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Issue 2 Summer 2012

summer ball edition supported by

The BIG Bolton Fund‌





Credits Editorial Saeed Atcha – Editor Mithun Kerai – Sub-Editor Khalil Malji – Financial Director Jasmine Moore – Fashion Editor Beth Stevenson – Fashion Editor Tiana Marie – Fashion Journalist Naim Ismail – Sport Editor Idris Abbasi – Sport Editor Chloe Bennett – Fashion Journalist Tarek Saada – Sports and Entertainment Editor Abdalla Warsame – Health & Inclusion Editor Ridhwan Ahmed – Health & Inclusion Editor Shabih Syed – Journalist Alex Clarke – Journalist Zohib Hussain – Journalist

With special thanks to Amy Doram Inayat Omarji Bolton CVS Fahad Ali

Contact Xpolde Magazine There are many ways you can get in touch with Xplode Magazine Bolton. Give us a ring on: 07531 192 591 Our postal address is: Xplode Magazine Bolton BCOM 1 Vicarage Street Bolton BL3 5LE ‘Like’ us: ‘Tweet’ us: @xplodemag ‘Email’ us: Distributed FREE in the Bolton area.

Hello and welcome to the second issue of Xplode Magazine Bolton. Thank you for picking this up! Xplode is about giving young people the opportunity to express themselves in a positive light. From showbiz to entertainment and sports to fashion, Xplode will keep you up to date with whatever young people are talking about! The making of this issue has been a real enjoyment for everybody involved and I really hope we share that enjoyment with you as you read through this magazine. We seriously couldn’t make this issue without your amazing support! Once again, Thank you for having a copy of Xplode Magazine Saeed Atcha

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Beauty Tips


Music Reviews



Olympic Torch Relay Through Bolton

Show Biz Shots

Snap Your Style




Capital’s Summertime Ball

Bolton 2012 5K Run


How sport’s affect health

6 Dalai Lama comes to Manchester


Khan Carries The Flame

Bolton played its part with pride as the Olympic Torch Relay made its way through the town.

Although we had rain and the usual Bolton weather, thousands of people lined the streets to welcome the Torch Bearers’ as they carried the official flame for the London 2012 Games. The torch entered Bolton at around 5.45pm, carried by Heath Reilly and entered Queen’s Park at around 7.15pm, carried by Bolton boxer, Amir Khan. 5,000 people were entertained by a host of local talent in Victoria Square, including Bolton and District Pipe Band, the Swaminarayan Pipe Band and a variety of dancers, singers and entertainers. Former Olympic swimmer Martyn Woodroffe made an appearance in the square where a huge screen transmitted Olympic highlights throughout the day. Bolton promised and delivered an outstanding concert which will not be forgotten about, as up to 10,000 people turned up at Queen’s Park enjoying a fantastic evening with performances from The Wombats, Twist and Pulse and Laura White.

“It’s brilliant seeing thousands and thousands of people here solely to see this torch, and the final part when I was lighting the cauldron, I saw and recognised a lot of my friends and family because I grew up on these streets and I used to play football on this very ground. It was an honour for me to hold the torch and it’s going to be a summer that I’m going to remember for the rest of my life.” He also added, “My family are going to remember it for the rest of their lives and I hope the whole of Bolton also remember this because it’s a massive thing and it’s a massive day for us.” Search ‘Xplode Magazine Olympic Torch Relay Coverage’ to view our report Article written by: Idris Abbasi


Hun! Let’s go for a run! The popular One Bolton 5K run and 2012m fun run returned to the Bolton Arena again this year on Sunday, July 8. The One Bolton 5K run was organised by Bolton Council, in partnership with Bolton Wanderers’ Community Trust (BWCT), Active Synergy and Bolton Arena. One Bolton is where the community bond together from across town aiming to change and bring different communities and individuals together, to celebrate Bolton’s diversity, and also to ensure the town continues to be a welcoming and tolerant place. After last year’s event, organisers looked for participants of all ages, fitness levels and from all across Bolton to run side by side, showing their commitment to One Bolton, raising money for local charities and the main thing, having fun. People entered to run, jog or walk five kilometres or take part in a 2012 metre family fun run. The Xplode team were there on the day and we thought it was fantastic. There was entertainment for all the family including stalls and activities. We all got really competitive and it was really good fun. Roll on next year!


