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Virgin Boss Sir Richard Branson on determination, dyslexia and the environment


Hi All,


The idea for this issue of Oi! came to me when I threw a Powerade bottle away without thinking and found a bottle that looked just like it among the seaweed on the beach. This made me realise how connected what we buy is to our environment.

Our writer tackles the effect a best friend’s death, caused by a road traffic accident, has had on him

A diary of a teenage day illustrating typical water usage and the impact it is having on our environment



As we have worked through this issue, we’ve discovered some amazing things and met inspirational people. The highlight for me had to be the launch of the first ever biofuel flight when we got to speak to Sir Richard Branson and then making it connect with another story we were working on. At this world-wide press conference, the makers of the bio-fuel were saying that they were looking at using waste water algae to create bio-fuel in the long term. During our visit to a Southern Water wastewater treatment plant we saw sludge and algae as the water was going through the cleaning process. Oi! was in both places, making the connection. Oh, and talking about exclusives Ben Barnes – the dreamy new Prince Caspian – made time in his busy schedule to speak to us.

Eggstra special – what your Easter Egg eating habits say about you

As always, a great big thanks to sponsors Southern Water and all our loyal advertisers.

Stuff you need to know

They’ll be some more fab stuff in the July issue, bye till then.

Games, books, films - reviewed for you

Hollie-Anna oxox

What the Olympics mean to Kent and Rachel Hannagan, one of Kent’s 2012 Olympic hopefuls


From London schoolboy to Hollywood heart-throb

I DON’T CARE HOW, I WANT IT NOW! Why fast food is eating up our environment


Fair Fashion, ethical fashion lookin’good‌


Your music, top gigs, Hadouken! and F-bats



What’s on where, info and stuff to do from all over Kent



The Children’s Society believes that every child has the right to a good childhood

Why uni doesn’t have to mean a financial crisis

Editorial team

Deputy Editor: Hollie-Anna Sheppard Production Editor: Jenny Spooner Music Editor: Giles Bidder News: Ian Jones Fashion: Mily Veitch, Olivia Quain Features: Holly Mounter, Georgie Gothhard, Ian Jones, Olivia Quain, Dritan Kastrati Contributors: Laura Flynn, Sasha Little, Hannah Trott, Jamie Hunt, Jake Taylor, Damien McFarlane, Brad Elliott, Callum White, Chelsea Cannon, Charlee Cannon, Ollie. Publishers: The Marlowe Academy Commercial and Editorial Partners: Creativeuk Solutions Design Partner: Cave Contact Oi! Got an idea you want to write or E-mail? Editorial 01843 871439 Commercial 01843 871439 Oi!, The Marlowe, Academy, Stirling Way, Ramsgate, Kent CT12 6NB


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The first question we asked him, especially in the light of the size of the day’s events was how he kept on top of all the tasks that faced him? I love new challenges and surround myself with people that will support me. I work hard but I do enjoy it. One of the key things for me is that I know what I do now can make a world-wide difference so I challenge myself time and time again.

Oi! is entrepreneurial, there is no other magazine like it in the UK. We had to believe in the idea to make it happen. On that note, have you ever had any entrepreneurs approach you with wacky ideas?


SIRRICHARDBRANSON By Holly Mounter and Hollie-Anna Sheppard We had to get up at five o’clock. It was dark, cold and miserable. As we drove towards Heathrow an amazing sunset woke us up and was somehow a foretaste of what was to come. Today, we would see the first ever passenger aircraft fly from Heathrow using biofuel. A world first, with camera crews and reporters from all over the world….. and we were there. Because of the environmental angle to this issue we had wanted to interview someone who was able to truly make a difference. Whilst we were googling press releases re the environment, we came across the environmental prize, worth $25million dollars, that had been launched by Sir Richard Branson and Al Gore. We wrote to Sir Richard’s press office, expecting a comment of sorts. What we got was an invitation to interview him at an historically important event. It was hard to look past the plates of muffins, bagels, cheese toasties, champagne, mango smoothies and the glamour of being at a press conference of this importance. When we realised that this enormous plane in the hangar above us was flying on something that was more important to our generation than that of most of the middle-aged reporters there, we stopped eating and started asking questions. We met Sir Richard after the


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flight had happened and much of the press had gone home. No longer dwarfed by his enormous logo and his enormous plane, his enormous wealth or his enormous companies he sat drinking a cup of tea with us in a biofuel Virgin bomber jacket and black jeans (oh and he told us that his daughter was called Holly as well).

The story that truly gave me the sense that no idea was too mad came when a couple of guys approached me with the idea for Virgin Stiffs. They wanted to set up a funeral parlour under the Virgin brand! Now, I love to think that most things are doable but I really didn’t buy into that as an idea.

