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This issue we look back to the times of yester-year. Yes, we have done vintage before, but th is is vintage w ith nosta lgic tendencies. Think of fashion as your diary, a window of memories and mix it with the brands you love from today. it's not all or nothing; it can be everything and anything. Deputy Fashion Editor Hannah Britt defines what vintage means to her, and Fash1on Editor Kat Jo nes captures the trend by recreating a fairytale favounte .

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"Everything I own is vintage lt smel ls funny. Maybe that's why I don't have a boyfriend." Lucy Liu has a point. Who wants to snugg le up to a cardigan that was prised from an incontinent old woman just before she was carted off to a home7 Lately, it would appea r that quite a lot of people actual ly would. Everything nowadays seems to be considered vintage, from a 1920s Chane l dress, to last year's Primark tights. "Oh this old th ing, it's vintage 1" is the worst answer someone can give when asked where their outfit is from. it's enough to make you want to punch t hem in the face. Pretentious idiots. You feel the need to correct them, to tell them that 1t's not vintage, it is second hand. it 's just old, and smells. Vintage, second hand, hand-me-down, plain old .. Whatever you want to call it, I must confess, that I myself am becom ing one of those terrib le peop le. After years of resisting, I have embraced the vintage.

Picture the scene, if you will. You're trudging around Topshop and uncover a beautifully oversized woolly jumper. You begin salivating. Then you looked at the price tag. The 7 and the 2 were the wrong way round. Gutted, you rem1nd yourself that you are a student who bought Tesco's value rice last night because Tilda's was a bit extravagant. You turn your back on the jumper and descend into a "shopping mood"you know, the most self indulgent, materialistic mood that your boyfriend can only relate to when you liken it to not being able to buy the latest and greatest Xbox game. You are truly grumpy, and stomp half-heartedly into a vintage store. You rummage whimsically; your heart IS not 1n it, you'd left it in Topshop on the sleeve of that JUmper. Suddenly, you come across something cream, somethmg woollen, something cable knit, something oversized Your shopping grump vanishes and is replaced by what you can only descnbe as smug satisfaction.

You hold in your hands a vintage version of the coveted jumper. lt wasn't going to be worn by hoards as the Topshop one would have been. And the best bit: it is only £1ol You could cry. Your boyfriend looks at you as if you've gone insane. This is the season to get your butt out ofTopshop and walk your feet to a vintage store. Charity shops are also fu ll of little gems if you take the time to rummage. Vintage shopping has one thing that high street shopping doesn't- the smug factor. I realise I have just lost hipster points by admitting to such a thing, but it is true. When asked where your outfit is from, answer them with a knowing, "Oh th1s old thing7 it's vintage I" Be safe in the knowledge that when someone compliments your dress, they cannot then go and buy it too. Selfish 7 Maybe. Satisfying 7 Definitely. Han nah Britt

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it's co ld, it's dark, it's lat e, yo u are wa rm and cosy in your pyjamas tucked up safely under the covers waiting for a bedtime st ory to ease you into the land of nod. A memory from the past maybe, but fairytales are not JUSt for children. Dark tales w ith disturbing ly w himsical ill ustrations by Tim Burton are one of many examples that fairytales are making a come back. So let this story lead you t hrough a world whe re vintage and modern entwine .

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Po ppy V alentine can be summed up in one word: 'darling'. When you were five years old, this would be the shop window you would stand on your tiptoes and press your face against to try and peek inside. Dreaming, hoping that when you grew up into a big girl (or a princess in my case) then you would shop in a p lace like this. Gleaming and glistening inside is a wardrobe of full sumptuous gold brocade cut into 6os minis, luscious candycane striped fabrics sculpted into flirty sos dresses, and elegant polka dot blouses w ith loose pussy bows. "You can look but you can't touch", my mother would tell the five-year-old me, but now I've blow n out my twenty one candles, I can happily cross the thresho ld and bask in vintage at its finest . Poppy Valentine relishes British heritage as it only sells products that are made in t he UK and each piece is lov ingly crafted by hand fr om a persona l co llection of fabrics. This means that many of the garments are one offs, accentuating that 'oh so special' feeling you get when you slip into something oozing with uppe r-c lass quality. Beyond clothes, there are charmingly made bags which mix leather and florals and quaint coin purses that are sealed with sat1n bows. This boutiq ue certainly mirrors its picturesque setting of the Royal Arcade, so shake the drop lets of your brol ly, catwalk it to the end of the arcade and play shop for real. Thanks to Tim and Claire for all their help.

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Elements 8 - 10 Lower Goat Lane Norwich NR2 1EL Tel : 01603 618661 http://www.elementsclothing .co .uk/ Having written many a time about Philip Browne of Norwich, let me introduce you to another of the city's treasures, which should be part of every man's black book. Elements is smaller than Phillip Browne but just as laden with an eclectic array of garments; its younger and equally dynamic cous in if you will. Situated just round the corner, step into a compact space of lacquered wood floors, streamlined white shelves, low snooker-sty.le lights and a soundtrack brimming with urban testosterone . High end labels?Yes . Pretentious? No. The balance is achieved by supplying the best of the British crop . Jam-packed with innovative designers from ou r kingdom, including Luke 77, which seeks to create an edgy look by merging traits of the gentleman with a bit of the rogue . it's your organic bacon, your free-range eggs, your 1ooo/o pork sausages, you r locally produced black pudding, say good morning to your fashion full English . it offers you what you know but better, familiarity but in quality. Savour the jeans, street tees and shoe selection downsta irs before moving upstairs to more substantial armour of blazers, sleek shirts, ties and scarves. With a confidently styled yet suitably rela xed team on hand to help. No doubt you'll leave feeling full and satisfied . KatJones

