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into the winter canvas . She knew his dance too . Abandoning her perch, she lifted herself out of the chair, and steadied herself as her legs swayed beneath her body. She took one step forwards, one step back and stopped . She waited for the Jay. He obl iged, mirroring her movement. She closed her eyes and began to dance . When she opened her eyes again she was dancing with her father. He was handsome, and she, a young girl. On tiptoes, her feet were gently set on his and he laughed his hearty laugh. She was learn ing her first waltz. She hugged onto her father's wa ist, closed her eyes and smelled the familiar cloudy Old Spice cologne. The chairs had been pushed away, the carpet rolled up and standing upright in the corner of the room . Every Sunday, her father transformed their living room into a ballroom . The lights would dim, candles would be lit, and the walls would instantly change themselves . The ceilings would turn gold and the floor became hard and marbled . Her father pulled her around the room, slowly and gently moving his feet with hers. She would wiggle her hips like she saw her mot her do, and would smile at her skill. She could hear her mot her humming the rhythm that she and her father were dancing to . In between, the notes wou ld be bursts of chi ldish giggles, and at one point, the notes stopped all together. "Barbara," her mother whined, with a playfu l smile across her lips, "don't hog your father all night' Give me a go ... " And off they would go. Barbara would run in between their steps, always a bit behind . They were paralleled and perfect, movements clear, solid and rhythmic, and they would skate around the living room, carefully avoiding any obstacles. She would always note that her mother would no longer hum, and they could fall in time to the music that clung in the air from years of their dance .

" ... what these hands had done, these two fragile instruments" A blink and she was years later, still dancing, and still just as happy. She was better now, long past her first waltz. She could keep up with her father of course, but he had an elegance that she lacked and so greedily envied . She coveted this time with him . Other girls would not admit to th is, dancing with their fathers, not at her age . She knew she would be leaving her father soon and these dances, these brief moments of living luxury. She would marry Jack, the charming and boyishly fine -looking classmate down the road . He was kind and gentle, from what she could tell, and he had wanted her badly, coveted her as much as she coveted the moments with her father. A second later, she was dancing with her husband, Jack. He was handsome, and she, still young. She now needed no one's guidance, but instead, could move swiftly in time with her groom . Her cheeks were warm with a summer's night and alcohol, but her feet never faltered . She hiccupped from her second glass of champagne and blushed in the face of her new companion . He chuckled . He still had the sound of a boy's laugh; it hadn't seen enough, it hadn't been around long enough to be hearty - like her father's . She smiled at her husband, and he smiled back. He was the best dancer she had ever seen . One more moment passed, and once again, she was with her husband . They still danced, and as she looked at

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Egypt in l979Aithough Matar was generally at ease w ith the audience, he seemed slight ly uncomfortable when it came to the discussion of his father's interrogation. Neverthe less, being an unavoidab le topic that featured in t he nove l, Matar later ca lm ly po inted out t hat his fathe r's d isappearance and the know ledge two years later that he had been tortured in Libya natura ll y affected his fami ly The final part of the interview invo lved less serious matters, suc h as Matar's disclosure that his chi ld hood ambition was to be a ph ilosopher. lt would have been unusual for t he average l2-year-old had it not been for his parents' encouragement for hi m to pursue literature. Matar eventua lly graduated wi t h a degree in arc hitect ure but it has not stopped him from fo ll owing his passion 1n poetry and wnti ng. Hisham M ata r's honesty in disclosing the story behind his nove l shows how

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Murd er, t o rt ure and f orgive ness are co nsid ere d throug h o ne man's di scove ry of his roo t s and re latio nshi ps and t hu s the perform an ce , alt houg h heavy (t o say th e least ) was add icti ve and enga gi ng. Kooky and sty lized, it was clear 'Th e Cha ir' had a lot of meaning behind it, and an immense amount of work had been put int o perfecting it . If you' re in a good mood, per haps this eveni ng isn't going to enrich o r furthermore provoke that fee ling, as both pieces prove m ovi ng and emoti ona lly tenacious. From

beginnin g t o end th e pe rforma nces de m onst rat ed crea ti vity, t alent and sk ill, ri ch with de pt h and symbo li c imagery, and clever t ec hniques and ideas. Despite brilli ant reviews an d a fantast1c reception , No rwic h Playhouse wasn't fu ll. lt seems C-l2 is on t he way to becom 1ng more bri lliant, innovative and we ll -known but it isn't quit e there yet. If it sou nds like you r sort of th ing you shou ld check them out on tour, but be sure to spread the word_ Harriet Jones


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rest as the performance went on to catcall the actors . Maybe it was the actors, who kept us entertained with jokes that were topical, culturally referencing events like Gillian McKeith on I'm A Celebrity. .. for her fainting attacks ("I just went over all Gillian McKeith!") or satirising the Disney film Beauty and the Beast by making the heroine dance with the giant's fingers, and giving the villain in the play the Little Britain rip off by hypnotizing people with the catchphrase "Look into the eyes, not around the eyes". There was even Nellie the Elephant who went for a happy rampage

through the jungle at one point. The set had been carefully thought through, with mice appearing from the sides to then become little children running to and fro. The giant was portrayed exceptionally well by gigantic limbs that, with the help of a few wires, managed to pick things up and carry them off stage. Finally, the costumes for everyone were over the top enough to be brilliant in any pantomime situation, with the dame (the usual pantomime stereotype of a cross dressed male) obsessed with "her" wardrobe and changing every other scene.

