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"My Ideal Valentine would have to be Usa Loeb or Terl Hatcher, but In reality, I'll probably only get a card from my nan."

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"I had my first kiss on the of the school bus. I was five years old and telling you who he was would be Indiscreet."

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like the Sack Of Cack. Not only does it give us an opportunity make more space in the office by clearing out all our old dross, but it makes you lot come up to the office and do silly things in order to win it, and you know this just makes our day. Last issue was a first in the history of this competition as two separate parties attempted to claim the hallowed sack. Good work fellas! See if you can do even better this time. Up for grabs are: A MINI-TORCH WITH NO BATIERIES IN! IN OTHER WORDS IT IS TOTALLY WORTHLESS! A DODGY MANGA VIDEO ABOUT SHOOTING AND SHAGGING ON

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LIVE REVIEW SHED SEVEN THE WATERFRONT 27/1/96 t's not so long since Shed Seven and Oasis were tipped as the next big thing. Unfortunately, things haven't quite gone to plan for York's finest, but they're back for another stab at stardom. First Soda's ende1;1ring Bratpop racket isn't bad, but suffers from a lack of top tunes, although it is early days yet. Shed Seven do have tunes, the problem always was that a lot of them were arse, even if they're greeted rapturously by the crowd. Dolphin is still great, but shows up the others' failings. ll's frustrating, because Shed Seven are capable of shining sparkly pop (rather than stodgy Shedrock). Even without brass, Getting Better is a glorious rush. To be fair, if you're a fan the gig was great, but it left me cold. "Are you all getting plssed or what?" asked Rick. Maybe if I was, I would've enjoyed it more ...

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t may have been freezing cold outside, but inside a packed LCR the temperature was considerably warmer, as Norwich prepared to welcome back those grandiose pop stars, Gene. But first up, support from Duffy. Led by the energetic Stephen 'Tintin' Duffy, they provided breezy guitar pop, the undoubted highlight being the catchy single Sugar High. Duffy did their job, warming up the crowd, but as soon as the real

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stars took the stage, the audience found a new lease of life. With Martin sporting another fine quiff and guitarist Sieve Mason seemingly adding more facial contortions to his repertoire, the band cracked into an electric set. All the old faves were present, the outstanding songs being Be My Light, Be My Guide a11d Sleep Well Tonight, alongside a number of new songs, which

had a more rhythmic feel, branching away from that often quoted Smiths influence. Including for the first time on this tour an acoustic set so the crowd could catch their breath, and their sound augmented by the addition of a keyboardist, Gene proved that they are still unstoppable live. Yet perhaps the biggest surprise of all was that Martin managed to survive a whole gig without smoking a cigarette! Simon Raisey

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before this ob~. ~e reali$oo we(t:} being ironic, bUt I feel the English taken in by it. We do like that music 6ttt 'I think you'll see that Uve we are much rawer, W'?- even open with Black Sabbath's Iron·Man!" A few hours'lta{er we are stood at the bar making the most of the MJIIer promotion, when a chugging noisy bass seethes out of the PA; it's not mucl') cop. They may be QPOd looKing, they may even be very nice people, but when Magnus says that Fluffy can only try to be rock 'n' roll, he,is sadly correct, Th~y try. But . DisappOintingly, much the same can be for FluffY's touring buddies Heavy Stereo. may be a top laugh behind the scenes "'"''""'''" rock-out sludge doesn't really With barely a three chords or a couple . . 'f8d and afmosf songs between them the Genuine Cold is altogether more enticing ..• Then, amge f~to a bif over-eXCI . drops ht$ camera lm<ilestica,U~ , The Cardigans reaf!irm our faith _:~---------~in life. As promised they open the set with the aforementioned Black Sabbath song, and extinguisher, but lt wasn't a normal water although the tunes are less intricate than on one, it was full of this weird chemical/foam record, they lose none of the style, elegance and panache that their music personifies. stuff. The promoters and security staff were not amused!~ Three down and the headliners to go, which Rock and roll! Well, time to calm down and unfortunately &eems to be the attitude of most of the audience here tonight as rnost of them chat to Magnus from the more reserved Cardigans. Jt seems that we're not the only seem to be here only to see The B!uetones. people about who have been influenced by Predictably most of the men tool< like their hormones rather than by their ears in Oasis/Stone Roses understudies and this is regard to Fluffy. Magnus also seems to enjoy what The Bluetones both look and sound like. their undivided attention: Slight Retum is a good record, but this doesn't "On our date in Birmingham J was feeling translate well to a Uve set. We both decide very homesick indeed. I didn't want to be on that playing pinball very badly would be more stage but ;un so we .1eave the Fluffy • • • ' Tones to 1!. came out Interestingly the bar " I , is now practically onto the balcony empty, which we above me and began to scream my name... should take as an indication that we were of course four young girls like Fluffy wrong in our conclusion... but of course, we know better. Or lt could just be the Miller. screaming at you does you a lot of good, so I began to really get into the gig. Now before PS Thanks to Molly for letting us sleep on her floor! every show 1ask them to come out front and scream my name." Don't you feel tempted to join in with some of the more wild antics of the other bands? "No, not really. Heavy Stereo are the ones here who are rock 'n' roll, they mean it. Fluffy really are just charming girls who are trying to be rock 'n' roll. "The most outrageous thing I did all tour was to sit on a box and break its wheel. Fluffy liked that, they tried to encourage me to do some more damage. But I refused - if you break something who is going to mend it? Trashing your hotel room is stupid, you're the person who has to sleep in it!" A sensible chap indeed. Yet The Cardigans are not without a sense of humour - England even appears to have missed some of their irony. "When we recorded Life we deliberately made it into a '60s N, · 108 rom The Cardigans whis'Pers concept where the studio was full of original equ ipment and the artwork Swede nofhinns fo M.a,.'· was very '60s, all purposefully. In -;-------~=! :.~:_::_:::·~ ·K Sweden where we had released records