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exce ll ence.' Ka ti Horna (1912-2000) was th e first of the Surreal Friends to land in Mexico . She made a li vin g t hrough reportage and portraiture of the cultural elite, but

"they have used previous life experiences to produce unique and imaginative pieces" also produced independent work, often Surrealist and in series . The exhibition features Horna's captivating photography - first showing you atmospheric scenes from appealing Parisian cafes and flea markets of the 1930s, moving on to contrasting images showing the outbreak of the Spanish Civ il War which were photographed for Anarchist Repub lican magazines (Horna was a photojournalist for various newspapers). There are also a num ber of intimate images that document the lives

of her close friends, including Carrington and Varo. Leonora Carrington (b.1917) developed a high ly distinct ive sty le. Her comp lex paintings and sculptures feature humans, animals and fabled creatures- referencing fairy tales, myths and her Catholic upbringing. Horses are a reoccurring feature in her work and often symbolise her own situation. Works in the exhibition include Oans Below (1940-42) which shows a petrified horse, perhaps a symbol for the artist's own fear from when she was previously hospita lised in a menta l institution. Remedios Varo (1908-1963) produced a wealth of paintings inspired by her new home in Mexico, ful l of magic, humour and illusion. The awakening of her father's interests on philosophy, mysticism, plants and minerals are apparent in many of her works. This is seen in paintings such as The Creation of Birds (1957) which shows a woman transformed into a creature using a prism for aesthetic needs. The exhibition is skilfully arranged to showcase each of the artists' works as part of a la rger story of their lives and fully engages with the viewer to prov ide a hi ghly in te rest in g insight into these prominent Surrealist artists, regardless of

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become a classic; having been ushered into the pantheon of great trave l w ri ting. His writing is sparse, laconic, stripped of extraneous adjectives, ar1d yet it spark les with clarity. it is a book which is easy to pick up and read even if, as when this reporter first picked up the book several years ago, you have never heard of Chatwin and are not entirely sure where Patagon ia is. At first Chatwin's style seems almost arid, but then the sca le of his interest becomes apparent, and nuggets of information on a vast range of subjects are dispensed with a contained and understated eloquence. The book is almost a sequence of anecdotes, a succession of characters encountered that range from We lsh farmers to Galic ian anarchists, and he ta lks to everyone: priests who believe in un icorns, exdes with ta les of Viki ngs in the Brazilian ra inforest, the Frenchman who is the se lf-proc laime d Kin g of Ara uca ni - eac h has their own story that adds colour to the sta rk scenery of Pat agon ia. He has an eye for the extraordinary, and is constantly uncovering hidden gems and making

connections, whether cataloguing Charles Darwin's dismay at the primitive Indians of Tierra del Fuego (who called them "most abject and miserable creatures" when they didn't fit in with his theory of evo lution), or searching for the remains of the ext in ct giant sloth, a piece of wh ich had sat in a glass case on his grandmother's mante lpiece.

\\sparse, lacon ic, stripped of extraneous adjectives, and yet it sparkles with clarity" Chatwin was fasc inated by the nomadic lifestyle, which became a recurring theme in his later work, and elements of it can be seen throughout In Patagonia. A great wa lker, he formed theories of how many

of the stresses of modern life could be alleviated by walking, and the lack of possessions, of being alone on foot in an empty landscape, of travelling at the natura l lope of the nomad's pace , all somehow shape the writing. Desolation Is land, Last Hope Sound, Hermit Is land the names that dot the map convey the sense of the land. Patagonia lies at the ends of the earth, and has attracted its share of eccentrics and fugitives over the years; Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid holed up in a cabin here for a whi le, and sightings of them continued long after their reported deaths in a shoot-out in Bolivia. Sorting the facts from the myths is impossible, and to an extent it doesn't matter - Patagonia was lo ng he ld to be a mythical place , and this book shows that the reality is no less fan t ast ic.

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we take. Probably a mistake.") However, he still retains an essence ofthat stubborn arrogance, which is both comical in its own acknowledgement, and laudable, with his declaration that "anyone who wants to be an artist needs a healthy dose of arrogance". Banville's curiously open split public identity is a distinct decision, which he explains was in order to notify his readers about the departure in his writing style. Under the pseudonym Benjamin Black, he can quickly write a crime noire fiction novel in the space of 3 or 4 months, whereas to write a meticulous John Banville novel would take 4 or 5 years. In the Benjamin Black mode of fluid and spontaneous writing he can mentally view the novel's outline and structure, whilst the crafting of a John Banville post-modern novel which flirts with magic realism, invokes him with much more infuriation. He jokingly says that he keeps writing Banville novels in the hope that a new novel will exonerate him from all his previous ones, and that all he can do is "fail again, fail better." Banville is currently on aUK book tour

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nature, however the play as a whole handled it well. The projected photograph of the dead Jews as a backdrop for one of the songs was perhaps an exception as it was so shocking and could have been seen as excessive, however it brought home the reality of the issues that the Company had dramatized. The production made good use of the UEA drama studio, with short monologues projected from the balcony and an added stage on the right, providing different levels to the action of the play and holding the audience's attention throughout.

Ghetto was the first Minotaur Theatre production forth is academic year, and it was certainly a great way to start things off. An incorporation of live music, unforgettable performances and death; a Minotaur production is not one to miss. The performances from all of the cast were outstanding, especially that of the fantastically chilling character of 'Kittel', a Nazi officer in charge of the Jews. Terrifying yet comical, and slightly like a pantomime villain, 'Kittel' was so convincing that he made the audience feel constantly on edge. Dealing with the difficult subject of antiSemitism is not easy due to its controversial

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the coaches wi 11 depart at ].3oam sharp and should return back to Norwich at approx. gpm You can still book your place- tickets available from the Box Office The Union has pioneered fabric wristbands, of which 3500 have been sold and distributed to student unions up and down the country - You still have time to buy yours!

