John! I Hate You! I Prefer Jack! 

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Bianca Del Rio.
Shady Cunt. And my hero.

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About Bianca

At the end of last year, Jack and I travelled down to Manchester for Bianca Del Rio’s penultimate Rolodex of Hate show at the O2 Ritz. New Year’s eve and Bianca Del Rio AND The Rolodex of Hate. What a combination! And sweet Satan, it was everything I had hoped it would be and more!


 

The event was hosted by Holy Trannity, and introduced and supported by the fabulous and fantastic Divina Di Campo- a powerhouse of talent and entertainment!

 

And then there was the Lady of the Night herself…
scathing, vicious, hilarious and the most entertaining comedian I’ve ever seen! Living up to and exceeding expectations is no mean feat, but Bianca Del Rio did just that and I am so happy we had the chance to see the Rolodex of Hate live on stage before the worldwide tour came to an end.

Bianca Del Rio, season 6 winner of Rupaul’s Drag Race, is hilariously hateful in this stand-up comedy special. The self-described “clown in a gown” takes the audience on a journey through her childhood, pointing out the experiences that created the “Rolodex of Hate” in her brain. Along the way she takes a few detours to interact with the audience. No one is safe from her lightning quick lashes, but her victims hardly have time to feel the sting before she zips on to the next topic.

This show is not for the faint of heart, so leave the prudes at church. Bianca is foul-mouthed and unapologetic, but she points out that she’s the biggest joke of all. The NY Times calls her “The Joan Rivers of the Drag World”, and Joan Rivers herself called Bianca’s humor “So funny! So sharp!”

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There was a strict NO PHOTOGRAPHY OR FILMING DURING THE SHOW warning but we managed to sneak some photos before the show started! Unlike the random man who interrupted the show halfway through to take a photo from the front of the stage who was unceremoniously torn a new one and moved on by security!

 

After the show Jack and I did the meet and greet with Bianca and spent some time chit chatting about the Rolodex of Hate show, Hurricane Bianca, seeing her in Glasgow at Menergy, beards, boyfriends, love and life and whether she could borrow Jack…

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I had (not so) secretly joked that the one thing in life I desired most was to be called a CUNT by Bianca Del Rio and thanks to some shady shit between Jack and Bianca, not only did she call me a CUNT, she declared that she HATED me and PREFERRED Jack!

 

Personally insulted by Bianca Del Rio.
A bucket list moment if ever there was one!!!
Acerbic. Amazing. Awesome.
Long live Bianca Del Rio!

4 Years of Blogging!!!!


My little blog is 4 years old today!
It all started as a project for my Master’s Degree and 214 blog posts and 4 years later, it’s still up and running!
Happy Birthday Blog!
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RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8

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RuPaul’s Drag Race is back and is celebrating 100 episodes and 100 Queens! Season 8 is full of glam, shade, fierce style and even fiercer competition!

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Who are these new Queens of Season 8 and who will take the crown sit alongside Violet, Chad, Bebe, Raja, Sharon, Jinkx, Tyra and Bianca as the America’s Next Drag Superstar?

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Acid Betty
No need to adjust your TV sets – this acid trip is all real. The self-proclaimed “bitch” of the competition, Acid Betty mixes a retina-searing psychedelic style with an outspoken, confrontational attitude. As Betty herself puts it, “even Bianca [Del Rio] won’t f— with her. That’s the T!”

Bob The Drag Queen
This funny girl describes herself as “hilarious, beautiful, talented… and humble.” And well she might toot her own horn, having perfected her comedic chops hosting drag shows six nights a week in Manhattan. Bob’s unabashed confidence will either win the judges over… or cost her the crown.

Chi Chi DeVayne
A sassy southern dancing queen with a formidable lip-synch, this queen puts the charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent in “country.” Hailing from humble roots, Chi Chi is determined to win the $100,000 prize. And if she can rise to the challenge and embrace who she is in the competition… she might just be laughing all the way to the bank.

Cynthia Lee Fontaine
Originally from Puerto Rico, this latina pageant queen is “sexy as a goddesses and funny as a clown.” Cynthia plans to dominate the competition with her giant personality… and with her giant “kuku” too. But will her wonderful wackiness translate on the runway?

