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BOSH EDITORIAL Welcome back! I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable summer and haven’t missed BOSH too much... Also a big hello to all our new readers joining Bristol this year – hopefully BOSH can help you maximise your life at University! While you’ve no doubt been relaxing, globetrotting, or even, dare I say it, working this summer, we’ve been busy making sure this issue is packed full of content and exclusive deals that will directly beneﬁt you as students. Saying that, however, we did manage to blag a few days respite here at BOSH Towers as we headed oﬀ into the depths of Wales for Beach Break Live – the biggest student festival of the summer! The weather was amazing, the music was incredible, and the whole week was a top laugh in general, being surrounded by so many fellow students. We’ll deﬁnitely be going again next year, and hopefully our in-depth review (pages 1113) will encourage you to do the same. If you plan on eating out around town any time soon, then make sure you check out what oﬀers we’ve managed to bring you in this issue ﬁrst! Another host of top deals at Caﬀe Gusto, 20% oﬀ at Rustic Vine, two dine for £6.99 at Subway, and 2-for1 on those delicious Blue Juice smoothies – eating out just became that little bit cheaper... On the content side of things there’s a host of stuﬀ we think you’ll ﬁnd useful. We appreciate that many of you, used to being waited on hand and foot at home, will never have stepped into a kitchen in your life, so with that in mind we have the ﬁrst in a series of ‘cheap & easy’ student recipes. We’ve also scoured Bristol in the hunt for a proper Chinese if you still can’t be bothered to cook! There’s advice from a recent law graduate that should interest anyone looking to go into that ﬁeld, and a new section called ‘Student Gems’ where we continue our aim to improve your lives as students. Away from the magazine, BOSH is putting on two massive events during Freshers’ Week. Firstly Hiatt Baker are being treated to an epic bar crawl down to Basement 45, then Orbital will paint the town red for a second night as they rave down to Reﬂex! Both nights will be huge, so look out for a review in our next issue and keep an eye peeled for an army of red taking over the streets during Freshers’! Finally, we’re always looking for active, articulate students to join our team. If you feel there’s something you could add, either as a one-oﬀ or regular writer, then get in touch (see page 8 for speciﬁc info. about what we’re looking for). As ever, if you have anything you’d like to say then we really don’t bite – we’re always looking for feedback from our readers!
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As well as these amazing offers: This back cover plays host to more of your favourite Caﬀe Gusto oﬀers
Bibles: This month we tackle the scary prospect of getting a job, starting oﬀ with some advice in following a career in Law.
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Sport: New team member David Cox looks at the ways elite athletes deal with the demands of juggling academic work with their sporting commitments.
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Music: Zahra is back, and she’s a little bit excited about a nineties punk band reforming! Find out how Blink-182 went down at Reading Festival.
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Review of BBL: Bosh was lucky enough to make it to Beach Break Live over the summer – read our full 3-page review to see if we can tempt you into joining us next year!
Nosh: Head this way if you’re scared of the kitchen! Leave the refuge of your microwave and its shoddy meals; we have two proper dishes that even a novice could have a decent crack at... Go on - give your taste buds a treat.
Restaurant Review: If you’re fed up of greasy Chinese takeaways, that could frankly contain anything, then despair no more! We recommend you head down to Orchid Noodle Bar for a real taste of Eastern cuisine.
Student Gems: A little nugget of info that may otherwise pass you by – starting oﬀ with a fantastic new student jobs website. We tirelessly hunt down the gems so that you don’t have to!
Our ‘Bibles’ are designed to bring invaluable advice on a speciﬁc student topic, such as ﬁnding housing or settling in at University. This issue, we hear from Chris Cox, a recent Law Graduate, who has advice and information about pursuing a career in Law.
