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addy-01 Slip me some skin! Hope y ouse all done yo' fair share a chillin' out over the Ea ster vacation. I been hangin' on the corner, y 'know, people to see, places to be, an' all datl And for all those of you who don't speak Pimp, I'd just like to take this moment to welcome you back to UEA, and offer my heartiest wishes that your Easter sojourn was of the most relaxing and pleasant. For t he most part, I divided my time bet ween buying leopardskin items o f clothing, waxing down my pink cadillac, and shooting rappers. lt's my pleasure to declare this issue of TheEventopen.And just to remind you, here's the fruit rating system. Now beat it, fo' I kick yo' ass, you ugly mamas.


Sounds f you've had a breakfast at The Diner lately . you 'll probably be familia r with the toast there. Dry and biscuity in places, soft and chewy in others, and thorough ly not yery hot all over, The Diner's toast (unlike the sausages, for example , which are really pretty good) is the epitomy of badly prepared breakfast matenals . And by extension , we believe it to be a symbol of all that is evil at this Unive rsity - at least, all that is evil in a slightly petty, niggling and unimportant way. So , starting this issue, every fortnight we wi ll be award ing The Diner Toast Award to something judged unanimously to be bad. Not immensely bad, or harmful , bu t nevertheless worth whining about. So this fo rtnight, the award nearly went to Marillion , for being a creaky old band back to wheeze and hobble the ir way through a live gig at our LCR. Another close runner-up was the fountain in The Square, which seems, at least for the momen t, to be unable to perform its most basic function as a fountain - to have water in it. Except when it's raining. Which brings us to the winner this issue - the weather. I mean for crying out loud, this global warming business is supposed to make it warme r. And what do we get? We get whoever's in control of the weather going , "Hmm , this'll be a laug h, I'll just remind them what the sun is and how nice it feels for a day or two, and then, wa heyl Deluge! Fl ash floods! That'll show them, the pagans! With the ir frisbees and sunbathing! Get back inside, you lot!" Congratulations, weather, yo u are th is week's winner. The toast's in the post. (We welcome your suggestions for Diner Toast Awards next issue via email or internal mail, marked "Toast")



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Arts Oh my gosh! We've been away, now we're back, we've eaten Easter eggs and now we're fit to bustin'. But not thro ugh chocolate overdosing, oh no, we 're fit to bustin' through competition overload . This issue we've got Twin Town soundtracks (page 7) to give away, vegetablerelated goodies for you to get your gobs around (page 11) The Saint soundtracks and a Dead Man Walking video (page 12), but best of all, we've got together with the charity organization Link Africa to offer you the chance to go on a 16 day "Faces of Kenya" safari for two worth £:2000, courtesy of Guerba Expeditions and Kenya Airways! Other prizes include an allexpenses paid day-trip to Cambridge (with lunch at the Holiday Inn, a strawberry & champagne chauffeured punt trip, a visit to Regis Hair & Beauty Salon and dinner and a night in a fourposter jacuzzi room at the Ouy Mill Inn Hotel. Posh or what?) and two tickets to the Royal Albert Hall. Enter the raffle to win any of these fabulous prizes, and you will also be helping the charity Link Africa to continue its work in educational development in Southern and

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hile we're not adverse here at The Event to a bit of fluffy pop, that's not to say we don't also like our music dark and creepy sometimes. So, imagine our delight when the postman delivered Explorimenting Beats by Witchman. Okay, so the packaging was unassuming enough to look at, but once played it proved to be a claustrophobic trip through a nightmare world full of moody breakbeats and sinister drum'n'bass. Those of you who caught The Orb last term may remember his support set, hunched over a single deck pumping out twisted beats and creepy basslines. John Roome, who is to all intents and purposes Witchman, is much more affable than his music leads you to believe. Speaking to him before The Orb gig, he explained the tortuous tales behind his debut album's release. "it's just a relief to get it out you wouldn't believe the amount of record company hassle! Most of it's a couple of years old by now!" lt may be old, but it's certainly not dated. Chilling piano motifs are set off against trip-hop beats, while sinuous bass-lines wind their way around frantic drum'n'bass. Cinematic soundscape anyone?! "Ha ha! Yeah, well! suppose you could call it that. I prefer to think of it as schizophrenic myself." If I had to make a comparison (hey, that's what us joumos are supposed to do!), it'd probably be a darker DJ Shadow, although John reacts with genuine surprise when I put this to him. "Well I admire what he's doing, but I don't think my stuff is what you could call similar. If anything, I think his success has opened up the market for what I'm doing. People are more willing to listen to music that doesn't restrict itself to one particular genre, which I think is good." John's certainly on the up at the moment, with recent music press coverage and a pile of remix offers, including one very prestigious one ... "I've been asked to remix what I consider to be a very big band - they've been around for a long time, so I'm looking forward to that. But I'm not allowed to talk about it though!" Even though I guess who he means first-time, he makes me promise down the barrel of a gun to not

tell, so you'll just have to wait and see. Apart from remixing other bands, John's hoping to tag along on the much-vaunted Brit Electronics tour in the US, along with the Chemical Bros. Prodigy, The Orb, Orbital and Underworld. lt seems strange that the Americans are just waking up to the British strain of dance culture, considering that it's been there all along in their own backyard (uh, like Detroit, Chicago, the ENTIRE hip-hop scene which influenced the Chems so much and DJ Shadow, to name but three). Could Witchman go down a storm over there too? "Maybe - it's great that they're finally giving alternative forms of music an airing. Who knows how they'll react to me?" That remains to be seen, as does the question of whether Explorimenting Beats will find an audience here in his home country. By all means buy it, but just don't play it around midnight you never know what might happen ...

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a harmonium in it. But they're all really great! Dry has a kind of Olde England atmosphere to it, which the song's lyrics reflect, covering those important topics that were just begging to be written about, but which no one had bothered with before now, y'know like fountains, red dresses, stars, the usual. Oh, and the best song here, Shee/a-Na-Gig, a song about "washing that man right out of my hair" which was, in fact, inspired by a Celtic statue. And if that isn't original, I don't know what is! Of course critics point out that Dry sounds rather like it was recorded in a shed, and that ole' Peej isn't the world's most perfect singer. But they're m1ssing the point. Every singer in every female frontad band that has followed in the wake of PJ Harvey should own a copy of this album. 11 is genius, and you should hear it. Hurford

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Superfly at Mojo's has turned out t o be one of No rwich's clubbing successes of the past year. H annah Malcolmtalks to its organiser Jonny K and resident DJ Chris about its rising popularity very Wednesday, increasing numbers of people are migrating towards Superfly for a mid-week diet of feisty funk and friendly fun. "When I was 18, Superfly is the club I would have wanted to go to, " explains Jenny, now 23, "But in Norwich th ere was nothing like it. We wanted to set up an event which would radiate a positive vibe, a good atmosphere where everyone is smling." From its initial appearance in May '96 the night has enjoyed increasing success, and for Jenny and his partners it has proved to be financia lly benefi cial as well. Over the Christmas period with the club already full to its legal capacity, they foun d themselves in the encouraging but frustrat1ng position of having to turn away as many people as were already cram med inside. Superfly, a part of Squarefunk Productions is essentially a product of three young


nights. "I've never had any negative feedback with local lads who, fed up of being stuck on the dole, regards to the music, even the people who aren't had an idea which they believed would prove particularly into funk seem to enjoy the lively successful. "All it needed was a bit of selfatmosphere which the music seems to create," confidence and determination, we really didn't have anything to lose." Starting off as a strictly says Chris. When asked about future plans for the club Jonny stresses that he has no plans to start funk night, Superfly has broadened its mus1cal range to include styles such as hip hop, trip hop, up any new nights at Mojo's, but that they are jungle and jazz. 'We have expanded to included currently saving some of Superfly's profits to trip and hip hop, ~------------1:111:!11-----.. plough back into the club. "We don't want people which attracts a to think that we're taking wider range of their money and not people," states giving them anything in Chris, 19, "The return . We have plans main thing is to to bring DJs up from keep everyone London and to going , most of improve the lighting." the people who They're also looking are perhaps more into the jungle or hip hop elements will into the possibility of extending music to the upstairs bar to make full use of the clubs recognise some of the older stuff through what somewhat limited capacity, in order to has been sampled, and then be able to get into it create a chill-out room . "After a while the through that." The resident DJ, and self-confessed funk addict Chris, seems to know which tracks get club starts to attract the sort of people you'd rather not have at your night, so the clu bbers up onto the dance floor time and time again. "I particularly like playing original funk you have to be willing to move on and try from the '70s, it's amazingly well produced, the something new," he explains. "We are only problem being that it's not always so good on looking into the possibility of putting on some live events over the summer and modern equipment Luckily though we have a we're also planning our first birthday sound technician available througho ut the night celebrations for May 14 ," adds Chris. who can take care of any problems." The ever Over the past year Superf/y has proved to changing rota of guest DJs provides the night with be a roaring success, you only have to the element of variety needed to keep th e look at the smiling faces of those Superfly faithful wanting to come back time ad time again. The club now has a number of strutting their stuff on the dancefloor week in , week out to see that Jenny and Chris' hardcore funk fans , yet there is a continual influx of newcomers searching for a downbeat club is proving to be a welcome alternative to th e expensive, glitzy mainstream clubs. alternative to Norwich's more established cl ub


