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Inside today >>> Alarm bells Fire engines were called out to campus last week to tackle a blaze at Windsor Terrace. 1HZVSDJH

University break-ins There is concern for student security after international students were twice burgled at a University managed property. Student Liaison Coordinator Fay Paterson and University Flats Manager Paul Bandeen have their say on the matter. 1HZVSDJH

The rise of anti-fatism Is discriminating against overweight people the same as racism? Laura Heads discusses. &RPPHQWSDJH

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Lining up against the BNP Charlie Oven Student activists amassed outside the BBC’s Newcastle studio last Thursday in protest against the televised appearance of the British NaWLRQDO3DUW\OHDGHU1LFN*ULIĂ€QRQ Question Time. The timing of the protest could be seen as a dramatic statement of intent, taking place just a few hours prior to the scheduled BBC programme. The demonstration involved a slow march from Newcastle University Students’ Union to the BBC centre on Barrack Road, where they were met by fellow anti-BNP campaigners. The BNP have often courted controversy with their far right views. Part of the party’s 12-page manifesto reads: ‘The British National Party stands for the preservation of the national and ethnic character of the British people and is wholly opposed to any form of racial integration between British and non-European peoples.’ The party’s opposition to racial integration resonates in what The Independent calls an “unashamed manifesto for ethnic cleansingâ€? in a

nation that has established a modern identity of multiculturalism. The incompatible nature of the BNP’s policies with many British citizens has traditionally marginalised the party. Nevertheless, the recent election of *ULIĂ€Q WR WKH (XURSHDQ 3DUOLDPHQW in June 2009 propelled the party into the media spotlight. This is a key factor in explaining ZK\ *ULIĂ€Q IRXQG KLPVHOI RQ WKH %%&¡V Ă DJVKLS SROLWLFDO GLVFXVVLRQ programme, Question Time, on Thursday evening. That aside, his appearance fostered contention. The BBC argued that as a democratically elected politician, whose party gained nearly a million votes at the European elections, he was entitled to a platform. ,QUHVSRQVHWR*ULIĂ€Q¡VLQYLWH/D bour MP, Andy Slater, told The Independent that it was “just irresponsible.â€? 2SSRQHQWV RI *ULIĂ€Q IHDUHG WKDW being on the programme would hand his party the legitimacy it had long craved and which it had not been granted. It was these very fears that offered an incentive for the local protesters to act. With the protesters congregating outside the Students’ Union, there

was a feeling of anticipation as numbers gathered. Such feelings were fuelled by impassioned slogans on signs erected by the enthusiasts that preached racial equality. Speaking to The Courier, Phil Wilson, a coordinator of the protest, commented: “I’ve been encouraged by the levels of interest and participation. The aim of the protest is to show the need for unity in order to combat fascism. “It was a successful formula when confronting the National Front in the 1970s.â€? As protesters marched through &DVWOH /HD]HV RQ WKHLU PHDQGHULQJ MRXUQH\ WR WKH /RRN 1RUWK VWXGLRV chants of ‘black and white unite’ echoed around the walls of the student accommodation. Ian Pattison, a third year Politics student at Newcastle University, told The Courier: “I hope the protest ZLOO UHĂ HFW WKH VWUHQJWK RI SXEOLF opinion against the BNP.â€? However, Pattison was quick to draw a distinction between the BNP itself and certain BNP voters. He continued: “Many supporters of the %13DUHGLVVDWLVĂ€HGPHPEHUVRIWKH working class who felt betrayed after the failings of mainstream politi-

cal parties.â€? On reaching the studios, the student-led protest joined with fellow anti-BNP activists under an observant police presence. The stage was now set for activists to make politically charged speeches, where rhetoric ran deep. One protester cried: “Question Time is a platform for debate, but there is no debate to be had with fascism.â€? Such an uncompromising attitude to the BNP’s far right policies was met with wide enthusiastic applause, encapsulating the consensual undertones of the protest. As the protest came to a conclusion, Michael Dixon, a protest coRUGLQDWRU UHĂ HFWHG ZLWK RSWLPLVP “In terms of organising the campaign, we did all we could in order to deliver a successful message of anti-fascism in this region.â€? With this in mind, it is clear that local protesters can walk away safe in the knowledge that their campaign against the BNP was one of many protests that emerged across the country on Thursday. Elsewhere, over 150 protesters had gathered outside BBC Television &HQWUHLQ:HVW/RQGRQ Commentary, page 6

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News Students miss out 30,000 prospective students have not been granted a place at university this year Page 7

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Durham students campaign for Culture Capital

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In the wake of Liverpool’s massive success as last year’s European Capital of Culture, Durham is now one of the 29 cities vying for the title of WKHĂ€UVW8.&LW\RI&XOWXUH Everyone in the city has shown their support for the bid, but it is the overwhelming enthusiasm from students that has really upped Durham’s chances of bringing the highly coveted title up North. Durham Students’ Union has now been asked to campaign to bring the prize to the city after over one thousand new students from across the UK showed their support at the Durham University Freshers’ Fair. Back the Bid project manager, Marion Ingleby, said: “We’ve had a great time at the fair and the students have got behind us in a really big way. Their energetic and enthusiastic support has been fantastic. In just under two days, we’ve had 1,080 people sign up to back the bid,

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Culture Carnage in the spotlight The Debate looks at the infamous t-shirt bar crawl which took place in Newcastle on Sunday Page 24

Sport Poly thriller 1HWEDOOÂżUVWVQDUURZO\ miss out on a famous win over Northumbria in BUCS Premier League Page 41

Conservatives hint at large tuition fee hike James Brown

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which is phenomenal!� According to the company behind the European Capital of Culture programme, over 3.5 million people

Tuition fees would rise to ÂŁ7,000 a year under a Conservative government, according to its shadow universities minister, David Willets. Willets gave the clearest signal yet that the Conservative Party will seriously consider raising tuition fees to ÂŁ7,000 a year. This was the sum demanded by many vice-chancellors, especially WKRVH RI WKH 5XVVHOO *URXS RI OHDG ing research-intensive universities, to which Newcastle University belongs. $OWKRXJKQRW\HWRIĂ€FLDO7RU\3DU ty policy, when the government’s review of higher education starts later this year, fees – and support for poorer students – will be up for discussion. 5XVVHOO *URXS YLFHFKDQFHOORUV have already stated that their preference is for higher fees of up to ÂŁ7,000 a year, with some advocating unlimited fees, such as those at American universities. Responding to a Confederation of British Industry (CBI) report this September, which called for higher fees and more support for poorer VWXGHQWVWKH5XVVHOO*URXSFKDLU'U Wendy Piatt said: “An increase in tuition fees, as recommended by the CBI, is clearly one of those options [to solve the funding crisis at universities] but we want to be 100% sure about the impact of any changes to fee levels on students.â€? Willets made clear that a future Conservative government would support such a rise if the review demanded it. He told the London Evening Standard that vice-chancellors had been pressing him to raise fees to ÂŁ7,000. However, Willets was keen to stress that the issue was not “whether it be ÂŁ5,000 or ÂŁ7,000â€? but what a rise would mean for “the teaching experience for students.â€? He insists standards, such as access to lecturers and the time it takes

to receive feedback on written work must increase before fees can rise, something echoed by Lord Mandelson, the Labour Cabinet minister, with overall responsibility for universities. Mandelson, unlike Willets, has made it clear that access for poorer VWXGHQWV DQG WKH Ă€QDQFLDO VXSSRUW they receive at university is a priority for Labour if fees do increase. While Conservative leader David Cameron has not made any explicit FRPPHQWV RQ KLJKHU IHHV DQG RIĂ€ cial Tory policy on fees is not likely WR EH DQQRXQFHG EHIRUH D *HQHUDO Election, it is clear that many in the party favour higher fees. Newcastle’s ex-chancellor, Lord 3DWWHQ DQ H[*RYHUQRU RI +RQJ Kong and one-time Conservative Party chairman, resigned from his post as the Chancellor of Newcastle University in September 2008, just days after making controversial comments about university fees. The Courier previously reported that Lord Patten told the Headmaster and Headmistresses Conference in September 2008 that the current cap on fees at ÂŁ3145 a year was “intolerably low.â€? He opined: “Can there be a middle-class objection to higher fees? “It is surely a mad world in which parents or grandparents are prepared to shell out tens of thousands of pounds to put their children through private schools to get them into universities, and then object to them paying a tuition fee of more than ÂŁ3,000 when they are there.â€? His comments were interpreted as out of touch – only 9% of children go to fee-paying schools – and as having contributed to his resignation. First year History student, Katie Fearon, told The Courier: “I’m shocked it has even been suggested that tuition fees could rise. “I’m lucky enough to be in a good Ă€QDQFLDO VLWXDWLRQ DW KRPH EXW , would be completely put off applying to university if I had to pay that much.â€?

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If Durham were to be successful in 2013 it would play host to a number of prestigious cultural events, including the Turner Prize, the Brit Awards, and the Baftas. Ben Robertson from Durham Students’ Union backs Durham’s bid: “We have over 140 different student societies, and many other sports teams and associations all providing fantastic cultural opportunities in Durham. “We have theatre groups, dance societies, orchestras and bands and loads of groups putting on fantastic events in the University community and also out in the local areas.� Cities have to put forward their initial bids by December 11 and then a shortlist will be announced early in 2010. The winner will be announced next Spring. Durham County Council has said too much of Britain’s culture is still focused on London and it wants to bring the desirable title to the North East. To sign up for the bid visit www.durhamcityofculture.co.uk.

University disabled access under spotlight Anna McAuley This month sees the launch of an undercover investigation into the accessibility of leisure services in the North East, carried out by 150 young disabled campaigners as part of a nationwide campaign. Pubs, clubs, cinemas, theatres, and other leisure facilities are to be targeted in the investigation carried out by Trailblazers, a national network of 16 to 30-year-olds from the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, ZKR Ă€JKW IRU WKH ULJKWV RI \RXQJ disabled people. The investigation is a response to reports of inequality from wheelchair users, and aims to commend accessible leisure facilities while “naming and shamingâ€? inadequate facilities. .LQJ¡V*DWHWKH8QLYHUVLW\¡VODWHVW building development, is set to cater fully for disabled students but in the past critics have slammed the University’s disabled access. 6WXGHQW6XSSRUW2IĂ€FHU3HWH0HU cer said: “I don’t think disabled access on campus at the moment is great. For instance, the Disability Support Unit is located within the Wellbeing Service on Claremont Road at the moment [until it moves WR .LQJ¡V *DWH@ DQG LW GRHVQ¡W KDYH disabled access. “But I do know disabled access is very high up on the Vice Chancellor’s agenda – a lot of the development on campus is taking the needs

of disabled students very seriously; LW¡V KHDYLO\ LQà XHQFLQJ D ORW RI WKH capital development.� The University has a duty of care to all students; when a student registers with Disability Support the University works to provide access to the facilities that the student needs, wherever possible. While a few pockets of inaccessibility remain on campus due to the number of old buildings, the University is working to improve WKHVLWXDWLRQE\UHQRYDWLQJWKH2OG Quad and the area outside Robinson Library. Inside, there are an increasing number of accessible toilets and electronic doors, while timetabling can be organised according to rooms with wheelchair access. The Union building’s disabled access has come under the most scrutiny. Both entrances have steps and once inside stairs are needed to get most places. The lift is currently out of order, restricting access for wheelchair users. There is no lift access to the basement, meaning some disabled students are automatically excluded from attending gigs at the Union. The 1995 Disability Discrimination Act states that reasonable adjustments need to be made to make sure venues are fully accessible (Section 21 (2)). So, while the University itself undertakes a range of initiatives to ensure greater accessibility, the Union is lagging 14 years behind current legislation.

Archaeologists save precious artefacts Caroline Howley A group of Newcastle archaeology students helped to save precious artefacts from being lost forever during a recent dig at Birdoswald Roman fort on Hadrian’s Wall. 7KLVZDVWKHÀUVWPDMRUH[FDYDWLRQ of a Roman cemetery anywhere on Hadrian’s Wall and was hoped to reveal much about changes in ritual practise as well as anthropological

factors such as the different statuses and ethnic groups of those living on the wall. Emma Morris, stage two archaeology student, said: “The fact that Newcastle students got to take part LV YHU\ Ă DWWHULQJ DQG ZH ZHUH DOO very excited to be there. Almost everyone, by the end of the two weeks, had the opportunity to excavate one of the cremation features, with a few RIXVĂ€QGLQJXUQVRUSRWVZLWKLQWKH feature itself.â€?


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/XFN\HVFDSHDVÀUH hits campus halls Tarren Smarr Drama ignited in Windsor Terrace ODVW :HGQHVGD\ PRUQLQJ DV D ÀUH broke out in the laundry room at the University halls of residence. Fortunately no one was harmed during the blaze which saw three ÀUH HQJLQHV UXVK RXW WR WDFNOH WKH ÀUH According to Jimmy Laffey, who works in the accommodation reception for Jesmond and Windsor Terrace, the popular laundry room was completely empty when a circuit board in the electrical cupboard overheated. No students were present in the laundry room at the time, and none of the washers were in use, which SRWHQWLDOO\ FRXOG KDYH LQWHQVLÀHG WKHÀUH An electrician, who happened to VHHWKHÀUHWKURXJKDZLQGRZZKLOH passing, called the Fire Brigade immediately. 7KHÀUHWUXFNVZHUHGLVSDWFKHGWR :LQGVRU7HUUDFHDQGWKHÀUHZDVGL PLQLVKHG ZLWKRXW VLJQLÀFDQW GDP age to the laundry room. Unfortunately for students, as well as Windsor Terrace employees, there is currently no electricity on WKH JURXQG à RRU RI WKDW VHFWLRQ RI Windsor Terrace. As a result, students are unable to access any laundry facilities at this time. Windsor Terrace resident Mike Collins told The Courier ´$W ÀUVW LW

seemed kind of cool. “People were excited about the rush of no power on the ground Ă RRU ´1RZ,Ă€QGLWDQQR\LQJVLQFH,DP scrounging around for something to wear. All my clothes are dirty and I can’t do the washing.â€? Former Windsor Terrace tenant /DXUD*ULIĂ€VFRPPHQWHG´,IHHOUH ally sorry for the residents.â€? 7KH$FFRPPRGDWLRQ2IĂ€FHLVVWLOO working to determine the cause of WKHHOHFWULFDOĂ€UH A spokesperson, Karen Costello, told The Courier: “As of now, we have no ideas as to what made it overheat, but we are working our hardest to get the electricity back on.â€? Several departments, including the Law School which also has a home in Windsor Terrace, were unaffectHGE\WKHĂ€UH

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International students burgled in Easton Flats News, page 4-5

Tom Lowenstein on social networking sites Comment, page 40

Where there’s muck, there’s money Katy Covell Twenty-four determined volunteers, IRUW\HLJKWZHOOLHVVHYHQVKLIWVĂ€YH massive tractors and one mammoth pile of poo‌ It could only be the Agrics’ mighty ‘Muckathon’. Held on Saturday October 10 at Cockle Park University Farm, the event was set up to raise money for DebRA, a charity that supports and assists sufferers of the rare skin condition Epidermolysis Bullosa. The challenge was to spread a mountain of muck as fast as possible. Raising over ÂŁ500 for DebRA, ‘Muckathon’ organiser and Agriculture student Jack Smith, humbly said of the Agrics’ efforts: “They

had a very big heap of muck which needed spreading and we said we would spread it for charity.� The University Farm Manager David Watson is a patron of the charity as his daughter suffers from the rare genetic disorder - a painful skin condition which causes the skin and internal body linings to blister at the slightest knock or bump. The muddy affair took place at Cockle Park University Farm just outside Morpeth, and despite the less than favourable weather and before-sunrise start, the intrepid team turned out in force to begin their epic challenge which saw the day split into seven two-hour shifts. The determined workers soldiered on long after the crowd of spectators

had retired home, celebrating as the ÀQDO ORDG PHW HDUWK MXVW DIWHU QLQH o’clock in the evening. Students meandering from one lecture to the next a few weeks back might, understandably, have been a bit confused when they were asked to estimate the amount of time it would take to spread a sizeable heap of manure, but for two lucky students, their spot on guess of 13 hours and 20 minutes won them each £25. Special thanks go to Lloyds and Rickerby Agricultural machinery dealerships, without whose sponsorship and machinery donated, the event simply couldn’t have taken place.


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Robbed of their safety: students > International students at the University’s Easton Flats have suffered a double break-in by opportunist burglars, reports Deputy Editor Fran Infante and Takashi Oshimi International students living in University accommodation have been left fearing for their safety after two break-ins in just over a fortnight. The students have said that they are so traumatised following the second break-in at Easton Flats that they are scared to leave the property. 7KHà DWVKRXVHRYHUSRVWJUDGuate students, most of whom are from overseas. 7KH ÀUVW LQFLGHQW RFFXUUHG RQ WKH QLJKW RI WKH  6HSWHPEHU WKH VHFond less than three weeks later, in broad daylight on Thursday 8 October. 7KH YLFWLP RI WKH ÀUVW EUHDNLQ Li Zhe, 26, returned to his room at DURXQG SP RQ WKH GD\ RI WKH LQFLGHQW WR ÀQG WKDW KLV JURXQG à RRU

window had been smashed and alPRVWÂ…RIHOHFWULFDOHTXLSPHQW had been stolen. The Chinese national who recently began studying for his Masters in ,QWHUQDWLRQDODQG(FRQRPLF6FLHQFH immediately telephoned the police DQGUHSRUWHGWKHORVVRIDÂ…ODSWRSDQGÂ…FDPHUD

“I no longer feel safe in my home and I’m fearful that a repeat attack will take place in the futureâ€? When police arrived at the scene WKH\ VHDUFKHG IRU Ă€QJHU SULQWV EXW no evidence was found. The stu-

dents were told, however, that the pattern of the crime was consistent with that of a juvenile offender. Both stolen items had been left on the student’s desk and were therefore visible to the intruder, presumably prompting the opportunistic attack. The second incident took place under rather more complicated circumstances. It is suspected that an intruder walked around the outside SHULPHWHURIWKHFRPSOH[RIĂ DWVDQG entered the property through the ZLQGRZRIWKHJURXQGĂ RRUNLWFKHQ which had been left slightly open. The victim, WeiMing Wu, lost a camera and lenses worth around Â… DV ZHOO DV D ODSWRS DQG GHVLJQHU EDJ ZRUWK RYHU Â… WKDW had been given to him as a gift by friends. More bizarrely, he later discovered that several pairs of socks had also been taken. WeiMing has been left so disturbed by the burglary that he told The Courier: “I wish to move out of Easton Flats, because I no longer feel safe in my home and I’m fearful that a repeat attack will take place in the future.â€?

The student who occupies the room next to WeiMing, and who was asleep in his room at the time of the attack, reported hearing the sound of someone pushing at the other side of his bedroom door. Assuming that it was his neighbour and friend he ignored it, although now it seems clear that it was the thief attempting to enter his room as well. Perhaps most worrying of all is the fact that, during this second attack, a distinctive Chinese cooking knife was also removed from the communal kitchen, which was entered by a thief via the window. Potentially, therefore, the burglar may have not only been wandering undetected in the corridors of the complex, but doing so armed with a weapon. When police were called to the scene, footprints were found in the kitchen but WeiMing’s bedroom door remained locked as he had left it. Police concluded that the thief had entered through the kitchen and had attempted to enter the rooms but was unable to gain access from the inside. WeiMing’s room was accessed through his window which had been left on a latch. Following the break-in, the Taiwanese student raised the issue with the University Accommodation OfĂ€FHEXWZDVOHIWGLVFRXUDJHGZKHQ he was told by one staff member: “I’m sorry but I can’t do anything – you have to be more careful about closing windows.â€? The victims, along with their fellow students, have asked the UniYHUVLW\WRĂ€WHLWKHU&&79DWWKHKDOOV of residence or metal bars to the outVLGHRIWKHJURXQGĂ RRUZLQGRZVLQ order to improve security, but they have received no guarantee that this action will take place. This account has caused concern for Manager of University Flats Paul Bandeen, who said: “We are committed to providing a safe and secure student environment. “We do take issues of security very, very seriously. We not only provide accommodation, but have a pastoral duty to our residents and will take whatever measures necessary to make them feel protected.

The burglar may have not only been wandering undetected in the corridors of the complex, but doing so armed with a weapon “It is true that not all University PDQDJHG VLWHV KDYH &&79 EXW LW¡V something we are happy to look at and see whether it would be a deterrent and whether it is the most effective way to spend money. “We can demonstrate that our sites are very secure and very safe, across all the university owned accommodation. ´7KHUH ZHUH RQO\ Ă€YH UHSRUWHG incidents of forced entry over the whole of the last academic year.â€? When informed of the students’ dismay at the initial handling of the affair, Bandeen was adamant, saying: “We do have guidelines for all staff to follow if there is an incident. If we haven’t handled a concern properly I can assure you that it will be dealt with internally. “If students are still concerned about their safety we are more than happy to reinvestigate an appropriate response.

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´$ODUPV KDYH DOUHDG\ EHHQ Ă€WWHG in all the ground level room windows and we hope that will ease concerns.â€? 6WXGHQW/LDLVRQ2IĂ€FHUIRU1RUWKumbria Police, Fay Paterson told The Courier of the need for students to more vigilant and more aware of their possessions, whether they live in University managed accommodation or in the private sector. ´6WXGHQWVDUHWDUJHWHGE\FULPLQDOV purely because they are students, because they also tend to own more expensive consumer goods per head than the rest of the population. “The problem seen at Easton Flats is a common one. Criminals freTXHQWO\WDUJHWKDOOVRIUHVLGHQFHMXVW RQWKHRIIFKDQFHWKDWWKH\ZLOOĂ€QG an entry. ´6WXGHQWVPXVWEHPDGHDZDUHRI how vulnerable they are.â€?


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left traumatised after break-in New UK visa system leaves overseas students unable to enter the country Jack Stevenson International students face having their educational dreams left VKDWWHUHG DV WKH\ ÀQG WKHPVHOYHV blocked from starting degrees under a new UK visa system. It comes as universities in Britain IDFH WKH UHDOLW\ RI D ÀQDQFLDO SLWIDOO as they fail to receive the hefty tuition fees that students pump into higher education. The new visa system, which came into place last year, has complicated many international students’ applications, as well as some given out under the previous system. This has led to confusion and chaos amongst international students, who thought they would be able to enter the UK in order to study. Some students already studying in the UK have found themselves having to obtain new visas in order to continue with their courses. Students from outside the European Union pay vast sums to be educated in the United Kingdom. At Imperial College London, students wanting to study sciences will pay £20,400 in fees for this year alone, and whilst the fees are lower at Newcastle at £13,360, they still make an important contribution to

the University’s budget. It is feared that the UK will lose its favourable reputation as a place to study if the visa crisis is allowed to continue. Universities UK (UUK), the representative body for leaders of universities in this country, has expressed great concern over the situation. Within the next few weeks, it will be too late for many international students to start their courses and they will be asked to defer their education for a further year. 7KLVSUHVHQWVDYHU\GLIÀFXOWVLWXDWLRQIRUXQLYHUVLWLHVÀQDQFLDOO\EXW is also devastating for students who PXVWQRZÀQGVRPHWKLQJHOVHWRGR for a year, in the hope that the UK Border Agency (UKBA) will have found a way for them to enter the country. In a last attempt to help students who may receive their visas in time, some universities have started to ÀOP OHFWXUHV VR WKDW WKH VWXGHQWV have the chance to keep up with their peers already studying in the country. It is thought, however, that many universities will cut students off from around the start of November if they have still failed to gain access to the UK. One Newcastle student from the

USA, fortunate enough to have dual citizenship, said that when she arrived in the UK from the States, two American students behind her were refused entry because of problems with their visas. The postgraduate Law student told The Courier: “Students on my course are just now learning that the visa they received before the new standards were put in place may be in jeopardy. “They are now having to re-apply for a visa under the new policy and worry that they may not be able to continue with their studies.â€? International students contribute ÂŁ4 billion to UK universities in fees; this contributes over 8% towards education funding. With Newcastle being a prominent UK university for international students from around the globe, the University is likely to be amongst the hardest hit by this problem. Mark Crane, President of the Modern Languages Society, said: “Whilst there are clearly abuses of the student visas system, the government is attempting to look tough on immigration by making an example of genuine international students, who in reality prop the higher education system up. “It’s a cheap political shot.â€?

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An annual survey of tuition fees has revealed that international students are being charged more each year. This comes amid fears that Newcastle University is becoming increasingly reliant on non-EU stuGHQWVWRÀOOJDSVLQIXQGLQJ The survey, published on The Guardian website, lists Newcastle University among 175 other institutions, comparing tuition fees for EU students with international students studying the same course. Although Newcastle charges the maximum tuition fees of £3,225 per year for a bachelor’s degree (offset by around £7,000 from the government), international students are charged an average of £10,215 for an arts degree or £13,360 for a science degree. Though these are both well above the national average and up £1000

from last year’s fees, bachelor’s degrees at Imperial College London can cost up to ÂŁ20,000 a year for international students. International postgraduate students fare better: UK fees are ÂŁ4,195 per year, compared to ÂŁ10,215 for a master’s in an arts subject (about a hundred pounds below average) and ÂŁ13,360 for a master’s in a science subject (ÂŁ1500 above average). In the academic year 07/08, international students made up around 7% of undergraduates and almost 40% of postgraduate students. Around ÂŁ31m - 9% of the University’s total income - comes from international student fees, according to Professor Tony Stevenson of the University’s Planning and Resources department. “International students currently represent some 15% of the student body and we will see this grow to around 20% as a result of our developing operations in Singapore and

Malaysia, where we are developing international branch campuses,â€? he said, going on to point out that international fees are increased at the UDWHRILQĂ DWLRQ President of the Modern Languages Society, Mark Crane, said: “International students are invaluable WR WKH 8QLYHUVLW\ LQ ERWK Ă€QDQFLDO terms and in the way they contribute to the cultural and academic exchange that is the whole point of university.â€? Without international students, universities would likely see “more departments closing, worse infrastructure, and less investment in libraries,â€? according to Dominic Scott of the UK Council for International Student Affairs. He told The Guardian: “At a time RI KXJH Ă€QDQFLDO SUHVVXUH LW LV WKH international student income that is enabling universities to invest, expand and survive.â€?

Friends of Palestine campaign on campus Jonny Pickering The newly-created Friends of Palestine Society has been highly active on campus over the past week, holding stalls and increasing awareQHVV RI WKH GLIĂ€FXOW VLWXDWLRQ IDFHG by Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. After the Israeli invasion of Gaza last December, the Palestinian people are still trying to recover from the devastation, and the Friends of Palestine at Newcastle are assisting with the reconstruction in whatever

way they can. They are involved in a number of campaigns, including providing education materials for Palestinian schools and are organising a trip to both Israeli and Palestinian universities this summer. The Friends of Palestine is also involved in an ongoing campaign against Newcastle University’s investments in the arms trade, which they consider a corrupt and destabalising industry that is more likely WRHVFDODWHFRQà LFWWKDQWRHQGLW Weapons sold to Israel by BAE Systems – in which Newcastle Uni-

versity holds shares – were used against the Palestinians during last December’s invasion A spokesman for the group said that they wish to encourage other students who feel strongly about an issue to actively campaign around it and to return to the spirit of student activism of the past. The Friends of Palestine are hosting a public meeting on Tuesday October 27 in Lecture Theatre 3 of the Bedson building, which all students are welcome to attend to listen and discuss the situation in Palestine.


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1LFN*ULIÀQRQ4XHVWLRQ7LPH ZKDWThe CourierZULWHUVWKLQN Nick Jackson Commentary Should the BNP be allowed a platform in order for us to see them as the bigots they are? For me, the question has not been looked at in a wider context. In our rush to promote the independence and equality of the BBC, we have forgotten that we are not the only ones watching. In many developing countries, there is often little realisation that our government is not controlling the media. The Iranian authorities’ aversion to BBC Farsi, often shut down in times of tension, indicates this, as does the violence directed against Danish embassies around the world in 2005, after the printing

Caroline Argyropulo-Palmer Commentary Having watched the edition of Question Time, which included 1LFN*ULIÀQRQWKHSDQHO,FDQRQO\ FRQFOXGHWKDWWKH%%&ZHUHMXVWLÀHG in their decision to allow him to appear. The programme was incredibly HQFRXUDJLQJ WR VRPHRQH ZKR ÀQGV the BNP, and their growth in popularity, frankly stomach turning. 6HHLQJ0U*ULIÀQKLGHEHKLQGIDNH and highly inappropriate laughter; hearing the audience boo his outrageous comments; cheer the other panel members, and ask real, probing questions. Seeing the other political parties come together to bring down an incompetent sham of an M.E.P, rather than alienating the electorate by in-

of offensive cartoons of Mohammed. This violence engulfed countries such as Pakistan, currently a key DOO\ RI WKH :HVW 1LFN *ULIĂ€Q¡V DSpearance on Question Time could be interpreted as a move to promote a man who believes the Koran is ‘a monster in our midst.’ Seen in this context, the argument of letting the BNP dig their own grave on Question Time lacks punch, particularly if we are reminded of the numbers behind the European election results. The BNP in fact polled fewer votes in Yorkshire at this year’s European elections than in those of 2004. Their gain of two seats in the European Parliament can be attributed to the Labour vote share dropping disastrously by just under 7% in the

polls. For this reason alone, the BNP does not deserve this extra exposure and it seems doubly foolish to give them it with Britain’s international reputation already in a parlous state. 1LFN *ULIÀQ DQG KLV FRKRUWV FXUrently receive a wealth of coverage in the press, of an almost exclusively negative nature. A prime example can be found this ZHHN ZLWK *ULIÀQ¡V OXGLFURXV FRPparison of the British Army’s retired top brass to the Nazis hanged at Nuremberg. We must ask whether it is worth distorting Britain’s image abroad, in order to give the BNP special treatment it has not earned and does not need to undermine itself. For the reasons above, I believe the answer is no.

Ă€JKWLQJ Watching, I laughed, I cheered, I felt part of this country; a country of many races and faiths that feels there is no place for racist views in our political system, a country that was cheering with me. There is no way that the BNP came out of the programme looking good or reasonable; even to people with sympathy for them. 0U*ULIĂ€QEDUHO\DQVZHUHGDTXHVtion coherently, was completely outclassed, outwitted and outsmarted on all accounts, and was shown to be racist, ignorant and very, very stupid. 7KHĂ€QDOTXHVWLRQRIWKHVKRZZDV the very question that has been so discussed in the media: “Was this an early Christmas present for the BNP?â€? 7RWKLVHYHQ1LFN*ULIĂ€QFRXOGQRW answer that the party had gained

any advantage. He said the BBC did what they had WR GR *ULIĂ€Q¡V SDUW\ KROG VHDWV LQ the European Parliament. The BBC’s exemplary constitution enshrines free speech and impartiality; there was no choice. The choice they did have, however, as was highlighted in The Debate in Issue 1194 of The Courier, was how they responded to the BNP’s presence. And as urged in that article, they went on the attack; they DVNHG TXHVWLRQV DERXW 0U *ULIĂ€Q¡V racial policies and views, and they shattered all of them. And with this, they shattered any feelings of apathy I had; any feeling of inevitability about the BNP’s rise. 7KHUHLVVRPHWKLQJWRĂ€JKWIRUDQG good on ‘Auntie’ for bringing the Ă€JKWLQWRRXUKRPHV

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“I regard the BBC as part of a thoroughly unpleasant, ultra-leftist establishment which, as we have seen here tonight, doesn’t even want the English to be recognised as an existing people�

“If Churchill were alive he would belong to the BNP�

Racism “I shared a platform with David Duke, who was once a member of the Ku Klux Klan, an almost totally non-violent one by the wayâ€? “The indigenous people of this island are the English, the Scots, the Irish and the Welsh. We are the aborigines hereâ€? Hitler’s Mein Kampf “The chapter I most enjoyed was the one on Propaganda and Organisation. There were some really useful ideas in thereâ€? Jack Straw “My father was in the RAF during the Second World War while Mr Straw’s father was in prison for UHIXVLQJWRÂżJKW$GROI+LWOHU´

Immigration “We have said it is time to shut the door because this country is overcrowded; that criminals, bogus asylum seekers and people who are not loyal to this country should be deported. Everyone else can stayâ€? London London is no longer a city my grandparents would recognise. It is changed beyond all recognition. Many of the ancestral Londoners have left over the last 20 years because they can no longer call it homeâ€? Homosexuality Âł$ORWRISHRSOHÂżQGWKHVLJKWRI two grown men kissing in public very creepy. I understand that homosexuals don’t understand that, but that is how a lot of us feel...Militant homosexuals do not have the right to try and preach to schoolchildren. That is perverseâ€?


