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27 November 2012
Aberdeen students rally at National Demo
Photo/ Claire Wheelans By Claire Wheelans Around one hundred students from the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen College and Banff and Buchan College travelled to London for the National Demo organised by NUS. The protest took place on 21st November and AUSA organised two coaches to take students down at 8:30pm the day before and return once the protest ended. The route, decided jointly by NUS and the London police, did not grab much attention, as it went through some of the lesser-known London areas. The only landmark the Demo passed was the Houses
of Parliament. Many of the students were criticising the route, believing it not to be publicity-friendly as it avoided the popular attractions of London, which could have grabbed a lot more attention from both press and public. Student president, Anne-Claire Deseilligny, defended the route saying: “I think it was perfectly acceptable. The first half was great but the second half, when it rained, the weather does really change things and it felt much longer.” Over 10,000 students from different universities and other educational institutions from around the UK were expected
to gather for the march but only around 4,000 actually turned out at Temple. The crowd then progressed along Embankment, over Westminster Bridge and continued south to finish for a rally in Kennington Park. The Demo started off relatively peaceful and orderly until the crowd reached the Parliament buildings where a large number broke off and rushed towards Parliament. Police, however, were already lined along a road barrier to protect the buildings. Large numbers of police were also lined up along various other locations for safety measures to
prevent the same violence that occurred at the 2010 National Demo. Once the march reached Kennington Road, heavy rain poured on the masses of students, but this did not dampen their spirits and chants were changed to “We’re soaking, we’re wet, we don’t want student debt!” At around 3pm, the crowd rallied in Kennington Park to hear speeches by NUS staff, including Liam Burns, NUS president. A splinter group within the crowd, who were furious at the perceived failure of the Demo to lower student debt, began throwing eggs at Liam Burns
whilst he was making his speech. The group then stormed through the barriers and took to the stage. The audience, however, still showed their support for NUS by immediately joining in unison of shouting and chants for the group to get off the stage. Burns tweeted: “Amazing day, 10k out, students’ unions buzzing... and my egg dodging is pretty fierce.” Anne-Claire added: “I certainly think the Demo was successful from a Scottish perspective. You had new students engaged and taking part for the first time from Aberdeen.”
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Editors: Conor Riordan & Tasneem Mahmoud
Sports clubs lose kits to raise cash By Louis Beazley This year the University of Aberdeen Sports Union will once again be creating a nude calendar to raise money for the sports clubs. The process of taking the photos
took several weeks of work, and the calendar is expected to be released in the first week of December. It is believed to contain a range of photos taken at several locations with a number of different sports clubs taking part in the nudity.
The sports groups who will bare all to the cameras in this year’s edition of the calendar will be the rugby club, the lacrosse club, and the hockey boys and girls. The locations for the photos range from King’s College to John
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Lewis. Some initial controversy surrounded the fact that the hockey girls team did not do the shoot completely naked, however, a source close to the organisers have said they bear no grudges. One photo is staged off the Aberdeen coast, which was a serious undertaking whilst nude in November. Thomas Woodward, organiser of the album, said: “We did the North Sea photo guerrilla style. Just clothes off and sprinted in and took the photos.” Mr Woodward added that this was his favourite photo because of the way it was shot and “the fact we had a dozen women also taking photos.” The effort, made by Aberdeen university sports clubs to produce this calendar, surely makes it worth the investment: not to mention the improved aesthetics of any wall adorned with Aberdeen University’s finest athletes. The price of the calendar has yet to be confirmed, but are available by request from members of any sports club.
Graduation ceremonies on campus this week By Anna Katila The University of Aberdeen will hold winter graduation ceremonies for its students on campus this week. Ceremonies will take place on Thursday 29th and Friday 30th November. The ceremonies are held both days at 11 am and 3 pm in Elphinstone Hall. The exciting day starts early when graduates collect their robes and hats, and report their presence in MacRobert building. Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Ian Diamond, said: “For our graduates it is a celebration of the culmination of one or more years of study. We hope it will be an occasion that you will remember fondly for the rest of your lives. Josh Hill, graduating in Law this week, said: “it is a very proud moment for me to finish my university career on this day. I’m looking forward to it very much.” Professor Diamond concluded: “On behalf of everyone at the University, I hope you enjoy today [day of graduation] and I wish you every success for the future.”
Virgin Atlantic boosts University of Aberdeen airport links Chancellor to retire in December By Rachel Clark Sir Richard Branson’s airline company, Virgin Atlantic, have announced this week that as of next spring, they will run shorthaul flights from Aberdeen Airport to London Heathrow. Virgin Atlantic has been offered the rights to operate from Heathrow to both Aberdeen and Edinburgh airports, using the landing slots formerly operated by BMI. Virgin Atlantic will begin to run daily flights to London from Aberdeen as of the end of March 2013, using the airbus A320 which carries approximately 150 passengers. This new venture into shorthaul flights between Scotland and England culminates a 28-year-long rivalry between Virgin Atlantic and British Airways, even though the only other contender for the vacant Heathrow slots was Irish airline company, Aer Lingus. Steve Ridgeway, the Chief Executive of Virgin Atlantic, is pleased that their fight for the short-haul flights has been won. “We have fought hard for the right to fly short-haul and take a strong challenge to British Airways. This is the beginning of an exciting new era in Virgin Atlantic history and we now feel a responsibility to everyone that has supported us in this challenge.” Additionally, Keith Brown,
Scotland’s Transport Minister, has welcomed the announcement on behalf of all passengers flying in and out of Aberdeen Airport and of the Scottish air industry. Brown also concluded that he was pleased that the European Commission has acknowledged Aberdeen’s needs as one of Scotland’s most important cities. The MP for Moray, Angus Robertson, also welcomes the plan as a boost for the north-east economy. Derek Provan, Aberdeen Airport’s Managing Director, concurs, saying “I look forward to welcoming Virgin Atlantic to Aberdeen Airport and the services that they will bring to our customers. Providing increased choice and connectivity into a key market like London is important to our passengers.” Both business passengers and tourists have welcomed the growing destinations on offer at Aberdeen Airport, along with the many international students at Aberdeen University. The new, frequent connections to London from Aberdeen will make travelling easier, and hopefully attract more students to the city and Aberdeen University. The projected timetables for Virgin Atlantic flights between Aberdeen Airport and London Heathrow are to be drawn up within the next fortnight.
By Dan Naylor This week, the University announced the retirement of the Chancellor, Lord Wilson of Tillyorn. Elected to the position in 1997, Lord Wilson had previously served as Chancellor’s Assessor and was the penultimate Commander-inChief and 27th Governor of Hong Kong. He was made a Knight of the Thistle in 2000. In a position that has largely ceremonial duties, the Chancellor is the head of the University, conferring degrees on graduates and is President of the General Council. In the announcement, the Chancellor said: “After fifteen years, I feel now is an appropriate stage for me to retire from the role. It has been a great honour to have served the University as Chancellor and it has been a hugely enjoyable experience which I shall always cherish. “I feel privileged to have held office as Chancellor during a time of important transformation at the University of Aberdeen. We have seen student numbers increase significantly, and we have seen a huge investment made in the campus and in enhancing the experience that our students have when they come to Aberdeen, and which will remain with them for the rest of their lives.” Student President Anne-Claire
Deseilligny wished the Chancellor well, and said: “I hope he enjoyed his time in Aberdeen, and all the best for the future.” A new scholarship fund will be set up to commemorate Lord Wilson’s time as Chancellor. Wilson Scholarships will be open
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to Hong Kong nationals who wish to study at Aberdeen if they show exceptional talent and outstanding academic ability. Lord Wilson will step down on the 31 December, with his successor to be appointed in the new year.
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University ignores student vote in Senate By Josefine Bjorkvist On Wednesday the 14th of November, Senate, the University body responsible for decisiontaking on all academic matters, voted to implement the proposed model to change the academic year structure. The new structure, which includes moving the start of term earlier and moving first term exams to December, will be introduced from 2014/2015 onwards. The week prior to Senate, the Students’ Association held a non-binding referendum where students could vote in their schools whether or not the University should go ahead with the change and the majority of schools voted against the change. Elected student and staff members were divided when it came to the vote at Senate. Concerns were raised regarding students not being able to consolidate their revision if they did not have time to study over the Christmas holiday and concerns regarding the loss of two weeks of teaching when students already feel that they do not have enough contact hours.
Staff and University management argued that the advantages of moving the academic year, such as aligning our academic year with
other Scottish Universities as well as encouraging students to revise continuously, still outweighed the disadvantages associated with the
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MP Knighted on day broken promises were highlighted By Jo Polydoros Sir Malcolm Bruce was knighted on the 21 November at Buckingham Palace along with Kate Winslet and Gary Barlow, for more than 30 years of public and political services as MP for Gordon in Aberdeenshire. The Honourable Sir Malcolm Bruce, current Scottish Party President for the Liberal Democrats and previous leader of the party was knighted by the queen for his dedication to public and political work since 1983 during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on the same day as the NUS anti-cuts demo march in London. In November 2010 Aberdeen University students, who took part in the London demonstration before tuition fees rose, met with Sir Malcolm Bruce to urge him to honour the LibDem pre-election promise to vote against tuition fee rises which would have a serious knock-on effect and lower the funding given to Scottish institutions. The then Aberdeen University Students’ Association president and current president of NUS Scotland, Robin Parker, said he was “proud we brought so many so far to fight something that will literally cut to the heart of a northeast tradition.” He added: “Malcolm Bruce and the Lib Dems must stick to their pledge.” However, the Gordon MP who had always pledged to help young people and students with education and training, was one of
change. Student President, Anne-Claire Deseilligny, said: “In the course of the Senate discussion, it was
many Liberal Democrats to break their promise and vote for tuition fee rises along with Nick Clegg and Vincent Cable back in December 2010, resulting in the trebling of tuition fees for many English Universities. Since 2010, when the pledge against rises in tuition fees that was signed by all party members was broken by so many, the Liberal Democrat party has suffered a backlash in popularity especially with students and young people.
rapidly clear that most of the nonstudents present had made up their minds in favour of the change before the session even started. “This was no doubt prompted by the Senior Management’s attitude to the discussion, which was one of presenting the change as inevitable, and not an issue to be debated.” James Douglas, student senator, said: “I felt the chair was being rude and dismissive. The issues raised by students should be taken into consideration.” Considerable work will be required by course coordinators and schools to rewrite courses, which is a concern when other major changes like the introduction of personal tutoring are already taking place. A recent staff survey showed that staff morale is at an all-time low already. However, the academic year change does offer opportunity for improvements to courses. The debate in Senate highlighted current issues, such as courses which are 100% assessed by exams, which student representatives and staff will look to address when implementing the academic year change.
Anti-wind farms claims ‘Trump’ed by inquiry
On the 21 November their unpopularity rose dramatically with the knighthood of Sir Malcolm Bruce and during the demonstration the anger amongst participants was evident. NUS Scotland president, Robin Parker, tweeted: “Many LibDem MPs broke pledge to students. @maclolmbruce was one I unsuccessfully lobbied. Today he gets a knighthood. Today I march.” “#demo2012”
Photo/ Stanley Wright By Dan Naylor
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“I am the evidence” Donald Trump proudly declared back in April to an inquiry of MSPs looking into renewable energy, but it seems like no one else agrees with the self titled “world-class expert in tourism”. This week Holyrood’s economic committee said there was no evidence that renewable energy developments are harming Scotland’s tourism industry. The report concluded: “No witness has provided the committee with robust, empirical evidence, as opposed to anecdotal comment and opinion, that tourism is being negatively affected by the development of renewable projects.” MSPs also found that the Scottish
Government’s ambitious green energy targets could be met, though warned that a lack of finance could put them at risk. Energy minister Fergus Ewing said: “We welcome the committee’s acknowledgement that renewable energy is a ‘safe bet’ to provide energy security for the people of Scotland and protect us all from energy price shock.” Not everyone has welcomed the inquiries findings however. The Trump Organisation led a scathing attack, claiming: “This government cannot be trusted, they will say and do anything, including lie, to support their political goals. “The Scottish economy is condemned to suffer a downward spiral, if this thinking continues global investors be warned.”
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Funding scandal surrounds the City Garden Project saga
“We Are All Gaza” hits Edinburgh By Nesrine Bouguerra
Photo/ Rachel Clare By Louis Beazley More controversy surrounds the City Garden Project (CGP) after suspicions were expressed over the ranking system for a new financial scheme being explored by Holyrood that may have been manipulated for political points. The Union Terrace Gardens (UTG) project has been an area of key interest to many Aberdeen locals since it was first proposed in 2008. Since the project was put forward it has been a controversial topic of debate; in a referendum held earlier this year the vote was split 49% to 51% in favour of the proposals, before it was rejected by Aberdeen City Council. The cost of the CGP was estimated at 140 million pounds. The UTG project was scrapped by Aberdeen city council in August of this year, there is now some concern over the government’s acceptance of the CGP proposal in the first place. The UTG project was proposed by Aberdeen council in contest with 15 other similar projects suggested by other Scottish councils. All of these projects were hoping to reach the shortlist of 6 for a trial of a new financial scheme that the Scottish government are exploring. This new scheme is Tax Incremental Funding (TIF) and would have been used to fund the CGP alongside a 50 million pound amount that was offered by Sir Ian Hunt, a keen advocate of the project. The Scottish government, after having had the each of the sixteen proposals evaluated for their economic value, announced the shortlist of six projects that could expect to be funded by TIF. It has come to light that in terms of economic promise the proposal put forward by Aberdeen city council was in fact ranked 10th in the list of proposals as opposed to the 4th that the Scottish government had originally claimed when the shortlist was first released. It has in fact been suggested that the proposal is not necessarily of any significant economic value, leading to the media claiming that the manipulation of the ranking system by the government is an
attempt to secure Sir Ian Hunt’s support in the Independence referendum. Mike Shepherd, chairman of Friends of Union Terrace Gardens, said: “I believe the SNP is courting Sir Ian Wood for political reasons and that the CGP has been central to this aim.” This comes after Sir Ian Wood, Scotland’s richest man and local Aberdonian, spoke about the 2014 Scottish independence referendum
in a recent BBC interview. Sir Ian Wood said he would choose his moment carefully to speak about the referendum in the future. With the economic value of the project coming into question, as well as suggestions that the project is being used as a tool to influence the Independence referendum, it now looks unlikely the project will ever be resurrected.
Universities “contextualise” entrants By Dan Naylor Under new plans to increase access to higher education in Scotland, universities are to accept applicants from poorer backgrounds, even if they do not meet grade requirements. New entrants’ economic background will be taken into account as well as their academic record, with a chance for those who fail to meet the requirements to still gain a place. The plans make up a part of series of “outcome agreements” published last week by the Scottish Funding Council. The government body had delayed the publishing of the report although it has been finalised for some time. A draft of the plans specific to Dundee University was leaked earlier this month, though the proposals are to be implemented nationwide. It said: “The university is in the process of rolling out a contextualised admissions process over the period 2013–14 designed to take into account the fact that applicants come from different backgrounds and have not all had the same opportunities to realise their academic potential.” A spokesperson for Universities Scotland said: “All university principals are committed widening access to pupils that have the academic potential to benefit, and this is one way within universities’ control to help achieve greater progress in this area.”
“Aberdeen took in just 51 students with poor economic backgrounds, just 3.1 percent of its intake” Earlier this year the National Union of Students published figures that showed Scottish universities were recruiting comparatively small amounts of students from deprived backgrounds: for the academic year 2010–11 the University of Aberdeen took in just 51 students with poor economic backgrounds, just 3.1 per cent of its student intake. Robin Parker, president of NUS Scotland, said: “Despite the myths surrounding it, this isn’t about social engineering, but ensuring genuine fairness and excellence.” “Widening access, and contextual admissions, is about making sure Scotland’s universities are not missing out on students with the potential to succeed. By failing to look beyond school results, universities would be failing to spot the most talented students.” Research conducted by the University of Glasgow earlier this year showed that students from working class background with lower grades performed just as well, if not better, than middleclass peers.
