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Issue 7 Autumn 2013 supported by The BIG Bolton Fund‌

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Credits Team Saeed Atcha – Editor Mithun Kerai – Sub-Editor Chloe Bennett – Sub-Editor Jasmine Moore – Fashion Editor Naim Ismail – Sports Editor Saimah Malji – Showbiz Journalist Phoebe McEwen– Showbiz Journalist Laura Appleton – Fashion Journalist Jennifer Kavanagh – Fashion Journalist Naomi Sharples – Fashion Journalist Khalil Malji – Financial Director Tiana Marie – Journalist Sholah Martins – Journalist Kennedy Johnson – Journalist Adam Toorawa – Journalist Shabih Syed – Journalist Mubeen Moosa – Journalist Kajol Patel - Journalist Edward Jankowski – Journalist Chanice Patel – Journalist

Heyyyyy! Autumn is here! Let's welcome the big coats, dark nights and amazing hot chocolates in front of the fire! Okay, I'm supposed to be writing for a young people's magazine, Hey! Autumn is here and this season you do not want to miss the fashion pages! We're all over the new Tartan trends and we've added a Men's section. If you want all the latest celeb goss, then check out Saimah's article, it's all about two amazing upcoming stars. Last issue, Tiana wrote about her favourite book – now it's being made into a film. Check out what she's got to say too!

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Have you been to the cinema recently!? We've been at Cineworld Bolton A LOT recently, there's so many good films! On our 'new look' website, you can see our section “You Have Got To See This!”, where we review a brand new film. And lastly, happy 2nd birthday to Xplode! Altogether now, “Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you...”! We're celebrating by giving you the chance to win CASH! Check out the last couple of pages to find out how you can get your hands on that cash! Get us on Twitter @XplodeMag

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Will Hadcroft


Gaming News



Meet the new rising stars

Mens Trends

The BIG Issue




The fresh sound of Paramore

Music Reviews


Finding The College Or Uni That’s Right For You

14 10 Ways To Wear Tartan


Music Reviews

NEW RELEASES Katy Perry - Prism The Fireworks star has Xploded back onto the music scene with the release of her fourth studio album Prism. Her first single Roar has already gone down a storm!

Article by Chloe Bennett

In a recent interview, Katy said that her latest album will be more “stripped down” in comparison to her previous one, Teenage Dream. After hearing the two teases titled Dark Horse and Walking on Air, and knowing that the album features a song co-written by Emeli Sande, I can't wait to hear it! Make sure you grab your copy, it’s out October 22nd!

Artist Spotlight This issue's artist spotlight is Daley, following the release of his new single Broken. The Manchester born and bred RnB star, Gareth Daley is an artist that’s well on his way to Stardom! He's already joined up with several big artists such as Pharrell Williams, prior to the release of his debut album Day & Nights. After doing a string of gigs across the UK, he gained his big mainstream breakthrough in 2010 when he collaborated with the Gorillaz, co-writing and featuring on Domcamaritc, which led to him receiving great musical recognition! Soon after, he was short-listed for the BBC Sound of 2011 and was signed to Universal Republic and Polydor Records. Fast forward a few years and, after supporting the likes of Miguel, Emeli Sande and Maverick Sabre on tour, Daley has released his second UK single titled Broken.


Lyrically, the single is about how failed relationships have left him feeling broken and it allows him to showcase his amazing vocal range, altough this often leads to him being mistook for a female vocalist! The song has received a lot of support from the likes of BBC radio 1Xtra. Here's hoping the album will receive even more!

The second artist has already been mentioned. That’s right, Austin Mahone! Austin joined Ed Sheeran to support Taylor Swift's RED tour. His album’s first single “Say you’re just a friend” features Rida; a collaboration any artist would love to have. He recently won the VMA for "Artist to Watch" as voted by his fans, otherwise known as "mahomies". He also recently did a song with Becky G titled “Magik” which was featured in Smurfs 2. I admit it; I may have fangirled when I heard there was a collaboration between the two!

Article by Saimah Malji

Gorgeous and talented Latina, Becky G is the first of the two who I want to tell you about. At 16, the rapper and singer has already had collaborations with Will.I.Am, Cher Lloyd, Pitbull and most recently Jessie J and Austin Mahone! (All of which I love!) Becky has released her debut single "Becky from the Block" earlier this year and her “Play It Again” EP was released shortly after. Becky is currently preparing to support Austin Mahone on his tour in the US.


