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  • 22 May 2017
    This morning as part of the Mike Sweeney programme on Radio Manchester between 9.00 and 10.00 am Mike interviewed Ashleigh Talbot, a M to F transwoman in transition. The relevant part is in the first hour and stars about 15-20 minutes into the broadcast.  Mike has been interviewing Ashleigh for about 3 years now - she goes a few times a year and they chat live on air about her journey.       In addition CN Lester, who is non binary was also on the programme, publicising her book "trans like me", which will be published this Thursday 25 May.   CN Lester is an academic, musician and leading UK trans rights activist. A critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, Lester also works as a composer and classical performer; their musicological research focuses on Venetian composer Barbara Strozzi. Lester consults and educates on trans issues with a wide range of organizations, including Channel 4 and the Huffington Post, and has written for the Independent, New Internationalist and New Statesman.   Have a listen if you can     hugs   Pauline xxx   http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p052hj5d   https://www.waterstones.com/book/trans-like-me/cn-lester/9780349008608 https://www.littlebrown.co.uk/books/detail.page?isbn=9780349008608
    29 Posted by Pauline Smith
  • This morning as part of the Mike Sweeney programme on Radio Manchester between 9.00 and 10.00 am Mike interviewed Ashleigh Talbot, a M to F transwoman in transition. The relevant part is in the first hour and stars about 15-20 minutes into the broadcast.  Mike has been interviewing Ashleigh for about 3 years now - she goes a few times a year and they chat live on air about her journey.       In addition CN Lester, who is non binary was also on the programme, publicising her book "trans like me", which will be published this Thursday 25 May.   CN Lester is an academic, musician and leading UK trans rights activist. A critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, Lester also works as a composer and classical performer; their musicological research focuses on Venetian composer Barbara Strozzi. Lester consults and educates on trans issues with a wide range of organizations, including Channel 4 and the Huffington Post, and has written for the Independent, New Internationalist and New Statesman.   Have a listen if you can     hugs   Pauline xxx   http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p052hj5d   https://www.waterstones.com/book/trans-like-me/cn-lester/9780349008608 https://www.littlebrown.co.uk/books/detail.page?isbn=9780349008608
    May 22, 2017 29
  • 21 May 2017
    The Top 10 Hidden Benefits of Crossdressing or Being a Transgender Woman: 1. It allows you to integrate the best of both genders into your personality. 2. It motivates you to stay in shape and take care of yourself. (A girl’s gotta look good, right?) 3. It makes you more empathetic towards women. 4. It brings you closer to the people who support you. 5. It’s easier to be faithful when *you* are the other woman (though I hope your empathy towards women would prevent you from cheating in the first place!). 6. It allows you to get to know yourself in a deep and meaningful way. 7. It makes you an interesting person. (Normal is boring!) 8. It gives you more compassion towards others who don’t fit the norms of society. 9. It offers a healthy and non-destructive way to relieve stress. 10. It makes you a more creative, resourceful, and courageous person than you might be otherwise. So what do you think? Am I missing anything on this list? I’d love to hear what YOU feel are the hidden benefits of crossdressing or being a TG woman.
    58 Posted by Carly Morgan
  • The Top 10 Hidden Benefits of Crossdressing or Being a Transgender Woman: 1. It allows you to integrate the best of both genders into your personality. 2. It motivates you to stay in shape and take care of yourself. (A girl’s gotta look good, right?) 3. It makes you more empathetic towards women. 4. It brings you closer to the people who support you. 5. It’s easier to be faithful when *you* are the other woman (though I hope your empathy towards women would prevent you from cheating in the first place!). 6. It allows you to get to know yourself in a deep and meaningful way. 7. It makes you an interesting person. (Normal is boring!) 8. It gives you more compassion towards others who don’t fit the norms of society. 9. It offers a healthy and non-destructive way to relieve stress. 10. It makes you a more creative, resourceful, and courageous person than you might be otherwise. So what do you think? Am I missing anything on this list? I’d love to hear what YOU feel are the hidden benefits of crossdressing or being a TG woman.
    May 21, 2017 58
  • 20 May 2017
    Do You Feel Guilty About Crossdressing or Being Transgender? A lot of girls tell me that they do. If you have to lie or sneak around to keep your femme side hidden, then I can see how that would bring up guilty feelings. But let’s get one thing straight – there’s nothing wrong with crossdressing or being transgender. We live in a world with very defined gender roles. Unfortunately, these roles are even more rigid for males. It’s OK for women to express their masculinity by dressing like tomboys or by acting strong and assertive. But if a guy acts feminine, he’s labeled as “weak” or “gay”. The underlying message is that it’s OK to be masculine (even if you’re a woman), but femininity is something to be ashamed of. What the heck!? Society is slowing changing, but the time to reject these outdated messages is NOW. “I’m not ashamed to dress like a woman because I don’t think it’s shameful to be a woman.” I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Do you struggle with guilt or is it a non-issue for you? How did you deal with your guilt and how would you advise other girls to do the same?
    41 Posted by Carly Morgan
  • Do You Feel Guilty About Crossdressing or Being Transgender? A lot of girls tell me that they do. If you have to lie or sneak around to keep your femme side hidden, then I can see how that would bring up guilty feelings. But let’s get one thing straight – there’s nothing wrong with crossdressing or being transgender. We live in a world with very defined gender roles. Unfortunately, these roles are even more rigid for males. It’s OK for women to express their masculinity by dressing like tomboys or by acting strong and assertive. But if a guy acts feminine, he’s labeled as “weak” or “gay”. The underlying message is that it’s OK to be masculine (even if you’re a woman), but femininity is something to be ashamed of. What the heck!? Society is slowing changing, but the time to reject these outdated messages is NOW. “I’m not ashamed to dress like a woman because I don’t think it’s shameful to be a woman.” I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Do you struggle with guilt or is it a non-issue for you? How did you deal with your guilt and how would you advise other girls to do the same?
