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The issue of gay marriage has rarely been out of

the news recently. As you will probably be aware,

the Government is currently running a public

consultation on the issue. When David Cameron

announced that he was in favour of gay marriage

back at the Conservative party conference last

autumn, it’s possible that he or his colleagues did

not anticipate quite how against the notion some

sections of society would prove to be. A petition

against legalising gay marriage has gathered over

half a million signatures, and opponents have been

vociferous in their objections.

Just before we went to press, it was announced that

Conservative MPs would be allowed a free vote on

the issue when it comes to the Commons –

although when that’s likely to be is unknown. If you

haven’t done so already, you only have until 14 June

2012 to register your opinion. You can take part in

the consultation online by going to the following

address: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/

publications/about-us/consultations/equal-civilmarriage

It only takes a few minutes, and lending your

opinion could make a difference. You could also

write a letter to your MP on the subject. Simply

Google your MP’s name, go to their website and

send them an email. If you’re not sure who your MP

is, go to http://findyourmp.parliament.uk

Again, it only takes a few minutes – and is

important if you have a Conservative MP and are

unsure of how they’re intending to vote on the issue.

Optimistically, I would say that it’s likely that

same-sex marriage will become law if it is voted on

in the Commons. However, there’s a chance that the

issue might be put on the back burner while the

Government bows to pressure to prioritise other

issues. Urging them not to do so will ensure the law

changes sooner rather than later.

This month we chat with X Factor star Marcus

Collins, report on Stonewall’s Brighton Equality

Walk, and Dusty O salutes the Queen. Given that

the country is in the grip of patriotic fervour, we also

highlight some Brit-designed products for your

home… with not a cheesy Jubilee mug in sight!

Enjoy the issue and keep sending us your feedback.

hudson@outmag.co.uk

@OutInTheCityMag

CONTENTS

04 LETTERS

Send your

correspondence to

editorial@outmag.

co.uk

06 MY LONDON

Film director Jason

Bradbury gives us

his capital highlights

10 COLUMNIST

Scene promoter and

DJ, The Very Miss

Dusty O, raises a

glass for the Queen’s

Diamond Jubilee…

12 MARCUS

COLLINS

The runner-up in

last year’s X Factor

talks to David

Hudson about his

new-found pop

success, handling

fame and ex

boyfriends…

17 DIARY

June’s cultural

highlights and arts

listings, including

the Jubilee and Pout

film festival

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PHOTO © CHRIS JEPSON

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18 LOVEBOX AND

PRIDE LONDON

Details about this

year’s Lovebox

line-up in Victoria

Park, and a look

ahead to World Pride

in July

20 MUSIC

New albums from

Scissor Sisters, Hot

Chip and Sam

Sparro reviewed

22 FILM

Killer Joe, Lovely

Molly and The

Innkeepers reviewed

22 THEATRE

Top Hat reviewed,

plus theatre news

28 FOOD

Asia De Cuba on

St Martin’s Lane

reviewed

33 OUT THERE

Scene highlights for

June, plus coverage

of The Show Must

Go On, Popstarz and

Profile

42 STONEWALL

EQUALITY WALK

Coverage of this

year’s Stonewall

Brighton Equality

Walk

44 OUTNEWS

Gay news from

home and abroad

46 CAREERS

Furthering your

career with

Channel 4

48 PARENTING

British Surrogacy

Centre on parenting

for HIV+ gay men

50 PROPERTY

Items for the home

– made in Britain!

58 TRAVEL

Gay Brazil plus

Barcelona Pride

63 BODY AND

SOUL

Agony uncle,

SpaLondon in Soho,

and Body Talk

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READERS’ LETTERS: JUNE 2012

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KEEP QUIET!

Short rant. Why do people go to cabaret then speak all the way

through the acts? My partner and I were in Central Station

recently. Earl Grey was performing. He was very good but the two

guys next to us spoke incessantly through the performance. If you

want to go out for a drink and a chat why go to a cabaret? The

same thing happened on the Sunday at Half Way To Heaven (it was

two girls this time).

On a happier note, I love the magazine, especially the My London

feature. For a few months I wondered if I was one of the few

drinkers left in London as so many of your Listed Londoners said,

“Oh, I don’t anymore!” when it came to the, “Where do you go

drinking?” question. However I’m glad to see your last three

interviewees still imbibe!

David, Crouch End

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MADONNA MAD

As a long-standing Madonna fan, I

just wanted to congratulate you on

securing an amazing interview with

Madonna! I was amazed to see her

on the cover of your magazine

[OITC - May 2012]. It was

refreshing to see her grilled on her

music, and about the recording of

MDNA. So many interviews

concentrate on her personal life

– you’d think from reading them

that she has nothing to do with the

recording of her own material, when

she’s is so heavily involved in every

stage of the process. Thanks again

for an insightful piece that kept this

fan very happy. I can’t wait to see

her new tour when it hits London!

Dale, N1

BACK TO SCHOOL

I was really shocked to read your

editor Hudson’s Letter regarding

HIV, and how some guys in London

are clueless about the condition.

Then again, why would an

18-year-old boy, perhaps new to

London and the gay scene,

necessarily know everything that he

needs to know? Most find out about

gay sex from watching porn which

features bareback sex, it’s not hard

to imagine that some young gay

men may find the idea of wearing

condoms to be something of a

novelty. Well done for the ‘HIV for

Beginners’ feature – it’s good to be

reminded of the basics – even for

those of us who think we know

everything.

L, N17

WAR CRY

Hi. I agreed with a lot of things Gary

Nunn had to say in his column

about turning 30 [OITC – May

2012]. Things have changed

enormously but other things that

have stayed the same. LGBT

youngsters still face bullying,

discrimination in schools; there are

still idiots who believe that being

gay is a choice and that we can be

‘cured’; and a sizeable proportion

of the population do not regard

marriage between two people of the

same sex as being equal to a

marriage between a man and a

woman. We’ve come a long way, but

there is still plenty to fight for.

Gary K, Brighton

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this month won

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on DVD by Peccadillo Pictures on 2 July. The writer of July’s Star Letter will win a copy of Romeos and a copy of the

newly published second edition of The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man’s

World by Alan Down. The book caused a sensation amongst gay readers when first published in 2006, and is being

published in a fully revised, re-issued version on 14 June 2012 by Perseus Books.

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LISTED LONDONER

MY LONDON

FILM DIRECTOR JASON BRADBURY

GIVES US HIS CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS…

Where do you come from

originally?

I was born in Warrington but

my family moved to the Isle of

Wight when I was one.

Where do you currently live

and when did you move there?

Stoke Newington. I moved

there last year.

What’s the best thing about

living in London?

I do believe that London is one

of the best cities in the world.

Besides the cultural aspects

and in regards to film making, I

think it’s one of the most

exciting and inspiring places to

live. I also love Stoke

Newington. It’s far enough

outside central London that

you can feel relaxed there. I

love the coffee shops and

independent restaurants in the

area. And Dalston is in walking

distance, which is good, seeing

as that’s pretty much the only

place I go out!

…and the worst?

Everything moves at such a fast

pace, which I love, but

sometimes you just need

everything to slow down and

London doesn’t give you that

chance often.

What are your favourite

restaurants?

Il Bacio pizza on Stoke

Newington Church Street:

super cheap, amazing pizzas!

Where do you go drinking?

For meetings: Prague in

Shoreditch. It’s quiet in the

week and always has a really

nice atmosphere. But Dalston

Superstore is my favourite

place to drink. Then there are

all my local pubs, like the

Coach & Horses or the Three

Crowns across from my flat.

Favourite green space?

I don’t really have a favourite,

it’s more about who I’m with.

But if I had to say one, I’d go

for Hampstead Heath.

Where do you escape the city?

I go away with work to film

festivals and I also DJ a lot, so

that’s the only time I get to

leave London. I tend to go to

Spain a few times a year. I

always say I’ll probably end up

there when I get sick of

Portrait by

CHRIS JEPSON

London. It’s also nice to go

back to the Isle of Wight every

so often. I can only last a

couple of days before I get

bored though.

If you were mayor for a day,

what would you do to improve

London?

A day isn’t very long to do

anything really big, but I’d stop

spending £11 million on

pointless buses. Then I’d

probably create tourist lanes on

Oxford Street because they

walk soooo slowly!

Name a place or location of

sentimental value to you…

I’d probably have to say BFI

Southbank, despite it not being

the most attractive building,

it’s where my short film We

Once Were Tide played as part

of last year’s London Lesbian

and Gay Film Festival. That

was pretty special.

Favourite London song…

I’m not sure why but whenever

I hear We Have Band I think of

London. Probably ‘Oh!’ or ‘You

Came Out’. I’ve seen them

quite a few times here, which is

why I probably associate them

with London. Their new album

is amazing.

What’s London’s most beautiful

building?

It’s probably one of London’s

ugliest, but my favourite

London building would

probably be the Barbican

complex. I love brutalist

architecture. I also love how its

use has been redefined and it’s

now a really important cultural

institution.

Are you single, partnered or

dating?

Is that a chat-up line?

Invite us to a party…

I run a party with my friend,

The Lovely Jonjo. It’s called

Hot Boy Dancing Spot and our

June party is going to be pretty

special.

Jason Bradbury’s

film, We Once Were

Tide, is included on

Boys On Film: Cruel

Britannia, out now

on DVD through

Peccadillo Pictures.

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BAROMETER: JUNE 2012

THE WORD

RAINBOW SUSHI, DOGGY POLITICS, TOP APPS AND

AN ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN COMPETITION

ON FIRE

SPEAK OUT ON HIV

Ever seen a sexual health

campaign aimed at gay men

and thought that you could do

better? The groundbreaking 56

Dean Street clinic is seeking

help for its new ‘Community

Campaign’. Basically, it’s a

competition for members of the

public to submit ideas for a

hard-hitting sexual health and

HIV awareness campaign aimed

at gay men. Submission for

entries is now open (until 25

June). A panel of industry

experts will shortlist the entries in July, with

the public deciding the overall winners in

August. They are ideally looking for

submissions for the categories ‘Testing’ (a

print advertising campaign encouraging gay

men to test regularly for HIV) and ‘What

Would You Tell The 19-Year-Old You? (a viral

video campaign). For full details about both

categories, and how to submit, go to

www.facebook.com/thecommunitycampaign

DINE WITH PRIDE

Gay sushi, anyone? Yes, Chino Latino

restaurant at Park Plaza London has

created a special dish of sushi to

commemorate this year’s Pride London.

The colourful sushi maki roll – which

resembles the rainbow flag – will be

available from 20 June until 19 July, and is

priced at £10.50. Chino Latino, which is

just seven minutes from Vauxhall, boasts

a prime location overlooking the Thames

and specialises in Pan-Asian cuisine.

www.chinolatino.eu/london

www.parkplaza.com/world-gay-pride

WOOFERS!

We’re sure you’re in favour of equal

rights for LGBT people, but now

even your pooch can show support

thanks to these new ‘woof for

equality’ dog bandanas from

Stonewall! The bandanas were out

in force during the organisation’s

recent Brighton Equality Walk, and

we’re sure they’ll go down a storm

at World Pride and other summer

festivals. They cost just £5 (+P&P),

with profits going towards helping

Stonewall. Purchase them via

www.stonewall.org.uk

APP

OF THE

MONTH

APP OF THE

MONTH

Recently voted

top new website

in Web User

magazine was

I Am Konki (www.

iamkonki.com).

The app seeks to

combine several

apps and websites

into one, bringing

you news, discount vouchers and

offers, games, competitions and

discussion forums in one place.

Download it from the iTunes store or

www.iamkonki.com

QUOTE

OF THE

MONTH

“It is important for me to

go ahead and affirm that I

think same sex couples

should be able to get

married.”

President Barack Obama finally

comes out and states that he

believes gay people should be

allowed to marry

PRIDE HOUSE

The LGBT event set to party

on Clapham Common has

sadly been cancelled, with

organisers blaming

“extenuating circumstances

beyond our control”.

WESTLIFE

Didn’t they split up last

year? The long-running

Irish boy band play the O2

Arena on 7 June – the final

London gig of their

farewell tour.!

IRAN

Homophobic Iran recalled

its ambassador to

Azerbaijan, accusing the

Eurovision hosts of staging

a ‘gay parade’ as part of

the contest.

THIS

MONTH’S

RISE AND

FALL

ON ICE

SHRIMPY’S

From Bistrotheque crew at

King’s X Filling Station, N1,

comes a pop-up eaterie

transformed by architects

Carmody Groarke. www.

shrimpys. co.uk

FAYE

New pop gorgeousness

from Sweden. ‘Water

Against The Rocks’ is the

debut single from Faye,

Catch her play a London

gig on 27 June.

HUSTLABALL

Hustlaball: this year’s

bash to take place on the

night of Pride (7 July)! Buy

those tickets now and

start planning that outfit

- www.HustlaBall.com

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COLUMNIST: DUSTY O

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!

QUEEN OF THE SCENE THE VERY MISS DUSTY O EXPLAINS

WHY SHE SUPPORTS THE QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE, AND

WHY SHE’LL BE CELEBRATING…

I am an unabashed

royalist. I wave my flag

proudly. Most countries

have a washed-up

politician as their head

of state, or a dictator, or

someone who just tows

the party line.

We have a lady: a dignified,

non-political figure with the

blood of William the

Conqueror flowing through her

veins. Queen Elizabeth II PLC

is worth billions globally for

our national economy and an

unaccountable amount in terms

of prestige. She is, without

doubt, the most famous woman

alive and probably the most

respected. She is a national

gem and a treasured

institution: a woman who

embodies all the great things

that have gone before her and

who still symbolises our nation

as it is today.

She is a quiet, almost shy

woman, with no showiness or

notions of celebrity. She is a

lady with principles, decorum

and class who has, for the last

60 years, carried out her duty

as sovereign and Head of State

without complaint or mistake

and who has dedicated her life

to our service.

Some might say the

concept of the monarchy is

old-fashioned. Well, if it is, I

will have some more of it,

please! The Queen has

sacrificed much of what we

take for granted in her service

to us: privacy, a point of view,

freedom to do the most trivial

things. She has faithfully

carried out the daily and

probably very boring duties

without fail. How many people

can you shake hands with and

say, “Well done” to without it

becoming highly tedious? I

honestly do not know how she

has done it so well, and for

such a long time. The tours; the

ceremonies; the signing of

never-ending papers; the

audiences: the cycle of the

monarchy is continuous. And

she is still doing it as she enters

her late 80’s. Amazing!

This year is a bad year for

Republicans as Her Majesty’s

popularity is at an all-time

high. Some may use the cost of

the monarchy as a feeble

reason for us abolishing it, but

this is such a pathetic

argument when one thinks

rationally about it.

The total cost of maintaining

the royal household is not even

£1 per citizen per year – less

than the price of a coffee in

Starbucks! Do they think that

if we had an elected President

that it would be suitable to

house them in a maisonette

and not give their family any

security or protection? Would

they be expected to hop on the

bus to attend events of national

importance? If that were the

case, not many people would

stand for office.

Our monarchy is an

investment. It generates

billions of pounds every year

via tourism and indirect

taxation that pays for itself a

hundred times over. No

“She is an iconic figurehead,

never shirking her duties

or her responsibility

towards us.”

president could do that, let

alone create such a feel-good

factor, or generate the sort of

international prestige and

interest that our monarchy

achieves. No PR company on

earth could have managed the

coup and money-spinner that

was last year’s royal wedding.

Republican arguments

regarding the cost is incorrect

the monarchy is a money

maker, not a money taker.

The Queen is a link with

our past and our history. Her

very role is a result of the

British culture of democracy.

