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By The Gay UK, Oct 23 2014 06:27PM

Brand new flights from London Gatwick to Washington DC and Boston are being offer by low cost carrier WOW to start in 2015.





The legacy carriers are gonna be mad but Iceland's low cost carrier WOW Air has announced it's to start flights to Washington DC and Boston, one way from just £99.


The price includes taxes, but you have to travel from Gatwick airport - and it's not direct, there's a stopover in Keflavík International Airport, in Iceland’s capital Reykjavik.


So what's the catch, well as you would expect for a low-cost operation there's a booking fee of £8.98 and a free to check baggage - £39.


According to the carrier the longer haul section of the flight will be operated on their extended range, single aisle Airbus 321 fleet, whilst the shorter haul first leg to Iceland will be done with their A320 fleet.


WOW plan to fly to Boston five times a week and to Washington DC four times a week.


The airline has been operating since 2011.


Here's a picture of the CEO and Founder Skúli Mogensen - he seems nice. He said,

"This is just the beginning of our plans to transform low-cost transatlantic flights.


"We’re opening up the market to a whole new market of travellers who might previously not have been able to afford transatlantic travel.


"The low-cost airline market is scrambling to offer cheap flights to North America and I’m happy that we‘ll be among the first to do so and at a price point that will no doubt cause our rivals to re-evaluate their plans."









By The Gay UK, Oct 23 2014 05:33PM

Hunky Russell Tovey has shared a sneaky picture from the set of HBO's new series of Looking...




The star, who is currently in the US filming the second series of HBO's Looking, captioned the picture, 'So in love'.


In the show Russell plays Kevin Matheson, described as a "video-game wunderkind" who has feelings for one of his employees, Patrick Murray, played by Jonathan Groff.


Looking is one of the only television series to focus soley on gay storylines since Queer As Folk, which ended in 2005.


Russell recently starred in a film called Blackwood, which TheGayUK's Greg Mitchell gave four stars.







By The Gay UK, Oct 23 2014 03:56PM

The Woman In Black – Sheffield Lyceum Theatre & National Tour

★★★★★




Set in an old theatre in the late 1950’s, a solicitor, Arthur Kipps, enlists the assistance of a young actor to tell his story. His tale revolves around a terrifying incident when he was younger, when he travelled to the Eel Marsh House to settle the estate of a long standing deceased client. Initially finding a conspiracy of secrecy from the locals, he makes his way across the Nine Lives Causeway, which is cut off at high tide. Alone in the mansion, he is plagued by the sound of a pony and trap, an unexplained banging noise and a door which appears to be locked from the inside. What secrets does the estate hold, what lurks in the swirling mist… And who is the woman in black he keeps seeing?


This chilling and effective ghost story is beautifully crafted and used simple techniques to create an immensely taught atmosphere in the theatre. The lighting design in particular was exceptional. Who would have thought that a dark stage with just a door highlighted would draw worried mumblings from those around you? This is a theatrical experience like no other.


The production slowly cranks up the tension, which quite literally draws you to the edge of your seat and then throws you back into it with “cattle prod” jolts that elicited genuine screams of terror from the audience. The narrative of the piece completely draws you in; and the production avoids spoon feeding you the story, leaving you as the audience to create your own horrors in your imagination. The set, staging and props were remarkably effective in their simplicity and created an atmosphere where you held your breath with the central character as he explored the darkness. Setting the show in a theatre made you instantaneously part of the production and the dark atmosphere and low level lighting only add to the gloominess and intimacy of the piece.



Matt Connor
Matt Connor

The performances from the two leads were both excellent, with Matt Connor playing the part of The Actor and Young Kipps, and Malcolm James providing the elderly Kipps and the other characters he comes across. It came as a surprise just how effective a simply staged double hander could be and the way in which the audience is manipulated via the events unfolding on stage is testament to the outstanding writing behind the show.


This show is not akin to the recent film, so those expecting the Daniel Radcliffe version will be disappointed. It is faithful to its original source material, the book by Susan Hill. If anything, it is more reminiscent of “The Haunting” (1963) which leaves everything to the imagination. Here, the effective equivalent of the tradition of sitting round an open fire and telling ghost stories proves that there is more to what is unseen than what is seen; and is an absolutely perfect pre-Halloween treat or a superbly chilling way to spend a dark, stormy winter evening.


The Woman In Black is currently at Sheffield Theatres (http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/event/the-woman-in-black/ ) before continuing on its national tour (http://www.thewomaninblack.com/). If you want to win tickets to the show along with our bumper Halloween Hamper, enter our Halloween competition a



By Paul Szabo



By The Gay UK, Oct 23 2014 03:41PM

★★★★ – Witty, Endearing, Unforgettable.



