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DMU Women's Rugby team train with England players ahead of Varsity
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8 February 2011 The Newspaper of the Students of De Montfort University
Student homes at burglary risk News in Brief NUS says the government must act on the shortage of university places UCAS figures revealed a 5.1% increase in university applications and a record demand for university places in 2011 ahead of the introduction of higher fees in 2012. Thought to be at risk of “letting down a generation”, Aaron Porter warned that the government must act now.He said: “Prospective students in their thousands are applying to university now rather than later. But for the third year running a cap on student numbers looks set to leave tens, if not hundreds of thousands of well-qualified applicants without a place.” Photo: Rachel Robinson
Beware of burglars even when doors are locked, and always ensure entrances at the back of your property are kept closed. Photo: Briony Latter
Naomi Marcus News Editor
Student homes are being targetted, according to police, after a series of thefts over the past two months. PC Emma Jayne has said: “Criminals know student homes are not like family homes and they will find four laptops, four iPods, and so on.” One house on Clarendon Street, close to DMU’s campus, was broken into on January 21 around 8pm. Burglars scaled a fence at the rear of the property, and forced open a window into the kitchen.
Although only one laptop was stolen, the owner did not have insurance for it, and all of her university work has been lost. One DMU student who has asked not to be named, had their home broken into last week with thieves taking laptops, iMac computers, games consoles, iPods, jewellery and a suitcase full of other items. They said: "They managed to take it all within an hour, I can't believe it". Across the city, the Clarendon Park area has been hit badly by similar burglaries.
Police have stepped up patrols in the area in an attempt to catch those responsible for over twenty break-ins over the past two months, many of these on student homes. The thieves tend to operate during daylight, and mainly enter properties through rear doors and windows. Leicester police have visited homes in affected areas, been speaking to residents and handing out flyers, which give information on how to keep homes safe in addition to extra patrols. “It’s simple things like making sure windows, doors and garden or alley
gates are locked,” said PC Jayne, who is the beat officer for the neighbourhood. Students who occupy downstairs front bedrooms are being warned especially, as there has been a rise in ‘smash and grab’ thefts, where burglars break the window, take what valuables they can, and run. Police advice for these students is to hide all valuables upstairs if possible, and leave nothing on show to potential burglars. Get locks fitted on your windows, keep gates and alleyways locked, insure your valuables and report suspicious behaviour to Leicester Police.
CCTV systems to be fitted in Leicester taxis After recent attacks on taxi drivers in the city, it is thought fitting CCTV cameras will deter passengers from any violent behaviour towards drivers. Sgt Caroline Graham, of Leicestershire Police said: “Taxi drivers and passengers should both feel safe from the risk of physical and verbal abuse. What we want is for the visibility of the cameras to encourage responsible behaviour within the taxis and offer reassurance and sense of safety to those travelling through Leicester.”
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Sexist remarks cost pundits jobs Stuart Blythe
Sky Sports presenter, Andy Gray, has been sacked from his presenting role, and his co-worker Richard Keys has been forced to resign, after both were caught in a sexism row. For the past two weeks the scandal over their sexist remarks on Sky Sports has caused a national debate, questioning what can and can’t be said, in what is viewed by some people as ‘banter’. On the 23rd January footage was leaked from the Sky Sports studio with the two presenters making negative comments on female Assistant Referee, Sian Massey. Before the match Keys said: “Somebody better get down there and explain offside to her,” to which Gray remarked: “Women don't know the offside rule.”
Raised taxes for 750,000 people Victoria Coffey News Editor
The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), an independent think-tank has revealed three-quarters of a million more people will become higher-rate taxpayers on 5 April. As of 2014, this number is expected to increase by a further 850,000, bringing the total to above five million. In the report the IFS reported that the average household income would be reduced by £200 a year following the tax rises and benefit cuts introduced by the government. In a bid to remove those with lower incomes from the tax system, the level at which income tax is paid will rise. Currently set at £6,475 per year, the amount will increase by £1,000, leaving 500,000 people free from paying income tax following the changes. As well as raising the income threashold, the bar to determine those paying higher-rate taxes will be lowered from £43,875 to £42,475. The IFS has reported that this change in amount will mean the richest 10 per cent of the UK losing three per cent of their net income, compared with the one per cent currently. Senior research economist at the IFS, James Browne said: “Further reductions in household income are inevitable as government policies aimed at helping to reduce government borrowing from its postWorld War II high are introduced.” In addition, other changes will lead to those earning over £100,000 paying half their earnings back as taxation.
They then went on to remark on Karren Brady after she discussed the level of sexism in football the Sun newspaper, Keys said: “See charming Karren Brady this morning complaining about sexism? Yeah. Do me a favour love.” Sky were quick to release a statement following the leaked footage, encouraging the equality they have in football and apologised about
the comments. However following the apology, more footage was leaked with Gray making suggestive comments to his co-host Charlotte Jackson, and Keys discussing an ex-girlfriend of Jamie Redknapp in misogynistic terms. Keys and Gray have both made official apologies for their remarks, but in a recent interview with Talksport Radio, Keys said: “There's a firestorm raging out there and it has been very difficult to step into the middle of it. “On behalf of Andy and myself, we apologise for our behaviour. It was wrong. She [Jackson] and I enjoyed some banter together. We left on very good terms.” The controversy led to many
Left: Andy Gray and Richard Keys are at the centre of the controversy.
celebrities giving their own opinions about it. Jeremy Clarkson said: “I think we've arrived at a stage where you actually can be busted for heresy by thought, which is a terrifying place to live.” Redknapp’s ex-girlfriend, Louise Glass, told The Mirror: “I’m not a prude, I’ve got a sense of humour, but the level of aggression in that was awful. I wasn’t even a ‘her’, just an ‘it’. My life has turned upside down and now I’m the one paying the price of their slapstick.” The scandal has now provoked discussion across many TV channels, including the BBC which questioned whether the scandal was a sign that free speech must be increasingly censored in order not to offend, or whether we've really moved out of the dark ages at all.
Activities to involve students with census Lucy McDade
spread the word, whether that is through taking part in competitions, joining one of our census teams or building the census into their course. “It’s a simple message, but an important one. By completing the census questionnaire at their term time address before they leave for the Easter holidays, students can make a huge difference to how public services are planned and delivered across the nation.” The national census takes place every ten years in order to determine the size of the UK population; originally compiled in 1086 for tax purposes. It is now used to shape local communities by planning for vital services such as hospitals, housing, transport and emergency services. Aaron Porter said: “As a campaigning organisation with tens of thousands of members across
The NUS are urging students to become involved in the 2011 census through activities at University campuses across England and Wales. NUS President, Aaron Porter has called for Student Union Officers to encourage students to take part in competitions organised by the Office of National Statistics (ONS). The aim is to promote the census so more students become aware of the importance of filling out the research. The activities planned, run through February and March and include a ccnsus snapshot, giving students a chance to represent their university and the people who attend in one big photo, as well as origami master classes. There will also be a challenge to capture the identity of the nation through using a mixture of words, images, videos and sounds for universities across England and Wales. So far students from forty universities have signed up to be part of the campaign and have created on campus teams, many are backing the campaign officially through their student union. Glen Watson, the 2011 Census Director, said: “We are extremely pleased to have the NUS fully on board for the 2011 census. We hope that students will get involved and
The report added that more changes would follow: “If the government were to meet its aspiration of having
a £10,000 income tax personal allowance in 2015–16, this would increase the number of higher rate
the country, we understand the importance of giving everyone fair and accurate representation. “With this year marking the largest population of students there has ever been, it's crucial that students complete and return the census questionnaire so that the important decisions that affect them are focused on accurate and relevant details.” This year the census will take place on 27th March 2011 with the option of completing a questionnaire or an online form. For the first time in England and Wales the census will include identity questions such as information relating to civil partnerships. For more information about the student activities for the 2011 census, visit http://2011.census.gov. uk/2011students/.
This day In history 8 February... 1926: Walt Disney studios formed 1931: Actor James Dean born in Indiana, USA 1943: Japanese troops evacuate Guadalcanal,an island north of Australia, allowing Americans to secure it 1952: Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen 1974: After 84 days in space, the first American space station Skylab returned to Earth after breaking up in space 1985: Final episode of 'Dukes of Hazzard' aired on CBS 2007: Playgirl, Anna Nicole Smith, died from an overdose
1978: The Great Blizzard in New England, USA. 40 inches of snow fell overnight. It left 100 people dead and 4500 injured. Damages cost $520million, which equates to $1.75billion in 2011. Shops, businesses and universities closed. Students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology used the opportunity to have a little fun, and created impressive snow sculptures at their campus. Ten year old Peter Gosselin disappeared into deep snow outside his home in Uxbridge, and his body was not found until three weeks later. A pregnant woman trapped in her car went into labour and four passersby lifted her above their heads and carried her several blocks through the driving snow to the hospital, where the baby was born safe and well. Fourteen people died from carbon monoxide poisoning as they huddled in their trapped cars.
A crowd in Wellington,1931. World population has since grown by over four billion.
taxpayers by a further 850,000 and take another million people out of income tax altogether.”
A family home in Rockport was literally ripped in half by towering waves that mounted as the snow melted.
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Tighter rules on student homes Jaymi-Lee Wilmin
Leicestershire council is to introduce extra checks on houses before they can be made into student accommodation. Local authorities have been given more power over whether landlords will need planning permission before changing their houses into multiple occupancy. Charnwood council, the borough council of Loughborough University, has said that too much student housing in a concentrated area can cause social problems. Councillor David Slater, cabinet member for planning and development, said: “We are proud of our association with Loughborough University and value its contribution to the town. But the concentration of shared housing has caused an imbalance in some communities. “These new rules mean we can control through the planning system the spread of shared housing where appropriate and protect
established neighborhoods from becoming overrun by these types of properties.” If Leicestershire council and Charnwood Borough council are given this discretion over multiple occupancy housing, this could have a severe impact on the number of houses available for students outside of the university campus. David Salusbury, chairman of the National Landlords Association, said: “Aside from the obvious impact this will have on local landlords, these plans will be devastating for the many people who have little option than to rely on shared housing. “Be they young professionals unable to get onto the property ladder or students unable to secure accommodation on campus, all will struggle.” Government housing minister Grant Shapps told the BBC that by giving the power of the number of student housing to the council could threaten the supply of rented housing. Mr Shapps said: “Where too many
shared homes are causing problems for other residents or changing the character of the neighborhood, cuncils should be able to control their spread.” Similar plans are also being considered by Portsmouth council for student housing within close vicinity to Portsmouth University. Student Georgina Bullock said: “It’s already a problem for students to try and find accommodation and you have to get in early to find something decent, so if it is left
up to the council, there could be fewer options for us. Also, it would seem that the council would not let us live in nicer areas due to the reputation of students being loud, lazy and dirty so we would end up being grouped together in unsafe areas and therefore we would be an easier target for thieves.” If the plans are given the go ahead, they will be enforced after a 12 month grace period imposed by the government for landlords.
A street of lettings agency signs: Soon to be a thing of the past?
Work experience essential warns new report Victoria Coffey News Editor
A new report says that work experience is essential for university graduates following the recession. The report, ‘The Graduate Market in 2011’, conducted by High Fliers Research, revealed that universityleavers would stand little chance of finding a job without any work experience. The survey revealed that the UK jobs market has risen by over 9per cent since last year. Despite this promising statistic,
it stated that the number of jobs available for graduates has still not fully recovered from the economic crisis. The report also revealed that despite Britain’s top companies increasing the number of graduates they employ, applicants would not be considered without work experience, regardless of grades. Managing director of High Fliers Research, Martin Birchall said: “The class of 2011 will be disappointed to hear that graduate recruitment has yet to return to the pre-recession levels seen in 2007, especially as there are an estimated 50,000 extra graduates leaving university in 2011 compared with four years ago.”
Two thirds of recruiters say graduates are unlikely to be employed without work experience
Though students may be advised to take up work experience throughout their degrees, it seems that there has never been a more crucial time to get involved in work outside of tuniversity. Three out of five companies admitted they would not interview applicants who did not spend time doing work experience. As suggested by the survey, university-leavers will face a “highly competitive” market upon graduation, in some sectors more than others. Results show that investment banking, the engineering, chemical and pharmaceutical sectors all remain low in terms of graduate vacancies compared to pre-recession numbers. Job levels in high street banking and teaching are beginning to recover. While those looking to begin work in investment banking and law will need to have vast work experience credentials as the survey revealed over half of those recruited had undertaken work experience before employment. Martin Birchall added: “In this highly-competitive graduate jobs market, new graduates who’ve not had any work experience during their time at university have little or no chance of landing a well-paid job with a leading employer, irrespective of the university they’ve attended or the academic results they achieve.” The study, which looked at the top 100 graduate employers, said that the average starting salaries would remain
the same at £29,000. Although a hopeful step towards recovery, it may come as little comfort when considering the vast difference in terms of job numbers, compared to graduates. Last year, the top 100 companies employed 15,563 university graduates. With approximately 320,000 students preparing to graduate from university this year, and with the added numbers of last year’s graduates that did not find employment in the midst of the recession, the fight to get a job is fierce. Although the future may look bleak for some graduates, Universities Minister, David Willetts said graduates should not dismiss their hard work right away. He added: “Whilst we welcome signs of an improvement, the job market remains competitive for new graduates, as it does for everyone, and graduates need to work hard to maximise their chances of success. “However, a degree remains a good investment in the long term.” For graduates who did not take up any work experience during their time at university, Mr Willetts suggested ‘Graduate Talent Pool’ (GTP). A service set up for graduates seeking internships opportunities, GTP offers graduates a chance to make up for missing out on work experience while they were studying. For more information visit graduatetalentpool.direct.gov.uk.
