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A portfolio of work published in Southampton solent’s Sonar Magazine

Dan Taylor Mob: 07792189597

Enthusiastic and ambitious Magazine Journalism graduate, who is hardworking and dedicated. Comfortable working on own initiative and can become a real asset to any team. Passionate and experienced at communicating through the media and striving to reach full potential.

I have just completed a six-month internship within the International Promotions team of the world’s largest record label, Universal Music Group. The small team I joined were responsible for organising the press coverage everywhere outside of the US and UK. I found this extremely interesting as I was regularly dealing with the media from Europe, Asia and South America. During my time at Universal, I regularly connected phone interviews with a variety of artists, including; Tom Jones, Stereophonics, McFly, Kate Nash and White Lies. My role also meant I was also responsible for organising global promotional schedules including artists transport, servicing MTV and our international journalists with the latest releases, ordering concert tickets for the UK-based CEO’s and using the Universal finance system. I was also required to oversee exclusive album playback sessions and press conferences for Take That, Duffy and Jamiroquai, where I liased with international journalists before they interviewed the artists. I was lucky enough to even be asked to travel to Jamiroquai’s private countryside manor, where I escorted a number of journalists on a press event. I have gained vast amounts of experience in this very interesting role. I am now extremely confident in dealing with a variety of people and have been gained a knowledgable insight into the music industry.

Month-long placement at Recognise Magazine. Updated the Recognise website on a daily basis, wrote and designed the weekly newsletter, researched stories and helped organise events and product reviews. Design editor of Solent Student Magazine Planned and designed the magazine on a quarterly basis and managed a team of designers, photographers and illustrators. Student Reporter, ‘team leader’ Responsible for a team of five students producing a local pull-out for the Daily Echo. Published feature on Policing within deprived areas. Involved with interviewing local Police Community Support Officers and community members. Two-week placement at Zoo Magazine. Submitted daily news snippets to the editor, produced content for website, helped on photo-shoots, and attended a press conference with James Corden and Matt Horne. Week-long placement at FHM Magazine. Various tasks, including helping out on photo shoots. Southampton Student Ambassador Help to raise the profile of the VICE brand in Southampton predominantly through online media.

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Indesign CS3/CS4 • Photoshop CS3/CS4 Dreamweaver CS3/CS4 • Quark Xpress Sub-Editing • Media Law Online Magazine Production • News & Feature Writing SLR Digital Photography • Working as a freelance Excellent telephone manner • Writing for the web and other multimedia Excellent communication and organisational skills Commissioning of Photographers/Illustrators Confident liaising with various clients, companies and media

Academic Qualifications •2007-2010 Southampton Solent University Ba(Hons) Magazine Journalism and Feature Writing Final Grade Obtained: 2:1 I achieved Firsts in; Advanced Magazine Design, Life as a Freelance and for my Final Major Project, an edition of Vice magazine focussed on the 1980s, where I interviewed Radio One DJ Kissy Sell Out. • 2004- 2007 Palmer’s College 3 A-Levels; Media, English Language, Computing and Accredited Journalism Studies. • 1999 - 2004 William Edward’s School 10 A-C Grades including; English, Maths and Science Employment History Retail Assistant; • 2008 - Present Schuh West Quay Centre, Southampton and Lakeside Shopping Centre, Essex General Part-Time Sales Assistant and Supervisor • April 2005 - Sept 2007 River Island Lakeside Shopping Centre, Essex Formal wear/Footwear Specialist, Staff Training and Basic Management

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Work available to view at: Real passions in; Music, Sport, Gaming, Technology, Fashion and Art. Have regularly attended various music gigs since the age of 12. Previously set-up and ran a local football team of 17-20yr olds. Proficient with PCs, Apple Macs and Adobe Creative Suite. Clean driving licence.

Give Blood; Play Solent Hockey If you’ve got more balls than Chuck Norris, read on, you may have just found your true calling... University; three years of getting wasted, eating junk food and producing second rate essays, right? Wrong, well okay, half right but for those athletes out there Solent is the perfect place to add sports to your jam-packed agenda. Oh the sarcasm. Over the last few years Southampton Solent University has become better known for its sporting accomplishments thanks to its hundreds of dedicated members of Sports Solent. Southampton Solent University Hockey Club (SSUHC) has experienced its fair share of these success stories, particularly in recent years. As the new Club Captain of the ladies 1st XI it’s the success of the teams, both men and women that makes it the optimum to join the club during the 09/10 academic year. Over the last few years the hockey club has gone from strength to strength, for all you hockey chicks you will be coming into a team who thrashed their league last season and fought through multiple playoff games to get promoted in the league above. Although the men’s team didn’t have quite the same result this year, any guys coming into the team are entering an equally determined team with masses of room for improving players. So, a new season means new players. As

a team we are looking for players of all abilities, men and women. We currently have one men’s team and one women’s team, but with the influx of as many new players as possible we hope to develop 2nds teams if possible. This success of the club has come from the hard work and dedication of its players. We train once and week (on a Monday) and travel around the South West to play other universities in their respective leagues on a Wednesday. But we all know that all work and no play makes hockey a very dull game so be assured that we drink as hard as we play! We tend to go out twice a week together, boys and girls, Monday nights after training and Wednesday nights after our games. But there’s no need to worry for those of you who don’t drink or who don’t like the taste of stale sick on your lips in the morning...who wouldn’t?! We won’t discriminate, just pick yourself a designated drinker or shirk your ‘digits’ to other players at will! I will warn you though; we do love a bit of dress up. The social sector of the hockey club arranges nights out and themes usually once a month, and yes it is compulsory! No playboy bunnies, no male thongs…. Oh actually Vice Captain Josh has a mankini, it’s not a pretty

around…. Or you can contact Alice Cook (Club Captain Women) at alice_c00k@ Or even join our amazing group on Facebook ‘Solent Hockey Club’ for any information on joining, playing or simply supporting Southampton Solent Hockey Club in the 09/10 season. Written By: Alice Cook

sight…… just dirty and ridiculous outfits on a budget of course, we’re not at any of the posh Oxford Unis now! And who can mention a good hockey drinking session without mentioning the infamous initiations. For the joining members it’s something to excite and ‘fear’ and for the current members it’s a chance to see the freshers at their very best. At initiations you will also be assigned your ‘hockey mum/dad’ an existing member who should look after you for the next year. Also a quick mention of the hockey tour is a must, ever year around April we all go on a foreign tour for four or five days to play other hockey teams from around Europe. Last year Solent women’s team won the DublinFest tournament, so the bar has been set high. This season, myself and the rest of the committee have huge plans for the development of Solent hockey club. We have new sponsorship from the university union and we have redesigned the playing and training kits for all teams. We not only want to maintain the high standards set by the teams last year but we also want to develop men and women’s 2nd teams. So for all of you ‘jolly hockey stick’ players, come and check out our stand at the Fresher’s Fair when you come in September, we’ll be the one swinging those massive hard sticks


