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Tuesday 1st October 2013 | PALATINATE


Reading, rioting & radio: Vine’s secrets of success Jeremy Vine, BBC Radio 2 presenter, talks about his experiences at Durham, Palatinate and his beginnings in media Ben Hamer


n an unorthodox setting for an interview, Varsity pub on Saddler Street, I sat down with some past editors of Palatinate. I was joined by Tim Burt (editor 1985, now Stockwell Communications LLP); Richard Calland (sports editor 1984-5, now University of Cape Town); Joel Donovan QC (editor 1984, now Cloisters Chambers); Rachel Medill (Ride High Charity); Jayne Morgan (features editor 1984-5, now Podcart); Jeremy Vine (editor 1986, now BBC Radio 2); Adrian Wells (editor 1985, now Sky News). The group remain friends after almost thirty years and had returned to their alma mater for a weekend of reminiscence. This views of the group which will be published in print and online. Let’s start with something different. What was the nightlife and your social experience like when you were at Durham? Vine: That is a good question. We went to Klute last night but we couldn’t get in. It was closed so we were forced to stare at it from outside. It was voted a few years ago by FHM as the worst nightclub in the world. Essentially, what we had was Klute and the ‘Q’ Ball on Claypath. The crucial difference was that if you made an arrangement to see someone, say Richard [Calland], at six-thirty I’d go to his room and put a note on his door and he’d go to my room and put a note on mine and say ‘yes’. If there was an arrangement and he wasn’t there, that would be life. These days you’d tend to panic quite early if he wasn’t replying to his texts. I did a debate at Durham recently on the Facebook generation and someone came up to me afterwards and said, “How were you able to have friendships?” This person was genuinely alarmed. They said ,“What would happen if you’d made an arrangement to see a friend at The Shakespeare and they didn’t turn up? Wouldn’t you be really worried about it?” Well, it’s amazing that we managed to be friends without any technology. What was your experience working with students at Palatinate? Vine: When I joined, Joel [Donovan] was in charge as the editor. I started on Palatinate in my second year. The Editor would type the paper, and it had to be glued et cetera. The camaraderie was tremendous. We regularly worked overnight; Adrian [Wells] said last night he once went to bed Monday morning and woke up on Wednesday! We worked quite hard at it, I think.

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“Enjoy what you’re doing and do it with energy ” demic side of Durham? Vine: I’m trying to remember that… [laughs] It’s embarrassing because I got a 2:2. I’d agree with Adrian [Wells], actually, because I think working on your degree is something that’s changed. When we arrived there wasn’t necessarily any sense that was part of the experience. [laughs] It was an optional extra. I did English, it gave me a love of poetry and that’s a great thing. You’d go to lectures if there wasn’t anything more pressing. I remember once my alarm clock malfunctioned and went off at 09:30am. I said, “F****** hell! What’s happening?” It went off during Woman’s Hour and BBC Radio 4 started playing really loudly. This was an hour before I’d ever expect to be awake. I’m afraid we weren’t that diligent, really. Ben: What else did you get up to? I did Metro Radio because I was very keen on Radio. I did ludicrous

hours (02:00-05:00am). Richard very kindly lent me his car to do this. I started with Dancing Queen by ABBA and a quavering voice: “Hello, this is Jeremy Vine.” Others: Jerry Vine! Hamer: When did you switch from Jerry to Jeremy? Vine: I don’t know… I can’t remember. Others: He sent us all an e-mail! Vine: I did not! That’s not true. Emails didn’t exist then. It was a BBC thing. Callard: About half an hour into the program there had been a fascinating interview about bank lending rates or something in an interview with some local bank manager. (It was actually quite dull). About an hour later I was going to sleep and I thought I was hearing the same interview again and indeed it was. He’d played it twice. Jeremy panicked and didn’t know whether to stop it or not. Vine: Anyway, there were 15,000 listeners. It was amazing that they gave me that chance. They obviously had problems with their rota overnight and thought that they

a week and do a show and it was brilliant. I must admit, I was quite tired the next day, which again knocked out quite a few English lectures. Callard: This may also explain why when arriving back at 5:05 returning my car but managed to park it diagonally across South Street with one wheel on one pavement and another wheel on another pavement. Jeremy: I’m still embarrassed of that to this day. Callard: I was woken up at six o’clock in the morning by police ofVine: That was also quite early for you! As you can see, it was quite lively.

