Featured Rollergirl: Kit Kat Power, London Rockin’ Rollers

How long have you been playing roller derby?
Kit: Since Autumn 2008

What positions do you play?
Kit: I jam, block and pivot, a bit of everything – where I am needed at the time! I want to work on my blocking and hit harder

What skates/pads and other kit do you use?
Kit: My skates are a pair of Riedell 395 boots, quite bare boots with no padding, took some time to wear in but once that’s done you L-O-V-E them, and I do L-O-V-E my skates. I use ProTec knee and elbow pads, SFR wrist guards, Triple Eight helmet – they do a model that fits my head perfectly, and it comes in my teams colours, the London Rockin’ Rollers, Red & Black so perfect match!

Which leagues would you recommend watching?
Kit: All leagues! as much as possible!! There are lots of footage out there, on YouTube, DNN and on teams websites so just dive in!

Which derby skaters inspire you the most?
Kit: Quadzilla, Swede Hurt, Suzy Hotrod , The Mighty Mighty Bash, Jack Attack, Von Bitch, Vagablonde, Stefanie Mainey … err.. there are so many skaters out there, each with a different style and skills that I look up to!

Tell us about your craziest/ most memorable bout?
Kit: I had a great bout when my mum was over to see me/us in action for the first time, think it was LRR v CCR , we won , and I was some kind of lean mean jamming machine! Was fun.

What injuries have you sustained so far in your derby career?
Kit:I had ‘jumpers knee’ about 1.5 ago, but knee is all fine now, however I managed to break my ankle when trying out for team Sweden end of May so I’m on crutches right now, or on crutch I should say, just got rid of the cast – after 7 long weeks, and have a nice funky boot and walk with one crutch, feels better and stronger every day and I can’t wait to be back on my skates

What is your training regime?
Kit: I usually cycle everywhere in London on a daily basis, and was going to take up running again this summer, which I will do as soon as I can run again. I also want to try yoga to ensure that I’m more flexible.

Do you have any top fitness or nutrition tips to share?
Kit: I have started using derbalife shakes, as I get out of my house without any breakfast, and want to get going quick so am a bit too impatient to make a proper breakfast that really suited me. I think its good to do as much varied sports as possible, I need to work on my upper body strenght now, so that’s what I’ll do whilst I’m not able to run or skate or cycle, as well as work with building up my left foot and leg of course, its a bit weak right now to say the least!

What is your favourite ‘boutfit’ to wear?
Kit: I like the red LRR outfit. We also have our own LRR pants, which are a pair of customised Y fronts, they are quite cool – I just need to get used to having my huge ass on show! I also have a tiger romper suit that I’m quite pleased with.

Roller derby seems to be becoming more and more popular in the UK, what do you predict for the future of UK roller derby?
Kit: I think its going to continue to grow, and hopefully the fan base will catch up with the amount of aspiring roller derby skaters we are seeing right now. We all have to work hard on spreading the word! (As well as getting as awesome as we possibly can, but that’s a given!! )

You’re from Sweden, do you have much contact with the roller derby scene over there?
Kit: Yes, I know Vix Viking, one of the first London RollerGirls, she is from a town near to my home town (we are both for the fine South of Sweden) and has started a league there now, Crime City Rollers. I recently went over to Stockholm to try out for Team Sweden – that’s when I broke my fucking’ foot! Luckily enough it happened towards the end of day 1, and the coaches recently told me the wanted me on the team!!! I’m so excited about that! I know Knickerblocker Glory too , she is of course on the team, all of the Swedish skaters were all awesome , so I’m very much looking

What do you predict for the future of roller derby in Europe?
Kit: It will grow and take over everyones’ lives and we’ll all be one happy roller derby family. (Fingers crossed) I also think the level will go up very quickly and hopefully the public will start to realise what a thrill it is to watch a game, and how much fun it is to follow a derby team.

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Social Distortion: 30 years of punk rock and counting

It seems that punk rock is in the air this summer in London with several punk favourites making rare appearances in town. First on my list was Social Distortion. They played Shepherd’s Bush Empire last Thursday and put on a truly breathtaking show.

The band are touring Europe to celebrate the release of their first album since 2004 Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, produced by lead singer Mike Ness himself. The album is proof the band is still going strong after belting out pure rock n roll punk rock for over three decades. The new album is yet another classic in a long list of melodic and powerful rockabilly punk records, marked with Ness’s signature lyrics and vocals. However, it does have a more melodic sound than the raw punk power of earlier albums such as Mommy’s Little Monster or White Light, White Heat, White Trash and the influence of classic rock, blues, rock n roll and country can be heard more than ever. The use of diverse instrumentation such as the accordion and piano and even female backing vocals have been used for the first time, adding extra textures to the sound. The album is described as ‘swaggering behind a chunky Stones-style locomotive groove’, and that is certainly what the band did on stage.

Since they started out in 1978, Social D has endured drug addiction, deaths, stints in prison, and the coming and going of many band members, with Mike Ness now the only remaining member from the original line-up. However, the new album and the show prove that they are still rocking out and it is rumoured that another album  may well be on the way.

The show was a balanced mix of classic punk songs such as Mommy’s Little Monster, Ball and Chain and Story of my Life from their older albums interspersed with material from their new album including Machine Gun Blues and California, as well as covers of Hank Williams, ending on a high with Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire. My personal favourites were undoubtedly Reach for the Sky from 2004 album Sex, Love and Rock n Roll and Dear Lover and Don’t Drag me Down form White light, White Heat, White Trash. After a slightly quiet mix at the start, the sound did them justice and the balance was almost spot on with the soaring guitar harmonies ringing out and Ness’s dulcet tones were loud and clear. I just hope they don’t wait quite as long to release the next album so they can come and visit us again soon.

Current line-up

Mike Ness – vocal, guitar (1978-present)

Jonny Wickersham – guitar (2000-present)

Brent Harding – bass (2004-present)

David Hidaglo, Jr. – drums, percussion (2010-present)

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Turkish-style Baked Eggs Recipe

This dish is perfect for breakfast, lunch or even dinner. It’s very filling, nutritious and delicious

300g spinach
2 tbsp olive oil
4 free-range eggs
150g Greek yogurt
1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
50g unsalted butter
1/2 tsp (chili flakes mixed with paprika
6 sage leaves, shredded
salt and pepper to taste

 

Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/gas mark 2. Wash the spinach and place with the oil in a large pan, add some salt and sauté over medium heat for about five minutes, or until the rocket has wilted and most of the liquid has evaporated.

Transfer the contents of the frying pan to a small, ovenproof dish and make four deep indentations in the spinach mix. Carefully break an egg into each crater, taking care not to break the yolk. Place in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until the egg whites set.

While the eggs are in the oven, mix together the yogurt and garlic along with a pinch of salt. Stir well, taste, adjust the seasoning if necessary and set aside.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan, add the chili flakes and paprika and a pinch of salt, and fry for a minute or two or until the butter starts to foam and turns a nice golden-red. Add the sage, cook for a few seconds longer, then remove from the heat.

Once the eggs are done, take the dish out of the oven. Spoon the yogurt mix over the centre, and pour the hot chilli butter over the yogurt and eggs and serve.

 

Enjoy!