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Inside today >>> Movember is here Find out why students across the city are helping to raise money for prostate cancer by growing moustaches News, page 3

Union drinks clearance sale Former government drugs advisor warns that alcohol is more dangerous than cocaine, but is anybody listening? News, page 6

Mind your Manners Columnist Katy Covell looks at the irritating effect of PDA couples on the world around them Comment, page 11

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Singapore celebration: scores of students graduate abroad

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Comment Is laziness just a irritating but harmless character trait or could be the cause of untimely deaths in the UK Page 9

Life & Style Pull off androgyny. Briony Carlin and Claire Slipper explore the blurring of the fashion boundaries Page 20

Culture Happy birthday Mario; Elliot Bentley reports on the 25th birthday of a popular culture icon Page 32

Sport Intra Mural round up; Jimmy Taylor reports from Heaton where Barca Law Na devastated their Leazes opponents Page 42

Meetings Timetable: Monday News & Comment - 12pm, Room 6 Park Terrace Sport- 1pm, MLK, Room 6 Park Terrace Photos - 12pm, Room 6 Park Terrace Tuesday Life & Style - 12pm, Room 6 Park Terrace Fashion - 12pm, Room 6 Park Terrace Film - 1pm, Room 6 Park Terrace

Con-grad-ulations: Vice-Chancellor Chris Brink shakes hands with one of the 58 Naval Architecture graduates from the University’s Singapore campus, which is set to offer new courses

Bethany Sissons Students have graduated from Newcastle University without even stepping on campus. The 58 students, who studied at a branch campus in 6LQJDSRUH ZHUH WKH ÀUVW IXOO \HDU to graduate in Naval Architecture from Newcastle University Marine International. Based at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, the degree modules are offered by academic staff from the UK campus who are based in Singapore. 7KLV FRXUVH LV WKH ÀUVW RI LWV NLQG there; the maritime industry is thriving in Singapore and therefore it is a valuable course for students. Among the School’s distinguished Singaporean alumni are Mr Choo Chiau Beng, who is Chief Executive of Keppel Corp, and Mr Ong Poh Kwee, Managing Director of Sembawang Shipyard. For a long time the University has been a frontrunner in its teaching of marine technology. However, as the shipping industry has declined in the North East, the course has expanded and developed in Singapore. The Singapore marine and offshore industry is set to be boosted by Newcastle University offering courses like this. Professor Chris

Brink, Vice Chancellor, also stated that there are plans to offer three more courses to students in Singapore from next year, in collaboration with the Singapore Institute of Technology. New students will be able to enrol on courses in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and food and human nutrition. Hoping that the deal will go ahead, Professor Brink said: “These were niche arHDVWKDWQHHGHGWREHĂ€OOHGDQGZH were looking to increase our presHQFHKHUHVRLWZDVDPXWXDOĂ€WÂľ The Singapore graduates enjoyed a graduation ceremony held at Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Convention Centre last week. Professor Brink went on to describe the event: “This is a very proud occasion for Newcastle University. I am delighted to confer Newcastle degrees upon graduates who have studied in Singapore, complementing the long tradition of Singaporeans studying in NewFDVWOHÂľ As a result of the partnership, Brink stressed that he thought “This FRXQWU\ZLOOEHQHĂ€WJUHDWO\IURPWKH high quality graduates who will be DYDLODEOHWRLWVNH\LQGXVWULHVÂľ “Singapore has yet again lived up to its reputation as a leader and pio-

QHHULQ$VLDÂľKHDGGHG Mr Chia Mia Chiang, the Principal of Ngee Ann Polytechnic, where the course was based, said: “We are proud to have played a key role in ‘importing’ the Newcastle degree programme to provide Singapore with a sustained stream of specialists in Naval Architecture. This is the kind of new blood with the potential to drive the industry forward DQGSURSHOLWWRJUHDWHUKHLJKWVÂľ 7KHFRXUVHKDVGHĂ€QLWHO\EHHQSRV itive for the Singaporean students, as Fathiah Lim told The Courier: “Doing my bachelor in Newcastle University in Singapore has been quite an experience. The University has been nothing but great to try to EULQJDVPXFKRID´1HZFDVWOHÂľIHHO WRXVÂľ Although Fathiah Lim had a fantastic experience of studying, she DOVR H[SHULHQFHG WKH GLIĂ€FXOWLHV RI feeling like a ‘Newcastle student’ without studying on the UK campus full time: “It’s quite a challenge with the lack of university surroundings (our classes are held in a local polytechnic) and the local competitive drive to be the best in school is very VWURQJÂľ Fathiah Lim also added: “The positive note about NU Singapore is, I

have my family and friends here and receive their support directly. The academic group are also extremely helpful and supportive. I truly appreciate their relentless pursual to help us in every bit of our academic MRXUQH\Âľ The course for Fathiah Lim was brilliant, but did place her in a complex position at times: “It is unique in a way because we don’t fully identify with university students in Singapore, neither can we with students directly from Newcastle University. We are sort of in our own ZRUOGDPL[WXUHRIERWKVLGHVÂľ A key feature of the course, however, is a four week immersion programme where the Singapore students study in Newcastle. Speaking to The Courier Fathiah Lim is extremely enthusiastic about this experience: “The four weeks immersion programme has been the best time of my entire studies in Newcastle. Over there, I truly feel I am a 100 per cent Newcastle student. I thoroughly enjoyed every single moment. I’ve never been to a city that is extremely tolerable to students (there’s student discount everywhere) and it teaches me university life is not all hard work but IXQ,ZLVKHG,FRXOGVWD\ORQJHUÂľ

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Fan-tash-tic men on Movember mission Elliot Bentley You may have noticed a surprising number of dapper gentlemen around campus sporting moustaches within the last week. It’s not your imagination: the month of November has been claimed as the month of moustache-growing, henceforth renamed “Movemberâ€?. Even if you’ve only dabbled in little goatees, or gone one further and grown DIXOO\Ă HGJHGEHDUG0RYHPEHULV the time for all men to grow their own “little bit of luxuryâ€?. Of course it is not just a self indulgent excuse for growing ironic PRXVWDFKHV UHIHUUHG WR LQ RIĂ€ cial Movember documentation as “Moâ€?s). It’s to raise awareness and donations for The Prostate Cancer Charity, which funds research and provides support for sufferers of prostate cancer, a disease that kills 10,000 men every year in the UK alone. This is the seventh year it’s been running - having been dreamt up by a pair of Australians in 2003 - and last year raised ÂŁ26 million. Newcastle students crafting their own bit of face furniture can join the Newcastle University network, where the combined funds raised by all Newcastle students will be added together to give a grand total. Other Movember-themed events will also be taking place throughout the city. The Student Union will be getting in on the act with special Movember themed editions of Homemade Jam (the weekly open mike night at Northern Stage). There are also rumours of “guerilla Movemberâ€?, involving some of Newcastle’s famous landmarks and a giant moustache. Additionally, a “Gala PartĂŠâ€? for all participating Mo Bros (and Sistas) will be taking place at the end of the month, with awards for the best moustaches including the coveted “Man of Movember 2010â€?. It’ll be free for anyone who has managed to raise more than ÂŁ80. Tom Bedford is the co-president of Beerd Soc - a new society for those

Mo bros: students at Newcastle proudly display moustaches in support of Movember, a month-long charitable campaign to raise money and awareness for combating prostate cancer

with a passion for both facial hair and great beer - which is heavily involved in this year’s Movember. Sporting an already intimidatingly bushy moustache, he told The Courier he was involved in Movember

because “It’s a good cause obviously - and I don’t really do much charity work for the rest of the year. I was quite lonely in my plight last time, but there are loads of us doing it this year.�

His co-president Matt Downie adorned with a similarly impressive moustache - emphasised the selflessness of the mo-growing event. “It’s all for men’s health, for charity, for a good cause,� he said.

James England, another founding member of Beerdsoc, added: “I think it’s a very worthy cause. And LWJLYHVXVDQH[FXVHWRORRNOLNHĂ€QH gentlemen for a month.â€?

Public meeting held against higher education cuts Phillipa Hall On Wednesday November 3, students, lecturers and staff at the University came together for a public meeting against higher education cuts. Speaking at the meeting was politics and economics lecturer Barry Gills, students from the Newcastle Free Education Network (NFEN), :HOIDUH DQG (TXDOLW\ 2IĂ€FHU IRU the Students Union Sarah Fearnes and Patrick Rolfe, a student activist from ‘Sussex University Against the Cuts’. The main thrust of the meeting ZDVWKHQRZYLWDOVWXGHQWĂ€JKWEDFN in reaction to higher education cuts. All the speakers discussed how the cuts will badly affect students, lecturers and workers in the public sector. Barry Gills explained how those affected are being made to pay for the crisis of the bankers and the private sector.

He asked us to question what a university is for and who it is supposed to serve. He said universities are for students and teachers, and should be seen collectively as a project for good to make society a better place. Critics of the Browne review argue that while education should serve the interests of the economy, it is also about more than that: an educated society is a good in itself. It was argued that the cuts are not economically necessary, and importantly offered alternatives. Simon Childs from NFEN noted how the higher education budget is at present £8 billion per year, with £1.3 billion coming from fees. In comparison, this year alone bankers received £7 billion in bonusHV&RQÀVFDWLQJWKLVDPRXQWZRXOG pay for free education for every person in Britain, and that’s without any rise in taxes on the richest 10 per cent of society, whose combined ZHDOWK LV ÀYH WLPHV WKH FRVW RI WKH

What can you do to get involved? - Banner making session ahead of the National Demo is at 5pm in Politics Common Room (near Robinson Library) on Monday November 8. All welcome, even if you can’t come on the demo. - Email contactnfen@gmail. FRPWRĂ€QGRXWGHWDLOVRID ‘What next after the National Demonstration?’ meeting. We’ll send this out as soon as LW¡VFRQĂ€UPHG - Search and join ‘Newcastle Free Education Network’ on Facebook and make this campaign your campaign!

HQWLUHGHĂ€FLW Rowan Rheingans, another NFEN activist, responded to the question about where all the money is, stressing: “Firstly, ÂŁ1.4 trillion was spent by the government bailing out the banks, enabling the banking sector to continue to reward its managers with bonuses in the millions. “Meanwhile, corporations dodge ÂŁ120 billion in unpaid taxes every year. It’s not the case that the money isn’t there. Simply raising corporation tax to the G7 average would pay for our tuition fees to be wiped out.â€? 7KH PHHWLQJ Ă€QLVKHG ZLWK DQ open discussion about how to take anti-cuts campaigns forward to save higher education. Patrick Rolfe from Sussex University spoke about the campaign they led to save departments and jobs, the challenges they faced and the successes they achieved - including a 950 strong emergency meeting that voted a XQDQLPRXV ÂśQR FRQĂ€GHQFH¡ LQ WKHLU

VC. Fearnes was optimistic that Newcastle students will be marching in their hundreds in London on November 10, but she outlined that this is only the beginning and put forward suggestions for action like lobbying MPs and campaigning on campus. Lectures from the History department talked of actions they had taken against education cuts when they were young, and said they would support creative actions like ‘teachins’ or joint demonstrations with students on campus to show that the Ă€JKWVWXGHQWVIDFHLVRQHVKDUHGE\ lecturers and staff alike. The Newcastle Free Education Network also made a plea for more students - different kinds of students, from all areas of the University - to get involved. They reiterated that, because the scale of these cuts is so massive, the Ă€JKWEDFN PXVW DOVR UHĂ HFW WKLV LQ size and diversity.


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Alcohol more harmful than heroin or cocaine says Professor Nutt Charlie Oven News Editor An independent study by the former Government drugs advisor Professor David Nutt has argued that alcohol is more harmful than heroin or crack cocaine, on the basis of the overall dangers to the individual and society. The complex report ranked alcohol as three times more harmful than cocaine or tobacco, while Ecstasy was ranked as causing one eighth the harm of alcohol. Professor Nutt told the BBC his UHDVRQLQJ EHKLQG WKH Ă€QGLQJV “Overall, alcohol is the most harmful drug because it is so widely used. Crack cocaine is more addictive than alcohol but because alcohol is so widely used, there are hundreds and thousands of people who crave alcohol every day and those people will go to extraordinary lengths to get it.â€? Nutt stressed it was important to separate harm to the individual and harm to society. The context of Nutt’s report shed light on the importance of responsible drinking, particularly in a student city such as Newcastle, where alcohol is readily available. 7KHĂ€QDOQLJKWDWWKH6WXGHQW8Q ion, before its recent closure, was promoted with stock clearance drink offers. Representatives of the 8QLRQFODLPHGWKDWORZHULQJGULQN prices did not compromise their moral values on responsible drinking.

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Pioneering medical trial in the North East set to revolutionize the treatment of stroke patients Isabelle Rice A major medical trial, which could revolutionise the way paramedics treat stroke patients, is being launched in the North East. The pioneering study, entitled PIL-FAST, will enable paramedics to begin vital drug treatment on patients before they are transported to hospital, meaning that their chances of recovery can be substantially increased. The aim of the study is to identify whether it is possible for paramedics to safely lower high blood

pressure in stroke victims, and the project will roll out across the North of Tyne area as part of a collaboration between Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Northumbria NHS Foundation trust and the North East Ambulance Service NHS Trust. A stroke occurs when a blood clot, swept into the arteries serving the brain, becomes lodged, blocking the vessel and depriving parts of the brain of oxygen. This causes a rapid degeneration of brain cells; therefore the faster a

patient can be treated, the higher the likelihood of a good recovery. In England and Wales someone suffers DVWURNHHYHU\Ă€YHPLQXWHVLQFOXG ing 13 people a day in the North East alone. At present, statistics show that only one third of stroke sufferers make a good recovery, and although existing treatments are reasonably effective, further research is constantly DLPLQJWRLQFUHDVHWKRVHĂ€JXUHV Leading the project is Professor Gary Ford, Director of the Stroke Research Network at Newcastle University. He said: “It is vital for

someone who has had a stroke to be treated as quickly as possible to stop extensive and lasting damage being caused. “Lower blood pressure may reduce the extent of brain damage and allow clot-busting drugs to be used more safely. With this new trial we are seeing whether ambulance paramedics can start treatment to reduce blood pressure before patients reach hospital.� Peter Elliot, 67, of Netherddon Village, Northumberland, suffered a stroke this summer. While he himself made an excellent recovery, he

recalls how others were not so fortunate: “I’m one of the lucky ones. On the ward I was on, I was the only patient who could look after themselves. Anything that can prevent that kind of severe damage has to be a good thing.� The study will run for one year and aims to recruit 60 patients. If it is successful, it will be developed to evaluate the possibility of ultraearly blood pressure treatment on a national level. It is part of DASH; a programme funded by the National Institute of Health Research.

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Students at Warwick were left devastated after losing thousands of pounds when their plans to organise a trip to climb Mt Kilimanjaro through a Nottingham based travel company fell through. Dozens of students lost around ÂŁ11,000 between them which should have gone to charities and cover the costs of the travel. The students have now gone through a completely different organisation to get their trip sorted.

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Leeds take stand against bar crawls Leeds University has been the latest to make its stance on commerciallyrun bar crawls known. A motion has been proposed by the Union to ‘take a stand against organised bar crawls’. If passed it would mean that promotional activity on campus will be banned and will give the Union mandate to work further with police and local authorities to ensure the crawls aren’t endangering students.

An Oxford student was violently DWWDFNHGRQWKHGDQFHĂ RRURIORFDO night club Fuzzy Duck. Some students that tried to report the assault were thrown out of the club. One of the witnesses, Hannah Cutmore-Scott said, “I was standLQJRQWKHGDQFHĂ RRUDQG,IHOWOLNH I being sprayed with water. I looked down and my arms were covered in blood. “I looked around and saw some guy getting beaten up about a metre away from me.â€?

Protestors excused from their lectures and seminars Students at Sussex will be excused from lectures and seminars this Wednesday November 10, as thousands of people from all over the country will gather to protest the looming cuts that higher education faces as a result of the Coalition’s new budget. The University of Sussex has responded to an appeal made by the Students’ Union to be considerate of students who wish to attend it.

Cardiff’s animal experiments under question Cardiff University has been questioned over its use of kittens for sciHQWLĂ€F UHVHDUFK &DUGLII &LW\ &RXQ cil’s deputy leader, Neil McEvoy, has requested details from the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant, regarding the use of 19 kitWHQVIRUVFLHQWLĂ€FH[SHULPHQWV The University has been under attack from anti-vivisection campaigners since the South Wales Echo exposed Cardiff for experimenting on 191,549 animals since 2006. A University spokesperson said: “Our research involving animals is rigorously controlled under Home 2IĂ€FH DXWKRULW\ DQG VXSHUYLVLRQ and only work that cannot be done in any other way is permitted under law.â€?


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Apathy in the UK: the lazy lurch to an early grave Emily Sargent

In a culture completely obsessed by keeping up with the latest celebrity dietary fads, it’s hard not to think about what we eat. With options such as ‘The Cabbage Soup Diet’, ‘The Atkins Diet’ (don’t do it – bad breath), and ‘The 21 Day Clean Program’ – one meal a day, plus a ÂŁ300 mystery ‘kit’ of essential ingredients, (sounds like Kate Moss would be the advocate doesn’t it? “Dinner? No thanks I had a baked bean for lunchâ€?) - what guidelines should we follow? On the one hand we’ve got an extreme size zero starvation culture, and on the other, we’re a nation with a growing number of obesityrelated illnesses. Almost everyone who wants to ORVHZHLJKWLVORRNLQJIRUDTXLFNĂ€[ – I know I have done before, and so fad diets are sold as a solution. It’s not just what we eat that matters though – we need to exercise more. This is not to say you ought to be limbering up for Everest, but we’re constantly cutting everyday actions out of our lives, using technology in order to increase the speed and ease at which we can do things - that’s what’s doing a lot of the damage. Ready meals and remote controls are some of the most common energy saving devices, but there is a whole market out there for the lazy. We have Shoe Mops for one thing, a ÂŁ3500 toilet that kindly washes

You, The Courier Katy Carr, third year Law student reviews the last edition he last edition of The Courier was informative and topical. News covered the recent budget cuts the University is facing and statistics on graduate unemployment. It also kept up to date with news from across campus, including the boat clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role in The Social Network. Comment continued the budget theme LQ<HV1REXWEDODQFHGLWRXW with very different articles covering issues such as the legality of cannabis. Life & Style once again did a good job of covering issues affecting students. The best part for me was that Blind Date became Date Night, written by a couple who have been dating for a while; it was a nice change from the usual â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think we will meet againâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Culture covered a wide variety of articles from a stamp exhibition in

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and dries your rear. Heaven forbid I should have to leave the house and jog in the open air - I will simply do it instead on a small white board using my Wii Fit, or, if I do have to go outside, I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t walk, no no my friend! I will ride majestically on my Segway thank you very much. Dr. Richard Weiler, a Sport and Exercise Expert claims: â&#x20AC;&#x153;A sedentary lifestyle is an environmental disease in its own right â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with countless unpleasant signs and symptoms, which all lead to an early grave.â&#x20AC;? This is highlighted in a frightening statement; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A person leading a sedentary lifestyle has similar chances of dying young to a smokerâ&#x20AC;Ś every week spent inactive is roughly equivalent to smoking a packet of cigarettesâ&#x20AC;?, and a shocking 95 per cent of the UK population are not doing the minimum recommended amounts of physical activity â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 30 PLQXWHVH[HUFLVHĂ&#x20AC;YHGD\VDZHHN Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not hard to see why we struggle to stay healthy without exercise when we look at our history. Back in the day when Jeremy Clarksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DQFHVWRUV ZHUH FKLVHOOLQJ WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW wheel into existence and sporting one-shouldered mammoth hides, we were active creatures; hunting, gathering, etching Ice Age No. 1â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s screenplay onto our cave walls â&#x20AC;&#x201C; however, our lifestyle has since altered at a rate which evolution cannot match. It becomes very hard to shift the pounds without exercise when our bodies were designed to conserve what nutrition was available, in case of a dry spell in sabre-tooth hot pots. Now of course we can just go to Tesco, often at any hour of the day, or if you are too busy riding your SegArts, to whether record shops are still relevant in Music. One of my favourite sections is Tweets of the Week which was once again well chosen and entertaining. In Sport I thought it was good to see coverage of a less well known club, fencing, included in the usual reports. My favourite section, however, will always be the puzzles; they brighten up any library session!

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Hey, have you seen this? Ah, another YouTube sensation is upon us. Every so often, a few minutes of mindless footage goes viral. Often reaching the top of news websitesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;most viewedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; list, the clips can offer an alarming insight into viewersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; priorities in the face of war, unemployment and George Osborne. One of the more recent examples is a parody of Alicia Keysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and Jay Zâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Empire State of Mindâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, which saw a Welsh duo wail â&#x20AC;&#x153;our shopping centre is quite new, big leeks will inspire youâ&#x20AC;? in their YouTube hit Newport, netting around 600,000 views. But the latest craze comes courtesy RI ERUHG %HOIDVW Ă&#x20AC;OP EXII *HRUJH Clarke, who noticed what appears to be a woman using a mobile phone in an extras DVD of the 1928 Char-

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probably never know. To think that the answer lies with time travel is all well and good for all you romantics out there, but it just doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cut the mustard.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Often reaching the top of news websitesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;most viewedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; list, the clips can offer an alarming insight into viewersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; priorities in the face of war, unemployment and George Osborneâ&#x20AC;? Have you seen those grainy pictures of supposed UFOs from decades ago? Or how about â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;indisputableâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; photo evidence of the Loch Ness Monster? Well, YouTube simply provides a 21st century platform for such hoaxes and illusions. Perhaps Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m taking this too seriously though; YouTube is a timeĂ&#x20AC;OOHU,W¡VWKHIRGGHURIHVVD\DYRLG HUV FRQVSLUDF\ WKHRULVWV DQG RIĂ&#x20AC;FH slackers. Who am I to rain on what could be Chaplainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last parade?


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Generation segregation: youth and the community Bethany Sissons

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Making the grade: should we expel the GCSE? Yes Izzie Rice

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An empty venture of the national curriculum? Is the debate over government targets a sign GCSEs need to be scrapped for good?


THE COURIER Monday November 8 2010

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The Frozen Ark and the cloning cop-out on animal conservation

Mind your manners Katy Covell Columnist

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Amy Jordan

This week has seen the 1000th DNA sample collected for the Frozen Ark project. Starting in 2004, the Frozen Ark, based at Nottingham University, cryogenically freezes DNA samples and sex cells of endangered animals, providing the ultimate insurance for when other conservation efforts fail. However, would Noah be turning in his grave if he could see this so called â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Frozen Arkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; now? Or would he be hailing it as a triumph of science and technology over human destruction of the natural world? The Frozen Ark has resisted attempts by the media to label it as a science of resurrection, but the successful cloning of an extinct Pyrenean ibex last year suggests that the media could be right. The clone, although it died shortly after birth, marks the start of a new chapter for the use of the DNA stored in the Frozen Ark and does VHHP WR FRQĂ&#x20AC;UP IHDUV WKDW WKH DUN will become a forum for cloning in the future. Cloning itself raises a whole monster of ethical issues, but even the concept behind the Frozen Ark can be questioned. The storing of animalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; DNA could be said to undermine other conservation efforts. Time, effort, and importantly money could be spent on protecting species that are at risk of extinction, rather than creating a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;backupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of them for the future. The Frozen Arkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website advertises that ÂŁ350 could store the DNA of one species long term, ÂŁ500 would enable them to preserve an endangered speciesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; viable sex cells and that a measly ÂŁ6 million would be needed to support the Frozen Ark project in its entirety. I cannot help but think that this money could be better channelled into hands-on conservation in animalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; natural habitats, countering

the causes of their extinction, rather than in a laboratory in Nottingham. However, it could be argued that current conservation efforts are too little too late. The Frozen Ark website states: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Over the next thirty years it is predicted that more than 1000 species of mammals - a quarter of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s total - and a similar number RIELUGVDPSKLELDQVDQGĂ&#x20AC;VKZLOOJR extinct.â&#x20AC;? Current rates of extinction are estimated to be 100 times higher than the typical rates found in the fossil record, and it is predicted that extinction rates will increase 1000â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10000 times over the coming decades. It seems, therefore, that the Frozen Ark and other similar projects across the world are the only plausible way to store vital information about these endangered animals for future research into their biology,

behaviour, ecology and evolution, in a way that only just falls short of freezing the animals themselves. However, this issue of resurrection still troubles the project. If animals are preserved, be that in captivity or in a test tube, a massive gap is formed in their evolutionary development. Critics of the Frozen Ark question what value the project has: what value does something that will inevitably be produced by a human in a laboratory have to the natural world and its conservation? Reproductions, critics argue, are not as valuable as the original and will not be able to replace the animals that have been lost. Bryan Sykes, professor of Human Genetics at Oxford University, wrote of humans: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our genes were there. They have come down to us over the millennia.â&#x20AC;? This is the same for animals. Hence, animalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; DNA will be miss-

ing a large chunk of evolutionary time whilst being in the ark, and if the animals were to be cloned in the future, this gap in their genetic evolution must have implications upon their development and reintroduction into the wild. This said, do we not have a responsibility to attempt to preserve the valuable evolutionary information that these animals have had so far? Humans are, in a lot of cases, directly responsible for the extinction of animals, with issues such as poaching and human destruction of natural habitats still prevalent despite conservationistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; best efforts. Until the full implications of cloning and the reintroduction of extinct animals into the wild is known, we will not know whether Noah would be calling â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;all aboardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or sailing an empty boat off into the horizon.

