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WELCOME A SHORT MESSAGE FROM EVERYONE AT FLEX In this issue we’ve returned to a couple of our regular features which have been missing for an issue or two. As always we’ve got you covered with the latest news on campus, including a follow up on the amnesty week the library offered and the news that term dates for Exeter and Falmouth have now been merged. We’ve also got an interview with broadcast graduate Rich Pearson for our graduated pages and an interview with a very exciting up and coming band called Sam Green and the Midnight Heist who are well worth checking out. On top of that we’ve put together a bucket list specifically for the time we all spend in Falmouth which for some of us is starting to come to an end.

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Plus, we’ve got our lifestyle section full of food and fashion. This is now the fifth issue that we have produced since relaunching Flex as an A5 magazine instead of a newspaper format. We hope you enjoy picking the magazine up and having something easy, entertaining and informative to read. Now, on that matter, we would really appreciate hearing what you think of the magazine. Let us know what you like, what you don’t like, what you think we should do more of and how you think the magazine would best serve you, the students. Feel free to drop us an email, a message on Facebook or even tweet us. And as ever, get contributing!

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EDITORIAL TEAM

EDITOR Rob Slade DEPUTY EDITOR & DESIGN Ben Scott PHOTO editor Sam Marsh LIFESTYLE Minky Loh LIFESTYLE Lauren Hughes contributions: Jason Whittaker, Olivia Bohac, Mark Hardaker, Dan Brown, Mitch Waddon, Jess Landor, James Holdsworth, Rich Pearson, Felix Smith, Corey Richards, Alex Barnes, Elliot Finn

WE WANT YOUr help We want this project to grow and as such we want your contributions. Don’t forget we’re online too and always welcoming submissions. If you’ve got a unique feature idea, a big interview lined up or want to review a gig, email:

SECTIONS: NEWS We keep you up to date with everything that’s happening on campus.

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LIFESTYLE This month we’ve got spring fashion and a gluten-free Easter!

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We carry out a properly scientific Falmouth fish and chips taste test.

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Here’s our roundup of the best photos that really showcase Falmouth.

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GRADS We speak to Rich Pearson, who left Falmouth to start a slacklining school.

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We speak to the chaotic Sam Green and the Midnight Heist.

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EVENTS

A rundown of all the big dates to stick in your calendar this term.

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FALMOUTH’S FISH & CHIPS For this issue we embarked on the arduous mission to taste the four main fish and chip shops in Falmouth. We put the likes of Rick Stein’s and Harbour Lights against each other to see who came out on top.

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UNIVERSITY BUCKET LIST For third years, the end of the university experience is rapidly creeping up on us. For the rest of you, it is hard to deny that the time is flying by. So we’ve put together a list of things you’ve got to try to tick off before leaving university. Some of them you may have done already, some you may never do, but we should all at least try to tick a few off right?

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SAM GREEN & THE MIDNIGHT HEIST The first time we saw Sam Green and the Midnight Heist, they were busking outside Wilkinson’s on Falmouth high street drawing quite a crowd. That night they played a mad gig at Jacob’s Ladder Inn. On their return to Falmouth, we sat down with the band to see how they’ve been getting on.

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FIRST REASSURE STUDENTS TRAVELLING HOME FOR EASTER WORDS: Rob Slade First Great Western have been quick to reassure students that their Easter travel plans should not be affected by the Dawlish train track situation. As a result of the well documented storms that have hit Cornwall over the past few weeks, all rail lines out of Cornwall have been disrupted with particular damage affecting the Dawlish line. However, James Davis, Media Relations Manager for First Great Western does

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not believe this will cause too much of a problem to students heading home for Easter. “We run hourly services between Penzance/Plymouth and London Paddington, and over 1,500 services a day across our network.” Davis also added that while bus replacement services operate between Plymouth and Exeter St Davids “the train plan is robust enough to cater for those travelling”. Students should be aware that there are alternative methods of travel. National

Express operates coaches which leave from both Falmouth and Truro and there is also the option of air travel from Newquay for those who need to go further afield. That being said, the disruption does have a silver lining for the more cash strapped students. “Young person’s railcards are still valid on top of the 25% discount for those travelling through the affected area” said Davis, which means train tickets will be cheaper than ever. For more information about the rail network, head to www.nationalrail.co.uk.


AMNESTY HELPS RETURN 500 BOOKS WORDS: Mark Hardaker A recent book amnesty at Falmouth & Exeter University Libraries resulted in 500 missing books being returned and £2334 worth of fines quashed. The amnesty was offered partly in response to an article published in the last issue of Flex, which highlighted that almost 3000 books were missing from the campuses libraries. Students were invited to return overdue books during a week in February with ‘no questions asked’ by library staff. It is estimated that a total of 500 books were returned, with the Tremough library erasing £1748.62 of overdue fines and £585.20 from the Woodlane campus. Doreen Pinfold, Head of Library & Information Services said: “Part of the aim of the amnesty was to encourage students

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who had not been able to use the library due to overdue books or unpaid fines to start again. Feedback from the students on the amnesty was very positive.” It was reported that 2059 books had disappeared from the Tremough library since 2008 and a further 925 from the Woodlane site in Falmouth, from a current library collection of over 150,000 books. The amnesty also coincided with National Libraries Week and provided an incentive to students to clear any overdue charges that were preventing them using the library. “It’s not possible at this early stage to say if any of the books returned were long overdue” said Ms Pinfold, “However, we did receive comments that some students could start using the library again.” Comments reported to library staff included “Brilliant! I can get books out

again!” said one student. “Life saver! Great idea, great help,” and “It’s a really fantastic event and encourages people to actually fess-up and return those long lost books!” said other happy students. Ms Pinfold reiterated that even though the amnesty has ended, anyone who has mislaid a book is still encouraged to get in contact with the library at the earliest opportunity: “Don’t be afraid to come and talk to us. We will try and work out a solution” she said. “We would much rather people came and talked to us before we got to the point of blocking their account, as not only will their library account be blocked but so will their IT account.” If you would like to discuss a lost or overdue book, you can visit the information desk at either campus’ library or find contact details at www.library.fxplus.ac.uk.

