The ? Issue
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-The Edit Team/ Contributors -Editor’s Letter -What Are you Saying?
- Reports say breastfeeding can save 80,000 lives a year - GCU goes from strength to strength with annual telethon campaign - Make a change and make a point with the NUS
- Responsibility - Mass Weddings in South Korea - How Bree Became A Wiser Horse
- Do Independent Films have a future? - Love in the Time of Cholera – review. - The Big Lebowski - I didn’t expect to like it, but…
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- A Night with the Ashtones - The Eyes of Mutiny Interview - One Direction ‘Take Me Home’ Tour - Ones to Watch Pronto - Mama
- Tell me about it ... stud - Mallzee.com creates revolutionary online shopping - And as long as I got my suit and tie....
- When Will Goal-line Technology Finally Get Pushed Over The Line? - Performance Enhancing Drugs – The Biggest Question Mark In Sports
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Features Editor Lauren Simpson
arts & Culture editor Caroline Armour
Music Editor/ photographer
Magdalena Werner email@example.com
Hajnalka Szanto, Tawfi k H Ibrahim, Rebecca WIlliams
photographer Yi Yi Qi
martina stefanova, ross mcauley, rhiann fowlds, lorne gillies, cecilia rafters, stephanie noble, jessica brown, marcus king, amie grimason, iain burleigh, helen howie, ryan bounagui, haylay parr, hannah thomson, marc donnelly, alistair bennett
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pr manager Katie Oâ€™Hara
Here at The Edit we like to theme our issues for a number of reasons; to give contributors a nudge in the right direction, to make statements, to have fun with the design… however for our last Issue, the ? Issue, we decided to leave it completely open to you. So expect an issue full of variety; from poetry to the exploration of performance enhancing drugs in sports. Plus we spotted the most fashionable students on campus and asked some of The Edit team to reflect on their best moments in the magazine! The ? Issue has deemed quite fitting for writing my last note as editor as it has made me ask myself what are my favourite memories over the past 6 issues, what would I have done differently, what does the future hold for the magazine? One thing is certain though - this year’s team and contributors have put a 100% into every issue and the efforts have paid off as the magazine has recently won the NUS Scotland Best Student Media Award! So here’s to this year’s team, contributors and even you our loyal readers – thank you for making my time as Editor so enjoyable.
Siobhan The Editor
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What are you saying? If you could get any question in the whole world answered what would it be? ‘When the world will end and if it isn’t going to – what will happen in the future?’ Anna Trublina 3rd year Media and Communications
‘How did Michael Jackson die?’ Maria Novosad 3rd year Media and Communication
‘Will there ever be another world war?’ Khalid Zaeri Foundation Computing 06 The Edit
What has been your highlight of being involved in The Edit t his year?
‘The Media Week and how successful it was!’ Katie O’Hara PR Manager
Meeting new people, getting more involved in uni and having an excuse to go out and do photography! Christopher MacKay Photographer
‘Getting to be a member of press at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and seeing Brave before anyone else’ Caroline Armour Arts and Culture Editor
photography: Christopher Mackay
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Reports say breastfeeding can save 80,000 lives a year Helen Howie
SAVE The Children have published a report on breastfeeding, raising awareness of its benefits, and saying it could save 80,000 lives every year.
said: “I understand the importance of promoting breastfeeding in developing countries, but babies dying in the Third World have nothing to do with babies being formula-fed in Britain. The report, ‘Superfood for Babies,’ “Lots of mothers don’t produce enough published in February, tells us that “22% milk. Not just a significant minority – of new-born deaths could be prevented loads. In the old days, mothers who if breastfeeding started within the first didn’t produce enough milk either went hour after birth.” to the village wet nurse and begged for milk, or they had malnourished babies. The international children’s charity It’s not a modern problem.” has also recommended cigarettepacket style warnings to go on packs The report succeeds in consolidating of breast-milk substitutes to persuade the benefits of breast milk, however new mothers to choose breastfeeding the debate continues – Should formula instead of formula milk as part of their milk packets be put under the same 60 page report. umbrella as cigarette packets, with health warnings plastered across them, The International Code of Marketing of or will this just increase the pressure put Breast-milk states that companies must on new mothers to breast feed? include health warnings and details of the benefits of breastfeeding, but Save The Children want the warnings to be large enough to cover a third of the formula packaging. However, this controversial idea has led to criticism among both new mothers and expert officials on the subject. In third world countries where tried and tested formula milk is not readily available breast milk is arguably very important for children, as in many cases, the alternative may be unhealthy and dangerous. Breastfeeding counsellor Clare Byam-Cook has model: lylah strickland photography: dominic martin
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GCU goes from strength to strength with annual telethon campaign Ryan Bounagui
GCU’s annual telethon campaign aimed to sustain and strengthen the university’s alumni relationships kicked off on Monday 3rd March. The campaign, which involves attempting to call every one of GCU’s former students, runs throughout the month of March. Calling is done entirely by a team of current students ranging from first years through to fourth years who will eventually become Alumni themselves. Dylan McCall, a first year business student at GCU, said: “We call a lot of people in one shift and it can be quite fascinating the kinds of people you’ll end up chatting with. Last night I ended up talking to a woman who runs her own PR firm and as I’m studying a sort of related course I actually took away a few tips.” Janet Roberts, Director of Development at GCU, spoke of the positive impact that students gain from working on the campaign. She said: “It means a lot to students that [call] alumni are willing to spare some time to share their experiences of GCU with them, as well as to hear about what’s going on at GCU today, and the difference that alumni support can make to the student experience.” The campaign also seeks, where possible, to raise important funds for the various projects which are currently running in GCU including: the Caledonian Club, the Brighter Futures Fund and the Student Leaders Programme. All of these projects rely heavily on donations from alumni in order to not only sustain them but often to raise awareness and ultimately make them accessible to more students on campus. Janet Roberts also told of how grateful the university is for any donations received. She said: “We are continually amazed and grateful for the generous support given by so many friends of the University.”
