N A R C I S S E

ISSUE 5 APRIL 2005

CONTENTS
1…..Narcisse 2…..Contents 3…..Rogue’s Gallery 4…..I think, there-fore I blog 5….. ,, 6…..Interview 7….. ,, 8…..Tammi’s Time of the Month 9…..Consumer Passion 10….. ,, 11…..Polls apart 12…..Lori’s Film Review 13….. ,, 14….. ,, 15….. ,, 16…..The Style Council 17….. ,, 18….. ,, 19…..How many candles? 20…..A first step to confidence 21….. ,, 22…..April Fool!! 23….. ,, 24….. ,, 25…..The Low-down with Lowla 26….. ,, 27…..Centre-fold 28….. ,, 29….. ,, 30…..Health & Beauty 31….. ,, 32…..Brain of Narcisse 33…..Across Golden Pond 34….. ,, 35….. ,, 36….. ,, 37….. ,, 38…..Becky’s Beauty Spot 39….. ,, 40…..Tammi’s Torment’s (Quiz) 41….. ,, 42….. ,, 43…..Bunny-Girl Competition 44…..A Question of Safety 45….. Readers Thoughts 46….. ,, 47….. ,, 48….. Leigh Smythe – It’s Agony! 49….. ,, 50….. ,, 51…..Fashion Review 52….. ,, 53….. ,, 54…..Quiz Answers 55…..Born to shop(Adverts) 56….. ,, 57….. ,, 58…..And now, the end is near 59….. ,,

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ROGUE’S

GALLERY

OR CONTRIBUTING REPORTERS IF YOU LIKE!!!!!

ME

TAMMI

BECKY

LISA-GAYLE

LEIGH

LORIANNE

RACHEL

LOWLA

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I think, therefore, I

BLOG

bRight then ……. Blog time…..blog, blog b-l-o-g …….. Whys it called a ……Bloody Gibberish? Brilliant Blog anyway? Huh? ……Bloody Loads Of Gibberish? ….. Brilliant Lines Overly gratuitous? …. Brains Like Old Giblets? Answers on a postcard to E. Bunny, Chocolate Egg Lane, somewhere in Wiltshire. This month I shall mostly be talking about ….. WASPS!!! Why simply, wasps I hear you gibber, well, quite simply, put in a nutshell, I CAN’T STAND the Blighters (Critters to those of a United persuasion). I mean to say….. What did the Almighty person (of no sexual orientation) upstairs, think they were doing putting wasps on the face of the Earth in the first place? place? AND!!!!! To make matters worse, old Noah had the chance to rid us slaponce and for all of them, and what did the slap-head do? Chose cuddly Unicorns for the chop instead ….. WHAT A PLONKER!!! Now, you may think that this is just the insane ramblings of nailsomeone high on nail-varnish fumes, BUT!! You’d be (mostly) wrong in this assumption. You see, I believe, and this seems to be born out throughout the Animal Kingdom, that each Critter has a reason to be here, part of the food chain, chain, a pollinator, you name it , deep down they all have their uses. Just look at the lovely Bee for example. It pollinates, feeds birds, makes honey and looks fellow, ….there’s cute in Easter pictures …useful little fellow, and then ….there’s the WASP. what Now what have we in the pluses column for Mr. Waspie there’s….well …..erm…..ah…. well…OK, there’s….well they….. and sometimes they …….. SEE!!!!!! BUGGER ALL!!!! They don’t even look nice! Look at their houses! yummy Bees, lovely hexagonal lil structures full of useful, nice, yummy things, Bee. Wasps, made of paper and damned ugly! 1 – 0 Mr. Bee. Looks …. Bees, pretty yellow and black , pleasing to the eye in a fat jocular manner like a much loved bumbling Uncle, a Wasp, yellow and black jumper 2, worn like a robbers jumper with all the appeal of an old Head Mistress, 2-0!!!

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I mean, be honest, hands up who likes wasps? They are their own worst enemies! They come across as the playground bullies of the Insect World somedon’t they? The nearest I get to liking the buggers is when some-one mentions a waspie, but that’s another story!! Cosmetic surgery! There’s another gem our lil bee friends provide us with, used to plump lips, might have a go myself, and bee-sting has been beesufferers proved to help sufferers of Arthritis too, what clever lil fellows they are. In puberty, the first buds of breast development are oft fondly referred to as BeeBeewaspstings; imagine if you told a lil girl she had wasp-stings?! She’d be running screaming up the path, shaking her ringlets and screaming blue murder!!! Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not Waspist passé, but, just one of you put up your perfectly manicured appendage and swear on all things Prada that you have EVER been to a picnic that was not , at some point, subject to the rude intrusions of a member of the wasp family! Go on … nope?.... didn’t think so!! So where, I hear you squeal, is this insane ramble taking us? Buggered if I know! I mean, I’m not advocating the mass slaughter of all wasp-like, things wasp-like, no, no, no, well…. NO! I just feel that we should take the head of the Insect Kingdom (His Royal Highness, the Great Praying Mantis, who-ever) or who-ever) to one side and have a quite word in his ear. make-over, You know, suggest that he give them a make-over, maybe a nice Lilac two piece and drop the buzz, that sort of thing. know, You never know, giggle , they may just grow on you!

HUGS MANDY XX

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“ Knowing me, Knowing you “
INTERVIEW
Well , you met one half of this dynamic duo last month, so its only fair that Rachel #2 gets grilled too ( worse than Mr. & Mrs. Isn’t it?! Heheheheheh )

Name ? D.O.B. How old were you when you started cross-dressing? When did you start crossdressing on your own? How did you feel?

Rachel Greene 22 Feb. 1975 I was dressed by my sister from the age of 3ish ( a bit vague, may have been earlier) About 7

OK, but by then I had dressed a lot with my sister, so it was more of a game, it wasn’t sexual. Yes, well , she started it. She loves it! I’m her only brother, but she always wanted a sister. No, very happy being completely male.

Did you “come out” to her? How did she take it? Would you go all the way and have SRS? Would you dress 24/7

No, I dress for fun and social (to be honest I get paid more as a guy) Yes, I do. As a sexually active TV, 18.

So you do go out dressed? At what age did you start doing that? Where did you go? Kool, you have fun?

Gay & Lesbian society disco at University. Nervous as hell at first, but, yes. I went to a load of such disco and parties, etc, then. A pair of black stockings.
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What was the first “ girly” thing you bought?

How comes?

My mother only had tan ones and I really wanted black ones. That was at 13 when it started getting sexual as well. That would be at University again, and it was really scary. I thought everybody would point and laugh, but I wasn’t that bad, reasonably passable.

How would you describe the sensation of dressing in your own stuff for the first time and going out? How would you describe your look? What is the best experience you have had dressed? How did you meet?

Vampy, but I prefer other people to judge me.

Some of the times my and BB have been together.

We had chatted on webcam before, then she invited me around to her parents house (they were on holiday). Yes, we do.

So , you go out a lot together? Wheres the best TG venue to go to? Why’s that?

TX at the mo.

Its probably the nicest TV venue at the mo, Sparkle in Manchester last year was good too. We have a lot of friends that do TX regularly too. Probably. I definitely prefer TV’s to guy’s more so now, and I really enjoy dressing for sex.

Do you think your sexuality has an impact on your dressing? Would you define your dressing as a sexual thing then? Where do you hope to be in 5 years time? Thank-you very much.

Yes, it is nowadays.

5 years older would be nice.

Thanks
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T T M
ammi‘s ime of the

onth

OK Guy’s and Girl’s....are you sitting comfortably?....then (god help us!) let her begin!!

Welcome to Tammi world. You don’t have to be crazy to work here. But don’t make sense if you aint!!!!

Well, another eventful month in the life of Tammi. More children coming to
rent? live with me. (Anyone got a room I can rent?) My Daughter not getting school, suspended from school, and actually paying attention in school And…… possibly. And…… far too much sex……………………..well possibly. randomness this month? Well what randomness can I come up with this month? thought bec adult, I’ve been playing X box online. I thought when you became an adult, bulling Nope!! was meant to have stopped. Nope!! 3 guys hunted me down like a frightened deer. Still, managed me.!! little deer. Still, I managed to take 2 of um with me.!! The whole playing console games online is still very new to me. BUT HELL, IT’S FUN!!!. console online FUN!!!. If only for the fact that I get to take out my frustrations and get to insult people from all over the world!!! How much longer before the latest computer games are simply downloaded on console? which, gave to your console? Speaking of which, kids are behaving better so gave them the back. 360 back. American Idol has started. Cue the most famous man in music and his snide world, comments. Sums up the modern music world, when the most famous man sing, instrument, cant sing, cant dance and cant play an instrument, and I’m not talking Chico Gotta hico!!! Cowell. owel about Chico!!! Gotta love Simon Cowell. He created a TV role ,now defined by there, to him. Only reason I watch it is for when he stands there, telling these people to roses. DJ’s to wake up and smell the roses. I have done it when I get DJ’s coming to me enough… asking for me to promote them. Sometimes you’re just not good enough… Cya xx
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CONSUMER PASSION
A HISTORY OF EASTER and the EASTER EGG Delve into the history and origins of the Christian festival of Easter and you come up with a few surprises. For instance, Easter eggs do not owe their origins to Christianity and originally the festival of Easter itself had nothing to do with Christianity either. A closer look at the history of both Easter and the Easter Egg reveals a much earlier association with pagan ritual and in particular, the pagan rites of spring, dating back into pre history. For us, the ancient rites celebrating the Spring Equinox are most obviously associated with the mysterious Druids and places like Stone Henge, but most ancient races around the world had similar spring festivals to celebrate the rebirth of the year. The Egg, as a symbol of fertility and re-birth, has been associated with these rites from the earliest times. Easter Eggs As well as adopting the festival of Eostre, the Egg, representing fertility and re-birth in pagan times, was also adopted as part of the Christian Easter festival and it came to represent the 'resurrection' or re-birth of Christ after the crucifixion and some believe it is a symbol of the the stone blocking the Sepulchre being 'rolled' away. In the UK and Europe, the earliest Easter eggs were painted and decorated hen, duck or goose eggs, a practice still carried on in parts of the world today. As time went by, artificial eggs were made and by the end of the 17th century, manufactured eggs were available for purchase at Easter, for giving as Easter gifts and presents

RIGHT!!!!! ENOUGH OF THE HISTORY ITS CHOCOLATE

TIME ! ! !

