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Professor accused of child porn offences involve separately a live cat and a live squid. In his latest appearance the court heard that the allegations against Kehoe involve a total of 232 indecent photographs of children. The ages of the children involved are not known. The defence applied for the case to be referred for trial to Newcastle Crown Court, and this was agreed by the magistrates. The case will now be heard by a MXGJH$GDWHIRUWKLVZLOOEHÀ[HG when Kehoe returns to the Bedlington court on March 23 in eight weeks time. Kehoe has been released on unconditional bail. .HKRHÀUVWDSSHDUHGEHIRUH6RXWK East Northumberland Magistrates on January 5, when the court heard that Kehoe was due to be adjudicating university exams in Leicester on January 14 and 15. Originally from Ireland, Kehoe ZDVDOVRDELRORJLFDOVDIHW\RIÀFHUDW Newcastle University and has contributed to multiple academic publications relating to microbiology. A spokesperson for the University said: “The University is keeping this matter under review pending the legal proceedings.”

Newcastle University professor Michael Kehoe, 56, is facing charges of possessing indecent photographs of a child

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Former Newcastle University history student, Julia Haydon, campaigns to raise funds to improve medical care in earthquake torn Haiti News, page 8

Privately educated pupils are still in the majority at leading universities. Is banning them the way to true equality or is freedom of choice more important? Comment, page 11

See how David Leslie and Katherine Bannon got on when they stepped out to Scalini’s in Jesmond for The Courier’s ¿UVWYHU\RZQ%OLQG'DWH Life & Style, page 18

Sir Alan Sugar’s sidekick Nick Hewer speaks to The Courier about all things Apprentice and how he will cope without colleague Margaret Mountford Culture, page 34

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Caroline Argyropulo-Palmer Fran Infante Deputy Editor A Newcastle lecturer has appeared in court facing allegations relating to child pornography. Michael Kehoe, a professor in Microbiology in the Institute of Cell and Molecular Biosciences, appeared at South East Northumberland Magistrates Court in Bedlington last Tuesday for the second time on the charges. Mr Kehoe, of Morpeth, Northumberland, was defended by Steven Graham of Ward Hadaway SoliciWRUV +H VSRNH RQO\ WR FRQÀUP KLV name, age and address and did not enter a plea of either guilt or innoFHQFH +LV GHIHQFH FRQÀUPHG WKDW he understood the charges. The 56-year-old faces one count of possessing indecent photographs of a child, and four of making indecent photographs or pseudo photographs RIDFKLOG$OOÀYHDOOHJDWLRQVFDUU\D maximum sentence of six months. He is also charged with three counts of possessing extreme pornographic images portraying an act of intercourse or oral sex with a dead or alive animal which carries a maximum sentence of 12 months. Two of these images are alleged to

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Life & Style Brazil in perspective Larisa Brown looks at the struggle between rich and poor communities in South America’s largest country Page 16-17

Culture <RX¡UHĂ&#x20AC;UHG Interview with Sir Alan Sugarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s righthand man, Nick Hewer Page 34

Sport $&KHHN\GUDZ Southern Fairies record impressive draw against Intra Mural table toppers Cheeky Ladies Page 41 True colours: Shearer said the black and white hat made up for the red and white stripes as he became an honorary graduate of Newcastle University last term Meetings Timetable: Monday Sport - 11am, Committee Room A News - 12pm, Committee Room C Comment - 12pm, Committee Room C Photos - 2pm, Committee Room B Tuesday Life & Style - 12pm, Committee Room A Wednesday Film - 12pm, Committee Room A TV & Radio - 12pm, Committee Room A Music - 1pm, Committee Room A Thursday Arts - 12pm, Committee Room A Editorial Team: Â&#x2021;(GLWRU'DYLG&RYHUGDOH Â&#x2021;'HSXW\(GLWRU)UDQ,QIDQWH Â&#x2021;1HZV(GLWRUV-HVVLFD7XOO\DQG6LPRQ Murphy Â&#x2021;&RPPHQW(GLWRUV&DUROLQH$UJ\URSXOR Palmer and Nicholas Fidler Â&#x2021;/LIH 6W\OH(GLWRUV/DULVD%URZQ$OH[ Felton and Ashley Fryer Â&#x2021;&XOWXUH(GLWRU$OLFH9LQFHQW Â&#x2021;$UWV(GLWRU6WHSKDQLH)HUUDR Â&#x2021;)LOP(GLWRU)UDQFHV.URRQ Â&#x2021;0XVLF(GLWRUV0DUN&RUFRUDQ/HWWLFHDQG Chris Mandle Â&#x2021;79 5DGLR(GLWRU$LPHH3KLOLSVRQ Â&#x2021;3X]]OHV(GLWRUV6X]L0RRUHDQG1HG Walker Â&#x2021;6SRUWV(GLWRUV3DXO&KULVWLDQ-DPLH*DYLQ DQG7RP-DPHV Â&#x2021;'HVLJQ(GLWRU9LFWRULD%HOO Â&#x2021;2QOLQH(GLWRUV*RUGRQ%UXFH-HVVLFD Monson and Laura Walker Â&#x2021;3URRI(GLWRUV5XWK$OVDQFDN&ODLUH Childs, Kath Harmer, Lucy Houlden, Anna Kenolty, Charlotte Loftus, Emma Peasgood and Claire Russell

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Shear delight as Geordie hero receives degree Jessica Tully News Editor Sporting legend Alan Shearer became an honorary Newcastle graduate last term as part of the inauguration ceremony for new University Chancellor Sir Liam Donaldson. ,Q D VLJKW 1HZFDVWOH IRRWEDOO VXS porters thought they would never see, Shearer donned a red and white robe as he was awarded the title of Doctor of Civil Law. Asked about wearing the colours of Sunderland, Shearer joked: â&#x20AC;&#x153;At

least the black and white hat makes up for the red and white stripes. 7KH\ WROG PH LW ZDV WKH YHU\ Ă&#x20AC;UVW thing Sir Bobby Robson said as well about the red and white stripes.â&#x20AC;? The former Newcastle United striker and BBC TV football pundit followed in the footsteps of Sir Bobby Robson, who received the same accolade in 2003. ´,DPLQJRRGFRPSDQ\DQGLWIHHOV good to follow in Sir Bobbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stepsâ&#x20AC;? he said. Speaking exclusively to The Cou-

rier 6KHDUHU VDLG ´,W¡V D YHU\ JUHDW KRQRXUIRUPHVHHLQJDV,DPIURP WKH FLW\ , ZDV OXFN\ HQRXJK WR JHW an honorary degree from Northumbria University a few years ago, and this one means every bit as much.â&#x20AC;? Also honoured on the day were Karen Davis, president of the Commonwealth Fund, former govHUQPHQW PLQLVWHU /RUG 'DU]L RI Denham and BBC medical correspondent Fergus Walsh. 6LU/LDPVDLG´,KDGWKHRSSRUWX nity to choose four graduates that

represent different facets of my interests, which are medicine, international health, public communication and sport. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Newcastle United are my team. Alan Shearer is more than just a local legend; heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably one of the greatest footballers of all time.â&#x20AC;? Past recipients of honorary Newcastle University degrees include Sir %RE *HOGRI   3ULPH 0LQLVWHU *RUGRQ%URZQ  DQGMRXUQDOLVW and former Newcastle undergraduDWH.DWH$GLH  

Prospective MP quits race after blog blunder Simon Murphy News Editor The Liberal Democratsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Parliamentary candidate for Newcastle East has been forced to resign after being exposed for abusing political opponents on an online blog. &RXQFLOORU *UHJ 6WRQH D IRUPHU Newcastle University student, had initially apologised after being unmasked using a pseudonym to write offensive comments about MPs during Prime Ministerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Questions. Mr Stone suggested Foreign Secretary David Miliband looked like KHZDVRQGUXJVDQGPRFNHG-DFTXL Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cleavage, while Labour MP Sharon Hodgson was described as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;thickest MP in the House.â&#x20AC;? 2WKHUVOXUVOHIWE\0U6WRQHRQWKH *XLGR)DZNHVLPSOLHG+D]HO%OHDUV was â&#x20AC;&#x153;on Botoxâ&#x20AC;? and described ConVHUYDWLYH 03 $QQH 0F,QWRVK DV ´D depressed woman in blue.â&#x20AC;? Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg intervened to force Councillor Stone to apologise, but after mounting pressure from Labour

and Conservative he has withdrawn his candidacy. Mr Stone, who was interviewed by The CourierLQ1RYHPEHUVDLG´, took the decision to stand aside as ,UHFRJQLVHGWKDW,KDGPDGHDPLV take in taking part in some rather stupid commentary under a userQDPHRQWKH*XLGR)DZNHVSROLWLFDO gossip site. ´0\ FRPPHQWV IRU ZKLFK , KDYH apologised, were not intended to be deliberately malicious but were in hindsight regrettable. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unfortunately the Labour MP [Nick Brown], afraid of losing his seat, had been â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;digging for dirtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on PH DQG , DP DGYLVHG WKDW KLV WD[ payer-funded researchers had been WUDZOLQJ WKURXJK *RRJOH WR WU\ WR Ă&#x20AC;QG DQ\ SRVWLQJV ZKLFK FRXOG EH used against me. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To my mind, this level of deliberDWH VSLWHIXOQHVV RXWZHLJKV ZKDW , accept were ungenerous comments on my part.â&#x20AC;? Labour MP Nick Brown, who currently holds the Newcastle East seat,

said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no place in the great city of Newcastle for behaviour like this. What he did was despicable and took place over a long period of WLPH LQ D FRZDUGO\ ZD\ ,I KH LVQ¡W Ă&#x20AC;WWREHDSDUOLDPHQWDU\FDQGLGDWH WKHQ KH LVQ¡W Ă&#x20AC;W WR EH D FRXQFLOORU and he should stand down. Greg Stone described Sharon Hodgson as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the thickest MP in the Houseâ&#x20AC;? ´,I VRPHWKLQJ OLNH WKLV KDSSHQHG in the Labour Party or indeed the Conservative Party the perpetrator would have been thrown out straight away, yet in the Lib Dems he is supported by their leadership and allowed to stand for re-election in the council elections in May.â&#x20AC;? Conservative candidate and former Newcastle University student Dominic Llewellyn said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Far from engaging people in a positive vision of how he wants to change this

FRXQWU\IRUWKHEHWWHU*UHJ6WRQH¡V comments were lewd at times and outrageously rude at others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are the type of comments which turn people off politics and they do not represent the values which voters want - and need - their politicians to stand for. This is why it was right for him to resign as the Lib Demâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parliamentary candidate in Newcastle East.â&#x20AC;? $OLVRQ 2UODQGL &KDLU RI 1HZFDV tle Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Labour Society, said: ´*UHJ 6WRQH¡V FRPPHQWV VKRFNHG and appalled me. Whilst claiming to be a party of honesty and openness, it is precisely comments like these that fuel cynicism in politics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The sexist comments put into TXHVWLRQ WKH /LE 'HP¡V VXSSRVHG FRPPLWPHQW WR HTXDOLW\ DQG IDLU ness. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Perhaps Mr Stone should consider his position as a Councillor as , GRXEW WKDW VWXGHQWV OLYLQJ ZLWKLQ his ward will want to be represented by someone associated with such offensive remarks.â&#x20AC;?


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Students all ears as new Facebook group takes University by storm D. RAWCLIFFE

Charlie Oven It is an understandable human inclination to wonder who may be overhearing your conversations. There is WKH W\SLFDO FOLFKp WKDW RIWHQ GHĂ&#x20AC;QHV the student experience as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the best \HDUVRI\RXUOLIH¡+RZHYHUWDONLQJ about the hedonistic excesses from the previous night may be heard by an audience of secret listeners. The comedy behind eavesdropping has been publicised by a Facebook group titled â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Overheard at Newcastle Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Its aim is to celebrate the observational humour of what it calls â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;snippets of conversations that are too good to be true.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Such overheard conversations range from views on the credit crunch to the perils of eating an excessive number of chocolate pots. Talking to The Courier, group IRXQGHU+DQQDK/\RQVIHOWWKHFRQcept, taken from Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s University Belfast, was â&#x20AC;&#x153;hilarious.â&#x20AC;? She said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Newcastle could do as good a job.â&#x20AC;? According to a survey by the Milk Round Online Network, nearly every student and graduate has a FaceERRNSURĂ&#x20AC;OHVRPH With over 3,600 members, the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Overheard at Newcastle Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; group is rapidly generating the attention of Newcastle students using the social networking site. 5HĂ HFWLQJRQWKHOHYHOVRIUHVSRQVH JURXS RIĂ&#x20AC;FHU 2OLYHU 6DYRU\ FRPmented: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Within a few days of the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creation membership numbers multiplied.â&#x20AC;? With the recent January exam season, a packed library of students has provided fertile ground for eavesdropping. Nevertheless, the library has not been the only setting for overheard conversations. Contributors to the Facebook group have commented on drunken chat up lines in clubs to general toilet humour. With this in mind, the eclectic nature of overheard conversations and their diverse settings arguably captures the wider context of student living. Critics may argue comic humour on the basis of eavesdropping is en-

Heard it on the grapevine: new Facebook group â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Overheard at Newcastle Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; has been a major hit with thousands of students couraging what would otherwise be considered bad social etiquette. Furthermore, documenting peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conversations raises the issue of invasion of privacy. Nevertheless, in defence of the group, a recurrent theme behind the covered conversations is that the overheard subjects are typically anonymous. Rather than primarily focusing on eavesdropping, it can be argued the group is showing a humorous and JHQXLQH UHĂ HFWLRQ RI WKH VWXGHQW lifestyle. Frown upon it, but eavesdropping is a guilty pleasure for many a person. Intentional or unintentional it can be considered an unavoidable habit exercised by many. With this in mind, the Facebook group arguably seems to celebrate the comedic element behind human norms.

Quotes of the group Â&#x2021;*LUOÂľ,UHDOO\OLNH\RXUVKLUWÂľ *LUOÂľ,GLGQ¡WWKLQNLWVXLWHGPH but it is Jack Wills so I bought it anyway!â&#x20AC;? Â&#x2021;$WWKHOLEUDU\´,¡PRQO\XVLQJ her for her womb!â&#x20AC;? Â&#x2021;*X\´0DWHWKRVH7HVFRV chocolate pots are s#*t, I had a stomach ache after I ate some.â&#x20AC;? *X\´2QO\LI\RXDWHORDGVDW once, how many did you eat?â&#x20AC;? *X\´Âľ Â&#x2021;*X\RQWKHSKRQHDWWKHFRPSXWHU´+H\'DG\DK,JRW\RXU

Controversy over Union Council BNP decision Nicholas Fidler Unite Against Fascism (UAF) have hit out at the Newcastle Studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Union Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision not to adopt a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;no-platform for the BNPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; policy. This followed a debate in the Union concerning the formal position the Union Society should take towards the BNP and other groups deemed threatening to student welfare. The debate adjourned with a clear majority advocating a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;no-platformâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; position. This was subsequently disregarded by the Union Council on the grounds that â&#x20AC;&#x153;the amount of students voting was not representative.â&#x20AC;? Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Union Society is reportedly one of only a few higher education institutions not to embrace a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;no-platformâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; policy, breaking away from the trend set by the NUS. Second year Politics student and UAF member Jonathan Pickering told The Courier: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Union have disregarded the decision the student body arrived at during the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;no-

platformâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; debate. The BNP are an anti-democratic organisation which threaten the black, disabled, gay and lesbian communities. They are hijacking democracy in order to destroy democracy.â&#x20AC;? UAF plan to put a motion to the Union Council demanding the institution of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;no-platformâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; policy and have launched a petition accordingly. Last term saw the UAF gather outside the Union Building to protest against the Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initial decision. Similarly, a UAF Facebook group has been launched. The Council defended their decision. A spokesperson for Union Council told The Courier: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Excluding any opinion would be perceived as taking a discriminatory stance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a right as a Union to say people cannot believe in things, and to say that they cannot stand in elections.â&#x20AC;? 7RP'HODPHUHWKLUG\HDU+LVWRU\ and Archaeology student and Ethics DQG(QYLURQPHQW2IĂ&#x20AC;FHUDWWKH6WXdentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Union was present at Union Council when it was decided not to

adopt a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;no-platformâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; policy. +HVDLG´%DQQLQJDQLQGLYLGXDORU group from speaking in the Union, even if widely disapproved of, is arguably discriminatory in itself and could set a dangerous precedent.â&#x20AC;? James Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Sullivan, Convenor of Debates, told The Courier: â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the key foundations of the Studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Union is to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;protect and promote the interest of societies, their welfare, development and well-beingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While there is no denying that the BNP is an undemocratic, derogatory organisation, for an impartial institution such as the Union to exclude select students from its processes, could potentially undermine the whole point of the Union and could damage the Unionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s credibility. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For the Studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Union to pass a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;no-platformâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; policy would directly undermine the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approach to equality for diversity and bring its reputation on the matter into disrepute.â&#x20AC;? The next Union Council meeting will take place in the Studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Union at 5pm on Thursday 4 February. Comment, page 10

e-mail about the handles for the new shotguns, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s go with the RDNĂ&#x20AC;QLVKÂľ

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Â&#x2021;2QWKHWUDLQDERXWWRJHWRII walked past these two guys and heard, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought she was just enjoying it, I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know she had epilepsy.â&#x20AC;?

University experts call for action to curb rickets cases Verity Cunningham Newcastle University scientists have proposed the addition of Vitamin D to common foods following a recent increase in the number of rickets diagnoses in the UK. Professor Simon Pearce and Dr. Tim Cheetham are petitioning for a change in public health policy, believing that the addition of the vitamin derived from yeast would successfully prevent more occurrences. It has been suggested that the increase in this â&#x20AC;&#x153;entirely preventable conditionâ&#x20AC;? is a result of â&#x20AC;&#x153;kids staying indoors and playing on their computers, instead of enjoying the fresh air,â&#x20AC;? Professor Pearce expounded. The main source of Vitamin D is through skin exposure to sunlight, though it is present in a few foods, VXFK DV RLO\ Ă&#x20AC;VK +RZHYHU VRPH groups of people are more at risk of D9LWDPLQ'GHĂ&#x20AC;FLHQF\ Vitamin D would be added to foodstuffs such as milk by dairies, which

has been common practice in some countries for years, with substantial VXFFHVVDJDLQVWGHĂ&#x20AC;FLHQFLHV Rickets is the most common result RI D VHYHUH 9LWDPLQ ' GHĂ&#x20AC;FLHQF\ in children. The vitamin is vital for bone formation; without it, the bones soften and often bend. 9LWDPLQ'GHĂ&#x20AC;FLHQF\KDVDOVREHHQ linked to cancer, autoimmune diseases, type two diabetes and heart disease. Dr. Cheetham explained that half a century ago: â&#x20AC;&#x153;many children would have been given regular doses of cod liver oil.â&#x20AC;? Since this practice died out, levels of Vitamin D have been slowly worsening. More than 20 new cases a year of rickets are diagnosed in Newcastle alone. In the UK, 50% RI DGXOWV KDYH D 9LWDPLQ ' GHĂ&#x20AC;ciency during the winter and spring months, due to low levels of light. On average, one in six adults will KDYH D VHYHUH GHĂ&#x20AC;FLHQF\ WKRXJK WKHUHDUHPRUHVHYHUHGHĂ&#x20AC;FLHQFLHVLQ the north than the south.


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Friends mourn tragic loss of former Newcastle student Myles Robinson Jessica Tully News Editor Tributes have been pouring in for recent Newcastle graduate Myles Robinson, who tragically died during a skiing holiday over the Christmas period. In the early hours of Tuesday December 22, Myles disappeared from Swiss ski resort Wengen, where he was on holiday with his parents, Michael and Sarah, and his sister, Cara. His girlfriend, Newcastle student 6RSKLH +HUUDO ZDV GXH WR Ă \ RXW to meet the family on New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day. The Robinson family contacted the local Swiss police on the Tuesday morning after Myles, 23, failed to return home after a night out with local friends. A search and rescue team involving a sniffer dog, visual helicopter and a Swiss Army helicopter with infra-red heat seeking camera was launched in the desperate hope to Ă&#x20AC;QG0\OHV The following morning, Mylesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; disappearance was released to local Swiss radio and the British media began covering the story. A Facebook group was set up at home in Britain and tributes and messages of hope began pouring in. On Monday 28, Mylesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; body was found by a team of searchers at the bottom of a 330-foot cliff near WenJHQ3ROLFHFRQĂ&#x20AC;UPHGWKDWQRVXVSLcious details were found on his body and all the injuries were consistent with a fall. On New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day the Robinson family returned to their home in Wandsworth, London, with Mylesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; body. Myles graduated from Newcastle University last year, with a degree in Maths and Economics. He was a keen sportsman and was due to start a new job with investment company Partners Capital early this year. Thousands of tributes on Mylesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Facebook page, many from Newcastle students past and present, bear testimony to his popularity and friendliness. One Newcastle graduate writes: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I ZLOO UHPHPEHU WKH Ă&#x20AC;YH D VLGH IRRWball, the endless FIFA sessions in Leazes, and monumental drinking sessions on Osborne Road. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A tragic waste of life to be taken this early, yet one can safely say you lived life to the full. Your parents should be very proud. Rest in peace big man.â&#x20AC;? James Irvine-Fortescue was a close friend of Myles. They met in Castle /HD]HV DQG SOD\HG Ă&#x20AC;YHDVLGH IRRWball together. He told The Courier: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Myles was D VHOĂ HVV SHUVRQ ZKR JDYH WLPH WR everyone, even those who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deserve it.