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GCU tackles domestic abuse in GlasgowHayley Parr
GCU will lead a new parenting scheme aimed to protect children at risk of domestic abuse. Strathclyde Police data has estimated that over the past 8 years at least 105,000 homes subject to domestic abuse had children living in them. The Glasgow City council defines this concerning issue on their website as: “abuse which covers mental, physical, sexual or financial abuse resulting from a relationship.” The Triple P parenting initiative (Positive Parenting Programme), which is used in over 20 countries worldwide and helping approximately 3 million children and their families, is designed to protect children whose parents have been convicted of domestic abuse offences. The scheme has been pushed forward in the aim to improve the health and safety of children in families suffering from the serious issue. The two-year Alba Project, led by Forensic Psychologist Professor Liz Gilchrist is co-funded by the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, the Scottish Government.
The team will receive more than £100,000 from the Scottish Government to evaluate and implement a range of parenting interventions, based on Triple P parenting initiatives, on homes where there has been a domestic abuse conviction. Professor Gilchrist said: “This is an exciting opportunity to work with practitioner colleagues across the city to tackle one of the most challenging issues that faces those working in criminal justice: how to address issues of family safety and violence reduction without penalising victims or putting children at risk. The Triple P parenting programme is a cognitive behaviour programme focussed on improving parenting skills. We hope that by introducing this new strand of intervention to this group we can work positively with individuals who have had difficulty in managing their family relationships in the past and interrupt any intergenerational transmission of family conflict.” The project will run at least six groups across Glasgow and engage around three hundred clients. photography: yi qi
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Make a change and make a point with the NUS Hannah Thomson
‘I Am The Change’ a campaign run by the NUS has re-launched to give students the chance to make a change for a worthy cause that is important to them.
PHAB, said: “I could never guess that anything would come out of it, for me it was just something constructive to deal with my anger, a little bit of hope that someone might care. I was quite worried about my change because in comparison to others wishes of world peace and reducing university fees for the whole country; my change seemed small and insignificant.
The competition offers campaign training, funding and on-going support for a change that is necessary whether it’s educational, in the community, the environment, personal development, She added: “Finally it got to the winner being health and wellbeing, careers or politics. announced and we were all ecstatic after finding out we had won! It was such a relief to know that Last year’s winners were ‘Epsom PHAB’, a volunteer-run youth club for 8-16 year olds, which someone was listening to us, and someone wanted to help us. The excitement that our change was was saved from closure by Surrey County Council important and achievable at last with the help of due to the efforts of those in the community and the NUS. Going for the campaign was definitely NUS. aiming high, but we made it.” The youth club had been running every Friday night Entries for the competition are being taken on for over 34 years and had over 120 members, the NUS website: http://www.nus.org.uk/ many of whom had learning difficulties. iamthechange. Warwick University student, Courtney Giles, who entered the competition on behalf of Epsom
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responsibility martina stefanova
responsibility anymore. If I come to think about Responsibility it, you never were. I’ve done everything for you, I He came to me that night. He just stood there for hours, looking at me. It was so quiet. And I was so gave you everything so you could be happy. But it wasn’t my job to do so. It was her. It always tired. I just wanted everything to be over. I wanted whatever there was between us to be over, until he was. The responsibility was never mine. You were never mine. So don’t talk to me about love. I don’t broke the silence. wanna hear it. Go talk to her. She’s your girl. I’m - Hey. I need to talk to you. I could barely put myself together. her shadow. Then he kissed me. He kissed me with passion I’ve - About what? never experienced before. My anger and his regret - About us. Please... collided. But the pain couldn’t be erased. He Us. Us. US?! Why is he doing this? Why now? tasted like summer rain, but winter was coming. I - Oh, so now you want to talk? Okay, lets talk. wanted his soul, his mind, and they could never be There’s no us. There’s never has been. - Please, you have to hear me out. I need you. I... I mine. His heart could never be mine. So I set him free. And this broke what was left of my heart. love you. I never saw him again. And I know I never will. I I heard the pain in his voice. I saw it written all over his face. He wore the same expression I used have no idea where he is and what he’s doing, to see every time I looked in the mirror. But it wasn’t whether he is okay. But I don’t feel guilty. After all, he was never my responsibility. enough. - No. I don’t have to do anything. You aren’t my