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ike Flowers, the Liverpudlian with the treacle coloured pudding bowl wig and the bri-nylon wardrobe, sets out his manifesto for total lounge lizard world domination; "lt's just an act, an honest light entertainment act. As for the music, people have been surprised that they enjoy it because they feel they're not supposed to. With the act I give them licence to enjoy something that they haven't been before." Hmmm ... nice 'n' cheesy. Mike and his band of glitzed up cabaret stars -The Mike Flowers Pops Orchestra - are set to swing the night away here at UEA on Valentine's Day (surely the perfect setting for ultimate kitsch overload!}. They promise to transform the normally drab and dreary concrete campus into a sugar coated pop pavlova complete with tutu wearing ballerinas supping margaritas with Colombian drug barons, whilst dyed pink poodles stroll by in a perfumed air. Well, possibly! This, The Mike Flowers Pops Orchestra's first venture into the world of Motorway Service Stations, vitamin pills and mass adulation, has all come about as the result of a joke. A joke whiph was picked up by Chris Evans on his breakfast show and initially played as a tongue in

cheek response to the testosterone fuelled ramblings of Oasis. However the British public in their best attempt to relive the Christmas of 1993 {Mr Blobby, need I remind you?) overlooked the joke and sent the single crashing into the charts at number two, only being kept from the top spot by Michael Jackson's Earth Song. A fact which Flowers isn't too despondent about: "I wasn't upset at all, because the idea of a Christmas No. 1 would be fairly stressful for someone of my temperament." Thanks to the success of Wonderwa/1, Flowers packed in his job as a technician at The Chelsea School Of Art And Design and signed a two year recording contract with London Records. Since then his bleached white grin has seemingly beamed from the pages of every publication from The Sun to The Independent, Melody Maker to Smash Hits, stopping off on the way to play a medley of Prince hits on Pebble Mill to the appreciative ears of Alan Titchmarsh. With reconstructions of songs by Black Sabbath likely in his live set, it seems as though hearts could melt on Valentine's Day. But only in a post-modern, slightly ironic, lounge orchestral type of way.


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OK, that 's a bit of a lie _ win some house would be more accurate as we have ten fabulous copies of the new Fantazia Club Classics collection to give away This frankly enormous three-disk com?ilation spans five years of house music With the tracks mixed by Brandon Block, Luv Dup and Mike Cosford. In amongst the onslaught of top d~ncefloor tunes, you 'll find classics by the likes of Degrees ln Motion_. Felix and De'Lacy. lt's a pretty essential collection to own, all told. Released in the shops this week, you could blag a copy for free if you can tell us Which of the following is not a house class1c: a) Saturday Night Party by Alex Party b)Pas.sJOn by Jon of the Pleased W1mm1n c) Country House by Blur


n album that's a novel ? Hmm ... that's novel (sorry). There is more on this album than the ndie-poppery of the Mekons' last venture I Love The Mekons but are they trying to do too much on one record? The Mekons have teamed up with novelist Kathy Acker who reads from her work in-between songs, a surreal story of pirates and buried treasure. However, these interruptions make the transition from one song to another awkward. lt's difficult to comment on Acker's novel since there are only extracts on the album but suffice to say she is one of those post-modernists obsessed with fragmentation, feminism and messing with the mind . The music works, especially Ange's Song and The Song of the Dogs. The sounds The Mekons make vary from Irish jig to jungle. I only feel sorry for the pirate called Ostracism. Matthew Poole

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Stone's in trouble ' again. What for? Why, historical inaccuracy this time. His latest film Nixon has caused a bit of a storm in the States, not only is it a bum numbing three hours, but historians and friends of Nixon have been jumping up and down moaning at Stone. One person has come out with credit, and that's Welshman Tony Hopkins for his portrayal of Tricky Dicky. Do we hea.r Oscar calling? The latest club in Hollywood, which all the stars are trying to get into is the $20m movie club. Cu rrent members are Jim Carrey, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson , Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sly Stallone. The highest ranked females are Demi Moore and Julia Roberts on $12m , with poor ol' Johnny Depp on a meagre $5m - lower than even Charlie Sheen . Hey, movie moguls , what's going on? "We want the finest wines available to humanity", so said Richard E Grant in Withnai/ and /. To tie in with the tenth anniversary re-release , Odd bins are running various promotions to encourage you to take part in some of the best movie drinking games. If this classic has passed you by, then make up for that error - now! Top city cinema called , er, Cinema City will be showing Breakfast at , Tiffany's on Valentine's Day , for all you love birds out there . This top notch flick stars Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard in this tale of love, life and a ginger cat, and it's guaranteed to warm the cockles of your heart. So altogether now: "Moooon river, da de da de da .. ." '

