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A big welcome back to returning students and new students alike

This year we want to get more of you involved and really try and make Flex something to be proud of. We’ve got four issues lined up for you with lots of exciting content to come. But to kick it all off we’ve got our Freshers’ Edition, packed full of helpful information for both new and old students. To start you off, there’s a guide to Falmouth’s bars, pubs and clubs highlighting some of the main places you’ll find yourself this year. We’ve also got a list of essentials you’ll need for Freshers’ and an interview with your FXU presidents.

As usual, we have our Instagram spread at the centre of the magazine. To be in with a chance of featuring in the next one make sure you get tagging your photos with #falmouth. We’ve got our music bits and bobs in the form of an interview with music students Lily & Meg and Deputy Editor, Ben Scott, writes about how Spotify is keeping him out of jail. Don’t forget to visit and if you want to get involved then drop us an email via the details overleaf. Feel free to tweet or message us with your thoughts of the mag.

We also took on a blind taste test with a range of ciders so take a look and see how many we got right and what we thought of them. But above all else, have a cracking start to the year!

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Rob Slade Ben Scott Lauren Hughes Hazel Murray Sam Marsh Olivia Bohac

Jason Whittaker, Jon Tamlyn, Thomas Mitchell, Lily & Meg, FXU, Great Shakes, Luke Ridgeway.

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.


LIFESTYLE This month we’ve got room improvements and exploits in Europe.



We carry out a properly scientific blind taste test on a range of ciders.


MUSIC An opinion piece on the uses and gratifications of Spotify.


GRADS We speak to Thomas Mitchell, who upgraded from Falmouth to Australia.


INTERVIEW We’re speaking to Lily & Meg before their EP launch in October.

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



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



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21 FRESHERS’ ESSENTIALS One of our must reads for this issue is the Freshers’ Essentials list that we’ve put together. We assembled what we thought were the best items that you might not have brought with you to university, but would really help. Not just for Freshers’ Fortnight either, but including the weeks beyond. You can find out what made the cut and why in this issue, on page 32.

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FIRST LAUNCHES U1 BUS SERVICE WORDS: Ben Scott First has launched a brand new bus service specifically for students of Falmouth and Exeter Universities. The U1 bus will run every 15 minutes between Falmouth and Penryn campuses via Falmouth town, between Monday and Friday in term time. Alex Carter, managing-director of First South West, said: “Our services 41 and 88 are extremely popular, and we wanted to ensure that regular customers get the best possible service, while offering something special for students. We think the new U1

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will allow us to do just that.” The fare for the service is now 80p per journey, when a valid Falmouth or Exeter student card is presented. The existing 41 and 88 services will also use this new flat rate on their buses. “Were very grateful to Falmouth University and the University of Exeter for their contribution towards keeping the fare so low,” Mr Carter added. At just 80p for a single journey for students and staff, the U1 really is the best way to get into town, day and night. The new U1 service will also include a late night bus service on Thursday and Friday

nights, something that hasn’t been offered on either the 41 or 88 service before. “We have also got some great deals on our U1 evening tickets. The buses run up to 2.49am on Thursdays and Fridays and at just £3 return or £1.25 each for a group of four. It is a lot cheaper than a taxi. “While the special fares apply to university students and staff only, anyone can use the U1, while the 41 and 88 will continue to offer customers their regular service, with plenty of space to welcome everyone.” You can find out more about the new bus service or about existing services on the First Devon & Cornwall website.

Popular nightclub Remedies has reopened in Falmouth, rebranded as Vanilla and under new management. The club, which has been shut since November 2011, now offers students an alternative to Club International,

Falmouth’s long-standing club. The previous first-floor club had capcity for 650 people, but this has been reduced to 300. The bottom floor bar is still available on the market.

FXU WINS BID student launches clothing brand FOR GREEN FUND WORDS: Rob Slade

WORDS: Rob Slade Falmouth and Exeter Student’s Union have received a portion of the National Union of Student’s (NUS) Green Fund for their new Green Living Project. The aim of the project is to create a huge increase in pro-environmental behaviours at Falmouth University and University of Exeter Cornwall Campus and the local community. There are two elements to the strategy which consist of energy and waste. The idea is that there should be a reduction of the Carbon Dioxide emissions from campus buildings and student accommodation. The project also aims to cut down on the amount of waste that is sent to landfill sites and to promote more sustainable approaches. Miriam Vesma, FXU Environment and Ethics Officer, said: “Among other things, we will be rolling out a composting scheme for halls of residence, running a campaign to improve insulation in private accommodation, and piloting an exciting student project to reduce the amount of plastic disposables used on both campuses.” NUS is providing FXU with enough funding for the first two years of the project with the aim of building a long term legacy into the project that will keep expanding for years. To get involved, pop into the FXU offices.

A third year film student has launched a new urban street wear brand. Hassan Lenga-Kroma decided to set it up because he wanted to start a business and felt this was the right place because “you have the student footfall and support”. The brand, ‘XXII Apparel’ launched this autumn in Falmouth, Bristol and online

selling all sorts of fashion items from T-shirts to bags, sweatshirts and accessories. To take a look, go to their Facebook page at or check out their social media presence on Twitter (@xxiiapparel) and Instagram (@xxiiapparel) for exclusive updates, competitions and Falmouth & Exeter University discounts.

tremough renamed penryn campus WORDS: Rob Slade The names of both Woodlane Campus and Tremough Campus have been replaced without any notable attempt to get student consultation. Woodlane Campus has now become Falmouth Campus and Tremough has become Penryn Campus with the changes having already been made to the signage

and on official documents. It seems the name changes have come about to avoid confusion between campuses and to also help with integration into the local community. In response to feedback from students, the FXU has asked for opinions, and there is an online petition. You can see the petition at

EXETER REP VOTE NOW OPEN WORDS: Rob Slade As of Monday 16th September, nominations are open to all Exeter students who are interested in putting themselves forward to represent their respective courses. Nominations are open until 5PM on Thursday 3rd October. There will then be training for all nominees on Friday 4th October. The elections provide a really good chance to get involved in the process

of student representation. It looks good on the CV and really is a place where feedback can be given and change can happen. Once all nominees have been given the adequate training, voting will then open on Monday 7th October and will run until 4PM on Friday 11th October. For more information go to or alternatively, why not pop into the FXU offices and have a chat with any of the friendly staff members there.