She is non-political and favours

no individual political party.

She does not vote and stays

impartial. She speaks for the

whole nation, not just one

section of it. Surely this is

preferable to a Head of State,

who will come with their own

political agenda. A monarchy is

so much more civilised and

sensible. It helps maintain the

1,000 years of good governance

and political stability we have

enjoyed (give or take a few

gaps...), and I believe that to

change it would be foolhardy.

As I write this article, I

am watching Her Majesty

open Parliament for the 59th

time. She has never missed a

year. She is always there,

always part of our national

psyche, her face gracing our

money, our stamps, speaking

with us at Christmas and

sharing moments of national

pride and worry with us. She is

an iconic figurehead, never

shirking her duties or her

responsibility towards us.

The huge interest shown in

the Queen both at home and

abroad shows that our

monarchy still holds its

timeless mystique and

fascination, and that there is

still a massive place for a bit of

good old-fashioned pomp and

pageantry. She has guided a

1,000-year-old institution that

has served us well into a new

millennium and a new era.

So, I say to you: rejoice in

our fantastic Queen! We are

none of us likely to see a day in

history like her Diamond

Jubilee again. Sixty years is a

long time. We have an icon in

our midst and we must treasure

her and show her the respect

she deserves.

God Save the Queen! And

may she reign for many more

years.

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COVER STAR: MARCUS COLLINS

MARC OF A MAN

AHEAD OF THE RELEASE OF HIS SECOND SINGLE, MARCUS COLLINS TALKED

TO DAVID HUDSON ABOUT X FACTOR, SPLITTING WITH HIS BOYFRIEND, AND

DISCOVERING THE LONDON GAY SCENE…

Marcus Collins shot to fame on the last

series of X Factor, when he was runnerup

to winning girl group Little Mix. The

24-year-old Liverpool lad charmed the

nation with his cheeky Scouse confidence,

good looks and honeyed vocals. In fact, it

wasn’t his first stab at pop stardom. He

briefly joined former X Factor contestants

Eton Road, who appeared on the third series

of the show at the end of 2006. Collins

hooked up with them after they had been

elminated from the contest and one of their

original members decided to quit.

Unfortunately, Eton Road fizzled out – but

not before Marcus became romantically

involved with fellow band member David

Heath. The boys moved in together, and

Marcus concentrated on hairdressing to pay

his bills, before deciding to enter himself as

a solo singer on last year’s X Factor.

Following in the footsteps of other runnersup,

such as Olly Murs and JLS, Marcus

released his debut single, a cover of The

White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nation Army’, in

March, swiftly followed by his debut album

– both of which went top ten in the singles

and albums charts respectively.

Unfortunately, at the same time, his

relationship with his partner was coming to

an end.

As he releases his second single, ‘Mercy’, he

talked to Out In The City about how his life

had changed in the last few months…

Congratulations on the first single going top

ten. Your second single is your first release

of original material – are you feeling under

pressure over how it performs?

No. I’m just really excited for the next single,

and that it’s one I’ve written. I’m excited to

hear how people are going to take to it.

Whenever you release any kind of music,

you’ve just got to keep your fingers crossed

and hope that the people who support you

are going to buy it. I’m confident that it’s a

good song, so fingers crossed!

Your album came out fairly quickly – just

three months after X Factor finished. Had

you written some of the songs previously or

was the bulk of it done post-X Factor?

I’d written loads before. I had a little book

throughout X Factor, where I’d note things

down and get ideas. The further I got in the

competition, obviously the less time I had to

write, but I got ideas, for themes for songs,

and for things I wanted to talk about in the

music. There was like ten days between

finishing the show and going in to the studio,

so that helped me write more lyrics, and get

myself prepped.

Where you very disappointed not to win, or

did you feel fine about it?

I felt like I’d already won! That’s so strange

but I really did. When I made the semi-final,

I felt like I’d already won because I’d

surpassed my wildest dream. I just wanted

to be a recording artist. I wanted to sing and

make music. I wanted people to know and

enjoy the music I was making, and it felt like

my prayers had been answered, really.

“I’m a bit of a

prude. I’m really

shy about anything

like that. I’m not a good

person to date, because

I’m very awkward and

nervous in those

situations.”

Would you have liked more time to work on

the album, or was there a desire to strike

while the iron’s hot?

It’s one of those Catch 22 situations. I’m

quite a fast worker and I’m the sort of

person who likes to get things done. I

don’t like waiting around for things. I’m

very impulsive in that respect, so it was

good for me to get in the studio and bash a

song out, and before we knew it we’d

written through the whole of January and

into February. Gary [Barlow] had said: “I

think we should release yours earlier than

some of the previous contestants - who

have released too late and lost the

momentum so let’s aim for late spring,

early summer”. So, before we knew it, we

had the songs ready. The album was ready

to go. I was really proud of it.

Your life has obviously changed quite

dramatically in the last six months. Are you

enjoying it all?

Yeah, I’m loving it. Sometimes I look back

and think ‘Wow, I used to just be able to

walk to the shop and get things.’ Like, people

are so interested in what I’ve got to say…. I’m

like, I’m not even that interested in what I’ve

got to say, why is everyone else?

Are you still living in Liverpool?

Yeah; it’s very strange. I feel like I’ve got a

responsibility to myself, to my career, to the

people who look up to me, or who expect a

certain level of behaviour from me, so I feel

it’s made me grow up a lot. People think I’m

older than I am, but I’m only 23. I don’t

know why. They think I’m in my late 20s!

On the album, I was listening to the song

‘Love & Hate’, which struck me as quite a

mature take on relationships –

acknowledging that relationships can be

hard work. Was that based on real

experiences?

Yeah, absolutely. Me and David [Heath – his

former boyfriend] were hard work but… I

loved him, but I used to tell him, “You do my

head in!” [laughs]

How long were you together?

We were together nearly five years. We grew

up together. It’s just something… when

you’re that close to someone for that amount

of time, we’ll always be best friends, if not in

a relationship. There’s no getting away from

it. We’ve actually become who we are, like,

together, so it’s strange. Our families,

everything, coming out together, we’ve done

everything, so… that song was about him,

and he knows it was about him because he

was there when I was writing it.

When did you actually split?

Officially around January/February, because

we were a bit on and off, but it came to an

end entirely in February, but we’re still very

good friends. We still speak every day. I sent

his mum flowers for Mother’s Day. It’s his

dad’s birthday today, actually – you’ve just

reminded me!

Did your success on X Factor contribute to

your relationship coming to an end?

Me and him had had issues before me going

on X Factor. We were living together and I

think we were both kind of wanting different

things towards the end. I like to think I’m

family-oriented but I’m still quite

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independent within myself. I don’t like to

rely on anybody else for

anything. He was wanting to

get a house, and make it

really official, and that’s

just how he is in his

relationships, but I still

thought, a little bit like,

we had time to go out

and enjoy ourselves. We

didn’t need to do all this

settling down. It was too

soon. We were only 23, 24.

We could just chill

out. So, when it

came to me

obviously

working away,

we had that

time apart; we

did see each

other, but

there was still

that little bit of

something not

working quite

right. I think we

kind of both

realised that we should

put it on pause for a

little bit and kind of

see what happens, and

give it a bit of time.

And that’s what we

did, and then we kind

of agreed that it

would be best to be

civil and be friends,

because it’s too hard

to do any kind of

long-distance

relationship – it’s not

going to work.

Have you had any negative

reactions about your sexuality?

Maybe online or via Twitter?

Yeah; there’s a lot that gets said.

Do you develop a thick skin to

that?

I try to! I’m human though, and

I’m not going to lie, it upsets me.

It breaks my heart when I read a

few things, but when I look, these

people that write these things have

often written on their Twitter that

they’ve set out to harass celebrities or

people in the public eye, and what they

want is for people to write back to them

so that they can show off. ‘Oh, I called

Marcus Collins a faggot and now he’s

responded’. They call it phishing – they

phish for someone, and the bigger the

celebrity, the more points they get among

their friends. It’s pathetic really, but if it’s

what they want to do, let them; but

sometimes yeah, it does get to me – if

perhaps I’ve had a hard day, and if I’m

missing my family at home and I read

something about myself. The worst ones…

the sexuality ones I can deal with because

I’m very, very proud of who I am and I know

that there’s nothing I can do about it. What

upsets me is the ignorance of people when

they think it’s OK to call me a nigger, or

anything related to my race of ethnicity. I

can’t begin to tell you how much it angers

me. Not the fact that they think it’s alright,

but the fact that they think it’s going to

insult me. I’m annoyed at how ignorant

they are, and that’s what gets me going,

and that’s what might have provoked

something in another time, but I’m too

grown-up for that now. I wouldn’t

even respond to it. It’s just

their ignorance and I pity

them, more than anything.

But everyone gets it, I’m

not the only person,

everyone gets it.

“I just miss

the company

sometimes. I feel

a bit lonely

sometimes,

because I’m on

my own.”

Nicki Minaj

closed her Twitter

account down…

I see Rebecca

Ferguson gets abuse.

The same people

who tweet me racial

abuse tweet Rebecca.

They tweet Craig.

They told me I’m a

“dirty, vile faggot, I’m

this that and the other,

I’ve got AIDS, I’ve given

David Heath AIDS...”

They tagged my ex

boyfriend in, and his

family, telling them I’d

passed on AIDS to

them! Why?! What joy

do you get from making

up rumours to try and

make me respond? It’s

really insignificant in the

whole scheme of things.

I can’t believe I even

remember it. I

should just ignore

it, but things like

that stick with

you. I wouldn’t

expect someone

to say that to me

on the street, but

give them a keyboard

and they think it’s alright to say it; but face

to face, they wouldn’t open their mouth.

They’d probably ask me for a picture or

autograph! They’re stupid [laughs]! You’ve

got to laugh at them.

Do you have boys throwing themselves at

you when you play the gay gigs?

You’re joking! No one speaks to me.

Honestly! I’m desperate and dateless. No

one talks to me. I mean, people do ask me for

things but if they do, it’s on Twitter, but it’s

usually girls; ‘Why are you gay?’; ‘What a

waste!’; ‘Don’t be gay.’ I was getting

messages from this woman who I had to

block and delete and remove from Twitter

because it was getting too much, offering me

various sex toys and positions, saying she’d

slept with gay men before... she could help

me out… I can’t remember what she said, but

vile! To be honest, I’m a bit of a prude.

I’m really shy about anything like

that. I’m not a good person to

date, because I’m very

awkward and nervous in

those situations.

Are you looking to find

another relationship at

the moment?

No. I don’t think I’m

ready for that yet. After

finishing with Dave, I

don’t want to do anything

too soon. I just want to let

that cool off, but you know,

being in a relationship, I liked

it. I just miss the company

sometimes. I feel a bit lonely

sometimes, because I’m on my own. If I

was in a group, it would be different, or if I

had this big entourage, but it’s not me. I’m

this lad off the street in Liverpool who was

hairdressing to earn a few quid, and now I’m

a singer with a record deal, living in the big

city, trying to make friends and meet people.

And it’s difficult to trust anyone – people you

don’t know. Especially when you’re out,

because – I don’t want to sound big-headed

or anything – but people want to come over

and ask me how I am, or say congratulations

or whatever, and that’s nice, but then it’s

hard to see who’s genuine and who isn’t, and

I really am learning. London has opened my

eyes. I went to a place called Bootylicious

the other night. Well, I couldn’t believe it. I’d

never seen anything like it! I was made up!

The way people dressed… I’d never been to a

gay club that has got so many gay black

people in it. I felt at home. I felt I’d found

somewhere where I could fit in. No-one was

looking at you and judging you. People were

doing whatever

they wanted.

‘Mercy’ is out 3

June. The album,

Marcus Collins, is

out now.

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DIARY DATES

JUNE’S CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS IN AND AROUND LONDON

21-23 JUNE:

The fourth annual Pout Film Festival

returns to London from 21-23 June, and

will be followed by a UK tour of some of

the presentations. This small LGBTflavoured

film festival has been

organised by film distribution company

Peccadillo Pictures, and it will all take

place at the Apollo Piccadilly (19 Regent

Street, SW1). Screenings will include

acclaimed German movie Romeos (21

June – 7pm), Rikki Beadle Blair’s

Bashment (21 June – 8.45pm),

Circumstance (22 June – 7pm),

Bumblefuck, USA (22 June – 8.45pm),

Three Veils (23 June – 4pm) and Stud

Life (23 June – 6pm). The idea for the

Pout tour came about when the BFI

London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

Tour was stopped in 2011. Peccadillo

stepped in and took a number of films on

tour across the UK. This year’s tour

dates are still being confirmed, but

presentations will include recent

acclaimed release North Sea Texas, the

upcoming release Leave It On The Floor,

Romeos and Circumstance.

More details at www.peccapics.com

01 JUNE-09

SEPT:

To commemorate

London’s momentous

summer of

celebrations, the

Southbank will be

launching its Festival

Of The World on Friday

1 June. Running until

the beginning of

September, the festival

will offer an array of

free cultural events

Romeos

inspired by the vision of

Baron Pierre de

Coubert. www.

southbankcentre.co.uk

01, 02 & 04

JUNE:

Coldplay – quite

probably the biggest

band in the world at the

moment and certainly

the most successful UK

act on the international

gig circuit – bring their

Mylo Xyloto tour to the

capital, with three huge

gigs at the Emirates

Stadium in Highbury.

www.coldplay.com

01 JUNE-15

JULY:

Proud Camden hosts

the exhibition

Manchester: So Much

To Answer For – in

which photographer

Kevin Cummins

displays work looking

back at The Smiths. It’s

now 30 years since the

band formed, and the

show will look both at

their heyday, and the

Madchester scene that

followed their split.

www.proudcamden.

com

01-02 JUNE:

The all-conquering and

omnipresent chart

presence that is David

Guetta touches down in

London for two nights

of gigs at Alexandra

Palace. The concerts

follow the success of

his fifth album, Nothing

But The Beat. www.

davidguetta.com

SUN 03 JUNE:

London hangs out the

bunting and works itself

up into a frenzy of

patriotism for the

Queens’ Diamond

Jubilee. This is the day

on which Her Majesty

rides up the Thames at

the head of a royal

flotilla stretching from

Putney Bridge to Tower

Bridge. Taking place at

the same time will be

the Battersea Park

Diamond Jubilee

Festival at the

Battersea Park

Millennium Arena, while

later on, the Clapham

Grand will host ‘A Right

Royal Carry On’, the

official pageant

after-party. More

details about all events

at www.thames

diamondjubilee

pageant.org

FRI 22 JUNE:

Jack White returns to

London for a headline

show at HMV

Hammersmith Apollo,

showcasing his recent,

chart-topping debut

album, Blunderbuss.

www.JackWhiteIII.com

WED 27 JUNE:

Alanis Morissette

returns to these shores

with a headline gig at

the 02 Academy

Brixton, promoting last

year’s album, Havoc

and Bright Lights. www.

alanis.com

29 JUNE-01

JULY:

The annual Hop Farm

Festival returns at the

end of June. Although

only established in

2008, the festival has

proved to be one of the

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One for all bear lovers... Gay’s The Word in

Bloomsbury will be hosting a launch event for

new photo book, In The Company Of Men. The

collection of work by photographer Blake

Little “celebrates and updates the traditional

archetypes of masculinity,” which basically

means gorgeous images of gay hunks and

hirsute hotties! Doors open at 7pm and

admission’s free. It’s followed by launch party

for the book at XXL on Saturday 16 June.

quickest-growing on the

burgeoning UK festival

scene – being aimed at

a slightly older

demographic. This

year’s event features

headline appearances

from Bob Dylan, Peter

Gabriel and Suede,

with appearances from

Primal Scream, Patti

Smith, The Stranglers,

Joan Armatrading and

the Psychedelic Furs.

www.hopfarmfestival.

com

14-24 JUNE:

L

Liza Minnelli will be giving her only

planned UK performance of the

year when she headlines at the

launch of this year’s Hampton

Court Palace Festival. Minnelli will

hit the stage on Thursday 14 June,

performing classic tracks from her

catalogue, such as ‘New York, New

York’ and ‘Cabaret’. This is the

20th Hampton Court Palace Festival, which offers a unique, intimate and

historic setting. Performances take place in the main courtyard of this

magnificent Tudor Palace, with room to provide an intimate atmosphere for an

audience of 3,000. Festival-goers can also arrive early and enjoy a picnic

courtesy of Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts in the stunning Palace gardens.