You own companies that pollute. Do you truly believe in the positive environmental message you are promoting with things like the environment prize and obviously this event in itself? I am really worried about global warming. One of the reasons I worry is that the actual warming itself isn’t tangible. We can’t really see it, feel it or touch it unless we have been directly affected by the results, i.e. drought in some areas, flooding in others. This means we are not responding as quickly as we need to - personally and as companies or businesses. We can all make a difference, even just a small change in life-style can change things. Obviously because of what I do and own I can make a slightly bigger difference and this is why I am trying to work with scientists across the world to find different ways of doing things. You can see from today that it can

work – we were told two years ago that a plane fuelled on a mixture of babassu and coconut oil would fall out of the sky. From today you can see it hasn’t.

Tell us about Virgin Galactic and your journey in terms of following this vision or dream? I have worked with an engineering genius on this project who found a way of getting ships back into the earth’s atmosphere. Always work with people and make things happen together. That’s how this dream is starting to come true.

You keep coming back to examples from real life, working with real people based on real need. Do you think schools are preparing us teens for the real world, or do you think the curriculum needs to be changed? Aspects of school are not really particularly helpful in real life situations. I feel quite strongly that school studies should be in part based on how successful companies – for example Tesco - work. I dropped out early. Because of my dyslexia I thought I would do better outside the school environment.

You were obviously right! Does it still affect you now? Well, I do muddle words sometimes. For example I didn’t know the difference between net and gross profit until I was fifty (net is money your company can keep ie after tax and suppliers etc have been paid, gross profit is everything your company earns Ed. X)! I do think though, that having to cope with dyslexia has made it easier for me to communicate what I want to say simply and clearly. For example the Virgin brand came about because I wanted to describe something that was completely new and different – no jargon. People got it; now it’s one of the most recognisable names in the world. We finish with a couple of questions about how he likes to dress but also about things he wishes he’d known at our age that he knows now. When he tells us that he dresses as he feels comfortable and expects his employees to do the same, we can safely say we have seen it in action. When he tells us that he rates listening well as the most important lesson he has learned, we see how this skill has built a conglomerate that employs 55,000 people. The fact that he was prepared to listen and be with us demonstrated that he was about more than just glib marketing gimmicks. He made us believe in him. We started understanding that although he might wear a corporate mask and be very good at getting the press to listen to him, genuine passion made this flight and this occasion a first step in a wider voyage of discovery. The fact that he made time to see us over a cup of tea, talking to us as if he truly believed that our generation matters, made us want to be like him. That inspiration was the greatest gift he could have given us.

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This issue of Oi! is all about the environment of us Kent teens – we think one of the big problems we have is not enough open spaces for sport and leisure. Are we going to have more because of the Olympics?


Questions by Hollie-Anna Sheppard

...although not for a while and not specifically to Kent. However, we got a press release that intrigued us, in part because it actually showed lots of ways us Kent teens could get involved. We spoke to Stephanie Holt, Kent manager for the 2012 Olympics to find out more. I am fourteen and enjoy dance and sport (netball and running in particular) – how are the Olympics coming to London going to effect my life? In a wide variety of ways – depends what you want to get involved in! Although netball isn’t an Olympic sport, sports clubs and organisations in Kent are determined to make sure all sorts of people across all sorts of ages and across all sorts of sports are inspired and encouraged by the forthcoming 2012 Games. Through the excitement and ‘magic dust’ of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Kent Campaign for the 2012 Games is encouraging Kent young people – including you! – to get involved in sport.

The Kent School Games is an event taking place NOW. Over 500 competitions are scheduled across 14 able bodied sports and 9 disability sports, with the finals due to be held in June and July 2008. 5,000 young people will be involved in those agazine finals, footers 14:40 in Page 2 medallists! over11/3/08 9 days, resulting 1,200

The county is also looking to host Pre Games Training Camps in leading up to 2012, when international athletes come to the UK to train. Areas chosen in Kent include Canterbury, Thanet, Ashford, Chilham and Bewl water.

We heard that the whole run up to the Olympics isn’t just about sport – what else is it about and why? You’re absolutely right. In Kent we believe there are nine areas of opportunity around the London 2012 Games, and we think all of these have opportunities for young people. So choose your area – and get involved! These areas of interest are Arts, Communications & Media; Economic Development and Regeneration; Schools & Young People; Skills & Training; Sport; Tourism; Transport and Volunteering. Our Schools and Young People’s group is planning a programme called ’20 in 12’ that we will roll out to every school in the county, starting on September 17th which is the day of the Handover Ceremony from the Beijing Paralympics to the London Paralympics. On this day in Kent we are also planning to have all 600 schools Signing Up To The Values of the Olympics and Paralympics; which are Determination, Inspiration, Courage, Equity, Excellence, Friendship and Respect.

