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Issue 32 April 2009

Editor Noel Burke

Web Editor Agnieszka Bernacka

Sub Editor Suzanne Fitzpatrick

Photography Nathaniel Doyle Samuel Burgess Shane Cunnane Kieran O’ Donoghue

Contributors Oisin Collins Darren Cleary Mark Corcoran Suzanne Fitzpatrick Paddy Murphy Sean Reid

Layout & Design Noel Burke Printed in Ireland by Impression Design & Print Griffiti Magazine is owned and published by the Griffith College Students’ Union

e-mail: griffiti@gcd.ie All contents copyright of Griffiti magazine. Reproduction of any part of Griffiti without permission from the publisher is strictly prohibited.

4 S.U News 6 The Genuine Article 8 Party People 10 S.U Elections: The Candidates 14 Bertie- The Big Interview 20 Summer Festival Guide 22 Griffiti Fashion Shoot 27 Reviews 30 Carlos Tevez

www.griffiti.ie Winner Website of the Year National Student Media Awards 2009

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Student’s Union News The End Is Near... W ow, the year has really flown by. It seems like only yesterday we where all in a cold, dull building with buckets of paint and far too many posters in our hands. But just Sean Reid because the year is almost over doesn't S.U President mean we are taking things any easier. There su.president@gcd.ie are still plenty of things coming up over the next month to keep you guys active and take your mind off the upcoming exams. The biggest of these is of course the Griffith Ball on April 18th in the Burlington. As I type this up almost half the tickets for the event have already been sold, so I really recommend getting your ticket now rather than leaving it until the last week, saving yourself the disappointment of not being able to go. Various clubs and societies have also begun planning their own nights out for April, so keep an eye out for them. I know the Music Society is having a free concert upstairs in Eamon Doran's on April 29th, and the Film Society is planning a "Greatest Films of all Time Day" where the students vote for the

o we are near the end of the year 2008/2009, and what a year it has been! The ball is almost here and we are all I’m sure looking forward to the night which promises to be a huge success!

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As many of you know the welfare position is being cut next year and is to be tied into the role of President. To me and many of you I have spoken to this seems a bit drastic as the position has helped many of you in the past, whether it being problems with life, health, or even landlords. This has prompted me to run for President and try my best to resolve the situation. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Sean on a very successful R.A.G week. Thanks to everyone who helped us with it. We raised a lot of money for charity and it is mostly all down to you for donating that money. I would like to remind you that there is still Dance Class taking place in the basement of the Students Union every Wednesday

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films to be shown on the day. This event is also free, so keep an eye out! The elections also take place this month, and I cannot stress the importance of voting. I know a lot of people always think "Oh, one person not voting won't make a difference", which couldn't be further from the truth, especially in this college. In order for the votes to matter, a certain amount of students need to vote. If they do not get this number, even if they are off by just one student, then the election date has to be moved back. It only takes thirty seconds to vote, so come Election Day, head down to the bar and use your democratic right to vote. It's your SU; make sure you get the people you want into it.

Finally I'd like to give a huge well done to everyone that was involved with RAG Week and to everyone that went to any event. We raised almost €5000 for charity! I have a more indepth piece about the week further on in this issue so make sure you have a read of it, and see if you can spot yourself in the pictures! That's me for this month; don't forget that I'm still here to help you out after the elections, so feel free to pop into my office at anytime. See ya!

at 6:15pm and Jacquie Ryan Yoga classes on a Thursday Welfare Officer also at 6:15pm. These are a very su.welfare@gcd.ie good way to get fit, meet new people and also have a lot of fun. Before I go I want to wish you all the best of luck in preparation for your exams and the completion of your assignments and remind you if you do have anything bothering you to please contact me. My email is su.welfare@gcd.ie or I am always around campus so pop up and say hi! See you at the Ball! Jacquie


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Soccer stars do college proud occer dominated the scene in the college over the month of March. The annual 5-aside G-league competition took place during RAG week. The charity Kieran Hickey event consisted of a record 10 teams. Played over 3 days, the Sports Officer tournament reached its climax with the top 2 teams from either group su.sports@gcd.ie reaching the semi-finals. The two highly contested semi-finals saw 'A Team of Gary Breen's' square up against up against 'Griffiths Finest' in the final.Sports A very Officer tense affair saw the sides level at full-time. And with neither side able to find the winning goal, the final would have to be decided by a penalty shoot-out, which saw 'A team of Gary Breens' win out 4-3. The winning team comprised of Shane Mooney, Max Eicke, Nikolay Bonev, Adam MaCann, Derek O' Brien, Eamonn Jethi and Hossan. The Griffith College soccer team was back in action for the first time this semester. Griffith took on Dublin Business School at our home ground in the Iveagh grounds, in what was a high scoring and exciting game. DBS led for most of the game thanks to two penalties, but despite trailing 3-1 with 10 minutes to go, Griffith battled back to earn a 3-3 draw. The usual suspects of Dave Smith,

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Shane Mooney and Laurent were on the score-sheet for the college. The Gazette Cup was next up for the college's soccer team. The competition consisted of two groups of 3 and saw Griffith pitted against Senior College Dun Laoghaire and IADT. Griffith got off to a flying start defeating hosts SCD 2-0 thanks to goals from Dave Smith and a wonder goal from this season's top-scorer Shane Mooney. IADT were next up and they took the lead early in the first half, a half in which they dominated. However Griffith took control of matters in the second half and got their just rewards with two minutes to go with a goal from Kevin Peres thanks to a fantastic cross from Laurent. This joy was to turn to heartache moments later after IADT earned a corner from the re-start. After a mix up in the defence from the corner, IADT found the winner at the death. Despite this defeat the earlier victory was enough to see Griffith reach the semi-finals. Here they met co-hosts Sallynoggin College in what was another game of mixed emotions. After a tight and tense game Griffith took the lead half-way through the second half, with a goal from Uiche. However disaster struck near the end. Sallynoggin equalized. The game now looked to be heading to a penalty shoot-out but as the game entered stoppage-time, Sallynoggin launched one last attack from which they got the winner to get to the final.

