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STUDENT PROTESTS ON THE HORIZON by OLIVER AUCKLAND News Editor
NOVEMBER will see the first national protest organised by The National Union of Students (NUS) since November 2010. NUS President Liam Burns in a series of Youtube videos said: “You’ve got a lot to be angry about. You’ve had EMA stolen, tuition fees tripled, you’ve had your education systematically attacked across the board by the coalition. And even if you’re lucky enough to get to the other end, what have you got to look forward to? Youth unemployment is at an all-time high, getting on the property ladder is next to impossible and we don’t even have the safety net of pensions to look forward to any more. It’s about
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time that we did something about it. In a year in which there are no votes in parliament and no legislation coming before politicians, it’s about time we started setting the agenda, not reacting to it. It’s about time that we start creating activists that will be there for years to come on your campus.” In another Youtube video emblazoned with the protest Twitter hashtag #Demo2012, the disputed Gandhi quote ‘First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win’ is flashed across the screen, followed by ‘I am the change, We are the change.’ The march is planned for November 21 however shows worrying signs for any hope of
success. Burns’ speech indirectly admits the past failure of the previous protests as they’ve failed to set an agenda. The NUS website states that ‘if students don’t demand that politicians listen to us we’ll be ignored’. Without a clear agenda, question marks hang over the NUS and whether they’ve prematurely called for a demonstration. Burns added: “We need to know from you what it is that students on your campus are really angry about. What is it from us that you need to make sure that this is a moment a generation will never forget?” The November 2010 protest that saw up to 50,000 people take part was marred by violence as demonstrators sieged the Milbank Tower that houses the Conservative Party headquarters, breaking in and smashing windows and lighting fires. The NUS condemned the violence as then President Aaron Porter said: “I’m disgusted that the actions of a minority of idiots are trying to undermine 50,000 who came to make a peaceful protest.” It was only earlier this year that the NUS called upon students to walk out of lectures as part of their Come Clean campaign, demanding debate on university reforms and student funding. Students in London marched upon the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills on Victoria Street to (unsuccessfully) demand the Minister of State for... Continued on page 2.
BACK TO BASICS by REBECCA FIELDING Editor
THIS YEAR LiverpoolSU’s very own Scholars Bar are going back to basics. It is no longer trying to be a Costa, or an eat in, or a subway it is your student pub. There is a new menu that has been professionally designed, with an increased range of food and drink options. The bar has undergone new rebranding and now has three set student led evenings each week; Monday Quiz Nights, Pre-Medication Wednesdays and Karaoke Thursdays, organised by the Raise and Give society. The bar have recently been searching for a new quiz master to recruit, also. Assistant Commercial Director for LiverpoolSU, Nadine Taylor said: “I think what is important to try and get through to students is that we are a non-profit organisation. So all of the money that students spend in our bar, shops and
at our events is reinvested to support the great services we provide and to ensure they are life changing for our students. “Services include sports cubs and societies, with over eighty sports clubs and societies on offer, there really is something for everyone. “Every programme at LJMU has at least one Course Representative who works alongside LiverpoolSU to voice any opinions students may have about the education they are receiving, and work to improve this. We offer Hall Representatives. “Our Community Representative Scheme aims to build stronger relations with the wider community, and we encourage students to get involved in, look after and feel proud of their local communities. “In our Advice Centre, students requiring academic advice can receive free and confidential support from the LiverpoolSU Advice Centre team.... Continued on page 3
Read our Sports Editor’s exclusive interview with Katarina JohnsonThompsons’ coach, Mike Holmes and his views on the comparison of private and publically educated Olympians on page 18.
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(Continued from front page) ...Universities and Science David Willets to sign their 40,000 signature strong petition. LJMU’s answer to rising fees and the youth unemployment was reported in the Liverpool their journey, too. Throughout the year, participants will get the chance to promote their own blog, talk to bloggers with the same interests. Members will have the chance to share inspiration sources such as Pinterest parties, gain friendly followers, come to social gatherings and perhaps meet some life long friends. More so, bloggers will be able to gain skillful knowledge about design and coding for their blogs with help from other members.
Daily Post as a response to the Come Clean campaign. Carolyn Williams, LJMU Director of student Recruitment said: “We recognise that £9,000 a year is a lot of money. However, our figures show that the rise in tuition fees is not pricing students out of education and in fact, the number of prospective students who have accepted an offer of a place is higher than this time last year. The primary reason for this is that young people see the value in higher education. A degree not only gives students indepth knowledge of their chosen subject but also helps them develop workplace skills. This is particularly true at LJMU where we have the unique, employer backed World of Work programme which aims to ensure every student has the skills they need to succeed in employment.
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LSU want your feedback about Welcome Week, New Improved Scholars bar, New Health & Safety Policy, and promotion of NUS Demo.
22ND NOVEMBER 2012 LSU want to help you plan and run your own event! What events do you want to see happening? Mini SU’s (their roles, what do you want from your mini SU’s?) & location location, location! What you would want from a new student union building?
7TH FEBRUARY 2013
Identity Forum, Varsity, One big match, kit, tour, access and inclusion in the SU. How can we make the identity of LJMU and student union bigger and better? Lets champion our clubs & societies.
7TH MARCH 2013
Summer in the SU (what people want, how can we help?), information about Grad Ball, LSU Loves you awards, hustings, Club & Society Alumni scheme – life time membership with the SU, what would you want for it?
GOING UP IN SMOKE by JADE BAGNALL Writer RETAILER surveys show that 47% of people are aware of tobacco products being sold illegally in their area; but are they aware of the effects? A survey by the Tobacco Retailers Alliance found that 31% of independent retailers nationwide (33% in the North West) are considering cutting down on staff because of illegal tobacco smuggling across borders with 13% (11% North West) closing down. And the issue shouldn’t be ifnored. The loss of more job positions in the UK can’t be seen as positive. Whilst it’s tempting to buy cheap and legal cigarettes abroad, it’s still adding to the problem. Taking business away from the small retailers seems easy. Treat yourself on holiday and now you’re the bad guy; so maybe it’s not so bad, maybe these businesses are just suffering the aftermath of the 21st century.
With new technology it’s not shocking that easy travel has rendered simple independent businesses unneeded. If cigarettes aren’t being sold by these retailers they have to be sold by someone though, and if they’re brought into this country illegally then you can bet your bottom dollar they will be sold that way. In a retailer survey 16% are aware of smugglers supplying underage smokers. No one can suggest exactly how to abolish tobacco smuggling. Some suggest that decreasing the tax on tobacco will help fix the problem; as it’s the high tax which makes England such a profitable place for smuggling. Others think that simply increasing the penalties for committing the crime might help. Despite these suggestions, 64% from the retailer survey predict that the problem will increase in the next 12 months. So if you like your local shop, start using it.
WITH back to school and the new university year starting, UK households looking to purchase a new computer could save up to £397, just by simple memory upgrades. We’ve all been there; your computer is at snail’s pace, the cursor starts pausing and your window is “Not Responding”. But whilst most of us wouldn’t think twice about getting rid of a brand new car with a flat tyre, it has been revealed that Britons have a costly “out with the old and in with the new” mentality when it comes to computers. As the academic year has started, a boom in computer sales is anticipated. For university students, who are already growing grey hairs over the rising fees and cost of living, wasting money on computers should be an unnecessary worry. But computers are now an essential tool to studies. Computer upgrade site Crucial.com has revealed that UK households could make a saving in the region of £1.78billion every year by simply upgrading their computer rather than
(Continued from front page, “Back to Basics”) ... “We also encourage, support and lead campaigns on behalf of our students. We organise forums that are open, friendly discussions where you can voice any concerns and share your experienes so we can help make your time at LJMU even better. “Therefore the more students that use our commercial areas, the more money we can generate and reinvest into making these services bigger and better and continuing to support the student voice and the student experience.”
WHAT WE would give to be able to get to our lectures, seminars, exams, events, revise and see our friends without sleep and without problems. But every student knows that they should get a full nights sleep before all of that.
Whether we do or not is a different story. Blame Facebook, Twitter or your attempts to cram in an extra couple of hours before your exam; we’re all familiar with the concept of “pulling an all-nighter.” Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have found that even if you spend the entire day studying, if you sacrifice sleep, you will always struggle the next day. Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science at UCLA, Andrew Fuligini said: “Sacrificing sleep for extra study time is counterproductive.”
replacing it. 2000 Briton’s between the ages of 18 – 70 were surveyed and admitted they were looking to purchase a new computer this season, due to frustrations with current computers. And instead of prolonging the life of their existing computer and paying up to £64 for a memory upgrade, they’d rather spend £400 on a new one. Roddy McLean, marketing director of Crucial.com, said: “People are unaware of just how easy it is to save money simply by upgrading the memory in their poorly performing computers. “As a nation we should have a better understanding of our home computers to ensure they perform at their best and last longer.”
DID YOU KNOW?
> The bells in the Anglican Cathedral are the heaviest in the world? 13 bells weigh in at a total of 17 tonnes and Great George, a 15 tonne monster is larger than Big Ben and has to be rung with a hammer. > Liverpool has the largest collection of Grade II-listed buildings outside London. The city has 2,500 listed buildings and 250 public monuments. > And is also the most filmed city outside of London.
New this year, LiverpoolSU are offering a programme of tailord Give It A Go trips by faculty, to allow students to meet and get to know others on their course of study. Trips will occur throughout the year. Children and partners are also welcome on trips, unless otherwise stated. Please go to www.liverpoolsu.com/events for more details.
The research involved 535 students from different socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds at several high schools in the Los Angeles area. The students were slected from 9th, 10th and 12th grades, and used diaries to report how they studied, how long they slept and whether they experienced academic problems. Problems included not fully understanding information taught, performing poorly in a test or in their homework. Researchers initially expected that those students who spent more time studying overall, would show the best performance in class. However, the results showed that those who let study time cut into their sleepign
time were actually doing more poorly on tests. So next time you see that person sat in the library, at their desk, asleep with their faces in their midnight feast, and you’re going home to do sweet f-a, at least you’ll be comforted by the prospect that you may just beat them by a few points in your next exam. These results do not mean that students should spend less time studying overall, but perhaps work out a more efficient study timetable to ensure that they get enough work done, whilst allowing them enough time to rest. Fuligini added: “Although these nights of extra studying may seem necessary, they can come at a cost.”
NORTHERNERS ARE 8TH IN FRUGAL LIST
by REBECCA FIELDING Editor
QUIDCO, one of the UK’s biggest cashback sites, has revealed that shoppers in the North West are focusing more on saving their cash after surveying 2000 individuals; including Liverpool. Since the start of the recession, the region has earned its place as eighth in a list of the UK’s savviest when it comes to scrimping the extra pennies. A whopping 87% of local residents agreed that it is cooler to be frugal now than it was before the hunchback of society, also known as the economic slump.
In an era where every penny is blessed, Quidco also discovered that 89% of shoppers in the North West are now happier to sling a voucher and discount code here and there when spending their hard-earned cash. Shoppers in the North West are saving £884 a year by tightening purse strings and coming up with creative ways to be careful, including knitting clothing and shopping in budget supermarkets. 64% of locals collect reward points, 60% are using discount vouchers in shops and restaurants, 42% use price comparison sites and 24% are using cashback sites.