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Recruited a Chief Executive Developed and presented Focus Sport policy to Union Council Planning an induction for the new Chief Executive Helping out on the National Demo

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Managed to fill all of the National Demo coa ches and booked 2 more!

Launching of the Union Volunteers Awards (check out ueastudent.comjvolunteer)

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Organising Be Safe; we have 1000 Chlamydia kits and 2000 magnets to give away - keep your eyes peeled in week 8 (wfc 15th Nov) PLUS win ÂŁso at ueastudent.comjadvicejbesafe.

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I am awake but I can't wake up I feel it but I can't see it I'm not running away from my mirror I should pray lest things get ugly I should use mushrooms I need to see a lot.

Childhood is a bird whose soul is bound for flight. But men would clip their wings and force them to the ground . Remember this for tomorrow it'll ignite your dreams so bright.

M on et has done many things to the flowers I write for jokes Do you know the flowers? If you're in the mountains, there's nothing, there's anything. Angels are flying around You need to clean your soul, Carmi I don't know what I wrote Wait for it Where are my hands?

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befo re, has it all: the damsel in distress, the devot ed yet somewhat use less boyfriend, t he sympathetic FBI agent, t he mo rall y con fl ic ted President, the guy who may not be who he appears to be, not to ment ion al iens, t raito rs, massive ly exaggerated cliffhangers and a narrat ive timel ine that JUmps around all over the place for no apparent reason. While the premise for the prog ramme might have promise, it could simply be a repe t it ion of everyt hing that has been before. How long will it be before viewers get tired of waiting for answers7 Have we, as an aud ience, not learned our lesson from the likes of Lost? Although it managed to ho ld on for six se ries, it was only the most loyal and stubborn viewers who lasted until the end, determined for answers; the same might not be true of The Event.

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With t he second season already in full swing over in America , if you stil l have n't see n Glee yet , where have you been7 The hyper-cheerful, hy per-energet ic hit show, whic h has made immediate stars of its all - sing ing all -dancing cast, has al ready ga ined a dedicated fol lowing, inc luding a who le host of ce lebrity fans who've been battling it out for a chance to appear on the show (a spec ial Britney Spears-themed episode kicked off season two, guest-starring the lady herself, no less). The show is hyper-hyped, but for once it's ful ly deserved. Believe t he hype. Glee tru ly is glee-ful. Set in William McKinley High School, Glee fo ll ows the highs and lows of the school's newly reformed Glee Club, New Directions, a club whose misfit members, branded 'Gieeks' and ostracised by their peers, struggle to deal with the sexual and social difficu lties of ado lescence, at the same time as having to fend off the advances of their arch nemesis, rival show choir Vocal Adrenaline, whi lst being led by teachers as clueless as they are. And all t his set to an amazing soundtrack, performed by a wildly, if not annoyingly

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Te mp t ing Fat es presents an enterta inin g p lot w ith a nove l t w ist. M oc kin g The X Factor, it begi ns w ith t he t hree app re nt ices be ing chose n by a pub li c vo t e. T he thr ee gir ls are t hen sent t o eart h to prove th e m se lves, and lea rn th e ski ll s th ey w ill nee d in orde r t o t ake over from th e retirin g Fates. In ea ch epi sode th ey re ceive a mi ssion , rem iniscent of The Apprentice, whi ch the y have t o d ec iph er and so lve wi th t he he lp o f t heir contact o n

together cleverly in this or iginal p iece of programming. There is one major downfall; the whole thing is shot using hand he ld cameras, one for eac h g ir l. While this is a potentially good idea, and re fl ects the reality TV style, it does n't completely work and the number of ' Face book profi le p icture' sty le shots are slig ht ly cringeworthy. At t imes t he sty le seems fi tt in g; f o r examp le, w hen th e came ras are used to create video diaries. But , in m ost ca ses, th e c haract ers are all t oo awa re th at th ey are bei ng fil med , and even w hen it is obvio us t hat t hey sho uld be t alking t o th e oth er peop le in the scene , t hey seem to di rec t all their att e nti o n and eye contact t o t he came ra. This gets too muc h w hen t he gir l be hind th e cam e ra frequentl y t urns it on t o her own face to speak th e

line that is clearly directed to another character, not to the supposed audience. So, although the idea was good , t he way it is carried out has some fatal flaws. However, that said, the characters are likeable enough, and occasionally it is even quite funny. Also, for an amateur piece, the special effects are very impressive and seem almost professional. The programme does have potential and it is exciting to see somethi ng fi lmed in and around N orwich. Perhaps t he stro ngest aspect of t he show is it s continued devo ti on to in vo lve stud ents from U EA, NU CA and City Col lege . On those grounds alone , it is de fi nite ly wort h a wa t ch.