Other artists performing over the course of the festival include Katie Melua

(22 June), Franki Valli & The Four Seasons (23 June) and John Barrowman

(24 June).

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LOVEBOX

LOVEBOX IS ONCE AGAIN UPON US – CELEBRATING ITS TENTH BIRTHDAY

AND PROMISING AN ‘OUT & OUT FIERCE’ DAY OF DELIGHTS IN VICTORIA

PARK IN LONDON’S EAST END ON SUNDAY 17 JUNE…

Sam Sparro

Chaka Khan

Le Gateaux Chocolat

Jonny Woo

Lana Del Rey

I Am A Camera

This year’s LoveBox festival is

scheduled to hit Victoria Park in

Hackney from 15-17 June (a little earlier

than usual due so it avoids clashing with

the Olympics). As usual, the Sunday (17

June) has been designated as theOut &

Out Fierce’ day, when organisers

recruit some of gay

London’s hippest club

promoters and DJs to

sprinkle some of their

magic over the

proceedings. There will

be plenty of gay-friendly

acts and cutting-edge artists on

stage. The legendary Chaka Khan

will now be joining the Sunday line-up,

so be prepared to hear such classics as

‘I’m Every Woman’ and ‘I Feel For You’.

She will be joining a bill that also boasts

further disco legends Chic (featuring

Nile Rodgers)… so ‘Good Times’ are

guaranteed!

Headlining the day will be the brilliant

Grace Jones, who turned in such an

amazing closing set when she last

performed in 2010. Expect classics from

her back catalogue such as ‘Pull Up To

The Bumper’ and ‘Slave To The Rhythm’.

In case you’re thinking it will just be

vintage acts, there are also plenty of

contemporary offerings: Crystal

Fighters, Niki & The Dove and I Am A

Camera will represent new talent,

while Sam Sparro (‘Black &

Gold’) will be hitting the

stage to promote his new

album, Return To

Paradise. The amazing

Lana Del Rey will also

headline the main stage,

showcasing tracks from her

number one album, Born To Die.

Hip club Dalston Superstore will have

its own stage area, showcasing the talents

of Azari & III, The Rapture, Patrick

Wolf and Tyson (amongst others). Jodie

Harsh will preside over the This Is…

Circus area, which will feature live

performance from Mika, alongside

appearances from Dev, Da Housecat,

Scottee and Immodesty Blaize.

The Trailertrash crew will go head-tohead

against the Gutterslut team, with

DJs Hannah Holland, Mikki Most, Per

QX and Nic Fisher being joined by DH

Hell, Tiga and Special Disco Version

(featuring James Murphy and Pat

Mahoney). Also returning will be the

NYC Downlow, featuring the Horse

Meat Disco residents plus Andrew

Weatherall and Tim Sweeney. Then

there’s the Superstore Disco Tent,

which will feature the Lovely JonJo,

John Sizzle and Dan Beaumont. Jonny

Woo will be bringing his ‘Jonny Woo

Show’ to the festival, and there will be

cabaret from scene favourites Le

Gateaux Chocolat, Ryan Styles,

Russella and many others. Basically, the

best of Shoreditch, Dalston and Vauxhall

will be relocating to Victoria Park for

the day!

Tickets for the Sunday at Lovebox cost

£49.50. A three-day pass to attend the

whole festival costs £99. Tickets are

available from www.lovebox.net, as well

as from Ticketmaster (www.

ticketmaster.co.uk) or by calling 0844

844 0444. You can also purchase them in

person from London branches of HMV.

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ALBUMS

ALBUMS OUT IN JUNE

HOT CHIP

IN OUR HEADS

(DOMINO RECORDS)

Hot Chip could never make a

bad album, but In Our Heads

comes with lower expectations

than past offerings. After

2010’s One Life Stand failed to

sell as well as previous LPs, the

electro-pop posse are back on

an indie label. Since then,

individual band members have

been busy with extracurricular

projects like The 2

Bears. And – on a more

superficial level – Hot Chip

just aren’t as hip as they were

five years ago, when they were

soundtracking TV ads and

rumoured to be writing for

Kylie.

However, against the odds, this

album finds Hot Chip still

sizzlin’. The band say they

wanted In Our Heads to sound

“joyful and alive”, and a

striking vitality does indeed

shine through from the start.

Opener ‘Motion Sickness’ is a

giddy mix of electronica and

brass. ‘How Do You Do’

features lyrics that could be

swiped from a self-help guide:

“A heart is not for breaking,”

sings Alexis Taylor, “- it’s for

beating out all the life within”.

Just when it threatens to

become a bit wet, In Our Heads

gains an edge. Tracks like the

claustrophobic ‘These Chains’,

the slow-building Italo-disco

of ‘Ends of the Earth’, and

‘Now There Is Nothing’, which

is like a trippy Beatles ballad

crossed with Pet Shop Boys,

counter the album’s mushier

moments. They also make the

tender climax of ‘Always Been

Your Love’ even sweeter. Yes,

they still look like a bunch of

trendy librarians cutting a rug

on the dance floor, but it’s hard

to resist their invitation to

dance when it’s as

accomplished as this. NL

Out: June 11

SAM SPARRO

RETURN TO PARADISE

(VIRGIN)

Four years on, Sam Sparro remains

defined by ‘Black and Gold’. Even

Adele’s covered it. So, it could be

considered pretty ballsy that he snubs

that song’s sleek electro-pop on second

album, Return To Paradise. Instead, he

opts for a more retro approach,

“influenced by music from 1978 to

1984” – meaning funk and disco, of

course, not Madness and The Clash.

The LA-based Aussie declares: “Modern

pop is so polished that you lose the

soulfulness and human touch.” He’s put

his budget where his mouth is,

splashing out on horns, live drums and

disco strings. It all sounds snazzy

enough and Sparro’s voice injects soul.

The trouble is that a niggling sense of

pointlessness creeps in as the record

progresses. ‘Happiness’ isn’t quite as

exuberant once you spot its resemblance

to Cheryl Lynn’s ‘Got to Be Real’.

‘We Could Fly’ has a great breakdown,

but it’s buried inside six minutes of Chic

pastiche. Even his best songs can be

sunk by their lyrics. ‘Wish I Never Met

You’ boasts possibly the clunkiest

couplet of 2012: “You had me feeling

like a crackhead / I squeeze you out

just like a blackhead.” Adele, it’s safe to

presume, won’t be covering that one. NL

Out: 11 June

ALEXANDRA BURKE

HEARTBREAK ON HOLD

(RCA)

There’s an elephant in the room,”

sings Alexandra Burke on her recent

single. To which the impertinent pop

fan might respond: “Yes, what is going

on between you and Simon?” The X

Factor champ’s 2009 debut, Overcome,

sold 1.5 million copies and spawned

three number ones. But strangely, this

follow-up is being released on RCA

rather than Cowell’s imprint, Syco. “To

have to leave them was a bit of a

heartbreaker,” Burke says, “That’s why I

named [the album] Heartbreak on

Hold”. That debut featured Lady Gaga

collaborator RedOne on production

duties and guest appearances from Flo

Rida and Ne-Yo. Without the might of

Syco behind it, this one’s more… er,

recession appropriate. But the plucky

Burko flips this into a positive,

delivering a record that’s more cohesive

and dancefloor-focused. There are a

couple of midtempo tracks in the

middle, and the obligatory ballad, but

it’s essentially an album of big catchy

club bangers. Burko delivers on the

tune front and sings like her life/record

deal depended on it. Heartbreak on

Hold is like a Big Mac at the end of

night out: not very classy, a wee bit

cheesy too, but it hits the spot. NL

Out: 4 June

SCISSOR SISTERS

MAGIC HOUR

(PARLOPHONE)

Having left a four-year gap between Ta-

Dah (2006) and Night Work (2010),

the Scissors Sisters bounce back

quickly comparatively quickly with

album number four, Magic Hour.

Released just under two years after the

relatively disappointing UK sales of

Night Work, they’ll no doubt be hoping

that their latest offering rekindles their

popularity on this side of the Atlantic,

and to help it do so, they’ve recruited

current Calvin Harris, to co-produce.

The only problem is that whereas

recent tracks by Rihanna may

flagrantly bear Mr Harris’ fingerprints,

here his influence appears to have

been subtler. “It’s a sweet, joyful

mélange of beat-driven future-pop,”

says Jake Shears of the album. “It

style-hops all over the place,

unabashedly.” He’s not wrong.

Unfortunately, some of the quality also

wavers. Highlights include recent,

masterful single ‘Only The Horses’,

opening track ‘Baby Come Home’

(think Wings at Sudio54), and the

mellow but gorgeous ‘Year Of Living

Dangerously’ – which typifies a general

sun-soaked, chilled-out vibe running

through many of these songs (in

contrast to Night Work’s after-hours

shenanigans). The end result could

best be described as a solid piece of

work that will keep the fans happy, but

it lacks the urgency or drama that ran

through its predecessor. DH

Out: 28 May

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KILLER THRILLER

MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY STARS AS KILLER JOE

IN A TWISTED TALE OF TEXAN TRAILER TRASH...

This

Month’s

DVDs...

THE BEST EXOTIC

MARIGOLD HOTEL

A stellar cast of Judi Dench, Billy

Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith

and Celia Imrie are among seven

British retirees who relocate to India

to a supposedly luxury retirement

home. Naturally, it doesn’t turn out

exactly as they expect… The end

result is Waiting For God meets

Slumdog Millionaire, but with genuine

wit and warmth.

Out: 25 June

CARNAGE

KILLER JOE

Killer Joe is a disturbing, suspenseful, bizarre and darkly humorous slice of cinematic

Americana from cult director William Friedkin, best known for The Exorcist (1973) as well

as gay-interest classics The Boys In The Band (1970) and Cruising (1980). Adapted for the

screen by Tracy Letts from her own successful play of the same name, it centres on a

trailer park family in Texas. Son Chris (Emile Hirsch) owes money to local gangsters.

When he discovers that his mother has a $50,000 life insurance policy – which leaves

everything to his younger sister, Dottie (Juno Temple), he and his father, Ansel (Thomas

Haden Church) recruit ‘Killer Joe Cooper’ (Matthew McConaughey) to bump off mum –

Ansel’s ex wife. Although they can’t afford to pay him in advance, Joe’s attraction to the

young Dottie means he commits to the plan – with the family (Chris, Ansel and step-mom

Sharla) happily offering Dottie up as collateral payment ahead of the insurance payout.

Within a few minutes it’s obvious that Killer Joe is not your standard thriller, and Friedkin

and screenwriter Letts find themselves treading a fine line between genuinely dark

material and odd moments of slapstick humour. They are helped enormously by a talented

cast, with rising star Juno Temple (pictured –the daughter of Brit-director Julien Temple)

excelling as the teenage Dottie, and Gina Gershon (Showgirls) providing a vanity-free

performance as step-mom, Sharla. Mathew

McConaughey is always watchable, but

here’s he’s possibly the weak link –

offering oodles of Texan charm but lacking

the dark menace supposedly running

through the core of the twisted, lustful Joe.

Mixing elements of David Lynch and

Quentin Tarantino, Killer Joe offers a latecareer

highlight for the 76-year-old

Friedkin. It’s definitely not for the

squeamish – with a particular scene

involving a deep-fried chicken drumstick

likely to go down in cinematic history –

and some may feel short-changed by the

abrupt ending. However, fans of trashy

crime movies will find plenty of jawdropping

entertainment in this most

squalid of Texan tales. DH

Out: 29 June

Adapted from the successful play The

God of Carnage, Roman Polanski’s

apartment-set melodrama boasts fine

performances from its leads – the

Longstreets (Jodie Foster/John C

O’Reilly), and the Cowans (Kate

Winslet/Christoph Waltz), who are

brought together when the son of one

couple hits the son of the other. The

result is 80 minutes of bittersweet,

claustrophobic comedy.

Out: 18 June

CONTRABAND

Mark Wahlberg stars in this remake of

a critically-acclaimed Icelandic

thriller. He plays a reformed smuggler

in New Orleans who is building a

legitimate business installing security

systems – until local gangsters force

him to undertake one more

assignment. Contraband’s director,

Baltasar Kormákur, manages to

maintain the pace and efficiently rack

up the tension.

Out: 25 June

W.E.

Critically mauled, Madonna’s featurelength

debut as a director finds her

giving a romantic airbrushing to the

Edward and Mrs Simpson story –

contrasting it against the life of a

woman in latter-day New York (Abbie

Cornish). Andrea Riseborough (Wallis

Simpson) manages to walk away with

her dignity intact, but the rest of this

endeavour remains something of a

glossy mess.

Out: 4 June

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LOVELY MOLLY

A FANTASTIC FEAR OF EVERYTHING

Simon Pegg plays Jack, a successful children’s author who wishes to be a serious crime

novelist. However, while researching a novel based on Victorian serial killers, he

undergoes a serious bout of paranoia, jumping at every bump and creak he hears within

his rambling London flat. His agent contacts him; A Hollywood big-shot wants to meet

Jack, so he must smarten up his act… literally. He has to visit his dreaded local launderette

to wash his only smart outfit. It forces him to confront many of his fears, with a seemingly

innocuous trip turning into an expedition with life-or-death ramifications.

A Fantastic Fear of Everything was written and directed by Crispian Mills, singer with 90s

band Kula Shaker and executively-produced by its star, Simon Pegg. Pegg usually makes

for a likeable screen presence and I was honestly willing this film to succeed. Everyone

likes a comeback, and given Mills comes from such a thespian background (grandson of

Sir John Mills, son of Hayley Mills), a re-birth as an auteur would seem like a natural leap.

Unfortunately, on the strength of his debut feature, the sooner Mills gets back into the

studio with his Kula Shaker cohorts, the better.

A Fantastic Fear Of Everything aims to be a surreal, Terry Gilliam-esque comedy which

sadly misfires at almost every level. The plot initially wanders, offering little idea of where

it may be headed and there’s scant indication of why Jack should be such a nervous wreck,

or why he thinks he’s being haunted. It’s carried along by the loosest and most implausible

of plot devices, before settling – once Jack reaches his dreaded launderette – into a daft,

serial killer kidnap story. Fatally, for something presumably intended to be comic, I found

myself laughing just once. On the plus side, Pegg throws himself into his role with admirable

gusto, and Claire Higgins offers camp support as his waspish agent. Unfortunately, what might

have worked as a half-hour comedy vehicle on Channel 4 is stretched beyond the point of

tedium. The end result offers a fantastic lack of anything worth recommending. DH

Out: 8 June

It’s been 13 years since The Blair Witch Project

became a horror phenomenon, paving the way for

such films as Cloverfield and Paranormal Activity.

However, those involved with the original Blair Witch

(namely co-writers and directors Eduardo Sanchez

and Daniel Myrick) have struggled to repeat their

initial success. Now, Sanchez may well have a second

– minor – horror hit on his hands with the genuinely

creepy Lovely Molly.