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3,500 couples were wed at a mass ceremony of the Unification Movement in South Korea, on 17 February. This regular ritual is the first since founder and leader of the church, Reverend Moon, died last year. Many couples knew their fiancé for only a month before the ceremony, with some only meeting on their wedding day. Reverend Moon believed to be the messiah – would match couples based on their ‘compatible spirits’. Since his death, his widow Hak Ja Han Moon has overseen the ceremonies, but most couples’ engagements are now arranged by their families. Pauline McCarthy was married at a mass wedding in 1992 with 30,000 other ‘Moony’ couples. After 12 years in the Unification Movement, Pauline was engaged by Reverend Moon to a man she’d never met. They were given pictures of each other and were in contact for a month – they met four days prior to their wedding. “I had been married before and it didn’t work out, and in the church it looked like these marriages were really good, and I thought, ‘Hell’s bells’, you know? In those days you’d meet guys at the disco, it was like pot of luck – but in the church they looked like perfect matches. “The actual experience was really amazing, it was beautiful - there was such an atmosphere of camaraderie. The ceremony itself was so holy and everyone was so serious, it was really beautiful.” The Unification Movement press release describes the many features of the recent wedding, including: “Hak Ja Han Moon… performed the ‘Holy Water Ceremony’ which represents a new beginning for the couples. This was followed by an affirmation of vows, in which the couples pledged to inherit the tradition of eternal love between husband and wife and to establish an "ideal family". Couples were near identically dressed, an effort by the church to
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symbolise union of the various nationalities being wed. In 1992, the nearly-weds were given a template dress to copy: “In Britain we followed it exactly, and it was so ugly! It had a scoop neck with flowery lace covering it, and we were sitting out in the heat for four hours in 40 degree sunshine - I had this flower emblazoned on my chest for months like a tattoo!” Pauline left the church six years after her wedding, and her marriage broke down a few years later: “The only thing keeping us together was the fact that we believed in this match, and that the leader was the messiah and this was what God wanted.” The church and its former leader have been widely criticised for brainwashing and cult behaviour; one of Moon’s daughters claimed he had fathered several illegitimate children with members of the church. “So much of what the press had been saying that we thought was rubbish turned out to be true – the only thing we still believed in in this church was Reverend Moon – so then once we heard that we thought, forget this." “I don’t regret it because I have these two amazing kids and I came to Iceland and I just love it, and I would never have ended up here otherwise – life’s an experience.” London pastor of the Unification Movement, Simon Cooper, married his wife in 1995 with 20,000 couples. Simon became a member 2 years before his engagement. “As a student, I’d had various relationships that hadn’t been very successful, so I thought this would be something worth trying! It was just intuition more than anything." Simon was introduced to his fiancé a month before their wedding: “I don’t think we would have gone
ahead if we hadn’t obviously felt we could got on." "For me it was quite straight-forward because we both felt very attracted to each other anyway, so it wasn’t such a difficult decision.” Unificationists are always engaged and married in mass weddings, although many have an individual ceremony afterwards. “Most of the time when we’re trying to find someone to hook up with we’re calculating a lot about what we think they would be to us, whereas if you’re asking someone else to suggest someone for you, you’re thinking more about what you could be for the other person.” As the Unification newlyweds begin their married lives, the veterans offer their advice. “People get married and think they’ve somehow made it, 'phew', or parents think ‘oh finally my kids have got married’,” Simon said, “but of course the reality is, you need to nurture your marriage, and make time – especially when you have kids – to spend with your spouse alone. Every relationship needs consistent investment to really keep it fresh and alive.” Pauline said: “If they want it to work, they have to want it to work for themselves, not for the church or for Reverend Moon – they have to believe in it themselves.” photography: ffwpu
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How Bree Became A Wiser Horse marcus king
As I lay dreaming the blackness has turned to red. I can't get it through my head, what the teacher said. I can't peer into the questions like the box is made of lead. Maybe Superman is just a comic I read. I said, maybe Superman is just a comic I read. Everything drops like it's dead Weight breaking the scales and cutting my eyes. I can't see, Like the sun has left the skies. Has wisdom left the wise? I want to give up but I care too much to leave it all behind. This pipe dream of being a legend in my mind has ended Delusions and illusions - my perspective has mended. I was a slave but now I'm free Yet I'm not the warrior I used to be. In the world of exceptional I'm just ordinary. In a two eyed world I can see That I'm just...me.
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photography: Lewis Boron
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Do Independent Films have a future?
