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inside NEWS Labour candidate and Dean ofBIO finds out how much pasta you can buy on a student grant UEA Students have the same employment chances as Cambridge graduates. according to recent statistics UEA students owe Norwich council £95,000 for Poll

Tax.

FEATURES What to do with condoms? You•d be surprised! The issue of Sexual Harassment rears its head at UEA.

ARTS Exclusive interview with Stefan Dennis, alias Paul from Neighbours. Film. music and other arts reviews and listings. Competition prizes to be won.

SPORT They're big, bad and tough. It's the Women's Rugby Team who don't mind getting muddy.

1993 is the date set for the tw-o setnester year at UEA. I.-....

by John Barton

A New course structure based on the American semester system will be introduced at UEA in the Autumn of 1993. Implementation, already delayed a year, will mean undergraduates will have a two semester year and assessment based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS). The new system will involve: self contained modules and in effect, an end to the dreaded Finals. Such a prospect is seen by many as a step forward, but its critics have already pointed out the difficulties of a common structure in relation to different courses. Law, for example, will have difficulty in tailoring its course to the specific time limits. hnplementors of the system en visage it on ana tional scale, with a view of enabling students to transfer easily from place to place, leading to easier integration with European and American Universities. Since the 'Strategic Plan' was offered, UEA has been working "to enhance its

reputation within the national and international community". The plan includes a review of examinations, course assessment and the timetabling system. It also questions the role of the Arts Preliminaries; and examines the possibility of direct entry into UEA at different stages of a degree. The Senate behind the Plan have instigated most of the developments in the last two years. On 13th November 1991, they arrived at a series of recommendations: the adoption of a two semester system and the Council for National Academic Award's (CNAA) system of credits, which was accepted. Allegations that the Union of UEA Students were not brought into consultation until the decision had been made to go ahead with the scheme, were confirmed by Nicola Sainsbury, Education Officer. She said that they were only allowed to join the working party to make suggestions, such as condemning the proposals for lectures continuing until9pm.

"My recommendations are being taken into consideration, but they aren't necessarily going to do that much." She went on to say that if wehadbeenconsulted. "We probably would have opJX>sed it, but its too late now." The schools of study were asked to submit their new course structure by the end of last term, for the inclusion of the 1993 prospectus. Or John Ashworth, the senior adviser in EAS explained, "At the end of every term we will have exams on the term's work, thus dividing the course into completely seLf-contained units or modules" . He also commented, "I am basically in favour of the changes .. as senior adviser, I can see the problems Finals can bring." However, Or Roger Virgoe, a history lecturer, has some reservations, "I am concerned about the possible fragmentation that may result from these changes. As opJX>sed to a coherent degree programme we will be left with a series of bits and pieces with no overall qualification."

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The Watertront IT was announced last week that Norwich has been picked out of a number of other cities to host Soundcity '92 in April. The Waterfront is rejoicing because the one week music festival will be based at their venue. This is only months after the Waterfront was saved from financial problems by the Norwich City Council. The prestigious event will be hosted by Radio One who will have a live transmission every night.

The exact list of events is yet to be released but it looks to include both up and coming Norwich bands as well as nationally recognised groups. The news has created a huge reaction from Norwich venues who will all benefit from the recognition of Norwich as a culturally developing city, rather than the image of an East Anglian back-water. For an analysis of the effect that it will have on Norwich turn to our centre page Arts Special pages 10-11.


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Concrete, Wednesday, January 22, 1992

NEW CAMPUS BUILDINGS TO COST £18.3 MILLION by Anna Worthington Expansion o f UEA has sta rted . The construction of Nelson Court - ne w resid ences for 408 students - opposite Wavcncy Terrace, bega n on 18 th ovcmber 1991. Richard Topless of Watcs Construction, said that progress was goi ng "very well", but he could not fo resee w hether the contract of 76 weeks would be fulfilled. He warned, "a n awful lot of things could go wrong, a n aw ful lot", but he is optimistic. The bui lding of Constable Terrace- near the Sainsburv Centre - wi ll begin in Februa~y 1992. These residences will replace Fifers Lane which will be returned to the City and County Council. Peter Yorkc, the deputy build ings officer in The Registry hopes that this will enhance a better Campus community spirit. The two buildings have been cstimJted to cost £18,300,000 which is being funded by part o f the proceeds from the sale of the University Village and a loan from Barclays Bank to be repaid within

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20-30 yea rs. The architecture has been designed to run w ith maximum energy efficiency, for example, the walls, floors and ceilings will be super-insulated and th e windows double-glazed. Heat within the buildings- for example from showers, kitchens and bodies will be recycled to heat the rooms,

simi lar to that already installed in SYS. However, construction w ill destroy the rabbit warren which has been u sed for sc ientific observance for the p ast 8 years. Local residents arc also concerned fo r the protection of Yare Valley. Despite this, plans have gone ahead.

900 student loans taken in Autumn term The UEA Student Loans Office processed approximately 1500 loans during the academic year 1990/ 91. According to administrators of the loans project, that figure is likely to double this year, in keeping with national trends. ahonally, in the academic year of 1990/91 180,00 loans were applied for. The figure for the fi rst acadcn1ic term thiS year was 118,241. Far more students have taken out a loan in their first tcm1, and suggests that many more will follow throughout the year. The sharp rise in the number of students applying for loans already has refl ected incrcJ >cd studcr{t hardship, with predictions that the total will be around 900 bv the end of the autumn term, shm:·ing that studcn ts arc accepting they will have to shou lder part of the cost of their education . That increased acceptance is highlighted by the lack of any co-ord ina ted anti loans ca mpaigns here at UEA, but we arc not the only university in thi s position. A recent article in the Guardian revealed that even in the reputedly radical Manchester University, and despite a very visual campaign, Students union officers

opposed to the scheme arc fighting a losing battle against student a ttitudes. It was discovered that some students were even taking out loans to participate in the British Tclccom share offer. The noticeable increase from las t yea rs maxim um loa n of £420 to £580 (or for students in London £660) is in line with the governments objective of increasing loons at the rate of inflation until thcv account for half of a students fu miing. Stude nts with the full student lmn can look at five to seven vcars of re-payments at an infla ti~n reflected A.r .R of 5.8',"r , but bst vca r<; rate of 9 8~ <>hows how much th1s figure can vary . It is estimated that a student borr.owing £660 in the first vcar of a three ycJr course wouki have to pay back £923 if the inflation rate stays constant. U more than one loan is taken out, that figure will be mud1 higher. Students do not have to repay loans until after their course ends, but the thought of starting your working career with a debt of several thousand pounds is enough to make anyone think twice.

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A POLY-Inical problem Peter Hart looks at the British polytechnics' name changing controversy More than eight months after it was announced polytechnics could become universities, many are still undecided on their new names. Although a government white paper revealed the details last May, a large number of poly's have still not adopted university titles. The main problem is opposition faced from established, neighbouring universities when polys have attempted to adopt similar names. Anglia Polytechnic wanted to take a regional title- rumoured

to be East Anglia University, but this was denied by Francesca Key, their Public Relations officer. She told Concrete, ''We never thought about using the name. It is too similar to that used by UEA." And she said although a decision may have been reached, it could not be revealed until the name had been passed by the Privy Council. The directorate of the poly, meanwhile, has promised two bottles of champagne for a suitable alternative. In a similar case, Newcastle Polytechnic wanted

to rename itself Newcastle City University but the already es-

"a large number of Polys have still not adopted University names" tablished University objected. ''We are in quite a quandary," said Sioban ]ones, Marketing Services Officer for Newcastle

·THE 'FRIENDLY' CON ARE GREEN PRODUCTS AS ENVIRONMENTAL AS THEY CLAIM? Buying 'environmentally friendly' products may be 'hip' but aren't necessarily saving the environment. The products may have hidden evils. UEA's Dr David Brown of The Environmental Appraisal Group is worried that some green products are misleading the consumers. He pointed out that a product "which says it doesn't pollute the water may be harmful in other ways." "The most important thing to do

is to assess the overall harm and implications the product might have, and to realise that one cannot assume that every green product is beneficial to the environment." His comments are following criticisms rr.ade by researchers Dr O'Brien and Dr Harris of green products at The Institute of British Geographers Conference. However as Richard Austin of Rainbow Wholefoods, Norwich said . "Just because changes are not happening quickly, that does not

Poly. She revealed they had also tried to adopt the name 'University of Northumbria at Newcastle', but Sunderland Poly had objected to this and Belfast's Queen's University complained when Newcastle Poly wanted to use their name. There are similar problems throughout the country, with university vice-chancellors have also objecting to the use of the term 'new university' in a former poly's title. They have suggested that this would imply the re-titled polytechnics were more

up to date and in the Capital, London University has warned that its name is a registered trademark. Officials there have asked to be consulted before any of the City's eight new universities are allowed to use new titles. Education experts, however, agree that this shows universities are the benchmark for other higher education systems. Despite past attempts by polys to offer an alternative the outcome of this educational revolution remains to be seen.

Election Candidate and Dean lives on £14.58 a week

mean customers should stop buying the products." Sainsburys have created their own system of labelling the range of green products they stock. They claim to take a more honest approach by "never making unrealistic claims" by using the words "environmentally friendlier" . This indicates a product that is better than some others but not perfect. This shows that for green products it's all in the labels. by Louise Wilson

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Flu epidemic to hit UEA THERE is more than a hint of a potential flu epidemic in and around Norwich. National figures supplied by the Royal College of General Practitioners reflect a trebling of genuine cases reported in December, when numbers reached twenty two per hundred thousand. Although such levels are by no

means of epidemic proportions, theycould be so within a matter of weeks, if the spread of the virus maintains its momentum. Cases in Norwich have increased, and although most people catching influenza would find it little more than inconvenient, groups such as the elderly and those aqlready in-

firm are in potential danger if they do not seek and adhere to sensible medical advice. .. Both staff and students at UEA have been hit by the virus, with tutors reporting larger numbers of absentees. TONY SWEENEY

The myth became a horrible reality for Dr Ian Gibson, Dean ofBIO, when he agreed to live on a student budget for a week, which began on Monday 13 January. As the Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Norwich North, he expected this exercise to make him "angry enough to do something for the students". Phil Scott, NUS Area Convener asked Ian Gibson to accept the challenge in order to highlight the plight of students and the inadequacy of the present system. The figure of £14.58 for the week was arrived at after money was deducted for rent, poll tax, bills, travel and laundry. When asked if this was a feasible amount to live on Ian Gibson re-

plied: "Absolutely not! I'm famished, I'm hungry and I'm thinking of cheating. My brains are going. I'm sure its possible to manage but it won't be the right kind of diet and more a case of survival." "The most difficult aspect I've found is spacing out the money so that it lasts for the week. I went to the pub last night and could not afford to buy my round of drinks which was embarrassing. Some friends bought me a couple of cokes and I felt a right skin flint." "It's day two and I've got £:1 left over for the rest of the week, after going to the supermarket. It's baked potatoes and lentil soup tonight'', he said, obviously not relishing the thought.


