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Issue 27 - November 1994
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In this edition:
Read Me - the Pulse Editorial - Civic Pride
Scene News - Out and About
Re-view - Film Reviews
Health Matters - Spin Baby, Spin!
An Amsterdam Odyssey - with Betty Sluis-gate
Star Gayze - Pulse Horoscopes
Backtalk - Halt at Major's Road Ahead
Focus - Edinburgh
Snippets - News Shorts
Contacts - The Pulse Meet Market
Venues - Where to go
Helplines - Switchboards and Info
The big thing these days is to have one's city or town chosen as the
International City of Culture or some such meaningless title.
Glasgow is still basking in its tenure of that title - and it's true
that a lot of money went into tarting the place up. Sadly, the real
working class culture of that great industrial city has been downplayed
as the city centre has been yuppified. Don't forget that the City
Father's wanted to close Paddy's Market in order to hide the poor from
the gaze of the world!
Edinburgh and Glasgow are currently slogging it out for an Architectural
award. Douce Edinburgh is holding its beanfeast for the selection
committee in Holyrood Palace whilst Glasgow has chosen to show off a god
awful modern tenement as the crowning glory of the city's architectural
Yet, both cities have been guilty of much wanton vandalism of that self
same heritage. In Glasgow, the motorway, despite Glaswegians having one
of the lowest car ownership rates in Europe, drove a swathe through the
centre of the city. And Glasgow's love affair with the car continues
with the latest plans to upgrade the road system at the expense of the
Edinburgh, whilst having rather more of the city centre left intact, has
suffered from the vandals too. It's true that the South Side was saved -
but only just! And Leith Central Station's trainshed was recently
demolished to make way for a crappy supermarket despite excellent plans
for the refurbishment and conversion of the original North British
Railway building featuring in 'New Uses for Older Buildings in
Edinburgh is also dabbling with the idea of a revolting fun fair at the
foot of the historical Royal Mile. Hardly what architectural greatness
is made of!
Nevertheless, if we had an International Lesbigay City of the Year,
Edinburgh would be high amongst the list of hopefuls with its own gay
village rapidly developing in the shadow of Calton Hill.
Glasgow would score highly too with its vibrant scene spread throughout
But the UK winner would, undoubtedly be Manchester - its
is not only well established but central and friendly - and the beer and
men aren't bad either!
Abroad, Hamsterjam and San FranCrisco would be the clear favourites -
but they couldn't win EVERY year so the British Isles would be in with a
chance sooner or later - especially if we get an equal age of consent.
Such an annual competition needn't cost much to organise and would
generate much good publicity for gay businesses and our communities in
Wouldn't it be nice if the International Lesbian and Gay Association
took the idea on board?
Well I don't need to remind you that Grace Jones hit Blackpool last
month, and boy did she do it in style. The highlight of the evening was
her appearance at the Trades Hotel after the show much to the delight of
the hotel's residents. Weeks later we are still talking about the
Grace isn't the only star lined up for the Flamingo. Later on in the
year Deborah Harry is booked in for an appearance. Watch this space for
Even though the holiday season is drawing to a close, Blackpool is far
from ready to finish. The Illuminations are switched off on November the
6th. However, November the 7th will see what promises to be the biggest
ever all day charity Bash (in aid of H.E.A.L.) at Basil's, Pepe's and
the Flamingo. So turn out to see if you can beat the record amount of
Tuesday nights at the Flamingo now have a new look - as well as cheap
drinks there is also top class cabaret such as Angie Gold and Carol
The Lovely Linda from Lucy's is also waiting to see you, the new
membership policy gives Lucy's longer hours for you to enjoy its
So don't let the winter nights put you off the north of
England's most popular resort.
See you on the 7th. Tara for now.
It would appear that thing were not as they seemed at the now closed
Laughing Duck. What with the disappearance of the former manager Kevin
Crawford and with a stock and cash shortage being claimed by the pub's
owners, Thistle Inns, the future of the pub is very much in doubt.
November at QTs sees the start of the 'Weekend Cabaret' with such class
acts as Mopp and Bucket, Les Girls and the Totally Naff Tarts. For those
seeking a bit more raunch then look out for Blue Mondays with Bullet,
King Shaft, The Boyz, and the one and only Blue Steel.
Over at C-C-Blooms it's things as per normal this month, with Big Karn,
Betty-B and Co churning out the fun and games as usual. We hear that the
finishing touches to CCs Christmas programme are under way, we will let
you know all about it in the next issue.
The refurbishment at Bennets has been put back until the end of January,
to allow the design team more time to get the job just right. Manager
Bobby Gibson tells PULSE that the wait will be worth it. The club is to
have a very different and more rounded look.