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id he do it? I dunno, but it makes writing about them difficult... you see sexism, racism, whatever, lets just call it being a dick, well I can handle that on record. I can disassociate art from life, I can buy into the theory that music is a creative outlet and therefore has as much right as film or literature to portray all the ugliness it wants or feels justified to. But when this spills over into life you hav~ to question the pop stars and disassociate the fact that you may love their music from the fact that they've acted like arseholes. Gazza smacked his girlfriend around; this doesn't take anything away from the fact that he's an ace footballer but it sure as hell makes him a prize shit of a person. And so Steve, drummer with the Fun Lovin' Criminals, was arrested for making obscene phone calls prior to their recent show at Leeds Metropolitan University. He insists he didn't do it, yet the police say that he was released following a caution which means that he had to have admitted to making the calls. Unfortunately these events occurred after I met up with the group otherwise, rest assured, I would have asked them about the incident. Of course, this is about one member of the band as a person, and I suppose that the article should be about the group and their music. Which as it happens is pretty cool , mixing up a whole history of music from funk and blues to rap and rock, stealing snatches of popular culture (and getting financial dressing downs in return) along the way. Based m / New York, you can hear the influences of living in a bustling inner city running rife through their music; tales of heists, drugs, characters who are so much larger than life that they tower over your average man like Godzilla over Tin Tin , and could only exist in the minds of men who have grown up in the core of the world 's largest apple. Their whole persona is saturated in th is studied New York cool, the lazy drawl in their voices and the arrogant swagger in their walks, but they fintsh it all off with a wry sense of humour which enables them to benefit from the kudos that comes from living in what is perceived as one of the world's coolest cities and take the piss out of all its inherent problems, degeneracy and cliches at the same time. Perhaps it is this mixture of the reverential and the sarcastic which is the reason to their success in Europe but relative failure in America. Where they can receive a gold disc for their UK sales but receive little to no attention Stateside. "We couldn't


believe that we'd sold that many records in the United Kingdom" says Huey, lead singer and Robert De Niro lookalike for the Fun Lovin' Criminals, "All we can attribute it to is that there's an underlymg attitude in Britain where people laugh in the face of adversity." Huey says that he sees a lot of similarities between the attitude of the British and that of his band. "You don't lets''' get to you. When those freakin ' Nazis were droppin' bombs on London, you were just "pfff', y'know, doing your thing. There's a lot of weird

not because I was trying to sell records to people who wouldn't normally give me the time of day." Huey cites his past as a marine as an important factor within his life, he says that seeing the carnage of the Gulf war has made him appreciate the value of life and the devastation of death . I . wonder what the bands attitude toward the recent killings of prominent rap stars such as Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G . is, considering that they all live in and around the New York Hip Hop scene.

shit we went through and what got us through it ~-----------------­ was that we could laugh at it and get it into perspective, and what we do with our music relates that attitude ." But surely, regardless of how good it feels to have success in Britain you must crave it in your homeland? "You guys in England know bulls''' when you smell it right?" Huey asks, "Well the United States doesn't.They're out to sell Coke and Pepsi ... and that band Bush who probably half of "it's good for them to get shot dead, playing that you haven't heard of can sell 14 million records in wrestling bulls'" ." Replies Huey, with a look so serious you wouldn't dare question his sincerity. the States because they suck corporate dick. However FLC's bass player Fast, who has We'd do shows in America and people would remained almost silent up until now seems keen throw beer at us because we weren't what they to voice his opinion, "it's unfortunate though were expecting, that's really kinda scary y'know?" because we like some of their music-" So is the fact that you seem enamoured Huey, who obviously has particularly strong with Britain related to the fact that opinions on this one is quick to cut his band mate we've lapped you up whilst down , "He's just trying to save his ass because he America has ignored lives round the corner from some of those guys, you? "We cherish the he lives in Brooklyn he don't wanna get his ass success we have kicked. Cos it'll be (adopting mock New York in England, we gangster voice) "Yo I heard you 're boy said some can't believe it it freaks us out but it's nice y'know? it's like someone coming up and complimenting your kid, saying he's good looking or whatever, you know to me that's the same because

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s*" about Biggy man' No f'" 'em man if they're gonna act stupid. Y'know live by the sword die by the sword, they all pack guns, they all tell everyone that they pack guns, they tell everyone that they can't die and all this other bulls"' y'know? And at the end of the day everybody bleeds. I've seen friends of mine get their heads blown off and it's ridiculous , but people keep doing it and it's stupid. Maybe somebody's f"'ing hero should get killed then they'll know that that's not the way to go. it's a stupid f'"ing treadmill that's perpetuated by their record companies." Then Steve, he of the drums and the reported obscene phone calls ominously remarks, "Live by the sword die by the sword ... " Which , considering his current predicament seems a rather fitting closing epithet. The Fun Lovin' Criminals come across as three of the most down to earth, intelligent and witty people working within the music business, unfased by their success with their feet firmly on the ground, which made the recent revelations even harder to understand. If Steve did do it the maybe his belief in Karmic retribution will catch up with him, if he didn't? Well then they'll cuntinue to cruise around like the kings of New York, they surely are.

hearts." And this fact seems more important to the band than any instant fame or wealth. Sure they're after success but only if it comes their way as a result of their music, music which they won 't comprom ise upon . "I fought for America y'know? I was a marine in the Gulf war, and when people dis' you it's a downer bro' I'm not gonna lie to you , but if you get up there and play a song that sounds like Nirvana you can play the game and make a million dollars and s' ' ' like that but we 're not gonna do that. We want to keep it real because at the end of the day if you 're sat at home with your girl and you can say yeah my record sounds like this cos that's how it sounds and

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ARNOLD The Ba r n Tapes R eviewer: Lucle .R ussell ow are you supposed to take a band with the name Arnold seriously? Especially one which worries us with the prospect of their fondness for farmyard animals by declaring the album was recorded in a barn. Signed to the indie extravaganza label Creation (home to such bands as Primal Scream, Boo Radleys and of course the inimitable Oasis), Arnold should have been an exciting new band with a gritty sound. Sadly, though, this is not the case. Arnold manage to maintain a steady level of dire listening from the first to the last track with little differentiation. They drip through the first track whining about what'll Float My Boat, wail through Calling lra Jones, which is about as derivative as you can get; Face plods along in a pseudo-country-pop drivel and although it almost fades into background noise, it still niggles at the back of your head. The rest of the tracks prove no better, monotonous vocals, repetitive guitar riffs and - seeing as they're signed to Creation - the obligatory tambourines. But, to be perfectly blunt this ain't no Oasis. These eight songs admirably live up to the description of "songs of pain". Thi s album is not only boring; it is agony, utter torment to the ears . I can't recommend it less.


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quarepusher (Tom Jenkinson to his mates) , recently moved from the Aphex Twin's Rephlex label to Warp Records , is still showing signs of the Twin's influence. The album also owes something to Jenkinson's friends and associates Mike Paradinas (u ziq/Jake Slazenger) and Luke Vibert (Wagon Chri sVPiug). As a result , Hard Normal Daddy is distinctly unhard to listen to, despite Squarepusher's reputation . Jenkinson has picked up heavily on the electro vibe of th e likes of Vibert and seems to have opted for a (comparatively) easy listening feel for much of this album . But this dominance of outdated cheesy sounds is occasionally annoying and distracting , especially as within most of the tracks also resides the trademark Squarepusher sound of fast, rolling drums. The tracks whe re these elements come to the fore or dominate entirely are inva riably the best - the pace and lightness of the rolling snares, combined with minimalist rhythm means that the tracks are not only relatively accessible, but also grab and hold your attention, shooting energy off


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was warned by the press release not to even attempt to catego rise this album. Thi s knocked my nose out of joint, and so I spitefully decided to label it as easy listening before feeding it to my eager midi-system. I have since been exhilaratingly dashed agai nst th e rocks by its co llective wave of conscience and sincerity. Mike Kandel 's "insatiably eclectic hippy free-form freakout band" is not half bad, if a little confused . Tranquility Bass have conspicuously decided to stay true to a doctrin e of staying tru e to nothing in a search for paradigmatic holism (Eh? - Ed .) Sadly it just misses the mark, leaving Mr and Mrs Listener to rue the band's refusal to focus on what they do best: a fusion of lofi trip-hop funk-rock with a healthy dash of Kula-style Eastern plagiarism . Voices range from an intoxicated African tribeswoman to a distantly crisp Red Hot Ch ili Pepper, via bourbonsmooth John Lee Hooker and a torturous John Denver. In an attempt to represent every musica l genre of th e last 70 years, Tranquili ty Bass have fai led to realise that the record collections of country, drum'n'bass and blues fans are still not interchangeable , even in th e Golden Triangle! Instead , each group ends up unfulfilled, although also intrigued. The title track is Kandel at his best, making head-to-feet bedfellows of psychedelic funk and trip-hop. Nevertheless, it still leaves him open to accusations of being merely a less vocal Jamiroquai.


f the rest the best comes courtesy of Nuyorican Soul featuring Jocelyn Brown (pictu red below) who deliver a minor gem in the form of it's Alright I Feellt, eschewing the overtly retro feel of Runaway for a more emotionally charged piano driven sound. Classy, in the best sense of the word. In a kind of similar vein Jai's I Believe is quality pop soul with hints of McAimont and perhaps, at a push , AR Kane. Smooth. Diving back into the heaving indie morass, Jocasta's Change Me (pictu red below) stands out: A reissue of their second single, Change Me is a 90s Bond theme, explosions, guns, women, gadgets. Oh, and a barrel load more rock and passion than your average Britpop act. Talking of aver<)ge Britpop acts only joking! - after a long break Salad are back with Cowboy King, a darker than you 'll realise re lease with an excellent keyboard intro and guitar heavy cho rus . Currently at the head of the queue marked "next big thing" stand Embrace with their Fireworks EP perhaps inevitably they fail to justify their own arrogance or the hype which currently surrounds them. it's a close thing though. Lead track The Last Gas has a full, hard sound fused with distinctive vocals which sounds better with every listen. Meanwhile Mundy hitches a ride with the Cardigans on the back of Romeo and Juliet by re-releasing To You I Bestow, and it's not too bad, you know! After finally breaking into the hit parade with Bankrobber, Audioweb's Faker is a more subtle break from thei r norm, but it still mixes samples, reggae style vocals and guitar brilliantly. In the smoking room, Raissa, (pictured right) • •• with th e eerily-reminiscentof-Kale-Bush award of the fortnight for their new track, Your Summertime. Upping the pace somewhat is CJ Bolland's The Prophet which will undoubtedly (as they say) be "a huge hit on the dancefloor", which to you and I translates as "techno by numbers". David Jenkins & Michae/ Millar



ugby, Tom Jones, Male Voice Choirs, Snowdonia, Sheep, Daffodils, Coal, its all here in the brand new film, Twin Town. Set in Swansea, this black comedy revolves around the life of two tearaways who, apart from nicking every car in the vicinity, vow to get even with the local kingpin, Bryn Cartwright, who refuses to pay compensation when the twin's dad, Fatty Lewis, gets injured while working on one of Bryn's dodgy roofing jobs. What follows is a spiralling story of revenge, corrupt policemen, sex, drugs and dead dogs. Written and directed by Kevin Alien, a relatively new kid on the block of directing, the film has been tagged a 'Welsh Trainspotting", something he doesn't wholly agree with, "I wish people were calling it the Welsh Fargo, but when you have names like Danny Boyle and Andrew MacDonald on it, it can't be avoided. it's a part of a film you have no control over, just a marketing fact of life." And it's a shame, because Twin Town stands up in its own right without having to rely on the previous work of its two executive producers to be successful. Its similarities to Trainspotting lie only in that its about youth angst and even then the likes of Renton, Spud and Sick Boy are have nothing on the immaturity and sickmindedness of The Twins, Jeremy and Julian. New talents Rhys lfans and Llyr Evans, are actually brothers in real life which clearly explains their incredible rapport on screen. Says Alien, "I drew the twins' characters from two brothers from Wales who were almost professional Subbuteo players. They were just brilliant, bombed pff their heads all the time, completely nuts." The Twins' antics, however, have met criticism, accusing their somewhat sadistic behaviour of encouraging juvenile crime. "The guy from The Times says they're getting off scot-free, but they're not. They escape with a can of petrol and a speedboat and he thinks they're getting away scot-free, No-one gets away with anything, they're all guilty as f'*â&#x20AC;˘, they're all corrupt." Although this Is his first film, Alien has worked on

documentaries such as Rotten to the Core which involved some close under cover work in some of the roughest parts of Glasgow, "lt was honestly very scary and I learnt about some very corrupt aspects of the police force . Not one Police officer has ever spent one day in prison for any

who wasn't afraid to get his kit oH, I made him do it about 80 timesl


miscarriages of justice in this country ever. There was so much I wanted to put into that documentary that I couldn't because of legal red tape. it's ironic that you can only express yourself through fiction". The film is based loosely on the story of two brothers who were fitted up by the police for murder, Alien's aim for their characters, played by Dougray Scott and Dorien Thomas, was to make them seem like the only police men in South Wales " Its surreal, larger than life. Its not Cracker, that's why there's no police cars or people in

uniforms. lt just two cops fitting two people up. Swansea has a renowned corrupt police force ."


