Theatre In The Round

MY FAT FRIEND at the Globe Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1.

Television writer Charles Laurence has used his experience in writing slick dialogue for such shows as ‘Now Take My Wife’, to good avail in this new stage comedy. He has provided Kenneth Williams with a deluge of sharp-edged remarks to fire at all and sundry – and admirers of Williams will know there is nobody around who can top him for acid-tongued delivery. I realise that a little of Mr Williams goes a long way (and here he is on stage almost throughout) but he is served well by the author, and manages to employ all of his many voices during the evening. At times the laughter of the audience began to sound like one of those dreary TV shows which use ‘canned laughter’ and there were moments when I wished the cast would pause just a moment longer, so that none of the dialogue was missed.

The play is set in the lounge and kitchen of a house in Hampstead. The owner is an overweight young woman who runs a bookshop adjoining the house. She has two tenants, one a young Scot who assists her in the shop, as well as doing most of the cooking in the house. Her other tenant is Kenneth Williams, playing (of all things) a civil servant. The bohemian atmosphere of the household is well established in the opening scenes, showing that none of the 3 characters are involved with each other sexually. However, the author has given Williams one extremely funny scene where he attempts a mock seduction of the other male tenant in the house.

After opening with a lavatory joke, I was relieved to find the humour improved by the minute with Williams berating the girl for being so fat, and going through every type of ‘fat joke’ in existence. She herself seems unconcerned about her appearance, but when a young man wanders into the shop in search of travel books and invites her out to dine, she has a change of heart.

An overnight romance begins before the man flies abroad for 4 months. It is then that Williams gets the idea for the girl to go on a crash diet and there follows some amusing moments involving a mobile sauna, as well as our heroine returning from a sprint on Hampstead Heath dressed in a ‘track suit’.

After an evening of such fast and witty dialogue, it was interesting to find a few quiet moments towards the close of the play that suddenly showed great insight into the main characters. Kenneth Williams is of course a delight, and it is a tribute to his talent that one never feels he is upstaging anyone else, as indeed the other 3 players are all allowed to make their presence felt. Jennie Linden is admirable in the title role, and two impressive West End debuts are made by John Harding as the serious young Scot, and Bernard Holley as Miss Linden’s admirer.

Bunny Ain’t Funny

BUNNY at the Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly Circus, London.

I have endured many of life’s disasters by holding on to the belief that ‘nothing is as bad as it seems’. However, this thought did not work for me as I sat watching this new Norman Krasna comedy titled BUNNY. The evening comprised two one-act plays about a high class call girl operating in New York.

I’ve grown so used to seeing Eartha Kitt over the years as that smouldering tigress that I was not ready for her giggling, at times almost hysterical portrayal of Bunny the call-girl. The play uses that device so popular in restoration comedy of having her walk stage centre and address the audience directly from time to time. This is usually a fun moment in a play providing the person doing the talking has some amusing comment to make. Alas, all Miss Kitt’s writers have given her is a prolonged chat about what will occur next. This style of theatre reaches a new low at interval time when our Eartha once again slips in front of the curtains to remind us not to smoke in the auditorium.

The second play was admittedly an improvement due to the fortunate casting of David Kossoff as an elderly Jewish business man who keets Miss Kitt and proceeds to have a platonic friendship with her. Their playing together is very good and both players are worthy of better material.

Having been an admirer of Eartha Kitt’s since the days when she was a dancer in the Katherine Dunham company (and she practically stopped the show with her one solo song) it saddens me to say that for once the magic doesn’t work. Come back soon, Eartha, in a better vehicle.

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Steppin’ On The Spaniel

SAVAGES. The Players: Louis Stadlen, Thayer David, Susie Blakeley, Kathleen Widdoes, Ultra Violet. Written: George Trow, Michael O’Donoghue. Photographed: Walter Lassally. Directed: James Ivory. Certificate ‘AA’

One of the saddest facts of living in these civilised times is that a few people are supposed to bundle off to the cinema and then write what they think of what they saw for others to read. But once you’ve sat down at your typewriter and written that Savages is as close to being a masterpiece of a movie as you’re in danger of seeing in the next 12 months — and that’s a long time — you’ve said all that’s worth saying, bar telling the story.

It’s by retelling the story you can usually pad out a review once you’ve run out of words because the movie defies words – there are a lot more knocking words than there are words of praise.

And that being said/written, let me add that there’s nothing anyone can say about Savages that is going to make sense unless you go and see the movie. Ignore what people say, see it. Make up your own mind.

Savages, quite simply has very little story. Or, to put it another way, it is a simple little story which still has an amazing complexity.

It charts the rise and fall of civilisation through a series of chapters (I think there are five, but the number doesn’t matter).

We start with a black-and-white anthropological documentary about The Mud People — as the chapter heading tells us.

The action is explained and interspersed with captions written in a send-up anthropology jargon – after all, co-scripter O’Donoghue is a staffer on America’s National Lampoon, the satirical magazine.

The Mud People are getting ready for a bit of ritual human sacrifice, but they’re quite bowled over by the appearance of a croquet ball from the clear sky over their unspecified territory in an unspecified continent at an unspecified time.

The tribe sets off to find where the perfect sphere – hitherto unknown as a shape in the forest, we’re told — came from. And they end up at a very stylish old house belonging to an unspecified period in the development of the civilisation of an unspecified nation – it looks like America, and it was shot in upstate New York.

They enter the house, find the remnants of the last ‘civilised’ occupation — cupboards of clothes, records and so on. They dress up and assume the attitudes of the people whose clothes they’re wearing – capitalist, eligible young man, limping idealist, remote artist and such like.

The next main step – the third chapter -is the dinner party when the attitudes are played for all they’re worth. Suddenly a croquet ball appears from nowhere and passes the table unseen. But the people know that some force has passed among them — shades of the Exterminating Angel and 2001.

From then on the civilisation they’ve reached is in decline.

Anyone for croquet. Asha Puthli is the Forest Girl in ‘Savages’.

A girl who consistently wears men’s clothes does a number to a song called Steppin On The Spaniel (a song about treading household pets into the ground). People dive into the swimming pool and the eligible young man does an underwater grave robbing job, stealing coins and jewellery. Ultra Violet, described in the beautiful title sequence as a decadent, seduces the maid in the back of a massive car that’s parked in the grounds. This lesbian-fuck scene is typical of the movie in that every time you think you know your bearings, director James Ivory throws in something else to confuse things just a bit.

Confusion reigns at the end, crusty aristocrats, cigar-smoking capitalists, sensitive girls and idealists are involved in a game of croquet that turns into agame of cheat, the hostess keeps moving the pole – a scene reminiscent of the first time I tripped on LSD (when it was legal of course) and cheated gloriously at cards.

The rise-and-fall of civilisation is one huge subject for a movie to tackle, and James Ivory, whose idea the scripters worked from, has used the motif of the croquet ball to link the sequences. That might sound like a clumsy image, but in the context it isn’t, honest.

As I’ve said/written, it’s a huge subject, and it’s a movie I had to see twice before I could take it all in. And it’s still running.

The Curzon ought to sell season-tickets. I’ve got to see it another two or three times to really absorb the subtleties of the script – in a desperate attempt to regain civilisation the hostess relies on ritual and uses an etiquette-form question to get the conversation going again (“Do you know,” she asks, “the precise meaning and derivation of the phrase bric-a-brac?”).

The subtleties are also included in Walter Lassally’s best cinematography since Tom Jones, the soft focus, the muted and delicate colours.

At once. Savages is funny, mind-blowing, intelligent, good-to-look-at and so good it confounds criticism. There’s only one thing to do – go and see for yourself.


THE GETAWAY. Director Sam Peckinpah. Stars: Ali McGraw, Steve McQueen, Slim Pickins. Music: Quincy Jones. Distributor: Cinerama Releasing (UK), for National General Pictures.

