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Issue 9 Spring/ Early Summer 2014

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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 Naomi Sharples – Fashion Journalist Laura Appleton – Fashion Journalist Khalil Malji – Financial Director Tiana Marie –Journalist Adam Toorawa – Journalist Shabih Syed – Journalist Chanice Patel – Journalist Phoebe McEwen– Journalist Kajol Patel - Journalist Sumah Ghanchi – Journalist Edward Jankowski – Journalist Ayesha Pasha – Journalist Beth Stevenson - Journalist

With special thanks to Ronan Dunne, CEO O2 UK Amy Doram, O2 UK Kamran Rashid, Live UnLtd Cllr Sufrana Ismail Bolton CVS Models: Chelsea Edgar & Grace Brookes Make Up: Penny Hopwood & Caitlin Duff Online Bloggers: Courtenay Gray, Melody Taylor, Maariyah Cara

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Hello! It feels like it's been ages since I've sat down to write one of these Editor's Notes! I suppose that's because it's been a very busy couple of months and quite recently every team member at Xplode has made a commitment. A commitment that we will cut down our daily spends and save up for that something we really want! On page 23, our new journalist Sumah gives you all the tips you need to save. Other favourites of mine include the Mental Health Article which starts on page 17 and if you want to take a trip down memory lane, this issue is for you! Kajol takes a look at the 90s on pages 8 and 9. I always choose a nice time to write these pieces! As I'm writing, the beautiful spring sun is setting down on Bolton and you know what that means, Summer is just about here!!! Take a look at our fashion section to check in with this season's hottest trends – they start on page 13. I'd like to finish by asking you 'Do you have what it takes to be part of a magazine?' - if you think you do, apply online at and you could soon be writing articles for Bolton's only magazine made by young people, for young people.

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Twitter Taunts


Shows That Ended Too Soon



Mental Health

Beauty Products






Music Reviews


90’s Nostalgia

20 That Driving Thing!


Music Reviews

Arctic Monkeys - AM Let’s start by forgetting One Direction! The group at the forefront of the awards this year have been the Arctic Monkeys!

Article by Chloe Bennett

Their 5th album ‘AM’ has given them a whole host of gongs! The band have won 5 NME awards and 2 BRITs including Best British Group. It's clear to see that this new album is the best one to date. This isn’t the work of a kinda indie-kinda rock band; it's the work of artists who have found a sound that truly is their own. Artist Spotlight The queen of sass and controversy is back – and this time, with more attitude than ever! After 'retiring’ Lily Allen has returned to the charts with several new singles, and a new album, ‘Sheezus’ (wonder where she got that from?!) It’s rumoured to be released later this year. Her return has been accepted with multiple nominations and awards such as the NME Best Solo Artist, beating the likes of Kanye West and David Bowie! Her new album rises the bar and re-defines pop! Let’s see if she can do it!


LORDE Good Lorde have you heard this girl?! The BRIT wielding 17-year-old has quite possibly reinvented pop! Lorde, whose real name is Ella Yelich O'Connor, is a fresh and upcoming female artist from New Zealand. She’s already storming the charts. Her debut single ‘Royals’ sounded incredible and is totally catchy too. She’s got two Grammy’s under her belt and looks like she’s well on the way to getting more – what an inspiration! Not only does her music sound fantastic, Lorde’s lyrics are something else! They’re nothing like the dreary, cliché lyrics that can be heard elsewhere in the charts. Article by Phoebe McEwen

They’re original, mysterious and expressive; a poetic influence from her poet mother, Sonja Yelich. The genre of music is officially alternative but really it’s a fusion of lots of different genres. Lorde’s image is wonderful as well! Elegant but gothic, she pulls off dark purple lipstick no problem. She also has long gorgeous curly hair which to be honest, I’m jealous of! So how did she think of calling herself Lorde?! She is intrigued with aristocracy, so it fits her interests really! If all this sounds like something you fancy, why not buy her album ‘Pure Heroin’? I’m sure that you’ll love it!


Ever since its release, new game Titanfall has been one to watch! Respawn Entertainment, the creators of this masterpiece are the same people who’ve made a number of CoD games. Normally I wouldn’t write about a first person shooter, they’re all pretty much the same! But not Titanfall - this game has had the most innovation in FPS since Halo.