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Is this the future of English rugby? By Dan Taylor

World Champions in 2003 and runnersup in 2007, the England rugby union team has had it’s fair share of success of recent times. We all remember the heroic’s of Jonny Wilkinson and that unforgettable drop goal against Australia in the final, but where does the future of English rugby lie? Sam Stanley has been involved in the sport since the tender age of 4, when his Father took him and his two older brothers down to Thurrock RFC, in Essex. Sam’s step into the sport was inevitable, especially as his Uncle, Smokin’ Joe Stanley, won the first Rugby World Cup with the All Blacks in 1987. “I played at Thurrock for 12 years and when I became old enough to play in a position, I chose to

play at fly half as I always wanted to be like Jonny Wilkinson and be a kicker although now I know you don’t have to play there to be a kicker.” Sam soon realised his heart was in the game and his ambition was to make it as a professional but has always remained grounded: “I thought at the age of 14 when I first played for Essex it would be pretty easy to reach my goal but as I’ve got older I’ve realised there’s a lot more to rugby than just playing.” Having impressed for the Essex team over the next few years he was given the opportunity to shine for the London & South-East regional team.

It was whilst playing for London in a National trial that he was scouted and called up to the 2008 Under 16’s England squad. The team played in a 4 Nations tournament held in Lyon, which consisted of England, France, Wales and Italy. “This was my first time playing international level and also for my country so it was an incredible honour.” It was also that same year that Sam played his first matches for the Saracens A Team, alongside his elder brother Michael. In 2009 Sam made it into the England U18’s squad which qualified for a tournament in Toulon, France. After making their way to the final they narrowly lost to the hosts 20-19, but Sam prefers to reflect on the positives. “It was an incredible moment for me. The game was played in front of 6000 supporters and it was also in this game that I scored my first try for England. It was such an incredible moment.” It isn’t just Sam’s Uncle who has enjoyed sporting success. Other relatives include; Everton FC’s Tim Cahill, Benson and Winston Stanley, who ply their trade for New Zealand’s Auckland Blues and Chase Stanley, who plays for Australian rugby league team, St George Dragons.

So with all these sporting superstars in the family tree, who do you think is the biggest influence on his career? “Well, I’d have to say my biggest influences are my mum and dad. I don’t think they get enough recognition for what they’ve done and sacrificed for me to get to this point. I appreciate all the hard work they have put in and that’s what helps drive me to hopefully becoming a professional rugby player.”

Having been out for the past four months with a broken foot, Sam is just starting to get back into full training with the Saracens squad and is relishing the chance of playing again soon. “The first few training sessions back have been a lot of fun. I think the training has been pretty tough but it also been enjoyable at the same time. Lately we’ve been doing a lot of game related work which I enjoy and prefer to just running around pitches.”

Sam’s currently in his last year of college, so when he isn’t working on the pitch he can usually be found in the classroom. Although rugby and college may take up a lot of his day, he says there’s still plenty of time for a social life and likes to spend his time hanging out with friends back home or playing his guitar and singing.

Contracted with Saracens for the next two years, Sam is working hard towards earning another contract with the club in the future and is determined to reach his goal of playing professional rugby internationally. So with young superstars like Sam breaking through the ranks, English rugby is in very safe hands.

Who: A Day To Remember Where: Portsmouth Pyramids When: Monday 15th March 2010 Words: Hannah Mahony Over the past 6 months, A Day To Remember’s fan base has grown and grown like mould in a student fridge. Their pop punk popularity has landed them sold out tours and popularity that, like the bad bacteria, only seems to increase. Only a few months prior to this gig were A Day To Remember supporting Bring Me The Horizon on the exact same stage. On the last night of their (mostly) sold out tour, tonight being a definite sell out, the atmosphere is buzzing as talks of Trivium and Chimaira are attending the final gig too. The first support band to play were St Albans band, Your Demise. A lot of screamy shouty incoherent noise came from the stage at this point. I stepped away from the shouty screamy and headed toward the bar, scared to return until the next band, Architects, took stage. Having interviewed Architects only hours earlier, now listening to their live set, I found it a little difficult to comprehend how they land amazing tours and even better support slots.

Their sound isn’t overly unique and the shouty screamy is only a little more understandable than their previous stage pals. Nevertheless Architects receive a good reception leaving the crowd warmed up, slightly bruised and bloodynosed (moshers only of course). Finally, A Day To Remember take to the stage opening with up beat fan favourite, and the first song off their most recent album, ‘Fast Forward To 2012’. The fast paced song is over before you can say ‘A Day To what?’ The whole set like, a lot of A Day To Remember’s songs, are extremely quick paced and extremely fun. The entire set seems to speed by, only interrupted by some thanks and comments about how fun tour has been and how much they love the UK (naturally). Song highlights include; ‘Cable Car’ (by The Fray), ‘You Should Have Killed Me When You Had The Chance’ and an encore song, full of shouting gang vocals, ‘The Downfall Of Us All’. With a seamless set and a nuclear atmosphere, the crowd pretty much explodes, as does the stage when it sprinkles confetti all over the crowd during final song, ‘The Plot to Bomb the Panhandle’.