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ROOM SPRUCING You’ve just moved into your new room at uni, or you’ve moved into a new house. It’s great, but looking a little bland. Well, Lauren Hughes has rounded up five of the best ways you can make your new room feel like home, and look good too.



Halls are blessed with a massive notice board to fill with whatever you like so it is perfect for pinning up photos of your friends and family.





POSTERS You can get cheap vintage movie posters from the shop next to Phoenix Cinema. Willow and Stone also do lovely wall art to make your room feel more homely.

fairy lights One for the girls. Makes a big difference to how cosy you feel and candles provide that feeling of extra warmth over winter. Check they are allowed!





Add a bit of life to your room with a plant or two. You can get cheap fake flowers from Wilko if you’re too lazy to maintain a real plant!

COSY ITEMS Rugs, blankets and cushions are all essential for the days when the hang takes over, rainy days or movie nights to share with friends.

things to remember You don’t want to lose your deposit over decorations. Avoid blu-tac and make sure you’re sticking to your contract rules. Unsure? Ask at the Porter’s Lodge.

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What’s it like to just treat yourself to a month long trip around Europe? Jon Tamlyn knows best..

EURO TRAVELLER WORDS: Jon Tamlyn At the tail end of a year spent fronting classrooms, chasing deadlines and putting in the hours, the prospect of a month travelling around Europe sounded like a life line as much as it did a holiday. This isn’t to say the past year hasn’t been a positive one, because in actual fact it’s been incredible. It’s difficult to imagine any kind of life in Cornwall that falls short of the miraculous, and having a job

description that offers daily inspiration only adds cream to the pudding. Nonetheless, a month bumming around Europe is exactly what it says on the tin and I was pumped. My first stop was Basel, Switzerland, and from there it was the Alps and everything in its wake. Passing through Basel was an inconsequential experience, other than for collecting our hire vehicle. From this border city which sits at the front door of France, Switzerland and Germany, we made a beeline for Lake Constance – one

of Europe’s largest freshwater lakes. One of the many great things about Europe is the proximity with which entirely different communities live to one another, often separated by unseen borders that somehow still serve to maintain polarity and a strong sense of cultural identity. At 39 miles in length and up to 9 miles wide, Lake Constance certainly isn’t an unseen landmark, and while this is no small body of water it’s interesting to think that it’s this small lake that separates three great

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European powers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Our first destination was the lakeside town of Friedrichshafen, a leafy, alpine community sitting at the very south of Germany by the federal states of Baden-Württemberg and the great Bavaria. Along the lakeside, curving walkways guide you pass calm water and breath taking views of the Swiss Alps, and lines of open top bars and restaurants breathe energy into air. Yet despite the unmistakable presence of the high life, scores of men with rounded bellies, impressive moustaches and menus reading bratwursts of every variety remind you that this is still very much Germany – and more the better for it. Despite being flanked by mountains on almost every side, the immediate area around the lake itself is mostly flat making it a haven for cyclists. Once we were set up in our apartment, we immediately set off on bikes of our own to explore the many small communities that nestle tightly against the shores of Constance. Passing vineyards set across steep hills, we covered ground quickly that afternoon stopping only occasionally to take in our magnificent alpine surroundings. While the lake is a large one, the water sits like a sheet of new glass. From time to time its flawless surface is disturbed by passing passenger ferries,

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before quickly returning to a state of blissful calm as if it somehow feels supervised by the towering white peaks of the Alps. The towns of Constance, Friedrichshafen and Meersburg all fit the mould of pretty alpine communities, and countless others sit in between. Assortments of excellent German beers, Rothaus, Weissbier and Oettinger, provide thirst quenching breaks from the warm alpine summer air. Large wooden homes with well-groomed gardens and wide varieties of flower baskets hang from windowsills like proud trophies that boast of an economy untroubled by the woes of its other great European neighbours. Our stint around Lake Constance was fairly uncontroversial; meandering cycle rides through alpine surroundings, regular beer stops and lazy swims in the still fresh water defined our days in this little bubble of tranquillity. Nonetheless, this first stop on our European adventure bedded us in nicely for what would prove to be a month of utter indulgence in a continent that wears beauty and style in an effortless symmetry. Leaving the lakeside comforts of Friedrichshafen, we headed east into Austria and the city of Bregenz. The roads around Constance are quick and easy to navigate, working their way between the narrow gaps between the Alps and the