    May 20, 2017 41
  • 12 May 2017
    Apologies if you experienced any disruption at Transtastic recently.  As we explained, we have had the builders in.  They've been replacing some of our old software with new stuff and adding new functionality too.   The picture above shows the old server room at Transtastic Towers.  When the work is complete we will have some amazing new stuff though and the site will be pretty damn fast.  We recently clocked our main page loading time at around 7 seconds.  That was really good and there’s room for further improvement on that too.  However, it seems to have gotten a bit slower again.  We're still working on it though. For those who are a bit geeky, we tried to make the leap to PHP 7 which apparently runs at twice the speed of its predecessors.  However, that completely broke the site and when we rolled back to the previous version, the main page was taking up to four minutes to load.  It took our developers several days to figure out what the problem was during which time you must have been really cross that your Transtastic was running at a snail's pace.  In the end it turned out to be partly down to a MySQL prob.  As soon as it was fixed, the pages started loading fast again. Next we moved on to the main event - upgrading our Albums, fixing the Safe activity feed (which was not working properly and still letting cockshots through) and installing automated AI-based image moderation for profile picture uploads.   That work is still ongoing and it seems to have caused a fair bit of disruption on its own, so sorry again for that. I hope it won't take too much longer and that we will soon have a site which is blisteringly fast and totally brilliant. When that day comes I will let you know that the work is complete and I will then need to ask for your help in mounting the biggest marketing campaign Transtastic has ever undertaken. Till then, thanks for your patience and keep the faith. Hugs, Katie   :)  
    80 Posted by Katie Glover
  • Apologies if you experienced any disruption at Transtastic recently.  As we explained, we have had the builders in.  They've been replacing some of our old software with new stuff and adding new functionality too.   The picture above shows the old server room at Transtastic Towers.  When the work is complete we will have some amazing new stuff though and the site will be pretty damn fast.  We recently clocked our main page loading time at around 7 seconds.  That was really good and there’s room for further improvement on that too.  However, it seems to have gotten a bit slower again.  We're still working on it though. For those who are a bit geeky, we tried to make the leap to PHP 7 which apparently runs at twice the speed of its predecessors.  However, that completely broke the site and when we rolled back to the previous version, the main page was taking up to four minutes to load.  It took our developers several days to figure out what the problem was during which time you must have been really cross that your Transtastic was running at a snail's pace.  In the end it turned out to be partly down to a MySQL prob.  As soon as it was fixed, the pages started loading fast again. Next we moved on to the main event - upgrading our Albums, fixing the Safe activity feed (which was not working properly and still letting cockshots through) and installing automated AI-based image moderation for profile picture uploads.   That work is still ongoing and it seems to have caused a fair bit of disruption on its own, so sorry again for that. I hope it won't take too much longer and that we will soon have a site which is blisteringly fast and totally brilliant. When that day comes I will let you know that the work is complete and I will then need to ask for your help in mounting the biggest marketing campaign Transtastic has ever undertaken. Till then, thanks for your patience and keep the faith. Hugs, Katie   :)  
    May 12, 2017 80
  • 11 May 2017
      This Monday, the 8th May, I was fortunate enough to be invited to an event at the LGBT Foundation in Manchester. The launch of Transforming Outcomes gives all of us a study into the transgender community in the UK in 2016/17 with the facility for all of us to read and share the document on line.   There were maybe 150-200 people at LGBT Towers for the launch, and like any "oldie" in the trans community you meet old friends...but the key is the new people you meet.   I have a read of the document..it does not have all the answers, rather it is a helicopter view of the UK trans community today. It behoves all of us to contribute and help our brothers and sisters in our community.   All comments will be very much appreciated and will be fed back to LGBT Foundation, where I am a volunteer and befriender.  For all of you the T part of the LGBT Foundation is lottery funded and their goal is to help all of us in the trans community. This is not me giving you bullshit, as like all charitable/volunteer driven set ups/organisations there are lots of glitches.   If you have any questions or need help please mail me.     Thank you   hugs   Pauline xxxx   Here is the link to the document...enjoy it!!    http://lgbt.foundation/transoutcomes?mc_cid=564681e21e&mc_eid=4bbbe28dc7    
    48 Posted by Pauline Smith
  •   This Monday, the 8th May, I was fortunate enough to be invited to an event at the LGBT Foundation in Manchester. The launch of Transforming Outcomes gives all of us a study into the transgender community in the UK in 2016/17 with the facility for all of us to read and share the document on line.   There were maybe 150-200 people at LGBT Towers for the launch, and like any "oldie" in the trans community you meet old friends...but the key is the new people you meet.   I have a read of the document..it does not have all the answers, rather it is a helicopter view of the UK trans community today. It behoves all of us to contribute and help our brothers and sisters in our community.   All comments will be very much appreciated and will be fed back to LGBT Foundation, where I am a volunteer and befriender.  For all of you the T part of the LGBT Foundation is lottery funded and their goal is to help all of us in the trans community. This is not me giving you bullshit, as like all charitable/volunteer driven set ups/organisations there are lots of glitches.   If you have any questions or need help please mail me.     Thank you   hugs   Pauline xxxx   Here is the link to the document...enjoy it!!    http://lgbt.foundation/transoutcomes?mc_cid=564681e21e&mc_eid=4bbbe28dc7    
    May 11, 2017 48
  • 21 Apr 2017