Sam Peckinpah, in company with Bob Rafelson and John Schlesinger, is one of the three greatest living film directors. His films have consistently managed to create a highly original style, a style which not only has won him critical acclaim, but constantly brought the movie going public to the cinemas in force. This so called style emerged significantly in the “Wild Bunch” and is contained in what I would call his fascist romanticism, that is an unyielding love for the traditional violent all male Americans, while ceasing to really believe in it. His love of and appreciation of how much part of man’s inner-self bloody violence is, led to his instigation of the now legendary slow motion shots of men bloodily dying

Peckinpah has undoubtedly been far more responsible than Kubrick for shocking us into a realisation of how much we love violence, and how close to the top of our minds it lurks. His characters are usually tough, uncomplicated, but above all, likeable. The exception was in “Straw Dogs”, where Dustin Hoffman played an exceeedingly unlikeable American college professor, delivering what Peckinpah would consider to be the ultimate left wing affront, that of taking over a kind of patronising squire’s role in a small Cornish fishing village, where he rents a cottage and treats the bored locals with an ugly disdain, at which they justifiably, in the Peckinpah moral code book, violently retaliate in a fashion which makes “Straw Dogs” his most controversial film.

Having made a point, his two most recent movies have seen a mellowing in the images. His last film “Junior Bonner” was an evocative, sensitive observation of traditional values in America, seen through the eyes of an ageing rodeo star, Steve McQueen, whose ability to turn out brilliant performances for Peckinpah is nothing short of miraculous, considering most of his earlier work.

Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw shoot their way out.

In “The Getaway”, again at his brilliant best, accompanied by Ali McGraw as his wife, McQueen plays a crook who is bailed out of jail by a local lawyer, on the condition that he organises and carries out a daring bank robbery. But the film starts out as a slow, very atmospheric character study of yer actual crook, and there is a beautiful scene, as just after being released, he stands outside the prison in front of a long flat skyline, accompanied by those almost eerie sounds one only seems to hear in America, fascinating sounds so familiar to anyone who’s ever been there. The raid is excitingly staged and is followed by a superb non-cliched car chase and by inter-gang arguments, during which McQueen shoots the leader and one of his accomplices. The rest of the film is then grippingly concerned with McQueen and McGraw’s attempts to flee the pursuing gang and escape over the border into Mexico. But this is much more than just an exciting chase movie. It is really a kind of American travelogue of excess. The story is incidental to the images, like McQueen and McGraw dodging their pursuers at one stage on to an interminable city dump, with its mounds of trash stretching into oblivion; the acute observance of Texas as the two flee partly by train, the ultimate USA symbol of decayed splendour.

For the first time in a Peckinpah movie there’s a strong element of sarcastic humour. He has learned to gently mock his own ideas, so that when Slim Pickins, the ultimate delight of the film, is reached, we are being simultaneously amused, excited and being persuaded as to the moral justness of it all. Pickins plays a clapped out garbage truck driver who much to his delight is hijacked with his van to carry our heroes and their money on the last stage of their journey over the border. He doesn’t mind them being gangsters, but are they married? Well, they are, and safely over the border he sells them his van for more money than he normally earns in ten years.

It’s all so much fun. I just can’t wait to see it again.

Austrian Concoction

THE SALTZBURG CONNECTION. Director: Lee Katzin. Screenplay: Oscar Millard. Stars: Barry Newman, Anna Karina. Distributor: Fox Rank.

It’s a great pity this Austrian set concoction, swiftly made and named to cash in on a recent success, has such a lousy script, because it has several assets, which might have helped to create a sequel worthy of the word “connection”.

There’s the direction, attempting to be expansive and imaginative, in its panning, atmospheric shots of the Austrian scenery; attempting to inject some documentary semi-reality in its fast cuts to people inthe streets’ faces. There’s also Barry Newman, perpetuator of the modern car chase, in “Vanishing Point”, and also one of the few modern stars out of the Redford/Reynolds stable, who doesn’t have an expressionless face, and who can actually act.

The contrived, leaden script, having the character of an extended TV episode, has cardboard figures from the KGB, the CIA, Israel and the Neo-Nazi Party chasing after the same crate of German wartime secret papers, suitably placed at the bottom of a very cold, shallow lake. Cliches abound, and after the regulation shootings, car chase and double crossings, there isn’t really anything left of the 92 futile minutes to make us laugh, cry, think or tremble with excitement.

Silly Symphonies

GOLDEN HITS OF THE SHANGRI-LASPhillips International 6336215.

No doubt about it, the Golden Hits of the Shangri-Las is one record that every lover of pop music should possess. And that doesn’t mean to say that you have to be a rock and roll intellectual to appreciate it. Amongst the twelve tracks included on the album are songs that are already legends in pop history, the best examples being Leader Of The Pack and Remember (Walking In The Sand). The former has just proved its worth for the second time by again making the top twenty, eight years after it originally appeared in the charts.

The main inspiration behind these recordings was Shadow Morton, who took the Shangri-Las up to the levels of success previously only reached by black vocal groups such as The Ronettes, The Crystals and The Chiffons. When Morton recorded these numbers it was still the single that was the backbone of the recording industry, whereas today it is the album. Subsequently it is unlikely that anyone will ever again reach the peaks of perfection Morton took the three minute single to. He made them within their own limitations, into a new art form, very much in keeping with the areas Andy Warhol has worked in.

The Shangri-La’s records were more than just songs — they were a form of theatre. A prominent feature of Morton’s production technique was the emphasis he placed on bringing out the tension and drama within the story-line of a song. This was achieved in a number of ways. To start with, there was always a strong melody and a well arranged two-part chorus. To this he would add sound effects, like the seagulls and rolling breakers on Remember or the thunder on Give Us Your Blessing, and because of the inventive way he utilised them, they would evoke a depth to the situation that is as near to theatre as can be. Also, by the use of monologues, which were pushed to the front of the recording, he helped involve the listener even further in the story. The result of this can be clearly seen on Leader Of The Pack, which also happens to be one of pop’s classic ‘death songs’.

Forgetting the technicalities and intricacies of the recordings, these tracks are as exciting and enjoyable as anything being produced today. Apart from the cuts already mentioned, other highlights of the album are Past, Present And Future, Out In The Streets, Give Him a Great Big Kiss and the absolutely incredible I Can Never Go Home Any More. Very reasonably priced at £1.35, I cannot recommend this album highly enough.

LIVE CONCERT AT THE FORUMBarbra Streisand – CBS 65210

The record companies are certainly churning out some ‘class albums’ at present. In January the amazing first album of Bette Midler was issued. This month there are new releases from Ethel Merman and Laura Nyro. In March, Liza Minnelli’s Liza With A “Z” will be available, after the screening of her television spectacular, from which the recording comes. Even Mae West has an album scheduled, called Great Balls Of Fire. Also, in the first week of February, Barbra Streisand’s Live Concert At The Forum is being released.

This record is particularly interesting and very enjoyable for a variety of reasons. It is over fourteen months since her last album was released, and it’s a recording of the first live concert she has given in six years. Judging from the audience’s reaction, it is about time she started appearing more frequently on stage, not forgetting a few concerts In this country as well. The Forum concert happened in April of last year, and was a fund raising benefit for Senator George McGovern, who, as we all now know, later failed in his attempt for the presidency of the USA.

Barbra Streisand

McGovern may have not made the White House, but Barbra undoubtedly succeeded in giving a great performance. Over half of the songs included have never been available on record by her before. Amongst these are a version of Didn’t We and melodies of Sing/Make Your Own Kind Of Music and Sweet Inspiration/Where you Lead. Of the songs we have previously been able to hear are On A Clear Day, Stoney End, and Happy Days Are Here Again, which all come over sounding remarkably fresh and exciting, especially the classic Streisand number People, which closed the show. Despite the familiarity of these songs, Barbra seems to put a more immediate, a more mature meaning into the lyrics, which fitted in well with the reasons for the concert. Her in-between-songs chats with the audience were very revealing, notably her progressive ideas on the legalisation of ’pot’.