Dalai Lama Comes to Manchester On Saturday 16th June 2012, His holiness the Dalai Lama, leader of the Buddhist faith, visited Manchester on his visit to the UK. He spent an afternoon at the MEN addressing young people on compassion and the Buddhist way of dealing with issues in sight of the summer riots last year. He was joined by the rather unexpected master of ceremony; Russell Brand. Despite being the last person you would think of to join his holiness; Russell after his public battle with drugs and alcohol, was known to the Dalai Lama and Brand offered to act as MofC in the hope he would find a more spiritual happiness than the temporary happiness you get from material products like drugs, sex and alcohol. Brand spoke openly about his problems including his recent break up with singer Katy Perry and how he envies those who have a deeper more permanent happiness like his holiness. The majority of the time was spent with the Dalai Lama promoting dialogue as a technique of solving problems. He spoke of how youth are now the only people who can change the way we are now, trying to change the beliefs of the world’s leader’s now won’t work, but having a generation of peaceful people may guarantee a more peaceful world in the future. After his holiness addressed the audience, it went to a question & answer session and then to a small awards ceremony to reward and praise those young people in Greater Manchester who promote forgiveness, peace and dialogue. The main message of the event was to promoted dialogue and peace in young people to guarantee and more peaceful world in the future, this was definitely achieved. Along with moving videos and motivational speeches from various Noble Peace Prize winners, this event proved truly thought provoking and taught me a lot.


One To Watch

Music Reviews

Thinkin Bout You – Frank Ocean Frank Ocean is set to be one of the most promising new musical talents of 2012 after successfully writing songs for famous artists such as Justin Bieber and John Legend. In 2011, Frank released his debut mix tape which caught the attention of Jay Z and Kanye West and led to Frank appearing on the artists’ joint album “Watch the Throne.” Franks debut album, “Channel Orange” lists “Thinkin Bout You,” which is set to be released this month. The song is about the thoughts experienced whilst in love and showcases the brilliant vocal range Frank has to offer. The majority of his songs seem to be about love, so it would be interesting to see how diverse he can be in future songs. Frank tours with Coldplay this year and releases his debut album so Frank Ocean is definitely an artist to watch!

New Releases Call My Name – Cheryl feat. Calvin Harris. Cheryl Cole is back, with a new name and a new song. With the combination of Calvin Harris’ beats and Cheryl’s vocals the two have effortlessly produced a catchy, upbeat song which is perfect for those summer days.

Artist Spotlight For this issue the artist spotlight will be on Lana Del Rey following the release of her album, “Born to Die”. Real Name: Lana Del Rey (Elizabeth “Lizzy” Grant) Born: 21 June 1986 Star Sign: Cancer Birthplace: Lake Placid, New York, United States

Did you know? Lana Del Rey released her first ever digital album under the name of ‘Lizzy Grant’ in 2010, however after several weeks it was taken off iTunes. Following that period, a huge transformation occurred as the stage persona Lana Del Rey was created, which resulted in the release of her debut album “Born to Die” in January 2012 under ‘Lana Del Rey.’ Lana Del Rey’s breakthrough was through the release of her home-produced video of “Video Games” which she released on the internet.

Article by Chloe Bennett


O - Levels?! What on earth are they?

Article written by: Tiana Marie

A row has broken out between the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives over plans to scrap GCSEs in England. The Education Secretary, Michael Gove is thinking of scrapping GCSEs and replacing them with O-level style exams. What criticism has there been of them? Even though GCSEs were planned to be a qualification for all, grades of less than a C soon came to be seen as a fail. Only A* to C grades were seen as "good". Criticism has centred on claims that GCSEs have got easier over time. Why might we be returning to the O-level style exams? Mr Gove is considering plans to renovate the secondary school exam system for England because he says although academic progress has been made; the country has been slipping back when compared with high-achieving nations. Would new style O-level exams be tougher? It is too difficult to say because we don’t know what Mr Gove has in mind. Government sources say that the new style exams will be more challenging than current exams. Sample Questions O-Level Question (1968)

GCSE Question (2012)

Calculate the angle through which the minute hand of a clock rotates between noon and 12.26pm.

Becky has a collection of 210 DVDs. The width of each DVD is 14 millimetres. She keeps her DVDs on five shelves. Each shelf is 70cm long. How many more DVDs does she have space for?