Words: Tom Flanagan, Layout: Dan Taylor


Amy Williams could be marked as the new Paula Radcliffe, being the next plucky, British female athlete who leaps to success in her chosen sport. Born 29th November, 1982, Williams returned home from Vancouver with a gold medal for skeleton racing, a sport which can be likened to sliding down a hill on a tea tray, albeit far more dangerous considering the ridiculous speeds involved. This was only her second major world event, and it’s interesting to see what she accomplishes next. Oddly, Williams never set out to be a skeleton racer, and begun her sporting career as a 400m runner, only to lose out when she attempted to take it to national competition level. Her decision for a winter sport came whilst watching the 2002 Olympics on television, and her first attempt was at the push-start track at the University of Bath, an experience she described as ‘exhilarating but terrifying.’

not normally prepared for, being a country without much in the way of snow or winter sports facilities, but three countries with ample facilities felt the need to complain.

This led to funding for her career and a sojourn at an ice camp, eventually leading to a second place prize at the World Push Championships with her sled, which she named Arthur. Then, in 2010, she won Britain’s first Winter Olympic gold in 30 years, through the simple system of sliding headfirst down a sheet of ice at 89mph, on a sled with neither brakes nor steering. In the process she broke the women’s world record by half a second, going on to say one of the stranger things to come out of the Olympics: ‘I feel like I’m in a little bubble.’

Alongside the skeleton racing, Williams is also experienced in athletics, swimming, crosscountry running, and horse riding. She keeps a blog, on which the entry for her gold medal win is describes as ‘Big, shiny, heavy and doesn’t leave my side.’

Unfortunately, there is clear jealousy over this marvellous sportswoman. Shortly after her gold-winning performance, Canada lodged a complaint against her helmet, claiming that it had unfair aerodynamic properties. Luckily for Williams, these complaints were thrown out along with a similar complaint from the United States and Germany. It is a delicious victory for Britain. Not only did we get a gold medal in an event we are

The entire helmet debacle came from a miniscule spoiler on the helmet but, as it was proved, they were an integral part of the design (as opposed to an add-on) and Williams got to keep her hard earned award.

Despite the fame and glory of the win, Williams is still a student, on a sports performance degree at Bath University. It is unknown whether she uses her medal as a plate when nobody has done any washing up. Strangely enough, aside from her rigorous training schedule of seven days a week, Williams is also an accomplished artist, and hopes one day to open a gallery. Sounds like competitors have a multi-talented marvel on their hands! All that can be said is that this young woman is a British sensation. Claiming that one, precious gold medal surely means she’s entitled to sportswoman of the year!? Let’s just hope she goes on to achieve more.

wolves at night Southampton’s most honest band talk Joiners, The Beatles and Timbuktu...

Playing your first gig can be daunting enough without also being the nights headlining act. But come April 29th that’s what new, Southampton-based band, Wolves at Night will be doing. Having all played in separate bands before and experiencing moderate success, the Southampton five-piece are no strangers to the stage and are more than comfortable under the spotlight. “We prefer not to dwell on our past too much. Although luckily our experiences have put us in the frame of mind where we can rely more on writing music than worrying about other aspects of being in a band.” Bored of the sub-standard melancholy bands plastered over the latest cover of NME, Wolves at Night are aiming to bring that up-beat, feel-good vibe back to the music scene, starting with Southampton.


“A lot of bands are really tapping into the recession at the moment, White Lies, Glasvegas, to name a couple. It’s miserable people listening to songs about death and daddy being gone. What good is that doing? There are better times ahead, and with an optimistic outlook, hopefully we can bring people back with a sense that they are getting something positive out of the music.” With the summer only a few months away, what better time for the boys to unveil their first two tracks, ‘Cue the Sun’ and ‘Lovestruck’, to the world of Facebook and Myspace. Filled with uplifting guitar rifts and catchy choruses it’s the sort of music you can’t help but feel good about. Brought together by a mutual love for The Beatles, the Wolves are keen to prove their professionalism as well as natural talent.

“We really respect The Beatles as a band. Not just musically, but also the way they conducted themselves. You have to take that into consideration if you want to be successful, but obviously being great musicians from the off helps too. There’s a lot of bands around at the moment, that to put it simply, cant play their instruments. We want to channel our musicianship into something positive and produce something of real quality.” The boys have set their sights high and are currently writing some new songs for a record they hope will impress some record company bigwigs. “We plan to present it to a few labels, booking agents and, most importantly, management companies. We want to show people in Southampton that we’re for real and hopefully create a buzz. One thing’s guaranteed about our performances, there’s plenty of fun, energy and conviction!” Currently studying a variety of subjects at Solent, the band acknowledge that to make the big-time they’ve got to give it all or nothing.“We’ve always had the highest ambitions for the band. Whereas some might be happy playing AC/DC and Metallica covers at ‘The Bin’ in Timbuktu, our aspirations are much further afield. If we can take that vibe to the rest of the country then hopefully we won’t be continuing our degrees much longer!”

Wolves at Night will be playing their FIRST EVER gig at The Joiners on April 29th. Tickets £5

l-r: James, James, Jamie, Jonathon, Daniel

“Whereas some might be happy playing AC/DC and Metallica covers at 'The Bin’ in Timbuktu, our aspirations are much further afield" By Dan Taylor


The Race is On... From the creation of Brawn, to Felipe Massa’s horrific crash, to the expected return of Michael Schumacher, Formula One 2009 has been the most intense and competitive season to date. With Lewis Hamilton’s championship title rapidly slipping through his fingers, the heat on the track has boiled over as Britain’s Jenson Button rakes in the points for team Brawn. Not only has this factor made the sport more appealing to watch, but the controversy over cars performances and the fight for which team has the better car has made it all just that little bit more exciting. This year’s championships kicked off in Melbourne, Australia and after Honda’s decision to drop out of the Grand Prix all together, Richard Brawn took over and introduced Brawn-Mercedes, with Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello behind the wheel. With little sponsorship and no reputation, the unknown team looked rather lost amongst the beasts that are McLaren, Ferrari and Red Bull. But little did these competitors realise just how mighty Brawn were going to be.

