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Penryn Ladies Rugby Club / Football Roundup / CRIME & PUNISHMENT / THE FUSC / Horoscopes / get involved with sustainability week / students vote yes for national demo / record number applying for university / beer festival success, get growing for Movember / fundraiser / for Alzheimer’s disease / new photography gallery opens its doors / press photography boat party / MA professional writing student wins / national biography prize / RUTH THOMPKINS (photography) / Visual Diary By Hanna Godley (photography) / University College Falmouth’s New Creatives / creative writing / illustration / American Midterms: Tough times for Obama / FXU Surf Carve Up Competition In Newquay / A Pen You Say? How Peculiar / A Rubbish Way to Spend £800m / Shamed Sexy Britain / AND SUDDENLY THINGS GOT SKETCHY / The Big Treasure Trove / Surfs up / THE BELL JAR BY EMMA THOMPSON / DISGRACE BY J.M.COETZEE / THE DEATH OF CHARLIE ST CLOUD / PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 / MEDAL OF HONOUR / FALLOUT NEW VEGAS / CHUCK VERSUS THE ANNIVERSARY / THE VAMPIRE DIARIES / ARCADE FIRE THE SUBURBS / EVERYTHING BURNS / Penryn Ladies Rugby Club / Football Roundup / CRIME & PUNISHMENT / THE FUSC / Horoscopes / get involved with sustainability week / students vote yes for national demo / record number applying for university / beer festival success, get growing for november / fundraiser / for Alzheimer’s disease / new photography gallery opens its doors / press photography boat party / MA professional writing student wins / national biography prize / RUTH THOMPKINS (photography) / Visual Diary By Hanna Godley (photography) / University College Falmouth’s New Creatives / creative writing / illustration / American Midterms: Tough times for Obama / FXU Surf Carve Up Competition In Newquay / A Pen You Say? How Peculiar / A Rubbish Way to Spend £800m / Shamed Sexy Britain / AND SUDDENLY THINGS GOT SKETCHY / The Big Treasure Trove / Surfs up / THE BELL JAR BY EMMA THOMPSON / DISGRACE BY J.M.COETZEE / THE DEATH OF CHARLIE ST CLOUD / PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 / MEDAL OF HONOUR / FALLOUT NEW VEGAS / CHUCK VERSUS THE ANNIVERSARY / THE VAMPIRE DIARIES / ARCADE FIRE THE SUBURBS / EVERYTHING BURNS / Penryn Ladies Rugby Club / Football Roundup / CRIME & PUNISHMENT / THE FUSC / Horoscopes / get involved with sustainability week / students vote yes for national demo / record number applying for university / beer festival success, get growing for Movember / fundraiser / for Alzheimer’s disease / new photography gallery opens its doors / press photography boat party / MA professional writing student wins / national biography prize / RUTH THOMPKINS ISSUE 12 (photography) / Visual Diary By Hanna Godley (photography) / University College Falmouth’sNOVEMBER New Creatives ’10 / creative writing / illustration / American Midterms: Tough times for Obama / FXU Surf Carve Up Competition In Newquay / A Pen You Say? 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How Peculiar / A Rubbish Way to Spend £800m / Shamed Sexy Britain / AND SUDDENLY THINGS GOT SKETCHY / The Big Treasure Trove / Surfs up / THE BELL JAR BY EMMA THOMPSON / DISGRACE BY J.M.COETZEE / THE DEATH OF CHARLIE ST CLOUD / PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 / MEDAL OF HONOUR / FALLOUT NEW VEGAS / CHUCK VERSUS THE ANNIVERSARY / THE VAMPIRE DIARIES / ARCADE FIRE THE SUBURBS / EVERYTHING BURNS / Penryn Ladies Rugby Club / Football Roundup / CRIME & PUNISHMENT / THE FUSC / Horoscopes / get involved with sustainability week / students vote yes for national demo / record number applying for university / beer festival success, get growing for november / fundraiser / for Alzheimer’s disease / new photography gallery opens its doors / press photography boat party / MA professional writing student wins / national biography prize / RUTH THOMPKINS (photography) / Visual Diary By Hanna Godley (photography) / University College Falmouth’s New Creatives / creative writing / illustration / American Midterms: Tough times for Obama / FXU Surf Carve Up Competition In Newquay / A Pen You Say? How Peculiar / A Rubbish Way to Spend £800m / Shamed Sexy Britain / AND SUDDENLY THINGS GOT SKETCHY / The Big Treasure Trove / Surfs up / THE BELL JAR BY EMMA THOMPSON / DISGRACE BY J.M.COETZEE / THE DEATH OF CHARLIE ST CLOUD / PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 / MEDAL OF HONOUR / FALLOUT NEW VEGAS / CHUCK VERSUS THE ANNIVERSARY / THE VAMPIRE DIARIES / ARCADE FIRE THE SUBURBS / EVERYTHING BURNS / Penryn Ladies Rugby Club / Football Roundup / CRIME & PUNISHMENT / THE FUSC / Horoscopes / get involved with sustainability week / students vote yes for national demo / record number applying for university / beer festival success, get growing for november / fundraiser / for Alzheimer’s disease / new photography gallery opens its doors / press photography boat party / MA professional writing student wins / national biography prize / RUTH THOMPKINS (photography) / Visual Diary By Hanna Godley (photography) / University College Falmouth’s New Creatives / creative writing / illustration / American Midterms: Tough times for Obama / FXU Surf Carve Up Competition In Newquay / A Pen You Say? How Peculiar / A Rubbish Way to Spend £800m / Shamed Sexy Britain / AND SUDDENLY THINGS GOT SKETCHY / The Big Treasure Trove / Surfs up / THE BELL JAR BY EMMA THOMPSON / DISGRACE BY J.M.COETZEE / THE DEATH OF CHARLIE ST CLOUD / PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 / MEDAL OF HONOUR / FALLOUT NEW VEGAS / CHUCK VERSUS THE ANNIVERSARY / THE VAMPIRE DIARIES / ARCADE FIRE THE SUBURBS / EVERYTHING BURNS /Penryn Ladies Rugby Club / Football Roundup / CRIME & PUNISHMENT / THE FUSC / Horoscopes / get involved with sustainability week / students vote yes for national demo / record number applying for university / beer festival success, get growing for Movember / fundraiser / for Alzheimer’s disease / new photography gallery opens its doors / press photography boat party / MA professional writing student wins / national 1


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ello all. I hope you enjoy reading another exciting issue of FLEX. In this issue you will see that the very generous Oxford University Press is giving away 4 stunning prizes – be sure to check this out for your chance to win one of the 4 prizes. “Face In The Place” photos from Halloween Party are also inside – if your Face was in the Place – be sure to claim your prize before the prize expires. Also, be sure to catch up on the latest news, I hope you enjoy this issue. I as an individual would like to present my views on the Government’s Decision to treble tuition fees. I think this is abhorrent, and unless pressures are applied to Government from Student Organisations, then a fair deal won’t be given by the Government. The Government won’t go back on its decision, but there is a still lot to fight for: How do you pay back this money after graduating? Can the University absorb the costs? What do you as a student get for paying more? Fight for every

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ello, I am very excited to announce the launch of our very first on-campus student news bulletin to accompany this issue of FLEX. First year Politics and International Relations student Fisayo Fadahunsi is our on-campus news correspondent, and she investigates the oversubscription and subsequent bunk bed situation in Glasney Student Village. I would like to thank Fisayo, as well as Broadcasting students Rachel Gilmore, Nic Rowe and Tom Williamson for their enthusiasm and hard work. Also, thank you to any students featured. If there are any issues affecting Falmouth, Exeter or Dartington students that you would like us to cover now or over the coming year, please email to let us know. In the meantime be sure to watch the video on our brand new website: www.flexnews.co.uk. In the Art & Design section this issue look out for our special feature on a handful of creative students who are graduating at the end of this year. Photographed by Josie Aincough (Level 3 Photography), we spoke to each of them about their experience of Falmouth as a place to come to university. Overall the result is that Falmouth is beautiful, if a little small at times, and a great place to live while

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nternational headlines over the last week have focused squarely on the US midterm elections, set to be dominated by a vicious backlash from the right. Instrumental in this has been the Tea Party movement’s grass roots campaign, for which the words ‘grass roots campaign’ seem to represent something closer to a withered, rotting hand slithering from a putrid swamp, grasping at the ankles of fear-stricken voters, dragging them into a mire of draconian fear and intolerance. Whilst the analogy may be a little extreme (I am, as Bill Hicks used to say, “a little to the left”), there is no doubt that the American right is back and angrier than ever. The Burmese election (the first for over 20 years, taking place on November 8th) should also be attracting attention worldwide, but for various reasons the word is struggling to get out. The country is in the control of an oppressive military junta and ranks 178 out of 180 countries worldwide on the Corruptions Perception Index. The election itself will doubtless do little to affect the situation

penny you’re paying, but be sure to make the future for your children and family, one in which you can be proud to see them attend University just as you had the chance to. Finally, I would like to express my thanks to the entire FLEX team for the hard work that has gone into this issue. As we’re all students, we all share busy timetables, and the desire to put issue after issue of FLEX together shows something amazing that will beam out to potential employers. Until FLEX receives support from the Universities, our roles will be made all the more difficult. The quality of publication is astounding, and both the reader and writers should all be proud of our achievement. Managing Director

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you study for your degree. For a lot of readers, this year is the most important of our time here in Falmouth, and everything counts. We tried to explore this and I hope you like it. Art & Design also offers some beautiful work from talented students and professionals alike, and look to the Lifestyle section for suggestions on what to eat, listen to, and wear this month. Lifestyle Editor, Hannah Banks-Walker unveils our very first FLEX fashion shoot set in Willie Dynamite’s with model Beth Windsor wearing clothes which you can find in the Two Little Birds vintage boutique in Falmouth. FLEX is growing and improving fast and is very exciting to be a part of. We are always looking for dedicated and enthusiastic students to get involved, so please email any of us if you’re interested! If you have any ideas on how we can improve, please let us know. I hope you enjoy this issue! Chief Editor

Seren Adams within Burma. It will mean, however, that for a day or two at least the spotlight is on the country. An opportunity will emerge for pressure to be exerted on governments worldwide to call for an end to oppression within Burma. If even a fraction of the interest surrounding the political circus in the US this week could be generated for Burma’s election, the impact could be massive. Students in the UK have the potential to form a hugely influential voice in pushing for change from outside the borders of a country whose population has no voice of its own. Visit BURMACAMPAIGN.ORG. UK to find out how to get involved. In our next issue we will be talking to members of the campaign for Burmese liberation as well as discussing the possible next steps for the Burmese cause and how students in the UK can help. Chief Editor

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STUDENTS VOTE “YES” FOR NATIONAL DEMO Text Liam Corcoran Edited by Ian Pogonowski On Friday October 29th, 300 students, as representatives of FXU voted “YES” to join the march in London, protesting against the cut in Higher Education Budget Cuts. This vote also made FXU history by being their first ever referendum. The March, which is being held by University and College Union (UCU) and National Union of Students (NUS), will take place on November 10th, where students from all over the country will take to the streets of London. The Vote YES means that there will be coaches put on by FXU, taking UCF and UECC students to the march in London, combining South-west forces and Exeter Streatham on their travel to London early on Wednesday November 10th. Kristy Wallace, Exeter President of FXU chaired the meeting. “Some students have said that it is not in their interest so we need to have a vote to get the general view,” said Kristy Philippa Davey, the regional support officer for UCU came along to the debate “not to sway your opinion but to give you the facts”. “Since universities started charging, the standards haven’t gone up, they have declined. We are heading towards an American style of education,” she said. 53 people turned up to the debate, but many more expressed interest in attending if it wasn’t for clashes with Lectures/Seminars. 178 expressed their attendance on the Facebook group. Out of the 53 that did turn up, a few students were against the protest saying that we all need to share the cuts.

“The results which saw 333 students vote, shows even more promise of FXU becoming politically aware and engaged with Student issues” “It is slightly hypocritical that cuts need to be made, but not to us. We all have to share the burden,” said Rico Harris, 20, head of the Politics Society with FXU, and one of the main opposition to the demonstration. He added “Raising the cost may make people put more effort and consideration into their degree. No one is forcing you to do a degree.” The results which saw 333 students vote, shows even more promise of FXU becoming politically aware and engaged with Student issues. Following on from FXU’s first Protest March last year, and following in the light of record breaking results in FXU elections last year, FXU are maintaining their levels of strength, amidst difficult times of budget cuts. 33 students voted NO to FXU in attending the demonstration. Kristy was asked “Are you happy with the vote?” and answered “Yes of course, we did this for the students, and it represents what the students want. It is great that FXU is becoming more politically aware every year”. “Did you think FXU’s first referendum was a success?” Kristy answered “Hell yeah! We had a great turnout at short notice, and it was all done by students. Near enough an hour of debate inspired by politically aware minded and concerned students”. “What impact do you think UCF and UECC students will have on the Demonstration?” Kristy answered, “Our students will be able to take part in history making for the nation, and it shows great representation by our students. We’re linking up with Exeter Guild too which is great for cross-campus relations” Sean O’Shea from FXU’s Conservative society said “ I am pleased that the students have had the chance to vote and make their voice heard, I am not shocked by the result” he added that FXU “should not be wasting money on paying for people to attend a rally in London. This money could be used to do something much more worthwhile and beneficial for more of the students whose money pays for FXU.” Sean added that he does not “have a problem with students attending the demonstration and never have had a problem with it. I would just like to see FXU use our money to get things done for us that matter like ensuring we get our deposits back and ensuring that decent bands and events are organised.” If you want to voice you view on this – email news@flexnews.co.uk

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BEER FESTIVAL SUCCESS Text Ben Perks Falmouth Beer Festival saw thousands of ale and cider lovers flood through the doors of Princess Pavilion for the two day event in October. The festival, run by Campaign For Real Ale, Kernow branch ran from October 22 to 23 for the annual event that had its greatest success this year, around 4500 people travelled in and aroused fears that the drink would run out. Luckily new barrels were supplied for the Saturday and the drink kept on flowing all weekend, leaving just a select few left on the Saturday night for those who just didn’t want it to end. “We were delighted at the level of support the Festival achieved. We always try and put on the very best event possible for people and this year they seemed overwhelmingly struck by the superb quality and condition of the ales we had available,” said Gerry Wills, CAMRA Kernows festival manager. The festival had over 200 ales on offer from across the UK, CAMRA also designated October as cider and perry month which saw the cider tent packed to the brim with a selection of 50 different barrels for those not keen on the selection of ales and stouts. Hundreds of students also flocked in over the weekend for the drink and an array of entertainment, “this is my third festival in a row and it just gets better and better every year,” said third year illustration student Michael Julings. In total 27,856 pints were consumed over the weekend and the champion ale over the two days, judged by an independent panel was Raj IPA from Tryst Brewery which unsurprisingly was the first to sell out. The winner of the champion Cornish ale went to Sharps Own of Sharps Brewery. Princess Pavilion made the perfect

setting for the event and with an appearance from the sun flocks of people headed out into the gardens, and then made use of the band stand when the inevitable ran came. “The Pavilion is due for a big revamp of the main building over the next year and we’re hoping to still be able to host our event there in the new setup”. “We’d hate to have to hold the Festival in another town as we have a lot of support for keeping it in Falmouth and in such a brilliant venue,” said Gerry. Huge thanks must go out to the volunteers that manned the bars and stalls free of charge over the weekend, some even travelling from other CAMRA branches to make this year’s festival the success it was. For more information on winning ales, videos and pictures then visit Falmouth Beer Festival on Facebook.com where you’ll also get news on the plans for next year’s event.

