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WELCOME SCHOOL NEWS
Pupil Forum Elections
Business Awareness Convention
Scottish Ballet Workshop
Rowing for Gold!
Carol Ann Duffy Visit
Environment Day News
Television and Film
Games and Technology
Food and Cookery
Welcome to the update of the first issue of Portlethen Academy’s “Locker Magazine!” Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this issue of the magazine - especially to all of the teachers and to the school’s media group. While this is our first issue, we are also planning ahead and working on our future issues already, which will have even more features and articles than this one! James Wyllie, Editor
SCHOOL DATES OCTOBER MON
Term 2 begins
S1 Parents’ Evening
Adv. H Biology: Invergowrie
S5/6 Parents’ Evening
Cover photography by Rebecca Kendle, Kerry-Anne Taylor and Ashleigh Cook.
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SCHOOL NEWS PUPIL FORUM RESULTS! The Pupil Forum Elections were held on the 9th of October, with a record number turning up to vote for the representative of their choice. The day was a huge success and was organised by sixth year students Ashleigh Cook and Paul Docherty. Other senior pupils were also recruited during the election to help out. Even US President Barack Obama turned up support the candidates! Many thanks to everyone who organised, staffed, voted, and especially to Miss McLean for all of the support guven during the voting period.
1ST YEAR RESULTS 1. Matthew C, 1H 2. Daniel E, 1B 3. Lauren M, 1D 4. Reah C, 1K 5. Tom B, 1K 6. Thomas F, 1A =. Mark J, 1F First year turnout was 82%.
3RD YEAR RESULTS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Rena T, 3F Emma M, 3C Hannah F, 3D Chris D, 3G Dean B, 3E Conal M, 3H
Third year turnout was 83%.
5TH YEAR RESULTS 1. 2. 3. 4.
Timmy Ck, 5H Caitlin T, 5C Ryan D, 5B Duncan B, 5B
Fifth year turnout was 67%.
Article by Ashleigh Cook, Paul Docherty, Katherine Merson, Karen Wood and James Wyllie
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SCHOOL NEWS BUSINESS CONVENTION SCOTTISH BALLET WORKSHOP On the days of Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th September the school hosted the Business Awareness Programme, open to all 5th and 6th years doing either Accounting or Business Management.
Emma Jane from Scottish Ballet visited the school recently to talk to pupils about the work they do, and also held a ballet workship.
Employees from various businesses came in to speak about the jobs they do or the work that their company carries out. A wide range of companies were represented, including Shell, and an array of business sectors were covered, from the construction industry to the music industry.
Emma then held a ballet workshop in the dance studio for pupils, and although the music they danced to from one of the pieces, “Work Within Work,” seemed long and complicated, all of the students managed it very well. Afterwards, the pupils were allowed to choreograph a small section of their own using the same style.
She told the pupils about how the choreographer collaborates with the musicians when creating pieces, and told them about how all of those involved in Scottish Ballet have to be top class performers before they can take part.
PE teacher Miss Martin said “I think the pupils got a lot out of the workshop, and they all thoroughly enjoyed it.” James Wyllie
Pupils gained many new skills in basics such as team work, time management and confidence in presenting ideas in front of a group of people. Each pupil was assigned a different role, there was always a Project Manager, then the other roles varied depending on the situation. The pupils had to work together effectively as a team and be as efficient as possible with their finances, which is a valuable skill, especially in today’s economic climate. On Wednesday afternoon every team was required to present everything that they had learned and the best team got a prize. Everyone got a certificate to show that they had completed the programme which will certainly help out at future job interviews. Jamie McGee
ROWING FOR GOLD! In the recent rowing championship, fourth year Morven placed fourth best rower out of all of Scotland! We wish her the best of luck in her rowing future! Katherine Merson
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL SUCCESS! Portlethen Academy has been awarded the prestigious International School Award in recognition of bringing the wider world into the classroom. On the sixteenth of October, representatives from the school will attend a high-profile ceremony in London that recognises their outstanding work, and the successful winners will be presented their Awards by broadcaster and journalist George Alagiah. On being notified that the Academy had received the award, Rector Bert Swinborn said; “This is a superb achievement and the second time the school has received this very prestigious award. It reflects the excellent work by staff and pupils to raise awareness of international issues across the curriculum.” Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the DCSF International School Award seeks to celebrate, develop, recognise and accredit outstanding practice in the international dimensions of teaching and learning. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need to live and work as global citizens.
