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Happy New Year and welcome to the first Re:Union magazine of 2010. You may have noticed a few changes to the magazine, mainly the absence of a few faces who unfortunately had to resign due to other commitments (sadly essays do come first) but fear not, as we have a bevy of beauties, myself being one of them, who have been elected editors for this new year! In the place of our former editor, Sean, is myself, Ruairidh. I served as Creative Director and Features Editor for the last two issues and look forward to taking the magazine onward and upwards this year. Taking my place as Features Editor as of the next issue is the lovely Amanda Matheson, who has been contributing for what seems like decades, and similarly, Penny Campbell who will take the place of Sarah as our news editor from the next issue onward... still with me? Ok! There is something else you will hopefully have noticed about this issue of the magazine... something foreign? That’s right, it’s the international issue! Over the next 24 pages you will be treated to insights from students who have travelled abroad, international students studying here, interviews and reviews of international bands and DJs, Re:Union’s favourite international films, as well as all the usual news, fashion and sport you would expect! So put the textbooks down, log off of Blackboard, grab a cuppa, maybe a few biscuits, and enjoy... Ruairidh Pritchard Editor Re:Union Magazine

Re:Union Volume 12.3 2010

Cover Models: Pratibha C.Nair, Hannah Kristal Hafeez, Lise Talge, Cheung Cheuk Kwan Styling/make-up/hair: Tatiana Ashakova (www.esteemmakeover.co.uk) Photographer: Elena Nevzorova (www. elenaphotography.co.uk)

Editor / Features Editor Ruairidh Prtichard ruairidh.pritchard@gcal.ac.uk

Fashion Editor Tatiana Ashakova ashakova@gmail.com

News Editor (Issue 4) Penny Campbell morriganthecelt@btinternet.com

Arts Editor Steph Cosway steph.cosway@gmail.com

Sport Editor Allan Argue aargue10@caledonian.ac.uk

Features Editor (Issue 4) Amanda Matheson amathe18@caledonian.ac.uk

Music Editor Rory Herron roryherron@hotmail.com

Marketing Editor Janika Fuchs jfuchs10@caledonian.ac.uk

Design Josie McKay Communication & Media Co-ordinator


>>NEWS

It’s been a sad month for the news section of Re:Union. Our fantastic news editor Sarah has unfortunately had to leave us, but fear not! Our brand new news editor Penny, starts next issue! Until then, sit tight and have a look at what we managed to throw together in the meantime.

>> Student Safety Free personal attack alarms were given to students by British Transport Police as part of a personal safety message in December. Officers offered information and freebies in Glasgow Caledonian University’s Saltire Centre from 11am until 3pm in a campaign organised by the Student Association. There was a great response by students and all the 250 personal attack alarms were given away. The alarms make a painfully loud noise designed to draw attention and scare away potential attackers. Event organiser, Jas Sangha, Student Association welfare officer, said: “Students like freebies so we tried to get as many things as we could together to raise awareness and personal safety.” Safety items on offer included security cords for attaching mobile phones, plastic ‘spikeys’ to put in bottle tops to prevent drinks being spiked, zip-clips for keeping bags closed, UV markers for identifying valuables and replica coins for trolley supermarkets. Many students took advantage of officers Jack Mitchell and John McCrone’s advice and the freebies were happily received. Officer Mitchell said: “Most of the stuff’s gone. We’ve had queues at times of people wanting to speak to us so we think it’s a success and I think the students association also believe it’s a success.” Safety is especially important during the festive season and officer McCrone advised: “Students need to be aware. When you’re out and about be aware of where you are, how you’re getting home late at night and try to make arrangements for that.” Jas also had postcards that said, ‘I’d feel safer if’, that around 150 students filled in to highlight their own safety concerns. British Transport Police are working with the students association to respond to these issues. The officers were keen to reassure students: “Glasgow is a safe city. Very safe,” added officer Mitchell.

Jenny Thomson



>> Caley runs for Haiti We are all now aware of the devastation and suffering caused by the earthquake in Haiti on 12th January this year, many of us have already given generously in one form or another to the numerous charities who are currently operational in Haiti. Students from Caley decided to take part in our own fundraising effort. Organised by our very own Jas Sangha (Vice President Support and Advice), eleven students, joined by Nesbit, the Caley Bear, took part in a 5 km walk on the morning of January 30th. The total amount raised, which now stands at over £200, will go to Khalsa Aid (www.khalsaaid.org) and the British Red Cross (www.redcross.org.uk). Visit their websites to learn more about what projects and rescue efforts they are currently involved in, and how you can volunteer.

Penny Campbell

>> Pillow Fight Over 40 people took part in a student led ‘flash pillow fight’ in the centre of Glasgow In a uniquely bizarre take on the flash mob phenomenon. Battle commenced on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 and lasted only 10 minutes before the crowd dispersed leaving passers by and onlookers bewildered. Inspired by a book of things to do before you die, Glasgow Caledonian social science student, Paul Reid, organised the event through a Facebook group called ‘Let’s start a flash pillow fight in George Square.’ Describing the incident Paul said: “It was banter. We had a good turnout.” Scott Anderson, Paul’s friend and coorganiser said: “I broke Paul’s glasses with the first swipe. It was a good laugh.” Participants, who all brought their own pillows, emerged largely uninjured, although fellow student, Daniel Rawlings said: “It was brutal!” Explaining how she got involved, Kate Samuels said simply: “It was Paul’s bullying.”

In celebration of the day’s success most of the group trouped off to the pub, still carrying their pillows. Video footage of the fight, filmed by Kim Stewart, is now on YouTube entitled ‘Flash Pillow Fight Glasgow’.

Jenny Thomson


On the 26th of November 2009, members of the GCUSA hosted a masquerade ball in the University’s very own Saltire Centre in memory of former business studies student Allister Boyd. Allister was no ordinary young man. After courageously battling brain cancer

A champagne reception with live music provided by Natasha Bruce (daughter of honorary graduate Jack Bruce) was followed by a delicious meal (assisted by a free bar courtesy of Walkabout) and a Ceilidh. A raffle was held with amazing prizes such as a trip for two to New York, a signed Louis Hamilton jersey and a laptop computer and

We’ve got some very exciting news for you from the depths of the minds of Radio Caley this issue! There’s been so much interest in our little station that we’ve now managed to boost our broadcasting hours to between 10am and 8pm every weekday! Now that’s something to get excited about.

>>NEWS

>> GCU Masquerade Ball

So what can you expect from us this semester? There’s all the good stuff from our old salts including ‘The Turbine’ with their eclectic blend of music, features and polls that really make

throughout his teenage years, he sadly passed away in April 2009 at the tender age of twenty. Before he died, Allister raised over £200,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust and CLIC sergeant; a remarkable sum which is testament to the determination and commitment that he showed despite the agonizing position he was in. Wishing to carry on Allister’s inspiring message, third year students Orla Armstrong and Sara Caithness, along with student president Stephanie Pitticas organised the hugely successful masquerade ball and raised a grand total of £6,500 for the aforementioned charities. The night saw over 200 students and members of university staff get together for what will certainly go down as one of the most memorable nights of the year. Also in attendance were Allister’s brother Russell and his parents, Robert and Kim.

the night was then topped off by a disco at walkabout with music provided by our very own Radio Caley DJs. Former Student President, and friend, Paddy Hastie, said: “I think Allister would have felt so proud. It is great GCU are not just remembering Allister but honouring him in this way. His legacy will definitely live on and it is important that we remember this true hero.” Student President Stephanie Piticass said: “It was an absolute pleasure organising such an event. It couldn’t possibly have been done without the increased help and support of our institution. I’d like to thank all the sponsors, helpers and volunteers on the evening; they made this night a huge success.”