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The Environment and Sustainability agenda is a HUGE part of the London Games, which is self-styling itself as a One Planet Olympics, and has been working closely with partners such as the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to ensure it delivers on what it is promising. In Kent we have identified Sustainable Tourism as a new and emerging priority generally for the sector as just one example, and particularly so in this run up period to the 2012 Games. On the sports side, a consultation is in fact underway for a 24-hectare multifunctional Outdoor Activity Park, that would support community and elite cycling, running and duathlon (cycling and running together).

At school we’re always told it’s not just about winning, it’s about taking part – the Olympics is about winning the gold medal surely, that’s why people take part. Which do you think is right? My personal view is that competition is a good thing, it encourages people of any age to be the very best they can, whether that’s in sport, academic achievement, business or any other area. But young people, must not be put off taking part in something just because it is competitive. Somebody may compete at the Olympic Games and not win a medal of any colour, but does that mean they have failed? They have still done all the training to be one of the world’s best athletes in their sport, and they have still represented their country. How could that be considered as failure? That example should then be applied to anything in life. Magazine footers



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Will normal kids like us get the chance to be involved? For example we heard there are volunteering opportunities for the games themselves? What do we do and how do we find out about it?

In Kent, we are very lucky in that the official Park and Rail will take us from Ebbsfleet in north Kent into the heart of the Olympic Park in just 9 ½ minutes. Your question is also about volunteering though. London will require 70,000 volunteers to stage its Games. And the rumour is that London will be looking for volunteers as young as 14 in 2012 (ie 8 year olds now). You can already register your interest in being a volunteer at the London Games, at There is SO much more we could say but you can find out much more by going to for information in terms of specific sports. To keep up to speed on what might be happening when re 2012, keep an eye on, and on your own local media, schools and youth clubs.

RACHELHANAGEN Rachel Hanagen is a typical Kent school girl. She is 16 years old, at Canterbury High school and in yr 11. The big difference between her and the rest of us is that she is aiming to get to the 2012 Olympics. Her three main disciplines are the triple jump, long jump and the 200m sprint. So far her longest triple jump is 11.18m and her long jump 5.44m. Her quickest run for 200m sprint is 25.4 seconds. She got into athletics when teachers at her primary school told her to join an athletic club. She started athletics with Invicta and has now moved on to train with Ashford. Good luck to her!

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We have the ability to get exactly what we want in minutes. No waiting around. If you fancy it, you can just go and buy it. The choices we are told we could be making via advertising and stories across the telly, the web and even our mobiles are all based around what a product can do for us and how much we are willing to pay for that. However, we never realise where and how it comes about – all we know is that it’s at our feet whenever we need it, but that, as we discovered is just not the case. It’s not just the products or the types of food that are being sold but we are being told that particular things we eat can fill other needs as well. Do you remember the Bachelor’s Cup a Soup - pair of furry arms giving people a hug, the ‘animal’ Pepperami or the energy drinks that will make you faster and stronger? The point is that by packaging and marketing food products so effectively, the choices we are being told we should be making are based on how this product will make us feel. If we can afford it, we obviously want immediate satisfaction. In our opinion this is wrong. We are being made to believe that we can have it all, but only because vital

information is missed out. What we should be saying is choice is good - but not at all costs. For example, we discovered that if we wait until its the right time for seasonal fruit and vegetables, less air, sea and road miles are being used up. Strawberries at Christmas are therefore a bad thing for the environment, but buying them in May and June makes the environmental impact much smaller. We have also realised that often the only information we have about food is based around what it does for us now. We know how much it costs, fat, sugar and salt content – but often not where it comes from, the conditions of the animals, the workers, the airmiles travelled and how it all connects. By not asking questions we are accepting that it is OK. By making decisions about how and what we buy, we as teens can directly affect our environment, but we need to have the right information. We’ve put together a couple of examples to show what we mean.

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Are you hungry? If you’re at home, you head for the fridge, at school the snack shop - out, the shops. There’s so much choice, from supermarket to garage forecourt everywhere has something tasty to tempt us. When we decided to do an Oi! issue based around our environment we spent ages talking about how we could actually get across some of the things that are happening now, not just in Kent, but also further afield. While we were talking, it suddenly occurred to us that what we were eating now, the packaging and the food itself must come from somewhere. I thought about my burger, Olivia about chocolate and Hollie about Powerade, why had we bought these products, where did they come from, how are they produced? We didn’t know and suddenly realised that instead of getting all technical about the storms and the flooding around Kent, and the plastic bottles on our beaches, we could look at choices we could all make now that could have a direct impact on people and the world around us.


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Everything we do, everything we eat affects something else in the world, be it people, animals or the earth and the seas. We are connected and that’s the point. We’ll probably still buy in to what a lot of the brands are telling us most of the time – but hopefully the information here might mean that some of the time we do something different. The bottom line is that the choices we are being told we should be making, such as what the brand advertising and packaging tells us, are not real choices. We need to ‘be’ about more than money. By taking responsibility about how we eat and what we buy we can make a start because, after all, we are the next generation of adults.