UEA to go into occupation The union general meeting (UGM) got of to an in teresting start by voting in favour of organising an occupation in the registry for the 28th January. This follows the numerous occupations that were organised la st term by other universities and polytechnics, th e longest being staged at Middlesex Polytechnic. The proposal was put forward by Jenny Wit of the Student Socialist Workers Party (SSWS) as a protest against increasing studC'nt poverty. They demand *a freeze on student numbers at the prescn t level until a signifiGm t increase in University funding is ad1ieved. *a lowering of coffee bar prices by 10% *ÂŁ50,000 for the establishment and running of an on-campus full time creche. * a rent freeze for the next three years. * availability of 30 week licence~ for at least 70% of the new residences. *abolition of charges for extra curricular activities. JcnnyWittsaid "The student poverty issue is getting more and more pressing. We want more money from the universi ty . We want th e profi ts they make to be spent on proper funding ." The meeting wasn't quorate (185

people are needed to make the dedsions legitimate and apart of union policy) attracting only 150 people. This means that any decisions made can onl y be recommended by the Student Union to their executive meeting. The SSWS also proposed that the Union of UEA Students should support the case of the Colchester 16, who face imprisonment for protesting against the poll tax. The case is taking place at Norwich Crown Court and one of the proposals was to have a minibus service from the university to the courts for any protesters wanting to get th ere. Chris Hall, Fi11ancc Officer, said that it would be illegal for the union to finance this proposal as it would violate the ultra vires law. A solution was offered to overcome this by Stcvcn Harry, suggesting that the minibus could stop at Norwich library on its way to the courts. Richard Hewison, Chair of the Students Forum, said of this proposal; "Many people face severe difficulties with books which mu st be returned on Monday morning. It is good to sec the Union taking positive steps to alleviate this burden . If people go to the courts from there, who arc we to stop them?" Pally Gral1am

Red, Rude and Ridiculous RAG week returns CHAOS looms again at UEA, as preparations arc made for RAC week. Beginning on Thursday February 13 with a Valentin e's Ball, the fund raising group h.wc abo planned many other events throughout the week. These will include the usual pub crawl s, a 'Red, Rude and Ridiculous' party at Fifers Lane, and a Comedy Night. But the most ridi culous events will be the notorious Cnome-0-Crams,

who will stop at nothing to embarrass their victims, whether they seck refuge in the Library or in the toilets! However, Thuy La, RAC President, has asked for more volunteers. "As usual, the success of Rag week depends upon the students' themselves getting involved, and getting into the RAC spirit," she sa id . The fund raising for chari ty begins with a rubber duck race on Sunday February 9.

Union meeting comes out against modular system MANY students had strong views at Week One's Union General Meeting (UGM) on the subject of the new Common Course Structure. The meeting was a chance for students to discuss whether the Union of UEA Students should support the new American style semester system . The Uni on,although having reservations abou t the new system thought it was a "good id ea in itself, allowing more choice for the student." Yet numerous questions were brough t up by the students attending the meeting. Worries were expressed at the longer teaching days, meaning that women would have to travel home at night. Fears of havi ng larger semina r grou p s were expressed. It was also pointed out tha t two weeks teaching time would be lost. A first yea r was anxious because o f the ab rupt move to th e modular system at the beginning of he r third year. She felt that the University had not properly taken into consid eratio n the disruption tha t th is would ca use. "It is not only me who feels like

Last Weeks UGM

this but also a lot of other first yea rs." Richard Hewison, Chair of the Students Forum, said. "It was quite clearly said today

" .. although the Union had decided .. to accept .. and work towards sensible implementation, what we 've actually decided today is that we don't like the system at all" tha t although the Union had decid ed at lower committees to accept the course structure and work towa rds its sensible impl ementation, what we' ve actually d ecided today is that we don' t like the sys tem at all. The people wanted the Union to oppose it." The Union was not be able to pass any solid policy beca use the

UGM was inquorate, not attracting th e 180 students required to formulate policy. The views of the students will go forward in the form of recommendations to the executive meeting and Nicola Sainsbury (Education Officer) hopes to voice them to the working party responsible for the new system . Jenny Witt, a member of the Studcn t Socialist Workers Party, who actively condemns the implementation of the common structure was pleased with the response from the s tud e nts. She said . "Considering last term s UGMs, which they were all inquorate and with attendance, of 50-60 people, which considering that we had about 150 people here today shows that people are interested in the course structure .. peop le came up to us after with suggestions, a nd we' re going to set up a committee now to discuss further acti on." For some this mee ting seems too late, with the date set for the Common Course Structures implementation for the academic year of 1993/4.


Concrete, Wednesday, January 22, 1992

EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS FOR GRADUATES UEA GRADUATES SAME EMPLOYMENT CHANCES AS CAMBRIDGE. by Emma Irvine-Robertson A British company received the following letter from a final-year student: 'Thank you for attending my recent final company selection programme. I hope you found my visit both enjoyable and interesting. I have interviewed several companies for this position. The standard has been very high and consequently I have had to make some difficult decisions. After careful consideration, I regret that I am unable to make you an offer. I realise this may come as a disappointment to you but I have been offered a large number of jobs from many excellent companies ... I shall of course keep your records on file and shall contact you again should the opportunity for a position arise." Few graduates can afford to be this confidently smug; recent statistics suggest now is a scarier time than ever to be a university graduate looking for a job. Yet ironically a few years ago the media was predicting a scramble to snap up graduates, someone somewhere didn't predict the recession. David Thomas, education correspondent for the Financial Times, wrote "In Britain this year almost one in eight graduate vacancies is likely to remain unfilled." RASP, the magazine for graduates, claims the Institute for Man-

power Studies and Sussex University has a Jot to answer for. They were responsible for supplying statistics in 1989 which predicted that by the end of the 1990s the demand for graduates would be up by 30%. At the time ICI were looking for 440 graduates. This year, that figure is 110. In July 1989 the Financial Times ran a report entitled "U.K NewsThe Battle for graduates". Never in the history of recruitment have so few got it so wrong for so many. Even if the economic situation improves, higher education continues to grow and the number of graduates is due to massively increase following from the governments recent drive for universities to expand. Figures suggest, as you may expect, that science graduates are more likely to find work and those studying theologies (sociology in particular) and arts subjects are less likely. Recent figures claim 20% of history graduates are likely to be unemployed six months after graduationhow many of the others are working in Tescos and McDonalds is unrecorded. IanMcGilvray, Director of the UEA Careers Centre says "I don't think that people doing an

Graduation Day: Will a job come next though?

" ology" degree are more likely to be unemployed because of their course. They're going to get themselves employed because of their abilities, their qualities, their skills and work experience." He sees the problem as being one of attitude rather than the inherent uselessness of an arts degree. He describes how many arts students feel that jobs are there for the taking particularly in the media on graduation when in facta degree in itself is of little relevance. Students ought to take very serious! y thew hole idea of gaining re levan t work experience. It's becoming increasingly more important and students at other universities are very much aware of this and when it comes to competing for jobs the student who's got the right work experience is going to be in a favourable position." Yet is work experience really enough in the current economic climate? ; McGilvray believes "its worse than the last recession because there are a lot more occupational areas with simply fewer jobs. In the public sector for exam pie jobs are now very much less. So how does UEA compare with other universities in its employment prospects for graduates? McGil vra y claims "The statistics last year showed that UEA rated level with a university like Cambridge so it's not so bad". Yet in fact our situation is not as favourable as this comment may imply. On the 16th of October the Financial Times published a graph showing 49.3% oflTEA graduates in long term employment compared to 67.7% at Brunei, 68.8% at Bath, 69.4%atCity, 75.2%atAston, 71 %at Bradford, and 65.5% at Ulster. Admittedly many of these universities have a scientific bias but the difference is still large enough to be worrying.

NUS TARGET70 CAMPAIGN Daniel! Owen With a general election imminent sometime during this academic year, the National Union of Students has launched its bid to make student issues a high priority on the campaign agenda. Overwhelmingly approved at their Winter Conference on 8th December, the Target 70 campaign concentrates on the issues of student hardship and the changes that are planned in higher education before the year 2000. Target 70 marks the 70th birthday of the NUS, or, as the NUS optimistically puts it, 70 years of 'United Strength.' Sub-titled The Shape of Things to Come,' Target 70 will concentrate on five issues: the repeal of loans and the restoration of fair grants; adequate affordable housing; free childcare for student parents; preventing the introduction of 'top-up' tuition fees; and the restoration of students' right to housing and other benefits. By raising these issues during the

not be taken seriously as professional marketers. Students, however, see the availability of the jukebox as "a freedom of choice" and "it makes the atmosphere better". Students will be pleased to know that the position of the office is temporary and by the summer, it will either shrink back to it's former location on 'the street' or move to new premises. Gill Fenwick

election campaign, the NUS hopes to help all students choose the candidate that shows the most commitment to student welfare. Seventy parliamentary constituencies have been chosen, including Norwich South, where the number of students is greater than the majority of the MP at the last election. All MPs have been sent questionnaires to find out what their views on student issues are. "It is vital that students have as much information as possible about the policies of all parties and candidates," said NUS National President, Step hen Twigg. Norwich South MP, John Garrett, is well aware of the influence of students in this marginal constituency, claiming that his Conservative opponent in 1983 blamed the student vote for Garrett's victory. It remains to be seen, however, whether the NUS is successful in bringing student hardship to the attention of voters and candidates, and whether they are able to influence the shape of things to come.

STUDENT SOAKS WHILST HOUSE BLAZES Two U .E.A students got off to a bad start in 1992 when their house bumtdownonNew Year's Day. The fire was started by a cardboard box falling onto a gas heater, _gutting the downstairs

TAKING A BREAK FROM MUSIC Breakers jukebox lies silent. The machine is turned off from 9am to Spm due to complaints from the 'Conference Services Office' next door. The office's function is to sell university facilities to outsiders during the vacation, which is said to help to keep rents low. Jan Greenland, Conference Manager, expressed her sympathy about the jukebox, but added that if her office sounded "like a disco", she and her colleagues would

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rooms of the building. The main contribution to the seriousness of the fire was said by firemen to be the foam sofas, which are soon to be made illegal by new government legislation. The high flammability of the sofa's meant that the fire was blazing within minutes. Peter Flynn, a second year English Literature student, was relaxing in the bath whilst the fire got underway. He commented "my first thoughts were 'I wished I'd taken out some insurance'." Peter was then rushed to hospital by ambulance suffering from smoke inhalation. He added that "thankfully, Tan Gillespie, the Senior Resident Tutor, looked after me at the hospital, and our landlord was able to find us a new house." by Toby Auber


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''STUDENTS MORE LIKELY TO PUT CONDOMS ON THEIR HEADS'' DAWN WALTER ASKS: "IS THE SAFE SEX MESSAGE COMING THROUGH TO THE STUDENTS OF UEA?" The death of the rock singer Freddie Mercury, the'SafeSex 'week at UEA, and World Aids day, have all put AIDS back on the agenda. Hopefully it has also enhanced the public awareness. But for how long? In the early eighties, when the disease first came to peoples' attention, there was a great deal of information aimed at dispelling fears and myths about AIDS. Leaflets, posters and articles have all attempted to educate people about the disease and what precautions they should take to avoid the HIV virus. But people have short memories. They constantly have to be reminded of the danger, otherwise it sinks back into obscurity. Attention can be momentarily ¡aroused with the death of the famous, such as Rock Hudson, Divine and now tragically, Fred-

die Mercury. Act-up, the local branch of anational organisation, also campaigning in Norwich, recently staged a protest in the city centre. Emma, a member of the group and former UEA student, said that they "wanted to breakdown

