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The Event•s competitions In the last two issues of The Event, we've offered a range of prizes , from erotic novels to COs and videos in ou r competitions. As part of the paper' s new look, each issue's winners will be named in the News se c ~ tion. Some competitions will still appear on thei r usual page that's page 25, although some will appear alongside the particular feature or article to which they refer. Anyway, here are all those lucky people who have won something from the last two issues: CD and Boo k: Chris Redgrave , Aylsham; Lisa Cassor, Norwich. Lucie's Long Voyage: Pierre Fenwick, UEA. HMV video: Helen Smith, Poringland.

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attracted more than 10 million viewers (see interview on centre pages). Starring Martin Shaw and Karen Archer, the programme examines the trials and tribulations of being the Chief Constable of the Eastland force , a th inly disguised version of East Anglia. lt has received praise from critics and the police alike, who admire its realism and authenticity. Said Shaw, "I was very happy to play Chief Constable Cade again, and to have the opportunity to work in Norfolk. "We are tackling issues which reflect the changing face of the police force. lt is not just another police soap opera." Featuring locations th roughout the region , storylines in the cu rrent series include violent anti-abortion protests, the visit of a top Italian judge and an attempt to assassinate him, a crackdown on drug dealing, the rise of local fascist groups and promotion wrangles within the force itself. Viewers of the previous series may have been unsurprised by the departure of Cade's lover Marie- Pierre Arnoux , but never fear, his love interest this time around is provided by a glamourous PR consultant who makes attempts to cop the Chief's attention. See for yourself on Anglia on Fridays at 9pm.

Broad land's most remote public house, Geldeston Locks Inn, is to see changes in 1994. This popular venue ran a successful programme of live music - an idea held by the last leaseholder Richard Orme. Since his lease expired last November, the Inn has closed and its futu re rema;· somewhat uncertain. The Locks Inn at Geldeston, has wide and varied history. The Inn itself was rebuilt in 1660 on the border between Norfolk and Suffolk. Early in its history it was a pooular spot for smuggling goods into the area. lt obtain. licence for alcohol 300 years ago, to serve the wh, Y men who used to wait for the tide at the Locks Inn. More recently it has served visitors from all over Britain and the world, including celebrities such as Giles the Cartoonist , Spike Milligan and members from the groups Mammoth and Living In A Box. Geldeston Locks, an Inn lit on ly by candles in the eveni ng, is renowned for its own tradition of ghost stories in the area. Many local customers and staff could relate tales of unexplained circumstances, including the fate of a number of boats moored by the Inn that have suffered dead engines and have eventually sunk. Also on certain nights after the Inn has closed, staff have still heard glasses being put down on the bar and benches rock on the floor. The Locks Inn's character is also enriched by the varic- -- owners who have occupied the Inn through its histol) Richard Orme - the last leaseholder, reintroduced real ales, winter opening hours and live music of all kinds to the Inn. With the expiry of the lease there are rumours that Geldeston Inn's owner has plans to renovat' building into a 'family pub' . Although if moderni. Lhe Inn could risk losing its rustic, calming atmosphere and appeal of a ti me gone by. Whatever the outco me, in the years to come, the Inn surrounded by an area that has been recorded as a beauty spot for 150 years - will certainly be remembered for it s unique character and history.

Pollyanna Stringer and Suzi Fenn D Noisebox Rehearsal Studios in Mountergate, Norwich , have come up with a great New Year offer for local bands. Any local band can now get a discou nt on rehearsals at Noisebox, if they book two practices in the same week: the second practice is twothirds of the normal price. Said Noisebox's Pete Morgan, ''This offer applies on top of commented Nick, although he the usual discounts for UB40s added , "but we'd rather have a and students on weekdays. Anyone wanting further details woman ." • Anyone who is aged roughly should phone us on (0603) between 18 and 25 and wants 767726." • The usual weekday discount to audition for Steerpi ke applies between 9am-6pm. A should call Nick on {0603) four hour session during 615326, or Tim on (0603) these hours (Mon-Fri) costs 765313. £10. A second session , under The Event will be watching to the terms of the offer, would see what happens! Peter Hart therefore cost around £6 .60.

Steering on to the right track Local 'noisy indie' band , Steerpike, have turned to Th e Event for help, after previous attempts to find themselves a new singer failed. For despite a story in the Evening News, and numerous adve rti sements in local music shops , the band have been left without a suitable vocalist since the Autumn , when their previous frontwoman , Anna Barron, left for a place at Canterbury College. 'We decided we'd try having a comm uting singer, but it hasn't worked out," said another band member, Nick Stone, who explained that Anna had already deferred her move to college a number of times , before she finally left

in September. And although they had a fairly good response from previous advertisements, Nick says they haven't yet come across the right singer for the 15 monthold band, whose influences incl ude bands like The Buzzcocks, PJ Harvey and Belly. "We're willing to try males if they think they're suitable ,"


n Eveni g Session ith the gro ing I v NORWICH band, Ivy, have been celebrating after record., of tracks for Radio One FM's 'Evening SeaSundayanJuzzcoc~nftuencedfounKKne,

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at the BBC's Malda Vale studios on December 29, and I I"''M~Itad four tracks for the popular 'alternative' show, lfOimMH'Iy hosted by DJ Mark Goodler, and now fronted by Lamacq and Jo Wlley. singer, Spencer Harrlaon, who teaches at the John ·~...." High School In Becclea, explained that the Invite record a eeaalon came after One FM's repeated preIC~•riaitn'UI•• plays of Ivy's 'Wish You Would' track, taken the locally-produced Backwater One EP (on INo~aelt»ox records). really enjoyed the day," she said, " and spent about hours down at the studios. Everybody had been and II"''M::onlted something In there ••• even the Cocteau 1Winsl" she hopes the band will be offered a record deal rs that H nothing comes up by March or April, then

Ivy may be forced to finance a release of their own • And she added that they are even branching out In a new direction, giving a "more dancey" feel to their music, as "there are so many lndle guitar bands with female vocals." Ivy are fairly unusual In that they don't have a drummer they use a drum machine, which Is now being programmed by Pete Morgan of Nolsebox Records/ Rehearsal Studios. This, says Spencer, should help to contribute to the new feel of Ivy's music. Success could well be just around the corner for this band - Spencer said she's already had several phone calls from cult Radio One DJ John Peel ••• In one week alone! •Ivy are the band In session on Radio 1's 'The Evening Session' (7 pm to 9 pm) between Monday 17 and Thursday 20 January. (They'll be eo-headlining with Fur at the Norwich Arts Peter Hart Centre on Monday February 7).

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REVIEW • The Waterfront, Saturday January 15 Retro groovers Lovetrain rocked The Waterfront on January 15 with a simp ly stompin ' set of funky seventies tunes. Cl ubbers who arrived for t he venue's regular Meltdown night were surprised to find that the stage had been taken over by a bunch of blokes wearing dodgy flares and various accesories from the halcyon days of pop. But t hey needn 't have worried , as Love Train buzzed the joint with their eclectic mix of f unktastic classics, including endearing faves such as 'Disco Inferno ', 'Car Wash ', 'I Will Survive', and ' Blame it on the Boogie'. The band, w ho have been on the go for over two years, played for over an hour and were rapturously received by the crowd who got down, shook their thangs, and strutted their funky stuff! Lovetrain , who have plied their trade (and their flares) in ci ty clubs, pubs and wine bars have also headlined at several impressive London venues. Versatile musicians in all styles of music, the boys have developed a passion for disco inspired by big sound seventies supergroups and platform heels. However, whilst I must admit to having had an extremely groovy time boogie-ing on down , pausing only to adjust my f lares and medallion, Lovetrain are the latest in a series of cabaret bands that has included impersonators Bjorn Again and The Royal Family. Surely The Waterfront should aspire to slighty better things. (Maybe next month's line-up heralds a change for the better).

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Bark Psychosis PREVIEW lndie experimentalists Bark Psychosis arrive at UEA on January 29 for an appearance with the full-length feature film , The Secret Adventures of Tom Th umb . Some may think this a strange arrangement , but the band consider it quite valid , as singer and guitarist Graham Sutton explains. "We hate going to gigs - it's not a very pleasant way of appreciating music. We wanted to try something different, so we hooked up with distributor Joe D'Mario to find us a feature film ." The band are one of the curre nt toasts of the indie scene, this tour coi ncinding with the release of their long-awaited debut album , 'Hex', on February 14. The album follows previous and acclaimed releases including the 'Man Man' EP and the single 'Scum', which came 7th in Melody Maker's 1992 Single of the Year poll. Bark Psychosis were formed in 1989 by Graham Sutton and John Ling , who were living in East London's squatting community, and drummer Mark Simnett. After initial

COMPETITION • The Event has joined up with Stone Immaculate Press and Promotions to offer a Bark Psychosis competition. We've got five copies of the forthcoming single 'A Street Scene' b/w 'Reserve shot gunman' on a limited edition red-vinyl10" format to give away. . :To get yours, just answer . • ,

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rehearsals in a church , they recorded their debut 12" 'All Different Things', released in March 1990. The band were all set to take off in earnest some six months later fo llowing their next single 'Nothing Feels', but record company wrangles led to a recording paralysis, forcing the band out on the road and allowing them to forge a solid live reputation . By March 1992, the band had been bailed out by new management and later that year they signed to Virgin subsidiary Circa, recording 'Hex' during the whole of 1993 . Featuring seven self-produced songs and an abundance of sounds , the LP suggests that the band's members are musicians mature beyond their years and are at ease with a full spectrum of moods. The deceptive , almost surreal pop feel of 'A Street Scene' dovetails into melancholy, whilst the orchestral dub-rock of 'Absent Friend' spirals into a shower of guitar kisses. But the band 's live reputation is as sound as it is on record , and the NME and Melody Maker have been united in praise of this East London combo, with MM 's Everett

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True asking, "What can you talk about when someone's just torn apart your conception of the world , revealed the depth of his hatred for all of us? Concert of the year? Oh , Jesus Christ." Praise indeed.

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The heroes of fairytales will live as long as their stories are read, remembered and retol d. A hundred years ago Tom Thumb stood tall among the ranks of fairytale immortals - a story which children loved. The Secret Adventures of Tom Th umb, however, is the simple fantasy of the traditional tale, but a re-exploration of the theme ... Based on an award-winning ten-minute pilot, it ic; an hour-long film, which combines 3-D (' morph' ) animation with an innovatory use of something caued 'pixilation ' (the animation of human actors, frame by frame). Importantly, no computers are used to achieve the special effects seen in the fi lm: everything seen on screen has been shot t hrough the camera lens. Dave Borthwick, the man who conceived , wrote, edited and directed Tom Thumb, told The Event that t he film "was initially a means for us to develop the technique of pixilation. " Because of the physical difficulties of animating this way, the technique has been generally used for comic or 'zappy' effects. We wanted to see if we could use it in a more controlled way, allowing us to develop and sustai n different characters." Dave continues: " This is no small task for the actors. 'If you consider that when they are acting with a model character, a movement that lasts for, say, five seconds on screen could take three or four hours to shoot. "lt requires the actor to make minute changes to their movement, frame by fram e, until the shot is completed." The result is a film w hich, although rooted in the basic elements of the old story, has been set in a world less remote than the traditional versions. The extraordinary pixilated animation and the mumbled, barely coheren t, dialogue, have created a timeless 'netherworld' filled with startling imagery, a strange place that is uncomfortably familiar ... •The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb can be seen in Lecture Theatre One at the University of East Anglia on Saturday January 29. Live musical accompaniment will come from Bark Psychosis (see above left).