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Applications on the up Joshua Shrimpton Dean Undergraduate applications to Newcastle University saw an increase of 1.2 percent this year. Figures obtained from the uniYHUVLW\ DGPLVVLRQV RIĂ€FH VKRZ WKDW 23,470 prospective United Kingdom and EU students applied for a place at the university for 2009 entry, an increase of 1.2 percent. 7KHĂ€JXUHVDOVRVKRZWKDWRQO\RQH in every six applicants are successful in obtaining a place at Newcastle University, with 3,940 undergraduates beginning a course this year, an increase of 2.1 percent. Applications from international students saw an increase of a staggering 19 percent. 7KH Ă€JXUHV FRPH DV DQ HVWLPDWHG 30,000 people across the United Kingdom missed out on a place at university this year, many of which ZHUHZHOOTXDOLĂ€HGDQGZRXOGKDYH been successful had they applied last year. Despite the competition for places, Newcastle University was still able to accept some candidates who had not met the conditions of their offer. Katherine Hind, Senior Undergraduate Admissions Manager, said: “It is impossible to say how many wellTXDOLĂ€HGDSSOLFDQWVPLVVHGRXWRQD place, but, for most of our courses,

the University accepted a number of ‘near miss’ applicants who had not met their offer conditions.â€? The current recession has frequently been cited as a factor for the increase in university applications. Mature students are among those who have taken the opportunity to enter into higher education in the face of an unstable jobs market and ULVLQJXQHPSOR\PHQWĂ€JXUHV The government have been criticised for contradicting their longstanding commitment to higher HGXFDWLRQ E\ LPSRVLQJ Ă€QHV RQ XQLYHUVLWLHVWKDWKDYHGHĂ€HGDTXRWD on 13,000 additional admissions this year; 35,000 extra places were offered nationally. Figures supplied by the admissions department do not include any applications made after 28th July 2009, although very few clearing places were available. It appears Newcastle University ZLOOEHXQDIIHFWHGE\DQ\VXFKĂ€QHV but the situation remains ultimately uncertain. Katherine Hind said: “We do not believe that we shall suffer DQ\Ă€QDQFLDOSHQDOW\IURPWKHJRYernment, although the position is not yet clear.â€? UCAS disclosed that 43,359 students obtained a place through clearing this year, compared with around 35,000 last year.

)UHVKHUV¡%DOOĂ€DVFR Bethany Sissons The Union Society has been forced to cancel this year’s Freshers’ Ball due to low ticket sales. The ball, which was a sell out in 2008, was due to take place on 21st October and the cancellation has left many freshers disappointed. (VWKHU ,QQHV D Ă€UVW \HDU +LVWRU\ student, said: “The Freshers’ Ball should be a big event. It doesn’t seem to have been organised well this year - I’m gutted I won’t get to ZHDUP\RXWĂ€WÂľ Some students believe that the low sales were due to the expensive ticket price of ÂŁ32.99. The recent stuGHQW ORDQ Ă€DVFR ZKHUH WKRXVDQGV of students are still without a loan, could also be another reason why freshers chose not to buy a ticket for the ball. Furthermore, the event was due to have the same James Bond theme as last year, but it would appear that a new and fresh idea was needed in order to repeat the success of 2008. Alice Hogg was planning to attend this year’s ball. She told The Courier: “I’m quite glad that I can get my money back. Second year students had told me that the 2008 ball was disappointing.â€? Roisin Watson attended the Freshers’ Ball last year: “It wasn’t the best night out I’ve had in Newcastle - the meal felt rushed and the tickets were expensive.â€?

There was also a problem with the marketing of the event, as unlike in 2008, ball tickets were not made available to buy on the Union Society website at the same time as Freshers’ Week wristbands. This appears to have been a huge oversight from the Union Society, as PDQ\ Ă€UVW \HDU VWXGHQWV KDYH WROG The Courier that they didn’t even know the event was taking place, and that they were informed of the cancellation before they knew it was even happening. Jennifer Scott said: “I think more tickets would have been sold if the event had been more widely advertised.â€? The Union Society expressed regret at the cancellation. Activities 2IĂ€FHU *HRUJLD 0RUJDQ:\QQH told The Courier: “In order to make the night a success we required a minimum of 500 ticket sales. “This ensures we can transform and drape the venue and provide excellent entertainment and quality food and drinks. “Due to low ticket sales the Union was at risk of making a large loss so instead we are offering either a refund or an upgrade to the Winter Wonderland White Tie and Tiara Ball which is ÂŁ36.50 per person or ÂŁ35 when booked in groups of ten.â€? If you purchased a ticket for the Freshers’ Ball and want to get in touch with someone regarding your refund or upgrade, please contact marketingsales.union@ncl.ac.uk.

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MP slams proposed %\NHUVWXGHQWà DWV Olivia-Marie Viveiros A local council’s plan to increase the number of purpose-built student à DWV LQ 1HZFDVWOH ZDV FULWLFLVHG DV another development was given the go ahead last week. Newcastle councillors approved RIDQHZFRPSOH[RIà DWVLQ&RTXHW Street next to Byker Bridge, after SODQQLQJRIÀFHUVDJUHHGLWZDVVXLWable for the council’s plan to create KRXVLQJZKLFKVSHFLÀFDOO\FDWHUVWR students. The complex, which contains 254 bedrooms, is one of many developments set to take place under Newcastle council’s ` Student Housing Strategy’, which aims to provide a further 5,000 beds for the city’s students. As previously reported in The Courier, the plans by the Liberal Democrat council, to try and vacate students from areas such as Jesmond and Heaton, have been the cause of much controversy between students, landlords and local residents.

Bill Shepherd, the Lib Dem Executive for Regeneration and Housing in Newcastle, claimed the local council was meeting the requirements of the government’s housing policy, which allowed married students, or those with children to apply for housing in the same way as local residents. He said: “Students are an important part of the city and we welcome them and the vitality they bring to the region. The important issue is to try and bring an appropriate mix of different housing types to the city, and to ensure that all students have access to decent accommodation.� Local Labour MP, Jim Cousins stated in a letter to the council: “The city council’s Soviet-style student housing policy takes no account of the variety of student housing needs. “It assumes that ‘bedspaces’ in suites of four to six single bedded rooms with very limited common space are a student housing policy for a modern, diverse, sophisticated and inclusive student community. They aren’t.“

A student at Oxford University ZKR VROG KLV UDUH Ă€UVW HGLWLRQ Harry Potter book to fund his studies has been found hanged in his room. Toby Rundle was found dead at the university’s Lady Margaret Hall by two friends just a IHZZHHNVLQWRKLVĂ€QDO\HDU The 21-year-old, from Wilton in Somerset, had been out drinking with friends a day earlier, was said to be increasingly troubled by sombre thoughts. Days before his suicide, he had posted an update on social networking site MySpace, saying: “Who I’d like to meet: God – to ask him what I’ve done wrong.â€? Rundle had hoped to one day become a food writer in San Fransico, a city he had fallen in love with on his gap year.

Ministers launch inquiry into loans An emergency inquiry has been launched into the Student Loans Company after thousands of students were left without loans at the start of term. It is claimed more than 88,000 students are still waiting for their loans, while thousands more have received only a partial payment. David Lammy, universities minister, ordered the inquiry and promised a ‘frank assessment of what went wrong.’ The Student Loans Company (SLC) is under intense pressure to resolve the situation as quickly as possible, as students become increasingly frustrated DW DWWHPSWV WR SXW WKHLU Ă€QDQFing in place. Ralph Seymour-Jackson, chief executive of the SLC, said: “We are very sorry for the genuine worry, confusion and distress this has caused students. “I understand how much worry has been caused, especially when students can’t get through on the phone.â€? He added that a recessionfuelled rise in loan applications was one of the main reasons for payments being delayed.

Student aged just 20 dies of heart attack A twenty-year-old university student has died after suffering a heart attack while out running on campus. Eleanor Keeler, a student from University College London, was just weeks into her transfer year at the University of Pennsylvania when she collapsed from a sudden cardiac arrest. She was taken to the university hospital but never regained consciousness and died eight days later with her family by her side. Poignant messages have Ă RRGHG LQ RQ D ZHEVLWH VHW XS in Eleanor’s memory by her parents. Her brother Matthew spoke of the shock at losing her, saying: ‘We do not know what caused it or what it could have been; all we know is that our bright and beautiful Eleanor is gone.’


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Editorial Editor: David Coverdale - editor.union@ncl.ac.uk

Record recycling rise for University Students and staff at Newcastle UniYHUVLW\DUHRQFRXUVHIRUDĂ€UVWFODVV with honours in recycling, after more than doubling their recycling UDWHIURPWRSHUFHQWRYHUWKH past year. As well as registering such an impressive increase in just under a year, the University’s improved performance has resulted in them registering the ‘best ever’ carbon savings LQDUHSRUWSURGXFHGE\6,7$8. The University saved an average of 242 tonnes of carbon last quarter ² QHDUO\ Ă€YH WLPHV DV PXFK DV WKH DYHUDJH6,7$8.FXVWRPHU The carbon saving – which in real WHUPV UHSUHVHQWV  GD\V LQ WKH OLIH RI DQ DYHUDJH 8. UHVLGHQW DQG ZRXOGWDNHEURDGOHDIWUHHVD year to digest – has been described DVWKHEHVW6,7$8.KDVHYHUVHHQ “We produce carbon saving reports for all of our customers on a quarterly basis, and whilst we are

XVHGWRVHHLQJVRPHLPSUHVVLYHĂ€Jures, this is the best report I’ve ever seen,â€? said John Godfrey, Corporate Reporting Analyst. “Obviously the organisations we VHUYHGLIIHULQVL]HEXWWKHDYHUDJH VDYLQJLVXVXDOO\DURXQGWRQQHV For Newcastle University to have DFKLHYHG D VDYLQJ RI DOPRVW  tonnes proves how vastly they have improved in a relatively short space of time.â€? Much of this is thanks to the positive attitude of staff and students at 1HZFDVWOH 8QLYHUVLW\ $URXQG  recycling bins for plastic bottles, mixed plastics, paper and cans were UROOHGRXWWRDURXQGRIWKHODUJest buildings on campus towards WKHHQGRIJLYLQJVWXGHQWVDQG staff more opportunity to recycle their waste. Daniel O’Connor, University Waste Manager, said: “It has been a tremendous effort by the students and

staff who are embracing the new facilities. It is a real treat to work with people who are so enthusiastic and proactive about diverting as much ZDVWHDVSRVVLEOHIURPODQGĂ€OOÂľ Newcastle University’s Pro-Vice&KDQFHOORU DQG 3RUWIROLR +ROGHU for Sustainable Development, Tony Stevenson, said: “If you’d have said last year that we could hit almost UHF\FOLQJ,ZRXOGKDYHQRWEHlieved you. ´+RZHYHU RXU DSSURDFK GHPRQVWUDWHVMXVWZKDWLVSRVVLEOHQRWRQO\ are we now diverting hundreds of WRQQHV RI ZDVWH IURP ODQGĂ€OO EXW we are saving carbon and getting more value out of waste. /DVW TXDUWHU WKH  VWXGHQWV DQG  VWDII WKDW XVH WKH 1HZcastle University campus managed to register such an impressive carERQ VDYLQJ E\ UHF\FOLQJ  WRQQHV RI SDSHU  WRQQHV RI SODVWLF DQG – perhaps unsurprisingly, but also

PRVWLPSRUWDQWO\²WRQQHVRIDOXminium cans. Recycling aluminium cans in particular saves a large amount of carERQ ² LQ WKH 8QLYHUVLW\¡V FDVH  WRQQHVRI&2ʚDORQH²DVLWWDNHVVR much energy to create a new can as opposed to recycling used cans. The University also recycled six and a half tonnes of cardboard, four tonnes of glass and a ton of ferrous PHWDOEHWZHHQ$SULODQG-XQH

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Give it a Go this term ‘Give it a Go’ is an exciting and innovative initiative of the Union Society to allow students to get involved in fun and exhilarating activities without any long term commitment of time or money. As the name implies, Give it a Go is a programme of activities every week during term time that allows students to take part in various activities either on campus or in the wider region. Activities vary from Reiki sessions to employer presentations, white water rafting to cultural trips to museums, aquariums and art galleries. There is something for every student and if you feel your interests aren’t represented, come and have a moan and they will make sure WKH\Ă€QGVRPHWKLQJWKDWVXLWV\RX With a budget given to ‘Give it a Go’ by the Union Society, the money they have is there to provide fun and free activities for every student, so there really is no excuse not to Give it a Go. There have already been a number of activities this term, including Go Ape (a high ropes adventure

Vacancies www.ncl.ac.uk/careers/vacancies The Careers Service provides information DQGDGYLFHRQGHYHORSLQJ\RXUVNLOOVÂżQGLQJ a part-time job, work experience, supporting business start-up and (when the time comes) exploring graduate opportunities. For more details about these and other vacancies, including details of how to apply, visit their website at www.ncl.ac.uk/careers.

Job Title: In Store Demonstrator Employer: Big Picture Business: Marketing Closing date: 31/10/2009 Salary: ÂŁ10.00 per hour Basic job description: They are looking for an In Store Demonstrator to demonstrate the LED TV range for SHARP, based in John Lewis in Newcastle. The aim of the role is to raise awareness of the new TV range in store and to increase sales. The hours of this post

FRXUVHLQ0DWIHQ VXUĂ€QJOHVVRQV in Tynemouth, studio photography sessions, free yoga lessons, street dance, tango and a caving trip – the list is exhaustive. To make sure you don’t miss out on any more fun and free activities, become friends with ‘Give it a Go’ on Facebook and Twitter (GIAG Newcastle), email giag.union@ncl. ac.uk, go to www.unionsociety. co.uk/giveitago or pop up to the $FWLYLWLHV2IĂ€FHRQWKHVW)ORRURI the Union building. Upcoming activities include white ZDWHUUDIWLQJ  DZRUOG UHFRUGDWWHPSW  FUD]\JROI  DFKHDSWULSWR(GLQEXUJK =RR  IHOOZDONLQJLQ.HVZLFN  DQGPDQ\PRUH giag.union@ncl.ac.uk www.unionsociety.co.uk/giveitago www.twitter.com/GIAGnewcastle

are Saturday: 10.00 - 17.00 / Sunday: 10.00 - 16.00. The initial contract is for 4 weeks but may be extended. Person requirements: If you have a passion for technology, have great communication VNLOOVDQGFDQLQÀXHQFHSHRSOHZHZRXOGOLNH to work with you. Location: John Lewis, Newcastle Upon Tyne Job Title: Christmas Temps Employer: Claire’s Accessories Business: Fashion and Accessories Specialist Closing date: ASAP Salary: NMW + Basic job description: They are currently looking for two temporary Sales Assistants over the Christmas holidays to work a miniPXPRIKRXUVSHUZHHNZLWKWKHÀH[LELOLW\RI working up to 16 hours per week. You will be required to work evenings and weekends. Person requirements: Experience in a customer service role would be helpful. You must EHRXWJRLQJFRQ¿GHQWFKDWW\DQGJRRGZLWK dealing with members of the public. You must be available to work over the Christmas holidays. Location: Metrocentre (Blue Quadrant) Gateshead

Job Title: Temporary Christmas Baristas Employer: Starbucks Business: Coffee Company Closing date: 30/10/2009 Salary: NMW Basic job description: Baristas are the face of Starbucks. They create an uplifting experience for our customers and make perfect drinks... one drink and one customer at a time. Starbucks in the Lower Red Quadrant of the Metrocentre are currently looking for two Baristas to start working as soon as possible until January 2010. You will be required to undertake the following duties: general housekeeping; cleaning tables; cash handling; till work; serving beverages and food; and general customer service. This position is for 12 hours per week, mostly evenings and weekends, with the possibility of more hours if required. Person requirements: Experience of cash handling and customer service is preferred but not essential as training is provided. Location: Metrocentre (Lower Red Quadrant) - Gateshead. Job Title: Outreach Workers Employer: Victim Support

Business: Charity Closing date: 30/10/2009 Salary: ÂŁ18,045 per annum, pro rata (plus 5% pension) Basic job description: We are looking for Outreach Workers to assist the manager in organising and developing our busy Northumberland and North Tyneside Branch, with a focus on one or more areas of Northumberland and North Tyneside. These posts are for 18 hours per week. Person requirements: We are looking for people with excellent communication skills who will work well within this small team. Applicants must have experience of recruiting, managing and supporting volunteers, direct work with service users, working in communities, and knowledge of the issues facing victims of crime. Good IT skills are also essential. Location: Northumberland and North Tyneside

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The rise and rise of the anti-fatists gle seat at a cinema or on the metro DQGĂ&#x20AC;QGLWWREHWRRVPDOODQGZDON away mortally embarrassed; but the second, the idea that doctors cannot even discuss weight loss without a patients consent, is, in my opinion, absurd. It appears to me that this is taking the whole idea of weight issues and fat-ism to another level. How is this discriminatory?

Laura Heads Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no secret that many people have problems with how much they weigh, you just need to watch an episode of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;How to Look Good Nakedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to understand. But in this day and age it has become apparent that the way you see yourself doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t only affect your RSSRUWXQLWLHV DQG VHOI FRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFH throughout life, it affects the decisions made in employment too. So called â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;fat-ismâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; was recently highlighted by a study carried out by the Size Acceptance Movement, who found that 93% of employers would rather hire a thin person as opposed to someone bigger, even if WKH\KHOGWKHVDPHTXDOLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQV As a result, the campaign to get fat-ism made illegal on the same grounds as race, age and religious discrimination is well underway. /HWPHEHWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWRVD\WKDW,DP QRW FRPSOHWHO\ FRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQW ZLWK P\ body, or indeed my weight, but I see this as my issue. The idea that my future employers may be judging me on this just makes me even more insecure than I already am, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pretty sure Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not the only one who would feel this way. Surely in a society where we want people to become as body loving as they can, we are going the wrong way about it by making weight such a big issue. On the other hand, if making a once taboo subject something of a talking point is going to help people EHFRPH PRUH FRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQW LQ WKHP selves by feeling they can go for any job and be considered equally, then Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m all for it.

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it. 1RZGRQ¡WJHWPHZURQJWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW idea is a great one, I have seen many a person attempt to get into a sin-

Why should a doctor not be able to give options to their patient? It is their job after all. It strikes me that, although on the face of it, the issue being raised does make some sense, it could lead to worse outcomes in the future. Anyone who has ever studied or indeed followed politics will know that when the cry went up about the lack of ethnic minority MPs, political parties were suddenly rushing to see who could â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;recruitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; the most. This could very well be the outcome if fat-ism comes into force; companies could deliberately bypass perfectly eligible, thin candidates for their slightly bigger counterparts for fear of legal action. Then where would we be left, a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;thin-ismâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; campaign maybe? To me this just seems like a never ending circle. Someone is always going to feel hard done by.

them all. Just to think that this is on a competition when at least eight acts competing are really rather good, and yet will be lucky to get a record

contract lasting over a year, should they win. It really does say something rather sad about the moneyobsessed priorities of a supposed â&#x20AC;&#x153;talentâ&#x20AC;? competition.

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Take San Francisco as an example, fat-ism is illegal there, meaning that public places are required to make wider seats and other allowances to

accommodate the overweight; doctors arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even allowed to pursue the idea of weight loss with a patient if the patient chooses not to discuss

The lacklustre factor $OLFH9LQFHQW Culture Editor The fancy houses that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even belong to the judges, the fascination with what Cheryl and Danii are wearing, and the fact that Heat magazine doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to stress over its page content during the winter months: all evidence that The X Factor has become the new Big Brother in the reality TV stakes. Love it, loathe it, chances are you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have missed it. Even the most high brow, TV-free student households will have found the programme discussed on the internet, in lectures, even in broadsheets as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;qualityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; as The Telegraph. And now, The X Factor has even made it into Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very own The Courier. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not ashamed to admit I relish in a bit of Saturday night humdrum, glued to the screen with the rest of P\Ă DWPDWHVDGPLULQJ'DQLL¡VKDLU thinking Louis is an idiot and wishing Cheryl would eat something. However, the Sunday night show usually takes it a step too far, not least because of the insistence of whoever is in charge of this ever-increasing beast of a programme to include has-been musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;iconsâ&#x20AC;? who are trying to kick start their careers. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have thought that after Britneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highly anticipated, yet disap-

pointingly shambolic appearance last year â&#x20AC;&#x201C; that one where Dermot had to hand her his microphone to speak into during the interview because, shock horror, the one she used during her performance was completely useless â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the brains behind X Factor wouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve nailed the celebrity comeback thing on the head. But alas, this year theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve created a whole new Sunday night show for it, and it seems the viewing audience are morbidly entranced to watch these major contributors to musical history crash and burn. Britney, Robbie, Whitney, and, to a certain extent, even Cheryl; they all disappoint on stage. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Robbieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sweaty skanking demonstrating just how little he â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;looks good nakedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, or the dichotomy between Whitneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s age-defying face and her sad attempts to deal with dress and dancing - both very much indicative of her state of mind and body - these pop heroes just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cut it anymore. Granted, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got the voice. However, it seems an even crueller act on the producersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; part to preempt what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come to expect as a diabolical performance with a video montage of clips of these musiciansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hey-days. What with impressive vital statistics blared at us; the fact that Robbie once sold out Knebworth and now heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stooping to play a

show where the winner is likely to enter the charts a good twenty places beneath him, the heights from which these stars have dropped is made painfully apparent. Given that the performance is alZD\VĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGRIIZLWK&RZHOO¡VXQ naturally grinning face, saying some hugely obvious lie, such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;that was incredibleâ&#x20AC;?, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost as if the X Factor has made its full progression into a circus of cruelty. Viewers could, however, almost forgive the questionable performances were it not for the increasingly terrifying interviews with these heroes of pop after their performances. Who can forget Britneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advice for WKH Ă HGJOLQJ FRQWHVWDQWV RI ´MXVW keep doinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; itâ&#x20AC;?? And yet, such wisdom almost seems logical in comparison to Whitneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s slurred ambivalence over her album release the next day: â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going out over this weekend, or next weekâ&#x20AC;?, and the admittance that the fake monopoly money was â&#x20AC;&#x153;all mineâ&#x20AC;?. In a stark contrast, Robbie was too busy staring with tiny-pupils and wide-eyes whilst making maniacal announcements of just how brilliant it all was to even offer much verbal advice, settling instead for a repeated, near phallic, punching of the air around his crotch. God knows how much they pay Dermot Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Leary to try and summon some sense out of


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Morals, anyone? James Stubbs &ROXPQLVW

A friend of mine told me recently that he suffered from a common thing called cold sores. Or Herpes Labialis, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re posh. Yes that is what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re called, and it couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sound worse. The word â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;labialisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; alone smatters grins, fear and grimaces onto peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s faces everywhere. Maybe not gynaecologistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. But as I shrank away from KLP WHUULĂ&#x20AC;HG , PLJKW DOUHDG\ have been infected with his heinous disease, he assured me that there was little to worry about; apparently if you stay clear of sharing hands, faces, kitchen utensils, drinks and cigarettes etc. youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re alright. So basically if someone in your family, your close group of friends or your girl/boyfriend has one then youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got it too. I exaggerate; after all Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never got one before, but it can be done all too easily. The problem I had with him is that later in the night he told me he often forgets to, or doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let on to, random girls he pulls that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll most likely give them the virus, should he succeed in wooing them. That seems to me a problem. It probably seems to everyone a problem, unless their moral compass has jogged a good long way off. Ok, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not as bad as telling your trusting other half that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got AIDS as you light your post-coitus cigarette, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a similar conundrum. Cries of W.T.F must erupt nationwide as people look in the mirror and see a nasty blister one day and scan their brains IUDQWLFDOO\ WU\LQJ WR Ă&#x20AC;JXUH RXW whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to blame. Obviously itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to note that having the condition doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean you have a cold sore sitting slap in the middle of your face all the time. Some people only get them once in their lives and if they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t got an outbreak when you kiss them, as far as I know (and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know much â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ask someone who does) you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have anything to worry about. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not your moral obligation therefore to go around telling people that you have the virus, in fact itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to be discouraged; it could ruin the moment. Then again, it could be a useful tool for getting rid of that annoying person trying to get with you all night - just a quick whisper in their ear and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be gone. Unless it turns out they have actually got a raging cold sore, Ă LQJWKHLUDUPVDURXQG\RXDQG shove their tongue down your throat. $OLWWOHZKLWHOLHWKDWEDFNĂ&#x20AC;UHV into a little white thing on your lip for two weeksâ&#x20AC;Ś think about that one folks before you go telling pork pies. In the end you just have to let people know if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to give them it. But what if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re drunk and forget? What if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re drunk and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care? Is that a problem? So many questions, so few answers. Just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go around kissing people and licking their spoons if you have it - it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go down well.

The capitalist manifesto James Winters Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only so many times a man can witness idiots wearing Che Guevara or USSR t-shirts, or misguided rants on Northumberland Street, before he feels compelled to speak out against the growing political horrors that are socialism and communism in Britain. The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;heroicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Guevara was nothing more than a murderer - plain and simple. Stylizing his image is no worse than donning clothing with swastikas all over them; just because many are ignorant of Guevaraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crimes compared to Hitlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t legitimise his image. By wearing such clothes youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not being cool, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not being â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ironicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not even being different (mass produced t-shirts - thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just too easy); the only thing youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re saying about yourself is that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re either massively ignorant, or you have no respect for human life and your views are comparable to that of the Nazis.

How many millions of preventable deaths are Marxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ideas responsible for? Then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the issue about socialism as an ideology itself. Of course, freedom of association and political debate are staples of democracyâ&#x20AC;Ś but then again socialism falls outside the aegis of democracy in my book. It canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seriously be suggested that such a ridiculous set of ideas can actually hold a philosophical candle to something as brilliant as a free market economy.

Yes, capitalism is not entirely perfect (not far off it though) but it is so much better for the good of humanity than anything else we have ever come up with as a people. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want something, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to buy it, if you want to make a lot of money, you can - just get your head down and get busy, and if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t - great, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your decision to make and no one can take it from you. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re empowered to make your own way in this world; capitalism removes almost every possible obVWDFOH WR WKH Ă RXULVKLQJ RI KXPDQV as they so choose. Why is it, (by rejecting capitalism), socialists hate freedom so much? What it is about our brilliant capitalist economic arrangement and the liberties it generates that are so terrible? I genuinely would love to know. My only idea is that some are perhaps â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;left behindâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;? Incidentally, choice works both ways. Just look at what capitalism can achieve when people are not dragged down by some foolish notion of equality or social justice and spread their wings: a list of capitalist achievements through the ages could occupy a miniature library. From day to day appliances right through to life saving and enhancing technologies and architecturally mind-boggling buildings; under the DXVSLFHV RI SULYDWH FUHGLW Ă&#x20AC;QDQFH and contract, we have the potential for anything we as a race could ever need or want. Indeed the only things I have to complain about in this economy of ours are those very things that socialists would love to apply across the board; monopoly, oligopoly and the removal of liberty that follows. We have to use Northumbrian Water and their prices, we have a narrow choice of big oil companies

which strangles real competition (donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t love big oil companies, more competition would be nice though) and we have to pay taxes. Why? Tax is nothing but theft, involuntarily put to use on causes outside the control of the taxpayer. Contrast this with the shameful socialist score sheet. Marx was nothing more than a charlatan whose ideas on economics were ridiculous. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like a toddler kicking and screaming, disregarding what heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lucky enough to have whilst pretending we should all do what he wants. I wonder; how many preventable deaths are Marxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ideas responsible for? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d gladly wager itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s into the hundreds of millions. Sadly, the national curriculum in schools deems him the only â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;philosopherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (yeah, right) worth making students actually study in any detail. But honestly, how long are socialists going to keep up the charade that the year is 1850 and we all work 18 hour days in factories making steel, and need emancipation from our evil capitalist overlords? Times have moved on, and so has politics. For all their rhetoric on how â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;capitalism isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t workingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (actually, LW¡V ZRUNLQJ Ă&#x20AC;QH WKLV UHFHVVLRQ LV whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called the trough in the cycle, brought on by the fact that contrary to socialist ideas, we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just magic the economy to do our bidding as we please), can it honestly be said with a straight face that capitalismâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s competitors have come even close to bettering it, never mind surpassing it? I mean, do you really, honestly, want to live in the places where these ideas did take hold: North Korea; Stalinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Russia; Maoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s China or Castroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cuba (notice how in the West, individuals donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t appear to

claim ownership of whole countries! Democracy, anyone?) Amazingly, despite buckets of favourable empirical evidence, capitalism is brutally slandered wherever one turns in society these days. Say what you want about McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Nike, Microsoft, Boeing and the like, but these companies employ hundreds of thousands of people across the world, creating prosperity and driving growth along the way. Indeed, the reason companies like McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thrive is becauseâ&#x20AC;Śpeople choose to buy their products out of their own free will! I know, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually unbelievable! I say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high time this city and this country wakes up and starts apSUHFLDWLQJWKLVPDJQLĂ&#x20AC;FHQWVRFLDOVHW up we have. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very fortunate to live prosperous lives; if the socialists of this country want to go and live in caves once again, feel free, just please donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t demand we all come with you.

Hung, drawn and out of date Caroline Howley In the past, England was well known for her loose attitude to execution: people could be sentenced to death for crimes as far reaching as sheep rustling, hanging with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;gypsiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for over a month or writing a threatening letter. You would assume, however, that a couple of centuries after â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Bloody Codeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (the name given to the time when we were particularly fond of the killing), we would have disposed with these draconian ideas and laughed at the idea of willingly giving the state power over our own life expectancy. However, a recent poll revealed that over half of voters in Britain would welcome back the death penalty with open arms. Although the strongest support comes from older generations, 49 per cent of 25 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 34 year-olds and 37 per cent of those aged 16 - 24 would support the reintroduction of the death penalty. Disturbing as it is that around half of voters have gone all Henry VIII on us, I have to admit that I had taken solace in the fact that these SHRSOH ZRXOG GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ EH DJHLQJ right- wingers holed up in castles in the middle of nowhere. This is horribly ageist of me, but most of my previous experience with older people indicated that they might be the culprits. I have lost count of the times my grandfather has accused me of being a â&#x20AC;&#x153;bleeding-heart liberalâ&#x20AC;? just because I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t agree that we should â&#x20AC;&#x153;bring

back the birchâ&#x20AC;?. Anyway, my theory was wrong; this British blood thirst does not belong in the nuthouse with crazy BNP neo-Nazis and the elderly hankering for the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;good old daysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; when a child could be executed for displaying â&#x20AC;&#x153;strong evidence of maliceâ&#x20AC;?. Its actually people just like us. Whilst I realise that (most) of the people in support of reintroduction would not tolerate it for petty indiscretions nowadays, there was a variety of crimes to which they felt GHDWKZDVĂ&#x20AC;WWLQJ Being involved in gun crime and drug dealing were up there with crimes such as murder. Whilst in no way excusing any of these offences, the world is not split into fairytale good and evil; there are messed up people from traumatic backgrounds and people who have done desperate things to get themselves out of desperate circumstances.

Ending someones life is XQQDWXUDODQGKRUULĂ&#x20AC;F and no-one should have that right. Saddam Hussein had many people killed in his time, but can anyone who watched his execution really say it gave them any satisfaction? Surely the authorities should rise above the Old Testament â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;eye for an eyeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; stance; it needs to be made apparent that to take another humanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OLIH LV QHYHU MXVWLĂ&#x20AC;HG ZKRHYHU \RX are.