And finally ... no sooner did The Event tip John Travolta and Emma Thompson for big things then it comes true! Both were winn ers at the Golden Globes, with Travolta winning the gong fo r comedy actor and Ems for t her screenplay of Sense and Sensibility. Good work fellas! Now, let's see if this will work: the next lottery numbers will be 3, 12, 26 , 31,

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mere fifty films; three Oscars and ten nominations; countless other awards; bucket loads of critical acclaim; and a song by Bananarama, AI Pacino and Robert De Niro are two of Americas best-loved and most enduring 'great' screen actors . In careers spanning almost thirty years , they've enjoyed something very rare in cinema , both critical notoriety and popular attention . They've achieved this feat by proving their worth in typically bums on seats sorta genres. So where lies their success? Well , for one in thrillers erotic in the case of Pacino (The Sea of Love) , De Niro settling for psychotic (Cape Fear) . Comedy - the joke was on his critics when De Niro, not renowned for his comic appearances, turned up a brilliant performance in Scorsese's homage to Jerry Lewis, in the darkly funny King of Comedy and more recently in We 're No Angels , as an escaped convict trying to get across the Canadian border, disguised as a monk. The genre provided Pacino with two very different roles. On Oscar-winning form, in Scent of a Woman, playing a suicidal blind veteran, enjoying one last wild 'n' wicked

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abstract expressionist, his mother, a painter, De Niro studied at the 'Actors Studio'. Marrying Diahnne Abbot! in 1976, the relationship lasted only three years. Although some have interpreted his 'method' style as sheer "self-indulgence" and an opportunity to do some "weird accents", De Niro has only one thing to say, "lt's important not to indicate (not a reference to Taxi Driver). People don't try to show their feelings , they try to hide them." Just to prove this acting lark is profound stuff, De Niro set up the TriBeCa building in New York, home of his own production company, and consequently since 1989 has become a major player in film production . Pacino, is a fellow New Yorker, and also has a nickname, Sonny (presumably from his Godfather exploits) . Profound statements abound on this 'method ' acting business. According to AI , "lt's kinda like you put on a suit of some sort, and go into a box or something ... it's ephemeral, hard to figure ... ! don't get it." Hmm, okay! Anyway, despite working with the best in the industry, making reg ular appearances in De Palma and very regu lar appearances in Scorsese films, Pacino and De Niro have at times seemed like the terrible !winsome, making some decidedly dodgy films . Lets just say that with movies

Emma Thompson wouldn 't be in the Oscar-runn ings if Pacino or De Niro had played her leading man. Sense prevailed in their new movie. Heat is of a very different sensibility. Straight out of the Cagney/Bogart gangster movie tradition, De Niro plays cunning crook, Neil McCauley, ringleader of a ruthless and utterly professional gang whose speciality is the odd $12 million heist. Pacino (as good cop , Vincent Hanna) also heads an equally professional posse. Harbouring a grudging respect for his like-minded opposite, Hanna is less motivated by the increasing pile of corpses that line the trail , than the personal challenge McCauley offers. lt is from this friction that the heat emanates , and the screen promises to be electrifying when the actors finally clash in two all too brief scenes. Helped along by excellent direction from veteran Michael Mann (Manhunter, The Last ofthe Mohicans) and an intelligent script, the dueling duo have done it again. Providing a thought-provoking, but at the same time down right entertaining movie. Heat may well prove a little too hot to handle.