Funding for a friend: a step too far for social networking Finola Gibson

The Rent a Friend scheme is pretty self explanatory. You pay someone to feign a friendship with you, forging a relationship with a stranger built on the foundation of a pay-asyou-go internet service. Being a busy and social university student, it is easy to scoff at the idea that such a service would be required by anyone, but dating websites have been hugely accountable for creating many happy couples, so ZK\FDQ¡WLWEHVXFFHVVIXOZLWKĂ&#x20AC;QG ing people compatible friends? However, this service, which has a compassionate premise, can be easily exploited and taken to an extreme. Some future schemes I have

thought of included rent a funeral guest? Rent a gay best friend? Rent middle-aged Chinese man? Some RI WKHVH FRPSDQLHV DUH VR VSHFLĂ&#x20AC;F that you can almost design a friend; does this mean the search for platonic companionship is a facade for the website to jump on the band wagon of money-making internet schemes? This particular news article was posted on my Facebook wall by a so-called friend, who was making the poor joke that I would need to rent a friend. However, I think most students have, on certain nights out in Sinners, had friends that feel like they should be paid for their role as unwilling carer for the night. No one can dispute that having IULHQGVLVFUXFLDOLQOLIHDQGDWĂ&#x20AC;UVW most people might be repelled by the idea for the sake of pride. However, is it really that strange to meet a friend through an internet site, when

in this technologically advanced culture the biggest community in the world is on a social networking site? The majority of peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives revolve around using the internet to communicate, yet out of 400 â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;friendsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, there is only a handful you talk to regularly. These companies have recognised a market; people no longer live in close knit communities, and more often than not, once in a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lifetime people move to another country, where they have to make new friends and may struggle. In the BBC article, one woman that rented herself out said that if she had found a compatible friend she would have stopped the hourly rate and the friend would only have to pay for the activity. This may appear like she is doing them a favour, but the fact is that the relationships created by the site are never completely mutual. This is my major

problem with this scheme. Unlike dating websites where both people are pursuing love, the motivations are different between the people that meet up through the Rent a Friend website. Why canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it be a charity run organisation, where the site matches up local people in the area; even the name of the business makes the person theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re renting sound like theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just renting out a car? Suggesting a long-lived friendship can never really be achieved. This gives people false expectations, making them pay money for something they will never really get. Rent a Friend seems to me a contradiction; a friend is someone that can be there for you in times of need, and somehow it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem right if you get a receipt afterwards. If you want to pay for help thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what psychiatrists are for. At least theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not shy about mugging you off.

Public displays of affection: four words sure to strike fear into the heart of prudes the world over. I personally refer to them as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;painful displays of affectionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, for the only thing worse than involuntarily playing spectator to such sickly moments can be to willingly partake in those activities. Now before you lovebirds out there clamour â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;bitter singleton!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and other such words at the page, let me clearly state that I am by no means a IRQGQHVVĂ&#x20AC;JKWHU Not at all; for the little known and slightly embarrassing fact is that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m actually a hopeless romantic. I love KHDULQJKRZFRXSOHVĂ&#x20AC;UVWPHWSDVV ing men as they wait for their partner at the station entrance, cradling D EXQFK RI Ă RZHUV RU VHHLQJ WZR people shyly holding hands as they wander down the street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aha!â&#x20AC;? I hear you gasp, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but holding hands surely counts as a PDA?!â&#x20AC;? Here we arrive at the crux of the debate, for of course the action of holding hands is unarguably a public display of affection, but is it an inappropriate one? Does it make you feel uncomfortable to see it? A mother holding the hand of her child, or a carer tucking in a blanket around a wheelchair user, could technically be termed as a public display of affection, and this is why I believe the term should be altered to swap â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;painfulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come to realise that it is not the action itself that narks me, but the manner in which it is carried out. Whilst a coy pair tentatively leaning in for a kiss actually tugs at my heart strings a little, the overly sexual beasts freely eating each othersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; face off on the train home, or the smug, sweet-nothing-uttering folk â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;coo-ing in the cinema (see earlier article) just make me want to chew my own arm off. There are of course limits to this viewpoint - Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure that very few people would argue that a couple, no matter how clumsily or sweetly they might be getting (fully) â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;jiggyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; anywhere other than in a private VSDFH PRVW GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ FURVVHV WKH bounds of appropriate public behaviour. Expectedly, as relationships progress, people feel less nervous in showing affection for one another, but their awareness of other members of the public shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really alter. Sure, there are the risk-takers who will at this very moment be embracing between the library shelves, but at least they have placed some books between themselves and the unsuspecting student. The term PDA shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be associated with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; displays of affection, but only â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;painfulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; displays of affection; those that show blatant disregard for those surrounding passengers, restaurant-diners and WKHDWUHJRHUVZKRĂ&#x20AC;QGWKHVRXQGRI sucking and other such aural treats uncomfortable and intrusive. $ SHFN RQ WKH OLSV LV Ă&#x20AC;QH HYHQ D longer goodbye kiss on the station platform is acceptable, but I personally donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be surrounded by hermetically sealed, and worse still, smug hermetically sealed lovers. Rather like your luggage, STOW IT.


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Laying down the law: do employers need more sacking powers over failing workers? Danny Kielty Comment Editor

A recent poll conducted in October by ComRes revealed 57 per cent of people agreed that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Employment law provides too much protection to employees who perform or behave badly at workâ&#x20AC;?. Considering the current economic climate, it strikes me as strange that such a large amount of people would gesture toward a removal of any obstacle against the dreaded spectre of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the sackingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Maybe the sample questioned consisted of Alan Sugar DQGWKHWLSRIKLVÂśĂ&#x20AC;ULQJĂ&#x20AC;QJHU¡ Having said this, I need only scratch the surface of one of my friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (who will remain nameless) employment record, to uncover a veritable swimming pool full of evidence that suggests otherwise. Upon commencing his employment with me at Iceland Foods, all appeared well. To begin with, his abilities to

transfer tins of baked beans from the palette to the shelf were astonishing. We were all sucked in by the sheer speed of his stock replenishment. However, it was all a sham. As I entered work one frosty Sunday morning, I was greeted by the news that my old chum had been found hidden in a corner of the walk-in freezer, chomping away at a box of Screwball ice creams. Apparently, when the manager asked what the hell he was doing, his reply: â&#x20AC;&#x153;It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t meâ&#x20AC;?. He was sacked in shame shortly afterwards. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still trying to work out why he thought ice cream would be the thing to eat inside a freezer. Suddenly that 57 per cent of people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sound so ridiculous. Gary Walker, a former hospital Chief Executive, said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the public should be concerned about whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s left running their servicesâ&#x20AC;?. Indeed, EHIRUHUHFHLYLQJWKH´Ă&#x20AC;ULQJĂ&#x20AC;QJHUÂľ my dear old friend had received a number of disciplinary warnings for a plethora of minor offences, such DVVPDVKLQJDMDURIĂ&#x20AC;VKVDXFH´DFFL dentallyâ&#x20AC;? against the air-conditioning vent, as well as various disgruntled slurs against customers. It is then perhaps worrying to

Letters to the Editor â&#x20AC;&#x153;Undeniably widen their cultural knowledgeâ&#x20AC;?

Dear Editor, In response to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gap year students should get realâ&#x20AC;? article from The Courier Issue 1215. Has the author of the article â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gap year students should get real on the value of travellingâ&#x20AC;? ever been travelling? Compare the travelling student to the average undergraduate. Many spend a lot of time partying, but also balance this with hard work, to come out with a decent degree. The same shades of grey exist in travelling. While, for some people, drinking is a large part of the experience, most embrace travelling for what it really means: exploring a new culture, discovering new places and meeting new people. Even those people who this article may be targeting: those who take a year with â&#x20AC;&#x153;neither planning nor real purpose beyond getting smashedâ&#x20AC;?, undeniably widen their cultural knowledge, just through being in a different country; even if it is, admittedly, to a lesser extent. Of course, there is going to be some partying along the way, and it is only natural that the evidence of both partying and exploring gets posted on Facebook. If people can be bothered to look through 200 snaps of drunken antics from one Wednesday night in TigerTiger, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to believe that they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the desire or attentionVSDQWRĂ LFNWKURXJKVQDSVRI,QGLD

especially given that they are unlikely to have seen that person for a considerable amount of time. Rather than evoking envy, surely this allows people to keep up to date with their friendsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lives? The article fails to recognise travelling students donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have time to write individual emails and so use free status updates to let people know that they are well and having a good time. In addition, status updates also set up chance meetings with others that happen to be in the area. And anyway, isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it more interesting than reading somebody â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;is cold in Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;? At least those taking a gap year are experiencing more of the world than somebody sat at home. People who take a gap year have usually been in years of full-time education, so why shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t they be allowed a self-indulgent adventure before embarking upon a career? If itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a question of being a tactical &9 Ă&#x20AC;OOHU ZHOO FDQ¡W DQ\ NLQG RI work or life experience be construed that way? STUDENT TRAVELLERS

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was greeted by the news that my old chum had been found hidden away in a corner of the walk-in freezer, chomping away at a box of Screwball ice creamsâ&#x20AC;? The problem is that employers are ever more sensitive to lawyers costs should the employee wish to challenge their dismissal; in addition to the fact that at present employee associations can make the process all WKHPRUHGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOW After leaving Iceland, my dear old

friend moved on to Morrisons. His girlfriend, who was working at the store, had secured him the position. Unfortunately, after she dumped him he responded with a rather distasteful letter, probably asserting the fact that he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly pleased with her decision. He was promptly sacked. He then moved on to work for a local haulage company. This time he was dismissed after he thought it would be a good idea to go for a mid-shift snooze inside a disused haulage container. With this in mind, employersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; organisations such as the British Chambers of Commerce, who feel that the current system is increasLQJO\ELDVHGDJDLQVWWKHPGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ have a point in cases such as these. Abigail Morris, policy advisor to the Chambers of Commerce, said that on many occasions â&#x20AC;&#x153;Employers

only know that the lawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s changed when they get a claim coming through from an employee that said they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do something that they should have been doing.â&#x20AC;? However, in the case of my former colleague, perhaps a more stringent interview process is needed to reduce the risk of employment tribunals (and of course mid-shift snoozing). Indeed, this employment history is an extreme case. But maybe employers have a point when they feel that current employment laws are unfair. They are there to protect the inevitable cases of unfair dismissal, but they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t guard against genuine cases of incompetence or misconduct. A crackdown on employment law might just mean at least a few more Screwballs make it to the shelf unmolested.


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The rise of the lad mag... > Life , page 14-15 Life & Style Editors: Kat Bishop and Mary Mullarkey - courier.life@ncl.ac.uk

health 3ROHGDQFH\RXUZD\WRĂ&#x20AC;WQHVV Jess Gibson tries her hand at pole dancing and busts the promiscuity myth associated with the exercise WKH Ă&#x20AC;UHPDQ¡V VSLQ , WKRXJKW (DV\ But after numerous attempts, I realised that pole dancing is much harder than it looks. So I know what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still thinking; the only girls that pole dance are uneducated bimbos, right? Wrong. The societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s founder and instructor, Courtenay Pipkin, is proud to be a skilled pole dancer, and a fourth year civil engineering student. She said â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been pole dancing for two years and I love itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Other committee members study chemistry, law, maths, economics and biomedical science. A clever bunch by anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standards.

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unfair to think that pole dancers are bimbos. Committee members study civil engineering, chemistry, law, maths, economics and biomedical science: clever by anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standards

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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that time of year where all the university clubs and societies have recruited new freshers, and are getting down to some proper training. The Debate Team are debating, the Boat Club are rowing, the Pole Dancing Society isâ&#x20AC;Śwell...pole dancing! New for 2010, the society has scooped up over 100 students since freshersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; week. Now, these girls are learning to spin, twist, and bend their way around the pole. This week, I went along to the Pole Dancing Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s training session, to see how theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting on, and to gather my own perspective on the pole dancer stereotype. What do you imagine when you think of pole dancing? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not psychic, but for most of you,

I could take an educated guess. Images of seedy strip clubs, fake boobs and neon bikinis may be involved. :KHWKHULWLVWKURXJKĂ&#x20AC;OPWDEORLGV or a drunken experience in Blue Velvet, the stereotype of the pole dancer LVĂ&#x20AC;UPO\LQSODFH So when it comes to our universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s society, what kind of girl is actually getting involved? I had no idea what to expect as a brave friend and I made our way to Attic nightclub on Monday evening, where the girls train. Would they all be peroxide blonde FRQWRUWLRQLVWV Ă H[LQJ WKHLU ZD\ around the pole, with nipple tassels in full swing? Ok, maybe the nipple tassels are a bit too far, but I certainly had my

own preconceptions. To my surprise, there were no bikinis in sight. The girls wore simple shorts and T-shirts. As I looked around during the warm up, I realised two things. Firstly, that the only other movement I had ever done on Atticâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s GDQFH Ă RRU ZDV D GUXQNHQ VZD\ with a VK in hand. Secondly, that the girls looked completely normal, they were all regular students, up for trying something fun and a bit different. As a member of the Newcastle University Cheerleading Squad, I ZDVTXLHWO\FRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQWWKDWP\GDQFH and gymnastic experience would help me with the basic pole dancing skills. After the instructor demonstrated

(YHQ WKRXJK WKHVH JLUOV KDYH brains, they also have biceps. Pole dancing requires you to hold your own weight, maintain a strong core DQGKDYHJRRGĂ H[LELOLW\ &RXUWHQD\ VWDWHG ´, ZDQW SHRSOH to realise that pole dancing is a lot harder than it looks, and that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not sleazy. ´:H ZDQW WR UHPRYH WKH VWULSSHU stereotype that people associate with pole dancingâ&#x20AC;?. Pole dancing is slowly becoming a respected sport and art form, where WKH FRVWXPHV VWD\ Ă&#x20AC;UPO\ LQ SODFH (sorry boys). The World Pole Sport Championships have also become hugely successful, and feature world class performers, in a showcase event, who demonstrate sheer physical strength with mesmerizing skill and stamina through individually choreographed routines. We all know that pole dancing is associated with strip clubs, but here comes the big difference. In strip clubs, emphasis is placed upon the scantily clad dancer, rather than the skill of dancing. Real pole dancing is about moving on the pole with skill, that takes training and dedication. As the pole dancing craze continues to spread, I hope the seedy stereotype will slowly disappear. These girls put in effort, commitment and are not paid the credit and respect they deserve. It takes a lot more than double Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and a diamante thong to pole dance in style.

Doctor, Doctor: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Please get rid of my dry skin!â&#x20AC;? Although winter brings Christmas GLVSOD\VDQGGXIĂ HFRDWVLWGRHVQ¡W half play havoc with our skin. The biting temperatures and blusWHU\1RUWK(DVWZLQGVDOOFRPELQHWR rob moisture from the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest organ. However, follow these simple steps and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be guaranteed to stay soft and smooth all year around. Firstly, moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. Get yourself into the habit of slapping on a layer or two of lotion straight after showering. Understandably, this is easier said than done. No one wants to spend any more time than necessary in their smalls when the lack of central heating causes you to sleep with two duvets and an electric blanket. So give yourself a thirty second EODVW ZLWK WKH KDLUGU\HU Ă&#x20AC;UVW DQG then speed rub yourself to a baby supple shine. With candy coloured packaging and alluring scents, choosing the ERG\ ORWLRQ IRU \RX LV DV GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOW as picking which member of One 'LUHFWLRQ \RX ZLVK ZDV Ă&#x20AC;YH \HDUV older. $TXHRXVFUHDPLVDĂ&#x20AC;UPIDYRXULWH Cheap and cheerful, these Ben and Jerryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s size tubs are around ÂŁ2 a pop GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\YDOXHIRUPRQH\8QIRU tunately it offers no fancy smells and FHUWDLQO\QRSDLVOH\VZLUODQGĂ RUDO details, but after one use itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll become as staple a part of your potion collection as a tin of Vaseline. Use it in the shower as well as after. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lather and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to make sure to rinse away any residue to prevent your housemates taking a tumble but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll give your skin that added sparkle. Start keeping a small hand lotion in your bag for after washing your hands or when you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be bothered to make notes in lectures. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll notice the effects on your Ă&#x20AC;QJHUWLSVDQGSDOPVLPPHGLDWHO\² and you can get some really yummy smelling ones too. Kat Bannon

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Life

life Not so nuts about â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Lad Magsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;middle-shelfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; status of soft porn magazines is an ongoing debate. Fiona McCutcheon discusses societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gradual acceptance of ladâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mags, and the controversy attached...

Eye-level: These used to be found on top shelves, a location which is now regarded as extreme and unnecessary. Some people believe that moving magazines isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a solution

Lad mags arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly a revelation and the majority of you will be familiar with publications such as Nuts, Zoo and FHM. At one time these mags held a top shelf status, a location seemingly regarded as extreme and unnecessary in this day and age. Consequently, the image of a topless Lucy Pinder with phrases such as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;wow!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nice!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; in place of her nipples now stands proudly next to the new addition of Gardening Weekly.

Images of Lucy Pinder with phrases such as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;wow!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nice!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; in place of her nipples, regularly stand next to the new additions of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Gardening Weeklyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The relocation of these publications has sparked quite a reaction with feminist groups and organisations such as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Objectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; who have been known to protest in their pyjamas outside Tesco. They deem the middle shelf display of semi-naked women to be inappropriate and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;in your faceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, insisting they be moved back to their

original place. However, is rebranding these mags as top shelf really a solution? Yes, it is unnecessary to have â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;very booby babesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in your face whilst queuing in the local newsagents for a loaf of bread, but the reasons behind retailersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; decision to move to the middle shelf lie in a much broader cultural context and moving these magazines out of our direct eye line is not going to resolve this. Okay, so we are no longer operating 18th century style, where your standard attire would be a high neck dress that resembled a marshmallow. $ Ă DVK RI \RXU EDUH DQNOH LV QR longer enough to make grown men blush. Today, women can experience sexual liberation whilst being free to dress and act as they choose. There are few girls who will deny that they enjoy going out in a sexy dress and a pair of heels and dancing in the cage at Sinners... However, the fact that we are no longer even fazed by the naked woman in the shower advertising herbal essences screaming â&#x20AC;&#x153;yes, yes, YES!â&#x20AC;? is admittedly a little worrying. Is it possible that as a society we have become a little over obsessed with sex? We have reached a point where the majority of us no longer look twice at the woman in a see through thong

on the front of Zoo whilst dismissing the images we see plastered on the front of these lad magazines as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;just boobsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Although it is now considered â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;standardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for these magazines to photograph women in a derogatory manner, it is unfair to hold them solely responsible for this increasingly blasĂŠ attitude to nudity and exploitation. Naked women are no longer just associated with Hefner and his playboy mansion. These days, seeing a semi-naked blonde sultrily smiling at the camera behind a strategically placed bottle of perfume in your local bus stop is about as normal as seeing an advertisement for car insurance. We are now operating in a highly sexualised culture where our naked bodies are not just subjugated in commercial literature but are used as effective marketing tools in all areas of media and advertising. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the brunette bent over on the front of the Sun, the Sam Jacks dancer gyrating in your face on a Thursday night or Akonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new music video. If we move lad mags to the top shelf how are we going to move the newspapers and the music industry up there too? One of the main issues that this move to the middle shelf has raised

is that they are now very much visible to young children. However, it is all too easy for NLGV WR JR KRPH Ă LFN WKURXJK WKH FKDQQHOV DQG Ă&#x20AC;QG WKHLU IDYRXULWH boy band dancing with an array of scantily clad women humping each of their legs.

It is now considered â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;standardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for these magazines to photograph women in a derogatory manner, but it is unfair to hold them solely responsible for this increasingly blasĂŠ attitude to nudityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; No we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to damage our childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s innocence by exposing them to sex and nudity prematurely but stumbling across this kind of explicit and suggestive imagery is now an inevitability. Moving Nuts a shelf higher is quite frankly irrelevant when put into context with Western culture and its growing obsession with sexualisation. When Newcastle English lecturer Stacy Gillis was asked her opinion

on lad mags and their new â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;middle shelfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; status, she described these SXEOLFDWLRQV DV ´JURVVO\ VSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FÂľ in the way they objectify womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bodies and assess their â&#x20AC;&#x153;usefulness for sexâ&#x20AC;?. Stacy cringes at the fact that it is now â&#x20AC;&#x153;normal for men to sit in public and dissect womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bodies.â&#x20AC;? She also agreed that the issues behind the move to the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;middle-shelfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; are embedded within our â&#x20AC;&#x153;hypersexualised culture.â&#x20AC;? When asking a male friend the same question he told me that â&#x20AC;&#x153;thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing worse in lads mags than there is in glamour mags.â&#x20AC;? /DG PDJV DUH GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ ÂśZRUVH¡ than glamour mags in terms of their visually explicit nature and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re QRWOLNHO\WRĂ&#x20AC;QGDVHPLQDNHGPDQ winking at you from the front of Cosmo. (Although â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Torso of the Weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is a regular feature in Heat Magazine) However, in regards to damaging the female psyche, he makes a fair point. Surely the content of glamour mags is often as damaging as this erotic imagery? Although Nuts and Zoo DUH Ă&#x20AC;OOHG with images of big breasted, sexualised women...are glamour magazines not just telling us the ways in which we can look just like this? Hopefully the majority of us girls who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a cellulite-free, beach-bronzed body and pair of double Ds have learnt to accept that we are not literally expected to look like Rosie Jones. However, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perfectly viable to suggest that whilst Abi Titmuss sits with her legs spread on the front of Zoo she is simultaneously creating an image inside the heads of many women and young girls that they feel they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t match. And what do glamour mags do? Suggest ways in which they can pursue this image. Yes, page 3 models are promoting the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;fake boobsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;orange faceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; image. Yes, they play a part in normalising nudity to children and teenagers. But as women, if weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to protest that lads mags should be moved back to the top shelf because they are â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;degradingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, we should take another look at the copy of Cosmo sat on the coffee table. ,I\RXĂ LFNWKURXJK\RXUVWDQGDUG glamour magazine you will come across â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;new ways to get a fuller FOHDYDJH¡ÂśĂ&#x20AC;YHVWHSVWRFHOOXOLWHIUHH legsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;how to please him in the bedroomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. 2FFDVLRQDOO\ \RX ZLOO Ă&#x20AC;QG D FROumn or a celebrity telling us â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;love the skin your inâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;...only to turn the page and be confronted with an array of women who are so thin they look clinically ill. If you turn to the back of any of WKHVHPDJD]LQHV\RXZLOOĂ&#x20AC;QGSDJHV Ă&#x20AC;OOHG ZLWK DGYHUWLVHPHQWV IURP plastic surgery companies. You should love yourself for who you are, but a new nose, pair of bum implants or a bra size up is always a bonus...right? Essentially, unless the media as a whole is willing to completely reshape their attitude toward the female body, moving a few magazines a shelf higher stands as irrelevant. In order to achieve greater gender equality change needs to be enforced in many areas beyond the paper stand at the local newsagents. If you want to debate this matter further Fem Soc will be discussing some of these issues later this term. Contact the president rosierobson@ gmail.com if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re interested in getting your opinions out there.


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Life

Life and Style on Campus: Your views Emily Syminton asks you whether â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Lad Magsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; should have top-shelf status L. MACKENZIE

Helen First Year ´,RQFHUHDGWKHPZLWKP\ friend and we had a bit of a laugh. I personally wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do the stuff that models do, but each to their own. However, children are impressionable and can start asking awkward questions when they see these things, so it might be better to put them on the top shelf.â&#x20AC;?

Next week: Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rush into signing that house contract just yet...

Lorene Second Year

´,ORYHWKHPEXW,UHDGWKHP for the sport sections, not just to look at women. Lads mags can be degrading at times to women, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not really that fussed because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not a girl. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not hugely fussed about putting them on the top shelf, as I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think young kids really take much notice of them.â&#x20AC;?

´,¡OOEHKRQHVW,Ă&#x20AC;QGWKHP pretty demeaning. I would never model in one, and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think they depict women in a favourable way. However, if women want to model in them, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their decision. I do think that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bit too easy for teenagers to just walk into a newsagent and pick one up.â&#x20AC;?

´,GRQ¡WUHDOO\OLNHWKHPVR I never choose to read them. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strange, because women donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really have male softporn magazines; I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think men are depicted in such a sexualised way. If you are going to sell, them they should be on the top shelf so that it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t draw childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention to it.â&#x20AC;?