It is hardly surprising that Live Concert At The Forum is high in the American album charts. The whole 45 minute recording is a very special kind of entertainment, from one of the few performers who justifiably deserve to be called a ’star’.

LIFE GOES ONPaul Williams – A&M, AMLS 64367.

Life Goes On is the second album by Paul Williams, who seems determined to establish himself as a performer, as well as one of the most gifted songwriters around. William’s songs have given a large number of artists hit records, in particular The Carpenters, who shot up the charts when they recorded his We’ve Only just Begun.

His first release didn’t fare too well, as it suffered from most of the mistakes, namely over-indulgence, which usually effect the initial recording of songwriters turned performers. But his recent BBC2 In Concert appearance was a perfect showcase for his talents and has generally strengthened his reputation with his obvious ability to convey his own material as well as the others who use it. And Life Goes On is further proof that he now has everything very much together.

Paul has a warm, almost fragile voice, that at first reminds one of Nilsson, although repeated listenings soon obscure this similarity. And with his songs he diplays his mastery at writing romantic, yet never slushy, lyrics, as this album amply demonstrates.

During the last few years, a number of very talented singer/songwriters have emerged, such as Jimmy Webb, Laura Nyro and Nilsson. Paul Williams justifiably is part of this growing number of lyricist/performers who between them are very much responsible for the improvements and developments in popular music. A nice new label for their music could be superpop.

STYLISTICS 2Avco 6466010

The Stylistics seem to be every reviewer’s favourite group to put down, judging from the amount of bad press given to Stylistics 2. They have been accused of singing watered down soul music to attract a wider, less demanding audience, whilst others have said that they are just imitating Motown’s super-group, The Temptations.

Utter rubbish. The Stylistics have an extremely original style all of their own. An enormous amount of effort has gone into their harmony work which is amongst the most pleasing I’ve heard. The lead singer has a very distinctive voice, with a remarkable range. His phrasing is particularly good, as is the rest of the groups’. Also the type of soul music they are into is not meant to be of the ‘heavy’ variety. They’re into melodic, very rhythmic music that is a joy to hear when it is as good as this.

Included are their two latest hits, Peek-A-Boo and I’m Stone In Love With You, the latter being destined to be popular for some time to come. Their version of Carole King’s It’s Too Late is particularly memorable, as is the seven minute Child Of The Night.

Responsible for the outstanding production, orchestration and arrangements is Thom Bell, who’s almost symphonic use of strings fits in well with the group’s singing and the various moods the lyrics create.

In conclusion, Stylistics 2 is a fine example of one direction contemporary soul music is taking, without the pretentions many groups fall foul of.

SWINGThe San Remo Strings — Tamla Motown STML 11216.

The San Remo Strings first attracted attention in this country when Festival Time became a much sought after single in the north of England. Subsequently it became a firm favourite in discotheques up there and eventually in clubs throughout the country.

I found Festival Time an interesting diversion from what one usually expects from Tamla Motown, and the follow-up, I’m Satisfied, was no less satisfying. Now Motown have released a whole album of the violin playing of the San Remo Strings, called Swing. And I’m afraid that this is where I lose interest. Whilst the occasional string arrangement of a Tamla classic is a worthwhile experiment, a collection of fourteen tracks isn’t, especially when some of them are only uninspired, wooden versions of ‘standards’ such as Ol’ Man River or Blueberry Hill.

Taken as a complete entity, as I think an album should be judged, Swing is little more than musak, of the type you can expect to find in any railway station, supermarket or bar. Save your money and wait until the new Gladys Knight & The Pips album is released.

360 DEGREES OF BILLY PAULBilly Paul – Epic 65351


HERE I GO AGAIN – Archie Bell & The DrellsAtlantic K40454

One of the most important songwriting/production partnerships in contemporary commercial soul music is the teaming of the talents of Ken Gamble and Leon Huff. And their current, seemingly infallible formula for creating hit after hit isn’t something new. They have been responsible for a vast number of successful records during recent years.

Based in Philadelphia, Gamble and Huff are currently attempting to show the music scene, if not the world, the power and originality of vocal groups and musicians working and living in that city. And without a doubt, they are certainly proving their point, as each artist or group under their direction rockets up the album and singles chart.

Last year, the O’Jays scored an enormous hit with Back Stabbers. That cut was one of the best soul numbers to be issued in 1972, and it is bound to become an all-time soul classic. The strength behind the song was the inspired arrangements and production of Gamble and Huff.

During the last month, three albums by their artists have been released, each of them including at least one track that has either been or is a hit single. The first is 360 Degrees of Billy Paul. Me and Mrs Jones, a track taken from it, is at present in the top tens of both the UK and the States.

98.4° of Billy Paul

And the rest of the songs are all up to the standard of that number. Billy Paul has, like all Gamble and Huff artists, a very distinctive style. Add to this the adventurous arrangements and the amount of depth Paul puts into the lyrics, and you end up with a most inspired and stunning record. His version of Elton John’s Your Song is considered to be the best since the original was recorded.

The second album is by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. Gamble and Huff have been working with this group for fifteen years, which is quite an achievement when one considers the average length of time a performing unit stays together. The Blue Notes are also in the singles charts with If You Don’t Know Me By Now. Previously they had a smash with I Miss You, and the full 8 minute, 31 second version of it is included on the album. As with Billy Paul’s record, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes are consistently good throughout theirs, offering the listener a fine collection of layered vocal harmonies, with the inventiveness of the arrangements making the whole venture more than just another soul album.

Not quite so exciting, although this depends on individual tastes, is the recent album of Archie Bell & The Drells, called Here I Go Again. Like Billy Paul and the Blue Notes, Archie Bell has already had a hit with the title track of his record, but, for me, very few of the other cuts come near to being as good. It is only the arrangements and production that catch one’s attention, most of the tracks being ideal for discotheques but possibly have little appeal beyond that.

What does distinguish these three albums from the many others being issued, is the fact that Gamble and Huff produce a sound that is very much their own. It is as different to Muscle Shoals as it is to Tamla Motown, and bears no relation either to the production techniques of Isaac Hayes or the funk of Curtis Mayfield. Also the lyrics show a maturity that is rarely present in this type of music. Time will tell if they can keep this incredibly successful output up, but whether or not they can, for now ‘The Sound Of Philadelphia’ is a most welcome addition to the world of popular music.

SUITE FOR LATE SUMMERDion – Warner Bros K46199

One of my all-time favourites on disc is Dion. And his new labum, Suite For Late Summer, comes as a welcome release in chilly/cold/wet January.


Dion has been recording for quite some time now. His career began in the early sixties when he recorded monster hits such as Runaround Sue and The Wanderer. Later, after a label change, he followed his earlier successes with Ruby Baby.

After a period of chart inactivity, he scored heavily with Abraham, Martin and John, one of the most meaningful songs of 1968. During the same period he made the charts again with one of the best versions of Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now. The last two songs mentioned appeared on the very neglected and underestimated album simply called Dion. (London SHP 8390). Another outstanding track on that record was The Dolphins, a simple but very moving song, written by Fred Neill, the composer of Everybody’s Talkin’.

Since 1970, Dion has released four consistently good albums for Warner Bros Records, which are very often beautiful, both lyrically and musically. Suite For Late Summer is the latest and is no less satisfying than his previous work. Dion’s songs are extremely personal. They delicately convey the thoughts and experiences he has recently gone through. Sometimes they are obviously painful memories, at other times they describe his great joy at being alive and free. There is a genuine sensitivity about the lyrics that never allows them to become emotionally tearful or embarrassingly self-conscious.

Suite For Late Summer is a rewarding addition to my collection of Dion albums. If you bother to hear it for yourselves, you’ll find that it’s an indispensible record for those ‘quiet moments’ when something relaxing but stimulating is called for.

GET ON THE GOOD FOOT – James Brown – Polydor 2659018

James Brown rarely makes an unexciting album. But sometimes they are a little uneven, perhaps a trifle pretentious, and usually contain a track or two that’s already appeared on at least one other recording of his.

