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erm 1 is over, and the FLEX team have supplied everyone with 200 pages of Newspaper material! As the holidays are near, I’d like to thank everyone for contributing to the development of FLEX, and also for those in reading FLEX. Beginning with the Fresher’s Highlights, our university has witnessed the news of Freshers Bunking up, to the opening of Koofi, through to the National Demonstration on Tuition Fees, the Falmouth Beer Festival, and Truro City of Lights, and much more! FLEX has brought the happenings of 2010 Term 1 to you all, and have loved doing so. FLEX’s reviews team have given the highs and lows of Film, Tv, Books, Games and Music – inspiring you to check out the latest reviewed item. The rest of FLEX have specialised in respective

fields to bring the best of the area to your interest – Art, Features, Sport, Lifestyle - all of a high calibre and making of an interesting read to you all. So, with all of this over, we all deserve a much welcomed break this Christmas. This issue being Christmas themed means you can enjoy the paper when at home and you start missing Falmouth/ Penryn and everything that makes your university towns so special. Look forward to FLEX next term, where we’ll have much more to reflect your university days in 2011. Managing Director

ello, welcome to Issue 13 of FLEX! What I would like to highlight this issue is a cause close to our hearts here at FLEX. We watched in amazement as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was released on 13th November, after her latest stint of 18 months under house arrest. She has been detained in her home in Rangoon for more than 15 years. Many of you may not have heard of her, or of the junta’s brutal regime in Burma, but it is an issue that students should pay attention to. One week before her release, the government held a sham election, and the pro-junta USDP inevitably won by a landslide, gaining around 80% of seats. Burma Campaign UK states, ‘the military have brought in a new constitution which renders parliament powerless to bring

in genuine democratic reform without military consent’.It is not an issue that we can ignore, because as we are the next generation of journalists, politicians, artists, activists and of course much more, it is an issue that we must learn about. As Paul mentioned in the last issue, you can find out more about Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma and the 2,202 political prisoners of conscience who are still not free on www.burmacampaign.org.uk<http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk> Look out for our special feature on Burma in Issue 14 of FLEX. Chief Editor

n its leaking of the monstrous cache of 250,000 US diplomatic cable messages on Sunday evening, Wikileaks made an obvious error - one of the biggest mistakes the organisation has made in its short existence thus far and a potential PR H-Bomb. This was not, as you might have thought, Wikileaks’ obvious disregard of international political hostility, but more to do with the decision to time the initial release of the messages so as to cause an audacious clash with what, for the British public, was a major cultural event. For an hour or so Wikileaks founder Julian Assange must have been wandering if we had collectively decided to ignore his organisation’s latest exposé, fed up once and for all with Wikileaks for yet more selfish limelight-hogging in its shameful bid to expose large scale corruption and political skullduggery. Assange would have waited a few minutes, wandering why the phone calls weren’t flooding in: “Is David Cameron not outraged?” “Does The Daily Mail not have any ill-judged and hateful questions it wants to pose?” Eventually, he would have logged into Facebook or Twitter and to his horror there it would have been: “Think my mum enjoyed Justin Bieber on X-Factor way too much, eww” - that and a million other gushing expressions of admiration for the auto-tuned teen idol. And it really was like that, for that first hour, whilst the floppy haired warbler entranced the nation, heartfeltedly miming along to somebody else’s song; it was as if ‘Cablegate’ had never happened. A song probably written by a middle-aged man striving to simulate the complex emotions of a sixteen year-old boy (aren’t these the sort of people normally on the sex offender’s register?) managed, at least for a short while, to hold more interest to the nation’s public than the news that world governments were about to see their dirty secrets broadcast with the kind of exposure that any run-of-the-mill Karaoke TV hopeful could only dream of. Since the organisation began striking terror into the heart of international political figures and organisations back in 2006, Wikileaks has uncovered various examples of political and big business scandal covering such

varying subjects as government censorship of certain websites in Australia, illicit payments related to oil contracts in Peru, toxic dumping in Africa and more recently video footage of the killing of two Reuters reporters at the hands of a US helicopter crew in Iraq. Uncovering such acts, despite what some typically hysterical figures from the American political right have claimed, does not constitute terrorism and in fact represents a feat of groundbreaking journalism of the kind rarely seen from the mainstream press (of which Wikileaks must now see itself as part of ) these days. Eventually recovering from its Bieber-induced scheduling nightmare, the latest release was initiated on Sunday through national newspapers in France, Germany, Spain, the UK and the US. It is so large, that the documents are being released over a period of months to allow time for each broadcast to be properly digested (one wonders if this delay will, ironically, lead someone to leak the whole lot early in an audacious attempt to out-leak the leakers). Whilst there have been some fairly shocking revelations involving espionage and nuclear ambition, it is fair to say that, surprisingly, the leaks have often involved nothing more than diplomats from one country expressing bemusement or even out-and-out hilarity at the words and actions of visiting political figures from other countries. Take, for example, the account of a meeting in Kyrgyzstan attended by various diplomats in which Prince Andrew, acting “cockily” and “rude” (admirably following the lead of his old man) claimed that “Americans don’t understand geography. Never have. In the UK, we have the best geography teachers in the world!” As the old ad slogan goes: If you can, teach. Teach members of the Royal Family that such blind, ignorant patriotism only opens people up to untold depths of ridicule should the public find out - just ask those BNP members whose names were leaked by Wikileaks last year. Chief Editor

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Falmouth students join in with day of national walk-outs and protests Text Liam Corcoran

Tremough Campus came alive to the sound of students protesting against the proposed increase in tuition fees. The event, which was organised by students, tied in to marches and walk-outs across the country: a message to the government that students are not going to stand by while tuition fees go up. Sophia Bluebell, 21, a human geography student and one of the eight organisers of the Tremough and Woodlane protest said: “We felt it is essential to create a space for students to be able to voice their views en mass. “The coalition’s proposals represent an irreversible, unprecedented transformation of higher education, and the commodification of knowledge and learning, especially in the arts and social sciences. “The demonstrations at Woodlane and Tremough tie in to national demonstrations with estimations of thousands of schoolchildren and sixth-formers as well as university students participating.” She went on to say: “As part of the demonstrations, FXU will be involved with the NUS campaign “Right to Recall”, encouraging students to sign up to pledge to vote against any candidate that breaks their pledges on university fees or EMAs.” The demonstration was to show that students all over the country are against the cuts and will ‘fight back’ against them. A lot of student anger is being aimed at not just the Conservatives but also at the Lib Dems. They feel that they were lied to by them before the election and it has led to students branding them

the “Fib Dems”. The protests at Tremough and Woodlane were going to be peaceful, but after the main march in London last month, the police were not taking any chances and showed their presence on campus during the protest. The police would not give a comment other than that “there is an official spokesman down at the Moor.” After a slow start to the protest, with not as many turning out as was anticipated, the 60 or so students began a march around the campus, with chants along the way. The march around the campus did not manage to gain any extra supporters as it went through the Stannary or the cafe, with most looking on either surprised or annoyed by the amount of noise they were causing. One protester was heard shouting “everyone join our protest, please.” Didi Aben, 20, another organiser of the event said: “It is not that many people, but it is still spreading the word.” “I think the little amount is due to the rain and also the late announcement of the march, as we only found out last week. We are however, picking up more people at Woodlane,” she went on to say. During the march, Lynsay Smith, the vice president of the Labour society was collecting names for a petition that she is taking forward to the local conservative MP. “In roughly two weeks we are going to descend upon the Tory MP during surgery hours to ask a few questions. There are a

fair few of us going down, hopefully I will be able to get more to come for the Labour society,” she said. The national walk-outs and campaigns have all been arranged by the National Campaign Against Fees And Cuts (NCAFC). They have helped to create the week of walk-outs and the march in London last week. On their website it says: “The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts is a group of activists from universities, colleges and schools across the country that co-ordinate action against tuition fees and education funding cuts. “We stand in solidarity with workers in struggle against cuts and for their rights, in education and beyond.” The campaign has gained massive support across the country with an estimated 20,000 students, some of these being in secondary school and sixth-form, agreeing to walk out. The NCAFC said that they “are delighted it has got such a powerful response”. On their Facebook event page, the NCAFC left a message to all the people that said they took part in the protests: “Well done everyone – WE MADE IT HAPPEN! To all those who suffered police brutality on Wednesday – keep your chins up. The cowardly Tories were scared by our movement and called in their armoured thugs as a last resort.” Further action has taken place against the rise in tuition fees last Tuesday, November 30th. This action happened in conjunction with National Protests. The action saw 30 Students “Camp” in the lower Stannary, projecting images outside, and hoisting banners in the windows. The Tremough anti-cuts group does not have one leader. Instead, the group is a collection of like-minded people who are fighting against the cuts to Higher Education and respective increase in tuition fees. The government is to announce its decision on Thursday December 9th about the direction tuition fees will be going. A few isolated cases of violence broke out during the march, mostly in London where the police used a controversial ‘kettle’ tactic, blocking students into certain locations and not letting them out.

Cable denies every promising fee scrap Text Ian Perkins

Business Secretary Vince Cable has denied that the Liberal Democrats broke any pre-election promises regarding the scrapping of university tuition fees.

The latest development in the highly publicised fees row came on the BBC’s Politics Show as the Lib Dem MP attempted to justify his party’s change in policy. “We didn’t break a promise. We made a commitment in our manifesto, we didn’t win the election. We then entered into a coalition agreement, and it’s the coalition agreement that is binding upon us and which I’m trying to honour,” Cable said. “We and the Conservatives separately made a whole series of commitments in our manifesto and outside it. “We haven’t been able to carry all of them through, partly because we have a coalition and have had to make compromises, and partly because we’re still in the middle of this appalling financial situation,” he added .In a week where Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has been bombarded with criticism about the tuition fee rise, he admitted that he “should have been more careful” about signing the pre-election pledge. With more protests expected, Mr Cable said that many didn’t grasp the coalition’s proposal.

“It doesn’t actually affect them - we’re talking about a system of graduate contribution that will only affect people who start going to university in a couple of years time,” he said. “If they are concerned for the next generation what I think they do need to understand is that we’re making the system significantly fairer, making it much more attractive for part-time students and for graduates on low incomes.” NUS president Aaron Porter said students were angered by the Lib Dem’s decision over tuition fees. He said: “I accept that coalition brings with it compromise. But, their position was to abolish fees. I would suggest that a compromise position might be to try and keep them where they are. “But to be the party that is overseeing a trebling of tuition fees, frankly, is a compromise too far. But also let’s be clear, Vince Cable isn’t actually saying that any more. He is saying that they didn’t even make the promise. “Well, I don’t believe that and it’s insulting to suggest otherwise.”

