The Spooky Issue October 2010
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EDITOR’S NOTE Editor’s Note
We’re back! Hello folks, I hope you all had a wonderful time during freshers and have cosily settled into your new humble abodes. It was lovely to meet some new faces at the freshers fair and I’m proud to say we had some fabulous new recruits join the SJ team who have helped to make this issue into the autumnal gem that it is. So in-between the usual bits and bobs, with Halloween approaching we’ve got an array of fantastic costume and make-up ideas for you to spook the neighbours with, a bonfire night themed cookery corner to tantalise your taste buds, and the pick of our favourite horror films that’ll get you hiding behind the sofa. And if all that isn’t enough, if you were out and about during freshers turn to the centre of the magazine and you might just see your face peeking out of the page. So from me and the SJ team, here’s some fun and frolics to keep you entertained as the leaves sadly begin to fall. See you next issue!
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Jamie Shovlin - Hiker Meat
Grand Union, Fazeley St Digbeth, Birmingham
It’s totally free to view Thursday-Saturday, 12-5pm until November 13th 2010
On Friday 24th September, it was a miserable day. It was raining, windy and dark. This turned out to be the perfect atmosphere for the release of Jamie Shovlin’s Hiker Meat. The project, which sees Shovlin take clips from various horror films of the 60s-80s, and play them to a scored soundtrack, had an amazing degree of eeriness. The inspiration from grind house movies was apparent from the beginning, and it was thrilling to think what the exhibition might hold. Walking into the dark studio space, I saw a lot of people waiting with baited breath to see what was going to happen. The space had 60 televisions in the middle of the floor, with DVD players holding the forth coming clips. In each corner, there were wires connecting everything and the equipment the artist was about to use to play the accompanying music. Everything was in its raw state and it blew the already heightened curiosity through the roof. Soon, we were greeted with the presence of Jamie Shovlin himself and his band Lustfaust. With two others to aid him, Shovlin and the band set to work in their bright orange overalls. Their clothing was implying that they were there as technicians, not part of the art. It was to let the audience focus on the music and imagery. The overalls for me however, reminded me of a certain Michael Myers from Halloween. Argh! The music they had created was the ideal partner to each horror clip that was switched on by the band on each of the 60 televisions. It was a great mix of sound and contained everything one could hear from any horror film, past and present. Screams, uncomfortable scratching and loud, unhinged noise filled the room. The first night was the birth of what is sat in the studio now. The televisions are on, and the music is playing. Jamie Shovlin’s Hiker Meat is waiting for you... by Micheala Rose Dowling Design BY Danbi Lee
On the day of the opening night, I was lucky enough to grab an interview with the artist and really understand what the work was about. He was also kind enough to give budding creative people some advice! First of all, what was your inspiration behind the project? Simply, it is making a new film out of lots of old ones. They are films that may not have been blockbusters, but created a sense of cult and are from the grind house genre. They are films that don’t fit into a category but made an impact on me. I am intrigued by older horror movies, and the weird energy they emit. They have an urge to be made without the support of the movie industry’s big budgets. This is my homage to them if you like, but in a different way. How do you feel about opening the project in Birmingham? And, performing in front of the audience with Laustfust? It’s great to be in Birmingham, especially in a new space which is quite personal and can hold all the components of the piece. There are 60 televisions, a poster and costume designs ready for the film I have put together with the clips. In a smaller area such as this (grand union) the crowd can become part of the exhibit and really experience that particular era of film-making. When I and the rest of Lustfust will perform we will be dressed as technicians. This will allow us to become floating entities. I want us physically to become vague, but still have that question of ‘who are they?’ For me, it’s more about us disappearing. As an artist, who for you is a big influence or role model? I am quite fickle when it comes to things like that. I change my mind all the time. Like most creative people, design and music are always there. It really is whatever takes my fancy at that moment in time. Although, if I had to reference, I’d say Bruce Neuman and Robert Gober are big influences for me. What’s next for Jamie Shovlin? I will be travelling around with Hiker Meat. Not necessarily with all the pieces that are featured in Birmingham. I will change the composition every time. My next show will be in Rome, where there will be more focus on my visual work like the poster I created for the film, and the costume design pieces. Time in New York and London is also planned. Lastly, Jamie, have you got any advice for the many creative people we have at BCU looking to make it in the industry? Working hard is the main thing. Also, always be ready with a portfolio, and some great work you can submit straight away if an opportunity knocks! Know your work inside out, and know your status. What do you want your work to say? What kind of artist are you? You need to see how you will translate to other people in the industry. Always get an opinion on your work. Whether it’s good or bad, you’ll know what your work is saying to someone else.
The Style Hunter Style Hunter Laura Townsend once again roamed through each campus to find the fashionistas out and about pottering around our uni. With a bright new load of Fresher’s strutting around campus we were spoilt for choice with the chic looks on display. BCU students are certainly making the transition from summer to autumn with exceptional style choices, here’s the cream of the crop Laura found on her travels. Tamara McCleary 1st Year Media and public relations students Tamara works rock chic effortlessly with her leather jacket and turned up denim shorts. Accompanied with thick black tights and woolly hat, its perfection for those chilly autumnal mornings. The chunky necklace is also a real style statement we love. We want: Her turn ups and woolly hat
Tracey Kasango 1st year Real Estate Student Tracey’s cosy faux-fur Zara gilet is the perfect excuse to curl up during lectures. Paired with leggings and the trusted military boot, she can do no wrong in the style stakes when it comes to comfort. We’re loving her haircut too! We want: That gilet. 6
Wai Ting Ching 2nd year Media and Communications (PR) student We adore Wai’s ever stylish geek chic look, the glasses, the brogues, the cardigan . . . sigh! Her vintage leather bag is ideal for carting around all those books between lectures, and the ankle skimming skinny jean are a definite investment to be made this season. We want: Her vintage cardigan and brogues.