Dax Exclamation Point
The self-described “queen of all nerds,” Dax is a cosplaying queen who draws her inspiration from comic book superheroes. Combine her unique take on drag with a gritty determination to succeed, and Dax looks like the perfect Storm to take the crown.

Derrick Barry
Professional celebrity impersonator Derrick transforms himself into Britney Spears six nights a week on the Las Vegas strip, with a look so convincing, even Brit-Brit herself was left speechless when she met him. But whether the judges will go crazy for Derrick’s Britney, or ask him to gimme more, remains to be seen.

Kim Chi
This Korean drag queen is not only a cultural first for RuPaul’s Drag Race; she’s also the first Korean drag queen ever to be on television. With her formidable makeup skills and over-the-top anime drag, it doesn’t look like she will disappoint in her ambassadorial duties for Korea. Not bad for a queen named after pickled cabbage.

Laila McQueen
A quasi-rocker-goth-queen, Laila brings a dark and delicious flavor to the race. Her punky aesthetic and Beetlejuice fashions make her stand out from the crowd… but only time will tell if they can make her rise to the top of the competition.

Naomi Smalls
This ridiculously leggy, tall glass of water is obsessed with ’90s supermodels, like her namesake Naomi Campbell. But with a last name inspired by Biggie Smalls, it’s no wonder she also has a notorious reputation… so you’d better check your lipstick before you come for her.

Naysha Lopez
One of the most beautiful queens ever to grace the Drag Race runway, Naysha already made waves in the pageant world when she snatched the prestigious Miss Continental crown. But rub this flawless queen the wrong way, and her reaction will be anything but pretty.

Robbie Turner
Hailing from the same city as her best friends (and Drag Race alumni) Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme, Robbie Turner has some big shoes to fill as the third installment of the Seattle Drag Race trilogy. Luckily, Robbie is a multi-talented comedic performer… skills that will stand her in good stead if her predecessors are any indication.

Thorgy Thor
Fans are going to fall in love with this colorful “fashion clown,” for both her high-octane energy and eclectic style. A perfectionist by nature and determined to be recognized for her talents, will Thorgy’s competitive streak ultimately help or hinder her in the race?

Alongside RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Ross Matthews and Carson Kressley, the star-studded guest judge panel will include Faith Evans, Vivica A. Fox, Nicole Richie, Gigi Hadid, Amy and David Sedaris, Marc Jacobs, Ester Dean, Todrick Hall, Thomas Roberts, Chanel Iman, Tasha Smith, Jamal Sims and Blondie’s Chris Stein and Debbie Harry!

Start your engines… and may the best woman win!

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2015: A Year In Photographs

2015 A Year in Photographs
Since I started writing my little blog a good few years ago, I have always compiled an end of year blog to summarise my year… and what an impressive and incredible year it turned out to be!

I mean, I can’t pin point it down to one specific thing… but there was that time I won a thousand pounds thanks to the Metro newspaper!
John Metro Minted MorningsThen there was that time I FINALLY got to see Fleetwood Mac live!
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img_0071So many good times were there this year that instead of writing about them, I decided to compile them all together in this little video collage made from my camera roll photos, photo bursts, videos and clips! Set to one of my favourite songs released this year, Little Mix’s Black Magic and featuring friends, family, dogs, gigs, good times, adventures, birthdays, parties and more… this wee video is 2015- my year in photographs!

Here’s hoping 2016 is just as memorable!  

WRITE IT presents Babes In The Wood

WRITEIT pts Babes In the WoodWRITE IT began in 2013 as an idea to give Scottish writers an opportunity to produce new works for non-funded theatre and performance events. Starting off in the Glad Cafe in Glasgow’s South Side, WRITE IT has produced 7 events in Glasgow, including a Comedy night as part of the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, themed events and self-contained shows which have proven popular with writers, performers and audiences.

Following the success of last year’s ‘NewsReview’ and ‘Cinderella’. Write It! returns with their brand new panto, ‘Babes In The Wood’. Follow the trials and tribulations of Jack and Jill as they find themselves stranded in the forest when the evil Sheriff of Hillington discovers they are worth more dead than alive! Come on down to Crossmypollok village and find out what the locals think…

Will Robin Hood (Master of Disguise) and his Merry Men save the day? Will Fairy Onseynuff conjure up a magic spell to save the little ones?