“In this changing world, you can’t be sure where you will be in twenty years time”

What would you say was your most memorable moment? Jeremy: My friend Ian , who, on his 20th birthday decided to hit a golf ball over the Cathedral. He teed it up on Palace Green and thwacked glass windows and bounced back. We all thought that was it. He said, “I’ve got another,” and he hit it over. That was the end of his teenage years. No damage was done! The impetuousness of youth – you don’t do things that you’d do when you were older. We’ve all been friends for thirty years and it’s an incredible thing. I met two of them on the we sat next to each other by chance! We met again through the paper. Ben: Any advice to students? JV: Enjoy what you’re doing and do it with energy and enthusiasm; take time to read poetry and make friends. Be very clear about what changing world you can’t be sure where you will be in twenty years time.


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new start? new wardrobe



As if we needed an excuse. indigo’s fashion team want you to fall in love with this autumn’s coolest looks


he changing of the clocks, the burnished hues of autumn’s ever depleting foliage and the crisp bite of an unforgivingly chilly evening all denote a period of fashion transformation. As you place your whimsical summer dresses into hibernation, Palatinate Fashion is on hand to guide you through the mayhem and chaos that is fashion week, meticulously selecting key trends to keep you on point through Freshers’ Week and beyond. Hitchcock heroine Seen at: Rochas, Prada, Bottega Veneta This season saw the reincarnation of the midcentury silhouette, pioneered by silver-screen icons such as Marilyn Monroe and Tippie Hedren. Mod-

the very un-Hollywood, North East chill in a navy, funnel-collared coat from H&M (£34.99). Pretty in punk Seen at: Saint Laurent, Versace, Moschino When Johnny Rotten wailed, ‘No future, no future for us’, he probably hadn’t envisaged that, almost forty years later, a swarm of Doc Martins, tartan checks and leather biker jackets would take over British mainstream fashion. This autumn, take your inspiration from the celebrities at this year’s punkthemed Met Gala by bringing a touch of British insolence to your freshers’ week wardrobe. Stuck on what to wear to the Freshers’ Ball? Let a punchy

skirtsuits and brushed-out curls, waists nipped in to create an hourglass frame that harked back to Dior’s timeless New Look. Make like Brigitte Bardot and tie a delicate silk scarf around your neck or handbag, or throw a chunky knit over a midi

Nancy to your simple cami gown’s Sid Vicious. Shop the look: Team Asos’s tartan coat (£85) with a vintage black nightdress and DMs to nail the punk trend. For a more subtle homage to Debbie Harry and Dame Viv, pair Topshop’s tartan tee (£30) or New Look’s chunky gold chain cuff (£5.99) with understated separates.

Shop the look: Topshop’s denim dirndl (£35), like a lovechild of Film Noir and the 21st Century jeans revolution, is the perfect piece to inject your daily lecture-wear with a dose of Hollywood glamour. Alternatively, arm yourself against

Mr. Big Seen at: Acne, Carven, Céline, Christopher Kane, Stella McCartney When it comes to coats this winter, bigger is better. Fall runways were awash with oversized, man-

nish coats which cocooned the body in a swathe of material, making this season’s must have coat both stylish and practical for the coldest of Durham days. Choose from a vast array of shapes, shades and sizes as designer’s stamped their own mark on winter’s statement coat. Whether you go pretty in pink, boyfriend best or cocoon crazy, you are sure to standout during Fresher’s Week. Shop the look: For a nod to winter’s delectable pastel shades choose between Asos’s sugar pink cocoon coat (£190), an oversized candy pink number at M&S (£85) or Zara’s pink bon bon-esque mannish studio overcoat (£179). For a more masculine take on the statement coat, look to Parisian brand, Les Prairies du Paris, for their double breasted design in Kab Marine (£395 – for those with a more cavalier approach to their student loan). Equally, New Look’s textured boyfriend coat (£39.99) is just as desirable. Asos gives the classic trench a modern twist with its long line Midi Mac (£75). Wrapping up has never been so much fun! Compiled by Isobel Buckingham and Katie Shuff Photographs from, morganastyle (Flickr ID) and

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