Greatly missed: Myles Robinson in his robes at his graduation ceremony from Newcastle University last summer â&#x20AC;&#x153;He always seemed to be in a good mood with an infectious smile and energy which often lifted those around him, whilst they pitted in their own university lifestyle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was a get up and go kind of

person, playing numerous sports at University whilst seeming to make time to see everyone and make new friends wherever he went. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For those lucky enough to have met Myles, we can all learn from

him to not dwell on lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s problems but to be happy, and to enjoy ourselves. He will be sorely missed by everyone, but never forgotten.â&#x20AC;? Myles taught football to children in Ghana during his gap year, in-

spiring his family to set up a trust in his name. The Myles Robinson Memorial Trust will help to facilitate young British people to travel overseas and teach underprivileged children the EHQHĂ&#x20AC;WV RI OHDUQLQJ D VSRUW DQG WR give their lives a clear direction. 7KHLQYHVWPHQWĂ&#x20AC;UP3DUWQHUV&DSital, who Myles was set to join, collaborated in setting up the charity. An avid sportsman, Myles was a member of the Water Polo club at Newcastle and the team have already held club drinks in his name. The Playersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Player of the Year trophy has been dedicated to him and the team are running the Great North Run in his name to help raise money for his charity. Club member Martyn Stott said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Myles was one of the most genuine guys I know. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From starting together as freshers through to Mylesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; graduation and his frequent visits to the beloved Toon he was always the one who made every night out a one to remember. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Myles was enthusiastic in getting everyone involved and putting effort into everything. So many memories that will live on but can never be re-lived. Rest in peace Rodders.â&#x20AC;? A Memorial Service to remember the life of Myles will be held on Saturday February 6th at 11.30am at The Charterhouse Memorial Chapel in Surrey. Donations and tributes to The Myles Robinson Memorial Trust can be found on www.mylesrobinson.co.uk Speaking to The Courier, Cara Robinson, Mylesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sister commented: â&#x20AC;&#x153;From this awful tragedy, we are trying to put our energies into creatLQJDĂ&#x20AC;WWLQJOHJDF\IRU0\OHVDVRQ and brother we will forever miss. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are so grateful for all the support and would encourage anyone who wants to help or has been touched by Mylesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; story to please donate to his Memorial Trust.â&#x20AC;? Dr Bartosz Gebka, Mylesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; personal tutor, told The Courier: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The news about the sudden death of Myles 5RELQVRQ Ă&#x20AC;OOHG PH ZLWK JUHDW VDGness. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always found him to be a cheerful and friendly person, devoted to his family and friends, while at the same time enjoying his studies. Myles was also a responsible person, who was committed to his study. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was a popular member of the student community who always helped other students and will be missed by both his friends and members of staff. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be speaking for all of us when I say that Myles has gone too soon and will be missed. The thoughts of all Business School staff are with Mylesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; family and friends.â&#x20AC;?

Lecturer knighted in New Year Honours for contribution to stem cell research Emma Craig The head of the Newcastle Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Institute for Human Genetics has been knighted as part of the New Year honours. Professor John Burn was awarded the accolade for his services to medicine. The Institute for Human Genetics has previously been credited with WKHFUHDWLRQRIWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWSDUWKXPDQ part-animal hybrid embryos in the past and also more recently with the

growth of sperm from human stem cells. The Institute was recently ranked third for research behind Oxford and Cambridge. Having received his medical degree from Newcastle University, Professor Burn went on to gain a Ă&#x20AC;UVW FODVV KRQRXUV GHJUHH LQ KXman genetics before becoming the UHJLRQ¡V Ă&#x20AC;UVW FRQVXOWDQW FOLQLFDO JHneticist in 1984. He then went on to set up the Centre for Life which was opened in

2000. His work has involved the discovery of a new hereditary genetic disease called neuroferritinopathy. Newcastle lecturer John Burns has been knighted for his services to medicine The discovery was regarded as VLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQWEHFDXVHLWLVDSRWHQWLDOO\ treatable condition.

%XUQ ZDV LQĂ XHQWLDO LQ WKH GLVcovery that taking folic acid during SUHJQDQF\FDQSUHYHQWVSLQDELĂ&#x20AC;GD and he has also been involved in research aimed at preventing hereditary cancers. Professor Burn said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked with a lot of very impressive people and I tend to get put out front and get a lot of credit for what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done. But weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve built the Centre for Life and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a big research institute where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done lots of good stuff.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;If anything itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an accolade for all of us, for the North East and for the region. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just politicians and rear admirals and footballers who get these things. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to bring one home.â&#x20AC;? Other staff recognized in the Honours List include Professor Janet Walker (Institute of Health and Society) who received an OBE for public service and Professor Michael Goodfellow (School of Biology) who was awarded an MBE.


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Drink more cups of tea, say Newcastle researchers Samantha Hockney A traditional cup of tea is packed with compounds which can vastly improve attention span, according to scientists at Newcastle University. The recent study, published in the international journal Appetite, showed that drinking just one cup of tea can improve mental attention and reaction times. The discovery follows on from

previous research which found that drinking regular cups of either green or black tea inhibits the activity of certain enzymes in the brain associated with the debilitating Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease. In the latest study, experts at Newcastle found that a combination of two tea compounds, l-theanine and caffeine, aided both visual and hearing attention span. The report found that a combination of 97mg of l-theanine and 40mg

caffeine, amounts similar to what is found in a regular cup of tea, is all that is needed to boost mental attention. Almost 30 participants aged 1845 were monitored after ten and 60 minutes of drinking either the compound-containing drink or a placebo. The results showed those who had the drink containing l-theanine and caffeine had faster reaction times and more correct responses on an

inter-sensory attention test to those who drank the placebo. The study, sponsored by the Lipton Institute of Tea, is one of many recent reports in which scientists are attempting to prove claims that drinking tea has numerous cogniWLYH EHQHĂ&#x20AC;WV DQG DFFXPXODWLQJ HYLdence to do so. The authors of the study concluded: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taken together with the previous studies, we conclude that a high dose of l-theanine combined

with caffeine, at the level of a single cup of tea, can help to improve attention.â&#x20AC;? Dr Catherine Hood of the Tea Advisory Panel said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Caffeinated drinks have been unfairly demonised.â&#x20AC;? She added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black tea in particular contains polyphenols, which are a family of natural plant antioxidants. 7KH\KDYHPDQ\EHQHĂ&#x20AC;FLDOHIIHFWVRI biochemical processes in the body.â&#x20AC;? J. WHITTAKER

Chancellor steps down DV&KLHI0HGLFDO2IĂ&#x20AC;FHU Bethany Sissons Newcastle Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chancellor announced over the Christmas period that he will be retiring from his SRVLWLRQDV&KLHI0HGLFDO2IĂ&#x20AC;FHUIRU England in May. Sir Liam Donaldson, 60, has held WKH0HGLFDO2IĂ&#x20AC;FHUIRU(QJODQGSRVW since 1998 and is the UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chief advisor on health issues. In his resignation letter, Donaldson communicated the pride he has taken in his post, managing to embed reforms in the health service. Donaldson has been involved in many successful campaigns, which have impacted on the health and lives of the UK public. Recently, he championed the smoking ban in the workplace and oversaw the response to the swine Ă XSDQGHPLF Despite proposing retirement in 0D\WKH0HGLFDO2IĂ&#x20AC;FHUVWDWHGWKDW LI VZLQH Ă X EHFDPH ZRUVH WKHQ KH would continue to hold his position past May in order to lead the government response. One of Donaldsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest achievements included restoring SXEOLFFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFHLQWKH005YDFcine. Fears were raised about the safety of the vaccine but Donaldson worked to prevent public panic. Since 1998, Donaldson has taken charge of the creation of the Health Protection Agency, which has made England smoke-free and formed new laws on the use of stem cells, tissue and organs.

The Alder Hey scandal of 1999, where a report revealed that over 104,000 organs, body parts and entire bodies of foetuses and still-born babies had been stored in 210 NHS facilities, rightly caused moral outrage. In response, Donaldson supervised a new law on informed consent and a review of the coronersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; system. He supported the idea that there should be a minimum price on alcohol in an attempt to control binge and excessive drinking. Donaldson disagreed with Gordan Brown, who saw his 50p price proposal as unfair. Brown argues that setting a minimum price unnecessarily punishes sensible drinkers. Despite this clash, Donaldson has been described extremely positively by Gordan Brown. Brown recognised his â&#x20AC;&#x153;extraordinary contribution to the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s healthâ&#x20AC;? and said that â&#x20AC;&#x153;his leadership and action will have saved many, many lives.â&#x20AC;? For Health Secretary, Andy Burnham, Donaldson: â&#x20AC;&#x153;has brought courage and foresight to the role of improving the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health.â&#x20AC;? Burnham called Donaldsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smoking ban proposal â&#x20AC;&#x153;bold and oncecontroversialâ&#x20AC;? but emphasises the positive difference he has managed to make. Sir Liam Donaldson was knighted in 2002 for his exceptional contribution to the UK health service. His achievements will be remembered when he retires in May.

Edinburgh University freezes VAT at 15% Oxford University bans Spotify usage sible despite the increase in VAT, in Katy Covell

The Edinburgh University Student Association (EUSA) has pledged to freeze the VAT level at the curUHQWUDWKHUWKDQUHWXUQLQJWRLWV SUHYLRXV OHYHO RI  LW ZDV DQnounced last week. 7KH  UHGXFWLRQ RQ QRQIRRG items was introduced in 2009 to spur on the economy following the recent downturn in international DQGGRPHVWLFĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDOFOLPDWHV James Wallace, Vice President of Services explained: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bar Prices will remain the same for as long as pos-

a continued effort to ensure value is provided to students.â&#x20AC;? Mr Wallace was quick to assure students that the continued loss in JURVV SURĂ&#x20AC;W ZLOO EH QRW EH VXEVLdized by cutting back on other university services. He wrote on Twitter: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hope the turnover will increase as we offer value for money. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Despite the reduction prices last semester, EUSA bars saw a continXHG LQFUHDVH LQ SURĂ&#x20AC;WV GXH WR WKH larger number of students using the facilities.â&#x20AC;?

Student life requires part-time work A recent survey by the technology Ă&#x20AC;UP 2O\PSXV KDV IRXQG WKDW  of university students regularly miss lectures because of job commitments, and a poll of more than 1,000 VWXGHQWVIRXQGWKDWKDYHIDOOHQ behind on assignments after putting WKHLUHPSOR\PHQWĂ&#x20AC;UVW Students are being forced to take RQ SDUWWLPH ZRUN WR Ă&#x20AC;QDQFLDOO\ support themselves through their university career, but as a result are

skipping lectures and other learning events. Johnny Rich, Editor of the online university guide Push.co.uk recently commented on the struggle VWXGHQWVĂ&#x20AC;QGWKHPVHOYHVLQDVWKH\ try to negotiate university life on limited funds. He said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The more students have to earn from part-time work, the less OLNHO\ WKH\ DUH WR Ă&#x20AC;QG D KDSS\ EDOance.â&#x20AC;?

Oxford University Computing ServLFHV 28&6  KDYH FRPH XQGHU Ă&#x20AC;UH after taking the decision to add the digital music program Spotify to the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proscribed list of services. The university has cited network GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWLHV DQG EDQGZLGWK SURElems as the reasons behind the ban, claiming that the vast number of students using Spotify was affecting the internet speed for students doing academic work. A University spokeswoman explained: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The University provides free internet access for students because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an educational resource. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If they want to use it recreationally thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no problem unless it uses so much bandwidth that it slows the network down.â&#x20AC;? Some disgruntled music students have hit back, arguing that the ban will actually serve to hamper their studies as Spotify holds the most comprehensive collection of music in one place. The ban only covers computers using University internet connections in colleges and communal libraries; it does not affect students in private houses.

Fines for universities who recruit too many students The university admissions body UCAS recently revealed that 2009 saw a record number of students (481,854) taking up university placHVZLWKWKHPRVWVLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQWLQFUHDVH RIFRPLQJIURPDSSOLFDQWVOLYing in Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most disadvantaged area. However, whilst ministers have

openly welcomed the rise, Peter Mandelson, in his annual grant letter to the Higher Education Funding council for England, warned that XQLYHUVLWLHV ZRXOG EH Ă&#x20AC;QHG Â&#x2026; for every student they took on this autumn above the limit set out by the government. The Conservativesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Universi-

ties Spokesman David Willetts has criticised the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision, saying: â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a bit rich of the government and HEFCE to trumpet the success of record student numEHUV DQG WKHQ Ă&#x20AC;QH XQLYHUVLWLHV IRU being bold enough to carry out government policy to increase student numbers.â&#x20AC;?


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Ex-Newcastle student lends a helping hand to the Haiti earthquake appeal

Haiti helper: Newcastle graduate Julia Haydon with local children while volunteering for Christian charity the Haiti Hospital Appeal, which strives to improve healthcare in the earthquake stricken country Sophie McCoid

also needs to be completed quickly, so that it can work to its full ability, and help the thousands that need its services so badly.” Julia believes the hospital is worth investing money into as it will “provide a sustainable, long term solution to the problem; it will not be merely taken down in two weeks.” Julia said the conditions before the earthquake were bleak and the need for aid is now greater still. She said: “People have to travel for many miles to receive medical attention and when they get there, they have

Julia Haydon graduated from Newcastle University in July 2008 and embarked on a trip that would change her life. After raising the cash to travel to Haiti, Julia, 22, spent three months volunteering for the Christian charity the Haiti Hospital Appeal, which strives to improve healthcare in the country. While volunteering in Haiti, Julia realised she wanted to go into speech and language therapy having spent a lot of time with two deaf and mute teenage street boys, helping them to try and communicate Expected death toll of the earthquake with each other. Julia was also actively involved in that devastated Haiti on January 12 the building of a hospital in the Cap Haitian region, but since the earth- to pay to be seen. quake hit on January 12 building “The hospital project is now even work has halted. more vital, as it is used for the refuYet it is still being used as an over- gees who have travelled north from ÁRZ KRVSLWDO IRU WKH RYHUFURZGHG the earthquake and for people who main Justinian hospital in Cap Hai- DUH EHLQJ ÁRZQ LQ IURP 3RUW $X tian. Prince who need urgent medical atJulia, who studied History, said: tention.” ´2XU XQÀQLVKHG ZDUGV DUH QRZ Married couple Carwyn Hill and being prepared for action. We’ve Reninca Hill, who are close friends bought mattresses, cleaned beds, with Julia, are still living and workDQGJRWWKHZDUGDVÀQLVKHGDVSRV- ing in Haiti. They delivered aid to sible with what we have. Port Au Prince shortly after the dis“Resources are in dire need, spe- aster occurred. cialist doctors are urgently required, 'HVFULELQJ WKH KRUULÀF VFHQHV RFas are drugs such as antibiotics. curring on the streets Reninca, “The building work on the hospital 29, said: “Piled along many of the

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streets lay the rotting bodies of victims from the earthquake. Most were covered in old, dirty sheets. The city stank of death. “We were moving through the city in an ambulance. Women, children and men of all ages would stare through our window pleading even for one small bit of food.” These harrowing scenes are sadly a daily occurrence now in Port Au Prince, as the country tries desperately to overcome this disaster. Save the Children volunteers in the North East are also helping to raise money for the Haiti disaster, from supermarket collections to local business events and concerts. Save the Children fundraising executive for the North of England, Paul Grundy, said: “The support in the region has been overwhelming and we would like to thank everyone who has been involved in fundraising. “We encourage people to continue as every penny raised will enable us to get aid to the people who need it most.” Save the Children are giving children living in the camps safe places to play. They are also setting up systems to locate and reunite lost children with their family. Despite the efforts that are being made, charities are keen to stress the effects of this earthquake will be long term, and help will still

Hospital appeal: Julia is campaigning to raise funds to improve medical care be required for many months. To donate to the Haiti Hospital Appeal visit: www.haitihospitalap-

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Police warn students of increased risk of burglaries in the new year R.YEH

Annabel Robertson Northumbria Police has warned Newcastle students that they are even more at risk of being burgled in the New Year than before Christmas, and one in three students will be a victim of crime at some point during their degree. A study conducted last year found that the number of burglaries of student properties increased by 54% from December to January. There have been a number of stories circulating the student community since the start of term, and perhaps the most alarming is of one Newcastle University student who ZDONHGLQWRKHUNLWFKHQWRĂ&#x20AC;QGKHUself face to face with an intruder. 3ROLFH KDYH FRQĂ&#x20AC;UPHG WKDW WKH post Christmas period is particularly attractive to burglaries due to brand new and often very expensive

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ordinator for Safe Newcastle, has offered advice to help prevent this happening. She commented: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Keep your doors locked. Keep your valuable items away from the windows. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t advertise your items by leaving empty boxes next to your bin. This tells burglars exactly what you have in your house.â&#x20AC;?

The Police have also displayed posters of the most sought-after items in the Union and throughout the halls of residence, which show how much these presents have cost parents, with a hope to make students fully appreciate the value of these possessions and the importance of looking after them.

Old age cheating methods die hard D. RAWCLIFFE

Katherine Bannon With i-Phones and Blackberrys becoming as intrinsic a part of the student lifestyle as beans on toast and sleeping in past midday, it is strange this reliance on hi-tech contraptions LV \HW WR Ă&#x20AC;OWHU LQWR WHFKQLTXHV RI cheating in examinations. A recent study established that, despite the tap of a screen opening communication links to thousands of people, the seemingly outdated and unoriginal method of students writing answers on arms still proves to be the most popular. Despite the threat of immediate exclusion should a student be caught cheating in exams or other areas of degree assessment, this risk is still not enough to deter people from using unlawful means to achieve higher grades. Statistics acquired by the Freedom RI ,QIRUPDWLRQ $FW KDYH YHULĂ&#x20AC;HG that dozens of students have been caught cheating in examinations in Universities across the country. The University of Teeside in Middlesborough has been named and shamed as the worst campus for cheating after catching 17 students in the act last year. Following sharp on its heels is Middlesex University with 15, whilst Kingston detected ten, ShefĂ&#x20AC;HOG VHYHQ DQG 8QLYHUVLW\ &ROOHJH London six. Writing notes on limbs, etched inside pencil cases, hidden in toilets

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54 Christmas presents including iPods, cameras, mobile phones, games consoles, laptops and jewellery. These items are always popular products with burglars as they are small, and therefore easy to move and conceal, and one of each could be found in almost any given student bedroom. Police also commented that many of these burglaries would be easily prevented if students were more careful with their belongings, and took the security of their houses more seriously. Chief Inspector Ged Noble told The Courier: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no secret that the vast majority of burglaries that take place across Newcastle happen because windows and doors have been left unlocked.â&#x20AC;? Fay Paterson, Student Liaison Co-

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Getting ahead: notes on limbs is one of the most stated cases of cheating and â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in one case â&#x20AC;&#x201C; inscribed upon the tissue of a student with the snifĂ HV KDYH EHHQ WKH PRVW SUHGRPLnantly stated cases. Meanwhile, faking illness is also becoming a customary method to improved grades, using stand-ins in examinations and even alleging the death of a relative. However, some schemes have moved beyond a studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision singularly affecting their own results. One student at Chester University went to the extent of stealing another studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memory stick and claiming their colleagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work as their own. This research has been brought

into sharp relief after a poll last year with 1000 students from Cambridge University revealed that almost one in two students admitted to cheating. Their Oxbridge counterparts were not far behind either, as Oxford students have been named among those to purchase essays from the internet. The vast amount of information online has opened wide the opportunity for plagiarism, and it should not come as any surprise. By making their notes and essays readily available on certain websites, Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most gifted students are able to make thousands of pounds.

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Jackson back at Crown Court Caroline Argyropulo-Palmer Former Newcastle University lecturer Trevor Jackson last month pleaded guilty to making indecent images of a child. Jackson, 46, who pleaded guilty to sex with an underage girl in November last year, returned to Newcastle Crown Court on January 11, to face charges of child pornography. The former Biomedicine lecturer pleaded guilty to two charges of making indecent photographs of a child in April last year. Jackson also admitted three charges of possession of indecent photographs of a child from June last year.

As reported in The Courier, Jackson previously admitted to travelling to -HUVH\Ă&#x20AC;YHWLPHVEHWZHHQ6HSWHPEHU 2005 and February 2006 to engage in sex acts with an underage girl. The thirteen year old was groomed by Jackson over the internet, and the charges included two counts of full sexual intercourse with the girl once she had turned 14. ,W ZDV FRQĂ&#x20AC;UPHG DW WKH HDUOLHU hearing that the girl is not the child in the photographs in question. Jackson will be sentenced on February 5, for both the pornography and child sex offences. He was released on conditional bail.


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Should graduates with thirds be allowed to teach? Comment Editors: Caroline Argyropulo-Palmer and Nicholas Fidler - courier.comment@ncl.ac.uk

> Comment, page 13 G. FRASER

Whose Studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Union? Rowan Rheingans

On the 3 December 2009, our Union rejected the NUS â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;No Platform Policyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on organisations including the BNP. The BNP is now free to organise and recruit on campus, spreading its racist ideas in the student community. At the same meeting, the Union Council banned organisations promoting beauty pageants. Our student union should be embarrassed by such hypocrisy, for not listening to the members of the student body and ashamed for not standing up for studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; welfare and rights to freedom from harm on campus. 7KHUHMHFWHGSROLF\QDPHVĂ&#x20AC;YH groups â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the BNP, Combat 18, Hizb ut-Tahrir, Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK and the National Front.

