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LIBREZINE February Edition 2018










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top ten romantic films lrc Enrichment activities new LRC releases for 2018 February Fairy Facts showcasing shila ahmadzai LGBT Books to look out for boost your employability Poetry Corner huriyyah’s recipe/Love in the library

RC opening times 1st Floor LRC MonDAY - ThursDAY FriDAY

8.30am - 7.30pm 8.30am - 4pm

2nd Floor LRC MonDAY - ThursDAY FriDAY

9am - 7.30pm 9am - 4pm

Arts & Construction MonDAY - ThursDAy 9.00am - 4.30pm FriDAY 8.30am - 4pm



op Ten romantic films from the Past 10 years Article by umamah kala

1. Beauty and the Beast (2017) - An adaptation of the fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman (Belle). She learns to look beyond the beast’s appearance, allowing her to recognize the prince that hides on the inside. 2. Passengers (2016) - A spacecraft travelling to a distant planet, has a malfunction in its sleeping chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years too early.

3. The Age of Adaline (2015) - A woman born in the 19th century, is diagnosed ageless after an accident. After many years, she meets a man who complicates the eternal life she has lived.

4. The Fault in Our Stars (2014) - Based on the novel by John Green. Two teenage cancer patients begin a journey to visit a reclusive author in Amsterdam.

5. The Great Gatsby (2013) - A period romantic thriller film based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel. A writer and Wall Street trader, finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbour.


6. A Royal Affair (2012) - A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls in love with her physician, and they start a revolution that changes their nation forever.

7. The Help (2011) - An author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s writes a book detailing the African American maids’ point of view from the families they work for, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

8. Killers (2010) - A woman meets her ideal man, leading to a swift marriage. However, their life is upset when they discover their neighbours could be assassins who have been contracted to kill the couple. 9.Twilight (2008) - Adapted from the best selling novel by author Stephenie Meyer, this movie tells the tale of a 17-year-old girl who moves to a small town to live with her father and falls in love with her supernatural class mate.

10. Hairspray (2007) - A musical romantic comedy film based on the 2002 Broadway musical, which in turn was based on John Waters’s 1988 comedy film.



RC Enrichment ctivities



ew LRC stock or 2018 Article by Rachel webb

The first floor LRC will soon be celebrating ‘Fatal Femmes: A Celebration of Vintage Female Crime Writers’ which has recently been inspiring the latest additions to our fiction collection. This includes Donna Tartt’s ‘The Secret History’ and Agatha Christie’s classic ‘Murder on the Orient Express’. We will also be showcasing Patricia Highsmith who wrote some of the most thrilling Crime fiction, such as ‘Strangers on a Train’ and ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’. Interested in writing your own detective fiction? You can gain some insight from Highsmith herself, in her short book on ‘Plotting and Writing’.

Also new in stock, is Lavie Tidhar’s widely acclaimed ‘Central Station’ which was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award (2017). The novel is set in a worldwide diaspora which has left a quarter of a million people at the foot of a space station; at Central Station, cultures collide as the humans and machines continue to adapt, thrive and eventually evolve. New to our collection of comics and graphic novels is Hamid Sulaiman’s ‘Freedom Hospital’, a Syrian story set in the wake of spring 2012 after 40,000 people have died since the beginning of the Syrian Arab Spring. The story focuses around Yasmin who has set up a clandestine hospital in the north of the country, in a town controlled by Assad’s brutal regime. With beautiful black and white imagery, newcomer Hamid Sulaiman presents a devastating narrative. 7


ebruary airy Facts

According to the old roman calendar February was named Februarius after the Latin name Februum meaning purification. In Ancient Rome Februa was a ritual of purging the city of evil spirits in order to bring health, vitality and fertility to its citizens. It was celebrated as a “holy day” and based on the old lunar calendar which fell on the 15th of the month around the full moon. Today February is all about letting go of the hustle and bustle of Christmas and New Year, bringing in love and welcoming new energies into your life. In terms of astrology, if you are an Aquarian or Pisces your birthday will fall in this month and your symbolic birth flower will be violet or a viola. Violets and pansies bloom in very cold weather and when you see their beautiful purple colour it

is a sign that spring is on its way, bringing a sign of hope, renewal, inspiration and promise.

An ancient symbol of Athens was the violet and has been used for centuries in perfumes to arouse and inspire the language of love. In olden times violets were considered to be flowers of protection often prescribed by “Cunning Folk” as offering relief from hangovers and headaches.

In spiritual terms purple is linked to the crown chakra (an energy


point which resides at the top of the head) and is associated with the connection between heaven and earth.

Carry a rose quartz crystal with you to remind yourself of how loved you are and place a piece under your pillow for a peaceful night’s sleep.

When attracting love into our lives an Amethyst can help you notice someone that you may have overlooked. If you sit with a piece of amethyst in the palm of your hand and close your eyes, you will find that your thoughts quieten down and your mind becomes clearer. Holding an amethyst will also connect you to your intuition and higher self, the knowing part of you.