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Oval moves effortlessly through hardcore music to rock over this coming fortnight. r-...dY January 20 hails the appearance of Mad Cow Dls' not literally, of course! A six-piece band from Salisbury, combine grunge guitars, sampler keyboards and darkly • rntvtir•n p-""Qs to produce a hardcore sound. Their first retht stermongerin' EP", received wide airplay, and r debut album, "Goat Lung (ThE MexicaN ApproacH)" was 191etaSEKJ last year. Support is provided by the Split Pigs. favourites The Heavy Metal Kids retum to the Norwich after a long absence on Friday January 21. They will be by ex-Boys Will Be Boys frontman Dave Smith. three-piece London-based band The Mental Helicopters the Oval on Saturday January 22. Their music has been as energetic, yet entertaining - a claim which is probbome out by the fact that they have recently released a version of "My Old Man's A Dustman". They will be supby the local band The Big Sleep, who will be showfor various record companies. Stevens and the Strollers play hits of the 60s and 70s on January 23. Over the years Mel has appeared alongvarious famous names such as Gerry and the Pacemak' ..,.. " Tremeloes and The Drifters, and they are regarded by ~ East Anglia's best 50s and 60s cover group. Me'tai-Punk-Poosters The Wlldhearts play a low-key warm-up on Tuesday January 25. They have recently guested on Almightv's UK tour, and have played alongside Alice In at Brixton Academy. Their debut album, "Earth Vs Wildhb~• cs" was received with great acclaim when it came last year. then dominates the next few days, with Jump The Gun on Wednesday January 26, Throb on Friday January and Dream Thief on Saturday January 29. final gig this fortnight is on Sunday January 30, and comes of Manny Charlton. He is the former lead guitarist, ~nn,nw•itAr and record producer of the legendary and awardrock group Nazareth, and it is this year in which he """'"'"'"''t..., over 25 years in the music business.

Sometimes a great band misses the big time through playing the right music at the wrong time; The Soft Boys' blend of melodic psych-pop and twisted humour first emerged in the late 70s and continued until they eventually split in 1981. The band received a massive cult folllowing in the UK and abroad, and many of the former members achieved more commercial success later. Guitarist Kimberly Rew went on to form Katrina and the Waves, bassist Matthew Seligman played with the Thompson Twins and David Bowie, and Robyn Hitchcock contunied the Soft Boys' cult by recording solo and then with former colleagues Andy Metcalfe and Morris Windsor as Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians. The Waterfront was well filled as they took to the stage; especially as the university term had not started, and those who tumed up were not disappointed. The band had hoped to feature more of the original members, but as this was the first night of the tour, not everyone could be there. Kimberley Rew was recording some new material with the Waves, and other ex-Soft Boys would join them when the show reached London. This left the core of the original line-up, essentially Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians. The set was packed with sweet guitar sounds and the dry humour for which the Soft Boys of the post-punk era were famed. The band claim that it was easy to pick up the notes of all the old songs but the extra energy required to push through a heavy and relentless set does not now come easily. Anyone who knows their recent albums will detect a move away from the

Soft Boys style. 'We were unemotional monoliths - high on testosterone" says Robyn Hitchcock of the early years. These days the band commute between Britain, where they live, and the US, where they sell most of their records - in part due to the fact that REM have been quoted as saying that the Soft Boys were their biggest influence. lt is not fair to pigeon-hole Hltchcock's band as a group of eccentrics who sing lots of songs about churches and fish; the following they receive in the States proves that they have what it takes to stay near the top for a long time to come. As the Soft Boys on stage, they illustrated a mastery of the three minute heavy guitar pop song, but as The Egyptians, they have progressed greatly and now sound a class above the few remaining groups with a similar sound.

So why do so few know of their music? "The Soft Boys never got anywhere because we had stolen wiring." quipped Andy Metcalfe. "I don't really want to be famous", says Hitchcock, "and Morris is too humble anyway. I think Andy would like it though - he could be famous on his own." He added that former Soft

Boys seemed to be working towards being lawyers. "I think I'll keep writing music though; I haven't enough sexual deviances to become a judge." Most of Soft Boys' back catalogue is now available on CD, so if you've never heard them before then take my advice and get listening - you won't regret it.

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An old church on St Benedict's Street has played host to some of the most sought-after rock and indie acts over the last five years. Nia/1 Hampton tracks down Wilde boy Oily Redmayne ... ow many disused churches in Norwich can boast visits from bands such as Nirvana, The Shamen, Lemonheads, Lush , Pale Saints, Curve, Cornershop, and Norwich's own Catherine Wheel? Visits that have quite literally shaken the rafters in the belfry? Probably not too many. In fact only the Norwich Arts Centre, which plays weekly host to the Wilde Club , celebrating its fifth birthday this month. Started off by promoter Barry Newman, later to be joined by fellow promoter Oily Redmayne , the Wilde Club has staged around 200 gigs from its formerly-sacred home in St Benedict's Street, and have built up a sizeable following, with many regulars joining keen new punters for a music that spans the whole indie creed . Oily Redmayne, speaking about the aims of the Wilde Club, is keen to point out the contribution that it has made to the local music community.

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Oily Redmayne "We've provided local bands with a regular platform, as well as the best in up and coming indie bands in the last five years . it's a platform from which local bands can break out." So how did the Wilde Club get together in the first place? ''Barry came to Norwich from polytechnic and started promoting bands at the Arts Centre . He wanted to create an identity, so he wanted a weekly event and called it the Wilde Club. I got involved about a year and a half ago; I'd started putting on bands at the Jacquard, but as this never really took off, I joined

up with Barry" Oily maintains that despite forging a solid base to build on over the last five years, the Wilde Club will carry on with its established method. "We're going to keep the formula the same; it's worked over the years, and it's best not to tinker with it. So we'll continue being a weekly club, and we're hoping to get a magazine together later in the year. But the central aim remains bringing top quality indie music to Norwich." That this has been achieved can be seen from the regular turnout for Wilde Club

promotions, which have recently included Mambo Taxi , The Family Cat, Fur, Boyracer, Hulahoops, Skyscraper and Jacob's 1 Mouse. "Our audiences range from anything from between 60 and 70 to 400. it's a unique market really - we're unique for what we do, to be running this kind of club for the amount of people we get in. "In Norwich, there's a good demand for the music, and we've provided a regular platform for local bands; the same in the sense that we've been the only people

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"There was also a time when we had to do the Castle Museum dungeon tour with American punk band Scrawl, who loved it because they've got no history over there .. ." On the back of the success of the Wilde Club comes the fact that a number of their local band bookings are showing considerable promise. "Bands such as Ivy, Fur and the Spinning Jennys are on the verge of better things. We're doing a benefit gig for Colourform so that they can do some recordings and Steerpike have a the possibility of a deal. So, musicwise, Norwich could make a break nationally, as individual bands are on the edge of national recognition." And all this from two music enthusiasts who receive no funding from outside sources, and who choose not to make a profit in the interests of the music that they, as the Wilde Club, promote from the NAG. "We're a non profit making organisation, and are self funded. "We charge good prices simply because we don't make a profit. Where else in Norwich are you going to see four bands for £3.00? People should come down and give it a try!"

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DAre you In a band? Would you like some coverage In Norwich's premier Entertainment and Leisure Guide, The Event? We have a large team of music writers who might be able to cover your gig, either In preview or review. Write with details to 'The Event', PO Box 410, Norwich.

Sultans of Ping PREVIEW ot too long ago in the dim ists of time, one Niall 'FI~herty had a job in a ar ·e shop. Known for his lecnc dress sense and opeless infatuation with dirty ardcore guitar riffs, his cusomers re ' rly used to inorm him . his future lay ith Top Of The Pops as pposed to 15mm drill bits. And now they've actually een what I thought was just **t they were talking actually ome true," says Niall - now rontman to the successful ultans of Ping, who reach he Norwich Waterfront on hursday January 27. Hailing from Cork, Pat 'Connell (guitars), Alan McFeely (bass), Morty McCarthy (manager-tumedrummer), and Niall, released heir first single 'Where's Me umper?' to rave reviews ... it as Single of The Month in Select magazine and a huge Number One indie hit. Needless to say, this gained hem a reputation as wacky novelty-single-one-hit-woners. But Niall and co. were to prove their critics wrong when their second and third singles also reached this same top chart position . Single number four, 'U Talk TooMuch'peakedinthe National chart at number 26, and the Cl~bUl LP ·'Casual Sex

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A number of other singles, plus a tour with Carter USM have followed, as well as a lot of work on the second LP 'Teenage Drug' - to be released next month. Oh, and there's a new single, 'Wake Up and Scratch' out on January 31 . Not bad for a one hit wonder! •Tickets for The Waterfront gig are priced at £4.50 advance, and are available from the usual 'outl~ts.

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HABBA!" That was the cry that came from several hundred throats as"Mr Loverman" pounded around the dancefloor. Fists punched the air, bodies gyrated and strange little light-sticks were waved about, looking for all intents and purposes like fireflies in a mating frenzy. lt was Friday night, the weekend had just begun, and everyone had come to Ritzy's looking for a good fun night out. What those pleasure-seekers of that night in 1994 probably didn't realise was that they were only continuing a tradition that had been going on since the 19th Century. The site where the club now stan ds in Tombland was a place where people could go to relax and enjoy themselves even then, although at that time it was actually a public swimming pool. it's still there too, running somewhere under the building, although of course, it's no longer in use. In the Second World War, Ritzy served as a dance hall, before becoming a nightclub proper.

lt was known as the Sampson and Hercules up until twelve years ago (the name being taken from the two figures that stood either side of the door until recently) when it became the Ritzy that we know today. Well ... not quite.

"We're trying to bring Norwich up to date .... it's not conservative, it's a radical scheme". Probably the most dramatic change that has been made to the club is the new light system above the dancefloor.

The site where the club now stands in Tombland was a place where people could go to relax and enjoy themselves even then, although at that time it was actually a public swimming pool. lt's still there too, running somewhere under the building, although of course, it's no longer in use. In July of last year, the club had a £500,000 refit, to move it out of the pink and blue neon image of the Eighties and into that of the Nineties and beyond. Peter McKay, the Manager of the club, says that the new decor is absolutely unique to Norwich. "We're not a typical Ritzy light configuration or colour scheme," he says.

lt's best described as a large metallic tube octopus, with lights at the end of each tentacle and the ability to squirt dry ice at the clubbers at will. I couldn't help but draw comparisons with the set of some Sci-Fi programme - I kept wondering when the Tardis was going to ~~-.-,,q;1alise. , One of the clubbers, Tracey,


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didn't really take to it at all: "lt's a bit pointless really," she said. "Mind you: she then added, Mit does add a certain ambience to the place." Uke it or hate it though, it is part of an incredibly advanced lighting system - -.he most powerful in the world: according to Peter. And it did fit in well with the rest of the decor - the orangey-red walls, the rockets and pinball machines. Not to mention the video games arcade and the four bars; three tor drinks and 1e for fast-food . .Jrinks here are so expensive!" moaned my friend after buying a lemonade. But this was"''• really a fair comment, as ves in Hull for most ofthe year. Prices at Ritzy are around the same as those at most other Norwich clubs. The reason tor the spaceinvaders games and hamburgers Is that Ritzy is trying to offer not just drinks and music to dance to, but a multi-entertainment experience. Included in this experience is Central Park, which is basically an American theme bar that people can visit in the ""arly evening before moving I to Ritzy. There's music and a DJ in Central Park, but the emphasis is on being able to sit do~ 1d talk rather than get .. • .tnd dance. In Ritzy, as one would eXpect, it's the other way around. You can sit down and talk, but unless you want to shout a lot, it's best to just enjoy the music and get on the dancefloor. As it was a Friday night, the DJ was playing all the current hits: D:Ream, Chaka Demus and Pliers, K7, Cypress Hill and so on. The floor was full all night, but it swelled to an absolute maximum when all the old favourites came out around midnight: Chuck Berry, Dexy's Midnight Runners and Queen, amongst others. lt was an obvious attempt to get people to clap, sing, and generally participate in the proceedings. The strangest record that was played at this time (in fact, the strangest record of all evening) had to be, without a doubt, "I am the Music Man·. I'm sure you know the one I mean.