Ashten Borland 1st year Criminal Investigation student Ashten dresses up her ‘trouser of the season’ pegs with tan brogues and faded denim jacket. This works perfectly for off-duty daywear, or with a neat clutch and tailored jacket for night-time chic. Her scraped back high bun and natural make-up complete the look and are so on-trend for Autumn/Winter. We want: Her Peg trousers and long pendant. Watch out for Laura and her camera coming to a campus near you soon, so put your best glad rags on and you might just find yourself style hunted next issue!
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Birmingham City Students’ Union condemn proposals from the Browne Review that the cap on tuition should fees for university students should be scrapped, paving the way for yearly fees to be hiked to £7,000 or more.
The threatened increases come as universities across the country are simultaneously likely to face massive cuts in their budgets of 35% or more. Students fear being left paying higher fees for a declining standard of education, with the poorest students being worst affected. Many fear a return to the ‘bad old days’, when the rich went to elite universities while others had to make do with a ‘bargain basement’ education at under-resourced institutions, if anything at all.
to students already being hit left, right and centre by government cuts. They will let the rich universities and students race ahead, leaving newer institutions and students from ordinary middle and working class backgrounds behind. ‘We urge students, their families and all those involved in education to get behind the campaign against cuts and fee increases, and to support the NUS demonstration on 10 November”
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............ .. . Goats and Goals?! Every Tuesday is a GOATING (Go Out And Talk) and GOALING (Go Out And Listen) day for your Exec Officers.
say. The results are then fed back to the Union who can take action if something needs to be done.
As Birmingham City University is spread out over a whopping eight campuses, your Exec will be visiting each one in turn to make sure every student voice is heard.
So if you see your Exec out and about, don’t be afraid to speak to them, It’s their job to represent you! They won’t bite, honest!
Between the hours of 11am and 2pm the Exec will be asking students a different question each week to hear what you have to
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Students studying at City North can benefit from the extended opening hours and full menu at Lounge in the Students’ Union Building. Newly refurbished, Lounge is now open from 8am-6pm. Students can grab a coffee, toasted penini and other snacks to eat in or take away in between lectures. Nowhere else on campus can you find coffee and food past 3pm! Take advantage of the full hot pub food menu available between 12pm and 3pm- the cheapest and biggest choice menu on campus!
....................... Big Squeeze Poll Results
During a recent poll on the Union website, we asked you what the next Big Squeeze theme on the 15th November should be. The final results were tied between the Undead Crawl (Vampires VS Werewolves VS Zombies) and Emergency Services (Fire VS Police VS Ambulance). The final decision was made to go ahead with Emergency Services.
Communications Officer Kat Higgs said: “We already have an amazing Flirt! Halloween Party planned for 30 October. The Undead Bar Crawl would have been spooktacular but students might be sick to death of Halloween by November 15! ‘The decision has disappointed some students but we promise to do our Undead Crawl next time, so make sure you keep your scary costumes safe!”
It’s that time of year again; we’re required to don some sort of fancy dress and venture out looking more ghastly than usual. Some high street chains would have you believe that this will come at a retail cost of around £49.99, which just isn’t true. We at Spaghetti Junction would rather you didn’t blow a decent chunk of your student loan on a batman suit that every other person you see out will be wearing; instead, put that cash back where it belongs- in your beer fund. Yes, now’s the time that all those childhood afternoons spent watching Neil Buchanan make many a papier mâché masterpiece with an egg box, empty toilet roll and PVA glue will be put to good use. Let’s face it, homemade costumes are always the most original, spectacular and in most cases, downright amusing. So where to start? Choosing some sort of being to idolise is the first step. Don’t worry if you think you won’t be able to emulate your chosen subject- choose something challenging as these always make for the best costumes. And here’s the golden rule: there’s nothing you can’t do with cardboard and some imagination! If you want to go for something safe, why not try a zombie, werewolf or vampire as a suitable guise for Flirt’s Halloween extravaganza at Bar 42? We’ve already given you some tips on how to achieve these looks using makeup, so here’s what to bear in mind costume-wise. The key to looking like the undead is in the detail. As someone who’s presumably been rotting away underground for a few years, you ain’t going to be looking too well groomed. At best, you should be pretty grubby. You can always faff around with brown paints, but for a greater degree of authenticity, why not use real dirtit’s free after all! Try covering some of your clothes in soil or rubble (not your Sunday best please! And don’t disturb the neighbour’s flowerbed either!). If you still aren’t looking filthy enough, rip the hems of your clothing- or cut them in a haphazard, jagged fashion with scissors. Don’t forget to be inventive; the zombie version of you is boring- choose a profession or even a dead celebrity. We’re thinking zombie nurse, fireman, astronaut… the possibilities are endless! Looking your hairiest is preferable when trying imitate a werewolf. Buying some brown or grey furry material is a good way to achieve this without having to stop shaving. It’s best to sew or glue this material onto some old clothes- we won’t be held responsible for anyone super-gluing the stuff directly to their skin! A fake, wolf-esque nose is a welcome addition to the ensemble, as are some terrifying coloured contact lenses.