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Another excellent crystal for attracting love is Rose Quartz. Known as the “the love stone”, its gentle energy will help you value and except yourself. Known for clearing away emotional baggage, upset, hurt or past relationships this is a great stone for helping you pave the way for new love.

by beth morris

1.San Marino – Mediterranean 2.The Red Lion – Gastropub 3.Mondello – Italian 4.Hot Chilli – Indian 5.The Cherry Tree – Gastropub 6.Sokrates Taverna – Greek 7.Tapaz Ristorante – Mediterranean 8.Roka Mediterranean Restaurant and Cocktail Bar 9.Nam Ploy – Thai 10.Ciao Baby – Italian 9


howcasing hila ahmadzai’s REEDOM ART Article by zoe rothwell

Zoe - Can you please introduce yourself and give me a little bit more background information. Shila - My name is Shila Ahmadzai, I’m 19 and I’m from Jalalabad, Afganistan and I came here in 2010. Zoe - Could you speak English when you came?

I started to learn it at school, it took about four years, I found it really hard.

Shila - No, I had no English and I was crying and saying ‘Why did I have to come over here?’ but then

Zoe - What are you studying at Bolton College? Shila - Art and Design Level 3, Year 2 with tutors Hannah, Rachel and Dolores. Zoe - What medium do you prefer?


Shila - I like drawing, primary drawing and also textiles. I use pencil first and then move on to pen and then I add colour in Photoshop using the graphics tablet. I like to be given a brief and I use my own photographs as a starting point, I like to take pictures of flowers and fauna.

Shila – Freedom, so my freedom of expression and my freedom of speech. Zoe - What are your goals and aspirations?

Zoe – What do you like to concentrate on within your subject matter? Shila – I like nature and animals and use a lot of colour and texture within my work. I like the patterns within nature and the way it repeats over and over again.

Shila - I would want to become an artist and could see my art developing either as murals or even as a design within wallpaper or fabric. I like the geometric patterns within mosques but it’s really hard to do as it’s so precise - I will have to practice again to see if I can do it. I have been given a place at the University of Bolton but I am also considering Blackburn, so I will most likely study textiles or surface design & pattern at one of those.

Zoe - So when you have figured out your personal style and technique where could you see your art being shown? Shila - I’d like to see it in galleries or in a magazine, that’s like my dream. Zoe - If you were trying to say something with your work what would it be?



GBT books to ook out for

Keep informed about LGBT and check out our Bolton College EDI area on SID Something like Summer The first book in the ‘Something Like’ collection, Something like Summer tells the tale of Ben and his love for a man called Tim Wyman. Girl Meets Boy A tale of two sisters with little in common. One woman strives for respect in her career, while the other finds love with a woman called Robin. One Man Guy Alek is a teen in a new school. His close friend has a crush on him. Does Alek feel the same way? 12

Tipping the Velvet Nan falls in love with the theatre stage; and a male impersonator. Tipping the Velvet is a book packed with shocking twists and turns, following Nan as she finds out what true love really means. Almost Perfect Two high school seniors fall in love. One transwoman called Sage comes out to her new boyfriend and chaos ensues. Being Emily Born as Christian, Emily starts a journey of self-awareness and self determination to be the woman she was born to be.

Fingersmith A crime thriller about two young women who are thrown into turmoil, all the while finding love, only for it to be taken away. Fingersmith is a gripping tale, with many twists and unexpected surprises. The Vast Fields of Ordinary Dade is a closeted gay teen with two crushes! With help of his best friend, he gains the confidence to be true to himself.

Annie on my Mind A young woman finds love with another woman. But will their families accept who they are, and will their love survive? The Price of Salt A young woman becomes infatuated by an older woman. Together, they start a love affair in a time when such things were forbidden.


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oost your employability e ahead of the crowd By Janette Davies

So, you’ve enrolled on to your chosen course that will hopefully secure a career in your subject area. Next thing you know you’re also enrolled on to Employability. Many learners find themselves in this situation and ask “Why do I have to do Employability, I only want to do Hairdressing and Beauty”? This article aims to answer the question. Attitudes are contagious. Is yours worth catching?

Back in the previous millennia the term ‘employability’ was rarely heard of in schools and colleges, let alone a nationally recognised qualification. 14

However, the collaboration of employers and awarding bodies such as City and Guilds, OCR and Edexcel revealed a skills gap that needed addressing urgently.

It was brought to the attention of awarding bodies that employers need people who have a positive attitude, good personal qualities and excellent communication skills to ensure the success of their business. You may have a First Class Degree in engineering, 10 A* GCSEs or 4 A grade A Levels, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you will make a good employee. You also need employability skills which are a set of behaviours and skills that enable you to establish effective relationships and function appropriately in the workplace. They include, but are not limited to, the ability to:

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Demonstrate responsibility and self-discipline Adapt and show flexibility Work independently Demonstrate a willingness to learn Demonstrate integrity Demonstrate professionalism Take initiative Display a positive attitude and sense of self-worth Take responsibility for professional growth Deal effectively with customers Manage own workload Produce accurate up-to-date documentation

We’ve all experienced people at work who fail to demonstrate employability skills. Remember the shop assistant who makes you feel you’re a nuisance. The builder who tuts when you ask him a question. The colleague who’s always late completing work.