Having embarked on what some may see as the tiresome path towards a career in the legal profession, I have, almost, drudgingly reached the ﬁnish line. The frequent and re-occurring thoughts that have accompanied that journey have had the underlying tone of ‘is it worth it?’. For those of you interested in following this path, my unreserved answer to you is yes! After leaving university with a decent law degree in my back pocket, I felt that there was nothing that could stop me. It was all just a matter of time until everything casually fell into place and I could probably just put my feet up. This seemed to have been the case only a few months later, when I was oﬀered a training contract. For many, (I hope for your sake, if you are reading this, you are one of them) the above would be the end to their story, job done and onto law school! But did I take it? No! My principled self told me that despite the recession (I know ‘whatever!’), the oﬀer I had was not what I wanted to do and considering I would spend my life doing it, I decided not to jump at my ﬁrst opportunity. So in a sad continuation of what could have been such a happy ending, onto law school I went, jobless. Lucky enough to be able to self-fund (and I appreciate there are others that may be unable to do this), I applied myself to what (in the ﬁrst week anyway) seemed to be the massive task of smashing the LPC. It soon became clear that given a decent amount of work, which to all you dossers out there does not mean watching Match of the Day whilst casually graﬃti-ing every third page of your ‘essential text’ with a highlighter, it was possible to do well
on the course. Fortunately for me, I was right in my belief and got a good mark at the end of the year, which will no doubt help in me in my pursuit of that ever elusive training contact. As you may now have established (you clever thing, you!) from my previous paragraph, I still remain very much unemployed, but productively unemployed I tell you. I am writing this whilst in Beirut for a summer placement with a local, yet international law ﬁrm. Over the last two weeks, I have worked for prestigious investment banks, multinational advertising agencies and
above, I have a number of tips. If you think, as you may justiﬁably do, ‘I am not taking tips from someone who hasn’t actually got a job!’, then I would understand, but for those of you who would like some advice, here it comes-
global auditors and this essentially is why I have, once and for all, aﬃrmed my desire to be a lawyer. To simplify it greatly, I am working on interesting things, for interesting people and I hope that I will get the opportunity to do this again in my future career. Some of you reading this will no doubt think ‘poor sod’, while others will think ‘why not give up?’, but for those of you that have arrived here and want to avoid the eye-watering situation described
pleasantly surprised, but if it doesn’t then work hard, be determined and you will have a much better chance. Finally, the journey I have been through is not an easy one, and no doubt at times in the past year or so the will to persevere seemed to be gone, but if you are sure that being a lawyer is what you want to do, I have seen enough through my own experience to know that the sacriﬁces you make and the time you put in will be worth it eventually.
Always, always, always try and get work experience. I cannot emphasise enough how important this is and still appears to be my main, and at times, seemingly insurmountable barrier to getting a job. Also, do not think that because it does for others, it will come easy for you. If it does, be
Our newest team member is David Cox, a budding sports journalist. His ﬁrst piece looks at the issues facing the potential sports stars of tomorrow, and how to balance their sporting excellence with education.
Ever had those dreams as a kid where you achieve sporting immortality? We’ve all been there, putting Roger Federer to the sword at Wimbledon, breaking Lance Armstrong in the mountains of the Tour de France, outpacing Usain Bolt in the 100m ﬁnal, even slotting that winning penalty at the World Cup just for good measure. If so you’ll recognise that ever so slightly irrational feeling of disappointment in your late teens when university approaches and it ﬁnally dawns that Olympic glory is probably just going to remain a wishful daydream. However, for some talented teenagers, it’s decision-time an agonising choice which could change everything. Quit education for good and face several years of ﬁnancial hardship and sacriﬁce as they strive to ‘make it’ in their chosen sport, or toss those dreams to the wayside and spend a lifetime wondering what might have been. For hopefuls competing in a number of the main Olympic sports, swimming and athletics among others, things are not quite so drastic. With the competition not being week in, week out throughout the year, being based at a university high performance sports centre and studying simultaneously is routine. Loughborough, Bath and many others provide a base for numerous elite athletes as they prepare for London 2012. Training schedules and competitions can be based comfortably around a degree and there’s continuous access to world class facilities.