Andy Oldham, Managing Director at Quido, said: “In a continually trick financial climate, it’s reassuring to see shoppers in the North West embrace savvy spending behaviour and use fantastic resources to make their cash go further.”
BETTER UNION, BETTER UNIVERSITY, BETTER CITY exclusive by SHAUNA WATERMAN Writer DID YOU know that you have four elected student officers who make decisions for your student union? Paul Abernethy, Kate Wilkinson, Curtis Reid and Tom Aldus are your student representatives who take a year out of university to run a student union that is student led. Paul said: “When you do something that really makes a change, the highs are probably the best highs you’ll ever have, and that’s when all it really pays off”. The ‘reps’ listen to the student body and take monthly reports to show what they have been doing for the union and what impact they are making. Mr Abernethy added: “It’s actually seeing the changes that you want to happen being made and realising that they’re potentially going to change 24,000 people’s lives for the better. That sounds so cheesy I know!” Each representative has a different role within the union. Paul is the President of the student officers. Describing his role he said: “lobbying the university for changes for students, and that’s all studentinformed and based on what they want”. Kate is Vice President Academic Quality, Curtis is Vice President Community Engagement and Tom is Vice President Activities. Explaining his goal and the impact of his job, Tom said: “my goal is to have more engagement in sport and to create a development plan in this field that rivals the likes of Loughborough, Birmingham, Leeds and Newcastle. “I really like the campaigning that we do and it’s
surprised me how much weight we actually carry with the higher levels of the university.” Curtis explained what community engagement is and said: “I deal with landlords, the council, police services as well as interacting with students at this level. “I am their first port of call if they have issues regarding their landlords. My remit is mainly welfare”. Having students as representatives means that we can have a say in how our university should be shaped. Mr Abernethy said: “Our positions really mean something now. “In the past it was a lot more tokenistic, we’re now in a position to really make a change and make a difference to the university. “That’s changed massively in the last five years. Now the university really respects us”. The job of being a student officer is also very beneficial to those involved. It of course acts as work experience and demonstrates great responsibility to future employers. Mr Reid said: “It’s been absolutely brilliant. I’ve met lots of new people as there’s lots of networking involved, new things to do every week. It’s great just being able to shout about all the things that our union does”. As stated, the student union is student led and that means that they need your support. Offering advice to freshers, Curtis said: “take advantage of all the opportunities you get. Engage with your course as much as possible and don’t be afraid to ask course leaders for help, even if you think it’s a silly question. “You don’t want to be in a position where you feel as though you’re slipping behind”. Paul agreed and said: “we’re always desperate to get feedback on anything to do with the academic experience at John Moores”.
the biennial by ALEX MARTIN Proofreader LIVERPOOL will launch its seventh biennial on September 15, 2012, attracting over 600,000 visitors to the city from across the world. The Biennial runs until November 25, 2012 and is based around the theme of hospitality, a fitting concept for a year in which the UK has already welcomed millions of tourists for the Olympics and Queen’s Jubilee. The Biennial was founded in 1998 by James Moores and runs in conjunction with art establishments including Tate, FACT, Open Eye, Bluecoat and the Liverpool Museums Organisation. For ten weeks every two years, the city comes alive with exhibitions, performances and installations by contemporary international artists both within these institutions and in public spaces across the city. Past biennial contributors have included Ai Weiwei, Yoko Ono and Yayoi Kusama. This year over 270 artists will flock to the city to display existing or newly commissioned artworks in the largest international contemporary arts festival in the UK. A highlight of this year’s event will be Doug Aitken’s first public artwork display in the UK, the brainchild of the Tate and Sky Arts. A purpose-built pavilion, designed by conceptual architect David Adjaye, is being constructed beside the Tate to house the exhibition until January. By day, visitors will be encouraged to step inside the pavilion to view video interviews with celebrities including Tilda Swinton and Jack White amongst others, but by night the videos will be projected and played on the outside walls of the pavilion. About the display, Aitken said: “This project is about the roots of creativity. Many of the people in this project are working in very diverse mediums and it's that common thread that I'm interested in. “The project is very much about the empowerment of the viewer. I want the installation at Tate Liverpool to be a destination: a place
that one can go to and walk into this field of ideas. “It will be a celebration of the power of the individual and the forging of a borderless new creative territory – I'm incredibly excited.” The renowned John Moores Painting Prize also runs in conjunction with the Biennial, holding an exhibition of submitted works in the Walker Gallery. The Prize was founded in 1957 by Liverpool philanthropist John Moores and notable winners have included David Hockney and Richard Hamilton. Five finalists win a cash prize and the winner £25,000. There is also a ‘Visitor’s Choice’ prize selected by the public during the exhibition, the winner of which will receive £2,012. Both The Copperas Hill building of John Moores University and The Cunard Building will play host to parts of the biennial projects, including the City States and The Unexpected Guest, which is opening its doors to the public for the first time. One such project, by L.A. artist Fritz Haeg, will see the creation of a community garden in Everton Park and a public harvesting during the first week of the Biennial. Elmgreen and Dragset’s I’m on the Guestlist! will contemplate misrepresentation by displaying a freestanding iron door, protected by bouncers, displayed in the middle of the city, and Israeli artist Oded Hirsch will explore the theme of concealed space with an elevator exploding through the floor of Liverpool ONE. Possibly the most exciting display of the exhibition comes on the opening night of the Biennial, in the form of Rhys Chatham’s A Crimson Grail. The guitarist and composer called for 100 volunteers to play guitar and 8 to play bass in a prolific performance at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral. The grand scale of both the musicians and the building itself will no doubt set a high standard for the rest of the Biennial. Free admission. Dates and times can be found at http://liverpoolbiennial.co.uk
WELCOME TO LIVERPOOL
famous Cavern Club (3) and Cavern Pub. There’s a Wetherspoons, Hardys bar, The Grapes pub, Vivienne Westwood store. There’s The Tube 80’s Bar and The Glass Onion pub. There’s Boogie Nights, Erics, Flanagan’s Apple, The Slug and Lettuce and The Living Room. Revolution, Lennon’s Bar, The Curzon, The Lisbon and The Rubber Soul. Basically, if you went out at 11am, there would be enough places to visit to take you through until 6am. CONCERT SQUARE: The other hotspot of nightlife in the city centre of Liverpool. You’ve MODO, Walkabout, Allure, Reflex, The Lime Kiln, Baa Bar, Zoo Bar. The majority of student nights can be found in Concert Square; there was once a time when you could buy 50p Sambuca shots. Lethal. Nearby, just off Duke Street is Parr Street Studios (2), another Looprevil venue. SEEL STREET: One of Looprevil’s favourite streets; there’s The Peacock, Heebie Jeebies, The Masque, Alma De Cuba, The Zanzibar Club, and nearby is MOJO, on Back Berry Street. Both Heebie Jeebies and The Peacock offer free meals on first come first served basis on Fridays and Saturdays; perfect when you fancy going out but you haven’t the spare pennies to actually feed yourself.
FRESHER? LOST? OUR TEAM ARE HERE TO HELP YOU OUT. LIME STREET STATION: For most of you, Lime Street will be your entry point to your new home city. Central in the city, Lime Street Station is your portal to neighbouring havens, like Manchester, Southport, Leeds, Newcastle and London. It’s easy enough to get tickets, and the station isn’t too big that you’ll get lost. M O U N T P L E A S A N T L J M U CAMPUS; For those based at Mount Pleasant campus, this will be your home and hell for the next three years. You will find the new Richmonds Building around here, John Foster Building, Art and
Design Academy, the Aldham Robarts Library and your drinking hotspot, Liverpool Students Union. This is where Looprevil Press is based, in the Haigh Building. Walking down Hardman Street, where The Magnet is situated, you will come to Bold Street and one of Looprevil’s previous venues, LEAF (1). Definitely worth a stop for lunch. Bold Street is one of the shopping areas of Liverpool, situated opposite Church Street. Here you will find millions of comfortable independent shops and coffee shops, including Bold Street Cafe. Cafe Tabac can be found at the top, a favourite of Looprevil’s. HOPE STREET: The only street in Europe with two houses of
religion on either end, the Metripolitan Cathedral and the Anglican Cathedral. Unless for personal religious reasons, the only times you’ll spend time in either is for exam purposes. Each provide visitors and tourists with events frequently throughout the year. The Anglican Cathedral is to be transformed into a living canvas to host Treasured, a production inspired by one of the most historical tragedies; the story of the HMS Titanic. It will be hosted in the Cathedral from the 1st to 6th October 2012, details can be found on www.liverpoolcathedral.org.uk MATHEW STREET: One of the most iconic streets in Liverpool, home to the Mathew Street Festival each year, home to the world
WHAT’S ON Jess Gascoigne The Shipping Forecast September 22, 2012 10pm - 3am, free entry
The UK’s Big Vintage & Fashion Fair The Hub, Garden and Sandon Rooms with additional spaces at The Bluecoat September 22, October 27, November 24 and December 15 10am - 5pm, £4.00 tickets
Liverpool Irish Festival Across Liverpool venues October 11 - 21, 2012 More information on www.liverpoolirishfestival.com
DSLR Training FACT September 18 and October 25 10am, £125 all day course
Record Fair The Bluecoat October 6, 2012 10am - 6pm
Marina and the Diamonds O2 Academy Liverpool October 4, 2012 7pm, £20 admission
The Craft Creative: Book Binding Workshop
LIVERPOOL ONE: Where else would you go shopping in Liverpool? Opened in 2008, L1 is a favourite for residents and tourists, with a mass selection of shops and restaurants at your disposal. Ranging from ALDO and All Saints to Zara and Whistles, there’s stores to fulfill a range of tastes and styles. Just be careful when you’ve opened your student account; it’s easy to lose track of your spenditure.
LEAF on Bold Street September 18, 2012 6.30pm, £15 tickets from thecraftcreative.com/bookings
ALBERT DOCK: One of the most famous docks in the country, the Albert Dock offers bars, clubs, restaurants, shops, tours and museums. The dock is the home of Tate Liverpool, the Beatles Story and the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum. You can jump on the Yellow Duckmarine tours from the dock, famous for taking tourists from the Mersey itself and around the city. There’s a Revolution, Circo, Gusto, Vinea and Spice Lounge. Tate Liverpool always has exhibitions and things to see on offer, sometimes with a small fee, but definitely worth the price. Until the end of October, visitors can see the works of JMW Turner, Claude Monet and Cy Twombly.
