The Enemy of Boredom o N 17 ISSUE FREE Every Month September 6th – October 11th 2013 Edition wuwomagazine.com facebook.com/whatsupwhatson twitter.com/whatsupwhatson MIKE TYSON COMEDY GADGETS FASHION GAMING MUSIC SCIENCE THE UK’S BIGGEST MODERN POPULAR CULTURE SHOWS 25th-27th October 2013 ExCeL London BUY PRIORITY ENTRY TICKETS IN ADVANCE NOW! 23rd-24th November 2013 NEC Birmingham KIDS GO FREE* General entry 11am. Children 10 and under enter free with a paying adult. Max 2 children per adult. Does NOT apply to early entry. WElCOME tO WUWO Magazine Prat IN tHE Hat Contributors WUWO Media 12 a COOl Cat Or a bIt Of a Prat? An Interview with Flume Australian electronic sensation Flume (aka Harley Streten) got his first music software from a cereal box. Since then he’s conquered the Australian charts and embarked on a European and North American tour. WUWO caught up with Harley ahead of his London date. Editor in Chief Steven Godwin Editor Jack Courtez Copy Editor Lesley Boardman Design & Illustration Marian Hutchinson 14 Retronaut – Women In Advertising – 1930 to 1959 The suffragette movement had succeeded and the sexual revolution was yet to begin. In the space between we examine how advertisers marketed at and portrayed women as housewives and consumers. 18 24 Mike Tyson Returns This former world heavy weight champion has turned his life around a way many thought wasn’t possible. He’s gone from eating ears to veganism, from raising fists to raising pigeons and from hating enemies to forgiving them. We spoke to Mike as he prepared to re-enter the ring as a promoter. An Interview With Mark Dolan This presenter/comedian of Balls of Steel fame has just finished his hugely succesful stint at Edinburgh with his new show “You’re Awesome”. WUWO had a chat with Mark regarding his love for all things wacky, Balls of Steel nostalgia and opera singing truck drivers. 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Royal Lancaster Hotel, Lancaster Terrace, Bayswater, London, W2 2TY. 7 October 6pm £1.00 The glamourous ladies from The Folly Mixtures offer you a contemporary twist on classic burlesque, giving you an assortment of dance, circus, song and burlesque, from showgirls to wartime pin-ups. They have been nominated for various awards including the 2013 London Cabaret Awards. Miss Laurie Hagen will be hosting the show every month and introducing special guest acts too. From award winning plays like The Masque of the Red Death and Sleep No More, Punchdrunk has now introduced a dark fantasy The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable. It is based on Georg Buchner’s anti-war stage play, Woyzeck. This unfinished play was re-written with different endings by various authors. It is the tale of a German soldier in the 19th century who is tranfixed by his barbaric experiences, which eventually lead him to kill his unfaithful wife. This season, there is an array of events taking place for Gothic folks. It will include educational activities, premieres and exclusive previews of Gothic films and TV. You might end up meeting big personalities from Gothic films during the events. There will be a wide range of films, from stop motion monsters to contemporary films from BFI archives. The season will screen films including ‘The Cabinet of Dr Caligari’ (1920) and ‘Woman in Black’ (2012). A fun and interactive event to celebrate bees and beekeeping but also to educate non-beekeepers. The event will be featuring exhibitions, honey tasting, stalls, expert talks and beehives. Greatly anticipated will be the award to the ‘London Beekeeper of the Year.’ Apart from beekeeping, there are various other stalls including garden decoration, arts and crafts, bee equipments and beauty products. The entry fee will go to ‘Bees for Development’’ which assists poor people around the world to earn their living through beekeeping iTunes Festival Horseman’s Sunday International Chessboxing London Dino Snores Round House, Chalk Farm Rd, Greater London, NW1 8EH. 1-30 September St. John’s Church, Hyde Park, London. 22 September 10am Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King´s Cross, London, N1 9NL. 12 October 7pm onwards £15.00 - £50.00 The Natural History Museum Cromwell Rd, London, SW7 5BD. 12 October 7pm-9.50am £52.00 This year’s iTunes Festival has a bigger line-up of artists than ever including Justin Timberlake, Jessie J, Lady Gaga, Queens of Stone Age, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Jack Johnson and many more. The shows are free, with people able to apply for tickets which will be randomly allocated so it’s fair to everyone. Do not be too disappointed if you cannot make it to the live shows, you can still have access through an iOS device. To win tickets for the iTunes Festival, visit the iTunes store. wuwomagazine.com Horseman’s Sunday is celebrating it’s 46th year this year. A procession of horses and riders come to be blessed after the main 10am Sunday service at St John’s, to celebrate horse riding in London. Horses of all shapes and sizes are lined up, together with horse drawn carriages and buggies. The celebration also includes live music, carriage rides, raffles, games and other activities. This event is considered one of the most colourful events of the year in Hyde Park. The event started nearly 50 years ago in 1967, when the stables on the north side of Hyde Park were threatened with closure. facebook.com/whatsupwhatson @whatsupwhatson An unusual hybrid sport, which has gained immense popularity in Europe. This is a sport that involves both brain and brawn and combines chess with boxing in alternate rounds. The winner of the previous event was Andy Costello, a heavy weight contender from the UK. There will be large digital screens placed all over the arena for you to enjoy the sport ‘til the last drop. To spice up the event, there will be live cabaret performances, DJs and a series of special guests on the night. wuwomagazine.com Are you bored with your partner snoring away ‘til dawn? The Natural History Museum is offering a night with Dino Snores, an unusual event. The event includes a torch-lit tour to galleries, dinosaur displays, quiz with