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2010 August Posts


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Tennis most gay-friendly Sport in Britain – Football last!

If England’s World Cup failure wasn’t bad enough, football suffered another knock today as it was voted the least gay-friendly sport in Britain.

Tennis took the top spot, with 65 per cent saying it was the most gay-friendly. Rugby scored 29 per cent and just 6 per cent of respondents said football was our most gay-friendly sport.

The online poll, the latest Stonewall social media poll, backed up recent YouGov research for Stonewall which found that more than one in four fans think football is ‘anti-gay’ and three in five fans say anti-gay abuse dissuades players from coming out.

James Munro from the Lawn Tennis Association said: ‘As the national governing body for tennis in Britain, the Lawn Tennis Association is delighted that tennis has been recognised as a welcoming sport for all, regardless of age, ability, background or sexual orientation.’

Rugby player Gareth Thomas said: ‘The recent decision to fine the Castleford Tigers £40,000 for homophobic chanting directed at me sent a strong signal from the world of rugby about homophobia. By coming out, I hope to become a role model for any young gay people who aspire to be professional sports players.’

Speaking at this year’s Stonewall Equality Dinner, Martina Navratilova said: ‘When I first came out in 1981, it was lonely out there. The phrase I heard was “career suicide.” I’m told I lost millions in sponsorship, but I gained something of greater value – the opportunity to live my life with integrity.’

Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill said: ‘There’s not a single openly gay professional player in British football. Perhaps if football had a wider pool of talent to choose from, our World Cup performance wouldn’t be quite so pitiful.’

Commenting on Stonewall’s Facebook page, Dave Phillips said: ‘As a huge football fan it pains me to say this but, football is by far the most homophobic sport. It’s still totally acceptable and common for homophobic chants to be heard on the terraces. Also the fact that there are no out players pretty much says it all. Clubs need to do more to sort this out.’

Visit Stonewall working for equality and justice for lesbians, gay men and bisexuals. www.stonewall.org.uk



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Thomas Lawrence: Regency Power and Brilliance at National Portrait Gallery, London

The first exhibition in Britain since 1979 of the works of the great Regency painter Thomas Lawrence will open at the National Portrait Gallery in London in October.

Image: Princess Sophia, 1825 By Thomas Lawrence. The Royal Collection 2010, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Thomas Lawrence: Regency Power and Brilliance will showcase the most important British portrait painter of his generation and explore his development as one of the most celebrated and influential artists in Europe at the start of the nineteenth century.

The exhibition, which has been organized by the National Portrait Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art, will travel to the United States of America, where it will be the first substantial examination of the artist’s works. Thomas Lawrence: Regency Power and Brilliance will introduce the artist’s paintings in all their beauty and virtuosity to a new generation of museum visitors and will re-examine his work in the light of recent scholarship on the art of the Regency period.

It will include Lawrence’s greatest paintings and drawings, many of which are rarely seen in public and which convey the power and originality of his work. Of the 54 portraits in the exhibition, many have been generously loaned from private collections including Charles William Lambton, the famous “Red Boy”, as well as from public institutions such as the portrait of Elizabeth Farren from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Among loans from the Royal Collection are the three outstanding portraits of Pope Pius VII, Field Marshall Gebhardt von Blücher and Charles, Archduke of Austria, which are normally displayed in the grand Waterloo Chamber of Windsor Castle. Visitors will also be able to compare a drawing from the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and a painting from the Art Institute of Chicago, portraying one of the artist’s most striking sitters, Isabella Wolff.

Providing a fresh understanding of Lawrence and his career, the exhibition explores both his technical innovations as a draughtsman and painter and his unprecedented international reputation. It will also place him within the broader contexts of the aesthetic debates, networks of patronage and international politics of his day.

Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London, says: ‘Thomas Lawrence was the artistic star of the Regency period. This exhibition now offers the best chance to understand why his work is so important.’

Amy Meyers, Director of Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, says: ‘A critic once wrote of Lawrence’s work that, “The magic of his art is thrown around the representations of the most ordinary things.” We are thrilled to be able to share this magic with visitors drawn to the show by the beauty of Lawrence’s paintings, by interest in the period of the Napoleonic wars, and by the changing representations of gender roles in Lawrence’s work.’

Beginning as a child prodigy working in pastels, Thomas Lawrence succeeded Sir Joshua Reynolds as Britain’s greatest portrait painter. With the temperament and flair to capture the glamour of the age, Lawrence created the image of Regency high-society with dazzling brushwork and an innovative use of colour. His international reputation was ensured when the Prince Regent commissioned portraits of all the foreign leaders involved in the downfall of Napoleon. Lawrence was appointed President of the Royal Academy in 1820.

