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Holy shitballs, it’s nearly December, & as the song most eloquently reminds us (usually about 8 weeks too early), it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas... To celebrate this fact, we have a gloriously un-Christmassy issue for you, well apart from the Pop Up Gift Shop (on Page 8 & 9) but that’s for charity, or our 12 days of Christmas competition (p24), but that’s awesome, so it’s all good. Let’s see, we have exclusive interviews with indie giants The Vaccines, with British rap hero Example, with the wee-drinking-salmon-munching-bug-licking legend Bear Grylls, with guitar playing whippersnapper Jake Bugg, &with soon to be huge lovely folk ladies The Staves. Plus you can win a trip around the USA or anywhere in Europe & loads loads more. Woop aloo. x

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Nov/Dec 2012 Edition

In this issue.... Wireless Pop Up Gift Shop 08-09

Remember Movember 10

The Vaccines Interview 13-15

Wireless Joins The Circus 18-19

Example Interview 20-21

The Staves Interview 25

Bear Grylls Interview 34-35

Gap Year On A Budget 36

The Mass Debate 38-39

Get The Look: Winter Style 42-43

Cheap Night In: Mayan Style 44-45


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#DEMO 2012:

Educate, Employ, Empower The National Union of Students will hold a national demonstration in the streets of London on 21st November. Protesters will make a

stand against the loss of EMA, soaring tuition fees and squeezed budgets in the first day of national action since the violent marches of 2010. NUS President Liam Burns states: “You’ve got a lot to be angry about. You’ve had your education systematically attacked across the board by the coalition. And even if you get to the other end, what have you got to look forward to? In a year in which there are no votes in parliament and no legislation coming before politicians, it’s about time we started setting the agenda.”. Planners are hoping that people won't go so ape-shit this time and are encouraging all interested students to get involved. Come along and make a difference! Just don't break anything. It makes us all look bad.

Courtney Love Kills Kurt Musical Rumours Courtney Love has ended speculation about a Nirvana musical saying that it will not happen, according to The Observer. Rumours had

suggested that Love's former co-manager, Sam Lufti was in the process of producing a Broadway show about the life of Kurt Cobain, the finale of which would presumably feature a spectacular 'turning-in-grave' sequence.

Free Spray Tans For The Unemployed

Husband Sues Wife For Being Ugly

Jobless people in Aberdare are being offered f r e e f a l s e tans to improve their chances of getting a job. The Academy, a non-for-

When Jian Feng first saw his new born baby he couldn't figure out how such an assugly child could be his.

profit organization, hopes to improve job seekers' confidence by giving them makeovers. It has yet to be proven whether “The Ooompa Loompa effect” can positively affect your chances in a job interview.


Initially he suspected his beautiful wife of having an affair, but it later transpired that his partner's beauty was thanks to £60,000 worth of plastic surgery. Naturally, he took his lying spouse to court in China and was awarded £75,000 and an immediate divorce.

Original White Noise Calls For Electro Lovers A new online radio station is appealing to budding DJs and electronic music lovers for their personal playlists. Original White

N o i s e hopes to bring fans of the g e n r e together so that they can share their latest creations and discoveries with the world. The station launches on the 22nd of November.

This month, we will be mostly... (and a bit)

...listening to C r y s t a l Castles III

Out 5th Nov

The electro duo are back with their imaginatively titled third album, and if the singles Wrath Of God, and Plague are anything to go by then we’re in for a treat.

Green Day ¡Dos! Out 12th Nov

The second installment of the album trilogy is, according to Billie Joe “more garage rock — a little dirtier, like you're in the middle of the party”. They seem to have slipped back into their old punk pop ways anyway, so dig out your baggy jeans, chains and guyliner, this should be a goodun!

Bruno Mars Locked Out Of Heaven Out 25th Nov

OK, so Bruno Mars might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but this tune (in parts) sounds like the best song The Police never wrote. It’s probably filling dancefloors around the country before you’ve even read this...