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•Peter Hart meets Keith Chegwin at the launch ol his new TV show, Roll With 11, and chats to the showbiz legend about the ups and downs ol a career which has encompassed Saturday Swap Shop, Chegger~ Plays Pop, Sky Star Search and The Big Breakfast ewind to the late 1980s and picture the car at the moment? Who's that Liverpool band, really scene. In a lift together at the studios of great guys, just got a new album?" London Weekend Television are a He asks this quizzically, like he's just been asked to twenty-something Scouser and name a Brotherhood of Man song that's being played Concrete's current editor, Niall Hampton. to him backwards. We offer a few helpful suggestions: "Cast?" "The lt's just past eight thirty in the morning, but the Scouse chap already has a full glass of whisky in his Beatles?!" "No! lt's the same thing with books. People ask me hand. He's about to start the day as host of Sky TV's Sky what books I like and I go "s**t!" I read so much," Star Search, a talent show for the general public. continues a perplexed Cheggers. "Really nice guys, Our Niall is a 'contestant' in· his decidedly 80s band, erm ...." The Cotton Club. We try again: "The Farm?" Now rewind a bit more to the early 1980s. "No, more recent, erm ... ." Somewhere in BBC TV Centre is an utterly barmy "The Real People?" bloke bouncing around on an oversize inflatable "Oh God Almighty~ There's guitars, four of them ... ." . ~attress, surrounded by balloons and a bunch of ten Suddenly someone saves us from our misery and an evening spent naming all the bands to have come year olds in red and yellow t-shirts. He's the host of • • out of Merseyside a kids' music in the past three trivia quiz show. Finally, rewind d~cad~s: "The • Llghtmng Seeds?" even further to "Thank you very the late 1970s. In the middle of a much!" he exclaims, much field in relieved. "Excellent, really good tracks, you know! Bournemouth or.Brighton, Newcastle or Nottingham, stands a man in his late teens, holding an umbrella I've got their CD and who else? That's about it and dressed in a fetching grey and yellow anorak. really!" Hmmm... we can see why this man ended up hosting Along with his eo-host he's looking for someone who'll swap Kerplunk for three jigsaws and some music related shows!? Weebles. We try a different tack and ask if he's ever wanted to The man in all three cases is the now legendary live a rock 'n' roll lifestyle. Keith Chegwin. Perhaps jumping around on hotel TV sets like they're Fast forward to a December evening in 1995, where his inflatables from Cheggers Plays Pop? "Well, I did that with drink and got bored with it! So I at the studios of The Family Channel, former Concrete ed, Peter gave up! Never again! I think I've calmed down. The · highlight of my week is Hart, stands supping a large G&T, conversing going out and with Cheggers himself. taking the dog for The occasion is the a walk. lt's just filming and launch been like waking party of a brand new up really. music related show, "I used to live the high life - I had a Roll With lt. big house, five cars We've been in the drive, promised "zany pop horsebox trailer... I fun and laughter", had a Nanny, a but having sat housekeeper, a through two halfhour shows filmed driver, oh God, everything you could back-to-back, where the audience had to think of. But that wasn't the lifestyle I swap seats so it would look like the liked - I hated every minute of it. And now programme was CHEG-MA TE: The E vent's p, filmed on different weeks, we've eter meets a legend I've got a very simple retired to the bar to pick the brains of Cheggers, life and take each day who's nursing a glass of coke with, erm, ice. as it comes. "Once all the drinking was through I just Throughout the interview he makes no attempt to got a new outlook on life really. People offer me quite hide the fact that he's an alcoholic, and even talks a bit of work and I just turn it down; I think 'Oh, I won't enjoy that'." · about the· times when he had to earn some cash by But there was a time, indelibly bran·ded in the writing six hundred tunes for a TV show and a memories of all who saw it, that our Cheggers did Jeremy Beadle series! manage to do something totally mad. He's not going At some point, the conversation predictably turns to to tell us what it is until I say "BALLOONS!" music. An NME hack asks the fount of pop knowledge about his fave bands. He turns quickly quickly and responds "Thank you, Cheggers replies: "Who have I got on the COs in the you bugger!" He reticently takes up the story.

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it's quietened down a lot! "lt was a different era, being dragged out of a rugby ground, shoved in someone's boot and driven out of the ground. Weird!" Now Cheggers, incidentally the brother of former Radio 1 DJ Janice Long, finds himself in a far less public relationship than the one he had with Ms Philbin. But he says he's never been much of a stud. "I think in the whole of my life I've only had about six sexual partners and that's it! You try to pull; it's hard work isn't it?! Somebody said "sign my breasts" once and that's about as close as I've ever got," - he pauses to think of a suitable punchline - "I leapt on it and wrote a book!" The woman he now finds himself with is one Maria Fielden. Their friendship extends back a number of years

it!" He thinks for a second and changes his mind: "Oh no, we had Right Said Fred - they were on - and Chesney Hawkes, he came on! 1t was such a fun show to do, with talents in all shapes and forms. Nobody failed the audition! Everybody got on! "There was a guy called Robert's World of Magic; he was an escapologist. Two members of the audience tied him up in a sack and he couldn't get out! We had to cut him loose with a penknife eventually!" With never a bad word to say against anyone, it seems the legend will go on forever. But Cheggers himself prefers not to think about the future. "I don't pre-plan anything any more · what's the point?" He laughs, and you know the punchline is coming. "I might die tomorrow!"

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-. ontender for the most forgettably titled/ mispronounced film of 1996, Jumanji is a strange film about a very odd board game. In fact it's "a game for those who seek to find a way to leave their world behind", and players include the oedipal, Alan Parrish (Robin Williams) and the recently orphaned, Judy (Kirsten Dunst) and Peter (Bradley Pierce). Through a mesmerising drum beat, the game 'calls out' to unhappy souls and to enter the jungle realm of Jumanji the player must roll a 5 or an 8. A 12 year old Alan does so, and disappears into the game before the eyes of his disbelieving fellow player, Sarah. When the game calls out to Judy and Peter they roll the dice and hey presto, free a now 38 year old Alan, along with a whole 'monopoly' of fellow jungle creatures, including giant mosquitoes, stampeding rhinos,