There were the other usual stereotypes of calling out silly things to the characters, and the inevitable "he's behind you", yet they were so easily slotted into the storyline, it would have been easy to miss them in all the excitement of finding out what was going to happen next. The music was brilliant too, with contemporary tracks like 'Walking on Sunshine' by Katrina and the Waves and 'Hero' by Enrique lglesias, alongside original composed ones and Disney tracks to set the scenes perfectly. On the third day of performance, there were still a few teething problems, yet as the play is comedic anyway, these fitted in, including a brilliant moment when not realising her weight, the dame sat on a bench and catapulted the other person across the stage. Yet, these are almost expected in pantomime. Seeing the cast in spontaneous laughter invokes the same in you, and makes it all the better. The pantomime was successful in appeasing to all age groups with its easy storyline to keep the kids happy and it's below the belt jokes for the adults, guaranteeing there wasn't a single unhappy face leaving the theatre.

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Clough, former manager of Derby County FC and bitter rival of Don Revie, Leeds Unitedturned-England manager in the 1970s. Peace shows Clough 'warts and all' during his famous 44-day stretch as Don Revie's unsuccessful successor of Leeds United. The language is coarse and the fights are dirty, and to that end Peace truly brings Clough back from the dead with his controversial 'fiction from fact' portrait of a fascinating and charmingly flawed man,

whose unfailing belief in himself above all other things is both astounding and admirable to the n'hdegree. The narrative is punctuated with little slices of football history - League tables from the 70s that see Ipswich finish above Arsenal, OPR qualify for the European Cup and Manchester United relegated to the second division. Although attacked on publication by some of Clough's family and some red-faced ex-Leeds United players, it has been hailed as a brilliantly moving representation of (lough's achievements and tribulations as a manager-and rightfully so. Perhaps the most stunning thing about this book is its continuing familiarity to a world of football fans at a time when football players have never been so alienating. Peace's Clough haggles with Ron Greenwood over Bobby Moore and Trevor Brooking in his of.lce, at the Upton Park we still know and (some of us) cherish. Leeds play at Elland Road, Derby pack out the Baseball Ground on a Saturday afternoon, and modern-day manager of Derby County is still Brian Clough's eight-year-old son going to work with his dad. No one transfers to an American pub side for money that would feed the starving- in this respect, it's almost beautiful escapism. You don't have to love Derby, hate

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it is unden iab le that Lucas and Wa lli ams are both hugely talented actors- one of the few joys of Come Fly with Me is seeing them totally inhabit the characters, making them believable, if cartoonish , individuals. Some characte rs simp ly raise laug hs due to the level of transformation Luca s or Wal liams have undergone, which doesn't say much for the material. The material is lightweight and repetitive at best, crass and object ionab le at worst. In deed, the show has sparked complaints about perceived racism and pueril ity, and at a time when television is already on the ra ck over controvers ial comedy thanks to nightmaris h Frankie Boyle 's Tramado l Nights, a divisive and popular sketch show is the last t hing the BBC needs. Therefore, whi lst Come Fly with Me looks to be successful enough to return, it's tona ll y unba lanced comedy cou ld become the next blunderbuss in the arsenal of the Press to open fi re upon t he BBC and t he License Fee. MattTidby Prev ious ep isodes current ly available on BBC iplayer

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receiving technology incurs a fee which is seeming ly obscene. Sure ly many peop le wou ld rather simp ly not pay for a TV li cense and just not watch BBC channe ls, however this is not an option. Would it not be much more reasonable to run a subscription fee for the BBC and give audiences a choice' Furthermore, with the increasing popu larity of internet-based catch -up services such as BBC iPiayer, there is no real need to pay for the privil ege of watching someth ing on te levision which can simply

be seen online for free. With an increasing number of live sports events passing onto Sky there are few live events which warrant the annua l cost of the TV license fee. Th e BBC was set up as a public service to "inform, educate and entertain" while representing the British community and promoting citizenship within a civil society.

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themed episodes, similar to the hugely popular 'Power of Madonna'. In the first half alone, there are episodes based around Britney Spears, The Rocky Horror Show Picture Show and a Christmas theme . Interestingly, it is the subplot of a love interest for Kurt which many seemed to respond to positively to overseas . Darren Criss joins the cast as rival Glee clubber Blaine, and it is his cover of Katy Perry's Teenage Dream which reached the highest position in the US charts, creating a huge buzz around the talented young star practically overnight. In all ways, Glee seems to be getting bigger and better, and television is just that bit more entertaining while it's around .

Tickets this way for the Chatsworth Express I Shameless is back and promises to be full of farcical misadventures with the bingedrinking, drug taking, overtly sexual working class rogues of Manchester. Series Seven saw hapless patriarch of the Gallagher family, Frank, find his soulmate in the form of ditsy librarian, Libby. However, as their wedding day draws nearer, Frank is nowhere to be found . Will Libby ever walk down the aisle and become Mrs. Gallagherthe third? Elsewhere, all is not well with the Maguires': after the surprise birth of baby Cilia and husband Paddy's departure, matriarch Mimi is left in charge ofthe family business. However, when she suddenly becomes ill, dozy son Shane takes over, causing more than a few problems.