2009 has seen 700 schools accredited in the 75th anniversary year of the British Council. This is a record number of recipients and includes a wide range of schools from a variety of different backgrounds from across the UK. The Award is now made available worldwide in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus and Pakistan. Around 2000 International School Awards have been presented to successful schools in the UK since the scheme began in 1999. John Rolfe, Manager, DCSF International School Award at the British Council says “Many congratulations and many thanks on your well-deserved success in being accredited with the Award. The rich range of work you are doing in the school and across your larger community to support and encourage global citizens with a greater understanding of the world around them is truly fantastic. The international dimensions of teaching and learning have been at the heart of the work of the British Council for 75 years and to receive the Award in its 10th anniversary year is a special cause for celebration.”
CAROL ANN DUFFY On Wednesday, the 23nd September, the Advanced Higher English class was taken on an excursion to meet the Poet Laureate - Carol Ann Duffy. After sitting on the bus for an hour or so, it seems too soon to be sat down again. But this time I remind myself of the reason why I am here. The room vibrates with the voices of a thousand adolescents. A maelstrom of conversation - voices overlapping and crashing in a tempest of sound. But once she walks up on the stage, the “soundtrack then was a litany”. You could hear a pin drop. "I have the honour of welcoming Carol Ann Duffy!" The room thunders with applause, shaking the entire hall. I join in too. My hands smart by the end of it. She doesn't hold the presence I thought she would. She does not command the room. Take it as her own. Invade our space. She stands on the school stage, like any anonymous school pupil. Only we all know her name. Carol Ann Duffy does not yet seem accustomed to her celebrity. Instead she maintains an idiosyncratic commonsense. “Um, hello.” Continued on page 8
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SCHOOL NEWS CAROL ANN DUFFY She doesn’t speak with the Glaswegian patter I had been expecting. But a carefully balanced, hesitant English tongue. Her mother tongue seemed to have shed “it’s skin like a snake”. Yet this seems to fit her serious persona. Every word weighed and measured, fitted for it’s purpose. She isn’t one to mince words. She travels through titles I recognise – “Litany”, Mrs Tilscher’s Class ... When she comes to read out “Originally” I sit up in my seat, smug. “I look so brainy, you’d think I just had a bath”. "We came from our own country in a red room, which fell through the fields, our mother singing" I cannot stop a smirk form in my lips at "red room". Previously I had informed my class that I thought the "red room" was not a form of transport, as they did, but a womb. However, like any peacock puffed up on pride, I am proven wrong by the poet herself.
idiosyncratic common-sense that does not seem to be apparent in a poet. She uses a literal description over mysterious metaphors.
I stood at the edge of my child's sleep hearing her breathe; although I could not enter there, I could not leave.
She introduces us to one of her best collections – “The World’s Wife” through “Mrs Midas” and “Mrs Tiresis”. Weaving through the voice of their unlucky wives into the traditional tales, she adds a modern twist. Midas is not cured, but has to go and live in a golden forest, unable to touch the one thing he lusts after more than gold – his wife. Mrs Tiresis suffers too, and eventually breaks up with her proud husband.
Her sleep was a small wood, perfumed with flowers; dark, peaceful, sacred, acred in hours.
All the time, Carol Ann Duffy keeps up her towering presence, as “the clocks slid back an hour”. Time seems to stand still in this room. I am thankful, savouring each minute like a sweet. “Carol Ann Duffy is now going to answer any questions you may have.”
"At that time, inter-country trains were red, and I say this in ‘own country in a red room’."
The usual questions are thrown around like tennis balls – when did you first realise you wanted to be a poet, what’s your favourite poem, how did you get into poetry, what’s your inspiration?
My jaw aches from hitting the floor, and my cheeks redden. I was wrong? But I had made such a controversial point. Isn’t poetry a riddle to attempt to analyse?