It’s true that these days cinema audiences don’t have as much time or money to spend on the films that pass under the radar but could this mean that in the future the independents will have no place in cinema theatres? It has without a doubt become tougher for smaller films in an industry that is becoming increasingly more interested in box office numbers rather than quality, which is understandable considering the economic climate and the fact the Movie business is well just that, a business. It’s not to say though that independent film is completely obsolete. At this year’s Oscars two independent productions made the shortlist for picture (Beasts of the Southern Wild and Amour), although neither won. There is obviously still an interest and appreciation in Hollywood but it doesn’t change the fact that the movie industry these days is all about Blockbuster franchises. Last year was a prime example with Avengers Assemble, The Dark Knight Rises, The Hunger Games, Twilight Breaking Dawn: Part 2 etc. In the midst of these huge franchises and there huge revenue generators, how will smaller movies survive? Well it’s not a case of star power, as has been proven time and time again; the independents are capable of attracting big talent such as Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt and Nicole Kidman who regularly work on smaller productions. It seems to me that it’s much more to do with a shift in audiences who just don’t go in for low-key films anymore that aren’t romantic or a comedy. So if they’re losing their place in theatres, where should they go? The talk is that television would be a logical step or online distributors, such as Lovefilm or Netflix, would be a good place for them to find an audience. Whatever happens to them I hope that these films, which tackle important issues, continue to get made.
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Love in the Time of Cholera - review
I am an avid reader, have been since I was a child. I enjoy nothing more than getting lost in a good book for hours on end. I know it sounds sad but I still always sympathise with people that have never gotten into reading. However, I have started to get into habits and over the years I have become very predictable with my choice of novels. So when an old teacher of mine recommended ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’ to me I was sceptical. A Spanish love story set in the late 19th century wasn’t exactly a genre that appealed to me but I decided to give it a read anyway. It still remains one of my favourite books and I would recommend it over and over again. ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’ may at first seem like a predictable love story between young lovers Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza. He sees her one day when he is dropping off a telegram to her father and decides he has fallen in love with her. She is of a higher class than him and her father does not approve and therefore forces her to move out the town to keep them apart. However years later when they are given the opportunity to be together Fermina instead opts to marry Doctor Juvenal Urbino leaving Florentino heartbroken. The novel follows both characters as they continue their separate paths in life. Fermina attempts to find happiness in her marriage despite finding out about her husband’s brief affair. Florentino on the other hand attempts to cure his broken heart in the arms of many different women while he awaits the death of Fermina’s husband in the hope that will mean they can finally be together. When they all reach old age Juvenal Urbino dies and Florentino tries once more to win the heart of the only girl he has truly loved. The story at many times may seem perverse but it is written with a captivating beauty that could only be portrayed through literature. This is highlighted by the poor movie adaptation – which I beg you not to watch. photography:christopher mackay
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The Big Lebowski
“That rug really tied the room together.” A simple mans life of bowling and getting high on acid is turned upside down after a case of mistaken identity leads to a chase for his head. The Dude’s main problem throughout the film? Someone stole his rug. Not only stole it, but urinated on it too. Out of the thousands of films the world has to offer The Big Lebowski takes the crown, in my humble opinion. The comedic timing throughout, the confusing acid trips and one mans obsession over a stolen rug makes this film, released in 1998 and directed by out-there legends the Cohen Brothers (Burn After Reading, True Grit amongst others), one of the greatest. The cast, the soundtrack and the storyline tie this mishmash film together in a little package of wonderfulness. Jeff Bridges has to be one of the greatest underrated actors of his time with his portrayal of The Dude – otherwise known as Jeffery Lebowski – cementing him as the legend of the Cohen films. The Big Lebowski sees bowling fanatic The Dude getting roughed up by thugs because his ‘wife’ owes them money…after realising they’re attacking the wrong guy The Dude’s rug is stolen and his life turns upside-down.
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After being contacted by the real ‘Big’ Lebowski, a wheelchair ridden millionaire with a taste for younger women, our bumbling hippie leader The Dude turned courier is sent on a mission to give the kidnappers of Big Lebowski’s wife $1million. Even with the opportunity to earn a six figure sum to help his new millionaire boss, The Dude just wants to know where his rug is. A chase ensues over Malibu in search of Big Lebowski’s wife, Bunny. But if you had a million dollars would you trust it with an acid loving bowler? Just like the dreams The Dude has not everything is as it seems and this journey takes a new turn every moment. But if the plot line doesn’t sound like your cup of tea watching this film for the soundtrack alone is sheer perfection. The likes of Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, songs written by Keith Richards and Mick Jagger all make an appearance.One thing for me that makes a good film great is the songs used throughout. I urge comedy lovers or art house lovers or just anyone to watch this film. I dare you not to love it.
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I didn't expect to like it, but... Cecilia Rafters
With some apprehension, I had allowed myself to be convinced to see “Les Miserables” at the cinema. I had heard so much raving about it, from both die-hard fans that had seen the stage show umpteen times and those newly converted, that I have to admit I was sceptical. The picture they had painted of the audience weeping bucket loads just served to put me off further- but I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. For those who are unfamiliar, “Les Miserables” follows the misfortunes (and misdeeds) of a group of French citizens in a time of great political unrest, leading up to a failed attempt at revolution: “the June Rebellion”. There’s a lot of death, tears, tough decisions… and more death. But there’s also a lot about love (thankfully not too schmaltzy), standing up for what you believe in, and some funny moments. It’s no fairytale, but I think its popularity shows that it is not what the audience always wants. Sometimes we want to see a film where, like real life, things are not magically perfect at the end. And if anything, it will make you thankful that you don’t live in 19th century France.