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The Genuine Article With Star reporter Drew Peacock

GCD to get I.T Department

Griffiti Editor denies breaking foot on Ballyfermot Press Editor's head

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espite recent cutbacks, the Griffith College board of directors have decided to go ahead with plans to create an I.T department within the college. The primary purpose of the department will be to offer I.T support to the various computer facilities in and around the college, on the off-chance that something might go wrong with one, or some, or even all of the college's computers. The move is expected to breathe life into the ailing economy, by creating five new jobs. Speaking about the move, Griffith College President Dermot Hegarty, who is always willing talking to talk to the Genuine Article, primarily because we never bother to ask anyone else any questions about anything, said he supported the creation of a dedicated computer problem fixing department. "We talked about abandoning the idea," said Hegarty, "but in the end we felt that we could never be considered a top-class educational institution if we didn't have our own I.T department. Most other colleges have them, even Independent Colleges believe it or not, so I made the call in the end. It was a tough meeting, but that's what I've missed latelythe buzz of the tough meetings. I suppose if you were President of Griffith for a day you'd say: 'oh I hope there's no action today', but when you've been President as long as I have you begin to love the buzz and the action". Despite going off on that weird tangent, The Genuine Article managed to pull the conversation back to the matter at hand, as Hegarty explained specifically what the new department would do. "Well, a lot of the staff were saying things like…'oh my Internet is down' or 'my computer won't start' or 'I

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don't have a computer..' and our old policy was to just tell them to get on with it. Now what will happen is, you'll ring a number, and a qualified computer mechanic will answer, and he'll come and fix your computer for you. For free like."

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here are some downsides to the scheme though. "Well, the one thing that saddens me is that there's only one place that the new department will fit, and that's the Wellington Building. That's being used now as a FÁS training course for recovering drug addicts; 'tis a kind of tax-break for us really, but it gives the poor feckers something to do. We set up these computers for them and they sit at them all day clicking away like they're doing something, but the only thing that's installed on them is Solitaire. Fair play to them though they never get bored. They'll all have to make way though for the new I.T workers though". Hegarty went on to gives his views on the failed Lisbon Treaty, the Good Friday Agreement, and how planning objections are dealt with in Irish courts. Some of what he said was very interesting.

I Can’t Believe it’s not Soup

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here is something that has been really pissing off the crew at The Genuine Article for sometime now but we decided to bite our lip…until now. What the f**k is the deal with the names for the vegetable soup in Arthur's Bar? Why is it called Farmhouse Vegetable one day and Homemade Soup the next day when it's clearly the same bloody soup! Seriously! Think about it. How many names have Arthur's tried to label that vat of orange liquid with a different homier sounding name when it's clearly the exact same every day? So far we've seen it been called 'Farmhouse Vegetable Soup', 'Thick Country Vegetable Soup', 'Homemade Vegetable Soup', 'Wild Vegetable Soup' (what the fuck it a 'wild' vegetable?), 'Cream of Vegetable Soup',

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Homestead Vegetable Soup, the list goes on. The Genuine Article talked to Restaurant Manager Chris Brownill about his creative genius. 'Basically when I arrive in the morning the first thing I do is check the CCTV from the previous night and check out the hot part-time birds that do be here, there is some right fit ones here man! Second thing I do is Google 'sexy soup names'. It's the highlight of my day coming up with names for that soup!" When asked if he would ever come clean with the students and stop trying to convince them it was in any way different from day to day soup and just label it as plain 'Vegetable Soup' Brownill cackled and said "Yeah right! The students here are idiots! I fill them full of sh*t everyday" and ended the interview.

Arthur's Head Chef described as 'loving man' after adopting 25 stray dogs from local animal shelter

Sports Officer now signing autographs after appearance on Crime Call

SU President spotted without confused look on face. Hegarty to investigate GCD officially start marketing green area as 'On Campus Beach' in bid to lure Californian students GCD Receptionist told to stop making personal calls at work. Eircom stock plummets

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R.A.G Week 2009 a Huge Success month before R.A.G Week, the Students' Union set it's goal of funds to be raised at €4,000. By the Thursday of R.A.G Week, the amount of money raised had surpassed this figure. The final total for R.A.G Week 2009 came too €4,660. This amount is being split between The Irish Cancer Society and The Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland. The money was raised came from various sources, such as t-shirt sales, a student running for charity and various donations from staff. The total would have topped €5,000; however a separate night in CitiBar took place on Monday night which was promoted towards Griffith College students, taking away approximately €600 from the night. This, thankfully, was the only setback during the week. On behalf of the Students' Union I wish to thank everyone that helped out with RA.G Week in any way, shape or form. We raised €4,660 for our R.A.G Week, which works out at €1.87 per student. Well done everyone!

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Tuesday The G-League raised €130 Jelly Wrestling raised €115.38 Wednesday Body waxing and head shave raised €460 R.A.G. Foam Party raised €1,875.50 Thursday Bag Packing in Tesco raised €393.38 The SU House Party raised €238 Friday Paintball raised €135 Bucket collections raised €404.02

Griffiti and Welfare Restructured

ue to financial cuts in the Students' Union budget, the positions of the Griffiti Editor and Welfare Officer are to be restructured from this September. Griffiti, which has been existence since 2004, will for the first time not have a full-time editor on its staff, while the role of Welfare is to be amalgamated into the role of the Student President. The cuts which are rumoured to range between 15-20% of the entire SU's budget were made by SU President Sean Reid and SU Manager John McSweeney. "We had to step back and look at what we could realistically do to save money. We spend about 60% of our money on clubs and societies, so that is the most obvious place to make cuts, however this year we have

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Monday The Green Party raised €252.99 Pool Competition raised €45 Monday Night Madness raised €315

drastically expanded student participation in the various societies and we really didn't want to destroy all that work for next year, so we took the decision to try and limit our cuts to the SU staff themselves. It's unfortunate, particularly as we have had to cease the stand alone position of Welfare, but I suppose it's the times we are in" said Students' Union President Sean Reid. Financial cuts in Griffith have not just been limited the SU, as all departments and faculties across Griffith have been asked to curtail their spending while employees have had their wages and bonus' frozen in an attempt to weather the economic crisis.

Board of Directors to Attend Ball he Students' Union is pleased to announce the Griffith Board of Directors have agreed to attend this years Griffith Ball in the Burlington Hotel on April 18th. Invitations to each director were hand delivered by SU President Sean Reid. All of the on-campus directors with the exception of Reg Callinan who is abroad on business, have agreed to attend. The Directors will join several dozen other staff members who will be attending the event. Ticket sales for the ball itself are said to be going excellently with over 60% of tickets sold by Friday April 3rd. The record highest attendance for the Griffith Ball was set in 2006 when 376 attended, this years ball is on course to beat this number.