Once the match is finished, love all, she turns to a page in her book of poems, “I like to finish with this poem. It’s called “A Child’s Sleep;
Carol Ann Duffy doesn't seem to think so. Instead, with that same
And she was the spirit that lives in the heart of such woods; without time, without history, wordlessly good. I spoke her name, a pebble dropped in the still night, and saw her stir, both open palms cupping their soft light; then went to the window. The greater dark outside the room gazed back, maternal, wise, with its face of moon.” Rebecca Kendle
PREPARATIONS FOR ECO DAY Last year, the first Eco Day was a big success. Local MPs and MSPs attended a question time session with pupils in the school, and a petition for a safe cycle path between Portlethen and Newtonhill was handed over to them. For the past term, third year RMPS have been preparing their exhibitions for the second annual Environment Day. The theme for this year’s Eco Day is “Global Citizenship”, which will help to showcase some of the school’s links internationally, which helped Portlethen Academy to win the International School Award (page 7). RMPS teacher Mrs Garrett spoke to us about the plans for this Friday; and told us that it’s going to be even bigger and better than last year’s Eco Day Success.
Pupils are going to be discussing how plans for the safe cycle path have moved on with representatives of the project at a stall. There will also be another panel of local politicians, including MSP Mike Rumbles, there to answer questions. Laptops will also be available for pupils to calculate the school’s carbon footprint, as well as other interactive exhibitions to enjoy. Eco Day 2009 is taking place in school on Friday the 6th of November. Paul Docherty and James Wyllie
MUSIC EXCLUSIVE! Local band, “The Elizabeths” will be the subject of Vic Galloway’s “Back of the Net” feature on BBC Radio 1. Paul Docherty, Jamie Kelly and Grant Simpson, all sixth years, will be interviewed by the DJ at some point in the near future - listen to BBC Radio 1 for more information! James Wyllie
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The Advanced Higher English class had the chance to go to Stratford-Upon-Avon to The rigid early morning sun enrich their course cracks through the night, during the last three filling the sky with a soft, yellowy light. days in September.
My breath frosts in the cool air as the daisies open their petals in wakening. I wait for the familiar wheeze of the bus. "A child single to Aberdeen." At the station we meet up with the other members of our group and wait for the train to arrive, buying any last minute things we might need - magazines, newspapers, drinks, batteries … The train arrives on time, 8:15, and we flock on. Our seats are already reserved. With a powerful groan, the train bids farewell to Aberdeen.
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The train meanders through the countryside - rolling verdant hills, quaint brick towns bustling with all signs of suburbia, sparkling waves stretching as far as the eye can see.
Stonehaven. Edinburgh. Birmingham. Stratford-Upon-Avon. We have arrived. Already, I can feel the calm, carefree atmosphere of StratfordUpon-Avon. An air cultivated by hundreds of years, living in this storybook English countryside. Our bed-and-breakfast is relaxed too. The most taxing demand made of us is what we'd like for breakfast the next morning. A dog lies on the floor, by now the centre of attention. The girls all share a room that stretches over the entire top floor. We have only been in for a few minutes, and already it looks like a girls' dormitory. "Five more minutes, and then we are leaving." After applying any last minute dabs of make-up, a final brush of hair, and ritual glance in a mirror, we leave for Julius Caesar. Continued on Page 12
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The town welcomes us as we follow the yellow brick road to The Courtyard. Windows beckon us in to peruse their goods. Breaths of spice laden air curl from restaurant doors. We're early. So we stop at the park to pass time. The fountain thunders in comparison to the leisurely River Avon. Swans glide over it's serene waters majestically, as the sun begins to set in a chorus of roses, lilacs and golds. The trees stand, adding an inky silhouette. As we near The Courtyard, the buildings begin to age. The gentle glow of lamp light is kind to them, adding a romanticism. Inside the theatre we hand over our tickets. Onstage, two men fight, in animal style. A Romulus and Remus. The lights dim and the curtains rise on Julius Caesar. "Et tu, Brutae?" The final applause rings in the high rafters. The performance was a true success. We are reluctant to go to sleep after such a busy day, still high off of today's energy. "Goodnight" we all chant.