Button snatched up first place in Melbourne, leaving current world champion Hamilton disqualified and more to the point, disgruntled. Button also took home the winning trophy in Malaysia a week later. But as the team embraced their debut wins, Brawn faced criticism by other teams over certain mechanical devices on their cars (to be precise, a doubledecker diffuser). The accusations of these mechanical issues drove Brawn to the FIA (Federation Internationale De L'automobile) International Court of Appeal to defend his designs and prove he was no cheat. Was their unique, innovative design to improve speed a threat to other competitors? Luckily for Brawn, their car was announced legal, leaving Ferrari and other teams rather peeved. Jenson went on to win the Grand Prix’s in Bahrain, Spain, Monaco and Turkey. Brawn excelled and the tension between McLaren, Ferrari and themselves was tight.

Button was in the limelight and enjoying every second, whilst Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, who battled it out for the 2008 championship, looked on in envy. However, the hype between teams trying to make their cars faster, agile and more aerodynamic was put on hold by the media at the Hungarian Grand Prix. During the qualifiers, Ferrari’s Felipe Massa was knocked unconscious as debris from Barrichello’s car struck his head. With his foot still on the throttle, Massa hurtled off the track nose first into a wall of tyres. Chaos ran riot as Massa was airlifted to hospital and underwent surgery. He remained in a coma and risked brain damage, but the driver became a miracle as he pulled through and was back home less than two weeks later. Although the Hungarian Grand Prix took a turn for the worse for some, others had a better outcome, this mainly being Hamilton, who grabbed his first win of the championship, leaving Button in a measly 7th position. Despite Massa’s outstanding recovery, he was to be dismissed from the next four races due to his health implications. Following this news, more panic had spread havoc in the Formula One pits as the replacement driver for Massa was announced. Let’s just say the driver picked really did put the cherry on the cake. Oh yes, seven times world champion Michael Schumacher was back in the Ferrari hot seat and it was expected that the four Grand Prix’s he would compete in would boost all competitive behaviour to the maximum. With Ferrari rubbing their hands with glee, Hamilton announced he was ‘excited’ to be racing against the extremely talented German driver, branding him as a ‘legend’ of Formula One.

Jenson Button claims another GP Victory

However, Ferrari’s celebrations were cut short. Not so long after the announcement of his return, Schumacher pulled out, due to neck injuries. After several fans buying tickets for the Italian Grand Prix to watch what could have been the race off the year, they were all left rather vexed by Schumacher’s sudden retirement. Despite this though there was no doubt Brawn and McLaren were wiping their brows with relief. But, there is still time for others to catch up with Button and with several more races to follow, who will make it to the top? Will Brawn’s power still remain in control or will McLaren get one over on their biggest rivals? Or, is going to be even more gripping and will the likes of Renault’s Sebastian Vettle or Mark Webber thrash Button’s dreams and claim the world champion title. In a way the latter will be more eventful and keep up the ever so stiff competition, however I suppose it would only be fair to say a Brit claiming the championship title would give us more to celebrate about.

Words: Sarah Brogden

Kids In Glass Houses Who: Kids In Glass Houses Where: Southampton Guildhall When: Friday 26th February 2010 Words: Hannah Mahony

Ahead of their Lostprophets support slot last Friday at Southampton Guildhall, Hannah caught up with welsh lads Aled (vocals) and Ian (guitar) from Kids In Glass Houses... How you guys doing? Aled: Yeah I’m awesome thank you. Iain: Pretty good, pretty good. Can’t complain. How’s the tour been going? A: It’s awesome, it’s been one of my favourite tours ever I think, it’s been awesome just to get to watch Lostprophets everyday and play to loads of people, so yeah, very happy. You’ve toured with Lostprophets before, is it good to be back? Has it changed at all? A: Yeah, well we only did four shows with them

before but the show we did yesterday was a bit weird because it was the exact same venue and sort of vibe as the show four years ago. So yeah, quite a bit’s changed, we’re not awful anymore. The first time we did it we had five songs and it was just an absolute shambles, I think I was wearing techni-coloured clothing as well. It was a good experience but now we’re obviously a lot more comfortable on stage. What’s been the worst venue or town to play in so far? And you’re not allowed to say Southampton! I: Well… we don’t know yet because we haven’t played Southampton, it might be, y’know? A: I don’t wanna name names. I: I’ll name them. Norwich and Yeovil. A: It was just one of those shows where people have paid to come in, and just don’t have fun. I: They don’t like fun.

Damn Yeovil. You’ve just announced 12 headline tour dates, are you excited? A: Very. Very, very, very. It’s kind of all I think about when we’re doing these shows and we only have half an hour, and we’re obligated to play old stuff. The new albums not out yet and I just keep dreaming up new set lists that we haven’t really had a chance to play new stuff in ages. How do you reckon it’ll differ from your last headline tour? I: Hopefully there’s going to be more fire. A: Flames and pyrotechnics. I: We’re going to be playing a predominately new song set, so that’s going to be different for us. Because we’ve been away for so long from doing a long stretch of headline shows, we’re just really hungry for it and I think it’s going to be intense. You said you wanted to play newer set lists, but will you go back to older stuff, like E-pocalypse? A: Someone asked me about that yesterday. I don’t know, I think it’ll be quite cool to, it’s kind of like a demand thing. Every time you think someone wants to hear an old song, you play it and 90% of the people there are like, ‘what was that boys?’ I: A cheeky splice maybe? A: Yeah maybe we’ll just do a medley. It’s about one month until the new album, Dirt, is out, what can fans expect from that? A: A better album than the first. I: Took the word right out of my mouth. That’s exactly what I was going to say! A: I think it’s a lot better. A lot more consistent and a bit less… fruity. I think the songs on the first album are really good and we are really happy with them and proud of them. I think the new record’s a lot more us, and what we wanted to achieve rather than just settling for less. We just tried to write 12 songs and this time we’ve made one whole record. Do you think you’ve changed musically? I: It’s cliché but the heavier bits are heavier and the pop-ier bits are pop-ier. But it definitely works a lot more because there’s a lot more