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WHAT BUYING ALTERNATIVES MEANS IN PRACTICE The fair-trade system ensured that growers in the Caribbean all had enough to survive after the recent hurricanes wiped out much of their crop. Buying locally sourced meat, that has been treated humanely means we are creating less of a carbon footprint by reducing transport costs, but also ensuring that the meat has been produced without cruelty. www.bigbarn. for more information. Organic Mayan Gold has helped 70% of the Mayan school children go on to secondary school. Please go to our a Just a drop in the North Sea feature for more information. The Body Shop is a leading high street brand. They don’t use animal testing and are fair to the producer. Over 15,000 people in 20 countries benefit from the Body Shop community trade programme. Fairtrade is a system that is put in place to ensure farmers get a fair deal for their products. This also benefits our environment. There is now a Fairtrade Schools Scheme. You can find out more and even register your school on “Only after the last river has been poisoned, Only after the last fish has been caught, Only then will we realise that money cannot be eaten.” Cree Indian Prophecy

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The clothes we buy and what we wear say a lot about who we are don’t they? If that’s the case a lot of us will be shocked that probably most of the cotton used accounts for just 3% of the world’s agriculture, yet uses 25% of all insecticides and 10% of all pesticides. So we have looked at putting together some outfits that really do reflect what matters. From the recycled outfit from Oxfam, to top of the range clothes from ethical mailorder specialst adili, buying clothes that allow people to be paid fairly, don’t leave a carbon footprint and pollute as little as possible is what this shoot has been about.

FAIR FASHION Editor Mily Veitch Fashion assistant: Olivia Quain

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I really liked this outfit and although the jeans were a bit too long for me they were really comfortable. The top was also incredibly soft. My particular favourite though were the accessories, I hope no-one wins the competition, I want to keep the necklace. Long line vest, white, S Stewart+Brown £30 Casual Indigo Denim Jeans size 8 Ascension £50 Chunky Funky BraceletYakanaka £11 Wooden bangle Manumit £8 Haiba Necklace Made £15.00


This has definitely made us all think about how we buy and what we buy even though some of the products are more expensive. Look out for the Fairtrade mark on the high street as well - Top shop, Marks and Spencer and Sainsbury’s sell clothes made from Fairtrade cotton. Thanks to adili, you can win Chelsea’s outfit. Just text us in ten words why you want to. Text fashion and then your comment to 07774 963427. Please note editor’s decision is final, no editorial team members, or creativeuk solutions/Cave Creative employees may enter. Closing date June 30th 08.

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Morning I brush my teeth and clean my face. The majority of the time I leave the tap running, because it’s easier.


NORTH SEA By Georgie Gothhard additional reporting: Callum White, Olivia Quain

Does it matter that the plastic bottles of water we buy are causing our seas to be polluted for thousands of years to come? After all, in the words of 12 year old Callum,

“If I spent all my life worrying about what’s happening in the future – I would not have a life.” We have tried to make it real by showing how our environment is actually all connected to choices we make about how we use water. We also persuaded Callum to do some additional reporting by visiting the recently upgraded Weatherlees wastewater treatment plant to see if we could change his mind. sponsored by

During the Day As you might remember from the last issue of Oi!, I’m pregnant and one of the many joys of my condition means going to the toilet lots - on average 10 times a day! A positive side effect is that I don’t need any sanitary products at the moment though.

Drinking bottled water I like to drink lots of water as it’s healthier than fizzy drinks. I tend to buy bottles of it in our school café.

Evening In the evening I help with the dishes. I generally wash up the pots and pans, especially when we’ve fried something. I put hot water and fairy liquid in the pan and then rinse it.

Just before bed.... This is when I love having a nice hot bath because it relaxes me.

IMPACT Leaving the tap running wastes six litres of waterwater comes from deep underground reservoirs and has to be collected, cleaned and pumped. The monthly cost of this could help provide a standpipe in a part of the world where they have no clean, running water. Flushing the toilet uses ten litres of water. All that water ends up in wastewater treatment plants where it goes through costly cleaning so it can be safely pumped out to sea. 70% of all waste material in water comes from sanitary products. Processing them in the water is expensive and ends up in landfill sites anyway. Biological waste gets separated out and is dried into pellets. Volvic and other bottled waters come in plastic bottles and can travel thousands of airmiles to get to us. A small bottle of Volvic therefore accounts for 85g of carbon. It is no better for our bodies than tap water, and as a glass of tap water comes in at 0.3g of carbon, we know which one we’d rather choose. When you are washing up greasy pans – never empty the oil into the sink, even with fairy liquid it blocks pipes and drains causing huge pollution issues.

Each bath uses 80 litres on averagemore than half our daily average water usage and 8 times as much as a person in the developing world uses all day!

ALTERNATIVE Turn off the tap!!!

