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ARMLESS Students vote to fight the University over arms investments

Student Council calls for the University to sever links with arms trade ■ The executive are mandated to take action ■

Joanna Dingle News Editor STUDENTS HAVE condemned the University’s investment in arms manufacturer by passing a motion at Student Council which calls for them to sell their shares. The motion, which was proposed after one third-year student saw gair rhydd’s front page article entitled ‘Up in arms’, urges the University to remove any money they have invested in arms companies. This includes any money which is

invested externally by companies that they employ to manage their finances. The motion highlights the fact that “as student fees in part fund the University, the University should listen to the opinion of students in matters relating to investment.” It also indicates that other universities have policies that prevent the investment of money in companies involved in the arms trade, and calls for Cardiff University to do the same. Third year Jesse Scarf, who brought the issue to council, said: “I read gair rhydd article before the last Student

Council and immediately thought it was the sort of thing Student Council should be passing motions about. “I think it’s important that the University has pressure put on it to change its policy on investments, after all, it is supposedly trying to be more ethical.. “I’m not expecting the passing of the motion to make the University uturn on its policies but am really happy that we have been able to let our thoughts be known”. Four weeks ago, gair rhydd reported

on Cardiff University’s ownership of shares in two of Britain’s top ten arms companies. Over half of its investment, as of August 10, was in BAE systems, which describes itself as the “largest European defence company” and a “top 10 US defence company”.

B A E systems is currently under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office, allegedly for corruption and bribery in their dealings with many countries’ governments. One of theses countries is Saudi Arabia, a country with a record of atrocious human rights abuses. They are also alleged to have paid General Pinochet, ex-dictator of Argentina a Continued on Page 6


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December 04 2006 News 1 Editorial & Opinion 8 Politics 12 Column 13 Letters 14 Features 15 Jobs & Money 19 Science/Environment 21 Health 23 Media 24 Taf od 25 Television 27 Problem Page 35 Five Minute Fun 37 Grab 39 Listings 40 Sport 42 EDITOR Perri Lewis DEPUTY EDITOR Sophie Robehmed ASSISTANT TO THE EDITOR Elaine Morgan CREATIVE EDITOR Graeme Porteous NEWS Adam Millward, Helen Thompson, Jo Dingle, Katie Kennedy POLITICS Andy Rennison EDITORIAL AND OPINION Ed Vanstone, Georgie SPORT Dave Menon, George Pawley LISTINGS Jenna Harris, Rosaria Sgueglia TELEVISION TV Gareth, TV John, TV Neil, TV Jane, TV Ellen LETTERS Rachel Clare GRAB Kayleigh Excell, Lisa Hocken TAF-OD Huw Pritchard SCIENCE & ENVIRONMENT Ceri Morgan MEDIA Aline Ungewiss, Nadia Bonjour HEALTH Liz Stauber JOBS AND MONEY Gill Roberts PROBLEM PAGE Grace De Ville FIVE MINUTE FUN Lara Bell PICTURE EDITORS James Perou, Sarah Day SUB EDITOR Cathal McMahon ONLINE EDITOR Paul Springett CONTRIBUTORS Corrine Rhoades, James Stileman, Abigail Whittaker, Angela Pook, Tim Mohan, Tasha Prest-Smith, Emma Jones, Lee Macaulay, Matthew Horwood, Natalie Perkinson, Alicia Whitthread, Samantha Shillabeer, Catherine Gee, William Taylor, Victoria Lane, Huw Davies, Hannah Windsor, Tim hewish, Lucie Apampa, Hollie Clemence, Andrew Styles, Dan Ridler, Chris White, Anna Milewski, Kirsty Page, Georgina Wilmott, Lucy Higgins, Marianne Fisher, Laura Foster, Pierre Mason, William Taylor, Sian Miguel, James Smith, Alex McIntosh, Tom Williams, Ed Pitchforth, James Woodroof, Becky Oatley, Jack Zorab, Erica Ballantyne, Jo Price, Scott D’Arcy, Emma Green, Chris Croissant, Hayley Poter, Angharad Jones, Settor Tengey, Adam Gasson PROOFREADERS Kieran Harwood, Rachel Greenwood, Aisling Tempany ADDRESS University Union, Park Place Cardiff, CF10 3QN ADVERTISING 02920 781 474 EMAIL gairrhydd@gairrhydd.com WEB www.gairrhydd.com LOCATION 4th Floor Students’ Union

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BISHOPS: Not to be messed with

James Stileman Reporter

Christian societies debate rages on Bishops warn that students’ unions are acting illegally by banning Chritian societies Corrine Rhoades Reporter BISHOPS HAVE labelled the recent ban on campus Christian unions as “intolerant and unlawful”. Students’ unions were warned by Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops that their actions were illegal after three UK universities suspended their Christian Unions (CUs). A letter called for the Christian groups at Exeter, Edinburgh and Birmingham Unis to be reinstated, following a decision to deny the

groups facilities and funding provided to other societies. CUs were accused of holding ‘exclusionary’ meetings, which discriminated against non-Christians and homosexuals. This sparked claims by the bishops that Christian students are facing “considerable opposition and discrimination” at universities in “violation of their rights”. The bishops’ letter also argues for “freedom of expression, freedom of belief and freedom of association” and comes after two university CUs have threatened legal action.

The 1986 Education Act states that universities are obligated to “safeguard the lawful exercise of freedom of speech”. In 1998 guidelines to students’ unions were also published, stating that unions shall not “harass, intimidate or threaten any member or group”. Although the bishops acknowledged that student associations have a responsibility to regulate official societies, they believe they shouldn’t have the right to “restrict or change the essential beliefs of those societies”.

Banking on a degree? Abigail Whittaker Reporter BARCLAYS BANK has launched the UK’s first retail banking degree in partnership with Nottingham Business School. They hope to attract top students to a career with the bank by paying them a wage while they study, funding their tuition fees and offering them a guaranteed job immediately after graduation. Selected students will enrol on the programme at the end of their first year of their business management courses. During the remaining two years of their courses, while working full-time towards their degree, students will complete two five-month placements in Barclays branches to gain manage-

ment skills and experience with customer relations. Gary Hoffman, group vice-chairman of Barclays, said: “We are very proud to have launched this new programme. “It addresses two of the main concerns of today’s students: how to pay their way through university and what to do after graduating. “The scheme also helps Barclays to secure a talented supply of highcalibre graduates to work in our branches.” The scheme was launched in September at the Nottingham Business School and is set to be expanded next year. Students on the scheme are paid £12,000 per year, in addition to having their tuition fees paid for the two BANKS: Paying you to study? years they spend training.

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GROUNDBREAKING RESEARCH into burns injuries is soon to be carried out by Cardiff University. It was announced this week that the university has been awarded the right to host the prestigious ‘Healing Foundation UK Centre for Burns Research’ in partnership with Morriston Hospital, Swansea. The centre will be installed at Cardiff’s School of Medicine on the Heath Park Campus as well as at the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery at Morriston Hospital, Swansea. The centre will focus on both the physical as well as psychological aspects of burns, including fighting infection and giving long-term support to people who have had extensive injuries. The Welsh team fought off strong competition from universities and burns units around the UK to win the 20-year contract, which is supposedly worth around £10 million. David Grant, the Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University, said: “This is an important development bringing real benefits to patients throughout Wales and beyond, with a £5million investment in new staff and an investment of more than £4million in new and refurbished laboratories.”

Do you live in a dirty house? Angela Pook Reporter HOW DIRTY is your house? Is the question being asked to people all over the country who’s homes are hygienically challenged. A poster website, Postermeister, is asking to see unclean homes with a tempting offer of a prize to the proud inhabitant of the worst. The winner of the top prize, £500, will be voted for online by the general public. Unsurprisingly, students especially, who are not famed for their commitment to housework, are being encouraged to enter the competition. For more information visit www.postermeister.co.uk.

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Awesome AUction

From left to right: Cheerleaders, netballers, the crowd, men’s football and tennis

AU SPORTS clubs danced their socks off last week in aid of Sport Relief. The AU Annual Auction took place in Solus, and raised over £300 for charity. The Funky Ass Disco Dancers opened the night, setting the standard for the night to come. The theme was ‘what I want to be when I grow up’, and the characters on stage ranged from cops, robbers and scantily clad firemen, to doctors, nurses and desperate housewives. Men’s Football, Cheerleading and Netball were the three top scoring clubs, and the footballers met the cheerleaders again at midnight for the final – a dance

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Jukebox a surprise for shoppers Tasha Prest-Smith Reporter SHOPPERS IN Swansea were astonished to find a giant jukebox containing a live band in the middle of Castle Square, last Saturday. The jukebox attracted people of all ages to dance inside, as members of the crowd picked songs of their choice. The ‘Dukes Box’, built in Tregaron by artist Joe Furlong, was promoting Beyond TV International Video Festival, held last week in the Dylan Thomas Centre on Somerset Place. Beyond TV Festival showed a selection of international documentaries, animations and music videos each evening. All proceeds from the festival will go towards supporting the charity work of undercurrents.

off in front of a packed Rubber Duck. The footballers, dancing to Jameroquoi’s Canned Heat narrowly beat the cheerleaders, who performed an acrobatic routine to Kanye West’s Golddigger, and were declared the winners. Jo Dingle, AU Vice President, said: “Loads of the teams put in a real effort and the whole night was a huge success. I’m so proud that we managed to raise all that money for a truly worthwhile cause. “Big thanks go out to all involved.” Sport Relief is part of Comic Relief and aims to bring together sport and entertainment to raise money to fight poverty in the UK and around the world.

Emma Jones Reporter

PAGAN TREE: Christmas as it used to be

ANCIENT PAGAN Welsh traditions are making a comeback for one Welsh town this Christmas. Llangollen’s Christmas celebrations will feature traditions such as feasting on cheese on toast, predicting the future using sticky toffee or Taffy shapes, and an appearance by the lucky pagan, Mari Llywd. A star appearance will be made by a green Father Christmas – his original colour before Coca Cola changed it to red. Other Welsh towns, such as Cardiff

and Swansea, have chosen more nontraditional features, such as outdoor skating rinks and fairground rides, as their forms of official public celebration. On the other hand, Caerphilly Council’s festivities include samba and carnival dance workshops. Aside from Llangollen, Wrexham is the only council in Wales featuring a nativity story in its celebrations. Ian Parry, Llangollen’s town clerk, said the town was trying to get back to its roots. He said: “We are trying to highlight some traditional things that should happen in a Welsh Christmas. Getting Santa back into green is just one of

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them.” The revival of these ancient Christmas traditions comes as the Church have expressed fears that Christmas is losing its status as a Christian holiday. Church leaders have raised concerns over the increasingly secular nature of Christmas celebrations and have called on people to remember Christmas is a religious festival. The Church of England attacked the Royal Mail this year for the non-religious design of its Christmas stamps, which feature snowmen and reindeer. The Royal Mail insisted that it alternates its designs between religious and non-religious cards every year.


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Cracking the code Angela Pook Reporter

MORE THAN a century after its recovery from the sea, Cardiff scientists have finally cracked the secret of a 2,000-year-old mechanical computer. In 1900, 80 pieces of intricate gear wheels, dials, clock-like hands and a wooden and bronze casing bearing ancient Greek inscriptions were recovered from the bed of the Mediterranean. Academics have spent much of the last century puzzling over this remarkable discovery. However, it is a team led by Cardiff University scientists, Mike Edmunds and Tony Freeth, who have finally figured it out. They have established that it was an astronomical calculator which was able to predict eclipses and track the paths of the Sun and the Moon through the zodiac. They are now hoping to build a replica. Professor Edmunds believes this extraordinary device is more valuable than the Mona Lisa in terms of its historic value.

BEACH: No ice-cream here

Jelly on the beach Adam Millward News Editor

BEACHES ACROSS Wales have become the final resting place of thousands of jellyfish-like creatures, this week. Velella velella, more commonly known as ‘By-the-wind Sailors’ that initially washed up at Pendine, Carmarthenshire have now appeared on the Lleyn peninsular in North Wales. The creatures are blue, measure up to 10cm and although being related to the dangerous Portuguese Man-of-war, only have a small sting that poses no threat to humans. Theirs’, is one of a number of appearances, which has raised concerns that global warming is affecting sea-creatures navigational habits. Cliff Benson of the Sea Trust, which monitors marine life off west Wales, said that while rare, the ‘By-the-wind Sailors’ are becoming more common. He stated: “They are amazing things that have a sort of sail on their back and live on the surface of the sea. “They can be found in their millions and millions if not billions in the Atlantic. “Two or three years ago there were a lot washed ashore – it does not happen every year and they are a bit of a phenomenon.”

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Death sentence of Cardiff girl’s killers’ over turned Lives of the two Thai men convicted of the murder of Cardiffborn student are spared and sentenced to life imprisonment Lee Macaulay Reporter TWO FISHERMEN who raped and killed a Cardiff-born student had their death sentences reduced to life sentences by Thai courts last week. Katherine Horton, 21, was studying Psychology at Reading University at the time of the murder while backpacking through Thailand. The convicted, Bualio Posit, 23,

and Wichai Somkhayai, 24, were sentenced to death by lethal injection after their trial in January this year. However, this month, this sentence was overturned and replaced by life imprisonment after they pleaded guilty early this month. In Thai law, anyone sentenced to death has the right to a mandatory appeal and it is common for convicted criminals who confess to their crimes to have their sentences reduced.

It is still possible for prosecutors to challenge the decision and could further appeal to Thailand’s highest court before December 7. Her mother, Elizabeth, from Thornhill in Cardiff said: “I’ve never believed in the death penalty, but I believe life means life. “A life sentence would be appropriate. I don’t agree with taking anyone’s life and Katherine wouldn’t believe in that either. “I don’t think it serves any pur-

Something to wine about? Matthew Horwood Reporter STUDENTS at further education institutions are gaining experience producing and marketing fine wines and cheeses – while their colleges make hundreds of thousands of pounds. Plumpton College, in East Sussex turned to viticulture (the study of grape growing) ten years ago, and now produces 23,000 bottles of wine annually. As well as being sold to famous wine Emporium’s such as Vinopolis in London, the wine has ended up on the dining tables of the royals. Plumpton, set in 2,000 acres of rural East Sussex, recently invested £1 million in building a new winery, and offers Britain’s only full-time wine production course. The wines typically sell for between £4.50 and £8.50 for red wine and £12 for sparkling. Des Lambert, principal of Plumpton College, stated: “This is not just a commercial operation. “We get the students involved in growing and picking the grapes.” Reaseheath College in Nantwich, Cheshire, which makes £180,000 a year from the sale of pigs, also pro-

pose. If they are behind bars until they die it will stop it happening to anyone else.” Horton was raped and murdered as she walked on a beach on the island of Koh Samui while talking to her mother on the phone. Her body was later found at sea after the attack. The original trial caused concerns in the international community after it took only 17 days after arrest for the men to be sentenced.

Quids in? Angela Pook Reporter

duces a selection of fine cheeses including Leicester, Double Gloucester and Wensleydale. Howard Petch of Landex, an association of colleges specializing in landbased subjects, believes it makes sense to put the colleges to commercial use. “Virtually all our 31 member colleges are commercial enterprises, but they also place great emphasis on educational training. “Their average turnover is between a third and half a million each, so they must make an estimated total of around £10 million.”

CHEESE: Money in dairy form?

HORTON: Murdered in paradise

WINE: Plumpton makes 23,000 bottles a year

SHOCKING FIGURES have revealed the extent of differences in earnings graduates will face after leaving university. It is generally agreed that Medicine and Dentistry are among the hardest courses to study at university, but graduates from these courses will have a higher starting wage. However, it is not so well known that a graduate with a degree in Law will earn approximately £2000 less than someone with a degree in Library management. A list of average graduate starting salaries shows that archaeologists will be worst off when they start earning, beaten by Social Work students who lie sixth on the table, despite their course having the lowest entry requirements of any listed course in the Times Good University Guide. Other surprisingly lucrative subjects include Land and Property Management and Theology and Religious Studies. Language students fall in the middle of the list while popular subjects such as Communication and Media Studies are the least well-paid.


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Cardiff’s first gay speed dating Bar Icon to host the first gay and lesbain speed dating nights Natalie Parkinson Reporter CARDIFF’S FIRST gay speed dating service is being set up to enhance the quality of socialising in a safe and controlled setting. The founder of the feature night, ‘The One and Only Mankind’, Clare Galen-Bisping was inspired to do this for the gay community after her friend spoke of the difficulties of meeting someone other than in the context of the club or internet. This turning point was also stimulated by a near attack, when previously meeting somebody. Galen-Bisping said: “He looked on the internet and ended up with nothing but people who were not who they said they were.” This predominant feature of concern for safety when meeting new people is an extremely good reason for holding an event of this type,

BAKER: Not just beautiful hair

Corrine Rhoades Reporter FORMER DR.WHO star Tom Baker has lent his voice to a revamped edition of “You Really Got Me” by the Kinks. The new version of the smash 60’s song is to be released as a download-only track for BT’s ‘Text Aid’ campaign. Baker’s vocal tones, used by BT earlier this year in their textto-landline service, are expected to read out text greetings again this Christmas. Text messages sent to landlines will be read out by the Little Britain narrator who said: “It’s rather like being Santa Claus, delivering all your festive greetings – I only wish I could hear what I’m saying!” BT’s campaign has brought back Baker in a bid to raise money for the homeless charity Shelter, who said they were grateful for the support this Christmas. Tom’s cover of You Really Got Me is expected to help raise £100,000 for the charity and was produced by Dr. Who fan Mark Murphy. The IT consultant, who dubbed BT’s Text service “sheer genius”, set up a Tom Baker fansite earlier this year. He said: “His voice is remarkable, so I just had to showcase it on my fansite – which then led to the creation of Tom Bakareoke!”

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whether gay or straight. Cardiff will finally be able to catch up with the likes of London and Manchester, holding two nights a month aside for the regular meet up in order for each sex to take advantage of this opportunity. The first event will take place at Bar Icon on Charles Street on January 11 at 7.30pm, with the first night for women starting on January 25, 7.30pm. Gareth Hill, the President of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender society said: “From the perspective of meeting people in a safer environment as opposed to meeting people on the internet where its rampant to lie about one’s identity and you have the ability to meet people in a safe and established place, I’m all for it. “It’s an easier way to talk to people than in clubs; it’s nice that there is another venue for people of the gay community to meet.”

WAITING: To find your perfect partner?

Exeter uni student dies following society pub-crawl Alicia Whitthread Reporter BINGE DRINKING is being blamed for the death of an 18-year-old Exeter University Student. Gavin Britton was found dead on Tuesday morning at 8pm still wearing a black wig and fancy dress outfit after a Golf society pub-crawl. A post-mortem is still to be carried out but it is believed he died from alcohol poisoning, and the death has been described by a police source as ‘not suspicious’. Tests are being carried out to determine how much alcohol was in his system. Mr. Britton had his own MySpace web page containing five pictures of him drinking shots and drinking wine from the bottle. His motto was: “If

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you’re not living on the edge then you’re taking up too much space.” Friend Gareth Evans wrote on a website of tributes to Gavin: “On Monday he went on a Golf Soc social, and in true Gavin style, got absolutely ratted.” Police are still waiting for friends to come forward about where Gavin was on Monday before being found near the Phoenix arts centre in Exeter city centre the following morning. Gavin’s parents were travelling from their home in Hampshire to identify his body where an inquest is expected to be opened and adjourned. Gavin had turned 18 just four months ago before leaving home in Barton-on-Sea to study for a degree in Business and Economics.

Det Sgt Leon Lazarczyk said: “It is every parent’s worst nightmare. This is a terrible tragedy and so much worse with Christmas being just round the corner.” One source said: “Most of us enjoy a drink. You could call it binge drinking culture, but I don’t think we’re any different from other people our age… it’s just a bit of fun.” NUS vice president Veronica King, who is in charge of students’ welfare, said: “I cannot comment on this case but the issue of binge drinking is very serious”. Binge drinking affects people in society of all ages and the NUS are ‘working to raise awareness of the dangers.’

POLICE ARE warning students this week to be wary of the latest mobile phone scam. Con artists are calling mobile phone owners claiming that they are mobile phone network engineers or that they are calling to check their mobile phone lines. Then they ask the users to type in a number onto their phone, so that the con artists then have access to the user’s SIM card and make calls at the user’s expense. If mobile phone owners are targeted by these people, they should end the call immediately without pressing any numbers. Police are urging people to pass this information on to family and friends to help stop this crime.

New clinic to help victims of abuse

CARDIFF HAS received a £70,000 Home Office grant in order to build a new specialist facility to aid victims of sexual violence. The Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) will be a ‘one-stop location’ for victims, where they can receive both medical examination and psychological support. The city has been keen acquire a SARC for some time, and this successful outcome is the result of a coordinated venture between the Cardiff Women’s Safety Unit, South Wales Police (Public Protection) and the Cardiff Local Health Board. At this moment, there are 15 SARCs throughout England and Wales, and this figure is scheduled to have doubled by April 2008. The provisional target date for the opening of the Cardiff Centre is currently early-mid 2007. Jan Pickles OBE of Cardiff Women’s Safety Unit commented: “Sexual violence and abuse are some of the most damaging crimes, and the standard of care and support a victim receives after an attack can be vital to their long-term recovery. “The Cardiff SARC will mean that victims of sexual assault will receive immediate medical help and counselling, in a safe and secure environment.”


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Second the best Samantha Shillabeer Reporter gair rhydd took one award and came runner-up in four categories at the NUS Student Journalism awards last week. The awards, held at Canary Wharf’s Marriot Hotel, were presented by BBC radio and television reporter, Rajesh Mirchandani. Cardiff student Chris White won the award for the diversity category, with current editor Perri Lewis scooping second place. gair rhydd and Quench were shortlisted for the titles of best newspaper and best magazine respectively, but both missed out on the titles. gair rhydd finished second while the winner was Sheffield University’s

Armless continued from page one special commission’ of £1million to take their business, A week later this report was followed up in gair rhydd and students from around the University campus were asked to express their views. One student said: “The University should look into making their investments ethical.” Another added: “[if they do have to invest] at least invest in something a bit more moral and not as controversial.” Students’ Union Vice President, Ed Jones said: “I think it’s terrific that a student has brought their concerns to Student Council as it is obviously an issue that is important to people, and we are very lucky that we have a forum to make changes, get things moving and take a stand. “We haven’t yet heard from the University, but it is now the Exec’s job to take the issue to the Vice Chancellor, now the students have spoken and let their views be known “I would urge any student who has strong feelings about anything about the Union, University or world in general to bring their views to Student Council.” The executive are now deciding how they should take this matter forward.

Sheffield Steel Press. The best magazine title went to the Orbital of Royal Holloway. gair rhydd also picked up the runner-up award for the best website. The real winner of the night was the Warwick Boar, which picked up four awards for best reporter, features writer, sports journalist and photographer. Award presenter, Rajesh Mirchandani said: “I was thrilled to present this awards ceremony and honour the efforts of such talented young journalists. “Their commitment to the craft and their ability to break stories, sub, edit, write and design on their papers with such professionalism as well as (hopefully) getting a good degree under their belt is truly admirable.”

AWARDS: Left, Perri Lewis receiving runner-up prize in diversity category. Bottom, Chris White receiving first place for the same prize. Top, Will Dean and Tom Wellingham collects runner-up prize for best newspaper.

Wales gets a little breezy VILLAGERS: Look on at destruction

Emma Jones Reporter A TORNADO tore through a west Wales village last Tuesday morning damaging more than 20 properties. Emergency services were called to Bow Street, north of Aberystwyth, just after 2am. Mid and West Wales Fire Service also attended and confirmed that a total of 23 properties in the area had been affected by the high winds. A spokesman for Dyfed Powys Police said: “It is apparent that what is believed to be a tornado [now confirmed] had struck parts of the village.” Although nobody was thought to have been injured, he added: “Commercial and residential properties, vehicles and caravans

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have been damaged.” The extent of the destruction meant that fire crews were busy checking damaged roofs and chimneys until 6am. The A487, the main road through Bow Street, had to be closed while properties were made safe and the road was cleared of debris. The railway track behind the properties also had to be closed because of fallen trees on the line. Kevin Walsh, who had a chimney ripped off his bungalow, said: “The house shook, I heard a crash. I came outside and found the stack here on the ground. “The tornado hit us first and then sliced a path through the village.” Police remained in Bow Street through the night “to provide high visibility policing and public reassurance”.

Union launches stay safe campaign STUDENTS’ SAFETY is being brought to attention this week with the launch of a Student Safety Campaign by the Students’ Union. The campaign, which will target students around the University, halls and local area, is focusing on three main areas: staying safe on your way home, burglary and drink spiking. Some of the planned events for the week include attack alarms being distributed on Union nights out and free drinks given to strangers to raise the awareness of drink spiking. In addition, volunteers dressed as burglars will be patrolling the streets of Cathays with Police student liaison officer PC Bob Keohane testing the security of student houses. Health and Welfare Officer, Kate Marsh said: “I think it’s vital to raise awareness of the importance of student safety and security, especially in the run up to Christmas. “This campaign is a fun way to raise the profile of issues, with serious underlying messages.”


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World News in brief Victoria Lane Reporter

A new museum to celebrate Sweden’s most famous band is expected to be one of Stockholm’s star attractions Samantha Shillabeer Reporter PLANS TO OPEN a museum dedicated to the pop group ABBA are underway, it has been announced. An exact location has yet to be decided upon, but it will open somewhere in central Stockholm in 2008. The museum will be devoted to the music, clothing and history of the Swedish group and its four members. It will feature original outfits and instruments used by the group, handwritten song lyrics, a collection of their awards, and “all other things we can think of and find” said Ulf Westman, the event consultant who is in charge of the project alongside his wife, Ewa Wigenheim-Westman. It will also feature a recording studio, allowing visitors to create their own versions of ABBA’s hit

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singles. Westman suggests that the studio “will create the feeling of being at Wembley Stadium and seeing ABBA live with 50,000 others”. Wigenheim-Westman claims the idea was inspired by the Beatles museum in London. But she said it took over two years to convince the band’s former members – Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Reuss – to agree to the idea. In a joint statement, the band said: “It is nice that someone feels compelled to take on our musical history. “We think this will be a fun and swinging museum to visit.” The band members will donate all the material for the exhibits, but will otherwise not be involved in the project. It is hoped that company sponsors will provide funding in order to

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get the museum up and running. Stockholm’s mayor, Kristina Axen Olin said the museum, which is expected to attract 500,000 visitors a year, will make the Swedish capital a more popular tourist attraction for the millions of ABBA fans around the world. At a recent news conference to unveil the plans, she said: “As a Stockholmer, this is what you have been missing. “We are convinced that this is important both for Stockholm citizens and for marketing the city.” ABBA is one of the most successful bands in history, having sold more than 370 million albums. While the group has not performed together since 1982, it continues to sell close to 3 million records a year and the musical Mamma Mia! – written by Andersson and Ulvaeus – has been seen by more than 27 million people around the world.

IN AN ATTEMPT to encourage breeding between giant pandas, scientists in Thailand have been showing them ‘panda porn’. By showing DVDs of other pandas mating there has reportedly been a baby boom, with 31 cubs being born in captivity since the programme started. The giant pandas are facing extinction and those involved hope to spread the idea outside of China. A Thai researcher said: “It is the same idea as chimpanzees seeing people smoke and then copying it.”

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Corinne Rhoades Reporter TOPLESS BLONDES warn drivers against speeding in a campaign commissioned by Danish road safety officials. The internet video features blonde women without their tops displaying road signs which carry the 50km/h Danish speed limit. Aimed at young male drivers, the video is in the style of a mock news report. It is hoped by the council to reduce Danish road deaths of which 25% are thought to be down to speeding. Although the campaign is said to have outraged feminists, road safety council’s Julia Pauli said: “If you want to reach the young people, you have to communicate on their conditions... “So, topless women are working.” The ‘Speedbandits’ video was tested by the council who said results were “really positive”. More than 50% of young males who watched it said they now considered the dangers of speeding. In response to the video, the council was asked whether a feminist version showing a man exposing his bottom would be made. Ms Pauli responded: “Maybe. We’ll see.”

