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Rudichenko as Prince Florimund and Anna Samostrevola as the Fairy of Goodness. Th1s dynamic trio demanded stage presence, particularly when the prince was led by the vision of the sleeping beauty in the woods. The world formed on stage only added to the charm, from the elaborate costumes to the detai led stage set- there were four layers of cloth used to create the castle, complete with fabric pillars for the interior. Another interesting device was the large semi-transparent cloth, whereby flashes of the storyline can be seen with the fading in and out of the spotlight. Where there wasn't ballet involved, the pantomime served to bring out the essence of the fairytale. Sergei Davydov was bril liant in the dramatic portrayal of the villain Cantalabutte. Not short of humour, the audience's laughter could be heard whenever the comedic routine of officer with the magical ly transformed donkey head appeared. Additiona lly in the third act, Dimitry Shevtsov and lnna Andreeva entertained the audience with Puss in-Boots and Cat's playful feline waltz, all of wh1ch built up the family -fnendly

atmosphere. The arrangement featured the best of Tchaikovsky's compositions, conducted by Vadim Nikitin. Those familiar with the Disney animation would recognise some of the scores that were adapted for the soundtrack. 'The Garland Waltz' was especially memorable as it had been adapted into the love song, 'Once upon a Dream'. There were very few flaws to this

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Great Britain. lt is made up mostly of graduates from the infamous Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, where they trave! with their own fantastic orchestra under the baton of talented conductor Ale xander Kantorov. Swan Lake is a ballet by Russian composer Tchaikovsky and his wide ranging work accommodates symphonies, operas, ballets, instrumental and chamber music and songs. He wrote some of the most popular concert and theatrical music in the classical repertoire including Swan Lake, The

Von Rothbart. Swan by day, princess by night, the only way to break the spell 1s if an unblemished youth swears fidelity and marries her, which IS where the character of Pnnce Siegfreud comes in during Act One. However, before he can confess his love for Odette, day breaks and she returns to the form of a swan . This played out beautifully in the duet sequence between the two characters which enchanterl the audience, highlighting SPBT's mastery of some of the most difficult ballet techniques and injecting a palpably emotive aspect to the performance. Act Two dazzled the audience with a stnng of stunning dances performed by the guests at Sigfreud's 21st birthday party. Whether it be by sorcery or one too many drinks, the Prince is fooled by the evil sorcerer into swearing his love for another woman,

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LITERATURE>HARUI<I MuRAI<AMI>NoRWEGIAN Wooo Coming into 1987, Haruki Murakami was a young author who had enjoyed a moderate level of critica l and commercial success for a han dful of genre-b lurring nove ls, known for blending both Japanese and Western styles with elements of Eastern mythology. When he announced that his next novel, Norwegian Wood, was essentially a romance, many of his hardcore fans assumed he'd lost his damn fool mind . Fast forward to today, and Norwegian Wood has sold more copies in Japan than any other novel, propelling Murakami t o such a leve l of fame that he fled to the US In 1991. But fear not.; despite the overwhelming sales figures, this is no Twilight. Proving that they are just better t han most people, t he youth of Japan went out in droves to buy a great novel that transcends the typical romance mould in every way. lt's the story of midd le-aged businessman Toru, his days as a student in late 6o's Tokyo, and his relationships with two very different women. One is Naoko, the long term girlfriend of Kizuki, his best friend . After Kizuki sudden and unexpected suicide, t hey take solace in each other's mutual grief, but Naoko's own fragile mental state threatens both their relationship and her life.

THEATRE>NoRFOLK The recent performance of Fiddler on the Roof at the Theatre Royal by the Norfolk & Norwich Operat ic Society was charming and enjoyable to watch, and received a glowing reception from the audience. The night undeni ably exhibited great pride in raw local talent and was a rem inder of how much musicals make us smile, despite their popular stereotypes. First produced on Broadway in 1964, and standing in history as a record breaking production, the show is and continues to be a huge success worldwide. Whether shown in New York, Jerusalem, Tokyo or Paris, Fiddler on The Roof is prominent in attracting diverse and large audiences with its dazzling dose of catchy songs, witty characterisation and bizarre imagination. Set in the quiet village of Anatevka, Russia, just before the Russian Revolution, we are introduced to Tevye (played by John Mclnnes), a poor but decent father of five daughters who doesn't live life as easily as he wishes. A Jewish man who often questions God's choices of the small pains in his life including his 'moaning' horse and his lack of sons, we see Tevye's appreciation for culture and tradition as a focus for the way he lives his life. Change, however, threatens all that he once knew, as his daughters reach out for independence and question tradition as being both shallow and limited .

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Love is presented as a key theme within the show, as Yente (the local matchmaker) loses her touch in her pairi ng involving Tevye's eldest daughter. In particular, we see issues of wealth, race and pride interfering with romance within the tight community, provoking questions in the audience's mind as to their actual significance in comparison to love, as well as love's importance for acceptance. Protagonist John Mclnnes was the star of the show as an average father who appreciates a drink and the comforts of money. Sympathetically the show also portrays a family separating and breaking away into the unknown, providing something the audience is able to relate to with a great deal of empathy. Tradition is seen as giving order, comfort and security to stop ourselves failin.g or falling "like a fiddler on the roof". The cast was full of all ages, and everybody seemed confident and convincing in their roles, whether singing or acting. The production effectively brought together the entertaining and talented efforts of all the cast members and was definitely a memorable, effective and most of all entertaining performance. A (perhaps) less profound but nonetheless relevant and refreshing inclusion in Theatre Royal's Spring programme. Harriet Jones