Yet Mimi's eldest son, Jamie, has issues of his own to contend with when his estranged wife, Karen, returns to Chatsworth hoping to rekindle their romance for the sake of her son, Connor. But can Jamie simply forgive and forget7 With a new family on the estate and a fresh teenage love interest (or two) for the cunning Carl, series eight and its 22 episodes promises to be a strong season. New and regular viewers alike may have to suspend their disbelief a little when the show ventures into the weird and wonderful world of sci-fi with a pastiche of a much loved BBC time-travelling drama . But nonethe-less, Shameless remains miles ahead as Channel Four's premier gritty, hilarious and current night time caper. Eleanor Brown

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to take a step towards abolishing the myths surrounding the games industry and shed some light on the positive facts and benefits of having a thriving games industry, where video games are accepted and promoted as ha ving cultural and educational worth . The event itself wi ll be hosted by Gamer's Voice in the coming weeks. Gamer's Voice was founded by Tom Watson MP on social networking site Face book back in November 2009, and the group ha s since gained support from various high profile news and media sources (BBC News and Eurogamer to name a couple ... ), not to mention a few gaming politicians and thousands of UK gamers; as the gamer's representative, it is only natural that Gam er's Voice are doing all they can to save and promote the industry. The short term goa ls of the event appear to be concerned with increasing the nation 's acceptance of gaming and the games industry by striking at the heart of the nation and its leaders - members of

police chases, comes the opportunity to actually play as the law enforcement. This is not just a gimmick tacked on; it is a full single pl ayer game mode which takes an equa lly important role as the racer mode. Both Racer and Cop elements can be progressed through independently and have a distinct fee l from one another as not to feel tiresome at any point. Predictably the police career involves taking out racers to end races, whilst your Racer career is largely made up of evad ing police and winning race s. Add to this special events for both; police -less races, and time tria ls for Racers and one on one battles and clean run time trials of police and there is enough variety to keep the game fresh. In both game modes there are certain upgrades availab le; EMP blasts, spike strips, road blocks etc that add a genuine depth to the game play; as you progress through the game the AI becomes uncannily clever and t he time ly use of t hese weapo ns can be the difference earning a gold award and completely failing an event. However the biggest addition to the

Parliament. If the opinions of Parliament can be altered, even slightly, then the moral acceptance of the gaming industry will be tenfold. Statements such as the Daily Mail' s classic mi sguided clanger of a head line 'Teenager gets life for 'Manhunt' murder' (following the sentencing of 17 year old murderer Warren Leblanc in 2003), although entirely unfounded - the courts denied any connection betw een the videogame Manhunt and the murder - have been severely damaging to the public's perception and acceptance of gaming in the UK, particularl y where Parliament are concerned. Altering this perception is perhaps the biggest battle that Gamer's Voice have on their hands, though it is by no means the onl y pressing issue. Once we put problems of percept1on aside, there are other notable issues surrounding the actual industry itself The first of these is last year's disappearance of the pro posed ta x relief for game developers; pre -election plan s to bring in ta x breaks for the industry were hyped up before being ditched in the emergency budget last summer, meaning that many celebrated publishers such as EA and Square Enix have had no choice but to minimise on their British investments . The UK no longer ranks in the top three largest game producers globally, though in the last fiscal year UK game development chipped in no less than obn to the British economy, and with successful British game developers such as Rare and Codemasters there is plent y of potential fo r future profit on big scale_ The possibility of a

tax break understandably ranks high on the agenda at Gamer's Voice. The other issue at hand here is that of the PEGI (Pan European Game Information) system and how an increased understanding of the ratings system in place could relieve negative criticism of the gaming industry from Parliament, and particu larly from parents. The PEG I system replaced a lot of national ratings systems w orldwide and utilises a code of conduct to which every publisher bound to the system is lega lly obliged to uphold . If parents and guardians, as wel l as retailers, are promoting and abiding by the PEGI system at every opportunity then there is no reason why videogames cannot be celebrated and embraced as a media for all ages, in the same wa y that film, music and literature span demographics and audiences of all ages. The menu is full for Gamer's Voice, and when the fabled Parliamentary Day does take place there are going to be some serious messages to push if it is to be a success for the industry. Getting MPs hands on with videogames and family friendly motion sensitiv ity (Kinect, Move, Wii ... have your pick) could be just what it takes to get the proverbial ball rolling again . Who know s7 This time next year we could be looking at tax breaks, gaming as an art form, and oh, is that Grandma mowing down zombies in Dead Rising 2 7 What can I say 7 She is old enough to play it after all ... DJ Turner

franchise is Autolog. Autolog is a very simple feature that automatically collects the times of your friends and presents them to you at perhaps every possible opportunity. On top of all this, at almost any time that you see a friend's race time you'll be only a button press away from challenging it . Even once you have won an event on sing le player Autolog gives you reason to keep on returning to one-up your friends in a way that, normally, only typical arcade games can. The on line it is astounding; it is fun without exception. Ultimately the same as single player but with the mayhem only other humans can de liver. it's so good it threatens to distract from the sing le player but autolog and unlocks mean you will happily flitter between the two. All this is we ll and good, the game is heavy on features and we ll varied but this is of course irrelevant if it isn't supported by strong gameplay. Thankfully this is perhaps where the game is at it 's strongest. Th e controls are perhaps initially jarring if you've been playing more realistic racers but they quickly begin to feel nat ura l; allowing you to

properly enjoy what the game has to offer. The best way to sum up this game is it is exciting. The sense of speed is amazing, when you hit boost the screen quivers, your controller rumbles and the sound roars as if you're taking off in a jet.. .a sensation that doesn't get old. At any given t ime in the game you will find yourse lf holding your breath and hoping. Hoping you dodge the road block, hoping your drift somehow maintains its impossib le balance. But the great thing is, whether or not you succeed; immediately afterwards you will want to turn around and tell someone what ju st happened. This excitement along with Autolog makes this the first game to truly define what an 'Arcade Racer' is. Mehul Saman i