Vampires are a simple race. If the Twilight saga’s anything to go by, vampires just look like a bunch of moody, attractive teenagers. You could always go a step Edward Cullen further and buy some gold body glitter to apply to your skin. A decent pair of fake fangs is essential, and glow-in-the-dark ones look awesome at night. Don’t forget the classic-style vampires, which are always great subjects for fancy dress. Think black, flowing fabrics, capes and huge collars. The vampire look also has greater potential to inject some sex into your outfit. Girls should don red velvet and lace, and slashing a long skirt up to the thigh is always a winner! And the boys won’t have any trouble looking suave in silky waistcoats and slick tailoring. Remember to think outside of the box and scour charity shops and jumble sales for interesting bits of clothing and accessories. If you’ve got enough time on your hands, buy some material and try your hand at making your own costume- an inexpensive way to look amazing! Have a truly horrible Halloween! Katie Fox Design by Sam Neville
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Blood is definitely key to this look! Smearing blood all over your lips is great when it comes to vampire make up. It makes you look like you’ve just finished devouring the fresh blood from your latest victim! Try defining your lips, eyebrows and eyes with black lipstick and eyeliner for a great way of creating that classic ‘Adams Family’ look. You can also apply black eyeshadow underneath your cheekbones, like blusher, to create the illusion of a thinning face and sunken cheekbones. A pale or white foundation is also a brilliant tip; just as long as you make sure you don’t only apply it to your face and apply it to all of your exposed skin as this will make you look completely like the undead!
There are many different ways to create a werewolf look; which involve face paint, fake hair, and prosthetics. But don’t worry, we won’t bombard you with information and only explain a couple. The cheapest way of achieving this look is to pop down to your local supermarket and grab some brown and cream face paints. Firstly, you will need to cover your entire face with brown face paint. To make the paint look like fur, all you’ll need to do is take an old paintbrush or make up brush and just sweep brushstrokes all over your face to create a textured appearance. If you’re feeling really adventurous you can also use cream face paint and sweep it in the direction the fur would naturally grow – if you had fur that is!
Zombies make for great fancy dress opportunities as you can keep it simple- or of course you can completely go overboard by smearing blood everywhere, creating the effect of broken bones, bruises and dirt. There is literally no limit! You can do whatever tickles your fancy. For the face, use a very pale foundation or face paint. Make sure you keep the foundation patchy and messy, as a dead person running around craving flesh and brains isn’t exactly going to have the clearest of complexions! Use a sponge to apply the paint and dab it on. To make you look even more ghoul-like, use excessive amounts of black face paint or eye shadow all over and under your eyes. This will make your eyes look deep and sunken in. Make sure that you blend it in though, as this will make the zombie look a lot more realistic and scary! To complete the look- fake blood, fake blood, fake blood! You can put it all over your face, hands, clothes and anywhere really! Alternatively, if you don’t particularly want to splash out on costumes and make up, you can always ditch showering and shaving for a week or two and turn up to Bar 42 without any make up on at all. You’re sure to cause a stir that way! Design by Zoe Price
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Phew! For you freshers, the culture shock of excessive assignment writing and presentations means you’re likely to be looking for the perfect way to unwind and forget about the stress of uni work- so why not get involved with student clubs and societies? Amanda Johansson caught up with the Tiger TV team to ask some questions and to get the low down on this student Media Group. What's it like working at Tiger TV? It’s great! Everyone at Tiger gets the chance to have some sort of involvement on the projects we take on, whether it be the storyboarding process, presenting in front of the camera or getting to decide what gets put in the final piece. That way, we all get to experience the roles reflected in the industry. What exciting things can we expect from you this year? We have many exciting projects in the pipeline so I don’t want to give all of them away however we’re planning a Trinny and Susannah-style fashion makeover show, which will involve two student fashionistas trawling the university campuses for an unaware subject. And if that isn’t your kinda bag, we are going to be starting a student budget cooking show. So if you think you’re the next Ramsey, get in touch and you could impress our students with your culinary skills! How can students get involved? Everything that gets made here at Tiger TV is produced when the students have time, so if you have a day off, you can help out by joining our team. Just drop us an email at email@example.com or message the Facebook group (‘Tiger TV’). The brand new Media Centre is located on the 2nd floor of the Student’s Union building And what positions/job roles are available? This is great for picking up different skills and means that there are always positions available for prospective new members. We are looking for cameraman, graphics designer, storyboarder, editor and communications co-ordinator.