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AWAkEN your SENSES WiTh rAmbErT’S NEW TripLE biLL Text Michelle Doherty

RAMBERT Dance Company returns to Truro with its awardwinning formula of imaginative, ambitious and high-quality performances. Britain’s national contemporary dance company presents its

ravishing new work, Awakenings, a theatrical rollercoaster of emotions based on true life stories and inspired by Dr Oliver Sacks’ book of the same name, made famous by the 1990 Hollywood film. Inspired by a specially-commissioned score, both passionate and lyrical, the Rambert dancers and orchestra draw you into this dramatic and spine-tingling new work. Two further dance works, brand new to Truro’s audiences, will also be performed, including the award-winning Hush by Rambert luminary Christopher Bruce, a light-hearted and affectionate look at family life, and the hypnotic RainForest by the late American dance icon, Merce Cunningham. With 22 of the world’s finest dancers and incredible live music from the Rambert Orchestra, the Company continues to thrill and inspire audiences all over the country. Rambert Dance Company will be at Hall for Cornwall from 10-11 February - with evening performances at 7.30pm and a matinee on Friday at 2.30pm. There will be a signed performance on 10 February at 7.30pm and a pre-show talk at 6.30pm on 11 February. Tickets are just £10 for students, and £6 if you book in a group of 10 or more A £1 Theatre Fund payment is added to each ticket

sold. Call the Box Office on 01872 262 466 or book online at www.hallforcornwall.co.uk ‘Strongly recommended for those who like their dance cooked up hot, sharp and spicy’ Mail on Sunday ‘A knockout performance’ Sunday Times ‘Rambert really do provide something for everyone’ Daily Telegraph

FLEX are giving away 2 tickets for this! Email imp202@exeter.ac.uk and a reason why you want to win! Ends: 26th November 2010 For further information please contact: Michelle Doherty on 01872 321976 michelled@hallforcornwall.org.uk

STudENTS ‘uNpLug’ For mEdiA EXpErimENT Text Ian Perkins

First year students at Bournemouth University sacrificed all their media technology for 24 hours last month in a Global Media Experiment called ‘Unplugged.’ ‘Unplugged’ is a collaboration between universities and researchers examining young people’s relationships with the

media, including news, music, television, mobiles, the internet, and all other types of media and technology. Students were asked to record their feelings after the 24 hours regardless of whether they completed the experiment or not. Some students who participated in the study found themselves at a loss without being able to access the media. Holly Welsh, Communications and Media student said: “I had not avoided the media at all. It was impossible to, my life revolves around what I see, hear and read.” “I found the experience quite isolating, due to the fact that I could not sit in our communal living area because my flat mates were watching television in there together,” said Multimedia Journalism student, Ellis Wall. Others compared the lack of connectivity to drug addictions. “Like most drug addicts who’ve gone cold turkey, having no media made me a better person, it changed the way I will approach future aspects of my life for the better,” said Adam Bartlett.

Kate Johnson a BA (Hons) English student thought the experiment was positive though. “These people (who are not connected to media or technology) are unaware of the happenings of the world, but I also think that, as I found being without my phone for the day, without the presence of media and technology, you become much more sociable with the people in your lives,” she said. The UK part of the experiment was lead by Roman Geridimos, a lecturer in Communication and Journalism at BU. “At an educational level it could benefit our learning and teaching strategies,” he explained. “But it could also make us more sensitive to young people’s needs for socialisation and awareness. “This experiment could inform the way we develop technologies and media applications for young people and especially for particular demographic groups, such as students who live away from home,” he added.

pANTS mATTErS you kNoW! Text Ian Pogonowski PANTS Matters is another third year Broadcasting Media campaign, with the aim of raising the awareness of the local population about male cancers. The third year students Megan Hobba, Mickey Duncan, Leanne Smith, and Hari Chandegra thought of the idea as more than simply raising money. The idea is to raise a greater awareness. “Money is good, but the awareness will be more beneficial to the public” said Hari. “The more awareness we can raise, the greater the chance of people being able to be confident in the main areas regarding cancer” he added. “PANTS Matters is a Cornwall-based organisation that encourages the awareness of gynaecological and male cancers. These

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cancers are just as dangerous as those we hear about on a daily basis; even though we don’t like talking about these areas, it’s about time we did. “ “As the British public we are a polite nation of people, we like to keep private matters hushed. However, unfortunately, our politeness can affect raising awareness on subjects to do with health. Keeping matters as a taboo can stop us from wanting to talk about issues that affect us all.” said the organisation. The team of third year Broadcasters’ main event was held on Thursday 25th November at Lemon Quay in Truro, 9am-4pm. Despite the torrid weather, 20-30 people signed up to receive more information on this topic, and also entered the chance to

win a teddy bear by paying £1 to the charity. PANTS Matters has just opened a recycling hub (Unit 4, industrial estate next to Sainbury’s) where they will sell items for £1, Monday to Friday. PANTS Matters also own a charity shop at the top of Killigrew Street. This media campaign is one of a string of events that current third year Broadcasting students are holding, and previous events have seen campaigns such as “Memories Matters”, and “Light a Lantern For Life”. If you want to find out more information on this, link up to them on their Facebook group – “Pants Matters”, alternatively visit www.pantsmatters.org.uk


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Truro City of Lights Text Ian Pogonowski

Truro City of Lights this year attracted hundreds of people as they lined the streets. Falmouth students made lanterns for the event, and brought merriment to the people watching. Taking place on Wednesday 17th November, at 7:30pm, the event saw mythical creatures, and legendary beings come to life in the light of a lantern. The event is held to mark the beginning of Truro’s Christmas season, combining the switch on of the Christmas lights, with the artwork of schools, colleges, and universities from Cornwall institutions. The Truro Business Improvement District Manager said that “Switching on the city’s Christmas lights complements the parade beautifully and only adds to the excitement of the evening. It all combines to make Truro a very special place to be at this time of year.” Amongst the small lanterns made by school children, a dozen large lanterns were made, 6 by University College Falmouth students. These created a great spectacle, and added something special to the parade. First year student Joan Armstrong said that “the evening was magical, it put me into the Christmas spirit with the atmosphere, and my cup of Starbucks gingerbread latte to warm me up on the cold evening”. The Falmouth lanterns were made by 36 students, six groups of six, of second year Contemporary Craft students. FLEX

Newspaper got to speak to some of the students. FLEX asked the following questions: 1. How does your project fit into the Cornish culture? 2. Where did your inspiration come from? 3. How long has it taken you to make the lanterns? 4. Taking part in this project means you’re participating in one of Truro’s biggest events of the year - how does this make you feel? 5. Do you think your participation in this festival inspires younger people become artists like yourselves? Sarah Sharp answered that her participation adds to the “community spirit and uniqueness of Cornwall”. Her group were making “The kraken, a mythical sea creature that lives deep in the ocean. Being a legend and myth, there are no actual pictures, so our design is based on a squid shape, thinish body with big tentacles” said Sarah. The inspiration for Sarah came from the fact Truro City of Lights has a theme each year, this year being myths and legends. Sarah and her group “did some research into famous and well known myths and legends. We wanted to create something big that could be quite scary. The kraken is also in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, so lots of people recognise it. Also the design gave us the opportunity for lots of parts, each leg is detachable to fit in the van!” Iokaim Sebastian added that the festival inspires younger people

to become artists in the future, “ As school children are involved in the event as well, our group went to different schools in Truro to help them make their lanterns, they seemed to really enjoy it”. Sarah Sharp added that “some of the younger kids said they have seen this parade since they were little and couldn’t wait till they were old enough to get involved”. The project undertaken by these students took around 2 weeks with research and making the parts. This is a very fast turnaround, and combines student involvement with the community which is great. Abbie Wilson commented on the spectacle of the event: “I remember going to the event last year and thinking that there is no way on earth I could make anything like this, but I have! Anyone can do anything when they put their minds to it. If an artist is what someone wants to be, they should go for it. We’re just people like everyone else and we work hard to be where we are.” The three designers expressed their satisfaction of being part of this project. Abbie said that “it’s been a great project to be part of”. Sarah added that “it’s been fun working as part of a group”, and Iokaim said that “it’s such a great enjoyment to be involved in”. For the sheer Christmas spirit, this was an event everybody should be merry about. Community engagement, creativity, youthful endeavour, and the Starbucks coffee. Merry Christmas everybody!

Stokes Greengrocers Closes Text Ian Pogonowski

The local greengrocer on Falmouth’s Market Street, closed its doors this month. The greengrocer was a popular shopping stop for locals and students alike before falling into administration. Tim Gooch, a regular shopper and student who has been living for 4 years in Falmouth says that the closure of Stokes

Greengrocers “is a terrifically sad occasion; it is an example of a small local business that utilises local produce falling victim to the economies and social climates that favour ubiquitous corporations” If you have any views to express on this story, email imp202@ exeter.ac.uk. The greengrocer had been open and trading for many years. Stokes Falmouth was part of a larger group of greengrocers in Cornwall and the UK, and along with the Falmouth closure, Camborne, Helston, Wadebridge, and Newquay branches also closed. This comes on top of earlier closures of branches in Exeter, Bristol, and Torquay. Stokes was previously the largest independent fresh fruit and vegetable retailer in the UK. But the administration of the parent company is now in the hands of firm KPMG: an audit, tax, and advisory company. The decision was made to close down these four branches due to operating costs. A total of 72 redundancies

have been made, 6 of those in Falmouth. Richard Hill, joint administrator of KPMG publicly said “the shops that are closing today have not attracted interest as a going concern”. The popularity of Stokes Falmouth according to Richard wasn’t attracting enough interest to keep his business motive alive. The closure of Stokes means that people looking for fresh fruit and veg will have to head to Tesco, or other supermarkets in order to get their weekly shop. Alternatively, Falmouth Farmer’s Market every Tuesday may prove popular, and may well see an increase in demand for their products. The closure of Stokes is yet another shop to close down in Falmouth in recent years. The Woolworths that closed last year is yet to be seen as a useful space on Falmouth High street, and it is a waiting game to see what business will replace Stokes.

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Blockbuster Movie Sails To Falmouth Text Joe Henry Another renowned ship docks in Falmouth, but this time, from another age and place... Set to be a 20th Century Fox blockbuster movie this Christmas, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is part of the Narnia adventures. Being released on 9th December, this film is set to prove popular in the UK. How is Falmouth involved? By luck, but also due to the safe harbour Falmouth hosts to ships. During the summer months, the famous Dawn Treader ship, had to dock in Falmouth for two nights alongside the Maritime Museum due to bad weather. The ship was travelling to film scenes for its movie. While docked in Falmouth, the ship attracted many crowds, and permission was granted for people to walk on board the ship. The ship itself is an ominous looking ship. Modelled on an ancient design, the dragon head makes this ship unmistakable, and the overall design of a dragon brought much interest to the Maritime Museum.

This is fantastic news for Falmouth, as it puts Falmouth on the national cinema map, and anybody watching the movie will more than likely see some Falmouth scenery in the long-shots of the Dawn Treader sailing the oceans. The film is set to star actors Ben Barnes and Skandar Keynes and will delight the festive cinema audiences this season. The sailing action will see Narnia heroes Prince Caspian, Edmund, and Lucy voyaging to battle dragons, dwarves, and merfolk! The Maritime Museum director Michael Sweeney expressed his merriment in the Falmouth Packet : “We’ve had lots of delighted visitors coming along to see this incredible spectacle – including a few people in fancy dress!” If you’re stuck for a movie to see this holiday, you can be proud of watching this movie, knowing that Falmouth was host to the important vessel – the Dawn Treader.

Secretary of Tremough Liberal Youth Text Owen Hind

After the recent student protests in London, it is easy to forget that there is another political campaign being fought up country. In the marginal constituency of Oldham East and Saddleworth, a by-election is almost certain to be fought after the previous MP, Phil Woolas, was found by a court to have illegally won his seat in May’s general election battle. The former immigration minister was found to have accused the Liberal Democrat candidate, Elwyn Watkins, of courting the vote of Muslim extremists, and of irregularities in his donations despite having no evidence to this end. The court heard from Labour’s own election agent that the campaign literature was intentionally designed to “get the folk vote angry”, subsequently winning the election by just 103 votes. In such a tight election, the court concluded that his lies could have been the deciding factor. The fact that there is a by-election is not uncommon, but it is the first time an MP has been forced to stand down because of illegal campaigning tactics for 99 years. Woolas is contesting the decision but considering he has been disowned by Harriet Harman (Labour’s deputy leader), and suspended from the parliamentary party, his future in Westminster politics looks bleak.