prizes, stand-up comedy and a great horror movie marathon. The sleepover will be held beneath the fossilised skeleton of the Diplodocus, which is located in the Central Hall of the Museum. The event will also include a three course dinner and breakfast in the morning. facebook.com/whatsupwhatson @whatsupwhatson 05 06 food 07 food WUWO Food Meat munching, Street snacking and cocktail concocting content created to provide palates with delectable dishes La Crêperie de Hampstead 77 Hampstead High Street, London NW3 1RE This tiny Parisian kiosk has been aiding addictions to buttery and crisp crepes since 1980. People from all over the world come here to have their meltin-your-mouth savoury or sweet crepe. Celebrities including Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis visited here to have a simple French delight on a quiet street in Hampstead. Do not miss out on their banana nutella crepe from the sweet section and ham with garlic mushroom and cheese crepe from the savoury section. NEW: Chop Shop Rola Wala Naan Bar @RolaWala The flavour of Indian spices served with healthy options, is a good way to make your tummy happy. The rolls are inspired from Calcutta, India. It is a three-step procedure to appeasing your appetite that includes mixing meat, salad and chutney to make a delicious thin, tandoori naan roll. They also have their own lines of raw juices of fruits and vegetables. As the Aussie owner says, ‘eat fresh, drink raw!’ 66 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4RF www.chopshopuk.com @chopshoplondon Altamarea Group, the acclaimed New York based restaurateurs, launched a vibrant new ‘butcher-shop inspired’ restaurant ‘Chop Shop’, on September 2 on Haymarket in St James’s London. Chop Shop combines both the British and New York approach to dining to mould this intimate ‘neighbourhood’ style, well-priced concept. Chop Shop is casual and accessible, with the name referring to the cut of meat as well as chopped meats and salads. The menu itself includes highlights from Altamarea restaurants in New York including Morini meatballs, as well as new collaborative dishes such as the cottage pasta pie. It is divided into ‘snacks & bites’ of Spicy wings and Cotechino Scotch egg, ‘jars’ of meat and fish pâtés and ‘planks’ offering a selection of cheese or charcuterie to share. ‘Steaks and chops’ are set to be the highlight with Chop Shop serving USDA fillet and hanger steaks alongside other various meats served on the bone including pork and lamb chops.w The bar has no fixed abode so keep tabs with their movements on Twitter if you want to track it down. 5cc Cocktail Club 23 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QL www.5cc-london.com Tucked away within two traditional pubs in London’s East End lies the capital’s newest old bar concept – 5cc. Since opening a second location earlier this year, its popularity has grown despite the bar’s slightly secret location. From the bustling pub below you’d never realize a broody and sumptuous cocktail bar rests above. Following on from their previous “The Forgotten Range” which consisted of vintage liquors self-poured from individual bottles stored in an original apothecary cabinet, their new range launched on September 3 with a continuing focus of carefully selected spirits. wuwomagazine.com facebook.com/whatsupwhatson @whatsupwhatson wuwomagazine.com facebook.com/whatsupwhatson @whatsupwhatson 08 art explorer art explorer Art Explorer Atlas Gallery’s ‘True Colours’ explores the history of colour photography right through to its contemporary application. Styles range from René Burri’s largely black and white oeuvre to Adam Jeppesen’s eerily quiet landscapes. The famous portrait of an Afghan girl taken in a refugee camp,’ Pakistan’ by Steve McCurry and Paolo Ventura’s fancy depictions of a clown’s life will also be showcased at the exhibition. ‘Winter Stories’ The Balloon Seller by Paolo Ventura Mulato by Adam Jeppesen Horse Pool and House by Luis Barragan, San Cristobal, Mexico by Rene Burri ‘Winter Stories’ Sunday Afternoon by Paolo Ventura ‘Winter Stories’ Albergo dell’ora by Paolo Ventura wuwomagazine.com facebook.com/whatsupwhatson @whatsupwhatson wuwomagazine.com facebook.com/whatsupwhatson @whatsupwhatson 09 ART EXPLORER Like this magazine? Do you have sales experience? WUWO are looking for the right people to join our team. Massive commission offered. Email your CV to [email protected] bengore.co.uk wuwomagazine.com facebook.com/whatsupwhatson @whatsupwhatson 00 14 WUWO music 13 WUWO music An Interview With Flume “I’m Sam, I work at Clock, one of the UK’s top digital agencies and write for WUWO about all things gadget and geeky.” An Interview with Flume Australian electronic sensation Flume (aka Harley Streten) got his first music production software from a freebie in a box of cereal as a child. Since then he’s hit the top spot in the Australian charts and is currently touring North America and Europe. WUWO caught up with Flume ahead of his upcoming London date. How did the BBC live session go? Yeah it was fun actually. We did a live performance in the morning then I ended up at the end of the night back there, showing them more music. How’re you finding England? It’s been pretty nice so far. Everyone seems to go nuts about weather over here. It’s quite funny actually, like when it’s a nice day everyone appreciates it like crazy. How did the collaboration with Chet Faker come about? We haven’t actually had that much time to write together but if we do get together, then we’re just super efficient and we work really well together; it’s a bit of a yin and yang kind of thing. Whatever I’m bad at, he’s really good at and vice versa. We’ve only really had a few days to write but we managed to do an entire track each day. We’ve got an EP coming out this year sometime. Do you have a special band name for that project? I think we’re just going to keep it Flume and Chet. You had a lot of collaboration on your album. Is there anyone you’re hoping to collaborate with in the future? I’ve always thought it would be fun to write with Yukimi from Little Dragon. I think that’d be fun. I really like her vocal style, it’s