Thomas Lawrence: Regency Power and Brilliance is curated by Dr Cassandra Albinson, Associate Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, and Dr Peter Funnell, 19th Century Curator and Head of Research Programmes, and Dr Lucy Peltz, 18th Century Curator, at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Thomas Lawrence: Regency Power and Brilliance
21 October 2010 – 23 January 2011
National Portrait Gallery, London
Admission £12
Concessions £10/£9



The new eco-friendly ‘must-have’ accessory: bespoke electric scooters from econogo™

Posted Friday 13th August 2010 by Editor

New British company econogo™ launches the eagerly awaited yogo; a brand new chic electric scooter that’s set to be this seasons ‘green’ must-have.

It’s the UK’s first electric scooter that uses a fully detachable and portable battery, making it as easy to charge up as your mobile phone (traditional models use inconvenient extension leads to an integrated battery).

For the first time ever, it’s convenient to own and run an electric scooter; you can charge the removable batteries at home, or even in your office.  yogo is also great for the environment and has minimal annual running costs compared to petrol-engine versions. Bespoke design options are available with a selection of graded fabrics and colours for the seat and different paint colour for bodywork which can be made to order, offering a totally unique and stylish vehicle.

The new yogo, is now available to buy online econogoelectricscooters.co.uk and has a competitive retail price of £1,999. Offering the utmost in convenience, yogo can store a second detachable battery, meaning that the scooter will run for 30 + 30 miles using both batteries, giving it a clear edge against traditional models.  Batteries recharge in just 2 hours; far less than with conventional cumbersome models which are highly impractical requiring 4-8 hours in order to achieve a partial/full charge via an extension lead.

econogo™ offers excellent value for money with minimal annual running costs and it comes at a time when the latest generation of electric two wheelers are able to match the performance of <125cc petrol-engines which account for 45% of the 140,000 powered two-wheelers sold each year.

*You need to be at least 16 to drive a 50cc moped and have a provisional UK license. Once you’ve taken your CBT, you can ride a 50cc moped with ‘L’ plates. You can’t take passengers or drive on motorways until you have a full UK motorcycle license.

If you have a full UK driving license taken before Feb 2001 no further tests are needed. Holders of a full UK driving license also do not need to have ‘L’ plates. [DVLA]



SIGG Launch Second Limited Edition Vivienne Westwood Bottle – And You Shouldn’t Miss It!

Posted Saturday 14th August 2010by Editor

Following the huge success of the first limited edition SIGG bottle designed exclusively by Vivienne Westwood, SIGG launches the second design in June 2010 at the Vivienne Westwood SS11 Menswear Show in Milan.

Makers of the original Swiss reusable aluminum bottle, SIGG has partnered with Vivienne Westwood to help raise awareness around the unnecessary waste and harm caused to the environment through the purchasing and disposal of plastic bottles. The unique collaboration has resulted in the creation of a limited series of fashion-forward, stylish alternatives for the eco-conscious.

For the design of the latest bottle, which was launched at the SS11 Menswear Catwalk Show, Vivienne Westwood chose a graphic with the tagline “Get a Life, Art Lovers Unite!” from her Gold Label SS11 collection.

With environmental protection remaining a cause close to both SIGG and Vivienne Westwood’s hearts, together they are launching three Limited Edition bottles in 2010, with the release dates coinciding with the main fashion shows in February, June and September. Both brands passionately believe that behaviour change at high profile events, such as these, is key to educating and encouraging consumers to give up plastic bottles and reduce the amount of plastic waste that goes to landfill.



“Brighton is the best choice for our new store” says top cheese man

Posted Friday 13th August 2010by Editor

34/35 Western Road, Hove

La Cave à Fromage Brighton will be modelled on the hugely successful original shop founded by Eric Charriaux and Amnon Paldi in 2007 in South Kensington, with Time Out heralding it as ‘the best cheese shop in London.’

Eric Charriaux, said: “Brighton has been one of my favourite places for years and as one of the most vibrant, adventurous and forward-thinking areas in the UK we are thrilled to have the opportunity to expand La Cave here.  Local residents know what they want and we are looking forward to introducing the La Cave ethos and becoming part of the local community in this top foodie hot spot.”

Passionate and committed, Eric and Amnon supply the top restaurants around the UK with cheese. La Cave à Fromage Brighton will offer customers an unrivaled selection of farmhouse cheeses sourced from around Britain and Europe, with several cheeses made exclusively for them. The shop will also supply top class charcuterie and an exclusive selection of condiments such as truffle honey and pomegranate infused balsamic vinegar.  Customers will also be able to purchase a range of artisan breads and selected wines at the store.