Janet Suzam, Khayelathu Anthony | Credit: Ruphin Coudyzer
Janet Suzam, Khayelathu Anthony | Credit: Ruphin Coudyzer

“Solomon and Marion” hits the studio theatre of The Rep with an edgy bang. Lara Foot’s play is set in the post-apartheid period, and the essence of her story transports us back twenty years. It does not seem too long ago, when racial differences were a hot topic in the Western World, but more so in South Africa.


“Solomon and Marion” delivers a perspective from both sides: Solomon represents a poor black boy, whose family have died, and who is, on a daily basis, fighting for survival. Marion is a white and middle class lady who, throughout the play, is writing to her daughter Annie who is living in Australia with “a very good accountant.” – She reminds us... constantly.


For some time, Marion has felt a presence lurking in around her house. One day, Marion is rudely disturbed by a black boy, whom she claims has never met, but walks in to her living room, uninvited. It turns out that she used to let him play in her pond as a young child, as she was good friends with his grandmother. A delightful and an endearing connection between them ensues with terms as: ‘My boy’ and ‘Ms Marion’ that make the audience smile with delight.



Credit: Jesse Kramer
Credit: Jesse Kramer

Lara Foot created a masterpiece, where she assembles humour with anger; melancholy and monumental revelation. When Marion sees Solomon wearing her deceased son’s yellow shirt, her reaction is heart-wrenching. She cries and says to Solomon: “You’ve ruined it.” Which may cause some controversy with subtext analysis: was Marion showing a racist streak? She very quickly recovers and begs Solomon to keep it.


Dame Janet Suzman, who you might recall from watching The Singing Detective, delivers an astonishing and memorable performance. The way Janet embodies Marion with extremely well-thought of physicality and with an emotion that was as if Suzman had gone through the grief and isolation portrayed herself. Janet shines particularly at the end when she breaks down after finding out the truth of her son’s death.


Khayalethu Anthony breaths a true embodiment of what it would have felt like to live in those harsh times. Anthony is an unexperienced actor by background, but on stage his talent matches the Dame’s, especially when enacting live the murder scene of Marion’s son. His method of talking in mother-tongue gave the play an element of outstanding sincerity.


The lighting was an effective drama tool, as it aided with the transition between happy daytime, to lonely darkness where Marion would spend all night staring at nothing. The excellent way in which the light shone through the window and when it climbed the walls as the sun was rising. The set was a masterpiece, in naturalistic terms but also it managed to create a nostalgic place for Marion to reminisce the whole life she had spent, and the one she wants to die in.


“Solomon and Marion” is at The Rep until 1st of November.


by Alex Da Silva






By The Gay UK, Oct 23 2014 08:52AM

Out movie producer Bryan Singer has announced that he is expecting a baby with his best friend of 25 years, Michelle Clunie.


Michelle Clunie, who starred in the US version of Queer As Folk is expecting a child with Bryan Singer, Hollywood film producer and director.




The news was confirmed to Buzzfeed News editor Simon Halls.


“The pair, who have been best friends for 25 years, are over the moon with the pregnancy,” Halls told BuzzFeed News. “[The two] look forward to co-parenting the child together. The pair have been planning this baby for years and have been trying for the last two,” Halls told E! News.


2014 hasn't been an easy year for Singer he has had two lawsuits filed against him accusing him of sexual assault. The first was by Michael Egan who alleged that Singer had assaulted him when he was just 17.


Singer had always maintained that the accusation was 'absurb'.


In May, Singer was served with another lawsuit this time from an unnamed man in London, UK. The case was later dismissed out of court.


In August the first lawsuit was withdrawn.



Bryan Singer for Out Magazine
Bryan Singer for Out Magazine

This year in an interview with Out Magazine, Singer said that he was 'quite bisexual' and that he had, in the past had relationships with women.


He said, "I’m quite bisexual, in the last five years, I’ve had two girlfriends - one for two years, one for eight months... (but) in the end, it’s probably going to be a guy (I settle down with). I emotionally lean towards male relationships, so I’m happy to say I’m gay, too"





By The Gay UK, Oct 22 2014 12:06PM

Two male strippers from the US have been Quarantined after sitting near an Ebola victim on a flght.


Goode Via Facebook
Goode Via Facebook

According to AP during a Skype interview, Axl Goode (pictured) and Taylor Cole confirmed that they have put themselves in lock-down at their homes for 21 days and are not allow to come into contact or be within three feet of anyone. The lock-down is self imposed as healthcare officials still have not created a policy on whether those who are on board flights with infected persons should face isolation.