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been three weeks since our Self-confessed Neurotic began listening to Paul McKennaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Âś,QVWDQW&RQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFH¡DQGVKH¡VĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\EHJLQQLQJWRVHHVRPHFKDQJHVLQKHUEHKDYLRXU

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I very nearly skipped home the other day, and when I entered the house in this euSKRULDP\KRXVHPDWH¡VĂ&#x20AC;UVW reaction was: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Are you on drugs?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? The answer is no: unless somebody has been spiking my waterâ&#x20AC;? Seven days seems a long time to go without any sort of processed sugar, but it hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t done me much harm

Sarah Bennett Columnist

Next Week: will our self-confessed neurotic feel like a new person?

Hattie Second Year

yet. In fact, in just a week I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lost weight â&#x20AC;&#x201C; how could I be miserable? The other changes were harder to notice, and it is only in thinking about them that I can see them. I look less at my feet now, instead looking around at other people more. When attending the job fair this week at St. Jamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Park, I had few inhibitions about asking questions at the stands. Only the other day, I waltzed into a restaurant and booked a table without thinking... only then to use someone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name! Apparently, my housemates had noticed these changes, but were reOXFWDQW WR PHQWLRQ WKHP ´LQ FDVH you relapsed,â&#x20AC;? they told me. In an effort to exploit any sort of FRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFH , PLJKW KDYH IRXQG theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re currently trying to persuade me to a fancy dress social in the next few weeks. The only fancy dress Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever been involved in was twelve years ago â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and dressing as Baby

#4 Lunch Savers

Spice for a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Spice Girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; themed party wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly extravagant, or in retrospect, a great idea. So now Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in the dilemma of whether to commit myself to this social or not. The idea of self-help is to make PH LQWR D PRUH FRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQW OHVV neurotic person. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true that I feel happier in myself, and less uncomfortable around other people... but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel ready to let go of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;oldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; me yet. 6RPHKRZ Âś,QVWDQW &RQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFH¡ has helped me sleep, and is now helping me to lose weight. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two Paul McKenna titles in one! Just starting to change one little SDUWRIPHKDVLQĂ XHQFHGFKDQJHV in other areas of my life. Another week could consolidate the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;newâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; me completely â&#x20AC;&#x201C; maybe Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll start using my own name in restaurants!

Will First Year

certainly the most obvious. The other obvious one is my drastic decision to stop binge-eating. After overindulging my sweet tooth for the last two years, I am now strictly adhering to one bar of chocolate a week. (Yes, this is as hard as it sounds!)

The Penny Pincher

So the Union has closed. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no more popping into the Cochrane Lounge for one of their excellent sandwiches, so what do you do now? Buying your lunch everyday can cause your student loan to be frittered away without you really noticing. Take Subway: the great ÂŁ1.99 Sub is now an unfriendly ÂŁ2.29 - youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking at almost ÂŁ12 a week, based RQHDWLQJLWIRUĂ&#x20AC;YHGD\VLQDURZ Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even get me started on an M&S/Pret a Manger rant. I know they taste good, but just looking at their prices makes my eyes melt. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have heard this countless times before, but I urge you to remember your schooldays and all those packed lunches you ate. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you look back and wish you were the one in control of what you ate? Well sunshine, now you can. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take much effort to make sandwiches, which you can do before you go to bed if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to wake up a few minutes earlier. Even making a larger portion of pasta the night before, so youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got some to tuck into the next day is a great way of saving money. Stir a bit of pesto, tomato ketchup or simple butter and black pepper for a tasty pasta dish that can be eaten cold. You can even add some veg into the mix for part of your 5 a day. Another lunch favourite of mine LVFRXVFRXVWDNLQJĂ&#x20AC;YHPLQXWHVWR prepare and just like pasta, you can add pretty much anything to it, my favourite being pea and mint with a dash of olive oil. Invest in some resealable tubs, available at many supermarkets and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sorted. %DFNWRWKHĂ&#x20AC;YHDGD\KHDGGRZQ to Grainger Market for the best offering and best price for healthy snacks to compliment your lunchtime creations. Making your own lunch isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t difĂ&#x20AC;FXOW QRU LV LW H[SHQVLYH 6R MXVW because Greggs or Pret is a short walk off campus doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good for you, or your wallet. I realise that you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be eating a Subway every day, if for your Ă&#x20AC;JXUHUDWKHUWKDQ\RXUZDOOHWEXW just consider it. ÂŁ12 extra a week could mean a ticket and a box of popcorn at the cinema (which you can share with your friend because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re money savvy and going on Orange Wednesdays) an extra night out or even a bottle of Glenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to get your night going. Over a month you could save nearly ÂŁ50 if you stop buying lunch everyday; ÂŁ50 that I know we can put to better use! Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;likeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; the Penny Pincher on Facebook and get access to more penny pinching ideas!

A personal experience: A neuroticâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guide to self help They say hindsight is the best teacher, though if I really wanted a lesson, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d not be examining the last week of my life, but more like the last ten years. I get the feeling that this is not the best idea; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve probably forgotten a lot of those teenage years for a reason! In retrospect, I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m starting to notice some of the effects of my selfhelp regime. Despite all previous disbelief and scepticism, from other people as well as myself, there are signs that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m slowly changing. In spite of the pile of university work on top of my other commitments, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in a strangely good mood. I very nearly skipped home the other day, and when I entered the house in this odd euphoria, my KRXVHPDWH¡VĂ&#x20AC;UVWUHDFWLRQZDV´$UH you on drugs?â&#x20AC;? The answer is no: unless somebody has secretly been spiking my water, this change in mood is simply one of the alterations that I have seen. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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Monday November 8 2010 THE COURIER

Life & Style Sex & Relationships

sex & relationships blind date

Dangerous Liaisons #4 Seven degrees of seperation

Angie Huang & Ryan Dinsmoore. He said: A handful of text messages later and there I was: 8.15pm, Friday, Mr Lynchs and what was set to be the beginning of a very mad night! Fashionably late Angie arrived with a cute smile, and we wasted no time getting to the bar. I worried that my Irish accent was going to be hard for Angie to understand, but in hindsight this was the least of my worries. We had a drink in Mr Lynchs and FRQYHUVDWLRQZDVĂ RZLQJVPRRWKO\ as we chatted away about each of our travelling experiences and I was keen to hear more about her home life in China. Conversation turned to the wildest things we had done and after Angie heard my drunken swimming stories she wanted to experience them herself, so off we set, our unexpected and unplanned train-bound journey for Tynemouth! 7KH Ă&#x20AC;UVW SXE ZH JRW WR DW 7\QHmouth was a local pub where the atmosphere was great and I was having a good time with Angie. A stagger across the road to our next stop, a smaller bar where we had cocktails which are well worth trying, but beware you will get very drunk very quickly! Final venue for the evening was a nightclub, where we spent most of the night drinking and dancing with each other and some strangers. 1 am. Angie demonstrated her pole dancing skills to me (to the delight of all the guys in the nightclub), but this was short lived as alcohol and spinning around are never a good mixture. As we stumbled outside, Angie made a beeline for the beach still intending to go swimming. An hour later I had managed to convince Angie swimming was not a good idea as she began to fall asleep, so I carried her back to

Pamela Mardle Columnist

the taxi rank. Our hero of a taxi driver was having a great time hearing Angie pledge allegiance to sobriety, promising never to drink again, and to be fair I found it hilarious as well. 2QFH ZH JRW EDFN WR $QJLH¡V Ă DW , left her with a glass of water by her bed and in the capable hands of her Ă DWPDWHV Our blind date was good fun and PRVWGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\RQH,ZRQ¡WIRUJHWLQ a hurry. As I write this article my only worry is if Angie remembers enough to write her part. She said: 6XUSULVLQJO\ P\ Ă&#x20AC;UVW EOLQG GDWH LQ a foreign country turned out to be a success. Friday night in Mr Lynchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, I was warmly greeted by my blind date, Ryan. I was really impressed by Ry-

anâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice and easygoing personality and sense of humor, and the fact he was such a gentleman. We chatted about varying topics: hobbies, cultures, and nations. I asked him if he was quite shocked since his date is a total foreigner. He said he was not, because before the date he not only knew my nationality, but also had seen my photo and even knew what course I do. Ryan impressed me with his elegant manner and rich experience in life. He is into sports and has won numerous rowing competitions. An hour into the date I came up with the crazy idea of going for a swim in Tynemouth. Being very nice, Ryan held his â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;yesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; attitude and agreed to go. So we left Mr. Lynchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and headed to Tynemouth by metro. Soon we arrived at Tynemouth, which surprisingly was as busy as

madame vs monsieur

Monsieur K.VONG

Our agony duo Madame & Monsieur advise you what to do if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in love with an almost relative â&#x20AC;&#x153;Help! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in love with my ex step brother! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always been awkwardly attracted to him, but since my dad and step mum broke up (quite badly), Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve missed him so much. It must be love. The thing is, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a guy. Nobody knows that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m gay, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure that my step brother will never want to see me again if I tell him I love him. All â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;siblingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; have their run-ins after all. Is there a moral/ethical issue with this kind of attraction? Please help!â&#x20AC;?

Madame Amore? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think so monsieur. Rather, I believe you are confusing

your hurt in your dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s divorce for something else. Suck it up. Say you do proclaim your love. Is there really a chance that a) he is hiding in the same closet as you, and b) he feels the same? Then we have c) that after your parents have had a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;badâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; break up, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be reconciled by the fact that their respective sons are now shacking up. Get real. Obviously, even if you werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t gay, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no risk of inbreeding

Newcastle city centre. We chose a UHODWLYHO\TXLHWSXEDVRXUĂ&#x20AC;UVWVWRS but by the time I left I was quite tipsy. We went into another where Ryan ordered two cocktails, which was a nice choice. Then we made our move to the only nightclub in town, 6DPP\-DFNVZKHUHWKHGDQFHĂ RRU VKLQHVZLWKĂ DVKLQJOLJKWV,WGLGQ¡W take me long to get drunk so Ryan suggested us going home, but I insisted on going to the beach. The dramatic landscape of Tynemouth sea was enchanting. The tranquil sea was dotted with glittery moonlight. We sat on the stairs, enjoying the breeze from the sea. In the end, we gave up the crazy idea of swimming in a freezing night as I was too drunk, and took a taxi home. AfWHUVHWWOLQJPHGRZQLQP\Ă DWWKH gentleman left and ended a perfect date.

given thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no blood involved, but do you really want the story of how you met to include the fact that your dad and his mum used to share a bed? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not saying youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not gay. I encourage you to be gay. Every girl needs a free personal stylist. But think about this. Changing your mind in a few months isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite as easy as deciding you prefer Louis Walsh over Cheryl Cole.

WOAH! You my friend are in dire need off our help!! First of all, I really think that you can discard the whole sibling issue, you are not related to this guy, and after your dad and his mum ended things any formal ties with him are over. So donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t refer to him as your step brother anymore, and no one will be freaked out. Now, as for you being gay, I am tempted to say come out so that you can get on with life without complication â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as this is highly personal and you need to deal with it in your own time. Have you noticed any obvious hints of reciprocity from this guy? If so then make excuses to spend more time together and make a move â&#x20AC;&#x201C; obviously this is risky, but you say youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in love so maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth it. If you think heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably straight then try not spending as much time with him and hopefully your feelings for him will lessen. Try to be relaxed about all of this, after all; que sera sera!

â&#x20AC;&#x153;OMG did you hear what that guy GLG WR /XF\¡V H[Ă DWPDWH¡V VLVWHU the other night? You know, the guy who knows that girl we know IURP Ă&#x20AC;UVW \HDU ZKR JRW DUUHVWHG for air humping the McFlurry machine at McDonalds after Carnage that time?â&#x20AC;? This script of conversation is repeated near enough dayin, day-out at Newcastle University. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the nature of student life â&#x20AC;&#x201C; everyone knows everyone, be it through a random night out tagging along with the Rugby team or one awkward meeting of the Ă DWPDWHV IROORZLQJ WKH ZHLUGHVW one-night-stand of your life. Contact may never be made with these people ever again but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certain that they will catch wind of stories regarding your recent fall from grace. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that we enjoy othersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hardships, but gossip is just too much to resist. Think of acquaintances you know but not well: at least one story of their unfortunate FKDĂ&#x20AC;QJ SUREOHP RU SHQFKDQW IRU public indecency will have rattled your airwaves at some point. For this reason we have heightened responsibility to maintain a dirt-free track record â&#x20AC;&#x201C; one treble DQGDFRQVHTXHQWWKUHHĂ DVKHVWRR many is guaranteed to make it back to that cute guy via mutual friends over a boozy lunch in Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar. There is no hiding from the epic stack buttock-over-breast that was YLHZHGE\WKHHQWLUHERWWRPĂ RRU of TigerTiger (especially when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documented on Facebook with the help of tag-happy so-called friends who should really have been calling an ambulance at the time). You can bet money on the fact that at least one person each from your course, halls, home, nightmares were there to inform the respective mutual friends of the semesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most death-defying but hilarious moments. This also poses a potential problem when it comes to seeing a new guy and things begin to head towards PG territory. That sexy little nibble he does when heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feeling the horn? You can bet your bottom dollar that girl in your lectures got a nip too, and questionably the lecturer on the alleged drunken onenighter you heard rumours of from your pre-shag vetting (OK, stalking). Flip this situation on its head. Kinky sex moves are supposed to be intimate and the element of surSULVHLVZKDWFHUWLĂ&#x20AC;HVWKHLUVXFFHVV If heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already heard about it from DQROGĂ DPHLQWKHIRRWEDOOFKDQJing rooms it takes away that aspect and the power of the move is rendered power-less. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll bear these thoughts in mind next time I consider shacking up with a random: he might not be as random as previously thought.


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Food & Drink Life & Style

food & drink compare the market

review Francos, Jesmond

As late nights begin to take their toll, Olivia MasonVHHNVWRĂ&#x20AC;QG WKHEHVWHQHUJ\GULQN

Brentwood Avenue, West Jesmond Tel: 0191 2813434 It is possible to count at least six Italian restaurants in Jesmond alone, and Francoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, tucked away in West Jesmond, has a hard time getting noticed by students. You only have to walk, in however, to see that this is pretty different from the rest. Far from rustic, the long and thin interior of this champagne bar-comerestaurant has a very upmarket feel with its leather booths, chandeliers and dramatic wallpaper. In fact, if \RXDUHIHHOLQJĂ XVKWKHUHLVDYHU\ classic cocktail menu and the everfriendly hostess, who has worked there for twelve years, promises to make almost anything you ask for. Even the food menu includes a designer pudding of ice cream served with Roberto Cavalli vodka: it is a selection which screams â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Milanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; much louder than â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Tuscanyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Do not confuse this urban atmosphere with a lack of authenticLW\ WKRXJK )UDQFR KLPVHOI LV WR EH seen breezing through the restaurant in his Versace jeans, checking on his customers in a very Italian DFFHQW DQG Ă DPEpLQJ GHOLFLRXV crepes suzettes before their eyes. This is a place with a sense of occasion, somewhere you could dress up to go for your evening meal and which, as our hostess recounted, can turn into quite a lively party later in the evening. 1RQHRIWKLVLVWRVD\WKDW)UDQFR¡V LV XQDIIRUGDEOH \RX FDQ RUGHU DQ\ â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;meta metaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (half-pizza, half-pasta) combination at any time of day for

6/10 Monster 500ml, ÂŁ1.64

Francos: This stylish champagne bar- come -restaurant is an upmarket Italian restaurant, situated in student-centred West Jesmond

ÂŁ10.50. There are no restrictions on the more expensive dishes so you may as well try something really delicious, such as their signature pasta FUHDWLRQ 7DJOLROLQL 1HUL 7KH VTXLG ink pasta and creamy tomato sauce make it red and black, just like their colour scheme. The prawns were large and succulent while the sauce had just the right amount of chilli in LW WR JLYH LW D UHDO GHSWK RI Ă DYRXU UDWKHUWKDQUDZKHDW6XUSULVLQJO\, preferred this to the more expensive sea bass dish, Branzino alla Griglia. 7KRXJK OLJKW DQG Ă DN\ WKH Ă&#x20AC;VK could have done with a more generous dollop of its pesto drizzle to give LWWKHHGJHQRWDĂ&#x20AC;UVWRSWLRQXQOHVV you are on the Atkins diet, particularly when there is a very extensive OLVWRIĂ&#x20AC;VKDQGPHDWWRFKRRVHIURP Realistically however, the average student is going to be attracted by the discounted set menu, available from 12-2.30pm for lunch and 5.30-6 .45pm for dinner, as well as all night

on Mondays. This costs ÂŁ7.95 and includes many of the standard cheapeat dishes such as potato skins, carbonara and simple pizzas. It may well be worth investing a couple of extra pounds in the business lunch and early dinner menu, which for Â&#x2026; SURYLGHV LQĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ PRUH LQ teresting choices. Amongst other things, you can order any pizza on this menu. Having tried the mussels and calamari out of the four starters I can recommend them highly. A bottle of house wine, which was very drinkable, sets you back a little over a tenner, or you could just stick to a large glass for ÂŁ3.95. Disappointingly for pudding lovers, the menu only includes starters and mains so you would have to order something sweet separately. As with many restaurants, the dessert menu does not entirely conYHQH ZLWK WKH WKHPH VWLFN\ WRIIHH pudding and apple tart are there in place of Italian classics, although

I was pleased to see that tiramisu did feature. Our waitress was very candid when we asked for her recommendations, and expressed her willingness to adjust any dish to the individual customerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tastes, which was a real selling point. If you fancy a gnocchi topping on pasta instead, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s yours because all the food is made fresh to order. All in all the service was exceptionDOO\ DFFRPPRGDWLQJ DQG IULHQGO\ the atmosphere made me want to linger over a glass of wine or an espresso and the food was very satisfying. I waddled home feeling very content, all the while making a mental plan of what to order next time. I would recommend Francoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to anyone wanting to break away from the standard happy hour options along Osborne Road and enjoy something a little bit different. Harriet Wood

$QDSSOHDGD\NHHSVWKHGRFWRUDZD\ A fruity favourite: Harriet Webb H[SORUHVĂ&#x20AC;YHWKLQJVWRGRZLWKWKLVXQDVVXPLQJIUXLWDQ\WLPHRIWKHGD\ There are 7000 varieties of apples in existence. Like me, if this statement confuses you slightly, there are only 12 varieties sold in England, most of which are imported. For the health conscious folk, apples are not only RQHRI\RXUĂ&#x20AC;YHDGD\EXWDUHDOVR a good source of vitamins A, C and not to mention a bit of well needed Ă&#x20AC;EUH ,I \RX¡UH DQ DSSOH IDQ \RX¡OO be glad to know the apple season is LQIXOOĂ RZIURP6HSWHPEHUWLOO1R YHPEHUWKH\¡OOEHDWWKHLUEHVWQRZ However, if the simple, juicy apple with a crisp bite doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t appeal... KHUH¡VDTXLFNSHDNDWĂ&#x20AC;YHWDVWHEXG ticklers you can do with a simple apSOHVZHHWDQGVDYRXU\ Apples are amazing sliced and EDNHG LQ D 6XQGD\ GLQQHU FODVVLF WKHXOWLPDWHDSSOHSLHMXVWGLSWKHP in a sugar cinnamon mix and pile them high in a pastry-laden dish. ,I \RX¡YH QRW KDG HQRXJK %RQĂ&#x20AC;UH 1LJKW¡V WUHDWV WU\ \RXU KDQG DW D simple baked apple in a delicious Toffee Apple Pudding. Or maybe apple chutney tantalises those taste buds, perfect with cheese and crackers or on a hot pork sandwich.

Throughout university everyone has their favourite foods that constitute the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;healthyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; student diet. The apple can fall into this category in a mouth watering pork, apple and sage burgHU RU PD\EH D WZLVW RQ WKH ,QGLDQ classic, apple pie samosas, made by simply cooking the apples until soft in a saucepan with mixed spices, sultanas and 2 tbsp water and then ZUDSSLQJWKHĂ&#x20AC;OOLQJLQĂ&#x20AC;ORSDVWU\ 6RIDQF\WU\LQJDQ\RIWKHVH"3LFN ing just two of my favourites, here are a couple of handy recipes. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s start with a bit of burger loving: in a bowl mix 900g minced pork, 1 Ă&#x20AC;QHO\FKRSSHGRQLRQFRRNLQJDS SOHSHHOHGDQGĂ&#x20AC;QHO\JUDWHGDQHJJ DQGDKDQGIXORIVDJH6LPSO\VKDSH these into burgers and fry them for six or seven minutes on each side until theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re cooked in the middle. A perfect serve would include a toasted bun, caramelised onions, a green salad and a good handful of chunky chips. Finally, in the Guy Fawkes spirit try baking the Toffee Apple Pudding. Heat the oven up to 180°c, grease an oven dish lightly with

Aims to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Unleash the Beastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and is targeted at extreme sports fanatics. For this reason it contains the greatest mix of vitamins and nutrients including ginseng, carnitine, and taurine. Tastes different to the rest - perfect if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like normal energy drinks.

8/10 Relentless 500ml, ÂŁ1.75 Contains a wide variety of vitamins and some pantothenic acid this time, which apparently synthesises proteins and fats. Could come in useful! This one tasted the best in my opinion, less acidic and a bit fruitier. Just a bit pricey.

3/10 5HG%XOOPOÂ&#x2026; This is probably the most recognisable energy drink but GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ the worst. It is the most expensive, being a similar price to Relentless and Monster but contained in a can half the size. It has never changed and contains no extra vitamins or nutrients, most likely with the argument that they do nothing!

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Fruit galore: apples are not only a superfood, but they also taste great in many dishes

butter. In a large mixing bowl tip JVHOIUDLVLQJĂ RXUWEVSEDNLQJ Ă RXUJJROGHQFDVWHUVXJDUDQGD pinch of salt. Mix together 85g melted butter, 200ml milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1 egg, beaten, and stir into the dry ingredients until you achieve the desired â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;smoothâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; batter. Put 2 cooking apples in the dish and pour over the batter mixture. For

that toffee topping add 140g dark brown sugar to 250ml water and dissolve the sugar, pour the liquid over the mixture and bake for 40 minutes until you get a delicious golden pudding. For this a perfect serve may include a big scoop of the pudding, making sure you get the delicious caramel from the bottom, and a dollop of cream.

This is the wild card and an extremely budgetbased brand. It has a slightly lower caffeine count WKDQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWKUHH,ZRXOGEH extremely surprised if you noticed this though. It does not taste as good as the others, but in terms of value this is your best bet. Does the job and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cost you valuable monies.


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travel Newquay: Get Your Surf On Ben Parkin plans a trip to the UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most popular seaside and surf resort for the under 25s

Ten Minute Travel Olivia Mason takes a trip to the city of Durham. Head down to central, hop on a very frequent train, pay just over three pounds with a railcard, and hey presto within ten minutes youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in Durham. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been to Durham, you know how lovely it is. Although maybe not a weekend destination, being so near it is perfect for a small break from work one day. Wander up the winding streets, to the beautiful cathedral, most of which you can see for free. For movie fans, the cathedral provided the backdrop for some of the scenes from Harry Potter â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Robert Pattinson could have been metres away!

The cathedral provided the backdrop for some of the scenes from Harry Potter Get on board at the beach: When the sun is shining, Newquay is never short of a few surfers, making it one of the most popular UK destinations for young watersport fanatics

Fancy a weekend away, but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really want to go abroad? Want to chill on the beach and maybe catch a few rays? Then Newquay may be the place for you. You have your loan and want to do something fun with it rather than spend it on stuff you know that you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really need. Planning in advance is essential to ensure you get the best deal- itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not exactly the seaside town you can just go to at the drop of a hat. Flights can be a good choice from Newcastle airport, on average youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking around ÂŁ50 for a reWXUQĂ LJKW If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re one of the few who can pack light you can save yourself another few pounds- but try not to be like Joey from Friends and wear your whole suitcase. Another option could be to travel by Megabus; everybody knows that you can get a

great deal, and ÂŁ10 return to Newquay sounds incredible right? Well, for a 14 hour journey, probably not.

Many of the surf lodges also RIIHUOHVVRQVLQVXUĂ&#x20AC;QJDQG coasteering: a must do activity for any brave soul Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an amazing selection of places to stay, ranging from B&BS, hotels, campsites, surf lodges, and even better theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re there to accommodate people aged 18-25. There are a number of caravan sites located throughout Newquay and many offer some great deals starting at ÂŁ6 per person, per night. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re one

for the outdoors and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;getting to be one with natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; then camp sites start at ÂŁ12 a pitch and have great transport links to the town and beaches. Sharkbait surf lodge offers ÂŁ10 a night off peak, with an extra ÂŁ5 added per night during the summer. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re only going for the weekend itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth paying the extra, as it could mean the difference between the town being dead and totally hopping with people. Many of the surf lodges also offer OHVVRQV LQ VXUĂ&#x20AC;QJ DQG FRDVWHHULQJ for a small extra price, so could you be out there becoming the next big thing for surf? And if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not staying at a surf lodge, half a day of coasteering will be around ÂŁ40, with most places claiming to give discount if booked early, and a day of surf lessons will set you back about ÂŁ25 each with

full board and wetsuit hire. Of course the beaches are free for you to roam around on in your own time. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an easy way to meet other people, relax and catch a nice tan. The town has plenty of small cafes, surf shacks and restaurants for you to dig into while youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re there. There are also your high street names as well as small independent shops that sell some cute little trinkets. And as most students will ask â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the night life like?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;, well I can tell you that Newquay has some of the best night life known in the UK. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a taste for everyone including chill out bars, traditional pubs, beachside cafes, amazing nightclubs and even intimate pavement parties. So no matter what your taste, there will always be something youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to do in Newquay.