Liverpool Philharmonic September 22, 2012 8pm, £24.50 tickets
Bodies Revealed L1, Paradise Street September 1, 2012 - January 2, 2013 9am - 9pm Mon - Sat, 10am 5pm Sun £13.75 - £15.95 tickets
Capstan’s Bazaar: Arts & Crafts Fair LEAF on Bold Street September 29, 2012 12pm - 5pm, free entry
An Evening With Derek Acorah Envi September 16, 2012 6pm - 9pm, £10 tickets
German Beer Festival The Ship & Mitre September 24 to September 30, 2012 10pm - midnight, free entry
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TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE
by TONI MILWARD Writer
STARTING LJMU last year I had one thing on my mind; what on earth was I going to wear to on nights out during fresher’s week? I can’t remember when I last had that much time on my hands to plan what I was wearing. Today it’s the ‘grab and go’ outfit. Going into my second year of my degree now I realise time is something I wish I had a lot more of, not just for group projects or essays, but for my boyfriend and my job. It was only half way through my first year at LJMU that I got into the routine of juggling doing essays and projects with a weekend job. This year I’ll be juggling working Monday through Friday,
essay deadlines and reading with spending time with my boyfriend on the weekends, and I can’t wait to get started! Managing your time when you start university can be quite daunting at first. You know you should stay in and read for your seminar in the morning, but you’re torn between that and going out for Mad Monday. I used to try and get all my essays completed within days of receiving them, panicking I wouldn’t be able to fit everything in. Now thankfully I’m more relaxed and realistic about what I can do in an evening and what I want to be doing by the weekends. This article is not a guide on how anyone should manage their time. In fact it’s far from it, I wanted to make the point that I
don’t think there needs to be a one or the other when it comes to what you should or would rather be doing. Who’s saying we couldn’t have our cake and eat it too? Aside from gaining a degree at the end of it, that’s what university is all about. It gives us the opportunity to be independent in a number or ways. You choose what you learn, what you do, and how you live. The priorities I have now in comparison to last year have changed quite a bit, in the sense that I didn’t really have any, my time was spent between work and university. As cliché as it sounds, if you really want to do something then you only need to set your mind to it and I bet you’d be surprised at what you could juggle if you tried.
> Scouse is a type of stew. It was eaten by Liverpudlians living in poverty before the 1900s. Ingredients include lamb or beef, cabbage, carrot, potatoes and onion. Get cooking! > The annual Mathew Street Music Festival held every August Bank Holiday is the largest city centre-based free music festival in Europe. they like the five people before me better?” But I went, and stayed myself throughout. I shared my work experience, showed enthusiasm and remained bubbly. The interview itself isn’t too much of a worry - the Disney representatives are lovely and welcoming. One tip, however, is that Disney as a company have a huge focus on something called “the Four Keys”: Safety, Courtesy, Show and Efficiency. By adapting your experience to these specific areas, you should have a lasting effect on your interviewer. When your acceptance email arrives, you find out your working dates and the area you will be working in. When I received my email it said attractions, and I was over the moon! What I would say is though don’t get your hopes up too much on one specific area. You get to know people in every area and all
DISNEY MAGIC by CHELSEA CRICHTON Writer
HAVE you ever wondered what it would be like to work for the happiest place on earth? With the help of LJMU and ‘Yummy Jobs’, students get the chance to become a member of staff for Walt Disney World, Florida during the summer months. From June until mid August, I partook in the Walt Disney World International College program, a program created to enable you to immerse yourself into the Disney lifestyle, to gain valuable experience working within a world wide credited company. This I’m sure, on anyones CV, will raise a lot of questions in future interviews, as how many people do you know have said they have worked for Walt Disney World? And as well as the work benefits, students meet some of their best friends from all four corners of the world.
My determination to work for Disney began in 2006; holidaying in Orlando, a friendly waiter let magic happening; telling me that I would be able to come to work for Walt Disney World at the age of 18, and attend Disney University. Come 18, I began searching and carried it through. Excitement blossomed after learning through University that Yummy Jobs (www.yummyjobs.com) gave students the chance to work for Walt Disney World on their International College Program. Students apply online, followed by a Yummy Jobs representative, and then with a Disney representative. Of course, nerves set in. I thought: “what if they don’t like my personality”, “what if
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of them will love their job. The downside to working in attractions; it is a lot of hard work, long hours and a lot of guest interaction. Some guests of which might scream at you because they want to seat four in a three person car. Every role has its pros and cons, as with any job. You will spend the remaining months counting down, preparing to go to Disney, which Yummy Jobs will help you with every step of the way. From booking flights to the “Disney look” to something every Cast Member has to abid by. There is a lot of paper work, from DS190’s to Visas, in which case you have to visit London to undertake an interview. (Warning: mine took 4 and a half hours.) But when you are finally on the flight outwards, knowing where you’ll land, all the stress of organising it disappears. Because you know in nine hours you will be starting the best summer of your life. Yummy Jobs is now accepting applications for summer 2013, and as long as you are currently in University.
I saw her leap into the air higher than her own head in that arena twenty/twelve standing ovation, Katarina my allegiances shelved too green for gold jumping in her first Olympics clearing, failing, then a wonderful clip— after the bar falls she smiles to camera with a ‘Whoops, stuffed!’ side thrust of her bottom lip —and— I don’t want to cheer for stony-faced droids only here for one thing, too intense to enjoy the moment why won’t they disappear, these only place bores? no more bows left to string after the race runs its course alone with their broken childhoods and their bitter regrets their could-have-would-haves and their cannot-no-mores their cries of anguish leave me quite apathetic I won’t countenance these do-or-die caws —but— Katarina, she’s the proof of Liverpudli’n demeanour not the usual spiel hip-hip-heptathlon, here’s an athlete with a sense of what’s real I hope she’ll shrug off all those expectations on her shoulder blades and braid Olympic spirit through each competition day I hope she’ll pin her crinkled ears and back herself come what may —all the while smiling because— I can’t stand the leer of hard gargoyle faces where the will to succeed precludes the joy of the chase no contest why can’t they live, not die, each meet nursed by grace? never cursing defeat through gritted teeth, body braced I want less cold war mentality and laying down lives talk of redemption and assumption of blame life orphans plumping for the love they’re denied contorted, slumping, haggard, flagless and lame —dux— Don’t they know that the bronze, the silver, gold they long to hold— just trinkets lustred the sheen of divine Katarina, she might place or she might not and that’s fine —with me it doesn’t matter— I threw the javelin back in school and that’s it didn’t have tin commandments or a dummy to spit and polish shot put— I took a shot, ran fourth in each race set a new high jump low and hurdled flat on my face demolished she’ll rouse my smiles this Scouser girl who competes by straining, striving, giving all that she can and that won’t mean her day hangs by a PB not Katarina— love her laidback élan
DISTANCE MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER by JADE THOMAS Writer THE WORDS ‘long distance relationship’ always used to make me cringe. What is the point? Surely if you’re in a relationship you want to have easy access to one another, share cuddles when times get tough and the obvious, have regular sexy time. Long distance, for many people, is unchartered territory that many either tread very carefully into or get dragged kicking and screaming into; like I found myself several months ago. The day when my beloved man, who will be named X for the duration, joined the Royal Marines. World ending moment right there. After many awkward conversations and months later, we’re still going strong. Strong – ish. From personal experience and also being a devoted magazine junkie, I’ve picked up such different advice, information and some quite awful but supposedly ‘helpful’ tips from friends and family, which in all honesty I found use-
less. It mainly involved game playing. People in love don’t play games.... Do they? That old saying women are from Venus, men are from Mars really does suit this topic, as the way the two sexes view long distance relationships is too planets apart. When asked on the streets of Liverpool to describe their thoughts, men answered with the following: “too hard”, “challenging”, “a total graft”, “tedious”, “really tiring”. One gent did say, “less likely to take each other for granted”. However our more feminine counterparts answered; “hard but rewarding”, “freedom but still a loving person when you need one”, “terrible at times but worth it”, “time together is more special”. As a result, it seems us ladies are apparently more positive about long distance relationships. Maybe it’s down to years of watching Disney films and dreaming about the elusive ‘happily ever after’ that we all crave. Or maybe these men questioned just don’t beat around the bush and admit that at times long distance rela-
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10 years ago... tionships are pretty terrible. Don’t let all this mixed emotion turn your head away from becoming involved in one, though. My personal experience is that the longer you have been together - prior to the long distance starting - the easier it will be to decide whether it’s actually a lifestyle for you. At first when X left for his Royal Marine training I was mortified and so lonely, but when he made a real effort to keep in touch and still make me feel just as loved as he did when he was at home, that was the moment when I knew that we may just be able to make it work. Regardless of your thoughts on long distance relationships, until you and your significant other are in one it’s impossible to judge. But no matter where in the world you both are, as long as you both still feel loved and happy then there’s no reason to doubt if it can work. So to answer the question, does absence make the heart grow fonder? All I can say is yes.
THE UNIVERSITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: 30 WAYS TO SAVE YOUR MONEY by HAYLEY MINN Entertainment Editor IT’S A KNOWN fact that University is expensive, as is living away from home, so here are 30 ways to save just enough money to buy that dress, video game or album you want. 1. Don’t buy textbooks! Loan them from the library as and when you need them. If you do need to buy them, get them from Amazon Marketplace. 2. Share a Netflix/Lovefilm account with your flatmates and
split the cost, instead of buying DVDs or boxsets. 3. Buy food with your flatmates, on a weekly basis, and share the cost. 4. It may sound obvious, but walk to uni, instead of taking the bus, although this will be a struggle if you’re on IM Marsh campus! 5. Get your hair cut at a beauty college, rather than a hairdresser. This goes for beauty treatments as well. The Academy Salons, part of Liverpool Community College, are situated on Duke Street, and do a cut and blowdry for £7. 6. Buy an NUS card from the SU
straight away! They only cost £10, and you will definitely save more than that throughout the year. Once you have it, ALWAYS ask for a student discount! 7. Don’t order fast food after going out. Instead, munch on some cereal or bread when you get back. 8. Before going out, check whether you can put your name on guest lists for clubs to save on entry prices. 9. If you’re on Orange, Magic Numbers are a life saver. 10. Use tvcatchup.com on your laptop to watch TV, rather than buying a TV.
August 21, 2002 saw Ian Huntley charged with the murders of Holly Wells and Jessican Chapman. His girlfriend Maxine Carr was charged with peverting the course of justice and both were remanded in custody. On September 22, there was an earthquake in Dudley, which was felt throughout England and Wales. A memorial service was held at St Paul’s Cathedral for the victims of the Bali bombing on October 23, which killed twenty six UK citizens. On November 1, the late Diana, Princess of Wales’ former butler, Paul Burrell, was cleared of stealing from the Princess’ estate after it was revealed that he had told The Queen that he was keping some of her possessions. And on November 15, Moors Murderer Hyra Hindley died in West Suffolk Hospital at the age of sixty after being hospitalised with a heart attack.
50 years ago... August 18 saw popular Liverpool band The Beatles play their first live engagement with the line-up of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Star at Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight. The first broadcast of the long-running television quiz programme University Challenge was aired on September 21, 1962. Also on this date, Ford launches the Cortina, a family saloon costing £572 and was similar in size to the Vauxhall Victor, Hillman Minx and Morris Oxford. October 5 saw Dr No, the first James Bond film released, with 32 year old Edinburgh born Sean Connery playing the lead, a British Secret Service agent. Also on this date, The Beatles’ first single in their own right, Love Me Do, was released by Parlophone.