Have you heard any of the new songs from rock band Paramore?! If not, you’re missing out! They sound so fresh, diverse and striking, just like Miss Williams’ hair! On the heels of the almost destructive loss of two band members in 2010 (Josh and Zac Farro) Paramore stayed out of the public eye… Until now! The edgy band regenerated with their self-titled album ‘Paramore'. So, how did they get here? Where did it all start? Well, hang around and I’ll tell you. The band was formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2004. It was then, they played their first concert and just 6 months later they were signed by the label ‘Fueled by Ramen’.

Article written by Phoebe McEwen

In 2005, the band produced their


debut album ‘All We Know Is Falling’. 2007 saw the release of their second album ‘Riot!’ Following this the band was nominated for ‘Best New Artist’ at the 2008 Grammy Awards. In 2010, the Farro brothers left the band. Following this the trio kept to themselves, until this year… They’ve announced a UK and American tour and are keen to get themselves back on the map. I went to see them at the ‘Phones 4 U Arena Manchester’. I think that it’s safe to say, they lived up to my expectations. They delivered an awesome performance and the atmosphere was phenomenal. Their punchy tunes reverberated around in my ears long after I had left the arena.

One to Watch Article by Tiana Marie

You might remember that I reviewed John Green’s ‘The Fault in Our Stars’… I’m SO excited to tell you that my favourite book is becoming a film! It started being filmed in August and it’s coming along perfectly. Words can’t describe my excitement; I just can not wait to watch it on the big screen! Shailene Woodley who’s playing the main character Hazel says as soon as she read the book, she knew from that moment that she wanted to be a part of the production. Ansel Elgort is playing Augustus. The directors saw his chemistry with Shailene in their audition and they knew straight away who their main characters were. According to all sources, the author John Green is on set a lot and is still in shock that it’s finally happening! You have GOT to see it when it comes out. Without a doubt, it’s going to be amazing!

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This year, two games have really caught our eyes! The first being Watch Dogs, and the second, is the latest instalment of the Assassins Creed franchise, Assassins Creed: Black Flag. Watch Dogs is a Next Gen launch title so will be coming out when the Next Generation consoles drop; the Xbox One and PS4. The game is an open world sandbox game which 'stars' Aidan Pierce, a former thug and a brilliant hacker vigilante seeking revenge.

Set in a near-future Chicago where technology - and personal information - is controlled and monitored by the ctOS - the Central Operating System. As Aiden Pearce, one of the many victims of this system, you'll hack into ctOS in order to take this corrupt system down for good. Watch Dogs offers a sprawling city where the technology is yours to command. Using your hacking skills, you'll control everything from bank vaults to street lights, bringing justice not just to those in power but elsewhere in the city through a series of side quests. And with over 65 vehicles to make your way around, Chicago is truly yours to watch over. Along with all of the game’s other features, it has a smart phone app but the details of that, are yet to be released!

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Assassins Creed: Black Flag is shaping up to be the best in the series, it’s an open world game set in the golden age of piracy and not the kind when you torrent films. In the game you play as Edward Kenway, the grandfather of Connor Kenway from AC3. You're equipped with the Jack Daw, a ship which you can upgrade as you go through the game and its crew at your disposal. Being on the water is a big part of this game; you can sail to uncharted lands around the Caribbean and find hidden treasure as well as find forts. Many people who played the last game enjoyed the sailing missions but hated the long loading times so the developers somehow removed them entirely, meaning you can get from land to sea seamlessly. As well as all of its new features Assassins Creed games are known for their amazing, inspiring storylines so I hope this one will live up to its predecessors but with the time frame they've chosen it’s bound to be a good one. Assassins Creed is due to come out in November and will launch with the new Next Gen consoles!


I asked “How are we, as young people, affected by obesity?” And it turns out, a person’s mental and physical health is affected quite drastically including: low self-esteem, breathing problems, asthma and issues with bone development. Often being obese can put you at risk of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and fatty liver disease and some of these diseases are beginning to present themselves in us. These are life ending diseases!