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Simply put, Blackadder Goes Forth is mind bogglingly perfect television. The hilarious, pitch-perfect and, ultimately, touching conclusion to the Blackadder franchise remains beloved by a huge cross-section of British society. With a sterling cast that modern-day producers would throttle their own mothers for, and scripts from the now legendary Richard Curtis and Ben Elton, it took to the trenches of the Somme in World War One and found comedy gold in the darkest of places. Always treading a fine line between intelligent satire and endearing silliness, the series charts the schemes and struggles of Captain Edmund B l ackadd~r (Rowan Atkinson) and his motley crew of loyal comrades (Hugh Laurie and Tony Robinson), as they battle to avoid 'having

it's impossible to talk about wartime TV shows without mentioning the classic BBC sitcom Dad's Army. Set in the fictional seaside town of Walmington-on-Sea, Dad's Army chronicles the formation of the town's Home Guard, a group of men either too young or too old to go to war but still had the desire to defend England during her hour of need.From defending local telephone lines to orchestrating river patrols, throughout its 8o episodes, Dad's Army gave viewers many memorable catch phrases and hilarious scenarios. But Dad's Army isn't all about the 'don't panic!' and 'stupid boy' moments: the melting pot of the entire show is without a doubt the dynamic relationship between Captain Mainwaring, the Manager of the local bank, and his deputy both in the

their brains blown out for Britain', an occupation readily encouraged by the insane General Melchett (Our Universa l Emperor, Stephen Fry). The series is well loved because it successfully amuses and entertains, whilst providing a cutting satire against the thoughtless slaughter of the Great War. A subject very closely bound to the British identity of the post-war period. The final episode, as Blackadder and his friends finally prepare to go over the top, is one of the most finely written and acted pieces of comedy in the history of British television. lt is funny, warm, endearing, intensely moving but also stingingly critical of the attitudes and fallacies of an era of great heroism and great loss. MattTidby

office and in the Home Guard, Sergeant Wilson. Arthur Lowe's glorious pomposity and John Le Mesu rier's carelessness, is one of the forgotten yet truly great comedy partnerships of the 2oth century; both actors always gave confident and amusing performances, even on the rare occasions when the plots were a little too zany for words. Yet the accumulation of nine series' work came with a poignant tribute to the men who gave up their free time and sometimes their lives, to serve their country. And that's the true beauty of Dad's Army: although it's very much a sitcom which portrays the funnier antics of the Home Guard, it never seeks to mock the work those men did but celebrate their courage and determination. Eleanor Brown

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silent, secluded beach, the complete opposite of what has been seen before in Band of Brothers and especially Saving Private Ryan. There is a clear presentation of a side of World War 11 which is relatively under-represented and yet is likely to have had the most devastating effect on those involved . The Pacific undoubtedly focuses on the psychological effects of war rather than the physical effects shown in Band of Brothers this is most effectively represented in the character of Eugene Sledge. The audience is presented with his journey from humdrum yet incredibly moral life in Alabama to a gold-tooth stealing killer. lt is this development of character that is present throughout the programme that makes The Pacific gripping.

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world since then, and the blue Hedgehog, ironically, just hasn't been able to keep up. Hi s recent efforts have been generally received as a string of failures, full of poor gameplay, lame dialogue, an unlikeable cast and have generally been seen as bad all-round. There's no denying it; up until this year, Son ic's career has been in a tailspin . However this year its all set to change, because Sonic Team finally seem to be listening to the waves of anger fans have been throwing at them for the last decade; Sonic 4, Episode l, a download-only title for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 was a wel l

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E3 earlier this year when Nintendo claimed they woul d have a bigger surprise for th e indu stry. Hmm .... lt ha s be en a while si nc e vid eo ga m e designer and producer Shigeru Miyamoto stated that Nintendo are interested in wo rking in HD, though not at the risk of sullying the game play experience . Ironically the current Nintendo consoles are not known for delivering quality games. Sure,

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Microsoft is re-entering the smart phone market with a new mobile Operating System (OS), and a new line of phones. it looks set to succeed and give Apple and Google a run for their money. Why is Windows Phone 7 (WP7) so great? The standout feature is an innovative user interface (UI) . Android and iPhoneOS have several home screens that slide from side to side, on which there are icons that launch various functions . Microsoft's approach IS rather different, both aesthetically and in principle . The new approach is that users should be able to get all the basic information updates they want or need w1th a single glance at the simple, minimalistic home screen. Instead of clicking on each icon to get updates on their Facebook, emails, etc, there is one home screen . On this screen are two columns of squares - or 'live tiles'. Each of these 'tiles' represents functions and applications of the phone, and change dynamically, in real time, whenever something is updated. So if someone updates a thread on Face book, the 'People' tile on the home screen changes to reflect that. Touching the People tile shows all updates on Facebook or other social networking sites the user has subscribed to, and this is pretty much how everything works in WP7- a tile changes to reflect an update, you either think "ok, great" and leave it at that or you think "I want to know more" and press the relevant tile . it's a slick, efficient way of doing business. Microsoft have apparently learned

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the location, characters, and livelihood. This works well at the beginning, but the ending seems a cop out to clearly tie off some loose ends when the film's budget started to run out. Safe cinematography provides a gateway to consider the script in more detail, which unfortunately suffers from the multitude of actors employed. The leads are so caught up in chasing after their goal that it is never apparent who they really are; its best to check beforehand whether Pegg is Burke or Hare. Complicating the story is Ginny (lsla Fisher), who seems just to be there to give the marketing team a marketable love interest. Tom Ross

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insemination, such as The Back Up Plan and The Switch, it would be easy to assume that this film is merely regurgitating the same tired ideas. However, this simply isn't the case. Writer and director Lisa Cholodenko has managed to create an incredibly intelligent comedy, moving seamlessly from scenes of excruciating social awkwardness, which will have you dying inside, to intense, bittersweet moments. Annette Bening gives a particularly great performance, and has a surprisingly convincing chemistry with Julianne Moo re, creating one of the most witty and moving films of the year. it's already generating a ton of awards buzz; don't write it off come Oscar season. Lorna Pontefract