Newlyweds Molly and Tim begin married life by

moving in to Molly’s old family home. Tim’s a truck

driver, so is often away at nights. Molly, a cleaner at

a local mall, soon begins to be haunted by what

could be a supernatural presence in the house. Is it

the spirit of her dead father? Or is she suffering from

psychosis and paranoia?

Over its first half, it’s difficult to fault Lovely Molly,

as Sanchez skillfully turns up the tension, and coaxes

a believable performance from newcomer Gretchen

Lodge (Molly). Perhaps in a knowing nod to his Blair

Witch career highlight, there’s some hand-held video

camera footage, but for the most part, Molly is a

claustrophobic, old-fashioned haunted house spookfest.

It’s disappointing, then, that after the first 45

minutes Sanchez seems unsure what to do with the

tension he’s so carefully created. Unable to maintain

the atmosphere of menace, the constant bumps in the

night become predictable. Sympathy for Molly, which

initially is high, begins to ebb with the growing

realisation that she is, just perhaps, her own worst

enemy. That’s not to give away the ending, which you’ll

probably spend most of the second half impatiently

waiting to arrive. DH

Out: 22 June

THE INNKEEPERS

The Yankee Peddlar Inn has been open for 100 years but poor business is forcing it to close its doors. Staff members

Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy) man the reception desk on its final weekend and pass the time looking

after the last couple of guests (including a washed-up actress turned psychic played by Kelly McGillis). They also

engage in a last-minute hunt for the Inn’s famed ghosts – hoping to find audio or video footage to upload to Luke’s

ghost hunters’ website. Needless to say, although the Inn may be closing, one of its previous occupants seems

unwilling to check out just yet…

The Innkeepers is a disappointingly pedestrian hotel horror from writer and director Ti West. Plot-wise, it

meanders for the first three-quarters, with seemingly superfluous scenes thrown in for no good reason whatsoever

(Claire’s visit to a coffee shop being just one of several bewildering diversions). Surprisingly, and thankfully, West

somehow manages to pull things together for a genuinely tense final 15 minutes that is likely to make the hairs on the

back of your neck stand up, although even here, he’s let down by his low budget. With no CGI at his disposal, the

much-discussed ghost of a jilted bride who committed suicide years previously simply appears heavily caked in

make-up and dust.

Horror fans may appreciate this semi-eerie offering, but it’s probably best aimed at the teen market who want

something scary to fill the gap between Twilight instalments. DH

Out: 8 June

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THEATRE: REVIEWS AND PREVIEWS

TIP TOP TAP

STEVEN SPARLING REVIEWS TOP HAT

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In 1935, the American economy was in

deep recession. Unemployment was high;

consumer spending was low. Sound familiar?

It seems beyond coincidence that the

producers of Top Hat have chosen now to

premiere the greatest of the Fred Astaire/

Ginger Rogers dance films of the 1930’s at

London’s Aldwych Theatre. Directed and

adapted for the stage by Matthew White

(with adaptation assistance from Howard

Jacques), it’s a delightful evening of musical

theatre which bubbles and fizzes like a glass

of vintage pink champagne.

A classic ‘mixed identity’ plot is barely worth

mentioning but is the vehicle for Irving

Berlin’s classic score, brimming with hit

songs like ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’, ‘Cheek to

Cheek’, ‘I’m Putting All My Eggs in One

Basket’ and ‘Top Hat, White Tie and Tails’.

The book is also peppered with fresh, laughout-loud

jokes.

The real star of the show is Bill Deamer’s

inventive, spectacular choreography, though

occasionally, one wishes for an aerial crane

shot or a close-up on tap dancing feet to

really get the full impact of the moves.

This is the biggest weakness of the stage

show – it’s not a film, yet it’s trying to capture

the scope and sweep of a cinema experience.

This leads to short, sometimes ‘bitty’ scenes,

with too much reliance on ‘front of curtain’

acting to cover the scene changes behind.

While these set changes slow down the pace

of the show, they are so spectacular that it’s

almost worth it. Designed by Hildegard

Bechtler, the sets recreate the opulent art

deco settings loved by 1930’s Hollywood,

while the lavish costumes by Jon Morrell

capture the glamour of the period.

Summer Strallen and Tom Chambers

almost make you forget Ginger Rogers

and Fred Astaire, donning the roles of

Dale Tremont and Jerry Travers in such

stylish clothes. Strallen is sultry and

confident, with outrageously long legs and a

way with a one-line zinger. She’s also a

graceful dancer, a stylish comedienne and

has a good feel for the period, channelling a

young Katherine Hepburn with her low

husky voice.

Tom Chambers, of Holby City and Strictly

Come Dancing fame, is a great ‘hoofer’. More

Gene Kelly (swaggering masculine charm)

than Fred Astaire (elegant and graceful). He’s

a likeable leading man and there’s good

chemistry between him and Strallen.

Spectacular supporting performances come

from Vivien Parry and Martin Ball as the

sparring married couple. Ricardo Afonso, as

the over-the-top Italian designer Alberto

Beddini, is delightfully large in everything he

does; while Stephen Boswell, as the

manservant Bates, is hilariously understated.

The all-singing, all-dancing ensemble fills

the stage with action. When ten handsome

dancing men in white tie and tails take to the

stage in the title number, it’s Hollywood

magic.

Top Hat is escapist enjoyment and will be a

fantastic advertisement of British theatrical

talent to the countless foreign tourists who

will flock to the capital this summer.

TORCH SONG TRIUMPH

We plugged it last month but we’re

going to mention it again as it’s

definitely something worth catching.

In London for a limited-period is the

classic gay-themed play Torch Song

Trilogy (made famous by a film

adaptation in the 80s starring

Matthew Broderick and Harvey

Fierstein), which explores a gay New

Yorker’s search for love and

acceptance. This new production has

been directed by actor Douglas

Hodge, and stars David Bedella in the

lead role of Arnold Beckoff; Joe

McFadden as Ed; and Sara Kestelman

as Mrs Beckoff. Catch it at the Menier

Chocolate Factory from 30 May until

12 August.

www.menierchocolatefactory.com

CHARIOTS RIDES INTO

WEST END

The UK’s most famous film about

Olympic glory was 1981’s Chariots of

Fire. The tale is now a theatre

production. Following its debut at the

Hampstead Theatre and run there

until the 12th, it transfers this month

to the Gielgud Theatre, West End,

on the 22nd. Set at the 1924

Olympics, it’s the true story of a

Scottish Christian and the son of an

immigrant Lithuanian Jew – runners

with different motivations for

achieving glory.

DEE-LIGHT

Having already made an impact on

the world of opera with Monkey –

Journey To The West, Blur’s Damon

Albarn returns to the genre with his

new work, Dr Dee, which comes to the

English National Opera this month.

The work is a look at the life of the

John Dee, a medical and scientific

adviser to Elizabeth I, and someone

now regarded as a Renaissance man.

As well as traditional orchestral

instrumentation, the score utilises

Elizabethan English instruments such

as the dulcian and lute and African

percussion.

It runs from 25 June till 7 July at the

ENO on St Martin’s Lane, WC2. Catch

a pre-performance talk on Thursday

28 June. http://www.eno.org

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CUBA-ISM

DAVID HUDSON REVIEWS ASIA DE CUBA

ST MARTIN’S LANE, 45 ST. MARTIN’S LANE LONDON, WC2N 4HX

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I was a little shocked to

learn that St Martin’s Lane

hotel is now a dozen years

old. How time flies! Asia De

Cuba has been the hotel’s

main ground-floor restaurant

for the whole of that time,

but until now, has passed

beneath my radar and it may

well have passed by yours

too. In fact, so discreet is the

entrance to St Martin’s Lane,

you could quite happily have

walked past the entire hotel

many times without realising

it was there. If there is

meagre signage to indicate

one of the jewels in the

crown of the Morgans Hotel

Group (which also owns The

Sanderson in Fitzrovia),

there’s absolutely nothing to

indicate that it contains such

a stylish and visually

impressive dining room.

Enter the St Martin’s

Lane hotel and Asia De

Cuba is situated to the left,

past the reception area.

The designers have done

their best to transform what

could have been a bleak,

corporate expanse into

something visually arresting

and welcoming. Although

the menu is – as its name

suggests – a fusion of Asian

and Cuban cuisine, the

restaurant aesthetic is chic,

Scandinavian modernism. Pale

wooden chairs sit upon blonde

floorboards, with white

tablecloths hugging the square

tables. Old-fashioned filament

lightbulbs dangle from long

cords. Huge, thick pillars are

adorned with bookshelves

carrying second-hand tomes

and pale, wood-framed black

and white photos of Cuban

nationals. It’s part IKEA, part

bric-a-brac sale, part art

installation (a few tiny portable

TVs flicker with static on the

bookshelves for no reason other

than to make epileptic diners

nervous…). Thankfully, the

overall result works – making for

one of the West End’s more

stimulating dining environments.

So, what of the food?

Overseen by international

restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow

and executive chef Paul Whittick,

ADC offers the aforementioned

fusion of chino-latino influences.

It’s true that some gourmets are

sniffy about the idea of mixing up

such diverse culinary influences,

but I’m quite happy to judge on a

plate-by-plate basis.

The prompt for our visit

was the restaurant’s unveiling

of a new ceviche menu. Ceviche

is popular in the coastal regions

of the Americas – particularly

South America. It’s raw fish that

has been marinated in citrus

juices (lemon, lime, etc) – with

the juice effectively tenderizing

or ‘cooking’ the fish flesh. My

companion and I shared a trio

of ceviche (£21.50) to begin our

meal. Most flavoursome was the

curried kingfish and passion

fruit, drizzled with lemon oil

and fried capers – although

some might find the toasted

coriander seeds a little hard on

the teeth. We also enjoyed

prawn, snapper and sliver of

‘confit’ watermelon, served in a

marinade of Vietnamese red

chilli, garlic and jalapeño with

shavings of coconut – tart and

acidic, but mellowed by the

addition of the watermelon.

Alongside these, we shared

smoked salmon served on a

crispy, spring onion pancake

(£13). The pancake was more

like an ultra-thin, small pizza

base, and the whole caboodle

sprinkled with green

peppercorns and sprayed with

lime and tequila. It made for an

unusual and pleasing twist

on the traditional salmon

starter. On the

recommendation of our very

friendly waiter, we also tried

crispy Octopus Ajillo

(£14.50) – beautifully thick

and chunky octopus

tentacles served with

caramelized garlic sauce and

sake-pickled lychees. We

followed this by sharing a

main course; Cuban-coffee

crusted rib-eye, served with

mandarin, orange and

gingered sherry butter (£39),

served with a side order of

Yuca Mojo fries. The steak

was good quality, with the

gingered sherry butter

helping to make it truly

memorable. The yuca fries

made for a nice alternative to

potato chips.

We saved some space for

dessert, and are happy to

report that the team lavish as

much care on the puds as

everything that preceded

them. We heartily

recommend the Cuban

Opera (£12) – a rich

chocolate cake layered with

milk chocolate butter cream,

coffee mousse and a coffee

brittle ice-cream. They’re

also rightly proud of their

Mexican Doughnuts (£12) –

sweet brioche doughnuts filled

with butterscotch sauce and

rolled in cinnamon sugar.

There’s a great cocktail list, too

– with my companion

particularly loving his Mango

Mohijto.

Downside? Other than the

Cuban soundtrack being a

little loud, there wasn’t any…

apart from the price. With a

couple of menu dishes nudging

the £50 mark, this is not a

destination for a cheap evening

out. We spotted Damien Hirst

on the night of our visit,

although you don’t have to have

pockets as deep as his to enjoy a

meal at Asia De Cuba. The

fixed-price lunch and pretheatre

menu offers two courses

for £19 or three for £25.

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DATING

BEAR HUNTING

WEBSITE BEARWWW ANSWERS ALL YOUR BEAR-DATING NEEDS…

Looking for some summer

lovin’? Do you like your men

on the big, chunky and hairy

side? If the answer to these

questions is a resounding

‘yes’, and you’ve not yet

discovered bearwww, then

hurry along to the website

now at www.bearwww.com

Launched way back in 2002,

the site established itself over

the last ten years as one of the

world’s leading gay dating

sites for the international

bear community.

It’s run by a small team based

in France, but it has members

spread all over the world. At

the time of going to press, it

had a whopping 213,000

members; the majority based

in Europe. As anyone who

knows anything about the

bear community, most of the

guys are of the chunkier,

hirsute variety, but the whole

spectrum is covered – from

slim and muscular chasers

through to muscle bears and

chubs.

The team behind the site

pride themselves on the

attention they are able to give

their members, helping them

to re-size their photos and

respond to emails or help

enquiries promptly.

When asked what he thinks

makes the site special or

unique to other sites,

creator and owner FredW

points to the ‘Who’s going?’

function, which allow

members to indicate what

bear events or parties they

intend visiting, as well as the

‘Cam pic’ function, which

allows you to send instant

pics from your webcam to

other users, with the webcam

pin incorporated into your

message. He also thinks that

the site is a lot friendlier than

some dating sites, and that

members are just as likely to

make friends by visiting

bearwww as potential

hook-ups for sex or romance.

“Currently we have more

members is Europe,” says

Fred. “But we have 40,000

members in North America

and it’s growing very fast.”

The team has launched a

dedicated site for their North

American members at

bearwww.us – and is

optimistic that it’ll

be the biggest bear

chat site in

North America

in the next

two years.

Besides being able to browse

page after page of galleries of

profiles, a calendar of

international events allows you

to keep up to date with

upcoming parties. You can join

the site, and create a profile, for

free, whilst paying a monthly

subscription (from as little as

£3.40 a month if you pay for 12

months in advance) unlocks

‘priority access’ – allowing

you to view more photos.

www.bearwww.com

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JUNE 2012

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OUR GUIDE

TO EVENTS

IN AND

AROUND

TOWN

BEAR PRIDE

XXL is gearing up for its annual Bear Pride celebrations – the tenth anniversary of the yearly fur-fest! The

party will run over two nights at Pulse over the Jubilee weekend (2-3 June), with the doors to opening at

9pm on both evenings. On the Saturday you’ll find Christian M and Alex Logan spinning the dancefloor

anthems in the main room, with Joe Egg playing the rock, pop and classics in the Fluff Bar. They’ll also be

making full use of the gorgeous garden area, with a ‘Big Burly Beefy BBQ’, plus a few special surprises. This

will be followed on the Sunday (3 June) by a joint party between Fusion and Summer Rites, appropriately

entitled Summer Fusion (details below!). XXL has another special event lined up for June, with a book

launch for photographer Blake Little’s book, The Company of Men (www.companyofmenbook.com). Get

along to XXL on Saturday 16 June for a party to celebrate the book’s launch – which appropriately features

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MEAT BEATS

We do love Meat magazine, which is produced on a

quarterly basis by wonderful photographer Adrian

Lourie. Basically a collection of hot images of guys

that Adrian comes across, the small publication has

picked up a cult worldwide following. Meat 7 is

about to be launched, with a party on Friday 1 June

at Vogue Fabrics in Dalston (open 10.30pm till

4am). Spinning the sounds will be DJs FSG, Eliot

Nash and Wes db, who be laying down a soundtrack

of disco, electro and house. In proper Meat fashion,

expect hot guys in shorts (the venue gets

notoriously hot and sweaty!) to be handing out free

shots. The first 25 through the doors will receive a

complimentary signed copy of Meat 7 before it hits

the shops (entry will be £5). www.meatzine.com

SUMMER FUSION

If you’re looking forward to this year’s Summer

Rites festival as much as we are, then you’ll

definitely want to know about a special party that

the Summer Rites crew will throw at the beginning

of June. A massive ‘Summer Fusion – A Taste of

Summer Rites’ party will be taking place on Sunday

3 June at megaclub Pulse. The night will also host

four rooms, with arena one hosted by Salvation and

Fusion, arena 2 hosted by XXL, arena 3 hosted by

Trannyshack, Songs Of Praise, Bootylicious and Bloc

Party, and arena 4 hosted by East Bloc, Gutterslut,

Dish and War. Tickets cost £15 in advance, or more

on the door. Advance tickets are available from

Prowler, Expectations, and online at the official

website: www.summer-rites.co.uk

JUBILEE MEN

TheMenWhoFell2Earth will be falling to earth in Old

Street again in June, with an eagerly-awaited return

to East Bloc. This special ‘Jubilee Landing’ will

feature the wonderful Jim Stanton (Horse Meat

Disco), and Bethnal Green’s Shake Yer Dix (offering

the bleeps and electropoptrash in the second

room). Special performances will come from

BOTHER (check out www.youtube.com/user/

BotherChannel)and Kat & Mouse. On top of the

special guests, expect the resident DJs to offer

“Palatial punk-funk, diamond dirty disco and royally

remixed rock’n’roll”. Doors will be open Saturday 2

June from 10.30pm till 6am. East Bloc, 217-219 City

Road, London EC1V (Old St Tube). Entry £8/£5

(concessions). www.themenwhofell2earth.co.uk

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PROFILE

MZZ KIMBERLEY

SINGS FOR YOUR

SUPPER EACH

WEDNESDAY EVENING.

