Saturday, 29 April 2017

Miss Swimsuit UK: Manchester Heat

Miss Swimsuit UK returned to Manchester on Thursday night for the Manchester heat of the 2017 competition. The glamorous VIVA played host to the event, which saw plenty of celeb guests in attendance.

Glamour Model Sophie Dalzell

Laura Alicia from Ex on the Beach

Katie Salmon from Love Island

Charlotte Dawson from Ex on the Beach, daughter of late comedy legend Les Dawson

Also in attendance- Jsky from First Dates.  

I didn't manage to catch model Ann Denise Wilson, Christian Burrroughs from X-Factor, or Ampika Pickston and Magali Gorre from Real Cheshire Housewives, Rogan O'Connor from The Dreamboys, Scott Thomas and Emma Jayne from Love Island nor Sarah Goodhart from Ex on the Beach.

The competitors, in their Star Tanning products, took to the stage.

Before the winners were announced we got a cool performance from girl group Limited Edition.

Winner: Tiffany Taylor

A deserved win and a lovely girl.

I got talking to Sam, who works behind the bar. She told me she'd previously worked on Babestation under the name Keisha. She said she'd shut down all of her social media for a fresh start. Fair enough!

Everyone I spoke to on the night was friendly and cool. The Venue is ideal for the event- smart, stylish and with a good shape for watching a stage.

I had arranged a meetup with Manchester Cool Bars for the swimwear competition, starting in Sugar Buddha. it turned out SB were undergoing a second refurbishment so I changed the venue to Dog Bowl, the bar-and-bowling-alley on the same street. A good starting place for any Witworth St night. A first time for me. A great night.



Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Rap the News

Last Sunday at Writers Connect I came with a warmup idea. I showed everyone the MSN News app on my phone and we looked through the top stories of the day. I asked people to pick out a story and use this as inspiration for a rap verse.

I chose one about the escalating nuclear threats going back and forth between USA, Trump and Pence on the one hand, and North Korea and Jong-Il on the other.

Concerns grow over the Korean peninsula
A US president so unstable and insular
a chaotic situation, that's enough said
when neither leader we believe can be trusted.
How can we say we can't be harmed
by the guy in the East who's own father was embalmed
who's threats to the West no country will defend
and who ordered the murder of his own girlfriend?
How long will we tolerate Jong Il over there
when they haven't released Otto Warmbier?

It's hard to write at the same speed as you would if you were writing prose. It takes more time to think up how to match your vowels and still make your point. Warmbier, if you were wondering, is an American living in the DPRK who was recently given a fifteen-year hard labour sentence for drunkenly stealing a poster.

April is National Poetry Writing Month in the States. I've been checking the prompts but haven't been particularly inspired by them, but wanted to do something poetry-based at the writers' group. I should have been writing more rap verses, and plan to do this henceforth!

Monday, 24 April 2017

Come party this bank holiday, as suggested by this rap verse.

Thinking up couplets that hardly rhyme
just so I can yell IT'S PARTY TIME!
If you're still in Manchester and haven't gone away
for the second April bank holiday
Then just remember that the world keeps revolvin'
And life is short, and there's lots to get involved in
So what you gonna do, well, first you might
venture into town on Thursday night
Get yourself a ticket and pay on Visa
Loads of celebs, no you don't want to miss them,
Like Real Cheshire Housewives' Ampika Pickston!
I'm serious, the celeb lineup is awesome,
If you're a girl and wondering if you should bother,
Do you really wanna miss out on Rogan O'Connor?
The frontman for The Dream Boys is one of the guests
And there's more Ex on the Beach people coming up next,
A celebrity couple is always a good thing
Chet Johnson and Helen Briggs are going to be judging!
The party will be great and the DJ will be jammin'
And you might also spot Love Island's Katie Salmon.
So if you want to come out and party with me,
Sign up to the meetup and RSVP!
Saturday night is one not to miss, yo,
So you tell me, what is there preventing
You from attending the viewing at Genting?
Next Monday, are you working? Nah!
Sunday night sees the Cirque le Soir!
Here's an invitation, come with the perfect group
and see the spectacular circus troupe
'a spectacular ambience and enchanting atmosphere'
from the suburbs of Paris, and now they party here!
So step right up, ladies and gents
the hosts The Milton Club always put on great events.
Pharaohs, fire breathers, and an axle grinder
Don't stay in, as if you need a reminder.