Did you know that many teenagers face a future filled with health problems such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease? By being overweight or obese you are putting your current and future well-being at serious risk! Being overweight means you have a BMI (Body Mass Index) of over 25; this covers 30% of us between the ages of 2 and 15 and 61.3% of over 16’s. This costs the NHS more than £5 billion a year! You are more likely to be overweight or obese as an adult, if you’re overweight or obese as a young person. Ultimately, obese adults are at risk of some serious life-ending diseases!

If a teenager is obese then it's their choice whether to do something about it or not, if they are happy with where they are, then let them be. I spoke to Marie Bisset, the Healthy Schools Coordinator for Bolton and Bryony O’Connor, the Health Improvement Specialist, about 10 obesity in young people in our town: 6

If you feel as if you might be overweight, obese or have an unhealthy lifestyle, now is the time to do something about it. Go and seek advice from your GP or your school nurse. They can help you tackle the problem and provide you with advice on what small steps you can take, to grow into a healthy adult. They can also provide you with information on what groups, clubs or sessions you can take part in.

As an active person, being overweight or obese would be a great burden in my everyday life and I would not be able to partake in sporting activities that I enjoy.

Article written by Jasmine Moore

If I was obese I'd feel quite insecure. I feel as if I wouldn’t be able to wear what I want to and my confidence levels would drop significantly Honestly there is so much help out there, you only need to ask!

Healthy Schools Healthy Colleges MEND Active Families Food for Life Change 4 Life By starting small you can slowly build up your fitness and achieve the recommended 60 minutes of exercise a day, and enjoy it too! For example, you live within a 15 minute walk of your school/college but every morning you

get the bus or your parents drop you off; walking to and from school every day could add up to 30 minutes of exercise. Also if you have a P.E class or some sort of compulsory exercise, don’t look at it as a chore, GET STUCK IN! As soon as you recover from the workout you’ll feel absolutely brilliant!

Clubs and extra-curricular exercise should be encouraged and people should eat healthier and exercise more. Not just exercise; it’s all about how much you do. If you find yourself regularly snacking, try having a glass of water instead. In a lot of people, the thirst mechanism is so weak it is mistaken for hunger, so give it a go! And if you automatically still reach for the chocolate, eat an apple or something healthier and treat chocolate like a treat, not just a casual snack! 11

Article written by Kennedy Johnson

Kylie and Kendall Jenner, who are only 16 and 17, and formally known as sisters of the Kardashians are doing so well! They've recently designed "Metal Haven", a jewellery line and "Kendall and Kylie" the clothing line. At such young ages, this is a huge inspiration for young people like us. This shows that no matter what, your dreams can come true if you persevere and keep trying.

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Their sisters, Khloè, Kourtney and Kim

are also proud business women, with a clothing and jewellery line. With shops all over the US, a tanning line, 3 books, fragrances, make up and lots more, it shows that they weren't born into success. They worked for it, and worked hard too! If you take anything from reading this article! No matter what, you can always achieve your dreams but only if you work for them. Always remember you can't make your dreams reality if you don't wake up first!

Article written by Jasmine Moore, Jennifer Kavanagh, Naomi Sharples & Laura Appleton


Article written by Jasmine Moore, Jennifer Kavanagh, Naomi Sharples & Laura Appleton


Article written by Jasmine Moore, Jennifer Kavanagh, Naomi Sharples & Laura Appleton


Article written by Naomi Sharples

Put the two tablespoons of salt into a bowl.

Collect the juice from HALF a lemon.

Pour the juice from the lemon into the salt & stir.

Add sugar & stir it in until it becomes a solid mixture, make sure it's not too dry! Gently rub it onto your skin for 5 minutes then rinse with WATER.

I did this facemask myself and although it looks a little... unusual, I loved the feeling of my skin after it.


It felt fresh!! It's very good for exfoliating and making your skin feel that little bit brighter. I love it! Let me know how it goes! Tweet me @XplodeMag

A few weeks back, I sat down with Will Hadcroft, a local Bolton author and who’s recently released a new book 'Anne Droyd and the Ghosts of Winter Hill'. The passionate Doctor Who fan came to Xplode Towers and started firing all these wonderful answers at me. Let's just say my hand felt like it had just finished an English Language exam! In all seriousness this guy is brilliant; he blew me away with his awesomeness!