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FUNDRAISER FOR ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE Text Ben Perks (news editor) Students are inviting people to come along and make a memory at the Memories Matter event in Falmouth - to help raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society. University College Falmouth Students: Rachel Pitcher, Barney Neild, Nicholas Rowe and Rachel Gilmore are promising a night to remember. The special evening on Saturday November 16, involves fancy dress, cheap drinks and music from popular DJ, Small Sofa. They aim to raise money for the vital work of the Alzheimer’s So-

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ciety and create more awareness of the condition, which affects thousands of people in Cornwall. 700, 000 people in the UK have a form of dementia and more than half of that figure have Alzheimer’s disease. “We are thrilled to be organizing the evening’s entertainment in aid of the society. Word is spreading fast and it will be an exciting event. All of the money raised will support the work of the charity, which provides essential services throughout the UK and funds research in dementia. This is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy an energetic evening of dressing up and dancing. We hope to see lots of young people there, so bring your friends along – it will be a night to remember. Lets make a memory.” Said Rachel Pitcher. A photo point upstairs at the venue will be dedicated to people ‘making their memory’, the photographs will then be published on their website. Broadcasting student, Rachel Pitcher, decided to help the Alzheim-

er’s charity after her Grandmother had the disease. Now her other Grandmother has been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. “I wanted to work with this charity as Alzheimer’s has affected my life from a young age. My Gran was diagnosed with the illness about ten years ago and has since passed away. As her illness progressively got worse, it was a very tough time for not only my Gran, but also for everyone that loved her. Being only young at the time I saw it affect my Dad the most - he had to juggle a very stressful job as a managing director of his company and be there for his family whilst caring for his mother. Unfortunately my other Grandma has now been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and so knowing that we have to go through it all again is a hard thought to get to grips with. It is a disease that simply isn’t talked about enough.” Said Rachel. If you want to come along and show your support, please contact Rachel Pitcher on 0781 067 1400 or Barney Neild on 0781 556 1867. If you have any concerns about someone you know, or would like to


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NEW PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY OPENS ITS DOORS Text Connor O’Brien A team of full time Photography students have renovated and reconditioned The Photography Centre’s unused communal space creating a new gallery. Stephanie Wood, a photography intern had the idea to set the gallery up in the photography centre’s social space, “unfortunately, there were often blank wall spaces and before I started my internship I noticed that the potential for the space was great and was one of my main reasons for applying to the post,” she said. After a very successful first exhibition on October 4, showcasing some of the best work across UCFs Photographic Courses, they have scheduled a program of exhibitions which will run throughout the year every three to four weeks. “There was a great response at the private view with a really impressive turn out. It was very nerve racking for me because I really didn’t want everyone’s hard work to be for nothing,” said Stephanie. Sadly Stephanie is leaving her post as Photography intern, but Jai Tyler will be stepping in this month to take over the roll. Jai and eight students, with the support of the Head of Photography Centre Simon Culliford make up the team who are in charge of running the gallery, which is yet to secure funding and is currently in the process of trying to secure sponsorship for the general costs of running and holding private views.

The gallery team is keen for as many students to get involved in what is an exciting project, more gallery spaces are crucial to help display and showcase the talent of both students and tutors within the arts based courses across UCF. The next show is a group exhibition from 10 BA Photography students which launches with a private view on November 15. An exciting exhibition is scheduled for the new year, put on by Photography alumni from the past five years, graduates will be submitting new work which will offer a chance to see how they have developed and progressed within the industry.

Stephanie added “It is a great opportunity to encourage dialogue between courses and students. I think that students should be encouraged to collaborate with each other on projects. Photography can be used for so much and I think we could start to see some really exciting work being produced if this happened more often. The gallery is a great place to visit and get to people talking about photography and art.” For more information and the events schedule join the Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/group. php?gid=130182587004791

GET GROWING FOR MOVEMBER Text Ben Perks FXU is due to host an array of nights to raise money for the charity event Movember which takes place annually to raise awareness of men’s health. The idea of Movember is to start the first day of November clean shaven then for the whole month grow out your moustache, this facial hair is Movember’s ribbon and the vehicle they use to raise awareness along with funds for men’s health issues, the most common issue being prostate cancer which is estimated to be diagnosed to 1 in 10 men. Tim Port, FXU welfare president has been organising the events for the month, which are yet to be confirmed, “I personally have strong feelings when it comes to what I can do to help others, especially when you get to have some fun at the same time and I know there are others that feel the same too,” said Tim. Last year over 250 thousand men from across the world took part

in the event raising more than £25.9 million for Movember’s global beneficiary partners. Last year in the UK alone 45,000 people raised over £5mil for The Prostate Cancer Charity and to date around the world the charity has raised more than £60 million for the fight against prostate cancer, testicular cancer and depression in men. Tim also added, “As for donating money we only ask that you donate what you can. It’s down to the individual to make up their own mind on what they can give and what they want to give to. Charity can be fun and sometimes ridiculously silly and the when people come together for a cause and have fun doing it, the atmosphere is amazing.” For more information visit www.movember.com

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PRESS PHOTOGRAPHY BOAT PARTY Text Charlotte Wood Photographer Michael Etherington An array of colourfully dressed press photography students raised cash for their graduation shows by having a boat party. Organisers Daniel Holmes and Katrina Aleksa hope to eventually have at least £1,500 by the end of the year from similar events.

“We want to be able to raise enough money so we can exhibit our work in top galleries around London”

“We want to be able to raise enough money so we can exhibit our work in top galleries around London,” said Daniel. The boat party kick-started the campaign, where students dressed to the theme of famous photographs: pictures of Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, and Osama Bin Laden were just a few of the many diverse images on show. “You know this is going to be a surreal experience when you see Ginger Spice getting jiggy on the dance floor with a Tibetan Monk,” said law and politics student, Johanna Partock. Despite the confinement of the cabin and a mass tribute to Michael Jackson by the amateur DJ, many enjoyed themselves and, in turn, aided the fundraising. “The evening could only be described as a cheese-tastic school disco on water,” said broadcast student, Bonnie Cannell. “The boat party was a success, nearly all the tickets were sold out, and those who couldn’t make it still contributed by buying a ticket to raise more money,” said Emma Webster, a press photography student. Emma added: “We might be thinking of hosting the next fund-raiser at one of the clubs in Falmouth town.”

MA PROFESSIONAL WRITING STUDENT WINS NATIONAL BIOGRAPHY PRIZE Text Connor O’Brien Student Matt Cox was awarded this year’s prestigious Tony Lothian Prize, the Biographers Club prize for uncommissioned, first-time biographers at an awards dinner in London. The £2,000 prize was awarded to Matt, who is soon to graduate from University College Falmouth’s MA Professional Writing course on Thursday 21 October. Drawing on the skills and experience gained on the Professional Writing course Matt produced a 20 page proposal for a biography entitled White Lies, Black Magic: Prince Monolulu, the Celebrity Britain Forgot. “I was absolutely delighted to win the Tony Lothian Prize. It’s very satisfying when any reader enjoys your work, but particularly in these circumstances,” said Matt. He has spent his year on the MA conducting original research into the previously undocumented life of the elusive black celebrity Prince Monolulu

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between the years of 1881 to 1965. The West Indian ‘prince’ was the first black man to be seen on British TV. He was also a familiar sight at Britain’s racecourses from the 1920s to the 1960s, where he sold his tips in envelopes. “We are thrilled that Matt’s proposal, worked on while he was at Falmouth, has won the prize. Our MA is distinctive in that we not only help students develop creative, innovative writing projects but also ensure they understand the professional and commercial contexts required to successfully take their projects to market.” “Matt’s success is partly testament to the expert tuition of professional writing tutors, in particular Susannah Marriott and Andrew Wille who are both published and still working in the industry.” said Christina Bunce, Programme Leader, MA Professional Writing. Matt added, “I recently took a ‘gap-year for grown-ups’ and com-

pleted the MA in Professional Writing at University College Falmouth. I’m sure that the enthusiastic support and professionalism of my tutors contributed hugely to my development, and ultimately led to me winning this prestigious prize.” A summary of White Lies, Black Magic: Prince Monolulu written by Anna Swan (Tony Lothian Prize Administrator) can be found on the Biographers Club website. www.biographersclub.co.uk


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RECORD NUMBER APPLYING FOR UNIVERSITY Text Ben Perks (News Editor) A whopping 74,234 candidates have completed applications for university courses beginning in the autumn of 2011 - more than ever before at such an early stage. Up to 220,000 candidates could be without places next summer if the 4.2% year-on-year rise in applications continues, topping the record 210,000 students who missed places this year. Academics said it represented an “inevitable” rush to enrol before an expected rise in UK tuition fees scheduled for 2012. The official figures come after an independent review from Lord Browne of Madingley, the former head of BP, who recommended removing the cap on undergraduate tuition fees, meaning universities can charge £14,000 per year of a degree course. Ministers are considering proposals but have suggested that annual fees could be capped at £7,000 from 2012. This would still be more than double the current £3,290 fee for students in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. According to the figures from the Universities and Colleges Ad

missions Service (UCAS), 74,234 candidates had applied for courses beginning in 2011 by the middle of this month. This represented an overall increase of 3,007 applications, from the same stage last year.

“the first sign of an inevitable scramble to get into university if tuition fees soar, as many fear, in 2012.” There was a steeper rise of 7.5% in the number of 19 year-olds applying, many being among the 210,000 candidates rejected this summer. Among the over-40s there was a rise in applications of almost one fifth, suggesting that some who had recently lost their jobs were seeking refuge in education or attempting to retrain. The University and College Union warned that the competition for degree courses would intensify over the coming months.

Sally Hunt, the General Secretary of the Union, said the figures were “the first sign of an inevitable scramble to get into university if tuition fees soar, as many fear, in 2012.” She added: “We expect more people to try to secure a university place this summer with changes to the cost of a degree likely.” The President of the National Union of Students, Aaron Porter, forecast “a big rise” in applications from sixth formers “desperate to avoid a doubling of fees”. “Many of the 200,000 that missed out on places this year will be reapplying for next year, “As many more people get their applications in as soon as possible in order to avoid the higher fees and huge debt, there are liable to be even more that are disappointed next time round and facing even more debt if they chose to try again.” said Mr Porter.

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FXU’s Environment and Ethics Committee are running Sustainability Week in November to encourage students to talk about ethical and environmental issues. Finn Raven who was the Environment and Ethics Officer for FXU last year said, “Sustainability week grew out of discussions and ideas we had during the FXU Environment and Ethics Student Committee meetings and we decided to run it as our own event.” “This is the first year that students have devised, organised and run a week on environmental and ethical issues we really feel passionately about, we hope it will get bigger and more creative every year.” The themes for the week are transport, recycling, ethics, biodiversity and each day will feature talks, films, activities and workshops. There will be a local food day including local beer and cider information with the possibility of samples and a food talk by Sanjay Kumar,

Chef to the King of Saudi Arabia. Ethics day will provide information on ethical banking for students and a Campaign petition on Exeter University’s investment policy. Free services and basic repairs on bikes will be available on transport and energy day, and on Biodiversity day there will be a guest speaker from Cool Earth on rainforest conservation. A swap shop stall will be available on Thrifty Thursday as well as recycled and remade clothes on show in the Stannary. From the 8th to the 12th of November the Environmental and Ethics Committee aim to bring together the large amounts of students interested in these important issues. Finn Raven added, “Our small actions add up to big changes, yes we need those changes, but we can enjoy making them happen.”

FXU OFFER FALSE PRIZES

Text Josh Henry

FXU have been offering false prizes in return for completing their online Fresher’s 2010 Survey. Posted on October 19th, the promise was “2 Snowball Tickets to be won” by completing the survey. After completing the survey, there is no way to distinguish who has entered, and who has won. FXU stated that “All you have to do is complete the survey giving us your name and email address”. Maybe this was a mistake. FXU appear to have duped the students they are representing by offering them non-existent prizes, or cleverly worded competitions to make the prize winning difficult. There were boxes to write answers in, but

nothing specifically asking for Name or Email as one would expect. The survey itself was questionable. For example: Question 1 – “What was your favourite event?” Only 3 of the 5 night time events were listed Question 2 “Would you prefer a band or DJ for the gig night?” The tick boxes were “Yes” or “No”... Students have said that FXU can’t do anything this year besides roll out survey after survey, and with surveys like this one, the reputation of FXU can only get worse...

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American Midterms: Tough times for Obama Nicholas Barrett reports on the upcoming American elections, where right wing resurgence seems to be very much on the cards

It’s two years since Barack Obama was elected to the White House on a tidal wave of optimism unmatched in American history. Over that time the optimism has faded away and on the 2nd of November the world will get to see just how disillusioned the American public really are when they vote in the crucial midterm elections. Last week the Democrats were expected to lose major ground. However, some reports suggest that the polls might be narrowing but if they want to hold on to their current level of power they will have to reawaken the progressive base that granted them their majority in 2006 and the keys to the White House in 2008. So what happened to all the optimism of Obama’s presidential campaign? Candidate Obama promised radical reform in health, the environment and on Wall Street. President Obama delivered watered down health reform, without a public option, that won’t kick in for four years. President Obama is yet to pass significant environmental legislation and his endorsement of offshore drilling couldn’t have backfired more spectacularly than it did after the BP disaster caused havoc on the south coast. President Obama has failed to change behaviour on Wall Street, where a double-dip recession could be the price for lack of regulation. It’s these differences between Candidate Obama and President Obama that have sucked the enthusiasm out of his supporters. This is why the men and women who held up the “change we can believe in” signs will almost certainly be far few in number. For many it seems the only real change was from a president who sold the public false fear to a president who sold them false hope. If the Obama administration’s effect on the left was to disen-

franchise it from political activism, then its effect on the right has been the exact opposite. Across the country the Tea Party movement has sprung up. They are fielding candidates all over the country. In Delaware they are running anti-masturbation campaigner Christine O’Donnell who had to start an ad by saying: “I’m not a witch” after footage from a 90’s talk show showed her admitting that: “I dabbled in witchcraft”. She refuses to believe in the theory of evolution but was sure that scientists had put fully functioning human brains into mice. Another Tea Party candidate, Rich Iott, was recently exposed after photos of him in Nazi SS uniform hit the papers. He described dressing up as a Nazi as a “father son hobby”. The tea party candidate for New York governor, Carl Paladino, said in a pre-prepared speech: “I don’t want them (our children) brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid or successful option, it isn’t”. Later he appeared on television saying: “I don’t know if you’ve been to one (a gay pride parade) but they wear these little speedos and they grind against each other and it’s just a terrible thing.” The rise of ignorance and anti-intellectualism within the GOP was highlighted in May when republican candidate Bradley Byrne was attacked by a fellow republican for supporting the teaching of evolution in schools after saying that it “best explains the origin of life”. Instead of standing up for reason Bradley Byrne responded by saying “I believe the bible is the word of god and every single word of it is true”. It’s as if the party is treating brain cells like a dirty secret. What’s going on? The exact origin of the Tea Party’s name is subject to a common misconception; the original tea party was not a revolt against colonial British tax but actually a revolt against tax