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over to in -depth interviewing that made t he show f ee l a lot less slee k than intended . lt wasn't all bad news t hou gh - Dav id Mitchell's 'Listen to Mitchell' ran t -tocamera segment wo rked bril li antl y live, and Charl ie Brooker's partiall y prerecorded and carefully scripted analysis of the situation in Tunisia demonstrated how good the show could be if the hosts were all owed t o play to the ir strengt hs. In short, there is a mass of potential here for an excellent programme that maint ains and heighte ns Channe l Four's reputa t ion for innovation and the foregrounding of current affairs. Simply, it needs Charlie Brooker doing more scripted , pre -prepared analyses as per his Newswipe experience, more Mitchell rants, less cringe worthy sketches and more t1me given over to in-depth interviews. Despite these deficiencies, if you find Paxman a bit 'old hat', this is worth a look. MattTidby

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and critical success winning numerous awa rd s, in clu ding 3 Emmys and a Golden Globe, as well as spawning a successful spin-off, now in its fourth series, entitled

Priva te Practice. Th e show cen t res large ly arou nd t he trials and tribula t ions of one of the new interns, Meredith Grey, who narrates the episodes, and whose complicated love life, along with those of her fe ll ow interns, (who helpfully give their conquests nicknames such as McDreamy, McSteamy, and the equa lly im ag in at ive ly na med, McVe t ), w ill soon get you hooked. You too will find yourself being dragged into the fast-paced and often witty world of who's sleep in g w ith a fe ll ow in tern , who's sleeping with a patient, who's sleep1ng with their boss, and who's, well, just sleeping. All of wh1ch is set to a killer soundtrack. Of course. Natalie Fletcher Season 5 and Season 7 are currently airing on Living TV.

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A seemingly anti-BBC atmosphere in the press has inadvertently exposed a broader question: is there a place for a compulso ry pub li cly funded broadcasting service in this U) modern digita l age 1 r The £140 a year for the license fee is a fairly large amount of money, especially for a:: those on low incomes like students, but this personal cost has to be weighed against the '<( be nefit s. The BBC provides programming of a consistent ly higher qua lity than ITV or Sky. it does t his because it can take risks, risks it wouldn't be able t o take with advertisers breathing down its neck. z it seems unlikely that programmes such as The Office, Gavin and Stacey and Life on 0 Mars wo ul d ever have been made wit hout th e BBC. Th e news con t ent from t he BBC is t he envy of t he world. Impartial, fair and easily accessible it benefits society even Indirectly; I U) without the BBC setting the standard, it is fairly easy to imagine how our news channels <( wou ld go the way of those in the USA: po larised , extremist and biased. 1.1.. One of t he last barricades against t he "fox ifi cat ion" of the UK news media is t he BBC. Anti-License Fee campaigners suggest a subscription model, why should they pay

for others to watch the BBC? A subscription model for the BBC simply wouldn't work, not enough people wou ld voluntari ly pay a charge to maintain th e qua lity of news and programming that it currently stands for. Advertising IS not a solution either, advertising would drive the quality of programming on the BBC down. This would be bad for society as a whole . There are many more arguments in favour of the license fee: the good work of the World Service, the commitment to niche programming, their online content; but in the end, there's one th1ng that many would say is even more important: there are no adverts on the BBC. Mark Morris


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the 'vegetarian' vampire (most of the time); and George, the unwilling werewolf. Brought together by remarkable coincidence the trio not only have to deal with coming to terms with who they are but with each other and the dangers attached to being a ghost, werewolf and vampire in modern Britain . With the third series starting recently on BBC Three Being Human has managed to remind audiences

of what sets British television apart. Rather than focusing on special effects, Being Human is concerned with character and narrative, creating those that the audience can relate to . Not only this but there is a move away from the standarcl vampire-related formula emerging throughout US film and television : young, innocent human meets strikingly handsome, mysterious man, she finds out

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of your muddy water-jar I filling with the perfect ring I singing under everything" again means that w hat starts out as a subtle dialogue between father and son ends up stnving for something metaphys1cal and missing it. The poem for his other son , 'Why Do You Stay Up So Late' is better, and quite moving in its stark depiction of the complexities of the father-son relationship with the son trying to understand what it is his father does, ending with the bleak couplet "then I paint it with the tear to make it bright. /That is why I sit up through the night". Yet too often, one of Rain's main strengths, the formality of Paterson's poetry, ends up becoming one of its greatest weaknesses. Th e t itle poem apart, where the lyric acquires the force to brush such concerns aside, Paterson's verse too often seems sing-song, as if the main focus of the poem is to find a good rhym e. 'The Rain at Sea' would be much more effective if it did not contain suc h clunky rhymes as "There wo uld be all hell to pay. 1 I turned and shut my eyes and lay" Yet, just w hen it seems that Paterson has rather overdone it, 'The Lie' appears, building its mystery slowly through its hypnotic AABA rhyme scheme before bringing the whole thing crashing down and leaving us dazed and disoriented w ith the ferocity of it all. Rain then is a confusing collection; sometimes good, sometimes bad, sometimes both at the same time, and never clear whether Paterson meant it to be this way or not. lt is a deeply earnest book, and yet it contains an ode t o a godd ess of Georgian techno . lt beseeches us that "I fell to somewhere far below the earth" but, at the end of the collection , reassures us that "none of this matters". Paterson 's mastery of clear, direct English is to

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CREATIVE WRITING EVENTS Thursday 3rd February - Stop Sharpening Your Knives 4 Anth ology Launch The Stop Sharpening Your Knives series is fast estab li shi ng a reputat ion for spotti ng t he best new poeti c talent around. Edited by the poets Emily Berry, Nathan Hamilton, Sam Riviere, and Jack Underwood, SSYK 4 is being launched atThe Book Hi ve, Norwich on Thursday 3rd Feb from 6.30 . There wi 11 be drinks, readings, copies for sa le, editors and contributors mingling with whoever wants to come and join in. Free entry. The anthology is also available from Eggbox Publish1ng (www.eggboxpublishing .com)

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We'll lie still until everyone's asleep and gone . We come out at night. At night we come alive . We'll climb out into moonlight, Ghost-light, that's right . Skip like young children . Break the silence, make up neat words. We burn like spirits, Borrow wings and fly for 7 hours at a time . We come down like meteorites. Now everyone's awake . We'll lie still with half-smiles in our sleep.