Brown’s latest release, a double set, is slightly more uneven than usual. Maybe it’s because he’s attempting to include too many of his numerous styles, resulting in four sides of music that are never quite one thing or another. The cuts that do come off, like the title track Get On The Good Foot, contain all the raw energy and pure funk expected from James Brown. Others, such as The Whole World Needs Liberation and Funky Side Of Town, also allow Brown’s magic to work perfectly, but the drawn out Recitation By Hank Ballard seems no more than an extended space filler, that succeeds in being both boring and rather childish.

Of the new versions of previously recorded material, Cold Sweat and Please, Please, Please make it, whilst the rest are best forgotten. Dirty Harri on side four is an instrumental, and to hazard a guess, I’d say it was Brown playing electric organ.

Priced at £3.90, I feel that the sales of this double album will be restricted to only the most devoted of James Brown’s followers. Discotheques though would do well to pick up on the best of the material included.

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Who will help distribute Gay News in London? If you can drive (even better if you have a vehicle too) and will help alternate Thursdays, please ring Gay News Distribution, 01-402 7805.

Male 26 requires money. Anything legal considered so long as it pays. Also wishes to make friends between 21 and 50. London area. Box 1017.

Personable young man over 21 with driving licence for young film producer’s help. Box 1018.

Chinese boy,, student, available for daily help. Fairly good cook. Box 1019

Almost bankrupt 23 years old, attractive and easy going, seeks part time work, the more lucrative the better. Anything legal. Box 1038.

24 year old male nurse desperately needs £50-£100 for American trip May 1973. Anything legal considered. Martin, Box 1039.

Property owner in North West requires male able to carry out repairs and maintenance work on various bedsit properties. To work on own and should have drivers licence. Accommodation can be found. Possible participation in business after probationary period. Help also required to associated antiques business. Box 1040.

Postage costs are very high, so when you write to us, could you please enclose a stamped addressed envelope for the reply – if you want a reply, that is.

Love Knoweth No Laws*

Owing to certain pressures put upon us by the law, we hold the right to cut, change or refuse to print any personal ads sent to us. We must also warn male ‘minors’ (under 21) that you may have unpleasant legal nasties unloaded on you, and us, if you attempt to use and reply for certain reasons connected with the meeting of someone for immoral purposes, namely making love. Apart from those antiquated legalities, men and women are welcome to use these columns as they wish.

* Chaucer

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REPLIES TO BOX ADS. When replying to a box ad(s) place it in an enveolope and attach, not stick a 3p stamp to it. Then place inside a larger envelope and send it to GAY NEWS BOX REPLIES, 19 London Street, London, W2 1HL. The letters ALA after an ad denote ALL LETTERS ANSWERED. AFTER FEBRUARY 12th, no more replies to Box numbers 500 to 700 will be forwarded, unless the advertisers send us a further 50p to cover handling and postage.

WHEN WRITING your personal ads, it would help those wishing to reply, if you mentioned in which area you live.

Young boy, 29, long hair living North East Ken, well built, likes motoring would like to meet dolly boy over 21 to share life please. Photo. Box 920.

Frustrated gay male, alone in house on Devon coast, desperately needs love and affection. Any nationality, photo appreciated; one night or longer. Would share with right guy. Box 921.

John, 26, moved from London to Shrewsbury: attractive, good physique, seeks friends to show gay places. Sense of humour. Photo appreciated. Box 922.

Gay 27 seeks leather/denim friends, not S/M. Working class with sense of humour, genuine, photo. Shrewsbury. Box 923.

Gay active Indian graduate, 36, seeks passive partner any age over 21, any nationality. Interests, classical music, literature. Box 924.

Rugged male, 30s, working class, lonely, seeks sincere friend for occasional get together, drink etc London. Box 925

Leather lover, interested in motor bikes, seeks friends with similar interests. Box 926.

Nottingham gay guy (30) seeks sincere mate. Photo appreciated in return for mine. Box 927.

Straightish guy 25, naturally sincere, needs wild eyed friend, any sex. Own home, S Bucks; also room for rent. ALA. Box 928.

Modern attractive lesbian wants a sincere companion. Interests pubs etc, intelligent conversation, music, people, travel, general. Box 929.

Healthy denim/leather type 29, own flat London, seeks similar uninhibited type. Immediate reply when photo for exchange and phone number is supplied. Box 930.

West Country greaser seeks friend in London for holidays. Also leather boys, hells angels for friendship in West Country. Box 931.

Would sincere, boyish slim gay, over 21, any race, colour, effeminate or not, needing affection, love, interested in sharing life and possessions of slim, youthful understanding guy 29 (job and travel prospects – many interests); Box 932.

Alun – congratulations on your twenty-first. Love, Brian.

Robert F. Please return records and money — David S and Peter H.

Londoner (28) 6′ would like to meet intelligent man in 40s or 50s interested in leather or rubber. Photo appreciated. Box 933.

Graduate, public school, living London, seeks similar companion over 21, fortnight in the sun June/August, also squash, skiing, country weekends possible flat share. Box 934.

Gay graduate 23, 5’10”, 10¾ stone, seeks sincere interesting friend 21-30 for lasting, meaningful relationship in/near Coventry, with view to seeking and sharing flat. Box 935.

North London guy (30) non effeminate, tall, slim, likes cine photography, music, cinema, seeks true friend, non effeminate 25—30. All letters with recent photo answered. Box 936.

Shy inexperienced fair haired boy over 21 seeks young friend, Newcastle area. Photo please. Box 937.

Shy but friendly young man (22) seeks similar for lasting companionship. Inexperienced and fed up with being alone. Resident West Country, but anywhere considered. Photo please. Please help. Write David, Box 938.

Mid-East type, 36, genuine, looking for someone young (over 21) slim, fair, loving, sincere, not camp, hairy or dolly, to share life with in London area. Box 939.

Peter McGrath would like to see old friends. Box 940.

Daveid 30, would like to meet male aged 30—42 in London. Replies with photo answered. Box 941.

Tony, absolutely sincere, genuine, non-effeminate, slim, youthful 40. Active/passive, seeks handsome friend, 21-30 who likes wearing jeans etc for lasting relationship. Continental/oriental guys also welcome. London/Essex. Photos/phone numbers if available, exchanged. Please write. Have car will travel. ALA. Box 942.

Ealing area – gay chap interested in table tennis, chess, pubs and socialising, would like to contact males and females in the area for friendship. No hang ups. Discreet types please Box 943.

Northerner (21) presentable, passive 6’6″ slim, would like to meet active semi professional. Photos not essential (21-29). Box 947.

Slim 23 year old Gemini, needs male friends anywhere. It must be time to enjoy ourselves. Definitely no Scorpios. Box 948.

London gay lady late 40s, interests theatre, photography, reading, wishes to meet another gay lady of similar age and interests with good education and intelligence, with veiw to lasting relationship. Box 944.

Irish gay 30, active, seeks sincere, loyal friend for loving relationship. Must be good humoured, London area aged 25-40. Box 945

Young man, 27, dark hair, sense of humour, versatile, living Surbiton area, would like to meet someone aged 21-30, versatile/active. Photo appreciated. Box 946.

TV director mid 30’s wants to meet Malaysians, Chinese etc 21-28. Nox 961.

Genuine gay guy, effeminate, shy – seeks masculine gays for friendship and fun. Own flat and car. Box 962.

Young man 26 seeks gay friends Windsor/Slough area. Box 949.

Be my Love and make me glad instead of lonely and low. I may be middle aged but I am certainly susceptible. Any gay person who feels lonely or low or even companionable, phone day or night 450 4318.

Passive young 28 year old non effeminate, slim, attractive, seeks genuine friends of same age, sincere. All letters answered. Exchange photos. London area only. Box 950.

Guy, (25) will model legally, also wishes friends. Continental preferred, also Persian. Photo please, returned. Box 951.

Young male 26 — disciplinarian seeks friends 21-28 in soccer/leather gear. Photo essential. John, Box 952.

