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LOVE TUG; I'm hooked on UK says Tristan.

Former Home And Away hunk Tristan Bancks has set up home in Britain - and unlike many soap stars from Down Under, he plans to stick around.

Tristan's career is soaring and the actor who played bad boy Tug in the smash telly series is proving a hit with the Brits too.

He's on CITV's Massive today and he'll be popping up on GMTV's Wake Up In The Wild Room soon.

He has devised and presented a behind-the-scenes documentary on Home And Away called Good Day Summer Bay and hosted the Mizz and Smash Hits Road Shows. And he's been brushing up his journalism skills by interviewing celebs such as Sandra Bullock and The Backstreet Boys.

"Doing Home And Away for two and half years was great," says 22-year- old Tristan. "But I prefer what I'm doing now. It's not like having a proper job. That's my main motivation in life - not to get a proper job."

When he's not "working" Tristan does sports like white water rafting, hang gliding, rollerblading and snowboarding. But don't hold your breath, girls - he's very much attached to long-term girlfriend Amber Melody.

Chart star Peter Andre kicks off a 10-date arena tour in July. Tickets are hot property, so hurry and book. Here's where to catch the king of swing:

July 1 Bournemouth BIC, July 3 Brighton Centre, July 5 Birmingham NEC, July 7 Glasgow SECC, July 9 Aberdeen ECC, July 11 Newcastle Arena, July 12 Sheffield Arena, July 13 Manchester G-Mex, July 15 Cardiff International Arena, July 16 Wembley Arena.

HOT on the heels of her No 12 hit in the States, Gina G releases her debut album Fresh on March 24. Gina has co-written many of the tunes and it's tipped for the top here and in the USA. The cover features a tasty pic of the singer covered in chocolate. "I want to put some glamour back into pop," she says.

Be a Grange Hill star!

Think you've got what it takes to be a TV star?

If the answer's yes, check this out: We're giving one reader, aged between 11 and 16, the chance to be an extra in the CBBC drama Grange Hill.

The winner, accompanied by a parent or guardian, will bag an all-expenses- paid trip to the Grange Hill set. There you'll meet all your favourite characters and even take part in the filming.

To enter we want you to watch episode 16 of Grange Hill on Thursday, March 15 and answer the following questions.

1. Who gets custard pie in his face?

2. What does Chris buy Joanna?

3. What falls off the bathroom wall?

Send your answers, together with your name, age, address and phone number on a postcard to Mega Mirror, Grange Hill Comp, PO Box 4024, London E14 5BZ.

WONKA JUBI-GLEE

IT'S 25 years since the classic Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory first appeared on the big screen. Now, to mark its silver jubilee, it's out on video.

The film is based on Roald Dahl's famous book Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - recent adaptations of Dahl's books include James And The Giant Peach and Matilda.

Mega Mirror has 20 copies of the vid to give away. Ten first-prize winners also bag a brilliant bubble-gum machine. To enter, just tell us who wrote the book Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory is based on. Answers on a postcard to: Mega Mirror/Willy Wonka Comp, Parkes Print, 86 East Avenue, Hayes, Middlesex UB3 2HR.

Bugs of fun with

our FREE videos

Mega Mirror has joined forces with Warner Vision to give away 20 newly-released Santo Bugito videos. The hit cartoon, made by the creators of The Simpsons and Rugrats, was first shown on ITV last summer.

The animated action follows the hilarious antics of the talking bugs that inhabit Santo Bugito, a small town on the border of Texas and Mexico. At the centre of the cartoon mayhem are Paco and Carmen, free-spirited owners of the town's hot spot, Cocina. Other characters include Clem and Burt, a wacky duo whose party piece is regurgitating their food.

We've got copies of Santo Bugito Volumes 1 & 2 up for grabs, and each vid features three action-packed episodes. For a chance of winning, just tell us where Santo Bugito is. Answers on a postcard to: Mega Mirror, Santo Bugito Comp, PO 4022, London E14 5BZ.

HOOP YOU'RE LUCKY

MEGA Mirror and Hula Hoops have joined forces to bring you a slam dunkin' competition.

In association with the National Basketball Association, Hula Hoops are running a pack promotion linked to basketball - one of the fastest growing youth sports.

Inside packets of Hula Hoops you'll find collectable basketball cards featuring your favourite players. And if you're lucky enough to find a basketball shaped Hula Hoop inside a pack then you could win pounds 10,000.

Enter our great competition and get a head start with your collection. We have 50 sets of basketball collector albums, cards and baseball caps up for grabs.

To be in with a chance of winning, just tell us which American team basketball ace Michael Jordan plays for. Answers on a postcard, with your name and address to: Hula Hoops/Mega Mirror Comp, PO Box 218, Banbury, Oxon, OX16 9FS.

WIN

The Nintendo 64 console explodes into life with new game Turok: Dinosaur Hunter and I've got a unique customised machine plus the game to give away.

Turok, published by Acclaim, has advanced graphics and breathtaking 3D effects as you battle against bionic dinosaurs using a devastating arsenal of weapons.

Acclaim has specially customised a Nintendo 64 with pictures of Turok to get a lucky Power Up reader in the mood.

To stand a chance of winning the N64 and a copy of Turok, tell me the name of the film from Steven Spielberg that featured dinosaurs. Was it: a) E.T.; b) Raiders Of The Lost Ark; c) Jurassic Park?

PUT your answer on a postcard together with your name and address and send it to Turok Comp., Power Up, The Mirror, 1 Bartlett Court, London EC88 1TH. The first correct answer out of the postbag after the closing date of Monday, March 17 will win.

Play hard!

All-action Bruce is game for Apocalypse

Movie action hero Bruce Willis will deliver justice in a new PlayStation shooter called Apocalypse.

Die Hard star Willis is being paid millions of dollars plus a share of the profits for his role as the player's partner in the Activision game.

Apocalypse, which will be released in late summer, is set in a violent future where players fight side-by-side with their virtual partner to defeat the Four Horsemen - Death, Plague, War and The Beast.

Games gurus will use cyber-scanning and motion capture techniques to create an entirely computer-generated version of Bruce Willis.

The star says: "When these cats from Activision showed me the new graphics and interaction of this software on Apocalypse I was blown away.

"There is nothing on the market like it. All other games will be come obselete."

A special Artificial Intelligence system is being built into the game, which allows the Willis character the same degree of freedom as the player's.

OFFERED: Grandslam Tennis (Megadrive). WANTED: Road Rash (Mega Drive). A. Waddington, Birkenhead. Tel: 0151 200 0850.

TO swap, send postcard to Swap Shop, Power Up, The Mirror, MGN Ltd., 1 Canada Square, London E14 5AP with name, age, address, phone number, games and format. If under 18, parent must sign. We take NO responsibility for swaps that go wrong. Do not send games to The Mirror.

For all weapons and maximum ammo in Tomb Raider on the PlayStation, press Select, L1, Triangle, R2, L2, L2, R2, Circle, L1. (Harrison Gray, Hounslow, Middx.).

SEND tips & cheats on a postcard to: Power Up, The Mirror, MGN Ltd, 1 Canada Square, London E14 5AP. pounds 5 for those printed.

METAL MAYHEM

Twisted Metal World Tour (pounds 39.99 PlayStation)

THE original Twisted Metal was largely ignored in favour of the similar but better Destruction Derby.

Here it comes roaring back with more vehicles, bigger weapons, larger circuits and carnage galore.

The backdrops are more interesting and include Paris, Tokyo, Moscow and New York.

It is the same basic idea of racing round blasting away at opponents and causing mayhem, but the gameplay has been improved.
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