lake. On route back into Switzerland, we stopped in Bregenz in order to hike the Pfänder - a famous lookout some 3000ft above the city overlooking the lake and beyond. Upon arriving at the summit, the views were spectacular. Despite the muggy air and searing heat, we found refuge at a Bavarian style café at the top and took in a healthy dose of beer while playing a few hands of cards. From Pfänder, views over neighbouring Germany and Switzerland are unbroken and extensive. On the day of our visit we were able to see almost the entire length of the lake, and all that surrounded it. This corner of the Alps was a special one, there is no doubt. From Austria we travelled south-west into Switzerland and away from Constance for the first time. Our destination was a small village named Horhausen on the outskirts of Frauenfeld, in itself a modest sized town. The place we would call home for the next few days was a house built in the style of the region, a homely looking wooden structure with many rooms and surroundings that consisted of sunflower fields and low lying hills. This wasn’t a place that screamed rock n’ roll, but its serenity more than compensated. Our host, or the housekeeper, was an obliging lady in her late 30s whose name I can’t remember. She was from Bulgaria, however, and had settled in Switzerland’s

rural north after a sports outlet she owned had gone bust. Her English was limited, as is my German, but through a variety of animated gestures and a well-placed smile here and there we navigated ourselves through all manner of exchanges. Her hospitality, as my dad was about to find out, invited the kind of curiosity usually reserved for red light districts. While our gracious host was unbending in her desire to see to our every need, we couldn’t help but notice her habit of extending a soft hand towards some part of our upper body during our stumbled attempts at conversations. Our interpretation of these moments could well have been guided by an instinctive British prudishness, but my dad and I agreed that there was an interesting subtext at work here. These suspicions were only compounded when asking for a couple of beers my dad was guided into what he thought was going to be a kitchen. Now I don’t know about you, but when I stay at a hotel I’d usually expect to have a beer served at my table, or at the very least at the bar. In the case of my unsuspecting dad, he was lead past the kitchen and into a bedroom, our fair hostess’ bedroom. Two minutes later my dad appeared with two Swiss beers and a bemused smile. “Is it usual at hotels to collect beers from

the host’s bedroom?” He asked. The tilt of my head and wry expression provided the necessary response. It turned out that our Bulgarian host was simply keen for us to have some of her own personal beers, seeing as it was our first night staying with her. Why we were never served from the hotel bar wasn’t fully explained, but our imaginations were more than capable of surmising the rest. It was in Zurich where we finally succumbed to the high prices of one of Europe’s wealthiest residents. A short train ride from Frauenfeld brought us into Zurich, a city famed for its banking, galleries, museums and low taxes which makes it a hub for globalised companies and the wealthy business elite. It also just so happens to be the city named with the best quality of life in the world. Due to a municipal building regulation, Zurrich has relatively few high-rise buildings in comparison to other global cities which leave the impressive Münsterhof Square and its array of Romanesque churches as the dominant features of the city’s sky line. Carving up the city in two runs was the Limmat River, fed from another of Europe’s great lakes – Lake Zurrich. Ambling along the classical gothic lanes and impressive broad streets that make up the old town of Zurrich offers

a timely reminder of the wealth that still resides in Europe. If the architecture and town squares are the bold, beautiful and grand house, then Lake Zurrich is the accompanying jewel in the garden. We spent an entire day here splashing in the crystal clean fresh water, with views over the still snowy Alps seeming within touching distance. Delicious food and cool drinks were in quick supply, and the sun lavishly licked everything beneath it. Never has my status in the middle class been so easily brought to my attention, though I can’t say I was complaining. This is a city that does style and class with its eyes closed, and I liked it. Leaving the clean cut splendour of Switzerland, we headed north-west for Germany and an altogether more rugged setting in the spectacular Black Forest. Here we would spend a week before I left for Croatia and the old Roman city of Split and its many outlying Mediterranean islands...

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PHOTOs: Sam Marsh

For this issue we decided to pick up five ciders you’d typically find at the supermarket, and try them without knowing which one was which. We’re not going to pretend to be experts on cider testing and we’re sure that the majority of you aren’t either. Therefore it comes down to just two things: price and taste. Which one came out on top?

OAKLEYS, £1.00 Rob: “It smells quite strong actually. It definitely smells stronger than Strongbow and it’s got quite a large froth to it. It doesn’t have a lot of flavour to it. It smells strong but it doesn’t taste strong. On this evidence I feel like I could drink a lot of this quite easily. I’m going to say that it’s Oakleys because it tastes cheap.”

Ben: “I think it smells like Strongbow. It’s frothy but it’s also really quite flat. I think you would get bloated on this really quickly. I think it’s just frothy and bland. It’s got to be Aspall.”

ASPALL, £2.19 Rob: “Right away you can see that there’s not as much froth to this one. It’s quite pale too. There’s definitely more flavour to this compared to the last one. It’s not as fruity. I’m going to say that this one is Healey’s Cornish Rattler.”

Ben: “Yeah I’d have to agree. There’s so much more flavour in this. I think it could be Kopparberg. Or Rattler actually, I think it’s Rattler.”

KOPPARBERG, £1.49 Rob: “Without tasting it I would be tempted to say it’s Aspalls or Henry Westons. It looks and smells as though it might be quite dry. It’s definitely got a bit more of a wooden taste to it. It’s not as sweet as the last one and I think it might be a bit stronger. Actually maybe it’s Kopparberg? Yeah I’m going to go for that.”

Ben: “Bloody hell, is that flat? I think it could be Kopparberg. It’s nice, I could drink this quite easily. It tastes pretty flat but there’s quite a lot of flavour in it. I don’t think it’s stronger. I think it’s one of the weaker ones. I’m going for Kopparberg.”

HEALEY’S RATTLER, £2.25 Rob: “This one is frothy and it looks a bit more murky. It smells like a proper cider though and before tasting it I’m tempted to say it could be Henry Weston’s. It definitely tastes like a stronger one. It’s got more of an aftertaste to it. It’s not as sweet as some of the others. I’m going to go for Henry Weston’s.”