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A NI G HT W ITH TH E ASHT O N ES Amie Grimason
“Hello everyone, we are The Ashtones.” With his ginger hair and skinny jeans, teenage front man David Gillies keeps it blunt, allowing a pause so everyone in the room can take a moment to remember their name. If you did, it was a wise decision. Don’t forget it. Known for their powerful and energetic performances, this night was no different. Showing no nerves whatsoever, David clearly knows what he is doing and carried the job well on lead guitar and vocals supported by Calum Murray, 19, on drums, Calum Denny, 20, on bass guitar, Chris Palmer, 20, on keyboard and backing vocals and Connaire McGuinness, 18, on guitar. Having been hand selected to open the show for Taking Hayley, they weren’t disappointing as you would expect for the opening act of a five band line up. Beginning their thirty minute set with ‘Euphoria’, the band show cased all their new material from their upcoming third EP after changing their sound from indie to atmospheric rock. The five-piece have been working their way onto the Glasgow music radar since 2010 and David explains why tonight is a pivotal point in their career; “We were emailed by Taking Hayley’s management and asked to open for them which really makes a difference for us as a band because we’re trying to build up enough of a fan base to support a tour which is what Taking Hayley have already done.” Drummer Calum Murray adds
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“Our hard work with DF concerts flows effortlessly into the love also played a crucial role in song Always Forever which securing the gig as we have David reveals the band are shown our ability to play well in currently recording. a gig environment.” “The next few months will be If you like driven guitars and about promoting the single and even bigger harmonies delivered trying to get the ball rolling. We with an ever present Scottish are looking to take the next step accent similar to the likes of Twin and book onto tour supports as Atlantic, this is your thing. These appose to just single gigs.” Nights proves this theory and Calum adds; “Our very first photography: Claire Coster
murdered in 2010. “It was a good three months before we were actually happy enough to play it live, it was such a special song and I didn’t want to give it the ‘you’ll do’ treatment.” The lyrics ‘well what do you think of me now? Have I done you proud? Don’t ever leave,’ certainly tug at the heart strings and anyone who has ever lost someone can relate to it. Calum said the song made the boys closer; “Playing such a powerful song with so much meaning really brings our band together both as musicians and as friends.” With a new single due for release this Spring, it’s not easy being a young band today: “It’s hard to call yourself up and coming because you don’t really know if you are up and coming” said David, “Glasgow’s starting to find its feet in the new music scene and the amount of contenders is fantastic yet so frightening!” Calum agrees with David; “It’s pretty difficult to become big in Scotland because very few people are interested in unknown bands. Compared to places like London, the public there have an enthusiasm to go to gigs for music video for Always Forever the lyrics “I cross my heart and I bands they have never heard of.” is also in the works as we speak.” hope to die if I can’t have you by It is no secret that breaking into More upbeat song Lights is a my side”, the only indication that the music industry in this day definite crowd pleaser, probably they still have their youth about in age is difficult and while the because it is the only one of their them. boys have faced this struggle songs to include a swear word Keep Shining is last up and over the years, tonight they (shock horror). David admits it is difficult to talk proved why they are one of the The penultimate song of the set about because it is the only song most up and coming bands of was their first single Cross My that “means anything”. David 2013. Heart and guitarist Connaire wrote this song about a friend of gave David a playful hug during the band, Jack Frew who was
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EYES O F MUTI NY I N T ERV I EW Martina Stefanova
All of you who love heavy guitar riffs and solid drums, I have a treat for you. The band is Eyes of Munity, the album Courage came out on 3rd of January this year and was without doubt the best thing to start 2013 with. Eyes of Munity are a Metal-core band from Surrey, UK. Forming in 2010, the band started performing and attracting audience while all of the members, now attending college or university, were still in high school. What’s unique about the boys is that they are more than members of a band, they are friends. And each one of them brings his own vision into the band, which is what gives them very distinctive and original sound, in comparison to other metal-core bands. Having shared a stage with Texas in July, the boys list them as their greatest influence, along with For Today and August Burns Red. After recording their debut EP Anchor the Fall in October 2010, and a year later their second EP From Oceans to Mountains, the boys started working on their first length album in the beginning of 2012. After a year of hard work, Courage was released at midnight on the 3rd of January. It includes 17 tracks, with stand-out tracks including Broken and Imperfections. I had the pleasure to talk to Austin Chapman-Dainty, the band’s guitarist and the man behind the recording and producing of the album.