Rory Herron

you think; as well as ‘JUNK’ taking you on a merry jaunt through 50 years of musical joy. Not only that we have the sports-minded hilarity of ‘Shuttlecock & Balls’ and student-led chatter from ‘Caley Talks’. The best thing is that these are just four of the 42 fantastic shows that we have coming your way this semester! Among our newbies are ‘Unknown Pleasures’, ‘Micho Music’, ‘Slick Mick’s Show’, ‘Scandy Floss’ & ‘Roundabout Rock’. As if all this wasn’t enough we’ve also got the new shows (with just that little bit more experience) such as ‘Feed the Pony’, ‘Carissa Explains It All’ & ‘Beauties & The Beat’. To add the sheer extravagance of all that we also have the triumphant return of ‘Blue Suede Trews’, ‘The Sean Neilson Show’ and ‘Sticky & Sweet’! It’s an exciting time for all of us at Radio Caley and we want you all to get excited too!

Michael Park




Jas Bytes... ns Answered Your Sexual Health Questio What is safe sex?

Sex where semen, vaginal secretions or blood are not exchanged between sexual partners is referred to as safe sex. Using condoms properly during intercourse (anal or vaginal) will greatly reduce the risk of spreading HIV. Condoms must be used correctly and with plenty of lubricant. Water based lubricant should be used as other types of lubricants (like oil-based) can cause condoms to break. Female condoms are also available and should be used with lubricants.

What is HIV?

HIV means human immunodef iciency virus - a virus which weakens the immune system in humans. It is found in the blood (including menstrual blood), semen and vaginal fluid of a person who has HIV.

How is different HIV?

AIDS from

of people who do not show any deterioration in their health, even after ten years.

Can you get HIV through oral sex?

Oral sex carries a much lower risk than penetrative sex, but HIV can still be passed on through cuts, gum problems or ulcers in the mouth if contact is made with infected bodily fluids.

What are the symptoms of HIV? • Flu-like symptoms • Extreme and constant tiredness • Fevers, chills and night sweats • Rapid weight loss for no known reason • Swollen lymph glands in the neck, underarm or groin area • White spots or unusual marks in the mouth • Skin marks or bumps (raised or flat, usually painless and purplish) • Continuous coughing or a dry cough • Diarrhoea • Decreased appetite

How can I protect myself from HIV? Always use a condom when having vaginal or anal sex. You also may want to use a condom or dental dam during oral sex although the risk of transmission of HIV is much lower. Never share needles, syringes or any other injecting equipment.

HIV causes AIDS. Someone who has HIV (a virus) may not have AIDS (an illness). HIV weakens Someone who has HIV may not have the body’s immune any symptoms, but they carry the Is there now a system, leaving it open virus and could pass it on through cure for HIV? to various infections blood or body fluids (e.g. unprotect- There is not a and cancers. For most ed sexual intercourse). cure for HIV at people who have HIV, present. Taking the progression to a combination of AIDS is fairly slow, taking years from anti-HIV drugs (combination therapy) HIV infection to the development of can reduce the level of HIV in the blood, AIDS. Without treatment people who but they do not completely eliminate HIV have HIV eventually become ill and can from the body. There is still no vaccine develop AIDS within five to ten years. to prevent people from becoming HIV However there are a small percentage positive.

What do I do if I think I have put myself at risk?

If you think you have placed yourself at risk from infection by HIV you can get more information by calling the Sexual Health and National AIDS Helpline free (from the UK) on 0800 567 123. You can also attend the ‘all-day walkin’ Sandyford clinic (Sandyford place, Glasgow, G3 7NB) from 08.30am to 3pm, Mon, Wed, Thurs and Fri, and 08.30am to 10.30am on Tuesdays. You can call Sandyford for an appointment on 0141-221-8130.

Living with HIV

Many people can now live into retirement and old age with HIV as long as they adhere to their medication and have a healthy lifestyle. The main issue that they face is due to the stigma associated with HIV therefore the hardest part for many HIV positive people is telling others. Some people have been rejected by their family, friends and partners. Due to this many HIV positive people choose only to tell the people closest to them who they can trust.

Jas Sangha VP Support and Advice jas.sangha@gcal.ac.uk

Open Mon-Fri, 9-5pm so pop in or make an appointment: Email: welfare@gcal.ac.uk Tel: 0141-273-1650



The welfare department in the Students’ Association is a registration and distribution site for C-Card – a simple and confidential service that gives all students unlimited access to free condoms. After registering there are many places throughout Glasgow that will allow you to pick up free condoms but if you’re in Uni anyway you might as well use the Welfare Department!


Hello!

There’s been a lot of change happening at Re:Union, and with this issue we wanted to keep this simple, so in this features section, my last as features editor (try not to cry), we will tell you three stories: one of a Caledonian student’s trip to Barcelona, one

of an international student’s trip around East Lothian’s historical parts, and one of an international student’s take on our fair country. Enjoy :)

Ruairidh

Barcelona Baby! g How to win a globetrot.

At the beginning of summer I was faced with two options. I could either stay all tucked up in my comfort zone, bartending in Glasgow for three months or jump on a plane to Barcelona with three of my mates. I had little money, even less in the way of Spanish and nothing in the way of international experience. But on top of that, I had itchy feet. So I booked a flight, saved up six hundred bucks and off we went. This article is being written to show that you don’t have to be rich to see the world. You just have to be resourceful...and a bit of a chancer. Luckily, one of my friends was close to fluent in Spanish and he sorted out a flat for us. The next step was work. The first few weeks were fabulous and horrendous. Oh yes. We handed out CV’s upon CV’s, dipped in and out of flyering, call centre and bar jobs, got messed about a bit and became rather broke. I’m not going to lie to you folks; one morning my friend Paddy and I shared half a can of sweet corn for breakfast because we had no food in the flat. Not even a whole one; half a can. And yes, this was indeed a tad on the tragic side but you’re better cruising on an extreme than floating in mediocrity if you ask me. Extremes are a great deal more hilarious of a summer. The novelty of being broke was fresh and exciting and we laughed at our own expense and carried on working away. I was literally down to my last euro at least once a week. It was a thoroughly ridiculous state of affairs. So having discussed the minor but charming tribulations, the fabulous side now emerges. With prevalence I might add! It only takes a few weeks to learn the way of a city. By week three we had learned how to have a night out for three people on ten euros through free passes, vouchers and hot footing it home. This last technique is a great deal more enticing when balmy Spanish humidity (rather than Glasgow rain) escorts you on your way. When you’re abroad you don’t need a great deal of money to enjoy yourself. For example; a day at the beach costs a next to nothing: metro fairs and a litre bottle of water; two

