money on a device that is unlikely to last you as long as a book will? Another reason to go for a ‘real’ book instead of an e-book is the

emotionalism. Remember that book that your mother or aunt gave to you when you were a little child; the book that she herself had read when she was just your age. Without the actual bookgestures like these will become extinct and this sentiment will become no more. After all it’s not really the same offering your niece or nephew the same e-book that you read when you were their age. I understand the arguments for both ways, however I will still stand my ground and I am decidedly on the side of team book. But what do you think? Are e-books the way to go or are ‘real’ books the best?


CONTOURING & BROWS Make Up Artist – Charlotte Cardwell | Model – Leah Waite

CONTOURING THE FACE Here’s a step by step guide to contouring – the technique used by make-up artists to define your face. It’s often used by stars like the Kardashian’s!


Apply dark concealer, using a concealer brush to the areas you want to shade.

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Use a light concealer on those areas you want to highlight. Next, blend the harsh lines together using a blending brush.


Using a stipple brush blend over the foundation to get rid of any harsh lines.


To deepen the contour, sweep over a matte bronzer using an angled brush (tilt her head towards you to catch the shadow on her cheeks).


Then put stress on the 'light' areas from step 2 and apply a highlighter just above the bronzer where the lighter areas are.



Using the white concealer, map out the shape you want to create. This comes as part of contouring the face.


Using a dark brown eye shadow and an angled brush fill in the arch of the eyebrow. Using the same brush fill in the rest of the brow with a lighter shade of brown.


Blend the concealer through your eyebrow where it meets the bridge of your nose to soften the line. Now neaten up the lines to perfect the brow and add eye shadow to the eye to complete the look!


The completed look, eye brows and contouring together in one picture. Before and after. Happy contouring and may your eyebrows be forever symmetrical and the wings of your eye liner be forever even!


Snap Your Style

Hollie Rothwell Top: Vintage (Mum’s) Necklace: Vintage Trousers: TOPSHOP Shoes: Steve Madden Bag: Cambridge

Gabrielle Pritchard Shoes: JuJu Sandals Jeans: Primark Hat: eBay Shirt: Urban Outfitters

Lorna Johnson

Amy Halliday Shoes: River Island Leggings:TOPSHOP Crop Top: Primark Sunglasses: TOPSHOP Choker: Dead Sea Jewellery


Kimono: BANK Tshirt Dress: H&M Socks: TOPSHOP Boots: Primark Choker: ASOS Necklace: H&M Sunglasses: River Island

You can tell Harry Eastham &Raeece Sulaman-Butt are mates They both got their tops from TOPMAN & Shoes from Jeff Banks!

Our fashion team have been out on the streets of Manchester to Snap YOUR Style and we blummin’ love your style sense! Seen someone you know? Or want to be featured in our next issue? Drop us a tweet @XplodeMag now!

Morgan Cooper Shirt: Selfridges Jeans: ASOS Shoes: Foot Locker


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Article by Ayesha Pasha

There’s some beauty products which only work in summer, but we’re nearly at the end of the sunny days and stuffy nights, so what can you carry on using throughout the year? These 5 obviously! Foundation is a necessity in a girl’s life! Wake Me Up foundation by Rimmel London has a light smooth texture which is perfect for natural coverage and a radiant glow! You can find it at Boots or Superdrug for £8.99! There is nothing better than lipstick! MUA lipstick shade 6 is perfect for wanting luscious dark lips! It’s full of pigmentation meaning one swipe is all you need! You can find it at for just £1.00!!

For long lasting dark top eyeliner, I recommend Mac liquid eyeliner. A liquid liner that provides the ultimate precise bold line in a rich, deep carbon black! One stroke will last all day! You can get it at Superdrug and Boots for £16.50.

