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I've always had a fascination with men's clothing. I remember watch ing Tom Cruise's famous dancing scene in Risky Business and going on to adopt a favourite early teen outfit consisting of my father's white shirt, bare legs and thick socks . I begrudgingly added boots to the ensemble when venturing outside ... I thought I looked amazing. My mum thought I'd gone mad. My penchant for ma le attire has not diminished with time. I stil l find myself wandering through Topman thinking "what if... 7 " Freud would have a field da y with me 1 I am personally, therefore, very excited to embrace Autumn/Winter 20 10 . Why 7 Becau se this is the seaso n of androg yny. I am often told that I am "ruining a lovely dress" by draping a mismatched checked man's shi rt over it. However, there is method in my madness. By dressing down a heavily feminine dress, you can make your wardrobe more versat ile; eveningwear can be worn in the daytime. A figure-hugging, black, bodycon dress cou ld be seen as unsuitable attire in which to walk around the shops. Too dressy, too intense, just too much. Your priceper-wear of the aforementioned LBD is therefore skyhigh. Howeve r, throw a shirt over it and add flat worker boots and you have an ou tfit that hints at a killer body but covers up just enough of it. Used in th is way, your littleworn going-out dress becomes a daytime stap le. The key is in clever tailoring, as oversized can equa l unsexy. Masculine-inspired trou se rs should look slouched yet cling to you in all the right places. If trousers are loose,

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squat, his fingers are adorned with knock-off gold sovereigns, and with the gift of the gab and a twinkle in his eye he'd try and se ll ice to the Eskimos if given half th e chance. Doe s this sound like a man to take fashion inspiration from? More Peckham than Beckham, David Gandy he is clearly not. But Del Boy's jacket, if we break it down, contains the same elements . The carame l co lour of the suede, the lighter tone of the lined fur, the length, th e heavy fur col lar- it's al l there, staring us in the face. He even had a black leather jacket with a black fur co llar and matching cuffs, another f eature of th e Burberry range. Ha ving said th at, it's not only Burberry. Dubbed as 'aviator' or 'sh earling ' jackets, these babies are gradua lly filtering th ei r way into the high street, w ith examp les found in Hobbs, Topshop and Zara . Asos, Lispy and Acne also have th eir own take on the trend. Obviously I trust fashion; I embrace it; I love it. So I slipped into Zara sheepi shly and tried on a came l gill et in suede with a w hite fur lining and ho od. As I slowly did up the duffel buttons I caught a glimpse of my reflection and did not dislike what I saw. Actually, quite the opposite. Yes, the initia l reaction was that this piece was an extreme fash ion equiva lent to th e Ea st End wheeler-dea ler, but out of that context and teamed with dark washed, skinny jeans, a floral vintage sh irt and a long cream lace cardy, Derek Trotter was nowhe re in mind. Who knows, maybe the Burberry designer does have a fondness for the sitcom, and ha s box co ll ections of the DVD's, therefore, unconsciously, the character traits have been woven into fashion. Del Boy may be a diamond in the rough, but th ese jackets are pure diamonds. Kat Jones


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Mary Warren's confession of their lies with harrowing m imicry, giving the impression t hat t hey are possessed and almost convi nci ng t he audience that t he weak and broken Mary is capable of incredible manipulat ion of their souls. Moreover, t he se parati on of John from El izabeth as he is led to the ga llows was exceptiona lly intense emotional ly as we are relieved when he invents a confession to save his life, but then devastated as he decides to deny it for the sake of his integrity, condemning him t o his death.

\la sensit ive po rtra yal of an event wh ich [ ... ] w arn s us of the horrific consequ ences of jea lo usy and cowa rdice" Though the who le cast were excel lent, some outstanding performances were seen in the characters of John and Elizabeth Proctor, Rev. Hale and Giles Corey who exec uted th eir ro les w it h particu lar conviction, all ow ing the audience to fee l the

same desperation, anger and mistrust as the ir characters experienced. The production was so emotional ly wro ught th at it bro ught some to tears as Procter was hanged , leaving an unsettling realisation of how the power of an individual over his own life can disappear inst antl y an d w itho ut mercy. W here the witch-hunts cou ld seem to bear little relevance to the modern world, Black Ram threw the play's events into a wider context by reminding us that little in wo rld history has changed - utilising the famous quote "those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it", and listing comparable events in the credits such as the Rwandan genocide and anti-ls lamic hatred following the events of g/n in America. lt is important to recogn1se Miller's comparable struggle against prejudice during the Red Scare by McCarthy and the HUAC - which threatened to prevent him from ever working in Hollywood again if he was blacklisted- as these events inspired h1m to research the Sa lem witch-hunts. Surprising, en lightening and vivid, the production did not fail to impress and could be claimed to be one of the most interesting and dramatic interpretations of the play for a long t ime. Th e company gave a sens itive portrayal of an event which st ill