If students who are politically engaged attend debates, only to have it ignored by those who are our elected representatives, is it any wonder we are increasingly â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;apatheticâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to student politics? These groups threaten the welfare and freedom of all students (especially those in ethnic and sexual PLQRULW\JURXSV WROLYHZLWKRXW facing racism or sexual discrimination on campus. In places where the BNP camSDLJQVDFWLYHO\IRUDQÂśDOOZKLWH %ULWDLQ¡UDFLVWDWWDFNVKDYHLQ creased dramatically. We should KDYHEHHQEUDYHUDQGHQGRUVHGWKH â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;No Platform Policyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for the following reasons. Firstly, calling for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;No Platformâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is not the same as calling for an end to freedom of speech. Our union exists to protect all our rights and liberties on campus, and allowing groups such as the BNP (who would directly threaten the

freedom of expression for many students such as the gay or black student communities) on campus goes against this. The argument that this policy would be the start of a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;slippery VORSH¡RIFHQVRUVKLSLVĂ DZHG7KH 186LVYHU\VSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FDERXWĂ&#x20AC;YH groups which are racist and homophobic. The majority of student unions which accept the policy take a clear DQGSURJUHVVLYHVWDQFHDJDLQVW these ideas which threaten all of our freedoms and go against the YDOXHVRIRXUHGXFDWLRQDOLQVWLWX tion. Our union prides itself on being democratic; the BNP is the opposite. Our union is elected to UHSUHVHQWRXUYLHZVRQPDWWHUV directly affecting us, not to take the QHROLEHUDOVWDQFHRISUHVHUYLQJRQH kind of freedom at the cost of all others. Secondly, banning beauty pageants on campus but not the BNP seems hypocritical. Misogynistic DQGVH[LVWLGHDVVKRXOGQRWEHJLYHQ space on our campus and, in this YHLQRXUXQLRQZLOOQRORQJHUDOORZ beauty pageants to take place. ,WVKRXOGKDYHRQWKHVDPH grounds, taken action against groups like the BNP who also discriminate against minority groups DQGWKUHDWHQWKHGLYHUVLW\RIRXU student body. 7KLUGO\1HZFDVWOHVWXGHQWVYRWHG for the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;No Platform Policyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. In DGHEDWHKHOGLQ1RYHPEHURYHU VWXGHQWVYRWHGWKHPDMRULW\LQ IDYRXURIWKHÂś1R3ODWIRUP¡SROLF\ 2XUXQLRQGLVPLVVHGWKLVYRLFH FDOOLQJLWÂśXQUHSUHVHQWDWLYH¡2I FRXUVHLWZDVXQUHSUHVHQWDWLYHEXW QROHVVUHSUHVHQWDWLYHRIVWXGHQW opinion than those few students ZLWKDYRWHDWXQLRQFRXQFLO If students who are politically engaged attend debates, only to KDYHLWLJQRUHGE\WKRVHZKRDUH RXUHOHFWHGUHSUHVHQWDWLYHVLVLW any wonder we are increasingly â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;apatheticâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to student politics? So, what now? Our student union is undemocratic and unrepresenta-

Despite repeated anti-BNP displays, the Union has refused to adopt a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;No Platform Policyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; at a Union Council meeting WLYH:HFDQHLWKHUGLVHQJDJHFRP pletely, or try to make changes. Following the experience of my Ă&#x20AC;UVWXQLRQFRXQFLOPHHWLQJ KHOG monthly and open to anyone) to disengage seems the easiest option. But our union will continue to make decisions on our behalf. We should challenge it to do its job; to UHSUHVHQWXVĂ&#x20AC;JKWIRURXUULJKWV and challenge any organisation

which threatens them. The BNP is a racist, undemocratic organisation and we cannot chalOHQJHWKHPHIIHFWLYHO\IURPDVWDQFH of disunity. We need to engage with student politics locally and nationally. There are student groups across the country mobilising against the BNP and against tuition fees, course cuts etc.

These are not separate struggles; WKH\DOOFDOOIRURXUXQLYHUVLWLHVWR be run in the real interests of students, lecturers and staff. This change will not happen if ZHOHDYHRXUVWXGHQWXQLRQWRĂ&#x20AC;JKW ZKLFKHYHUEDWWOHLWVHHVĂ&#x20AC;W The next Union Council meeting will take place on Thursday 4 February at 5pm in the Retreat Room of the Union.

Lifestyles of the rich and famous: sex, prescription drugs and rock and roll Nicholas Kershaw

&HOHEULWLHVDUHIDEOHGWROLYHOLIHWR the full, if not to excess. Our culture worships them when they succeed and slams them when they fall short of our lofty expectations. We demand that they dress a certain way, that their actions set a good example to our young, that WKH\SUHVHQWWKHPVHOYHVLQDQDF ceptable manner. The pressure we place upon the rich and famous to be all that we want them to be is nothing new, it has occurred through many generations. Some deal with the strain with amazing and admirable strength. Others struggle under the barrage of attention that their life attracts. Those who struggle come in two types - those who publicly selfdestruct (Lindsay Lohan) and those who hide their troubles, keeping

them away from our prying eyes (Tiger Woods). ,WLVWKRVHWKDWVXIIHUSULYDWHO\ who are setting a terrifying precedent with their drug use. They are not addicted to street drugs; their issues lie in a desperate need for prescription drugs. ,QWKHSDVWWZR\HDUVZHKDYH seen the death of the astonishingly talented Heath Ledger, the beautiful Brittany Murphy and the greatest performer the world has HYHUNQRZQ0LFKDHO-DFNVRQDOO RIZKRPKDYHIDOOHQSUH\WRGUXJV ZKLFKWKHLUGRFWRUSURYLGHGWKHP These drugs are prescribed by doctors to heal ailments; this LQVSLUHVFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFHDVWKH\DUH UHFHLYHGIURPVXFKDWUXVWZRUWK\ source. It is easy to see how something that eases the pain of an illness can be transferred to be a means of numbing ones troubled mind. It is also easy to see how successful people are susceptible to making the terrifyingly quick transition from moderate drug use to a deadly

addiction. It takes a focused, single-minded, dedicated, determined and perhaps REVHVVLYHFKDUDFWHUWRUHDFKWKHWRS of any profession; a type of character susceptible to addiction.

Prescription drugs can be as strong as any drug you may find in the backstreets of Newcastle. They must be taken seriously. When the top of your chosen SURIHVVLRQDOVROHDYHV\RXRSHQWR an irrepressible amount of public scrutiny, a lethal combination is concocted. It could all start innocently enough; a sore throat, perhaps it VWRSV\RXSHUIRUPLQJWRWKHOHYHO you desire, or maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just an unwanted distraction from your work. You go to your doctor who prescribes you some painkillers. These not only ease the pain in your

throat but they relax your mind, maybe they help you sleep better WKDQ\RXKDYHVOHSWLQDORQJWLPH On returning to the doctor, he sees that his prescription has helped so he offers the same again. Naturally you accept, and so it escalates. 7KDWDIRUHPHQWLRQHGREVHVVLYH nature means that anything that undermines your attempts to reach the top must be dealt with, and if this is as easy as taking a few pills your doctor told you would help, then all for the good. Prescription drugs can be as VWURQJDVDQ\GUXJ\RXPD\Ă&#x20AC;QGLQ the backstreets of Newcastle. They FDQEHDVDGGLFWLYHDVQLFRWLQH They must be taken seriously. I am not just talking about celebrities; I am talking about any one of XV(YHU\RQHFDQEHVXIIRFDWHGE\ the deathly grip of addiction. The life of a celebrity is not worth more than any others, but their deaths should act as a powerful reminder of the fragility of life and a warning of how cripplingly dangerous any sort of addiction can be.

-DGH*RRG\¡VĂ&#x20AC;JKWZLWKFHUYL cal cancer raised awareness to the GHDGO\GLVHDVHDQGKDVKHOSHGVDYH WKHOLYHVRIVRPDQ\\RXQJZRPHQ I truly hope the same can be said RIWKHOLYHVRI0XUSK\/HGJHUDQG -DFNVRQLQWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;JKWDJDLQVWDGGLF tion. We should stop looking at addictions as something that is distant, that will not affect us. People all around us are seeking an outlet for their internal pain and all too many RIWKHPDUHĂ&#x20AC;QGLQJLWLQPHGLFLQH that can be purchased at a high street chemist. You do not plan to become an addict, it is not a conscious thought process, it just happens. $UHDOGDQJHUZLWKWKHKHDY\XVH of prescription drugs is that it can be more easily explained away by a user than any illegal drug. For this reason, it is crucial that DVDVRFLHW\DQGDVLQGLYLGXDOVZH are acutely aware of the dangers of prescription drug addiction lest we lose any more young people to its indiscriminate attack.


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Comment

Should private schooling be prohibited? YES Katherine Bannon

Equal educational opportunities should be available for all. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not demanding that we board up the gates of Eton, pull up their playLQJĂ&#x20AC;HOGVIRUIHUWLOL]HUDQGPDNH cushion covers from their tailcoats. But the best education, and hence the best prospects within later life, should not be determined by how much money your parents have in WKHLUEDFNSRFNHW The percentage of privately educated children in the UK is a mere 7%, yet it is these children WKDWWDNHXSRYHUKDOIRIWKHSODFHV at Oxbridge and come to dominate nearly three quarters of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high status professions. Anirudh Mandagere (privately educated, naturally) passionately opposes a ban, claiming public schools give state schools a paradigm to strive toward; surveying the lower orders from a pedestal which declares â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re superior to youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and so causes the Government to improve the standard of state education. Therefore he believes the obliteration of private schools would induce a decline in the standard of teaching all over the country and simply lead to parents sending their children to schools abroad, completely sidestepping the vital point that it is not about closing down, but opening up. Mandagere declares that not allowing parents the opportunity to send their child to a private school is the same as not allowing them to buy an expensive car they can afford.

A similar argument has been advanced by philosopher Stephen Law, whose blog has hosted a debate on the abolition of private schools for nearly a year. His argument parallels â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;banning FDNHEHFDXVHQRWHYHU\RQHFDQDI ford itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. But this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t about commodities; it is about fairness and social justice, choice and prospects. After DOOFDNHLVQ¡WJRRGIRU\RX Privately schooled children donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just get a leg up; they get carried over obstacles state school children canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even see over the top of. Access to the best education means access to the best opportunities. And if those that send little Imogen and Alistar toddling off to boarding school in boater and waistcoat arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t inclined to agree WKHQWKH\QHHGWRWKLQNDERXWZK\ theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re writing such big cheques. University places arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t available to the highest bidders, so why is primary and secondary teaching of the highest level up for auction? 7KLQNRIWKHHPEOHPVRI%ULWLVK ness that have been produced through private education: Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie; George OrZHOODQG3HUF\6KHOOH\7KHQWKLQN of probability. The more children an education such as offered by Eton is available to, the more chance there is of Ă&#x20AC;QGLQJVRPHGLDPRQGVZLWKLQWKH rough. Therefore, more people to PDNHWKLVQDWLRQJUHDW But then we have the get out of jail free card: bursaries and scholarships. The home page of Etonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website declares it provides a distinctive HGXFDWLRQZKLFKLWDLPVÂśWRPDNH accessible to any talented boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, but have we ever seen any real statistics regarding this facade of equality? This country came under Labour with the tag line â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;education, education, educationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. And that should mean for everyone.

NO Fran Infante

The concept of banning private schools is ludicrous: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t buy an expensive car, so letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ban Ferraris. I can only buy Tesco value, so \RXJXHVVHGLW0DUNV 6SHQFHU¡V youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re out.â&#x20AC;?Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no more than a senseless pursuit of idealistic egalitarianism that simply doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exist. Most unfortunate about this whole argument is its susceptibility WREHLQJKLMDFNHGE\WKRVHZLWKD political agenda. Gordon Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DWWDFNRQ7RU\SROLFLHVDVGUHDPW XS´RQWKHSOD\LQJĂ&#x20AC;HOGVRI(WRQÂľ had nothing to do with its merits as an educational establishment; it was pure class warfare veiled in a thin mist of nonsensical education strategies. /LNHLWRUQRWQRWHYHU\RQHZKR is privately educated is a Royal, a Rah or an heir to a dynasty. Such DSHUFHSWLRQLVZURQJDQGIUDQNO\ offensive. 0DQ\SDUHQWVVDYHDQGVDFULĂ&#x20AC;FH to be able to give their children the best possible start in life. 0DQ\FKLOGUHQWKHPVHOYHVZRUN hard, sitting extra exams at an early age to win scholarships to better schools. And letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pause for a moment and DVNZK\WKH\GRWKLVEHFDXVHLQ many areas state education is just not good enough. Concerned parents are driven toward private education because they cannot accept with good conVFLHQFHWKHĂ XFWXDWLQJVWDQGDUGV which the postcode lottery has inĂ LFWHGRQDJHQHUDWLRQRIVWXGHQWV or the impact that these inadequacies may have on their childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

future. 3DUHQWVDUHIUHHWRPDNHPDQ\ choices about how to raise their offspring. Individuals can have as many children as they want regardless of their ability to provide for them or their desire to care for them. If bad parents can choose how to parent their offspring, then why shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t good parents be given the same right? Comparably, banning private hospitals is not suggested because it would only increase the pressure on an already over-subscribed public service. So why is there any difference with education? It is an unfortunate attribute of a FDSLWDOLVWIUHHPDUNHWWKDWVRPHZLOO be wealthy and others will be poor. What the abolitionists are advocating is nothing short of communism. If everything should be shared out equally amongst everyone, what each person ends up with is actually very little. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly a sweeping success for the Soviet Union. /HW¡VEHKRQHVWĂ LQJLQJRSHQWKH doors of all the private schools in the land and as one unwise journalLVWFKLOGLVKO\VXJJHVWHG´OLNHWKH French once stormed the Bastilleâ&#x20AC;? is surely only going to dilute the opportunities rather than expand them. 7KLVLVVWDUWLQJWRVRXQGOLNHDKLV tory lesson but does anyone recall the fallout of the French Revolution? The slogan may have read equality, liberty and fraternity but the reality was violence, uproar and anarchy; not something I for one am GHVSHUDWHO\NHHQWRVHHXQOHDVKHG on our already faltering education system. The freedom of choice is long contested, whether the choice be marriage, abortion or death, that choice is valued above all else. So who is ever going to agree to it beLQJWDNHQDZD\" C. ARGYROPULO

Opening the gates of opportunity: only 7% of all pupils are privately educated, but they still account for over half of all students attending Oxbridge.

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get even, get angry James Stubbs Columnist So what was the biggest thing about the last decade? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; apart from ipods, widespread mobile phone use, George Bush DQGWKHOLNHSUREDEO\TXLWHDORW RIVWXIIDFWXDOO\²,UHFNRQLW¡VWKH expansion of the internet into our daily lives. Imagine not being to able to upload tired old photos of the same nights out or construct simulated IDUPVRQ)DFHERRNRUZKLWWOHDZD\ your student loan on comedy used items off eBay. It would be awful. I would miss Youtube the most; so integral to my daily routine has it become that without itâ&#x20AC;Ś Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure. I can only WKLQNLQ²PLQXWHVHJPHQWVWKHVH days. Awfulâ&#x20AC;Ś ,UHFHQWO\WRRNWRDFWXDOO\FUHDWLQJ DSURĂ&#x20AC;OHVRWKDW,FRXOGUDWHYLGHRV P\VHOIDQGRQRFFDVLRQWDNHSDUW in the ridiculous rants that happen in the comments box underneath them. One man from somewhere in Iowa called me names that common decency prevents me from repeating here. I called him names. People insult othersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; families, or suggest that they do horrendous things to themselves and their friends that they support. None of these people have ever met, and I have never met any of WKHP7KLVLVDPD]LQJ :KDW,Ă&#x20AC;QGLQFUHGLEOHLVWKH capacity for all these users to be quite so horrible to one another, or just odd. /RRNLQJDWYLGHRVRIIXQQ\FDWV one person replied to a post that said he missed his own pets by ZULWLQJ´6RGR,,VWXFNPLQHLQ WKHIUHH]HUDIWHU,WRUFKHGWKHP Âľ That guy had a few thumbs down. Youtubers beware. The best (and worst) thing about this phenomenon is that you can be as crude, UXGHDQGGLVJXVWLQJDV\RXOLNH without ever fearing the consequences - one of the many evolutions of our donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t-care culture. So when does this go wrong? A friend of mine died over the holidays after falling down a cliff in 6ZLW]HUODQGDQGRQDSDJHRQOLQH where people paid tribute to him and his family, a woman decided to launch a tirade of abuse at what she assumed was the result of depraved ELQJHGULQNLQJ Another man called him a stupid twat, or something to that effect. A little harsh, considering the family would be reading comments DERXWKLPWRNHHSWKHLUVSLULWVXS The worst thing is, this then turns into an argument about respect and dignity and the whole thing snowballs away from its original intent. Mind you, I have seen the same thing happening in comments XQGHUYLGHRVDERXWPXVLFĂ&#x20AC;OPV and Scalextric. I suppose itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all subjective. So while itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hilarious that the other day someone on the other side RIWKHZRUOGWROGP\Ă DWPDWHWKDW KHZDVJD\DQGZDVJRLQJWRNLOO KLPEHFDXVHKHEHDWKLPDW7HNNHQ 6, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also oddly disconcerting that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible to communicate that. Either way, ranting at someone who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t physically get at you is just too good. ,¡P JHWWLQJ EDFN WR WKDW GLVFRXUVH RQ WKH EHVW EUHDG DGYHUW RI  And Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m always right.


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Comment

Tarring Britain with the same broken brush C. ARGYROPULO

Jack Stevenson

Last year, on April 4, in a town just south-west of Doncaster, two boys were brutally attacked. They were just eleven and nine years old and yet had sustained KRUULĂ&#x20AC;FLQMXULHV3HUKDSVWKHVH boys had been attacked by a man, but surely not other children? But that was the case. Another two young boys, aged only ten and eleven themselves, had tortured their victims just for the thrill of it. Recently the perpetrators of these heinous crimes, which have come to be known as the Edlington atWDFNVZHUHVHQWHQFHGWRĂ&#x20AC;YH\HDUV in jail despite their young ages; their names were not released by the authorities. The judge said that they would only be released when it was certain that they would not be harmful to society. This raises certain questions in itself. Society has already been harmed by this crime, and many others comparable to it, so is it fair to say that there is something wrong with these isles; that British society is broken? What exactly can we take from these isolated events when we want to characterise the whole nation? Recently, David Cameron said that Britain is broken as it stands. 3HUKDSVQRWVXUSULVLQJO\JLYHQ

David Cameron has described British society as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;brokenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, and its repair a priority if the Conservatives come to power the proximity of the next general election, it is his opinion that our society needs mending. If we are to characterise a broken society through a high number of awful crimes then things arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t looking good. Only last year there were many well publicised atrocities commitWHG%DE\3ZDVIRXQGGHDGLQ

2007, having been abused terribly by non-other than his own mother and her boyfriend, who was also found guilty of raping a two year old girl. In 2008, two French students living in London were reported to have been stabbed more than 240 times. The worst of it is that these cases are some of the few that are

Yes, we can still believe in Obama Craig Johnson

It feels like yesterday that Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th 3UHVLGHQWRIWKH8QLWHG6WDWHVRI America. In fact, it was just over a year ago. It seemed impossible that America, a country of such tradition and conservative values, could elect a black man from Chicago to lead its people, yet they did it. $PHULFDQVĂ RFNHGRXWRQWR the streets of Washington to see Obama declare his service to his country. The Democrats won 60 of the 100 seats in the Senate, which removed the Republicans right to lengthy delays of any bill, and many believed that Obama would not only change America, but also change the world. $PHULFDZRXOGĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\KDYHIDLU healthcare, banks would not be DEOHWRJHWDZD\ZLWKYDVWSURĂ&#x20AC;WV at the expense of the taxpayer like they had done under the Clinton and Bush administrations, and the USA would actually be popular throughout the world. There was hope. There was expectation. Twelve months on, and everything has changed; 18 points down in recent polls compared with this time last year, and mixed results in local council elections and a continual slump in the economy have led to doubts throughout America. However, the biggest shock came last week, when Republican Scott Brown won the US Senate seat in Massachusetts left vacant by Democrat Edward Kennedyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death. 6HQLRU5HSXEOLFDQĂ&#x20AC;JXUH0LWW Romney said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is really a referendum on the Barack Obama agenda and I think a way of working in Washington, which is kind

of an arrogant approach to politics in this country.â&#x20AC;? The Democrats have now lost WKHLUĂ&#x20AC;OLEXVWHUSURRIVHDWPDMRUity in the Senate, which means that the Republicans can now effectively talk out Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans for healthcare reform. The result was a huge blow for Obama on his anniversary, and many are now not only doubting his ability to bring about change, but strongly disbelieving it. Their doubts are understandable, given the apparent empty promises so far. He would close Guantanamo Bay. It is still open. He would open communications with Iran about their nuclear programme. They GLGQ¡WOLVWHQ,VUDHODQG3DOHVWLQH is still ongoing with no sign of an end, and letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not even talk about

Our expectations of Obama were too high a year ago. Given the circumstances he was never going to be able to hit the ground running, unlike his enemies Copenhagen. However, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not suddenly assume that all of these problems are the fault of Obama. He received the presidency at a terrible time. When he came to power, Guantanamo Bay held some people who were suspicious of some of the most shameful crimes known to man. To move them to somewhere else was always going to be an unwanted task. The economy he inherited was one of the worst seen in recent times, and other economies around the world are hardly fairing much better. The problems in Iran, and Israel DQG3DOHVWLQHZLOOVLPSO\WDNH

time. Healthcare reform will be much harder to implement now that he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the 20 seat majority in the Senate, however his recent announcement on breaking up the banks will win favour with many Americans, and many people around the world, where his popularity is still incredibly high. Like it was unthinkable to us that America would ever elect a black man to the White House, it is similarly unthinkable that they are now turning against him so soon. Our expectations of Obama were too high a year ago. Given the circumstances, he was never going to be able to hit the ground running, unlike his enemies, who immediately cried â&#x20AC;&#x153;socialismâ&#x20AC;? anytime healthcare reform was mentioned. His policies, which endeared the American public, had been ignored, opposed and rejected when proposed by other Democrats for generations, and it will take time to beat those who wish to harm his presidency. 3UHVLGHQW2EDPDLVDJUHDWPDQ but he is not a magician. To maintain his status as a great reformer DQGDWUDQVIRUPDWLYH3UHVLGHQWKH will require the will of the people. If Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expectations of Obama were too high, then theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re expectations of themselves were surely too low. He was elected to deliver change, and the people will have to help KLPGHOLYHULW3URYLGLQJKHLVUH elected at the end of 2012, he will have another seven years to implement the change he promised, and it is my fervent belief that he can, and will, do this. It seemed impossible that a black man would be elected to the White House, yet it happened. Change for the future for America looks impossible now. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assess the situation in another yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time.

heavily publicised and remain in peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s minds, there are many more. So are we to say yes, Britain is broken? There are millions of people who live in this country, it is not fair to say that the whole of VRFLHW\LVLQQHHGRIDĂ&#x20AC;[ There are almost certainly pockets in inner cities, and maybe else-

where around Britain that harbour broken communities perhaps, but society for me is certainly too broad a term. Most of us here at Newcastle would probably say that society works well; we live in our bubble. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got our student ghettos and our favourite bars; most of us love our lives, just as the generations who have passed through before us have. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably similar for university students all over the country. These communities work well socially, with people tending to interact in a friendly way with other locals. 3HUKDSVLWZRUNVZHOOEHFDXVH weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all got a reason to keep goLQJDQDLPWRĂ&#x20AC;QLVKRXUGHJUHH we know what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing (perhaps regardless of whether we are doing it well or not) and this takes off a lot of worry, a lot of responsibility. Then there is that other thing that lots of students get thrice a year â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a loan. Living with no money, no decent job prospects, poor education and the added pressures of responsibility sounds hard, and people in this situation need help. Throw in a few more ingredients; lack of caring, of ambition and of any respect; and the community needs help. Certain people, like the mother of %DE\3DQGSHUKDSVHYHQWKHWZR young boys who tortured for fun, will always exist; but they have not broken Britain, and they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.