Murder is not wrong because the law has said so; ending someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OLIH LV XQQDWXUDO DQG KRUULĂ&#x20AC;F DQG no- one should have that right. Looking at it from an ethical point of view, by carrying out a murder, the state seems just as guilty as their executee. The punishment should Ă&#x20AC;W WKH FULPH QRW EH WKH FULPH DQG by committing a crime, they are deeming it an appropriate action to take. The people who commit such serious crimes obviously need to be removed from society, put in prison, and rehabilitated. Whilst killing them would wipe out their individual threat to the community, it would not solve the problems in our society (â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Broken Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, if you will) which lead to these crimes. In addition to this, the idea of giving a democratic government the power to kill doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem very... democratic, really. The reasons people always seem to wheel out in favour of capital punishment - deterrent, less crowded jails, lower taxes, sentences not tough enough - seem pretty generic. Whilst it would presumably prove a deterrent, is that reason enough to overlook our basic humanity for? As for solving the problem of crowded jails and high taxes; how many people are they actually planning to kill? And of course, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always the danger that someone could be wrongly accused. Yes, that margin is decreasing with DNA evidence but it can never be completely erased. And there are tougher sentences and then there are

tougher sentences. Overall, I just like to think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a bit more evolved than we used to be, and have mostly got over our primal desire to kill. Execution just seems to belong with witch trials and superstition; not in the modern world. Hopefully, as psychiatry progresses, it will come to light exactly what drives people to commit crimes, and more work will be done to treat the cause and stop it happening in the Ă&#x20AC;UVW SODFH 7KHQ ZH FDQ JHW ULG RI these ridiculous notions of the death penalty for good.

Â&#x2021;,Q%ULWDLQWKHGHDWKSHQDOW\ ZDVVXVSHQGHGLQDQG DEROLVKHGLQ Â&#x2021;%HWZHHQ PHQDQGZRPHQZHUHH[ HFXWHGLQWKH8. Â&#x2021;FRXQWULHVKDYHDERO LVKHGWKHGHDWKSHQDOW\ Â&#x2021;,QFRXQWLUHVWKHGHDWK SHQDOW\LVVWLOOLPSOLPHQWHG Â&#x2021;$WOHDVWSHRSOHZHUH NQRZQWREHH[HFWXHGLQ FRXQWULHVLQ Sources: politics.co.uk and capitalpunishmentuk.org


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Letters to the Editor If you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take it with you...

> In response to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Keeping the children entertainedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in Life & Style, issue 1195 Dear Editor,

I would like to personally voice my concerns, and no doubt many other male readers would echo my sentiments, about the article entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Keeping the children entertainedâ&#x20AC;? in last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Courier by Katherine Bannon. When reading the article it becomes apparent as to the undertones with which your so called journalist writes: patronising, sexist and misleading. Firstly, the headline suggesting that men are â&#x20AC;&#x153;childrenâ&#x20AC;? is a lame attempt at clever word play. Furthermore, statements such as, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Apparently, babe, because you failed to increase his self esteemâ&#x20AC;?, suggesting that men use and abuse women just for their self gain, is a poor judge of character and a radical, offensive generalisation that leads to poor stereotypes. In addition to this, a blatant retort of â&#x20AC;&#x153;men still retain the programming of a 5year oldâ&#x20AC;? is a scathing and unjust comment, and whilst Katherine is entitled to her own opinion, may I suggest she stops bathing in self pity, for such statements implore that it is in fact Katherine herself with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;programming of a 5 year oldâ&#x20AC;?, as she so elegantly puts it, and not the entire male human race. Also, the ending of the article with

which your author â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;offersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in her esteemed opinion advice on how to make a relationship work is common knowledge, and if she feels the need to inform others of this then perhaps she should address her RZQVW\OHRIMRXUQDOLVPĂ&#x20AC;UVWEHIRUH giving so called worldly â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;adviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. However, I must congratulate Katherine on the accompanying picture to the article for it caught my attention because of my admiration of the female form and so for this I must thank her. Well done sugar.

quality, sometimes there is the odd heinous error that needs to be corrected. Cheryl Cole is an exceptional talent who is always amazingly hot, and the courage that she showed GXULQJ KHU Ă&#x20AC;UVW VROR SHUIRUPDQFH should be commended. Indeed, the editorial staff of the Life & Style section would like to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fight Fight Fight Fight Fight for this love, if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth having, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ZRUWKĂ&#x20AC;JKWLQJIRUÂľ

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Alex Felton Life & Style Editor

Richard Park

> In response to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hot & Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Notâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in Life & Style, issue 1195 Dear Editor, Due to the freedom of expression that the writerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of the Life & Style section enjoy, opinions are someWLPHV H[SUHVVHG WKDW GRQ¡W UHĂ HFW the editorial perspective and indeed that of the general public. In the Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Not... box of issue 1196, Newcastle and X Factorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very own Cheryl Cole is chastised about her brand new single â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fight For This Loveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. I would like to highlight that although each article and view expressed in the section is accurate and exhibits the best journalistic

Yours Sincerely,

> In response to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Campus Styleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in Life and Style, issue 1195 Dear Editor, Putting aside my own personal distate for the two bland â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Campus Styleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; features so far in The Courier, I notice that this week the paperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own columnist, Kath Little (of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Two Girls in a Coffee Shopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, printed only two pages before â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Campus Styleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;) is featured. If those in charge of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Life and Styleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; section canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be bothered to Ă&#x20AC;QGVRPHRQHXQUHODWHGWRWKHLURZQ section to photograph, I suggest they take out the feature altogether. Yours, with apologies for sarcasm, L.A

No room at the global inn Danny Kielty Earlier this year, natural history presenter and environmentalist Sir David Attenborough became patron of the Optimum Population Trust (OPT); a body of academics and scientists who believe increasing food shortages, carbon emissions and the decimation of countless animal species can only be halted if a cap is placed on the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population. In 1950 the world population was two and a half billion. Currently standing at six-point-eight billion, a rise to nine billion people is thought to be achieved by 2050. The OPT propose a voluntary reduction of the UK population by at least 0.25 per cent per year, and a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Stop At Twoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; campaign preventing parents from having any more than two children. The issue remains taboo in many quarters, with many believing it to be an infringement of human rights and basic freedoms. However, it could be argued that these individual rights and freedoms will face far greater threats in the near future as a result of dwindling resources, retreating rainforests and continued mass extinction of animal species, the like of which has never been seen. Many argue that for too long now the human race has seen itself as separate from the other organisms and eco-systems that make up this planet. Through our rise to dominance, we have developed more advanced technology to grow, feed, build and destroy with the materials around us. Whether or not you believe in global warming, the effects of WKLQJV VXFK DV XQUHJXODWHG Ă&#x20AC;VKLQJ agri-chemicals and the decline in fossil fuels are clearer than the invisible buildup of carbon-dioxide.

A growth in demand and consumption stems from population growth and impacts on the earth. But is a population cap really the answer? The results of a recent study conducted by David Satterthwaite from the International Institute for Environmental Development suggest that it is over-consumption, predominantly by the developed countries of the West, that have been the main cause of climate change. Satterthwaite told The Times (29th Sept) that, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sub-Saharan Africa had 18% of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population growth and only 2.4% of carbon emissions,â&#x20AC;? but added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the United States had 3.4% of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population growth and 12.6% of carbon emissions.â&#x20AC;? Even in countries where active population control has been adopted, the results appear unconvincing. The controversial one-child policy imposed in China has led to an acute drop in population growth, but the country contributes a whopping 44% of global emissions. The TimesDOVRTXRWHVĂ&#x20AC;JXUHVIURP the Princeton Environmental Institute, which found 50% of world emissions are created by the richest 7% of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population. It is clear that in developed countries with established state support, people actually have fewer children due to better healthcare, low infant mortality rates and higher costs for raising children. Within this system, reliance upon state help, poverty and a lack of education mean many women are having children at younger and younger ages, and are forced to conform to existing habits of consumption such as imported foreign foodstuffs to keep costs down. However, should not each child from the new generation be viewed as a fresh hope at changing the at-

titudes towards our planet? This issue becomes even more complicated when we look at examples from outside the developed world. Tribes in the Amazon rainforest, for example, have existed for years within an ecosystem which thrives as a result of respect for nature, the need for sustenance and as a means of survival. Touched by the trade of developed nations, these tribes are now being forced off their lands; driven into cocaine, oil, and soya production, as well as logging and illegal gold mining, having to produce vast amounts just to earn enough to survive. In Africa, China leads the so-called â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;land grabâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, whereby swathes of land are being leased out or bought up for their raw materials. Western demand and consumption has left few areas of the world untouched. Proposals to limit the population therefore, are draconian and primitive solutions to the ongoing world crisis. The real problem lies in the lap of the monolithic global superpower and their existing habits of reckless over-consumption, trade and selfpreservation. Capping the global population would be an ineffective and hated measure, making for inadequate LPSDFW LQ ZKDW LV QRW DQ LQĂ&#x20AC;QLWH amount of time. What is needed is an overhaul of attitudes towards consumption of resources. Yes, our Government has made a start, but so far, solutions such as alternative energies and bio-fuels are limited and aim to minimize human concessions to nature. Though I cannot hope to cover every detail involved here, I do know it is time for us all to loosen our grip on planet Earth, before it does it for us.

Samuel Weaver Are you out of your mind to donate your brain? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the organ that keeps us alive; breathing, walking and talking. Its what we use to solve SUREOHPV PDNH IULHQGV DQG Ă&#x20AC;QG D career. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the brain (not the heart) that lets us fall in love. So is it because of all these things that so many people choose not to donate their brain tissue? Do people feel that their body is connected to their brain even in death, and perhaps they may need it in order to persuade Charon the old Ferry Man to take you across the river Styx because someone forgot to put a coin in your mouth â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I think not. We need to get over our need to retain our organs when we die, and embark upon a more generous and considerate way of thinking. Everyone is hoping to do something miraculous and great in life, why not do the same in death. Surely all of us are related to someone or know someone who suffers from or has suffered from one of the following; Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease, autism or epilepsy, and it not only affects the person suffering but also has an immeasurable and often untold effect on their entire family. There are whole ranges of people who can shoulder the blame for the lack of brains pledged to banks. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always great to start with the media, in particular television and its lack of interest and involvement in the imperative medical needs of others. Those bumbling clumsy morning news shows will tend to favour their crucial, world altering stories about David Beckhamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new beard or Charlie Boormanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new adventure rather than focussing on the more important issues that all of us face every day. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their ignorance, which unfortunately is a big factor in the ignorance of the entire nation. Its true: over 15 million people are on the organ donors register, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s around 24% of the population. But what most of these people on the register and those considering becoming a donor donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know is the abysmal and inept way in which the donor system is run. To donate your brain to research \RXPXVWGRQDWHWRDVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FEUDLQ bank rather than just the organ donor system doing the work. As well as this, even though you

have made your decision whilst in your earthly vessel, now you have left it, your next of kin retains control. This is currently leading to four out of ten organs considered suitable for transplant either being ceremoniously tossed in the ground and covered with dirt while some chap in a black robe and white collar makes some average comment about your average life, or shoved in a furnace, incinerated and pulverised then handed back to your relatives in a jar so they can either keep you in the house or sprinkle you over the turf of your favourite football ground â&#x20AC;&#x201C; insanity! All this nonsense can still be done once the doctors have seized your useful bits, its just now you may actually be helping someone. The Courier last week featured an article on the former Home Secretary and vice president of the Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association David Blunkettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to lead the way and pledge his brain for research into Dementia. This is a tremendous gesture and one that I hope will resonate throughout the country, encouraging people to at least consider donation. If people continue not to sign up, there seems to be only one viable option. That is the introduction of an â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;opt outâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; system where there would be â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;presumed consentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and everyone would be regarded as a donor, because it appears that the prevailing reason for not registering is apathy. The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; approach system as its known would see people automatically become donors as well as keeping relatives out of any of the decision making process. Is brain donation a step too far? Of course not, it is a step in the right direction; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a step forward to a greater understanding of the mind, a step towards the elderly not suffering as they come to the end off their lives and a step towards a society with a greater understanding of the most important and most powerful organ in our body. Life is inexorable and death a certainty, so as we cascade our way towards the inevitable, seemingly working hard and dealing with our petty dramas, why not stop for a moment, make that one phone FDOODQGĂ&#x20AC;OOLQWKDWRQHIRUP:KDW PLJKWWDNHĂ&#x20AC;YHPLQXWHVRI\RXUOLIH may prevent years of suffering for many others. R.YEH


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Monday 26 October 2009 THE COURIER

LIFE & STYLE

Sex & Relationships

Sex & Relationships Confessions of....

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when it occurs, extremely disappointing. Lesson learnt, I realised, if you want something done properly, do it yourself. 8QFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQW WKRXJK , PD\ EH ZKHQ The CourierFKDOOHQJHGPHWRDVNRXWD stranger, I thought what the hell, and ELWWKHEXOOHW,W¡VWKHVWFHQWXU\DIWHU DOO ,¡P QRW (OL]DEHWK %HQQHW DQG ZKR NQRZV,PLJKWĂ&#x20AC;QGP\IXWXUHKXVEDQG /HW¡VVHHZKDWLVVRVFDU\DERXWDVNLQJRU approaching the opposite sex that men MXVWFDQ¡WSLFNXSWKHSKRQHZKHQWKH\ say they will. I found myself standing on the platform waiting for the Metro. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fairly quiet at 7pm on a Wednesday. Dressed IRUDQLJKWRXWDQG,VSRWKLP7DOOGDUN hair, ruggedly handsome, and alone. ,SOXFNXSWKHFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFHDQGDSSURDFK KLPDVNLQJKLPKRZORQJLWLVXQWLOWKH QH[WPHWURHYHQWKRXJKLWFOHDUO\VWDWHV LWDERYHP\KHDG $WĂ&#x20AC;UVWKHDSSHDUVUHVHUYHGDQGVRPHZKDW IULJKWHQHG E\ WKH VFDQWLO\ FODG ZRPDQZKRKDVGDUHGWREUHDFKWKHXQVSRNHQ%ULWLVKHWLTXHWWHRISXEOLFWUDQVSRUWKRZHYHUKHZDUPVWRPHDQGZH

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I have a very serious problem. I have recently started sleeping with a male friend of mine that my housemate really likes. She has liked him for a year now, and even though I tried to tell him, he made it clear he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel the same way for her. The problem is, I have always liked him too, so I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to end things with him, but is it unfair of me to carry on with him? Should I tell her, or just break it off and let it go? Help!

I recently had a threesome with my girlfriend and although it went well at the time, I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop thinking about this other girl. It was a drunken night, and I barely know the girl, but now every time I am with my girlfriend, I just keep imagining Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m with the other girl. What do I do? Can I leave my girlfriend for a girl I hardly know? Or is it just a phase?

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Monday 26 October 2009 THE COURIER

LIFE & STYLE

Food & Drink

The Penny Pincher

Food & Drink

Rowan Taylor Columnist

Terrible troubles with trebles Lucy Hadley Kat Bishop For some, booze-fuelled nights and cheap drinks promotions are the epitome of student life. Living on a tight EXGJHWLVQRWLGHDOZKHQLWFRPHVWRĂ&#x20AC;nancing your alcohol kick. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face it, alcohol isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cheap. This is fast becoming an urban myth. With the rising amount of drinking promotions in student cities, alcohol is losing the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;expensiveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; stigma. In this current night-time climate of trebles for less than a coke, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no wonder getting drunk quickly and cheaply appeals to students on a tight budget. But the ethics of promotional drinking is increasingly questionable. The outrageous nature of such nights has seen Newcastle City Council crack down on irresponsible promotions withLQWKHFLW\7KHWZRQLJKWVĂ&#x20AC;UVWWRIDFHWKH chop: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Debaucheryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; at Venue, and new event â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Trashedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, at Attic. The promotional material for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Trashedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; was undeniably shocking. Even hardcore partiers were taken aback by boastful claims of refunding the entrance fee RIWKRVHOHJDOWRGULYHDWDP Irresponsible advertising is fast be-

coming the promotional philosophy of Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prominent student nights. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no denying that students appreciate cheap alcohol. But to promote excessive drinking is both reckless and manipulative. Promotions are persuasive. They pry on students looking for a good night without the expense. Cutprice drinks and the guarantee of being â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;batteredâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is not a gesture of kindness. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Too-good-to-be-trueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; drinks offers lead to an increase in custom and maxiPL]HG SURĂ&#x20AC;WV %XW PD[LPL]LQJ WKHLU SURĂ&#x20AC;WVFRPHVDWDSULFHIRUXV$IWHURQH too many 50p drinks, we can lose our friends, our wits, and our dignity. Boastful advertising aiming to get students â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;well and truly done-inâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; implies every student goes out with the express intention of getting drunk. This is a massively unfair perception of Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s student mentality. Students go out with the intention of having a fantastic night, a release from heavy workloads. Drinking is an added bonus, it helps you relax and lose pangs of self-consciousness. The modern student is money savvy. If they know they can drink cheaply, they will. Selling drinks at 50p is a recipe for

disaster. Advertising such as: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;[we have] one simple aim, [to get you] nailed, battered, done-in and, well, proper f***ing trashedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, is borderline criminal. $FFRUGLQJWRODWHVWĂ&#x20AC;JXUHV1HZFDVWOH is a black spot for binge drinking. 12 out of Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 20 biggest binge drinking communities are in the North East, and alcohol-related hospital admissions are DERYHWKHQDWLRQDODYHUDJH Irresponsible drinking promos exacerbate the problem. Too many cheap trebles fuel antisocial behaviour on the streets. Increased numbers of drunken students may lead to an unfavourable image of the student population, and cause friction between students and the Newcastle locals. Be honest, nobody wants reckless student behaviour to offend the nicest people in Britain. The promise of getting â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;proper f***ing trashedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is far more poisonous than cheap alcohol promotions. Cheap drinks are appealing and appreciated by students, but openly promoting antisocial behaviour is a step too far. At the end of the day, the council cannot ban every discounted alcohol promotion. We are adults, and have to make our own decisions.

The Teapot Ingredients: 175ml (about Âź of a bottle) vodka )XOOPOERWWOHEOXHZNG Some â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;diluteyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; orange to taste Glass: You guessed it, a teapot! Method: You have a certain amount of creative licence when creating this cocktail; the three ingredients form the base on top of which you can add almost anything you think will go. Try adding fanta and Malibu for a tropical taste, or add golden syrup for a certain sweet viscosity to the mix. The idea is that you pour the contents into a teapot and share amongst friends, taking it in turns to drink from the spout. Best with: A large group of friends.

Restaurant Reviews Canteen and Bar, Clayton St James Parker With its classical ambiance and welcoming front door, The Canteen and Bar is DUDUHJHPVLWXDWHGMXVWRII&HQWUDO6WDtion in the attractive downtown area of Newcastle. With a continental-esque dĂŠcor and yet local down to earth splash of Geordie culture, the two combine to make the perfect cocktail for dining and drinking. Value for money is often a term over used, although in this case it would certainly be an understatement, with fantastic offers throughout the week including the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sunday Recoveryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; menu for students, which combines a full breakfast along with traditional Sunday roast dinner. The aptly named â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Too Good To Youâ&#x20AC;? menus are a brilliant combination of mainstream dishes with a cracking se-

Paradiso, Market Lane

lection of foods on offer. Not to mention the story book style in which all the menus are written. Reading about Rupert Bear over a pint of Peroni epitomises all that is good in keeping the young at heart entertained. Unlike other restaurants, customers go to the bar and order their food and drinks from here. From then on though, VLWEDFNDQGHQMR\DVWDEOHVHUYLFHLVUHsumed. For starters, the small dish meatballs DUHDVXUHĂ&#x20AC;UHZLQQHUIRUDQ\DSSHWL]HU On a tomato based sauce combined with cheese and herbs itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the perfect way to warm up your taste buds. For the main course, being a pasta fanatic, I naturally sampled the lasagne, with my dining companion opting for a rustique English dish in mince and dumplings. The lasagne at a mere ÂŁ4.95 and the dumplings for a lean ÂŁ6.50 are not only generous on the wallet but in portion size too. The lasagne was rich in taste, creamy and above all else did what Italian food LVUHQRZQHGIRUEXUVWZLWKĂ DYRXU The dumplings combined everything P. DIXON

Katherine Bannon If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re after something more memorable than another happy hour down Osborne Road, or a more individual experience than whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offered by the glaring lights of mainstream cuisine at The Gate then Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best kept secret, Paradiso, is the answer. Greeted warmly by manager Giuseppe upon our entrance, whose presence is more permanent than the contemporary red and black merged with French cafĂŠ chic furnishings, we were shown to our very own private window-side booth. This, combined with the mellow lowlevel lighting, created an altogether in-

timate ambiance (despite the laminated menus). Selecting from both the Evening Set Menu and the A La Carte we began with the chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s freshly made soup of the day, sweet potato and coriander, and goatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cheese and basil won tons with a trio of tapenades. For our main course we sampled the duck breast presented on a bed of sweet potato and served with

thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good about traditional English IRRG ZLWK D MXLF\ PLQFH WH[WXUH DQG D soft dumpling serving complimenting one another perfectly. :LWKPRUHWKDQMXVWIRRGWRRIIHU7KH Canteen and Bar is a chilled out environment harmonized by a selection of modern background music to suit all tastes. Fantastic food, classy dĂŠcor, and two meals for as little as ÂŁ7.95, culminates in giving you a very unique experience that you would be foolish not to try.

Mediterranean vegetables, and the pan roasted chicken with parma ham and mashed potato. This is what food is meant to be. Intricately arranged without compensating with ridiculously miniscule portions it made Heinz cream of anything a thing of the past and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Smashâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; an insult. Bursting with freshness youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going WRĂ&#x20AC;QGHDVLO\LWGLGQ¡WQHHGWREHFRQĂ&#x20AC;UPHGWKDWHYHU\WKLQJLVSUHSDUHGIURP scratch in the restaurant, even the bread which was in plentiful supply throughout the meal. After acknowledging our awkward over-and-under plate swapping antics through two courses, we were offered all three of the deserts they have to offer: Baileyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crème brulee, warm pecan and chocolate pudding served with vanilla ice cream and tiramisu. Although the limited selection might cause disappointment the deserts themVHOYHV GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ GLG QRW 7KH FUqPH brulee was coated in a layer of crystal-

COMPETITION Win dinner for two at the Canteen and Bar To win a free meal, send your answer to the following question to courier.life@ncl.ac.uk Which Newcastle graduate, turned chef, featured in last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paper?

ised sugar and of a thick creamy texture which even after two courses remained on the right side of sickly; the tiramisu ZDVOLJKWDQGĂ XII\DQGWKHFKRFRODWH pudding rivalling anything Mistletoe bakery has to offer. At up to ÂŁ14.95 for a main course on the Evening a la Carte menu it might be slightly beyond the regular student budget, but at ÂŁ8.95 for two courses Mon-Thurs itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to ditch Frankie and Bennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for a taste of what the Newcastle culinary scene really has to offer. And if thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not tempting enough, Italian classes are on offer from half six on a Wednesday night, completely gratis, and the large function room upstairs caters for up to 45 people, from birthday parties to wedding functions. Meanwhile, a private balcony will provide the perfect way to while away an afternoon when summer comes around again.

Lesson Three: House Bills Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get this one out of the way. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make bills exciting, and realise they can get pretty unpopular upon leaving the mothering embrace of Ă&#x20AC;UVW \HDU KDOOV EXW MXVW WKLQN RI WKH potential extra cash. The responsibility of house bills can fall unwittingly on the housemate ZKR KDSSHQV WR DUULYH Ă&#x20AC;UVW RU WKH one who puts up the least resistance. Read on if this person has turned out to be you. I have seen various clumsy methods of splitting bills between housemates, but the slickest way is to set up a house bank account to pay all the bills, which is fed by monthly standing orders from each housemate. Internet - My recommendation is Virgin Media broadband. Virginâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offering is unlimited and fast, and works on a handy 12 month contract matched to most student tenancies. Their current tariff for internet on its RZQVWDUWVDWÂ&#x2026;IRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWPRQWKV and ÂŁ20 after that. It is possible to get ÂŁ65 cashback through Quidco.com, the cashback site that I explained last week. TV - If you watch any television live as broadcasted, you need a TV license. Otherwise scary people visit your house in a scary van. Cost: ÂŁ142.50 per year and you can get a reIXQGIRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOPRQWKVRIWKH\HDU if you leave your house. You may be happy with a Freeview box, but the really posh students can pay for a TV subscription. Look at Virgin Media and Sky, and mates ZLOOĂ RFNWR\RXUKRXVH Energy - You can do smart comparisons of gas and electricity at Moneysupermarket.com or Uswitch.com. When you switch the only things to change will be the customer service and the prices; your supply will be uninterrupted. 7KLVFRXOGEHWKHHDVLHVWÂ&#x2026;\RX have ever saved. Water - Your water in Newcastle is supplied by Northumbrian Water, and only Northumbrian Water. This lack of choice makes it simpler for you. Typical water rates are ÂŁ7-10 per month per bedroom, and most are on an â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;all-you-can-drinkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; basis. You can really get your moneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth in the summer time by having DZDWHUĂ&#x20AC;JKW

Deals of the Week 1. Knightlite Bike Front Light: ÂŁ2 delivered @ chainreactioncycles.co.uk Long summer nights are already hard to remember, so we may as well accept the return of shockingly early darkness. For responsible cyclists, that means bike lights. This one has been reduced IURPÂ&#x2026;MXVWLQWLPH 2. Polaroid Digital 3.5â&#x20AC;? Photo Frame: ÂŁ12.98 delivered @ empiredirect.co.uk This little gem plugs into a USB port and entertains you at your desk with photographic relics of your life. Your pictures will be glad to be released, but you may be less glad when it discovers the more â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;interestingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pictures in your albums.


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Indian Princess on a moped Sarah Skinner OK, so we all use the whole â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;marmiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; comparison far too often, but when it comes to India it pretty much sums it up! 3HWULĂ&#x20AC;HG E\ DOO WKH KRUURU VWRULHV ZH¡G been fed about the Indian culture shock, the attendant at Delhi Airport didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help by welcoming us with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dangerous, very dangerous!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; It is undeniable that India is a country full of contradictions; I know people who have taken one look and turned straight back to the West. But those travellers who fell in love will continue to seek each other out with glazed over eyes and whisper â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I just want to go back!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; $UULYLQJ WR Ă&#x20AC;QG \RXU KRWHO KDOI LP mersed in rubble is any holiday makerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nightmare, and yet in India it is precisely moments like this that give the country its own individual elegance. 7KHFRQVWUXFWLRQVLJKWWKDWVXUURXQG ed â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Royal Jaisalmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; was nothing like the men in the orange vests we see around the Student Union, but instead GDLQW\ZRPHQGUHVVHGLQIXOOVDULVFDU

rying large baskets of rubble on their heads! <RX¡OO Ă&#x20AC;QG PRVW ,QGLDQV ZLOO JUHHW English travellers with big smiles and DQDPXVLQJFDWFKSKUDVHRUWZR$FRX ple of my favourites were â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry have a chicken curry!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Music is life, and life is music!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; perfectly summing up our experience! With 28 states, 4 leading religions and GLIIHUHQWODQJXDJHVWKHVRXQGRI,Q GLDIROORZHGXVGRZQIURPWKH+LPDOD yas to the rough waves of Keralaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coast. Bright buses resembling the hippy vans of the 60s skidded round rickshaws and cows as the sounding of horns hit the cries of market sellers and Bollywood hits blared from car stereos. Yes this was ,QGLDOLIHDQGPXVLF So, where to go? India caters for all tastes and all holidays, from hitting the VWUHHWVRI'HOKLDQGĂ&#x20AC;JKWLQJWKURXJKWKH hoards of Indian Tourists to Amritserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Golden Temple â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Sikhâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mecca. If picturesque serenity is what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re after, head down to the chilled out South DQGHDWIULHGĂ&#x20AC;VKRQWKHEDFNZDWHUVRI Cochin or take a camel trek through the

desert. Or, combine the serenely spiritual with the manic and head down the winding EDFNURDGVRI9DUDQDVLWRWKHULYHU*DQ JHV$WDPWKHJKDWVDUHDKXERIDFWLYL ty as the city comes down to bathe, wash clothes and pray in view of the black cloud of smoke that rises as a constant V\PERORIWKHGHDGZKRDUHSXEOLFO\FUH mated there. $QRWKHUUHDVRQWRWUDYHOWRWKLVDOOXU LQJFRXQWU\LVRIFRXUVHDOOWKHWRQJXH tingling curries on offer! Down south, RSWIRUD0DVDOD'RVDDFUHSHĂ&#x20AC;OOHGZLWK fried potatoes, onions and spices. 6WRFN XS RQ IUXLW IURP PDUNHWV ² HV pecially the bite sized bananas that cost near to nothing! And of course, get ready to drink a lot of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;chai!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; milky tea full of aromatic Indian spices! So please donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let the horror stories put you off, this stunning country is crammed with culture. There are people who will try and rip off rich tourists, but try to distinguish between those who are taking you for a ride and those who are just trying to feed their family! The darker side of India is shown by

the 55% of Mumbai that live in slums, MXVWDVWRQH¡VWKURZDZD\IURPWKHEHDX WLIXO9LFWRULD7HUPLQXVVWDWLRQDXQLYHU sity and a famous cricket ground. This poverty stretches out through the country and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be face to face with large numbers of beggars of all ages and ZLWKGLIIHUHQWGLVDELOLWLHVDQGGLVĂ&#x20AC;JXUH ments. Its hard to know what to do when a VPDOO JLUO RI QR PRUH WKDQ Ă&#x20AC;YH VWDUWV SXOOLQJDW\RXUOHJXQVXUHZKHWKHUJLY ing will help or hinder the situation. In most cases giving food is better than money, but whether you decide to give RUQRWNHHS\RXUFRROZKHQEHLQJKDV sled and think what you might do in their situation. North, South, East and West, every corner offers a new person and a new perspective, something to love or hate. Beautiful, almond eyed women ride side saddle in their saris on the back of their KXVEDQG¡VVSLWWLQJPRWRUELNHVOLNHPRG ern day Indian Princesses, as the streets buzz with market stalls and rickshaws.

Top 5... Places to eat out in the world Harri Borg-Bartolo Forodhani Night Market, Zanzibar, Tanzania From fried cassava chips to grilled FDODPDUL DQG IUHVK Ă&#x20AC;VK WKLV QLJKW market set down on the beach is worth building an appetite for. Even if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve already eaten, the YLEH LV HOHFWULF DQG WKH FRPLFDO H[ change of banter between the locals is entertainment enough. Happy Herbs Pizza, Phnom Penh, Cambodia If the thought of another curry is about to push you over the edge and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re feeling in need of some home comfort food, the pizzas at happy herb will more than make up for the never ending noodles and rice that you may have been stocking up on. It is cheap enough to cater for the EDFNSDFNHU¡VEXGJHWDQGGHVSLWHEH ing a Cambodian attempt at Italian food, compromises very little on the standards. Ali Babaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Dahab, Egypt $IWHUDKDUGGD\VGLYLQJRUH[SORU ing of Dahabâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rocky bays, an escape IURPWKHKHDWLVGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\LQRUGHU and this is exactly what Ali Babaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s provides for you so well. Unlimited sheesha, dangerously comfortable cushions and the calmly lapping sea makes this an irresistible place to chill and digest the mass of steaks, authentic kebabs and freshly FDXJKWĂ&#x20AC;VKVHUYHGKHUH Snake Village, Hanoi, Vietnam -XVWRXWRIWKHFLW\FHQWUHLVZKDWDS pears to be a normal local restaurant, with a welcoming open plan area and balcony to sit, eat and watch the world go by. +RZHYHUWKHDUUD\RIYDVHVFRP plete with scorpions, cobras and JHFNRVGLVSOD\HGHYHU\ZKHUHTXLFN O\GLVSHOVWKLVĂ&#x20AC;UVWLPSUHVVLRQ The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;menuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; includes fried snake and a shot of snake blood and vodka, complete with the still beating snake heart of the latest unlucky victim. Certainly not for the faint hearted or the particularly famished, but a GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHH[SHULHQFH Ristorante Da Rosi, St Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bay, Malta

Photo of the Week Nicholas Drummond - 3rd year Politics â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whilst traveling through the wilderness of Alberta, Canada, I stumbled upon the beautiful serenity of Bow Lakeâ&#x20AC;? Send your travel pictures to courier.life@ncl.ac.uk and you could win ÂŁ10 worth of photo prints as well as your photo printed and framed.