"it is seen as a gay disease, even though more and more heterosexuals are being infected" the barriers of prejudice which surrounds AIDS. There is too much stigma attached to the disease, it is seen as a gay disease, even though more and more

Freddie Mercury, the king of rock. who died of AIDS last year

heterosexuals are being affected". One of the aims of the organisation, she said, "is to make people more aware of the fact that AIDS is something that could affect anyone". The latest national figures show that by the end of the century the number of AIDS cases will rise to 18 million. In the same period, the number of adults and children infected with the HIV virus will triple or quadruple to between 30 and 40 million. Dr Michael Merson, Director of WHOs' global programme on AIDS, as reported in the Daily

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"part of the problem is is getting men to overcome the idea that using a condom is for wimps"

having unprotected sex and so on, seem to convey 'doom and gloom' messages. In his opinion campaigns simply highlightwhatyou shouldn't do. They don't concentrate on the positive aspects, on what you can do to prevent becoming infected with the HIV virus. While the safe sex campaigns bring the problems to people's

Telegraph, said "We need to guard against complacency in Western Europe and North America. Heterosexual transmission is still rising and we simply don't know when it will peak" . Will, a member of Act-up, sees, complacency aggravated by a lack of education as one of the main problems. He feels that many of the national campaigns which aim to make people mindful of the

"Condoms are still seen as a n uiâ&#x20AC;˘ sance, a passton killer, something condom manufacturers have tried to combat. "

"students will blow a condom up in the bar, as opposed to using it to prevent themselves becoming victims of AIDS"

attention, they only do so for a short while. He doesn't feel they have any significant long lasting effects on people's sexual behaviour. One of the reasons that people seem to be slow in changing their sexual behaviour is the attitude, '1 won't get it' and the reluctance to use condoms. The student edition of the Independent reported that "students are still as likely to put a condom over their heads or blow it up in the bar, as

dangers of using shared needles,

opposed to using it to prevent themselves becoming victims of AIDS". As Will noted, part of the problem is getting men to overcome the idea that using a condom is for 'wimps' . Condoms are still seen as a nuisance, a passion killer, something condom manufacturers have tried to combat.

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concrete Wornen What to do about SEXUAL HARASSMENT Polly Graham asks: Are we any the wiser? 'By now, every member of staff and student will have a copy of 'What to do about Sexual Harassment". It is also to be included in the new students' welcome pack. The leaflet is aimed at al!S,OOO students and 1,700 staff, both male and female. The main body behind its publication is the Women's Affair Committee which was original! y set up to allow women staff, academic and administrative, and students to have a voice within the otherwise male dominated University. The issue of sexual harassment was brought up three years ago by the committee. Chairperson, Dcidrie Sharp, said the leaflet set out to "look at ways of raising awareness and changing attitudes in the University, to produce guide-lines that cover the whole University". The committee then began the long consultations with the Personnel Office, the Students' Union and the Dean of Students Office.

The rcsul t is a controversial documcnt that has raised a number of questions. Does the leaflet go far enough or will it promote false accusations and endanger careers? It also raises the question of whether sexual harassment is an issue at UEA. It took three years to produce the leaflet. Dicrdre Sharp explained that the reason the document took so long was because of the problem of co-ordinating different groups working schedules and the

"For many years male lecturers saw the availability of their students as a prerogative of their jobs"

PHOTO: Toby Leaver

number of parties involved in the consultation. "They had their particular points of view and emphasis that they wanted to see. It had to be a balance between different points of view". In August 1990 a draft guide-line for Racial and Sexual Harassment for universities was drawn up by the 'Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals' (CVCP). This document is noticeably similar to UEA's effort. It would seem that very little has been changed or adapted . 'What to do About Sexual Harassment' is UEA's first recognition that sexual harassment invariably exists in such a large institution. It wasn't until the CVCP's docun1cnt was produced that UEA began to realise that it had to recognise the touchy issue of sexual harassment. Jason Ions (Communications Officer) was positi vc about the leaflet but went on to say, "From my knowledge of the Dean of Students and the Welfare Co-ordinator of the Students' Union, there isn't a problem at the moment with sexual harassment". Others disagree; it is a part of everyday life. Female students arc often dismissed by male lecturers as being intellectually inferior, or just pretty girls. Sexual harassment is not just blatant bum patting but comes in a number of less obvious forms. Carolina Ramazanogl u in an article on sexual harassment in the world of academia identifies the

A Week of Awareness Are women still second-class citizens? by Gill Fenwick Women Aware Week' began on Monday, and consists of a number of talks, a debate, self-defence classes, a free showing of 'Thclma and Louise' and a 'women aware disco'. Richard Hewison of the NUS, organised this event because he recognized the need for a Women's Officer and Action Committee, such as the one that dissolved last year due to disputes and lack of interest. Richard feels that a newly elected committee is needed "to ensure greater equal access and opportunities not only within the union and

education, but hopefully within society as well". Issues that need to be tackled include safety on campus, no late lectures so that women do not have to return to their rooms alone after dark, improved creche facilities and an anonymous marking system . Lisa Hutchins was the Women's Officer 1988-89, she believes that "to make the women's committee strong. one must raise awareness within the Union". Richard pointed out that presently, the hierarchy of the Student Union

consists of six men and one woman, thus the need for a Women's Officer to put forward a broader viewpoint. Although, Janine Booth, NUS Women's Officer, was not able to attend the talk on Monday, she said that "there is a need for women students to get organised to stick up for women's rights" . Janine added that although there have been superficial advances for women, such as the pill and better jobs, "women are still very much second-class citizens". Lisa believes that many people still

lesser known forms of harassment as. "Covering the cleavage-gazing, personal remarks, blue jokes and friendly squeezing, rubbing, pat-

"There isn't a problem at the moment with sexual harassment at UEA" ting and propositioning which are regarded as acceptable everyday behaviour". Many lecturers are married to past students. And there is the harsh expression 'an A for a lay'. This has led to the campaign for the anonymous marking of finals papers. Ross Ballaster, a lecturer in EAS said, "For many years male lecturers saw the sexual availability of their students as a prerogative of their jobs". Dcidric Sharp emphasized that the leaflet was not only for female members of the university more likely to come in contact with sexual harassment, but for men who might be inadvertently doing the harassing. Yet how many mer. actually bothered to read the leaflet? They sec it as purely a woman's problem, something they have to face alone. l watched as a male student opened the en vel ope containing the leaflet

see women who speak out about their position as "doc-marti ned feminists", similar to the image seen in 'Viz' magazine. This week hopes to dissolve such an image and help bring the atti tude of UEA up to the Twentieth Century. Dr Ros Ballaster and her colleague Dr Diane Purkiss in EAS, are two of ou r lecturers who welcome the hopeful return of a women's action committee. Dr Ballaster says "it is important fo r students to have a voice". She has organised a series of context lectures, about women in Early Modern History and Literature, to show her support for female students and to raise general awareness that there is a problem with discrimination. National Childcare action week is coming up in February, and the NUS Women Committee are also fighting for extensions of the 1967 Abortion act. Janine informed that 1 woman dies every 3 minutes from illegal abortion, which adds up to about 200,CXXJ a year! The Women Aware Week' hopes to create an on-going campaign, which will be continued by UEA's

and immediately threw it away upon seeing the title. He obviously didn't sec it as his problem. At the mere mention of sexual harassment many men begin to quake at the knees. They sudden! y feel that their masculinity is threatened. They have to watch their every move for fear of being accused of the dreaded crime. Many have criticised the document for its strong final words: "Precise! y because sexual harassment is viewed as a serious matter, so too unjustified charges or complaints of such harassment are viewed cquall y serious! y". This suggests that anyone complaining of sexual harassment will have to prove it. Instead of being "taken seriously" as the document emphasizes, the claimant will have to prove their word against anothcrs. This is the on going problem ofthenationallcgislation . How do you know who is telling the truth? Brian Thome, Director of the Student Counselling Service said of this statement, "From time to time, particularly in institutions, persons arc wrongly accused of sexual harassment because of some personal dislike. I'm glad that due notice of this is gi vcn in the leaflet". He does not sec the wording as being too strong. Perhaps its main problem is that the leaflet is aimed at too many people, thus undermining its good points. Emma, an EAS student said, "It tries to fit far too much information for far too many people on an A4 sized leaflet."

own Women's Action Committee (W AC), elections are on Tuesday.

Lisa 1/utchins, ex Womens Officer


Concrete, Wednesday, January 22, 1992

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CONCRETE RULES OK! Simon Mann, who spent 20 years selling concrete, argues that it is an under-valued substance. Who wants to play Twenty Questions? Is it Animal Vegetable or Mineral? No idea? Okay, here is a clue; its grey, dense, boring and we love to hate it. No it is not John Major; neither is it a Breakers burger. Have you got it yet? Time for anotherclue;in Britain we consume, per capita, around half a ton of its main ingredient every year, and without it our civilisation would be

very different if not impossible (perhaps it might be a Breakers burger after all?). Give up? Well since UEA is made almost exclusively of the stuff, its seemed a very appropriate name for our newspaper: 'Concrete'. Yes, now is the time to sit back and enjoy our fascinating guide to: 'All you ever wanted to know about concrete but couldn't be bothered to

ask'. Although we do love to revile this uninspiring material -hands up all those who have described our beloved 'alma mata' as a 'concrete carbuncle' - it has an honourable history stretching back to the Romans, who used it extensively in many of their greatest buildings, including the Colosseum in Rome; and not a lot of people know that! Moreover, the realisation of how much concrete is used might make us pause before we joke about it. In Britain, just one city centre concrete plant might alone produce around 25,000 cubic metres (56,000 tonnes) of concrete every year. So what exactly is concrete? Although much disliked by environmentalists for its visual impact it is never the less, by modern standards a very natural product. It consists of coarse and fine aggregate, cement and water. The coarse aggregate is usually a crushed rock like limestone or flint, typically in 20mm lumps and the fine aggregate is sand or very finely crushed rock..