The news came after they found out they had been sitting near Ebola victim Amber Vinson ona flight from Dallas to Cleveland in the US. The two strippers had been attending the Romanticon Convention.


The two dancers were amongst the 132 passengers on Frontier Airlines Flight 1142.


'I had just come back from a book conference and while there I read on how Ebola affects the body and what it does when you contract the disease and how terrible it is.' Good said in an interview with AP.


'So certainly–a lot of fear, a lot of panic. It took a while for it to hit me. That was pretty scary.'


He has said that he is shocked that the CDC has not ordered their isolation saying, ‘If a stripper can make a decision that’s more responsible than the CDC, then surely other people can make those decisions, too.’



SOURCE





By The Gay UK, Oct 22 2014 11:33AM

In a world where folk are obsessed by taking pictures of their bits or filming themselves during acts of self and mutual gratification then posting them online, or in some celebrity cases having them leaked, we were not surprise to find we’re not the only ones in the animal kingdom doing this!

By Graham Davies | 22nd October 2014


This horny panda apparently was caught enjoying some light masturbation after chomping on a bamboo stick, unaware he was being filmed on a motion camera out in the wild. Shot by the World Wildlife Fund and backed by some dreadful nineties porn music, we ask is any animals self gratification videos safe from the eyes of the world?



By The Gay UK, Oct 21 2014 08:59PM

So so so... OTown's Erik Michael Estrada has stripped off and is looking great!


But it's a little 'Look At Me... Don't Look At Me...'




Captioning his topless picture Erik said, 'Support the cause. But what ever you do don't look at my abs. Or how low under wear is. Or my junk. #seriouslysupportthecause'


We're looking and liking.




OTOWN who recently stopped by to chat with TheGayUK, in issue 5, are riding high on the success of their independent record Lines And Circles.


OTOWN first turned up on our radios in the early noughties with their mega hit Liquid Dreams.




By The Gay UK, Oct 21 2014 08:24PM

Goodness Liza, we often just spend days imagining various celebrities and their respective partners naked... No really. We do, we have court orders to prove...


However Lance Bass has shown off his gorgeous boyfriend Michael Turchin in his full glory. Okay not quite full frontal glory, but we get a good glimpse of his perky bottom, which made it worth coming into the office today.



And very nice it is too.


So as Lance creeps up behind his BF in the shower room, Michael is surprised and releases a not so uncute scream and says to the camera... "I'm Naked..."



Michael Turchin | Lance Bass Instagram
Michael Turchin | Lance Bass Instagram

Yes, Michael you are... We like it.


The couple have been engaged for over a year, and the former NSYNCER recently re-proposed in August this year. A source close to the pair say they are planning to get married in early 2015.




By The Gay UK, Oct 21 2014 05:48PM

Although the world of modern medicine is quite amazing, I feel that our focus can sometimes rely too much on what our doctors can administer. It seems we may have fallen out of touch with what nature can already prescribe us. After all, surely our civilization would have been completely wiped out if we were not already provided with natural medicinal resources on this earth?



Eat great, feel great...
Eat great, feel great...

By no means am I suggesting medication be swapped in favour of natural remedies, and whenever incorporating a supplement or out of the ordinary addition to your diet, you should always seek medical advice in the first instance.


After recently being diagnosed HIV myself, and try as I might, as I'm sure some HIV positive people may be able to relate to when they first found out, I could not find the wonder drug online to cure me! I'm assuming this was my denial stage. After re-assessing and implementing a new diet, I started delving into plants and herbs that had undergone testing and scientific research that provided some promising results.


The more I looked, the more evidence I came across not only from clinical trials but professional herbalists, ancient practices of medicine, even biblical references. It would seem that the plant world does have some interesting attributes in helping to strengthen our immune system, and dis-encouraging the growth of the HIV-1 virus within the body. A lot of the evidence found to support anti-HIV activity also shows anti-cancer activity too.


The following plants/herbs/spices are readily available and would not only benefit people that are HIV positive, but could be used within any diet/regime for general and specific health issues. It is not suggested that you take it upon yourself to incorporate any of the following before seeking advice / approval from your GP / Nurse / or nutritionist (especially if you are on any medication as certain plants have been known to interfere or react with meds). Some of the studies carried out have been done so via test tube so it is unclear how reactive the plant is on the human body.


If you are considering discussing the possibility of incorporating supplements with a professional, then it's best to ensure you initially bring it back to basics and ensure you have a healthy diet and are eating the right foods for your body. Spirulina and pomegranates will do nothing for you if your a chicken nugget and chocolate fiend.