...and a classic Jimmy Eat World B l e e d American OK, so 2001 wasn’t exactly a vintage year for music, but 06

amongst all the Britney Spears and Destiny’s Child shite, there was this gem of an album. One of the pioneers of “emocore” (before it was all about the haircuts and tight pants) J.E.W created an album, nay a barrage, of awesome tunes from start to finish. Stand out tracks include Sweetness, A Praise Chorus and Salt Sweat Sugar. You need this on your iPod...

...going to see S i l v e r L i n i n g s Playbook

Out 21st Nov

An all star cast featuring the bloke from The Hangover, that bird from the Hunger Games and some fella called Robert De Niro head up this adapted novel comedy masterpiece about love, insanity and punching people at American Football games. From the outside, it could be conceived as another crappy rom-com, but it’s actually a brilliantly acted, brilliantly thought out piece of cinema. Worth a watch.

...playing Football Manager 2013

Out 2nd PC/Mac



We were lucky enough to get a copy of this football management simulation gem sent to us a couple of weeks before it came out. The editor then had to be drugged up and have it forcibly removed from him, before this issue was renamed Wireless Summer Edition...This is

procrastination at its very finest. Have a go at the new Challenge Mode. It’s a goodun. If you flick to page 54, we’ve got a copy to give away too!

...wearing A Chrimbo Jumper

Yes they are ultra hipster and cool these days. But fuck it, if you feel like wearing a giant snowman on your woollen chest, then wear it with pride. Haters gon’ hate, y’all...

...celebrating Movember November, upper lips, all over the world.

Yes indeed it is the hairest time of the year, when the world unites for a celebration of facial furriness by growing a silly moustache for prostate cancer awareness. Even your nan can join in. Anyone caught not sporting a fancy lip rug this month can join in with Decembeard (not real) and Fanuary (gross).

...ignoring I ’ m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here.

From 11th Nov ITV1/2/3/4/5/6


A bunch of alleged celebrities desperately clawing at one last attempt at fame. While we’re quite partial to Ant and Dec’s northern charm and giant foreheads, the rest of them are just bad bad tools.



If you don't know who Jake Bugg is by now you'll soon find out. The Nottingham singer has had a number 1 album, toured with Noel Gallagher and sold out two tours. Not bad for someone who is only 18. Hi Jake, you've just got back from America how was that? I started off in Seattle and then went up to Canada. Then we went down to New York, Chicago, and then Kentucky, Nashville and Texas. It was a crazy tour. What's the best thing to come out of being on tour with Noel Gallagher? Probably getting used to playing in front of his crowds, the bigger crowds. Good practice for your own shows? Yeah, I'm really looking forward to the tour coming up. It's going to be great, I get to play Shepherds Bush on my birthday, the last day of the tour. Is that a birthday present or a happy coincidence? Well we already had a Shepherds Bush date for the 27th, and my birthday's on the 28th, but then it sold out so they added another date on my birthday, which is cool. It's been a really good year for singer-song writers, why do you think people are choosing to get their guitar music from a solo artist rather than bands? Well there are a lot of bands who're just a wall of sound, they write one good tune but when they try and write others it's just the same. And a lot of bands struggle because it's hard you know? You've got to earn a living and at the same time you've got to practice, be good on your instrument and write great songs.

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The Dali

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The Massive Effort

More than just a moustache, this is a work of art. You’ll need a steady hand and a fine razor to pull this one off. God speed!

The 70's Pornstar

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The Bushy Bastard

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The Chaplin

A very risky one. Get it right and you’ll look like a hero of the silent film era. Get it wrong and most people will disown you for a month.