The most widely used form of cement is made from natural materials principally chalk (or limestone) and clay which are carefully blended and fired at 2500 degrees Celsius, then ground down to a fine powder. When mixed with water the cement forms a powerful adhesive, which sticks the coarse and fine aggregate together to make CONCRETE!! Perhaps the worst thing about concrete is its appearance; all those bland, grey areas which typify UEA, with no apparent attempt to make it look exciting. Until the 1950s, concrete was usually disguised in some way, being faced with brick or stone. Only in more recent times have architects generally been willing to let concrete be seen, although it appears to be most people's opinion (certainly here at UEA) that it should be covered up again. It will no doubt be of comfort to concrete haters to know that, of the 1,200 cubic metres of concrete being

used in the 408 new residences currently under construction by the Sports Hall, only 140 cubic metres will be above ground level, and almost none of that will be visible. Just don't forget that it is this essential, if unattractive, material which makes the new building possible at a reasonable construction cost; and consider where we might be if we didn't have concrete available. The last word on the subject ought to be on a solidly academic note, considering this is, after all, a university newspaper. Rumour has it that some worthy academic once calculated how many tonnes of concrete had been used in building UEA. If it is true, what mind boggling figure was arrived at? As a special incentive, 'Concrete' will award an album of either Val Doonican's Greatest Hits, or The Collected Speeches of Geoffrey Howe to whoever comes up with the most accurate figure (in metric tonnes, of course!). In the meantime, Concrete rules, OK?

DOCTORS' NOTES: PRECISION OR DERISION? Derek Peacock reports How do you think you would feel if your doctor described you as affected and stupid, cannon fodder, or less bright than a light bulb? A recent study by UEA researcher David Sheemmings has revealed that Britain's GPs have been doing just that. His investigation has found patients' notes littered with patronising and abusive comments: "I've seen the patient, I've seen his wife, I've seen his two kids and I've seen their pet rabbit, and in my opinion the most intelligent of the Jot was the rabbit" runs one particularly acid, and admittedly funny remark. Another doctor wrote: 'The patient is an affected and stupid woman. She is very demanding" Surely this is not what the Hippocratic Oath is all about? What gives GPs the right to libel their patients in the knowledge that they were never likely to see their notes? It would seem that parliament thought that this was unacceptable too, and in the new access to Health Records Act patients are now able to view their notes on request and even take legal action if they feel particularly aggrieved about the contents. Is this a good thing? Surely we have a right to know if our GP is describing us as "not much good except as cannon fodder'', but on the other hand doctors' notes must necessarily form a comprehensive

record of our medical history, and if practitioners are living in fear of prosecution in case a particular phrase or word is wrongly interpreted, then clarity and accuracy will surely suffer. Dr. Philip Roberts, chairman of the Norwich division of the British Medical Association, said doctors would have preferred to stick with a voluntary code of practice governing medical notes, the Medical Defence Committee having already advised doctors not to write anything "witty, derogatory or frankly offensive". However, the problem doesn't stop with directly sarcastic comments. A friend was telling me recently that doctors in the Norwich area were prone to mark their patients" files with the letters 'NFN', standing for Normal For Norfolk'. How true this is I don't know, but it is certainly an interesting idea. Perhaps the new legislation will spark off a form of coded notation in medical circles, and doctors' notes will become littered with cryptic pictures of rabbits, short planks and so forth. Most people would agree that derogatory comments in patients' notes are a petty and unnecessary form of ridicule for the amusement of doctors and their colleagues, but in a way, can they always be blamed? Doctors are only human too, and when you've got a waiting room full

of runny noses, screaming kids and pregnant women, it must be very hard to show a Jot of concern for someone who's telling you how when they turn their head thirty-seven degrees to the left, look up and hold their breath, they get a funny clicking sensation in their right ankle. When faced with blatant and persistent hypochondria, doctors may feel it is their duty to forewarn their colleagues of many hours of poten-

tially wasted surgery time. Again, how exactly this is done is a subjective question, but describing a patient as "totally self-indulgent, albeit within a soft, sugary package" showsanelementofsmugsuperiority; reducing patients to the brunt of poor-taste jokes and loathsome puns. This kind of behaviour must undermine the foundation of confidence people have in the medical profession. A sick or worried per-

son needs to see their GP as a beneign and helpful individual, both for their peace of mind and for the success of the Health Service as a whole. To know that one's well-being is reduced to a cruel and tasteless joke is a serious indictment of the profession, and one which has quite rightly given cause for general concern, however trivial and humorous it may at first seem.


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Concrete, Wednesday, January 22, 1992

FRO HICKSVILLE TO HITSVILLE ... THE WATERFRONT TO HOST SOUND CITY '92. APRIL IS SET AS THE DATE THAT RADIO ONE WILL BRING A BONANZA OF MUSIC. WE ASSESS THE EFFECT IT WILL HAVE ON OUR FINE CITY. FOR A CITY often perceived as an outpost at the end of the tram-tracks, it seems as if Norwich will finally be on the map when in April it hosts the nationally promoted music event, Norwich Sound City'92. The event, organised by BBC Radio One, The British Phonographic Industry (BPI), The Musicians Union and the Waterfront, promises to bring Norwich to national, even international attention by attracting some of the biggest names in pop music. Each night, a gig will be broad-

"It's quite a coup .. it says a great deal for a city.. when a national radio network gives it this kind of profile" cast live from the Waterfront on Ma rk Goodier's Evening Sessio n, as Radio One w ill be in

residency for the whole weekthe first time that this has been done. A different type of music will be show-cased on each occasion, from heavy rock through indie to dance and world music. Although rumours abound as to the names of the acts to appear, nothing can be confirmed until the end of the month, as the Waterfront and Radio One are still negotiating. A dozen cities were looked at as prospective candidates in which to base the festival. Judy Layton, Publicity Officer at Radio One, sa id that the entertainment infrastructure of Norwich as a w hole led to the ir choice, cou pled wi th a desire to give smaller cities a chance, rather than opting for those with a ready-made reputation, such as Manchester or Glasgow. The suitability of the Waterfront as the focal point for the event confirmed their decision. Sound Ci ty '92 will, however, extend to other venues throughout Norwich. Cinema Ci ty w ill present a season of music related films such as 'Spinal Tap', 'The Wall' a nd T he Ru tl es'. Kingsley Canham, Theatre Con-

troller a t Cinema City, said he we lcomed the event: "It offers an exciting opportunity to collaborate with other media forms, organisations and sponsors, both locally and nationally."

A Concrete Arts Special by Jody Thompson Many other venues will also benefit. Further plans include various seminars led by major names in the music business, as well as workshops, celebrity ta lks and debates. Suitable p laces to hold such events are currently under consideration, bu t nothing has been fina lised,

"this is a unique collaboration and a very exciting project" as yet. It is hoped tha t many well-

known bands will also be featured at these venues, which will the Norwich Arts Centre, and various pubs, restaurants and clubs. In fact Radio One DJ, John Peel, said, "It will be practically impossible to move around the city without encountering music." Whatever is eventually decided, it will be a fantastic opportunity for local bands, who will be offered support slots at the Waterfront, and therefore broadcast live on Radio One. It is also possible that there will be a major album launch to coincide with the fes tival, which of course would usually happen in London. Is Norwich taking over as music ca pital of the U.K.? John ny Beerling, controller of Rad io One, said ''This is a unique collaboration a nd a ve ry exciting project- if it is successful it may become an annual event." John Peel added, ''The scale of this has rarely been seen before. Norwich will echo to the rhythms of Sound City '92." And Anne Louise Wirgman, Director of the Waterfront, said the event, "will have a big impact on the region, enhanci ng

the national profile of its thriving music scene." Greg Upchurch, the venue's musical director, also said he was "delighted" that the Waterfront had been chosen as centre-stage for Sound City.

"the event promises to bring Norwich to national, even international attention by attracting some of the biggest names in pop music" And he continued, "I believe the Waterfront is in a better position to promote the image of Norwich tha n anyo ne ...we can be the cutting edge of what's happening in East Anglia, even nationally." Enthusiasm was, in fact, expressed by everybody concerned. Charles Wilde, Arts Officer at Norwich City Coun-

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and Stare have attained national success on the indie scene, with lesser knowns like The Passing

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more Norwich bands to reach the public's awareness at a national level, and for local

"Sound City will provide a unique opportunity for even more Norwich bands to reach the publics awareness at a national level" Clouds, Basti and the Honeybuzzards being namechecked regularly in the national music press. Joy and Magic Johnson have

people to experience this sort of event on their doorstep, rather than having to travel miles. And as for the image and credibility of the Norwich scene?

"it will be practically impossible to move around the City without encountering music"John Peel, Radio One. recently been playlisted on Radio One, as has the Shoot The Canary CD on the more mainstream side of things. Sound City will provide a unique opportunity for even

Well, in the words of Greg Upchurch, with the help of Sound City '92, "It's gonna get bigger.... and bigger.. and bigger.... "

PIIOTO: Lara W.

NORWICH TO BE PUT ON THE MAP, AT LAST 'â&#x20AC;˘ ell said he was "thrilled" at the prospect of the festival, and continued, "It's quite a coup ..it says a great deal for a city with a population of only 180,(XX) when

Monetary aspects aside, the image and reputation of Norwich itself will receive a considerable boost. Geographically isolated, and

"The image and reputation of Norwich itself will receive a considerable boost" a national radio network gives it this kind of profile." Obviously, the Waterfront and the city in general will benefit materially from the influx of punters expected in April. Judy Layton at Radio One is quipping that Norwich's pubs should make substantial profits from BBC sound engineers.

long since perceived as a provincial backwater of carrotchewing bumpkins by those who have never visited, Norwich is rising to national prominence and gaining respect due to it's blossoming music scene, one of the reasons that it was chosen. Bands such as Catherine Wheel

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en1n s . • • • WHAT'S ON WHERE

A NEW THEATRE FOR NORWICH In October 1993 a three year long project to establish a playhouse in Norwich will be realised. The new St George's Street venue will providea home for a permanent professional repertory company, the first in Norwich for many years. The group will produce plays which compliment existing amateur theatre in the city, presently at the Waterfront and Norwich Arts Centre. After repeatedly requesting the city council to set up a professional theatre, Jane Forbes and Henry Burkemanagers of the Norwich Body shop -decided to establish their own fund

raising project to build the venue. And with ProfChris Bigsby, Dean of English and American Studies at UEA, chairing a board of eleven directors, they organised events to raise public awareness, as well as the £1.7 million target! Already these events have included the unveiling of a plaque, at the theatre site, by playwright Arthur Miller. Other famous names connected with the venue include Prunella Scales and her husband, Timothy West, who are patrons of the playhouse, and actor Richard Briers. An auction of theatrical

memorabilia has also been held. But council officials say they will not yet commit themselves to the project. "They won't give funds until they can see evidence of its viability," saysJane Forbes. Despite this they are optimistic about raising the final £500,CXXJ. "Local businesses are showing keen interest in sponsorship," she said. Although the refurbished Theatre Royal will reopen next year, Chris Bigsby emphasises that the Playhouse will not be in competition with it. "The Theatre Royal will accept large touring productions but the Playhouse will be integrated into the community, as both a social and cultural amenity. "We also intend students on drama courses at UEA to have hands-on technical and practical experience at the theatre." Graduates from UEA writers' courses will occasionally be given the opportunity to sec their own plays in performance. The directors are keen to use works by new writers and intend to commission various plays. And although there will be spe-

