Inversions: In conversation with Belinda O’Hooley

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“It feels like fresh air, it feels like I can fly and be myself” BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE. PHOTO BELINDA O’HOOLEY Pianist, composer and singer-songwriter Belinda O’Hooley – aka, one half of Yorkshire gentlewoman folk duo, O’Hooley & Tidow – is about to release her latest solo album, Inversions. But how did the album come to be? [….]

FRINGE REVIEW: Gusset Grippers

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“Changing the world – one fanny at a time” BY JENNIFER KENNEDY Incontinence and challenges with sexual function don’t instantly strike you as a recipe for comedy. However, the packed audience for this show would certainly disagree, laughing and nodding wryly, watching physiotherapist and recovered incontinent Elaine Miller perform her solo show. A third of women in [….]

FRINGE REVIEW: I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical

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“Witty lyrics and outstanding performances – it’s not possible to be bored by this show” BY JENNIFER KENNEDY After a day of depressing office politics while on the nine-to-five hamster wheel, I’m most certainly in agreement with the sentiment of this show… A song and a dance would have made the two hour finance meeting I’d [….]

FRINGE REVIEW: The Struggling Life Of An Artist

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“An interesting and very watchable exploration of the entertainment industry” BY JENNIFER KENNEDY Having spent the last couple of weeks enjoying the amazing variety and hugely diverse talent within the Fringe, mainstream television and radio seems so bland in comparison. Pop stars, actors and shows all seem cloned – as if they have all adhered [….]

Long-distance love: The one where she moves to Singapore

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“Having met queer Singaporeans, I have witnessed their own survival and relative comfort” BY YAIZA CANOPOLI It started as a normal weekday when I was picking up my girlfriend for her lunch break, and ended as the day I made a life changing decision… I’m moving to Singapore. She went into the question hesitantly and, [….]

TRAVEL: Welcome to Galena

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DIVA meets badass businesswomen Carolyn Linton-Canfield to find out what “Gaylena”, Illinois, has to offer lez/bi visitors Carolyn and Angela Linton-Canfield have been a couple for 22 years and, along with their (now 25-year-old) twins, lived in Chicago, Illinois and Oakland, California before settling in Illinois’ Midwest in 2008.  Soon after the move, the pair [….]