Celebrate winter without ditching home Rachel Walsham and Joanne Harron on how to escape the Winter blues whilst in the UK The last few lines of your tan have IDGHG DZD\ LW¡V RIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOO\ WKH WLPH to let go of your summer clothes, and the memories of your summer abroad feel like a lifetime ago. But that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean its all doom and gloom for winter in the UK. There are plenty of reasons why our winter should be celebrated not feared. 1. Feeling warm and rosy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; There is nothing quite like that feeling of being warm and cosy on a cold winters day, whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re out tucked away in a coffee shop or wrapped up and braced for the elements.

The Winter fashion really allows for comfort and warmth this season so dig out your hats, knits and ear muffs and enjoy the feeling of being unaffected by the cold air. 2. The Food â&#x20AC;&#x201C; British food was really made for winter, after a long day out in the cold nothing really says comfort like a steaming hot serving of sausage and mash. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best is that somehow it really feels like its deserved and with Christmas around the corner we all know it is just going to keep getting better.

3. Scenery â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Either twinkling under a dusting of frost or sheltered by a blanket of snow there is something that always feels magical about our countryside in the winter. It is also the perfect time to rediscover the child in you with tobogganing, ice VNDWLQJVQRZEDOOĂ&#x20AC;JKWVDQGVQRZ men. 4. Winter getaways â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Forget the call of ski slopes or the lure of the sun, instead why not take a trip to Northern Ireland? The west coast has some beautiful scenery that is enhanced by the misty atmosphere

of cold winter days. After taking in the spectacular scenery head down the cobbled streets to a local Irish pub and be warmed by an Irish stew and a pint of Guinness. 5. Festivities â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Lets face it, winter wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be complete without Christmas and the hype is always contagious. The anticipation of the Christmas shop displays, the recognition of the iconic television adverts, the food, the drink, the parties. You could spend winter abroad in the sun but then it really just wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel like Christmas.

The cathedral backs on to the main square of the beautiful university grounds and also offers lovely views over the city. Durham Castle is also worth a visit, being a wonderful Norman structure, as well as doubling as a working castle providing a home to over a hundred students. When you are in need of a refreshment head down to the very traditional Dun Cow for a tipple. For something more substantial there is a plentiful supply of restaurants, including Bella Italia, overlooking the river - perfect for a crisp autumnal day. For a cheaper alternative head to the market square in the middle of Durham for stalls similar to those of our very own Grainger Market, Durham style. If you are in romantic company take a sandwich and have a stroll down the river, alongside the beautiful Autumn colours of the trees, wooing will be easy! If shopping is your thing Durham has little that Newcastle has except a Jack Wills. If gillets donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t impress there are a couple of lovely vintage shops that always offer something unique. Down the back of the Gates, Ding Dong Vintage is a fashionistaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heaven. Crammed full of delights but without the London prices this LVDGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHJHP

Durham Cathedral:This beautiful city boasts an array of Norman buildings


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The Big Debate: Who is your fashion icon? > Page 21

If I were a boy: fashion goes undercover Quintessential â&#x20AC;&#x153;girly girlâ&#x20AC;? Katie Lauren Henry covets male trends for a day unlike any other B CARLIN

Within the world of fashion, the lines between male and female styles are becoming increasingly blurred. With girls strutting around campus in boxy blazers teamed with worn brogues, loafers or lace up workman boots, it is no longer uncommon to see ladies pulling off these once masculine pieces. This concept does not only work one way - itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s virtually impossible to enter a bar without coming across a guy wearing a low cut v-neck tee (ironically sporting more cleavage than the average woman) or a pair of skinny drainpipes. Today the rules regarding what looks good on males and females are being torn apart, and boundaries between the masculine and feminine image are being pushed into new exciting territories. With style icons such as Agyness Deyn rocking out the cropped hair and boyish ensemble, not to mention David Beckham with his infamous â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;sarong-gateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, it appears the rulebook has well and truly been thrown out of the window. With men now comfortable wearing guy-liner and girls opting for the shaved hair look, it begs us WR DVN KDYH WKH VW\OHV RI JX\V DQG girls merged into one homogenous melting pot of fashionable pieces? I have no problem with admitting WKH IDFW WKDW , DP D IXOO\ Ă HGJHG

girly girl. I love dresses and jewellery, and without heels my world would be a much worse place (primarily because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pushing 5ft 3). When I received a pair of Louboutinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for my 21st birthday, only dogs and dolphins could comprehend my VXSHUVRQLFVTXHDOVRIMR\,WZDVOLNH winning the lottery. So, to be asked to spend an entire day dressed as a boy, donning a shirt, hoody, joggers and trainers, this was for me a nightmare realised. I can honestly say that I have never felt as uncomfortable in my life as I did that day. As I walked around campus with my long hair tucked into a beanie hat, the disapproving looks from strangers (largely girls might I add) were hard to ignore. However, it must be said that there ZDVGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\VRPHWKLQJUHIUHVKLQJ about feeling so physically comfortable. My tortured soles, destroyed from years of stiletto abuse welcomed the relief brought by a day spent in trainers. After asking a few guys their opinLRQRQP\RXWĂ&#x20AC;WLWEHFDPHDSSDUHQW that this was not a look they would like to see their girlfriend wearing. It was also made clear that they would be very unlikely to approach a girl in a bar if she was dressed this way, regardless of how attractive she was. When asked their views about

In his shoes: Is it really true that we have coded perceptions of how we should dress?

my image, guys were throwing out adjectives such as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;comfortableâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;casualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with not even a mention of ÂśQLFH¡DQGKHDYHQIRUELG¡Ă&#x20AC;W¡+RZ ever one redeeming comment was made, in the shape of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;...Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d still show you a good time loveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Normally enough to make you nauseous, but was welcomed that day. The way a person chooses to dress is a visual representation of their personality. To ask someone to change their style is basically asking them to become someone that they are not, disposing of their individuality. One thing that became very apparent to me as a result of this â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;social experimentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; was the challenge faced by girls who do embrace a masculine sense of style. The concept of dressing like a boy was completely alien to me, even if it was just for one day. Society expects that girls should dress femininely, but we must respect the fact that some girls are just not comfortable with doing so. We shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t judge or stereotype them for being different, and if anything we should admire them for refusing to conform. This being said, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pretty certain that I myself wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be embracing the lad-look anytime soon...even if I would be shown a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;good timeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.

-HDQVWKHULVHRIWKHER\Ă&#x20AC;W Pick and mix :KDWLVWKHGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWLRQRIÂśER\Ă&#x20AC;W¡" Kat Bannon explores Hannah Layford gives her advice on the intricacies of the inter-gender denim phenomenon how to work boys brogues and bags

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Sometimes, boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; clothing is just so much better. Hoodies that are meant to be oversized and smell like aftershave and you c a n â&#x20AC;&#x2122; t help but love tshirts with des i g n s that are so slim Ă&#x20AC;W WKH\ would m a k e you look like a fourteen year old emo. Woolly hats, check pyjama bottoms...itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all the same story. But jeans? The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Boyfriend

Jeanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; has been in and out of fashion now for the past eight years. It was the Levi 501s that led the troops with their oversized turn ups, knife-slash knee rips and pale blue hue but as always, the high street promptly followed suit. River Island, TopVKRS DQG 1HZ /RRN ZHUH DOO Ă&#x20AC;UP favourites to supply us with our baggy bottoms and jumbo waistlines, but was this because we actually looked good, or because the label â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;boyfriendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; made us feel like we were compensating for something? $OWKRXJK GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ PXVFOHG RXW of the fashion top spot, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;boyfriendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; style has certainly gained a place within the denim display line-up amongst â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;bootcutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;straight legâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. But seeing as weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to this point, is it no surprise the male of the species went for its revenge? Skinny jeans or â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;drainpipesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, however, contrary to indie belief have been knocking around for almost as long as Parisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sewage system. This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just on women either. 6RUU\ JLUOV EXW ZKHQ \RXU Ă RSS\ haired other half reaches for your wardrobe because your Topshopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s give more ankle grip than his Topmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually just stealing back what was originally his.

It was bad boy James Dean and Elvis Âś7KH .LQJ¡ 3UHVOH\ WKDW Ă&#x20AC;UVW URFNHG these out in the 50s while we were still rolling along in vest and cardigan combos. Unisex skinny jeans vanished into the abyss of the dormant trends until the turn of the century. In all the uncertainty of the noughWLHV DW Ă&#x20AC;UVW WKH\ VHHPHG D ELW WRR much as we wanted our pins to remain hidden within our imaginary boyfriendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favourite denims. It took time but we embraced them, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still keeping as tight a hold as skinnies do to our thighs. As for guys, the skinnies have had a revival with overly-pointed shoes and a Pete Doherty military jacket whilst we get comfy in a pair with a worn out inner leg. Admittedly, it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t all bad. They make a guy look smart and give a sharper, more deĂ&#x20AC;QHGVLOKRXHWWH%XWWKHTXHVWLRQLV ZKHWKHUVNLQQ\RUEDJJ\LWLVGLIĂ&#x20AC; FXOWWRGHWHUPLQHZKDWLVDÂśER\Ă&#x20AC;W¡ jean. Either way, it seems that female trends will always be emulating the male wardrobe, whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comfort reasons or the fact that one day in fashion, the baggy crotch, favoured by the male of the species may also soon be on the rise.

Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always been something appealing about menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clothes. You would probably never go out decked in full male attire, but there are few of us who havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;borrowedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; a cosy KRRG\IURPDPDOHVLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQWRWKHU This seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s androgyny is one of the key looks but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no reason you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t indulge in the trend simply by using menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accessories. Brogues - Traditional, elegant but undeniably masculine. Brogues may be the easiest way of experimenting with this trend. They are so versatile because they are such a simple, classic shape and can be paired with SUHWW\PXFKDQ\RXWĂ&#x20AC;WZKHWKHULWLV a cute little tea dress and long socks to a pair of tapered trousers. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pair to suit any budget on the high street this season which makes them all the more appealing. Hats - Another simple but effective way of getting the androgynous ORRNLQWR\RXURXWĂ&#x20AC;W7KHUHPD\QRW be many of us who can pull off a Ă DW FDS DQ HDVLHU RQH LV GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ the chic bowler hat. Think Keira Knightleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coco Mademoiselle campaign back in 2007 though, rather than Alex Delarge. A great place to source them in Newcastle is Attica, which has a fantastic selection of

vintage beauties. Bags - Also a great way of adding a PDVFXOLQHWZLVWWR\RXURXWĂ&#x20AC;WZLWKD vintage briefcase or satchel. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re feeling a student loan splurge is in order, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Mulberry Alexa. Stylish and very practical thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of Alexa inspired bags available on the high street and if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re feelLQJ Ă DVK WKHQ FKHFN RXW WKH &DP EULGJH6DWFKHO&RPSDQ\ZKRPDNH their â&#x20AC;&#x153;satchelsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;batchelsâ&#x20AC;? to order.


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Fashion Androgyny

Boy meets girl: the blurred boundaries While Briony Carlin spends an afternoon in the park exploring masculine tailoring, Clare Slipper ventures into a world of androgyny, where there is no â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;dressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; code Tailoring, shirts and suiting, all examples of androgynous glam in excess and it is safe to say that the conventions of dressing hetero-normatively have long been blown out of the water. However, rather than being a case of simple drag, androgyny embraces a more unisex look of beauty kings and macho queens; E\ GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWLRQ WKH WHUP GHQRWHV the blending of man (â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;androâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;) and ZRPDQ ÂśJ\Q¡ ,WLVĂ H[LEOHDGDSWable, nonchalant and if the catwalks of numerous fashion weeks are anything to go by â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a look that is here to stay. In 1920s Paris, Gabrielle â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Cocoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Chanel began a revolution in styling by inverting the ways in which skirts and jackets were worn. Raising hem-lines above the ankle and wearing tailored jackets loose, she transgressed against the convention RI SRVW9LFWRULDQ IULOOV DQG Ă RXQFH power-dressing had been born. Since then, major fashion houses have followed suit (pun intended), incorporating this signature style in many bold variations. The sexual liberation of the 1960s brought womenswear into a new epoch; hem-lines (either maxi or mini) pushed boundaries, and YSLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iconic â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Le Smokingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; suit re-worked the classic tailoring of &KDQHO FKDQQHOOLQJ D Ă&#x20AC;HUFH HQHUJ\ and leaving no doubt that hypersexuality was guiding the compass. In a similar vein, the 80s introduced wider spheres of exploration and welcomed androgyny as a lifestyle choice, with pop culture at the vanguard of debonair sexual ambiguity. The male new romantics â&#x20AC;&#x201C; David Bowie, Prince and Boy George â&#x20AC;&#x201C; adopted everything bouffant and avant-garde, allowing their glamrock musical style to parallel their appearance. An abundance of hair, make-up, glitter, and general decoration characterised this look of aesthetic excess. As for the girls, icons such as Grace Jones and Annie Lennox bolstered female emancipation, and not just by adding square-cut shoulder pads. Where men embraced effeminate and hyper-sexualised styling, ZRPHQ VLPSOLĂ&#x20AC;HG DQG NQRFNHG their femininity down a few pegs. In IDFWWKHGHĂ&#x20AC;QLQJIHDWXUHVRIIHPDOH androgyny in the 1980s was precisely the adoption of sculpted virility through clothing and hairstyle; suggesting self-control over style and gender identity. The fashion world had been stripped of any socio-cultural convention, and hence began WKHUHFXUULQJĂ LUWDWLRQZLWKDQGURJyny on the catwalk. So what happens when there is a gender-collision? The past decade has embraced the Metrosexual man, and effeminate styling for men (think less Alex Reidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s naughty lingerie, more David Beckhamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sarong) has been translated onto the catwalk with much success. Milan fashion week blew away any remaining conventions of masculine suiting and booting; Emporio Armani pioneering the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;megginâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (male

leggings) and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;monokiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (male bikiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x201C; rest assured, much subtler than Boratâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thong, yet quite an ominous notion nonetheless). Alexis Mabilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spring 2011 collection showcased a troupe of sharplydressed males who wore their hair long, their necklines low, and their oversized shirts nipped in with a skinny belt. Calvin Klein revealed an interpretation of the male croptop, while Vivienne Westwood paraded the male skirt with a tailored jacket and oversized accessories, in her classic outrageous style. This said, I assume itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not every day that a girl will catch her boyfriend having a rummage in her cupboard; rather, the reverse is much more likely. 2009 saw the explosion of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Boyfriend chicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on the high street: jeans, brogues, tapered trousers, tailored jackets and baggy shirts over leggings were inescapable. If androgyny was a point of liberation and backlash for earlier generations of women, these subtler styles are easier-to-wear and really allow the unisex style to be played around with as much or as little as you like. Where these high street interpretations are quite casual, when translated on the catwalk androgynous womenswear has maintained an aesthetic interest with elegance and sophistication. Dries Van Noten in his 2011 Spring collection used light fabrics and discreet splashes of colour along with the staple oversized white shirt, maintaining feminine grace alongside statement androgynous pieces. Alexander Wang, similarly, channelled a sophisticated take on the masculine; parading FODVVLF EODFN VOLPĂ&#x20AC;WWLQJ ODSHOOHVV jackets and schoolboy shorts. John Paul Gaultier for Hermes harked back to Grace Jones-style androgyQ\ZLWKSOXQJLQJQHFNOLQHVRQDĂ&#x20AC;Wted suit jacket, and using baggy layers nipped in at the waist to create a feminine twist. And Dsquared2 sexualised the classic business-suit, revealing sharp plunges with the button-down shirts and accessorising with low-brimmed hats and FKHHN\ERZWLHVDGGLQJFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFH and panache. In todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pop culture, it is clear that androgyny lends itself to a plethora of variations. Unisex brands found on the high street encourage the fashion-conscious to work the look whichever way they want â&#x20AC;&#x201C; understated in a pair of penny loafers such as golden-girl Alexa Chung or bold and striking like Rihanna with her choppy haircut and valiant style. Gender-bending is recurrent in the media, through â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;guylinerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;wearing celebrities (thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s you, Russell Brand) or powerful characters on television programmes: for those of you who watched the recent series This is England â&#x20AC;&#x2122;86, the suit-wearing, crop-haired Lol made her a memorable character not just through her compelling plot-line but her punky masculine look. She symbolised tough, emancipated girl-power through her strong appearance â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but was it sexy? Asking

the opinions of a couple of my male friends, I learned that there was a genuine admiration for her working this look within the male-dominated context of the program setting. One describes it as â&#x20AC;&#x153;dualityâ&#x20AC;?: breaking into skinhead football culture through her image but at the same time looking pretty good. The other, however, is less embellished with his opinion, simply stating â&#x20AC;&#x153;No. She looks like a man.â&#x20AC;? Charming. So is there a future in androgyny? With cultures merging and the dissemination of fashions globally, designers will surely push boundaries further through exploration and experimentation with norms. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no longer all about the way in which you wear your jeans; but the way in which you transgress your genes.

Last week we asked you... â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is there a place on the British High Street For low-cost outlets?â&#x20AC;? In response to our question that we posed last week on the website, a staggering 75 percent of you thought that there was still a place for low-cost outlets on the British high street. Maybe thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still the necessity for the students of Newcastle to buy items at short notice but the fact is that 25 percent of you still have a social conscience. This week, log on and give us your YLHZV RQ \RXU JUHDWHVW VW\OH LQĂ Xence. Go to www.thecourieronline. co.uk for more details.


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Style icon Fashion

who revive the effortless style of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;golden ageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of cinema that Audrey was a veritable clothes horse for. The reason why I am championing +HSEXUQDVWKHJUHDWHVWVW\OHLQĂ Xence is exactly that. She didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t follow the trends but rather created a timeless style that will never tire and also supported some of our most well-recognised trends of today. Linking with our theme of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;androgynyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; this week, Ms Hepburn was a style chameleon, not only offering highly sexualised feminine portrayals in dresses and heels as she does as Holly Golightly, but in Sabrina, for example, she channels some very contemporary trends. Teaming her hairstyle with cigarette pants and an understated sweater epitomises everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perceptions of what it was to be traditionally â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;androgynous,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; utilising her minute rake-like frame to show that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not only a typical feminine portrayal that is considered sexy. This look is so highly favoured in fashion circles and on the high street that one fashion retailer has even named their take on classic cigarette pants after the heroine of this piece. So next time you feel like digging RXW\RXU/%'IRUDQLJKWRXWRUĂ LFN through a glossy magazine and see a trench coat being depicted, pause for a moment to consider one of the RULJLQDO Ă&#x20AC;JXUHV ZKR FRYHWHG VXFK looks â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Audrey Hepburn, a fashion icon, standing the test of time.

Sylvie Hall argues ZK\.DWH0RVVĂ LHV WKHĂ DJIRU%ULWDLQLQ the fashion stakes

6W\OHLFRQVWKDWLQĂ XHQFH\RX Fashion Editor Lauren Girling, Sylvie Hall and Charlotte Scott debate the sartorial success of three modern muses from Hepburn to Moss and more... Ever had the unforgettable moment in your childhood or adolescence where you feel like you are having a premonition, or at least, your aspirational ideal of the future ahead? Every nine-year-old girl dreams sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll grow up to be a duchess and this couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have resonated any

more with me than when I watched â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the embassy ballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; scene in the 1964 classic, My Fair Lady. Integral to this was the vision of Audrey Hepburn DVVKHĂ RDWHGDFURVVWKHVFUHHQLQDOO her ethereal beauty, frosted in diaPRQGVDQGĂ&#x20AC;QHIDEULFV+RZHYHULW ZDV KHU  Ă&#x20AC;OP Breakfast at Tiffa-

nyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that cemented her place in sartorial history as she made the LBD become a staple in any chic womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ZDUGUREH,QWKLVĂ&#x20AC;OP$XGUH\ DQG her stylists) didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make a single wrong move, featuring the trench as the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; coat, still emulated by designers such as Burberry today,

Take a moment to think about the clothes you have in your wardrobe. Skinny Jeans? Check. Ballet pumps? Check. Loose vest top? Check. Without even knowing it, you have bought into the style of Kate Moss. The high street knows that if Kate Moss wears it, the masses covet it and in my opinion, this makes her WKHJUHDWHVWLQĂ XHQFHRQIDVKLRQLQ 2010. Sure, we can admire style legends such as Jackie O and Coco Chanel but true inspiration comes from our living legend and Croydonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most fashionable export, Kate Moss. Anyone can pull on a designer dress and look fashionable however beLQJWUXO\VW\OLVKLVSXWWLQJDQRXWĂ&#x20AC;W together, consisting of an eclectic mix of clothes and making it bang on trend. We all remember wellies and hotpants as Kateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s infamous Glastonbury combo encapsulating the very essence of festival chic and prompting thousands of girls to follow suit. There are countless people trying to capitalise on Kate Mossâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s status as a style queen with website upon website offering tips on how to dress just like her. Kateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s style can be summed up as easy, effortless cool and is so popular that she has had a three year design partnership with Topshop; a huge commercial success which unfortunately is just DERXW WR ODXQFK LWV Ă&#x20AC;QDO FROODERUDtive collection. Kate Moss is one of the most successful supermodels of our time, a

true fashion legend that rarely puts a foot wrong when it comes to style. Indeed, the somewhat dubious accessorising in her life is certainly not down to scarves and hats, the items that give her effortless chic an androgynous edge. From one sartorial powerhouse to another, Alexander McQueen famously wore the statement T-shirt in 2005 saying â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Love You Kateâ&#x20AC;?, a statement that I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t agree with more.

Charlotte Scott considers why Factory Girl, Edie Sedgwick is fashionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most infamous muse Edie Sedgwick may not be as wellknown as some of her fellow fashionistas, but that does not mean her XQLTXH IDVKLRQ Ă DUH KDV EHHQ IRUgotten. 2010 has seen, and will see, the resurrection of Edieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boyish glamour as Sedgwick-esque items shower the high-street. The Sixties is renowned for revolutionary morals, music so good it was blessed with immortality and of course, outrageous clothing. London was the hub of the fashion world but 1960s New York had an answer to rival Twiggy across the pond. Her name was Edith Sedgwick, infamous for her association with Andy Warhol. Edie became â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Girl with the Black Tightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, a label originating from her fondness for basic hosiery. Whilst garish garments were in, Edie frequently opted for a simplistic wardrobe framed by dramatic accessories. As androgyny is the hot topic for discussion, the Sedgwick classic involving an oversized shirt with heavy necklaces, enormous earrings and black eyeliner to add femininity to cropped hair and masculine attire channels the trend in every possible way and is something echoed in contemporary fashion. However, Edie was partial to some eccentric items such as leopard print and faux fur coats, which both featured in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Autumn/Winter collections for Gucci and Dolce and Gabanna. Unfortunately, we would not be so willing to emulate some parts of Edieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personal life, leaving a haunting reminder for those wishing to follow in her footsteps. Despite her demise, 39 years later the Sedgwick OHJDF\UHPDLQV(GLHLVDFXOWĂ&#x20AC;JXUH thought of with as much nostalgia as the phenomenal decade in which she lived. Epitomised by the 2006 Ă&#x20AC;OPFactory Girl about her life, her LQĂ XHQFH LV ELJJHU WKDQ HYHU FHmenting her as one of styleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatHVWĂ&#x20AC;JXUHVRIWKHSDVW

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Nearing the end of your degree? Interested in 3RVWJUDGXDWH6WXG\DW1HZFDVWOH"7KHQGRQ¡W miss this opportunity to see what Newcastle KDV WR RIIHU IRU 3RVWJUDGV DW WKLV 2SHQ 'D\ Main events begin from 1pm with a welcome WDON DQG LQIRUPDWLRQ DERXW IXQGLQJ DQG Ă&#x20AC; QDQFH)URPSPWKHUHZLOOEHD3RVWJUDGX ate Information Fair with staff and students on hand to talk to you about the taught and

research opportunities in your subject area. In addition there will be general information VWDQGVLQFOXGLQJFDUHHUVIXQGLQJDQGĂ&#x20AC;QDQFH and accommodation. Check out the website at http://www.ncl. ac.uk/postgraduate/visit/open/openday. htm for more information and to book your place online.

The Kings Centre, Wednesday November 10, Registration from 11:30 - Ends 16:00

Postgraduate Open Day

Homemade Jam has moved to its new WHPSRUDU\KRPHDW1RUWKHUQ6WDJHWKLV week! With all the old favourites and some new faces, in the cushy surroundLQJVRI1RUWKHUQ6WDJH¡V6WDJHZKLFK promises to be a more than adequate venue while the Union building is being refurbished.