eing from Swansea himself, Alien was determined to cast only Welsh actors, he comments "The story is such an interweaving of characters that one heavyweight name would have unbalanced the mix". Although the temptation may have been to make the film a stereotyped version of Wales, Alien was determined not to make it "a banner waving statement about the country". Despite the male voice choirs and rugby players, he wanted its Welsh-ness to go deeper than that "Its not a film about Wales, its intrinsically Welsh. That's a very different thing". However, this didn't stop him from casting his brother Keith Alien, the naked corpse in Shallow Grave, as the token sheep-shagger. Says Alien, "I needed an actor who wasn't afraid to get his kit off, I made him do it about 80 times!" But being the younger brother of Keith Alien has its down-side "I've lived in his shadow for many years, I was known as 'Keith Alien's brother' for many years, but I hope that now I can escape that label". So, does he have any plans to work with his sibling in the future? "I couldn't imagine directing a film with my brother, we could write together maybe", Seeming more keen to talk about his plans to work with Danny Boyle and Andrew MacDonald, he reveals 'We want to do a musical set in West London." Although he wrote Twin Town in mind to direct it, he wouldn't have said no to the idea of Danny Boyle taking over the directors chair. "lt was a really well-worked script, and Danny really liked it. So much so that he wanted to direct it which he would have done it had he not


Leeks, sheep and coal miners isn't all Wales has to offer. lt also has a veritable feast of quality bands that sound nothing like male voice choirs. There's Super Furry Animals, Catatonia, the Manic Street Preachers. They've got together with that wonderful Welsh songstress Petula Clark and appeared on the soundtrack of Twin Town. But what's that got to do with us? I hear you ask. Well you could be the proud owner of just such a soundtrack. We've dug out two spanking COs from the daffodil bed to give away to the people who come up with the most original use of a leek. And that's not all boyo! We've also got two signed photos of Twin Town's director Kevin Alien and it's heartthrob in the making Dougray Scott to give away with those great COs. So get your thinking caps on and your answers in Concrete box in the Hive before May 1 working on A Life Less Ordinary last summer, I would've played Dougray Scott's part". With a budget of only ÂŁ1.8million, just over half that spent on Channel Four's Fever Pitch, one might expect that there were limitations on what he could do, says Alien "lt wasn't difficult to keep within the budget at all, and I think that a lot of the publicity has been word of mouth, we definitely have an audience out there. lt stands up on its own without the Trainspotting tag". The film is also going down well in America, even without the heavy dubbing that Trainspotting received. So does he find the bright lights and big budgets of Hollywood attractive? "I've been approached a lot, but I don't want to do that yet. I want to make bigger films with lots of money, you can do so much more and be more cinematic as long as the money is wellused. I want to make a big pirate movie in a few years time. It'll be about Captain Morgan, he was Welsh too". So with its all-Welsh cast, all-Welsh soundtrack and all-Welsh director, Twin Town has all the ingredients to make some of its actors stars on this side of the Severn Bridge. Although Rhys lfans has enjoyed success as the former lead singer of Welsh band Super Furry Animals, Alien believes he'll have made his name from this "He's got star quality, that's for sure. So has Dougray, they're both gonna break." And indeed they should, with this witty, clever and at times violent film behind them, the cinemagoing public will hopefully begin to think of the Welsh as more than coal-miners and leeklovers.



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t could have been mind-numbingly awful , a lurid big-budget Hollywood production of the world 's most famous playwright's greatest love story, aimed at the youth market. Now, I don't know what your personal mental image of the average american kid is, but I daresay it isn't on e of a foppish bardloving sophisticate with the leather bound complete wo rks stuck under one arm, am I right? Natu rally I we nt in expectin g the worst, and lo and be hold was prove n utterly wrong. Use of Shakespeare's language, with some of the more overworked rheto ric sensitively cut , or mildly simplified, helps to retain the power of the piece. Cunningly used imagery also helps along those of us without a degree in Elizabethan linguistic convention . The fil m's set-pieces, such as the Capulet Ball , and fin al death scene are stun nin g. 11 is beautifully choreographed with a number of surreal quirks giving a sense of otherworldliness. The result is a snug combinat1on of Elizabethan language and convention , with a modern setting. Despite its lavishness, the scenes enhance the hu man drama at the heart of th e story, rather than drowning it. Th e characters th emselves are well cast. DiCaprio proves to be a strong Romeo, in a difficult role syn onymous with loving, yet demanding dramatic swings from passionate violence to subtle vulnerability. Clare Danes, a relative rooki e in th e Hollywood arena, is not such a comfortable Juliet. In terms of cast, special mention must be made to Harold Perrineau for a fantastically lively portrayal of Mercutio as a drag queen (no joke!) . Perhaps it takes a Hollywood-style lack of respect for maintaining artistic purity to produce an adaptation as genuinely inventive and appealing as Romeo and Juliet 400 years Andrew Davies on from the original script.


Romeo & Juliet (I S) USA (1996) Dir: Baz Luhrmann ABC - Now Showing


resh from his highly acclaimed directorial debut Looking for Richard, AI Pacino is set to star along side Keanu Reeves in Devil's Advocate with a story line suspiciously sim ilar to The Firm with mysterious lawyers in a New York law firm who try to trick a young fresh faced Florida defence attorney. After .the unbelievable success in Hollywood of the English Patient, Kristen Scott Thomas is to star in a Robert Redford directed film called The Horse Whisperer. This movie's synopsis leaves much to be desired, Thomas plays a magazine editorcum-mom who abandons work when her daughter and her horse are run over by a juggernaut .. .Meanwhile in Prague Liam Neeson and Uma Thurman are film ing a version of Les Miserables which I desperately hope wi ll not be as heavily endowed with cheese as the stage production. Baz Luhrman's very own Juliet, aka Clare Danes, is set to play the part of Cosette in this Revolutionary extravaganza. Danes' most recent co star Leonardo DiCaprio is currently shooti ng in France in a remake of The Man In The Iron Mask, he plays the part of Louis XVI.

christened Tomorrow never Dies, Jonathan Pryce is to play the baddie in Bond 18 against a backdrop of South East Asia. 1t doesn't seem that Bond fi lms are enough for the insatiable appetite of today's movie goers, with the film versions of Mission Impossible and The Saint feeding the public stories of nifty machines and cunning disguises. Tom Cruise has done the sensible thing and is having chats with Ol iver Stone regarding a Mission Impossible sequel, a biopic of Alexander the Great is also on their agenda although I have doubts of Cruise's suitability in togas and sandals. Alexan der isn't the only 'great' to receive the biopic treatment with sketchy plans in place to produce Cath eri ne the Great. More superheros will be gracing the screen with Joel Schumacher's Batman 5 and Superman Reborn starring

Nicholas Cage. The message is definitely sequels an d biopics for the next few months or at least until any moguls worth their salt can come across a little more originality in the mainstream cinema .

Released- May 2 From the creator of the most imfamous B movie ch aracter of all time, Mr Freddie Krueger esq., com es an equally horrifi c Scream about a se rial ki ll er rath er fond of horror movies and del ig hts in th e slayi ng of high schoo l students.Starring Fri end's very own Courtenay Cox. Sure to be good wholesome stuff.

Everyone Says I Love You (15) Cinema City from May 19 Woody Alien's first musical, which , like most musicals deals with the all too famil iar themes of love, fa lling in and out of it, losin g it and getting it back .. . it's all one big experiment for Woody ,with a host of musical guinea pig. Great acting guaranteed but, there may be a few stray notes here and there.

Ghosts from the Pa Released- May 9 Sin ce its journey across the Atlantic this movie's name has been changed. Am ericans wi ll better know this film as Ghosts of the Mississippi starring an aged James Woods wh o was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in thi s tale of racism and co rruption in the South of the US .

Eddie (PG) Now Showi ng A film of the Space Jam variety bar the cartoon characters . This is another 'crazy' basketball fi lm where Whoopie Goldberg becomes the manager of a basketball team much to her delight and everyone else's disgust. Lots of laughs if you like that sort of fil m, probab ly more bearable than Jam .

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Your typical love triangle usually consists of three lovers with a sexual appetite of the Jilly Cooper variety, but th is is a case of wo man loves man, man loves eleven men! Th e story follows one guy's passi on for Arsenal and the repercussions in his love-life. Colin Firth trades in his plumy Pride and Prejudice persona to play Paul , a casually dressed , unshaven English teacher with a Wembly sized penchant for Arsenal. Enter Sarah, a straight laced history teacher and the complete antithesis to Paul despite th eir diffe rences th ey man age to fall in love. Iron icall y, it is her dourness and single-minded professionalism that reminds Paul of Arsenal's manager George G raham. Someone call Freud , please! Through a series of flashbacks the fi lm uncovers the roots of Pauls' obsession with Arsenal and the way in which it created a bond with his usually absent father . As a study in the psychology of football-mania th e fil m has a few points to make. The relationship between Paul and Sarah, as well as the fortunes of Arsenal are all tied up in the last sixty seconds of the match in 1989 between Arsenal and Liverpool. All very convincing if a little "sugary" . You do not have to be football crazy to appreciate this film and contrary to a female fellow-reviewer who called it a "lad's film", this definitely falls into the fun-for-all-the-family category . Ashley Perks

Trees Lounge 8) Union Films, May 9 Trees Lounge is Buscemi's debut as director and writer. Bu sce mi stars as a desperate alcoholic who's met the end of his tether and it's only from the help of a samaritan bartender that Nicholas Cage 's liquored end in Leaving Las Vegas is not met. Despite a rather morose storyline, its actual to be a

Jungle 2 Jungle (TBC) Released- May 23 A Disney attempt at Crocodile Dundee , starring Tim Alien who visits his estranged wife deep in the Amazon Jungle (where she moved to get away from him presumably). Alien gets back to the Big Apple with his son in tow who has been raised by jungle folk leading to lots of comic induced culture clash.