cuts towards British companies. So it’s strange that people who have benefited from George Bush’s tax cuts to the richest 1% so heavily finance and endorse the modern Tea Party, a self proclaimed “grassroots movement” that was founded by multimillionaires. The group calls for a smaller and less intrusive government, so it’s perhaps odd that they never piped up while George Bush spent billions on Middle Eastern wars and eroded away civil liberties with the Patriot Act. However, their highest ambition is to lower taxes. In a February poll 90% of Tea Party supporters thought that taxes had either increased or stayed the same under Obama. Only 2% of respondents thought that they had decreased. In reality taxes have decreased under Obama for over 95% of working and middle class families. Ironically, this means that in a movement concerning taxes, named after a tax revolt, the vast majority of supporters have no idea what was going on concerning taxes. So what really unites these people? According to a Bloomberg poll: “Tea Party supporters are likely to be older, white and male. Forty percent are age 55 and over, compared with 32% of all poll respondents; just 22% are under the age of 35, 79% are white, and 61% are men.” Unsurprisingly, the Tea Party is largely made up of old white men who are used to living in a world run by old white men. But that’s changed. Is it really a coincidence that after the election of the first black president the Tea Party slogan is “We want our country back”? But this aging demographic will only make an impact at the next election if Obama’s base stays at home. A base which is much bigger than that of the Republicans. Many suspect that another reason for this enthusiasm gap that many of Obama’s

successes have gone unnoticed in the media. For all its failings, the Obama administration has achievements to be proud of, like forcing health insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions, preventing a depression and lowering taxes for the poor. Obama has restarted stem cell research and passed a ‘credit card bill of rights’, as well as ending American combat operations in Iraq and signing a nuclear missile treaty with Russia. However, many Americans been left in the dark because the news media in the USA is notoriously incompetent. In September 2006, five years after 9/11, a CNN poll stated that 43% of Americans believed that Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the attacks on the World Trade Centre. The fact that a misconception so important could be so widespread is a damning indictment of American journalism. Under these conditions a simple sound bite, no matter how false, can quickly become gospel. “Death panels” becomes a metaphor

for Obama’s health care plan when in truth the status quo allowed insurance companies to condemn tens of thousands to death every year. “Ground Zero Mosque” becomes an insult to the victims of 9/11 when in truth it’s a multi-faith centre two blocks from the site of the attacks. When the media isn’t failing outright in its duty to inform the public it is too easily hijacked by reactionary remarks. That’s why this election won’t be about Afghanistan, now the longest war in American history. It won’t be about climate change, at a time when Americans are still the largest polluters per person in the world with an addiction to oil that has been condemned by every president dating back to Richard Nixon but acted upon by none. This election will be about a mosque that isn’t a mosque and ‘socialist’ health care that isn’t even government run. In January 1992, days before his inauguration, Bill Clinton was told by leading economists that the progressive reforms he had

campaigned on (including health care) were impossible; he was inheriting a huge budge deficit of $300billon and could not afford them. His failure to keep his promises rendered him unpopular with the middle classes and in 1994 the republicans won a landslide in the midterm elections. Despite this, Clinton stayed in the White House for another six years. He did so by polling voters and asking what they wanted government to do for them as individuals and then committing to the most popular answers. He treated the electorate like consumers and by appealing to the populist desires of voters he saved his presidency, at the expense of his ideology of improving society as a whole. If history repeats itself then we may not be looking at the demise of Barack Obama’s presidency, just of the ‘change’ he promised America. Got any thoughts on the Tea Party, Obama or the implications of the midterms? Tweet us at twitter.com/flexfeatures

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FXU SURF CARVE UP COMPETITION IN NEWQUAY Features Editor Mark Burton talks to FXU Surf Joe Koa about glory, waves and inflatable sharks.

Joe Koa has been a busy boy. Juggling work, study and play is a struggle for most of us, but Joe has taken things to a new level. Whilst studying for an English and Media degree and holding down what can only be described as a silly number of jobs, he’s also helped to completely rebuild the FXU Surf club from the ground up. The results have been spectacular. In mid-October, the FXU Surf club romped to victory in the BUCS University Surf Championships, a huge achievement which appears to have passed under the radar of the majority of us. The men’s team took first place overall in a massively competitive event attended by some 350 surfers, making it among the largest short-time surf competitions in the world. “It was an amazing weekend”, enthuses Joe over a well-earned coffee, “The surf was a bit frustrating, the waves weren’t really there and a lot of good surfers went out in the first round as a result.” “But we had a coach-load of spectators up from Tremough to cheer us on, and in the end it really paid off; it was great to get them up there and see our crew on the beach.” Despite the tough conditions, there were some outstanding individual performances. A stunning left-hander from Billy Norways in the final guaranteed 2nd place overall in the men’s individual standings, second only to pro surfer Gordon Fontaine. Ruth Amelung, who two weeks before the competition had never been near a surfboard, did fantastically well to get into the second round. It’s this kind of all-abilities approach that the club are very keen to promote: “We’re really trying to quash the image of the club being full of hardcore surfy blokes; in fact over 70% of our members this year are girls. We want to encourage everybody to get involved, especially if you can’t surf or won’t surf, as the society runs way beyond what goes on in the water.” A big part of the overall success must be down to the sense of fun that the society tries to embody. Whilst other teams were sticking to early nights and healthy diets with the kind of scary determination usually associated with Olympic athletes, the soon-to-be champions were altogether more relaxed. Joe recalls: “We told everyone that we’d been having early nights in and practising yoga. Of course, everybody knew we’d just been partying hard.” Regular socials and events fuelled by a long-running partnership with Skinner’s Brewery are a big feature; the club make efforts in mixing their love of waves with a generous helping of all round fun. A trip to Portugal is in the pipeline, and in December the club will be heading up to the brand new Flowrider static wave in Newquay. Also, and without giving too much away, Joe reckons that inflatable sharks and rubber rings are on the agenda in the not too distant future. The club is certainly a different proposition to offerings from previous years. Traditionally, FXU Surf has suffered from a common problem; it generates a flood of interest at Freshers’ Fair but struggles to attract a lot of paid up members from the hundreds who sign up initially. All our societies seem to fall victim to this particular issue, but Joe and fellow president Bryn Christian are making strides to gain a wider membership. Like most societies here, a small initial outlay can reap you a lot of rewards. Discounts on everything from boards to lessons are on offer for a meagre ten pounds, and FXU Surf offer an opportunity that most of us will struggle to come across again in later life. We’re all fortunate to live here, and we’ve got some great clubs and societies to take advantage of our surroundings. What other universities could offer you surfing, sea swimming, sailing, hiking or rock climbing on your doorstep? FXU Surf and others are making great leaps in making these activities accessible and fun for everyone here. Most of the societies are only a Facebook search or tweet away. So you’ve really got no excuse not to get up, get out and try something new. You might even enjoy it! Does your society not get the recognition it deserves? Do you slave for hours preparing awesome events only for six people to show up, late and half drunk, on the day? Get your voice heard, tweet us at twitter.com/ flexfeatures

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A PEN YOU SAY? HOW PECULIAR… Text Richard Shepherd Handwriting: a key skill or a key you’ve no idea what lock it turns anymore…Richard Shepherd investigates… It’s all tedious blotting paper and nib-dipping when you’re writing with a quill, but when a nibbed-feather and inkpot gift-set in the English Heritage shop is only £1.00 I couldn’t leave it on the shelf… could I? Ridiculous really; I got it home, wrote a letter, blotted and blotched, knocked the ink pot over, cleaned it up, flicked drips of the black rain onto my t-shirt, (without realising until it was too late and I looked like I was auditioning for the part of a Dalmatian in Cruella DeVille, the Panto) and promptly resigned my newly acquired quill to the improvised feather duster draw. I wrote on Facebook something to the effect of, “Richard has dipped his nib in once too many times and it’s time I stuck to what I’m good at – typing.” But it’s this business of typing, and the fact we have all become very good at it, that is raising some questions in writing circles. Is it healthy to leave off the scribbling, down our quills, and commit everything we pen to screen and email? Well UCF certainly seem to think so. We were gaily introduced to the marvel that is ‘Turnitin’ the other day. Turn what in? My mate for nicking noodles from ASDA? Turn in my cuffs so as not to dirty them in the dish water? No, turn in my work. Turn it in for marking and plagiarism checks. It helps weed out the ‘copy-and-pasters’ of our academic community and the computer does the tedious work for us. The only problem is that, whether you like it or not, at some point you will have to type up your written work. There’s no choice. Electronic, typed submissions are what is required of us as students. Is that a problem? Not really. One in five children these days have never written or received a letter according to World Vision UK. They are too busy learning to type, sending emails, and tweeting about play-dough. It’s the way forward and certainly a lot cleaner and smarter than faffing around with blotting paper. Not to mention the environmental benefits of operating a paperless system. Lecture notes come off the learning space and assignments go on. It almost rules out ever needing to speak to your lecturer again. This is handy if you don’t like the sunshine and can’t leave the house, but it strives to make the learning experience simpler, cleaner, and quicker. It’s also all together much trendier. Well trendy it might be. Facebook is trendy, Twitter is trendy, falafel is trendy, but writing hangs around a lot longer than falafel (if my digestive system has any authority in this debate), so should we be as quick to condemn our pens and papers in favour of the now fashionable and easy-to-manipulate typed word? Research into the notion that hand writing helps you develop ‘working memory’, think linguistically, and is key to learning, suggests we

shouldn’t ditch the ink pots just yet. This isn’t about a romanticised view of handwriting that would have all computers burned at the stake, rather it’s a piece of science that actually suggests writing things by hand is a useful cognitive activity. Without delving into the myriad of studies conducted by universities on this subject, it’s been observed by researchers that actually forming the shapes of letters with your hand, rather than selecting pre-formed letters in a sequential fashion from a keyboard, helps your brain work. A study by Virginia Berninger, Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Washington, found that when school children were asked to write essays they formed more ideas more quickly and wrote down more words when writing by hand, as opposed to using a keyboard and screen. Berninger’s research suggests that the movements of your fingers during the act of handwriting activate regions in the brain involved with thinking, language, and working memory. The question is: would Shakespeare or Dickens have churned out such genius if they had been using a typewriter? Is progress, in terms of making the writing process cleaner and more efficient through word processing, really progress at all? What worries me most is that the university at which I am now studying sees word processing as the way forward. They’ve spelt it out. The Learning Space is a virtual tool, no paper needed. The use of Turnitin means all of our work must be word-processed and in my own experiences lecturers even want work that won’t be formally assessed in print. Am I actually allowed to write by hand?! It seems only for note taking. I see, however, a lot of laptops in lectures, as people tap furiously to keep up with the speaker. Of course people coping with learning difficulties such as dyslexia, find word processing a godsend, and perhaps I’m just being old fashioned. It would take weeks for lecturers to mark hand written work, surely. They would forever be wading through yards of papers covered in scrawly biro and dog-eared page edges. The university’s paperclip budget would increase threefold and FXU would have to set up an origami society to solve a mass-recycling problem. But I really like dog-ears and paperclips. In fact I quite like paper boats and the inky glisten of my fountain pen’s ink as it glides across the paper. You might suggest that’s just an irrational fetish for stationary and you are possibly right, but there is definitely something sexy about someone with an attractive cursive. The crux of the issue is, however, should UCF be advocating that all students turn increasingly to working electronically and, to a certain extent, prevent them from doing otherwise? It’s not just UCF though; it’s society as a whole. Or should we be given the opportunity and encouraged not to lose our ability to write well by hand? I’m not suggesting essays should be written by hand or

even that lecturers should stop using the Learning Space to accept work submissions; only that hand writing is an important skill to have. An employer said to me this year: “Hand write your cover letter, type your CV.” A happy medium between the two formats. Your cover letter lets the employer know a little about you. He or she judges your character and aptitude by the look of your handwriting. Looking at your CV the employer simply wants to get down to business, get the facts, and see whether you passed your GCSE French or not. So while funky Facebook and trendy Twitter are indeed trendy, and these days we would all sign up to Googlemail before buying a book of stamps, perhaps consider the alternative. Read Script and Scribble, The Rise and Fall of Handwriting by Kitty Burns Florey and crack out your old fountain pen. Lacquer her up with ink and let the nib glide across the page. You never know, a new found freedom from the screen and asking your mind to engage with the shaping of letters, not a sequential process of selection from a keyboard, might give your brain the cognitive kick it needed for you to write a literary classic such as, and these are just to get you going, Romeo and John, The Wind in my Willow, Charlie and the Dental Hygiene Practice, or Sherlock Holmes and the Mysterious Missing Mungoberry. Perhaps send a few letters or postcards to friends and give the old wrist a workout. Sharpen your pencils and sharpen your wit. And if you really can’t be bothered with any of that and your lecturers flatly refuse to accept hand written work, you could always turn to English Heritage and buy yourself a quill. If nothing else they make for excellent feather dusters. Have you embraced new technologies with open arms, or do you still hand-write lecture notes and letters to your Grandparents? If the latter, write to us. If not, tweet us at: twitter.com/flexfeatures.

A Rubbish Way to Spend £800m Text Neville Reeve An angry Neville Reeve shows why it really makes sense to bin that litter. We are told that local authorities in England spend more than three quarters of a billion pounds a year picking up rubbish, fast food cartons, cigarette butts, chewing gum, not to mention washing away vomit and urine from our streets. Or collecting dumped mattresses and overflowing bags deposited in hedgerows and woodland. Or cleaning graffiti. That £800m is an awful lot of money! It would cover the cost of a fair few nurses, repair some schools/colleges, put more policemen on the beat or provide more carers to help older people to remain happily in their own homes. Instead it goes on clearing up after the rest of us because we can’t be bothered to do it ourselves. It’s an even bigger waste of money than some MP’s expenses!

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We are a pretty disgusting nation, with no pride or self respect. Proven by the way in which we treat our streets and countryside. Most of us don’t realise how bad it is. That’s because an army of sweepers and cleaners is out before most of us start our day, clearing away the filth and rubbish of the day and night before. Pity the poor cleaners out in the early hours of Saturday and Sunday after the big boozy nights. They do an amazing job, while the rest of us sleep on, no doubt believing in the rubbish fairies. Fast food is the worst problem. There are pizza boxes, half eaten burgers and relish strewn along gutters and pavements. Plus the revolting evidence of the one who couldn’t keep it down. Sorry. Am I putting you off your food? Flyers from nightclubs, those little bits of paper stuck under windscreen wipers, which you don’t actually notice until they are blowing to the four winds! Free newspapers, advertising leaflets, you just know that all this stuff is going to be swirling around waiting for

someone else to pick up. Increasingly we see more rats in town and city centres. They have always been there of course. Now they are much bolder, enjoying the increasing choice of food left out for them. There’s something very end-of-the-world-ish about seeing rats en masse! Maybe the authorities should just not clean up for a week or two. If we had to spend our days wading through the uncollected filth, we might be inspired to do something about it. I think the answer lies with our children. We have to train our children from the earliest age, indoctrinate them, so that they react with horror at the smallest of sweet wrappers blowing in the breeze. Also teach them to clean up at home, so that it becomes second nature. What also amazes me is the stuff you see dumped in the countryside. Why do people go to all the effort of loading up the car with armchairs or an old bed or sofa, then drive miles out into the country and dump it on the side of the road? If you’ve gone to all that trouble, why


features@flexnews.co.uk not take it to the tip? Bizarre! Come on folks, its time we cleaned up our act. Especially in these cash-strapped times, surely there are better ways of spending nearly a billion pounds a year. We’re all meant to be saving money, making cuts, being thrifty, avoiding waste. Let’s start by taking our litter home. Simple. Money saved. Surroundings improved. Win, win. Not such a rubbish idea is it? Tired of filthy streets? Hurl a stinking dustbin of thoughts at us at twitter.com/flexfeatures

Shamed Sexy Britain Text Matthew Smylie

Sex. A simple word. Three letters. Granted, each letter is soaked in angst, lust and pleasure, for people, from the time they begin to breach the barriers of adolescence to their last days. It is the most natural act imaginable and yet is typically treated as a dirty word, a filthy action, that cannot be discussed openly without embarrassment, shrill giggles, red cheeks and a break of eye contact. Why? Why is sex such a social taboo? And what does it, being sex as a concept, as an ideal, as an act, mean to Britain today?