The latest addition to Glasgow's gay scene, 'Eat Out' has opened with a
busy, busy bang. The cafe, part of the same building as GHQ, has taken
to the heart and stomach of the local lesbian and gay community. When
PULSE called around 1pm in for a coffee, it was already getting quite
So what makes this TRON/CCA clone different from its competitors. Well,
for a start, when you buy a coffee at a reasonably priced ukp1, you are
on for at least one top up.
We hear that a new menu is planned (not that there is anything wrong
with the current one) after a short period, once the customers have had
a chance to establish what they would like to see on the nosebag list.
On the drink side, I was pleased to see that if a few of you want to
purchase Evian water it is possible to purchase the large bottles
instead of several small and of the more expensive smaller versions. The
cafe also sells a selection of bottled beers.
Partners in the business Stefan Major and Brendan Nash told Pulse that
they would like the cafe to be 'Mother in law friendly'. Just the place
to take the in-laws to 'Eat Out'.
The latest addition to Scouseland's gay scene is Time Out. Only a few
minutes walk from the other pubs, Time Out is proving popular with the
18-25 age group and students alike. Having a very laid back atmosphere
and good bar prices, the pub has plans for a second bar in the future
once the local City Fathers get their act together.
As we go to press we hear that enquiries are being made as to the
possibility of opening up a new gay disco in Liverpool after the turn of
the year. It is hoped that the two guys behind the venture will be able
to combine a cabaret club and disco to be open seven nights a week. We
shall keep you all up to date as we hear more about it. If you fancy
joining the PULSE team as our correspondent for the Liverpool area,
please give us a call on 0505 - 335021 and leave your details, we shall
call back as soon as we can.
One of the busiest discos in the area CRUZ 101, is one of my favourite
places in Manchester. Now some will say that is only because of the
cheap drink and free entry Tuesday to Friday and only ukp1 entry on a
Monday. Not true, I have been seen to pay for somethings sometimes, oh
Do you live in the Manchester area, and go around the gay scene? Well if
you do, and can write around 150 words per month, we at PULSE might be
interested in having you join the PULSE team as our Manchester scene
correspondent. Fancy the idea? Well, give us a ring on 0505-335021 and
leave your contact number or address and we shall get back to you. OK.
Ken Branagh 1994 120 minutes
This is Ken Branagh's long awaited epic - yet another adaption of Mary
Shelley's horror story. This time it stars Robert De Niro (but only for
20 minutes of the movie) Kenneth himself, and the very talented Helena
Bonham Carter and John Cleese. To my surprise, there is no sign of Emma
Thompson - is there possibly trouble in paradise? What has happened to
the British film industry's favourite couple? But although it's an epic
movie it's little else. It is not as though we don't know what is going
to happen in the movie or do we?.
THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT
Steen Elliot 1993
This is one of the best gay movies of the year. It has Terence Stamp,
the former 1960's heart throb as a fading drag queen touring the
outback of Australia with two other drag queens - Hugo Weaving and the
former Neighbours hearthrob Guy Pearce. As a rule, l hate drag as l
fail to see why any normal gay man would want to wear a dress that
wasn't made by Coco or Calvin. However, in this movie, it works well. A
drag show at an aboriginal camp will have you rolling about. Some of the
banter between the the three performers seems a little forced,
particulaly that of Guy Pearce, but if you accept that he is straight
then it is understandable.
The poster for this film promises much - "ONE GIRL, TWO GUYS, THREE
POSIBILITIES". However, this is a Hollywood movie! It is the story of
three college students who because of a minor error have to share a
flat. It features Lara Flyn Boyle, Josh Charles and, the youngest of the
Baldwin brothers, Steven Baldwin. Josh Charles plays the gay role and
is in love with Steven Baldwin, who is in turn in love with Lara Flyn
Boyle. The story does not really go anywhere, there is very little sex,
and I won't ruin the movie by telling you if Josh gets his man!
'Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know which one you will
get' - or so Tom Hanks is told by his mother. This film deals with some
of the great issues of our time: civil rights, cancer, Vietnam and AIDS.
Nevertheless, it is the kind of movie you could take your mother to see
without any problem. It's a feel good movie - sickly crass but nice.
There are some funny moments and jokes about Little Rock and Nixon even
LBJ. I watched with a 18 year old french au pair who asked me after the
film why I didn't laugh. "Is it an English thing people not laughing?"
she asked. l replied that l am not English. Take your mother to see
this, have a brain transplant and you too will understand.
This one of the most hyped films of 1994, the winner of the awards at
the Cannes film festival, directed by the current hottest property in
Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino, who made his directoral debut with
RESERVOIR DOGS. It has an amazing cast with John Travolta playing a
heroin addicted assassin - it's his best acted role for years. There is
another outstanding performance from Bruce Willis as a washed up boxer,
the others in the cast give brilliant performances - Tim Roth, Eric
Stolitz, Roseanne Arquette, Harvey Kietell even Tarantino himself. The
film has amazing images, with fantastic characters who all double cross
and triple cross each other and the dialogue is the best in a film
since..... RESERVOIR DOGS. Tarantino allows the characters to talk and
it works - they have you laughing, wincing, even crying in this ultra
violent film. The story crosses over, backwards and forwards It has some
very violent scenes including one male rape but this is in the context
of the film as a whole and l do not see it as a problem. It is, put
simply, one of the best films ever made - go and see it see it once and
you will want to see it again .