stop to take a tour bus around the town and sights related to it's playwright, William Shakespeare. On the bus, we go to the roof. There the morning light illuminates the beauty and history of Stratford-Upon-Avon. "This is the school that William Shakespeare attended." The shutters on cameras click as everyone captures an image of the ancient building. "Coming up is the home of his wife, Anne Hathaway." Anne Hathaway's Cottage is beautiful. The thatch roof a golden echo of the sun. Around it, trees way in the summery breeze and the long grasses dance. Inside the house haunt thousands of memories. Photos adorn tables, mirrors to the past. A chair, said to be where William proposed to her, is covered in nicks where people have taken a piece for themselves. A cradle, that has rocked generations to sleep. The kitchen proves the adage, home is where the hearth lies. Outside, we go around the gardens. The trees invite us to dance with them, like autumn leaves. On the leaf carpeted ground, apples wink at us.
In the morning we are refreshed and ready to greet the day. Our morning is a flurry of action. Over breakfast chat over coffee and croissants - a kaffeeklatsch.
Unlike Anne Hathaway's peaceful, picturesque cottage, Mary Arden's House is far more stately and industrious.
Once the final crumbs have been licked and dregs sipped, we amble down to the bus
It stands proudly - surrounded by fields, the village clusters around it.
The garden filled with wild flowers, "There's rosemary, that's for remembrance. Pray you love remember, and this is pansies, that's for thoughts. There's fennel for you, and columbine. There's rue for you. And there's some for me, we may call it herb of grace a Sunday. You must wear your rue with a difference. There's a daisy. I would give you violets, but they withered when my father died." All the time, we babble like brooks as we stroll the fields, petting the animals. A packet of Polos do not go amiss. The birds gossip about us from their branches, as we frolic the cotton tailed grasses. As the sun begins it's slow descent, we prepare for The Winter's Tale. Despite reading the play in class, we are not prepared for the sheer intensity of seeing it performed onstage. The whole theatre over brimming with the passion of the players as they put Perdita for lost, rebuke Leontes and Hermione comes back to life. Over our customary coffee the next morning, it dawns on us that these are our last few hours here. The train home is subdued. It winds through the country, snaking back up to Aberdeen. Once it stops, we all make like the famous stage direction, "Exit, pursued by a bear". Many thanks to Mr Anderson, and to Mrs Crawford. Rebecca Kendle
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ENTERTAINMENT MUSIC SINGLE REVIEW ALPHABEAT: “The Spell” Release date: October 12th
Alphabeat are back and ready to launch the title song from their new album. “The Spell”, is the s a m e overly-happy pop as before, but now there is a hint of 1990s dance to it. Infact, the first few seconds of the song wouldn’t seem out of place in a cheesy drinks ad, with the jazzy synths and the slightly odd wailing from lead singer Stine fitting the mood perfectly. However, if you don’t like it first time you hear it, be careful listening again, or you’ll end up humming it all day!
MIKA: “The Boy Who Knew Too Much” Out now!
Mika’s new album contains all of the creative quirkiness of his previous album and more, easily surpassing his first offering to his listeners.
While Mika still sings about his characters he has invented and the problems they face, there is a good mixture of reality and fiction on the new album, with Mika saying that most of the songs on the album are about his t e e n a g e years.
The album opens with the first singles he has released from it (“We Are Golden” and “Blame It On The Girls”), and while they are both very good, this is something which is generally a worrying sign with albums, suggesting that the rest of it will be “filler.”
The new album contains many songs from Madonna’s past, as well as two new singles. As you would expect, all of the Madonna “classics” are included on “Celebration,” and only a couple of her less successful singles are not included.
This is not the case, however, with the album continuing to be enjoyable throughout. The album contains various different styles of songs, from slow songs (“By The Time”) to more upbeat songs such as “Touches You” and “Blue Eyes.” While no two songs on the album sound similar, it is still easy to tell with all of them that Mika has crafted these himself, with a generally cheery feeling lasting throughout the album, and continuing in your mind once it has finished playing!
You can’t argue with the fact that Madonna has definitely had a very successful career. Since the release of her first album, “Madonna,” in 1983, ten others have followed, with all of these helping Madonna become one of the top musical performers in the world.