increasingly apparent that choosing university ahead of immediately turning pro is not such a “ﬁnal” decision – players are taking longer to reach their peak and the average age in the top 100 is now 26. London 2012 hopefuls, doubles pair Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski, are prime examples of the beneﬁts of mixing a degree with university tennis before heading full-time into the professional game. Skupski, a big serving left-hander from Liverpool, came to the conclusion he wasn’t ﬁnancially stable enough to give professional tennis a go at 18 and headed to college in the States. After dominating the college tennis scene he entered the pro levels a more complete player and enjoyed immediate success. Fleming, a close friend of Andy Murray and former doubles partner of Andy’s brother Jamie, made an initial stab at becoming a professional player aged 17 but found he was not ready either physically or mentally. However, after studying a BSc in economics and ﬁnance at Stirling University whilst training at their high performance tennis centre, he decided the time was ripe for another foray into the cut and thrust world of men’s tennis. A couple of years down the line, Fleming and Skupski are ranked in the world’s top 50 for doubles, have beaten the
World champion heptathlete Jessica Ennis spent much of her early career studying a psychology degree at Sheﬃeld University in between heading oﬀ to competitions like the Commonwealth Games and the World Championships. However, there are some sports such as tennis where athletes face the very real dilemma between going into higher education at 18 or trying to turn professional with few formal qualiﬁcations by means of a back up in case it all goes horribly wrong. In tennis, players have to tour the globe week-in, week-out in desperate search of ranking points. Only around 100 will make a successful living out of thousands and thousands of hopefuls. The rest play for the dream and some go to extreme lengths to scrape a living and keep that dream alive. The window of opportunity for professional tennis players is very small; many retire by the age of 30 and with the standard of competition so intense, most do not feel it is viable to take three years oﬀ. However, it is becoming
best pairing in the world and have competed at all four Grand Slams – the premier events of the tennis tour. “I think I’m more mature now since I ﬁnished university and that has helped me in my matches,” Fleming said. “Before, I could get quite down if I lost a match but everyone can have a bad day in any career and it’s just a case of moving on to the next match. It is tough being on the circuit at a young age. You’re travelling to tournaments on your own and the opportunity for self-doubt is quite high. What I have on my side is that I’m a pretty late developer. When I went to university I deﬁnitely wasn’t ready for full-time tennis.” They will need to be ranked in the world’s top 20 in two year’s time to safely qualify for London 2012, but it is something both men feel is within reach. Late-maturing players is a trend which has been increasingly seen right through tennis in the past few years. Kim Clijsters returned to the game last summer aged 26 with a toddler in tow but has since won a second Grand Slam title and is playing arguably the best tennis of her life. Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych appears to be ﬁnally fulﬁlling his abundant natural talent at the age of 24 having ﬁrst exploded onto the scene six years ago when he beat Federer at the 2004 Olympics. The same goes for ﬁery Swede Robin Soderling. Formerly the sport’s ‘Mr Angry’,
Soderling is a calmer, more conﬁdent player at the age of 26 and it’s resulted in two French Open ﬁnals. It all means good news for Britain’s Andy Murray. Expectations have never been higher for the Scot to ﬁnally provide the nation with another male Wimbledon champion but he is still just 23 and it could be another 2-3 years before Murray really reaches his peak. The bottom line is, as the physical demands of professional sport continue to grow, the players are going to take longer to hit their potential at the very highest level. The era of the world-beating teenage wunderkinds could be coming to an end.
BOSH GET INVOLVED! We aim keep the content of BOSH as fresh and up-to-date as possible, to maximise its usefulness to you as students. In order to achieve this we are always on the lookout for dynamic, interesting writers, in both a regular and one-oﬀ capacity. If any of the following positions sound like your sort of thing then get in touch using the email address at the bottom of the page – we’re looking forward to hearing from you! Here at BOSH we want to appeal to as wide an audience as possible. We also want to give everyone the chance to have their say. So with this in mind we’d love to hear from you if there is a particular topic you would like to share with your fellow readers. If you think you’re topic isn’t what we’re looking for, then try us – we’ll try anything once!
With a new academic year comes a fresh hunt for regular writers. There are currently speciﬁc roles available for regular pieces on night-life, intramural sport, fashion & style, and student-relevant news. Of course, if there’s something else you feel our readers should know about on a regular basis, then don’t be afraid to get in touch!
We are looking to expand our distribution team across Bristol. This requires people who are prompt, conﬁdent, and above all smiley! You would be required to help handing out magazines during lunch for 2-3 days during the week of an issue launch. It’s usually good fun and we pay a healthy £10 an hour so give it a crack!