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its forerunner and pulls it off for the most part, but the attempt to tackle issues within Africa falls short. The 88 minute running time means that everything the group have to endure, whether it be crime, war or encounters with sex slaves, is brushed over. As the film goes on the story is rushed with the team's progress shown using dots on a map and montages, leaving the film seem empty at heart. On the other hand, the use of stop motion animation and the characters cheerful personalities make th is a light hearted and enjoyable film, even if it is a little hollow. Maybe next time they will try and tackle a smaller slice of Africa, like

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element is the major selling poi nt of th is instal me nt. This fact ajone should be a huge indicator that they have simply run out of ideas. However, even worse, the 3D just isn't that good . There are only a handful of scenes where it made the film more entertaining . it's defiantly not worth the extortio nate ticket prices . If you can't resist the u. ge to see Saw 3D ther you're a sucker for pu r. ishment. There is no m .:> ral message, and it is not f Jnny to watch people get cut into little pieces for no reason . To quote the advert 'the last piece of the puzzle is YOU'', which can be taken to mean that we are all Jigsaw's victims by being subjected to another of these meaningless sequels . Drew Nicol

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very violent and extremely sati sfying way, when his white washed American house is reduced to a pile of corpses and rubble by a team of paid assassins. Retirement over. Morris takes to the road, one of the great features of this film is its incorporation of the romance of travelling around America . Our heroes are a team of CIA agents who must grapple with the paranoia that a life of wire tapping and spyi ng through the keyholes induces. The script explores this idea with superb blac k comedy. Marvin Bogg's (John Malkovich) odd behaviour, for example, is attributed to the LSD unknowingly fed to him every day for 12 years by the US government. James Dockeray

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and soldierly comradeship . Unfortunately most of this is undone in the last 20 minutes by the embarrassingly cheesy 'happily ever after' ending . This is a film to be consigned to the bargain bin forever; a shame, as it had the potential to be an interesting and realistic look at modern warfare, like Hurt Locker, or Lebanon, either of which you would be well advised to watch before paying to own this. Alek St ood ley

Perhaps what is most disappointing about Get Him to the Greek is that the film did have the potential to be a successfully bawdy, slapstick comedy. Russell Brand is washed -up rocker Aldous Snow, who has agreed to do a ten-year anniversary gig at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Jonah Hill is the lifelong fan, an eager young record executive who proposed this idea to his boss (Sean Combs) and now has to get Snow from London to the Greek in 72 hours. This proves far too short a time when Snow seems

hell -bent on destroying the plans through partying and drug taking, which Hill's character Aaron Green quickly gets caught up in . The central, initially humorous, set up of Brand and Hill's relationship and their ridiculous antics, are simply regurgitated in various different locations creating a disjointed final product with little sense of a proper narrative arc. Whilst Brand's pastiche performance is worth watching and the shocking

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announced that the Star Wars series would be getting both 3D cinema and blu-ray releases in 2012. With regard to the original trilogy of films, a number of fans' worst fears were confirmed; only the 'special' edition versions of the movies would be making it onto the next generation format. For those not familiar with them, the 'special' ed iti ons of the trilogy contain several new CGI sequences and are updated in o rder to synchronise better with the prequel movies that Lucas released a f ew years ago. Naturally, allegations of hypocrisy have been

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after all. Without going into too much detail, one sc ,~ ne towards the end of the film invo lves several ch ild ren, yes children, being ripped apart by Eli, and although you see very little of what's going on, it's extremely shocking. What the director was trying to achieve through the seem ingly gratu itous violence is puzzling, like much of the film, but it's sti ll a fascinating watch and it's beautifully filmed . If you do choose to wa t ch this, make sure you avoid the English dubbed version and go for th e subtitle s. Al ek Stoodl ey

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them to try and explain the horror to everyone else w ho hadn't seen it. The villain is the Horned King - a sinister ske leton with John Hurts' voice and Alan Sugar's temperament. His features are rarely shown, leaving the child's imagination to conjure a truly terrifying ima ge of him .

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that 1t's more to do with the original's questionable fashion and technology. But, then again, it begs that question if the same magic would have been created if it were set in modern day Some little things are lost through its translation, 路 but what it lacks it makes up for from powerhouse performances from the child actors, drilling down to the core of their odd and awkward conversat ions. it's the first vampire film, in a long time, that doesn't piss your money or their blood up the wall, so check it out. Paul Martin

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of this7 Th ere 's a greater issue than that though; George Lucas doesn't own Star Wars. Hi s public does. When films inspire a religion, when children are named after both principal and minor characters and when catchphrases become imbued in the vernacular, no one man can claim ownership of that. Nor can one man try and change it. Get your damn Crayolas away from our movie Lucas, lest you disturb the force any further.

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Jumanji has quite a frightening concept for a famil y film. Th e titular board game emanates a tribal drumming sound until it's discovered, then proceeds to hold its players hostage whi le it moves the counters

around the board by itself. Eeri e riddles foreshadow each trial just before it occurs, and dangerous animals spawn into the real world to stampede through houses and attack the public. The most traumatic element is Van Pelt - a hunter who pursues Robin Wil liams' character and has no issues with shooting other human s, including children. A psychotic murderer, anarchy and deadly animals - all the components that could form a horror movie. Well played, Jumanji. Amy Griffiths


INTERVIEWS Mv PASSION blitzed the Arts Centre on 29th October as part of their relentless Ul< tour. Venue's Alec Plowman was on hand to chat with laurence Rene, John Be and Simon Rowlands before the show ... You've played almost every day of this month on what seems to be an incredibly rigorous tour. How does it feel playing so many dates in such a short space oftime? Laurence: Yeah, it gets tiring, but when we're doing shows that are so good ... this tour has been our first proper headliner since t his t ime last year and to see how it's grown in that time is very encouraging . You're quite happy to play so many dates when it goes like that. To get such great responses from t he crowds .. . you get over the aching body parts and dying bodies because it's so great every night.