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Millions of people use Face book and those people join Facebook Groups in their droves. Here are a couple of emerging groups that you may have missed . Wanktastic Boasting the sentiment "EMBRACE THE WANK," private Facebook Group 'Wanktastic' promises a place for girls and boys to feast and froth over usersubmitted photographs. From what I can tell these photographs are of an explicit nature, though without requesting to join the group it is impossible to see what "froth-worthy" delights Wanktastic actually has to offer. If you enjoy 'Suicide Girls' (or guys), then 'Wanktastic' may be the Facebook group for you, just don't expect the niceties found elsewhere as it is clear from the page description that this is a damn vulgar place indeed. Pretty boys, geeks and cartoon men are all welcome at 'Wanktastic', so why not voyage into the unknown pleasures of this sordid realm and give the head count a much needed boost (because 83 members ain't worth SPAFF). lt seems the only thing they don't like at 'Wanktastic' are Biker Mice from Mars .... Do the whack off!

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struggles to perform public duties with his stammer. In desperation, his wife (Helena Bonham Carter) introduces him to speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) whose unorthodox techniques and frank manner help the prince to begin conquering his demons. Lionel's support becomes crucial when King

Edward VII I (Guy Pearce) abdicates, leaving Bert1e the throne just as war breaks out with Germany. What makes this film great is the sublime performances of both Firth and Rush, whose characters play and clash with each other perfectly. Their developing friendship and the gradual opening-up of Bertie to someone outside the family is engrossing, as is the insight into the life of a royal. With its added moments of hi larity, The King's Speech is fantastic entertainment; watch out for some copious swearing and fantastically timed comic acting from an infinitely accomplished cast . Both inspiring and emotional, in short: a real joy to watch. Cla ire Price

•••• With the vast playground of Blue John Canyon at his feet, the sheer pig -ignorant daredevil Aron Ralston is halted during his adventure by an unsuspecting boulder his lumbering awaiting arrival. Seeming like a trap which Saw's Jigsaw would be proud of, the character's mental and physical exhaustion leads him to drift into several hallucinogenic states. Character-driven plots are ones which director Danny Boyle is well accustomed to, allowing his mastery of filmmaking to explore the agonised state of a man facing certain death. The camera lingers uncomfortably on Ralston 's lowest moments

in the ravine featuring some gruesome scenes, but there IS no moment of raw expression where he finally reg1sters the concept of his fate in its entirety. This is probably down to the performance from James Franco who, accepting the burden of maintaining the interest as the film's sole main character, plays Aron with sheer determination not to be defeated, teetering between likeability and arrogance. Again Boyle seems to have raided his music collection, some welcome and some just cringe worthy, making the film both edgy and somewhat awkwardly sentimental, remmiscent of Slumdog A charmingly Millionaire. bizarre true story doing what it set out to do, but that is all. Pa ul M artin

of comic Adaptations books have become a trend within the film industry, and The Green Hornet is one which has been anticipated with a lot of nervous thoughts. Will it be a blockbuster or a total flop7 For this reviewer, the latter is true. The narrative was slow, over-done and at moments held too much arrogance and stubbornness that it simply didn't flow well. lt tried too hard and it looks like it too. If the special effects 1n this film could be set aside from the plot, one would definitely be astounded at how little there really is to the storyline. The Green Hornet

introduces so many moments of incredible effects that it is a shame the narrative falls short. Seth Rogan, who also wrote the script, played a character that is just like him in real life - it just didn't sit right within the rest of the film . What makes the film worse is the IMAX 3D aspect was not needed, and was also blurry and inconsistent too often throughout the film . All in all this is a film that will disappoint its comicbook fans; however, it may just be that those who like action movies for the sake of action scenes may enjoy it. But keep in mind that the narrat1ve IS pretty over-used and you may be bored in your seat minute s in to watch1ng 1t.

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missing . it's left up to little bookwise Pietari and his father to save the day, strengthening their fatherson bonds and clinching an usual financial deal in the process. Walking a fine line between the disturbing and outright ridiculous (whoever wrote the English dub clearly had too much eggnog), Rare Exports keeps tensions high for a tight 82 minutes with slaughtered reindeer, evil elves and a mythical, horned St. Nick. it's a shame to see this impact lapse a little in the final moments, but at least there's a suitably wholesome Christmas ending to guarantee this film as a staple festive feature for years to come. Steph McKenna

Jack Black, the slimmer half of Tenacious D (it's true!), reprises the idiot-cumprankster routine that we've seen increasingly since his attempt to do a serious role in 2005's King Kong, in this comedy flick very loosely based on Jonathan Swift's book of the same title. The picture hangs together on a straightforward 'boymeets -girl- and-bettershimself' plot, though the main attraction is the star thumping his way through a variety of tiny villages. If you thought the regular Jack Black was irritating, just wait 'til you see the supersize Black overshadowing

an entire community of islanders, whilst burping out taglines like "President the awesome!" Even if you're Black's biggest fan, main problem with the film is the script, which even considering it's supposed to be a silly, child-friendly picture, isn't tight enough - pretty much all of Swift's commentary and satire is lost in favour of the standard big -era sh-wa 11 o p- smackfart-joke routine . Not being true to Swift's vision isn't in itself a major crime though, and not every scene fails - the odd movie spoof does work- but these are workmanlike in-jokes, and the film could have done with less stardust and more suspense. George Gilbert

