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Lonely Lady Marries Loyal Dog

A Ghanian woman who married an 18 month old dog after becoming disillusioned with unreliable local blokes, remained unrepentant this week, despite being ostracised by her family and a number of judgemental friends.

"I've been in relationships with so many men here in Togo, and they are all the same - skirt-chasers and cheaters,” Emily Mabou, 29, told the Daily Dose, “My dog is kind, and loyal to me and he treats me with so much respect,” she explained.

When quizzed how the couple plan to have kids, Ms Mabou replied ‘we’ll adopt’.

In more marriage news, ultimate trophy wife Patsy Kensit chatted happily about her recent marriage to legendary house DJ Jeremy Healy, admitting she was similarly unconcerned about nosey gossips.

“God only knows what people think of our relationship,” said Patsy.

“We’re not really a social couple: he goes to work, I go to work, we go out infrequently, we’re tucked up at home most nights – we don’t want to be on “the scene” or a celebrity couple’,” she added. (Easy Living Magazine/ the Daily Mail).

Marrying this April, the couple wrote additional marriage vows in which Patsy pledged not to be too needy, not to lose my rag and to accept you are not always around.’ Jeremy instead promised never to cheat, to be supportive and to always be contactable,” he vowed.

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Jazzy Jeff Kicked Off The Decks

Rap pioneer Jazzy Jeff has accused owners of US entertainment complex the Power & Light District of forcing him  off the decks for playing hip hop’ in an angry series of posts he uploaded on Twitter this week.

“How did they kick me off stage in Kansas City for playin hip hop . . . i'm a 25yr legend, . . .this is some bullshit”, he wrote the morning after the gig.

“KC (Kansas City) live sucks,” Jeff continued in a later post, “They said they wanted top 40...look at the top 40 list jackass7”

The hip hop original and long term collaborator of Hollywood superstar Will Smith went on to claim he’d also been ordered to dump his MC mid- set and been told ‘they had 30 cops ready to come escort me off stage.  
So I stopped’.

However, venue President Joe Stephens subsequently claimed he’d been worried about the hip hop star damaging the sound system by playing too loud, and said they removed him when Jeff wouldn’t turn it down.

The incident attracted massive media attention, focusing attention yet again on hip hop and its perceived link with violence, an issue Jeff raised in an interview with Skrufff in 2004.

’Its funny that no one ever talks about ‘The Untouchables or other movies that glamorise killers, it’s always urban killers,” he pointed out.

“I don’t know anybody in urban society that has controls to bring guns into the country, or drugs for that matter. It’s always somebody in the upper echelon that has that control. To me it’s about the corporate structure, no-one ever takes the blame for bringing the guns in, they blame it on the rap videos,” he said.

“I believe that a lot of the blame that goes onto hip-hop is just a smokescreen to hide who’s really responsible,” he darkly suggested.

http://tinyurl.com/lrr4a9  (Z Trip talking about the Jazzy Jeff incident in detail)



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Sao Paulo Goes Gay (June 10-13)

Well over three million revellers are expected to throng Sao Paulo’s city centre streets this weekend, to watch the 13th annual Gay Pride Parade.

The parade, which this year has the theme “Without Homophobia, More Citizenship - By isonomy Rights", is nowadays the world’s biggest Gay Pride parade, having attracted 3.4 million people last year and was being anticipated with mixed feelings by local scene personalities Alisson Gothz and DJ Benjamin Ferreira this week.

“It's definitely good for Sao Paulo economically speaking, because lots of people come from other cities, states and even countries, and the clubs have packed parties during the whole week,” said disco/ house DJ Benjamin (a monthly resident at Audio Delicatessen and regular at Vegas).

“If you go to the Parade itself you will find not only gays, but also straight people, young and old, rich and poor,” he added. “Though of course, lots of other people, straight or gay, find it pointless, offensive and obscene. Moreover, lots of gay people don't relate to the predominant music on the "trios elétricos" (trucks) which is mostly tribal / progressive house. The parade is something interesting to see, but going through the whole thing might be boring,” he suggested.

Alissson Gothz, one of Sao Paulo’s best known uber-flamboyant nightlife personalities, was similarly circumspect, and revealed she’ll be spending the weekend in Europe instead of Sao Paulo.

“At the risk of sounding a little pessimistic, I don't think I'll be missing much either,” said Alisson, “The Sao Paulo gay pride parade is not what it used to be a few years ago. There’s too much politics and too many drunk straight guys and girls looking for trouble, it’s a real mess. Most of the people I know in Sao Paulo plan to go to the parties and clubs that take place during the weekend instead of the parade, because they are far safer and more fun,” she said.