News in brief De Montfort sees drop in applications despite rise in national average
Figures released from UCAS have revealed that fewer students have applied to study at De Montfort next year compared to 2010. It was expected that the number of applicants would rise ahead of the increase in tuition fees set to take place in 2012. The number of applicants to DMU has dropped from 22,445 to 20,377.
Oxford accused of offering free lunches while students expected to pay more
Former minister, David Lammy has blasted Oxford University for providing college dons with free lunches while students must face a massive rise in tuition fees. Accusing college dons of accepting a “free lunch on the taxpayer”, Lammy said it was unfair to ask students to pay more while professors, readers and tutors receive free lunches. A spokeswoman for Oxford University said: “Oxford college lunches are not funded by the taxpayer, nor by student fees.”
Demon Belles set to shine at Valentines show! On 17 February expect to be wowed by our very own DMU Burlesque society. Back to break your heart, (and possibly your morals), the girls will perform in Level One from 8pm. Tickets for the event are £5 and can be purchased from DollyMix Vintage, Niche, The Darkside Café and Hey You Guys T-shirts.
Valentine's Day Issue Whether you love it or hate it, we've got something for everyone.
Photo: Rachel Robinson
The history, long distance relationships, anti-Valentine's Day films, soppy songs, and why it's OK to be happy being single this year.
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Are you addicted to Facebook? Yasmin Duffin
Does it not worry you that I know your name, your current location, what you are thinking, your relationship status, your place of work, your previous and current place of education and finally, your date of birth? One tiny problem; I have never actually met you before. Ask me how I know all of your personal information, go on. You might have heard of it actually? Facebook. Of course the site has its benefits, although I am beginning to question its limitations. It seems that Facebook has gone far beyond allowing easy communication but now ensures that users know every single detail about fellow ‘Facebookers’ with just a glimpse at a single page. I asked a group of De Montfort
students about the time they spend on the social networking site. Scarily, 75% of a group asked admitted to spending 25-50% of their day checking their notifications, gossiping via Facebook chat and watching statuses change. Sadly – and I too, am guilty of this – knowing minor details about peers has become a guilty pleasure of many. An obsession even, to some. More so, it has become a priority of mine to get the most recent photos on my profile to then excitedly await the influx of comments made by my friends. The site has become a global interactive world. Users can reinvent themselves, being who they want, seeing what they want and speaking to whomever they want, protected by only a computer screen. It all becomes a bit too exciting exploring the lives of both old friends and those who you have never actually
met. Is the obsession become that little bit too great? It seems even relationships are not acceptable until ‘Facebook Official’. Anxiety is beginning to overpower students as they eagerly wait for somebody to ‘like’ their status. Of course, by status, I mean: “LOL. CBA with getting up for this lecture”. For all those who do not own a Facebook dictionary, this means: “Laugh out loud. Can’t be asked with this lecture”. Worryingly, students have taken to using these terms in oral conversation, as well as via the web. The image of two teenagers standing metres part, yet talking virtually rather than verbally via a computer screen, may actually soon become a reality. My 46-year-old father, parent of two teenage Facebook fanatics, said: “Social networking will kill the art
of conversation. “At times, I find that my daughters ignore the most important social skill: face-to-face communication.” Are these developments rapidly turning society into one which is cyber-reliant? This is not helped by Facebook applications made available for smart phones, allowing ‘Facebook on the go’, where users browse the site wherever their location. My father added: “With texting, e-mail or cyber chatting, you can say what you want over a screen just by clicking the ‘send’ button. Consequences are forgotten and people are not concerned with what, in reality, might come of their actions.” So maybe this year’s New Year’s Resolution could be spending less time on Facebook. Are you up to the challenge?
Valentine’s Day for long A bit of Valentine's Day history... distance relationships Although university, for many, is all about being free, single and ready to mingle; many students find themselves in the midst of a longdistance relationship during their studies. Hard to deal with at the best of times, coping with an LDR becomes almost unbearable as the big ‘V’ day looms. A loved-one can be reached in seconds thanks to modern technology; however a phone call or email never quite equals up to seeing them in the flesh. Valentine’s Day only complicates matters as you start to notice couples everywhere on campus, and the shops turn vile shades of pink and red. Before you throw in the towel and curse the card shops for creating a day dedicated to love and overpriced teddy bears, fear not! You can still have a great Valentine’s Day while in a LDR without resorting to watching The Notebook for the 100th time and crying into a box of chocolates: 1. Surround yourself with single people: Ok, so you might not be able to see your significant other and partake in loved-up activities, but at least you have a boyfriend/girlfriend to begin with! Spend time with those less fortunate this holiday, and secretly relish off their sorrows of being single, whilst knowing you have someone to call your own. Just try not to act too smug around the singletons...
Photo: Rachel Robinson
Valentine’s Day can make them quite violent if provoked, and a rose thorn to the head is probably going to scar. 2. Find your friends: If you’re having a laugh with your friends, you’ll spend less time feeling sorry for yourself and your geographically challenged love-life. Get everyone together and avoid the Valentine’s Day hotspots like dark restaurants and cinemas. Blast some music, play drinking games, or just have a good old gossip. Third year English and Psychology student, Rebecca Stevenson, says: “Valentine’s Day can be hard when you’re in a long distance relationship, but it also gives you a good excuse to go out with your girlfriends and gossip about the boy you’re missing!” 3. Show yourself some love: The
distance may make sending each other gifts difficult, but there’s no reason why you can’t treat yourself! Buy that top/game/cocktail you’ve wanted for months, or just treat yourself to a yummy take-away instead of the usual beans on toast combo. Turn ‘V-day’ into ‘U-day’, and celebrate being you! You are one half of the relationship after all... 4.Make time for love: Ring up your better half, send them a surprise card, or even make an alternative date to celebrate your love that suits you and not society. Celebrate what you have through knowing that all the pain and separation is worth it for the time you spend together at the end of it. Be strong and know that your relationship is going to last longer than 24 hours... something that Valentine’s Day can never achieve!
Today, the history of Valentine’s Day is still shrouded in mystery, and there is more than one legend explaining its origins. Perhaps the most famous legend of all is one which contends that St. Valentine was in fact a Roman priest during the third century. During that time, Rome was ruled by Emperor Claudius, a man whom was disliked by many - including priest Valentine. Claudius wanted his country to have a big, strong army but men were not singing up to the forces due to the fear of leaving their wives and families behind. To combat this Claudius came up with a crazy idea – an idea which would make him a very unpopular man indeed. He thought that if men were not married, then they would join the armed forces, and to achieve this Claudius outlawed marriages in Rome. Many people thought this was preposterous, including Valentine who upon realising the injustice of this ban, defied the Emperor and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. However, Claudius discovered what Valentine was doing and ordered he was kept in a prison until he would be put to death. The legend continues that whilst in prison, Valentine fell in love with a young girl who used to visit him
during his confinement. Before his death, it was alleged that the priest wrote his loved one a letter, from which he simply signed “from your Valentine”. This was the start of a romantic expression which is still written on many Valentine’s Day cards today. Over time, February 14 became the date for couples to exchange cards and gifts, and a celebration of St. Valentine, the patron saint of lovers. In addition to the United Kingdom, which started to popularly celebrate Valentine’s Day around the seventeenth century, the occasion is also celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United States, France, and Australia. According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated one billion Valentine cards are sent each year, making Valentine's Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. This just goes to show that the tradition of Valentine’s Day, where romantic, loved-up couples celebrate their love for each other is still going strong.
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K says... A day that is centred completely around love, is it all really necessary? Couples all over the world celebrate February 14th as a national holiday of love, but why do people fall for this commercial crap. Valentine's Day can be considered one of the most romantic days of the year, but the pressure to impress on this hallmark holiday seems just ridiculous. Red roses, pink champagne, heart shaped chocolates and over priced restaurants with an inch between you and every other couple, special and romantic, I think not. If you are happy in love or embracing the single life then surely you would all year round, not just on this one over indulged day. Stores all around the world are raking in money for us to essentially tell the people we love, that we love them. We could just skip the hype and save the pennies for something truly special.
Y says... Whether it be a gossip with the girls, a night on the pull with the lads, or a romantic dinner with that special someone, Valentine’s Day is a perfect excuse to pull out a bottle of wine, put on your hottest number and celebrate either being in a relationship or being single. February 14th is the only day of the year when it is acceptable for couples to ditch their friends, buy some romantic gifts and snuggle up with their other half. Or, for singletons to pick out their perfect pulling outfit and wait for Saint Valentine to work his match making magic. Shops are filled with gismos to make the night perfect: rose petals, sexy - and sometime edible underwear, not to mention those cheeky treats that add a bit of flirtatious fun to the night. What better than being completely and utterly besotted with one another, chatting, cuddling, wining and dining without a single distraction. As for those single ladies and gents out there, how about celebrating the benefits of being single in style with a group of friends? So instead of dreading the day this year, treat yourself or that special someone, to something and make the most of celebrating love, lust and passion this February 14th.
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Katie Kourellias & Yasmin Duffin Name: Sophie Guillum-Scott Age: 21 Studying: Business and Marketing Single/Taken: Single Best/Worst date: When I was 14, this boy suggested we went rowing. Anyway, got there and turned out he couldn’t even row, so I spent the entire date rowing me and this boy around, I couldn’t believe it! Name: Jonnie Nicholls Age: 19 Studying: Accounting and Finance Single/Taken: Single Best/Worst date: I wouldn't say I've had any bad ones but I wouldn't say I've had any good ones either. I would love a date on Valentine's Day.
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75% of you said your ideal V Day date would be a meal with your other half A huge 80% of you hate Valentine's Day. 50% of you would consider speed datng this V Day.
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The Weight Debate Continues Fashion investigate this plus size subject and find out how one girl feels about living in such a media hungry enviroment. Sofia Farelli
Kenneth Tong is a nobody. A nobody with a Twitter account. Twitter is an excellent social networking tool and allows avenues for global communication. This is the avenue Tong chose to discuss his patented ‘size zero diet pill’, proclaiming such monstrous one liners as ‘no food tastes as good as skinny feels.’ He has had celebrities, Gordon Ramsey, Rhianna and Simon Cowell, to name a few, slating his vile prophecies. He’s been slammed for promoting such an unhealthy body image for young girls and rightly so. Tong was later exposed in an interview by Johann Hari for the despicable, attention seeking scum that he is and he even took the low road by claiming it was all a hoax, an elaborate social experiment. Nobody was buying that nonsense. To go out of your way to be hated universally, regardless of what point you’re allegedly trying to prove is ridiculous by anyone’s standards. Luckily, his hype has died down and hopefully he will starve to death alone somewhere in a hole where he rightly belongs. My primary issue is his distinctly negative contribution to the already prominent debate about weight among women. Pick up any women’s magazine and you’re sure to find something related to weight loss and or having the perfect body. The media is always bombarding us with heavily airbrushed images of pillars of female perfection and it’s a sad truth that women are still falling victim to this false idealization. It’s almost like those Dove campaigns for real beauty never happened. The awareness of the dangers of anorexia and obesity for that matter are evidently still lacking, and it is
It seems you can’t win regardless of whether you’re fat or skinny.
two subjects that people do seem to need an education on, but the constant persistence of weight debates can sometimes make being a woman a bit agonizing. It seems you can’t win regardless of whether you’re fat or skinny. Someone, somewhere will have an argument as to why you’re a shameful human being and a number of reasons you should be apologizing to the female gender. I was dismayed not so long ago at seeing a group on Facebook that stated ‘REAL Women AINT a size 0... REAL Women have CURVES!!!’ Once I get past the anger of someone’s complete lack of sentence structure, it is this whole notion of “real” women that always particularly bothers me, being a size 8 or 10 my whole life, I don’t understand how I’m not considered a “real” woman compared to someone who is a size 16. No woman has the advantage here, we are ALL real women. This is no more a positive body image representation than Kenneth Tong’s deranged ramblings. Women don’t need to have any more degrees of separation when it comes to body issues. It’s safe to say we are judgmental enough and our own worst enemies at the best of times. So where did this mentality come from that you’re either borderline anorexic or obese? Where are the women who represent the middle ground? It’s impossible to categorize every body shape out there but I argue for the point of the middle ground because I so often get classed as anorexic simply because I’m slim. Society frowns on people openly calling others fat but I’ve never known anyone to shy away for calling me a ‘skinny cow’. Perhaps since, generally speaking, being skinny is seen as being more desirable people think you won’t be offended since it’s clearly a compliment. Just to clarify, it rarely comes across that way! Numerous times I have been asked, directly and indirectly, if I have some form of eating disorder. It’s always shocked me how lightly people take this question despite the fact they are essentially asking me if I have a mental problem with my physical appearance. I really don’t think that’s a subject to be treated like I’m being asked what’s my favorite color. People don’t seem to believe that a woman of my size could possible ever eat and if I do it’s highly likely
I throw up straight after. Well, these people are incredibly wrong and so often I have had to wrongly defend my eating habits to people, who aren’t showing genuine concern for my health, rather they are just wondering for gossip’s sake. Simply put, I have always had a very healthy attitude to food. Having Mediterranean parents has always saved me ever having to entertain the notion of portion control and I think that’s a massive factor in my attitudes to body image. I believe you can have anything in moderation and I don’t see the point in depriving yourself as long as you’re maintaining your health. I don’t claim to be a saint, I love
Numerous times I have been asked, directly and indirectly, if I have some form of eating disorder.
Plus size model flaunting her curves during a shoot.
takeaways and pizza. However, I also love salads and fruit. I don’t keep some grueling gym routine where I’m able to work off every inch of my controlled calorie intake. In fact, I genuinely have no idea what calories even really mean and I don’t ever care to learn since I would seriously consider it a massive waste of my time. I’m lucky that I never seem to put on weight but if I did I would do something about it. I make no apologies about the body I have been dealt with and I look after it how I see fit. I never have, and never will, starve myself for anyone. If I were hungry enough, dear reader, I would in fact eat you.