euros and sixty cents. On the first Sunday of every month many museums are free so you can indulge in Barcelona’s treasury of cultural delights. Riches include the Casa Batlló (the building with the cat’s eyes balconies), the Sagrada Familia church (originally designed by Paula de Villar and continued by Gaudi) which has been being built for one-hundredand-twenty-seven years; or the mesmerizing mosaic garden; Parc Guel. There are also a vast wealth of museums and galleries which are free everyday. Cost; four euros (metro fares and a tortilla). You don’t need an expensive gym membership abroad either. Jogging around the streets of Barcelona never gets boring; stimulating architecture feeds one’s eyes at every corner. Indeed this is one of the cheapest, never mind healthiest, forms of tourism. Almost every flat in Barcelona has a balcony or a roof terrace. Grab a book, a laptop, a yoga mat or whatever tickles your fancy; hop on up, and let the sunshine entertain you. Cost; rent that has already been paid. Cities like Barcelona are full of free festivals as well, for example the Gracia Street Festival or the magnificent San Juan festival that occurs at the beginning of July. During the day of San Juan the adults and children take sweet breads and cakes around to one another’s houses and to the gardens. During the night, mobile sound systems and thousands and thousands of tanned young whippersnappers descend upon the beaches and dance the night away. Bargainous amusement is ample when you live on streets that have only been known to you a few months. Dinner with new friends who you are beginning to actually understand; free. A stroll down Las Ramblas with friends who have had your back since you got there; priceless. An easyjet flight home for the beginning of semester A; £110. Yes, make sure don’t forget about that pesky overhead. The balmy Spanish humidity won’t escort you very far on that one. Lucy Rothwell




On Sunday, the 7th of February a group of about 50 international students came together with the intention to visit another striking part of Scotland and get to know its history. This time Gary Brown, Caledonian’s Assistant International Student Adviser was going to take them to the East Lothian. At 8.30 am students with all kinds of nationalities were coming together to make the journey begin. Indeed, you could meet students from France, the Netherlands, Finland, Australia, Germany, Canada, Poland and many other places on the bus. The first place the bus was heading to was Dunbar and its castle. The rather minor ruins which are placed over the harbour of the town represent one of the most impregnable fortresses in Scotland. Build across the rocks of the headland and connected with a natural cavern under it, back in the 12th century the castle had a useful location enabling supplies to be brought in by boat. There was not much left of the castle itself to look at but the place presented a splendid



view over the sea and many other beautiful aspects. The next stop was going to be the Tantallon Castle, which is located east of North Berwick. The castle was built on a cliff and again this gave the visitors the chance to have an impressive view over the sea, presenting among others the Bass Rock, as well as spectacular cliffs and the rolling countryside.

The story of the Tantallon Castle is connected to one of the most powerful families in Scotland – the Douglas family. It is assumed that it was build in the middle of the 14th century by William Douglas. After killing his godfather William became the head of the House of Douglas and the first Earl of Douglas. When some years later the Douglas family had to undergo some serious fightings and was even split, the Tantallon castle was being used as a base. Finally there was another stop at the coast where most of the international travellers had something to eat and eventually the day trip was coming to its end. The next and final destination for the day was going to be the Caledonian University. What a great day. People had the chance to visit wonderful places, to find out new facts about the history of Scotland and had the chance to find out news and facts about all kinds of other cultures and languages.

Katharina Dziacko Pictures by Katharina Dziacko


Glasgow …an international student perspective Glasgow. I did not know what to expect when I was back home preparing to come here. I had heard a lot of fascinating stories about this great city, ‘Dear Green Place’. It was really a long journey that saw me traversing through three continents. On arrival, I was greeted at the airport by chilling cold that got me shivering and made my speech unstable. A look outside the airport, and I saw everywhere was covered with white semi solid compound; the sands were white; the leaves (if any) were white; the walkway was not spared; even the buses and the taxes were all covered with white: SNOW! (Yeah, it was new to me!). Glasgow Caledonian University, was my destination. The first few people I met on ground on arrival were very friendly. Their hospitality was outstanding. My first point of call was the Mezzanine area of the Saltire centre, where I met some student volunteers. They showed me around, including Caledonian Court and the lecture venues. The lecturers are like parents to me. They are very approachable and can go the extra miles to support you. The International Students Support Service (ISSS) and the wonderful staff in there are great pillars of support. I personally remain grateful to them. I was astonished the first time I entered the subway, as trains in my country are not underground and it was great to see a statue of James Watt in George Square. James Watt was one of the famous inventors whose scientific inventions and works inspired the interest of most of us in the sciences. A visit to the nearby holiday resort in Loch Lomond increased my admiration for this great city. The fast-moving water, the lush green environment and the rolling hills are sights to behold. Edinburgh Castle symbolises the civilisation, struggle and the history of Scotland. Perched on a volcanic rock, the Castle is a royal heritage and pride of Scots. I was glad to be at the physical reference point of the history I have been reading for ages: the triumph of Queen Mary of Scot, Robert the Bruce and King James IV. Most of the items in the Castle are dated as back as 340 million BC. Life as an international student has been very eventful. It has been the best period of my life so far. Caley is known for strict adherence to its Equality and Diversity Policy. The Students Association encourages and support international students. Presently, the association has an International Students Officer as a member of the Executive and some sabbatical office holders are international students too. There are many international students that sit at the Caledonian Student Parliament. Being a part of CSP has been a great experience for me. Contributing to policy and decision making in affairs that affect the students has been worthwhile. International students are in every level of decision making in Caley: from Class Rep, Programme Rep to School Officers and Senate members. Although I have been having a terrible fight with the Scottish weather, that changes every now and then, it has been a worthwhile experience. Sometimes, it can be extremely cold and I have to struggle to wake up in the morning. However, I enjoy my sleep better, unlike the hot weather back home. So far, it has been a worthwhile experience, and I wish every international student feels the same way.

Sampson Akwafuo Co-Chair, Caledonian Students’ Parliament (CSP)




If somebody says there is not much fashion happening in Glasgow, he/ she must go and check out the Fashion Business department in our Uni! This fashion section is all about d e m o n s t ra t ing works of these talents who are our fellow students. Who knows maybe some of them will follow the path of Christopher Kane or even further? Enjoy! Tatiana

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Sharon White top with flower frills, khaki trousers by Megan Allison Lisa Black and white dress by Erin McCanny White leather jacket by PussyBowPeep at Che Camille (www.checamille.com)


Rebecca Paper dress made out of Re:Union magazines by Sarah Laird specially for the March issue

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Sirje Long silk dress with rose details by Sarah Laird

Credits Models: Rebecca Rose and Sirje Raesaenen from Glasgow Caledonian University Sharon Strong and Lisa Lewis from Superior Model Management, Glasgow (www.superiormodelmanagement.co.uk)

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Styling/make-up/hair: Tatiana Ashakova (www.esteemmakeover.co.uk) Photographer: Elena Nevzorova (www.elenaphotography.co.uk) Backstage video available on Facebook page “Re:Union� made by Amanda Matheson and Ashleigh Burns


Hi folks

Plenty of live music for you this issue; inkeeping with the international theme we have live reviews of Irish folk troubadour Fionn Regan and American tech-house

giant Claude VonStroke as well as a review of the new Joanna Newsom release and much much more. g!