Chris Bigsby (right) with Arthur Miller cialisation in twentieth century encouraging visits by the public. drama, they hope to have a variety It is this desire to make theatre of genres, 'seeking to challenge and accessible to all which means that to stimulate the public's tastes and tickets will be extremely cheap durexpectations.' "We would like to ing weekdays. Concessions will begin have the Playhouse recognised as an at £2, making it cheaper than a visit educational centre by local people, to the cinema. who would not normally have the According to Chris Bigsby, this is chance to work with professional the only playhouse likely to be built artistcs," said jane Forbcs. this decade and is therefore creating To do this the Playhouse will be much excitement in the theatre world. open all day, with a theatre school With a provisional season already for young people, and activities such planned, the founders hope the Playas poetry readings and workshops, Sophie Power and Jackie

Mackay

SHOOT THE CANARY COMPILATION CD - NOW HEAR THIS .... With the announcement of Norwich Sound City '92, it seems as if every time you turn on the radio our fine city is mentionned. Mark Goodier, who was at the Waterfront for the press launch of the musical extravaganza has not stopped talking about it since, even Simon Bates is in on the act. It's a very exciting prospect for Radio One, the Waterfront and the whole of the city, it will be one of the biggest music events of the year. Could the second biggest event be the explosion of the Norwich music scene? Two years ago, this would have seemed quite preposterous,and any such suggestion would have been rebuked with "well..maybe back in the mid-Eighties .. The Farmers Boys .. The Higsons ..but now?!" and possibly large amounts of hysterical laughter. But now, 1992 could indeed be the time that Norwich really happens, and it's no joke. "Shoot The Canary",a compilation CD of some of the best local talent is already making waves to turn the tide in Norwich's favour, with two of the seventeen bands featured, Joy and Magic Johnson already making it onto the Radio One" A" playlist. Dawn Leader at Norwich's Steady

State Music studios, said that the idea for "Shoot The Canary'' was conceived last September. Many local bands had passed through the studio over the previous months, and Dawn realized that a considerable number of these artists should be brought to national attention. The best method of doing this was to produce CD, the professional medium and one that was hard to ignore. The finished product reflects the range of musical styles that have developed in Norwich,such as reggae, folk, rock and indie. Joy, for example, are a poppy, punchy guitar based group with an emphasis on traditional songwriting skills, whereas Magic Johnson are more funky and keyboard based. Dawn feels that Norwich has a "pretty special music scene" with a prevalent community spirit probably due to the relatively small population of the city. Though it is impossible to stylistically lump Norwich bands together in one ea tegory which would confirm a "scene" in the "Madchester" sense of the term, the interplay between bands cultivates which is quite amazing really for a city of this size. The quality of the music on "Shoot The Canary" speaks volumes about

just how promising the Norwich scene is. The showcase gig at the Waterfront on Fri lOth Jan proved that live, the bands can still deliver the goods, with Smiley Crocodiles, Joy, Booomerang, 12th Century Drawing Machine and Magic Johnson all putting in solid, professional performances. Yet again, a Waterfront gig consisting soley of local bands was sold out, and the national press were there to see for themselves, with representatives from Radio One and Five. As

Dawn. said the gig went "tremendously well..you wouldn't have realized that they were local bands, they were so good." "Shoot The Canary Volume 2" is being compiled at the moment, with it's release hopefully coinciding with the Sound City'92 week in April, Recording starts in February, and any bands that feel they are of a high enough quality can submit tapes to Steady State Music, Maude Gray Court, St Benedicts in Norwich. In the meantime, "Shoot The Ca-

nary'' is available in record shops throughout Norwich and East Anglia and will hopefully receive national distribution after the LP gained a position on the Radio One Playlist. Norwich's music scene is definitely something the nation will have to sit up and take notice of sooner or later, and the time is now. Whatsmore, it won't need any hype to help it on its way. Just listen .....

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Jody Thompson


ilm UEA, Lecture Theatres Oneffwo, 7pm Admission £1.75 (6-7pm, UH foyer) JANUARY Thurs 23 : Terminator 2 Fri 24 : Naked Gun 2.5 Sun 26/Mon 27 : Alien Nation, Mad Max2 Thurs 30 : Thelma and Loulse Fri 31 : Backdraft FEBRUARY Sun 2/Mon 3: Doe Hollywood

CANNON· Tel623312 Adm£3.20 UP UNTIL AND INCLUDING THURSJAN23 Screen 1 : Frankie and johnny (15) at 2.30, 5.15 & 8pm Screen 2 : Hot Shots (12) at 1.30, 3.35, 5.45&8.30 Screen 3 : Billy Bath gate (15) at 3.30 & 8.30 Also Curly Sue (PG) at 1.30 & 6pm Screen 4 : People Under The Stairs (18) at 4.00 & 8.30 Also Point Break (15) at 1.30 & 6.15 From Fri Jan 24 : JFK (15). Sun Feb 2 : Schwarzenegger Double Bill • Kindergarten Cop & Twins

ODEON • Tel 0426 932450 Adm 0.501£2.50 stdta until 6pm weekday• UP UNTIL AND INCLUDING THURSJAN23 Screen 1: Freddie's Dead (18ht 1.15, 3.05, 6.00 &: Bpm Screen 2 : Addams Family (PG) at 1.30, 3.35, 5.40 &: 7.45 Screen 3 : Bill &: Ted's Bogus journey (15) at 2.05, 4.05, 5.55 & 7.50 From Fri De<: 24 : Blame It On The Bellboy (12).

CINEMA CITY- Tel622047 Adm £2.50 stdts, £3.30 Fri late JANUARY Until Sat 25 : Prospero's Books (15) at 5.45 with Thur mat. at 2.30 Also Proof(15) at8.15, with Tuesmat. at 2.30 Fri 24 : Apocalypse Now {18) at 11 pm Sat 25 : Rock-A-Doodle (U) at 2.30 Sun 26 : Laura (PG) at 5pm Also Rosencrantz and Guildenstem are Dead (PG) at 7.30 Mon 27-Sat Feb 1 :Poison (1 8) ManWed at 8.30, Thurs-Sat 6.1 5, with Tues mat. at 2.30 AlsoEdward 11 (18)Mon-Wedat6.15, Thur-Sat at 8.30, with Thursmat. 2.30 Fri 31 : In Bed With Madonna (18) at

FRANKIEAND J 0 HNNY (15) 111 mins This is a sometimes sad, but a mostly touching and amusing comedy set in New Yorks' Apollo Cafe. Here, Frankie (Michelle Pfeiffer) is an efficient but disillusioned waitress, relentlessly pursued by an equally disillusioned but much more positive, short order cook called Johnny (AI Pacino). The cafe is something of a microcosm of life in New York, with writer, Terence McNally, and director, Gary Marshall, providing a stamping ground for ordinary fol ks, weighed down (but not too heavily), by their emotional baggage; and occasionally uplifted by their aspi rations. The scenario has something of the flavour of a Hollywood musical, but it wo rks well as a comedy. Frankie has had her finge rs burnt in one relationship too many and

takes refuge in her apartment, seeking comfort from a video and takeaway pizza. Johnn y is touched by her quiet sadness and sets about some emergency repairs on her selfesteem. Predictably, his overtures are not welcome, but he is tenacious in his pursuit which is powered by a genuine concern. Indeed , Johnny' s progress can be measured by the improvement in Frankie' sappearance, which becomes increasingly flattering. Comedy is often concerned with the turning of everyday pain and embarrassment into humour. Frankie and johnny develops largely along these lines. Some of the best comic moments a re made up of little asides and gags w hich occasionally pop up in the background and are an affec-

COMPETITION · 3 denim shirts and 3 film mugs to be won To coincide with the release of Frankic and Johnny we have teamed up with the Cannon cinema and United International Pictures for a competition. Frankie and Johnny is also the name of a famous song, and below arc a further 10 song titles, 6 of which are names of well-known movies. Simply pick thecorrect6,and write down the corresponding numbers (1-10), together with your name, school, and year. Then put your answer under the door of the Concrete office (Room 2.29 in the EAS building) before Friday, week 3. The first correct answer drawn after the closing date will win a denim shirt and film mug, with the next two each winning a denim shirt. A

mug wi ll go to each of the las t 2 entrants drawn. The ten songs are: (1) Stand By Me (2) Sea o f Love (3) Unc hained Melody (4) The Way We Were (5) Power of Love (6) Take My Breath Away (7) Live and Let Die (8) La Bamba (9) Eye of the Tiger (10) New York, New York Winners will be notified via pigeon holes. Please note only one entry 1s permitted per person, and that the editor's decision is final.

tionate wi nk in the di rection of the Chelsea district of Manhattan. The moral of the story is tha t selfsufficiency is not necessarily everything it is cracked up to be, and if your sclf~steem is begging for mercy, do no t be suspicious of someone w ho thinks a little mo re of you. Paci no de livers an earnes t and sympathetic portrayal of the likeable Johnny, although his celery

chopping will probably be remembered longer than his dancing. Pfeiffer continues to add to her range of performances, and the role offers good scope for emotional turbulence. The supporting players are also good, and include Hector Elizondo (the hotel manager in Pretty Woman) and De Dee Pfeiffer (Michelle's sister) playing Fra nkie's cousin .

Tony Sweenel(

Film Preview - JFK Oliver Stone, it seems thrives on tac kling the largest of American themes. Often inspired by his own 60's experience, he has courted con troversy with films such as Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Wall Street and The Doors. In his lates t, Stone takes on what he has called "the seminal event of my generation" - the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. 'J .F.K.' is a fictionalized accoun t of the investigation into the assassi nation in the late 60's by Jim Garrison, a New Orleans District Attorney (Kevin Costner) who relentlessly pursues the truth. The film develops into a crusade for justice against the hidden powers that surface as valuable witnesses 'commit suicide'.

Garrison's fami ly is threatened, his name slandered, his office bugged, and he is betrayed by a trusted colleague. Stone uses the Garrison investigation as a metaphor for various conspiracy theories. By the conclusion, elements from the Mafia, the C.I.A., the F.B.l. and the Dallas Police Department are all implicated. Although well p resented, much of the materia l should be trea ted with scepticism . Fiction and rea lity arc continually blurred. However, 'J .F.K.' provides enough information to cast doubt on the official version of events. lF.K.' is a compelling drama which keeps you on the edge of your seat. Definitely worth seeing, but know the facts before you go.

Kzeron O'C rady

UEA Films Preview

llpm FEBRUARY Sat 1 : Star Wars (PG) at 10.30 am Sun 2 : Hiroshima, Mon Armour {18) at5pm Also Hamlet (U) at 7.30 Mon 3: The Bridge (15) at 5.45, 8.15

NOVERRE- Tel630128 Ad m £2.20 M on, £3 Tues-Sat JANUARY Until Sat 25 : Stepping Out (PG) at 5.45 & 8.15, with Weds/Sat mat. at 2.30 Mon 27-Sat Feb 1: Dead Again {15)at 5.45 & 8.15, with Weds/Sat mat. at 2.30

While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of these listings, you are advised to teleplwne the venue to check before you leave!.