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February's Fashion Hot List Amy Cliff gives us this month's five biggest trends to look out for on the High Street.
Colour Primary colours red, yellow and blue will leave nudes cowering this season. A burst of flamingo pink or a pop of lime green will suffice, but for the more daring of students, Topshop’s tomato red leather jacket, royal blue skirt and tangerine dresses will brighten up this dull month . For a more a more subtle hint a bold bag, belt or pair of patent shoes are perfect. Key colours to look out for are purple, orange and white. Yes. White.
Romance Romance: Being the month for love, embrace dreamy fabrics like chiffon, silk and lace, try delicate pleats and billowing kimono blouses. Think new romanticism for 2011, but without the face paint. Whimsical patterns, fluttering material and dainty accessories make this trend. While it’s still a little chilly out, pair skirts with oversized cardigans, and woollen tights with pretty dresses. Ultimately a neutral colour palette, bring colour to the look with bright lipstick or a bold boyfriend blazer.
Yep, that knitting thing. A spin off of from the 70s, cropped, fringed waistcoats and even crochet shorts are hitting shops in February. New Look has been at the forefront of this trend, tassel waistcoats and floral crocheted bags are fitting with all trends this year. Waistcoats can be worn over most things, particularly long-sleeved maxi dresses and with floaty blouses. If you’re brave enough, join crocheting courses to learn how to make your own!
Louis Vuttion flased bright colours on the catwalk this season.
Maxi Length Maxi length: Those dresses we filed back in September can breathe this month. Maxi length isn’t going anywhere this year, although ankle skimming skirts and mid-calf dresses a la Grandma are big. The midi-length didn’t really take off last year, but try them this month with H&M’s stripy version layered with a winter cardigan and a scarf. Footwear is always tricky with awkward lengths, but for toasty feet, biker boots or brogues will work. Last year’s maxi can be reworked for this month by either taking a few inches off, or adding a bright jacket.
Nicole Richie has always been a Maxi ambassador
70's Luxe 70s luxe: Wide-leg trousers, high-waisted shorts and pussy bow blouses will hit stores big this month. Charlie’s Angel glamour is exuded through floppy felt hats, flared jeans, heeled clogs and tie-dye prints. Topshop have dedicated two collections to this decade, although vintage and charity shops still have the best, and most authentic, items. Silky kimono jackets and knitted scarves will add character, and for the ultimate 70s vibe, bring out the huge sunnies during rare glimpses of February sun. Last year’s aviator jackets and wedges can be recycled, with tasselled bags and oversized jewellery finishing a look.
Topshop is packed with some of the best 70's gear on the highstreet, dont forget the NUS discount!
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Show me your Shoes! This issue we delve into our fashion editor Holly Smith’s wardrobe to check out some of her favourite pieces of footwear and the stories behind her favourites . These trainers are the newest addition to my collection. Purchased out of the sheer fact that I need to get some ‘sensible’ trainers for the gym and burn of those Christmas calories that are still lurking around. They sell some low top ones like this in Office, but these are from Amazon. Despite the fact that the delivery was four days late and I had to go all the way to the post office to pick them up, they were well worth it. Still need to join the gym though!
The ones that made it to uni....and then seemed to multiply, new i shouldnt have left them alone togeather
Yes they look old and beaten up but doesn’t that prove what good value for money they were? A key item to my summer wardrobe in 2010 these Chinese style wedges from Topshop gave me an extra couple of inches without the need to wear heels. Although the wooden sole wasn’t the most comfortable at times, I did love them and will continue to wear them just as much this year when the weather warms up. Call me a fashion victim but I even wore them with socks when autumn came!
My go to heels for any night out on the town. Purchased in New Look for £25 they are still going strong after 4 months. I wouldn’t even like to think of the amount of drinks that have been soaked into the faux sued and are more than likely still there. If you haven’t already I would definitely invest in some wedges they are as comfy as slippers while elevating you to model heights. They were my first dance partner this NYE! These beauties were one of my favourite Christmas presents this year. Originally I wanted an SLR camera but after some serious research I came to the conclusion that another pair of shoes was definitely the way forward. They also sold them in black but I loved this teal colour. They are so different and seeing as my wardrobe is mainly made up of natural colours any way, they seem to go with more than you would think.
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Arts Red Light Burlesque Present Freakshow Follies Gemma Harling
Declared to be a night of bizarre acts ranging from the weird to the unbelievable; Red Light Burlesque at The Firebug, Leicester, hyped up its last show of the year to be a spectacular Goregasmic climax. Not recommended for the weak hearted. Valerie Vegas was first to stumble on stage, wine glass and cigarette in hand wearing a black silk night gown. Her boozy routine reflected that of a rock star after one too many, which with her props was the assumed purpose. The tattooed beauty peeled to pasties after removing a glitzy vintage looking bullet bra. Vegas’s routine, though not classy, was seductive and wetted the ‘appetites’ of all watching. Those with a fear of clowns were warned by the wonderful host Venus Star to be wary of the next act. A balloon stuffed, clown faced dancer floated on stage with an eerie lightness, the mask’s expression stuck
with a frozen smile, making this act already unnatural. Lucy Longlegs the dancer behind the clown, presented the Firebug crowd with a routine that would terrify most children, but surprisingly not her most shocking routine of the night. The clown revealed a real meat cleaver and kitchen knife, no rubber props used in this show. The insanely sharp kitchen utensils were used to pop the balloons one by one, each bang accompanied with a jolt from the audience. Longlegs ended her routine by tricking the crowd throwing glitter instead of the red gunge she had been dripping on her chest. The crude use of balloon shapes, added to the absurdity of this performance. A piece of burlesque that was only suitable in freak shows and horror themed nights. Lucy Longlegs managed to make clowns not suitable for children, or even some adults with the first unsettling act of the show. Next, the fabulous disturbing delight that is Mr Joe Black graced
Lucy Longlegs performs her dark clown act
the Firebug stage with his twisted comedic cabaret songs such as; ‘Don’t Tell Mama’, a song about anal sex and his rendition of Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’ encouraging people to sing-a-long. During the GaGa cover he pulled an unsuspecting male audience member on stage. The man was treated to a dry hump and a snog from Mr Black. Joe Black has a great voice easily projected through the Firebug. Laced in heavy make-up, blacked out teeth and thick eyelashes, Black’s appearance suited the content of his act and added to his creepy yet hilarious on-stage persona. Miss Piranja treated the audience to her ‘Psyclops Carnival’ burlesque dance. Smiling as she unwrapped her red and white layers at an upbeat pace, a red glittered top hat at the ready. The German artist used an umbrella to hide what the audience knew was there but were not being shown. Finally Piranja revealed her red nipple tassels and proudly twirled them keeping that wide smile across her face. Her performance was refreshingly upbeat, even though the overall theme of the night was obscure madness; Piranja’s lively routine steadied the pulses of a tense audience. The last act before the interval travelled from London to perform their edge of seat act for Red Light Burlesque, Riding the Valkyrie. The first of their two acts consisted of some gruesome dining, performed to the vocals of the female member of the grisly duo, Nara. The freaky feasting act involved fire eating and glass munching, with the occasional drip of blood coming from Pete’s lips. Nothing causes a crowd to cringe more than the sound of glass breaking between a person’s teeth. The performance had people’s hands in front of their faces yet unable to look away; a compelling end to the first half. After the interval the stage was taken over by co-host Vix-La-Trix. Artists from the first half performed their second acts which were equally as freaky as the first. Vegas performing a classy fan dance, which although not strange was beautiful. Lucy Longlegs’ second performance surely terrified every audience member to their core. What started as a Punch and Judy spoof, turned into a peep show
Mr. Joe Black entertains between acts
and ended as something nightmare are made of. After the brief puppet show Longlegs gave a seductive peep show style belly dance, after this it went silent before Longlegs stomped off stage, nipple tassels falling off, cling film over her face dragging what represented a dead body; this unexpected twist was the ultimate petrifying act, anything that followed this seemed tame. Joe Black returned for some fire antics, body burning and fire eating in a turban. As always his performance was immaculate, hilarious and gripping. Black displayed impressive skills with fire during this second act; after swallowing fire he was able to light his fingers with his tongue and transfer this to the torch, giving an incredible almost mystic effect. Riding the Valkyrie followed with their second act; a dark operatic horrific demonstration of dentistry. Nobody enjoys going to the dentist but the situation can be tolerated, however with Pete as the sadistic dentist, it makes the experience much more horrendous. Nara was the naïve
patient in this performance blasting some extraordinary operatic vocals over the sound of drills, with Pete singing a song of sadism in a German accent, eyes bulging as he pushed a drill into his nasal cavity. Everyone’s gag reflexes going into hyper drive as they struggled to watch this nauseating action. Riding the Valkyrie truly managed to live up to the name of freak with their remarkable yet disgusting performances leaving the audience with an unsettled stomach. With every Red Light Burlesque show the evening was topped off with a performance from the main host, Venus Star, who treated everyone to her talents before a final goodnight. There are aspects of the evening that many will feel uneasy about for a long time, however the rest of the night was pure enjoyable, if not slightly disturbing, entertainment. The venue may be small but the shows do not suffer from this; massive vaudevillian/ burlesque names were featured in this event which gives indication to a promising new year for Red Light Burlesque.
Look out for: This Valentine’s Day Lucy Porter brings all her best bits to Leicester for a special one off gig. Curve will play host to one of Britain’s most loved comics.
Famous for her guest spots on comedy shows such as Mock The Week and Have I Got News For You, romantics of all ages are sure to be infected by Lucy’s
un-wavering signature charm, feel-good anecdotes and brilliantly crafted jokes. As a regular face and voice on TV and radio panel shows, you may have seen/
heard Lucy Porter in Argumental (Dave); Never Mind the Buzzcocks (BBC); Clive Anderson's Chat Room (BBC Radio 2)); and What the Dickens? (SKY).
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The real Inception
One DMU student talks about his amazing ability to realise and control his dreams Shaun Wheatcroft
The subconscious world of lucid dreaming as highlighted in Christopher Nolan’s Inception last year is for many a desire, a hope, or a fantasy. But for me, it is very much a real phenomenon. Clambering into my duvet, pulling it over myself and resting my head into a soft pillow, takes me away to a whole new world, and a world that can look however I envision it to look. For years I was unaware of the concept of ‘lucid dreaming’. All I knew was that I was, for some unbeknown reason able to control myself in dreams. I instinctively thought that everyone had this ability, but research taught me that the mind has to learn how to dream lucidly. WikiHow has a section on ‘How to Lucid Dream’, which I am led to believe many people wanting to develop their dreams have used effectively; but of course explaining dreaming is almost impossible. When I explain the ability of
lucid dreaming to others they are often overwhelmed. Seeing, is of course, believing, and it is pretty difficult to show someone else inside your mind. When I wake into a lucid dream I find myself in one of two places, a place I am familiar with, or a place I’ve never seen before — the latter being the most worrying. Much like in the film Inception, my mind re-creates scenes from my memory and can only depict the parts it can vividly remember. There may be mistakes sometimes, for instance a window placed incorrectly or an object missing from the room which I know should be there. These mistakes are often what trigger me to the realisation point, or the moment when I know I am dreaming. I often lift my arm to pinch it and feel no pain, I am then aware I have entered a lucid dream. The first few times this occurred, I immediately woke myself up, but as it occurred more often I built up more and more courage to go deeper into my dream world.
People often say to me ‘that must be amazing’ but the simple answer is ‘not always’. Granted, at times a lucid dream can be fantastic and gives me the ability to do things I have always wanted to do provided I have woken into the correct setting; however on the other end of the spectrum, when I wake in an unknown place, the thought of where to go brings fear. The scene is often dark and gloomy, seemingly on a street in the middle of nowhere. I often have people chasing me in these kinds of dreams and the feeling in that moment until you wake is so real it is incomparable. Although subconsciously you are aware you are in this dream it doesn’t make it any less tangible, the physical and mental feelings are astoundingly accurate. I can feel every feeling I feel when I am awake. The fear is more real than ever. The easiest way to wake for me has always been to imagine the action of opening my eyes. This often takes a few tries but usually is successful eventually. However
sometimes I can open my eyes into another dream (mind boggling, I know). For instance, a dream that I am waking into, at first I may not be aware it is a dream, but much like before I will look around for objects or design of the room that is incorrect or missing. As soon as I find a flaw, I know I am in another dream and can again begin the waking process. Although these dreams only come every few weeks, when they do I am always left with something to dwell on. Where does this ability come from? And how does my mind create them? Luckily, I enjoy them enough not to wonder for too long. Lucid dreaming is something I would recommend to anyone, like some sort of uncanny hobby if you will. Inducing lucid dreams can only lead to excitement and a world in which the imagination can run wild. Dreaming is such an unknown world, and one which is so close to home you can almost touch it. Only in my dreams can I fly off the Eiffel Tower, grant myself superhuman
strength or float down a mountain. The imagination may truly be the limit where lucid dreaming is concerned. So next time you fall asleep, if at any one moment you realise you’re dreaming, do not try to wake up. Have the courage to continue and let your imagination do the work. I can promise you won’t regret it.