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You'd think that everybody would recoil in horror from such a tune, but no, everybody, even those who hadn't had their resistance weakened by drink, was pretending to play the piano and the trumpet. I have to confess that even I, a hard nosed and usually sensible journalist, was swooping around pretending to be an aeroplane for "Dambusters". OK, so I looked an idiot, but it didn't matter. At least I was

enjoying myself, and that was the main thing. Music policy at Ritzy Is tailored towards whoever they are catering for on that particular night. So on Friday and Saturdays, which is when the •general public" make up the vast majority of clubbers, they play mostly chart music. Mondays and Wednesdays, on the other hand, which are predominantly student nights, show a more diverse mix of music; "from indie to

Abba" reckons Peter. Their Monday night DJ, Alex Joyce, is actually something of a specialist In student music, as he's also the DJ at the Dome in Birmingham on a Tuesday night, where they often get more than 4,000 students In. Live music is also now becoming an important part of Ritzy's music policy. They have recently opened up their upstairs room so that live bands can come into the club and play there, both local groups and big names. An expansion of musical diversity is very much Ritzy's plan for the future, along with a possible refurbishment of Central Park. In the meantime, however, Ritzy will go on serving Norwich with what it can provide best - the perfect atmosphere for a night out dancing with friends. Everybody that I managed to speak to certainly seemed to be having a good time, and I know that I enjoyed myself. lt was just a pity that the Tardis never turned up in the end ....

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Over the festive season, Julia Roberts' new thriller 'The Pelican Brief', also starring Denzel Washington, has, unsurprizingly, been a big box office success, and the Eastwood/Costner road/ cop movie 'A Perfect World' is poised to become Eastwood's third $100 million grosser in a row. In addition to these surefire hits, 'Heaven and Earth', the final episode in Oliver Stone's Vietnam trilogy, and the surprizingly good 'Addams Family Values' , have managed to hold their own . Sequels, however, did not fair so well , with the disappointing 'Wayne's World 2', 'Sister Act 2', and 'Beethoven's 2nd' , failing to perform anywhere near as well as they did the first time around. The one film which trounced them all, however, was the commercially huge 'Mrs. Doubtfire'. Audiences queued in droves to see Robin Wllliams don a dress for the title role ... Not only does the holiday season produce a box-office bonanza, it's also the time when many of the year's prestige films open to qualify for Academy Awards consideration. Lower profile, 'smaller' movies have done surprisingly well at the box office, as well as being smothered in critical adulation . 'Steven Speilberg's masterpiece 'Schindler's List' is hotly tipped to sweep the boards, having received six Golden Globe nominations - the awards which traditionally predict who will win come Oscar night. Providing stiff competition, however, is Jane Campion's 'The Piano', and 'The Remains Of The Day' , for which both Anthony Hopkins and Em ma Thompson have been nominated for awards. Jonathan Demme's controversial 'Philadelphia' - the first Hollywood release to confront AIDS head on- starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington , has also scooped three Golden Globe nominations. Back in two weeks with a look at some of the films opening in '94 ....

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had been proud to serve his master, and had become totally engrossed in arches· !rating the grand international conferences and banquets that Lord Darlington had held for visiting ambassadors and Prime Ministers. In 1939, though, Darlington's real motive behind all these actions was revealed • he had been working all the time for a pact with the Nazis. Stevens now realises that in helping Darlington to serve such a shabby cause, he neglected his dying father and denied his feelings for Miss Kenton {Thompson), the housekeeper at the hall. They do develop an intense rela· tionship, but pretend that it is nothing more than that be· tween two servants, as Thompson explains: "Their relationship, begins in a con· frontational way .... Beneath that, of course, is a whirlpool of sexual and emotional con· flicts going on, but it's always expressed in terms of dust and sweeping and the way things ought to be. They speak to one another in the code of butler and housekeeper, never as human be· ings with feelings". Frustrated by his lack of pas-

Above: So Ken Branagh's married to her?! Below left: Anthony Hopklns as Stevens sion, Miss Kenton eventually marries someone else. But this marriage appears to have failed; hence Stevens' journey 20 years later. he wants to persuade her to return to Darlington Hall. She refuses, and so his hope to re-build his emotional life has failed, but at least he can participate in the renewal of the Hall, after the wrongs of the past. Produced by Merchant Ivory, the company which also

made "Howard's End" {in which Hopkins and Thompson had eo-starred previously) , the film was made entirely on location in E:,. ~~ land. And with the OSC<if nominations coming up, there could well be a chance that "Remains of the DJ·, = . rings more cheer to the ••":/f "'h Film Industry by bringing'Wome a few awards. lt just remains to be seen .... •'Remains of the Day' opens at the Odeon on Jan 21. ,,,. ~

This fortnight at Cinema City PREVIEW If you 've over-indulged in the usual stodgy mass of films on TV over the Christmas period , it might be wise to take a trip to Cinema City over the next fortnight for something a bit different. As a starter, there's Mike Leigh's highly acclaimed film " Naked" (18), which explores the bleak, yet optimistic world of the low life of '90s London . Its run ends on January 19, giving way to the violent action thriller "Hard Boiled" (1 8). Made in Hong Kong, and directed by one of Hollywood 's current favourites, John Woo, it follows the actions of a maverick cop who will go to any lengths to bring a murderous drug dealer to justice. lt shows from January 20 to January 22. The South American film "Like Water for Chocolate" (15), is served up on January

24. A comic fairy tale of romance, repression and revolution, this gentle, poignant film concerns itself with the lives of three sisters from a wealthy ranching family. Rounding off this truly international feast is the French film " Three Colours: Blue" (15) . Juliette Binoche stars as a woman who, after losing her husband and daughter in a car crash, attempts to build a new life in Paris. However, her plans to escape

the past are thwarted dramatically. Beginning on February 1, it runs until February 5. Various little titbits lie between the main features . The highlight of these must surely be the preview on January 22 of "A Bronx Tale"; a film which marks the directorial debut of Robert De Niro (see page 11). Saturday afternoons are given over in the main to family

films. such as " Who Framed RogerRabb~?"(PG)on

January 22 and " Tom and Jerry: The Movie" (U), on January 29 . Those who prefer something a little more meaty will love the Friday late-night showings. The late River Phoenix stars in the excellent "My Own Private Idaho" (18) on January 21, alongside a truly 'bodacious' Keanu Reeves in

Gus Van Sant's part re-working of Shakespeare's Henry I VI , whilst Gary Oldman gets to feed off other people's blood in Francis Coppola's recent J adaptation of "Dracula" (1 8) . Showing on January 28, it also features Winona Ryder, Anthony Hupkins, and once again, Keanu Reeves. (I get the feeling we're going to be seeing rather a lot of Mr Reeves this year. .. )


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The most famous battle in Western history is the subject of the new film "Tombstone•, starring Kurt Russell and Val Kllmer. The date is October 26, 1881, and the streets of the town of Tombstone in Arizona are filled with tension as some of the West's most ndary gunfighters as5«1rnble for a fight that will go down in history. For it was OIJ this day that Wyatt Earr ngside his brothers ,an and Virgil, and the deadly and unpredictable Doe Holliday, clashed with the Clanton and McCiaury brothers at the OK Corral. The ensuing gunfight ended three lives, but it did not end one of the bloodiest feuds in the history of the American West. The film follows Wyatt Earp and the events that occurred before and after the OK Corral - a battle he didn't start but had the courage to

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mount importance to the crew, as Kurt Russell, who plays Earp, remembers: "We've gone to extremes to attain the reality of that period. For example, most of the wardrobe came from Europe, as did the clothes that people wore in Tombstone then, and a lot of the props and sets are extraordinarily close to what was going on at that time". Russellls joined on screen by a variety of other stars. Val Kilmer, who played Jim Morrison in "The Doors" and Tom Cruise's rival in "Top Gun• plays Doe Holliday, whilst Jason Prlestley from •Beverty Hills 9021 0" takes the role of the young deputy sheriff Billy Beckenrldge. Veteran actor Charlton Heston retums to the big screen with "Tombstone", in the role of Henry Hooker, a rancher who helps Earp to help banish the Cowboys, Following in the footsteps of "Unforgiven", "Tombstone• looks as though it will help to play a part in the revival of the western as a film genre. So saddle up your horse, and mosey on down to the cinema! •"Tombstone" is showing at the Odeon from January 2 f.

"A Bronx Tale", previewing at Cinema City this fortnight, is the first film to be directed by Robert De Niro, who also took the roles of actor and eoproducer in this production. The story centres on a young boy, Calogero Anello (played by Francis Capra) , who falls under the influence of a wiseguy gangster, Sonny (Chazz Palminteri). Calogero is the sole witness to a murder in which Sonny is involved, but he refuses to identify him for the police. This begins a struggle between De Niro's character Lorenzo, the father of the boy, and Sonny, as they both fight for the heart and mind of Calogero. Over the next eight years Sonny gains more power, and the now teenage Calogero (Lillo Brancato) willingly adopts the dangerous and criminal lifestyle of the man who has become his selfstyled 'surrogate' father. All that Lorenzo can do is sit and watch , and hope that he will win the battle to gain influence over his son. lt was Chazz Palminteri, who plays Sonny, who first created the short monologue that would develop into "A Bronx Tale". lt formed from his memories of the old ItalianAmerican neighbourhood in which he grew up, and one incident in particular; the murder that he witnessed as a child. From a monologue it became a performance piece, sellingout for nine months in Los Angeles and receiving critical acclaim in New York. This led to a number of film offers, and it was Robert De Niro, who was looking for a project with which to make his directorial debut, who eventually took it

up. He felt this was the right film for him, as he explains: "I've been interested in directing for a long time and I knew it was the kind of project I could do something special with. I saw Chazz do it as a one-man show in Los Angeles". But De Niro, in the end, was not simply going to direct "A Bronx Tale"; he was going to star in it and help to produce it as well. This could have led to various problems, but De Niro reckons that it wasn't as bad as it could have been . "I wanted to direct it and thought if I played Lorenzo that it would be easier for me ," he says. "I did a lot of preparation . lt was hard but I had Chazz and my DP Ray Villalobos and one or two other people giving their comments. I didn't want to get too crazy about it 'cause you could have that inclination. Sometimes I didn't even look at the videotape. I'd just say 'that's it. lt's enough, we got it'. I had a good time doing it. I enjoyed it and I'll probably do it again." One of the things that De Niro was aiming for was realism , and he felt that this story could only be told properly by using "non-professionals". "lt's like a fable to me," he explains, "so I wanted to try and make it as real as possible and use real people and no actors, or actors, there are some in the film, who really understood what the whole milieu was, so that it had a certain authenticity to it. "To me, that is important. Lillo Brancato - he's a kid we found on the beach in New York and Francis from an open call . "They're real neighbourhood kids. Most of the other parts are not professionals. I felt they would add something that you couldn't get from an actor unless it was an actor

Robert De Niro's new film, which he both stars in and directs, previews at Cinema City later this month. Caroline Jenkinson's got the lowdown ... like Joe Pesci who understands what it's all about." Another way in which the cast and crew tried to make the film authentic was by using the music of the period . The Music Director, Butch Barbella, was a member of a 60s pop group, The Earls, and he helped to select some of the old Motown hits used. De Niro was also involved in choosing what music would be heard on screen . "A lot of the music was of the late 50s, early 60s and '68 songs that I remembered that I like listening to. I've been listening to the old rock and

roll stations in New York for the last year and a half and when I heard one, I'd write it down. "I had the station on all the time . We had a big list of songs very much present in the movie." "A Bronx Tale" received rapturous praise at the recent London Film Festival. lt is now up to the general cinema-going public to decide whether Robert De Niro can be as successful as a director as he has been as an actor. •The film is showing for one night only at Cinema City January 22 at 8.15pm.