Cinema City, from May 1 Another film made by an actor who thought he might like to try working behind the camera. Its Pacino's debut and intelligently combin es a variety of styles in the telling of this film about a theatre group rehearsing Richard Il l. With an allstar cast , it seems that this Godfather deserves all the he's been



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Elfine, Urk,.Rennet and Adam Lambsbreath. The mother Ada Doom continually claiming to have seen "something nasty in the woodshed" as a child controls her family with an iron will. Fending off the advances of the obsessed and unappealing Mybug and the womanising Seth Starkadder; tidy organised· Flora, seeing this family as a challenge, sets about sorting out the various secrets, problems and ambitions of each character while also pursuing her own literary aspirations. Directed by John Schlesinger (Pacific Heights and Midnight Cowboy) this is a light-hearted comedy with twists of the bizarre. Most of the charm comes from the individual eccentricities of the characters and features a star studded and talent endowed cast including Joanna Lumley, Miriam Margoyles, lan McKellan, Stephen Fry and the smouldering Rufus Sewell. Cold Comfort Farm is an entertaining tale straight from the Darling Buds of May school of charming stories about eccentric Englishmen and endless summers. Kathy Perry

ar enthusiasts among you may be as Korda plots his own revenge. Careful not to stray from the formula too much, we are distracted expecting two hours in the company of that by Ed's personal life as he tries to win back his most enduring of British motors, in which girlfriend (probably so he can rescue the damsel in case you'd be sadly mistaken. What we have distress later on). instead is a vehicle of the Eddie Murphy variety. Metro has made much more of an effort to Metro, I'm presuming, refers to that sprawling metropolis that is San Francisco, the setting for concentrate on drama, a core element which has been neglected in some of Murphy's previous this action comedy/thriller. films. He's even lost his trademark chuckle for the Combine Eddie Murphy with the cop movie genre part, but his reluctance to carry a more dramatic and you've probably got a good idea what this role is evident and he's playing for laughs - and one's about- but I'll tell you anyway. Eddie plays a since he's the eo-producer who's going to argue? 'wisecracking' hostage negotiator whose fast talking under pressure has resolved some pretty . The comedy element, whilst never obtrusive, tricky situations in the past. That is, until he comes guarantees nothing really bad will happen but up against the psychotic Michael Korde (played by there are some good spoof moments of suspense designed to make us think otherwise. As a suitably evil Michael Wincott) attempting a $10 comedy, the film is enjoyable enough, but you'll million jewellery heist. Here is one man not open probably find you've seen it all before - even the to negotiation - and a man who just happens to dramatic climax is a bit limp. As the cops have murdered Eddie's best mate. The film becomes a tale of mutual vengeance from themselves say at the end, "it's just routine". Daniel Grzenda here on in, first as Ed hunts Korda down, and then








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lt's all very well saying that vegetarianism is good for your health, but what's it really like to abstain% Becky Williams asked two non meat-eaters. t's a hard life for us vegetarians. Not as bad as it used to-be mind.- but, surprisingly, there are still restaurants in Norwich that don't dive a second thought for those of us not too k~n on e4.iing our furry friends. Having spent two and a half years tasting all the culinary delights that this fine city has to offer, we can now attest that if is possible veggie's to eat drink and be merry wlthouthavfnO to settle for a green salad. Ou_~; little tollr starts on the number four bus - get off at St St.~n's Street and at the end you'll see Pizza HUfand Pizzaland, popular student eateries both, and both fine for veggies if you like pizza and salad. Both>do good offers now and again, but Pizza Hut is a clear winner • Pizzaland's decor alone will mlike you gag, let alone the actual food. If you fancy"<! more upmarket version then Figaro's (round tl'\9 corner opp<:l§'tte Bond's) will set you ba()l( a few pounds extra but the Pizza's worth it. · . Just opposite Pizza Hut up Timberhill _... you'll find Chi Chis. ()j1 a par with Pedros in


Ct}apelfield Park, Chi Chis specialises in Tex Mex food with all the usual burgers and fajif'as in spicy sauces. For the vegetarian you can get a tasty Veget~ble Burrito for £6.95 or a Vegetable Tampico (a o all burrito)ftor: In terms of at edros is a more fun and frienQiy pla,ce to~rg e your sangria and bum your mouth on chills, bufmight cost you just a bit more. Walk back towards the market, and turn up that posh looking shopping arcade and half way along you'll find Zuckerman's, a really nice cafe/delhi selling fancy salads, sandwiches and yummy gooey cakes. Not cheap at £3.25 starting price for a sandwich or roll, but you can get the pizza of the day plus salad for £4.50. lt's not strictly vegetarian but you can easily tailor the meal to suit your diet. Out the other end of the arcade and on the left is Walnut Tree Shades, a great place for cocktails but very little choice as far us-vegetarian food gees. For £2.90 you can have a veggie burgllr, which is quite tea§QQable, but still SOp more than a meat burger, which doesn't seem vecy fair. And if you don't tike that then the only other option is vegetarian na<;hos, which isn't the most excl alternatives. All in all, Walnut Tree Shades fun Tex Mex atmosphere, but is pretty hopeless if you're not into . great hunks of Charred meaf. In much more aesthetically pleasing surroundings is Take l=ive, next door to Cinema City, and situated inside a converted church. The atmosphere is calm and arty, with regular displays of local artwork, and old wooden furniture, stained glass windows and an old fashioned looking. bar, Take Five has a good selection of vegetarian food too: along with the ubiquitous salads and chilli, they also do really tasty baguettes and baked potat<Oes reasonably priced from £1.30 to £3.1 0. There's also daily vegetarian specials - for example, on the day we went we could have had Mushroom Bourgignon for just £4.50. Not exactly dirt cheap but well worth it. Be warned though, it's very RQPular on Saturdays so ifs probably best to go mid-week.




alk back towards City Hall and on your right you should find Dove Street, home to the Treehouse and Rainbow Wholefoods, meccas both for Norwich's vegans and even those mysterious 'gluten-free' people. The Treehous.e menu is pretty basic with a limited dally menu featuring things like Aubergine and Chickpea Coconut Curry, and Courgette



and Sweetcom Cheesebake. A main -meal will set we're si~ to death of. So nulfe point for Mambo you back £5.10;' but then you're paying ior the JafT!I:!Q~ZMuch better is Oscar's Qn St Giles Street privilege of to organic and animal-free food. with a ~rge range of vegetarian burgers ~ · ant an evening meal then it's . different toppings tor around a fiver, pancaKes for Bear in mind if o~ly open Thursdw. Friday and Saturday evenings. ~.] and chiUI tacos for £8.25. The staff are prettY {Tkmdly, and that together with the food makes up RainbOw WholefoOds is run by the same people, and whilel@;! stalf weren't overly friendly, you can for the slightly Clin)cal decor. buy everything"f~om sausage mix to V4NM ~to. In fact a die-hard vQggle should be able to do their uch cosier and we think the best of them weekly shop herf:-iiulte happily - so long as they're all is The Waffle House further down St Giles. Course, it's not much good it you willing to pay the extra. Sella Pasta just round the corner is well worth don't like waffles, but if you do then ifs a r~ must. checking out if you haven't done so alreaqy - they Everything's organic: the wine, the vegetabl&'s~d do a good lunCh de~ at £4.96 for a ~izza ()f' eafta the meat, and even the flour is stone grouno.; and salad, there's alWays vege~rian options Savoury waffles are much nicer than they $0llnd. they do a student discount too."Down...on Pottergate with a small cheese and mushroom waffle priced at £3.10, and a large one with ratatouille costing £4. there's Pierre Victoire With a menu that changes daily offering one vegetarian option out of three; And their sweet waffles are out of this world with their set lunch is just £4.50 for three courses and toppings suCh as chocolate mouse (made with free the food is really good. Just opposite them is range eggs, naturally), bananas, Cherries and ice~agley's Bistro anti Bar whiCh gets ten out of ten cream. for vegetarian choice, value for money, atmosphere Of course, these aren't the only restaurants in and friendly staff. You can have a three course NorwiCh - the city is blessed with a large number of meal for £4.95 with, for instance, deep fried eaterles Offering good food for vegetarians, such as mushrooms with garlic dip to start, fOllowed by the half price curry houses, Chinese take aways Madras vegetable curry and a sorbet to finish. and back street cafes that are dotted all over this There's also a complete vegetarian menu with fine city. All you have to do is go out and loofs. for them. And by the way, did you know that ttie vegan options. Upstairs has a party room which you .can bOok free of charge for up to thirty people with chippie on Stafford Street next to the Belle Vue pub a three course meal deal for £7.95 which caters tor is, to our knowledge, the only one in the goldeo all tastes. They also do a nice range in liqueur triangle that doesn't fry their chips in animal fat ? coffee. lt seems to be a fact of life that if you want food 's anim dJy foQd you have to be prepared to pay We've heard good things about Mambo down on Lower Gate Lane, but the satis that a for it, but if you're dedicated then customers were obviously meat-eaters beCause the are obvious. Look hard enough and vegetarians can forget it. The sole vegetarian y reasonably priced vegetarian food that option is bloody vegetarian chilli which to be honest wonYbore you to tears (or bacon).