6HWGRZQE\WKHZDWHUIURQWLVDKLG den gem of a restaurant that feels like LWLVVWXFNLQDEDGJDQJVWHUĂ&#x20AC;OP 0DLQWDLQLQJPDQ\RILWV0DĂ&#x20AC;DLQ Ă XHQFHVIURPSUHYLRXVRZQHUVWKH set up is family run with a subtle WRXFK RI JUDQGHXU DQG 0HGLWHUUD nean high society. Although a little on the pricey side, Maltese cooking does not get more authentic and undeniably deserves the price tag.


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The horror movie sequel - shocking or a scream? > Film, page 28-29

Culture Editor: Alice Vincent - courier.culture@ncl.ac.uk

with Vic Reeves >Culture Editor Alice Vincent caught up with the comedy great We found Reeves deep within the labyrinthine passages of Northumberland Streetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s HMV on the day of his signing. Arguably, not the most glamorous RI SODFHV EXW SRVVLEO\ Ă&#x20AC;WWLQJ IRU D man who prefers to refer to Leeds as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ilkleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. After watching him pretend to drive a car and make all manner of Shooting Stars faces behind the backs of the ITV crew, we caught up with Reeves to talk his new book, that amazing programme and what female celebrities really think of his come-ons. Howâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the book launch going? Very well, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m on this massive tour of about eight places, which isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bad, isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it? So far Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done Ilkley DQG 6KHIĂ&#x20AC;HOG >0DQDJHU UHPLQGV Vic heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also been in Leeds] Well, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ilkley, isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done two evening doâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and, well just been all over the place.

Once weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d written it and recorded it, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a lot else for us to do. We liked it, so we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any worries. Shooting Stars is what we do, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our thing. The format is very similar to the original. A lot of people asked us why we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change it, but we invented it LQ WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW SODFH VR ZH FDQ OHDYH LW be! I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s any need, either, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a framework for other stuff that goes on within it. $QG$QJHORVLVQHZÂŤ Yeah, we got him in and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gone down really well. :KHUHGLG\RXĂ&#x20AC;QGKLPIURP" He wrote us a letter on a bit of bog paper telling us to come and have a look at him. We went and watched him do stand-up and so we rehearsed him, ran him through a few things and then just threw him in the show. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re known for being a bit of a /DGLHV¡0DQRQWKHSURJUDPPH >&KXFNOHV@<HDK

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'R\RXKDQGSLFNWKHJLUOVIRUWKDW piece then? Well, it becomes quite obvious whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most appropriate. But the girls seem to think that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the better looking ones who get put there, so they get offended if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not in the seat. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the case, for example, Kim, off Kim and Aggy, was clearly the woman to go in that seat. That was a bit of a magic moment, wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it? Well, yeah. A lot of it gets cut out but it, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always good. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my favourite part of the show.

tell. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s little things. Sometimes we get surprised by something we think is just going to pass by and it becomes something that everyone really likes. Then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other things which we think are really funny and are actually much less funnyâ&#x20AC;Ś! But we usually hit it on the nail. <RXJX\VDOZD\VORRNYHU\GDSSHU GR\RXKDYHDVW\OLVW" Nooo! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never had a stylist! I design all my suits myself. I do all that. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t account for what Bob wears, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s usually a dirty tee shirt!

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Peanuts. I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favourite. I was absolutely creased up behind him when he was doing that, which in turn made him laugh. +DYH\RXHYHUKDGWRWU\DQGUHLJQ it in when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re corpsing? No! Not in the slightest, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what people like! If you see someone corpse then that kicks them off. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best thing, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to get rid of any of that. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s terrible because producers and directors are always like, â&#x20AC;&#x153;shit, do that againâ&#x20AC;?, but we know what people want. People love people corpsing because, when you laugh, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in on it with them.

Ok, but was it scary to bring back something so epic?

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Win a signed copy of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Vic Reevesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Vast Book of World Knowledgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

going on. But Jordan was the other one â&#x20AC;&#x201C; she hated it, but that kind of made it all the better.

Do you ever worry that it might not be funny? Err well, yâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;know, we can usually

The Courier is giving away one copy of Vicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hilarious new book. To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is answer the following question: Which comedian plays the role of George Dawes in Shooting Stars? Email your answers to editor.union@ncl.ac.uk before 5pm on Friday 30th October.

3am Girls Megan Sclater & Maudie Oppenheim Columnists One of the joys of second year is moving out of halls. Brilliant as they were, having friends with houses dotted over Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suburbs has opened up a whole new kind of night for us 3 am girls. The house party. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not often that these parties equal those seen on the big screen. Rarely do student houses have swimming pools surrounded in bikini-clad women and never have either of us been able to locate those red plastic cups that are a staple of every American teen movie. ,QVWHDG ZH Ă&#x20AC;QG DQQR\HG neighbours, sick in our sinks, and passed out people in the bath (if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re lucky enough to have a bath). :H WUXQGOHG DORQJ WR WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house parties completely uninvited - not like thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ever stopped us. Best memory of the evening had to be the disco in the dining room where the table was made into an impromptu dance Ă RRU IRU WKH ELUWKGD\ JLUO ZKR proceeded to undress her friend, Ă LQJLQJFORWKHVRQWRWKHOLJKWĂ&#x20AC;W tings. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just glad we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to help clear things up the next morning. We were actually invited to the next party, and were told the rule of the night: everyone must wear a hat. Brilliant, who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t love toasty heads and themes? The only problem was it appeared that everyone was about to leave as we all arrived in our woolly head wear. Still not early enough to miss the projectile vomit on the fridge, mind. Our most recent house party ZDV WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW VW ELUWKGD\ FHO ebration of our group of friends. Their house is huge and all the rooms had something different going on. From upstairs wafted a distinctly herbal smell, which lingered on every bleary eyed individual who descended down... In the dining room was a game of beer pong, just what you need to get a party started. The living room was where everyone mingled and we actually had the chance to chat to everyone and anyone. Lovable aspects of the HP? The ability to encourage conversation with strangers (which never happens much in clubs and bars), wonderfully cheap and usually casual, meaning no heels which, reader, you must be gathering is a good thing in our books. Inevitably, the night will come to an end when an irate neighbour calls the police complaining about the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;racketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; that is your music choice and the beer bottles on their front porch. Just to warn you, the university does not take to this lightly, often resulting in a disciplinary hearing - you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say that we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t warned you. So next time, for a more harmonious night, take our advice and just invite the neighbours. After all, you know theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re only jealous.


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Carnage: night to remember or one to forget? Stuart Edwards Opinion Despite our individual preferences, if thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a single entity that student life in Newcastle requires participation in, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s being up for a good old night in town. With such a ridiculous amount of budget orientated bars and clubs in close vicinity, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no surprise the Toon is dubbed the student city of the north. Other t-shirt bar crawls come and go, but none return every term in such scale and controversy as Carnage. Last Sunday sees around two thousand students dressed in the iconic white t-shirts, with a completely innocent Doctors and Nurses theme, hit some of Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most popular bars as SDUW RI WKH SLOJULPDJH WR WKH Ă&#x20AC;QDO venue, Liquid.

Carnage isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t perhaps as great a deal as the promotion material leads us to believe Although such a proposal logically goes hand in hand with student lifestyle, the reality of it divides opinion greatly. From one point of view, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the ultimate student night out in town, with a key to every bar in the city. Then on the other, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Sunday night of long queues for the bar in rammed venues. For many, one of the best aspects of a bar crawl is being with a select group of people who share a common interest. Yet when it seems that the only similarity is everybody wanting to get drunk, the event more resembles

Pete Duggan

a standard night out than a bar crawl. ÂŁ6 for a t-shirt and free entry to every venue seems a good deal at face value, but in reality, the economic balance is more than likely to swing admirably far in favour of the organisers. Whilst this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a factor which will particularly belittle the experience at the time, reading between the lines shows Carnage isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t perhaps as great a deal as the promotion material leads us to believe, as is usually the case with successful organisations. Despite being open to all students, us righteous second and third years generally seem less inclined to participate, the majority of selfawareness rules from fresherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s week need to be taken into account. Like most events though, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the things that went wrong that we hear the most about and, despite its criticisms, Carnage should be experienced, even just the once. Trying to relocate your friends in a GUXQNHQ KD]H SURYLGHV D FKDOOHQJH enough on a normal night, let alone in a sea of white; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like the 101 Dalmatians running around on a giant chess board, so try and convince a ginger to grab a shirt. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll spend double the amount of money as usual, but what other night do you plan a month in advance that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t your birthday? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only November so that beautiful overdraft still has plenty of stretch! When two mind sets give such a different perspective, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to see why Carnage splits opinion so heavily between those who usually share a common benefactor. Despite the logistics of it, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a unique blurry evening to be shared. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dirty, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expensive and keeping the corporate machine turning, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at uni so why the hell not?

The Response: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Saving Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s students from mediocrityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Chris Williamson Carnage UK City Manager When Carnage launched in Newcastle two years ago there were a plethora of competitors trying to offer the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;t-shirtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; type night out. Now into 2009 these â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;other competitorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; no longer exist. The only one still standing strong is Carnage UK, selling out quicker and getting bigger every year. If this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a testament to it offering ultimate value-for-money, what is? Any company running an event LVJRLQJWRPDNHDSURĂ&#x20AC;W RWKHUwise why bother?!) but not every company spends as much money as Carnage UK does to ensure studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s welfare on their events. Carnage UK pay for a dedicated On Site Medical Service to operate from the beginning to the end of the event; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simply a proactive measure - Carnage UK care about their customers and their welfare.

Think about it, when else on a night out are you going to have a IDVWUHVSRQVH %ULWLVK$PEXODQFH Association Approved) medical service devoted to giving you a plaster for your toe that one of the Rugby players just stood on? Other provisions for students safety include over 50 stewards employed on the night to help students, navigating them skilfully between venues â&#x20AC;&#x201C; these guys are there to help and to ensure your safety.

Buying into Carnage is buying into a premium Ă&#x20AC;UVWFODVVSUHPLHUHHYHQW Free soft drinks are available in every bar, at the request of Carnage UK. Discounted bar food is made available at the request of Carnage UK - Carnage UK does a lot

to make these nights the best you could ever have. Venues who are on the route are required to price drinks responsibly. Yes, this means you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get paralytic on the change in your pocket, but it also means that you limit your drinking relative to your budget. Carnage UK wants all students to have fun and to enjoy themselves but in a safe and responsible manner. Student societies, groups of friends and sports clubs organise bar crawls every week. If you want a night out where you can drink your own weight in alcohol for ten quid and can stand at a bar with no TXHXHV DQGDGPLWWHGO\QRRQHHOVH to talk to), then there are enough of these events to attend. But once a term you can enjoy a monumental night experienced by students in circa 35 university cities up and down the country. Buying

into Carnage is buying into a prePLXPĂ&#x20AC;UVWFODVVSUHPLHUHHYHQW Carnage is a great opportunity for students to go out and meet students from different ethnic and social backgrounds. If you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make friends on a night with over 2,000 students in attendance, then youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re socially doomed to walk Osborne Road alone for the remainder of your days. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something almost patriotic about Carnage Newcastle, you go into these venues every week for normal nights out, but for one Sunday every term YOU and your 2000+ strong group of friends are stars for one evening. At the end of the day when else have you got the excuse to wander through the biggest bars in Newcastle dressed as a Baywatch Lifeguard complete with red speedos and not look out of place!?

Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cinemas are going all out to deliver the perfect scare this Halloween. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a ghostly haunting, rabid beasts or just a good old fashioned serial killer, the toonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got them all and between the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four cinemas there are six special occasions on offer on or around the 31st October. So whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a hardcore horror fan or someone of a more nervous disposition, read on to see whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right for you. Starting at the Gateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Empire Cinema we have a whole night of Halloween entertainment with a special IRXUĂ&#x20AC;OPKRUURUH[WUDYDJDQ]D Running back to back from 11am, we have the latest in horrorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most successful franchise; Saw 6, followed by John Carpenterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Thing, the re-mastered An AmeriFDQ:HUHZROILQ/RQGRQDQGĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\ My Bloody Valentine in 3D. Newcastle has got the most excitLQJ EOHQG RI QHZ DQG ROG Ă&#x20AC;OPV DW Empire cinemas nationwide; priced DW RQO\ Â&#x2026; IRU VHYHQ KRXUV RI Ă&#x20AC;OP this is the perfect opportunity for DQ\ KRUURU QXW WR JHW WKHLU Ă&#x20AC;OO RI scares and gore! This was an immensely successful event last year so booking tickets is a smart move. The Tyneside cinema has three different presentations on show, including a live musical accompanied screening of the 1932 classic Vampyr, perhaps the most unique night on offer. Although a tad before Halloween RQWKZLWKDOLYHEDQGDQGDĂ&#x20AC;OP few will have seen before, it is sure to be one to remember. Tyneside is also the proud host of North Eastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Favourite Scary Film vote off. After weeks of online voting, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favourite horror movie has been announced as Sam Raimiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic Evil Dead 2. 7KHĂ&#x20AC;OPLVEHLQJVFUHHQHGDWSP on the 31st and is another truly great interactive idea from the ever inventive Tyneside. Well worth checking out especially for any old school splatter fans. At the Star and Shadow cinema, by Byker bridge, there has been D PRQWK ORQJ %ULWLVK KRUURU Ă&#x20AC;OP VKRZFDVH ZLWK Ă&#x20AC;OPV IURP WKH ODVW 50 years being shown with special guest accompaniments. From the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;58 classic Dracula to Peeping Tom and The Haunting WKHUH DUH VRPH DPD]LQJ %ULWLVK masterpieces on show including a special double bill on Halloween night. With expert guests providing talking points and discussion before DQG DIWHU WKH Ă&#x20AC;OPV WKLV FRXOG EH D QLFKH HYHQW IRU Ă&#x20AC;OP VWXGHQWV DQG obsessives! Overall there are some top notch events on offer; regardless of your taste or budget there really is something for everyone. Google the cinemas for more info and updates but when Halloween rolls round this year make sure you trick or treat yourself to a night of scares at one of Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great cinemas!


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Easy Rider is coming to town Rachel Craig Something smooth, quick and gently purring is coming to Ouseburn this week, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a sex toy. Although it wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t surprise me if the organisers claimed it to be one. In fact, Joseph Steeleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Tom Whittyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upcoming exhibition Easy Rider is launching itself on Hanger 51 this Thursday. Steele set up his business â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;getonthewallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in September 2008 out of a desire to promote and support art and culture in the North East and UDLVHLWVSURĂ&#x20AC;OH The opportunity to see one of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;getonthewallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; exhibitions, especially one as inventive as Easy Rider, probably shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be passed by. Both recent graduates, Steele and Whitty are Newcastle Arts School alumni who just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t kick a habit for ludicrous events. Their unique work has continually attracted attention. Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s previous exhibitions prove he thinks beyond berets and the small scale, and have included a ÂŁ37K JCB digger, a mini BMW and a Harley Davidson Rocker FX. Also of note is the John and Yokoesque day in bed chatting to people about art and his now-trademark wall art in huge steel frames. His self-professed favourite themes are sex and violence. Whittyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhibitive efforts to date have comprised of paintings of four WRĂ&#x20AC;YHPHWUHVLQVL]H'XULQJD\HDU¡V worth of travelling and adventure, the boys have been chased by police in numerous countries, subsequent-

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ly being gassed by them in Turkey and held at gunpoint in the Middle East, apparently. The latter exploit was an effort to win the head to head competition the pair started last February to take the title of best artist. Their upcoming exhibition, Easy Rider is a continuation of this rivalry, naturally.

Although surprise is clearly going to be a major part of Easy Rider, the evening will also include wall displays, Steele and Whitty arriving on Harley Davidsons, a car being deVWUR\HG D 1LVVDQ 3DWKĂ&#x20AC;QGHU  SDUW of the show Steele is particularly excited about - and a number of VKRUW Ă&#x20AC;OPV LQFOXGLQJ WKH LQHYLWDEOH

erotica. If that wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough to convince you, the free entry and bar might be. Easy Rider opens 7pm, Thursday October 29th at Hanger 51, 51 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley. For more information visit www.getonthewall.com.

Funnyman Izzard talks politics at Museum >&DWFK(GGLH,]]DUGDW The Great North Museum on Wednesday Aimee Philipson TV & Radio Editor If indeed we are all political animals as Aristotle once suggested, then (GGLH ,]]DUG WKH DZDUGZLQQLQJ comedian, must be the chameleon among us. Lively, amusing and androgynous, Eddie is not only a stand-up comedian but an actor, political activist, extreme marathon runner, pianist, tri-linguist, transvestite extraordinaire and all round entertainer. At the end of the month, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bringing his sell-out tour â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Strippedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to Newcastle Metro Radio Arena but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry if you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t manage to get tickets because there is another

chance to see the world famous comedian at an exclusive event at the Great North Museum (near the university library) this October. Well known for his stand-up and DFWLQJ PDQ\ GRQ¡W NQRZ WKDW ,]]DUG LV D NHHQ SROLWLFDO FDPSDLJQHU

for the Labour Party, even donating ÂŁ10,000 to their campaign in 2008, and is pro-European Union, eager for the UK to integrate more with Europe. He often performs in other European languages on stage, believing himself to be British-European and encourages others in the uptake of foreign languages and culture. It is also rumoured that he will stand IRURIĂ&#x20AC;FHLQ(XURSHZLWKLQWKHQH[W decade. $V ZHOO DV SROLWLFDO ZRUN ,]]DUG has also been known to do his bit for charity, recently running 41 marathons in 51 days for Sport Relief, starting in London and running to Cardiff then Belfast then Edinburgh and back to London. He joined the campaign to stop human rights abuses in Burma and DOVRGRQDWHGDOOWKHSURĂ&#x20AC;WIURPDJLJ he did in New Orleans to the Neighbourhood Housing Services of New Orleans to help rebuild homes after

Things that go bump in the Union Chris Mandle Music Editor Fresherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Week is now nothing more than a distant memory, and with all the hard work weâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;re all doing at uni (whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s that? dissertation?!) itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to let your hair down. What better way to do so then than the most hair-raising weekend of the year, as on Friday 30 October 30, your Studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Union will be celebrating the dawn of Halloween in style. The Union is sure to host the best Halloween spectacle in town that evening as the unique, old, historic

building is transformed into a haunted house for one night only with its PDQ\Ă RRUVDQGURRPVFUHHSHGRXW to the max. The bar is serving up an array of ghoulish cocktails throughout the night, with big cauldrons of punch, vodka jelly shots and even special Halloween costumes. And with trebles at just ÂŁ2.50 and pound pints from 11pm, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ll have plenty of money to spend on your best scary costume which will be well worth it, as anyone dressed for the occasion gets free entry to the Union before 11.30pm. When the clock hits 12 expect the unexpected, as the Union gives out

all the accessories you might need to make your Halloween fancy dress stand out from the rest. Ben Yates of Digitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sell out Monday night â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Born in the 80sâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; will be providing the main room tunes as well as Turbulence resident Ruffneck who will bring to the Union his spooky jungle and drum and bass sound with a twist of the goriest dubstep for all you Hallowsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Eve ravers. Newcastle Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Union has never seen anything of its like before, so make sure you get yourself down to what promises to be a very special evening.

Hurricane Katrina. $WÂś7DONLQJSROLWLFVZLWK(GGLH,]]DUG¡ RQ :HGQHVGD\ WK 2FWREHU ,]]DUGZLOOEHFKDWWLQJDERXWKLVSDVsion for politics, his opinions on the world and why he is proud to support the Labour Party, whilst also explaining the importance of politics and why more people should get involved in their government. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the perfect opportunity to ask him any burning questions about his life experiences, career and future ambitions or to learn more about politics in an informal and charismatic way. The event, which is mainly aimed at students and young people, is ticket only and is ÂŁ5 for non-Labour Party members and ÂŁ3 for members. You can get your tickets online at www.labourcampaignshop.org. uk/tickets, or from the also Politics common room on Wednesday between 12-2.

On Tuesday 27th October, The Bridge Hotel will be populated with literary types as Pints and Poetry takes place. The evening, hosted by Laura Attridge and her co-organiser Vanessa Costello, follows two previously successful events bringing poetry to the city. I had the pleasure of meeting Laura to learn more about Pints and Poetry. Now fairly well established, Laura is excited to make the third Pints and Poetry the best one yet. ´2XU Ă&#x20AC;UVW YHQXH SURYHG QRW quite big enough. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was just this immediate smash hit and I was overwhelmed by the amount of people that arrived and the level of work submitted was of an extremely high standard.â&#x20AC;? The evening is open to any young people in the North East who want to read their poetry or simply come along to be entertained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are more than welcome to just come along and listen and enjoy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The sound of poetry is just beautiful and to listen to really good poetry being read to you just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be beaten.â&#x20AC;? Third year English Literature student Laura has a keen interest in writing poetry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I write to challenge myself but also to respond to the way that I see things.â&#x20AC;&#x153; Her course was a key inspiration for the Pints and Poetry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vanessa and I both had the idea simultaneously while working on our Poetry Workshop Module. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We thought all this writing is being produced and where is there for it to be shared and enjoyed? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pints and Poetry is the most fantastic event which just enables people to take part in an informal sharing of poetry with others of a similar age.â&#x20AC;? For anyone wanting to get involved it couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be easier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If people want to submit their poetry all they need to do is check out the facebook group.â&#x20AC;? 7KH HYHQW KDV IXOĂ&#x20AC;OOHG /DXUD¡V aim of creating an outlet for young poets in the North East. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think more and more people are beginning to use poetry and this event is popular as it allows people an opportunity to share what they have been creating.â&#x20AC;? For Laura: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Poetry is a way of expressing things that are different to just talking, or writing in a diary, it is a way of communicating with other people to help them share your experiences but at the same time it is a deeply personal experience.â&#x20AC;? So why not come along to this great event and decide what poetry is for you. Pints and Poetry is at The Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth Street, Tuesday 27 October, starting at 7.30pm. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s completely free, feel free to pop down for a beverage of choice and experience some of the best new poetical talent of


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The drugs don’t work

A Tender Thing Eleanor Wilson

Ciara Littler In celebration of its 175th year of excellence, Newcastle University’s Medical school is joining forces with the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and the TATE to host one of the UK’s greatest and most controversial modern artists. Damien Hirst’s installation piece Pharmacy is a little more serious than a pickled shark - provoking onlookers to question the blurred boundaries between art, science, and popular culture. The piece itself occupies a single room, and is set out like a real working pharmacy, with a counter and wall to ceiling shelves holding all numbers of drugs, medicines and prescriptions. The clinical atmosphere encourages questions about the modern world’s attitude towards, and belief in, modern medicine. Hirst explores the void between life and death where medicine lies, questioning our own reliance on a system so closely related to death and the unknown. The installation is a critique on how we use medicine today, symbolising our immediate reliance on drugs before more natural or preventative solutions. It highlights the common belief that everything should be, or could be, cured through simple means. By combining the ideas of art and science Hirst directs us to explore our own human experience, introducing somewhat morbid connotations of the futility and fragility of mankind’s existence. Pharmacy was originally shown at the Cohen Gallery, New York in 1992 and was acquired by the TATE in 1996. Newcastle’s BALTIC has secured its place as one of the country’s leading contemporary art venues by hosting one of Britain’s greatest and

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Damien Hirst’s exhibition at the BALTIC: Pharmacy

most successful living artists. After winning the 1995 Turner Prize, Hirst has gone on to break the record for a one-artist auction, whilst constantly making headlines for challenging how both individuals and society reacts to popular culture. His work sets out to provoke debate and inspire minds; something that Pharmacy achieves easily - it is a seductive installation that draws the viewer into a world of the unknown, where we are forced to question how we relate to both art and science.

You don’t just have to be an art lover or a science geek at heart to enjoy it; Pharmacy presents a truly LQGLYLGXDO SURÀOH XSRQ WKH VRFLHW\ that we live in. The installation is an entertaining and thought-provoking experience for anyone with an enquiring mind, and is sure to ignite a lot of interest and debate around the city. It is rare to have such a good opportunity to see one of the world’s leading artists so close to home and with constant cultural attention placed on Hirst’s work, this exhibi-

WLRQLVDJUHDWFKDQFHWRVHHÀUVWKDQG the impact of modern art today. Such an exhibition has never been better suited to our city –the city’s recently re-vamped cultural scene now stands side-by-side with the longevity of Newcastle University’s VFLHQWLÀF SUHVWLJH +LUVW·V H[DPLQD tion of the clinical nature of modern medicine encourages everyone to think just that little bit deeper about the direction our world is going in. Pharmacy will be on at the BALTIC from Saturday 24 October 2009 until Sunday 7 February 2010

Heaney visits University Joe Barton Newcastle’s literary credentials are set to become even more impressive, after the launch of the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts (NCLA) this autumn. Established as a University Research Centre, the NCLA hopes to contribute to the North East’s already exciting literary scene by organising readings and other public events, as well as making courses and workshops available to members of the public. Emerging from the now sadly defunct Northern Writer’s Centre, which was also based at Newcastle University, the NCLA also aims to link the North East with international writers. The inaugural reading by Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney last week has set a high standard for the NCLA’s programme of events, with Heaney composing a poem especially for the launch of the centre. The poem, entitled Slack, was projected onto the side of the University’s Percy Building, as well as being given its public airing at Heaney’s

reading at the Newcastle Civic Centre. Heaney, who is considered by many to be one of the greatest living poets in the English language, expressed his fondness for the North East at the reading, acknowledging many of the poets associated with the region, such as Tony Harrison and Basil Bunting. Other writers that the NCLA will be bringing to the region in upcoming months include poets Fred D’Aguiar and Grace Nichols, as well as current Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, who will be giving a reading on Friday 6th November. Also, Nick Hornby, the writer of novels such as About a Boy and High Fidelity, will EH OHFWXULQJ RQ ÀFWLRQ ZULWLQJ ODWHU in the month. In addition to bringing some of the world’s greatest living writers to the region, the NCLA also hopes to offer a wide range of courses and workshops for members of the public, strengthening the link between the North East’s writers and readers. Some of the short courses currently on offer include Creative Writing and Psychology, Poetry and Translation, and Memoir Writing. Held

Seamus Heaney speaking at Newcastle Civic Hall

in blocks of six weeks, the courses cover a range of topics and allow access to the expertise of some of the region’s best literary minds. Spring and Summer writing schools are already planned for 2010 and the Centre is currently building an archive of past literary events in Newcastle, including readings and events. The NCLA is also looking at bringing together many of the North East’s literary organisations, and so

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far, their partners include Bloodaxe Books, New Writing North, and Seven Stories. The North East has enjoyed a rich tradition of writers in the past, and, as anyone who witnessed the NCLA’s recent readings by Seamus Heaney will know, this literary heritage is in safe hands. For more information, visit www.ncl.ac.uk/ncla

The world premiere of Ben Power’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, A Tender Thing, is at the Northern Stage this autumn. It forms part of the annual residency of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Newcastle. Power is the Literary Associate of Headlong Theatre where his work has included Six Characters in Search of an Author and Faustus. He was consulted for the stage-writing on A Disappearing Number for Complicité which won the 2007 Evening Standard Critics’ Circle and Olivier awards for Best New Play. The text of Romeo and Juliet will be woven into a new tale of love, a melancholic but hopeful account of the depth and power of the human capacity for love, whatever age. The characters of Romeo and Juliet will be in their seventies, something dramatically different from Shakespeare’s original teenage protagonists. When asked what had inspired him to write the play, Ben Power said: “It arose from a discussion with Michael Boyd (Artistic Director) about how we might make the poetry of Romeo and Juliet available for older performers. I was fascinated to see if it was possible to investigate a very different kind of relationship, a different kind of love, using the words that Shakespeare gave to his teenage protagonists. “I wanted to challenge some of the assumptions we make about older people, particularly in terms of their romantic lives, whilst at the same time making the case that what Shakespeare has written is universal, transcending the speFLÀF FLUFXPVWDQFHV RI WKH RULJLQDO play.” Kathryn Hunter plays Juliet and Forbes Masson plays Romeo, both DFWRUV EHLQJ ÀUVW FKRLFH IRU %HQ Power when it came to casting the play. “They are both performers who have the capacity to really, really move you without becoming indulgent or overly-sentimental and that’s crucial to this play.” Hunter directed the RSC’s recent touring production which visited Northern Stage, so she should be well equipped to play a character that the audience of Newcastle will connect with, having had the experience of guiding others through their performances here. It should be really interesting to see how the change in the characters’ age affects the tone and resonance of the story. How easily will audiences take to WKH LGHD RI VXFK GHHS ORYH DW ÀUVW sight amongst those in their seventies as opposed to two young, carefree teenagers? I for one am really intrigued to see how it will work, and how the actors will combine the efforts of acting seventy while falling so rapidly in love, there isn’t exactly a precedent to work from with this story line. RSC productions are always world class and this ground breaking interpretation should be no exception, it is especially exciting WKDW WKH ÀUVW VKRZLQJ RI WKLV UH working will be on our very doorstep! The RSC’s season runs from 20th October to 7th November 2009.


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Window shopping with a twist > Daisy Wallis explains why these pennypinching Fine Art students are abandoning galleries for abandoned shops Forget about expensive gallery spaces and exclusive studios, these students know the best way to advertise their art is to literally put up shop in the hub of Grainger Market! Final year Fine Art students Tom :KLWWOH DQG 5REELH +XGVRQ KDYH realised the cost-effective advantages of exhibiting their own works of art to the public, using the window and interiors of recession-hit abandoned shops. After liaising with Newcastle City Council, Whittle and Hudson were granted permission to exhibit, and VXEVHTXHQWO\XVHGWKHLUFUHDWLYHĂ DLU to create a unique space to showcase their recent works for free. Both students spent time in Istanbul during their Erasmus semester abroad and have drawn inspiration for their recent works from what they learnt, discovered and experienced while out there. The decision for them to work together was largely drawn from the similarities within their work and both artists have displayed a strong variety of pieces within the space, from drawings and paintings to

sculpture. Tomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art in the exhibition is largely displayed on chalk slates, with the emphasis on the ever progressing movement of his subject matters, being inspired by different â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;social connotations and embedded meanings.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; 5REELH¡VZRUNVFRXOGEHGHVFULEHG as alien like landscapes which have been inspired from his interests in literature, drama, music and sculpture. The ways in which both artists have arranged their works are simple yet hold a strong degree of effectiveness ZLWKLQWKHLUSRVLWLRQLQJDQGĂ XHQF\ within their structure and purpose. 5REELH¡V ZRUNV DUH SULPDULO\ GLVplayed on the walls of the shop and are set up in a story like fashion. By leading the viewerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eye from one scenario to another, detailing each movement that he has created through his inspiring subject matters, you are almost left with the sense that you are following the rhythm of a piece of music, with the different shapes and sizes of his imDJHV RQ WKH SDSHU UHĂ HFWLQJ KLJKHU

or lower notes within its sound. In contrast, Tomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s works are much more chaotic, which is detailed by their less purposely structured positioning and by the evidently strong use of colours in his works which display an element of frenzy about them, drawing the viewerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention to the subject matter.