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William Taylor Reporter RWANDA has ordered Radio France International to stop broadcasts in a growing row over events that led to the 1994 genocide. The move follows a cabinet decision to stop all activities of French state institutions, officials said. Rwanda cut off diplomatic ties with France last Friday after a French judge implicated President Paul Kagame in the assassination of his predecessor. The act sparked a mass slaughter which claimed 800,000 lives within 100 days. Thousands of people in Rwanda have been holding anti-French protests in the capital, Kigali. With French Radio broadcasts halted, the BBC, Voice of America and Germany’s Deutsche Welle are the only international radio stations

currently broadcasting on FM. The French ambassador left Kigali on Saturday, and all other French agencies had until late Monday to close and evacuate their staff. Rwanda has also recalled its ambassador to Paris. Students and their parents turned up at French international school, ‘Ecole Antoine de Saint-Exupery’, in Kigali, to find it closed. The French foreign ministry said in a brief statement: “We regret this decision. We are making all necessary arrangements.” The move to clear French interests out of Rwanda was ignited last week when French Judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere called for the Rwandan President Kagame to be tried for alleged complicity in the killing of the ethnic Hutu President, Juvenal Habyarimana. Judge Bruguiere also issued warrants for the arrest of nine aides of the Rwandan leader over the killing.

The Rwandan President described the suggestions that he was behind the assassination as “scandalous”. He has always accused France of having links to those who carried out the genocide. Judge Bruguiere is investigating the case because the crew of the plane that was shot down was French, and their families filed a case in France back in 1998. Judge Bruguiere has said that only Mr Kagame’s Tutsi-dominated Rwandan Patriotic Front armed forces had missiles capable of shooting down President Habyarimana’s plane. After President Habyarimana’s plane crashed, Hutu extremists began massacring ethnic Tutsis and Hutu moderates. The Rwandan Patriotic Front has always claimed the Hutu extremists shot down the presidential plane to provide an excuse to carry out the genocide.

Butt-ed out A BRAZILIAN RADIO station faces legal action after launching a competition called “Biggest Ass in School”. Entrants were required to take pictures of classmates and teachers backsides with a cash prize going to the owner of the photograph of the largest arse. Mix Radio was forced to withdraw the competition due to it being offensive, violent and ‘one that can’t be tolerated’.

Bruce Lee Wannabes A NEW THEME park is to be built in the honour of martial arts legend, Bruce Lee. The park will be located in Lee’s ancestral home-town of Shunde, in south-east China. It will include a martial arts academy to train budding fighters, a conference centre and a giant statue of the kung fu master turned actor. The project is expected to be completed in three years and currently has a £14m budget.


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STREET CRIME: Thrilling?

Fun with a gun A report has found that street crime is often committed just for the thrill of it. Huw Davies looks at what can be done

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ow do you get your kicks? Maybe by playing rugby for the first XV and scoring a matchwinning try. Maybe by getting a new high score on your favourite X-Box game. Maybe just by sleeping in the arms of your girl or boyfriend. Or maybe – just maybe – you get your kicks by pointing a gun in a stranger’s face, forcing him to the ground and taking his money. This is what a recent survey of street robbers suggests, anyway – that muggings and armed robberies are often carried out purely for the thrill of it. The Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) latest study claims that street criminals commit crimes for the buzz as much as the money to be made and the kudos that comes with it. The report also accuses previous attempts to prevent street crime of putting too much focus on the economic circumstances of the perpetrator and his or her desire for gain, rather than the aspect of, and I quote, ‘pleasure’. The reaction of most will probably be along the lines of “no shit, Sherlock”, but we should not underestimate the findings of this report. For, although they may seem somewhat obvious or, contrarily, sick – seriously, “pleasure”? – these findings can only mean good news. People on the street, particularly victims themselves, may know that muggers enjoy the thrill of tormenting innocent people, but it is always important to have this kind of thing in writing, so that the Government can be forced to sit up and take notice. In officially identifying the motives of street criminals, we are moving closer to the real source of the problem and as such, the best way to prevent it happening on such a grand scale: by tackling the causes of street violence and not the bloody aftermath. Unfortunately, the ESRC’s report is not flawless. Only 120 offenders in England and Wales were interviewed, which may not be enough to represent the whole mugging community (if such a word can be used in this situa-

tion). There are no statistics to prove the report’s conclusion that violence and theft on the street is socially as well as economically motivated; only soundbites from interviewees. If the report was evidence in a court of law, it would be dismissed as inconclusive.

There is no suggestion that criminals should now be the subject of overwhelming sympathy; just comprehension But at least the spark is there. The Government should be pressed now to resolve the social as well as economic issues that create this kind of violence. John Ap Rhys Pryce, father of murdered lawyer Tom Ap Rhys Pryce, has called for more educational facilities to provide help for disruptive children excluded from schools, and is setting up a charity that will attempt to divert young people away from street crime. Cynics may argue that this sounds like very preferential treatment for people who are essentially lawbreakers, but the important thing is to prevent unnecessary violence by any realistic means possible. There is no suggestion that criminals should now be the subject of overwhelming sympathy; just comprehension. Furthermore, if steps can be taken to stop young people turning towards a life of crime in the first place, then rehabilitation itself will not be necessary. Of course, this is not to say that the economic motives for street robbery should be forgotten entirely. As the recent armed robbery and shooting of a man in Connecticut queuing to buy a PlayStation 3 proves, monetary gain is still, unsurprisingly, a major issue in robbery. If the Government is undertaking any work to make it easier for disruptive young people to find

themselves gainful employment, this should absolutely not be shelved just because some arguably psychotic criminals prefer to mug people for kicks alone. But social reasons need to be addressed, as it would seem the current measures are not enough. If the sociological causes of street crime can be effectively tackled by the Government (and it is much more complex than simply ‘giving young people more to do’), muggings will dramatically decrease. However, this scheme needs support from a cynical public, who, unsurprisingly, despise violent criminals and could not care less for their troubled childhood, their psychological trauma or their social deficiencies. After all, we all have troubles, don’t we? And you don’t see me kicking a granny to death because I liked the look of her purse’s contents, do you? No. You don’t. Well,

while this viewpoint is completely understandable, it doesn’t help anyone – we need to address the issue rather than try to wish it away. I should emphasise that I do not sympathise with muggers and armed robbers; nor do I think the ESRC’s findings say anything positive about human nature. In fact, I was sickened when I heard people casually admit that they have no qualms about beating and robbing people at gunpoint, even when they have no desperate need for money. But now there is proof of this, beyond a victim’s tragic thought between cries for help and gasps for air – “They love doing this.” This evidence, for what it is, needs to be used by the Government in active measures to improve social conditions for potential criminals. For everyone’s sake.

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hen gair rhydd discovered that the University had investments in what is commonly known as ‘arms’ companies, we weren’t sure how Cardiff students would react. In the past students have been outraged at such claims: however, the UK’s campuses are different places nowadays and they boast a very different, far less political climate. But after last week’s student council meeting we now know that students do care about the issue. They voted by an overwhelming majority to oppose the fact that the University has shares in two of Britain’s top ten arms manufacturers. Because this motion was passed by the council, the Union now has an official stance on the issue and the executive have to take these views to the University. As Cardiff’s sabbatical team, the people who you voted to represent your voice, have good relations with the University’s top brass, getting the message to the power brokers over in the Main Building shouldn’t be too hard. Our President can knock on Vice-Chancellor David Grant’s door and have quick chat about the University’s investments and there’s no doubt that he’d do a good job of letting Dr Grant know exactly what the students think. However, although the University may listen to our views on which companies their ‘external managers’ invest in, whether they take any action is an entirely different matter. In reality, it’s unlikely that they’ll do anything. Even if our executive persuade them to just to consider changing their investments, one minute of financial spiel and ‘advice’ from these mysterious ‘external mangers’ and they’ll probably go with the cash: unfortunately that’s just the way the market place of higher education is going at the moment. But, just because it’s unlikely that the sabbatical team will be able tackle this issue by talking alone, it doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t try. But it might take more than talking: it might take more than high-level lobbying in the Vice-Chancellor’s office. It might take action from students. It might mean that we have to make some noise about it. We might have to take to the streets and tell the University that we do not want our tuition fees to be invested in arms manufacturers. It might take a demonstration or a sit-in or some other kind of public action. Although many students are good at marching down London’s embankment over climate change and protesting at top-up fees in Trafalgar Square, this kind of noise-making over what we believe in is rarely used by Cardiff to get what we want on our own turf, our university campus. Maybe it’s time to get this old-fashioned union-style action back and engage in some good old protesting outside University buildings. Maybe that kind of public airing of our views, coupled with some high-level lobbying from our sabbatical team, could just do it. We don’t know if we don’t try.


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Tim Hewish looks at First Direct’s controversial new charges

Smoked out Are governments taking things a step too far? Hannah Windsor asks if the rise in the legal smoking age will make a difference

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he news reached me this week that Scottish ministers plan to raise the legal smoking age from sixteen to eighteen. Brilliant. Another step forward to creating the perfect society. The government is on an obesity-tackling, smoke-reducing, alcohol-limiting roll. Forgive me for sounding like a broken record, but what actually are we allowed to do anymore? Health concerns have gone haywire. According to the proposed legislation put forward by the Scottish government, pioneers in the race to make Britain healthier, only those over the age of eighteen will be able to purchase cigarettes. This is the government’s new plan of action in its battle to eradicate all-things-bad-for-yourhealth. Don’t get me wrong - this proposal certainly has its plus points. The fact that people now have to be eighteen and show sufficient ID to buy cigarettes might well decrease the number of young teens taking up smoking in the first place. The ministers also hope that cases of lung cancer and heart disease will fall, as underage youths will find it far harder to get hold of any tobacco products. I don’t have a problem with a healthy attitude to life. I don’t mind making sure that you eat celery and go to the gym four times a week. What I do resent is the fact that in the last few years our social liberty has

been hacked away at, and now we are looking at the bloody remains. For example, I enjoy an occasional junkfood binge, but because of society’s prevailing attitude towards obesity, I am constantly met with disapproving frowns and a good old-fashioned telling off. What does it matter if I occasionally slide over to the ‘dark side’ and eat a burger, bearing in mind the rest of the time I live off rabbit food and chicken breasts?

In the last few years our social liberty has been hacked away at, and now we are looking at the bloody remains The same goes for the smoking ban. I’m not a smoker, but if people want to enjoy a cigarette when they are out in a pub or bar, go for it. After all, that’s what they were originally built for. For decades people have lived and worked in a smoky atmosphere, but it is only now that it is brought into question. Why is this? Cynically, I would suggest that it is because the government is desperate to appear pro-active and conform to the modern-way of thinking: anything

that could potentially cause you harm must be stopped. Let me guess, people will soon be unable to use their cars because the risk of killing someone is too high. Ministers seem to have overlooked the fact that people, by necessity, will always seek ways to break rules. The legal age for people to consume alcohol is eighteen, but this doesn’t seem to have dealt with under-age drinking effectively. The same goes for cigarettes; teenagers will always find ways to smoke even if they are under eighteen. The age for acquiring cigarettes has, as far as I know, always been sixteen. Unless there has suddenly been an incredible medical revelation that has shown cigarettes to dramatically effect the under-eighteens, why change it? The government seems to be constantly contradicting itself. Take the recently lengthened licensing hours: how exactly is this meant to improve binge drinking in today’s society? I understand their argument that people will pace themselves more as a result, but at the same time it is doing nothing but advertising alcohol and drinking as an activity. Similarly, it was not five years ago that Cannabis was deemed a class B drug, as opposed to a class C one. How is it they can justify making Cannabis, an illegal and physically (not to mention mentally) dangerous drug, more socially acceptable than smoking tobacco?

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eople work damn hard for their money. They slave away five days a week, more in some cases, only for their bank to take it away as a penalty for not earning what they deem to be enough. That’s exactly what First Direct is introducing. Last week it was leaked that First Direct would be implementing a £10 charge per month to all customers who did not pay in, or keep a balance of, at least £1,500 a month. The death knell of free banking you might ask? This profit-hungry bank’s excuse is that it costs a substantial amount of money to keep open all of its accounts. Naturally, the ones that do not create enough wealth for the bank are forcibly charged. It is only the current account that is affected by this charge, so if you were to set up a savings account, but merely place a pound in, it is still kept open and the bank will have to pay to keep it open. Yet another well thought out plan by bean-counters in their corporate offices. All this upheaval is part of a much larger picture, which could be rolled out to all British Banks within as little as a year’s time. Free current accounts are, to quote Philip Middleton (Partner at Ernst & Young), “a peculiarly British institution, which may soon become part of our nostalgic folk memory”. They are much envied by our European counterparts, who pay for their current account either on a flat-fee basis or under a ‘pay as you go’ system. Could this be yet another European Union bureaucrat meddling in British business? The proposal does reek of Euro intervention, and I guess the right wing conspiracy theorists will be out in droves in a short while to peddle this notion. This news story does make you think: why didn’t I just

keep my money under the bed, like people used to do - you might even gain ‘interest’, as we all know finding money behind the sofa is a regular occurrence. In the news recently a Labour MP said that banks treat lowincome families as second-class citizens because most basic accounts do not help them enough in times of economic difficulty. This ties in nicely with First Direct’s elitist response - arguing that the majority of their customer base are slightly more affluent, so depositing £1,500 a month would not be an issue.

Most banks treat low-income families as second-class citizens; they do not help them in times of economic difficulty Mark Gander, from the Consumer Action Group, says “Maybe First Direct is a sacrificial lamb, put out there to see what’s going to happen”. This view might well be correct, as we have not seen the major banks jump to the aid of FD customers and offer them free banking. For all the slogans, from the world’s local bank to the bank that gives you extra, it looks like banks will now charge you extra (please feel free to chant the Halifax advert slogan in your head). The world’s tyrannical banks, which regulate themselves, will now charge and be in full charge of your finances. Next they will be telling you what you can and cannot buy. All that is left to say is go out and buy a piggy bank and start saving – let’s just hope the pigs don’t charge.

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Palestine: the reality?

Lucie Apampa looks past the media coverage to explore the roots of the Israel-Palestine conflict

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alestine is a word that many people hear everyday, but how many people actually know what it represents and where its significance in the various Middle-Eastern conflicts lie? Most of the time we hear about Palestinian suicide bombers, extremists and terrorists blowing up Israeli marketplaces, cars and weddings. Some of the time we hear about Israel’s ‘military’ responses (ie: killing protesters, launching rockets over the Gaza strip and so on). But what we rarely – if ever – hear about, is the reasons why this is happening. How has the Palestinian-Israeli conflict come to be regarded as the centrepiece of all the major Middle East conflicts, and most notably, Iraq? I find it interesting that while a Palestinian attack on Israelis is explained as the actions of a terror group, Israeli attacks on Palestinians – while not being justified – are unswervingly seen as ‘military operations’, giving them an undeserved validation that the Palestinians have certainly never been privy to. I am not suggesting in any way that any attack is acceptable, but perhaps when you are more aware of the context of these attacks, they become more understandable. How many people, for instance, know why the Palestinian Government, Hamas, refuses to recognise the state of Israel? How many people are aware that the existence of Israel has never been fully agreed, as Arab leaders refused to sign the treaty in 1948? Israel was established as a solution to the problem of displaced European Jews after the end of World War Two; the United States and Britain rightly

Awareness of the context of these attacks could make them more understandable helped those who had been persecuted and seen family and friends murdered, to make new lives for themselves.

What was not fully considered, however, were the effects upon the Arab people, to who’s country they were aiding full-scale immigration. Unsurprisingly, the division of Palestine into Jewish and Arab states did not run smoothly and various wars ensued in which Israel eventually came out on top, and in control of much Palestinian territory. Occupation is a dirty word and one that is rarely heard on the news in connection to Israel and Gaza. But

occupation – and an illegal one at that - is precisely what Israel has been heading in Gaza and the West Bank for nearly 40 years. Yes, there is a ceasefire in place now, but for how long? No ceasefire alone can bring back the lost homes to the hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees who make up the world’s largest refugee population - who have been ‘displaced’ since Israel began its systematic destruction of their homes in the West Bank and Gaza, in 1967. But

why is it that Israel can act illegally and still gain support from the US and Britain, whereas Palestine’s democratically elected Hamas – who are recognised by the West as a terrorist group – are punished by having aid stopped and poverty increased? Can it be that British and American guilt over their inaction in helping European Jews during the Holocaust is informing actions in Palestine? Should these Governments perhaps feel more guilt about the way that they took on responsibility for people and countries that had not asked for such guidance? As with the Iraq war, British and American Governments have acted with the pretence of helping the people, and found their ‘after-plan’ severely lacking. How can they, with good conscience, cut off desperately needed supplies to a people who, thanks to Israeli blocking of land and roads, are now largely dependent on aid from the outside world, because they can no longer reach their places of work? I don’t mean to portray Israel as evil – each country is trying to protect its own - but when much of the world is so uninformed by the mainstream about the reasons behind ‘heinous acts of terror’ from the Palestinians, it does seem more important to give an understanding of their side. Perhaps if the American and British governments would stop refusing to talk with any country that conforms to Western ideals of terrorism (as opposed to illegal invasion of oil-rich countries and ‘extraordinary rendition’), real deals and effective agreements might be achieved, and the Jordanian King’s predictions of civil war might be avoided.

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year has passed since the 24-hour drinking laws were introduced and a lot of critics are being forced to eat their words. Despite their apocalyptic prophecies of alcoholic mayhem on the streets, the Licensing Acts have caused relatively little trouble. In Wales, around 5,000 premises have extended their opening hours and only 60 implemented 24-hour licences, most of these being supermarkets. The most influential effect seems to be the staggering of closing times. As punters leave at different hours throughout the night, drunken brawls are more spread out and easier for police to control. Similarly, there has not been a rise in alcohol-fuelled casualties, but hospitals are noticing that A & E is busy throughout the

night instead of there being a big surge between 11pm and 2am. I imagine the government are keen to stress these facts and are thoroughly relieved that this heavily criticised scheme did not end in drunken doom. But I also hope that they have recognized that a change in law is not necessarily the answer to Britain’s binge drinking epidemic. It will take a lot more than Licensing Acts to counteract the years of binge drinking that have embedded the social pastime into British culture. For most young people, ‘going out’ invariably means ‘going out on the lash’. Pubs and clubs are designed for binge drinking with happy hours, multi-flavoured shots, two for one deals and the alluring ‘do you want to make that a double?’ offer. While our French and Spanish contemporaries are brought up to appreci-

ate wine with their meals and drink in moderation, we are happy to mix our alcohols together with a splash of blackcurrant and down in one. This is perhaps why our drinking age is more heavily monitored than in many European countries. The government decides, with arguably good reason, that people under eighteen are not responsible to drink. Thus alcohol is put on a pedestal and young Britons perceive it as something to be sought after. No wonder they go wild when they are finally let loose on the bottle. There is a vicious cycle in which the government denies young people responsibility and irresponsible young people justify the government’s convictions. It will take an entire overhaul of education and social habits before attitudes towards alcohol transform, not just a few quick-fix laws.

A change in law is not the answer to Britain’s binge drinking epidemic

ILLUSTRATION: ANDREW STYLES

Hollie Clemence examines the drinking culture of Britain after the first year of the 24 hour license


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he death of the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko has raised questions about the nature of future Anglo-Russian relations. Litvinenko, who is thought to have been poisoned by the radioactive substance polonium 210, left a dramatic statement to be read out after his death, blaming the Kremlin and President Putin for his murder. Scotland Yard is currently investigating Mr Litvinenko’s case. However, if the results show that Russian security services were responsible for an assassination in the heart of London, foreign policy may have to be re-examined. So far, Blair and Putin have had an amicable relationship throughout the 90s, with only soft criticism from the Prime Minister about civil rights in Russia, but no action has been taken. However, the idea of an assassination by Russian security services will not sit well with

British politicians. The death of Mr Litvinenko is not the first accusation of murder recently aimed at the Kremlin, with the death of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya in October still fresh in people’s minds. These murders have cast doubt upon the rights of journalists in Russia and concern has been shown by western governments about Putin’s rule, despite the President vehemently denying involvement with either of these cases. Both the Russian media and the Kremlin have suggested that the statement made by Mr Litvinenko

is a plot against Russia, and is being used as “political provocation” by the West according to Putin. Britain, however, needs to tread carefully with their foreign policy towards Russia due to our reliance on energy reserves. Sound economic ties with Russia are highly important for key imports, especially as many large British corporations are currently negotiating business deals, one of the largest being BP. It has been suggested that these deals are unlikely to be affected, but they will still be present in the government’s mind.

The idea of an assassination by Russian security services will not sit well with British politicians

It is down to the results of the police investigation to determine how the relations between the two countries develop. Blair has stated that he has not spoken to Putin directly about the affair, and has urged caution until the results have been obtained. So far, there have been talks with the Russian ambassador, who has pledged full cooperation with the investigations and to provide any information they may have about the case. However, if the final report does reveal links to Putin, diplomacy may take on a different tone.

Stuck in the middle Tim Hewish Political Correspondent

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olly Toynbee and Winston Churchill – two people who luckily will never be trapped in a lift together. Yet despite being politically poles apart, they share one thing in common: they are at the centre of the latest desperate attempt by the Conservatives to win over the political middle ground. Last week saw Greg Clark, a Tory involved in their social policy rethink, declare that Conservatism needed to embrace the thinking of radical Guardian columist Toynbee rather than that of Winston Churchill. Much has already been said about the lack of clarity and direction in David Cameron’s new image; however, many on the political spectrum see this act as a step towards lunacy. For example, Bruce Anderson of the Independent made the astute point that such a shift is “admirable in theo-

ry; in practise, however, there ought to be limits, and one of them is Polly Toynbee. For a start, why should anyone seeking new ideas look to her?” However, it took a brave Tony Blair in the nineties to ditch the socialist rhetoric of old Labour and forge a revised ethos. The finished product: New Labour, record-election winners.

Why should anyone seeking new ideas look to her? Bruce Anderson on Polly Toynbee

All this brings back memories of a Bremner, Bird and Fortune sketch punning on the lyrics of Rocky Horror hit Time Warp: “It's just a jump to the left and then a step to the right.” This push for the centre ground is looking ridiculous. But will the Tory party ever agree? In a past age MPs simply walked

across the Commons to the other side if they didn’t agree; that is now gone. Now we get ex-Labour independents of the George Galloway mould. Maybe Cameron is right that ideology should be put on the back burner, the Right will inherently not agree with the Left. Abandoning Churchill’s ideals and concepts in favour of the uber-socialist Toynbee is too much for most Tories. Yes, political perspectives are symbolised in a horseshoe, the extreme Left and Right almost meeting in agreement on key points. But such a violent shift in agenda cannot but unsettle Conservative ranks. The middle ground is already a squeeze with Labour and the Lib Dems. But for a sprightly Tory party to be in agreement, not appeasement, will need a massive makeover. Just getting them to concur on immigration, crime or social welfare will be hard enough, let alone the battle between Toynbeepers and Churchillians.

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? ? ? The Ridler ? ? ? ? A bloody problem

The National Blood Service came to the Union this week. Did you go and give up a bit of your life juice? No? Would you have gone if you got paid? Probably.

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t seems pretty obvious to me when it comes to blood donation that if you can, you should. It’s much like digital television in that respect, but not as entertaining. Thing is, not everybody does, quite obviously. Excuses range from the perfectly valid (“I’m not allowed to”) the vaguely reasonable (“I have a lecture”) to the positively intriguing (“I didn’t think they needed it”). Ultimately though, there are clearly plenty of people out there who just can’t be bothered to get off their arse and give blood, and technically there is no real reason why they should, assuming they aren’t phobic. If you believe that we have some sort of fundamental right to decide what happens to ourselves then you probably fundamentally agree that we own our own bodies, after all, if somebody else owns them then they have a right to decide what happens to us, which amounts to slavery: the ownership of one human being by another. You would therefore agree if I say that, were the government to tell you to cut your arm off for the benefit of someone you don’t know, you’d quite possibly say no, and you’d have a fundamental right to say no since its your arm, not the government’s. Running with this theory, your blood also belongs to you, therefore, however selfish it may be, you have a fundamental right to not give it to the government, even if a poor innocent little girl needs it, if you can sleep with yourself at night for not doing it.

Ultimately though, there are plenty of people out there who just can’t be bothered to get off their arse and give blood If you can’t then you would give blood, for free, out of the goodness of your heart. However, lets think on. Not enough people are doing this. Neither are enough people giving bone marrow, or a number of other vital things. Far too many are attached to their bone marrow, a number are lazy, and a good deal are probably too scared but won’t admit it. So how can we tempt them? How

can healthy people be made, without infringing anyone’s rights to choose what happens to themselves, to help their fellow man? We can’t make it a legal requirement for a number of reasons. Firstly, it wouldn’t be practical unless you were willing to criminalise someone just for not wanting to give blood. A touch draconian, I would say. Secondly, people who can’t do it (those with a phobia of needles) just

Where Annan fears to tred

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tudent council were given the opportunity to discuss the situation in Palestine last week, and whilst the proposal fell at the first hurdle, it is still right that they had a chance to do so. If students are concerned about an issue it should be discussed in council. Notwithstanding, I was slightly perplexed by this one line in the extensive proposal: “Unfortunately the NUS refused to call for an immediate ceasefire and has regularly failed to support these international laws call-

ing for an end to the Israeli occupation.” I’m sorry, but who the hell cares what the NUS say about international relations? They have enough trouble getting people to listen to their rants about students. I’m sure the Israelis would have called an immediate ceasefire if the NUS had stepped in. The Israeli Army’s tanks would have trembled, their rifles would have jammed and their helicopter gunships fallen out of the sky at the idea of British Students disagreeing with them.

Perhaps there should be a new NUS world peace initiative. I could see it now. The dull sound of an NUS rally making it’s way towards Darfur, via Israel, with Gemma Tumulty at the helm, on their journey to halt the world’s injustice. Armed with the NUS constitution and hefty leaflets which they send out to the Union every so often, they know with full confidence that they can bore to death even the deadliest foe. And, should that for some unfathomable reason fail, in true Lock Stock

can’t, its not really their fault however you rationalise it, and I reckon there would be a rise in trypanophobia cases with a few blaggers trying to evade the carpet measures. Thirdly and most importantly, it is an infringement of rights and theoretically, state endorsed theft. An article in the Economist a few weeks ago outlined a way of legitimately and simply solving the shortage of kidneys, and, as anti-intuitive

I’m sorry, but who the hell cares what the NUS has to say on international relations? They have enough trouble getting people to listen about students

as it is, I think it could be applied to blood and bone marrow as well. Pay the donors. Don’t be too surprised, it may be incredibly anti-intuitive but it could be the simplest way to solve a gap in the donation/reception cycle. Those who didn’t want pay (I wouldn’t take it if I was earning) don’t have too, but there are people out there (a number of them students) who would gladly sell their blood, even though they probably wouldn’t be bothered to go down to the blood bank in the first place. Hell, its how they maintain sperm stocks. If altruism isn’t a good enough reason for you to give you’re blood then a cool, crisp tenner might be. You could head up to the pub afterwards and get a couple of pints in (I’m not endorsing this but it does save money if you’re looking to get trashed, although the hangover is a killer) or maybe go and buy a certificate to show what a brave mercenary sod you were. It’s not a necessarily nice thought, but on the whole people aren’t always that altruistic. And if you are in any way a believer in a liberal society, you can’t force them to be a good Samaritan. Indira Gandhi once said “People tend to forget their duties but remember their rights.” When people equalize their recognition of those two things we won’t need the free market to regulate something which ought to be readily available. Until then, it’s possibly the best way. style, they can always hit them with it, ‘cause its pretty damned hefty. Come on guys, lets think. If the UN can’t solve it then what is the point in the NUS making a ruling? I’m not saying they shouldn’t call for a ceasefire, or that I don’t agree, or for that matter calling it a waste of time because it’s important to give students a route through which they can try and effect international politics. To have a pop at NUS for not passing this motion is madness though, hopefully they were busier with something else. Probably producing this crap “Irreplaceable: The Benefits of NUS affiliation” booklet. You know what, on second thoughts, sending the NUS to the middle east is sounding much more attractive.