    Just a quick update on our ongoing software upgrades.  Many of the programs we use on this site are in the throes of being updated to their latest versions (we've got over fifty of them).  That in itself should give us a faster, more stable site with fewer bugs.  There was a problem with registration in the last few days which prevented new members from signing up.  That has now been fixed.  Sorry if you were affected.You may have noticed that we now have a new Wall on the main page (or Activity Feed).  It is far, far superior to the one we had before but there are a few little teething problems with the way photos are displayed right now (some get a bit squashed up).  We're working on that however.Next week the developers will install brand new Photo Albums software at great expense but it has to be done. We're going to replace the current Albums with a better program from another company which I've dealt with many, many times in the past.  They are a bit pricey but their work is, in my opinion, far better.They will also be writing us some custom code which will bridge the Albums and the new Wall software (which was also written by them).  This custom code will prevent photos in Adult category albums from being displayed in the activity feed if you have selected the Safe Feed option, even if they are 'Liked' or shared.Furthermore, I have taken on another developer, called Ivan, to write some code that will connect our profile photo upload process to an Artificial Intelligence based photo moderator.  Hopefully, once that is in place, if a user uploads a profile which contains nudity or genitals it will be automatically rejected and they will be told there and then that their photo does not comply with our terms of service.These changes should make our mods lives much easier and allow them to concentrate more on other things. We will also most probably be the world's first online Transgender community to use AI.  That's exciting, isn't it?  Well I think it is.So there we are, the software is all getting better and I'm getting poorer.  Don't forget that you can donate to Transtastic to help keep us afloat  by going to https://transtastic.com/se4/pages/donation.  If you like what we're doing here and you enjoy being a member then please dig deep and help us to keep going.Thanks and hugs,Katie   :)  
    74 Posted by Katie Glover
  • Just a quick update on our ongoing software upgrades.  Many of the programs we use on this site are in the throes of being updated to their latest versions (we've got over fifty of them).  That in itself should give us a faster, more stable site with fewer bugs.  There was a problem with registration in the last few days which prevented new members from signing up.  That has now been fixed.  Sorry if you were affected.You may have noticed that we now have a new Wall on the main page (or Activity Feed).  It is far, far superior to the one we had before but there are a few little teething problems with the way photos are displayed right now (some get a bit squashed up).  We're working on that however.Next week the developers will install brand new Photo Albums software at great expense but it has to be done. We're going to replace the current Albums with a better program from another company which I've dealt with many, many times in the past.  They are a bit pricey but their work is, in my opinion, far better.They will also be writing us some custom code which will bridge the Albums and the new Wall software (which was also written by them).  This custom code will prevent photos in Adult category albums from being displayed in the activity feed if you have selected the Safe Feed option, even if they are 'Liked' or shared.Furthermore, I have taken on another developer, called Ivan, to write some code that will connect our profile photo upload process to an Artificial Intelligence based photo moderator.  Hopefully, once that is in place, if a user uploads a profile which contains nudity or genitals it will be automatically rejected and they will be told there and then that their photo does not comply with our terms of service.These changes should make our mods lives much easier and allow them to concentrate more on other things. We will also most probably be the world's first online Transgender community to use AI.  That's exciting, isn't it?  Well I think it is.So there we are, the software is all getting better and I'm getting poorer.  Don't forget that you can donate to Transtastic to help keep us afloat  by going to https://transtastic.com/se4/pages/donation.  If you like what we're doing here and you enjoy being a member then please dig deep and help us to keep going.Thanks and hugs,Katie   :)  
    Apr 21, 2017 74

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  • St Audries Bay holiday camp   This was my first visit to St Audries Bay and as the title suggest it a holiday camp but with a difference, a little bit of magic for every TG girl who has wanted to be whom they really want to be 24/7 set in the beautiful county of Somerset.   If you are familiar with Trans living or the Belmont Society, or tvChix then possibly you may have heard of this event which has taken place twice a year in May and September for the last 10 years. I only aware of this amazing situation through playing with the band KinkyMinx who I also accompanied at this year’s Sparkle.   St Audries is in a remote area and described as a wonderful, sleepy location by the sea on the north Somerset coastline. The holiday camp taken over by t girl’s, their partners and admirers for a week, have chalet, although basic , are very passable and the cost is very reasonable, basically about £160 for the week shared accommodation.   They have a Restaurant, bar and dance hall where they have a DJ plus entertainment.  There is self-service breakfast with a waiter who serves the food to the table. There are stalls selling wigs, dresses and beauty products and a reception shop which sells stationery.   In the grounds there is mini golf, or should that be putting green? Croquet, and tennis, there is also an indoor swimming and sauna, and to top this there are steps leading to a quiet secluded beach which I spent time enjoying as my photos show   Unfortunately rather than looking after this amazing situation, there are those who post negative write ups, mainly to do with disagreements between the entertainments management and various organisations     Most of the complaints seem to me to be from people possibly expecting too much and forgetting that it is far from a normal situation.   The nearest village is Willinton a couple of miles from the camp, with a pub called the Foresters Where I played with KinkyMinx on the 22nd September which can be seen again in my photos with some of the girls from the camp who support the band, and the nearest Town is Watchet where we played on the Friday at a pub called the Esplanade.   It really is amazing walking around in broad daylight and being accepted by shop assistances as though thing‘s are normal apart from a few humorous glances from passes by and I would recommend this holiday to everyone and I am in the process trying to reserve accommodation, and hope to be back in May    Hi, thanks for all the feedback I received for my blog. I am including the full address for those wanting to contact the camp and find out more.   Kentisbury week at St Audries St Audries Bay holiday camp West Quantoxhead Nr Minehead Somerset TR4 4DY  Telephone: 01984632515 Website: www.staudriesbay.co.uk