KEY

CHEAP – as chips

A WEEK on the hips

TREAT – Oh go on then!

A MONTH on the hips

PRICEY – How much?
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ETERNITY!!!!!!

THORNTONS Fairy Princess Egg £2.99 CADBURY Flake Moments Egg £10.50

GALAXY Promises Easter Egg £21.99

PRESTAT Chocolate Egg £19.95

NESTLE Milkybar Buttons Egg £1.99

LINDT Assorted Chocolate Egg £5.99

GUYLIAN Luxury Egg £11.49 GREEN & BLACK’S Dark Chocolate Egg £5.99

HARROD’S Milk Chocolate Egg £9.95

TERRY’S Chocolate Orange Segsations 10 £5.99

“POLLS

APART”

Another month, and another (rather damned scary) probe into the disturbed psyche of the Lil Boutique members, throwing up an astounding array mixed vibes, mixed veg, and mix amitosis. First up was the thorny subject of Politics. To have or to have not in the hallowed halls of the Narcisse infrastructure. Well……..no, quite frankly. 53% of you waved your placards screeching NEVER!!!! So by popular demand we will not be badgering the Leaders of the World for their opinions on the latest Jimmy Choos. ( Although Tony Blair does walk with an odd lil mince, but that’s another story!) Next up was the AMMOUNT of money you spend on your feminine selves per calendar month. By a fair margin (45%) of you – myself included – spend in the region of 0£ - £49 per month , not a lot admittedly but bargains are out there if you want to look! 23% spent between £50 - £99 & 21% on £100 – 149, which, quite frankly just isn’t fair, god I hate being poor!!! Boo-hoo and as for the 4% who profess to spending anywhere between £150 and £250 each month well I’m appalled. You obviously have too much money and I demand you send me some immediately!!! Next, as if to prove a point, we asked how this translated as a percentage of your outgoings. Firstly, would the 4% (and I know who you are!!!!) kindly step forward for being bloody awkward and receive a slap!! As with me, the majority spend approximately 10% of their outgoings on all things fem (58% of you) the rest – about 2% across the board. So there you have it. Your basic Lil Boutique members a tight-fisted rich bitch with general apathy to the world around her.

Go Girls!!!! hehehe
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LORI’S

FILM

REVIEW

Hi everybody. Mandy has asked me if I would
be so kind as to rate some movies for her fine magazine. Having given it some thought, I have agreed to take the job on. Sounds like fun to me. How do you turn down an offer like this from someone as cool as Mandy? (Never hurts to say good stuff about ones new boss, eh?). I guess that makes me lil boutique’s Resident Movie Critic. You may be wondering what qualifies me to take this job on? Well, to put it simply, a couple of things do. The first is that I like movies. That always helps. I’m guessing that’s what landed me the job, however, was the wage I negotiated for my services. Lets just say I wont be quitting my day job! That said, this is gonna be a lot more fun! . My email is lorianne37@hotmail.com if you wish to write and tell me I suck at this. If you sound off at me, I might actually learn something from it, so feel free.

I think a movies first job is to entertain. A movie can have depth, it can have an uplifting message, it can evoke a full range of emotions from its viewers, but if your not happy watching it, if your not having fun, its pointless. What I’m going to do here is point out what I did or did not like about a given movie, and let you take it from there. The stuff I liked might be the same stuff you wouldn't like, so don't take offence. I'll try to toss in a little of the plot as well (provided the movie actually has one....) and hopefully help you decide if its something you want to watch. My standard disclaimer is this: if you watch something based on my review and don't like it, your going to need to talk to the theatre or video rental place about getting your money back. Watch them at your own risk. Ill be rating the movies on a 1 to 4 scale, 4 being the best. Also, I wont be covering any porno films, so if that's your thing, your on your own. I will be mentioning the film industries rating as well based on the U.S. system (G, PG, PG-13, and R). Near as I can tell, G stands "Good", PG for "Pretty good", PG-13 for "pretty good -13" (not sure what the 13 is for....) and R is for "Really good". Don't go quoting me on any of that...... 12

Introductions out of the way, lets get started. The first movie we're going to cover this month is

Ultra Violet (Sony pictures, rated PG-13).
starring Milla Jovovich (the Fifth element, Resident evil)

Allow me to pose a question here: If one is up to ones armpits in machineguns and needs to kill some evil people, why would one use a sword instead? Our heroine starts the movie out as a courier picking up a super secret package she has been tasked to deliver. We soon learn that she is not a courier at all (the real courier shows up and blows her cover), but is in fact an impostor. Turns out she is really a member of a pseudo Vampire race (Hemophage, what ever that is?) created accidentally by the evil American government (ya see, it would seem us Yanks were trying to build a super soldier and accidentally made Vampire virus instead. Those guys are always up to something, aren't they?) on a mission to steal a top secret weapon.

The package turns out to be a child, stuffed somehow into an odd shaped suitcase much smaller than he is, and we're lead to believe he has some sort of antibody that was grown inside him that kills Vampires. If this antibody is loosed on the world, it will wipe out the remaining Vampires. The Vampires mean to kill the kid off, and Violets job is to bring him to them so that they can do just that. But when she learns the package is a child, she becomes his reluctant guardian and ends up fighting everybody (Vampires included) to keep the kid alive. I won’t reveal the ending. I will say that the movie is full of plot twists, has a huge number of guns and swords and pointy things in it, and was, for the most part a fun, short, stupid movie. Milla did a good job as Violet. She's great at wreaking havoc and looking beautiful in spite of all the chaos going on around her. The heavily computer graphic laden cinematography gave the movie a feel that made it look like a cross between a cartoon and a video game ( as I understand it the movie was based on a comic book series) All in all Ultra Violet was a bit disappointing. I’m going to give it a rating of 2 out of 4, with the added disclaimer that it was sorta fun, and if your not looking for a movie with any depth, it won't kill you to watch this 13 one. My humble advice would be to wait for the video to come out

Well then, lets move on to movie #2 . New on video (relatively new anyway) is the movie

"Red eye" (Dream works pictures, PG-13) starring Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy,

Directed by Nightmare on elm streets Wes Craven, this wasn't a movie done in his usual style, that is to say, this wasn't a horror movie. At least not in the classical sense. This was actually more of a mystery/intrigue/ psychological thriller type movie, although it did have some very scary elements to it. Rachel McAdams stars as hotel manager Lisa Reisert on what is supposed to be a routine flight to Miami. She meets a very nice man named Jackson (Cillian Murphy) as she is waiting at the airport, who just happens to "coincidentally" be waiting for the same flight (yeah right). Wouldn't you know it, they end up sitting next to each other on the plane?

Once they are in the air, our friend Jackson explains to her that it really isn't a coincidence, he is really just your run of the mill terrorist wanting to make a quick buck by relocating some poor diplomat in Lisa's hotel. As motivation, Jackson explains to Lisa that he has a very bad man parked in front of her Dads house waiting to do bad things to her Dad if the move isn't made. But..... I originally dismissed it as a low budget stupid teen thriller, but I was surprised! The acting was well done, the effects were good, and the story believable (mostly) and Cillian Murphy's Jackson is a very convincing bad guy. Perhaps the simplicity of the whole thing appealed to me as well. The whole idea of being stuck in an airplane at 30,000 feet with no one to turn to for help and nowhere to run added a very cool element to this film. Lisa makes a good effort in spite of this handicap. Her unique approach to improvised in-flight weapons will cause anyone working in airport security to cringe. I'm not going to reveal how this one ends either. I'll let you watch it and find out. I am going to rate "Red eye" 3 out of 4. It wasn't flawless, but as movies go it was a good watch. I’m sure I'll add it to my video collection soon, and have no problem recommending it to you if you have some 14 free time on your hands.

Lastly on the list, new out on video this week is the movie

"Jarhead" Universal studios, rated R (starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jamie foxx)

This movie is based on a 2003 book written by former U.S. Marine Anthony Swafford about his experiences, or rather lack thereof, in the first gulf war. He must have been very bored....... My Mom always told me if I didn't have anything nice to say about somebody, then I should just keep my mouth shut. Do you think this applies to movies as well? There is no risk at all of me giving the plot away or spoiling the end of the movie for you, there simply was no plot, and the ending was as stupidly pointless as the rest of the movie was. We start out with a naive Swoff (Jake Gyllenhaal) as he finds himself in the U.S. Marine corps, early 1990's, as a new reluctant recruit. Testosterone fuelled hi-jinks begin immediately, and don't taper off at all for the rest of the film.

His new "buddies" tie him off to a bed with duct tape, and make him believe he's about to be branded. Swoff decides to fake ill, lying to the nurse. Staff Sgt. Sykes (Jamie Foxx's character) makes his appearance, letting him know that he's been picked to try out for scout sniper school. At one point during training they are conducting a live fire exercise when one of the potential recruits freaks out, pops his head up into the line of fire, and gets blown away. Another happy moment in this film. Through it all, Swoff somehow manages to pass scout sniper training eliminations and becomes a sniper. The movie meanders on to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait ,and the beginning of operation Desert shield, with the scout snipers being some of the first deployed. The movie now lapses into boredom. Its “Apocalypse now for this generation", only without the action. Not a movie your gonna want your kids, Grandma, or pastor to watch. The "F" word gets tossed around in this movie so much you don't even notice it after a while. Crazy becomes normal, and through it all nothing really happens. I just got bored. "Shock and duh" I think was the effect the producer was trying for. He succeeded I’m going to give it a rating15 1 out of 4. If you’re easily of depressed, avoid this movie like its the plague.

THE STYLE COUNCIL
GG (Tammi) Versus TV (Rachel G) in a fashion battle to the death! It seems increasing popular to pit two unlikely components together in popular television and see who wins, man versus car etc, etc, etc. This months mega challenge sees gender girl pitted against male-to-female transvestite in a vague attempt to see if transvestites actually do possess any fashion sense whatsoever? That’s the scene set, now for the contest … On the toss of a coin, Tammi wins and chooses Kirsten Dunst as the icon to mimic, to even things up slightly Rachel then chooses a Cropped Button Jacket as the clothing item to build a complete outfit around.