Titanfall have introduced a completely new way to fight mid-way through the game. You can call in a titan, a colossal ride-able or an automated robot equipped with machine guns and missiles. The ‘pilot’ (the human you control) can wall-run and parkour to avoid the titan’s attacks and in general, look and feel cool! However, Titanfall isn’t the perfect shooter, the creators decided for some reason that the game shouldn’t include a single player. This can be the biggest decision factor for many gamers when considering whether or not to buy it. The only thing which could stop its rise to the top spot is the fact that it’s only being released for the Xbox One and PC. By not being on the PS4 platform, it could stop it overtaking the giant that is, Call of Duty.

Article by Adam Toorawa


twitter taunts! Have you ever seen or experienced:

For every couple of million tweets being sent every second, there are thousands which just make us think “WHAT have I just read?!” or “Okaaaaaaaay. What was that?!” Here’s my round-up of Twitter Taunts and those things that you just should not go there with!

Trend Trouble A trend and realise that you can make two different phrases out of them? Examples please! When Susan Boyle was releasing her album and told fans to tweet using #susanalbumparty! And when Margaret Thatcher died, the worldwide trend #nowthatcherisdead gave many the impression Cher had died… #Awkward Let's be honest we all do this! Every so often we find ourselves scrolling through someone's tweets from a while ago and then BOOM *mini panic attack* you've just accidently favourited a tweet - BUSTED! It's so much worse when it's someone who you don't get along with, or your crush!

Awful Auto-correct That awkward moment when your auto-correct changes a Tweet and you don't even realise! Even more awks when someone tells you like hours after you posted it. It's awful when you realise the Tweet either didn't make any sense or the meaning's changed completely! #Embarrassing

Article by Saimah Malji

Stalker Alert!

Before you send your tweet make sure you check: Your hashtag Your spellings and grammar And unfortunately I can't do anything about you getting caught stalking someone so good luck explaining yourself to them ;-)!


Article by Kajol Patel

Unfortunately I’ve not got a TARDIS, but you are about to get a serious case of nostalgia as we rewind back to the 90s. Ready to shout “OMG! I remember that?!”


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Now this is a story all about how my life got flip turned upside down… You just carried on singing didn’t you? Oh wow! I could write an infinite list of all the amazing shows I watched as a kid, from ‘Barney’ to ‘Crystal Maze’ and even ‘Woody Woodpecker’! I wonder if you can tell me, who loves orange soda? That’s right! Kel loves orange soda! Who didn’t love ‘Kenan & Kel’?! Although, my all-time favourite is My Wife and Kids! The 90s was a time when kid’s TV was actually worth getting up early on the weekends for! You could actually relate to the characters and learn something! I mean how do you relate to a talking dog with a blog?

BOOKS/FILMS The ‘Magic Key’ books were definitely the highlight of my childhood, oh the adventures I went on with Biff, Chip, Kipper and their dog Floppy!

This decade gave us some awesome films like Clueless, 10 Things I Hate About You, SpaceJam, Forrest Gump and The Lizzie McGuire Movie – These films are what dreams really are made of!


It was all about the groups! Our fave boy bands –‘N SYNC’, ‘Backstreet Boys’ and ‘Blue!’ If only we hadn’t had to say bye bye bye! I bet you know all the moves to the Macarena? Don’t even try and deny it! Just creeping into the noughties for a sec… The question that is still yet to be answered, who let the dogs out?!


Who remembers stuck in the mud, curbie and heads down, thumbs up? There were games consoles like Sega Mega Drive and the Super Nintendo N64. My top video games

had to be Spyro, Crash Bandicoot, Street Fighter and Aladdin. And who can forget playing the all-time classic, Snake, on a Nokia phone! Those were the days!


Now you know you had serious street cred if you owned a pair of those trainers which lit up as you walked, those were amazing!


There were many crazes during the 90s. Pokémoncards, those gooey alien things (I actually put mine in the fridge as I truly believed they’d have babies!), and Scoobies, just to name a few.


Article by Ayesha Pasha

Freaks And Geeks My So Called Life This was quite possibly one of the greatest TV shows ever! It was cancelled back in 2000 even though it had the biggest and most devoted fan base ever! The show revolved itself around the universal experience of 80s high school. Our central character Lindsay Weir played by Linda Cardellini (Velma in the Scooby Doo movies), is an expert student and star “mathlete”. Her world gets turned upside down after the death of her grandmother and she develops into an army-jacket wearing antisocial teenager, who absolutely cannot stand high school. Her and her friends form

the “freaks” and Sam, (Lindsay’s younger brother) and his friends are the “geeks”. The “freaks” are basically a bunch of slackers who just simply do not seem to care!