Mithun: For those who haven't read Anne Droyd books before, how would you describe her character? Will: She's a cyborg; the scientist who made her added brain tissue into her computer, in the hope that she’d develop emotions. She looks like an 11 year old girl, but in reality she’s only been around for 6 months. And as she has had no upbringing, she has to discover everything herself, which means she approaches everything logically. Mithun: What inspired you to write about Anne Droyd? Will: When growing up, I used to watch a lot of children’s TV shows, like ‘Stig of the Dump’ and ‘The Demon Headmaster’. I used to really love these shows and I wanted to create something like it. At first I saw Anne Droyd as a 6 part TV show, but as I couldn't do that, I decided to turn it into a novel. I was completely taken in by the idea of kids going on adventures and I wanted to create something like it. But I had to introduce a new element to the character, maybe make it an alien or give it superpowers? Mithun: There is a lot of Bolton's history involved in your new book; is there a reason for this?


Will: My approach to writing is that if you set the book in a real place, then 50% of the story is already done. As a child, I used to wonder what the television mast up on

Winter Hill really was, and I used to make up stories like the mast is really a spaceship. And even now, I make up stories about every day things. Lord Leverhulme was a very influential person in Bolton, but he wasn't given much credit for it. Mithun: Do you have any advice for young writers? Will: If you are still at school, then concentrate on English Language. Also, get used to rejection; I had the idea for Anne Droyd in 1996, but I didn’t have my first book published until 2002. But the most important advice is not to give up! It's a rewarding end. Mithun: If were an animal, what would you want to be? Will: A Dog - they are free and don't need to worry about the mortgage and meals. They just look so happy all the time!

Article written by Mithun Kerai


Article written by Food Ed-Eater, Edward Jankowski

First things first, do you know what a pantry is? I'm going to be completely honest I didn't know what a pantry was till one day I was watching an episode of Lizzie McGuire. Gordo was making a sandwich (10 slices of bead tall with a number of fillings). The scene consisted of a fast pace montage of him running in and out of ‘the pantry’! The ironic thing is, sat in front of the TV is where I discovered my love for food. In my opinion there is no better feeling than trying something new. I've recently discovered ‘authentic’ Italian food. And that brings me nicely on to the number one item 20 you should have in your pantry:

COCOA FUSILLI PASTA - it’s an interesting mix between a sweet and savory dish. What’s good about pasta, and rice too, is that they’re good base ingredients. Salad - although infamous for being a fresh dish a well stocked pantry can offer your salad a whole other dimension of flavours and textures though various nuts, olives, dried fruits, such as, sun dried tomatoes. So whatever your tastes are, trust me, as you build up your pantry you'll have to tell your taste buds to quieten down.

Let’s Learn Together!

Is it to get out of awkward situations, to show someone we like them or something else completely? Many people have questioned the reason for laughter and have created hundreds of theories.

Article written by Henna Hussain

One theory is that a person laughs to show that they find someone attractive. Really!? Have you laughed because you’re talking to someone fit!? A recent study at The University of Sterling showed that people who are wittier are seen as more attractive for short term relationships or “flings”. The university then did a follow up study investigating the link between flirtatiousness and funniness and those who appeared funnier were rated higher for flirtatiousness. It’s possible that the funnier you are, the flirtier you are and therefore more suitable for a short term relationship. The study had several flaws and is no way stating that by appearing witty you’ll end up in a short term relationship, so STOP googling “How to be wittier” ;)! I imagine some people may enjoy using their wittiness to get themselves into a relationship though. 21

This is something that everybody finds hard so don’t worry if you’re struggling! Here are some top tips to helping you decide what to do: League tables – Statistics are facts right? Wrong. Every bit of info can be manipulated so be wary of what you read. Whilst “90% pass rate in History” sounds good, what about the rest of the subjects? When it says pass rate, does it mean a grade C or grade E? I'd advise you to take league tables with a pinch of salt! Word of mouth – You could probably speak to everyone in college and they’d all say different things. Whilst one friend may say “it’s amazing!” “You’ve to go there” or “don’t go there, it’s crap!” Only you can make the decision! Go to open days and getting a feel for the place. And as tempting as it might be, don't


go somewhere purely because all your friends are going. You’ll meet loads of new people! Distance from your house – Would you be willing to make the sacrifice of sleep to travel to a college/university far away? Erm, I wouldn’t! Would you like to go home for your free periods? And how would you spend them? How much money would you save by going to somewhere nearby? A lot of colleges offer free bus services but some don’t. These are just some of the factors you need to think about. Don’t worry about making a decision just yet… There are lots of people you can talk to if you need advice. Connexions are great! They offer guidance on what to do next, as well as giving support. Head to