Get your parents to put a save a flush bag in your toilet cisterns You can get as many as you need free from Southern Water. Save 1 litre of water every time the toilet is flushed. Prevent pollution by wrapping tampons and sanitary towels twice and binning them! Be aware of the fact that the dried pellets produced can be used as completely safe, organic-based, fertilizer.

Re-use your bottles by filling up with tap water or buy bottles with a Thirsty Planet label. This small British company invests in helping developing countries get their own clean water supply and the plastic they use is totally recyclable.

Use your dishwasher. You can save up to 75% of the water you use washing up by hand, if it’s a full load. Dispose of oil and fat by using kitchen roll to mop it up and put it in the bin.You can even recycle the solidified fat into a bird feeder, by adding some nuts and seeds and hanging it in the garden. Have a shower instead. A five minute shower uses 35 litres – much better than a bath!

Go to for more information. There is even a Charles n’ Thomas DVD about the scheme at Weatherlees, to bring cleaner seas to Thanet, available in local libraries to borrow. In the end Callum was convinced that even a small change could make a difference. We hope you are too!


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Human Rights Organisation Hold a National school Writing Competition

The Human Rights Watch ‘London Network’, have launched Right Words. This competition will enable young people to learn about situations in regions such as Darfur, where of thousands of children and young people have been killed and displaced. The Right Words competition is designed to help teens bring their thoughts about humanitarian issues to life through writing. There are three categories: a poem, a story, or a “point of view” essay. • The competition closing date is 31 March 2008. • The competition is open to students in year 10 and 11 at school. • The winners in each of the three categories will have their work published. They will also be invited to take part in a half-day writing workshop in London and to work with mentors from the competition’s sponsors, The Literary Consultancy. You can enter via the competition website,


Ben Barnes the new fantasy superhero

With a cast of thousands and a budget to match, Prince Caspian, the next Narnia film, is tipped to be a blockbuster across the world. With The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’s box office takings topping $745 million this will be a tough act to follow. Prince Caspian, aka twenty four year old, single (hooray! Ed x) British actor Ben Barnes took some time out of his busy schedule to explain why he loved being part of one of the most talked about films of the year.


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I started doing musicals when I was about 15 with the National Youth Music Theatre, It was my six years with this company and my summers at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival that really inspired me to become an actor.

Do you have any qualifications – which ones, have they been of any use to you so far?

I have a 1st class honours degree in Drama and English Literature from Kingston University. Essentially it is a degree in critical analysis which is very useful when reading scripts for plays and films.

Were you a teacher’s pet or a bit of a rebel at school? I went to school in London and I was fairly shy but kept myself busy with theatre, sports and music.

What’s your favourite dinner and who would you most like to eat it with? A Sunday roast with my family.

What has been your favourite acting part so far – film or play and the best line you’ve ever said? Dakin in ‘The History Boys’ – and this is my favourite line; “Currently I am seeing Fiona, the headmaster’s secretary, not that he knows. We haven’t done it yet but when we do I’m hoping one of the times might be on his study floor. Well, it’s like the headmaster says... one should have targets!”

And on that note – have you ever been a tree in a play? No, but my first part in a school play was a rock star alien.

What do you think the central message of Prince Caspian is? To trust in yourself and to have the courage of your convictions.

Can you tell me a little bit about how you got the role of Prince Caspian? I was playing the role of Dakin in ‘The History Boys’ in the West End and somebody from the casting department for the film saw me in it. The next week I did a screen test for the director and producers, 3 weeks later I was in New Zealand training; it was all very sudden and unexpected!


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The World’s First Commercial Biofuel Flight

When I arrived in New Zealand I went straight from the airport to a riding centre to begin my horse training as I had hardly any experience. I also did lots of sword and dagger training. It was a little boy’s dream come true.

As a teenager I felt that for young people, Sunday the 24th February was an important day. This flight is another step forward towards a better future by reducing the world’s carbon footprint. At the event when I entered the Virgin Atlantic hangar I was amazed by the size of the plane (we were sitting right under the wing). During the press conference I was interested in what the fuel was made of and the impact that it would have on the environment. Amazingly we were told that the fuel was made out of coconut oil blended with the oil from the nut of the babassu plant and that it would not freeze in flight. After the press conference we watched the plane exit the hangar, and the world’s first commercial aircraft to be power by biofuel took to the skies, although only one engine was powered by the biofuel, is this the beginning of a better future? Report by Brad Elliott

What were your greatest challenges whilst filming Prince Caspian?

To try and do dialogue scenes whilst keeping the horses still at the same time- especially with explosives going off and armies shouting in the background!


What do you love most about acting?

The escapism of disappearing into someone else’s character for 7 months… that, and meeting the wonderful and bizarre people who inhabit a Narnia set!

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1. How do you eat your Easter Eggs? a) Save them until you really want some b) Eat them all at once c) Eat them little by little

Do you have any top tips for aspiring young actors? Only go into acting because you love the storytelling element and be as lucky as possible!