quite unique and she seems to really have a knack for coming out with catchy melodies. I’ve heard you’re a big fan of J Dilla, do you have a favourite track of his? Oh man it’s tricky eh. I’m a big fan of his work. He’s actually quite a recent thing for me; I’ve never been a hip hop guy. I’m still not really a big rap guy, but when it comes to instrumental stuff, Dilla was the first one I stumbled across that really clicked with me. Before that I was really listening to a lot of dance music and house music. Who did you grow up listening to? The two albums I remember I really liked from my parents were Van Morrisson and Deep Forest. Deep Forest was really like world music and its quite leftfield, but the Van Morrisson stuff I really liked. Are there any places you’re especially excited to visit this summer? wuwomagazine.com facebook.com/whatsupwhatson @whatsupwhatson wuwomagazine.com Everyone keeps telling me how good Calvi on the Rocks is, so I’m hanging out for that one. I’ve been checking the weather and it looks super nice. I really enjoyed listening to your remixes of Disclosure and Rustie. Is there anyone you’re hoping to remix next? No, I have no remixes on my plate at the moment. I’m very picky and I only remix stuff I really, really like, but not so much that I don’t want to change it; if I love something and think it’s perfect I’m not going to touch it. Who are you listening to at the moment? I got the new Foals record Holy Fire and I’ve been giving that a fair bit of play. What else? That’s pretty British isn’t it? I got the new Fuck Buttons album, I’ve had a little listen; I haven’t listened to it all but it sounds pretty weird. Oh, and Thundercat! If you could transcend time and see any artist or visit any musical period, where would you want to go? I’d just love to experience the whole early 70s with the whole acid movement and the birth of all the festivals like Woodstock. Yeah I’d love to be around for that. Either that or go far into the future and discover new genres. The future electro sound? Yeah. I’d probably hate it actually. It might just be dubstep 300 years in advance, just a series of tones. What inspires you to create music? First and foremost like most artists, other people’s music. I feel like if you write a great song with a great melody and you play it on a standard drum kit, a guitar and a bass it sounds great because it’s a great song. If you play that great song with a really unique sounding drum kit and a bass that has a really interesting sound to it, it’ll inspire some really odd reactions. That’s what really sparks it for me. Where does the name Flume come from? I’m named after the Bon Iver track Flume. I figured with this project if I was going to get successful, then I was aware that the name should look good written down. I wanted something that looked good when it’s written on a post-it, a t shirt and all sorts of things, so as well as something that I liked the sound of, I wanted something that looks nice from a typography perspective too. facebook.com/whatsupwhatson @whatsupwhatson 14 RETRONAUT RETRONAUT 1940s “Don’t Let Them Call You SKINNY” weight gain ad promoting ‘Wate-on’ products Retronaut Ads through the ages ‘Married? No reason to neglect stockings’ ad In this technological age, you don’t have to look much further than your own computer or television to be inundated with advertisements. Much like nowadays, the media in the 1930s-1950s was an important tool for communication. However, what was advertised and how this was achieved differs greatly to today. Retronaut explores advertisements in the 20th Century and what they reveal about society at the time. 1930s 1950s A personal hygiene ad promoting “Kleinert’s Dress Shields” to protect against perspiration wuwomagazine.com Pepsi Cola ad favouring the ‘slender woman’ – already we are seeing a change away from the 1940’s ideal woman ‘How Television Benefits Your Children’ ad claiming that TV leads to better behaviour and better marks in school for children “Give her a Hoover and you give her the best” ad denoting the woman’s role as a housewife facebook.com/whatsupwhatson @whatsupwhatson wuwomagazine.com facebook.com/whatsupwhatson @whatsupwhatson 15 16 RETRONAUT RETRONAUT 1970s 1960s The first Kodak digital still camera invented in 1975 by Steven Sasson “Presenting The Losers” ad denoting the tough criteria for choosing an Eastern Airline stewardess – Christmas gun ads; “Make this a Browning Christmas” promoting guns 1980s Vintage diet soaps – “obesity soap” vowing to reduce fat without the aid of dieting or exercise “This is 1961” ad reflecting the social changes of the “jet” age in the 1960s wuwomagazine.com “Whiskey tooth paste” promoting the message of enjoying oral hygiene facebook.com/whatsupwhatson @whatsupwhatson “Welcome to someday” ad showing the advancement of technology in the 1980s wuwomagazine.com facebook.com/whatsupwhatson The Osborne 1 – the first commercially successful portable microcomputer @whatsupwhatson 17 celebrity 19 Person’s Name Mini Hedline Sam Wills began performing at the age of 13 as an apprentice clown in New Zealand. 21 years later, his prop based comedy show ‘The Boy With Tape On His Face’ is one of the most highly anticipated acts at the Edinburgh Fringe. WUWO peeled back the tape to talk comedy. Mike Tyson is a former undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World and holds the record as the youngest boxer to hold the WBA, IBF and WBC heavyweight titles, at 20 years, 4 months and 22 days. With 50 wins and 44 KOs under his impressive pile of belts, whilst famous in the ring he was infamous outside of it, with convictions for rape, assault and drug possession. Since his retirement from boxing, he’s attempted to change both his life and attitude, yet some vices are hard to loose. While ‘The Baddest Man in the World’ has swapped raising his fists for raising 350 pigeons and biting peoples’ ears off for veganism, he’s recently revealed his continuing struggle with alcohol and other substances stating “I’ve been sober for six days, that’s a miracle for me.” WUWO caught up with Tyson at the Turning Stone Resort Casino, New