We’ve teamed up with ROUGH GUIDES, a leading publisher of travel and reference information, this month to bring you a selection of top goodies to give away! They’ve kindly donated them as prizes for solving some of our puzzles, but they won’t hang around for long...
This issue we’ve provided two Su Dokus for you to test yourselves against! Once you’ve completed the tougher of the two, email us the numbers in the ﬁve grey squares (from top to bottom), and the ﬁrst THREE correct answers we receive will win a selection of ROUGH GUIDES MINI CITY GUIDES!
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but it was as supercharged as a nuclear bomb. As the lights came up, hell pretty much broke loose. Not only were We get the impression Zahra has a bit of a softTom and Mark up to their spot for Blink-182! Our music editor was lucky usual comic tricks, but circle enough to catch the American punk band at pits, ﬂying cider and a hell of Reading Festival this summer, and it sounds like a lot of jumping ensued. Hit, they went down pretty well... after hit, after hit – the boys treated the crowd to slightly altered versions of killer tracks such as ‘All The Small Hello Freshers! For some it’s a return back to the Things’, ‘What’s My Age Again’, and ‘First Date’. They ordinary, for other’s it’s a leap of faith into the certainly gave the 80,000 strong crowds exactly what unknown, but for the collective it’s a new beginning! they had waited ﬁve, long years for. Whilst contemplating the subject of my ﬁrst article for this brand new year I thought I would tie it in with the theme of ‘new beginnings’ and what better way to do this than by celebrating the comeback of the mighty Blink-182. After their ﬁve year hiatus it would appear that the trio of punk rockers is back indeed. After Tom DeLonge, Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus announced at last year’s Grammy Awards that they were planning to reform, nothing but a little anticipation was left lingering in British air until the announcement of a European Tour. The mud-fest that was this year’s Reading was when I realised how many people had been waiting for their imminent return to the stage. From the ﬁrst day at Reading until the Sunday when Blink were due to play, it was evident that there were a lot of hearts to be broken if Blink did not deliver. Whilst waiting in the main arena for Blink, the crowd was buzzing. The atmosphere was not only electric,
The whole headline set was evidence that the band had never grown up – still adopting their cheeky, sarcastic stage manner – meaning that the crowd were being shown much of the original blink charades they’d grown up loving. At times it seemed a little unconventional hearing now middle-aged men singing about youth and young girls, but at the same time it has made me eager for some new material. Rumours of a forthcoming album release has titillated hungry fans and I for one can not wait to hear the potential masterpieces that are soon to emerge from Blink’s newly opened closet.
What’s on Zahra’s iPod this week? Hadouken - Ugly “The lyrics alone make this track an absolute musthear”
Over the summer BOSH was lucky enough to spend a week in Pembrey Country Park, South Wales, at Beach Break Live – the biggest student festival in the UK. There were some top acts performing and everyone had a quality week! Dani Rabaiotti, a Second Year zoologist, recounts her experiences – from beaches to breakbeat – with an in-depth review of what went on.
After a lot of panicked packing (that’s seeing how many cans of beer you can ﬁt into one rucksack and trying to ﬁnd a place to hide your bottles of spirits… inside your roll mat anyone?) along with a frantic and tiring dash up Park Street to get to the union in time for our coach, we found ourselves on our way to ‘the ﬁrst festival of the summer… innit?’ as Example so aptly put it. We were greeted at Pembrey Country Park by a beautiful setting, massive queues, and stress over how rigorous the bag searches were going to be. For anyone that’s done the Reading/Leeds/Glasto run before the queues were pretty fast moving, and we managed to get through security with nothing conﬁscated but a jar of marmite (sob!). On the other hand, a fellow camper even had shampoo checked, so my advice would be if you plan on taking over your allowance of alcohol (half a crate of beer/a box of wine per person) that you don’t turn up early! We saw many sad examples of people who had been caught and were desperately trying to get through their hundreds of cans of beer before going into the festival, poor sods…
Once inside we pitched camp – there was plenty of room for tents and best of all, no mud! Also, being a smaller festival, nowhere is too far from the arena which makes ﬁnding things very straightforward. After a few drinks we headed oﬀ
prices at about £5 for a meal and £3 a drink. There were plenty of bars and places to eat if you didn’t mind the festival prices, and it was all of a very good standard, like the locally produced burgers and hog roasts. The facilities were a lot more
to check out the site. There were plenty of things to do given there were no bands on the ﬁrst day, including a dry ski slope, toboggan run and fairground all of which cost money but kept us occupied for the evening. Food and drink were pretty much the usual festival
basic than Reading and Leeds, with actual shower cubicles meaning really long queues in the morning and a scorching hot shower, and portaloos, which are grim at the best of times. Of course we didn’t go to Beach Break for the facilities though! The setting was fantastic,
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being in the middle of a forest and only being a short walk from the beach, which we took full advantage of in the fantastic weather.