Londoner 29, seeks friend to start new life. Straight looking with no hang-ups. Likes music, travel, cars, etc. Photo appreciated. Any race, colour, creed or area but no camps please. Box 953.

Quiet gentle boy (but not camp) to share double room in cosy Chiswick flat. We’re all under 23. All informative letters answered. Box 954.

Young 38 guy, normal appearance, good body, would like to hear from similar active types. Photo if possible. ALA. Box 955.

Young guys over 21 required by versatile 35 year old with good physique. Box 956.

Gay young man (25, USA) wishes to correspond /meet others over 21, under 28. Hoping to make good friends and learn a lot. ALA with photo. Box 957.

Discreet gay male, 21 (London) seeks other guys of similar age for sincere friendship. Photo appreciated all letters answered. Box 958.

Attractive passive male (28) seeks genuine friendship with active males 30-40. Own flat. Box 959.

Quiet passive gay 26, wishes to meet active West Indian guy to form sincere relationship in Midlands area. Photo appreciated. Box 960.

Attractive denim guy 26, seeks passive muscle boy aged 21-30 for lasting friendship. Photo and phone number appreciated. Box 963.

Active male (39) living in Essex, seeks passive friend aged 30-40 for sincere relationship and eventually live with. Photos exchanged. ALA. Mike, Box 964

Artist, 26, tall, reasonably good looking, gentle, sincere, masculine, seeks younger friends in London. Photo if any. Box 965.

A nice young, warm sensitive male (27) Cheshire, seeks sincere masculine friend, 22—40 in truern — Heaven! Photo appreciated. Box 966.

Young guy 28 looking for similar denim and swimming enthusiast. Photo appreciated. Box 967. Two gay boys early twenties not camp, living in York area, like motorcycling. Leather, motorbikes, denim. Photos exchanged. ALA. Box 968.

Youth aged 21-25 wanted for dominating relationship by 25 year old. Those with smooth body, long hair and dolly in London/Reading area given preference. Box 969.

Oxford academic 34 seeks companionship from intelligent young man 21-25 with view to personal relationship. Box 970.

Bachelor 45 likes music, arts and outdoor life, seeks similar for loving friendship. Possible sharing of own home N London. Box 971.

Young man 34, central London, would like to hear from anyone interested S/M for discussion. Age immaterial. Varied interests. Box 972.

Cumberland and far North West. Lonely gay seeks friends for fun, friendship and affection. Anyone thought of starting a group here? Box 973.

Passive young 35 year old, slim build wishes to meet well-built active partner for mutual pleasure. Photo if possible. Box 974.

Genuine friendship needed by quiet bachelor, Plymouth, South west area. Someone with strong manly affections, to appreciate good mate. Can accommodate. Any photo welcome. Box 975.

Lonely guy 21 (Rochdale). Sincere, good looking intelligent, butch, but also versatile, seeks honest person/people for mutual satisfaction. Please state age. Photo appreciated. Box 976.

Lonely 40; slim 5’10”, won house in country west of Newcastle, seeks friend same age or younger. Photo appreciated. Box 977

West Indies: any info on gay scene appreciated for forthcoming holiday. Box 978.

Midland guy 30 living Sussex bright sense of humour and outlook, own pad near sea. Wild about skinheads, leather/denim relationships. Wants butch mates 21-40. Photo ensures prompt reply. Box 979.

We are 21 and 26 interested in Levi and denim. 1 or 2 guys over 21, under 24 would be welcome for weekends. Please send photos. Box 980

Is there an attractive, long-haired, straight or bisexual (only) young guy 22-28 with a car, looking for a FRIEND “to hang around with” going to discos, pubs, clubs etc for fun. Please write with photo. It might be the start of a lovely friendship. London. Box 986.

Like sailing? Friends wanted, my age, (26) or younger, to help me sail my yacht weekends. Box 987.

Lonely young man 37 seeks genuine friendship with person of same age group; interests include leather and rubber wear, but basic desire to be loved. Photo if possible. All letters answered. Box 981.

Male 31 open personlity, seeks sincere friends. Camden/Kentish Town area. Box 982.

Active young bachelor 35 own flat, car, Manchester/Bolton area, would like to meet ordinary working boy looking for permanent relationship. Prefer small type 21 to mid 20s. Background, shyness, inexperience, unimportant. Box 983.

Student (22) very inexperienced but with wide interests would like penfriends any nationalities, aged 21-35 for correspondence and possible meeting. Photo appreciated (returned). Box 984.

22 year old very attractive boy, versatile, wants leather jacket, well built, masculine guys only (no Coleherne guys). Photo please. Will reply to all letters with my photo. Box 985.

Sociable, happy, 48 gay desires company of good conversationalist, especially Asian and Eastern friends. Interested photography, painting, creative art, all music. Any age, race, but gay. Reading. Box 988.

34 Edinurgh, well travelled, not in gay scene, seeks active friend. No hang-ups but no camps or insular minds please. ALA. Box 989.

Young man, attractive, good physique, sincere, seeks another 21-35 London area, non-effeminate view lasting friendship. Please send photo (return promised with mine) Box 990.

Sophisticated, well-built passive 35 year old Londoner, masculine, good looks, not effeminate, quite wanton, likes active males. Also keen on photography and joining a friendly male group. Will send photo and full details by return. Box 991.

Help. Information required. Young man researching of PhD into the leather, S/M world. Please send any material on experience on all side lines, ie books, films, art etc. Details in confidence. Box 992.

Guy 34 seeks friendship with young dancer, actor or musician. If compatible could share comfortable South London home. Box 993.

Bachelor 51, passive, young at heart, uninhibited, seeks genuine and permanent friendship. Colour, age, race immaterial, but prefer dominant type. London. Box 994.

Scottish bachelor clan offers good company, social events, pen pals, etc. Members all over British Isles. Send SAE for details to: Secretary, c/o 1056 Dumbarton Rd. Glasgow W4.

Tall, slim, good looking Asian student 22 wishes to meet kind active sincere man for genuine friendship. Write with SAE to BM, Box 1030, London WC1.

Young gay student, 21, would like to meet other gays living here at “plats”. Robert Poxon, Kings College Hall, Champion Hill, SE5.

Will Michael H Clarkson please telephone Marshall 01-352 5844 evenings as soon as possible. Urgent.

Bachelor 34 would like to meet someone 25-38 concerned with the why of things, reserved, but not too serious, wanting lasting relationship. Sensitive yet masculine. Photo appreciated. Box 995.

Gay girl needs affectionate feminine friends 25-35 for sincere, lasting friendship. Likes music, countryside, photo appreciated, returned. South West. Box 996.

26 year old Londoner, hairy, seeks passive boy, 21-28. Hope to develop into a lasting relationship. Interested in theatre, cinema, books and music. All letters answered. Box 997.

The S/M Study Circle. Sounds interesting? Please send details. Box 998.

Married gay male 26 (not effeminate) living in Essex, seeks similar, or single active male, age not important. All letters answered. Box 999.

Guy 21 lonely and unfulfilled, non effeminate, of Latin parents seeks relationship with similar 21-25. Photo appreciated. Box 1000.

Butch guy mid thirties seeks temporary accommodation and new contacts near central Slough. Box 1001.

Young good looking dark haired male, versatile, seeks similar for genuine friendship. Please send photo. All letters genuinely answered. Please state likes and dislikes. Box 1002.

London man 40s like companion share house, garden. Possibly business venture too? Musician, chess or bridge palyer welcome. Box 1003.

Shropshire CHE now off the ground. Friendly discreet meetings held fortnightly. For details contact Box 1004.

36 year old male, very sincere, love to meet genuine, honest type 21-40-ish. Also if possible to share whilst own flat being modernised. Photo returnable. ALA Box 1020.

Where are all the young, beautiful guys with chipped front teeth or a gap between front teeth. I am generally interested so please write. Box 819.

Desperately lonely student, very shy, needs a very genuine friendship in Doncaster area (ages 21 to 24). Looks are unimportant, but a personality is needed. Someone please write. Box 1021.