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Blind and lovesick on the serenade they will fly till they die Because they knew how to live all along

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En Route Waking with the taste of last night in your mouth, and here and there flashes of a gritting lorry soundtracked by the beeping of its slow reverse Plugging in your iPod to drown it out, finding it midway through your favourite song and remembering where you were when you stopped listening to it sat on a bus, ignoring the man tutting, thinking of her and wishing you were not. In the morning, she is a thought fading like music from a car passing

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Hook, which is self-exp lanatory. Sackboy's new contraption becomes essential to much of the action gamep lay, and, w hilst it can sometimes be frustrating to direct, it mostl y behaves as you would expect and gives the game va riety that you'll want to exp loit. Another potentia l game changer is the package of Move-on ly co-operative levels which are great fun , but all too brief. As well as these tools, which feature throughout th e game, there are level specific weapons that always keep things fres h. For example there is our favourite, the Cak inator; quite sim pl y a gun that fires cakes. How such a simpl e idea can change gameplay shows the genius behind th e game; you can use cakes to fire at enemies, make fire tra ve rsable and, most impressive ly, to st ick to the leve l so you can create. Finally, Media Molecule have also made it possible to alter the visuals and audio to unrecognisab le levels, but, most importantly, they ha ve made it possible to directly control objects with your controller rather than with th e Aoaty Sackboy contro ls. Throughout the game a combination of cunning level design

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As Apple's App Store reaches its 10 billionth download, the nature and narrative of contemporary computing is changing into a more streamlined, simpler, centralised experience. Although Apple did not invent the idea of a centralised store for application programs (apps), they have certainly popularised it. Google, RIM and multiple other corporations have launched their own equivalents to varying success, with the Android Marketplace being the biggest competitor - it currently has more free apps than the iOS App Store, although less overall . Microsoft have taken (quite right) steps to stop Apple from trademarking the words "app store", and Amazon have confirmed that they are working on their own, undoubtedly similar app store. it remains to be seen whether Apple will achieve a Hoover or Aspirin level of brand recognition and monopoly on the word "app" to the extent that people start calling all programs "apps". In any case, the result of all this is that . it is understood by the vast majority of Smartphone owners that the sole and only way to download and install apps on their phones is to go through such stores. it's significance is in how it is spreading from phone operating systems to desktop OS like Mac OSX and Windows, and how it's easily foreseeable that within five years all software on all computing platforms will be exclusively available and downloaded from monopolized, corporate app stores such as Valve's cross platform Windows and Mac Steam gaming store. lt would make

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@Simwise Glamour model, Gamer, Music Journalist and just plain weird, ex- UEA student Alex Sim-Wise lets you into her weird and wonderful world filled with Otaku wonders and her newly acquired 'assclown'. Just by following her you'll discover some of the weirdest sights the Internet has to offer.

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@robbrydon Chap. Plain and simple. This wonderful welsh comedian continues his everyday wit and humour onto his twitter page by just tweeting on as he does. The man's a natural at what he does, and his everyday tweets just show this talent even more. @GregPuciato Singer for Mathcore band The Dlllinger Escape Plan, Greg Puciato knows what it means to get mashed, rock hard and tear the place up . His Twitter is a mix of a mad man's observations on life and promoting his many projects. No matter what he's saying, it'll always be filled with profanities and it'll always be hilarious.

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computing a lot easier and safer for the majority of users, and would likewise make the distribution of popular software faster and more efficient. it fits in line with the Apple philosophy of taking responsibility and control away from the users, and

retaining it for themselves, which has proved extremely popular in recent years as Apple products like the iPhone and iPad sell extremely well, despite cries from their critics that they are restrictive . In hindsight, the evolution of app stores seems almost inevitable, as the Internet and computing becomes more consumerist, mainstream, and profitable. The target demographic has shifted, and

this new business model has been brought upon us because of that. Is it a good thing, though7 For t he majority, it will make things easier and smoother. Making software and computing easier for the masses seems like an mherently noble goal. Yet people such as Wikipedia's founder, Jimmy Wales, have called app stores "a threat" and "dangerous". While the goal of making things easier for the average user is laudable, one has to ask if the means it is being done by is the right path . Is taking away control and choice, which app stores arguably may do, really better than helping develop people's capacity to browse the open ecosystem of the Internet as a whole and independently install software on their devices? While this is simple enough for desktop OS, for a Smartphone, manually browsing and installing may be seen as too hassling and only for t he hobbyists. Therefore the solution to making the end user experience easier, but without binding our hands and shoving things down our throats is to simply have more than one shop in the high street. Apple would be loathe to do th1s, but should things such as the Amazon app store and others develop a quality and big enough range of exclusive apps on Android OS, then Apple would eventually have to cave and allow a free market environment. This would stop repeats of events that harm consumers such as the recent disappearance of VLC media player from the app store.

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clipping her nails. Again, this emotional abuse has a sexual tone, and Nina 's break from asexual innocence ties in with the break from her mother. The film plays with the imagination, fooling the audience with what is real , so you do not find out the full devastation of the tragedy until the end . Play1ng on dualities, the film is simple, yet effective. The audience is carried through the conflicts in Nina's mind, her emotions and her experiences. Although Nina falls from a lift during the first part of the dance on the opening ni ght, she wins the theatre audience over and as the curtain closes whispers ' I felt it ... Perf ect.

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and re lationship rapidly falling to pieces. The film is one of true emotions and is essentially pulled forward by the characters . lt deals strong ly w ith the ideals of friendship and re lationships. The Dilemma sets out the premise of these ideals right from the outset with a discussion on how long it takes to fully get to know someone , and as the film progresses, it shows that it does not matter, so long as peop le stay true to each other. Although The Dilemma is not a comedy, it has comedic moments that really tie it together into a neat little package of brilliant effect.