This was cancelled in 1995 after 19 episodes - ONLY 19 EPISODES! The show was quite realistic

and it was based around 15 year old student Angela Chase (Claire Danes), her 2 best friends Rayanne Graff (A.J. Langer), Rickie Vasquez (Wilson Cruz) and her delicious on and off boyfriend Jordan Catalano, played by the musically talented and drop–dead-gorgeous lead singer of ’30 Seconds to Mars’ Jared Leto! My So Called Life revolved itself around the meaninglessness and controversy that teenagers experience, such as homelessness, drug use and homophobia. These shows had quite a colossal impact on me! Mainly because of how realistic they were and how they don’t ignore the issues teenagers experience all over the world - instead, they try their best to explain it to the rest of the world!


, Russian Red This is a great colour to make your lips and eyes pop! Red lipstick never ever goes out of fashion. Pair with a simple eye and a light blush to make the lips the focus of your face.


, Ultra-Moisturising Lip Paint in Black Cherry Perfect for a ‘dark’ look! It's Ultra-Moisturising and is long wearing; meaning you can wear it in the morning and it’ll still look just as perfect at night. It's also enriched with Cocoa Butter so it smells gorgeous too!



, Colourstay Ultimate Suede Lipstick This lipstick comes in 20 shades and is full of moisturiser and Aloe Vera to keep your lips looking luscious. There are always 3 for 2 offers on these so you can get this shade and 2 others, without feeling as if it’s burnt a hole in your pocket!


Not only is this cheaper than chips, it’s super pretty too! The nude lip is still in and you can pair this with dramatic eyes. Think big eyelashes and big curls and you’re sorted!

, Strawberry Sorbet Lip Balm

This lip balm is so cute!!! There's plenty of other flavours too - Bubblegum and Berry seem nice. You may have seen this in Miley Cyrus’ Twerktastic video for We Can't Stop; it works wonders for chapped lips! It is 95% organic and 100% natural!


Article by Naomi Sharples

, Lipstick in Shade 15 Juicy


, Conditioning Lipstick Tango 144

A ‘sheer’ lipstick means that it doesn't give a full coverage - this means you can team it with a bolder eye to balance it out. Not only is it cheap, but it can make you stand out from the crowd - perfect if you're trying to catch a special someone's attention. Hint hint ;-)



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CROP TOP: ASOS £8 | SKIRT: MISGUIDED £9.99 Models: Chelsea Edgar & Grace Brookes Make Up Artists: Penny Hopwood and Caitlin Duff Photos: Jasmine Moore | Words: Laura Appleton


places to go

The village of Oia in Santorini, Greece

The Bucket List is a new section in Xplode! Every issue I’ll delve into a different section of your bucket list from things to do, foods to eat and this issue, places to go!

Savannah, Georgia Established in 1733 and used as a port during the American Revolution, Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia. With its historic Victorian district, the city’s down-town is one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the country.

Juzcar, Spain – a.k.a. “Smurf Town” The makers of The Smurfs managed an epic publicity stunt! They convinced the people of a town called 'Juzcar' to paint their entire town blue to represent the iconic Smurf Town. It’s in Southern Spain and remains blue to this day.

Tasiilaq, Greenland With a population of just over 2,000 people, Tasiilaq is the largest town in East Greenland, about 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Popular activities in the town include dog sledding, iceberg-watching tours, and hiking in the nearby Flower valley.

Wengen, Switzerland Wengen is a dazzling ski town filled with traditional timber chalets and truly amazing views. Adding to the charm of this wonderful place is the fact that cars have been banned in the town for more than 100 years.

The village of Oia in Santorini, Greece Perched on the crescent-shaped cliff top on Santorini Island, most of Oia (ee-yah) is accessible by foot. Donkeys are also popular for getting around and can be rented, along with scooters. You can also appreciate the breath-taking views at one of the local Santorini vineyards.

Juzcar, Spain – a.k.a. “Smurf Town”


Article written by Khalil Malji

EVERYONE Has Mental Health A positive state of mental health AKA mental well being, is a combination of how we feel on the inside (positive emotions), and the thoughts which make us behave and function in day to day life. When we think about ‘mental health’ many of us only think about mental illness right? But it isn’t all about problems - mental health is normal and can either be good or poor, depending on what is going on for us. The important point is that we need to take action to maintain positive mental health and when mental health gets poor, we need to speak out. 2 in 5 of us young people in the UK have a mental health condition - shocked? With this being such a high figure, we really do need to act. This article will focus on what mental health conditions are most common with young people and how best

we can deal with them. This article also aims to remind us that we all have mental health and there are things we can do to keep it positive.