~ liTERATURE>lYNN BARBER>AN EDUCATION Reve lli ng somewhat in the trend of transforming wo rks of literat ure into z bu dget -bustin g Holl ywoo d ep ics; An 1- Education endured excessive acc laim and success, with nominations for Oscars and ([ 3 even a BA FTA win for up and coming sweet hea rt, Ca rey Mulli gan. Ni ck Ho rn by's ~ screenplay captures quintessentia lly the sincerity of Lynn Barber's autobiography, 1- aptly named An Education. However, ~ w here it is only t he second chapter t hat ([ prov id es the plot for Horn by's crea ti o n, t he U original text differs, Barber's recollection is longer and somewhat more optim istic. Her memoirs reco ll ect first ly her ti me growing up in m idd le-c lass 196os En g land , under the 'guidance' of her st rict but hopeful parents; her destination on course for Oxford and Oxford only. However ,it co m es w hen Lyn n meet s 'Simon', an older and charming man, wh ilst waiting for the bus after school one day, that her 0 life changes in a whirlwind to a "strange double life of schoolgirl swot during the I (I} week; restaurant-going, fore ign-trave ll ing <( sophisticate at weekends" Her bruta ll y u.. honest tale captures the reader into a sparkle of charm that no doubt similarly 1..9'

captured the impressionable 16-year-old Ba rber back then. She dances wi t h her reme mb ra nces of re belli on , discovery and ultimately mistrust, such is the deceit of Simon when the secret of his 'true' life is eventua lly exposed. lt is with Barber's honest y t ha t t he reade r captu res th e ful l extent and impact of Simon wi thi n not only her life, but that too of her once so quizzical parents, w ho just as breathlessly are enchant ed by Simon's charisma and t ales and whom Barber is part icu larly critical of for it. Reaching the 'dream' of Oxford, it is here that Simon's influence spirals uncontrollab ly and the autob iography rea ll y forms a captivating and insightful read. Despite deferring her parents' academic drill, Barber still somehow ends up manag ing to successfu ll y carve a decent degree from her Oxford experience (something if only we could all learn). The biography follows through to her successful time at the somewhat controversial Penthouse Magazi ne (and other subsequent newspapers), along with the relationship formed with her husband David. lt is their love and time

wi t h one anot her throughout the duration of Ba rbe r's li fe t hat perhaps turns this poss ibly sou r, men- hatin g nove l into something of a love ta le: Barber's success d rawn greatly from the inspiration and love she shared for David , whether she realised it at t he time or not. lt ends the aut ob iography on an emotiona l and coincidental educational high for both author and reader; something it seems even Barber would not have thoug ht possible to gain from t he text prio r t o starting. Barber's collective is a journey of education, knowledge and growing up, but it is furt hermore one of pass ion , inspiration and hope. lt demonstrates the importance of the cho1ces that we make every day and has inspired not only a phenomenal and rightfully acc laimed film, but also a biograph-y that seems enjoyab le yet hopeful to anyone wise enough to pick it up. Emma Lehane

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LITERATURE>DAPHNE Du MAURIER> REBECCA

From the famous opening line "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again" the readers really do feel like they too, are dreaming of Mande~ley. Daphne Du Maurier shows her talent wonderfully as the audience is transported into a world where reality is obscured and deception and pretences rule . The heroine of the book, after marrying a handsome, charming, although somewhat mysterious widower Max de

Winter, spends the entirety of the novel being metaphorically haunted by his previous wife Rebecca's ghost. Despite her love for him, she struggles to find her own identity and place in the marriage, feeling Rebecca's presence in everything she touches and everything she does. Max de Winter is also plagued by his own problell)s and, like his wife, he too puts on a pretence and hides in deception rather than facing reality and being truthful both in his marriage and about his past. Despite all of the lies and deception the couple truly love each other, and both are being rescued by their marriage: Max from his life as a bachelor and our heroine from their housekeeper Mrs Danvers, a close companion of Rebecca and someone whom the narrator cannot help but detest. lt is the couple's love that helps them overcome the disaster and destruction that occurs when the veils come off and the truth is revealed. The book works incredibly well because of the skilled characterisation - the reader truly believes in and feels for the characters as they struggle through their troubles . As such, it should be recommended on this basis alone and Daphne Du Maurier certainly deserves her place among the classic writers of the past. This reporter was truly enchanted by her as a writer and by the novel. Han nah Griffi n

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Alii can think of are words but you don't belong in sentences, these words can't bring you back.