FALMOUTH AND EXETER TERMS FINALLY ALIGN

WORDS: Mitch Waddon

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The Grand Challenges programme will return to Penryn Campus again this year, with Exeter students given four trials to choose from. The annual event will be running between the 2nd and 6th June with a number of rewards and prizes up for grabs. FXU Exeter president Chaz Malyon said: “Grand Challenges is an exciting opportunity for University of Exeter students in Penryn to work collaboratively on a project that is relevant to them. “By covering topics such as the environment, energy and global health, students will have a chance to address these challenges hands-on and develop vital transferable skills in the process.” Grand Challenges is a programme in which all first year University of Exeter students work together in research groups to address some of the greatest challenges of the 21st century.

After many years of mismatched timetables Falmouth and Exeter University will finally be synchronising their term dates in 2014. The move comes following a major drive from the FXU, after 90% of students interviewed for their article stating priorities ‘The Big 14’ agreed it was important for the universities to plan their academic term dates jointly. Oli Maskrey, Vice-President of Participation for the FXU said that “The alignment of term dates is a really huge win for FXU in response to what students have asked us to prioritise. It means that students will move in to accommodation at the same time, previously we’ve had Exeter students being in halls on their own, which doesn’t make for a good start to their university experience”. The desynchronised move-in dates have often been a source of problems, as Exeter

student Elzbieta Antosiewicz recalls. “My experience of moving into flats before Falmouth wasn’t too bad, however I found that it was harder to make friends with the Falmouth students once they arrived as the four of us in my flat that were Exeter had already settled down and made friends”. The synchronised start date also means there will be a joint Fresher’s Week, which together with the same moving in days is meant to build a stronger cross-university student community. This also means there will be a joint reading week across campus at the end of October, with extra learning opportunities and support available to everybody. Sadly it’s not all good news, as the Easter Break will be shortened from four to three weeks in 2015 to better fit in with Cornish school breaks. Most importantly the end of the summer term will now be the same for both universities, allowing for bigger shared end of year celebrations for all students.

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JACKET: VOLCOM, £149.99 This jacket is thick enough for the winter months, as well as being warm yet lightweight enough for the bipolar months in spring. The colour is neutral so is a perfect all-rounder for any trend.

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HAT: SESSIONS, £18 For those icy, brisk spring days, there’s nothing better than a good ol’ beanie to warm your ears.

DRESS: FOREVER21, £16.75 Floral prints are always walking the spring collection runways, and this year was no exception. The designers expressing their inner flower power included Stella McCartney, House of Holland and Mulberry, to name but a few. Get some floral in your wardrobe now!

for every wardrobe WORDS: Minky Loh

SHOES: SCHUH, £34.99 Whatever the season, you are going to need a sturdy pair of trainers and the Nike Blazer Low in mustard suede are just the right amount of mellow yellow to brighten up an outfit, without being garish.

England is known for its temperamental weather, just look at the weather we have been receiving this winter, from the storms to the sunshine, from the torrential rain to the aggressive winds… Now that spring is just around the corner, we can only hope that the clouds will open up long enough for us to bask in the sunshine. This spring, you have to be ready for any type of weather and that’s why we have chosen a selection of five spring essentials for every wardrobe.

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SUNGLASSES: PRIMARK, £1.50 For those blindingly sunny days, there’s nothing better than a good ol’ pair of sunglasses to stop you from going blind. They look cool, and help you look more beautiful and less like a dying dog when you’re hungover.

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JACKET: JACK & JONES, £35 Men’s spring fashion this season is all about the brighter yet versatile colours. Orange is a winner for spring and will add a touch of gusto to any outfit. This coat by Jack & Jones is also fully waterproof for those April showers and lightweight enough for warmer spring days.

HAT: Urban outfitters, £20 There’s an old saying that you lose half your body heat through your head, so why not keep warm and keep stylish with a beanie from Carhartt, on the colder spring days.

if you’re on a budget, check out charity shops and ebay for a bargain

WATCH: ASOS, £19.99 Being fashionably late is so old fashioned and to be frank, rather annoying. So why not turn over a new leaf this spring by turning up on time, with a watch like this one from ASOS.

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You’re going to need a pair of shoes that can endure the bipolar weather and these Old Skool Vans in burgundy will do the perfect job.

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SUNGLASSES: ASOS, £15 Bring out your inner John Lennon this spring and opt for round sunglasses. These frames are a modern approach to the classic style and will keep you looking fresh all spring.

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GLUTEN-FREE EASTER TREATS WORDS & photos: Lauren Hughes

Having an intolerance to wheat can be difficult around Easter time. With Pancake Day and Easter not too far away I thought I would share with you a few gluten-free alternatives to try, so you don’t have to miss out on all the sweet treats. If the photos aren’t enough to tempt you into baking, the price might. I managed to make 4 different delicious creations for less than £15.

CARROT CAKE MUFFINS Ingredients: 2 eggs 100g brown sugar 100ml oil 1 grated orange rind and juice 150g gluten free plain white flour 1tsp baking powder 1tsp ground cinnamon 125g finely grated carrot 200g cream cheese 50g icing sugar 12 muffin cases Method: Preheat your oven to 190°C/Fan 170°C/375°F/Gas 5 Beat together your eggs, sugar and oil.  Next, mix in half of the grated orange rind and 1 tablespoon of it’s juice. Then, beat in the flour, baking powder and cinnamon.  Stir in the carrot.  Finally, spoon the mixture into muffin cases and then pop them in the oven for around 35 minutes.  Once done allow them to cool before adding the icing. To make the topping you need to mix together the cream cheese and icing sugar. Then spread the topping over the muffins and decorate with the remaining orange rind. 