Spin Baby, Spin!
Many of us have a very busy and time-consuming lifestyle. But is that a
good enough excuse for not looking after your most precious asset, your
health? My health is important to me, I respect the people I travel on
the bus with, by covering my mouth when I cough, I expect the same in
return. It's pretty gross if you're sitting next to someone who spends
the entire bus journey coughing and sneezing into your face!
I also respect the people I sleep with by protecting myself from STD's
(and therefore protect them too). I find it easy to cover my mouth when
I cough... It's not a big deal, but when it comes to protecting myself
against STD's, the goalposts move slightly, after all, it would mean
going to a GUM clinic, wouldn't it... What if someone saw me? Oh dear...
Some people don't get freaked by the idea of going to the GUM clinic but
there are those of us out there who do get embarrassed. The first time I
went to the GUM clinic I was really nervous but I did it none the less
because I had decided deep down just how important my health is to me. I
decided that if I did meet someone I knew, then it was no big deal and
if they wanted to make it a big deal then they could go put their legs
behind their ears and spin like a top!
Incidentally, at my first visit, the doctor that I saw asked me if I'd
considered having the Hep-B vaccination. At that time I didn't even know
it was available, but he explained it to me and it sounded like a really
That's because it is a really good idea! It only involves getting three
jabs over a period of a couple of weeks. You can get it done for nothing
at the GUM clinic and if you're so inclined, your GP can do it for you
Is there a catch? Nope, not really... The things you have to remember
about the Hep-B vaccination are that you need to have all three
injections. Two won't work, neither will one. Also, once you've had
you're third injection, you need to wait for a while and then go back to
the doctor or clinic to see if the vaccine has taken. Once you've had
the result, then you can be immune to Hep-B for a period of years! (It
wasn't a lot for me to pay for peace of mind, especially considering
that Hep-B is a pretty nasty disease if you do catch it).
Unfortunately, some people who start getting the jabs don't finish the
course. It's like antibiotics, you're not really protected until you do.
Don't give up hope though! If you had the first two jabs in the last 12
months, then it isn't too late to have the third one! After that you
can have the blood check and know for definite if you're protected. If
you only had the first injection more than three months ago, then you'll
have to start all over again. Do it! Trust me, because it's really worth
having that peace of mind!
I have a badge now that says (in BIG letters) 'I've been to the GUM
clinic'. Some people think I went because I was up to naughty'
things... So what if I am? The chances are that they are too, but at
least I'm not afraid to admit that I am, and I know that I'm in the
clear. My answer to these people? 'Spin baby, Spin.'
For more info, contact the Steve Retson Project (041-552 3535 ext
4753/4) or look up the local Switchboard in the helplines column. Be
Safe, folks! CYA :) AD
AN AMSTERDAM ODYSSEY
For many queens, the main attraction of Amsterdam has got to be the
night life. The choice and variety is immense - however there are many
interesting daytime queen-like activities as well. For us poor
Calvinists, Amsterdam is viewed as some sort of 'Mecca' where almost
anything goes. One can relax - take off one's knickers and let rip - and
quite rightly I suppose SEX features very highly on the list of
activities - it certainly did on mine.
After touchdown at Schipol and several very large 'sherries' from the
Air UK conductresses, my Court and I were whisked into the heart of
Amsterdam by the very clean and efficient train service, and what about
those dishy conductors - (my knicker elastic keeps snapping at the very
thought) - and the rush hour men on their way home - god the sluice
gates were a tremble.
Brushing aside the casual rent numbers that proliferate around Central
Station, we ensconced ourselves in the hotel, shower, clean knickers and
drinks in that order and it was off to the nearest bar 'De Spuiker' (it
means SHAFT) where we were given a warm welcome by the mildly denim clad
clientele. For the occasion, I wore a little off the hip Calvin Klien
From 5-7pm drinks were at half price (double money), very welcoming if
you drink Scotch Whisky or English Gin. One interesting fact for the
young at heart among you is the way the bars run the cartoons alongside
the porn movies, amusingly the visitors were the ones watching the porn.
Naturally the skirt had to be lifted, so I ventured up into the
'back-room' forgoing a game of pool with a Dutch dish who looked as if
he had a salami tucked in the leg of his demins (I later found out it
wasn't - a salami I mean - and was for real - I even had to take out my
teeth for that one!)
Backrooms can be fun, but as always the purse has to be filled with
condoms, and of course my handy church blessed large candle helped me
out in the dark. Amazingly in Holland, condoms do not come free, so take
plenty with you. I had of course brought several boxes full and of
course the matching KY to set the hair. (I don't need it for anything
else as my sluice gates are already water based).