The biggest challenge in the development of The Way Back must have been fitting such an epic journey into a feature length film. Based on a memoir written by Slavomir Rawicz depicting his journey from a gulag in Siberia across Asia and India to freedom, all by foot, the journey is certainly epic. Character development is slow but feels realistic by avoiding allowing the characters' sense of camaraderie to grow too easily. The film makes its impact through a series of subtle yet striking scenes depicting the deaths of four of the escapees. In one of

these scenes one of the men is found frozen to death just metres away from the camp fire, doomed by his night blindness However the most exciting element of The Way Back are the beautiful locations, especially the scenes in Siberia. The isolated and beautiful scenery serves as an incredible atmosphere to the transformation of the escapees from civilised people to primeval caveman-like animals willing to do anything to survive. Although this may not quite do justice to the original voyage due to its length restrictions The Way Back is a refreshing and captivating tale of a fantastic bid for freedom.

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the shore. Instead you are treated to many creative piranha wounds; look out for the girl being carried to shore between two guys. Fully enjoying the Jaws parody there is a moment early on in the film where the sheriff considers 'closing the lake .' You'll be pleased she didn't. Piranha acts as a tribute to the B movies of old and fully embraces the pure silliness of its plot. Kate Alien

an executive at a financial firm who gets invited to a 'dinner for schmucks' (literally a dinner for idiots) . The catch is he has to bring along a loony guest in order to get some recognition and a promotion on his job. He befriends Barry (Steve Carell) and convinces him to be a guest at the dinner while putting his love interest on the line, resulting in a series of unfortunate events. Probably the worst 'comedy' released this year, Dinner for Schmucks sacrifices every comical

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nor humorous to the viewer. Comedies (or screwball comedies) are not meant to be confusing and uncomfortable; they're meant to be seasoned enough to produce laughter and enjoyment. Don't bother investing your money in this film for your DVD collection; you won't even watch it through before removing the DVD from your player and disposing of it! Lathaniel Dyer

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to this film since we all know the Pirates films never fail us. Depp is an amazing thespian and one of few Hollywood stars that masks himself convincingly behind the character he plays. 2) M ichael Bay returns with his third film 1n the series, Tranformers: Dark Moon. More robot action

mayhem, saving the planet and lovelife problems are in store for Shia LaBoeuf, who returns as Sam Witw icky. The upcoming film promises to be a commercial success (no doubt) and though the sequel (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) amassed over $8oom worldwide, it was a failure with critics. lt will be interesting to see how this episode fairs in the series so far. 3) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 the final part of the seventh instalment 111 the series sees Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) frantically race against time

to stop Lord Voldermort (Ralph Fiennes) by locating and destroying the remainder Horcruxes. Fans will be kept on the edge of their seat in this series finale which brings the franchise to a close after a decade' 4) Scream 4 - after n odd years Neve Campbell steps back into her role as Sidney Prescott, the girl infamously haunted by ghostface killers. Its 2on though, the catch' lt is a new decade which means new rules, with a new killer on the loose. Hold your breaths and prepare for more tension, drama, slashing and slaying . Courteney Cox Arquette also returns as the

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it ring any bells' lt is not a name w ith as much fame > as Steven Spie lberg, Peter 1- Jackson or Martin Scorsese, yet it is the name of one of the greatest and most eccentric directors. These t!J three film titles listed above z are the sole product of this I- truly great mind. The Good, The Bad And

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of The Big Country, or The Searchers' Sixteen years after the release of Once Upon A Time In The West, in 1984, Once Upon A Time In America was released at the Cannes Film Festival and, after a staggering 229 minutes, the audience as one rose and, according to one reviewer, received

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Rob1n Hood The 20lO epic which sought to correct historical misconceptions about our favourite hero in tights was like a nagging overproduced 01. Russell Crowe failed on pinn ing down an authentic

of Robin portrayal Longstride as his accent sktrted from Yorkshire, to Lancashire, to Ireland. While the effort lessly stoic Elizabeth I was resurrected in Cate Blanchet's rendit ion of Maid Marian. Both Oscar sporting actors appeared to be in films of their own, bugger the rest of the cast. No sexual chem1stry, no comedy, no fun for over two hours.

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5) Tom Cruise is cruising across our cinema screens at the end of 2on with Brad Bird's (The lncredibles) direction of Miss10n:lmpossible - Ghost Protocol. Cruise returns as agent Ethan Hunt to track down terrorists and maintain justice.

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still to this day is regarded as a true Hollywood legend; Cltnt Eastwood. it was Leone who took Eastwood from relative obscurity and turned him into a superstar, and even after his death in l989, Leone's influence over Eastwood could still be seen, dedicating The Unforgiven (one of Eastwood's best films) to him Through each film that Eastwood made, Leone's Influence still guided him. Even in his latest film, Gran Torino, Clint Eastwood's character IS merely a manifestation of the character he first played under Leone; the tough,

grizzled loner with a kind heart. The true testament to Leone's greatness comes mostly, not through his great movies, but from the fact that he worked on only ten films during his life, directly directing only seven of them, Leone's success record is greater than even Spielberg's or Scorsese's. it is here that the greatness of Sergio Leone becomes abundantly clear and even though his death 22 years ago, his legacy lives on through the brilliance of his films.