Tammi’s Outfit

Rachel’s Outfit Ok so this is going to be a trendy girl outfit, with a kind of casual military theme. Just looking at the jacket, a baker boy hat is just the accessory to top it off.

Well the obvious choice would be cropped trousers. However I have decided to try and go a lil more girly and add a mini (yes Mandy you can wear this one lol). Unlike my TG counterpart not a huge fan of hats. So started with a cute skirt

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So I’m a TV, so mini-skirt next, right? Wrong I love them but not with ever outfit, true even a rugby player looks like a girl in a mini, but I am brave enough to go for cropped combats and heels in a Gwen Stefani style.

I thought the colour was very good and earthy the edge detail and sash adds the wholesome and cute touch

Heels so I do look like a girl rather than a desert soldier

Under the jacket I would go for a plain top, maybe with some detail if I want to take the jacket off. Wedges are in this year and another earthly feel again with good detailing

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Great top to give girly edge and if you get a bit hot under the collar

And of course jewellery, its not a glitzy outfit so plain and bold jewellery. Amazing how many GG and TVs outfits fail at the last fence because of a lack of attention to detail when finishing off a look

And the bling to finish it off!!! Someone find my Mum its mothers day too I’m dressing like a girl!

Simple makeup, nails and hair style to finish. I think the final look probably is not very Kirstan Dunst, but I would definitely wear it out clubbing.

Tammi’s final thoughts I always try to build an outfit that I feel totally comfortable in and yet helps achieve what ever look I am after. I am a Mum so need to keep a certain amount decorum and keep it toned down. Also need to promote me assets and check what styles suit me. Accessorise should add not over power the outfit and no need to kill yourself to look good, but a lil pain is always good!! Rachel’s final thoughts I try to dress like modern girls so I look to modern girls for inspiration, I guess if I wanted to look like Jane Russell, I would look very carefully at her whole outfit, from shoes, accessories, make-up and hair and mimic that. I choose the highstreet look because I think I look good in it and it is cheap and cheerful. In that vain I want to look high-street, so I shop in the high-street not in specialist TV shops. With the internet and e-bay there is no excuse for not being able to put together that complete outfit that will make you look like the stylish girl you want to be. So who won? Who cares, it was rigged to start with, as is the way with all these things, if a man was to race a car in a 100 mile straight line race on clear roads, I would put my money on the car, wouldn’t you? Originally our outfits were very similar so I went to a second look I tried. So what we learned. Girls find a look you like and looking like a girl doesn’t mean a mini skirt, top, stockings and heels. Mandy put down the gun I was kidding. Please let us know your feelings and if you want us to bring this back give us your ideas,

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How
Paula Collins (April 20th) Jennifer (April 17th – 1959) Amanda (April) Heather (April)

many

Candles????
Charlene (April 3rd – 1972) Elise Petal (April 24th) OUR VERY OWN TAMMI (1st April – 1980)

TO ALL MY FRIENDS…..

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! XXXXXXXX

Caroline (April 11th – 1945)

Tori (April 26th -1974)

Jean (April)

Minki (April)

Melany (April)

Mike (April)

Ironman (April)

Heather (April)

Gary (April)

Jason (April 10th -1977)

April (April - 1957) 19

A First Step to

Confidence
I wanted to share with you my personal experience of coming out to family friends and work colleagues. I would say there’s no wrong or right way to do this but this is how I did, I must say I was very slow in coming our spent a long time trying to deny who and what I was but important thing is I made it out that closet and into the world.
The first person I told that I know personally was a friend who I worked with, we became quite friendly before he left to go to university. In the summer he came back to work in his holidays and I suggested we should go for a drink. I wanted to tell him because I knew he would understand but I did not know how to broach the subject. One night we were sitting outside a pub where we live and he made a comment about my hair. Last time he saw me I was bald (stupid testosterone played havoc with my follicles) but, by the wonders of modern science, I had managed to grow some back but I was too flustered to explain. He went to the loo and I sat there thinking ‘I’ve got to tell him the truth’ and the butterflies in my tummy were not just fluttering they where giving me a damn good kicking. When he came back I explained the reason why I had more hair, that I had huge doubts about my gender and was trying to limit my hair loss and I did not want to wear a wig if I felt transition was right for me. I went on to explain about GID (gender identity disorder). He sat there and listened really intently as I explained everything to him. I must admit I sort of went into autopilot and felt slightly detached from what I was saying, but saying that, it was a huge relief to finally be totally honest with someone and he was very supportive. Looking back it seems totally bizarre. I mean, at that point I was not even dressing but I really needed an outlet to all the thoughts spinning around in my tiny brain. Over the next few weeks I found it much easier to express my feelings about all my issues and get some feed back from what I was saying. A few months later, I was now cross-dressing and, I suppose, learning all the fun about being a woman and having someone to share it with was great, but I had an overwhelming feeling that I needed to tell my family. For me coming out was all about honesty. For so long I had hid my feelings and that does take its toll on you emotionally. I was well aware that telling my family carried a huge risk of rejection even more so with the fact I was in the very early stages and not really sure what direction I was heading other than I had major doubts about my gender. I never really planned to tell my brother before my mum & dad but a rare opportunity arose in that we spent an evening together. We had a fun night, unusual for us as we are very different people. So, anyway, I was feeling quite (drink induced no doubt) confident and we had been talking about some personal stuff affecting my brother and we got around to how he treated me when we were children (he is 3 years older than me). He was pretty cruel to me and his mocking often targeted my, shall I say, softer nature and sensitivity, so I brought up an incident When I could only have been 6 or 7 and I was trying one of my mum’s bras from the washing line and he caught me, he really teased me badly afterwards and I used to get crippled with embarrassment and react in an aggressive manner or just cry, he really knew how to push my buttons. So I used this to bring up the subject on how his piss taking was so close to the truth that it used to slaughter me inside every time he mocked my gender or sexuality. He said he only did it to toughen me up and to make me more, I suppose, masculine. It was really emotional bringing up all the hurt and the pain and frustration that he caused me and my own conflicting emotions and feelings of isolation. He was quite shocked by how pained I was by my childhood and how his actions had affected me so deeply, as I sat in the chair crying he came and hugged me something we had never ever done

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before. He said that he wont reject me because I was TG and pledged his support no matter what direction I went in and if that meant me being his sister then that’s the way it has to be. I confessed that I was worried that he may have got violent and he did say that if he caught me dressed he may well have, again I think that being totally upfront is the best way. The experience with my brother gave me a huge boost and we talked about how best to tell our parents. I knew my dad would never accept me, but if I could get my mum to understand then maybe she if may, if not bring him around, at least make some sort of relationship possible. I thought it best to actually plan how and what I was going to say. I must admit I really did not know the best way to tackle it I had been in psychotherapy about my gender and my clinical psychologist said that when you tell anyone I should try to do so from a position of strength, by which I mean express myself in a positive way and not to backtrack on what I was saying or hum and har. So when I finally found the right time I felt confident that I could explain myself in a good way. I won’t go into detail of what we said but I expressed my self in very simple terms that did not blind her with a load of junk but was relevant to my own situation. And I broke it down into 3 simple statements. This pretty much how I explained it. 1…You know I been unhappy for a long time and not matter what I tried or done I never been able to rid myself of these feelings of wrongness. You have no idea how hard I tried to suppress this and avoid dealing with it, the one attempt I did make with the physiologist I did not have the courage to accept the truth of what I felt and build from that. You know I suffered from depression and this is because I tried not to deal with my feelings. I have isolated myself from my friends and I am very unhappy the future like this fills me with dread. 2… If this is my life in point 1 I am really not sure how I can have a future because it’s seems to me that it’s an empty future where I drift through life with out purpose and desperately trying to keep the lid of Pandora’s box close and I am not sure if I want to live if that’s the way my life is heading. I am not saying I’m going to kill myself but it’s a bleak future. 3... So faced with the reality of what I have said I have decided to face my demons and deal with everything I am not prepared to keep running away. I am not saying that I am going to transition into a woman but I am in a process that may lead to that and that’s something that we all need to deal with. Already I feel like a huge weight has been taken of my soul and it just feels right I don’t get turned on by dressing as a woman, to me it’s an aid to achieving a physical persona to the person I am inside. I am afraid this made my mum cry, she was very upset and I had to try to be much braver and confident than I really was and that’s pretty much how I have had to be since although this tact has been difficult it has helped bring her around, if not to acceptance, but to a point where we can talk about it without tears and fears. As to my dad, no comment is about all I can say, he refuses to speak about it. This is a little upsetting, but he has not rejected me outright and treats me the same as he did before he knew so I should be grateful for that. I must admit there has been some fun in coming out, it not all been difficult and emotionally draining. I have a very good friend at work, she is very supportive, but one day not long after I started to dress as a female, I came to work, but had a little bit of eyeliner still on my lower eye lid. I noticed it driving in and though no one would know. WRONG! And it turned out that my friend was called into see the boss. I had been rather moody and he was a little concerned at why and knowing we was friends he ask her why, but also mentioned the eyeliner to her. He thought maybe I was a weekend Goth or something. I did not know this at the time off course but in a quite moment not long after she asked me straight out ‘am I a Transvestite’. I said “no, why do you say that?” She said ‘then why was I wearing eyeliner?’ I was a bit taken aback I must be honest, because it was well over a week since the eye liner incident. And she knows me quite well and kept pushing it by saying ‘I don’t mind, just be honest’ and I just came out with everything. She was pretty amazing really and has been a huge help with her advice. She’s my image consultant now and a great mate, she treats me as one off the girls. I don’t think you can ask for anymore really can you?...........