I had thought of setting up in business outside the dark rooms selling
half priced condoms and ice creams. However I was just to busy too do it
Emerging from the dark room (somewhat refreshed - time scale unknown) I
was swept off to one of the many porno shops. My dears, they cater for
every, and I mean every taste.
Winding your way homeward after the bars can be fun, yours truly had a
ball (or two) including one against the Post Office door. A friendly
Moroccan obliged, and I was well stamped first class. I felt the glow
for days afterwards.
The next day saw us huddled round the HOMOMONUMENT, dedicated to those
shipped off to the concentration camps. Nice to see the flowers and the
straight visitors as well.
On to one of the fab saunas for a refreshing clean up and de Max
Factoring. No sooner had I made myself at home, when, swathed in body
and head towels just like a modern day version of Mata Hari, I began to
slink around the cinema and private cabins. I felt the urge to throw one
of my very private parties, in one of the very private cabins. This of
course transpired several times during the day, and fun was had by all
(the butcher, the baker, the Dutch shoemaker). Everyone emerged with a
glow ready to face the night life once again.
Incidentally, for those interested in body piercing and tattooing, there
are excellent shops available - no I didn't get my royal tits done -
Rumour has it I had my royal 'sluice gates' ringed. The temptation to
keep them open proved too much.
The Lesbian cafes and bars are excellent as are the all women shops and
disco and most of them are male friendly.
For the boys there are too many cafes and bars to mention but the
Warmoestraat area abounds with mild and heavy leather and denim scene.
Many of the bars have Jack Off Parties as a feature. The thought of 40
or so men tossing off in one room was too much even for a seasoned
campaigner like myself. Imagine the poor old queen who has to clean up
the next day in her wellies.
My friend Nola thought Jack Off was a sailor on weekend leave - silly
bitch. However she soon caught onto the idea of the backroom.
The Amstal area abounds with everything from low life to boys and girl
in the windows. However that kind of tawdry sex is going out of fashion,
with people preferring the Techno Clubs and friendly bars, of which the
Reguliersdwarsstraat has its fair share.
Most hotels and bars provide excellent guides to the city's hotels and
bars, so there is no need to buy one.
Now like many queens I was born to shop, and one of my favourites was
Male and Female, specialising the erotica. I can't wait to try out my
diamante tit clips, and my new diamante studded riding crop will meet
with the approval of some of my more 'humble' pupils.
The city is quieter than it used to be, and it is a pity that drinking
outside has been banned. The 'Waccy Baccy' is widely available. However,
don't bother if you haven't tried it before as there is so much on offer
otherwise. You don't need it.
So whether you are looking for a leather and rubber X-travaganza, or
simply a cockring in Rose's Cantina - Amsterdam still has a lot to
offer. One of my favourite purchases was a T-shirt which states very
simply 'Fuck You I Have Enough Friends'. Watch my tits this Autumn for a
Well, time I was up and away, so I kissed the boys good-bye, lifted my
royal skirt and was gone.
Libra Sep 23-Oct 22.
Passion and pleasure are highlighted, but careful planning will be
required to keep a lover keen. An unexpected insight into your lover's
emotions takes you by surprise. So tread carefully!
Scorpio Oct 23-Nov 22
Frustrations and setbacks are even more prevalent this month. Try to
deal with all outstanding paperwork. An invitation will open up doors
for you but the man in your life won't be to happy.
Sagittarius Nov 23-Dec 20
Don't be fooled into thinking that this period of tranquillity is
permanent. You will try to sort out some intimate things that might lead
to stress. Go easy on your loved one.
Capricorn Dec 21-Jan 19
You will be over the moon this month when a friend does you a big
favour. You will be firing on all cylinders later on in the month. Look
out for the colour yellow and the number 24.
Aquarius Jan 20-Feb 18
Nobody seems to be giving you the credit you deserve, this will get you
down a bit. A younger person will be giving you all the attention,
however this will only lead to a brief fling.
Pisces Feb l9-Mar 20
A spot of good fortune is going to come your way, with Jupiter in good
aspect with Neptune. You have been going round in circles recently, set
yourself some bigger targets this month.
Aries Mar 21-Apr 20
You appear to be up to your eyes in things at work, and there seems no
end to it. Matters of your private life seem very large at the moment,
but don't let them get out of hand.
Taurus Apr 21- May 20
A good move on your part at work will bring good financial rewards soon.
A series of whirlwind developments will give you lots of extra scope
this month. With Venus on your side, make a grab at freshening up your
Gemini May 21-June 20
Someone at work is trying to upset your plans. However some quick
thinking will overcome this. Your social life is also under a brighter
star, you will be amazed as to how it all works out.
Cancer June 21-July 20
There is no way of freeing yourself from you humdrum lifestyle, so just
let things roll over your head. A business appointment will come along
that you must keep. Black and 8 are good for you this month.
