BACK by popular demand, the Chimes shopping centre will be awash with testosterone for its Big Boys Toys week. Situated in the lower mall, men can leave behind their wives and girlfriends and enter the male compound, where they will find activities, freebies and discounts just for men.

Sports fans can watch games on Sony TV screens or challenge their mates to a table football match or giant Scalextric challenge.

Computer games enthusiasts will be in seventh heaven with the chance to play an array of old arcade games, Wii pods and meet Titan the Robot.

There will also be street-dance performances, free-style football and plenty of eye candy!

A motor-racing theme will run throughout the weekend, with a competition to win a race day with Renault F1.

what? Big Boys Toys

when? Until Sunday, July 18

where? The Chimes Shopping Centre, High Street, Uxbridge, UB8 2EW

cost? Free

call: 01895 819 400


Smelling salts essential

DISCOVER some of the gruesome crimes that have occurred in this area when true crime author Linda Stratmann visits Uxbridge Library to talk about her new book, Middlesex Murders (pictured).

Stratmann has put together a compendium of blood-curdling tales, some of which are little known, others which made national headlines.

The violent killings include the death of Claire Paul, who was murdered with an axe at her Ruislip home in 1938. Probably not for the faint of heart!

what? True crime author visit

where? Uxbridge Library, High Street, Uxbridge

when? Tonight (Wednesday) at 7.30pm

cost? Free


call: 01895 250 714

Dance musical for boys

BILLY Elliot The Musical, the heart-warming story of a boy who trades boxing gloves for ballet shoes, will be brought to life at Watersmeet Theatre in Rickmansworth.

Set against the backdrop of the 1984 miners' strike, this powerful and dynamic story is staged by the Vocal Performance Academy, a talented young cast of aspiring professional performers, as part of Billy Youth Theatre. Presented with a fabulous score by Elton John, including Electricity, The Stars Shine Down and Solidarity.

what? Billy Elliot The Musical

when? From Wednesday, July 21 until Saturday, July 24

where? Watersmeet Theatre, High Street, Rickmansworth WD3 1EH c

ost? £15 (£12 senior citizens, £10 students)

call: Box office 01923 711 063


If you like your humour multicultural...

INTERNATIONALLY acclaimed stand-up Paul Chowdhry returns to the Comedy Bunker for three nights in a row ahead of the Edinburgh Festival.

Since starting out in 1998, the comedian, who has been hailed as 'a star in the making' by The Daily Telegraph, has travelled the world, headlining the International Indian Kings of Comedy tour and becoming the first British act to perform at the Caribbean Comedy Festival in Trinidad.

Inspired by the likes of Richard Prior and George Carlin, expect an eclectic set with highly charged observational humour, tapping into the multicultural diversity of modern day Britain.

what? Paul Chowdhry

when? Tuesday, July 20 to Thursday, July 22 at 8.15pm (doors open 8pm)

where? Comedy Bunker, Ruislip Golf Centre, Ickenham Road, West Ruislip HA4 7DQ cost? £10


Pay tribute to the status of the Quo - real or not

CELEBRATE four decades of Status Quo with one of the UK's longest running tribute acts, who are set to visit Ruislip this Friday.

Counterfeit Quo were founded in Essex by four hardened fans, with the ambition of recreating the dynamic Quo performances of old. Some 15 years later and the band has rocked all over the UK, as well as earning the seal of approval from no less than Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt.

They are set to perform a high energy set crashing through Quo's 22 top 10 hits including Pictures of Matchstick Men, Down Down and Whatever You Want.

what? Counterfeit Quo

when? Friday, July 16 at 9.30pm (doors 8.30pm)

where? Tropic at Ruislip, Ruislip Social Club, Grosvenor Vale, Ruislip, HA4 6JQ

cost? £10 (£8 in advance)

call: 01784 460 094