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DECEMBER.04.2006 LETTERS@gairrhydd.COM

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The letters page is an open space for Cardiff students to express their views. And, as shown this week by a lady from the local community who has written in, anyone else can write one too.

letter of the week Abysmal NTL Dear gair rhydd,

Mice enjoy a curry

Dear gair rhydd,

WE HAVE DECIDED to write in and inform the Cardiff Student population of a vermin infested pub. Having just eaten a meal at the Wetherspoon’s Central Bar we were utterly disgusted to discover we had shared our eating experience with mice! Running around the floor, under the tables whilst other people were eating at the popular Curry Club night we spotted at least three mice. One even sat on a man’s shoe whilst he was unaware and continued to eat his curry! On making our fast exit, we confronted the staff about their infestation... we were appalled by the lack of apology we received and they didn't seem to think that mice running wild in the eating area was an issue to be dealt with. We were informed that pest control was aware but this was not evident. Somebody contact environmental health please!

bulk, and therefore your prices would be cheaper and that would be a boon for pensioners like myself. Then I noticed that certain items, such as fresh milk were several pence more than the small shopkeepers charged. Today I shopped in Tesco Express. The staff there are very helpful and pleasant. I was going to buy, amongst other goods, my usual tin of fruit cocktail, which recently cost just a couple of pence over 60p, but found that the price had risen to 75p!

As this is a student area, it is hard on young students The checkout person agreed that probably the reason for the increases in several food items is because it is nearing Christmas time. That is not only bad for their customers, but as this is a student area, it is hard on young students. Barbara MacArthur, 80-year-old local resident

Foreign fantastic

Tesco acting fruity

Dear gair rhydd,

Dear gair rhydd,

JESSICA HART’S article entitled ‘Do Foreign Students Mingle?’ you reported that a poll suggested that foreign students don’t mix socially with British students, advising that universities “arrange social activities…to break down the barriers.” It was not noted however, the excellent services provided by Cardiff University for foreign students. Aside

WHAT ARE YOU up to Tesco? I thought you already make record profits. When you applied to open a local Tesco Express store in Salisbury Road, Cathays, local tradesmen protested. However, you won the day. I thought that as you are such a huge company that you could buy in

Once the paper is out it will be december the something and I will have gobbled up at least a handful of my advent calender chocs

in the dead og night

Why has the phone changed to the motrola one? Did gair rhydd get some more moeny?

peter the duck says happy bday

I like pea soup Londanium is a fun place to be

Red bull does not give you wings, it gives you a dodgy tummy and a restless sleep

are you listening dr david grant? We’re shouting loud and clear laurie is a cock

text: 07791165837

Two freaked out third year students

from fantastic initial support given by the International Division, there are numerous Cardiff University societies that organise regular social events; the International, Erasmus, Iranian, Malaysian Societies: need I go on? Any foreign students reading this should go to www.cardiffstudents.com to check out what’s on. A settled-in foreign student.

Overdue manners Dear gair rhydd, AS A REGULAR library user I’ve noticed a concerning pattern. Why do some librarians act awkward, snooty and obnoxious with students when it comes to paying fines. Let’s walk through a couple of scenarios. Monday you returned an overdue book, Tuesday you return to pay the fine. At the desk the librarian gruffly says ‘you're finally clearing this off then’. What the hell is that about? It’s Monday again and you forgot to get the book in on time and you casually mention it to the librarian. You get lambasted for being disorganised, having poor priorities and you are left feeling incredibly stupid, because you owe someone 50p.

If we didn't study then they wouldn't have their jobs would they? Why is it that we get verbal abuse from librarians? They provide a serv-

I HAVE RECENTLY realised that for many years I have been taking the services provided by various utility companies for granted. It’s fair to say that the cost of energy has been rising and that as students we may be particularly hard pressed to meet inflated electricity bills. However, aside from the errantly wired socket in the kitchen which shorts out the entire fuse box when the toaster is turned on, I can rely on appliances to work on demand. True, our gas oven ignition system is defunct and as a result I must risk third degree burns whilst bravely wielding a lighter in the vicinity of the burner. Nevertheless, I need not even contemplate the possibility that instead of a reliable stream of gas I will be greeted by a feeble trickle. The unfailingly constant rainfall that I delight in when caught outside without an umbrella is at best something to be endured. The silver lining in this cloud being that I have not yet had to stand under the shower for long periods waiting minutes for water to arrive. I therefore bestow deserved thanks upon Swalec and Welsh Water who, despite occasionally tardy bill payice and do so specifically because we are students. If we didn’t study then they wouldn’t have their jobs would they? How about this for an idea when you have a disgruntled librarian give you the icy look? Now you might already be collecting them but if you aren’t then start. Collect all your shrapnel, 1p, 2p and 5p pieces and

ments, continue to provide a dependable service. Sadly this description does not befit the ‘10MB’ Internet connection with which NTL supposedly provides my house. I can just about cope with the reasoning that connection speeds may fall below this level at peak times of use. Still, when Internet pages would load more quickly using antiquated dialup, or perhaps even a system of carrier pigeons, I have to draw the line. Nor is this an occasional problem. It has reached the point where I’m tempted to drink a toast every time a site loads before I’ve grown roots at my desk. In spite of this, a slow transfer rate is the very least of my problems on one of the many days when the system packs up altogether. The cherry on the cake was duly delivered when a customer service adviser acknowledged that they have been aware of the problem for some time but could give no timescale for the repair of the fault. In a modern world in which we all rely upon the World Wide Web for both education and entertainment, I deem it entirely dissatisfactory that NTL can get away with such an abysmal level of performance. Needless to say I will be considering if my £34.99 a month would be better spent elsewhere. A bemused third year when you get a fine, no matter how big it is always pay it with your minicoinage. Final tip for doing this: make sure the amount of coins you have are correct, when you take the coins in smile and go do something else in the library while they count them off. James H.


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Living with dementia Chris White spoke to Peter Charles-Godfrey to find out about the struggles and strains of caring for an Alzheimer’s patient

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aring for someone with dementia is never easy. Frank Rhoden, the 80-yearold ex-lecturer detained under the Mental Health Act last month after killing his 83-year-old wife Marian, couldn’t cope. He was said to be at his “wit’s end” with her illness. It’s not much easier for younger people caring for a parent – but it is possible to cope. Peter Charles-Godfrey, a 59-yearold retired lecturer, has been caring for his 85-year-old mother, Violet, since she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease – the most common form of dementia – in 1998. Dementia is a progressive brain dysfunction whose frequency increas-

es with age – over 20% of Violet’s age group suffer from some form. The early signs include forgetfulness; language problems; disorientation; impaired judgement; problems with abstract thinking; leaving things behind, often in strange places; mood swings and personality changes.

It took a year from Peter first seeking help to a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease “She kept repeating herself, was disorientated. She was very anxious,

kept forgetting things,” Peter says. “Her concentration span wasn’t particularly good. I began to pursue that. I was very concerned. I sought help.” It took a year from Peter first seeking help to a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. “These things do take a long time and you have to be very pushy, and know how to access things. It’s a bit like a secret purple garden and you’ve got to get access,” he says. Violet attends a day centre in the Vale of Glamorgan, run by carer support charity Crossroads five days a week. “It gives me some sort of space from the myriad of things that one has to do with caring for her. I not only have to look after my own household, I have to do hers as well. She can’t shop. She’s got no discrimination,” Peter says. It took Peter around three months to get the help they need. “You can’t do anything without a social worker,” he says. “They’re the ones who unlock the secret garden. There are these facilities but it’s accessing them. I had to start filling out forms, doing a means test on my mother. You have to sort these things out which were all new to me. “The social worker did an assessment on my mother, and then she would also get all the papers through from the hospital and would have responsibility for her file. We could then say to Crossroads: ‘My mother has been identified with these needs’. Crossroads run the day centre. They are a national organisation and they are validated – one of the agencies which social services will use. They run residential centres as well where people can live or people like me, a carer, can get respite care.” Caring can be damaging to carers: over 600,000 care providers suffer mental or physical health problems. “I have a coping mechanism,” Peter says. “I paint, and I swim. Every day I have an agenda, otherwise I think you just break up. I’m in a reading group which means every month you have a book to read and give your personal response to it with like-minded people. I have girlfriends, but you can’t say ‘Let’s go away for the weekend’.

If she’s out for the day you’ve got to be back to give her tea. That can affect one’s social life.” Peter has given up working to look after Violet full time. “I think I can cope with it, so I decided I would care for her with support,” he says. He is now caring for his mother 50-60 hours a week. Violet receives £65 a week carers’ allowance, of which she gives her son £50 to top up his pension. One in five carers give up work, which can result in poverty: 40-60% of disability benefits go unclaimed, an amount worth around £660 million annually. The Work and Families Act, passed earlier this year, requires employers to consider allowing more flexible working hours for carers. Despite the day centre’s help, Peter provides the majority of the care his mother requires himself. “On a typical day, she wakes up early in the morning. I went along about half past six just to orientate her. She won’t remember what will have gone on yesterday - or what will have gone on in the last hour. Just get her quiet and what clothes to put on, as you would with a small child. I left about 7.15, then I had about an hour then for myself.

She won’t remember what will have gone on yesterday - or what will have gone on in the last hour “Then I went back about half past eight, then I got her up and dressed making sure she’s got her breakfast, give her tablets because she couldn’t be relied upon to take medicines. Then we walked up to Penarth – it’s very important to keep her mobile, I believe that. And we’ll go to the bank and go shopping. Then I came back and washed her hair, probably about half past ten. Then I stayed with her

until 12 o’clock.” From 12 until half past three, Violet is looked after by a professional carer employed on a one-to-one basis, after which she’s back with her son. Peter has managed to maintain a good relationship with his mother throughout the illness. “She knows who I am. She’s now become reliant. We have a very good relationship,” he says. What does he talk to her about? “My concerns. Finding it very frustrating, her behaviour. Was it right that she now couldn’t discriminate, remember things? It was a learning curve for me. I did learn from having counselling and I would recommend it for anybody. They put you in touch with other carers who have similar problems,” Peter says. He finds being on his own the most difficult part of the job, as he’s isolated and responsible. His father died 10 years ago, his brother doesn’t help, while his 25-year-old daughter occasionally helps but has her own life. What would make his job easier? “Time off, respite,” he says. “I would like one day a week completely off.” Peter’s first day off this year was three weeks ago, and until last year he had one day in eight years. “I had a week last year and I felt ever so guilty. They said you need respite, but the sense of guilt I had. Whoa!” Peter has no idea how much longer he’ll have to care for his mother – some cases have lasted as long as 22 years. “The very sad thing is you don’t die of Alzheimer’s,” he says. “She could go on until she’s 90.” If she does, Peter will have been caring for Violet for over 10 years, as is the case for nearly a third of Alzheimer’s sufferers. He certainly deserves the day off he craves.

Crossroads run day centres in the Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff and Barry. They can be contacted on 0845 450 0350 or www.crossroads.org.uk


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FEATURES Africa and AIDS: a global struggle Anna Milewski

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he beginning of December will bring with it World Aids Day, the annual universal campaign against the devastating effects of HIV and AIDS. Although work against AIDS is religiously undertaken throughout the year, World AIDS Day is a day that gives ordinary people the opportunity to contribute to this global struggle. In its initial stages the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) attacks the human immune system, weakening it to the extent that if left untreated (such as is often the case in the third world) it develops into the deadly, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), which has, and continues to absolutely ravage Sub-Saharan Africa. Figures published in the 2006 'African Aids epidemic Update' indicate that more than half of the forty million people infected with HIV live in Southern Africa, a shocking, but very real statistic. The report underlines the fact that an estimated 2.8 million adults and children have become infected this year alone, a figure larger than in all other regions of the world combined. The report progresses to state that 34% of AIDS deaths occurr here, with 32% of those infected by HIV inhabited in this region. In Zimbabwe alone, though a country that has seen a slight decrease, an estimated one in five are still infected, with the life expectancy (from birth) sinking to unimaginable levels, women estimated at living to a mere 34, and men to 37. In South Africa (though one of the later S u b Saharan

countries to acquire the 'epidemic' status) of the 5.5 million infected inhabitants, a heart wrenching 240,000 are children under the age of fifteen. Similarly, Swaziland has an unbelievable HIV prevalence rate of 33.4%, national adult HIV infection levels are also uncomfortably high in Botswana, Lesotho and Namibia. The above statistics merely give fleeting coverage to the depths of the African situation in relation to AIDS. It should be noted that through organisations organisations such as UNAIDS and The National Aids Trust, a great deal of significant work has been conducted that has dramatically improved prospects for the infected inhabitants of this plagued area. Through effective execution of sexual health education, regular condom use in African women has risen from 26%37%, a steady, but nonetheless important feat. In 2003 the WHO (World Health Organisation) launched it's '3 by 5' campaign. It anticipated that by 2006, three million would have access to the vital antiretroviral therapy that has dramatically prolonged the life spans of those infected with the potentially deadly virus. This is massively significant as it is estimated that in South Africa, two million carriers of the virus are unaware they have it until the closing stages. This target may not have been met, but the situation has still advanced, with one million people now being treated, an undoubted improvement. The head of the World Health Organisation's AIDS department, Kevin De Cock acknowledged this effort as 'changing the landscape for HIV/AIDS treatment internationally forever'. The G8 has since committed itself to 'universal access' of the drug by 2010. Similarly, the International Aids Conference in Toronto last August upped the pace, calling for increased political momentum, ensuring the continuation of steady donations, and enabling this dire situation a chance of continued improvement.

Kevin De Cock: Head of the WHO AIDS department

DECEMBER.04.2006

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Pronto condoms

Stopping AIDS in record time Kirsty Page Contributor

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he HIV/AIDS epidemic is impossible to ignore. Reports constantly infiltrate our newspapers and television sets, informing us of the current tragedy. Talk to anyone about AIDS and the likelihood is they will link it to Africa in some way. This is not surprising, considering that almost two-thirds of people with HIV globally reside in sub-Saharan Africa. It is also the area of the world that receives the most media coverage - but it is not the only place. Countries such as Thailand and Russia face similar difficulties, although on a less drastic scale. All governments need to address the issue of HIV/AIDS, but particularly those of countries suffering on such a colossal scale. One such government that has been heavily scrutinised is that of South Africa. Thabo Mbeki, South Africa’s president caused global outrage in 2000 with comments questioning the relationship between the virus HIV and AIDS, and has suffered further attacks with regard to availability and distribution of anti-retroviral drugs. Similarly, in Swaziland last year -

which has the highest HIV infection rate in the world - plans to mark World Aids Day were cancelled. One move that South Africa has recently taken to combat the epidemic is the introduction of the Pronto condom. This new condom is designed to be put on in one second (‘three if you’re slow’). The condom prides itself on its simplicity and speed, understanding that with regular condoms by the time they are on, ‘the mood is halfway out the window.’ The product does not even need to be unwrapped, simply crack the packaging and unroll.

Since 1999, heterosexually acquired HIV has become the largest category for new diagnosis This new invention has been at the centre of a debate over whether it will reduce the incidence rate of HIV, or whether it will, in fact, do more harm than good. Safe sex, as everyone knows, reduces the spread of STDs including HIV. Some fear, however,

that this new ‘fast’ condom will encourage promiscuity and actually increase instances of quick, reckless sex. The other side of the coin, however, is that if people are going to do it anyway, the best you can do is provide them with the most accessible form of protection. For many, the reason for not using a condom is not a matter of time but one of sexual fulfilment - which, they argue, condoms suppress. This makes us question whether a matter of seconds is really going to make a difference. The use of condoms is still taboo in many cultures as is the discussion of sex within the family. Unless this changes, this new condom is not going to make a huge difference. Many believe that abstinence is a better solution to condoms. Abstinence is certainly the best theoretical solution, but try telling your average red-blooded teenager not to have sex - I doubt you will get very far. Living in a country where the rate of HIV infection is significantly lower and anti-retroviral drugs are readily available, it is all too easy to criticise the sexual activity of those in HIV ridden countries. “Why do people insist on casual sex or polygamous marriages when this disease is rife?” you might ask. But when you look at the


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HIV and AIDS: What’s the difference?

DECEMBER 1 MARKED WORLD AIDS DAY. FEATURES LOOKS AT.......

AIDS/HIV: facts and figures 39.5 million

The number of people with AIDS in Britain is likely to double in the next 10 years diagnosis and has steadily increased ever since in the UK. Heterosexual women are an at risk group: 60% of heterosexuals with HIV are women. It has been suggested that the increase of the disease in heterosexuals is from acquiring HIV from other countries, however the number of heterosexuals acquiring HIV within the UK has also increased. The introduction of an AIDS treatment called HAART has significantly extended the average life expectancy of people living with HIV. This treatment has dramatically decreased the number of HIV infections which progress to AIDS. The cost of managing a HIV+ patient for one year stands at around £16,000 per year, with the average lifetime treatment for one HIV person costing between £135,000-£181,000. The drugs are not effective for all patients and it is not known if there are any long term effects. AIDS in the UK gets far less attention from the media than it received in the 80s and 90s when there were many wide spread media campaigns emphasising safe sex. The media today tend to focus upon the AIDS epidemic in Africa, which takes the emphasis off the ever increasing problem of AIDS in the UK, especially amongst heterosexuals. Many people assume that AIDS is no longer a problem in this country, but this is not true: the disease is increasing at a rapid rate.

Laura Foster Contributor

A HIV is the abbreviated form of human immunodeficiency virus. If you have HIV, it means that you’ve been infected with the virus. In very basic terms, HIV refers to the virus itself whereas AIDS refers to its ‘symptoms’, which do not usually appear for about ten years after infection. The exact point at which HIV becomes AIDS is decided in one of two ways: either when a patient becomes ill with one of a number of particularly severe illnesses (usually following a series of milder illnesses), or when the number of immune system cells left in their body drops below a certain point.

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ccording to a parliamentary group on the disease, the number of people with AIDS in the UK is likely to double within the next ten years. Despite making progress on limiting the spread of the disease and high profile government and NGO campaigns, it is estimated that many people do not know they are infected due to the stigma which surrounds being tested. The first case of AIDS documented in the UK was in 1981, when a man died after suffering from PCP, an infection which occurs in individuals with a weak immune system. During the 80s and 90s HIV infections rose steadily and by 1999 infections began to increase dramatically. An estimated 58,300 adults were living with HIV by the end of 2004, a staggering 34% of whom were unaware of their infection. By 2005 HIV diagnoses had doubled since 1999. The steep increase of HIV diagnoses has partly been due to the huge influx of the number of heterosexually acquired infections. Up to 1998 gay men formed the main exposure category for new HIV diagnoses. Since 1999, heterosexually acquired HIV has become the largest category for new

people living with HIV in 2006

4.3 million new HIV infections in 2006

2.9 million

people died of aids this year

740,000

adults and children living with HIV in Central and Western Europe

24.7 million adults and children living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa

95%

of Aids/HIV sufferers living in developing world

63,500

living with HIV in the UK at end of 2005

20,100

of these were unaware of their infection

And finally: What can YOU do to help? Georgina Wilmott

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ou may be wondering how one individual could possibly even begin to help in the prevention of a disease that kills 3 million people every year. Of course, nobody can turn the clock back for all the people who have already been infected with HIV, but there are other ways to contribute. You can help in the prevention and awareness of this virus. Paramount to prevention is educa-

tion. AIDS is incurable but totally preventable, so first of all, protect yourself. Condoms are the only form of contraception that prevent the transmission of HIV, so make sure that you have safe sex. If you are unsure about your partner’s sexual history, suggest you are tested together for infections. If you are going to inject drugs, make sure the needles you are using are clean and not used by others, as HIV can be passed on through bodily fluids, such as blood or semen. We do not often stop to think about how this disease affects the lives of the

40 million people throughout the world who are living with HIV. Neither do we think about how this affects their relationships with others. Some people are narrow-minded and do not consider the feelings of sufferers. Victims of AIDS are often discriminated against by their friends and family and by institutions which should know better, such as health care and employers. As a society, we need to support people with AIDS. We also need to educate the public to further their knowledge, as it is from ignorance that prejudice and increased rates of infec-

tion stem. Buy a red ribbon from Virgin Megastores, MAC cosmetics or Levi’s and wear it on World Aids Day, 1st December. The ribbon has been a symbol of HIV for 15 years and is recognised worldwide. Not only will it raise awareness, but it will also raise money for the National AIDS Trust. Money contributed will go towards helping AIDS sufferers and their families cope. It will also help research a cure - so donate generously! For more information on what you can do to fund raise visit www.worldaidsday.org


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DECEMBER.04.2006 JOBS@gairrhydd.COM

Experience this Lucy Higgins talks to third year psychology student Emily Boxer about her work experience What type of work experience placement are you on? I’m doing an optional sandwich year at Amelia Methodist Trust Farm near Barry, working with dissaffected young people.

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As students are needed to become work-ready, Jobs & Money focus on work experience as Lucy Higgins looks at its benefits

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eing at university often means juggling a few things; going out, catching up on sleep, doing the odd bit of parttime work and trying to make it to lectures. It’s pretty fun for the three or more years at uni, but the problem comes when you’ve graduated and it’s time to look for a fulltime job. The fact is, us students have a lot of competition. More and more people are choosing to do degrees, so when we graduate and get thrown into the big wide world, our degrees simply don’t stand out as much anymore. There are more people to compete against and increasingly employers are looking for individuals who have done more than just pass all their modules. They want personality, extra-curricular activities and, perhaps most importantly, they want work experience. So, why do work experience? Put simply, it’s the perfect way of gaining confidence in the working environment. As well as gaining contacts and building up your CV, it can also be a useful way of ‘testing the waters’ in a career you’re considering. Caroline Thomas, a third year religion and theology student, knew she wanted go into teaching, so secured work experience in both a primary and a secondary school. “I always thought I wanted to be a primary school teacher, but after completing both my placements, I knew I’d be better suited in secondary education. It helped me to make my mind up, without being stuck in the

jobshop

wrong job for years.” Work experience isn’t just something you have to put up with, so that you can say you’ve done it. You’ll be working in your chosen area of interest or study, and so the likelihood is you’ll actually really enjoy it. One of the main benefits is that you’ll learn skills that can’t be taught in the lecture hall, and will be able to apply these skills in a practical environment. It’s an easy way of finding out whether the job you have in mind suits you, without signing any contracts or committing yourself too heavily.

It’s an easy way of finding out whether the job you have in mind suits you It’s also a pretty useful thing to do if, like most graduates, you have absolutely no idea what you want to do. Cat Grogan, a third year law and politics student said: “My CV was lacking a bit, there wasn’t really anything extra I’d done since school. I knew that I needed a bit more understanding of the working world, so work experience seemed the perfect way to find out, whilst making me more employable.” So, it’s easy to see why gaining work experience is of massive benefit. However, although almost necessary these days, it can also have some pret-

ty major downsides. The notion that you’ll be given little responsibility or respect is not always a myth, and it’s not impossible to spend a week making cups of tea. But the reality is usually that the more assertive and personable you are, the more the company will like having you around. This means you’ll enjoy your placement more, be given more responsibility, and may even end up working for the firm later on in your working life. The main downside of work experience, however, is that often it is unpaid. This can have major implications for students who recognise the need for further experience, but can’t afford to be working without any income. So, is it worth it? The answer is a resounding yes. Even though at the time, it may seem futile and frustrating getting up and going to ‘work’, when you could be in bed or earning some money, the likelihood is, it will help to secure you a better job in the future, as well as making you more versatile and confident. Some work experience is paid, especially if it’s long-term, but either way, it’s worth getting. After all, being able to put that you’ve worked consistently in a variety of relevant workplaces on your CV is going to sound better than saying you were a prefect in year nine. To find out more about work experience, go to: ■ www.cardiff.ac.uk ■ www.gowales.org.uk ■ www.work-experience.org

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A hair and beauty retailer requires people to assist customers, handle cash and replenish stock. You need to have an outgoing personality and the ability to work unsupervised.

A chain of betting shops requires cashiers to process bets and handle cash. You must have good customer service skills, be a good communicator and you must be over 18.

What does your work experience entail? It’s a full-time job, coordinating students who are working towards a youth award, so I work with up to three young people at any time, doing activities related to the environment, technology, and expressive arts, for example. We also have outdoor activities, helping with the running of the farm, which produces eggs, pork chops, sausages and lamb. My job involves training to be a youth worker, so I also have to do three hours a week of training and weekend sessions, and then at the end of the year I’ll get a nationally recognised award. Is it a requirement for your course? Not really. If you want an applied psychology degree, then a placement year is necessary, but it’s a really good thing to do anyway because clinical psychology is really competitive. It’s likely that if you don’t do a placement year during your course, you’ll have to do one sometime after it anyway. Is the job paid or voluntary? It’s voluntary work, but the farm applied on my behalf to a company called Rank, that help to fund gap years, so next term I will be getting all my expenses paid. I have to pay half fees at university for the year that I’m on placement. How much responsibility are you given? For the first few weeks, I was just shadowing other youth workers, but I now have full responsibility in the areas that I work in. There wasn’t a specific job title for me when I started, so I had to develop my own role within the organisation. Why did you decide to do a placement year? I knew that if I didn’t, I would feel very unprepared when it came to applying for jobs. I think that being at university doesn’t teach students enough about the working world, and all I felt I was doing at uni was reading and writing. I couldn’t imagine graduating and going straight into a job, without finding out if this was the relevant area of work for me. How do you think future employers will view it? I think that it’s beneficial for an employer to see a person’s done voluntary work, and that they have worked with the groups that interest them. I now have an insight into the area I’d like to work in, and the job I’ve been doing shows that I can work independently. Ideally, for psychology, work experience would include working with a psychologist, but the year is helping me in so many other ways that it will definitely benefit me when it comes to looking for a job. Would you recommend that other students to get work experience? Definitely. Not only do I have much more self-confidence in suggesting ideas and managing groups, I’ve also been able to build up a lot of contacts in the field. Doing this placement year has highlighted to me how inexperienced I was before, and that there was no way I was prepared enough for the working world. I now feel I am learning a lot of the skills that I will need, should I go on to work in a similar area, and with the contacts I have built up, I feel much more confident about applying for jobs in the future.

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GM food hits Europe

As US crop exports hit an all time low, Science & Environment ask if Britain is destined to follow in our neighbours’ GM footsteps

GM facts 60 million

hectares of GM crops grown worldwide

75%

We don’t even really know what the process does to the plants themselves, other than enhance certain qualities

of world’s GM crops grown in US and Canada

50%

decrease in biodiversity around fields containing GM crops

$2 billion

loss in maize export trade from US to Europe after GM crops introduced

0.9%

percentage a product must contain before it has to be labelled as GM in our supermarkets

$1.8 billion compensation demanded by the US from the EU for loss of export due to EU ban on GM crops

50%

of all supermarket milk contains traces of GM food fed to cattle

Kev Marianne Fisher Environment Correspondent

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hould we be able to choose whether or not we eat GM food? According to recent opinion polls, 87% of Europeans believe we should. However a government decision passed last month has put our freedom of choice in jeopardy. The UK government has just finished its ‘co-existence consultation’ which looked at the possibility of growing more GM crops in Britain, by allowing cross-contamination of GM and non-GM species . It seems the government is going to go ahead with plans to allow GM crops to be grown on British soil, against the wishes of many UK citizens. The process of genetic modification is still fraught with uncertainty. We do not know if GM food can cause allergic reactions - though recent research suggests it can - we do not know the long-term impacts on wildlife, we don’t know the long-term impacts on people. We don’t know if we can prevent all crops being contaminated. We don’t even really know what the process does to the plants themselves, other than enhance certain qualities. However, we do have one area of experience that may be useful - that of selective breeding. Pedigree animals are bred specially to conform to certain specifications. Over the years animals with the desired qualities are chosen as breeding stock so that, eventually, the chosen trait has become a standard to the breed (for example Dachshunds with

their tiny legs or Boxer dog’s squashed faces). What we have learnt from this, is by focusing on one particular quality, you often damage the rest. Dachshunds are notorious for back problems and Boxers often have trouble breathing. Blue-Merle collies (bred for their steel-grey and black colouring) are prone to epilepsy.

