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Village Round-Up

Wayne Clews won't be detoxing but he's got news of events for those who are

Published on January 13th 2009.

Village Round-Up

As if January was not grim enough, it’s a month that seems to bring out the sanctimonious side of people. Just suggesting going for a drink seems to cause people to glare at you, wide-eyed, looking for signs of shaking hands and a liverish complexion because, naturally, you must be an alcoholic for fancying a pint after all the excesses of the festive season. January seems to be a month where fun goes out of the window and we should all be stuck at home, slipping into a leotard and dancing ourselves fit with the likes of Coleen Nolan and Davina McCall who are probably raking in millions on the back of their DVDs. That’s not really my cup of tea, but then I started the New Year by phoning in sick on my first day back at work although, admittedly, I was slowly suffocating in my own mucus at the time.

However, if you are intent on getting healthy this month, and there is precious little else to do in the Village at the moment, the good old Lesbian and Gay Foundation is on hand to offer support from their offices on Princess Street. If you are determined to give up the fags, and I suppose mooching about outside a bar in this Arctic chill is a good enough incentive, each Wednesday the LGF are running a support group called Queer As Smoke, launching on 14 January with a drop-in session from 6pm-8pm. Dispensing advice, support and information (apparently, smoking is bad for you and not big or clever), it would seem that the days when a packet of Marlboro Lights were an essential part of any self-respecting gay person’s uniform are over.

Once you’ve knocked the fags on the head, you may find you have a bit more puff than usual and could even face a spot of physical exercise. The LGF are also launching a new walking group this month, on 24 January, called Gay City Strollers. Run in association with the Ramblers Association, there will be a short walk each Saturday, departing from the LGF offices at 10am. Not only will you get to see Manchester in a whole new light, you will also quickly see the fitness benefits of a good brisk walk. Frankly, it’s a much more dignified way to get fit than fannying about in your living room in a garish leotard. For more details of the LGF services, visit www.lgf.org.uk.


2 Hot Friday
Essential, 16 January, 10.30pm-late
Show off your raddled body at the amateur strip contest in the pop lounge. There’s £2,000 on offer for the winner of the grand final in April. Think I’ll stick to living in penury.

Poptastic at Manto
Manto, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9pm-late
Everyone’s favourite indie-trash disco starts a new residency at Manto as the bar gears up for its eighteenth birthday celebrations later this month.

Cornerhouse, from January 23
Gus Van Sant’s biopic of gay activist Harvey Milk receives its British premiere on 16 January and will be screened at Cornerhouse from the following week. Playing gay seems likely to get former Mr Madonna, Sean Penn, an Oscar nomination.

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Ali McGowanJanuary 13th 2009.

Without wanting to sound mean, are you saying Wayne's not allowed to talk about anything else unless he talks about health and safety first??? Surely it's the police, to whom we pay our Council Tax, that should be sorting out crime? I do believe that's what they're there for... Meanwhile, good on the LGF on the Queer as Smoke initiative - hope it's a success!

AnonymousJanuary 13th 2009.

thank u very much for another **** entry followin gay life. Please can we get rid off this section as it just makes gay people out to be joke when they are not

AnonymousJanuary 13th 2009.

aww Wayne is a bit of fluff and the voice of the VBA. As a gay guy I wonder why he is not celebrating the putting away for at least 25 years of Keith Erskin who killed David Brown in September 2007, but regreting Erkin's successors have been robbing guys in Sackville Gardens over Christmas and the New Year, and the crime figures in the Village have not declined. Safety before slimming please

James11364September 28th 2010.

Is this the ancient history section?

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