dynamic, sonically and vocally and lyrically. There’s a lot more dynamic to the songs so they’re lot more structured and a lot bigger. Epic is the word I’m looking for. I also heard a rumour that Frankie from the Saturdays features on the record, how did that come about? I: We wrote this tune, ‘Undercover Lover’ and when we got through tracking it, we sat down with Jason Perry, the producer, and we were like, there’s a big 80’s vibe to this tune which we all love. He was like, maybe we should look into getting a female, male duet on the go because no one really does that anymore and we were like yeah, all for that. Do you have any other guest vocals? A: We have New Found Glory doing gang vocals on the song ‘Maybe Tomorrow’. I: And Dan P Carter does a cheeky little one line scream on the same song. Bit of a cockney edge to the Welsh tunes. Why did you choose to record the album in Texas? I: It’s cheaper - no (laughs). Jason did The Blackout’s last record out there and he really liked the space. He wanted, and we wanted, to get away and just be completely focused on the record. Not be like, let’s finish early tonight so we can go down the pub with our friends. It was just a ranch in the middle of no where. There’s nothing else to do. A: Made a lot of barbeque. It was like a little music commune. There was a dude there who looked like the guy from Lost. I: Looked like Hurley from Lost, he made the best burgers like. It’s a long way off to be planning, but have you got any after tour plans? A: Well we’re going to Japan after that tour. I: And we should be doing another UK tour before the end of the year. How about festivals? I: We’re doing festivals, I’m just not sure what festivals we’re doing. A: Loads of festivals I’m sure. Lovely, thanks for your time boys!

The Battle of the Words: Alice Cook

ZF u Every year at the start of the new university semester, Southampton Solent and Bournemouth round up their most talented sportsmen and women to battle each other in what has been named ‘The Battle of the South Coast.’ From football to tennis to hockey, teams from each city play each other at a variety of sports in a bid to prove themselves the better squads. So, true to tradition, on Wednesday 12th October 2009 Southampton Solent University prepared for the attempt to win back the title from Bournemouth’s very talented sports stars. Solent Football Club was amongst these teams, and submitted three teams into the competition. Although none of the teams managed to defeat Bournemouth, Club Captain Ash Stoneman was very positive about

the performance of his teams and said; ‘The three games played today were based on being a second trial for the freshers joining the club this year. Despite the lack of experience of playing together, they all put up a very stern test for an already experienced Bournemouth University.’ Some captains would see this as disheartening for the new members joining the squads, but Stoneman went on to add; ‘Hopefully now the team has been whittled down, and with the old boys back in the side, Solent football will get back to their winning ways!’ After a disappointing start to the battle, Solent looked to the Hockey Club to get the competition back on winning form. Something they did in spectacular style. Solent Hockey Club entered a mens 1st XI and a women’s 1st team squad

against a hugely successful pair of teams from Bournemouth University. The men’s result of 5-0 suggests they won with particular ease, but the reality was that the victory was well fought by Solent’s combination of solid existing players and new talent from the freshers. The women’s first team was made to work harder for their success, with a close win of 4-3. After taking a lead of two goals in the first half, Solent seemed to become a little complacent and allowed Bournemouth to come back and lead the game 2-3. The promotion winning team of last season, coupled with new and influential blood from the freshers, retained their cool and worked hard to come back and win the match. This is the first time Solent women’s hockey have beaten Bournemouth in the competition for four years. Tennis had a similar story to tell in a competition away against Southampton University. Solent started off the day on winning form when they defeated Southampton 2-8 in the first team doubles. It was the first time that talented athletes Wasif Cheema and Craig Thompson had played a competitive match with one another and proved themselves to be a well matched combo.

Girls Hockey

Mens Football

Mens Hockey

Sadly for the rest of Solent’s tennis members the results were not so uplifting. Injuries plagued the first team singles and all the men lost their matches. It was a similar story with the second team singles with both men losing out to the Southampton University boys and their impressive homemade energy drinks. Ian Palmer, Club Captain of the Solent Tennis Club, gave his own opinion of the mixed result day; ‘Overall our Solent boys played with immense passion and can take a lot of pride away from their performance.’ Tennis continued their fun approach to the day by dressing up as retro tennis stars for the ‘Sport and Wrecked’ night held for all teams at the Solent Student Union in the evening. Despite the hard work and commitment of the Solent teams, the end results showed that Bournemouth had remained unbeaten in the competition with only a few of the Southampton teams managing to come out on top. It is therefore down to the freshers next year to prove tradition can be changed. Sports Solent’s seasons continues with many of the teams playing their first league games on Wednesday 14th October. With some teams newly promoted, this season will be a fresh challenge. For the rest, the battle for promotion starts all over again.

Tennis Club

Relationship Rant Words: Rachel Lovett

Rachel has let us know what’s bugging her right now…

Uni life is stressful. We all know this. Relationships can also be stressful. Again we all know this. Put the two together = minefield! I’m in a two year relationship in which my entire first year was spent in completely different counties and approximately 80 miles apart. The minute you say “I’m in a long distance relationship”, you get the look. Anyone that is in a long distance relationship can see it a mile away. Sympathetic, with a touch of sadness. Is it because we don’t go out at night on a mission to pull the hottest person in the room? Or because we’re tied to another? Maybe it’s sadness for themselves? I’m not entirely sure but either way, enough is enough. Yes, it can be tough. Making time to see each other. Buying presents on their birthday, Valentine’s Day, Christmas and anniversaries even though your money is hardly stretching far enough to cover the bills. Then there’s introducing your lovely partner to all your flat mates and friends. The judgement commences. It’s like being on Britain’s Got Talent, but without having to dance, sing or juggle, just show your partner. You’re hoping that they’re all going to get on like a house on fire and fit in together.

People ask me how I coped being apart from my boyfriend! The same way everyone else does. The same way you cope with being away from your best friend. Millions of phone calls, messages on Facebook, the occasional card in the post saying that you love them and visits, so many visits! The times you get to spend with each other are the most treasured. You may think I’m missing out in the essence of the student life; being single and loving it, but I ‘m not. I love being able to turn down the “grinding guy” with the ever so simple “I have a boyfriend!” And now I love coming home, drunk as a skunk to a boyfriend who sits and laughs at me when I stumble over a shoe. It’s the little things that keep relationships going, and the tests make you stronger. We’re better than ever since I went to uni. So I don’t need your sympathy. I’m entirely happy with my choice to be in a relationship whilst at uni. I don’t need to go out on the pull; I’ve got my pick from the sea.