Totems are used to tell when a person is dreaming in the film Inception
Living with endometriosis Rebecca Wilcox
I was 13 when I started my period. I remember feeling too embarrassed to talk about it or to tell anyone that it was a problem. Every month I went through sheer agony, which caused me to pass out in school, become dizzy and disoriented. My periods were irregular and heavy too, and I would have hot flushes to accompany them. I used to cry a lot over not understanding why it was so painful and how none of the other girls in school had mentioned being in pain. I went to the doctors a lot but I found they didn’t help. They told me that it was normal to be going through this and prescribed pain killers to deal with it. The pain killers had no effect but I didn’t want to bother the doctors more because I already felt like I was pestering them for no reason. After school most days, I would feel exhausted and often take naps until dinner. When I was 16 I was enrolled in college where I found my symptoms
progressed. I not only had the horrible abdominal and pelvic pains when on my period, but they were there even when I wasn’t. The pain was sharp and sometimes like a spasm. I would also get pain in my lower back and pain that shot through my legs down to my feet, which would ache for the whole day. All I would want to do is curl up in bed with a hot water bottle than do anything else. I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Some of my symptoms matched up with IBS, however I didn’t feel it was what I had. I complained to the doctors about my periods still being unbearable so they put me on the pill which was supposed to make my periods less painful and more regular. They still hurt, but they were at least regular. In my working life I would struggle to stand due to the pain, sometimes being sick from it. My employers didn’t understand and I couldn’t give them an answer since I didn’t feel I had one myself. I was taken to hospital for being in
severe pain, it was so bad that I was moaning and curled up on the floor. I couldn’t walk so my brother had to help me into the car. When I got to hospital they did a couple of blood tests but then sent me home with no answers. I had to have a couple of weeks off of work because I wasn’t strong enough to do anything. I felt so upset because I’m always very dedicated to work and I hate letting people down. The company’s county boss tried to get me sacked for not being there, and so instead my hours were cut. I have spent from the age of 16 to 20 on medication for IBS, which I have found never worked, as well as being on the pill. I have tried many pills and also tricycled the pill so that I could miss some periods. I have tried numerous pain killers which have either not worked, or made me throw up or feel dizzy. I found out about endometriosis by talking to a nurse whilst seeking advice for pain during sex, a symptom of the condition. She mentioned it and handed me a leaflet, but then said nothing more on the subject.
Once I had left the doctors I read through the leaflet and thought ‘bloody hell this is familiar’. I then continued my research at home looking at symptoms on the internet on Wikipedia and looking at all the information on the Endometriosis Charity website. After reading all of this I truly believed that I had endometriosis and decided to put my theory to the doctors. I filled in an online questionnaire that notes important things that would help the doctors to diagnose. When I took it to the doctors, referred me to a gynaecologist. The gynaecologist was doubtful I had it but offered to do diagnostic surgery to cancel out the disease. I remember feeling unsure about having the condition again because the consultant didn’t seem convinced. I still pushed for the laparoscopy just encase I did have it, and then at least if I didn’t I then knew that it was something else. When waking up from surgery I felt really happy. I was excited at the thought of actually having a name to put all my symptoms under.
The consultant came to check up on me later, and told me they had found endometriosis and wanted to start treatment. That was a surprise for me. Now they want to actually help treat it and improve my life. I am currently having monthly injections to create a fake menopause in the hope it will improve the symptoms. The treatment isn’t working yet, though there are many treatments to try and I am positive that one treatment that will work. I find that now I know what is wrong with me, I can deal with it better and manage my symptoms. I am sad to have this condition, but at least I can raise awareness for other women out there who could be struggling with it and who do not know they have it. One in ten women have endometriosis and I am hoping that some will read this, recognise the symptoms and maybe work towards getting diagnosed. I also hope that people reading this understand how hard it is for endometriosis sufferers and how it has such a big impact on lives.
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Stand up, clap hands and thank you, Footlights Sally Jack
These were the appreciative actions of the capacity crowd packed in to Highlights Comedy Club on 21st January, there to witness DMU Footlights Society’s inaugural ‘Comedian of the Year’ Competition. What a night! £2.50 to see twelve of DMU’s top stand up talent battle it out for one of six awards. Bargain. Former DMU student and Footlighter, Kyle Stewart, returned to compère the night, resplendent in a jacket that last saw action in Coldplay’s Viva La Vida video. Kyle showed masterly control of the ‘Pint Glass of Doom’ method of random act selection, ensuring fair play for all. And, at 8.04pm, the lights dimmed, AC/DC’s Back in Black faded out, and hand-to-mike combat began. The acts were Jack Britton, Andy Schooledge, Matt Holmes, Jack Campbell, Richard Pitt, Martin England, Liam Davis, Paul Sawyer, David Murphy, Dan Nicholas, Joe Wood and David Wood. They all
delivered outstanding sets in a real live comedy venue, in front of a huge crowd and five rather scary judges. True to the cliché, all the acts were winners that night, however it was a competition, so, votes were cast and the awards went to:
Comedian of the Year Matt Holmes
Highlight of the Night David Murphy
Best Stand Up at Hub
Jack Campbell (and his very pointy shoes)
Best Newbie David Wood
Best Pensioner Andy Schooledge
Judges Jester Liam Davis
All winners will now perform at the Leicester Comedy Festival on 10th February, with TV star and comedian Jeff Leach. This will be held at Level 1, DSU – contact DMUFootlights@ yahoo.com for tickets. Comedian of the Year, Matt Holmes, said afterwards, “I hope to use my experience with Footlights over the last year to continue gigging in and around the Leicester area. “I’m looking forward to the Comedy Festival, and the possibility of performing at the Edinburgh Fringe with fellow Footlighters.” Yes, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! What a great opportunity for all the performers and back stage crew; if you would like to get involved with the Society, contact DMUFootlights@ yahoo.com for further details. A big thank you to Kyle, the judges, all the acts who took part in the heats and final, and the crowd for making the night such a huge success, and a fantastic achievement for a society about to celebrate its first birthday. The next Footlights Show is on 8th April, look out for details nearer the time. Go on, L-O-L!
Garry Steel is single and proud of it. Here he tells us what it's like to be single and gay on Valentine's Day and why, frankly, it's a load of rubbish. When I was asked to write something about celebrating Valentine’s Day from a gay point of view, I didn’t really know where to begin. At first, I thought “is it even any different from my perspective?” Then, I realised – it’s all a bit forced. I can only speak for myself, but when I see all the tacky cartoon couples on greetings cards, I can’t help but question myself as to why I’m actually single. I have always felt that when it comes down to the cheesy romantic gestures, apart from secretly enjoying them, I’ve always felt as if I’m just conforming to yet another rituals – just like everybody else. Having only “celebrated” Valentine’s Day with someone on a
couple of occasions, I’m aware that there are factors that may hinder that perfect day. One is the issue of being in the closet (thinking back to the days where I had to get a friend to give me a lift into town just to receive a bunch of roses). I understand the fact that it’s just another holiday created for the benefit of card companies, however, if you’ve found that special someone, it should symbolise a lot more. If you’re with someone, don’t just buy expensive presents and bombard them with chocolates and flowers. It’s all about the expression of your feelings – whether you’re gay or straight. With the shops filling shelves with chocolate gift sets and e-card jingles gracing every single ad break, I don’t
know about anyone else, but I intend to indulge on a weekend-long bender – hoping I’m too hungover on Monday to care whether or not I’m single.
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Diablo Travel takes a look at some of the lesser known destinations, and some of the very well known, in the world's most romantic country, Italy. Lucia Pivetta
Love, sin and excess in waters that have bewitched for centuries. Where golden surfaces touch nature and ask for pleasure. In a word: Venice. As if a rite of love, Venice celebrates with passion and devotion the festivity of Carnival this February and March. This year the city brings back to life the 19th Century in a tribute to women and the unification of Italy. With the 150th anniversary of the ‘Unification of Italy and Women’s Day’ in fact coinciding with ‘Mardi Gras’, it is not hard to imagine the thrill that will shake the city. The 19th Century dictates the fashion: blending elegant redingotes and corsets, any romantic soul will have the chance of making their dream come true. Fashion shows and mask contests, theatrical, musical and artistic events are to take place everywhere in the city, whilst outdoors, street jugglers and musicians will entertain families and tourists. Meanwhile, local guides give the chance to discover the most secret quarters of Venice, untouched by time
and often unreachable to tourists. The heart of “The Most Serene”, as it has been known, will then uncover its secret fragility, that of being made of a beautiful gem balancing between water and earth. This precariousness is the reason why the Venetians love Carnival so much: it imposes to live, to seize each moment and round it off with satisfaction. In its final call, before the days of fast and abstinence of the Christian Lent, Carnival is the celebration of little pleasures such as food and love, some of the things Italians are quite famous for. The ice breaks with the opening “cin-cin” (cheers) in San Marco Square and the “non-flight of the rats” (procession of boats through the channels), followed by typical sweet-pastries giveaways. The traditional “Flight of the Angel” takes a secret host from the fashion world into a flight from the bell tower to the centre of the Square. In the following days, the “Flight of the Donkey” mocks the Angel with real donkeys grazing in the stoned alleyways. For those (men) who want to discover the sinful soul of the
city, personified in the figure of Casanova, the Casino of Venice will host in parallel to slot machines and poker games a daring burlesque performance.
The lagoon, traditionally the bride of the Adriatic Sea, will finally open the doors to Lent with the magical “Row of Silence”. While boats and gondolas slide
down the Venetian channels lit by candlelight, hundreds of small balloons will be freed in the sky, signing the metaphorical departure of Carnival.
Trieste: Gothic tremors between ruins and cups of coffee
A crossroad of European peoples, the hidden maritime pearl of Trieste, the capital of the FriuliVenezia Giulia region, treasures infinite discoveries visible only in the twilight. When walking in the Unity of Italy Square, you are unexpectedly thrown back to its joyful fin-du-siècle Viennese atmosphere. When drinking the local richly tasted Illy coffee in the central Caffè
San Marco, you will enjoy a ceremony coming from as far as Byzantium whilst sitting at elegant art nouveau tables. Never Italian enough, always independent yet incapable of being on its own, Trieste has shifted restlessly from one reign to another, from heaven to hell. One of the rivers shaping its countryside was once thought to be an entrance to Hades’ Roman Underworld. Somehow legends became reality in the largest tourist cave in the world, the Grotta Gigante (Giant
Cave), which formed when two superimposed rivers collapsed onto each other. Neither on the ground, nor underground, the cave receives visitors from everywhere, fascinated by shiny stalactites and chilled in the silent and cold atmosphere. Trieste’s waterfront, backed by white limestone cliffs, is cluttered with a myriad of Hapsburg castles that conserve mysticism and mystery even in the eye of those sunbathing at their feet. Two castles in the near Duino hosted the Romantic poet Rilke, his elegies, and many gothic tales. The most famous were inspired by a white rock projected over the sea, known as the Dama Bianca (Fair Lady) for its resemblance to a veiled woman. The breathtaking Miramare Castle (literally Admiring-the-Sea Castle) was built in the 19th century as summer residence for the Austrian Archduke and his wife. Its garden, designed to feature both tropical and local plants, are now part of a museum which includes an astronomic and naturalistic centre, and a glasshouse filled with rare
colourful butterflies. After experiencing an enthralling artistic period at the turning of the century, with personalities such as Joyce residing here, reality became hell once again. The city turned a former rice granary into the only Italian concentration camp with a crematorium, the Risiera di San Sabba, where thousands died. Today Friuli-Venezia Giulia is one of the richest Italian regions, and Trieste remembers its past in everyday
simple practices. Together with the notes of the grand piano, it’s not uncommon to indulge into a magical game of lights and reflections against Venetian mirrors and frescos. Steinbeck once said: “There is no hater like one who has greatly loved”. Inverting this logic, Trieste has pushed its dramatic past aside and now celebrates its Latin, Germanic and Slavic roots - in other words, our European unity and diversity.
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Menaggio: One of Italy's least known and most beautiful towns James King Travel Editor
The northern Italian lakes are known as some of the most beautiful in the world. Set within the Alps near the Swiss border, Lake Como is the third largest, and possibly the most striking. The town of Como itself has become a rather dirty and charmless tourist town, so to see the real beauty of the lake, you need to venture further up the shoreline. The quickest way to do this is to take the bus from Como station. It’s a rather precarious journey, as the tiny roads that wind their way through the lakeside villages, probably weren’t built for the big coaches that often pass each other on the narrowest of streets. The ride to the lake gives you incredible views of the clear blue water and rolling hills, as well as the jagged mountain peaks beyond. One of the largest towns on the western shore is Menaggio, but with a population of fewer than three thousand, it is really more of a large village. It is probably the best place to stay whilst on Lake Como, as it
has some great restaurants that serve traditional Italian dishes that are not too pricey. The hotels in Menaggio are though, costly; however, the hostel just outside the centre, is within a two minute walk and one of the nicest I have ever stayed in. Breakfast, included in the price, is served on the terrace, which has an amazing view of the lake. They also offer very cheap and delicious meals at dinner time, which you can eat whilst sipping amazingly cheap Italian wine and watching the sunset over the lake, turning the snow-capped mountains pink. The hostel also has a private beach, and will rent out bikes and kayaks a lot cheaper than you’ll find in town. The kayaks are a great way to view some of the amazing lake side villas, which have been the homes of Hollywood royalty for decades — including George Clooney — and been used for many films including James Bond (Daniel Craig shot Mr. White outside Villa La Gaeta at the end of Casino Royale), Star Wars and Oceans Twelve. If you’d rather not exert too much energy, a day ticket for the ferry can be purchased from the small harbour
Pisa: Beautiful one-hit-wonder Jacob Curtis
People, and guidebooks, say there is a lot more to Pisa than just the leaning tower. I decided to stay for two nights to see for myself. But it became apparent after one afternoon that you don’t really need more than a few hours. Arriving just after lunch and leaving my bag at the hostel, I walked down to the Campo dei Miracoli, or Field of Miracles. After spending no more than an hour taking endless photos of the tower and the cathedral, baptistery and cemetery, I had pretty much exhausted all Pisa had to offer. A wander through the streets is nice enough until after only a few minutes you reach the rougher side of town, and you have to turn back for fear of being mugged. Don’t get the wrong idea, the Field of Miracles is a beautiful place. The Leaning Tower along with the Duomo (cathedral) and baptistery make an amazing architectural collection, but there is no need to stay for too long. I would recommend going to see the Field of Miracles, but only as you pass through on your way to somewhere else.
at Menaggio, or indeed at any of the other towns. It’s the best way to see Lake Como in its entirety. The ferry first takes you across to the small village of Varenna with idyllic little streets, home to boutiques selling jewellery and watches at
obscene prices. Then onto Bellagio and Cadenabbia, which are just tourist spots for people with expensive taste, who wish to spend over €200 a night on a hotel room. The lake is formed like an upside down Y, and the boat can take you
down either leg to either Como on the tip of the western leg, or Lecco on the eastern. Lecco, just another charmless town like Como, is a good transport hub, with trains south to Milan and to Bergamo Airport, which is serviced by EasyJet.