Easily one of the most stylish gay bars in the

whole of London, Profile on Wardour Street

remains one of our favourite Soho watering

holes. Besides the hip surroundings, cute

customers and tasty food menu, the team

often host events to further tempt us through

the doors, and one such temptation is the

new weekly session with Mzz Kimberley.

‘An Evening with Mzz Kimberley’ follows the

success of Mzz Kim’s Sunday afternoon

session at the Cambria in Clerkenwell.

Admission is free (a bargain!), and the show

starts at 7.30pm. There is no stage, as such,

so Mzz Kimberley literally prowls the entire

venue, getting up close and personal with

customers and entertaining with her

repertoire of songs – usually in the jazz, blues

and easy listening mode. Think Billie Holiday

and Norah Jones. In fact, so keen is Kim to

bring her songs to the masses, that on the

night we visited she even stepped outside the

Profile doors and treated the rest of Wardour

Street (traffic and bewildered passers-by

included) to some of her vocal talents!

Profile is a great place for an evening supper

with friends (you can phone ahead on 020

7734 3444 if you want to reserve a booth), a

midweek drink or even a romantic date. Let

Mzz Kimberley serenade you, and keep an eye

out for the odd special guest.

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CLUB NEWS

ROYAL VAUXHALL TAVERN

Bob Downe

GUTTERSLUT

KU JUBILEE

The extended Jubilee weekend will

be celebrated across the Ku Bar

chain. Expect extended opening

hours across the group: Lisle

Street Ku Bar will be open until

3am every night of the Jubilee

weekend, and the crew will be

hosting a massive street party on

Monday 4 June from noon until

8pm. Expect bunting, trestle tables, plus a stage for live

performances. Catch new drag act the Supreme Fabulettes when

they hit the stage at 4pm. The Ku bar will provide the drinks, while

customers are invited to bring their own picnic (fingers crossed for

good weather). The Ku Bar Frith Street will be open until 1am on

Friday-Saturday 1-2 June, then till 3am on Sunday-Monday 3-4 June.

It will also be hosting a street party on 4 June from noon till 8pm, with

DJs and live music played from the first-floor bar overlooking the

street. Guv’nor Gary Henshaw says that all the major Jubilee events

will be screened at all three venues, and with over 40 TV screens

between them, you’re guaranteed not to miss a moment! For more

details, check the website at www.ku-bar.co.uk

With June offering another bank holiday weekend (thank you Queenie!),

you can expect some extra helpings of S.L.A.G.S/Chill-out at the Royal

Vauxhall Tavern this month. The Jubilee bank holiday weekend will

feature S.L.A.G.S/Chill-out on both Sunday 3 June and Monday 4 June.

The venue will be open until 2am on both days, with special guest Rob C

joining residents Simon Le Vans, Andy Almighty and Sean Sirrs on both

days. The D.E.Experience will perform on stage at 5.30pm on both dates,

punctuating the non-stop mix of uplifting dance anthems. S.L.A.G.S/

Chill-out returns to the venue every Sunday throughout June, with

special guest Steve B joining the Chill-out section of the night for a

special session on Sunday 25 June.

Other June highlights at the venue include the ongoing Thursday night

shows from David Hoyle. His strictly-limited ‘Pandregina’ sessions will

run on the 7, 14 and 21 June, and will feature wit, surrealism and

avant-garde performances, with guest appearances from Jonny Woo

and Marcus Reeves (7 June), Dickie Beau and Mat Fraser (14 June),

Penny Arcade and Sjaak van der Bent (21 June). Tickets cost £10.

Brilliant Aussie comic Bob Downe (pictured) returns each Wednesday

from 20 June for a limited run of show entitled ‘Bob Downe’s 20 Greatest

Hits – Volume Two’. Performing an exclusive Wednesday night residency

at the RVT in advance of his latest trip to the Edinburgh Festival,

Polyester Prince Downe will offer comedy, song and silly games. It runs

each Wednesday from 20 June until 18 July (show at 8pm - £10

admission). Bob will be preceded on Wednesdays by another

appearance by Myra Dubois, who will preside over a spectacular variety

night entitled Myra-Aid on Wednesday 6 June. Guest performances will

come from Scott Capurro, The Dreambears, Scottee, David Mills,

Audacity Chutzpah, Mae Martin, Dickie Beau, Jade Adams, Spencer

Wood and Dusty Limits, among others. Tickets will be the bargain price

of just £5 (www.myradubois.co.uk). Dr Sketchy returns with his comedy

life-drawing classes (with pencils and pads for the audience) on 13 June.

For fans of new theatre, get along on either Friday 8 June or Saturday 9

June for The Ugly Spirit – a new theatrical performance piece with David

Hoyle based on the lives of famed Siamese twin sisters Jessie and

Bessie Bellamy. The show runs for 60 minutes and can be caught at 2

and 4pm on the 8 June, and 1, 3 and 5pm on the ninth. Tickets £12.

Advance tickets for performance nights are available from www.

ticketweb.co.uk, but you always find some tickets on sale at the door.

For full details of all the nights at the RVT – including regulars like the

Monday night bingo, Tuesday Bar Wotever and Friday club promotions –

check the website at www.rvt.org.uk

The Gutterslut team – our favourite gang of

East End clubbing degenerates – will be

back for another legendary night of messy

partying on Saturday 30 June at East Bloc

on Old Street for a night of hot summer

disco delights. Taking care of the ‘Rave Slut

Room’ will be Joe Roberts, Josh Caffe, Nic

Fisher and Miss Crystal MC. Expect

non-stop electronic and repetitive beats

that will drag you to the dancefloor.

Providing light relief in the pocket-sized

‘Disco Slut Room’ will be Holestar, James Phillips and Ralf. Resistance is

futile… dress up or dress down, but expect to get hot and sweaty with a

crowd of like-minded club kids, Shoreditch hipsters and Dalston

debutantes. Doors will be open from 11pm till 6am, with admission £5

before midnight or £10 after. East Bloc is at 217 City Road, EC1 (Old

Street tube). Check ‘Gutterslut Group’ on Facebook for more details.

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Rebel Rebel was one of our favourite

gay indie nights during its three year

residency at the Phoenix pub on

Cavendish Square (behind BHS on

Oxford Street). During that time, the

monthly shindig attracted a hip

following of movers, shakers and

celebrities, including such guest DJs as fashionista Hedi Slimane,

film director John Cameron-Mitchell, Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke,

photographer Mick Rock, Kelly Osborne and The Macabees, among

others. There hasn’t been a Rebel Rebel party for five years, but the

team has decided to re-unite for a one-off Rebel Rebel Reunion,

which will take place back at the Phoenix on Saturday 23 June! The

night will feature the Rebel 7 DJs and guest Phil Bakstad, plus

original hosts Anthony Crank and Alexis Caught. Doors will open

from 9pm till 3am, with admission £8 or £6. You’ll find The Phoenix

on Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PP.

http://www.myspace.com/rebelrebelmusic

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THE SHOW MUST GO ON!

A ONE-OFF NIGHT DEDICATED TO THE

LATE STEVE ELLIOT

Like many others, we here at Out In The City

magazine were deeply shocked to hear about

the death at the end of March of scene

promoter Steve Elliot – who for many years

had been closely associated with the

Salvation clubbing brand. Steve had taken

the club all over the world, and he passed

away from a sudden heart attack during a

Salvation night in Austria.

Many of those who knew Steve paid tribute to

him in early May in a way befitting his life – by

throwing an exuberant party in his honour at

Leicester Square’s Café De Paris.

The Show Must Go On! acted as both a

memorial to Steve – with video messages and

recollection of Steve – before turning into a

full-on clubbing extravaganza that

incorporated all the finest elements of

Salvation. Spinning sounds of the night were

some of his favourite DJs, including Paul

Coals, PerQX, Luke Hope and Oliver M, while

live entertainment came from Shena, Tonnic

and Peyton. The night was moving, uplifting

and memorable – a great tribute to a man

who will be sorely missed by many both on

and off the London clubbing scene.

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OUT IN THE CITY: ACCESS ALL AREAS

JUNE 2012

CLEAN AND

JERK

RICHARD TONKS IS

LOOKING FORWARD TO

AN INFLUX OF TALENT

FOR THE OLYMPICS...

With all this talk of being the ‘very best that we

can be’, and this ‘once-in-a-lifetime experience

that will never be forgotten’, I feel rather

sloth-like writing my column this month,

readers. And I’m not talking about the Britain’s Got

Talent repeats that are currently on in the

background either. I’m sitting on my own in the

comfort of my living room without the slightest

intention of any physical exertion for the next 24

hours. Could Olympics fatigue already be setting in?

As I toggle between Ant and Dec and the general

public cheering in anoraks, I consider that there

is, perhaps, one kind of physical exertion

available to me by which I may be motivated

precisely because I find myself on my own…

One welcome side effect of London hosting the

games is the bounty of guys that intend to

descend on the Big Smoke for a lot more than a

day in the Olympic Park. I received a message the

other day that surprised me – a rather rare

occurrence these days. I think the last one was a

guy who sent me an ultrasound of his wife’s

unborn baby. This message seemed initially

run-of-the-mill: body shot, cock shot and bonus

private face shot. The guy is Canadian and he’s

visiting for the Olympics. Those Canadians are

always rugged, honest, muscular-types...

So, I deduce, he’s trying to get organised. This guy

has heard that things in London tend to book up

irritatingly early for the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’

and wants to make sure that the locally-sourced

British butt doesn’t get booked out too. A

go-getter. I like that.

We exchanged a few niceties (use your

imagination…) and it surprised me when it

turned out that my new buddy was a

wheelchair user. I scrolled back over the last few

messages and checked once more. He definitely

had legs. It just seemed they didn’t work any

more. But his pictures certainly hadn’t suggested

that they didn’t work.

Then I said it... and I instantly regretted it.

“Are you coming for the Paralympics?”

Why? Why did I ask that? Why did the spirit of the

capital’s inclusiveness escape me for those six

words?

“Erm... no, I’m coming for the main event. I’ve got

tickets for the long jump heats. I assume I’ll be

allowed in.”

“Yes, I’m not even sure why I asked that. Sorry

mate. You’re the only person I actually know that

got stadium tickets, so congrats.”

“THIS GUY HAS HEARD THAT THINGS IN LONDON

TEND TO BOOK UP IRRITATINGLY EARLY FOR THE

‘GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH’ AND WANTS TO

MAKE SURE THAT THE LOCALLY-SOURCED

BRITISH BUTT DOESN’T GET BOOKED OUT TOO.”

There followed a worrying pause.

“Yes I even managed to use a computer to buy

myself online tickets. Clever, huh?”

Here was a thoroughly nice-looking chap who

had sent a series of flirtatious, artfully-shot

photographs and grammatically correct

messages (total turn-on). I detected dry sarcasm,

which I normally love, but not in this context.

Non-wheelchair user and thoroughly

disorganised Richard Tonks failed to enter the

ballot so only the ‘free’ marathon is available to

him. Anorak at the ready.

“Besides there a lots of advantages to having

wheels. I get special access.”

“Access All Areas Mr if you like.” I decided the

best way to detract from my new online persona

as patronising-to-the-wheelchair-user wanker

was to play it cool. Play slut.

“Yeah, I could fuck myself.”

Very irritated or very sleazy? I couldn’t work that

one out. It could be possible...

I’m more wary of messages that ‘surprise’ me

these days. Wary of myself, I mean. To be

surprised means I’ve made an assumption about

a person based on the information that I had

available and found it not to be the case.

Assumptions always have an impact.

I messaged the Canadian one last time and

found his profile to be ‘unavailable’.

Assumption? He blocked me.

GETTING

ON THE

GUEST LIST

CLUB KALI

The Club Kali crew will

be celebrating their 17th

Birthday on Friday 15

June with DJs Ritu and

Dilz playing bhangra,

house, R&B, Bollywood

and Arabic flavours.

Bringing extra spice to

the birthday celebration

is bhangra princess

Mona Singh, who has

previously worked with

Basement Jaxx and

Dizzee Rascal.

Club Kali’s 17th Birthday

is a The Dome, 1

Dartmouth Park Hill,

Tufnell Park from 10pm

till 3am. More info at

www.clubkali.com

HUSTLABALL

With London’s World

Pride around the corner

we’re already chomping

to get our hands on a

Hustlaball weekend pass

– this will include entry

to the world-famous

Hustlaball at Electric

Brixton on Saturday 7

July. It will feature over

60 performers and porn

stars and London’s

finest scenesters getting

dirty on the dance floor.

The heat continues on

Sunday morning when

the Hustlaball

after-party hits Brixton

Club House which

provides you discerning

clubbers with one of the

capital’s few al fresco

party arenas. Weekend

Passes are available

now for the full

programme of events for

£35. More information s

at www.HustlaBall.com

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JUNE 2012

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POPSTARZ

HOLY SMOKE,

BATMAN! POPSTARZ

HAS PULLED OUT ALL

THE STOPS!

The Den, home to long-running Friday nighter

Popstarz, turned itself into the Batcave for

one night on 18 May. The reason? The

Popstarz crew decided to celebrate their

birthday – and the imminent release of the

new Batman movie – with a huge Batman

party! Needless to say, the club’s large

following needed little excuse to dress up in

their superhero best. Funnily enough, Jokers,

Penguins and Catwomen appeared to vastly

outnumber caped crusaders and Robins. It

would seem that the Popstarz masses do love

a good villain

As always, the club was busy throughout its

three rooms, with indie and rock ruling the

main floor, r’nb in the second room, and

trashy pop in the ‘Penguin’s Pop Palace’.

Make-up makeovers were offered to anyone

who wanted to turn themselves extra

villainous on the night, there was a stage

giveaway of trashy goodies and superhero

merchandise, while a voluptuous Poison Ivy

performed a risqué burlesque routine that

had many of the lady lesbians in the audience

feeling rather rash!

Popstarz continues every Friday night, but

expect another huge party to coincide with

the Jubilee weekend (Friday 2 May). In typical

Popstarz fashion, you can expect Sex Pistols

makeovers plus surprises every time you hear

a record by Queen or Kings of Leon!

www.popstarz.org/

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COMMUNITY

BRIGHTON’S BEST!