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APRIL FOOL!
backs, Can you believe it’s April already???? So it’s time to watch your backs, keep your wits about you, and try to avoid being the chump who falls for the likes of these!! Here’s some of my fav’s from years gone by …..
San Serriffe

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In 1977 the British newspaper The Guardian published a special seven-page supplement in honor of the tenth anniversary of San Serriffe, a small republic located in the Indian Ocean consisting of several semi-colon-shaped islands. A series of articles affectionately described the geography and culture of this obscure nation. Its two main islands were named Upper Caisse and Lower Caisse. Its capital was Bodoni, and its leader was General Pica. The Guardian's phones rang all day as readers sought more information about the idyllic holiday spot. Few noticed that everything about the island was named after printer's terminology. The success of this hoax is widely credited with launching the enthusiasm for April Foolery that then gripped the British tabloids in the following decades
The Left-Handed Whopper

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In 1998 Burger King published a full page advertisement in USA Today announcing the introduction of a new item to their menu: a "Left-Handed Whopper" specially designed for the 32 million left-handed Americans. According to the advertisement, the new whopper included the same ingredients as the original Whopper (lettuce, tomato, hamburger patty, etc.), but all the condiments were rotated 180 degrees for the benefit of their left-handed customers. The following day Burger King issued a follow-up release revealing that although the Left-Handed Whopper was a hoax, thousands of customers had gone into restaurants to request the new sandwich. Simultaneously, according to the press release, "many others requested their own 'right handed' version."
The 26-Day Marathon

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In 1981 the Daily Mail ran a story about an unfortunate Japanese long-distance runner, Kimo Nakajimi, who had entered the London Marathon but, on account of a translation error, thought that he had to run for 26 days, not 26 miles. The Daily Mail reported that Nakajimi was now somewhere out on the roads of England, still running, determined to finish the race. Supposedly various people had spotted him, though they were unable to flag him down. The translation error was attributed to Timothy Bryant, an import director, who said, "I translated the rules and sent them off to him. But I have only been learning Japanese for two years, and I must have made a mistake. He seems to be taking this marathon to be something like the very long races they have over there."
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Guinness Mean Time

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In 1998 Guinness issued a press release announcing that it had reached an agreement with the Old Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England to be the official beer sponsor of the Observatory's millennium celebration. According to this agreement, Greenwich Mean Time would be renamed Guinness Mean Time until the end of 1999. In addition, where the Observatory traditionally counted seconds in "pips," it would now count them in "pint drips." The Financial Times, not realizing that the release was a joke, declared that Guinness was setting a "brash tone for the millennium." When the Financial Times learned that it had fallen for a joke, it printed a curt retraction, stating that the news it had disclosed "was apparently intended as part of an April 1 spoof."
Planetary Alignment Decreases Gravity

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In 1976 the British astronomer Patrick Moore announced on BBC Radio 2 that at 9:47 AM a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event was going to occur that listeners could experience in their very own homes. The planet Pluto would pass behind Jupiter, temporarily causing a gravitational alignment that would counteract and lessen the Earth's own gravity. Moore told his listeners that if they jumped in the air at the exact moment that this planetary alignment occurred, they would experience a strange floating sensation. When 9:47 AM arrived, BBC2 began to receive hundreds of phone calls from listeners claiming to have felt the sensation. One woman even reported that she and her eleven friends had risen from their chairs and floated around the room.
Dutch Elm Disease Infects Redheads

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In 1973 BBC Radio broadcast an interview with an elderly academic, Dr. Clothier, who discoursed on the government's efforts to stop the spread of Dutch Elm Disease. Dr. Clothier described some startling discoveries that had been made about the tree disease. For instance, he referred to the research of Dr. Emily Lang of the London School of Pathological and Environmental Medicine. Dr. Lang had apparently found that exposure to Dutch Elm Disease immunized people to the common cold. Unfortunately, there was a side effect. Exposure to the disease also caused red hair to turn yellow and eventually fall out. This was attributed to a similarity between the blood count of redheads and the soil conditions in which affected trees grew. Therefore, redheads were advised to stay away from forests for the foreseeable future. Dr. Clothier was in reality the comedian Spike Milligan.
Hawaiian Tax Refund

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In 1959, as Hawaii was being admitted into the Union as the 50th state, a Hawaiian radio station announced that Congress had passed an amendment to the Statehood Bill refunding all federal income taxes that the Pacific Islanders had paid during the previous year. Thousands of people believed the announcement, and the backlash when they realized that there was no refund coming their way was enormous. The Honolulu Star-Bulletin, which had nothing to do with the hoax, took the opportunity to self-righteously declare that it would never publish an April Fool's Day story again.
Daylight Savings Contest

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In 1984 the Eldorado Daily Journal, based in Illinois, announced a contest to see who could save the most daylight for daylight savings time. The rules of the contest were simple: beginning with the first day of daylight savings time, contestants would be required to save daylight. Whoever succeeded in saving the most daylight would win. Only pure daylight would be allowed—no dawn or twilight light, though light from cloudy days would be allowed. Moonlight was strictly forbidden. Light could be stored in any container. The contest received a huge, nationwide response. The paper's editor was interviewed by 23 correspondents from CBS and NBC and was featured in papers throughout the country.

Hong Kong Powdered Water

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In 1982 the South China Morning Post announced that a solution to Hong Kong's water shortage was at hand. Scientists, it said, had found a way to drain the clouds surrounding the island's peak of their water by electrifying them via antennae. The paper warned that this might have a negative impact on surrounding property values, but the government had approved the project nevertheless. Furthermore, more clouds could be attracted to the region by means of a weather satellite positioned over India. And finally, as a back-up, packets of powdered water imported from China would be distributed to all the residents of Hong Kong. A single pint of water added to this powdered water would magically transform into ten pints of drinkable water. Hong Kong's radio shows were flooded with calls all day from people eager to discuss these solutions to the water shortage. Many of the calls were very supportive of the plans, but one woman pointed out that the pumps needed to supply powdered water would be too complicated and expensive.
Y2K CD Bug

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In 1999 a Canadian radio station, in conjunction with Warner Music and Universal Music Group, informed its listeners that the arrival of Y2K would render all CD players unable to read music discs created before the year 2000. Luckily, the deejay said, there was a solution. Hologram stickers were available that would enable CD players to read the old-format discs. These stickers would be sold for approximately $2 apiece. Furious listeners, outraged at the thought of having to pay $2 for the stickers, immediately jammed the phones of both the radio station and the record companies, demanding that the stickers be given away for free. They continued to call even after the radio station revealed that the announcement was a joke.

I once worked with a girl who ate her lunch in the office every day. salad, etc, hardSandwiches, salad, etc, plus a hard-boiled egg. The eggshell she broke every day by cracking it on the desk. One day we changed eggs, leaving her one had that had not been cooked. She thought her mother had made a mistake and phoned her sister, thinking the sister was going to find the same. When she discovered her sister of had not been part of the incident she hit the roof!!!! “ Helen xx

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THE

LOWDOWN

WITH

LOWLA

Addicted
If you were to believe the old high school health class films, anyone that ever took a sip of liquor or a puff off a reefer is now a homeless addict rummaging through garbage cans in the back alley of some New York slum. Just sampling alcohol or marijuana was enough to send you down the road to a vile, dead-end and tortured existence. These movies were produced by well meaning, but hopelessly uptight people. The last 2 Presidents of the United States have proven that casual use of recreational pharmaceuticals in early life may not necessarily hamper your eventual career goals. So back in guidance class, although the threat of the odd doobie during teenagehood was overemphasized, a much greater addictive threat, at least to the tg/cds in the crowd, was completely ignored – evening gowns and cute shoes. At the recent tg party I attended in Chicago we had been advised by the management to use a separate bathroom (so as to not upset the ggs using the designated ladies room). This special bathroom was labelled the “Brides Room”, which I thought had a nice ring to it. Answering the call of nature, I went into the Bride’s Room and came face to face with a gorgeous young female impersonator. She was in the middle of trying to do 2 things. One was to get her costume on; the second was to not fall over. The poor thing was so inebriated that snapping the crotch on her leotard had turned into a procedure whose complexity rivalled that of brain surgery. Suffice it to say that her mumbling, slurred, stumbling opening number was not a weekend highlight. The remarkable thing was that she escaped serious personal injury through the balance of her routine despite heading back for her costume changes with a drink in either hand. This girl is clearly addicted and needs professional help regarding her alcohol problem. What isn’t obvious to the uninformed observer is that she has another addiction every bit as consuming. One could ask the question “Which of her addictions is the most serious?” Like most cds, I’ve been dressing or interested in dressing my whole life. Perhaps it’s a chronological imperative, but the urge to dress and explore my feminine side has grown much stronger over the past few years. I’ve heard this tendency echoed by other tgirls of my generation. As mature tgs we sense time marching on and feel that we need to explore our partially suppressed femininity before we are too old to do so. But escalating your feminine activities carries risk. It is truly an activity than can take over, occupy your thoughts, and consume you. One can try and explain away obsession and loss of perspective as a journey of self growth and discovery. But to be clear, cross-dressing is addictive and once you’ve started mainlining spandex and lace you find yourself needing more and more to maintain the high.