But having said that, I still think the parade it's still great for the city,” Alisson stressed, “because unfortunately Sao Paulo isn't the main destination for tourists who come to Brazil, and during the weekend of the parade we get almost more tourists than in the whole of the rest of the year. All the clubs have special guests and parties, it's really fun. If you want the real GAY GAY GAY experience, I recommend going to clubs like The Week and Flex. For a more alternative approach, go to the legendary A Lôca,” she advised.

Both Alisson and Benjamin urged revellers to be careful of their safety with Sao Paulo always a city where danger is close at hand.

“Try to stay on the big avenues - Paulista and Consolação - and avoid the side streets during the parade,” Benjamin urged. “Do your best to stay with a group of reliable friends: staying alone might be dangerous. If you think it's too dark and empty where you are, find the nearest crowd immediately. And although it's difficult, it's advisable to stay as sober as you can.”

“The parade is NOT safe at all nowadays,” Alisson agreed.

“Imagine three million people together in one place. That means; do not leave your $10,000 camera unattended, carry only enough money to get a cab later on, avoid getting lost in the crowd and do not drink something you don't know where it came from.”

Meanwhile in Moscow, notoriously homophobic Russian Mayor Yuri Luzhkov justified his refusal to allow gay pride parades by saying again that gay people are ‘demonic’.

"There are two reasons gay pride parades are unacceptable in Moscow.  
First and foremost, public morality does not accept such parades, public morality does not accept those homos,” the Mayor reportedly told a local TV show.

“Secondly, he said: "If they gather together, assuming they are allowed to hold a parade, other people will simply kill them,” he predicted. (PrideSource.com)

http://saopaulo.gaypridebrazil.org



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Image€5 Fee for Balkans’ Smallest Fortress Festival (June 19-21)

Revellers attending Bosnia’s Neofest International Peace Festival next weekend will have pay just 5 euros, event organiser Zeljko Antoni told Skrufff, in response to the tough economic conditions affecting the Balkans country.

The flyers for the 3 night event, which take places between the ramparts of the historic ‘kastel’ in the centre of Banja Luka, feature the words 'recession, denied, cut, cancelled' instead of performer details, reflecting Zeljko’s frustration with local politics and the economic crisis, he explained.

“Bosnia is already one of the poorest countries in Europe, so the situation here is really bad but the worst thing is that politicians now have a universal excuse to justify their mistakes,” he complained.

“We are witnesses to this ‘global recession’ but in reality politicians are just using it to cut budgets for cultural events they don’t consider important, while they continue to fund their own favourite events featuring classical music and ethno music for example,” he complained.

“More than a few festivals and events here in Bosnia have been cancelled because of this situation and for Neofest we’ve been forced to organise a small edition of this year’s festival. We’re trying to send out a message highlighting the dire circumstances independent cultural organizations in our country are struggling with.”

“This year’s event is a recession edition, but it will be a great small festival in old fortress with great performers. We’re excited about welcoming everybody to Banja Luka,’ he added.

Like Serbia’s Exit Festival, Neofest is an outdoors night-time event set within ancient battlements though while Exit attracts crowds of 50,000 each night, Neofest draws up to 2,000 mainly local, party people.

“About 80% of our audience are Bosnian with the rest coming from Serbia, Croatia and increasingly Slovenia though we also attract a few people each year from France and Italy,” said Zeljko. He also downplayed persistent recent reports in the Western press that Bosnia is becoming being dangerously unstable again, suggesting most are the result of scare mongering.

“I don’t believe we’re at risk of war or ethnic conflicts breaking out again, though in some parts of Bosnia the politicians in government are the same people who were in power during the war,” he noted. “These people haven’t changed and they’re trying to create a climate of fear because that fear brings them votes. In the media it looks like we are at the brink of a new war, but we don’t believe it’s true.”

“Tickets for this year’s Neofest have been priced at a symbolic 5 euros a night and we’ve tried to selected performers who present strong statements in their music or everyday work, from many different cultural backgrounds,” he concluded.

“This year we will have a lot of hip-hop, fusion and electro sounds: everybody is welcome.

NEOFEST takes places at the Kastel Fortress, Banja Luka, between 19th and 21st of June. For full line-up details, please click below (Skrufff DJ Fidelity Kastrow headlines on Friday night, followed by Jonty Skrufff on Saturday)

http://www.myspace.com/neofest

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London Cops Defend DJ Database

DJs and artists performing in London clubs look certain to have to continue supplying their real names, telephone numbers and addresses to London police, after cops claimed their recently introduced licensing regulation document Form 696 was a big success.

696 team leader Thomas Bowen from the Met told reporters that crime has dropped 11% in London venues so far this year, and also claimed 696 ‘is undoubtedly contributing towards that reduction of shooting incidents in licensed premises’. (The Guardian).