Leo July 21-Aug 21
What you learn in a confidential way will startle your emotions in a big
way. The changing moods in a loved one will throw you out a bit. However
things will be clearer nearer the months end.
Virgo Aug 22-Sep 22
Romance isn't as auspicious as you would like it to be, this is down to
your selfishness. You will be having some small windfall soon, but don't
spend it all in one leather shop!
HALT AT MAJOR'S ROAD AHEAD
Tories have been taking a bashing recently.
First was the straight press making much of Tory Sleaze. Then some of
the lesbigay press had a go at gay Tories and accused them of snuggling
up to our oppressors by supporting a homophobic party.
They've both got the right targets - but it's the wrong ammunition.
'Tory Sleaze' seems to consist of politicians on the take and quite a
few indiscreet enjoyers of sex outwith marriage. That's not something
that's confined to the Tory Party - Labour, LibDem, SNP - hell, even my
own party the Liberals - we all have our fair share of shaggers and
As to gay Tories, well, the leftwing thing about Tories being the party
of Family and Homophobia is a gross oversimplification.
True, many Tories are homophobic - but that tends to be a personal
crusade - it's not intrinsic in any way to the modern capitalist
message promoted by the Tories. Again, I can point to homophobes in all
And the Tories are clearly changing. Who would have thought that so
many would have voted for lowering the age of consent only a couple of
years after passing Section 28? Given a few more years, I believe that
the Tories will mirror the Labour Party in their acceptance of
No, the real ammunition is in what the Tory Government - first under
Thatcher and now Major - has done in wrecking the economy and social
fabric of the UK.
When I was growing up, it was in the post war consensus - when the only
real difference between the Tories and the Labour Party were in their
attitudes to Nationalisation. British Railways, the GPO, the National
Health Service, the Electricity, Gas Water and Coal Boards - all were
operated for the good of the citizen. OK, some of the management was
crap, they suffered from lack of investment, and it was a matter for
political debate as to what 'the good of the citizen' actually meant.
Nevertheless, there was an ethos of public service.
That ethos today only really remains in the Health Service and that's
fast disappearing despite the best endeavours of those at the sharp end
of caring for others as the Government runs helter skelter to privatise
anything that moves.
Instead, we have a society where profit rules supreme - where people
don't really matter and where the Government is moving towards the
Criminal Justice Bill and Identity Cards just so that they can keep us
In North Sea Oil, we had a windfall which could have been invested for
the benefit of us all. Instead, it was squandered on welfare handouts as
our unemployment rate soared due to the destruction of our industrial
base - a destruction caused directly by Government policy.
The People's Privatisation (in which people bought what was already
theirs) has petered out as individuals sell their shares (some at a
loss) and the big boys take control. Yet privatisation has been
wonderful for the Tory paymasters in big business - just look at where
all the contracts are going!
Now that Trades Unions have been effectively emasculated, wage rates are
being forced down, workers' rights removed and living standards eroded.
No, a few minor scams and a bit of shagging are a mere diversion from
the real guilt which accrues to those who have brought this country down
to the stage where there are homeless people begging on the streets.
And anybody who can find it in their heart to support the Conservative
Party is just as bad - be they gay or straight.
FOCUS ON EDINBURGH
The Athens of the North, Edinburgh, has seen its gay scene go through
many changes over the years from the Cobweb Disco to Fire Island and now
the emergence of a Gay Village. During this time there have been many
pubs that have come and gone through the scene and some that have stayed
the course. FOCUS looks at the current pub scene in the capital today.
C-C-Blooms, one of the newest and freshest additions to the scene has
opened with a bang. Providing a mixture of Quiz nights wit Betty-B,
Karaoke (with Big Karn), live cabaret, disco sounds and what must be one
of the best value for money menus about. The clientele is a fairly mixed
age group with a very lively feel to the place. The young and vibrant
staff go out of their way to make everyone feel welcome. Like some of
the other venues CCs benefits from having their own in house disco/bar
in the basement.
A few door along the road we find Chapps Club Bar. The first gay bar in
this area, Chapps is unusual in as much as that it only opens after
2100hr, and does not really get busy until getting on for midnight. Once
it does heat up, the night owls that frequent Edinburgh are supplied
with a very good mixture of chart and dance sounds to sweat the night
away. Chapps used to be the haven for Edinbugh's leather scene. Now that
has wained the pub has a more general mixed feel to it.
A hundred yards away we find QTs/Insinuendos. Like C-C-Blooms, QTs is
open for business all day and has a fairly transient trade which keeps
the staff ticking over. As in many gay bars QTs really gets busy at
night time. One of the reasons for this is Insinuendos night-club in the
basement. A major venue during the Edinburgh Festival, Insinuendos
regularly put on stripper and drag acts as well as hosting their own
Karaoke nights with Mini La Minx.