Having viewed the exhibition myVHOILW¡VGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ZRUWKSRSSLQJE\ to check out what can be achieved from a single telephone call to the City Council and a bucket load of determination. The project has really shown that when it comes to the crunch, art can still be accessible and promotable,

without breaking the bank. FolORZLQJ WKH VXFFHVV RI WKHLU Ă&#x20AC;UVW H[hibition last week, the pair plan to organise further displays, so watch this (shop) space! 7RĂ&#x20AC;QGRXWPRUHDERXWWKHDUWLVWVDQG WKHLUZRUNVJRWRWRPZKLWWOHZRUGSUHVV FRPRUUREELHZDOODFHKXGVRQZRUGSUHVV com

Stop! In the name of art

No such thing as society

Lucy Hadley

During her Prime Ministerial days, Margaret Thatcher famously quipped: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Society? Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no such thing.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; This particular gem of Thatcherism has been seized upon in a new photographic exhibition at the Laing Gallery, exploring Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s state of social transition and unrest between the 1960â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and 1980â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. The collection of documentary photographs depict a society going through great change and upheaval, and presents a nation struggling to come to terms with is own identity. 33 photographers contribute to the exhibition, including the likes of Martin Parr, Peter Fraser, Brian *ULIĂ&#x20AC;Q 7RQ\ 5D\-RQHV *UDKDP Smith and Homer Sykes, with the images divided into six chronologiFDO WKHPHV UHĂ HFWLQJ WKH GLIIHUHQW and contrasting aspects of British society at the time. A Social Carnival (1967-75) presents a playful representation of Britain through images ranging from sea-front beauty contests to races at Ascot. In contrast however, Portrait and Place (1973-75) shows a different side to a deeply divided country, the image of play is contrasted by photos of industrial workers and representatives of youth culture. Issues of race were just as topical as they are today, and Ethnicity, Community and Street (1972-80) explores the tensions of a nation tryLQJWRĂ&#x20AC;QGLWVVHQVHRIEHORQJLQJLQD time of deep racial tensions. This changing face of Britain and its society is explored further in Picturing the Civic Crisis (1976-81) which presents images ranging from patriotic sentiment at the Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 6LOYHU-XELOHHWRZRPHQFDPSDLJQing against domestic abuse. Wastelands (1976-82) focuses on industrial changes, and its stark damaging effects on once lively communities. Society in Colour (1984-87)

The original girl group is in Newcastle. No itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not Girls Aloud, but the Supremes - the legendary divas 'LDQD5RVV0DU\:LOVRQDQG)ORUHQFH%DOODGZKRFDPHWRGHĂ&#x20AC;QHWKH era of Motown and Sixtiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fashion. This winter, the Shipley Art Gallery plays host to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Story of the Supremesâ&#x20AC;? from the collection of Mary Wilson â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not only will the exhibition feature the display of the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music and archive footage, but the singerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original clothes and VWDJHRXWĂ&#x20AC;WV The costumes of the original and the remade 70â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Supremes will be on show, along with an examination of how the Motown producer Berry Gordy styled the group, rocketing them to worldwide fame. Founded as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Primettesâ&#x20AC;? in Detroit, 1959, the Supremes went on to become a chart-topping, wig wearing, female-artist inspiring phenomenon. They remain Motownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most commercially successful act, Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most successful vocal group of all time and were instrumental in proving how much of American popular culture originated in the black comPXQLW\ 7KHLU PXVLF IXVHG 5 % blues, jazz, soul, pop and disco to create a sound that was truly unique and appreciated by both black and white audiences. The impact that the Supremes have had upon todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performers is sigQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQW²IURP%H\RQFHWR'XII\WKH sound and image of the group has survived within modern music. The look of the Supremes is perhaps as famous as their sound â&#x20AC;&#x201C; their iconic â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;wigs and lashesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; look shows how they were sporting backcombed and bee-hived hair long before Amy Winehouse. Motown bosses wanted the look of the group to match the feminine vo-

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cal styling; hence the graceful choreography, elaborate make-up and RXWĂ&#x20AC;WV  7KH H[KLELWLRQ FKDUWV WKHLU changing style, from their homemade teenage dresses as the Pipettes, to their later Hollywood look and couture gowns. The exhibition is a must for all both Motown lovers and fashion fans, and be sure not to miss the glamorous series of events surrounding the exhibition too. The rise of the Supremes is set against the backdrop of the AmeriFDQ &LYLO 5LJKWV 0RYHPHQW D SHriod of extraordinary contradiction â&#x20AC;&#x201C; where the Supremes and Motown may have been topping the charts, but African Americans werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allowed to eat in the same restaurants, use the same bathrooms, or get the same education as white people. Motown records promoted African American artists that achieved mainstream and crossover success â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a major achievement in a time of

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such racial division and prejudice. The exhibition explores the inspirational role the Supremes played in this era, challenging racial percepWLRQVDQGKHOSLQJWRUHGHĂ&#x20AC;QH$PHUica as a multi-cultural society. The Shipley Art Gallery hosts this fascinating new exhibition as part of Black History Month 2009 â&#x20AC;&#x201C;a series of events across the North East to FHOHEUDWH WKH VLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQFH RI $IULFD and the Caribbean upon our society. The Shipley is just a (pink doubledecker) bus ride away in Gateshead, and is the North Eastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading gallery of design and craft and after a major new redevelopment, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the perfect time to visit such a varied and extensive collection. The extraordinary look, sound and story of these women has formed an exhibition that is certainly not to be missed.

ends the show with a look at life in Thatcherite Britain, contrasting the simultaneous moments of prosperity and depression her impact had on society. The link with the Iron Lady is Ă&#x20AC;WWLQJ DV VKH LV VWURQJO\ DVVRFLated with huge social and political change both in the North East and Britain as a whole. The Minersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; strikes and troubles in Northern Ireland are linked to the rise of Thatcherism, and her impact on society can be observed through many of the images on display. This is a great chance to see what affected society in our not so distance past and even sheds light on changes that still affect us 20 years later. Britain as we know it today OLQNV Ă&#x20AC;UPO\ EDFN WR WKH LVVXHV WKDW surround many of the images and this collection shows us an important documentation of very recent history. The show is a joint collaboration between the Arts Council of Great Britain and the British Council who both collect and commission documentary photography to capture British social history on camera. No Such Thing as Society is a powerful collection of images that not only highlights the importance of the development of photography, but holds witness to times that were so turbulent, transitional and exciting. We see the human cost of political decisions, both for individuals and society as a whole. The exhibition is a must for anyone with an interest in the country we are living in and its past. It is a strong collection of images by renowned photographers and both successfully and powerfully outlines the development of British photography during the era it depicts. The Exhibition is running at the Laing art gallery from October 31st 2009â&#x20AC;&#x201C; January 24th 2010.


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7RSVFDU\Ă&#x20AC;OPEDGGLHV Michelle C. Alister 7KHVODVKHUĂ LFNZRXOGEHQRWKLQJ without its slasher villain. Though Chitty Chitty Bang Bangâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Child Catcher will always be the scariest thing Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever hid behind the sofa from, here are my top 5 villains from the best of the horror genre.

> From Hammer horror to Hitchcock: why us Brits do it best Thomas Ward ,W¡VRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOO\KRUURUVHDVRQDQGWKLV Halloween sees the release of some major Hollywood fright-fests, including Halloween 2, Triangle and 6DZ7KLUW\6HYHQ! The cinemas are awash with American movie blood this week but how do us Brits measure up in the horror movie stakes? 7KRXJKWKH%ULWKRUURUĂ LFNLVQRW as frequent as the yank splatter-fest, I aim to prove why Blighty is the nation of horror. For a start, British â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hammer HorURU¡ Ă&#x20AC;OPV DUH OHJHQGDU\ &RPLQJ from Hammer Film Productions, WKHVH ORZEXGJHW \HW VW\OLVK Ă&#x20AC;OPV have been going since 1934 and have featured some of the cream of British acting talent, such as the late Oliver Reed and Christopher Lee.  (DUO\ Ă&#x20AC;OPV VXFK DV The Curse Of Frankenstein, Dracula and The Mummy were particularly low-budget and shoddy quality. However, this DIY approach only DGGV WR WKH ORQJHYLW\ RI WKH Ă&#x20AC;OP Modern horrors may have the best effects that money can buy but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing quite like seeing red paint burst from a fake eyeball, just for pure cheesiness. The camera work in particular in WKHVHHDUO\Ă&#x20AC;OPVZLWKWKHLUOLPLWHG lighting equipment and lack of digital enhancement, are vital to the RYHUDOOWH[WXUHRIWKHĂ&#x20AC;OPV Hollywood today is still continually trying new techniques to add that all special spooky factor to their Ă&#x20AC;OP For example, the hand-held camera (as used in &ORYHUĂ&#x20AC;HOG and The Blair Witch Project) has proved pop-

ular in creating a sense of realism. But there has not been a HollyZRRGĂ&#x20AC;OPWRGDWHWKDWKDVPDQDJHG to recreate the eerie shadows and gloomy atmosphere of these early British efforts. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hammer Horrorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; aside, who could talk about British horror without mentioning a certain British institution - the late, great Alfred HitchFRFN SHUKDSV WKH PRVW LQĂ XHQWLDO KRUURUĂ&#x20AC;OPGLUHFWRURIDOOWLPH Hitchcock started out working on VLOHQW Ă&#x20AC;OPV LQ %ULWDLQ DQG WKHQ HDU O\ VRXQG Ă&#x20AC;OPV EHIRUH SURJUHVVLQJ to Hollywood and the big leagues, where despite the backing of American studios, Hitchcockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movies remained essentially British in style and directorial drive.  7KH &KXUFKLOO RI KRUURU Ă&#x20AC;OPV Hitchcock is to thank for many of WRGD\¡VJUHDWHVWKRUURUĂ&#x20AC;OPV Psycho is undoubtedly his masterpiece. The infamous shower scene LVRQHRIWKHPRVWUHFRJQLVDEOHĂ&#x20AC;OP scenes of any genre. Shot using seventy seven different camera angles, the scene was almost LQFOXGHG LQ WKH Ă&#x20AC;QDO FXW ZLWKRXW

6FDULHVWĂ&#x20AC;OP Pete Duggan Stephen King once said that terror was the primary emotion he tried to bring to his books. If he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t terrify his audience with his work then heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d try to horrify them, and if in doubt, then heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d just try to gross them out. Well that idea has been very prevDOHQW WR KRUURU Ă&#x20AC;OPV LQ WKLV GHFDGH ZLWKWKHUHELUWKRIWKHVSODWWHUĂ&#x20AC;OPV or â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;torture - pornâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, as theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been christened. Now when you go to the cinema WR VHH D KRUURU Ă LFN \RX¡UH OXFN\ LI you get a cheap jump as the heroine does the slow creeping walk down a dark corridor. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost as if the art of terrifying horror has been lost - but has it?   0\ IDYRXULWH KRUURU Ă&#x20AC;OP RI WKH last ten years, Juan Antonio Bayonaâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s 7KH 2USKDQDJH, scared the hell out of me. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not bereft of blood and gore, nor does it refrain from the occa-

sional jumpy moment, but it is a Ă&#x20AC;OPZLWKDKHDUWDQGDFRQFHSWGH signed to eat away at you - the loss of a child. 7KHĂ&#x20AC;OPWHOOVWKHVWRU\RIDFRXSOH who try to re-open an old orphanage as a school for disabled children, but before they can, their own adopted

the famous screeching violin music. Luckily for cinema, Hitchcock saw sense, thus creating one of the classic cinema moments of all time. Whilst Psycho deals with what is QRZ IDPLOLDU KRUURU Ă&#x20AC;OP WHUULWRU\ at the time a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;slasher-maniacâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; as the baddie was ground-breaking, ZLWK SUHYLRXV KRUURU Ă&#x20AC;OPV KDYLQJ all been centred around the idea of some supernatural creature as the source of the frights. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something all too sinister and believable about Norman Batesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; relationship with his mother that pushes Psycho over the edge. In The Birds, however, Hitchcock managed to create a whole new foe to haunt our nightmares. Spielberg was to later do the same to sharks in Jaws, but sharks are pretty scary anyway - who was ever scared of ELUGVEHIRUHVHHLQJWKHĂ&#x20AC;OP" The pure premise of these everyday, unassuming creatures randomly turning on humans is a terrifying prospect. Standing on the shoulders of such greats, modern British horror continues to deliver. 28 Days Later, dison goes missing in mysterious circumstances. The parents are then faced with an agonising search for him, unravelling the orphanageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tortured past and the prospect of life after death.   7KH Ă&#x20AC;OP FRQWDLQV VRPH RI WKH most atmospheric set pieces I have ever had the pleasure of watching, and with great acting from the entire cast, it is easy to get lost in this pseudo-ghost tale. What I remember most is actually EHLQJVFDUHGDVWKHĂ&#x20AC;OPKLWLWVĂ&#x20AC;QDO stretches; a scene where the mother plays a game of knock on wood with ever-approaching ghosts will stay with me for ever. Produced by Guillermo Del Toro, WKLV Ă&#x20AC;OP LV GLVWLQFWO\ QRQ+ROO\ wood and has an ending that packs a punch and retains its power after repeat viewings. It is perhaps endemic of the current state of horror that this is a foreign ODQJXDJH Ă&#x20AC;OP DQG SHUKDSV ZKHUH horrorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s real scares may lie for years to come.

rected by the brilliant Danny Boyle, is perhaps the best zombie movie ever made and certainly rivals George A. Romeroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original Dawn 2I7KH'HDG The success of the genre I feel is largely down to a factor impossible to replicate across the pond - isolation. Films like The Descent and The Wicker Man are all centered around this theme. The sheer sense of claustrophobia is exacerbated in 28 Days Later in particular, where the focus is on Britain as a remote island, cut off from all help, which all adds to the tone and LQWHQVLW\RIWKHKRUURUĂ LFN So there you have it - the reasons why British horror is king of the genre. From Hammer to Hitchcock, we Brits have been pioneering the way from the beginning. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all too easy for Hollywood to re-hash the same old story line in endless sequels full of college kids getting chopped up, but more often than not, British efforts hit the stake on the head.

Piranah (1978) Frances Kroon Film Editor Few of you, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m guessing, will have seen this particular beauty, and general 70s throwback. I only happened upon it after me and my friend couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be arsed to leave the sofa after watching Romeo and Juliet on telly. Essentially it was only ever produced in a lame attempt to reap VRPHRIWKHSURĂ&#x20AC;WVDIWHUWKHVXFFHVV of Jaws. It pretty much mirrors Spielbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic, even down to the opening scene, where some horny teenagers go swimming in an ermâ&#x20AC;Ś.reservoir down by a chemical plant. Lush. What makes it a bad-good gem is the fact some remedial script writer, in an attempt to give it an ounce of

1. Freddie Krueger â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). A brown hat, scarred face, dirty striped shirt and NQLYHVIRUĂ&#x20AC;QJHUV Synonymous with horror, the iconic image of Wes Cravenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inventive masterpiece Freddy Krueger is instantly recognisable and left a generation of teenagers too scared to go to bed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One, two Freddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coming for youâ&#x20AC;Śthree, four better lock your GRRUÂŤĂ&#x20AC;YH VL[ EULQJ \RXU FUXFLĂ&#x20AC;[ÂŤ VHYHQHLJKWJRQQDVWD\XSODWHÂŤQLQH WHQQHYHUVOHHSDJDLQÂľ 2. Hannibal Lector â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Anthony Hopkins brings sophistication to the performance of his career. Horror Ă&#x20AC;OPV DUH UDUHO\ QRPLQDWHG IRU DQ 2VFDUWKLVZRQĂ&#x20AC;YH 3. Michael Myers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Halloween  .LOOHU0\HUVRSHQVWKHĂ&#x20AC;OP butchering a teenage girl, and then is revealed as being her brother and a mere six years old. ,Q WKH Ă&#x20AC;OP¡V PRVW IDPRXV PR ment, Myers slowly looms out of the darkness at scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis, his infamous Shatner mask the only thing emerging from the pitch black. 4. Regan â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7KH ([RUFLVW (1973). Not one for the faint-hearted, ambulances were on standby as Linda Blairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance as a girl enduring demonic possession hit theatres, and all hell broke loose literally. Head spinning, levitating, self mutilation and projectile vomiting accompany this vile creature in RQHRIWKHPRVWGLVWXUELQJĂ&#x20AC;OPVRI all time. 5. Jigsaw â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Saw (2004). A twist on the traditional Baddie, this mastermind breaks the rules by not actually murdering anyone; his victims do it themselves.

originality, has decided somewhere along the way to make the killer Ă&#x20AC;VKLHV PXWDWH LQWR ZDONLQJ Ă&#x20AC;VK monsters of death. The special effects for this, I can only describe as epic. Not Lord of the Rings, or Finding Nemo epic - 10,000 years BC epic. I doubt the technicalities behind such a masterpiece account to more than a man taking separate shots of DĂ&#x20AC;VK\VKDSHGSLHFHRISODVWLFHQHLQ different positions. Such technical methods make Morph from Smart look like a CGI wonder. Once word of the mutating chemiFDOSODQWĂ&#x20AC;VKLHVVSUHDGVSHRSOHĂ HH - on boats downriver of course. Most are maimed on the way, in various incidents involving prosthetic limbs, and only those wise enough to recognise the swimming FDSDELOLWLHVRIĂ&#x20AC;VKVXUYLYH 7KH Ă&#x20AC;OP FDQ RQO\ EH GHVFULEHG DV a bucket of shit â&#x20AC;&#x201C; minus the bucket, which is what makes it so invaluably hilar! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so good-bad it seems a shame that it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t made in the eighties, the decade host of the best of the bad!


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Reviews Ong Bak: The Beginning Directors- Tony Jaa, Panna Rittikrai Cast: Tony Jaa, Sorapong Chatree Run time- 98mins When Ong Bak came out in 2003 audiences quickly establish that Thai kick boxer Tony Jaa was someone you did not want to run into in a dark alley. If you wanted to make a martial arts movie, this was how to do it. Though while its sequel boasts the VDPH ERQHFUXVKLQJ Ă&#x20AC;JKW VFHQHV with no wire work or CGI involved, it does not have any relevance to its predecessor in any way, other than its leading star. The story is set in a completely different time period with none of the characters bearing any relation to the ones from the original.

Halloween II Dir: Rob Zombie Cast: Tyler Mane, Scout Taylor Compton Run Time: 101 mins Halloween II is the second instalment of Rob Zombieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s remake of the original series of horror movies of the late 1970s and early 1980s. With it comes the return of the iconic masked murderer Michael Myers, on a brutal killing spree. The sequel picks up right where WKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWOHIWRIIWKHQLJKWPDUHFRQtinues. After an exhausting beginning in which we are reintroduced

Triangle Directed by: Christopher Smith; Cast: Melissa George; Michael Dorman; Henry Nixon; Length: 99 mins Triangle is a maritime thriller with a twist. Despite the predictable Open Water-esque opening episode of typical good looking twenty-somethings embarking on a yachting trip, the unexpected twists throughout make this a cut above the rest. This is largely down to Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s direction which juxtaposes normal shots with unnerving dreamy jump cuts and swift camera movements, JLYLQJWKHĂ&#x20AC;OPDFHUWDLQJUDYLWDV The plot follows the good looking twenty-somethings out to sea, where a storm leaves them strandHG7KHĂ&#x20AC;UVWELWRIH[FLWHPHQWDUULYHV

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Director: Terry Gilliam Cast: Heath Ledger, Christopher Plummer, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Jude Law, Lily Cole. Run Time: 123mins â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where are we?â&#x20AC;? Geographically, in the Northern Hemisphere. Socially, on the margins. Narratively, â&#x20AC;&#x153;with some way to goâ&#x20AC;? - so speaks Tony (Ledger) at the beginning of WKHĂ&#x20AC;OP Directed by Terry Gilliam, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus delivers, in a typical Gilliam way, mysterious and peculiar plots and characters.

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Focusing on the rise of an outlaw king, the narrative is riddled with Ă DVKEDFNV DQG LV FRQVWDQWO\ MXPSing back and forth between character histories. This may have been intended to add a little complexity to the story, but unfortunately ends up achieving WKH RSSRVLWH DQG PDNLQJ WKH Ă&#x20AC;OP fairly messy in the process. HowHYHUZKLOHWKHĂ&#x20AC;OPPD\EHWKLQRQ plot, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heavy on action. When Jaa is allowed to unleash his raw talent, it is arguably one of the best martial art showcases you are ever likely to see. Choreographed to perfection and EUXWDOO\YLROHQWWKHĂ&#x20AC;JKWVFHQHVDUH probably worth the admission price alone. The climatic showdown takes place on and around a live elephant, which is even more insane than it sounds. Ong Bak: The Beginning does borURZ D ORW IURP WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW Ă&#x20AC;OP WKH

martial arts test is practically a repOLFD RI WKH QLJKWFOXE Ă&#x20AC;JKW QLJKW RI the original. But unlike Ong BakZKHQWKLVĂ&#x20AC;OP tries to be serious, it becomes unintentionally amusing. This said, if we are to judge this on the ballet of physical carnage on offer, then Ong Bak: The Beginning does set a superior standard to what the genre has had to offer in recent years. Bruce Lee would have been proud and maybe just a little bit jealous of Jaaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s potential too.

to our villain, the plot gets under way. If I could just take this opportunity to remind people of the particular villain in question - the reincarnation of a dead child in the form of a seven foot giant, who has the ability to torturously kill anyone he chooses no matter how badly he is beaten. Plausible? Didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think so. Michael Myers kills at random WKURXJKRXW WKH Ă&#x20AC;OP HYHQ WKRXJK he has one target. The driving factor in Myersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; spree is some hallucinatory images, propelling him to kill. Although a somewhat questionable motive, these should not be overlooked, as they are the sole thing

holding the plot in one piece. After a series of gore-driven dream sequences which do nothing to progress the narrative, we are faced with the real action in the climax of WKHĂ&#x20AC;OPDOWKRXJKJLYHQKRZGLVDSpointing it is, climax seems like the wrong word. This is a highly predictable bloodDQGJXWVKRUURUĂ&#x20AC;OPWKDWIROORZVDOO the clichĂŠd conventions of your runRIWKHPLOOVODVKHUĂ LFNWHHQSDUWLHV with alcohol and sex are bad, people die at them, and that person everyone thinks is dead suddenly reappears. If that is a part of your agenda for this Halloween, then this is the

when they are rescued by another ship, and female lead Jess (Melissa George) is convinced sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been onboard before. Aboard the deserted ocean liner there is an overwhelming feeling of dĂŠjĂ -vu, with the scenes looking very similar to the 2002 adventure horror, Ghost-Ship. The endless wandering around eerie corridors and bizarre coincidences donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to suggest otherwise, DQG LQ WKH PLGVHFWLRQ RI WKH Ă&#x20AC;OP itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to lose interest in the rather non-descript characters. However, to maintain the audienceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interest, the Director successfully plays on the viewerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intellect, as one by one the gang is hunted down and single mum Jess discovers more than one of herself on board. This psychological turn gives subVWDQFHWRWKHĂ&#x20AC;OPDVWKHP\VWHU\EHhind breaking the disturbing loop of events is solved.

7KLV Ă&#x20AC;OP LV PRUH VRSKLVWLFDWHG mental thriller then general gorefest. Innovative and disturbing, audiences will want to watch it again and again. Triangle is not going to be a classic to relish or reminisce over, but at only 99 minutes long itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an intriguing watch providing a plot that goes against the expected. It acts as a strong alternative to the abundance RIÂśJRUQRV¡DQGWKUDVKHUĂ&#x20AC;OPVRYHUwhelming our screens at this time of year.

Unfortunately, Gilliam does not use this to his advantage, and thus creates a two hour pandemonium of illusions and ideas. The story begins in present day London, with Doctor Parnassus (Plummer) leading a crew of four, including his daughter Valentina (Cole), in a travelling theatre. Here members of the audience are invited to step inside Parnassusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bizarre â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Imaginariumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; - a device allowing him to guide the imagination of others. However, despite such an extraordinary talent, Parnassus is cursed with a secret. Years ago he made a bet with the Devil, winning immortality and youth; however, in return Parnassus must surrender any children to the Devil by the age of sixteen. With his daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sixteenth

birthday just around the corner, Parnassus does all he can to protect her, including recruiting the mysterious Tony Liar (Ledger). 7KHĂ&#x20AC;OPUDSLGO\VZLWFKHVEHWZHHQ reality and imagination, through a series of comical, dark and extraordinary events. +RZHYHU WKLV UHVXOWV LQ D Ă&#x20AC;OP more grasping for its spectacular imagery and artwork, than its plot. Although audiences will be hoping to love this movie, the chaotic narrative and structure make it difĂ&#x20AC;FXOWWRGRVR Even the star-studded cast fail to FUHDWHDĂ&#x20AC;OPWKDWPHHWVRXUH[SHFWDtions. The tragic death of main man Heath Ledger during the production of the movie has created a hype over his last performance. 7KRXJK /HGJHU FDUULHV WKH Ă&#x20AC;OP DW

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As another entry to the Saw franchise reaches the silver screen, audiences are yet again treated to a fresh dose of gratuitous mutilation of the human anatomy, through various creative methods of torture. :H Ă&#x20AC;QG RXUVHOYHV DVNLQJ GR ZH really need anymore? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not going to try to suggest that these are horror sequels are masterpieces in any way, but they are a part of our movie-going culture and do deserve some praise for the cheap entertainment they offer. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to dismiss a horror sequel as another orchestrated orgy of blood and guts with paper thin characters and little narrative, but wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;t that also the same reason that you went to see the original? Dare I say that some horror sequels are better than their predecessors. Nowadays, watching the original Friday the 13th is more likely to make you laugh than scream, especially with classic lines like â&#x20AC;&#x153;He neglected to mention that downtown they call this place Camp Blood!â&#x20AC;? Horror sequels are fully aware of WKHLU SODFH LQ Ă&#x20AC;OP KLVWRU\ WKH\¡UH not asking to be classics, but rather provide the viewer with a cheap laugh and a cheap jump. Put it this way - would you rather be chilled out with your mates laughing at the extremes of Freddy vs. Jason and discussing who would actually win, over some fast food and a few drinks? Or waste your time trying to decrypt the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;meaningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; behind the cinePDWLFZDQNRILQGLHKRUURUĂ LFNVOLNH

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times, I hope that Ledger will be better remembered for his role as The Joker in The Dark Knight, or Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain. For those of us that have seen the movie, in answer to Tonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s question: geographically, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still in the Northern Hemisphere, socially weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still on the margins, and narratively, we still have some way to go!

Matthew Stephenson

Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing as effective at ruinLQJDJRRGĂ&#x20AC;OPWKHQDEDGVHTXHO $QGLQKRUURUĂ&#x20AC;OPVWKLVLVGRXEO\ true. Take the Saw franchise for examSOHWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWSaw movie was a masterwork of suspense and intrigue, WKHQĂ&#x20AC;YHĂ&#x20AC;OPVODWHUWKHIUDQFKLVHKDV EHFRPH QR PRUH WKDQ Ă&#x20AC;OPV IXOO RI cheap glory shots of sticky deaths. The sequel - and for that matter, the prequel - add nothing new to Ă&#x20AC;OPV )UHGG\ .UXJHU LV QRZ QRWKing more than a comedian, Jason will never die and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still always â&#x20AC;&#x153;behind you!â&#x20AC;? Nine times out of ten, the sequel is DFDUERQFRS\RIWKHODVWĂ&#x20AC;OP(YHQ when the killer dies thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a way for him to carry on, like in Scream 2 with the imitation killer. And what about the victims? More often than not, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to care about some obscure bimbo who was the cousin of the next-door neighbour RIWKHWKLUGYLFWLPLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWĂ&#x20AC;OP Do we really want her to survive or are we just watching in the hope that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be some nudity? As each franchise progresses, originality becomes a foreign concept and the producers just up the levels of boobs and blood in the hope of keeping our attention long enough for them to milk a few more millions. There are certain rules to surviving horror movies, but only one rule on dealing with tacky sequels; give them a silver bullet in the head and then burn the body.


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with The XX Louise Morris Head of Music, NSR Just before their sold-out performance at The Cluny earlier this month, NSRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Louise Morris gained an audience with British musicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest rising stars, The XX. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what they had to say. Howâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the tour been going so far? Oliver: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been really good - it hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been too much yet, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got another year left so... A full yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tour! Oliver: Uhuh yeah - Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get back to you in a year and let you know. I saw you had some dates coming up in America - how are you feeling about that? Romy: We spent ten days in New York this summer. It was really weird being over there, people would actually come to the gig - it was really exciting. How have you found audience reactions differing across different cities on the tour? Oliver: Yeah, I think in places like Germany theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really intense, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re there to listen, whereas I think in London - keep it short, keep it sweet. In Germany we play longer sets and people are willing to listen for an hour, which is strange - itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amazing. Romy: I think over there they expect you to play for longer but in London itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just â&#x20AC;&#x153;get in and get offâ&#x20AC;?. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve spoken to other bands about London gigs, who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t from London, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always dreaded it and say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the scariest show. Obviously for you, coming from London, it must feel quite different? Romy: I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an attention span, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know! So having seen peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reactions to your music, what kind of a reac-

tion would you hope to provoke from an audience? Romy: Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been supporting for so long now that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve kind of been used to the idea that people arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t there to see us and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve talked through our sets, but now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re headlining for the past few shows, especially yesterday, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been really silent, which has been really nice. Oliver: We were here last week with Florence [and the Machine] for two days. It was a really good show, really fun - the audience were great but a lot of people were there just to see Florence so it kind of didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really work to listen to us... Her music is very different. Oliver: Yeah, but there were a lot of people listening, and then headlining now, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not used to it I suppose. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to do another support for Friendly Fires - again theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re like quite high energy which is maybe not where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at, kind of tempo wise, but it should be really interesting. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve created quite a minimal evocative sound; how do you work together to create this? Do the lyrLFVRUWKHPXVLFFRPHĂ&#x20AC;UVW" Romy: The lyrics usually come Ă&#x20AC;UVW :H ZRUN TXLWH VHSDUDWHO\ ZH usually share them via the internet over iChat and work from them and build up a song like that. We meet together and play guitar and bass and sort of link it together to make a song, then get Aria and Jamie along to make a rehearsal and it becomes a song. Oliver: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quite interesting â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;cos what Romyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s written, she sings, and what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve written, I sing. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re love songs but Romy is my oldest friend - Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve known her since I was three years old so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a kind of Sonny and Cher relationship. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not really good at singing the songs to her and her to me, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a case of coming together and sharing what we have.

O. RICHARD

I was going to ask, your songs all seem very personal - how much do you draw on daily life and experiences of friends and how much is imaginary? Oliver: I dunno, a lot of the songs we wrote when we were about sixteen and then some only eight months ago, so time changes. Seeing as they are mostly love songs, when I was sixteen I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had so much experience in [laughs] love! So a lot of it was writing from observation and what was going on around me - friendsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; relationships and how I saw them to be, and recently itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been much more personal and kind of from what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve experienced. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gone darker from that, which is probably a really bad thing, but yeah. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a lot of dialogue within your songs and I wondered whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever been inspired by plays or whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just musical inspiration youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve drawn on? Romy: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never thought of that actually; I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say directly, maybe subconsciously! Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re never really addressing each other in the songs because we do work separately and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more of a reaction to each other,

[when we write] we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t explain what we mean - I take from what Ollie says what I think it means, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like a conversation that never meets because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not actually to each other.

like them, if anything just to prove that I can think for myself. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s terrible, I wish I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like that but I can be like that. But on the other hand, the stuff thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happened has been so nice - Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m excited.

I wanted to ask how you felt about being so lauded by the musical press; Rough Trade named your album â&#x20AC;&#x153;album of the monthâ&#x20AC;? and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been named the â&#x20AC;&#x153;next big thingâ&#x20AC;?- how does that affect you? Do you feel pigeon-holed at all?

So on the back of that, whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been the funniest thing youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard or read about yourselves in the press?

Oliver: I dunno, since the albumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s come out we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had too much time to stop. Romy: Yep. Oliver: So we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t taken in all thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening, like Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still overwhelmed that we were on Jools Holland three days ago. We met Shakira, let me say that back to myself - we met Shakira! So havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t taken it all in, I think if we did it might freak us all out a bit more. And hype can be really scary â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;cos it seems that the British press seems to love building bands up just to knock them down. Also I know I can react badly to hype - when I feel like a bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s being forced on me I cannot want to

Romy: Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Pitchfork review of us that says that all our songs are about sex, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s led to a lot of European interviewers asking about LWVRZH¡YHKDGDOLNHĂ&#x20AC;IW\\HDUROG guy telling us how our song remindHGKLPRIKLVĂ&#x20AC;UVWH[SHULHQFHDQG, think all the interviewers had based their interviews around that review, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not something thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talked about generally as a whole, so that was quite annoying! $QG Ă&#x20AC;QDOO\ GR \RX KDYH DQ\ DG vice for students who are getting bands together? Romy: Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rush, take your time to make sure youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready and just keep writing, play lots of gigs... weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve played lots of gigs and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still scared!