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    I’ve just had one of the most amazing experience’s since my days as a professional musician in the 1980’s with a with a beautifully Transsexual called Lora G and GG Nikki Lunden and their Band, although Lora and everyone are now back in LAI will be returning to the UK next year, and hopefully I will be playing with the band then   It is funny how things work, if it hadn't been for Beckie running Transtastic which I joined a few years ago, and last year Fiona Cole accepted me as one of the DJ’s on Transtastic radio which reached worldwide and I invited people to send in their own music and had response from Columbia, the UK and the USA, which is when a friend of the Lora G band JONIE VOIX got in touch asking me to play Lora G’s music on the radio   Shortly afterwards Lora introduced herself in the hope that I could help to put her in contact others able to give the band work, or if I was able to help get them work. I haven’t been active in the scene she needed for many years and was unable to help. They came from the States on a promotion tour with just two London gig’s and one gig in Edinburgh   Although well-known on LA scene with the original singer being Nate Tao who was a top 40 male contestant on America Idol.   It would be easier to say who Lora G hasn’t been in contact with, she has 5 Emmy Awards, 3 Edward R. Murrow Awards, Scripps Howard Award, NAPTE IRIS Award, Community & Government Service honors.  http://www.linkedin.com/pub/lora-g/51/259/8a2   Nikki Lunden merged with Lora G replacing Nate Tao as lead singer: Nikki Lunden opened for David Lowry and Johnny Hickman of Cracker, Devon Allman’s Honeytribe, Melissa Ferrick, Pieta Brown and Bo Ramsey, sharing festival bills with Spin Doctors, Gin Blossoms, 7 Mary Three, and has recently performed with Micki Free of Shalamar.)   Although I didn’t have a lot of time to find out much about Kimberley Smith, who is an extremely good backing vocalist, again was such a great person to be with one couldn’t help but feel love all for those that made up the band   The Lora G drummer is Gerry Doot who was in a British Punk band back in 1977 called Animal Games and released an album by the same name, which was then included on the compilation album called ‘London The Punk Rock collection’   Andy Catt The bass player with the Lora G band is Norwegian living in the States and what a talented bassist, Joco, Stanly, Na Andy Catt and very cool   Description of the Lora G band The Lora G and Nikki Lunden Band is comprised of a group of incredibly talent musicians and singers—all who have their own bands and/or solo albums or individual recording projects. These core members come together because of their love of creating original music, love of each other and belief in the band. Because their material is so varied, they call it: Alternative Eclectic Rock The members of Lora G Band and Nikki Lunden who played in the UK are: Lora G—Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Songwriter, Co-Producer Nikki Lunden -Lead Singer, Songwriter, Guitar Kimberley Smith—Vocals  Andy Catt—Bass, Vocals, Guitar Gerry Doot-drums and percussion Business Manager: Dennis Kennelly   On arrival at Heathrow Airport they spent 30 hours trying to get through custom’s being held because they were here to promote the band instead of to earn loads of money from the gig’s No one would believe them which is when they first made contact with me, but again I was not in a position to help them, and all I could do was suggest they get in contact with one of the gig’s they were playing at to see if they would stand as guarantor, and they were fortunate the Landlord from the Patricks Bar Crystal Palace was able to help   Although it was slow going for them when they first arrived, and only had two gigs when they first touched down, through their own determination and hard work spending hours searching the net, managed to achieve more than many bands resident in London and the UK. They were here for 18 days and ended up doing 17 gigs, by the time they left, 2 of these on the same day. They played at the Edinburgh Fringe festival the world's largest arts festival, all the time staying in contact with the bands followers back in LA,   Nikki Lunden knackered still found time to smile whilst making a video of their arrival to Edinburgh, ‘after a 12 hour drive on the wrong side of the road in the rain, narrow roads, oncoming traffic, ugghh what a night!! Way to go Andy for getting us here and not knocking me out for my back seat driving!! – Nikki’   Returning to London, they played the New Cross Inn which was my chance to meet up with them. But before the band arrived this much taller person than I (being only 5’8”) introduced themselves, who was our very own Beckie Cannon in drab, who I didn’t recognise, never seen before lol I was also in drab, and Lora later in the week would asked where are all the TG’s in the UK not having met a single one the whole time she was here? and I had to agree with her that the Transgender scene in the States seems a lot more open than here.   Shortly after the Lora G and Nikki Lunden band turned up, which gave me a very brief moment to introduce Beckie who Lora thought was really handsome, and I introduced myself as Jady from Transtastic. Lora G was pleased to meet us, then went to work organising and setting up to play, and asked me to video the show which was a 40 minutes set which although not a Hugh audience went down really well, however I missed saying goodbye to Beckie when she left, becoming very involved with the band   Once the band had completed the set, I mentioned that I would really enjoy playing with the band and Lora knowing I was a sax playing through my profile on Transtastic said ‘what would you play’ Having played her music on Transtastic radio I knew one of the songs that rocked called ‘Hear Me’ which I suggested to Lora who turned to bass player Andy Catt, who had joined us, both said he knows the number, and Lora replied ‘yeah come on down to Patricks Bar in Crystal Palace on Saturday   Being a 67 OAP and at times feeling my age I almost didn’t bother to go but thought why not go along even if I didn’t play but as I walked into Patrick’s Bar Lora came forward making me feel part of what was happening by giving me a hug and straight away introduced me to everyone saying here’s our sax player.   They played 3 numbers before inviting me to play their song ‘Here Me’, and partly to cover themselves because they didn’t know me but were confident in themselves to give me a chance to prove myself Nikki Lunden introduce me by saying give Jady a big welcome it’s his first time playing with us so we don’t know what’s going to happen.    