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So, Austin, why did you guys chose the name ‘Courage’? “A couple of reasons. The first reason was because of the huge task that lay ahead of us when we began the album. We had to write hours’ worth of music from scratch, while keeping each track unique as well as recording and producing the entire album ourselves, every single aspect of the album came from us with no outside help. Another reason we named it Courage was purely the time we spent on the album. Over a year, around 400 days, through every season just writing, arranging, recording, changing parts, adding parts, re-recording parts day and night.” Did you have disagreements during the selection of the songs for the album? “We didn’t have any disagreements with the song section for the album purely because every member of the band had the opportunity to write parts of songs they wanted to hear. That’s why each track has a different element or a different style because we were all writing stuff that we individually wanted to hear.” What is next? “We are planning a new music video right now and we hope to continue growing our fan base, to gain more and more exposure and to play many shows with many great bands! We would all love to come to Glasgow to play a show, maybe on a future tour!” Courage is now available on iTunes or on CD. Like Eyes of Munity’s page on Facebook or follow them on twitter. Hurry up, because I have a feeling that soon these guys will be everywhere!
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O N E DI R ECTI O N TA KE M E ONE DIRECTION finished up their two-day run at Glasgowâ€™s SECC last month.
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E HO M E TO U R
The SECC was jammed packed full of screaming young girls and awkward dads (and a few unashamed twenty-year-olds) for their sold-out ‘Take Me Home’ concerts in Glasgow. The quintet is just at the beginning of their world tour, which will continue across the globe for the rest of the year. Irish lad, Niall Horan, was the surprise favourite with the Glasgow fans. The wee blonde singer got the loudest cheers of the night, and was the most prominent name of the home-made banners being waved frantically by love-struck tweens. Niall was also the only member to play an instrument, joining the backing band with his guitar at several points during the evening. He seemed to love the fans just as much, claiming Glasgow was one of his favourite cities, promising to return with his kilt on soon. When he wasn’t on the guitar, he was bouncing about the stage in a See You Jimmy hat, to the delight of all. On both nights front-man Harry Styles got more than he bargained for. At the Tuesday concert, a shoe was thrown by a member of the audience, hitting Harry where it hurt. After dramatically falling to the ground, he lay there for a few minutes milking the incident, while his band mates gathered round in concern. The offended fan was thrown out of the concert hall. Styles was once again hit by a random item of clothing at the Wednesday concert, but this time by something less painful. A pair of boxer shorts hit Harry in the face but he took it well, laughing it off before wearing the boxers as a hat for the rest of the song. Acoustic song, Little Things, was the highlight of the concert – 12,000 crazed fans singing in perfect unison to the chorus. Their cover of Wheatus’ Teenage Dirtbag was also met with a deafening reaction from the older members of the crowd (only us) but with confusion from their four-year-old fans. They closed the show with chart-topper What Makes You Beautiful, with plenty of balloons, confetti, screams and screams and screams and tears.
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ONES TO WATCH - P RO N TO M A M A Iain Burleigh
The Scottish music scene has been receiving quite a The band definitely fits the bill of today’s mainstream indie band. Guitar driven melody, check. Singer bit attention lately hasn’t it? Emile Sande wins best female solo artist and best British album of the year with a distinct accent, check. Lyrics about life problems and love, also check. at the Brits, Frightened Rabbit start to have large commercial success with their fourth album and Biffy The singing is reminiscent of The Wombat’s, but Clyro are fastly becoming one of the biggest bands with the delivery of Mumford and Sons. Guitars also follow these trends of indie riffs. The in the world. These are just the bands that are in the mainstream, keyboard’s setup has a sound that would fit in perfectly with a Stevie Wonder track (check out their anyone could look further into the success that song Still Swimming). Scottish bands are having right now. Bands such It’s how they use these elements, though, that give as alternative rock group, Django Django, French them a unique edge. The band adds their own wives, Camera Obscura and a lot more are twist; their songs have a much softer sound, perfect making their presence felt within the music scene. for those end-of-a-long-day moments where you Django Django even headlined the NME tour of 2013 in February. want a bit of escapism. Their song Sheep is an excellent example of this. This is no small feat with Then again this is not much surprise for music the lyrical content which talks about the troubles lovers in Scotland, we have always had a strong faced in life. Especially when the lyrics don’t mess heritage of great new music breaking through around with metaphors or similies, going straight to into mainstream. We praise music that has been the point. expertly crafted in melody and applaud the It is consequently no surprise that DJ’s such as Vic songwriters not afraid to get to the point of the Galloway, Ally McCrae and Jim Gellatly have been matter with their lyrics. featuring this band. Check them out with you’re a This is the real reason, then, that ‘Pronto Mama,’ fan of intelligent soft indie rock you can chill out to. a 6 piece indie band from Glasgow, should be given your attention. Their music is a blend of indie Their EP, Lickety Split, is available to buy now, or rock and pop melodies, sprinkled with a bit of 80’s you can check them out on bandcamp. styled keyboards. Mix that with a little bit of a folk styled singer, with his voice clearly giving away he is from Glasgow, we have something exciting here.