The finest things in life are what I like. I’m 24, living in Medway, Kent. Successful, ambitious, intelligent, serious. The cultural scene is my thing. I seek similar young guy for genuine friendship. Box 1022.

Newspaper man, 50, working evenings, is desperately lonely and longs for loving companion London area to share life and eventually home. Interested music, theatre, walking, domesticity. Box 1023

Tall, clean cut good looking American (25) wants an intelligent attractive English boy (over 21) for pleasant relationship. Photos only (returned) and telephone. London only. Box 1024.

Gay male 28 wishes to meet similar over 30. Photo appreciated. All letters answered. Box 1025.

Bisexual male 26, educated, heterosexuallv inexperienced, seeks educated, sincere, straight bi/gay girl aged 21-30 for explorative relationship. Photo appreciated. South London area. Box 1026.

Male 28 fun loving but serious and sincere, seeks loving relationship with non effeminate guy, 21-30 London. All letters answered. Box 1027.

6’2” well built gay 28, requires well built male, dominant, over 21. Box 1028.

Passive 6′ tall dark and handsome Maltese 30 seeks active friends 25-45 in London. Photos please. ALA Box 1029.

22 year old versatile, well built guy, seeks other attractive guys over 21, not over 30 for all kinds of fun and friendship. Photo please. Box 1030.

Tangerine peeler available. Box 1031.

Gay girl 23 wishes to meet a genuine friend. Box 1032.

Can any reader offer horse riding to single male Herefordshire. Box 1033.

I’m 6’0″ brown hair, blue eyes, slim (too slim) 27 (young) considered to be very good looking, very successful, have a very nice flat and a beautiful flat mate etc. I’ve got a lot of wonderful friends and in fact I’m relatively happy (though rather unfulfilled. What I haven’t got is enough access to well-balanced and adjusted gay friends. I’m not into gay clubs as I don’t thrive on this “all male thing” (though I do like other clubs), and I’m not into super pooves either. Is there anyone out there who’s young, between 21 and 30, good looking, inside and out, slim, versatile and broadminded enough to accept himself as a human being that happens to groove with boys in bed and not a member of the “I’m different” set. I’m interested in everything, particularly “Smash The Mirror” by Maggie Bell and the next track off Tommy, China, Jeanne Moreau in “Les Amantes” and maybe you. A photograph would be great and I’ll write back to anyone who answers. Box 1034.

Young wanderer would like to meet friends of beautiful mind. Like art, dislike clubs. Box 1041.

Young guy (22) interested in artistic life, is looking for people to share his enthusiasm. Sense of humour necessary. Box 1042.

Student 21, 5’7”, 10 stone, not camp, seeks lasting friendship, photo please. Will be returned. Box 1043.


Quiet room suitable young executive or student, luxury block, swimming pool, squash, sauna, restaurant, colour TV 7 mins Piccadilly. £12 p.w. Telephone 834 5238.

Accommodation offered. Share compact house with one other in Shepperton Middx. Stn. 5 mins with regular trains Waterloo. £25 per month, including central heating, gas, electricity. Share telephone. Box 1005.

Permanent accommodation urgently required in W1 or SW1 by clean, gay, educated young man 22. Willing to share. £5-6 per week. Box 1006.

Man in early 50s wanted to share home in suburban Kent, 30 mins from town. Active type preferred. Box 1007.

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This corner it really a long list — of places, people you might like to know about or one day need. We can, of course, only publish the information that is sent in to us.

Campaign For Homosexual Equality London Information Centre, 22 Great Windmill Street, London W1. Tel: 01-437 7363. Office open daily, noon to 10pm.

CHE All London Political Action Group, 22 Great Windmill Street, London W1. Telephone: 01-437 7363

Would any new members of CHE who have not yet received their membership cards, pleese contact the London Information Centre at 22 Great Windmill Street, London W1. Telephone: 01-437 7363.

Gay group for CHE Conference Ball at Morecambe in April. Tel. Lancaster 2750.

THE GAY CHE CABARET fab 19-22 inclusive at the Rehearsal Club, Archer St, W1. at 9.30 pm.
Tickets 30p in advance or at the door. Proceeds to FRIEND, CHE’s counselling service. Open at 7.45
7.45 pm for Drinks & Disco. No Membership Required.

Social group for homosexual men and women meeting in London — weekends in East End, midweek in various small groups. Come and make new friends in congenial surroundings. Wirte for details to SK group, c/o Albany Trust, 32 Shaftesbury Ave, W1.

CHALLENGE is a social group for gay women end men over 21. We have weekly meetings at 3 London branches and would be delighted if you would join us for a drink and a chat. Please telephone any evening between 7 and 11. Dial 567 5065 and tha operator will give you the number of the member of the evening. Do call us.

LESBIAN LIBERATION meets Wednesdays 8 pm at the South London Womens Liberation Centre, 14 Radnor Terrace, SW8 (near Vauxhall Tube). ALL WOMEN WELCOME. Telephone 01-622 8495 Mon. Tues. Wed and Fri evenings only.

OXFORD GAY ACTION GROUP. Regular meetings take place on Sundays at 8pm in the ‘Marlborough Arms’. St Thornes Street, Oxford.

New CHE group forming in Streatham. Contact: Ian F. Clayton, 56 Hillbrook Road, SW17.

GAY MARXIST GROUP now forming. Politically committed homosexuals of both sexes welcome. Details: 01-794 3368.

SAPPHO meets every first Monday in the month at Euston Tavern, corner Judd Street/Euston Rd, London, NW1,7.30 pm upstairs room. All women welcome. SAPPHO 30p inc post for single copies from BCM/PETREL, LONDON WC1V 6XX.

Brighton Gay Soc meets weekly. Contact Ray at Brighton 686939

CHE’s Political Action Group is looking for a group of university/polytechnic students/lecturers interested in conducting a survey among the public into attitudes to homosexuality. The aim of the enquiry is to help shape the future campaigning activities of CHE. Offers of help, suggestions etc should be addressed to: David Hyde, PAG, CHE London Information Centre, 22 Great Windmill Street, London W1. Tel: 01-437 7363.

GAYSOC: for homosexual men and women in any school or college of London University – undergraduate, postgraduate or staff. Social, political and campaigning activities aimed at creating better conditions for gays within the university – then the world! Write (enclosing SAE please): GAYSOC, ULU, Malet Street, WC1.

Abortion, contraception, entertainment, transport, legal advice, jobs, alternative? Work, food, hitchhiking, cheap furnishings, communications, shelter, late night services, accommodation, free services, ad infinitum … Contact: Nutshell Information Service, Phone: Birmingham 777-2483 24 hours every day. (Ask for Nutshell as we share a line with St Basil’s Centre.)

Homosexual Counselling and Parent’s Enquiry. You or your son, daughter, parent or friend could be homosexual and may need help and understanding. Write for appointment to FRIEND, Centre, Broadley Terrace, London NW1 or telephone 01-402 6345 Mondays to Fridays 7.30 to 9.30 pm.

Leicester Gay Awareness Group ring Leicester 738832, ask for Clive or John.

Jewish Homosexual Liaison Group welcomes new members, also advice and befriending service for all Jewish gays. Please write only to Simon Benson, Albion Court, 75 Larkhall Rise, London SW4 6HS.

Oxford Gay Action Group meets every Sunday at 8 pm in the Marlborough, St Thomas Street. Fortnightly discos from Fri. Jan 5th at the Cape of Good Hope, The Plain, Oxford. Further info – Oxford 45301 between 7 pm and 8 pm.

Warwick Gay Soc has started. Meets every Tuesday 6 pm in the Coffee Bar at the University. Contact Irwin Timms, 60 Russell Terrace, Leamington Spa, or Jill Brown, H44, Rootes Hall.

Stepney: CHE group forming around this area and including the other parts of East London not catered for. For details ring Mike 01-476 7980

Manchester University Homophile Society social events, campaigning open to all meets Thursdays, 8pm. meeting room 4, University Union, Oxford Road

CHE Cardiff now meets at Chatter Arts Centre. Market Street. Canton. Cardiff every other Monday. (Nov 20th etc.) Gay News will be on sale.