After the song finished which went down really well, she was full of praise and having been introduced to their finance manager who come up giving praise saying ‘wow you rock you really took the roof off’ and everyone made me feel so good, that when Lora invited to play their next gig in East London I was more than happy   Although I didn’t have too much time to ask Lora questions I asked her had she transitioned and she said ‘yes completely’ and was a woman, and the only thing she was unable to do was give birth, although she does have 3 grown up daughters, one of which is at University here in the UK   Lora G is such an amazing person I don’t think there was anyone she didn’t touch, who didn’t end up thinking they were sharing a very special moment. The next gig was at the George Tavern, which Pauline Forster an English artist, performer, musician, designer and landlady of The Tavern in the East End of London, and where Jamie Lovatt a singer and frontman of the band Romance works running the bar, was to meet Lora G and Nikki Lunden then  join the Abbey Road session backing vocals on Nikki Lunden’s new release ‘Where Love Lie’s’   Although I wasn’t asked at this time to go into the Abbey studio, I was invited to play at the club Proud in Camden which was the first of two gigs’ in one evening about 4 miles apart, so I decided to use my car to get to the first gig which is about 7 miles from me, to start at 8 pm, and then onto the 12 Bar Club in Denmark Street with some of the bands gear to originally start at 10,20 pm   We got to the 12 Bar club (2nd gig) at 10pm when as I pulled up to unload my car, an African traffic warden moved in and said ‘you cannot park there’ but I said 'I am only going to be a couple of minutes' his reply 'well make sure you are' we unloaded and went in the club just after 10 pm expecting to play at 10.20 but didn’t go on until gone 11..25 pm because another act was booked and Lora G was the main act of the evening   At 11.22 the c--- of a warden put a parking ticket on the car stating I was unlawfully parked in a disabled bay for 2 minutes until 11.24, however I’ve appealed against the ticket because 1/ there is no disabled bay in Denmark Street the bay I had pulled into was a Permit Holders Only bay and 2/ at 11.22 I took a photo with my mobile phone of the act performing before Lora G went on stage.   Then at 11.25 took another photo of the Lora G bands first number and then shortly after was playing with the band which the whole club could prove, that I was in the club taking photos of the band before performing the numbers that I was playing, and even have the time of the shot’s on the phone lol    The gig went great and Lora said are you coming to the Abbey Road studios? And thinking only vocals were being recorded for their new song said ‘I don’t know maybe if I can get there, but it would be later than they started. I decided to go and give support to the band   I thought I can’t walk into the most famous studio in the world without my instrument, you never know there may be a band that wants some sax, and even when I got to the reception desk I wasn’t sure if my name had been left, or if I would even get in and meekly said I’m with the Lora G band   She replied ‘oh yes you are expected’ (which made me feel really chuffed) ‘I will call them and get one of the studio staff to take you through’ when they came I said ‘Is there any where I can leave my sax cause I don’t think I am playing’ and he replied ‘You can leave it there but I thought they said that you are recording’, which made me perk even up more then said ‘oh alright I will bring it with me’.   The last time I stood in a studio at Abbey Road was about 1972 with a band called ‘The Soul Stars’ given a chance with a free recording session by EMI, but messed it up and lost out. So by now I am feeling really good, here I was having just meet this band, had played 4 gig’s and in the most famous studio’s in the world, All in just one week     By now my feelings for Lora G had grown so much for this very special person, I really can’t say enough about her or the whole band, and when I walked into the studio everyone who respected her automatically accepted me, and I was made to feel very welcomed by Lora who gave me with a hug   When I went down to play I had no idea what was expected. The bass player and second vocalist Kimberly had left the UK early, who’s parts were to be added at a later date once back in LA, so first Lora G and Gerry Doot the drummer had laid down a guide for the vocals to sing over, then Nikki Lunden and Jamie Lovatt had laid down their parts and finally I went down to play.   Being a Nikki Lunden composition I asked her to go down into the studio booth and conduct where she wanted me to play then it was 1, 2, 3, 4, blow, I think most artist are their own worst critics and I really didn’t think I played good, but we played through the song about 4 times and everyone said ok that’s sounds good, and that was it   Then Tony Billings Station Manager & Presenter at Exosphere Radio, Gerry, Jamie, Lora plus the two recording engineers, then came down into the studio and Nikki Lunden then got down on one knee and proposed to Lora G who accepted with the rest of us applauding and congratulating,   Lora then took us all out for a slap up meal with a magnum of Champaign, when I was able to learn a little bit about her past, those that she’s played with, plus some of the missions, beliefs, and the things that matter to her   She has an Amy of loyal followers, and helpers and although I’ve meet many ‘STARS’ during my 40 years of playing none have been as beautiful a person as Lora G. Her trails have given her strength without the nastiness that often ambitious people become and everyone agreed that we had shared a very special moment in time   It wasn’t to be the total end of my involvement with Lora G, on the Saturday I had gone to Denmark Street in the West End to take some photo evidence for the parking ticket Had I gone into the street the way I normally do which is from the other end; what happened next was so unbelievable it questioned my belief regards fate, I had cycled up to the street in the West End, and as I went into that end of the street I just about heard a voice call out Jady   Something made me look around and standing on the corner with a load of band gear was Lora G, Nikki Lunden and Gerry Doot, who should have flown to Paris but because they had so much gear had to rebook a flight from Luton Airport instead of Heathrow, and were in the process of selling gear unable to take it with having received sponsored from Hiwatt amplifiers who had given Lora a whole new bass stack, so I looking after the gear they couldn’t take back for them    I’ve never been one for fate but a string of coincidence or what? I do know my feelings well up inside when I think that I’ve had this amazing ride with very beautiful TS, and a great band, witnessed an engagement and just keep thinking wow, what a ride every time I think about having played 4 gigs and recorded in the most famous studio’s in the world, all in one week.