Ben: “I’m not sure. It’s nice, I would happily drink this. I think it might be Aspalls, I’m not sure though. I think so far the third one was my favourite. It had more of an aftertaste. It wasn’t that strong but it had something to it. I’ll go for Henry Westons too.”

HENRY WESTON’S, £1.79 Rob: “Okay this one might be Aspall, just from the smell. There’s not a lot of fizz in there at all. There’s a strong aftertaste and I’m sure it’s got a high alcohol content, it’s potent. It tastes quite wooden and isn’t easy to drink. I think it’s Aspall and I am not a fan of this one.”

Ben: “This is one of the darker ones. Yeah, that’s horrible, whatever it is, it’s horrible. Oh, it could be the cheap one, Oakleys. When I find out what this is I’m not going to be buying it ever again! I think it is Oakleys though.”

flex VERDICT It should probably be noted that for this taste test we tried the cider from a glass. After the test we tried them from the bottle and it actually made quite a significant difference to how they tasted. The Kopparberg and the Rattler both tasted pretty good out of the bottle but the Henry Westons was still not great. The Oakleys tasted pretty bad too and it was worse out of the bottle. In Ben’s words: “It was like a digested ferret with maggots chewing it down. Not that I’d know what that tastes like.”

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SPOTIFY WORDS: Ben Scott I listen to a lot of music, usually as soon as it comes out and sometimes even before. I follow artists I like on Twitter, Soundcloud and other places to find out when they are releasing new tracks and albums. I, like a lot of people (and perhaps even the majority), will choose to download music for free where I can. It used to be from YouTube but I’m a sucker for sound quality so I changed my ways. There are now thousands, if not millions of people who have stacks of music that they don’t own and it’s completely commonplace, despite being illegal. One of the most Googled words is now ‘mp3′ – which speaks for itself. I purchased Spotify Premium a few months ago. I previously took out a 30 day trial at the beginning of the year, but I rarely used it and I didn’t like the look of Spotify then at all (design and presentation is a massive factor for me). This time it was different. Without making this into an advert, (akin to the exceptionally annoying ones that Spotify air to free users, and the main

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reason I switched) the mobile app in combination with the ability to create offline playlists means that I can literally have access to the music I want, whenever I want it, for about 16p a day. I’ve set about making offline playlists so I could find some new music and keep a hold of it each month. This was great for the long train journey home, as I could load up a load of music I hadn’t listened to before, without the internet. It’s also keeping me from getting a friendly knock on the door and a hefty fine – a Boston University student was hit with one for $675,000, and that’s hardly like r epaying the student loan I’ve got waiting for me soon. Spotify are well aware that I’m not alone, but I don’t want to pay a pound for each song on iTunes – meaning I’d only be able to buy five new songs a month for the same price. One of the other great things it boasts is the ability to queue music, as well as it’s music discovery. Because of this, I can stick about 50 songs in my queue, by searching for one and then using ‘related artists’ to find even more music, and leaving it to just play.

Spotify is also extremely social, with it’s recent Facebook partnership meaning that you can follow people you know as well as artists, to see what they are listening to and creating. Of course, there’s some controversy about how much Spotify actually pays artists for how well their music does, but there are far better articles available online, if you’re interested. Back to the starting point, I’m a complete Spotify convert and hopefully will remain that way. It’s dead easy to use, brilliant at finding music you’ll like with features like it’s radio and all it’s fancy apps, and it has access to an absolute ton of music, so you’re bound to find something you like. Who wouldn’t want unlimited access to almost any song you can think of, for a fraction of what it would cost you to purchase them all, and completely legally? I certainly can’t believe it took me this long to finally stick some money down for this service. Praise the heavens for Spotify. Students can get Spotify Premium for half price with a valid NUS Extra card.

PHOTOs: Thomas Mitchell


This issue we spoke to Thomas Mitchell, about how he moved to Australia after finishing his degree. JOURNALISM AT

WORDS: Ben Scott For this issue of Flex, we wanted to show just how far your degree at University can take you. So we spoke to Thomas Mitchell, who is now interning for companies on the other side of the world, in Australia.

Hi Tom. How was your degree at Falmouth University? I really enjoyed the Journalism degree at

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Falmouth. There’s such a relaxed environment - sometimes you even forget you are at university! I’m really glad I chose to do the Journalism degree in particular, because it taught me how to work and write as a journalist. The lecturures used clear and concise methods when it came to teaching the tools of the trade, and we had loads of fun as a year group. There are plenty of opportunities to specialise in any subject areas you are

really interested in, and the lecturers were very supportive with everything we did.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU MISS? Looking back, the atmosphere of our Journalism classes and my time at Falmouth Uni is something I really miss. It feels like only yesterday that I started, and I can’t believe it will be 4 years since my first day in September. Time flies when you’re having fun!

TOM’S TIPS FOR BOOSTING A CV Focus your job selection process down

Gain as much work experience as you can

never stop trying

Once you have completed your degree, you need to decide on area of speciality you would like to aim for. This can be hard at first, but when it comes to applying for jobs, you need to be much more specific.

Whether you want to stay in Australia long-term, or want to head back to the UK after your visit, gaining work experience in a country other than where you come from looks very impressive on your resume.

If you see a job advert and you think you could do it, apply for it. Applying for jobs is better than not doing anything. At the end of the day, you have nothing to lose if you receive a rejection email.

What made you move to Australia after you finished your time at University?

Is Australia somewhere that you want to stay now you’ve experienced it for a year?

I can say that I have been pretty lucky!