Happy readin

Flood Of Red King Tuts Sunday 20th December

On normal occasions, headline and hometown shows featuring a band with the calibre, reputation and talent of Glasgow’s Flood of Red should be bursting at the seams: especially when they are scheduled within weeks of fans being asked to pay just $1 for their new album. However, despite selling over 1000 downloads of the LP in just one week, a desolate King Tut’s is not of that scenario tonight. The band play tracks from their brand new album ‘Leaving Everything Behind’ to the faces of what seem to be merely friends and family, as well as some older tracks from the smash EP the museum of knives and fire (2007). Unfortunately, treacherous weather conditions teamed with the ‘Sunday night feeling’ resulted in a disaster of a turnout. One however cannot fault the performance, which echoed throughout this empty room which at one time witnessed this very band play to a sold out crowd. The new ambient and more spiritual sound of the 6 piece is received by loving ears, resulting in front man Jordan Spier’s lyrics being all but drowned out by the chant of the few, yet keen followers.

w/The Excerts + more.

The soothing voice of Californian-born guitarist Calum Doris brings delight when harmonising and backing Speir’s lines. A breath of fresh air some might say, in a metal scene where the milking of Scottish accents is all too prominent. His constant enthusiasm and appreciation of crowd participation is symbolic of a band simply enjoying their recent success. The buzz about this band at the moment is that of their new found gimmick; and unlike others in the scene it is not the use of overpowering electronics or a Highland Scottish accent. Instead, it is their use of tribal-styled percussive interludes which find all members of the band (as well as their touring buddies The Excerts) donning different shaped and sized drums, causing a chaotic medley of fierce beats. These riotous sounds are kept melodious by the underlying bass lines laid down by bassist, Jamie McGowan. Taking to the stage at 10pm, after 4 support bands was maybe a silly decision on the promoter’s behalf, but bringing this band back to their self-acclaimed favourite venue certainly leads one to believe this IS their musical home. 8/10 Ryan Kane

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When nine gentlemen from Glasgow Caledonian were lucky enough to find weekend return flights to Munich for just £10 at the end of January there must have been an angel in the sky overlooking. It was either down to this or sheer fate that on that Saturday night, San Francisco’s ever-smiling king of bouncy, peak-dance -floor-time techno Barclay Crenshaw (pronounced Claude VonStroke!) was booked to play a three-hour set at the city’s notorious Harry Klein club – a pokey room half the size of Glasgow’s Sub Club which dedicates it’s whole floor space to the most important element of a good night out: Dancing. In many ways, the Harry Klein club symbolises why Germany is now recognised as the undisputed home of electronic music, as attention to things that don’t matter is simply non-existent. Four old school desks were pushed together in the corner of the room on top of a battered, uneven wooden dance floor creating the DJ ‘booth’; impeccable sound and smothering bass encapsulated the young crowd of early-morning revellers; mind-boggling visuals stalked each beat and surrounded the floor on all four walls and a 7am curfew meant that nobody was in a hurry to leave. Everyone was smiling. Promoting his new album Bird Brain, VonStroke crashed through a mammoth set of wonky, hip-hop inspired, two-hands-in-the-air techhouse, beautifully paced and aimed directly at the crowd’s waist line. Things got particularly rowdy when he showcased some of his new(ish) productions such as Beat that Bird and the humorously anthemic Vocal Chords as well as tracks from his 2008 fabric mix

Fionn Regan @ King Tut’s

It’s been a long time coming but Fionn Regan’s return to King Tut’s is as fitting a birthday gift as they could have hoped for to celebrate their twenty year anniversary. With only limited demo’s and a few rough tracks available before tonight, everyone was intrigued to hear which way Mr Regan had taken his talent and as he took to the stage; fully equipped with drums, electric guitars and organs, you got the feeling that he was moving on from the gently crafted songs so synonymous with his debut album, ‘End of the History’ and was looking to find his feet with a backing band so willing in support. We’d have to wait however as he plucked away at ‘Hey Rabbit’, an old favourite he has held on to for years inducing a word for word crowd sing along. Then his backing band, Danny and the Champions of the World kicked in to gear with ‘Protection Racket’, his to be lead single from his new album, ‘Shadow of an Empire’. Lending sounds from Dylan’s ‘Times Are A Changing’ it’s his catchiest song yet but maintains the poignaint lyrics which were so prominent throughout his debut album.

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A string of new songs followed,

such as James Braun’s beautiful “Symphonia” and DJ Deeon’s “Shake It”: Things got even sillier with head-melting lyrical shenanigans from Bootsy Collins on “The Greasy Beat” and also from Detroit Grand Pubahs on their homage to all things arse, “Big Onion”. Spreading his wings, VonStroke showcased tracks from other producers on his Dirtybird label such as Worthy and Justin Martin, spoiling the crowd with his label’s homemade blend of soulful Detroit-esque beats, funk-driven, grimy bass licks as well as minimalistic clicks, tweaks, claps and snaps. His ability to constantly use the element of surprise is definitely his most enlightening attribute; club classics, inventive samples, plentiful off-the-cuff vocals, humorous gimmicks (screeching monkeys anyone?) and punchy basslines that sound like bouncy balls ricocheting off the walls – his generous 3 hour set included all of these and more: An absolute feast of beats that had many in the crowd grabbing and hugging those around them in delight. Claude VonStroke, through his Dirtybird and Mothership record labels is proving that there are simply no limits when it comes to creating enticing techno music for the dance floor. Minimal-heads and Detroit purists may argue otherwise but they’re missing the point. For the mean time, this is as fun as it gets. Claude VonStroke’s album “Bird Brain” is out now on Dirtybird records

Rory Herron

‘Coathook’ a bluesy tale of dependancy, ‘Genocide Matinee’ shouts with anti-authoritarianism as he calls for ‘the truncheon if authority/ that treats you with no dignity’, and ‘Catacombs’ harking back to his old days. This lead us in to a cascade of oldies again; ‘Penny in the Slot’ garnering the most cheers from the crowd and some technical difficulties during ‘Snowy Atlas Mountains’ gave the crowd an opportunity to help out with the singing. New songs shone through however like ‘Violent Demeanor’, one of the stand out tracks from‘… Empire’, an undercurrant of anger is unearthed through the sombre, pensieve lyrics, showcasing the progress Regan has made, maintaining his lyrical wisdom whilst creating a fuller sound - adding yet more strings to his already packed bow. Regan saved the best til last for his encore with ‘Lord Help My Poor Soul’, arguably his finest moment from his new album; the lyrics nod towards Edgar Allen Poe whilst the band are at their best as they play out this potential anthem. Danny and the Champions depart the stage to leave the real champion to play out his signature ‘Be Good Or Be Gone’, a classic already, but by tonights showing one of many more in the making.