    8540 Posted by Jady Shaw
  • I’ve just had one of the most amazing experience’s since my days as a professional musician in the 1980’s with a with a beautifully Transsexual called Lora G and GG Nikki Lunden and their Band, although Lora and everyone are now back in LAI will be returning to the UK next year, and hopefully I will be playing with the band then   It is funny how things work, if it hadn't been for Beckie running Transtastic which I joined a few years ago, and last year Fiona Cole accepted me as one of the DJ’s on Transtastic radio which reached worldwide and I invited people to send in their own music and had response from Columbia, the UK and the USA, which is when a friend of the Lora G band JONIE VOIX got in touch asking me to play Lora G’s music on the radio   Shortly afterwards Lora introduced herself in the hope that I could help to put her in contact others able to give the band work, or if I was able to help get them work. I haven’t been active in the scene she needed for many years and was unable to help. They came from the States on a promotion tour with just two London gig’s and one gig in Edinburgh   Although well-known on LA scene with the original singer being Nate Tao who was a top 40 male contestant on America Idol.   It would be easier to say who Lora G hasn’t been in contact with, she has 5 Emmy Awards, 3 Edward R. Murrow Awards, Scripps Howard Award, NAPTE IRIS Award, Community & Government Service honors.  http://www.linkedin.com/pub/lora-g/51/259/8a2   Nikki Lunden merged with Lora G replacing Nate Tao as lead singer: Nikki Lunden opened for David Lowry and Johnny Hickman of Cracker, Devon Allman’s Honeytribe, Melissa Ferrick, Pieta Brown and Bo Ramsey, sharing festival bills with Spin Doctors, Gin Blossoms, 7 Mary Three, and has recently performed with Micki Free of Shalamar.)   Although I didn’t have a lot of time to find out much about Kimberley Smith, who is an extremely good backing vocalist, again was such a great person to be with one couldn’t help but feel love all for those that made up the band   The Lora G drummer is Gerry Doot who was in a British Punk band back in 1977 called Animal Games and released an album by the same name, which was then included on the compilation album called ‘London The Punk Rock collection’   Andy Catt The bass player with the Lora G band is Norwegian living in the States and what a talented bassist, Joco, Stanly, Na Andy Catt and very cool   Description of the Lora G band The Lora G and Nikki Lunden Band is comprised of a group of incredibly talent musicians and singers—all who have their own bands and/or solo albums or individual recording projects. These core members come together because of their love of creating original music, love of each other and belief in the band. Because their material is so varied, they call it: Alternative Eclectic Rock The members of Lora G Band and Nikki Lunden who played in the UK are: Lora G—Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Songwriter, Co-Producer Nikki Lunden -Lead Singer, Songwriter, Guitar Kimberley Smith—Vocals  Andy Catt—Bass, Vocals, Guitar Gerry Doot-drums and percussion Business Manager: Dennis Kennelly   On arrival at Heathrow Airport they spent 30 hours trying to get through custom’s being held because they were here to promote the band instead of to earn loads of money from the gig’s No one would believe them which is when they first made contact with me, but again I was not in a position to help them, and all I could do was suggest they get in contact with one of the gig’s they were playing at to see if they would stand as guarantor, and they were fortunate the Landlord from the Patricks Bar Crystal Palace was able to help   Although it was slow going for them when they first arrived, and only had two gigs when they first touched down, through their own determination and hard work spending hours searching the net, managed to achieve more than many bands resident in London and the UK. They were here for 18 days and ended up doing 17 gigs, by the time they left, 2 of these on the same day. They played at the Edinburgh Fringe festival the world's largest arts festival, all the time staying in contact with the bands followers back in LA,   Nikki Lunden knackered still found time to smile whilst making a video of their arrival to Edinburgh, ‘after a 12 hour drive on the wrong side of the road in the rain, narrow roads, oncoming traffic, ugghh what a night!! Way to go Andy for getting us here and not knocking me out for my back seat driving!! – Nikki’   Returning to London, they played the New Cross Inn which was my chance to meet up with them. But before the band arrived this much taller person than I (being only 5’8”) introduced themselves, who was our very own Beckie Cannon in drab, who I didn’t recognise, never seen before lol I was also in drab, and Lora later in the week would asked where are all the TG’s in the UK not having met a single one the whole time she was here? and I had to agree with her that the Transgender scene in the States seems a lot more open than here.   Shortly after the Lora G and Nikki Lunden band turned up, which gave me a very brief moment to introduce Beckie who Lora thought was really handsome, and I introduced myself as Jady from Transtastic. Lora G was pleased to meet us, then went to work organising and setting up to play, and asked me to video the show which was a 40 minutes set which although not a Hugh audience went down really well, however I missed saying goodbye to Beckie when she left, becoming very involved with the band   Once the band had completed the set, I mentioned that I would really enjoy playing with the band and Lora knowing I was a sax playing through my profile on Transtastic said ‘what would you play’ Having played her music on Transtastic radio I knew one of the songs that rocked called ‘Hear Me’ which I suggested to Lora who turned to bass player Andy Catt, who had joined us, both said he knows the number, and Lora replied ‘yeah come on down to Patricks Bar in Crystal Palace on Saturday   Being a 67 OAP and at times feeling my age I almost didn’t bother to go but thought why not go along even if I didn’t play but as I walked into Patrick’s Bar Lora came forward making me feel part of what was happening by giving me a hug and straight away introduced me to everyone saying here’s our sax player.   They played 3 numbers before inviting me to play their song ‘Here Me’, and partly to cover themselves because they didn’t know me but were confident in themselves to give me a chance to prove myself Nikki Lunden introduce me by saying give Jady a big welcome it’s his first time playing with us so we don’t know what’s going to happen.    