Herbalists can help treat a huge range of health issues; immune system issues, allergies, autoimmune conditions, energy, stamina, fatigue, emotional health, hormonal health, fertility, digestion, nutrition, skin, heart & circulation, and joints & bones. To find a herbalist near you, click here.





MANGOSTEEN (Queen of the tropical fruits)

Historically used in folk medicine, this fruit is thought to have come from South East Asia. The entire fruit (rind, flesh, leaves, bark) contain Xanthones, which have; anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-tumor, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, to name a few. A study which took place showed that xanthone mangostin, derived from the mangosteen inhibted the replication cycle of HIV. (SOURCE http://www.gayprideband.com/Mangosteen%20Studies%20PDF.pdf




BITTER MELON (wild cucumber)

An unusual vegetable-fruit used as a healing aid for intestinal or stomach disorders (ulcers, colitis, constipation, worms). Bitter melon has also proved successful for people suffering with; psoriasis, liver disease, kidney stones, and diabetes. MAP-30, a plant protein within the veggie-fruit has been found to fight against the HIV virus. (SOURCE: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7665070





HYSSOP

In Greek this word means 'Holy Herb'. In fact, it is so holy it's mentioned ten times in the Old Testament, being used to purify sacred areas and cleanse leprosy sufferers. Hyssop is an immune system strengthener and blood nourisher. The crude extracts of dried out Hyssop officinalis leaves showed potent antiviral qualities and anti-HIV activity.

(SOURCE: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7665070




OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT

Olive leaf is simply the leaves from an olive tree. With an antioxidant level doubling that of green tea extract, and 400% higher than vitamin C, no wonder the olive tree was referred to as “the tree of life” in the Bible. The real treasure within the extract lies within it's Oleuropein, that contains; anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. The extract is used for blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease, ulcers, diabetes, cancer, HIV, and many more. Studies found that the Oleuropein prevents acute infection and replication of the HIV virus.

(SOURCE: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12878215




BLACK SEED EXTRACT (Nigella Sativa)

I recognised this immediately as an avid Nigella Lawson fan, she uses these seeds in one of her recipes. The seed has been used in medicines for thousands of years, and was also reported to have been found in King Tut's tomb. Used to encourage healing headaches, toothaches, digestive issues, haemorrhoids, respitorary issues, lowering blood pressure, treating cancer, and boosting the immune system. I read somewhere that the only thing black seeds cannot cure, is death.


Interestingly, one of the studies that was carried out on an HIV patient induced a sero-reversion (tested negative for HIV), and remained at healthy CD4 counts 24 months after the experiment.

(SOURCE: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24311845




SPIRULINA

For some reason I don't have the capacity to say this word correctly the first time I go to say it. Spirulina is a high-protein “super food” which is formed from a blue-green algae. Rich in vitamins; A, B1, B6, B12, C, along with proteins and minerals. Spirulina has been found to inhibit the replication of HIV in the blood. Available in most health food stores, I have personally started to incorporate this in my diet.

(SOURCE: http://journals.lww.com/jaids/Abstract/1998/05010/Inhibition_of_HIV_1_Replication_by_an_Aqueous.2.aspx




NEEM LEAF EXTRACT

The neem plant is native to India and it's surrounding regions. The entire plant can be used in medicine and has been done so, especially within traditional medicines such as Ayurveda, to treat malaria, cancer, skin diseases, and diabetes to name a few. With research into it's benefits to people with HIV, the results concluded a significant influence on CD4 cells.

(SOURCE: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17667213




LICORICE

No introduction necessary. Personally I cannot stand the stuff! However, as a supplement for someone with HIV it could potentially slow the activation of any dormant immune cells, which would prevent the virus from replicating within the blood. Liquorice root contains the compound glycyrrhizin, which is the part that helps prevent replication. Liquorice root is also full of many anti-depressant qualities and could be used as an alternative to St. John's Wort. Large quantites are not advised (no more than 7g a day) as it may have implications with testosterone in the body.

(SOURCE: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12679601




SUMAC (Rhus chinensis)

Sumac fruits are ground into a red powder, used widely to spice dishes in the Middle East. It has a lemony flavour to it and is often used in hummus. Research has shown that compounds within sumac have anti-HIV activity and would be a useful medicinal plant for HIV patients. Sumac is also a wonderful antioxidant.