NAKED GUN 2.5 The Smell Of Fear Naked Gun 2.5 is the latest offering from the two Zucker brothers responsible for the Airplane films and the Police Squad series. There is no problem if you missed the first Naked Gun as the sequel is vir tually plotless, and anything coming dangerously close to resembling a relevant story line- le t alone a continuation from the first film - is quickly dis missed . The film is like one long Red Rock cider commercial in style and is therefore very funny, but also very

disjointed. Again Leslie Nielsen is Lt Drebin and Priscilla Presley plays his flame, both trying to halt an anti-green plot, as evil solid fuel manufacturers attempt to stop the President from becoming environmentally-friendly. Ultimately you have to be in the right mood to a ppreciate the film. I was not and unfortunately found it lazy and much less entertaining than either the first Na ked Gu n or the Airplane films.

Emma Irvine-Robertson

ALIEN NATION A mass influx of immigrants swarms into the States. Once there, they try to achieve the American Dream with houses in the suburbs, cars and jobs, but they are subjected to brutal discrimination. Is this New York in the '20s with Europeans? No, it's Los Angeles 1997, and the immigrants come from outer space. The Newcomers settle quickly into life in the big city. Some even join the police force, and this is where the fun begins. Jamcs Caan is Ma tt Sykes, a typical ha rdened cop wi th a ha tred for Newcomers, especially after his partner is killed by a group of them toting a utomatic weapons. Mandy Patinkin (under six inches of makeup)

is the first Newcomer detec tive on the force, who becomes Sykes' new partner. Toge ther they d iscover that what looks like a simple grocery store robbing is tied into a deeper plot within the Newcomer community . There are a lot of cop movie cliches here, but the script is excellent. There's a lot of laughs as Sykes struggles with Newcomer language and biol ogy, and almost as many surprises. If you're interested in an allegorical investigation of racism, or just a good science-fic tion pic ture, ALI EN NATION is highly recommended.

Lara. W.


Music WATERFRONT- Tel632111

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FriJan24:0ubHubbub(£t.b.c) at 7.30

A look ahead at gigs this year EMF will play at UEA on May 1, Concrete can confirm today. The Forest of Dean band, currently enjoying massive success in Am er-

Latest Releases.. PRIMAL SCREAM "Dixie Narco EP" (Creation) Release date: 27th Jan Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee, the Scream just get more rawk'n' roll with every release. Bobby Gillespie still can't sing very well, but what do you expect after taking so many drugs? "Movin' on up", the lead track is truly wonderful, from the piano and the bongos at the beginning, the rock guitar solo in the middle and the inspirational soul mamma gospel choir all the way through. And our Bobby can sure shake a mean tambourine. Joyful. Go and buy, and make your existence that little bit more happy. (Other tracks: "Stone my Soul" on 12"and CD, "Carry me Home" and "Screamadelica") REVENGE "Gun World Pom" (Factory) Release date: 20th Jan The one with the beard out of New Order (Peter Hook) has another offering for our delight. The lead track ''Deadbeat" sounds like a cross between a not very good New Order album track and U2, and even a remix by ol' blue eyes himself Gary Clail has failed to make it interesting. "Ooud Nine'' has sampled Ricky Lane from the excellent film "Hairspray" saying "I don't know about you, but I feel like dam::ing". Needless to say, I didn't. How dare Peter Hook use such a star on such a no-hope project

ica, are returning to the LCR less than a yearafterthey last played at UEA. Speaking about the group -whose

UK hits include 'Unbelievable' and 'I Believe'-UEA's Entertainment's Assistant, Gavin Hudson, said their success was evident from the fact that "all the tickets sold out in advance last year." But EMF are not the only major band who will play at the University this year. Last Sunday saw Ziggy Marley performing in the LCR, and already scheduled for later this term is the indie band 'Inspiral Carpets', who will be supported by two groups, including 'Airhead'. 'Lush' and the 'Sugarcubes' are also coming to UEA. And 'Ride', who sold out their first British tour,

NORWICH ARTS CENTRE • Tel660352

will play on March 2. A number of free gigs will be held in 'The Hive', following the success of various shows there last term. In Week 8 for example, Norwich Rhythm and Blues band~ '40 Jones and the Trolley Men', will perform free in 'The Hive' after 'Southside Johnny' have played in the LCR. What with all this, and Sound City '92 not far away, the Norwich music scene looks better than ever. By Peter Hart

JANUARY Sat 25 : Ught My Fire • The Doors Show (£4, cones. £3) at Spm Fri 31 :Bob Kerr &r; His Whoopee Band (£6, cones. £4) at 8pm UEA

JANUARY Mon 20 : The Gainsborough Quartet (£6, stds. £4) at 7.30, Music Centre FEBRUARY Mon 3 : Tradewinds Clarinet Quartet (£6, stds. £4) at 7.30,

Jody Thompson looks at the latest from Primal Scream, Mega City Four, Revenge Teenage Fan Club and Silverfish like this?! Not new, not interesting, for die-hard New Order fans only. Better than Revenge's previous stuff, but that's not much of a recommendation. Ho hum. MEGA CITY FOUR "Stop"EP (Big Life) Release date: 27th ]an Typical Megas offering, no surprises here but still good solid popguitarorientatedsongs. The title track of this four track EP, "Stop", has the usual tuneful and melodic base, with a catchy chorus that reminds me of a Green Cross Code advert. Second track, "Desert Song" is a bit more jangly, other tracks include "Back To Zero" which is fine, as is "Overlap" which sees the band changing down a gear or so. A note on the back of the sleeve says that "Mega City Four support the Stop The Madness campaigns against the use of hard drugs". Thanks for telling us lads, I'm sure we'll all buy your record now.

TEENAGE FANCLUB ''What you do to me" (Creation) Release date: 27th Jan What is it about the Fannies then? Will someone please explain? Don't get me wrong, I do like them, "Star Sign" was quite brill, the album "Bandwagonesque" is perfectly respectable, and they're entertaining live. But

why do they inspire such passion in so many people? They're a little too much like Status Quo for comfort sometimes, and "What you do to me" is one of those occasions, you know chug-chugga-chug guitar, etc, etc. It's very nice, but surely there should be more to music than niceness? Shouldn't there? Maybe I'm on my own in this one, but it just doesn't affect me enough, it doesn't get you in the guts or the hair on the back of your neck.

If they did a cover of "Rockin' all over the world" you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between the Fannies and the Quo, I swear. No teen spirit hear I'm afraid, it's just.. erm,nice.

SILVERFISH "Silverfish With Scrambled Egg"EP (Creation) Release date: 20th Jan Silverfish are an ambiguous band. For a start, lots of people think lead singer Lesley is a man (so I'm told but I really can't imagine why). It's not a great shock then that in the lead track

"Crazy" they produce a love song that beats you about the head. Wow. Awesome riffs and rhythms throughout, and an amazing vocal that is pure power. You wouldn't want to mess with Lesley. This is four tracks of sonic terrorism, Silverfish give you the finest aggression, fresh energy and sheer noisy nastiness served with a nice big grin. Perfect satisfaction for breakfast, lunch. tea, and any time inbetween. Yummy.

Review..

Carlos Bonell Recital Norwich Arts Centre Jan 16 1992 Last Thursday while y'all were enjoying the splendour of this term's first LCR, Carlos Bonell came to Norwich to do his "Poetry of the Guitar" thang, in front of a capacity Arts Centre crowd. The Grammy-nominated classical guitarist impressed with his own impeccable arrangements of works by Bach, Purcell and Britten amongst others. Beginning the concert with a light folky tune by seventeenth century composer, DeVisee, it was a laugh just to watch Carlos pull facial grimaces as he concentrated on this 'harpsichordic' piece. The highlight of the concert was undoubtedly the last piece of the first half of the performance, when

Bonell played Ginastera's Sonata Op.47, a piece incorporating four distinct movements. The first included lush chords and fragments of Argentinian folk music. The scherzo (second section) was filled with manic strumming and ingenious harmonics, recalling the experimental mayhem of groups like Sonic Youth. The third -'love poem' - part was lyrical in the extreme, whilst the finale incorporated elements of South American Gaucho-style guitar playing, and at times seemed almost 'peyote' fuelled. It was a night of outstanding music. Who can ask for more?! Martin Highmore

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The Rest... NORWICH ARTS CENTRE -Tel660352 JANUARY Until Feb 1 : Cadbu ry Hill Fort and 3605/1732, photo exhib ition Thurs 23 : Zumpa & Lallero, mim e (£6, cones. £4) at 8pm Fri 24 : Compagnia Drammatico Vegetale, mime {£6, cones. £4) at 8pm Until Mar 29: Toy Box, exhibition FEBRUARY .Tues 4 : The Mistress and Annie Wobbler (£4, cones. £3) at8pm

WATERFRONT - Tel632717 JANUARY Tues 21 -Weds 22 : 12 O'Clock Dead line (£3, cones. £2) at 7.30

MADDERMARK ET THEATRE - Tel626560 JANUARY Fri 24-Sat Feb 1 : Cat O n A Hot Tin Roof at 7.30 with Feb 1 mat. at 2.30

Interview: Bob Kingdom is Dylan Thomas Bob Kingdom has been tou ring the world with his performance of 'Dylan Thomas: Re turn Jou rney' si nce 1985. Small wonder then, tha t he received such excellent reviews in both America and Australia . The New York Daily News wrote, "Kingd om neithe r parodies nor patroni zes Thom as' work; he is a conduit throug h which the poet passes back into life." I asked him, therefore, how he managed this physical transformation. "I w ear a w ig and rea ll y tha t's alii need ", but he add ed, "to me th e w hole poi nt of an y ac ting perfo rm ance is being somebody else. And you have a ki nd of madness really ." H aving been brought up in Wales and w ith the legend and word s of Thomas in hi s head, Bob felt that one of the things he would like to do in life was a successful show about Dylan Thomas. Bob says that through hi s perfo rmance: " I am able to communicate m y en thu siasm fo r someone ... it is wonderful to be able to share an enthusias m" . The play is really a monologue of Thomas, d iscu ssing h is childhood , and speaking of h is infrequent return journeys to Swansea, which he left at the age of seventeen .