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CREME EGG BROWNIES This one’s for those of you who have a serious sweet tooth. Chocolate is everywhere during Easter so this recipe includes everyone’s favourite, the creme egg. Just follow a standard brownie recipe but substitute the plain flour for a gluten-free one. Chop the creme eggs in half and put them on top of the brownie half way through cooking. Then pop them back in the oven until the brownies are fully cooked, wait to cool and then enjoy! If you’re not keen on creme eggs then you could always try adding a different chocolate bar on top of your brownies.

classic pancakes Pancake Day (or Shrove Tuesday) falls on the 4th March this year, but pancakes can of course be made all year round! Gluten-free pancakes are really easy to make. For the batter just use gluten-free flour instead of plain and then add the eggs and milk. You fry them with a little bit of butter just like you would when making regular pancakes. We had ours with the classic lemon and sugar topping but you can add whatever you like on top of your pancakes. A few favourites of mine are; honey and cashews, a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar or fresh fruit!

PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES The recipe we used doesn’t need any flour so it is completely gluten-free. To make the dough we used 2 cups of creamy peanut butter, 1 and a half cups of granulated sugar, half a cup of brown sugar and 2 large eggs. To make them even more sweet we added pieces of chocolate (milk, white or dark) to the mixture before putting them in the oven. One of the best things about making these is that they only take around 10 minutes to cook so you don’t have to wait long to have a taste! You could decorate them with mini eggs if you wanted make them look more Easter themed!

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COD ON THE CORNER

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Cod on the Corner came in as the most expensive option and it left quite a bit to be desired. The chips were pretty thick, but quite stodgy and were probably our least favourite out of the four, though there wasn’t much between these and Penmere Fish Bar’s. Unlike the latter however, the fish from Cod on the Corner was slightly disappointing. It didn’t really have much flavour to it and the texture of the fish almost felt grainy or stringy. The batter wasn’t crispy and it wasn’t something that any of us would go back for.

4/10 HARBOUR LIGHTS

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Harbour Lights were the cheapest, as they had a lunchtime deal on cod and chips (which normally would cost £5.71 including the 10% student discount). In the deal you also get a pot of curry sauce. The “award winning” chips were good in that they were fluffy and slightly crispier than the other two. The fish tasted good initially but was slightly stodgy and not all that flavoursome. That being said, the portion size wasn’t great and we did came across a hair on the fish. Despite this, they generally do deserve the score we gave.

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RICK STEIN’S FISH & CHIPS Straight out of the box we were all blown away by how good Rick Stein’s fish and chips were. The chips were the crispiest and tastiest of all the options. The cod was also amazing with really crispy batter and fish which fell apart in your mouth. The speed of which the plate was cleared was an indicator of just how good it actually was. Although it’s on the pricier side, the portion is just right and it’s presented really well with some parsley and slice of lemon to accompany it. There was no doubt that this was the overall winner and we were all in agreement.

PENMERE FISH BAR

Let’s start with the positive, the fish is pretty good. It’s a decent portion and the batter is really crispy. It has quite a good flavour and texture to it. The part which lets it down is the chips. Although you get quite a lot of them, the chips are fairly dry and were not very crispy at all. In addition to that, the presentation of the fish and chips left a lot to be desired, having just been packed into some paper and wrapped up. That being said, the fish made an impression on all of us even though the chips let it down.

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WHICH TV SHOWS ARE YOU

BINGE WATCHING? WORDS: Elliott Finn

Procrastination takes many forms. Whether its socialising, exercising, playing video games, reading, doing laundry or trawling through social networks, students will do anything to put off finishing that essay. But one of the most popular ways to procrastinate comes as a result of the revolution in on-demand entertainment: binge-watching television series. Sitcoms like The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, New Girl and Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia are good if you just want

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to stick something on, but binge-watching is something entirely different. We’ve all done it; even with an important deadline looming, it seems like a fantastic idea to blitz all eight seasons of 24 in a couple of weeks. The TV format lends itself extremely well to excessive viewing, but what is it that makes certain TV shows so addictive, and why has binge-watching culture become so widespread? When people talk about binge-watching, or contemporary TV in general, it’s not long until Breaking Bad enters the conversation. This gripping drama about growth,

decay and transformation not only captured the hearts and minds of millions over its five season run, but will likely go down in history as a seminal piece of television. It’s no surprise then that Breaking Bad is one of the shows that’s marathoned the most, despite finishing its run last year. It’s a testament to the quality of the writing that new fans are always discovering the series and binging on it over a short period of time. If you have yet to experience the saga of Bryan Cranston’s Walter White, chemistry teacher-turned-drug dealer, and his partner in crime Jesse Pinkman (Aaron


developing their own original content, including House of Cards - a political drama starring Kevin Spacey as scheming congressman Francis Underwood - and Orange is the New Black, which is set in a women’s prison. But unlike conventional TV, these series were created to be binge-watched; instead of airing an episode a week, an entire 13-episode season is released at once on Netflix. This allows viewers to control when and how

Watching mANY episodes in a row is one of the most engaging ways to consume TV they consume their entertainment, which is one of the biggest pros to binge-watching. Obviously people do watch DVD and Blu-ray box sets, but streaming is the primary domain for binge-watching, and all of this is only possible in the Internet age. Netflix have experienced extraordinary success as a result. After being nominated for and winning several Emmy Awards, House of Cards premiered its second season a few weeks ago to fantastic viewing figures; Season 2 of Orange is the New Black’s

launches in June; and Netflix subscription numbers have soared, granting them the same legitimacy as any other television network. This really is the future of television and entertainment, and Netflix are well ahead of the curve. What will be the next big thing in the TV world? HBO’s True Detective - an anthology crime series starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson - has already garnered much acclaimed from critics and fans, and could be primed to fill Breaking Bad’s void. But let’s not forget the huge catalogue of shows that have been around for a while, just waiting to be binge-watched by newcomers: Prison Break, Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, Dexter, The Walking Dead, Mad Men, Chuck, Fringe, Firefly, Boardwalk Empire, Sherlock, The Sopranos, Rome… The list really does go on and on. Television provides something that film can’t - long-form, complex stories that unfold over multiple years, with fully developed and intriguing characters. Watching multiple TV episodes in a row is one of the most immersive and engaging ways to consume entertainment and escape the busy life of being a student. As much as we try to avoid procrastinating with important uni work, we’ve all said too ourselves, “Just one more episode.” And that’s just the beginning. As Netflix says in their ads, watch responsibly.