Out In The City reports on the latest Stonewall Brighton Equality Walk…

The ninth annual Stonewall Brighton

Equality Walk hit the seaside city on

Bank Holiday Sunday, 6 May. Nearly 600

supporters of the gay equality charity

took on the 10k challenge, raising a

record-breaking £65,000 for Stonewall’s

education work.

Despite a cold and overcast day, walkers

joined celebrity hosts Jane Hazlegrove

(Casualty), Harry Derbidge (TOWIE), and

John and Sally Bercow (Speaker of the

House and his wife) at the start line. As Mr

Bercow cut the starting line ribbon, he said:

“Thank you to Stonewall, who must be

regarded as one of the most successful

campaigns in British political history.”

This year’s Walk was supported by

American Express and Square Peg

Media. The Top Team prize went to GLEE

from PricewaterhouseCoopers (pictured

bottom right), who raised over £10,000 –

winning a champagne dinner and tickets to

a show at Brighton’s Komedia. Other

walkers included the Mayor of Brighton

and Hove, Councillor Anne Meadows, and

local MPs Caroline Lucas and Simon Kirby.

Stonewall Director of Fundraising

Catherine Bosworth said: “We’re

absolutely delighted that the chilly weather

didn’t dampen people’s spirits. This hugely

successful Walk – our biggest ever – will

help us continue efforts to stamp out

homophobic bullying. It should be a strong

reminder that many people support our

fight to secure a brighter future for

Britain’s lesbian, gay and bisexual young

people.”

Pascal Guignard, Vice President &

General Manager and Executive Sponsor of

the American Express UK Pride network

said: “This is the sixth year that American

Express has supported the Brighton

Equality Walk and we are very proud to be

L-R: Margot Keeping, Harry Derbidge, Stonewall’s

Ben Summerskill and Jane Hazlegrove

part of such a successful event. Our support

for the annual Equality Walk is part of our

on-going commitment to making American

Express a more inclusive, supportive and

open working environment for all.”

Stonewall will use the £65,000 raised to

support its work in Britain’s primary and

secondary schools. YouGov research for

Stonewall shows that homophobia is

endemic in Britain’s schools; nine in ten

secondary school teachers and more than

two in five primary school teachers say

children and young people, regardless of

their sexual orientation, currently

experience homophobic bullying, name

calling or harassment in their schools.

www.stonewall.org.uk/educationforall

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PHOTO © MARK WEEKS

Dr Christian Jessen

IT’S PARTY TIME!

Stonewall’s annual Summer Party returns to the

exclusive Kensington Roof Gardens on Friday 22

June. Hosted by everyone’s favourite TV doctor,

Christian Jessen, the party supports Stonewall’s

Education for All campaign – which tackles

homophobia and celebrates difference in Britain’s

Kensington Roof Gardens

schools. The party is supported by Societe

Generale, g3, Out in the City and Out News.

Guests will celebrate in style with drinks and

an exquisite three-course barbeque menu.

Tickets to the party of the summer cost just £65,

including a glass of bubbly on arrival and a

breathtaking firework display. There’s also a

silent auction – with prizes including a threecourse

dinner for ten at the renowned Babylon

restaurant and two tickets to the prestigious

Stonewall Awards this November. Other prizes

include a spa treatment courtesy of the

Dorchester and a stay in a luxury hotel.

In recent years, Stonewall’s Education for

All campaign has included establishing the

Education Equality Index – a comprehensive

annual benchmarking exercise for local

authorities, showcasing how well they tackle

homophobia and homophobic bullying – and

launching the Education and School

Champions programmes. Both programmes

provide tailored support and guidance on

tackling homophobia and anti-gay bullying.

Stonewall’s fourth Summer Party is at the

Kensington Roof Gardens from 7pm-3am. For

tickets and more details call 020 7593 2827

or visit www.stonewall.org.uk/summerparty

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NEWS

IN THE NEWS...

Gay stories from the UK and farther afield...

YOUTH CHANCES

SURVEY LAUNCHED

Youth Chances – a new study led by

London-based organisation METRO,

is to survey 15,000 16-25-year- old

LGBTQ youth across England.

“METRO set up Youth Chances

because: there is little reliable data

available about young LGBTQ people

who face discrimination,” said a

spokesperson for Metro.

To take part in the survey, go to

www.youthchances.org

GAY MARRIAGE

DEADLINE LOOMS

The public has until 14 June to make

their opinions known regarding

marriage equality in England and

Wales. The UK Government has been

canvassing the views of the public via

on online consultation. The UK’s

leading LGBT media outlets have

issued a joint statement warning

supporters to respond to make their

views heard. A statement co-signed

by David Hudson, Editor of Out In The

City, said: “We have a very short, but

historic, opportunity to help the

government introduce same-sex civil

marriage in England and Wales.

“All major parties in Westminster

support the move; but a vocal

minority of religious extremists is

trying to derail it. No religious

organisation is going to be forced to

marry a gay or lesbian couple. That

would be completely impossible

under the proposed law. However,

religious homophobes have taken part

in the government’s consultation on

same-sex civil marriage in huge

numbers, drowning out LGBT voices.

“That’s why the government needs

you to take part in the consultation

currently online, and why the LGBT

media has issued this joint appeal for

you to do so.” Take part in the

consultation online by going to the

following address: http://www.

homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/

about-us/consultations/equal-civilmarriage

Lending their name to the statement

were David Hudson (Out In The City),

Stephen Gray (Pink News), Tris

Reid-Smith (Gay Star News), Cliff

Joannou (QX,) Matthew Todd

(Attitude), David Bridle (Boyz), Jane

Czyzselska (DIVA), Scott Roberts

(Gaydar Radio), Sarah Garrett (g3)

and Darren Scott (GT).

A ROYAL WALK

FOR LIFE

The 23rd annual Walk For

Life took place in London on

Sunday 20 May, with many

participants encouraged to

dress up by organisers’ stated

theme of ‘Kings and Queens’.

The annual charity fundraiser,

which raises funds for the

Terrence Higgins Trust,

covered a circular 10km route,

which began and ended at

Potter’s Fields Park on

London’s Southbank. Costumes

spotted on the day included

Queen Victoria, The Wicked

Queen, and HRH the Duke and

Duchess of Cambridge, while

waving the walkers on their

way were celebrity supporters

Sarah Cawood and ballroom

dancers The Sugar Dandies

(Britain’s Got Talent). At the

end of the route, walkers were

welcomed back to the park

with entertainment from

Wicked performer Louise

Dearman, Britain’s Got Talent

dance troupe Four Corners, and

Freddie Mercury tribute act

Mercury.

Sonya Trivedy, Head of

Fundraising at Terrence

Higgins Trust, said: “Walk for

Life is always a great event, and

once again our supporters

didn’t disappoint. We are so

CROYDON GAY GROUP

COMMEMORATES IDAHO

Croydon Area Gay Society was just one of the

many UK organisations that marked this year’s

IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia

and Transphobia – held on 17 May). Pictured here

is CAGS member Ray Harvey-Amer addressing a

CAGS meeting near the Queen Victoria statue on

Katherine Street, Croydon.

Mr Harvey-Amer congratulated Her Majesty the

Queen on her Diamond Jubilee, but also talked

about LGBT rights across the Commonwealth. He

said, “LGBT people in these countries are crying

out for equality, justice and human rights. Their

voices continue to go unheard in 40 countries that

are members of the Commonwealth. We hope and

trust that during your Diamond Jubilee, all member

grateful to everyone who came

along, dressed up, got into the

spirit of the event, and helped

raise tens of thousands of

pounds in sponsorship. You’re

all kings and queens to us!”

Sponsorship for Walk for Life

closes on July 1st, and funds

raised go to Terrence Higgins

Trust’s Hardship Fund, a

project offering small grants to

people with HIV in severe

financial need. To donate visit

www.walkforlife.co.uk

states of the Commonwealth will hear their cries.”

A letter to Her Majesty, summarising these points,

was read out and then posted.

It was followed in the evening by a CAGS-organised

panel debate on gay marriage, held at Croydon

Unitarian Church and chaired by Rev Art Lester.

For more about Croydon Area Gay Society and its

upcoming events, check the official website at

www.cags.org.uk

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“Marriage binds us together, it brings stability… if two people care for each

other, if they love each other, if they want to commit to each other and spend

the rest of their lives together then they should be able to get married and

marriage should be for everyone.”

Home Secretary Theresa May speaks out in support of same-sex marriage

NAT’S SILVER SUCCESS

NAT (National AIDS Trust) held its annual

Spring Awakening fundraiser on 17 May.

The event, which took place at 11

Cavendish Square, was also a celebration

of the Trust’s 25th anniversary, so was

appropriately themed as the ‘Silver

Soirée’. At the time of going to press, it

raised an estimated £30,000 for NAT to

continue its work, raising awareness

around HIV and AIDS.

Besides enjoying free cocktails, guests were treated to a first look at an exclusive

exhibition of Red Ribbon artwork created by a range of high-profile supporters –

including Gok Wan, Annie Lennox and Pam Ann. There was also a tombola, raffle

and auction, which saw lucky bidders take home Olympic tickets to the men’s

gymnastics final and a date to sip champagne with Stephen Fry after his

performance in the all-male production of Twelfth Night at the Globe.

Deborah Jack, Chief Executive of NAT (National AIDS Trust), comments:

“As the financial climate becomes increasingly tough, support from individuals

who really care about NAT’s work is more important than ever. This year, we

wanted to make our event extra special by marking our 25th birthday and we can’t

thank our supporters enough for making the event a success. We were delighted

to showcase the exclusive Red Ribbon artwork created for us by some of our

well-known supporters and the feedback received has been overwhelming. All the

money raised from the evening will help fund NAT’s policy and campaigning work

– changing attitudes, challenging injustice and changing lives.”

EastEnders actor John Partridge

WORLD

NEWS

MALAWI

In a promising move for LGBT

rights in Africa, the new president

of Malawi, Joyce Banda, has said

that she intends to repeal laws

which make it illegal to be gay in

the country. Her stance contrasts

with that of her predecessor, Bingu

wa Mutharika. Ms Banda took office

last month after President Bingu

wa Mutharika died of a heart

attack.

Ms Banda’s stance also contrasts

with that adopted by Zimbabwe,

where the country’s Justice

Minister, Patrick Chinamasa, has

re-iterated the country’s

disapproval of gay citizens.

Following a meeting to discuss

human rights with UN officials, he

told reporters, “We made it clear

that in our law, homosexual

activities are criminalised and that

any person who commits

homosexual activities will be

arrested.”

UKRAINE

In a shocking reminder of the

persecution faced by gay people in

the certain areas of Eastern Europe,

footage has emerged of the head of

a gay rights group in the Ukraine

being attacked by three assailants.

Svyatoslav Sheremet, head of

Gay-Forum of Ukraine, was attacked

while discussing the recent

cancellation of a Pride festival in

the country’s capital, Kiev. The

three assailants ran off when they

realised members of the media

were documenting the assault. Mr

Sheremet was bloodied and bruised

by the attack.

WILL DOES CABARET

Will Young is to

make his West

End musical

theatre debut as

Emcee in Kander

and Ebb’s classic

musical Cabaret.

Rufus Norris’

acclaimed

production of the show will run at The

Savoy Theatre from 3 October,

following a four-week tour. Young said,

“I am very excited about the challenge

of choosing Cabaret as my first

musical theatre role. The role of the

Emcee is a part I have wanted to play

since before I started training at Arts

Education in Chiswick. With Rufus and

Javier [De Frutos - choreographer] I

couldn’t wish for better people to be

surrounded by.”

DONNA SUMMER

1948-2012

Donna Summer,

undisputed queen

of 70s disco,

passed away in

mid-May following

a long battle

against cancer. She was aged 63.

Following her death, tributes were

paid from across the world. President

Barak Obama said, “Her voice was

unforgettable. The music industry has

lost a legend far too soon.”

Meanwhile, Elton John was critical of

the fact that the singer had not been

properly acknowledged during her

life, saying, “That she has never been

inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall

of Fame is a total disgrace, especially

when I see the second-rate talent that

has been inducted. She was a great

friend to me and to the Elton John

AIDS Foundation and I will miss her

greatly.”

CATE PLAYS CAROL

It’s been announced that actress Cate

Blanchett and younger newcomer Mia

Wasikowska (who starred in 2010’s

Tim Burton adaptation of Alice in

Wonderland) are to play the leads in a

film version of Patricia Highsmith’s

1952 lesbian classic, The Price of

Salt. The novel has been adapted for

screen by Phyllis Nagy and will be

directed by John Crowley. It will be

re-titled ‘Carol’ after the novel’s lead

character.

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CAREER

FOUR ALL!

Colin Campbell-Austin, People Development Manager for Channel 4, tells us

why the organisation places such great value on recruiting a diverse workforce…

TELL US ABOUT

Q CHANNEL 4

Channel 4 is a unique

organisation: a public

service broadcaster

with a distinct

creative remit, funded

within the

marketplace, existing

to provide a range of

distinctive, challenging and thoughtprovoking

content. Our network of

channels is available on all digital

platforms. Our portfolio includes Channel

4 and E4 (which are also available in HD),

More4, Film4, 4Music and soon 4Seven.

Channel 4 has used interactive platforms

to help extend the depth and impact of its

programming output for more than a

decade, which includes channel4.com,

E4.com, 4oD (our bespoke video-ondemand

service for current and archive

content) and a large social media

presence. As a publisher/broadcaster,

Channel 4 is required to commission UK

content from the independent production

sector. We are a major investor in the UK’s

creative economy, working with around

300 creative companies from across the

UK every year and investing significantly

in training and talent development

throughout the industry.

WHAT IS YOUR ROLE AT CHANNEL 4?

Q I’m the People Development Manager

and I am responsible for ensuring that we

make the most of the personal

development of the fantastic people we

have here. The team also manages a

number of Channel 4 schemes

including the Production Trainee

Scheme, aimed at people

developing their media career

and networking opportunities

for potential future

employees.

CHANNEL 4 CHAMPIONS

Q DIVERSITY. HOW DOES

THIS EXTEND TO ITS

RECRUITMENT?

We pride ourselves on the wide

range of talented people that we employ.

It’s well known that a diverse workforce

promotes creativity: the life-blood of what

we do. Our creative thinking both on and

off screen is significantly better by

embracing diversity. By attracting people

from all walks of life we have created an

environment in which everyone feels free

to be whomsoever they are at work.

Diversity of thought and opinion helps us

to innovate, be distinctive and encourage

people to think in different ways.

CAN YOU GIVE US AN IDEA OF THE

Q RANGE OF VACANCIES WITHIN AN

ORGANISATION SUCH AS CHANNEL 4?

Within the creative arena, roles range

from Commissioning Editors to the Head

of Film Development. However, Channel 4

is a business, so like any other company,

we have Human Resources, Sales, IT and

Finance. If you want to be an accountant

or sales executive, we have a place for you

here at Channel 4.

QTELL US ABOUT THE CHANNEL 4

SCHEMES FOR PEOPLE INTERESTED

IN DEVELOPING THEIR MEDIA CAREER.

Yes, these include:

Production Trainee Scheme – This

scheme, which celebrates its ten-year

anniversary this year, is open to any age/

any background, you just need to be

passionate about television. This

year, trainees will be placed in

production companies in London,

Cardiff, Glasgow and Belfast. The

roles are fully paid and receive

full-time mentoring and training at

Channel 4.

Internships – A mix of office and

production-based internships are up for

grabs. Whatever your media ambitions

might be, there is a security pass with your

name on it. Plus, you get paid!