If you generally look tired or you have trouble with dark circles around your eyes then I recommend Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. It’s perfect for covering those bags under your eyes, and replenishing tired looking skin. It’s available in Boots for the low price of £2.91

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No7 Nail Varnish is perfect for adding pretty colours to your nails! Colours range from dark purples to light blues, it gives a pigment rich colour with a quick drying, ultra gloss finish! My favourite colours are dark purple and teal! They’re available in gift sets from Boots for £9.00

When Life Gives You Lemons‌ Make Lemonade! Article by Sumah Ghanchi

Pink lemonade? You can buy it from all the leading supermarkets, but have you ever tried making it at home? It’s really easy and all you need is 10 minutes to spare. Follow our 3 simple steps to make this refreshing drink! Preparation Time: 10 minutes + cooling time Rated: Easy peasy lemon squeezy Makes: 1 large jug Ingredients 8 fresh lemons + 2 separate ones to slice when serving 200g caster sugar + more to taste 140g fresh raspberries + extra to serve 1.2L water Handful mint leaves to decorate Ice to serve


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Peel the lemons with a peeler, make sure you don’t get the white part of the lemon, but keep the zest. Juice the lemons and add the juice, zest, sugar and raspberries to 1.2 litres of boiling water. Let the juice cool down, then sieve into a clean container and throw away any bits. Use a spoon to make sure you get all of the juice from the sieve. Add some more sugar if you want it sweeter, then put it in a jug to chill in the fridge. *slice the remaining 2 lemons* To serve pour the juice in a glass and add lemon slices, raspberries and lots of ice! You can also put mint leaves in the 17 juice to make it look nice.

Xplode your taste buds Who hasn’t heard about the Spanish Omelette and its amazing flavour? Wouldn’t it be great to be able to cook it yourself at home? Well now, with Xplode’s newest Spanish writer Zenely, you can!

Step 3 Once we’ve done that, we fry the potatoes. Watch them though! You don´t want them over fried.

The Spanish Omelette is extremely nutritional and tasty. I personally recommend it to be accompanied by mayonnaise, and fresh oven baked bread. It can be eaten at lunch or for tea, and it’s good both hot and cold, so you can bob it in a sandwich if you’re off out for the day!

Step 4 In the meantime start chopping the onion into little squares. Do the same for the red pepper and ham. Don’t forget to wash your veg first though!

Ingredients: 8 Eggs Salt (1 tea spoon) 700g Potatoes

1 Onion 1 Red Pepper Ham (3-4 slices)

Step 1 First of all we peel some potatoes. Depending on the size of the omelette you’ll need more or less. But overall 600-700 grams is recommended. Step 2 Then we wash the potatoes and slice them into squares.


Step 5 Now we’re ready to stir the onion, red pepper and ham. Put some oil in a pan and simmer for a minute or two. Step 6 By now, the potatoes will be fried and ready, so we take them out in a bowl. Step 7 In a different bowl, separate the white of the egg yolk and mix with a mixer. Step 8 Add the yolks and keep beating with the mixer.

Article by Zenely Martin Rios

with Step 9 Add the fried potatoes. Step 10 Now add the red pepper, onion and ham into the bowl, then add some salt Step 11 Then stir for 1-2 minutes to mix everything. Step 12 Warm some oil in a pan at maximum heat, then pour the mix into the pan and wait till the edges start bubbling. You can check if it’s cooked at the bottom with a fork.

food! Step 15 Now, over a low heat, wait till the bottom of the omelette has finished cooking. You can pinch it with a fork to check whether it’s cooked or not. If liquid comes out, then leave it for a bit longer. Step 16 And that’s it! Now you have a real homemade Spanish omelette ready to be enjoyed by you, your family or your friends.

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Step 13 When you see it’s ready to flip over, take a plate and very carefully place the plate over the pan, and helping yourself with your other hand, flip it. Step 14 Once you’ve got it on a plate, pour it back into the pan so the other side of it finishes cooking.

Did you like this article? How did you find the recipe? Was it easy to make? Tell us by tweeting @XplodeMag. Don´t hesitate to share 19 your Spanish experience with us!

Article by Kajol Patel

These truffles are ridiculously easy to make and taste sooo good! You can’t go wrong with OREO, cream cheese and chocolate! Perfect for that chocolate fix and they’re quite rich so you won’t have to worry about overindulging! Prep time: 20 min Total time: 1 hour 20 min Make: 48 servings

What You Need 36 OREO cookies, divided 1 (200g) tub of Philadelphia cream cheese 2 (100g) packets of Baker’s semi-sweet chocolate, broken into pieces, melted.