Thomas' wry sense of humour ca n be seen th roughout the play. It is "both funny and moving", as Au stralia's Gold Coast Bulletin p ut it. 'Return Jou rney' is ba sed on the works of Thomas bu t has ad d itional material by Kingdom . The end resu lt is a fl u id charac ter isa tio n of Thomas in all his glory, as Ki ngdom sli ps easi ly from narra ti ve into lamenting poems or comic sto ries of his childhood . This prod uction was direc ted by Anthony Ho p ki ns, of 'Silence of the Lambs' fame . Bob told m e, "i t' s no t such a big d eal ... he's a friend of mine" and he offered an objective "third eye" . About Hopkin's d irecto rship, Bob said , "We both feel similarly about Thoma s, so it was just pu ll ing togethe r o ur resources". From orwich, Bob Kingdom is continuing hi s tour around Britain and then is off to Is rael. When asked how long he would carry on, he answered, " I will do it a s long as people want it" a nd then added , "''ll let the future take care of itself'. For those of you who missed Frid a y night's performance, fea r not, Bob Kingdom alias Dylan Thomas is returning in early May -look out for him, it is a performance no t to be mi ssed .G ill Fenwick

Bob Kin gdom (ri ght ) with D:rector An tho ny llopkins

Book Review

The Mary Whitehouse Experience Norwich Arts Centre, 10-12 December 1991 Rob Newma n a nd Dave Baddi el, o ne half of The Mary Whitehouse Experience, last month chose the No rwich Arts Centre as the venue to try out new ma terial fo r thei r second television series. Norwich seem ed a suitable place for the m to experiment, beca use "We d on' t give a toss what people in Norwich think!" as they so a p tly put it. The two Cambridge graduates have risen through the corn pe titive ra nks of the Norwich stand-up comedy circui t to national recognition o n both radio a nd television. Rob Newman recall s hearing of Dave's success and decided he was not going to"le t thatbas tard have all the lim elight" and so joined him in helping to form the Mary Whitehouse show. The N o rw ich show w as improvised and scri pts were used occasionall y, m aking it a n informal p rod uc tion w here nei ther a udie nce nor per forme rs knew qui te wha t was going to happen nex t. Most of the ske tch es we re well received a nd are likely to be included in the ne w series, but their particular brand of humour some-

times offended . Jokes a bout Terr y Waite and the other hostages released from the Middle Eas t we re abo ut a n all too sensitive subject fo r the audie nce to laug h . Rob and Dave d efend their choice of subject matter ho weve r, believing that we shou ld be able to laug h at a ny situatio n as a way of accepting those things that fright en all of u s, fr om ca ncer to w a r. Although often d efined as alternative comedians, the pai r feel their comedy has broader hori zons. Dave f-:?es alternati ve humour as "tha t idiculing and opposing the current political sys tem; le ft w ing com ics such a s Be n Elton." Both Rob and Dave jus t w a nt to b e able to tal k abo u t anyt hing they fi nd funny. They model them sel ves on the "fu nny bo ned" Eric Morecambe a nd the Mont y Pytho n tea m . Rob said "I also ad mire Wood y Alien, but u nlike him I d on' t believe tha t a good co m edia n is necessarily a great thinker." The Mary Whiteho use tea m have not reached the comic pea k of their heroes, relying heavily on their stu-

de nt a ud ie nce to appreciate jokes abou t 'cra p' nightclubs and taki ng Ecs tasy. We had ap proached the interview with trepida tion afte r experie nci ng their sharp w it tha t no m embe r of the audience could escape. The y we re also very sensi tive to criticism, eve n a sking one journalist from a 'tre nd y a rts magazine' to leave the fron t row because she made them fee! so self-conscious. Off-stage, ho wever, they really a p preciated individ uals. Dave Baddicl was relaxed, cool and wi tty, in m arked contras t to his amiabl e bu t nervous partne r, Rob, w ho told us of hi s sexual repression a nd lack of friends. Although they do not see their professional relations hip as perm anent, the pair "who stand for everythi ng Ma ry White ho use doesn' t" would seem to have a promising future together, however long it may last.

]acqui Mackay and Sophie Pow er

JURASSIC PARK By Michael Crichton In an earlier novel, Michael Critchton began with a doom laden pronouncement of Karl Jasper's, that "the beg inning of modern science is also the beginning of calami ty." H is latest book, Jurassic Park, contem p lates a simi la r prem ise, a nd appli es to the Bio-genetics indu stry. He even suggests throughout the story tha t the genetic threa t is, altho ugh ap pea ring be nign at first glance, liable to overshad ow the destructive power of the atomic bomb. Crich ton u tilises ma ny of the mos t recent advances in the scientific world, and rather helpfully 1aymanises' the respective ja rgo n to a compl etely readable level, even whe n he is u sing high-de nsity scientific data such as computer printouts, cha rts, and formulae. In this novel he portrays a chao tic world of technology - someti mes tu rned crazy - a nd, m ore often, appropriated by both ignora nt medd le rs a nd m adm en . Jurassic Park ru ns alo ng simila r lines to the a u tho r' s classic novel and film Westworld (1975), in which an au tomated en tertai nment cent re turns against its human creators and guests, with dire consequences. In this work the setting is an entertainment centre crammed full of fleshripping, blood-cra zed dinosaurs, recreated via genetic science by the ca p itali stic lnGen corpora tio n. A scenario which, I think you will agree,

sounds very dodgy. The possibility of total d isaster is prevented no t by the careful applica tion of scien tific kno w-ho w, b u t because of a charac te ristically Cri chto nesque piece of untechnical, hu ma n reserve. Taking this into account, Cri chto n's book is still a n unpre ten tiou s, lively a nd engaging volume, most d efi nitely a mu st of paleontology obsessed pe rsons of all persuasions.

Martin High more

Win .Jurassic Park! We have a free cop y of Crichton's new novel to give away, cour tesy of Wa te rstone's booksho p, o n the UEA ca m pus . Simply w rite d own the a nswer to the ques tion belo w, toge ther w ith your name, school, a nd yea r, a nd pu t it u nder the door of the Concrete office (Room 2.29 in the EAS building) before Frid ay, w eek 3. The firs t correct entry d rawn after thi s da te wi ll wi n the novel. Question: Steven Spielberg is set to make a film based on the novel, Jurassic Park. What is the name of theSpielbergmovie to be released in April starring (amongst others) Robin Will ia ms?


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THE GRAVY TRAIN COMES TO UEA Polly Graham tracked down the elusive Malcolm Bradbury and found that he was really quite a nice bloke. Interviewing Malcolm Bradbury is not easy, because first you have to find him. In the general office of EAS I was told that he was wandering around the building. I had to admit to them that although I had read a number of his books and seen various TV programmes that sported his name I didn't know what he looked like. The women in the office laughed knowingly at the aged old joke of the elusive Malcolm Brad bury rarely seen at UEA let alone EAS. I eventually found him in his office, and was surprised to see that it did in fact look lived in with paper and books scattered around the room. When I confronted him with the suggestion that he didn't spend much time at UEA, he laughingly said that "the famous graffiti was probably written by my wife in the library loo as a complaint. I teach here one term a year and write for the rest of the year." Bradbury is the ultimate academic success. He writes novels, Critical studies and the sequel to ''The Gravy Train" is currently on Channel Four. The secret of his success is "by having heavy office hours. I get up in the morning, go to the type writer and work for about ten to twelve hours a day." He could also be termed a media personality, often interviewed by

glossy Sunday magazines. More recently I heard his voice on Radio Four, being interviewed about the opening of the newly reconstructed Liverpool Street Station. You know you're famous when Radio Four interview you merely because you often use a particular train station! He suggested that the new station might be inspiration for one of his MA students novels. The two hour journey from London's Liverpool Street is one he must know well. The academic and media personality has to split himself between London and Norwich to lead his dual career. I admit I expected him to have more of the air of a media personality rather than the tweed jacketed academic. He was older and less intimidating than I expected wearing a pair of comfortable hush puppies . He had an endearing lisp and enthusiastically talked of his infamous creative writing group. "I see this wonderful group of writers, all of whom are working on novels.lt's a very exciting situation. It thrills me to see all these books starting and developing. I'm working with the thing I love best which is literature as it grows. So it's a perfect relationship and also the contact with the next generation, which is one of the great things about

a University." It is clear that he has not 'sold out' by attempting to conquer the popular media market, he has merely adapted to the changing role of the academic. "I think the point is that the University has a role in public culture, in the culture of the country. It is very important that the University safe guards what I think of as literary-ness or standard. We stand aside and we're able to intervene and that's always been an important role for me. That's why I was on the Booker Management Committee and have always kept one foot in the University, so that I'm not solely subject to the commercial pressures and the cultural pressures that you would have if you were full time in those things; publishing, TV or whatever." Things have definitely changed since the radical sixties setting of his novel based on the University "The History Man". Once renouned for its political activity UEA now has problems holding quorate UGM's, let alone organising the historical sit-ins in the registry that it used to boast. It seems that even Malcolm Bradbury's radical days have passed. "The down side of a political era, in particular the sixties, was that an awful lot of work wasn't done. The University suddenly became a holi-

day camp for radicals. It was aperiod of great utopian dreams and expectations and a lot of those dreams were hirby some very hard realities, so it's not surprising that big political moment exploded and died." The interview was brought to a stand still by the fact that he had to go and give his lecture in the EAS Modernism series entitled "Stages of Modernism". I asked him whether he was nervous, he modestly an-

swered "Well I've done a couple of books on Modernism so I'm talking about what I know". With that he was whisked away to an embarrassingly empty lecture room where he said ''We'll just wait five more minutes for some others to arrive" and I squirmed when five minutes later he began with an audience of a measly twenty, not exactly any way near the realms of the Radio Four listenership.

Malcolm Bradbury (left) with Arthur Millar

PAUL IN PANTO PANTS Peter Hart rubbed shoulders in Southampton withPaul Robinson from Neighbours during his panto season playing Aladdin. When I entered Stefan Dennis' dressing room, I did not expect to be confronted by someone dressed solely in white cycling shorts. He apologised for this, but he had just returned from a run and was getting ready for his starring role in Aladdin. But although due on stage in ten minutes, he was- in true Paul Robinson style- quite relaxed. Asked whether he has become tired of playing the hard-nosed tycoonwhom he describes as "a bit of a prick" -he says: "I'm not tired of being Paul but the actor in me would certainly like to be doing something else." I suggest a return to his musical career, which was inevitably judged as an attempt to cash in on the success of Kylie, Jason, and Craig McLachlan . However, perhaps embarrassed by his somewhat unsuccessful attempt at chart stardom he skirts around the subject, replying, "I'm an actor, I'd like to do anything that's work."

But does he agree with the argument against allowing celebrities to appear in pantomime? Stefan replies that there are certainly two sides to the controversy, but adds "If a personality can save

"lan Botham's a cricketer for God sake, but he's putting bums on seats in Bournemouth" theatre by drawing an audience, then they should be included. "lan Botham's a cricketer for goodness sake, but he's putting bums on seats in Bournemouth and bloody good on him! If such acelebrity hadn't done it, that could have put one hundred people out of work." At this point a woman announces

the beginners call for another star of the pantomime, Michael Elphick. The interruption gives the soap star time to put on white trousers and a suitably oriental top, for his on-stage appearance in (what is now) less than 5 minutes time. Since the 1:30pm showing of 'Neighbours' fills the Bill Wilson room at UEA (and at Kerry's death it was packed!) I quick! y ask Stefan whether he can reveal anything about future editions of the soap. "There's a really big storylinc coming up involving my character and Christina," he says, talking about his on-screen and real-life girlfriend, Gillian Blakeney, a portrait of whom rests on the dressing-table. But he adds "I'm not going to tell you about that." Although I still have plenty to ask, I decide it is best to leave before the curtain rises. Stefan shakes my hand and after a "Good on you mate" I make my exit.

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SHOULD UEABE MEMBERS OF NUS?

tium which allows us to buy drinks cheaply. NUS has continually given its support to lunatic or lost causes, which means that when it does have something to say that concerns students, no one takes the slightest bit of notice. It is now accepted that the views of the NUS do not reflect those of the students. It's time that we stopped throwing huge amounts of money into the NUS and getting nothing in return. There are countless better ways of spending the annual affiliation fee- will the sabbaticals have the guts to stand up and admit this?