The shop will include a tasting space, where customers can sample platters of the cheese, meats and breads with matched wines.  La Cave à Fromage Brighton will also feature its own high-tech cheese maturing room to make sure every cheese is served to perfection.

Within the shop, La Cave will also hold fortnightly cheese tasting evenings.  A bespoke buffet catering service will also be available for private events.


A selection of the cheeses available at La Cave à Fromage can also be viewed and bought via the shop’s website www.la-cave.co.uk



Alice Cooper’s Halloween Night of Fear – Has Britain Got Freaks?

Thursday 12th August 2010 by Editor

It is more than 40 years since Alice Cooper pioneered Shock Rock, and now he is pushing the boundaries of acceptability and decency once more!

On October 31st and November 1st Alice will perform two very special and unique Halloween shows at The Roundhouse, London.  For these performances, Alice will be joined by world-renowned alternative performer Jim Rose (of the infamous Jim Rose Circus) as well as Zodiac Mindwarp and The Love Reaction.

But wait!  The line-up is by no means complete, nor depraved enough yet.  Alice is seeking new performers to enhance these ghoulish shows.  Think circus sideshow, think freaky, think unbelievable, shocking and totally weird.  Nothing less will impress the master of all things horrific!

For a period of 5 days only (ending 7th August), Alice will be accepting video submissions of ‘sideshow and freak acts’ to his website (alicecooper.com).  We know Britain’s Got Talent, but has Britain Got Freaks????  The best will be invited to a live audition on 9th August at… The London Dungeon, 28-34 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2SZ at 7.30pm where they will ‘perform’ in front of a panel of judges in what will surely be the most bizarre talent show this country has ever seen!  The panel will consist of Alice himself along with Planet Rock’s Nicky Horne and Time Out’s Tim Arthur, plus others to be announced.  The freakiest and most outrageous sideshows will then become part of Alice Cooper’s Halloween Night of Fear at the Roundhouse on 31st October and 1st November.

Full details of the Halloween shows are:-
Dates: 31st October & 1st November 2010
Venue: London Roundhouse
Tickets: £33.50 standing / £38.50 Seated
Ticket Link: www.livenation.co.uk (tickets subject to booking fee)
Doors: 7pm

Tickets go on sale on Friday the 13th August at 9am at www.livenation.co.uk … of course!  More than an Alice Cooper show, this is the ultimate Alice Cooper Experience!!!

Jim Rose: The Jim Rose Circus is a modern-day circus freak show, founded by Jim Rose in the early 1990’s and which found fame during Lollapalooza in 1993.  His show features a mixture of the bizarre, the comic and the repulsive… and has since achieved world-wide cult status.

Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction are renewing their association with Alice Cooper, having toured with Alice in 1988, a year after they achieved a top 20 with “Prime Mover”.  Zodiac Mindwarp also co-wrote “Feed My Frankenstein” for Alice.

Reminiscences: This was an absolutely insane concert. I went with friends who were Alice Cooper freaks and we had a blast. We all wore crazy wigs with heavy punk makeup, chains, chokers, piercing real and fake galore. Looking back at the concert pics brings back lots of memories. Now when I wear wigs they are for work. They are definitely a much higher quality than the wigs we wore way back then. I have moved off past the cheap inexpensive synthetic wigs that cost less than $50. But for work, I wear styles at prices that would have made me choke when I was younger. My favorite styles are synthetic heat resistant wigs by Raquel Welch since they allow me to style and restyle with my regular curling iron/brush. Right now I am loving Raquel Welch's Advanced French a short free-formed, windswept silhouette that I can style for a chic corporate look during the day and then restyle for a spiky trendy look when I go out in the evening. Raquel Welch have introduced a number of styles with heat friendly synthetic fibers with cap constructions ranging from open caps, to monofilament tops or part lines with lace fronts with either weft or 100% hand tied bases, to 100% hand tied lace front w/ lace part lines. The Tru2Life heat-friendly synthetic hair of these wigs can be curled, blow dried, or flat ironed to create a new look in minutes. Luminous, hand-blended, salon-inspired colors provide the look and highlights of natural hair. And the Raquel Welch heat friendly styles range from styles trendy short lengths, to sleek or beach wavy mid lengths to longer layered lengths. I love the fact that these higher priced wigs all have Raquel Welch's Memory Cap II base which offers the ultimate in fit and comfort with its silicone coated stretch lace though out the base. The cap actually learns the shape of one's head, and stretches to memorize the perfect fit as if custom made for you. But not all heat friendly synthetic wigs are only fit for the corporate world. I also have some less expensive synthetic heat friendly wigs like Arctic Melt or Mane Flame from the Hairdo Fantasy Collection that would have fit in perfectly at Alice Cooper's 2010 show.