“Sexual intercourse began in 1963 (which was rather late for me) -- Between the end of the Chatterley ban and the Beatles first LP.” Philip Larkin Nearing a twenty year old male, sex has grown to become an accepted part of my life. It lacks the excitement and wonder it held at the tender age of sixteen and is now accepted as somewhat of an ongoing practising art, an activity to alleviate boredom and a vital component of a number of conversations. Adolescent conversation is, as stereotype indicates, dominated by talk of sex. “Who’s having it”, “Who isn’t”, “She did what to him?”, “Oh, you must be joking, that sounds filthy.” Opinion on the act of reproduction varies amongst these young adults, when asked what sex meant to them, I received a variety of responses.

“I think that sex is an act. It’s as basic as we get, and its sole purpose is to populate the planet. I don’t understand where people got the idea that it meant love, or that it’s a dirty thing. It’s the key to survival.” A valid statement and one well made. No emotion involved here, no use of the oft dreaded, oft appreciated ‘L- Bomb’, just a frank summation of the nature of the primal act of sex. It is to reproduce. Without it, this question recipient wouldn’t have been there to provide her answer, I wouldn’t be here to write it and you wouldn’t be there, to (hopefully) be reading this article.

“Well, it doesn’t mean as much now as it used to, now its more for fun, pleasure or boredom, and you don’t technically have to like them (your sexual partner) to an extent…but then I also think that it does mean something, or at least, should do.” This is a response that very much reflects the nature of youthful Modern promiscuous Britain. Sex seen as an act of fun, a stress reliever, a boredom stopper, as opposed to a powerful and spiritual connection between two people. A multi purpose activity, in a fashion that is not publicly discussed, or at least seen as socially acceptable to be publicly discussed. Why? By repressing sex, as a topic, it only continues to ensure that the youth of Britain will be confused about the most primal act of all. With a country with the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Britain, and with an ever increasing influx of sexually transmitted infections, should this be the case?

“I am sure no other civilization, not even the Romans, has showed such a vast proportion of ignominious and degraded nudity, and ugly, squalid dirty sex. Because no other civilization has driven sex into the underworld, and nudity to the W.C.” D.H Lawrence

The final response when asking people about their views on sex was the most extreme and yet, perhaps, the most accurate. In actuality, the sheer climatic nature of this quote allows my article to mirror the act of intimacy best, a slow, intriguing build, a moment of sheer escapism, and then the oft overlooked conclusion.

“It means everything to everyone. It’s the only thing we exist for. Life is pointless without it.” Self explanatory. And so, sex continues to be pushed into the seedy underbelly of British society, misunderstood by youth, not explained by adults and, generally, bottled up and recycled into the majority of our English entertainment, sexual inhibition and repression becoming creative tools for pop songs, television and films. But, taking inspiration from the opinions on display here, perhaps do something of your own to promote the discussion and openness of sex within your community. Spark up a conversation about cunnilingus over dinner, small talk over transmittable sexual diseases with ill advised teens or a pretence free chat about the methods of avoiding teenage pregnancy.

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AND SUDDENLY THINGS GOT SKETCHY...

Dr Sketchy’s anti-art revolution has been causing a stir in Falmouth. Features Editor Sarah Louise Stevenson swaps her notepad for a sketchpad to see what all the fuss is about… “Welcome to the fifth Dr Sketchy’s Falmouth. Welcome to the den of sin. It’s my little baby,” says Lorraine Williams, aka Fondant Fancy of The Great Cake Escape. She is of course referring to the brainchild of Molly Crabapple, founder of the Brooklyn-based worldwide phenomenon, which has now spread to over 100 venues in five continents. Dr Sketchy’s is a network of informal ‘anti-art’ classes that operate under the ethos that life drawing could be sexy, and need not be serious. After finally being convinced by a persevering friend to attend Dr Sketchy’s London, Lorraine, the self-proclaimed “crap host” (all lies!), relocated to Falmouth with a Dr Sketchy’s franchise in hand, and organized the first of five events that have run over to course of the year, starting in June. “Now, who had the pleasure of seeing my tits earlier?” asks Lorraine. As a non-artistic person myself, Dr Sketchy’s was a nervewracking concept. I expected a glamourised life-art class. I expected a foray of fine art students, frowning as they purposefully drew, sketched, and painted the beautiful burlesque-dancer-by-night and now, life-drawing-model-bylater-that-night. I imagined a painfully hushed silence as the flowing ‘tap-tap’ of my biro was drowned out by the violently passionate screams of charcoal against sketchpads. I expected the somber mood to deteriorate if that small detail didn’t go just right, or a sigh of anger as an audience-member flipped an A2 page of their Daler-Rowney. I expected judgment in my lack of talent and most of all, seriousness. I’ve been into art shops, confidently prodding at the myriad coloured pencils or happily flicking through sketchbooks, before realizing that I’m being watched and scrutinized by the shop owner, who could tell I wasn’t serious about art from the second I walked in; an ability I always put down to that mysterious ‘art radar’.

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By 8 o’clock on Tuesday 19th October, the entire upstairs floor at Mango Tango was jam-packed with audience members, clutching artistic utensils in one hand, and drinks in the other. The first act, Cherry Shakewell, took to the stage in her signature, bespoke ‘cherry’ outfit. The internationally renowned Burlesque dancer has been performing for seven years since the end of her Graphic Design degree at University College Falmouth. Cherry took up her burlesque career after graduating, following a passion for dancing she has nurtured since childhood, and pursuing her hobby into pantomime and stage performance. Her busy, jet-setting lifestyle, comprising of £1000 costumes and visits to Milan, New York, and Venice, means she has met Dr Sketchy’s founder Molly Crabapple, when she performed at Dr Sketchy’s London, and that she will be starring in the Sherlock Holmes sequel alongside Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. Earlier in the night Cherry had run a Burlesque Workshop, a small class to get those who are interested in the art off the ground, if only for personal, amateur reasons; this was, of course, the reason Lorraine had her tits out earlier. The second performer, Ms Meme Narciss, whose greatgrandmother was a chorus member at London’s Windmill Club in the 1920s, runs her own burlesque cabaret act – The Cookie Parlour. Meme struck several poses as Madame Dietrich for the eager audience who rushed to sketch her against the clock. An atmosphere of calm and beauty filled the room as both skilled individuals and amateurs supported each other in the same goal – fun, frivolity, and glitter. Meme’s modern, brightly coloured burlesque performance, which followed, was a leap from the more traditional burlesque, showering the audience with sing-a-long zest, charm, and magic. The audience was treated to a second performance from Cherry, in her debut as Madame Neptune, and three more

posing sessions before the night unfortunately had to draw to a close. The night was filled with talented artists, and those, like me, with a bit more of an amateur status in art, drinks galore, and much frivolity. So whether you are a lover of the burlesque, a skilled sketcher, or just up for a laugh and a few drinks, I urge you to get yourself down to Dr Sketchy’s; I promise you’ll make friends, sketch a few crap, or maybe even good, drawings of beautiful dancers, and have a fantastically good time. So if you’re up for a little debauchery, check out Dr Sketchy’s, Falmouth at: www.drsketchysfalmouth.co.uk Did you attend this month’s Dr Sketchy’s in Falmouth? What did you think of the evening of indulgence? Tweet us at: twitter.com/flexfeatures


FILM Paranormal Activity 2 Text Harry Woodard It’s probably best for you to attend this film, like I did, expecting it not to be scary at all and just a waste of a precious evening: because believe me, you will be terrified out of your pants. It’s been a long time since I’ve been properly scared of a film: not simply unsettled as usual but proper full-on, edge-of-your-seat, white-knuckled, and so horribly tense at the prospect of whatever lovely shock the director has got building up for you. This is the reason why Paranormal Activity 2 is a cut above much of its genre that has been released recently. Thankfully I didn’t scream or anything like some members of the audience (some of whom were male, which was hilarious and to be quite frank just really should not happen) but it did actually make me genuinely scared to go back home to my dark, dishevelled, little student flat. Admittedly I was scared even to get into my own cosy bed after turning off the light. This is another reason why this film worked, because it made you weary of your own home; making the familiar unfamiliar. The infiltration of the supernatural into your world, into your secure domain makes the terror it insights more daunting. It’s a well known fact that horror has a greater impact when it’s inflicted on your everyday world, rather than taking

place in some fantasy Gothic setting. However, I’m sure everyone can tell you how scary the film was and relate every shocking jump; which I’m not going to do, in consideration of your viewing pleasure. Let’s just say that unlike the first film, even the daytime isn’t safe. Having only watched half of the first film, I had to give up. Failing to impress me; the action took such a long time to build up and the usual American sweethearts in their giant cosy American home are annoying characters who were never going to incite sympathy in me. I commend any viewer that can find an ounce of compassion for them. Such negative aspects can be attributed to the second film too, except I feel this film jumped quicker into the action, much to my shock. Comparisons with the Blair Witch are inevitable, and I feel Blair Witch had a more original idea but for some reason failed to terrify me as much. Like Blair Witch, Paranormal Activity 2 was made on a shoestring budget and I think that’s what we need more of in horror at the moment and with a lot less of the supernatural, which caused me to yawn inwardly while watching Paranormal Activity 2. Nevertheless, if you want to walk away from the cinema feeling like a James Bond martini, look no further.

The Life and Death of Charlie St Cloud Text Kaylie Finn Hark! Do I hear the sound of another Hollywood commercial adaptation of one of the best novels the noughties had to offer? The Life and Death of Charlie St Cloud, originally written by Ben Sherwood in 2004, tells the story of Charlie who is resuscitated following a car accident that kills his brother, and leaves him to live a solitary life with the new found ability to interact with people from the beyond. At first, I feared the best I could hope for from this film was a popcorn combo from the snack stand, and maybe an oggle at Zac Efron in a gratuitous topless scene or two. To my surprise, the film had much more to offer. Like many film adaptations the synopsis was unnecessarily tweaked, including an embellished back story of Charlie’s (Efron) love interest, played by Amanda Crew. What I feared was going to happen, definitely happened; the film provided some cringe-worthy dialogue which should have stayed on the cutting room floor. This was forgiveable, given that the crux of the story remained intact: Charlie makes a vow to meet with his deceased brother’s ghost everyday at sunset to play baseball, a pact they made before he died. Throughout the opening credits, I questioned whether Zac Efron had developed enough as an actor to carry the dramatic weight of the film, with flashbacks of the disastrous High School Musical sitting in the forefront

of my mind. My scepticism was laid to rest as Efron showcased a new and improved acting credibility. No fish hook in the front trouser pocket here folks; Efron nailed emotional scenes with maturity. This was supported by co-star Amanda Crew who, despite having a limited acting repertoire, provided a well rounded performance and even more crucially retained convincing on-screen chemistry with Efron without descending into some hackneyed old romantic cliché. This was not the only delight the film had to offer. The visual effects in this film were outstanding. If there was any CGI it was well disguised, and there were no 3D glasses in sight, something which seems increasingly rare in new age cinema. Director Burr Steers, who worked with Efron when directing 17 Again, also seems to have stepped up a gear on this feature. With Steers’s own acting portfolio boasting minor roles in the Tarantino cult classics Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs, it’s hardly surprising he has created a movie which delivers with style. Overall, this film ranks highly amongst quality film adaptations, but also stands in its own right as a cinematic piece. If you are familiar with the novel, you will be relieved to hear that this is not another marketable waste of £4.99 ticket fee to come out of the Hollywood hills. The Life and Death of Charlie St Cloud, I salute you.

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TV Chuck Versus The Anniversary Text Stanley Denning It has been a long, arduous wait but finally Chuck (Thursdays, Living) is back, and perhaps surprisingly, it’s as good as ever. Enough time has passed after last season’s explosive finale for the dust to settle, and Chuck is back, beginning the search for his mother (Linda Hamilton, best known as the Terminator franchise’s Sarah Connor). After a slight departure from the last few seasons, with Chuck travelling the world with best-friend-turned-sidekick Morgan in order to track down his estranged mother, he eventually ends up where he belongs: The Buy More, now rebuilt after burning down, and operating as a CIA base. After initially trying for his old job as a nerd-herder, it isn’t long before General Beckman reluctantly recruits Chuck back into the CIA. In any other show this return to the usual formula could seem convoluted and lazy, but this isn’t Spooks or 24; the writers know an espionage series that takes itself too seriously will run itself into the ground, becoming absurd and eventually unwatchable. Chuck on the other hand has the inimitable ability to play up its own trashiness. The ‘sexting’ sub-plot offers a few laughs, as does the usual roster of cameos. Darling of the geek world Olivia Munn plays Greta, a CIA agent working at the Buy More, Harry Dean Stanton pops up as a repo man (obviously), and Dolph Lundgren appears in a star turn as

an employee of arms dealer Volkoff (the focus of this season’s story arc), even uttering an immortal ‘I must break you’ lifted straight from Rocky IV. It’s this pandering to geek culture that really sets Chuck apart from other shows on television today. Chris Fedak and Josh Schwartz clearly get nerd culture (if you didn’t shed a tear at Scott Bakula’s death, and immediately forgive him for the last season of Star Trek: Enterprise, then you quite simply have no soul). It’s a labour of love, and a testament to the writing staff that have been able to keep it on the air for this long, what with the constant threat of cancellation hanging over their heads; tweaking and adjusting the show’s formula to accommodate network and fan criticism, and keep it fresh whilst still retaining everything that makes it work. I’m intrigued to see where Chuck goes from here, a return of the Intersect inhibitor developed by Chuck’s father could make an interesting plot point, and Ellie’s revelation at the end of the episode will most likely feature heavily throughout the series. Ultimately Chuck Versus The Anniversary serves as a decent opener to a show that typically takes a few episodes to hit its stride, and as always it’ll no doubt be worth sticking through to the end.

