Traumfrau presents No Lovers Left Alive Starring Mr. Joe Black

10917907_696651083780888_1494280983117391765_oThis Valentine’s weekend the only love we’ll be feeling is for the ever fabulous Traumfrau as they return to Charles St /Envy for a night of alt.Valentine magic. Expect no sickening love songs, no flowers, no bended knees or corporate approved fluffiness. Just pure Traumfrau Brighton class as they deliver their unique mix of song, disco and friendly delights. Plus they have a treat in store with the sublime and unmissable gin drinking cabaret darling, musical comedy misfit and acid tongued ringmaster, the one and only Joe Black. And we’re chuffed to be part of the DJ line up, on hand to deliver the deviant disco with a set of must-do dancefloor magic fuelled by sexy and not so guilty pleasures. Traumfrau’s presents No Lovers Left Alive Starring Mr. Joe Black. If you go on one date this year make it this one. You’re worth it, you sexy Valentine’s wonders you.

Traumfrau presents No Lovers Left Alive Starring Joe Black Friday 13th February Envy, Marine Parade, Brighton. 10pm til Late. £6/£7. Facebook. Tickets available here or at The Marlborough Pub & Theatre, 4 Princes St, Brighton.

Wildblood + Queenie’s Home Service is go! Tune in on Weds 14th at 4PM

Home-Service-large-Forde-HairAnd we are off. Wildblood & Queenie’s Home Service pilot episode is go and will be broadcast on Wednesday 14th January at 4pm on Radio Reverb 97.2Fm and online at radioreverb.com. Expect an hour of decent tunes, club classics, disco wonders, live jingles and way too many camp Queenie moments!

Wildblood & Queenie’s Home Service. Supported by Forde Hair, Brighton. Broadcast on Radio Reverb 97.2FM, Weds 14th Jan 2015, 4pm. And repeated Friday 16th at 6pm and Sunday 19th at 1am. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for more info. From February 2015 Wildblood & Queenie’s Home Service will be broadcast every second Sunday of the month at 5pm.

Perfect Distractions: Nightbus

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I don’t drive. Others do that for me. The missus. The train operator. The bus driver. I sit. I wait. I watch. The world goes by as I bump along and all is perfect. Only sometimes I need more than the usual suspects to plug into. Sometimes I need to drift. To wonder at the marvels around me. The night lights, the random strangers, the city that surrounds. And I have found it courtesy of Nightbus on Chris Coco Music. Music to stare at the world by. Music to make me feel like I’m in the movies – a dark, moody yet strangely uplifting one naturally. Music to make me feel like I connect.

Check it out and take a ride with Nightbus courtesy of music producer Ojan, film makers Wesley Stokes Mellor and Molly Eaglesham and DJ Chris Coco. You never know where it will take you but one thing is for sure. Like me, you’ll connect.

Various Artists Nightbus Chris Coco Music Release Date: 9th February 2015 www.nightbusmusic.co.uk

Queenie’s Strip Service: JeSuisCharlie

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Je suis Charlie, pas Nigel

charlie-hebdoToday we are all Charlie. Its is all about us, together. Not them and us. Not us verses the Other. As politicians and commentators unite to condemn yesterday’s shocking attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo and free speech, Nigel Farage, as always, takes it to another level in his desperate attempt to gain popularity. In France the reaction has been one of togetherness, the feared backlash against muslims on the streets mainly failing to materialise. But Farage, oh Farage, he can’t help himself as he once again cranks up the headline grabbing, publicity feeding, xenophobic UKIP quote machine to deliver yet another divisive label. It is he, not the Other, that is a danger to our free society when he uses terms such as ‘fifth column’ to describe the threat radicalised islamic fundamentalists pose to us in the UK and when he suggests blaming the Charlie Hebdo terror attack by Islamist extremists on a “really rather gross policy of multiculturalism” in the west. This should be a time of unity, not of fear mongering. This is not a time for Farage, as much as he would like to think it is.

The way the Paris attack murderers win, the only way they can remove our freedoms is by encouraging those in power to respond with draconian measures that remove our liberties, question the successes multiculturalism has brought to the UK and to label the Other as our enemy within. They are not. They are a tiny, tiny minority who read the manual wrong when it came to interpreting the Koran. They are the minuscule, who, like other fundamentalists, be they deluded Christians murdering abortion doctors in America or religious bigots attacking gay rights campaigners in Africa, represent no one with an ounce of humanity. They are all legitimate satirical targets. And we must laugh them out of existence.