The new single “Celebration” is also featured on the album, which can be described as a cross between previous Madonna single “Hung Up” and anything by Calvin Harris! Hopefully this won’t be the last time Madonna releases an album, but just by looking at her impressive musical past, you can tell she isn’t going to give up creating music any time soon!
FILM EMBRACE THIS FILM “BROKEN EMBRACES” This stunning film sees director Pedro Almodovar reunited with his muse Penelope Cruz. The chemistry between them comes through in an endearing performance from the señorita. The opening sequences of the film see testing shots of Cruz being prepared to go on set. In this ambitious work Almodovar tries to get the viewer to engage with what is going on behind the camera as well as in front of it. In typical Almodovar fashion, the plot is complex in a quirky way. It follows the life of a blind film director who is forced to revisit his past and remember the tragic
relationship surrounding his broken masterpiece. It is basically a film about the making of the fictional film “Girls and Suitcases” and about the love affair between the director and his leading lady. In this way, Almodovar has made his most auto-biographical film to date. This was a demanding role for Cruz to play as she has to play two different characters. Her role as Lena was her most emotionally challenging. She seems to suffer as though she is cursed by many unfortunate incidents throughout the film (she is pushed down the stairs by a jealous ex-lover, her father dies of cancer and she is forced to go on the run). The real triumph of Cruz’s performance is how she manages to put across Lena’s strength of character whilst still
capturing her vulnerability. In her role within the role it is mainly Almodovar’s ingenious photography and an array of brightly coloured wigs which catch the attention of viewers. One of the most interesting characters in the film is Ray X, son of the billionaire villain Ernesto Martel. The character is incredibly disturbing and scary as he trots around the film following Lena with a retro video camera stammering like a buffoon. This may not sound scary, but believe me, it is. Overall this film was delightful and is a must see for any Penelope Cruz fans. It marks a turning point in her career where she has moved on from the Oscar success of “Vicky Christina Barcelona”, into a new phase of her career. But most of all it is the stunning photography of Almodovar which makes this film one of the most memorable of 2009. Paul Docherty If this interests you, you are very welcome to join the foreign language film club, which is held in the modern languages department on a Tuesday after school. You can speak to Mr Buré for more information.
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GAMES AND TECHNOLOGY GAME REVIEWS “BATMAN ARKHAM ASYLUM” Out now!
Batman Arkham Asylum is the first real attempt at a batman game which was developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Eidos. The story begins with Batman taking the Joker to Arkham Asylum after catching him suspiciously easily for a super villain. The Joker then proceeds to break free from his restraints and takes over the asylum with the help of Harley Quinn. Batman is sent in to deal with the rabble and presses ‘X’ to not die (actually there are very few quick-time events in this game which is a nice surprise given the current games on the market). The combat is generic and can get pretty boring after beating up 50 of the Joker’s goons, then going into the next room and killing 50 more. There are boss fights with many of Batman’s old villains, but unfortunately not all of them, which is a huge downer on the game. The graphics are pretty good for a developer’s first game and the level design is awesome since the asylum is huge and dirty like it should be. The games creates a tense feeling when you are walking through one of the game’s many dark corridors and are ambushed by baddies. I think it was a risky move setting the game as a stealth/horror game
when the main character is Batman. However, the characters are perfect for the setting, while staying true to the series. One way this is done is through the voice acting. The Joker actually sounds like a crazed madman, and Batman’s voice sounds like gravel in a blender.