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When you talk to girls that have spent a week en femme at Southern Comfort they will tell you it was a watershed moment in their lives. They all relay the same story about the incredible euphoria they experienced. I can relate - on Monday and Tuesday of this last week I had an amazing sense of well being and happiness. It didn’t matter that I was overwhelmed at work. It didn’t matter that I returned to all of life’s not so little problems. I was basking in the warmth and aftermath of a weekend as Lowla. By Wednesday, I was feeling more neutral. By Thursday I was edgy and irritable, and by Friday I was frankly depressed. My girlfriends felt the same way. The endorphins had worn off, I was out of pseudo estrogen, and chocolate just wasn’t cutting it. Given the intense emotional response to dressing and the female experience it is very hard for cd/tgs to know where they want to go and how they want to proceed. I think it’s fair to say that for many of us we sense something missing, a void, a vacuum, a need that remains unmet. How to satisfy that need is critical in many respects. It will determine our own happiness; it will influence our relationships with family, friends, children, wives and girlfriends. How are we to satisfy this habit and remain balanced in the rest of our lives? Unfortunately, there is no blueprint for success. Each of us must move bravely on into the fertile void, be honest with ourselves and our loved ones, and do our best to prioritize our respective needs. So if I end up rummaging in some back alley I only hope that I find myself looking through Ivana Trump’s garbage can after she’s cleaned her closets. For anyone out there considering sampling cross-dressing I would encourage you to do so at your own risk – just remember not to inhale. (Here are two photos of us indulging our addiction over the weekend. The first is of my friend Sheri and I. The second is of yours truly. ) take care Lowla

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CENTRECENTRE-FOLD
A D A R A B E T H
Age - 31 Married One child and one on the way Self employed in Environmental consulting in oil and gas

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My earliest recollection of Adara started before she even had a name. At five she was trying out her mother’s lipsticks and other ‘pretty’ things to see how they looked, to see how they felt. Always in secret though – with tough brothers and a heavy fisted father she was not going to get caught doing something ‘unmanly’. By 12 I was buying my own lipsticks and clothes. And occasionally I would get caught but somehow managed to avoid a beating… at least most of the time. By 20, Adara wanted more and more to eventually be noticed so she eventually made it out to the public eye…

At 20, I had already well begun my addiction to epinephrine – adrenaline. I have lived an adventurous life; skydiving, hang gliding, scuba diving, and mountaineering to name a few of my coverhobbies - but those were just cover-up for my much more important ones of collecting lingerie, Victorian Victorian lace up thigh high boots and corsets and any other ultra fem wear to wear daily and often. Which i used to in shame or guilt, now with pride and confidence...

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Being self employed has meant having the freedom to choose where I work and I have been fortunate multienough to live a multi-faceted life... nonDrug and disease free, non-smoking and leading a healthy very healthy lifestyle are paramount to my existence. And i am lucky enough to be married to a genetic beautiful woman who keeps me in shape with Pilates and yoga and challenges me to be more authentic. She is also supportive of my encourage transitioning - enough to encourage me to reach out to other MtF/CD/admirers...
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The evolution of the whole person through gender duality is both rewarding and necessary in the evolution of the world. Not everyone will recognize or needs accept the union of the whole. Not everyone needs to express the beauty that is the celebration of both ying and yang. But there is a place for those who do. And the time is now. And the place is here. The liberation of self, in accepting self, and finally celebrating self, is what life is really all about. Don’t you owe it to yourself to discover this? Of course. You do. Explore my dream…

Adarabethxx
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H E A L T H

Well, they are the first to suffer in this cold weather, so here’s a few tips to bring out the best from our pouty friends

Tip #1: Store lipstick in the

Tip #6: The older you are, the

fridge. It will last weeks longer
Tip #2: Save the last bits.

Down to the last bit of you favourite lipstick? There's plenty more at the bottom of your tube. Scrape out the last bits with a cotton swap or orange stick & mix it with Vaseline or lip gloss in a lipstick palette.
Tip #3: Use liner on your lips

'creamier' your lips should look. Women over 50 should avoid matte or a gloss and stick with a creamy lipstick.

as a base. Want lipstick to last longer, than fill in your lips with the liner first. If you're using light lipstick, try a nude liner. Then slick your lipstick on top.
Tip #4: Don't skip the liner.

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Tip #7: Don't throw out a bad

color lipstick. Instead, use other colours to perfect your own shade. You can also colour in lips with a darker liner before applying a lipstick that's too bright.
Tip #8: For 'plump' lips,

apply liner just outside your natural lipline. 'Nuff said.
Tip #9: Keep lip gloss on

Without the prerequisite liner, your lips will look "smudgier", softer & less defined.
Tip #5: Keep lipstick off your

longer with liner. Lip gloss is infamous for wearing off fast, but if you fill in lips first with the liner, the gloss has something to stick to
Tip #10: Heal -- don't throw

teeth with this trick. This is a trick I learned years ago from my mom. After applying lipstick, take your index finger & pop it in your mouth, then pull it out. The excess lipstick will come off on your finger rather than your teeth.
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out -- a broken lipstick. If your lipstick breaks off, simply take off the broken portion with a tissue, then slowly wave a lit match under the broken piece of lipstick. When it's melted a bit, put it back on the base, swivel it down and put it in the fridge -- uncovered -- for 5 minutes.

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H E A L T H

And here’s a few more “home-grown” remedies for beautiful lips “ Instead of using lip gloss that doesn't last long enough, rub a thick layer of petroleum jelly (e.g. Vaseline) onto your lips and around them. This is sores.” great for winter as well because it prevents chapping and cold sores.” “ Here's a secret my model sister shared with me. For healthy, kissable looking lips simply do this: using a soft bristle toothbrush lightly brush your lips. This helps rub off any dead skin or/and lipstick residue Vaseline (especially in corners of the mouth). Then apply a thin layer of Vaseline to moisturize. your lips to moisturize. Do this once a day at bedtime for wonderful, sexy looking lips.” “A good way to get nice soft lips is to add honey and sugar together (just enough to cover your lips) and rub it on your lips the honey will allow for softness and the sugar will act as a good exfoliator (lips need exfoliation too). Wipe the honey and sugar off after about 5 min.”

AND THE SECRET TO WEARING RED LIPSTICK? The secret lies in the rest of your face. The paler the skin, the bigger the pop. And you’ll want to go light on the eyes and the blush, otherwise you’ll risk looking like a clown. Here’s how to do it: Skip the eyeliner and go only for mascara (black for brunettes, brown for blondes & redheads), dust your face with powder and your cheeks with a soft blush. Always line your lips before applying colour Make sure you pick the correct colour for your skin type. If your complexion is pink, you'll look better in plum shades, while girls with yellow tones are flattered by warmer reds that have a brown base So, there you go, I hope you find a few helpful hints there, and if you have any of your own, please drop me a line.

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B E A U T Y

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BRAIN NARCISSE
OF

MARCH WINNER!!!!!

KIRSTY SCOTT
Beauty and Brains – Isn’t she just HATEFUL!!! Giggle, Well done sweetheart xxxxx
Pos

NAME
Nicola James Rachel Greene Kirsty Darling Kirsty Scott Karen James P J James Abigail McChristie Katherine Sloan Lisa Gayle

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Possible score 93 93 93 93 93 93 93 93 93 93

Actual score 87 88 83 73 52 13

Possible total 131 131 131 131 131 131 131 131 131 131

TOTAL
117 114 111 104 71 30 26 10 9

Do “The Alphabet Song” and “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little star” have the same tune? And more to the point, why did you just try singing them?? Giggle xxxx

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ACROSS

GOLDEN
POND Here in the Bush-leagues, things are a little calmer than the past few weeks. The sale of US shipping ports to a company based in the United Arab Emirates has fallen through. The debate over the sale created such a stir that the folks in Dubai withdrew their offer. But you knew all this. You all watch the BBC, right? From my perspective, how this ever got as far as debate is beyond me. But the folks in Washington D of C don’t ask the opinions of transgendered girls in Albany. Hmmm, maybe things would be better if they did.... More good news. The Vice President didn’t shoot any hunting partners this month, The NFL collective bargaining agreement is safe for another four years and my Giants have completely replaced their secondary. Best of all, the Formula One season is back in full swing. On the other hand, my favourite Ferrari driver is still trailing around behind that Spanish kid. So what’s the buzz here in the wilds of Upstate New York? (Or as it’s pronounced in Manhattan: Nuh Yawk). Linda Rossi from Capital District Trans Gender Association (CDTGA) asked the following: I have received 2 or 3 inquiries from "admirers" recently, asking if they would be welcome to our SGA Soiree's. I have told them that currently the answer is "No"; as attendees have never weighed in on the subject. But that I wanted to post the question to you all and get your feedback on the issue.” A little background is in order here. The Schenectady Gender Alternative (SGA) meets on the third Saturday of every month at a jazz club in Schenectady. We meet in an upstairs private party room. What this means is that we really have no right to say they cannot be there in the building. It’s an open club and as such must admit patrons so long as they are well behaved. We can restrict their access to the party room upstairs but that only keeps them downstairs.

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Some of the girls are a bit timid about being in public in the first place and to have admirers in the building might make them stay home. We don’t want girls skipping opportunities to get out for fear that they will be hit on by some guy with whom they don’t want to socialize. What to do? Linda asked the following questions: 1) Have you attended any SGA meetings in the past? (Remember these are held at Yours in Schenectady on the 3rd Saturday of every month) 2) If you have attended; approx how many times? If not; do you expect to in the near future? 3) Do you think it's a good or bad idea to allow "admirers" to attend, in Joe's upstairs area? 4) Would it be ok if they came and stayed downstairs in the main bar with Joe and not be allows up? (Then people could meet downstairs if they choose to) 5) Please make any other comments you have on the subject. She’s gotten about 20 responses so far. I don’t know the official results yet but I was wondering what you all thought about it, so I proposed a new poll to Miss Mandy. Look for it soon Should be very interesting. I was going to express my opinion on the subject but I don’t want to sway anyone else’s thoughts. Does anyone actually read my ramblings anyway? (YES!!! Editor YES!!! Editor) Our sisters to the north have been busy (since the sordid affair concerning proof of gender to use the ladies room - see last month’s issue). At long last, The Bridge, Glens Falls newest LGBT Community Centre, is now open beginning Tuesday the 28th of this month. Hours are 7PM to 9PM every Tuesday and is limited to referrals and drop-ins at this time. Calls are always welcomed any evening after 7PM all week! More to come next month as we continue to assess the needs of our community. Glens Falls NY now has an official TG presence. The Grand Opening was attended by the Mayor and several city officials and community leaders. Three cheers for Andrea and the girls of Glens Falls WE have this on the calendar too. Gender-Variant People and their Families A Professional Symposium for Physicians, Nurses, Clergy, Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals Friday April 21, 2006 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Stormont-Vail Regional Health Centre Pozez Education Centre 1505 SW 8th Avenue Topeka, Kansas 66606 http://www.gendersymposium.org/ Any girls from Yurrup gonna be over here around that time? There was a big Two Event Saturday extravaganza! Rhea hosted a multi activity function at the Life Works Centre from 2 to 6:30 then we all headed to Yours for the SGA get together. Rhea's Cafe Kick-off For the usual $5 meeting fee (but guests/so's/partners were free for this day.) we got 1) A Swap Meet - a chance to recycle that old miniskirt and pick up some new outfits. 2) Stephanie agreed to come and show and sell her line of custom and vintage jewellery. 3) There was be a raffle for an electrolysis gift certificate or two (I don’t know who won) 4) Flyers and info about other local groups and resources shared and displayed. 5) Light refreshments supplied 6) "Wigstock" the movie was shown in the afternoon. 7) Moderated discussion group around 4:30 or so. 8) A Mary Kay rep was on hand to do makeup consults for free. And if that wasn’t enough for one day...Then it was off to YOURS for the SGA get together. 1) Our very special guest - ZIADA the Bellydance Goddess - Performance and lessons given! 2) Music was a bit more upbeat and danceable keeping with the Ziada mood. 3) And we had a performance by TG folk singer TinaAll this plus food and the usual socializing. A huge day for local T-girls! This girl was one tired cookie by 1 AM when I arrived home. And for the first time in a long time I couldn’t wait to get my heels OFF! My feet hurt. But it was worth every wince. My feet will forget the day on 4" heels but I won’t forget the fun we all had. Sure hope we do something like that again.