If GM crops are allowed to grow in Britain, it will soon be impossible to buy organic food due to contamination If selective breeding has this effect on animals, it seems logical to suppose it will do the same to plants. We may end up with corn that is totally pest-resistant, but dies off before the grain ripens for example. The baseline for GM contamination is set at 0.9%. Anything above this must be labelled as GM. However, the organic certification depends on 0% GM contamination. If GM crops are allowed to grow in Britain, it will soon be impossible to buy organic food due to contamination of the air, soil and water. This would put many farmers out of business and severely limit our freedom to choose what we eat. Just how easy it is for such contamination to occur is plain to see. Despite the fact that UK supermarkets do not stock GM food, 80 cases

of illegal GM rice have been found on our shelves in the past 2 months alone. Most of this is a strain from the US that has never been certified as safe for human consumption. It was field-tested by a company called Bayern between 1998 and 2001, contaminating other crops and is still in the food chain. Many farmers who were strictly against the test found their crops had been affected by nearby GM fields, and then couldn’t sell their produce. The company didn’t even tell anyone until August this year, for fear of financial repercussions. This means that for 5 years, rice unfit for humans has been finding its way into your take-aways, cupboards and even your cosmetics. We will never know how much. Now all US rice entering the UK has to be tested, but there is still no testing on imports from China and India, both of which are also running trials of GM strains. Illegal Chinese rice was found in UK shops in 2005, but the Food Standards Agency failed to take action. These cases of contamination and corporate cover-ups just go to show how hard it is to keep GM food separate from normal crops, and how important it is that we do not extend our GM programme, if we want organic British produce to continue to exist. Another area of concern is animal feed. About 90% of animal products on sale in the UK are from animals fed on GM feed. However, there is absolutely no legislation that demands it to be labelled, so people are again denied choice in the interests of big business.

The growing amount of GM Maize and Soya grown for animal feed is making it increasingly hard to source non-GM strains for humans to eat. Soon we may not have a choice. This continual contamination of non-GM food is like putting meat in food then labelling it as suitable for vegetarians. Leading European lawyers have accused the government of contravening EU and UK laws with its new proposals, saying that the plans are ‘fundamentally flawed’. And it is still not clear why we even need GM crops. Christian Aid and other aid agencies have denied that GM food is the holy grail for ending world poverty, and the majority of people in the developed world actively avoid the stuff (as far as they are able to). There have recently been riots in India, with farmers protesting against the expansion of GM programmes. We already have to spend million of pounds every year disposing of all the excess food we grow, thanks to EU farming quotas. If governments really cared about the third world, they would send some of our ‘butter lakes’ and ‘grain mountains’ to help alleviate famine in Africa. It seems increasingly likely that the whole issue boils down to money – the fact that the biotech companies have seen a way to make lots of it and are determined to do so. They can develop the seeds, and chemicals to be used on them, and thus gain a market monopoly. In an age of increasing uncertainty, where we have no idea what climate change is going to do to our existing plants, doesn’t it seem a little rash to be busy developing new ones?


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Liz Stauber on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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ave you ever gotten ink on your hand and had to scrub it hard until it became clean again? Or switched off your straighteners only to have to go back five minutes later just to make sure they are actually off? For you, these are probably just one off, occasional actions, but for some its a ritual they have to go through every day. OCD is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It is an anxiety related condition, often worsened by stress. It is known to effect every three in one hundred people and can take many forms. Generally though, it is shown through repetitive, intrusive or unwelcome thoughts. These thoughts cause the sufferer to carry out actions repeatedly in order to combat what is going through their mind. For example, some people need to flick a light switch on and off a certain number of times, others need to constantly wash their hands. That being said, not everyone who has the condition has to carry out actions such as these. Some just have the repetitive thoughts. These people are said to suffer from the ‘Pure O’, a form of OCD. People with the ailment know their thoughts are irrational but they cannot stop. It should be pointed out that they are just thoughts, not fantasies or impulses which will be acted upon. Nobody knows the exact cause of OCD. Some research has shown that the communication between the brain and deeper structures is faulty. Occasionally the cause can be traced back to a bad throat infection, and it’s worth trying a course of antibiotics to help the sufferer. But all research considered, the exact cause cannot be pinpointed, although one in three cases does start at childhood. As well as it being hard to find a cause, it is also hard to make a diagnosis. On average, it can take more than nine years for a sufferer to be told they have the condition, after seeing three to four specialists. At the moment, there is no cure for the condition, however, there are ways in which to control the symptoms. By going to your local doctor and talking through the way you feel, they can suggest the best treatment for your symptoms, whether it’s by prescribing medication, or referring you to a therapist, or combining the two. If at first the medication does not work, all is still not lost as there are many variations that can be tried, and eventually, the OCD can be controlled.

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Feeling blue?

Laura Foster shares her experience of the University’s counselling service and tells you where to go and what to do if you need help

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he life of a student is all about balance. Balancing friends, relationships, social life, a part-time job and studying can take its toll on anyone. The Cardiff University Counselling offers one-to-one confidential counselling for any kind of problem. Counselling offers the chance to talk to someone who is unbiased, friendly and helpful. Here is an easy step-by-step guide to counselling from someone in the know.

Before your first session: Before your first session you will be given forms to fill out in order for the counsellor to gain an insight into your situation and problems. Just ask at the desk or download and fill in the form before your introductory appointment. This introductory form is also available from the Counselling Service homepage under : “resources”. It includes general medical history, your aims for counselling and whether counselling is the right option for you. All this information is kept confidential and your school will not be informed. Think carefully about what you want to talk about and keep your overall aim in mind; it helps to think how it will benefit you in the long term.

Once you have been allocated a counsellor you will be able to see him/her usually for 50 minutes per week. Some people only require one or two sessions, some require counselling for a longer period. The weekly sessions I attended helped me to deal with certain problems and made me start to think about how I could change the situation by acting in a different way. The counselling service is there to provide you with help and support for any problem at any point during University. The Counselling Service also runs group therapy such as Stress Control classes and Freshers’ support and study skill sessions.

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Bridging the communication gap

Pierre Mason on the English version of Al-Jazeera

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his month, the English version of Arabic channel Al-Jazeera was launched, aiming to be the channel of reference for future Middle East events. It operates from its main studios in Doha and also has offices in London, Washington and Kuala Lumpur, making it an anglo-arabic channel, trying to “build a bridge” between the two nations. Nigel Parsons, the managing director of Al-Jazeera English said: “the world needs Al Jazeera in English to bring a new perspective and understanding to world events.” The new channel is said to provide a different stand on world affairs, giving a wider range of opinions. It was first named Al Jazeera International before an ultimate change before the launch. The new channel was launched just weeks after its Arabic counterpart celebrated its ten year anniversary on the air. Al-Jazeera English will build on the elements that made its sister, according to its website, “responsible for changing the face of the news in the Middle East.” BBC World editor Richard Porter declared to the Guardian that the new channel will be a serious competitor to the BBC and CNN. For him, AlJazeera apparently shares similar values to BBC World but differs in its attitudes toward reporting. CNN is the leading world news provider with a monthly audience

share of 35.2 percent and its rivals Euronews and BBC World respectively have 30 and 24.4 percent. The rise of a new important player could change all of that. Porter declared that since they knew the date of launch they “have been looking at our own programme plans for this period to make sure we’ll be looking our best.” Up until now the Americans and the British occupied an oligopoly on world news and coverage with their channels and news agencies AP and Reuters. The rise of a new major competitor could make them rethink their own approach. In theMiddle East alone, Al

Jazeera has an audience that can rival the BBC’s. Questions have been raised about the Arabic broadcast’s news agendas. Their reporting of the conflict in Iraq has been overall very negative and it is feared that they will use their English channel to promote their ideas. However, this probably would be a good thing: the plurality of representation would ultimately serve the story. Al-Jazeera guarantees on its website that the news provided will be “impartial, balanced and fair… giving no priority to commercial or political considerations over professional ones.” Al

Syd Lawrence talks to William Taylor from Media about his role as Xpress Radio’s Station Manager

How did you become Station Manager of Xpress Radio? Since I started at Cardiff I had heavy involvement in Xpress Radio and then, when I dropped out of my first course I started working at Red Dragon FM as a voluntary production assistant and stayed working there until I started my Computer Science course. I was an executive at Xpress Radio last year and then decided I wanted to run for Station Manager and I got it!

What does your role as Station Manager involve? Making sure the station runs smoothly on a daily basis.

Can you describe your average day working in the station? Wednesday is my busiest day. I come up to Xpress Radio at 9am and check emails, post and that the equipment is

all running. Then I pay any outstanding bills for the running of the Station. At half 12, I usually have a meeting with people in the Union or an interview. Then I prepare for my show, which is on Wednesday at 4pm. After my show I have a meeting with all the Xpress Radio executives. After this I am currently doing another show too. What other experience do you have in radio? As well as being a voluntary production assistant. I was also the breakfast traffic and travel producer for Red Dragon FM, which involved finding out where the traffic was in Cardiff in the mornings, typing it up and giving it to the presenters to read out on the air. What would your ideal career path be? Defiantly in radio, I want to be either

a presenter or a producer as I have enjoyed doing both. Do you have any tips for the budding radio journalists of Cardiff? To get involved in Xpress Radio, just come up or send an email because we are always looking for new members.

Jazeera hired famous journalists such as Veronica Pedrosa and David Frost to present its programmes. The channel provided its online audience with its code of ethics: it ignores all aspect surrounding religion. The argument behind the launch of this new channel is a cultural one. The Guardian’s Peter Preston argued that it would add colour to the international news scene. Britain and the US feel like Al Jazeera English will only give preference to the Middle East point of view. However, the new broadcaster’s creation was highly influenced by the BBC and the Guardian.

country. I am very happy with this as beforehand we had not won an award for many years. How was the actual night for you? The night was amazing and so much fun. The event was held in a swanky location in Covent Garden and some BBC One radio DJs, such as Scot Mills and Chris Moyles, presented the awards. What do you hope to get next year? Everything!

Did you expect the station to get so many nominations at the Student Radio Awards? No.

Name: Syd Lawrence

Why? Because the station had not had that many nominations in the past.

Origin: Southampton

What did Xpress Radio win? We won Best Interview, for Jen Long’s Interview with The Pipettes. We also took home silver for Best Technical Innovation and were in the top five student radio stations in the

Role: Xpress Radio’s Station Manager

Degree: Started off doing electronic engineering when I first came to Cardiff, but it wasn’t for me. So I dropped out and I took up Computer Science, which I am still studying now.

Could Al Jazeera English become the cultural representation at the international level? Possibly. Critics have argued that to achieve global influence in that area, the news must be produced and broadcasted in the global language: English. The channel could serve the minorities in the countries it is reaching. The change of language from Arabic to English somehow makes the original intent paler. Arabic is an important part of the Middle East culture and its modification implies an acceptance of English being worldly dominant. A poll published exclusively online demonstrated that Al Jazeera English could very well be an asset. For example, users welcomed the idea of an insight into how the conflict in Iraq has affected the people there without having to see American or British images. Al Jazeera English could very well become a major source of international news. However, CNN and BBC World will not be buried at the moment: most users asked for the survey declared they would use Al Jazeera English as a secondary source. The idea behind the promotion of Al Jazeera English could seduce other countries to launch their own Englishlanguage service. France, for instance, just announced the creation of an international news broadcaster called France 24. The French government will found the new channel with the promise it will not politically interfere with the editorial policy. The launch of Al Jazeera English was accompanied by the relaunch of the broadcaster’s new website, designed to reflect the channel’s new look and editorial content. The website allows users to download footage and comment on news stories. RSS feeds are also available. More information about the new channel is available on www.aljazeera.net/english/

For more information about Xpress check out www.xpressradio.co.uk


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welwyd ail gig UMCC y mis hwn gyda gig yn y dafarn wyddelig Callaghans ar Dachwedd 22. Ymysg y perfformwyr oedd y band newydd Micawber, Gafyn Buckland a’r Diwygiad. Yn gyntaf ar y llwyfan oedd band newydd a chyffrous o Gaerdydd, Micawber. Oedd yn gwneud eu hymddangosiad cyntaf fel band. Yn gyfuniad o aelodau o’r ail a’r drydedd flwyddyn fe wnaethant lwyddo i blesio a gadael argraff dda ar y gynulleidfa o’r dechrau. Y prif leisydd, Rhys ‘Scwbi’ Owen, agorodd y noson gyda set unigol acwstic cyn i weddill y band sef Gwion Jones ar y gitar flaen, Ifan Gwilym ar y bass a Aled Morris ar y drymiau ymuno ag ef. Llwyddwyd i blesio rhan fwyaf o’r gynulleidfa gyda geiriau ffraeth a bachog eu caneuon a hoelio sylw

pawb. Roedd ganddynt ganeuon gafaelgar ac roedd y rhannau unigol ar y prif gitar yn ychwanegu llawer i’r caneuon. Gobeithiaf glywed mwy gan y band yma, yn enwedig wrth ystyried y talent offerynnol a profiad y chwareuwyr gan eu bod wedi bod mewn bandiau eu hunain yn y gorffennol. Yn sicr llwyddodd Micawber roi dechrau hwyliog ac addas i’r noson. Arwydd o’r hyn oedd am ddod efallai? Yn anffodus nid dyma fu’r achos gan i’r gynulleidfa wanhau ar ol diwedd y set gyntaf. Rhaid pwysleisio mai nid bai y bandiau oedd hyn ac roeddent yn wir yn haeddu gwell sylw gan rannau o’r gynulleidfa. Enw newydd i mi oedd Gafyn Buckland, ond anodd iawn fyddai anghofio ei enw wedi’r effaith ailadroddus drwy’r system sain! Perfformiodd y set yn unigol a

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This Week’s Tinsel among the Tattle: December 4-December 10

Christmas Puddings ‘Tis the season to re-hash old ideas as TV Desk goes French for Noel.

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Vimto Slightly tarnished by that foul mouthed biro line Purple Ronnie, but this is currently the king of soft drinks. It being purple is both one of the best and worst things about it. Best: purple is FUN!! Worst: purple STAINS!! It’s a double edged sword.

Soaps This week’s TV Guides offer no information into the whats and where-hows of the Baldwin clan this week, so I guess I shall have to wait until tomorrow evening’s Coronation Street to find out exactly what (maybe Danny?) goes down. I can ensure you however, that this week sees Tracey’s evil plot to destroy Cahrlie beging to come to fruition, and Steve gets it on a little with Kym off of Hear’say. In Neighbours, Paul gets ready to kill Max for killing his son (fair’s fair?), and Lou and Janelle get way too close. There’s yet more murder in mind in Hollyoaks. After discovering Max’ life to be insured for half a million bucks, Clare is getting her priorities right by attempting to knock him off with too many drugs. But when the district nurse calls, will her plan be rumbled? Dunno.

o, Christmas is nearly upon us, and as if the promise of presents and parties wasn’t enough to make you all want to will it closer and closer, then surely the fact that I am currently in the midst of essay hell and cannot wait for it to be over should appeal to your better nature and you should join me in welcoming the festive season. Thank you, I always have faith in you guys. Your good will will be repaid. Not by me obviously, but by the ghost of BBC Christmas programming who gives us The Vicar Of Dibley. Yes, that’s right. Either be happy because you love the show or because it comes with a promise that these will be the last two episodes ever, so there will be no extra instalments for them to repeat every Christmas for the rest of eternity after this. In a similar vein of shows coming back from the dead, but this time with far more indie cred (‘cause when have you ever tried to impress someone with a Dawn French box set?) comes a one-off special of This Life, which I have on good authority will be on BBC2 at some point this yuletide, and will join Egg and co in the present day to see how they’re getting on these days. Lovely. It’s also cameo-a-go-go as that awful woman Catherine Tate ‘stars’ as a runaway bride in a Christmas special of Doctor Who, which has

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Food From S e r v i c e Stations - I spent a large proportion of my yesterday at Service Stations, and due partially to drunkeness and also the feeling of being on a school trip, I spent about fifteen squids on sandwiches, crisps and Kinder Eggs (I did get a mole on a lil though).

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some terrible looking Robot Santas causing mayhem. Seriously, I’ve seen a picture of them and they look rubbish. Like they should be in Wallace And Gromit. Which itself is probably repeated at some point this holiday. Also, there’s some fancy Little Britain Abroad, which seemingly is trying to hide the fact that

it’s not really very funny by getting as many comedy stalwarts involved as possible. So, Dawn French, Ronnie Corbett, Peter Kay and Julia Davis all pop up as relatives of regular characters. A sterling idea. All this said, the highlight of this year’s X-mas TV will be the same as every year’s...Match Of The Day on Boxing Day with a full schedule of Premiership fixtures. Oh yes, TV heaven. Now, those essays...darn. x

DVDS TO RENT/BUY There’s this film called June Bug, right, and it’ll come out one day. TV John say: There is an almost infinite number of indie-cred tickboxes littered throughout the entire of Junebug. Here are some of them. * All original music by Yo La Tengo. * Will Oldham is in it. For about twenty seconds. But he speaks, and doesn't sound at all fuzzy like you'd imagine someone talking through a preposturously lustrous 'tache would sound. His character even has a name, which the other characters in his scene weren't blessed with. * Mainstream teen actor in indie flick shocker! This "look what I can do" staple of indie cinema since, well ever, is about as shocking as static electricity in

2006, but to his credit, Ryan from The OC is completely brilliant in his role as Johnny Johnsten. More importantly, I didn't even recognise him (i thought it was the pervy officer from Cabin Fever, , more fool me) since a) he also has a semi-ridiculous moustache, and b) he has all the best lines, which leads me to... * Unlikely Oscar Nomination: Amy

Love Actually is on ITV1 this Wednesday at 9.00pm. It’s pretty sappy isn’t it, but I thought it was harmless enough. I saw it at the cinema with a girl but had to leave before it finished because of the last bus. I was a hot date I guess. I probabl ate all the popcorn aswell, but at least I would have paid for it.

Sport Another Champions League week sees ITV1 bring us the action from Chelsea v Levski Sofia (Tuesday, 7.45pm). This is all very well and good, but Chealsea are already through, so it’s not going to be a particularly exciting night I’m sure, and it’d be much better to see the Manchester Reds battling for their place in the competition. Ah well.

Radio Adams, who plays dopey Southern States expectant mom Ashley Johnsten, who is also pretty good in her role, although didn't have a cat's chance in doggy hell of winning since a genuine dopey Southern States mom playing a dopey Southern States country singer had already nailed Best Actress. They couldn't replicate it for Adams as best supporting actress now could they. * It's an offbeat comedy drama about a family where the son returns with his new wife, and someone's pregnant, and there's a lot of coming-to-terms going on. Ker-ching those indie pennies, Junebug. This year’s Garden State maybe then.


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6:00am Breakfast 9:15am Don't Get Done, Get Dom 10:00am Homes under the Hammer 11:00am To Buy or Not to Buy 11:30am My Life for Sale 12:15pm Bargain Hunt 1:00pm BBC News; Weather 1:30pm Regional News and Weather 1:40pm Neighbours 6:00am Breakfast 9:15am Don't Get Done, Get Dom 10:00am Homes under the Hammer 11:00am To Buy or Not to Buy 2:05pm Doctors 2:35pm Murder, She Wrote 3:20pm BBC News; Weather; Regional News 3:25pm CBBC:Jakers: The Adventures of Piggley Wink 3:50pm Watch My Chops 11:30am My Life for Sale 12:15pm Bargain Hunt 1:00pm BBC News; Weather 4:05pm SMart 4:30pm Jackanory 4:45pm The Fairly Odd Parents 5:00pm Blue Peter 5:25pm Newsround 5:35pm Neighbours 6:00pm BBC News and Weather 6:30pm Wales Today; Weather 7:00pm Holiday 2006 7:30pm Real Story with Fiona Bruce 8:00pm EastEnders 8:30pm Trauma 9:00pm High Hopes 10:00pm BBC News; Regional News; Weather 10:35pm Panorama 11:35pm Film 2006 with Jonathan Ross 12:05am Wild about Harry 1:40am Sign Zone:The State Within 2:40am Sign Zone:Natural World 3:30am Joins BBC News 24 1:40am Sign Zone:The State Within 2:40am Sign Zone:Natural World 3:30am Joins BBC News 24

7:00am CBBC:Batfink 7:10am Batfink 7:15am Witch 7:40am Fergus McPhail 8:05am Serious Desert 8:30am CBeebies:The Koala Brothers 8:40am Underground Ernie 8:55am Brum 9:05am Balamory 9:30am Doodle Do 9:50am Step Inside 10:00am Barnaby Bear 10:15am Our Planet 10:30am Numbertime 8:55am Brum 9:05am Balamory 9:30am Doodle Do 9:50am Step Inside 10:00am Barnaby Bear 10:15am Our Planet 10:30am Numbertime 10:45am Look and Read 11:00am Look and Read 11:20am Testament: the Bible in Animation 11:50am Focus 12:00pm The Daily Politics 12:30pm Working Lunch 1:00pm English Express 1:15pm Something Special 1:30pm Coast: Coastal Erosion 1:35pm The Cat from Outer Space 3:15pm Castle in the Country 3:45pm Flog It! 4:30pm Ready Steady Cook 5:15pm Weakest Link 6:00pm Nature's Calendar 6:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 7:00pm It's Not Easy Being Green 7:30pm Diving with Dolphins 8:00pm Johnny Kingdom: A Year On Exmoor 8:30pm University Challenge 9:00pm The Choir 10:00pm Have I Got News for You 10:30pm Newsnight 11:20pm Cricket: The Ashes 12:00am Masters and Commanders: No 10 and the Generals 1:00am BBC Learning Zone: Languages and Travel:Talk

6:00am GMTV Newshour 6:58am GMTV Today 8:35am LK Today 9:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show 10:30am This Morning 12:00pm This Morning: I'm a Celebrity Special 12:30pm Vanessa's Real Lives 1:30pm ITV Lunchtime News; Weather 12:00pm This Morning: I'm a Celebrity Special 12:30pm Vanessa's Real Lives 1:30pm ITV Lunchtime News; Weather 2:00pm The Price Is Right 2:30pm Dickinson's Real Deal 3:30pm Jim Jam and Sunny 3:40pm Planet Sketch 3:50pm Tricky Quickies 4:00pm King Arthur's Disasters 4:30pm Uncle Dad 5:00pm The Price Is Right 1:30pm ITV Lunchtime News; Weather 2:00pm The Price Is Right 2:30pm Dickinson's Real Deal 3:30pm Jim Jam and Sunny 3:40pm Planet Sketch 6:00pm ITV Wales News and Weather 6:30pm ITV Evening News; Weather 7:00pm Emmerdale 7:30pm Coronation Street 8:00pm Wales This Week 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm Manhunt: Solving Britain's Crimes 8:00pm Wales This Week 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm Manhunt: Solving Britain's Crimes 10:30pm ITV News 11:00pm Welsh Political Awards 12:00am The New Superbug: Tonight 12:25am ITV Play: The Mint 4:25am Dial a Mum 5:00am ITV Nightscreen 5:30am ITV Early Morning News 5:30am ITV Early Morning News

6:10am The Hoobs 6:35am The Hoobs 7:00am Freshly Squeezed 7:25am Friends 6:10am The Hoobs 6:35am The Hoobs 7:00am Freshly Squeezed 7:25am Friends 7:55am Everybody Loves Raymond 8:20am Will and Grace 8:50am Frasier 9:20am Frasier 9:50am ER 10:40am ER 11:30am King of the Hill 8:20am Will and Grace 8:50am Frasier 9:20am Frasier 9:50am ER 10:40am ER 11:30am King of the Hill 12:00pm News at Noon 12:30pm Headland 1:20pm King of Queens 1:45pm Third Watch 2:35pm Third Watch 3:30pm Countdown 4:15pm Deal or No Deal 5:00pm The New Paul O'Grady Show 6:00pm The Simpsons 3:30pm Countdown 4:15pm Deal or No Deal 5:00pm The New Paul O'Grady Show 6:00pm The Simpsons 6:30pm Hollyoaks 7:00pm Channel 4 News including live coverage of the Turner Prize 2006 8:00pm Help Me Help My Child 9:00pm Monarchy by David Starkey 10:00pm Without a Trace 11:00pm Without a Trace 12:00am Hollyoaks: In the City 1:00am 4Music Presents... 1:35am The Closer 11:00pm Without a Trace 12:00am Hollyoaks: In the City 1:00am 4Music Presents... 1:35am The Closer 2:35am Married to the Prime Minister 3:35am Unreported World 3:50am Lucky Day 4:05am World Cup Skiing 5:55am Inuk This page looks rather like some weird art project

6:00am Elmo's World 6:15am Rolie Polie Olie 6:40am MechaNick 6:50am Hi-5 7:20am Franny's Feet 7:35am Rupert Bear 7:45am Make Way for Noddy 6:00am Elmo's World 6:15am Rolie Polie Olie 6:40am MechaNick 6:50am Hi-5 7:20am Franny's Feet 7:35am Rupert Bear 7:45am Make Way for Noddy 8:00am Fifi and the Flowertots 8:15am Peppa Pig 8:20am Funky Valley 8:30am Thomas &#38; Friends 8:45am Old Bear Stories 9:00am The Wright Stuff 10:30am Trisha Goddard 11:30am five news and Ashes Special Report 12:00pm Home and Away 12:30pm BrainTeaser 1:35pm Seduced by a Thief 3:35pm Once upon a Dead Man 5:30pm five news and Ashes Special Report 12:30pm BrainTeaser 1:35pm Seduced by a Thief 3:35pm Once upon a Dead Man 5:30pm five news and Ashes Special Report 6:00pm Home and Away 6:30pm In the Grid 7:00pm five news and Ashes Special Report 7:15pm The Gadget Show 8:00pm Fifth Gear 9:00pm Disappearing Britain 10:00pm Tripping Over 11:05pm A Girl's Guide to 21st Century Sex 11:50pm World's Worst Driver 12:50am The X Games XII 1:20am NFL Live 5:00am French Football - Le Championnat 11:05pm A Girl's Guide to 21st Century Sex 11:50pm World's Worst Driver 12:50am The X Games XII 1:20am NFL Live

7:00pm The House of Tiny Tearaways with Tanya Byron 8:00pm Honey We're Killing the Kids 9:00pm Dog Borstal 10:00pm EastEnders 10:30pm Tittybangbang2 11:00pm Little Britain 11:30pm Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps 12:00am Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps 12:30am Dog Borstal 1:25am Tittybangbang2 1:55am Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps 2:25am Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps 2:55am The Indestructibles 3:25am Grime Scene Investigation If you are wondering why your TV pages look slightly rubbish this week, and why I have become addicted to the copy and paste button then wonder on no more. For it seems like it might be just be myself and TV Gareth filling up this void this week, and I dont want to be here until I am very old and smelly. On another note the new NME tour sounds like the most painful thing in the world.

7:00pm Sounds of the Sixties 7:10pm Doctor Who 8:00pm The World 8:30pm The Day of the Triffids 9:00pm The Lost Gospels 7:00pm Sounds of the Sixties 7:10pm Doctor Who 8:00pm The World 8:30pm The Day of the Triffids 9:00pm The Lost Gospels 10:30pm Storyville: The Team 11:55pm The Cinema Show 12:55am Ray Gosling: OAP 1:55am The Lost Gospels 3:25am Ray Gosling: OAP 10:30pm Storyville: The Team 11:55pm The Cinema Show 12:55am Ray Gosling: OAP 1:55am The Lost Gospels 3:25am Ray Gosling: OAP God dammit, there aren’t enough programs on this blasted BBC four. I tell you dear readers I may go mad, my room needs tidying, my tummy needs food, my essays need spell checking and my hair needs styling. On top of this I got home at 5 in the morn yesterday, after travelling home from Manchester.