Michael Jackson: is this really it? Daniel Kielty So, the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;newâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Michael Jackson song, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;This Is Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, is a strange one. The songâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s co-writer, 60s legend Paul Anka, claims that the song is a complete rip-off of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I Never Heardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, which Anka gave to a band called 6DĂ&#x20AC;UHLQ Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry folks, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never heard of them either, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve listened to the song and the manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got a point. As with anything involving â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Jackoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, the lawyers are involved. Threats of lawsuits have forced Sony to hand over half of any profits made to the 60s star, and on top of this, Sony are saying the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;singleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

will only be available on a digitalonly EP or full album. Now, you could say this is a great way for die-hard fans to celebrate the career of the King of Pop, but I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help feeling that after all of the re-released classic â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;M.J.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; albums clogging up the charts in recent months, people should have had WKHLUĂ&#x20AC;OOE\QRZ The new song smells suspiciously like a pawn in yet another attempt by greedy record label fat cats to exploit a doting world-wide fan base; straining every penny they can from the shockwaves of the singerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be digging him up for public display next.

Polly Randall Money - how it makes the world go round. The grievance surrounding MJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death was always going to be spectacular, and on the most part appeared completely heart-felt, his music having touched the lives of many people. But I get the impression that the market sellers I saw the other day with idolatrous paintings commemorating his death werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t selling them from a sense of deep personal loss. Whereas â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;This Is Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; may be a fascinating portrayal of his last days, and will of course be a success due to the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fascination with both

celebrities and tragedy, questions are going to be raised as to the sincerity of its release.

Questions are going to be raised as to the sincerity of its release

7KH Ă&#x20AC;OP ZKLFK DSSHDUV WR FRP prise rehearsal footage from his never performed UK shows, is a way for people who had Michael Jackson tickets to enjoy the show which they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to see, but

more sceptically it is clearly a way for the promoters to make back some of the money they will have lost. It would be unfair to accuse this Ă&#x20AC;OP RI EHLQJ WKH RQO\ PHWKRG RI exploitation; it could be one of the more genuine attempts to commemorate his life, rather than the endless stream of ill-planned concerts and back catalogue releases. /RRNRXWIRUDUHYLHZRIWKHÂżOP â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;This Is Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, documenting the rehearsals for Michael Jackonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed O2 comeback performances in a later issue of The Courier.


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Monday 26 October 2009 THE COURIER

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Seen and Scene The Cluny

Beth Jeans Houghton Joe Skrebels British new-folk has been quite a London-centric phenomenon, but allow us to introduce Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Beth Jeans Houghton, the glamrock-costumed princess to take the new-folk crown from London. Beth released her Hot Toast Volume 1 EP last month to acclaim from PDQ\ ZLWK Ă&#x20AC;YH QHDW WUDFNV RXWOLQ ing her ambition; upbeat, slightly experimental folk. Ms. Houghton is FDUYLQJKHURZQPHORGLFJOLWWHULQJ niche through the new-folk scene, DORQJZLWKKHUEDQG7KH+RRYHVRI Destiny, complementing her breathy WRQHVSHUIHFWO\ZLWKVWUDLQVRIYLROLQ and bouncing banjo rhythms. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot to look forward to from Beth Jeans Houghton, and she could well be putting our fair city on the map for a whole new reason.

Elliot Bentley

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Live Reviews Franz Ferdinand, O2 Academy, October 15th

Tom Jones, Metro Radio Arena, October 13th

Frank Turner Union Basement, October 17th

$IHZ\HDUVEDFN)UDQ]ZRXOGKDYH KDSSLO\ EHHQ RFFXS\LQJ WKH YDVW hollow expanses of the arena, but for tonightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show the more intiPDWHEXWVWLOOFDYHUQRXVDFDGHP\LV GHHPHGPRUHĂ&#x20AC;WWLQJ Not that they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bring it big. The stage is backed by some fourty screens showing incredibly impresVLYH YLVXDOV FRPELQHG ZLWK DQ H[ WHQVLYH OLJKWLQJ VKRZ LW FRXOG DO PRVW KDYH EHHQ SRVVLEOH WR IRUJHW about the music. %HLQJDELWRIDVFHSWLF,KDGSUH sumed (wrongly) that the old ones would still be the best, but always VWULYLQJ WR HYROYH WKH VHW WZLQHG the classics with the more experimental third album â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a raucous This Fire into Lucid Dreams, yes please (and only one song from the second DOEXP,GRQ¡WWKLQNDQ\RQHKDGLV sues with that). But no matter how much time passes, they just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to be DEOH WR JHW RYHU WKHLU ORYH RI HSLF drum solos, a nice nod back to the early days, with the main set closing on them they attacked the kit en masse. Some would question the ending ZKLFK FRPSULVHG D Ă&#x20AC;IWHHQ PLQXWH long experimental electronic instrumental, but a bit of progression from 7DNH0H2XWZDVUHIUHVKLQJ

1RZ,NQRZZKDW\RX¡UHWKLQNLQJ 3XUSOHULQVHG ROG FRGJHUV Ă LQJLQJ crinkled apple-catchers onto the stage, in a haze of oestrogen-fuelled IUHQ]\":HOO\HVPRVWRIWKHDXGL ence were born when Morse code was still cutting edge technology, but this gig was so much more than that. $PRQJVW D Ă XUU\ RI GUXPV DQG swooning spotlights, the sex bomb himself swaggered on stage, breaking into new song â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sugar Daddy,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; to a screaming reception. Just after slinking his way through the classic â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Thunderball,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; he literally thrusts his way into â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Delilahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, and by now, the crowd are swaying more than the ferry to Calais. What follows is nothing short of stunning. Whilst Sir Tom belts out his classic repertoire, including â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Kissâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sex-Bombâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s A Ladyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, certain sections of the crowd abandon their seats and proceed WR ÂśUDLQGDQFH¡ RQ WKH DUHQD Ă RRU ZKLOVWRWKHUVDUHVDWLVĂ&#x20AC;HGWRVKXIĂ H wildly in their seats. $W QHDUO\ VHYHQW\ \HDUV RI DJH he still oozes energy, charisma and most of all, the power to tempt any woman into bed with nothing more than a cheeky wiggle. $V WKH PDQ KLPVHOI SURYHG DJH KDVQREHDULQJZKDWVRHYHURQZKDW was simply, a cracking night out.

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Daniel Kielty

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To see what gigs are coming up at the Union visit www.unionsociety.co.uk/events


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Record Reviews

Singles & Downloads Josh Wyatt Fans of one-man wonder James Chapman, aka Maps, will have already heard â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I Dream of Crystalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, the second track (and single) from his new(-ish) album, and it serves as an excellent introduction. The combination of Flaming Lips-esque synthetic wails and looping drum beats works well to create a backdrop for his whispery, minimalist vocals. Bursting out the top of the popo-meter this week is the new single from Alphabeat, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Spell.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; It should satisfy the many fans eager for the new album but is perKDSVDOLWWOHWRR*LQD*DQGGHĂ&#x20AC;nitely wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pop up on as many GDQFHĂ RRUVDVÂś)DVFLQDWLRQ¡ Rounding up this week are a couple of internet sightings from WKHODVWIHZZHHNVZKLFKDUHGHĂ&#x20AC;nitely worth checking out. Those of you yet to hear super-group Them Crooked Vultures, who played secret gigs at Reading and Leeds, should take a peep at the teaser trailers on YouTube in preparation for their album release in a few weeks. Finally, little-known band Fair To Midland have released a demo of their new track â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Musical Chairsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, which I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recommend enough; it seems to have taken up somewhat permanent lodging in my iPodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;most playedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; recently.

The Flaming Lips Embryonic The Flaming Lips have been producing psychedelic space rock symphonies since 1983. Embryonic, their WZHOIWKVWXGLRDOEXPIXOĂ&#x20AC;OVWKHFULteria established over the last twenty-six years. Obscure song titles and experimental, multi-layered sounds set this up to be another classic Flaming Lips album. The album perhaps doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t overZKHOPWKHOLVWHQHUĂ&#x20AC;UVWWLPHDURXQG but after some serious listening time the Flaming Lipsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; electronic arrangements grow into hypnotic and enjoyable songs. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I Can Be A Frogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; stands out as mesmerising with Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) contributing with weird animal noises. MGMT also contribute to the album, adding something a little different to previous works such as At War with the Mystics. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Worm Mountainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is an epic song, to be enjoyed with the volume loud - here the Flaming Lips show how diverse, and insane, their music can be. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Silver Trembling Handsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is a personal favourite, where as in many tracks on this album, a powerful

bass line is overlaid with a relaxed, chiming keyboard and odd, intermittent electronic sounds. Founding member and charismatic front man Wayne Coyne has cited Miles Davis and The Clash as key LQĂ XHQFHV IRU Âś(PEU\RQLF¡ ZKLFK is, I feel, a bit more raw than other Flaming Lips albums. There is a more experimental feeling about the tracks; it seems that there was more creative licence in production. This is not something the Flaming Lips have ever been short of; however, if ever there was a time to go even more wild, it would probably be now. They deserve another successful album after such a lengthy career. I wonder what the future holds for Oklahomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favourite rock band. They already have plans to remaster Pink Floydâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dark Side of the Moon. Until then, fans and listeners should be more than happy with the sensual and creative Embryonic album.

8/10 Henry Jones

Converge Axe To Fall

Idlewild Post Electric Blues

Owen Tromans & The Elders

Ever since Petitioning the Empty Sky, Converge have been the heroes of hardcore, virtually untouchable within aggressive music. But rather than the inevitable fall from grace, they have instead continued to evolve, and this is no exception. Opener â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dark Horseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; swerves into a surprising, intricate, math rock-like melody, an unexpected twist that sets the listener up to be NQRFNHG Ă DW E\ SHUKDSV WKHLU PRVW crushing, bone-splitting riff yet. Converge may be experimenting with a wider array of ideas and sounds here, but, by God, these four Boston boys can still send the walls crashing down around you. This newfound melodious side adds a beautifully schizophrenic side to their usual unhinged and ear shattering sound until we see an even more experimental and atmospheric approach to the record, particularly in closer â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Wretched Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, featuring Genghis Tronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mookie Singerman on vocal duties. Whilst not quite matching the emotional intensity of their magnus opus Jane Doe, the passion and intensity within Bannonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vocals are still unparalleled, with the music signalling an intriguing progression. Some see Converge as extreme listening, I would call it essential.

Poor old Idlewild have never quite made it, despite near-constant popularity and acclaim throughout their career. But their loss is our gain, as they have changed and evolved on every album in search of that perfect sound. During the writing process for this newest effort, Post Electric Blues, Roddy Woomble said that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been re-reading Kerouac and watching the US election, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this AmeriFDQLQĂ XHQFHWKDWKDVUXEEHGRII :KHWKHULW¡VWKHFRZER\FDPSĂ&#x20AC;UH guitar on â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bring You Back To Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, the lengthy guitar solo at the end of the title track or the Hold Steady bombast of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Younger Than Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the overarching theme of American guitar music that permeates the album. But whilst itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all very uplifting, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem quite natural, like an impression of American music, and this is where the album falls down. The band seems to have absorbed every facet of the music they play, but sometimes on this new effort it comes across as a little false. Idlewild havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t found that perfect sound yet, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re proving that they can turn their collective hand to most of them.

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Tegan & Sara Sainthood

Bowling For Soup Sorry For Partyinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Given that Owen Tromans has previously worked with the likes of Devendra Banhart, Idlewild and Sonic Youth, this album gave the impression of holding a lot of promise. What I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect was a mythical concept album of, and I quote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;a murky seaborne world of blind captains, ravens and shantiesâ&#x20AC;?. If the subject matter is more than inventive, the music is sadly not â&#x20AC;&#x201C; eleven tracks of middle-of-the-road American blues and folk, with the soulful voice that lies beneath the turgid monotony only occasionally adding warmth to the record. This is apparent on â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Acreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;; stripped EDFNWRWKHEDUHHVVHQWLDOVWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW half of the song is a tuneful, simplistic exploration of heartfelt emotion, that is until the second half becomes overwrought with clichĂŠd guitar chords heard a thousand times before in ageing American bands. The same is present in almost every track on the record, and when combined with the dire lyrics such as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I FRXOGVHHWKHĂ RZHUVLQKHUKDLUDV she sat on the stairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, there is not even any kind of semi-intriguing subject matter to hold the interest of the listener. An initially promising artist, but not one who lives up to the word of mouth.

Lesbian identical twins Tegan and Sara have been gathering a cult following among the gay community for some time now, but despite joining a major label, they have yet to truly hit it big. Sainthood is their sixth studio album, and it shows. The pair have eschewed big choruses and angsty acoustic guitars for intricate melodies and complex rhythms that, with the exception of pop-punky single â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, only reveal their charms with further inspection. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a clear maturity of sound on offer here, and though the songsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; brevity ensures they never drag, it prevents any from developing beyond great pop tracks. For established fans, the lyrical content, consisting mostly of failing relationships and self-loathing, will come as little surprise, but may turn off new listeners less partial to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;emoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lyrics. That said, this is no downbeat record; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s full of energy, up tempo if not upbeat, and never bleak. Maybe this wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be the album that Ă&#x20AC;QDOO\EUHDNVWKHPDLQVWUHDPEXWLW DIĂ&#x20AC;UPV7HJDQDQG6DUDDVWZRRIWKH best songwriters around at the moment, regardless of sexuality.

Four years ago, Bowling for Soup were, arguably, one of the pop punk bands of the decade. With lyrics such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;She says sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to score some reefer and a forty. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never know that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the best that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never haveâ&#x20AC;?, BFS were a cheesy band that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take themselves too seriously, thus managing to produce catchy records while winning over teenage audiences with their comedic touch. Sorry for Partyinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is amazingly BFSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tenth studio album and sadly FRQĂ&#x20AC;UPV WKDW WKH\¡YH RXWVWD\HG their welcome. Although pop punk still remains, the band seems to have made no effort to move their music forward or grow up to keep up with their fans. With song titles such as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A Really Cool Dance Songâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and lyrics stating â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dance songs are cool now. So get up and shake what your momma gave yaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, they have tried to keep their comedy touch in making fun of pop music, but end up mocking themselves. Attempts at a ballad with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Me With No Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; contains more embarrassing lyrics than even 14 year old girls will cringe at. Sorry for Partyinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; does still contain some pop punk likeability but really just sounds like another outdated pop record that does not work anymore.

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Elliot Bentley

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TV Highlights Casualty (special webisode) BBC1 Online 9pm 31st October Casualty fans are in for a treat this +DOORZHHQDV&DVXDOW\DLUVLWVÀUVW ever online episode. It will follow straight after the transmission of episode 9 ‘Regrets’ and will be available to watch on the red button, online and as a downloadable episode on your mobile phone. The eight minute episode will follow the gritty storyline of downand-out Alistair and paramedic Polly. It will bridge the gap between episodes 9 and 10 by focusing on the seven days after Polly calls the police about Alistair. The story shows Alistair’s deepening madness and highlights the seediness of life on the streets. Alistair is on a high as Polly has ÀQDOO\WROGKLPVKHORYHGKLPDQG he thinks his life on the streets is over. But not everything is as it seems as he is arrested – and questioned about breaking into Polly’s ÁDW Aimee Philipson TV & Radio Editor

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done amazing things for Britain are mentioned in my lectures and I have to bluff my way through discussions pretending I know what people are talking about. I could tell you all about the French Revolution or Spain under the Umayyad rule (French and Spanish student...) but ask me about British history and I’m ashamed. Thankfully Andrew Marr has come to all ashamed students’ rescue with his new six part series on the making of modern Britain. The documentaries begin as the nation mourns the death of Queen Victoria and go on to cover the huge events that changed Britain forever such as the world wars and women’s suffrage, and the small yet powerful LQÁXHQFHVRISDUWLFXODUSHRSOHVXFK as Charlie Chaplin and Mr Rolls and Mr Royce. Using archive material and stills, anecdotes and analysis, Marr uncovers the growth of a nation and the events which shaped the country we live in. Aimee Philipson TV & Radio Editor

Fearne And ITV, 10pm Thursdays As if you’ve not had enough of her, Fearne Cotton returns this October for a four part series entitled ‘Fearne And…’ Each week, the golden girl of television follows a female celebrity in a bid to understand what makes them tick. Celebrities followed include Scarlett Johannsson, Paris Hilton and Alesha Dixon who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with Fearne earlier this year. Fearne claims to be excited about the show due to her obsession with the rich and famous, stating “the series will be a real chance to peel back the layers of certain celebrities’ lives”. In all seriousness, just how many ¶OD\HUV·FDQ3DULV+LOWRQKDYH" The second show airs this Thursday 29th October at 10pm on ITV2 and shows Fearne following everyone’s favourite spoilt brat, Peaches Geldof. I think I’ll be tuning in, solely to

Want to drop a dress size? Aimee Philipson TV & Radio Editor Channel 4 has brought us a plethora of self-improvement programmes in recent times and it’s about to launch yet another. Not content with improving our diets and helping us to look good undressed, it now wants to help us lose weight (inner beauty being a somewhat neglected concept in TV land). ¶:DQWWR'URSD'UHVV6L]H"·ZLOO help participants to lose weight and they’re looking for volunteers to take part.

The programme makers, who’ve previously entertained us with classics such as ‘Gok’s Fashion Fix’ and ‘Supersize vs. Superskinny’, are looking for six women who are ‘lively, lovely, outgoing and overweight’. If you or a group RIIULHQGVIXOÀOWKHVHFULWHULDWKHQ you could take part. If you are interested in participating, email dropadresssize@endemoluk.com by 16th November to get an application form. The programme will be broadcast in January 2010 on C4.

have a good old laugh at Peaches’ expense. Helen Atkinson

The Lost Symbol: Truth or Fiction Five, 8pm 21st October :KRDUHWKH)UHHPDVRQV"'RHVDQ\ RQH UHDOO\ NQRZ" ,Q D QXWVKHOO WKH Freemasons are one of the world’s oldest secular fraternal societies. Some say they’re a secret society; others describe them as more of a society with a lot of secrets. As with all things mysterious there is a large amount of speculation and media coverage; the latest addition to the Freemason media bank is The Lost Symbol: Truth or Fiction, on FKDQQHOÀYH The documentary explores the mystery surrounding Dan Brown’s new novel The Lost Symbol, his follow-up to The Da Vinci Code. Delving into their secret world, the documentary provides unique access to Freemason lodges around the world, exploring the conspiracy theories and scandal surrounding the Freemason name. Is what they’re exposing to the world merely a decoy to mask ZKDW·VUHDOO\XQGHUQHDWK"0DNHXS your own mind. Catch the documentary on DePDQG )LYH DW KWWSGHPDQGÀYH tv/Home Elizabeth Davies

Make me an Apprentice: Tonight ITV, 8pm 26th October Business experts, including the enterprise king Lord Sugar, former Dragon Richard Farleigh and business consultant Ruth Badger, are coming together to offer a ray of hope to young people who are struggling to make it in the economic depression. 16-24 year olds will be given tips on how to get ahead despite the economic situation. The presenter, Fiona Foster, will follow a 20 year old arts graduate

Axe Men reviewed Nile Amos One of the more precarious programmes to be found on the midday-obscurity docu-entertainment channels is Axe Men. This continuation of the “real men in danger” theme of reality television (Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers) has taken a spectacularly dubious stance on the morals of logging some of the world’s oldest forests. Real life loggers, who put their lives at risk for the sake of some plywood eventually found in IKEA, are documented as they whoop and shriek at the sight of one of their trees creaking over.

who has spent 8 months claimLQJEHQHÀWVDQGDFDWHULQJFROOHJH leaver who has to battle against 250 others in the interview process for a job as a baker’s assistant in a supermarket. Hopefully the advice in this show will help students all over to make LWLQWKHMREVPDUNHW Eleanor Wilson

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Whoever said leave comedy to the grownups clearly never watched School of Comedy. Those eagle- eyed viewers amongst you may recognise the program from Channel 4’s Comedy Lab in 2008. Now commissioned for its own series, School of Comedy is a sketch show comprising entirely of teenagers portraying their own unique take on everyday adult situations. Currently broadcasting on E4, the 35 minute timeslot leaves the viewer wanting more. $WÀUVW,ZDVDELWVFHSWLFDOXSRQ learning that the sketches would be portrayed by teenagers, but was bowled over by the sheer excellence of each of the actors and the brilliant comedy timing that is not often seen in actors of their age. Refreshing and downright witty, Thursday nights in have never looked so good. Ayse Djahit

Whilst it is a gentle reminder that we need and use this industry in our everyday lives, some might ÀQGFRYHUDJHRIWKHGHVWUXFWLRQRI ancient American forests a little too enthusiastic. Careful examination is made of the chainsaws and various other appliances, and the loggers are incredibly proud. Nevertheless, consideration is given to the complete evasion of any environmental discussions whatsoever. Pine after pine is hacked down as various family-run logging comSDQLHVÀJKWLWRXWLQDFRPSHWLWLRQ WR UHWDLQ WKH PDVVLYH SURÀWV WKDW are available. Is nature paying the SULFHIRUHQWHUWDLQLQJ79"-XGJHIRU yourself. Axe Men is on History at 8pm on Wednesdays.

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Cheryl and Gilly’s date ends in disaster, while across the street Newt decides to ditch his emo look and Malachy persuades Calvin to take on Jake as staff. Later in the week, Hayley investigates a mysterious thud from the bedroom – is it another secret Chester rendez-vous or someWKLQJPRUHVLQLVWHU"

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Leyla receives a phone call from a shaken Nathan, demanding that she meet him on a road outside WKHYLOODJH6KHLVVKRFNHGWRÀQG his car in a ditch but even more shocked when she hears what he has to say. Meanwhile back in the village, Sally returns to Mulberry Cottage and Ashley and Laurel welcome normality - but how ORQJZLOOSHDFHODVW"

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Out with the old at BBC? Daniel Macarthur Now it is worth pointing out I have never been Jo Whileyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest fan. As a pop music man I knew I was not about to hear the premiere of the new Sugababes single or a pleasant remix by Soulwax blasted out on her show (God bless Scott Mills) but she appeared to be more about the music than her own antics - see Chris Moyles. Jump forward to July 2009 and the BBC announce one of the dreaded â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;major shake-upsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; that they seem to have bi-annually. Goodbye Whiley (and the delightful Edith Bowman, I never actually listened to her for more than 5 minutes at a time but it was nice to know she was there) and hello Fearne Cotton. I assume we all watched CBBC as kids? When did this happen? She was introducing Rugrats last time I checked, no? I will reserve judgement for now,

with Jeremy Paxman What advice would you give to a university or college about putting together a team? Apart from being good at general knowledge, what makes a successful team? Well, knowing stuff is a good start. Apart from that, character, charm, a clear conscience, interesting dress sense and an absolutely pure moral sense all help. Failing that, the best four people \RXFDQĂ&#x20AC;QGLQWKHEDU,I\RXZDQW to get beyond round one, I suggest you put up a poster, spam all union members or something, and run a quiz to choose the best four you can Ă&#x20AC;QG Occasionally, teams seem to be made up only of the student union RIĂ&#x20AC;FHUV7KRVHRQHVGRQ¡WODVWORQJ Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been involved in University Challenge for 15 years. Have you noticed any differences between students then and now? Not really. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always been amazed by what students know. And what they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know. But the production team are beginning to look a bit clapped-out. The number of teams representing the newer universities is frustratingly low â&#x20AC;&#x201C; do you have any theories as to why this should be? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just have theories. I have a fact: I heard the other day from a chap at one of the very new unis (no names) that his Student Union had stopped him getting up a team because they were worried the team might lose, and so the union would get less cash from the university. That struck me as completely pathetic. How do you account for University Challengeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enduring success? Someone who once worked on the

but is ageism screaming out here? After Arlene Phillips was shown the plank on â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Strictly Come Dancing,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; the BBC is raising a lot of eyebrows. Across the daytime schedule Chris Moyles is now the oldest presenter and he is only 35! Having said that, change is an obvious component in the success of Radio 1, with fresh presenters hopefully bringing in new listeners. This announcement may have been big news to students but I knew my mother was more interested in the announcement that Terry Wogan was leaving his breakfast show on Radio 2 (after 16 years!) and being replaced by none other than Chris Evans - a man told off by the broadcasting watchdog during his stint on Radio 1 for making excessive jokes regarding Holocaust victim Anne Frank. Chris Moyles will have to up his game if he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be joining the queue at the job centre by his next birthday.

Joe Mellor

programme - and who knows more about fashion than I do - said it was the Little Black Dress of quiz shows. Apparently, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good thing. Not that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever worn one, you understand.

University Challenged Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your starter for ten â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Are you smart enough to compete on University Challenge? Do you have an abnormal general knowledge? Have you always dreamt about introducing yourself, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;[your name], studying [your degree course] at Newcastle Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;? Or do you just want to beat â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;human Googleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Gail Trimble from the last series? :HOOWKLVFRXOGEH\RXUĂ&#x20AC;IWHHQ minutes of fame because University Challenge, the famous academic quiz show, is now taking applications for 2010. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re interested, come along to the Union auditions on the 2nd or 3rd November from 5.307.30pm in the Function Suite to try out for the Newcastle team.

> Station Manager Christian Allen gives his weekly update on NSRLiveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shows As youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d expect, NSRlive provides great music for the students of Newcastle but with this comes much conversation and a chance to hear the latest goings on in Newcastle. The NSRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s News team provide us with up to date bulletins and reports throughout the week as well as having a popular round up programme on Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at 12. ,QWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWVKRZRIWKH\HDU NSR News reported on the recent controversy surrounding the wellknown Friday night of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;debaucheryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; at Venue, after it was revealed that the council had ordered that the name must be changed over 2 years ago. We also announced the exciting

news for Geordies that a campaign has been launched by Newcastle United Fans to buy the club from the current owner Mike Ashley. Reporter Alex Bishop commented on the image problems that Tory leader David Cameron still faces after the recent Conservative Party Conference and Editor Beatrice 3LFNXSUHĂ HFWHGRQWKHUHFHQWGHFLsion to award Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize. All of this in just half an hour! If sport is where your interest lies we have Friday eveningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s NSR Sportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hour, broadcasting from 6-7:30pm. Gavin Callaghan and co-hosts Big Al and John â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Murphâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Murphy keep you up to date with the latest in all sports, complete with exclusive interviews and previewing the best of the weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s action. So whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new music, current affairs or just general banter youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for then tune into nsrliveco.uk weekdays 10am-10pm .

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The pride of the nation > Nile Amos explains the appeal of the talking radio and his attraction to the Bearded Ladies If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever slipped off to sleep with the bizarre, murky recital that is the shipping forecast or perhaps woken up to the sound of John Humphreys making a mockery of VRPHLOOĂ&#x20AC;QDQFHGSROLWLFLDQ\RX¡OO know that the radio airwaves are constantly buzzing with programs that make Chris Moyles sound like a talking clock. Let us leave Dermot, Jo, Fearne, Zane and Edith alone for a moment. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m talking about the British institutions that are BBC Radio 2, and the pride of the nation, BBC Radio 4. Flick on at the right time of day RUQLJKW DQG\RXFDQĂ&#x20AC;QG\RXUself listening to some of the most interesting, funny and unrecognised people in the country talking about themes and issues which wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bother Colin Murray or Chris Evans. From the tongue twisting Just a Minute (12noon, Saturdays R4)

> This week Baywatch

to the endearing Book at Bedtime (10.45pm every weekday R4), from the award winning current affairs documentaries by File on 4 (8pm, Tuesdays R4) to the nonsensical collection of mock callers on Down the Line, Radio 4 is one great big ark of culture, comedy and information. The Afternoon Play (2.15pm every weekday R4) is often as whimsical as it sounds, with numerous scandals or mysteries involving the demolition of some poor soulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hedge row being commonplace. Having said that, it also adopts the work of some of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sharpest up-and-coming young writers, with Filthy Rich (Wednesday 19th) being a prime example of the type of black comedy that British humour churns out so successfully. Radio 4 has also been the harbinger of some of the best of our British sitcoms which have gone on

to popular fame on national television. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth catching some of the shows that are currently airing now as youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably see at least one of them on the telly in the near future. For a very British take on Sex and the City, try Meanwhile with the Bearded Ladies, as four women plough through life, work and their men. It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pretty, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very, very funny.

The beauty of comedy on the radio is that nothing is impossible to create or imagine if you are only hearing it. Okay so maybe your parents listen to Radio 4, but there are moments in the morning or maybe late at night, where the soothing drone of the talking radio is just simply right. Tune in to try it out at: BBC Radio 4 on 92.2FM BBC Radio 2 on 88.5FM

First and foremost Baywatch starred the Hoff. He might well be an alcoholic, have held his stomach in for the last three series and be the worst actor since his car Kitt. But we ADORE him. It was an innocent time when Baywatch was on our screens. It was titillation but it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t perverted - they were lifeguards and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what lifeguards wear. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just for the boys either, there were some mighty Ă&#x20AC;QHKXQNVRQWKHVKRZ ,FDQ appreciate the male form). The women spent more time cavorting around in the sea saving lives than the men ever did. It did more for feminism then the Suffragettes (ok pushing it a bit). Baywatch launched Pammy, Gena Lee Nolan and Carmen Electra...straight into the homePDGHSRUQĂ&#x20AC;OPPDUNHWEXW what the heck, sex sells. And who can forget the episode (a personal favourite) when Brody and CJ fell asleep and both dreamt they were stranded on a desert island, only to wake up on the beach during their split shift? Actually, to be fair that episode was nearing the end for BayZDWFK7KHUHDUHRQO\DĂ&#x20AC;QLWH number of ways one can drown after all. Episodes featured everything from earthquakes to shark attacks, serial killers to nuclear bombs. The theme tune is still played at student nights, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a ERQDĂ&#x20AC;GHĂ RRUĂ&#x20AC;OOHU%D\ZDWFK is the all time most watched TV show in the world, with over 1.1 billion viewers; they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t all be dead or impotent.


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WORD TRAIL ANSWERS Odd one out: The second cow from the left in the second row has no spot on its face. Word Trail: Hamster, Rabbit, Gerbil, Fish, Guinea Pig, Ferret, Cat, Dog, Mouse. Picture Phrase Puzzle: 1. Liverpool 2. Manchester 3. Cardiff 4. Portsmouth

Track the names of pets through the grid. You should use all of the letters in the grid but only once.