ts all very well saying that being a veggie is Things aren't so easy for new veggies though, · as Stuart has discovered. So does he miss better for our health, as well as that of animals, but what is it really like? We spoke meat? to two vegetarians; Stuart Dredge, a relatively "Definitely! Especially when people cook bacon! lt can also be irritating when the only thing left new recruit, and Catherine Hindle, an old hand, to see if and how their experiences varied. in the supermarket are manky cheese and onion pasties. Other than that it is not too hard So Stuart, for how long have you been to find veggie stuff in the shops, and. it doesn't abstaining from meat? "Since September 1996 • cost as much as I thought it would. To tell the truth I don't think I'll ever eat meat again, the beginning of this despite the occasional pangs, I don't really University year."· What made you miss it." decide to do it? So what advice would Stuart give to would-be "Well I'd been veggies? "Find some-one who knows some cool recipes, gradually or buy a veggie cook book so that you don't get becoming more unhappy at the stuck with a dull and narrow diet. Most idea of eating supermarkets periodically have cunning offers animals, and I on veggie stuff, but avoid the cheese and onion pasties!" guess the BSE scare didn't help." What would you say to new veggies Catherine? "Make sure that your meals are healthy as well I'm sure that Stuart is as tasty, and always supplement some form of not the on.l y one who feels this way. The BSE protein for the meat. lt is relatively easy to buy scandal is just one of the many recent scares about food safety that has led to an increasing good meat free food number of people turning away from meat, out nowadays, so experiment and of a fear for their own health as well as concern find out what you for animals. like!" But this was not Catherine's reason for taking the plunge, as she became a veggie at an Right, and unusually early age. finally, do "I was about 7 years old, so I haven't eaten either of you have a meat for about 15 years now. I started to favourite meal think about how meat comes from animals you'd like to and found I couldn't eat it anymore. lt wasn't ,. really an ethical decision - I just didn't like the share with us? "On a lazy day its idea of eating dead things!" Did you find it hard to keep up your meat-free got to be quornburger and diet considering the attitudes of people were so chips," says Stuart, "but if different then, especially as you were so I'm feeling more energetic I fry up some onions, young? carrots, broccoli and mushrooms, stir them into "The only thing I found hard was other people's a Batchelors beanfeast and have it with reactions," she remembers, "my parents rice .... lovely!" understood, but none of my other family or . So what about you Catherine? friends were veggies, so it all seemed a bit "Its got to be Marks and Spencer's cheese and weird to them. Everyone was great about onion crispbakes, with chips and beans!" making me special meals though. I've always Everyone's experience of being a veggie is eaten lots of protein rich foods, such as dairy different, but if you really want to try it, as long products and beans, so I've always been really as you do it properly it can be rewarding and healthy. I've never had any meat cravings and I healthy." know I'll never eat meat again."



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nyone who casts Hollywood's Mr NotNice guy as a character called the Saint has to have a bit of a screw loose or perhaps enjoys indulging his bitterly ironic streak. However, this ~aint doesn't seem to be too nice a c~ap either, V~ Kilmer takes over from Roger Moore in t~i~ film version of the classic TV series ·.md manages to make the smooth and sophisticated character we all know and love into a nasty piece of work. The story begins with him as a boy at an Eastern European boarding school where he learns all of the tricks of the trade to outwit the nasty monks. Unfortunately this cute little boy grows up to be Val Kilmer, a secret agent with an eye for the ladies and a severe identity crisis. This leads to many dodgy accents, even dodgier disguises and countless deals to make his bank account grow to $50,000. Meanwhile, the beautiful genius Emma (Elizabeth Shue) is down in Oxford showing some very interesting physics students the concept of c9fd fusion. Sounds interesting doesn't it? Weli'the fun is just starting. The Russians want this cold fusion for their own " nd so it's up to our friendly Mr Kilmer to seduce the unsuspecting girlie and steal the formula for them ... all for a price. The thing is, the Saint is really a vulnerable little softy deep down inside and Emma wants to get to know the 'real him'. So off she trots to Moscow where she tracks down Val, gets shot at by the Russians and finds out that he feels the same way! Back at home, the police are beginning to realise that something fishy


big budget crime are actually one and the same. · Donning yet another alias, the Saint makes it back to Oxford unscathed where he is reunited with Emma who has been shipped back by the American Embassy. Here, they settle down and have a nice life probably spawning lots of little saints in different disguises. Comparisons to fellow 60s TV series-cum-film Mission Impossible can't really be avoided, what with their abundance of Russians and gadgets for scaling buildings. But the Saint is that touch less cheesy, which, depending on your liking for the stuff, could be a bad or good thing. Val Kilmer's abilty to chalm the pants off the audience by a single raise of an eyebrow is somewhat lacking, especially as he comes across as a bit of a creep. However, th~re·s enough action to keep you leaning slightlY forward, rather than on the edge of your seat and/it's Elizabet~ Shue who saves the day, without the aid of an over-active eyebrow.

Carolyn Boyd WIN WIN WINI Okay so the film won't have you jumping in the aisles, but the soundtrack might just have you tapping your foot. especially as there's top tracks by Orbital and the Chemical Brothers to have you boogying on down. So thars wtly we've got hold of a few copies to give some of you really special

readers the chance to hear it without shelling out £12.99. Just put your answer to this simple question on a halo to the Concrete box in the Hive by May 14.Here's the brain-teaser... who Is the

es, The Saint is back - sauve, sophisticated and with a hairstyle that . must have had the make-up artists in tears and out of mousse. Marvel at the lack of movement even the most gruelling scenes. Roger Moore hams it up admirably with a good deal of tongue in cheek at all times. Now with the new Saint film , Polygram have decided now is the time · to bring out two of the original feature length films, 'Vendetta for the Sainf and 'The Fiction Makers'. Both are classic sixties affairs, with enough bad polo necks and appallingly tight trousers to make you really glad you missed the era. Moore oozes through the action, smiling enigmatically as he duffs up bad guys, before turning to the adoring woman and raising one eyebrow as if to say "Would you like to see my beauty spot, little girl ?" 'Vendetta for The Saint' sees Templar facing the Italian mafia as he attempts to uncover the gangster operations of so-called aristocrat Alessandro Destamio (played by lan Hendry). Fortunately there is the regulation beautiful woman, in this case Destamio' s neice, who is eager to help the Saint win the day, and this he does with some style. In 'The Fiction Makers' the Saint is given the job of protecting best selling crime writer Amos Klein. lt is no surprise to find, when he arrives at the author's country retreat, that Amos is in fact an attractive woman. They are soon embroiled in a plo that is bizzare even by the standards of dodgy sixties cult ~ries. lt al~ starts they are kidnapped by a group of insane criminals modelling themselves Oh Amos' characters, who deman~ they formulate a plan to hi-jack a high security bank. The new film Is meant to be... well, a bit crap really. So are these. They emanate crapness from every follicle of Roger Moo~e·s immaculately kempt hairdo. If they had consisted of on~hundred minutes' wide angle lens footage of a large pile of dog excretla these films could not have been much more crap. And this, in fact, was their saving grace: Had Roger Moore taken himself seriously for one moment in either film; had the villain In 'The Fiction Makers' not been called 'Warlock', it wouldn't have been quite the same. But this is low-quality vegetative trash of the sort they only used to produce in the sixties and it performs like a thouroughbred racehorse against the likes of Crime Traveller. Re-run it on sunday evenings, I say, but maybe not worth £20.

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DEAD MAN WAIJONG (15) USA (19951 Dlr: Tlm Robblns Dn VIdeo • out to rent or buy. f romantic comedies and action thrillers aren't what you were looking to spend an evening with, why not sit back and enjoy the entertaining subject matter that is the death penalty. Now I know what you're thinking ... depressing, grim, morbid, not really the most amusing of topics. Having said that, Dead Man Walking is daring enough to tackle this controversial and untalked about subject in its call for the abolition of the death penalty in America. Written and directed by the multi-talented Tlm


Robbins, the film is based on the story of Sister Helen Prejean (Oscar-winning Susan Sarandon) and the relationship she devel6ps with death row prisoner Matthew Poncelet (Sean Penn). Prejean becomes Poncelet's spiritual guide as he awaits his appointment with death and the two strike up an unlikely friendship. Sentenced for the brutal murder of a young couple, Poncelet appeals against his decision, claiming it was his accomplice who really did the dirty deed. However, the issue of his innocence becomes less important than that of the right to take an eye for an eye. Prejean's compassion and the bond that develops between saint and sinner makes a plea for humanity, which the law refuses. Thankfully Poncelet is no angel and Robbins does not present us with Poncelet as the unfortunate victim in all this. One suspects that such a refusal of Hollywood sentimentality can be largely credited to Robbins and Sarandon, despite the outspoken

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ccording to the press blurb, some cFitics actually do find Mark Lamarr funny, I don't. So it was with some trepidation that I sat to watch the preview tape of Planet Showbiz. This is essentially a media magazine looking at what's hot (and what's just odd) in the good ol' US of A. Lamarr follows a similar format to 'Ruby Wax Meets .. .', with a selection of guests in 'fun' places. Surprisingly, I did enjoy this, not so much for Lamarr, though he was tolerable and seemed at ease in the interviewers role, but for the calibre and weirdness factor of his guests. On the first episode we meet one of the hottest magicians in America, and this guy is good. David Blaine specialises in levitation and phenomenal card tricks, he's the hot new talent in town , with

Quentin Tarantino and Robert De Niro as very public fans. Then there are three nuts who are the inventors of a game called 'Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon', the aim being to connect any movie star of the last fifteen years to him in less than six links .... it's quite scary when you realise just how much he's been in. The show definitely boasts it's fair share of wierdos, such as The Gonuts, a very odd (and dare I say very untalented) surfer group. The show is fast-paced , yet laid back, it doesn't dwell too long on the guests, but Lamarr manages to ask some relatively perceptive questions. Watchable , it has good moments and is probably worth sticking with for another episode.

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film of the fortnight A sweltering summer's day and you're stuck in a two mile tailback . We've all been there but luckily few of us have reacted quite as badly as Michael Douglas does in Falling Down. He abandons his car to travel home on foot, leaving an escalating trail of destruction in his wake. Joel Schumacher's movie is a modern urban nightmare, highlighting how powerless we are in the face of a society gone wrong. Falling Down leaves no uncomfortable stone unturned. it's worth watching just for the scene where Mike can't work out how to use his rocket-launcher until he's helped by a small child. Pretty funny, but frightening at the same time.

Another plus point: this is rare - a Douglas movie where he's NOT portrayed as a super-stud who women can't resist. Let's face it, he's old, ugly, and no amount of clever camera work is going to hide that paunch! He is ideally suited for the role of the common man driven to the point of psychotic distraction by the claustrophobic environment. This is compelling viewing, managing to elicit our sympathy for the bitter antihero without ever glorifying his acts of wanton violence. Well, okay, maybe a bit (for the explosions are indeed cool) .. If you're a highly-strung driver though , you probably shouldn't watch - it might give you a few ideas... Stuart Dredge


he spirit of great British sci-fi programming lies forever in a chalk pit somewhere in the heart of Middle England. Forget flashy special effects and recall if you will two lone renegade fighters materialising on a strange quarry-like alien planet. As they beam down, their figures are outlined by a thick and wobbly white line which was quite clearly put on post-production. This, my friends, was Slakes Seven. More radical than Doctor Who, with its themes of rebellion, repression, loyalty and betrayal, it was the best thing that BBC 2 ever had; mainly because it was damn scary. Even now the recollection of a headless man called the Muller chasing round after the crew of the Scorpio can bring me out in goosebumps. Basically, the story began with a rebel leader called Slake being transported to another planet for a crime he didn't commit. Four series later, the intergallatic terrorists he inspired to battle mercilessly against the evil Servalan and the Federation were gunned down, never to return. The sets were cardboard and Servalan spent far too much time wandering round in evening r



wear - but this pales into insignificance against the sheer hide-behind-the-sofa terror of explosion countdowns and running down long silvery corridors accompanied by various radiophonic bleeping sounds. And let's not forget that foxy Soolin (she of blonde tresses and fourth series fame) was played by that bird from Dempsey and Makepeace. The BBC have made a small fortune in flogging every episode on video, but have cruelly robbed the license-paying public of any repeats in the past decade. Boo! Bury 'em all in the chalk pit with the headless robot, that's what I say!