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Damon's quiet performance as a humble man searching for happiness. The most powerful sequence shows George tentatively beginning a re lationship with a young woman, only to show the heartbreaking speed with which it unravels. Hereafter's problem, however, is the structure; much of the running time is used to convincingly establish the characters. Thu s the strands converge at an inevitab ly fa st pace with such hackneyed devices that the plot descends somew hat into the ridiculous. it's a shame; up to this point the film finds itself upon the side of credulity, due mostly to the subtlety of Damon's performance, which remains worth seeing. Emily Bater

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in horror for a long time and The Ward brings nothing new to the long list of associated cliches. Stereotypica l goodlook ing girls being picked off one by one' Check. Disproportionate amount of stormy weather' Check . Twist ending that's visib le a mile off' Check. In fairness, Heard does remarkably well with the flat dialogue she is g1ven, although other characters (the brainy one, sexy one, babyish one and angry one) are too stereotyped for empathy. The Ward also contains a hair-raising musical score and enough gore to discomfort the average cinemagoer, although die-hard horror fans may find it induces a yawn, rather than a scream. Sam Dordoy


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generic. All too often we've seen the working girl who has no time for love, desperately trying to make it in a male orientated world . Predictably, things begin to go well for her when she hooks up with Adam, another producer, presumably her first romantic relationship for many years . Although the acting was good Harrison Ford seemed out of place in this film . Despite playing the role well, he seems better suited to the action adventure genre, and his intense drawl seemed to slow the film down . lt is always a pleasure to watch Ford but perhaps in this case he was cast for his star status rather than any true suitability for the role . Helen Jones

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Lisa (Reese Witherspoon) is facing a crossroads in her life; having been recently cut from the USA Softball team, she finds herself questioning everything from her life plans to her newly blossoming relationship with baseball player Matty (Owen Wilson) . What she certainly doesn't expect is the interception made by George (Paul Rudd), a man tackling both a federal investigation and a volatile relationship with his father (Jack Nicholson). This romantic comedy had all the potential to be adorable in its mushiness while creating some laughs

along the way but somehow it ended up falling short. None of the characters are particularly well deve aped, and the chemistry between them feels somewhat lukewarm . The way Paul Rudd's storyline interlinks with the rest of the plot feels awkward and stilted. Its most exciting moment comes way too late in, and it's a shame the director James L. Brooks didn't play upon it more . Thankfully, there are a few funny and endearing scenes sprinkled throughout the narrative, which rescue this film from complete failure . However, each time one crops up you do feel as if you're catching a glimpse of just how great this film could have been . Lorna Pontefract

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Following the murder of his wife and child at the hands of former commanding officer Ouentin Turnbull (John Malkovich), scar-faced confederate soldier, Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin) is left with the ability to speak to the dead. After discovering that Turnbull died in a fire, Hex turns to bounty hunting to satisfy his murderous desire for revenge, utilising his supernatural powers to track down his targets across the vast and desolate Wild West. Despite the popularity of the DC comic on which it is based, Jonah Hex· fails to deliver anything but a

Forget the backdrop of a grotesquely pristine Beverly Hills high school. Forget the cast packed with thirtysomethings playing late teen-somethings. This isn't your typical slasher movie. The setting of Calm McCarthy's gothicmeets- kitchen -sin k-d ram a is a cinematic outing council estate on the barren outskirts of Edinburgh, Scotland . Mary (BAFTA Scotland award -winning actress Kate Dickie) and her teenage son Fergal (played by newcomer Niall Bruton) are on the run from her ex-lover Cathal (James Nesbit). In an

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intelligence. Nesb1t and Dickie offer deliciously dark and comple x performances. The gritty realism of the physical backdrop coupled with the atmosphere of gothic terror, as well as the strange eroticism evoked through the practicing of black magic, leaves us with a movie that is strange, yet compelling . The Outcast is worth seeing and more than worth the rental fee on those lazy Sunday afternoons. Doug Baulf

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CoMING ... world in Jul y of last year, the gun toting, scantilly clad female protagonists (Vanessa Hudgen s included) now have many a fanboy salivating over their keyboards. The film it se lf combines the wor lds of fantasy, action and sci-fi to surrea l effect. Beginning in a mental institution, protagonist Baby Doll is played by Emily Browning (ot herw ise known as that-girl-fromL emony-Snicke tt - all grown-up) who must excape the mental asy lum within which her stepfather has imprisoned her for his own dark purposes. To escape this torture, as well as a labotomy that is ju st

fiv e days away, Baby Doll, along with her companions Sweet Pea, Rocket, Blondi e

thinking, and yes the girls do sound like extras from a Power Puff Girls movie but

and Amber, must fight for her Iife. Leaving the scenery of rural Vermont far behind, Baby Doll 's coping mechanism is that of an alternate reality, and from here on in things litera lly escalate to out of this world. I know what you're

have some faith in Snyder's talents - they really do kick some bad-guy ass as sti lls from the set reveal dragons, weaponry and exp losions ap lenty. In true Snyder fashion , the sty listic elements of Sucker Punch break every rule in the book

and as we move further into the imaginary world of Baby Doll 's psyche the snippets of CG I relea sed so far suggest that, as the tagline adequately suggests, You Will Be Unprepared. After the iconic sequences in 300 there is no question that Zack Snyder can do vio lent battles as well as anyone. Although his back-catalogue has been criticised for appealing only to niche audiences, this time around a healthy mix of battle scenes juxtaposed with the emot iona l frailty of our heroine means that Snyder may have found the perfect balance at last. Th e relatively unknown cast of lead ing ladies have been

perfecting their martial arts techniques and armoury skills for a large part of 2010 apparently learning from the Navy Seals themselves . Physically, th ey certainly look th e part and here's hoping they pull off emotional challenges of thi s reality- bend ing asylum drama with as much conviction . Whatever the outcome, cinema goers and Snyder fans alike certainly have their proverbial ears pricked. Having waited patiently for 2 years since Watchmen , lets hope Sucker Punch, released on March 25th 2011, is the knock-out everyone's expecting. Beth Davison

ANNA EASTICK chokes back the tears and takes a look at one of the great losses of the recent cuts: The UK Film Council.