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Party People R.A.G Week 2009!

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Rock the Vote Student Union Elections ‘09

Photos: Nathaniel Doyle

Candidates for Student Union President Why do you want to be S.U President? I want to be S.U President for the simple reason of continuing the excellent job that the previous President has done and also to help in any areas I thought were weak during the year.

What ideas do you have for events around the college like R.A.G Week and Fresher's Week? R.A.G week this year I must say was near perfect, but I would like to arrange some live band performances for the nights. Fresher's week again I thought was good but I would like to introduce a way to increase the class integration.

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Outside of the S.U, what do you think should be changed around the college? How would you change it? The main thing I would like to see changed is the food prices in Arthur's. The best I could honestly do would be to have talks with the managers and see if prices can be made more reasonable.

What do you think had been the S.U's biggest problem in any of the years you can remember? How would you correct this? To be honest I didn't see many problems with the S.U except that the duties of the Welfare officer were not very well known. The way I would change this would be to publicise the duties through flyers and so forth.


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Why do you want to be S.U President? In the 3 years I have been at GCD I have felt that previous Student Unions have been very badly run, so I decided the only way to solve this problem, like most problems, is to do it yourself. So I decided to run- It’s that simple.

What ideas do you have for events around the college like R.A.G Week and Matthew Conroy Fresher's Week?

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Why do you want to be S.U President? Following the announcement that the position of Welfare Officer would be abolished, I felt compelled to run as I feel this is an issue that needs to be resolved for the greater good of the student body. With budget cuts inevitable next year, the S.U will need a candidate who is competent in how funds are raised and allocated, and will be mindful of the real priorities of the students. I believe I am that candidate.

What ideas do you have for events around the college like R.A.G Week and Fresher's Week? First and foremost, from the very start of Fresher’s Week I think International students and Irish students should be encouraged to enjoy and take part in cultural activities, such as a tradefair showcasing the unique features of each culture. R.A.G Week should be expanded to events where everyone can get involved, rather than the select few, with each student encouraged to search outside the college for sponsorships.

One event I would like to see is a charity fashion show. It is done in most other Dublin colleges, so why not GCD? For Fresher’s Week I would set up a meet & greet in the S.U to try to integrate all the students from day one.

Outside of the S.U, what do you think should be changed around the college? How would you change it? One problem I have noticed is that there is no proper integration between the Irish and International students; if elected integration would be one of my top priorities.

What do you think had been the S.U's biggest problem in any of the years you can remember? How would you correct this? One thing I have noticed is that the S.U is almost a separate entity from the rest of the student body. How is the S.U meant to be the voice of the students when they exist outside the student body? Also the events need to be properly advertised; how can students go to events they do not know about?

Outside of the S.U, what do you think should be changed around the college? How would you change it? I think the faculties in some areas of the college such as I.T and the gym are in real need of upgrading. Many students have mentioned this to me and if elected I would arrange meetings with the powers that be to brainstorm and see how this can be arranged.

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Why do you want to be S.U President? I want to improve college life for students. This year I feel we improved the S.U building and atmosphere within the building- I feel I can offer more. Also I want to promote bringing back a Welfare Officer. Lastly I feel that I can offer more themed events than ever before linked with societies.

Jacquie Ryan Welfare Officer

What ideas do you have for events around the college like R.A.G Week and Fresher's Week? More paint parties etc. Entertainment on the green often not a success so more interesting events are needed. For R.A.G week a fashion show seems logical as in DBS it’s the biggest earner. Also a Fresher’s Week sale, selling old accomadation goods etc.

Outside of the S.U, what do you think should be changed around the college? How would you change it?

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Better integration amongst the students is a must. I think there shold be a more international theme at the Student Council meetings. I also think there should be a internationl society that would be connected to international trips. I would also like to see around the world food evenings, and also celebrating many different events like Chinese New Year.

What do you think had been the S.U's biggest problem in any of the years you can remember? How would you correct this? This year I feel we improved advertising, however we need to do more blanket advertising. I feel there could be more international events as there is a huge number of international students. This year even though we celebrated Dwali and Chinese New Year I feel we haven’t had big enough events, and that we need to involve Irish students more with these events- leading to better integration.


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Candidates for Clubs & Societies Officer Why do you want to be Clubs and Societies Officer? I have been in this college for 3 years and have seen 3 different sports officers do their best to initiate and continue sports teams and societies within the college. I feel that I can help promote sports within the college and get many new and different societies started as well as help with the continued success of teams like the basketball, soccer and cricket teams.

What do you think this year's officer could have done better? What changes would you make? I believe that Corky did a good job, he was efficient and always bent over backwards to help everyone he could, I want to continue that efficiency and expand on that.

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What new clubs and societies do you hope to introduce next year? Which ones do you think should be abolished?

How do you plan to generate sufficient interest in Griffith's clubs and societies?

I dont think any club or society should be abolished becasue at the end of the day there needs to be something there for everyone and its not fair to stop any particular group enjoying their preferred club or society. Some of the new societies I would like to introduce include: an American football society, supporters clubs for different teams, Beer society, film and film making society and I also will do my utmost to ensure that anything that you, the students want, I will do my best to get up and running.

I believe that promotion is key. How will people attend something or do something if they dont know its on? I want to talk to each and every individual interested in both starting and doing anything in the college. I think everyone should be involed so i plan on listening to what the students want and evolving from there. I would also like to have a week long sign up chance twice in the year, at the beginning of each semester as well as going around to the different classes and reminding students what is available to them.

Why do you want to be Clubs and Societies Officer? Because it is an opportunity for me to help Griffith become a more social college and better on the sporting field.

What new clubs and societies do you hope to introduce next year? Which ones do you think should be abolished?

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I would start a Frisbee social society, which is a very popular society in other colleges and could be a real success. I would also start a Mystery Gaming society which I think students would enjoy too. Also I’d like to create different themed parties in the S.U, like BYOB (bring

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What do you think this year's officer could have done better? What changes would you make? I think there could have been more fun tournaments, especially more like Pro-Evolution Soccer and Guitar Hero which were great additions.

How do you plan to generate sufficient interest in Griffith's clubs and societies? Through being more public about what is happening. I would bring out a monthly newsletter stating all the fixtures for each different club/society.