Don't want to waste hours of your lifr7 This issue CATHERINE W A ns grvcs a run down of five films you should not wast your money on .. . from those of us who aren't hormone -driven boys that like to play with gadgets alone 111 their rooms, can we have something a bit more entertaining for our cinema ticket please'

face' Knightley and Bloom was dragged for every out penny. How the producers

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turkeys of all time live with themselves' Shameless.

rhe Last Atrbemlet The latest produce from M. Night Shyamalan depicted bender nation of fire and

water warpers struggling for control of their world. The centre character, Aang, awkwardly named the Avatar, delivers a performance that would merit a bitch-slap from the Dalai Lama. While the rest of the cast consists of Mickey Mouse Club rejects donning bed sheets practicing taichi. Highlights include Katara, a precocious water bender, telling Aang to keep h1s wrist limp while they dance to the backdrop of computer generated glaciers What happened Shyamalan, seriously'


BRMC: You have been releasing your own albums on and off since you left your old label back in 2004. How are you finding the creative freedom? We 've really been doing it since day one, you know, we've been produc ing ourselves . And you know, first record, a lot of that stuff was done in our living room really. So .. .no big change really, you know, it's the same stresses even though we were on a major label, and we get the same shit. They were wanting to drop us because it didn't sound the way they wanted it to sound . Well we don't have to worry about that too much now [laughs] . Would you say there is anything different about touring in the UK to touring in the US, maybe in the fans?

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ashamed of being a fool. Do you think your latest album is a long way from your early work or do you deal with similar themes that still resemble BRMC at heart? Yeah, it 's all sim ila r themes : love, death, god ... that's about it [laugh s]. Even the recording style has been the same since day one, the way we put ourselves in the closet for 6 months and just write . Along the way, you start getting a little paranoid that you 're repeating yourself, you know, with the sound . But it's just music. lt's nothing .. .! got no shame with being satisfied with guitars, and drums, and bass, and vocal. lt doesn't have to be all tricked up with something that's all fantastically new. I've yet to hear it. Sound or not, I'm not particularly interested in a particular sound, I'm just trying to write a good song, you know7 No matter what; on acoustic guitar, on piano, on electric guitar. That's all that really matters at the end of the day. And the hope is that it touches somebody and gives someone just something, you know? A lot of bands share that similar vision of writing and music because they love it, and at the same time there is the wider hope that someone enjoys what they're w riting.

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I think, art comes from a place of want . And at its best that want is just to connect with humanity : at its best on a deep level. At its worst on a bullshit level. And there's plenty of that [laughs] . But yeah, I dunno, maybe I'm being too harsh, maybe that level isn't necessarily bullshit, it's just different. I can't throw it away as bullshit, I shouldn't do that. And ... it's all valid . Kind of. [Laughs] To end with, if you had to sum up the band in three words to someone who's never heard your music, how would you describe BRMC? The only way I describe it is psychedelic rock and roll . That's four words, ifthe 'and' is part of it. Psychedelic rock, and the roll is the most important part, it really is. There's plenty of rock out there, but people gotta remember the ...the good bit. The roll, that's the sex bit [laughs] ... anyway, I shouldn't have to explain it, if you know roll you either get it or you don't.

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think that the Kings of Leon of the past, rugged appearance and all, would've done the same as a caveman with musical talent and good aim would have done, caught the birds with a swing of his guitar and let the show go on. And herein lies the main resolution for the Kings of Leon: gentlemen, man up. After three amazing, brawny, testosterone rich albums, Only By The Night marked a new era. Sex On Fire was played at the end of Mercy nights for months, a sure sign that they were doing something wrong. Success brought new

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its schedule? Why is it that any track deemed 'alternative' is banished to the later hours? The daytime takeover gave a glimpse of the station that Radio ~ should be: the best music, regardless of chart success. Its purpose is to attract the ~5-29 demographic with new music, but 'new' should not always be confused with 'good'. Radio ~ concentrates too heavily on what is popular that day, the playlist always highlights this. Some of the best artists have been and gone. Almost 25 years have passed since The Smiths but is there not three minutes in the full three hour Chris Moyles Show to find room for them? Zane Lowe did. This is why the daytime takeover was a blessing. With Lowe exchanging Moyles and Mac replacing Cotton, l1steners were g1fted with unusual musical gems that would never have gained airtime otherwise. Without straying too far from message, specialist DJs proved that the playlist is an unnecessary barrier that restncts good mus1c from being broadcast. Ch1nese New Year is February 3rd, who's for a repeat'

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Th ey say that all good things must come to an end. it's a se ntiment that Robert Plant sh ares, which is a bit of a bugger really. The former Led Zeppelin front-man's recent comments in Rolling Stone magazine that equate reuniting old with his band mates to "a pain pisser" pretty much definitively quashed any lingering hope that the group's oneoff 02 gig back in 2007 wouldn't be their swan song. To be honest, Planty is probably right .