6:00am Fun Song Factory 6:10am Engie Benjy 6:25am Mopatop's Shop 6:35am Pocoyo 6:50am Fun Song Factory 7:00am Winx Club 7:25am Transformers Cybertron 7:55am ATOM 8:25am Sabrina's Secret Life 8:55am Sonic Underground 9:25am Coronation Street 9:50am Coronation Street 10:20am Emmerdale 10:50am Emmerdale 11:20am The Montel Williams Show 12:15pm Coronation Street 12:45pm Coronation Street 1:15pm Emmerdale 1:45pm Emmerdale 2:15pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 3:20pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 4:25pm The Ricki Lake Show 5:15pm Sally Jessy Raphael 6:05pm Judge Judy 8:00pm Trinny and Susannah Undress 9:00pm Michelle and Andy's Big Day 10:00pm An Audience With Take That Live 11:00pm Coronation Street 12:00am

6:00am E4 Music: Uninterrupted 7:00am E4 Music: Uninterrupted 7:30am Wake Up with... 8:00am Wake Up with... 8:30am Whatever... You Want 9:00am Whatever... You Want 10:00am Whatever... You Want 11:00am Nothing but... Mums 12:00pm E4 Music: Uninterrupted 1:00pm Freshly Squeezed Extra 2:00pm The OC 3:00pm Reunion 4:00pm Switched 4:30pm Hollyoaks 5:00pm Friends 5:30pm Friends 6:00pm The OC 7:00pm Hollyoaks 7:30pm Switched 8:00pm Friends 8:30pm Friends 9:00pm Hollyoaks: In the City 10:00pm Under Siege 12:00am Russell Brand's Got Issues 12:30am Invasion 1:25am Hollyoaks: In the City 2:25am Russell Brand's Got Issues 2:50am Reunion 3:30am Invasion 4:15am Switched 4:35am Switched 4:55am Switched 5:20am Switched I was sitting in traffic for two hours surrounded by lorries with lack of hob nobs.

6:10am The Hoobs 6:35am The Hoobs 7:00am Freshly Squeezed 7:25am Friends 7:55am Everybody Loves Raymond 8:20am Will and Grace 8:50am Frasier 9:15am Proud Parents 9:30am Gay to Z 10:00am Sex, Lies and Soaps 10:30am Fame Asylum 11:30am My Crazy Life 12:00pm News at Noon 12:30pm Planed Plant Bach:Dwdlam 12:45pm Planed Plant Bach:Gel a FFion 12:50pm Ffi-Ffi A'i Ffrindiau 1:20pm Wild Thing I Love You 2:25pm Deal or No Deal 3:10pm Countdown 4:00pm Planed Plant (4.00-5.00):Popty Bob Man 4:25pm Planed Plant (4.00-5.00):Stamina 4:45pm Calendr Adfent 6:00pm The Simpsons 6:30pm Rownd a Rownd 7:00pm Wedi 7 7:30pm Newyddion 8:00pm Pobol y Cwm 8:25pm Ffermio 9:00pm Y Chwarelwr: Y Ril Olaf 9:30pm Cefn Gwlad 10:00pm Sgorio 11:05pm Monarchy by David Starkey 12:05am Help Me Help My Child 1:05am Battle Royale II

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6:00am Breakfast 9:15am Don't Get Done, Get Dom 10:00am Homes under the Hammer 11:00am To Buy or Not to Buy 11:30am My Life for Sale 12:15pm Bargain Hunt 1:00pm BBC News; Weather 1:30pm Regional News and Weather 1:40pm Neighbours 6:00am Breakfast 9:15am Don't Get Done, Get Dom 10:00am Homes under the Hammer 11:00am To Buy or Not to Buy 11:30am My Life for Sale 12:15pm Bargain Hunt 1:00pm BBC News; Weather 1:30pm Regional News and Weather 1:40pm Neighbours 2:05pm Doctors 2:35pm Murder, She Wrote 3:20pm BBC News; Weather; Regional News 3:25pm CBBC:Jakers: The Adventures of Piggley Winks 3:50pm Watch My Chops 4:05pm SMart 4:35pm The Crust 5:00pm Blue Peter 5:25pm Newsround 5:35pm Neighbours 6:00pm BBC News and Weather 6:30pm Wales Today; Weather 7:00pm Watchdog 7:30pm EastEnders 8:00pm Holby City 9:00pm A Child Against All Odds 10:00pm BBC News; Regional News; Weather 10:35pm The Welsh in London 11:15pm Imagine... www.herecomeseverybody.co.uk 12:05am Amistad 2:40am Sign Zone:Coast 3:40am Sign Zone:Jam and Jerusalem 4:10am Sign Zone:Heston Blumenthal: In Search of Perfection 4:40am Joins BBC News 4:10am Sign Zone:Heston Blumenthal: In Search of Perfection

7:00am CBBC:Batfink 7:10am Batfink 7:15am Witch 7:40am Fergus McPhail 8:05am Serious Arctic 8:30am CBeebies:The Koala Brothers 8:40am Underground Ernie 8:55am Brum 9:05am Balamory 9:30am Doodle Do 9:50am Step Inside 10:00am Barnaby Bear 10:15am Our Planet 10:30am Primary History 10:50am Primary Geography 11:10am Horizon: The Next Megaquake 12:00pm The Daily Politics 12:30pm Working Lunch 1:00pm Science Clips 1:10pm Science Clips 1:20pm Science Clips Investigates 1:30pm Return to Tuscany 2:00pm am.pm 3:05pm Volcanic Park 3:15pm Castle in the Country 3:45pm Flog It! 4:30pm Ready Steady Cook 5:15pm Weakest Link 6:00pm Nature's Calendar 6:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 7:00pm Digging Deep 7:30pm Jamie Owens Welsh Journeys 8:00pm Rick Stein's Food Heroes Christmas Special 8:30pm Heston Blumenthal: In Search of Perfection 9:00pm Tsunami, The Aftermath 10:30pm Newsnight 11:20pm Cricket: The Ashes 12:00am Oz and Them 1:00am Citizens 1:20am Citizens 1:40am Citizens 2:00am BBC Learning Zone: Schools:AS Guru: Biology 1 4:00am AS Guru: Biology 2 I have Pink stuck in my head, “i’m not here for your entertainment, you dont really wanna mess with me tonight.”

I dont care what anyone says, I love Pink and her husband is hot. 6:00am GMTV Newshour 6:58am GMTV Today 8:35am LK Today 9:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show 10:30am This Morning 12:30pm Vanessa's Real Lives 1:30pm ITV Lunchtime News; Weather 2:00pm The Price Is Right 12:30pm Vanessa's Real Lives 1:30pm ITV Lunchtime News; Weather 2:00pm The Price Is Right 2:30pm Dickinson's Real Deal 3:30pm Jim Jam and Sunny 3:40pm Planet Sketch 3:50pm Tricky Quickies 4:00pm King Arthur's Disasters 4:30pm Uncle Dad 5:00pm The Price Is Right 6:00pm Wales Tonight 3:50pm Tricky Quickies 4:00pm King Arthur's Disasters 4:30pm Uncle Dad 5:00pm The Price Is Right 6:00pm Wales Tonight 6:30pm ITV Evening News; Weather 7:00pm Emmerdale 7:30pm UEFA Champions League Live: Chelsea v Levski Sofia 10:00pm Confessions 10:30pm ITV News 11:00pm UEFA Champions League Highlights 12:00am ITV Play: The Mint 4:00am Solution Street 4:35am The Jules And Lulu Show 5:00am ITV Nightscreen 5:30am ITV Early Morning News 4:00am Solution Street 4:35am The Jules And Lulu Show 5:00am ITV Nightscreen 5:30am ITV Early Morning News I am doing all the pages, I always thought I wanted this power, now I see it is a bit like being spiderman.

6:10am The Hoobs 6:35am The Hoobs 7:00am Freshly Squeezed 7:25am Friends 7:55am Everybody Loves Raymond 8:20am Will and Grace 8:50am Frasier 9:20am Frasier 9:50am ER 6:10am The Hoobs 6:35am The Hoobs 7:00am Freshly Squeezed 7:25am Friends 7:55am Everybody Loves Raymond 8:20am Will and Grace 8:50am Frasier 9:20am Frasier 9:50am ER 10:40am ER 11:30am King of the Hill 12:00pm News at Noon 12:30pm Headland 1:25pm King of Queens 1:50pm Third Watch 2:40pm Third Watch 3:30pm Countdown 4:15pm Deal or No Deal 5:00pm The New Paul O'Grady Show 6:00pm The Simpsons 6:30pm Hollyoaks 4:15pm Deal or No Deal 5:00pm The New Paul O'Grady Show 6:00pm The Simpsons 6:30pm Hollyoaks 7:00pm Channel 4 News 7:55pm 3 Minute Wonder 8:00pm Selling Houses Special 9:00pm Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares 10:00pm The Killing of JonBenet: An Evil Twist errr her parents did it? Dont hold me to that, i’m just going on speculation and lots of facts. 11:05pm Bodyshock 12:10am Hollyoaks: In the City 1:10am The Closer 2:05am ER 2:50am Flood 3:05am Stand by Me du du, so darling darling stand by me, woahhhh stand by me, whenever your in trouble just stand by me. Is it not like I am signing in your kitchen? 4:35am Behind the Headlines 5:55am Inuk

6:00am Elmo's World 6:15am Rolie Polie Olie 6:40am MechaNick 6:50am Hi-5 7:20am Franny's Feet 7:35am Rupert Bear 7:45am Make Way for Noddy 8:00am Fifi and the Flowertots 8:15am Peppa Pig 8:20am Funky Valley 8:30am Thomas &#38; Friends 8:45am Old Bear Stories 8:00am Fifi and the Flowertots 8:15am Peppa Pig 8:20am Funky Valley 8:30am Thomas &#38; Friends 8:45am Old Bear Stories 9:00am The Wright Stuff 10:30am Trisha Goddard 11:30am five news and Ashes Special Report 12:00pm Home and Away 12:30pm BrainTeaser 1:35pm A Cooler Climate 3:40pm Forget Me Never 5:30pm five news and Ashes Special Report 1:35pm A Cooler Climate 3:40pm Forget Me Never 5:30pm five news and Ashes Special Report 6:00pm Home and Away 6:30pm In the Grid 7:00pm five news and Ashes Special Report 7:15pm Glories of Islamic Art 8:00pm Secrets of the Lost Fighter Pilots: Revealed 9:00pm CSI: Miami 10:00pm CSI:NY 11:00pm MacIntyre's Underworld 12:00am The FBI Files 1:00am NBA Action 1:25am NBA Basketball 4:45am Race and Rally UK 5:10am V8 Supercars 10:00pm CSI:NY 11:00pm MacIntyre's Underworld 12:00am The FBI Files 1:00am NBA Action 1:25am NBA Basketball

7:00pm The House of Tiny Tearaways with Tanya Byron 8:00pm The Indestructibles 8:30pm Grime Scene Investigation 9:00pm Little Britain 9:30pm The Catherine Tate Show 7:00pm The House of Tiny Tearaways with Tanya Byron 8:00pm The Indestructibles 8:30pm Grime Scene Investigation 9:00pm Little Britain 9:30pm The Catherine Tate Show 10:00pm EastEnders 10:30pm Torchwood 11:20pm Tittybangbang2 11:50pm Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps 12:20am Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps 12:50am The Indestructibles 1:20am Grime Scene Investigation 1:50am Tittybangbang2 12:20am Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps 12:50am The Indestructibles 1:20am Grime Scene Investigation 2:20am Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Alpen bars have about 60 calories in them. 2:50am Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps 3:20am Dog

7:00pm Planet Earth: The Future 8:00pm The World 8:30pm The Cult of... Survivors 9:00pm The Dead Sea Scrolls 10:30pm Nation on Film 11:00pm The Cult of... Survivors 7:00pm Planet Earth: The Future 8:00pm The World 8:30pm The Cult of... Survivors 9:00pm The Dead Sea Scrolls 10:30pm Nation on Film 11:00pm The Cult of... Survivors “We all survived go us. Lets form a cult.” Thats right i’m not even trying anymore.11:30pm Masters and Commanders: No 10 and the Generals 12:30am The Dead Sea Scrolls 2:00am Nation on Film 2:30am Planet Earth: The Future 3:30am The Cult of... Survivors Really bored? Why nor watch it again? Just in case you missed it here is what is on. 12:30am The Dead Sea Scrolls 2:00am Nation on Film 2:30am Planet Earth: The Future 3:30am The Cult of... Survivors

6:00am Fun Song Factory 6:10am Engie Benjy 6:25am Mopatop's Shop 6:35am Pocoyo 6:50am Fun Song Factory 7:00am Winx Club 7:25am Transformers Cybertron 7:55am ATOM 8:25am Sabrina's Secret Life 8:55am Sonic Underground 9:25am Coronation Street 9:50am Emmerdale 10:20am The Montel Williams Show 11:10am Judge Judy 12:30pm Coronation Street 1:00pm Emmerdale 1:30pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 2:35pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 3:40pm The Ricki Lake Show 4:30pm Sally Jessy Raphael 5:15pm Airline 5:50pm Judge Judy 7:00pm The New Adventures of Superman 8:00pm Coyote Ugly 10:00pm American Pie II 12:00am Michelle and Andy's Big Day 1:00am Entourage 1:30am The Office: An American Workplace 2:00am ITV Play: Playdate

6:00am E4 Music: Uninterrupted 7:00am E4 Music: Uninterrupted 7:30am Wake Up with... Elijah Wood and Brittany Murphy 8:00am Wake Up with... Elijah Wood and Brittany Murphy 8:30am Whatever... You Want 9:00am Whatever... You Want 10:00am Whatever... You Want 11:00am Nothing but... Dads 12:00pm E4 Music: Uninterrupted 1:00pm Freshly Squeezed Extra 2:00pm Scrubs 2:35pm Scrubs 3:00pm Young, Sexy and... Royal 4:00pm Switched 4:30pm Hollyoaks 5:00pm Friends 5:30pm Friends 6:00pm Scrubs 6:30pm Scrubs 7:00pm Hollyoaks 7:30pm Switched 8:00pm Friends 8:30pm Friends 9:00pm Ghost Whisperer 10:00pm Celebrity Wife Swap 11:00pm Unanimous 12:05am Unanimous: The Fallout 12:35am Shameless 1:40am One Tree Hill 2:20am One Tree Hill 3:00am Shameless 5:25am Switched

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7:00am CBBC:Batfink 7:10am Batfink 7:15am Witch 7:40am Fergus McPhail 8:05am Serious Arctic 8:30am CBeebies:The Koala Brothers 8:40am Underground Ernie 8:55am Brum 9:05am Balamory 9:30am Doodle Do 9:50am Step Inside 10:00am Barnaby Bear 10:15am Our Planet 10:30am Around the World in 80 Treasures 11:30am am.pm 10:00am Barnaby Bear 10:15am Our Planet 10:30am Around the World in 80 Treasures 11:30am am.pm 12:00pm The Daily Politics: Special 1:45pm Working Lunch 2:15pm Sun, Sea and Bargain Spotting 3:15pm Castle in the Country 3:45pm Flog It! 4:30pm Ready Steady Cook 5:15pm Weakest Link 2:15pm Sun, Sea and Bargain Spotting 3:15pm Castle in the Country 3:45pm Flog It! 4:30pm Ready Steady Cook 5:15pm Weakest Link 6:00pm Nature's Calendar 6:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 7:00pm Coast 8:00pm Nigella's Christmas Kitchen 8:30pm Oz and James's Big Wine Adventures 9:00pm Torchwood 9:50pm Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps 10:20pm Look around You 10:30pm Newsnight 10:20pm Look around You 10:30pm Newsnight 11:20pm This Life - Series Two Finale 12:05am Joins BBC News 24 2:00am BBC Learning Zone: Schools:Further Education: Skills for Life in Context

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6:00am GMTV Newshour 6:58am GMTV Today 8:35am Entertainment Today 9:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show 6:00am GMTV Newshour 6:58am GMTV Today 8:35am Entertainment Today 9:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show 10:30am This Morning 12:30pm Vanessa's Real Lives 1:30pm ITV Lunchtime News; Weather 2:00pm The Price Is Right 2:30pm Dickinson's Real Deal 3:30pm Jim Jam and Sunny 9:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show 10:30am This Morning 12:30pm Vanessa's Real Lives 1:30pm ITV Lunchtime News; Weather 2:00pm The Price Is Right 2:30pm Dickinson's Real Deal 3:30pm Jim Jam and Sunny 3:40pm Planet Sketch 3:50pm Tricky Quickies 4:00pm Horrid Henry 4:15pm Bel's Boys 4:30pm The New Worst Witch 5:00pm The Price Is Right 6:00pm Wales Tonight 6:30pm ITV Evening News; Weather 7:00pm Emmerdale 7:30pm Coronation Street 8:00pm Consenting Adults? Tonight 8:30pm Airline 9:00pm 2006 Greatest Hits 10:30pm ITV News 11:00pm Take That Live The Ultimate Tour 12:00am ITV Play: Make Your Play 4:10am 60 Minute Makeover 5:00am ITV Nightscreen 5:30am ITV Early Morning News 10:30pm ITV News 11:00pm Take That Live The Ultimate Tour 12:00am ITV Play: Make Your Play 4:10am 60 Minute Makeover 5:00am ITV Nightscreen 5:30am ITV Early Morning News

6:05am Making It 6:10am The Hoobs 6:35am The Hoobs 7:00am Freshly Squeezed 7:25am Friends 7:55am Everybody Loves Raymond 8:25am Will and Grace 8:55am Frasier 9:20am Frasier 9:50am ER 10:40am ER 7:00am Freshly Squeezed 7:25am Friends 7:55am Everybody Loves Raymond 8:25am Will and Grace 8:55am Frasier 9:20am Frasier 9:50am ER 11:30am King of the Hill 12:00pm News at Noon 12:30pm The King of Queens 1:00pm Channel 4 Racing from Cheltenham 3:30pm Countdown 4:15pm Deal or No Deal 5:00pm The New Paul O'Grady Show 6:00pm The Simpsons 6:30pm Hollyoaks 7:00pm Channel 4 News 7:35pm Unreported World 8:00pm Unanimous 9:00pm The Simpsons 9:30pm The Simpsons 10:00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats 10:35pm Blunder 11:10pm The Russell Brand Show 11:55pm My Name Is Earl 12:30am The Album Chart Show 1:00am Gumball 3000 1:30am Velvet Goldmine 3:40am World Cup Snowboard 5:25am Countdown 10:00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats 10:35pm Blunder 11:10pm The Russell Brand Show 11:55pm My Name Is Earl 12:30am The Album Chart Show 1:00am Gumball 3000 1:30am Velvet Goldmine 3:40am World Cup Snowboard 5:25am Countdown Did you know that cigarettes contain CarbonMonoxide?

6:00am Elmo's World 6:15am Rolie Polie Olie 6:40am MechaNick 6:50am Hi-5 7:20am Franny's Feet 7:35am The Little Princess 7:45am Make Way for Noddy 8:00am Fifi and the Flowertots 8:15am Peppa Pig 8:20am Funky Valley 7:20am Franny's Feet 7:35am The Little Princess 7:45am Make Way for Noddy 8:00am Fifi and the Flowertots 8:15am Peppa Pig 8:20am Funky Valley 8:30am Thomas &#38; Friends 8:45am Old Bear Stories 9:00am The Wright Stuff 10:30am Trisha Goddard 11:30am five news 12:00pm Home and Away 12:30pm BrainTeaser 1:30pm Angel in Green 3:35pm five news update 3:40pm Invisible Child 5:30pm five news 6:00pm Home and Away 10:30am Trisha Goddard 11:30am five news 12:00pm Home and Away 12:30pm BrainTeaser 1:30pm Angel in Green 3:35pm five news update 6:30pm In the Grid 7:00pm five news 7:30pm Pimp My Ride UK 8:00pm World's Strongest Man Super Series 9:00pm A Kiss before Dying 10:55pm So I Married an Axe Murderer Charlie, a poet, hasn't had much luck with women, but then he meets Harriet, the girl of his dreams.. or is it his nightmares. Charlie begins to suspect that Harriet is Ms X, a woman who marries then kills her husbands. But its actually her sister. 12:45am The Great Big Quiz 5:35am Wildlife SOS

6:00am Fun Song Factory 6:10am Engie Benjy 6:25am Mopatop's Shop 6:35am Pocoyo 6:50am Fun Song Factory 7:00am Winx Club 7:25am Transformers Cybertron 7:55am ATOM 8:25am Sabrina's Secret Life 8:55am Sonic Underground 9:25am Coronation Street 9:55am Emmerdale 10:25am The Montel Williams Show 11:10am Judge Judy 12:30pm Coronation Street 1:00pm Emmerdale 1:30pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 2:35pm The 6:00am E4 Music: Uninterrupted 7:00am E4 Music: Uninterrupted 7:30am Wake Up with... Lily Allen 8:00am Wake Up with... Lily Allen 8:30am Whatever... You Want 9:00am Whatever... You Want 10:00am Whatever... You Want 11:00am Nothing but... Other Halves 12:00pm E4 Music: Uninterrupted 1:00pm Freshly Squeesed

6:00am E4 Music: Uninterrupted 7:00am E4 Music: Uninterrupted 7:30am Wake Up with... Lily Allen 8:00am Wake Up with... Lily Allen 8:30am Whatever... You Want 9:00am Whatever... You Want 10:00am Whatever... You Want 11:00am Nothing but... Other Halves 12:00pm E4 Music: Uninterrupted 1:00pm Freshly Squeezed Extra 2:00pm Scrubs 2:30pm Scrubs 3:00pm Young, Sexy and... Busted 4:00pm Switched 4:30pm Hollyoaks 5:00pm Friends 5:30pm Friends 6:00pm Scrubs 6:30pm Scrubs 7:00pm Hollyoaks 7:30pm Switched 8:00pm Friends 8:30pm Friends 9:00pm Supernanny 10:00pm Unanimous: The Fallout 10:30pm Under Siege 12:30am Porn: A Family Business 1:00am Supernanny 2:05am The Chris Isaak Show 2:50am Porn: A Family Business 3:15am Young, Sexy and... Busted 4:00am Switched 5:05am Switched Muffins!

6:10am The Hoobs 6:35am The Hoobs 7:00am Freshly Squeezed 7:25am Friends 7:55am Everybody Loves Raymond 8:25am Will and Grace 9:00am My Crazy Life 9:30am Gay to Z 10:00am Sex, Lies and Soaps 10:30am Young Black Farmers 11:30am My Crazy Life 12:00pm News at Noon 12:30pm Planed Plant Bach:Dwdlam 12:45pm Planed Plant Bach:Penblwyddi! 12:50pm Planed Plant Bach:Penblwydd Pwy 1:00pm Channel 4 Racing from Cheltenham 3:30pm Your Money or Your Wife 4:00pm Planed Plant5:00pm The New Paul O'Grady Show 6:00pm The Simpsons 6:30pm Uned 5 7:30pm Newyddion 8:00pm Pobol y Cwm 8:25pm Cyngerdd yr Urdd 2006 9:30pm Naw Tan Naw 10:00pm CNEX 10:15pm Basic 12:05am 8 Out of 10 Cats 12:35am Unanimous 1:35am Hollyoaks: In the City 2:35am Russell Brand's Got Issues 3:25am Mysterious Skin

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The Sum of All Fears

Nothing But U2

Small Town Gardens

Gumball 3000

The Turner Prize...

Channel 4 9pm

S4C 9.20am

BBC2 12.45pm

S4C 4.30am

Channel 4 7:30pm

6:00am Breakfast 10:00am Saturday Kitchen 11:30am Rachel's Favourite Food at Home 12:00pm BBC News; Weather 12:10pm Football Focus 1:00pm Grandstand 1:05pm Swimming: European Short Course Championships 2:00pm Snooker: UK Championship 6:00am Breakfast 10:00am Saturday Kitchen 11:30am Rachel's Favourite Food at Home 12:00pm BBC News; Weather 12:10pm Football Focus 1:00pm Grandstand 1:05pm Swimming: European Short Course Championships 2:00pm Snooker: UK Championship 4:30pm Wales on Saturday 5:20pm BBC News; Regional News; Weather 5:40pm Strictly Come Dancing 6:55pm Robin Hood 7:40pm Strictly Come Dancing 8:30pm Casualty 9:20pm The National Lottery: In It to Win It 10:10pm BBC News; Weather 10:30pm Match of the Day 11:50pm Jaws 2 Four years after the events of the original "Jaws", the town of Amity suddenly experiences series of mysterious boating accidents and disappearances. Chief of Police, Martin Brody, fears that another shark is out there, but he is ignored by the townsfolk. Unfortunately, he's right. There is another Great White in the sea. And it wants revenge. He kills it though, so it’s fine. 1:45am Fist of the North Star 3:10am Friday Night with Jonathan Ross 4:15am Joins BBC News 24

6:00am CBeebies:Me Too! 6:20am Bob the Builder 6:30am Big Cook Little Cook 6:50am Bob's Mini Projects 7:00am CBBC:Batfink 7:10am Astro Boy 7:30am Dennis the Menace 7:55am BB3B 8:15am Legend of the Dragon 8:40am What's New Scooby Doo? 9:00am TMi 11:45am Sportsround 12:00pm See Hear 12:45pm Small Town Gardens 12:55pm The Sky at Night 7:10am Astro Boy 7:30am Dennis the Menace 7:55am BB3B 8:15am Legend of the Dragon 8:40am What's New Scooby Doo? 9:00am TMi 11:45am Sportsround 12:00pm See Hear 12:45pm Small Town Gardens 12:55pm The Sky at Night 1:15pm Film 2006 with Jonathan Ross 1:45pm Star Trek: The Next Generation 2:30pm Masters Tennis 4:25pm What the Papers Say 4:35pm Planet Earth 5:35pm TOTP 2 6:00pm Snooker: UK Championship 7:30pm The Culture Show 8:20pm Coast 9:20pm Into the West 10:50pm QI 11:20pm Snooker: UK Championship 12:10am International Rugby Sevens 1:10am Snooker Extra: UK Championship 2:00am BBC Learning Zone: Open University and General Interest:Landscape Mysteries 2:30am Landscape Mysteries 3:00am Landscape Mysteries 3:30am Landscape Mysteries 4:00am Landscape Mysteries 4:30am Four showings! How you spoil us.

