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Issue 3 Winter 2012

Danny Shah

Jason kenny supported by The BIG Bolton Fund‌





Credits Team 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 – Sports Editor Idris Abbasi – Sports Editor Chloe Bennett – Showbiz Editor Jenna Bonney – Showbiz Journalist Saimah Malji – Showbiz Journalist Abdalla Warsame – Health & Inclusion Editor Alex Clarke – Journalist Sholah Martins – Journalist Kennedy Johnson – Journalist

With special thanks to Amy Doram Inayat Omarji Bolton CVS James Pilkington

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Greetings! Welcome to the third issue of Xplode Magazine Bolton. Massive thanks for picking it up – it’s makes it all worthwhile. Xplode is all about giving you young people the opportunity to showcase your talents whether it’s writing an article or designing an article, we have space for you! From fashion to Blackpool and sports to The X Factor, we’ve got it all to keep you updated with whatever young people are talking about! It’s been a great time making this magazine and we honestly couldn’t make the magazine without you!! Thank you ever so much for having a copy of Xplode Magazine Saeed Atcha Disclaimer: Xplode Magazine Bolton is a constituted community group and we strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information. If you have seen mistake or anything that you are not happy with then please e-mail us:

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Beauty Tips


Music Reviews



Danny Shah Interview

Indiana Jones

Ellie Simmonds




Jason Kenny

Blackpool, Lights, Camera, Action


Health & Sports

13 X Factor Success Stories


Jason Kenny

The 2012 Olympics in London have finished and we walked away with our heads held high as Team GB returned with 65 medals (29 Gold, 17 Silver and 19 Bronze). Bolton’s Jason Kenny was expected to do well and won an incredible three gold medals, inspiring people all over UK. His tremendous win over the three times world champion Gregory Bauge saw him receive a special stamp from Royal Mail congratulating him for his triumphant win in the Men’s Cycling Team Sprint final and; two post boxes were painted gold in Bolton in honour of his victory.

Jason Kenny win celebrated with Olympic Gold medal stamp


Here in Bolton, Britain’s Olympic hero kicked off the first ever Skyride which involved a cycling event on the outskirts of the Town Centre. Thousands of Boltonians took part in the five mile circular cycle in which roads were traffic free. In addition, it had just been revealed this summer that Jason is dating his fellow Team GB Olympian Laura Trott!

Article written by: Naim Ismail

Self Harming More than 80% of self-harm cases include stabbing or cutting the skin with a sharp object. But self-harm also covers a wide range of behaviours including burning, scratching, banging or hitting body parts. Self-harming has been described as a "physical expression of emotional distress". There are many social factors that can cause emotional distress in people who self-harm, these can include: - Difficulties in relationships with friends or partners - Difficulties at school/college such as not doing well academically - Being bullied at home or at school/ college - Alcohol or drug misuse - Coming to terms with your sexuality Other reasons for self-harming may be because of low self-esteem or self-hatred, for example: - Anger - Guilt - Anxiety - Loneliness - Grief - Numbness or emptiness - Feeling unconnected from the world These emotions can build up inside you and you may not know who to turn to for help, but allowing things to build up does not help the situation or you as an individual. It may be hard explaining to someone how you feel exactly and how you express it, however doing so will be worth it in the long run. Trust yourself, do the right thing and don’t be scared. Ask for help! If you want too speak to someone about self-harming call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90.


Are you obsessed with your body? Research has shown 53 percent of teenagers are obsessed with their bodies, which can lead to depression. There are many ways you can keep your body in great shape; the best ways are having a balanced diet and regular exercise. Macronutrients Macronutrients consist of protein fats and carbohydrates. They cover a large proportion of the food you eat but having the right amount of macronutrients is essential for a balanced diet. The amount of them you need varies, for instance if you are a body builder you’ll need a lot more protein for muscle growth and muscle repair. Long distance runners however will need a lot more carbohydrates because they use up much more energy during running. Depending on your age and body physique it is important how to know which macro nutrients you need. Micronutrients Micronutrients consist of water mineral and vitamins. You need less micronutrients then macronutrients in your diet. A lack of micronutrients can lead to health problems and affect younger children’s growth. Health problems Not having a balanced diet can lead to health problems. Eating too many fatty foods and not exercising can lead to increase in the amount of body fat, which could cause obesity. Obese people tend to have shorter life expectancy than average and are more prone to diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Eating too little can have a negative effect on your body too and can lead to anorexia which in extreme cases has led to death. So having a balanced diet is not only good for your body but is also good for your health. Eat the right amounts of the right nutrients and you’ll be on the way to feeling better than ever before!