York before his August return to boxing as a promoter and before his pledge of sobriety to discuss drug use, his past and re-inventing himself as an entertainer. Your turn around in life is incredible. A couple of years ago you were saying “I see an early end for myself”. What was your mindset when you were thinking this? Check this out, I was planning on killing myself. My wife was just my friend at the time; we started spending time together and then she went home, came back, got pregnant and had to go to prison. She came back again after six months and started talking about building a company. I said “look at the state that we’re in” but I didn’t want to burst her bubble and I didn’t want her to leave me so I said “yes”. Not in a thousand years did I plan on doing it. I went to do a show and it was breathtaking. You couldn’t hear the audience; everything was dead silent; you could hear a mouse piss on cotton. After that show I said “Baby I think I can do this!” I’m up there taking questions from the crowd and talking about myself. We got a director and arranged some shows then Spike Lee calls me and says “let’s take on Broadway!” I was so excited, I had no idea it would be this successful. Anyway it all started from my wife saying we’re going to do this, we’re going to become entertainers. I was a full blown addict at the time she was telling me this. My daughter had died and I just wanted to live a different life. I still struggle; life is very difficult for me. My whole life I just wanted to be a savage fighter, that’s all I cared about doing. Then I reached a point where I realised all I believed was true was a lie. I’ve changed my life, I’m happy to be alive and I continue to make progress on this. wuwomagazine.com facebook.com/whatsupwhatson @whatsupwhatson wuwomagazine.com What year was it that you were planning on killing yourself? 08? 09? I was just OD’ing every night. I was wild; I couldn’t believe I was waking up in the morning. “My wife was just my friend at the time; we started spending time together and then she went home, came back, got pregnant and had to go to prison...” What are your recollections of your last fight? I was just fighting for money to pay my bills, I didn’t really care, I was in the throes of my disease, you know, gambling with life, not taking it seriously. I didn’t care if I won or lost. What was it like after the fight ended? facebook.com/whatsupwhatson @whatsupwhatson celebrity celebrity 00 Person’s Name Mini Hedline Sam Wills began performing at the age of 13 as an apprentice clown in New Zealand. 21 years later, his prop based comedy show ‘The Boy With Tape On His Face’ is one of the most highly anticipated acts at the Edinburgh Fringe. WUWO peeled back the tape to talk comedy. It was the best moment of my life. When I knew that fight was over, I knew it meant I could retire. It’s the best thing that ever happened to me. When I heard that bell ring I was just happy that it was over. You’ve been surrounded by promoters your entire life and you’ve had relationships with them go well and go wrong. What are you doing differently? Well no fighter is ever going to say Mike Tyson stole from them and hopefully they will never end up like me. They won’t wake up one day and go “hey where’s all my money and friends gone? Oh man they all left me, I’m a goner!” “I reached a point where I realised all I believed was true was a lie...” A big thing with your promotions is promoting success inside and outside the ring, using your story as an example of what not to do. What are the specific things you’re doing to further this? I’m in no position to stop anybody from hurting themselves. There’s nothing I can do, there’s nothing you can do, there’s nothing anybody can do. I’m not a magician or a hit man, I can’t make anyone do anything; I can’t even make my kids do anything. The only thing I can do is suggest and give them the choice to go in the right direction. Tyson has not been entirely out of the public domain, here is a list of the most popular places that his face or voice has popped up in the past few years. > Tyson appears in Sylvester Stallone’s 2006 movie Rocky Balboa. > Tyson appears in the 2009 comedy film The Hangover. > EA Sports’ Fight Night Round 4 marks the debut of Mike Tyson on the Next Gen consoles in 2009. > The Hangover: Part II 2011, Tyson reprises his role as a fictional version of himself. > Scary Movie 5 2013, Tyson appears as himself in a scene where he complains about neck pain. I’m not going to stop these guys from spending their money, getting high and partying. That stuff is bigger than me. It’s an inside job; you have to look from within. If you don’t, you’re going to fail miserably. You said you didn’t want to get involved in promoting because it’s a headache. What problems did you cause promoters and what problems did they cause you? I put my hands on them. You should never EVER do that. I was a young kid back then and I couldn’t handle it. I wish I hadn’t done that, hitting promoters. I hope that they’d forgive me like I’ve forgiven the ones that stole my money. I’m sorry for all of that, everything I did out of ignorance. I never would have done that if I had the experience I have now. I was told in order to fight you have to be a tough guy. In order to do that, you have to have a certain type of behaviour. I’d tell new fighters that you don’t have to be brutish; you have to be a gentleman. What are the big differences for you between being a boxer and a promoter? A lot of my life as a boxer went so fast. Being a promoter I’m interested in helping young kids and giving back to the community. I’m never going to be wealthy again, but I can give back to the community that gave me so much. That means more to me than having money. What do you think your old trainer Cus D’Amato would make of this news and are you going to be like him as a trainer? I can’t be like him. Cus couldn’t train these guys because they would lose their minds. From what I see, the discipline in this sport is only possessed by four percent of the fighters. Most of the fighters now can’t even make their own weight, let alone get in the ring. I think