We know how tough it can be getting back into the Uni swing of things. So here’s some simple steps to get you going... At the start of this term, I swanned into a feedback tutorial with one of my lecturers, smug that I’d aced a high score on my essay. I’d left it until the weekend before hand-in but I’d pulled an all nighter and I was sure that my errors in referencing and grammar would be forgiven. I was wrong. 50% jumped off the page at me. At this rate I was going to leave university with a grade far off my expectations and spend my post-uni years in the long line at the job centre. I needed a boost; I needed to get my act together. The desire to procrastinate is stronger during the winter months,


especially January. After spending months eagerly anticipating Christmas, it’s over, just like that. You’re left with a few extra holiday pounds and a mountain of work you’ve been putting off. It can be hard to find motivation in the New Year with the cold icy weather, short, dark days and long gap in our calendars until summer begins. So here are a few tips on how to motivate yourself in the New Year and get the marks you really want.

- Write out a list of all the assessed work you have left to do and the hand in dates. Once you’re aware of when work is due, you can get started a lot sooner than the weekend before…


Give yourself breaks. Christmas is over, X Factor is a distant memory and you’ve got deadline after deadline. It can seem a tad depressing. As a uni student you do actually have to get your head down and do work every now and again. This doesn’t mean chaining yourself to the university library and never touching an alcoholic beverage again. Work out when your favourite TV shows are on and work around them. For example, work for a few hours and treat yourself with a nice hour of trashy TV. Buy your favourite magazines and let yourself have a nice read through. If you’re on top of your work, treat yourself to a night out. Knowing a night of merry dancing and singing at the top of your lungs is on the horizon will make that evening spent in the library a bit more bearable.

Don’t make us send

Mr Motivator round!

- Feel free to cut this image out and refer to in times of extreme laziness!

Words: Kat Romero


- Have a big clear out. Tidy house, tidy mind. Sound cliché but it’s easy to get stressed out when your revision notes are muddled in amongst your magazines and you find your textbook in the laundry basket. Sort your notes into sections for each unit, buy highlighters, a fresh notepad, an array of pens and a 2010 diary. Why not buy a mini white board for your room and make a note of up-coming hand-ins or helpful motivational statements (“Do your work you lazy cow or face failure” for example…)

It’s July 30th 1966, Wembley Stadium, England versus Germany, the World Cup final. The game has finished 2-2, leading into extra time. England manager, Alf Ramsey, was shouting from the sidelines. “All right. You let it slip. Now start again.” And they did. Two extra time goals from Geoff Hurst saw England win arguably their biggest sporting victory of all time.

comes, is he going to be too old? Sure he has had his bad moments, he’s missed penalties, and of course there was that red card. But an England team without Beckham in it is unimaginable. He is so passionate about football, having spent years playing it with his dad as a youngster. Who else would take them free kicks? Noone can bend it like Beckham. His accuracy when crossing and passing is second to none.

Unfortunately England hasn’t been so lucky since. Since then the furthest they have travelled was to the semi-finals in 1990, where they lost on penalties to West Germany. The ability is definitely there. The talent of Sir Bobby Charlton, Bobby Moore and Alan Ball from ’66 have been replaced with the likes of David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney.

There are some players who have still been in the prime of their game at the same age or older than Becks. Just look at Ryan Giggs, 35 years old and still going strong. Then there’s Teddy Sheringham and Paolo Maldini, who both played into their 40s before retiring. Why should Beckham be forced out because of his age when he is still such an asset to the team Of course Beckham isn’t the only valued player on the team. England is full of some of the biggest names in football.

Ask anyone to name today’s England team and one of the first names on their lips will be David Beckham. With 114 caps to date (59 of which he gained as captain) and 17 goals he is a national icon. But with him pushing 35 years of age by the time South Africa 2010

Current captain John Terry is well known for his defensive qualities. His leadership skills are admirable and he leads the younger players by example. He is the kind of player every manager wants to guide their team.

One of the most promising up and coming players is Tottenham’s Aaron Lennon. The 22-year-old is a skilful and very talented player. With him sprinting up and down the wing, his ability to both produce and score goals is definitely one to watch. Everyone remembers the shock the country went into back in 2006 when Sven-Goran Eriksson named Theo Walcott in his World Cup squad. At just 17-years-old at the time, Walcott hadn’t even played a premiership game, yet was being thrust into the biggest football competition in the world. Walcott may not have played a game for England but still managed to take a lot away from the competition making him a threat to any opposing team. A lot has changed with the England team since they were knocked out by Portugal at the quarter finals of the 2006 World Cup. They have switched manager twice, going from Sven-Goran Eriksson to Steve McClaren to current manager Fabio Capello. Their main competitors, however, remain the same. Current cup holders Italy stormed through the group stage winning their set with 24 points. The 2006 competition was their fourth win with previous triumphs occurring in 1934,

The only team to have won the world cup more than Italy are Brazil. Some of the best players in the world have come out of Brazil. You only need to look at the likes of Ronaldinho, who have grown up surrounded by football, to see this. Then, of course, there are England’s biggest rivals – Germany. Stemming from the war, England and Germany have never been the best of friends and this has transferred into the sporting world too. Let’s just hope the 5-1 thrashing in 2001 can be repeated by the Three Lions in 2010.

illustration: Ewen Mclaughlin

Its players like Terry and Lampard, alongside Beckham of course, who are crucial in aiding the younger team members as they themselves become the seniors of the squad.

1938 and 1982. With players such as Marco Materazzi and Gennaro Gattuso they are looking to be as strong as ever.

Words: Charlotte Ironside

His Chelsea teammate Frank Lampard currently holds 75 England caps and has scored 20 international goals. Lampard is consistent in his performance, giving 110% day in day out. Put Terry and Lampard together and that’s one strong central team.