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Exclusive Interview

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Declan Ganley in my view has every right to put forward his alternative view, and to say what he thinks. I don't agree with him but he has every right to do it

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Nearly one year after resigning, the former Taoiseach talks exclusively to Griffiti magazine editor Noel Burke about life after power, The Lisbon Treaty, and the importance of mixing with the locals

Photography By Kieran O’ Donoghue

I suppose the obvious thing to start off with is the reQintroduction of 3rd level fees that was just announced today,

the idea apparently is to have either upfront fees or a system of paying off college fees after graduation, or a mixture of both…

Well I haven't seen the proposals, but I think it's been inevitable that it wasn't just going to stay on the maintenance fees. 3rd level education has been calling out for more money from the State and for the last 10 or 15 years since the 3rd level fees went out; the State have been in a position to put more money in, but as soon as the State weren't in a position, then it comes down to a very straight choice: is it more fees or is it lack of money into the system? So obviously in the current climate you're into fees. I think the important thing is what his (Batt O'Keefe) proposals actually say and that the fees aren't commercial fees, because if they were nobody could pay them. When they were brought in in '96, we in Fianna Fail at that time were opposed; we were not in favour of the abolition of fees. And it wasn't easy as a party to go out and say that because it was a populist thing. We said at the time that there should be a range of methods where people who can't afford it don't have to pay it, and people who can pay it- pay it. And that people who might be in an in-between position should look at the loan system as they do in other countries. Now I don't know what his proposals are but I think there are two important things: One I think there should be a few options in it and the second is that I hope it doesn't just impact on people who can't afford it, because that is just stopping people who are from working class areas from having a chance at third level.

One of the models mentioned is Australia where graduates Q pay off their fees after they have found work, in our case though and in the current climate, there's a feeling that graduates aren't going to be able to find work anyway, which would be a problem with regard to paying off the fees.

Well I think it's Sept 2010 they're talking about bringing back the fees so at least there's some time there. As I understand it in the Australian model there is some flexibility on how long you get to pay it back, I think in all these things you need flexibility. It depends what you pitch the fee at, I remember when I was in finance we worked out the commercial level of the fees, and you couldn't charge the commercial level.

Qalthough There's a theory that private colleges could benefit as, he details haven't been worked out, theoretically it

could actually be cheaper to go to Griffith College than to say UCD…

It depends on if you start looking at it commercially, at what is a commercial break-even fee.. that would be prohibitive for most of the kids in a constituency like mine. If you bring it back then, people for the last few years on maintenance grants were paying no more than €850, which was the opposite. 3rd level education needs investment and there were people paying €850 who could well afford to pay more, so that's the other side of it. So it's how you pitch the thing. And of course the uncertainty for parents is if you start on year one with X fee, what is it in year two? What is it for my second kid? What is it for my third kid? And it's a very hard in that sense.

Q There's been huge opposition so far from students, as you yourself know from that trip to Galway University that had to be cancelled due to protests..

Listen I've been in loads of colleges this year, and there were no problems. The Galway one there was no problem with the Student's Union at all, it was this maverick crowd who were causing trouble down there all year. The only thing that upset me that night was that I was on crutches and I wasn't able to move but I tell ya if I had of been in my normal health I wouldn't have been stopped coming into that hall!

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I'm wondering because you were described as "visibly Qshaken" at the time, were you angry about it? I was annoyed yeah, I was sorry for all the students. As I was going down the line there was a huge crowd, a great crowd, the place was jammed. But it annoyed me that a very small bunch were stopping it from happening. I've no problem going in and answering the questions, and I've done that in all the other colleges with no problem, it's just the fact that they stopped it. I was more annoyed myself because if I wasn't on the crutches I would have been in that hall. The people who were stopping me and messing with the Guards on the night.. I wouldn't have had the same confines as the Guards about getting in..

“The only thing that upset me that night was that I was on crutches and I wasn't able to move, but I tell ya if I had of been in my normal health I wouldn't have been stopped coming into that hall!”

QShamrocks I was watching Brian Cowen presenting the bowl of to Barack Obama on St. Patrick's Day it made me

wonder because I knew we'd be talking, do you miss that type of thing? Meeting world leaders and the like?

I didn't really miss that to be honest with you, it would have been nice to meet Barack Obama but I did the Shamrock thing 11 times in a row, and I've done the Patrick's Day thing in America for 20 years. For the last 16 or 17 years I've missed the All-Ireland club Finals every year, I've been ringing from America to find out what happened. This year I was able to go to the match and go for a pint afterwards, and I had to say to myself..when was the last Paddy's day I wasn't working? At times I miss it. I miss the European Council more.

Qcovering What about when your watching the news and they're big summits and meetings? Yeah sometimes you would like to be there. I know all the characters still. You kind of automatically in your mind think I know what I'd be saying if I was there today. I think it was 22 years of European Council meetings of one form or another. I use to accompany Albert Reynolds to them as Finance minister and Charlie (Huaghey), so I've been going to European Council meetings either sitting in or actually at them since '89, so it's a long time.

of that then, considering what's happened in QtheOnlasttheyearflipside with the recession and the failure of the Lisbon Treaty and so forth, are you secretly glad that you are not Taoiseach anymore?

No that would work the opposite to the way I think- the days you really enjoy being Taoiseach are the days when there are problems. Like when your going in and it's just another day and ballyhoo in the Dail, shouting about something and if they can't think of something they'll dream up something, they are the

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days that don't do much for you. But whether it was the North or Europe or the Economy, when there is trouble, that's when you feel most motivated. Particularly there in October/November last, when it was really bad after the bank crises and the slump, you really miss it then.

Do you have to stop yourself from making a statement or Q stepping in? Yeah you definitely have to check yourself, you're watching the news and seeing what's happening and you'd really like to be in it, those are the days that are really exciting. I suppose if you were Taoiseach for a year, you'd be saying 'oh I hope there's no action today'. But when you're there a long time your almost enjoying the action. A day that's just full of normal meetings is like any other job I suppose, you're just on autopilot. The buzz was in the tough meetings. When you’re there and you’re in it you say well lets find a way forward here, and your looking for positive things and your working to get out of it. The action of the stuff in the Autumn, particularly because I'm an accountant and I like economics, I missed that, that was tough because you just have to sit back and say 'I'm not a player here'.