After the song finished which went down really well, she was full of praise and having been introduced to their finance manager who come up giving praise saying ‘wow you rock you really took the roof off’ and everyone made me feel so good, that when Lora invited to play their next gig in East London I was more than happy   Although I didn’t have too much time to ask Lora questions I asked her had she transitioned and she said ‘yes completely’ and was a woman, and the only thing she was unable to do was give birth, although she does have 3 grown up daughters, one of which is at University here in the UK   Lora G is such an amazing person I don’t think there was anyone she didn’t touch, who didn’t end up thinking they were sharing a very special moment. The next gig was at the George Tavern, which Pauline Forster an English artist, performer, musician, designer and landlady of The Tavern in the East End of London, and where Jamie Lovatt a singer and frontman of the band Romance works running the bar, was to meet Lora G and Nikki Lunden then  join the Abbey Road session backing vocals on Nikki Lunden’s new release ‘Where Love Lie’s’   Although I wasn’t asked at this time to go into the Abbey studio, I was invited to play at the club Proud in Camden which was the first of two gigs’ in one evening about 4 miles apart, so I decided to use my car to get to the first gig which is about 7 miles from me, to start at 8 pm, and then onto the 12 Bar Club in Denmark Street with some of the bands gear to originally start at 10,20 pm   We got to the 12 Bar club (2nd gig) at 10pm when as I pulled up to unload my car, an African traffic warden moved in and said ‘you cannot park there’ but I said 'I am only going to be a couple of minutes' his reply 'well make sure you are' we unloaded and went in the club just after 10 pm expecting to play at 10.20 but didn’t go on until gone 11..25 pm because another act was booked and Lora G was the main act of the evening   At 11.22 the c--- of a warden put a parking ticket on the car stating I was unlawfully parked in a disabled bay for 2 minutes until 11.24, however I’ve appealed against the ticket because 1/ there is no disabled bay in Denmark Street the bay I had pulled into was a Permit Holders Only bay and 2/ at 11.22 I took a photo with my mobile phone of the act performing before Lora G went on stage.   Then at 11.25 took another photo of the Lora G bands first number and then shortly after was playing with the band which the whole club could prove, that I was in the club taking photos of the band before performing the numbers that I was playing, and even have the time of the shot’s on the phone lol    The gig went great and Lora said are you coming to the Abbey Road studios? And thinking only vocals were being recorded for their new song said ‘I don’t know maybe if I can get there, but it would be later than they started. I decided to go and give support to the band   I thought I can’t walk into the most famous studio in the world without my instrument, you never know there may be a band that wants some sax, and even when I got to the reception desk I wasn’t sure if my name had been left, or if I would even get in and meekly said I’m with the Lora G band   She replied ‘oh yes you are expected’ (which made me feel really chuffed) ‘I will call them and get one of the studio staff to take you through’ when they came I said ‘Is there any where I can leave my sax cause I don’t think I am playing’ and he replied ‘You can leave it there but I thought they said that you are recording’, which made me perk even up more then said ‘oh alright I will bring it with me’.   The last time I stood in a studio at Abbey Road was about 1972 with a band called ‘The Soul Stars’ given a chance with a free recording session by EMI, but messed it up and lost out. So by now I am feeling really good, here I was having just meet this band, had played 4 gig’s and in the most famous studio’s in the world, All in just one week     By now my feelings for Lora G had grown so much for this very special person, I really can’t say enough about her or the whole band, and when I walked into the studio everyone who respected her automatically accepted me, and I was made to feel very welcomed by Lora who gave me with a hug   When I went down to play I had no idea what was expected. The bass player and second vocalist Kimberly had left the UK early, who’s parts were to be added at a later date once back in LA, so first Lora G and Gerry Doot the drummer had laid down a guide for the vocals to sing over, then Nikki Lunden and Jamie Lovatt had laid down their parts and finally I went down to play.   Being a Nikki Lunden composition I asked her to go down into the studio booth and conduct where she wanted me to play then it was 1, 2, 3, 4, blow, I think most artist are their own worst critics and I really didn’t think I played good, but we played through the song about 4 times and everyone said ok that’s sounds good, and that was it   Then Tony Billings Station Manager & Presenter at Exosphere Radio, Gerry, Jamie, Lora plus the two recording engineers, then came down into the studio and Nikki Lunden then got down on one knee and proposed to Lora G who accepted with the rest of us applauding and congratulating,   Lora then took us all out for a slap up meal with a magnum of Champaign, when I was able to learn a little bit about her past, those that she’s played with, plus some of the missions, beliefs, and the things that matter to her   She has an Amy of loyal followers, and helpers and although I’ve meet many ‘STARS’ during my 40 years of playing none have been as beautiful a person as Lora G. Her trails have given her strength without the nastiness that often ambitious people become and everyone agreed that we had shared a very special moment in time   It wasn’t to be the total end of my involvement with Lora G, on the Saturday I had gone to Denmark Street in the West End to take some photo evidence for the parking ticket Had I gone into the street the way I normally do which is from the other end; what happened next was so unbelievable it questioned my belief regards fate, I had cycled up to the street in the West End, and as I went into that end of the street I just about heard a voice call out Jady   Something made me look around and standing on the corner with a load of band gear was Lora G, Nikki Lunden and Gerry Doot, who should have flown to Paris but because they had so much gear had to rebook a flight from Luton Airport instead of Heathrow, and were in the process of selling gear unable to take it with having received sponsored from Hiwatt amplifiers who had given Lora a whole new bass stack, so I looking after the gear they couldn’t take back for them    I’ve never been one for fate but a string of coincidence or what? I do know my feelings well up inside when I think that I’ve had this amazing ride with very beautiful TS, and a great band, witnessed an engagement and just keep thinking wow, what a ride every time I think about having played 4 gigs and recorded in the most famous studio’s in the world, all in one week.
    Sep 13, 2013 8540
  • 22 Mar 2013
    A male primary school teacher who began a new term as a woman has been found dead.Pupils at St Mary Magdalen's C of E Primary School in Accrington, Lancashire, were told in December that Nathan Upton should be addressed as Miss Meadows after the Christmas break.This week they were informed that their teacher, Lucy Meadows, had died. The 32-year-old was found at a house in Accrington on Tuesday.The teacher had thanked school governors and staff for their support when she announced her plans to return as a woman in January.A letter to parents read: "Mr Upton has recently made a significant change in his life and will be transitioning to live as a woman."After the Christmas break, she will return to work as Miss Meadows."Concerns from some parents were reported in the media with one father saying that his three sons at the school were "too young to be dealing with that".A spokeswoman for Lancashire Police said: "At 4.45pm on Tuesday, police were called by the ambulance service to a report of a sudden death at an address on Ramsbottom Street in Accrington."On arrival they found the body of a 32-year-old woman. There are no suspicious circumstances and a file will be prepared and passed to the coroner."In a statement on the school website, head teacher Karen Hardman said: "It is with great sadness that I have to inform you of the death of Miss Lucy Meadows."Our staff will be working closely with bereavement teams and are here to offer the children and yourselves any support in any way we can."