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A date for the election cannot officially be set until Woolas’s final judicial review of the verdict is decided, but after losing the initial court appeal, his options are quickly diminishing and an election before Christmas looks increasingly likely. With this in mind, the Liberal Democrat candidate Ewlyn Watkins has got a second chance to become the constituency’s MP, and he and the national party are expectantly campaigning. The full weight of the party is behind the election, with prominent MPs regularly visiting the constituency and large numbers of volunteers spending time campaigning, to support the already experienced campaign team. It is likely that the Conservatives will re-adopt Kashif Ali as their parliamentary candidate, and having finished less than 3,000 votes behind in May, it is not infeasible that the constituency could return a Conservative MP for the first time since 1992. However, after the author spent the weekend with Tremough Liberal Youth campaigning in traditionally Conservative areas of the constituency, on the ground consent and a lack of a visible Conservative campaign suggests they will remain in third place for the foreseeable future. Furthermore, there has also been much speculation that the NUS may field a ‘no fees’ candidate in response to the government’s proposals to raise the

top-up fees cap to £9,000 a year. But support would no doubt be thin on the ground with only the small university campus in Oldham to draw support from, as well as having to contend with issues such as the court case and the dwindling economy. But, the NUS would no doubt cause some headaches in the Liberal Democrat camp, given the apparent u-turn of the party’s leadership (if not all of its MPs or membership). The Liberal Democrats upset an expectant New Labour, riding high under Tony Blair, by beating them in a 1995 by-election in a constituency made up of part of Oldham East and Saddleworth. A victory in a few weeks time would not be as unexpected, but it would provide a boost for the party which has slipped down the polls since they entered into the coalition government. Matthew Smith, President of Tremough Liberal Youth said that: “The Tremough students have always been politically active, and played a key role in the exceptionally close general election campaigns in Cornwall, it’s bound to be just as close in Oldham so we were keen to get involved again and help the Liberal Democrats deliver another famous by-election victory.”


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Snow comes to Cornwall! Text Ian Pogonowski

Cornwall saw a white Christmas come early. Students at Tremough saw lectures, seminars and workshops cancelled. The design centre was shut at 1pm, allowing students to revel in the festive weather, on Monday November29th. The cold snap was part of a 2 week cold spell, climaxing around

the day of snow and following day of severe frost. Many people were sledging, at Tremough, and Trelawney road. In comparison to the rest of the UK, Cornwall was little affected. Despite this, many parts of Cornwall came to a stand-still on the Monday.

If this is an early taste of what is to come in the winter, we can expect more snow and colder temperatures on returning to Uni in January. Overall, a pleasing sight and respite for all students at the end of term.

This House would leave the EU Text Isaac Bergman

Britain would extract itself from the European Union, according to public vote, after the Debating Union held it’s bi-weekly debate last Wednesday. The third debate of term: “This House would leave the EU”, was won by a slim majority of 18 to 15 votes for the proposition, after many people remained undecided on the issue. Audience members were asked to ignore their pre-existing opinions and vote purely on the performances of the two teams within the room. “It was really hard to make my mind up as to who had made the most compelling argument,” said third year student, George Matherson. “At the end of the day, the proposition had more going for them but in their defence, the opposition really knew their facts.”

Both sides had an unprecedented three speakers, giving them each over 20 minutes to put forward their views in order to sway the audience. The proposition discussed how the EU was undemocratic and expensive for Britain to remain involved with, whilst the opposition discussed how important it was for Britain to have a say in laws that will affect us in the future, regardless of our position within the EU. “Overall it was a good debate and both sides had good arguments,” said opposition debater Simon Saunders. “It was also a good chance for us to get some pro-European views out there”. Whilst generally, people seemed to agree more with the proposition’s debate, the opposition managed to pull some people back across to

their side once the floor was opened to the audience for questions. However, at the end of the day it wasn’t enough to pull a victory out of the hat. Proposition speaker Tom Burley said: “We kept it within the realms of sensibility and it was a good debate, largely reflecting the views of the country as a whole.” The next debate is “This House believes Britain was wrong to go to war in Iraq” and will be held on December 8th in Daphne Du Maurier Lecture A at 6 O’Clock. If you’re interested in debating or just want to come along, join the ‘University of Exeter Debating Union inc. Falmouth’ facebook group, or speak to the Union President Jungi Shafi.

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Democracy in Action Burma’s new Free With violent oppression rife and over 2,200 prisoners of conscience detained in Burma, Chief Editors Seren Adams and Paul Tucker investigate what hope and possible change a general election and the release of a major political icon hold for the freedom of the Burmese people. It is hard to imagine life in Burma. In the UK, freedom of speech and the right to peaceful protest - as we have seen with reactions to planned government cuts –allow us to voice our opinions without fear of reprisal. We cannot know the full extent of the suffering caused by the junta, nor can we understand the day to day realities of existing under such oppression. Indeed, there is only so much that writing about it can do for those living under the hand of the junta. However, Nita May, a Burmese journalist addressing student journalists at an Amnesty International event earlier this year said, “if you want to right the wrongs, write about them.” With the planned rise in tuition fees and protests nation-wide, Burma may seem a country too remote and too different from ours to think about. Yet, while we run the streets of our cities and voice our disgust at the betrayal of the government, students in Burma would face years in prison for speaking out. The reality of that fact is worth a moment of thought. Burma’s twenty-year wait for a democratic election came to an end earlier this month, preceding the equally significant release of popular political figurehead Aung San Suu Kyi, who has spent most of the last 20 years incarcerated by the military Junta that has ruled Burma since 1962. In truth, however, the elections were highly choreographed by the Junta and, as with Aung San Suu Kyi’s release, represent little hope for real political change in Burma. The largest pro-democracy party, Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, had announced beforehand that it would be boycotting the vote due to what it saw as "unjust" electoral regulations (this included imposing Junta censorship on all opposition parties' campaign material, from flyers to speeches at rallies, as well as expelling over 400 NLD party members serving prison terms and pledging to support and defend the new constitution). The Junta responded to the boycott by ordering the disbanding of the NLD, a party whose importance to the Burmese political landscape is reflected by the 59% majority gained (and ignored by Burma’s rulers) in the

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previous election in 1990. The upshot of this was an almost universally discredited 80% majority for the party representing Burma’s military elite. “The election in Burma has changed very little”, Niall Couper of Amnesty International UK told Flex, “Burma remains a country where political dissent is brutally repressed, where torture and child labour is commonplace and freedom of expression is almost unheard of.” The West’s widespread rejection of a process whose only outcome is, in Couper’s words, “the same people, sitting in the same places, presiding over the same human rights violations” was surprisingly at odds with the welcome coming from some quarters of the media within Asia. China’s People’s Daily claimed the election would help to “improve the lives of the masses, and enable [Burma] to take the road of prosperity and development”. Whilst it is hard to see how the people of Burma can feel the benefit of continued rule from a violent and oppressive regime, talk of “prosperity and development” from a mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist party goes some way to explaining support from within Asia, where the economic stability of Burma as well as its natural resources are important to the stability of the region in general. “A number of countries have developed a vested interest... they need to look at the longer picture. The regime cannot go on forever”, says Couper, whose organisation sees China, as well as Thailand and India, as the nations most at fault for their compliance by association with atrocities carried out by Burma’s ruling regime. This view is echoed by the Nobel Prize winning Indian economist Amartya Sen who recently voiced his disgust that India, which had in the past “spent our time lecturing the world on morality” was now, for economic and political reasons, simply “welcoming the butchers from [Burma]”. While many saw the release of Aung San Suu Kyi on the 13th November as real and exciting change, others remained wary and remind us that little progress has been made. “The release of Aung San Suu Kyi is of course welcome - Amnesty International has been campaigning for it for years. But

Women and children run for their lives: On 27 November more than 200 villagers from Pa Lu village, Eastern Burma fled to Thailand after a Burmese Army mortar attack. Courtesy Burma Campaign UK

she is just one individual and there remain over 2,200 political prisoners in Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi herself has said until each one of those is either freed or faces a fair trial - there can be little progress", says Couper. Her freedom is a small step forward. She may only have been released to gain support for the government following the sham elections a week earlier, to divert attention from the illegality of this vote, or even because she could not do anything to change the inevitable result of the vote. However, Aung

San Suu Kyi is the embodiment of hope for democracy in Burma. While there remain thousands of prisoners of conscience within the country’s borders, Burma and Aung San Suu Kyi are only partly free, but for those oppressed and stripped of their human rights she is a symbol of patience, hope, loyalty, strength and freedom from fear. Looking ahead, it is impossible to see an easy route towards liberation for the people of Burma. On a local level, the economic interests of countries

such as China, Thailand and India and their resulting compliance with the Burmese regime, means that any real chance of progress is compromised. Internationally, more pressure needs to be exerted by western countries and the UN to call for an end to oppression and human rights abuses within Burma. Despite worldwide concern and protest, Burma’s most fundamental problems must be principally resolved from within Burma itself. It is clear that Aung San Suu Kyi’s party


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A Global Issue – How Students Can Help Burma The abuse of human rights suffered by people in Burma is not just a political issue – grassroots-level involvement can have an immense impact. As shown by the recent demonstrations against unding cuts and tuition fee increases, students form one of the most influential bodies when it comes to agitating for change. The NUS, in collaboration with The Mirror and Amnesty International UK, has recently launched the Student Human Rights Reporter of the Year Award, whilst AIUK’s own project aims to provide vital radio access to those living with Burma’s borders. Speaking to Flex, the NUS and AIUK discuss how to get involved with the Burma campaign, whether through these projects or otherwise.

have the support of the Burmese people, yet after 48 years of military rule little has changed. Any chance of democracy in Burma depends on all political parties being able to enter into fair, progressive and peaceful discussions with the government. “We have got to be able to talk to each other,” Aung San Suu Kyi said in an interview with the Washington Post earlier this month. “I think, firstly, we have to start talking affably – real genuine talks, not just have some more tea or this or that.”

Map Courtesy Burma Campaign UK

"Human rights violations in Burma are widespread and systematic... We were delighted by the release of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi recently, but it is important that we remember that there are still over 2,200 political prisoners, including prisoners of conscience - and including a great many students - currently being held in deplorable conditions for simply exercising their right to peaceful protest. We will continue to stand in solidarity with all those calling for a free and democratic Burma, and believe that students can play an incredibly important role in this respect."

-Susan Nash, NUS Vice President (Society and Citizenship) “There are two easy ways that people in the UK can help. They can go to www.amnesty.org.uk/burma and take part in any of the solidarity actions for the cases. The second is financial. Amnesty International is in constant talks with a range of Burmese groups on the ground - and what they want more than anything is information. To help Amnesty has launched a radio project. The project involves shipping short-wave radios into the country, allowing the country's citizens to tune into uncensored information broadcast from the Thai-Burma border from the likes of BBC Burmese, the Democratic Voice of Burma and the Voice of Free Asia. Individuals can buy a radio through www.amnesty.org. uk/radios. To find out more about your local group, you can either check in with your local student union or email “student@amnesty.org.uk" -Niall Couper, Amnesty International UK For information on how to enter the NUS/Mirror/AIUK Student Human Rights Reporter of the Year award, go to http://bit.ly/fwAjpa.