6:00am Fun Song Factory 6:10am Mopatop's Shop 6:20am Pocoyo 6:30am Little Einsteins 6:55am Dora the Explorer 7:25am Lilo and Stitch 7:55am SpongeBob SquarePants 8:15am Biker Mice from Mars 8:50am Avatar 9:25am CITV:Shuriken School 9:55am CITV:The Amazing Adrenalini Brothers 10:00am CITV:Skyland 10:30am Happy Feet: European Premiere Special 11:00am CITV:The New Adventures of Superman 12:00pm ITV News; Weather 12:05pm ITV Wales News and Weather 12:10pm Tora! Tora! Tora! 8:15am Biker Mice from Mars 8:50am Avatar 9:25am CITV:Shuriken School 9:55am CITV:The Amazing Adrenalini Brothers 10:00am CITV:Skyland 10:30am Happy Feet: European Premiere Special 11:00am CITV:The New Adventures of Superman 12:00pm ITV News; Weather 12:05pm ITV Wales News and Weather 12:10pm Tora! Tora! Tora! 2:50pm Agatha Christie's The Man in the Brown Suit had fallen in poo 4:40pm ITV Wales News and Weather 4:55pm ITV News; Sports Results; Weather 5:10pm All New You've Been Framed! 5:40pm All Star Family Fortunes 6:30pm The X Factor 7:30pm EXTINCT 8:30pm The X Factor - The Result 9:00pm An Audience with Lionel Richie: Live! 10:05pm The Big Fight Live including ITV News; Weather 12:20am ITV Play: Make Your Play 4:05am Trading

6:10am The Hoobs 6:35am The Hoobs 7:00am Red Bull Air Race 7:30am Freesports on 4 8:00am The Morning Line 8:55am T4:Friends 9:20am T4:Chancers 10:25am T4:Popworld 11:20am T4:Friends 11:55am T4:Friends 12:30pm T4:The Simpsons 1:00pm T4:Charmed 2:00pm Channel 4 Racing from Cheltenham and Market Rasen 4:10pm Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan it is the twenty-third century. Admiral James T. Kirk is feeling old; the prospect of accompanying his old ship the Enterprise--now a Starfleet Academy training ship--on a two-week cadet cruise is not making him feel any younger. But the training cruise becomes a deadly serious mission when Khan appears after years of exile-and holding the power of creation itself...dont worry he dies. Kirk lives. 6:15pm Channel 4 News 6:45pm Richard &#38; Judy's Christmas Book Special 8:00pm How Music Works with Howard Goodall 9:00pm The Sum of All Fears 11:25pm The Return of Courtney Love 12:25am 4 Music:The Album Chart Show: Jamiroquai Special 12:55am 4 Music:4Music Presents... 1:30am 4 Music:O2 Undiscovered 1:40am 4 Music:Jamiroquai: Live in London 2:10am 4 Music:Rockfeedback 2:50am ER 3:45am Beware, My Lovely of men with big pointy sticks, beards or small hands. 5:05am Countdown 5:50am Making It 5:55am Inuk

6:00am Sunrise 6:55am Harry and his Bucket Full of Dinosaurs 7:10am Harry and his Bucket Full of Dinosaurs 7:25am Funky Valley 7:30am Old Bear Stories 7:45am Make Way for Noddy 8:00am Franklin 8:30am Gerald McBoing Boing 9:00am Jane and the Dragon 9:35am Blue Water High 10:05am Hercules: Legendary Journeys 11:00am Harry and Cosh 11:30am Dream Holiday Home 11:45am Columbo: Mind over Mayhem 1:20pm The Electric Horseman 3:35pm The Cincinnati Kid 5:30pm The Next Karate Kid During a commemoration for japanese soldiers fighting in the US Army during World War II Mr. Miyagi meets the widow of his commanding officer. He gets to know her granddaugther Julie, an angry teenager. She is full of pain about the death of her parents during an accident and has lots of problems with her grandmother and her fellow pupils. So Mr. Miyagi decides to teach her Karate to bring her back on the right way. Then her head explodes. Hilary Swank was that angry young girl. How the mighty fall, seems to me to be her best film. 7:20pm five news and sport 7:30pm NCIS 8:25pm NCIS 9:20pm CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 10:20pm Law and Order: Special Victims Unit 11:20pm The Juror 1:30am The Great Big Quiz 5:35am Wildlife SOS 11:20pm The Juror 1:30am The Great Big Quiz 5:35am Wildlife SOS

7:00pm Three's Outtakes 7:30pm Beyonce Live at the BBC 8:00pm The Real Hustle 8:30pm The Real Hustle 9:00pm Little Britain 9:30pm Little Britain 10:00pm Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps 10:30pm Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps 7:00pm Three's Outtakes 7:30pm Beyonce Live at the BBC 8:00pm The Real Hustle 8:30pm The Real Hustle 9:00pm Little Britain 9:30pm Little Britain 10:00pm Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps 10:30pm Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps 11:00pm Tittybangbang2 11:30pm Tittybangbang2 12:00am The Real Hustle 12:30am The Real Hustle 1:00am F*** Off I'm Fat 1:55am Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps 2:25am Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps 2:55am Tittybangbang2 3:25am Tittybangbang2 2:25am Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps 2:55am Tittybangbang2 3:25am

7:00pm 10 Best Choral Masterpieces 8:00pm The People's Chorus 9:00pm The Cinema Show 10:00pm The Barbarian Invasions 11:35pm How to be Science Fiction 12:35am Storyville: The Team 2:00am The Cinema Show 3:00am How to be Science Fiction The Ambulance Angels pull up to the graveyard, and leave you there bubbling broken sonnets and shards. The Ambulance Angels notify your next of kin and show them the scrap book of your operation: His head was a faucet leaking love, laughter and lies: all his secret wishes, all his world famous sighs. But before you give in, just remember we're coming back for your children. Bit of The Blood Brothers lyrics there to brighten up your doomed life. There’s not a lot of programmes on BBC Four is there? Bloody public service broadcaat provider. Is this what my TV licence goes on.. oh, do I have a TV licence? No. Ooopa.

6:00am Ni Ni's Treehouse 7:20am MacDonald's Farm 8:25am Mags and Mo 8:30am Bug Alert! 8:50am The Wheels on the Bus 9:00am Teleshopping 9:25am Emmerdale Omnibus 12:10pm Coronation Street Omnibus 2:35pm Holiday Showdown 3:35pm Nanny 911 4:30pm The New Adventures of Superman 5:30pm Xtra Factor: Xcess All Areas 6:30pm Nanny 911 7:30pm Planet's Funniest Animals 8:00pm Xtra Factor 8:30pm Test Drive My Girlfriend 12:10pm Coronation Street Omnibus 2:35pm Holiday Showdown 3:35pm Nanny 911 4:30pm The New Adventures of Superman 5:30pm Xtra Factor: Xcess All Areas 6:30pm Nanny 911 7:30pm Planet's Funniest Animals 9:00pm Xtra Factor: Results 9:45pm Hulk 12:25am The X Factor 1:25am The X Factor - The Result 1:55am ITV

6:00am E4 Music: Uninterrupted 7:00am E4 Music: Uninterrupted 8:00am The All Star Wake Up Call 9:00am The All Star Wake Up Call 10:00am Nothing but... Jamiroquai 11:00am Pure Pop 12:00pm Pure Pop 1:00pm Pure Pop 2:00pm The Album Chart Show 9:00am The All Star Wake Up Call 10:00am Nothing but... Jamiroquai 11:00am Pure Pop 12:00pm Pure Pop 1:00pm Pure Pop 2:00pm The Album Chart Show 2:30pm Hollyoaks Omnibus 5:00pm Friends 5:35pm Friends 6:05pm Wife Swap 7:05pm Invasion 8:00pm Friends 8:30pm Friends 9:00pm The 100 Greatest Kids' TV Shows 12:45am Porn: A Family Business 1:20am Wife Swap 2:20am The Chris Isaak Show 3:15am Invasion 3:55am The Album Chart Show 4:20am Switched 4:45am Switched 5:05am Switched 5:25am Switched 3:55am The Album Chart Show 5:25am Switched

6:10am The Hoobs 6:35am The Hoobs 7:00am Red Bull Air Race 7:30am Freesports on 4 8:00am The Morning Line 8:55am Futurama 9:20am Nothing but U2 10:20am Charmed 11:10am U2: T4 Special 11:55am The Return of the Pink Panther 8:00am The Morning Line 8:55am Futurama 9:20am Nothing but U2 10:20am Charmed 11:10am U2: T4 Special 11:55am The Return of the Pink Panther 2:00pm Channel 4 Racing from Cheltenham and Market Rasen 4:10pm Deal or No Deal 4:55pm Battle of Britain 7:20pm Y Clwb PelDroed 7:55pm Newyddion a Chwaraeon 8:10pm Noson Lawen 9:10pm CNEX 9:25pm Cwpan Heineken 10:25pm The Sum of All Fears 12:45am Blunder 1:20am 4 Music:U2: Zoo Tour 2:20am Natural Born Killers 4:30am Gumball 3000 4:55am KOTV 1:20am 4 Music:U2: Zoo Tour 2:20am Natural Born Killers 4:30am Gumball 3000 4:55am KOTV

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Something for the weekend BBC2 10am

Bob’s Mini Projects

Ski Sunday

Popworld

BBC2 6.50am

BBC1 4pm

Channel 4 8.50am

Someone just said they were in the library bashing away. Oh the hilarity. 6:00am Breakfast 7:35am Match of the Day 9:00am Sunday AM 10:00am What the World Needs Now 11:00am Countryfile 12:00pm The Politics Show 1:00pm Murder, She Wrote 1:45pm EastEnders 3:40pm Jackanory 4:25pm Robin Hood 5:10pm Songs of Praise 5:45pm Antiques Roadshow 6:35pm BBC News; Regional News; Weather I have done all seven pages this week, except pictures, and they are suitably rubbish, but i have lots of things to do. Like eat soup. Just reading NME whilst typing this and just noticed the lovely and sexist cartoon at the back. Have a peak yourself, its NME digging a bigger grave for themselves after LIly Allen’s “The NME is sexist” blog. There doing well on getting those female readers on there sides. They must realise that stating that women “can rock whilst wearing stilleto’s” is a stupid and ignorant comment to make. So a nice big feck off to you. 7:00pm Sports Personality of the Year I am up for this. 9:00pm Planet Earth 10:00pm BBC News; Weather 10:15pm Panorama 10:55pm Cop Land Mr Stallone is an overweight cop who does thing. 12:40am Sign Zone:The Great British Summer 1:40am Sign Zone:Holby City 2:40am Sign Zone:Antiques Roadshow 3:30am Joins BBC News 24

6:00am CBeebies:Me Too! 6:20am Bob the Builder 6:30am Big Cook Little Cook 6:50am Bob's Mini Projects 6:00am CBeebies:Me Too! 6:20am Bob the Builder 6:30am Big Cook Little Cook 6:50am Bob's Mini Projects 7:00am CBBC:Batfink 7:10am Legend of the Dragon 7:30am Smile 10:00am Something for the Weekend 11:30am Malcolm in the Middle 11:55am Sunday Grandstand 12:00pm Masters Tennis 1:30pm Snooker: UK Championship 2:30pm European Cross Country Championships 10:00am Something for the Weekend 11:30am Malcolm in the Middle 11:55am Sunday Grandstand 12:00pm Masters Tennis 1:30pm Snooker: UK Championship 2:30pm European Cross Country Championships 3:15pm Swimming: European Short Course Championships 4:00pm Ski Sunday 4:45pm Snooker: UK Championship 6:50pm Strictly Come Dancing 8:00pm Sweet Home Alabama 9:40pm Have I Got Old News for You 10:10pm Match of the Day 2 10:55pm Snooker: UK Championship 12:00am Snooker Extra: UK Championship 2:00am BBC Learning Zone: WorkSkills: Get Confident:The Tool Kit to Communicating: Making the Best of Yourself 3:00am The Tool Kit to Communicating: Talking with Others 4:00am Confidence Zone 1 5:00am Confidence Zone 2 3:00am The Tool Kit to Communicating: Talking with Others

6:00am The Sunday Programme 7:25am Power Rangers SPD 7:55am Totally Spies! 8:30am Emperor's New School 9:05am SpongeBob SquarePants 9:25am CITV:Art Attack 9:50am CITV:Planet Sketch 10:00am The Championship 11:00am The Sunday Edition with Andrew Rawnsley and Andrea Catherwood 12:00pm ITV Wales News and Weather 9:25am CITV:Art Attack 9:50am CITV:Planet Sketch 10:00am The Championship 11:00am The Sunday Edition with Andrew Rawnsley and Andrea Catherwood 12:00pm ITV Wales News and Weather 12:05pm Soccer Sunday 12:35pm Airline 1:05pm The X Factor 2:05pm The X Factor - The Result 2:35pm Apollo 13 5:10pm All Star Family Fortunes 6:00pm The Road that Changed Wales 6:25pm ITV Wales News and Weather 6:40pm ITV News; Weather 7:00pm Emmerdale 7:30pm Coronation Street 8:00pm Heartbeat 9:00pm Housewife, 49 11:00pm ITV News 11:10pm The South Bank Show 12:10am UEFA Champions League Weekly 12:40am Faith and Music 1:30am ITV Play: The Mint 4:05am The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:00am ITV Nightscreen 5:30am ITV Early Morning News 11:10pm The South Bank Show 12:10am UEFA Champions League Weekly 12:40am Faith and Music 1:30am ITV Play: The Mint 4:05am The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:00am ITV Nightscreen

6:10am The Hoobs 6:35am The Hoobs 7:00am Trans World Sport 7:55am World Cup Skiing 8:50am T4:Popworld 9:35am T4:Friends 10:10am T4:Hollyoaks Omnibus 12:40pm T4:Chancers 1:45pm T4:Friends 2:15pm T4:The Simpsons 2:50pm T4:Smallville: Superman the Early Years 3:50pm T4:Charmed 4:50pm Wild Thing I Love You 1:45pm T4:Friends 2:15pm T4:The Simpsons 2:50pm T4:Smallville: Superman the Early Years 3:50pm T4:Charmed 4:50pm Wild Thing I Love You 5:50pm Deal or No Deal 6:40pm Codex 7:40pm Channel 4 News 8:00pm Wife Swap 9:00pm Forrest Gump 11:35pm 8 Out of 10 Cats 12:05am Animate! TV 1:10am 4 Music:The Album Chart Show 1. Westlife 2. Oasis 3. Beatles 4. U2 5. George Michael So the worst bands in history. 1:40am O2 Undiscovered 1:55am Freesports on 4 2:25am South American Championship Football 3:20am KOTV 3:50am Unreported World 4:20am My New Home 5:20am Countdown 1:40am O2 Undiscovered 1:55am Freesports on 4 2:25am South American Championship Football 3:20am KOTV 3:50am Unreported World 4:20am My New Home 5:20am Countdown

6:00am Elmo's World 6:15am Rolie Polie Olie 6:40am Sailor Sid 6:45am MechaNick 6:55am Harry and his Bucket Full of Dinosaurs 7:10am Harry and his Bucket Full of Dinosaurs 7:25am Old Bear Stories 7:40am Make Way for Noddy 8:00am Franklin 8:30am Gerald McBoing Boing 9:00am Jane and the Dragon 9:30am The Secret of Eel Island 9:45am Demolition Dad 10:00am Round the Twist 10:30am Hospital 11:05am Snobs 11:35am Michaela's Wild Challenge 6:55am Harry and his Bucket Full of Dinosaurs 7:10am Harry and his Bucket Full of Dinosaurs 7:25am Old Bear Stories 7:40am Make Way for Noddy 8:00am Franklin 8:30am Gerald McBoing Boing 9:00am Jane and the Dragon 9:30am The Secret of Eel Island 9:45am Demolition Dad 10:00am Round the Twist 10:30am Hospital 11:05am Snobs 11:35am Michaela's Wild Challenge 12:05pm A Different Life 12:35pm Revelations 1:10pm Columbo: Publish or Perish 2:35pm Casablanca 4:35pm five news and sport 4:45pm Oliver! 7:25pm Men in Black 2 9:00pm Bad Boys II 11:50pm World's Wildest Police Videos 12:45am Adventure Triathlon 1:10am NFL Live 4:45am Football Argentina 4:35pm five news and sport 4:45pm Oliver! 7:25pm Men in Black 2 9:00pm Bad Boys II

7:00pm Robin Hood 7:45pm Torchwood: Declassified 8:00pm Honey We're Killing the Kids 9:00pm Bashing Booze Birds 10:00pm Torchwood 10:50pm Pulling 11:20pm Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps 11:50pm Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps 12:20am Bashing Booze Birds 1:15am 7:00pm Robin Hood 7:45pm Torchwood: Declassified 8:00pm Honey We're Killing the Kids 9:00pm Bashing Booze Birds 10:00pm Torchwood 10:50pm Pulling 11:20pm Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps 11:50pm Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps 12:20am Bashing Booze Birds 1:15am Torchwood 2:05am Torchwood: Declassified 2:15am Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps 2:45am Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps 3:15am Pulling Torchwood 2:05am Torchwood: Declassified 2:15am Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps

7:00pm Planet Earth 8:00pm Legends: Carmen Miranda - Beneath the Tutti Frutti Hat 9:00pm Anne Robinson Talks to Kirsty Wark 7:00pm Planet Earth 8:00pm Legends: Carmen Miranda - Beneath the Tutti Frutti Hat 9:00pm Anne Robinson Talks to Kirsty Wark 9:30pm Play It Again 10:00pm Planet Earth: The Future 11:00pm The Late Edition 11:30pm Legends: Carmen Miranda Beneath the Tutti Frutti Hat 12:30am Planet Earth: The Future 1:30am Anne Robinson Talks to2wq Kirsty Wark 10:00pm Planet Earth: The Future 11:00pm The Late Edition 11:30pm Legends: Carmen Miranda - Beneath the Tutti Frutti Hat 12:30am Planet Earth: The Future 1:30am Anne Robinson Talks to Kirsty Wark 2:00am Play It Again 2:30am The Late Edition 3:00am Legends: Carmen Miranda - Beneath the Tutti Frutti Hat

6:00am Ni Ni's Treehouse 6:25am Mopatop's Shop 6:35am Engie Benjy 6:45am Fun Song Factory 6:55am Pocoyo 7:10am Fun Song Factory 7:25am Power Rangers Space Patrol Delta 7:55am Totally Spies! 8:30am Emperor's New School 8:55am SpongeBob SquarePants 9:25am Planet's Funniest Animals 9:55am The Holiday UK Premiere Special 10:25am All Star Family Fortunes 11:15am Emmerdale Omnibus 2:00pm Hulk 4:35pm Coronation Street Omnibus 7:00pm Madonna: Million Dollar Babies 8:00pm The X Factor 9:30pm Xtra Factor: Results 10:15pm Entourage 10:45pm The Office: An American Workplace 11:15pm 2006: The Greatest Hits Downloaded 12:15am Coronation Street 12:45am Entourage 1:15am The Office: An American Workplace

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The de Ville’s Advocate This Week: I’m never gonna dance again; guilty feet have got no rhythm

How to woo: Richard Gere

Stuck on you Dear Grace,

I know there are many of you out there who would gladly swap their right ventricle for the chance to have a crack at the silver fox. So here’s a guide to what makes Dick tick. Enjoy!

Someone once told me that Richard is something of a sexual deviant. Grr. I love that in a man. Make his christmas and buy him a gerbil, it’ll never see the light of day again.

When I was at sixth-form college I met a girl who enjoyed many of the same life pursuits as my own and had a sharp wit and a crooked smile. I was instantly smitten with this wonderful specimen and immediately set about wooing her. We had a passionate affair for a short while, until noticed with dismay that there were two distinct problems with this seemingly wonderful female: 1. She had a pet iguana. I’m not a fan of reptiles at the best of times, but this one lived in her room and sometimes slept on her bed. It used to wink at me in a suggestive manner too. 2. She smelled like Pritt Stick. Eventually it all got too much for me and I had to unstick myself from this fledgling relationship. She didn’t take it very well and I felt quite guilty, but

not guilty enough to get back with the PVA-infused lizardlover. But now it’s all gone a bit strange. Although I hate the smell of glue, every time I smell an adhesive substance I think of her. I noticed this the other week when I was helping my friend wallpaper his Nan’s lounge. Even though we were only together for a month about three years ago, I got quite melancholy and wished I still had her number in my phone. Since then I’ve got through quite a few tubes of glue and several Pritt sticks. Every time I take a sniff I think of the amazing connection that we had and what I lost all that time ago. I’ve moved on to solvent-based adhesives now and it’s only a matter of time before I’m lying in some grotty bedsit with a tube of U-hu stuck to my special place and varnish all

over my crotch. I need help and I need it fast. Do I attempt to track down this old flame and rekindle our naïve romance? Cheers, Dave,

I suspect that although your girlfriend was not foul smelling at first, her odour became as overpowering as leaving pot pourri in your hood all day and sitting by a radiator. Your problems lie in the fact that you’ve probably been single for some time and are viewing the past with solvent-glazed eyes. This girl had a pet lizard. She SLEPT with the lizard. And she smelled like GLUE! What is wrong with you? Each olfactory receptor neuron in your nose is literally BEGGING you to let go of the past. Grace xxx

Top of the Alcopops You may or may not know that Richard’s middle name is Tiffany. Buy him a lovely trinket and watch his beady hooker eyes glow.

Dear Grace,

Buddhist chanting always impresses the menfolk, so get your gladrobes on and “Om” the night away. Hollywood Boulevard would be a good place to catch his fine ass,

If you fail in your quest to snare the lovely Gere, you could always settle for a remarkably similar Afghan Hound. It’s less demanding AND wasn’t in Runaway Bride.

I work in The City* It’s a demanding job and I like to work hard and play hard. I’ve heard tales that drinking too much can cause serious damage to your health. My social circle spends a lot of time in the pubs and I’m worried that I might be doing myself some lasting damage. I go out almost every night and drink a variety of drinks. I try and stay in sometimes but I’m scared I’ll miss out on something exciting and gossip-worthy. It’s coming up to the party season and I don’t want to skip important events but I’d also like to avoid cirrhosis of the liver. *If by “City” you mean Cardiff and by “work” you mean ponce

about doing administration in some rubbish office with inadequate ventilation and a receptionst with a remarkable ability to make hervoice sound more industrialised than Stephen Hawkings. A. Pimms drinker. Dear Pimms drinker, I would never be foolish enough to condone the practice of binge drinking, but then it would be ignorant of me to pretend that it isn’t a common fixture in the student diary. British people love to drink. You only have to open the pages of a celebrity magazine to see a drunken celebrity falling out of a club with one nipple hanging out of their top. And OF COURSE we must ALL do what Michelle Collins does.

It’s only when you wake up one morning with the mouth of a stagnant pond contaminated by a sewage outflow pipe and a vague recollection of attempting to smoke the lit end of a Cuban cigar and kissing a wall do you realise that the term “binge drinking academic” is both a stereotype and an oxymoron. I wouldn’t enjoy a booze soaked death, so I’m attempting to go the same way as my great-uncle Cornelius, whose coroner’s report stated that he died from “being too cool for school”. What a groovy man. I think my parents may have misinformed me as he was also a raving alcoholic.Who knows? Where was I? Alcohol is the root of all evil. Drink tea instead! Grace xxx

Send me your problems and I’ll send you mine. I’m not a fan of whingers, mind. You’ll find the address at the top of the page, along with a picture of me loking rather alluring. Cut it out and put it in your locket/wallet. In a while crocodile!


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F YOU’RE one of ‘those’ that embraces the play-Rudolf-songsin-New-Look-in-October school of thought then this really is the evening for you. A night of festive fun (at a reasonable time of year) is landing at the beautiful Wales Millennium Centre over the Christmas holidays. The world’s leading theatrical ice skating company, The Imperial Ice Stars, returns to Cardiff with a dazzling

brand new production of Swan Lake on Ice and runs from Thursday December 21 ‘til Sunday January 7, perfect timing for festive frolicks. The Imperial Ice Stars are famous for more than just spangley sequinned leotards, oh yes for they have enjoyed phenomenal success amazing audiences in 10 countries, that's over 500,000 people worldwide, in many a presti-

gious venue. Olga Sharutenko, star of ITV’s Dancing On Ice plays the role of Odette, leading a 25strong cast of Olympic, World, European and National Championship skaters, who between them have won over 200 competition medals. Couple this with the breathtaking original Tchaikovsky music, and one totally frozen-over stage, and you have the perfect recipe for a wonderful winter evening. The popularity of ice skating has never been higher with rinks across the country reporting a phenomenal rise in numbers of skaters and would-be skaters. Swan Lake on Ice is the ideal opportunity to see how world class ice dancing can be taken to the highest possible artistic lev-

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HAT CAN be better than cuddling up in your bed with a cup of cocoa and a good book while it thunders and pours down outside? Well with our Blackwell prize this week you can grab yourself the perfect book to waste your days away. Or if you’re already planning Christmas presents, how about picking up a CD, or a classic book for a loved one. As Blackwell’s Christmas tagline states, books are a gift that will last a lifetime. Personal favourites that Blackwells have in their Christmas collection include Jamie Oliver, E. B. White’s

Charlotte Web and Peter Kay’s autobiography, The Sound of Laughter. So that’s Mum, little sister and Dad’s stockings sorted then! They also have their usual great deals including the reward card, pick one up in store and everytime you spend £10 in the store on anything including books, CD's or stationary you'll get your card stamped. The more stamps, the more you can save. As we near the end of term, and have

els. The timeless story of Swan Lake, which is performed to Tchaikovsky’s glorious music, tells the tale of Prince Siegfried, who falls in love with Odette, a woman transformed into a swan by an evil curse. Odette is destined to remain a strange composite creature, until rescued by a man’s undying love. Only the evil Rothbart and his daughter, the black swan Odile, stand in her way of release from the curse. The Imperial Ice Stars beautifully por-

tray the story of Swan Lake and are destined to thrill audiences with their skill and sublime acrobatic dexterity. The production showcases stunning Olympic-level skating in the intimacy of the theatre - breathtaking triple flips, awe-inspiring aerial gymnastics, double axels, death spirals, bielmanns, triple throw axels and spectacular high speed lifts, unique to the Imperial Ice Stars’

failed to open that ‘must have’ textbook, don’t forget that the university bookshop runs the Buy Back scheme where you can sell back your old, unneeded text books and get up to 40% of the retail value in Blackwell's vouchers or 33% in cash! And don't forget that Blackwell's can order those hard to find text books for you and usually deliver them within 48 hours. Just ask in store or visit the website. www.blackwell.co.uk.

ND SO it begins. Us ladies here at grab are giving you a two week special of potential Christmas presents for you to win. Beats saving money, eh! Now, for your brother/dad/boyfriend, how about a motorcycling DVD? All-round-talented megastar Ewan McGregor teams up with Mark Neale (Faster) to bring you The Doctor, The Tornado and The Kentucky Kid, a gripping documentary of the legendary 2005 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix race at Mazda Race Way Laguna Seca. This is the most anticipated motorcycle movie of the year for those roadie-bike types! The documentary cuts between personal interviews with the drivers, their teams and families and high action footage of the race itself. With hi-tech camera equipment attached to the drivers' bikes you'll experi-

ence the bumps, bends and break neck speeds with Rossi and his challengers. The Doctor, The Tornado and The Kentucky Kid captures all the great action and drama of a race which, like all the greatest sporting events, turned out to be far more than a mere contest. It is the story of an aweinspiring moment of truth under the California sun; a tale of extraordinary characters chasing a dream in the face of real danger, under unimaginable pressure, with no margin for error. It's a record for the greatest hour in American Motorcycling History, and of everything that went into it: the months and years of striv-

Tickets for the show range from £14 to £29, and can be bought from www.wmc.org.uk or on 08700 40 2000 For a chance to win a pair of tickets for the opening show, answer the following question: Who was Olga Sharutenko’s partner in Dancing On Ice? He was out of this world… A. David Seaman B. John Barrowman C. Andi Peters Please note that the tickets are for the opening show on December 21 so you must ensure that you are available for that night as they won't be transferable. email the usual address with your answer, name and address.

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performance. Against beautiful backdrops and in glittering costumes the dancers back-flip, perform feats of aerial daring, and even skate on stilts, in astonishing sequences choreographed by world-famous ice choreographer Tony Mercer. Mercer admits that he’s a terrible ice skater himself, but insists that his lack of skill only serves to make the show and the performers’ moves - all the more impressive

ing for success; the hopes and fears of riders, teams and families who live and breath this glamorous, dangerous sport at its very highest level. This long-awaited feature DVD consists of 104 minutes of the originally filmed Director's Cut, mastered in high definition wide screen with 5.1 Surround Sound. As extras, there are 11 additional scenes, including the Moto GP stars burning up Hollywood and highlights of the 2006 U.S. Grand Prix. The DVD was released last week at RRP £15.99. For a chance to win a copy email me the answer to the following question: Why is Valentino Rossi nicknamed The Doctor?