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So do you think then with something like the Lisbon QTreaty, if you were still in power and in the thick of the action, that you might have be able to get it through?

I don't know, it's just a hypothetical question. I mean you would like to feel if you were there you would win it but the important thing about it now is that I intend to do more about it the next time…I was only out of the job so I didn't want to be getting involved, saying too much about it, but the next time I'll feel less inhibited. Because for me I really believe that the 'No' campaign was a nonsense; it was the same spurious arguments that I've listened to since 1972; I was 21 in 1972 and it was the same old stuff- conscription and no European army and so on. Every time there's been a European referendum a gang came together, it's nothing against Ganley, he just happened to be the one this time, but there was Coughlan the previous time, there was a fella Crotty way back in '87, there's always some group that comes together and they make these spurious arguments…'Oh but you haven't looked at article 142 (c) b (3)…which could mean…'. Nonsense. I mean this country has to be part of Europe. And I honestly think it was a very bad mistake that we lost but it's a democracy, so all you can do is go back with the concessions; the concessions are important, they add to it and they give some guarantees to people. I did it on the Nice treaty as well so they're following the same form on that, but I think the political system will just have to work harder.

an argument that the draft that you negotiated QandThere's that was rejected in France and Holland was

purposefully made more difficult to understand in the hope that it would be more likely to pass but, do you think that hindered it in the end? That certain sentences could have multiple meanings?

I honestly think that one that we negotiated, and I was only the chairman really, but it was a better document in my view; it was a constitution and it was easier read and a far easier document to sell. I mean the French ended that for us but there's no doubt, from Europe's point of view, it was a better document, and that wasn't Ireland's fault that it failed. We knew when we were negotiating the constitution- the Italians had been working on it before I took it over- that the vast majority of European leaders said we have to get away from just revising the original treaties, and we succeeded in doing that, but then unfortunately the people rejected it in France. But the constitutional document was a far better document, and I think we would have got that passed here.

far too much red-tape. But every time something happens in Ireland, whatever group it is wants to go to Brussels and wants to get them involved; every environmental group, water group, health and safety group wants to go so.. the bureaucracy is there because the people demand it. Maybe the Liberatas argument is a great thing- 'if we didn't have all this there'd be less staff and they wouldn't be in your hair' but people argued for that. If I give you an example of one of the things Europe has done, or maybe overdone but, there's very tough health and safety standards now. Why are they there? They are there because in every member state there were very serious accidents over the years, because some workers didn't have proper safety equipment, or because tractors didn't have beepers when they were reversing, so I mean these things happen for a reason. So if you're saying your against the bureaucracy then you should be honest and say I'm in favour of getting rid of all those laws. Its really easy to say 'there's too much bureaucracy' but it is there because people need it. Does that mean that everything that happens in Brussels, some of it could be streamlined? Of course it could but that's not a reason for Ireland to not be part of it. And it annoys me when I hear people say 'We're in favour of Europe but not this treaty'; I heard them say that in '72, in '87… and Ganley is just the next one. He's entitled to make the argument, its just disappointing that people listen to him! (laughs).

“There's always some group that comes together and they make these spurious arguments…'Oh but you haven't looked at article 142 (c) b (3)…which could mean…'. It’s nonsense” -on the ‘No’ campaign

QWhat do you think of Declan Ganley? Declan Ganley in my view has every right to put forward his alternative view, and to say what he thinks. I don't agree with him but he has every right to do it. His argument is that Brussels is an enormously big bureaucracy and that there's

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What do you think was your most important achievement Qas Taoiseach? Northern Ireland? Yeah I think the negotiation of the Good Friday Agreement, and the subsequent implementation of it would be most important thing. Funnily enough the strength of how the peace process has bedded down and worked through the society in the North has probably been best shown in the last two weeks, when really the communities up there all came together, to see on that Sunday morning the Catholic church, the Baptists, the Presbyterians within 2 hours all coming together…you wouldn't have been dreaming of that 5 years ago.

QNorth? So you’re confident violence won't escalate again in the No…that doesn't mean there won't be individual cases maybe. You'll get small segments of people, I've made speeches saying it might be a case that you'll never totally eliminate dissidents in Northern Ireland, because they'll always be those who'll want to hanker back or try to change the will of the people… thankfully they are small in number.

have to put in the hours. I think that's the first thing that people don't fully understand, including a lot of politicians. People see you out and about doing things but that's only a small part of it, you spend a lot of time in the office working, on a Saturday or Sunday too making a few calls, before you'd go for a pint. My style was that I would go for a pint then after and meet people. I only had to go across the road any night to Fagan's and I meet someone from All Hallows, or somebody from DCU, sometimes lecturers or staff member, or even the post man would be telling me what the aul wans up on whatever road were saying. You’d be hearing what Joe Duffy was on about that day so.. you had a very good view of what was going on.

QDo you think that’s missing now? I'm not too sure any of the three guys are actually out and about the place. They would probably be critical of me, they would all probably take a view that I was out and about and they'd think 'oh he should be at his desk , he should be in his office'.. I'd contend I was probably in the office more than any of them, but I also went out and about seven days a week for…25 years.

If you could go back in time, is there anything you would do Qdifferently? Qex-students Your daughter Cecelia is obviously one of a most famous so I'm wondering when she said she wanted to be I think there were probably things that you see now that you couldn't see then, if you could go back now and change banking regulations….(laughs).

a writer…I know most parents would have thought 'Here we go, can you not just study Business or something', so were you happy with her decision?

I think one of the things was the speed that you could do things, sometimes it was frustrating getting things done. And a lot of that is bureaucracy and environmental laws and other laws…it's a pity there's not a quicker way of doing things. I don't have any objections to the fact that they are there; if there is a historic site on a roadway, there is a process where you have to look at it, but I wish the process didn't take six times around. When you came to an agreement on it then you didn't have to go back to the High Court and then the Supreme Court and then you change it and have to go back to the High Court again. Its too slow. The Spanish have a process, and once you go through the process that's it. So our written constitution has its downsides. And you lose a lot of money. And taxpayers say there's a lot of waste and there is…but its because you're allowed do these things.

No I was happy and supportive, the only reservation that I had was that she has started a Masters in Screenwriting, and I would have liked her to finish it, but that was my only reservation. But she wanted to do it and she's doing some of that now anyway. But the idea of what she wanted to do I was totally supportive of that. I never thought she would do Journalism.