and it was amazing to feel the bass rumble in your chest from a sound he was making from his throat! Plan B came on and was pretty decent, apart from a couple of slip ups with his new song, which he got the band to stop and didn’t play in the end, instead breaking into Charmaine, a massive crowd pleaser which people had been chanting for for the majority of the set. As the sun went down (what a relief – it had been blazing hot all day and after six or so hours at the main stage the left side of my face was getting pretty burnt!) on came Vampire Weekend who I have to say, despite low expectations, were brilliant. They played a good mix of both albums and had a great rapport with the crowd. It was a shame they were on at night though with their totally sun soaked tunes.
After some epic of drinking the night before, we rose on the Tuesday feeling mildly groggy at around 8 o’clock to the sounds of festival goers getting up (or more by the group of lads from Norwich behind us farting and shouting about how scouse and Essex accents are the hottest…) and emerged from our tents ready to hit the beach! After that we went and soaked up the sights and sounds of the main arena, caught a bit of the footie in the Leeky Sheep (basically a pub in a tent that showed all the world cup games) before heading to the main stage for the incredible Dans Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip as the ﬁrst beats of ‘Beat That My Heart Skipped’ drifted out over the arena. They put on an awesome performance and gathered quite a crowd – great start to proceedings! We made our way right to the front in time for Futureheads for a bit of manic bopping to epic tunes such as ‘Skip to the End’, ‘Decent Days and Nights’, and of course ‘Hounds of Love’! They played a top set with all the favourites in there, it was just After the main stage packed up, a shame most people left after the there was still plenty to do, which mainstream hits. made a nice change from Reading/ Leeds. There was a silent disco, a Then it was time for the much massive Ghetto Blaster area with anticipated Plan B. The ﬁrst person guest Djs and, of course, Merlin’s introduced to the stage by his MC Tent, which played host to all the was the much renowned beatboxer best dance acts of the weekend! We FaithFX – incredible; to be honest he hit Merlin’s Tent after a few drinks was one of my personal highlights of for a top session as High Contrast the festival. He is absolutely terriﬁc and then Subfocus took to the stage. Everyone there was pretty out of their minds, but that’s all part of the fun!
We rose relatively early again on the Wednesday to soak up some more sun on the beach. Be warned though, the sea is not a good alternative to a shower, its bloody freezing! We decided to check out a couple of things on in the moustache bar (and got our obligatory moustaches) where they had various activities and dance classes on across the three days. Unsurprisingly enough, the guys in our group decided the best one to go to was pole dancing (although most chickened out last minute!) which was great fun and a total laugh. We also caught a bit of Fenech Soler who, although a pretty good band, really did not suit their one o’clock slot. The ﬁrst band we really watched on Wednesday was Band of Skulls, who were excellent and I would deﬁnitely say are one to look out for. We headed back to camp for a few drinks before returning to watch Example, deciding not to hit the front this time; it was nice
to take advantage of the smaller crowds by having a good view without being crushed! He put on a storming performance, and despite not knowing much of his newer stuﬀ I really enjoyed the set – I’d say probably one of the best performances of the weekend. Next on was Ellie Goulding. For me, I felt she had little stage presence and was generally pretty ﬂat, so we got bored and left for camp. It was a bit of a disappointment, but at least we had more drinking time! We stayed back at camp having a laugh with the tents around us until we heard the ﬁrst beats of ‘Ready for the Weekend’ echo around the festival. Once again, all the hits were rolled out and the crowd loved it! Obviously the nighttime slot really suited Calvin Harris and everyone was jumping around manically by the time ‘Born in the 80s’ ﬁnally made its bow. A great set and yet another great headliner! Another post-music trip to Merlin’s Forest, this time for Fake Blood and 2manyDJs, both of whom put on some great tracks and had the crowd going wild.