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As you may have realised at the Freshers Fair, Birmingham City Students’ Union has a huge hockey society, with both male and female teams with a large amount of support and social activity. And if you didn’t know, you do now. So we’re going to be exploring what’s new, what’s coming up and when the social nights out are beginning. The girls’ season has officially started. For all you new students that missed out on joining the team, you are still welcome to go and watch the games; all home games are at the pavilion in Perry Barr and there are always arranged drinks afterwards back at Bar42. Or I’m sure you could get involved with the team as a latecomer by getting in touch with Jim Goulding at firstname.lastname@example.org who will be happy to point you in the right direction. Alternatively pop into the brand new Student Activities Centre on Level 2 of the Union Building, City North. Not the competitive type? Then don’t worry, you can always go along and join in with training to keep fit and get involved with the amazing social life sports and societies have to offer at Birmingham City Students’ Union. So last but not least and what you’ve all been waiting for, the BCU hockey team is organising a fancy dress bar crawl soon! This is sure to be a right laugh, so for more information on the event, sign-up to the BCU hockey club supporters & social page on Facebook to keep updated. By Stacey James Design by Danbi Lee
As October draws to an end and you’re all getting wrapped up warm for winter, here in the Fashion world we are already one step ahead! London Fashion Week has been and gone and left us eagerly awaiting Spring/Summer 2011 already! WE have scrutinised the catwalks and trends to give you a sneak preview of what you will be wearing next season and how to stay on-trend! 1. Biker chic The trend that's been residing in the shadows for far too long, waiting for its moment of glory! The biker trend has been shown by Burberry Prorsum. Look out for jackets, trousers and skirts. Quilting detail is a must! Top trend tip: Leather is a very versatile and longwearing fabric so choose your new piece carefully and invest! 2. Hyper-Bright Christopher Kane made us entirely rethink the gaudy colours of highlighter pens with a collection of acid brights. Create an uplifting collage of colour like Michael van der Ham who breezily combined brights like lime or violet with metallic lames and satins in his dazzling show! Top trend tip: Go for varying hues and shades, as well as contrasting textures to avoid looking like a 1980’s aerobics instructor! 3. Tassels and fringing This trend has been reinvented with a raw and
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grungy edge. Both Matthew Williamson and Mark Fast added swish and swing to the catwalks with their interpretations, using a variety of fraying fabrics and colours! Top trend tip: This is where you can be brave and get crafty! Want to breathe life into an old skirt or boring t-shirt? Just start snipping, ripping and plaiting. 4. Vintage vibe We all want that vintage vibe in our wardrobe; the essence of an era gone by. Structured silhouettes of the 1960s make a strong return. It’s also high time the 1970s are due a reinterpretation! Boho’ meets sophisticated glamour with high-wasited bell-bottoms and flowing fabrics. Top trend tip: Try raiding vintage shops and markets for an original piece. Vintage is often a lot cheaper and better quality! 5. Pleats Please! Designers such as Henry Holland and Richard Nichol played with pleats by adding movement and texture to dresses, tops and even sleeves. Top trend tip: invest in long and lovely pleated skirts, preferably of the silk or chiffon persuasion! They can be dressed up and down for any occasion and are light enough to be worn as the weather gets warmer!
Cookery Corner Bonfire Night Special Having a bonfire or entertaining friends in the garden with a few sparklers can be crazy enough without worrying about rumbling bellies! Here are a few tasty treats to feed the crowds this November to keep you warm and comforted on freezing nights. Not just for 5th November, feel free to try these recipes the whole year round too!
Spicy Sausage Bangers: 12 large meaty pork sausages 4 tbsp tomato ketchup 2 tbsp clear honey 2 tsp mild chilli powder 2 garlic cloves , crushed 0.5 tsp dried oregano or 2 tsp fresh Lots of buns
Brown your bangers in the oven for 10 mins to get them nice and hot. During this time mix together the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and make sure it’s nice and smooth by adding a table spoon of water. After ten minutes get your sausages out and coat all of them with your yummy marinade. Don’t leave any out! Leave to cook for another 30 minutes and you’ll have yourself some lovely treats! Stick ‘em in a bun and you’ll have some pleased happy guests too. Any left over’s can be sausage sarnies for uni. Brill.
Butterscotch Apple Wedges: 50g unsalted butter 175g light muscovado sugar 284ml carton double cream 3 red-skinned apples , each cored and cut into 6 wedges 3 pears , each cored and cut into 6 wedges juice ½ lemon generous pinch cinnamon 6 wooden skewers soaked in cold water for at least 30 mins
1. Melt the butter in a pan and tip in 100g of the muscovado sugar. Stir until dissolved then leave to bubble for 30 secs. Pour in the cream, bring to the boil and whisk until it’s smooth. Set aside until it has cooled down a bit but is still warm. 2. Meanwhile, heat the grill to high. Toss the fruit in the lemon juice, remaining sugar and cinnamon. Pop them onto the skewers and arrange in one layer on a baking tray. Grill for 5 mins, turning once when golden. Serve with the warm butterscotch sauce.