Looking at the politicians now in power, do you think Qthere's a lack of a charismatic..'Bertie' like figure so to speak,

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By Suzanne Fitzpatrick

A GUIDE TO UK and IRELAND FESTIVALS 2009

estivals, festivals everywhere but which ones are really worth going to? For many, Summer has not truly arrived until they are standing in a vast open space that’s brewing with overtly ‘happy’ punters. Beer in hand? Check. Somewhat ludicrous outfit? Check. Anticipating the arrival of one of their favourite bands (or at least one that’s been hyped about) to the stage. Check. This is the Summer.

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Of course this is only true for a share of people. Music festivals are nothing but haunting nightmares for many; drunken fights, drunken flings, drunken human pyramids and basic drunkenness all around. So which festivals have a high potential for this and which are likely to have very little? Ireland has its fair share of Music festivals with the Oxegen Festival in Co. Kildare branded as one of the best in Europe. Electric Picnic is becoming progressively popular as the years pass. But for those looking to broaden their experience of music festivals; look no further. For here lies the vital information you need to know to help you choose which musical Mecca you’ll be visiting this year.

FESTIVAL: Oxegen Festival 2009 DATE: 10th-12th July 2009 LOCATION: Punchestown Racecourse, Co. Kildare, Ireland. TICKETS: €99.50 for a single day pass, €224.50 for 3-4 days ince 2004, Oxegen has seriously put Ireland on the musical map. It has given us many memorable performances from the likes of Muse, James Brown, REM and The Who’s first Irish appearance in over 35 years back in 2006. With possibly the best line-up’s in Europe, it attracted over 80,000 fans last year and this year looks set to be even more spectacular. From last year, the festival now runs over 3 days with the option of staying 4 days if you wish.

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The Line-up this year includes Blur, The Killers, Razorlight, Elbow, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Lily Allen, The Specials, Snow Patrol, Jane’s Addiction, The Mars Volta, Katy Perry and, of course, Kings of Leon. Can’t you already hear the drunken drones of ‘Sex On Fire’ that will be echoing around the racecourse? The bars tend to be quite expensive with a pint (or at least what they see as a pint) going for €5 or €6. The only beer available onsite is Heineken but there’s a range of cocktails available from the Bacardi tent. If you’re camping, it’s a good idea to supply the drink for the weekend yourself by B.Y.O.B’ing it and leaving the bottles or cans in your tent. Although hide it under something or put a padlock on your tent zip as many thirsty punters will be sniffing around for booze when you’re not around.


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FESTIVAL: Electric Picnic 2009 DATE: 4th-6th September 2009 LOCATION: Stradbally Hall Estate, Co. Laois, Ireland. TICKETS: €199 for weekend pass. There are no day passes available.

eferred to as the Boutique Festival, Electric Picnic started off as a relatively small cultural event back in 2003 but has grown into what many consider a better festival experience than Oxegen. Last year, it made it on to the Times’ ‘Europe’s Top 20 Summer Music Festivals’. It seems to be more laid back and chilled out than Oxegen, probably because it’s over 18’s (When will the Oxegen organisers realize?). It offers a lot more than just music; it also provides stages for theatre, comedy, holistic therapy and art. The line-up features more unique, less mainstream artists than that of other

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Irish festivals. The facilities also focus more on eco-friendly products. The campsites are not just colour-coded but named after musical and literal icons such as Jimi Hendrix and Oscar Wilde. The line-up is expected to be announced in the spring with previous acts including Digitalism, Sigur Ros, and the Sex Pistols. This is the place to be for those wanting an arty/musical experience rather than a giant musical piss-up.

FESTIVAL: Glastonbury Festival 2009 DATE: 24th-28th June 2009 LOCATION: Worthy Farm, Pilton, Shepton Mallet, Somerset (Nearest airport Bristol International). TICKETS: £175 (Around €186) on sale April 5th, 2009. You must register online at www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk to buy tickets.

This festival obviously needs no introduction. This is the mother of all festivals, all the others are simply it’s spawn. This 5 day musical extravaganza has around 2,000 performances, over 50 stages, performing arts, cabaret, theatre, circus, children's entertainment, poetry, healing, green crafts and many more intricate, defining features that all the other festivals have stolen.

tickets as each ticket will have a photograph of the buyer on it to avoid ticket scamming and fakes. The tickets are very cheap compared to that of a 3-day Oxegen pass and also includes a free programme, a useful cloth bag, and small festival guide for around your neck. Aww. The festival gates open at 8am on Wednesday 24th June 2009.

The line-up for this year is still being jigsawed together but so far it lists Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Blur, Neil Young, Franz Ferdinand, Lily Allen, Madness and…Rolf Harris. Rumours suggest Oasis, Calvin Harris, Bloc Party, Elbow and Fatboy Slim might be added to the stellar list soon.

Main stage action runs from 11am until 12.30pm each day except on Sunday it ends at midnight. This is a longer day than pretty much any other music festival going. It’s just that special. And that’s not even it. The fun and frolics continue on the smaller stages into the early hours, with one going until 6am. This is the festival for the die-hard fans, young and old. Bless you Michael Eavis.

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Dress €40 A-Wear Shoes €78 Buffalo Necklace €8 A-Wear

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Leather Jacket €68 Miss Selfridge White Top €24 Miss Selfridge Bangel €8 A-Wear

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Shoes €99 Topshop Dress €76 Miss Selfridge Bracelet €8 A-Wear Earrings €8 A-Wear

Photography: Kieran O’ Donoghue Make-up: Nu Thai Stylist: Michelle Nugent Models: Siri & Róisin

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By Oisin Collins

Flo Rida ROOTS

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs It’s Blitz

Chris Cornell Scream

Released 31st march

Released 10th march

Released 31st March I was more than surprised after I listened to Flo Rida's new release ROOTS. If you’re a fan of rap and partial to the odd bit of electro this album is perfect for you. With most rappers it’s all about them, but Rida sits back for a lot of the tracks and lets the electro do the work. Well worth the money.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ newest album ‘Its Blitz’ leaves much to be desired. The album is not as heart stopping as the critics make it out to be. Some of the tracks sound the same and O’s vocals lack power. A disappointing result. 2/5

I never thought anything was so bad that it could not receive a single star; I was wrong. Timberland rose to the challenge of making Chris Cornell a solo star by producing arguably the worst album he’s ever had a hand in. The record consists of an ageing, wailing ‘rock star’ and Timberland's signature electro funk. Pure shite. 0/5

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Duplicity

Paul Blart Mall-Cop

The Boat That Rocked

Released 20th March

Released 20th march

Released 1st April

Starring: Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, and Tom Wilkinson.