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Laurence: You always have dreams of what you want to do when you have the means to do it.

Simon: There comes a point where you have to branch out.. . Laurence: I mean, the workload becomes greater and you want to reach more people

so you need to do that. The core group of us still stays the same . We're still working at Outhouse which is a small studio, but it works well for us. We like that intimacy. lt feels right .

Simon: We've got the light show now that we're programming. That's pretty much the limit of what we can do right now and we're thinking what the limits will be in the future . Lawrence: We want it to be as big as the music will allow it to be.

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Simon: I guess with the latest tour it has been the video. We did a video a couple of months ago for our tune called Dreamboy with our good mate Lawrence Hardy. lt's been on TV and having a video on Kerrang, Scuzz and things really does make a huge difference with things. You get kids who sit at home and watch the day through and if they see a band on there they will think "Oh, wow!" and instantly go and check them out.

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Where did the idea for the video (which features strawberry picking, a stage of hay bales and aeroplanes) come from? Rob: When we wrote the song it was in the summer heat and we just wanted a fun, bright video that really got down what the song was about.

Matt: We never wanted to go without the experience of Uni. lt was just awesome, the best three years I can remember. But we wanted to do both; I guess it was us just being greedy! I think if we are honest this is ultimately what we wanted to pursue afterwards. lt was always in the back of our minds and we kept up our playing through Uni. This one is for Simon. As a former UEA student, what aspects do you miss the most from campus life in Norwich? Simon: I miss hanging out at the Red Bar in the afternoon between my lectures, going to the LCR like all the time . I guess I just miss the general feel of the place, being in those rooms, being in the library. lt sounds weird but being around all that concrete is

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such as Dreamboy, made them focus. Hailmg from Sweden, Dead By April seemed to be an apparent draw for a section of the audience tonight, and even without a drummer, just a picture of Alexander Svenningson's face taped to the back of the drum kit; their set was smooth and built up of their most well known songs . The band's dedicated fans wasted no time in turning the floor into a frenzy and trymg to tear Zandro Santiago (voca list) from the stage into the pit.

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it's a Sunday and it's cold outside so a sold out venue of indie kids dancing to Darwin Deez's East Coast pop looks like the best way of keeping warm. For those unable or unwilling to embrace their inner Sebadoh, Deez's eponymous debut LP may have seemed repetitive and even a l1 ttle lacking in depth. Live and in person, however, Deez and his band are a notoriously different animal. With complete nonchalance they open w1th tw1sted and distorted b-side Lights On before new smgle Up In The Clouds gets the audience eating from the palm of the lanky protagonist's hand. The vaguely vitriolic Bad Day shimmers as 1f Mogwai had been let loose on it and drummer Greg Richardson fills out the

brilliant Bomb Song wh il st retaining all of the charm and Pavement- li ke beauty of the album version. Both Radar Detector and the infectious ConstellatiOns are met with the kind of rapturous response that they deserve, every word bemg hurled back at the stage. Throughout it all hyperactive gu1tarist Cole Smith bounds and writhes around the stage looking like the Ritalin-starved bastard son of Tom Morello and Rivers Cuomo; his outbursts of noise giving Deez's geeky pop the Sonic Youth edge that it needs when taken to the stage. Somehow the quartet's regular forays into rap battles and choreographed dances (ton1ght an Enya/Rage Against The Machine mix and a disturbingly good Single Ladies to name but two) fall perfectly into the set, never cringe-worthy and always worry1ngly entertaining. Deez's electric personality and flawlessly capt1vating band allow the set to switch between the ridiculous and the sincere with consummate ease, carrying the crowd w1th them effortlessly. All of this points towards the fact that Deez is an immensely talented songwriter with all the charm and charisma to grow still further; but like reading the book before watching the film, Deez has to be seen live in all his skinny, moustached glory to be fully understood. Alex Ross


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Jools Holland is one of those rare musicians whose personality is utterly charming and whose music has the capacity to captivate an audience of all ages within seconds. With nearly 2000 people crammed tightly into the LCR on a bitterly cold Friday night, it didn't take long before the band's extensive passion for rhythm and blues shone through, transforming the room into a euphoric trip down musical memory lane, one which could warm even the coldest of hearts. Despite being alongside over a dozen

other members of his band, Holland and his piano took centre stage in every sense. They ran through a fantastic set of jazz and boogie-woogie classics which included Double 0 Boogie and Remember Me, which got the crowd bopping, tqpping and clapping away vigorously from start to finish. However Jools was by no means the only star of the show, and throughout the evening he invited some of his special guests onto the stage . First was reggae legend Rico Rodriguez who performed an unrivalled cover version of Louis Armstrong's What A Wonderful World which everyone sang along to, as well as singer Rosie May who performed a captivating version of Muddy Waters I Got My Mojo Working . The main vocal star of the evening was the wondrous Alison Moyet whose sultry set, which included some of her most well known songs such as Love Letters and Only You,wowed the crowd with every word . By the time gospel legend Ruby Turner was introduced towards the end of the setlist and got everyone dancing and cheering to her soulful sounds, Jools Holland and his Orchestra had succeeded it making it a memorable night for all those who attended, and every face left the LCR with a glowing smile. Chris Hayward

them to the attention of the mainstream get the response you'd expect, every single line of Fat Lip and In Too Deep are howled out with clamour and conviction. What's surprising though, is just how well cuts from their more recent albums are received, sometimes thin on record, they become multi-dimensional fan favourites