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The Vaccines

Two Years, Two Albums and One Huge Gig... In the space of just two years The Vaccines have released two studio albums, reached the top of the charts and toured all over, as well as supporting some of the biggest bands in history. You would think some time off would be welcomed. Instead, bass player Árni Hjörvar is complaining about sitting at home with nothing to do, dying to get on the road again to tour the new album, Come of Age, which went straight to number one in September. They recently announced they will play London's O2 Arena in May next year, and with a

capacity of 20,000 people this will be their biggest headline show to date although the reality hasn't quite sunk in yet: “It scares the living shit out of me. I've been to gigs there; it's a big old place. It will feel very real when we get there.” That won't be the only arena they headline in May next year- they will also be playing in Margate, Carlisle, Leeds and Llandudno throughout the month. The quartet has had plenty of experience playing to large crowds. They have supported Arctic Monkeys both in the UK and US as well as the Stone Roses at Heaton Park in June. Árni describes the reunion

WORDS: LUCY HOWELL gig: “It was a big crowd! It was brilliant. There were 75,000 middle aged former ravers who all went out and got crazy for one night and it was brilliant. We were surrounded by people who were re-living their youth. I thought we were gonna just get bottled off stage but they were quite nice.” After another triumphant set at Reading and Leeds Festival this summer where they were third from the top of the bill on the main stage, the bass player tries to explain how it feels: “You can't really qualify it in a word- its not fear- you're overwhelmed- it's really difficult to stop yourself from hysterically laughing or something but it's


incredible.” incredible.” When When askedasked what it what wasit like wasplaying like playing to a to a room room full full of accredited of accredited musicians, musicians, he's silent he's silent for a for a moment. moment. “Oh shit “Oh of shit courseof coursewe played we played didn't didn't we?!”we?!” He He exclaims. exclaims. “To be “Tohonest be honest I I just blocked just blocked that memory that memory out out of my of mind. my mind. It was It fucking was fucking nervenerve racking. racking. You're You're playing playing to your to heroes your heroes and and it's it's a very a very sterile sterile and and boring boring environment environment to play to play in – in nobody – nobody gives gives a fuck. a fuck. There There are just are just loads loads of of people people talking talking over you. overBut you. But anyway, anyway, yeah yeah it was it fun. was fun. Graham Graham CoxonCoxon was was very very complimentary.” complimentary.”

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An Interview With


...on coming of age, therapy, & the inspiration behind his latest album

“It’s sort of half an apology to my last girlfriend and half self-help; a coming of age.” This year Elliot John Greave turned 30 years old and the artist known as Example is facing a particularly ‘transitional period’ at the end of his third decade. “I went to a session last year and I learnt a bit about myself. Some of the stuff that the therapist was saying to me just clicked in my head and that gave me inspiration for songs. I just wanted to be really honest on this album about everything I’ve been through in the last few years.” Example has consistently written autobiographically 20

throughout his career but head to it, or it can evoke rarely have his lyrics emotions and then after four been as revealing as on the or five listens people go and forthcoming ‘Evolution of analyse the lyrics and learn Man’. The new album sees the something about the meaning. rapper coming to terms with drug use, infidelity and the “I write most of my songs pitfalls of success. With with live shows in mind. When songs such as ‘Crying Out you gig it’s mostly about the For Help’ and ‘All My Lows’ emotion or the atmosphere even the track listings that you get.” sound like a psychoanalytic transcript. All of this moody It was probably a combination self-reflection doesn’t mean of existential angst and experience of example has gone soft on extensive us however; the rawness of playing larger live venues the content is more than “When you gig it’s mostly about matched by the emotion or the atmosphere the sound:

that you get”