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it is that time of year again when the Hindu and the Sikh community gear up to celebrate what is arguably one of the biggest festivals in their calendar. But what exactly is Diwali and what does it mean to both religions? Well I shall try to explain to you just a little of what Diwali is and why it is celebrated by both religions. The story of Diwali as told by the Hindus goes a little something like this. Lord Rama was a great warrior King who was exiled by his father Dashratha, the King of Ayodhya, along with his wife Sita and his younger brother Lakshman, on his wife’s insistence. Lord Rama returned to his Kingdom Ayodhya after 14 years of exile, in which he put an end to the demon Ravana of Lanka, who was a great Pundit, highly learned but still evil dominated his mind. After this victory of Good over Evil, Rama returned to Ayodhya. In Ayodhya, the people welcomed them by lighting rows of clay lamps. So, it is an occasion in honour of Rama’s victory over Ravana; of Truth’s victory over Evil. Sikhs celebrate the day as `Bandi Chor Diwas” or, the day of release of detainees. It was during the reign of the Mughal emperor Jahangir that he imprisoned the Sixth Sikh Guru, Guru Hargobind. However at the time of his release, he refused to leave the prison until the other 52 Hindu Kings who were also in prison with him were released as well. This way Guru Hargobind secured the release of not only himself but also 52 other kings who had been imprisoned at the Gwalior Fort. And, on this day the Guru and the Kings returned to Amritsar to a glorious welcome. Since then Diwali festival means the marking of the historical event for the Sikhs. The message of this festival for the Sikhs is that the Guru could have left the Fort when he was offered the chance. However, he thought of others before himself. To the Guru the freedom of others and rights were more important than his own. To think not only of your emancipation but the emancipation of everyone is the virtue that the Guru filled in his Sikhs. Written By Matthew Tidy Illustrated by Amy Evans
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, Y E N O M R U O Y T O G I Y B BA : Y R R O W U O DON’T Y s e e f t n e d u t s If your loan was late this year, it’s unlikely you’re the only one. Every year we wait with baited breath as we put in our pin number, only to find that no, it’s not there and our balance is still 24p. If you got a loan like so many to pay for your course, you won’t even see it pass hands. Money-geddon (otherwise known as the recession) hit us hard and now everyone is looking for ways to save the pennies. Lord Browne, the BP chief that resigned shortly after allegations of misuse of company funds and current coalition government advisor has headed up The Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance. The term ‘independent’ is used loosely; it was commissioned by the Conservatives who have supported top up fees from the beginning. Published on the 11th October, the more worrying suggestions in the report have been leaked with the fees for high ranking universities costing around £10,000 a year. Do you want to be £30,000 in debt when you start job hunting? Chasing off potential students won’t help the weak economy we are in either. New kid on the Labour block Ed Miliband is backing graduation tax, which would see you paying a percentage of whatever you earn after you graduate but no definite plans have been formed around the idea. Tax is such a dirty word, Vince Cable wants you to call it ‘graduate contribution’- which you could be paying for the rest of your life. The Liberal Democrats have always been about phasing out top up fees; so what do you get when you mix Liberals with Conservatives? Lib Dem MPs promising not to vote against increases in students fees. Whether it’s a loan or a ‘contribution’, the idea of free higher education ignores the costs of running what is essentially a service from an independent institution- your lecturer is not a civil servant. Let me get radical here, who’s up for the government bailing out BCU? Sorted. Now, let’s go to the pub. By Gemma Bent
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For quite some time now there have been whispering of finance cuts to the Higher Education sector but now more so than every these whisperings are looking to become a reality. But what exactly will these cuts affect and why should I care? If these cuts are to go ahead they will affect almost every aspect of university life. They will undoubtedly mean that cuts to student services will be made decreasing the amount of activities that are on offer from your Students’ Union, staff cuts will have to be made and in some cases whole programmes will have to by cut from some universities repertoire. One area that will affect the students the most will be in their pockets. In and amongst these cuts there is the possibility of top up fees being increased to a maximum of £10 000, which I am sure we could all do with out. What can be done to stop these cuts? The National union of students (NUS) are more than just organisations that give us a card that will allow us to get discounts, they also look out for the interests of students at a much higher level. In response to the cuts this is what the NUS had to say “The demo is part of our strategy to influence the Coalition Government. NUS and UCU firmly believe that education changes the lives of individuals, families and communities. Education and skills will also be key to our economic recovery. Staff and students in further and higher education are coming together to build an unprecedented coalition to fight against the cuts that have been imposed upon our communities, as well as to resist the prospect of higher fees and Design by Fabian Reienhardt increasing privatisation in education.” Working alongside the University College Union (UCU) they are organising a rally to protest against the cuts in funding on the 11th November and they need your help. BCU have set up a Facebook page (BCU Stop the Cuts) that will explain in detail how you can get involved with making a difference and protecting your futures. The Students union will have stalls at the different campuses to get people to sign up to the rally. If anybody wants to know more about the rally or find out how they can get involved or to put their name down to go to the rally in London the don’t hesitate to contact Laura Hall the Education and Welfare officer (Union. Education@bcu.ac.uk). There is a £5 refundable deposit to for the rally so it won’t cost you a think to get your voice heard.
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“Birmingham has a rich history of music, however there isn’t really a scene of live music and people find it difficult to know what is happening in the city every night.” Eat It Up Promotions consists of Anthony Lee, Josh Keating and Amy Farrand, who met at Birmingham City University whilst on the Media and Communications course. Their assignment was to set up a record label and showcase acts from Birmingham at a venue in the city, and from this, Hydra Records was born. They showcased the bands signed to their label one evening and they were so happy with the night that they decided that, with their drive for music, it made sense to carry on and after rebranding they became Eat It Up Promotions. They found they had three like-minded characters working towards the same goal. Even though they are promoting their own events they want people to know that they aren’t just out to make money like other promoters. They put on artists they like in order to share their experiences of these acts with others. They want people to come along who enjoy music and enjoy live events. In order to find out what this trio has planned, join their facebook page or follow their blog on www.eatituppromotions.wordpress.com/ By Becky Lelli
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Hopefully you’re all settled in now and are starting to know Birmingham like the back of your hand! Here’s a handy guide to a lovely day trip outside Birmingham because it doesn’t hurt to leave occasionally! So this month we’re off to Telford which boasts a shopping centre, ice rink, bowling alley and a play park which yes, we probably are too old for but let’s keep that on the down-low. If that loan is starting to shout ‘spend me’ or even if it isn’t. . . then head to the shopping centre where you’ll find all your faves to suit either your urge to splurge or need to budget. Try to time your visit to coincide with the bubble blowing frog clock which on the hour . . . you guessed it . . . blows bubbles and the children and students alike rejoice and giggle! For a more student budget friendly activity, get your skates on – literally. Telford Ice Rink is situated directly opposite the outdoor park and a short walk from the shopping centre. NUS prices of a whopping £3.40 make this a great day out where you’ll feel like you did some exercise for fun, and you get to do that funny walk in skate boots on the carpet too. Maybe you fancy challenging your fellow day trippers to a few games of bowling and with unlimited bowling at the knocked down price of £6.50 for students you can do just that! Find this to the side of the ice rink also opposite the play park! Only half an hour away by train or a forty minute drive by motorway, Telford has many things to ease that possible uni stress for an afternoon be it gliding around an ice rink pretending you’re the ultimate figure skater (or falling over repeatedly), having a chilled day shopping or even releasing that inner wild child and going down all the slides on the play park (weather permitting of course!). By Bethany Palfreyman Design By Adam Wilkes
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Arts & Entertainment album reviews
ALBUM REVIEWS TINIE TEMPAH ‘DISC-OVERY’
It’s undisputable that this man has certainly made a name for himself over the past year with two number one singles and this number one album already in his back pocket. I must admit this is not my genre of choice usually, but you’d be hard pushed to find someone who couldn’t sway along to at least two tracks on Tinie’s ‘disc-overy’. Throw together gritty grime, tempo-shifting drum and bass and a pinch of pop into the mixing bowl and you’re right on track with this one.