Articles written by Abdalla Warsame

Usain Bolt only took up sprinting at the age of 14 after his cricket coach noticed his natural running speed. Bolt really enjoyed cricket but decided he should do what’s best for him. Usain is not only the fastest man on earth now; he is the world’s greatest 100m and 200m runner of all time. He broke the 100m world record at just 21 in the 2008 Olympics with an astonishing time of 9.69 seconds, he then went on to break the 200m world record in a time of 19.32 seconds at the same Olympics. In 2009 he broke both records again, this time running in 9.58 and 19.19 seconds. Bolt won 3 gold medals at London 2012; winning the 200m 100m and 100m relay for Jamaica. I highly doubt we will ever see another runner as good or as successful as Usain Bolt in our lifetimes.


Olympian Ellie Simmonds A teenager from Walsall, who grew up in neighbouring Aldridge, has achieved something that most athletes couldn’t achieve in their long time careers. Eleanor "Ellie" Simmonds was born on the 11th of November 1994. At the age of 13, she was the youngest British athlete at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, competing in the 50m, 100m and 400m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 200m individual medley. Ellie won gold medals in the 100m and 400m freestyle events. On the 1st of September 2012, Simmonds repeated her gold performance to win the 400m freestyle at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, taking five seconds off the World Record time. Two days later she took Gold in the 200m individual medley, breaking the World Record that she had set earlier in the day during the qualifying round. Ellie has won ten gold World Championship titles. When she was 14 years old, Ellie became the youngest person to be appointed a MBE (Member of the British Empire). In March 2012, in the 200m individual medley, she became the first swimmer to break a world record at London's Aquatics Centre. Her victory in a time of 3:08.14 broke her own personal best by over half a second. In 2011, Ellie won the award for 'Best British Sporting Performance for an Athlete with a Disability' at the Jaguar Academy of Sport Annual Awards.


Create a Natural Smokey Eye Look in Seven Super Simple Steps.

Beauty Tips

Many thanks to Suzy and Teresa at the Boots Benefit counter In Manchester City Centre

Step 2) Moisturise around the eye with ‘Benefits Potent Eye Cream,' this will keep the area hydrated.

Step 3) Apply ‘Stay Don't Stray’ primer to give coverage and to avoid nasty smudges throughout the day.

Step 4) Apply a base coat all over your eyelid using ‘Benefits Big Beautiful Eye Kit.

Step 5) Use the mid-shade brown along your outer eye lids and around the eye socket. Rub the brush in circular motions to blend the base and the brown together.

Step 6) Use the darker shade of brown along the lash line to create a soft eyeliner effect.

Step 7) To bring it all together apply the dark brown under your bottom eyelash and blend in the corner.

Finish by applying a coat of ‘Benefits Number 1 Selling Mascara, They're Real'. Now Enjoy looking fabulous!

Modelled by Jasmine Moore and Written by Beth Stevenson


Seasonal Trends

I love the yellow pants with the bright green jumper! Not only is the fabric of such amazing quality, they fit a dream! The jumper is super warm and would be great for winter with a scarf and jacket! The colours are loud and eye catching so I would probably tone it down a tad with some dark accessories, heels or brogues.

I love the style of this 1940's inspired dress from Urban Outfitters; it’s so comfy and perfect for autumn. Pairing it with a pair of thick tights and a chunky knit to warm up is ideal however you can risk the chilly weather and show off. A dress this gorgeous certainly shouldn't be hidden away all the time!


Seasonal Trends

I chose the space-kind-of-look style dress mainly because it was so incredibly different and unique. The colours I adore! They would look amazing to say the least, with a pair of tights and flats or even heels. It’s perfect for those not-too dressy up occasions.