Lavender tears fall from his eyes scatter like ashes, a stolen memory from a neighbour's garden, a hunched back holding the memories of ghosts, a scent clinging to fingertips no longer locked, entwined in another's grip like ivy on a garden trellis .

like lightning, as it's through lightning we acquire them! As we are slow, it might help to throw some up in the air to start: Air? Rumble? Clouds?... Words run out almost in a flash, chasing a mindless storm for them as we are, so it might help to throw some thunder soon; the valley where words begin to pour out, almost in a flash, braces a violent storm : four warm hours let plummet rain, electricity and, of course, thunder. Soon, the valley where words began to pour gets full with words until earth is charged by force. Warm hours let plummet rain, electricity and .. . Of course! Imaginary buildings rise, still unsure. What that sight is gets mulled with, words until worth is charged. By force, the swift force of ideas (hot yet), we've won air, some light: imaginary buildings rise . Still unsure what that sight is like? Lightning? As if! Through lightning, we acquire the swift force of ideas not yet woven . A gunfight does not come first; the shock is play, blank pistol fire .

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The Wall< Home A petrol rainbow yawns around your shoe and rain glistens down leaves, like fireflies. Some snowdrops in a garden bow their heads with no advice to pass. Car headlights. A crocus burns out in violet before it can reach the sky. And then, uninvited, happiness creeps in under the draught excluders, bypassed By the snoozing cat. lt quietly cuts the pain from the photos on your shelf, Draining the colours to sepia . And, when you're sleeping, makes an unwelcome guest.

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By 4pm there is just the memory of you, quietly reading the newspaper in the living room . A breeze rustles paper; for a moment you're still with us, but it passes. There is a quiet sigh in the house like a long breath out. Eight thousand miles away, my photo cannot see you anymore. Somewhere in your flat, a light bulb has burnt out.

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Tuesday 1.2th October it clings to your irises. it drives your car with calm hands. lt nestles itself In your ear. it rolls you out of bed into warm socks. lt lifts your hands into a ray of light to tease the dust into undulations. And it's swept away in the light to come crashing against the wall Where it strikes a dull yellow circle . The moment is lost. Find yourself with your fingers stretched out, thinking of something else. Ella Chappell

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it's easy to admit to being torn between the nihilistic qualities of Skins and the quirky charms of Will , who as a character is appropriately offensive yet also an adorab le nerd still clinging to his moth er like a safety blanket made of fin e silk. Moreover, if Simon's hair could be any spikier he may end up on the Sideshow Bob list of best comedic hair. Wh ich , be warned, does in fact grow on the prepubescent teens piling out of gym class on a Friday. And so the trends continue, much t o bemuseme nt of the un hin ge d Neil who's baffled expressions suit a perso n of socia l misfortune . Even Will is made to look suitably dapper in his 70's waistcoat compared to the colourfu l tracksuits of Neil. Oh we ll, we all reach that stage of awkwardness; in fact, it still suits many to throw a tantrum because the girl they fancy is sti ll hanging around the guy next door. Ella Fair hu rst

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EDINBURGH TV FESTIVAL 2010 The Edinburgh Television Festival is the most important event on the UK Television calendar, a chance for broadcasters and shows to give us a sneak preview of current and future shows . Former BBC controller Jay Hunt (freshly poached by Channel4 as new creative chief) confirmed that Stephen Moffat's Sherlock would be returning for a new series in 2011. Rumours that the much cherished Gavin and Stacey may be returning for a one-off special appear to remain speculative for the time being. Moffat also announced that next year's Doctor Who will be split into two series, proclaiming that "It will come back for seven episodes at Easter, build to an Earth-shattering climax .. . honestly, a game changing event for Amy, The Doctor and Rory ." He also revealed that the next series will not feature any Daleks. The director of ITV, Peter Fincham, who