Can you believe that Alice Cooper is still performing? For more than 50 years, Alice Cooper has been surprising fans with his rule-breaking, genre-defining, horror-filled theatrical performances. In 2022 he is in the midst of a 50 event tour throughout the US &n Canada. I have my tickets for a March show in New Jersey. Hope to see you there. I'll be wearing a Hairdo wig called Its Always Sunny that is in a bold fantasy yellow with dark brown roots. It practically glows in the dark, it is so bright!



Emmerdale voted Best Soap for Gay Storylines

Posted Thursday 12th August 2010by Editor

Of the three main soap operas, Emmerdale has the best depiction of lesbian and gay lives, voters in Stonewall’s latest social media poll have said.

The online poll, with 1,025 responses, was a close call with Emmerdale narrowly taking the top spot at 44 per cent, and EastEnders coming a close second with 43 per cent. Coronation Street received 13 per cent of the vote.

Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill said: ‘We waited years for a decent gay storyline to be written into a soap. Then – in Emmerdale, EastEnders and Coronation Street – three turned up at once. We wanted to find out how well gay people felt these storylines reflected their own lives. Stonewall will continue to work with broadcasters to ensure lesbian, gay and bisexual people see the reality of their lives reflected regularly in programming.’

Emmerdale series producer Gavin Blyth said: ‘From the outset, we always wanted to be very truthful and honest in the story of Aaron’s sexuality and how he as an individual attempted to deny himself. While we obviously recognise this doesn’t mirror the journey of every man and woman, we were aware that it would resonate with very many. The enormous positive feedback we have received has proved it to be the case and to be recognised by Stonewall in this way is a huge honour to all involved.’

Observations from Stonewall’s Facebook page included Craig Scott who indicated why he voted for EmmerdaleEmmerdale and EastEnders are important I think for different reasons. The religious issue in EastEnders and many gay men internalise their feelings like Aaron in EmmerdaleEmmerdale just gets it for me.’

However, not all voters in the poll felt the soaps were representing the reality of their lives with much accuracy; Dean Jennings asked: ‘Why can’t we have a gay soap character coming out and feeling good about themselves? Coming out was one of the most liberating experiences for me and I don’t feel the soaps display this.’



Curtain rises on Judy & Liza

Posted Monday 16th August 2010 by Editor

Over 45 years after Judy Garland and her daughter Liza Minnelli performed together at The London Palladium, these iconic performers are back together again thanks to Judy and Liza, a brand new musical experience, which previews around the North West this November before touring nationally in 2011


This all new production presented by Waverly Productions will feature live performances of all of your favourite Judy and Liza hits including Cabaret, Maybe This Time and The Man That Got Away performed by West End stars Emma Dears (Mary Magdelene – Jesus Christ Superstar, Ellen – Miss Saigon) and Lucy Williamson (We Will Rock You, Fame and currently playing the lead role of Mavis in the UK No1 tour of Stepping Out). The performances will be intertwined with images of Judy and Liza, whilst Emma, as Liza and Lucy, playing Judy, tell the sensational stories of the lives of two of the world’s most legendary stars of stage and screen.

We Could Make Such Beautiful Music Together" Sung by Judy Garland and her daughter Liza Minnelli

Emma and Lucy will be backed by a four piece band arranged by Greg Francis, providing the perfect setting for the songs of Judy and Liza, with Musical Direction from renowned Conductor and Composer Michael England, who has worked on a number of West End productions including Phantom of the Opera, Spamalot and Miss Saigon. Michael also conducted the 25th Anniversary cast recording of Les Misérables.

Judy and Liza is a dream that local girl Emma Dears has had for a number of years, Emma has created the concept, written and also performs as Liza in the show. Now, her vision is coming to fruition.

Emma explains “About ten years ago I had the idea for a show about Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli.  I had always been compared to Liza as a performer and so I started to look into her life.  The one thing that these two fascinating women share is the rare ability to move an audience and yet their personal lives are blighted with tragedy and loneliness.  When you look deeper into the songs which they have both made famous over the years the parallels with their own life experiences are uncanny.  This is why “Judy & Liza” works and why the audience will be taken on an emotional rollercoaster whilst at the same time enjoying some of the most beautiful and familiar songs of the last sixty years.”