Below: The hills just outside Mennagio, with the Hostel seen on the right
Milan: Worth the expense Jacob Curtis
Milan is a city that doesn’t disappoint people’s expectations. It is associated with fashion, glamour and wonderful architecture. And it delivers on all three. Arriving at the Stazione Centrale is like stepping off of a train and walking in to a cathedral with escalators, due to the paintings on the ceiling and the statues dotted around the edges.
Milan’s Duomo is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Its sheer size is what is immediately striking about it. The spire reaches over 100 metres, and it is almost 160 metres long. What’s also striking is how bright it is, becoming almost white when the sun hits it. All through Milan there are glamorous shopping arcades that house the famous Milanese designers. The prices are obscene, to say the least. I was hopeful of buying a discounted suit from one
of the outlet stores, seeing as the guide book promised they might be up to 80% off, but the cheapest ones were still around €500. Everything in Milan seemed overpriced. A simple meal may cost around €20, and if you try and go cheap and get McDonalds, they’re still far more than you’d pay in England. Still, it’s well worth spending a couple of days walking the streets of Milan, soaking up the atmosphere and culture.
Above: Pisa's Leaning Tower
Below: Milan's spectacular cathedral
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Do you love to listen? It’s that time of year again and we take you through some of the most cringeworthy and brilliant love songs of all time. Katie Bowley
So, some of you might love February 14th, whereas others may love to hate it. Every year we get bundled with a new compilation album advertised, full of rubbish love songs by some weird singer that no one knows and is probably sold in a pound shop. I’ll take you on a short journey of terrible love songs that make you sick, and some that you will sing along to whether you hate them or not. Warning, could also be known as depressing songs .of all time.
Personal Pick My personal favourite love song has to be Imagine by John Lennon. Such a classic that you don't have to be in love to enjoy it.
Like It Angels – Robbie Williams (1997) Your Song – Elton John (1970) Power of Love – Celine Dion (1993)
I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing – Aerosmith (1998) If I Could Turn – R Kelly (1998)
Against all Odds – Always Love You – Phil Collins (1984) Whitney Houston (1992) Every Breath You Take – The Police (1983)
Achy Breaky Heart – Billy Ray Cyrus (1992) You’re Still the One – Shania Twain (1998) Endless Love – Diana Ross (1981)
Wind Beneath my Wings – Bette Midler (1982) Truly, Madly, Deeply – Savage Garden (1997) Hopelessy Devoted Olivia Newton John (1978)
Hottest stars of the fortnight Charlie Brennan
My Chemical Romance Full Names: Gerard Way, Mikey Way, Frank Iero, Ray Toro Hail From: New Jersey, USA Interesting Fact: Mikey came up with the band’s name whilst working in a bookshop. A book called Ecstacy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance by Irvine Welsh caught his eye. My Chemical Romance have earned their place as this fortnight’s hottest stars for a number of reasons. They have just embarked on a hugely anticipated tour which sees them follow up the select shows they played at the end of 2010. The UK is one of their first stops in the tour which sees them take in a massive 50 dates all over the world, from Japan to the Netherlands. Another success that has led to their recognition in this article is that the band have just received a huge 4
nominations (and an extra one for their red-headed frontman) in the recently announced NME Award nominations. This includes Best International Band, Best Album, Best Video (for ‘Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na’) and Best Album Artwork. These awards also see Gerard Way receive a nomination for Hero of the Year, for which he will run against Lady Gaga and Matt Bellamy in the campaign to be crowned winner.The New Jersey four-piece have announced their comeback with the premiere of their new single in late 2010, and these nominations just voice what many critics and fans have been thinking of for a while. My Chemical Romance are here to stay and they are continuing to making everybody sit up and take notice of them. Fun beats, open lyrics and a comic book themed rainbow explosion have made sure that the band’s latest album, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, has hit the scene with a huge impact. With colourful happy tunes such as, Party Posion and also Vampire Money, along with beautiful slower songs such as The Only Hope For Me Is You, this album is extremely diverse and definitely not what was expected
from this widely anticipated album. Following on from the dark and heavy tones of their 2006 album The Black Parade which had gotten My Chemical Romance associated with ‘emo-cults’ and labelled them as promoters of death and suicide, their new album was always going to be hard for the band, and this has been reinforced in many recent interviews with Gerard Way. He even goes as far as to say, that there nearly was no new album. The band could not focus and struggled to regain their strength from the physically draining effects of the Black Parade and extensive touring. He felt there was no soul. However, an epiphany for the lead singer came whilst he was taking some time to clear his head, out in a cabin in the middle of nowhere. This resulted in new inspiration for the band, in the form of Na Na Na. Suddenly the band found that they had a concept and idea, and most importantly, drive. They wanted to be in a band again. So, with tour dates in the UK beginning on the 12th of February and the NME awards being held on the 23rd, one thing is for sure, 2011 is already shaping up brilliantly for these young men and I am sure that
this is only the beginning. These guys are going to be around for a while, which is a good thing as I am sure
there are still so many hair colours that Gerard wants to try whilst he can still get away with it!
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Rock City in Nottingham Ever Had ‘That Sunday Feeling’ On A Saturday? Rock City in Nottingham did, along with ‘A Far Cry From Innocence’, ‘Hey! Alaska’, ‘Paint This Town’ and ‘Go-X’ on Saturday 15th January. Gemma Harling reports Sticky underfoot with the stench of The heavy growling ‘screamo’ dial stale beer and body odour already being slightly turned down from the hanging in the claustrophobic air of last band, ‘Hey! Alaska’ mixed the the infamous Rock City ‘Basement’, melodic pop punk vocals from guitar/ the generous sized audience were vocalist Jamie with the ‘screamo’ from prepared for a full night of what the lead singer Luke. Right from the start five British rock bands were willing to give. ‘A Far Cry From Innocence’ successfully damaged the hearing of many teens with their insanely loud ‘screamo’ lyrics and heavy instrumentals, which were unable to be contained inside of the basement walls. Although at times the music itself Above: Pain in this Town was great the mic was a little too loud for the capacity of ‘Hey! Alaska’ were dominating the the crowd and the size of the venue, stage, throwing picks and jumping to making most of the actual ‘lyrics’ the barrier whilst blasting some massive inaudible. With such a short time on tracks, echoing off the basement walls. stage it is hard for a band to showcase The instrumentals mainly reflected their music and band personality at the the true pop-punk sound with the same time, although ‘A Far Cry From occasional hints of harder rock and Innocence’ were extremely lively and almost soft metal at times. ‘Hey! Alaska’ partially engaged with the audience, truly managed to separate themselves there were obvious big time fans or from just being one of the five other friends in the crowd causing the band groups that night, acting as if it were to divert their attentions more towards an arena tour they were headlining them. This aside the crowd gave an giving their best, and the audience enthusiastic reception to the borderline appreciated it. Third on the massive metal band, and the size of the venue running order of the basement antics did not deter the true rockers from was ‘Paint this Town’, the band, who forming a mosh pit in the centre of the looked surprisingly young to be already room lasting until the band’s final song. performing at Rock City, presented Technical modifications would have the crowd with even a less heavy more made ‘A Far Cry From Innocence’s’ set pop-punk sound. The growling was more enjoyable; however they were able now obsolete. Proving to be more to fill the venue with energy and readied upbeat than the first two bands, ‘Paint the audience for the rest of the acts. This Town’ had caused the moshers to The second band, ’Hey! Alaska’, had freeze and the jumping to start, catching played Rock City previously when they the attentions of the less heavy music supported ‘Madina Lake’, the alternative inclined to uncover their ears. The band rock band from Chicago. The transition had not travelled far being based in from Main Stage to the basement Nottingham, making Rock City almost must have been an uncomfortable their home ground. Their passion was adjustment; however ‘Hey! Alaska’, the apparent from the minute they set up; pop punk band from Middlesbrough, they were obviously ready to headline seemed to manage to not let the size their own tour but seemed equally as of the stage bring their spirits down. happy to be sharing the spotlight with
the other bands. ‘Paint This Town’ performed a cover of ‘Poker Face’ that Lady Gaga would be envious of. The band are definitely a great listen and an unsigned band to watch out for. By the end of the set their efforts were visible through the sweat they had worked up whilst playing. Promising to come back to Nottingham again in March ‘Paint This Town’ will undoubtedly have some reoccurring audience members. The first thing most of the crowd would have noticed about the next band, ‘Go-X’, is that the lead singer must be insane. As soon as he took to the stage he claimed he would pay for the mic stand if he broke it during the set, and then he went out of his way to break it, perhaps this was his ‘music persona’. It was almost as if the music stirred something inside of him to become a destructive hyperactive individual, accompanied by the well-played music from the slightly more sane members of the band. Very audience wary lead singer, Josh, frequently jumped to the barrier to get ‘up close and personal’ with the fans, which they seemed to enjoy. The crowd fed off Josh’s energy only to be hyped up more by the band’s music. The mixed genre sound reflected pop-punk on caffeine, the adrenaline injected tracks were spurted out faster than a child on coffee, even though the lyrics were blurred at that speed the overall sound of the band was something that is not heard often and may even be new to some ears. ‘Go-X’ undeniably have the presence and personality to survive as a band. Josh even introduced himself to barrier dwellers after their set, making the band come across as approachable which always scores points with the fans. Last but not least, are the ‘headliners’ of this tour, although they shared the same amount of time on stage as the other bands. ‘That Sunday Feeling’ are the modern definition of a pop-punk band, their energetic beats and riffs had everyone jumping, dancing and, those who were familiar with them, singing along. Technical difficulties affected this band more than the other, with one member attempting to use a wireless amp connector which failed to work. Confidence is something that the band, especially the lead singer was not lacking. There was definitely an air of self-love that was apparent when the band got into their set, and perhaps this enabled the band to perform at their best. This aside, they performed very well, not losing the appetite to
Below: Hey! Alaska
perform even when looking a little again in the near future. All of the worn out. The music was fantastic, groups performed at their best, perhaps and the crowd was even treated to a trying to shine through the massive mini drum solo. The solos were lacking line-up of five bands. The timing in the whole of the evening which for each to showcase their band was made a drum solo from ‘That Sunday perhaps too short and rushed. Despite Feeling’ refreshing. The band were this the music was electric, some band extremely popular, fans shoving one members were eccentric and there was another to get to the barrier when the the occasional guitar riff or refreshing lead was stood there. They let their drum solo which really lit-up the dull fans down at the end of the night by Rock City basement. not coming back for an encore song even though the crowd was excitedly chanting ‘T-S-F’. Due to the venue’s ‘HeyHeyHey’ club night there was a curfew which meant if the bands were to sell their merchandise to fans an encore had to be sacrificed. Generally the crowd were not dissatisfied by the band’s performance and would most likely; judging by the screams, see the band perform Above That Sunday Feeling
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Reviews and debuts
Katie Bowley looks at what's hot and what's not in the music world today Upcoming gigs
Kings of Glee-on?
11/02/11 – Formation (Nero, DJ Hype, DJSS & Others) @ De Montfort SU
The Followills make headlines again as Nathan blasts a Tweet back to Glee producer Ryan Murphy over Twitter to “buy a new bra”. Murphy called the band “arseholes” after they refused to let the Glee cast sing one of their songs on the TV show.
13/02/11 – Joy Formidable @ 02 Academy 21/02/11 – The Saturdays @ De Montfort Hall 22/02/11 - Ben Montague & Leddra Chapman @ 02 Academy
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Ke$ha’s former managers are wishing to sue her for $14 Million after she allegedly broke her contract. It is believed that Ke$ha had no reason to breach the contract and therefore the company wish to sue. “DAS Communications” who managed Ke$ha back in 2008, had their legal team come up with the high figure, as she has been deemed successful. Ke$ha has filed a suit against “DAS”, yet both cases will come to court in the nearby future.
Peter Hernandez (Bruno Mars) is set to plead guilty for cocaine possession as he was found carrying last year. As he was detained for tests, it was later confirmed he was carrying cocaine. He will be sentenced to a year probation and have to pay $2,000 fine along with community service. If he was a plain clothed normal being
Nathan later apologised “I'm sorry 4 anyone that misconstrued my comments as homophobic or misogynistic”. Twitter is the brunt of all arguments, it’s hilarious.
Superstar rappers Will Smith and Jay-Z are teaming up together for
Music reviews Adele – 21
Similar to her other more soulful tunes, “Turning Tables” and her current single “Someone Like You”
The crash and thump’s of sound that comes from the music, has created such a brilliant album. Songs to note are “Around My Head” and “Shake me Down”.
Cage the Elephant The Streets – – Thank You Computers and Happy Birthday Blues
Jump on the band wagon
The Vaccines are a London based alternative indie band whom have released an astoundingly brilliant single “Post Break Up Sex”. Their music is like a sped up version of Interpol, whose resonant sound makes them the new it band this season. They have an album coming out within this year so watch out.
a new film project, alongside Will Smith’s other half Jada Pinkett Smith. Their first project will be a new production of “Annie”, probably featuring Jay-Z's hit “Hard Knock Life”. The film will star the hair whipping Willow Smith, who is incidentally also signed to Jay-Z’s record label Roc Nation. Sounds all a bit too comfortable to me.
like ourselves, he’d be locked up. Funny that.