I came out to Australia in 2007 with my family, and ever since my first visit, I always knew that I wanted to come back. I’d been planning on coming back for a few years, as the lifestyle, buzz of all the major cities and obviously the weather caught my attention! Australia is such a young and exciting country, and there are so many opportunities for people out here. For me personally, I always wanted to gain some experience internationally in terms of my career path. I had freelanced with a few publications in the UK during my degree, and was hoping to build on my work experience portfolio overseas. I have always wanted to be the type of journalist that travels the globe, and what better way than to begin in Australia?

I will do anything I can to stay in Australia now. I have secured my second year visa through 3 months of regional farm-work, which was good fun, but hard work at the same time and definitely worth it. So I am here until September 2014 at the latest. Hopefully, I will find myself a job where I will be able to get sponsored, meaning I will be able to stay out here for good.

Do you have any horror stories? You always hear about people being attacked by sharks or crocodiles, or people finding snakes or venomous spiders in their houses, but Australia isn’t really like that. Well I haven’t experienced it... yet! I’m sure something will come along and jump out at me in the next few months. For now,

What would you say to people who want to do something like you have? Do you have any tips? If anyone is thinking about travelling to Australia, or any part of the world after their degrees then do it. The world is such a big place, and there really is so much to see. You never know what will happen, and if you have a degree under your belt, more likely than not you will find yourself in a job that perhaps you never thought you would have. Although, travel is very addictive so be warned if you start, you really will not want to stop! ... But I guess that is not always a bad thing.

BELOW, clockwise from left: Darwin, Melbourne and the Darwin Duckabout bus.

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PHOTOs: Olivia Bohac


limlYe&g WORDS: Rob Slade Lily & Meg first started playing together in their first year at Falmouth University. The first time they played together was in London at Meg’s house where they both picked up a guitar and banjo respectively and just started playing. They decided to write a song that day and then played it at an open mic night on the same day. They’ve been playing ever since and have

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just finished a busy summer playing festivals across the country and even in Sweden.

How would you sum up your music to someone who’s never heard you? It’s pretty mellow with acoustic roots... it probably falls into folk somewhere along the line.

Do you have a favourite gig? Our favourite gigs were probably Green Note in Camden, London. It’s a proper little cute music venue with signs on the walls telling people to be quiet and

respect the music. The sound was great, the audience were amazing and the people that worked there were so lovely, interested and supportive of what we were doing. It was pretty special because it’s quite a prestigious little venue and somewhere we’ve wanted to play for a long time... and Chagstock Festival this summer in Devon, such great people, great support from everyone and a really good sound. We had such a fun weekend and met some good people.

So you’re releasing an EP soon, how was the recording process for that? The recording process was a lot of fun and sometimes very frustrating, but always

interesting! We recorded in Liverpool in a home built studio. It was a real great week but pretty intense and sometimes it went a bit crazy being cooped up in the same place, playing songs over and over! But really great to get our music down properly and get some more instruments on.

What has been the best bit of the journey so far? This summer has been really incredible. We’ve had so much fun being at festivals and we’ve been lucky enough to meet some incredible people and share it with some great friends! We went to a tiny little festival called Dragonfly Festival in Sweden. That was insane... the best five days of the summer. So incredible! And we’re just continuously amazed at the networks and the people you meet! We’re so lucky to have had so many amazing experiences so far and the mad highlight is probably landing the support for Ruarri Joseph’s November tour.

Have you had any absolute nightmares at gigs? Biggest nightmares have included tripping over wires and pulling the lead out creating some fuck off feedback in a restaurant mid gig. I have had a nose bleed just before a gig once [laughs]. And also ran out of battery on my guitar just before a gig... so my dad had to take his nine volt battery out

of his power box that powers the heating in his campervan. Meg’s banjo pick up is a continuous arsehole.

Do you think that being based in Falmouth has helped your progress or hindered it? Helped, absolutely. It’s where it started really! We had the time and space and scene to start creating ourselves. With so many inspirational people and places and things going on around us it definitely helped. As long as we don’t get too stuck there and keep getting out from time to time to gig.

How did you find playing at the Eden Sessions and Boardmasters? Eden Sessions was really nice. It’s such an incredible place actually and always a great, great gig. People are so lovely and the acoustics in that dome are insane! We were very well looked after. It wasn’t nerve racking because we knew we were safe in the hands of the sound man and there was a great audience. Boardmasters didn’t go so well… big thanks to Liam Jolly and SW1 for having us on the line up. We’re glad to have done it and it was a fun weekend, but the acoustic hut was next to the house hut. We basically had a Lily & Meg drum and bass set. The field was pretty small for how much music was going on and it ended up

being a mush of sound unfortunately. Also, when we did our set we had to have the wind guards up for health and safety reasons, so we literally had to angle ourselves in front of the mics so the on shore wind didn’t hit them! Nightmare!

What have you got planned for the next few months? In October we are doing a higgledypiggledy EP tour. We’re playing house gigs, record shops and venue gigs. Dates will be on our Facebook. Our EP Launch party will be at Jam Records in Falmouth on October 2nd. It’s limited to 40 people so we’re doing guest list only and November we are supporting Ruarri Joseph’s UK tour. We have vague plans to get back out to Sweden for a couple of gigs in December and maybe do a second EP Launch in London with the musicians that played on the tracks! That’s all we have for now. Think we might have to get our heads down in January! Lily & Meg’s EP launch on October 2nd is £6 for students or £8 for everyone else and includes the ticket and a free EP. You can get on the guest list by mailing them on Facebook or email them on See for more details.

BELOW: Lily & Meg performing at the Eden Sessions.