Google, google, gone Nicholas Fidler Comment Editor Somethingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brewing in China. Their economy managed a thumping 8.7% growth on average last year, hitting 11% in the fourth quarter; testament to their riding of the economic storm. Rapid development in high value electronics has put them on track to overtake Japan as the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second largest economy. All this compared to Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s measly 0.1% growth in the last quarter which pulled us out of recession by literally the smallest possible margin and will have The Economist creaming its metaphorical jeans. Meanwhile, the information giant Google are considering cutting China loose from their portfolio, and have declared their unwillingness to continue to censor google. cn, amid rows over increased state censorship and cyber attacks against human and political rights activists both inside China and across Europe and North America. This, I feel, adds up to a rather elegant demonstration of how economic capitalisation will always be accompanied by political liberalisation. Ever since China abandoned all the socialist, â&#x20AC;&#x153;letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all live in collectivesâ&#x20AC;?, Great Leap Forward rubbish, in which millions were killed through famine, and embraced capitalism in 1978, it has slowly but surely gained unstoppable economic momentum. Although a Communist dictatorship can often achieve results quickly, it is no match for the sustained growth and increasing living standards provided by capitalist market forces. What hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been quite as unstoppable, but in time I hope will

triumph, is the advent of basic human rights and civil liberties. When any society puts itself before the members of which it is ultimately comprised, it can only result in suffering, exploitation, and misery. This is because it is simply impossible to have any meaningful human rights if the state can override them whenever it pleases. Rights are secured by virtue of being human and not by belonging to any one state or another. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sorry, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having the Olympics here, looks like weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to bulldoze your house tomorrowâ&#x20AC;?...imagine that in the west; The Guardianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head would literally explode. It is no coincidence that each and every member of the G8 adheres to roughly the same model of liberal democratic politics and market led capitalist economics; capitalism equals freedom. China, if it is to continue on this line of growth, will sooner or later come to the realisation that it can no longer strangle the rights of its people if it expects them to work willingly and effectively. Slave labour may have built the pyramids, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never achieved anything hi-tech. As soon as the USSR gave capitalism a go, the whole Soviet system crumbled because it was premised entirely on state repression and a curtailment of freedom. Bought any North Korean products reFHQWO\"3UREDEO\QRW Googleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s potential abdication of China serves as one small step on a road littered with obstacles that will ultimately lead to greater human rights in China. That no longer is a western corporation willing to be complicit in state repression can only be a good thing, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hope the pressure on China keeps mounting.


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Banks behaving badly Simon Childs

The Conservatives have said they will prevent applicants with third class degrees from becoming teachers

Those with thirds... GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\FDQ¡WWHDFK Laura Heads

Whether David Cameron shocked us or made us nod in agreement, his statement on education and the exclusion of those with third class degrees becoming teachers undoubtedly sent shock waves up and down the country. His highly contested comments have some authenticity however; using the example of Finnish schools it is possible to see the merits in only allowing those who achieve the top grades to teach. Teaching is elitist in Finland; only 10-12% of people DUHDFWXDOO\DFFHSWHGRQWRWKHĂ&#x20AC;YH year masters teaching course. As a result, students in Finland are consistently near the top in reading, science and maths and are some of the most motivated pupils across Europe, engaging in hands on learning and a freedom to ask questions whenever. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to argue that this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the type of teaching that we want

in our country, that attracting the top class achievers to teaching isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t something that sounds appealing, but if this came in, the snobbery surrounding the profession may transfer into the classroom creating a horde of child snobs who constantly look down on those who underachieve. ,WLVGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWQRWWREHFRPHHOLWLVW yourself when looking at this argument, not to become caught up in the ideal picture and the statistics that are produced to help support the claim. What David Cameron has ceased to consider however, is that the education system in the UK is vastly different to that in Finland; students want to learn and want to achieve in Finland from an early age, whereas in the UK many pupils see school as a chore and a place where they do not want to be. This screams out the need for teachers who are able to understand and deal with these problems, not QHFHVVDULO\WKHKLJKHVWTXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HG%\ denying a person a place to teach because of their degree level, but who is perhaps more apt to deal

with these kinds of students over RQHWKDWKDVDKLJKHUTXDOLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQ strikes me as absurd. It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily the highest TXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HGWKDWPDNHWKHEHVWWHDFKers; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the ones who can motivate the students to want to learn and who can deal with the different types of students sat before them. Anyone is capable of being a good teacher; it is not completely deterPLQHG E\ WKHLU TXDOLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQV DQG the outcome of their university degree. What happens to those who do not perform well in exams themselves but can motivate children to learn, those who never truly got on with the education system but understand where children who are facing the same problems they did are coming from and can help to overcome these barriers? Surely this is more appealing to us than having top class teachers hired over someone who gained a third? It strikes me that Mr Cameron failed to take this into account when laying down his Eton view, and really doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know the education system as well as he thinks he does.

Bankersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; behaviour is â&#x20AC;&#x153;monstrousâ&#x20AC;?, wrote London Mayor Boris Johnson in The Telegraph, it â&#x20AC;&#x153;beggars beliefâ&#x20AC;?. What heinous crime could the banks have committed this time, to make even Boris Johnson, the man described by the BBC as the last politician in the country who will stick up for the bankers, to criticise them? Perhaps the greedy swines have been caught making money out of climate FKDQJH0D\EHWKH\¡UHĂ&#x20AC;OOLQJWKHLU pockets with investments in war. Surely theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve not been supporting a tyrannical dictatorship to make a quick buck? Well, all of those things and more are true, but Borisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; scorn, in common with nearly everyone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, was actually directed at the size of the bankersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bonuses. While weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re quick to criticise rich bankers for being rich (and not footballers, lawyers etc.), most of us are failing to get angry (and the media are failing to report) a far more sinister side to the banking industry. ,¡PQRWVD\LQJWKDWLW¡VĂ&#x20AC;QHWKDW some people earn more money than they could possibly dream of ever spending for screwing up banks while so many toil away on minimum wage; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not. And that Goldman Sachs is to cap its bonuses at a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;mereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; million pounds speaks volumes. But earning lots of money is certainly not the worst thing bankers have ever done. No matter what bank your money is kept in, the chances are theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing things with it on your behalf which stinks. Research by pressure group â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;War on Wantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; shows that HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds TSB and Barclays all have money tied up in the arms trade, so when you see the Israeli army slaughtering Palestinians, or a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;smartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bomb missing its target and hitting innocent civilians, those banks are complicit. And the companies they invest in donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just produce normal weapons, but cluster bombs and weapons which use depleted uranium which really ought to be banned. 1RWFRQWHQWZLWKSURĂ&#x20AC;WLQJIURP war, banks are also making a tidy sum by investing in climate change. The worst offender on that score is RBS, which is involved in what has been described as the biggest environmental crime on the planet. RBS funds companies

that extract oil from Canadian tar sands; a way of extracting oil (which we should try to leave in the ground anyway) which produces four times as much C02 than normal drilling. The list goes on. Every bad thing that happens in the world needs to be paid for, and banks are happy to loan you money, whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Robert Mugabe (Barclays) or the Burmese junta (RBS). If I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mentioned the bank you use yet, that might be because many of the high street names are owned by other banks. For instance, NatWest, the one with that gives you a railcard with your student account, is owned by gun toting, mother earth raping RBS. So what can you do? Well short of hiding your money in a porcelain pig under the bed, banks such as the Cooperative and Triodos offer an alternative for people who care what happens to their money. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m avoiding describing them as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ethicalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; banks for two reasons. Firstly, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really see investing in things like fair-trade companies and not in things like war and climate change as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ethicalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, but rather as common sense and not completely unethical. Secondly, it makes customers of these banks sound like stupid hippies. Even these banks arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t completely innocent, for instance the Cooperative has lent money to Glaxosmithkline which is guilty of various unethical practices, but at least they have some standards. Nevertheless, not unethical banks are certainly preferable to most banks. If banks like the Co-op became much more popular, it might pressure the other banks to sharpen up their acts. But even if this were to happen, there would still be billions to be made from screwing people and the planet. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not going to change so long as we have an economy based on the anti-values of greed and perVRQDOSURĂ&#x20AC;WRYHUFRPPRQJRRG People often complain about poor customer service from their bank; maybe you went 7p overdrawn and were charged a ÂŁ60 fee, or a routine ÂŁ1.50/minute phone call results in several rounds of â&#x20AC;&#x153;press one to proceed to another list of options which will eventually lead to a 25 minute wait after which your call will be inexplicably terminated â&#x20AC;&#x201C; your custom is important to usâ&#x20AC;?. But what do people expect when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dealing with people who hold basic humanity in such utter contempt?

Man cannot live by Hillary Clinton alone Katy Covell

:KHQDQHFRQRPLFDOO\DIĂ XHQW country is hit by a natural disaster the immediate physical destruction and loss of life will always be VKRFNLQJEXWZLWKWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDO ability to quickly provide manpower, aid and medical supplies - both internally and through acquiring help from abroad - the devastation can be kept to a minimum. But when Haiti - the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere - was struck by an earthquake on Tuesday January 10th, WKHODFNRILQWHUQDOĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDOPHDQV and stable social structure meant that thousands of people were left

injured and dying without aid or shelter, and with no reassurance that help would be on its way. The immense 7.0 magnitude Earthquake ripped through the capital city Port-au-Prince destroying not only homes and businesses but also Parliament buildings and the presidential palace. With the capital in a state of disarray, the shell-shocked government was forced to give the United States control over its main airport so that international aid could be received, but with the control tower lost in the tremor landing planes KDVSURYHGLQWHQVHO\GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOW US Air force Colonel Buck Elton told The Telegraph last week, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only so much concrete [â&#x20AC;Ś] Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a constant puzzle of trying to move aircraft in and out.â&#x20AC;? Other reports revealed that at

one point, the runways became so packed with aid aircraft that many had to wait to be unloaded and the airport was forced to close to new arrivals for eight hours. Meanwhile, all around the capital homeless and injured Haitians roam the ruined streets looking for help and shelter with anger now turning into violence. Machete wielding gangs can EHVHHQORRWLQJDQGĂ&#x20AC;JKWLQJIRU supplies, whilst other frustrated survivors have begun building roadblocks out of bodies in protest at the aid delays. Knowing all this then, there is something decidedly unpleasant about the idea of Hillary Clinton arriving by private jet whilst not far away bodies are being heaped on top of each other as even more are dragged free from the rubble.

Clinton was indeed asked by Haitian President Rene Preval to visit the crippled state and during her visit pledged the United Statesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; invaluable dedication to helping the Haitian nation not only during this, the immediate aftermath but also to the long-term recovery and reconstruction of the country. But whilst there can be no doubt that her trip has raised awareness about the terrible situation in Haiti, what use is publicising the need for aid when it cannot be delivered? Emila Casella of the World Food Programme explained, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The physical destruction is so great that physically getting from point A to B with the supplies is not an easy task. Pictures can get out instantlyâ&#x20AC;Śand thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important because the world needs to know. But getting physically tons and

tons of equipment and food and water is not as instant as Twitter or Skype or 24-hour television news.â&#x20AC;? There have been suggestions that Clintonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own arrival may have disrupted the landing of aid-carrying aircraft which must prompt the question: in a situation such as this, at what point does working to UDLVHDZDUHQHVVFHDVHWREHEHQHĂ&#x20AC;cial to the relief effort and instead becomes an obstacle? Forward planning for how Haiti will be rebuilt is of course essential, but surely the immediate focus should be on saving lives and Mrs Clintonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jet will have taken up the space where another plane carrying life-sustaining supplies could have landed. Coverage of the Haiti earthquake disaster, page 8


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The battle in Brazil > Life, page 16-17

Life & Style Editors: Larisa Brown, Alex Felton and Ashley Fryer - courier.life@ncl.ac.uk

fashion

Fashion weak: falling off the catwalk? From Milan to New York, Lauren Girling sees whether the glitz of the catwalk still shines as bright

Body suit, River Island, £20 Bracelet, Le Beado, £10 Shoes, New Look, £25

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It’s astonishing to think that over nine days in New York, there are some 264 fashion shows over a variety of venues and locations. Some fashionistas may think that this is the stuff dreams are made of but this is nothing other than the fashion week. With 152 fashion weeks a year in VXFK IDUÁXQJ FRUQHUV RI WKH JOREH as Rio de Janeiro and Fiji, and of course the world-renowned ones in London, Paris, Milan and New York, one would think that fashion weeks are not only omnipresent in society but a necessary part of contemporary culture... surely? Some fashion critics argue that in this recession-phobic age with greater reliance on technology, the time-honoured tradition of the fashion week isn’t as sacrosanct as it seems, with many designers favouring online retailing as a platform for sales of their prêt-a-porter lines. Websites such as net-a-porter and P\ZDUGUREH VHHP WR EH ÁRXULVK ing at present so does this serve as a sign of the times? This is an argument for the cessation of such costly and exclusive events such as fashion weeks and a movement towards more welcoming launches of collections online,

Stilettos Always a winner

Little black dress Sexy and sleek, you just can’t go wrong

enabling anyone to view the designs if they wish to do so. This comes instead of fashion week exclusives, where the enjoyment is ironically reserved for the uber-cool, sunglasses-wearing, stony-faced celebrities of the front row. However, it is exactly this desire to be like our favourite celebrities that drives us to follow designer brands in such a manner. Famous books of the trade such as Elle and Vogue publish their unique “fashion week” supplements which are almost as sizable as the magazine itself to showcase the trends straight off the catwalk and also showing which celebrities were at which shows, wearing what brands. It seems to be that the survival of designer fashion is contingent upon imitation. Mere mortals like you or I may strive to stay ahead of the trends by taking note of what is on the catwalk but fundamentally, the fashion week is now crucial because of the promotion that celebrities who attend certain shows brings. We all saw with Burberry’s return to London Fashion Week in September 2009 how the front row was awash with the likes of Emma Watson, Victoria Beckham and Anna Wintour – all icons of 21st century popular culture who are frequently emulated. As a consequence, we are bound to see the high street littered with stone-coloured trenches, thereby the fashion week leaving a lasting mark upon the masses. It is important to consider the inÁXHQFH RI FRPPXQLFDWLRQ LQ WKH

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success of the fashion week. Fashion blogs such as stylebubble. com and the emergence of Twitter as a means of tracking what is a must-have this season could in future years make the fashion week devoid of meaning, reducing it to nothing more than a game played by dolls in dressing up clothes. However, one could argue that communications and online development do not have a negative effect on the importance of the fashion week but rather make information on the shows more readily available to greater volumes of people and make otherwise blighted fashion voices heard. It is apparent that the ultimate strength of the fashion week is what it actually means. A fashion week has an indescribable buzz about it, exciting the Oasis shop assistant and the Chanel Creative Director alike. Granted, the real “power” in fashion rests with the few who get the chance to go to these shows in these little white marquees. One only has to recall the unforgettable scene in “The Devil Wears Prada”, where Miranda Priestly deVFULEHV KRZ IDVKLRQ ´ÀOWHUV GRZQµ from catwalk to bargain basement, to realise that fashion affects everyone whether they like it or not. Rather than viewing it as a force for division, it can draw all social and economic strata together under the common bond of a love for clothes, fashion and the artistry that is inherent and undeniable in design.

Katie Price’s equestrian clothing line Unless you’re going horse riding, please just don’t go there

Chanel-esqe quilted bags

Statement necklaces Ideal for making a SODLQRXWÀWORRNWKDW bit more special

The Boyfriend Jacket Look like you haven’t made an effort by slinging on your man’s jacket. Casual but hot

‘Muggs’- Man Uggs When the lads say they want to be inside Sienna Miller, they didn’t mean these puppies Jessica Gibson


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Dress, Reef, £25

Bra, H&M, £9.99 Leggings, H&M, £7.99 Jacket, Best Vintage, £25

Bra, H&M, £9.99 Thongs, H&M, £3.99

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Prosperity vs. poverty: Brazil in perspective Life & Style editor Larisa Brown takes to the slums of the samba nation to report on the tussle between rich and poor Brazilian criminals abducting victims for short periods of time in order to receive a quick pay off at an ATM machine, also known DV ´TXLFNQDSSLQJÂľ ZDV RXU Ă&#x20AC;UVW early warning sign of the danger of being a tourist in Brazil. Shortly after arriving at a hostel in Sao Paulo, we were told residents had, just a couple of hours before, been held at gun point outside the hostel, forced into a car, and driven to the nearest ATM. Episodes like this explain why you can only get a limited amount of money out at a cash machine after

10pm, something that would later cause us immense problems when we attempted to get a last minute QLJKW WLPH Ă LJKW  PLOHV DFURVV the country. ,I \RX¡YH VHHQ WKH Ă&#x20AC;OP ´&LW\ RI Godâ&#x20AC;? then your impression of Rio de Janeiro probably isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t too far off the mark. A study published in Brazil recently concluded that more young people below the age of 18 are killed by guns each year in Rio than in many areas of the world formally at war. Having been told the levels of violence are comparable to a war

zone we decided, whilst avoiding the favelas (slums), to stay in one of the more crime ridden districts of Rio- Lapa. Living up to its reputation of being party central, with the streets crowded with people dancing until about 7am, was not the only thing Lapa lived up to. Nineteenth century looting, as epitomized in Oliver Twist, was certainly comparable to the modern day gang warfare that took centre stage in this bustling district. Lapa had its very own â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Faginâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with an ensemble of roughly twenty

children between the ages of four DQG Ă&#x20AC;IWHHQ DOO VHQW RXW WR GLVSHUVH amongst the tourists. After being accosted by children who proceeded to root around in my pockets and after shouting at them several times, only to receive both physical and verbal abuse, a friend stepped in and scared the children away. Ten minutes later they came back with a mass following and the proposed â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;leaderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; had with him a contraption devised to poke peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyes out. So far I have not painted a very pretty picture of Brazil, doing this fascinating country an extreme injustice. Whilst Rio is one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most modern cities, there are high numbers of people living in the slums. With a deepening divide between the rich and the poor, is it surprising that cities such as these are as they are? One thing I realised during my travelling around Brazil is that violence and theft only seemed commonplace where deep divisions of wealth had become embedded in society, while places that were relatively untouched by Western impositions seemed to be fairly peaceful.

It seemed to me that the real injustice in the country, like many others in the world, was the inequality that has arisen from the effects of modernisation, rather than the nature of poverty itself Many of the people I met whilst travelling in places outside of the main cities, untouched by the comPHUFLDOFDSLWDOLVWDVSHFWVRIWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW world, were, whilst living extremely primitively, not necessarily poor. Of course, the term â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;poorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; used here is subjective as it depends upon a personal interpretation of what it actually means to be poor. 7R RQH SDUWLFXODUO\ LQĂ XHQWLDO man I met, a Buddhist named JosĂŠ who owns a trekking company in the jungle, being poor didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean not having a television or a mobile SKRQH LW PHDQW EHLQJ XQIXOĂ&#x20AC;OOHG with life, discontent and constantly wanting more. The nearest village to JosĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house was two hours away by jeep and, in this small community of about two hundred inhabitants, everyone knew each other by name. Much to our surprise, they even knew the name of each others pets. In such a small and close community, law and order werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a concern, as families habitually looked after each other and no one was considered poor compared to the others.