MOVIES much -needed sources such as the Nationa l Lottery, a significant number of British films have become fully or part funded by the council. Recently nominated f or over 25 prestigious awards, The King's Speech has rec eived overwhelming success, and is partia lly funded by the UK Film Counc il. lt is start li ng to think that films suc h as these cou ld not have existed without this national financial backing . lt is unfortunate then to come to terms with the notion that soon there will be no UK Fi lm council. Yes, sadly, this short-lived

cinemat ic sav iour has come to an end. In July 2010, it was announced that the Film Counci l was to be abolished as part of the many costcutting measures made by the new Tory government. Th e organization is set to comp letely close down with its assets by Apri l 2012. The question here is obvious, w hy7 Why choose to axe the Film Counc il 7 Over the course of ten years it has channel led roughly ÂŁ16om into films such as Bend it Like

Beckham, The Last King of Scotland ancJ This Is England, building an archive of films unimaginable before its

founding . lt seems the new government has ostracized an organization that has helped to construct a strong British identity though cinema, and bring in considerable revenue while doing so. The CEO

of the UK Film Council, John Woodward remarked, British film "deserves better". So what happens now7 The prospects of the UK film industry look increasingly bleak, and the future is uncertain. lt is more than likely that the number of UK films produced each year will decrease and that products will have to rely on overseas financing, forming the basis of a film industry that we can no longer call our own. lt is not just money that is an issue; Briti sh films will now become internationally constrained by a significant

amount of overseas input. Just as our national cinema thrives, the new government has abruptly challenged the industry in it's prime. lt is a/most like the nation has sat down to wa tch a fi lm, and just as the story is about to get good; they are told they cannot watch the end. One thing is for sure, that if this were a movie, the Tories would be the villain s. So lets be the heroes of this story, let us support the fi lms funded by our ve ry own nation.

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winner of the Best Actress Academy Award, for a sta rtling role which saw her portraying a young woman in the American South, trying to deal with the racial undercurrents of loving a wh ite correct iona l officer from a raci st family. What do you do next7 Dress her up in lycra, give her a whip , and make her act a script that sees her strut around rooms like a dominatrix more then talk. You can argue th e X-Men film s had a part to play, but it was this film that wiped all her previous achievements off

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as hispanic as George W. Bush. A mistake all the more glaring, because a much better candidate for the role, Rita Moreno, is constant ly sta nding right behind her.

John Wayne in The Conqueror In 1956, Hollywood picks John Wayne to play the

part of Mongolian warlord Genghis Khan. The result is every bit as bad as it sounds . An Asian accent from John Wayne would sound about as reali stic as one from Dick Van Dyke . To his credit, MrWayne seems to rea lise thi s, and de livers each line with the same American drawl he used in his Westerns. Slap on some quite racist make-up, and you 've got a role that's only good for one thing; type it into YouTube, and have a good laugh . Tim Bates


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On a bitterly cold Saturday evening it takes something truly special to drag gig goers away from TV trash such as the desperate meat market that is 'Take Me Out'. Luckily, loca l night Twee Offl is not unaware of the power of temptation, pulling together an unmissable line up at the Norwich Arts Centre featuring one of the brightest bands to emerge in British music this decade, Holy State. Whilst bar staff ladled out themed 'Holy Stew' to hungry punters, three-piece opener M EN took to the stage and in a bout of pro longed banter, revealed themselves to be far more boyish than their moniker would suggest. However, the playful in-jokes with the audience soon gave way to heartfelt punk lamentations of the frustrations and disappointments of ordinary life in ordinary workplaces. There was no rock and roll pretension in their brand of upbeat catharsis and all those watching were faced with a bleakly honest yet exuberant band of brothers who stood in solidarity with everyone in ju st another mind numbing office job . Headliners Holy State entered Twee Off 1 as returning heroes: heads held high and a stuffed magpie perched on an amp, fresh from an arena tour supporting Biffy Clyro. Norwich bred (though Leeds based), the quartet have steadily built up a reputation as a tru ly progressive punk band through

re leases on both Holy State and Dance to The Radio. Launching into a set that showcased their hardcore influences with teasing hints of Fugazi-sty le riffs, Holy State let out a pounding torrent of sound that proved brood ingly sexy and as close as possible to being unhinged without compromising the well-oiled machine that is their live act. Though heavy, Holy State's sound is not the brainless clamour of so many hardcore bands clogging the arteries of the current scene. EP track 'The Beaus and the Oglers' was accompanied by Robin Ful ler's surrealist projections, the chattering teeth and stocking clad legs flickering behind vocalist Rob Jarvis as he earnestly yelled above the menacing din. In a nod to middle aged golfers everywhere, Bassist Dan Chaudron's pioneering use of glasses cords anchored his spectacles to his face despite the high level of trashing displayed during single Medicine Hat. As a band, Holy State exemp lifies an uneasy ba lance bet ween restraint and total release and with a debut album due to be released later this year, appears to have straddled the void between the two effortlessly. After a night of primal intensity, the audience spi lled eagerly out of the Arts Centre as hopeless followers of a new musica l cu lt . it's time to get devoted...

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in some places; 'Peace and Quiet' has hints of a Joy Division/New Order sound, which complement s McVeigh's voice nicely but in other places they miss the mark and at one point during 'Is Love' they may as well have segued into The Human League's 'Don't You Want Me'! [Ed . I fail to see why this is an issue ... ] All in all, Ritual is okay. There are highs; 'Come Down' has a particularly nice section of vocals and good guitar and bass lines. 'The Power and t he Glory' starts off slow but once it gets going is a high point too . On their own the songs aren't offensive, but put them together and it becomes too much . lfthis album was your friend you'd be sick of them whining to you about their love life. If this album was your boyfriend/girlfriend you would have ended it as their initial sensitivity quickly became needy and their constant worry of their inadequacy drove youinsane.