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;He didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite get his leg overâ&#x20AC;? > Sports Editor Tom JamesWDONVWR-RQDWKDQ$JQHZDERXWWKH$VKHVOLIHLQWKHFRPPHQWDU\ER[DQGWKDWTXRWH Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been the voice of cricket for over a decade and is responsible for one of the greatest on-air pieces of commentary ever. Known to everyone as Aggers, Jonathan Agnew speaks to Courier Sport about the Ashes, England in South Africa and life as a commentator. ASHES The biggest sporting story of the summer was undoubtedly Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s victorious Ashes campaign as Andrew Strauss led his team to victories at Lords and the Oval to regain the famous urn. In a closely contested series there were several moments which could DUJXDEO\ EH VHHQ DV WKH GHĂ&#x20AC;QLQJ points of a series where momentum swung between the sides. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Certainly the batting at Cardiff (where Panesar and Anderson batted for forty minutes to save the WHVW  ZDV D GHĂ&#x20AC;QLQJ PRPHQWÂľ VD\V Agnew. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think if Australia had won that test match then they might well have won the Ashes quite comfortably. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Strauss and Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening partnership at Lordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s was important after Cardiff and Broadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spell at the Oval deserves a mention because WKDWZDVDOVRDGHĂ&#x20AC;QLQJPRPHQWIRU him as he discovered what sort of bowler he is. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope the selectors have now worked out what role he plays in WKHWHDPÂľ 7KH $VKHV DOVR VDZ WKH Ă&#x20AC;QDO WHVW series which Andrew Flintoff will be involved in, and after missing out at Headingley he himself provided one of the images of the summer at the Oval as he ran out Ricky Ponting. Although Flintoff demonstrated his undoubted ability at Lordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when he single handedly demolished the Australian lower order, Agnew be-

lieves that England will miss Flintoff as much for his presence as for his ability with bat and ball. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Another turning point of the Ashes could be seen as Flintoffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s return at the Oval. I think that changed the dressing room mood. He hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t perhaps performed as well in test cricket as he should have which is something that frustrates him but he will be missed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a whole hearted man but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the end of the road for him in test cricket and the team has to move RQÂľ When Graeme Swann bowled Mike Hussey on the Sunday afternoon at the Oval to win the test and the Ashes, Agnew was straight onto the pitch and speaking to a slightly shocked Andrew Strauss. As he recalls the event, it is clearly a special moment for him as he was at the centre of the emotion and atmosphere which was unfolding all around. ´, ZDV WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW SHUVRQ WR WDON WR Strauss after Swann bowled Hussey. He seemed surprised to see me because I was out there within twenty seconds of the wicket falling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being out there with the big crowd at that moment reminds you of how wonderful it is to be involved in those moments as a player, and I get a big kick out of that. It was brilOLDQWÂľ TMS Agnew clearly has a great passion for commentating, something which is evident when you listen to him on Test Match Special. After retiring at the age of thirty, having played in three tests for England, Agnew started at TMS in 1990 and today is regarded as the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;voice of cricketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on the BBC. His decision WRUHWLUHUHODWLYHO\HDUO\ZDV´WRXJKÂľ

Living in a box: Agnew has been commentating for almost 20 years

he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to play for England anymore and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something you need to believe once youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve played for England. I also had the prospect of getting a very rare opportunity to work as a cricket MRXUQDOLVWVRLWDOOPDGHVHQVHÂľ Today, after almost twenty years as a commentator, his enthusiasm for the game and commentating show no signs of diminishing because, he says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just love commentating. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working on a program that is VRĂ H[LEOHDQGLWLVDQRSSRUWXQLW\WR have some fun.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The commentary is just a case of being yourself, sitting in front of a microphone and just having fun. Some things work, some things donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a happy place to be. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very lucky to be able to do it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Occasionally, the amount of one day cricket can become tiresome but WHVWFULFNHWLVZRQGHUIXOÂľ Joining TMS at a relatively young age was a somewhat daunting task to undertake, as TMS is regarded as something of a commentating institution. However, Agnew went down in commentating folklore within his Ă&#x20AC;UVW \HDU RI FRPPHQWDWLQJ WKDQNV to one of the greatest pieces of innuendo ever to be broadcast. The story goes that Ian Botham dislodged his bails when trying to step over his stumps and in a moment of genius Agnew said that â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite get his leg over.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; This comment caused fellow commentator Brian Johnston to break into hysterics. To hear it in all its glory is a must for all sports fans - and it is reasily available on youtube. Aside from providing a magic moment it also served to launch Agnewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career as a commentator. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People talk about the leg over thing even now. I love the fact that people enjoy laughing at that but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not really commentary - it was a cock up. A very funny one and it was something which launched me DVLWRFFXUUHGLQP\Ă&#x20AC;UVW\HDU ´,W ZDV D GHĂ&#x20AC;QLQJ PRPHQW LQ D way, as I was being introduced to a public who on that program arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t very used to new voices and you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get much leeway - so I was OXFN\WKDWWKDWKDSSHQHGÂľ SOUTH AFRICA

Howâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that? England celebrate winning the Ashes after Graeme Swann bowls Mike Hussey

Since that moment Agnew has been everpresent on TMS and will be in South Africa for the forthcoming test series. When I ask whether South Africa

away represents a tougher challenge than Australia at home he replies, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Probably. South Africa are D YHU\ JRRG VLGH ZLWK DQ H[FHOOHQW pace attack, a good batting line up and a strong captain. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They will be hard to beat and play on pitches which are suited to WKHPDQGQRWUHDOO\DQ\ERG\HOVHÂľ Clearly, then, the England side face a tough winter but they should EH ZLWK D Ă&#x20AC;WDJDLQ .HYLQ 3LHWHUVHQ who is one of several players who have a South African background, something Agnew sees as a problem in the England side. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Strauss and Prior were born there but in my view Trott is a South African and I think the way these players are being selected needs to be looked at because it harms county cricket. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening is theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re playing under 19â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cricket for South Africa and for the convenience of their career theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re coming over here and playing cricket for England. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think unless itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s addressed it will cause a lot of unhappiness and SHRSOH OLNH 5RE .H\ ZLOO ORRN IRU MXVWLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQ DV WR ZK\ SOD\HUV ZKR should be playing for a different country are picked ahead of them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jonathan Trott should be playing for South Africa, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a product of their system and I feel itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a dangerous policy that these players are beLQJVHOHFWHGÂľ Agnew clearly has strong views when it comes to the England cricket team and their adopted policies. He was critical over the summer of the ill fated games of football which have seen injuries occur to some players including Joe Denly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every time something goes wrong they say theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll stop and then they start up again. They are competitive young sportsmen who want to ZLQÂľ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d much rather see them warming up properly by practicing crickHWVNLOOVÂľ


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1HZFDVWOHIHQFHUĂ&#x20AC;JKWVIRU(XURJORU\ Tom James Sports Editor 6HFRQG\HDU0DWKVDQG$FFRXQWLQJ student Jennie Tillott will be swapping her calculator for a sabre next month when she represents Britain LQWKHXQGHU¡V(XURSHDQ&KDPSLonships in Odensk, Denmark. Jennie goes to the championships thanks to an excellent performance at the nationals at the start of the

month where she took the bronze medal. $IRUPHUSHQWDWKOHWHDQGFOXEOHYHO runner, Jennie took up fencing when VKH ZDV D SXSLO DW 0LOĂ&#x20AC;HOG 6FKRRO which is regarded as the best school IRU VSRUW LQ %ULWDLQ 6KH KDV IHQFHG for the last four years and has aspiUDWLRQVRIEHLQJLQYROYHGLQWKH2Oympic Games in Brazil 2016. After winning three of her four Ă&#x20AC;JKWV LQ KHU SRRO DW WKH QDWLRQDOV Jennie had a low seeding going into

the knock out stage, which meant that she had to face tough compeWLWLRQDQGZRXOGKDYHWREHDWKHU best to progress to the end of the competition. 6KHZRQKHUĂ&#x20AC;UVWWZRGLUHFWHOLPLQDWLRQĂ&#x20AC;JKWVLQFOXGLQJDZLQ RYHUDQROGWHDPPDWHEHIRUHFRPing up against the girl who had beaten her in her pool. Jennie was by far the stronger fencer this time URXQGDQGUHFRUGHGDYLFWRU\WR SXWKHULQWRWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOIRXUZKHUHVKH

lost 15-5 to another old team mate. 7KH UHVXOW OHDYHV -HQQLH UDQNHG third in the Junior Under 20 womHQ¡VVDEUHDOORZLQJKHUWRWDNHKHU place in the squad going to Odensk along with the three other best fencers of her age from Britain. The championships take place in the Ă&#x20AC;UVW ZHHN RI 1RYHPEHU DQG ZLOO see Jennie take on the best fencers in (XURSH:HZLVKKHUZHOODQGKRSH she manages to make her point.

Leeds defeated Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fencing

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Edward Bailey Fencing Correspondent /HHGV¡ IRUPLGDEOH Ă&#x20AC;YH \HDU XQEHDWHQ VWUHDN DJDLQVW 1HZFDVWOH ZDVĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\SXWWREHGODVW:HGQHVday, as the away side came home ZLWK D PHPRUDEOH ZLQ RYHU WKH league champions. The match began as a tense affair, EXW JUDGXDOO\ HDUO\ QHUYHV HDVHG DQG 'DYH 0RUULV IRU 1HZFDVWOH HQGHGXSĂ&#x20AC;QLVKLQJIRLOZLWK WKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOERXWEHLQJWLPHGRXW 1H[W XS ZDV VDEUH IHDWXULQJ D new addition to the squad, Patrick 1DYHLQDQGWKH\JRWRIIWRDJRRG VWDUWZLWK1DYHLQWDNLQJDVWUDLJKW 5-0 win. 6DEUH FRQWLQXHG WR LPSURYH IRU the home team as the match went RQ ZLWK (G %DLO\ ZLQQLQJ KLV ODVW two bouts 5-2, 5-2. 1HZFDVWOH WKHUHIRUH ZRQ WKH weapon 45-34. 7KH Ă&#x20AC;QDO ZHDSRQ ZDV HSHH LQ ZKLFKFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFHZDVKLJKGXHWR their continuing strength. They did not lose this burgeonLQJUHSXWDWLRQZLWK:LOO(GPXQGV getting some magical hits to comSOHWHWKHDOOURXQGYLFWRU\WR1HZcastle 1sts. 7KHPDWFKWKHUHIRUHĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHG WR1HZFDVWOHDVSHFWDFXODUYLFtory that is hopefully a barometer for the rest of an all ready successful season. Man of the match was DZDUGHG WR 3DWULFN 1DYHLQ IRU DQ excellent debut.

Loko left Shelvin title plans after Close House defeat Intra Mural Football Division One

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Charles Scott at Close House Dyslexic continued their unbeaten start to the season last wednesday, thanks to a well-taken brace by DysOH[LFPLGĂ&#x20AC;HOGHU'DQ6KHOYLQZKLFK sent them on their way to a memoUDEOHYLFWRU\RYHU/RNRPRWLYDW Close House. The game started at a frantic pace ZLWK 0F/RYLQ YHU\ QHDUO\ SXWWLQJ /RNR LQ IURQW DV HDUO\ DV WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW minute. But it was Dyslexic that broke the deadlock after neat interSOD\IURP0DWWKHZVDQG6KHOYLQ 5HFHLYLQJWKHEDOOZLWKKLVEDFNWR goal inside the penalty area, MatWKHZV XQVHOĂ&#x20AC;VKO\ IRXQG 6KHOYLQ LQ space, who guided his shot past a VWUDQGHG7LFNOHLQWKH/RNRJRDO /RNRZHUHQ¡WEHKLQGIRUORQJDQG equalised through Turnock (not Turncock) minutes later. A hopeful long punt forward was cushioned E\0F/RYLQ¡VEDFNLQWRWKHSDWKRI Turnock (not Turncock) who found the back of the net with a wonderful right foot shot from 25 yards. 6WULNHUVDWHLWKHUHQGKDGFKDQFHV WRJLYHWKHLUVLGHWKHOHDGEXWIRXQG

WKHPVHOYHV WKZDUWHG E\ WKHLU RZQ SRRUĂ&#x20AC;QLVKLQJ /RNR¡VOHIWEDFN5LFKDUGVRQKDGLOlusions of grandeur as the ball was cleared out to him from a corner. He shaped to strike it goalwards with his left foot. He kneed it out for a throw. Dyslexic were looking increasingly menacing going forward and their ambitious 4-3-3 formation seemed to be working on the narrow pitch. 7KHLUSUHVVXUHĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\SDLGRIIDQG LW ZDV WKDW PDQ 6KHOYLQ ZKR H[tended their lead from a corner. A combination of poor defending and D JUHDW FURVV IURP 6DO UHVXOWHG LQ D WKXPSLQJKHDGHUIURP6KHOYLQWKDW JDYHWKHNHHSHUQRFKDQFH Minutes later it was 3-1. Matthews broke free. Tickle failed to gather his tame initial shot and was made to pay when Matthews smashed home on the second time of asking. Dyslexic were running riot and it ZDVQ¡W ORQJ EHIRUH WKH\ JUDEEHG D fourth after another goalkeeping error from Tickle. $ OLJKWQLQJ EUHDN IURP 6DO GRZQ the left wing ended with a whipped cross across the face of goal that Tickle only managed to push into WKH SDWK RI $GULDQ +H ZDV QHYHU going to miss from three yards out. +DOIWLPH FRXOGQ¡W FRPH VRRQ HQRXJK IRU /RNR $ WDFWLFDO VXEstitution was made to deal with WKH RYHUZKHOPLQJ '\VOH[LF ZLWK

Turnock (not Turncock) coming off for Deano. The referee was becoming more DQG PRUH YRFDO DV WKH JDPH SURJUHVVHG +H HYHQ DGGUHVVHG /RNR¡V 7KRPSVRQDVÂś0U&OHYHU6KLWH¡IROlowing a mild act of dissent from the winger. /RNRSRVHGDIDUJUHDWHUWKUHDWLQ the second half and the whole outFRPHRIWKHJDPHPLJKWKDYHEHHQ GLIIHUHQW LI %XUU KDG FRQYHUWHG D penalty early in the second half. Instead he had to watch as the Dyslexic goalkeeper Josh made a IDQWDVWLF VDYH WR KLV OHIW %XUU WKHQ had another chance to claw one back IRU/RNRRQO\IRUKLVVKRWWRGULIWDJonisingly wide of the post. Dyslexic then had chances to extend their lead further as sub Andy slammed his shot into the side netting and Conchie saw his ambitious cross-shot strike the post.  7LFNOH PDGH D VXSHUE VDYH IURP DGLSSLQJ6KHOYLQYROOH\DVKHWULHG to make amends for his earlier goalkeeping errors. Dan Parkinson tried to ignite a late /RNRFRPHEDFNZLWKDWLG\FOLSSHG Ă&#x20AC;QLVK IURP WKH HGJH RI WKH ER[ WR make it 4-2. /RNRSXVKHGWKHLUZKROHWHDPIRUward in search of more goals but to QRDYDLODV'\VOH[LFHPHUJHGYLFWRrious.

Real thrashing for Leazes Intra Mural Football Division One

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Nathan Cornwell at Longbenton 3ROLWLTXH HPHUJHG  YLFWRUV RYHU DIUXVWUDWHG/HD]HVVLGHRQDPLVHUDEOHGD\DW/RQJEHQWRQ Both teams seemed unperturbed by the wet conditions at kick off but no one could predict the goal fest which would follow. Two minutes into the game PoliWLTXHWRRNWKHLQLWLDWLYHZKHQ0DWW Jawsey produced a defence splitting pass and Marchington calmly FRQYHUWHG WKH EDOO LQWR WKH ERWWRP corner. +RZHYHU /HD]HV HTXDOLVHG  minutes later through a drilled effort from the edge of the box by Jack â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crouchyâ&#x20AC;? Medler. The sides continued to battle well WKURXJKRXW WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW KDOI DQG WKHUH were countless chances created at either end. /HD]HVIRUZDUG&ROLQ0DQO\FOHYerly collected and charged along the by-line before squaring the ball to the six yard box where â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crouchyâ&#x20AC;? doubled his tally pouncing on the opportunity. The second half started and PoliWLTXH ZHUH JLYHQ WKH RSSRUWXQLW\ WRJHWEDFNLQWRWKHPDWFK$Ă XUU\ of good chances were squandered before Tom Griggs cut a low cross into the danger area and, after a

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Say cheese: Charley Wright and his team pose in their new strip along with their furry friend

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Agrics stun champions to claim rare win Intra Mural Rugby Union Round-Up

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7HDP1HZFDVWOH¡VĂ&#x20AC;QHVW Paul Christian, Jamie Gavin & Tom James Sports Editors $ WDOHQWĂ&#x20AC;OOHG URRP ORRNHG RQ DV 1HZFDVWOH 8QLYHUVLW\¡V WRS DWKOHWHV were awarded their sports scholarships and welcomed into the Elite Athletes Squad. Director of Performance Sport Colin Blackburn praised those who were awarded scholarships and said WKDWWKH´FKDOOHQJHLVQRZWRĂ&#x20AC;QLVK LQWKHWRSWHQRIWKH%8&6WDEOHDV well as retaining the Stan Calvert Trophy.â&#x20AC;? An excited Blackburn also stressed how important it is â&#x20AC;&#x153;for those awarded scholarships to come on and improveâ&#x20AC;? over the course of the year. :LWKQRVSRUWVFRXUVHFXUUHQWO\RQ RIIHU DW 1HZFDVWOH WKH 8QLYHUVLW\ has to rely on attracting high calibre sportsmen and women through its DFDGHPLFSURZHVVDVZHOODVWKHĂ&#x20AC;nancial muscle of the scholarships. Registrar Dr. John Hogan was in attendance, and he highlighted the UHODWLYH VXFFHVV WKDW WKH 8QLYHUVLW\ had achieved in sport, especially when compared to other universities that take on hundreds of athletes each year into their institution on Sport and Sports Science Courses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The achievements of our students in sport has been astonishingâ&#x20AC;? said Hogan. ´:H DUH DEOH WR WDNH VRPH RI WKH best minds in the country, and take talented individuals who, in addition to their academic prowess, have a remarkable sporting ability. ´,W LV D FUHGLW WR WKH VWXGHQWV DQG the coaches and staff that we are DEOHWRĂ&#x20AC;QLVKLQWKHWRSWHQÂľ The members of the Elite Squad come from numerous different sports: from acrobatic gymnastics WR VDLOLQJ WDUJHW ULĂ H VKRRWLQJ WR American football. And they all share the common denominator of sporting excellence, along with the collective goal of producing the best possible results for their respective teams when repreVHQWLQJ1HZFDVWOH8QLYHUVLW\ Amongst the new recruits is freshHU 'RULDQ :DONHU D Ă&#x20AC;UVW \HDU PHchanical engineering student who is DQHOLWHJ\PQDVW:DONHUZRQ*ROG medals at both the British and European Championships in 2009. This is but a glimpse at the quality required to become part of the squad. $QRWKHUQHZPHPEHULVĂ&#x20AC;UVW\HDU modern languages student Rebecca Sparling, a rower. Sparling was part

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of the Great Britain Junior European team in 2008 and she will no doubt add yet more substance to NewcasWOH 8QLYHUVLW\¡V DOUHDG\ JOHDPLQJ rowing pedigree. And hoping to take the sailing team by storm will be newcomer GeorgieAkin Smith. Studying marketing and management. Akin-Smith is a member of the RYA Youth Squad and was RYA National champion in 2007. American footballer Edward Tate is on the squad this year boasting a wealth of experience and talent. Tate has played for both the Southern and Northern All Stars, and was a runner up in last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brit Bowl. Clay pigeon shooter Rory Gibson DOVR MRLQV ZLWK DQ LPSUHVVLYH &9 named as Scottish Schools champion on three separate occasions. 7KHVH DUH MXVW D IHZ H[DPSOHV RI the prospects within the twenty strong Elite Squad, who are under the guidance of performance sport manager Fraser Kennedy. ´:H DUH KHUH WR HQVXUH WKH\ KDYH every opportunity and all the support required to succeed at their sport and to be the best they can be,â&#x20AC;? said Kennedy. ´:LWK WKLV VXSSRUW LW LV KRSHG WKDWPDQ\ZLOOJDLQYDOXDEOH%8&6

points for Team Newcastle and go RQWREHFRPH1DWLRQDODQG,QWHUQDtional athletes. ´, WKDQN WKH FRPPHUFLDO VSRQVRUV for their continued support to the DWKOHWHV DV ZHOO DV 6HQLRU 0DQDJHPHQWZLWKLQWKH8QLYHUVLW\Âľ There were 65 applicants for the Elite Squad and the chosen few can also expect strength and conditioning support from Julie Twaddle, who works for the English institute of sport, as well as nutritional advice and contact with sports psychologists and physios. And although Team Newcastle stayed at 10th last campaign, they will no doubt look to those in the (OLWH 6TXDG WR KHOS WKH 8QLYHUVLW\ to perhaps make inroads into the top ten this time around, hopefully surpassing the likes of Oxford and Cambridge, who narrowly edged in front last season. As well as the Elite Athlete squad, VHYHQ Ă&#x20AC;UVW \HDU VWXGHQWV ZHUH awarded Recruitment Scholarships EDFNLQ0D\WRDWWUDFWWKHPWR1HZcastle. There were also 22 Performance Scholarships given to the very best 1HZFDVWOH 8QLYHUVLW\ VSRUW KDV WR offer. Recipients of these accolades in-

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Paul Christian at Heaton Two second-half goals made it three on the trot for Garnett as Barca slumped to their third defeat of the season. 7KH VFRUH OLQH UDUHO\ UHĂ HFWV WKH PDWFKLQWKHWRSĂ LJKWRI,QWUD0XUDO football. Today was no different; it could easily have been 1-1. ,WZDVDEDWWOHRIZLWVIRUWKHPRVW part - Barca intricate in possession; Garnett penetrative in attack. Reputation preceded each team,

triggering a cagey opening ten in which they sized each other up. The Ă&#x20AC;UVW SXQFK ZDV WKURZQ D PLQXWH ODWHU /LWHUDOO\ $ VFXIĂ H HPHUJHG between two players and the game exploded into life. ,W ZDV KDQGEDJV UHDOO\ EXW breathed new life after a static start. Barca reacted quicker and began to dictate possession. 0RUULV ORRNHG EULJKW RQ WKH OHIW wing and was inches away when he Ă&#x20AC;]]HGRQHSDVWWKHSRVW0RVVWULHG to make use of the slick surface, shooting from range when given a glimpse. The Garnett keeper was untroubled. For all their dominance, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to remember a clear cut chance for the lawmen. A creative spark in the Ă&#x20AC;QDOWKLUGHOXGHGWKHP Garnett meanwhile defended

soundly, biding their time for an opportune moment. Esdon was reliable as ever, discharging that trademark grunt with each headed clearance. Apparently its soothing reverberaWLRQVFDQEHKHDUGDW,0JURXQGVDOO over Newcastle. Like a mating call. The second half saw no change in tempo. Barca applied the pressure; Garnett soaked it up. Fairmichaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s low-key distribution quietly gave EDODQFHWRWKH*DUQHWWPLGĂ&#x20AC;HOGDQG the tide began to turn. Not long after the restart, the holders opened the scoring. Some good link-up play from Patel and Rishi Dhand down the right hand side FXOPLQDWHG ZLWK D Ă&#x20AC;QH FURVV IURP Dhand, converted by Jones. Should the keeper have saved it? Probably. Barca refused to give in. A super VWULNH IURP 0RVV IRUFHG D VWURQJ

save from the Garnett keeper â&#x20AC;&#x201C; who was outstanding all day. Two successive last ditch blocks from Garnett centre half Pearson epitomised his performance and quelled Barcaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resurgence. Barca still poured forward, but Garnett sensed a winner. And what a winner it was. Kilvington broke forward, resisted the temptation to shoot and played it smartly to Craig. &UDLJVZLWFKHGLWĂ&#x20AC;UVWWLPHWR0RUUDQW0RUUDQWZDVFOLQLFDO ,W ZDV UHPLQLVFHQW RI 8QLWHG against Arsenal last year in Europe. Except much slower and worse. A great move nonetheless and a nice Ă&#x20AC;QLVKWRWKHJDPH Garnett have climbed another step LQWKHLUTXHVWIRUEDFNWREDFN,0WLtles. Barca need a result quickly to dismiss the tag of nearly men.

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Colin Henrys at Longbenton ,QDPDWFKRYHUVKDGRZHGE\VRPH very poor refereeing, AFC Hydro narrowly managed to defeat Pink Panthers at Longbenton. Both sides must have been thankful to have been drawn to play on the 3G pitch, as the all-weather surface withheld a steady autumnal rain allowing an open game of football. ,W ZDV WKH 0HGLFV ZKR VFRUHG Ă&#x20AC;UVW DIWHU MXVW WKUHH PLQXWHV ZLWK some direct football. A long clearance from the Hydro goalkeeper caused a mix-up between the Panthersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; centre-backs and Chris Holt burst through to score. Panthers replied almost immeGLDWHO\ DV &UDLJ 0XQG\ EURNH through the defence and coolly slotted home through the keeperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legs to equalise. 8QIRUWXQDWHO\WKRXJKWKHUHIHUHH ZDVDOUHDG\EHJLQQLQJWRLQĂ XHQFH proceedings, twice over-ruling the linesmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal-kick signal to award dubious corners to Hydro. The second of these forced a good diving save from the Panthersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; keeper low to his right-hand side. The referee was in the thick of WKH DFWLRQ MXVW PRPHQWV ODWHU WRR as he blocked a goal-bound Hydro effort with his right foot but they soon threatened again as Holt was played in by Tariq Sulieman. The big striker lobbed the onrushing goalkeeper but his goal-bound effort was cleared off the line. Sulieman continued to pose a threat on the left-wing, and a good individual run brought another Hydro chance, only for him to selfishly shoot wide with his teammates lined up on the back post. He made amends shortly afterwards though, as a good ball this WLPH IRXQG 0DWW :ULJKW ZKRVH GHĂ HFWHG FURVV ZDV FKHVWHG LQ E\ +ROWWRUHVWRUHWKH0HGLFV¡OHDG The Panthersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tenacious Alex 'XNHERVVHGWKHPLGĂ&#x20AC;HOGEXW+\dro continued to dominate and it ZDVQRUHDOVXUSULVHZKHQ:ULJKW Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHG DW WKH EDFN SRVW IURP D Sulieman corner to make it 3-1. Far from killing the Panthers off however, the goal seemed to revitalise them and Duke and Harry Hibbert combined well to win a corner. Harry Chapman took full advantage when the Hydro defence failed to clear it, scoring with a half-volley. Panthers pressed hard for an HTXDOLVHU DQG Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHG WKH KDOI camped at Hydroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s end but the half-time whistle curtailed their resurgence and Hydro took a 3-2 lead into the break. 8QIRUWXQDWHO\ WKRVH ZKR KDG hoped for a similarly entertaining second half were to be left disappointed. The substitution of Duke removed the bite in the Panthersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; PLGĂ&#x20AC;HOGDQGDQXPEHURIGXELRXV refereeing decisions went against them which further prevented a continuation of their strong end to WKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDOI The Panthers were lucky not to concede a penalty after a trip on 6XOLHPDQEXWZLWKWKHPDMRULW\RI decisions going Hydroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s way, their frustration began to show and two players were booked for dissent. The reintroduction of Duke did lead to several late Panthersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; attacks and twice they had shots cleared off the line from corners. But AFC Hydro hung on to claim a hard-earned victory. The Panthers were clear in who they blamed for their defeat though, questioning why they still had to pay the referee following his â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;shocking performanceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.


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/DVWZHHNWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWVDQGVHFRQGVJRW off to a solid start, both winning their opening matches of the season. This week, they had to build upon this, both teams playing potentially PRUHGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWRSSRQHQWVDZD\IURP home, and the thirds and fourths had to try and follow suit to win WKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVWPDWFKHV After a good start against the newly promoted Leeds last week, the Ă&#x20AC;UVW WHDP ZHUH LQ DFWLRQ DZD\ WR Northumbria and looking to build on their success. Well established as contenders for the title in the premiership, the Poly were always going to be a tough match, but the girls were up for it. Pumped and playing together brilliantly, the whole match was end-toend: goal for us, goal for them. It was nail-biting stuff. Stunning, brutal defence from GK Rochelle Quigley and great shooting from player of the match Ashleigh Stamp, meant that at one point the Newcastle girls led by four goals in the third quarter. Alas, the Poly pulled it back - and WKH Ă&#x20AC;QDO TXDUWHU KDG HYHU\ VLQJOH spectator on the edge of their seats. So close to beating, or even drawing with the poly, could they hold on? It came down to the last minute of the game. The scores even, a fumbled pass and a Northumbria goal led to a cruel defeat for the Royals . A single goal in it, the Newcastle girls were left devastated and went down narrowly 36-35. But they can be proud of their performance against a team that was expected to win easily. A truly magQLĂ&#x20AC;FHQWSHUIRUPDQFHIURPWKHJLUOV

6KHIĂ&#x20AC;HOGQGV Newcastle 2nds

21 48

After a two and a half hour journey, the seconds arrived ready and raring to go against what seemed to be DQDOOQHZ6KHIĂ&#x20AC;HOG+DOODPVHFRQG team. After some tough matches against this opposition last season the squad

werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure what to expect. Throughout the whole game the seconds were calm and collected, dictating the pace of the game, and never behind. After some dispute about the scores, it was 9-5 at quarter-time, a lead that the girls looked to capitalise upon. With some fantastic shooting from Anna Dickinson and player of the match, Fiona Brunt, this lead was extended to 21-13 at half-time. An astounding third quarter saw the Hallam team unable to penetrate the solid defensive unit of Sally Burden and Sassa Hamilton and the lead turned to an unassailable 35-13. <HWPRUHFRROVKRRWLQJDQGĂ \LQJ interceptions all over the court resulted in the seconds winning 48-21.

A much better start than last season from a team showing a lot of promise.

Newcastle 3rds Teesside 1sts

25 47

The thirds were in action against 7HHVVLGHĂ&#x20AC;UVWVDQGZLWKFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFH oozing from the squad after their easy promotion last season the girls went into the game with heads held high and started well. Unfortunately Teesside matched this and were ahead at the end of WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW TXDUWHU DQG GHVSLWH VRPH strong defence, by half-time this lead had increased. However after some classy netball from the New-

Moore of the same from NURL 5XJE\/HDJXH

Liverpool JM 1sts Newcastle 1sts

16 26

John Kingswood The mighty NURL machine was on the road again in their search for Premier North domination. This time their destination was the European capital of grit: Liverpool. NURL were slow out of the blocks, giving away possession deep in their own half due to offensive handling errors courtesy of Jimmy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Doyleâ&#x20AC;? Phillips. John Mooreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s were quick to react, crashing over the try line minutes later to put NURL behind. After some stern words from captain Mikey Wardrobe, NURL began to play with the aggression and assertiveness for which they are renowned. NURL opener came from the likely hero, birthday boy Sam Boyd, col-

lecting the ball and sprinting 60 metres to the line and under the post to put NURL level. Again careless handling errors from the restart forced the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most successful club to defend Ă&#x20AC;HUFH ZDYHV RI DWWDFN IURP WKH GHlinquent John Mooreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pack. NURL absorbed all this pressure and converted it into attack with some slick handling from Liam McGee and pristine lines of running to see Kev Davey dive over the whitewash in the corner to give Newcastle the lead. The half-time whistle was music to 185/¡VHDUVDVWKH\FRXOGĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\UHhydrate and collect their thoughts. Newcastle was forced to make some squad alterations with an ankle injury to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wee Generalâ&#x20AC;? Rishi Sumra. NURL did not fear, as they had the stunning Steve Moorcroft in their armoury, indeed the gargantuan loose IRUZDUG SXW RQ D Ă&#x20AC;QH GLVSOD\ LQ front of his father â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rylands Sharksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

legend â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Henry Moorcroft. The John Mooreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s storm was weathered well in the second half, allowing NURL to play some great attacking rugby, resulting in massive Ian McFear scoring under the posts. The persistent John Mooreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s refused to be shut out of the game and came back, ever ferocious at NURL, IRUFLQJ WKH Ă&#x20AC;QHVW UXJE\ OHDJXH squad in Newcastle to defend several attacking sets on their try line. David â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fortâ&#x20AC;? Knox refused to concede any tries though. NURL wrapped up the game with a well worked try from the familiar face of Sam Boyd scoring once again. Three conversions throughout the match by Rob C Grieves gave NURL the hard fought victory. Newcastle Rugby League celebrated long into the night before focusing their minds on rugby once again as they prepare to take on Leeds Met LQWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVWKRPHĂ&#x20AC;[WXUH

castle team, especially Rebecca Meldrum (player of the match), and some dirty tactics from the opposing team, Newcastle came away ZLWK WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW ORVV RI WKH 1HZFDVWOH netball campaign â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 47-25. With plenty of positives to draw on, hopefully next week will see WKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVWZLQRIWKHQHZVHDVRQ

Newcastle 4ths York St Johns 2nds

44 22

The fourth team opened their season with a home game against York St. John seconds. Having been promoted last season the girls went into the game blind, knowing nothing about their oppo-

nents. After a brilliant start there was no slacking or complacency as they found themselves ahead by 14 goals at the half-time marker. Freshers Katie Marron, Rhiannon Desmond and Christie Burns all showed their worth, helping the team extend their lead to a fantastic 35-13 by the end of the third quarter. With the game in the bag the fourths eased off the gas and York managed to close the gap to 44-22, but it was a brilliant win for the newly-promoted team and their player of the match Anna Rosenberg.

%8&6Âż[WXUHVFDQFHOOHGDIWHU 6SRUWV&HQWUHZDOOFUXPEOHV A collapsed wall at the Sports Hall SXWDKDOWWRWZR%8&6Ă&#x20AC;[WXUHVODVW Wednesday. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basketball and Netball were both cancelled as scattered bricks obstructed the court. The problem emerged the previous Friday after a Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basketball training session, when it appeared that the folding frame was hauling bricks from the wall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In effect, the frame was coming down and it was dragging the wall down with it,â&#x20AC;? said Nick Beale, Facilities Service Manager at the Sports Centre. The new frame was installed at the start of September by the University States Department and it seems that Sports Centre staff have been misinformed about its security: â&#x20AC;&#x153;They gave us the okay at the start of the year that the wall would hold,â&#x20AC;? Beale stated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Six weeks on itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s started to fall down already.â&#x20AC;?