The Vampire Diaries Text Ed Holman

The Vampire Diaries falls in between the awesome story telling of True Blood and the girl-pulp-trash-porn of the Twilight saga. It’s not a brilliantly woven plot at first, but it gains interest and tries to entertain, but still relies on the same clichés and stereotypes that the Twilight saga does. You know the ones: sexy teenage vampires, who brood about the curse they carry. Of course the fresh faced female object of their obsession and their romance can redeem the vampire; basic stuff really. The Vampire Diaries does what the Twilight saga doesn’t: it tells an interesting and compelling story, and it’s a good yarn. The second series is on ITV2 and has been since the 5th October. You find yourself asking why does it keep getting better and better with each episode? The burning answer is Damon Salvatore played by Ian Somerhalder (who also played the incestuous Boone on Lost). He plays the bad brother; his performance goes from being a tragic case to a complete bastard, which makes him stand out from the wishy-washy Angel-esque ‘boy scout’ other brother. He is yet to show his mean streak like Angel did, and this is the problem with so much vampire related media- you can’t help but make comparisons. So what’s new? More vampires as usual and werewolves, who are nothing more than normal wolves with some fast-moving special effects, which is disappointing. But more Damon going off the deep end and screwing things up, and then searching

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for away to mend the bridges he napalmed, which shows his deeper and more honest side. More unveilings of the bitchy, scorned vampire Katherine’s dastardly plans as the story goes deeper into the history of the brothers when they were human. And maybe the answer to the question, why the hell Elena and Katherine look the same, even with one being a human and another being a vampire? Budget cuts in the American television industry, I think not. All these things are in the book, and this is what it is: an adaptation of a series of books, like the aforementioned series. It relies heavily on the series of books, which of course is important, as it’s a lesser-known series (or at least over here) unlike True Blood or the Twilight saga. They could have done whatever they had liked and completely gone against the books and no-one would be the wiser, over here at least. I would say it gets four stars for not being afraid of being all it can and wants to be on TV, and I look forward to the new plot twists and you should do too.


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BOOKS DISGRACE J. M. Coetzee Text Emma Thompson

Winner of the 1999 Booker Prize and The Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003, Coetzee’s Disgrace continues to grow in interest primarily because it speaks to readers on many different levels. Historically set in post-apartheid South Africa, on the surface the text appears as if it will primarily focus on colonialism; expounding the relationship between the white and black South Africans. Lucy, the main protagonist Laurie’s daughter, is raped by a black SouthAfrican. Ashamed and scared, Lucy remains passive throughout the ordeal because she feels a sense of ingrained guilt for the crimes of her white ancestors; it’s a situation of what goes around comes around. Yet on a sub-textual level this is only one part of what the novel has to say about ethics on a larger scale. Politically charged, the novel follows David Laurie, a slightly ‘past it’ lecturer in Romantic Poetry as he pursues a passionate affair with one of his students. What with hiring prostitutes and becoming increasingly estranged from his daughter, Laurie’s life begins to fall apart before his eyes. Suspended from work, he is beckoned before a committee where, although publicly admitting to the charges brought against him, he still refuses to apologize for his actions. Unusually creating a protagonist who is unethical and immoral, Coetzee still encourages us to be inspired by Laurie’s courage. At the expense of jeopardizing his career, Laurie’s valour stands tall in the face of the rules that

society’s institutions place upon him. Addressing such politics of culture forces us to question how much influence society and ordered institutions affect our behaviour. Without such regulation would humanity merely be animals, savages, ripping apart one another? The reoccurring theme of the novel is precisely this link between humanity and animal treatment. The dogs symbolise the shame and disgrace that Laurie feels by the end of the novel. The beauty of the novel is that it makes a great ethical claim by signalling the absence of ethics in the text. Blunt, frank, and honest, the novel does not subtly disguise its intentions; the constant use of irony in the text reiterates the idea that Laurie is indeed an immoral character, further shown in the way that he remains unfazed by the brutal killing of the dogs. Leaving the reader with a choice; do Laurie’s actions show heroism in the face of nihilism or just acceptance of utter futility? Is the novel optimistic or suicidal? One of Coetzee’s greatest achievements in this novel is its ability to be a timeless classic. Undoubtedly an intense read, this novel is compelling in its discussion of the darker side of society, of the growing disillusionment with modernity, of the savagery of rape. This novel speaks to the past, speaks now, and will continue to speak long into the future.

The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath Text Sarah Connelly Remembered for being Sylvia Plath’s only novel, The Bell Jar is a remarkable work of literature that exposes the difficulties that make up the complex personal world of the mentally unstable. The first half of the novel documents Esther’s time as an intern at a New York fashion magazine, a world in which she finds herself very much out of her depth. Here we see Esther struggle to adjust to a life in which even ordering a drink at a bar is alien to her, competing unsuccessfully to gain the male attention that her roommate Doreen achieves naturally. Esther discloses the story surrounding her first boyfriend Buddy, beginning with the way in which he invited her to the prom, and their subsequent relationship throughout their time at college, finally culminating in his contraction of tuberculosis and his consequential affair with a nurse that ends Esther’s interest in their future together. Those readers familiar with J. D. Salinger’s adolescent protagonist Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye will notice a remarkable resemblance between the two characters, reminding the reader that this is a struggle that forms the lives of many young people. The ambiguous ending to the novel highlights the difficulty of overcoming mental illness. Following young Esther Greenwood’s and several others’ treatment at various institutes and mental asylums, in an

attempt to remove the claustrophobic feeling that the ‘bell jar’ of mental illness envelopes its sufferers in, the reader is presented with startlingly honest details of what a suicidal state of mind entails. Not a book for the faint-hearted, one must be prepared for the startlingly honest confessions of a mentally unstable individual; Esther makes no attempt to disguise the fact that she desires to end her own life. Details of her attempt to do so lie alongside a shocking explanation of the electro-shock therapy treatment that Esther undergoes whilst in the mental institution, throughout which it becomes horribly unclear whether those caring for Esther are indeed helping or harming her. Despite this quite frankly depressing side to her character, many readers may relate to Esther, particularly in the beginning and final stages of the novel. Plath highlights the pressure that society places on young people to begin a career, to fall in love and to start a family, and the tragic consequences for those who cannot handle this strain. I would recommend to any reader to re-read the opening scenes of the novel to shed a glimmer of light on Esther’s eventual fate. This novel is an extraordinary and insightful portrayal of one girl’s attempt to realise her place in the world, the difficulty to do so is something I believe many readers will share.

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MUSIC Arcade Fire: The Suburbs Text Matt Nicholas If you haven’t heard of Arcade Fire, I urge you to pull out the debris that’s clogging your ears and throw away that dubstep compilation that’s graced your CD player since Fresher’s week. I don’t care how much you like Rusko and his wibbly-wabbly bass lines because The Suburbs is no doubt one of 2010’s best releases. It’s a corker of an album - a proper stomper - and anyone with a bad word to say about it gets a quick smack across the chops for being so blasphemous! Your face is, in fact, very likely to be rearranged this way because Arcade Fire is the biggest band no-one’s ever heard of, despite headlining last year’s Reading Festival. The Montreal sevenpiece have been slow-burners in the UK since their debut album, ‘Funeral’ in 2005, but have recently become figureheads of indie/ alternative music, with a special place in the heart of many a music lover. Over the summer you will most likely have heard the single ‘Ready to Start’ riding the air waves nationwide, with vocalist Win Butler’s cry – “businessmen drink my blood” – an obvious comment on the consumerism of the world in which we live. Anyway, that’s quite enough ‘social commentary’ for one day, (a phrase worn-out by anyone who reviewed ANY of the Arctic Monkeys albums). So for now I’m going to continue to force this album down your

throat until you gag with joy at its brilliance - it really is that good. Although you would have thought that Arcade Fire would have cheered up since the success of their 2006 release ‘Neon Bible’, which was epically dark; it’s certainly good news that they’re still pushing their own glorious brand of melancholy on us in tracks such as ‘City with no Children’ and ‘Suburban War’. The fact that I sound like a gushing fan, like any Twilight disciple insisting that Edward IS better than Jacob, should not put you off buying this record – (although some of you may be downloading it illegally, but watch out you naughty people…the government will have your nuts!) – The Suburbs is a sound investment in a band that is sure to grow even more in following years. Any indie fan worth their salt should already be slavishly keeping The Suburbs on repeat, absorbing every note, every word, syllable, cough, spit and dribble of this album, from the opening title track ‘The Suburbs’ through to foot-to-the-floor rocker ‘Month of May’, and the acoustic-led ‘Wasted Hours’. At sixteen tracks this is by no means a short album, but at the same time it doesn’t feel like sixteen tracks; you don’t simply wait for the next song, you anticipate it. So go on, take a trip to The Suburbs. speak long into the future.

Everything Burns Venue: Truro, 16/10/2010 Text Andy Brimson “Why did it take so long to go back home?” Good question. Tim Kellow’s words from set opener ‘Home’ echo through the Threemilestone Social Club, and the crowd are clearly asking the same question, showcasing their unwavering loyalty after the extensive UK tour that has kept Everything Burns from returning to their hometown of Truro. It’s been a busy few years for the Cornish five-piece. Less than a year after their formation they were signed to UK label Rising Records, (Trigger The Bloodshed, Bleed From Within), and in February 2010 they released their debut album, also titled ‘Home’. “It’s all been a blur,” says Tim, a vocalist. “The metal scene here wasn’t for us when we started out so we went off and ignored Cornwall for a while. To come back to that sort of reception was amazing.” The set list tonight spans the majority of their LP, with each song greeted by appreciative roars from their home-ground audience. From the moment the band take the stage the auditorium (which is at full capacity) is heaving with the force of the crowd, and by the third song, ‘Me vs You’, the idea of propelling your way to the front of the stage seems as likely as stepping into Baghdad without messing up your hair. But by far the most positive response tonight was reserved for the debut single, ‘I’d Die’. Tim and Vince’s vocals are barely audible over the 300 strong army of fans, chanting every word right back at them. By the final notes the band are already in danger of letting their mask of rock ‘n’ roll seriousness slip, as the overwhelming reception erases any doubt that they’re not the small-fry anonymous unit they were when they started out. The raw talent and stage presence that the band effortlessly demonstrates make it easy to forget that this band have only

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been together for three years. Tim’s commanding power over a rowdy audience; Chinn Lawnor and Vince Finch producing consistently tight guitar harmonies; the immovable presence of bassist Phil W Charles, and the controlled ferocity of Jez Marshall on drums. It’s a confidence and precision you rarely see in some of the veterans of the rock music world, let alone the new recruits. Everything Burns are currently writing new material. You can purchase their debut album ‘Home’ on Itunes, Amazon or HMV. Everything Burns played: Home Don’t Run Me vs You The Burden Of Being A Hero Beautiful Disaster Ghosts and Angels Kill Or Be Killed I’d Die Scars

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GAMES Medal of Honor XBOX 360 / PS3 / PC Text Pete Grafton The Medal of Honor franchise has always lived in the shadow of other first person shooters. I’m sure the more committed gamers out there have played the likes of European Assault, Frontline and Rising Sun and will be very grateful to finally stop living in the past with this new release in an attempt to compete with the likes of Call of Duty and Halo. Medal of Honor has landed firmly in the present where your main objective is to control an elite group of individuals fighting terrorism in the Middle East. Pretty standard modern warfare really. The career itself is pure excellence. You can experience a huge range of combat modes from all out fire-fight, to hiding in the grass sniper-like stealth. It really provides something for everyone. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last very long and on regular game mode you could probably complete it in about two hours, but still at a very high intensity of fighting and there is no way you won’t enjoy yourself. You will become thoroughly immersed into the story, watching cut-scenes all the way through for once, and actually paying attention to what your AI team mates are saying rather than gallivanting into oncoming fire. I’m afraid there is a little spoiler here. If you don’t want to be exposed to it then skip down to “multi-player”.

There seems to be a craze sweeping first person shooters of late. Your playable character endures the toughest of terrains, the hardest modes of combat, and the fiercest of enemies only to be killed off in the final mission. I know it is considered heroic to die for a worthy cause, but it is kind of depressing to realise that you have utilised the best part of your day off to find out that all your hard work and thumb arthritis is pretty much pointless. To be honest if I wanted to watch my main character die I’d just play the Sims and take out the ladders from the swimming pool. The multi-player is definitely something to be experienced. It provides a variety of different game modes, as all other first person shooters do, but it has an element of realism about it. Combat mission, for example, includes tactical retreats at certain defensive points giving the often stale online multi-player a certain dynamic edge. On the whole the game tries its best to match the mainstream FPS’s and for the best part does a decent job. Yet, at times it struggles to keep up. It has moments of genius but will sometimes show its below-average-gameplay quality and sluggish graphics which unfortunately let it down and places it firmly behind many other mainstream shooters in the market.

Fallout: New Vegas PS3/ XBOX360/ PC Text Alex Raffle The Fallout series is one of the strongest franchises in gaming, set in a post-nuclear apocalyptic future with a retro fifties vibe, you take on the role of a survivor as you make your way out into the world. The previous instalment, Fallout 3, took the game from a straight role playing game into a first person shooter, which went down phenomenally and scooped up a few gameof-the-year awards. Now the series returns with the newest instalment, Fallout: New Vegas, sending us back out into the wasteland. The game is a standalone sequel to the games before it, providing a completely new story, which places you as a character, who in the opening cinematic is shot in the face; pretty harsh. But you survive and the reconstructive surgery is the game’s excuse to let you try and make your own image, but you probably won’t (it’s quite difficult.) Then you venture off to seek out those that wronged you while encountering the people scattered around the map, which is smaller than before but packed full of as much interesting stuff. Since we are in the wasteland once more it’s safe to say that aesthetically things haven’t changed and unfortunately graphics-wise things haven’t improved either, although this is a very minor complaint. Gameplay remains in the FPSRPG format, with heavy focus

on the RPG side; you can influence almost every aspect of the game by utilising skill points, ranging from talking to fixing things along with choosing to be good or evil, and the Fallout games happen to be one of the rare game that when it offers you a chance to be evil, (despite it being glorious fun) it then punishes you for it. Yet, it’s a winning formula so like the saying goes, “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it”. However to keep things from getting stale they’ve added a variety of new features, one of the most prominent is ‘Hardcore mode’, which tries to appeal to people who have played previous instalments and found them a little too easy. ‘Hardcore’ requires you to make sure that your character realistically up kept, meaning regularly eating, drinking, and sleeping. The casting in this has been the aspect that has excited me the most; Ron Pearlman returns to narrate again, and Matthew Perry (yes, Chandler) plays bad guy Benny. Several other familiar voices will hit your ears including; a few that the more geeky readers might be excited by, are Zachary Levi of Chuck and Felica Day of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along-blog. This game lives up to the reputation set before it well, if you like the earlier games you’ll love it. If you’ve never played them, give it a chance anyway.

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ART&DESIGN RUTH THOMPKINS

Text Kayung Lai

Ruth Tompkins explores the idea of beautifying death and decay within nature. She photographs antique bug slides imposed on wild flowers to confront our common assumptions about death and decay, while hinting at the ephemeral as well as the scientific.

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...FLEX PRESENTS... University College Falmouth’s New Creatives

We spoke to some Level 3 students from a selection of Falmouth’s art and design courses about their thoughts on their final year, studying in Falmouth, and their post-university plans…

alex Moore Film BA(Hons)

Felix Mccormack Contemporary Crafts BA(Hons)

ben satchell Graphic Design BA(Hons)

Jack kindred-boothby Fashion Design BA(Hons)

Hannah godley Photography BA(Hons)

How do you feel about your final year? I’m really looking forward to being able to branch out and do things that we haven’t been able to in previous years on our course. It feels like we’ve been working up the ladder and we’ve been given more freedom now. It’s exciting.