Luscious Lips

“These lipsticks are a steal such at a low price at Boots stores. They are bang on trend right now – grab them while you can”

No.17 Hollywood

Natural Selection Hazelnut

Models Own Hyper-Brite Orangeade

Rimmel Pink Number 016


With an average of 12 million viewers, The X Factor is one of the most viewed TV talent shows ever! The X Factor has created many successful artists including: JLS, One Direction, Little Mix, Misha B, Cher Lloyd and Amelia Lily, all of whom have recently reached high positions in the charts. Little Mix entered the charts at number one with their new single Wings. The hit became the fastest selling single of the year by a group, with over 8.5 million views on YouTube. Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall each auditioned as solo artists on The X Factor but were put into a girl group to go through to the boot camp stage. Tulisa then mentored them as they made history, becoming the first girl group to win The X Factor. Misha Bryan, known as Misha B, is a British singer-songwriter who came to nation’s attention in 2011. Her debut single “Homerun” landed at number 11 at the end of its debut week. Misha was announced as the supporting act for 10 U.K dates of Nicki Minaj’s, Pink Friday Reloaded Tour. Amelia lily, the Middlesbrough born pop singer, finished third in the 8th series of The X Factor. Throughout the competition she topped the public vote twice and was in the bottom two just once. Her debut single “You Bring Me Joy” reached number one in the mid-week charts and her debut album will be released later this year. The second single from the album will be the song “Shut Up.”

Who knows what this year will bring!

Article Written by Saimah Malji


Blackpool, Lights, Camera, Action!

Article written by Jenna Bonney

Every year from around this time, Blackpool becomes home to a beautiful display of lights and colours as the annual Blackpool illuminations light up the seaside town. 2012 marks 100 years of the illuminations so I, Beth from fashion and Editor Saeed decided it would be fun to watch the big switch-on concert. When we arrived in ‘not-so-sunny’ Blackpool we were greeted by the smell of the sea and freshly fried fish! After helping ourselves to some tasty fish and chips, we proceeded to do what everybody does – peer along the piers! After spending lots of money and winning a whole lot of nothing we queued outside the arena. After 2 hours of waiting in the wind and rain it was finally time to go in! It was a mad scramble as over 15,000 people battled for the best places to watch the switch-on. Artists such as Lawson, Rick Astley and Scouting for Girls had the audience dancing their feet off, the amazing Paloma Faith lit up the arena as she belted out her hit single “Picking up the pieces.” Ziparah Tafari (Mr. Zip) couldn’t find his keys or phone but instead got Wallace and Gromit on stage to melt everybody’s hearts as everybody shouted ‘awww’ in unison. My favourite act of the evening was Little Mix who sang their tune, ‘Wings’. The town was then illuminated live across the UK on Real & Smooth Radio by some of the award winning team of Olympians! Everyone, myself included, was in awe of the wonder that surrounded us. We then caught a very busy train back to Bolton but we didn’t speak much as we were mesmerised by the night! It was a truly unforgettable experience and the countdown to Christmas has officially begun!


Steven Spielberg has to be classed as one of the top directors to ever walk this planet, with award winning films such as “Saving Private Ryan” and “Jaws” under his title; he has delivered some of the finest films across a wide range of genres.

Indiana Jones

I could write about these two fabulous films; however I decided to bring back a true adventure, a character that has lived through the dreams of generations and made the money to prove it. Of course, I am talking about the one and only “Indiana Jones!” The adventure began in 1981 when ‘Indy’ starred in “Raiders of the lost Ark,” Spielberg soon realised that he had struck cinematic gold as the film made £239,454,970 at the box office! The journey couldn’t end there; we wanted to see more! Three years later our hero returned as he travelled Asia in “The Temple of Doom.” This film was another financial success and the imaginative plot separated it from others making it stand out like a cow in a field of sheep. The use of dark against light really showed the how great the films were as entertainment as well as inspiration. With a budget of $48 million Spielberg took the risk in making “The Last Crusade” but he was not disappointed at all as the film brought a massive $474,171,806! With some of the film being shot in England, the British public were quick to get to the cinemas and contributed largely to the mind-blowing total! Finally we come to the latest instalment in the adventure as “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” hit our screens in 2008, and guess what? It was the biggest financial success for the Indiana Jones adventure, grossing over $786 million, making it one of the biggest films of 2008! Yes we see Indiana getting quite old in this film, but that didn’t stop him from bringing us the action and laughs that we seek in his awesome films! So, why are we so obsessed with Dr. Jones? I don’t know, all I know is that I am ready for another adventure and I definitely want to be on the Jones train! Article written by Mithun Kerai


Danny Shah

Article written by Beth Stevenson

What’s inspired you to write your music? I moved to London a year ago. At the same time I split up with my girlfriend, quit my job and left my family. It was the craziest time of my life so I wrote about everything and it was really bad, good and exciting! What musically, would be your inspiration? I listen to chart music but I also have a rocky background. It’s so varied. Who is your idol and why? I don’t know if I have one! I’d take different parts of several artists like Chris Brown’s dance moves, Coldplay’s coolness and Ed Sheeran’s creativity and determination. Who would you compare yourself to? Imagine Bruno Mars and Razorlight combined. I’m like a rougher version of Bruno Mars, he has it all! Even his teeth are perfect! What do you hope to achieve in the future? Absolutely loads of things! I just want to be able to play music for the rest of my life and not have to worry about money. Is there anything new on its way? Yeah! A new direction of videos will be on the way. I want something sentimental and less gimmicky.