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The future is...fat! If your mouth watered at the picture, Claire Shaw is here to tell you why your eyes might soon be watering too...

How many sweets, chocolate bars or fizzy drinks have you consumed today? Such sugary foods as these are among a few of the many guilty foods which are causing the government a deep concern for the wellbeing of the nation. Surveys carried out have produced worrying results claiming that we Brits are eating an excessive amount of ‘unhealthy’ foods which is costing the government billions of pounds every year in health and medical expenses. The concerning statistics has forced the government to propose the possibility of a ‘fat tax’ in Britain, targeting foods with an excessive amount of salt, sugar and fat. These include: Dairy products: fresh butter, cheddar cheese, full fat milk Fast food: Cheeseburger, takeaway pizza, potato wedges Sweets: Milk chocolate bar, Danish pastry, butter toffee popcorn This economic incentive is aimed at reducing the ever growing obesity rate in Britain. With 21% of all men and women being classified as obese or morbidly obese in 2002, it is a rising

concern, not only for the future generations, but for our youngest generation of children being brought up in a world where type 2 diabetes occurs frequently in obese teenagers and young adults. Obesity is officially classified as people having a BMI that ranges between 25 and 30. A ‘morbidly obese’ person has a BMI of 40; therefore, categorizing a healthy person’s BMI as ranging from 20 to 25. Results showed that in 2002, 64% of men, and 58% of women had a BMI of 25 of more, revealing that over half the nation are overweight. A reason for such high results in obesity could be down to two overriding factors: higher overall energy intake, and/or lower energy expenditure. This could simply be attributed to the types of jobs Britons have; office and transportation jobs offer little chance to expend a lot of energy. Another reason could be the decline in people walking and/or cycling to work, school or university, not only creating a bigger carbon footprint but also resulting in lower energy expenditure. Obesity is an economic concern which not only costs the people concerned with the ‘disease’, but also the rest of society. It is estimated the UK government will pay £3.6 billion this year alone from premature death and sickness due to obesity, and the related medical illnesses including days off work resulting from it. Tax on fatty foods may seem unfair to those who lead a balanced and healthy lifestyle, which is why the government plans to subsidise healthy foods with the revenue accumulated from the ‘fat tax’. The money is also earmarked for exercise equipment, healthy eating campaigns in schools and for advertising to support the consumption of healthy foods. Some may think this is a radical change for

Britain, but why should we not step up to the mark? France, Canada, Denmark and even some states in the USA have enforced a tax on fatty foods. France puts a 20.6% VAT on sweets, chocolate, margarine and vegetable fat, whereas other healthier foods only attract a VAT of 5.5%. If the nation shows that they are unable to change their eating habits, then shouldn’t the government have the right to force change in order to effectively save people from themselves? The main concerns with this tax are the people of lower income who have fixed budgets with little room for manoeuvre, thus relying on such fatty foods for their low price. The ‘fat tax’ would therefore be most detrimental to these poorer families who would have to spend a higher percentage of their income, compared to the rich. As a result, the only way the poor could face up to the tax burden would be to eat healthier foods. Alternatively, the reason for lower income families relying on unhealthy foods could be down to a lack of education, where families are not educated in cooking healthy meals. This would then require the government to use such revenue to improve the lives of the uneducated. So why is our nation is such a dire state, where

around 900 people in Britain are so overweight that they are immobile, costing the government £8m every year. Is it due to our lack of willpower or self discipline? Should healthy people pay for others self indulgences? It is a shocking statistic that obesity is set to overtake smoking as the biggest preventable killer in the UK. Therefore, one is forced to question whether the consumer should have such an easy choice in how they eat. The government were quick to tax cigarettes and alcohol; will they be as progressive in taxing fat? Will the ‘fat tax’ face stiff opposition from the public, or will the only demonstration come from the fatty food manufacturers? With Christmas fast approaching, the supermarket aisles are jam-packed with confectionery products, delicious cakes and assorted boxes of biscuits, making it an easy excuse to fill up your trolley with goodies. However, how easily would you consume such tempting foods if the price increased by 20%? Would it make a significant difference to your shop, changing the way you thought before you bought? Christmas is, of course, an easy exception to make, and I am sure many would choose to consume with the extra costs in mind, but perhaps this would change your mind on day to day expenditure, steering you towards picking up a Nutri-Grain cereal bar instead of a Galaxy chocolate bar. What do you think of the plans to tax fatty foods? Would you swap your Coco Pops for Alpen, or would you happily sell your own grandmother for another box of delicious chocolate treats? Join the debate on Twitter, @flexfeatures.

It’s OK, we’ve never had it so good! We couldn’t afford Charlie Brooker. So Features Editor Mark Burton had a go instead...

Just remember those words when you’re chewing on Grandma’s right knee this Christmas because turkey is well out of your price range. According to somebody who was born with a silver spoon up his arse, the recession really isn’t that bad at all and those who say it is can bugger off his property before he releases the hounds. The swathes of unemployed can stop moaning as far as he is concerned, because a few thousand people have slightly less to pay on their crippling mortgages. Hurrah! Embrace this spirit of unbridled joy and optimism when you’re considering which kidney to sell to pay for your tuition fees in a couple of years. When you’re wondering where all the public services have gone, rest assured that they had to be cut back massively in order to save £7bn. Which was then given to Ireland. And of course, at no point bear in mind that the treasury just let a certain mobile telecommunications operator (let’s call them Fodavone for privacy’s sake) off a £6bn tax bill which could have pretty much swallowed up the cuts in one. AT NO POINT. I’m genuinely considering changing my name to ‘Big Business’

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to see how long it takes for a Tory to pander to me. Of course, Ireland had to be bailed out, as apparently UK banks are ‘exposed’ to Ireland to the tune of £150bn. Whilst making Ireland sound just a tad rapey, this also begs the question of what the hell there is to invest £150bn in, in Ireland?! As far as I can see, the main Irish exports are potatoes, bafflingly popular stout and silver-tongued comedians. Now that we part-own the Republic with Sweden and Germany I’ve made sure to stake my claim for the aforementioned stout company and hope to be taking delivery of the brewery in four to six weeks. This pan-European three way is set to make life for Irish comics unfeasibly difficult, however. Could you imagine writing material to satisfy British, German and Swedish comedy palates simultaneously? The best I’ve managed to come up with so far is: “Man walks into a bar. Checks that all the relevant safety guidelines have been strictly adhered to and gains immense pleasure from this. Orders a refreshing flagon of sensibly priced pilsner which the bartender pours with great efficiency. A happy outcome is achieved.” This isn’t even a joke, and it’s the best material I could come up with. God help you Dara, your whimsical

Irish lilt won’t save you now. For us students, it’s becoming increasingly clear just how fantastic life is. Dave and George have decided that unless you wear a lab coat for a living your university is going to get approximately no pounds a year of funding for you (and even the sciences are in for what is officially termed a ‘funding enema’ as well, so nobody’s getting out of this) . This equates to no euros, zero yen and absolutely no dollars. Unfortunately, and sorry about this Falmouth, if you go to an arts university your funding is about to get completely withdrawn. They’re going to take away needless and costly things like lecturers, facilities, materials and teaching time, presumably to allow your creative minds to imagine a fair system, and spend most of it on really important and cheap stuff like nuclear missiles and helicopters and unwinnable oil wars. And in return for this act of generosity, Messrs Cameron, Clegg and Osborne are asking for a mere six thousand pounds more from you every year. I’m inclined to knight these fine fellows straight away! I’ll even provide my own fucking sword.


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Talking about the iGeneration. Text: Ian Perkins I’m sick of books. Macbooks, netbooks, ebooks, facebook...just books. I’m also sick of the little ‘i’ that seems to be in front of everything. A pod, a phone, a pad, work and life instantly become something new with the prefix of a little sodding ‘i’. Quite fitting then that I decided to write about a generation of people, the iGeneration - of which I am unfortunately an active member. The iGeneration, which is known as Generation Y, is a common term for people born in the mid-‘80s to the early ‘90s. Zach Whittaker of ZDnet says: “Out of this collective, the iGeneration refers to a smaller proportion of the Generation Y where by the users actively engage with technology in its development, progression, and its use in the workplace, so that the technology can evolve within the means of the generation.” There’s one signifying trait with us though. Having been brought up in the ‘digital age’, they have lifelong use of text messaging, instant messaging, mp3 players, mobile phones and the internet. This isn’t an issue. It is that constant state of connectivity that I live in. My incessant connection to Twitter, Facebook, email and the web via my Blackberry is now essential - I hate it. With my Blackberry comes Blackberry Messenger (BBM), meaning I can IM any of my friends with Blackberrys. I hit an all time low when I found myself in a conference with friends who I was sat at a table with. Who’d have thought A similar scene to a sketch that Lee Evans used on a standup tour half a decade ago would come true? While I love the technology and the idea of people able to be permanently connected, the

thought of not having these connections is something I can’t imagine - this is what I dislike about the iGeneration. Whittaker sees something more important with my generation though, in a much more academic sense than I, “the Generation Y represents the next wave of development for our economy, our employment market, governments and our societies. A defining factor to the iGeneration is the progression from schooling and institutionalised academia into professional circles and environments. Because the iGeneration harnesses their knowledge of the importance of technology this enables them to advocate major changes to culture in their respective industries.” And you have to agree with him, our current age group is the next generation of critical thinkers, politicians, leaders and academics. I just don’t see Tom, Dick and Harry with their iPhones glued to their palms leading us out of an online banking crisis because Tom forgot to capitalise the ‘n’ in ‘iNvest’, 20 years from now. Pet-shop employee, Mark Dodge has “much love for it, whilst Ryan Hemmings, Law Student says: “It’s ace to able to pop in and out of things.” Kevin Duncan, a psychology student at UWE sees constant connectivity as a time killer that is “healthier than smoking.” However, Advertising student Mikie Daniel believes that: “people are too dependent on technology. My blackberry is like an extra digit. I'm perhaps not addicted to Facebook like others are, but instead, the sense of connectivity that's provided by Facebook, Twitter, emails on the go is the addictive or dependant part.” Agricul-

tural shop worker, Lewis Smith, looks at it a different way however, “I can see the merits, but as someone who doesn't have internet on his phone, it does make me feel somewhat left out that everyone else can update on the move, and I can't. So, I like it, but hate that I can't do it.” In a media experiment named Unplugged, a group of first year students at Bournemouth University agreed to give up all of their digital gadgets for a day and are recording their findings in essays and questionnaires. Dr Roman Gerodimos, a Lecturer in Communication and Journalism at the institution and leader of the initiative, commented on a pilot of the study that was conducted in the US last

year. "Students reported feeling withdrawal symptoms that were similar to drug or alcohol addiction. The words addiction and dependence kept recurring in their narratives, participants felt like they had lost connection with loved ones, even those who lived close by,” the expert explained. A recent Study by Ofcom revealed that among 16-to-24-year-olds, television was not nearly as dominant: half their "media time" was devoted to mobile phones and computers – and in turn, two-thirds of that time was spent doing two digital things at once. Sound familiar?