Simon Ward


With certain areas of the music press heralding 2010 as a year of a new folk movement with London’s Mumford and Sons at the forefront, another prominent folk musician returns to the fray after an almost four year absence. Californian harpist Joanna Newsom releases a brand new triple album “Have one on me” this February. This will be her first full release since 2006’s critically acclaimed “Y’s” (say: “eees”). “Have one on me” is rumoured to be not as grand in scale as the orchestrated “Y’s” but rather more of a mix between that and her first album “Milk-Eyed Mender”. As a small taster for this album, a new song “‘81” was leaked onto the net. The song is simply Joanna singing accompanied by only her harp, it has a wonderfully woven structure with voice and instrument intertwining to create soft but very textured melody. The lyrics carry on much in the same vein from “Y’s” with Joanna describing finding and plotting a little garden in Eden and creating an idyllic peaceful life. Detractors often comment that Newsom’s voice is “too child-like” or “yelping and off-key” but her style is very deliberate this is not simply a woman singing words that she wrote, it is very clear that each word, syllable, and vocal note is considered in context to the music it is set to. This is something a lot of contemporary musicians seem to over look. Real vocal range is not just being able to throw in a big vocal swing at the end of every other line, i.e. Joss Stone, being able to work a big vocal range can be extremely useful in expressing emotive themes within songs. Now I’m not going to say that Joanna Newsom is for you, certainly don’t expect catchy hooks or something you’re going to be humming or clicking your fingers to. However this is a musician of real quality and you really have to listen intently to have the full experience. She is certainly making music like no other artist I can think of, but feel free to let me know if there is. Miss Newsom generally divides people into two distinct groups, those who dislike her music and those can’t imagine music without her ever again. She might not be to everyone’s taste but like marmite you should at least try it once.

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November. Edinburgh

2006 saw a reunion of a little known punk band from New York who in their very short lived hey-day released only two albums (1973’s self titled debut, and 1974’s Too Much Too Soon), but are credited with influencing The Ramones and The Sex Pistols. So when I went to see them in December at the HMV Picture House, Edinburgh, I expected a bit of a history lesson, and a nostalgia show, despite only 40 percent of the original band surviving (singer David Johansen and guitarist Sylvain Sylvain). I was not disappointed. Johansen still adheres at least in part to the cross-dresser look they were known for – he strode on stage in sunglasses, leather trousers, and rather feminine black silk top. He announced into the microphone, “when I say I’m in love, you’d best believe I’m in love, L – U – V”, which provided the first old sing-along with Looking for a Kiss. Jet Boy, also from their debut, was a clear favourite of the night, as it saw a couple of hundred middle-aged men pogo-jumping as if they were still teenagers. But the band themselves were clearly not trying to pretend that they were young. The New York Dolls have released four albums since their reunion, and the new 60% of the band are seasoned rock’n’rollers, which ensures that they now have a musicality which did not exist with them in the 70’s. So, Lonely Planet Boy was treated with a full band jam and a solo from Sylvain. Particularly effective was the new version of Trash, which on their latest album has a distinct reggae feel; live they mixed the two versions, on a verse about basis. I would never have imagined this working, but lo and behold, it did. The fans below aged 30 (of whom there were few), enjoyed tracks from their latest albums. Dance Like a Monkey did indeed prove good dance fodder. It is safe to say that this band is a very different band to the one they used to be. A nostalgia show suggests old tired rockers trying to impress: That’s certainly not the vibe I got at the show. Two particular moments (out of many) demonstrate this: Sylvain’s favourite trick was to regularly flick his plectrum into the air, catch it and continue to play without missing a beat; Johannsen just seemed to enjoy being on stage, and was simultaneously surprised and delighted when lead guitarist John Conti came and stole some of his mic space during the last song Pills. Both moments were done simply for sake of enjoying them: nothing about the show felt contrived, and nothing felt like showmanship for the sake of it. They felt like a fresh rock and roll band.

The new album “Have one on me” released the 23rd of February through Drag City records.

So, hats off to The New York Dolls. These guys were the original punk-rockers. They came before The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Skids. They also departed at the same time as The Ramones kicked off, and never enjoyed any of the popularity that the bands they inspired did. Yet I reckon that Johansen and co are having the last laugh, because they are still going, and still going strong. You’d best believe I’m in love...

David MacLachlan

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Glasgow o2 ABC / 6th Feb As I approach ABC to interview Glasgow rockers, Twin Atlantic, hours before they are due to take to the stage, I already know tonight is going to be something special. Fans had been queuing up since 9am to get to the front of the line when doors open... at 7pm. It is evident from the beginning of our meeting that Twin Atlantic are a band who haven’t forgotten who they are making the music for. After signing off on new t-shirts for street teamers, recording a few videos and interviews for various unofficial fan website and almost falling out of their window trying, to no avail, to see the end of the growing queue outside, they finally calm down enough for Sam and Craig to sit down and have a chat with me before play ABC tonight and King Tuts tomorrow ahead of a two month long American tour.

How would you describe Twin Atlantics sound? Sam: We make really loud noises. It’s just really loud rock music. We get compared to bands like Biffy Clyro and Idlewild a lot, but even though we’re all Scottish rock bands, we sound the same but different. Craig: Yeh, Idlewild have their sound, Biffy have theirs and we have ours. Sam: Which is loud (laughs) Your playing ABC tonight and King Tuts tomorrow, so which do you prefer – bigger or smaller shows? Sam: I love all shows. Getting out there and performing is what it’s all about, but there’s a massive difference between the bigger and smaller gigs. When your playing a place like the ABC, the crowd are just like bodies, which makes them easier to play to, but when your playing a small gig, you can see them close up, and that when it gets nervous. When you know your playing to actually people and not just bodies in the crowd. Craig: I don’t really feel the difference as much. Behind the drums, I’m kinda hidden away in, like, a world of my own, but I just love playing live.

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Sam: It also depends a lot on the crowds. Last week we played in Newcastle in a thousand person capacity venue to just over two hundred fans, and you would have thought it was sold out. The energy from the crowd is incredible.

What’s been your favourite gig so far? Craig: My favourite was a show we did in Switzerland last year, the drums where right at the front of the stage so I got to see the entire crowd, it was great not being up the back again. Sam: Switzerland was crazy; Craig was sweating so much we were all covered by the sweat being hit off the symbols. It was a pretty damp stage after we left (laughs) but my favourite was QMU last year. It was one of the first gigs in the Glasgow we had done in a while and it was sold out, over a thousand people were in watching us and the crowd were crazy. So was that one of those moments when you realized what you were doing and have to pinch yourselves? Craig: Definitely. I have one of those moments almost every month. I mean, SXSW was one, then getting the album out, massive gigs, touring, even looking out the window at that massive queue. Sam: It’s great when you’ve been lying low for bit though, doing something like writing and recording, and then you get one of those moments. It’s why I love doing this so much. It’s crazy in perspective. Craig: Oh yeah, like three years ago I was going to gigs at the QMU and had just joined the band, now being able to play it to a sold out crowd, definitely “a moment”. You’re heading to America in the next month, how have they reacted to your music in the past? Sam: They’re a pretty great crowd to play to. Craig: We’ve only really played to media crowds in the US before now, but they’ve all been really into it. Sam: I think it’s because American’s are into their hard rock with melodies, which is what we try to incorporate. A lot of the stuff

on the album is really melodic but is still loud rock. That’s why we’re really looking forward to the tour – you can tell they really appreciate the music.