100 years ago... Norwich was flooded on August 27, 1912. On November 5, the British Board of Film Censors (BBFC) was established. A non-governmental organisation, funded by the film industry and responsible for the national classification and censorship of films within the UK. November 27 saw concerted Suffragette attacks on pillar boxes. 11. Always shop around – don’t go for the first price you find. 12. Join Lifestyles gym. It’s free membership for all JMU students up to 4.30pm. If you want to go after then, it’s only £9 a month. 13. Budget your money every week, and don’t go over that amount! A good way of doing this is taking that amount of money out of your account every week, and then putting your card away somewhere. 14. Eat in as much as you can, but if you are going to eat out, look for vouchers on Studentbeans.com beforehand, and go to a restaurant with an offer. 15. Find your cheapest pub and stick to it. 16. If you want to go to the cinema, go on a Wednesday for the Orange 2 for 1 offer, and, if you need food during the cinema, buy it from the pound shop on the way, and then sneak it in! 17. Phone people for free using services like Skype and Viber. 18. Get a Young Persons Railcard, especially if you live quite a way from Liverpool. It saves you a
third off your train fare. 19. Get rid of your car – do you really need it at uni? 20. Stop smoking. You could save around £2555 a year! 21. Ask for a better deal on your phone contract. 22. Make a shopping list whenever you shop for food to ensure you don’t buy anything unnecessary. 23. Buy online as it is usually cheaper (although not always), and when buying online, use cashback sites, such as Quidco. 24. Download OpenOffice instead of paying for Microsoft office. 25. Bid on eBay in the middle of the night, for the cheapest deals. 26. Wait for Free Listings Weekends to sell your stuff on eBay. 27. Find your cheapest supermarket using mySupermarket.com 28. Book train tickets early-ideally 12 weeks before you travel. 29. Don’t buy ready meals, preparing your own food is usually a lot cheaper. 30. Make the most of your degree, as people with good degrees generally earn more! 7
FIFTY SHADES - YAY OR NAY?
OVER the summer, British author E.L.James has taken the country - and their dirty minds - by storm. And we set Gemma Jones with the task of finding out what Liverpool students think of “kinky fuckery” and Christian Grey. SINCE Twilight and Harry Potter I never imagined a book would ever again gain so much publicity, critical acclaim and crazy-fan-girl praise. Alas I was very much wrong. Ever since April 2012, E.L James’s debut novel Fifty Shades Of Grey has taken the UK by an erotic storm and has dominated the best selling list of bookshops
all across the country for months. Surprisingly it is the fastest selling UK book of all time. It even beat Harry Potter. It has even been reported that J.K Rowling cannot stop crying every waking moment into her jammie dodgers and cup of tea... Yes, the book is so pervasive now in today’s culture even our own mothers and grandmother are starting to read it. But what is it that makes the book such a seductive success? Is the book in fact actually a good well thought piece of literature or is it the other end of the spectrum? Has the media promotion and hype of the novel swung too far? Here is what some of our readers thought of the trilogy and whether it will be winning a Pulitzer prize anytime soon. Have your own thoughts on Fifty Shades of Grey? Let us know! www.facebook.com/ looprevilpresspaper www.twitter.com/ Looprevil_Press
Jade Davies, 20, studying Fashion Design from Liverpool said: “I’ve read the books and I can see the appeal. Christian seems like the sexiest and perfect man ever but it is completely unrealistic. If only he existed around here. Can’t wait for the film to be released, Ana doesn’t know how lucky she is!”
Adam Kelly, 19, studying Criminology at LJMU said: “My girlfriend absolutely loves them and I had a sneaky read of them when she wasn’t in and was shocked by how explicit it was. I found the sex scenes to be more funny than erotic. And yes, I found the rest quite boring.”
Jodie Cameron, 20, studying Marketing at LJMU said: “I read them but wasn’t too impressed with them to be honest. Just reinforced gender stereotypes about women, especially towards the end. I wouldn’t recommend them as something to read. I think it’s just another media hype.”
Lucy Wilson, 18, studying Biochemistry at LJMU said: “I found the story line to be really exciting and made you think differently about conventional relationships. That is what drew me to the books. I don’t care about the erotic bits, I just like how Ana and Christian’s relationship builds up.”
WOMEN, Y NO FUNNY? sional careers and undeniable wit? I suppose such misogyny stems from dawn of time. Simply, men feel the need to IT’S ALWAYS the same non humorous “save” women. chestnut. It’s like Miranda says on Sex and the A girl likes a boy. The boy likes the girl. City, a single man with no prospects as long Not only is the girl pretty, she’s also bright, as he is “good looking” is usually considered bubbly, intelligent and above all else, funny. a catch to women. However a single woman with a sucSo you have to ask yourself... What is there not to like? Well, I’d say nothing. cessful job and a sense of humour akin to A pretty, intelligent and hilarious girl to that of Peter Kay is considered as “tragic” me is practically someone I’d jump on/prac- or “sad” instead. Also men want to be the funny ones. tically stalk to be best friends forever with. They want to be pioneer of all jokes and to Alas if only men shared this philosophy. Because most men (not saying ALL men) pretend they are their royal holiness The recently are becoming more and more in- Arch Bishop of Banturbury or something. If a woman on the other hand tells a timidated by funny and successful women. Therefore to cut a long story short, the funny joke, appears funnier than him or end of our hypothetical love story goes like earns more money in her salary (God forthis: girl and boy meet. Girl opens her bid!), a man for some unbeknownst reason mouth. Explains to the boy her successful to me, believes his masculinity has autojob role and braves telling him a joke. The matically shrivelled down to the small size boy leaves and then moves onto the next of a prune. Ah yes, the biased and interpolating replain Jane girl. So, why is this? Why don’t men appreci- ality of it all is enough to want to make you ate our inner Bridget Jones’s, our profes- believe in Father Christmas again by GEMMA JONES Features Editor
(and to consider shooting yourself in sexist despair). So “Small Man” syndrome is a growing disease that is definitely leaving a pungent smell in the air. The question is, can it be cured? Of course it can (if that Mohammed can go to the mountain then anything is indeed possible, believe me). First step is to acknowledge it. Now it needs to be challenged. Most will claim that such a societal viewpoint stems from biology and cave man theory. It’s in men’s bloods to perpetuate this domineering and governing nature. They are only trying to “provide.” Men are stronger than woman. Women are more emotional. And more other gut retching and condescending clichés. Balls to them all! We’re living in a world where there’s a new Iphone every 5 minutes
The jury then is still undecided on its ultimate verdict. So will YOU be exploring Ana and Christian’s sensual world this semester? I think E.L James has made another dichotomy book series. Fifty Shades is thus like Marmite. You are either going to love it or hate it.
fifty shades of facts It originated as Twilight fan-fiction. It was originally called Master of the Universe and was published for a Twilight fansite, with the lead charaters named Edward Cullen and Bella Swan. But after concerning comments, E.L.James removed it, rewrote it as an original piece and renamed the characters to Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. The books have their own soundtracks. E.L.James created playlists on her site; Britney Spears’ Toxic, Frank Sinatra’s Witchcraft and King’s Of Leon’s Sex On Fire are in the mix. It’s coming to the big screen. Hollywood heavyweights Universal have purchased the movie rights to Fifty Shades, and soon we’ll be able to have the story acted out for us in cinema.
therefore modern thinking and gender relations should be evolving steadfast too. So, funny crazy ass girls of the world, next time a handsome man ignores you because you have a degree or stops talking to you because you banter is just “too” much to handle, then do what you do best: smile that goofy smile, keep working for your dollars like a boss and move onto the next one. Because like I said, not ALL men are intimidated by your good virtues and Mr IAppreciate-Your-Jokes-And-Hard-WorkingCareer will be comedy walking into your life before you know it. After all who honestly wants to live with an Elizabethan patriarch who can’t take a joke? You’ll be beheaded before you know it.
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the white shirt by GEMMA JONES Features Editor Styling by Gemma Jones Hair & Makeup by James Sephton IT HAPPENS to us fashion messiahs every year. You’re poor all summer. You hate all your clothes. You want to rip them up and throw them out your window in a sulk. Then all of a sudden you get your student loan. The glorious loan. The world suddenly then becomes more magical for you and for your wardrobe. Therefore it is very easy to find yourself spending your money on excessive amounts of excessive clothes you don’t need and to find yourself spiralling into a web of fashionable debt. Every term you tell yourself it needs to stop be-
cause living on cheese and crackers the rest of the year isn’t exactly riveting. But why buy the same useless items that you’re only ever going to wear once such as that party dress or floral playsuit when you can buy simplistic key items that transcend time? And nothing has a longer wardrobe life span that the trusty white shirt. Classy, minimal and versatile, this effortlessly statement piece has it all. But if you are a bit less adventurous with your outfit choices or are not so good at styling outfits yourself then how can you make your white shirt stand the test of time? How can you wear it in different ways? What way can you wear it to in keep with your own style? So many questions but the answers are simple.
WORTH IT? by REBEKKA O’GRADY Writer
I RECENTLY arrived, pretty much penniless, back in England after spending my summer abroad in Orlando, Florida in the United States. I knew what I was letting myself in for before I went to America, and that it would cost me a fair amount to get over there and fund myself once arrived. The big question; however, was it worth the money? Luckily for me, I would be earning money whilst I was over in America. I had secured a job in Walt Disney World, and would be working in one of their shops in either a resort or theme park. It turns out; I would be working in the largest Disney store in the world, World of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace. Although I would have my wages com-
Here are four different ways to rock your own white shirt this season (Model is wearing Zara shirt and Miss Selfridge boots): Picture 1 - Formal Attire. If you work in a professional environment, are going for an interview or dressing up smart casual for the afternoon, then this would be an ideal look for you. A good pair of tailored pants would accentuate a slim waist and add a trendy androgynous flair to your style. Plus trousers luxe is bang on trend for AW 12 too. Picture 2 - All Tied Up. This look is very “back to school” and is a prime example of a good outfit to wear in between the transitional periods of Summer and Autumn. Very casual, very chic and very understated. Wear with high heels, brogues, jackets or converse. The white
ing into my bank weekly, they still wouldn’t have been enough to cover my rent, food, shopping and anything else that I was going to experience. I had thought long and hard about this a great deal of months prior to me actually leaving, as I wouldn’t have to just save for dollars to take over with me. There are a fair few things to pay for prior to leaving; your visa appointment, transport money to London/Belfast for the Embassy, your visa itself, deposits on accommodation, background check and plane tickets. I don’t want to add up how much all this cost, especially with the price of airfare! I don’t want to put anyone off, but this would be my advice for anyone who is actually considering moving abroad for a summer – starting to save your money now. I began saving back in October, and I wasn’t moving until June. Although this may have meant that I didn’t have as much money to go out or buy things as regularly
shirt world is your oyster after all. Picture 3 - Glamour Granny. One of the best things about a white shirt is the collar. Who can resist the endearing appeal of a white shirt collar poking from under a dress or a jumper? Instead of spending a fortune on built in peter pan collars in shops, layer one up yourself, either with a dress or with a cute grandma jumper. Not only will it make you look adorable but it will keep you warm when it gets colder too. Picture 4 - Trenching It Up. And as the colder months start to descend ,we all need a new coat. So why not team another classic item with another? It is to bring about the return of the trench coat people. Be as oversized as you like as that is another trend in vogue this
as I may have done before, I knew that it would be worth it as soon as I touched down in the States. As students, I know this may not seem the most logical option at the time, as you already don’t have a ton of money and all your friends are going out and you feel left out, but surely if you have made the decision to spend a summer abroad, you may as well make it the best experience you possibly can? After all, as soon as you come back home, September is on your doorstep with the delights of fresher’s week and you make up for lost time then. Granted, like me you may not have a great deal of money coming back home with you as you have blown it all on amazing experiences abroad, I’m sure you can scrape a few pounds together for some jaeger bombs and a pizza on the way home. So you have started to save, it’s nearly time for you to leave, you’re on a plane and then all of a sudden the summer is over and
season and you’ll be sure to ooze classic British heritage style. That was just four different style avenues to get you started. There are various more ways you can covet the white shirt and you can bet your bottom dollar that wearing it twice in the space of a week won’t guarantee you any snotty or pitying looks of others. You can wear it again and again again... and did I mention again? Nobody can look down their nose on such a classic piece. And neither should you. Be sure to bag your own white shirt when your loan comes in. Ignore the alluring shop displays around you when walking through Liverpool One. Don’t listen to the voice in your head. Just walk. Walking all the way to get your own shirt. One white shirt and that’s it people...do you hear me?!
you’re on that plane coming back home. It really goes that quick. My summer at Walt Disney World now seems like a bizarre dream, but whilst I was there it was an incredible dream. I got to experience things I never thought I would like going in a helicopter, seeing Tom Cruise, daytrips to Miami Beach and doing a lot of shopping! It was worth every penny I saved, and although at times I just wanted a big pan of scouse and my own bed, I knew that I would never have an experience like this again and that whilst I was there I had to make the most of every magical minute. If you have the opportunity to move abroad this summer, I would encourage you to take the chance. I did and I don’t regret it. Although I may not have a ton of money at the moment, the money that I saved and spend meant that I now have a ton of memories and new friends – and that is priceless.