Stress, Anxiety & Depression We all experience pressure, which can be normal and sometimes can help you get things done. Pressure doesn’t affect everyone in the same way though; we all have a level of pressure we can deal with before it reaches an unhealthy level and makes us feel stressed. Stress is often linked with anxiety and it can also be the starting point of anxiety itself. Together, stress and anxiety can affect us both mentally and physically and in fact anxiety and stress often have lots of physical symptoms like a racing heartbeat or tense muscles. Stress and anxiety can also make it harder to concentrate, make


Mental Health and You decisions, deal with frustration, control your temper and keep your sense of humour. Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or uneasiness about something. Every one of us have feelings of anxiety at some point in our lives, for example feeling worried and anxious about sitting an exam or having a job interview. Feeling anxious is sometimes perfectly normal, however when it goes on for a long time and makes it difficult to carry out everyday tasks, it can become a mental health problem. When our emotions or anxieties become incredibly difficult to deal with, some people often can have what are called “panic attacks” which can feel like an intense episode of physical and mental symptoms - these can be so severe that people might fear that their life is as risk. Depression is more than just simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a couple of days. Depression can be severe – you could be feeling extremely low in a sad and depressed state for a long time. Signs and symptoms of depression include: feelings of worthlessness, loss of appetite, having the inability to concentrate and avoiding friends. Depression is the most common type of


mental illness and can happen suddenly as a result of some difficult life experience or with no clear cause.

Self-Harm 1 in 10 of us will have harmed ourselves at some point. Self-harm is most common in teenage girls who may be struggling to cope and see self-harm as a way of dealing with emotions and difficult feelings that can be hard to talk about. Self-harm isn’t often spoke about even though it’s extremely common. There are many different forms of self-injury including: cutting or burning, hair pulling, picking at skin, deliberate bruising, and overdosing. There’s lots of reasons as to why people self-harm and we may find it hard to understand why hurting ourselves would help to get rid of these feelings or emotions. Feeling in control is often one of few major factors why people self-harm or purposely injure themselves. Someone who is self-harming will often need support from a skilled professional to talk about the reasons for their self-harm and to learn safer ways to cope and to improve their well being.

5 Ways To Well-being Although mental health problems affect a lot of people, maintaining positive mental health is something we all need to think about to keep us mentally healthy.

Help If you think that you or someone you know might be experiencing any of the conditions or behaviours described in this article conditions then there is a good chance that they need some real support from a health service. Doctor’s (or GPs) have the skills to find out what the problem is and refer people to the right support. Mental health support is nothing to be afraid of and for most people is a positive experience. Try to spread this information and encourage people to seek the support they need. It’s also important to remember that you can help! Writing to your friend, phoning them or going for a walk can help them cope massively. A supportive friend can be a huge help to someone who is going through a difficult time. Don’t be put off if the person tells you they want to be alone, sometimes people do need space, but something as simple as an offer of support might make them feel better and they might remember to call you when they are feel like connecting.

We often have plans and skills about how to improve in certain areas of our lives and it can be easy to forget to also have a plan to look after our mental well being. There are 5 easy every-day steps we can all take to improve our mental well-being;


Connect - connecting with people around you such as family and friends will help a lot.

- take a walk, go to the gym 2 Beor goactive cycling. Finding an activity you enjoy will help boost your self-esteem. on learning - learning new 3 Keep skills gives us a sense of achievement and makes us feel good, so make this a part of your life and keep learning. to others - just by smiling or 4 Give holding a door open can help a lot in fact, it makes us feel good too. Another way of giving is by volunteering – giving up a few hours helps with building new social networks and improving our mental well being. notice - be aware of 5 Take present moment and make

the life yours, take more notice of the world around you, be open minded and be mindful.

Be your own judge and approach these 5 ways to well-being with an open mind, you never know how your mental well being could be so vastly improved. Article by Tiana Marie with assistance from Bolton Council’s Public Health Department


! For quite a lot of us, driving is something we quickly want to get the hang of - And why wouldn’t we? The thoughts of being able to drive to college; going out with friends and even taking your mum to the supermarket are all very attractive.

The theory test is just as important as your practical; testing your knowledge of the roads is what the Driving Standards Agency is all about, and that’s why it’s important that you revise for the test. There are some brilliant books you can buy which have real theory test questions in them. There’s also loads of useful apps you can


download, this means you can revise whilst on the bus, or even on the loo! But don’t forget, alongside the theory there’s also the hazard perception test which tests your responsiveness to dangers in the road. To practise for this, you can buy a CD with some mock tests on it, or sit in someone’s car picking out approaching hazards.