Going West, the next bar we came across was the Star Tavern, owned by
one of the proprietors of C-C-Blooms, Brian Walker. Tucked away in a
lane, the Star is well worth the hunt, especially if you are a real ale
drinker. Being one of the countrys best real ale pubs is supplemented by
the fact that it also has a small beer garden with room for that summer
Bar-B-Q. A friendly bar, the Star has a feel of a local's pub, and what
about the lovely barman Steven? I am led to believe that he is straight
- what a waste.
The one bar that is furthest away from all the rest is French
Connections (Frenchies to the locals). Just off Rose Street, Frenchies
is a small but well defined addition to the scene. As one of the older
gay bars in town, it has several features that make it what it is.
Barmaid Babs, who has been around the scene ever since I can remember
and probably long before that as well, and drag artist Lady Samantha are
only a couple of the reasons why this town centre bar is still as
popular as ever. One of the most popular nights in Frenchies is their
Karaoke night. A night with a difference!
Well that's it for now. Next month we shall be having a look at
Blackpool's pub scene.
A proposed Grand Pink Ball in Glasgow's Plaza was at the centre of a row
in the city last month. An advertisement claimed that the Ball was to be
sponsored by Scottish AIDS Monitor. On contacting SAM, PULSE were told
by project manager John Wilkes that SAM knew nothing about this matter
and would be seeking a meeting with the organisers TWB Promotions. An
advert for the Ball, appearing in the Pink Paper, threw some confusion
about with regards to the Original PINK BALL organised by the Glasgow
Bars AIDS Welfare Fund Committee. Committee member Gordon Gosnell,
claimed 'that this was just a cheap attempt by a straight venue to cash
in on the work being done on the gay scene. Unlike any commercial
outfit, all the profits from our Ball and Summer Ceilidh goes direct to
Word has filtered through to the news desk that a new Lesbian and Gay
Magazine is about to be published in Scotland. SCOTSGAY, is to be
launched at the begining of December. A spokesperson for the company,
Pageprint Ltd says that 'the magazine is aimed at the section of the
market that is being neglected by the paid titles on sale at the
Four lesbian and gay rights campaigners (including PULSE's very own John
Hein) have been appointed to the Liberal Party National Executive (now't
to do with the Lib Dems). John was elected along with Steve Radford,
Derek Curtis, both from Liverpool and Mike Woods from Runcorn. Radford
was elected with the party's second largest vote.
The Metropolitan Police have issued new guidelines on the possession of
condoms. In a police notice which constitutes formal instructions to
officers on the beat, the Met says that the possession of condoms should
not be offered as evidence of intent to commit an offence if importuning
charges are levelled at individuals.
"Glasgow olice are appealing for help from the city's gay community in
trying to find the killer of local man Derek Sheerin. Mr Sheerin's body
was found behind the Celtic Supporters club on Monday the 26th of
September this year. Anyone with information should contact Det Supt
Campbell on 041-554 1113.
Amid bitter scenes of disagreement on policy, the founder of Scottish
AIDS Monitor, Derek Ogg, has been re-appointed as a director. David
Taylor and Joy Barlow have both resigned and have been replaced by
Alistair Hume and Edward McGough. Maureen Moore, the group Chief
Executive, will remain as a director.
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Wanted, good looking lad to spoil with the good times and all those
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1248, Paisley, Renfrewshire. PA3 3YA.
9 Hadden Street, Tel: (0224) 212181. Thu-Sun 9pm-2am. Popular Disco
just a stones throw away from Flannies Bar.
Stirling Street. 11am - 12am, Sundays 6.30pm - 11pm. Tel 0224 583881.
Upper Kirkgate. 8pm-2am. 7 days a week
Basil's On The Strand
9 The Strand, Tel: 0253-293 877. Mon-Sat 12.30pm-12.30am. Sun pub
hours. Pub with dance floor, bistro, Clone Zone Shop.
92-94, Talbot Road, Tel: 0253-26691. Mon-Sat 12-5pm & 8pm-2am, Sun
12-3pm & 8-10pm. Cabaret on Weds and Sat lunchtimes.
Tel: 0253 291144 for details
176 Talbot Road, Tel: 0253-24901. Mon-Sat 10-2am. Sun 7-11.30 pm. Disco
Club, Drag & Bistro. Sun Piano Bar lunchtimes.
Galaxy Health Club
25 Springfield Road, Tel: 0253 294610
below Rumours, Talbot Square, Tel: 0253-293 204. Mon-Thu 12-3pm and
7-2am, Sat 12-4.30pm and 7-2am, Sun 12-3pm and 7-10.30pm. DJ and
Behind Grand Theatre, Corporation Street, Tel: 0253-28309. Mon-Sat
11am-5pm, Sun 12pm-3pm. Mixed Bar.
20's Tea Rooms
5 Queens Street, Tel: 0253-25713. 10-5pm. Open 7 days a week. Elegant
tea rooms, serving tea, coffee, snacks and meals.