Northern Stage, Stage 3, 19:00, FREE

Open Mic Night

Homemade Jam

&RPHDORQJWRĂ&#x20AC;QGRXWPRUHLQIRDERXW this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hitch and to hear some great stories from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hitchers. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a IDQWDVWLFRSSRUWXQLW\WRĂ&#x20AC;QGRXWPRUH about this not to be missed adventure of a lifetime. If you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make the meeting youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re more than welcome to pop along for a relaxed chat and a few drinks afterwards in the North Terrace pub.

Lecture Theatre E, Medical School, 19:00

Information Meeting

Hitch Society

Childreach are offering Newcastle University students the opportunity to take part in either climbing the 19,000 feet of Kilimanjaro or treking along one of the wildest routes of the Great Wall of China whilst raising money for a brilliant grassroots charity. Childreach itself is a charity which strives to provide a fair start for children and does so by working with local people in Tanzania, Ghana and India. For more information on China please send an email to Daniel Ashall (d.l.ashall@newcastle.ac.uk) 2UWRĂ&#x20AC;QGRXWPRUHDERXW.LOLPDQMDUR RSWLRQHPDLO+HQU\6LOYHU KHQU\VLOYHU# newcastle.ac.uk).

Newcastle Watersports are warming up your winter nights with some comedy and various other entertaining antics at The Hyena, then moving on to Tiger to wrap up the evening. 5DIĂ HSUL]HLQFOXGHORWVRIDOFRKROIUHH surf, windsurf/kitesurf and sailing lessons, Hyena tickets and food; well worth coming along. Everyone welcome. Go to the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Wet and Wild Fundraiserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Facebook SDJHWRĂ&#x20AC;QGRXWPRUH

The Hyena Comedy Club, 20:00, ÂŁ3

Watersports Fundraiser

5HĂ H[RORJ\LVDQDOWHUQDWLYHWKHUDS\ which works on the feet to establish any SRWHQWLDOKHDOWKLVVXHV7KHTXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HGSUR fessional will give you a full examination and hopefully ease any niggles and pains youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re experiencing in this one-on-one taster session. 3OHDVHHPDLOJLDJXQLRQ# ncl.ac.uk for details.

Park Terrace, FREE, Booking essential

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Give It A Go!

Every student should be attending this GHPR3URWHVWDJDLQVWWKHSURSRVHG increase in fees and get your voice heard! For more info and to reserve your space DVVRRQDVSRVVLEOHFRQWDFW6DUDK)HDUQV :HOIDUHDQG(TXDOLW\2IĂ&#x20AC;FHUZHOIDUH union@ncl.ac.uk

London

Campaign against education cuts

National Demo

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Get yourselves along to the Hancock about 8pm in farmer wear to raise awareness of one of Medsin UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s projects FDOOHG3KDUP$ZDUH,W¡VDJUHDWRSSRUWX nity to meet and chat with more Medsin IRONDQGWRĂ&#x20AC;QGRXWPRUHDERXWWKLV brilliant project. 3KDUP$ZDUHLVDJUHDWVWXGHQWOHDG group with an important vision; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A world in which peoplesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; right to health is not jeopardised by pharmaceutical companies.â&#x20AC;? To discover more about this project and for some great Medsin socialising make sure you pop along. The social will be heading onto Madisons, Bar 42 and ending in WHQ where WKHUHZLOOEHIUHHHQWU\IRUDQ\RQHĂ DVK ing their Medsin card before midnight.

20:00, Starting at the Hancock

Farmer Wear

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The event is supporting the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;East End +HDOWK¡V2XWDQG$ERXW6WURNH*URXS¡ Buy tickets from Newcastle Medical 6FKRRO7KH/RQVGDOHDQGWLFNHWVPXVL calmedics@gmail.com Further information on the production LVDYDLODEOHIURP-HQ6WDQJHUDQG0DO colm Moffat (medicsmusical@gmail.com

Northumbria Student Union, Stage 2, Sat-19:30, Sun-14:30&19:30, Mon19:30, ÂŁ8/6

Saturday 13th-Monday 15th

Musical Medics Footloose

7KH)HPLQLVW6RFLHW\%RRN*URXSZLOOEH reading a great zine on the topic of sex work. Email feminist.society@newcastle. ac.uk for the online link to the booklet DQGWRĂ&#x20AC;QGRXWWKHYHQXHDQGWLPHIRU WKHWKDVLW¡VVWLOOWREHFRQĂ&#x20AC;UPHG Check out the Facebook group by searching for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Newcastle Feminist Book Groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. The book group is open to everyone regardless of gender. They are associated with Newcastle University Feminist 6RFLHW\EXWDUHRSHQWRDOOVWXGHQWRU otherwise.

Feminist Society Book Group

Sunday

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$QRWKHUFKDQFHWRMRLQWKH7DL&KL6R ciety for an introductory session to this ancient sport. Tai Chi is a mix of self defence skills and mental training in a slow, controlled activity and is a great opportunity to try something new and improve \RXUPHQWDODQGSK\VLFDOĂ&#x20AC;WQHVV If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re interested in getting involved, please email giag.union@ncl.ac.uk for details.

17:00, FREE

Tai Chi

Give It A Go!

Everyone welcome so bring your friends and housemates and have some fun with WKH+LWFK6RFLHW\7KHUHZLOOEHSOHQW\RI drinks offers and games along the way. Any questions e-mail: hitch@ncl.ac.uk

Starting at Madisons, 19:30

Hitch Society Social

thursday

1. Stage

Tyneside Cinema, 8 November, Doors 19:30 - 20:00 Start, ÂŁ4

The Tyneside Bar is giving everyone the FKDQFHWRWDNHSDUWLQWKHLU'HDG3RHWV 6ODP$OO\RXQHHGWRGRLVEULQJDORQJ Ă&#x20AC;YHSRHPVE\\RXUIDYRXULWHGHFHDVHG SRHW:KHWKHULW¡V6KDNHVSHDUHRU:DU 3RHWU\RUDQ\WKLQJLQEHWZHHQLW¡VXS to you to give a new slant on an old favourite and breathe new life into old poetry! There is a trophy, a ÂŁ30 cash prize and the chance to be a star. To register email jeff@zebrapublishing.co.uk. Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best alternative little library, a collection of hundreds of great titles, including books on everything from composting to communism (via womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health, history and know your rights information), is hosting an event of book-inspired creative crafts. Head WRWKH6WDUDQG6KDGRZWROHDUQKRZWRXVH different techniques to make everything from notepads to storybooks. There will also be performances and an informal open-mic.

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Canny Little Bookmaking Star and Shadow Cinema, Sunday 12 November, 15:00, FREE

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A Clockwork OrangeLV1876¡Ă&#x20AC;UVW production of the semester. It is a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. Based on Anthony Burgessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bestselling book, the play draws us into the story of Alex and his vicious gang of Droogs who revel in ultra-violence and â&#x20AC;&#x153;the old in-outâ&#x20AC;?. Alex also revels in the music of Beethoven. The gang communicate in a language which is as complicated as their actions. When a drug-fuelled night of fun

Catch this great North East Comic back in his hometown. Nonsensory Overload sees Noble back fresh from his own TV show and still doing what he does best, spinning forth hilarious nonsense for your amusement. Now is your chance to see one of the best live comics working internationally today right on your doostep. Head to the City Hall Website for details and bookings; http://www. newcastlecityhall.org/

City Hall, Starts Saturday 13 November, 20:00, ÂŁ19-ÂŁ21

Ross Noble - Nonsensory Overload

4. Comedy

6WHYHQ6SLHOEHUJ¡VFODVVLFDGDSWDWLRQRI Michael Crichtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novel sees a theme park - featuring cloned dinosaurs - go haywire when it breaks down, allowing the exhibits to run amok, much to the distress of the people being given a preview of the park. Just as good as it was almost twenty years ago, thanks to WKHĂ&#x20AC;QHGLUHFWLRQRI0U6SLHOEHUJDQG WKHVXSHUEFDVWLQFOXGLQJ6DP1HLO-HII Goldblum and Richard Attenborough.

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HQGVLQPXUGHU$OH[LVĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\EXVWHG and banged up. He is given a choice be brainwashed into good citizenship and set free, or face a lifetime inside. When the state undertakes to reform Alex to â&#x20AC;&#x153;redeemâ&#x20AC;? him, the play asks, â&#x20AC;&#x153;at what cost?â&#x20AC;? Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss what promises to be an excellent show from some of the best talent in the University; head down to The Cluny and see what Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great student theatre has to offer.

The Cluny 2, Byker, November 10-12, Doors 19:00 - Performance 19:30 , Tickets on sale outside the library Mon & Tues this week & on the door, ÂŁ6.

NUTS present A Clockwork Orange

Your City: Our top events happening in Newcastle this week

This Listings spread is for you. A place for students and societies to advertise any events that they are organising. From team trials, recruitment drives, fundraising and charity nights, to live music and art shows - we The Adventures of want you to know what is going 3LQRFFKLR on around your university cam- Theatre Royal, 12-13 November, pus - and more importantly we 19:00, ÂŁ10-ÂŁ37.50 want you to be able to let others know about it too! To get details of your event Opera Northâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spectacular world premier published in these pages, all production of The Adventures of Pinocchio an overwhelming success when it you have to do is email the date, was toured three years ago, not least in itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time and location of your event opening of doors for a new generation of with a short description of what opera-goers. The show is in co-production with it is and who it is for to: courier. Chemnitz Opera; an irresistible story of listings@ncl.ac.uk, or stop into the mischievous wooden boy who longs to be real is brought to colourful life in The Courier RIĂ&#x20AC;FH DW 3DUN 7HU this critically acclaimed musical tale. race.

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1HZFDVWOH&KHPLVWU\6RFLHW\DUHKDYLQJ a pub quiz. All entry fees go into the prize fund for the winning team and there will be a prize for the best team QDPH6RJHW\RXUWKLQNLQJFDSVRQ Everyone is welcome, bring housemates and friends. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fantastic way to meet people and have a good laugh.

The Hyena Comedy Club, 19:30, ÂŁ1

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1095 million children are currently affected by malnutrition worldwide. -RLQ)ULHQGVRI0HGpFLQV6DQV)URQ WLqUHV 06) DQG0HGVLQLQDGYRFDWLQJ a renewed and effective approach to the child malnutrition crisis as we present an evening with Dr. Kate Hampshire, senior lecturer in Anthropology at Durham University. The talk will be followed by VKRUWĂ&#x20AC;OPVDQGGLVFXVVLRQ All welcome. Vegan and fairly-traded refreshments provided. For more information and directions, please email fomsf.newcastle@newcastle.ac.uk.

Room 2.5, Leech Building, 18:30

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Starved for Attentionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Campaign

Information Meeting

Bedson Teaching Centre G36, 18:00

MedÊcins Sans Frontières and Medsin present...

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Childreach Kilimanjaro Climb and Great Wall of China Treck

monday

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The Human Leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Susan Ann Sulley speaks about the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first album in ten years > Music, page 30

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6HQVHRILGHQWLW\ Lucy Hadley RQĂ&#x20AC;JXUDWLYH\HWDEVWUDFWSDLQWLQJV Laura Lancasterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s You Are A Movement provides students with an exciting and rare opportunity to see a local artist in her prime in Newcastle. Born in Hartlepool in 1979, and having studied Fine Art at Northumbria University, she has since risen to international acknowledgement, her recent works having been showcased in London, Dublin, Poland, Rome, and even Tokyo. This November she returns to her native North East with two exhibitions on in the city, one of which is her new collection at the Workplace Gallery in Gateshead. Lancasterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work centres on traGLWLRQDO SRUWUDLWXUH DQG Ă&#x20AC;JXUDWLYH painting, deriving from her archives of anonymous photographs and family albums â&#x20AC;&#x201C; sourced from charLW\ VKRSV FDU ERRW VDOHV DQG Ă HD markets. These images of strangers lives are then transformed into Lancasterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impressions, via the mediums RI RLO RQ FDQYDV FROODJH DQG Ă&#x20AC;OP installation. The results are powerful expressions of lost, confused and ambiguous identities, allowing the viewer to interpret their own meaning from a portrait of a stranger. Indeed, the effect can be quite frustrating â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as the context and meaning of the images, though rich with information, are indecipherable to us. Even the name of her exhibition, You Are A Movement, seems to suggest that Lancaster is exploring and

playing with traditional notions of LGHQWLW\ SRLQWLQJ DW WKH Ă XLG DQG ambiguous nature of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ourselves.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Lancasterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhibition also marks the expansion of her work in scale; she has created large and striking oil on canvas portraits, a departure from previous exhibitionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; smaller photograph and sketchbook collections. The Workplace Gallery, founded in 2005 by Paul Moss and Miles Thurlow, was originally based in the Trinity Square Shopping Centre â&#x20AC;&#x201C; an apt setting for a contemporary art gallery, renowned for Rodney Gordonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iconic Brutalist design, which featured in the 1971 gangster Ă&#x20AC;OPGet Carter. Since the transformation of Gatesheadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s town centre, the Workplace Gallery has relocated to a more serene location, the listed 19th-century 2OG3RVW2IĂ&#x20AC;FH Despite the move, the gallery continues to showcase emerging and established contemporary artists through its gallery, curatorial projects and art fairs. A smaller, more intimate, and perhaps more exiting, contemporary art space than the giant of the BALTIC which also resides across the Tyne from Newcastle, the Workplace Gallery showcases a diverse array of artists, a must-see for any art fan. If you need a further stamp of approval, the gallery is also a member of the prestigious â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;invite onlyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; New Art Dealerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alliance; a collective of

Displayed in the Workplace Gallery, You Are A Movement celebrates a new phase in the career of Northumbria graduate Laura

artists and galleries based in New York with international members, links and reputation. If you want a unique and challenging experience

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that certainly removes you from Newcastle City Centre, head to the Workplace Gallery.

You Are A Movement by Laura Lancaster is on at the Workplace Gallery until November 13.

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+DSS\%LUWKGD\0DULR $UWLQQHJDWLYH This year, Nintendoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mario series of video games celebrates its 25th birthday, as well as the retention of worldwide popularity. The brainchild of Japanese designer Shigeru Miyamoto, Mario occupies a position in popular culture usually reserved for iconic pop stars and long-running TV series. And with 222 million games sold over the last quarter-decade, its commercial success certainly canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be disputed. So why is Mario so popular? His distinctive red cap, blue overalls and moustache may have been born out of the technical limitations of 80s games consoles (his Italian nationality comes from the fact that he has a moustache - no, seriously) but as a blank avatar for the player to project themselves onto, he is peerless. Mario's USP has always been exploring the joy of movement, allowing players to navigate intricatelydesigned spatial challenges with a

character who feels like an extension of your own body. Marioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original name was simply "Jumpman", and for good reason - in later games, his cries of "yahoo!" with every leap are positively infectious. Not to mention Mario's colourful supporting cast - Luigi, Bowser, dinosaur-thing Yoshi - who despite their paper-thin characterisation have become as iconic as the star himself. Most, however, know Mario et al best from the most popular of the (seemingly endless) spin-offs: Mario Kart, which has provided both hours of knockabout fun and an antithesis to boring driving simulators like Gran Turismo. You'd be hard pressed WRĂ&#x20AC;QGDQ\RQHWKDWGRHVQ WĂ LQFKDW the sight of that dreaded blue shell. The craftsmanship of the Mario games has meant they have stood the test of time, and are still receiving lavish critical praise and selling by the bucket-load. Stuffed full of

imagination, tightly-designed levels DQG HQGOHVV VXUSULVHV LW¡V GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOW WR RYHUHVWLPDWH WKH LQĂ XHQFH WKH\ have had on video games as an artform. The 1985 classic Super Mario Bros. was the beginning of shift from arcades into living rooms, with large and colourful graphics that - though GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWWREHOLHYHQRZORRNHGOLNH a cartoon come to life, spawning a variety of imitators (most notably Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog). In 1997, Super Mario 64 demonstrated what games could do with a third dimension, which in turn LQĂ XHQFHGDQRWKHUJHQHUDWLRQRI' Mario rip-offs such as Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon. The imitators will long be forgotten - but Mario games continue to thrill both children and adults alike. Elliot Bentley

Bell has split his exhibition across two rooms separated by metal bars within which the words â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;loveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;freedomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; are wrought. This sets the satirical tone of the exhibition as it is the bars themselves that deny the viewer the liberty to move freely across Bellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhibition space. 7KH PDLQ IRFXV RI %HOO¡V Ă&#x20AC;UVW JDO lery space is using lighting to convey meaning. He comments upon the omnipotence of consumer society of the Western world with the projection of the phrase â&#x20AC;&#x153;panic earthâ&#x20AC;? with an IKEA sign doctored in so that it reads â&#x20AC;&#x153;panIKEArthâ&#x20AC;?, drawing attention to the corporate logo in its bright blue and yellow glow. Arguably the most interesting piece in Made in Germany is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Revelation Night Sunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a battered, bright red suitcase with wiring inside. The contents of this suitcase control the strip lighting that runs across the ceiling of the gallery, throwing the viewer into changing states of darkness and light.

The second space is completely dominated by a watchful eye, huge and grey, its gaze is hypnotic and inescapable. Providing an urban feel, two sculptures made of metal and glass are placed in the direct view of the eye. Appearing like tower blocks, the sculptures only serve to further magnify the eye making it seem god-like in its presides over the exhibition space. Bell continues the theme he began with the gate, as the words â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;loveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;freedomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; are concealed within the sculptures, their warm and emotional implications contrasting harshly with the sharply cut steel and glass. Although not radically unique in its ideas or content, this exhibition is interesting and worth going to see. Made in Germany is on at the BALTIC until January Kerry Lagan


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The rise of the guerrilla knitters

Keep it in the family

Elliot Bentley offers up some pearls of wisdom on the current handicraft craze that has gone global Last March, you may have been surprised to see those strange statues near Central Station wrapped up warm in woolly hats and scarves. This was an example of the notorious art movement known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;guerrilla knittingâ&#x20AC;?. Begun in Houston, Texas by a group known as Knitta Please, guerrilla knitting - or urban knitting, or yarnbombing, or whatever you want WRFDOOLWLVDQHZIRUPRIJUDIĂ&#x20AC;WLLQvolving dressing urban objects with knitted wool: stripy leg-warmers on parking meters; pastel scarves on statues; many-armed jumpers for trees; or sometimes just little cuddly animals tied to railings. Magda Sayeg, the founder of Knitta Please, is generally credited with the original idea. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In this world of technology, over-development, fewer trees and more concrete,â&#x20AC;? she told The Guardian recently, â&#x20AC;&#x153;it is empowering to be able to beautify your environment.â&#x20AC;? Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certainly some sort of artistic idealism behind the movement - of â&#x20AC;&#x153;reclaiming the cityâ&#x20AC;? from the grey concrete and shiny glass of urban architecture. Most of the work appears to be carried out with the simple yet noble intention of brightening everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day. ,W¡V D IDU FU\ IURP PRVW JUDIĂ&#x20AC;WL which - considering the amount of nasty tags it mostly consists of tends to be seen as an eyesore rather than interesting decoration. (YHQ JUDIĂ&#x20AC;WL DUWLVWV ZKRVH ZRUNV are now considered high art such as

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%DQNV\Ă&#x20AC;QGWKHLUZRUNVFUXEEHGRII walls by zealous local councils. Perhaps comparing guerrilla knitWLQJWRJUDIĂ&#x20AC;WLLVQ¡WTXLWHIDLU7KHVH are works designed to be temporary - easily vandalised by passing drunks or destroyed by bad weather. Dave Coleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s giant woolly bridge covering in Melbourne, which took two weeks of volunteersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; work to

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produce, was slashed apart the night of its completion. And unlike the works of most taggers, these â&#x20AC;&#x153;knitbombsâ&#x20AC;? are hardly territorial markings designed to last for weeks - just whimsical, transient decorations. Not to mention the far greater level of skill, time and effort that must go into each work. That said, there are some interesting uses of the art-form, such as the

Danish group who covered a tank in a big woolly jumper to protest DenPDUN¡VLQYROYHPHQWLQWKH,UDTZDU They use wool to neuter the violent imagery of war. Knitting is a dying craft, and efforts to rejuvenate it should be celebrated - particularly when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re as pleasant and clever as guerrilla knitting.

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Space Invaders Winter artworks Attempting to walk through the ever-popular Great North Museum during half-term is hardly the way WRVSHQGDTXLHWFXOWXUHGDIWHUQRRQ but it is certainly worth the struggle to get to its undeniably plush Planetarium. The Planetarium is a remarkably calming place. With a capacity of just 50, it is small but cosy and an impressive dome-shaped screen make it a far more attractive afternoon hangout-spot than the average VWXGHQWĂ DW 7KH ORQJHU RI WKH WZR Ă&#x20AC;OPV FXUrently showing at the Planetarium, Dawn of The Space Age, attempts to present the history of space exploration in approximately 42 minutes. As the Great North Museum uses the most recent LED projectors with four times the resolution of ordinary SURMHFWRUV WKH Ă&#x20AC;OP ERDVWV VWXQQLQJ visuals and panning shots . The story of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s race against WKH 6RYLHW 8QLRQ WR EH WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW QDtion to put a man in space is told partly with interesting factual fragments, and partly with slightly dis-

WUHVVLQJVKRWVRIGRRPHGGRJVĂ RDWing around in the vastness of space. $OWKRXJK WKH Ă&#x20AC;OP LV LQWULJXLQJ LQ places, the unrelenting drone of the narrator may become irritating and the unexplained presence of a Coldplay song towards the end is slightly startling. More unwitting humour appears throughout Dawn of The Space Age, and poor Laika the dog whimpering inside Sputnik 2 is not the only shot that, perhaps distastefully, raises VRPHODXJKV7KHĂ&#x20AC;OPGRHVWDNHDQ odd twist when it appears to transform into a propaganda campaign, encouraging half of the human race to move to Mars. However, its excellent visuals and interesting soundtrack are worth a look, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the slightly sensationalist approach to space habitation WKDW PDNHV WKLV Ă&#x20AC;OP UHDOO\ ZRUWK your time. The Planetarium will be open until December 31 Rosie Tallant

6WDQGLQJ SURXG LQ 6KLHOGĂ&#x20AC;HOG MXVW south of the student hotspot that is Sandyford, is The Biscuit Factory. This commercial gallery housing contemporary art is a prime spot to admire some unusual works from both international and local artisans. The traditional appearance of the building is a sharp contrast to the style of the works found inside, providing the venue with an even greater feeling of personality. The bare interior and ceiling beams reWDLQ WKH H[TXLVLWH FKDUDFWHU RI WKH building, whilst drawing the focus RI DWWHQWLRQ XSRQ WKH ZRUN RI Ă&#x20AC;QH up-and-coming artists. There are a number of exhibitions being held in the coming months, showcasing the work of artists, glassmakers, photographers and printmakers as part of The Biscuit Factory Winter Exhibition. The main exhibition on at present is Mychael Barratt, which combines the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection of oil, etchings and prints. Barratt takes snippets of day-to-day life as his inspiration

and adds a vibrant and distinctive twist to his canvases. Later in the year, Malcom Teesdaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Minerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Life gets to the heart of the North East mining tradition. Landscapes and livelihoods were shaped by the industry, and as such, the artist presents the intimate camaraderie of mining life through his work. Teesdale sets out to portray the atmosphere of the minersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; interaction. At the same time, Peter Laytonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Top of the Glass is on at the Biscuit Factory, dealing with glassworks. He challenges the boundaries of form and colour in his ambitious new exhibition. Newcastle is no longer just â&#x20AC;&#x153;party centralâ&#x20AC;? - its rich culture and artistic WDOHQW LV Ă&#x20AC;QDOO\ EHLQJ JLYHQ WKH DSpreciation it deserves as the cultural capital of the North.

Written by Mike Packer, the comedydrama Inheritance documents the life and struggles of an ordinary family living in Low Fell, Gateshead. The plot focuses around the protagonist Harry and his changed outlook on life after receiving shocking and dreaded news, he is ill. This unwelcome news provokes a feeling of trepidation for Harry, PDNLQJKLPUHĂ HFWRQKLVOLIHZKLOVW he also determines the legacy he will leave behind for his family. The opening scenes of the play are set during June 2007 - a time of economic prosperity and hope. However, at this point there is a rapid reversal of fortunes as the economy falls into depression, causing the housing market to plummet and depreciate rapidly. Harry is forced to see his property investment drastically depreciate. Despite Harryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best intentions, life has dealt him and his family a course of bad luck that seems unlikely to change. Harry demonstrates unfaltering dedication and loyalty to his family, determined to provide for his sons and grandchildren. Having lived in social housing for 50 years, he now considers the possibility of purchasing his home and thus providing an economic support to the family unit, despite his FRQĂ LFWLQJSROLWLFDORSLQLRQV Packer uses Harryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simple life in order to demonstrate lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vulnerabilities, for things are never simple, both in drama and reality. Inheritance will undoubtedly be an inspiring production under the direction of Lisa Goldman, who has previously been the artistic director of Soho Theatre. Goldmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s direction alongside Packerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s emotional and humorous script promises a lively evening of theatrical entertainment in one of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most spectacular theatres following its recent renovation. Yet perhaps what promises to be the most appealing aspect to the play is the focus on the ordinary family, characters with whom the audience can relate to and understand their stresses and strains of daily life. Renowned across the national arts scene for being an innovative and exciting venue, the Live Theatre offers new playwrights the opportunity to create imaginative, artistic work that has never been seen before. This was epitomised recently by the Broadway staging of Lee Hallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s North East based The Pitmen Painters, which achieved rave reviews locally and nationwide. One of Packerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s previous plays The Dysfunckshonalz is set to open in the West End in 2011 and is also set to EHDGDSWHGLQWRDIHDWXUHĂ&#x20AC;OPVRZH can only hope that Inheritance will prove to be just as successful, if not more so.