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Paul), you’d better crack on before someone spoils it for you! But it’s not just tension and drama that gets us hooked; escapism is also a key factor in binge-watching. The other major TV phenomenon of the last few years, Game of Thrones (based on George R. R. Martin’s novel series A Song of Ice and Fire) has achieved a level of popularity that’s unprecedented for the fantasy genre on the small screen. Before Game of Thrones, no one would have thought that a high-budget, hard fantasy show could be such a success. The combination of a surprising narrative, really great characters and an engrossing mythology has resulted in a show that’s genuinely absorbing. Like Lost before them, Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones aren’t just TV series, but cultural events - everyone watches them, everyone talks about them. They’ve become part of society’s collective pop culture, and their audiences - thanks to binge-watching - are constantly growing. With Season 4 set to begin on April 6th and the hype more intense than ever, Game of Thrones isn’t going anywhere. TV addiction is essentially the business model for entertainment streaming services. In a survey carried out by Netflix, it was revealed that 73% of their subscribers defined binge-watching as “watching between 2-6 episodes of the same TV show in one sitting.” Over the last couple of years, Netflix have started

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THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU LEAVE CORNWALL

For many of you, the fear inducing final deadlines of the whole university degree are not too far away and you are constantly being asked what’s next. But why worry about that when you’ve all still got a good few months left to make the most of Falmouth. That’s what this list is all about. Realising all of the things you wanted to do in your three years in Falmouth and making sure you managed to at least tick a few of them off!

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Embark on a pub crawl to every pub along the high street. Jacobs Ladder is optional due to it not being on the high street, but a trip up those steps won’t hurt surely?

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This one is fairly standard. The skinny dip.

We live in Cornwall so there are no excuses for anyone who doesn’t try surfing at some point during the three years!

Get a picture with the staff in Bayside – because why not.

Head to Hand Bar and have a taste of the many different brews they have on offer.

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Go to Club I sober. We’re not saying you’ll enjoy this, but it’ll give you a good idea of where you have spent Thursday nights.

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Get through a complete TV series, be it Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones. A breakdown of the most popular is on p14.

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Go for a meal, cake or coffee at Provedore Tapas Bar & Cafe at least once. But get there early as they tend to get pretty busy and you can’t book ahead.

Hire a kayak from Gylly or Swanpool and explore the coast.

Try your hand at one of the less well-known pastimes, stand up paddle boarding at Gylly beach.

Take a walk along the coast and make a stop at Maenporth beach. It’s the best sand in the locality of Falmouth and is only a couple of miles walk.

Try a pasty from every pasty shop in Falmouth.

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Head over to Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm, see where Rattler is made, pet a bunch of farm animals and best of all, spend some time at the free tasting bar.

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For those of you that haven’t yet done so, do an all-nighter in the library. To be honest, you might even end up making it a regular thing in third year!

Check out the Falmouth Oyster Festival in October and if you can afford it, try some of the shellfish.

Get involved in some of the outrageous charity events that take place on campus.

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Have a BBQ on the beach. In fact, have many, many BBQ’s on the beach.

Order a turbo rum in Club I and then watch your night go downhill…

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Skip Domino’s for once and grab a handmade pizza from Belly Timber. They do two for £12 on a Tuesday and you definitely will not regret it.

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For better or for worse we should all probably go for at least one night out in Truro and Newquay respectively.

Go to a bunch of the student gigs that take place every week. There’s plenty of talent coming out of the Performance Centre and the university as a whole.

Try your hand at office-chair jousting. This takes two people with a broomstick/mop each and an assistant to give you a shove from the starting line… you get the rest.

Make sure you do actually do your work so you can finish up with a mark you’re proud of at the end.

Nobody should miss Raze The Roof. Saturday nights are set aside for adults to run amok in the soft play area. It also has a fully licensed bar and laser quest.

Do something worthwhile and take part in one of the many beach cleans which are organised regularly.

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Get merry at the Falmouth Beer Festival at the Princess Pavilion. Dates are yet to be confirmed. If you can you should spend at least one summer in Falmouth. There’s so much going on over summer and there’s always plenty of work around.

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At some point during the three years you spend at university you have got to go out and get wasted with your lecturers. Even if it is at the very end of your degree.

Head down to Gylly beach in the summer and give Slacklining a go. It’s basically like tightrope walking but the line is not as taught.

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We’ve all been battered by the weather lately, so head out storm chasing and see some of the massive waves that have been hammering the coast.

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Check out all of the end of year shows and the various events that the Performance Centre put on.

Be sure to network, network, network. Guest lecturers and professionals that come to campus present an opportunity to build contacts for future.

Join at least one society or university sport during your time. Never again in life will you have so much choice.

Rinse the experience for all you can. This is three years you should really make the most of socially and academically so make sure you put yourself out there.

Visit the Eden Project! This is probably the closest you’ll live to it, so take the chance to explore. Ellie Goulding has already been confirmed as a headliner for the Eden Sessions, a music festival that takes place here every year.