Including collaborations with Swedish house mafia on the undeniable dancefloor anthem ‘Miami 2 Ibiza’, alongside others with Ellie Goulding, Kelly Rowland and Labrinth, he’s certainly one to focus on before he’s inevitably snapped up in America. Singles ‘Frisky’ and ‘Pass out’ are the obvious first plays, but make sure you also try ‘Wonderman’ and ‘Simply unstoppable’. Tinie is a force to be reckoned with and certainly one of the most successful UK urban acts to come out of South London in recent years. Top marks for this album for converting a usually indie girl too. 4/5 Laura Townsend
Bring me the horizon ‘There is a hell, believe me I’ve seen it, there is a heaven, let’s keep it a secret’
Bring Me The Horizon have embarked on a path of evolution in recent years, culminating with the word-count gobbling ‘There Is A Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It, There Is A Heaven, Let’s Keep It A Secret’. Filled with sweeping orchestration, electronic elements and interesting song structures, this album sees BMTH grow up big time. The trademark chugging guitars and hardcore breakdowns are still present, but the way in which the music is presented has come on leaps and bounds from their previous work, lead single ‘It Never Ends’ being the perfect example. The lyrics, so often cringe worthy in the past, are now deeply personal, transcending teenage whining and are almost poetic in their nature. It’s fair to say this won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but ‘There is a Hell…’ deserves attention simply for the brave and adventurous path BMTH have taken. No longer an embarrassing teenage pursuit, BMTH have created a rip-roaring record and with it, may even have achieved mainstream credibility. 4/5 Chris Smith
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Arts & Entertainment film reviews
DVD/TV REVIEWS When In Rome I know the whole vibe of the magazine is horror, thrillers and gore due to Halloween but I’m not a scary movie person (I’m a wimp, I’ll admit it) so the DVD’s I’m reviewing are your typical romantic comedies. Sorry to disappoint. This movie follows a hard working woman named Beth (Kirsten Bell) who is out of luck with love. As it is her sister’s wedding she travels to Rome (the destination of love) where she meets her love interest in the film, Nicholas (the gorgeous Josh Duhamel, Fergie’s husband). When all seems like it’s going well, Beth sees Nick kissing another woman. In a drunken state Beth heads for the fountain of love and grabs a handful of coins from the fountain. What she doesn’t realise is that when she picks a coin from the fountain the owner of the coin will fall in love with you. The only way to break the spell is to return all the coins to the fountain. As a result Beth is followed by these; well there is no other way to put it, madmen who try to do everything to make Beth fall in love with them. There are some absolutely hilarious encounters and downright cringe worthy moments. The question of the film (and I won’t spoil it for you) is whether Nick is actually in love with her because one of the coins from the fountain supposedly belongs to him; leaving Beth to work out if Nick’s love for her is actually real and not just a spell. So, yes the film is predictable but it is an enjoyable ride with some LOL moments and if you have nothing better to it is not a total waste of 91 minutes. 3.5/5 By Iyanu Onalaja
Killers When you read this review the DVD won’t be out until at least a week later but hopefully I will be able to build up your excitement, so you can go out and buy it. This film follows the happily married couple of Spencer (the sexy Ashton Kutcher who is seriously hot in this movie) and Jen (the romantic comedy Queen, Katherine Heigl). However, let’s rewind to before they met. Spencer used to be a trained assassin enjoying an exotic lifestyle, whereas Jen was recovering from a bad-breakup. When they met, dare I say it, it was love at first sight. Spencer turned away from his killing antics and started to live a life of domestic bliss. Then tragedy occurs, after Spencer’s 30th birthday, he and Jen discover that he has a bounty over his head; whoever kills him gets a large payout. They find out that they can trust no one. Their neighbours, work colleagues, the guy who works at the mall and even their friends are all out to kill Spencer. Forced to leave their suburban home, both Spencer and Jen have to find out who wants him dead, whilst trying to save their marriage (as obviously Jen’s reaction to finding out that her husband is an assassin is not good) and keeping their in-laws at bay. Of course the film is completely unrealistic but it shouldn’t stop you from watching. Most films are unrealistic. The humour does save this film, especially Jen’s wild reaction to her husband’s secret life. Also the action does take the edge off the absurdity. The film itself is not 100% brilliant, but I do want you to go out and buy it, so overall I am going to say that the film is a good laugh and should definitely be one for your DVD collection. 4/5 By Iyanu Onalaja
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Classic Album Review This is where I’d normally write what is considered an undoubtedly classic album. However this month I’ve opted for more of a cult classic with Rob Zombies’ - Hellbilly Deluxe: 13 Tales Of Cadaverous Cavorting Inside The Spookshow International. Hellbilly Deluxe is Rob Zombies’ first solo album after splitting from White Zombie, his earlier band. Rob Zombie, a huge fan of horror movies having directed and written several in recent years, also reinvented himself with the album appearing in full make up looking like a Zombie when he performed. He took inspiration from the likes of Ozzy Osbourne & Alice Cooper to become the face of Shock Rock for a new generation. The album makes perfect Halloween music for any parties you might be throwing; it’s got a sort of hybrid Dance metal style going on with it. “Call Of the Zombies” introduces the album and does its job of informing the listener of what they will be listening to for the next 40 minutes or so. “Superbeast” is a good heavy guitar driven song with a powerful growling vocal and an electronic beat. “Dragula” is probably the flagship track on the album it’s an infectious groove that runs throughout the album, “Living Dead Girl” takes samples of dialogue from old horror films and interlaces it with the vocal and all round track to tell the story of a Frankenstein’s Bride/ Zombie character. “Demonoid Phenomenon” is the probably the best example of the Dance Metal Hybrid sound I mentioned before. “Spookshow Baby” is one of the most dynamic tracks. It uses those thumping drums with electronic sounds and a heavy bass sound which is mixed with what sounds almost like an orchestra that seems to fill the void and add that extra depth. The lyrical content is as dark as any other track from Zombie. “How to Make a Monster” is probably the nearest 38 to White SPAGHETTI Zombies style JUNCTION that Zombie allowed