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both mellowing and ordinary, but it’s quite appealing to the ears. The album contains some tuneful songs if you’re in a chill out mood, otherwise you will want to be. It’s not really a feel good album. The Streets to me seem as if they are getting towards the end of the line, as I can’t really deem this album a success, but it’s up to a difference of opinion.
What an incredibly talented woman. Adele, who’s now only 22 has produced a brilliant follow up of her debut “19”. With the leading and brilliant single “Rolling in the Deep” , “21” was set to blow up a storm. Filled with beautiful lyrics and smooth piano tones, Adele’s voice slips through your mind like silk. Her intriguing voice is far more developed than her song writing, but she covers well. The album consists of 13 tracks, and all of them are worth a listen. “Rolling in the Deep” is by far my favourite, followed by “Rumour Has It” which follows the same upbeat and edgy tone.
We haven’t heard from the American rockers for a while now, but they have come back with quite a hit. Straight to number one on Itunes its first week of release is pretty positive! Their sound is unique, it can really only be described raw and feel good as the band create noise with their guitars, which surfaces to actually create a work of genius.
Just similar to all the old Streets stuff. Pretty standard lyricism, cleverly brought together in a series of raps. “Going Through Hell” is catchy and quite comical although I can’t quite keep up with what is actually going on. Then there is “Blip on a Screen”
1. The Wombats – Jump in the Fog 2. Beady Eye – The Roller 3. Funeral Party - Finale 4. Britney Spears – Hold It Against Me 5. Ke$Ha – Who We Are 6. Adele – Someone Like You 7. Aggro Santos ft Kimberly Walsh – Like U Like 8. T-Pain ft Pitbull – Hey Baby (Drop it to the Floor) 9. Cassius – I Luv U so 10. Noah and The Whale – L..I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N Check out our Spotify playlist at http://bit. ly9aaFou
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The Demon meets... Film Editor Sam Nicholson looks into the diverse career of Chiwetel Ejiofor Every once in a while you get a film you go into knowing nothing whatsoever, then leave unable to think about anything else. This was one of those films.
It is an animated documentary, a genre pretty much unheard of until this film came out. Though for good reason; would it not be detrimental to the message of the film? Especially when it comes to a subject as raw, real and recent as conflict in the Middle East. This is where the sheer brilliance in this movie lies. Its unique style enhances the experience to a point where moments in the film will haunt you just as powerfully as it does the films subjects. It follows the personal journey of Ari Folman (the documentary’s director) who finds himself unable to remember his part in the 1982 Lebanon War. He goes on to interview: comrades, experts and friends to share their experiences, in the hope it will help him rediscover his. Everything is animated beautifully, allowing Folman’s personal narrative to play through the film consistently, but also for the other people’s stories to be told effectively as well. The score is equally brilliant, by British composer Max Richter, a mixture of eerie strings and piano to hard techno for action sequences. This collection of harrowing true accounts, powerful music, gorgeous looks and distressing images form something truly remarkable. A real film that isn’t ‘based on’; but IS a true story. I could not recommend this film more; a true masterpiece that still sticks with me after many years past.
Chiwetel Ejiofor is hailed as one of Britain's first black actors, and yet often is understated. Born 10th July 1977 in London's Forest Gate to Nigerian parents, Chiwetelu Umeadi Ejiofor spent his teenage years without a father, after he was killed in a head-on crash with a lorry after a family wedding in Nigeria. At age 13, he began acting in school plays at Dulwich College, and joined the National Youth Theatre. He played the title role in Othella at Bloomsbury Theatre in 1995, and again in 1996 at Theatre Royal, Gladgow. It was this same year, he made his film debut in a television movie Deadly Voyage. He has since appeared in films such as G:MT (1999), and other thetre productions such as Blue Orange (2000), Romeo and Juliet (2000). For his role a Romeo he was nominated for the Ian Charleson Award, and then won the Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer at the 2000 Critics' Circle Theatre Awards. Ejiofor made his leading film debut in 2002's Dirty Pretty Things. He won a British Independant FIlm Award for Best Actor. His success continued with 2004's Red Dust, where he starred alongside Hilary Swank. One of his most memorable roles however, and one which awarded him much acclaim, was his performance as the complex antagonist 'The Operative' in Serenity (2005), the
film adaptation of Jess Wheedon's failed Sci-Fi series 'Firefly'. This was followed quickly by another high acclaimed role as a revolutionary in 2006's Children of Men, the sci-fi disaster movie in which the world becomes infertile. His most interesting role to date is in Kinky Boots, the story of a Northampton shoe factory under theat of closure, saved by a singing, dancing transvestite named Lola. The film, released in 2005, follows a true story and Ejiofor recieved both a Golden Globe and a British Independant FIlm Award nomination, for his portrayal, singing and dancing while dressed as Lola the travestite. He lost out on the Golden Globe, to Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat). Ejiofor commented that: "It took quite a long time to get used to the costume. It took up until l I think almost when we started shooting it. We had quite a long period of rehearsals and choreography and getting used to all the different aspects of all the costume. I had my eye brows waxed for the first time. That was disturbing." In 2006, he was also nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award, which recognises emerging British film talent. He was beaten by James McAvoy for his role in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Recently, Ejiofor stared as lead alongside John Cusuack in the 2009 disaster film 2012. The film went on to gross approximatly 700 million dollars, placing it fifth in the highest
grossing films of 2009, and almoung the highest grossing films of all time. Currently, he is working on two new prokects, Tonight at Noon, and a television series called The Shadow Line. Throughout his career, Ejiofor has been nominated for 28 various awards, however, he has only won six of these. This is Above: Ejiofor in Peabody in Salt (2010) what has earnt him the title of the most Below: Ejiofor as Lola in Kinky Boots (2005) underrated actor amoung fans. According to Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian's Film Blog, described Ejiofor as a star striker, who is treated like a utility playet, after his apparence in 'Salt', alongside Angelina Jolie. He goes as far to argue that Ejiofor should be up there on the same level as acting legend Russell Crowe. acclaim. This could be because of Overall, the star has kept a his unpronounceable name, which very low profile throughout the according to the star is pronounced. years, despite longstanding critical Chew-ih-tell Edge-ee-oh-four.
And the nominees are… With the awards season fully underway we take a look at who's up for an Oscar. 'The King's Speech' is expecting a triumphant night, nominated for 11 awards. However, it is up against 'The Social Network' in 5 categories, Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Original Score, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing, the film which beat it to Best Film at The Golden Globes last month. Still if history predicts itself, only 1
in 5 Golden Globe winners go on to win an Oscar. Fan favourites this year for Best picture include Natalie Portman's Black Swan, but it's believe 'The King's Speech' will snatch the award back from it's rivals. Best Actor this year is up in the air, with strong contenders including James Franco (127 Hours), Colin Firth (The King's Speech), Mark Mahlberg (The Fighter) and Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network.) Best Actress is similarily up in the air with Natalie Portman (Black Swan), Julianne Moore (The Kids are Alright) and Anne Hathaway (Love and Other Drugs) all fighting it out for the top spot. Tune in on February 27 2011 for all the awards.
Who's Going to Win? Best Picture: The Black Swan Best Director: The King's Speech Best Actor: Colin Firth Best Actress: Natalie Portman Supporting Actor: Christian Bale Supporting Actress: Helena Bonham Carter Best Animated Film: Toy Story 3 Best Original Screenplay: Inception Best Adapted Screenplay: Inception Best Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland Best Original Score: Inception Best Documentary: Waste Land Best Visual Effect: Alice in Wonderland Best Makeup: Wolfman
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What's on now: reviews The Fighter Steven Riley
From the very first scene, focused on a fidgety, gaunt Christian Bale addressing the camera, you get the feeling that The Fighter is more than your standard boxing flick. Based on the true story of ‘Irish’ Micky Ward’s (Mark Wahlberg) early career, David O. Russell’s picture takes you onto the streets of Lowell, Massachusetts where Ward and his brother and onceboxing-champ-turned-junkie Dickie (Bale), are seen as celebrities. The film follows Ward as battles not only in the ring, as he tries to juggle his career, family-life and crack-addicted brother, as well as love interest, Charlene (Amy Adams) with his dreams of making it as a boxer. He has to handle the bar fights, family disappointments and crushing defeats to try and achieve his goal of making it big. Though in-essence a rags-to-riches underdog tale, it stands slightly apart from other boxing films through its focus on the story rather than the fighting, particularly with Ward wrestling with the decision about what to do with his older brother. It's arguably the character of Dickie that steals the show. A wasted and delusional yet still wholly likeable figure,
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The multi-award winning Black Swan has continued to wow audiences since it's release, grossing $1,443,809 on its opening weekend in the USA alone. Directed by Darren Aronofsky, the film is enthralling and surreal and will have you on the edge of your seat throughout. The film follows Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman), a ballet dancer who is cast as the lead role in Swan Lake. With the role of the innocent, graceful White Swan perfected, Nina struggles to play the darkly sensual Black Swan which her part entails her to do as well. In her determination for success, paranoia and jealously of rival, Lily (Mila Kunis) corrupt Nina and she soon loses control of her life as her descent into darkness continues. Natalie Portman, delivers an outstanding performance, which is arguably her best yet. Aspects of the film are horrific with
Dickie is a former great still worshipped around Lowell, but one who is kidding himself about a ‘comeback’ when in fact his only fight is a losing battle against a drug problem. Bale’s portrayal of the addict is arguably him at his finest. Noticeably thinner than we’ve seen him in blockbusters like Batman, Bale adapts to the part perfectly as a gangly, joking, yet ultimately restless and sympathetic character. After winning a Golden Globe, Bale is one of the favourites for an Oscar too and fully deserves the recognition. The script and direction also create a believable world for the story to unfold within, with the documentary-style opening being continued and really helping the audience get acquainted with the characters and their backstories. The fact that it’s more of a storydriven affair works in the films favour, as the fight scenes are arguably not the strongest and pale in comparison to films like Rocky. It can also at times feel a little cliché, though for a boxing
film this is difficult to avoid, as again Rocky has shown time and time again. Overall though, The Fighter is an enjoyable and well-acted effort that deserves its inevitable acclaim. Though arguably slow in pace at first (the way the climax comes about seems a little rushed), it is better viewed as the enjoyable tale of an underdog’s triumph rather than an all-out.
some truly grim scenes that are not suitable for squeamish viewers. This violence appears to be unnecessary but the shock factor it creates undoubtedly has an impact on the audience and keeps them hooked. The plot line is confusing but eventually rewarding, though this may be a film that needs to be watched a second time for more clarity. Despite all of this, the film is a gripping and amazing cinematic experience. Beautiful but terrifying, Black Swan is a must see.
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A twist on the classic Brother's Grimm tale, Disney's 50th animated film, Tangled is enjoyable from start to finish and is an absolute must see for all Disney fans. The film focuses on Princess Rapunzel (Mandy Moore), the tenth official princess of the Disney Princess franchise. Kidnapped as a baby because of the magical powers her hair possesses, Rapunzel is locked away in a tower for eighteen years with only her pet chameleon, Pascal for a friend. On the day before her eighteenth birthday, her world is turned upside down when charming thief, Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi) stumbles into her life. Chaos, romance, hilarity and adventure inevitably ensue as Flynn introduces the Princess to the outside world. Rapunzel is the first princess to be computer generated instead of traditionally hand drawn, some nostalgic viewers may not like this change compared to the Classic Disney films. The film generally remains traditional, however as it follows a predictable plot coupled with cheesy and feel-good songs, traits highly appealing in Disney films, in some places it is a little too much. The cast deliver fantastic vocal performances that fit the characters perfectly. The animation is also beautifully done and provides humour throughout, particularly from the nonhuman characters. Nico Lehmann, Film Reviewer disagrees: Of course it's cheesy, it's Disney. It's the best Disney film of the past ten years. The songs are catchy and the story is really imaginative, funny and visually stunning.
Films of Valentines Past 2010 brought us Valentine's Day, the American romantic comedy starring Ashton Kutcher, Julia Robert, Jessica Alba, Anne Hathaway and more Hollywood stars, giving it one of the largest all-star ensemble casts of all time.
2001 gave us Recess: School's Out, when the TJ and the gang got out of school for the summer, just in time to save the world! A laugh from start to finish for Recess fans.
50 years ago, Audrey Hepburn looked over her sunglasses and an iconic film was born. On it's tiny $2.5 million budget, the film exceeded expectations, and launched Audrey Helpburn into the acting world.
Useless film trivia: When was Scream released? Answer: 1996
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What's on at DMU: 8th–21st Feb Tuesday 8 Christian Union fortnight On until the 11th February watch out for a series of events: lunchbars, a pudding party...
Open Mic Night 7pm-9pm at Level one Thursday 10th: Who is God? 7pm-9pm at Queens 0.15 Friday 11th: Lunchbar 12pm-2pm at the SU lounge
Gay History Month
DMU LGBT invites to go out and have some drinks at the gay coktail bar Ranbow & Dove. Check facebook page: DMU LGBT
Footlight presents: DSU LEVEL 1 7.45 -9.45
Leicester Stands up Venue: Highlight, £7 Laurence Clark, “Spastic Fantastic” Venue: Phoenix Square, £8 - "one of Britain’s Ten Funniest New Comedians"
Host: TV Comedian Jeff Leach See: the winners of the Footlights Comedian of the Year competition
“Lust or Love” debate from 6pm, Hawthorn Building, Room 0.12 Free Food for everyone who attends.
Tickets on sale via07545 147137 £5 entry (£3 concession)
Gay History Month
On the most romantic day of the year there will be bake sales on the Campus Centre steps all day.
Candidates’ meeting – (1) 14th Feb, 5pm (2) 15th Feb, 5pm
Heartbreakers & Bootyshakers Burlesque Show 8-10pm
Candidates’ question time Tuesday 15th February, 6.30pm, HU 0.08, Free Pizza
You're skint? Get 2 drinks for free at gay bar Rainbow & Dove Free Entry to Helsinki Check Facebook: DMU LGBT
Chilli Whites Nightclub, 10pm- 3am If you’re single and want to go out with friends this Valentine’s Day, there’s 2 for 1 on tickets and drinks! Oh yeah!