Last week over a thousand protesters took to the streets of Edinburgh, calling on the Scottish government to condemn Israeli massacres in Gaza. The march started at the First Minister’s official residence, Bute House in Charlotte Square, and continued through to the Scottish Parliament. They carried banners and flags, chanting for a free Palestine and urging for an immediate end of the siege on Gaza. The rally was organised by the movement Hana Shalabi Network (HSN) in accordance with a number of groups, including the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War and the Scottish Trades Union Congress. It began with speeches outside Alex Salmond’s residence, where Liam Ohare spoke on behalf of Edinburgh University students. He said: “We need to hold the Scottish Government to account; they must speak out now and make a clear stand against the apartheid state of Israel.” Demonstrators handed in a letter to Alex Salmond signed by various campaigns and civil society organisations calling on him to make it clear that the Israeli ambassador will not be allowed on Scottish soil until the siege ends. Around fifteen members of the HSN occupied the roof of the Scottish Parliament. One of
these members Beti Brown, 19, commented: “We are calling on our government to acknowledge Palestinian rights and support the movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel”. A spokesman of the HSN said that: “Scotland has the opportunity to lead on this question and Alex Salmond will need to have a position soon. ” A day later, an official spokesperson from the Scottish Parliament urged for an immediate ceasefire to put an end to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The Scottish government supports all diplomatic mediations in the region he said, and asks both sides to work collectively towards avoiding the escalation of the conflict. It was, he made clear however, wrong to collectively punish the people of Gaza for the actions of their government. HSN added: “as long as Israel can expect the completely biased and disgusting coverage from the likes of the BBC then we can guarantee that there will be yet another Israeli massacre in Gaza”. Later that day, Pro-Palestinian supporters travelled to Glasgow and marched to the BBC headquarters to condemn its biased agenda in the Palestinian Cause. A mutual cease-fire has since taken place, with mediation from Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi. It comes after more than a week of continuous air strikes and violence.
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University scientists turn the brown stuff into green energy By Conor Riordan Scientists from the University of Aberdeen are working with the James Hutton Institute on a project investigating the potential of producing a renewable energy source from organic waste. The development aims to generate a fuel called biogas to help communities in sub-Saharan Africa and will look at ways biogas digesters could help livelihoods and the environment. Dr Jo Smith, Reader in Soil
“We want to see what changes are needed in farmers’ attitudes and in the design of farming systems in order for these devices to be used” Dr Jo Smith
Photo/ University of Aberdeen many in sub-Saharan Africa. There are no left overs going to waste either, as any remaining muck produced by the digester can be used to fertilise land and in aquaculture. Nine digesters are being installed in a village in Tiribogo near Kampala, Uganda, which is very
Strike action still looms over First Bus in Aberdeen By Rachel Clark The prospect of First buses going on strike in Aberdeen in the run-up to Christmas after a dispute over wages and overtime fails to resolve the issue. First management offered the Aberdeen bus drivers a 1.5% pay rise to increase the average wage to £30,000 per annum. This offer was rejected by 244 out of 250 bus drivers and cleaners. The Union leaders representing First Aberdeen have accused the company of being “mean”, and Tommy Campbell, Unite regional representative (who represents the workers of First Aberdeen) has said “we are disappointed to find that this is now the situation it is because of the company being mean yet again.” Unite have called for First to share out their profits to the workers who have helped to create the millions of pounds profit they have accumulated. Campbell has said that they will try to avoid unnecessary industrial action and intend to reach a negotiated settlement, but added that if strike action was going to go ahead, it would happen in the run up to Christmas. This would disrupt Christmas shopping and students at the university who are planning on travelling out of Aberdeen for the festive period.
However, it is believed there is no great appetite for industrial action during the festive period, which might inconvenience the Aberdeen public. Duncan Cameron, the company’s General Manager, said: “I can assure our customers that we will do everything we reasonably can to bring this dispute to an end without disruption to services.” First have also claimed that the company was not prepared to pass the extra costs of a strike onto the customers or the students of Aberdeen University who regularly use the transport services they provide.
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A formal statement on whether the potential strike action planned will go ahead or not has not yet been finalised or released. The transport company’s officials and Unite union representatives have decided to resume talks once the result of ballot of members is established. The result of the ballot, which will ask members if they are prepared to take part in strike action, will be announced on December 6. It is understood that even if the ballot reveals supports strike action from drivers and other workers, it is unlikely to occur before the New Year.
close to a forest undergoing rapid deforestation. Grant Davidson, International Development Co-ordinator at the Hutton Institute, added: “Greater use of biogas at the household level can have wider environmental benefits too, as it means there is no need to cut down trees or
spend time collecting firewood for cooking.” Whereas cow’s flatulence once received flack for damaging the ozone layer, perhaps now we can appreciate them for turning the brown stuff green.
Top graduates encouraged towards career in social work By Rachel Clark New plans have been unveiled to improve social work and top university graduates are being encouraged to enter the profession to do so through a new recruitment charity. Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, is backing a new charity, Frontline, which is helping top graduates into social work, and he wishes to get the recruitment charity up and running as soon as possible. The recruitment charity wants the best graduates from the best universities to enter the social work profession, which they hope will improve the status and quality of the profession. The charity was established in reaction to the Edlington Case in Doncaster, where two young boys were tortured in 2009 by 11 and 12-year-old brothers. An Ofsted report into the Edlington Case found that the attack was preventable and identified chances to reduce the harm inflicted on the two young boys. Ofsted claims these opportunities were missed because of low standards of care and poor services which were putting children at risk.
Gove said: “the state is currently failing in its duty to keep our children safe. When we intervene it is often too late. “We do not learn properly from what went wrong to improve matters in the future.” Gove also went on to claim that previous governments had had a fundamental lack of confidence in the social workers themselves. The Shadow Education Secretary, Stephen Twigg, agrees: “further action is required to strengthen the protection of children.” Lord Carlisle also added that this was the perfect chance to make useful improvements to processes within the social work profession. Gove is encouraging the Frontline charity to have shorter and more focused training programmes to attract more gifted graduates who are contemplating going into social work once they leave university.
Digesters generate biogas as they decompose organic material such as human and animal waste and dead plants. Similar to how the digestive process of a cow works. The captured biogas can then be used for ‘cleaner and greener’ cooking and lighting, which should improve the quality of living for
Organic Matter and Nutrient Modelling at the University of Aberdeen, is leading the work. She said: “The aim of this project is to determine the potential of the cheapest design of biogas digester. We want to see what changes are needed in farmers’ attitudes and in the design of farming systems in order for these devices to be used. “We also want to assess the value of biogas digesters in terms of energy, organic fertiliser, reduction in deforestation, improved sanitation, improved household air quality and reduced labour.”
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Features Energy & Environment
Editor: Konrad Wojnar
Anne Konrad How safe do we feel in a world where energy resources are becoming scarce and environmental consequences of oil extraction may be disastrous?
nergy & environment may not be one of the issues that we are particularly concerned with in our everyday life. We worry about our next essay deadline, or how to pay next month’s rent. Diminishing fossil fuels? Oil spills? How does that affect me? But since we all live in Aberdeen, Europe’s largest energy
Diminishing energy resources Currently, the oil industry in Aberdeen is still booming and the city is in need for thousands of young recruits to fill the jobs available in the offshore business. However, not only in the North Sea but also in other regions of the world, oil and gas will
energy supply. Nonetheless, it is evident that energy reserves will be used up at an ever more rapid speed, as developing global economic powers such as China, India and Brazil need more and more resources to fuel their economic growth. So imagine you get up one cold, dark morning in Aberdeen. Normally, you’d switch on the light and the heating to warm you up, put the kettle on for that cup of coffee to wake you up properly, and turn on your laptop to see the latest news on the internet. But what if you woke up and the light, heating, kettle and laptop didn’t work, because there was no more power to run everything? I personally experienced this once when there was a power cut in our block. Sitting in the darkness for hours, not being able to cook a warm meal, take a hot shower or watch TV, I suddenly started thinking about how we would cope if the world was faced with a black out. Sure, even the metropolitan dwellers of New York managed to survive a few days without electricity after hurricane Sandy recently flooded the city and caused cuts in the power network. But just imagine how much chaos
territorial boundaries in order to get their share of the natural resources estimated to be revealed by the melting ice, conflict over remaining oil supplies may become more common in the future. Scientists and energy companies claim that millions of barrels of oil have been discovered in the remote northern regions of the world. However, the extraction of such oil reserves turns out to be more complicated and expensive, as it is difficult to access deposits in deep water or tar sands under the harsh weather conditions
step, we often take an oblivious attitude to what is going on in the world. But whether we care or not, thanks to us pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere for decades, polar ice caps are melting at record speed. This is causing sea levels to rise, altering the temperatures of the world’s oceans and changing global weather patterns. If you think all this doesn’t really affect you, think again. Unless you enjoy scuba diving, you might have to cancel your plans to visit Venice, Miami or the Maldives in the next
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hub, maybe it’s time to turn our attention towards security issues that are becoming more and more apparent: What are we going to do when the oil runs out? And how can we manage the disastrous environmental consequences that increasing drilling activities may have in the North? Oil industry in Aberdeen When you told your friends and relatives that you were moving to Aberdeen to go to university, I bet that the majority of them had never heard of this cold, remote city up in the far north of Scotland. To those involved or interested in the energy sector, however, the name Aberdeen has rung a bell since significant oil deposits were discovered in the North Sea in the 1960s. Offshore drilling for the black gold generated rapid economic growth for the city and led it to emerge as the Energy Capital of Europe, creating about a half a million jobs for local and international employees. Many of the world’s largest oil companies, such as British Petroleum and General Electric, have their headquarters for Oil & Gas in Aberdeenshire. Oil has thus allowed the Granite City to become one of the most prosperous - and unfortunately for us students, most expensive - cities in the UK.
Photo/ rcbodden (Flickr) eventually run out. Some fear that we may have already reached peak oil, meaning that fossil fuel extraction and production will face a decline in the near future. The current world oil reserves are estimated to last another 40-50 years. Yes, we might have a surge in renewable energies until then, and despite recent incidents such as Fukushima, nations continue to invest in nuclear power to ensure
would ensue if entire countries were suddenly left in complete darkness. Environmental risks The increasing scarcity of energy resources is making regions that are said to have vast oil and gas fields hidden beneath its soil more prone to geopolitical disputes. As seen in the Arctic now, where nations are haggling over their
of the North. Extraction in environmentally highly vulnerable and geographically challenging regions such as the Arctic will further increase the risk of oil spills and disasters. Although drilling in the North Sea is considered safe and riskless, a leak at an offshore platform run by Shell just off the coast of Aberdeen in 2011 caused an oil spill of 200 tonnes into the sea. Greenpeace and other environmental organisations therefore seem right to question how much trust we can have in oil companies like Shell to operate in environmentally-fragile regions further north, when they can’t even guarantee the safety of oil drillings in comparatively low-risk areas such as the North Sea. Greenpeace’s fake advertising campaign for Shell, aimed to draw attention to the company’s destructive activities in the Arctic. Source: arcticready.com The question is, what are we more concerned with in the endour own personal comfort or global sustainability? Okay, it’s not nice to see a seagull’s wings stuck together with oil (although those buggers deserve it, really!) and yeah, polar bears are cute (remember Knut!), but what do we care? As long as it doesn’t happen right on our door
couple of years. ‘Frankenstorms’ like Sandy are likely to hit coastal areas with even more severe impact in the future as they will soak up more energy from warmer ocean waters, so you might have to give that Christmas shopping trip to New York a miss, too. After all, more than half of the world’s metropolises are located in coastal areas. And if you were hoping that global warming will eventually allow you to sunbathe on Aberdeen’s beaches, sorry to disappoint- the melting Arctic ice is causing ocean currents to change, which will make European winters a lot colder. As much as oil has brought prosperity to Aberdeen and other parts of the world, the apparent abundance of energy resources we had in the past led us to make use of it in an inconsiderate and unsustainable way. We should therefore consider the environmental consequences caused by the extensive burning and wasteful use of fossil fuels in the past century, and ask ourselves what we can do to call a halt to further environmental damage.
27 November 2012
Does CCTV make you feel safe? Rory Macfarlane balances the pros and cons of the use of CCTV cameras in Britain
e have an obsession with CCTV. Britain has more CCTV cameras than any other country in the world. Although it is hard to put an exact figure on the number of them in the UK, some estimates reach up to 4.5 million. In fact, the Shetland Islands Council and Corby Borough Council have installed more CCTV cameras than the San Francisco Police Department in the US. But are we safer with more CCTV? The effectiveness of these cameras is questionable- in some instances it can make us feel even more at danger, and it does not necessarily prevent or solve crime. We imagine CCTV cameras helping the police capture criminals, prevent crime, and make us feel safer in general. In reality though, this is not necessarily the case. Catching criminals due to CCTV is not a common occurrence. An internal report by the Metropolitan police in 2009 revealed that only one camera in 1,000 had been used in solving crime; this is due to only a few police forces having the resources and technology to retrieve, process, and distribute crime scene images from the CCTV. CCTV doesn’t necessarily make us feel safer either; research has shown that seeing a CCTV camera can make
Photo/ Mike_fleming (Flickr) us more scared as we may assume that the area is dangerous. Is this not contradicting the intention of having so many cameras in Britain? Furthermore, a 2007 study in Cambridge showed that CCTV had no effect on the level of crime, but led to an increase in the reporting of violent crimes, such as sexual assaults. Of course, anything that encourages people to report sexual assaults is a good
thing; but it must be noted that CCTV does not always help with the next step, of actually convicting people. So why do we have so many CCTV cameras? Despite the fact that CCTV seems to be so useless, a vast majority of the public actually support the cameras being installed. A Home Office study in 2005 found huge support for CCTV generally with 82% backing its introduction. It
seems that we are so eager to use new technology that we lose sight of what actually works in preventing crime. Expenditure on CCTV reflects this view. The Surveillance Studies Network estimates that in the decade to 2006, some £500m of public money was spent on CCTV and during the 1990s CCTV accounted for 78% of the Home Office’s crime prevention budget. But considering the above, this budget may have been better spent- how about more police officers on the beat? A small and hidden camera may not deter someone from committing a robbery but more police watching us may more realistically deter a potential criminal. We need to stop relying on the expensive eyes of technology to prevent crimes and instead focus our attention towards the sight of the good old fashioned bobby. Walking through the infamously dangerous Seaton Park after a late lecture in the winter, I think we would all feel much more comforted by a policeman and a row of lights along the path as opposed to a small camera watching our every move in darkness. However, Teresa Clark, from the Grampian Police Media Office, explains that Seaton Park is actually not
as dangerous as its reputation lets on. She revealed that since January 2009, only eight offences have been reported by students in Seaton Park, the worst being an attempted robbery. She admitted that students have a ‘fear of crime’ when they walk through the park. It is this fear that has given Seaton Park its reputation, but perhaps this is a good thing. The fear of Seaton Park leads to avoiding it at night, and thereby avoiding the possibility of being the victim of a crime. When I asked Teresa about the likelihood of installing CCTV to make students feel safer she said that CCTV is installed “where there is a high volume of traffic and a number of reported crimes but it would not be a consideration in Seaton because of the low numbers of reported cases.” CCTV may give us a false sense of security. We may not realise that CCTV may have a limited effect of preventing actual crime, and in solving actual crime; CCTV should not necessarily be given all the positive attention it has received. There are other manners of realistically preventing crime, with a better track record than CCTV has. Rethink CCTV: does it make you feel safer?