Magical fun and wicked humour for all the grown-up children out there!

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As mentioned, following last year’s Cinderella: The Southside Slipper Story, Graeme de Banzie’s trademark absudrist and semi surrealist politically infused take on Babes in the Wood had the Glad Cafe’s audience laughing and participating in a show oozing with satire, slick wit and festive frolicks.

The audience applauded and cheered the strong comedic performances by John Scougall, Ian Macrae, Angie Cassidy, Ali McFarlane, Douglas Russell, Julie Martis & Vari Sylvester who entertained flawlessly throughout the evening.

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Special mention must go to Fraser de Banzie, sound and technical maestro and of course to Graeme de Banzie- writer & producer and master of ceremonies.

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Having attended three WRITE IT performances at the Glad cafe, I look forward to seeing what the future brings in the new year and beyond!

For news and information on WRITE IT and forthcoming events, follow on Twitter or like on Facebook!

The Diva Rules

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There are lessons to be learned, my children. And Michelle Visage is here to teach them. She’s my friend, my business partner and she is someone I admire very much. I love this woman, and in reading this book, I know that you will fall in love with her too.
– From the foreword by Rupaul

The one and only Michelle Visage returned to Glasgow recently while on the UK promotional tour of her new book, The Diva Rules, which promises to help us all ditch the drama, find our strength and sparkle our way to the top!

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Michelle Visage is not your average diva. Powerful, positive, and polished, this diva’s not only glamorous, she’s a savvy businesswoman with serious credentials who works her tail off. From her days vogueing in the downtown Manhattan clubs in the ’90s to her successful career in radio and her ultimate cult status as a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race, Michelle has achieved her dreams and then some!

With twenty-five “Rules” designed to help you realize your diva potential, from “Be Thankful You’re A Misfit” to “Act Like A Star, Even If No One’s Watching”, The Diva Rules is chock full of Michelle Visage’s signature tough love and razor- sharp insight. Whether you’re a drag queen or work at Dairy Queen, the wisdom in these pages will inspire you, make you laugh, and above all give you what you need to get what you want out of life.

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In conversation with Mary Mac and speaking to a sell out audience of boys, girls, men, women, drag queens and more, Michelle Visage spoke candidly for over an hour on her inspirations behind the book, her career before Drag Race and after Celebrity Big Brother and her philosophies on life and mindfulness. Hanging on her every word, Michelle Visage answered questions from the packed and dedicated Waterstones audience with the sort of motherly sass that her fans know and love her for. I could listen to this amazing woman all day, every day. It was almost like a live What’s The Tee Podcast, minus RuPaul of course, and Michelle Visage held the room like the true star that she is.

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Some say never meet your idols, and from experience this is true, but for Michelle Visage, I’ll make the exception! Embracing Jack and I with a hug and a kiss and a smile, we spoke at length about her manic schedule, having already did a book signing in Edinburgh that day, her being an inspiration, Drag Race, meeting Adore Delano the night before, the last time we met, my friends Emma and Brandon, our Twitter conversations, the What’s The Tee podcast, and the confusion of people’s names. I was renamed JIN. Or JIHN. Or just JN. JIHN and JACK. She loves us boys. QUOTE.

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Having conversed with Michelle previously this year about Marianne Williams book, A Return To Love, and the importance of mindfulness, we discussed how The Diva Rules could be the gay version of Williams’ book and how she hopes it inspires everyone to be the best they can be. Making personal appearances must be an exhausting task, but Michelle Visage is the kind of person who lives in the moment and dedicates that moment to whoever she is in conversation with, and I loved that precious time we had with her.

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The Diva Rules…
Indeed she does!

J’adore Adore!

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Jack and I found ourselves at AXM Glasgow at the Autumn / Winter 2015 collection ‘fashion’ show by Dylan Joel. I’d like to say the collection was inspirational… but we were really there to see the one and only ADORE DELANO LIVE ON STAGE!!!

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She’s polish remover. She’s ratchet couture. She’s a god damn mermaid. She doesn’t even need to try. She doesn’t give a shit. She’s fucking cool!
Adore Delano… we adore you!