How do you feel about your final year? I’m really excited. It’s going to be really good!

What are you doing for your final major project or dissertation? Possibly looking at branding, Coca Cola and consumer culture.

How do you feel about your final year? I’m excited, I like doing this sort of thing, something big that you can put a lot of work into.

How do you feel about your final year? Scared, and anxious!

What are you doing for your final major project or dissertation? For my final major I think I’m making furniture, reinterpreting old designs.

Are you looking forward to graduating? Yes, it will be good. It will be a bit of a shock when I have to leave but I’m looking forward to it.

Are you looking forward to graduating? I think so, I’m not looking forward to the point where I’m sitting back at home with my Mum and Dad like ‘what do we do now?’ but it will be fine, I’ll keep getting up early and doing work!

Have you enjoyed your time here in Falmouth? Yes, it’s been really good! My course is very good and everyone’s so friendly.

What are you doing for your FMP or dissertation? For my dissertation I’m focussing on narrative structures and the return of 2D animation! Are you looking forward to graduating? Yes and no. Looking forward to having completed all the work but I don’t want to leave here yet. I’m enjoying everything, the course, the place, everything. Where do you see yourself in five years’ time? Hopefully on the property ladder! And in a job I’m enjoying. I really love writing so I’ll hopefully take that further. Whatever I do, I just want to be enjoying it.

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I’m really looking forward to being able to branch out and do things that we haven’t been able to in previous years on our course.

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Are there any good and bad points about coming to university in Falmouth? I don’t know if there are any bad points really. There are things that you wouldn’t do again but you have to do them to realise that, but no regrets. I’ve loved it here; it’s been amazing. What advice would you give to first and second years on your course? Just make sure you’re not late in the mornings! Otherwise those twenty minutes stack up quite a lot! Also, don’t be scared to get things wrong, don’t just stick with things you’re good at, experiment. Where do you see yourself in five years’ time? Probably something like running an independent school and having a farm and six kids. We’ll see. Maybe not six!

What advice would you give to first and second years on your course? Probably just to really pay attention. Also look at the next year’s work and see what you should be working towards. What are your post-university plans? I have a few plans. Possibly set up my own creative agency, other than that a bit of travelling!

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What are you doing for your final major project or dissertation? I’m doing my dissertation on how clothing can shape a character. It’s so much a part of your personality, it can be an expression of it or it can shape how you act, depending on what you wear. There’s no group of people in history or anywhere that doesn’t adorn the body in some way. Are there any good and bad points about coming to university in Falmouth? The best and worst points; they are kind of the same. Falmouth, you kind of have a love-hate relationship with it. Sometimes you love it and other times you just need to get out.

Photographs by Josie Ainscough Interviews by Seren Adams

Have you enjoyed your time here in Falmouth? Yep, it’s been really good! Are there any good and bad points about coming to university in Falmouth? I really like it. It’s nice and small. Maybe there could be more to do at night but it’s good overall. What advice would you give to first and second years on your course? Work hard! What are your post-university plans? I’m hoping to move to London after this, and I’m looking at internships with different magazines. There’s one for Freize magazine that I’d really like to do!

What are your post-university plans? I’d like to move to New York, but I’ve not decided yet. Plans can change so quickly; I don’t like to look that far ahead!

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susan theobald English with Creative Writing BA(Hons)

Jackson tayler Digital Animation BA(Hons)

Katie Diederich Fine Art BA(Hons)

Jared ellis 3D Design BA(Hons)

What are the good and bad points about coming to university here? There are lots of good points. Bad point: it’s cold!

How do you feel about your final year? It’s really exciting but it’s quite daunting as well. Our dissertation and our studio work have to relate to each other and because it’s so open that narrows it down a lot. You have guidance on our course, but you’re not ‘pushed’ as such. You have to motivate yourself.

How do you feel about your final year? Excited. I’m looking forward to passing. Kind of glad it’s over and kind of glad it isn’t as well. There’s a lot of hard work on the way but it’s all worth it in the end.

What advice would you give to first and second years on your course? Befriend the year above, because then you can learn from them. Otherwise, get on with it! What are your post-university plans? I would like to get a job but I don’t want to do that yet. I’m going to travel and then hopefully set up a studio somewhere and make lots of money and live off that money. Where do you see yourself in five years’ time? In Barbados!

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Befriend the year above, because then you can learn from them. Otherwise, get on with it!

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Would you recommend Falmouth as a university to come to? Yes, definitely, it’s beautiful. It’s got a really friendly atmosphere, wherever you go, you get to know everybody. Things that happen, everyone knows! What advice would you give to first and second years on your course? I think you should use all of the workshops that they give you in your first term and I think I didn’t use them as much as I should have done. I should have got myself involved in them and I kind of dismissed it a bit. And things like taking notes about techniques like print. So throw yourself in from the beginning basically! What are your post-university plans? I have a vague plan of action! I want to set up a gallery and café for students, so that through their university years they have somewhere to display work and get used to using exhibition spaces. Hopefully it will be in Brighton!

What are you doing for your FMP or dissertation? For my dissertation I’m looking at how theatre is represented through product design. Have you enjoyed your time here in Falmouth? I’ve loved it! It’s been amazing. What advice would you give to first and second years on your course? Listen to the tutors, always photograph your work, try and get things done on time. Where do you see yourself in five years’ time? I hope to not be in England, but instead living somewhere like Australia, having a bit of a laugh, getting into the design industry, and getting my name out there.

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I’m looking forward to passing... There’s a lot of hard work on the way but it’s all worth it in the end.

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How do you feel about your final year? A bit nervous, a bit excited, a bit worried about how I’m going to get a job afterwards! What are you doing for your final major project or dissertation? We have two; the one I’m writing this term is my creative one and I’m doing a screenplay for a TV show about Greek mythology updated to modern London with a bit of horror thrown in! What advice would you give to first and second years on your course? I think everyone has a moment when they think “I should drop out” but if you stick with it, it’s worth it. Just do what you think is right for you, really. What are your post-university plans? I’m hoping to go and work in America for a few months after I graduate with BUNAC. And then I’d really love to do an internship with the BBC. My ultimate ambition is to do a Screenwriting MA with the National Screen and Television School. Where do you see yourself in five years’ time? Running the BBC!

Laura bending Textiles BA(Hons) How do you feel about your final year? Excited! A bit anxious too. What are you doing for your final major project or dissertation? For my dissertation I’m looking at Scandinavian design and for my final major project I’m looking at the interior space for fashion. What advice would you give to first and second years on your course? Experiment as much as possible and take risks. I’d throw lots into your imagery and see what it looks like, and if you don’t like it, it doesn’t matter you can always take things away and move things around and strip it back. What are your post-university plans? Hopefully London! But I think I’ll go home and work first to earn some money to go travelling. Where do you see yourself in five years’ time? Hopefully I’ll be designing, somewhere within fashion, and I’ll hopefully have been to lots of places by then too! I’d really like to go to South America and go inter-railing round Europe.

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Experiment as much as possible and take risks.

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ART&DESIGN

Creative Writing An Unertow

After a second of breathing – of the world just breathing – you let go of his arm.

by Susan Theobald

“You’re bleeding,” he says.

He’s driving.

“Bit my lip.” You wipe your hand across your mouth. He’s unbuckling his seatbelt, climbing out of the car, and you’re licking blood off of your fingers.

You’ve had too much to drink again. Boy, that wine just kept on flowing. Boy, how you’d like to just grab a whole damn bottle and smash it over his mother’s disapproving head. Boy oh boy, ain’t it dark out. Winter has come, spread frost like a disease, and the snow is falling slow and unceasing, smothering, softer than a prayer. It’s so quiet in here. “Would you just stop,” he says, all of a sudden. “Would you just… Christ.” He smacks the flat of his hand against the steering wheel and sinks back into the brittle silence. Like snow, you think. It’s all just trees and shadows and grim white ice out there, illuminated in the pools of the bright headlights. The light makes everything that little bit harder, and colder, and true. Jesus, would you look at those crow’s feet. You could have been a model.

“Jesus Christ,” he says again. Your heels crunch in grit and snow as you follow him out into the night. The car is only a couple of feet off the road, headlights streaming in accusation past the embankment and into the trees. There is a black shape at his feet, crumpled into strange and broken angles. There is a perfeact curve of vivid red blood across the tarmac. “It’s a crow, I think,” he says. “Look at the size of it. We could have been killed. I‘m sorry, big fella,” he adds, staring down at the bird. You can make out the wings now, the crooked feathers messy with blood and road grit and already a fine layer of pinking, melting snow. You crouch down impulsively and smooth the feathers back into place. Your hand lingers.

You wore your pearls tonight. When you look up at him, he’s looking down at you. He lets out a sigh; that heavy, knowing announcement of a sigh, as if he wishes the whole world could hear it. He was the wildest guy you ever knew when he was twenty-three, always so angry and loud about the injustice of the world, but his hair is greying now. Another car overtakes yours – the first in twenty minutes, going slow because of the weather. Someone else’s pale face stares back out at yours. For a second, it’s like you’re in slow motion, like the car is a ghost of yourself passing by. His mother, in her pale green cocktail dress, watching over her sherry glass as though every sip of wine you took was another nail she wanted to hammer into your coffin.

“I want you to grow your hair out,” you say. “And play your guitar again. I want you to goddamn tell me when I look nice.” There are snowflakes in his hair. “You do look nice,” he says gently, crouching down next to you. He pulls your hand away from where it’s still resting on the dead bird’s wing. “You look nice.” He touches your face. He kisses your bloody lip.

You drank two bottles of wine tonight. “I know you and my mum don’t get on,” he says, jolting you back into the present, back into the natural flow of time. The car ahead disappears palely into the distance and he just keeps right on talking. Back to whatever thread of conversation you walked out on after bottle number two. “ - but do you have to be such a bitch all the time? Sometimes - it’s like I don’t know you. I don’t know what you want anymore.” You want him to grow his hair out and start singing again. You want to fuck your boss. You want another glass of wine. He’s staring at you. You bite your bottom lip and suck it into your mouth as you frown at your reflection in the window glass. When you were twentythree, you were going to be an actress. You were going to be a person who knew people. There’s a flash of something fast and dark out of the corner of your eye. “Jesus Christ,” he shouts, throwing out a hand towards you, and at the same moment the windscreen breaks beneath the weight of a sudden, heavy force. For a second you can see blood gathering in the cracks in the glass like a spider web and then your head jolts back, teeth sinking into your bottom lip, as the car swerves wildly to the left and the black shape disappears as quickly as it came. There is a moment of pure movement, the car sliding sideways; the sensation of freefalling, and the wheels are spinning on ice, and This could go either way, you think so clearly. Then he slams down on the brakes too hard and you hold on tight as the car skids to a halt.

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Sunset by Blue Kirkhope

I watched the sunset out of my window today. I gazed as the luminous orange sky spilt over the surface of the fields in the distance. Almost like bright lava erupting from a volcano, covering the perfect scene before me; every tree and animal was now drowned in the sun’s fiery colours. As dusk approached, shadows sprawled across the fields, chasing away the orange glow. And darkness spread all over half of the world. And it was at that point where the stars and lampposts replaced the sun’s duty. Then it was time to say goodnight.

Why you should do an Internship By Rhiannon Williams Every year, thousands of students leave university armed with a degree and in search of a good job. And every year, thousands of graduates are turned away from interviews in favour of freelabouring interns. The hard truth is, in a world where every second twenty-something is a university graduate, it’s going to take more than a degree to get hired. Internships are increasingly becoming the next step in the ladder to success. An internship (or three) has become a fundamental requirement for those looking for work in a competitive field, and as so many students are willing to give up their time (and overdrafts) for placements, the competition is getting tougher, and that climb to the top an awful lot steeper. Many universities now recommend an ‘internship year’ for their students to gain valuable industry experience. The student must take a year out of their studies and dedicate months on

end to free labour in an aspiring work place. Offering your commitment, time, and enthusiasm to a company for free should have them jumping at the opportunity, and nabbing you up for work in no time. But the application process for internships is often a gruelling submission of CVs, followed by telephone calls and interviews to boot. Placements can be just as competitive as real work, unpaid or not. So, how valuable are internships, and what should you expect when applying for one? Last November, I applied for an internship with a textile design company Tom Cody Design, and found out for myself. Companies often have connections with universities, and Tom Cody Design contacted Falmouth about an intern position in their New York studio. I was approached by my tutor about it, and jumped at the opportunity, composing a CV that evening, and ringing their London studio the following day. Tip number one: never ring during lunch hours. Don’t sweettalk the tiger when she’s hungry. I was accidentally given the designer’s personal mobile number, which caused an awkward, bad start with countless hangings-up and calling back, but eventually, I was told that I should send an online portfolio ASAP. Tip number two: create an online portfolio and professional CV now! Yes, right now! It will save you hours of stress, finding, and photographing, and uploading work at the last moment. After this stage, you should hope to be called and asked for an interview.


arts@flexnews.co.uk When a company needs an intern, more often than not, they really need one. Expect to be asked to come for an interview on the same day you applied. No, sooner. Companies will expect supermanish speed and efficiency from you. Need to go for an interview this afternoon in London but you live in Timbuktu? Sort it. ‘ASAP’ is the intern philosophy. After ( just about) pulling all the stops to get to London for my super-speedy interview, I dragged my portfolio for my judging. Tip number three: reduce the size of your portfolio. A1 is much too big to be hauling around the city on a blustering windy day, getting inconveniently stuck in taxis and tubes like a square in a round hole. Downsizing is a necessity. You want to arrive at your interview glowing with rays of efficiency and togetherness, not with the grimace of a mother dragging her disobedient toddler around the shops. Remember the seven-second, first impression rule? Much better to bring a small, manageable portfolio and a couple of sketch books in your bag (sketch books are a real hit). Expect the usual questions; what could you bring to the company, your skills in the field, and don’t be afraid to big-yourself-up, and to ask questions in return. Now for the gritty bit. If they really need interns, as in my case, they will get back to you very quickly, or directly after the interview itself. I was asked to make arrangements to stay in London for a two-week trial placement, to begin three days after my interview.

Sandra Juto Text and Interview: Rhiannon Williams Sandra Juto is a freelance illustrator, graphic designer, and artist, living and working in Gothenburg, Sweden. Her playful illustrations have appeared in several books such as The Ark Project, Sundays are for Lovers, and Lemon Poppy Seed, and she has worked for clients including Nylon Korea, Motorola, and Uppercase Gallery.