a professional fighter shouldn’t need to be woken up or told when to run, this should be done with enthusiasm. They should be the first in the gym and the last one out. Is there anything you learnt from Don King as a promoter – in a good way? I didn’t learn anything from Don King. If I was to learn something from him it would be how to manipulate my fighters and take advantage of them; how to tell them lies and tell them I love them, “I’m not a magician or a hit man, I can’t make anyone do anything...” the white man hates them, we’re all brothers and everyone else is against us. I’d also learn how to get these fighters in my pockets. If I did that then they’d be walking the streets feeling bad, attempting suicide and using cocaine. Because of this, I have nothing I want to learn from his perspective. Like I said before, I’ve forgiven him and whatever I did to him, I hope he forgives me. I have no hard feelings towards him and if he wants to work with us I’d love to. I’m not mad at anybody I’m just saying it how it is. > In 2013 Tyson makes a cameo in the How I Met Your Mother TV Series. wuwomagazine.com facebook.com/whatsupwhatson @whatsupwhatson wuwomagazine.com 21 facebook.com/whatsupwhatson @whatsupwhatson 22 gadgets gadgets Gadgets Some gadgets will save you time, bring you amusement or make life easier, others will do the opposite. Each month WUWO separates the two and brings you practical, fun and occasionally absurd gadgets. 1 6 4 3 5 2 1. R2D2 Pizza Cutter with Sounds £11.94 2. Parrot AR Drone 2.0 £319.99 3. Aquabot £7.95 4. Portable Notebook BBQ Grill £24.99 5. Samurai Umbrella £19.99 6. Bubblehead Webcam £13.95 Good news for Star Wars fans. This geeky gadget is a unique kitchen accessory for you to show off to your friends and fellow collectors; you can enjoy the sounds of Star Wars while you’re eating your pizza. It has a stainless steel, round, roller style blade which is easily detachable from the body. The cutter has four different sound effects and works on 3 x LR41 batteries that are supplied with it. For those who are bored with newer versions of PS3 or Xbox 360, a breath of fresh air is the Parrot AR Drone 2.0. This readyto-fly Wi-Fi controlled device is compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Android users can also get aerial action. If it’s too sunny outside, you can relax indoors and activate a virtual robot via your phone for some real life action with another user. Battery charging takes 60-90 minutes, which gives you 36 minutes flying time. Hexbug Towers have introduced these translucent, micro robotic fish that can dive, swim and change direction when in contact with water. Do not worry about the battery life, as it will automatically switch off after five minutes. Who need the responsibility of real fish, when you can have battery operated ones! Not only popular with kids, but adults too. Ideal outdoor kitchen equipment that is lightweight and portable, making cooking simple and enjoyable. The Portable Notebook BBQ Grill doesn’t take up much space and weighs around 4 kg. The body is crafted in pressedsteel with a high-heat resistant paint. Be it a camping trip, festival or enjoying a family get together in your garden, this has more than enough room for burgers, sausages and assorted vegetables. A unique hybrid combination of umbrella with a sword-like design, is a new solution to an age old problem. This super trendy umbrella is made for warriors who want to fight the annoying British weather with the push of a button. The body is sleek and the material is lightweight nylon. It comes with a shoulder strap and nylon sleeve. Ever thought of personalising your mundane-looking PC? Well, here we have the perfect gadget to suit your cool personality. It’s cute, friendly, sturdy and has poseable limbs with gripping hands which allow you to position the webcam wherever you want it. The glass lens has a 1.3 megapixel resolution and can be easily cleaned. Other features include a built-in microphone and still capture button. www.gadgets.co.uk www.amazon.co.uk www.red5.co.uk www.firebox.com www.firebox.com www.gadgets.co.uk wuwomagazine.com facebook.com/whatsupwhatson @whatsupwhatson wuwomagazine.com facebook.com/whatsupwhatson @whatsupwhatson 23 24 WUWO comedy An Interview with Mark Dolan Presenter, stand-up comedian, writer of new show called ‘You’re Awesome’ and avid people lover Mark Dolan spoke to WUWO regarding growing up in a pub, squirting water at celebrities and an opera singing truck driver. wuwomagazine.com facebook.com/whatsupwhatson @whatsupwhatson 26 WUWO comedy 27 WUWO comedy I guess you’re quite interested in the unknown and the spontaneous? My career has definitely been about people, whether the ordinary or the extraordinary, and yes my natural curiosity. This live show is in some ways a very low tech and air-mile equivalent of the documentary series that I made with Channel 4 about unusual people; like the tallest woman, the smallest man, plastic surgery addicts and all these other weird and wonderful people. I had a slightly unusual childhood in that my dad was a publican for 40 years and I was raised above a pub in Kentish Town. I had a huge amount of input from loads of people as a child. I remember my school holidays, it was the 70’s and there was only 20 minutes of kid’s telly a day. If I was bored I used to just go down and chat with the customers. My fascination with people is deep rooted and it’s not an accident that I’ve become a stand-up comedian. I did a hidden camera series for Channel 4 called the Richard Taylor Interviews, which was one of my first bits of telly comedy. I conducted a series of fake job interviews with real people. Even Balls of Steel would be nothing without the victims of Neg’s Urban Sports and The Big Gay Following. What do you think was the ballsiest stunt on the show? I think that Olivia did very good work on the celebrity circuit because I used to make a movie show for Sky and I know how PR and agents rule with an iron fist. It was nice to see these very famous people being brought down a peg or two. That was certainly very brave and very ballsy. People remember the Tom Cruise interview