We hit the arena much later on the Thursday, probably at around 3 o’clock, in time for New Young Pony Club. They were great and Tahita Bulmer was mesmerising, jumping and running about the stage in her usual manic fashion! It was a lot of fun and we had a great time bopping along on the barrier… shame there was barely anyone behind us! A few more people joined once ‘Ice Cream’ was played and all in all it was a decent performance. The next act we saw was Beardyman – for anyone that hasn’t heard of him he’s a very creative beatboxer. He put on an enjoyable set, but having seen FaithFX onstage with Plan B earlier in the week, his techniques of looping sounds fell a little ﬂat for many in the crowd. Excitement rose as darkness fell and it was ﬁnally time for Chase and Status to hit the stage. ABSOLUTELEY INCREDIBLE! The mosh pits were great fun and for the ﬁrst time there was jumping, crushing, moshing and everyone yelling every word. The atmosphere inside the festival had reached the dizzy heights everyone had hoped
for, and it was fantastic! For me, this was by far the best performance of the week. After being bruised and battered in the pit, we headed over to Merlin’s for Annie Mac and Scratch Perverts. They were both great fun, bringing a bit more indie to the dance tent. However, by this point I was absolutely knackered and hit the hay a little earlier than I would have liked ready to get up in time for our coach in the morning. All in all, Beach Break Live was great fun. It may not have quite had the same festival atmosphere as the big summer events like Reading/Leeds/ Glasto, but then it isn’t supposed to be a ‘festival’ as such, it was a week to get away with all your mates to enjoy the sea, sun, music and general mayhem that thousands of students can produce! It was very chilled and had the big advantage of going on much later. Also being surrounded primarily by fellow students did give the whole event a very friendly, fun feel. I’ll deﬁnitely be going again next year and would highly recommend it to others.
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The ﬁrst in a series of student-friendly recipes! First up, the ideal solution for anyone busy playing sport on a Wednesday afternoon, as well as a delicious dessert for afterwards.
Slow-Cooked Beef Stew Budget meat tends to get a fairly bad rap, which in some cases is quite justiﬁed. Value ranges of poultry (aside from the conditions that some of them are raised in) tend to be chewy and full of water, whilst cheap steak is often quite stringy and diﬃcult to prepare. Hunt hard though, and with the right ingredients and the right preparation, you can turn pennies into Michelin Stars. On the menu this month is a slowcooked beef stew; the perfect way to turn basics and value ranges of stewing beef into something tasty, tender and most of all cheap and easy to cook. First of all, head down to the supermarket and pick up the items on the list on the right. You’ll be leaving this to cook for 4 or 5 hours overall, so shopping is best done on your way home at lunchtime, so you can rustle up something for you and your housemates for the evening whilst everyone’s out at lectures or playing sport. First of all, dice the onion and add it to
• 8 digestive biscuits
• 50g unsalted butter • 600g cream cheese
• plain ﬂour (2 tbsp) • 175g caster sugar
• strawberry essence
(few drops, optional)
• 3 eggs (2 eggs and the yolk of the third)
• 1/4 pint sour cream
• 1 box of strawberries • 20cm cake tin
a pan with a good lug of olive oil in and leave them to sweat until they’re soft. Chop your mushrooms, carrots, celery, peppers and any other veg that needs using up and throw that in with the onions. Whilst they’re softening, roll the beef chunks in ﬂour (this will help thicken the sauce), and add them to a frying pan with some more oil to brown the meat. Once brown, add the beef to the pan with your vegetables then cover the lot with a tin of chopped tomatoes and an equal amount of beef stock. Season well and your prep is pretty much done! Bring it all to the boil, then turn the hob down to its lowest setting. Put a lid on the pan and leave for 4-5 hours, stirring occasionally. Remove the lid for the last hour or so to let the sauce reduce and thicken a bit more. For some added ﬂavour, and if you can spare it from your pre-lash, add half a glass of wine before putting the lid on. Best served with potatoes or rice. Or on
• 500g basics/value stewing beef
• 1 large white onion • 250g button mushrooms • 2 peppers
• 4/5 large carrots • beef stock
• 400g can chopped tomatoes • salt
• 1/2 glass red wine (optional)
its own in a bowl with some bread, it’s up to you.