Apprenticeships – We’re looking for

people who want to learn on the job and

develop the skills and knowledge to get

ahead in the creative industries while

getting paid. Our apprenticeships are an

excellent way of gaining both a NVQ Level

2 and/or Level 3 qualification and

workplace experience.

Investigative Journalism Scheme – This

scheme is open to people with at least two

years’ experience in journalism and who

are ready to move on to the next stage of

their career. Positions are in London,

Manchester and Glasgow-based

production companies who work on our

award-winning investigative current

affairs programme: Dispatches.

4Screenwriting – Every year we look for

12 talented, original and diverse writers

who currently have no broadcast credit

but wish to write for television drama.

The course is designed so that writers

should be able to take part even if in fulltime

employment. Writers will be paid a

small fee for attending the course.

Coming Up – Russell Tovey, Ashley

Walters and Yasmin Paige are among the

actors starring in Channel 4’s Coming Up

2012 - the annual talent initiative which

offers up-and-coming writers and

directors the unique opportunity to

showcase their work on national TV.

FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN THESE

Q CHANNEL 4 SCHEMES, WHAT’S THE

NEXT STEP?

Check out channel4.com, follow the team

on Twitter and join our Facebook and

LinkedIn pages –to keep up to date with

opportunities as they arise.

Twitter: @ColinC4People, @DianeC4People, @

SimonC4People, @EvaC4People, @

ShelleyC4People and @MartynC4People

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PARENTING

POSITIVE PARENTING

If you think it’s impossible for HIV-positive men to father HIV-negative children,

think again. The British Surrogacy Centre is acting as a pioneer in this new

area of fertility treatment…

Gay parenting is on the

increase. In fact, the topic is

once again hot news this

month, with NHS

representatives announcing

that lesbian couples who

have gone through six failed

IVF attempts can seek

further free fertility

treatment on the NHS.

For gay men who want to

have biological babies of

their own, there is only one

route, and that is surrogacy.

But what do you do if you or

your male partner has an

HIV-positive status?

Many gay couples have

assumed that a positive HIV

status would spell the end of

any dreams to be biological

parents. However, nowadays,

this is not necessarily the

case.

Barrie Drewitt-Barlow,

founder of The British

Surrogacy Centre, is working

with many couples and single

men with HIV to give them

the families they have always

wanted by utilising

pioneering medical advances

to help create families.

“Men with HIV have

always been discriminated

against. For years I have been

advising men with HIV on

having babies, and since I set

up the BSC, I wanted to

ensure that any person with

HIV who walks through our

door is not discriminated

against, but helped. I have

personally worked with

clinics in the US who are

using technology to ‘wash

away’ the HIV virus from the

sperm to ensure that the

babies born have an HIVnegative

status.”

So how does so-called

‘sperm washing’ work? The

HIV virus is carried

primarily in the seminal

fluid, not the sperm cells

themselves. The seminal

fluid, which carries the

sperm cells, is the white fluid

that you ejaculate during

orgasm. The process of

‘washing’ separates the

sperm cells from the seminal

fluid. These sperm cells can

then be used to impregnate a

willing surrogate.

The BSC is currently

working with David, a single

man aged 41, who is HIVpositive.

David never thought

he would be able to have

children as a single gay man:

“I always wanted children but

the fact that I was gay and

single I never thought it

would be possible. There are

thousands of single

heterosexual people out there

with babies, and I wanted one,

could provide a loving home

and supportive family, yet no

adoption or fostering agency

wanted to know.

Then, two years ago I

had to have some emergency

dental work whilst on

holiday and I contracted

HIV. It just floored me. I

continued to work with

agencies but they didn’t want

to know. I could tell they

were judging me and didn’t

believe me when I said I

contracted HIV through a

medical procedure. They just

saw a single gay guy that was

doing quite well for himself,

with HIV, and immediately

thought I was a lad about

town who shouldn’t be a

father. One night I was

looking online and I found

the BSC. I spoke to Barrie

and he invited me in to meet

him. I am now in the process

of becoming a father.”

Although The British

Surrogacy Centre is already

famed for its success rates

(currently every couple

working with Barrie and his

team have achieved

pregnancy by their second

attempt); it is now making

waves harnessing through its

use of the latest technology.

It also has a well-established

social work team, and firmly

believes that all clients

should be treated in a

holistic manner.

“We recognise that for

many of our intended

parents, just like David, the

journey they have travelled

to bring them to our door can

be a traumatic one,” says

Barrie. “We offer them not

only medical support but

emotional support too. HIV

is not a stigma here at the

BSC; we just have to take a

slightly different course of

action when it comes to

collecting and treating

sperm. We have many

surrogates who are ready and

able to work with HIV+

intended parents and we give

them all the support they

need.”

If you would like the assistance

of The British Surrogacy Centre

to start your family then you can

contact them by calling: (01621)

878650 or visit their website at

www.britishsurrogacycentre.com

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BUILT WITH THE

FUTURE IN MIND

Kidbrooke Village is a £1billion project that’s transforming an area of the

Royal Borough of Greenwich into a vibrant, sustainable community –

a new urban village, no less.

Heralded as a new benchmark

for housing developments,

Kidbrooke Village will boast

4,000 attractive homes, acres

of parkland and facilities

ranging from a school to shops

and a healthcare centre. The

thoughtful architecture will

introduce welcoming, low-rise

apartments and terraces with

private outdoor space, highquality

communal areas, sports

facilities, great views and lots of

open spaces.

As part of Kidbrooke Village,

Southern Home Ownership

(part of the Southern Housing

Group) is offering threebedroom

townhouses, available

for shared ownership (part buy/

part rent) at Boyd Way.

All homes at Boyd Way are

carefully designed to ensure they

are comfortable, attractive and

sustainable. Natural materials

are used externally and

internally to give a warm,

welcoming feel, and the homes

are finished to a high

specification. The houses all

have private gardens with a shed

and cycle storage.

While Boyd Way will have

all the attractions and

advantages of living in a

close-knit community, the big

city is not too far away.

Kidbrooke rail station, which is

being redeveloped to create a

new transport hub, is just a few

minutes’ walk away, putting the

City and the West End within 30

minutes of the development. For

those travelling by car, Boyd Way

is positioned to give motorists

easy access to central London

via the A2, and you can reach the

shopping centre at Bluewater in

just 20 minutes.

of everything London has to

offer.

The houses are all

competitively priced. Typically,

those looking to purchase

a three-bedroom townhouse can

expect to purchase a 25%

share from £96,500. If you

consider that the open market

value of a three-bedroom house

at Kidbrooke Village starts at

£386,000, Southern Home

Ownership is offering these

properties for a significantly

lower price, making living at

Kidbrooke Village accessible to

first-time buyers.

Priority for the homes at

Boyd Way will be given to

those living or working in

Greenwich, Lewisham,

Southwark, Bromley or

Bexley. To be eligible, applicants

must be employed, not be a

current homeowner, unable to

buy a home outright in that area

and be registered with First

Steps. Income criteria will apply.

For more information on the shared

ownership homes at Boyd Way or to

visit the show home, contact

Southern Home Ownership on

08456 121 271 or email sales@

shgroup.org.uk

southernatkidbrookevillage.com

This new style of modern

suburb gives purchasers a

chance to buy homes they can

cherish, with a wealth of

facilities on their doorstep and a

short journey to take advantage

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We Want

THIS MONTH’S HOT

PRODUCTS FOR THE HOME.

TO MARK THE QUEEN’S

JUBILEE, WE HIGHLIGHT

SOME UK-PRODUCED

DESIGN PRODUCTS AND

BRIT-BASED BUSINESSES...

01. OLYMPIC POSTERS

The Olympics has proved an

excuse for all manner of

atrocious merchandise.

Thankfully, not all the official

produce looks tacky. We’ve

long been fans of British

artist Bridget Riley, and we

love her official Olympic

poster, ‘Rose Rose’ (£6.96

unframed or from £86.53

framed). Also available is this

geometric ‘Big Ben’ print

from Sarah Morris (pictured).

RRP £6.96 unframed

www.easyart.com

02.ANOTHER CHAIR

‘Another Chair’ comes from

Brit-design brand Another

Country. Founded in 2010,

the company specialises in

contemporary craft furniture,

and pottery. We love almost

its entire range of furniture,

most of which comes in

natural woods hues. However,

Another Chair is also

available in pigeon blue, grey,

cream and black.

RRP £375

www.anothercountry.com

03. LAZERIAN DOG

Lazerian is a Manchesterbased

design company that

specialise in products made

from folded card and paper

– from expensive, intricate

lamp shades, through to

sturdy chairs, to a delightful

3D model of the company’s

mascot, Gerald. It costs just

£15 and is sent out as a flat

pack – so be prepared to get

busy with scissors and glue!

RRP £15

www.lazerian.co.uk

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04. PRISON-MADE

CUSHIONS

Fine Cell Work is a social

enterprise that “trains

prisoners in paid, skilled,

creative needlework to foster

hope, discipline and self

esteem.” Ahead of the

Jubilee, it has produced a

collection of cushions

emblazoned with the St

Edward’s Crown. Cushions

are available in red, white or

blue.

RRP £39 each/£110 set of three

www.finecellwork.co.uk

05. TREVISO DESK

Ercol (founded 1920) offer a

range of natural wood

products with designs

ranging from the traditional

to the contemporary. Falling

more into the latter camp is

the Treviso desk and

occasional table, which has

been designed by renowned

British designer Matthew

Hilton. Made from oak, with a

matt lacquer finish, it’s full of

elegant details.

RRP £999

www.johnlewis.com

06. BRITISH OUTLINE TEA

TOWEL

Designer Victoria Eggs has

already scooped a ‘Gift Of

The Year’ award: and she

only launched her business

last year! Inspired by Great

Britain and its heritage, she’s

produced a range of

homeware, including this

‘Great British Outline’ design,

which utilizes iconic

silhouettes, including the

queen.

RRP £9

www.victoriaeggs.co.uk

07. BROOKLYN COFFEE

TABLE

Villiers Brothers was set up

by brothers Harry, Tim and

Hugo in 1989. Dedicated to

creating bespoke and unique

furniture, they make ornate

tables, chairs, mirrors and

lighting – usually in granite,

marble, steel and glass. The

Large Brooklyn Coffee Table,

available in either Old Penny

Bronze or Mirror Polished

Stainless Steel (pictured).

RRP £6,410

www.villiersbrothers.co.uk

08. G-PLAN SIDEBOARD

As keen recyclers, we were

interested to hear about Out

Of The Dark, a social

enterprise that, “recycles,

repurposes and revamps

salvaged furniture as a

means to train, educate and

employ young people from

disadvantaged backgrounds.”

It was honoured as ‘Charity

Of The Year’ by John Lewis in

2010. This G-Plan Sideboard

is typical of its range.

RRP £400

www.outofthedark.org.uk

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V FOR VIOVET

Did you know you can now order your pet’s prescription medication

online? Out In The City looks at the background to VioVet…

VioVet’s Luke Cousins

Despite stuggling with dyslexia when

younger, computer whiz Luke Cousins has

become quite the precocious entrepreneur.

At 12 he offered holiday care for pets in his

parent’s back garden; at 13 he was selling

mobile phone covers on e-Bay; and at 16 he

started an on-line company selling pet

medications.

VioVet (www.viovet.co.uk) now dispatches

over 4,000 orders a week, turned over £6.5m

last year and is seeing 1,500 new customers

register each week as pet owners look to source

cheaper pet medication and pet food.

Luke, now 21, said, “I started out literally at the

kitchen table at home, designing the website

and writing the computer programmes for

ordering and then packing the boxes and taking

them to the post office. The business has grown

quite quickly!”

It helped that Luke’s parents, Sharon and

John, had their own veterinary practice

outside St Albans and the family knew about a

change in the law allowing pet owners to take a

vet’s prescription to someone other than the

prescriber.

Luke said, “I saw it as a great opportunity and a

way of providing the same level of expertise

and knowledge but at the same time saving pet

owners a lot of money.”

Anyone who has a pet will know that the

cost of treatment can be crippling but many

are unaware that they now have the freedom to

send a prescription for treatment to a firm like

VioVet, who will then dispatch the drugs often

at a fraction of the cost.

Luke said, “Prices are typically 30-50%

cheaper, which is a substantial saving if your

animal needs long-term medication for

something like arthritis or diabetes.”

VioVet (the name comes from father John’s old

car registration plate – V10 VET) is now based

in a 13,000sq foot warehouse near the family

home in Hertfordshire, and unlike other

on-line firms, they encourage customer

interaction with a busy Facebook page and

offer an advice phone line.

The company now stocks 20,000 different

product lines, everything from flea treatments

and worming tablets to gourmet pet food and

pet toys.

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TRAVEL

THE BOY’S IN BRAZIL!

Patrick Strudwick is blown away by a whirlwind tour of Brazil,

taking in the cities of Rio de Janeiro, Florianopolis and Recife…

First, let’s dispel the myths:

Brazil is not cheap; the

weather is not constantly

incredible; and – not

everyone is beautiful. You

might assume that because it’s

a poorer country you can rock

up to a five-star hotel and pay

tuppence for panoramic views

on your roof terrace. For that

experience in Rio de Janeiro’s

snazziest hotel, the Fasano, on

Copacabana beach, where

Madonna and Beyoncé have

stayed (their ‘thank you’ cards

are displayed in a secret room I

was allowed into), you’d need

to cough up two grand. Even a

distinctly average hotel room

can cost £200 in the big tourist

areas like Rio. Top-notch

restaurants can charge prices

comparable to London. You can

do Brazil on the cheap, but

don’t expect amazing value.

The weather varies

enormously. In the south,

where I began my holiday, a

boat trip turned into a freezing

endurance test. Rio can rain

like a bastard. The north,

however, where it’s nearer the

equator, is usually sweltering.

In the seaside city of Recife it

was 35° Celsius in April.

One more downside in this

dazzling, diverse country:

everything takes ages. Want to

sort your bill out immediately?

Plane to catch? Want to get into

a club? Leave a space in your

diary. “It’s the Brazilian way,” I

was told by the tour guides

again and again. Submit to this

slower pace or you will end up

doing a lot of shouting.

Shouting does not speed things

up. I tried.

So... Rio de Janeiro. This vast

city – romanticised,

mythologised and adored by

millions – is so spectacular.

Although not every single

person looks like a model, more

do than in any other country

I’ve ever visited. Small surprise

that it’s been a gay destination

since the 1950s, as it is set on a

yawning bay, towered over by

Christ the Redeemer’s statue

and the Sugarloaf Mountain,

and cradled by a series of

famous beaches. You will stare

agog, absorbing the melodrama

of skyscrapers, mountains and

colonial architecture. At night,

even the favelas – shanty towns

– twinkle like fairy lights.

Trot down to the gay beach in

Ipanema in front of large

rainbow flags, it’s not hard to

miss... and you’ll be pleasantly

surprised. The atmosphere of

judgment and lust, as felt in

many European and American

gay destinations, just doesn’t

exist. Relaxed and friendly, no

one will care if your trunks

aren’t designer or your abs

don’t resemble a xylophone.

Just near the beach is a lovely,

open-sided post-sun-bathing

bar – for gay girls and boys –

called Bofetada (87 Rua Farme

de Amoedo, which is the main

gay street). The gay beach in

Copacabana – between the

Rua Fenando Mendes and the

Copacabana Palace Hotel – is

known for being a bit of a

hustler spot, so be wary if

approached. This beach is also

where the gay pride parade

takes place in Oct/November.