Crook St. Men Only Bar (leather/denim) Tel: 0204 21856
174 Crook St. Mixed Gay Bar with entertainments. 7 Nights. Tel 0204
148 Crook St. Tel 0204 399325. Mixed Bar.
Nightclub and Fun bar, 7 Barry Street. Bradford. Tel (0274) 731606.
124 Sunbridge Road. Tel 0274 737722
85 Commercial Street. FRI10pm-2.30am. Dundee's one-nighter disco.
75 Seagate. Tel: (0382) 26840. Mon-Sat 11am-12pm, Sun 6pm-11pm. Large
bar with pool table and its very own disco!
Greenside Place. Tel: 031-556 9331. Friendly Bar/Diner. Serving Quality
Food. Open 12-Late
CHAPPS CLUB BAR
22 Greenside Place. Tel: 031-558 1270. Mon-Sun 9.30pm-4am. Cruisy bar
all types of clientele. Busy late on at night.
60 Broughton Street. Tel: 031-556 0852. Licensed Noon-1am. Open 7 days
EDINBURGH FESTIVAL THEATRE
13-29 Nicolson St. Tel 031-529 6000. Cafe Lucia for the Boys and Girls.
Theatre has the most well endowed stage in Britain.
Rose Street Lane North. Mon-Sat Noon-2am, Sun 1pm-2am. Cosy bar just
off Princes Street.
2 Picardy Place. Basement Cabaret Club in QT's Bar. Acts, Strippers,
etc. Tel 031-556 0499.
at the Calton, Calton Road. 10pm till late. Edinburgh's Saturday one
Dublin Street. Popular Basement Bar.
2 Picardy Place. Bright City Centre bar. Mixed crowd of all ages. Tel:
Northumberland Place. Best Real Ale in Town. Open 12-12.30. With Beer
Garden. Tel: 031-539 8070
WEST & WILDE BOOKSHOP
25a Dundas Street. Tel: 031-556 0079. Mon-Fri 9am-9pm, Sat 9am-7pm, Sun
Noon-6pm. Scotland's only lesbian and gay bookshop. Large selection of
THE EDINBURGH LESBIAN GAY AND BISEXUAL CENTRE
58a Broughton Street. Entry through 60 as well.
60 Broughton Street. Tel: 031-556 1471. Open 11am-8pm. Probably the
largest gay shop north of Manchester. Worldwide mail order service.
183a Hope Street. Tel: 041-332 2707. Mon-Sat 11am-Midnight. Friendly
and basement pub. Food lunchtimes. Karaoke on Tues, Fri & Sun nights.
80-90 Glassford Street. Tel: 041-552 5761. Tue-Sun 11pm-3am. Very
popular busy disco.,Straight night Tuesday, Packed at the weekend.
CHISHOLMS COFFEE SHOP
145 Kenmure Street, Glasgow. Mon-Sat 9am-5.30pm. Sun 11am-5pm. Cosy wee
shop. (Ideal for quiet cuppa with a friend)
25 Royal Exchange Square. Tel: 041-204 4599. Tue-Sun 11pm-3am. Large
basement disco. Wednesday alternative night.
69 Hucheson Street. Tel:041-552 2463. Mon-Sat 11am-Midnight, Sun
8.30-11pm. Small bar with basement area. The ideal place to go if you
like your music below the pain barrier.
68 Virginia Street. Tel:041-552 4803. Mon-Sun 11am-Midnight. Large pub
with backroom area.
West George Street. Glasgow's first dedicated Lesbian and Gay cafe. 7
days a week. Tel 041-332 7060.
West George Street. Open 6-12 daily. Tel 041-332 8005.
106 West Campbell Street, Tel:041-221 9184. Mon-Fri Noon-Midnight, Sat
12.30-Midnight, Sun 8pm-12pm. Thu, Fri, Sat DJ. Nightly Happy Hours.
306 Argyle Street, Tel:041-221 7359. Mon-Sun 12-12. As crowded and
popular as ever. Cabaret every Thurs, Karaoke with Ms Hutton on Sundays.
2 Parliament Terrace. Tel 0423 524629. Very Busy Sunday Nights, Open
1 Crescent Road. Mixed bar with old style gas lighting. In the Real
BEDROCK AT THE ZOO
11 Station Parade. Tel 0423 503294. New Thursday night club from
10pm-2am with Drag DJ.
THE NEW PENNY
THE BRIDGE INN
Bridge End/Call Lane.
THE OLD RED LION
Nightclub, 41-43 New York Street. Tel 0532 446300
THE CURZON CLUB
Temple Lane. Tel 051-236 5160.
8-10 Eberle St. Tel 051-236 3307
24 Dale St. Tel 051-236 3946.
Stanly St. Basement Bar. Tel 051-236 9737.