Tip number four: make a kind, London-based friend with a spare sofa or floor. This will save so much accommodation money, and make the experience less stressful. Luckily, I had such a friend, but if you find yourself without a place to stay, student halls of residence are often a cheap and convenient alternative. Tip number five: don’t be late. As ever, punctuality will say wonders about you. I tried to always arrive early, although I soon discovered that most creative people are naturally late, and as I was working in a creative studio, this made it easier for me. Another intern starting that day arrived two hours late, and consequently was given more criticism, and less leeway to make mistakes. On the topic of mistakes, don’t be worried to make them. During the two weeks, I was given countless jobs from tidying the bookshelf and buying the cheapest biscuits, to dyeing fabric collections, screen printing bags, and making t-shirts. Many of the tasks I was given were new to me, and as an undergraduate, they did not expect me to know how to do everything, and willingly demonstrated how to when asked. And making tea? Yes, unfortunately we did get tea and dishwasher duties. Well, if it’s okay by Lauren Conrad’s standards, it’s fine by me. The biggest drag with working abroad is finalising your visa. A visa is required if you will be doing a paid internship. Visas are expensive, and for four months I had to pay £600. At this point, if

what I want (although more money would of course help me to feel more free, but that goes for everyone in every situation). F: You take beautiful photographs. What is it that you love about photography? SJ: Thank you! I love taking photographs because it helps me to notice the good things around me - not just the beautiful things - I hope to find something good in (almost) anything. Taking pictures has helped me to be more open and positive in general; my photos open my eyes. F: Could you tell us what medium you use when creating your illustrations? What is your favourite brand of paints/ sketchbooks? SJ: I take whatever paper is lying around - I always wanted to have a certain sketchbook but they always end up empty. I love Copic Markers because of the huge selection of beautiful colours.

you were not already banking with Halifax, I would recommend swapping your current account, and opening your extended £3000 overdraft. Accommodation prices will differ in every country, but The Webster Apartments in New York were $265 a week, breakfast, dinner and room cleaning included; very cheap for central Manhattan, but sorry boys, strictly females only. On arriving in New York, six weeks later, I had a good night’s sleep and, with help from Google Maps, arrived at the Manhattan studio. Despite my countless emails informing them of my due arrival, I was not expected, and was asked to leave and come back in a week. One week of penniless drifting later, I arrived at the studio again, and was handed over to another intern, who told me what to do, and what was expected of me. I was to take prints from the digital printing office, match the name of the design to the correct pattern, and stitch miniature, backless dresses, skirts or t-shirts from them (this is called styling). Once made, I had to header them and find them on the studio system, and print their signature number which was to be stuck on the back of the header, ready to be taken to a sale. There was always a big rush of dresses to stitch before a show. Tom Cody left the studio to go to the shows for extended periods. After my third week, he asked to see my portfolio (always bring a portfolio with you when going on a placement), and he set a design project for me to complete during his absence. Throughout the internship, when there was no styling I was given colour palettes and inspiration boards to design to. The professional designers worked all day on computers, in silence, designing prints on Photoshop. They received a commission bonus with each design sold, although when interns sold designs, we were not paid extra. So, was it a valuable experience? Absolutely, definitely. It does have its tedious moments, but if you can afford the time and money, and an opportunity arises, grab it with both hands. I learned so much from my experience, and it was a great challenge to design under pressure. Not only will an internship offer you an invaluable insight into your aspiring career, it will give you an immense confidence in your abilities, and make that dream job seem so much more in reach.

F: Tea or coffee? SJ: Tea at home and coffee if it’s made by someone who’s really good at making it. F: Sweet or savoury? SJ: Savoury. Thank you Sandra! To see more of Sandra’s quirky illustrations and photography visit www.sandrajuto.com or her flickr page www.flickr.com/ photos/cloudberryterrier . To buy some of Sandra’s knitted wrist worms, prints, calenders, and other goodies, visit http:// sandrajuto.bigcartel.com . Illustration Editor: Rhiannon Williams, November Issue

F: What artists/ designers/ blogs do you admire? SJ: My friend Lisen’s. http://www.lisenadbage.com/blog - she’s so great!

Flex: You have said that you didn’t always feel that you’d be able to make a living from your creativity, and originally studied to be a translator. What advice would you give to creative students leaving university, and trying to make a place for themselves in the industry? Sandra Juto: Growing up I had no idea one could work as a creative person, if it wasn’t as a hairdresser. Everyone around me was working and no one was educated. I felt weird for wanting to go to university, which I’m happy I did, although, most of what I’ve done creatively I did at home hiding from the teachers. My advice is to do what you truly believe in - I truly believed in living from my creativity. It’s not a job that gives me much money, but it’s a job that gives me a sense of being free to do

F: Do you find it difficult to make time for your blog and to create your work? SJ: No, it’s what I do. I don’t believe in finding time, I believe in taking time. Time is there and you choose what you want to do with it. F: As a child you wanted to be a fashion designer, and often use crochet and knitting techniques in your work. How important is textiles to you, and would you ever consider extending your illustrations into fabric prints? SJ: It would be fabulous! Have to find the “right” way for me to do it, it’s a great idea, thank you! F: How do you like to relax? SJ: To take a walk with my camera, it’s the best way to relax and clear my mind.

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Movember is upon us!

It’s time to grow your mustache in aid of mens health.

Join the challenge!

Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache.

The rules are simple, start Movember 1st clean shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month. The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men. Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days. Keep an eye out for the Falmouth Movember events, expect leg and armpit waxing, Dominos eating contest, parties in Falmouth and nuts people with mustaches to be running around, all to raise money for charity.

A week of environmentally sustainable thinking in the form of activities, films, talks, workshop and raffles! :-) Organised by the FXU Enivronment and Ethic Committee. Watch out for the timetable in the Woodlane and Tremough libraries.

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WE WILL MARCH!!! The NUS and UCU National Demolition against education cuts. Join FXU in London on Wednesday 10th November 2010 to make some noise about the proposed education cuts. WE WILL MARCH!!! RESERVE YOUR SPACE NOW! ONLY ÂŁ10 PER PERSON payable at FXU ( a blooming cheap trip to London!). JOIN THE FACEBOOK FOR QUICK UPDATES ON TIMES AND ACTIVITIES (FXU2010/11) We now have a second coach due to the high demand for places. Get yours before they run out!!! Day Plan: 5 am - Leave Falmouth Moor 5:15 am - Pick up and leave Tremough 11:30 am - Arrive in LONDON!! MAAAAAAAAAAAAARCH!!!!! make some noise with THOUSANDS of other student from around the country and generally have a great time! 4:30 pm - Demo ends and we leave 11 pm - Drop off at Tremough and then Falmouth Moor (Keep an eye out for any changes as arrangements evolve)

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LIFESTYLE

LIFESTYLE

THIS MONTH

Listen Eat Drink Wear Watch

Listen... to Come around Sundown, possibly Kings of Leon’s best yet. Favourite tracks include The End and Mary.

Eat... Toffee Apples around a bonfire!

Watch... a firework display; Swanpool Beach is host to a good display on Wednesday 3rd November.

Wear... some seriously snug knitwear as the weather takes a turn for the worst. Look to Zara for cute knitted scarves just like this hooded one for £25...

Drink... cocktails at The Shed on a Monday; it’s 2 for £5, putting less strain on your post-loan budgets!

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A Welcome Distraction

RECIPES

by Annabel Charlesworth I’ve got some bad news... essay stress has swung in with a vengeance; the previous two years have now passed into memory, like a vague Cornish holiday, and the third year is a stark reality in contrast. With deadlines looming, the guilt of time wasting also has arrived and in my mind I am starting to think that any breaks are obviously going to have a seriously detrimental effect on marks. As a consequence I start to live on snacks.However, I have now discovered that it is actually quite nice and relaxing to do some sort of cooking. I’m not talking about a five course banquet here, just a bit of chopping and mixing. This way I can de-stress whilst still doing something productive. Here are two recipes that have a little bit of prep work but minimal stirring, turning, watching etc. so you can go off and do something you want to do whilst dinner cooks itself.

Spicy Chicken Wings

Roast Chicken in a Parcel

These are insanely easy to make, and really cheap. Perhaps make a big batch and leave the ones you don’t eat in the fridge so you can just snack on them as you go along. These make a far better and more satisfying alternative to endless bags of Cadbury’s giant buttons, though maybe not something to take to the library – they are not for eating without some sort of kitchen roll! For 12 wings – I think that this should give about 2-3 servings depending on hunger.

This is modelled on the baked chicken method that seems to be fashionable in the cookery world at the moment, but since I’m assuming that you will not want to roast a whole chicken, or have a casserole dish big enough to do that, I have adapted it to fit one person. If you do this for a Sunday roast, then simply put everything in a big casserole dish, up the veg count, use a whole chicken and it should take about 1 ½ hours to cook with the lid off for the final ½ hour. Oh, and feel free to change the veg to whatever you have, squash would be great – as would parsnip or swede or courgette... I think you get the picture.

12 chicken wings 2 tablespoons wholegrain mustard 1 tablespoon of runny honey Juice of 1 lemon Salt and pepper

Per Parcel/ Per Person 1 chicken leg portion 1 tomato, quartered 1 garlic clove, whole unpeeled but crushed with the flat blade of a knife ½ leek. Sliced diagonally 1 small sized carrot, in batons 1 small potato, in chips Salt and Pepper Olive Oil Glug of white wine (optional)

Switch the oven on to 190˚C/ gas mark 6. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the mustard, honey and lemon juice and tip in the wings, then, using your hands if necessary, make sure that the wings are covered in the glaze. Transfer the wings onto a baking tray, season with salt and pepper and roast for about 40 minutes. When 30 minutes is up, check them and turn them over so that the other side has a chance to get all crispy and glazed. When they are golden brown, maybe a little blackened at the edges, they are done. Remove from the oven onto a plate and tuck in.

Put the oven onto 200˚C/ gas mark 6. First of all, cut out a rectangular piece of tin foil that will be big enough to seal in everything. On one half of the foil put the veg, garlic and potato, put the chicken on top, cover with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Now seal up the foil to make a parcel adding wine (if you have any knocking around that you want to get rid of that is) at the point where it won’t just run off the foil. Place the parcel onto a baking tray and put into the oven. After thirty minutes then remove from the oven, open up the top of the parcel so that the chicken is exposed and put it back in the oven for a further thirty minutes so that the top of the chicken can become bronzed and golden. After that put everything on a plate, pour over a little of the juice and enjoy!

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FASHION

The Big Treasure Trove: Words: Hannah Banks-Walker, Photography: Josie Ainscough, Styling: Hannah Banks-Walker, Model: Beth Windsor

Unless you’ve been in hibernation for the last few months, you will have noticed that fashion has turned back the clock. The catwalks of Vuitton and Prada were, in particular, hosts to a very Mad Men-esque collection for this season. In fact, pick almost any decade and you can be sure to find something to win you serious fashion points, and judging by the seventies influence over many Spring/Summer 2011 catwalks from London to Milan, the retro vibe isn’t slowing down. Whilst the high street undoubtedly offers many fantastic alternatives to the designer pieces we all lust over, vintage finds often look chicer, edgier and of course, more individual. So thank goodness we have a vintage emporium right on our doorstep: Two Little Birds. Located just off the Moor ( next to Willie Dynamite’s and Bar 8) this vintage heaven is everything you have ever wished for- beautiful, unique, vintage pieces at a very reasonable price. We’ve picked out a few of their beauties to show you just how stylish vintage can be, and whilst we were there we thought we’d catch up with the owners, Emma and Ella, to find out just how this little spark of retro glamour arrived in our humble seaside town...

has flown by, but although we work hard, we love every minute. A big thanks to Willie Dynamite’s for allowing us to have our very own retro backdrop!

Show your romantic side in lace and fur. Contrasting textures were seen everywhere during fashion week, and this look ticks two of the season’s biggest trends. Get the Look: Lace ‘Romantic’ 70s Dress- £30 Fur Coat- £70

Don’t be afraid of block patterning; breaking it up with a skinny tan belt makes for a stylish, contemporary look. Teamed with matching accessories ( yes- it’s no longer shameful to match your shoes with your handbag!) this look radiates lady-like elegance. Add a chunky knit for extra fashion kudos! Get the Look: 70s Aztec Dress- £35 Knitted Cardigan- £25 Handbag- From £15

Blouses are big news this season, and they look fantastic paired with the only length to be seen in at the moment- midi. If you haven’t dared to try it yet, this 50s style circle skirt will ease you in nicely, and cuts an extremely flattering shape on just about anyone! Wear with heeled brogues, and you’re good to go! Get the Look: Green 70s Blouse- £15 50s style circle skirt- £30 Shoes and Belt- Model’s own.

Flex: Thank you so much for inviting us to delve into your vintage treasure chest! All of the clothes are fabulous; tell us how you came to arrive in Falmouth. Emma: Ella and I met over 9 years ago when we both worked together in a small shop in Falmouth. This was rather brief as we both went off on our travels, and then a few years later Ella and I bumped into each other again. We ended up sharing a house together and shortly afterwards, Two Little Birds was born! Both Ella and I share a love for vintage clothing, retail and having fun; opening our own boutique had been a dream we had chatted about over wine many times, and suddenly we decided to take a chance. I have vintage running in the family as my uncle has run a vintage boutique called Dappa in Camden for many years, and Ella has many years working in retail under her belt. Together we thought that Falmouth could do with some good quality vintage, and a place to find something a little different from what the high street has to offer... and here we are! Our birthday is on the 28th of November- we can’t believe the time

Embrace the outdoors with tweed, which is currently having its fashion moment. Wear with a cutesy tea dress, baby satchel ( this one has Bambi on it!) and some Hunters for the ultimate in countryside chic. Get the Look: Tweed Blazer- £40 Leather ‘Bambi’ 1970s bag- £20 Wellingtons- Hunter, from £40 Dress- Pick from a selection of gorgeous tea dresses either in store, or on www.twolittlebirdsboutique. co.uk. Prices start at £20

This coat speaks for itself; old school glamour at its best! You’ll be praying for colder weather... Get the Look: Suede 1970s coat with faux fur collar- £70

A classic 60s shift dress is always a winner, but will show particular fashion savvy this season. Wear with leather gloves and matching handbag for a look that could be hot off the Prada runway! Get the Look: Shift Dress- £35 Leather Gloves- From £15 Handbag- £15 Shoes- Model’s Own.

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LIFESTYLE

FASHION

Street Chick By Sophie Hives-Wood

Fashion is quickly coming off the catwalk and into the streets of Falmouth this month. It all seems to be about wrapping up warm this November as the winter is on its way. The fashionistas among you seem to be wrapping up in fur coats, keeping it cool in military jackets, and the boys are stepping out in the granddad cardigans and jumpers.

The military jacket is a definite favourite at the moment and its still seen on the high streets now, even if it is getting colder. It looks great with jeans and ankle boots, and it looks even better with accessories added to it. The military is a complete wardrobe must-have this month, so if you haven’t already got one you better go and pick one up, and team it with your favourite jeans. The cool blue military jacket in the picture on the right is a major fashion steal from the New Look sale, between £8-£10

Fur is a big fashion statement this month as it hits its way back in to the high street shops in all forms of shapes and colours. The best thing about it is that as well as looking chic and glamorous, it also keeps you warm and snug! Animal print is huge, and should definitely be on your shopping list This gorgeous leopard print coat is from New Look and in the sale at £29.99.

This gorgeous fur coat has a unique pattern which is getting more and more popular in the shops this month. Grab this quick from River Island for £74.99.

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This girl certainly knows her trends- add faux fur to the camel mix with this coat from Miss Selfridge for £55.00.

This military wool jacket looks good and will keep you warm, from New Look for £39.99.

The camel coat is one of the biggest fashion statements you can make this season, but is also a timeless wardrobe staple. There are a range of styles on the high street which feature multiple trends in one, meaning that you can keep the rest of your look minimal and let your coat do the talking! You can keep them short and sweet or long and luxurious, this camel trench is from River Island at £54.99

Wear some seriously snug knitwear as the weather takes a turn for the worst. Look to Zara for cute knitted scarves just like this hooded one for £25.