How many students support this Union's membership of NUS? How many have even realised that they help pay for what must rank as one of the most spectacularly unsuccessful organisations in the country? It is difficult to think of a single NUS campaign which has met with U.N. Weno one iota of success. Over the last SYS2 few years we have seen the phasing out of travel allowance, the reduction, in real terms, of the grant, the loss of housing benefit, the loss of income support and above all the introduction of loans . The Union has opposed all these measures, and all of them have I have lived in my present happened. NUS has a budget running into address for the past 12 years millions, takes subscriptions and and until recently have been affiliation fees from all of us, yet it very happy here. appears unable to properly repre- However, since October 9th, I sent the views of its members. have been woken every night Indeed, the only real benefit ap- between 12 pm and 1.30 am by pears to be a purchasing consor- students either coming from the

Students too loud

UEA or returning to the UEA stoned out of their minds, shouting and screaming at the top of their voices until they are out of sight. One night there was a crowd of students hanging over my wall at 12.30 am, and after a while I had to get up and tell them in a nice manner to "Piss Off'. Its about time they had a little respect for other people. I work for the Student Union so I'm not anti-students, I enjoy working with them and am in contact with students every day. I like to see youngsters having a good time, I'm the mother of two teenage children myself. But, it is a shame that the odd few give the rest of you a bad name. A lot of you are crying out for accommodation and want more money. Acting like this in public is not good for your image and will hardly help to gain respect and sympathy from the public. I for one can see many hardships for the youngsters of today with grants being cut and cost of living rising all the time. So, please can your socializing end before midnight or at least be quiet if it can't; some of us have a full days work ahead of us attending to YOUR

NEEDS. Go out and enjoy yourselves every night if necessary, BUT MAKE YOUR JOURNEYS TO AND FRO QUIETLY. MARYPARKE

Stewards Say Hello Just a quick hello from the affable trio of Union House Stewards just inside the main entrance to U/H. Myself, Steve and Bernie have been gainfully employed in the pursuit of smoothing the path of those we encounter, since the end of August. It's nice to say that the majority of U /H regulars now seem pleased to see us, and hopefully are now aware that we're here to help where we can, and if we can't we'll probably 'know a man who can'. So say hi when you're passing. Best of luck to those working with Concrete (no MAFIA connections I hope!?). Cheers. Gary.

concrete â&#x20AC;˘ ecruitment CONCRETE's success will depend upon your support. If you would like to contribute in any way- whether it be writing news, features, arts or sports; taking photographs or producing artwork; typing, proof-reading, or doing anything it takes to make a newspaper work, then come to one of our meetings. They are every Monday in Room 2.29, EAS. Or come and see us any weekday between 12pm and 2pm. No . . experience Is necessary.


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concrete PIRATES HAVE CiiANCE TO REACH PLAY-OFFS Warwicks withdrawal from American Football means UEA are in with a chance THE withdrawal of Warwick means that the UEA Pirates will spend the rest of the season playing away games - their first this term being a return match against Cambridge. This will be followed by the last regular season game at Loughborough. The Pirates' schedule from here seems uncertain, as there may be a need to replay Leicester, who failed to provide the full requirements for play at their recent game with the Pirates. In theory this match leaves UEA with a win, and gives them a real chance of making the play-offs with a record of 3.3 so far this season. !fhe Pirates' roster for this term has changed, because starting quarterback Rob Grant was injured against

Oxford last term. This game unfortunately resulted in a 22.0 loss for UEA and ended a disappointing half to the regular season. Pirates' veteran linebacker Martin Card em is also suffering from InJuries. However, the Pirates have managed to fill these positions with new players that have joined the team in the second term ofthe regular season. Finally, congratulations must go to Warren Smart who has been voted Coach of the Year by the British Coaching Association. Warren won the title for his duties as head coach of the UEA Pirates' 1990/91 season, which saw them become Conference Champions and play in the National Finals.

Toby Leaver

UEA Pirates in action earlier this season

WOMEN'S RUGBY by Katharine Mahoney

Cover your Walls with Colour The Print Unit is pleased to announce the arrival of the Kodak 1525 Full Colour Copier Not only will it produce superb full colour copies of your favourite photos, colour graphs, charts and overhead transparencies, but can also enlarge up to A3 and on to a massive 5'6" x 4' (1680 x 1188mm) by digital segmentation. This means that your chosen subject when enlarged is made up of 4, 8 or 16 segments. Full colour copies can be reproduced from photographs, litho prints, colour transparencies and even strip negatives! Cost is as follows:

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For further details telephone ext 2204 (prefix 59 if outside UEA) or enquire at photocopying hatch, ground floor Registry.

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Looking for fun and fitness? Want to get rid of the tensions of work? Then why not let your pent-up energy take you down to the rugby pitches? Women's rugby is a rapidly growing sport in England and there are a lot of very talented players around, (some of them at UEA!) The women's rugby club is one of the most popular

and energetic new clubs here at UEA. They have about 30 members, and interest in the club is avid. It all started about two years ago, but at that time the women were still part of the men's club. However, this term the women have formed a separate club and have built up a solid team. The women train on Wednesdays and Satur-

days, and are coached by some of the men's rugby players such as Tom Balls and Ben Walker. Training is a combination of fitness and skills, and don't worry if you're interested but don't know the rules, because they'll explain scrums, tackling, and ball handling to you. Yet, the best thing about training according to the Captain is that it's fun!

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Concrete, Wednesday, January 22, 1992

SKI SUCCESS By Keeley Smith FIFfEEN of UEA'S most talented skiers took to the slopes at the beginning of this month, when they competed in this year's English and Welsh University Ski Championships. The event was held at Les Arcs in the French Alps, where the UEA skiers competed in the men's and women's team and individual events against 30 other British and Welsh universities. Both the men's and women's teams skied well, with one of the best ormances from Greg ••••• _....~..~H;";o~w, who was placed 27th in the Mens Slalom and 38th in

the Mens Giant Slalom. Race Ski Captain, Simon Ashton, also gained some high placings by finishing 20th out of 160 skiers in the Mens Slalom, and 47th in the Mens Giant Slalom. Excellent performances in UEA's women's team came from Fion a Smart, Susie Martin and Kirsten Tholsturp, who were amongst the hundreds of university skiers to enjoy the resort's good racing conditions. O verall, the Mens A team finished 7th in the Mens Slalom and 15th in the Giant Slalom, with the B team coming close behind

RUGBY CLUB THRIVING By Kieron O'Grady and David Moore THE 1991/2 season is proving to be a transitional period for UEA R.F.C. following the graduation of half the previous 1st XV. However, this was partially offset by the high number of members, enabling the club to continue fielding three teams. The 1st XV began promisingly beating Holt (40-0) in convincing fashion, and were able to capitalise on this in the face of tough opposition in the following Norfolk League matches, with notable wins over North Walsham (27-10) and the Crusaders. Aspirations for the Norfolk Plate were dashed by unfancied Broadland (18-15) in controversial circumstances. Success in the U AU' s has revitalised the team, and on January 23 the 1st XV travel to Bath, where they'll be hoping for more outrageous drop-goals by flyhalf Dave Lubliner in their attempt lv repeat last year's victory and progress to the last 16. The season began somewhat disappointingly for the 2nd XV, but

dynamic oock row work and a more settled line up raised team spirit and forged a revival. They were also helped by Captain Tom Rayner and former Club President Ben Walker, who stuck religiously to the 'no drinking the night before the match' policy! Significant progress was made in the UAU's, including the hard fought win at QMW, se tting them up for Wednesday's clash against Exeter. All bodes well if they can reproduce the flowing and stylish rugby that led to the 36-4 drubbing of Norwich Union . The strength and level of commitment in the club is reflected by the consistently good results produced by the 3rd XV. They too qualified fior the next round of UAU's, and eagerly await Bath's visit this Wednesday. With all three teams still in the UAU competition and an Easter tour to Holland and Germany in the offing, the club is thriving.

in 16th place. The Women's A team finished 12th in the Team Slalom and 15th in the Giant Slalom. UEA's highest placing, however, was by Jean-Michelle Jacquinot, whose dining exploits landed him sixth in the snowboardingevent. The race team was accompanied by 20 recreational skiers from UEA'sski club, who were able to

spend some of their time offpiste skiing in snow which afforded them first tracks. Although UEA had the smallest ski party, Simon Ashton has spotted a lot of racing potential in many of the recreational skiers. He is eager for anyone who may be interested in racing in nex t year's championships to contact him (EUR P/G MSc.)

Owing to rowdiness from some of the other university ski teams, the 1992 venue for the championships is to be Les Menuires, and not Les Arcs. It is ho ped tha t by this time UEA will have a bigger race team, which will enable them to expand their presence on the university ski circuit.

FOOTBALL ROUND-UP UEA Football Club has begun the season in fine style, with all of its three teams having come through University Athletics Union qualifying rounds with impressive unbeaten records. The three teams all got off to slow starts when they travelled away to Essex University, with both the second and third teams only achieving draws, and the first team needing a very late ~oal from Paul Evans to secure victory. This changed two weeks later with all three teams coming away from QMW College of London with fine victories. After falling behind to a second half penalty, a hat-trick from Captain, Laurcncc Lindsay, and a goal from Nca lc Fret well helped the

fi rsts to another late win. Coals from Brazier, Newton, Chroncll and the impressive newcomer, Robin Powcll, made sure the thirds gained the edge in a thrilling 4-3 encounter. By far the best achievement of the day though was an emphatic 10-2 victory by the second team. Fi rst year Tom Finlayson scored four, Gary Bowerm.1n and Phi! McCormack added two apiece, and goals from Andrcw Fll' tchcr and Andy Bird completl'd the rout. The seconds were unable to repeat such exploits in their final match at home to UCL, but finished more than satisfied with a 3-1 win. With goals once again from Newton (2), Brazier, and Powcll, the third team achieved another victory; as did the

firs t team, who won 4-0 with the help of two headers from the Norwegia n midficldcr known as 'Tap.' With such a good start to football this year, UEA may at last have produced tcamscapablcofbringing home some trophies. The knockout rounds begin in January and a lot could depend on how the teams arc fairing in the local Saturday lca~ucs. The third team seem to have no problems as they arc making a surprise challenge for promotion in their division, but the first and second teams may have to sort out their glaring inconsistencies if they arc going to do anything than simply make up the numbers. by Sllaun Ha rley

KARATE BRONZE FOR MUKESH UEA's Mukesh Mistry won a bronze medal at last term's BSSF Karate Championships held at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. Mukesh, who fought using the Wado ryu technique based on evasion, and under WUKO rules, was one of 12 competitors from the UEA Shi Kon Karate club at the event. The club has taken part in the annual championships since it was set up in 1983. This year its members, who range in fighting ability, fought in both the men's and women's team

and individual events against opponents from 35 other university and polytechnic teams. Both teams were knocked out in the first round, and have resumed training under professional coach Steve Davis. Someclubmembersalsocompetcd in the East Anglian Shi Kon Championships held at Thctford on December 21, where Crcg Rubinson fought to win third place. by Keeley Smith


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