“When I listen to songs, because I write lyrics all I do is study the lyrics. I think the key thing about the music as a whole is that you can listen to it and nod your

which resulted in this album’s second most striking feature: Evolution Of Man is at least in some part a rock record. Elliot is quick to point out that this doesn’t

mean that Example is now a band (most of the trance and dubstep elements have been retained for existing fans) but the list of influences that went into making these songs will surprise some. “I’ve always been a big fan of guitar bands. I spent most of my teen years listening to grunge and metal. It just felt like the right time to make it.” The inspiration for EOM reads like a roll call of 90s mainstream rock acts, ranging from the industrial metal-pop of Marilyn Manson, to the solo heavy fuzz of Sound Garden. The Harsh riffs and direct vocals of ‘Crying Out For Help’ will immediately bring Rage Against The Machine to mind. Despite the heavy moments, homage is also paid to lighter contemporary bands; lead single ‘Say Nothing’ follows The Killers’ formula of jangly guitars entwined with synthesizers. Which brings us to something else worth mentioning. ‘Say Nothing’ is one of four tracks on the album which features a rather unlikely guest star. “Graham Coxon is regarded as one of the best guitarists of his generation. I just thought I’d be cheeky enough to ask him and he said yes, I didn’t actually expect him to but he said yes!

studio to write with him, he just lent his guitar playing to the album.”

dancing and body popping in a car park, or somebody having a house party – just gangs of kids dancing together.

The idea for the collaboration first came “I just wanted to go back about when the pair met at to some of the videos I used a War Child gig, then again to watch in the 90s, like at the BRITs. If you think Metallica, Sound Garden, the idea of the Blur-man Nirvana, The Prodigy, Blur – appearing on what is broadly they all had really abstract an electronic record hard to “I just wanted to go back to grasp you are some of the videos I used to not the only one; Example watch in the 90s” seemingly can’t believe his videos and they didn’t luck to be playing with one really make much sense or of his idols. have anything to do with the song, but they looked great For a great – er, example - of and had amazing characters what to expect from the new and amazing locations. Some Example album, the current of them were quite scary single ‘Close Enemies’ is a and quite warped like a bad fine demonstration of both dream. So that’s basically the characteristic guitar the sort of idea I wanted for work and brooding lyrical the Close Enemies video.” content. The video for the song is even more unusual. Many music channels Featuring a psychopathic responded to the disturbing chainsaw killer, a clown content by banning the video, resembling Stephen King’s although it’s unlikely to It and a weird Silent Hill- deter fans from watching it esque black-gunk-vomiting online. For better or worse, box-head man, the clip’s Example’s darker side is now release did well to coincide out for everyone to see. That with the Halloween period. much is inevitable. “I was watching TV in February this year, some music channels, and I just realised that all of the videos were identical. They were all either like, gig footage or they had people

Close Enemies is released on 11th November and the album Evolution Of Man will be released on 19th November.

“It’s not like I got him in the



We all know that University is a time to find yourself, a time for growth and self discovery. But most of all, it’s a time to make large groups of friends, and then proceed to wrestle them in custard. Yep, Uni Societies are an odd bunch, sometimes...

The Jedi Council

As members of one of the world's fastest growing religions, followers of the Jedi Church deserve all the spiritual guidance facilitated to other beliefs; it's great to see that some universities are already forming their own Jedi Councils.

(Liverpool John Moores Uni)

The Assassins' Guild (Sheffield Uni)

Chocolate Society (UCL)

This is a great society to join if you've just went through a particularly emotional break up; if things are really bad you might want to organize a joint night out with the Ice Cream and Tearfully Punching a Pillow Society.


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THE STAVES ...on travel, moustaches and making friends with pandas.

Three years ago I saw 3 sisters from Watford c a p t i v a t e a n unsuspecting audience in the small venue in Portsmouth; last week they played Wembley arena to 12,000 people “It's a completely different animal, I was worried it might be scary- but in the big ones it's kind of easier to zone out and get into your own world; it was mad,” says the youngest of the siblings, Camilla Staveley-Taylor. (See what they did there'Staves'/'Staveley'?)

The newly released single, 'Tongue Behind My Teeth', took the girls to Spain for the video- “It's where they shot all the Westerns, like Fist Full of Dollars; all the sets are still there. It was really fun. We all said 'imagine if we could make a Cowboy video?!' Have a day's shooting and mess around and dress up in the 45 degree heat,” Armed with guns and samurai swords it's clear that while the band might look and sound like indiescene sweethearts, they're a force to be reckoned with.