After all, a geriatric Zeppelin farting around on stage in 2011. with all the energy of a modern day MickJagger sans respirator probably wouldn't endear to their longstanding reputation as the masters of hard and heavy. That doesn't mean that we here at Venue like it though . Yes, Plant is speaking with all of the world weary logic that an elder statesman should . Yes, it's time for Jimmy Page to stop hiding behind past glories and bring out that long rumoured solo album. But since when was rock and roll ever about doing what you're supposed to? The Beatles should

,N AME: LJAM GALLAGHER Oi! Liam! We all know how much you love to brag at the annual Gallagher Christmas brawl about all the cigarettes, alcohol and coke that you've been snorting off some cheap hooker's arse and how MASSIVE all your choons are, but we all really think you should give up the post go's Oasis charade and grow up. Think about it, you're just getting older, roll with it. While you might have slipped inside the beady eye of your mind for long enough to decide to stop flogging the dead horse that Oasis had become, continuing your age old feud with your brother in just about every press outlet that you can get hold of (You'd slag him off in Concrete if you had half the chance) is getting a bit irksome . Face it, Noel wrote all of the good music anyway. it's not that we aren't still all scared of you, but Beady Eye is a properly weak name for a properly weak band . If we

wanted to listen to second rate John Lennon revivalism, then we'd just put on a cack John Lennon album . What's more, John Lennon, even at his mid-seventies worst, would never have launched an overpriced clothing line of t-shirts that Topman wouldn't wipe their arses with . That's hardly what your faithful Mancunian militia have been crying out for in the years since Be Here Now found its way into the bargain bins of history, is it? Yes Liam, for many of us you were the snarling voice of a generation, but that time, we're afraid,

never have released Sgt. Peppers, lggy Pop should never have smeared his chest with peanut butter on stage; that doesn't mean it didn't bloody work! Besides, its 2011 for god's sake. Isn't 6o supposed to be the new 30 or something? If nothing else, you could be an inspiration to middle aged men (and Venue editors) the world over. Robert Plant's New Year's resolution should be to learn to age disgracefully. Bring back the leather trousers, the floral shirts and the chest beating, "golden god" frontman antics. We're not going to think less of you for it Rob, we promise . After all, we wouldn't want you to go gently into the good night when you've still got a 'whole lotta love' to give.

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So, as you should have read in the Features section, this issue is the 25oth instalment of Concrete 1 We thought it would be appropriate then to take some time to look back across the nineteen illustrious years to the first few issues of your wonderful student paper. Now, University news may have come and gone, local events have taken place and Norwich sport has wa xed and waned but it can't be denied that musically, Norwich has remained one of the most exciting places to be a student since that distant year of 1992. Take the picture left into consideration; the all reigning master of music and much missed king of the airwaves Sir John Peel reading the soth issue of our paper. Then think back to Freshers' week, who was it that came and DJ'd at UEA, oh yeah 1t was Zane Lowe, Mr Peel's prodiga l son. Which ot her Universities can quite comfortably claim a mus1cal heritage as rich as our apparently iso lated campus7 Not many that's who I In the first ever issue of Concrete, music took up a quarter of the front page . A full doub le spread sporting the head line "From Hickstown to Hitstown" brought in

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by the UEA Student Union as an importan t site of local culture, but that man John Peel popped up again and, removing any doubt f rom the years before, firm ly placed Norwich on the musical map. "Norwich will echo to the rhyt hms of Sound City '92" is what he sa1d. Too bloody right is what we say.

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Senior Residents will play a key role in the we lcome and induction of new students and support their tran sition to un iversity life . Working closely with staff in the Dean of St udents' Office, they will deliver high quality advice, guidance and support to students living in residences and facilitate the development of a well -integrated residential community.

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Appl icants must, in September 2011, be registered at UEA either as a full-time student or, if part-time, be registered on a degree program for at least 50% of full-time. App lication packs are avai lable from the Dean of Students' Office or can be down loaded from www.uea.ac.uk/services/students/Accomm/SR. Senior Resident appointments are subject to a criminal record check from the Criminal Records Bureau.

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ntE NEW YEAR BRINGS NEW ntEMES TO ntE LCR As we find . ourselves at the beginning of a New Year, it would only be fitting to see some fresh new themes on our Tuesday night LCR calendar, intermingle with some old favourites; so Venue will be giving its readers a low down of the exciting themes coming this Spring term. Possibly the most exciting theme of the term, worthy of first mention would be the event taking place on Tuesday 15th of-February: A Night at Hogwarts. No, your eyes do not deceive you, the genius' at The Union have dedicated路 one whole night to the revolution that is Harry Potter. Wands at the ready, it's time to don your finest robes, fill your glass with Butterbeer and pretend, for one night only, that everyone doesn't dislike Emma Watson quite a lot. With countless costumes idea to choose from;

anything from Harry to Hedwig, Snape to the Sorting Hat or Neville to a Nimbus 2ooo, this theme really doesallowforthemore imaginative of you to show us your skills. For any reader who does not share this writer's passion for all things magical, then orie of the other new themes this term might suit the pallet. After a poll was conducted on the social networking sight Facebook, giving students the chancetovoteforwhichthemethey would like the most on the Spring Term calendar. Some suggestions were "Anything But Clothes", "Traffic ~ights" and "Pub Names", but the runaway winner, scheduled to take place on Tuesday 29th of March is the all new Masquerade LCR. Mysterious and glamorous, this theme calls for masks and your best outfits; a refreshing change from the usual carnage of Tuesday

LCR's. In fitting with the annual UEA Charity Week, a Charity Shop LCR has been arranged for the 15th of March. The aim of this theme is to construct an entire outfit, exclusively from buys from a charity shop. Prizes will be awarded for the best attempts at creating an outfit. A conversely controversial theme, previously banned by the University but back by popular demand is the infamous Pimps N Ho's. Ladies, think "Jodie Marsh" and you'll be heading in the right direction. Gentlemen, dust off your purple velvet jackets and polish your grills, nothing is too much forth is theme!