And we will do it together. Without the likes of Farage and his divisive comments. Without the hate. Because we are better than that. Because when our kids and grandkids ask us who lead our response to this trying time in history I want to be able to say Charlie, not Nigel. Because we are all Charlie.

Wildblood + Queenie’s Home Service is here (almost)

Home-Service-large-After way too much late night chat, some intensive training, hardcore track selecting and a little cajoling of our nearest and dearest fellow deckhands and club kids, Queen Josephine and I, Brighton’s most buxom DJ benders, are proud to announce the sound beginnings of Wildblood & Queenie’s Home Service. Tune in and let us take you on a delicious aural ride of all things house, disco, queer-tech, electronica and regal each and every month on Brighton’s award-winning community radio station Radio Reverb 97.2FM

Wildblood & Queenie’s Home Service will be a celebration of the beats that make our souls grin with upfront album cuts, must hear new singles, charming disco edits, not-so-guilty pleasures, crackling vinyl joys and classic club wonders delivering a suitably Brighton fabulous soundtrack. Add guest DJ mini mixes, 12 inches of Strike A Brighton Pose history from some of the city’s most legendary of club nights, live jingles (yes live jingles!), Wildblood & Queenie’s Gscene Wonders, competitions, must-wiggle club night recommendations, the odd recipe of the month and, yes, plenty of Queenie’s camp bits, and you can expect an hour of broadcasting unlike any other.

Wildblood & Queenie’s Home Service will be broadcast live once a month and repeated weekly on Radio Reverb. The show will also be available as a monthly podcast on Mixcloud and iTunes. To find out more and to partake in the show follow us on Twitter or Facebook. Queenie expects. Well she would, wouldn’t she.

Radio Reverb is a rather fabulous, community run, non-profit organisation – one we are so chuffed to be asked to be part of but to make a radio station such as Reverb happen we need you. Your support and your donations and sponsorship. For details on how you can sponsor Wildblood & Queenie’s Home Service from as little as £10 a month click here.

Queen Josephine has done it – 365 days in the Ouch House

OUch House 3.01.1502365 days. 365 cartoons. 365 wonders. Yep Queenie has done it. She’s delivered. That sketchbook and pens I handed her to banish the demons as she sat sad and sorry in a hospital bed on January 4th 2014 has become something I could never achieve, something I’m so proud of and something, incidentally, we all look rather handsome in.  365 days of The Ouch House Diaries.

From those early days of fear, worry and dread as we waited to see how broken she was, if the meningitis scare would materialise, if her fractured skull, snapped elbow, busted up inner ear and broken arm would ever repair to those early months of healing – frustrated, painful healing, to the glory of getting my missus back to the wonder she was, it was one hell of a year. Nights of Tramadol dreams, days of boredom (which sadist thought jigsaws were a good idea?), those tentative first steps and consuming our own weight in well intentioned cakes and chocolate.  The joy of relying on public transport (“I can use my phone to get on the bus!”), climbing the mountain that is Elm Grove, that first post-recovery wiggle and her regal DSD deck return. That fainting incident (I’m not quite the butch soul I thought I was), those baths with added bin bags and the numerous requests to scratch something she couldn’t quite reach. We’ve done it all. Medications permitting.

And I’ve learnt it all. The kindness of strangers, the wonders of the NHS, the beauty of moments you thought you’d might not get again, the joy of good health and the basics we take for granted. The need not to mutter, the ability of a good tune to make everything better and the importance of two furry ones who cuddled her back to health. And the need for others, for friends, for family, for colleagues – for lifts, for meals, for assurance, for support and for love. Oh for the love. Thank you for the love. The love that made the ouch less, well, ouch.

Thank you. From me and from the regal patient. We couldn’t have done it without you – and without you these past 365 days would never have provided Queenie with a reason to keep on cartooning on. All Ouch House like.

All 365 days of Queen Josephine’s Ouch House Diaries are available here. From 5th January 2015 the Ouch House Dairies will be a weekly omnibus – like The Archers on a Sunday. Queenie’s Strip Service will continue bi-monthly in Gscene Magazine.  Plus to celebrate a year of The Ouch House Dairies, Queen Josephine is creating an unique artwork starring each and every soul who has featured during the 365 days. It will be auctioned off later this month for The Sussex Beacon and Friends Of Brighton & Hove Hospitals. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more details.

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