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Mrs Doubtlire PREVIEW Robin Williams, currently being heard on cinema screens as the voice of the Genie in "Aiaddin", appears heavily in disguise as Mrs Doubtfire in his new film of the same name, which opens at the end of this month. Based upon the novel "Alias Madame Doubtfire" by Anne Fine, it tells the story of Daniel

Hillard (Williams) , an out-ofwork voiceover actor, who will do anything to be with his three children. The trouble is that his wild sense of humour and his carefree attitude towards life, which his children adore , have alienated him from his wife Miranda (Sally Field) , and now, after fourteen years of marriage, she has asked him for a divorce. Miranda gets custody of the children , despite Daniel 's emotional protests , and it

looks as though he will be forced to become a 'weekend father'. However, using his gifts of an inventive imagination, an actor's flair and the determination to go to any lengths to keep his kids, Daniel becomes a new man ... or rather, a sixty year old Scottish woman, who becomes housekeeper to his estranged wife. Williams jumped at the chance to play the character of Daniel , playing the role of Mrs Doubtfire. "it's wonderful to get to play a person inside of a person," he admits . "it's almost like possession, like the old Mardi Gras masks you know there's a someone inside there. it's two different worlds at once . There's fun in that, but sadness, too. Daniel hears things that he couldn't hear himself'. Another reason why Williams chose to do the film was because of the way in which it looked at the effect that divorce has on families. "Marsha [Marsha Garces Williams, Robin's wife and one of the producers] and I thought it was an interesting way of looking at how children are dealt with in divorces," he explains . "A lot of times children are little hostages being passed back and forth and this film uses comedy and the character to look at that. That's the whole reason I wanted to do it." Director Chris Columbus ,

who also directed the highly successful "Home Alone" and "Home Alone 2" agrees that the idea of the family and divorce are central to the film . ''The point of this movie is that as long as there's love, there's a family," he says. "If there are people who love each other and are a unit, there's a family, whether it's a single mother with kids, or a single father with kids, or a traditional twoparent situation. We also

wanted this to be a realistic picture, in that 99 percent of divorces, kids don't see their parents get back together. In most cases, parents stay divorced and move on with their lives, and kids have to come to terms with that" . The whole need for realism in the film meant that Williams had to go through an elaborate make-up process, lasting four and a half hours, to transform him into Mrs Doubtfire.

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lli.. Sf) Sllf)l\71.r 1(; ••• At the Cannon Brian De Palma's tale of street crimes and power struggles Carlitos Way (18) continues its run . AI Pacino who plays ex-convict Carlito Brigante and Sean Penn as his power hungry lawyer David Kleinfeld make this a guaranteed box office hit which combines romance with corruption, power and personal morality. The latest action thriller from Glint Eastwood A Perfect World (15) stars the man himself as Texas Ranger Red Garnett in hot pursuit of Butch Haynes a hardened criminal who kidnaps Philip Perry, a young Jehovah's witness .Basically a road movie the film combines the elements of a tense thriller with tender sensitivity and

the final scenes will bring a tear to almost any eye. On a lighter note there is Mel Brooks' comedy spoof Robin Hood:Men in Tights (PG). lt tells of the Loxley family's faithful blind servant Blinkin and several other typical Brooks' like characters including Will Scarlet O'Hara and Rabbi Tuckman who all wear.... yes you've guessed it.. .. tights singing 'We're men (manly men!)-men in tights We roam around the forest looking for fights .. " Well worth a look and at least Bryan Adams doesn 't sing . Finally, if it's innate weirdness you're looking for then Barry Sonnenfield's film adaptation of the TV show 'The Addams Family' is the film for you . Addams Family Values (PG) is a portrayal of the standard

struggle between good and evii.AII the favourite characters are there and there are some new ones too . Gomez and Morticia are thrilled by the arrival of Baby Pubert who has an extremely attractive moustache. Uncle Fester has a new love in his life in Debbie Jellinsky, the new nanny. The contrasts of the morality of family values with the weirdness of the Addams family works well as entertainment for all ages . At the Odeon, Aladdin (U) continues to cast his spell over record audiences , young and old, making it the biggest selling Disney film of recent times. The familiar voice of Robin Williams as the genie of the lamp is a

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The make-up artist Ve Neill (who won an Oscar for "Beetlejuice") had to apply a complex series of latex pieces to Williams' face, and then paint the surface so that it accurately simulated sl<•tones . The grey wig v. .e next to go on , followed by a body suit that changed his shape into that of a ''Udgy older woman , anr ·finally an outfit from his t. .ully fitted wardrobe . Columbus reckoned that they spent a long time researching how the character would look. "We all wanted Mrs Doubtfire to be someone who would be the perfect grandmother," he explains. 'We looked through hundreds and hundreds of photographs until we found a portrait of an older English woman. She had an incredibly sweet face, pretty, prim, very proper and extremely warm. lt became the key to Mrs Doubtfire's look. But what makes Mrs Doubtfire such a colourful character is that inside of her is Robin's energy." Williams himself does not have entirely fond memories of playing a woman . "High heels are the most sinister invention of the last two centuries!" he laughs. "I mean , what they do to your spine alone, even if they do make your legs look great!" •For those who want to see Robin Williams' great legs, the film opens at the Odeon on January 28.

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Undercover Blues REVIEW Forget the whole image of James Bond spy figures. Throw out those ideas that the world of espionage is full of fast cars, glamorous locations and sex. Because it isn't. Ask Jane and Jeff Blue (otherwise known as Kathleen Turner and Dennis Quaid}, the stars of the new movie, "Undercover Blues8 • Jane and Jeff are two spies who believe in marriage, functional families and sharing the responsibilities of parenthood, as well as showing a healthy concern for the environment in which their little daughter Jane Louise, or Louise Jane (they don't decide which way around it should be until the end of the film) will grow up in. The film begins with the couple enjoying their extended maternity leave in New Orleans. However, you know things aren't going to run in this smooth way for long, and sure enough, the Blues are soon being pursued by a hoodlum out for revenge on Jeff, a pair of inept cops and their old boss, who wants them to just do one little job stop an arms shipment and break up an international terrorist ring.

This they agree to do, but with one condition - baby Blue goes too. This is the basic joke that runs through the whole film, beginning with Jeff using the baby's pushchair as a weapon, to Jane and Jeff discussing their daughter's first steps through an explosive climax. Fortunately, -it's an idea that doesn't go too stale, thanks to

the amusing and varied action sequences that abound. The best of these are the ones that involve the hapless . criminal Muerte (or "Maudie", as Jeff and Jane christen him), who despite his best efforts, cannot do any harm to the Blues in any way. In fact, the only person that he ends up inflicting pain upon is himself - watch out for the

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Nia/1 Hampton looks at the success of Anglia Television•s premier drama series, and catches up with its stars! errorist outrages, anti abortion protests, drug dealing and romance these are just some of the ingredients in the latest series of Anglia TV's top cop show The Chief, starring Martin Shaw. Shaw plays Alan Cade, the unconventional but stylish Chief Constable of Eastland - a scriptwriter's version of East Anglia. Being viewed nationally by more than ten million people, The Chief is currently the jewel in Anglia TV's crown, something evident when ITV chiefs commissioned a run of ten shows tor the present series four more than in its previous run. One aspect of the programme that has found so much favour with both the critics and police alike has been its authenticity. To help to achieve this, the produc-

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"I was very happy to play chief Constable Cade again, and to have the opportunity to work in Norfolk. I like the direction the sl._ f takes. We a tackling issues which reflect the changing face of the police force. H•s not just another soap opera. I think it is very important to show the human dimension of Cade's character••• you need to see Mr Softy at home... -Martin Shaw" dressing. stirs controversy. "So all my preconceptions about the "'ecriminalising certain drugs in police were completely shattered by order to take it away from the criminal element is something that is meeting those men.• Whilst The Chief portrays a maleclose to my own views. dominated profession, Shaw's screen -c&de himself uses the parallel of deputy Is a woman, Anne Stewart. prohibition in the Twenties and Thirties when they prohibited alcohol She is played by Karen Archer, who and handed it straight to the Mafia. I had high hopes for her character. think that is rather what we are doing •1very strongly wanted Anne Stewart to be the first woman Chief Constable with drugs: Such a move firmly contrasts C8de - promotion to deputy would be one with his predecessor, Stafford, which step away from that. Shaw recognises. -cade Is far more "There will be a female Chief Consta· unconventional and dangerous than ble in real life eventually, and I wanted Stafford ever was•, but adds that the our programme to break new ground. force he takes over at Easttand But Anne Stewart knows she is in this "were wary of his dynamic and confined, circumscribed bureaucratic set up, and you have to play by the charismatic style and designer rules, which are male dominated and image: male dictated. This is not altogether accidental, as "She becomes fed up waiting for Shaw was very thorough when researching his role, taking the time promotion, and she realises there will to meet some authentic top brass In be no job for her to wait for because the police. the recommendations of the Sheehy "The real policemen I met were more report mean the rank of deputy will be interesting and glamorous than Alan cut. "Therefore she feels it is time to move Cade, right down to the power

on. She feels as if she has been thwarted every step of the way on the ladder of promotion, and she

decides enough is enough." Faced with this disappointment, Anne is then offered a post with Her

, am disappointed by that because we are not seeing, In any police series on British television, a woman rising through the ranks to the top job." Since the last series, when her efforts to win promotion wrecked her marriage, Anne is enjoying a more settled personal lite, due to the romance that has blossomed between her and the Eastland police force's financial executive, David Kendal. Karen sees this as being instrumental in Anne choosing her new career. "Accepting the job with the Inspectorate goes hand in hand with the fact that for the first time in years her personal life Is getting eealed and fail1y contented. "So she thinks now she has that stability she has the courage to take on a new challenge." "The relationship has developed since the last series and David commits himself to stayilg with Anne and looking after her children. "She was wary of him at first, he was a bit of a smoothie, and too charming. But they are a solid entity now. "There is a fair amount of snogging that goes on between us, which Is healthy." Karen sees this as illustrating that behind the facade of her highpowered job, Anne Is human after all, •I like the idea of showing she is a human being with feelings and passions like

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else, and not just tied to a uniform•, but adds that being determined to reach the pinnacle of her profession would mean just a little too much responsibility, tor Karen Archer anyway. •1•m too lazy in real life to ever want the kind of responsibility of being the first woman Chief Constable. , am quite a strong. bossy and opinionated sort of person. "But I can never Imagine wanting to be absolutely In command, because there is no let up at all." Another key woman in The Chief Is pushy PR executive Alison Dell, drafted in by Cade to promote Easttand Police. She has obvious designs on Cade, but the two find it hard to become committed, as lngrld Lacey explains. •AJison pushes hard to get the job with Eastland Police , and she and Gade get on very well. "That is the hallmark of their relationship - they are very friendly and affectionate, but I don't think either of them can commit. "They look like the Ideal couple, the sort you think why on earth can't

they get it together." Fresh from the steamy ITV series A Woman's Guide to Adultery, lngrld nevertheless sees a difference in the two characters. "Helen in A Woman's Guide to Adultery was a mega monster which was great fun to act Dell is nothing like either of them and none of the characters are like me." She also thinks that her character in The Chief should have tried harder to win over Cade, despite being recently spurned by Marie-Pierre Amoux. "I would have gone after Alan Cade. You think 'Oh come on dear, he's very attractive, you'll not do better in Norfolk. Get in there girl!'" •The Chief is shown on Fridays at 9pm on Anglia.