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I saw this on the Associated press line, March 01, 2006

‘ Transgender teacher gets OK from New Jersey school board ‘
To students at Eagleswood Elementary School in Eagleswood Township, N.J., she used to be Mr. McBeth. Now, after undergoing a sex change, 71-year-old Lily McBeth is ready to return to teaching as Miss McBeth. Despite criticism from parents, the school board on Monday stood by its decision to allow McBeth to resume working as a substitute teacher. After two hours of public debate and a private meeting with McBeth and her lawyer, the board took no action on calls by several parents to bar McBeth from returning to the school where she taught for five years before becoming a woman. "It was magnificent," McBeth said afterward. "You saw democracy in action." McBeth, a retired sales executive who was married for 33 years and had three children, underwent gender-reassignment surgery last year and reapplied for her job under her new name. On Monday, McBeth told the school board and the crowd that she loves teaching and children and looks forward to returning to the classroom. "This is not something I got into just as a whim," she said. Several parents said children in the school, which consists of kindergarten through sixth grade, were not old enough to understand the concept of changing one's gender. "I, as a parent, am appalled to have this issue brought into my child's psychology," Steve Bond said. Vincent Mustacchio predicted "chaos" at the school when the students learn of McBeth's surgery. Young children will be confused by the conflicting appearance of McBeth, who has a deep voice and masculine features but otherwise looks like a woman, other parents said. "I will not allow you to put my kids in a Petri dish and hope it all turns out fine," said Mark Schnepp, who had taken out an ad in a local newspaper urging parents to turn out for the meeting. Several people spoke in support of McBeth, including three transgender people, two former students of McBeth's, and a handful of others, saying that the fact that she

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is a good teacher was more important than whether she appears as a man or a woman in class. "There's really nothing to fear because a person is transgender," said Karina Mari, a mother of three school-age children who said she has transgender relatives. School board attorney Paul Carr said McBeth is a good teacher who received favourable reviews during her tenure as a substitute. Earlier this month the board voted 4-1 to accept her application to return to the classroom. It's unclear how soon McBeth will resume teaching, Carr said. That depends on the need for substitutes and the availability of certified teachers who get priority when a spot opens up, he said. Steven Goldstein, chairman of Garden State Equality, a gay rights advocacy group supporting McBeth's bid to resume teaching, called the school board's action historic. (AP) Under the heading of “Oh God” and on the opposite end of the scale we have this. If anyone has the extra time this article should be read. It doesn't offer anything, other than to reveal the depths to which the RIGHT are already established regarding Americas future. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/9178374/gods_senator And you all thought European politics were screwed up. I guess that about burns up my allotted space for the month There’s so much more to write but I’m up against a deadline and Mandy is standing over me with a whip. (You don’t suppose she likes that stuff do you?) See you all next month.

Lisa Gayle Harris

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BECKY’S BEAUTY SPOT

I don’t know about you lot but I’m sick off spending lots of money on skincare products. So I decided to do a little research all in the name of tightness and beauty of course. And wow it’s been totally amazing what everyday things not only are very good for the skin but are actually used by manufactures In there own products. The main focus of this little article is honey; it’s been used as an aid to beauty since time in memorial. Cleopatra bathed in milk and honey and has been used by the nobility of most ancient civilizations and rightly so. Honey contains many things that are beneficial not only to the skin but in healing. Research is showing that honey is excellent for healing minor burns and is an anti bacterial and may become an important weapon in combating drug resistant strains. As a skin care product honey has the ability to attract and retain moister which is vital in moisturising of skin also it is possible to create with honey Alpha Hydroxy acid or as it known in the trade (AHA’s), AHA’s are an exfoliate which not only remove dead skin cells but stimulate new health growth. It is also believed that honey is a mild anti oxidant and contains small but none the less important vitamins and minerals. As part of my research for this little piece I have been using honey for the last few weeks as a facemask and I have been very impressed with the results. I suffer from psoriasis and I do get a few red blotches and marks on my face these can look really angry and red in the winter months and I have found that though they don’t look like healing they certainly look a lot less angry and less dry which has made me happy. The other benefits has been the softening of my skin and leaves my face feeling very refreshed I would not say I had a healthy glow but my skin I would say looks more radiant after a few weeks use. So girls and boys make sure that honey is part of your beauty regime and I am sure you wont regret it. If there’s any tips or advice you would like to share with our readers please send an email to…. bex.beautyspot@yahoo.co.uk

Here is a small list of some recipes to make skincare products.

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BECKY’S BEAUTY SPOT

Starting with my favourite first:Honey and egg yoke facemask 2, table spoons honey 1, egg yoke 1, table spoon olive oil Mix all ingredients in a bowl till you form a paste Spread over your face and neck avoiding eyes Leave on for 15 to 30 minutes and wash of using warm water Honey and Milk facemask ( for Dry skin ) 2 Tablespoons honey 2 teaspoons milk Mix well and spread over your face and neck Leave for 10 minutes and wash off with warm water Honey and Olive oil Conditioner 1/2 cup honey 1/4 cup olive oil. (Use 2 tablespoons oil for normal to oily hair.) Using a small amount at a time, work mixture through hair until coated. Cover hair with a shower cap; leave on 30 minutes. Remove shower cap; shampoo well and rinse. Dry as normal. Smoothing Skin Lotion 1 teaspoon honey 1 teaspoon vegetable oil ¼ teaspoon lemon Rub into hands, elbows, heels and anywhere that feels dry. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with water. Honey Cleansing Scrub 1 tablespoon honey 2 tablespoons finely ground almonds ½ teaspoon lemon juice Rub gently onto face. Rinse off with warm water.

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“Tammi’s Torment’s QUIZ
OK Gang!! It’s QUIZ-TIME!!! Each month there will be a selection of fiendish questions, sent to drive you potty. You will have till the 25th of each month to complete and return your answers. Once in they will be totalled and we will have a League table of the BRAINIEST LIL BINT on the block!!! So if you want your name in lights and be higher in the league than your football team…get solving!!!

Round one - Cut up.
Mandy in a fit of rage has cut these famous person up can u tell who they are

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Round 2 - Not quite in the movies
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Name the ghostly movie that was written with these actors in mind John Candy, John Belushi, & Eddy Murphy Hugh Jackman turned down the chance to play Franck Castle to go shoot van helsing. What was the movie? Harrison Ford shot a scene for which out of this world film as Elliot’s principle but was cut as he was deemed too popular ?

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Round3 – Musically Challenged 1) Name which city the following artists played at for the live8 concerts (point for each)

A) B) C) D) E) 2)

Pet shop boys Mcfly Faith hill Alicia keys Roxy music

Black Sabbath was originally going to be called ( 2 points) Air Fire Water Earth

3) Which of the following were found when Mrs Slim Shady cleared out his closet? (Point for each) A) Love letters he wrote to Dr. Dre while a member of N.W.A. B) A "Frankie says Relax" t-shirt. C) Strawberry Shortcake doll with miniature tea set. D) The book" How to be an Angry White Rapper for Dummies" E) A spiral notebook with the phrase “No matter what the cool heavy metal kids say I'm not a douche bag" written over and over again. F) A penis growth chart along with the Tommy Lee Penis Pump. G) A pair of boxers with "Home of the Whopper Jr." on them H) A memento box containing his mothers first crack pipe and a naked picture of Public Enemy's Flavour Flav. I) A pair of Fruit of the Loom "tighty whitey" underwear with a skid mark on them. J) His Vanilla Ice mask that he wore trick or treating on Halloween 1989.

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Round 4 – General Knowledge 1) Give the FULL names of the characters in Scooby Doo (Point for first – point for surname) What are the MOST and LEAST used letters of the alphabet? (Point for each) A bat will always turn WHICH way, when leaving a cave? (2 Points)

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Round5 - Graphitized Name the Sports Star (2 Points each) A) B)

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Someone out there has either too much time on their hands, or is deadly at scrabble!!
DORMITORY: When you rearrange the letters: DIRTY ROOM PRESBYTERIAN: When you rearrange the letters: BEST IN PRAYER DESPERATION: When you rearrange the letters: A ROPE ENDS IT GEORGE BUSH: When you rearrange the letters: HE BUGS GORE THE MORSE CODE: When you rearrange the letters: HERE COME DOTS MOTHER-IN-LAW: When you rearrange the letters: WOMAN HITLER AND FOR THE GRAND FINALE: PRESIDENT CLINTON OF THE USA: When you rearrange the letters (With no letters left over and using each letter only once): TO COPULATE HE FINDS INTERNS 42

BUNNY-GIRL UNNYCOMPETITION
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RACHEL

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A QUESTION OF SAFETY
The Subject of Transgender safety has come up numerous times over the course of time, and is one that needs to be continuously reinforced. Here is how I had it vigorously reinforced for me. I was dancing and partying in a club in Phoenix, having a wonderful time. When I got back to my table, another girlfriend suggested a trip to the ladies room. Following doing my business, and in the process of freshening my makeup, I noticed my cell phone missing. After much deliberation, and searching in the club, my girlfriend suggested that I use her phone and call mine, to see if we could hear it ringing anywhere in the club. When I called, it rang several times, and finally a man answered. Stunned at first, I finally began to talk with him, asking where he found my cell phone. “So this is your phone” he asked, and I responded that it was. We talked for some time, and he sounded, and responded well, making me feel he was a genuinely nice person. When I asked where he was, hoping he was still in the club, he said he was just leaving, and was in his car in the parking lot. Relieved that I had a good chance of retrieving it, I agreed to come out and get it. My mistake was made right here. I went out alone. When I got to his car, he and two of his friends were waiting for me in a dimly lit part of the parking lot. He gave me the phone, but insisted I reward him. You can imagine what he wanted, not money, and his demeanour changed instantly. Really quickly, I found myself slapped, punched, and bent over the hood of his car, held by two of his friends, my skirt pushed up over my hips, my panties ripped off, and him about to have his way with me. “This is what you sissy faggots deserve” he growled and began dropping his trousers. At that moment two police officers appeared, and arrested the three of them. My girlfriend had thought better of me going out to get my phone by myself. When she saw what was happening, she called 911, and literally saved my A** In the ensuing investigation it came to light that the men were from out of town, and didn’t realize they were in a TG friendly venue. My mistake gave them the opportunity to show their macho and frustration in not connecting with any Genetic Girls So, Ladies….NEVER go anywhere in a club environment alone…ALWAYS have a cell phone available, and keep track of you possessions, it could mean your life…..