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by REBECCA FIELDING Editor WITH Freshers week well on the way across the country, it’s arguable new LJMU students haven’t seen the best of what Liverpool has to offer... Just yet. You’ve had a taste of detention at Liverpool SU’s school disco, raved out in KOCO and been smothered with foam in Walkabout. You’ve met Liverpool’s own Cheeky Monkey at MODO. Did you get your first batch of Medication on Wednesday? Everyone spread gossip in Garlands, and you’ve probably already fallen in
love with The Magnet now. Right? You’re probably still hungover from the secret warehouse event. Well grab your advil and vodka because the next week is a treat. Hollyoaks’ Riley is in the city, and there’s a Made in Chelsea special at Garlands. But of course, the Welcome Ball is every Fresher’s chance to get their claws on one of their favourite celebrities, and this year, LSU are treating you with BBC Radio 1’s and MTV’s very own Zane Lowe. The Welcome Ball is the
ultimate end to the Welcome Fest 2012, and is taking place at the Guild of Students on September 22. The event is set to be one of a kind; join in with 3000 students, with three music rooms and an outside fairground for everyone to enjoy. But don’t worry, despite the name, you can still throw on your glad rags!
AT LSU WELCOME BALL 2012 UPCOMING ARTIST: GREY WATER BALLOONS
Infuriatingly addictive, Sam and the Womp have managed to get even the most dull of human kind to sing “bom, bom, BOM!” And whether you like the song or not, we can guarantee it’s a song you won’t forget the lyrics to. You know what they say, whether good or bad gossip, at least everyone’s talking about it. And we at Looprevil love BOM’ing each day.
by SARAH O’HARA Writer LIVERPOOL’S music heritage is infamous and illustrious, with artists like Frankie goes to Hollywood, Dead or Alive, Echo and the Bunnymen and of course those four famous blokes from the 1960’s conquering the music world (you know the one’s I mean!). I spoke to the founder of Liverpool band Grey Water Balloons, Larissa Bollig as part of my mission to find new artists ready to make their name in music history…
What was the influence behind the name Grey Water Balloons? The "story" behind is it actually ridiculous, I saw something on the internet that said "Take the colour of your shirt, your last drink and the last word of the next song on your iTunes. That's your band name." so that's where it comes from. I was working on some songs at that time and it sounded ok so I decided to use it. Where and when did your band form? Well, the thing is that it's more like a music project than a band (yet). I just started playing around in Garage Band and ended up with finished songs so that's when it started. That was about October 2011 shortly after I'd moved to Liverpool. You are a Two Door Cinema Club fan. Would you say their music has influenced you? Yes I am! I would say I'm currently quite influenced musically and lyrically by bands like Two Door Cinema Club, The Cast Of Cheers, Foals, New Navy and lately Austra as well.
Do you have any plans to perform/release any music in the future? Yes, I'm planning to release a single in September which will be available from all major digital music retailers like Spotify, iTunes, Amazon MP3 and Play.com. Then my plan is to release my EP in October on Bandcamp like my previous single. This is all subject to change obviously as I don't know exactly when I have the time to finish recordings and mixing.
Liverpool is a city, with a rich musical heritage. Do you think the city is a great place for musicians and if so, why? It's a good city for musicians I think. There are loads of bars you can play at and no shortage of gig opportunities. Also the concept of the "rich heritage" is realised well; at the moment there are pianos in town everyone can play on, how often do you see that in other cities? You work for the Looprevil Radio station at the Student's Union. Tell us more about the show. I do! I hope to have my show again this year. I'll probably have to change my slot but I will still deliver the same show! It's called Record Player and I basically just play music I like. Any other comments you would like to add? If you like my music, go buy it! It really means a lot to me. >> http://greywaterballoons.bandcamp.com
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REAL FASHION, REAL PEOPLE by REBECCA FIELDING Editor IN AN EFFORT to raise money for Claire House Children’s Hospice and to make fashion more accessible to everyone, Liverpool Fashion Live is a new and exciting fashion event for the North West. Focusing on real fashion for real people, the event will host catwalk shoes from top fashion designers and well known high
This issue’s unlikely style icon?
The Bo Selecta and Celebrity Juice star has recently claimed his own spot in Hollywood, with his film Keith Lemon: The Film (released August 24, 2012). Leeds lad Keith has often shocked viewers with his bare ass fiascos, language, MOT’ing, style
choices and frequent insults to costar Fearne Cotton’s nose. It’s not a rare sight to see him in leopard print tighties. Blazers, suit shorts, white jackets, hand bandages, shark teeth, vibrant shirts, leopard print, monochrome shirts, mixmatched outfits, loafers, bowler hats, bling bling. We all love him, and we’re all secretly envious of his wardrobe.
AS YOU are all arriving in Liverpool for the start, or next instalment, of your student life here in the self confessed beauty capital of the North, we’re sure you’ve probably seen there are a few beauty essentials us girls in Liverpool have.
Leopard kimono by Oh My Love via Topshop, £20 | Wolf necklace by KUKEE (www.kukee.co.uk) £3 | Light beige chinos by River Island, £30
Where every day is a beauty day, and being Stunning is a priority, not an option.
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Although many ‘Scouse Brows’ you have seen people rocking, are probably scarily fierce and may intimidate most make up and beauty lovers out there, don’t be afraid you can have your own version of ‘Scouse Brows’. If you want to experiment with your own version of ‘Scouse Brows’ you should start with an eyebrow wax and tint (by a fully qualified technician), getting your eyebrows tinted will define your eyebrows and getting them waxed will give you a much crisper and precise shape than plucking or threading will. After you have had your eyebrows preened to perfection in the salon go grab yourself an eyebrow pencil and begin to experiment, a top tip is to start at the beginning of your eyebrow (nearest your nose), only add pencil where you have hair! Drawn on lines are not a good look. To give yourself an instant brow lift do all your pencil work from the top creating a fuller eye look, adding all the bulk of your eyebrow to the bottom will draw the eye in.
street labels, as well as popular local brands. The night will be filled with live entertainment from well known musicians, amazing dance acts and talented new performance artists. As part of the event, organisers are launching a competition to find a froup of real Liverpool Style Icons, as their team will be scouring the city searching for stylish people of all ages. The competition final will be held at LFL and will be judged by yet to be named influential Liverpool faces. Winners will have the chance to participate in a unique photoshoot reflecting the differing generations of Liverpool Style icons. LFL will be offering guests the chance to spend some pennies throughout the evening; stalls from a range of national and local fashion and
Here in Liverpool tanned is the new holiday! This brings us on to our next beauty essential: your tan can be sprayed on, store bought or the real mccoy from partying your summer away. A good tan will leave you feeling ‘BOSS’ however not all tans are good. There are bad tans also known as blorange tans (not so ‘boss’) -avoid this like the Freshers flu. Here at Stunning we offer spray tans to students all day every day for £13, so you can avoid having a bad tan. Some tips for getting the most from your tan are: Exfoliate the night before. Shower again on the day of your spray tan and avoid applying products (shower gel, deodorant, perfume ETC) Be freshly waxed or shaven to avoid unnecessarily breaking the tan down too soon. Wear loose clothes after your tan to avoid removing or streaking the product. As you have probably noticed here in Liverpool nails are no longer just nails they are accessories and can be as creative, colourful or as blinged up as you can imagine. A good tip for looking after
lifestyle brands will take their place in the LFL Boutique, offering customers everything from clothes and beauty products to personal styling and holidays. 25% of all ticket sales will be donated to Claire House, which is based in Wirral, a charity which provides respite, end of life and bereavement care for children and young adults with complext medical needs. (More information can be found at: www.claire-house.org.uk) Tickets are £10 for students, £15 standard and £30 for VIP. Each guest will receive a good bag on entry and a chance to enter a free prize draw to win shopping vouchers to spend on the night. The event is on October 18, 2012, 7pm until 1am at Pan Am, Albert Dock, Liverpool. your nails is to always keep your cuticles well oiled and maintained. There are different products to experiment with where nails are concerned, so if your not into the talon look like Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian and Rhianna are into at the moment you can always join in the fun without the extension. The different systems you have to choose from on your quest for fabulous nails are Acrylic nails (extensions), Gel nails (extensions or on your own nails), Shellac Nails, nail art, fibreglass nails, the list is endless but these are the most popular for the moment. Where ever you decide to go for your nails to be pampered make sure that is what they are doing, don’t let anyone near your nails with a drill! It will ruin them and it will not feel nice. Now you know the top beauty essentials us girls in Liverpool have as a must have in our beauty regime go forth and enjoy your first semester of 2012/2013, good luck. Why not be friends with us on Facebook.com/stunningbeautyrooms maybe follow us on Twitter on @Stunning_BR or visit us: 2B Maryland Street, Liverpool, L1 9DE (next door but one to the Haigh Building).
2012 IN FILM FEATURED REVIEW:
THIS past year has provided cinema goers and film lovers with a delectable choice of films to feast our eyes with. Here are some of our favourites, and what Rebecca Fielding and Hayley Minn thought of them.