Unfortunately, interviews can't be all fun and games, someone had touch on the more pressing issues: Cowboys or Pirates? “I feel like a pirate would be more fun, get to travel more- see “Sometimes it takes people by m o r e A surprise and has the effect of places. while ago I went and making them listen...” travelled beautiful blood-harmonies around India for a few months are becoming harder and and the girls went to harder to escape from. But Thailand. I'd really like to why would you want to? With go to rural China, normally Bon Iver and Tom Jones when we think of China we amongst their fans, you'd be think about the big cities a fool to deny such vocal but it would be amazing to perfection. see how the nature is there

The Staves are swiftly becoming a name to remember, with their exquisite debut album on the shelves and some TV appearances under their belts, their hauntingly

and people living really simple lives; disappear into the Chinese wilderness and befriend a panda, naturally.” Movember- friend or foe? “I think that every boy reaches a time when they decide to experiment with facial hair- sometimes it's good, but often it's very very bad. But if you can raise some money for a good cause then go for it, handlebar it up!” Camilla and her band have a phenomenal talent in making audiences forget about their Facebook notifications and Twitter feeds whilst on stage. “I think it's the three part harmonies; maybe it's because you don't hear it that much, sometimes that takes people by surprise and has the effect of making them listen” It's a sense of innocent escapism that is increasingly hard to find these days, and it's something they've cultivated with the wisdom of artists far their senior. The Staves' debut album 'Dead & Born & Grown' is available now and if you love music and don't own it, then have a word with yourself. 25

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VOLUNTEER WORK! It’s better than working in Maccies. Words: Tom Johnson

In the UK alone each year, over 22 million people volunteer their time, helping out with projects both at home and abroad. It’s not all about selling broken toys and dusty

books at the local Brownies jumble sale though, these days there are a huge range of opportunities available to young people. You could visit countries you would never dream of going to, while at the same time helping out the most vulnerable and destitute members of the local community. From teaching kids in Uganda, to working at a Mexican orphanage this is a personally rewarding experience that you can walk away from with your head held pretty bloody high. And of course, once work has finished, you can crack open a beer, sit back and look at the awesome sight surrounding you. It’s something everyone should try at least once...

International Citizen Service As a government run initiative, ICS is probably the UK’s biggest overseas volunteering program. You could spend 10 to 12 weeks in one of several countries around the world, across Asia, Africa, Latin America or the Middle East. Roles can involve anything from healthcare to farming to I.T. Nice... Phone the ICS team on 0208 780 7400 or visit •

Real Gap - Sports Volunteering If you’re more of a kick-about kind of person, you like a cheeky tennis rally or a you’re a dab hand with a cricket bat, maybe this is the opportunity for you. Real Gap have set up Sports Volunteer programs in Malawi and South Africa. Teaching kids who’ve never kicked a ball, you’ll look like Ronaldo to them... Visit or call 01892 882 736

Agape - Teach Music in Ghana Do you know your paradiddles from your rim shots? Your arpeggios from your fingering? These are musical terms you filthy thing. If you knew that, then this might be the trip for you. For anything up to a year you could be teaching youngsters either one to one, or in groups. Teach them more than three chords and we could have the next Green Day on our hands... Visit or call 0845 519 8469

Kaya - Wildlife & Animal Volunteers Everyone, literally, everyone loves monkeys. If you don’t, you’re probably a closet serial killer or a Justin Bieber fan. So why not help out at a primate sanctuary in Vietnam or South Africa? Or maybe learn to Scuba dive while working with marine conservationists. There could be worse ways to spend a year. Visit or call 0161 870 6212 If you want something a bit closer to home, check out, which is an organisation aimed at volunteering around the UK. Go on, have a look...