An x-ray of hope Text: Michael Hawkes

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Higher Education in Britain is going through a bit of a rough patch. The teaching budget is being cut by 79% (£4.2bn) and universities are going to be given free reign to charge students up to £9,000 per year in increased tuition fees to try and plug gaps in their finances. An analysis commissioned by Labour has warned that institutions that only offer humanities and arts courses, such as the London School of Economics and our very own UCF, could face having their public funding cut entirely – though a spokesman for the Department for Business has contested that they “cannot verify the figures”. Things are bad. However, last month a single ray of hope broke through the blue and yellow

storm clouds. After much campaigning by the group Science is Vital, the Department for Business announced that the science research budget would be spared from major cuts amongst the biggest onslaught on public services in generations. The campaign group led a demonstration of over 2000 scientists (and allies) outside of the Department that also presented a petition against cuts to the science budget to Downing Street signed by over 30,000 people. It ended up being the case that the science budget is to be frozen. This equates to a realterms cut of around 10% due to factors like inflation – still a far more lenient reduction than was expected. Previously the Department had signalled that the science budget could face cuts of up to 30% with Vince Cable suggesting that scientists should learn to “do more with less”. This was a strange statement given that British science already punches far above its weight; for only 1% of the global population we are

responsible for 12% of all scientific literature citations, are ranked 3rd in the world for citations per researcher and 1st in the G8 nations for scientific papers as a proportion of GDP (with a below average investment in science as a proportion of GDP – only Italy is worse). Britain is a world-class nation in terms of its scientific research and it is vitally important that we protect this status. Britain is not a nation rich in natural resources and we have long since lost our manufacturing base. Our knowledge economy, our science and our creative culture are the defining industries we have left. Domestically, 30% of our GDP comes from industries that rely on science, technology and mathematics. Internationally, most other countries such as America and Germany are heavily investing in scientific research, despite cuts to public services, as a route to economic growth. If we do not maintain our competitive edge we face the prospect of losing the best research groups to foreign institutions offering better

facilities and funding. This could relegate Britain to the backwaters of scientific research for decades to come and create a lost generation of British scientists fleeing abroad for the chance of a decent career. Luckily we appear to have been given a midnight reprieve of sorts, at least for the time being. So while we lament the death of Higher Education in Britain and the ravaging of arts funding, we have the temporary survival of the science budget to make us realise that they cannot take everything away from us. One small victory to remind us that direct action can result in real shifts in governmental policy. If we are to stand any chance of repeating the success of the Science is Vital campaign in other areas we must stand in solidarity and support each individual struggle against the cuts as part of a wider resistance. If we allow the conversation to be distracted into a contest between science funding and arts funding, rather than education funding versus education cuts, we will have already lost.

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FILM HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1 Text Kaylie Elise Finn When Harry Potter first hit cinema screens in 2001, the saga starred an array of pre-pubescent children who frankly, needed a spell of acting classes; and I wished nothing more than to snap their feature-length wands. Just under a decade later, with Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: part 1 standing as the most eagerly anticipated movie of 2010, everything has changed. The epic fantasy, based on the novels by JK Rowling, traces the steps of Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson), and Ron (Rupert Grint), as the trio embark on a mission to destroy horcruxes, the secret of Lord Voldermort’s mortality. With directorship changing hands no less than four times since the release of The Philosopher’s Stone, David Yates has worked his magic since taking over as director on The Order of the Phoenix, and now, he has conjured the best film to date with The Deathly Hallows. I was anticipating some cringe-worthy scenes, something along the lines of Ginny Weasley not so romantically forcefeeding Harry Potter a mince pie, but this wasn’t the case. Not only have the characters developed into credible actors, with Rupert Grint standing head and shoulders above the others, the film established a magical balance between humour and heartache. This film had a darker and more adult edge compared to the previous instalments; it wasn’t overloaded

with gratuitous gore, but nailed a spine-tingling eeriness. The special effects in The Deathly Hallows were nothing less than awe-inspiring. If there was ever a film which demonstrates the development of CGI, then this is it, as it ran seamlessly throughout the movie. The non-CGI aspects were equally as impressive, with opulent sets and costumes rendering this film an artistic masterpiece. There has been some speculation surrounding the decision to split The Deathly Hallows into two parts: was it to capitalize on box office profit, or to capture the essence of the epic finale? The movie captured the detail of the final novel so accurately, that if it was a ploy by the big boys in cinema to make even bigger bucks, then it was money well earned. Overall, it was an air-punch moment when the end credits rolled; finally, a Harry Potter movie which does real justice to the novel. JK Rowling herself heralded this film as the best adaptation of her books to date, and it’s not hard to see why. I had to wonder if I would ever regain the ability to talk after spending two and half hours either hysterically laughing, or weeping into my Kleenex tissue. Needless to say, I found myself leaving the cinema more than a little charmed.

JACKASS 3D Text Joe Hawke The most disgusting film I have ever seen, but that’s not to say it wasn’t entertaining! This feature was the third instalment in the Jackass film franchise, except, unlike its predecessors, it was produced in 3D. I have always been quite sceptical of 3D in films; an unnecessary technological feat and this film confirmed my reservations. There was no real need to use the (apparently) most expensive 3D camera ever used in films, as the amount of third dimension that the film could possibly offer was negligible. However, as Steve-O, a borderline manic depressive and “recovering” drug addict away from the cameras, was propelled 200 feet into the air in a portacabin filled with human excrement; the three dimensional technology did come in to its own, if only for a brief moment. I also got the feeling that this is probably going to be the last film the Jackass boys do, a montage of pictures of each member of the cast’s life seemed to suggest this and I think this is probably for the best. The film was everything you would expect from Jackass, and perhaps even more, but a $20 million budget for the film did seem rather wasted, seeing as many of the stunts I could probably recreate for a fiver! There is a continuing debate

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among film critics and general audiences alike, whether or not the stunts are genuine or if they are staged to suit their producers, MTV. But, I did get the impression from the regular vomiting of the cast and the film crew, and the gasps of despair from the viewing audience that these stunts were quite possibly real. However, if the production team are willing to spend so much on 3 dimensional technologies, why not spend a little more on a better editing team? Nevertheless, Jackass 3D made $50 million in the opening weekend, which has beaten previous records for films released during the autumn period. It has been suggested by critics that the Jackass team are running out of ideas, but I don’t think that’s the case: Jackass 3D had better stunts and more revolting tasks for the cast to attempt, than any of the other Jackass films. This film is never going to offer an awesome plot, stunning cast, and Oscar-winning potential, but if you want to watch a bunch of guys degrading themselves for no apparent reason with: human duck shoots, sweat cocktails and Bison taming, then definitely go and see this film. If you are at all squeamish, then Harry Potter is showing on the other screen!


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Tv WhAT To WATCh ThiS hoLidAy Text Alex Raffle So you’ve marched your way through the first term, literally, but the holidays are around the corner and that means several things. Mostly, someone else is going to clean up after you and cook you stuff: brilliant. It also means that you’ll be watching a whole lot of TV, so here’s an early run-down of what’s coming up. Because it’s Christmas, the TV schedule becomes pretty standard. It’s safe to expect an assortment of movies, most of which are family films; I know Channel 4 are going to show Edward Scissorhands, and that every show and their mother is going to have a special, including Benidorm and Misfits. As she usually does, The Queen will make her yearly speech, and Channel 4 will have an alternative speech of their own. Of course the soaps will have their extra long specials, and hopefully the shocking twist this year is that they aren’t killing anyone off; but I’m not holding my breath. The yearly tradition of X Factor will come to a close and the final will be worth watching, so you can find out whose single is going into the reserved place in the top of the charts; personally I’m thinking Matt Cardle. While we’re on the subject of music, if for whatever reason you should find yourself having a nice quiet night in on New Year’s Eve, you could always check out Jools Holland’s Hootenanny, although it’s been dropping the ball lately. If you were a fan of Channel 4’s the Million Pound Drop, it’s returning for four consecutive nights, and it has many reasons to watch, such as playing along with friends, or just to yell at idiots who simply throw money away; either way, it’s good times. The BBC has a rather hefty supply of dramas; expect obvious British staples such as period costume and crime, but among them something different could shine through, and from the

trailer, they have some amazing talent lined up. The highlight for me is this year’s Dr. Who special, which is retelling of a Christmas Carol with some Who-esc features such as the threat of a crashing space ship and what appears to be a shark. I’m sure it will all tie together nicely and make Christmas day slightly more magical.

The rating above is of anticipation; one star alone is for the Dr Who special. British TV feels a little stale at the moment, so only a handful of shows stick out against this. Hopefully the holiday will breathe some much deserved life back into it. Enjoy the holiday and Happy New Year.

ThE X FACTor Text Hugh Firth Those of you who are strong enough to resist the lure of Remedies or Club I on a Saturday evening might be aware of a little show on ITV1 called the X Factor, which entered Week 7 of the live finals with a tribute to the iconic Liverpudlian foursome, the Beatles. Well I use the term ‘tribute’ fairly loosely, as a big Beatles nut I was wary of the kind of warbling covers which would make me want to smash my TV into a thousand pieces. The result turned out to be mixed, some were good, and some were truly awful. Matt Cardle’s bizarre rendition of ‘Come Together’ with a rockier edge was uncomfortable viewing, especially as it looked like he was wearing one of his granddad’s vests. Paije’s rendition of ‘Let it Be’ was cheesier that 5 Steps Albums whilst One Direction’s version of ‘All You Need is Love’ was so bad that it sends shudders down my spine just to think about it. On a positive note, Mary Byrne, who is always great, was again this week and should go far. Cher Lloyd in a refreshing change

sang the John Lennon classic ‘Imagine’ without gimmicks and rapping; which got unfairly criticised by the judges. Wagner obviously was brilliant; from a serious singing perspective he is far behind the rest of the field, but he has excellent entertainment value. Finally, at risk of a violent backlash, Katie Waissel the tabloid’s darling, actually sang a slower, heartfelt and impressive version of ‘Help’. She had a strange Peter Pan style haircut, and appeared to be singing in front of some bad 1960’s wallpaper, but whilst the press have made her out to be worse than Hitler; she in fact sang well I’d say she still deserves to be in the competition. Controversial! From an entertainment point of view The X Factor is always great value for a Saturday night. The show has a grandeur and scale which is unrivalled, and is slickly held together by the amiable Dermot O’Leary. The judges also give great value, and the fact that they are in competition with each other adds extra spice

to the drama. The melodrama of the show can sometimes grate, but that is to its credit as it sucks you into the universe of the X Factor, so much so that you become extremely tense and nervous, praying that your favourite isn’t in the bottom two. Whatever you think about the music on X Factor, it’s impossible to deny that it’s highly enjoyable to watch, even if it’s just to see the judge’s faces when they hear Dermot say ‘Wagner!’ on the results show. Great television and a really fun and cheap Saturday night out, in.

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BOOKS CHRISTMAS STORIES Charles Dickens Text Sarah Connelly There is no author quite like Charles Dickens capable of evoking the most Christmassy excitement in his readers. It might not be snowing outside yet, (not quite) but sure enough it is dark, cold and miserable - what better reason is there than this to sit down in front of the fire (that’s if your student house is lucky enough to have one!) with a hot drink and a collection of Dickens’ classic Christmas stories to enjoy in the lead up to the festive holidays. The story of A Christmas Carol is a familiar one for most in the lead up to Christmas; I know that for my family Christmas Eve wouldn’t be the same without it, either in book, TV or cinematic form. However, Dickens’ love of Christmas tales by no means ends with Mr. Scrooge’s Christmas turkey, there are a whole bunch of short stories and novellas that lurk around our bookshelves and libraries, waiting for the festive period to start so they can be enjoyed once again. One such story is ‘The Haunted House’, a short tale of one man’s descent upon a lonely, creepy old house that the local residents of the town avoid, for fear of encountering the ‘hooded lady’ responsible for the ringing of the servant’s bells, the banging of the doors, and the footsteps that walk across uninhabited rooms and walkways. Reading the tale sat alone in my draughty old

house, even I began to hear noises of a similar nature, for this reason I dare anyone to read this alone! The plot follows the main character John, who is haunted by the sinister reoccurrence of the letter ‘B’ , and who witnesses the ghostly visitation of his father, grandfather and young self in place of his reflection in the mirror. The bizarre and humorous adventure that follows is a reminder that sometimes all that haunts us are our own vivid imaginations. Another gem is one entitled ‘The Seven Poor Travellers’, a tale that describes a young traveller who approaches an old inn on Christmas Eve along with six other unknown wanderers, to share and enjoy a session of story-telling on this cold and dark evening. The inspiring war-time memoirs of Private Richard Doubledick are retold in a moving and memorable way that will stay with the reader long after Christmas is over. The shared experience of this tale between the travellers reminds us that Christmas is most definitely a time best shared with the ones you love. It is through works like these that Dickens reveals his excellent capacity for story-telling, and what better time than to indulge in them than on a cold winters evening in the lead up to this magical time of year?