Judy and Liza opens at the Hope Theatre at the Capstone Building on Thu 4 Nov before touring to the St Helens Theatre Royal on Sat 6th Nov and The Floral Pavilion, New Brighton for 2 performances on Sat 13th November. This is a performance that the whole family will not want to miss, come hear the music play, as the curtain rises on Judy and Liza one more time…

‘So I would dance and she would sing, and it was kind of a family thing. Performing was part of our world.’ Liza Minnelli.

Performance Details

Hope Theatre at the Capstone Building
Hope University Creative Campus, 17 Shaw Street, Liverpool L6 1HP
Thursday 4th November 2010 @ 7.30pm
Ticket Price £15.00 (£12.50 Concession)
Tickets can purchased through the Liverpool Philharmonic Box Office
Box Office Telephone Number: 0151 709 3789

St Helens Theatre Royal
Corporation Street, St Helens WA10 1LQ
Saturday 6th November 2010 @ 7.30pm
Ticket Price £15.00 (£12.50 Concession)
Theatre Box Office:  01744 756000

New Brighton Floral Pavilion
Marine Promenade, New Brighton, Wirral CH45 2JS
Saturday 13th November 2010 @ 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Ticket price 7.30pm £22.00 & £20.00 (£2.00 reduction for concessions)
2.30pm £20.00 & £18.00 (£2.00 reduction for concessions)
Theatre Box Office: 0151 666 0000



The Leading Hotels of the World launches Leading with Pride

Posted Wednesday 18th August 2010by Editor

The Leading Hotels of the World (lhw.com) is offering gay travellers the chance to continue to celebrate and experience some to the world’s top gay-friendly resorts and hotels with the newly-launched Leading with Pride programme.

Travellers booking via Leading with Pride not only receive special recommendations on where best to stay but are also offered a selection of exclusive offers – such as three nights’ accommodation for the price of two, at participating member hotels.

Leading with Pride has been developed alongside Gay Pride’s global calendar of events. Guests can remain up to date with the best Gay Pride events happening around the world, and access suggestions on the most sophisticated hotels to stay in for each event, at some of the world’s most sought-after gay destinations.

So will it be the Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg in Cologne for July’s Cologne Gay Games, the sexy Alex Hotel for New York shopping – or a Himilayan Crystal Treatment at the fabulous The Nam Hai in Vietnam?

Whatever the reason, Leading with Pride offers guests the chance to enjoy exquisite, bespoke service and competitive prices at an extraordinary variety of stylish, elegant and gay-friendly hotels and resorts.  All with the underlying guarantee of quality that comes with being a member of The Leading Hotels of the World.



Burgon & Ball’s Leaf Compost Sacks – cheap, simple and environmentally friendly

Posted Saturday 14th August 2010 by Editor

Burgon & Ball’s Leaf Compost Sacks – cheap, simple and environmentally friendly Posted Saturday 14th August 2010by Editor Sack Make your own Leaf Compost this year with Burgon & Ball’s Leaf Compost Sacks – it’s cheap, simple and environmentally friendly.

Leaf mould compost is the best alternative to peat and is an ideal growing medium for new trees and vegetables. Its unique composition – low in nutrients and high in porous structure makes it perfect for seedlings – best of all, each autumn you get another new supply of raw material completely FREE!

Simply collect the fallen leaves (Burgon & Ball have thought of that too, their Lawn Rake is specially designed for the task) then fill the hessian sacks, tie the neck and let nature do the rest-12months later VOILA!

Burgon & Ball’s Hessian Sacks, part of the Grow Your Own range, are available from all good garden centres or via www.burgonandball.com Priced at £4.95 (pack contains two hessian sacks).

Burgon & Ball’s Lawn Rake is priced at £24.95, its springy tines and smooth lightweight long handle makes light work (overall length 166cm).

OneNationMagazine.com have not personally tested this product.



Robbie Williams turns on Blackpool’s 2010 Illuminations

Saturday 14th August 2010 by Editor

Leaf mould compost is the best alternative to peat and is an ideal growing medium for new trees and vegetables. Its unique composition – low in nutrients and high in porous structure makes it perfect for seedlings – best of all, each autumn you get another new supply of raw material completely FREE!

Simply collect the fallen leaves (Burgon & Ball have thought of that too, their Lawn Rake is specially designed for the task) then fill the hessian sacks, tie the neck and let nature do the rest-12months later VOILA!

Burgon & Ball’s Hessian Sacks, part of the Grow Your Own range, are available from all good garden centres or via www.burgonandball.com Priced at £4.95 (pack contains two hessian sacks).

Burgon & Ball’s Lawn Rake is priced at £24.95, its springy tines and smooth lightweight long handle makes light work (overall length 166cm).

OneNationMagazine.com have not personally tested this product.



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