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LISTINGS

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This week: The Two Faces Of Mitchell and Webb, Jack and His Giant Beanstalk The two faces of Mitchell and Webb

@ Chapter Arts Centre Tues. Dec 5 7.30pm/ £19.50

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The Rocky H o rror Show

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ing any number of comic – and bizarre – internal monologues (“If he hangs himself over this, I could stick an orange in his mouth and call it a fatal wanking accident”). The sitcom was nominated for a BAFTA in 2004, sadly losing out to The Office Christmas Special. But even a nomination was a long way from the Cambridge Footlights, where David Mitchell and Robert Webb began their comedy careers.

est touring production, shows no signs of letting up. The current show stars Suzanne Shaw, once ‘the blonde one from Hear’Say’, who has predictably gone on to better things than Woolworths’ bargain bin, as the show’s heroine, the naïve and virginal Janet. Her financé Brad, played by veteran musical actor David Bedella, is just as square as she is, but the goodiegoodie couple get a huge shock after they stop by a creepy-looking castle. It emerges that Brad and Janet have dropped in on an annual convention for people from the planet Transsexual, and are soon introduced to the weird world of transvestite scientist Frank ’n’ Furter and his cronies. Meanwhile, the stage descends into a fishnets-and-stilettos spectacular complete with raucous characters and raw sexual innuendo, all interspersed with songs like über camp disco classic The Time Warp. The Rocky Horror Show is renowned for its off-the-wall fans,

Their razor-sharp observation and dry delivery saw them being heralded as the new Fry & Laurie, and before long the duo were given a sketch show on Play UK. That show made its way to mainstream radio as That Mitchell and Webb Sound, and then finally television with the imaginatively-titled That Mitchell and Webb Look, which aired on BBC2 earlier this year. Their televisual incarnations of such popular characters as Sir Digby Chicken Caesar and snooker commentators Ted and Peter were wellreceived, though the programme was not as successful as previous, and overwhelmingly inferior, radio-to-TV transfers Little Britain and Dead Ringers. Perhaps it was the references to Russian agricultural history, or simply the lack of fat naked people. Still, Mitchell and Webb’s quality is obvious, and a live performance at such a good venue should not be missed. Look out for the party planners keen to invite Velma, Daphne and Freddy but not “the scrawny one who doesn’t wash”, and the snooker commentators singing Chris de Burgh’s Table Of Reds. It promises to be a good night.

many of whom go clad in as much black eyeshadow and womens underwear as Frank ‘n’ Furter, but even if you don’t swing that way then it still makes for a very amusing spectacle overall. Another Rocky Horror institution is the role of the narrator, which is traditionally awarded to guest actors ranging from Nigel Planer to The League of Gentlemen’s Steve Pemberton. It is played at the New Theatre by Michael Aspel, that same man normally associated with sensible shows for oldies such as This is Your Life and The Antiques Roadshow, so to say it should be an eye-opening experience is the understatement of the year. If you like comedy, horror, camp sci-fi or musicals, then The Rocky Horror Show probably has something to offer you, but ‘virgins’ (first time attendees) shouldn’t be wary of the outrageous look of pretty much everyone there - it all adds to the fun of it.

Jack and His Giant Beanstalk @ SU Dec 5 - 8 7pm/ £5 NUS Sian Miguel recommends

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isten up kids, panto season is upon us once again! (Oh no it isn’t! Oh yes it is...). This week sees the much anticipated return of the Act One pantomime, an all singing, all dancing, Christmas extravaganza that this year presents Jack and His Giant Beanstalk. In a nutshell, this alternative pantomime sees Jack Off – fashionista, misanthropist and Emo kid, coping with the pressures of supporting his alcoholic mother and 30 stone sister, Daisy. This is all while trying to win over the girl of his dreams, Tourettes -addled Shelly Church. Baron Von Pineapple (Boo! Hiss!), loathed owner of letting agents Pineapple Property Ltd, is forever trying to evict Jack and his family from their home. Financial situations get so dire that Jack is forced to pimp his own sister, but as predicted, has little luck and all he manages to get for her is three magical beans, which yes – you guessed it – grow into a giant beanstalk. Spotting its awesome potential as a tourist sight, Jack and his mother open it to the public and a highly lucrative merchandise range ensues. Baron Von Pineapple, however, has other things in mind and tricks Jack

Julian Rosefeldt

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ello, do you fancy a bit of culture this week? Well, why don’t you come on to the Chapter Arts Centre and prepare yourself to discover Julian Rosefeldt's world. The Chapter Arts Centre is delighted to hold the UK premiere for Roselfedt’s last work Lonely Planet, and to re-exhibit her famous Clown.

into climbing the beanstalk and gets Jack's mum arrested for possessing a giant beanstalk without planning permission. What ensues is a surreal journey as Jack embarks upon the strange and wonderful world that is Cloud 69 - encountering such characters as the tweedle-dum and tweedle-deeesque duo Jack and Meg White, and legendary news reporter, Huw Edwards. Jack’s adventure climaxes in an epic game of Deal or No Deal, hosted by none other than ‘Noel Edmonds’, which sees, not boxes of money, but his and his family’s future hanging in the balance… With performances from the Funky Arse Disco Dancers and guest appearances (of sorts) from ‘Jeremy Kyle’ and ‘Jesus’, Jack and His Giant Beanstalk promises to bring Cardiff students together in a funfilled celebration of the beloved tradition that is the British pantomime. Get your tickets today from the Union Box Office to avoid disappointment. Tickets cost £5 with NUS and you can claim a free bag of Jelly Belly jelly beans plus discounted drinks in the Taf on the night of the show. To find out more visit: www.jackandhisgiantbeanstalk.co.uk, www.act01.co.uk, or www.myspace.com/climbmystalk. !

Clown is set in the middle of a dense tropical rainforest where a clown appears climbing through the rocky path of a stream, disappearing in and out of view back into the forest. Rosefeldt’s clown is a metaphor, acting to interrogate the role of the artist as a sort of provider of entertainment, while working on a stage that is a caricature of uneasy and uncertain situations. Lonely Planet uses the figure of an ambitious back paker on a trip through India, played by the artist himself, to challenge the way that image and clichés are formed. The scene continually shifts from a fictional narrative to the perceived reality of a film scene setting. At the end, the common Indian stereotypes of chaos, kitsch and callcentres dissolve into a surreal choreography. Are you charmed by Roseldeft’s world yet? If you are, don’t miss the opportunity to see her new work Lonely Planet and to view her famous Clown. Want more information? Contact: visual.arts@chapter.org.

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Fun Factory @ Solus, SU Cardiff’s own alternative sweat fest, with live bands put on by LMS and DJing by Oddsoc in between bands in the side room. 10pm-2am. £3. X Factory @ The Taf The University’s student radio station shows off its best DJs. 9pm-1am. Free with NUS. club. £3/£4 NUS. Pick Of The Day Oom/Napoleon III/The Lawries/Michael Stockwell @ Barfly Have you heard Collected, the Massive Attack Best Of released in March this year? Or how about Debbie Clare, the wondrous vocalist on Joy Luck Club? Well, here she is with Brighton-based Oom, on music full of dark ambience, distorted beats, noisy guitars and great vocals. They could almost be the mutant offspring of Bjork, The Mezzanine Boys and Nine Inch Nails. Don’t miss them. 7.30pm. £5. I-Candy @ Tiger Tiger Wales’ latest superclub. £3/4 NUS. The History Boys @ Chapter Arts Centre The recent and triumphant film adaptation of Alan Bennett’s hugely successful play. Set in the north of England, it follows the story of eight bright, funny History students as they attempt to gain places at university. The boys are torn between the exam help offered by a temporary supply teacher who’s been drafted in by their headmaster, and loyalty to their usual History teacher. Relive the pleasure of this story and great film now. 6.15pm. £5.10. BBC National Orchestra of WalesDiscovering Music Live @ St David’s Hall Don’t miss Charles Hazelwood’s music tonight with the BBC National Orchestra. 2pm. £7.50.

Friday 08/12

Jack and His Giant Beanstalk @ Great Hall, SU Act One pantomime. 7.3pm. £5 NUS. City of Cardiff Concert Band Christmas Concert @ University Concert Hall An evening of festive favourites, music from the stage & screen, plus other light music, all accompanied with mulled wine and mince pies. Held in association with the Cardiff University Purcell Singers, Imperfect Tenth jazz group and the South Wales Clarinet Choir. 7.30pm. £3/£4. .. Access all Areas @ SU New Look Friday. Another Union event, another way to make people drunk. 10pm 2am. £3.50/£3 adv. The Dudes Abide @ Clwb Ifor Bach Indie and retro night. 10.pm – 2.30am. £3.50/£4. Mad4It! @ Barfly DJ Mike TV presents a night of alternative music. 10.30pm-2am. £5. Chaos @ Metros The hard rock night. £2.50 before 10pm. Pick of the Day The Chistmas Party: Goldie Lookin' Chain (GLC) @ SU Newport’s, ahem, finely attired gentlemen return to the ‘Diff. Responsible for ironic chav anthems like Guns Don’t Kill People, the assorted 15 shell-suit wearers are still going strong, despite Maggot’s possible turn on Celebrity Big Brother. Luckily for GLC, they had no faux-indie credibility to lose in the first place, unlike smug, ska rip-offs The Ordinary Boys, so have kept on pretty much as they were. 6:30pm. £14. BBC Electric Proms: Spencer McGarry Season / Friends of the Bride @ Clwb Ifor Bach Spencer McGarry Season are a Cardiff-based indie pop band in a similar vein to The Young Knives, with jaunty and quirky pop tunes. 7.30pm. Free.

Tuesday

05/12

Jack and His Giant Beanstalk @ Great Hall, SU Act One pantomime, with extras that include everyone from men in drag to ‘Noel Edmunds’. 7.3pm. £5 NUS. Forecast@ Buffalo Bar Something of a night of hidden treasures: Representing under-represented music. www.weareforecast.com. 8pm - 3am. £6. Planet Rock @ Clwb Ifor Bach Revamped rock night that promises “familiar classics from the fields of metal, hard rock and goth.” Drinks promotions and you can email song requests. Alternatively, myspace at www.myspace.com/planet_rock_club9pm2pm. £3. This Is Hell/The Ghost of Thousand @ Barfly Describing themselves as "Meloncholy Anthems To Commemorate Disaster", this hardcore punk outfit from Long Island, New York is demanding the UK's full attention. Check them out while they're here. 7.30pm. £6. Forecast Presents Larkin Grimm/Morvern Callar @ Buffalo Bar Larkin Grimm’s intense voice echoes Buffy Sainte-Marie and Linda Perhacs. Previously a member of the Dirty Projectors (Western Vinyl), she incorporates instruments such as duclimer, pennywhistle, bells, drums and guitar into her performances. 8pm. £5/£6. Pick of the Day Almost Adult @ Chapter Arts Centre A touching film about what life is like for unaccompanied child asylum seekers as they enter the UK. Seventeen-year-old Marnie has travelled to Britain from the Democratic Republic of Congo. She befriends a fragile younger girl, they are separated by the authorities once it is discovered that they are not related, and the story follows them separately from that point. 6.15pm. £5.10.

Saturday 09/12

Come Play @ Solus, SU Party tunes in the main room. Traffic (DJ and clubbing society) playing house music in the other. 10pm. £3.50. Fly Swatter @ Barfly Indie party fest that mixes up the best music with the even better. Actually nothing to do with fly swatters. 10.30pm. £5 NUS. Hellbent! @ The Model Inn, Quay Street Cardiff city’s only rock night on a Saturday for fans of true rock music, keeping it alternative. 9pm - 2am. Delinquent @ Metros Alternative and new music mixed with the best indie tunes. The dungeon-like surroundings makes it even better. Go to get sweaty and have a good time. 9pm-4am. Free with flyer before 10pm/£4. Christmas Presence:Hayley Westenra, Christmas Presence Orchestra, Howell's School Choir, Andrew Greenwood @ Wales Millennium Centre Teen Kiwi singer Westenra is currently experiencing a career that is rising and rising. Known for the distinctive sound of her pure soprano voice, she is certainly no Hilary Duff. 7.30pm. £10-£35. Classics For Christmas: Cardiff Youth Sinfonietta @ The Gate Arts Centre Ooh, it’s getting very close to Christmas and to mark this there are a whole host of special Xmas events like this one coming up. 7:30pm. £6/£8. Radio Luxembourg / Swci Boscawen / Henry's Phonograph @ Clwb Ifor Bach 9pm. £8. in advance. Fri 8 Dec - Sat 9 Dec 2006 Chinese Coffee @ Llanover Hall Arts Centre A rare performance of Ira Lewis’s play about jealousy, desperation and a novel. 7.30pm. £3. Christmas @ The Gate:Community Chorus, Cardiff County & Vale of Glamorgan Symphonic Brass @ The Gate Arts Centre Xmas festive music. 7.30pm. £4/£5.

Wednesday 06/12

Thursday 07/12

Jack and His Giant Beanstalk @ Great Hall, SU Act One pantomime. 7.30pm. £5 NUS. Popscene @ Clwb Ifor Bach Three floors, three different clubs. 10pm. £3. Rubber Duck @ Solus, SU Clubbing for jocks and pretend jocks, with a different theme most weeks. Suprisingly, it is a huge sell out. 10pm. £3. Yeti (John Hassall/The Libertines) / Kardomah / The Lowlights @ Barfly Yeti are the new band from John Hassall, formerly of The Libertines, and they are positively jumping with energy. The group also features Andrew Dejan-Jung (lead guitar, backing vocals), Harmony Williams (vocals, guitar), Brendan Kersey (bass) and Graham Blacow (drums). 7.30pm. £6. Be With Me @ Chapter Arts Centre Be With Me is a tapestry of stories woven around the themes of love, hope and destiny. The characters lead separate lives but are bound by one common desire – to be with their loved one. All the protagonists are fictitious, bar one: Theresa Chan, a courageous deaf and blind woman, whose memories and biography inspired the film. 6:30pm. £5.10. Cardiff County & Vale of Glamorgan Music Service Christmas Showcase @ St David’s Hall A celebration in performance of the wide ranging talents of 8 of the county’s ensembles. The Youth Brass Advance Percussion, Cowbridge Junior Cluster Choir, Intermediate Brass Band, High Schoold’ Wind Band, Junior Jazz and Youth Big Band (Jazz News), High School Choir and High School Orchestra. 7pm. £5.50/£7.50. The Happy Prince @ Sherman Theatre The Happy Prince is Oscar Wilde’s sweetest novel, so don’t miss it. Looking for information? Contact: www.shermantheatre.co.uk. 10.30am/1.30pm. £5/£7.

Jack and His Giant Beanstalk @ Great Hall, SU Act One pantomime. 7.30pm. £5 NUS. The Bait Shop @ Barfly Student night with an alternative twist. AC/DC, Metallica, Jet, Deathcab for Cutie and the Chemical Brothers all happily exist side-by-side with a little bit of the best tunes by Prince et all. 10.30pm. £3. £2 with NUS. Eye Of Fire: Rolf Hind /The Duke Quartet @ The Gate Arts Centre The Duke Quartet was formed 12 years ago and is regarded as one of the finest string quartets playing today, playing classical music alongside improvised electronic music and guitar. Rolf Hind is one of the UK's foremost players of contemporary and classical piano music and has performed with the London Sinfonietta, the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. 8pm. £8/£6/£5. Student Live Music Society Open Mic @ Buffalo Bar The best student bands. 8pm. Free. Mudbone @ Barfly Club Mudnone play rock, soul and rhythm & blues J.J. Cale-style. 8pm. £6.

Sunday 10/11

Open Mike (Upstairs) @ Buffalo Bar An intimate and relaxed atmosphere, along with your chance to experience live acoustic acts, songwriters, bands and performers, as well as participating yourself if you so desire and sharing your musical talent with the rest of the world (OK, a small part of Cardiff). 8pm - 3am. £1. The Hop @ Buffalo Bar Resident DJs present 50s night: rock ‘n’ roll, jive, rockabilly and psychobilly. Cult 50s films, drive in themes and extra large milkshakes are said to be involved as well. You know that you want to go. 8pm - 3am. Free. Adequate 7 @ SU Adequate 7 are a Cardiff band whose music can be located towards the darker side of punk, ska and skacore. Influenced by bands like AFI, Sick of it All, George Clinton, Jamiroquai and Tribe Caled Quest. This is to be the seven piece’s last ever gig. Sending them on their way will be support from Capdown, Get Cape.Wear Cape.Fly, Shooting Goon (one off reunion alert!), Captain Everything and The Take. 5.30pm. £10. theFOURTHchair @ The Old City Social Club theFOURTHchair are an improv comedy group based in Cardiff whose performances are based on suggestions from the audience and all created on the spot. 8pm. £1. Pick of the Day First Annual Cardiff Christmas Knitwear Party @ CF10 All that is great in classic Christmas party has been blown up to Cardiff union scale. So break out the knitwear and celebrate the festive season before all your friends disappear for the holidays. Expect fine music, fabulous prizes, and a reindeer pinata. Who hasn’t wanted to beat up Rudolph? That arrogant little night light. A mince pie fuelled night of jovial merrymaking. 7pm - 11pm. £3.50 or £3 with knitwear (finally that christmas jumper from Aunt Beryl comes in useful!). £3 adv.

Pick Of The Day Bootleg Beatles @ St David's Hall The Bootleg Beatles are described as 'The world's most successful and longest running tribute band ever'. Ironically, they have been around longer than the Fab Four themselves. Unfortunately sold out. 8pm. Memory: Clwyd Theatr Cymru @ Chapter Arts Centre Told through tense, sometimes painful scenes, Memory is a play that brings past and present together in an exploration of division, destiny and memory. 8pm. £8/£6.

VENUES

Students’ Union, Park Place 02920 387421 www.cardiffstudents.com Med Club, Neuadd Meirionydd, Heath Park 02920 744948 Clwb Ifor Bach (The Welsh Club), 11 Womanby Street 02920 232199 www.clwb.net Barfly, Kingsway Tickets: 08709070999 www.barflyclub.com/cardiff Metros, Bakers Row 02920 399939 www.clubmetropolitan.com Dempseys, Castle Street 02920 252024 Bar Cuba, The Friary 029 2039 7967 Inncognito, Park Place 02920 412190 Liquid, St. Mary Street 02920645464 The Philharmonic, 76-77 St. Mary Street 02920 230678 Café Jazz, 21 St. Mary Street 02920 387026 www.cafejazzcardiff.com The Riverbank Hotel, Despenser Street www.riverbankjazz.co.uk St. David’s Hall, The Hayes 02920 878444 www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road, Canton 02920 304400 www.chapter.org Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay 0870 0402000 www.wmc.org.uk The New Theatre, Park Place 02920 878889 www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk The Sherman Theatre, Senghennydd Road 02920 646900 www.shermantheatre.co.uk The Glee Club, Mermaid Quay 0870 2415093 www.glee.co.uk Cardiff International Arena, Mary Ann Street 02920 224488 The Millennium Stadium Can’t miss it. www.millenniumstadium.com The Point, Cardiff Bay 029 2046 0873. www.thepointcardiffbay.com


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Dave Menon Sports Editor

Law B 0 - 9 D. Tigers

PHOTO: TOM SZCZEBIOT

RAMPANT Dynamo Tigers taught the Law B shooters a valuable lesson in finishing in what appeared to be a relatively even contest. Although the Tigers deservedly won the match, they were forced to work hard for the points by a Law B team who squandered a large number of gilt-edged opportunities. However, the Tigers deserve credit for an outstanding team display, as they were superior in all areas of the pitch. The defence was solid, their finishing was clinical and their speed of passing and movement was a joy to behold. On the other hand, Law B were left to reflect on what might have been after suffering their second consecutive Division defeat. The Tigers made the perfect start when Goal-Attack, Ali Quas-Cohen, scored two early goals. At this stage, the Tigers were good value for a 2-0 lead but Law responded well by dominating possession. But although Law kept the ball and increased the pressure, the Tigers defence stood firm. Goal-Keeper, Carly Hodgkinson, made three crucial interceptions as Law became increas-

ingly frustrated. And defence soon turned into attack as the Tigers increased their lead to 40. Quas-Cohen grabbed her third goal in was proving to be an impressive half for the Tigers. In the following period of play, the Law shooters failed to capitalise on further chances. Moments later, their misery was compounded when QuasCohen made the score 5-0 on the stroke of half-time. Tigers made several changes to their side during the interval, with Quas-Cohen taking up the position of Goal-Keeper. Nonetheless, the substitutions did not alter the outcome as the Tigers continued to flourish. Goal-Shooter Lizzie Hankey soon put the result beyond doubt, after converting a sixth goal for the Tigers. Admirably, however, Law refused to give up at any stage of proceedings. Goal-Attack, Sarah Taylor, and GoalShooter, Alice Bussell, came close to reducing the deficit on many occasions. Bussell, who usually operates at Wing-Attack, was forced to play in a different position after another firstteam player was ruled out due to injury. Notably, she was unlucky with one effort from a tight angle. Shortly afterwards, the impressive Hankey weighed in with three more goals to complete a superb Tigers victory.

FIGHT: For the ball IMG FOOTBALL MATCHES WERE POSTPONED LAST WEEK DUE TO WATERLOGGED PITCHES. ROUND 2 MATCHES WILL BE PLAYED NEXT WEEK. TAKE NOTE OF THE FIXTURES PRINTED BELOW.

NEXT WEEK If football goes ahead, look out for a special preview. As the race for a Premiership place draws to a close, will your team be in or out?

IMG Football Fixtures Wed 6 Dec

MOMED TWNN Real Ale Pharm AC

v v v v

Law B Socsi Japsoc Zoology

Myg Myg Gym Gym Esplanyol JOMEC

v v v v

Boca Seniors Tank Engin Arse’Alona Economics

AFC History J-Unit Psycho Ath. Uni Hallstars

v v v v

CARBS Butthead FC Law A English Soc

Inter Me-Nan Euros AFC Cathays Thunderkatz

v v v v

Park Rangers H. Dragons Chem Soc Crusaders

PHOTO: TOM SZCZEBIOT

Dynamic Tigers rise above the Law

DARKNESS: A sight for sore eyes

Optom 9 - 13 English B ENGLISH B recorded their first win of the season in what proved to be a tight encounter. Although both sides showed a great deal of enthusiasm and passion, English took the points after narrowly outplaying Optometry in the second half. The complexion of the game changed on numerous occasions in a dramatic first half. Although Optometry took an early lead following a goal from Goal-Shooter, Sarah Wade, English hit back immediately to level the score at 1-1. After further strikes from Wade and English Goal-Shooter, Andrea Collicott, English found themselves 5-3 in front. But Optometry Goal-Attack, Hetal Gorasia, soon reduced the deficit to one goal once again in the latter stages of the half. However, English soon restored their two-goal advantage after Goal-Attack, Laura Peel, grabbed her first goal of the afternoon. At this point, the game was interrupted when a dog strolled onto the pitch. When the animal entered the netball court, both sets of players gasped with horror. When the match resumed, there was just enough time for Wade to score a fifth goal for Optometry, which gave English a narrow 6-5

IMG Netball Fixtures Sat 2 Dec

CARBS Economics Pharmacy Law

A A A A

v v v v

Cardiff B (10.0) C. Union (10.40) Cardiff A (11.20) Socsi A (12.10)

Wed 6 Dec Optometry Pharmacy B Gym Gym English A CARBS A Socsi A C. Union Cardiff A

v v v v v v v v

A’motive (1.30) IWC A (2.10) IWC B (2.50) English B (3.30) Law A (4.10) Econ A (4.50) Pharm a (5.30) Cardiff B (6.10)

IMG Football

Group A P

W

D

L

Diff

Pts

1

Zoology*

5

5

0

0

25

14

2

MOMED

5

4

0

1

14

12

3

Law B

5

4

0

1

5

12

4

Pharm AC

5

3

0

2

14

9

5

Socsi

5

2

0

3

9

6

6

Japsoc

5

1

0

4

-4

3

7

Real Ale Madrid

5

1

0

4

-37

3

8

TWNN

5

0

0

5

-26

0

P

W

IMG Football

Group B D

L

Diff

Pts

1

Gym Gym

5

4

1

0

14

13

2

Tank Engin

5

3

1

1

7

10

3

Arse’Alona*

5

3

1

1

12

9

4

Boca Seniors

5

2

2

1

2

8

5

JOMEC*

5

2

1

2

3

6

6

Economics

5

2

0

3

-6

6

7

Myg Myg

5

1

0

4

-15

3

8

Esplanyol

5

0

0

5

-17

0

P

W

IMG Football

English B-eat Optometry Dave Menon Sports Editor

Football Tables

lead at the break. In the second period, things did not initially change as both sides attempted to push bodies forward. Instant success was the reward for both teams as a goal was scored at both ends in the opening exchanges of the half. With the score evenly poised at 8-6, the result was certainly in the balance. But English soon rallied. Following three successive strikes, English suddenly increased their lead to an unassailable 11-6. Although a quick brace from Optometry’s Gorasia made the score 11-8, Peel and Collicott added one goal each to increase English’s tally of points to 13. But a spirited Optometry, led by a solid display from captain Carly Tidy, refused to give up and they deservedly added a consolation goal late on.

menon on the match NETBALL NUMBER OF GOALS: 213 goals, 19.36 goals per game GOLDEN GIRLS: Pharm B for scoring 44 in two games! SURPRISE PACKAGE: English B for getting their season back on track with their first win. EPIC GAME: IWC B V English B, a 20-goal thriller. Only 2 goals separated the sides. CONSISTENT PERFORMERS: Econ B, Dynamo Tigers, Pharmacy B and English A have all got 6 points. TEAMS OF THE WEEK: Pharmacy B and English A for winning their first two games of the entire season. Have the tables turned?

IMG Netball Results Sat 25 Nov Pharm B 24 English A 16 Gym Gym F English B 9

-

6 Optometry 5 IWC A 20 Automotive 11 IWC B

Wed 29 Nov SAWSA 20 Medics 7 L’motive 10 Law B 0 Optometry 9 IWC B 0 Automotive 0 IWC A 12

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8 Socsi B 16 Econ B 4 CARBS B 9 D. Tigers 13 English B 8 English A 20 Pharm B 7 Gym Gym

Group C D

L

Diff

Pts

1

AFC History

5

5

0

0

25

15

2

CARBS

5

4

0

1

21

12

3

Law A

5

2

1

2

16

7

4

J-Unit

5

2

1

2

5

7

5

Psycho Ath.

5

2

0

3

0

6

6

Butthead FC

5

2

0

3

-1

6

7

English Soc

5

1

0

4

-20

3

8

Uni Hallstars

5

1

0

4

-46

3

P

W

IMG Football

Group D D

L

Diff

Pts

1

Chem Soc

5

3

2

0

7

11

2

H. Dragons

5

3

1

1

5

10

3

Thunderkatz*

5

3

1

1

3

9

4

C. Crusaders

5

2

1

2

4

7

5

AFC Cathays

5

1

4

0

1

7

6

Euros

5

1

2

2

-2

5

7

Inter Me-Nan

5

0

2

3

-9

2

8

Park Rangers

5

0

1

4

-16

1

* Team has been deducted 1 point

Netball Tables IMG Netball

Premiership P

W

D

L

Diff

Pts

1

Pharmacy A

1

1

0

0

12

3

2

Law A

1

1

0

0

7

3

3

Economics A

1

1

0

0

2

3

4

CARBS A

1

1

0

0

2

3

5

Cardiff A

1

0

0

1

-2

0

6

Socsi A

1

0

0

1

-2

0

7

Christ. Union

1

0

0

1

-7

0

8

Cardiff B

1

0

0

1

-12

0

P

W

IMG Netball

Division One D

L

Diff

Pts

1

Economics B

2

2

0

0

12

6

2

Dynamo Tigers

2

2

0

0

11

6

3

SAWSA

2

1

0

1

10

3

4

Medics

2

1

0

1

6

3

5

Locomotive

2

1

0

1

3

3

6

CARBS B

2

1

0

1

-3

3

7

Law B

2

0

0

2

-12

0

8

Socsi B

2

0

0

2

-27

0

P

W

IMG Netball

Division Two D

L

Diff

Pts

1

Pharmacy B

2

2

0

0

38

6

2

English A

2

2

0

0

19

6

3

English B

2

1

0

1

2

3

4

IWC A

2

1

0

1

-6

3

5

IWC B

2

1

0

1

-6

3

6

Automotive

2

1

0

1

0

3

7

Optometry

2

0

0

2

-22

0

8

Gym Gym

2

0

0

2

-25

0


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SAWSA comfortably win for the first time this season in true style

Sun 26 Nov MASTS 12 - 7 Medics Stoma 0 - 19 SAWSA

James Smith IMG Reporter

IMG Rugby Fixtures Sun 3 Dec

STOMA 0 - 19 SAWSA SAWSA kickstarted their season with a solid display against STOMA last Sunday (Nov 26). After losing their first match without scoring a point, SAWSA secured

CARBS B v SAWSA Pharmacy v Medics Wed 6 Dec MASTS v SAWSA Medics v Law

IMG Rugby

27/11/06 P

W

D

L

Diff

Pts

1

Engin

2

2

0

0

40

6

2

MASTS

1

1

0

0

5

3

3

CARBS A

1

1

0

0

5

3

4

SAWSA

2

1

0

1

-2

3

5

Law

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

Pharmacy

0

0

0

0

0

0

7

Planning

0

0

0

0

0

0

8

Medics

1

0

0

1

-5

0

9

STOMA

1

0

0

1

-19

0

10

CARBS B

2

0

0

2

-24

0

their first points of the season. On the other hand, STOMA began their season with this defeat after their previous scheduled match was called off. Despite perfect playing conditions, solid rugby all round in both defence and attack made for a fairly fruitless first half. However, after a tense opening half hour, SAWSA finally penetrated the STOMA defence with a succession of carries from the forwards allowing Dan to power over the line to score their first try. The second half was again a fierce struggle and despite dominating territorially, SAWSA could not seem to break the defence. In fact, they were forced to wait until the hour mark. Eventually, a perfectly executed line-out move created space for second-row James Boyde to gain momentum, bounce off countless defenders and score SAWSA’s second

try. And shorrtly afterwards, SAWSA sealed the points. A conversion from ex-captain Gaz Roach put the result beyond the doubt and increased their lead to a commading 12-0. Tiredness and injuries were now beginning to show as play became scrappy. This allowed SAWSA to take full advantage of a disheartened STOMA outfit. Five minutes from the end, SAWSA again found weaknesses in the defence with James Boyde running in an easy try from the back of the scrum. And STOMA’s misery was subsequently compounded when Roach converted his second conversion and made the score 19-0. After the match, SAWSA captain, James Smith, was happy with his teeam’s performance. He said: “We’re delighted to have

got our first win on the board with a dominant display against a good side like Stoma. “There’s a great spirit in the team at the moment and we can’t wait for our next game against MASTS.” Moreover, Smith spoke about his hopes for the season ahead. He added: “It looks like a promising season for us this year. “After a disappointing season last year, we are keen to re-establish ourselves as serious competitors on the IMG [Rugby] scene.” Meanwhile, in the other match that took place on Sunday November 22, MASTS carved out a hard-fought 12-7 win over Medics. Unfortunately, last Wednesday’s matches did not survive the weather. The fixtures were called off due to waterlogged pitches. To view this season’s IMG Rugby fixtures in full, log on to www.fixs.co.uk


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Alex McIntosh IMG Co-Ordinator

Dave Menon Sports Editor

My vote goes to Darren Clarke. I don’t agree with the deliberation as to whether or not he should stay in the running for the award. So he may not have won a major. His performance in Europe’s 18 1/2 - 9 1/2 Ryder Cup victory was inspirational, emotional and resilient, unlike some of the members of England’s World Cup Football team. Clarke’s heroic contribution was a sporting triumph over tragedy, not only for himself but also for us all. A man admired by many fellow sportsmen and women for the manner in which he conducts himself, he is my sporting personality for 2006.