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THE END OF THE WORLD AS THEY KNEW IT... UFO's, a strange cult and a tragic mass-suicide - events which have led many in the USA to ask the question, 'Has the internet gone too fart' Stuart Dredge investigates. here's noth ing the tabloids love more than a good vil lain ; someone or something whom they can blame for pretty much all of society's woes . Here in England it's presently Ecstacy , but over in Am erica it's the interne! which has emerged as the "Greatest Threat to our Society"(© Most US tabloids). Recently, the net's opponents we re given more ammunitio n w ith the mass-suicide of the Heaven's Gate cult in San Diego . W hy did the deaths of 39 members of a hith erto obscure group cause such an outcry about the dangers of the inte rn e!? And , more to the point, is it really true that using th e web makes you more vulnerable to dangerous cults? Read on .. Heaven 's Gate was, until this year, pegged as a slightly loony but harmless cult based in California. it was led by two peopl e, Bonnie Lu Nettles, an ex-nurse, and Marshal! Applewhite , one of her patients, although they took on the names 'Ti ' and 'Do'. Although Bonnie died sometime in the eighties, Applewhite continued to lead the cult. Their beliefs centred around an impending armageddon : ''The Earth's present 'civi lization' is about to be recycled - 'spaded under' - in order that the planet might be refurbished . The human 'weeds' have taken over the garden and disturbed its usefulness beyond repair." The cult believed that one day, UFO's would appear to pick them up and ascend to the Kingdom of Heaven . To be eligible for this , the cult members had to overcome the ir human ways and emotions, so as to be suitable to inhabit an unearthly body once they had ascended. To this end , the members of Heaven's Gate dressed androgynously, took on new names , renounced all sexual activity and cut ties with their families and







friends . They made a living by designing commercial interne! sites for various outside compan ies such as the San Diego Polo Club. The group mantained two websites of their own : Higher Source (the official company site) and the Heaven's Gate site, which contained a comprehensive summary of the cult's beliefs and practises.


o what happened? it all tied in to the HaleBopp comet, wh ich had most of us squinting at the night skies earlier this year. To Heaven's Gate, it was the sign they had been waiting for. Believing that a huge spaceship was hiding behind the comet, they prepared to ascend to the 'Next Level'. Opinions are divided on what happened next. Some say that Applewhite convinced his followers that they had to separate from their earthly bo dies in readiness for being picked up. Others say that they expected something to happen when the comet passed near, and when it didn't, they took their lives instead. Whatever, the fact is that on March 26th, 39 bodies, including the leader, were discovered in the cult's headquarters in San Diego. So, why has the interne! come under attack in the wake of this tragedy? Apart from their commercial work, the cult attempted to use the web as a recruiting tool. This was through appeals on their own site, but also through over a hundred posts on various newsgroups, which if read now seem to creepily predict the mass-suicide. Newspapers and TV stations picked up on stories like the 41 year-old Ohio woman who , after checking out the cult's website decided to abandon her five children and travel to join the cult in California. Examples like these encouraged opponents of the net to portray it not only as a breeding ground for sexual predators, but for spiritual ones as well. Internet users were stereotyped either as kinky perverts dealing in kiddy porn, or as poor unfortunates ripe for exploitation by wily false Messiahs. Both generalisations led to the same response from the moral minority, which was effectively a hysterical chorus of 'THE INTERNET IS EVIL: LOCK UP


There's plenty of information out there about this particular modern tragedy , including the cult's official website ( and the site of their commercial arm, Higher Source ( They designed a number of other sites, including bizarrely a Madonna-related one ( . For up-to-date news and analysis of the deaths, it's best to consult American news agencies like CNN ( or popular newspapers such as the Washing1on Post ( Yahoo have produced a special report in their Internet Life E-zine, including commentary from two cult experts, at On the subject of cults in general, a useful source of info is the Cult Information Centre ( So you've read about what happened, studied the ideology, and ploughed through the highbrow analysis. Why not buy a special memorial t-shirt, emblazoned with the slogan 'I was late for Heaven's Gate'? A snip at 19 dollars from http://members .aol .com/beegraphix/moonlightinglheaven.html. Or, if dodgy jokes are your thing, try


YOUR KIDS AN D BURN YOUR PC'S!!! ' Is that really the answer? Well , no. it's increasingly patronising to define those who use the interne! as isolated no-lites who are likely to sell their souls to any passing crackpot preacher. Far from it, for as more and more of us get co nnected, the interne! population is beginning to reflect the b1g wide worl d in its diversity. What's more, consider this : the PC revolution was started off by people who were known more for their rebellion , anarchic views and outright sceptism - not exactly prime cult material! Also, just because this particular cult had a website, doesn't mean that we're all at risk of brainwashing every time we switch on our computer screens. With conservative estimates putting the number of web sites in existence at between 30 and 40 million , even though the site was well-designed it wasn't reaching a mass audience. Rumours have suggested that it was the failure of this method as a recruiting tool that contributed to Applewhite's decision to quit the world with his followers . However, it is significant that this particular cult looked to the booming computer industry for its members. it's a myth that cults prey on the stupid: far from it, as the young whizz-kid programmers at Heaven's Gate showed. Computer-based work has much in common with traditional cult devices. lt involves isolation from the world , long hours spent focusing on a single task (and thus causing mental fatigue) , and intense dependence on your 'team '. All of these are conditions that have been practiced by cults when 'brainwashing' their new recruits . When you

The cult's idea of what an alien from the 'Next Level' would look like, complete with regulation Cap. Kirk tight vest... look at the frankly creepy power structure at a ompany like Microsoft, you 'd be hard-pressed to explain the difference. Maybe in an age which is infatuated with information technology, we 're not as in control as we think we are. The interne! is not to blame: its crime is allowing humans to perpetuate their sinister activities .. .




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f you 've never heard of cous cous; it's a form of wheat semolina originally found in North Africa. it's not just for green-vegetarian-soyabean-lentil-eating people - it's an excellent alternative to rice or pasta. At 70p a packet (which will last you forever) it beats Pot Noodles, as it's just as instant and infinitely cheaper - and you can · throw in whatever you feel like eating: peas sweetcorn or some leftover meat. The simplest way of cooking cous cous is to put it in a bowl with a little salt, and some oil and ( add double its volume of boiling water, and leave it for five minutes. The cous cous will soak up all the water and swell, and grow - it takes surprisingly little to serve one person . If you are serving it with a stew or curry, then put the cous cous into a colander and steam it over the dish so that it absorbs the flavour and moisture. Fluff it up with a fork before serving. Alternatively you can fry it in·a little oil briefly before adding boiling water and simmering it for three minutes. If you're feeling really adventurous, you can add nuts and raisins to it to make the texture more interesting, or even crumble a stock cube into it wh ile it's cooking to make the flavour more interesting. This versatile ingredient was traditionally served with spicy dishes especially lamb and chicken, or vegetable curry; but could also be used cold with chopped tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, kidney beans and a little olive oil as a salad. You can buy cous cous in the UFO, and it makes a very handy store cupboard stand by.


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re you real or keg? We're talking beer. Organisations like CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) are dedicated to the promotion of cask conditioned beers delivered through a traditional (vacuum) hand pump. Adrian Hennessy is the editor of "Norfolk NIPS" the bi-monthly publication of the Norwich & Norfolk branch of CAM RA. In this ApriVMay edition he tackles the subject of keg versus cask beers. In his article he makes three major points concerning what is known as "nitrokeg" beers. These are defined in his article as follows: "For many years carbon dioxide was the preferred choice of gas but in .recent times a mix of carbon dioxide and nitrogen has become fashionable and as a result these newer beers have been dubbed 'nitrokeg' beers but are also referred to as 'smooth flow' or 'draught flow'." Targeted in the article are among others, Caffreys, KilkeMy and especially John Smiths Smooth. Hennessy stipulates that "many people who drink beer or ale do not have much idea about what is in the glass sitting in front of them - either in terms of the ingredients or whether the beer has been killed off in the brewery." Concerning "Nitrokeg• beers the three major points are: "Nitrokeg" is not real ale - it was killed off in the brewery • "Nitrokeg"has less flavour - it is ch illed, the yeast is filtered out and it is pasteurised. • "Nitrokeg• is expensive- typically 20p to 30p a pint more than cask conditioned beer and the large foamy head makes for less than a pint of liquid in your glass. "So why not try a beer from one of the hand pumps on the bar?" he writes. Why not indeed? Adrian explains that Real Ale is put straight into the casks and the fermentation process continues in the cask right up to the time your pint is served to you (usually via a hand pump but also straight from the cask by gravity). So Real Ales are referred to as "cask conditioned" as the beer conditions in the cask. But many beers are fiHered and pasteurised before being packaged, and these processes remove any remaining yeast and kill off the

beer- so they are known as "brewery conditioned" but usually referred to as "keg" beers. All beer in cans has been treated this way, as has most bottled beer. Beers like Caffreys, Kilkenny, John Smiths Smooth ... are dead beers [he writes] all the life has been processed out of them and to make them presentable they have to be served under gas pressure." So what is the verdict on Campus? Are Real Ales always lively? Certainly not. Real Ale is difficult to keep and serve and can often disappoint. A barrel of Real Ale keeps about a month while keg keeps at least three months without any depreciation in flavour or liveliness. Do Real Ales taste better? Personally I prefer them, but they are not always consistent. Are the prices so divergent? In town, as on campus, Real Ales are constantly more expensive than keg beers, even the so-called "Irish" beers. I have the volume figures for a quiet Sunday in The Union Bar, May 21 following the end of the first term this semester, and they are revealing. Apparently we prefer John Smiths Smooth, which sold 529.5 pints against the 157.5 of IPA (the cheapest Real Ale, 30p cheaper than Smiths) 157.5, while Bombardier at £1 .50 sold a mere 59 pints. The most reassuringly expensive lager, Stella Artois, sold 1022.5 pint at £1 .50 against the cheapest; Heineken which sold 2124.5 pints at a mere £1 . At the end of the day therefore, price is an important factor, but not conclusive. Taste, consistency and availability count for all of us whatever our preferred local. The so-called "Nitrokeg" bitters have their drawbacks certainly in terms of taste variation and "Real" ales are certainly more diverse and often delightfully surprising but the price and consistency arguments do not always hold. So, grab a pint of what you like best... the customer is always right. Ashley Perks