The police’s defence of Form 696, which also forces promoters to tell police what genres of music they play, came just as Torture Garden (TG) found themselves up against even tighter licensing regulations as they prepared for their annual birthday ball at SE One.

Following a fatal shooting at the venue last October (during a house night), police ordered SE One to install compulsory ID scanners and to retain data of all clubbers for three years. Following coverage of the situation on technology portal the Register, TG informed the venue that the ID scheme violated the Data Protection Act and managed to negotiate a 31 day cut off point for storing fetish fans’ details.

Though a spokesman from the club told the Register  ‘this shows there is no devious intent from the powers that be about trying to out BDSM/fetish party goers’, maverick politician the Earl of Errol was less sure.

"Privacy is being eroded bit by bit, not some single killing blow, but death by a thousand cuts,” he told the Register.

"I do not think that what we get up to in private is anyone else’s business: yet if we keep adding small restrictions we will wake up to find we have no privacy left.

"This small scale ID scanning poses horrendous risks for individual liberty and security. It is not unthinkable that a future government would wish access to all the systems it creates,” the Earl warned.

Meanwhile in Germany, authorities took a small step backwards from the increasingly Orwellian march of technology this week by refusing a patent for a couple of unusual microchip implantation schemes dreamed up by a far sighted Saudi inventor.

The unnamed visionary proposed injecting tracker microchips into people that can be monitored by global-positioning satellites, to catch illegal immigrants and/ or ‘model b’ chips containing cyanide to deal with criminals. The poison pills ‘could be released by remote control to "eliminate" people if they became a security risk’, said Israeli website PressTV.

http://tinyurl.com/qkzjgd (Killer chips with everything, article in full)

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Football Player Nightclub Ban

Tottenham Hotspurs manager Harry Redknapp announced that he’s planning to ban his squad of soccer players from carousing in London night clubs next season after his team captain Ledley King was arrested for violence outside Soho club Punk.

The soccer manager said he was ‘bemused’ by the players’ drinking culture and worried about their status as role models for British youth.

"I don't understand why they get drunk. You can't even get a slice of white bread in the canteen here. Everything here is geared up to healthy eating. What's the point if then they are going to drink 10 pints of lager,” he told the Guardian.

"I don't want them going out to nightclubs," he said. "I can ban them, we can do what we want. We're paying them massive money.”

In more soccer role model news, press reports claimed Manchester United star Wayne Rooney is planning to take a new experimental treatment to treat his baldness this summer after authorities approved the hormone blocker product.

However, Finasteride inventor Robert M. Bernstein told the Mirror his controversial product is not without risk.

"One in 500 people can suffer breast enlargement from the treatment,” he warned.

Meanwhile in Australia, the Melbourne Age newspaper singled out soccer players for special attention, in a fashion crime report dubbed ‘Avoiding sartorial sins’.

“Apart from the fact suits are not made to fit athletic builds, footballers always look uncomfortable when dressing up,” the Age suggested, “Not the least because they fail to knot their ties properly and don't understand there should not be a one-inch gap between tie and top button.”

http://tinyurl.com/r3t89c (Wayne Rooney versus Shrek)


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ImageSwedens Secret Island Festival Reveals Its Secrets (27/7- 2/8)

“Secret Island is different from other festivals, there’s a genuine family feeling in an incredible beauty spot where you’ll have a great time even if you happen to not like techno music. It’s the overall concept of the event that people find appealing, it’s the entire package rather than the whole package, most people don’t care which particular DJs are playing.”

Central London venue The End is to re-open in May some five months after its previous owners closed the club, apparently permanently.

The three room space is being renamed ‘The Den & Centro’ though otherwise appears to be exactly as it was, judging by press releases issued this week for NY-LON’s launch party on Saturday May 2.

Hailing the venue’s ‘spring-loaded dance floor, DJ friendly booth in the middle of the dance floor and killer five-way crossover sound-system’, Centro Den promise regular Saturday night parties (unlike the End’s 7 nights a week policy) with Billy Nasty and Gatano Parisio spinning on Saturday May 16,

In more good news for London clubland, Hoxton’s T Bar announced that they’re re-opening in May, though at a different location to be renamed as ‘T’.

The hugely popular minimal/ tech dominated club will be opening at former City disco Dukes on Houndsditch (halfway between Liverpool Street and Aldgate tube stations) and will remain free, the club stressed.

Michael Mayer and Jamie Jones kick off its launch party on Thursday May 7, with  Swayzak, Phonica and Freak N Chic listed for future parties.

http://www.ny-lonevents.com

http://tbarlondon.blogspot.com/ (T Bar)



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Dubai Bans Dancing & Loud Music

Authorities in Dubai issued a ‘code of conduct’ guide outlining ‘Appropriate Public Behavour’ this week, in which they officially banned ‘loud music and dancing in places like parks, beaches or residential areas’.