2. What sort of Easter Eggs do you buy? a) Fair trade b) Any, as long as they look good c) Whatever is the most healthy

Have you been inspired/influenced by anyone in the film/theatre industry (a particular actor/ director?)

I have always been inspired growing up as a lover of films - I still think that’s the best way to learn. I have also been fortunate enough though to work with such talented actors as Sergio Castellito, Peter Dinklage and Colin Firth so early in my career.

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3. What do you do with the Easter Egg boxes? a) Recycle b) Keep them (to do something useful with them) c) Throw them away 4. What would you rather eat? a) Fruit b) Not bothered c) Take-away 5. What sorts of chocolate do you like? a) White chocolate b) Dark chocolate c) Milk chocolate


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F-BATS HADOUKEN! A HISTORY OF… F-BATS are an 8 piece punk rock band from Watford, North of London, including a 4 piece horn section consisting of a trumpet, 2 saxophones and a trombone. The band recently toured the UK and are now about to release a new demo as well as booking a 3 week European tour. I caught up with bass player Matt Tinsley, 19, to talk about the demo and other plans for the future.


You’ve just finished recording a new demo; how was it to record and how many tracks does it have on it? It was a lot better than the last time we recorded. From the three that we have recorded, this demo is the best. The guys we recorded with this time really knew what they were doing so that was a major plus point. It has 2 fulllength tracks on and 3, 4-second songs on. The 4 second songs came about because we are very influenced by a band called Descendents who have done a lot of songs that last only a few seconds; so we thought that it would be fun to do the same. Tell me about the European tour later on in the year? We’re spending about 10 days around the UK playing shows before we head out to France and from there, drive to Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and Czech Republic. We’re really looking forward to it. I think the long-haul drives will test our companionship and let us become closer friends. What’s it like being in such a young band; the youngest member being only 16 and you being the eldest? To be honest, we all have a positive input so the age gap isn’t really there for us or our friends and families. I think that some people make up their minds about us without actually listening to us; many people would assume that a teenage punk-rock band would just be Green Day with acne. People who actually take a listen will realise that’s not the case and hopefully the new demo will reinforce that. Do you think it has been an advantage living so close to the thriving punk scene in London? Definitely. There are always lots of different shows happening around London all the time, meaning that we can play more shows without having to drive so far away. What can we expect from you within the next few months? A lot more shows in support of the demo all around the country and lots more songs! Listen to F-bats on


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Singer, guitarist and song-writer James Smith formed the band during the summer in Leeds, recruiting members from Leeds University to join. They played their first show on September 16th at The Dirty Hearts’ Club in Southend. They then spent 6 months recording demos and playing shows around the Leeds area.



Mike Skinner, of ‘The Streets’ fame, gave the band one of the band’s first radio air-play and played the future single, ‘That Boy, That Girl’ on Radio 1 in January. In February, the band released a double A-Side single of ‘That Boy, That Girl’ including the track ‘Tuning In’ via their own label as well as a video for the single track which received critical acclaim through MTV. Throughout February and March the band supported Plan B on his tour around the UK. Throughout March, the band, amongst others, played on the first ever MySpace tour around the UK. The band’s second single, ‘Liquid Lives’, was released, receiving air-play on radio and TV alike, as well as charting in the N.M.E. charts. The band played a number of festivals that summer, including the Reading and Leeds festivals and the Summer Sonic Festival in Osaka, Japan. The band’s third single release, a song named ‘Leap Of Faith’, in November, gaining them even more recognition. The band released a new collection of songs, also in November, and once again toured the UK in support of this release.


The band have started writing and recording their next release, some of which songs can be previewed on their MySpace at

The Zutons 08/06/2008 Bedgebury Pinetum - Kent Pendulum 06/05/2008 Carling Academy - Bristol 07/05/2008 Guildhall - Southampton 17/05/2008 Carling Academy Brixton - London Bon Jovi 11/06/2008 St. Mary’s - Southampton 25/06/2008 Ashton Gate - Bristol 27/06/2008 and 28/06/2008 Twickenham Stadium - London


Studying Theatre Studies/ Media/ English My favourite music is dance and R&B because it is the kind of music you can dance to, which is what I love doing when I go out with friends, especially at the weekends. My favourite song at the moment is ‘Don’t stop the Music’ by Rhianna, as the song has a great beat and it always get me dancing.

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I like R&B music because it is good music to dance to. The lyrics in this type of music are easy to relate to and are about everyday situations that teenagers and adults come across all the time. I really like a song by Mary J Blige ‘Just Fine’ because it is a cheerful and upbeat and fun to dance to with your mates. It always puts me in a good mood before I go out to a party!