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malicious monkeys and big-game hunter, Van Pelt (Jonathan Hyde) on the trail of Alan. Immediately the creatures take over the house. The havoc takes to the streets, and the players have to find the now traumatised Sarah, and finish the game. Of course the essential American 'touch' comes when you realise that this is all just a Game of Life, as Alan, Sarah, Judy and Peter come to 'understand' themselves whilst outwitting the outlandish forces of Jumanji. Despite the appeal of 'animatronic' effects from the team that worked on Death Becomes Her, I think I'd rather stay in and play Charades with my eyes closed. _ Liz Mills


ppearances can be deceptive; this might look like a load of rubbish. but don't tum the page yet. The "little princess" IS Sara, a young girl who is sent to a board ng school m New York whe her father is conscnpted to fght the War. After liVing m India, Sara has learnt the art of storytelling and uses 1 to enter! her schoolfrends a d help to relieve the monotony of her new life. Evc')'th ng seems to be gomg nght, but word Is rece1ved that Sara's father IS m1ss.ng. and there •s no longer any money available to pay her fees and the nasty, despicable, hornd, headMIStress thro s her In the attic forctng Sara to work as a cleaner to earn hef keep. Except ,rs all okay 1n the end - trouble is, you weren't expechng anything else were you? There IS the odd vaguely entertaining moment, but overall the film IS far too sentimental and sickly sweet. If you have a wayward noisy child you wish to silence then go along, but otherwise don't bother The most fun I had all morning was when I accidentally went to the wrong screen, and saw a few mmutes of Heat for free. JohnSpacey

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e u do we ...ee them ply the1r trade. hat ~ through the bleakness, is the h amty a id (Mekh Phlf r) whose act ons se m moro y repr ens1ble. lt • e who veteran cop Rocco Klein (Harvey Ke tel) believes killed a nval dealer, rather than h1s more responsible older brother who has confessed to the crime. And above lt all is the real villain of the p1ece, Rodney the untouchab! ng-pm, but even he 11 1s suggested, was not always beyond redemption, but was corrupted by society. By our action or tnaction 11 Is we who

allowed this to happen. Lee as always takes no prisoners, in making his audience complicit. Borrowing stylistic flourishes from NYPD Blue, Lee has crafted a film that is v1sceral and dark, but ultimately uplifting, and one hopes that the American Academy will finally recognise his contribution to cinema, with a Best Director Oscar 1t IS ultimately more accessible than h1s prev1ous work, moreover 1t is simply a great film which probably represents the high-point of 8 ack American Cinema.

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"In terms of the story, once you become a vampire, killing becomes a substitute for sexuality, the vampires are androgynous, sexless creatures. "They just seem to get some strange orgasm when they bite someone and when they drink their blood." Pretty conclusive proof then? ! Now I could get all theoretical here, and contemplate Vampire fil ms in perhaps a relig ious ma nner - eating Christ's body and drinking his blood, eternal life and all that, but no, for th is detracts from the magic of the silver screen. Only cinema could imbibe food with a mystery and sensuality that turn s it into an art form . A case of having your cake/takeout/popcornNam pire and eating it. I wonder though, how much 'art' Hollywood could get out of beans on toast!


Directed by trendy newcomer Devon Dickson, and written by trendier novelist Tim Willocks, this a typically violent encounter involving four teenage soldiers and a bottle of beer in a wartom and sniper-infested village in central Asia . When a cynical renegade corporal also drawn. against his will, into a tragic nightmare is included, we can expect a shortened version of Platoon - worth catching .

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he timing of this In Memoriam may seem a little odd to some people, eeing as it has just been announced that Or What in the guise of the admittedly r~ther fit Paul McGann, is all set to retum in a special one-off Angfo/American feature . However, the thing With Dr Who, especially for all us scl-fi freaks, is that it can never be as good as it was when it made us hid& behind our sofas in terror. So, In this special feature-length In Memorlem, Jet us take a fond trip down memory lane WJth everyone's favourite time t efter. As we all know, Dt Who began In the sixties, with lliam Hartn 1 1n the title role. But for most of us, the programme as we understand it began in the seventies with Tom Baker. He was a severely scary man; all wide eyes, long scarf and dodgy perm. But nowhere near as scary as the monsters. Personally speaking, I don't know why I avidly tuned in every Saturday evening; most of the time I had my hands over my eyes, or was buried under a pile of cushions 1-----~-'~.-.~rf~-- with only my pet poodle to defend You might have the sea ' me. 1was just about OK with Richard, but I have the dodgy Daleks and Cybermen, but it was