himself to go on this release. It also feels like a Ramones influenced track. “Meet the Creeper” is a powerful song that seems to offer more of a melodic style vocally. The track features Danny Lohner (former Nine Inch Nails guitarist) & Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe Drummer). “The Ballad of Resurrection Joe and Rosa Whore” is a more laid back track for the most part and then has a more aggressive chorus. The track could easily fit in on a NIN album musically. “Return to the Phantom Stranger”, this track again has thumping drums but everything else seems to be taken down a few notches. Yet again this is a track that is reminiscent of NIN. There is also and orchestration that runs beneath the many layers of percussion and synths at points throughout the track. “The Beginning of The End” is like an apocalyptic track that sounds like a robotic uprise and is a purely instrumental track that closes out the album with the only words coming from a sample from a film. Hellbilly Deluxe comes in a special Deluxe edition that has a visual album; a DVD that has videos made for all the tracks all directed by Zombie himself. Well worth a look if you’re a fan or not. This is the album to get your Halloween party going if you like Metal/ Hard Rock Halloween flavoured. By Steven Skerritt Design by Luke Kennedy
The Bed I Made by Lucie Whitehouse Feel like reading a tense, unnerving domestic thriller? Well look no further, “The Bed I Made” has it all and much more. Kate, the heroine of the novel, escapes to the Isle of Wight to get away from her psychopathic boyfriend Richard. Although at first charming, handsome and excitable, his true colours begin to show and Kate is forced to flee due to the dramatic breakdown of her love affair. A haunted opening has Kate watching from one of the island's harbors as the lifeboat tows an empty sailing dingy back to shore without its owner, Alice Frewin, whom Kate had briefly met on her arrival. Alice's supposed drowning, her husband's grief and the meeting of locals form one storyline, while a series of flashbacks draw out the real reason why Kate fled her mysterious and violent boyfriend. Richard, who will not leave Kate alone, starts a campaign of terror against her, sending threatening emails, dead animals and basically making Kate live in fear of his inevitable return. As a reader I was completely hooked by the tension the novel created, I felt scared for Kate and also sympathetic for her because she fell in love with a monster. One of the most worrying things about the book was when Kate was researching psychopaths and how they act, and some of the stories she researched were quite chilling, the main point being that psychopaths walk among us and we will never know... I do not want to reveal too much about this horror, so if you decide to pick up this book (please do) I promise you, you will not be disappointed. Whitehouse has certainly written a smart, gripping and completely believable novel. Iyanu Onalaja ‘The Killer Inside Me’ by Jim Thompson Recently adapted into a film starring Casey ‘Brother of Ben’ Affleck, Jim Thompson’s classic pulp crime novel ‘The Killer Inside Me’ has been causing all sorts of trouble recently, horrifying critics with its graphic descriptions of violence and insights into the mind of a very, very disturbing individual. Not bad for a novel written in 1952. Focusing on the exploits of Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford, the narrator and a pillar of the small Texan community in which the novel is set, this is easily one of the most horrifying, difficult books I have ever read. Whilst not wanting to reveal too much about the plot, a chance encounter with a hooker leads the seemingly well-grounded Ford into unstoppable rampage, a maelstrom of women-beating, murder and some frankly horrifying insights into Ford’s psyche. Perhaps the most disturbing thing about the book is Ford’s narration, which provides an unrelenting insight into the breakdown of the human mind. Ford comes across as a charming, almost likeable character, and the novel throws up various moral dilemmas for the reader. One such dilemma is Ford’s relationship with his girlfriend, written about with such a grim inevitably by Thompson that I can’t remember a passage of a novel sticking with me for so long afterwards. Unrelenting, fierce and downright horrific, ‘The Killer Inside Me’ is like witnessing a car crash in slow motion. It’s a difficult novel, no doubt, but for the reader who likes their horror thought-provoking and disturbing, you can’t get much better than this. Chris Smith Design by Sam Neville
The Devil’s Rejects
Rob Zombie’s sequel to House of a 1000 Corpses follows the Firefly family after the events of the first film as they try to outrun the law and wreak havoc. The film suddenly takes a 360 degree turn and the audience soon become empathic for the once protagonists. It’s a throwback to 70’s American exploitation cinema
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The Thing John Carpenter again this time with The Thing this is one of his finest films with a strong leading role from Kurt Russell. When a group of scientists encounter a creature that can inhabit anyone at any time and seems hell bent on killing the crew the suspense is high in this horror. The film is as refreshing today as it was upon its release.