Learner Rachel Lovett shares her experiences I love cars. I could talk about them all day. I dream of owning an Audi TT and testdriving a Lamborghini Diablo. But this all seems so far away because I HATE learning to drive. It quite literally drives me round the bend. As a country bumpkin, I’m used to little quiet lanes, no traffic (except the occasional tractor) and next to no pedestrians. However, city living brings all this and a whole lot more. There are pedestrians, crossings, traffic lights, huge roundabouts, lane merges and an abundance of other things all going on at the same time. I’ve been driving for approximately 10 hours, which may sound a lot, spread out as one hour a week, but it really isn’t. Those who can drive will probably tell you the same thing. The bad thing for me is that I hate technology in general - video cameras, complex machinery and everything in-between. So, to me a car is just a large lump of metal, full of technology, which I don’t like or understand. My other downfall is I hate

not being able to do something. Learning to drive just doesn’t come easy to me. I write. Nice and simple. Pen and paper. Thoughts and ideas written down. Easy as pie to me. Driving – not so easy. All drivers develop pet-hates. Mine is city drivers. Lane changes without indicating, or even looking to see who is behind them, is the norm. Pedestrians crossing the road when it is clearly a green light for traffic or at a corner of a junction that I am just about to turn into, meaning I have to slam my brakes on. It’s all fun (yes I’m being sarcastic) and having to be constantly aware of your surroundings leaves me with a banging headache and a wish to run down everyone who crosses my path. The queues of traffic are a further pain to me. In fact they pretty much terrify me. Knowing that I can’t mess up, I need to pull away smoothly, brake in time, not hit another car, or pedestrian, and never go in the bus lanes! All this and then someone behind me beeps, I lose concentration and then panic sets in... I mess up! Patience is a virtue but not for city drivers, and especially

But then it’s the Christmas half term and I’m going back to the country - and to a car without dual-control. How exactly am I going to cope? I stalled four times in my last lesson. A disastrous time and now a new car without the help I’ve now become accustomed to. Also we have the theory test. Makes sense, theory side and practical side. My test is coming up and I’ve barely started revising but am I really worried? Not really – it’s all about common sense, and a little bit of the high way code. On the plus side, the final outcome will be totally worth it. No longer will I have to depend on public transport to get to work or calling my boyfriend for a lift at 1am when I finish my shift. I can drive to the shops when it’s pouring with rain and the cupboards are bare. The independence will be fantastic. Visiting home will be easy, dashing down the motorway in my car, not having to rely on someone else to get me there. Plus work experience will be a doddle if I can actually get there. So I’ve set myself a deadline – pass by Easter half term, in time for me to start work experience at some wonderful newspaper back home, and I won’t be late, thanks to learning to drive.


Illustration: Ewan Mclaughlin

not towards learner city drivers. Compared to the country, other drivers are a lot more aggressive. Being beeped for not pulling away fast enough is a daily occurrence. And being overtaken just before or after a junction is more than likely to happen in most lessons. Apparently, some people just need to get somewhere very quickly and I am in their way. Then there are the cyclists! Completely unaware of cars, even t h o u g h they’re on our turf so to speak. Plus they do the most confusing things on the roads. Stopping when they should go and racing past traffic when they shouldn’t. They’re like a law unto themselves. And the stalling. I stall the car on a weekly basis, usually when panicking about holding up other drivers. I do want to pull away but I just panic when I do. Then comes the swearing where I know I’ve messed up and then I have to apologise, because the idea of my driving instructor thinking I’m going to have road rage probably isn’t the best.

r a e Y e h T Ahead

It’s a new year and a new decade, so what is going to happen over the coming 12 months? 2010 has been named by the United Nations as the ‘International Year of Biodiversity’ but what will the year actually bring us? So first off, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of months, the general election is due this year. Overall public opinion is that 2010 will see a change in the political party in control of the country. So, who will be the new PM? Well, popular opinion dictates that David Cameron has the odds for

winning, with the Conservative party. Then there’s sport. 2010 promises to bring us a lot of running, sweating and (hopefully!) medals. The Commonwealth Games, hosted in New Delhi, India, start in October; the Vancouver Winter Olympics start in early February and finally, and possibly most importantly, the FIFA World Cup in South Africa starts in June. For those into their music, 2010 brings the 40th anniversary of Glastonbury. It promises to be one of the best line-ups yet and is not to be missed

for festivalgoers. June 23rd sees the start of the long weekend for campers though it is officially already sold out. For those with tickets it should be one of the best festivals of the year. Those who don’t have tickets there is no need to panic yet. The ticket office will re-open later in the year for cancelled tickets, so keep on the lookout. Also, the Isle of Wight Festival is set to host The Strokes and Jay Z, whilst Kasabian will be heading to T in the Park. The films of 2010 are set to be huge. The third instalment of the Twilight Trilogy, Eclipse, (out June 30th) is set to be as popular as New Moon (2009).

Part 1 screens November 19th and is sure to smash the box office. It’s not only the big screen that promises to have some huge hits. Everyone’s favourite terrestrial channel, e4 will be bringing us Glee. A personal favourite, the US phenomenon hits our screens in January after the pilot over Christmas having been a massive hit. With a superb cast, and a fabulous mix of characters, it’s truly hilarious – a must see – and will be on e4, Monday nights from early January. Lost and Flashforward return this year to surprise, excite, annoy and hopefully answer our questions regarding the

Then there’s Tim Burton’s eagerly anticipated Alice in Wonderland (March 5th). Johnny Depp as the mad-hatter looks truly amazing and, with an all-star cast, it is set to be massive. Old classic Clash of the Titans has been remade and hits cinemas in March (26th) and, for the girls, Sex and the City 2 comes to our screens on May 28th. For the young at heart and the reminiscent, Toy Story 3 is out June 18th. And of course, the wizards are back – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

mysterious ever-changing storylines. In general, a lot is going to happen in the year ahead. Not just across the country but also in our lovely city and our even more fabulous university. Lectures will continue, snow may or may not come back (I, for one, certainly hope so!), and there will be more nights out than you can shake a stick at. 2010 looks like it’s going to be a good year for everyone.