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Surfs Up ByJenny Gramnes BUCS Surf Championship, possibly the biggest surf competition in the world, saw students from all over the UK commandeer Fistral Beach in Newquay for the weekend of 14th-17th October. This massive event drew both sponsored surfers with titles under their belts, as well as aspiring surfer-girls like myself, who incidentally got called out by commentator Anton Roberts for having “a board straight out of a museum”. More than 350 surfers in the contest meant fierce competition to progress to the next round; even though some of us were just stoked not to finish last in the heats! With so many brilliant surfers entering, the BUCS still turned out to be a huge success for Falmouth and Exeter Uni Surf Club, with an overall team win in the men’s division and a second place individually for the talented Billy Norways, or to use Anton’s words once again, “the one to watch”. Billy sailed through the rounds leading up to the finals but struggled in the last heat when waves died off and left the ocean almost completely flat. A few risky decisions in terms of positioning meant a couple of missed line-ups, which Gordon Fontaine from Bournemouth University instead made the most of, and ended up winning first place. However, Billy was not disappointed with placing second, as he told me: ‘I know Gordon is a really good surfer and of course I’m really happy for our team win for Falmouth’. The weather during the weekend consisted of varying conditions but the Sunday’s waves just barely passed as contestable and according to Anton, there had been a debate on whether or not to run the last day as planned. However, surfers felt they wanted a result, and considering students had come from all over the UK to enter the BUCS, postponing the remaining heats would have meant several practical issues for everybody involved. Since half the fun of BUCS is to meet other student surfers, I got up and talked to the girl who knocked me out of my heat, Jennifer Head from Plymouth University. She was one of the girls who made it all the way through to the quarter finals. How did she get so good at surfing? “I surf mostly with guys, so I think that pushes my surfing a lot”, said Jennifer smiling. “Also, this summer I went with my boyfriend and some of his friends on a surfing trip to Indonesia for two months. I have been to this competition before but not thought that I was good enough to enter”. The BUCS Surf Championship is an annual competition strictly for students and the huge turnout meant two heats of five surfers in each were being run parallel to each other for most of the weekend. Only the top two people in each heat got through to the next round, which unsurprisingly led to a lot of relaxation at the beach for surfers waiting, or those who had already been eliminated. Bean bags and inflatable chairs became the hottest seats in Newquay, and board covers made excellent sleeping bags for some. For the entire weekend, Fistral Beach was transformed into a vibrant student surfing community. Although the Falmouth Ladies’ team did not place in the BUCS, just the fact that I was actually involved in a real, live surf competition felt like an absolute dream come true. Now there’s something to tell the folks back home in Sweden! Me and the rest of the Falmouth team- Billy Norways, Lew Smart, Lewis Kirton, Gaz Bennet, Rob Sullivan, Matt Travis, Tommy Potterton, Adam Johnson, Andrew Mitchell, James Bannister, Josh Magin, Bryn Christian, Joe Koa, Giorgi Holland, Ruth Amelung, and Eleanor Taylor- would also like to give a shout out to sponsors Freeriders Surf Shop, Skinners Brewery and Skindog Surfboards for their support throughout the competition. Jennifer Head Some of the Falmouth Surf Team: Left to right- Jenny Gramnes, Bryn Christian, Josh Magin, Matt Travis, Billy Norways, James Bannister, and Joe Koa.

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SPORTS Penryn Ladies Rugby Club Penryn 57-0 Plymstock Oaks

Football Roundup 2nd October: Saturday 23rd October 2010 CSM 2-1 Newlyn

Text Katie Pascoe

Text Matt Dugay

After seeing how many players Plymstock brought with them I was feeling a little worried that our 12 strong side would not cope with what they might throw at us. However we took possession straight away after receiving the kick, and as usual I we knocked it on so we took up the normal half way scrum to start the game. Our scrum was tight and we held our own as the ball was recycled out at Plymstock’s end, the forwards getting straight to the next few break downs and after some fantastic rucking we managed to turn over the ball. Quick thinking and passing through the back line along with some fast running and Kat scored our first try in the corner.

CSM finally got their first win of the season after a hard earned victory against Newlyn. As usual on the “top pitch” there was a strong wind, ensuring that any high balls would be difficult to deal with. CSM kicked off the first half, with the wind blowing with them. Due to the strong wind preventing the standard “hoof up the pitch” Newlyn struggled to get the ball out of their half, and when they did it was comfortably dealt with by the CSM defence. Despite having the majority of the possession for the first half, and playing some good football, CSM didn’t create too many clear cut chances.

This put the Penryn side in good spirits when receiving the next ball, but it was very early days. The next try came from some clever play from the centres, with Scarlet running a great line, managing to pass the ball to Caroline who then popped the ball back to Scarlet after taking out 3 defenders, leaving her to run in the try between the posts. This is when Penryn really looked up and started to play. Kirsty made it very clear when it was time for a forward bashing ball or when it was time to let the backs have it for some fancy foot work! The forwards punched the ball up, sucking in more and more players, while Amber stood back waiting for the opportune moment when it was time to show what the backs were made of. As soon as I heard Kirsty “say” (by ‘say’ I mean yell) she wanted the ball it was time to run and support the backs! As I caught up to a swiftly footed Caroline, who was stuck in a tackle with the opposition, she popped me the ball and all I really had to do was run over the line and put the ball down. So obviously all credit for that try has to go to…me as I happened to be in the right place and the right time! Well done me!! It was looking like the whole match was going to be an easy ride for Penryn as Plymstock had failed to get points on the board and we were sailing ahead, but it is always good to remember that no matter how indestructible you are looking as a team it only takes a little bit of sloppy play and you can be defending in your own 22. This is what happened and it looked like Plymstock were going to break through as suddenly we were under pressure and we all seemed to forget what we were doing. Kirsty directed us back into our defensive FLAT line. Once we were in our line and our defence was up and running as it should be we stole the ball back and Amber, our Hero, booted the ball back over the half way line and into touch so we could all breath a sigh of relief!! After feeling the pressure from the other team we didn’t mess around and ran in try after try leaving the final score 57 – 0 to Penryn. WELL DONE GIRLS! Everyone welcome to training, Tuesday’s 7pm at Penryn RFC – no experience necessary!! Find us on Facebook - ‘Ladies Rugby, Penryn WRFC’ Or give me a ring (0796676589) for any further details. Over and Out!! Katie Pascoe

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A few efforts came close, but the first half eventually ended 0-0. The strong wind suggested that Newlyn may create more opportunities in the second half, but it was CSM who played the better football. Tom O’Reilly was introduced on the left hand side, and he made a number of impressive forward runs before limping back off. CSM eventually took a deserved lead. A good attacking move ended with the ball rolling to Will Jenkinson on the edge of the box, who drilled it home into the right hand side of the net, really capping off a man of the match performance.

CSM continued to look threatening, with a number of controversial offside decisions from the Newlyn linesman resulting in a lot of frustration for the CSM forwards. Ten minutes after the CSM goal, another controversial offside decision resulted in a free kick for Newlyn just inside their half. A few exchanged words meant that the Newlyn centre back belted the ball at Simon O’Neill. It missed him and beat everyone, allowing the Newlyn striker to run clear of the CSM defence. Calum MacDougall made a good last ditch tackle, but the ball took a lucky deflection and landed back at the feet of the striker, who finished past Chris Rushton in the CSM goal. CSM continued to attack, but it began to look increasingly like the points would be shared. However, in the final two minutes Jimbo Williams broke down the left hand side, squaring the ball for Simon O’Neill to finish confidently into the bottom corner, only to see the offside flag raised by the Newlyn linesman. This was clearly a shocking decision, and the referee correctly over-ruled and gave the goal, which secured CSM their first win of the season.


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CRIME & PUNISHMENT Text Chris Rushton

I have been wondering something for a while now. Why is it that we allow a circumscribed space such as that of a sporting arena to house events that would usually be punishable under judicial law? Boxing is comparable to GBH and fighting is actively encouraged in Ice Hockey, taken care of by specialist ‘enforcers’. This isn’t to say that prosecutions don’t take place in some instances. The footballer Duncan Ferguson was given a 3 month jail sentence for head butting John Mcstay in 1994, whilst Jesse Boulerice of the Plymouth Whalers in the Ontario Hockey League was charged with assault to do great bodily harm less than murder for swinging his stick at the head of Andrew Long. Yet prosecutions seem to be in the minority, and sportsmen and women seem to operate outside of the jurisdiction of criminal justice. Indeed it seems to be accepted amongst those same sportsmen and sportswomen that what they participate in can never be classed as a felony. When former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jean Fugget described American Football as ‘legalised violence’, he

hints a culture within sport where it is deemed a certainty that violent acts occurring within a sporting arena should be exempt from criminal liability. This too seems to be the case with spectators. It is almost gladiatorial what the spectator watches when witness to violence in sport, and the gladiatorial draws a crowd, hence why, for instance, fighting in Ice Hockey doesn’t detract from it’s role as a spectator sport. Does this then lead to wider implications? Professional sport plays a major part in public discourse, in all genders, races and ages. Mimicry on the part of the public is innate. When we over elaborately celebrate a goal playing football in the park, it is as a filter of what we see in the professional domain. Thus when violence is accepted as just being ‘a part of the sport’ without the threat of criminal prosecution, it breeds a culture whereby the public also begin to come around to its acceptability.

attitude that I believe pervades all sports; that you have to expect violence to occur. However the extent of the violence obviously ranges from those within the bounds of law, such as a heavy tackle to those outside of it, such as assault. There is also an assumption that it is the responsibility of the respective sport’s governing body to punish the participants rather than punishment under criminal law. However, these only amount to bans or fines. Whilst being a detriment, they do not hold the aura that punishment under judicial law. I don’t really have an answer as to how the divide between sporting law and judicial law began, but I believe it is beginning to close. Prosecutions are on the rise - particularly in Canada and America – and this holds significance for reducing the wider problem of criminal acts at grass-roots level. Thus brutal acts taking place inside the circumscribed space of professional sports should, in my opinion, always warrant criminal prosecution.

So why is it that more prosecutions do not take place? Problems obviously stem from the attitude that Fugget brings to us and an

KICKING & SCREAMING THE FUSC THE PREMIER LEAGE TURNS 18 Text Adam Reincke Kicking and Screaming – the Premier League Turns 18 Like a young child about to take its first tentative steps into adulthhood, the Premier League is readying itself for its 18th birthday. Has it learnt from its mistakes, its triumphs and its strife? We’ve all been there for its ultimate highs and lows and its nights out and as this milestone looms ever closer, it could be time to prepare for the ultimate hangover. Move into a new age filled not with fast cars, girls and another Wayne Rooney scandal, but instead goal line technology, 5 officials and instant replays. Take the controversy out of football - take the fun out of the beautiful game. Frank Lampard’s ‘goal’ at this summer’s world cup proved to be the catalyst for the issue of goal line technology to raise its head once again. Germany claimed justice was finally done after 44 years of doubt by a decision which echoed images of 1966. The difference is when the Soviet linesman raised his flag there were no reliable aids to determine the trajectory of Geoff Hurst’s shot that cannoned down off the bar and ultimately scored a place in every England fans heart. There was no instant replay, no camera on every corner and no Chris Kamara to shout how ‘unbelievable’ the decision was. There proved however to be a melting pot for discussion, a front page story and a debate going on in every house up and down the nation. If there is one thing football fans like to talk about its football! The most optimistic blindly loyal England fan will argue that the dream was crushed by the Uruguayan officials, who on the 38th minute of that game blew away the hopes and nostalgia of 66. If FIFA President Sepp Blatter had not insisted on leading a one-man resistance against goal line technology there would not be such an injustice, but, let’s be honest, you didn’t need a slowmotion replay to be sure of that decision. But then who would want to be? There is nothing better than beating a rival with a minute left on the clock through a goal that was a mile offside. There is nothing better than earning a penalty through a dive that even Tom Daley would have been proud of. Controversial decisions are part of what makes this game great. It works both ways of course but that is the adrenalin ride you take for those 90 minutes, when its going well you’re team is the best in the world, when it is going badly fans are calling for the manager’s head. It’s an animalistic approach, but should not be looked down on, it is part of what makes Saturday afternoons the best

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time of the week. Take the controversy out of football and you risk taking the atmosphere, excitement, drama, sing song and replace it with 90 minutes of hand shaking and back patting. What would we have to talk about down the pub on a Sunday evening if we weren’t discussing a Didier Drogba dive or another wrong decision by Alan Wiley? Probably what’s been happening on Albert Square, and let’s be honest - none of us want it to come to that. After the resignation en masse from the football league in 1992 the Premiership was founded. Since then it has provided us with some of the best football and best players the world has to offer. This was considered necessary to keep up with teams on a national level and develop our youngsters through the huge influx of money. We can now proudly say we have the best league in the world. In 18 years where 44 clubs have passed through the top flight’s doors not once has the call for goal line technology been so great. There is however a reason the past 18 years have been so good. The combination of exuberant Italians, diving Germans and Portuguese winkers crossed with goal-line decisions which are as hard to fathom as Fabio Capello’s decision making, ultimately provides entertaining football, which at the end of the day is what we all pay good money to see. After the safari in Africa many England fans up and down the country were screaming for the squad to be thrown to the lions. Football grounds across the nation rang with jeers of “you let your country down”, but if we hadn’t crashed out of the world cup in such a controversial way, this summer would have been a lot less interesting! So yes the last 18 years have taught us a lot, not just on a domestic level, but nationally as well, we know how it feels to get knocked down but also know how to get back up again (excuse the Chumbawaba pun), and we know how to pass the blame from pillar to post. One thing is for sure though, we will always be that stroppy teenager who just loves a good moan.

Text Chris Rushton

For the first time this year Falmouth Universities Snow Sports Club or FUSC is now an official society of the FXU making their public debut at the Freshers’ Fair where an impressive number of new members signed up. The President, Phoebe Griffiths and her Deputy, Harriet Skinner are both skiers and snowboarders and each have several seasons experience under their belts. In the light of their success at the British Universities Snow Sports Council (BUSC) last year in Alpe D’Huez, FUSC are currently seeking talented members to compete this year for the University as part of the FUSC team. This will also provide exciting promotional possibilities for potential sponsors. With regular trips to Plymouth dry ski slope, monthly Society socials, plans for BUSC well under way and nearly all the spaces filled for the winter trip to Tignes, FUSC is promising to be one of the most exciting new societies of this year.


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HOROSCOPES Your Outlook for this month... Text & Images Faye Simms | www.candyflameyeah.blogspot.com | All origianl paintings for sale £25 | Concatc 07531871860 or Here and Now gallery

Aries Your happiest month of 2010

Libra You can see your goal, but can’t quite touch it yet

Taurus November 19th will offer you a commitment

Scorpio You will feel confidant to succeed in Novemebr

Gemini Expect developments in your work

Saggitarius You will feel impatient, but it won’t last

Cancer Calm, gifts and happiness in November

Capricorn You will make many new friends

Leo You’ll be able to set plans in motion

Aquarius Your status and fortunes may rise in November

Virgo Your communication skills will set you apart

Pisces November 18th will offer an exciting deal.

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