Chapel Club's debut album, on first listen, is a bit hit and miss, flittering between inspiration and indifference. You want it to open up to you . Unfortunately, despite longing, wishing, praying and even grovelling for more on repeated listens, hit and miss is how it remains. it's not a great start when your debut's first track seems pointless. What they have aimed for is a mood setter, a wash of ambient sound to welcome you to the Palace which they have built, an overture of sorts. What they actually achieve is very little. At just shy of two minutes long 'Depths' is fine as a composition; a piece of background music for a poignant Attenborough-esque landscape shot perhaps, but as song, well, it's going to be nobody's favourite. The album sparks into life with the next track, 'Surfacing', which should be the opener. Its staccato verses are choppy and tense but finally crescendo into a cathartic chorus which impresses time and time again. it's a majestic song, one that shows the apogee of Chapel Club's talents in both their shoegaze instrumentals and, with the classic lines "dream a little dream of me", Bowman's poetic lyricism. From herein tracks wax and wane. Both 'Five Trees' and 'After the Flood' are disappointingly average and, despite only being four songs in the Horrors meets Editors tremolo/vibrato guitar lines are beginning

to grate, not because of their inclusion, but simply because the album is plagued by overproduction. What could have been a seminal release is marred by an overstated intent to follow in the footsteps of My Bloody Valentine .The vocals are lost and any promise to fill the shoes of those melodramatic indie giants are quashed as they begin to sound more derivative and even more predictable. This is not to say that there aren't some amazing tracks on the album. 'The Shore' is a brooding and dreamy, yet ethereal creatio~ ' and allows the band to show their more tender and darker side with the haunting lyrics "you liar/

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lack the rough tones with which Cold War Kids are synonymous. Previous releases sounded like they were born of heavy drinking, bitterness, and betrayal. 'Finally Begin' sounds like a Come Around Sundown B-side . Often if a film is lacking in substance, every exciting moment is crammed into the trailer, leaving the cinemagoer with an understanding of the plot without ever having bought a ticket. This is precisely

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how Venue feel's about Mine Is Yours . When 'Louder Than Ever' was released as a single, it left fans wanting more of the same . However, disappointment ensued as the album becomes dazzlingly indifferent from the intro of track three onwards. With Cold War Kids' stunning debut LP Robbers & Cowards and the subsequent Loyalty to Loyalty being self-produced, we're at a loss as to why it was a good idea to fix something that wasn't broken! Bring back the magic. Bring back Cold War Kids. Josh Clift

you coward/you snake" echoing over their subdued instrumentals . '0 Maybe I' too, is a strong song, but by this point the album needs reinvigorating . Thankfully 'All The Eastern Girls' is track number nine. Superlatives in abundance could not describe how brilliant this song is. Its beautifully crafted lyrics, accomplished guitar parts and its position as saving grace of the album make it the standalone track by a country mile. You can skip final track 'Paper Thin', because the 'All The Eastern Girls' refrain of "This IS a love song/This is a love song ... " is a much more fitting ending and the best and most sincere thing they have done. AlexThrossell


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Despite what the title might suggest , this album is not about a Monday night out at a Norwich nightclub. What 1t is about is a lifestyle fi lled with partying, dancing and sunset yard parties in L.A. Exploding out of the blocks with 'NYC Moves To The Sound Of LA' Funeral Party display the confident, cock-sureness that sets great bands apart from the average. The up-beat party tempo is relentless throughout the first half of the album and when coupled with the numerous shoutalong chants throughout recent single 'Fina le' a sometimes unnecessary in your face attitude is created. Criticised in some press for being "nothing new", Funeral Party happily play up to this with 'Where Did it Go Wrong' by wearing their influences on their sleeves. Hints ofThe Strokes and various other early zooo's American lndie bands shine through. Rather than detracting from the album this -rsroduces a change in sound to the opening tracks and gives the album much needed

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"Hey Johnny, what are you rebelling against/'' are the first words which greet you on Guilty Hands' debut album. Well, they are certainly rebellmg against the 1dea that they should fall into any part1cular genre. The further Desire on a Short Leash goes on the more it becomes clear that they will not fall into any easy indie cliches, and instead lead the listener along a wi nding path featuring a variety of musical ideas.

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and a sticky haze in the air. Lady Panther takes to the stage, saying very little .They're letting the music do the talking, which is no bad thing . it rips like a bitch, a burning, fucked up rock and roll mess . Down and dirty like an old Kyuss record, the band somehow manages to keep their sound lean and mean with an altogether Britpunkier edge. No fuss, no frills, just back of the net and they're gone ... good start. While Lady Panther seems to have perfected the art of getting straight to the point, Cold Hands are apparently in need of a crash course in cutting the crap . Well, that and staying (relatively) sober before taking to the stage. While the trio has something of a burgeoning reputation on the Norwich scene, their set at this juncture feels like the weak link in an otherwise iron-cast cha in. They're sloppy, they're disengaged and they look and sound like they're two Jagers away from waking up in a pool of their own bile. An end set instrument swap doesn't do them any favours, and the resulting debacle is like witnessing an onstage car crash . Stick to the J20 next time, lads. If Cold Hands can 't find the strength to

clean up the ir act, they might at least want some of what Fever Fever is on (whatever it is, Venue can only assume it's very illegal. We also want some .. .). The band's infectious venom is the first sign ofthe night that East Anglia could be on the verge of a musical revolution . Distinctively jagged with a noise -punk, art rock flair, Fever Fever deliver the goods with a snot nosed British wit that feels like a valiantly raised middle digit to every shit band you've ever been forced to listen to . Venue doesn't quite know where they've come from . The important thing is where they're going . With a performance already confirmed for this year's SXSW in Texas and moguls such as Everett True amongst the converted, Fever Fever could well be the next big thing. That's something that we here at Venue wouldn't have a problem with . The night's headliners have organised

this gig as a fundraiserfor their own Gravy records . They've also motivated a large number of the audience into attending. They are The Brownies, and while their name might connote the junior continge ~' of the Girl Guides, the ir music is pure rock . Proper rock, in fact : the kind of rock that starts a movement. it's sexy, it's angry, it sounds like Ouentin Tarantino shot 'gos Riot Grrrl through the head with a twelve gauge shotgun and then turned it up to eleven. The band is a well -oiled machine, powered by relentless fuzz riffing that penetrates your eardrums and leaves you sore in the morning . Over all too quickly, The Brownies leave you wanting more. Indeed, they might be in contention with Fever Fever for the title of Norfolk's premier band . Ale c Plowm arr