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the Nimons - sort of minotaur type things, all fur and horns - that put the frighteners on me. Looking back, they weren 't the most convincing thing the BBC's costume department ever made, but combined with the eerie wailings of Ron Grainger and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and the nightmarish visions of running down corridors where they might jump out on you at any moment, they were enough to make you very fraid indeed. And t at was the programme's s eng . I was ll incredibly low tech. but it recreated your worst nightmares perfectly, whilst always leading you towards a nice, safe ending. Which is why you alway came back for more it was the TV equ 'latent of a roller-coaster ri<le Besides which, you always liked the main characters. I can't think of any Dr Who assistant who r lly lmtat e - apart from nnfe langford as Mel, whose <111'1 dialogue nsisted of RRGHHHI" in a very highpitched tone. Tom Baker could count on (amongst others) the wonderful Sarah.Jane Smith, Romana and of course K9. a little box on wheels with dog-like attribut and a poshy voice. Peter Oavidson's helpers were even better. The episode where Adric died could have broken your heart, but at le t there were Nyssa, Tegan, the lush Turlough and Peri to take his place in the scheme of things. Sad to say though, the seeds had

begun to be sown for the programme's decline. Rumblings about the level of violence had been going on for some years, and eventually some lily-livered chap at the BBC decided to take notice of these feeble protestations. Colin Baker, the sixth doctor, had a couple of seasons of creepy stories, and then suddenly, without warning, they got, well ... silly. They just weren 't scary which was a shame, because Sylvester McCoy, the seventh doctor, was rather good at portraying the timelord , and he had ditched Bonnie Langford for the more gutsy, Ace. Gamely lle struggled through time and space. only to fade out in 1989 ' a fight with his old adversary, the Master. And that, untR now, was yer lot. Believ me, I want this new production to succeed but two things worry me; firstly that they might pump too much money into th& special effects, and thus ruin that quint& sential cheapo English feel; and secondly, that they've got some bird from Falcon Crest to be the Doctor's assistant. Now, I don't have anything against American assistants Gust look at Peri) , but you do get the feeling she's going to be all tits and screams. Still, only time will tell . Here's hoping that the good Doctor will return to this planet in good health, and not be exterminated by his own glorious past. Keep up the good work, fellas! Carolina Jenkinson

Inventive twist in the series as we are treated to a flashback of the Con nor family 50s style, in black and white. as Rosey helps The Deej achieve his dream of playing in a rock band. Not to be missed .

LaveTbang RadJo 4 w nasday, Feb 14, 8.3 m lemn Sissay, a poet, performer and playwright invites Radio 4 listeners to a programme of love poetry for St Valentine's Day. The programme features some of Britain's most exciting black poets, including Suandi, John Slddique and surprise guests.

Readlag Music Radio 2 Saturday, Feb 10, 6.03路7pm Fifties connoisseur and comedian Mark Lamair discusses the pros and cons of The Pioneers of Rock and Roll, and delivers his verdict on a new rocK encyclopedia.

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Historical details are revealed as a community of Jews are accused of th e murder as pa rt of a ritua l 'U -17 slaughter. Tensions and anxiety icture the scene: a woman grow as the monks of Norwich cries out in pa1n whilst g1v1ng demand that the boy be canoni s.ed , birth , and all around her but the bas1s for the accusation IS shabbily dressed men and women suspect and the tru th must be dance in a frenzy. established. This was the opening scene of Caught up in a wave of religious Arnold Wesker's play Blood Libel, hysteria and unreliable witness now showing as a world premiere statements, a court room trial at the Norwich Playhouse . ensures that the audience are kept Despite the exaggerated opening constantly involved as we too scene, the play evoked an become jurors at the trial. atm osphe re that both stunned and The acting is symbolic, with the end silenced the aud1ence. of th e play being haunting and Low lighting and various cand les moving. The requiem establishes a lant, pictured here in a moment of lurki ng on a roof, head line the Mono Lake Tour 96, showing at UEA's provided a backdrop for an portra it of William reflected in a pool Concert Room, in the Music Centre, on Monday essentia lly hau nting drama that of wa ter as a focal point of the February 19 at 7.30pm. Their music combines poetry with revealed relig ious tensions and stage. turntable s and computers with violins, for an intense questioned human psychology. All in all, th e play was memorable, industrial ambient sound and language experience. They A series of fla shbacks keep the not just for the drama, but for the are jomed by Ansuman Biswas, Indian percussion virtuoso, murder of young William firmly in themes of dece1t and persecution. A and the young North Indian song-poet Samia Malik. The the m1nds of the aud1ence and must for all fans of superstitious, evening promises to be chock full of clarinets, guitars, and ensure that past and present are mythical drama. Jane Kirby Ls:.:u:.:c;,;,h:.:o:.:b~sc~u~r.ie:Gm:.iiaarv:i!e!ililsatiiaB:smth·e-bei.na'nabii aoilusoaililnl l dilijtil lh111ellilo::alcl:lin_a. ralliisl'./lllllliiifllill constantly Iin ked .

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perfect. My only complaint so far was the two days spent traipsing round the computer centre searching for a machine with enough welly (to use technical terminology) to make John Major look like a great political mind. In the time it took to gain access to Blender, I could have read every magazine WH Smiths have on offer. So what does this magazine have that should justify its claim on superiority over the seemingly outdated paper version? The availability of CD quality music (depending on the hardware) is a definite bonus in music and films sections of the magazine, but video clips of stars saying only a few words had the appearance of technology for the sake of it. Overall presentation makes Blender much more interesting than regular, paper publications. However, I found it difficult to refrain from simply playing with undoubtedly impressive

technology, and ignoring the contents of the magazine. The temptation to flick from screen to screen without absorbing any of the information reflects the mentality of the channelflicking generation. Graphics and sound aside, the content of the magazine is of similar quality to that of other publications. Highlights are features such as the amusingly entitled Or Aphrodite the sexologist. Her Interactive section presents the reader with a troubled relationship, and provides a number of different outcomes. Were it not for the time it took to view the magazine, I would have thought it excellent. But I can't help feeling that at $15 (US.), which is around £10, plus £1,500 for the necessary hardware, this is nudging on the pricey side of life. The bill at least, has certainly progressed

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Dangerous Minds (15)

Bullets over Broadway (15)

A cliche a day keeps this pred ictable movie going . Michelle Pfeiffer helps, but not enough .