LITTLE WOMEN Louisa May Alcott Text Alex Blakeman So it has come round to that time of year once again. In a few weeks we will all be off home for some much needed food, comfort and central heating. In true festive fashion, the book I’ve decided to review this month opens on Christmas Eve. Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Little Women’ is a story about family strife, romance and personal development. Alcott narrates the lives of the four young March sisters; Amy, Beth, Jo and Meg. With the back drop of the American civil war, the four girls are ultimately required to adapt in the face of family grief and sorrow. The civil war is certainly a silent partner in the proceedings of the novel. Talking about their reduced circumstances, Beth assures the other sisters that they all have ‘ “Father and Mother, and each other” ’ to be thankful for during the season of good will. She is met with Jo’s penetrative realism, when she claims that ‘ “We haven’t got father, and shall not have him for a long time’”, as his doctoral responsibilities are with the army in the war. Dismayed at the prospect of a Christmas without presents, the girls seem to have been used to a more indulging celebration in

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previous years. As a result of the family’s reduced situation, the sisters begin to show their self sufficiency. My favourite part of the book is the founding of the Pickwick Paper society, in which the sisters amuse themselves with roll play and writing. Each sister has an irresistible identity, and you will find yourself able to relate to each once. I would like to say that, despite the title, this book should never be construed as a story solely for women. It is most definitely applicable to both, so please don’t shy away boys. The crux of the narrative centres on male and female relationships working together in often difficult social circumstances. If you have read the book before, I would recommend watching the film this Christmas, it is most certainly one of my family favourites. I have no doubt that it will be broadcast at some point over the festive season. Have a good holiday. Happy Christmas!

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Text Pete Grafton Good morning Vietnam. Yes, you guessed it the Call of Duty franchise has decided to finally stake a claim in producing a video game depicting America’s only loss in war…to date anyway. Like many others before it, Black Ops highlights the true devastation that was the Vietnam War: the unforgiving jungle, the destructive napalm, and the ruthless behaviour of the Viet Cong all wrapped neatly into an intense campaign mode on what is potentially the last Call of Duty title. From the Cuban compound of Castro, to the mining prisons in Russia, and many places in between, you follow the flashback story of Mason, uncovering the truth behind the C.I.A operative who is part of an elite squadron. There’s something we haven’t heard before. Cough, Modern Warfare 2 and Medal of Honour. Nevertheless, the campaign as a package is second to none. It’s longer, more intense, and much more intriguing than the other Call of Duty titles have only ever dreamt about, let alone produced. It keeps you thoroughly engaged so much that you’ll find it incredibly difficult to stop playing, even for five minutes. Above all of this, it actually has a sustainable plot. This makes it a whole lot more feasible than everything getting nuked to smithereens, or just dying at the end. The graphics overall are pretty decent and have seen a small boost, with improvements in a crucial field of gaming, mouth movement. Now there’s something to look forward to. Co-operatively, for those with friends, you can team up to play new Zombie maps- one of which will entirely blow your mind with history! You fight the never-ending undead as President John F. Kennedy, Secretary of Defence Robert McNamara, the second President of Vietnam Richard Nixon and Cuban Leader Fidel Castro in a Defcon 1 Pentagon. Words cannot do this justice. The multi-player has had minor tweaks here and there in an

attempt to improve online play. Most notably is the introduction of Combat Training in which you can play against computercontrolled bots to simulate taking on the online gamers. An additional feature is the Theatre. You can playback your triumphant moments or terrible fails and share them with everyone. Finally, perhaps the biggest introduction to online multi-player

is wager matches. The concept of this is that the money you earn online for completing various challenges can be gambled in order to gain more, or lose it all. Four new modes provide the fun and excitement of gambling, without the loss of real money of course. Overall, Black Ops is outstanding. It is possibly one of the only first person shooters that really provides something for everyone, and it does so in the finest of style.

envisioned renaissance Venice or middle age Jerusalem meant that Rome couldn’t look anything but spectacular – and you can bet it does. So what’s new? If it were possible to claim a qualm on this game it would be that it actually brings little new to the table, at least in terms of game-play and strategy. What Brotherhood does do though is take everything that was great about AC II and broaden it – the economic system now spans re-building and investing in all manner of services across Rome, rather than the just a small villa, a few more weapons and other items (finally a crossbow!), as well as the ability to ride horses anywhere, which is a far cry from having to trot slowly past guards in the first game. Animations remain the same with the addition of some brutal sword/wrist gun combos and the improved (and addictive) combo streak in which Ezio must ‘strike first and strike fast’, developing combat

beyond simply waiting for that counter kill. The game also sees the addition of a new multi-player system, whose format of running around assassinating each other seems strange, but should provide players with a new context for online play. What’s good about Brotherhood is that the Ubisoft developers have clearly listened to their audience in response to AC II. Now we can actually replay missions at leisure, and all those great side quests have been included and enhanced. In its entirety, Brotherhood doesn’t change the series in the same way AC II did, but it is a superb addition to a completely original series.

Text Jack Langley For those of you who played Assassin’s Creed II, you’ll have a pretty good idea of how the game took a giant step forward from its predecessor: improved mission structure, greater free-roam capabilities, and a broader range of more developed characters were just a few tips on this giant historical iceberg. AC: Brotherhood continues quite literally where the second game ended. Ezio now travels to Rome after his villa in Monteriggioni gets destroyed by Borgia’s men, and decides the best way to fight the massive oppression there is with the help of assassins, which you will personally recruit on the street. Thus the brotherhood. The titular allies don’t actually have the most significant bearing on the story, so you can expect help in the form of a rain of arrows when you’re in a sticky situation, but fairly similar plot-lines to AC II. Where the series excels the most is in its immensely detailed and atmospheric city design, playing the gorgeously

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Creative Writing Creative Writing Editor: Jemma Green

At war with November

It looks like I am doing what I should be.

Explosions in the sky, thrown on black card, as a Xylophone of colour. Pawing across the never ending Lengths Of the pressing frozen night. Into the darkness Once more, Never to be seen again. So take it in. Take it in. Absorb it Now and remember it well.

Progressive Twang filter through, light patter Continue, simmer, continue. Increase and continue Sit, sit, sit and absorb, Coheed and flow. Increase, words enter. The ocean of whales, of wailing. Is wailing or the act illegal? Continue scratch and play. Bass tone breaks the ice. That is sound and not still, Elbow touch to smudge a word. A focus lost in thought continue, don’t stare at the page, stare with your ears but write. DON’T STOP If you stop it continues. Continue, Or have nothing a mellow drone, a tone, a broken vocal progression, choking, Continue. Progressively climb, rising noise to rise above the noises. Drowning in sounds, choke and splutter those words. Because I can’t really hear you, but you continue. I don’t understand but you continue. Covering the sounds in your vocal blanket.

So you now have experienced, The Kind of things that You will fill your dreams with forever.

Tobacco stains and liver pains. Jilted you sit as an Old man, Hard of hearing Now. Not able to remember who, that You’re tapping your feet in time to. Callused Hands Are unbearably still. So Stiff. Hearing ghosts of memories that you once lived.

I’m still going, Many people continue. Turn over the page, turning the tape to side B, It continues when I pause It goes on. Dragging me, us, To keep going. You continue to write, I continue to write about it. What have you written of the sound? Is it the same to you? Continue The sounds, colours, brightness, contrast And hue. Do you see what I see? With your ears covered by your hair. Continue, Continue, Continue. Melody as explosions in the sky This will destroy you. Us. In a post-rock haze, the transition of sound is hypnotic and Transcending, Scaling, Continuing To Continually Continue. Flowing, like ink it bleeds out. My paper ears are full. The sounds

How do you draw sound? That is sound and not still. Bass tone breaking the ice, elbows touch to smudge words. Staring with your ears, writing melody as explosions of ink.

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Surfersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by Greg Strachey Taken on a cold day in November. Porthmeor, St. Ives. On the west coast of Cornwall, it is a hotspot for local surfers, a hidden gem that not many people know about. Living in Falmouth we are constantly confronted by surf culture. Greg documented surf fashion, looking at the different types of board and wetsuits that surfers wore. To check the surf go to: http://www.sloop-inn.co.uk www.gregstrachey.co.uk

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Emmeline Pidgen Arts Editor: Catherine Durham

Emmeline Pidgen graduated from Falmouth with a BA (Hons) in Illustration last year. She is now working as a freelance illustrator, represented by Advocate-Art. She uses paint to create her beautifully playful and whimsical illustrations for both children’s books and adults. Flex: What do you draw inspiration from? Emmeline: “I have a huge folder on my computer stuffed full of silly, inspirational, and beautiful images I’ve collected. If I’m ever feeling a bit stuck for inspiration I peruse through them and something usually sparks an idea! I plan to print them all off and bind them into an ’Emmeline’s personal inspiration book‘. Besides that of course, music is very inspiring, reading a gorgeously written book, walking down to the sea or through a forest and generally my own experiences and memories.” F: Who are your favourite artists/designers? E: “There’s an illustrator I like called Andrew Hem, his use of colour and shape is beautiful. Also, in terms of children’s books, I admire the work of Oliver Jeffers, in particular for the backgrounds he paints, again, lovely use of colour! I adore the work of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, I love the worlds they suck you into. There’s also a Belgian graphic novelist called Dominique Goblet and I love her work, Souvenir D’Une Journée Parfaite is deliciously pencil-scratchy.” F: You write your own blog (www.emmelineillustration.blogspot.com). Do you have any favourite blogs you regularly visit for inspiration? E: “In terms of blogs, I keep updated with the work of my very talented friends from the Falmouth Illustration course, who continue to inspire and encourage me. I visit a number of blog-style websites such as Booooooom.com and Pikaland.com, and I’ve recently signed up to Twitter ( http:// twitter.com/emmelinedraws ) so I get updates from many creative companies and individuals.”

