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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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Review: Careys Manor and Spa

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Amidst the daily humdrum and routine mediocrity of life, there are occasional flashes of excellence that make one feel as though all is as it should be. In the preposterously beautiful village of Brockenhurst, embraced on all sides by the New Forest, sits the sort of Victorian manor house that makes one seek synonyms in […]

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Review: The Terrace at the Montagu Arms

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The New Forest, with its abundant ferns, alarmingly wild animals and peculiar artificiality, strikes me as almost prehistoric, as if 14,000 acres of pastureland had been carved out of a staged imagining of the Mesozoic era and lain across the Hampshire-Wiltshire border. Proclaimed as a royal hunting forest by William the Conqueror, this quasi-Jurassic Park […]

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FREE events ahead of Bianca Del Rio in Birmingham

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Following the success of a host of free activities over Pride weekend curated by Town Hall Symphony Hall for the local LGBTQ community, THSH are delighted to present two free pre-show foyer events ahead of Bianca Del Rio’s main hall concert on Monday 30th July. The events begin at 6pm with a performance from Soprano […]

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From Russia to Rainbows

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Placebo co-founder and bassist Stefan Olsdal talks parenthood, bigotry and mental health with Sam Bennett Did Stefan Olsdal always feel accepted as a gay man in rock ‘n’ roll? In the early days of Placebo, he says, and during their heyday, “I was struggling with my sexuality, I was not completely comfortable in my own […]

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An Interview with Céline Gittens

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Now a principal dancer with the prestigious Birmingham Royal Ballet and after performing in the handover ceremony for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Céline Gittens discusses the current climate for black and mixed heritage dancers and how Birmingham has become her home. How did you first come to Birmingham? I was 18 years old and having […]

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Recording Memories: Rose and Rosie

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“This online culture doesn’t always have to have negative connotations. Some creators really do try to make a positive difference to the world, and that’s certainly what we’re trying to do.” Married British comedy and entertainment duo Rose Ellen Dix and Rosie Spaughton have gained popularity through their online videos, amassing over 160 million views […]

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Welsh Proms return to St David’s Hall

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This weekend (21 July) marks the return of one of the most anticipated events in Cardiff’s concert calendar as the Welsh Proms is back at St David’s Hall! Now in its 33rd year, the 2018 series includes everything from classical, folk, jazz and brass to the world’s most memorable movies themes. There’s great family fun […]

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ROMEO Sponsors LGBT Water Polo Team – Amsterdam Waterproof

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ROMEO has been announced as the proud sponsor of Amsterdam Waterproof, the LGBT water polo team representing the Netherlands in August at the Gay Games in Paris. For this special event, ROMEO, the gay dating platform, has launched a special website which can be viewed here. Esteemed Dutch photographer Henri Verhoef, sets the tone with […]

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Isle of Wight Pride Returns!

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In 2017 the Isle of Wight saw its first ever Pride event and such was the success of the day a year later they are hosting UK Pride. Whilst it sounds like a success story, there were stumbling blocks and vocal public objectors to the first Pride that could so easily have caused organisers to […]

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