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ordeaux in France, Chianti in Italy, Rioja in Spain are all regions that have obtained international renown for the wines that they produce. RIOJA is in the north-east of Spain and its wines are made from a blend of Temparillo and Garnacha (Grenache) grapes. The best wines were traditionally fermented in American oak barrels but a number of technically good wines are now made without fermentation in oak. Rioja is a relatively pale, gentle, soft wine reminiscent of strawberries and stewed fruit. Rioja's future was made in the late nineteenth century when


Bordeaux wine producers, devastated by the twin scourges of mildew and phyloxera brought their techniques over the Pyrenees. As one can buy a Bordeaux for around £3 or a Grand Cru Chateaux-bottled for £3, Rioja too is available at different qualities and prices. Although , unlike their French cousins there are no chateau-bottled Riojas, the best are easily comparable. The good news for us is that Budgens are currently offering a Rioja "Don Marino IV" from Rioja Alta, the mountainous part of the region, for just £2.99! Pleasantly quaffable as a drink in its own right or with a meal, at 12% Vol it might leave you with a headache if you abuse it. Cheers! Ash/ey Perks


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TELEVISION? ost chocolate companies, if you hadn't noticed, seem to have jumped on the Special/Limited Edition bandwagon in order to boost their sales. We've been offered KitKat orange, then KitKat mint, Crunchie Orange, Wispa Gold and minty Aero eggs. Now Cadbury's have come up with a new idea, with a snappy title, coffee colours and a generally far too much money spent on it, there's now (fanfare) Wispaccino. Presentation aside, though , this is a nice chocolate bar. The light and crumbly Wispa


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cappuccino caramel is just right, smooth , thick, tasting enough of coffee to make it distinct but no so much that the taste is overwhelming (though the aftertaste does linger in your mouth a little too long) . Of the people who tried it, the general vote was in favour of the bar, with exceptions from those who don't drink coffee. And for that matter, if you only drink coffee to get you out of bed in the mornings, this is unlikely to be a substitute, we think. Though , having said that, it would be interesting to find out for certain if you can pop Wispaccino bars instead of ProPlus on those late revision nights.



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hen you walk into this exhibition you'd be forgiven for thinking you'll have seen it all in a few seconds. Yet, if you take the time to read what it's all about you'll find there's more to it than the mirrored bucket that greets you. it's an interesting idea: take four artists, mix with a photographer to record the production of their work and add some frank and enlightening comments from the artists themselves. The result is an inspirational insight into their influences and motivation which gives new dimensions to the work on display. The four artists are quite different: Roger Dickinson expresses his need to make and collect things with sense absorbing collages of spoons, mirrors and other objects. His juxtaposition of a baby's dummy covered in nails suffices to make one of the most memorable images of the collection . hirley Chubb provides thoughtful originality in the shade of a clearly thematic collection of masks and mimics, superimposed with texts. James Reilly gives us a room of figurative oils, his inspiration lying with Bacon and several head sculptures. Heather Alien completes the quartet with a co llection of slides of eyes projected onto a white box. This is something yo u really have to see for yourself, for the last bit is just another image that leaves the room with you. The project has been undeniably successful. To see where each individual began and ended the creative process is fascinating and something th at eve ryone ca n relate to however diversely. This is sometping to be appreciated first hand. Kirsten Disley

K en Dodd Theatre Royal Thursday April 14

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uch to my surprise I found myself laughing as Ken Dodd took to the stage, a trademark Tickle Stick in each hand and spewing forth a barrage of one liners. I was not alone either, the legion of ''fifty-something" Doddites who packed-out the Theatre Royal laughed with me ... it was some kind of surrea., dream-like experience. Gradually though Ken turned his attention to material which should have been consigned to the comedic rubbish bi n years ago, specifically mothers-in-law, big breas ted matrons, inadequate housewives and so on (th e PC revolution has obviously not reached Knotty Ash yet) . Daddy didn't mean any harm though , it was all executed in a cheeky holiday postcard manner and to show the re were no hard feel ings Mr Dodd sang a little ditty about racial harmony describing children of all creeds and colou rs holding hands across the word ... ahhhh, lovely! Ken Dodd's method is to simply deliver as many gags as possible in the time allotted so that the . .audience are so disorientated that they are incapable of thinking about it for too long . In other wo rd s he's so fast you don't realise the cheese you're laughing at. Th e trouble with Ken though is that he doesn't know when to stop and is




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ooking at the cover of Seamus Deane's first novel is enough to see that it comes highly recommended. lt was shortlisted for last year's Booker Prize, it won the Guardian prize, and comes with flattering quotes from no less than Seamus Heaney and Blake Morrison on the back, all of which serve as pointers to the fact that it's quite possibly a rath er good read! In fact, the old adage of judging a book by its cover is proved right once mo1e, because once you delve past the hyperbolic quotes you find out that Seamus Deane's new novel is more than just 'good'. Set in Deane's native Derry, against the background of 'the troubles', it concerns his family and its secrets, beginning with their role in the confl ict of the early twenties and ending in 1968 as the sectarian violence eru pts again. Growing up in the forties in a large Cath olic fam ily, the mai n character Heaney becom es aware that there is someth ing sinister in his fami ly's past: in 1921, his father's brother vanished. No-one knows what became of him, and his father refuses to talk about it. Shortly after, his mother's sister was abandoned by her husband, who fle d to Chicago.


synonymous with the marathon length of his shows. Instead of hitting the audience with a brief but in tense show he over-exposes his material, rehashing tired and th readbare jokes many of which were surprisingly about the unbearable length of his set. If these jokes were initially cheesy by the end of the night, posteriors and brains growing more and more numb , the audience was groaning for mercy. And to add insult to injury, the beer at th e th eatre bar was flat, but that was probably Ken Dodd's influence again. Graham Diggines

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The events are connected, and only two people know how. Eventually Heaney pieces togethe r enough information, and realises the grim extent to wh ich one side of his family betrayed the other. Wh ile at the same time having to cope with the highly superstitious family mentality, which comes to the fore as his uncles exchan ge stories about exorcisms, curses, and encounters with the Devil, and his mother - who is, herself, prone to mental instability - senses an evi l spirit in their house. What actuall y happens is best left unsaid, but th e story , seen through a chi ld's eyes , is a beautiful, and at tim es even humourous accou nt of the trials of family life and of peopl e trying to cope with living in unhappy ci rcumstances. Darcy Hurford


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new season of readings began at the King of Hearts with a preview of new work by 1997's UEA Writing Fellow Peter Reading. The author of Ukelele Music and Perduta Genie would probably be considered unconventional, tackling a wide range of subjects with a rage and passion that many poets lack. At times philosophical, reflecting that old friends who you don't see any more might as well be dead, at times he is also almost absurdly blunt, expressing in one poem the wish that he had


he Box is a new monthly magazine devoted entirely to - yep, you've guessed it - television . But not just boring old TV listings, oh no. Instead, it tries to write about every different aspect of what is, let's face it, one of the most popular leisure activities succeeds most of the time, with an iron ic, amusing manner that makes it come across like the evil offspring of Loaded and the Radio Times; the one noble exception in this issue seems to be an interview with war correspondent Jon Snow, charmingly titled 'it's a Kick Bollock Scramble World', which mercifully turns out to be quite serious. Apart from that, the first issue features interviews with Paul Whitehouse from The Fast Show, who also adorns the cover, looking even uglier than I thought he was, Jennifer Aniston from Friends, and last but not least, a man who repairs television sets for a living. You want more? Well, there's a long article about digital TV which tells you, erm, about digital TV and something called Space 1999. Apparently it's the world's first interactive TV game, but even after reading it

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kept his father-in-law's World War Two Luger, "so I could blow my f***ing brains our. One of his largest pieces of new work was a poem for the fiftieth anniversary of Radio 3, weaving major cultural events (for some reason making particular note of the people who died) in with his own development as a poet and his growing involvement with the station. All in all, it was a surprising and entertaining experience. Future authors to look out for include Vernon Scannell and Carol Rumens. John Spacey

carefully several times, I was still unable to understand how you play it. My personal favourite was an examination of that fine institution, the Eurovision Song Contest. Nice pictures of Cliff Richard and Abba, plus some top trivia about the contest that will impress your friends no end. For example, did you know that Spain's winning 1968 entry contained no less than 1381a la las? You didn't, did you? Sadly, the next issue doesn't look as good, promisingly only Terry Pratchet, News Bunny and James Rockford, which doesn't sound worth 拢1 .95, when most mags already cover television. Still, The Box is a laugh, and if you care deeply about your television, it's the magazine for you. Darcy Hurford

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....The Maddermarket offers an opportunity to see the 300 year-old play The Provok'd Wife, which is full of wigs, corsets, people being nasty to each other and general Seventeenth Century depravity. .... After Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends at the Theatre Royal finishes on May 3, May 5 sees the start of Blood Brothers. Written by Willy Russell, the writer who brought us Shirley Valentine, it's a musical which features the story of two twins who have been separated at birth. ....At the UEA Studio the Drama Society are showing Glengarry Glen Ross until May 3 ..... Despite the limited programme at the Norwich Playhouse, they're still featuring the Reduced Shakespeare Company from May 6-10. Go along and see all 37 plays in 97 minutes. Good revision for literature students, perhaps? .... UEA's Centre for Creative and Performing Arts and the King of Hearts are putting on this term's visiting writers. This fortnight you can see Alan Jenkins, the author of Greenheart and Harm, on May 9. .... At the Norwich Castle Museum there's a exhibition of works by the eighteenth century English artist Thomas Gainsborough, along with a simultaneous exhibition on the works of the Norwegian Edvard Munch. .... The highlight of the fortnight, however, has to be Sir Bemard Chumley's Grand Tour at the Norwich Arts Centre on May 9th. Starring Matt Lucas, who is probably better known as George Dawes from Shooting Stars, a host of warped characters are promised, including Dorothy the bearded keyboard player and Royal Correspondent Peter Andre, you'd best book your ticket as soon as possible.

