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As he flies through the city skies saving the lives of the critically ill, you might be forgiven for mistaking Daniel Barnwall as a superhero. But he and his team aren’t far off. They’re advanced trauma paramedics for London’s Air Ambulance service and fly across London in a helicopter to help the most serious of 999 calls. Openly gay Daniel, 33, tells GT what’s involved trying to save the lives of the most dangerously ill

I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT I WANTED to do for a career when I finished my A-levels. I was on a gap year and answered an advert to become a 999 call taker with the London Ambulance Service. I enjoyed it a lot and it quickly exposed me to different jobs that were available in the service.

So in 2002, I went to university to do a three year paramedic science degree. I’d always loved the idea of a career based outdoors, and the variety the job would have to offer was what made me want to do it, because every hour of every day was going to be different. So when I graduated, I became a paramedic. I worked on ambulances and fast response cars, and you never really knew what you were going to see from call to call. You could be out helping someone with a tummy ache or someone who’s been hit by a train, or stabbed or even shot. When you’re new to the job, you get bursts of adrenaline because it’s all unknown, but once you get used to it, you settle down.

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Two things: it’s the October issue. October, you say? Better start on that Christmas list then! Second: it’s been 20 years since Hollyoaks launched on UK TV. Where has the time gone you ask? We’re not sure either but to celebrate the passing of this year (and the last twenty), we’ve pulled off a blinder and got you not one, two or even three Hollyoaks hotties but a quartet of soapland studs. You’ll instantly recognize both Kieron Richardson and James Sutton – both veterans of GT - having racked up no less than 3 covers and countless in-mag appearance between them; for good reason. Let us also introduce Parry Glasspool and Ross Adams for those of you who aren't yet familiar. Ross is a proper gent in real life but since hitting our screens back in April his character - Scott Drinkwell – has already helped kidnap a baby, lied about his HIV status and tried to come between lovebirds Ste and John Paul (played by Kieron and James). Tsk tsk. We’d say it’s time to stop and catch your breath but before you come up for air, take note: Parry Glasspool. Page 42. GT October. S’all we are saying. Also in this issue – wait there’s more? Yep… We met up with Dannii Minogue backstage before her gig at this year’s Manchester Pride for an exclusive chat. Exclusive means you won’t find it anywhere else, so we’ll leave this here and let you read the full interview, only in this month’s GT. And... Connor Franta Christos Tsiolkas Empire Cuffs Lauren Harries does Sweetie, Darling? Debate: Gay characters Analysis: Heroes: Ben Bradshaw MP Domestic Violence Gay Lego fans James Bond got gay Galantis Also, all stuff you know and love: GT Fitty - Sam Bird Michelle Visage Benjamin Cohen Mikey Walsh Michael Alig The Guyliner Positive Luke PJ Brennan Fit with Chris Jones 2 Lovely Gays Edd Kimber Gastro Gays Edd Kimber Modern Family That should be enough to keep you going for the next four weeks. Enjoy!

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