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The one time American Idol contestant and RuPaul’s Drag Race season 6 top 3 alumni has truly propelled herself into a bona fide popstar having seen success with the debut album Till Death Do Us Party and the forthcoming Afterparty in 2016.

Having played live at the O2 Academy in Glasgow just months before, Adore Delano had the AXM audience not just lip syncing, but screaming in adoration to her every word!

A little microphone malfunction wasn’t going to interrupt Adore and her awesome rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody…

A true professional, she led the audience into finishing off the song for her, before changing mic and carrying on with the rest of her show!

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As vibrant in person as she is on stage, Adore Delano is too fucking cool! A phenomenal drag queen, a brilliant popstar in the making and all round amazing person…
Adore… We Adore You!❤

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The Amazing Amanda Lepore

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Halloween. My favourite time of year!

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Especially when we had the chance to go and see the living legend and Club Kid extraordinaire that is the one and only, Amanda Lepore!

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Amanda Lepore- model, socialite, singer, performance artist, musse of David LaChappelle – performing live with support from the Menergy Girls and Virgin Extravaganza, in October 2015 at AXM was the place to be in Glasgow for the very best in Halloween frockery!

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We had an absolute blast before the show, during the show and after the show and we met some rather fabulous people over the course of the evening!

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Jack and I, in all our Red Devil and Werewolf glory met the lady of the hour and she was the sweetest little thing ever!

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She may not know much about clothes…
But her hair looked FIERCE!

What a woman!❤

The Chop!

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MENERGY PRESENTS THE CHOP

Hosted by the ever amazing Lady Munter, Glasgow’s First Lady of Drag, and supported by The Muntorage – Glasgow’s premiere collective of established and emerging drag kings and queens, Menergy at AXM Glasgow is always an evening of decadence and fabulousness! Taking centre stage is always an international superstar of the drag world!

So when not one… but TWO legendary Drag Race stars take to the AXM stage, you just know you’re in for a damn good time!
Latrice Royale and Manila Luzon. Each separately are seasoned queens, fierce performers and RuPaul’s Drag Race fan favourites. Together, they’re an All Star powerhouse of drag royalty!

Having seen Menergy go from strength to strength over the years, through venue changes and everything involved in managing a very successful brand, kudos must be paid to Lady Munter and her team who run the show!

What I admire about Menergy isn’t just the well-known performers we all know and love or the Scottish queens and artists sharing the stage with the likes of Manila, Latrice, Raja, Sharon, Katya, Pearl, Bianca to name but a few… It’s the collective sense of community within the audience, the shared experience, everyone being there for the love of the art of drag. It’s always a good crowd there for a good time!

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Meeting your idols is sometimes a daunting experience but I can say hand on heart, Latrice and Manila were two of the nicest queens I have had the chance to meet! Emma and I had quite a long wait to meet them, but when we did both greeted us with a smile and a hug and air kisses (Never kiss a drag queen on the cheek! That’s just rude!) and they chatted to us for a while before we had our photos and our goodbyes! The long wait really was worth it!
And what would a meet and greet be without some autographed merchandise to add to the ever-growing collection I have! And since I am such a good, kind and thoughtful (HA!) person, I even managed to get a personalised set for Jack who couldn’t make it to this Menergy! He’ll be there next time though!

And as one Menergy closes…
Another opens right up!
Amanda Lepore. THE Amanda Lepore.
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At Menergy. On Halloween.

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It’s like all my Halloween dreams have come true!
Jack, Emma, Brandon and I alongside some others shall see y’all there!

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Hosted by the fabulous Lady Munter at AXM, Menergy Glasgow always knows how to throw a kiki with the best of Queens! I’ve been to quite a few over the past few years and the last time was with RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 7 star and top 3 finalist, Pearl!!!

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Meet and greet with Pearl?!
Yup!

Group shot with myself, Pearl, Jack and Ferrol?!
Oh yeah!

A good night with fabulous people?!
Absolutely!

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Next up for us is Latrice Royale and Manila Luzon both of whom I’ve had the pleasure of seeing live at Menergy in years gone by! It should be a damn fine night! Click on the flyer below for ticket info!