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Halo: Reach is fantastic from start to finish and, just like the original, your character feels incredibly insignificant for a Spartan super soldier. Taking place before the original Halo,the story follows Noble Team, a team of Spartan soldiers, in their impossible task of holding back the Covenant (a series of alien species bound together by their religious beliefs) invasion ofthe military planet, Reach . Along the way are new set pieces for the Halo series, the introduction of new weapons and even a couple of new enemies. Halo: Reach does, however, set out to approach the Halo universe in a new direction . Your character (Noble 6) has all the personality of a damp cloth, but your team mates are full of quips and personality with some of the be st voice acting for a FPS title, although it does fall slightly flat on its fa ce as the y st ill don 't quite feel real enough, and eventuall y begin to grate during the games campaign . On the lower difficulties ReacHs single player poses little to no threat for seasoned players, but upping it soon shows having

locate and recognise your voice and al low headset-free party chat) the package is almost complete. The final tier here is Kineds custom processor, enabling fu ll human body recognition and promoting the notion that 'you are the controller.' This full-body play is the unique selling point that Kinect has to offer as a piece of technology, and you would be hard pushed to find a cheaper bit of hardware that offers such personalised play and usage through alternative means. Move is a much more self-contained gadget, with most of the wireless process taking place inside the actual controller(s). At a glance, one could make the assumption that a single hand -held device (Move) grants a better level of control and motion sensitivity than one designed to allow fullbody capture (Kinecf), though this remains to be seen . Furthermore, the tactile feedback offered by the Movecontroller may be a favourable alternative to the hands-free Kinect, particularly for those looking for a more sensory gaming experience. Being able to 'explore and feel' your way around a virtual environment is a huge plus for technology buffs and curious garners alike . Move works by combining advanced motion sensors with bluetooth technology and a light 'sphere'; this offers the user precise three-axis sensitivity and movement, and from what I have seen, it works well. The Playstation Eye camera allows the controller to be located in a 3D environment, with the purpose of further enhancing the accuracy of the on -screen feedback (this is just one of the factors that distinguishes Playstation Move from the technology on offer with Nintendo's Wii console) right down to the player's exact

friends pays off, with Legendary mode seem ing near impossible when played alone . With Reach Bungie have also taken the opportunity to redo the brilliant online multiplayer; Halo: Reach is the ultimate online Halo experience, featuring the best multiplayer maps from Halo 2 and Halo 3 in a lovingly revamped form and with all their game modes, including fan made game types now as official bu ilt-in game variants. lt also has the stellar Firefight Mode (previou sly a friends only game variant, where Covenant forces would attack you and 3 friends in waves and players would be awarded points) from Halo J: ODS0 but this time allowing for online play with fri end s or strangers. Ultimatel y Halo: Reaclis ex periments w ith the Hal o franch ise pays off, it wraps up the st ory rath er neatl y and, for tho se who haven 't re ad Eric Nylund 's Halo: The Fall of Reach, it answers the question s of Halo's pa st and why Halo: Combat Evolved starts quite the way it does. Even though there are a few holes, such as what happens to

position . Perhaps the ultimate deciding factor will be the games themselves. Forza 4 or Gran Turismo Little Big Planet 2 or Kinectimals' As the Wii has proven, hardware is only 'good' if it can be supported through a strong catalogue of software. The good news is that there are plenty of fantastic titles heading to the 360 and the PS3 over the coming months and the motion controller revolution will only add to the thrill of experiencing these new games in new ways. While both Move and Kinect make use of 3D feedback environments and motion sensitivity, they are devices which execute and operate in drastically different and exciting ways (the same could be said for the Nintendo Wii) . Hopefully you can see what your extra £55-£95 gets you if you do decide to try out Kinect in November, and for the most part, you know what to expect from the remote -only Move. The most important thing to remember is that Kinect, Move and yes, even the Wii, all have something different to offer, and it is only through engaging with each of these devices that we will know which one feels 'right'.

