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V&A: Fashioned from Nature

Fashion reigns… and doubtless has done since the age of bearskins. However, in the last few centuries this desire to stand out from the crowd has also impacted on the environment as the demand for the latest, brightest and rarest of materials has become a global obsession. Reflecting on this disturbing trend, the V&A is […]

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Where We Came From: The Inheritance

Sam Bennett There are those of us who didn’t attend drama school but have still formed opinions of what it’s like – be these based on reality television, teen comedy-dramas, or Fame. “People have heard all the myths about drama school and I think I’d be lying if I said that some of those weren’t […]

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Funny without Jokes: Stephen Bailey

Sam Bennett A couple of hours prior to going onstage in Covent Garden, Stephen Bailey thinks back to when he first started out in stand-up. He would do jokes of the same ilk as other comics, he tells me, because that’s what he thought people wanted. If he performed by that rule today, he explains, […]

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In The Wake: An Interview with Helen Trevorrow

Kay, devastated by her mother’s death, is struggling to maintain her high-flying career in public relations. When called upon to handle a gruesome discovery in London’s Royal Albert Dock on behalf of her client, she soon becomes entangled in the mystery she’s been brought in to manage. As she spirals out of control, long suppressed […]

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Review: The Dragprov Revue

The Dragprov Revue – a title born out of the marrying together of drag and improv. But in the case of this drag king/drag queen double act, the drag seems almost secondary. The gift Ed Scrivens (‘Eaton Messe’) and Francesca Forristal (‘Christian Adore’) have for improvisation is what carries the show – a talent made […]

Mi Flamenco Presents: Incognito

Exciting, moving flamenco dance, powerful song, virtuoso guitar and cello – with lots of charm, imagination and theatre thrown in Incognito, by international flamenco company Mi Flamenco is touring for the last time this spring. It is a show not to be missed. It contains all the spirit of authentic, pulsating flamenco, intertwined with the […]

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Getting Life Back Up: An Interview with Elton Justice

Scotland-born Elton Justice spent three years of his life living in a country of the Far East (having previously lived in London). One day he posted the following about the country’s prime minister on his Facebook page: “He is an elected dictator.” Government authorities then set about ruining his life. “It was a constant psychological […]

“Different, New, and Quite Dangerous”: An Interview with Jo Noble

Last year Jo Noble directed Oxford Playhouse’s 17|25 Young Company in Jane Eyre, which “got really good reviews”, she recalls. “It was a complicated text in many ways,” I’m told. “Often in quite dense novels, an awful lot of interest is in the minutiae of the writing, the descriptions and so forth, which of course […]

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Encouraging start for new HIV prevention drug in Wales

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Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has welcomed the encouraging response to a new HIV prevention drug, after the first year of providing it through the NHS in Wales. Health boards in Wales started providing Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in July last year through sexual health clinics as part of a three-year study. The antiretroviral medication can be […]

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Eastleigh College provides a range of technical and professional courses for school leavers, adults and employers.

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More than 22,000 learners from across the country choose to study with us every year. They benefit from our support, achieve excellent results and rate us with very high satisfaction scores. We truly believe that this is a fantastic place to study Eastleigh College’s Vision, Mission and Values. These statements establish our framework for success, […]

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Wedding Insurance with Emerald Life

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  Firstly, many congratulations on the impending wedding! When you begin planning for the big day, it might seem quite a way off. You may wonder if you need wedding insurance or, indeed, what wedding insurance is. You can get wedding insurance to cover pre-expenditure for the event, and cover for damage (say, to wedding […]

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Birmingham Town Hall flys the flag to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ youth suicide

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On World Suicide Prevention Day (Monday 10th September), Gay Times Magazine have created ‘The Flag We Shouldn’t Be Proud Of’ which will be raised at Birmingham’s iconic landmark, Town Hall. This ceremonial version of the iconic pride flag has 2 of the 6 stripes removed in order to represent the 2 in 6 LGBTQ young […]

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A relationship with Grindr…

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Sam Bennett My first attempt to get through to Erik Ransom takes me to his answerphone, which concludes with him advising callers to “have a decadent day” – hands down the best sign-off I’ve ever heard. I tell him so when he rings back shortly after, and that I wish we’d arranged the interview for […]

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A most wonderful wedding…

Mike and Neil had a very clear picture of what they wanted for their big day and Auberge du Lac […]

Review: Careys Manor and Spa

Amidst the daily humdrum and routine mediocrity of life, there are occasional flashes of excellence that make one feel as […]

Luxurious weddings in Stoke Park

For weddings, Stoke Park is a stunning backdrop to your perfect day. Within 300 acres of beautiful parkland, landscaped gardens […]

Review: The Terrace at the Montagu Arms

The New Forest, with its abundant ferns, alarmingly wild animals and peculiar artificiality, strikes me as almost prehistoric, as if […]

Real Weddings: Jenny and Dani

Jenny: We got engaged in August 2016. When we first started to plan the wedding, we were looking at the […]

Civil Partnerships and same-sex Weddings: an ironic route to equality

Toby Hamley   In the UK, civil partnerships were brought into law in 2004 to provide a means by which […]

Changes on the way for Manchester Pride 2019

Manchester Pride has today confirmed its annual August bank holiday festival will go ahead in 2019 but will look and […]

FREE events ahead of Bianca Del Rio in Birmingham

Following the success of a host of free activities over Pride weekend curated by Town Hall Symphony Hall for the […]

From Russia to Rainbows

Placebo co-founder and bassist Stefan Olsdal talks parenthood, bigotry and mental health with Sam Bennett Did Stefan Olsdal always feel […]

An Interview with Céline Gittens

Now a principal dancer with the prestigious Birmingham Royal Ballet and after performing in the handover ceremony for the 2022 […]