On nuclear weapons, at home and abroad Nicholas Layden tries to dig deeper into the issue of nuclear weapons. Do they actually make us safer and what is Scotland’s stance on them?
he discourse in recent years has been whether Faslane, in Scotland, should continue to be the base for the independent nuclear deterrent of the United Kingdom. Some have raised the issue as to whether we need a nuclear deterrent at all. In short, the UK does need a nuclear deterrent to protect our international interests and to ensure our standing on the international stage, in particular as one of the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. The question of whether nuclear weapons make us safer is one which calls for an answer though. Disarmament campaigners suggest that the more nuclear weapons there are in the world, the more likely they are to be used. Despite the large numbers of conventional forces based in Europe during the Cold War there was no incident of aggression from either the Warsaw Pact or NATO. There was also, and rather more importantly a ‘balance of terror’. Neither side could fire the first shot during the second half of the twentieth century because it was impossible to determine at what point the opposing side would use nuclear weapons – leading to unacceptable losses either on a civilian or military level. Furthermore, the Trident system currently takes up only 6% of the defense budget and offers the United Kingdom a huge amount of international influence across the
globe. This assists us in protecting our own interests, and those of our allies. Indeed, Iranian attempts to acquire a nuclear weapon should be viewed with concern on our part. Iran’s vision for the Middle East is to oppose western interests whenever possible. We can see examples of this in their sponsoring of various terrorist organisations such as Hezbollah and Hamas. These groups time and time again showed little to no regard for the basic human rights of the citizens in the countries they operate in. If
Iran is permitted to build a nuclear weapon then there will be a serious imbalance in the Middle East. Our allies, Jordan and Saudi Arabia – not to mention Israel – will not be benefited by the empowering of Iran. A serious situation would be the result where our interests were no longer able to be adequately protected. Our allies would be vulnerable to blackmail and a crucial source of the world’s oil supply would be in danger as the region became destabilized. Iran would be able to challenge
Israeli military dominance and undermine the democracy’s efforts at peace in the region. Iran has already worked towards this end by supplying Hezbollah weapons during its confrontation with Israel and continues to do so by supplying Hamas with Fajr-5 rockets used to target Israeli civilians. Would a nuclear Iran be a direct threat to the United Kingdom? Not immediately. Iran possesses no missile system capable of reaching the British Isles. Its ability to support terrorists, however, is a direct threat to our country. The
9/11 Commission report found that Iran provided material assistance to the hijackers in providing them with the flight simulator the terrorists used to train. We should be concerned by any nations seeking to expand its power which is so closely associated with terrorist organisations. The proliferation of nuclear weapons has an impact on how we deal with the Scottish Independence question. Mr Salmond has already committed himself and his government to the removal of Trident from Scotland should independence go ahead, although the new SNP position is that of joining NATO. Mr Salmond is content to operate under the security of a NATO nuclear umbrella – partly provided by the UK’s nuclear deterrent – but does not want to face the challenges within his party of allowing Scotland to be home to an integral part of Europe’s nuclear weapon capability. Nuclear weapons are an unfortunate reality. Now that we have them there can be no turning back, but we must seek to prevent their proliferation, in particular to nations which are hostile to our interests, our allies and ourselves. Iran must be prevented from acquiring nuclear weapons. It is vital to protect our own interests throughout the world – especially at the expense of our enemy’s interests.
27 November 2012
So many security procedures- do they improve our safety? Bianca Madularescu investigates the security procedures at the airports, and their effectiveness
hoes off, please! Laptop out of the bag! If you wear a belt or any other metallic items, please place them in the tray! Anyone travelling by plane should already be familiar with these statements. I travel quite a lot by airplane as I have family and friends spread all around the world, but I have not thought about how safe I feel in the airports up until now- so an article on this subject sounded like an interesting challenge. Since the terrorist events of 9/11 in New York, airport security has been improved everywhere and stricter measures have been taken for the safety of the citizens of all countries. The United Kingdom has been assessed as a high-risk country for terrorist attack due to its support of the United States in invading Afghanistan and Iraq. The Department for Transport which is the main actor in decisionmaking on airport security has started a ‘Multi-Agency Threat and Risks Assessment’ which is aiming to strengthen the security in airports. Some of these improved
security measures include the use of perimeter fencing along with movement detectors that provide immediate warnings to security staff. There are also surveillance cameras such as CCTV which have a powerful optical zoom and are vandal resistant as well as weather resistant, in the case of outside cameras. The rather recent introduction of body scanners used for airport screening have raised concerns of all kinds, starting with privacy and ending with health risks. This backscatter X-ray machine aims to provide a 360-degree view of a person as well as seeing through clothes. Billions have been spent – but the technology has seemed to fail. As an example, in May 2012 the chairman of the House Transportation committee in the United States said in an interview that the scanner had very poor results on tests, and that the whole program needs change. The only change managed, though, was to stop the use of body scanners in busy airports because of the long queues that they produced.
“You can be secure even though you don’t feel secure and you can feel secure even though you’re not really secure.”
In Germany, tests on more than 800,000 passengers over a trial period have proved that scanners are not effective. The same test was repeated in Italy, revealing them to be inaccurate and inconvenient. Aberdeen Airport belongs to the system of airports which do not use the full body scanner. Sarah Campbell, employee at the Aberdeen Airport said “the body scanners are only required for the airports that have direct flights to the United States at this stage. They have the only flights that legislate the use of a body scanner.”
Another rather recent acquisition in airports is the behavioral detection officers. They are trained to read facial micro-expressions that reveal suspicious persons. But this makes me question their practicality considering the amount of people traveling every day, especially in the very busy airports. Bruce Schneier, an American security expert and author of Beyond Fear spoke back in 2003 about the concept of a Security Theater which he defined as “security measures that make people feel more secure without doing anything to actually improve their security.” According to him, it is easy to fall in the trap of Security Theater because it is how we are psychologically wired. He writes in his article In praise of Security Theater that “the reality of security is mathematical, based on the probability of different risks and the effectiveness of different countermeasures. Security is also a feeling, based on individual psychological reactions to both the risks and the countermeasures.
And the two things are different: you can be secure even though you don’t feel secure and you can feel secure even though you’re not really secure.” Whether you agree or disagree, living in the 21 century where technology is so advanced, safety should not be an issue. But let’s not forget that it is not only us who have access to technology. Terrorists can easily switch from target to target as well as weapon to weapon. I agree that the defense systems in airports should be in continuing progress as the enemy can adapt its methods at any time, but I also believe airports should not be the only focus on safety. But the feeling of safety also depends on where one is- Aberdeen Airport, being a rather small airport compared to the immense London Heathrow, makes one feel safer. No significant threats have yet been registered at the Aberdeen airport, and such a small location is less likely to become a target anytime soon.
Journalism- at what price? How protected is your freedom of speech? Alicia Jensen discusses the pressures and dangers of writing for the press and putting your name out there
he role of any journalistsprofessionals, freelance, or students- is not only a role of reporting what goes on around us and what is newsworthy and interesting but also to report the more uncomfortable stories of the reality of what goes on behind the scenes- especially if what goes on is being held from the public, and is in the interest of society. This is why journalists have been labeled the ‘watchdog of democracy’. This role is fundamental in any democratic nation. The journalist must be able to seek out and find what information they think is important for the public to know, and make it public. Journalists however are under a threat, where disclosure of their sources may be forced. This is dangerous for journalists and their role in general as it may deter sources in the future for giving information that a public should know, in fear of being found out. This in turn is dangerous, as it is in the definition of democracy that its institutions are transparent and that journalists be its watchdog. If journalists are unable to fulfill their role, then nobody can. ‘Whistleblowers’ are ‘informants who expose wrongdoing within an organisation’. They are the journalist’s sources who bring to light problems that have been going on behind the public eyes. But for obvious reasons such as risking losing their job and getting publicly named a whistleblower, they want to remain anonymous to the journalist.
If there was a possibility for the whistleblower to get caught, they would probably not risk their jobs and public image to give the journalist information. Because of this, information that would be in the public interest would not get known. This is in turn not in the best interest of society because the public is not open to information that is in fact a matter of public interest, and this is not transparent. It is, in fact, undemocratic- in some instances, the disclosure of journalists’ sources have been called ‘a threat to democracy’, as was in the case of the Daily Mail in February this year. There are laws protecting whistleblowers, and the European Convention of Human Rights protects journalists and their sources. The only times when a journalist is forced to disclose their sources are in few particular cases, as defined in Article 10 of the Convention. If there is legitimate aim; if it is in the interest of national security, territorial integrity, public safety and in the prevention of crime; or to protect the impartiality of the judiciary; or if it concerns the protection of health and morals; or concerns the protection of reputation and rights of others. And all of these hold only if the intervention in expression is proportional to the expression itself, and prescribed by law. But there have still been questions concerning the ‘adequacy of laws protecting journalists’, and their disclosure of their sources. Forcing the
disclosure of journalists’ sources, as we have seen, still happens- and are still undemocratic. Issues arising from the forced disclosure of sources that do not meet the above requirements are still a concern to journalists today. Whistleblowers are de-incentivised to disclose information to journalists, hindering a truly democratic agenda. Journalists’ safety may be at risk when they do not wish to disclose their sourcesmany have been sent to jail to ‘uphold the trust’ of their sources. How safe are we then, as student journalists? As students, our focus is being the ‘watchdog’ of our university rather than the government. The role of the student newspaper is similar to the role of journalists being the watchdog of democracy but focusing on the university as its microcosm. Nonetheless, the job that student journalists do is still very important. Our focus is on our student committee and those who run the student unions, in Aberdeen’s case, this would be AUSA. Are we safe to evaluate the on goings of AUSA? What would happen if a critical article of AUSA were to be written? I’m afraid I do not have the answer to this question- but I do not doubt that questions would be asked and as is the case in broader society, the journalist may face some difficult decisions. Photo/ Henderson Images (Flickr)
27 November 2012
The different symbols and meanings behind the Aberdeen University shield Sebastien Raybaud explains the significance of the symbolic Aberdeen shield
rossing by the pillar by the High Street near New King’s College en route to class or to town, have you ever wondered what the emblem of the shield actually signified? Like the 48 shields in St. Machar Cathedral, each part of the shield represents something special to the city of Aberdeen. This is primarily divided into four main parts: the top left represents King’s College; the top right pays homage to George Keith, the 5th Earl Marischal, and rightful founder of Marischal College; the bottom left also pays respect to another founder, Bishop William Elphinstone, who established King’s College; the City of Aberdeen is represented bottom right. Those are the basic symbols described, but the background behind it, is probably more intriguing. The King’s College arms have a predominantly blue background, with a vase and three interweaving salmon. Within the vase itself, there are three lilies, in the centre is the blossoming one, to the left is a single flower bud,
was awarded the arms at the Battle of Panbride during 1006. As legend has it, King Malcolm II (in the early stages of creating Scotland, before the influence of ‘Normanisation’ mainly introduced under Malcolm III of Scotland and William the Conqueror of Normandy and England), dipped his hand in the blood of Keith’s opponent. Afterwards, he drew three long strokes on his shield, and that was how the symbol came about. Unfortunately, with three quarters of the shield explained, there are not enough historical records or legitimate analysis on the origins of the three boars and inverted V shape line on the bottom left, representing Bishop William Elphinstone. Finally, the use of the single castle is important, as it represents Aberdeen city itself. It is widely used in educational institutions like Aberdeen Grammar School, Robert Gordon’s College and University of Aberdeen itself. Generally speaking, however, Aberdeen’s coats of arms generally
and to the right is one decaying. More interestingly, there is a hand reaching out from the sun in which has a book, symbolising learning and education. The lilies, being white, as many English literature students would know, symbolises virginal purity and dedicates the short-lived existence of St. Mary’s College. The top right as aforementioned represents the 5th Earl Marischal, but more interestingly, it is so because one of Keith’s predecessors
come in three castles, depicting the castles or buildings constructed during Robert the Bruce’s reign (a period in which he, as Scottish King in the late 13th and early 14th century, fought countless battles against the English in the Scottish Wars of Independence, most famously in the Battle of Stirling Bride in 1297). The first represents Aberdeen Castle on Castle Hill, the second one on Windmill Hill, and the third is St. Katherine’s Chapel.
Nowhere to Go?
Gillian Kerr discusses how SAMH resources will help you know where to go for mental health support
niversity. It’s an exciting time to make new friends, maybe a chance to explore a new city and of course learn new things. But it can also be a time when many of us face anxiety over looming deadlines, exams and money-worries, sometimes combined with isolation from old friends, family and familiar routines. It’s common for all of us to feel down from time to time or feel stressed in response to pressure, change or other life events. But when these feelings become long-lasting, or anxieties and fears are dominating your life, it could be a sign that you need a bit of help and support with your mental health. Given that one in four of us will experience a mental health problem in any year, it’s likely that you or someone you know could be struggling with their mental health. The earlier you get help for a mental health problem, the better. But 800,000 adults across Scotland don’t know where to go to get help for their mental health. What’s more, 25% of people who experience mental health problems wait more than a year to seek help after first developing concerns about their mental health. SAMH has created a range of resources to help people know where to go for help, so no one feels they have
nowhere to go. Friends and family have a vital role to play in recognising when someone close to them may be unwell, and supporting them to get help. At university, your closest friends often become like family, and you might notice that your flatmate or study buddy isn’t their usual self, but it can be hard to know what to say or do when you’re concerned about someone. The SAMH Know Where to Go campaign was launched to help make sure that people feel confident in supporting a friend to get help, feel able to offer practical help during recovery and know about the types of help and support that is out there. You can find a whole range of resources at www.samh.org.uk/mental-healthinformation/know-where-to-go. Gemma Welsh, 21, from Glasgow, made a series of short films for SAMH explaining her experience of depression and how she was supported by her mum and best friend in recovering. “My first experience of depression came on so gradually that I never noticed it. I slowly lost the ability to cope with every day tasks, like school work and seeing friends, until I wasn’t coping at all. At the time, as a teenager, I knew nothing about mental health or depression.”
Her mum and her friends began to notice that Gemma wasn’t her usual self, getting angry and tearful about things she would previously have taken in her stride. “There were small things I didn’t notice, like I was tired a lot of the time, I slept a lot, I was very moody, I became quite angry because I was so stressed. “[…] I had these friends who rallied around me, who were there for me at all times, it was good to have that stability… When everything else around you is going places you’ve never been before and you’re feeling lower than you’ve ever felt, to have those friends next to you, knowing they’re there for you, it’s worth its weight in gold.” Whether you need some support for yourself, or you are worried about the mental health of a friend or family member, there’s a wealth of help available online, over the phone or on the high street, and our resources can help you Know Where to Go to get it. Download Know Where to Go: Your Guide at http://bit.ly/ UBNqGg Find our Friends and Family factsheet at http://bit.ly/RBhRI1 Or call the SAMH National Information Service on 0800 917 3466 SAMH is the Scottish Association for Mental Health.
27 November 2012
How financially safe do we feel being part of European Union? Rostislav Babjak evaluates the effects of the euro crisis on students
t seems like every time we open a newspaper or turn on the TV, all we can read and see is how bad things are in the EU and the eurozone. But many of us may see it as an issue that affects big banks; a headache for the banks’ CEO’s and the government. But do the current economic troubles in the EU affect our financial security? So what exactly is happening in Europe right now? In previous years, the EU and the eurozone were considered to be economically stable, with the Euro being strong. It wasn’t until the Greece debt crisis when this changed. In 2011, the president of the European Commission Jose Manuel Borroso said that the whole of Europe would feel the impact of the debt crisis if the EU would not do anything about it. However, after a year of countless protests being held by suffering Greek workers and debates about the European banks and the IMF giving the country another multimillion bailout, the situation still hasn’t improved. Today, the Greek government and the EU are
resources to support a standard of living now and in the foreseeable future? Could that in any way threaten us students? When we realise that there is
and possibly lower the amount it lends to Scottish students. Governments will try to minimise spending so they can reduce their national debt. The other European
companies are now taking fewer interns but at the same time employ more experienced professionals. You can imagine how that puts all of us under
lead? What is even scarier is that even though these countries are not as bad as Greece they are definetly not too far away from the same scenario. In that case, what
countries might have to start paying the tuition fees which were non-existent for European citizens before. That could result in protests and riots sweeping across European countries. Universities will have their budgets cut forcing some of the professors to leave, resulting in lowering the quality of education since classrooms will be over packed. More importantly, what happens when we graduate? Ironically,
pressure and insecurity about our future career aspirations. Even the ones who get the opportunity to get an internship cannot be sure that they are guaranteed to get employed, due to the enormous competition. If we can feel so much pressure on us already with only Greece defaulting on its debts, what could happen if other European countries like Spain, Portugal, Italy and Ireland follow Greece’s
could happen to our foreseeable future as students? I guess we can only wait and hope for the best.