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
the amazing spiderman by JADE BAGNALL Writer I WOULD CALL myself a bit of a Spiderman fanatic, growing up I loved the 1994 cartoon series. So there was no surprise how excited I was when the 2002 films came out, with Tobey Maguire playing my hero; however I was always a little disappointed with those films, though I could never figure out why. It had everything right? A red haired damsel in distress, an always angry J. Jonah Jameson and upside down kisses, what more could I want? Well I soon realised when The Amazing Spiderman hit the screens. It seemed to bring to life everything that I loved about the 1994 cartoons: hits of humour in the mist of raw emotion, a subtle background of Oscorp science over fantasy, pows of action, cheesy life lessons and this time the film didn’t forget Gwen Stacey, Peter Parker’s first love. It’s worth a watch just to see the Stan Lee’s hilarious appearance in this Marvel masterpiece. Peter Parker and Gwen Stacey’s budding geek romance wasn’t just for the cameras, the actors Andrew Garfield (‘The Social Network’, ‘Never Let Me Go’) and Emma
Stone (‘Friends with Benefits’, ‘Superbad’) fell for each other offscreen too; so maybe there’s more magic than being able to stick to walls in this action packed adventure with director by Marc Webb, who previously directed ‘500 days of Summer’ and the TV series ‘The Office’. Although the streets of New York were nothing new, and seeing them in countless films lessens the appeal; the Oscorp building however was quite impressive with the feeling of a real lab. Rhys Ifans (‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1’, ‘Hannibal Rising’) plays the infamous bad guy who missed his right arm so dearly that he turned himself into an overgrown lizard to get it back- bit far-fetched I know, but that’s what you expect when you pack a kids comic book full of wondrous effects and spit it out in 3D. It may not be loved by everyone, but should be by every big kid.
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Highly anticipated, Christopher Nolan once again didn’t disappoint fans of the man in a bat suit. Eight years since the death of Two-Face Harvey Dent, the anticrime Dent Act appeared to have suppresed street crime to a minimum. Until a cunning Anne Hathaway cat burglar shows. And it may be the first time the villian is more fanciable than the hero, with Tom Hardy as Bane, who sets out to accomplish “revolution” and return the control of Gotham City to the people. But what is supposed to be the end of the Nolan-Batman relatinship concludes with a “to be continued” attitude, and the revival of his sidekick, Robin.
leading star is a handsome, 30-ish blue-collar construction worker emplued as a roofer by day and a star striptease artist by night. Tatum mentors Adam, British actor Alex Pettyfer, and is drawn to his sister, Brooke, played by Cody Horn. Alongside dressing as cops, firemen, trench-coated private eyes, hoodies and other parodic macho males with bits of the mafia thrown in, the film isn’t especially original and takes few real risks. The opaque veil covering their unmentionables after stripping? Ruined it. Rating
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does a more nuanced take on his likable loser persona, playing down the cliché and sentiment in his reaction to the apocalypse. Knightley smokes spliffs, can sleep through anything and waxes lyrical about the joys of vinyl. Naturally serious, Knightley registers laugh-out-loud moments and comes into her own in a low-key emotional phone home to her family. Director Lorene Scafaria lets the characters and their predicament take centre stage and as the film moves towards its downbeat end, she finds some balance without copping out. Rating:
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Peter Berg produces and directs Battleship, a supposedly epicscaled action-adventure that unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force. However, inspired by Hasbro’s classic game, Battleship, the film doesn’t sink, really. It just sits there booming endlessly as viewers look on aghast. Too loud, poorly written and a shamelessly chosen cast. You’d think even the presence of Liam Neeson would be enough to make this film worthy of a watch. Rating
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane took the right approach of using a teddy bear as the main character in TED, as the result is surprisingly honest and sweet, even with all the crude sex jokes and racially charged humour from the outset. Despite being 1 hour and 45 minutes, the film felt long. But much like the most recent Family Guy seasons, the best jokes were laugh-out loud funny, while the rest were greeted by silence. And the animation of Ted is actually pretty spectacular. However, Mila Kunis and Mark Wahlberg’s relationship seemed very fake, as there was practically no chemistry between the two of them. If not for a few inconsistencies, TED rises above its faults to be a very fun bit of comedic cinema. Rating
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Inspired by the teenage experiences of Channing Tatum, the
The movie deploys an odd-couple pairing: goofy Jason Segel with elegant Emily Blunt. Artlessly persuasive, the film certainly succeeds in swathing the audience with the romantic storyline, yet at the same time giving us gags, and also a sense that the story should happen in a place vaguely resembling the real world, populated by relatable people with real problems. Segel is an up-and-coming chef in San Francisco; for a year he has been dating, a British research student in experimental psychology. After they get engaged, Violet is offered a two-year appointment in Michigan, so their wedding is delayed while they’re out there. Inevitably, this leads to problems. The film does have laugh-out-loud moments, notably a scene between Blunt and American Alison Brie, her sister with an incredible British accent, where they talk about sex in the voices of Cookie Monster and Elmo. But the film is very drawn out, and could definitely have been made shorter.
Once a riot throws Steve Carell and Keira Knightley together, we are thrown into an episodic, familiar-feeling road trip with the pair running into quirky characters. Pairing the two suggests the pairing in Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. However, Carell
by REBECCA FIELDING Editor LIVERPOOLSU’s Raise and Give Society have a lot planned for the year ahead. Leaving students without an excuse not to join in. The society host karaoke every Thursday night in Scholar’s Bar, the Haigh Building. And lucky new students will have the chance to pick up a free song
voucher to use on any karaoke night and grab their chance to serenade the punters. And alongside the regular karaoke, RAG have organised a lot of treats throughout the year. September sees the first silent disco of two on September 27, 2012. For those of you who don’t understand the concept of a silent disco; basically, participants are given headphones to listen to their music.. The room they’re in is actually quiet, and individuals can only hear the music played to them from their headphones. October brings forth the first of three Party for Charity (PFC) events, and the charity the money is being raised for will be announced prior to the night. That’s on October 25, 2012. In November there is the unforgettable Moustache Party - Movember, anyone? That’s on November 8th, and basically after a week of growth or attempts of spurting a hair on a chin, men (and possibly women) will be able to show off their facial creations. On November 14, 2012 students can get involved in RAG’s Spot Party where you will be able to witness RAG President Stephen Stewart bieng waxed from the neck down.
NEED A COSTUME?
by PAUL BIGLEY Writer
AS A SELF-PROCLAIMED “metalhead” and member of the Georgia Metal Alliance Heavy Metal Club, I often find that a decent venue in Liverpool is hard to come by. For students who are new to the city and wish to seek out metal friendly venues, then this task becomes a lot more difficult. And as it is the beginning of a new academic year, there is no better time than to direct all the fans of hard rock and metal in the right directions. Most people have heard of the Krazyhouse, even if you are not from Liverpool and have never been to Liverpool, you have most likely heard of the Krazyhouse, or The K, as it is affectionately known. The K has something for almost everyone. Three floors of ram-packed music is my usual Thursday night out. K1, the first floor you reach, is for the metal heads and naturally is my favourite floor. K2 is rock and indie music. K3 being your usual club anthems and cheesy pop. The 2-4-1 drinks offers usually outweighs the price of entry for most people. Personally, I like to start my nights at around 8pm in a small yet significant little pub on Wood Street near Concert Square. The Swan Inn is over a century old and was once known as a “Biker Pub”. The jukebox at 'The Swan' is packed full of metal and rock legends from Judas Priest to Anthrax to Jimmy Hendrix. The beer is cheap and the variety is quite large for a small establishment. Any rocker or metalhead will be warmly welcomed in the Swan. A special mention also has to go to the Chartreuse Herbal Liquor that is on offer. The 55% shot packs a punch and if you know of any other pub in the city centre that sells this then point me in that direction. You will often find me here on a Wednesday
FRESHERS anywhere is renowned for mass numbers of fancy dress nights, and such nights will continue throughout your university education. So where do you go to get that costume with a little bit more something? Lili Bizarre (http://www.lilibizarre.com/) on Hardman Street or Smiffy’s (http://www.smiffysliverpool.co.uk/) on Bold Street are two great places to start.
evening if you want to pop in and say hello. If it's live gigs that you are after, there are two venue's which seem to stand out the most. They are The Lomax and the Zanzibar. Both venues are on opposite sides of the city centre, The Lomax being on Cumberland Street, just off of Dale Street. The Lomax has played host to music heavyweights Oasis, Radiohead and The Verve and the original marketing posters adorn the walls of the downstairs bar, which hosts regular open mic nights. It makes for an interesting night for music fans of any kind. The Lomax, much to the joy of many, reopened in 2011 after closing it's doors eleven years earlier and now is home to many metal bands, my favourites being Bludvera, RamRaid and Coronach. The Zanzibar holds a special place in my heart as being the first ever bar I visited for a metal gig. Since that date I have frequented countless times and you will always find live music on at the Zanzibar. Outside, the Zanzibar has remained faithful to it's plain brick facade with just a single blue door as it's entrance. The walls in the male toilets are covered in graffiti and you are welcome to bring your own permanent pens and add to the spectacle while taking a leak. The Zanzibar has a unique character which I do not think can be matched anywhere else in Liverpool. The low level lighting accompanied by sweaty mosh pits, thrashing guitars and thundering drum kits is just something that no other place in Liverpool has to offer. So budding Rockers and Moshers and all you fellow Metalheads, I hope that this has helped in showing you were to find the best in metal and rock in Liverpool. I hope that you find me sat in the Swan near the front door and can enjoy a pint and a chat, hell I'll even buy you a Chartreuse.
HIGH FIVE FOR LJMU MEN’S FOOTBALL CLUB by REBECCA FIELDING Editor
FOUR years ago, LJMU’s Men’s Football Club was cut from five teams to three due to a lack of funding. Since, the club has struggled to meet the demands of the hundreds of students interested in joining and playing for the team, and found it difficult to give all students the chance to play for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams. The 100 players from the original 5 times reduced to only 60. Until September, as the club have made a huge effort to expand and restore
the original five teams, catering for the influx of interested students in the coming months. Chairman Sam Pullinger, 25, said: “Between 300 and 500 people signed up last year, so there has been a big demand for expanding. So a 4th and 5th team will be implemented, which will ensure new students will have a chance to play. “We’ve been lucky this year, not many team members have graduated, so they’re still helping. “Over the summer, we’ve advertised for manager positions, which have received a few replies. So we will have 3 or 4 new managers to help run the addi-
tional 4th and 5th teams.” Training days are Mondays, 8pm until 10pm and games take place on Wednesdays at 2pm, either at Heron Eccles playing fields or IM Marsh. Mr Pullinger added: “I think it is important for new students to be involved in a club or society. And joining the club will give players the chance to play on an FA listed pitch. “Trials will either be at Heron Eccles or IM Marsh, over five days for 3 to 5 hours per day. Dates are yet to be confirmed, but those interested can contact us directly or sign up at the Freshers Fair.”
LEAVE OUR GAME ALONE
by OLIVER AUCKLAND News Editor SOME TIME ago, something peculiar happened. As children bounced on beds and everything British from The Shipping Forecast to Dizzee Rascal’s Bonkers filled our ears, Britain smiled as it forgot about the terrible weather and instantly became excited over the prospect of seeing every possible sport you could think of via a red button. The first week passed with relative ease. Britain was doing well in the medal table, the casual racism by the media towards Chinese athletes went unnoticed and we all felt brilliant.