You just can’t get the youth these days ! Obesity in young people and youth unemployment are just two of many factors which are affecting the youth of today and putting pressure on the UK economy. Obesity is costing the government around £2Billion annually and the weight condition is said to decrease the life expectancy of an individual by nine years. With the figures of obesity in young people drastically rising, it is predicted that soon, parents will be outliving their children. According to recent studies, three quarters of parents failed to recognise their child was overweight, 33% of mothers and 57% of fathers considered 57% of fathers considered their child’s weight to be ‘about right’ when, in fact, they were obese. One in ten parents express concern about their child being underweight when they are actually a normal, healthy weight. There are many organisations which are able to help if you have any concerns. The unemployment rate has recently dropped a little and the current rate of youth unemployment in the UK hovers around 21.9% which still makes it an issue. Almost one in five young people are not in full time education, employment or training which costs the economy. The best way to help with securing a job and having the ‘edge’ over ‘competition’ is to have a lot of work experience behind you, and not to be disheartened or lose confidence if you don’t get the job you want.

Article written by: Gene Lock

Fed up of the way adults think of young people? Then Do Something! Get involved with #ReverseRiots and make a change NOW! We need YOU to write a positive message about something that you do to contribute to society, on a piece of paper with #ReverseRiots on it (See picture for more). Then simply upload it to and spread the message. The campaign fronted by national young people volunteering charity ‘Vinspired’ has many celebrity supporters. Head to the website for more! 9

Top marks for two Bolton schools

Article written by: Saeed Atcha

Two of Bolton’s top schools have picked up awards for being among the best schools in the country. Bolton Muslim Girls School and Ladybridge High School have both received top positions on newly published lists of achievements. Ladybridge High School has been highlighted by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) for rapidly improving GCSE attainment and results in the country. The school qualified as one of the top 10 per cent of schools in England by improving GCSE results every year between 2008 and 2011 by at least 19 percentage points. Bolton Muslim Girls School achieved national recognition for being one of the top 10 per cent of schools that “add value” to their students’ GCSE achievements. Ladybridge headteacher, Hilary D’Arcy said: “We are all absolutely delighted with this accolade. Staff, students and governors are relentless in their determination to be the best that they can be. Bolton Muslim Girls School head, Mubaaruck Ibrahim said: “The achievement is a reflection of the hard work of the staff and students with the support of parents. “Staff work hard to motivate and increase self-esteem among pupils and we are delighted to be in the top 10 per cent.” SSAT chief executive Sue Williamson said there was plenty that other schools could learn from both Bolton Muslim Girls School & Ladybridge High School. She said: “These results are testament to the commitment and hard work of the students, teachers and leadership team, and a vindication of their belief in high expectations, good teaching and ambition for every young person.”


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Coldplay kicked off the Capital FM Summertime Ball 2012 in style Cold

Capital FM Summertime Ball

with a hit packed set in front of a packed d 80,000 fans in Wembley Stadium. The group played massive hits such h as “Yellow”, “Viva La Vida” and “Paradise”. Kelly Clarkson continued the madness when she took to the stage to perform some of her biggest hits for the sold-out audience. Flo Rida then got the party started during his enthusiastic s set. The rapper from Florida handed out red Flo Rida whistless to the lucky fans in the front row. la Arriving on stage in a black jumper and wearing dark sunglasses, Example launched into his hit single o on their feet. 'Stay Awake' and told the crowd: "you know what to do" before he had everyone Taking to the stage in a stylish black suit and trademark dark sunglasses, Pitbullll opened with 'Mr Worldwide' going seemingly into 'Hey Baby'. Cover Drive, Conor Maynard and Lawson then whipped the Wembley Stadium audience up into a frenzy during the Breakers section of the Capital FM Summertime Ball 2012. Usher’s highly anticipated set opened with footage of a stormy sky before breaking into the opening beats of the R&B star's hit 'OMG', originally recorded with Will.I.Am. Rita R Ora, Dizzee Rascal & Cheryl Cole were the surprise artists and got Wembley singing. The Wanted then brought Wembley Stadium to its feet as they performed some of their biggest singles. Jessie J sang an amazing 6 songs with an inspiration speech and she then brought on some special guests for her emotional performance. The high-spirited Rizzle Kicks ran on stage to join Jessie for the rap verse of her 2011 smash hit single 'Price Tag'. Ed Sheeran headed out on stage shortly after good friend Jessie J wrapped her set, and kicked off his set with a performance of his recent hit single 'Drunk'. Justin Bieber then arrived on stage sporting a studded black leather vest and union jack vest. He then introduced his signed artist Carly Rae Jepsen to the stage dressed in a sparkly silver dress as she performed 'Call Me Maybe'. o perform a huge headline It was then left to Katy Perry to set. Katy kicked off with a performance of d her 2008 single 'Hot n Cold'. C For all the videos and more, head to Article written by Saeed Atcha