Strawberry Cheesecake What better way to ﬁnish oﬀ a cheap and amazing dinner than with an equally cheap and amazing dessert! If you’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth, throw the ingredients on the left in your basket when you’re shopping for the rest of dinner. Once again, this will take minimal eﬀort and can all be prepared in advance. Before you start on the stew, whack the oven up to about 180C. When it’s up to temperature, smash up the biscuits in a freezer bag (or use a blender if you’re lucky enough to own one), mix them with the butter, compress them in the bottom of the cake tin and
bung it in the oven for 5 minutes. Take it out, leave it in the fridge and forget about it until dinner time. Then, just before you serve the stew, put all the other ingedients (except the strawberries) in a bowl, beat until light & ﬂuﬀy, pour into the cake tin, and stick in the oven at 180C for 40 minutes - it’s as simple as that! When it’s out, chop the strawberries and stick them on top of it. So there you go, the cheapest and easiest 2 course meal you’re likely to come across!
Our regular food critic has previously hunted down Bristol’s best burgers, and ﬁnest steaks. Next up on the menu is a proper Chinese! The conclusion: head to Orchid Noodle Bar on Whiteladies Road – it’s perfect for lunch or dinner. Stodgy, greasy and barely identiﬁable… sound familiar? I’m sure if you’ve ever enjoyed the delights of a budget Chinese takeaway then this description will sound all too recognisable. And it’s a bit of a shame really, as the ﬂavours and cuisine that has made its way to our shores from the East is so much better than the indiscriminate ‘food’ you have delivered in a translucent plastic box. So it’s a good job that there are places you can experience it the way it’s supposed to be, while avoiding those plates of food that seem completely alien to you. We visited Orchid Noodle Bar on Whiteladies Road in the hope that this would be one of those places – I’m glad to say, it didn’t disappoint. The restaurant has two deﬁned areas that typically cater for lunch and dinner. Overlooking the road, Orchid provides you with an ideal local eating spot. In a Wagamamaesque design, wooden benches and tables extend the length of the restaurant in a bright, airy room that’s perfect for a spot of lunch. Typically £6.95 for one course, take advantage of our 20% discount voucher below to cash in on a healthy, tasty lunch for a little over £5.50 – a bit of a bargain if you ask
me! Dinner at Orchid is equally as good as lunch. We were led through the lunch area and down a few stairs, where we entered a well-decorated, unpretentious dining room. The dinner menu is accessible and familiar, with a starter menu similar in layout to a classic Chinese takeaway menu; you’re not going to be left wondering what the dishes actually are. Also, if you want to ﬁnd out what sesame prawn toast, chicken satays and spring rolls are supposed to taste like, make sure that you indulge in a starter or two with your meal! The rest of the menu provides much more variety than your usual beef in black bean sauce and sweet and sour chicken. My recommendation? If you like your seafood, give the Sambal Udang a go, accompanied by rice. Seafood not your kettle of ﬁsh (excuse the pun)? Then you really can’t go wrong with some of the other traditional Eastern dishes on oﬀer – take the opportunity to try something new, you won’t be disappointed. The only thing that may strike you when browsing the menu is the price. On the face of it a starter will cost between £4 and
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£6, with a main between £8 and £11, but with drinks on top of that you’d be looking at upwards of £25 for dinner – close to twice what you’d pay for your typical greasy takeaway. However, don’t be put oﬀ just yet, because luckily this isn’t the case thanks to your favourite oﬀer-ﬁlled magazine! A set menu of 2 courses at £16, coupled with our exclusive 20% discount voucher found below, brings you top quality oriental cuisine at very reasonable prices. If you’re bored of spending 20 minutes on the phone, struggling to explain the simplest of requests, before trudging through tubs of what you hope isn’t next door’s
missing poodle, then get out the house and get down to Orchid for some proper grub! If nothing else, get yourself down to Orchid this freshers’ fortnight to give your body a break from the usual ﬁlth you consume under the misleading guise of ‘Chinese food’, and even spend some time socialising with your fellow students in a peaceful, inviting atmosphere.