Planet Terror Robert Rodriguez’s film as part of The Grind house double feature done with Tarantino. The better of the two films as well. It has a lady who has a Machine gun for a leg what’s not to love. Rodriguez tells this tale of a virus outbreak that turns people into zombies. The film perfectly captures that off B-movie horror while all being successfully cheesy and compelling. Rodriguez’s score for the film is amazing as well. He originally asked John Carpenter to score it but he declined.
Silence of the Lambs
Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lector is a scary character not becaus features in fact the real threat comes from the fact he could easily e of his hide in plain sight. Hannibal the Cannibal helps find a psychopath known as “Buffalo While technically a thriller “Silence of the Lambs” is a film worth having Bill”. a watch of over Halloween.
Alien One of the great Sci-Fi/ Horrors ever to be made. The film tells the story of a space crew who discover a new life form and must return it to earth. This Alien doesn’t seem to want that; it’s a shame really “that in space no one can hear you scream”. A strong cast in one of the all time greatest Science Fiction films.
Scream the film that reintroduced a new generation to the genre of the slasher pic. And not only did it do this effectively it also did it while being tongue in cheek. Wes Craven who also created Nightmare on Elm Street directs the film; the man knows horror. The film dictates throughout the rules it must follow while a murderer is on the loose called Ghost Face. Oddly enough despite Scream’s intention of being a spoof of all the horror films that had gone before it has been spoofed itself several times over. It’s also successfully spawned 2 sequels and has a fourth instalment in post production for a release probably around this time next year. Dusk Till Dawn
From Dusk till Dawn looks for all intensive purposes at its start as if it’s going to be a more aggressive Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid style heist film; however that’s not the case when our troublesome twosome run into some trouble in a strip bar inhabited by Vampires. Tarantino penned the script while Robert Rodriguez Directs. The film is just good fun and features a strong cast. Shaun Of The Dead
Simon Pegg & Edgar Wright 2/3 of the Spaced Creative team reunite on their Rom-Zom-Com Shaun of the Dead. A new and unique genre if there ever was one. Simon Pegg plays Shaun , a sales assistant who’s life is falling apart he hates his mum’s boyfriend; his love life is in tatters and his house mate & best mate don’t get on. Well things couldn’t get any worse; could they? Wait a second they could Zombies are attacking London. It’s up to Shaun to get his friends and family somewhere safe until it’s all blown over. Perhaps the pub. Perfect! Where Shaun... manages to trump other films is that it has that quintessential wit that Spaced had and uses it to make light of what is actually quite a serious and harrowing tale of survival. The zombies aren’t any less dangerous sure the methods in which they are killed are sometimes hilarious but they will still eat you given half a chance. Nick Frost & Simon Pegg make for a great comedy duo in the film as Ed & Shaun. In fact it’s a great British cast seen in the film. The film also deals with tragedy and loss. There is also a romantic story to be told when Shaun fights to try and save his relationship with Liz. Shaun & Liz split up the day before Z-day however Shaun decides he must valiantly try and save her and his mum before the zombies attack. What makes the film so good is that it actually manages to do exactly what it set out to. It’s scary to the right level; It’s got that romantic element in both the bromance of Ed & Shaun and the relationship of Shaun & Liz. It manages to still have a great amount of humour while being suspenseful when needed. It’s in fact a perfectly executed piece of cinema. The characters are all engaging and you soon become attached to them all. There is nothing to say you can’t Laugh while scaring yourself this Halloween.
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by Steven Skerritt Aquarius (Jan 21- Feb. 19) You'll find a monster in your bed. And it's not going to leave when you sober up. Leo (Jul 24 – Aug 23) In the unlikely event of the dead rising; you will be sacrificed it's nothing personal, honest. Pisces (Feb. 20- Mar 20) If you look in the mirror and find you have no reflection, you may have been bitten by R-Patz.
Virgo (Aug 24 – Sep 23) Go to the abandoned house where all the spooky stuff has reportedly happened. Put in an offer you'll get it at a Killer price. Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20) You will be chased like a monster; bring on the pitchforks and torches.
Libra (Sep 24 – Oct 23) Look out for door to door sales men that walk slowly whilst wearing a White mask & Blue Jump Suit.
Taurus (Apr 21 – May 21) You'll do the monster mash and it will become a campus smash. Scorpio (Oct 24 – Nov 22) Remember that to kill a vampire you should use a steak and some garlic. I suggest cooking the steak well done and marinating it in a garlic puree. Delicious and life saving. Gemini (May 22 – Jun 21) This month you will be visited by a friendly asthmatic ghost called Gasper.
Sagittarius (Nov 23 – Dec 21) You'll receive Frankenstein's new perfume “frankincense for corpses.” Cancer (Jun 22 – Jul 23) Don't mistake your hung-over friends for Zombies.
Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 20) Werewolves will become there wolves. Seriously don't look behind you. They’re Right THERE!!!!
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Published on Oct 26, 2010
Spaghetti Junction is the Birmingham City Students' Union official magazine. Writen by students, for students. Welcome to the Spooky 2010 Is...