Women’s Liberation Workshop, 3 Shavers Place, London W1 Tel 01-839 3918

LEEDS G.L.F./C.H.E. Joint Office, 153 Woodhouse Lane. Leeds.

Fellowship in Christ the Liberator, Communion service 8pm, Sundays, West Kensington. Details: FCL c/o 61 Earls Court Square, London SW5

Streatham area – newly formed CHE group meets regularly. Details: Ian Clayton 56 Hillbrook Rd, SW17.

“Gay Cambridge”, a joint CHE/GLF group covering both the town and university Meets every fortnight wekkly in university term. Contact Bernard Greaves 29 John Street, Cambridge phone Cambridge 57661

University of Bristol Gay Students Society for all homosexuals, male and female. Contact Trevor or Clare through the Social Action Office at the Union or phone Tony, Bristol 32669, or write to Gay Students Society, University Union, Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1LN.

YOUNG GAYS meet regularly in London The C.H.E. Youth Group meets fortnightly around Central London. Details from Mike or Jim at 01 385 7246

READING GAY ALLIANCE regular discos and social counselling, quiet meetings, public meetings, and action Town and university SAE for Newssheet Room 7 30 London Rd. READiNG

Alternative Free Library needs donations of radical/liberated Gay Papers and Magazines. ESPECIALLY Back Issues Please write Geoffrey Leigh, 30 Woodside, Wimbledon, London SW19 7AW.

Gay Esperanto Group. For details of next meeting telephone 01-637 1220

Harrow Gay Unity. For details phone Janie at 863 1184 or Alex at 864 2291. Meets on Mondays.

Manchester gay women meet on alternative Mondays. Details: Liz Stanley, 061-881 3683.

Jewish Homophile Group welcomes new members of either sex. For further information please write to Timothy Goldard, BM – JHG, WC1 6XX.
Information Sheffield’s Students GaySoc, Students Unions, Western Bank Sheffield 10.

Gay girls meet on alternate Fridays 7-10.30 pm. Blue Anchor Hotel, St Mary’s Street, Cardiff, upstairs room.

Gay brothers who would like to take part in mime of Snow White and Gay Dwarfs (text printed in GN13), phone Julie at 837 7174 or the author at 892 8527. Little rehearsal or acting experience needed.

REACH, a nationwide homophile group of members of the Christian churches, primarily concerned with campaigning within the churches and helping isolated homosexual Christians, Reach, c/o 27 Blackfriars St Manchester.

Wandsworth/Richmond CHE group forming. Incorporating Fulham/Wimbledon and fringe areas. Men AND women. We meet twice a month. Write to Charlie Micklewrignt, 46b Chartfield Ave, SW15.


Brighton Reading
Bristol Sheffield
Bath Shropshire
Birmingham South Essex (Basildon)
Blackburn/Burnley South Herts (Watford/
Bolton St Albans)
Bradford Southampton/Bournemouth
Cardiff Stoke-on-Trent
Cambridge Swansea/Carmarthen
Chilterns (Berkhampstead/ Teeside
Amersham) Tunbridge Wells
Colchester Leicester
Cornwall North Yorkshire/South
Crouch End Durham
Croydon Windsor/Slough
East Kent (Canterbury) Wirral
Guildford Wolverhampton
Halifax/Huddersfield Wolverhampton & District worker’s group
Ilford York
Lewisham Devon
Liverpool Blackpool
LONDON Cornwall
Acton/Ealing Stepney
Central Lancaster
Highbury/Islington Enfield
Kensington Barking
Kilburn/Hampstead Preston
Wandsworth/Richmond Taunton
Newport/Cardiff London
Northampton Manchester
Norwich Oxford
Nottingham Kent
Oxford Liverpool

There is insufficient space to give an address for each CHE group. All CHE groups may be contacted through the national office: 28 Kennedy Street, Manchester M2 4BG. Phone 061-228 1985


At present there are GLF groups in operation in the following areas

Aberystwyth Essex University Reading
Bath Folkstone Sheffield
Bristol Greenoch Swansea
Bedfordshire Hull Sussex
Birmingham Keele University Brighton
Belfast Lancaster
Cambridge Leicester LONDON
Cheltenham Leeds South London
Canterbury Manchester West London
Cardiff Newcastle East London
Colchester Norwich Camden
Derby Oxford Youth Group
Durham Portsmouth Religious Group
Edinburgh Potteries Women’s Group

London School of Economics GLF
London Counter Psychiatry

The addresses of these groups may be obtained from the GLF Office at 5 Caledonian Road, London N1. Tube Kings Cross Tel 01-837 7174 Also contact here for other G.L.F. information

GLF Action Group meets Fridays at 7.30 pm at GLF Office 5 Caledonian Road, N1.

Religious Gay Lib Group. meets various Sundays at 2.30 pm Phone 278 1701 for details

South London GLG meets Thursdays at Minet Library, Knatchbull Road, Brixton.

Gay Women s Lib (North London)
Meet at The Crown and Woolpak, 397 St Johns St EC1 (Angel Tube) 8pm on Mondays

West London GLF meets in the Committee Room of Fulham Town Hall, Fulham Broadway on Thursdays at 8pm

Camden GLF meets Thursdays at Forresters Hall., 5 Highgate Road, Kentish Town.

Leeds GLF meats on Fridays at the O.S.A. Lounge in the University Union. Meetings open to all.

Manchester GLF meets Thursdays 8 pm in the upstairs room of the Lass o’ Gowrie, Charles St.

(off Oxford Road, near Studio 1-5). Details from Steve or John at 061-445 5095.

York GLF now forming. Details from Bob Olorenshaw, A 113 Derwent College, University of York, Heslington, York.

Newcastle GLF meets Wednesdays 8 pm at 258 Westgate Road, Newcastle 4.

Bath Gay Awareness Group meets Thursdays 8 pm. Info – from John – Bath 63168 or Hugh – Bath 4738.

TV and TS group meets Tuesdays at All Saints Church Vestry, Clydesdale Road, W11 at 8pm.

East London GLF meets Thursdays at 103 Market Street, East Ham E6 at 8pm.

Sussex GLF meets Tuesdays at 8 15pm upstairs/back bar Stanford Arms, Preston Circus, Brighton Contact Doug Coupe, 40 Ashford Road, Brighton or phone Ray at 686939

Bristol Gay Awareness Group, c/o Tony, 20D, West Mall, Clifton, Bristol Tel 0272 32669

Essex GLF University contact Brian Roberts, c/o Student Pidgeon Holes, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park. Colchester

Leeds GLF Liberation Office, 153 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds 2 Tel 0532 39071 ex 57 Meeting every Friday at 7 30pm at the Liberation Office


Postal enquiries – SMG. 214 Clyde Street. Glasgow G1 4J2

For meetings in ABERDEEN and GLASGOW ring John Breslin (041 771 7600).
For meetings in DUNDEE ring Len McIntosh (0382-452433).
For meetings in EDINBURGH ring Mike Coulson (031-225 4395) between 1pm and 10pm any day


DISCO First Sat of each month at the Odd Spot Coffee House & Grill, Sir Simons’ Arcade (Behind T.S.B.), Lancaster. Tel.2750. 11 pm to 4 am. Bring a bottle. Gay News will be on sale.

Father Red Cap, 319 Camberwell Road. SE5. (Camberwell Green)
Upstairs Bar now open 7 nights a week – Tricky Dicky Boys Only Disco now on Tuesdays. Thursdays and Sundays. Also mixed.
Disco on Wednesday and Saturdays. Girls Only Disco on Friday. Gay intimate evening on Mondays. Free Admission Mondays and (for a limited period) Tuesday’s Boys Only Disco

South London GLF. Disco every Monday except first Monday of the month At The Crypt, St Matthews Church (opposite Town Hall, Brixton BR/Tube Buses 35, 37, 109,59,2.,3.
Admission 15p – Beer and snadwich bar
Love Kisses South London GLF

Camden GLF weekly disco in the discotheque next to the Bull and Gate Pub (200 yds Kentish Town Stn) every Wednesday from 8pm to 1am

Tuesday nights – ROYAL OAK, 62 Glenthorne Road, London W6.
Wednesday nights – THE PONTIFRACT CASTLE, 48 Chapel Street, Edgware Road tube.
Dancing permitted, complete with drag show featuring Mr Jean Fredericks, Peter Martindale and Diamond David.