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Tell me about it ... stud stephanie noble
It is pretty clear that studs are here to stay, after experiencing a spike in trend-ability in the fashion scene last season this year they are at their peak. Stud detailing can be seen on all apparel goods from shorts to shirts, dresses to denims and headbands to high heels. Wear the trend wherever and whenever you feel like it, it is all about being that strong punky individual, meaning you can get away with them literally anywhere; from doing the shop in Costco to going out for cocktails. With the key pantone colour of the season being poppy red you can really make your look sizzle and pop by pairing red ombre lips with your studs. The look is so easy to achieve – just hit the stores and DIY it by altering some of your existing clothes and bringing out the individuality in your style. Mandors, Reminant Kings and Ebay all sell studs which are just waiting for you to make them a ‘this season great’. It is a cheap way to revitalise those old t-shirts and will look especially good on pastel and ombre shades. If you do not have any old t-shirts to customise you can buy some cheap and cheerful tees and tanks in Primark, H&M or even Asda to get the look at home. An alternative idea would be to embrace green as the new black and get yourself to a local Charity shop. You can dye any white tees a pastel shade, keep it as it is or really just take a basic garment and give it some life by adding studs. As we all know, keeping up with the trends and keeping up with the bills are two very different concepts so I hope that this has given you some ideas to keep it cheap and stay ahead of the fashion pack. Feel free to send in pictures of your master-craft pieces once you have given it a try!
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mandy thomson Mallzee.com is a new online shopping website that is set to rival ASOS, when it launches on April 3rd. Holding hundreds of retailers in the one place this convenient online shopping mall will allow shoppers to check not one, but hundreds of stores for a specific item, browse all these companies at once, and show their friends what they are thinking about buying, whilst they shop. When customers register with the website they will be asked to answer questions about their individual style, this will allow a personal stylist feature of the website select clothes for you based on what you have liked before. As well as this, customers will be rewarded for using Mallzee.com, with â€˜mallzee dollarsâ€™, which can then be used in future sales. This website sounds totally practical and honestly, quite fabulous, but we will need to see the outcome when it launches. Cally Russell, Head of Engagement at Mallzee.com said: "We've set out to make Mallzee.com the number one place for people to shop online. Buying online is the future but it's not really changed recently, that's why we thought people would love our approach. We combine the ease of shopping online with all the social aspects you get shopping with your friends at the weekend. We're starting small and really need everyone in Scotland to give us a shot and go shop at Mallzee.com" If I can see pretty much every shop from the comfort of my home, all on one website I could shop from my phone, ipad and laptop easily, without confusing myself with having 10 tabs open, with different stores. Mallzee.com sounds great and here at The Edit we will definitely be signing up before the launch.
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And as long as I got my suit and tie.... shelley queen
Justin Timberlake dedicated an entire song to them, and Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother inspired an entire day to celebrate them... what on earth am I talking about? Why the suit of course. After all, nothing suits you like a suit. The suit in my opinion is the essential in anybody’s wardrobe. And we are lucky enough to live in a country who knows how to do this important piece of fashion right. From specialist brands such as Moss and T.M Lewin to rising stars including A Sauvage and E Tautz, we as a country know exactly what we like, and that is a well-tailored suit. Here in Glasgow we have Slaters, a family run affair which is still dedicated to the original manufacturing roots of the business, with each store having its own alteration service. But why should you drop what can be quite a lot of money on what is after all just some fabric stitched together? My reply to that is a little calculation called cost per wear. Say you buy a £300 suit and think – when on earth am I going to wear this? There are a few occasions I can think of: weddings, job interviews, parties, work... each time you wear it, and trust me you will wear it, the cost per wear goes down. It's an investment piece, and probably one of the most important things you'll put your money behind. A suit makes an impression, and by making the right one with the right suit, you could land yourself that job or make that connection that could take you places. Fashion wise, a good suit looks smart, classy, and boy does it look sexy. Ask any guy or girl and I'm sure they'd share the exact same sentiment – a tailored suit looks oh so good.
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Name: Lorne Gillies Course Studying: Multimedia Journalism
What are you wearing? jumper - New Look scarf - New Look leggings - H&M socks - H&M Boots - Stradivariu Barcelona
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Name: Dayna Rodger
Course Studying: Environmental Management
What are you wearing? skirt - H&M shirt- Dorothy Perkins Jumper - Urban Outfitters Jacket - Urban Outfitters
Name: Cory O'Hara Course Studying: Social Sciences
What are you wearing?
top- Topman jacket - Barbour jeans - Topman
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Marc Donnelly (left) & Ally Bennett (right) Course Studying: Multimedia Journalism
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jumper - Burton t-shirt - Next Chinos - Topman shoes - JD Sports Ally jumper - Primark t-shirt - River Island jeans - Topman shoes - Office
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I remember well the day Frank Lampard’s shot at the 2010 World Cup crossed the line but was not given as a goal. It caused three types of reactions: despair from the English supporters, delight from the Scots and of course, that worry from Sepp Blatter.
FIFA trialed the cameradependent ‘Hawk-Eye’ and magnetic field-based ‘GoalRef’ at the club world championship in December where both systems successfully recorded all 21 goals scored in the tournament without throwing up any incorrect readings.
The worry stems from the fact that the UEFA president finally had to admit he was wrong.
The English Premier League are looking to push the idea of goal line technology with advanced talks now taking place, with hopes that a goal-line system could be installed in time for next season.