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F: What have you been up to since leaving uni? E: “Since leaving uni I’ve done as any good graduate should and I’ve been on many, many adventures. Although I’ve been giving myself somewhat of a break from illustration work and enjoying the summer, I have been carrying a sketchbook with me everywhere and annoying strangers by drawing them on the streets. I’ve also been self-promoting my face off, which has evidently worked well as I was invited to be represented by Advocate-Art agency. “As it’s autumn now (my favourite season - yes!) I’ve decided to knuckle down and really push myself to work hard. I’m currently working on a competition entry for a Mythic Coastline project.” F: If you had to pick another career route, what would you choose? E: “Well, I can’t remember ever really wanting to be anything other than an artist. I remember in Year 2 making a plan with my friend that she would write books and I’d illustrate them! If I could pick anything to be for a while I’d love to do something astronomy-related, or write some really great music (or both…). Realistically, if I hadn’t chosen the artistic route I probably would’ve travelled the Geography path as I was rather keen on it at A-level.” F: What are your plans for the future? Where would you like to be in ten years time? E: “In the immediate future, I’m planning to move near Manchester for a while, although it will be hard to say goodbye to the sea. I want to really get my freelance business going and hopefully get some great commissions! In ten years time I’d like to have seen a bit more of the world, have at least one book published, and be content with how far I’ve come in ten years.” F: What advice would you give to students going into their last year at Falmouth? E: “The final year is definitely the most intense, but it doesn’t mean you should get really stressed and lock yourself in your room doing work; it‘s all about balancing it out. I got very stressed at parts of third year and I regret it now as it seems so completely unnecessary. Falmouth is a gorgeous place so make sure you explore and make the most of it before you’re torn away!”

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I would just like to say a big thanks to everyone who has been involved with Lifestyle so far! All you journalists have been brilliant- keep your articles coming! It’s been great to have some new names onboard, and hopefully even more of you will be interested next year. Have a lovely Christmas and see you all in the new year! Hannah xxx (Lifestyle Editor)

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Oh, bring us a figgy pudding... Text Annabel Charlesworth

Or better still these delicious festive treats! Christmas is closing in upon us, fast, and although it is still mid November as I write, I am already getting requests to host another Christmas party. Just to fill you in, last Christmas my house hosted a veritable Christmas feast – by this I mean turkey, stuffing, roast potatoes, pigs in blankets ... the whole Christmas dinner followed of course by mince pies and mulled wine for about 20 of our nearest and dearest. At this point in time I am not too sure I want to do it all again. First was the politics of who to invite, then was the whole palaver of cooking the meal and finally we had a mountain of clearing up to do. Hence, this year I am thinking of doing a turkey curry buffet – Bridget Jones style, with loads of mulled wine and a Yule log. I’m not going to write a recipe for curry here because it’s too subjective, but instead here follows the most amazing chocolate roulade you will ever eat, and some sensationally alcoholic mulled wine.

ChoCoLATE rouLAdE I know I said Yule log, but actual Yule log is just a bit too sickly and sweet for me. If you want to make a proper iced one then by all means do, and I recommend Nigella Lawson’s Buche de Noel in Feast, but this is more of a dessert cake- think chocolate cake filled with freshly whipped cream. It is as good as it sounds and pretty easy too, so I really recommend giving it a go. Serves 8. 175g plain chocolate 5 eggs 175g caster sugar 2 tablespoons hot water 1 teaspoon instant coffee Icing sugar for decoration 300ml carton double cream

Preheat your oven to 180c or gas mark 4 and line a shallow baking tray roughly about 34x24cm in size. Then in a small bowl (like a ceramic cereal bowl) make up the instant coffee with the hot water and break in the chocolate. Microwave this according to your microwave instructions – perhaps 1-2 minutes on high – but make sure you keep an eye on it as chocolate can burn in a microwave. When melted do not stir but set aside, if it has gone slightly granular in appearance then the chocolate has seized but in this recipe that doesn’t matter. Next separate the eggs into two large bowls and whisk the egg whites into stiff peaks then set aside and whisk the caster sugar with the egg yolks until pale and thick. Add the cooled chocolate to the egg yolks and whisk in then fold in the egg whites. Now pour into the prepared tin and bake for 15-20 minutes making sure to keep an eye on it so that it doesn’t burn or catch. When the top is firm, remove from the oven and leave it to cool completely in the tin. When cool, whisk the cream until soft peaks and prepare to roll up the roulade. To do this cut off a piece of baking paper larger than the rectangular chocolate sponge, weigh it down at the corners to make it lie flat and sprinkle it all over with the icing sugar. Then flip out the cake topside down onto the prepared sheet and orientate the cake so that a long edge is nearest you. Spread the cream on the now exposed underside of the cake leaving a few cm gap around all of the edges and score a line in the cake about 1inch in all along the nearest long side. Now you need to roll the roulade up so hold the far side with your hand vertical to the work surface and use your other hand to grab the paper nearest to you and then move your hand towards the other side. Hopefully as your hand moves, the roulade should get caught up by the paper and roll itself up. Now all you need to do is transfer it to a plate and chill in the fridge until you are ready to serve.

muLLEd WiNE 60ml brandy Peeled zest of two oranges 10 cloves Juice of the two oranges 100g sugar 240ml water 2tsp mixed spice 2 sticks of cinnamon Place over a low heat and just keep it warming for at least half an hour or as long as it

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I know that mulled wine is readily available in supermarkets, but it just doesn’t compare to homemade. Mainly because supermarket mulled wine is about 7% as opposed to homemade which stays the same as regular 12 or 13% wine, and you don’t get that atmospheric smell of the spices or even the whole traditional process of making it. The addition of brandy may seem extravagant but it just adds so much more to the flavour and if for example, you do this as a flat or a house, then it could work out rather cheap. If everyone brings a bottle of cheap red wine (£3.33 each on a 3 for £10 deal!) and brings one of the extra items like oranges or spices and then pays a little towards the brandy, there is some serious value drinking on offer here. If you are hosting a Christmas party and instruct your guests to all stick to this plan, then you are going to have a huge vat of mulled wine on the go. Imagine the evening ahead. Per 2 bottles of red wine you will need to add in a very large saucepan, Takes your guests to arrive. Have a Merry Christmas!


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My Top Ten Fashion Statements of 2010 Text Sophie Hives-Wood 2010 has been an amazing year for fashion; girls have been in their element with a new range of fascinating shopping choices. We’ve seen everything, from double denim to the return of leopard print. It’s all a bit crazy, but we are still loving 2010 fashion! So here’s my pick of the year’s highlights, which still work now, and will carry you through to next year’s summer hols. If you fashionistas don’t already have these pieces in your wardrobe, you better stick it on your Christmas list!

1. Stylish Jump Suits

6. Classic Camel

Who knew that Jumpsuits would ever be a fashion must have? But I defy anyone out there to say that they don’t look completely cool and glamorous. With a stylish pair of heels and some standout accessories, jumpsuits are perfect for a night out or special occasion, and it’s another one to add to you suitcase when going on your girly holidays.

The Classic camel look is traditional and stylish. You can wear it any way you want it and it always looks good. Invest now in something with serious fashion longevity.

2. Pretty Maxi Dresses

7. Funky Oversized Rings

With a huge range of maxi dresses, you can get any style you want. In millions of colours and patterns they are the perfect outfit for any occasion, to be dressed down during the day or dressed up for a special occasion. The maxi dress is still hot property for winter- think silk, chiffon and longer sleeves.

The cocktail ring is a no-brainer. They look gorgeous, and add instant glamour to any outfit. The high street do some brilliant, purse friendly options, so make sure you’re getting one of these in your stockings at Christmas!

3. Boyfriend Blazers

8. Fur

The Boyfriend Blazer is a complete must have for any stylish girl out there. They are the perfect accessory for any outfit. Wear casually in the day over a pair of skinny jeans and a t shirt or wear on a night out to keep warm against the chill.

Fur is back with a guilt free vengeance this year as it hit the shops at winter. Whether in leopard print, black or camel, faux fur is the way to go. Hey, if it’s good enough for Chanel, it’s good enough for me!

4. Military Girl

9. Bright and dark nails

Military is a key look this year (thanks to Burberry) and it works any way you want it to. Go the whole way in a military dress, or simply add a jacket over any outfit.

When it came to nail varnish colours, this year was slightly inconsistent. Once summer hit it was all about bright pinks, yellows and oranges, but then when it was over we went all Edward Cullen again, and people were painting their nails black. For Christmas, try a deep purple as favoured by Chanel. Alternatively, you could go all Katy Perry and indulge in some serious nail experimentation!

5. Cool Ankle Boots

10. Classy animal Print

Ankle Boots have been everywhere this year; heeled or flat, these beauties go with anything!

Animal print has hit the high street dramatically this year. Animal print is ideal for the girls who like their patterns, and what is even better is there is an opportunity to mix trends together with the amount of fur animal print coats that out in the shops today. So add a bit of fear and sexiness into your wardrobe with an animal print dress.

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ADVERT Thinking about running to be one of next year’s Students’ Union Presidents or Execs? Make sure you take part in the ‘Future of FXU- You Decide’ student vote as it will affect what Presidents and Executive roles are available and how FXU is run!! The main FXU Elections will be held next term giving all students the opportunity to vote for who they want to lead FXU – the Presidents and Executive (Part-time) Officers for 2010-11! FXU are aiming for an even higher voter turnout than last year’s record at 36.1% of our current students (second highest in the country!). BUT before the elections can start next term, something absolutely vital to FXU will be happening, which will determine the presidential and executive officer roles available in the elections. The ‘Future of FXU- You Decide’ is a week-long student vote to decide on their most preferred model that contains different ideas of the following: • • •

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Information about the different models will be publicised as soon as we get back after Christmas to make sure you know what each one is and what they mean if put in place. More on ‘Future of FXU –You Decide’ FXU are doing this due to changes in Charity Law which came into force earlier this year leading most Students’ Unions to undergo a review of how they are governed to make sure it reflects what students want currently as well as what is now legally required. FXU has also done this, and the final part is to use students’ most preferred model as the basis of a new constitution for FXU. (A constitution is a legal document stating the purpose of FXU, what it does, how it does it and who is responsible for what). Once this has been submitted and approved by the Charity Commission, FXU will then be a charity in its own right!! Hurrah! There’ll be a petition going round shortly to propose this student vote to be an FXU Referendum as it is that important and it is for all current students at UCF and UECC to vote on. All models have been created from asking what students want through film and sound projects (diary-rooms and recording soundbytes), a survey (called ‘what would you wish for?’) and café sessions (student focus groups over pasties, cakes and tea!). More on being a President or Exec Officer Being a President isn’t just about putting on parties, freshers’ events, doing random acts in the name of charity (this year’s President Welfare, Tim Port, had his armpit waxed in the name of Movember, raising awareness of prostate cancer!). The Presidents’ main roles are to represent and campaign for students to improve the student experience overall academically and in student welfare. This is done through finding out about student issues, gathering students together to take action, representing students on university board meetings, keeping on top of changes that will affect students, fighting for student rights, giving one-to-one support to students..…the list goes on and there’s never a dull moment that’s for sure! The Presidents’ roles are paid, full-time positions for one year that can be undertaken as a sabbatical (taking a year out of your degree) or straight after you finish your degree. Being a president would give any student a great start to a career and is great experience for your CV. The Executive Officers are voluntary and part-time roles undertaken alongside your studies, also for one year. Also, great for your CV, can count towards the Exeter Award and you can gain experience in something you are passionate about as the execs are all around specific areas of interest from sports to fundraising to entertainment and more. So if you are thinking of running for president or an exec position from the next elections onwards, or you want to make sure you choose the positions available for you to vote for; then make sure you have your say!

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Aries - Pace yourself and expect the unexpected. Fresh challenges will present themselves. Taurus - If you want to borrow money, ask early on. Send presents as soon as you can. Gemini - You may need to rediscover your sense of humour this month, it will be needed.

sure to be prepared and not forget anything. Scorpio - Your month is easier this month. Be sure to invite friends as early as possible to parties. Sagittarius - The new moon is a sign for chaning times, plant seeds and grow in life.

Cancer - Take the hint and do something about your health. You have a fresh start so exploit it.