Towards the end of the game, as I got more used to the controls and I got better upgrades, I found the game starting to get rather easy and no longer challenging in the slightest even when the Joker came out as a huge titan thing, which could because I’ve been gaming most my life and I’m starting to get pretty good at it or it was just an easy last boss. There is very little playability which is another of the bad points of the game and I found myself going through the same fights over and over again making it a bit monotonous. With the bad points taken into account and weighed against the good points I think it’s worth the weekend I spent playing it and is maybe not worth the £35 I paid. Batman Arkham Asylum is out now on Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and on PC. Christopher Smith
“FAT PRINCESS” Out now
Fat Princess is not your standard Capture the Flag affair. Why? One, there is no flag, just an overweight princess. Two, the game is not to simply about carving a path of destruction through a horde of zombies, picking up the flag, then sprinting as fast as you can back to your base. Fat Princess is so much more. The setting is a fantasy world, where cake is growing out of the battlefield that separates the two rival armies in their castles. The aim of the game is to rescue your princess from the opposing faction who is holding her captive in their castle, while at the same time stopping the other team from regaining their Princess from your castle. Simple? Yes… and no. Fat Princess may seem like a very basic, straight forward game but that is the beauty of the game. There is one major game dynamic that immediately sets it apart from any other CTF you will have ever played, the fact that you can feed your Princess cake hence making it harder for her to be carried away from your castle, as you feed her more cake she gets heavier making the person carrying her to go much slower. There is so much depth to this game, that you will keep coming back to it, and every time you do, you will discover something new, whether it is levelling up a new class, or discovering new tactics to breaking
into the opposing team fortress. Fat Princess is presented very well, the art style is fantastic, the campaign is presented through a spoof fairly tale style story which is made even more funny by the extremely serious narrator (think of a cross between the E4 guy and Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings), the online runs smoothly and is lag-less for the most part. Perhaps the most loveable thing about Fat Princess is its humour, it doesn’t take itself too seriously, small things like the statistics page being called “Why I’m Awesome”, to the trophies names, “Fed Zeppelin”, “This is Caketown!” etc, not to mention the awesome narrator who gives you updates during the game such as, “They’re in our base! Killing our dudes!” Fat Princess does have a few bad points however, online does not always work as it should and it can be frustrating when the majority of your team is doing nothing productive and your are left to break into the castle yourself, Also the lack of a custom soundtrack is quite puzzling as most PSN games seem to have them included, until then you will have to contend with the really annoying in game music.
GAME PREVIEWS “MAG” Release date: January 2010
Forget about Call of Duty… MAG is the next big shooter coming to the PS3. The name stands for ‘Massive Action Game’ and for a good reason, this game is massive. How many people are you used to playing with online in one match, maybe 16 or 18 including yourself? Sony’s console has already shown that it can handle many more players, with launch title ‘Resistance: Fall of Man’ featuring a lag-less 32 players online. The sequel ‘Resistance 2’ bettered it by showcasing a smooth 60-player online mode. Now, take that number and double it… then double that number. That’s 240, now add on the standard number of players in an online game of 16. In MAG you get a mind-blowing 256 players in one match, all live players, no computers. The potential for chaos is clear, with so many players online, where will they all go?
First of all you will generally stick to your squad of 8 (there are 16 of these per team) and be charged with capturing several specific buildings, this will stop the game descending into mass chaos in the centre of the map. Secondly, the maps are huge and every platoon (groups of 4 squads) spawns in a different place on the map. There is also a fantastic ranking system to organise all the players, the better you perform the higher you climb up the command chain, from earning the right to command an 8-man squad, 32- man platoon and finally being the leader of a 128-man army. The higher in command you are, the better weapons you get to customise your character with. Finally, if you are worrying about lag, then don’t because the game’s developer, Zipper Interactive, has created new server technology to cope with such large numbers. Whether it will work or not, we will not know until MAG is released in January 2010. Jamie McGee
There are plenty of features here to keep you entertained, there is the story/campaign, online, gladiate and even a football mode. It is definitely worth the price of £12 and is a must have PSN title. Jamie McGee
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GAMES AND TECHNOLOGY GAME REVIEWS “TAP TAP REVENGE 3” Out now!
California-based Tapulous has certainly had a successful string of iPhone (and iPod Touch) games releases, and with the launch of “Tap Tap Revenge 3,” it’s unlikely that this will change. This can easily be shown with the recent announcement that the new game to the series has already become the most downloaded paid app in the history of the iTunes App Store after less than 48 hours on sale! Building on the success of its two predecessors, number three offers us so much more in terms of music and features. The main inclusion this time round is many more social features; such as chat rooms during online play, the ability to send messages to your friends also playing the game and avatars to represent yourself, who you can buy clothes
and accessories for with the coins you earn by playing the game. These new additions help to make you feel more a part of the Tap Tap community, as you are constantly being shown ways to interact with other users. Another large new feature of the new game is the large music catalogue provided mainly through Tapulous’ partnership with Universal Records. “Tap Tap Revenge 3” is one of the first games on the App Store to make use of Apple’s in-app purchase feature meaning that instead of having to download a separate game for new songs (for example, “Tap Tap Coldplay”), these songs are available to download straight inside the game at 59p for two songs, or £1.79 for a mini-album of six. The fact that there are now in-app purchases also means that Tapulous do now have to charge 59p ($0.99 USD) to users who wish to play the game, as decided by Apple’s policies for developers.