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-Superb and furiously fun on line multiplayer - Fantastic end to a brilliant series - Excellently written story line - Single player or 4 person co-op campaign

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As far as anti-virus programs go, MSE is pretty good . lt has a simple user interface, with all settings easily accessible. Some anti-virus programs have been known to be resource intensive, making computers slower- especially if they were already slow machines. That is not the case here . The best aspects of this program, though, are that it's unobtrusive, sitting in the background, quietly updating regularly without whining at the user to do it, dealing with viruses, spyware, rootkits and trojan horses by itself. To top it all off- it's totally free . Sort of ticks all the boxes, doesn't it? www. m icrosoft. com/secu rity _ essentia Is/

habits is extraordinarily difficult unless you can present a tangible benefit for doing so, and this is something Ping just doesn't have. it's like Face book, but it has a focus on music. ltcan also be accessed using iPhones and iPod Touches . To put it harshly: big deal. Face book can too. As Apple like to say: 'there's an App for that'- just as there's an app for Spotify. There seems to be little to convince the reported 560 million people logging into Face book every single day that using Ping is

worth the effort. That's an impossible number of people to convert. Although Ping did have an influx of interest in its first two days- one million people signed up in that time- since then, that massive surge hasn't kept up the pace. it's a safe bet that most of that initial interest came from people wanting to know what all the fuss was about, or, even more likely, what that new button was in iTunes. Indeed, Ping is completely integrated with iTunes, giving it potentially a massive pool of users. However, just because one million people have made an account, they will not necessarily continually use their profiles -

vital for a social network. One thing Ping does actual ly do quite well is recommend new artists for users to 'follow'. However, this is merely a selling tool for iTunes- which is made all the more convenient given it's all in the same program. In contrast, Facebook's attempts at monetising its website are at least slightly more subtle than this. Ping also has no dedicated web site. If you prefer not to install iTunes, or if the computer being used does not happen to have the program installed, there is no way to use the service; iTunes has to be installed. it's that simple, and this inflexibility on Apple's part might hurt it in the long run. Ping doesn't have to utterly defeat Facebook in order to continue. it's perfectly possible to be active in both Ping and Facebook, and use other services like Spotify at the same time. But the fact is most consumers won't excitedly jump at the chance to burden themselves with yet another on line profile that they have to check and update. lt doesn't matter how powerful Apple's brand is, there just isn't enough here to make people use Ping as well as Face book, or instead. For the last few years, Apple has moved from the PC, to the music player and then to the tablet markets, and each one has been a sensible, straightforward move for the company. The iPod saved it from collapse. The iPad has made Apple the go-to company for a consumer tablet PC. With Ping, Apple has given itself a real uphill struggle, and it will be interesting to see if the 'Ping' button is still there in a few years, or even months. William Moran

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They head to Sunnyside Day Care Centre, where the hope of being played with still exists. When the gang arrive, their prayers seem answered when they are welcomed by 'Lots-0', Sunnyside's presiding toy. But the Huggin' Bear has a whole lot more in store for them than they hoped. Lucki ly fo r them, Woody and some new faces have some plans of their own. incredible Boasting computer animation and a host of new lovable characters, Toy Story 3 is another testament to Pixa r's sublime career in producing visually inspiring and heartwarming family film s. For many, this film marks the end of an era . Some shining highlights include: Ken's extensive wardrobe, Buzz's Spanish 'lesson' and the cutest Pixa r kid si nce Boo. Carrie-Anne Elsden

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••• ••• ••••••••••••••••••••• Those of a certain age will recognise the film's icon ic internal narrative; 'In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn 't commit.. .'. The ~"'''"'~ vvcn r e9arded with such high esteem that anyone taking on a reboot had to be confident that he could capture the original's humour and pure insanity. This summer director Joe Carnahan was the brave man who took up that challenge . The action follows the formation of the unorthodox yet successful A-Team, their subsequent imprisonment for a theft

they did not perpetrate, their escape from jail and their attempt to earn their freedom and regain their honour. Critics have been unfairly critical of this light-hearted film . The plot is fast-paced and the action is well executed . The performances are strong . Sharlto Copley, in particular, is hilarious as the insane Murdoch . Quintan Jackson, as B.A, holds his own in a role that could well have been too big for nearly any actor, and Bradley Cooper is fun as the vain ladies-man, Faceman . Liam Neeson, however, as Hannibal, is clearly not comfortable with the comedic role . Any fan of the action genre will love th is rewarding film . Katy Ouigley

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Hit-Girl's brutal entrance, and a warehouse set piece, amazingly all contained within one shot. Mark Strong, the villain of the piece, commented that it "glorifies in its incorrectness", meshing Tarantino-esque visual style, teen comedy, and Marvel romance comics . Although best suited to the big screen, Kick Ass is still as enjoyable on the small screen with friends . lra Lorandou