The Biscuit Factory Winter Exhibition runs until March.

Inheritance is on at the Live Theatre until November 27. For tickets and information, visit: www.live.org.uk

Jason Bridgewater

Juliet Armstrong


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Culture Arts

arts interview

Simon Armitage at the Durham Book Festival $UWV(GLWRU Stephanie Ferrao talks to the festival Poet Laureate about medieval poetry, schools and interviewing Morrissey J.WILDE

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Film Culture

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film feature The art of the remake Kathy Jackman looks at why Hollywood UHPDNHVIRUHLJQĂ&#x20AC;OPV This weekend saw the release of Let Me In, the American remake of WKH  6ZHGLVK Ă&#x20AC;OP Let the Right One In. As a remake of a well loved and highly praised piece of foreign cinema, it was naturally subject to scrutiny. However, the critics have responded favourably, praising the Ă&#x20AC;OPIRULWVIDLWKIXOQHVVWRWKHRULJLnal, though criticising its lack of depth in comparison to its Swedish counterpart. In the end, it was a similar verdict all around: Good, but simply not as good as the original. So, while Let the Right One In proves itself a superior effort, it still stands that American remakes RI IRUHLJQ Ă&#x20AC;OPVUDUHO\ HTXDO RU ULVH above their source material, with the possible exception of The MagQLĂ&#x20AC;FHQW 6HYHQ, the 1960s remake of 1954â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 6HYHQ6DPXUDL, which simply took the plot of the original and SODFHG LW LQ WKH :LOG :HVW ,W ZDV even nominated for an Oscar, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to bear in mind that remakes were a rarity then. In this day and age, where remakes are commonplace, the relevance and necessity of these remakes remains uncertain. Take 2008â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funny Games for example, a shot for shot America

UHPDNH RI WKH  $XVWULDQ Ă&#x20AC;OP Both were written and directed by Michael Haneke, yet the remake received largely negative reviews. Then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Breathless, the remake of Godardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famous $%RXGH6RXIĂ p, which completely missed the point of its predecessor. In the end it boils down to the question of whether Ă&#x20AC;OPV VXFK DV WKHVH RIIHU XS QHZ culturally relevant interpretations of an established narrative or whether theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re simply watered down, sanitised cash-ins. Nowadays, if a foreign export is even moderately successful itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a guarantee that an English-language remake will be green lit. The trend began with a slew of Japanese Horror remakes, beginning with The Ring and moving on to other popular titles including The Grudge, Pulse, One Missed Call and Dark Water, as well as a plethora of sequels. In the case of The Grudge, the setting and plot remained virtually the same, yet the main character was now an American girl played by Michelle Gellar. The Japanese versions of WKHVH Ă&#x20AC;OPV ZHUH YDVWO\ VXSHULRU LQ terms of quality and atmosphere, but audiences apparently preferred their American counterparts nonetheless. None of these remakes received stellar reviews from the critics either, but it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop the remakes from coming through year after year. Of FRXUVHWKHUHDUHVRPHĂ&#x20AC;OPVWKDWWKH

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industry wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t dare touch, usually the Oscar winners such as The /LYHVRI2WKHUV or Panâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Labyrinth, but it would seem that little remains sacred in Hollywoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyes. A remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, DQRWKHU6ZHGLVKĂ&#x20AC;OPRQO\UHOHDVHG last year, is already in the works and will star Daniel Craig in the lead role. The original barely even had time to gather dust before the movie machineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cogs started turning. Clearly, the producers understood the marketability of this particular project. Not only had the original been a huge success in America and the UK, but The Millennium Trilogy, WKH QRYHO VHULHV RQ ZKLFK WKH Ă&#x20AC;OP was based, was selling like hot cakes in the wake of the movie release. In retrospect, it would have been a disastrous business move not to exploit its success. Even Let Me In is riding on the back of the Vampire craze.

So what exactly do these remakes achieve? It would be petty to claim that American and English audiences have an innate fear of foreign cinema because of its unfamiliarity, though it is true that the general populace actively avoid subtitles, so a remake in their own language will naturally have more appeal. It could also be argued that certain themes and ideas presented in foreign cinema donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t translate well to American audiences. Censorship rules differ from country to country, but whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beneĂ&#x20AC;FLDOWRVK\DZD\IURPVXFKFRQFHSWV to keep audiences placated remains the issue. Cinema has the right to be challenging, sometimes even shocking. It promotes thought and discussion, and if foreign cinema can offer us that, is there really any need to recycle it again and again just to appeal to the target consumer?

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out this, most turbulent of times. The AIDS crisis wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an issue in Ă&#x20AC;OPXQWLOWKHQLQHWLHVWKH&ROG:DU was left on the sidelines, and the troubles in Ireland didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t manage WRPDNHWKHFXWHLWKHU,QVWHDGĂ&#x20AC;OPmakers went for an escapist theme, throwing out movies like Die Hard and Back to The Future. Filmmakers knew what their audiences wanted DQG PDGH Ă&#x20AC;OPV WKDW FRQWLQXH WR thrill the young and old; it is not just people who were around to see these pictures at their opening weekend who love them, many of WKHĂ&#x20AC;OPVKDYHJDLQHGPDVVLYHFXOW status and continue to attract new followers. Many motion pictures from this particular decade were made to entertain but it saw its fair share of powerful, dramatic efforts; Raging Bull is still a strong standing iconic movie. It is remembered for De Niroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s excellent portrayal of the boxer Jake La Motta, as well as Scorseseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s imaginative direcWLRQVKRRWLQJWKHĂ&#x20AC;OPLQEODFNDQG white. The decade brought with it many turbulent and emotional VXEMHFWVDQGWKHĂ&#x20AC;OPVSURGXFHGLQ this time have all proved to be massively popular over the past thirty \HDUV :KLOH VRPH PD\ QRW KDYH stood the test of time, 80s movies have an entertainment factor other eras could only dream of. Alex Murray

5. Mike Bassett: England Manager $Ă&#x20AC;FWLRQDOGRFXPHQWDU\RQWKH(QJland football team and its hapless new manger, Mike Bassett. Despite being released nearly a decade ago, there are some remarkably comical similarities to the real England side. The team stutter through their qualifying group before a laughable start WRWKHLU:RUOG&XSFDPSDLJQKHDSLQJSUHVVXUHRQ%DVVHWW7KHĂ&#x20AC;OPLV very easy watching and certainly makes supporting England seem a lot less painful than it could be. 4. Cool Runnings Loosely based on the story of the 1988 Jamaican bobsleigh team. The UDJWDJ RXWĂ&#x20AC;W FRDFKHG E\ D GLVgraced former bobsledder, comiFDOO\PDNHWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVWWHQWDWLYHVWHSV into the sport. They somehow gain 2O\PSLFTXDOLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQEXWWKHWHDP start badly, before improving in their second run. By the third, the team has captured everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s imagination. Alas the teams heroics end in failure, but you cannot watch the Ă&#x20AC;OPZLWKRXWDVPLOHRQ\RXUIDFH 3. Seabiscuit 7KLVĂ&#x20AC;OPIROORZVWKHOLIHRIDQLFRQLF racehorse whose career captured the imagination of the American public throughout a large part of the 1930s. The horse, the trainer and his jockey were all brought together by an automobile tycoon. Starring 7RE\0DJXLUHDVWKHĂ&#x20AC;HU\QRKROGV barred jockey, the trio embark on a journey that sees the horse establish himself as a racing legend. 2. Touching the Void Again based on a true story, this documentary charts the attempts of two British climbers trying to scale the Siula Grande, an infamous mountain situated in the Andes. An injury to one of the duo leaves them stranded and with no choice but to ÂśFXWWKHURSH¡:KLOVWERWKPHQVXUvive, the reconstruction of the challenges that faced both of them leave a lasting impression. 1. Rocky 7KHVWRU\RIDVPDOOWLPHFOXEĂ&#x20AC;JKWHU IURP 3KLODGHOSKLD ZKR JHWV DQ XQOLNHO\VKRWDWWKHZRUOGWLWOH7KHĂ&#x20AC;OP was the launch pad for the career of Sylvester Stallone, and as with PDQ\ VSRUWV Ă&#x20AC;OPV WKH SURWDJRQLVWV journey ends in a gutsy defeat. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also worth noting the steps of the 3KLODGHOSKLD 0XVHXP RI $UW KDYH QHYHUEHHQWKHVDPHVLQFHWKHĂ&#x20AC;OP¡V release. Joe Palmer


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;We believe in The Human Leagueâ&#x20AC;?

Metal Monthly

Music Editor Joe Skrebels talks to the legendary 80s bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Susan Ann Sulley Since 1980, Susan Ann Sulley has made up one third of synth-pop pioneers The Human League. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a busy career, but for nearly ten years thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been no new recorded material â&#x20AC;&#x201C; why the gap? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done other things, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve toured... it just never came up really. I think a couple of years ago, Philip [Oakey, lead singer] felt he wanted to be creative again and do some more writing... and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when we started making LWÂľ7KHQHZDOEXPFRPLQJRXWQH[W year, will be called Credo, a name that Sulley makes very clear has real meaning for the band: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about what we believe in. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing this, in mine and Joanne [Catherall, fellow backing vocalist]â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case, for thirty years and in Philipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case slightly longer. We believe in this, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not doing it to be famous or to make money because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got neither of those â&#x20AC;&#x201C; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing this because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we believe in. We believe in the Human League.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s harder for people to make music now, there are too many barriers and too many things that they have to agree to what they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this belief that seems to be driving the band on, especially after previous efforts have not been nearly as successful as theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have liked. After the commercial failure of their 2001 album Secrets, Sulley was quoted as saying that this time was â&#x20AC;&#x153;the lowest the band had beenâ&#x20AC;?.

The failure was due mainly to their record label folding just before the albumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s release, scuppering any promotion and leaving the record more or less unheard about. When asked about this period, she still sounds upset: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d had fantastic reviews, the best of our career and I think, in retrospect, we just felt a bit FKHDWHG ,W NQRFNV \RXU FRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFH because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve spent a couple of years working hard on an album and you want people to listen to it. It seems that Credoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name represents the belief that helped them continue, but Sulley is quick to deny any real association between the two albums: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very different. Secrets was a little old-fashioned, whereas this is not old-fashioned at all. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a sequel.â&#x20AC;? What is it that differentiates the two then? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very modern and it stands up ... Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got two great producers IURP6KHIĂ&#x20AC;HOG'HDQDQG-DUHGZKR are collectively known as I Monster and they brought it bang up to date. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very, very happy with the results.â&#x20AC;? This concern for modernity seems paramount to the feel of the album, DPL[RIZKDWZH¡YHFRPHWRH[SHFW from the quintessential 80s synth RXWĂ&#x20AC;W EXW LQ D PRUH FRQWHPSRUDU\ package. I ask if this modernity has been brought about because of the recent synth-pop revival thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seen WKH OLNHV RI /D 5RX[ KLW WKH FKDUWV â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think everybody listens to whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on around them but we just made an album that we were happy ZLWK:KHWKHUWKHUHDUHLQĂ XHQFHVRI %RE'\ODQRU/D5RX[ZKRNQRZV" Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made. I really OLNH/D5RX[DQG/LWWOH%RRWVEXWZH just made an album â&#x20AC;&#x201C; who can say ZKDWZHZHUHLQĂ XHQFHGE\Âľ Consciously or not, the clash of two musical eras seems at the forefront of Sulleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thinking about her bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music and where it lies in a very different commercial culture to where it began. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a real pride in her voice when she talks about how the band has succeeded through adversity, but is sceptical as to whether

Graham Matthews Columnist

The Human League return in 2011 after a ten year break with their ninth album, Credo

that belligerent approach was intelligent: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never say to do it our way, because whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to say our way was right? We couldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing this for thirty years and made millions. We havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, so our way could be totally wrong.â&#x20AC;? She certainly seems downbeat as to whether that same approach could succeed for todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new bands: â&#x20AC;&#x153;There arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t record FRPSDQLHV WKHUH WR Ă&#x20AC;QDQFH LW SXVK it forward and to sustain it. People do it very differently now, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about the internet which it obviously wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t when we started... I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s harder for people to make music now, there are too many barriers and too many things that they have to agree to that they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to. We can take a backstep and say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to do that, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done that before.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? She acknowledges that the likes of Youtube can help a band get noticed, but her solution is a far simpler one â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not what a band does to promote themselves, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s belief in itself that gives it a better chance of success. She refers

to her own: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re probably one of the only groups [from that era]... that never split up, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always done this. Since we got together in 1980 weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never split up â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not coming back, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doing what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always done which is why the albumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called Credo, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we believe in. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just trying to push it forwards.â&#x20AC;? Ultimately, she believes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the fans that will decide if any band are successful: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can only make music that we know how to make and hope that they will give it the time and will listen to it.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a refreshingly objective viewpoint from someone whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had quite so much success, and perhaps this is the best advice she can offer; forget about promotion, record deals and stardom â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the music that matters, especially to The Human League. The Human League perform at The Sage Gateshead on 13th December. Credo will be released in March 2011.

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Have we become trapped by the power of the net? Lucy Johnson looks at the role of the internet in a modern music In recent years the internet has had a profound effect on the music we listen to. So many of the artists we listen to now have been found on sites such as MySpace, been seen promoting on Facebook and keep their fans constantly updated on Twitter. This phenomenon did not appear out of nowhere; the boom began when many artists uploaded their songs onto MySpace in hope of getting noticed by music industry â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;big ZLJV¡3UREDEO\WKHPRVWKLJKSURĂ&#x20AC;OH artist to be discovered on MySpace was Lily Allen, who announced her

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;retirementâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; from the music business earlier this year. YouTube has even had its part in the creation of new artists. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Teen sensationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Justin Bieber himself was found on YouTube after posting amateur footage of himself singing and, like it or not, the kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had massive success. Scour <RX7XEHDQG\RX¡OOĂ&#x20AC;QGWKRXVDQGV of teens trying to do the same, possibly hoping for the level of fame that Bieber now has. But the effects of the internet on the music industry havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily been positive. The truth is that the music industry has changed rapidly over the last 10 or 20 years. It has allowed record companies to sell their music in multiple ways; iTunes, Amazon and similar websites all allow companies to sell their music across the world without borders

and boundaries. Trying to be truly individual in such an already chaotic business can prove hard for new acts; labels will sign an act that they believe has something completely original or are an act easily moulded into what the label wants. Unfortunately, this leads to a particularly short shelf life for bands nowadays. Labels often demand a second album to ensure an act is not out of the limelight for a prolonged SHULRG RI WLPH 0DQ\ PD\ Ă&#x20AC;QG LW hard to live up to the hype of a debut single or album and possibly not even get the chance to produce their ÂśGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWVHFRQGDOEXP¡7KHLQWHUQHW has allowed acts to raise their proĂ&#x20AC;OHWKHPVHOYHVDQGH[LVWXQVLJQHG Breaking into the mainstream meGLDXVHGWREHIDUPRUHGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWIRU bands, but the internet has made

this far easier. Could this lack of record label guidance be sending bands down the wrong path? Bands DUHKLWWLQJWKHEORJVZLWKWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVW song before disappearing without a trace - perhaps a more sustained period outside of the music world at large would let young groups blossom. As it is, we might be getting to know bands earlier than we could before, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re probably not getWLQJWKHIXOOH[SHULHQFHRIZKDWWKDW band could be like we used to. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this double-edged sword that hangs over music today; the internet helps bands and consumers alike but it should not be forgotten what WKH FRVW RI WKDW H[SRVXUH PLJKW \HW prove to be - a mercurial industry full of undeveloped artists who fade as quickly as they appear.

Newcastle may not be as well known for its Metal scene compared with other UK cities, such as the heavy metal Mecca that is Birmingham, but look beyond Tiger Tiger and 'LJLWDODQGDGDUNHUKHDYLHUVLGHRI the city can be found. Legends is undoubtedly the best rock/metal club Newcastle has to offer. Conveniently located opposite Newcastle Theatre Royal, just in case you fancy a bit of Shakespeare before head banging the night away, Saturday nights are where itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at. In the main room a range of metal classics are blasted out, from favourites like Metallica and Slipknot to the less well known yet awesome Manowar. Alternating Fridays at Legends also cater for Metalheads in the Toon. (YHU\ Ă&#x20AC;UVW )ULGD\ RI WKH PRQWK LV WKH VXSHUEO\ WLWOHG Âś+HOOĂ&#x20AC;UH¡ '- Âś'DQJHURXV¡'DYHSOD\VWRQVRIURFN and metal from heavy metalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inception in the 70s to the modern day. If they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play anything you like (you were probably supposed to be in Liquid not Legends!) theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always happy to play most requests, although sadly theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not so keen RQ6QRRS'RJJ The second Friday of every month Legends hosts â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Tech Noirâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, a night dedicated to Industrial, EBM and 7HFKQRZLWKWKHHSLFDOO\QDPHG'-V Feral and Megatron. If you enjoy dressing up in UV paint and dancing to the industrial beats of stuff like Combichrist rather than what gets played at other UV club nights, WKHQLW¡VGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ZRUWKDYLVLW One of the best things about Newcastle from a metal fanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perspective is the amount and variety of metal bands that visit the city, which can EHSXWGRZQWRWKHH[FHOOHQWYHQXHV around the Toon. Places like Trillians, the Cluny and Hyem Bar cater for smaller and local bands, whilst the O2 Academy and Metro Arena stage the bigger names. Novemberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a busy month IRU JLJV DQG WKLV \HDU LV QR H[FHS tion. On the 10th November, LemP\ IUHVK IURP Ă&#x20AC;OPLQJ ODJHU DG verts, brings legends Motorhead to City Hall. If classic rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not your thing (your father obviously never enforced it upon you from an early DJH  WKHQ KDYH QR IHDU IRU $OH[ LVRQĂ&#x20AC;UHDUHSOD\LQJDWWKH2RQWKH same night. Later in the week Legends plays host to two contrasting bands in succession. On Friday 12 November Faderhead bring their electronic sounds to Legends before Saturday 13 November when German thrash legends Annihilator prepare to rip the place apart. Tickets to both gigs include entry to the club after. If Black Metalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more your style then check out Wolves In The Throne Room at the Cluny on the 29 November. This is sure to be an atmospheric night, as theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been known to play many gigs by candlelight in the past.


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live Paloma Faith & Eliza Doolittle City Hall, October 30 2010 This performance was a perfect duo of two little ladies that packed one hell of a punch in the vocal department. Eliza Doolittle was a great support act, using the little space she had on stage well and was warmly received by the crowd, especially the popular song â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pack Upâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. She performed well and included a lot of acapella breaks throughout that actually

(OOLH*RXOGLQJ O2 Academy, October 28 2010 Ellie Goulding is not everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cup of tea, but the hundreds of screaming teenage girls and boys and middle-aged Radio 2 listeners lining the streets do not care. But once the lights go up it is hard not to be drawn in by their excitement.

listings worked, especially with the bluesy atmosphere she created with her backing band. Paloma Faith didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just perform her songs; she created an almost magical feel to the evening and put on a proper stage show, the likes of which have been lost over the years. The whole set was crafted from her unique and slightly bizarre personality, including extravagant dresses and impressive stage visuals. She engaged often with the crowd and even included a few sing alongs that got a lot of backing from the audience of all ages, with the new material showing a lot of promise and just

as much mass appeal as the debut album. Paloma included a range of covers, from a more mellow version of David Guettaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sexy Chickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to a sassy rendition of Cee Lo Greenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;F**k You!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; both of which worked well with Palomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s incredibly strong voice, and her own unique twists. The evening highlighted what is missing from a lot of live performances these days and it was the small things throughout the night that actually made it different and certainly memorable.

Since her last tour Ellieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position in WKH8.PXVLFVFHQHKDVEHHQĂ&#x20AC;UPO\ established, as her impressive live show demonstrates. Orange lights burst through the darkness revealing the leading lady everyone has come to see, and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Under the Sheetsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; opens with a throbbing drum beat. $OWKRXJKWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWQLJKWRIWRXU there are no signs of nerves. On stage she looks every bit the pop star in high shorts and sequinned top; and then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s her astound-

ing voice. It canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be denied that this girl can sing, her voice easily overpowering the soundtrack of screams that accompany every move she makes. Then the pace is slowed down from the more upbeat, danceable tracks with the aid of an acoustic guitar and the exit of other band members, leaving Ellie to truly show her potential. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Guns and Horsesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Writerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and her cover of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sweet Dispositionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; turn the audience into Ellieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s backing

choir, as every lyric is sung back to her passionately whilst friends hug and couples kiss in the giant love-in that the 23 year old inspires. Ending with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Starry-Eyedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; the song everyone came for, the place erupts for the last time with both artist and audience ending the night with huge smiles on their faces.

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When you arrive in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;cosyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; basement of the Head of Steam, you know your night will be an intimate one with the band â&#x20AC;&#x201C; seeing as youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re positioned only feet away at any point this is inevitable. It therefore makes it quite odd ZKHQ\RX¡UHIDFHGZLWKDERQDĂ&#x20AC;GH musical star that close to you - on this night coming in the form of a surprise set by Maximo Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Paul Smith. I use the term â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;surpriseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; purposefully; not only was Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appearance a surprise, but it was surprising just how dull and overlong his set was. Anyway, moving on. The real draw that night were Meursault, the Edinburgh-based, VHOIFRLQHG´HSLFORĂ&#x20AC;ÂľEDQGZKR seamlessly blend folk, electronica and really, really loud drumming. The small venue showcased their sheer versatility perfectly, emphasising the sheer power of songs like â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;What You Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Haveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; whilst making the sparse, beautiful â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;One Day Thisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll All Be Fieldsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; seem wonderfully personal. This is a band that

have the power to turn a crowd of writhing dancers into silent, quivering spectators in moments, and looking around thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exactly what happened time and time again. Meursault remain an absolutely formidable, yet still inexplicably underrated, force of new British musical talent, and the brilliance of their live shows is just another piece of praise to throw at them. Buy their albums, go watch a performance and then realise why Paul Smith should always be supporting them. Joe Skrebels â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Music Editor

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emanating from the band was electric. Halfway through the set they were joined by two additional musicians for the more musically complex songs, particularly ones from Brothers, that would be impossible live for the twosome without sacriĂ&#x20AC;FLQJVRPHRIWKHGHSWK%XWWKLVLV not a criticism, far from it. All in all one of the best live bands Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen; they were absolutely incredible. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I Got Mineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Things Ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Like They Used To Beâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and hearing

some of their latest album were the real highlights. So too was the encore â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sinister Kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; which was a great song to end a really well thought out set that balanced the more bluesy songs with the heavier ones perfectly. If greater praises were needed, the two middle-aged Mackems grinding (un-encouraged I might add) against my housemate agreed. And whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d question their judgment?

A ridiculously huge line-up of some of the hottest DJs and dance acts around. Expect the unexpected as genres collide and mash ups appear out of nowhere. Oh and bring a snack, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be here all night.

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Monday 8th Goo Goo Dolls at O2 Academy. 7pm, ÂŁ23.50 Touring in support of what is shockingly their 9th Studio album Something for the Rest of Us, the American pioneers of middle-of-the-road soft rock and makers of hit song â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Irisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; arrive at the Academy. Tuesday 9th Edwyn Collins at The Cluny. 8pm, sold out

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moodtape 6RQJVWRSRZHUZDONWRDDP/HF WXUHWR Bruce Springsteen â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Thunder Road Kick-start your day with the Boss. Warning: May make you miss your lecture and head for the open road, never looking back.

Arcade Fire â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Empty Room The chaotic string â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;riffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; here is surprisingly ace for power-walking, and the soaring chorus vocals might even result in a light jog.

Dinosaur Pile-Up â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Barceloner Pick up the pace now, in time to the frenetic drumming and chugging guitars of this ace Dinosaur Pile-Up track.

McLusky â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues Beware: This song is loud, seriously pissed off, a little bit terrifying, hiODULRXVDQGEH\RQGĂ&#x20AC;OWK\/LVWHQDW your own risk.