in which he was sprayed with water and went completely crazy; I think it was a dent to his pride. Others like Sharon Osbourne took it well. She got sprayed, swore in the most wonderfully colourful way and then came back 10 minutes later with a bucket of water and chucked it on the whole crew, destroying thousands of pounds of camera equipment and she went up hugely in my regard. What makes a good comedian? I think consistency is actually quite underrated and that’s also why I’m a bit surprised when there’s criticism for people like Michael Macintyre and Peter Kay for being too mainstream or too cheesy or any of those other things that are laid at their door. I think their sheer reliability is greatly underappreciated. Do you have any favourite comedians? There’s a very funny character comedian, called Gemma Whelan. She plays a character called Chastity Butterworth, who’s a very prim, ladylike Victorian character, but what emanates from her mouth is the most unbridled filth you’ve ever heard in your life; it’s hysterical. As an MC, I’m quite battle-hardened to watching comedians and I respect everybody, but only a handful of people really bring me out in stitches and she’s definitely one of them. So with ‘You’re Awesome’ are there any particular skills or anything you’re hoping to see? I’ve already had a truck driver who sings opera, a beautiful woman who can squeeze her face up to look like Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver and a guy who is an accomplished body builder but stands at a strange angle. His friends asked why he stood at an angle; he explained he had a disease as a d meaning his upper body muscles didn’t develop. Anybody else would have given up on physical strength, but he decided to go the gym and work out the rest of his body and become this amazingly buff guy; he’d conquered his weakness. The show doesn’t set out to be mawkish but when you’re dealing with real people, you get laughs but also the lovely warm feeling in your tummy and that’s definitely what the show’s all about. wuwomagazine.com facebook.com/whatsupwhatson @whatsupwhatson wuwomagazine.com facebook.com/whatsupwhatson @whatsupwhatson 28 fashion fashion Fashion Rocawear Aloha £35 www.rocawear-europe.com WUWO's fashion section seeks out the best, the boldest and the freshest in fashion, presented in digestible chunks alongside exclusive item giveaways. 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Grand Theft Auto V (360/PS3) – September 17 Driverless Cars Google Glass It wasn’t that long ago that driverless cars in films were used to indicate a futuristic lifestyle, such as Minority Report in 2002. But automated cars are now a reality thanks to the Google Driverless Car. The Google Driverless Car was the first real-world attempt that gained widespread public recognition; even after those videos of it running over traffic cones! Google claims that its small fleet has now driven more than 300,000 miles unassisted by human control. Google Glass is the newest invention to come from the company and is essentially a wearable computer built into your glasses. GTA is back with more controversy than ever including adult only content. This much anticipated (and delayed) instalment allows you to play as three separate characters, each with a special ability. The game features all the comedy, guns, vehicles, free-roam space and weird radio stations you’d expect based on previous instalments, but with a giant 8GB of free space required to install on both Xbox and PS3, gamers should expect a bigger playground, better graphics and a significant amount of September to be spent next to their console of choice. In Sci-fi: Knight Rider (1982), Batman (1967) and I, Robot (1950) In-home Camera Surveillance Puppeteer (PS3) – September 10 Google Glass also has a built in camera that can record video in full 720p HD, take high quality photos and feed information into a heads-up display. These files are created and stored in its 12GB memory unit and can be uploaded onto the internet via the device. Puppeteer is a side-scrolling platformer in which players control a boy named Kutaro, who has been turned into a puppet and had his head torn off. Throughout the game, Kutaro is able to find various types of head to substitute for his own, each with their own unique abilities, such as throwing bombs. In Sci-fi: Terminator (1984), Deux Ex (2000) and Robocop (1987) it will be playable in both traditional 2D and in 3D. Though it apparently plays better in 3D than other games because the camera doesn’t move and unlike other 3D games, there is no reduced frame-rate. Laser and plasma weapons Lasers are in almost every single sci-fi movie in one way or another and have been seen to incinerate entire planets in a split second without leaving a trace. As yet, lasers haven’t really developed into weapons of mass destruction, but do we really need that type of WMD (weapon of mass destruction)? Well, whether you’re opposed to that idea or not, lasers have been the subject of weapons research and a kind of laser gun has been developed. The most common type of laser weapon is Pulsed Energy Projectiles, a design which emits a laser pulse which produces explosive plasma (super heated gas) on contact with the target. At low doses this can stun people through affecting nerve cells while it can be fatal at high levels. Weapons developer Northrop Grumman has built and tested an electric laser capable of destroying missiles, boats, artillery and other targets with an estimated range measured in miles. In Sci-fi: Star Wars (1977), Star Trek (1966), Halo (2001) and Firefly (2002) wuwomagazine.com You are reading this in one of the most watched places on earth, with 4.2 million CCTV cameras in Britain alone. With one camera per 17 people, it is quite legitimate to say that Big Brother is watching you when you leave the house, but what about inside? FIFA 14 – September 27 Despite Orwell’s concerns, cameras are edging ever closer to your living room. Microsoft’s plans to have a camera ‘always on’ when you use their new console were shot down by angry fans. This year, Childnet International warned those with webcams to