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films ODEON RETURN OF THE JEDI (U) THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (U) The Star Wars phenomena continues with parts two and three of the trilogy. Follow the exciting adventures of Han Solo and chums in more scrapes with the evil empire. FEVER PITCH (15) Based on Nick Hornby's novel about the implications of being obsessed with Arsenal . You needn't be a lover of the game to enjoy Colin Firth's latest flick. SPACE JAM (PG) A glossy cartoon responsible for R Kelly's presence in the number one slot. Bugs Bunny and friends play basketball with some aliens, luck is on their side with Michael Jordan playing on the loon team . DONNIE BRASCO (18) This fi lm stars Johnny Depp and AI Pacino and tells the story of the real life Donnie Brasco and organised crime in the streets of New York in the late 70s. Trendy in a retro sort of way. SCREAM (18) Wes Craven 's latest contribution to the horror scene, this time Craven combines comedy with scaryness for the most frightening of effects. Scream tells the story of a movie obsessed killer.

ABC THE RETURN OF THE JEDI (U) THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK {U) The Star Wars phenomena continues with parts two and three of the trilogy. Follow the exciting adventures of Han Solo and chums in more scrapes with the evil empire . THE ENGLISH PATIENT (15) Winner of countless Oscars and praise. This film, based on Michael Ondaadje's novel is beautifully filmed against the backdrop of the deserts of North Africa and follows the story of a mysterious Count and his passionate affair with the quintessentially English Katherine Clifton. ROMEO AND JULIET {12) This is Baz Luhrman 's attempt to haul Shakespeare into the twenty-first century and he does admirably with excellent performances from Leonardo DiCaprio and Clare Danes. THE SAINT (15) Lukewarm adaptation from the popular sixties TV programme. Val Kilmer fills Roger Moore's shoes as he plays Simon Templer on the tra il of a secret formu la to end the energy crisis . In short a poor relation of Mission Impossible.

LIAR LIAR (12) Jim Carrey's latest film which has made millions in the US. Liar Liar is a very Carrey comedy about a character who can 't stop lying , he's a lawyer.


CINEMA CITY FLIRT (15) Thursday, May 1- Saturday, May 3, 5.45pm Set in New York , Berlin and Tokyo with three separate casts, this little tale involves a fl irtatious love triangle and a gun and sticks close to the subject at hand. LOOKING FOR RICHARD {15) Thursday, May 1, 2.30pm & 8.15pm, Friday, May 2- Saturday, May 3, 8.15pm AI Pacino's directorial debut explores a modern day making of the Bard's Richard Ill combining drama, documentary and interview. BOUND (18) Monday, May 5- Wednesday, May 7, 8.15pm & Tuesday, May 6, 2.30pm & 8.15pm When two smart women decide to take on the mob all parties are in for more than they've bargained for. $2 million of the mob's laundered money lies at the centre. A smooth film noir with a definite contemporary twist. A SELF MADE HERO (15) Monday, May 5- Saturday, May 10, 5.45pm & Thursday, May 8- Saturday, May 10, 8.15pm This french film follows the story of Albert, timid and shy until the end of WWII when , through luck and cunning, he masquerades as a resistance hero. ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT (15) Friday, May 9, 11 .00pm When three drag queens head out into the Australian outback the fun begins, watch out for Guy Pierce previously Mike in Neighbours. STAR TREK FIRST CONTACT (12) Saturday, May 10, 2.30pm More sci-fi for the month of May if you haven't seen it already it may be worth a look but remains a poorer cousin of the spangly Star Wars trilogy. THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY (12) Monday, May 12-Wednesday, May 14, 5.30pm & Saturday, May 17 5.30pm & 8.15pm Jane Campion 's first film since the Piano stars Nicole Kidman and John Malkovitch in her adaptation of Henry James' novel of the same name. The Victorian values of both America and Europe create a stifling existence for lsabel an American woman of very independent means. YOUR BEATING HEART {15) Monday, May 12- Wednesday, May 15, 8.15pm & Tuesday, May 13, 2.30pm Erotic french fun from Francois Duperyon , his film follows the story of a man who follows a woman off the and gives her his number. When she finally calls the romance begins.

UNION FILMS RANSOM {15) Thursday May 1 This film has raked in a king 's ransom since its

THE PROVOK'D WIFE Wednesday April 30 - Saturday May 3 (Matinee Saturday May 3, 2.30pm) Restoration comedy with a lot of "swearing and profaneness". £3.50 - £7.50

'" release last year. Gibson is a tycoon with a penchant for cat and mouse games with his son's kidnappers.

PRETTY WOMEN (15)/ SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE(PG) Wednesday May 2 Two films we've all seen before but will probably watch again nonetheless, mentally challenged entertainment. 101 DALMATIONS (PG) Tuesday May 5 Glenn Close plays a mean deVil in Disney's version of their cartoon who is probably the best part of this canine orgy. THE FRIGHTENERS {15) Thursday May 8 Much like his ghostly eo-stars fantastic Mr. Fox is resurrected from the dead to play a psychic who finds himself at loggerheads with the angel of death. TREES LOUNGE (18) Friday May 9 Along the lines of Leaving Las Vegas, th is is Sieve Buscemi's directorial debut. Tarantino's Mr. Pink battles with the bottle and is helped along by a kindly bartender. SLEEPERS (18) Tuesday May 13 Based on a book which is allegedly based on reality , Sleepers is the disturbing story of four boys who are never the same again after a spell in reform school at the hands of a modern day de Sade , played by Kevin Bacon .



UEA STUDIO GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS Wednesday April 30 - Saturday May 3 David Mamet's play produced by Dramasoc. £3.50

THEATRE ROYAl. ABSENT FRIENDS Wednesday April 30 - Saturday May 3 (Matinees Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm) An Alan Ayckbourn tale of middle class angst and woe comes to Norwich. £3.50- £14.50 BLOOD BROTHERS Monday May 3 - Saturday May 10, Monday May 12 - Tuesday May 13 (Matinees Wednesdays and Saturdays 2.30pm) The writer of Shirley Valentine brings us a musical tale of twins who have been separated at birth, and grow up on different sides of the tracks. £3.50- £19.50 SYDNEY DEVINE Sunday May 11 Country musician comes to Norwich to promote his new album The Big Country Line Dance Party. £3-£11

NORWICH PLAYHOUSE THEREDUCEDSHAKESPEARECOMPANY Tuesday May 6- Saturday May 10 (Matinees Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm) All 37 plays in 97, along with Hamlet performed front , back and sideways. £3.50- £15




UEA I.T1 DOROTHEA HARE YOUNG MUSICIANS CONCERT Monday April 12 Programme includes music by Schubert. Free

KING OF HEARTS JONATHAN WORTLEY Thursday May 8 (1pm) The pianist gives a lunchtime concert featuring works by Schubert and Brahms. £1 .50 ALAN JENKINS Friday May 9 The author of In the Hothouse and Greenheart comes to Norwich £2

NORWICH GAI.I.ERY XEROX Wednesday April 30 - Tuesday May 13 The Norwich School of Art and Design present an exhibition consisting entirely of photocopies.

CASTLE MUSEUM YOUNG GAINSBOROUGH Wednesday April 30 - Tuesday May 13 The works of an 18the century English painter on tour from the National Gallery £1.50 EDVARD MUNCH Wednesday April 30- Tuesday May 13 Munch's master work The Sick Child will be on display, along with a selection of prints. £1 .50

UEA I.CR MARILLION Wednesday May 3 Hoary old rockers entertain some people with - as it says here- 'this strange engine'. Eh!? £10 adv JOHN MARTYN Friday May 9 Timeless singer/songwriter who is making a welcome return to UEA. Sounds good ... £8.50 adv


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MONDA VS - STUDENT NIGHT India Hits · 1Opm - 2am SOp all night with cheap drinks WEDNESDAYS- ELEVATION Uplifting hard house, garage and techno, drum 'n' bass from outer space -10pm- 2am Free to Movement members/ SOp otherwise THURSDAYS- GAY CLUB NIGHT 9pm - 2am free b4 10.30pm I £1 after SATURDAYS- GAY CLUB NIGHT 9pm - 3am £3 b4 1Opm I £4 after

ITZY MONDAVS -STUDENT NIGHT 9pm-2am cheap drinks SOp with student ID I £3 otherwise WEDNESDAYS- STUDENT NIGHT 9pm - 2am cheap drinks SOp with student ID I £3 otherwise FRIDA VS - FAST TRACK 9pm - 2am £3 b4 1Opm I £4 after

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Tuesday May 13- 10pm A showcase gig for two new indie acts who are tipped for the top. FREE.

of Chrisbo, Han Solo, Sid Shanti and Medicine Drum playing live 9pm-4am. £9 adv


CLUB RUMBLE Saturday May 3 More jungle, drum 'n' bass and hardstep from Grooverider, Micl<ey Finn and Ray Keith 8pm-2am. £8 adv


CORDUROY+ MANTARAY Wednesday April 30 One time Acid Jazzers, Corduroy are back with a new album and tour to boot. Mixing up styles as varied as Steely Dan and the Sex Pistols. £6.SO IAN HUNTER BAND Wednesday May 7 One time guitarist with Mott The Hoopla who shot to fame with the hit All The Young Dudes written and produced by David Bowie, Hunter now tours as a solo artist. £1 0 STEVE HARLEY & COCKNEY REBEL Sunday May 11 Old bloke Stave, with his band of Cockney Rebels comes to Norwich ... must be the fortnight of bloody old bands at the fag ends of their careers. £10

D C (AT NORWICH ARTS CENTRE) GOLD BLADE + MOGGY Monday May 19 The Wilde Club kicks off the term the way it means to go on, by giving new, exciting and hotly tipped bands the spotlight. £4 adv

UE LC RETURN TO THE SOURCE Friday May 2 A glorious night of techno-trance fusion courtesy



JOURNEYS BY DJ Friday May 2 With DJs Norman Jay and Jason Moore plus loads of JDJ giveaways. Free COs to the first 100 through the door. 9pm-2am. £6 I £S adv MELTDOWN + THE IN.CROWD Saturday May 3 All your indie faves from Paul Fayers, But the real class is happening upstairs; expect Europop, cheesy-pop, disco-pop but absolutely no Britpop. 9pm-1 .30am. £3.SO I £3 cone FIRST OUT Tuesday May 6 All the usual fun 'n' frolics from Norwich's premier gay club night 9pm-1am. £3 I £2.SO MELTDOWN + THE FLYING SQUAD Saturday May 10 As per usual from the downstairs posse, with music for open minded stylists upstairs. 9pm-1 .30am. £3.SOI£3 cone

UPLIFT Wednesdays Happy House 1Opm - 2am Free entry GORGEOUS Friday May 2 Fortnightly Happy House night with resident DJ MCG.

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