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was not so present, be1ng sacrificed for b1g club beats. Tinie paused for breath after these two thundering tracks, choos1ng to greet his audience with the usual appreciative speech we have all heard too many times. He went on to play Frisky, however Tin1e made it clear throughout the gig that he didn't want fans to just be enthused by h1s commerc1al s1ngles . He explamed that h1s debut album included many personal songs of substance, someth1ng he feels lackmg 1n today's music industry. Such songs included Obsession and Let Go the subtle beats and reflective lyrics of which had the fans st anding serene and appreciative. M iam i 2 Ibiza , Tinie's collabo ration w ith Swedish House Mafia, was the storm that followed, creating a frantic mosh pit in the midd le of the crowd. He ended his gig with an encore of h1s number 1 hit Pass Out and Tinie reached out to his many fans, showing his true love and appreciation for both them and his music. Fans left pleased and fulfilled having seen an artist who seems to have proved his worth. Adam Wed lake

Tinie Tempah has proven over the last year that he is at the forefront of Brit1sh rap and hip hop. Being one of many to emerge from t he ever expanding British grime scene Tinie has risen to the top of the pack, both in his re put atio n and the charts. His gig at UEA was part of his debut tour and a chance t o prove that he co ul d live up to hi s reputation in person, rather than bei ng protecte d by st ud1o tri ckery. Pull down screens above the stage t eased fans, showing him backstage sipping champagne and revelling in his new found fame and riches. Despite this his entrance was oddly ca lm, however the air of concentration he emerged in was soon abandoned as he erupted into t he exp losive Intra. An onslaught of freestyled lyrical dext erity foll owed , but was t hen seg ued int o Simply Unstoppable, where lyri cal skill

03 11 that their live shows have embraced the1r mus1cal development and ton1ght was no exception, with the melancholic, yet uplifting Kasia showcasing Eva Spence's split-personality vocals. One second a cooing choirgirl, the next shneking as though demon1cally possessed, the petite singer drew all eyes upon her as she sinuously wound her way across the stage. Old favounte I Love Turbulence saw the front row engage 1n a dedicated display of head bangmg that surely tnggered a sharp rise in cases of neck arthnt1s across Norfolk. However feverish the reception for Rolo Tomassi, there was a sense of anticipation building that could not be quelled by the Sheffield mob alone. Two flickering spotlights hung from the ceiling 1nto the darkness, transformmg the Waterfront into an apocalyptic bunker - the perfect setting for The Dillmger Escape Plan's cacophonous clamour. There was no chance of fleemg from the quintet's devastatingly complex sound as they launched 1nto a set that p1tted songs from new release, Op 'ion Para!ys1s against classics such as Sugar Coated Sour. Renowned for the h1gh octane nature of the1r l1ve shows, the band did not disappoint, with front man Greg Puc1ato scaling the overhead p1p1ng and delivering his vocals upside down, his head disappearing into the seething crowd.

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Stepping into a hum idly packed Waterfront, support act Katy B got off to a spritely and eager kick-start, desperately aiming to brand herself the queen of pop-step. She effortlessly sends the eager crowd loopy, especially when dropping her chart smasher Katy On A Mission. She also had an interesting, Shoreditch-esque backing band, and performed a great cover of DJ NG's Tell Me What it Is. The build up to Magnetic Man's entrance had a perfectly constructed, subbass led, tension-building atmosphere that you wouldn't usually see shy of a festival. The stage sported a white-light set up that would leave the most levelminded a bit glitchy afterwards. Then, on swaggered three silhouetted figures dressed in all-black, oozing a路 confidence which immediately captured the hype of this audience. Alongside them was the MC for the evening, renowned for his residency at DMZ @ Mass, Sgt. Pokes. Kicking straight off into some squelchy

techie business from the start, they seamlessly flowed into Ms. Dynamite's banger Fire. The Bug, a track from the new album, saw Sgt. Pokes' vocals synthesized live. Alongside all this gut-wrenching noise, the crowd were treated to an epilepsy

osHuA FISHER, 'ATLAs' One of the many talented artists who currently make up the Norwich underground scene, Josh Fisher has been making enough of a stir to attract label attention . .The result of this, the Atlas EP, produced in part by legendary Smiths producer Robert Pusey, emerged blearyeyed and delicate before a spellbound Bedford Crypt.

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inducing lightshow. However, half an hour into the show and things had become a bit stale, as a stroll through some of their weaker tunes had started to lose the crowd's attention. This may have had more to do with keeping

their record label happy, but either way something large needed to drop ... Forgetting this 'popstep' formula that's caught the majority of this audience's attention, Magnetic Man substituted their commercial melody for the wibbly, stomach-punching agro music that so many love them for. This clearly came as a shock to the 'gap-yah' clique, who were left scratching their heads, but the reemergence of Katy B for Perfect Stranger was enough to get them excited. With laptop controlled music, it's pretty hard to see how it can go wrong, and considering the talent of these three individuals, you can't help but wonder whether they are three times as good together. Still, Magnetic Man is the perfect display of how commercial, and yet how twisted, dubstep has become . The future of the genre is uncertain, but it's undeniable that these guys are heading straight to the top. Ant Firth-Ciark

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personal Seasong, a gorgeous showcase for his voice (which drifts seamlessly between brittle and powerful). He was then joined by The Miles Away Project, and the gig switched from an intimate acoustic affair to a full on psychedelic folk jam. Particularly great were Failed Experiments, with its breathtaking harmonies,