Dizzee Rascal â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sirens Can you hear the sirens coming? Better run when you hear the sirens comingâ&#x20AC;ŚDizzee always gets the

Hall & Oates â&#x20AC;&#x201C; You Make My Dreams Change of tone from the last track, but not a change of pace. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll just

Pulled Apart By Horses â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve Got Guestlist to Rory Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Haraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Suicide Another pretty scary one, but you can really feel the energy of one of the UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best live bands in this track. Good riff to maintain pace. Sleigh Bells â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Crown on the Ground From one of the yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best albums, this noise-cheerleader-y tune has an absolutely huge beat, and even bigger guitars. Pixies â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rock Music One of the Pixiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; heaviest songs here, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great tune, particu-

Late of The Pier â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Focker Big synth-y song to get you in and VDW GRZQ EHIRUH Ă&#x20AC;YHSDVW 7KH amazing last thirty seconds of the WUDFN PD\ DFWXDOO\ PDNH \RX Ă&#x20AC;YH minutes earlyâ&#x20AC;Ś Listen to the whole of this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Moodtape at ZZZWKHFRXULHURQ line.co.uk Ben Travis

If you can get hold of tickets to this, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a very lucky music lover indeed. Finally back on the road supSRUWLQJKLVĂ&#x20AC;UVWDOEXPVLQFHKDYLQJ two, count it, two brain hemorrhages the former Orange Juice frontman and indie music impresario plays at our very own Cluny. Wednesday 10th $OH[LVRQĂ&#x20AC;UH DW WKH 2 $FDGHP\ 7pm, ÂŁ14 Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s screamiest sons are bringing the noise to Newcastle. They describe their music as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the sound of two Catholic high-school girls in PLGNQLIHĂ&#x20AC;JKWÂľDQGWKLVVRXQGKDV earned them a Juno nomination (the Canadian equivalent of a Mercury). 7KXUVGD\WK Classic movies and music at the 6WDUDQG6KDGRZ&LQHPDSP ÂŁ5 The last cinema organ in Newcastle disappeared in 1959. 51 years later and the Star and Shadow have brought one of cinemaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most iconic facets back. With a line-up of classic silent movies and the sort of music you just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hear anymore, this will be one to remember.

6DWXUGD\WK 'LDQD 9LFNHUV DW 2 $FDGHP\ 6.30pm, ÂŁ14 The legacy of X Factor rears its questionably-motivated head once again as fourth-placed Ms. Vickers brings her own brand of eccentric pop and hand gestures to the Toon. Sunday 14th $\QVOH\/LVWHUDW7KH&OXQ\SP ÂŁ10 Heralded by some as the best English blues guitarist since the mighty Eric Clapton, and listed in Classic Rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list of the acts most likely to bring the blues back into mainstream alongside The White Stripes, Lister is standing on the shoulders of giants. Expect classic blues with a melodic, infectious twist. Joe Skrebels â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Music Editor


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Culture Music

music the top 5

albums John Legend and The Roots

1. Chapel Club â&#x20AC;&#x201C; All the Eastern

Wake Up!

Girls

It must be exhausting to be in The Roots. As if being one of the premier hip-hop bands of our time, a full-time gig as the hippest backing band on the planet on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and releasing one album already this year, the essential How I Got Over, wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough, The Roots have somehow found time in their packed schedule to work with John Legend for their new collaborative full-length, Wake Up! Coming to the record as a fan of The Roots as opposed to John Legend, there are a few small disappointments: the relegation of MC Black Thought to cameo roles rather than the spotlight obviously rankles, and the decision to focus the album around covers can make it seem somewhat slight. What they have done though is create an optimistic tribute to the classic soul sounds of the 1960s and 1970s that asks why so many of the issues addressed then remain so pertinent today. Album opener â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hard Timesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, a classic Curtis MayĂ&#x20AC;HOGWUDFNDOORZV/HJHQGWRVKRZ the power of his voice (something not always evident in his own mate-

rial) while The Rootsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; drummer and musical director Ahmir â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;?uestloveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Thompson drives the beat hard. As one of only two tracks featuring Black Thought, it also lays out the inspiration behind this release, the optimism of Obama facing the despair of recession â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;People wanna VHHP\EORRGĂ RZOLNHIRXQWDLQV, got nowhere to go and still feel like bouncing.â&#x20AC;? Like the soul tracks it uses, Wake Up! is a celebration of what has been achieved, and a call to further action. The other Black Thought track, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Little Ghetto Boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, again traces a narrative of struggle against the odds, while the lengthy centrepiece, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Write Left Handedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, updates the Vietnam War protest song, turning it from a smouldering lament to scorching anger via Capâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n Kirk Douglasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; electrifying guitar solo. Ending on the sole original track, the valedictory â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Shineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, Wake Up! stands as an immensely satisfying and purposeful collaboration that pays tribute while still looking forward to the future.

Warpaint

The Wanted

Twin Shadow

Paris Suit Yourself

The Fool

The Wanted

Forget

My Main Shit Stain

Arguably a more commercial venture by Chapel Club than previous release â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh Maybe Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, this new release, with a prominent drum beat and headed by the beautiful signature vocals of front man Lewis Bowman, promises to push Chapel Club to the forefront of the crowded indie music scene.

2. Mystery Jets â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Show Me the Light

Mark Corcoran-Lettice

The latest band to grace Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s super-club Digital, the Mystery Jets have been going from strength to strength, playing all the main festivals this summer. This latest release off the new album Serotonin lives up to expectation. It probably wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make the charts, but it is well worth downloading.

3. DJ Fresh â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Gold Dust You might not recognise the name, but this is the new club staple being played up and down the country. With the catchy, if not repetitive, chorus and backing track, this is guaranteed to be the soundtrack to many a good night out.

4. Frank Turner â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I Still Believe For those of you who have never heard of Warpaint, Wikipedia will tell you that they are a four piece, female psychedelic rock band, originating from Los Angeles. However, it seems to really understand this band a dedicated listen of this, their debut album, is required. The creeping guitar lines and haunting melodies draw from the same formula of brilliance from simplicity that has won bands like The xx universal acclaim. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Set Your Arms Downâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is a slow burning opener to the album, unfolding a shimmery dream-like texture of sound echoing over a rhythmic drum beat as female chorus backing singer Emily .RNDO ZDLOV ´ZDON WKURXJK Ă&#x20AC;UH WR save your life.â&#x20AC;? Pretentious as this PD\ VHHP LW VRXQGV PDJQLĂ&#x20AC;FHQW Self-titled track â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Warpaintâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; feels like a continuation of this sound while â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Babyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; showcases the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more delicate side with the beautiful understated vocals perfectly complimenting the gentle folk rhythm of the acoustic guitar. This album is that age-old clichĂŠ; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a grower. 7KHĂ&#x20AC;UVWOLVWHQPD\SURYLGHVOLJKWO\ surreal background music but once you give it the attention that it asks IRU \RX¡OO Ă&#x20AC;QG DQ DOEXP WKDW PD\ quite simply blow you away.

The Wanted are a male version of The Saturdays, with catchy, cheesy pop lyrics - which is not surprising as both bands were found by the same casting company. With number one single â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;All Time Lowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; already under their belts, this EngOLVK,ULVK TXLQWHW DUH SUREDEO\ heading for big success in the pop market. But are they actually any good? This entirely depends on which song you decide to listen to. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;All Time Lowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Heart Vacancyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, WKHEDQG¡VĂ&#x20AC;UVWWZRVLQJOHVDUHUH DOO\SUHWW\JRRG7KH\Ă&#x20AC;WSHUIHFWO\ in the pop music genre, taking tips from earlier bands, but with a much more current twist. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Lose My Mindâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Replace Your Heartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, the third and fourth songs on the album, follow along these lines, and either could be the third single off the record. However the songs do start to lower in quality the further into the album you go; with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Get Uglyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cowboy duel and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Personal Soldierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s army march making particularly cheesy listening, adding an immature angle to the album. The Wanted will still do well, but they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t doing much to break away from the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;typical boybandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mould.

Catchy pop melodies are in abundance on â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Forgetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, the debut album from Twin Shadow, AKA George Lewis Jr. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a retro feel to proceedings but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s far from a tired or repetitive record. It would be hard not to enjoy the classic-sounding intro on â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Slowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; as Lewis Jr.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vocals work to maximum effect over blessedly restrained synths, calling to mind Morrissey and New Order. The albumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s full sound and polished mix are thanks in part to Grizzly Bearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chris Taylor, who produced and ensures the songs sound their best. That the raw materials are there is unarguable though; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Shooting Holesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; unleashes another formidable old-school backbeat, typifying an impressively infectious debut effort, with an excess of gig potential. Indeed thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pretty epic feel to the title track, which expertly deploys murmuring vocals and blissed-out guitars. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Waitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is another standout, but any of these tunes could effortOHVVO\VORWLQWRDGXELRXVVĂ&#x20AC;OPRU TV series (which required superior soundtracks to counteract the woeful acting and lethal suits). Overall, D KLJKO\DVVXUHG Ă&#x20AC;UVW DOEXP IURP WKH 1HZ<RUN EDVHG RXWĂ&#x20AC;W ZKLFK shimmers and struts in equal measure. Worth checking out.

Has your friend ever made you ZDWFKDQDZIXOĂ&#x20AC;OPDQGDVNHG\RX for your thoughts afterwards? Did you struggle for a polite response and then pathetically, all too predictably, mumble â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yeah, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s errâ&#x20AC;Ś different.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what Paris Suit Yourself has created here, something very very different. I think the lead singer takes himself seriously, but it is by no means a given. He semi-comprehensively meanders through song after song, relying on two or three lines of lyrics repeated again and again, with the odd howl thrown in for good measure. The group attempted to combine indie, jazz and being French and it just doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work. Positively, the third song â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Rolling Onâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; shows promise and there is a nice guitar riff in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sophie Schollâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; but that really is scraping the barrel. Oh yeah, and the guy playing bass is pretty solid; although how he retains the will to live long enough to record thirteen songs with his band-mates is beyond me. Piano parts are played with severe eccentricity, suggesting more of a hyperactive improvisation than a well thought out structure. This neednâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be bad but with a similar story to report for the drums and guitar, the album is, as its title implies, very messy.

Jack Kidder

Kate Rogers

Martin Flynn

Tom Belcher

From the hardest working touring artist around at the moment, Frank Turner produces yet another punk-pop, acoustic driven, angry outpouring. Unlike his previous work, this is well produced and the chorus accompanied by the voices of his fans adds a brilliant touch.

5. Willow Smith â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Whip My Hair With the cool credentials of being the spawn of Will Smith, Willow has caused a stir this week, not least for the vocal ability and attitude similar to Rihanna. Well worth a listen; if only to decide whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funny, credible or quite annoying. It does get stuck in your head however; not bad for the debut single from a nine year old. Amelia Wareing

The Courier Online For exclusive reviews of album releases and live gigs from around the city, as well as specialist blogs and the Top 5 and Moodtape playlists head to the music section of the Courier website: thecourieronline.co.uk/music


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Culture TV & Radio

tv & radio tv highlight

soaps

Pride of Britain Awards 2010

Coronation Street:

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Emmerdale

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nsr

radio highlights

Nostalgic times this week for Newcastle Student Radio as we dismantled our studio and moved out of our home since broadcasting started way back in 1997 and headed for our new temporary headquarters in the Park Terrace Student Union (room G19). We are now fully functioning and broadcasting again with our delectable schedule of audible treats, both new and those which are more familiar. If you have yet to sample the range of our programmes, then may I suggest the varied Monday evening as a good introduction? The evening gets off to a strong start from 5pm with the trio of chatty Northerners, Bee, Rose and Maz who bring IRU\RXUJUDWLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQBeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Banging Beats, a pick and mix of the best folk, electro and rock tracks old and new. This show stands out for the originality of one of its many beguiling features: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Beeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Deep Bathâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; where a soothing song is played for the listener to run a relaxing bath to. The show is structured around an alphabetical theme - this week featuring bands whose name begins with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Following on in the thematic line Busy Doing Nothing with Louise Morris from 6-8pm presents music as far ranging as 1920s blues music to the most recent Scandinavian indie-electro tracks and everything in between, just as long as it links in with the wonderfully weird theme for the week. Past themes have included â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Fetishesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Product Placementâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Narrative Tracksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with audience participation on Busy Doing Nothingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Facebook group determining some of the songs played. A regular feature is the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Greek Myth of the Weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; as well as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Positive Subversionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; which looks at forms of creative rebellion such as guerilla gardening. So listen in and check them out. Louise Morris NSR Station Manager

inter view

Bleak Expectations Thursday 6.30pm, Radio 4

Jazz Festival Opening Night Friday 10.30pm, Radio 3

Mark Evans returns to BBC Radio 4 this autumn with his six-part series parodying Dickens, combining two of his most famous works, Bleak House and Great Expectations. The previous series introduced Philip, or Pip as heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s referred to, and his two sisters Poppy and Pippa, when their seemingly idyllic life was turned upside down by the death of their father, along with the madness of their mother. As a result, their malicious guardian, Mr. Gently Benevolent, sent the children to be incarcerated in different boarding schools. With the help of their friend Harry Biscuit, son of the inventor of the biscuit, they manage to escape the clutches of Benevolent and imprisonment. Now, returning for a fourth series, Pip once again meets Gently Benevolent, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s locked up in jail and apparently remorseful for all his crimes. However, whilst walking at night, Pip is attacked and comes to realise that a new wave of crime is occupying the streets of London. Wanting to remedy this, he enlists the help of his imprisoned nemesis. In the meantime, Ripely - Pipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife - is engaged in more pressing matters; namely her obsession with cutlery, which is driving Pip closer and closer to bankruptcy. A hilarious and well constructed take on Dickens, I thoroughly recommend it to everyone.

To celebrate the beginning of November, the capital gets ready for one of its largest yearly music festivals: The London Jazz Festival. It returns for ten days of music, workshops and plenty of stuff you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;t necesarily expect from a mainly jazz orientated event. 2Q LWV Ă&#x20AC;UVW HYHQLQJ %%& ÂśV -H] Nelson will host a special edition of his show Jazz on 3 to launch this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s festival. The show, broadcasted live from Ronnie Scottâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s famous jazz club in Soho, will give a great taster of what is to come; presenting performances from several high-class acts of the jazz scene such as the Soul Rebels Brass Band from New Orleans and the saxophonist Chris Potter, there will be a lot of exciting acts to listen to. In the 18th year of its existence, the London Jazz Festival features a broad range of young artists like jazz singer Louise Golbey and saxophonist Trish Clowes, as well as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;veteransâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC; like John Etheridge, Jon Hendricks and the Harlem Gospel Choir. A broad range of workshops and unusual creative events will take place; those include a musical version of a Guardian issue and a culinary experiment. So practice your jazz hands and let the brass instruments blow your mind away! Lisa Bernhardt

Ayse Djahit

comment As a regular viewer of the hit comedy panel show Would I Lie To You, I got extremely excited when I heard that comedian Lee Mack was coming to Newcastle City Hall to perform some stand up. He is without a doubt the funniest one on the show, as he uses his boyish charm to mock the guests, as well as regular David Mitchell. His razor sharp wit with the contestants and banter with the audience ensure that, if you watch Would I Lie To You, you will be craving more and joining me to go and see him live! His hit show Not Going Out features some of his classic humour; he delivers clever jokes that will make you wonder why you did not discover him earlier! Go and get some tickets and laugh like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never laughed before. Newcastle City Hall is not only hosting comedian Lee Mack but a few other well known faces as well. Jason Manford is one of the best up and coming comedians. He continues to appear on the hit

show 8 out of 10 cats as team captain and makes guest appearances on more comedy panel shows, where he has proved his skills as a stand up comedian. Having watched him make quick witted one liners and inject humour and fun into his performance, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d say he was worth going to see. (Appearing at Newcastle City Hall November 19th and 20th) Classic comedian Jimmy Carr is back with laughter therapy, where you are certainly guaranteed some laughs. Resuming his position as host of the successful show 8 out of 10 cats, Jimmy never hesitates to take his humour too far. Be prepared for some outrageous comedy when going to see Jimmy Carr. (Appearing at Newcastle City Hall 26th and 27th November) With plenty of great comedy to choose from and look forward to this winter you have no excuse to stay at home! Maria Moffatt

tweets of the week Jedward We are twins! But you are all twins too! Say hello to your shadows. Jason Manford Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oh! Was searching for my phone just now whilst talking to my dad, on the phone.

Sarah Millican If you watch those â&#x20AC;&#x153;Look at the state of youâ&#x20AC;? diet shows on mute, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re like lovely cookery programmes. With more pies

Louie Spence Oops, Freudian slip of the hand!!

Miranda Hart My house smells of egg. I mean I had an egg earlier but I never thought that egg could be quite so eggy on a return to the house.

Dermot Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Leary Got the boys coming around for a sausage fest tonight.... Hang on that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come out right.

Kanye West Please go pre order Kid Cudiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s album. He is my favorite living artist and not just cause heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on my label.

Ellie Wilson and Emma Rowles speak to Diva Fever at Powerhouse following their The X Factor exit

The crowd packed onto PowerKRXVH¡VGDQFHĂ RRUIRU'LYD)HYHU¡V performance went understandably wild as Joe and Craig bounced onto the stage. Everyone belted along as Diva Fever sang their own version of Duck Sauceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Barbra Streisandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, the Tina Turner classic â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Rolling on the Riverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and ABBAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Lay All Your Love on 0H¡Ă&#x20AC;QLVKLQJZLWKDJUHDWUHQGLWLRQ of Gloria Gaynorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I Will Surviveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. They seemed to have unlimited energy and worked the audience

brilliantly; there was barely a hand left unheld. The song choices were perfect, everyone seemed disappointed to see them leave the stage. Afterwards we caught up with them to see what they had been up to since The X Factor. Craig told us, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing a lot of gig, just getting around, seeing the fans and having a laugh with everyone.â&#x20AC;? Joe added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still with the management of The X Factor, doing as much work as possible and getting ourselves out there, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hoping to be on the live tour but they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t decided whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on it yet.â&#x20AC;? When asked about being in the bottom three, Joe told us that they had got on best with Storm. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we left together is was quite good, we left with a good friend.â&#x20AC;? Diva Fever were known for their lurid costumes and big performances, but how much of that was up to them? Craig answered, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got no input at all with our performances, we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get a choice in what we sang or wore, we were advised on everything.â&#x20AC;? When asked who their favourite judge was apart from their mentor Simon, there was only one answer. Dannii Minogue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made a living from the Pink Pound so she was a great champion of ours throughout the competition.â&#x20AC;? Joe and Craig both agreed that One Direction and Mary have very

good chances of winning the competition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They all have such great support behind them that they are bound to do well. When Simon talks about One Direction you can practically see the dollar signs in his eyes!â&#x20AC;? With the ups and downs of a major music competition like The X Factor  IURP Ă&#x20AC;UVW EHLQJ UHMHFWHG DW the judgesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; house stage, to being brought back as a wild card, to being voted off the live shows â&#x20AC;&#x201C; would Diva Fever go through the experience again? Joe answered, â&#x20AC;&#x153;No, never. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called a once in a lifetime experience for a reason. I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aged me about 30 years, honestly, I look haggard! Grey hairs, crowsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; feet, the lot.â&#x20AC;? Finally, we asked them the questions that Jeremy Paxman wishes he could ask his interview subjects: If you were an animal, what would you be? Craig: An orang-utan, because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d say Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the same colour as one! Joe: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be a black widow, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m dangerous. Eating the men up after Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHGZLWKWKHP If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Joe: Invisibility, then I could rob a EDQNDQGQRRQHZRXOGĂ&#x20AC;QGRXW Craig: To be able to undress men with my eyes!

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Puzzles Culture

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David Haye vs Hurricanes feel Audley Harrison the Loko-motion Preview SportsEditors: Editors: Paul Christian, Gavin Tom James - courier.sport@ncl.ac.uk Sports Paul Christian, JamieJamie Gavin and Tomand James - courier.sport@ncl.ac.uk

Sports Editors: Jono Taylor, Wills Robinson and Kat Bannon - courier.sport@ncl.ac.uk

> Intra Mural Football, page 40-41

> Sport, page 38

Once a Lion, always a Falcon Sports Editor Wills Robinson talks to Newcastle Falcons Director of Rugby Alan Tait about his VLGH¡VPL[HGVWDUWWRWKHVHDVRQDQGWKHLQFUHDVLQJLQĂ XHQFHRIPRQH\ZLWKLQ5XJE\8QLRQ There are not many sportsmen, let alone rugby players, who can say they have moved from one professional sport to another and then back again. A British Lion in both 5XJE\ /HDJXH DQG 5XJE\ 8QLRQ Alan Tait has had a colourful career; he was a member of the famous Lions team that won the 1997 test series in South Africa and took part in both the 1994 and 1995 Challenge &XS Ă&#x20AC;QDOV 7KH 6FRW KDV DOVR ZRQ 27 caps for his country and learnt his trade as a professional player in the North East as a Falcon. So far, as the Director of Rugby at his former club, his tenure has been littered with a series of mixed results, with a win against London Wasps earlier in the season being pushed to the background in light of recent results. Despite his side being second from bottom in the Aviva Premiership, he now has a couple of weeks of LV Cup rugby to get the team back on its feet. The question is though, have they forgotten how to win? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would hope not, I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep preaching about it. We all know what it does to the morale and ZLQQLQJ GRHV EXLOG FRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFH RU whatever, but I believe these lads have been close enough in these games to believe that a win is coming around the corner. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not as if weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been blasted away. Certainly Saturday against Northampton, we OHW LW JR LQ WKH ODVW Ă&#x20AC;IWHHQ PLQXWHV with a couple of bad decisions, and the last try we let in was because we were trying to play rugby to get a bonus point, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not going to knock the guys for that. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never been far off in games, I just hope that their luck turns. I go home and I feel sorry for these guys and it makes me frustrated. I want it to happen for this team because of the work they put in, with the spirit they have they deserve some success, you just have to take the luck when it comes, and we just arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t getting enough of it. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not going to complain or whinge about it, but with the hard work that everyone puts in at the club, it will come.â&#x20AC;? The ex-Scottish international also sees the LV Cup as an opportunity for some of the younger and more inexperienced squad players to get a run out. This also comes as squads from both England and Wales will have their stars missing whilst the autumn Internationals are in full swing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great opportunity for the young lads. Teams do have very big squads now, and a lot of our extra players are youngsters. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how the Celtic League thrives, because they have to deal with these times where the international players are away on international duty a lot. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no pressure on these games because thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no relegation and they can throw all these youngsters in there to get exposure, and this is a chance for our youngsters to get their foot on the ladder and come out at Kingston Park or next week down at Harlequins. I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to see more opportunities for the young lads, but unfor-

After being a British Lion in both Rugby League and Union, Alan Taitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest challenge is to achieve Premiership survival with the Newcastle Falcons tunately we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get many. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bit of a change for our lads, coming off from playing in that A-team, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good standard. But they will still need to step up a bit more from what they are used to.â&#x20AC;? The LV Cup doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just contain the rivalry that an everyday domestic game does, as teams look to hold on to the bragging rights in the Anglo-Welsh rivalry - which is no doubt one of the hottest in the world. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a bit of rivalry there, with any premiership club itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s massive. We know there is an extra bit of spice in there because of the WelshEnglish rivalry, we want to rely on the Falcons to get the results. We want to do well in this competition, but we do have priorities with the Aviva Premiership with regards to all our big players coming back.â&#x20AC;? Aside from the Falcons, and in relation to our article â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;What a Wayne to make a livingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; last week, Alan agreed when asked if English salary caps are damaging the sport. In recent years, the Falcons have lost the likes of Jonny Wilkinson, Carl Hayman and Jamie Noon to clubs in France, where wealthy investors are turning French rugby into a mirror image of English football. However, he did have sympathy for the players who opted for pastures new when offered more money:

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The market changes - if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re prepared to move around over Europe and the offer is there then fair play. I mean, I was a player myself, I have nothing against players going for the highest bid. If you are well sought after and you can demand those sort of prices then fair play to you. I mean, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always the case in sport, usually the dollar gets the man.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you are well sought after and you can demand those sort of prices then fair play to you. I mean, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always the case in sport, usually the dollar gets the manâ&#x20AC;? Rugby players changing clubs has become more commonplace in the last few years, with the likes of Jason Robinson, a former league star, being part of the England World Cup winning side in 2003. The former Widnes and Leeds player VSRNH RI WKH Ă&#x20AC;QDQFLDO GLIIHUHQFHV between the two codes of rugby: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The difference is that Rugby League is very much based on results and performance. You do get your set contract, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as much about bonuses and winning matches, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how the players JHWWKHLUPRQH\,Q8QLRQLW¡VDELW

different. Bonus schemes werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t brought in to the system and its very hard to implement, so they look for guaranteed contracts and base it around that structure.â&#x20AC;? Even though England kicked off their international campaign last week, Scotland and Andy Robinson will have to wait until this weekend where they match up against the mighty All Blacks, who recently showed their sheer strength and depth after a crushing Tri-Nations victory. Being of Scottish blood himself, Tait gives his views on Scotlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chances. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scotland is rugby nation where their instinct is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;backs against the wallâ&#x20AC;?. I coached them for eight years, and we had some great times, beating the likes of England and South Africa. However, your backs are always against the walls. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get a group of players that are really world class players and you know you can compete, but if you get a few injuries you know youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re down a bit. We are one of these sides that just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the numbers to hold themselves up as one of the top ranked teams in the world over a long period of time. 6FRWODQG ZLOO Ă&#x20AC;QG D IHZ SOD\HUV every now and then and will go on a good run. They have had injuries which are unfortunate, but they do have a good group of players. They

always play with passion when they are on their home patch. Hopefully they can keep that going - itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a tough challenge against New Zealand, but one that we must approach with optimismâ&#x20AC;?. Finally, the majority of rugby fans, no matter how old you are, will remember Jeremy Guscottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drop goal that clinched a historic series win for the Lions in South Africa in 7DLWDIWHUUHWXUQLQJWR8QLRQ was picked for the squad following his international form. However, despite what some may think, he highlighted other reasons why they tasted success in the series: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Jerryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kick was a oneRII  LW ZDV D Ă DVK ,W ZRQ XV WKH game and everyone was ecstatic, but I think if you had to go by the kicking it would have been Neil Jenkinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; display. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best goal NLFNHU ,¡YH EHHQ RQ WKH Ă&#x20AC;HOG ZLWK and he was absolutely phenomenal. I played alongside Jonny Wilkinson when he was a youngster as well, but I just think Jenkins was unbelievable in his accuracy and the way he went about his business. He kicked the penalties that day, with some pretty tough ones as well. I think his boot was as memorable as Jonnyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drop goal. As I said though, both were fantastic times, and will go down in history for all British Lions fansâ&#x20AC;?.