These are just a few examples, I could write hundreds more, but it would take up the whole magazine. Imagine you’ve created a successful business after years of hard slog. You love what you do and what you have achieved. You need more staff - staff who are as dedicated and committed to the success of the company as you are. Would you employ someone like you to work for your company? Think about it carefully and give an honest answer. If you are doubtful, you have a problem. You need employability skills. You may be able to secure employment with your qualifications, but you will not be able to maintain it or progress unless you can demonstrate employability skills. So take your Employability sessions seriously – you will be glad you did in years to come!



oetry orner tRavAIL

By Rob Steventon Travel’s a necessity, but leaves me feeling frail. I wouldn’t mind a seat or space to stand and sip an ale, Space in the vestibule consumed by commuter’s travail, Crushed against a door secure as Hillary’s emails. These departure times are about as much use as flattened Braille, My patience has shrunk to the size of an egg of a quail, A migraine’s been induced from the all toil that it entails, To get to work on time, it’s a far-fetched fairy tale. I’ve bloody lost two hours wages from the delay, I’ll Spend ‘till 10AM hiding my hate through a thin veil. The taxpayer pays three times more since British Rail’s sale, Compared with ours, other country’s ticket costs pail. I’d have been quicker holding an umbrella up against a gale. As I alight I’m met with queues just faster than a snail Met by some G4S bully boy who looks hard as nails With a body cam and a beer gut, The size of a sperm whale He murders fare evaders and he’s just been released on bail. I’m coughing phlegm up thanks to plumes of exhaust I’ve inhaled. It’s as good for the environment as drilling for shale. Serco’s profits soar while my punctuality fails. Uber’s stocks boom- there’s fights for a taxi to hail. I hope you step on an upturned plug, Northern Rail. What has been found is Inefficiency’s holy grail. Scrap your 1970’s trains and throw your directors in jail.



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By Zainab Baig

Adored, you are the sole wish I have The only tomorrow I ever wanted Darling, you are the blinding hot tears which flow down my cheeks That gracefully touch my lips to also make me realise I crave for your body and your presence You are the smile upon my face infusing my soul with love Sweetheart, you are the sunrise I want for tomorrow To fill all my shadows with luminosity Be the thunder and remove my sorrow Be the fire and burn all my worries Baby, you are my last desire and my only purpose to breath



Memory Memory of pain, lost in time Decaying in a corner, Hoping to be opened one day Anon

Rage Filled with worn-out rage, Hoping to jump, I was pushed away Anon

Skylight Look up through a skylight, Small and incomplete, I carry on working Anon

Sense Looking through the window Convulsions flowing within my ever beating heart Silence hits the sink Josh 17


uriyyah’s recipe low your valentine’s heart away with this quick and easy Prawn Dynamite recipe

Ingredients 12-15 Prawns Batter 1 tbsp soy sauce 1 tsp black pepper Salt to taste 1 egg ¼ cup plain flour ¼ cup corn flour Dynamite Sauce 1 tbsp chilli sauce 1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce 1 tbsp garlic mayo Garnish Lettuce Method To prepare the batter: All you have to do is marinate the prawns in soy sauce, black pepper, salt, add the egg and mix while ensuring the prawns are coated properly. Next, in a separate bowl mix the plain flour and corn flour to coat the prawns. Dip the prawns in the flour mix. 18

Fry the prawns in oil until golden brown and place them in your serving dish.

For the Dynamite Sauce In a separate bowl mix some chillisauce, sweet chilli sauce and garlic mayo. To Serve Pour the dynamite mixture over the fried prawns & garnish with some lettuce.


ove in the ibrary by becky davison

To the regular in the construction canteen ‘Is it too late now to say sorry? Cause I’m missing more than just your body’ I’m still a Belieber in our love To the Smiley Cyrus double from my drama group on a Wednesday. Don’t tell my heart, my achy breaky heart that your wrecking ball just broke down my walls. From the Ariana Grande lookalike who’s really ‘Into you’. To my little Minnie in the LRC Your tiny ears are so silky I’m here waiting for love to arrive To chase your tail and eat you alive To the cookery student with the unsightly hairnet I don’t have the dough to take you on a date But I knead your love before it’s too late From the piping hot foodie patiently waiting for a taste.

To my brainy Babbage It doesn’t make a difference to the algorithm’s of love. We are a perfect and need to spend some real-time together. Your adoring ADA. To the Mama Mia dancing queen. You asked me could I lend you a £1. How could I resist ya. I’ll be your Super Trooper any day. Let me spend all my Money, Money, Money on you. From the beardy weirdy art student. To our hot bollywood heart throb who’s always in the LRC. They keep throwing us out but as long as your’re about we’ll bangra your way. Kudiyan to bach ke. The giggly boomerang girls. To the girl with ink stained tattoos. When we’re together I go all ten tickles, cause you octopi my heart. Hugs and kisses, a sucker for love. 19

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