Capricorn - Two options this month - you can make things better for yourself, or worse. Make sure to follow your heart with what you do.

Leo - Love is in the air! So are many other things... Be carefull, and organize things sooner rather than later.

Aquarius - You want to be helpful this month. Maybe try helping your friends if they appear to be distant.

Virgo - Expect the unexpected this christmas, be prepared for this!

Pisces - Expect lots of fun, especially in your social life! You will be arranging many things, so donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to send your presents off this christmas!

Libra - You are the one doing everything at the moment! Make

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SPORTS El Out-Clásico Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid Text Chris Rushton

How many other matches in world club football can lay claim to the history that surrounds Barcelona versus Real Madrid? Each Clásico has interweaving through it a thorough re-enactment of the ideologies of the Spanish Civil War; the club representing a region begging for independence, taking on the club of the establishment; the proletariat attempting to take down the fascist regime. It is easy to dismiss such history in the face of a contemporary derby between two clubs who rank first and second respectively on the Deloitte Football Money League (Madrid are top, if you were wondering), yet the mindset is still staunchly entrenched in the fabric of the game. Whilst a vitriol so fervent that a pig’s head gets launched at a player choosing to swap the divide - as happened to Luis Figo – may astonishingly seem placid in comparison to certain other derbies around the world (the violence in Cairo’s derby between Zamalek and Al

Ahly resulted in the cancellation of the entire league in the early 70’s), nowhere else is it matched to two clubs who have possessed such quality and star-attraction incessantly since their conception. The match on the night of 29th November contained 11 World Cup winners, and 10 nominees for the Ballon d’Or. For the past year or so now, 2 of these nominees have jostled for the rhetorical honour of ‘greatest player in the world’; Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. If this match was to be the one to decide that honour, then the little magician won hands down. Despite failing to score, he orchestrated, tormented, created space for others and was simply sublime. One superlative phrase I can’t bestow on Messi and Messi himself however, would be that of being the best player on the pitch. That was jointly owned by Xavi Hernandez, the man who opened the scoring just 9 minutes in. After linking up with Messi in the centre of the pitch, Xavi continued his run into the box, collecting a pinpoint pass from the equally brilliant Andres Iniesta and – after a fortuitous deflection up off his heel - flicked it past Iker Casillas. It was a sign of things to come. Messi played much of the game as a fourth midfielder, flooding the centre of the pitch and constantly coming short to link up with Busquets, Xavi and Iniesta. It was lightening quick, precise and practically unstoppable, especially with Madrid dropping ever deeper instead of pressing Barcelona further up the pitch. Soon it was 2-0; Villa stealing in round the back of the Madrid defence and finding Pedro with a low cross, who finished with a tap-

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in. Despite flashes of a Madrid fightback; a free-kick here, a vain penalty appeal there, Barcelona never hinted at betraying their footballing philosophy or loosening their stranglehold on the game. It continued into the second-half, Villa and Xavi denied both by Casillas and wayward finishing. Madrid couldn’t hope to hold out much longer against a barrage of sumptuous football, and a double-salvo within 3 minutes of each other signalled a rout. Both products of beyond-the-ability-ofanyone-who-isn’t-Lionel-Messi passes (apart from, perhaps, Xavi and Iniesta), and both finished by David Villa. Jeffren made it 5 late on, and Sergio Ramos was sent off for, well, attempting to hack off each of Messi’s magical legs. And then facepalming Carlos Puyol. It was a fitting summary of the night for Real, petulant and arrogant. That was unbeaten Real. Jose Mourinho had taken the club to their best ever start, yet still they were no match for the Barca juggernaut. What was witnessed was essentially a 96-pointer – last season, thirdplaced Valencia were closer to the relegation zone than they were to the top two of Barca and Real. Whilst it may not be that each team avoids slip-ups throughout the season, El Clásico has taken on undoubted significance due to the monopoly the clubs currently hold over La Liga. What we saw today was, in all probability, the title being handed to Barcelona, and who would be willing to play Scrooge and begrudge them that? Not me, that’s for sure.

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Peak Adventure with the CUC Climbing Club Text James McCann The weekend of the 23rd October saw the CUC Climbing Club clambering into a minibus and undertaking the sevenhour drive to the Peak District. This was the first of many climbing weekends since, the Club taking to the outdoors in a serious way. What was once a society restricted to climbing at Granite Planet in Penryn has become a fully-fledged and increasingly competent club. The origins of this lust for the outdoors as a group came from the huge success of our initial adventure in the Peaks. We arrived at the Oread Mountaineering Club bunkhouse at 2am after a successful drive in the minibus shared by Alex Small and myself and promptly hit the Hay. Morning came and we awoke to the smell of bacon and eggs being prepared by (the now Saint) Alex. For the first time we were able to see our accommodation in daylight and a quirky old mill house was revealed to us, packed with journals old and new on the merits and locations of climbing. These provided ample amusement in the fleeting spare moments as we stared aghast at climbers without harness or ‘proper’ shoes. We quickly departed for our first day’s climb and after stopping in Hathersage for supplies and some extra climbing gear we arrived at Stannage, where we bumped into none other than the University of Exeter Climbing Club! After exchanging niceties we hastened to the rock where Vice-President Alex French, Mathew Bradbury and visiting Climber Zoe Marshall (Loughborough) set up top ropes for those of us not yet up to lead climbing! The day was under way and the weather glorious! Representatives of Go Big Adventures, with whom we had organised to meet, soon joined us. They helped us with setting up gear and demonstrated how to set up top ropes as well as providing some (more) great company. We climbed until it was dark, edging our way along the rocks and back to the bus. Fourteen people in all, we comprised quite the rabble and were soon headed to the pub for our evening meal. The Scotsmans Pack served as our venue and we were well satisfied with our meals when the drinking began! One pint down and half the club were asleep. So despite the weak effort we retired back to the bunkhouse in preparation for the next day’s adventure. We were again treated to egg and bacon sandwiches courtesy of Mr. Small and his helpers (who also made our packed lunch on both days) and despite this cheering start we were greeted with much less pleasant weather. The cloud had come in low overnight and we could not hold out much hope for dry rocks. Nonetheless we made the short walk from the hut to Birchen Edge. We spent the first part of the morning getting first-rate tutorials from Alex French, Mat and Zoe on how to place gear for lead climbing. To our surprise the rock remained relatively dry despite the inclement weather and we were able to climb for the early part of the afternoon before heading back to the hut and making preparations for the drive home. 14 hours of driving, 725 miles, 2 great days of climbing and far too much coffee later, we were home and dry. This fantastic experience left an indelible mark upon those that went and set the trend for our outdoor pursuits since. We have climbed at Trewavas (near Praa sands) and Roche (near Bodmin) every weekend since. Another more extensive adventure is in the works for the Easter Holidays that may take us to Wales. In the meantime you can find us running about the Cornish countryside and down at Granite Planet every Wednesday evening and Saturdays. We are prone to planning our outdoor adventures in the Seven Stars in Penryn after the Wednesday sessions so if you just want to come along for a chat that is where we will be. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates, (amazing) pictures and some friendly banter!

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Football roundup Saturday 20th November 2010 CSm 7-3 gulval Text Matt Dugay

After the 5-4 reversal at the hands of Threemilestone last week, it was important for School to bounce back away at Gulval and begin to assert themselves in Mining League Division I. Ryan Sweet, standing in as skipper for Jimbo Williams, helped get rid of the memories of the collapse with a rousing team-talk (helped by numerous cue cards). Playing on what I can only describe as an undulating surface, Gulval struck first, catching CSM cold. A through ball was latched onto, the striker rounding ‘keeper Chris Rushton and – so he thought – finishing into the bottom corner. Sweet had other ideas, charging back and hacking off the line. To School’s dismay, the ball fell to the feet of a Gulval midfielder, whose shot was charged down by Calum MacDougall, deflecting up off his toe and over the stranded Rushton. This prompted CSM back into life, with

School producing Barcelona-esque, intricate, passing football; the Gulval players left chasing their own shadows. Goals swiftly followed from Stephen Divers, Tom O’Reilly, Man of the Match Simon O’Neill and a diving header from Macdougall. An inauspicious tackle from Jakey at left-back resulted in a duly converted penalty, to leave the score perched 4-2 in School’s favour at half-time. The 2 goals flattered Gulval, but with School’s second-half capitulation against Threemilestone still fresh in the minds, jitters could easily come creeping in. These thoughts were swiftly banished with another goal from O’Neill (as well as a penalty miss for his hat-trick, dragged [quite far] wide). CSM controlled the game with particularly good performances put in by Kyle Winney and Gus Donaldson in midfield, a myriad

of chances being created but not converted. But again, Gulval produced a goal out of nothing. Another hoofed clearance from the back was kept in on the by line by the onrushing winger, who cut in and fired a low cross towards the front post. MacDougall, marshalling the area like a Mastodon, swung a leg and – defying the laws of gravity – looped the ball backwards and beyond the reach of the ‘keeper. 3 goals for Gulval, 0 from open play and only 1 converted by the home side. This didn’t dampen the CSM juggernaut however. Ben Vidler came on to execute his customary ‘mazy run and finish into the corner’ routine, and O’Neill completed his hat-trick. The result stood as it was until full-time; an easy win for School, giving them a boost going into their next game against Sennen.

Saturday 27th November 2010 CSm 3-1 Sennen Text Matt Dugay School were in jubilant spirits after their victory the previous weekend against Gulval, and waking up to a freezing cold morning for their trip to Lands’ End would not dampen their confidence. Games against teams like middle-of-the-table Sennen are those that School need to win if they are to consolidate their place in Mining League Division I for next season, and it was a predictably scrappy game that followed, with a fierce cross-pitch wind and low winter sun making decent football almost impossible. The opening moments were played out in the middle of the pitch, neither side being able to create clear cut chances yet School appearing to be in the ascendancy, playing the crisper football and holding onto possession where Sennen were wasteful. Nonetheless, it was the home team who struck first. CSM failed to deal adequately with a corner, again the winter sun making it difficult for the defence to pick out the ball and clear it sufficiently. The ball was scrambled out to the edge of the area, where a Sennen foot was planted firmly through it, swerving and rifling past Rushton. 1-0, not much you can do about that. Sennen were playing a high defensive line on the short pitch, and chances were numerous for the CSM strikers and runners from midfield, Jimbo Williams and myself being most wasteful (it may have looked as if putting my header over from under the crossbar was the ‘Miss of the Season’, but really it was just too high…honest). The pressure eventually had to pay off, and it did shortly before half-time. Simon O’Neill, playing up top by himself controlled the ball and, after it ricocheted upwards, volleyed it sweetly into the top of the net from the edge of the area. Going in 1-1 at half-time, the game was there for the taking. The second-half started out much as the first began, scrappy and contested away from each goal. A few niggling challenges were taking place, with pressure building from the sidelines for the home team to press on, leading to mistakes on which School could capitalise. The decisive goal came from a now less unlikely source in Calum MacDougall, with his second in 2 games, prodding in whilst unmarked from a corner. The defence shut up shop, with staunch and heroic blocks at times and a particularly good performance from left-back and Man of the Match Tom O’Reilly. Numerous chances again went begging for CSM to close the game off, most noteworthy from myself again (it wasn’t my day in front of goal). Sennen sent their centre-back up to form an attacking trident, but before this could have any impact Charlie tapped in at the far post from my cross. The full-time whistle was blown, and 2 wins in 2 games has made other teams sit up and take notice of School’s form. With Madron up next, we can expect 3 in 3 and a further move up the table.

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