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Dick Whittington REVIEW Even though the turkey has finally been finished and the memory of the mince pies is fading fast, the cast of 'Dick Whittington and his Cat' are still very much in the festive spirit performing their delightful pantomime to capacity audiences of children, mums, dads and grandparents...Oh yes they are! Lionel Blair takes the lead role of Dick, the country boy who vanquishes the evil king rat to become Lord Mayor of London and opens the show with a lively rendition of 'London Is London'. Dick teams up with Tommy the cat and together they meet a host of colourful characters watched over by Fairy Bow Bells played by Diane Bull whose cockney charm inspires both Dick and the audience. The unlikely pair meet Dora Bryan in the guise of Sarah the bawdily humoured cook who sports some wonderfully creative costumes throughout the show including an interesting variation on a windmill

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George Sewe/1 and Peter Simon in the finale! The evil King Rat, alias Henry McGee, fulfills the role of the archetypal villain of the piece, although his character is redeemed as he makes his final appearance in a Norwich City strip much to the delight of the local audience. Two men who obviously ate their fair share of Christmas pudding were the Sultana's attendants who were raisin' a few laughs with their dance routines and a few wolfwhistles tool 'Running The Risk' with Peter Simon proved a big hit with the children who relished the chance to get gunged on stage and to return the compliment leaving Peter with a bucket of dubious-looking gunge on his head and a custard-pie in the face. Peter ran his own risk in the second half of the show when he appeared clothed only in a cardboard box which he kept a fi rm hold on, despite cries wishing the contrary from some of the Mummies!

The spectacular laser effects added a touch of something different to the show as did the dance of the luminous gingerbread men, even though someone did seem to have bitten off one of their heads! The ship which sailed onto the stage amidst a 'Yo Ho Ho' f rom The Captain and his Mate was greeted with applause making it the undoubted highlight of the show's scenery. The underwater scene was also a popular feature inkeeping with the true spirit of pantomime which transports its audience to a faraway place where anything can happen ....And indeed it did! As the cast assembled for the wedding of Dick to the beautiful Alice Fitzwarren the stage was an array of glittering colour and the applause kept on until Fairy Bow Bells waved her magic wand and they were gone...well until next year Jo Stubblngton anyway.

Guys and Dolls REVIEW 'Guys and Dolls' should be hopelessly dated; calling all the women in this musical 'dolls' is about as politically correct as you can get these days, but such thoughts soon evaporated as the Norwich Players' production of this lively show got under way. Set in the New York of the 1950s, 'Guys and Dolls' charts the story of two love affairs and a high-rolling crap game, where every twist of the plot is a cue for at least one song, and a good deal of fastpaced dance routines. The director, David Harris, produced a really tightly run show, with everyone clearly being pushed to give everything they had; the result was a remarkable amount of zest and energy being pumped into the Maddermarket's tiny stage. There were few notable individual performances - Miss Adelaide and Sky Masterson produced creditable solo work, with Masterson doing an excellent 'Luck be a Lady Tonight' - but then this is essentially a musical which is at its best when the chorus gets the limelight. Particularly impressive was 'Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat', which was supported by a funny and well choreographed chorus dance routine, and a solid solo section from Nicely-Nicely, a combination which was good enough to get an appreciated encore. Bill Rayner's musical direction was just right for the tone and pace of this production, although his piano playing seemed a little unsubtle on occasions; but then this is a musical stronger on volume, energy and pace than on subtlety, and the drummer made the audience jump on more than one occasion! All in all, this was a first-class production, much appreciated by a near-capacity ~i~fl~, Y(hic;)q_i~IOEtt !>?d going. f~I. ~ ~ho~ ~h!<?.h.~~·~·i!1V.!9.:• • · the end of an especially extended run. :>lmon Mann

Norwichs' Theatre Royal is boasting an impressive list of comedy, drama, music and dance for this season with appearances from comedian Sean Hughes and The Chippendales as just part of the star studded line-up. As far as comedy goes, joining Channel Four star Sean, with shows which go from stand-up to the slightly naughty to the completely surreal will be Cornish comic sensation Jethro and the inimitable Jack Dee. There is drama to suit all tastes from Shakespeare to the best of contemporary drama. The 'Cheek by Jowl' produc· tion of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure gives a new dimension to the play and there is a more traditional interpretation of Macbeth, in May, with renowned Shakespearian actor Derek Jacobi in the lead role. ._; Evelyn Glennie, Elkie Brooks and Julian Uoyd Webber are just three of the big names on this seasons music bill wh' includes jazz, country, cla~.l' cal, pop nostalgia. song and dance. Su Pollard plays Audrey in the much acclaimed Little Shop of Horrors and Adam Faith stars as Alfie in a major revival of Bill Naughton's classic 1963 play. The return of the Northern Ballet Theatre brings the enchanting tale of Cinderella to the stage in April and the season finishes with something slightly different in Richard O'Brian's Rocky Horror Show when the audience is warned to leave their inhibitions at home. With such an array of entertainment there is sure to bP something for everybody ( season at the Theatre Royar Details of all the shows, reviews, previews and star interviews can all be found in The Event over the coming months.

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'Soli and sensual' is in lor the spring The emphasis for women's fashions In Spring 1994 Is definitely "soft and sensual", according to two of the leading high street stores: Dorothy Perklns and Wallls. Dorothy Perklns say that they are celebrating "fashIon's new femininity", placing great store on slim and unstructured silhouettes and multilayered effects. As far as colours go, they will either be strong "ethnic" tones such as saffron and chocolate, used In multi-cultural and ab-

stract prints, or else they will be the neutral tones of linens, which are recommended to be worn In the aforementioned layers. Dresses come as either pale pastel slips with shoestring straps, which should be worn, yet again, In layers, or long peasantdresses, which should be worn off the shoulder If you want to create a "romantic mood". Finally, Dorothy Perklns declare that power-dressing Is dead, and that today's working woman should aim for fluidity and slm-

pllcity, with long jackets being teamed up with wide leg trousers. Wallls have announced a similar look - fluid lines and ethnic colours and prints. They point towards "textured cotton ribbing" as being this season's essential element, being seen In cardigans, tops and skirts. Complimentary jewellery and accessories for this look will also be available. Their 'Petite' range will also continue through this Spring, as well as the size 16 range.

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• A staggering 45% of the BBC's newsgathering r~­ sources have been channeled into a mould-breakmg new programme, The Day Today, wh ich aims to make news more important than life. Beginning on Weds Jan 19 (BBC2, 9pm) it embraces the 'good news' ethos of Martyn Lewis but " does not flinch from bringing viewers the genuine excitement of natural and manmade disasters. " This could well be one to set your video for. •Ex-EastEnder, Leslie 'Dirty Den ' Grantham, goes on a dangerous undercover mission in '99-1 ' on Wed nesday January 19 (ITV) at 9pm. He plays Mick Raynor, a hardnosed cop with a reputation for bending the rules t o get results. Gathering information on organised cri~e , Rayno r is forced to exploit a past lover and blac kmail an American diplomat into smuggling arms for terrorists. Guess that leaves him out on a 'limb' then ... •Chat show host Jonathan Ross continues his conversations with top American stars as 'Jo nathan Ross Presents ' screen heart-th rob Burt Reynolds on Thurs Jan 20 (11 .25pm, BBC1 ). Burt was a football ace whose professional career ended after a car accident, so Jonathan finds out. He also manages to steer the conversation arou nd to Reynolds' hairpiece ... •Arthur Daley (George Cole) doesn 't so much bend the rules as bend the truth when he returns in Minder on Thursday January 20 (ITV) at 8.30pm. In this 1OOth Minder episode, Arthur's chum Sidney comes to him for protection from a murderer. Unfortunately, Arthur's idea of a 'safe house' is Cave's sister's caravan!

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accept the police verdict that his death was a crime of passion, and immediately hires a lawyer, defiantly proclaiming that justice will be done. Hopkins needs little introduction , but interestingly, One Man's War was made before his spectacular recent successes, including The Silence of the Lambs , Howards End and the forthcoming and acclaimed The Remains of the Day. So before playing the memorable Hannibal Lecter, Hopkins had to assume the role of Dr Filigarta, of which he says, "He's a stern and moralistic man, intent on revenge and burnt up with the injustice of the regime. I don 't know why I get these tortured characters but I do." Norma Al eandro, who suffered from the aftermath of the Argentin ian military coup of 1976, was also very eager to play the role of Nidia Filartigas. "I have a husband and a son and we all went into exile togeth er and I felt very responsible. lt was particularly for my son and that's what interested me most about 'One Man's War': that it's not only about dictatorships in government but also about dictatorship in the fa mily and about what it means to be responsi ble for th e lives of other people . Is Joel doing the right thi ng or not? That's something people who see the fi lm must decide for them selves." Channel 4 viewers have the opportu nity to do so on Thursday Jan uary 20 , 10.00 11.40 pm .

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•Locally filmed Cop drama, The Chief, continues its run on ITV this Friday (January 21) at 9pm. Two weeks ago they 'blew up' Norwich 's Royal Arcade, and there's .._ more excitement this week, as Cade (Martin Shaw) ha· to guarantee the safety of a key witness in a case of attempted burglary with violence. But the question on everyone's lips must be " When are they setting fire to The Waterfront?" (Believe me, it does happen!) • Annie Lennox is the featured artist on the acoustic music series " Unplugged" on Saturday January 22 at 7.15pm (BBC 2). She performs a medley of hits, including the Eu rythmi cs songs "Here Comes The Rain Again " and " lt 's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)", as well as ones from her debut solo album " Diva" . •One of the enduring memories of the 1984 Winter Olympics was of Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean's gold-medal wi nning ro utine " Bolero". Now back on the competitive c ircuit after nearly ten years, they ar~ challenging for gold medals once more. Sue Barker mtroduces highlights of the European Figure Skating Championships o n Sunday January 23 (BBC 2) at . 3.30pm. Will this mark a triumphant return for the pa1r? * Channel 4's documentary series Cutting Edge look~ at probably the worst job in Britain on Monday January 24 • that of England football manager. They follow the former holder of that job, Graham Taylor, through the 18 months leading up to England 's failure to qualify for the 1994 World Cup, capturing the joys, fears, trials and tribulations t hat occur on film. Kick-off is at 9pm. • oesmond Lynam , better known f or hosting " Sportsnight" and " Match of the Day", presents BBC 1's new factual entertainment series, " How Do They Do That?" on Tuesday January 25 at 8pm. Ever been amazed or puzzled by something that you 've seen? Well , Des and his eo-host Jenny Hull will be attempting to explain how incredible feats in the world of entertainment and science were done. • Two films by Peter Greenaway, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover and Prospero's Books will be premiered on Channel 4 on Tuesday January 25 and Thursday January 27 respectively. The Cook... is a blackly comic melodrama starring Helen Mirren and Michael Gambon, wh ilst Prospero's Books is based on Shakespeare's The Tempest, and stars Sir John Geilgud.

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• Football fans might find it worth their while to tune in to "Sport on Five" at midday on January 21 . Radio Five will be covering the draw for the qualifying groups in the 1996 European Football Championship, which takes place at Old Trafford. England, fortunately, don't have to worry about the draw, because as the host nation, they automatically qualify. The draw is followed by coverage of Manchester United's game against Everton, with rugby, racing, tennis, rallying, cricket and skiing also featuring in the programme. *Whilst we're on the subject of football, it is probably worth mentioning that Radio Five will be featuring live coverage of the West Ham v Norwich game in their "Champion Sport" programme. The programme starts at 7.30pm on Monday January 24. • Deadpan comic Jack Dee follows in the footsteps of such celebrities as Apache Indian and Paul Merton on Sunday January 23, when he presents his own choice of musical listening at 1pm on 1FM. Widgits not included ....