The guide included an offence and ‘penalty table’ warning that ‘vulgar language’, ‘alcohol consumption outside designated areas and  ‘public displays of affection’ (including hand holding between unmarried couples) can result in a fine or jail,

Skrufff contributor/ Dubai DJ-promoter Charl Chaka downplayed the significance of the new rules, pointing out ‘most of these rules are already in place so it’s not going to have such a huge impact.’

“You’re not allowed to kiss in public, for example, and people already know that. Not being allowed to hold hands is something new to me and I don’t know how they going to implement that rule. For now, though all the clubs are okay,” he suggested.

Charl’s assessment matched that of Western press agency Associated Press whose report on the guide concluded ‘it's highly unlikely any crackdown could spill over to Dubai's many resorts and nightclubs, where booze flows freely and the attire is the same as any tropical vacation spot.’

“For now, the rules appear aimed at one of Dubai's main tourist draws: the
mega-malls,” AP added.

Charl also confirmed that Dubai’s notoriously opulent club scene is coming under increasing pressure from the economic crash with apocryphal tales of thousands of expats abandoning cars at the airport to escape debts, true (one report said 2,500 were left at Terminal 111 in just 4 months).

“Yah, it’s definitely hit club land, the numbers are down and bar spend has gone down,” Charl told Skrufff.

“People are a lot more aware what they spending their money on and also how much they are spending on a drink. They are looking for value for their money.”

“At the end of the day this is not necessary a bad thing, as promoters are now looking for alternatives rather than booking international acts paying crazy fees,” Charl added, “Local DJs are being giving the opportunities now.”

In more Dubai news, British scaffolder Rik Lynn, from Radstock revealed he is facing a £20,000 legal bill this week after being released 5 months into a four year jail term he received for possessing 0.7 grams of cannabis at Dubai International Airport.

Mr Lynn told UK website ThisIsSomerrset.com that the tiny amount of cannabis had been found in a bag he’d unwisely borrowed from a friend, as he flew into the Gulf State to visit his sister for a one week holiday last December.

"They carried out a full body search, and that was fine because I had nothing on me. I had no worries and when the guard looked in the pocket of the holdall and on the end of his finger produced what I thought I was dust, I was not concerned,” he said, describing moment he was detained.

"The guard kept saying 'drugs, drugs' and I said 'you are having a laugh, aren't you',” he recalled.

http://againuae.wordpress.com (Dubai Executive Council’s list of the Appropriate Public Behavior . . .:  ‘Whistling, Loud conversations and laughter should be avoided. Spreading or circulating false roomers, news’s or jokes that harasses public security, peacefulness and health will be punishable . . .’)

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Fisherspooner- Life Begins At 40

Fisherspooner frontman Casey Spooner chatted to Skrufff this week about the pioneering electroclash band’s upcoming album Entertainment and revealed that’s he’s as happy now as he’s been at any point in his career.

“I’m turning 40 next year it’s good,” said Casey, “I feel strong, stronger. I’ve been around the block and I now know. I’ve done it. I’ve been on the top and I’ve been at the bottom, I’ve been all around,” he mused.

“I think at this stage you learn what’s important and how to relate to people better. I just want to trust my instincts now, in a funny way, whereas before I was never sure on what to do or how to do it. You know yourself better,” he said.

“Looking back I think our first live performance as Fischerspooner was exciting, a kind of personal breakthrough for me,” he recalled.

“I had been struggling for years as a performer and as an artist to find some kind of art form that I could really be expressive with, that would embrace all of my interests and all of my skills. I tried to be a painter, a photographer, an actor, a model, it was like nothing really clicked until this project, then, all of a sudden I could create images, be a performer and have all of my interest combined into this one thing,” he said.

However, Casey remained less enthusiastic about the press attention Fischerspooner gained when their million pound Ministry Of Sound record deal was leaked to the press, by a fellow loose talking electroclash star.

“Later on it became very hard for us to live down that number, it was something that really changed people’s perception of us. It sounds like a lot more money that it ever was, because once you break it down . . ,” Casey sighed.

“In a way I didn’t mind, because I liked the fact that we created this fantasy of rising out from nothing and all the parallels with the Sex Pistols and the Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle, being the most bizarre pop phenomenon and so on, but the fact remains that I didn’t have a choice about that story coming out.”

“And probably I would have kept it quiet if left to my own devices. It still haunts us. This time around, when we asked some people to work with us they refused because of the history of that deal, because they felt that we were going to expect a lot; that we were going to be expensive,” he added.

Fischerspooner launch their new album Entertainement at Londons Corenet Theatre on May 1st, performing alongside Autokratz, Sebastian and  Al Doyle from Hot Chip).

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