For gay clubbing in Rio there

is one Mecca: The Week. It’s

huge (two dance floors, two

bars, VIP area, outdoor

smoking area); plays

exceptionally fun music – pop,

dance, Brazilian jollities – and

is rich with local talent.

Brazilians can be more open

and tactile when it comes to

the mating game. You’ll hear

warnings about locals coming

on to tourists because they

want money or visas, but I

didn’t witness this. Cariocas –

the word for people who live in

Rio – tend to be cooler than the

national stereotype; however,

this didn’t extend to a sailor I

met in The Week. He insisted

on accompanying me to the loo,

putting his arms round my

waist when I peed because he

“loved me”. Even the Brazilian

PR host was somewhat

surprised by this, but, you

know, when in Rome...

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1. The famous statue of Christ the

Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro

2. Copacabana Beach

3. The Santa Isabel Theatre

in downtown Recife

4. Florianopolis at night

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Santa Catarina, Florianopolis

TRAVEL NEWS

There other lovely bars:

Galeria Café, (mixed, cute

décor) Le Boy/Le Girl (one

venue, two clubs, the second

for women) and Star Club,

which has a dark room. As for

restaurants, two blew me away:

Zaza in Ipanema (Rua Joana

Angelica), a breezy, bohemian

orgy of crazy décor and

Brazilian/European fusion

food; and Mr Lam’s (Rua

Maria Angelica), a Brazilian

take on glamorous Chinese

dining. The cocktails – all fresh

coconut and sass – will fell you

like a chopped redwood.

Other Rio must-dos are: a

trip up in the cable car to

Sugarloaf Mountain, and the

little train up the mountain

to Christ the Redeemer.

Amazing views, but there’s also

a heart-stopping, beautiful old

mansion at its base, which is

now the Escola de Artes

Visuais do Parque Lage.

Should you wish to travel

around, there are other

possibilities for the discerning

gay traveller: Florianopolis is

a lush, gorgeous island in the

south. Unspoilt beaches

abound, including a nifty gay

one. There’s a bar, rainbow

flags, hotness all around. You

can snorkel, surf or paraglide. I

was preserving energy for the

slightly naff nightlife, in the

form of Club Concorde (more

LINKS

www.braziltour.com – For

further information on Rio,

Recife and Florianopolis

http://riogayguide.com/

- Gay life in Rio

ACCOMMODATION

Patrick stayed at:

Il Campanario Villagio

Resort, Avenida dos Buzios,

1760, Florianopolis, Brazil –

beauties together with dodgy

music), and Jivago Lounge, a

more sophisticated affair.

One important word about bars

and clubs: on arrival you are

given a card. When you buy

drinks you hand over the card,

then pay off the total bill on

your way out. If you lose this

card you will be stuck there

and have to pay a massive fine.

Finally, the north: Recife.

There’s a larger gay scene than

in Florianpolis: half a dozen

bars and clubs, all of which are

shut on Mon/Tues, which was

when I was there. Aargh!

The city has miles of stunning

beaches but the real attraction

is the town adjoining it: Olinda.

Colourful, picturesque, it’s an

old-time Brazilian gem:

cobbled-streets, painted houses

and pretty cafés serving

authentic fare. The carnival

comes through here and I can’t

think of a better place to

celebrate life.

I’m reliably informed that

Sao Paolo and Salvador are

two other excellent cities for

gay tourists in Brazil, but Out

in the City haven’t sent me

there yet, so until it does I will

simply sift through my photos

of Rio, Florianopolis and

Recife, wondering how I can

get a visa to go and move there.

Maybe I’ll send that sailor a

message…

www.ilcampanario.com.br

Windsor Atlantica, Avenida

Atlantica, 1020 –

Copocabana, Rio de Janeiro –

www.windsorhoteis.com

Hotel Atlanta Plaza,

Avenida Boa Viagem, Recife,

www.atlanteplaza.com

For flights to and from Brazil

visit www.flytap.com and

www.tam.com.br

Barcelona

• BARCELONA PRIDE

One of Europe’s biggest and

most colourful Pride

celebrations is the annual

Barcelona Pride. This year’s

festival takes place between

30 June – 1 July 2012, but

there will be pre-Pride parties

and cultural events from 22

June until the festival day.

Weekend highlights will

include a special gay day at

Tibidabo Amusement Park on

Saturday 30 June, followed by

a Miss Drag Pride on the

Avenue Maria Cristina from

9pm in the evening. This is

followed on Sunday 1 July by

the main Pride Parade. In

typical Mediterranean fashion

(i.e. things don’t start until

late), the parade will be

preceded by a pre-parade

party from 4-6pm, followed by

the parade itself at 6pm…

which should at least spare

you burning in the blistering

midday sun! The parade will

assemble at Plaça

Universitat, before setting off

via Carrer Sepulveda to Plaza

Espanya. On arrival at Avenida

Maria Cristina (the street

below the Magic Fountain),

the gay village will already be

in full swing, and will

transform into the main party,

which will continue until 2am.

Put the date in your diary now

and start planning your

accommodation. This

promises to be one sunsoaked

celebration of

Mediterranean warmth and

LGBT freedom. You’ll find

details at the official website:

www.pridebarcelona.org

• EUROGAMES 2012:

BUDAPEST

Budapest in Hungary

(pictured above) makes for a

beautiful city break at any

time of year. However, a

particularly good time to go

would be over the 27 June – 1

July, when the city plays host

to the LGBT Eurogames 2012.

The event will feature 18

different events and 3,800

athletes. Should you not been

keen on attending the

sporting activities, there will

also be five days of associated

cultural and tourism-related

events, plus a conference on

human rights and minority

issues. Needless to say, we

imagine that Budapest’s small

but bustling gay scene is also

likely to be heaving over the

course of the games, with

countless opportunities to

make new friends!

More details about the games

can be found at www.

eurogamesbudapest.hu

– while for flight information,

check out http://freshairlines.

org – which includes details of

discount bookings through

official Airline sponsor,

Lufthansa.

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BODY TALK

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Help me Out!

Soren Stauffer-Kruse offers words

of advice and guidance…

RUBBER TROUBLE

Dear Out,

My boyfriend keeps suggesting that we

stop using condoms. He’s more top than

bottom, but he says he finds it difficult to

keep a hard erection while wearing a

condom and that it feels much better

without. I’ve always stuck to safer sex

with partners in the past, and am not

really that keen to ditch the condoms. He

says he’s negative, and I know I’m

negative, but I would prefer to keep using

condoms.

To be honest, a little part of me wonders

if he sometimes has sex with other guys,

and I think that’s why I prefer to use

condoms – to always stay safe. He says

he’s faithful, and seems to be getting

annoyed with me that I don’t want to

ditch the condoms. I’m actually worried

that he might go off me if I don’t agree to

it. This is beginning to cause a bit of

friction between us – how can I get him to

just drop the issue?

Dale

Dear Dale,

Issues that come up in sex often

have a deeper underlying cause: in

your case I feel that this may be

about communication and trust. I’m

not sure that the two of you have

talked enough about your sexual lives

and it would be good to have some

time to consider each other’s point of

view and work at building trust and

understanding in the relationship. If

you like using condoms, your partner

should respect that. It sounds as

though he has not considered your

point of view or done enough to find

out how you are feeling about it.

Hopefully, you can talk about it again

and find out more about how you both

feel about the nature of your sexual

relationship: Do you want to be

monogamous or do you want to find

another arrangement that works for

both of you?

There are a number of reasons why

people want to stop using condoms,

whether it concerns physical

sensation, the hassle of finding them

and putting one on, or because some

couples don’t feel they need the

protection that condoms offer. As

long as they trust each other fully, are

aware of their sexual health status,

and are in a monogamous

relationship, this is a wonderful thing

because they are not introducing a

risk element into their sex lives that

can lead to problems further down

the line. Then there are negative

reasons for wanting to stop using

condoms. Chiefly, passing on any

sexually-transmitted infection, but

also ignoring any underlying issues by

not putting on a condom and possibly

putting the partner at risk in the

process. This will almost inevitably

lead to complications and conflict in

the relationship in the future.

It is true that some men struggle to

maintain an erection when they put

on a condom, but I think this is not

about the condom so much as about

it feeling better to have sex without

one. Your boyfriend may be suffering

from performance anxiety. The act of

putting on the condom simply brings

out an underlying anxiety. So it could

be that your boyfriend is not feeling

as confident about being a top as you

have thought. It is important that you

know about this as it gives you an

understanding of the things you could

do to make him feel more confident

about his sexual performance.

Whatever the underlying reasons, this

seems like a great time for the two of

you to get everything out in the open

and think very positively about this

and to deepen understanding and

trust in the relationship. Don’t be

confrontational, but try to focus on

what the other person is feeling,

which will make it easier to find a

compromise. That’s what

relationships are all about. That said,

you should not compromise your

sexual health in the process.

GET IN TOUCH

Soren Stauffer-Kruse is a

Chartered Counselling Psychologist

and an expert in gay relationship and

sexual issues. If you have a problem

and are seeking advice, email

editorial@outmag.co.uk

We regret that Soren cannot enter

into personal correspondence.

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HISTORICAL TREATMENT

ANTHONY GORDON REVIEWS SPA LONDON

MARSHALL STREET LEISURE CENTRE, 15 MARSHALL STREET, W1F 7EL

020 7494 2208. WWW.SPA-LONDON.ORG

One thing I’ve always enjoyed about

living in London is the fact that, despite

residing here for many years, I can still

turn a corner in central London and find

myself on a street I’ve never wandered

down before.

Like me, you may well have walked

past Marshall Street many times – perhaps

on your way to or from nearby Carnaby

Street – but there’s a good chance that you

will be unaware that it’s home to a

stunning public swimming pool.

Operated by City of Westminster

council, Marshall Street Leisure Centre

is a Grade II listed building which has

recently undergone a £11 million redevelopment

to restore it to its former

glory. The marble-lined pool is a great

example of 1930s architecture, with

expansive ceiling windows allowing for

plenty of natural light. Besides the pool,

the centre also offers exercise studios and

a 60-station gym. There’s also a basement

spa area – a joint venture between

not-for-profit social enterprise GLL and

Westminster Council – which falls under

the spa LONDON brand umbrella.

Spa LONDON operate several spa

facilities at GLL-run leisure facilities,

including York Hall in Bethnal Green and

Wimbledon Leisure Centre. It launched

the Marshall Street spa in April, and word

is now slowly beginning to spread.

The spa offers a range of treatments,

and I paid it a visit to enjoy a simple

manicure (£22) and pedicure (£25). My

therapist greeted me at reception and

asked me to complete a form that asked

the usual medical history questions before

leading me to a small private room, where

she set about working on my fingernails.

She clipped them and applied cream,

before tackling the cuticles. A little bit of

buffing wouldn’t have gone amiss (it was

the ‘express manicure’ though), but they

still looked a lot tidier by the time she’d

finished, and the hand massage was

certainly very relaxing for hands that

would normally be pounding a keyboard at

4.30pm on a Thursday afternoon.

She then had me hop up on a very

comfy recliner and set about treating my

feet. The pedicure was similarly relaxing,

and included a blissful skin scrub. Elemis

products were used throughout. My tootsies

were left looking baby soft and healthy.

Marshall Street’s spa LONDON

offer a range of different treatments for

men, with the cheapest – eyebrow

threading – starting at just £12. “We’ve

been overwhelmed by the response to our

new treatment menu – and male waxing is

proving particularly popular,” says spa

LONDON’s Manager Melissa Evans. “Our

therapists are happy to tackle anything

from eyebrows to backs to more intimate

areas. Results are fantastic and the

treatments quick and pain-free.”

Also on offer a various massage

treatments, an “MOT for him” package

(£95) – which includes an Elemis Deep

Tissue Muscle Massage (£65) and an

Elemis Clarity Facial – and an Elemis

Urban Cleanse Facial (£65), which is

designed to act as a long-lasting defence

against daily city pollutants. A back

waxing costs £20, which is highly

competitive for central London.

You can also relax in the spa’s

Thermal Area’. They have two saunas

Marshall Street swimming pool

and a steam room, as well as a chill-out

area with recliners and complimentary

drinks. There are male-only, female-only

and mixed sessions. Non-members can pay

to enter this area for £10.25 (and can stay

for up to three hours), but entry is free

with many of the spa treatment packages

– check the website for details or ask when

calling to make a booking.

www.spa-london.org

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FITNESS

My body

Florent

Concert organiser,

barman at Shadow

Lounge and model

WHEN DID YOU START

Q WORKING OUT?

When I was around 18 years old. I

was very envious of all those great

looking guys that I saw in

magazine and TV, so I decided to

build up.

I didn’t know much about

fitness for the first two years,

so I was mostly lifting weights

in my room before I went and

joined a proper gym.

I had my first modelling job at

around the age of 20 and it really

gave me the motivation to carry on.

I always say to my friends ‘we live

only once’ so I want to live looking

the best I possibly can.

WHAT’S YOUR TYPICAL GYM

Q ROUTINE?

I mostly train early in the morning.

I find gyms are usually too busy in

the evenings. I go to the gym 4 to 5

times a week and I do sessions

lasting between 90 minutes and

two hours. I make sure to work on

different groups of muscles each

day. I do various exercises and

around 4 to 5 sets of 12 repetitions

each, which I find gives me leaner

muscles. Because I do a lot of

repetitions, I therefore don’t need

to do cardio.

WHAT SORT OF WEIGHTS DO

Q YOU LIFT NOW?

I do a series of combination

exercises using dumbbells, bars,

cables, kettle bells, etc, for

resistance, and I alternate these

with squats, lunges, abdominal and

aerobic activities to maximize the

body’s hormonal response and

achieve greater fitness levels. The

trick is to keep trying different

combinations, to keep the body on

its toes – and to rest as little as

possible between exercises.

DO YOU TAKE ANY

Q NUTRITIONAL

SUPPLEMENTS?

I don’t take supplements anymore.

I don’t really trust the effects of

supplementary proteins and

creatine on the body and I prefer

to just use natural products.

Nowadays, after a workout, I’ll

have 2-3 eggs or some nuts or even

a can of tuna. Yes, it’s much less

convenient than protein shakes, I

admit, but you’re getting good

quality protein from natural

sources.

I have a diet rich in low-fat

proteins with lots of fruits and

vegetables. I don’t eat any carbs at

night, but I eat a lot and often!

DO YOU HAVE ANY PERSONAL

Q WORKOUT ADVICE OR TIPS?

If you want results – be consistent!

Don’t give up after 1-2 months of

training because it takes time. You

won’t get results overnight.

I work around 60 hours per week

with all my jobs but I still manage

to fit my training sessions in

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around work, so don’t use work as

an excuse not to train.

Food is also 50% of the work. You

can undo all the good work at the

gym if you’re not eating the right

food, and too many people still

don’t know what and when to eat. I

eat organic produce as much as

possible. It can be expensive but

it’s also very easy to eat, and is

healthier. Believe me – your body

will thank you!

Cut the drinks and alcohol binges!

Drinking heavily at the weekend

sets back the work you did during

the week.

Finally, learn from others and get a

gym buddy to give you extra

motivation. I met my friend Dan

last year and he has really pushed

me on to the next level.

GET A BODY

LIKE FLORENT

1. Don’t rest too long

between exercises. It

can be tempting to

read a magazine

between reps, but

you should only rest

between 20-60

seconds – not for

five minutes!

2. Eat protein after a

workout. Most

gym-goers resort to

protein shakes or

bars, but egg whites

deliver plenty of

natural, high-quality

protein. Fish or lean

poultry is also

excellent.

3. Find yourself a

gym buddy.

Befriend people at

your gym or find a

mate who wants to

work out… and who

won’t give up easily!

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