Be Safe, and be happy.

Miki Ann James Phoenix, Arizona

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R E A D E R S T H O U G H T S

AGORAPHOBIC GIRL Fearing criticism for the way that I feel, I bottle everything inside. Fearing the rejection, I'm withholding my confession, Clinging on to foolish pride, If I trust my deeper instincts it would be a mistake, To explain what’s on my mind. So I take comfort in the silence, my words form an alliance, Remaining undefined. This girl is Agoraphobic, She is afraid to come outside. Locked away inside of me, it’s safer if she hides. The damage is prevented, and no-one else gets hurt. The secret's mine and it's mine alone - This Agoraphobic Girl. (I suppose that would be the chorus) In anticipation of the way you'll react, I shore up my defence. I can't offer any meaning, devoid of any reason, Nothing seems to make any sense. So fearing your omittance from my life, I conspire to never let you know. Thrown into confusion with no obvious conclusion, I'll never let the truth be known. I've tried to vanquish her existence, in spite of her persistence, And I convince myself for a while, That this is what I wanted, to hold on to your love, But in truth it's just a state of denial. She is always with me, wherever I go, Waiting for the chance to slip through. I wish that I could define the reason and give a simple explanation, For Me! as much as for you. Kirsty Scott xxx xxx

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This article is a prime example of political correctness gone mad again. How on earth can they say it took 2 years to come up with what is essentially common sense. Police time would be far better spent actually out in public, showing a far greater presence. Then all members of the public would probably feel a lot safer when out socialising in an evening. They would then be able to apprehend anyone trying to cause trouble far quicker. The fact is all transexuals only want to be accepted as normal members of society albeit in a gender different to the one they with. were born with. There doesn’t need to be such a big song and dance about it, MTF TS’s, when in role, use female toilets, FTM TS’s use male toilets, You go into the toilet, do your business, wash your hands and check your appearance and then leave, rocket simple. It isn’t rocket science. The fact that Aurora LGBT Group was involved in the drawn out process makes us look ridiculous. Transexuals get enough bad press as it is without this kind of nonsense making it a lot worse. Did they not think of the damage they were going to do? This isn’t helping the TS community educate society about this medical condition that seriously affects all TS lives. It has left us wide open to bad press which the media will only be too to grateful to exploit. What they going to come up with next? How to wipe our bottoms?

“ Nicola
In my opinion this single article could have harmed what so many of us would like and that is for acceptance in the general society. From what I can gather out of it ,the police don’t want us to use the men’s or the women’s toilets so where do they want us to go.....the disabled toilet?
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I don’t know about you but I don’t classify this as a disability. I don’t know about there but here it is very unusual to find a unisex toilet so id like this booklet to tell me where I can go. This has only ever happened to me once in the many years of going out dressed where the management of the establishment I was at asked us to use the disabled toilet and I can tell you I was highly insulted the I’m as were the many genetic females that were with us. I’m just glad that the I’ve been authorities here in Australia haven’t done something like this here. I’ve been very I’v lucky as every contact I’ve had with police while dressed has been a positive one and id hate for something like this to tarnish that opinion I have of them here and that is they are generally accepting of us unless we are truly breaking the law. “ Michelle
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IT’S AGONY!!!!
All things "trans"!! Have you ever thought about the prefix "Trans"? I mean every one of you considers themselves "trans" something. That's what we are. Transsexual - transitioning from being male to being female, or being female to being male. Transgender - transitioning from identifying as male to female, or female to male. And are transsexual's transgender? You bet!! But, what about Non-ops? Well, that's OK. We're, perhaps, not as "pure", or "total", but we're allowed. Then, we are transvestites? Yep. Whether you ever intend to transfer sex, you can dress in "the other's" clothes, right? So, "the clothes make the man". <giggles> So, they (you know the universal "they" that secret-leigh rule the earth), some time or other, decided that transvestite, means cross dresser. They must have had a lot of vests back then. But, hold on a moment, both genders wear vests!! If she puts on my vest, and I her's, what's the difference. Its those ruffles, right? So, why not transruffledite? You know this language is pretty frustrating sometimes. So, this whole "trans" thing is rather confusing. Like "transport". Is that when a President of the United States tries to sell the control of ports to another country? We don't apparent-leigh like that. Or, "transfigure". I have a list of women whose figures I'd glad-leigh accept. Or, "transspire". Now that is becoming a little religious for me. I can't think of any spires of any churches that I might be interested in. Or, "transmigrate". Is that when a bunch of us get together and move to another place. Or, "transsubstantiate". Is that when you have to verify that someone is a trans-person? Exactleigh how do you do that? Lift their leg? Or, "transact". Hmmm, that must be what Felicity Huffman did in Transamerica, huh? And is "transcendental" the act of sending a Tgirl's dentures somewhere? And "transfix". Is that SRS? Or, a transperson repairing things? Ok, so I'm getting a little peripheral, here, but not done yet. I'm not a doctor, but I do test patience sometimes. How about "transcription"? A transperson writing? Is prescription, before you start writing? "Transducer", a transpreson playing poker with a pair of duces? Never play strip poker in drag!! Secrets can be revealed!!

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Well, these are my ideas, but here is something that showed up in my email. Its been passed around so much that the attribution is gone. I would glad-leigh attribute any or all of it if I knew from whom it originated. The English Language Can you read these right the first time? 1) The bandage was wound around the wound. 2) The farm was used to produce produce. 3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse. 4) We must polish the Polish furniture. 5) He could lead if he would get the lead out. 6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert. 7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present. 8) A bass (the fish) was painted on the head of the bass drum 9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes. 10) I did not object to the object. 11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid. 12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row. 13) They were too close to the door to close it. 14) The buck does funny things when the does are present. 15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line. 16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow. 17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail. 18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear. 19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests. 20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend? Let's face it - English is a crazy language There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

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And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it? If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell? How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on. English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible. PS. - Why doesn't "Buick" rhyme with "quick" You lovers of the English language might enjoy this. There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is "UP." It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP? At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report? We call UP our friends. And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car. At other times the little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses. To be dressed, en femme, is one thing but to be dressed UP is special. And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP. We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night. We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP! To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions. If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more. When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP. And remember, you get UP at "sun UP". When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP. When it doesn't rain for awhile, things dry UP. One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP, for now my time is UP, so............ Time to shut UP.....! Oh..one more thing: What is the first thing you do in the morning & the last thing you do at night? U-P I apologise if you've seen this last part (in red) before. It just showed "up" in my email, one day. <giggles> Leigh Smythe 50

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10 Wearable Spring Fashion Trends
Dresses for Every Occasion
You already know dresses are key for special events and after-five, but this season you'll want to turn to dresses for everything from work to weekend wear. Leading the dress pack is the shirt dress, an easy look for most offices and universally flattering (the collar and button-front draw attention to your face, the belted waist gives you shape, and the full skirt hides a heavy lower body). Jersey knit dresses are another great look for spring and summer. The beautiful drape of jersey allows dresses to caress your body without being skin-tight. With jersey, you'll need to eliminate seams and panty lines because bumps and lumps do show; try a one-piece body slimmer or seamless lingerie.

Shorts

Shorts rule for warm weather, and they even take on casual work places when worn with matching jackets. Longer-length shorts -- a.k.a. Bermudas, walking shorts, skimmers -- look best in a slim cut (beware cuffs: they add weight). Anything too full and kneelength will add lots of heft around the hips, where most women can least afford it. Make sure you don't ruin the casual-dress vibe of shorts with a shoe that's too dainty or dressy: a chunky platform, ballerina flat or simple thong sandal works better than a stiletto.

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Crochet & Lace
What's more sweetly romantic than a touch of crochet, lace or eyelet? You don't have to go head-to-toe lace to get the look for yourself. Add a cardigan sweater in crochet over a delicate dress or pair a lace-trimmed white blouse with jeans. Mixing crochet and lace with more tailored pieces keep the look from being too sugary. Lace is sexiest in neutrals -- white, ivory, black -- and tends to look cheap in colours. And remember that the sex appeal of peek-a-boo fabrics is lost if you show too much (like the picture). Wear a camisole to keep covered up.

Tiers & Ruffles
What would the girly girl do without her tiers and ruffles? Both are extrafeminine and do wonders to soften your look (great for dates, weddings, etc.) Ruffles look best when strategically placed: stand-up ruffles around the neckline to accent the face, a vertical ruffled placket to make you look taller and slimmer or tiny layers of ruffles. The tiered skirt or dress is a pretty way to add volume to the lower half of your silhouette without being too puffy. Look for fabrics that have a floaty feeling to keep the look light and airy.