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For this issue we are reintroducing the Graduated feature where we speak to graduates from Falmouth University and see what they have been up to since they finished their course. This time we caught up with Rich Pearson and spoke to him about staying in Cornwall, his time working at the FXU and setting up his own business, The Slackline School. 22 flex


WORDS: Rob Slade Rich, 27, lived in Taunton before he decided to move to Falmouth in 2008 to take on an undergraduate degree in broadcasting. He went on to graduate in 2011 with a 2:1 and speaking of his experience he said: “I found it amazing as an experience to come down here and study. The people that I’ve met down here and the things that I have been able to do just by meeting people has been phenomenal.” After graduating, Rich ran for the position of Welfare President within the Falmouth and Exeter Student’s Union (FXU). Fortunately, he won the election and speaking of that experience he said: “I was really, really blown away by the support I had for that and I ended up staying and doing that job for two years. That pretty much cemented for me the idea that I wanted to stay here for at least a good while. This is my home now.” Speaking of his role as Welfare President, he said: “It was just a myriad of bizarre experiences, from corporate and company management and restructure, to advertising and event management.” Among the more business-like tasks, Rich also had the chance to help organise large events such as the Garden Party and Penryn Greenfields which he is still involved with now. One of the more unusual events he

was involved with was the first university slip and slide which has since become one of the most anticipated dates in the university calendar. After finishing his stint with the FXU, he decided to take a step back in the summer of 2013 and relax for a bit. Having become a professional mountain bike rider in 2008, Rich returned to his role as a rider, manager and commentator with the Three Sixty Bicycle Stunt team. “I was going and doing about two or three days a week away from here and living with a friend of mine

IF ANYONE HAS A GOOD IDEA OR EVEN JUST AN IDEA, THEY SHOULD RUN WITH IT in Penryn rent-free which was kind of nice. We just had that summer after I finished at FXU to just chill and relax. It was great, and that’s where a lot of the slacklining stuff came from.” Since then, Rich has found himself at a point where he is working at least seven different jobs. He currently works at two pubs, does stage crew work for the Hall For Cornwall, has just been booked to give his first lecture on Creative Events Management, is still doing bike shows, runs his

own slackline business and occasionally does some construction and demolition work. “This is kind of the reality of living in the poorest county in the UK. Having a graduate level degree is all well and good but making ends meet is not as easy as it sounds.” The job which Rich spends the most time on is his own business, The Slackline School. He tells me that essentially slacklining is a balance sport or activity which stems from tightrope walking. The difference being that slacklines are looser than a tightrope and only have two anchor points rather than the numerous anchors that tightropes have. This means the line moves about more. “It’s more of an art or fitness than a sport” I am told. “The Slackline School facilitates tasters, tuition and if you want it, private coaching and adventure sessions in slacklining and other balance activities as well.” It begun almost accidentally when Rich and some friends set up slacklines on Gyllyngvase beach for a bit of fun in the summer. But then people started approaching and asking for a go and before long they were teaching people and they were facing queues of people who wanted a go. The business grew from there and then they started to team up with Gylly Adventures in offering slacklining outside their shop and they started to make money from it. Since then Rich has taken slacklining into a handful of schools and entered

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into discussions with Glastonbury and Cornwall Sports Partnership about working with them. Some of his most notable experiences so far have been slacklining across harbour gaps. The first one they crossed was Porthleven which Rich said, “was terrifying because Porthleven is renowned for really big rip tides and waves, but also it was March and the water was freezing”. They then set out to do as many as they could and this led to recognition in the national press with articles appearing in the Daily Mail and the Independent. The year ahead looks to be a busy one for Rich and The Slackline School as they aim to provide slacklining on the beach every day throughout summer at “a ridiculously affordable price”. On top of that, they are also in discussions with potential clients outside of Cornwall, from Devon, Wales, and even as far as Saudi Arabia. Rich admits that this job has facilitated him to spend his entire summer on a beach, making money through slacklining. But there’s also a great deal that goes into it behind the scenes. He’s sent emails out to over 22,000 schools, 200 different music

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festivals, events companies and outdoor adventure sports companies and he says the most difficult thing “is having to explain what slacklining is to start with”. Speaking on where people can get advice for setting up their own business, Rich said he found that Natwest were very helpful. “They’ve got online business planning tools which is how I learnt to put together my business plan and present it to them to get a loan. They were really cool.” He added: “Everyone’s got this bad impression of banks. Okay, they are money grabbing bastards, absolutely, and they did ruin a large part of this country with the recession, but I think they’re trying to make it up a bit by supporting young entrepreneurs, so all in all they were really helpful.” Some of the other helpful people Rich dealt with were Unlocking Cornish Potential, an arm of Grad Cornwall who provided a lot of business mentoring and support and the careers department at Tremough who also gave a lot of help and advice. He also found a great deal of advice came from his sponsors, Maverick Slacklines, Ian from Three Sixty and Gylly Adventures.

But things don’t always go the way you want them too and a couple of weeks ago when things weren’t quite moving on as fast as Rich wanted them to, he received some words of advice from his Uncle who said: “You’ve got to believe that what you’re going to do is going to be something amazing. Millionaire’s kids don’t make great entrepreneurs, they’re not hungry enough, they’ve never been embarrassed or in debt or sad or scared that they’ve failed.” This notion is one that Rich really buys into. Having worked in many different jobs and being hit with setbacks in all walks of life, there’s one thing he has never done, and that’s give up. Towards the end of my conversation with Rich, he offered one final bit of advice which can be applied to anyone in any walk of life. “If there’s one thing you take away from this interview, it’s that if anyone has a good idea, or even just an idea, they should just fucking run with it. There are a million and one successful people out there that we all look up to, but most of them will also have tried and failed at other things as well before they got to where they are now. People should be afraid. But that fear shouldn’t hold them back.”