Make It Reserve ¼ cup cookie crumbs. Mix cream cheese and remaining cookie crumbs until blended. Shape into 48 (1-inch) balls. Dip in melted chocolate and place on baking paper. Sprinkle with reserved cookie crumbs. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.

Article by Chloe Bennett

We want

views on local health

There’s always a time where we, as young people, have to use a local health service. Whether it be going to that dreaded dentist appointment or finally seeing the GP after your problems are sorted, we all use local health services. We want to know, do you find it hard to get appointments outside of school or college times? Have you had a negative experience at the hand of your local health service? Healthwatch Bolton want to get our sometimes overlooked views heard. And they want to improve local health services for us. So who are they? Healthwatch Bolton are your local champion for health and social care, listening and acting on your views to make locally provided health and social care the best for you. They work closely with The Parallel Young People’s Health Centre and with other young people to gain views on Bolton’s local health services. They found that a third of young people weren’t happy with the long waiting times and the lack of appointments available to them. However, a lot of the young people were happy about local, confidential and free services such as Parallel that are available and have their friendly and kind staff. To celebrate their first birthday, Healthwatch hosted a local event in Victoria Square. The event was not only a fantastic way to celebrate the organisation’s success and achievement but it was also a great way to

promote the health services that are available to you and people within the Bolton community. There were several informational stalls featuring Bolton Intergrated Drug & Alcohol serves (BIDAS) which offers help with drug and alcohol related issues and BAND which promote and support positive mental health. Other great features of the event were the Smoothie Bike, where you could blend your own smoothie, purely by your leg power! The African drumming event gathered large audiences and provided a great soundtrack to the surrounding areas. The event built a great sense of community cohesion and offered you the possibility to offer your views to Healthwatch there and then. If you’d like to get your health service experiences, good or bad heard, then you can do it through the confidential text line by texting your comment and HWB to 88020, by Facebook and Twitter and even by their website at So what are you waiting for?! Get your views heard today and make a difference to the health and social care services in your area! Contact information: Email: Telephone: 01204 394603 Twitter: @hwbolton Facebook: Healthwatch Bolton


What it’s like to be a at just


There are so many things to do when you’re 17 years old from the endless partying to the screams you hear when it’s ‘PAYDAAAAAAAAAAY’ but for me, I choose to volunteer over 30 hours a week working for a charity, this charity. The company that ‘owns’ Xplode Magazine is actually one of Britain’s only charities that is entirely run by and for young people, and it’s me who manages a core team of just over 20 and around 66 volunteers per year. The responsibility is huge! I’ve got to make sure everybody is happy, whether it be the people who fund our work or my volunteers. Playing Pharrell on the office stereo often works. And it’s the little things like that, which make Xplode what it is… We don’t listen to the ‘real’ radio in the office, instead we have Xplode’s own ‘radio station’ where we hear the songs that the team want, with no adverts, news or interruptions, and it makes us work so much harder! Being Managing Director of Xplode is a real hands-on job. A lot of my time is devoted to telling the story of Xplode to potential funders and then I’m on the frontline, fundraising, washing the mugs, polishing the desks and

hoovering our little HQ. I’ve even got a branded phone cover which helps to spark conversation! No two days are the same though. One day, I could be delivering training to my team, performing a speech to hundreds of people, or actually developing the ‘talent’ (young volunteers) that walks through Xplode’s doors every day. It’s absolutely amazing how every single Xplode activity is completed by volunteers and we would be unable to cope and unable to run through their absence. Having the right team, with the right attitude is highly valuable. It’s the most amazing part of my job seeing young people realise and achieve their potential. My team may be volunteers but they’re treated as Xplode’s workforce. In our effort to increase employability skills of young people, I treat them as if they’re in a paid job and it works – as long as I respect them – it’s a mutual relationship after all. This relationship I have with the volunteers teaches me a lot about their lives, and often reminds me what it’s like to be the 17 year old I am! But it’s not all as easy as it sounds. Being a leader often has its downs as well