Making sure you get the right instructor for yourself is crucial. The cheapest may not be the best, and in the long run you could end up paying more! Ask your friends and family for recommendations and make sure you find someone who you’re comfortable with. If after a few

lessons you find the instructor is not for you, find a new instructor; you’re paying good money for their service so it needs to be up to your standards.

Remember everything your instructor told you, yes I know this may be a bit hard but try your best. Here are 5 common reasons people fail their tests:

If you find something particularly difficult don’t be afraid to just let your instructor know, they can then direct the lessons to help you become more confident with it.

When it comes to the day of your practical, you’ll probably get quite nervous. Sitting in a lifeless room awaiting the person who’s going to conduct your test really doesn’t help. But when they arrive, don’t panic! The people who take the tests in Bolton are quite friendly and they understand you’ll be nervous. Speaking and asking them questions may get your mind off it being a test and you may feel a bit more relaxed, but don’t get carried away and keep your eyes on the road!

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Lack of observations Lack of mirror usage Poor signalling Incorrect positioning Hitting a kerb during a manoeuvre

The important things to remember are to keep calm, concentrate and try your best. Good luck! Article by Mithun Kerai


Article written by Sumah Ghanchi

Isn’t it so hard to save money?! Especially when that new iPad Air just looks soooo attractive or when you imagine just how many nights out you could have! Here’s the Xplode Money Saving Guide!

First of all let’s clear this up – you’ll need to make a few changes! Making changes can be hard but can benefit you so much! Even the simplest thing like shopping around and going for the cheapest price. Even though a lot of us are lazy, we could try cooking to stop wasting our money on unhealthy food.

Managing your needs and wants is the key to saving! A need is something you can’t go without, and a want is something you don’t really need. This is the main problem with us teens; we end up wasting so much money on things we don't actually need. Have you ever thought maybe that money you spent could have gone to a better use? Needs are your main priority, only then you can choose what you want.

A way of helping manage your needs and wants is to create a budget! You need to think about how much money you get, and how much you use. Then list all the essentials you need to buy/pay for, like everyday shopping and spending when you go out. Add all the prices up and see whether it’s more or less than your income. You could have a weekly or monthly budget.

This is a quick and easy way of making sure you don't overspend or waste any of your money. You can set the diary out any way that's easiest for you, but listing what you’ve bought, when you’ve bought it and the daily/weekly total is a must!

Saving is the best way to always have some cash!It’s even as simple as putting a bit of money aside every week or so. It can really give you a surprise when you count it all up, and by doing this it’ll make you feel as if you're in control of your money and make you feel so much better! And last but not least, if you’ve not already got one, consider getting a job! On our website at there are lots of job tools, from creating CVs to Interview Tips!


Stuck for gift ideas? Article by Chanice Patel

We all find it hard to choose the perfect gift, whether it be for a birthday, Mother’s Day or even that dreaded day I shouldn’t be mentioning so early… Christmas. Anyway, here’s some ideas to help you along the way:

Value for money A chocolate box – You can’t go wrong with this! Who doesn’t like chocolate? Socks – Cheesiest gift ever but suitable for all ages/genders. Keyring - You can never have enough keyrings!

For Her Perfume, candles, hair accessories, make up, bath sets… The list is endless!

For Him I think it’s safe to say guys are really difficult to buy for! The best thing to do is ask a guy what he wants, then take him shopping. It doesn’t necessarily have to be clothes shopping either.

Going for the memorable feel? How about something personalised? There’s so much choice, for instance how about personalised mugs, personalised t-shirt or a personalised card? Having something unique like this, often makes the gift that little bit more special.



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2. More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call

3. Most lipstick contains fish scales 4. Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different 5. Every year about 98% of atoms in your body are replaced 6. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily

7. Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine 8. "Almost" is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order

9. There is a city called Rome in every continent 10. It is against the law to have a pet dog in Iceland

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Q: When do monkeys fall from the sky? A: During Ape-ril showers!


Q: Why do cows have bells? A: Because their horns don’t work!


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Q: What do you call a deer with no eye? A: No eye-deer Q: Who does a pharaoh talk to when he's sad? A: His Mummy!

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Q: What did one shark say to the other while eating a clownfish? A: This tastes Funny! Q: What kind of music do balloons hate? A: POP music!




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Xplode Magazine | Issue 9 | Spring/Summer 2014  

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

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