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.. .... £ 1.,10 Ch ickPn T ik ka Nan . ...... ..... S l .!IS .... .... Sl .i'O Peshwari Nan ...... ...... Sl .i'!l .. .. S 1.70 Chilli <~11 .. . .. .. ...... SI. i'O \ eget abl e Pa rilth a .. ........... ~ l .~rl Garlic an .. ..... S l .i'O Parath a.. ... .. .. SI .i'O KC'ema Nan .. s 1.70 Chapati or Purt>t> ....... S ll. ~S On ion .'\/ an .SI. i'O Ta nd oori Ro ti.. .. ...... .S l.:lO Plili ll or Spic ed Papad um .SO.Sil Cucu 1niH'r "r ( >n ion Raitllil.SO.!IS Cllllt IH' Y or Pick !\' .. .. Sll.SO (' hips .. .. .. .. .. ............ S l.i'O \ lint SaucP or 01Jio11 Sa lad .SO. SO an ... ... . .

But ter Nan \'pgp tablt' i\;,n

M ea t Dupi aza M u sh room B h aji ') an B r ea ds

O ni o n Sal act

Vege tabi C' Hhaji .. S:Z.:lO Sag 13haj i 1 '''"'' ' h , ...... ..S:Z.:lO Sag Ponir '/111<1<11 ,\ fun• .S:Z .:lO Sag Da l ''' '""" h ,,, l••llfli,J S:Z .:lO Bom l)ay Aloo.. . .. .. .. S:Z.:}(l Brinj al 13haji wl' '' '~"' .. S:Z.:lO Aloo (iobi .. . .. ...... S:Z .:lO Moto r Po nir /><'a'.\ ,,.," .s:z .:m Mus h room PC'as Bllaji ...... S:!.:lO

Rice Dishes Pl ain RicE' ...... .. . ... .£ 1.70 Pu lao Ric !:' ........................ .. Sl .l\0 L l' IIIO i l Fri<"<l Rice .. .. .. ........ .S:!.:>O Vq .(('ta]) l(' P11 lao Ric (' ........ .S:.! .:lO PC'as Pu lao Ric (' .. ...... .......... S:Z .:l O

................. .. .............. .s:uo

.... ... .. .... .. .. .......... S:Z .:lO

.... .s:z.:m

Set Meal For Four ......... .. . .. ' .... ' .' .... .£32 ..9.5 4 Pa p adums 2 Chi c ken T ikka (st artN ) 2 O ni on B h aji Ch i c ke n K u rm a Vege t a bl e Rogo n Pr aw n Ja l frezi Mu shroom Bhaji 1 Pul ao Ri ce O ni on Sa l ad

K orai Lam b Vegetab le Cu rr y Aloo ()o bi

2 Nan B r eads

Vegetahle Set Meal For One.. ...... .. ............. £8.50 Pap aclum Vege tab le Cu rr y Al oo Gobi an B r ea cl

Onio n B h aji M ushroom B h aj i Pu lao Rice On io n Sa l ad

Onion Fri t>cl RicP ........................... .... .... S:Z.:lll

..... s~ .: m Egg Fri C'cl RicP .... .. ..... .. .. .. S:.! .:lO ... ... ..... ..... .... .... ................ ... SL.SO

Ois(;ounts

( ~ annot b(l

apph('(l to set meals


Kurma Dishes

Chef's Specialities ......................... ... .... .. .S5.50

Chi<'kP n or l.amb Tikka Sag Pesilwari Chicken or L<unb

.. .S5.50

........... ss.:;o

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dish es are n •ry mild & cr eamy Chicken Tikka Ku rm a . Lamb Ti kka Kurmil CliickPn Kurn1<1 .. . .. .............. . 1\>leal Kurrna ........ £4.')0 Prawn Kunna .. £4.40 King Prawn Kurnw .. ......... :-1/ .:iO Vegetable Kur ma

.... S5.9'1

CilickPn or Lamb .lalfrPzi .. Butter Chicken or Lamb .lc•p ra CilickC' n or Lamb .. IT/t'tfi/JIII

ufllti/JUl \

t 1111/i .\llfl t/1/t/.\. lt/1\/1/\

lft l.,~ e

.. ~5.9:i .. S4.!1:i t/ft

Dansak Dishes /to/ , .Will/' 8. Sl/ '1'£' /, COOked ll'itft

t ///I/ Ill

t till he• 1111/tft• lifll/t'li/ tfc'\ll't'tf

ChickPn o r Lamb Mak hani .... . ... ~5.SII ./11 r/ 1 life/,· 'fl h11rh~ l/l'c/111 (J < ftl\ rJ(.I' fl

Patia Dishes

Chicken or Lamb .lhal l 1\lasala hut Jfl/fJ/1 uu/:,·cltrlfll :O.:I"t'c 11 lnllt f'''flfll

11

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11

....................... :i4.9:i

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Chi cke n or Lamb Tikka ['.lasala. , ""/:,

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............................. SS.SII

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.. ......... S4 .9.)