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One To Watch

Music Reviews

Owl City & Carly Rae Jepson – Good Time Following the worldwide success of Call Me Maybe, Carly Rae Jepson has teamed up with Owl City’s Adam Young. Together they have produced the light hearted song that is “Good Time”. Despite having an incredibly catchy chorus and a feel good, up-beat tempo the song lacks lyrical originality. However there’s no doubt that it’s a great pop song and perfect pre-party song too! The Script Ft Will.I. Am - Hall of Fame Will.I.Am has made another collaboration, this time with the Irish sensations, The Script. Together they’ve created “Hall of Fame”, an inspirational song, promoting the power of self-belief, determination and the importance of as aiming high as you can. The lyrics fit perfectly with the ethos of the whole Olympics, “inspiring the next generation” and are executed with a brilliant combination of vocals from Will.I.Am and Danny O'Donoghue, making “Hall of Fame” a truly great single. Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough? After being nominated for the BBC’S Sound Of 2012, a MOBO and a Mercury Prize award, Lianne La Havas is an artist who will soon be well known throughout the music industry. Born from a Greek father and a Jamaican mother, Lianne was passionate about music from an early age and wrote and sang her own songs by the time she was 11. She got the amazing opportunity of going on tour with Paloma Faith as one of her backing singers. In 2012 she released her debut album “Is Your Love Big Enough?”, which reach #4 in the UK album chart. “Is Your Love Big Enough?” showcases Lianne’s beautifully written lyrics and a voice which seems so effortless success is enviable.

Artist Spotlight This issue’s artist spotlight is on P!nk following the release of her new album “The Truth About Love” Real Name: Alecia Beth Moore Born: 8th September 1979 Star Sign: Virgo Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Did you know? P!nk started writing and performing her own songs at the age of 14 in local clubs in Philadelphia. She was spotted by a record company executive and after being in two separate bands, which weren’t very successful; she was finally offered a solo recording contract. However, it wasn’t until the release of her first album “Can’t Take Me Home”, in 2000 that she achieved global success. Several years down the line, after the release of 5 albums and having a baby P!nk is now back with her new album “The Truth About Love” featuring the single “Blow Me One Last Kiss” Article by Chloe Bennett


Giraffes can go longer without water than a camel More people are killed from donkeys in a year than planes If you squeeze your nose together where no air goes in or out you can’t hum 1 in 5 people said that their freezer is the best place to hide money Experts say you can fall asleep up to 27% faster if you wear socks to bed 43% of us have gone at least a week without using cash Almost 2,000 people injure their eyes with their toothbrush every year According to men, “We need to talk” is the worst thing a woman can say to them Researchers say that brushing your teeth in the middle of the day can boost your energy by about 30%. 39% of people in a recent survey admitted they have actually spoken to a cash machine!

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) Nothing

2) The Letter E

3) Silence.

4) A River

5) A Keyboard

18 Riddle Answers:

It is greater than god and more evil than the devil. The poor have it and the rich need it and if you eat it you'll die. What is it? I am the beginning of the end and the end of time and space. I am essential to creation and I surround every place. What am I? Say my name and I disappear. What am I? What can run but never walks, has a mouth but never talks, has a head but never weeps, has a bed but never sleeps? What has keys but no locks, space but no room, and you can enter but can’t go in?

Q: What’s a hearts favourite instrument and why? A: The organ. It keeps the beat. Q: What do you get when you cross a kangaroo and a sheep? A: A woolly jumper. Q: What is E.T. short for? A: Because he has little legs! Q: Why did the magazine blush? A: Because is saw the comic strip!




Two muffins are in the oven. One says to the other 'god it’s hot in here' the other says 'oh no a talking muffin'.

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

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Xplode Magazine | Issue 3 | Winter 2012  

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

Xplode Magazine | Issue 3 | Winter 2012  

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