Victoria Beckham’s Wannabe dress and secret copy of engagement necklace from David to go on display in LondonLittle Mix fans might soon be able to see their glam outfits on displayDuncan James shares cute story of how he came out to Geri Halliwell after dating herRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/spice-girls-exhibition/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Alan Smith-Allison has a passing interest in the Spice Girls fan | Photo: Courtesy of Alan Smith-Allison GAYSTARNEWS- Alan Smith-Allison was just 15 in 1996 when Wannabe, the Spice Girls’ empowering call to arms, first hit the airwaves. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . All five of them should send you something when you marry!Well, I got married years ago unfortunately!What’s the best part of the process?I love curating. I’m going to learn a lot over the next few months. I want to tell stories of the Spice Girls. It’s the reason we’ve got designers involved, their sketchbooks, samples of fabrics… It’s going to tell the whole story. It’s a real privilege to do for this for a living.The buzz around the Spice Girls never wanes. We were out filming with the Spice Bus in the Isle of Man with our crew who we’re making a documentary with. They said to us: ‘We’ve never had a reaction like this.’ That’s lovely to be part of.In terms of costumes, can you describe ones belonging to each girl that stands out to you?Even though it’s black and tiny, I love Mel C’s Spice Up Your Life costume. There are googles, elbow pads, knee pads, gloves… There’s so many different bits from it. I’m pretty sure that’s from the British Arts Foundation.We’ve got Victoria Beckham’s Wannabe dress. I’ve got loads of stuff for Mel B – the costume she wore to go and meet Nelson Mandela: red PVC with green PVC trousers. Emma’s so difficult to collect, because she keeps it all with her. I have the Spice Force Five costume for that – that’s amazing. Les has her Brit Awards dress, blacky-blue, sparkly. We’ve just got her Baby Spice necklace!I’ve also got Geri’s Elvis costume. We also have Geri’s Girl Power corset coming – the outfit she wore for the very first live concert in Istanbul. In fact, we have the full five lineup. Amazingly iconic. But unfortunately we don’t have Geri’s crown from that night. We’ve been trying to source this crown and we can’t find it! I’ve also got the Move Over costumes from that, that they rip off to reveal the costumes underneath. We’ve got the full set of Naked robes.Have you met any of them?Melanie C, Mel B and Geri. All at signings and things, and Melanie C at a concert.Finally, where will you be touring?We’re spicing up Britain! Our hashtag is #SpiceUpBritain. We’ll be touring the UK in 2018 and into 2019, but we haven’t released our tour dates yet.Amazing, I hope you’ll be visiting all four corners of the country!I would love to! I’ve got a connection with Ireland as I used to live there. I would love to take it there. But I don’t have a venue confirmed. We want to do 10-12 cities over the next 18 months.For more information, visit the SPICEUP London website.Victoria Beckham’s Wannabe dress and secret copy to go on display ‘The 90s weren’t easy for anyone with their sexuality,’ remembers the Glasgow-born Spice superfan. ‘The influence they had on me was a confidence in myself. It wasn’t a comfort blanket or anything. I liked the fun of it.‘What spoke to me was: it’s alright to be a bit different. As long as you work and try hard, you can achieve anything in life.’That he has. Next month’s, Alan will launch SpiceUp London, a potentially record-breaking exhibit of over 300 Spice Girls costume pieces, plus 6,000 pieces of merch and memorabilia.Among them are iconic pieces such as Victoria Beckham’s Wannabe dress and Emma Bunton’s ‘Baby’ necklace. The entire haul will go on display at the Business Design Centre in the English capital from 28 July until 20 August.‘We will be looking at active records to smash,’ says Alan. ‘We’re pretty confident we’re going to be the biggest-ever music exhibition. It’s beyond huge.’Here, the Glasgow-native reveals his favorite pieces from the collection, the personal contact he’s had with the girls, while also discussing the upcoming UK tour (including a stop in Manchester)… Hi-ci-ya, hold tight!Tell us more about you, Alan…I have collected Spice Girls stuff since forever. I have about 140 costume pieces, but the collection [going on display] isn’t all mine. Then I have thousands of pieces of memorabilia. We had our first exhibition, SpiceUp Cyprus [Simon used to live in Cyprus with his husband Steve] in 2016. When we saw how amazing it looked, how popular it was, the reaction, we realized ‘We’re coming back to the UK soon. Let’s start up our own business with this officially.’So it started with that. I found a venue, and started speaking to other collectors from around the world, got them involved. We also managed to get some of the original costume designers and makers involved. That’s where we’re at with it now.Have any of the girls donated anything personally?To my collection, no. I’ve had a lovely letter from Mel B when we had our Cyprus exhibition. She wrote me a little note to say: ‘I will send you something at some point, but my stuff’s in storage.’ I’ve spoken to Melanie C, who said she’d let me know when things are coming up for auction.I got a nice email from Victoria for Cyprus as well, just wishing us luck. Melanie C did donate one of her tracksuits which is going into the exhibition. She donated it to [fellow Spice Girls super fan] Liz West for a wedding present, so there’s a nice story behind that. She can give me one of her tracksuits anytime. I might get married just for that!