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GAP YEAR, ON A BUDGET Times are hard and not everyone can afford to go travelling on a gap year. But what are gap years really about? Making the most of your short time on this beautiful planet? Broadening your mind through experiencing a

multitude of different cultural viewpoints? Or is it about amassing an impressive collection of Facebook photos to boast about? Fortunately you don't even have to leave Britain to create the holiday snaps you need to back up your bull shit travel stories. Here are some falsified gap year photos we took right here in depressing small town Blighty.

At the Eiffel Tower, Paris

top of a Standing on Jungle is Massive cliff or a hill

A quick trip to Blackpool, a delightful beret and a hefty grin, and who’d know you weren’t staying in France? Infact this is even better, as you can go on terrifying old rollercoasters, get your palm read, and buy edible knickers from a vending machine...

Eating Some of The Local Exotic Food

Enjoying the famous Landmarks Oh, didn't you know there was more than one Taj Mahal? We saw the real Taj Mahal, not that over-hyped tourist trap in India. A must-see, especially for anyone within five miles of Waterloo.


Standing on top of a cliff or a hill

Yes, it would be quite an experience to brave the Amazon Rainforest and to see all that wildlife surrounding you. But in all fairness, it pisses down in Britain most of the time, so you’re halfway there already. Get on your long shorts, visit your local garden centre and turn on the sprinklers for that real authentic feel.

Courtesy of one of the many sushi franchises that populate every city in the western world. You know what you very rarely hear people say? “Wow, those curried ants tasted better than a Big Mac, it really filled me up and the dog’s bollock pudding tasted at least as good as I thought it was going to”.

Or a sand dune. It's all the same right? Just look longingly into the middle distance. The idea is to symbolise your spiritual journey in this photo, so that you can talk about how deep you are at the student union bar. The chicks will love it. The monkey is entirely optional though.

WIN A 2 WEEK TRIP IN WESTERN USA! Do you fancy hiking the Grand Canyon and Yosemite? Or walking the Golden Gate Bridge? Maybe just a spot of sightseeing around San Francisco and San Diego? Of course you do. Well Wireless Magazine has teamed up with Trek America and UCAS to bring you this humdinger of a competition! • Two Weeks Trekking Around Western USA • Highlights include city tours of Hollywood, sunset sailboat cruise of San Francisco Bay, walk amongst Giant Sequoias trees in Yosemite, and loads more. • All transportation by private adventure vehicle • Camping and equipment provided At The Golden Gate Bridge, wish you were here x

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We are giving you the chance to win a trip anywhere in Europe, completely paid for. You can take your loved one or, if you prefer, go off on your own to find some mates. We will pay up to £200 towards flights (if you book in advance this is enough to go anywhere in Europe) and £100 towards accommodation (more than enough for a nice private room in any European hostel for two nights).

To enter, just head on round to or scan the QR code No silly questions, not even a word search or a spot the difference contest. You just need to give us your contact details and tell us where you want to go! We’ll announce the winner on our Facebook Page at the end of December. Good luck!


what superpower would S S A M THE you want, and what DEBATE would you do with it...?

(warning: contains real life opinions of some rather vulgar people)

Daniel, Manchester Wireless: Hello Daniel, so what Superpower would you want? Daniel: The ability to time travel. Wireless: Fair enough, and what would you do with that?? Daniel: I'd warn Anne Boleyn not to get involved, I'd persuade Hitler to stick to painting and I'd go back to last Thursday so I could pay my phone bill on time...

Michael, Manchester Wireless: What Superpower would you want, and what would you do with it? Michael: The power to turn into any material and to regenerate limbs. That way I could turn in to a doughnut, eat myself, regenerate and repeat.

Simon, Sheffield

Danny, Liverpool

Wireless: What Superpower would you want, and what would you do with it? Simon: I would want China. I would implement reforms to make it less corrupt and more fair.

Wireless: What Superpower would you want, and what would y o u d o w i t h i t ? Danny: Lets be honest the best ever superpower that a guy could have is to shape shift. I could be Prince William for a day and spend it with Kate riding you like donkey in a roller coaster.