For years, he had rattled on about how the introduction of goal line technology in football would make the sport ‘robotic’. However, even his stubborn attitude could not hide the fact that this incident needed to be the last of its kind. There is simply no way FIFA can allow incidents like this to tarnish games in its biggest tournaments. Last month, FIFA announced that Goal line Technology could be used in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup.
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This is all great news for the game but you can’t help but feel that football is years behind many other sports. Snooker, Rugby and Tennis all use a type of Hawk Eye system and it has worked well for them, not only in making sure the right decisions are made but that they are made quickly too. So why has it taken so long to be introduced?
Many argued football would become too computerized. But barring those who are stuck in the FIFA establishment, any honest football fan would agree that if the right decisions are being made, then no one would care who, or what, made the decisions. Despite the progress being made with just goal line technology, the question is, where do we stop? Systems such as ‘Video-Ref’ which would handle decisions on the rest of the pitch are also being discussed. These would take on such decisions as offside rulings and have final say on contentious red cards. Many have said that this is too far and that it could ruin the game. Fans might remember a game in the last World Cup between Argentina and Mexico where Carlos Tevez scored a goal
that came from a clear offside position and before the game was restarted, the big TV screens within the stadium had already shown the replay.
following the rules dictated to them. It is almost as if those who argue against the introduction of systems like goal line technology prefer seeing human errors being made by officials, so they have something to talk about after a game.
Fans, players and officials could clearly see that the goal shouldn’t have stood yet thanks to current footballing rules not allowing video replays the referee was left ‘It makes it more realistic’ they powerless. say. If this isn’t yet another strong reason for other technology That is ridiculous. That is not the time we live in and if FIFA and being used then what is? UEFA don’t act quickly, then Games are won and lost on bad football will continue to be stuck in the past while other sports decisions too much these days flourish. and it’s time to put a stop to it. It’s not even the referee’s fault. Yes, sometimes they make mistakes but they are just
When will football finally catch up?
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Performance Enhancing Drugs - The Biggest Question Mark In Sports
The sporting world has had its fair share of doping scandals. Athletes such as Lance Armstrong, Alex Rodriguez and Ben Johnson are just a few of the people who have had their reputations tarnished after it was revealed that they were using performance-enhancing drugs in the capture of some of their crowning achievements. However, football, as a sport, has remained relatively untroubled by the issue of performanceenhancing drugs. When there is a drug scandal in football, it is typically involving recreational drugs – Diego Maradona’s failed test for Cocaine at the 1994 World Cup being the most famous example. That could be about to change though.
medicines for €328,000 [£282,000] that were not listed in the accounts. This means there is another type of accounting at practice here – there is no supporting documentation, no bills or delivery details that can be identified. We know what types of medicine they are and we won’t get involved in what they were or weren’t used for. We know of the entries in the other accounts, the days payments were made and the people who were paid”. These allegations were of course, denied by Badiola’s predecessor José Luis Astiazarán who is the current President of the Liga de Fútbol Profesional (LFP) which is the body that manages the two professional Spanish leagues.
The name Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes may not mean a There were also claims by French newspaper “Le lot to many in the world of football, but his criminal Monde” that Fuentes had helped other Spanish trial could have major implications for the “Beautiful teams such as Barcelona and Real Madrid. Game”. Fuentes was arrested in 2006 after the However, both teams successfully sued the Spanish police raided his clinic and found over newspaper resulting in the issue disappearing until 100 blood bags belonging to some of the top the trial began in early 2013. cyclists in the world. The judge in charge of the trial has denied Fuentes This scandal didn’t seem to involve football until permission to name any of his other clients, aside Fuentes was quoted as saying: “If I would talk, the from over 50 cyclists on the list of 200 athletes, Spanish football team would be stripped of the but the 57 year-old claimed he had treated “tennis 2010 World Cup”. players, athletes, footballers and a boxer” in court. This was viewed with scepticism – it seemed like a case of a man going down trying to take others with him. And the more high-profile the case the better. However, Real Sociedad’s former president Iñaki Badiola admitted that he had sacked two doctors after an investigation uncovered a series of undeclared payments had been made to Fuentes for “strange medicines”. Badiola claimed that “Real Sociedad acquired
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The trial, and allegations, could have major implications for Sport, and football, throughout the world. Football is thought of as a clean sport in comparison to cycling, athletics and baseball and a doping scandal involving famous players would cause many to lose faith in the sport. And the judge’s refusal to identify the rest of Fuentes’ clients is a missed opportunity to tackle the problem of doping head-on. Those who have been supplied drugs, legal or illegal, will be allowed
to escape identification at a time when it is most relevant. The confession of Lance Armstrong shocked the world who believed that he was a man who had defied all of the odds and had won seven Tour de France titles cleanly and after recovering from cancer. There were allegations that he had doped but he had vehemently denied them and in light of his humanitarian work people wanted to believe him. Everyone would like to think that athletes compete cleanly and that the best man or woman wins due to hard work, natural talent or even luck, not because of the effects of something created in a laboratory. However, the truth is some athletes will do anything to gain an edge on their opponents. Even in sports like football which was, and still is, seen as relatively clean. Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes may have the answer to the biggest question in sports: just how wide-spread are performance-enhancing drugs?
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