“The implementation of the European debt crisis could affect the amount we pay for tuition fees, which has already happened in England”
less money in the bank and still too long until payday, the first thing we do is to budget ourselves and cut our spending- which is exactly what states do in order to lower the deficit percentage. The implementation of the European debt crisis could affect the amount we pay for tuition fees, which has already happened in England. In Scotland, SAAS might have to be stricter with the applicants from other European countries
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negotiating another bailout. Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has said: “It’s not only the future of our country, but the stability of the entire eurozone [that is at stake].” So how does Greece’s economic incompetence affect everyone in the EU? Let us go back to theory. If a country is rich it has many sorts of advantages over a poor country. It can borrow money much cheaper than a poor country due to the fact that they are already rich and can guarantee to pay the money back. Because of this, it actually makes sense for the states to run a deficit, which means that the country’s spending exceeds its revenue. The reason for borrowing money is that countries can experience an economic boom and benefit in the long term. That is what most European countries were doing until the point where the markets decided that Greece would not be able to pay back its debts. This began with a sequence in which Greece would default in its debt payment which would be followed by a higher interest rate which makes Greece, already struggling to pay its debts, to never be able to do so at all. That raised the possibility that the rest of Europe would not be able to pay its debts either and that fear made the future loans taken by rich European states to have a much higher interest rate. How does all of that affect our financial security - the condition of having stable income or other
27 November 2012
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The Twelve Weeks of Christmas Lucy Jarman shares her exuberance that the Season to be Jolly is upon us!
t’s that time of year again. The decorations are up, Wham is playing in every store and tins of Roses and Quality Street are piled high in Morrisons. Bizarrely, though, it’s only November! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and has been for some time. The twelve days of Christmas have now become twelve weeks with the last of the turkeys having been reserved well before Halloween. So are our winter celebrations starting too early? Do we risk losing our holiday cheer before we have even started advent? Well personally, I say no! As soon as summer is over and the bikinis are packed away I begin my countdown to the festive season. Of course, alongside welling up at the new John Lewis advert and desperately flicking through the channels in the hope of seeing the beloved Coca Cola truck, we often hear the ghastly grumblings of: ‘It’s too early’, or ‘This holiday has become too commercialised.’ Well enough is enough. It is time to rid ourselves of our inner Scrooge and embrace the mistletoe, wine and chocolate filled gloriousness that is upon us. Do they know it’s Christmas? I certainly do, Mr Geldoff, and I love it! It cannot be denied that the early signs of our forthcoming holiday do provide us with one major advantage: plenty of time to shop. I could spend hours admiring the lavish window displays with their twinkling lights and idyllic scenes whilst selecting the perfect stocking fillers and gifts to place under the tree. There’s simply no
Photo/Nick in exilio (Flickr) excuse to leave it all to the week before and frantically grasp the last shower set from the Body Shop that claims to smell of cranberries and contain something called ‘jojoba’ oil. Be prepared and snap up those Christmas bargains before the crowds of cranky customers descend in their masses. However, if a trip around town really doesn’t send you whizzing with excitement then simply do it from home! That is why those clever chaps at Internet HQ invented online shopping. You can let the charming postman do the hard work while you sit back in your novelty slippers and enjoy a mint Baileys and a Terry’s Chocolate Orange. And who would be better to
accompany us throughout our months of merriment than East 17, Slade, Mariah Carey and Shakin’ Stevens. It’s time to purchase the sixteenth edition of ‘Now That’s What I Call Xmas’ and play those timeless classics. They may not differ from year to year, but at least we can say goodbye to our dignity after a bottle of mulled wine and an attempt at Christmas Karaoke. Of course we must also mention the movie masterpieces of Home Alone (only those starring Macaulay, of course), Miracle on 34th Street, and The Santa Clause. Only feel good films such as these can remind us that it is a time to be joyful! Most likely you too have experienced the heartache that
comes with the end of spring as Cadbury’s Crème Eggs are removed from our lives for another year. Happily, with the arrival of winter, however, comes Festive Bakes, Starbucks’ Gingerbread Lattés and enough varieties of selection boxes to suit every taste. Why should we only enjoy one day of marvellous munching when there are chestnuts to be roasted, mince pies to be gobbled and a chocolate yule log to be devoured? This is the one time of year when it is acceptable to eat chocolate before breakfast while we hide those few extra pounds under a thick reindeer emblazoned jumper. Now I’m not saying it’s all wonderful. My one complaint is the one part of Christmas we love to hate- and I’m not talking about those villainous Brussels sprouts! No, I refer to the sudden and all too numerous appearances of Sir Cliff Richard. As much as I share his love for “logs on the fire” and “gifts on the tree”, I feel he let us down with ‘Saviour’s Day’ and now sports a look more suited for October 31. Nevertheless, the moral of this tale is to put away your humbugs, open up the Ferrero Rocher and soak up the festive cheer. Remember, even Scrooge saw the light on Christmas Eve after the appearance of the three spirits. Now this approach worked in the days of Mr Dickens, but for those struggling to celebrate in these modern times, we call on spirits of a different kind... pour yourself a glass, put on a Santa hat and step into Christmas.
Two different schools of thought Teddy Barbier compares the French and Scottish education systems
have aspired to become an English teacher in France since I was in high school. Whilst in France, I had been a student at the University of Amiens for three years when I decided to take an ERASMUS course to improve my English and experience Scottish culture. As I have spare time outside
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of university, I wanted to be an unpaid French language assistant in a local secondary school. During my time in Aberdeen, I have been able to assist the teachers and experience an education system very different from the one that I have been used to. One of my Scottish friends helped me to get in touch with St. Machar Academy in order to further my ambitions. I met the head of St. Machar’s French Department, who was pleased to take me on and outlined my role and working schedule. Since that meeting, every Wednesday between 9:00am to 3:30pm I work at St. Machar Academy assisting teachers during French classes. I must admit that I was a bit nervous on the very first day but I was quickly able to adapt myself to this new learning environment. Indeed, the Scottish educational system is different from the French one. First of all, French secondary
“I must admit that I was a bit nervous on the very first day but I was quickly able to adapt myself to this new learning enviroment.” schools are divided into two levels of study known as ‘College’ and ‘Lycee’. During the four first years of secondary education, children attend ‘College’ (which is unlike a Scottish College, as it delivers education up to the Standard Grade level), and sit a final exam called ‘Le Brevet des Colleges’. This is the equivalent of the Standard Grade or Intermediate examination. After this exam, students attend a ‘Lycee’ for a further three years and eventually take the French national secondary school examination called ‘Le Baccalaureat’. This is
the degree which allows them to apply to university, and is directly comparable to the Higher examination. Secondly, the Scottish system is more flexible since you can choose the subjects you want to take for the exam whereas the French system includes virtually all subjects. A typical French ‘Higher’ is divided into three categories: Literature, Sciences and Social Sciences. Even if a student decides to study a Literature Higher, it is essential to take some Maths and Science courses, but the weighting of these subjects will be geared towards the literature side. A student studying the Science Baccalaureat will find that the opposite is true for their courses. Clearly, the French and Scottish education systems are different from one another, and I am glad to have had the opportunity to experience both.
...about unrest in the Middle East
ohn Donne said it all: “Every man’s death is part of me for I am involved in mankind, therefore send not for whom the Bell tolls, it tolls for thee!” Appalled we all must be at the colossal strife and loss of life taking place in the Middle East, and now, particularly, the fearsome flaring up yet again of the Israel and Gaza hostilities. It is inescapable that lobbing bombs at each other, anywhere in the world, will solve nothing and only enhance increasing bitterness. We should be striving for friendship, coordination, cooperation and togetherness in these beleaguered areas of the world. What a huge task, you, our next generation (inheriting our generation’s failures) has in delivering a truly caring and sharing society throughout the whole world. In seeking solution, it is important to look forward, not back, to start from where we are, not from where we think we should have been. History has relevance but must not be allowed to cloud one’s judgement of the future. A fundamental initial goal could/ should be the development of a Middle East economic union, encouraging cross border investment and employment, which can gradually lead to Federation, and more and more joint development and cross-border friendship in this currently very disparate part of the world. At the end of the day, as friendships develop, the past gets forgotten and borders and historical grievances become irrelevant. Just note that the Europe of my parent’s generation was certainly more strife-torn than the Middle East of today. Its coming together in the European Union has certainly binned cross border wars, strife, and killing into the box of history. The current controversial discussions are simply part of this on-going process. Our cosmopolitan student body here in Aberdeen can show the way. I suggest that our Asiatic students, particularly those from Gaza, West Bank and Israel, seek each other out, cuddle and kiss, dance with each other, and discover and show the world what true friendship and respect for each other can deliver.
27 November 2012
The Nadine Dorries scandal
he Right Honourable Nadine Dorries has come under a lot of criticism recently for appearing on ITV’s reality show I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here. What exactly is the issue? Well, apparently she did not inform the Chief Whip of the Conservative Party, The Monotonous Sir George Young, who had her suspended when he learned that she flew to Australia to take part. In a time when voters are not going to the polls, I think Ms Dorries, who is known within her party for her flamboyancy, made a highly tactical decision. The showwhich is in its seventh series- pulls about ten million viewers and had been known to reach almost 13 million. That’s roughly one in five people in the United Kingdom. I am not convinced that Prime Minister’s Questions or House of Commons Live ever manage to attract such audiences. Ms Dorries – or ‘Mad Nad’ – took a very dynamic approach to politics. She felt that the exposure on I’m a Celebrity would allow her to get in touch with audiences which no political party has managed to date. Surely this must demonstrate a strength of character? For those of you who are unaware, this show is one which involves rigorous challenges such as bathing with insects and eating grotesque animal body parts. I admire Ms Dorries’ gumption- going on that TV show is not something most people would do, and I include
myself in this group. Earlier this year, Dorries asked permission to take a month’s leave of absence in November. She explicitly said that – due to a confidentiality clause – could not divulge what she was planning on doing with this time. However, she did say that what she would do with her absence would be considered controversial. And controversial it is, apparently. Ms Dorries recognised that while in the jungle she was therefore rendered unable to perform her parliamentary duties. So, in light of this, she has donated her MP’s salary (of one month) to charity.
In all of this, I see no reason why ‘Mad Nad’ is treated so badly. She sought permission, exposed herself on a show which demonstrates that politicians are perhaps able to have pursuits other than just politics itself, which I happen to find refreshing. I must admit that, prior to her entry into the jungle I knew little of her, but now after having done some research, I have a great deal of respect for what she has done. Ms Dorries takes her job seriously. During the summer ‘recess’ – when many MPs go on four, five, six week vacations, Nadine Dorries only had four days
off. A measly four days off? Even the most humble of University of Aberdeen students would admit that, despite our three to four months off, a paltry four days would simply not suffice. On the night Ms Dorries came out of the jungle, she went straight to her hotel room and started to reply to her e-mails (many of which were abusive). I admit that I was not entirely convinced by this story on first hearing. It wasn’t until I scratched the surface of it that I was able to see that there has been a real injustice. This ‘injustice’ was to be expected of course. The Conservative Party is not dynamic. Just because David Cameron, coming in at a ‘mere’ 46 years old, is heading up their party does not render the rest of the blue-rinse brigade in touch with the citizens of the United Kingdom. Indeed, I think Nadine Dorries deserves commendations rather than condemnations. She is dynamic, forward-thinking and gets the media’s attention. Surely politics is about getting the people involved in democracy? I think the Conservatives would do well to reconsider their position regarding Ms Dorries- she’s an asset to their party as far as I’m concerned! By Jonathon McCreadie
Jonathon McCreadie and Ben Kamal discuss MP Nadine Dorries’ involvement in I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!
ometimes politics isn’t very interesting. Of course there are quiet intrigues, sly back stabbings, salacious scandals and high ideological drama. There are also pensions, private members bills, party conferences and quantitative easing; upon all of whose bases must be tenderly and comprehensively touched. Politics involves graft. It involves sitting on uncomfortable chairs and listening too often to the sprawling unreason of loud and entitled constituents. Politics makes things run. Politics is necessary and necessity can often be very boring. Nadine Dorries, through her chequered and strangely compelling career, has failed to understand this. Dorries has always been a populist- which history has shown many times to be the vilest force in politics- and proceeding her televised nadir she has shrieked and hollowed about, among a myriad of other things, abstinence only education for girls (if only those little harlots kept their legs together ‘Broken Britain’ might just be fixed) and accused Humanists of murdering babies. In short, she seems to be trying to import to these Isles a little Christian inflicted far right zeal, which has just received a well-deserved thrashing across the Atlantic. Now, believing that she will bring her ill-thought out musings to ‘the
people’ (always be suspicious here, there is no such thing as ‘the people’; there are only people) she has consented to appear on the televisual humiliation machine known as I’m a Celebrity... Get me Out of Here. Amusing, maybe, for those who watch it and for connoisseurs of Schadenfreude (I can only include myself in the latter) but we have to remember that Dorries is an MP and therefore has consented to at least four years of political boredom. The residents of her constituency, Mid-Bedfordshire, presumably elected Dorries entirely in good faith; meaning that they expected her to perform her duties as an MP i.e. listening to the problems and complaints of constituents; visiting various pressure and lobby groups; sitting on parliamentary committees; perhaps sitting in a Prime Minister’s questions (maybe even asking one herself); voting on bills, for which her Party needs every vote it can get and most importantly, representing the needs of her constituents in parliament. It is quite hard to conceive of a way for her to do this on the other side of the world. It is even harder to conceive exactly how being on reality television helps her constituents or indeed anyone. However, it is easy to understand how this could help her as an individual; to be on I’m a Celebrity
you have to be a celebrity, which if you are prudent, can become a full time job. This, I might add, is pure speculation, but it is something to be considered and should be asked of her when she returns. Why, why precisely did you go? If she really did go to bring the message to ‘the people’ then it reveals, to a certain extent, a latent contempt for them. Firstly, it presupposes that those people (that grand amorphous mass of whom we are all part) who watch reality TV are not informed politically. I’m a Celebrity is only on for an hour at a time, for the other 23 hours, its viewers are perfectly capable of reading a newspaper or writing to their MP regarding some issue of policy-unless you live in Mid-Bedfordshire. Secondly, people watch I’m a Celebrity for silly escapism, which Dorries seems intent on ruining by being ‘on message’ throughout its running time. David Cameron has taken the decision to suspend her as a result of her appearance on the programme. A decision for which I praise him through gritted teeth; he has shown himself to be at least somewhat serious about politics, but when compared with Dorries, this is no achievement at all. By Ben Kamal
Comments on Campus
Which sport star would you like to see on campus? Rory Cox, 3rd Year English Literature I’d love to see the Jamaican M e n ’ s Sprinting Team visit our university. It’d be great to see the Olympic gold standard and the fastest men on the planet running the track at Aberdeen Sports Village. In particular, I’d like to see Bolt and Blake race each other again. I’m certain Blake will be the fastest runner in a few months time!
Andeep Matharu, 3rd Year English Literature and Legal Studies It would be brilliant if Chelsea Football Club would pay the University of Aberdeen a visit. As a team, they’ve really progressed since the 1990s and the Champions League victory was a great boost. We’ve really benefited from players like Frank Lampard and managers like Jose Mourinho too. Asides from football, Jessica Ennis would be popular on campus after her achievements in London 2012 over the summer.
Danny Naylor, 1st Year Mechanical Engineering Even though he’s in the Australian jungle right now, I’d love to see David Haye on campus… mostly because I’d like to lob an egg at him! Ever since his moronic brawl with Dereck Chisora, I’ve harboured ‘strong’ feelings against him, and his entering into I’m a Celebrity has only made this worse. If Haye was to come up to Aberdeen I’d definitely need to hire a couple of security guards though...you know, just in case he’d read this!