Gay History Month LGBT Society invites to a Film Night. Clephan Building, 1.19 or at the LGBT Centre, 6-9pm
Music Society 5-7pm, SU Level 1 Afterwards event: the Hub (Braunstone Gate) has an Open Mic Night
Sexy Fun night in DSU at Kinky Stalls from “Chlamydia Screening” and “Trade and the Clinic”. Quizzes and games. All at Kinky, DSU Level 1 Tickets cost £5.
Ann Summers and piercing party The Dark Side Café, 6 Cank Street, 6-9pm
Friday 16 Mix and Mash DSU LEVEL 1 6 Dj's! 5 Hours! 2 Rooms! 1 Venue! A night of: Rock, Metal, Alternative, Tech, Electro, Drum 'n' Bass, Dub Step +other styles £2 before 12.30, £3 After
Weekend Saturday, 12 There are lots of ways to make a difference when it comes to looking after the environment. The Green Light Festival of Sustainability gives you some input in how to cut down waste, energy use and having some fun as well. There will be workshops, stalls, entertainment, films and many creative things. Students and non-students alike can get involved in any of these things: arts and crafts (willow weaving, belt making etc), kids activities (circus skills, street performance etc), stewarding a major talk (e.g. members of the green party, labour, conservatives etc are having a debate), bike workshops, music (local bands, open mic etc.) or films and on the side collect volunteering hours.
Green Light Festival
Queens Building, De Montfort University, 10-6pm
St Martin’s Square, 8pm £7 at the door, plus cheaper entry to Superfly with stamp
Sunday, 13 Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair DSU Level 1 12pm- 5pm The popular fair for students is back with huge winter sales! There will be both mens and womens wear.
Polar Bear AntiValentines open mic Polar Bear, 8-11.30pm No Speed Dating or fancy meals. Not even love songs: cheesy love songs strictly forbidden.
Democracy Ambassadors Passionate about politics? DSU wants you to help with this year’s union election. You will promote the democratic process and encourage students to exercise their vote. Full training, induction and support will be provided. You will be shadowing and assisting current Executive Officers as they promote participation in the elections around the campus and halls and answering election related queries and explaining how to vote. The Union is looking for volunteers who are highly self-motivated, excellent communicators and able to
use their own initiative. The role entails a minimum commitment of 8 hours over the course of the week 18th to the 24th of February. Those interested should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call 0116 257 6304 or pop in to the office (room 1.30 in the Campus Centre from 10am until 4pm).
Part of a society or sports team? If you want to publicise any upcoming events here, e-mail Nico Lehmann at p09252978@myemail. dmu.ac.uk
Tuesday 8 February 2011 | 7
Control orders lite anyone? Sean Moore
Civil liberties in theoretically ‘free’ liberal democracies such as Britain, are a subject that have always been debated and fought over. Freedom is a word carried around the mouths of campaigners and politicians alike, but what does it really mean? Does it mean we have the choice to choose exactly who governs us, or in a more individual sense freedom of speech without limits? I for one am not really sure anymore. Being a regular watcher of the BBC’s Question Time (QT), I have become increasingly bored of the repetitive duel between government, opposition and civil liberty advocates. Last week’s instalment saw Chris Huhne defend the government's review of control orders, arguing that, for instance to enact control orders on an individual “the evidence has to be tougher, no longer can it be enough acting on reasonable suspicion. They can use mobile phones and the internet; there is no longer forced removal. Reduced period of detention without charge from 28 days to 14 days, you have to know what you are charged with”. This is a reasonable change on the surface. Yet how to us, mere citizens with our ‘average’, middle England,
Home Secretary Theresa May
'alarm clock' Britain lives are we supposed to know what is and isn’t reasonable when we are not given the facts. How can we at all be rational judges of the government's policy that we have no real say in? All of the evidence posed by the ‘Liberal’ Guardian newspaper indicates that the control orders from before were immoral and verging on the actions of a Big Brother style totalitarian state. We hear stories from people such as the illegal immigrant Mouloud Sihali (an Algerian who was going to be deported post 7/7), who was placed under control orders due to the government belief he posed a potential terrorist threat. The day to day rights we enjoy were taken away from him.
Another panellist on QT was the champion of the private sector Kate Hopkins, who believes that laws imposed on people such as Mouloud Sihali aren’t enough, stating: “We have gone to control orders lite, we should go to control orders fat. We are re-balancing in favour of the terrorists instead of the tax payer”. The quasi totalitarian advocate did however have a very good point to make, arguing that the £80 million cost of “Control Orders Lite could be better spent on small businesses”. MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough, David Blunkett, came to De Montfort University recently, it received a good attendance and an interesting array of questions were asked. More importantly in regard to control orders, Mr. Blunkett raised some interesting points referring to the recent reform enacted by Home Secretary Theresa May in the past month pointed out this belief that the “change in control orders were unnecessary as they didn’t really
change much”. John McTernan from The Daily Telegraph agrees with Blunkett’s position, further adding that it hasn’t really pleased anyone: “so it hasn’t satisfied the civil liberties lobby. But it has weakened our security”. The previous Home Secretary used somewhat expected rhetoric akin to the minister that did so much towards reducing illegal immigration and bringing to light unfounded claims for political asylum, persisting to defend his controversial and failed ID card system by stating how easy it was to move around the EU with one of the cards recently. Although, with jokes being common to the light hearted and self deprecating David, he quipped “but it was hard for customs officials to recognise my ID card as there aren’t many around”. Due to the ever growing amount of cases involving phone tapping one would be right to believe the media is becoming an Orwellian organ of control, rather than the government. For once maybe the Great British populous should take a stand back from government bashing and take a step towards scrutinising the monolithic media apparatus. Perhaps they already have? As the self-acceptingly strange Will Self
enthusiastically stated to rapturous applause on QT: “You know something’s wrong with the media when the Metropolitan police, even with a vast amount of evidence saying otherwise, take the [News of the World] case no further”. Phone tapping and control orders seem to only concern the elitist celebrity minority, the latter provoking the commonly coined phrase: “if you’ve done nothing wrong then you shouldn’t be worried about getting punished”. The belief that control orders are for the detaining of illegal immigrants is wide of the mark, the 7/7 bombers were British nationals. Are we in danger of removing too great a proportion of our civil liberties in order to prevent a terrorist attack that has not yet happened, or should we trust the government to protect us whatever the cost? Politics Society Present: The youngest MEP in Britain the Conservative Emma McClarkin comes to DMU 10th Feb 18:00-19:00 Clepham Building, Room 3.01 Check out the Facebook group for more details.
Balls in… Johnson out!
A look into the recent changes to the Opposition after the resignation of Shadow Chancellor Alan Johnson Anna Rog Politics Editor
Just three months into Ed Miliband’s leadership his shadow chancellor, Alan Johnson, resigned last month. Johnson backed his departure with "personal reasons to do with his family", which was found to be a breakdown of his second marriage due to allegations of his wife having an affair with a policeman appointed to guard Johnson, then Home Secretary. The former Shadow Chancellor referred to these personal circumstances as too big a strain, preventing him from fulfilling his front bench duties successfully. Opposition leader, Ed Miliband accepted this resignation with "great regret". Johnson’s sudden departure came in with a dose of shock, similarly to his appointment over Ed Balls and Yvette Cooper, referred to by many as more suitable for the post. As brief as it was, Johnson’s short-
lived placement as Shadow Chancellor will be much remembered, probably the most for the gaffes and gaps in his economic knowledge, such as not knowing the level of national insurance paid by the employers, or VAT rarely affecting food-stuffs . The resignation will certainly save Johnson from the occasional humiliation at Wednesdays’ primeministerial questions, however it suggests a significant shift in the structure of the Opposition, with Ed Balls filling the post of Shadow Chancellor and his wife Yvette Cooper becoming Shadow Home Secretary. With the loss of Johnson the Shadow Cabinet in the new make-up is becoming ‘posher’, as Miliband, Balls as well as Cooper are Oxford graduates, which might pose questions of representation of traditionally working class Labour Party supporters. Johnson on the contrary is not an Oxbridge educated politician. He left school at the age of 15 and worked
at Tesco before becoming a postman. His route to politics was through the trade union, not through the network of a well-trained and acquainted privileged political elite. As a politician, Johnson could connect with the average voter, probably due to his background but also his charisma and excellent communication skills. The question is though, whether the experience from the Blair and Brown administrations as Health, Education and later Home Secretary got Johnson the job or was he promoted over Balls who was perceived by Ed Miliband as a rival for leadership. The ex-Shadow Chancellor’s mistakes and gaffes certainly didn’t help in maintaining the sound image of the Opposition leader. On the other hand the resignation left Miliband with Ed Balls as the new Shadow Chancellor, which causes a potential challenge to his leadership, as they both were Treasury aides to Gordon Brown, with Balls being the
Left: Alan Johnson; Right: Ed Balls
senior one of the two. George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, welcomed the challenge posed by his new shadow referring to Balls as capable of attacking the government’s economic policy 24 hours a day. This task will not be easy, especially since there is a possibility of competing views on deficit reduction between Miliband and the new Shadow Chancellor. Any disagreement on the front bench of the Opposition will make holding government to account even more difficult. Furthermore, as the British economy shrunk in the last quarter of 2010 by 0.5 per cent, now is the time
for the Opposition to challenge the Conservative-led Coalition. What is certainly needed at this point as ever is a clear plan from the Opposition on tackling the deficit reduction and offering alternative policies draft in order for the electorate to see that the Conservative –Lib Dem draconian cuts are ideologically driven and not determined by the aim to put the economy back on tract. Time will show whether the two Eds are the right men for the job of challenging the government, this however depends on their achievement of sound cooperation and single-mindedness.
Tuesday 8 February 2011 | 9
Will Murray ever win a grand slam? Matt Stott
Andy Murray recited a passage from Rudyard Kipling’s epic poem If via his Twitter account shortly before the Australian Open final last month, ‘tweeting’: “If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two imposters just the same...” After Murray’s disheartening display against Novak Djokovic wherein he lost 6-4 6-2 6-3, maybe he will never experience such a meeting of two extremes. Renowned Austrian psychiatrist Viktor Frankl proposed that man does not know: “What he basically wishes to do. “Instead, he either wishes to do what other people do (conformism), or he does what other people wish him to do (totalitarianism).” By the end of the final, Murray had expressed all three qualities. But what has to be more of a concern for the 2008 US Open and 2010/2011 Australian Open runnerup from Dunblane, Scotland, is a conspicuous dearth of valour when he is really up against it. As Djokovic’s athletic defence bore more of a resemblance to a concrete wall, Murray started taking risks, looking for that killer shot. Maybe he thought ‘Rafa would do this’ or ‘Federer would do that,’ hauling himself out of his comfort zone to subscribe to this attacking convention. Or maybe the everlasting carping of
the written press that ‘he is too defensive and passive’ and ‘needs to approach the net more’ finally got to him and he yielded to external pressure. In one debasing moment, he meandered to the net following an imprecise groundstroke, only to look up in anguish as the Serb’s lob majestically hovered over him and dropped almost inch-perfectly on the baseline. Murray’s head jolted and collapsed to his chest, as if a puppeteer had snipped at a string. He was unable to transform desperate defence into limb-stretching attack with one shot as world number one Rafael Nadal or Novak are quite capable of. He needs to temper controlled aggression with an assured defence system. He looked to have found the ideal solution against the resurgent Jurgen Meltzer in the last 16, defeating him in straight sets with an amalgamation of clean-hitting offence and a ‘hit-till-he-misses’ self-defence. It was an improvement on his conservative plan of action, or inaction, that saw him quite easily conquer much weaker opposition in the first week of slams but then unceremoniously fade away ‘at the business end’ in sections of the 2009 and 2010 season. Too often he would be reluctant, perhaps stubborn, to search for winners of his own and would rather rely on his opponent to surrender the point by dint of tiredness and
Andy Murray lost his third slam final in straight sets. Picture: Globalite
frustration in long rallies. This has lead to defeats against Andy Roddick (2009 Wimbledon SemiFinal), Marin Cilic (2009 US Open fourth round — straight sets), Nadal (2010 Wimbledon Semi-Final — straight sets) and Stanislas Wawrinka (2010 US Open third round). Yet an unsettling trait has emerged in these and other exits: he cuts a forlorn figure when things are not going his way against any opponent who has the credentials to beat him. Versus Richard Gasquet in the summer of ’08 at Wimbledon he
exuded spirit to win from two sets down (the first time in his career), but he knew he was facing a much inferior player and this gave him the confidence to go out swinging. A timid back-hand low into the net from the baseline minutes from the curtain call indicated he was a lost man in the Rod Laver Arena. He appeared witless and, some would argue, gutless, before bowing to the greatness of his good friend, who “would have beaten every other player on the tour,” according to Murray. Maybe Murray, now 23, is destined
not to win a Slam – he is yet to notch up a set in three attempts thus far, a record in the Open era. But this is no excuse not to fight on. The greatest human achievement is not success, Frankl said, but facing an unchangeable fate with great courage. Shane Warne, courtesy of a re-tweet by Andy’s older brother Jamie, opined: “[Andy] needs to find something inside to make [it to the] next level.” Let’s hope that something Andy Murray brings home on the 23-hour Melbourne-to-London flight is some of that famous Australian pluck.