But then it came. The public’s genuine pleasure and togetherness had snowballed into this behemoth of superiority that unnecessarily saw the need to ruin something special by comparing it to the nation’s game. Football. Tweets, articles and the customary inane Facebook statuses along the lines of ‘Love the Olympics, so nice to see true sportsmen for a change’ were aplenty. Apparently the days of using football as a yardstick for social injustices weren’t over. Despite the game’s roots as a working class sport, football doesn’t represent society. Football is corrupt. Football is everything that’s wrong with the World. It’s greed, racism and Rupert Murdoch. The Olympics on the other hand are a celebration of fairness, dedication, sacrifices and a chance to get one over rivalling nations in a spirited manner. Well that’s what we’re led to believe isn’t it? Thanks to the likes of Murdoch, football’s saturated coverage runs all year round in a never ending cycle of pre-season tours to
> LJMU students also have the chance to join Intramural sports, including 11-aside football, netball, yogo, Zumba, an end of year Sports Day and an annual Dodgeball Demolition Tournament. > The Meet. Shop. Eat space has been officially launched at IM Marsh this September.
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Hong Kong and international tournaments. The over dramatisation of televising football has led people to believe that the only thing that matters is winning. Judgement Day, Super Sunday, Transfer Deadline Day are all names used by Sky to liven up the game and exaggerate the importance of winning and succeeding. There is no grey area in football. There isn’t the win-win attitude that the BBC had towards the Olympics where every British athlete got a slap on the back and told they performed admirably. When the men’s double sculls pair Mark Hunter & Zac Purchase were almost carried off their boat by Olympian legend Sir Steve Redgrave, the whole nation wept and thought how magnificent it was. They were still heroes. So where was Alan Shearer to console every English footballer unfortunate enough to miss a penalty? Or even, where was the BBC’s own Geoff Shreeves to tell our swimming flops that they weren’t going to be in the final? Beyond the Olympics, the level of interest isn’t there. The average domestic viewing figures for the 2009 Berlin World Championships was 3.2m, less than the average audience for the 2011 World Snooker Championship final.
With less interest and audience, the papers aren’t going to fill their columns with stories of Christine Ohuruogu’s night out on the town. Ohuruogu has something that footballers don’t have; the chance to hide. The swimmers won’t face a media storm after failing because everyone had switched over to something else. The slow motion replays of every tumble-turn and every throw aren’t scrutinised for days on end unlike fouls, goals and offside decisions. This inability to do wrong isn’t exclusive to athletes. Wales forward Andy Powell was caught drink-driving a golf buggy up the motorway and the England rugby team had their alleged midget tossing and other sexual misdemeanours brushed off as ‘banter’. So maybe if the newspapers and television channels gave athletes the same exposure as footballers, then the Mo Farah who we think we know will be yet another prima donna. All he does is run around a track isn’t it?
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL LJMU Women’s Basketball Club is a squad made of novice through experienced players. They are a team that not only aims to win games, but to also enjoy each others company through various events; nights out, dinner dates and watching the Mersey Tigers. Team members enjoy the luxury of attending Tigers games for free through the teams kit dealer, Fitwell Ltd. The team trains twice a week, Mondays, 7-8pm and Thursdays, 9-10pm. Treasurer Lauren House said: “Last year we were placed mid table in the league, however our aim this season is to be placed in one of the top two positions of the table. “We are a friendly team that encourages everyone to come along and give it a try - alot of players have improved since joining, often having played basketball for the first time at university.” There are also opportunities in the team to not only play, but to become a qualified referee or table. Contact Club Captain Hayley Ashton or Vice Captain Amy Goulding for more details.
FREE MEMBERSHIP AT LIFESTYLES FITNESS CENTRES ALL STUDENTS studying at LJMU this academic year (2012/13) and University staff are entitled to apply for free off-peak membership to use Lifestyles Fitness Centres across Liverpool. Discounted peak-rate membership is also available for students, ranging between £4 and £9 per month and for staff, ranging between £7 and £15 per month. Liverpool City Council is committed to make, More People, More Active, More Often help you continue an active lifestyle whilst in the city. To download your application pack go to http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/sport/120800.htm Now you have no excuse. 17
LJMU’S OLYMPIAN IS SOMEONE TO BE PROUD OF exclusive
by JACK MCILROY-REID Sports Editor I WASN’T in England for the summer of 2012, a summer that will be remembered in the country’s modern day history as it’s proudest, it’s most glorious. Proud is the word that as the leaves turn brown is still imprinted on my brain. As the Queen celebrated 60 years on the throne, people who spend every other day of the year complaining about paying taxes to fund her lifestyle took to the social networks, declaring how they were ‘proud to be British’. If there were annual trending topics, 2012s would certainly be that phrase. Then came the Olympic Games. In New York City, a city that itself applied to host the games, with no television network I frantically searched the internet for somewhere to watch the opening ceremony. It was impressive but once again I scrolled through Twitter searching for something original. Unsuccessfully. Everyone declaring their pride as if it was them walking into the stadium dressed like Michael Jackson. What was this chip on my shoulder? Determined to find something to criticise, where did it come from? I discovered the answer a week or so later on the BBC website. I had thought it would be necessary to check there for updates on the games but it turned out that once again Twitter would suffice, with this generation so thumb happy I knew the results of all of the events before the people watching live in the stadium. Nonetheless an article entitled ‘Olympics ‘dominated by privately educated’’ caught my eye, and my suspicions that all of this was too good to be true were confirmed. The article explained how that in Beijing 2008 over 50%
of Team GB medal winners had come from privately educated backgrounds and that this year was looking to emulate that statistic. With only 7% of the British population attending independent schools, the imbalance is plain to see, something Lord Moynihan, the British Olympic chief, described as ‘wholly unacceptable’. I certainly agree with him. My own personal resentment probably derives from a first year experience when a University of Liverpool student asked how it felt to know that one day he would be my boss, despite both of us having very contrasting career ambitions. Snobbery is a characteristic of British society that I am certainly not proud to be associated with, and despite the likes of Sir Chris Hoy, Ben Ainslie and Andy Murray being hugely impressive athletes in their own rights, the fact that their financial backgrounds clearly gave them an advantage to become Olympians, doesn’t sit quite right with me. Should the British Olympic Association have a Twitter page, ‘proud to be rich’ would more accurately describe the countries legacy of the games. At that moment I was glad to be far away from everything going on in London. Reading this the probability is that you, like me, reside in the other 93% and just I was about to abandon all hope of British success at London 2012 being something we could relate to, the athletics events began. In one night Mo Farah, Greg Rutherford and Jessica Ennis all won Gold medals. One of the most successful days for the country in the history of athletics and in the headlines, 3 people who had gone to humble comprehensive schools, and had had no financial advantage to give them a boost onto the podium. Ms. Ennis won the Heptathlon in great style but she wasn’t the only Briton to be trending on Twitter from that event.
Katarina Johnson Thompson proved to be a huge fan’s favourite, especially among the male population of Twitter and a 15th place finish was a fantastic achievement for the 19 year old who, after winning Gold’s at international youth and junior competitions, will be an even bigger name in Rio 2016. Katarina, or ‘KJT’ as she is sometimes known, restored my faith in the Olympics and in Team GB, and on learning that she was a previous LJMU student I felt a surge of pride bigger than anything Danny Boyle, Paul McCartney or Zara Phillips could stir from within me. Born on Merseyside and a member of the Liverpool Harriers, KJT studies Psychology at LJMU and I was desperate to get the opportunity to talk to the Universities own Olympian. Alas it was impossible as she took herself away from the attention she was flooded with during the games for a personal holiday; luckily I had the opportunity to speak to Mike Holmes, the President of the Liverpool Harriers and Katarina’s coach. Mr Holmes said: “In the year leading up to the 2012 Olympics, Katarina trained four days a week. This, of course, provides 3 recovery days; a very important component of the training week. “This may seem rather light for high performance levels, but some sessions can last 3-4 hours and over the week some 15 different components will be covered. “Clearly, training needs to address the seven events of the Heptathlon; namely: 100m Hurdles, 200 metres, 800 metres, High Jump, Long Jump, Shot and Javelin. “Apart from the technical demands of the various events, the foundations are set in the weights room and in high level conditioning; set around hill running, circuits, medicine ball work, core workouts and the like.” All of this combined with a degree and a social life tweaked a nerve of guilt within me as I enjoy spending as much time horizontal as possible.
Mr Holmes, who has been KJT’s coach for 4 years now, added: “As the world leading Junior Heptathlete (U20) in 2012, Katarina’s aims have to be to take that level into her Senior career. “There are now just 4 athletes ahead of Katarina in the UK Senior All-Time rankings, including Olympic gold medallists Jess Ennis and Denise Lewis. “She has outscored their Junior performances, so medals at major games have to be a realistic target, longer term. In 2013 there are the European U23 Championships to target. “She has always said that the High Jump is her favourite event within the Heptathlon. But it is possible to fall in and out of love with one particular event when that one goes badly or another goes particularly well! The 200 metres is also featuring highly, at the moment, as a favoured event. “Regarding hobbies, Katarina is well into her music and has attended Festivals in the past and certainly won’t let a good concert involving a favourite artist pass her by.” Amid all the positivity and inspiration I couldn’t help but weigh the conversation down with a question about the disproportionate medal count between publically and privately educated athletes. Mr Holmes said: “It’s a bit of political hot potato and wide ranging in terms of all the factors involved and deserves a more thorough debate. “For example, the Olympics themselves are skewed, historically, in featuring those sports which require ‘bank rolling’ due to their high inherent cost. The bias is not to be seen in athletics. “Then there are issues involving the minimum PE content in schools required by Government, which state schools may work down to and which private schools
might choose to more highly value. Thereby raising the opportunities and experience available to the private sector students. “That is not necessarily a direct consequence of “privilege” any more than a lack of reasonable provision, determined by national policy. “Then there is the selling off of playing fields. Altogether a tricky issue.” I can’t help but think that Mike is right and my fury at Chris Hoy just because of some remark from a Liverpool Uni student might be slightly dramatic. Although the imbalance is clear and for all to see the fault does not lie with the athletes, nor fully on the Olympic Association, although their hands are certainly not clean. The main reason the 93% aren’t given a good enough go is ultimately down to the government, and the education system. Future Olympians are founded on the school playing field but as long as David Cameron bleeds dry any funding that might enable schools to provide facilities and training, there will be little change come Rio 2016. What the situation does do is make you appreciate the achievement of athletes such as Katarina Johnson-Thompson. In hindsight it is a shame I wasn’t in England at the time of the Olympic games and I can sleep tight in the knowledge that no matter who I follow on Twitter, nothing the Prime Minister does will ever prompt the tweet, ‘Proud to be British’.