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WORDS: Rob Slade The first time I had heard of Sam Green and the Midnight Heist was when I saw them setting up outside Wilkinson’s on Falmouth’s high street. They proceeded to play for an hour or two promoting their gig later that night at Jacob’s Ladder Inn and unsurprisingly they had a big crowd which ended up as a very sweaty night. Fast forward six months and they’re back in Falmouth for another gig at Jacob’s and this time we were there to have a chat with them beforehand. Having been a session musician and studying music in London, Sam Green (vocals and guitar) returned to his home in Devon where he worked on his solo career. He had already met the other guys who now make up the rest of the band from his time at Music College in London and then a few years ago Sam and Matt Cooke (drums) played an impromptu gig together in a pub. They then linked up with James Cameron (guitar and harmonica) who came to Devon to stay for a bit. “We ended up just jamming and playing together and we did a few gigs together as well for about a week or so. That was really when the idea of starting a band properly came to life” said Sam. From that point on the band started to form and with the addition of Joe James on double bass, the four piece was complete.

They started out spending a lot of time gigging in pubs and playing a lot of impromptu stuff. They would just come up with some dates that they could all make, and then they’d just jam. “We didn’t spend days perfecting it. We kind of just went up there and just made a few mistakes”. James said that it’s good to be playing in places in the local area because the crowd are so open for you to do what you like. “In London you’ve got shorter sets but down here you’ve got whole nights” he said.

I HAD A PRETTY BAD GIG ON TUESDAY, I GOT TOO DRUNK AND IT ALL WENT WRONG FOR ME As with all bands, their personal influences vary but collectively they all agree that people like Xavier Rudd, Ben Harper and John Butler Trio have had an impact on the music they make. At the same time they also tell me they draw a lot of influences from the likes of Jimmy Hendricks, Led Zeppelin and for Joe in particular, a lot of blues. The band’s name is something which seems to go down well with people and we were certainly a fan. But how did they end

up being called Sam Green and the Midnight Heist? “We wanted it to sound like a western film” Sam tells us. “We initially wanted to keep my name in it as well because I was doing a lot of solo gigs at the same time and we wanted it to work all as one project”. Matt said that the heist part came to them when they were journeying and talking about the Great Train Robbery. Joe had a simpler explanation that “come midnight we cause havoc” which was true judging by their gig later that night. The band combines so many elements within their music that it can be hard to pin them down to a specific genre. So we asked them to sum up their sound in ten words and to be honest it took them some time. James had a crack in summing them up and said, “We normally see it as [if] there are two sides to the band. There’s the swampy howling, harmonica, blues, fingerpicking, stomping, and then we’ve got the other side which is [a] heartfelt, folk, hoe-down.” It may not be a specific genre so to speak, but they were all in agreement that this is who they are. In terms of their live shows, things don’t always seem to go to plan and that can certainly be said for a gig they played in Bristol recently. “I had a pretty bad gig on Tuesday, I got too drunk in Bristol and it all went a bit wrong for me” Sam admitted. As it turned out, Sam snapped his g string which as James says “is always

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a bad start”. From that point on he had to use a replacement which just kept on cutting out and eventually “this guitar just comes flying across the stage in anger” said James. “It wasn’t a great night for me” Sam admitted. But more often than not those sorts of nights tend not to happen so much. There have been some awesome gigs that have really stuck in their mind such as their shows at Glastonbury and Shambala Festival. One of their most memorable was when they were at Truck Festival where they were playing in a saloon bar with authentic working doors and wooden floors. “[We] played at 3 o’ clock in the afternoon, it was empty and no one was interested and then we started playing and suddenly saloon doors started getting kicked open and that was really cool. It was a full on sweaty hoedown.”

Since then they have spent time in the studio recording their newest EP which is due to be released in early April. They managed to get into Metropolis studios thanks to a guy they met after playing

THE SALOON DOORS STARTED GETTING KICKED OPEN AND THAT WAS REALLY COOL, a sweaty hoedown a gig in London who was keen to work with them and so they recorded the EP together over nine days spaced over several weekends. It certainly seemed to be quite a difference from the conditions they

recorded the last EP in where they ended up recording it next to an old wood burner in a barn. “We sort of bodged it together really. So this one was working with a proper engineer and proper equipment.” So what does the rest of the year hold in store for Sam Green and the Midnight Heist? Well once they’ve finished their current tour they plan to have a quiet March before getting back on the road again in April following their next EP release. After that tour, Sam is off on his own solo tour before the band really get stuck into festival season. They’ve already got seven or eight festivals booked in and after the successful summer they had last year, things can only look to get better. Make sure to check out their music on the links below and even more importantly try and check them out live if you can. They really do put on an amazing show.

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Throughout the majority of our time in education we have honed the skill of procrastination to a tee. Despite how important that piece of work may be, we always seem to be able to find something else that needs doing beforehand. But why do we do it? And how is it best to put a stop to it? 30 flex


Something that everyone does and no one is really proud of it. That’s not something you can apply to many things. Procrastination is a bit of an art to us students, and it really comes into its own at those few weeks when all that work is due to be handed in. There is plenty of procrastination practice done all year round too, so that the preparation is in place for when the slacking off really matters. Those lectures that you already know all the answers to, all those ‘reading’ weeks and even the first couple of weeks back after a holiday, for example. This isn’t going to be an article to tell you that procrastination is wrong, or bad for you or anything like that. It’s expected of most people (because who really spends every minute of their life hard at work). We need breaks, not only to perk the interest and energy levels so often, but also because that’s how humans work best.

Pro Crastinators Some of the things we as students turn to while the work piles up are really quite bizarre. There’s that room that you just cleaned last week and it’s gotten a bit messy. Or that little pile of clothes that need washing. And ironing. You could make a list of all the work that you need to do, and feel so immensely proactive once it’s drawn up that you don’t even need to go ahead and do it. If you don’t feel like being productive, there’s plenty of TV series to get stuck into (p14) or that film you’ve been meaning to stick on for ages. The list is endless. The brave ones among us might even head out into town for a night out in the same week that a project is due on. Certainly not the wisest of ideas, but a great distraction to avoid the work for a while and enjoy a break for the night, the morning after, and invariably almost all of the next day. The internet is hardly a saviour for those of us despersate to avoid work. Despite being created and then honed to massively

increase productivity, there’s plenty more out there to distract you from finding it. Cat videos aside, there’s Facebook, online games, Twitter, even the news can provide suitable procrastination in those dire times of need.