You’ve become pretty infamous for your cover versions, especially the cover you did of Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. Where did that come from? Sam (laughing): We had no idea it was going to be as big as it was. We were asked by Xfm to record a cover of a track by one of our heroes. We didn’t want to do anything by band like the Foo Fighters or Nirvana, because it would have just sounded... well, like a shit cover. Craig: We had heard the song and just thought, why not? It turned out much better than we expected. Sam: The response we got from it, especially in America, was amazing. Lots of people at SXSW were just thought the way I sang the word “girls” was funny, and it stuck I guess, but my favourite cover we’ve done was of a Beatles song. I remember the day we heard it back for the first time and I just thought to myself, “Fucking hell... we nailed that” (laughs) How well do you think Scottish rock music is being represented in the music industry? Sam: Really well I at the moment. Obviously you’ve got Biffy doing really well, and Idlewild really made a mark and now you’ve got the smaller bands like ourselves, Xcerts, Twilight Sad and Frightened Rabbit coming through. Craig: I think it’s a really great time to be a young Scottish rock band. You know, after Idlewild’s success and now Biffy, there’s more focus on Scottish rock, which is great, because there’s loads of bands here that deserve attention and success. So where should we expect to see Twin Atlantic in five years time? Sam: Hamden! (laughing) It’s something I’ve dreamt about for ages, we would love to headline Hamden... yeah, Hamden. Twin Atlantic’s debut Vivarium is out now. Ruairidh Pritchard

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Hey everyone,

Welcome to the first issue of Re:union in 2010. And, trust me, it is out of this world or to be more specific, ‘out of the UK’. Yes, Welcome to the international arts section.

We also have an article from a young gentlemen who is the mastermind behind the latest internet sensation Fadvertising (http://fadvertising.wordpress.com). Unfortunately he also thinks Britain is the latest American state.

In this issue we have a showcase on foreign films including a small helping hand from me on where to start with international films – I’m sure Strictly Ballroom will be everyone’s starting point!

Next issue will have a Scottish theme so send me in articles on all things Scottish may it be an in-depth profile of your favourite River City star or a drawing of your favourite bench in Glasgow. Send them all this way.

Steph x

mugging. Leonard is the manager of a storage unit where Jimmy goes to work alongside his uncle.

Be warned. If you watch this film you will come to three clear conclusions. Firstly: You are never, EVER, going into a storage unit. No matter what. Secondly: You are never going to Australia. Unlike the pretty fantasy land portrayed by propaganda such as Neighbours and Kylie Minogue, Australia is, in fact, one hell of a scary place that’s full of crazies. And lastly: It really isn’t so wendy to keep your lights on at night. Storage follows 17-year-old Jimmy (who FYI is quite pretty - don’t worry he’s probably about 34 in real life) who’s goes to live with his exSAS uncle Leonard after his father is killed in a

The List

Being female I find myself genetically predisposed to enjoy – to the point of swooning – chick flicks. Even genetics can’t help this film out. It’s the kind of film that makes Twilight look like an Oscar winner. The List, you see, is a bit odd. First off the main character Lewis decides to propose to his girlfriend on a television show about weeds. You know, like those dandelions that grow in the cracks between slabs making it impossible to get them out. Those weeds. This ‘weed’ show is also fronted by none other than the cheerleader coach from Glee. Odd right? It’s not even meant to be funny. At least I don’t think it’s meant to be funny. Who knows really. Anyway, recap: Lewis proposing to girlfriend on a gardening show about weeds fronted by Glee coach. Girlfriend, predictably, declines his offer with some pretty hefty abuse which,

Now you know what first days are like. Well young Jimmy’s here takes the biscuit. First off he arrives to be introduced to Zia (LOVE INTEREST) only to find out she’s soon for the chop – fired that is. Next on to exploring the said storage unit, which has zero phone signal (ALARM BELLS) where he gets to meet some of the customers. Including a hairy biker, who uses his storage unit to make drugs which he then sells on to children.

does he find? Clear evidence of a murder. I don’t need to tell you what happens next. You need to watch for yourself. Be prepared to be screeching, shouting and swearing at your TV screen. If you’re into your thrillers then this is definitely the film for you. Just, you know, don’t watch it alone. 4/5 Storage is available on DVD from March

Steph Cosway

But hairy biker man is nothing, repeat NOTHING compared to the crazy man sniffing clothes in his unit which he accidently left ajar. Of course, Jimmy being utterly insane, he decides to investigate said unit. What

quite honestly, I doubt the most heinous of females are capable of spouting out on tele. Cue depression and hatred of all women before the concoction of a list that Lewis creates outlining the seven qualities a gal must possess in order for him to date him. Nice to see he’s not full of himself then, aye? Along comes the perfect girly to save him from a life of bitter love cynicism. With a, get this, karaoke duet of Marvin Gaye’s ‘Sexual Healing’ on the first date, no less. Pretty much every girl’s favourite fantasy, right? Of course, he falls for her like a bullet through jelly. End of the story? No, it’s not quite as bad as that. Can you feel the big twist vibe coming up? There is definitely something less than perfect about this girl. You will need to watch yourself to find out though. Unless, of course, you have something better to do like The Times Sudoku page. 1/5

Steph Cosway

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AMERICA

AUSTRALIA

This film from 2000 is an adaptation of the 1978 novel of the same name written by Hubert Selby Jnr. Probably best known for starring Jared Leto, the actor turned leadsinger of 30 Seconds to Mars, this film is also one of the most emotionally harrowing piece of art you will ever experience.

Now it might not the first Australian film that comes to mind for most of you BUT you have to admit it’s a bit of a corker. How can anyone not love a film where one of the characters is called Tina Sparkles?! Perhaps if I told you it was directed by Mr Baz Luhrmann of Moulin Rouge and Romeo & Juliet fame you’d be a little more interested.

Requiem for a Dream

Following the lives of four addicts the film follows their lives over three seasons as they delve further and further into a dream world of delusion until finally reality catches up with them. By no means for the faint-hearted but given the chance, this film, is likely to be one of the most memorable – if not best – films you will ever witness.

Strictly Ballroom is funny, captivating and has a dancer that looks hilariously like Ric Flair (wrestler). It might not be the most hardhitting film of the bunch but hey, it might just be the one you enjoy the most.

SWEDEN

SPAIN

Vampires are old news right? Twilight, True Blood and that God-awful Vampire Diaries – you’ve seen it all before. The last thing you need is more glittery blood-suckers. Well you’d be wrong as apart from making really great furniture, Sweden has created the fangtastic (sorry) version of My Girl.

Set in 1944 after the Spanish Civil War, Pan’s Labyrinth is a fantasy film which follows Ofelia and her pregnant mother go to live with Captain Vidal who is a very bad man.

Let the Right One In.

Let the Right One In is a romantic horror depicting the friendship formed between a 12-year-old bullied boy Oskar and a child vampire Eli. The unlikely friendship sees Eli help Oskar confront the bullies who make his life hell. But nothing ever runs smoothly when vampires and humans mix making this new found friendship ultimately doomed.

FRANCE

Science of Sleep

Anything that comes from the mind of Michel Gondry is sure to be two things – exceptionally amazing and entirely odd. French film at its best Science of Sleep dips in and out of reality with Stéphane who finds his vivid dreams a more comfortable place to eist than living in reality. He falls in love with his neighbour Stéphanie who, as hinted at in their similar names, is like a mirror image of Stéphane sharing his fantastical view of the world. As the film progresses you find yourself more and more confused as to what is reality and what is the dreams of Stéphane. But this only adds to the magic of Science of Sleep. You need this film in your life.

Pan’s Labyrinth

When chasing a stick insect/fairy Ofelia happens upon a labyrinth where a faun lives. This faun tells her that she is in fact Princess Moanna from a fairytale and to return to her father she must first complete three tasks by the next full moon. Visually stunning this film is horrifying as it is beautiful. The kind of film you have to see regardless of the fact it will destroy a tiny part of your soul.