Usher says he would be supportive if his two children decided to go into the music business but would never force them to do anything they didn't want. The 'Climax' star also says one of the positive aspects of being in the music business is being able to introduce his children to new things much more easily. "I would be supportive," Usher revealed exclusively to Capital FM, regarding whether he would encourage his children to sing. "If this is something that they wanted to do, of course, and they were good at it.” "But I would never want to force my children to be anything they don't want to do," the 'Without You' singer continued. 'The coolest part that I haven't been able to experience [much] yet is being able to introduce my children to so many different things, so many different aspects of the business and things that they've seen.” Ed Sheeran has revealed he and Example will put out their joint single for free when the time comes to release the highly anticipated collaboration. The 'Lego House' singer has revealed he and the 'Changed The Way You Kissed Me' rapper have already recorded a track together, and are now working out when they want to officially release the team-up. Coldplay have hinted that they may work with Rihanna and Jay-Z again in the future. RiRi features on the band's new single 'Princess Of China' and Jay-Z, a friend of frontman Chris Martin, has previously appeared on a remix of 'Lost'. Speaking to Capital FM at the Summertime Ball, Chris said the two Roc Nation acts were top of their wish list. Cheryl Cole has said watching carry the Olympic torch was "incredible" and that criticism of his part in the torch relay was not fair. The Black Eyed Peas star and the 'Call My Name' singer's manager ran with the torch in Taunton, Somerset last month. At the time, the American was criticised by some media publications because he is not British, but Cheryl said was now an "honorary Brit". Cheryl said: "I heard a couple of people say, 'He's not British', but it's not about that.” "The Olympics, we're inviting people from all over the world to come and race or do whatever their part is in the Olympics in our country, everybody is welcome, so that's (the criticism) not right." 14

Article written by: Saeed Atcha, with thanks to Capital FM

Play it SAFE!

A lot of people think that men take more risks than women when it comes to sex, or that couples are more cautious than their single friends. But in truth, gender, or being single doesn’t predict who will engage in unprotected sex or who will play it safe. Using protection in sexual activities will decrease the chances of contracting any sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) which include; HIV and AIDS, Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Herpes, Syphilis, Crabs and Genital Warts. These are just a few and there are many more. Almost 5,000 people die every day from AIDS alone. The most commonly reported STI is Chlamydia which can affect both men and women in different ways. Gonorrhoea and Herpes are also very common STI’s which can be easily treated if found early however if left, they can spread and cause problems. These nasty infections can easily be prevented by using very simple contraception. These include condoms, femidoms and the pill. The safest method is using a condom or femidom which can easily be obtained from chemists, clinics and many other places. With the figures of underage sex and pregnancies rising, it is essential that contraception is more widely available and used more.

So if you’re a male, remember this, don’t be a fool, wrap your tool! Article written by Khalil Malji


Snap Your Style

Hayley Catlow

Age: 15 Top: River Island Pants: Topshop Shoes: Office Hat: Topshop

Kane Kingsland

Age: 16 Top: Topman Pants: Topman Shoes: Foot Asylum

Jesca Ramelize

Age: 15 Top: Topshop Pants: Topshop Shoes: Affleck's Palace


Snap Your Style Jess Lynch

Age: 16 Top: Urban Outfitters Pants: Topshop Shoes: Asos

Kuda Mutambirwa

Age: 17 Pants: Topman Shoes: Harvey Nichols Jacket: Harvey Nichols

Matty Burgess

Age: 16 Top: Urban Outfitters Pants: Topman Shoes: Topman

Jack Baker

Age: 17 Top: Topman Pants: Topman Shoes: Office Jacket: Urban Outfitters


Seasonal Trends

Beth's outfit

Shirt: £52 Shorts: £54 All from American Apparel I went for a super 70's vibe in American Apparel with this beautiful chiffon blouse and denim shorts; they are just so perfect and are new! So get them quick! The blouse is light and floaty and can be worn with virtually anything and the shorts are simply amazing with their delicate embellished look.


These red leggings from American Apparel are absolutely gorgeous, they outline your curves and keep the look subtly sexy without being revealing. Paired with this Aztec print crop top, it’s perfect for showing off your figure in summer, so grab these key pieces whilst you can!


Shorts: £19.99 Jacket: £59.99 Jacket: £29.99 Shirt: £29.99 Shorts: £25.99

Jasmins outfit

Leggins: £70.00 Top: £22.00 All from American Apparel

I definitely liked this beachy/sporty look. The shorts were different shades of green which gave the 'hipster' look and the patterned bomber jacket made it feel quite sporty. Jasmine's outfit was also unique with the tassels on the white blouse; they went really well with the blue studded jacket!