(SOURCE: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16368204




SCHISANDRA

From East Asia this “five flavour fruit”, would traditionally be used in Chinese medicine to fight infection, help sufferers of insomnia, and promote healthy skin. Schisandra contains anti-aging properties and has also been used to normalize blood sugar/pressure, whilst boosting your immune system. The fruit has had great results for treating liver disease / hepatitis. China developed a liver-protecting drug titled DBD which is made from compounds within the fruit. The fruit contains lingnans, and it is these that have demonstrated anti-HIV virus activity.

(SOURCE: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19413342




ROOIBOIS LEAVES (redbush)

I love this tea. I probably drink about 10 cups a day. A study shows a polysaccharide within rooibois leaves has strong anti-HIV properties. They concluded the polysaccharide plays a big part in the mechanism for the virus binding itself to T Cells, and the prevention of that. It is unclear whether this can be achieved by just drinking the tea, however. On the plus side the polyphenols within the tea help to ease headaches, allergies, bone weakness, asthma, eczema, stomach cramps, and also boost your immune system!

(SOURCE: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9058964




ELDERBERRY

Massive antioxidant qualities within the elderberry. It's juice was actually used to combat a flu epidemic in Panama, 1995. Elderberries help the immune system's response to when it is under attack or low, and is also rich in vitamins A,B,C. The experiment that took place showed that flavanoid compounds in elderberries blocked HIV-1 entry.

(SOURCE: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19641233




ASTRAGALUS

The root of this herb is used to treat anaemia, kidney disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, allergies and HIV. Researchers claim that the herb increases the T-cell count within the body, making this a good immunity booster. Herbalists have used this herb in their medicines for years. Andrew Weil, author of “Spontaneous Healing”- which is an amazing book by the way- has used astragalus with his clients that are HIV positive.

(SOURCE: http://www.aidsmeds.com/articles/hiv_astragalus_telomere_1667_15595.shtml


Annoyingly, I cannot stand any of the following as they are all a type of mushroom. If you are like me, then they are available in tinctures, capsules, and other complexes. But again, consult your doctor first. Certain types of mushroom have had amazing coverage on their antioxidant and health promoting properties. A lot of research has gone into their impact on cancer, along with HIV.



MAITAKE (the dancing mushroom)

Maitake, or “the miracle mushroom” have been eaten in Asia for years. As a medicine, it has been used for in the treatment of cancer, hepatitis, diabetes, high cholesterol and HIV. Polysaccharides and beta glucans within the mushroom aid the immune system and promote T-Cells.

(SOURCE: http://doctorschar.com/archives/maitake-and-hiv-infection/



CHAGA

This mushroom is one of the highest antioxidants in the world. It has also been publicised previously about its health benefits with cancer. Chaga mushrooms have been useful in treating over 40 conditions. For extensive information on the chaga mushroom read here: http://www.chagamountain.com/health-benefits.html



REISHI

You probably wont ever see this kind of mushroom in a kitchen. They are bitter and hard. In medicine, they like the chaga mushroom are an amazing antioxidant and free radical fighter. Reishi mushrooms are also considered to be beneficial to those suffering with cancer, as they may suppress tumour growth. Reishi mushrooms have also been used with respiratory issues, such as asthma, as they appear to have a healing effect on the lungs. (SOURCE: http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-reishi-mushrooms.html )

An experiment showed that the reishi mushroom did in fact contain compounds that would help inhibit the HIV virus (SOURCE: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22347784 )





SHIITAKE

We may recognise this mushroom the most from our love and knowledge of eastern food. This mushroom is a fantastic source of iron. The shiitake has been documented to provide immune support, protection against rheumatoid arthritis (RA), have cardiovascular and anti-cancer benefits, (SOURCE http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?dbid=122&tname=foodspice ) and test tube studies showed that lignins within the shiitake prevented HIV cells from attacking the needed T-cells. (SOURCE http://www.fungihealth.com/shiitake-mushroom-against-aids )



POMEGRANATE

Obviously we are going to see a lot of vitamin C in the pomegranate, with that a high level of anti-oxidants, in fact more so than the almighty acai berry or green tea. Pomegranates do wonders for your skin. Not only can pomegranates help a dry type skin, but they can also help soothe outbreaks on more oily/combo type skin. This vibrant fruit promotes skin regeneration and can help slow the ageing process on our skin. For the rest of our body pomegranates can help; cardiovascular health, bone quality (from the vitamin K), aid digestion, treat anaemia (pomegranates are also high in iron), and have found to contain a property that helps lose weight. Research with pomegranates and cancer has suggested that they could help treat prostate and breast cancer. (source: http://www.med-health.net/Benefits-Of-Pomegranate.html )

An experiment that took place using pomegranate juice showed that it may help in blocking the HIV virus from binding to T-cells. (SOURCE http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16387698 )



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