Sunday 23rd September:
Liverpool v Man United KO 13:30 Man City v Arsenal KO 16:00
Join in with any of the sports clubs below at LSU: American Football Athletics Boxing Badminton Basketball Men/Women Cricket Football (Mens) Football (Womens) Gaelic Football (Mens) Gaelic Football (Womens) Hockey (Mens)
Hockey (Womens) Lacrosse Netball Rugby League Rugby Union (Mens) Rugby Union (Womens) Swimming Tennis Volleyball (Mens) Volleyball (Womens)
FOOTBALL IN LIVERPOOL by RHYS WILLIAMS Writer THE FEAR of the unknown can be a particularly scary feeling, but once you meet your flat mates and share your first drunken story ramblings, you will soon feel right at home. There are also other ways to settle yourselves into the city. You will of course be given flyers and posters telling you what to do and where to go during the year. European Capital of Culture in 2008, Liverpool is home to a variety of museums and galleries, and if you haven’t heard, The Beatles came from here originally, although they don’t mention it that much. However to me, the biggest attraction in Liverpool is its world famous passion for the beautiful game. Here football is more than just a game. It acts as a form of escapism from the pressures of reality. It brings people of all ages, shapes and sizes together for ninety minutes to become one big, rather excitable family. Most of you will have spare time on the weekends, so apart from actually playing the game yourselves (and on the xbox doesn’t count) what better way is there to spend a Saturday afternoon? Admittedly, you may have to forgive the odd expletive but you cannot expect any different when you mix a pint of Stella with a disgruntled fan. You will go through every emotion possible during a game which will offer a rush which will be hard to find anywhere else. The next question is majorly important for you yourselves; is watching a football match really affordable for students? In an attempt to answer this question, I have compiled a report on the football clubs in the city which should
help to give a better idea of how much you will have to spend to witness and enjoy the passion that scousers have for football.
Liverpool Football Club I will attempt to keep my bias views to one side when speaking about the club I support. Therefore, I will instead do as the infamous Mr Rafa Benitez once did and speak about FACTS. Liverpool Football Club is one of the most famous and iconic football clubs in the world, and its home is right on your doorstep. The reds have won eighteen league titles, five European cups, seven FA cups, eight League cups and three UEFA cup titles. So by choosing Liverpool as your new local team you will be supporting the most successful English football club in history (which I’m sure will rattle the cages of the Manchester United supporters amongst us). Their home is Anfield stadium, which is recognised as one of the most intensely atmospheric stadiums in world football and no matter what allegiance you have, I challenge anyone to experience a chorus of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ without getting goosebumps. However, all of the history and the atmosphere comes at a price, with tickets to watch Liverpool being the most expensive in the city. They are divided into categories with regards to the calibre of the team and the importance of the game. Therefore, as a poor student a category C game would be ideal. £39 will buy you a seat in the Kop for a match against the likes of Swansea or Stoke but should you want to experience the fierce rivalry between Manchester United you will be paying closer to £50. As Liverpool have shown over the past seasons, games against the minows tend to be the most
Saturday 29th September:
Scholars Bar will be open for business and showing the following football fixtures:
Arsenal v Chelsea KO 12:45 Man United v Tottenham Hotspur KO 17:30 Sunday 30th September:
Everton v Newcastle United KO 20:00
Nottingham Forest v Derby County KO 13:15 Aston Villa v West Brom KO 16:00
Friday 21st September:
Monday 1st October:
Monday 17th September:
Blackburn Rovers v Middlesbrough KO 19:45
QPR v West Ham KO 20:00
Saturday 22nd September:
Swansea v Everton KO 12:45 difficult for them, so a game against Swansea is potentially extremely entertaining for the nuetral. The biggest problem for us students is not normally the finances but in fact the timing of some of the matches. Due to television rights, I’m afraid to tell you that a large percentage of Liverpools games will be as early as midday which trust me, will feel like 6am very soon. Therefore, getting yourselves up and down to Anfield could be an issue, despite it being geographically the closest stadium to the SU. If you’re a football fan or if you would just like to sample the atmosphere, watching Liverpool play is a realistic option for students. Perhaps not every weekend, but if you get the chance to go at least once during this year I would really encourage you!
Everton Football Club It is difficult not to praise this great football club. As a Liverpool fan you would imagine that this may be a problem for me, however having lived with a huge Everton fan in my second year I have a new found respect for the club. The rivalry between Liverpool and Everton is a friendly rivalry, as you will often find fans of both clubs in families and groups of friends. I also have to be kind to Everton as they seem to be in a healthier position in the league at the moment. A short distance from Anfield across Stanley Park is Goodison Park which has its fair share of history and an atmosphere reputation of its own. The Toffees as they are known have been league champions nine times, FA cup winners on five occassions and UEFA Cup Winners Cup once in 1985. In the present day it is undeniable that the best football on
Mersyside is played by Everton and just like their rivals they also have a reputation for stepping up for the big occassion one week then loosing to bottom of the league the next. Everton categorise their fixtures in a similar way to Liverpool, with regards to importance and quality of opposition. Thankfully for us students, the matches are slightly cheaper and the times usually don’t coincide with hangovers. Although a Mersyside derby could sting you for £43 you could also see a game against the likes of Arsenal for as little as £31. It will just mean that you may have to spend a night in off the beer to save for it, but it is worth it.
Tranmere Rovers Fooball Club Oh yes, if you thought there were only 2 Merseyside clubs you were very much mistaken. Lastly, we come to the mighty Tranmere Rovers. Admittedly the standard of football may not be as high as the Premier League, and you will have to brave it and take a trip over to Birkenhead but the passion is still just as intense and the prices are much more suitable for our good selves. Tranmere is a proper football club, with passionate, loyal fans who travel the country supporting them wherever they go and yes
the stadium isn’t as shiny as Anfield or Goodison but I can guarantee that not only will a steak and kidney pie at half time be cheaper but will also taste even better because of it. You cannot ignore of the slight decrease in standard, if you are interested in going to Prenton Park, you will need to rid your mind of the Steven Gerrard and Nikica Jelavic’s of this world and start thinking about the likes of Adam McGurk and Jake Cassidy - they are your heroes now. Ticket prices will be the main attraction to the student football fans amongst you and unlike Everton and Liverpool, they have separate prices for young people, which is news I’m sure you’re all delighted to hear. Again, similar to the other clubs, Tranmere uses the category system. However, for people between the ages of 17 and 22, this is irrelevant, as the prices are all the same whoever visits Prenton Park. The maximum price is £15 with them going as cheap as £10. Liverpool is an incredible city, full of diverse culture and plenty of things to keep you all occupied. Hopefully, having read this introduction to football in your new home you will take the opportunity to see some professional footballers at the top of their games regardless of whether you choose Anfield, Goodison or Prenton Park.
HAS WEMBLEY SHOWN YOU THE WAY? by JONATHAN DANIELS Writer
TORRENTIAL rain may have ruined the August Bank Holiday for the revellers of Creamfields and Matthew Street but there were no such concerns for the thousands of fans of the egg shaped ball who made their annual pilgrimage to Wembley for Rugby League’s Challenge Cup Final. In a repeat of the 2010 final, which saw Warrington retain the trophy, Leeds Rhino’s met NorthWest side Warrington Wolves for Rugby League’s oldest prize. Warrington entered the game as favourites against the World Champions who have endured a difficult season and were looking to avoid the unwanted feat of losing in three consecutive finals. The Capital did not escape the showers that blighted the weekend for the north of the country, but rather than ruining proceedings the weather only added to the drama. Unsurprisingly the rain resulted in numerous handling errors as the ball appeared to be quickly transforming into a bar of soap. The error prone and penalty riddled first half resulted in tit for tat scoring with Warrington taking the slenderest of leads, 12-10, into the half time break thanks to the unflappable goal kicking of Man of the Match Brett Hodgson. As the thunderclouds rumbled on over Wembley stadium’s picturesque arch, they appeared to do so prophetically and it was to
be Warrington who were to go on the rampage in the second half. The Wolves struck early in the second half with Winger Chris Riley sneaking over in the corner to round off a fine Warrington passing move, and from there on in the result never really looked in doubt. Inspired by the mercurial Lee Briers, the side famed for their Primrose and Blue colours raced into an unassailable lead thanks to three tries in ten minutes midway through the second half. Briers himself further hammered home the Wolves advantage with a typically cheeky drop goal. Leeds did manage to summon some Yorkshire pride late on and valiantly fought their way through the Warrington defensive line to claim two late tries, but ultimately it was to be Warrington’s day enjoying 35-18 win. Victory gave the Wolves their third challenge cup title in four years and surely guarantees the side a place in rugby league folklore forever. The Rhinos must now lick their wounds and prepare to defend their Super League crown, won last season at another Mecca of the footballing world Old Trafford, where they could well have to lock horns once again with the Wolves. If the Challenge Cup final left you hungry to tackle the challenge of Rugby League LJMU may well be able to satisfy your appetite. Trials for all sport teams will be coming thick and fast so why not give it a go.
LIVERPOOL ATHLETES Daniel Purvis 21 years old, Artistic Gymnast A member of the Bronze Medal winning men’s team in London, the best result from a British gymnastics team for a century. Originally from Crosby and a 3 time British all round champion Daniel was part of the team that did fantastically well to reach the podium this summer, controversially being demoted from the Silver position after a Japanese appeal.
in the spotlight
23 years old, Judo Originally from Liverpool, Marc trains at the British Judo Performance Institute in Dartford, where he lives now. He enjoyes the competitive element of Judo and the sport has become an important part of his life. He is relishing the opportunity to represent his country. Marc said: “I am over the moon to be selected to ParalympicsGB and a home Games will be unforgettable.”
NAME Michael Rock Anyika Onuora Katarina JohnsonThompson Thomas Stalker Natasha Jones Peter Charles Daniel Purvis Martin Stamper
Aquatics Swimming Athletics: 100m & 200m Athletics: Heptathlon
Boxing Boxing Equestrian: Jumping Gymnastics: Artistic Taekwondo: -68kg
Liverpool Liverpool Alton, Hampshire Southport Manchester
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Wheelchair Basketball Liverpool
Ade Orogbemi Dan Highcock
Wheelchair Basketball Liverpool Wheelchair Basketball Liverpool
David Devine George Fletcher Heather Frederkisen Jamie Burdekin
Athletics Football 7 a side Swimming Wheelchair Tennis
Liverpool Liverpool Lowton, Chesire Liverpool
Wheelchair Basketball Wigan, Lancashire
Wolverhampton Rhinos Lagos, Nigeria Capital City, London Whiston, Merseyside Wolverhampton Rhinos Liverpool British Judo Performance Institute Liverpool Liverpool Harriers Liverpool Billinge, Merseyside City of Salford Liverpool South Ribble Tennise Centre Liverpool Wolverhampton Rhinos Liverpool National Cycling centre, Manchester Liverpool British Judo Performance Institute
NEW FOUND LOVE FOR CYCLING THIS YEAR? THIS SUMMER has been described as the greatest ever time for women and sport, and British Cycling’s Breeze is playing its part by hosting “Breeze in the Park”. Sunday, September 23 will see Philips Park in East Manchester transformed into a bike riding haven. Women will be taking to their bikes with friends and family to join others in celebrating the success of women’s cycling. The Breeze bike ride is set to kick off at the Home of British Cycling, and will take in picturesque sights of this brilliant and unique park, with the final pit stop being at a local cafe where participants can celebrate with a Breeze tea party. And party they will as this year’s Olympics has been one of the most decorated for women thus far. Natalie Justice, Women’s Network Manager for British Cycling said: “London 2012 has turned out to be the Women’s Games and this extraordinary and unprecedented time de-
serves a celebration. “We want every single woman out there who has been inspired to bring their bike and kids along to the National Cycling Centre and join us for a special Breeze bike ride around Philips Park.” The day will last from 10am until 1pm, starting off at the National Cycling Centre, Stuart Street, Manchester M11 4DQ. All you need is a bike, your pals and kids and a smile.
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