At the same time, Edina finds that she has problems of her own when she demands treatment in hospital for a minor complaint and finds that you don't always get what you pay for. Edina also has to cope with a death in the family, a drop in income and living standards, an overseas business trip and a row with Patsy during the rest of the series. Guest stars include Lulu, Britt Ekland, Mandy Rice-Davis and (curiously enough) Lady Penelope. Hot on the heels of "Absolutely Fabulous" comes Ben Elton, back for a second series of "The Man From Auntie" after a gap of four years. Not that Ben was idle during this break though; his most recent appearance on screen was in the adaptation of his own book "Stark", and he made his movie debut in Kenneth Branagh's film version of Shakespeare's "Much Ado

•comediennes Jo Brand and Jan Ravens get to grips with the ancient art of problem solving in Radio Four's panel game "Women's Troubles", broadcast on Wednesday January 26 at 5.30pm. They will be joined by Carol Thatcher and Hilary Oliver this week, whilst Frances Edmonds attempts to keep order. • The third part of the epic documentary "The Story of Pop" focuses on rhythm and blues in the 40s and 50s this week. Presided over by veteran DJ Alan Freeman, it will feature contributions from Billy Joel, Ray Charles, John Lennon and Ben E King amongst others. The programme is on 1FM at 9pm on Tuesday January 25.

About Nothing". He's also recently completed a nationwide tour, which in· cluded a visit to Norwich's Theatre Royal in November. The glittery "Sellafield" suit has got lost somewhere along the line in the intervening years between the two series, but what have firmly stayed in place are the attacks on complacent sensibilities.

Ben hopes to generate all sorts of controversy by asking such thought-provoking questions as "Is God a man?". and "Why do small rock stars have such incredibly tall wives?" As one would expect, Ben has probably got the answers to them aii."Absolutely Fabulous" begins at 9.30pm, with "The Man From Auntie" on straight after at 10pm.

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A new series begins on Friday January 21 on BBC1 at 8.00pm called Home Truths in which one of Britain's best-known voices, Radio 1's top-rating presenter Stave Wright makes his debut. 'Home Truths' sees Stave taking an irreverent peek at the professional and private lives of public figures from the worlds of sport, politics and showbusiness. Each week Steve is joined by a celebrity panel of three to see who knows most about the others', and their own, murky past. Guests already lined up to appear include Lulu, Kriss Akabusi, Brian Glover, 'Love Hurts' star Adam Faith, Sally Gunnell, Andrew Neil, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Austin Mitchell, MP, Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi from Status Quo, Dianne Abbott,MP · and t.lonatl'lon Ross. · · • · ·

Charlle Sheen (pictured), Tom Berenger and Wlllem Dafoe star in Ollver Stone's uncompromising and semi· autobiographical study of men at war "Platoon", which Is being broadcast on Sunday January 23. This showing of the film Is to coincide with a "Moving Pictures" Interview with Stone about his most recent film "Heaven and Earth", which completes the Vietnam war trilogy. Released In 1986, the film won four Oscars, Including those for best picture and best director. The film begins In September 1967, when Chris Taylor (Sheen), a 19-year· old college drop-out, arrives In Vietnam to join Bravo Company of the 25th Infantry Regiment near the Cambodian border. Within days Chrls finds

Y!l1j ell 1CR himself plunged headlong Into the bloody and violent chaos of life as a soldier on the front line. Unable to decisively defeat an elusive enemy, and weighed down by fear and exhaustion, the men of Bravo Company begin to argue amongst themselves, and soon the platoon has split Into two factions; one headed by the scarred and battlehardened Sergeant Barnes (Berenger) and the more sympathetic and orthodox Sergeant Elias (Dafoe). "Platoon", along with the Oliver Stone Interview, begins at 1Opm.

A bit of sand M sand M PREVIEW

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What have two peas in a pod, two socks in a washing machine and two oddly shaped testicles got In common? The answer is S & M, the first improvised sketch show starring Mike McShane and Tony Slattery. S & M is entertainment on the edge, sometimes below the belt. lt's unlike anything seen on television before or since; it's a show where anything could and does happen ... Both Mike and Tony are well known for their improvisational skills following their appearances on the acclaimed 'Whose Line Is lt Anyway?' Tony Is the smooth one and Mike is the big one and together they come in all manner of combinations including two love-lorn peas in a pod, two jogging testicles and Mike's debut as an unidentified German virus. There are few rules, even fewer props and it's very differ- ... ent so if you like watching men dressed up as vegetables (or just fancy Tony Slattery) then watch S & M on Channel 4:· Wednesday· fg- Janua,Y, 10.3!r- f1:0S"pin. · • · ·


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TROUBLE BOUND (18)- Retail This is an action-packed comedy thriller, starring Michael Madsen ("Thelma and Louise", "Reservoir Dogs") and Patricia Arquette, who was most recently seen starring l>t alongside Christian Hf,'fhn• Slater in the film "True Romance". lt would appear that things are looking up for the hapless hoodlum Harry Talbot (Madsen). In one night he managed to win $5,000 and a classic convertible Lincoln car off a pair of losers in a poker game. Then, when it looked as though things just couldn't be better, he picks up Kit (Arquette), the most beautiful woman he's ever seen. Unfortunately, what Harry isn't aware of is the fact that his new car has the body of a recent Mafia hit in its boot, and that Kit is seeking revenge on the brutal gangster Santini, who wants her dead. And so, what was to be the start of a new life for Harry becomes a struggle for survival as crazed drug dealers and Mafia hitmen pursue him and Kit. "Trouble Bound " should be retailing at £10.99. Out January 24. '*~•n>{

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What would you do if your boyfriend suddenly started to behave like a cat? Let him drink out of a saucer when he visits? Buy him a litter tray for his birthday? Well , if he behaved like Tom (obvious cat pun) in 'Dangerous Desire', you'd prob· ably want to take him to the vet's for a swift operation in the nether regions . Tom (played by Richard Grieco of ''Teen Agent" and smash hit American TV series "21 Jump Street" fame) as a young man with a genetic disorder that could well kill him. To give him a chance of survival , his girlfriend , scientist Jackie Eddington (Maryam D'Abo - "The Living Dayl ights" and "Out of Africa") injects him with fe line hormones . This is a bad move. OK, so Tom's problem is corrected , and as a bonus , he's now got improved hearing , strength and agility, but he's also lost his senses of love and pity, and has become "as randy as an alley-cat" to quote the video box. This leads him to pursue women and play dangerous erotic cat and mouse games with them . That was what was promised, anyway. The truth is that this "erotic thriller" was really nothing of the sort. Firstly, all "erotic" means here is a bit of groping about and a lot of ear-licking from Grieco ... The sequence where lmogen, Tom's dancing partner, gets turned on by

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All clawed up ... Richard Grieco and eo.! talking to him on the phone was supposed to be erotic, I assumed, but if I got turned on every time someone asked me for my address, I'd be severely worried . Which bri ngs us to "thriller". Admittedly, the final chase sequence between Tom and lmogen, and the neat little twist at the end are fairly gripping, but that's about it.

The rest of it is just Tom walking round on the edge of buildings, or killing peopie , which isn't really thrilling at all , just boring and nasty. Grieco does his best to rise above it all , and does pull off a good performance, managing for the most part a certain menace. Unfortunately, however, D'Abo doesn't get much of a

Fight tor lite Bl oodstream PREVIEW "Bloodstream" is a thriller set in the America of the not too distant future . Central to the plot is the idea of a terrifying epidemic that has swept through the country, devastating its population almost certainly a reference to AIDS . The American government has used and manipulated the public's fear of this disease to consolidate their power. Under a youthful ''truebeliever'' president, and using seductive advertising with a "help us to help you" message, they have reinforced a vast amount of misinformation about the disease and the effect that it has had on humanity. All personal liberties have } been suspended· under a

programme called "Operation Helping Hand", and a band of vigilantes , kn own as the "Home Guard" keeps watch over the streets for any misfits or potential troublemakers . What the government is most concerned with though, is how to control the spread of the disease. Their answer is to lock up anyone who has tested

positive for the illness in prison-like quarantine camps . Here they are branded with a "P" in case of escape , but most of them are left in prisons to die, their relatives and the public at large being fed propaganda about their treatment inside the camps . In the midst of this nightmare world , two people find themselves thrown together. Torch is a resistance leader who has discovered the secret that lies behind the government camps , whilst Blue is a woman from New York whose brother is a member of one of the vigilante gangs. Drawn together through a hatred of the mad world in which they live, they attempt to save further victims from the terror and the pain of life in the prison camps .

chance to shine, as she meets a sticky end way before the finish of the film , but she too brings some credibility to an otherwise limp movie . Pardon the dreadful pun , but I really couldn't resist using it - all in all, 'Dangerous Desire' is a bit of a catastrophe . • • Available now for rental. They plan to undertake their most ambitious and dangerous act of defiance, placing unbranded positives to a secret health centre for proper treatment, but leaked information and doublecrossing leaves the future of the Resistance and the relationship between Blue and Torch very much in the balance . Torch is played by the acclaimed Cuba Gooding Jr, whose career has taken an upwards turn since he appeared in "A Few Good Men" and "Boyz 'N The Hood". Moira Kelly, whose previous credits include "Chaplin" and "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me", takes the role of Blue. Support is provided by Martha Plimpton (perhaps best known for playing alongside River Phoenix in "Running On Empty"), who plays Blue's sceptical friend Laurie , and Omar Epps, who portrays Hunter, the brainwashed youth leader. • "Bloodstream", which should carry an 18 certificate , is out for rental now.


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I Spot - Amiga REVIEW- VIRGIN GAMES Cool Spofs friends have been kidnapped and it's up to you to help him out. This is achieved by collecting cool points, so that when you reach the end of a level you have enough strength to free your mate locked away in a cage. This sort of game has been around for years now and to be honest, it's a bit long in the tooth. So I originally approached this game with a bit of caution. Fortunately, this game didn't live up to my expectations. l main character moves ....e a dream, with really good animation as he swaggers along collecting cool points. The same can be said of the enemy, who disappear from play rather amusingly when they die. Check out the Hermit Crab that loses his shell

and runs around in his underwear when he gets hit. I must also mention the background graphics which are excellent. As SPOT moves from one location to another, so the graphics improve the further you get into the game. The fact that the animation is so fluid enhances the overall feel of the game, making it extremely playable. The levels are well laid out and the difficulty level is set just right. This does bear more than a passing resemblance to Sonic The Hedgehog but then I think this plays ten times better than most other platform games I can think of. One for all the family and will keep you going for absolutely ages.

cannon Fodder - Amlga REVIEW The basic aim of the game is to guide an elite team of soldiers into enemy territory and blow the hell out of their buildings and their supplies. For the first five missions or so, things can be tackled without too much strategy, but as the levels progress so you have to plan how to use sparingly those ever decreasing supplies of ammunition. The missions (23, divided into 72 phases) means that the game is quite challenging. The Graphics really are top notch. Very small, but watching your team marching through the Jungle or sliding around on ice really makes the game what it is and . ~ ics

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TMHT - Tournament Fighter REVIEW- KONAMI This is essentially a one or two player beat 'em up in the same mould as STREETFIGHTER 11. There are two modes: Tournament mode and The Story. The former pits you against ten characters including SHREDDER and his evil henchmen. You decide which character you want to be and then you

lndv Car- PC REViEW- VIRGIN GAMES INDYCAR RACING is one of the most realistic simulations you can buy. You get to play two different types of game, either a straight simulation or arcade. The program even includes all the major race tracks around the world. The first time you play this game you can't help but be

not change that radically there is plenty to see and do. The sound must also get a mention. Good spot effects, but the intro music must be one of the best pieces of music I have ever heard on the Amiga (and the most amusing). The whole game is controlled by mouse and in game there are not that many icons to worry about, making the game very ac:cessable. If there was one criticism, I would say that sometimes the characters can be a bit diffiCult to posi-

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slog it out against different backdrops in an attempt to defeat the other nine. After winning four matches, you play a bonus round where you have to do as much damage as possible. The Story option though lets you pick to be one of the turtles in an attempt to rescue APRIL O'NEIL and SPLINTER. Eventually you'll reach

impressed by the graphic detail. Everything seems to be texture mapped and moves like a dream (mind you, you do need a 386 dx or higher). The impressive detail extends into the gameplay as well. You can choose which car you want to drive as well as

der about other so called 16Bit games. This has to be one of the most addictive games I have played. Initial impressions are bad. Especially if you watch someone else play. Ifs not until you play it yourself, that you realise just how clever the game really is. A must buy for Amiga owners.