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Sport Haye vs Harrison preview

A-Force to be reckoned with? With Haye and Harrison set to lock horns on Saturday night, Harry Slavin and Jimmy Booker have their say ahead of the title bout Jimmy Booker In the red corner is a cocky South Londoner at the top of his game, and the reigning WBA Heavyweight Champion Of The World. In contrast, an ageing, former Olympic Gold medallist is quivering in the blue corner, frightened that a defeat will spell the end of his boxing career. 0DQ\WKRXJKWWKLVĂ&#x20AC;JKWZRXOGQ¡W ever happen. But here it is. Two former friends beating the life and soul out of each other in the heart of Manchester to the delight of a large, blood-thirsty crowd. David Haye, as expected, is certainly not playing down his chances. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Hayemakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; has vowed to â&#x20AC;&#x153;beat him...humiliate him...destroy KLPDQG UHWLUH KLPÂľ &RQĂ&#x20AC;GHQW words from an unquestionably FRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQWPDQ Haye is very good at the talk, and probably knows the callous inappropriateness of some of his comments, but has chosen not to apologise. Probably all part of the Haye mind games that fans of boxing and, indeed, those less familiar with the sport, have become accustomed to preceding one of the HayHPDNHU¡VĂ&#x20AC;JKWV Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no doubt that, even for D SUHĂ&#x20AC;JKW ER[HU +D\H KDV D ORW to say. However, as he himself has been quick to point out on a number of occasions, he has certainly proved time and time again that he walks the walk. He has only one professional loss to his name, that to experienced tactical Mancunian Carl Thompson when he was an up-and-coming youngster in the sport. Haye has since gone from strength to strength, and has acknowledged in the past that he learned a great deal from his only taste of defeat. The statistics of the two â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Best of Enemiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; are, by comparison, not vastly mismatched, although Haye has the edge and the evidence certainly suggests he is the better Ă&#x20AC;JKWHU +DUULVRQ LV WKH ELJJHU DQG heavier of the two, with a much longer reach, but Haye has already proven that size doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter. His title-winning victory over the seven-foot Russian â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;monsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Nikolai Valuev, who was nearly a foot taller and seven stone heavier than Haye, proved that David, much taller than the Biblical David at six foot three, really could slay Goliath. According to Haye, Valuev

Harry Slavin Cast your mind back to the summer of 2000 and the 27th Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. A man by the name of Audley Harrison was setting the world alight with his dazzling performances in the boxing ring, coasting his way to the Super Heavyweight Gold medal, demolishing a hapless Mukhtarkhan Dildabekov by 30 points to 16 in a oneVLGHGĂ&#x20AC;QDO Fast forward eight years however, and Audley has already found himVHOILQWKHREVFXULW\RIELJĂ&#x20AC;JKWXQder-cards, lost in the mire of what is one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most hostile and unforgiving sports. But Audley, through sheer perseverance and a large dose of luck, has found his way back into the spotlight of Boxing. There would be no better way to re-announce himself than by defying the critics and beating David Haye this weekend. Winning the

proved a bigger test than anything that he will face in Manchester this weekend. +D\HKDVDKLJKHUYLFWRU\WRĂ&#x20AC;JKW ratio than Harrison, fewer defeats, more knockouts, and is much quicker and agile around the ring. Despite Harrisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s size, these are the stats that really matter. Harrison himself has tried the talk, and some may argue that his jibes have struck a bit of a chord with Haye. Whenever Harrison has suggested that he has the advantage, +D\HKDVELWWHQEDFNZLWKDĂ XUU\ of mockery and derision directed at his former friend, sparring partner and drinking buddy.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Haye has already proven that size does not matterâ&#x20AC;?

Harrison will surely be delighted at the way his unfounded comments have rattled the Heavyweight Champion. However, most experts EHOLHYH WKDW LW ZLOO EH +D\H¡V Ă&#x20AC;VWV QRW LQVXOWV WKDW ZLOO EH Ă&#x20AC;UHG +DUrisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s way left, right, and centre come Saturday evening. Haye is not a junior any more, and has learnt from the naivety and complacency of his youth. He LVQRZDIRUPLGDEOHĂ&#x20AC;JKWHUDQGDQ experienced champion at the peak of his game. He knows he is heavily fancied in the clash, and all the experts and pundits of the sport are backing him to comprehensively beat the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A-Forceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Despite his petulant and often personal insulting of Audley Harrison, Haye should win in style. +D\H Ă&#x20AC;QGV KLPVHOI ZLWK D SULFHless opportunity; if he is victorious on Saturday night, he will not only VHWKLPVHOIXSZLWKDOXFUDWLYHĂ&#x20AC;JKW against one of the Klitchsko brothers, but will also end Harrisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career. Many would point to Harrisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Olympic Gold medal as something RIDĂ DVKLQWKHSDQZKHUHDV+D\H has a superb record in all divisions of the sport. In the words of +D\H KLPVHOI ´0\ FRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFH LV grounded in reality, truth and actual achievement, as opposed to delusions of grandeurâ&#x20AC;?. Harrison is in trouble on Saturday night. I fully expect Haye to be sipping on an ice-cold beer in the afterparty before the twelve rounds are up. Harrison will be tucked up in EHGUHĂ HFWLQJRQWKHGUDPDWLFHQG of his boxing career. This weekend sees David Haye defend his WBA Heavyweight Championship title against his former friend Audley Harrison

WBA Title in his home country is something that Audley is convinced he can achieve on Saturday night. Admittedly, it has been a bumpy ride for Harrison back to the top of British boxing. His professional career got off to a great start with the BBC offering him ÂŁ1 million for the ULJKWV WR WHOHYLVHKLVĂ&#x20AC;UVWERXWV What he wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be so proud of is the IDFW WKDW KLV RSHQLQJ ��&#x20AC;JKWV DUH WKH reason the BBC refuses to show live boxing anymore. Nevertheless Audley decided to shake off the BBC shun by branding them as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;racistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. A bold move, and one which appeared to backĂ&#x20AC;UH UHVXOWLQJ LQ KLV EULJKW FDUHHU being cast into some sort of boxing limbo. His career has now been kick started by a few â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;last chanceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; antics, most notably his triumph in the Sky 6SRUWVÂś3UL]HĂ&#x20AC;JKWHUVHULHV¡+RZHYer there is the impression in boxing circles that A-Force is still sat in the last chance saloon and a devastating, humiliating loss to Haye could

yet see his career go up in smoke. It is common knowledge that David Haye is widely fancied to ZLSH WKH Ă RRU ZLWK +DUULVRQ EXW there is a feeling that A-Force has been written off all too quickly. It is plain to see that both Haye and Harrison have enormous amounts of courage and bravery. However ZKHQORRNLQJEDFNDWUHFHQWĂ&#x20AC;JKWV it becomes clear that Harrisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bravery, courage and determination is on a whole different level compared to the Hayemakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. In Hayeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defeat of Nikolai Valuev for the WBA world heavyweight title, he fought through the majority of the rounds with a broken hand. Impressive I hear you mutter, but in all honesty most people had Haye down as having lost the match on points - despite his one punch that startled Valuev in the seventh. Hayeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tactics in the 11 previous rounds resembled a scene out of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Lord of the Ringsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, where hobbits play hide and seek with big trolls.

If you really are looking for something impressive though, then check out A-Forceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest triumph over his nemesis Michael Sprott. Having torn muscles in his shoulder earlier LQ WKH Ă&#x20AC;JKW D RQH KDQGHG $XGOH\ pulled out a left hand deep in the Ă&#x20AC;QDO URXQG WKDW ERXQFHUV LQ 7LJHU can only dream of. Haye appears to be overlooking the power that Audley possesses. The early talk was all from Haye, about how Harrison is undeserving of the opportunity and how heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s JRLQJWRGURSKLPWRWKHĂ RRULQWKH early rounds. However it is clear that A-Force can take punches and he has shown he can last 12 rounds under the cosh. Audley has towards the end of the build-up tried his hand at a little talk, and surprisingly to everyone, it looks to be effective. The humiliating story of being dropped by your sparring partner is one that no boxer wants to deal with. Harrisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s persistence that Haye was knocked down by his partner

Tony Thompson, whether it be true or not, has clearly rattled the incumbent champion, and there are signs that Haye is beginning to feel the pressure. Haye has everything to lose on Saturday night - Audley in contrast has nothing to lose. $)RUFH¡VSUHSDUDWLRQIRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;JKW has been gruelling and isolated, but commentators state that by using a training camp in the mountains of the USA, he is showing focus and real self-belief. Harrison states that he will give Haye the match of his life and destroy his ego. Haye has called Harrison â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;delusionalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;luckyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to even have the chance to compete for the title, but this has only served to fuel Harrisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desire. Delusional or not, it only takes one man to believe that on November 13, A-Force will be the new Heavyweight Champion of the World. As long as that one man is Audley Harrison himself, then there may well be a big upset in the world of boxing this weekend.


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Coyle leads Royals to Cochrane success Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Football

Newcastle 1sts Hull 5ths

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Colin Henrys at Cochrane Park Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Firsts comfortably booked their place in the second round of the BUCS Mars Football Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Northern Conference Cup, with a dominant 5-0 victory against Hull Fifths at Cochrane Park. A George Coyle penalty and goals from Ed Savitt, Ben Castillo and Tom Rakshi saw Newcastle go in four goals up at half-time, before a late strike by substitute Danny Clements completed the rout. Hull barely troubled the home goal as the Royals completely dominated IURP VWDUW WR Ă&#x20AC;QLVK ,Q WUXWK WKH\ could, and perhaps should, have scored many more, but they will undoubtedly be pleased with the manner of their win. Fresh from beating Hullâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s First team in the league last week, Newcastle entered the match as overwhelming favourites and from WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW ZKLVWOH ORRNHG WR LPSRVH themselves on the game. Savitt and strike-partner Jonny Addey linked well up front and wingers Castillo and James Swainston were threatening throughout. :KHQ DQ $GGH\ VKRW Ă DVKHG across the face of goal, Castillo arrived late at the back post, but could only steer his shot into the side-netting. Moments later a great ball from Swainston dissected the defence and found Rakshi through RQJRDOEXWWKHPLGĂ&#x20AC;HOGHUFRXOGQ¡W bring the ball down. Swainston had a chance of his own almost immediately afterwards, cutting inVLGHIURPWKHULJKWZLQJDQGĂ&#x20AC;ULQJ a left-footed shot over. Chances continued to rain in on the Hull goal, with their weak defence not helped by the strong wind blowing across Cochrane Park. A Newcastle goal was ineviWDEOH DQG LW Ă&#x20AC;QDOO\ DUULYHG WZHQW\ minutes in; George Coyle made a JUHDWUXQIURPPLGĂ&#x20AC;HOGEHIRUHEHing brought down in the penalty DUHD7KHEORQGHPLGĂ&#x20AC;HOGHUSLFNHG himself up and scored the penalty KLPVHOIĂ&#x20AC;ULQJLWVWUDLJKWGRZQWKH middle of the goal. The Royals didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to wait long for a second either, as Addey and Savitt continued to link well.

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end up resembling a cricket score, and it was no surprise when a great team move produced a fourth goal just two minutes later. Coyleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pass IURP PLGĂ&#x20AC;HOG UHOHDVHG 6ZDLQVWRQ behind the defence. The rightwinger crossed well to Rakshi, who pulled the ball back for CasWLOORDQGKLVSRZHUIXOĂ&#x20AC;QLVKPDGH it 4-0. If Hull blamed the weather for WKHLU GUHDGIXO Ă&#x20AC;UVWKDOI VKRZLQJ they had no such excuse in the second-half; but with the wind behind them they again failed to trouble the home goal. Indeed, it took them until the 82nd minute WRĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\KDYHWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVWDQGZKDW proved to be only, shot on target. %\WKLVWLPHZLWKVRPHEHWWHUĂ&#x20AC;Q-

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hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t added to their goal tally at this point was almost beyond belief, particularly when Savittâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 35-yard free-kick cannoned off the crossbar, with the goalkeeper stood helplessly watching it pass over his head. 7KH 5R\DOV Ă&#x20AC;QDOO\ DGGHG D Ă&#x20AC;IWK goal in the closing stages; a deep cross was headed across the face of the goal, and when the keeper could only parry the shot clear, Clements arrived at the back post IRUWKHVLPSOHVWRIĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHV A huge victory was no more than what was expected of the Royals, and will have left â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;cupsetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fans disappointed. Nevertheless, the manner of their victory was certainly impressive.

Second-string enjoy comfortable cup victory Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Football

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Jimmy Booker at Cochrane Park Last Wednesday saw the Newcastle second-string successfully qualify for the next round of the BUCS Cup, after a performance full of determination, organisation and quality football proved too much for their South Yorkshire opponents. Despite a slow start from both teams, Newcastle looked far tidier in possession, with Elliot Connolly VWURQJDQGLQĂ XHQWLDOLQWKHFHQWUH of the park. The hosts then took the game by the scruff of the neck. A long throw ZDV Ă LFNHG JRDOZDUGV DQG WLSSHG RYHU E\ WKH 6KHIĂ&#x20AC;HOG NHHSHU DQG the resulting corner was only just clutched at the last minute follow-

ing a scramble in the six yard box. The very next attack saw Newcastle get the goal their pressure deserved, with Tom Stapleton leaving WKH 6KHIĂ&#x20AC;HOG FHQWUHKDOI IRU GHDG with a lovely turn and drive into the bottom left hand corner. The hosts were in the ascendency, and were desperately unlucky not to double their lead a few minutes later, when Mike Scott was put through by Connolly on the right Ă DQN EHIRUH GULYLQJ LQWR WKH ER[ and shooting against the base of the post. This seemed to act as a wakeup call for the visitors. Only some misSODFHG Ă&#x20AC;QDO SDVVHV IURP PLGĂ&#x20AC;HOG prevented them from creating clear cut chances, as they steadily played their way back into the match. Newcastle keeper Weston Muaru faced a couple of tricky swirling crosses, that could have looped in as a result of the windy conditions, but he showed solid glove-work

and agility in matching what was thrown at him. He and Newcastle, however, were controversially undone shortly before half-time. The Newcastle defence were adamant that the ball had gone out of play in the rightback position, but no linesmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ă DJ ZDV UDLVHG DQG WKH UHVXOWLQJ ball into the area was spilled by 0XDUX DW WKH IHHW RI WKH 6KHIĂ&#x20AC;HOG front man, who had the simple task of slotting home from close range. An explosive start to the second period saw Newcastle almost take the lead in the opening twenty seconds, as Stapleton was presented with a clear sight of goal on the back RIDVZLIWEUHDNGRZQWKHOHIWĂ DQN but his shot was well parried. The game became stretched, with Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s set-piece play wreakLQJKDYRFLQWKH6KHIĂ&#x20AC;HOGER[DQG 6KHIĂ&#x20AC;HOG WKHPVHOYHV ORRNLQJ GDQgerous on the counter. The Steel City visitors then squan-

dered two golden opportunities to steal the lead. A wonderful passing move saw a deep cross come in from the left and the runner IURP PLGĂ&#x20AC;HOG SRZHUIXOO\ KHDGHG straight at Muaru, when either side would have been a goal. A few minXWHV ODWHU VDZ RQH RI WKH 6KHIĂ&#x20AC;HOG strikers race clean through unchallenged, but inexplicably shot wide with only the keeper to beat. As is so often the case with teams that miss chances such as these, 6KHIĂ&#x20AC;HOGZHUHPDGHWRSD\GHDUO\ for their lack of composure in front of goal. Newcastle switched to a diamond 4-4-2 formation and with pace and trickery from Scott and Mike Peace on the wings, were soon WHUURULVLQJWKH6KHIĂ&#x20AC;HOGEDFNOLQH A beautiful Connolly free-kick had the keeper stranded and the woodwork shaking on the hour mark, and the hosts soon got their noses in front once more. It was Stapleton again who pounced on

another loose ball, to bravely reach it before the keeper and ripple the net. From then on in, Newcastle were comfortable and added a third goal in the 80th minute. A well-worked corner strategy saw the ball played ORZ LQWR D FURZGHG DUHD Ă&#x20AC;QGLQJ centre half Arthur Okonkuro, who neatly guided the ball home. 6FRWW QHDUO\ DGGHG D IRXUWK Ă&#x20AC;YH minutes from time when put clean through, but was denied by some splendid goalkeeping. The full time whistle saw the hosts progress to the second round of the BUCS Cup. Skipper Gouland, who was forced off shortly into the second half with injury, spoke of his delight at the win: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m absolutely chuffed for the lads. It was a great performanceâ&#x20AC;?. He added, on his injury, that his foot had â&#x20AC;&#x153;swollen up like a balloonâ&#x20AC;?. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to a swift recovery for the skipper and a victory in the next round for Newcastle.


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Kicking on: last week’s convincing victory against Leeds Met at Cochrane Park ensures that NURL are continuing their strong start to the season, and establishing themselves as title contenders

Leeds Met their match at Owls’ nest Men’s Rugby League

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Monday November 8 2010 THE COURIER

Owls make heads turn > Sport, page 43 Sports Editors: Paul Christian, Jamie Gavin and Tom James - courier.sport@ncl.ac.uk

Sports Editors: Jono Taylor, Wills Robinson and Kat Bannon - courier.sport@ncl.ac.uk L.MACKENZIE

Calamity at Cochrane: Newcastle were comprehensively beaten last Wednesday to end their Championship campaign prematurely. The latest defeat has now extended their winless streak to a worrying four matches

Face of the defeated

Hartpury heartache for Royals as Gloucestershire side dump hosts out of the Championship for second consecutive year

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Jono Taylor Sports Editor at Cochrane Park Last Wednesday proved a day to forget for Newcastle, after enduring a tough afternoon at the hands RI D FOLQLFDO +DUWSXU\ RXWĂ&#x20AC;W 'HVSLWHĂ&#x20AC;JKWLQJXQWLOWKHYHU\HQGWKH Royals were eliminated from the Championship for the second year running by the hugely impressive YLVLWRUVIURP*ORXFHVWHUVKLUH The spectators at Cochrane Park last week experienced a bitterly cold and windy day, while on the pitch, Newcastle were blown away E\WKHHIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQF\DQGLQWHQVLW\IURP WKH+DUWSXU\VWDUWLQJ;97KHYLVLtors ran in an impressive nine tries, in a game that will not live long in the memories of the Royalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; faithIXO Fashioning their updated white strip, Newcastle began brightly, and were unfortunate not to take an early lead after a promising attack led by centre Ed Yarnton broke down after a strong Hartpury reVLVWDQFH It was therefore ironically the visitors who took the lead moments ODWHU:LWKWKH+DUWSXU\IURQWHLJKW drawing the Newcastle forwards into a rook, the ball was quickly spread wide, and after evading two missed tackles, the Hartpury wing-

er took advantage of the space in WKH PLGĂ&#x20AC;HOG WR WRXFKGRZQ LQ WKH FRUQHU Windy conditions at Cochrane Park ensured that goal-kicking was largely fruitless, while the early stages of the match saw a host of misjudged kicks sailing into touch RQWKHIXOO$VDUHVXOWWKHWLHVWUXJJOHG WR Ă&#x20AC;QG DQ\ HDUO\ PRPHQWXP or consistency, with Newcastle struggling to keep ball-in-hand and supply their back three with any DUWLOOHU\ 'HVSLWH FRQFHGLQJ WKH RSHQLQJ points of the match, the home side kept playing in the right manner, but were often thwarted by an agJUHVVLYH +DUWSXU\ UXVKGHIHQFH Such aggression paid off after only ten minutes, with a crushing driving maul by the Gloucestershire side penetrating the hostsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; try-line for the second time in succession, and with it, doubling their early DGYDQWDJH $V WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW KDOI GHYHORSHG WKH +DUWSXU\ WLJKW Ă&#x20AC;YH JUHZ LQ ERWK dominance and stature, and the home sideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s depletion in the forZDUGV JUHZ PRUH DSSDUHQW :LWK a number of forwards graduating last year, the new-look Royals VFUXPLVXQGHUVWDQGDEO\VWLOOĂ&#x20AC;QGLQJLWVIHHW The visitors proved relentless and continued to play some scintillating UXJE\ +DUWSXU\ VFRUHG WZR PRUH tries before the break, and after a JUXHOOLQJ Ă&#x20AC;UVW SHULRG WKH 5R\DOV trailed 0-22 and were in desperate

QHHGRIVRPHLQVSLUDWLRQ The half-time interval saw the Newcastle management plea for more communication, and demanded the team to intimidate the GRPLQDQW+DUWSXU\EDFNOLQH The second half began in a similar IDVKLRQWRWKHHQGRIWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWZLWK WKHYLVLWRUVĂ&#x20AC;UPO\RQWKHIURQWIRRW $ QXPEHU RI FRXUDJHRXV WDFNOHV from Sam Shires ensured that the Hartpury dominance did not turn LQWRLPPHGLDWHSRLQWV 'HVSLWH 6KLUHV¡ IHDUOHVV GHIHQFH the Newcastle back-line again appeared speechless, as their lack RI FRPPXQLFDWLRQ VLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQWO\ KLQGHUHG WKHLU SURJUHVV $IWHU D number of forward phases, Hartpury once again spread the ball wide and took advantage of a huge overlap, with the full-back touchLQJGRZQZLWKHDVH The visitors added a sixth try

shortly after, with the Newcastle forwards unable to slow down a destructive rolling maul, which eventually collapsed over the RoyDOV¡OLQH The frustrations for the hosts were YLVLEOHDIWHUDFRXSOHRITXLFNĂ&#x20AC;UH incidents off-the-ball, the referee spoke to both captains, and gave WKH VLGH D Ă&#x20AC;QDO ZDUQLQJ EHIRUH KH ZRXOGEHIRUFHGWRXVHKLVFDUGV The warning again fell upon deaf ears however, as only moments later replacement Rob Fee was banished to the sin bin for allegedly SXOOLQJ GRZQ D PDXO LOOHJDOO\ , was later interestingly informed by his teammates that this was Feeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third caution in the opening four JDPHVWKLVVHDVRQ Newcastle paid a heavy price for WKHLU QXPHULFDO GLVDGYDQWDJH $ seventh try for the visitors ensued following another destructive move

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by the forward pack, and the Royals were facing a whitewash with WKHVFRUHDW $V WKH Ă&#x20AC;QDO WHQ PLQXWHV ORRPHG Newcastle refused to let their heads drop, and were rewarded for their GHWHUPLQDWLRQZLWKWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVWWU\RI WKH PDWFK 3LFNLQJ XS WKH EDOO RQ WKH ULJKWZLQJ 'DYLG 6ZHDWPDQ dissected the visitorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defence with an incisive grubber kick, and after collecting, skipped past the HartSXU\ IXOOEDFN WR Ă&#x20AC;QLVK D EULOOLDQW VRORWU\ Sweatmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effort appeared to invigorate the home side, and as it so often happens, Newcastle added a VHFRQGTXLFNĂ&#x20AC;UHWU\$IWHUSXWWLQJ together a number of phases in the Hartpury half, Sam Shires burst through the visitorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defence with ease, and crowned off his faultless GLVSOD\ZLWKDGHVHUYHGWU\ The Royals did disappointingly concede two late tries, which left WKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOVFRUHDWDGHPRUDOLVLQJ  +RZHYHU 1HZFDVWOH ZLOO WDNH heart from their refusal to let their heads go down, and will accept that the better team were victorious RQWKHGD\ 7KH Ă&#x20AC;UVW WHDP DUH QRZ ORRNLQJ ahead to next weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crunch BUCS game against Nottingham, before entertaining rivals Northumbria at &RFKUDQH3DUNWKHIROORZLQJZHHN For management and players alike, last week proved a harsh and painful lesson for NURFC, but one that may well prove an important one IRUWKHUHVWRIWKHVHDVRQ


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