Stanly St. Nice friendly large pub. Tel 051-236 1248
Bar/Disco, 211 Slamford Street, Ashton-upon-Lyme(061-330 3212). Long
Established popular Gay venue, Open Mon-Sat till 2am.
CLUB LA LA
All Night Disco. Tel 0706 82676
101 Princes Street. Tel 061-237 1554. Large Club open10pm-2am. Closed
Tues & Sun. Members only.
ETHOS AT RUBY TUESDAYS
10pm-2am. Tel 0374 747674 for details.
80 Oxford Street.(100 yds from Oxford St Railway Station). Also
contains basement bar ('The Subway')
Sackville Street/Bloom Street. Tel 061-236 8800. Gay disco/club.
NEW YORK NEW YORK
98 Bloom Street. Tel 061-236 6556. Mixed gay bar. All day opening
5 Copper Street. Tel 061-236 6007. Gay nightclub. Wed-Sat 10-2am.
28 Richmond Street. Tel 061-237 9329. Members only bar (Free Membership
avail.). Tues-Sat 9-1am, Sun 9-11.30pm.
THE REMBRANDT HOTEL
33 Sackville Street. Tel 061-236 1311
4-6 Whitworth St. Tel 061-228 3078. Gay disco complex. Mon,Thurs-Sun
10pm-2.30am. Sun 1-4pm. Closed Tuesdays.
2 Scotswood Rd Tel 091-232 2037 Mixed pub.
Above the Court Bar. Young and lively crowd. Busy at weekends. Tek
Waterloo St Tel 091-261 4507 Thur-Sat 10-1am Gay club Ist Wed
of month. Men only.
78 Scotswood Rd Mixed bar with disco, pub hours
Waterloo St. Tel 091-232 9648. Large and popular disco. Very busy.
29 Blenheim Street, Tel 091-232 3530. Mixed Gay bar with accent on the
Sunderland St.Next to Powerhouse. Mon,Thur,Fri,Sat 12-11pm,Tue,Wed
The Trap Door
28 Croft Street. Open daily in evenings with Sat, Sun lunch. Tel: 0772
The Dolphin Pub
6 Lower Warren Gate. Tel 0924 201705.
Bootham. York's only full time gay haunt. Open 11am till 11pm
Tel 0224 586869 Wed. 7-10pm
Lesbian and Gay Group. Tel 0292
610599 . 7-10pm. PO Box 1043, Ayr. KA6 5JQ.
Ayrshire AIDS Awareness
Support Group. Meetings Wed from 7pm-10pm/ Tel: 0292 619000. PO Box
Gay Switchboard. Confidential Information, Advice &
Counselling. Mon & Wed 7.30-10.00pm. Tel 0450 370700 or PO Box 3,
Hawick, Roxburgh. TD9 9RU
Forth Friend Tel 0786 7125 Mon
Body Positive(Edinburgh) Tel 031-652 0754 (Mon-Fri)
031-661 9100 (Fax). HIV Positive Gay Men's Group, Sunday's 2-6pm
Edinburgh Gay Switchboard Tel 031-556 4049. Nightly 7.30-10pm.
Line Tel 031-557 0751 Mon/Thu 7.30-10pm.
Bisexual Line Tel 031-557 3620
Scottish Aids Monitor PO Box 248, Edinburgh EH6 5NS.
Tel 031-555 4850
Fife Friend. Tel 0592 266688 Monday (Women)
7.30-10.30pm, Friday (Men) 7.30-10.30pm.
Strathclyde Lesbian and
Gay Switchboard. Tel 041-221 8371. Nightly 7-10pm.
Lesbian Line 041-552
5768 Wed 7-10pm.
The Outreach Nursing Team. Tel 0831
Scottish Aids Monitor. PO Box 11,G2 2UT. Tel
Gay and Lesbian Switchboard, 5pm-10pm, M-F,
3pm-7pm S&S. Tel: 0423 524101.
Body Positive 0423 524100
and Gay Switchboard. 24hrs. Tel 071-837 7324
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tel 0632 737951 Mon-Fri 7-10pm
Lesbian Line Tel 0632 612277 Thu
York Action Plus, HIV/AIDS support group. Helpline
0904-671631. 24Hr Crisis Line 0374 229133.
MESMAC, 0532 444209.
TV/TS Helpline. Operated
daily 7.30-10pm to listen counsel and give comfort. Ring Edinburgh
Lesbian and Gay Switchboard 031-556 4049 and ask for the Scottish TV/TS
Lesbian & Gay Bereavement Project. Vaughan M.Williams Centre.
Colindale Hospital. London. NW9 5HG. Tel: 081-200 0511.(Weekdays
National AIDS Helpline. 0800-567123. 24hr Helpline.
PULSE MAGAZINE Issue 27 - November 1994
John Hein (email@example.com)
Published by Claypoke Limited
Tony Laverett (Scene News - Blackpool)
Gordon (Scene News - Edinburgh)
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