To repair the damage, part of the wall has been taken down so the EDVNHWEDOOULJFDQEHĂ&#x20AC;[HGLQWRWKH steel work behind it. All team sports that require full use of the court have been cancelled until Tuesday. 7KLVLQFOXGHV,QWUD0XUDOĂ&#x20AC;YHD side matches as well as the aforePHQWLRQHG %8&6 Ă&#x20AC;[WXUHV +RZever plans are already in motion to replay both BUCS matches at the earliest date possible.


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Monday 26 October 2009 THE COURIER

Rugby

Newcastle crush Trent at rain soaked Cochrane Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rugby Union

Newcastle 1sts 28 Nottingham Trent 1sts 8 Jonathon Taylor at Cochrane 1HZFDVWOH 0HQ¡V VW WHDP VHFXUHG WKHLU Ă&#x20AC;UVW ZLQ RI WKH %8&6 VHDVRQ last week, comfortably beating QHZO\SURPRWHG1RWWLQJKDP7UHQW  Despite encouraging yet ultimately winless performances in the last WZRĂ&#x20AC;[WXUHVDJDLQVW/HHGV0HWDQG Loughborough, the Royals will be delighted to have maintained a high standard of performance, as well as managing to take the points and RSHQWKHLU%8&6DFFRXQW The wet conditions at Cochrane Park appeared ominous, and boded for an error-prone match. However, notable excellent performances by back-row Shaun English and man of the match Dave Smith ensured the Royals dominated the game from VWDUW WR Ă&#x20AC;QLVK UXQQLQJ LQ IRXU LPpressive tries. 1HZFDVWOHEHJDQWKHPDWFKGRPLnantly, with the forward pack immediately proving too powerful for WKHLU1RWWLQJKDPFRXQWHUSDUWV:LWK

only three minutes on the clock, the hosts outmuscled the Trent scrum E\WXUQLQJLWDIXOOGHJUHHVDQG came close to taking the lead from Adam Armstrongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ambitious drop goal from half-way. Armstrong however made amends IRU KLV SUHYLRXV PLVV Ă&#x20AC;YH PLQXWHV ODWHU VXFFHVVIXOO\ Ă&#x20AC;ULQJ WKH KRVWV LQWR D  OHDG DIWHU 1RWWLQJKDP were found guilty of handling in the ruck. This was soon followed by the opening try of the game: after good work from Shaun English, winger Dave Smith collected the ball on the OHIWZLQJDQGDIWHUH[HFXWLQJDĂ&#x20AC;QH grubber kick towards the try-line, chased and collected the ball, sending the Royals into a commanding OHDG 1HZFDVWOH ZHUH VKRZLQJ JUHDW FRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFHGXULQJWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDOIWKH forward pack were successfully reF\FOLQJTXLFNDQGFOHDQEDOOWRWKHLU EDFNOLQHDOORZLQJĂ \KDOI(G<DUQton to dictate the pace of play with ease. :LWKRQO\Ă&#x20AC;YHPLQXWHVUHPDLQLQJ LQ WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW KDOI WKH 5R\DOV IXUWKHU increased their lead with a try out of the top drawer. After centre Mike %ODFN VWROH WKH EDOO IURP WKH 1RWWLQJKDPPLGĂ&#x20AC;HOGWKHKRVWVVSUD\HG the ball wide, where clinical winger

Dave Smith gratefully accepted his second try of the game, beating two defenders before touching down in the corner. 1HZFDVWOH ZHQW LQ WR WKH LQWHUYDO with a comfortable 13-0 lead, but ZHUH IRUFHG WR Ă&#x20AC;QLVK WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW KDOI with 14 men, after lively back-row Shaun English was sent to the bin for killing the ball. This moment of indiscipline however proved to be the only tarnish to a hugely impresVLYHĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDOIE\WKH5R\DOV The hosts began the second period complacently, and found themselves GHHSLQVLGHWKHLURZQIRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW ten minutes of the half. After intense SUHVVXUH E\ WKH 1RWWLQJKDP SDFN 1HZFDVWOH ZHUH DJDLQ SXQLVKHG for their indiscipline by the referee, ZLWKWKHYLVLWLQJĂ \KDOIFRQYHUWLQJ a simple penalty straight in front of the posts. This appeared to revitalise the RoyDOVKRZHYHUZKRTXLFNO\UHFRYHUHG WKHLU Ă&#x20AC;UVWKDOI GRPLQDQFH XS IURQW $IWHUĂ \KDOI(G<DUQWRQRQFHDJDLQ ZDVIHGTXLFNO\UHF\FOHGEDOOE\KLV WLJKW Ă&#x20AC;YH 1RWWLQJKDP ZHUH SHQDOised themselves for killing the ballallowing Adam Armstrong to reinstall the hostsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 13 point advantage. By mid-way through the second period, the result was never in doubt. Due to their dominance at

Premier points: Royals off the mark after victory at Cochrane Park

the break-down, any pressure that was exerted upon the Royals by the YLVLWRUVZDVOLIWHGZLWKDTXLFNĂ XUry of penalties continuously allowLQJ $UPVWURQJ WR NHHS 1HZFDVWOH deep in the opponents half. The pace of the Royalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s backline was frightening, and the visitors soon appeared â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;out on their feetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. After good work in the contact area by stand-in captain Harrison PickHUYDQFH1HZFDVWOHVFRUHGWKHWKLUG WU\ RI WKH PDWFK ZLWK (G <DUQWRQ performing a miss pass to industrious full-back Armstrong, who darted into the corner, much to the delight of the Cochrane Park faithful. ,I RIIHUHG D  VFRUHOLQH EHIRUH the game, the hosts would have been GHOLJKWHG+RZHYHU1HZFDVWOHGLG not appear to settle with the current scoreline, and persisted in supplyLQJ TXLFN EDOO WR WKH EDFNV ZKR LQ WXUQ UHSHDWHGO\ GLVVHFWHG WKH 1RWtingham defence at will. The fourth try for the Royals will

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have delighted the management team- after a strong lineout, the 1HZFDVWOH IRUZDUGV VHW XS D GULYing maul which effortlessly crossed WKH1RWWLQJKDPWU\OLQHZLWK6KDXQ English capping an excellent performance with a try. Despite a late consolation try for the visitors, the relief on the faces of the Royals at full-time was clear to see. After an outstanding team SHUIRUPDQFH 1HZFDVWOH 0HQ¡V VWV KDG Ă&#x20AC;QDOO\ UHFRUGHG WKHLU Ă&#x20AC;UVW ZLQ of the season, and have certainly set the benchmark for performances in the upcoming weeks. Captain Harrison Pickervance said after the game, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;after two close defeats in the last two weeks it was very important we got the win. The boys really stepped up today, with David Smith and Tom Drummond playing exceptionally well.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

0DQFKHVWHUOHDYHVRUU\VHFRQGVLQVHDUFKRIĂ&#x20AC;UVW%8&6ZLQ Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rugby Union

Newcastle 2nds Manchester 1sts

6 13

Robert Logan at Cochrane Park The Royals slumped to their third consecutive defeat on Wednesday as they were defeated 6-13 by Manchester 1stâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on a frustrating day at Cochrane Park. Similar to the match last week, the Royals were slow off the mark and allowed Manchester onto the front IRRWZLWKLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWPLQXWHV1HZcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defence looked more than capable of subduing the onslaught and were eased of the early pressure by a steal from Tom Bull. However, pressure continued to

mount on the defence and an impaWLHQW 1HZFDVWOH IURQW OLQH ZHUH LPpeded for having hands in the ruck, allowing Manchester a simple conversion kick to take the lead within 10 minutes. It seemed that going behind affected the team in a positive way as they began to form constructive moves within Manchesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s half. A steal from Andrew Binner on the OHIWĂ DQNDOORZHG1HZFDVWOH¡VEDFNV to test the Manchester defence for WKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWLPHDQGVRPHORYHO\TXLFN KDQGVIURP1HLO5RZDUNDOPRVWOHG to the breakthrough. The constructive nature of the Royalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play continued with a darting run by Tristan Corpe, who averted several tackles before being brought down, which created an opportunity for Andrew Binner. After kicking the ball past the try-line he was

brought down recklessly and was awarded a penalty kick. However, this controversial decision, which could have been given as a penalty WU\ PD\ KDYH EHHQ D VLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQW turning point in the match. From the penalty kick and resulting line-out, a penalty was awarded XQGHUQHDWK WKH VWLFNV WR 1HZFDVWOH for a break-down in the scrum. The SHQDOW\ ZDV FRQYHUWHG E\ Ă \ KDOI Dave Lesley to deservedly make it LQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWPLQXWHV The Royals had the chance to take the lead shortly after, when Manchester gave away another penalty. However, from the tight angle Lesley was unable to convert leaving WKHWHDPV¡OHYHOJRLQJLQWRWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDO 10 minutes of the half. 1HZFDVWOHFRXOGEHDFFXVHGRIVLWting back after their mid-half push, as Manchester were allowed back

in to the game. A lapse of concenWUDWLRQ IURP 1HZFDVWOH¡V GHIHQFH DOORZHG0DQFKHVWHU¡Và \KDOIURRP to manoeuvre and feed their inside centre for a simple try, which was then followed by a conversion, leaving the Royals trailing 3-10 at half time. The try on the brink of half time seemed to give the away team a psychological advantage as they continued to press at the start of the second half. An important tackle from Tristan Corpe prevented the Royals from slipping further behind. :LWKLQ  PLQXWHV RI WKH UHVWDUW came the introduction of Stu RobinVRQDWà \KDOIZKRPDGHDQLPSUHVsionable entrance kicking a drop goal from the twenty-two metre line making it 6-10. However, from the re-start Manchester were awarded a SHQDOW\DVD1HZFDVWOHSOD\HUIDLOHG

Ambulance drama as Medics game abandoned Intra Mural Rugby Union

Medics Southern Faries

A A

Dominic Pollard at Close House This match between the Medics and Southern Fairies showed promise of being an entertaining and closely fought affair. However after the Southern Fairies player Jack Campbell suffered a broNHQDQNOHPLGZD\WKURXJKWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW half, the match was abandoned. When observing the two teams during the warm up, the Southern Fairies appeared to be the more proIHVVLRQDORXWĂ&#x20AC;W They appeared highly focused in their brand new kits as the start of the match approached on a miserable, grey and wet day at Close

House. However, when the match began it was the Medics who made the far more convincing start, as they pressured their opponents from the kick off but were unable to capitalise on their early pressure and territory. It was a break by centre Matt Waugh that gave the Southern Fairies their only real spell of possession in opposition territory. And the Southern Fairies took advantage of their early trip into opposition territory. 7KH Ă&#x20AC;UVW DQG XOWLPDWHO\ RQO\ points of the match were scored by WKHERRWRIWKH6RXWKHUQ)DLULHVĂ \ KDOI0LNH8OZRUWK This came about as the result of a late tackle off the ball for which the Southern Fairies were awarded the penalty that allowed them to take a 3-0 lead. Having gone behind, the Medics once again enjoyed a threatening

period of possession. After several SKDVHVRISOD\LQWKHLURSSRQHQWV they were denied a try in the corner by an excellent try saving tackle into touch by the Southern Fairies player Sain-Ley-Berry-Gray. It was after this incident, around  PLQXWHV LQWR WKH PDWFK WKDW WKH injury that was to bring an end to the game was sustained. An awkward attempted tackle by Jack Campbell left his foot pointing in the wrong direction as his ankle was broken in what must be GHVFULEHG DV D WUXO\ KRUULĂ&#x20AC;F LQMXU\ an injury similar to that suffered by footballer Eduardo last season. An ambulance was promptly called for, but it was over half an hour until any medical aid came. Even then they were still unable to move the player until a proper ambulance arrived, and as such Jack Campbell laid unmovable on the pitch for well over an hour before being stretch-

ered into the ambulance. As the player could not be moved it became clear that game could not restart and thus was abandoned. The two sides proceeded to have a drop goal contest with only bragging rights at stake, the medics won LW The match had been shaping up to be a very entertaining affair, but ultimately and rightly the rugby took a back seat to the welfare of Jack Campbell who one can only hope is able to make a full and speedy recovery. 6SHDNLQJ WR WKH PDWFK RIĂ&#x20AC;FLDO DIter the incident, he stated that Jack had handled the very serious injury extremely well, even saying he had been joking about the state of injury while awaiting medical attention on the pitch. The referee went on to say that the match would be rescheduled, most likely for next week.

to roll away in the ruck, allowing their opponents an easy conversion kick which was duly accepted takLQJWKHGHĂ&#x20AC;FLWEDFNWR 1HZFDVWOH ZHUH XQDEOH WR FRPH back from this and played out the remainder of the second half with little attacking conviction. ManchesWHU JUHZ LQ FRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFH DQG ZHUH aided by two long breaks in play for injuries and the deteriorating weather conditions, which helped slow down the match and fragment the Royals attacks. The frustration of losing a tightly contested match was echoed by Coach Tom Wilkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s words at the end. He summarised the game as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a good performance up front but PDVVLYHO\GLVDSSRLQWLQJÂľ7KHQG¡V will now have to regroup in preparation for a tough match against Birmingham 1stâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next week.

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THE COURIER Monday 26 October 2009

43

Football

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Royals Thack on track

Seconds bounce back to secure vital win at Durham

!7KDFNZUD\¡VJRDO helps Newcastle to a point at Teesside

Durham 2nds Newcastle 2nds

1 1

Jamie Gavin Sports Editor Newcastle will rue a catalogue of PLVVHG FKDQFHV DIWHU FRPLQJ DZD\ ZLWK MXVW D SRLQW LQ D JDPH WKH\ dominated at Teesside. 7KH5R\DOVZHUHGLVDSSRLQWHGZLWK WKHGUDZEXWZLOOWDNHKHDUWIURPD SHUIRUPDQFHWKDWZDVDZRUOGDZD\ IURP WKHLU RSHQLQJ GD\ GHIHDW WR 6KHIĂ&#x20AC;HOG 7HHVVLGH EDUHO\ WKUHDWHQHG RQ KRPH VRLO DQG WKH DZD\ VLGH WRRN the game to their hosts throughout. $IWHUWDNLQJDQHDUO\OHDGWKURXJK WKH LPSUHVVLYH 5RE 7KDFNZUD\ WKH 5R\DOV VTXDQGHUHG D QXPEHU of chances in the minutes that folORZHG DQG DIWHU 7HHVVLGH OHYHOOHG DJDLQVWWKHUXQRISOD\IURPDFRUQHU RQWKHKDOIKRXUPDUNWKHDZD\VLGH IDLOHGWRĂ&#x20AC;QGDZLQQLQJJRDO 7KDFNZUD\ZDVLQIRU*DUHWK3LFNXSLQPLGĂ&#x20AC;HOGZKRZDVWDNHQLOORQ the morning of the game. And he exFHOOHGLQKLVUROHVKRZLQJVWUHQJWK DQGWHQDFLW\WKURXJKRXW He opened the scoring on seven minutes. A free kick was pumped IRUZDUG E\ FHQWUH EDFN $QGUHZ +DUWOH\DQGWKHWRZHULQJĂ&#x20AC;JXUHRI fellow defender Ben Lenders was on hand to meet the ball. ,WZDVSDUWLDOO\FOHDUHGE\D7HHVVLGH KHDG EHIRUH /XNH +DPPHWW¡V FXVKLRQHGKHDGHUIRXQG7KDFNZUD\ in space in the area and he controlOHGZHOOEHIRUHĂ&#x20AC;ULQJKRPHIURPWHQ \DUGV ,QWKHSHULRGWKDWIROORZHG1HZFDVWOH ZLWK WKHLU WDLOV XS SOD\HG VRPHĂ&#x20AC;QHIRRWEDOORQDJUHDV\ORQJ surface in the rain. 7KH\IRUFHGDFRUQHUDIWHUDQDWWDFN GRZQWKHULJKWDQGZLQJHU0DUWLQ +LOOVZXQJWKHEDOOLQ$JDLQD7HHVside clearance was incomplete and WKH EDOO IHOO DW WKH IHHW RI +LOO ZKR was allowed to cross once more. 7KHEDOOIRXQGLWVZD\WR/HQGHUV and the defender was one-on-one with the goalkeeper as the home side appealed for offside.

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/HQGHUV ZLWK MXVW WKH ÂśNHHSHU WR EHDW RSWHG WR VTXDUH WKH EDOO DQG KH VXUSULVHG HYHU\RQH LQFOXGLQJ D VWDUWOHG(G7L]]DUGZKRVFXIIHGKLV effort wide with the goal gaping. Had the defender been more selfLVKWKH5R\DOVPD\ZHOOKDYHGRXbled their lead. %XW WKH\ ZHUH OHIW WR FXUVH WKH PLVVHGRSSRUWXQLW\DQGWKHLUVSHOO of constant pressure in the opening half hour - after Teesside drew level on 31 minutes. A rare attack from the home side OHGWRDFRUQHUDQGLWZDVVZXQJLQ EHDXWLIXOO\IURPWKHULJKWKDQGVLGH A Teesside defender rose majesticalO\ WRZHULQJ DERYH +DUWOH\ WR VHQG a powerful header in to the back of the net from close range. 7KH5R\DOVZHUHVKHOOVKRFNHGDQG were relieved when the half-time whistle allowed them to regroup. The goal had put them on the back IRRW DQG WKH\ PRPHQWDULO\ ORVW WKHLU ZD\ ZLWK 7HHVVLGH HQMR\LQJ their best spell of the game. %XWSDWWHUQZDVQRWWRFRQWLQXHDV Newcastle pressed once more in the second half. Wave after wave of attacks from WKH5R\DOVVDZWKHPRYHUUXQ7HHVVLGH DQG WKHLU EHVW FKDQFH DUULYHG

after a surging forward run from +DUWOH\$+LOOFURVVIURPWKHULJKW IRXQG7KDFNZUD\LQVSDFHDQGKLV FRRO KHDGHU ZDV GLUHFWHG SHUIHFWO\ in to the path of the Newcastle defender. +RZHYHU+DUWOH\¡VFRPSRVXUHGHVHUWHGKLPDQGKHVFXIIHGKLVVKRW IURP HLJKW \DUGV ZKHQ LW VHHPHG certain he would score. The game seemed to culminate LQ WKLV PRPHQW DQG LW SDVVHG DV SURPSWO\DVLWDUULYHG %XWWKH5R\DOVZHUHQRWWREHSXW RII DQG WKH\ FRQWLQXHG WR SLOH WKH pressure on Teesside. Ben Burt proved to be a constant WKUHDWGRZQWKHOHIWDQGKHKDGWZR opportunities to win the game in the closing stages. 7KHĂ&#x20AC;UVWKHFUHDWHGIRUKLPVHOIDIter cutting inside and evading two FKDOOHQJHV +RZHYHU KH Ă&#x20AC;UHG KLJK DQG ZLGH RI WKH JRDO DQG ZDV D YLVLEO\ IUXVWUDWHG Ă&#x20AC;JXUH DV WKH UDLQ ZRUVHQHGRQDGLVPDOGD\ And Burt was soon cursing the conditions after the Teesside â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;keeper spilled the ball following a Newcastle corner. The ball fell at his feet but KHVOLSSHGDWDYLWDOPRPHQWDOORZing the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;keeper to collect and recover from his mistake.

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7HHVVLGH LPPHGLDWHO\ EURNH DQG WKH5R\DOVZHUHOHIWH[SRVHGDWWKH back. Their push for a winner had seen them throw men forward and a home centre forward looked to be LQ WKH FOHDU EHIRUH D WUXO\ PDJQLĂ&#x20AC;cent last ditch tackle from Lenders HIIHFWLYHO\VDYHGWKHLUEOXVKHV ,W SHUVRQLĂ&#x20AC;HG WKH 5R\DOV GHWHUPLQDWLRQ DQG FRPPLWPHQW DQG WKH\ could not be faulted for lack of effort RQDGD\WKDWUHTXLUHGWKHPWRGLJLQ DQG EDWWOH IRU WKH EDOO SDUWLFXODUO\ LQ PLGĂ&#x20AC;HOG ZKHUH FDSWDLQ *HRUJH &R\OHOHGZLWKH[DPSOH ,Q WKH G\LQJ VHFRQGV VXEVWLWXWH 5\DQ /HDFK FUHDWHG DQ RSHQLQJ IRU KLPVHOIEXWKLVGHĂ HFWHGVKRWIURP \DUGVFRXOGRQO\Ă&#x20AC;QGLWVZD\LQWR the arms of the grateful Teesside ÂśNHHSHU DQG WKH Ă&#x20AC;QDO ZKLVWOH IROORZHGDEUXSWO\ Newcastle are now off the mark in %8&6OHDJXH%EXWWKH\ZLOOVWUXJJOHWRFRPHWRWHUPVZLWKKRZWKH\ didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t collect all three points. Whilst WKH\ ZLOO EH IUXVWUDWHG ZLWK WKH UHVXOWWKHSHUIRUPDQFHZLOOQRGRXEW HQFRXUDJH WKHP DV WKH\ KHDG LQWR this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cup game against Leeds Met.

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Matt Gouland at Cochrane Park An enthralling game was decided E\WZRJRDOVLQWKHODVWWHQPLQXWHV which gave Newcastle their second ZLQLQDVPDQ\%8&6JDPHVDVWKH\ VHQW +XGGHUVĂ&#x20AC;HOG EDFN WR 6RXWK Yorkshire with no points to show IRUWKHLUDZD\WULS 2Q D YHU\ ZHW :HGQHVGD\ DW &RFKUDQH 3DUN 1HZFDVWOH UG¡V stepped into this important clash XQEHDWHQ WKLV VHDVRQ NQRZLQJ D win would leave them top of the league. +XGGHUVĂ&#x20AC;HOGVWVZHUHFRQVLGHUHG WKH5R\DOV¡ELJJHVWSURPRWLRQULYDOV this season and it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take long to VHHZK\

:LWKLQ WKH RSHQLQJ PLQXWH WKH 5R\DOVIRXQGWKHPVHOYHVDJRDOEHKLQG GXH WR D GXELRXV SHQDOW\ GHFLVLRQ DJDLQVW VNLSSHU 1LFN 3HWHUV ZKR FOHDUO\ ZRQ WKH EDOO WR DOO EXW the ref. A show of character was needed from the home side who found themselves a goal behind for the Ă&#x20AC;UVWWLPHWKLV\HDU 7LP 5DNVKL DQG 6LPRQ 0XUSK\ stepped up to the mark with a strong presence in the centre of the park. 0XUSK\¡VKDUGZRUNZDVUHZDUGHGVRRQDIWHUE\JHWWLQJRQWKHHQG of a superb swinging cross from the ever present Mitch King for a back post equaliser. :LWK D VSULQJ LQ WKHLU VWHS WKH hosts pressed for the lead and were JLYHQ WKH RSSRUWXQLW\ EHIRUH WKH break when Ben Castilloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s darting run down the left was brought to DQ HQG LQ WKH ER[ E\ D FOXPV\ GHfender. 8S VWHSSHG 0XUSK\ ZKR FDOPO\

slotted passed the stranded â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;keeper giving the hosts a deserved 2-1 lead. $ EULOOLDQW VWRS E\ 5R\DOV ÂśNHHSHU Matt Thorpe soon after gave the home side the advantage going into the break. A nervous start to the second KDOI JDYH WKH WUDYHOOHUV D VRIW HDUO\ HTXDOLVHU WKURXJK VRPH VORSS\ GHfending. When the Newcastle ship was VWHDGLHG +XGGHUVĂ&#x20AC;HOG¡V ORQJ EDOO WDFWLFVVRRQUDQGU\ZKHQ1HZFDVtleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passing game began to shine through again. )URP D QHDW WKURXJK EDOO -DPHV 6ZDLQVWRQURXQGHGWKHNHHSHUZKR swiped the legs of the front man and DWKLUGSHQDOW\ZDVDZDUGHG (VFDSLQJZLWKRQO\DERRNLQJWKH NHHSHU ZDV HDVLO\ EHDWHQ IURP WKH VSRW E\ WKH LQIRUP 6ZDLQVWRQ WR SXWWKH5R\DOVEDFNLQWKHOHDG $VWLUHGOHJVWRRNHIIHFWWKHJDPH opened up. Despite the hosts being

RQWRSWKHWKUHDWRIDEUHDNZDVUHDOLVHG ZKHQ D OHQJWK\ VSULQW GRZQ the wing allowed a cross for an unPDUNHG PDQ WR VORW DZD\ DQRWKHU OHYHOOHUIRU+XGGHUVĂ&#x20AC;HOG $VWLPHZDVUXQQLQJRXW1HZFDVtle pressed for a winner. :LWK WKH DZD\ GHIHQFH RQ WKH EDFN IRRW D GULOOHG FURVV VKRW IURP &DVWLOOR VSUD\HG DFURVV WKH VRGGHQ VXUIDFHDQGZDVWXUQHGLQE\DGHfender who placed his red face in the Cochrane mud. With minutes left and a top of the OHDJXH SODFH LQ VLJKW 1HZFDVWOH sealed the win with a delicate chip IURP6ZDLQVWRQOHDYLQJWKHÂśNHHSHU helpless watching the ball bounce into his net. A 5-3 win and top of the league spot were the rewards for a strong performance from the 3rds who are now looking good for promotion.

Newcastle 2ndâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bounced back from last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s humiliation at WKH KDQGV RI /HHGV LQ Ă&#x20AC;QH VW\OH with a convincing 3-1 win against Durham 2ndâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at the Racecourse ground. ,W ZDV D JDPH WKDW WKH 5R\DOV GRPLQDWHG IURP VWDUW WR Ă&#x20AC;QLVK SOD\LQJ DQ DWWUDFWLYH EUDQG RI football whilst pressing Durham in all areas of the pitch. )UHVKHUV (OOLRW &RQQROO\ DQG Rob Mackenzie were on target IRUWKHDZD\VLGHDORQJZLWKWKH IUHHVFRULQJ&KULV0XVRQGDZKR now has two in two. %ROVWHUHGE\WKHUHWXUQRIWHDP talisman Dave â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the enforcerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 0HHFKDQ WKH 8QL VHFRQG VWULQJ VWDUWHG SRVLWLYHO\ DV 'XUKDP struggled to get a foothold in the JDPHEXWZHUHLQLWLDOO\OLPLWHGWR long-range efforts. 7KHLUHDUO\GRPLQDQFHZDVVRRQ rewarded however as Durham failed to clear from a corner and VQD]]\ FDUGLJDQ ZHDULQJ FHQtre-back Rob Mackenzie lashed home from the edge of the area at WKHVHFRQGDWWHPSW ZLWK D Ă&#x20AC;QLVK WKDW DQ\ FHQWUHIRUZDUG ZRXOG have been proud of. Newcastle continued to create FKDQFHV ZLWK ZLGH SOD\HU 0LNH 3HDFH FRQWLQXDOO\ PHVPHULVLQJ the opposition defenders with KLV VNLOO DQG WULFNHU\ DQG ZHUH XQOXFN\WREHRQO\RQHXSDWWKH break. The second half started as the Ă&#x20AC;UVWKDGĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGZLWKWKH5R\DOV bombarding Durhamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal - hitting the woodwork four times. %XW WKDW NH\ VHFRQG JRDO ZDV proving to be elusive. On 80 minXWHV1HZFDVWOHZHUHPDGHWRSD\ for not taking their chances as a KRSHIXO SXQW GRZQ Ă&#x20AC;HOG FDXJKW RXW 1HZFDVWOH¡V \RXQJ GHIHQFH and a Durham striker raced on to WKH ORRVH EDOO EHIRUH FRROO\ VORWting past goalkeeper Paul MacauO\ ,W ZDV 'XUKDP¡V Ă&#x20AC;UVW PHDQingful effort at goal and it could KDYH EHHQ D FUXVKLQJ EORZ EXW WKH5R\DOVUDOOLHGDQGUHVSRQGHG LQĂ&#x20AC;QHVW\OH From a Durham corner MacauO\SOXFNHGWKHEDOORXWRIWKHDLU EHIRUHVZLIWO\Ă&#x20AC;QGLQJ&KULV0XVRQGDZKRSOD\HGLWLQVLGHWRWKH effervescent Will Deledicq. Deledicq then released Meechan ZKRSOD\HGDEHDXWLIXOO\ZHLJKWHG GHIHQFH VSOLWWLQJ SDVV WKDW Peace latched on to. +H GURYH WR WKH E\OLQH EHIRUH cutting the ball back to the front SRVWDVVXEVWLWXWH&RQQROO\VWROH a march on his marker to get to WKH EDOO Ă&#x20AC;UVW DQG WXUQ LW LQWR WKH net. It was a superb move and just what Newcastle deserved. As Durham pressed for a secRQGHTXDOLVHU1HZFDVWOHSXWWKH game to bed. More good work down the right hand side involving Deledicq and Peace led to 6ZHGLVK\RXWKLQWHUQDWLRQDO0Xsonda getting on the ball in the Durham box. +LV SUHGDWRU\ LQVWLQFWV WRRN hold of him and from a seemLQJO\ LQQRFXRXV SRVLWLRQ KH DUrowed the ball into the bottom left corner of the goal. ,W VHDOHG D Ă&#x20AC;QH UHVXOW IRU WKH 5R\DOV DQG ZLOO KRSHIXOO\ DFW DV a springboard to further victories in the 2ndâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quest for consecutive promotions.


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Exclusive interview with TMS legend Jonathan Agnew Sports Editors: Paul Christian, Jamie Gavin and Tom James - courier.sport@ncl.ac.uk

> Sport, page 37

Cream of the crop: elite athletes and sports scholars announced

Meet the elite: Newcastle University’s newly named elite athletes and sports scholars stand with the Team Newcastle banner at the 2009/10 Awards Ceremony at the Sports Centre on Friday

Sport, page 40

L. SCOTT-ROBINSON

Fraser brace seals dramatic derby GUDZDV5R\DOVFODLPÀUVWSRLQW Men’s Hockey

Durham 2nds Newcastle 1sts

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Charley Wright at Maiden Castle A tightly contested 70 minutes brought about a fair result in Durham, as Newcastle came back against their local rivals to draw 3-3 and get their BUCS season up and running. After a heavy rain fall the Maiden Castle pitch did not require watering, suiting the away side greatly. The advantage of a lack of a fast surface was obvious only two min-

utes into the game when Newcastle went ahead through an Ollie Fraser sweep ten yards out, beating the ‘keeper to his left with Mike Sedcole the architect. The early goal seemed to settle both sides with a lot of the game being played at a relatively low tempo through the middle of the pitch. The Royals’ defence held strong, managing to clear three penalty corners in a row to safety. However, a fourth penalty corner soon after fooled the away side’s defence with a well drilled move bringing an equaliser for the Durham team. Soon after the home side got their second on a break down the right leaving Newcastle outnumbered

and a goal down through an unopposed strike at the back post. But, with the Royals determined to keep their opponents on level terms at half time, Rollo Lewis used some exquisite skill to win a penalty corner. The corner was converted for the equaliser by captain Ian Rossiter, GHÁHFWLQJWKHVWULNHIURP/HZLVLQWR the gaping goal. With the scores level at the break, both teams were striving to get an early third goal to put pressure on their opposition. Unfortunately for the Royals the goal went to their opponents from sloppy defending from the away VLGHPLGÀHOGDQGGHIHQFHWRPDNHLW 3-2 to Durham.

But, in contrast to previous weeks, Newcastle didn’t give up and continued to pile pressure on their opponents. However, with two key penalty corners going begging it was starting to look like a second loss in two games for the Royals in this year’s BUCS competition. But suddenly out of nowhere the away side produced a goal of sheer brilliance. :LWKRQO\ÀYHPLQXWHVUHPDLQLQJ some great vision from John Colville at a sideline ball found Fraser who, at full stretch took the fast pace pass completely under control before rounding his marker and hammering the ball home reverse stick for a wonder goal, bringing the local

rivals level. 7KH ODVW ÀYH PLQXWHV ZHUH DQ[ ious with both sides pushing for the win. With a minute left the home side won a short corner and proceeded WRÁLFNLWWRZDUGVWKHWRSOHIWKDQG corner, only to see the effort denied by the stick of Charley Wright on the left post, picking the ball above his right shoulder and putting it out to safety in two well judged movements. :KHQ WKH ÀQDO ZKLVWOH VRXQGHG both teams seemed happy with a point, though Newcastle will be looking for three next week against Liverpool at home. Men’s Hockey Club sign lucrative sponsorship deal, page 39


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