On the other hand, the streets of Sao Paulo were crowded with homeless people who, unable to properly support themselves in a modernised and industrial city, were more easily characterised as being poor - poor in terms of both economic and social wellbeing. 7KH LQĂ X[ RI ZHDOWK\ WRXULVWV into the popular cities compared to those barely able to survive could not have provided a more compelling picture. When I thought about the wad of money that I kept tucked in my bra, or the brand new camera that was safely accounted for on my insurance, I considered for a moment the children that were roaming the streets, rummaging in peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pockets. I came to the conclusion, why the hell not? Living in shacks made out of little more than cardboard and piled


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The Penny Pincher Lesson Ten: Going out Rowan Taylor Columnist

With exams and coursework done and sealed, I will forgive you for needing a self-indulgent outlet. Our generation has really nailed the idea of going out; we tend to permanently reside in a place called â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;outâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. More often than not itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;out outâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and not just â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;outâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Students are already hypersensitive to the cost of nights out, so these tips arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t about â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;where is the cheapestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;which pint is cheapestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, but more a realistic set RIQRWHVWRKHOS\RXIXOĂ&#x20AC;O\RXU duty to go out at minimum pain to the wallet. After all we are in the city that serves trebles cheaper than singles. Â&#x2021;,WVHHPVEL]DUUHWRRXUQHLJKbours on the continent, but is something us Brits have got into a regular habit of: drinking before going out. Â&#x2021;5HDVVHVVKRZPXFKPRQH\ you actually spend on a night out and put it into context. Instead of frittering away ÂŁ30 on a largely forgettable drunk night, you could have a meal at a top restaurant. Â&#x2021;'RQ¡WWDNHWRRPXFKPRQH\ out with you and you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spend too much money. Sounds simple doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it... Â&#x2021;1RUWK(DVWOLVWLQJVPDJD]LQHV The Crack and Narc do their best to plan your social schedule. Both are free and available from shops, bars and cafes about town. You may choose to ignore the grungemetal-punk-night recommendation, and scan instead for the free club nights and gigs. Â&#x2021;<RXFDQRIWHQJHWIUHHHQWU\ to club nights by scribbling on its Facebook Event. If you add the eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creator as a friend, they should invite you each week, alORZLQJ\RXWREHRQHRIWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWR touch the wall. Â&#x2021;,IWKHPXVLFLVJRRGWU\DEsorbing the electric atmosphere sober rather than having the alcohol force it onto you. Cost to you and your morning after health: nothing. Â&#x2021;6DYHWKHWD[LKRPHLI\RXVWLOO have some life left in you. The walk home from a club can be the funniest and most memorable section of the night. It sobers you up as well. Â&#x2021;$VIRUWDNHDZD\VZKLFKDUH sometimes obligatory, the latenight Greggs opposite Central Station is king. dangerously high on top of each other, whilst surrounded by the latest car advertisements on huge billboards, it is no wonder that crime against tourists is a serious problem in Brazilian cities. What modernisation has partly brought to the people of these places is higher aspirations that are not at all achievable. Comparatively, I visited a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hippy villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; just outside a place called Salvador in the North of Brazil. The strong Afro-Brazilian culture and vibe for samba, especially on the beaches, was far removed from the industrial city of Sao Paulo. To visit this hippy village you had to walk a good few miles off the beaten path, and its inhabitants were more or less counted for on both of my hands. From the few hours spent there, I got the impression that the inhabit-

DQWV VXUYLYHG RII WKH Ă&#x20AC;VK IURP WKH river and the minimal amount of money they made from tourist revenue.

The levels of violence are comparable to a warzone Their houses were made out of the natural resources of the area, and their bowls and spoons out of coconut shells. I must admit, their way of life came as a total shock to me as I had never experienced such a simple way of life before. However, I had also never experienced such kindness before. As soon as we arrived, a man came out of his hut dressed solely in a small cloth and invited us into his

house to see what it was like. Genuinely wanting nothing in return, he proceeded to tell us, in very basic English, all about the food he obtained from the river and how he wanted to cook us a meal with the Ă&#x20AC;QHVWĂ&#x20AC;VKKHFRXOGĂ&#x20AC;QG Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure you could expect that type of welcoming behaviour anywhere in England. Despite having what I would consider the bare minimum for survival, KHZDVFOHDUO\VDWLVĂ&#x20AC;HGDQGFRQWHQW with his way of life. In many respects, he seemed a whole lot happier than most people in Britain who are supposedly blessHGZLWKWKHEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WVRIFDSLWDOLVP It seemed to me that the real injustice in the country, as with many others in the world, was the inequality that has arisen from the effects of modernisation, rather than the nature of poverty itself.

The concept of poverty isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as clear-cut as one may tend to assume, as whilst Brazil may be considered to be one of the most dangerous and poorest countries in the world, many people living outside of the main cities, who were living extremely simply, were some of the most content people I have ever met. Despite the copious UK government safety warnings about visiting the country, I have never been as touched as I was by the kindness that I encountered throughout my experience in Brazil, nor the happiness that I saw from such a simple way of living. It seems the push for modernisation and imposition of capitalism in many of these developing countries can often take a more negative role, making the already rich richer at the expense of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poor.

Next week Lesson 11: Health Deals of the Week: 1. Cadburyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Creme Egg 6-pack: ÂŁ1.34 @ Tesco 2. 13.5 tog duvet: ÂŁ4.80 single, ÂŁ6 double @ Sainsburyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3. Tickets for a West End Show: ÂŁ10-15 @ getintolondontheatre. co.uk Top seats for top shows are being sold cheaply if you book before 12th February. For example Stomp for ÂŁ15 instead of ÂŁ47.50, Chicago for ÂŁ15 instead of ÂŁ45, and Grease for ÂŁ25 instead of ÂŁ55. The site works through .


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Life & Style Sex & Relationships

sex & relationships Sexposed Jessica Gibson on the reality of student life Drunken pulls, shameful mornings and lots and lots of casual sex. Are these the fundamentals of university life which the prospectus forgets to mention? Programmes like Skins, which started again last week, set a sexual student stereotype for the general public. This means we real students are all assumed to be nymphomaniacs, but do we all lead the sexy Skins lifestyle? Everyone knows a guy that sleeps with a different girl every night, and a girl that is known as the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;village bicycleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. There is no doubt that these people commonly exist in our lectures and down our street, as well as on our TV screens. Maybe the crazy sex lives of VWXGHQWV LQ WKH PHGLD DUH LQĂ X encing the students of today. Perhaps they set the standard of what is expected to be normal, so the students of today act accordingly. This creates a knock on domino effect. The more students consider casual sex to be normal, the more students will begin to do it: A perfect example of the good old vicious circle. According to Oxford University, the more nookie you get, the worse you will do in university! The survey of more than 850 students by Oxford Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s student newspaper Cherwell revealed that students who do not have sex more than once a month DUH PRVW OLNHO\ WR JHW D Ă&#x20AC;UVW LQ their degree. Students who claimed to have a more active sex life are more likely to attain a 2:1 or 2:2 in their degree. So maybe thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an incentive to have less sex (or work harder!). Surprisingly enough, there are statistics to prove that a studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s FKRLFH RI FRXUVH DOVR LQĂ XHQFHV their level of promiscuity at university. In Oxfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s survey, historians were found to be more sexually active than any other undergraduate, closely followed by students studying politics, philosophy, economics and English Literature. According to the Journal of Sexual Medicine, students studying medicine are the most sexually dysfunctional, which suggests they are also the most sexually inactive. Male medical students reported a higher incidence of erectile dysfunction (roughly 30%) compared with normative data (estimated at 7% among men 18-29 years old). It is not only male medics who supposedly have problems in the bedroom department. 42% of the female medical students reported interference in their sexual life from â&#x20AC;&#x153;excessive tiredness,â&#x20AC;? and more than one third blamed interference on a â&#x20AC;&#x153;lack of sexual partnerâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;psychological stress.â&#x20AC;? It is likely that those of us having all the sex are the most talked about, so it seems like everyone is up to mischief. Nobody would be gossiping about the girl that had a cosy night with her favourite teddy DQGDFKLFNĂ LFN

blind date Katherine Bannon & David Leslie She said: Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d think a girl with an already severely diminished supply of digQLW\ZRXOGEHZLOOLQJWRĂ&#x20AC;JKWÂśWLOWKH death to retain its remaining scraps. If only. Instead, when presented with the proposition of a blind date I had to resist the urge to reply to the email in capital letters. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;YES! PICK ME, PICK ME!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; But we had a time, and a place. Stage one to potential Mr. Right FRPSOHWH 5HOLHI +H GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ginger. Neither was he badlooking. In fact, he was pretty good looking, well groomed and holding a box of chocolates. Just the way I like â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em. Ah, but he was a rugby boy. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never been too keen on those; they immediately evoke mental images of gay chicken taken to extreme levels and hairy arses. 'HVSLWH P\ DWWHPSWV DW UHĂ&#x20AC;QHG restaurant etiquette I used my knife and fork like a toddler in mittens and was getting enough tomato sauce on my face to rival a three year old let loose in McDonalds. So, when he popped his last forkful into his mouth and I was still faced with what resembled half an LQĂ DWHGFKLFNHQSDVW\LQIURQWRIPH I was in a bit of a pickle. Carry on eating, giving him the opportunity to mentally note my atrocious eating habits or bow out graciously and run the risk of him thinking I was one of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;thoseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; girls; the ones who scrape excess butter from their bread and brand red meat as evil incarnate. The parting? A kiss on the check. You never know though, I might Ă&#x20AC;QGWKHFRXUDJHWRDGGKLPRQ)D cebook.

Email courier. life@ncl.ac.uk if you would like to go on your very own Blind Date He said: Blind dates had always seemed to PH D SDWKHWLF ODVW UHVRUW WKH Ă&#x20AC;QDO straw to clutch at for the lonely and WKH GHVSHUDWH )RU LQVWDQFH KRZ many respectable people to did you see on Cilla Blackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iconic show?

Or on ITVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s re-invention â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Take me Outâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;? My date wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t set on making it easy, calling me the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;unlucky guyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; who would be taking her on a date. Was this a case of self deprecating humour, or a girl who is horribly self aware? All in all it was shaping up to be a WHUULEOH QLJKW UHDOLVLQJ )UDQFHVFD¡V was closed on a Sunday, we had to re-locate to Scalinis. And, having forgotten to go to WKH Ă RULVW WR SLFN XS WKH UHG URVH IRU LGHQWLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQ SXUSRVHV , VWRRG waiting for my date holding a box of Cadburyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Rosesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Oh my days. I am sorry to report however, that

the date passed relatively without incident. Kat and I had a lot in common and therefore the conversation Ă RZHGTXLWHVHDPOHVVO\WKURXJKRXW dinner. We even addressed how each other intended to write up the whole experience, and she seemed quite taken with the idea of one of us writing a brutal account of the other. So in the vain attempt to cover all bases, I will conclude this article twice. Once to say that she was a very nice, interesting and funny girl; the other to say, and I steal this phrase from my hairdresser, that I would UDWKHU OLFN WKH Ă RRU RI DQ DEDWWRLU than see her again.

him, why not embrace his actions and follow suit by starting to take a she-wee funnel to lectures â&#x20AC;&#x201C; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll save time by never missing out on important information due to a loo-break. Mark my words, I am sure that some day soon will see the suited men of the city taking pooper scoopers with them to their desks, thus eliminating the crucial minutes that a Code Brown toilet trip could consume.

whiffy substances on them? Nothing too edible, as this may lead to even more serious problems, but PD\EHWU\VRPHĂ&#x20AC;VKSDVWH2U alternatively you cultivate a garden of thick nipple hairâ&#x20AC;Śmake it nice and long for dramatic effect. Bingo!

ask seĂąora rosa

SeĂąora Rosa is back from watching Avatar for the third time in the IMAX. You can tweet with her or catch her on e-mail at courier.life@ ncl.ac.uk SeĂąora, I am fed up. When I signed up to live in my house there was 6 girls - all happy, free and single. Now each and every housemate except me has acquired a boyfriend. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t watch the tv without being witness to snuggling and in some worrying cases, foreplay. What can I do??

Guuurl, quite frankly Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m jealous of you; what would I give to trade my nights in with Senor Jose trying to feel me up on the sofa for your situation?! Now go out there and enjoy your wild single lifeâ&#x20AC;Śdo things that crazy singles are meant to do â&#x20AC;&#x201C; turn your body into a walking bric a brac stall of piercings and WDWWRRVFODVVLWXSE\Ă DVKLQJIRU free drinksâ&#x20AC;Ś Trust me, these things donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work as well when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re older . As for the TV, make sure that you man the remote at all times, and that gory VODVKHUĂ&#x20AC;OPVDQGGRFXPHQWDULHV on menstruation never leave your screen. Unless they possess some very bizarre fetishes, your housemates PD\Ă&#x20AC;QGWKHVHDWDGKDUGHUWR snuggle up to. SeĂąora, One of my housemates recently confessed that he pees in the shower to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;save time.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lie - I am completely disgusted! How can I tell him that I am repulsed by this behaviour without seeming uptight ? Help! Move with the times! This is a modern day man weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking about here! In a world where time is precious, I think that your housemate is actually being quite ingenious. Rather than saying anything to

SeĂąora, I have a new girlfriend as of last week - yay! BUT: every time we have sex together she thinks itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kinky and fun to twist my nipples really hard every time she orgasms. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how to tell her that it really hurts and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m afraid that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll end it suddenly. What is the solution to nipplegate? Hmmm, you could always introduce some lube into the bedroom, under the pretence of wishing to add some spice to your playtime, whilst really rubbing it all over your nipples. Thus, in her moment of passion, VKHZRQ¡WEHDEOHWRJHWDĂ&#x20AC;UPJULS on your bullets, simply sliding off! If she grows suspicious to this plan however, you could try deterring her from wanting to touch your nipples altogether. Why not try rubbing some highly

SeĂąora, The other night I woke up in bed hearing a rustling and as I turned over, I saw my man munching away on a cold Chicken & Bacon lattice? Like a rabbit caught in the headlights he hurled the offendLQJSDVW\WRWKHĂ RRUDQGSOHDGHG innocence. Is it okay for anyone to sneak snacks in bed or does it simply take the biscuit? Of course this is acceptable â&#x20AC;&#x201C; think KRZWKLVEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WV\RX²PLGQLJKW munching means that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s keeping up his stamina, so that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ready to go at it hammer and tongs with you by morning! It does depend, however, on what kind of food weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking about KHUHIUXLWLVĂ&#x20AC;QHIUHVKDQGQLFHDQG healthy. Meat is okay as it shows KLVPDQO\VLGHEXWWKLQJVOLNHĂ&#x20AC;VK FDQEHDELWLII\²DĂ&#x20AC;VK\EHGURRPLV never ideal. Also, make sure that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not trying anything similar to the behaviour seen in American Pieâ&#x20AC;Ś if anything warm or gooey makes it into the bedroom then I think you have reason to be a little freaked out.


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Game Addiction Kathy Jackman Columnist

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Behind The Apprentice with Nick Hewer Culture Editor: Alice Vincent - courier.culture@ncl.ac.uk

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Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lady Gaga? Cultureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s editorial team make their predictions for 2010 Chris Mandle Music Editor

Aimee Philipson TV & Radio Editor Television is as predictable as it is unpredictable these days; 2010 will contain as many smart, witty and interesting programmes as it will unbearable Z-list celebrity dross. %XW+L'HĂ&#x20AC;QLWLRQFRXOGWDNHXV anywhere. The obvious future union of This Morningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Holly â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;that-white-dressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Willoughby and Phillip â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got the EHVWMRELQWKHZRUOG¡6FKRĂ&#x20AC;HOGLW¡V an accident waiting to happen. The sexual tension on The One Show is nothing compared to two hours of ZDWFKLQJ6FKRĂ&#x20AC;HOGWU\LQJWRLJQRUH his co-presenterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bulging bosoms and twinkling eyes. Come Dine with Me is also set to take an exciting swinger twist as the diners are invited to stay the whole night, leading to a series of desperate pulling attempts to win over the other contestants and the Â&#x2026;SUL]H7KHĂ&#x20AC;QDOFRQFOXGHV with the merging of dinner and sleepover in a compelling yet grotesque edible chocolate paint episode. With Jeremy Kyle launching a US show, is it beyond hope to want Jerry Springer to make a comeback in defence? Or better still, he could appear on Jeremy Kyle USA on a show entitled â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You Stole My Show â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and now I want revengeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I slept with Jeremy Kyleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife â&#x20AC;&#x201C; DNA specialâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. And, of course, there will also be a plethora of new reality TV shows including How to Look Good Naked While Dancing On Ice In The Jungle and Wife Swap Shipwrecked Wipeout Special. Get out your Sky+ now before you miss out!

After last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s femme-fatales blasting their way through turgid ego-indie and dominating the charts, we enter the new decade with a sense of uncertainty. Indeed, with third album â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Plastic Beachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dripping with dubby minimalism and trip-hop samples, perhaps Gorillaz will wear the crown and giggle with toothless grins. If 2009 capitalised on its shameless, sugary pop, then 2010 may dip its toe into dark and turbulent mood swings. Early listens of MIAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hotlyanticipated album tells tales of catapulting-space-voyages arching into murky, moody waters. Ellie Goulding will most likely harvest success from her soon-tobe-released debut Lights, but I for one am feeling slightly sickly after DQRYHULQGXOJHQFHLQVXFKĂ&#x20AC;]]\ VSDUNOLQJPXVLFDNLQWRVWXIĂ&#x20AC;QJ my face with Pick â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Mix. Has the Starsmith-produced album come a little too late? My unsung heroes of late, Local Natives, are also set to have a great year ahead of them, with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Airplanesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; blowing up Fleet Foxes in a torpedo of emotive angst and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sun Handsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; raucous tribe-chants. Comparisons to Arcade Fire and Vampire Weekend are completely MXVWLĂ&#x20AC;HGEXWWKH\GRVRPHWKLQJIDU more ambitious, something truly wonderful at their live shows. Predicts: melancholy, returns for Gorillaz and MIA and going mad for Local Natives

Predicts: sexual tension, Jezza K USA takeover and reality TV hypershows

Stephanie Ferrao Arts Editor In welcoming Damien Hirstâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iconic exhibition Pharmacy to the BALTIC, Newcastle celebrated the end of the decade by showing that the North East has become a major player in the national arts scene. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re only one month into 2010 and already Geordie play â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Pitmen Paintersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; has reached a groundbreaking deal to be transferred from its roots at the Live Theatre to the bright lights of Broadway! Arts Council initiatives like â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A Night Less Ordinaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (which offer free theatre tickets to students) ZLOOGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\EHZRUWKWDNLQJXS as the Theatre Royal, Live Theatre and Northern Stage have cracking Spring/Summer line-ups. With the biennial AV festival coming up in March, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re promised a jam-packed quirky mix of electronic and performance art. Equally, with more new creative spaces opening up, Newcastle has never had so much to offer to the humble student. Predicts:performance art and extra space

Mark Corcoran-Lettice Music Editor Will Jerry Springer make a comeback in response to Jeremy Kyle taking his show to the US?

Alice Vincent Culture Editor Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a certain pressure on the start of a new decade. Is it going to follow in the footsteps of the previous ten years, or will 2010 announce itself a kicking and screaming annum of modernity? My predictions sit, somewhat tediously, on the fence in between these. Whilst there are going to be some surprise successes - who, in 2009, would have expected NMEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new editor, Krissi Murrison, to announce sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to put Lady Gaga on the cover? - 2010â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musical crowd-pleasers are going to be a development of what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen in the last few months. The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;dumbing downâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of electro will be everywhere. Not just a few remixes in Tiger Tiger, but that atrocious bonding of genres, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;house indieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, is going to get huge. Underground, drone, noise and synths are going to be making more weird nonsense to get fuzzed out to. Expect summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hit to be retroey with jangling guitars - Paolo

Nutiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to have a good year - closely rivalled by a trashy ballad from Kesha. Avatarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success and bleak economic conditions suggests fantasy and 3D are going to make 2010 the futuristic era it really sounds. Similarly, TV is going to take off in 2010 as more people stay in. Expect more political drama - think British West Wing - and a whole new obsession with American suburbia as Desperate Housewives looks set to have its best year yet and the whole world fall in love with Glee. A UK reality TV programme is bound to follow. With two set-to-be pioneering books on feminism being released this year, arts is going to be as girlĂ&#x20AC;OOHGDVPXVLFZDVODVW\HDU I see a backlash against â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;liberatingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pole-dancing-esque activities, as Kirsty Allsop spawns more copycats in the pursuit of the home arts. Where shabby â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;austerityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; chic started last year, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s set to explode this year. Get your needles out. 3UHGLFWVPDLQVWUHDPHOHFWURVFLĂ&#x20AC;DQG knitting

Gordon Bruce Online Editor I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to get overexcited and greet you with gross hyperbole, but 2010 will be the best year yet for Online. This year sees a dramatic thrust forward, with a new crack team of online-only editors working tirelessly to get the content you want online. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be consuming gallons of coffee as they upload story after story, with content unique to online as well as the weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top stories. With exciting bands passing through our glorious city this year, new video content, acoustic sessions and interviews are on the cards. Furthermore, we will have our committed team blogging themselves to death for you, including the environmental musings of Taz Burwaiss and the avant-garde musical escapades of Joe Barton. :H¡UHWUXO\VDFULĂ&#x20AC;FLQJRXUVHOYHV for you beautiful readers, so get online and spread word.