Sun Feb 18- 5pm Woody Alien comedy, set during the roaring Twenties .

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Father of the Bride, part 11 (PG) Bicycle Thieves (U)

Sequel to Father of the Bride, part 1, and as about as original as the title implies.

MGM CANNON

Sun Feb 18- 7.30pm One of the all time classics.

CINEMA CITY

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Babe (U)

We've been waiting for years, De Niro and Pacino together at last, bla h blah. Amazingly, it's actually rather good. In fact, you'd be nuts to miss it!

Mon Feb 19- 2.30pm Little piggies and singing mice abound; you'll never want a bacon sandwich again.

Four Rooms (15) Sabrlna (PG)

Mon Feb 19 -Tues Feb 21 - 5.45pm Four directors make for a wholesome mess of a supposedly funny and coherent film .

Harrison Ford and Julia Ormond play Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn in this enjoyable romantic remake.

THEATRE ROYAL Dial "M" For Murder Tues Feb 13 - Sat Feb 17- 7. 30pm (Matinees - Thurs Feb 15 & Sat Feb 17 2.30pm). The Mobile Touring Theatre returns wi th this cl assic whodunnit. Bloodcurdling . £9 - £15.

Walling to Exhale (15) Tedious tale of four women and their amazing lives. Or something like that.

Fair Game (18)

NORWICH PLAYHOUSE

A broken down vehicle for Cindy Crawford with Billy Baldwin. Just a note, it's tosh.

,, Blood Libel Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (12)

Thurs Feb 7- Sat Feb 17- 8pm (Matinees- Thurs Feb 7 & Sat Feb 17 2.30pm) . Arnold Wesker's rendition of a controversial story of murder, persecution , and monks , with ' its roots buried in Norwich's history.

Rubber faced Jim Carrey does, er, wha t he's always done before in this unoriginal sequel. Ho hum .

Babe (UJ

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Whoever said this was a kids film was lying. This really brings home the bacon , making it recommended viewing.

UEA STUDIO , Briefs Too

Leaving Las Vegas (18)

Mon Feb 19- Wed Feb 21 - 7.30pm.

Award winning tale from Brit director Mike Figgis , sta rring Nicholas Cage, which has done big things in the US of A.

iiioiioo_.....,. Sister My Sister (15)

Shanghai Triad (15) Wed Feb 7 - 8.15pm . Thurs Feb..8-Sat Feb 10 - 5.45pm. Matinee on Thurs Feb 8 at 2.30pm. A gripping tale of life in the seedy underworld of 1930s Shanghai.

ODEON

Mon Feb 19 -Tues Feb 21 - 8.15pm. Matinee ,: on Tues Feb 21 at 2.30pm , Real life tale of two sisters, their incestuous relationship and murder.

~ Sketches by Pinter, a short piece by Beckett,

"' and more, in this triple bill - the first three

= shows of five that comprise this week-long festival of contemporary drama. £3 .50-£6.

Seven (18) Fri Feb 9- 11 pm Eroticism ahoy in this story about th e affair between a geisha girl and a married man .

Showgirls (18) What a load of wank. Or maybe that was the idea ...

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UNION FILMS

Ai No Corrida (18)

Brad Fitt and Morgan Freeman are pitted against a nutty killer is this rather superb flick

Haunted (15) Thurs Feb 8 Aidan Quinn and Kate Bekinsdale find things a bit spooky in this creepy suspense thriller.

" The Secret Garden (U)

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Sat Feb 10 - 2.30pm Persona lly, I'd rather be reading the book.

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Bond , James Bond . Vodka Martini, shaken - not stirred. For Eng land, James. Insert you cliche here.

Metropolis (U)

' Fri Feb 9 Disappointing western, with an attempted Sun Feb 11 - 5pm One of the greatest sci-fi films ever made, •. feminist spin. Shazza Stone is disappointing, Gene Hackman's done it all before, but here shown in the original version . '' Leonardo DiCaprio's worth watching . ~~-

VISITING WRITERS SEASON led Hughes • Visiting Writer

Mon Feb 12 -?pm LT1 The Poet Laureate no less. If you see only " one visiting writer this Spring, make it him. £2-£3.50

" Tony Harrison · VIsiting Writer

Or Zhivago (PG)

Fri Feb 9 - ?pm UEA Studio ,, Beyond Rangoon (15) Sun Feb 11 - 7.30pm ~ A reading by the poet and playwright author One of those films that prompts the line "They ..;,." Tues Feb 13 Things go horribly wrong for Patricia Arquette : of V and Gaze of the Gorgon. £2 - £3.50. "' don't make them like that any more. " , in this tale about the political regime in Burma .