BRAZIL

City of God

“Fight and you’ll never survive... Run and you’ll never escape.” The tagline to the 2002 Brazilian crime drama that explores organized crime in Rio de Janiero between the last 60s and early 80s. To be honest I’ve never seen this one but it came highly recommended. From some googlin’ I’ve gathered it starts with a chicken analogy as it tries to escape being slaughtered. Chicken analogies deserve infinite respect.

GERMANY

CHINA

Based around two friends, Edukators, follows Jan and Peter who want to educate the rich of the world by breaking into their mansions, moving furniture and leaving obscure messages for them to decipher. When Peter’s girlfriend Jule falls behind on her rental payments she moves in with the friends.

Apart from having rather a fabulous name this action meets romance film is as visually delicious as you will ever hope to find. Director Zhang Yimou, famed for his vivid use of colour, really goes to town with the colour use in House of Flying Daggers in a way which utterly intensifies every movement it beholds.

Jules admits to Jan one night that she is under a lifetime repayment scheme after crashing, uninsured, into a rich man’s Mercedes Benz. Jan decides they should break into the man’s house but not all goes to plan when on the man’s return they decide they have to kidnap him. Throw in a good love triangle and you’ve got yourself an interesting film.

The Flying Daggers are a rebel group with the Robin Hood philosophy of stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. During a plan to kill the leader of the Flying Daggers the daughter of the former leader is kidnapped by two police captains who hope she will lead to the headquarters of the Flying Daggers. But along the way one of the police captains falls in love with the woman.

Edukators

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Strictly Ballroom

House of Flying Daggers.


“We Interrupt This Programme...” Chuck It was during a chat with the arts editor of this very magazine that I first realised I was an idiot. It had never dawned on me before. I’m university-educated, quite bright and I can usually get words right without the constant requirement of a spell-checker (I know, get in line ladies). However, during the course of this chat I asked, nay pleaded, for her to let me write a review for this International edition of Re:Union on the new season of ‘Chuck’ which is currently airing in the US. It apparently never dawned on me that, being a show from America, it is international and therefore I can write about it ‘til my little [twisted husk of a] heart is content. First of all I should tell you a bit about the show in case you’re not familiar with it. Zachary Levi plays a bit of a loser who works in the American equivalent of PC World; that is until he has a government super-computer downloaded into his head. He then becomes a spy, getting involved in all sorts of capers (as spies are wont to do) but must continue working his mundane job and trying to keep up the appearance of crippling mediocrity. Accompanied by his secret service ‘handlers’, played adeptly by Yvonne Strahovski and the by now thoroughly typecast Adam Baldwin, Chuck saves the world using the information stored in the computer. Which is in his head. In case you’d forgotten. That bit’s quite important. The show is the brainchild of OC creator Josh Schwartz and uses many of the same production team as was used on the teen drama and a lot of the touches feel very “OC-ish”, from sweeping shots of ultimately pointless scenery to drippy indie music, if it wasn’t for the gunplay and car crashes you’d think you were watching Seth Cohen bounding around the boulevards of Orange County. I won’t say too much about the plot of the third series, I don’t want to ruin it for you, but Chuck’s undergone something of a change which was a much-needed development as the show came to the end of a difficult second season. The first few episodes house guest roles for Brandon Routh (he played Superman, honestly), Kristin Kreuk of Smallville fame and Stone Cold Steve Austin. Now don’t get me wrong here, you need to have seen the first two series in order to enjoy the new one, otherwise you’ll be left more bewildered than David Cameron in a council estate but I wholeheartedly recommend picking up the first two seasons on DVD before the new series explodes onto Virgin 1 in the Spring.

Michael Park

The Spell The Spell is seriously lacking in pea soup. You know, big bouts of lumpy green liquid projectile vomited across the scenes – preferably covering a couple of priests for extra points. Not sure what I’m getting at? Well, what I’m subtly trying to convey to you is that The Spell is a bit of a, somewhat naff, rip-off of The Exorcist. For those of you who haven’t had the visual pleasure of watching The Exorcist, the plot is quite simple – girl possessed by demon causes havoc while two priests try to exorcise her. Trust me it’s a lot scarier than it sounds. There’s this scene with a cross... you know what, let’s just trust the scary comment. So what’s The Spell about? Well yes, it too is about a girl possessed by a demon (oh snap) and her attempts to get exorcised. There are a few little changes though. Let’s set the scene... First of all we’re in Leeds – I know. Our main character, Jenny, is 16 and has spent her life being yo-yoed from one parent to the next and after getting caught in a compromising position with her boyfriend (in the basement no less) she does what any other self-respecting British teenager would do. She leaves school and gets a council flat with her boyfriend. Fast forward a few weeks/months/years, we’re not overly sure, and BAM she’s working in a posh designer clothes shop getting asked out by her rather handsome, but if you squint looks alarmingly like Alan Rickman, co-worker. You see, her fabulous boyfriend is cavorting around with another girl who may or may not be a witch. Jenny accepts said drinks invitation which leads to her dragging handsome co-worker up an alley for a quick snog - classy. Cue boyfriend reading her diary leading to big fight and Jenny running off to her mates – who does psychic readings in her bra. It’s all very Skins meets Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Talking of witches, remember the girl who might be a witch? Well she convinces the now ex-boyfriend to do a revenge spell on Jenny. Switch to Jenny sleeping in her bed and a shadowy figure that decides to travel up her nose leading to mucho convulsions and talking in a language that can only be described as the lyrics to Lady Gaga’s next single. Confusing, yes and this is only the first 20 minutes of the film! So now we have a, could be, possessed Jenny who is desperately trying to rid herself of her demons in a flat with no power or water. Which is where this film goes a bit wrong. We had a witch, a couple of psychics, some dispensable characters just asking for a dismembering and a shadowy figure dammit. Instead of exploring this our writer/director decides to delve this production into what can only be described as a NHS mental health advert as Jenny is abandoned by friends and family in a bid to be cured. Utterly disappointing. The Spell is far from being the best film you’ll ever see (very far) but add a few mates and like most British things, add a few glasses of wine and it will seem charming, funny and very attractive. Just don’t blame me when you wake up cuddled into the DVD box in the morning. 2/5 The Spell is available on DVD from March. Steph Cosway

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Hey Caley folk – I hope all is well, Santa was good to you, New Year was a blast and the Uni exam markers were generous. Like most things the weather has had an effect on the articles submitted for the sports section – so apologies the section is a wee bit scant. I promise it will be better next issue. (Get your articles in – they cant be that sh*t). As you have probably noticed this issue has an international theme – however the sports section is as international as one of those non-international thing mae bobs. So sit back and chillax to some non-international themed sports action.