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Without a doubt this is the cheapest place for drinks in Falmouth and will probably be the first stop on most of your nights out in town. It’s right next to the bus stop and taxi rank so you’ll inevitably be getting dropped off right outside anyway.

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It’s free entry, though they make up for that with expensive drink prices. But if you’re going in after midnight, chances are you would have already consumed your fair share. Both the music and décor are an upgrade on Club I.





An upgrade on Spoons, but with the improved surroundings and atmosphere the price of drinks also rises rather significantly. But, it’s still in line with many bars across Falmouth and they have a decent variety of drinks and books alike.




Pretty much your standard high street pub with drinks being in the middle of the price range. They often have decent live music on most weeks and it’s student friendly. A good option for a drink a bit earlier in the night or for a quiet one.


Another alternative to Club I as well as a decent place to have a drink and a catch up. There’s often live music most weeks on a Tuesday or Wednesday and they also do a cheap burger deal.

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WATERMAN’S Watermans used to be a pretty popular place to visit, but that seems to have tailed off a bit recently. That being said, most weeks there are bands playing and the drinks prices are reasonable.

Cheap food by day but drinks in the evening are on the pricey side. There’s karaoke on Wednesday and of course Monday and Thursday are student nights. It’s free entry and there are DJ’s most nights however the music isn’t great.

This is bound to be a regular spot for most students. Drinks prices are reasonable, the music is always good and they are open until 3AM. So for those of you that may want to give Club I a miss, this will be one of the main alternatives.

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On Monday nights this well decked out bar offers two cocktails for £5 which represents pretty good value. It’s always busy so get there by 11. Most come with sweets on top too!

Club International It doesn’t smell great, it doesn’t look pretty and the music isn’t brilliant. But at the end of the night after a few drinks, you won’t care, and nor will anyone else. So get yourself in there for cheap drinks, poor music and a cracking night.

Cribbs Bar, Hand Bar, The King’s Head, The Chain Locker & Shipwright’s, The Front.

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Top Tips: MIX IT UP

If you’re out on Monday, start from The Shed and work your way into town. If you’re out on a Thursday, start from Spoons. That way, you’ll learn the spots you like most.

NOT SEEING EYE TO I Not everyone’s a Club I fan. See if there are other bars that you prefer instead and have a quiet(er) night!




It’s almost inevitable that Club I will be the last port of call on a night out. So it’s wise to get a stamp as early as possible so you won’t be turned away at full capacity, especially when it’s free entry.

You don’t have to visit our list after dark; many of the places are great thoughout the day too. Beerwolf, for example, has a purpose-built library inside, and 5 Degrees does fantastic food upstairs.



If you’re getting a late bus into town, travel in groups of four, with student cards. You can each get a trip to town for £1.25, where it would normally cost a bit more. Money saved for shots!

Remedies was a bar shut down almost two years ago, and a popular alternative to Club I. It’s back, rebranded as Vanilla this year so make sure you check it out.

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Whilst Falmouth itself has a larger choice of bars and venues, Penryn is on your doorstep and should definitely not be overlooked. Here’s a handy little guide to the place you’re likely to call home for a large part of your time at university.

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There’s not a lot to say about this one but it’s just handy for you to know where it is. The majority of people end up getting ill (even if it is just freshers’ flu) at some point, so it’s good to know where it is just in case.





You’ll be relying on this massive 24 hour supermarket often. It’s one of the cheapest places to do your food shop and they usually have really good deals on drinks too. The fact that it’s open all day means that late night snacks are likely.





Probably the closest pub to campus and one of the friendliest too. Drinks aren’t the cheapest but they stock a really decent variety of beer, cider and ale. They also do some pretty good food. Some of our personal favourites (and affordable) are the skinny fries and garlic bread.

A traditional pub with an entrance door made from a section of a brewers barrel. It has a garden to the rear for those sunny afternoons and has enough charm inside to make you feel at home. There’s also Wi-Fi available and even a pool table!

A cosy bar on Penryn high street which is good for quiet drinks with a few friends or an entertaining night out. With various events running through the week such as quizzes, cocktail nights and live music, there’s never an excuse to be bored.



A multi-award winning café which is right next to Penryn estuary with great views. They have free Wi-Fi, comfy seating, and Cornish beverages. There is also live music most weekends and local, homemade food is served at lunchtime and on Friday evenings.

Some other useful places for you to know about which don’t actually need any explaining are the Post Office, a Costcutter, the Bank and a Pharmacy which are all located along the main High Street between points C and E. The train station is a 5 minute walk west of The Thirsty Scholar.


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We spoke to the four people that make up your FXU team of presidents for the 2013/14 year. They are presidents of Falmouth, Exeter, Participation and Welfare. Freshers, meet Frankie, Chaz, Isis and Oli. continued overleaf >


Falmouth President


How would you describe your 3 years studying in falmouth?

How would you describe your 3 years studying in Falmouth?

There’s a wonderful learning curve here.

Incredible – so many opportunities were thrown at me from both my institution and the FXU. Yes it’s been challenging to balance out my degree with my other commitments, but I couldn’t have chosen a better part of the country to gain all these experiences.

Are there any highlights from your time that really stick out? There's so many but the big ones are changing course, working in The Stannary and winning the campaign to become president.

Are there any highlights from your time that really stick out? Do you have a favourite bar/pasty/thing to do in spare time? 5 Below, mine’s a vodka lime and soda thanks! I can't eat pasties... But if Rowes start doing gluten free pasties I’ll be all over it. Spare time? Amazingly, I just got a place in London Marathon raising money for Samaritans. So I'll be running, all the time.