Sven revolution gains pace at the Walkers Stadium Nathan Edge
When Nigel Pearson, the most successful and popular Leicester City manager since Martin O’Neill, left the club last summer, many fans were left wondering whether the previous seasons heroics would be repeated. Pearson led City to the Championship play-off semi-finals, just one season after being promoted as champions from League One. His departure to the recently relegated Hull City was a move that puzzled many in and around the club. His successor was the former Portuguese international Paulo Sousa, who left Swansea City to take over at the Walkers Stadium. When he was appointed, there was a feeling of ‘Jose Mourinho’ about this young, stylish European coach who had led Swansea to the brink of the play-offs the previous season. However, his tenure at Leicester was a disaster, losing six of his first ten games in charge, leaving Leicester dangerously near the foot of the Championship. Former chairman Milan Mandaric, who was not known to be patient with
managers, ruthlessly sacked Sousa. Then, with the financial backing of Leicester’s new Thai owners, one of the best-known and most well respected managers in football was linked with the vacancy. Sven-Goran Eriksson. The former England manager was at Leicester’s 3-1 victory over Scunthorpe in October, and was promptly appointed the next day. Since then, Leicester have embarked on a fantastic run of form, beating the likes of Leeds, and Midlands rivals Derby County and Nottingham Forest and have remained unbeaten at the Walkers Stadium since the Swede took over. Many Leicester fans were delighted that City had hired such a high profile manager, but some sections of the fans were sceptical that Sven’s appointment was just a publicity stunt and he was looking to earn some quick money. The fans didn’t want a repeat of what happened at Sven’s previous club Notts County, who entered administration after Sven and their new owners left the club. However, Sven didn’t waste any time getting stuck in with the job, and took charge of his first game against, you
guessed it, Nigel Pearson’s Hull City. The game ended in a 1-1 draw, which was possibly always the inevitable result, as this often happens when a team faces a former manager. From the moment Eriksson was appointed, it hasn’t just been the results he has focused on improving. He has been using his vast experience and limitless contacts in the game to improve an already play-off worthy squad, bringing in the likes of Kyle Naughton, an exciting young full back from Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa’s centre-back Curtis Davies on loan. The Swede also re-introduced another one of his former England favourites back into English football when he signed Darius Vassell on a free transfer fromTurkish side Ankaragucu. Other loan signings from Premier League clubs followed with the likes of young Man City left-back Greg Cunningham, West Brom striker Roman Bednar and Wigan goalkeeper Chris Kirkland all joining the Sven revolution. Also during this time, Eriksson was linked with a number of players that would have been described as a
‘marquee’ loan signing, such as Robbie Keane, Shay Given, Roque Santa Cruz and even David Beckham. Then came this month’s transfer window, and Leicester have added talent to their squad this transfer window, bringing in Hibernian defender Sol Bamba, who played under Sven with Ivory Coast, and loan signing of Everton striker Yakubu. Both have already been a success in their short time at the club. Bamba has bagged three goals in his first four games, and Yakubu returning with two goals in two games. City finished off the month by adding legendary Portugese goalkeeper Ricardo to their impressive looking
squad. All this investment surely means the only way is up for the Foxes. They have a world-renowned manager with a great CV, and the ability to attract top talent to the Walkers Stadium. They certainly showed they weren’t pushovers in their recent FA Cup matches against Manchester City, taking them to a replay before eventually losing out 4-2 at the City of Manchester Stadium. So with Leicester now sitting in the top half of the table, within touching distance of the play-off spots and currently unbeaten in the Championship in 2011, the future is looking bright for Sven and his men.
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Netball suffer one point heartache Lulu Burton
De Montfort University's Netball 2nd team fell 23-22 at the hands of their rivals Bishops Grosseteste in a heated BUCS game on 26 January. Bishops set the pace of the game with fast movement and a two goal lead, pushing the DMU defence of Alice Bramall (GD) and Georgie Winters (GK) to up their game promptly. DMU soon became accustomed to the fast pace and equalised after accurate shooting from aptain Lynette Williams (GA). The first quarter progressed equally, both teams putting in sterling performances from their defence. The fast paced first quarter came to an end with Bishops leading six goals to five. Slight changes from both teams allowed fresh legs and a sudden boost in confidence, the Second quarter began as fast as the first had finished. The midfield combination of Jade Morgan (C), Elen Thorne (WA) and Charlotte Howkins (WD) was impressive with several crowd pleasing interceptions. Although DMU gained the most ball advantage through the second quarter they were blocked by the Bishops defensive power. A low scoring quarter came to an end as DMU equalised nine all after
an inspiring long shot from Becca O’Dwyer (GS). Vice captain Emily Gane reflected on the game at half time: “We are improving massively as a team, we just need to stick to our game and keep it slow. “There has been some excellent defence today especially from Georgie (GK). I’m feeling extremely confident.” With both teams feeling positive the third quarter began with DMU stealing another goal. The pace yet again quickened with Bishops struggling to keep up. The game continued with each team taking turn to concede a goal until an incredible interception from Jade Morgan (C) allowed the DMU girls to score, pushing them into the lead 14 goals to 13. The game proceeded into the last quarter with both teams making no changes. DMU constantly pressurised Bishops defensive system with Lynette Williams (GA) and Becca O’dwyer (GS) powering through to score some much needed goals. The crowd that had gathered to watch supported throughout even through to the very tense last few moments when Bishops GA scored one last point leading to a very disappointing emotional end for the DMU girls. The Final score was
Bishops Grosseteste 23 goals to DMU’s 22. Captain Lynette Williams said after the game: “The girls played to an absolutely phenomenal standard that most definitely gave the opposition an extremely tough game. “The tension was so high, that it was felt throughout the team and all the supporters, who all thoroughly enjoyed the game. “The fact that we Battle: Netball firsts also fell to rivals Nottingham on a disappointing day only lost by one goal in the closing pressure against the opposition. while player’s player was awarded seconds shows an outstanding effort The DMU first team also played to Juliet Vines (C) for constantly and how far we've come along, as well away against Nottingham University pushing for the ball. as how much potential we still have. 4th team. In what was a very close After the game, Captain Hannah “This, I'm sure will be proved in the game throughout, Nottingham Tulley said: “A fantastic game from next few games.” managed to secure a win after an everyone against a team much higher Man of the match was awarded to impressive last quarter, coming away than us in the league, a great effort Lynette Williams for deadly accurate with a 40-34 victory. from all the girls and it was truly shooting. Players player was voted Sophie Whitmore (GS) was unfortunate that we lost. for and awarded to Elen Thorne for awarded man of the match after “It was a good clean match and we’re fantastic movement and constant impressive and accurate shooting, looking better and better for Varsity.”
Young Tigers star speaks to the Demon Lauren Brown
further it was an easy decision.
William “Billy” Twelvetrees, or “36” as he is nicknamed, is a talented young athlete from a little village in Leicestershire, where I also come from. He played for the Bedford Blues for two years and currently plays for the Leicester Tigers as a centre or a fly-half. While watching one of his games, I noticed how able he was, and decided I wanted to find out more about his sporting background.
LB: Did you have to do any courses/ study anything to get to where you are today? BT: I started taking up rugby full time after I finished my A levels, I always wanted to continue in education, so I am still currently studying accountancy which keeps me busy between training hours.
LB: What age did you first start playing rugby? BT: I first started playing at age 5, with my three older brothers. LB: When did you realise you had a flare for rugby? BT: I never really knew I had 'flare' for the game, more so that I just enjoyed playing it every weekend, and couldn't wait to do it again. It has always been my favourite sport and I played at school and club level, but never really thought of doing it as work! It just suited my lifestyle and when I had an opportunity of taking it
LB: When did you get discovered by the Tigers? And did you take their offer up straight the way? BT: I joined the Tigers Academy in the summer after my A levels and had a year playing for the academy, however, I got released from the set up at the end of the year, which was a bit of a kick in the teeth, so I signed for Bedford Blues in the championship for a year, then was offered an opportunity to come back to Leicester as a member of the 1st team squad, which didn’t take me long to think about as I wanted to play for a premiership club. LB: Do you play any other sports beside rugby? BT: I am a keen sportsman, as a
youngster I played a lot of football and cricket, but nowadays obviously I can’t do that, but occasionally play the game of cricket in the summer during the off season. LB: Are you still as passionate about rugby now that you play it so much? BT: I’m definitely still passionate about the game, and to be able to go to training and games every week believing you can get better and better spurs you on. LB: If you weren’t playing rugby professionally, what would you do? I really have no idea, there were quite a few directions! Maybe some sort of trade as I have always enjoyed hands on work. LB: What would you say to anyone wanting to get to your stage but not knowing where to start? BT: I don’t think there’s anywhere to start, just to join a good club and play as much rugby as you can, believe in your own ability and strive to be better every time you take the field, the rest will take care of itself. Billy is proof that you can achieve
your goals if you really set your mind to it. I, for one, with my dated mindset, did not think that someone from a small village could elevate into such a high position. To me, he has established that (without sounding too poignant or cliché) dreams can be made into reality. His enthusiasm, will power and passion for his interest gained him the recognition he deserved, and we may accomplish the same if we follow his example.
Tuesday 8 February 2011 | 11
Rowing impress with top four finish DMU rowing faced their first race of the season after months of waiting. Joe Brunton reports. The Rowing club have been quite in the racing scene up till now, biding their time through the winter and making sure their boats are moving at a reasonable pace so they can hit the ground running. With over 60 members in the club this year there are plenty of people feeding the squads with new talent and ambition. Many fresher’s have now joined part of the senior training, running on a Monday night and a mixture of weights and rowing machine training throughout the week. The top performers of the club train six days a week on a strict regime set by our new performance coach Graham Ladds who kindly volunteers his time from Peterborough and Leicester Rowing Clubs. This past weekend the senior men’s and women’s squads of DMURC prepared for their first race after four months of training. It took place in Boston, Lincolnshire which has a reputation of cloudy skies and drizzly rain. This weekend did not disappoint. Scullers and Rowers powered down the River Witham for a 3000 metre time trial race which normally takes about 10 minutes. The women’s team were racing first so after a quick warm up and race preparation with the
coach, they rigged the boat and set off for the water. Loughborough Rowing Club began their time in front of DeMontfort creating a quick pace. After a few minutes of racing our women’s crew found themselves advancing on Loughborough and pushed through to overtake. Towards the 2000m mark Loughborough were holding the distance between the two boats but in the final 250m push De Montfort took the win by nearly a minute, with a time of 11:33. The men’s crew then adjusted the boat for their race and after another talk from Graham were ready to lay down the result from months of training. Rowing in their new kit for the season DeMontfort took off at a steady rating where they settled into their race rhythm quickly. Lincoln set off behind but were swiftly pushed away in the first 1000m. The boat was moving fast through the middle kilometre and the men were cutting the distance between them and Loughborough in front. Towards the end of the race Loughborough held their distance and a rapid sprint finish between both crews made for an interesting outcome.
Strong: The men's team power home to victory over their rivals in their first race of the year.
All teams were on tenterhooks as the results came out but DMU managed to take the win in a time of 10:13; and came out as fourth fastest crew over the entire day of more than 260 crews. The weekend has proven that De Montfort Rowing is strong this
year. A mixture of organisation and dedication from committee members and rowers will ensure the results will keep coming. The club couldn’t run without people such as Hedley Jonas who drove the boat trailer to Boston and Dave Smith who helps out at our
circuit training. We’re all looking forward to our next races at Peterborough, Nottingham, Gloucester and London to hopefully establish De Montfort as a rowing club to look out for in the future.
Varsity preparations boosted by international help Clare Munro
DeMontfort women’s rugby team had two very special guests train with them at the Leicester Tigers’ Oval Park training ground. The two special guests were the England’s women rugby prop/ hooker, Claire Purdy and the exCanadian captain of the women’s rugby, Leslie Cripps. Leslie Cripps and Claire Purdy are both very successful women with in Rugby. Claire Purdy, who also plays for ‘Wasps’, obtained a BA (Hons) in sport studies at the University college of Chichester. Claire, who used to be a hockey player, got introduced into rugby by her housemates, as they were all in to their rugby and also played. Claire thought she would give it ago and this was when she found out that this was the sport for her. She is very dedicated to her training within Rugby, with four sessions a week with the England team and trains twice a week with the Wasps. Even with all her training,
she manages to fit in her other job of being an under writer. Leslie Cripps is an ex captain of the Canadian women’s rugby team who retired in September last year. She used to play basketball in high school, until she joined the women’s rugby in 1996. After studying at the University of Victoria in Canada, she achieved her degree in teaching and eventually moved to England in 2001, but carried on playing for her country. Leslie, who played prop, started as a number eight. Leslie, who played for her country Canada, also played for the Saracens as well. She is now a full-time physics teacher. Both players had offered to come down and train with the Demonfort women’s rugby team after the chairman of the DeMontfort women’s Rugby team, Lowri Cunnah, had contacted them. Claire and Leslie took the DeMontfort girls through some warm ups, rugby drills, positioning, forward work, team building, scrum positioning.
They helped the team go back to the basics to show how you can have more power and success when in position of the ball. Towards the end of the session Claire and Leslie took the ‘forwards’ for some training on the scrum machine, giving the forwards more skill and confidence on their positioning when in a scrum. Charlie Braund, Captain of the DeMontfort Women’s Rugby team, said: “The opportunity to train with the England and Canadian Rugby star’s, was such a fantastic opportunity for women’s rugby of Demontfort University. “It has given the team more confidence and improvement, as the girls train hard for 2011’s rugby varsity against Leicester University on the 30th March at Welford Road” At the end of the training session, Claire and Leslie spoke about their training session with the DeMontfort women’s rugby team. Claire said: “The team has the potential there to succeed at varsity, just needs the confidence and the vocal to do this.”
Leslie Cripps shows DMU women's the ropes on the scrum machine
Leslie commened: “If the girls go back to their basics, then they will have no problems when it comes to varsity.” Organiser of the traning session, chairman Lowri Cunnah the
Demontfort women’s rugby team, said: “Nights like tonight give hope and determination to succeed to our club. Having the England girls here with us has made us even more determined to win varsity this year.”
The Demon presents its Valentine's issue for 2011.