" To Die For (15) Mon Feb 12-Tues Feb 13- 8.15pm. Thurs · Feb 15-Sat Feb 17 - 5.45pm. Matinees on ·> Tues Feb 13 and Thurs Feb 15 at 2.30pm. .,. Nicole Kidman plays a murderous weather gi rl in this top black comedy.

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: French Kiss (12) ' Thurs Feb 15 ~· Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline do the lurve thing

"' in Paris. Great for Valentine's day, if you can just postpone it for 24 hours.

Nine Months (PG)

, Breakfast at TIHany's (PG) Weds Feb 14- 8.15pm. ' Valentine's Day special. Get snuggly with Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard.

-- Fri Feb 16 Hugh Grant finds things a bit of a mouthful when his girlie becomes preggers is this dreary comedy.

Natural Born Killers (18) Fri Feb 16 -11pm Overb lown and overhyped death-fest.

The Belles of St Trinians (U) Sat Feb 17 - 2.30pm Enjoyable schoolgirl comedy with hockey _ _ iiiliili....__ _. ;: sticks a plenty.

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: SAINSBURY CENTRE " Swords Of The Samurai Tue Feb 6 - Sun June 9 - 11 am - 5pm (closed Mondays only). ,, The cutting edge of ancient Japanese weaponry, armour, and other artifacts , an exhibition on loan from the British Museum . £1 -£2 !> ·i;:

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Straw Dogs (18) Tues Feb 20 Before Tarantino was even wetting his Pampers , Sam Pekinpah was raising a few • eyebrows at the censors office with this :: enthralling drama, starring Dustin Hoffman as 1' the worm that turns. ·$

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A One Night Stand Sun Feb 11 - 6.30pm Following the success of last semester's •. Blues In The Night, Fancy Free productions ~. bring song and dance to the LCR. For one night only. " £3-£5

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: SkYscraper • + Cable + Dog Toffee + Palamino • Monday Feb 19 : Searing industrial sounds and raucous punk. • £4.S0/£4

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+ Navigator + Moggy Thursday February 8 Three local bands including local indie kids, Navigator.

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Wed Feb 14 A perfect Valentine's date for all you lovers of cheesy listening out there. (See feature page S.) • £8.SO adv. Kenny Ball and hiS Jazzmen • Sunday February 11 • Big band Dixieland jazz. • £10

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Credit To The NaUon Tues Feb 13 Brit rapper MC Fusion returns, promoting his new LP, Daddy Always Wanted Me to Grow A Pair Of Wings . Hmmmm ... £6 adv.

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Martvn Joseph

• MilkY Lunch

Friday Feb 9 Folk singer songwriter, who has supported Joan Armatrading and Art Garfunkel. £6/£S adv.

Qulmantu

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Friday Feb 9 Regular house night featuring Nick Warren (Massive Attack) + lvor Wilson + Subrosa. 9pm - 2am £6/£S

• Melldown Saturday Feb 10 Britpop, indie and all the usual downstairs with the Con Brie-0! cheese club upstairs. £3.S0/£3

Wednesday Feb 14 Part of the Arts Centre's Latin week, Quimantu play South American folk on wind, strings and percussion . £9.S0/£8.SO adv.

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Mondays - Cow Club student night 11pm- 2am £2 with ID Tuesdays - Fresh! Current and classic chart and dance 1Opm - 2am Free before 23.30, £2 thereafter Saturdays - Cow Club, pumping house and garage 9.30pm - 2am £S

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Mondays - First Degree 9pm -2am SOp b4 midnight with student ID Wednesdays - Cool and Casual 9pm - 2am SOp b4 midnight with student ID Fridays- Fast Trax 9pm - 2am £3 before 10.30pm, £4 thereafter Saturdays - Furious Fun £4 before 10pm, £S thereafter

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•• Wed Feb 7 - Friend social evening • 9pm -12am Admission £1 : Thursdays - Campus gay/straight mixe_d night 9pm - 2am Free before 11 pm , £1 thereafter • Friday Feb 9 - Gas Station straight night • 9pm- 2am • Friday Feb 16- Afterglow • 9.30pm - 2am Admission £3 : Saturdays - Club Night gay/straight • 9pm - 2am £3 before 1Opm, £4 thereafter

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Return To The Source Bocaloca Saturday Feb 17 Funky jazz with Cuban and Brazilian based rhythms. £6/£S adv.

WILDE CLUB (AT NORWICH ARTS CENTRE) StriP Kings +Goober Patrol Monday Feb 12 Raw rock 'n' roll (but fully clothed, we're assured). £4/£3.SO adv.

Apes Pigs and Spacemen +Cecil + Orphick Soup Tuesday Feb 13 Trickily monikered new metal band with support from Liverpool noiseniks. £4/£3.SO

Friaay Feb 16 Top quality Goa Trance night (see page 6 for all details) .d~~~p~Q • 10pm- 6am £10/£9 adv.

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• Club Yum Yum • Friday Feb 9 • Eclectic dance music courtesy of Ashley • Beedle (see page 6 for more details) • £6

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