as the much-loved ups. The hardest part of my job is fundraising and filling in the applications that get us the much needed money to run. They drain you of energy and it’s sad when they come back and say no. There’s so much pressure involved with applying for funds as you’ve got to be on the ball and an amazing communicator – you’ve got to make the piece of paper come alive with your story. As 2/3 of my time is dedicated to fundraising, I miss out on supporting my frontline staff but I never turn them away when they come to me for direction and help with their jobs – even when they just want a brew and a chat because without the team culture we’ve got, my job wouldn’t be as fulfilling and Xplode wouldn’t be one of the greatest young person’s organisations in Bolton to work. All in all, being a small charity Managing Director feels like being an actor where you can switch from your 17-year-old self, to a professional fundraiser and then to someone who can coach and develop volunteers to make a lasting impact on a young person’s life. I’ve got to keep a smile – whatever happens. Article written by Saeed Atcha


Article by Mithun Kerai

Let Me-e

Have you ever had that moment when you’re writing your CV and come to the ‘hobbies and interests’ section but never know what to write? Or just generally don’t know what you enjoy doing? It’s weird, you’d think you would know what floats your boat, but sometimes I sit around wondering what exactly my ‘hobbies/interests’ are, and I know I’m not the only one! So here are a few common ones that you’ll see on CV’s:

Photography It’s an activity that you see people becoming more and more interested in. A few years ago, you’d only ever see a newspaper photographer walking around with a camera, but now it seems to be the norm. But why has it become so popular? Well, I guess it’s probably something to do with the images we see on the internet. 24 We’ve all come across an image that

seen and said “oh wow, that’s a good picture.” With some people, this is all it takes for them to pick up a camera and start making their own artistic images and if you’re one of them, I’d love to see one of your pictures, tweet them to @XplodeMag and share it with me!

Reading Probably one of the most common interests you’ll see on a CV. For some, it’s a genuine interest, for others it’s to make them look intellectual. If you’re the kind of person who puts reading as an interest on your CV just to look smart, STOP! It’s a risky thing to do; if you get called to an interview, it’s likely the interviewer will ask you who your favourite author is or what your favourite book is, and if you’ve never picked up a book, you’ll be in an awkward situation! Or worse, if you make it up and

Entertain You!

what you make up just happens to be their favourite, you’re busted! But CV tips aside, reading is amazing. It can be difficult to get into, but when you start you can’t stop! And if you don’t like doing things alone, don’t worry reading is still an option! The Bolton library has reading clubs, if you’re interested, look on their website to sign up.

always on the move. If it’s something you like, why not join a club? There’s plenty of sports clubs in and around Bolton. Swim at Bolton One, join the Deane and Derby Cricket Club or play football for your local team, Bolton has it all, and I’m sure if you look hard, you’ll even find a cheese rolling club!


Watching TV

Football, cricket, cycling, swimming, horseriding, polo, hockey, cheese rolling… the variation of sports is endless. And when it comes to your CV, putting sports down can often show that you are an active person, of course, only put it down if it’s a genuine interest. Sports has been an interest that people have loved for years, it’s not one of those that will stay around for a few weeks like scoobies or loom bands because it’s

Probably one you should leave off your CV because it’s quite boring. Although, if you’re one to keep up with new film releases, do put that down. And if it is, you don’t have to look far to feed what you love, because it’s all at Cineworld Bolton. New releases, 15 screens AND you can have a chance to win 4 free tickets with drinks and popcorn with #CineXplode. Flick through, find the ad and get tweeting! 25


A shrimp's heart is in its head.

2. People say "Bless you" when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heart stops for a millisecond.

3. If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. 4. A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why. 5. Hot water is heavier than cold water. 6. Money isn't made out of paper; it's made out of cotton. 7. Your stomach produces a new layer of mucus every two weeks - otherwise it will digest itself.

8. Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors. 9. A tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion will make it instantly go mad and sting itself to death.

10. You can’t kill yourself by holding your breath (Do not try at home!!)

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Q: What are prehistoric monsters called when they sleep? A: A dinosnore! Q: What is the fruitiest lesson? A: History, because it's full of dates! Q: What is a myth? A: A female moth! Q: What do elves do after school? A: Gnomework! Q: How do we know that the Earth won't come to an end? A: Because it’s round! Q: What town in England makes terrible sandwiches? A: Oldham! Q: Why did the child study in the aeroplane? A: He wanted a higher education!




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