Staring: Kevin James, Keir O Donnell

Duplicity can be seen in two ways. It is either a really bad James Bond movie or as a follow up to Oceans 13. And a bad one at that. The plot is predictable and the acting is below par for the standard that is here. I’d recommend this movie, if there is nothing else on.

We all know and love Kevin James as the fat bloke off King of Queens. MallCop is his first leading role in a movie. This movie offers alot of good, and a little bit of bad. The jokes all seam to relate to Blarts (James) weight and believe me those jokes run out fairly quickly. Other than that this movie is actually really good. Definataly my recomendation.

Starring: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost, Bill Nighy. Being a fan of the radio waves, I was expecting a lot from this movie. That was a mistake in itself. The gags were few and far between. The movie is more of a lazy sitcom than a major motion picture. A bit of a disappointment but when the gags come they are good.

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Bazuki Plastic Coated Dreams Out Now

azuki could be the band that may very well save what you and I know as rock and roll. A band of behemoth proportions, lyrical guile and an approach to making records that borders on the very essence of freedom of expression.

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But who the fuck are this band? You've never heard of them, have ya? I'd be surprised coz they don't play many gigs and this EP's been out for a while. Why then bother to review an EP that's been out and reviewed by others before? Well, why the fuck not. Instead of re-hashing the usual shite over and over again let's try and bring some new bands to the people. So, anyway, what we have here is three folks from Co. Kildare, which will give you a hint of their musical influences. What's Kildare famous for...err horse racing? A crap GAA team? Navan-man? Bellx1 or Damien Rice? No, Kildare is famous for it's invasion of Dubs since early Celtic Tiger era Ireland, second behind Meath. And this anger from the locals has finally made it into the medium of music. Actually the only good thing that Kildare has given Ireland musically is Christy Moore.....until now that is. The first thing that strikes you about the band is their ability to laugh at themselves without coming off looking like baffoons. The inlay of Plaster Coated Dreams contains a quote from Hotpress when they reviewed the band's debut EP. “Interesting, if a little unfocused” they said. Interesting? Indeed. Unfocused? Hardly. Opener Bazuki Opener packs a punch that is comparable with MC5's Kick Out the Jams. The band going for the ballsy option by having the first track of their debut as a live track, just like MC5. The songs could have been a cast off from System of a Down's Toxicity sessions. While it has some messed up lyrics..... “Dracula, Dracula, Dracula is dead....Bazuki, Bazuki, Bazuki is dead”, the song hits you like a donkey punch and while sounding like a post-metal tirade it's beat makes you want to get down Tiesto style. It's got two proper old skool This Is Euphoria rave moments and how the band manage to pull that off live, then stick it as their first song on their first EP is remarkable. It's brave and commendable and all, but it's suicide really. Putting a live version of your best song as your opener, sure it can only go downhill from here on in. Title track Plaster Coated Dreams follows and “borrows” from Whipping Boys We Don't Need Nobody Else, although maybe not, most of the folks in this band were probably too young

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when Whipping Boy were assaulting audiences back in the day. But it does bare some resemblance, certainly it feels like a Whipping Boy song, except it's even more pissed off. “Plaster coated dreams break so easy, doesn't matter if you pretend that you don't need me.” To go from the hard-hitting pummelling that was Bazuki Opener to the empty loneliness of Plaster Coated Dreams takes a skill that most bands are too afraid to develop. Can we sucker punch the fuckers with a fast one and then beat them into submission with a brooding slow building epic? If songs could become worldly matter then Plaster Coated Dreams would be a 50ft waves smashing against the Cliffs of Moher. Simples. Final track Tonto shows a band not afraid of having some fun. What's the point in being in a band if you've always got to be serious anyway? Too many Irish bands have forgotten how to have fun. Always looking for some deep superficial bullshit connection with their audience, highlighting their art. Music is hardly an art-form anymore, anyway, especially popular music. After all, anyone can play guitar. Too many times have we heard the cliché of gobshites with guitars struggling with their art when the only real struggle is that they simply don't practice their instrument enough which means that they are limited in their offerings. And don't let them tell you otherwise. But back to Tonto. “My donkey Tonto, I bought him in a market in Toronto. I went down the road it wasn't very far. Tonto got hit by a car.” “Tonto! Toronto!” The song erupts from a seemingly happy song, banjos and all, about buying a donkey into one of the saddest laments for a donkey every put to record. He gets hit by a car, drinks milk to find himself lactose intolerant and then falls to death from the Empire State Building after a shopping trip to Naas. Bazuki are the Irish band, mostly unknown, who could singlehandedly save us. Instead of listening to the every day normal inoffensive un-thought provoking profferments driven down our throats in shops, offices, pubs etc this band could bring us all together, they could be the band that make us all agree for a change. They're got everything, a sharp wit, punchy songs that may lull you into a false sense of comfort before assaulting your mind and body. They are lyrical masters without even trying. They keep it so simple that it's genius. They will provoke thought and debate but still have the confidence to tell a penis joke and make everyone in the room laugh. And the fact that they are brave enough to try all this different sounding music on the one offering highlights their passion for freedom of expression. Interesting? Indeed. Unfocused? Absolutely not.

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For more reviews go to: www.griffiti.ie Monsters VS Aliens Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie Release: April 3rd

hildren's films that are well received by adults are generally few and far between. But luckily for me I still have the luxury of being young enough to still watch kids films and television shows and not feel like a creep. Monsters Vs Aliens is very much a children's film in the sense that the jokes, the story and the visual stimulants are designed to appeal to a young audience, none the less I still very much enjoyed it.