,QĂ&#x20AC;OPH[SHFWWKH2VFDUVWREH won by either a) a piece of overlysentimental crap involving capital punishment, Nazis, polar bears or preferably all three, b) an average work from a revered director they inexplicably failed to award during their artistic peak three decades ago, or c) (yuck) Avatar. In literature, Katie Priceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest effort turns out to have been ghostwritten by the ghost of Franz Kafka, explaining both its focus on the dehumanising effects of bureaucracy as opposed to sex, bleached hair, sex, tanning salons and then some more sex just in case, and the fact that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not got a bloody ending. In music meanwhile, the advent of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;tech-houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;western-step-coreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; marks the point where no more sub-genres can be created. During said craze, it also becomes abundantly clear that the combination of Stetsons and hoodies is the worst look of all time, and that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s frankly impossible to shake oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s booty to something that sounds like John Wayneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head imploding at the bottom of the ocean. Predicts: NaziPolarBears, Kafka phantoms and western revival


ally genuine and nice.â&#x20AC;? The gig might even be an opportunity to see the debuting of Bethâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest stage-costume. As all good conversations should, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take long for us to start discussing American Apparel - who have also done their part for Haiti by shipping 20,000 garments over there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I might start wearing a onesie on stage,â&#x20AC;? she announces, â&#x20AC;&#x153;although I used to wear my pyjamas to the pub so I suppose itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not all that different.â&#x20AC;? As the gigâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clearly going to be sold out, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still a way for people to get LQYROYHG5DIĂ HWLFNHWVIRUDQLQFUHDVing list of prizes are on sale from The Cluny, Head of Steam and Tilleys. So far, there are tickets for sold-out gigs, meals, drinks, rare and signed music merchandise and even an iPod. There really isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a better way to help out.

The Refreshers Fair this year will be featuring over 45 clubs and societies over a two-day period, giving all students a second chance to sign up to the wide range of activities that are on offer.

15.00, free

Basement, 11.00 -

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Tynesideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monthly live music event sees Sunderlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s critically acclaimed troubadour Lucas Renney enter The Polite Room. The English teacher turned singer-songwriter is inspired by William Blake alongside the Sun, the sky and other traditional lyric themes, which come through with beautiful results. Expect simple, contemporary local folk music, and a intimate opportunity to hear his debut album, Strange Glory.

The Polite Room, Tyneside Cinema, 19.30, ÂŁ3

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Have you got a picture that epitomises Newcastle for you? It might be your favourite city view or a picture that shows your best night out with your friends. Whatever it is, The Courier wants to see it. Send your photos along with a short description of why the photo shows â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;My Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to editor.union@ncl.ac.uk. The best photo of the year will be chosen to be the front cover of the 2010/11 Alternative Prospectus. Above: the O2 Academy by Geo Hartshorn, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;My Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; winner in 2008.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so refreshing to see things happening for it,â&#x20AC;? Beth Jeans Houghton says of the last-minute organisation of the Haiti Fundraiser this Friday. Beth, originally from Heaton, is looking forward to returning to her roots to play the gig. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice because me and the band live so far away when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in London, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a good opportunity to practise before we start the tour with Stornoway the next day.â&#x20AC;? A laid back approach, perhaps, but the aforementioned tour has been hotly anticipated - combining two of 2010â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hottest folk acts. If folk can be hot, that is. When we speak, Beth is taking a break from a studio in Bermondsey. Her debut breaks later this year, something that is clearly â&#x20AC;&#x153;a lot of work, but really exciting.â&#x20AC;? If Radio One Introducingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Huw Stephens is anyone to go by, the album will mean Bethâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appearances at the summer festivals (Bestival, amongst others, is on the cards) will be well attended. Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Haiti fundraiser, then, is an excellent opportunity to make yourself one of those smugsters who can claim you â&#x20AC;&#x153;saw her in a tiny gig aaages ago.â&#x20AC;? The Cluny is actually holding quite a showcase to Geordie-musicians-donegood, what with headliners Field Music returning for a good cause. 6XUSULVLQJO\LW¡VJRLQJWREHWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW time the Sunderland band and Beth play together. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s looking forward to it, as â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really nice to get support from a local band - Field Music are re-

The Cluny, Friday

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02 Academy, 19.00, adv. tickets

Sunshine Underground

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Tyneside Cinema, 19.00, free

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Head of Steam, 20.00, ÂŁ4

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Pile on the eyeliner and get ready for angst. With All Time Low, The Blackout, Young Guns and My Passion.

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Come and reinvent your free time and shed those post-Christmas pounds. Lishi is a cutely-named ancient Chinese art of exercise, balance and well-being. It also relieves stress, develops your VHOIFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFHDQGSK\VLFDOĂ&#x20AC;WQHVV promotes a healthy lifestyle and is exhilarating fun! Email Emily at adc.union@ncl.ac.uk if you fancy giving it a go.

Basement, 18.00, free

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What better to banish those winter blues? A new series of uplifting, vibrant DQGHFOHFWLFZHHNO\Ă&#x20AC;OPVFUHHQLQJV curated by PRMT VIBES originator Richard Macfarlane and Kuba Ryniewicz. Tonightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s screening, Weekend at Bernies, is bound to set things off with a bang. Buy a drink, have a seat and indulge in cinematic sunshine.

Tyneside Cinema Bar, 21.00, free

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The Chillingham Arms, ÂŁ20.30, ÂŁ5

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The scenester party of the year returns with yet another incredible line-up. The Maccabeesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; headline slot FHUWLĂ&#x20AC;HVWKHLUVXFFHVVWKLV\HDUZKLOVW London wonderkinds Bombay Bicycle Club are a very pleasant addition. As large as their name, the Big Pink will be entertaining the crowd, giving The Drums a tough opening pitch. All in all, a fab excuse to see some of the best bands of 2009. If you want a front-row position, start queuing up early with the school kids.

O2 Academy, doors at 19.00, adv. tickets

Shockwaves NME $ZDUGV7RXU

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Narrative fun at Bykerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nicest venue.

Star & Shadow Cinema, 19.30, ÂŁ4/6

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Reggae all the way with Pangea sound system.

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theCUT, 21.00, ÂŁ6/8

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Global Cafe, 20.00, free

Christian Union $FRXVWLF1LJKW

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Digital, 22.00, ÂŁ11 adv. tickets

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clubbing

Digital, 19.30, ÂŁ8 adv. tickets

Mike Snow

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One of the few bands to actually survive 2006â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nu Rave, um, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;episodeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, These New Puritans are set to storm 2010. With new album HIDDEN clearly being anything but, what with 9/10 reviews from NME amongst other critical acclaim, this gig is going to be rammed, despite the extreme quantity of musical activity this evening.

The Other Rooms, 21.30, ÂŁ6

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Art for boys? The American artist looks at criminality, pride and shame through art created by varying interview processes.

19.30, ÂŁ4/6

The BALTIC,

Jordan Baseman The Most 3RZHUIXO Weapon in WKH:RUOG

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Simon Boccanegra Giuseppe Verdi, live from the Metropolitan Opera House, New York.

Tyneside Cinema, doors at 18.00, ÂŁ18/20

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film

Basement, Union, 23.00, ÂŁ10+bf adv. tickets

The Seismic Event

clubbing

O2 Academy, doors at 18.00, adv. tickets

Me vs. Hero

music

Cosmic Ballroom, 23.30, price tbc

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saturday

Indulge in a new approach to Sunday nightlife with curfew as it rocks up at the Telegraph again tonight, providing the best reason to get off the sofa to see out the weekend. Cult DJs My Girlfriend and Untitled will be spinning their favourite tunes, inspired by Februaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme of 7UDVK\5RPDQFH:LWKPXVLFDOLQĂ Xences as diverse as Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sister, F*ck Buttons, and Elvis - it is trashy romance, after all - you can expect an interesting night. The curfew girls will be handing out Milk Tray and Mills and Boon novels a-plenty to set the tone, too. Find it all upstairs at The Telegraph, behind Central Station, complete with the best smoking balcony in town.

The Telegraph, Orchard St. 20.00 -1.00, ÂŁ2

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This cutesy market has become somewhat of an institution for all fans of vintage, second-hand, hand made arts, crafts, clothing and accessories. It returns to the Star and Shadow this Sunday with even more stalls for LWVĂ&#x20AC;UVWPDUNHWRI Stalls include: - Pet Lamb Patisserie are offering their yummy yum sweets and cakey things - Mai Twynm from Lime St studios is showing off handmade bags - Artist Yvette Hawkins will be there with her beautiful and unique book sculptures - New designer Joanne Bason with her latest collection of handmade retro style clothing amongst many more.

Star and Shadow Cinema 11.00 - 16.00, free

Make and Mend Market

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Guns, gals and all that jazz Rachel Flint previews Broadway hit Chicago The Theatre Royal Newcastle is preparing itself for a jail break this February as the cast of Broadwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hit musical Chicago storms centre stage. Starring Wet Wet Wetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s frontman Marti Pellow as lawyer Billy Flynn, alongside EastEnders actress Emma Barton as Roxie Hart, the show boasts a star studded cast, who have provided an endless array of vocal and theatrical talent throughout the National UK Tour. Having received rave reviews across the country, the show visits Newcastle at last to transport the North East into the deceitful world of the American Justice System, alongside murderess and famemongerer, Roxie Hart. Based on the 1926 book by Maurine Dallas Watkins, this Kander and Ebb musical tells the story of a nightclub singer Roxie Hart who murders her lover Fred Casley, shooting him in a moment of jealousy. The story follows her conviction to

the death-row cells of Cook County Jail, where she awaits trail for murder, following her as she meets her inmates; a group of passion-fuelled murderesses who have killed their adulterous husbands and lovers, and are awaiting execution for their crimes. Amongst them is the infamous Velma Kelly, a seductive, enticing, glamorous murderess who craves fame and will do just about anything to stay in the limelight. The underworld story unravels in a whirlwind of crime, deceit and deception, with the murderess pair playing against each other for the representation of the gorgeously lawyer Billy Flynn, and eventually working together in an attempt to achieve their freedom and, more importantly, fame. This intricate narrative of corruption, crime, greed, murder and showbiz is predicted to be a stunning spectacle. This show boasts the perfect mix of an intriguing storyline with seductive choreography, skimpy costumes and well-known, infectiously

catchy songs, such as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;All that Jazzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Razzle Dazzleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, woven together to make an overall extraordinary theatre experience for everyone. Prepare to follow Roxie Hart into a world of crime and corruption behind the bars of an all-female American jail. Meet the infamous murderess inmates, and witness them performing their seductive tango between life and death row. Watch the media battle between two fame-hungry murderesses and their sophisticated lawyer in this spectacular performance, which comes to our doorstep in just a few weeksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; time. To miss this contemporary classic Broadway hit would almost be a crime against culture, so get yourself to the Theatre Royal for what will undoubtedly be an extraordinary night of entertainment. Chicago dazzles the Theatre Royal 1HZFDVWOHIRUĂ&#x20AC;YHGD\VIURPWKHWK )HEUXDU\ Razzle Dazzle: Emma Barton as Roxie Hart in Chicago

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a seriously sexy showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; $UWV(GLWRU Stephanie Ferrao speaks to Wet Wet Wet frontman and star of Chicago Marti Pellow to talk all things musical We hear youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just got back from LA. What have you been up to? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve out in Brentwood, Los Angeles working on a musical called The 1LJKWPDUH $OOH\, but that was just for one show, so I was literally only there for a couple of weeks. Tell me about playing the lead role in the Witches of Eastwick! It must have been pretty full-on... 7KDWĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGWKLVVXPPHUDIWHUUXQning for about eight months! When you sign up for these kinds of things, \RX WKLQN LW VRXQGV Ă&#x20AC;QH EXW ZKHQ youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing eight shows a week it can be a bit of a challenge. Even near the end though, we were all really enthusiastic and passionate about the show; I had a really great cast surrounding me! And now youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re heading-up the cast again in Chicago! Yeah, the producers asked me if I could do a six month run and I said it was perfect because it was just the right amount of time for me. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve played this part a few times now and I think the last time I did LW ZDV DERXW Ă&#x20AC;YH \HDUV DJR VR LW¡V TXLWH GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOW WR VXVWDLQ \RXUVHOI in the same role for that amount of time.

For Chicago, do you prefer acting in the big West End nights or touring the country? I think the productions that are good can actually be better than the West End in regional theatres. Audiences round the country are really appreciative and very up for having a good time, and I think that people are very aware of how accessible shows like Chicago are. They come along and have a blast! Then again, I enjoy working on Broadway and doing the West End just as I do playing for audiences in Newcastle. What appeal do you think the show has for students? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of those shows that are really popular with younger people, whether theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re studying it for Drama or going to the theatre. I guess it SUREDEO\KHOSVWKDWLW¡VDĂ&#x20AC;OPWRR The music in the show is so wonderful too, and the choreography in Ann Rankinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interpretation of it is just so good to watch and is a great challenge to take on. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a huge sensuality to the movement â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a seriously sexy show. Do you like musical theatre yourself? I love it, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m involved with Arts! Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your favourite musical? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have to be The Sound of Music. Hold on, the interviewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suddenly been turned around here! Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best production that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked on? 7KDW¡V D GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOW RQH \RX NQRZ because I like them all for different reasons. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d probably have to be

Chess; that was a good one, a great challenge for me to play the part of the Arbiter. Tim Rice phoned me up and asked me to do that, and I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t initially sure if it was right for me, but he convinced me. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quite persuasive! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a singer/songwriter, and I never studied musical theatre or anything, and it sort of came to me and I never really saw it coming. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice that at this time in my career I can evolve and try these different things and most importantly, have an audience who can afford me the luxury to do it! With your theatrical commitments, do you get any time to sing these days? <HDK ,Q IDFW , KDYH MXVW Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHG a new album that comes out next year. I constantly tour, you know - if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not on this tiny wee island of the United Kingdom, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m touring somewhere else in Europe or America. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m out and about all the time! Here in Newcastle, we have a lot of Scottish students. Do you ever get much time to head back to Scotland? Well, I think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to make time. When I was growing up, I spent all my time trying to get out of Scotland, and now I spend all my time trying to get back in! My famLO\¡V WKHUH VR , GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ GR PDNH time to go back. Well thanks for chatting to The Courier and best of luck with the show. M: It was a pleasure, and I hope you enjoy Chicago!


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theatre

Scottish Ballet put in a cracking performance The Nutcracker hits the stage in Newcastle, writes Josie Vallely Artistic director Ashley Page breathes new life into the ballet production of E.T.A. Hoffmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story, The Nutcracker. Taking the traditional German fairy tale as it was originally written, Page explores the deeper, more sinister aspect of a Christmas family favourite. The Scottish Balletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nutcracker is a far cry from the glittery Angelina Ballerina scenes that a ballet production might initially conjure up. A rich, quirky, creative masterpiece, The Nutcracker is sure to be the perfect stage-based remedy to the dark days of Febuary. The Nutcracker follows the story of Dr and Frau Stahlbaum- a couple so self absorbed that they fail to realise that their home is being invaded by hoards of mice. Daughter Marie (for which Tomami Sato is perfectly casted,) is lost in a dream world of Mouse Queens, true love and a Nutcracker Prince, to escape from the incessant torment from her evil mistress and antagonistic younger brother. Marie eventually learns the story of

why the Nutcracker Prince looks the way he does, confesses her undying love for him, and lifts the curse that was placed upon him by the Mouse Queen. Underlying the plot are Freudian themes involving a slightly overenthusiastic unmarried grandfatherthe toymaker. So far, so Nutcracker, but what is that make this production stand above the rest? The production of The Nutcracker promises to be as much a visual spectacle as a ballet. The costumes traditionally German in style, are altered to present a much quirkier and modern edge to the show. While adhering genuinely to the plot of Hoffmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story, the ballet offers a storytelling through the medium of dance. But donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re promised that The Nutcracker retains all of its decadence. Haute couture velvet tailcoats to rich silk kimonos, crude spiky VQRZĂ DNHWXWXVWRHODERUDWHPRXVH costumes, the creativity and originality will not disappoint! As should be expected, with show-stealing choreography, The Nutcracker combines dancing from WKH SRLQWH ZRUN RI WKH VQRZĂ DNHV with powerful and heavily technical pas-de-deux from dancers Claire Robertson and Erik Cavallari.

The fairytale comes to life in The Nutcracker at the Theatre Royal Page has excited critics by combining traditional classical 19th century EDOOHW ZLWK WKH ULSURDULQJ Ă DSSHU dance of the twenties. Incredible precision and perfect partnering are sure to create a haunting, aweinspiring spectacle.

To top it all off, the dark, surreal illustrations of Max Ernst- of the 'DGDDUWPRYHPHQWKDYHLQĂ XHQFHG the production and combined with the atmospheric lighting and subtly sublime orchestra, promise an unearthly, dreamlike landscape.

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The Great British Art Debate at Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, continues to excite us in a series of shows which dispute the importance of British art. This month, contemporary artist /XNH &DXOĂ&#x20AC;HOG¡V SRUWUDLWV RI KHDY\ metal devotees are exhibited alongside a karaoke booth in Rebel Nation. It invites us to listen to the music, sing some songs and discover how British art has associations with prevalent culture today, including conventionally unorthodox genres of music and populace. &DXOĂ&#x20AC;HOG¡V Rebel Nation depicts often featureless teenagers clad in death metal t-shirts. 0XFK RI &DXOĂ&#x20AC;HOG¡V SKRWRJUDSKLF traits can be derived from genres RIKHDY\PHWDODQGWKHKRUURUĂ&#x20AC;OP observed in his requisition and adaptation of motifs within medieval devotional art. Staged as if observed from below, the adolescents appear to have surfaced out from the fathoms of hell, perceiving us with derision. Any visitor to this exhibition can create their own web of cultural UHIHUHQFHIURP&DXOĂ&#x20AC;HOG¡VLPDJHU\ from the metal scene, to juvenile disturbance, degenerative symbolism and, undeniably, iconography. &DXOĂ&#x20AC;HOG¡V PRGHOV DUH KRZHYHU anything but the angst-ridden teenagers, casually sporting their almost

The Nutcracker is on at the Theatre Royal from 3 - 6 February 2010

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Collision of Sound and Vision in karaoke exhibition Natalie Crick on the Laingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest addition

Page proffers a masterpiece: a haunting yet wholly accessible take on a traditional favourite.

arrogant devotion, that we assume them to be. &DXOĂ&#x20AC;HOG¡V SDLQWLQJV GLYXOJH WKH sovereignty of expression, that is, how innate our conceptions of distinct genres are, and how they can be media-manipulated. &DXOĂ&#x20AC;HOG GHPRQVWUDWHV KRZ WK Century painter John Martin has LQĂ XHQFHG PRGHUQGD\ PXVLF DQG art. As Julie Milne, curator of the Laing Art Gallery, states: â&#x20AC;&#x153;John Martin was a locally-born, 19th Century artist whose apocalyptic paintings gained him huge popularity in his OLIHWLPH DQG KDYH JRQH RQ WR LQĂ XHQFHĂ&#x20AC;OPPDNHUVGHVLJQHUVDQGDUWists to the present day. In this exhibition we are looking DWKLVLQĂ XHQFHRQSRSXODUFXOWXUH and everyone is welcome to come along and have a go in our karaoke booth!â&#x20AC;? Rebel Nation is a component of the Great British Art Debate at the Laing Art Gallery, an array of exhibitions and spectacles inquiring into KRZDUWLQĂ XHQFHVWKHOLYHVRI%ULWish people today. The efforts of local artist John Martin are examined, whose expressive views and prophetic works captivated 19th Century audiences, enFRXUDJLQJ GHVLJQHUV Ă&#x20AC;OPPDNHUV musicians and artists over the years to react to historic change while we, the viewing public, look on. As Julie Milne elaborates: â&#x20AC;?The Laing holds the single most important collection of Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work in the world and we want to highlight

Âľ/LJKWQLQJ6WULNHV7ZLFHÂśE\/XNH&DXOÂżHOG5HEHO1DWLRQDWWKH/DLQJ*DOOHU\ how the work of this artist from the 1RUWK(DVWKDVJRQHRQWRLQĂ XHQFH everything from art and design to Ă&#x20AC;OPDQGPXVLFZRUOGZLGHÂľ So join the Rebel Nation this month at the Laing to get involved in the Great British Art Debate and an-

WLFLSDWH KRZ WKH PHGLDLQĂ XHQFHG \RXWK FDQ LQĂ XHQFH D QHZ DJH LQ history. Rebel Nation will be available on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 35pm, until 7 March

Fancy yourself as an aspiring photographer of the natural elements? Have an eye for discovering raw and imaginative images or capturing ones alike of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s PRVW LQĂ XHQWLDO DQG VWDJJHULQJ architecture? Then this could be the way forward for you to win the chance of landing yourself a photographic commission worth ÂŁ1000 or ÂŁ750 worth of camera equipment vouchers with the 2nd and 3rd prizes being only marginally less. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simple. If you think that you are a photographer capable of capturing striking images that UHĂ HFWKRZWKHEXLOWHQYLURQPHQW and nature can shame our world then read onâ&#x20AC;Ś Following the huge success of its competition last year, focusing on the theme of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bricks and Mortalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, ADP architects and associates have decided to run the competition again this year with the fresh, new theme and brief being: Architecture Naturally. With last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme centred on people and the built environment in which they lived in, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme has been designed to focus on architecture within the natural world. The competition is open to anyone with the closing date being 31st March 2010. You have free reign to enter whatever powerful and innovative image you feel best captures the demands of the photo brief. For more information on the competition visit its website at www.adparchitects.co.uk Daisy Wallis