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can we expect' Well, the game has certa inl y been raised in the last twentyeig ht years. Sure, we haven't quite evolved beyond paying in our millions to have midd le-aged men se lf loving pixels directly into our eyeba ll s ("Thank you, Mr Cameron 1 May I have another, sir'"), but Pixar have spent the last decadeand-a-ha lf demonstrating how technology can be

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dependency on technology or video-game vio lence or something' Unlikely. it's a big-budget 3D sci-fi movie made for young boys therefore car chase+ punchy kick+ boobs =success. The real question here is: 'w hy7 ' Is the human creative force so bereft of ideas that we now have to rehash old relics that went unwatched in the first place 7 1 could give you three original ideas now I Here's just one: three downon-their- luck street walkers develop super powers and take bloody ve ngeance on their sleazy cl ients on the mean streets of Baltimore . McG to direct. Tom Mclnnes

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girl of cinema, now sags as her popu larit y wanes . 3D screening figures have plu mmeted by 30 per cent as peop le co ntemplate catching the cheaper 2D version which is now shunned to the graveyard shift. Furth ermo re, audiences have complained about the poor visual quality of some films as fi lm-makers rush the expensive process to attach this gimmick to films w ith su bsta ntia lly weaker plots, I am look ing at you, The Last Airbender and PiranhaJO . 3D's con t inuing struggle

to fit in serves as a headache for ci nema goers rather than advancing the next stage of cinema evolution. it pressures smaller chains to convert to 3D systems in fear of losing competition to riva l companies. Its bul lying tactics question whethe r this fad wi ll survive financially in the long run . Since 3D's inception sixty years ago it has been overlooked by more pressing cinematic advances, begging the question as to why filmmakers keep re surrecting th is tired gimmick .

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improbably we ll, boy busts out some improvisational extravaganza covering everyt hing from disco to traditional Jewish dancing, physics looks on in despair. Y'know, standard really.

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The Producers Springtime for Hitler Th e second show in g for Mel Brooks, the king of the chuckle shuffie, this is the cu lmin ation of Max Bial ystock's (Zero Mostel) efforts to bring a surefire Aop to Broadway, and quite possib ly the most wantonly offensive musical number ever conceived.

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of the movie. However, the real beauty of this piece of classic celluloid is how much it should ca t ch you off guard . Napoleon is awkward ; Christ, the man can't even run out of shot gracefully. He plays tether ball with all the poise and finesse of a grenade. He wears freakin' moonboots, ferc hrissakes. So, when his brother's new fiance and her fantastically massive teeth pass him a tape of hip, happen in' tunes, you'd be forgiven for not immediate ly assuming that some jaw dropping moves are on the way. But, of course, they are. Godl

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wipes stagnating saliva. Trower himself effortlessly impresses, shredding in a bluesy manner at phenomenal speeds while juxtaposing his signature effectladen passages that innervate the room 's collective arm hair. Finding Me from the new album starts out bland but progresses into an explosive finale that leads straight into Twice Removed From Yesterday. Trower surprises everyone with a fine set of vocal chords as well as fingers that hypnotically explore the top of the fret board with a slow delta blues feel. A slightly heavier rendition of Day of the Eagle bleeds into a majestic opening for his most famous and eloquent work,

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the sombre tempo and mixes with a passionate exploration of harmonious arpeggios. As the gig rounds off you begin to wonder how many times Trower has cricked his neck in his four decade career with so much vigorous movement from the shoulders upwards while he plays. The encore is well-received as the sprightly blues erudites leave the stage after a professional performance that doesn't suggest retirement anytime soon. Jack Burrows

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With song names like ~ooo11~o~oo11~~, it was easy to be apprehensive of the Welsh electro-rock band Gallops . This intrigue continued with the very different support bands: the amiably modest Epichunt who tore danceable dubstep beats out of his gameboy, followed by the skinny-jeaned, face-melting screamo band Maths. In the end, it turned out they were a sweet combination of the two, serving us catchy, electro riffs with heavy guitar beats. Think Foals, but more raw and, probably, more passionate . While some might not choose to listen to this kind of music alone, it is made to be heard live . The set seemed to build up to the climax of Miami Spider, which

found the guitarists Brad Whyte and Mark Huckridge and the drummer Dave Morait hammering themselves into their instruments whilst hectic electronica ·was unleashed by the sequencer on his laptop and the lead guitarist almost at prayer at his pedals. Although the audience was small, they definitely had a good time. And the best part about seeing a band like this at Norwich Arts Centre is that when the bearded man who has been jigging furiously throughout the gig stops to shout out "one more!", there is no reason why not.