The Science In one earlier study of academic procrastination, 46% of subjects said that they “always” or “nearly always” procrastinate when writing a paper. Hardly surprising, when it’s almost commonplace to be ‘accidentally’ watching a couple of YouTube videos. The roots of procrastination lie in the area of the brain called the prefrontal cortex. This is important, as there is strong belief that the reason we procrastinate is based on impulse, which is what this part of the brain controls. It’s also responsible for planning and attention, acting like a filter to stop the distractions entering the other parts of the brain, which are more likely to act upon them. Damage in this part of the brain, or low use of it, is what causes the urge to procrastinate to increase. The signals are passed through to the other parts of the brain more easily, so you become more distracted, more often. There is actually something called ‘student syndrome’. It’s simply the part of university life where a student only fully applies themself to the task at hand with the deadline looming and imminient. In one experiment, participation in online questionnaires was found to be five times higher in the final week of a deadline than in the first three weeks for which the questionnaire was made available to complete. That’s great you might be saying, but what can you do to stop it from happening? Well the short answer is that it’s tough. Our brain releases a chemical called dopamine whenever we do something positive. It’s this same chemical that makes you feel happy or rewarded, no matter what the circumstances. The probem is, going on

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Facebook, playing a game, meeting friends and the like all release this chemical despite how productive it is in the long run. We’re just not all that good at planning ahead. We also give ourselves plenty of reasons as to why the work can wait. These include not only fear of failure, but also fear of success, the expectations that are beyond what we are really capable of and thus we are inevitably dissapointed with the outcome of our productivity, no matter what you could realistically achieve.

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One of the best ways to make work more manageable is to break big loads into

more easy to navigate chunks. Instead of planning to work on a chapter, be really specific about what it is that you could achieve and still feel productive. Get a study partner if there’s someone battling the same project as you. If you both set your own goals, and meet them, it should make the whole process a lot more enjoyable for the both of you, in the short and long term. There’s never a perfect time for anything. Make sure you’re not waiting for a better time to do work, and get whatever you can done in whatever time you have. Nobody knows what might come next, so make sure you’re ahead of the game. Realistically though, none of these

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Social media: The mother of all procrastination. Facebook is the main culprit here draining a massive amount of our time. For some reason we feel like we need to check Facebook every five minutes through fear of missing out. Twitter is also a big one and the worse part about it is that it never ends. There is a constant flow of information for us to digest.

Reddit: This is a big one too. Being a huge community forum for almost anything under the sun including news, photography, and even memes, it’s not hard to get sucked into the ‘just one more page’ outlook on your procrastination. Being constantly updated, there’s always something new to see on this site. If you’ve ever ventured onto Reddit you’ll know exacty what I mean. If you haven’t, seriously do not even be tempted. Then you realise that it’s 3am and you really should have already gone to sleep.

TV series: Getting through the entire breaking bad series in one week might seem like an amazing accomplishment to you but it’s

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pointers are any good if you don’t get around to doing it. One of the biggest walls to break through with any work is starting. So if you’re having a hard time, try starting in the middle, or mind map what you’d like to say, so that the whole process becomes a lot more straightforward. I hope that with all this extra knowledge under your belt about chemicals and tips, you’ll be in a smarter place to get stuff done this term. The end of the academic year can be a daunting time, but if you get going on that work that you’ve tried to forget about, there’s no reason for it to be any harder than it already is. As the old saying goes, don’t put off until tomorrow what can be done today!

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certainly not getting that essay done is it? Turn to page 14 for an in depth look into binge watching.

Video games: You might be an avid FIFA player or a lover of Mario Kart but the simple truth is, you play too much of it. We all fall into that trap of, “just one go won’t hurt, right?” Don’t do it!

Exercise: Whether you are off to the gym, going for a run or going out on a bike, exercising is one of the more productive ways to procrastinate. The worrying thing about this one is that it lulls you into feeling like you’ve had a productive day whereas in reality you’ve probably only planned your introduction.

Cooking: Surely now is a good a time as any to make those cakes you’ve been planning for a while right? You probably tell yourself that you work better at night anyway. But in reality it’s all just a con. I know it, you know it and the whole university knows it.

Cleaning: For weeks you’ve been avoiding those dirty

dishes like the plague but now that you have work to do you can’t help but scrub them. Once that’s done the carpets get vacuumed, the laundry gets done and the bathroom gets a makeover. Then and only then do you start rearranging your DVD collection... essay, what essay?

Shopping: The troubling thing about this one is that now you don’t even have to get out of your seat to do it. You start off looking for a pair of jeans and before long you’ve covered seven websites and wasted a couple of hours.

Watching films: This one is quite self explanatory. Usually it’s sort of okay to give one film a watch. The trouble comes when you decide to start a trilogy. Especially when it’s Lord of the Rings.

Reading: It might be a book, a magazine or even a takeout menu but they all do the same job. They all stop you from working. The worse part is that you’ll probably end up ordering something and wasting another couple of hours eating it.


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Director: Darren Aronofsky Starring: Clint Eastwood Year: 2000Genre: Superhero

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Russell Crowe (Maximus in Gladiator) approached singer-songwriter, Nick Cave to write the sequel to the 2000 epic. After Cave mentioned that Maximus (spoiler) dies at the end of Gladiator, Crowe said: “Yeah, you sort that out.” Who knew that those five words would result in the most bizarre, yet epic sounding story in cinema?