At this present time, the main contenders are golfer Darren Clarke, equestrian star Zara Phillips, tennis player Andrew Murray, gymnast Beth Tweddle and cricketer Monty Panesar. Out of the front-runners above, I’m going to give the bronze medal to Panesar. Following a disappointing year for England’s cricketers, the Sikh has burst onto the scene and produced some excellent performances. Meanwhile, gymnast Beth Tweddle gets the silver medal in my opinion. The 21-year old recently became the first Briton to win gold at the Gymnastics’ World Championships. That’s a fantastic achievement. But I think the winner should be Darren Clarke. Although the Northern Irishman doesn’t want to win the award based on a sympathy vote (after wife Heather tragically passed away), I thought he was instrumental in the Ryder Cup.

Darren Clarke

Who deserves to be the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2006?

The gair rhydd Sport team place their bets James Woodroof AU President If I had my way, Robbie Fowler would win it. Slightly unrealistic perhaps? Darren Clarke's got to be the favourite, and probably deserves it the most. I may be slightly biased voting for a cricketer, but there's no stand out character from any of our under-acheiving national sides. Monty Panesar has breathed fresh air into the England team; he bossed the Pakistanis last summer and if Duncan Fletcher sorts his life out, he could retain the Ashes for us. I’ll be happy as long as Andy Murray doesn't win it - he's a goon.

Monty Panesar George Pawley Sports Editor

I really don’t like Little Britain. But David Walliams will be a hugely deserving winner of Sports Personality of the Year 2006. Former Olympic modern pentathlete Greg Whyte has described the task that faced the comedian (not sportsman I hasten to add), as “one of the toughest physical challenges on the planet”. Walliams swam the English Channel for Sport Relief, raising £1million in sponsorship along the way. Dodging between the 600 tankers and shoals of jellyfish that pass through the English Channel every day, Walliams completed the treacherous 21 mile crossing in an astonishing 10 hours 34 minutes. In cutting 4 hours from his predicted time and completing a swim which has a 10 percent success rate, the funny-man achieved a feat conquered by less humans than Everest. Fact.

David Walliams

Joe Calzaghe Tom Williams Sports Reporter It simply has to be Joe Calzaghe. He destroyed the highly regarded American Jeff Lacy in March to claim the IBF title with one of the alltime great performances by a British boxer. He followed this with a win over the difficult Sakio Bika in October, and his record of 42 undefeated fights over 13 years is a supreme achievement. He is now officially regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, and a win over Peter Manfredo in their WBO bout in March will see him equal the world record of 20 successful world title defences. And he’s Welsh!

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Ed Pitchforth Sports Reporter It has been a fairly uninspiring year for British sport, with our football and rugby sides failing to achieve much, and the cricketers beginning to flounder in Australia. So in my view it is a prime opportunity to give recognition to a less fashionable sport. Earlier this month, yachtsmen Mike Golding undertook a heroic rescue during a solo round the world race. Hearing Alex Thomson’s SOS call, he turned about his boat around and headed into a ferocious storm, sacrificing his chance of winning the event. Truly an act of real courage.

Mike Golding

Joe Calzaghe is still undefeated, still punching hard, still fighting at a frenetic pace. Boxing is a sport that many people see as barbaric and unnecessary, however the physical and mental strength needed to compete is extraordinary. At 34, many fighters are slowing down and looking worse for wear. Not Calzaghe. His Italian good looks remain largely intact and, despite a persistent hand injury, is going strong after his recent 20th defence of the WBO world title. He has won all 42 of his professional fights, been honoured with an MBE and spoke out about bullying for Childline Cymru, after suffering from it during childhood.


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very vocal support from the bench, spurred Brunel on. Despite fresh legs, errors began to creep into the Cardiff game, allowCARDIFF 1sts..........................54 ing Brunel to mount a minor comeback. In the fourth quarter, Captain BRUNEL 1sts...........................37 Carys Jenkins returned to the court CARDIFF NETBALL Firsts got at WD and Sam Lyons went back to their push for the BUSA GK. The Cardiff defence reasserted Championship back on track themselves and faultless shooting with a stylish 54 – 37 victory from Cardiff kept the scoreboard ticking over. over Brunel. The fantastic effort and drive of After last week’s disappointing and controversial defeat to UWIC, Cardiff had some painful conseCardiff hit the court with a point to quences. A nasty collision between Becky Oatley and Allchurch left the prove. A combination of superb defence latter much worse off and she had to and poor shooting from the Brunel leave the game. However, the talent in the Cardiff attack saw Cardiff opened up a ten squad was demonstrated once again goal lead with no reply. The Londoners simply had no when Oatley moved into attack and answer to the quick and sharp pass- finished the game with 100 percent ing that set up opportunities for shooting statistics, and a 54 – 37 win Sophie Vaughan and Carly for the home side. An ecstatic Jenkins said after the Allchurch to sink time and again. At the end of the first quarter, Cardiff game: “We had a point to prove had taken a commanding 16 - 3 lead. today, and we proved we are a very Brunel regrouped and came out strong team who can go far in this stronger for the second quarter, man- competition. Everyone worked hard aging to decrease the gap to twelve, for each other and it was great to see the girls bounce back after last in a half time score of 28 - 13. The visitors use the break to put week’s problems.” Cardiff will now hope to build on on a new shooter to replace the ineffective one who began the game. this win next week in an away fixThis made a big difference and her ture at current leaders in the champiphysical presence, combined with onship race, Bath.

B r unel br uised BRUNEL: No Divine Intervention

BUSA Results: Wed November 29

MEDICS: Must take medicine

Brookes slide Jack Zorab Rugby Reporter MEDICS 1sts...........................23 OXFORD BROOKES 1sts...........27 OXFORD BROOKES came to Llanrumney fresh from their ascent to the top of the table after beating St. Marys last week. However they needed every ounce of stamina to rise above Cardiff in a game that could and probably should have gone the way of the hosts. Cardiff came out of the stalls rapidly, dominating the early exchanges. Nick Gill opened the scoring when he sliced through to score after ten minutes. Oxford’s riposte was immediate. A controlled attack with the backs putting their forwards into space created an opening down the right which, due to a high tackle on the line, was awarded with a penalty try. Almost from the restart, Cardiff conceded again; a loose ball allowed Oxfords full back to scamper thirty

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yards to score. The Medics didn’t panic though; kicking for enemy territory and then pressing forward. The reward came through a set-piece in Oxford’s twenty-two, with Cardiff’s backs given the chance to run at Brookes’ unorganised defence, Williams dashed passed his man into space that didn’t really exist. Cardiff then started to up the ante, as Miller and Cleland led their men down to the corner and from a training ground move, Endaf Morgan burrowed his way over to score. Traded penalties took the half time score to 18 - 17 in Cardiff’s favour. A quick score from Oxford at the beginning of the second half though put them ahead and kicked Cardiff back into action. Oxford continued to press into Cardiff’s twenty-two and they made the most of it, scoring the decisive try the game. Leonard and Evans gave Cardiff hope with a fine try but another was needed, and despite twenty phases in the last play of the game, Brookes took the spoils, along with three very valuable points.

M Badminton 1 5 - 3 Swansea M Badminton 2 8 - 0 Glamorgan M Basketball 59 - 61 Winchester W Basketball 54 - 71 Bristol M Fencing 133 - 115 Aberystwyth 1 W Fencing 96 - 135 Swansea M AFC 1 1 - 2 Gloucester 1 Bristol 2 4 - 1 M AFC 2 M AFC 3 P - P Glamorgan 2 Hartpury 2 7 - 0 M AFC 4 M AFC 5 P - P Swansea Institute 3 W AFC 1 4 - 0 Aberystwyth Golf 1 1.5 - 4.5 Bournemouth Golf 2 0 - 6 Bournemouth 3 Bath P - P M Hockey 1 Gloucester 1 1 - 2 M Hockey 2 M Hockey 3 3 - 0 Bristol 4 M Hockey 4 5 - 1 Swansea 2 Bath 3 0 - 5 W Hockey 1 W Hockey 2 5 - 1 Gloucester 2 W Hockey 3 3 - 0 Bristol 3 Lacrosse 10 - 7 Bath Netball 1 54 - 37 Brunel UWIC 4 18 - 41 Netball 2 Netball 3 47 - 25 Glamorgan 1 Netball 4 44 - 19 RAC 1 Aberystwyth 1 L - L M Rugby 2 Swansea 2 27 - 22 M Rugby 3 W Rugby 41 - 0 Bristol M Squash 1 4 - 1 Glamorgan 1 M Squash 2 5 - 0 Medics Squash Aberystwyth 1 0 - 4 W Squash M Tennis 6 - 4 Bristol 1 Medics AFC 1 P - P Aberystwyth 1 Medics AFC 2 P - P Gloucester 3 Medics M Hockey 10 - 0 Aberystwyth 1 Medics W Hockey 1 L - L UWIC 3 Medics W Hockey 2 4 - 0 Aberystwyth 2 Newport 1 9 - 36 Medics Netball 1 UWE 3 25 - 14 Medics Netball 2 Medics M Rugby 1 23 - 27 Oxford Brookes Medics M Rugby 2 P - P Bristoi 3

Wyth wash Erica Ballantyne Squash Reporter ABERYSTWYTH Ladies’ 1st........0 CARDIFF Ladies’ 1sts.................4 CARDIFF LADIES travelled away to claim a 4 - 0 victory in Aberystwyth, maintaining their mid-table spot in BUSA 1A. First on court was fourth seed Andrea Philpot who played in a competitive match against her opponent. Philpot held her own on court, maintaining the pace to win with scores of 9 - 4, 9 - 4 and 9 – 5; achieving an 3 - 0 drubbing. On court two, the Cardiff third seed Jo Watkins followed Philpot’s lead in beating the Aberystwyth player in another 3 - 0 whitewash. Watkins took

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an comprehensive 9 - 1 lead in the first game followed by a 9 – 4 second set and finished impressively with a 9 - 0 win. Erica Ballantyne, second seed, continued Cardiff’s winning streak, demonstrating some fantastic squash, as she fought hard to reach a win in a 9 - 1, 9 - 4 and 9 - 1 scoreline. With her opponent struggling to hold onto her serve long enough to win points, Ballantyne claimed another 3 0 win for the visitors. Team captain Gwenan Jones-Parry was the final seed to play. After dominant scores of 9 - 0 and 9 - 1 in the first two games, Jones-Parry looked set to take the third set for Cardiff as well, but her opponent managed to secure Aber’s only game of the tie. Jones-Parry recovered quickly with a dominant 9 - 0 final set score, winning her rubber 3 - 1 overall.


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NEW ZEALAND: Bet’s Off

Jo Price witnesses the world’s best rugby side trounce Wales 45 - 10 in the Millenium Stadium, as the build up to the 2007 World Cup begins

WALES SUCCUMBED to an expected loss against New Zealand in the Millennium Stadium in their final Autumn International, bringing to an end Wales’ promising Invesco Perpetual Series. Previous victories over the Pacific Islanders and Canada and a draw against Australia didn’t guarantee Wales anything as they faced the toughest match of their year. The Kiwi’s cruised to a 45-10 win, producing a stunning performance in proving they are at the top of their game. A crowd of 74, 000 poured into the stadium; New Zealanders feeling extremely confident, Welsh fingers crossed with anticipation, preparing for the challenge. With the ground swelling with patriotism, the anthems were sung with heart, but were not followed by the much-awaited Haka. Due to a dispute over the pre match protocol between the WRU and New Zealand team, the war dance was performed in the changing rooms, inciting “boos” from the spectators. Wasting no time, New Zealand scored their first try three minutes in. A total of 5 tries were scored by the All Blacks; wing Sitiveni Sivivatu weighed in with a hat-trick. In an encouraging second half for Wales, Martyn Williams crossed from a push on following Ian Gough’s lineout. The stadium erupted, but the celebration was short-lived, as New Zealand proved far too strong. On a lighter note, the second half was mildly disrupted by a wellendowed male darting down onto the pitch, much to the crowd’s amusement. A sock “disguising” his twig and berries made everyone chuckle and brought a momentary rest bite for the Welsh squad. In terms of the form of the game, from where I was sitting, the Welsh line was all over the place, with players grouping and suffering a lack of support in defence. The New Zealand line performed like an impenetrable wall, managing to score some embarrassingly easy tries

against Wales, exposing gaping holes in the backline. Despite their status, foul play constantly re-occured from the New Zealand squad. High tackles went in regularly on the battered Welsh and were consistently overlooked by referee Dave Pearson. The appearance of Gavin Henson towards the end made no difference to a result that appeared conclusive; he had missed the previous match with Canada due to a toe infection. Gareth Jenkins seemed to have picked a team concentrated on defence to withstand the All Blacks, utilising the experience of his older internationals. As for the newcomer James Hook, who made his Welsh debut with Australia - he’s one to watch. The famous Kiwi Fly-half Dan Carter had an outstanding game, providing two successful conversions and four penalties; a privilege to watch a master.

The anthems were sung with heart, but were not followed by the much-awaited Haka Wales showed signs of their attacking potential through the likes of Shane Williams and Tom Shanklin, but the All Blacks demonstrated just why they are the best rugby side in the world. Welsh Coach Gareth Jenkins hails New Zealand as the best side in the world, and admitted Wales were taught a harsh lesson. However, the game made obvious the deficiencies in the Welsh squad, highlighting the areas in need of work ahead of the RBS Six Nations and the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Jenkins wisely stated: “We now know exactly where we stand in the world game, and what we have to do to improve. We didn’t get any surprises from New Zealand.”

BASKET: Down to Two Scott D’Arcy Sports Reporter CARDIFF Men’s 1sts................59 WINCHESTER Men’s 1sts.........61 BOTH CARDIFF and Winchester were level on points in the BUSA Western Conference Men’s 2B going into this highly competitive and critical match up. Proving hard to separate on the court, both teams displayed a solid defensive game as well as some efficient shooting. The overall balance of scoring across the Cardiff team was evenly spread and in the first quarter; they were extremely quick on the counter attack, which took their opponents a little by surprise. Winchester were then unable to put pressure on Cardiff in their own half, and some swift passing in and around

the key helped Cardiff get the early lead. The focus of Cardiff’s game was on defence, and they were highly organised in grabbing rebounds and on the counter attack. Winchester were also organised in defence but their strategy of not leaving any ball unchallenged up front paid dividends, putting them in the ascendancy at the end of the first quarter. Winchester’s G. Whitefield produced an outstanding scoring performance, notching up 16 points including some sweet three pointers. It was end-to-end action and the tempo quickened as the match went on with both teams showing a determination to pull clear in the league. It was a physical game but not a bad tempered one, and had Winchester been more efficient from the free throw line they could have opened up a small gap. As it was however, Cardiff raised their game in the second period and outscored their opponents 23 points to

Smash and grab Continued from Back Page it was hard to get any advantage on the return of serve. Crowther’s resistance eventually came to an end in a 6 - 4, 6 - 3 loss. Captain Gareth Knight, like Tengey was able to record a victory over his opponent, although he had a tougher encounter despite the 6 - 4, 6 - 2 scoreline. However, Knight proved his battling qualities in moments of adversity, and was able to win the big points with a mix of poise and speed of thought, wrong footing his opponent

on a number of occasions. Darren Hill, playing a tricky opponent, found it difficult to find his rhythm, losing the first set on a tiebreak. Unforced errors were Hill’s downfall in the second set, which he eventually lost 7 - 5, in what was a valiant effort against a strong opponent. With the tie all-square, Cardiff needed to win one of the two remaining doubles to earn themselves a draw. Tengey and Crowther got things underway, playing as Cardiff’s first doubles pair. With Crowther still reeling from his shoulder injury, Tengey

20 in a blow-for-blow quarter, both teams trading baskets on seemingly every attack. Good ball handling by Cardiff’s John Politis relieved the pressure on the defence and set up some nice baskets on the counter. In particular, when Adam Smallman received a pass form Politis and, with a touch of class, dummied the defenseman and fired a bullet pass to find Matthew Garton in the key, who promptly finished the play with a lay-up from underneath the bucket. The half time interval was welcome for players and spectators alike; the constant head turning gave rise to a small risk of whiplash. As play resumed, Cardiff seemed slow out of the blocks and their opponents created a prolonged period of pressure, scoring 9 points without reply. After a timeout was called, the defence tightened and effectively shut Winchester out for the rest of the period. The problem was mainly at the other end though, where Cardiff just could not connect with the basket. Turnovers were also on the increase as Winchester’s J. Feagles had two steals and two interceptions, proving influential in Cardiff’s half of the court. Nonetheless, Cardiff managed to finish the quarter level on scoring after a late flurry at the end, including a peachy three pointer, which Politis sunk right on the buzzer. The final quarter was a tense affair as neither team wanted to risk too much in case it cost them the game. The defensive nature of both teams kept the scoring low, with only 21 points scored in total between them. Winchester finally got their free throws together, with a 100 percent success rate in the final stages, while Cardiff were blunt in attack once more, managing only four baskets for a total of nine points. At the death thought it looked as if the game might culminate in a draw as some awesome defending by Cardiff kept the visitors out. With just ten seconds on the clock Winchester called a timeout and both teams gathered themselves. In the tense remaining Winchester’s L. Overson nailed his jump shot, proving the thorn in Cardiff’s side, as he secured a 59 - 61 score line.

helped Cardiff race into a 4 - 0 lead. With Crowther holding his own, the pair sealed an 8 - 2 victory in rubber, meaning they were at least assured of a draw. The final sparing of Hill and Knight started poorly, but they broke back serve and set up a tight finish. At six games apiece, the match couldn’t have been closer, but a break of serve secured a shock triumph for Cardiff in defeating the league leaders 6 – 4. Understandably delighted with the result, Captain Knight commented: “This is important for us, because it shows the level we can play at. “If we can beat the league leaders, there is no reason why we can’t continue on from here and move up the table.”


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CARDIFF Men’s 1sts..................5 SWANSEA Men’s 1sts................3 BADMINTON MEN’S Firsts beat Swansea 5 – 3 in BUSA 1A, extending their points tally to 13, and gaining the mental advantage in the run up to next year’s Varsity. Alex Ewins and Ryan Livingstone claimed two doubles wins, maintaining their impressive 100 percent record in BUSA this season, while Joe Ng and Nick Warrener ended one apiece in their encounter with the

Chris Croissant Sports Reporter CARDIFF Men’s 1sts..................1

Swans. In the singles games, Simon Broomfield completed the double over his opponents, as Cardiff moved to second in the table, lying behind Bath Seconds by four points. Meanwhile, the Men’s Second team recorded an 8 – 0 crushing of Glamorgan, with notable performances from Vinny Sanderson and Gareth Lewis in particular. Also in the doubles pairings, Dominic Caswell and Matt Pearson dominated their matches, as they raced away to victory, while singles players James Fry and Tom Houtment enjoyed comfortable wins over their opponents. The seconds lie behind Aberystwyth at the top of the table.

GLOUCESTER Men’s 1sts...........2 THERE WAS a certain sense of dejà vu in Cardiff Men’s Football First’s performance this week. Despite taking the lead, the side were caught napping and allowed a weaker Gloucester side to creep back into the game and steal the victory. They remain bottom of BUSA 1A. Cardiff knew they would have their work cut out before the match began – they were a team lacking confidence. With a flying start from Gloucester, the home team took some time to get into the game, conceding an early free kick and corner, allowing Gloucester most of the possession. However, determined to display their rightful membership in the league, captain Andy Wylde rallied his troops. And it seemed to show. Cardiff muscled their opposition off the ball in midfield, and started to play football that frustrated their opponents. Gloucester received the first booking PHOTO: SARAH DAY

Emma Green Badminton Reporter

FOOTBALL: Downbeat

Men countered again PHOTO: SARAH DAY

Swans swept away

PHOTO: JAMES PEROU

Badminton: Not bad

MEN: Making a point

due to a cheeky, Beckham-esque kick right in front of the referee. The first key opportunity came to Wylde from a cleared corner, who blasted the ball across the face of the goal, narrowly missing the post, with a chance that proved costly. Not long after this, a great challenge from Eifion Roberts set up his run to play the ball through for Andre Stairmand, who tested the newly replaced Gloucester ‘keeper. For most of the first half, it was very much a battle in the midfield, Matt Jones in particular was putting in a sturdy performance and some crunching tackles. With balanced and tight defensive units, opportunities only came from set pieces. Gloucester’s best chance of the half came when Cardiff conceded a free kick in dangerous territory outside the box. An athletic save from Cole Stacey kept their opponents at bay, as the first 45 ended 0 – 0. Cardiff came into the second half with a renewed belief in their ability, and pushed hard down the wings. An early opportunity narrowly missed Gloucester’s netting, but with a subsequent lob into the box, birthday boy Kwame Asare, was able to head

the ball in, to satisfy Cardiff’s relentless onslaught. Gloucester fought back hard, and a corner ball was narrowly cleared off the line by James Clifford, who really came into his own in the second half. In the last 10 mins of the game, Gloucester scored an excellent free kick and heads dropped amongst the Cardiff side. This equaliser gave Gloucester a new lease of life and quickly, a delicate chip into the area saw the ball nodded in to give the visitors the lead. In the dying minutes, Stairmand forced forward, creating with two fair efforts on goal, but these chances came too late to save the game. With his players despondent at having succumbed to the same mistakes they have suffered all season, Captain Wylde commented: “We’re incredibly frustrated.” A trend that seems to be emerging with Cardiff’s performance is a loss of shape and composure in the closing minutes of the game. A disappointed Wylde acknowledged this: “We lost our focus in the last 10 minutes.” At the bottom of BUSA 1A and facing relegation, Cardiff firsts know just how crucial the next three games will be.

Aber put to Sabre Hayley Porter Fencing Reporter CARDIFF’S MALE Fencers added another victory to their unbeaten record, defeating the Aberystwyth First team 132 – 113. Following their recent victories, this latest match leaves them set to capture the BUSA 1A. Only Exeter – also unbeaten – can stand in their way when they meet in January. The match against Aberystwyth started well; in Foil Andrew McLeod demonstrated superbly timed attacks defeating one of his opponents 10 – 2. Despite a disappointing final bout from Team Captain Peter Russell, Cardiff still won 43 – 36. Cardiff also managed to dominate

the Sabre, with Club President Chris Markall easily defeating his opponents, conceding just 5 points. With a lead of 19 points, Cardiff ended the day with Epee, their weakest weapon. Great efforts from team newcomer Robert Prior saw Cardiff creep into the final bout with a scant two point lead. However despite a close fight, Cardiff lost Epée by just one point. The Epée was Aber’s but the match was Cardiff’s. The Ladies faced a difficult match this week as they fenced undefeated, top of the league team, Swansea. Despite going down to a 135 – 96 defeat, the ladies scored 35 more points than their previous encounter with the Swans.


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Smash and grab Settor Tengey Tennis Reporter CARDIFF Men’s 1st..............6

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Ladies’ Rugby flying high in BUSA

CARDIFF MEN’S Tennis First Team faced the difficult task of entertaining top-of-the-table Bristol in BUSA 1A, in what proved to be a tense encounter. Cardiff and Bristol’s starts to the season have been in stark contrast thus far, with Bristol as yet undefeated, and Cardiff lingering at the foot of the table, despite recent good performances. Cardiff got off to a dream start in the first rubber, which saw Settor Tengey record a comfortable victory over his opponent. Although he started tentatively, Tengey’s speed around the court and aggressive baseline tactics were too much for his opponent, as he eventually recorded a 6 - 4, 6 2 victory. Tom Crowther didn’t fair as well in the second match. Hampered by a serious shoulder injury that forced him to serve the majority of the match underarm, Crowther was always up against it. If fit, his resilient baseline game would have been far superior to that of his opponent, but it was a different story on this occasion. The injury meant that Crowther was almost certain to lose his service games, and with his opponent serving well himself,

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Angharad Jones Rugby Reporter

CARDIFF Ladies’ Firsts.............41 BRISTOL Ladies’ Firsts...............0

CARDIFF LADIES’ First team were back on form this week, producing a superb performance on their way to a 41 - 0 victory against Bristol. After a disappointing draw away to Exeter last week, the side were looking

to capitalise on home advantage and prove to their rivals that they deserve to be at the top of the league. Cardiff looked strong from the offset, ruthlessly asserting pressure on the visitors. Pressure soon turned to points when in the eight minute, flanker Louise Steel, grounded the ball after the Bristol defence succumbed to a driving maul from Cardiff’s forwards. Just six minutes later, some well executed set play from the backs led to a second try for the home team, scored by winger Roz Lambe who sprinted

from within her own half to touch down. The home team continued to enjoy the majority of possession and soon created another overlap, allowing winger Melanie Burge to cross in the corner for a try. The first half scoring was complete when centre Simone Shepherd converted, making the score 17 – 0. Despite their dominant position, Cardiff continued to assert pressure after the interval and were rewarded for their efforts with another try.

Scrum-half Ceri Hill picked up from a ruck, spotted a gap out wide and swiftly crossed for the score. The score-line was further increased in the 65th minute with a try from fly-half Kat Lenan and another came through winger Lambe, who got her second of the day. The match ended on a high for the home team when, just before the final whistle blew, Captain Simone Shepherd received a quick pass from the back of a ruck and powered through a tired Bristol defence. The try

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was converted making the final score a deserving 41 - 0 to Cardiff. With only three matches remaining this season, Cardiff remain unbeaten and in a dominant position at the top of BUSA 1A, having dropped just two points all season. After the match, Cardiff skipper Shepherd commented that she was extremely pleased with Cardiff’s performance, saying she believes that, “the league is now ours for the taking”. Next up for the team are table proppers Aberystwyth.

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