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Grinderman 2 is the album Bunny Munro hears in his head as he slides between the thigh s of another housewife/divorcee/ widow. Nick Cave's sexual dysfunctions continue to fuel his work; aggressive, animalistic and utterly unrestra ined. Opening wi th di sta nt guitar noodling that su ddenl y gives way to the pounding distortion of Mickey Mouse and The Goodbye Man, Cave and his troupe launch an immediate assault of raucous prog-rock and garage blues. What follows is a forty-minute rampage of illicit sexuality that refuses to let up until the , ahem, climactic outpouring of Bel/ringer Blues, all wailing guitars and a rather perversely-placed gospel choir. The blues is a staple of Cave's wo rk, and it infuses every aspect of his writing (the first words he treats us to on Grinderman 2 are " / woke up this morning . . "). As such, a very rea l and palpable feeling of melancholia and desperation permeate s th e deviant strutting and caterwau lin g - it's deeper than it seems, man. Not to say that it isn't a funny album, or, perhaps more accurat ely, punny (no, sorry, that's just awful). Try this on for size: "My baby

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WARP RIDERS The Sword's first concept album , in their own words, was a sli ght d ivergence from t heir prev ious work, said to conta in acoust ic numbers, instrumentals and some of the ir heaviest songs to date . Their first externally produced album also meant Cronise's vocals, usual ly competing with gargantuan sound, can clearly be heard in all its echo ing resonance. The Sword's sound is anc illary to an army of cave trol ls marching into a peasant vil lage to squash things; their ethos a brutal attack on silence of any kind. Live, this energy pulsates with a preternatural force that leaves you wondering if the venue is structura lly sound afterwards or just another broken building in the band 's wake. Acheron/ Unleashing the Orb is an om inous instrumental affair and a statement to Cronise's vision wi t h an enigmatic opening to the narrative. The Chromancer Part 1. Hubris is a rhinoceros that barrages between funk and some of their heaviest material ye t, sitting next to Lawless Lands, more of a bluesy funk song given the Sword treatment, with organ fil led bridges and sludgy verse. The Sword frequently t ie t he ir end ings and openings into a pleasing enjambment of riffs, and there's no exception with

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Creamfields 2010, the Mecca for all dance fans, exceeded expectations both in the sets themselves and in the line-up. lt was hard not to feel like a child in a candyshop; there was every conceivable artist on offer, from masters like Pete Tong and Judge Jules to Deadmaus, Armin Van Buuren, Annie Mac and Eric Prydz. An undoubted highlight was David Guetta's set which became the benchmark for the whole festival. Featuring enough LEDs to make Blackpool seem tame, laser-toting robots on stilts and 10ft-tall decks, it was easy for the 40,000 strong crowd to believe that God is indeed a DJ, with Guetta, the acting Messiah, creating a frenzied atmosphere he called "the biggest party on the planet". Whether playing massive hits like Sexy Bitch, remixes, or less mainstream songs, David Guetta cemented his status as the world's most in-demand artist right now and continued to prove he has the Midas touch for any song he takes on .

Swedish House Mafia's set was another one that has to be mentioned. Despite running concurrently with Tiesto (who was actually disappointingly quiet) they were so popular that the tent walls had to be lifted to allow people way outside its boundaries to see the stage. The crowd was going wild from start to finish, with the mixes being second-to-none. Whilst SHM's performance alone was clearly world class their refreshingly unpretentious demeanour, and their joy at being part of the festival made them a stand out act. Trying to condense the highlights proved difficult given how amazing every minute was, but the thing that stood out most was the phenomenal atmosphere all weekend. Photos show a landscape filled with morph suits, superhero costumes, Deadmaus heads, inflatable dinosaurs, flying Pringles pots (if you were present for Calvin Harris) and scantily clad girls sat on revellers shoulders, all throwing crazy shapes to the same infectious beats.