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Original, fun, ﬂexible and free: four student-friendly words to sum up a new job site launched in Bristol UsefulStudents.com is an innovative solution to student employment which aims to put ‘lazy student’ myths to rest once and for all.
in Bristol who without income from part-time work could be faced with an estimated debt of £25,000 each - equating to a combined total of £12m. As well as beneﬁtting those in full time learning, the site is also designed to be of mutual beneﬁt to employers and individuals, From today, the 39,260 students who for the ﬁrst time can access in Bristol can beneﬁt from a new, r e l i a b l e , intelligent, free, innovative web-based job broker site set to help them fund their way through university. Usefulstudents.com, the brainchild of brothers and former Edinburgh University students Andrew and Mike Howes, launches across 20 major university cities in the UK today. The site is the ﬁrst free online service to match students seeking occasional work to suit their timetables and interests with both businesses and individuals requiring paid support. Current job opportunities listed on the site to date span everything from dog walking and hedge trimming to professional photography and translation services.
motivated people at competitive rates, without the expense of newspaper advertising or recruitment agencies.
Following a successful pilot in Edinburgh, the website - part Students and employers from of Useful Ventures Ltd is set to across Bristol can now visit www. help the thousands of students usefulstudents.com and register
on the site. Jobs that can be posted on the site range from unskilled labouring and gardening to skilled tutoring or coaching and from simple errands to more complicated web development, administrative, analytical, catering or customer-facing tasks. Andrew Howes, operations director, said: “The beauty of the site is that it really is tailored to students whilst providing job providers and the general public with a free, easy-to-use recruitment service that puts them in control and gives access to a previously untapped pool of skilled candidates. “It is estimated that students starting this year will leave with a debt of around £25,000 each. Short term employment while studying helps to alleviate some of this pressure. Whether students need to work to fund their studies, need beer money, or are just looking for some extra experience to boost their CV, Useful Students provides plenty of options.” The jobs are posted by job providers. Students then apply and submit their proﬁles that include a photograph of themselves, a personal statement as well as speciﬁc reasons why they think that they should be selected for that particular job. When each task is completed, both provider and student evaluate the other through mutual feedback, which is visible to all registered users. This reporting maintains the
quality of both jobs oﬀered and hobbies mean they will have work performed. ‘hidden talents’ that they can bring to the most unlikely jobs, Mike Howes, commercial director, as well as banishing the ‘lazy added: “The whole process is all student’ stereotype - all whilst in the hands of the individual, fulﬁlling a full area of need for job from the quality of job postings, providers!” to the proﬁles of students applying for jobs – it encourages The site was originally piloted in the same attention to detail and Edinburgh in January 2010. Within professionalism as CVs and ‘real three months, 2,000 students had world’ recruitment processes. registered and 600 job roles were The site’s rating and feedback posted. Feedback from students system is such that it encourages and employers has been positive. students to do a good job, whilst One job provider described it selecting the jobs most suited to as the “perfect platform”, while their skills. Students are a unique Kerry Hall from Sheﬃeld Hallam group of potential recruits as University Union said: “I do their backgrounds, interests and think this website seems like a
great idea and that it would be beneﬁcial to our students.” Before developing the business, Andrew and Mike Howes attended Edinburgh University and then pursued their own successful careers; Andrew in sales, marketing and then accountancy, and Mike in founding and developing an internet startup business, which is an online wine retail site called FindWine. co.uk. The combination of Andrew’s marketing, research and analytical skills and Mike’s online expertise has proved invaluable in developing and implementing the UsefulStudents.com business.
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