Words: Rachel Lovett Illustrations: Ewan Mclaughlin

Want that dream job? Then getting your name out there and applying for work experience is essential... Those of you hoping to break into a career in the world of media will know by now that three years spent perfecting your efforts in Quark and short hand just won’t make the cut. These days, to get started on the career ladder, every degree must be accompanied with an impressive CV of work experience and an overflowing list of contacts. Bearing this in mind I decided to go against my better judgement, cast aside the blissful notion that my summer would be spent soaking up the sun in beer gardens and at music festivals or just lazing around in my jim-jams watching a bit of Jeremy Kyle and actually start climbing that ladder. Work experience is not easy to find. Many companies will pass you from person to person, ignore your emails

or simply tell you no. The truth is that employing a student for the summer is not their first priority. That’s when you need to get obsessive. Treat the media companies like an ex boyfriend that’s stopped calling. Everyday bombard them with calls and emails, if anything just to remind them how keen you are (this is not advisable to do with a boyfriend who doesn’t call, best to leave them be.) Keep a note of what publications you’ve contacted and, most importantly, names of people you’ve spoken too. Persistence paid off and come summer I was a fully fledged intern. Firstly I need to discuss a not very nice work experience. At a PR agency that I will not name, I was subjected to verbal abuse and unfair criticism by a terrible boss. After the first taunt, I hoped the story would unravel like that of the Devil Wears Prada

In reality she belittled me for minor things (such as the high pitch of my voice!) and I broke down in tears at my desk, leaving after the second day. Although some bosses are a little tougher than others, there is no excuse for abusive behaviour. I’m not bitter but I hope the menopausal old bat doesn’t talk to her children in the same way. Hopefully she’s childless and spends her evenings yelling at her goldfish, criticising their inability to breathe out of water or perhaps disparaging their weak memories. Moving on from that little hiccup, I started at a popular fashion magazine on the Real Life desk. Stories such as “I had a baby with my brother” or “It really is real love between me and my pet hamster” passed through my hands and my main tasks were helping the other girls research for articles and finding good case studies. High points of this placement were meeting some great contacts and getting my name mentioned in the magazine. Low points were having to research an article on tummy tucks gone wrong. Try typing that into Google and see if you can keep your Panini down. After, I moved to the Press office of a well-known high street store. I’m unsure as to whether I want to get into journalism or PR, so I thought my best bet was to try my hand at both. Another great thing about work experience is

that you really learn what you love and what you absolutely detest. The store is a fave of mine and having to sort through the fashion cupboard on a daily basis was not a problem for me. The only problem was resisting the temptation to cram what I could into my handbag and leg it the hell out of there... Aside from tidying the cupboard and trying to refrain from theft, I also had to collect press samples and ensure they got sent out to relevant publications, check the morning papers and magazines for any coverage of the company and any other general office duties. I was there for a month and, in this time, really learnt how the company ran and what the industry of PR was like. I was on my feet all day long and sometimes had to help out with tiresome tasks and endless challenges (attempting to keep the coat hangers orderly was a daily duty. Half an hour later they’d be all over the floor and I’d die a little inside.) That being said it was a great experience and a fantastic thing to add to the CV. It would seem that now I’ve started, I really can’t stop. Next stop is another PR agency and then come Christmas I’m off to yet another fashion and lifestyle mag. Let’s just hope that all the hard work pays off. I gave up Jeremy Kyle for this.

Words: Katherine Romero

and after time I would rise to the challenge and she would come to see me as the daughter she never had.

What a tattoo Tattoos have always been a thing of controversy, whether it’s good or bad, there’s always something to talk about when they come into question. Believe it or not, tattoos have been around for thousands of years, used in different cultures for different reasons. One main reason was to show a mark of rank, religion or crime, depending on the culture you lived in. The ancient Greeks saw tattoos as a mark of beauty, whilst in ancient Africa, tattoos and scarification were used to identify what tribe they belonged to. Tattooing changed in 1890, when one of the first professional tattooists recorded was Samuel O’Reily. He made the first rotary tattooing machine that ran off of electricity. So for all of you who have amazing tattoos, you have him to thank! Getting a tattoo sounds pretty easy, yet if it’s your first one, you need to think about what you want to get; it’s all too often that people will get a tattoo that they will later regret! So choose carefully and make sure that your chosen tattoo parlour is renowned for great quality work and hygiene. As with most body modification, from piercings, to plastic surgery, there are pros and cons. Tattoos are an amazing way to decorate your body, and a great way to express your interests and beliefs, and if done properly, tattoos can highly impress and interest people, especially if there is a story to tell as to how you have your chosen tattoo. But you need to think about when it goes wrong! If you get a dodgy tattoo, you could always have it re-done (if you’re scared of pain don’t bother!) and Words: Heidi Brooker Illustration: Ewan Mclaughlin

added to. Or you could get laser tattoo removal, expensive and painful, but worth it if you want a clean slate! Just remember to consider every option before getting a tattoo. Why not look a bit more into tattoos, and if you’re curious, try going to a specialist festival or convention. The annual London tattoo convention is the ultimate place for tattoo fans, not only do you get to see some of the most skilled and well known tattoo artists around at work, you can also get a tattoo by them! Tattoos aren’t the only thing to see, other events are on like burlesque shows, the Suicide girls and more! In 2008, they had 20,000 visitors, so just imagine what this year will bring; it has also been voted one of London’s most important cultural events. So if you want to know more about tattoos, you will find your answers at this year’s convention, taking place in London’s Tobacco Doc 2010. Tattoos are a to make, after years of deciding, it’s worth seeing a beautiful piece of art on your body!

hard decision but

Credits All layouts have been designed by myself. Illustrators and writers listed below; Front Cover:

Photography: Laura Welch

Give Blood, Play Solent Hockey:

Words: Alice Cook

Sam Stanley:

Words: Dan Taylor

A Day To Remember:

Words: Hannah Mahoney

Amy Williams Profile:

Words: Tom Flanagan

Wolves At Night:

Words: Dan Taylor

The Race Is On:

Words: Sarah Louise Brogden

Kids In Glass Houses:

Words: Hannah Mahoney

Battle of the South-Coast:

Words: Alice Cook

Relationship Rant:

Words: Rachel Lovett

Get Motivated:

Words: Kat Romero

The Becks Factor:

Words: Charlotte Ironside, Illustration: Ewan Mclaughlin


Words: Rachel Lovett, Illustration: Ewan Mclaughlin

The Year Ahead:

Words:- Rachel Lovett, Illustration: Ewan Mclaughlin

Want That Dream Job

Words: Kat Romero

What A Tattoo:

Words: Heidi Brooker, Illustration: Ewan Mclaughlin

Sonar Portfolio  

A collection of work from my time at Southampton Solent's student magazine, Sonar.

Sonar Portfolio  

A collection of work from my time at Southampton Solent's student magazine, Sonar.