Wireless: Very good Simon. Very good.

Nicky, Sunderland Wireless: Hello Nicky, so tell us what Superpower would you want? Nicky: Invisibility... Wireless: Any particular reason? Nicky: Imagine all the perving I could do with it, mwahahaha!

Carl, Coventry

Wireless: What Superpower would you want, and what would you do with it? Carl: I would wanna have to ability to turn into a chocolate bar. That way I Emily, New York Wireless: What Superpower can get inside any women.... w o u l d y o u w a n t ? Wireless: Good luck with that one fella. Emily: To be able to teleport anywhere and at anytime! Could Matthew, Newcastle be at any gig/festival without paying, travel the world for Wireless: What Superpower would you want? free and see every major global Matthew: The power to know when people are event. Also if you are in a bad lying. situation you can disappear Wireless: Ok, and what would you do with it? haha Matthew: I'd use it to be really smug...


Alan, Liverpool Wireless: Hi Alan, what Superpower would you want? Alan: I'd want the power to fart glitter.


Wireless: Rightio, and what would you do

with that?? Alan: Imagine all the chicks that I'd get! Wireless: Erm... Alan: Also, maybe to understand ladies better.

Joseph, Liverpool Wireless: Hello Joseph, what Superpower would you want young man? Joseph: The ability to e a t s p a g h e t t i gracefully Wireless: Ok then, and what would you do with that? Alan: I'd use it to eat loads of spaghetti. Wireless: Brilliant.

Mark, Coventry Wireless: Hello Mark, what Superpower would you want young man? Mark: How about the ability to stop time? Wireless: Nice, and what would you do with that? Alan: I'd go out on a Saturday night, stop time, remove ALL the clothes off ALL the ladies, pile them up, grab a rum and coke then put time back into effect. The WTF moment/scramble/mass of jiggling boobies fighting to the stage would be absolutely hilarious. And only slightly perverted.

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As much as we could swear that it was still August just yesterday, the season of merriment and bitter weather descended upon us while we weren't looking. As the temperature decreases, the sherry consumption increases and the amount of times you hear Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas" frankly makes you want to kick small children, Wireless has one suggestion to help you commandeer the winter months with a level head- and that suggestion is: Layering. Original, we know. Far from being a once shameful memory in the back of your parents' closet, the revival of the festive jumper has landed as a student fashion staple this winter, complimented with knits and boots that will allow you to roam the streets both stylishly and as snug as a bug in a rug.

girls look The Girl's look this season is about layering a few simple, classic garments against one bold statement knit. Keep your pins and your torso toasty in some neutral skinny jeans and a tailored denim shirt- but tis' the season, so set the look off by layering with a bold festive print cardigan and some chunky knit accessories to channel your inner winter kitsch. Portobello Stripe Fairisle Capped Glove by Accessorize £12

Belted Canvas Colour Skinny Jean in Brown by Pilot, £25.99

Denim Shirt with Collar Detail by Miss Selfridge £36

Zip Through Hooded Parka by ASOS £60 Fairisle Cardigan by Next £35

lads look For lads, no winter look is complete without a statement Christmas jumper but this season try teaming your print of choice with a solid neutral duffle coat, some slim fit jeans and a pair of tan boots. Naturally, the eyes will be drawn to the jumper, but layering with neutral earthy tones will make you look stylish and warm while still being novel and festive. Navy Polar Bear Fingerless Gloves by Next £12