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If like me you are still impressed by the novelty of a 3D film I would recommend this to anyone, a stunning opening 3D depiction of the rings of Saturn really is impressive and the detail of the animation wouldn't look out of place in a Star Trek film. Its fair to say the 3D aspect makes this film! The plot at points is quite thin, and the screenwriter inexplicably try and trow a heart break/identity crisis scenario in to the film. The characters are a parody of old time horror film's, Reese Witherspoon voices Susan the unfortunate bride struck by a meteor on her wedding day and transformed into a 49 ft 11 inch lady, not all that dissimilar to Nancy Hayes in the 1958 science fiction film Attack of The 50 Foot Woman. Following her unfortunate accident the American government decide to lock her up in a secret bunker, which in fairness to those lads isn't a bad idea. If America decided to lock all there big women up in a bunker in the middle of nowhere the world would probably be a better place. Returning to topic, having been locked up in a secret facility it's there she meets the All Star monster cast of more film parodies, Seth Rogen plays Bicarbonate Ostylezene Benzoate AKA Bob, he's a gelatin-like, jolly, indestructible monster and chances are this one's parodying The Blob.

House star Hugh Laurie is the brains of the operation playing Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D., an insect-headed mad scientist, then there's Will Arnett as The Missing Link: A 20,000 year-old frozen fish-ape hybrid; a jock in his prime, but now rather out of shape. A parody of Creature from the Black Lagoon with a hint of Swamp Thing and chat show host Jimmy Kimmel rounds off Team Monster playing Insectosaurus, a fuzzy insect that stands at 350 feet tall who despite being credited doesn't actually have a word of dialogue in the film. The cast is further bolstered by Kiefer Sutherland as General W.R. Monger: the groups captor turned leader who comes up with a plan to let the imprisoned monsters fight the invading aliens in exchange for their release from prison. Further comedy comes in the form of the naive and fairly ignorant US President voiced by Stephen Colbert, who utters one of the films stand out one liners when he orders the terror alert to be upgraded to brown because "I think I need new pants". From the invasion point the film turns into an animated children's version of Mars Attacks! With the chief antagonist Gallaxhar (Rainn Wilson) cloning himself numerous times in order to destroy the Earth. As far as the plot goes there I will leave it up to you to decipher the rest. A children's film with a fairly decent storyline and spectacular 3D scenes, Monsters Vs Aliens is well worth taking a look at.

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Time To Bury The Past uesday March 9 2004, Old Trafford and Manchester United have just crashed out of the Champions League. Portuguese midfielder Costinha pounced on Tim Howard's last minute parry to send José Mourinho dancing down the touchline and leave United reeling. Porto went on to collect the European cup, trouncing Monaco in the final and Mourinho became "The Special One". Arguably it should never have been. Mid way through the second half United midfielder Paul Scholes saw his goal wiped off the board by the offside flag, a decision that was proved to be completely inaccurate by the television pictures. A Costinha goal would have given Porto extra time at best but United would still have been favourites to advance. As well as collecting the loopy handled trophy, Porto picked up a check for in or around €30 million in winnings. Do United have a right to take a court case against the officials that may have cost them the big bucks?

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Of course they don't is the obvious answer because nothing about sport is absolutely perfect. United took their medicine and the rest is history. It interested me to see West Ham settle with Sheffield United over the Carlos Tevez saga. The blades have wanted vengeance since they were relegated on the last day of the 2006/2007 and could collect up to £25 million. I find it difficult to comprehend how the Yorkshire men are entitled to a penny. It is a fact that Tevez played a huge part in West Ham staying up. He was riffling the goals in over the closing weeks of the season, and scored the goal at Old Trafford that ultimately kept them up. Sheffield United are perfectly entitled to feel aggrieved that he probably shouldn't have played with them in the first place but the crucial thing is that West Ham had already been punished. The FA had taken action. Sheffield United, and other relegation candidates for that matter, wanted a points deduction. Instead West Ham were fined £5 million and don't be fooled that is a significant punishment for a club like West Ham. We're two years down and the blades are finally getting what they perceive as justice. But instead of looking outside themselves for a reason why they were relegated they (Neil Warnock and the players) should stare long and hard into the mirror and give an honest assessment. Sheffield United lost their last two games of the 2006/2007 season, including a home game with fellow strugglers Wigan on the final day. Had they won those they would have been home and hosed, West Ham would have been down and the likelihood of a court case diminished. Had West Ham gone down nobody would look at their actions in playing Tevez as unfair. It seems a bit hypocritical to me. On the opening day of the 06//07 season the blades were at home to Liverpool. Rob Hulse scored to give United the advantage until Robbie Fowler converted a penalty in the dying minutes to ensure the spoils were shared. What is important

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about this is that the Liverpool captain, Steven Gerrard dived in the box to win the spot kick for the Scousers. Does Neil Warnock have a case for compensation against Gerrard or the referee for denying them two valuable points? Of course not, because as usual in these situations the FA took action by backing their referee and not punishing Gerrard for simulation after reviewing the TV pictures. Similar to regular life, people don't always get exactly what they deserve in sport but eventually things always seem to even themselves out. This is why it is frustrating to watch Neil Warnock whine and moan that West Ham took away his shot at the big time. He walked after they went down and he has the audacity to take cheap shots at Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore for 'preventing the facts from coming out' and shoots at West Ham for taking away his turn at being a Premier League boss. The facts are that he was manager of Sheffield United for seven years and had them in the Premier League once. Hull City have gone through all the divisions in the last five years. The fact that West Ham settled was surprising. Now every club in all the land smells blood. Who isn't entitled to compensation from the hammers? The more points you win the higher in the league you finish, the higher in the league you finish the more prize money you receive. Does every club that Tevez scored against for West Ham have a right to compensation? Now Leeds United, like vultures, are doing their best to pick the scraps off West Hams deteriorating financial situation. Claiming Sheff United's relegation cost them potential transfer revenue. Surly Leeds of all people can appreciate that West Ham, a club in major monetary trouble need help now, not petty point scoring. How long must West Ham pay the price for a mistake that was made two years ago? Where does the line for fair compensation get drawn? West Ham and Gianfranco Zola in particular have dealt with the whole thing admirably. To say they are having their players whipped from under them is an understatement yet with very little money to go and replace these players they have avoided the relegation scrap that sides like Newcastle and Middlesbrough have had to endure. If Warnock would take a look around, he would notice that Sheffield United are coming back around. They have given themselves a great shot at promotion with their performances in recent weeks. It seems best for all sides to draw a line under it and build from there. There is no advantage for the blades, Neil Warnock or West Ham to become bitter. Life and sport as it has for Tevez and as it did for the Manchester United players, chins on chests, trudging down the tunnel, moves on.


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