As a festival with a capacity almost equal to Reading and Leeds, Creamfields remains comparatively underpublicized, but for me no other festival this year rated as high and I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

After one of the biggest wrist-band exchange queues ever, finding out why people carry tents across campsites at festivals, and waiting for one latecomer to arrive after work, it was time to head to the arena for some music. At the main stage, there was time to see the end of Blondie, doing a rendition of Taio Cruz's Break Your Heart (which when singing later at the campsite was changed from 'heart' to 'bag' after an incident with a pink Primark handbag). After this somewhat ironic enjoyment of the Cruz cover, the crowd sung along to the classic Heart of Glass and all was wel l. Next was Van Morrison, and more singing along to hits such as Brown Eyed Girl and Gloria. The Bread and Roses stage felt like a typical gig for unsigned band The Ruskins, as it was bursting with people, with the crowd's energy bouncing off the walls, complete with a mosh-pit and trade-mark stage invasion . lt was the perfect end to the first day of the two-day festival.

Sunday was a case of chilling out with lager-filled Hop Farm plastic cups in front of bands such as The Magic Numbers, Mumford & Sons, Peter Doherty, Laura Marling, and Johnny Flynn . All these bands gave amazing performances, and so, despite the bizarre visuals of Doherty's background ballet dancers, it all added up to an enjoyable day. A personal highlight would be Laura Marling; she delivered an entertaining performance and her raw emotion flooded into the audience. Bob Dylan fans were left disappointed, to the point of leaving the two-hour set early to hear the classic songs they wanted via MP~ players at the campsite. The festival overall was good for those of us who feel they are getting too old to handle the longer festivals and would rather just two nights of late drinking. After the massive queues you are able to simply relax, and spend the days sitting on the grass listening to old and new favourites of folk and country music with a pint.

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of the great remaining metal longboats of hairy, goodhumoured, leather-toting fiery semantics. Black Label Society and their bombadiering, buccaneering Berserkers literally shook the ground with their set, Zakk Wylde hunching over and then suddenly stretching, torturing himself as he strives to play faster and more intricately in an impressive spectacle. Joe Bonamassa brought his postmodern blues to the main stage with Led Zeppelin and ZZ Top medleys to boot, while ZZ Top themselves performed with the swagger of age while tipping their beards to their mentors, covering Hendrix with style. Argent added tongue-in-cheek self-depreciating bursts of hyper-organ to their progressive set rounding off with covers of Since You've Been Gone and God Gave Rock N' Roll To You, while the more modern Opeth stunned the crowd with their somewhat distant set of prog-funk displaying

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fans. The throngs of thousands of people rapping along to lyrics together and making the trademark sign of 'putt1ng diamonds in t he sky' with their hands, (a reference to Jay Z's record label R.O.C, whose symbol is a diamond) provided an overwhelming atmosphere to the night. Fans were drawn into an even biggerfrenzywhen Mr Hudson came onstage to perform Forever Young , but the most shocking reve lation was dunng Run this Town when Jay Z brought out fel low rap star Kanye West, inducing the crowds to an ecstatic high. The iconic Jay Z was enjoying himself so much that he prolonged his set, and when he eventually left the stage after an encore, the crowd knew they had witnessed a show they wou ld never forget. With t his performance Jay Z showed that hi p- hop artists can rival rock acts at Eng lish festivals, and in this case, even outshine them. As Jay Z raps in Encore, "I came I saw I conquered, from record sales to sold-out concerts". And indeed, a conquest is an apt description of his Isle ofWight performance.

hard core collective. But the true glory of Reading Festival2o1o was nostalgia, with bands like Guns N' Roses (well, somethmg vaguely resemblmg GNR anyway), The Libertines and Blink 182 all making an appearance, it tru ly was a nod to the trends of yesteryear. Highlights for any rock fan had to be Josh Homme performing an almost flawless Queens of The Stone Age set, Brian Fallon of Gaslight Anthem managing to create an Intimate feel (an impressive f eat conside ring size of th e mai n stage), along with Frank Turner who really got the crowd going, getting them to s1t up and down for Photosynthesis. lt has to be said that the best instance of fest1val spirit by far was Weezer geezer Rivers Cuomo redefining the 'front man' by tu rni ng the eve nt int o a cabaret. The disaster that was Ax l Rose doesn't need to be rehashed, and other than a less than perfect set list from Alkaline Trio, the weekend delivered what it promised in abundance: fun, music, and laughs.


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