Go back to the enewsletterEmirates has unveiled a new range of “Rare Fares” for customers who book early, as part of its Early Bird sale, from 4 September to 4 October 2018.Competitive fares span the Gulf carrier’s vast network, including Dubai, 33 European destinations, eight cities in the United Kingdom, as well as select destinations across the Emirates and flydubai European codeshare network.Economy class fares start from $999 to Dubai, $1,169 to France, $1,219 to the United Kingdom and $1,279 to Greece. Business class fares start from $5,999 to Dubai, $6,059 to France, $6,189 to Greece and $6,239 to the United Kingdom.The promotion is timed with enhancements to Emirates’ Australian services, including the introduction of a fourth daily Sydney service, a third daily Brisbane service and the upgauge of its third daily Melbourne service to an A380 aircraft, all within the past 12 months.This week, Emirates reintroduced its flagship Airbus A380 on the Dubai-Brisbane route, operating as flights EK434 and EK435. The move will add 945 seats per week and complements Emirates’ existing two daily Brisbane services which are operated by a Boeing 777-300ER.Emirates currently operates 91 flights a week to Dubai from Australia, with flights departing from Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Sydney.The following terms and conditions apply.Advertised fares are for return Business class and Economy class travel departing from Perth.Prices are inclusive of taxes and surcharges correct as of 24 August 2018 and subject to currency fluctuation and availability.Offer ends 4 October 2018 and is subject to change.Business class fares are valid for travel commencing between 1 February and 9 September 2019.Economy class fares are valid for travel commencing between 1 February and 3 April 2019, and 15 April and 31 May 2019.Higher levels apply for other travel periods.Flight restrictions, day-of-week surcharges, inbound blackout periods, amendment and cancellation fees apply.Additional travel periods, destinations and fares are available from Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.For full terms and conditions, visit emirates.com/auGo back to the enewsletter
2. Donetsk, Ukraine from £48Perhaps you went to Donetsk to see a match at Euro 2012? Maybe you’ve heard of Shaktar Donetsk, winners of the UEFA Cup in 2009? Or maybe you’re not a football fan, in which case you might not even have heard of the place. In any case, it’s a long way away, even just in terms of Ukraine, out in the east of the country. It gets good and hot in the summer, and while Donetsk is not famed for its beaches, who needs ‘em when there’s Aqua Sferra, the largest free-standing aluminium-domed waterpark in the world, complete with retractable roof. The other Donetsk must-see is the monument to John Hughes. No, not that John Hughes, and not that John Hughes either, but the city’s Welsh founder. and a bonus one to break the budget (but it’s stil a great deal):6. Sharm El Sheikh, Egpyt from £129While visiting Cairo (and most of Egypt in fact) is not recommended by the FCO, Red Sea resorts like Sharm El Sheik are perfectly safe if you need to jet off for a much-needed dose of winter sun; or autumn sun.. and then some – at the time of writing, maximum temperatures are forecast to be between 38 and 44°C for the next 10 days. And while snorkelling with tropical fish in the Red Sea seems like a long-haul dream, you can get there (and back) for just £129. Related9 flights for under £30Book a budget break for the autumn – nine cool city break ideas, all with return flights under £30.10 flights for under £5010 flights, 10 city breaks in Europe for fun, sun and shopping.How to find flash sale flights before they’re goneOn your marks, get set, go! It’s another flights flash sale from a low-cost airline! But you’re just never quick enough eh? How do you bag a seriously cheap flight when these sales come around? Well, here are our tried and tested tips that will help you catch bargain flight… 4. Fes, Morocco from £60While we’re here, in Morocco, we’ll take a look beyond Marrakech to the once-overshadowed city of Fes. While Marrakech is many people’s first touchdown in Africa, new direct flights to Fes in the last few years have put it on the slightly more adventurous breaker’s map. Fes el Bali, the city’s ‘old town’ to put it in ridiculously basic terms, is a world away from Europe, a dusty vortex of souks, alleys, street food stalls and mint tea stops. 5. Istanbul, Turkey from £65Warning: cheesy line coming. With flights this cheap, you can save your cash for shopping. No, not Milan, nor Paris, but a mere 60 squid takes you on a retailers’ busman’s holiday of a lifetime in Istanbul. The Grand Bazaar is one of the hardest places in the world to resist a good salesman, but give some back and get haggling. You’ll need a map to get round it, you are bound to get lost anyway, and you may not be able to get that 20 square foot carpet back home, but it’s many times more atmospheric than your average out-of-town shopping centre. Prices correct at time of going to press – 16 September 2013. Prices can go down as well as up! Keep tabs on the price of the routes you’re looking at with Skyscanner Price Alerts.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 3. Marrakech, Morocco from £55That’s a deal and a half to take you to the full-on craziness of Marrakech. While some may be overawed by sights such as Djemaa el-Fna, you can at least take a break from the constant hustle, bustle (and heat for much of the year) by staying in a secluded riad – ‘a traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden or courtyard’. Many riad owners will pick up from the airport, to ease you into your visit before you hit up the souks and snake charmers. Moscow for under £50 return? Morocco for £55? No way!In our relentless pursuit of cheap flights on Skyscanner, there are certain destinations that always seem to crop up and stun us out our bargain-hunting minds for how damn cheap they are to fly to.Yes, the flights are operated by budget airlines; you may have to book a couple of months in advance; travel is mid-week blah blah, but these days you know the score with finding the cheapest prices when you are booking travel. There isn’t a science to this – we haven’t calculated kilometres per pound – it’s just that these flights look like an unbelievably good deal. So, here are six of our best value flights from the UK to distant-ish shores this autumn.1. Moscow, Russia from £46 returnMoscow for under £50? Yes, really – at the time of writing we found a return flight for £46. To paraphrase the famous Kiss song, it’s a crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy price. You could spend as much on a night out down the pub, but instead you could go to Russia. With a journey duration of roughly five hours, that’s just £5 an hour there and back. The flight goes to Moscow Domodedovo, which you might think is one of those misleadingly-named airports and it’s actually located in downtown Vladivostok, but you’re wrong. While at 26 miles from the city centre, it’s not exactly walking distance from Red Square, it is one of Moscow’s three main international airports, and the busiest in Russia. Once there, you can continue to keep your transport costs to a minimum by getting around by bike thanks to Moscow’s new Boris bike-alike hire scheme (you might need to translate this page!).