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Film features

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Are you ready for the talk with Hot Chip? Drummer Felix Martin speaks to Christopher Hay ahead of Hot Chipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eagerly awaited new record One Life Stand Hot Chip are back. And judging by their new single and album, One Life Stand, their habit of crafting perfect nuggets of quirky electropop shows no sign of waning. But beneath the trademark singalong chorus and catchy hook, can a new, more tender side to the band can be detected? Felix Martin, the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s multi-instrumentalist, agrees that the single is different to the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s previous offerings. ´7KLVRQH¡VGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\DORYHVRQJ ,W¡V WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW WLPH ZH¡YH GRQH D VLQgle thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got that message to it, because before that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve released Over and Over and Ready For The Floor, which have been a lot more abstract. I mean, every album weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done have had love songs on them because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what inspires us. But this is the clearest one weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done.â&#x20AC;? So is this softer sound symptomatic of their fourth studio album, released at the beginning of next month? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yeah, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more of a focus on songwriting and that side of the music rather than the more dancey side,â&#x20AC;? Felix admits. ´,W¡V GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ D KRXVHLQĂ XHQFHG record in some ways, but the songs are quite short and folkyâ&#x20AC;Śpop songs really. The arrangement is a lot more traditional than whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gone before, with a lot of piano and quite a lot of live drums and guitar, as well as the electronic sounds.â&#x20AC;? Hot Chip are famed for their euphoric live shows. Exceptional DJs as well as musicians, the band adapt and remix their tracks to send crowds into sweaty nu-rave raptures of energy. Felix reassures us that despite the new albumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more measured feel, the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gigs will remain just as animated: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be playing a lot of new songs, but if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been to a Hot Chip live show, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not gonna be radically different to before.â&#x20AC;? Judge for yourselves â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Hot Chip are playing at the O2 Academy in Newcastle on February 18th. Are they excited to be coming up? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always had a wicked time whenever weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve played there to be

honest. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had some really fun shows there and massively enthusiastic crowds â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they just get really into it, which makes it much more fun for us. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re expecting a really good atmosphere in Newcastle!â&#x20AC;? Such is the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passion for playing live that Felix names a festival performance as the highlight of his time with the band. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got to be playing at Glastonbury in 2008 when Wiley came and joined us on stage. It was a special moment, and at a festival that I just love and have been going to many years.â&#x20AC;? And a low-light? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m trying to think of an appropriate one. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard, I can just think of plenty of times when I thought I was having a nervous breakdownâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? 0DQXIDFWXUHG SRSVWDUV Ă RRGHG the charts in 2009, and Hot Chipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

return brings some much-needed credibility back to the British music scene. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are always going to buy shit music, because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re told to by people who want to make money.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a musician and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re complaining about XFactor then you just need to get off your arse and make some good musicâ&#x20AC;? When music just becomes a product, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just like buying sausages â&#x20AC;&#x201C; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a problem,â&#x20AC;? Felix acknowledges. Is that a veiled comment on Simon

&RZHOO¡VLQĂ XHQFH"´1RQRWUHDOO\ The X-Factorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a talent show. I watch it sometimes because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quite funny, but you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really take it too seriously. You know, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a musician and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re complaining about X-Factor then you just need to get off your arse and make some good music.â&#x20AC;? It turns out X-Factor isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only reality TV show on Felixâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s radar â&#x20AC;&#x201C; heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a closet fan of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Celebrity Big Brother. So with musical pioneers like Sisqo, Basshunter and Dane Bowers on the show, is a Hot Chip collaboration with any of the housemates on the cards? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe Katia, the Russian girl! â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Cos sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prettyâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? Surely the groundbreaking europop of Basshunter would be a more obvious choice? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yeahâ&#x20AC;ŚIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m gonna stick

with the Russian. I think I can safely say that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not musically inspired by Basshunter!â&#x20AC;? Apart from teaming up with Ronnie Woodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ex-girlfriend, what are Hot Chipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolutions? â&#x20AC;&#x153;To get real chart success and radio success with our singles.â&#x20AC;? Surprisingly, Ready For The Floor is the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only top-ten hit to date. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think if we manage to have a really popular album then thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be really cool, because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re quite an unlikely group to achieve that kind of success. And weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d enjoy every minute of it.â&#x20AC;? For the sake of the British music industry, we wish them the best of luck. Hot Chipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new album One Night Stand is released on February 1st. They play the O2 Academy Newcastle on Thursday 18th February.

LQ DOO LQGXVWULHV EH LW PXVLF Ă&#x20AC;OP or even knitting â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but for many, a nomination is nothing more than a throwaway ego-boost to fuel their agentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inbox. It would also be fair to say that critical acclaim aside, double-platinum selling records do deserve some level of recognition in light of lining supermarket shelves nationwide. An award, however, is contrary to a sales chart. Many genuine musical pioneers are being neglected from the likes of the Brits simply to draw in the masses and settle seminal pub debates in order WRFRQĂ&#x20AC;UPVXFFHVVQRWFUHDWHLW Whilst the likes of Lily Allenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lat-

est offering may be accomplished efforts, why should she be awarded for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;playing it safeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; whilst suits donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so much as bat an eyelid towards our creative talents from all genres, be they Animal Kingdom, The xx or even Grammatics. There is some compromise with the likes of Doves, Bat for Lashes and Lady Gaga striking up nominations, yet their recognition comes hand in hand with increased commercial awareness. In the perfect hypothetical situation, the powers that be would EULQJRXUĂ&#x20AC;QHVW\RXQJWDOHQWWRWKH centrefold, but at the end of the day, it is still The Brit Awards.

the debate Do The Brits award the best? Polly Randall When you consider the list of nominations for the Brits you may be led to believe that the only musical output of the last twelve months has been from the mouths of Lady Gaga, Florence and the Machine and Pixie Lott. Hmm. While these without a doubt (but more than likely with annoyance) have been massively popular acts, their overshadowing dominance in these awards would give the impression of belittling many other, equally worthy, artists. The nods to bands like Friendly Fires, Doves and Animal Collective

are always a pleasing thing to see, but often come across as a courtesy effort on the part of the organisers, almost as if the nomination is to do these bands a favour as there is little to no chance of them actually winning.

There are some things in life which cannot be fully comprehended, and The Brit $ZDUGVGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\VHHPVWR be one of them This year, aside from the general

humour normally created from the list of the best singles of the year, there is a collection of the best albums of the last 30 years â&#x20AC;&#x201C; hello Travis, Dido, and Keane. There are some things in life which cannot be fully comprehended, and when faced with that list, The Brit Awards GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\VHHPVWREHRQHRIWKHP Perhaps instead of constantly reminiscing on the efforts of the past, a ELW RI FRQWHPSRUDU\ VLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQFH would be better. Stuart Edwards Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fair to say that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one or two too many quality based awards


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gigs Future of the Left The Cluny, 16 January

There are gigs that you know will resonate with you long after itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all over. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the atmosphere or the band, you can feel that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be going over those few hours for days. Future of the Left play those gigs. The reason for that is energy, and if thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one thing that characterises Andy Falkous itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s his energy. Two songs in, he was drenched in sweat and swigging beer so that he could keep screaming his nonsequiturs at us whilst Jack kept their powerful drum sound rolling and Kelson ripped his bass to shreds. The audience lapped it up, mosh

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pits forming every time the tempo was stepped up (Small Bones Small Bodies and Land of my Formers were explosive) and chanting lyrics back like (dark, hilarious) nursery rhymes. The band refuses to stop entertaining, even when the songs are over. 7KHLUĂ&#x20AC;QDOVRQJOLYHIDYRXULWH&ORDN WKH'DJJHUZDVH[WHQGHGWRDĂ&#x20AC;IWHHQ minute session of feedback as Falco slowly deconstructed the drums and scattered them, while Kelson played the Inspector Gadget theme tune, as if oblivious to the mayhem around him. I think this is the secret that Future of the Left donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to let us in on â&#x20AC;&#x201C; beyond all the fury, they just want people to enjoy themselves. Well, if that is the case, then mission accomplished. Joe Skrebels

tised â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;wee folk gigâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; that had been sold to me. 5XVKLQJ LQWR &OXQ\  ZDV TXLWH a shock: a packed seated theatre awaited for a far more relaxed intimate show than Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d intended. Anais Mitchellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vocals greeted me, soothing the crowd with her seductive American tone. Her distinctive childlike voice is mesmerising and instantly memorable. From her Ă&#x20AC;UVWVRQJWRWKHODVW,ZDVFDSWLYDWHG

and utterly under her spell - a true Mitchell convert. Believing her to be almost impossible to follow, Erin McKeown then took to the stage. Performing the end of Mitchellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s set together the two dazzled the crowd with their perfect harmonies while each holding onto their wonderfully unique voices and giving the audience a wonderfully rare opportunity to see such talented

artists working together like sisters. Erin McKeownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smile could have relaxed the stoniest of hearts as she performed a taste of her new album. &KDWWLQJDZD\WRWKHFURZG0F. eownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lyrics breathed life to the room and encouraged everyone to sing along, giving the performance the feel of an evening with a close friend. This was folk music at its best. The

crowd was captivated by the two of them and in such a venue the audience was able to request songs and heckle affectionately with the artists. One of the best gigs Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been to in a long time, the atmosphere made for a special night and certainly makes PHHDJHUWRVWXPEOHLQWRWKH&OXQ\ more often on a Friday evening.

wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t dare start their set with three tracks from an album that hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet been released, Midlake arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just any band. Specialising in heavenly AmeriFDQDZLWKFOHDULQĂ XHQFHVIURPWKH likes of Neil Young, their more recent tracks have a clear English Folk LQĂ XHQFH RQ VRPH RFFDVLRQV )DLU SRUW&RQYHQWLRQHVTXH

Tracks debuted from their forthcoming album The Courage of Others captured the crowdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention throughout a period of the set where a band with lesser material may have lost their way, and the title track and The Horn were true standouts. The band soon began to play tracks from their critically acclaimed 2005

album The Trials of Van Occupanther, with title track and fan favourite Roscoe being especially well received. It is hard to describe in words the beauty of Roscoe: the keyboard, Ă XWHV HOHFWULF DQG DFRXVWLF JXLWDUV and drums amalgamate to create possibly one of the most beautiful pieces of music you will ever hear. Encoring with two more Van Occu-

panther favourites, Young Bride and %UDQFKHVWKHVROGRXW&OXQ\FURZG showed their obvious appreciation DIWHUZKDWKDGEHHQDĂ DZOHVVQLQH ty minutes.

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interview Entering the wild world of Vivian Girls Music Editor Mark Corcoran-Lettice catches up with the American act â&#x20AC;&#x153;You know, Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys has got one of the most interesting Wikipedia pages of all time.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was all recorded on eight-track â&#x20AC;&#x201C; actually, wait, it was a four-track â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and all the instruments were recorded live as an ensembleâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? Most interviews you do donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tend to stray into in-depth discussions of how other peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s records were recorded. You may get, at most, a brief UXQGRZQ RI LQĂ XHQFHV ZKLFK IRU the record, include The Vipers, The Shangri-Las and Nirvana â&#x20AC;&#x201C; make of that what you will), but rarely this kind of passion and knowledge. So no, the Vivian Girls arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like every other American band adored by the internet elite. Mixing clasVLF JLUOSRS PHORGUDPD ZLWK Ă&#x20AC;HU\ punk thrills, they became online sensations with the release of 2008â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s self-titled debut album, and consolidated their success with last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s superb follow-up Everything Goes

Wrong. Just prior to their recent gig at The &OXQ\ WKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVWWLPHLQ1HZFDVWOH which youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll doubtlessly be relieved to know got a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;thumbs upâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; from the band), we got to talk with their voFDOLVW DQG JXLWDULVW &DVVLH 5DPRQH about their sound and the trials and tribulations of being in a punk band LQWKHWZHQW\Ă&#x20AC;UVWFHQWXU\ First on the list then: along with other recent sensations like Wavves and Times New Viking, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been lumped into something known DVÂśORĂ&#x20AC;¡$Q\WKRXJKWV" ´, WKLQN LW GRHV H[LVWÂľ &DVVLH H[ SODLQV´EXWQRRQHZLWKLQWKHÂśORĂ&#x20AC;¡ scene actually considers themselves ORĂ&#x20AC;,ZRXOGQ¡WUHDOO\VD\ZH¡UHOR Ă&#x20AC;ZHUHFRUGDOORXUVWXIILQDVWXGLR and I think what a lot of people call ORĂ&#x20AC;LVMXVWDVWXGLRDHVWKHWLFDQGD ORWRIRWKHUEDQGVWKDWJHWFDOOHGORĂ&#x20AC; would probably say the same thing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re friends with several bands who make music whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been placed in this scene, but I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lump us all into the same category, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just friends with other people who are creative and make their own music.â&#x20AC;? Glad to have that cleared up. But what about the bloggers and writHUVZKRVWDUWHGWKLVP\WKRIWKHORĂ&#x20AC;

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VFHQH"+HUH&DVVLHLV XQGHUVWDQG ably) more tentative. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s helped us, because if it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t for people writing about us on blogs, then a lot of people wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have heard us. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But before the internet, this concept of over-hype didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really exist, whereas now you get a lot of people writing about you on the internet, and suddenly youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re over-hyped, when really itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a few people who liked your music deciding to write about it on their site.â&#x20AC;? :KDW &DVVLH GRHV ZDQW WR WDON about though is where the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s headed now. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The material weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working on currently doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really sound like Everything Goes Wrong or WKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWDOEXP â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right now, I think the sound weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working towards is like a

church choir, meets Neil Young and &UD]\+RUVH²ZH¡UHJRLQJLQDYHU\ heavy, choral-led direction,â&#x20AC;? before claiming that â&#x20AC;&#x153;people have called us harmony-heavy before, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve not heard just where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going with the vocals now. The harmonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really getting pushed.â&#x20AC;? Before a third album though, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a seven-inch out on their own label Wild World later this month, which includes â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the newest crazy additionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to the Vivian Girls family, their remarkable take on Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gone E\7KH&KDQWHOVDQG\HWPRUHWRXU ing for the hard-working trio. For those of you who missed out on them, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sure to be many PRUH FKDQFHV WR FDWFK ZKDW &DVVLH calls their â&#x20AC;&#x153;old and new, fast and slow, hard and softâ&#x20AC;? live show.

Some of the more unkind corners of the blog community have accused them of snobbishness and insincerity, but as soon as they stepped on stage, the Vivian Girls exuded an undeniable passion and enthusiasm. The rhythm section of drummer Ali Koehler and bassist Katy Kickball manically raced each other through their set-list, while the more laconLF &DVVLH 5DPRQH GHDOW RXW URXJK but tender tales of heartbreak and angst. Divided up largely between material from their two albums, anthems OLNH &DQ¡W *HW 2YHU <RX DQG FDOO ing-card Tell The World earned the band some well-deserved cheers, while new songs saw them add a new complexity and intricacy to their sound while still maintaining the immediate pop buzz of their best work. It was the unique, acapella cover of 7KH&KDQWHOVFODVVLF+H¡V*RQHWKDW DSSHDUHGĂ&#x20AC;YHVRQJVLQWKDWOLQJHUHG in the memory though, with the band huddled together to deliver the ballad with beauty, gusto and reverence. In moments like these, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem too far-fetched to place the Vivian Girls in the same lineage. Mark Corcoran-Lettice Music Editor


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Coronation Street

11pm Monday, ITV2 (repeat)

Ciaran McCarthy played by Keith Duffy makes a return to WeathHUÀHOG DV 3HWHU DQG /HDQQH EXPS into him in a restaurant out of town. Becky reveals she is pregnant but makes Clare swear she won’t tell anybody. Will she keep it? Elsewhere, Janice gets a sexy new lodger.

Some would say that this television arrangement has all the elements of 21st century entertainment. The discussion of sex, opportunism, money and voyeurism is delivered by two young women looking to develop their careers and gain understanding; albeit in very different ways. The dramatised, hyper-glitz Belle du Jour of the books and television series meets the real, unabashed version in a revealing interview that sees former Newcastle University research scientist Dr. Brooke Magnanti, who recently revealed herself to be the author of ‘The Secret Diaries of a Call Girl’ books, spill all to Billie Piper. Her life as a working call girl, in-

cluding a period where she worked in Newcastle, promises to be a divisive account of where the sex industry lies in the acceptance of the everyday public. Seemingly Piper has made her stance very clear, and the interview includes her defending her decision to perform the role in a controversially glamorous fashion. On a lighter note however, the average viewer’s love of naughtiness ZLOOEHVDWLVÀHGZLWKWDOHVRIEL]DUUH client fetishes and embarrassing situations and requests. Students can take note: Magnanti was crippled with debt from her desire to become a research scientist and get a PhD. Maybe there’s room for a male version? If I could make it look as good as Billie Piper did, I’d give it a go.

The Truth About Tanning

The Vampire Diaries

Pick of the week

Eastenders Syed may be telling Christian that he’s happily married, but when Amira turns up at the Masala Queen in her undies to seduce him, why is he in such a hurry to get her clothes back on? Syed’s loss is Danny’s gain as later he and Amira share a cheeky kiss! Stacey’s pregnancy is all over the Vic as Becca makes sure nobody misses out on the gossip. Meanwhile, are Ronnie and Jack back on???

Hollyoaks

Nile Amos

9pm Tuesday, ITV2

Tower Block of Commons

Secrets of Egypt 8pm Wednesday, Five

9pm Monday, C4

9pm Thursday, BBC3

Hannah is shocked to see her ex, Jamie, chatting with Suzanne, and orders him to stay away from her and her family.Rhys also warns him to stay away but in a slightly more physical way. But will Hannah change her mind when she receives a romantic voice message from Jamie? Meanwhile Ravi decides to distract himself from Relish and his aneurysm by starting up a boxing club in the local council hall.

Emmerdale Natasha refused to give up on Mark but when the police turn up explaining they’ve found a body, she expects the worse. Hannah storms out of the house during a family dinner when the talk turns to school and she can’t handle it. But why does Victoria arrive home from school later in the week with a scratched face and bleeding ear?

Neighbours Probably best known as ‘the grumpy ginger one’ from Girls Aloud, Nicola Roberts is going on a ‘personal journey’ to explore the tanning phenomenon that is sweeping across the U.K. As part of BBC3’s Dangerous Pleasures season, the show will be investigating how far people go in their quest for ‘beauty’. Nicola will be meeting self confessed ‘tanorexics’- mainly young women in their twenties who use VXQEHGVIRXURUÀYHWLPHVSHUZHHN in a bid to understand the appeal of tanning. Roberts will also be meeting dermatologists and cancer experts who will undoubtedly list the consequences of sunbeds. It may not be Cheryl, but Nicola certainly has a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ about her, a ‘something kinda ooooh’, if you will. Helen Atkinson

Now that vampires are all the rage, we can expect to see something interesting in this new critically acclaimed series. The story is centred around teenager Elena and her brother Jeremy, who’ve come to live with their Aunt in Mystic Falls after their parents die. It starts off with the makings of a normal teen drama but there’s something mysterious about the new student Stefan Salvatore and (OHQD ÀQGV KHUVHOI LPPHGLDWHO\ drawn to him. As she gets to know him, she’s unaware he’s hiding a deadly secret: yes, he’s an Edward Cullen! But if you think this sounds familiar, be prepared for an enthralling surprise, as Stefan’s evil older brother Damon returns to town and Stefan ÀQGVKH·VQRWWKHRQO\RQHDIWHU(OHna’s affections! Lynsey Fawcett

With a general election fast approaching, MPs are desperate for votes and ‘Tower Block of Commons’ is their attempt to regain popularity with individuals. 7KHVHULHV·ÀUVWHSLVRGHVKRZVWKH experience of the Liberal Democrat MP, Mark Oaten, spending a week living in a council house in Barking and Dagenham. The individuals that Mark Oaten meets have become disenchanted with mainstream politicians and so have turned to the BNP. Oaten spends his time attempting to understand people’s concerns and why they feel the BNP is the only way forward in politics. This programme is guaranteed to be a great watch for anybody who is interested in politics or for those disenchanted with mainstream politicians. Clementine Manning

ad of the week Get your skates on with Evian Adverts for bottled water are never that thrilling; do you really want volcanicity? Do you even know what that is? No, but do you want to be able to roller skate round the park like the Evian babies? Yes, yes you do. , ÀUVW GLVFRYHUHG WKH )UHQFK YHUsion of this advert on YouTube a few months ago and I loved it. So you can imagine my excitement

when I turned on the TV last week to see babies roller skating round a city park. Evian are running a ‘Live Young’ campaign across television and the Internet, and you can’t get much younger than a baby. Who wouldn’t want to be able WR EDFN ÁLS DQG VRPHUVDXOW ZLWK D ghettoblaster in the background? Clearly water is the best way to

achieve these abilities. Everybody knows that we need two litres of water a day to be healthy, and this advert stops trying to tell us this well-known fact and just shows us how much fun we can have if we drink lots of water (especially Evian) and invest in a pair of roller skates. Clementine Manning

The latest instalment in FIVE’s Secrets of Egypt series chronicles the life of Egypt’s longest reigning pharaoh, Ramesses II. This period is viewed as a golden age in Egypt as it was the dominant power in the middle-east and the prosperity ushered in by Ramesses’ campaigns meant he could fund vast building projects such as the great hall at Karnak and the world famous temple of Abu Simbel. The latest archaeological research and state of the art CGI graphics are used to demonstrate how great architectural feats such as this were accomplished. For lovers of history or those of you with a general interest in the rich cultural heritage that Egypt has left the world, this documentary is great viewing. Imran Javed

The Ramsay kids are on the run and who’s trying to help them? None other than their Uncle Paul Robinson. He feels guilty about neglecting the kids when they needed him. But when his efforts to bring them home fail, he is driven to drastic measures and cuts off their money.