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the final confrontation where you have to battle the mysterious KARAI. Each character has his or her own special death move which is executed in much the same way as in STREETFIGHTER. The characters include ARMAGEDDON, CHROME DOME, WINGNUT, ASKA (the only female character), CYBER SHREDDER and of course the TURTLES themselves. TOURNAMENT has some

realistic sound effects in it and a good heavy soundtrack along with well drawn fighters and backgrounds. This game comes very close to challenging STREETFIGHTERS playability but loses out on the ability to change your opponents' skill levels which could affect the game's long term appeal. Nevertheless, get a few friends round and fight one another and you will be playing into the early hours.

what chassis or engine you want. I warn you now though, this game is hard. I had been playing the game solidly for an evening and I just could not qualify in the opening races. The computer racers are good. But, I persevered and once you get used to the controls you soon discover that it is the definitive racing game.

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If your main criterion for choosing where to eat out is by who has eaten there before, then you must try the Verandah Restaurant in Edinburgh, visited by Clift Richard and Clint Eastwood of all people!

The "Real Curry Restaurant Guide 1994" doesn't, it has to be said, sound like riveting reading . OK, it's great for anyone who wants to find the best places to eat Indian meals in Britain, but apart from that, you'd be hard pressed to get any sort of entertainment out of it. Well, that's what I thought. But I was, to a certain extent, wrong . As you would expect, the book is dominated by a list of those Indian restaurants which have been chosen as the best in the country. All the English counties are covered, as well as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with Norfolk getting a page to itself. Obviously, those people who travel around a lot, or those who enjoy eating Indian food when they are on holiday, are going to make the best use of all this information, whilst those who seldom stray far from their home town are going to make most of this guide redundant. Fortunately for this latter group of people, this book has more to it than simply a good curry guide. There is plenty of other interesting information about Indian food and eating out to make it a worthwhile read. Peter and Colleen Grove, the editors of the book, take you through the history of India, and the types of regional cuisine that exist there. There's quite an amusing chapter called "In Search of the Balti", where Peter Grove tries to find out the origins of the Balti, a dish which is now taking Indian restaurants across the country by storm. Apparently, the word "balti" means "bucket" in Hindi, and it was probably born in no less a glamourous and exotic

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All The Pretty Horses REVIEW You won't find a mention of him in either John Updike's collected encyclopedic volumes of criticism, or Malcolm Bradbury's "The Modern American Novel". Yet Cormac McCarthy's been writing for the past 30 years and what's more, his latest "All The Pretty Horses" has more or less hit the literary world by storm. With such acclaim from . critics heralding the novel itself as "one of the Greatest American novels of this or any other time" and McCarthy himself as ''the finest action writer since Hemingway" you can't help but feel you're in the presence of royalty just by picking up a copy of the book. "All The Pretty Horses" is the first volume in a trilogy about a 16 year old rancher John Grady Cole, known simply as Grady. Before you jump to conclusions of your own and switch off, it's not as bad as you might think. Really! I'll admit, as John Banville trorr the ,oq~e er do~s. lth~t

location as Birmingham. Oh well , no food snobbery here. Also worth reading is the survey of Britain's curry eaters, in which they were asked to name their favourite dishes, what they drink with them, what they thought of the restaurant, and so on . Chicken Tikka Masala comes out as the most popular meal, and yes, it is finally proved that most people who visit Indian restaurants do drink lager - 38% said that it was their usual accompaniment to a curry. Recipes are given for the top ten dishes chosen in the survey, as well as numerous others, so you can have a go at making them yourself. And if you do decide to go out to try them, a glossary of Indian terms is provided, so you need never be caught out by an incomprehensible menu again. A final mention must be made to the good restaurant guide. Some of the best of the best have large entries to themselves in the book, giving full details of what credit cards they accept, whether they have their own car park, etc. There is also a space for customers' comments and in some cases, these customers turn out to be rather famous. So if your main criterion for choosing where to eat out is by who has eaten there before, then you must try the Verandah Res- • taurant in Edinburgh, visited by Cliff Richard and Clint Eastwood, who is supposed to have said "great food". A special mention must go to one restaurant in Guildford, who, in trying to keep in the same league as the Verandah, carries a recommendation from P R Stephenson, the "British Gas Personality". Doesn't have quite the same impressive ring, does it? So for lovers of Indian cuisine, or those who just enjoy eating out, "The Real Curry Restaurant Guide 1994" is certainly worth a read, probably with a can of lager to hand.

of the ranch's owner. Unfortunately the magic is lost as fate plays a hand and Grady finds himself loveless. it's hard to summarise this The language is strangely distanced and the plot isn't novel "without making it uniquely original, but that sound like a Clint Eastwood vehicle," but fair go, the diadoesn't stop it from being a logue is humorous, peppered great book. If you don't believe the with Texas slang. book's popularity, try borrowSet in 1947, the novel is a story of loyalty, romance, ing one from the City Library. vengeance and greed. You can't. There's a long waiting list so lt follows the trail of young Grady and his Friend as they you'd better get a copy from embark on a journey to the book shops before they run out. Mexico after losing their Texas horse ranch. How you read a book is up Grady himself teams with his to you, but remember, best friend Lacey Rawlin and "Some books are to be a mysterious Jimmy Blevins, tasted, others to be swalin search for a better Amerilowed and some few to be can future . chewed and digested". Well, that's what Francis Thus they begin their advenBacon reckons and he was ture , falling foul of the law. This doesn't last as they born 3 years before Shakejourney further into Mexico speare. If your appetite is whet after after abandoning the troubleall that talk about Bacon, some Blevins. tasting and chewing, perSoon, their skill with horses enables them to find jobs as haps you'll even feel hungry enough to eat a horse. Vaqueras in the beautiful place of La Purisma. So how about getting your There, it seems, lies heaven teeth stuck into "All The as Grady meets and falls in Pretty Horses" instead? , love with A!ej~ ?~a~ dau~hter , , J l , , 1 1 1 1 La

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EUGENIUS

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Following the generally acknowledged disappointment of their first album, Eugenius still haven't produced anything you won't have heard before if you know Bob Mould, Superstar, Teenage Fanclub and Alex Children . Some would say that it's no bad thing that Eugenius trudge down such a well trodden path and I have to agree it's a path I like too. Creation seem to have us well and truly cornered these days as it becomes increasingly difficult to dislike one of their bands, Eugenius being no exception. Songs that stand out happen in at the beginning with the pouting, sultry little chap known as 'Pebble/Shoe' in the middle with the screaming single 'Easter Bunny' and at the very end with 'Love, Bread and Beers" a majestic thrash that ebbs away leaving you no choice but to reach for the rewind and start all over again. You know that record token you got for Christmas? Well, it's time to cash it in. Ingenious, you genius, Eugenius.

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'Passion Fruit and Holy Bread'. Doesn't quite have the same ring about it as 'Suede'.

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success story that to dislike the man could be construed as churlish. In the land of Top Ten singles there comes a time when you have to drop your guard a little, just enough to show a chink In your well oiled, true as a die, love the new Double Meat Dog Blind Melon Head EP and what do you know? A tiny tweak on your Achilles tells you Delroy 'Bitty' Mclean Is going to be clutching your foot and tapping it In time to his songs until you no longer need helping. So what are you waiting for? Tap those feet, love that pop music. Next.

Take That (1-r: Howard, Mark, Robble, Jason, Gary): Sticking at No. 9 with 'Everything Changes' after topping the charts with 'Babe' at Christmas. 1. (-) Chaka Demus and Pliers- Tease Me 2. (-) Various - Now Dance 94 Volume 1 3. (42) Eternal- Always and Forever 4. (2) Bjork - Debut 5. (1) M-People- Elegant Slumming 6. (-) Richard Thompson - Mirror Blue 7. (7) Dlana Ross- One Woman: The Ultimate Collection 8. (8) Dlna Carroll - So Close 9. (9) Take That - Everything Changes 1p <-) Yttrion r ~avl!tGf'P 911 :1\ • 1

'Sum and Substance: Buy it, you'll love it!' (If you like The Mission!) If you like The Mission here's your review: Buy it, you'll love it. If you don't like The Mis-

sion here's your review: If The Mission were a story then they would be the tale of the time I went to Salnsbury's, bought £200 worth of the most perishable goods I could fit Into my trolley, left them In my car for a week, finally getting round to putting them into my fridge the day before I left the country for eight years. On my return I'd forgotten about the contents of the fridge. Imagine my horror when on opening the door I found, sat on a shiny rack of my otherwise empty cooler, a copy of "Sum & Substance" a whole album of reworked Mission 'classics' just begging to be slipped Into my CD player. Well a job's a job and I had to listen to lt. lt was like opening a Pandora's Box; Demon's now haunt my sleeping hours and I've mysteriously received a season ticket for Wimbledon FC. If we'd buried The Mission as deep as they'd deserve the first time round then this would never have happened. The only hole deep enough to accommodate this would have to come out In Australia, preferably under a raging bush fire. You'll be pleased to hear I've drawn up a rota and I'm on the first shift. Time to get digging boys and girls, time to get digging.

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Let's examine the evidence, a debut EP from another hotly tipped four piece, glowing praise from the Nationals and it would appear, if we believe all we read, that we are looking at four boys who are going to be squeezing their heads into Suede's lavish crown. If on the other hand we don't believe all we read and we look closely at the assembled evidence before us, we actually see a band who, on the strength of their first release, would be hard pressed to get one foot into Mr Anderson's

BARK PSYCHOSIS

Bark Psychosis break a 16 month silence with their 'most linear pop (!) moment yet.' Unfortunately the only line I want to see is the one from my CD player to a black bag which is left outside on a Monday morning for a large lorry marked 'rubbish' to re-

warm slippers. Of the three tracks featured, the first and second (Jonah Was Swallowed By A Big Fish & Arise) are absolute stinkers, blatant lndie pop of the worst kind. You can smell them a mile off and it's not a pleasant smell at all. If these two songs disappeared now it wouldn't be soon enough, but hang on, wait just a minute, we've forgotten the third and, my word, what a shiny new pound coin of a song it is. 'Sky' melts off the ear drums like Haagen Dazs off a very hot spoon, it runs down the

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Jonah/EP neck sending double choc chips shivers dribbling spinewards. Passion Fruit... are not only by now actually wearing the slippers but the silk pyjamas too, and look, they're getting comfy on a big chair marked 'Redeemed'.

GIN BLOSSOMS New Miserable Experience/LP So here I am in my open top t Cadillac, one hand on the wheel, cruising through the wide open plains of A-MERE-CAR. The sun warms my face and arms, the wind skips gently through my hair and I'm thinking of Nicky Campbell and Johnny Walker. The letters MOR and AOR glint in the midday Arizona sun . I remember the good old days of late nights and Saturday afternoons back in England with Radio 1. How I miss them. Ho Hum. Sweat pours from my brow and my sheets are soaked, it was all a terrible dream. I'm at home, in England. I thank a million lucky stars that Gin Blossoms are just a vague memory of my sleeping hours, a mere remembrance during R.E.M. but not, as they'd like to think, the band, but deep deep sleep. Night Night.