27 November 2012
E.U.’re not good enough for us! Michael Kusznir explains why the time has come for Great Britain to leave the European Union
oo often people equate the E.U. with Europe. They are the total antithesis: the E.U. is a fundamentally anti-democratic organisation predicated on the misguided belief of ‘political union’, while Europe is a collection of nation states with their own unique histories, laws and culture. The Eurosceptic turn of David ‘Cast-Iron-Guarantee’ Cameron and Ed ‘Gave-Away-the-Rebate’ Miliband is welcome, even if their record of yesterday bears no resemblance to their current rhetoric. Only the Liberal Democrats have been unwilling to back a referendum of recent (despite it appearing in their 2010 manifesto), but what do you expect from a Party who still lust to join the Euro! It is time for these political poodles with Blackberries to summon up the blood and support a referendum on our membership to the European Union. We had a referendum to appease the Liberal Democrats love affair with proportional representation but the E.U. is apparently far too important an issue for the voice of the people to decide. Following the passing of the European Communities Bill, Enoch Powell was resigned to no
longer being a MP for he did not wish to sit in Parliament after the 1971-2 session: “the last session of the independent parliament of the United Kingdom”, as he called it, had ended. Some may say this exaggeration, but we need not look to Italy whose democracy has been subjugated to preserve a currency already on the morgue slab, or Greece, where youth unemployment stands at over 50%, to see the human impact of the European project. The loss to the UK from the European Economic Communities Treaty is greater than the pit closures- they were genuinely unprofitable- yet British waters were teaming with fish and demand was higher than ever. Now foreign ships hoover up the contents of oceans, destroying fish stocks built up over generations as British boats throw back as much as five times the number of catch they land. Now we have the European Court of Human Rights insisting that the “mother of all parliaments” kisses the ring of unelected judges sitting in Strasbourg and extends the franchise to those who pull at the very fabric of society with their criminality. Yes, the ECHR and the E.U. are connected! You cannot
Photo/ YanniKouts (Flickr) be a member of the E.U. without being a signatory to the ECHR – it is written into the Lisbon Treaty. The Brussels bureaucrats are keen on enforcing their human
rights legislation on the UK while failing to remember that we weren’t savages before the advent of the ECHR. We are the country of Magna Carta (1215), The Petition
of Right (1628) and it is the ECHR who have ruled against protection for in-house legal counsel and prefer to allow terrorists to stay in the UK than deport them. A new British Bill of Rights would include similar rights to ECHR, I would never deny that, but if the ECHR continues to infringe on the will of parliament, leaving the court would certainly not make a country with a long history of protection of civil liberties a pariah. As the Establishment supports closer fiscal integration between E.U. countries and the veto that never was comes to pass, we need to realise that our politicians are fighting to save the cancer and not the patient. It is a very different union from what Edward Heath signed the UK up to: then it was meant to be about trade. Now we have a currency, a flag, a High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and numerous Presidents paid more than the British Prime Minister. It is time for the UK to leave the stranglehold of the E.U. and look outward to the Commonwealth and emerging nations. In an age of globalisation, there should be no fear in leaving the E.U.
A shocking culture of blame
Advice on rape from AUSA and the police has got Alicia Jensen wondering and in turn reduce the risk of a sexual assault. It cannot be contested that in Aberdeen, as in any city, there are areas with varying degrees of safety. For the police to pass on this information
Bedford Avenue, the scene of a horrific sexual assault earlier this month Photo/ Sebastian Clej
to students is not a sign of pushing the blame onto the victim, but a precautionary measure taken against the crime. This rests on the assumption that there is crime on the streets of Aberdeen, and that there are steps that people can take to be safer from crime. This does not mean the victim is blamed; it simply means that there are preventable measures that students can take to lessen their chances of sexual assault and avoid dangerous situations.. Withholding safety advice from the student population, and boldly stating that the streets of Aberdeen are safe is dangerously negligent and somewhat idealistic. It is incredibly naïve to suggest that the streets of Aberdeen, or any city, are so safe that anyone could walk any street without being worried. When walking the streets, students should keep in mind basic safety guidelines such as walking in groups rather than individually, and sticking to welllit main streets. With advice such as this, rapes and crimes in general could be prevented. The idea that the police are blaming the victims is plainly ignorant. Like anyone who hears about these cases, the people issuing the advice are doing it with the mentality of someone wanting to make sure it never happens again or failing that, as little as possible. Despite the possibility of jail time for the sexual aggressor, prison
sentences are unable to negate the impact of the horrendously traumatic experiences a victim has suffered. As the police can only act in response to crimes, this advice has been offered in the hope that the number of rapes that could be avoided will increase. Blaming the victim for a crime is crazy, but that is not the case in this instance. It is clear that the police and AUSA are simply taking precautionary measures to combat this horrific crime.
could obviously have detrimental effects. The practical advice that the police can pass on to students at Aberdeen may make students think twice about a particular route they take home, for example,
ne of the biggest topics of discussion this month has been on the topic of rape in Aberdeen. In light of the advice the police and AUSA have given on the matter, there has been a fierce reaction suggesting that this advice is forwarding a ‘blame culture’ against the victims. These accusations have been directed against organisations allegedly suggesting that the victim is to blame for being raped. There is, however, a difference between blaming the victim and giving sound advice to students so that they can keep themselves safer in at night in Aberdeen. I will use the term students rather than women throughout this piece, as it is not only women who are at risk from sexual assault. As an example, a large countermovement to the advice given by the police and AUSA was the ‘Reclaim the Night’ march. It had honourable intentions of making the streets of Aberdeen a safe and rape-free environment. The main idea behind the march was contesting the accusation that women were to blame for being raped. Their messages were that no woman should have to walk alone at night at fear of sexual assault, and that victims should not be blamed for what has befallen them. However, giving advice to women about rape is not ‘blaming the victim’. Withholding this kind of helpful advice to students
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27 November 2012
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millions more prospective students that this march was particularly aiming to support. So of the swathes of young people who the NUS supposedly represent, only a paltry 4,000 turned up on the big day? That’s a sad indictment of the organisation, and really questions their effectivness
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Production Team Photos/ Leo Stockford comendable 2.5% (considering the demonstration is a national event) of these were from our very own Aberdeen. While the protest began peacefully, the final rally in Kennington Gardens was definitely not as orderly. A splinter group continually heckled the NUS President, Liam Burns, and after throwing eggs at Burns, stormed the stage and began shouting against NUS. The incident highlighting the deep divides within the NUS, and a lack of uniformed direction. So why the not-so-subtle negative tone? In London alone there are around 300,000 students (as of 2006), with upward of 2.5 million studying at universities around the country. Not to mention the
its national counterparts. The NUS needs to reassess its approach to representing students on a national
Aberdeen students made up 2.5% of the national demo whilst they only make up 0.64% of the UK student population. as a platform for politicising academic issues. It also reiterates the trend of plummeting interest in the NUS among students- just two years ago a considerably more respectable 50,000 turned out in protest. It is easy to say that the weather decreased the amount of local
scale, as the protest showed its inability to do so. The momentum of 2010 has been lost, and they have failed to counteract the rise in fees which will, no dount, remain indefintely for future generations to struggle with.
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Life & Style
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Jo Polydoros has a look at some of Aberdeen’s best dressed this week
Jack Thomson - 4th year His favourite item of clothing is his Barbour Jacket
Calum Moultrie and Heather Watson - 1st Years Heather says that Calum is her style inspiration.
Linda Proven - 3rd year She is channeling the heritage winter look and her scarf is an authentic from the Harris Tweed shop.
Natalia Kocheva - 1st year Natalia likes to look put together and professional and her boots are from Bulgaria
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It’s time to suit up this Christmas! Emmi Makiharju shows you how to put a cheeky twist on a very classic look
enswear is often forgotten when discussing the attire of a Christmas ball or party. Women go mental trying to find that perfect dress, at the same time dismissing the appearance of their dates. This year the focus is on that all important arm candy. It’s time to make sure men don’t drown in their dad’s old suits, but have the possibility to express their personality through the choice of a suit or tuxedo. Let’s get one thing straight – one suit will not last you your whole life. Don’t even think about it. It doesn’t matter how classic the look, or how perfect the fit, styles will change and realistically so will you. In the last decade suits have shifted from boxy to streamlined, which entails that the on trend suit will be out of date again in a few years. Although investing more money in lasting pieces is important, rethink your suit every five years or so. The first suit you
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buy should be a simple black look that can be revamped to fit any event. Only then can you start playing with colours and patterns. One common misconception about formal menswear is that it’s boring, and accessorising is only for women. Get rid of these out of date ideas and start dressing your suit up or down for the special event. Unless it’s the Nobels, a slight twist on the suit is more than appropriate, it’s preferred. When you have that perfect fitting look, play with colours, shoes, and accessories. A hint of colour in unexpected places instantly brightens up the outfit – try a bright pair of braces, or a patterned bow tie. Add a pair of burgundy or mustard coloured socks to your suit or tux and the look will still be classic, but with a cheeky touch. If the rest of the look is simple, you can even pull off pairing your suit with trainers. Channel Acne’s and Mr. Porter’s collaboration this fall
“A hint of colour in unexpected places instaltly brightens up the outift” for those cooler than cool formal looks. If you don’t feel comfortable in formal wear, this season you can get away with teaming a suit with casual pieces. For a streamlined, yet young look, wear a simple white t-shirt instead of a dress shirt, or try a patterned shirt, checkered or even camouflage. You decide just how far you want to take this look. Why let girls have all the fun, be brave and experiment with styles, colours and accessories. Remember, there’s nothing hotter than a man in a suit!
27 November 2012
Life & Style
Learning your beauty ABCs Emily Hunt gives insider hints and tips to keeping your skin looking beautiful and natural
Ways to survive the winter
ith so much beauty jargon W being thrown at us by the media, sales assistants and
By Natasha Eastwood Don’t follow the norm and hibernate like the majority of students this year. Make sure you’re ready for the snowy months and don’t let it keep you from enjoying the finer sides of winter.
Invest in blankets and a hot water bottle
Saving on heating bills can mean seeing your own breath inside your flat is not an uncommon occurrence. BHS is the perfect place to go in terms of reliability and cheapness. Heating up the core of your body with a hot water bottle can make a huge difference to your whole body’s temperature.
Eat soup and drink hot drinks
Not only is it cheap but soup is comforting too as it warms up your body from within. If you’re suffering from cold or flu, hot drinks will let you sweat the fever out.
Make plans don’t stay in
It may feel like the last thing you want to do, but avoiding going out because there is snow on the ground is not an excuse. Buy some wellies and layer up your clothes as the air trapped between the layers can act as extra layers of insulation, and it means you can take the freezing cold Aberdeen climate as an excuse for buying new clothes.
magazines it is hard to know what to trust. But if you know what ingredients to look for you can avoid being sucked in to the beauty hypes. Knowing what you’re putting on your skin and not what someone tells you, is really important and can save you so much money. Here are some of the most confusing and misunderstood ingredients explained simply to make you more aware when choosing your beauty products. Parabens are a common ingredient of cosmetics. They are used in all manners of cosmetics, from toothpaste and deodorant, to fake tan and moisturiser. Parabens are chemical preservatives manufactured to extend the shelf life of products by preventing the growth of bacteria. Recent studies have suggested links between Parabens and cancer, particularly breast cancer. However, they remain inconclusive and show it is not a simple case of cause and effect. Undoubtedly, these suggestions have created a lot of hysteria in regards to the use of products containing Parabens. With no conclusive evidence it is difficult to advise for or against the use of these chemicals, nevertheless many cosmetics companies have withdrawn the use of Parabens from their products and can be identified with the ‘Paraben Free’ label. If you are concerned about the use of Parabens and would prefer to use products that are Paraben free, check the ingredients list does not include the most common Parabens: Butlyparaben, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, and Propylparaben. When it comes to skincare, the more
natural the better and there are great and affordable brands out there providing just this: La Roche Posay, Liz Earle, Dr Hauschka and Origins are some skincare brands that use all natural products. Knowing your AHAs from your BHAs is one of the most important things to be aware of, as when used properly they are incredibly beneficial for the skin. AHAs are Alpha Hydroxy Acids, commonly known as lactic or glycolic acids and BHAs are Beta Hydroxy Acids, known as salicylic acid. However, although similarly derived chemicals they are individually better suited to specific skin types and concerns. AHAs are great exfoliants for dry skin as they remove the dead, flaky skin by reacting with the upper epidermis and weakening the lipids that hold the dead skin cells together, causing the old and dead skin cells to dissolve revealing new and brighter skin. AHAs are also believed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and pigmentation as a result of sun damage, whilst also stimulating the production of collagen. The two most common AHAs are lactic acid and Glycolic acid. When selecting products containing either of these acids, they should appear listed as the second or third ingredient and this way you can ensure the product contains the recommended beneficial concentration of 5-8%. Unfortunately, AHAs increase sun sensitivity, so it is vital to follow usage with a high SPF to prevent pigmentation and sun burn. They can also cause skin irritation, much like any other ingredients, and to be on the safe side patch test 48 hours prior to use (lactic acid is much milder than glycolic acid and so less likely to cause a reaction).
Neutrogena is a great brand using AHAs in a lot of their products. AHAs are a great alternative to exfoliants containing micro-beads that can irritate the skin, and exfoliate more deeply. BHAs are also fantastic exfoliants and the key BHA is Salicylic acid (salicylate), also known as willow bark. Unlike AHAs, BHAs work best when in lower concentrations of around 1-2% so should appear further down the ingredients list. BHAs in general are better for oily, acne prone, or problem skin
Photo/ Maria Clara de Melo (Flickr) because they are better able to penetrate the congested follicles. La Roche Posay is a great and affordable brand containing both AHAs and BHAs and is available in Boots. Their whole Effeclar range is fantastic and retails between £9 and £13.
Sometimes breakouts can be caused by the products we are using on our skin every day, such as foundation which can lead to a vicious cycle. There has been a recent surge in products claiming to be Non-Comodegenic, meaning they are gentler on the skin and less likely to cause breakouts or block pores. However, as great as this seems there are no regulations for companies labelling their products as Non-Comodegenic, which means just about any product can claim to be Non-Comodegenic even if it still causes breakouts. The same goes for Hypoallergenic, which means less likely to cause allergic reactions and gentler on sensitive skins. Although there are no strict guidelines for products claiming to be any of these things, some brands claims are justified. Again La Roche Posay is a fantastic brand for sensitive skin as they contain no alcohol, are fragrance free and use natural thermal spring water. Another good skincare brand is Avene, available in Boots, and if you sign up to the Avene website, they will send you free samples specifically for your skin concerns, visit www.avene.co.uk. Next time you go shopping, check the ingredients, don’t be fooled by all the flashy labels and remember if a product does not work for your skin, or causes an allergic reaction take it back, because you are completely within your rights. Finding something that works for you can be hard and is a case of trying and finding what works for you. Don’t be scared to ask for samples when possible to save you wasting money and remember good quality does not have to be expensive.
How to winterproof your skin Kirsten Rankin shows you how to prep your skin for winter
Lack of sunlight means we need to find other means of getting the Vitamin D we struggle to get from sunlight in winter. A delicious salmon salad would relieve this problem.