Cllick t• 11 or Lamb l'asa l)(l a.. llllfrl - t uu/:c ·If /!Ill t I ftl, /;,'I/ "r fw11f 1/ltfllllilf>

l't'l'l

Shahi Mutton

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.. ....... .SS.9:>

lil<'tliuut , rh •' nlt/11 dtsft .t:uml\ll<'d utili ufntuntf, \11/lwtu., ,\. h•·t/1\ ( ·.,.,/,' •d 111/lt it '.'it t lt'tlill Fn1111 1/ut·fl/11

Tandoori King Pra\\'n Masa la 1unduun kln.r:.J 1fl/f 11-", uuk,·d 1

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..... Sil.Y:i uti '/'le •'-'

Ta ncloori King Prawn Drlighl ................................................... SX .9S f..111g f11"UII'I/.\ J..!,l'lff,•cf!l/ (/ dtl_\ ,,,,., lttf

Curry Dishes tlt e.\ 1' ciislt es are m edium sp! ced 1ritlt l(rary. ltolfu·ss liS r equired

ChickPn or Lilmb MPlhi .. lt!sfc• .

CliiL'kt•11 Tikka Palia ..... S4.lJ:i Chicken Palia .................... S•UO Lamb Tikka Patia ...... S:i.SO Meal Palia............ ...S4.SO Prawn Patia ........................ 5•1.·10 King Pra\\' n Palia ..... SI.Sil VPgetable Patia .................. S:l.XO

t 1/fl\/t 1/111 .'-.c'l'/'t'tf //'f J/ 1/ //it'

\fit'< 111/ lie r/t\ c\. \flit c'.\ < uu/,'c'tf '/'it 1

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m edium spiced /tot . srrcet & sour

,\. '"·'"·cftn i>llll•·rtnlh \'tJ!~Iwrl ,\., rc·w n

Korai Ch ickE:'n or Lamb........ flll'dlf/111 fuel\·, 11 fii'IU!llh c'flh• \

11

C: lli ckt•n Tikka Dansak.. .S ~ .LJ:i Chi cke n Dansak ....... S•Ull Lamb Tikka Dansak. .. ... SS.SO Meat Dansa k .................... .S4.Sll Prawn Dan sa k . .................. S·1.>10 Kin g Prawn Dansa k .. .S7.SO Vegetahlr Dansak .............. S:l.XO

c'rJ() /(I•c/ fll ('c'l"\' t' /1

...... S:l.llO

Vledium

Madras

Vindaloo

Cli ickc·n Tikka Curry .. S4.10. ...S4.XO ................. £4.90 Lin n b Tikka Curry ...... SS.SO. .. .. .SS.60 ....... SS./0 C'lii<'k<·n Curry. ..S •I.Ill ...... :i4.:W. . ...... S4.:l0 M Pat Cm r v ........................S4.SO ...... SHiCl ....... S-1./Cl Prawn l'11 1:rv .. . .. ..... £4.:l0. . .. S-1.40 .S4.Sil King Prawn.Curry. .57.:>0 .... .£7.60 ...... S7.70 Veg<'lablc C' urry ..................... .S:l.fiO ............... .S:lBO

.s:uo ............

Bhuna Dishes lite •.\ £' dish es arc m Pdium 'piccd ,\. cooked ll'ilft OlliUIIS. !(l'l'e/1 pepp!'I'S 8. IOIIllltOI 'S <" are fairlr c/n·. ((Ill !Je mcule !toiler il'de.\ ir('(l

Chicken :l'ikka Hhu na ....... S-1.9:1 i.<•mb Tikka Bhnnii ... S:i.:iO Ch ic kPn 11hllnil .. £4 Meal l3huna .......... £4.30 Prawn 13 1iuna .. Kin g Pr<Jwn Rh una .... ......... SI.Sil Vegetab le Bh11n a

(J/ "t'f/ . t'CHJ/\'t'fllfl (/ f }I'U/11\ \'(/(}( 1'

Rogon Josh

'f'l• ,., 111111 lnury!l"l'"ill

Ta ndoori King Prawn .lh<tll Masala .... :0:1\.LJ:i Ta ncloori King l'rawn .lalfrezi ........... ::i9.lJ'i

all Rogm1 Jo.~lt dislt e.~ arl' fii 'Cfllll'l'd medium . p eel ed plum /IJIIIIII!J trit/1 fresh garlic. coricllufc.r. fresh ftigftly 11anmrcd spi ces~ fre~h /('mOll jui ce, ca11 !Jc made holler if d e.~ired

Achar Dishes

Chicken Tikka Rogon ........ S..J.'lS King Pra wn Rogon ............. S/.:)(1 Lamb Tik ka Rogon .. ........... SS.:iO Prawn Rogon ........... S-1.40 M eal Rogon .... S4.:i0 Chicken Rogon ...... S-1.:.!0 Vegetable Rogon. .. ........... s:l.RO

m ediw11 - cook ed i11 blended pickles 8. fi·esft spices

Dupiaza Dishes

......... SS.Sil Ch icke n Achar ...... SS. I 0 ............. ::i:i.~l:i Meal Achar. .. ........ SS.:W Prawn !\cha r ...................... SS.:l!l King Pra\\'n Ad1ill' ............. £7.'10 .. ......... SHiO Vegetab le Aclwr.

Sathay Dishes medium curry cooked reil it fresh musftrormts. potato & corirwde1·

Ch ickPn Tikk a ~at hay ........ S:i .SO Chicken Sa t hay ................ SS. I() Lamb Tikka S<tlhay ........... S:i.9S Meat Sat hay...... .. .... :-15.~0 Prawn Sathay.. .. ..... ~3.:{() King Prawn Sat hay... ...~1.30

all Dupia~a di.~lw .~ are moked 11·ith fr c•sh ch opp ed ouiou .~. coriauder. fre.~h tomato. l(l'l'l'll p epper ll'ilh medium spice.~. c1111 he made holler if 1/e.~ired

hicken Tikka Dupiaza......... ...S ·I.~IS b Tikk a Dupiaza .. S:i.:iO King Prawn Dupiaza .S/.:i(l Chickpn DupiaZiJ. .. .... .. S4.21l MPal IJupiaza . ...S 'I.:;(I Prawn Dupiazil ......... .S4.40 Vegetable Dupiaza .. .......... S:UlO

English Dishes lft l'.~l' c!islu•s arc sen ed u·ith cftips. lomuloc.\

Fried Chicken

8. fl l'US

.............. ..


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