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Vegetable Stew. This is not to say that Vegetable Stew feels sloppy. Lee is a true craftsman , and never feels any le ss than comp letely in control of his audience There 's no telling how good Vegetable Stew could get by the time th e tour runs its course. Don 't you dare miss 1t when he brings it to Norwich. Duncan Vi cat- Brown

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Kevin Bridges played three dates at the Norwich Pl ayhouse this week, with sold out crowds at eac h. Th e Glagow-born comedian, a mere 23 years of age and alread y a national star, is selling out venues across th e country in his 59 -dat e autumn tour. He is not the on ly one. Television has woken up to stand -up comedy, and wave upon wave of circuit comedians now find t hemse lves on our TV screens. Not since the alternative comedy scene of the lg8o's, w hen sta rs like Ben Elton and Harry Enfie ld racked up big audiences on Saturday Live , has stand -up comedy been suc h big business. If there was a start ing point of the rise of the stand-up, it may have been Mock the Week. The programme's format all ows comedians to shoe -ho rn parts of their routine into a pane l-show environment

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After alm ost th irty years of slav in g away in the alternat ive scene, Stewart Lee is hitting somet hin g of a career peak. Hi s celebrity fans, inc luding Ricky Gervais (who, essentially, 'borrowed' Lee's schtick for hi s own sta nd -up tours) have been getting increa si ngly numerous and voca l, and hi s stand -up/sket ch show hybrid, 2oog's Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle, was a sleepe r hit, despite Lee's own attempts to sabotage it; in a sat iric al review in Time Out, which he wrote, he described his performance as "pos itively Ne andertha l, suggesting a j ungle-dwelling pygmy, strugg ling to coax note s out of a clarinet that has fallen from a pa ss in g aircraft."To cap it all off, Lee's much f eted status as \lst Be st Stand Up Ever' was upgraded t o l2th earlier this year by a public vote. Still below Michael Mc lntyre, but that's just the world we li ve in. So it is w ith no sm all weig ht of expectation th at Vegetable Stew t entat ively

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and has made stars of the previously little known comedians Ru sse ll Howard and Frankie Boyle. TV execs soon twigged to the fact that stand -up was cheap to film and eas ily marketable. Vehicles like Live at the Apollo, Stand-Up for the Week and Michae/ Mclntyre 's Comedy Roadshow have been created as showcases of comedic talent. Like Mclntyre and Howard, stand- up s like John Bishop and Step hen K. Amos ha ve been handed their own shows. Bridges is perhaps the biggest benefactor of all, skipping the slog of loss-mak ing Edinburgh shows and tiny ce ll ar gigs th at is the path for comed ians in their early twent ies. Li ke many popular comedians, Bridge s maintains a Twitter account. Since its advent, previously niche comedians have been able to bui ld up large followings, making light work of publ icity. In the chummy world of comedy, a few re-tweets

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and a lesser-known friend's follower count can go through the roof and in the world of the pithy one -liner, many gag-merchants have found a natural home. Following in the footsteps on Stephen Fry, comedians can shape pub lic responses to both government and the media . The press, in turn, eagerly swa ll ow cheap, popular copy, gathering tweets and printing them in "Best of Tw itter" columns, further exposing comedians to a joke-hungry British pub li c. No boom la sts forever, of course . But with TV companies still feeling the bite of the recession and Twitter firmly embedded in the national media, it's unl ike ly the stand -up bubble will burst for some time yet. For Bridges and eo., t he crowds are only getting bigger and bigger. George Michael

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a healthy reputation for stand -up comedy both with in the society and throughout Norwich at large . Throughout 20lO, the Norw ich comedy scene has been heavi ly supplied and supported by up-and-coming comedic talent from within UEA's walls. A variety of comedy nights across the city now benefit from Head li ghts' services, li sting at least two members on every bi ll . In addition to this, the society now plays host to two gigs on campus on a monthly basis -t he now year-old Graduate Bar showcase and the recently-introduced open-mic night in the Blue Bar. As far as future projects are concerned , the troupe is currently rumoured to be working towards a Spring Showcase in aid of Comic Relief, comprised of sketches, stand-up and musical comedy, as well as guest appearances from any other

performance-based societies they can get th ei r wa nd ering han ds on . Ulti mately, however, their goal is to take a show t o the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 20l2, alth oug h a "reco nn aissa nce mission" there is already planned for this coming summer, during which members might very well have a hand in the odd open -mic night here and there. So, a society wo rth wa t chi ng, then ? Most defin itely. Returning this year with a doubled membership and two regularly hosted nights on campus, Headlights is, quite simply, unavoidable and, like a guilty smi le, it's only going to keep growing until it bursts into peals of explosive laughter somewhere dangerously quiet and terrib ly public. Don't say you weren't warned. Sarah Arnold


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BRINGI G A SUCI! OF SOUIH PACIPIC SUNSHINE TO NORWICH From the people who brought us the hugely successful club franchise Po Na Na, comes the eagerly anticipated opening of the Tiki bar club Lola Lo; with chains now open in Norwich, Brighton and Oxford, no doubt Lola Lo will be quick to rocket to success with both students and di ~, cerning club-goers alike. As we said our goodbyes to the Moroccan themed warmth of Po Na Na, we must now welcome with open arms (and open wallets) the newly styled, tropical themed club . Eclectic Clubs & Bars, the mastermind behind such chains as Sakura and Embaro 59, took inspiration from the lush extravagance of the ancient Polynesian islands and its inhabitants. Complete with bamboo seating and hand carved wooden decorations styled like the Polynesian Gods, Lola Lo promises an intimate bar and club experience which will transport you to the fresh decadence of the South Pacific. There are set to be three different student nights to choose from throughout

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