Getting together with my awesome campaign team and winning the election! California Fieldtrip 2013! Freshers Fortnight 2011!

Do you have a favourite bar/pasty/thing to do in spare time? 5 Degrees West and Club I are my guilty pleasures! Badminton League takes up spare time too.

Why did you get involved with the fxu? I got involved with the FXU because I believe that the student voice being heard is imperative. Communication is one of my main priorities, between students and the university, between students and staff, between both campuses.

What do you hope to achieve with your year in office? Same term dates for Falmouth and Exeter and improving feedback. Student Reps - which should be run through the FXU and not the university. Also hidden course costs; the University’s spending should be transparent and we should know where our money is going especially with the new higher fees.

What ARE some of the most important uses of the fxu? There's so much and we can help from educational matters to non educational matters. The students union can be what you want it to be; a place for support, a place for information, volunteering, societies, sports, a microphone for your voice or a friendly place to have a chat and a cup of tea.

Any messages you want to pass on to students? Get involved with us at FXU! You’re our number one priority.

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What do you hope to achieve with your year in office? I already ran a lot of societies and chaired the SSLC for Geography in my final year. I loved getting involved in all aspects of the student life too in Cornwall and now want to raise the profile of our campus to shout about all the great things that we do here. So this job opportunity was perfect! I want to make sure the experience of a Penryn student is the best it can be, by talking to the students and acting on their concerns.

What ARE some of the most important uses of the fxu? FXU for me is all about the Student Reps, Student Council and clubs/ societies. These are the real things that allow students to meet their FXU Officers and make the direct changes to their student experience, to vote on policies that affect them and to voice their concerns to me and the Presidential team!

Any messages you want to pass onto students? Come and see your Student Presidents in the office – we really want to talk to you to find out what it is that’s bothering you. Join your SSLC, vote in Rep Elections, vote in FXU Elections, and attend FXU AGMs!




How would you describe your 3 years studying in Falmouth?

How would you describe your 3 years studying in Falmouth?

I found it really hard, Cornwall is a long way away from home and degrees are really difficult. I was amazed I made it to graduation.

In a word – fun! The course itself, and what I learnt whilst doing it, was important to me, but not as important as having a good time outside of that.

Are there any highlights from your time that really stick out? Going on tour with Viva Voce was very good fun, and Crazy Week running through my lectures in first year! Ever so funny.

Do you have a favourite bar/pasty/thing to do in spare time?

Dollys! Love the little teapots and vintage themed nights!

You can’t come to Falmouth and not eat pasties, so my favourite are Kings Pipe or Choaks pasties, but I also go to Oggy Oggy a lot too. I love to be outside, so in my spare time I am mostly on the beach, sailing, walking, climbing, the list goes on…!

What are you looking forward to most in the year ahead?

What are you looking forward to most in the year ahead?

Raising everyone’s awareness of mental health wellbeing, and talking to students.

Staying in Falmouth for another year – I love it here. In terms of work, I love representing students. It sounds really cheesy, but I enjoy it. We get to challenge the Universities and ask difficult questions to represent student opinion, and that’s fun!

Do you have a favourite bar/pasty/thing to do in spare time?

Why did you get involved with the FXU? I was part of a few societies. I also got involved with FXU because I’m a strong believer in complaining to the right people – there’s no point just moaning to your friends when you could be making a difference. I built up an interest through my course, where I built on relationships within society and the community, so I thought Welfare Vice-President was a good place to start applying it.

What do you hope to achieve with your year in office? I hope to build better neighborhood relationships and keep the community atmosphere on campus.

What do you think some of the most important uses of the FXU are for students? The Advice Service is amazing – our advisors know everything! If you need financial advice, help with your letting agent or just want a louder voice, they can really help.

Any messages you want to pass onto students? If you have a problem tell us, get your voice heard!

What do you hope to achieve with your year in office? I would really like to increase the number of people that vote in our elections, and engage more people in what FXU does for students.

What do you think some of the most important uses of the FXU are for students? Everything that we do at FXU is important. Probably the biggest thing that students use FXU for are sports clubs and societies – which are important because they get people out doing something that isn’t necessarily related their course and also allows them to meet new people. I also believe that the Universities need to listen to students’ opinions to decide how things should be run.

Any messages you want to pass onto students? Come and say hi if you see me, and make your time in Falmouth and Penryn memorable. Do fun things – don’t hide away working all the time!

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Freshers’ Fortnight and beyond.

With plenty of themed parties through Freshers’ Fortnight and beyond, you’ll quickly realise the need for a big chest of fancy dress.

When the inevitable Freshers’ Flu strikes, make sure you’ve stocked up on these.

8. reading material


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Prop your door open with one of these and you’ll make friends in no time.

9. decorations

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A good way to socialise with your new flat-mates at the beach.

Whether or not it’s alcoholic, you’ll want something to drink before heading to The Stannary or into town.

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7. LAST DRINK BEFORE BED Make sure to keep hydrated throughout

One of the best ways to make your new room feel homely. You can read our Room Sprucing guide on page 8.

10. CHEAP SHOES It’s worth grabbing a pair of shoes just to ruin on nights out.


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11. FACE PAINT A fairly cheap and quick way to get you through the fancy dress parties at uni.

12. FRESHERS’ WRISTBAND Make sure you have guaranteed entry to the four main Freshers’ events with one.

properly straight away, so make sure you get some quick food to keep you going.



16. MEDicine


You’re bound to visit home often, so save plenty of money with a railcard.

14. easy food


You probably won’t feel like cooking

One of the easiest ways to get to know your new flat-mates in halls.

Inevitably there will be plenty of late nights, so you’ll need this to get up early.