Pe ac e, All an

Vewy Vewy Pwoud Man Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson spoke of his early days as an apprentice when he returned home to Glasgow. The most successful boss in British football history delivered a lecture on leadership to students and staff at Caledonian University and drew on over 50 years experience in the game as both a player and manager. Sir Alex has long been admired for his determination to stay at the very top but revealed that he was so disillusioned with football at one point that he was very close to walking away from the sport and emigrating away. “I was part time at St Johnstone. In a reserve game against Airdrie I broke my eyebrow, cheekbone and nose and was out for months. They put this massive plaster cast on my face,” said Sir Alex. “After I came back from the injury I played three reserve games. We lost 8-1, 7-0 and 9-2. I said that’s it - I’m finished. I took out papers to emigrate to Canada. “On the Friday night before the match against Rangers, my brother’s girlfriend phoned up my manager at St Johnstone and told him I had the flu. But when I arrived home from a regular Friday night at the swimming baths with my mates, my mother tore into me and said, ‘I’ve had a telegram from your manager - get down to the telephone booth and call him.’ “The manager said, ‘Report to the Bath Hotel tomorrow, you’re playing against Rangers’. I scored a hat trick and became the first player to do so against Rangers at Ibrox – it changed my life. I became a full time footballer in the summer and never looked back.” Sir Alex talked on a number of topics during the lecture including his life growing up in Govan. He stressed the importance of hard work and used former World Player of the Year, Cristiano Ronaldo as an example, praising the effort he showed during his time with the English champions. The former Rangers striker also believes that his job as a manager has changed in the modern era and that players are now a lot more sheltered than in the past. “Young players now are more fragile, they are more cocooned,” said Sir Alex. “They are encouraged by an insatiable press, to think they are better than they really are, and they are protected by their agents. “But you have to deal with that in sport now. You have to be very conciliatory.”

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b a r G into

a bottle a nd venture p o r s ts f o d l r o w e h t

Walking is the first thing you learn so why not take it one step furtherRunning. Running is not only just something you do to catch a bus or walk the dog, but can also be a sport. It is cheap; all you need is a decent pair of shoes, motivation and away you go. It can be done just training on the streets or using treadmills in gyms – Your choice. It is usually used to get fitter or lose weight or for those competitive types like me – 5ks, 10ks and marathons. Running is considered a workout for the entire body as it gets every part of the body moving and functioning more effectively, not to mention it increases your metabolism by increasing lean muscle mass. Running is a high impact sport, which requires your cardiovascular system to be in tip top condition and your legs and back to be able to sustain the impact.

Type of training - It is very important with any sport but when dealing with running the three main types of training are:

N Interval

training is basically alternating between a jog and a fast run. For example when using a treadmill jog at speed 6 for one minute and run at speed 9 for one minute then progress to one minute jog (speed 6) and two minutes run (speed 9).

N Endurance

training (Long distance training) is basically long distance running; so running at a comfortable pace for a long time in comparison to interval training which uses your fastest run. With endurance training you only need to run at a pace suitable to you and be able to maintain this pace for the whole distance you set yourself.

N Hill climbing can be done outside if you have hills in your area or using a treadmill in gyms by increasing the incline- This will improve your muscle strength which will lead to improved speed.

This is why many people say they can barely run five minutes, without getting out of breath and sore legs, let alone running miles. However, the key to successful running is to start slow and build up your pace without pushing yourself too hard- so don’t be put off by people charging past you in the street. Begin by speed walking on a regular basis and gradually intersperse that with some slow jogging. You will find that in time will be able to work up to a continuous run even if it is for five minutes only – That is still an achievement. So now you can run for five minutes, you can start to train to increase the amount of time you can run for and then target your distance and speed according to your goal- whether it is to get fit or to be able to run a 5K. However, this is when most people new to running or to exercise in general, fall into the over enthusiastic category- as did I when I first started running. As most people including me think that if you work harder and more often you will achieve your results quicker but I found out that it is not the case due to your body getting exhausted. So always remember your body needs time to recover and become stronger. When training for any sport there are four things you need to keep in mind: Frequency- is the number of times you workout during the course of the week. Three times a week minimum should be maintained in order to see some steady long term improvements. Intensity- Is the degree of effort you need to put into your workout. In order to make improvements in fitness, your body must do more than it can comfortably manage. For example if you can just manage a five minute run and push yourself to try a seven minute run and then try a 9 minute run - you will eventually be able to work up to a ten minute run. Time- Is about the length and duration of each workout – If your workout is 30 minutes don’t cut it down to just 15 minutes because you’re tired as the only person you are cheating is yourself.

In conclusion, doing all three types of training is very beneficial. However, balance your time with other activities such as Spin, Body combat and Body pump. These will also improve your fitness and have a positive impact on your running too. But main thing you need to do is to stick to your training schedule if you truly wish to succeed.

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SCOTLAND’S NEXT BIG THING In the last ten years, the sport of Tennis has fast become an increasingly popular sport due to the success of fantastic players like Rafal Nadal, Roger Ferderer, and Andy Murrey and of course the Williams sisters who have pretty much dominated women’s tennis. More people from ages all and abilities are taking up the sport as a great way to exercise. In particular due to Andy Murray the sport has become increasingly popular in Scotland. Tennis is a sport usually played between two players (singles) or between two teams of two players each (doubles), with each player using a racquet to play the ball over the court. Modern tennis originated in the UK in the late 19th century as “lawn tennis” which has heavy connections to various field/lawn games as well as to the ancient game of real tennis. After its creation, tennis spread throughout the upper-class English-speaking population before spreading around the world. Tennis is an Olympic sport and is played at all levels of society at all ages. The sport can be played by anyone who can hold a racket, including people in wheelchairs. The rules of tennis have not changed much since the 1890s. Two exceptions are that from 1908 to 1960 the server had to keep one foot on the ground at all times, and then the adoption of the tie-break in the 1970s. A recent addition to professional tennis has been the adoption of electronic review technology coupled with a point challenge system, which allows a player to challenge the line (or chair) umpire’s call of a point. To assist the ITF in governing the sport, the ITF has appointed a Rules of Tennis Committee which continually monitors the game and its rules, and when considered necessary makes recommendations for changes to the Board of Directors of the ITF who in turn make recommendations to the Annual General Meeting of the ITF which is the ultimate authority for making any changes to the Rules of Tennis. Tennis has several governing bodies, running from international to national to local bodies. Some of which are the International Tennis Federation, and ATP World Tour. On a national level we have the British Lawn Tennis Association. Lastly on a more local level we have Tennis Scotland.

Tennis has millions of recreational players and is a hugely popular worldwide spectator sport. In particular with the four major grand slam tournaments played each year; Australian Open, US Open, French Open and Wimbledon, the sport is internationally played where the best can compete against each other and provides fan with the chances to cheer on their favourite player. Glasgow Caledonian’s new Tennis club has been running since Semester A 2009. Currently we are running our training sessions on a Wednesday afternoon 2-4pm at Newlands Tennis Club in the South Side. This semester they are running from week 1 to week 6. We have a great coach offering coaching for all abilities, and new equipment is supplied for those who need it. The club is also had good links with Tennis Scotland who have kindly given the club new equipment in Semester A. The club is really relaxed, open and friendly with a great chance to meet new people with nights out too. It’s a great sport for keeping fit and playing socially, with the chances to play competitively at university level in the team. The club has its first chance at competing this year, as for the first time tennis has been included in the City of Glasgow Cup on 17th March, and we are excited to be entering a team. If you have any questions about tennis, the club, or would like to become more involved you can get in touch by emailing us at caleytennis@hotmail.co.uk or add us as a friend of facebook at GCU Tennis, and you can also find details of the club on the Students’ Association website.

Jenny GCU Tennis Captain


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