Article by Jasmine Moore, Tiana Marie & Bethany Stevenson

Step by step instructions for lustrous smoky eyes!

Beauty Tips These Rimmel lipsticks are a steal at £4.99 and are bang on trend right now! - grab them whilst you can!

Shade one Nude #246 1. Apply a base. Here we use Stay Don't Stray by Benefit (£19.50) which keeps the eye makeup in place. 2. Start with base shadow, use a medium colour and cover the eyelid down to the lash line. 3. Using the same brush, apply a deep charcoal colour in a V shape towards the outer side of the lid and blend in. This is what creates the infamous 'smoky' look.

Shade two Red #500

4. Now apply a pale pink colour with a different brush along the brow line, this acts as highlighter and is also applied to the inner corner of the eyelid. Now blend everything together with circular motions, using the same brush. 5. Finally apply eyeliner and mascara to complete and deepen the look. This look was created with the Smokin' Eyes kit by Benefit (£28.50)

Shade three Pink #016

Article by Sarah Willacy, Jasmine Moore, Bethany Stevenson & Tiana Marie


It is a proven fact that teenagers worry about their physical appearance. This has led to an increase in the number of teenagers being overweight and underweight. Different sports benefit you physically, in different ways, so it is essential to choose the right sport. Running is a great way of exercising, whether you want to increase your overall fitness, develop stamina and endurance or lose weight. Long distance running is argued to be the most effective in losing weight. During a long race our heart rate remains in a particular zone, which means the body has to consume energy in a different way, than it would if we were doing a short sprint. Running long distances are also great for enhancing mental toughness and help to improve your heart and endurance, however long distance running is no good if you are working on muscular strength or power. The sport is free and people usually never know how strong their stamina is until they have tried out the sport.

Weight training helps improve muscular strength and power, however it’s no good for endurance or cardiovascular fitness. Unlike other sports, it has the advantage of working on whatever body part you choose. Benefits of weight training include: Increasing muscle size


Tendon and ligament toughness

Flexibility Co-ordination

Football is generally considered to be the world’s most popular team sport and is not just for males! The sports’ success is due to the fact that is played in just about every country by boys, girls, men and women of just about any physical build. Football improves overall fitness, stamina and endurance and at the same time, improves your team work skills and co-ordination just like all other group sports. Football is also a well-paid sport at professional level so it’s never bad giving it a ‘shot.’

Obviously sport plays a massive part of your healthy lifestyle and it allows you to socialise with people you wouldn’t normally socialise with. So finish reading this and get out there!! Article written by Abdalla Warsame


Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand. To escape the grip of a crocodile's jaws, prick your fingers into its eyeballs. It will let you go instantly. Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left handed people do. The sentence "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter in the English language. If the population of China walked past you in single line, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction. You can't kill yourself by holding your breath. The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.

Post a picture of you reading this very magazine on your Facebook or Twitter page, tagging us in it and you will be entered into a prize draw to win a mug with your picture on it along with £20 high street shopping vouchers! We’ll also have 4 runners up. What’ve you got to lose?! We will randomly choose a winner on August 1st 2012 and we will contact you. 1) I am an eye

2) A microphone 3) A coffin. 4) Your Word 5) A riddle

22 Riddle Answers:

Pronounced as one letter, but look and you'll see, that really I'm written with three. I'm read from both ends, the same either way. What am I? I say everything I hear to others around. I'm not an animal, nor part of the human race. I will, immediately, repeat after you; but only if my tail is in place. What am I? The man who invented it doesn't want it. The man who bought it doesn't need it. The man who needs it doesn't know it. What is it? What is it that you can keep after giving it to someone else? When one does not know what it is, then it is something; but when one knows what it is, then it is nothing.

















Q: Why are cooks so cruel? A: They whip cream and beat eggs. Q: What do you call a bee that is having a bad hair day? A: A Frisbee. Q: Why did Cinderella get kicked off the football team? A: Because she ran away from the ball. Q: Why did the elephants get kicked out of the public pool? A: They kept dropping their trunks. Q: Why did the skeleton go to the party alone? A: He had no body to go with him.

Articles written by: Shabih Syed, Alex Clarke, Tarek Saada, Zohib Hussain

*see bottom of the opposite page for answers


Xplode Magazine | Issue 2 | Summer 2012  

Greater Manchester's Youth Magazine, by young people, for young people.

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