cover them up, as hackers can access both microphones and cameras on devices connected to the internet. The US, German and Israeli governments have all been documented as being able to remotely access audio and video inputs. I hear you wondering, what’s different? Have they added landmines, a no-holds-barred option or completely changed the face of sports gaming? The answer is no, and nearly nothing else. There’s a new co-op 2v2 online mode and some fine tuning, but purchasers will essentially be shelling out for FIFA 13 with different player names, slightly improved graphics and the ability to play as Montenegro’s national football team. This said, it won’t stop millions of people pushing this up to near the top of the UK gaming charts and then forcing their vanquished friends to admit their shame on a Facebook status. In Sci-fi: 1984 (1949), Modern Times (1936), Aeon Flux (1991) Written by: Harry Whitehead, Hadleigh Wade, Eleanor Glenister, Sayan Shah, Minesh Popat facebook.com/whatsupwhatson @whatsupwhatson wuwomagazine.com facebook.com/whatsupwhatson @whatsupwhatson 31 TECH 33 32 LIKES WUWO Likes Every month the WUWO team trawls the internet, hangs around in music shops, goes to the cinema and sits in front of the telly. We compress a month’s worth of intensive procrastination into WUWO Likes, a brief guide to this month in media. Album Arctic Monkeys AM – September 9 Arctic Monkeys, a British rock band formed in 2002, became one of the first acts to break through due to their online presence. They have released droves of studio albums and a live album, since their debut album release in 2006. Their first single ‘Why’d you only call me when you’re high?’ from their album AM, is released on September 2 as a limited edition CD single with an exclusive B-side. AM is released on September 9. WUWO Tech Hi I’m Sam Fresco and I’m a techaholic. I also work in Strategy and Engagement at Digital agency Clock and I’m the Co-Founder & Director of SwipeStation (www.swipestation.co.uk). Every month I’ll be suggesting a few of my favourite apps, websites and hardware pieces. If you have any tech you’d like me to review, please send it to [email protected] City Mapper citymapper.com With the catch phrase of ‘finally a decent travel app’, City Mapper had set itself high expectations. Combining all forms of London transport, from live bus times, TFL departures boards and taxi price calculation, to Boris Bike docks and walking routes including instation escalator time (have you ever been to Bank?) this is by far the most detailed and comprehensive travel app this city has. Including a one-punch ‘Get me Home’ button and some very important features such as time home by jetpack and time by catapult (as demonstrated by a tiny flying Boris Johnson) this really is the one every Londoner needs to have, don’t settle for anything less. Online Telescopic Text (www.telescpictext.org) Listen up all you wannabe writers! This is a unique way to display your story by creating expandable texts leading to expandable stories. The concept is based on a narrative experiment. This program includes various languages other than English making it accessible to all corners of the world, so you can have more control over your editing process. Telescopic Text allows you to unfold words and phrases within words. It does sound magical for writers, especially as it has no registration fee. You can save, publish, revert, duplicate or delete text as you wish. Oculus Rift oculusvr.com If you thought a Nintendo 3DS or Microsoft Kinnect were the cutting-edge in next-generation gaming, you’d be wrong. This KickStarter project by Virtual Reality Enthusiast (coolest job title ever?) Palmer Luckey is the beacon of what’s coming next, offering up a 360-degree sound and vision experience for truly immersive gaming through an interactive mask. Currently only available as development kit pre-orders, when this does arrive it will have all of us blindly shaking around with giant black ski-masks over our faces, certain to make the morning commute a tad more enjoyable. NFC Ring kickstarter.com/projects/mclear/nfc-ring Film How To Become A Criminal Mastermind September 11 DVD Now You See Me – September 3 Recently released movie ‘Now You See Me’ directed by Louis Leterrie, is out on 3 September. It features a great cast and is already a box office success. The movie has an engaging plot with a cat and mouse chase between the FBI and an illusionist gang running throughout the movie. The former pulls off intricate tricks to keep the latter at bay and to achieve their goal. Though the FBI are always one step behind, they are definitely treading on the gangs’ heels, making for a fluent and exciting tale. Much like all great illusionists, the closer you get, the less you see. wuwomagazine.com This is a story about a guileless man threatened with house reposession by the bank. This pushes him in desperation to hiring a coach to train him how to be the perfect criminal. It’s not over yet, the coach has his own ulterior motives to train this innocent man. This micro budget British dark comedy features a sleazy criminal underworld occuring against a backdrop of picturesque rural England. Written/directed by Henry Scriven. facebook.com/whatsupwhatson @whatsupwhatson Firstly no, this isn’t another kinky-gizmo (please see Durex Fundawear two issues ago). NFC (Near-Field Communication) is beginning to crop up everywhere; it’s what allows your one-tap payment at McDonald’s through your phone or a thick sticker from your bank. Similar tech to how an Oyster Card works with a little more intuition, once Apple adopt this then things will really begin to change. Until then we have this KickStarter NFC-enabled ring that allows you to do super cool tricks such as unlocking doors, cars and phones with a mature wave whilst also allowing you to pay people by bumping rings (a true gentlemen’s handshake). Whilst still an infant technology we’re struggling to use sensibly, this is nonetheless an interesting permutation that makes you feel like a Jedi during the process. IFTTT ifttt.com IFTTT stands for If This Then That. Using simple ‘recipes’ this service