Dark Purple Stretch Cord Jean by Burton £40


Canvas Tweed Hooded Jacket by Burton £70

Christmas Jumper by ASOS £30

Flint Lace Boots by Office £69.99

Plain Buckle Ankle Boots by Miss Selfridge, £45

and accessorise... Naturally, after you've festived yourself up to the eyeballs in boots and knits you're going to need some new accessories - or at least something to put on your Christmas wish list. It's party season, so keep checking Urban Outfitters Casio Black Face Watch (£40.00) or Topshop's Brown Sepia Skull Watch (£12.00) to make sure you turn up fashionably late. No one wants to be the first one at the party. Hate family parties? Up the stakes by making your grand entrance late AND drunk, starting the party with a bang by swigging from Topshop's Shot Gun Hip Flask (£7.00) before you even turn up. Ladies, while you might not be able to grow a convincing moustache this Movember, you can sure as heck hang one round your neck like some sort of well groomed mock hairy pendant. This Mr Moustache Necklace Set is available from Topshop for £12.00. Are you tired of going through life with a cold head and neck combo? Do you find the common scarf is just way too passé these days? Well for a mere £14.00 you could look a bit like a medieval knight in this lovely Grey Cable Snood, available from Topman. Finally, girls, set off your party dress with a pair of statement earings. We particularly enjoy the range from Urban Outfitters, starting at £7.00 - but if you've been a particularly good girl this year, Santa might bring you the Maria Francesca Pepe Cross Plaque Earrings (£110.00)


p a e Ch ! n I t h g i N End of the World Party You may have forgotten about it by now but according to ancient Mayan prophecy, December 21st is officially the end of the world. Granted that Mayan calendars weren’t accurate enough to contain the right amount of days in a year, and that their powers of prediction didn’t stretch to foreseeing the scurge of genocidal Spaniards who would wipe them out, what if the world really does end this year? Well you’d better throw an amazing party just in case – all within a sensible budget of course. There’s no need to go crazy.

The Food In the extremely unlikely event that you survive the apocalypse food is going to be extremely scarce, so the best nibbles to have at your party are going to be ones that keep well as leftovers. Fortunately, imperishable


goods also tend to be dirt cheap. Why not make a mountain of those 25p noodle packs you get from discount shops? Anything that comes dried or tin makes a good end of the world ration. Pizza from a bad takeaway will last for years without decomposing and choosing pineapple as a topping makes it kind of Mayan as well. Instead of paper plates, for an authentic postapocalyptic feel you can use cleaned out tin cans as food receptacles.

Decorations Any disaster situation needs to have rolling headlines playing in the background so make sure all the TVs are set to a 24 hour news channel. Being able to countdown the last few seconds of existence is going to be important so move every clock in your house into one room and make sure they’re all synched, if they have alarms even better.

The Drinks The best thing about the Apocalypse is not having to fear a hangover, so let yourself drink all that diabolical shit you’d usually avoid. This includes white cider, third rate vodkas (i.e. ‘Vlodka’ or ‘Bodka’) and anything with Jagermeister in it. Mixing your drinks should be vehemently encouraged (legal note: please drink responsibly).

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Dressed for the occassion

If you’re going to follow the Mayan theme you might want to invest in some fake foliage or plastic palm trees. Noose decorations leftover from Halloween can be used to create a suicide room for partiers who want to leave early, although be sure to put them out of reach; a man in Milton Keynes nearly died this October when he didn’t quite get the joke and actually tried to use one.

Pick A Costume For an ancient Mayan costume try cutting a skull mask out of a cereal box and gluing some feathers to the top for a head dress. To really make it authentic, strip to your underwear and wear as much gold jewellery as possible. The Mad Max look is another good costume idea and one that will prove popular with apocalypse survivors. For this costume all you have to do is not shave and rub soil into your clothes and face. Extra accessories can include a leather jacket and any future punk garb you have lying about. Finally, you can always go for a zombie or mutant outfit which is a very easy costume, especially if you’re looking a bit dishevelled after staying up for three days worrying about mankind’s impending doom.

The Playlist This is the easy part. End of the world songs aren’t hard to think of but here’s a list to start you off: The Final Countdown – Europe; It’s The End Of The World As We Know It – REM; Our Time Is Running Out – Muse; My Way – Frank Sinatra; The End – The Doors. 45









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