KINGS ARMS, Liverpool Street, London (corner of Pindar Street). Tube – BR Liverpool Street, buses – 8, 8A, 22, 6, 47, 87. Tricky Dicky show on Saturday nights 8.30 to 11. Admission free. Saloon bar disco, impersonations etc, gay atmosphere. Gay News is on sale at all Tricky Dicky Discos.

West London GLF present a weekly disco every Tuesday at Fulham Town Hall (opposite stn). 8 pm.

KINGS ARMS, Liverpool Street, London, (corner of Pindar Street) Tube/BR Liverpool Street

Dick’s Inn, Gay Disco every Monday Compere Tricky Dicky.

THE ARABIAN, Cambridge Heath Road London (corner of Bishops Way) Tube Bethnal Green/Bus 277

Dicks Inn. Gay Disco every Wed Comp Tricky Dicky.

Sussex G.L.F. Disco every Friday 8-11 pm, at Stanford Arms, Preston Circus, Brighton.
Only 2Op

Reading Gay Alliance weekly social Wednesday, disco Saturday, Admission to each 20p (10p students). Both at The Railway Tavern, Stanshawe Road, Reading. No membership.

Drag & Cabaret

372 Kennington Lane, SE11 (Vauxhall)
Regular Compere Pat Kelly – with The Keltones.
Thurs (Alt) Mr Tammv or Honey
Friday Mr Timmy Monday Bow
Saturday Lee Paris Wednesday Lee Paris
Sunday (Lunch) Bow New Act Starting Soon
Sunday (Night) Mr Tammy

ROYAL OAK, 62 Glenthorne Road W6 (Hammersmith). Drag every night. Regular artistes including Mr Jean Fredericks

ELEPHANT & CASTLE South Lambeth Place, SW8. (Vauxhall) Drag every night except Tuesdays. Regular compere Jackie. Recommended by Gay News for happy and friendly atmosphere.

THE CRICKETERS Battersea Park Road, SW11 (BR Battersea Park)
Sun The Trbiiettes Fri Various Artistes
Tues Steel Band Sat Singalong & Dancing
Wed Various Artistes Compere/Organist
Thurs Talent Night Kenneth Mencell.

SKINNERS ARMS Camberwell New Road. Tuesday Nights Only – “LA DUBARRY”

OXFORD TAVERN 256 Kentish Town Road, NWS (Kentish Town) Drag on Tues. Wed and Thurs
Resident host Perri St Clair Partly gay on these nights

THE NEW BLACK CAP, 171 Camden High Street, NW1. (Camden Town Tube.
Dreg every night with Tony Page.
Mon. – Thur. – Sat. with Marc Fleming.
Tues. with Sandy Graham.
Wed. with New Dumbelles.
Fri. with Nicky Young.
Sunday (lunch) with Marc Flaming & Mrs Shufflewick.
Sunday (evening) with Perri St Clare or Sandy Graham
Alan McGorrin is Gay News’s super salesmen at The Black Cap. Be nice to him, he works very hard.

Father Red Cap, 319 Camberwell Road, SE5. (Camberwell Green).
PALACE OF DRAG – Drag every night.
The following artistes ere proud to announce they ere appearing at the Father Red Cap; Lee Paris, Tammy, Colin Cordell, Alvis & Odell, Lee Tracy and Len Morton.

THE EAGLE, 15 Clifton Road W9.
Drag – Fri – Sat – Sun.

DORSETT ARMS, Clapham Road, London SW8.
Drag 24/1/73. Les Lee King.

THE EAGLE, Clifton Road, Maida Vale W9
Drag every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening.
Popular artists.

309 Harrow Road, W9 (Westbourne Park)
Drag on Wednesday and Sunday (Lunch & Eve)

This is a list of some of the pubs in London that regularly have Drag Acts. Information of out of London pubs featuring drag will be added to this list as we receive it. So if your local has something good happening at it, let us know, and that goes for you landlords as well

Gay Pubs

WILLIAM IV, Heath Street. Hampsteed NW3. Hempstead Tube

THE SALISBURY, St Martins Lane. Near to Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square tubes

THE QUEENS HEAD, Tryon Street, (off Kings Road, London SW3.

THE CHAMPION, Bayswater Road. Nearest tube is Notting Hill Gate

THE BOLTONS and THE COLEHERNE are opposite each other at the junction of Earl’s Court Road and Old Brompton. Earl’s Court Tube

THE SHIP AND WHALE 2 Gulliver Street, SE16.

THE IMPERIAL, Richmond High Street

THE GREEN ROOM, The Wheatsheef, Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush.

Friendly Outlets

GAY NEWS will always be on sale at the following pubs

THE ANCHOR INN (The Viking Club), East Street, Southampton. Saturday nights – Girls only (Ask for Jen).

THE PUBLIC HOUSE, not just another bookshop. 21 Little Preston Street. Brighton. Phone 28357.

LE FAUNE Restaurant, 23 Praed Street, London W2 1NJ Tel 01-723 5170

Thanks to SHANE’S CLUB, 71 Compayne Gardens, West Hampstead, London NW6 for selling Big GN.

THE PAVILION CLUB 123 Shardlow Road, (A6), Shardlow. Derbys Tel Shardlow 581
Open Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun from 8 00pm

THE ROBERT BURNS, 9 South Front, Southampton ‘The small pub with a BIG welcome:- Dons & Dennis’.

THE GREEN MAN, The Place, Winchester, Hants. Your Host — David M. Powrie.

ROKOKO CLUB, Roker, Sunderland. GN on sale there every Saturday.

PRINCESS ROYAL, 172 Wellingborough Road, Northampton. Your Hosts — Pern and Vim.

THE NIGHTINGALE CLUB, 50 Camp Hill, Birmingham 12 (021-772 2665) sell Gay News.

The Paint Box Club, 29 Foley St, W1, Drag & Disco Mon-Sat.

Moulin Rouge, 72 Worral Rd, Clifton, Bristol.

Gay News wishes to thank the management and staff at the COLEHERNE, and the BOLTONS (at Earls Court) and the CHAMPION (at Notting Hill Gate) for their help in letting us sell Gay News in their establishments. Gay News will regularly be on sale in these three pubs in West London.

Gay News thanks RODDY and ERIC of the MASQUERADE — the paper is always available at the door. Masquerade Club, 310 Earls Court Road,

Thanks to all at the QUEENS HEAD, Chelsea, for letting us regularly sell Gay News there.

The DisKOtheaue (D O K), 2a Lowndes Court, London W1 (off Carnaby Street) regularly has Gay News on sale. Thanks.

The Father Red Cap, Boys Only, Girls Only and Mixed Disco’s. Gay News is always on sale.

Valentine’s – Georges Club (off Gay Street), Bath. Gay News is always on sale.

Thanks to DON JOHN,S, one of the North’s foremost Gay Clubs, for selling Gay News.

Ronnie will be selling Gay News in THE GREEN ROOM at The Wheatsheaf, Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush.

Thanks to the REGENCY (opposite Theatre Royal), Bath,. Gay News is always sold there by Bath Gay Awareness group.

Tim will always sell you GN at the Elephant & Castle and the Royal Vauxhall Tavern at Vauxhall.

An Apology to our Manchester Readers

Gay News apologises to our Manchester retailers and readers who have missed the last two issues. Unfortunately our Manchester distributor moved without letting us know. The situation is now back to ‘normal’ and Gay News will regularly be at your usual stockist.