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OPINION 1 'Rain ' served as a good introduction to what The Splendids (got to have a word about the name!) seem to be all about. I immediately detected a Living Colour/ Rage Against The Machine influence, and at times, the vocals reminded me of Robert Plant. The actual song flowed really well , although it was a bit frantic in parts, and the drums seemed to be competing with the vocals for attention . That withstanding, the band come across as being very confident, and the instruments were well played . Lyrically, the song was good although the singer's diction marred some verses. A good start. Although slower in tempo, 'Colours' carries on in spirit from the first one, and the

arrangement is quite minimalist in feel , which suits the dynamic contrasts the band are going for. Achieving this on a demo recording is quite an art, and The Splendids seem to have got it right. The introduction of some different feels towards the end of the song took me by surprise, but they worked well , and it was obvious that they were thoughtfully added , rather than just stuck in as the result of a jam in rehearsals . We'll have to talk about the wah-wah guitar at the end though : a nice touch, but probably a little passe . Again, the lyrics were good, and I was taking a real interest in the feel of the song. Meanwhile, for 'Slow Suicide' it's back to the tempo of the first track, and a thoughtful beginning leads in to another

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This is a well produced demo wh ich should have the crowds who put the likes of Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam in the charts flocking to see The Splendids. The opening vocal on 'Rain' could be the Manics, but I sense the band aspire to be stadium rockers rather than punk revivalists. There is certainly a feel of all those bands my older brother was playing in the early 70s a bit Cream some Hendrixesque wah wah and dare I say it, a little Led Zep! As musicians The Splendids are good but with rather too many musical references they lack originality. However if they can perform as well live as they sound on the demo they deserve to make a name for themselves with the rock crowd in Norwich at least.

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See page 12. 1.15pm, 3.20pm , 5.45pm , 8.1Opm. Cinema City Naked (18)- Mike Leigh directs a tale set in the seedier parts of London. 5.45pm , 8.15pm. Theatre Royal Dick Whittington - Lionel Blair stars and directs the all-singing, all-dancing panto. lt's excellent, and a must see! See page 16 for a review. £2.50-£10.75 , 4pm, 7.30pm . Oval Band competition night.

King's Head 4 D Jones - rhythm and blues.

Theatre Royal See Wednesday. 7.30pm only.

Hy's Club night.

Norwich Arts Centre Soul Jazz Funk Night - with DJs Keith Slater, Phil Shreeve, Mark C, Damien and Def Tex.

Manhattans Club night.

UEA Drama: Pericles and The Seven Dwarfs - Shakespeare meets panto, with the help of the Rough as Guts Theatre Corn-

Boswells NJQ. 9pm to midnight.

Ritzy Go- 9pm to 2am . Students free admission before 11pm. Peppermint Park Happy Wednesdays - cheap drinks. Superskate Family Superskate. 7pm-11 pm , £2.50.

Theatre Royal See Wednesday - 2.30pm, 7.30pm.

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Theatre Royal , See Wednesday.

Brickmakers Fat Slugs Blues Band . 8os wells Lucas Soul Band. 9pm to midnight. Hy's Club night. Superskate "Back Seat of the Chevy" (16+)

Oval Mental Helicopters plus Big Sleep - metal and progressive rock. Brickmakers Floating Greyhounds - rock.

Superskate Family Superskate- 10.30am1pm, £2/2pm-5pm , £2.50. Collesseum (Games) Night 7pm-11 pm, £3.50.

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Superskate Rave night - 7pm to 11 pm, £3.

Cannon See Friday. Odeon See Friday. Cinema City Like Water For Chocolate (15)a South American comedy fairy tale. 5.45pm , 8.15pm. UEA Drama: The Naked King of the Morning - physical theatre, presented by the Lecoq trained Hoi Polloi Theatre Company. Boswells Candlelight and Romance with Jonathan Dodd. 8pm to 11pm.

Cinema City Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (PG) - Bob Hoskins stars with a host of animated characters. 2.30pm . Hard Boiled (18)- 5.30pm. A Bronx Tale (certificate tbc) preview of Robert De Niro's directorial debut. 8.15pm.

Norwich Arts Centre Breton Folk - Bleizi Ruz. Brittany's top folk band. 8pm , £6/ £4 cone.

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Cinema City Jesus of Montreal (18)- a Canadian film about a young actor asked to stage the annual Passion Play. 2.30pm. Whisky Galore (U) - vintage Ealing comedy. 5pm. Yellow Earth (U) - a young

Theatre Royal Dick Whittington - 2.30pm. Jethro - Cornish comic. £2.50£8.50, 7.30pm.

Ritzy Fast Trax. 9pm to 2am . £2 before 10.30pm, £3 after.

Odeon See Friday.

Hy's Girl of the Week.

Odeon See Friday.

soldier is sent out to collect folk songs from remote villages. 7.30pm.

Boswells Beyond The Blues. 9pm to midnight.

Cannon See Friday.

Waterfront Club night: Meltdown. All kinds of music and no dress restrictions. £3.50.

Cinema City Hard Boiled (18) - Thrills and violence abound in Hong Kong. 2.30pm , 5.30pm, 8.15pm.

Brickmakers Throb - rock.

Cinema City Naked (18) - 5.30pm , 8.15pm. My Own Private Idaho (18)The late River Phoenix stars. alongside Keanu Reeves. 11pm.

UEA Drama: See Friday.

Odeon See Wednesday, plus "What's Love Got To Do With lt" at 8.10pm.

Oval Heavy Metal Kids.

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King's Head Otts and Davy Howe - Jazz) Soul.

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Cannon See Wednesday.

Waterfront Club night: Swamp. Acid Jazz to Latin to Heavy Funk. £3.50. No dress restrictions.

Cannon See Friday.

Norwich Arts Centre Wilde Club: Jacobs Mouse + support. Tickets £3.50 adv. Peppermint Park Draught bitter £1/pint Hy's Club night. Ritzy Nth Degree. 9pm to 2am. Students free admission all night. Superskate "Rollermania" (Rock Night) 7pm-11pm, £2.

TUESDAYJANUARY25 King's Head Scratch The Cat - Blues. Boswells Alan Stuart Octet. 9pm to midnight.

Cannon See Friday.

cousin Dave. Sponsored by Virgin Radio. 9pm.

Odeon See Friday.

Oval The Wildhearts - see page five for details.

Cinema City. See Monday. Also 2.30pm.

Hy's Club night.

Theatre Royal See Wednesday. 7.30pm only.

Manhattans Club night.

UEA Drama: See Monday. Live in The Hive: Wayne's World 2 - The Waynestock Tour. A competition to find a roadie for Wayne, hosted by his

Ritzy Furious Fun. 9pm to 2am . £3 before 10.30pm, £5 after. Superskate Family Superskate - 10am12.30pm , £2/Family. Family Superskate - 2pm-5pm , £2.50. "Lethal Radiation" - 7pm-1am , £3.50.

Cannon Cinema, Prince of Wales Road. Tel 623312 Odeon Cinema, Anglia Square. Tel 0426 932450 Cinema City, St Andrews Street. Tel 622047 Theatre Royal, Theatre Street. Tel 630000 Norwich Arts Centre, St Benedicts Street. Tel 660352 Madder market Theatre, Maddermarket • Tel 620917 Puppet Theatre, St James' Whitefriars. Tel 629921 B rickmakers, Sprowston Road, Tel 426629 Kings Head, Magdalen Street. Tel 627998 Manhattan Nightclub, Dove Street. Tel 629060 The Oval Rock House, Dereham Road. Tel 748244 Peppermint Park, Rose Lane. Tel 764192 Ritzy Nightclub, Tombland. Tel 621541 UEA, Earlham Road. Tel 505401 Boswells/Hy's, Tombland. Tel 626099 The Waterfront, King Street. Tel 632717 Superskate, Vu lean Road. Tel 403220

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WEDNESDAYJANUARY26 Cannon See Friday.

King's Head Charlie Fibbs Fract Zone.

Odeon See Friday.

Boswells Lee Vasey Band . 9pm to Midnight.

Cinema City See Monday. Theatre Royal See last Wednesday. UEA Drama: Richard Ill . £5/£3 cone , 7.30pm.

Hy's Girl of the Week Manhattans Club Technique with Fish Tank Crew. Peppermint Park See last Wednesday.

Norwich Arts Centre Folk - Sean Cannon (The Dubliners). £5 .50/£3.50 cone, 8pm.

Ritzy Go. 9pm to 2am.

Oval Jump the Gun - heavy rock.

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Worlds Apart - rock.

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Acme Blues Co. 9pm to 12.

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Oval

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Throb - glam rock.

Odeon

Brlckmakers

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Caretaker - rock.

Cannon King's Head

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adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's tale. 7.30pm .

The Scratch Band.

Odeon

Maddermarket Theatre

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See Friday.

See Friday, January 21.

Rhythm and Reeds. 9pm to midnight.

Cinema City

Oval

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Goal! World Cup '66 (U) - film of England's famous World Cup victory. 5pm. Last of the Mohicans ( 12) Daniel Day-Lewis stars in the

Manny Charlton - ex Nazareth lead guitarist.

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Live In The Hive: End of Semester Party Disco - beat the post-exam blues with some classic pop hits. 9pm.

Cinema City See Monday. Also Dracula (18) - Gary Oldman bites a few necks. 11pm.

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Ritzy Fast Trax. 9pm to 2am.

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The Browning Version and Harlequinade -two plays; the first about a schoolteacher, the second about a theatre company; brought together under the title "Playbill". £2.50-£6.50, 7.30pm.

Boswells

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Jazz and Blues Jam with Dave Holgate and Friends. 9pm to midnight.

As last Sunday.

Theatre Royal

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Hy's

Cannon

Ritzy

See Friday, January 21 .

Nth Degree. See last Monday.

Odeon

Superskate

Superskate

See Friday, January 21 .

See last Monday.

As last Tuesday.

As last Friday.

Maddermarket Theatre

Cinema City

Maddermarket Theatre

Club night.

See Friday.

Cinema City Three Colours: Blue (15)5.45pm, 8.15pm.

Theatre Royal Oliver- The musical version of Charles Dickens' "Oiiver Twisr. £9-£2, 7.30pm.

Waterfront Club night: Swamp. Plus local favourites The Persuaders and Guest DJs Mr Bumpman. £3.50 or £1 off with voucher in u-· 'o;ue of The Event. Plus 1cen £1 .25 all night.

' A man-eating Venus flytrap from outer space . wacky songs, zany costumes, and Su Pollard '

Maddermarket Theatre See Friday.

Brickmakers Stone Wood.

Norwich Arts Centre

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Wilde Club: Oil Seed Rape, Spinewrench, NFL, Hitch Your Wagon To A Chicken. £2.50 advance.

Cannon

The Waterfront

See Friday, January 21 .

See Friday, January 21 .

Club night: see last Saturday. Also featuring Cowclub (upstairs) and Max dry cider promotion - £1 a bottle.

Cinema City

Oval

Boswells

Dream Thief - rock

Candlelight and Romance with Jonathan Dodd. 8pm to 12.

Odeon

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Brickmakers Law- rock

King's Head Boogaloos.

Norwich Arts Centre

8os wells

Jeremy Hardy - the stand up comedian, last heard on 1FM. £6/£4 cone, 8pm.

Chris Simmons Band. 9pm to midnight.

Maddermarket Theatre

Club night.

Hy's See Friday.

UEA

Manhattans Club night.

Drama: FAUSTgastronome- a re-working of the Faust myth. £5/£3 cone, 7.30pm. Film/Gig. The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb featuring live music by Bark Psychosis. £5 adv.

Hy's Club night.

Theatre Royal See Wednesday, January 19. 2.30pm, 7.30pm .

Peppermint Park See last Monday.

Ritzy Furious Fun . 9pm to 2am .

Superskate As last Saturday.

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With their seveth studio album 'brave', Marillion, the U~s premier rock export return to their roots with new insight and maturity. Expressive rock-pop of the highest calibre.

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The original Irish punks return after two and a half years. Still as political and still as angry. Don 't miss this powerful live show.

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Paul Jones and company, Britain's premier hard rocking R & B band bring their cocktail of traditional blues, enriched maturity and a 90's attitude to produce an explosive evening.

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Cote 's barbed lyrics combined with the Commotions' nononsense playing to produce a musical spiked cocktail laced with acidic observation. Country rock and a touch of intellectual heartache.

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