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Getting Going.… inOurEnvironment By Morten Watkins Peer Liaison Worker for Connexions Kent

What does the word “environment” mean to you? It may be something you think about every day or something that never even occurs to you. Either way, it affects every single person on this planet in the exact same way. The great thing is; we can all do something to help out. I know when I think of the word environment, the first thing that springs to mind is ‘global warming’. With so much media coverage around emissions and pollution it’s surprising these days to find somebody who hasn’t heard of it! However you’ll be pleased to hear that not every environmentally friendly activity revolves around creating vehicles that can run on banana skins. There are loads of things that can be done by everyone. Conservation – defined by the Oxford English dictionary as – ‘the preservation of natural environment’- is something that is easily accessible to all of us. It’s also not just about collecting rubbish from parks or beaches (useful as that is), it’s actually also about giving you a chance to work on existing skills you may have. Bottom line is, it’s practical work that varies in possibility. You may be good at making decisions and could be involved in planning work or may prefer getting your hands dirty! There is something for everyone out there. A great place to start looking for more information about how you can get involved in conservation is your local Connexions Kent Access Point. David Jenner is the man in charge of Canterbury’s Activity Agreement group (see text The Activity Agreement is for you if: • You’ve been doing nothing for 20 weeks • Want to get going for up to 20 weeks • Fancy getting paid £20 a week for doing it If you’re 16 or 17 and out of school, college or work, the Connexions Activity agreement could help to get you going. Go to www. to find more about the great opportunities on offer.

box 1) and he has been involved in a lot of this kind of work with young people. David spoke about his work and gave a brief example of what was involved. So far he has been to the Broadoak Environment Centre, located just outside Canterbury a total of five times, with his Activity Agreement group. David said: “The Activity Agreement group volunteered on three occasions, undertaking conservation and maintenance work that included constructing a pond for a rare species of newt (!), widening paths to make them accessible for wheelchair users, and repairing a bridge. The young people got a certificate from VSU (Youth in Action Volunteering) at the end of the three days. Everyone enjoyed the work, particularly repairing the bridge. One young person said that he really enjoyed working outside all day, that it was fun to work in a team and the he would definitely like to do similar work in the future.” Conservation is a fantastic way to get out there into the world of work. There are so many possibilities and the work never runs out. With the Connexions Activity Agreement you can see how much there is out there. However, other organisations offer anything from holidays that can take you across the world (BTCV) to activity days in your immediate environment (Kent Wildlife Trust). If you are interested and want to find out more about any or all of it check out the websites and info boxes below. VSU Youth in Action BTCV Kent Wildlife Trust


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Contacting us: Visit for details of your nearest Connexions Access Point or call us on 0800 4320207. Connexions Personal Advisers are also in schools and colleges right across Kent. Connexions Direct is available from 8am – 2am, seven days a week for advice and information, Tel: 080 800 13 2 19, Text: 07766 4 13 2 19.


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Places to go, people to see… there’s so much to do. Here’s just a couple of ideas to get you started. If you do something you think is fab write in to and we’ll make sure it goes in the next issue.

Monday 14th April to Friday 18th April 11.00am to 3.00pm Skateboarding madness- providing 20 hours of entertainment with prizes from some of the world’s best Skate Companies. Playstation will also be available for your games. The latest Skate DVD’s to watch and learn from. We’ll also be making a movie, so get involved. Admission for the week is £60.00 (01843) 866707

KENT COUNTY YOUTH ORCHESTRA Saturday 12th April at Canterbury Cathedral, 7.30pm, student tickets only £5 01622358402 for more details


21st -24th April From an international Skyartist’s kite display to a craft workshop, a brand new kite festival looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun. For more information please call 01622 765400.

17th -20th April swimathon- challenge yourself and raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Closing Date for registrations is 11th April, call 0845 36760036 for more details or go to


Gillingham Ice Bowl – 01634 388477,



Prince Caspian – Narnia Revisited

This time with dreamy Ben Barnes as the hero – see our cover and interview!

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Our favourite action hero returns to our screens. And you can see them at The Odeon Cinema Chain,, Beckenham, Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells and Canterbury. Vue Cinema Thanet, , 08712 240240 If you go to, you’ll get most of the contact details for cinemas and theatres.

If you have answered mostly As - You love the environment and believe that saving the planet is part of your enjoyment of whatever you buy. Be careful you don’t come across as too much of a goody-too-shoes. If you have answered mostly Bs – You do love your chocolate. But with you it’s more about feeling good in general. Helping the environment is not top of your agenda, but it is part of your positive attitude. If you have answered mostly Cs – Yup it is all about the chocolate and exactly how it makes you feel. Spend a little bit more time thinking about who you are rather than spending money on stuff that doesn’t do you or the environment any good.

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By Hannah Trott, University Centre, Folkestone.

OutspokenIndividual Student Life – is it all a Question of Money? University Centre Folkestone Creating a package around finance opportunities out there to help me through my studies has meant a lot to me. It has allowed me to study without having to raise funds before hand. It has meant I can fast track my hope of a career in IT.

How do you get extra money to help with living expenses?