Before Darren Aronofsky decided to make Batman: Year One, he told dailyradar.com: “I don’t even really know what me and Miller are going to do. Things look good, but you never know.” Aronofsky decided to work with Miller, who wrote the graphic novel Batman: Year One, and they began sketching out an idea for the film.

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Aronofsky and Miller’s version follows Bruce Wayne as a kid after seeing his parents murdered. He is taken in by mechanic, Little Al, who teaches him about cars. Wayne turns into a vigilante, scouring Gotham city for trouble. He would turn a Lincoln Town car into the batmobile and become a dark crusader, somewhat similar to Christopher Nolan’s reimagining in Batman Begins.

In short, Cave penned a script that follows Maximus (once more), who is resurrected from purgatory to assassinate Jesus Christ. Jesus needs to be killed because the rise of Christianity is stopping people from believing in the old Roman Gods, forcing them to die out. So the Gods, that are powered by people believing in them (like Santa Claus) hire Maximus, the greatest warrior, to do their bidding.

Why it was never made: Both Cave and Crowe were well up for the film, but it never came to fruition because studios (mostly) refused to back the film. As Cave said in 2009, “It was a major fucking anti-war movie” and even though Scott loved the script, he said that “it’s not gonna fly.”

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Why it was never made: First and foremost Warner Brothers, the studio backing the project, were not intent on a gritty version of Batman. They didn’t want the series to die, but they also wanted to make sure they could capture the children’s demographic. However, Aronofsky also admitted that he didn’t actually want to make the film either, he just wanted Warner Brothers backing as a filmmaker.


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After the monumental success and scope of Kubrick’s, 2001: A Space Odyssey he believed he could get almost any film off of the ground. Having read over 500 books on Napoleon Bonaparte, Kubrick’s research for a potential film about the French Emperor surpassed that of any other film. His vision would focus on the hundred days leading up to Bonaparte’s defeat, he was keen to write the tale himself and believed it would cover everything in detail, from a Corsican infant to his lonely death at Saint Helena. Kubrick said: “If you have a truly interesting film, it doesn’t matter how long it is.” And with Napoleon in mind, it was going to be an epic poem of action. Simon Braund said that “with an IQ of 200, fed by insatiable curiosity, Kubrick didn’t research his subjects: he consumed them.”

Night Skies would have been a horror based sci-fi inspired by Spielberg’s research for Close Encounters of the Third kind as well as films like, The Thing from Another World and Firelight.

Why it was never made:

Spielberg didn’t want to direct Night Skies, even with a budget of $10 million. Even when Spielberg reluctantly decided to secretly direct the feature, he had a change of heart and wanted to do a more tender film. This is where Spielberg began reworking the idea which later resulted in, E.T. Then, when Spielberg approached Columbia with Night Skies, they refused to back the feature due to the plot change and eventually Spielberg made E.T.

As Kubrick began pre-production on the epic, costs started spiraling out of control. The big financial factors, extras, costumes etc. kept costing MGM loads in pre-production. When MGM was then acquired by Kirk Kerkorian, he yanked the money because all previous Napoleon biopics flopped at the box office. It was too expensive, too risky and too old fashioned according to studios.

DESCRIPTION: Spielberg wanted Lawrence Kasdan to write the screenplay but when he said no, Spielberg turned to John Sayles who right away said: “There’s no reason why the aliens had to be wonderful creatures,” going towards a story about a band of aliens who, knowing nothing about earth, start experimenting on everything. Effects coordinator Mitch Suskin recalled: “You were never quite sure of the aliens intent — whether they were confused or downright nasty.”

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Spring is upon us and Winter is swiftly becoming a thing of the past, but before you squeeze on those Speedo’s and head to the beach for six months, why not check out what’s on offer?

SPRING WORDS: Corey Richards

While it’s still a bit cold to have a couple of drinks on the beach, you can be rest assured that local venues around Falmouth and Penryn will keep you satisfied with a range of evenings on offer. The wonderful Miss Peapods will be showcasing acts throughout March and April, including sets from The Blind Buffalo Trio on the 8th March, Martha Tilstons Kooky Folk Night on the 29th March, The Eyelids on April 5th and MAIA plus Sam Williams & The Flock Of Bats on April 26th. For a full list of what Miss Peapods have to offer, head on over to www. misspeapod.co.uk/woson.php Of course Miss Peapods isn’t the only place in Falmouth and Penryn to go to. You can always check out the range of nights hosted at the Jacobs Ladder Inn, Mangos, Grapes, Toast

and Watermans. The Stannary is back with a big Easter Bash on 8th March and Black Dog will also be hosting a series of events, including Mad Good Music Presents put on by Falmouth Journalism’s very own Alex Griffin. It’s a tropical themed night on the 8th March, including sets from Abee Hague, Lloyd Jerwood, Jamie Grim-

if you’ve got spare cash, start march with some bad blood shaw & Stefan Foster and Apres. If music isn’t your thing however, the Falmouth University Performance Centre, Princess Pavilions and Hall For Cornwall will be hosting a range of events throughout the next two months. For you film, extreme sports and mountaineering connoisseurs,

the Hall for Cornwall will be hosting the Banff Film Festival which looks at a range of adrenaline packed short films. Head on over to www.theperformancecentre.org/whats-on, www. tempusleisure.org.uk & www.hallforcornwall.co.uk for more details. However, if you’ve got more cash to spare than usual, why not start off March with some Bad Blood and head to Plymouth Pavilions on the 3rd March to see Bastille, winner of Best Breakthrough Act at the BRIT Awards. You can then revisit the Pavilions on the 8th March and see the hilarious Russell Brand with his show, The Messiah Complex. But that isn’t all that’s in store for you at the Pavilions, check in on the 2nd April to see You Me At Six touring their new album, Cavalier Youth or wait ten days and see the one and only Susan Boyle in concert on the 12th April. Just go to www.plymouthpavilions. com for more details and tickets.

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