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Welcome to Rabbit The Union of UEA Students' newsletter. In this edition find out about: •

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Your 4 Priority Ca mpa igns; Fight Fees & Education Cuts, Hungry for Fe ed back, Gradu ation Re location and Better Buses & Car Parking What your elected Student Officers have been up to The SSF Faculty Convenor Elections Derby Day International Party The Union Awards Student Officer Elections 2011

Look out for the Home Run pullout in this edition of Concrete and check out the housing list online at ueastudent.com/ haus..::::.


SSF Faculty Convenor Elections This semester we ore having a by-election for the Faculty Convenor position in the Social Sciences Faculty. Faculty Convenors work to represent you on various University School and Faculty level boards in regard to your academic experience whilst at UEA. The campaigning for the election begins on the 20th of January, with voting beginning on January the 22nd and ending on January the 25th. Keep on eye out for publicity and the candidates during this period. SSF students wil l receive an email about the online voting system from su.vote ~ ueo.oc.uk when the voting begins . This emoil will contain a link through to the voting website. The candidates ore:

Gemma Devenish Gemma is a second year psychology student who is an active member of several clubs and societies and works in the Union Food Outlet. She also works os a student ambassador. Gemma promises to secure "decent feedback" for you , get regular "drop in sessions" mode available and lobby against "ambiguous assignment and examina tion questions." For more information about Gemma, contact her on G.Devenish :ยง'ueo.oc.uk or find her on Focebook.

RON (Re open nominations) RON is a candidate in all Union elections. Vote for RON if you do not feel that any of the candidates that hove put themselves forward ore right for the job. For more information contact Donny Keillor on union.ethics@ueo.oc.uk


Derby Day

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Derby Day 2011 is coming! The 23rd of March 2011 will see UEA compete with Essex University in up to 50 sports. Whether you are a competitor or a spectator, make sure you get involved in the Derby Day fun, which is os much a celebration of sport and our University experience os about competition.

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The Union is here for all students, so here is your chance to decide who should help run it! Every year your Student Officers are elected before Easter. There are 4 full time officers & 13 part time officers, for more information on all the positions check out ueostudent.com/ voice/elections You con vote in the elections between 24th and 29th March. Nominations open on 21st February, you can collect a nomination form from Union House Reception or download it from ueostudent.com/voice/elections

Emoil union.finonceQ\ ueo.ac.uk for more information and join the Focebook group "Derby Day 2011"

International Party As part of the Union's Go Global Week, International Party brings together a huge range of the Union's clubs and societies in one actionpacked event. There will be food provided by societies from Indian to Greek, and performances from Doncesport to Thai Society. lt' s one of the most interesting nights on campus, and on event that you definitely shouldn't miss!

The Union Awards is scheduled for Tuesday 29th March! The Awards is the chance to get recognised for all the hard work you put in to making the experiences of other students across UEA the best it con be. The Awards is on evening where we will be announcing the winners of the Union elections & awarding all the students at UEA who hove completed the Union Volunteer scheme. it's easy to get nominated. From being on active society & sports club member, running them through a committee or volunteering your time elsewhere. Simply fill out a nomination form available from The Union House Reception. Nominations are open now until 15th March. If you are interested in completing the Volunteer scheme it is not too late! Simply go http:/ /www.ueostudent.com/volunteer and follow the instructions.


Fight Fees

& Education Cuts

We worked hard lost term and convinced Simon Wright MP for Norwich South to vote against a rise in tuition fees. UEA put on coaches so that students were able to attend the Notional Demonstration on November lOth without incurring their own costs. This resulted in Norwich taking ll coaches down to London; more than any other University city in the East of England. it's January already and that means your Student Officers ore half way through their term in office. For full information on what they hove been up to during the lost term see the autumn update which you con find at ueostudent.com Looking forward , this term your Student Officers ore working hard on putting on a range of different events for students, for more details see within. We ore also working hard on your priority campaigns; here ore some of the highlights ...

This term we will be looking at the Higher Education white paper being proposed by the government and working with Simon Wright to influence its content. If you wont to help out get in contact via union.communityQ'ueo. oc.uk

Graduation Relocation

Better Buses & Car Parking

Hungry for Feedback

At the end of lost term we toured several potential venues, and this term we ore canvassing student opinions on each venue vs congregation hall - Keep on eye out for us around campus and let us know your opinion!

Whether it's buses or cars, cycling or walking, everyone has to make their way onto campus . So many of these methods of transport hove room for improvement. The transport campaign focuses on bus connections, working with local companies, and parking on campus.

Currently, the University has no policy on giving students feedback on the exams they take over the course of their degree. After sitting on exam, the University doesn't hove to give students any more information about how they did, other than a mark. The Union believes that the detailed feedback students receive for coursework should be extended to exams so that it is clear how they con improve.

If you wont to get involved contact Donny Keillor on union.ethics,gueo.oc.uk

The campaign relies on students feeding in their issues , problems and concerns with transport, either via our 'Transport Tales' Focebook event, by text (07880797360), or by emoil (union. community@ueo.oc.uk) .

Our campaign will focus on collating evidence from institutions where exam feedback is given and proving the benefits to students that this provides. lt will also aim to pressure the University from within each school, through student representatives and at a Fa culty level. If you ore interested in getting involved contact us by emoiling union.ocodemic O'ueo.oc .uk


Venue issue 250 18 01 2011