Try out winter sports
Not only will exercising boost endorphins, but you can also try out sports not available to you in summer. Hitting the dry slopes or booking a cheap skiing holiday with friends are perfect ways of embracing the winter months, and can give you something to look forward to before the onset of exams.
inter means heating on and windows shut; which unfortunately allows the central heating monster to wreak havoc on your skin. Making it oily in some places, dry in others and just generally dull. How do we combat this? Winter proofing your skin is as important as defrosting your car. Here’s some skin care saviours of mine that help battle the winter beast, making your skin soft, supple and moisturised. Starting with face wash. I find some exfoliators great to use in winter time; ones in particular that are gentle enough to use everyday but harsh enough to beat the dulling effects of the season. Lush ‘let the good times roll’ is one of my favourites. Its moisturising with glycerine and corn oil and helps to fight dull skin with polenta and maize flour. This face wash also has cinnamon in it which brings blood and oxygen to the skins surface which makes your skin glow, as well as it being a natural antiseptic and good for oily and acne prone skin. Not to mention
this exfoliator smells so yummy and the smell lasts all day on the skin. This product can be found in every Lush store for this season only for £5.95. If you’re a skint student, don’t fret you can actually make your own with cupboard kept items. The first and only ingredient you’ll need to make this facial wash is porridge oats; they’re are a good source of b vitamins and antioxidants which means this natural concoction helps to fight wrinkles and skin irritations, such as winter burn, eczema, and acne. This face wash is as simple as taking a handful of oats, mixing it with water and washing. The grains also generate an exfoliating effect. You could even add half a cup of oats to your bath looking after all your body. On a cinnamon note, you could add some to give an extra blood pumping boost to your wash. Now on to the moisturisers, Soap and Glory ‘Bright here, Bright now’ instant radiance energy balm does exactly what it says on the packaging. There’s moisturising
apricot kernel and fine sparkles in it that make it work like a highlighter brightening the skin, to make you look more radiant. You can buy this product from Boots for £11. If you are incredibly dry though, with cracked and stingy skin, a good saviour is the cult product Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. You can buy 30ml for £15.30 from feelunique.com. Since this is really heavy it is best to use it if your skin really needs a moisture boost or as a facial cream for night time. This product is known for giving the skin loads of moisture while also healing the skin (in the space of eight hours surprisingly). The great thing about this product is it is has loads different ways you could use it for example, if your skin is too oily for full use of this product you can use it as a face mask instead. It’s also great for the whole body, you can use it on your elbows or knees or even feet! But lets say you want a full set rather than bits and bobs that work here and there. If this is the case try
the Benefit B.Right set, (geddit?!). You can buy a miniature set online at www.benefit.co.uk for £10 and also at feelunique.com (for free postage and packaging). This six piece set has everything from an eye cream to an exfoliator, all in the name of creating young bright skin that looks healthy. Of course it’s really easy for me to sit here with my laptop typing out some products and obviously I can only give a generic response as to how it will affect different skin types and everyone’s skin is different. So try out the products see what you like a recreate it to your own tastes. It’s also important to remember that good skin care comes from within; this means eating your five a day, drinking loads of water and exercising. Yes I know these are boring, but these aspects really are the basis for healthy happy skin. The rest (products) can help but only these tips really cure.
27 November 2012
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How to be successful in enterprise
Anshu Bhatnagar and Benjamin Mitchell interview the founder of World Whisky Day
setting up the business? I had to register the company as a limited company soon after, but I had to do that on my own without any help from professionals. That worked to my advantage though as I got to learn on the go, and now I have an accountant. There’s no other employees at the moment but hopefully I can employ more people to reduce the pressure around the time of exam period.
f you’ve ever been curious as to starting up your career in business and enterprise, but have no idea how to go about it, then look no further. University of Aberdeen student, Blair Bowman has managed to make his idea a reality and started his own business from scratch with the help of the Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE). So where did you get the idea for World Whisky day? I studied Spanish and spent a year in Barcelona where I found out about world gin day and simply wondered when world whisky day was. After searching for some time I found no evidence of there being a whisky day anywhere so I registered on website plus and set up social media to promote the idea and a whisky society at the university. How did you know this would be a money making idea? When the idea first came about to me, I had absolutely no idea whether it would be a money making venture, but nor did he intend it to be. How
Anshu and Benjamin are the SIE interns for AU and Vilius Drulia is the vice president of ABES implementing your idea? Initially, I had a network existing in the whisky industry so decided to build upon this to gain experience. I originally tried to launch his idea from Spain, but when I returned to Scotland and started visiting business gateways I found a lack of enthusiasm or effort for my project. I then turned to Prince’s Scotland Youth Business Trust (PSYBT) but was turned away when they found out I wasn’t in my final year. To be honest, I was disgusted with the approach
from PSYBT so I turned to SIE after hearing a recommendation from a friend and found that they were very, very helpful. I was put in touch with Dawn Shand who helped me launch his idea by putting it into the SIE new ventures competition in which I got to the next round and I managed to get a press release in the Gaudie which helped his idea grow even further and since then I’ve been everwhere really. How did you then go about
So where do you see the business going in five years? Perhaps I could end up having a part time position and start up a whisky competition. But, the ultimate goal would be to sell it, the databases of young people is so valuable to companies. What advice would you give to students with similar ambitions? Just do it. Don’t think about it and don’t wait, do it now. I wish I had experience with SIE beforehand as they can prove to be such a huge advantage. If anything you should just enter one of their competitions like the new ideas competition due in on the 30 November.
Graduating with a good degree is all well and good, but there’s hardly any jobs out there, so start out by making your own jobs. Do what you are good at. Have you done anything that would help you and your CV stand out from the crowd? So much. My CV is full of stuff. I started out by working at a Bike shop when I was younger, I’ve worked for events companies, I went to Costa Rica to teach English, worked with the Government and at Whisky Live in Taiwan and I even got to met the world’s richest man! It just proves you don’t have to have the money or an amazing idea to start out and there are many resources out there to help you. If you’re interested in a career in enterprise contact SIE or the careers service at the university, and if you have an idea you want to enter into the new ideas competition for the chance to win up to £1500 just fill in this survey http://www.surveymonkey. com/s/J8B9VWB by the 30 November.
Why do you think students should get into enterprise?
Just do it! Go snowboarding Hannah Girvan tells you why you should take up snowboarding this winter
or all those who have to yet to experience the weird and wonderful ways of snowboarding, here is how not to do it. The ABDN Snow Society’s slogan “Let’s get naked and party” has lived up to its name. For the same price as a pair of tights (£6) you can learn to ski or snowboard at the Snowsports Centre by ASDA. Figuring out how to walk whilst attached to a plank of steel is not how I usually spend my Wednesday afternoons but it definitely beats eating my way to productivity. Feeling invincible with a newfound love of all things sporty, our class for Beginners took to the slope. In true masochistic style we seemed to get a kick out of falling over, picking ourselves up in the knowledge that at least this form of procrastination would leave us with a new skill. After being more apprehensive than Obama’s underwear last week, we slid down the slope at a snail’s pace whilst refusing to let go of our instructor’s hand. However, after half an hour of not flying into ASDA’s car park, things were looking good. Then it was my turn again. Under the delusion that ‘giving your all’ meant an attempt at reenacting Red Bull’s ‘The Art of Flight’ film, I bent low, kept my eyes ahead and dreamt of the inevitable pro-snowboarding career ahead of me. The fall wasn’t exactly glamorous. The impact snapped open my bra
and if that wasn’t embarrassing enough, flashing a family of four was the icing on the cake, alongside having to complete the lesson braless. As I snowboarded with arms securely folded, all thoughts became determinedly focused on hot, tropical beaches. So despite going home with a bruised wrist (and ego), it comes to my great surprise that all thought’s still go to next Wednesday’s lesson and it’s guaranteed adrenaline rush. There’s a chance snowboarding braless isn’t enticement enough to
join a new society, so check out the trip to Tignes. ABDN Snow will be heading out there from January 25th to February 2nd 2013. With the promise of “all round carnage” and seats on “The Banter Bus” running low, you best get booking now or forever miss out on the opportunity to go bonkers after the gruelling exam period. Facebook will tell you more, so in the meantime brush up on your ‘snow slang’, get some wings and learn to fly on the slopes. Gnarly.
Aberdeen University’s straight-talking OAP Agony Aunts solve all your problems I’m really worried that I’m going to end up in the same dress as someone at the St Andrew’s Ball, how can I make a statement and look original? KJ If you really want to make a statement you could always go in the nude, but if that doesn’t float your boat then you can always make your own dress for an original and experiment with recycled materials such as bin liners and fishing nets. I recently broke up with my girlfriend of three years and I think I’m ready to jump back in the dating game, only problem is I’m really scared that I don’t know how to hook up with a girl. TF
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No matter what your mates tell you, do not get gazeboed, that will only lead to you being passed out in your bed alone. Just remember all girls love attention, so no matter how much she protests shower her in compliments and lavish all your attention on her. My flatmate keeps bringing this really annoying guy back but she refuses to believe he’s horrible, what can I do? Don’t clean the house, put rotten fish in her room, put salt in his tea, steal his clothes and creepily sulk around whenever he’s around, so if he doesn’t get the message hopefully he’ll be scared away. Just make sure you don’t scare away your flatmate at the same time.
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Life & Style
27 November 2012
Where intolerances are tolerable
Lucy Jarman reviews the best places to eat when you suffer from allergies
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Step into Italy on a budget Sofiane Kennouche reviews Zizzi’s in Union Square
or those looking for an Italian restaurant, there is no shortage of places to choose from in Aberdeen (with Dominos debatably fitting into this category if you’re a financially-responsible, uncultured student). Zizzi’s in Union Square shopping centre is one of the better restaurants and offers a large, if somewhat uniform menu that won’t bankrupt you if you’re treating someone or dining out with your buddies. Situated near the Jury’s Inn hotel, Zizzi’s benefits from a slightly quieter location away from the bulk of restaurants opposite Cineworld. Upon first entering the restaurant, your eyes are drawn to the partial white tiling of the back wall and the endearingly traditional clear chalkboard with the day’s specials stencilled onto it. The low lighting and snug booths near the window contribute to the relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere, and help to mark out Zizzi’s as that little bit more special than Ask or Spur. Paintings by Scottish artist Lizzie Stewart depicting typical Aberdonian scenes provide an unusually familiar setting for what is most definitely not a Scottish restaurant. The only real disappointment for me came very early on in the evening, as my party was ignored for approximately five minutes at the entrance before someone approached us and offered us a table. For a weekday evening, this did seem unusually long to wait, but I did notice a shortage of serving staff available. Once seated, however, the service was prompt – and crucially, unobtrusive – throughout. After choosing my starter, I was soon presented with a small bucket of battered calamari and creamy dip, with my friends
of pasta dishes made with ‘organic gluten free fusilli pasta’ as well as both classic and premium pizza toppings. Follow this with either their famous Gelati ice cream or irresistible chocolate cake for a
choosing the garlic bread. I would thoroughly recommend my choice, as I munched my way through it without hesitation in a matter of minutes. Perhaps the most obvious measure of a meal’s quality is the way that conversation, so animated before the arrival of the following course, resorts to silence minutes after the plates have landed on the table. The arrival of the main courses elicited such a response, with my fellow diners ordering ‘Penne della Casa’ (penne pasta with smoked pancetta and chicken) and ‘Casareccia Pollo Piccante’; pasta twirls smothered with creamy tomato, spinach sauce and harissa-infused chicken, respectively. I opted for the ‘Mezzo e Mezzo Rustica Pizza’ – perhaps as a subconscious nod to my love of Dominos (?) – and was not disappointed. The simply mammoth rectangular portion of sliced new potatoes, generous helpings of mozzarella, red onion, thyme, roasted peppers, chilli and mushrooms left no room for dessert and presented an innovative twist on the traditional pizza. Zizzi’s is one of the few restaurants I’ve been to this year that strikes a good balance between reasonable pricing and large portion sizes. Including a glass of lemonade at £1.20, the calamari starter was £5.95 and the pizza came in at £11.25. For less than £20 I was more than full for the remainder of the evening and enjoyed everything I ate. Coupled with the inviting mix of Scottish and Italian interior design, Zizzi’s makes for an enjoyable meal out, whether it’s with your friends or in celebration of a special anniversary.
fabulous and fuss- free feast! Prezzo Similarly to ASK, Prezzo now cater for their more particular customers and their classic size pizzas can be served on a gluten free base. Café 52 It’s not just restaurant chains that are appealing to those with special dietary requirements. Located on the green at the bottom of the back wynd steps this beautiful bistro has a delectable menu which can be edited on request for the needs of the intolerant. Sadly, this rules out their blade of beef casserole but their mouth-watering chicken and a side of honey roasted parsnips will more than make up for it. Pizza Hut and Dominos Hangover catering casualties are over as both takeaway restaurants have added gluten free crusts to their menu! Coffee house Hidden away on Gaelic Lane, just off Blemont Street this cosy café offers a selection of
succulent sponge cakes suitable for allergy sufferers. And if that wasn’t tempting enough, all their sandwiches are available on gluten free bread all topped off with a 10% student discount! Starbucks Coffee and a cake are back on the menu as both their brownies and the chocolate hazelnut loaf are gluten free! They also offer a Tuna Sandwich and a variety of fruit and nut bars all of which are made from ingredients free of gluten. Bibi’s Bakery Located on School Hill or on the stands in Bon Accord, they sell gluten free cupcakes every Saturday or are available to order throughout the week. Birthday cakes are back with Bibi’s Bakery! So whether it’s lunch with a friend or a romantic meal for two, marvellous munching is back on the menu!
Delicious winter warmers Ashleigh Sevadjian shows you how to make an exotic winter treat
t’s winter, it’s cold, and let’s face it; we’re all needing a little comfort food! If you’re feeling bored of all the classic treats and want to try something new, I’ve got an exotic dish that does take some effort (sorry), but is simple to make and worth the wait! It’s a classic Armenian dish called Manti, a filling pasta soup dish that will leave you wanting secondsand thirds-and maybe fourths (it is nearing exam time, after all). You can even make a healthier version by using fat free Greek yogurt, extra lean mince beef, and no butter. Average preparation time: approximately 30-45 minutes Average cooking time: 15 minutes
make them as small as possible. For best results use a food processor. Put the chopped onions into the mixing bowl with the meat. 3. Generously shake allspice onto the meat and onions- the more the better! 4. Add about 25 grams of salt to the mixture (about 3 piles the size of a 50p coin) 5. Mix together thoroughly using your hands. 6. Fill the pot up with approximately 2-3 litres of water. If you are using a smaller pot, then the pot should be ¾ full with water. Put in appropriate amount of chicken stock cubes and put on a
Ingredients Allspice Salt 2 large white onions 1kg minced beef 1 or 2 bag(s) of pasta shells (If you use the big ones it cuts prep time in half, but I prefer the small ones) Approximately 50g of butter Fresh mint leaves Greek Yogurt (careful to make sure it is Greek yogurt and not natural/vanilla flavour!) Chicken broth or chicken stock cubes (about 7)
8. Once broth is boiling, carefully add the stuffed shells to the pot. 9. Cook at a boil for 15 minutes, stirring gently every 5 minutes to avoid the meat falling out of the shells. 10. Take the pot off the heat and let cool for 5 minutes 11. Meanwhile, chop mint leaves and put in a small frying pan along with butter. Cook on a low heat until the butter is fully melted, and pour into the soup and stir through. 12. Finally, add the entire tub of Greek Yogurt and stir through gently. 13. Serve and enjoy!