The app was launched with minialbums from bands such as Foo Fighters and The Killers. These new premium tracks are in addition to the 100 free songs also available within the download catalogue. In a similar manner to “Tap Tap 2,” users have also been promised free songs from popular artists every week, in some instances supporting bands before they have become famous! The constant updating of the game, as well as the addition of coins, levels and other social features should keep gamers busy for a while - with so many features to play with, the app is incredibly underpriced at just 59p - it’s no wonder it’s become so popular so quickly! James Wyllie “Tap Tap Revenge 3” is available on the iTunes App Store for 59p, with additional songs for purchase. Click here to go to the game in the iTunes App Store.
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FOOD AND COOKERY SPICY BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP Very few people know that Autumn is a great time for getting fruit and vegetables at their best. And at this time of year, Halloween, we often think of the pumpkin. It’s a fantastic vegetable, but why not try something different? The butternut squash comes from the same family as the pumpkin but is much more versatile, as shown by this hearty soup. Serves 6. Ingredients
2 tbsp Olive Oil 2 Garlic Cloves, chopped finely ½ medium chilli (for mild) or a whole chilli (for spicy), chopped finely ½ tsp chilli powder pinch paprika 2 Bay Leaves Half a sprig of Rosemary Pinch of cumin seeds 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed 2 Carrots, peeled and cubed 1 large potato, peeled and cubed ½ medium onion, finely diced 2 pints chicken or vegetable stock
1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan then add the garlic, chilli, paprika, bay leaves, rosemary and cumin seeds and heat for 30 seconds (don’t colour the ingredients, you only want to release the flavours).
2. Add all the remaining ingredients to the pan, except the stock. 3. Sauté the vegetables for 2 minutes until fully coated in the spices.
4. Add the stock and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and leave to simmer for 45 minutes. 5. Remove the rosemary stalk and bay leaves, and then blend the soup. Add extra water if the soup is too thick. 6. Serve with a nice big chunk of bread. Ashleigh Cook
ORANGE AND CHOCOLATE SPOOKY COOKIES On Halloween you want to be giving out the best treats in the neighbourhood. With these cookies you will be. The basic cookie dough recipe used can be adapted to suit any occasion. But for Halloween I have added some orange, a lot of chocolate and plenty of colourful icing. Makes 18. Ingredients For the cookies: 150g Butter 115g Brown Sugar 1 Egg 2 ½ tbsp Cocoa Powder 10 Chunks of Dark Chocolate Zest of 1 Orange Juice of ½ an orange (squeeze through your hand) 225g Self Raising Flour For the decoration: Orange icing 8 Dark chocolate chunks Heaped tbsp of icing sugar Method Cookies 1. Pre-heat your oven to 170°C and prepare two baking trays with a sheet of baking paper.
6. Gradually add the self raising flour to make a dough of soft dropping consistency.
2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl until smooth and creamy.
7. Using a tablespoon drop the cookie dough mixture onto the baking trays (makes sure each cookie is spread equally apart). Bake in the pre-heated oven for 15-18 minutes.
3. Add the egg and beat until fully combined. 4. Prepare the chocolate chunks by chopping each chunk into 4 pieces. 5. Then add to the mixture the cocoa powder, chocolate chunks, orange zest and juice. Mix everything together until fully combined.
8. Once cooked remove from the oven and leave to cool on the baking tray, before moving to a cooling rack.
Decoration 9. Once the cookies have completely cooled you can make your icing. Either buy a pre-made orange icing, or make your own by using icing sugar, water and red and yellow colouring. 10. Spread the orange icing neatly on the cookie in an oval shape then leave to set. 11. To make the facial features, melt the chocolate then add the icing sugar and stir well. Pipe the chocolate mixture onto the orange icing and once again, leave to set. Ashleigh Cook
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