To further combat the Freshers’ Flu mentioned before, be ready with some fast relief and paracetamol.



No need to explain this one. Be safe.

To open bottles.

For spirits or taking tablets, we know what the more popular use for these will be.

21. SMILE One of the most important things is to keep an open mind and smile!

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Especially for our Freshers’ Edition, we thought we would speak to someone who’s been there, done that..

A GRADUATE’S VIEW OF FRESHERS’ AND BEYOND WORDS: Ian Perkins Freshers will be two of the most important weeks of your life at Falmouth University. You will forge friendships with people that will last forever. Share experiences with a select few that will stay with you throughout your life and you’ll have so much fun that you will forever wish you can replicate. In no other walk of life are you thrown into the deep end with strangers and encouraged to break the ice with a handful of jagerbombs. But at Falmouth University you will have a unique

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experience unlike other universities. You have the most beautiful surroundings, a tight student community in a small town and great people to support you who all love Falmouth and Penryn. For such a small town, Falmouth offers everyone something. There are melancholy candlelit open mic nights at the top of Jacob’s Ladder – you’ll know it when you see it. There’s dubstep and DJ sets in a host of bars - Watermans on a Friday was my personal favourite. Club I is the cheesy club scene that promises you both forgettable and unforgettable nights. There’s always football on in the charming Mason’s Arms, but get there early because it



ABOVE: Ian’s now good friend. BELOW: A typical scene at Remedies.

will fill from wall-to-wall on a Super Sunday. Falmouth is brimming with cafés, bars, pubs and restaurants – some of which you might never get to and others that you will spend all your time in. The key to making the most of your time in this part of the world is getting out of your comfort zone. If you’ve never had Thai food, go to the Thai Orchid. If you’ve never done a pub quiz, go to Number 20 in Penryn. If you’ve never been sea swimming, take a dip at Gylly beach. There are so many things in Cornwall worth doing while you’re here so make the most of this stunning county. The most important thing to remember during Freshers, is to say “yes!” These two weeks are your chance to grow up and have complete independence before the work kicks in, so don’t waste it sat in your room on Facebook to your pals from home. They will all be

there in three years and you’ll find your friendships with them will be even stronger. If at 9pm Sunday someone wants to go and chill in the Thirsty Scholar in Penryn, do it. If you’re up at 3am and a flat mate wants a snack, get to ASDA – it’s the best time to shop anyway. Freshers events at The Stannary are a must. They’ll cost you (I cannot recommend buying a wristband enough) but they are all top nights – some of which I still reminisce about today. I took a photo of a guy who was passed out in a chair during the Pirate Party and he ended up living opposite me, and I consider him a good friend to this day. I’m not sure he appreciates the photo, mind. If you spend your time with the right people, say ‘yes’ to everything and embrace the unique lifestyle in Falmouth, you’ll love this amazing place as much as I did.

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Sunday 22nd


• Freshers’ move in, main day • The John Langan Band @ Miss Peapods. 8PM, tickets £5. A dynamic three piece band who offer a unique sound emerging from Celtic, Gypsy Swing.

• Meet your Mentor, 7 - 9PM This is your chance to meet up with the rest of your new course mates and start getting to know each other. Everyone tends to go for a drink at the Stannary after.

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• Pirate Party @ The Stannary. 9 - 2AM. £8 on the door or free with fresher’s wristband before 10pm. Fancy dress, freebies and a good laugh.


• Walking Tour to Falmouth, 4PM Walk along the estuary via Penryn to Falmouth discover how easy it is to get to Penryn and Falmouth and what’s along the way! Bring 80p for the bus back to Penryn Campus. Only 50 spaces available!


• Festifal: 2.30PM - 3.30AM @ Various Locations Introducing some of the quirkiest and best places to spend your time out in Falmouth. £5 for t‐shirt and programme (not included in in the Freshers’ Wristband price). It’ll be one of the biggest nights this year.


• Student Night Normal student nights take place on a Thursday night, as well as Monday.

• KWK Presents Big Boss Man @ Miss Peapods. Tickets £5, starts at 8PM. A hybrid of 60’s and 70’s drenched R’n’B, Funk, Latin, Jazz, Soul and Pop music. For more info see

• Freshers’ Fayre @ Lower Stannary. Attendance is highly recommended so you can see which clubs and societies you might want to join. There’s also lots of freebies and useful information from local businesses and the wider community. • Bus Mans Handbag @ Gylly Beach Café. Free. 8PM. For more see


• Ms. Dynamite / Dismantle @ The Stannary. 9-2AM, £10 on the door or free entry with fresher’s wristband before 10. Fancy dress not necessary but still an option if you really want to.


• Freshers’ Ball @ The Stannary. 9-2AM. £10 on the door or free entry with fresher’s wristband. A night glitz and glamour, make sure you dress to impress.


• The Other Tribe @ Princess Pavilions £8, doors 7.30 start at 8PM. Part live band, part DJ set, this is a band you just can’t stand still to. They played in Falmouth six months ago and were awesome. Listen to ‘Skirts’ to get a feel for their music.


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• School Disco @ The Stannary. 9-2AM. £8 on the door or free entry with a fresher’s wristband before 10. The first time this night has been put on so make sure you make it a good one.

Why? Productions: Durty Disco 3rd Birthday! @ The Stannary, 9PM -2AM. Drinks promos, laser shows and music from THAI AI & BIGMAN JAPAN (Durty DJ’s) + DJ D-FEX with much more to be announced so keep an eye out! Tickets from the Stannary, FXU, Clays Barbershop, Wild Pony and Sessions. for more info.

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