Going to the student loan website you can find out more about the loans and grants available and also download any of the applications needed.

How do you pay for fees and living expenses? As I saved money during my gap year I am able to relax

slightly when it comes to living expenses and I now have a job which gives me a little more freedom. I live with my parents and so am able to spend less than if I was renting so hopefully the loans I took out forPage my fees and general D_106118_Oi:Layout 1 11/3/08 10:15 1 living should be easier to pay back.

Do you work?

Yes I now work about 16+ hours a week in the evenings.

Are you worried about money?

I was before I managed to get a job. I now just have the problem of being able to work, do my notes and any assignments but being able to have my relaxing time too.

Has lack of funds made you consider dropping out?

I haven’t been in complete dire need for cash just yet and I hope I won’t be at least until after I finish the course. I am enjoying the course, so if I had money problems I would consider getting a second job if things got that bad and my parents would help as much as they could. Due to the course I am taking at least it will give me experience alongside and is more of an interest to potential employers when I graduate. Also this particular course allows me to do the first 2 years for the price of 1 elsewhere and then I can go on to do the full degree.

Open minds. Broad horizons.


Games, books DVDs, they’re all here. If you would like to be an Oi! tester and review some of the products we get to try out write in now and tell us more. That’s what some guys from the New Line Learning Academy did. Enjoy!

GAMESPOT (All games featured are available through and all good gaming outlets.)

World of Warcraft ****

This is addictive. There are so many people online and you can never complete it which makes it great. If you want to become one of the best in your realm you need to team up with your friends, join a guild and fight with other people in huge raids with a maximum of 40 people to a raid! You could become a warrior and defend your whole party or become a priest and keep everyone alive with healing. If you like Player vs Player action the battleground is great. You can either be one of the Honourable Alliance or the Brethren Horde. Completing quests is another important part of the fun. Basically if you like to fight or role play with real opponents World of Warcraft is the game for you!

RRP £9.99

Please note: this game is played online only; you’ll need an Internet connection, plus use of a credit card for registration. A monthly subscription fee, payable by credit card, is applicable.

Burnout Paradise ****

Platform: Windows, Macintosh Damien McFarlane

Theme park ****

Theme park is the game that lets you build theme parks. There are three different worlds on it. The first world is called Land of Invention. Here there are six or seven different areas in which you have to complete objectives in order to be able to open your theme park. The second park is called Arctic World and offers different rides and attractions. The third and last world is Arabian nights. This allows you to unlock challenges to get golden tickets which help you open special rides, but if you fail you get fired and have to start all over again.

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For an excellent education and an inspiring location come to Kent Situated at the heart of Europe, with campuses in Canterbury, Medway, and Brussels, studying at Kent not only offers you the chance to study in a great location, it also offers first class teaching, access to fantastic facilities and excellent employment prospects. See where you could go. Visit us at one of our open days in Canterbury and Medway.

RRP Nintendo DS £29.99 Platform: Nintendo DS , Windows XP, Playstation Jake Taylor

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RRP: £49.99 Platform: Playstation 3 Jamie Hunt


(available through and all good bookshops)

The Truth About Forever

The Truth About Forever, by Sarah Dessen, is amazing. Don’t put it down, but do make sure you have left yourself a day to read in peace. I locked my door so my little sister couldn’t get in. Macy Queen, is spending her summer looking after her genius-boy boyfriend, Jason’s job while he’s off at Brain Camp. She’s bored and quietly grieving over her Dad’s recent death. When Macy joins the Wish Catering Crew she meets Delia, Monica, and eventually, Wes. She find out that it’s Ok to feel and life can be how you want it to be.




If you crave the freedom of a real racing game, play Burnout Paradise. The experience from Burnout 1 to Burnout Paradise has changed. You get more freedom and can earn respect by racing other drivers. Get street cred from demoralising losses and use your car to jack someone’s ride by a crushing them in a 1-on-1 race! When you earn enough respect you can pimp your ride and become the best on the street. A new feature is the Crash Anywhere; it means you can crash at just about any junction!

The Luxe

This book by American writer Anna Godbersen starts with a death. The plot develops around scandal and revenge. There are so many dodgy things going on you actually don’t know who to believe in but the mystery of Elizabeth Holland’s impending death kept me reading. A bit complicated in places, but I hope the sequel won’t take to long to come out.


Penguin, out beginning of July, but there are some available on Amazon now.


Key * Don’t bother getting out of bed ** Nothing to write home about *** Average **** Use it, see it, do it ***** Truly fabulous

And finally…. Juno, coming soon on DVD

Chances are you’ve seen this in the cinema, however, we thought Juno was so fab, you’d want to know the DVD was coming soon. A self assured teenager Juno, played by Ellen Page finds out she’s pregnant by fellow pupil ( Michael Cera) and doesn’t want to keep the baby or have anything to do with it. An honest portrayal of teenage pregnancy and adoption in a coming of age kind of way.

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