    8219 Posted by Bebe Brum
  • A male primary school teacher who began a new term as a woman has been found dead.Pupils at St Mary Magdalen's C of E Primary School in Accrington, Lancashire, were told in December that Nathan Upton should be addressed as Miss Meadows after the Christmas break.This week they were informed that their teacher, Lucy Meadows, had died. The 32-year-old was found at a house in Accrington on Tuesday.The teacher had thanked school governors and staff for their support when she announced her plans to return as a woman in January.A letter to parents read: "Mr Upton has recently made a significant change in his life and will be transitioning to live as a woman."After the Christmas break, she will return to work as Miss Meadows."Concerns from some parents were reported in the media with one father saying that his three sons at the school were "too young to be dealing with that".A spokeswoman for Lancashire Police said: "At 4.45pm on Tuesday, police were called by the ambulance service to a report of a sudden death at an address on Ramsbottom Street in Accrington."On arrival they found the body of a 32-year-old woman. There are no suspicious circumstances and a file will be prepared and passed to the coroner."In a statement on the school website, head teacher Karen Hardman said: "It is with great sadness that I have to inform you of the death of Miss Lucy Meadows."Our staff will be working closely with bereavement teams and are here to offer the children and yourselves any support in any way we can."
    Mar 22, 2013 8219
  • 03 Aug 2013
    Hi everyone, I'm trying to find out just how many of us fit into another small community known as ASMR? If you don't know what ASMR is, there's still a chance that you get it but you've never heard it given a name before. ASMR is basically when a (usually) audio stimulus triggers a pleasurable response in your brain... the closest anyone's been able to get to describing it is a 'brain orgasm'... But it is NOT a sex thing... I first experienced this when I was about 13 and my geography teacher was talking in a really quiet way... I just sat there with this incredible fuzzy feeling in my head that lasted the entire lesson. I know I'm not alone in getting this but I know that a lot of people don't recognise it. So I wanted to ask you all... Do any of you get this sensation? I figure that as a community we have to be pretty open to admitting things that other people might not understand ;)
    7768 Posted by Juliette Noir
  • Hi everyone, I'm trying to find out just how many of us fit into another small community known as ASMR? If you don't know what ASMR is, there's still a chance that you get it but you've never heard it given a name before. ASMR is basically when a (usually) audio stimulus triggers a pleasurable response in your brain... the closest anyone's been able to get to describing it is a 'brain orgasm'... But it is NOT a sex thing... I first experienced this when I was about 13 and my geography teacher was talking in a really quiet way... I just sat there with this incredible fuzzy feeling in my head that lasted the entire lesson. I know I'm not alone in getting this but I know that a lot of people don't recognise it. So I wanted to ask you all... Do any of you get this sensation? I figure that as a community we have to be pretty open to admitting things that other people might not understand ;)
    Aug 03, 2013 7768
  • 26 Apr 2013
    The missus bought a paperback,down Shepton Mallet way,I had a look inside her bag;T'was "Fifty Shades Of Grey".Well I just left her to it,And at 10 I went to bed.An hour later she appeared;The sight filled me with dread...In her left she held a rope;And in her right a whipShe threw them down upon the floor,And then began to strip.Well fifty years or so ago;I might have had a peek;But Mabel hasn't weathered well;She's eighty four next weekWatching Mabel bump and grind;Could not have been much grimmer.And things then went from bad to worse;She toppled off her Zimmer!She struggled back upon her feet;A couple minutes later;She put her teeth back in and saidI am a dominatorNow if you knew our Mabel,You'd see just why I spluttered,I'd spent two months in tractionfor the last complaint I'd uttered.She stood there nude and nakedBent forward just a bitI went to hold her, sensual likeand stood on her left titMabel screamed, her teeth shot out;My god what had I done!?She moaned and groaned then shouted out:"Step on the other one"Well readers, I can't tell no more;About what occurred that day.Suffice to say my jet black hair,Turned fifty shades of grey.
    7611 Posted by diana spencer
  • The missus bought a paperback,down Shepton Mallet way,I had a look inside her bag;T'was "Fifty Shades Of Grey".Well I just left her to it,And at 10 I went to bed.An hour later she appeared;The sight filled me with dread...In her left she held a rope;And in her right a whipShe threw them down upon the floor,And then began to strip.Well fifty years or so ago;I might have had a peek;But Mabel hasn't weathered well;She's eighty four next weekWatching Mabel bump and grind;Could not have been much grimmer.And things then went from bad to worse;She toppled off her Zimmer!She struggled back upon her feet;A couple minutes later;She put her teeth back in and saidI am a dominatorNow if you knew our Mabel,You'd see just why I spluttered,I'd spent two months in tractionfor the last complaint I'd uttered.She stood there nude and nakedBent forward just a bitI went to hold her, sensual likeand stood on her left titMabel screamed, her teeth shot out;My god what had I done!?She moaned and groaned then shouted out:"Step on the other one"Well readers, I can't tell no more;About what occurred that day.Suffice to say my jet black hair,Turned fifty shades of grey.
    Apr 26, 2013 7611
  • 16 Feb 2013
    I quit often go clothes shopping wth my wife, She a modern girl and into the days fashion, My probem is,, When I suggest clothes for her tp wear try on what im really saying is, I want to wear this but can't cause you don't know im a crossdresser.   AHH Sorry for the rant, I just an one frustrated girlie,   Debs xx   Its good to talk, any suggestions.
    7182 Posted by Debs Campbell
  • I quit often go clothes shopping wth my wife, She a modern girl and into the days fashion, My probem is,, When I suggest clothes for her tp wear try on what im really saying is, I want to wear this but can't cause you don't know im a crossdresser.   AHH Sorry for the rant, I just an one frustrated girlie,   Debs xx   Its good to talk, any suggestions.
    Feb 16, 2013 7182