Article written by Chanice Patel

If you're at college or planning to go to university, you're going to have to write a personal statement. They're so annoying; it's like writing a novel about yourself! I've just started mine and for about 5 hours, I stared at a blank page. Ohhhh, I'm meant to be giving you tips on how to write one, not slag them off! The Guardian have written an awesome piece on things to do, and things to avoid on your personal statement. They've said: 80% should be dedicated to studies and 20% to stuff you do outside of study apparently nobody wants to read twelve paragraphs on how much you like pizza, unless you're applying for a BA Hons in Pizza Making. Don't list things you've done. Actually write about them! "I set up a magazine" could be "I set up a magazine called Xplode and ran a team of 20 which shows I have excellent time management skills." See, easy. Don't use clichĂŠs. Like "from a young age I've always been interested in singing" - it's not an X Factor sob story! Just be yourself!

The other ‘wordy' paper, The Telegraph, says: Don't use long words because you'll turn into a human thesaurus Be confident - but you're not god. After writing a paragraph, re-read it and say "Would I need to mind my head on the way out?" An amazing website called "Studential" have so many good tips. It's like a life tutorial that site! Write some notes about yourself first and brainstorm (or whatever the politically correct word is), on the things you like, the things you've done and what you want to achieve. Don't write it in block text. It is NOT an essay! Maybe add subheadings? Read through some examples - ask college or search the internet! If you go to:,

there's a whole list of websites and resources to help you out!

Article written by Saeed Atcha


Are you in a public place? Sat with friends? Look around you, what do you see? I can almost guarantee that if you’re in the company of others, they’re probably glued to their phones! It’s the sad truth but we spend more time talking on the internet and texting, than we actually have face to face conversations. And unfortunately, I have to admit that I’m also guilty of this. I recently went away abroad on holiday and

Ok, yes we tweet and text, but whatever happened to just talking? my main thought was, “Is there going to be Wi-Fi?!” Turns out the hotel did in fact have Wi-Fi, but I didn’t discover this until my last day, and guess what, I actually survived! There actually is a life outside of the internet. You can actually speak, IN PERSON! Crazy isn’t it?! It’s easier to talk online than it is to hold a conversation in person isn’t it!? Some24 times I feel like I’m more interesting to

Above: A great example of a hotel trying to get people to chat!

talk to online, than in real life. Like do you ever have a conversation, and then 5 minutes later think of something funny you could have said? We just don’t speak to each other any more. Ok, yes we tweet and text, but whatever happened to just talking? Face to face. No screen. No internet. Why don’t you give it a go? Try having a verbal conversation. You might just remember how good it feels! Article written by Kajol Patel

The latest transfer news have all the fanatic football fans watching as some are in shock and with others running around crazy. The main headline shocker has got to be the former Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale. Acclaimed to be the free kick specialist, Gareth has been signed by Real Madrid for a world record breaking £85.3million by the Spanish, ruling out the former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo’s £80million move back in 2009. This spectacular move will mean the battle of the best will arise and be better than ever. Interestingly enough, will Bale and Ronaldo get in each other’s way? Or will it be Messi and Neymar who show the fans who the best is? Well, we’ll just have to wait and see. Whilst other transfers have successfully landed, such as German star Mesut Ozil’s move to the English Premier league team Arsenal for a reasonable £42.4million (player of his class, very good deal in any circumstance) other smaller clubs have also been busy such as Bury who have signed 21 new players making them the busiest club this summer. So, will all these deals pay off? Will Bale perform and succeed to be worth as much as the deal? Whatever the turnovers come out to be, the football season will be very interesting indeed. Article written by Naim Ismail & Mubeen Moosa


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Q: The past, present and future walk into a bar, what was it like? A: It was tense.

Article written by Sholah Martins


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Xplode Magazine | Issue 7 | Autumn 2013  

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

Xplode Magazine | Issue 7 | Autumn 2013  

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