Savidge Opinion: What If We Lived Life Like Porn?
My boiler broke down last week, which I am sure you are all excited to learn, and when I tweeted that my partner and I were having to have mini man showers with buckets, most of the replies were about how homoerotic that must be and was it like role-playing. Erm, standing in a bucket, pouring boiling ... [Read more]
Savidge Opinion – Don’t Rain on the Parade
On the 1st September, Cardiff will be celebrating the first Mardi Gras Parade the city has ever seen. In many ways this is indeed something to celebrate and highlighted, yet there is a part of me, and indeed some of my friends, whom wonder ‘so what?’ I don’t say that to belittle what the organisers ... [Read more]
I Left My Heart in Il Salviatino
Photos: Christian Burton.
This month we start a new series of features looking at venues and destinations that we think are ideal for that perfect celebration for a couple who feel they deserve something ‘special’ in their lives.
Sometimes you need a holiday that is a bit special. A time where ... [Read more]
Savidge Opinion – Why I Wish I Could Join The W.I.
(It’s All About The Cake, Not About The Cock)
I don’t know if it is the same for everyone but I do find myself occasionally puzzling about the idea of being old/much older. That said, in reality mentally I am a bit of an old Granny already. I quite like to read the occasional cosy crime ... [Read more]
Savidge Opinion – In Old Drawers Lie Old Secrets…
We all know that the men we meet will have had a sex life before we came on the scene (pun not intended). There are of course rare instances when this might not be the case. You know that there have been ex’s that will have come and gone (again no pun intended) before you, as your relationship ... [Read more]
Savidge Opinions: The Arrogance of Youth
In the second of his new opinion pieces for Bent, Simon Savidge looks at who the real predators on the gay scene are and if we should be less concerned about ‘dirty old men’ and more about ‘dirty young men’ instead.
We always promise that we won’t forget what it was like to be ... [Read more]
Savidge Opinions: Why I Don’t Date Stunning Men
In his first new series of opinion pieces for Bent, Simon Savidge ponders the pros and cons of dating “good looking” guys.
As someone who works in the gay media I am aware that one of the things we celebrate is the body beautiful. It’s nice to look at after all, but is it so nice to ... [Read more]
Travel – Book a Break in Brussels…
Brussels is probably best known for being the home of the European Parliament or a great place for chocolate, not as a great getaway destination. We sent Simon Savidge to see just what Bent Brussels had to offer and why you should be booking a trip there in 2012.
Even though it is only ... [Read more]
After a break to have her daughter and to star in the West End Show ‘Blood Brothers’, former Spice Girl, and all round nice lady, Melanie C is back with her fifth solo album, and we think it’s a corker. We sent Simon Savidge to catch up with her to discuss if going solo still makes her nervous ... [Read more]
The Mormon Conquests
How does a good traditional Mormon boy and then father of two turn into a rent boy addicted to crystal meth, and how do you survive that and come out the other side? We sent Simon Savidge to meet Stephen Fales, a man who has been through just such times and turned it into a stage show, to find out ... [Read more]
Holy Latex and Acrobats… It’s Batman Live!
Imagine a huge concert venue where for two hours you are thrown into a world of explosions, special effects and most importantly, men in tight rubber and latex. Add the tantalising fact of getting up close and personal with one of the most famous superhero’s and you might just be able to conjure ... [Read more]
Cheryl Cole… what to do next?
Is she a ‘Princess of Hearts’, pop star, TV star, charity celeb, what? After an interesting month or two Simon Savidge puts his mind to just what on earth Cheryl Cole should do next.
Unless you have been on the moon/in hiding/having a life or just not been that interested, you can’t have ... [Read more]
Forget Camping, Let’s Go Glamping! – By Simon Savidge
If your idea of camping is sitting bored and miserable in a field, stressing about tent-poles and the like then have you thought of a glamorous equivalent that is becoming very popular… Glamping! Simon Savidge found himself in the depths of a wood in Surrey to find out more.
Despite what many ... [Read more]
Strictly Come Dancing Diva – By Simon Savidge
Alesha Dixon has always been a woman that we gays have adored ever since those ‘Scandalous’ days in Mis-teeq. We further loved her when she went onto Strictly Come Dancing and won, and then started releasing pop gems with lyrics like ‘do it the Madonna way’. We sent Simon Savidge to catch ... [Read more]
She’s Nice, Different, Unusual!
By Simon Savidge
You will of course know Jane Turner from the legendary and wonderful Aussie comedy ‘Kath and Kim’ but we sent Simon Savidge to watch her performing in her UK debut role in the West End playing a host of characters in the comedy/ drama ‘Holding the Man’. Later he caught up ... [Read more]
Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves
By Simon Savidge
The Pipettes last graced our airwaves with the wonderful ‘Pull Shapes’ (which makes you want to dance your pants right off) back in 2006. Now years later the girls are back... though they look slightly different. Simon Savidge went to meet sisters Gwenno and Ani and investigate ... [Read more]
The Tattoo Taboo
Why is it that some gay men simply cannot get enough of tattoos and why do others feel the need to have them to define their masculinity? Why do some men only date men with tattoos and why do others avoid them at all costs? Simon Savidge went to meet up with tattoo virgins, tattoo addicts and ... [Read more]
My boyfriend said that he’d had a surprise done for me while he was away in America working. I got really excited thinking of all the things it could be and looked forward to his return. He then built up the suspense even more as he would mention it over the next few weeks and yet not ... [Read more]
Advice – Simon Says
My best friend is driving me insane ever since he met his latest boyfriend. Everything is a drama and I get phone calls, emails and texts almost daily filled with worry about how the relationship is going, how he might not have had a text for a whole day and should he do this or should ... [Read more]
Making Us Feel Brand New
Katy Brand has been making us laugh with her witty characters, hilarious spoof music videos and celebrity sketches on TV for a while now so, at the start of her first national tour we sent Simon Savidge to meet her to discuss, being Beyonce, making people laugh and why her Big Ass TV Show had to ... [Read more]
All Hail Our New Australian Disco Diva
We first heard Gabriella when ‘Sweet About Me’ graced the airwaves. Now a few years on she has come back with the most amazing disco album of the year so far. Simon Savidge caught up with her to discuss a whole new sound, getting saucy and disco balls tickling her fancy…
Now the new ... [Read more]
Alphabeat – Stine Bramsen
We here at Bent Towers love Alphabeat and their camptastic and wonderful tunes. So we thought that we should check our camp-o-meter out on lead singer Stine and ask… Can We Be Your Gay Bestfriend Stine Bramsen
What is the campest thing that you have ever done?
Oooh (giggles)… ... [Read more]