Bows & Scarves
Be a super flirt this spring by choosing an oversized bow or a scarf tied into a soft bow. Bows are popping up at the waist, the bust and the back in contrasting or monochromatic colours. A large bow is essentially the same as sticking a sign on yourself that says Look at me, so make sure you've chosen bow placement to highlight your figure's high points (i.e. you wouldn't want to see a giant bow on a Pamela Anderson-sized bustline).

Colour: The Neutrals
Nude, natural colours ruled the runway for spring. The softly muted palette is a great way to show off pretty details and tailoring. Don't be tempted to brighten up neutrals with pops of bright colour: if you need to lighten the look add white or just choose varying shades of nude. Keep accessories light to echo the sensual look: natural wood and straw are two ideas.
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Colour: Pure White
White is a perennial favourite for warm weather, especially when paired with navy or black. While you may already own white jeans, shirts or shorts, look for newer allwhite pieces like dresses or skirts. Warm leather tones for bags, shoes and belts give white a grounded look; try a touch of metallic with it, too (but just a touch -- metallic’s are starting to overstay their welcome.)

Colour: Blues & Coral

The sea-themed colours continue with beautiful blues and coral. The great thing about blue is how wearable and flattering the hue is; blue also mixes easily with white, khaki and other basics that you already own.

Novelty Handbags

Handbags compliment the easy, feminine shape of clothes this season with big, squishy shapes, natural materials, quilting, denim and bold prints. Details include big, bold gold chains and buckles, studs and patent leather.

Long Necklaces & Tassels
As silhouettes begin to move in a longer, leaner direction, necklaces follow suit with mid-torso lengths, layers and tassels. Everything from layers of beads to chunky gold chains look right this season. The longer necklaces are a newer approach to after-five dressing where conventional wisdom paired a choker-length necklace with a strapless dress.
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QUIZ ANSWERS
For Issue 4 March 2006

A) TELEVISION
1 - Next Generation, Voyager, Deep Space nine, Enterprise 2 - Chef, Actor, Advertising Managing Director, Lecturer/Palaeontologist, Masseuse, Fashion buyer/designer. 3 - Kenny, Cartman, Stan & Kyle. 4 - Desperate Housewives. 5 - Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

B) SPORT
1 – USA 2 – Palermo 3 – Curtis Strange 4 – FIFA World Cup Final 5 – Jimmy Braddock

C) MUSIC
1 – Gorillaz 2 – Evanescence – Bring me to life 3 – 2006 Inductees into the Hall of Fame 4 – The words of the verses start with the letters F.E.A.R 5 – Enya

D) QUOTES
1 – George S. Patton 2 – Earnest Rutherford 3 – John McKay 4 – Terry Pratchett 5 – Frank Zappa

E) FLAGS
1 – Aruba 2 – Qatar 3 – Mongolia 4 – Sri Lanka

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SHOP

We all love to shop, but as we all know , from personal experience, some are…er…friendlier than others. Here’s a few of the better ones, as recommended by you.

This is my own personal recommendation. The girls the Notting Hill branch were superb. They couldn’t be friendlier, more welcoming, and professional too. They have a fantastic range of wigs of all lengths , colours and prices , and I can not recommend this branch of stores enough Open till 6, by appointment – latest 5 o’clock http://www.trendco.co.uk/default.aspx 1) The Casket store: http://www.casketfurniture.com/caskets_coffins.php A unique store offering casket shaped furniture for the gothic’s 2) The Baroness: Ok rubber and latex fetish store I have seen better and more but the craftsman-ship looks good and styles are their own http://www.baroness.com/RubberClothes.htm 3) JT's Stockroom offers a wide range of fetish things from bondage beds to fetish toys, not a gigantic selection but enough to satisfy the novice and beginner. http://www.stockroom.com/search/search.aspx?i=20&search=furniture 4) Lydia’s offers a ok selection of transgender and cross-dressing items again not a wide selection but a ok one for the beginner and part time. http://lydiastv.com/osb/showitem.cfm/Category/12 5)Corset Connection: Offers a very wide selection for all types of corsets everything from waist training to under-bust and to men to woman training corsets, and for those who never have laced their own corsets they offer a online training film for corset lacing A+. http://www.corsetconnection.com/Images/Vintage%20Glam/v1117.jpg 6) Xtrax, I love this store humungus selection for the naughty little Goth Girls and boys a wide wide selection for everything A+. http://www.x-tra-x.de/english/bilder/heads-os/angebot-1.jpg 7) Extreme Restraint is a awesome store I cant wait to order from them they have everything and anything from sex machines to the simplest anal plug. http://www.extremerestraints.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/ec715%20lg. jpg 55

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“ Hi Mandy, I have a review for you, Wigsrus ltd in Southport. Recently been there for a new style they are great. Hugs Julie Hi Ladies, After asking around for some advice on wigs I plucked up the courage to go and try a new style and I decided to have it fitted. I took the advise of an Angel and looked up www.wigsrusltd.com at Southport. This meant going out en femme for the first time and having a stranger see me as Julie. I made an appointment with Jennie and ventured out into the world as Julie. Jennie is a fantastic understanding lady; she puts you at ease straight away. All appointments are one to one and you can try as many styles on as you like. Jennie will give you advise on styles and colour. After you have chosen your new hair, Jennie will do the final styling and trim if required. The service was excellent and Jennie was wonderful, highly recommended. I felt so good and confident With my new style I had a walk around Southport, then decided to drive over to the Trafford centre and had a walk around the shops not bad for my first day out.“ Hugs Julie “ www.frillys.co.uk is a friendly dressing service in Droylsden a town about 4miles from the centre and gay village in Manchester. The owner is called Julie and she now offers self catering accommodation above her shop. HOTELS- I use Travelodge and the special offers of £10 & £26 a night per room are great value. I have never had any problems at these hotels. The only problem I have had at an hotel was at a gay hotel in Torquay where I got a really frosty welcome to say the least. MAKEUP- I don't use Dermablend because it is expensive and difficult to apply so I use a Boots No17 cover stick or a Rimmel cover stick both are on sale at about £2.50. “ Raquel Hi Mandy! I order make-up from http://www.blushedcosmetics.co.uk/ . They are very reliable and discreet with their deliveries even to Holland. And you know the all in price straight away, no need to email asking for price of postage. And they have a 50p and GBP1.00 corner! Kirsty

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In this lovely country of ours there is a place that is oft forgotten. A place where the temperatures are warmer, where palm trees grow in some of the streets but, sadly where it has been a desert for those of us who dress. That place is Plymouth in Devon. But now there is a place, a wonderful place, a place where girls can go without any fear of anyone casting them those ‘sideways looks’ that we get sometimes. Somewhere that they can find clothes to die for. That place is the Painted Lady. The shop was started three years ago as a ladies clothes shop, with some new and some second hand items in it. But then for whatever reason Lyn, the lady who owns the place changed some of the clientele. Or maybe the clientele changed the place for her without it being realised. She had no problems with having TV’s and CD’s as customers and that was the change. The word soon got around and before long tv’s were talking about The Painted Lady. Lyn’s business soon began to pick up and now she has skirts, blouses, dresses of all types and designs, even wedding dresses. There is some underwear in the shop as well although it isn’t a lingerie shop per se. But there are also wigs and shoes (the larger one’s for tv’s). Everything is at wonderful prices, well within the price range of most girls. But, if someone can’t afford something then Lyn has a ‘put by’ system and also a ‘Saver Club’ something akin to a Xmas Club where someone can put money by until they have enough to buy that long wanted item. What else is there???? Mail Order, is something new that she is going to hopefully get into. There is also a storage facility for those who have difficulty keeping their precious things at home and a mail drop system, where girls can have mail posted to the shop for collection. The lovely lady has also, with the great work done by her husband, converted their garage into a meeting room for girls. The room, which has a dvd, vcr, television, computer (net connected) plus coffee making facilities, is a lovely comfy room with a few soft seats and a settee, so that we can meet up and chat, do make up etc. The whole idea being to enhance our existence a little. All of this is at an hourly rental. This review doesn’t really cover it properly, but should anyone be interested in more they can go to www.paintedlady.co.uk which is the shops website. The site is still in it’s infancy stage at the moment. But eventually we’re hoping to be able to take photo’s of some of the local girls wearing some of the items that are on sale in the shop. I have even created a yahoo group for local girls http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/paintedladyfriends/. If anyone

wants to know any more then drop Lyn a line, contact address on the web site for the shop or you can always drop me a line at angelatv@myway.com If you’re local, then please do drop in and see Lyn and if any of the girls are there say hello. Hugs to all Angela
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“ And now, The end is near …..”
Another month, come and gone , so quick I nearly didn’t have time to bitch on URNA! Where does the time go? Springs here already, hope your enjoying it…..what?.....NO? …..what spring? Did you miss it? You remember …..that lil burst of warmth as though you were standing next to a low wattage light bulb…..remember now? Yup …that was it! Roll on summer!!! Giggle. So, how did March treat you? Well I hope, to say mine was hectic is like saying that Tornado Alley can get a tad windy . As some of you know, my wife and I are hoping to adopt a 9 month old baby girl. As per usual, these things take FOREVER!!! But it is all coming to a head, and the final decision will be announced on the 5th , so please (those of you who know the meaning of the word!!) keep everything crossed for us. Hehehe Also , March was special for me, as it gave me the opportunity to meet the lovely Adarabeth in person, she is as lovely in the flesh as she looks in the Centre-fold, such a shame that it was for such a short time, but next time we will have to plan a lil better. How embarrassing was it for me to get us lost in my own Capital City!!!! Well, I told you I was scatty!!!
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So, I hope you all have a fantastic April, please remember to keep your articles coming in, because we are getting bigger and better than any rivals, our readership is growing , as is our reputation for being a damned good read, and its all down to you!! Also to add to our growing reputation, as of June we will be expanding and Narcisse will be featured on, not only this yahoo group, but a rapidly rising TG website called tgirlspotlight. So what you write, what you enter and your opinion will be seen by a much bigger audience – No pressure guys and girls!!!! So please show your support, and lets make Narcisse something to be truly proud of xxxxxx http://www.tgirlspotlight.com/crossdressing-main http://www.tgirlspotlight.com/crossdress-mandy-976-0

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