Serves: 2-4 Instructions: 1. Empty all of the mince meat into the first large mixing bowl. 2. Finely chop the onions. Try to
low heat while you stuff the shells. 7. Get the other mixing bowl. Begin stuffing meat mixture into the pasta shells and put into other bowl.
there is hope yet thanks to a few hidden gems! ASK Salad is a thing of the past as Ask now provides an entire gluten free menu. You can choose from a range
t has to be said that most people love going out for a meal. Whether it is before a ball, for a birthday or just to avoid cooking; nothing beats sipping on a glass of wine as you peruse the menu, overcome with the choice of all your favourite meals. If you suffer from gluten intolerance however think again. Immediately every Italian restaurant becomes a torture house due to their forbidden array of wheat based pizza and pasta dishes. You can only gaze longingly at the hot chocolate fudge cake or brownie infused ice cream whilst debating if there is any point to a cheese board with no crackers. Even grabbing lunch on the go has become a challenge. After completely avoiding Greggs and Baguette Express you search frantically for a salad that contains neither pasta or couscous before losing all hope and purchasing an apple and a bottle of water. However, help is at hand and I am here to reveal to the allergy sufferers of Aberdeen that
27 November 2012
Editor: Emily Thorburn
Photography for beginners Claire Wheelans offers some simple tips for taking impressive photos, even with a basic camera
hat makes a photograph? Is it something unique or does it capture a particular moment? Photography has become a popular hobby, especially booming after the advent of digital photography. While it can be an expensive hobby, if you start getting more enthusiastic, it can also be a great escape from when your university work is starting to stress you out. You can simply grab your camera and take a walk around Aberdeen or venture further to surrounding towns, such as Stonehaven. Most cameras nowadays have settings that are built for beginners, for example ‘camera modes’, which have predetermined settings for each scene. These different ‘scenes’ include macro, night mode, portrait, landscape and sports. However, when you do want to make the transition from
Photo/ vancouverfilmschool (Flickr) automatic settings on how your camera takes a photo to manual set-up, you can have a lot more fun and control over the final result. The first step to switching over to manual is to learn about the operations of a camera. The shutter speed – which is how long the shutter is open for when you take a photo – can be changed to a fast shutter speed for occasions such as sports photography, or slower speeds for use at night to take photographs of car headlights to capture the movement. A slower shutter speed is also used when doing light painting, which is moving a hand-held light to create an image or word. Aperture is another one of the three camera functions. While shutter speed controls the period of time the shutter is open, aperture is the opening through which the light travels into the camera sensor and the size of this opening can be changed depending on whether you want more or less light in the photograph. The aperture is measured in f-stops (i.e. f/2.8) and the lower the number, the larger the opening so more light will get into the camera. The aperture functions similar to the pupil in a
L a n d s c a p e photography can be one of the most creative types of photography. As cameras are controlled by light, it’s a really good idea to shoot early in the morning or late afternoon when the sun is lower. At this point
rule of thirds, whereby the photograph is split into nine boxes. The focus of attention (such as a lone tree) is placed not in the centre but to the left or right of the image. For portraiture and still life photography,
Photos/ Claire Wheelans eye. Finally, there is ISO sensitivity is the measure of the camera’s ability to capture light. Simply put, digital cameras convert the light that hits the sensor into electrical signals for processing, therefore if you double the ISO (say from 400 to 800)
controls depth of field and as the f-stop gets lower (around f/1.8) less of the image will be in focus. And vice-versa, a higher f-stop will give a wider depth of field. Portraiture photography tends to work best with a narrower depth of field so that the person is the main focus of attention, while the background is deliberately out of focus. So, grab a friend who doesn’t mind being in front of the camera and try out different settings on your camera. Even many compact cameras can allow you to manually change the aperture and shutter speed.
double the electrical signal which halves the amount of light that is needed for the camera sensor to get the right exposure. When shooting in bright light, for example outside on a sunny day, you can have a low ISO, but in darker conditions a higher ISO is needed (usually above 800 depending on how dark it is).
Getting the combination right for all three of these settings is what makes a good photograph and much of how to get there is trial and error.
the sun can give great moody tones of blues or yellows depending on light conditions. To make a photo more interesting and lead in the viewer’s eye, you can follow the
depth of field is a brilliant aspect of photography that gives particular attention to a specific part of the image. Depth of field refers to the distance between the nearest and furthest points in an image that appear sharp. The aperture
High-speed photography is another fun technique to try. If you were to see photographs taken by enthusiasts, you would see a sharp image of the moment a bullet fires through an apple or water balloons hitting people’s heads. A safer approach is to use a bowl of water and drop marbles into the water and get the shot the moment the marble hits the water. To set this up you need an external flash (which you would manually set off) and your camera on a sturdy surface, then set your camera for shutter release for around 2 to 3 seconds. The camera shutter is then pressed and the flash would be aimed to be set off at the same time the marble hits the water.
27 November 2012
REVIEWSFilm Twilight - Breaking Dawn Part 2 Starring: Kristin Stewart, Robert Pattinson
By Harriet Barman ‘Twihards’ have greeted the final instalment of the Twilight saga with the expected excited giggling and screaming in queues outside cinemas in the middle of the night, emphasised by the hype surrounding Robsten’s (Kristen and Robert’s) recent reconciliation. Alongside the almost unbelievable cheese factor, the film does have moments which can be classed as almost credible. The energetic fight scene which results in a large number of the main characters being killed, gives the film an aspect of believability. However, this slice of credibility is up against a slow start to the film, as well as a predictable storyline, even for those who have not read the books. Although serious fans probably love the fact that the film
Great Expectations Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter and Robbie Coltrane
By Kirsten Rankin Transport yourself back to the early Victorian Era, where the industrial revolution is forthcoming and social changes are in progress. Where the rich become richer in the cities and the poor remain out in the countryside. An era where you are no longer necessarily born into a class but become of it; such as the main protagonist Pip in ‘Great Expectations’ who goes from poor orphaned country boy, to rich gentleman of the city.
follows the storyline of the book down to every single grumpy face from Kristen Stewart, it does mean that for the first half of the film, not a lot actually happens. This, paired with a slightly scary CGI baby and Taylor Lautner getting a full twenty second shot of him topless (which caused mass hysteria in the cinema), brings the film back down to that of a teenage franchise that the fight scene managed to get away from. Despite this, it was generally entertaining. Watching the film with the expectation that it was not going to be the most credible piece of film, it was enjoyable to laugh at the completely awful parts, and be entertained by the parts that are, for a film from the Twlight series, not actually that bad.
Twightlight Double Review In this double review Harriet Barman and Louise Clark battle out to convince you of Twightlight’s merrit (or lack of).
This Dicken’s tale took form in a play adaptation by Jo Clifford and Beckman Unicorn Productions in His Majesty’s Theatre. This piece was particularly intriguing as the layout consisted of only one set, leaving a lot of the scene transitions down to pure dialogue and character interaction. When a character was no longer needed for the scene they would either leave through the holes in the flats or place themselves as part of the set remaining still and uninvolved. The general atmosphere was dark and nostalgic, with music box SFX and cobwebs on costumes. Characters were caricatured through costumes and makeup, with Uncle Pumblechook resembling a gothic version of Tim Burton’s Mad Hatter. The piece was visually stimulating, demanding attention on all the senses, beautifully choreographed and toning perfectly the imagined sense of the time.
Twilight - Breaking Dawn Part 2 Starring: Kristin Stewart, Robert Pattinson
By Louise Clark I should start off by pointing out that the main reason I dislike Twilight is because of the terrible characterisation. Bella is an awful role model and Edward is essentially a stalker who is handsome enough to get away with it. And, like everyone else in the film, both are seriously lacking in personality, which Kristen Stewart manages to portray excellently. The opening scene is so selfindulgent and hollow, that it is almost difficult to watch. Romantic music plays, Edward tells the newly vampiric Bella that she is beautiful, and every teenage girl in the audience audibly melts, while the rest of us choke back vomit. The film continues in a similar manner, lacking in a decent plot to keep the audience engaged,
Literary classics turned 90s American teen movies
My Own Private Idaho, 1991 – If Gus Van Sant made a film based extremely loosely on Shakespeare’s Henry IV, you would get – well, this. Starring River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves as the street hustling drifter equivalents to Falstaff and Prince Hal, it is as dreamy and sad as you would imagine.
Clueless, 1995 – Alicia Silverstone is the endearing Cher Horowitz in this whip-smart cult remake of Jane Austen’s Emma. Insanely quotable (“As if!”), and worth another viewing for all the plaid and neon fashion alone.
Cruel Intentions, 1998 – Another staple of the genre, this time transplanting the shady plotting and love triangles of Les Liaisons Dangereuses to WASP-y upper-class Manhattan.
10 Things I Hate About You, 1999 – This film is the ultimate Shakespeare remake, in its clever and touching reimagining of The Taming of the Shrew. It stars 90s staple Julia Stiles as a riot girl being ‘tamed’ by the much-missed Heath Ledger.
She’s The Man, 2006 –Drawing on the Bard, this time we have Amanda Bynes as Viola in a football-oriented update of Twelfth Night, complete with gender-bending, the ensuing of hilarity and also Channing Tatum topless. What else?
and instead comprises mostly of declarations of love between Edward and Bella or angst-ridden glances when things are not going so well. It soon becomes obvious that Breaking Dawn does not have enough material to support two films and it still amuses me that the series is called ‘The Twilight Saga’. I have witnessed greater sagas watching the kettle boil. There are various other issues, particularly the distracting CGI
baby who is downright creepy, and the overly airbrushed vampires. It was fairly hard to focus on the weak threads of ‘plot’ when I could not quite tell if I was looking at actors or more CGI creations. The one redeeming feature of this film is that it is the last in the series, so for anyone else who is sick of being asked ‘team Edward or team Jacob?’, you can finally relax.
REVIEWSMusic ¡Dos! Green Day Album Lable: Lookout! Date: 13 November 2012
By Fraser Walker Green Day are a group who have developed a reputation as a leading punk rock band since they emerged early 1990s. With superb tracks such as ‘Good Riddance (Time of your life)’ and of course ‘American Idiot’, released in 2004, displaying their talent and musical creativity. The recent release of ‘¡Dos!’, part of a trilogy album, is not a musical car crash but it certainly does not convey their true capabilities. Strong tracks ‘Stray Heart’ and ‘Wow! That’s loud’ have the classic Green Day guitar rhythms, vocals and bass line but on the whole there was no track that really stood out. The tracks are still of a good quality but I hate to admit that it lacks the wow factor in areas. Additionally, tracks ‘Make out Party’ and ‘Stop When The Red Lights Flash’ again display classic Green Day elements mixed from their 90’s punk sound such as ‘Basket Case’ and sounds from their previous album, ‘21st Century Breakdown’. Having seen the 21st Century Breakdown Tour in Glasgow 2009 I cannot deny Green Days ability to perform mind blowing, creative and fantastic music as they can undoubtedly put
“The tracks are still of a good quality but I hate to admit that it lacks the wow factor in areas.”
on a show. However ‘¡Dos!’ does not provide the listener with the supreme Green Day experience as it should be and this album is an enjoyable listen, but does not do justice to Green Days true musical genius. We can only hope that this is a gradual come back from the recent events clouding the lead
guitarist and vocalist, Billie Joe Armstrong and we can anticipate that wow factor album from Green Day in the near future.
27 November 2012
email@example.com Ben Howard supported by Willy Mason Gig Location: Aberdeen Music Hall
By Jess Johnson With musicians such as Laura Marling, Bon Iver and The Civil Wars infesting the charts like a soulful plague, it seems that the acoustic guitar is finagling its way back into the hearts of the masses. Ben Howard is the perfect example of this modern update; a musician with the deft fingers and raspy voice of old, coupled with a screamingly devoted millennial fanbase. The show began with support
from the inimitable Willy Mason whose Massachusetts drawl, slicked-back hair and shiny black guitar, wielded in the smoke machine generated mist, recalled a pared-down kind of American gothic: all swamp, swagger and soul. With a mixture of seminal classics ‘Oxygen’ and ‘We Can Be Strong’ and tracks from his forthcoming album ‘I Got Gold’, Mason’s performance was charming and compelling. I was fairly surprised to see a warning of strobe light effects on the way in but it seems that folk music is no longer all straggly beards and hemp ponchos – this was a tight, expensive-looking show with the projected images of ocean waves and cliff tops flitting across the back screen, twinkling star-like lights complementing Howard’s earthy lyrics of fog, pine trees and sandy sleeping bags. The devoted crowd responded to this sense of wonder in the natural elements: upon the opening
“Ben Howard is the perfect example of this modern update; a musician with the deft fingers and raspy voice” chords of hit singles ‘Only Love’ and ‘The Wolves’, the entire music hall lit up with the firefly screens of a hundred iPhones, and while waiting for the encore, the crowd whipped itself into a stormy sea of boot-stomping, joyous frenzy. Ben Howard and his band are impressively proficient musicians, with every note in perfect position creating an immersive and transcendently graceful sound. While not as heart-breakingly poignant or raggedly life-worn as his musical heroes Nick Drake and John Martyn, Howard’s lyrics still hold palpable emotional truth and some striking imagery.
Back In Your Head Tegan and Sara Album Lable: Vapor/ Sire Date:
By Emily Beever This 6-track sampler is marketed as an introduction to Tegan and Sara, and quite simply, it does not do them justice. Canadian twin sisters Tegan and (funny enough) Sara Quin have been producing lesser-known music for over a decade and with a new album soon to be released, it appears they are attempting to break into the charts. The tracks chosen are far from the melodic, sometimes haunting, lyrically-intriguing wonders of the
likes of ‘Days and Days’ or ‘Dark Come Soon’ which made Tegan and Sara stand out from the masses of below-average indie rock attempts. Although the album includes ‘Walking With a Ghost’ from 2004 album ‘So Jealous’, and ‘Back in Your Head’ from ‘The Con’ released in 2007, neither tracks showcase the albums accordingly. ‘I’m Not Your Hero’, coming from the forthcoming album ‘Heartthrob’, is a repetitive attempt at merging into the pop genre without success. If the aim of this sampler was to create avid Tegan and Sara fans, unfortunately it has failed. The tracks are vaguely catchy and easy to sing along to but equally easy to forget. Without already having been a fan of Tegan and Sara this album wouldn’t have spiked my interest in listening to more of them. For anyone not familiar with Tegan and Sara, I would ask you to look past this album in favour of their older, but significantly better, tracks.
Moe Alansari speaks to Michael Slater about the life and career of Charles Dickens
arlier this month, the University hosted a talk by Michael Slater, who wrote a highly acclaimed biography of Dickens in 2009. He is a renowned expert on Dickens and is Emeritus Professor of Victorian Literature at Birkbeck College, University of London, past President of the International Dickens Fellowship and of the Dickens Society of America, and former editor of the journal The Dickensian.
was Dickens and [Thomas] Carlyle who warmly applauded his sadism. [Peter] Ackroyd (another biographer) emphasises this,
life, his colonialist and racist views, was irrelevant; that the focus should be on his writing purely? Yes, partly that. Dickens loathed
In a letter to Friedrich Engels in the 19th Century, Karl Marx wrote that Dickens had “issued to the world more political and social truths than have been uttered by all the professional politicians, publicists and moralists put together”. Do you think this still rings true today? It is a large claim, isn’t it? (laughs) A very sweeping claim. GK Chesterton, a very great Dickens critic, said that Dickens was not against any political or social institutional so much as he was against a certain expression on the human face. By that, Chesterton meant that what Dickens was opposed to was any kind of artificial ranking He wanted everybody to be treated the same as human beings and the expression on the face that he would dislike is, as it were, the rejection of brotherhood, the rejection that I have anything in common with another, whether it’s with his class or rank or whatever. You have to remember that Dickens was actually a Christian writer. He had a strong religious belief, and he really did believe in the equality of humanity. Not necessarily a sort of socialist doctrine, but much more, as it were, from a religious point of view, that everybody counted and was important. In his review of your biography, the late Christopher Hitchens wrote: “When governor Eyre put down a revolt in Jamaica with appalling cruelty in 1865, it
case of the Governor Eyre incident, he would have been very influenced by Carlyle, who was pretty racist. But I don’t think Dickens himself was racist. The reason why I speed over it is because he didn’t write anything about it. There’s a very terrible essay that he writes called “the Noble Savage”, in which he attacks the sentimentalisation of “primitive” peoples as being somehow pure and good and better than “civilised” people. But that was in reaction to the sentimental idea of the “noble savage” at the time. Do you think that there is a danger today that Dickens will be regarded merely as a source for adaptations and dramatisations, especially given the celebrations of his bicentennial this year? Well, it’s part of a wider thing, of how much people read, I suppose, even on Kindle (laughs). The very best adaptations necessarily leave out a great deal: above all, the wonderful descriptions and language. There is a danger that people who just know his work for the plots and the characters are missing the glory of Dickens, the
Photo/ Jeremiah Gurney (Wikipedia) while Slater speeds right past it”. Was that because you felt that that part of Dickens’s
slavery. He actually witnessed it and he cut short his tour of America. He refused to spend any more time in the slave states. In the
use of language. You need to read it. Of course, there were dramatisations of his works even in his lifetime, some of which he encouraged. Absolutely, yes. I’m not sure he encouraged them, though. He was forced to accept them in the end.