lets you hook up two things in super smart ways. Anything from reminders on your phone, to your email, to your Dropbox and Google Drive; if you have the right equipment it even works with the lights and power sockets in your home. This can be used for all kinds of everyday things such as ‘If I take a picture, then upload to Dropbox’ so your photos are never tied to a physical phone again. It can even tie in with news feeds so you can email yourself weather or travel warnings. Or use the news feeds and IFTT to set-up notifications for the things that really matter, ‘if #BonoDies then SMS me’ so you’re never left worrying again!the battery pack means it can charge you up on the go – late night internet browsing just got a lot more exciting. wuwomagazine.com facebook.com/whatsupwhatson @whatsupwhatson 34 books online WUWO Books Each month WUWO’s Lloyd Paige reads through as many books as possible and picks out a mixed selection of literature to review, below are his findings. The Never List by Koethi Zan Sarah and Jennifer kept a list of things they would never do no matter what; the Never List. When they break their rule and accept a cab ride, they end up being held captive in a cellar along with two others. Years later Sarah, living under a new name, is still plagued by the past – Jennifer never made it out and with her abductor up for parole, Sarah confronts her fears. Chases and mayhem follow, in one of the years’ most anticipated reads. Published by Harvill Secker £7.99. 35 WUWO Online WUWO’s website features uncut interviews, exclusive content and a backlog of our previous editions. Each month we pick a few new posts we feel might tickle you. Korean DMZ Photo Diary – The Only Tourist Attraction/ Hostile Border Korea has been split into two nations for the last 60 years following the Korean War. The line that separates the two is known as the de-militarised zone (DMZ), despite this it is the most heavily militarized border on Earth. The 160 mile dividing line features fake towns, a who’s got the biggest flag pole pissing contest, tunnels, frequent skirmishes and one of the world’s largest minefields. WUWO brings you a diary of what it’s like to walk the line between the two nations. whatsupwhatson.com/a-trip-to-the-korean-dmz-the-worlds-only-remainingtourist-attractionhostile-border Rio: My Decade as a Red by Rio Ferdinand Rio Ferdinand’s book mainly charts his career after his transfer from Leeds to Manchester which includes photographs taken from his private collection. Former team mate Ronaldo receives a mention and his willingness to do extra training in a bid to become the best in the world, a feat which he achieved. Rio also reminisces on Sir Alex Ferguson’s habit of making a few unexpected playing decisions which were always spot on. An enthralling read with interactive elements for mobile devices. Published by Bonnier Books £20.00. Kanye West’s List Of Crazy Having previously looked into the lives of Gordon Ramsey, Snoop Dogg, Mario Balotelli and many more before, WUWO has now turned its attention to “the number one human being in music” himself and we see if Kanye can be crowned king of crazy. Why does Mr West advise people not to do coke with an intern? Why did he dress up as Jesus for the front cover of Rolling Stone magazine? And why did Barack Obama call him a jackass? whatsupwhatson.com/the-list-of-crazy-kanye-west Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’ Farrell Words with Ghosttthead and Ben Sears We’ve experienced quite an intense surge of heat this summer but it happened before back in 1976, the year in which Maggie O’Farrell’s story is set. An Irish family’s life is turned upside down when their dad Robert goes out to buy a newspaper and fails to return. The disappearance brings his children, two sisters and a brother, back home. They attempt to piece together his whereabouts with no idea that his wife, their mother Gretta, may know more than she’s letting on. Ever wanted to know what it’s like to be an illustrator? Well WUWO has two interviews online to help you know a little bit more. Self taught illustrator Ghosttthead tells us about his work, his influences and the power of comics as a medium for storytelling while American illustrator, Ben Sears, from Louisville, Kentucky, tells us about his influences within illustration and what writers have shaped the way he sees the world. Published by Tinder Press £7.99. whatsupwhatson.com/wuwo-speaks-to-ghosttthead whatsupwhatson.com/words-with-ben-sears Best of Craigslist The French Market Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes from my Parisian Kitchen by Clotilde Dusoulier With gluten and dairy free options also on offer here, there are no more excuses for not cooking something delicious using less fish and less meat. Clotilde Dusoulier is a well known food blogger and offers us eighty-two recipes, with vegetables taking centre stage. Clotilde started her blog back in 2003 and by her own admission is self taught, sprinkling the book with hints and tips whilst championing fresh food. Published by Clarkson Potter £14.48 wuwomagazine.com facebook.com/whatsupwhatson The Internet can be a wonderful place at times, providing us information on anything we can think of, letting us communicate with people from around the world and allowing us to buy stuff with just a click of the mouse. But for as much good stuff as there is on the Internet, there’s just as much (well to be honest there’s probably a heck of a lot more) weird stuff. Classified advertisements website Craigslist is home to a lot of this weird stuff and WUWO takes a look at some of the weirdest. whatsupwhatson.com/best-of-craigslist @whatsupwhatson wuwomagazine.com wuwomagazine.com facebook.com/whatsupwhatson @whatsupwhatson facebook.com/whatsupwhatson @whatsupwhatson THE UK’S BIGGEST MODERN POPULAR CULTURE SHOWS 25th-27th October 2013 ExCeL London BUY PRIORITY ENTRY TICKETS IN ADVANCE NOW! 23rd-24th November 2013 NEC Birmingham KIDS GO FREE* General entry 11am. Children 10 and under enter free with a paying adult. Max 2 children per adult. Does NOT apply to early entry.
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