“I think Great Expectations ... was his masterpiece. It’s the most formally amazing one, in that half of it is told by the heroine, in her own voice, and in the past tense, and half of it is told by the masterful voice of Dickens in the present tense.” Michael Slater There were no copyright laws, etc. They were going to happen whether he liked it or not. You said that David Copperfield is his most autobiographical novel. But which would you say was his most perfect novel? I think Great Expectations. Yes, I think that was his masterpiece. The most ambitious of his novels. It’s the most formally amazing one, in that half of it is told by the heroine, in her own voice, and in the past tense, and half of it is told by the masterful voice of Dickens in the present tense. There was no other novel written quite like that. It has a hugely intricate plot in which everything ties up, like a great sort of detective story. It is the most artistically achieved one, where theme and character and plot and everything are all unified.
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An Ongoing Aesthetic Odyssey
Between poetry and tales
For C. R, with warmest affection
Between poetry and tales the clash seems to be clear, as such as the evil that men do surviving to their deep bones.
Let us, my brother in the plight, Join our two hands and take to flight; Let us down leafy cobbles go, Dreaming of Ponte Vecchio, And let us pluck lonesome daisies And cover up the lovelorn trees, And let the land around reflect Our vision, which we deem perfect.
Behind hard form accurated lines, but inside the words that beautiful color.
Now let us talk of art and book And favourite dishes which to cook, And let us laugh in science’s face When it claims we’re of human race, For ubermenschen sind wir, sir! We are the bond-slaves of sweet her Whose breath enraptures all around And makes them feel as they’ve been crown’d The Lords and Ladies of the Earth; She is the one whose very birth
In the same way they fill our hearts, picked up by the need of lost feelings and new points of view. A single fluid covering every empty space, taking off the breath. By Matteo Mazzoni
By Dougie Morgan
- Val Thomson Fiona Lawson tells of an artist who appreciates and admires the beauty of the North-East Rosie, is also the subject of many paintings including Rosie’s Gruffiti in which Thomson portrays her dog’s mischievous character through great handling of the dog’s expression. As we draw nearer to the New Year, Thomson has the exciting prospect of new exhibitions along with her own resolution to make better use of her sketchbooks. When I asked her what advice she would give to upcoming artists she replied, “I believe that one of the most important principles for an artist is ‘Showing Up’. It is so easy to have self-doubt, question your abilities, subject matter and technique but nothing will happen unless you show up at the easel and start to paint.” Her response took me a little by surprise, perhaps because it struck a personal chord, but more so because it is advice that could be so readily applied to all aspects of life. Installed in front of her easel and putting paint to canvas, Thomson sounds as though she has finally found her niche, and long may it continue. All of the works mentioned are able to view at www.valthomson. com. Val Thomson’s work is also currently exhibiting at the Jack Tierney gallery in Cults.
a few. Something you will notice in these paintings is Thomson’s predominant colour palette of blue and yellow hues. Her coastal inspired pieces such as Sand and Sea Spray and Coastal Glow, emphasise the immediacy and roughness of the sea with erratic and vivid layering of paint. Discussing her inspirations, Thomson says, “The seasons and weather have such an impact on our beautiful surroundings and provide fresh inspiration and challenges every day.” The past summer brought new studies to Thomson as she began a series depicting old wooden fishing boat hulls. Of these boats she speaks of the poignancy attached to them; their saddening state but also the journeys they have taken and the men who have sailed in them. Hope is an example from this series and it is obvious that Thomson has taken well to the challenge of the peeling, decrepit paintwork and the texture and layering of paint in order to create this effect. Thomson finds that her most successful pieces have come about through continual layering and in some cases she says, “The texture from the original painting has provided a great foundation for the finished work.” Other new work includes more coastal inspired pieces such as West to Tamhead and Close to the Brink. The latter portrays a very dramatic cliff edge scene through the use of swift and immediate brushstrokes for the waves and sea spray. Thomson’s Border Terrier,
As a family we were always taken for picnics and trips to beautiful places and taught to look and appreciate our surroundings. I think this has stayed with me, and I feel so fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of the country,” speaks Val Thomson of her childhood in this corner of Scotland. This ethos of opening your eyes and taking in the life around you, is something that I really believe people ought to do more often and is what attracted me to Thomson’s work. Even though Thomson always had a passion for painting and drawing from a young age, she initially began on an IT career path and attended part-time art classes and workshops on the side. Yet, as the years went by, she began to feel increasingly like “a square peg in a round hole”, which influenced her decision two years ago to move on from IT and take up painting full time. “The last two years have been an interesting journey,” Thomson recollects. “I realised quickly that this is a path of continual development and exploration.” Texture building is a technique that Thomson seems to prefer; “I will often cover a canvas with a couple of layers, just enjoying the colour and moving the paint around before I build up any subject matter”. Thomson’s country scenes are the paintings I am most drawn to because she craftily manages to emanate such vibrancy and life of the fields, trees and skies that she paints; this can be seen in Bright Horizon and Tilda’s Field, to name
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Tea Cosy Alternative art, craft & design fair Cowdray Hall, Aberdeen
Minival with Amirali and Russ Yallop SNAFU
8 Saturday December 2012 10am - 6pm Entry: free Tea Cosy is an alternative arts, craft and design fair set out in the style of a tea party in a pop-up location. This year’s event will include a wide range of handcrafted items including jewellery, ceramics, textiles, illustration and printmaking all from the NorthEast.
30 November 2012 11pm-3am Entry: £9 advance or £11 general admission Minivàl is back at the end of Movember with a strong combo from Crosstown Rebels: Amirali and Russ Yallop. Amirali, a young Iranian/Canadian musician, was shrouded in mystery and cloaked in mystique when he first broke onto the scene. His sound, which can only be described as an avant-garde concoction of electronica, techno & house, has since gone on to win a legion of fans across the globe. Few producers of recent years have exploded onto the underground house scene like Crosstown Rebels’ Russ Yallop. Picked up by DJ Mag and featured on their ‘Best of British’ covermount compilation and producer of the hugely popular podcasts for Ibiza Voice and Pulse Radio. Yallup’s music has taken him to destinations such as Brazil and Japan, with festival booking’s such as Mexico’s BPM and the UK’s Secret Garden.
Carols for All! St Andrew’s Cathedral 9 December 2012 4.30pm and 8pm Entry: £8 (students £2) A selection of Christmas Carols and tunes for all the family. Once again the University Choral Society and Concert band join forces for a wonderful afternoon and evening of Christmas tunes, carols and anthems. There will be something for all the family in this festive treat. Book your tickets early, it is always a sell-out!
Christmas Ceilidh Clachan Yell Music Hall
14 December 2012 8pm £10 + bf (conc. £2 off) A true Scot’s Christmas celebration with Clachan Yell - widely regarded as one of the best ceilidh bands in the world, ever.
Scottish Chamber Orchestra – Pizarro Plays Beethoven Music Hall 8 December 2012 7.30pm Entry: £10-£21(conc. available) Charismatic Finn John Storgårds returns to the SCO with a new work from his famous countryman, Einojuhani Rautavaara, and Mendelssohn’s majestic ‘Reformation’ Symphony. It was written to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Augsburg Confession – the statement of Lutheran beliefs and practices presented to the Emperor Charles V in 1530; Mendelssohn captures the mystery and awe of the revelation, but also the fire and drama of Luther’s story. Pizarro’s performances of Beethoven have been described as an ‘unalloyed delight’.
Café Controversial – A Brief History of the End of the World Satrosphere’s Tramsheds Coffee House 4 December 2012 7.00pm Entry: free With the world predicted to undergo cataclysmic change on 2112-2012, Café Controversial will be exploring visions of the apocalypse and exploring why past and present cultures find them so fascinating. Come and join Professor William Naphy in the last in the series of our Café Controversial events, which features talks by University of Aberdeen researchers, followed by an audience discussion. Refreshments will be available at Satrosphere’s Tramsheds Coffee House.
Frank Turner The Lemon Tree
Plying a brand of honest and passionate folk/punk, Frank Turner has risen to prominence in the UK and abroad with an ever increasing following. The former lead singer of hardcore band Million Dead has been almost constantly on tour since he began his solo career in 2005 and has honed his craft to become one the most intense performers on the circuit. Mainstream success has found him following the release of his last two albums Poetry of the Dead and England Keep My Bones.
University Bookbinding Workshop and Talk Special Collections Centre, Library 27 November 2012 7pm Entry: free with booking Learn practical skills from our Book Conservator and make your own mini-notebook in the newlyopened Glucksman Conservation Centre. Then discover the wonderful rare books in the Special Collections with expert guidance from our Rare Books Cataloguer.
28 November 2012 15.30pm Entry: free Hosted by the university’s CGSG Centre, Dr Chris Carman from the University of Strathclyde will give a talk on the recent 2012 US Presidential Elections. Dr Carman is interested in the intersection of political institutions and public opinion. In addition to examining the mechanisms of political representation, he is interested in participatory democracy and policies designed to increase mass political engagement. Christopher’s research interests span several political systems including Scotland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Banging Heids The Belmont Picturehouse 29 November, 6 and 13 December 2012 9pm Entry: free
Societies Philm: Pi NK15 28 November 2012 7.30pm Entry: free
4 December 2012 7.00pm Entry: £20
The 2012 Elections NK1
12 December 2012 7.30pm Entry: £16 + bf
Peter Hook and the Light The Garage
Peter Hook (A.K.A. Hooky) is a bassist, singer, songwriter, DJ, writer, promoter, previous member of Joy Division and New Order and co-founder of the Hacienda in Manchester. It’s fair to say that Hooky has played a part in some of the best music Britain has ever produced. Touring this winter Peter Hook and the Light are set to play Joy Division’s widely acclaimed and highly influential debut album Unknown Pleasures sequentially and in its entirety, replicating the album experience and atmosphere created by legendary producer, Martin Hannett. Receiving great reviews and reactions on the early summer dates including some five star reviews and hugely admiring comments, this is a chance to see a piece of British music history in an intimate setting.
Part of the Philosophy Society’s Philm screenings. Pi is a 1998 American surrealist psychological thriller film written and directed by Darren Aronofsky. It is Aronofsky’s directorial debut, and earned him the Directing Award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival, the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay and the Gotham Open Palm Award. The title refers to the mathematical constant pi. Like most of Aronofsky’s films, Pi centers on a protagonist whose obsessive pursuit of ideas leads to severely self-destructive behaviour.
G & S Inter-Society Pub Quiz Cellar 35 29 November 2012 7.30pm Entry: £10 per team Cheap booze! Awesome prizes! Sound good? Throw in the promise of swanky central location and a measure of competitive societal spirit! Come along to the Gilbert and Sullivan inter-society Pub Quiz. Join Gilbert and Sullivan and a host of others for a great night at cellar 35 on Thursday 29th of November. £10 per team, maximum 5 person team.
Comedy Debating Show on anything from surreal to topical, audience particpation and prize of 2 cinema tickets to be won. Come and watch experienced acts perform subjects that are given at random, from Union Terrace Gardens to are Cats better than Dogs. Also with established stand up comedy acts including Peter Wood, Jamie Jamieson, Duncan Guthrie, Vincent Price, Tony Littler, Les Sinclair and Patrick B, Robert Starr, Robin Valo, Tweedy Duffer and Agnes Cambpell, Sarah Clark to name but a few. Chris Ramsey – Feeling Lucky The Lemon Tree 7 December 2012 7pm Entry: £10 As seen on Celebrity Juice, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Russell Howard’s Good News, Argumental and now playing the lead role in brand new BBC Two sitcom Hebburn, Foster’s Comedy Award Nominee, Chris Ramsey, brings his hugely anticipated new show to venues nationwide on his biggest ever live tour, following his complete sell-out 2012 spring tour, ‘Offermation’. “Frighteningly talented... tearing up every stage he lands on” – GQ “A brilliantly engaging natural storyteller” – Evening Standard
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“Serious road rage over the past few days. I love my BMW but some drivers make driving awful!! The train it is... Back down to london :-)” @RioFerdy5 – avoids the germs on the way to school “Maaaaaaarning world! Crisp this morning on the cough splattered school path! The melting pot for runny noses + coughs!” @BeckyWainLH – struggles through the academic work “Still feeling the dissertation hangover today :( #lackofsleep #tired #4thyear” @HannahMiley89 – wonders where she left that key item of luggage “Why is it once you have finished packing you still feel like you have forgotten something........this is going to bug me!! #needsleep” @GaryLineker – has some tough words for Chelsea FC “Those in charge at Chelsea are rather letting down the club at present.” @DjokerNole – is chillin’ in Brazil “Hello #Brazil! I arrived to Rio today and all I can say is WOW. Cannot wait to see more :) pic. twitter.com/mVa22idg”
Video of the Week
Philippe Mexes scores an amazing bicycle kick. http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=yiVirit FnCw&feature=b-mv
First team see promotion hopes fade
ith the match scheduled to begin at half one, it was a bit of a surprise to see no sign of the University of St. Andrews squad at this time. A phone call later and it was apparent that they were nowhere near, believing that the match was scheduled to started at three. The BUCS rules in place state that it is the discretion of the home team to decide whether or not to take the points should the opposition be more than fifteen minutes late for push back. Deciding to show some sportsmanship the first team opted to play the match and hope, should this ever happen to them, the favour will be reciprocated. With the second team game having a match following this initial match, the game was started as soon as possible. At this stage the St. Andrews team only had 8 players on the pitch, with one of them filling in a kicking back while their goalie kitted up. In fairness to the Aberdeen team, the opposition quickly got the message that the umpires could wait no longer and got themselves to the pitch. In all there were less than thirty seconds of play without a full team. There is no doubt that Aberdeen
had a huge advantage of being fully warmed up and ready to play, but they failed to capitalise upon this in the opening minutes. It seemed like everybody wanted to take on the whole workload themselves and attempted to dribble past the entire opposition. With the kicking back still in place Aberdeen won a short corner as the opposition failed to retreat 5 yards after the awarding of a free hit in the 25. Opting for one of their rehearsed moves the ball was stopped for drag flicker Tom Adams, but he was charged down half way through the move. A prime opportunity to score had been missed. The first team was sitting on an unbeaten run on Wednesdays that stretched from the first game of the season, which had been an away loss to the very team they were playing today. As is normal practice the team were confident in possession and controlled the match throughout its duration, perhaps even more than usual owing to the lack of warm up for the St. Andrews team. Despite this, Aberdeen is plagued by an issue to convert the possession into goal scoring chances; something that was all too clear in the first half.
St. Andrews opened the scoring with a counter attack that caught the Aberdeen by surprise after committing too many people to an attack. The ball was played to a forward who took it outside of Tim Davidson. With a two against one on Calum Swann the ball was switched to back post where it was put into the goals. With a very quick change of ends at half time the second half began. It followed the same pattern as the first with Aberdeen in possession. The right and left back were frustrated by the St. Andrews defense that were cutting out balls down the line. The frustration was showing all over the park as desperation set in over the task ahead. Promotion seemed to be slipping away. Attack after attack ended up without result. One particular attack presented a golden opportunity to Swann who found himself on the penalty spot after an excellent ball through from Tarak Chourai, but he was unable to put it past the goalkeeper. The pressure eventually lapsed in the dying seconds as a St. Andrews counter attack beat the few defenders not committed to the
attack and a one on one with the keeper remained. The St. Andrews striker carefully lobbed the ball over an oncoming Ben Wright. The game finished 2-0. The dejection of the Aberdeen squad was more than apparent as they realised that their promotion chase from BUCS league 2A was now over with an almost insurmountable 6 point difference between them in second and their opposition in first. The second team were next on to the pitch and won a closer than expected match 4-3, despite going 4-1 up at one point. The last 10 minutes were nerve racking to say the least. On an away trip to Stirling, the third team won 5-1 against their counterparts. By Calum Swann
@BeckAdlington – can’t handle the traffic
Men’s Hockey Report
The week in tweets
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