Home and Away The culprit behind the people VPXJJOLQJ LV ÀQDOO\ RXWHG LQ D VHULHV RI ÁDVKEDFNV VKRZLQJ YLHZHUV who has been involved right from the beginning. Elsewhere, Martha is trapped in the boot of Derrick’s car. Little does her kidnapper know there’s a surprise waiting for him on the backseat. Aimee Philipson TV & Radio Editor

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Cross dressers and Mad Men

catch-up tv Glee

Joe Mellor Columnist

9pm Monday, E4, repeated 5.35pm Sunday, C4. Catch up on 4OD If Fame's your thing and you like the 'High School losers trying to make it to the Top' storyline which runs through American TV shows and movies, then you should love Glee. ,KDYHWRDGPLW,HQMR\HGWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW episode. It was no Inbetweeners but it had all the obscure humour of Napoleon Dynamite â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and I didn't need WREHKHDYLO\XQGHUWKHLQĂ XHQFHWR appreciate it! Not having gone to an American High School myself, I can't really relate â&#x20AC;&#x201C; thank God - to the stereotypical jocks, geeks, cheerleaders and now, 'Gleeks ' but that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to matter. All of the characters are over-exaggerated â&#x20AC;&#x201C; sounds bad on paper, I know, but on screen it actually seems to work.

It might appear to be just a bundle of teenage angst and drama relayed to the audience through the medium of song and dance â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and I guess it is. The plot's not amazing, but it carries the characters who are hilariRXV3HUVRQDOO\,WKLQNLWGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ deserves more kudos than to be labelled a 'Satire of High School Musical' like many Gleek-haters have rated it. The cast are extremely talented DQG DW WKH HQG RI WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW HSLVRGH they pull off a cracking rendition of Journey's 'Don't Stop Believing'; even if you don't bother watching the programme on 4OD it's well worth a trip to YouTube. Jessica Bean

radio highlights Mark Thomas â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Manifesto 6.30-7pm Thursday, BBC R4 Comedian-activist Mark Thomas returns with four more editions of the show in which the audience suggests policies to make the world a better place.

Opposing Obama 8-8.30pm Monday, BBC World Service Author and journalist Gary Younge tells the story of the other side of the Obama phenomenon, meeting people who think his presidency is nothing but bad news.

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home of Zane Lowe and his quality playlists. Zaneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show goes out MondayThursday 7-9pm, the perfect time IRU FRRNLQJ ,¡P DOZD\V ÂśRQ ERDUG¡ and love the Kiwiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enthusiastic style of presenting and evident love for all genres of music. Zane showcases the very best new music - from rap to rock to jazz to electro, anything goes. Some of my housemates cannot stand Zane, however we all agree that the music he plays is always excellent. I have discovered many a new band thanks to him, and although he may no longer be the most credLEOH'-,ORYHÂśWKH/RZH¡ In particular, I love Thursday QLJKWVDQGWKHÂś=DQHYV7KH3HRSOH¡ feature, whereby Lowe and members of the public go head to head LQDELGWRSOD\WKHEHVWÂśIXWXUHDQ WKHP¡ ÂśNDUDRNH WXQH¡ HWF  \RX JHW the picture. Furthermore, the show often gets exclusive interviews with some of the most celebrated musicians in the world, a perfect reason to tune in. So next time youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re cooking up a curry (or warming up a pot noodle, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s be realistic here), why not have a listen to this gem of a radio programme? <RX¡OO EH ÂśRQ ERDUG¡ EHIRUH \RX know it. Helen Atkinson

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 7-8.30pm Wednesday, BBC R2 Mike Harding presents highlights of WKH%%&5DGLR)RON$ZDUGV show from The Brewery in London.

Desert Island Discs 11.15am Sunday, BBC R4 This weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s castaway is stylist and presenter Gok Wan. Gok talks to Kirsty Young about his life, his favourite music and how he would cope on BBC Radio 4â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mythical island.

nsr Back on your airwaves After a lengthy break, Newcastle Student Radio makes its return this week from 10am, once again providing you with the soundtrack to your time at Newcastle University. With studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; demanding schedules, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a fair bit of chopping and changing with some exciting new shows alongside favourites from last semester. Amongst these is an improved coverage of student news and sports, with three weekly sport shows, both previewing and reviewing the weekendsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; action and providing increased in-depth analysis on University sports. Furthermore from a musical standpoint there will be continued speFLDOLVW VKRZV IURP SP RQZDUGV each weekday helping you discover new music with something for everyone. Operated solely by students, the station continues to be broadcast both online and in the Unionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Global CafĂŠ throughout the day, with over 100 members ensuring you are kept up to date with the latest music, news, sports and entertainment. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re yet to visit our website be sure to log on to see our brand new schedule, gallery and hear the best of our interviews and live sessions from last semester. Over the next term, working alongside The Courier and NUTV, there will be plenty more added to this to feast your ears and eyes on, in what promises to be another busy time for NSR. Added to this, a new club night is

in the pipeline to provide another outlet for you to hear great new music and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be showcasing more local acts across the term too. So please do listen in and support UDGLR WKDW¡V FDWHUHG VSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FDOO\ IRU you, the students of Newcastle. Christian Allen Improved student sport coverage: Monday 11-12am - â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kick Offâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Preview show letting listeners know what is coming up this week with Sport. Dedicated to University sport. Wednesday 6-8pm - â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Cross-Countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 7KH GD\¡V UHVXOWV OLYH DV WKH Ă&#x20AC;QDO whistles are blown up and down the country. Includes interviews. Friday 6-7.30 - â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90MINUTESâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Gavin Callaghan covers professional sport. Watch this space for a full NSR schedule coming in a future issue of The Courier and check out the Culture Listings for upcoming NSRLive events!

When I was a little boy I wanted to be a ballerina, but by a cruel twist of fate I was born a man, well more of a dandy, but a male of the species all the same. This troubled me until about a month ago; now I want to be a 1960â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advertising executive. ,ERXJKWP\VHOIWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWZRVHULHV of Mad Men â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a drama series set in a 1960â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New York advertising company - for Christmas (pity me...please), and have decided that I want to live in an age where adultery is just a bit of a giggle and refusing to drink bourbon before midday singles you out as a sissy or, God forbid, a closet homosexual. Think Life on Mars but without the pesky time traveller John Simm. Anyway the third series arrived last week - catch up on BBC iPlayer. The show was recently voted the fourth best ever series ahead of shows like The Wire, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth a glance. 2ND\WKDWPLJKWQRWĂ RDW\RXU boat, but Celebrity Big Brother &KDQQHOQLJKWO\ Ă RDWVHYHU\ RQH¡VLW¡VDĂ RDWLQJĂ RWLOODRIIXQ 7KHUHLVWKHĂ RXULVKLQJÂśEUR PDQFH¡EHWZHHQ$OH[ÂśFDJHĂ&#x20AC;JKWHU aspiring ballerinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Reid and Vinny Âś*HRUGLHFU\EDE\EDOOIRQGOHUDQG overacting muteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Jones. I did feel for poor little Dane Bowers. It is like he is Vinnyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Alexâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s little brother and he just wants to be one of the lads. I stress the word did feel sorry for Dane. Until I went for a bit of an internet search about Daneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s courtship with Jordan and came across an intriguLQJWLWOHÂś-RUGDQKHHOHGE\$QRWKHU Levelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. I thought it was a reference to Jordanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s horse riding prowess and her WUXVW\VWHHGÂś$QRWKHU/HYHO¡:KDW I saw was a whole lot seedier and more to the point unhygienic. The professional god-botherer and least successful of the Baldwin dynasty, Stephen, threatened Big Brother with godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wrath because he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ring his daughter on her birthday. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not a religious man but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure if God would part the Red Sea for that one. If he does then please note I got overcharged in the 6SDUWKLVPRUQLQJ,ÂśYHMXVWFKHFNHG my receipt and it says I was served today by Sandra. Go on Big Fella do your worst. I also thought it was a tad unfair when Big Brother brought in the football manager Barry Fry to berate the housemates. During Vinnyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chequered football career, he would have heard this type of rant everyday. I think we need to level the SOD\LQJĂ&#x20AC;HOG WRWDOO\LJQRUHWKH pun). Lady Sovereign should have brought in some of her hoodie mates and happy slap the lot of them. Basshunter should bring in a throng of Eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d up clubbers to bore each housemate to tears with their chemically enhanced affection. Heidi Fleiss could have brought in......letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leave it there. )LQDOO\LI,ÂśGEURNHQXSD\HDU marriage between a famous rock star and his ex-model wife I would show a bit of humility. Instead, .DWLDKDVĂ RXQFHGDURXQGEUHDNLQJ ZLQGDQGĂ LUWLQJZLWKWKH9LNLQJ invader. But maybe Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just old fashioned. I am a 1960â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advertising executive after all.


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Culture TV & Radio

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d caution anyone doing a Media Studies degreeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Culture Editor Alice Vincent and Nick Hewer discuss the next series of The Apprentice, todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s graduate opportunities and Kazakhstan Over the last half a decade, The Apprentice has risen from BBC experiment to the column-fodder of Heat magazine, creating as many dreams as hare-brained plans. Similarly, Sir Alan Sugar and his aides, Nick Hewer and Margaret Mountford have had their professional lives transformed into those of household names. Nick popped over to my family home one frosty afternoon for a cup of tea, and, looking rather more relaxed than in the board room in long snow-proof boots, allowed me to quiz him on varying aspects of his ascent to fame. What started out as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;a bit of funâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;,

albeit stemmed in Sugarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desire to demonstrate the fun side of business â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very proud of his programmeâ&#x20AC;? - has now become BBCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intellectual answer to reality TV. The sixth series of The Apprentice is currently in production, although, as I learn, the screening is something that nobody seems to know. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all predicated on the electionâ&#x20AC;?, Nick sighs. It turns out that Sugarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role as a government adviVRU KROGV VLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQFH HQRXJK IRU the Conservative party to argue that the programme will affect the election. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It strikes me as nonsense,â&#x20AC;? Nick says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;thanks Jeremy Hunt, for screwing up the viewing habits of

the nation.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably hit our screens in the summer, alongside the new Young Apprentice, a version of the show involving school kids, of whom the team were â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;rather proudâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. The educational basis of the show remains a top priority amongst the production team, having stemmed out of Alan Sugarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s university visits. This series will also see the debut of Margaretâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s replacement, Karren Brady, the business woman who broke records by becoming managing director of Birmingham City football club at just 23. Nick, too, is waiting to see just how sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll cope. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Karrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business analysis is much better than mine or Margaretâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, but whether she has the whiplash is still to be seen.â&#x20AC;? When I question the extent to which the editors have control, Nick quickly snubs such accusations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very truthful programme, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always thought the editing very honest â&#x20AC;&#x201C; those guys are geniuses. Not only do they inject the wit and the timing, but to hold it together as a programme is amazing. There is no script for anybody.â&#x20AC;? With the presentation of The Apprentice as a programme to aid youngsters into business, I wonder what Nick thinks of the current obsession with interning and free work placements for graduates, as well as the ever-increasing amount of the latter. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had experience of such situations - â&#x20AC;&#x153;everybody wants to get on the production team. Most of the DVVLVWDQWV DQG UXQQHUV KDYH Ă&#x20AC;UVW class honours degrees.â&#x20AC;? When I reveal the reality of the situation - that graduates donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really expect to get paid work upon leaving university any more â&#x20AC;&#x201C; he is shocked, to say the least. Should an Apprentice-style interviewing process be introduced considering the current levels of overapplication? â&#x20AC;&#x153;What it shows is the worst and the best in people. Once theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re through that door theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a very special world where all their training is stripped away and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re out of their comfort zone, where someone they will never rate will beat them because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got talent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The lesson is that while you can be super educated there is always room for the savant â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the raw JHQLXV LQGHĂ&#x20AC;QDEOH DELOLW\ WR VHH through a problem. The scarcest thing of all is talent.â&#x20AC;? Despite this, Nick maintains that a university education is important, even if not a golden ticket to success. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anybody who has an opportunity on the academic front should take it. If only because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun, you make great friends, you leave more educated than when you went in and it suggests to an employer that you have a brain.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gets you over the threshold. You need a good degree now. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to have some good ideas, though. A degree doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got talent or creativity. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d caution anyone doing a media studies course thinking itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take them straight to The Times.â&#x20AC;? A particularly over-subscribed area of the job market is PR, as those desirous of entering it know. +DYLQJVWDUWHGRXWLQVXFKDĂ&#x20AC;HOG Nick is amazed at its current popularity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nuts. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t something I was particularly proud of. In the old days it was like admitting you were a burglar, or lived a life of crime. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It appealed to me because I had a rather misplaced belief that it was a rather altruistic pursuit, but it can be deeply cynical, and is, frequently. Having said that, it treated me very well, and I hope Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve treated it very well.â&#x20AC;? Now elevated to the dizzy heights of 46 Nick Hewer-loving Facebook JURXS VRPHWKLQJ KH Ă&#x20AC;QGV ÂśYHU\ oddâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (although loves the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;terribly funnyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cassette Boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s remix of Alan Sugarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boardroom mixes), Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s celebrity status has resulted in a means to indulge in his love of travel for charitable causes. Most notably, participating in Children In Needâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Around the World in 80 Days programme, in which he and ex-Apprentice Saira Kahn had a more than traumatic adventure from Turkey to Kazakhstan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because it was at the time of the election, Iran wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let us in, then the Uzbeks wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let us in, the bastards, so we ended up going straight to Kazakhstan.â&#x20AC;? The episode makes for brilliant viewing, not least of all seeing Nick described as an â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;old man, who is very illâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by Saira in an attempt to get on a free ferry, or, on seeing the arguably disgusting accommodation on an entirely different ferry, hearing Nick announce that â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;he was still aliveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, despite staying in far worse accommodation in his time. The desire for travel continues. He muses on the undecided location of his next adventure, after claiming that â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;he has no purpose in his lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Maybe he should consider running for Prime Minister; a fair few Facebook groups seem to think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good option.


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Team Newcastle in good condition Sports Editor Paul Christian talks to Julie Twaddle about her role as the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Strength and Conditioning Coach Julie Twaddle has been Newcastle Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Strength and Conditioning coach since the start of September. And I have a confession to make. I knew very little about her role before this interview. As I arrived at the Sports Centre Julie was in comfortable conversation with an athlete. Then another. By the end of our chat I realise why. Not only is she a former professional athlete, accomplished coach and tireless worker, but Julie is easy to talk to; a voice of experience and NQRZOHGJHLQKHUĂ&#x20AC;HOG North East born and bred, she balances her time between NE1 and Gateshead Stadium where she works for the English Institute of Sport. I left the Sports Centre feeling foolish but enlightened. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how it went. Hi Julie, tell me a bit about your role as Strength and Conditioning Coach Strength and Conditioning Coach is one piece of a larger puzzle. I try to make the athletes slightly more robust, stronger and try to prevent them from being injured so that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re able to maintain more time on the pitch or whatever playing Ă&#x20AC;HOGWKH\FRPSHWHLQ So it can encompass gym work, ZHLJKWVĂ H[LELOLW\ZRUNFRQGLWLRQ ing. It just depends on what that athlete or team need. What athletes do you work with? I work with mostly First Teams, so menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rugby, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lacrosse, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hockey, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rugby, Rowing (just started this week) and Netball. Is it a change from your role at the English Institute of Sport (EIS)? With the EIS, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m working with individual athletes while here at the University a lot of it is team management, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m working with much bigger groups. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just that transition from individual-based stuff to mass groups that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had to deal with really. You can get a little more quality with the individual work while it can be TXLWHGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWZLWKODUJHUJURXSV How have you found the transition? When I was doing my Masters at University, I did similar stuff working as a Grad Assistant so the transition was quite smooth to be honest. You just have to be a bit louder, PRUHFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQWWRSURMHFW\RXUYRLFH across a gym thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s male dominated. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make much of a difference to me. Describe a typical session with one of the First Teams (Rugby) Depends on what phase of training ZH¡UHORRNLQJDW7KHĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDOIRIWKH year we looked at more strength development whereas now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re focusing on explosive power work. We will have threads of everything running all-year long. For example prehab type stuff will continue

throughout the year but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll just slightly manipulate the reps to get what we need out of it at that particular time of the season. What sort of prep work or research do you do for training? I base a lot of my training on the coaching eye, things I see from week to week that might need improving. Because I work with large groups, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more about trying to pick exercises that I can get the most from without having to spend too much time working on technical development. So the more experienced lifters like the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rugby team arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t too bad and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easier to progress, while with more inexperienced teams I have to spend a bit more time on the technical elements. It all depend on the athletes that are involved and the demands of the sport and what I see when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m coaching on a day-to-day basis. Do you watch the teams play and decide what needs working on? I try to get out on a Wednesday, just to see whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on, to support the teams and see how they perform in their arena. Also for them to get that buy-in factor i.e. they get the chance to see that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m actually interested in what they do. I can tell them what to do in the gym, but if I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen them play they might say â&#x20AC;&#x153;what the hell does she know.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good for them to see me wandering round. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a general understanding of most sports and for the most part I am just trying to develop the students as athletes rather than have a lot of VSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FVWRWKHVSRUW 'R\RXVHH\RXUVHOIDVDĂ&#x20AC;JXUHWKDW student athletes can approach with problems? 7KHUH¡V WKDW Ă&#x20AC;QH OLQH RI EHLQJ WRR friendly but I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to have that interest in what they do. They see that and feel comfortable talking to me. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m an approachable type of person. Any questions they may have is always an open door for me. Especially with injured players who often get pushed to one side. I like to make sure that they always have something to do and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel excluded. Back to the EIS. Explain your role there. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the same position that I hold here â&#x20AC;&#x201C; strength and conditioning. But it focuses on working with individual athletes. The main sport I work on is womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s football from senior level all the way through to u17â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. I do the same with the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rugby squad. I also work with disabled athletes. Within that role, I support the England womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rugby A squad. So Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll travel to camps for games and tournaments. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that like? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really good. We play with the

senior team who play in the Six Nations and we curtain-raise for them on most match-days. We travel a lot and are going to Spain and Italy this year. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re long old days though, up from 7 in the morning monitoring players, doing prehab sessions, warm-ups, cool-downs. In between that doing gym sessions for injured players. Then in the evenings recovery stuff such as pool work, ice baths, meeting after meeting after meeting. No time to relax but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s well worth it. What do you do to relax? In my spare time, I play football (laughs). I play for Whitley Bay at the moment, but I played at a higher level when I was younger. I went to the USA and played there for a bit. Then I came back and played in the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Premiership. +RZ GLG \RX Ă&#x20AC;QG SOD\LQJ LQ WKH States? In terms of technical ability, it was never something I had a problem with. It was more the mental and physical side of things. If I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have had the experience, I probably would never have went into the profession Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in now. My whole mindset to training changed. We used to run in the heat three times a day. First thing in the morning, speed sessions in the afternoon. We wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get the ball out until the evening. It was a bit old school. And your career in the Premiership? My career lasted six years in the Premier League. I played full back for Sunderland and Doncaster Belles. I played for Newcastle too in Division One before joining Whitley Bay. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more recreational now; all my friends are there and I really enjoy it. I enjoyed my time in the Premiership. The travelling was a bit tiring though. What Newcastle teams have benHĂ&#x20AC;WHGPRVWIURPWKHWUDLQLQJ" Physically, the netball team have really progressed this year. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quite a small, tight-knitted group and so their work-ethic is really good. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a willingness to learn, and they are growing as athletes. <RXFDQVHHIURPWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWJDPHRI the season until the last one before Chrstmas how much stronger they are. They can compete with the likes of Northumbria and even Leeds. To hear the girls saying â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m feeling so much strongerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get knocked off the ballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; are the type of things that make me think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doing something thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s working. Thanks Julie. Any dirt on Denis, Fraser or Nick Beale? Fraser seems to be the joker in the RIĂ&#x20AC;FH :H KDYH D OLWWOH )ULGD\ FRI fee group (location unknown) and watch the world go by. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good fun.

Team Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest recruit, Julie Twaddle, is a former professional footballer with Sunderland, who are currently top of the Premier League


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Six Nations D-Day for beleaguered Johnson As the Six Nations gets ready for kick off on Saturday, Jonathan Taylor looks at Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chances Having now been in the hot-seat of English Rugby for 18 months, few would dispute that Martin Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s managerial future hinges upon the upcoming RBS Six Nations Championships. Failure to perform on Europeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ELJJHVWVWDJHZLOOLQĂ LFWDIDWDOEORZ to Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reputation amongst the rugby elite, and more importantly, to the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 World Cup credentials. This Saturday sees the return of weekly international rugby to the BBC, with England set to lock horns with Ireland, France, Wales, Scotland and Italy for the Six Nations crown. With the World Cup in the forefront of everybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s minds, all see this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Championship as vital preparation on the road to New =HDODQG DQG SRWHQWLDOO\ WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW step towards securing sporting immortality. Above anything, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Six Nations will effectively show how far Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s England has developed over the last 18 months. After a dire autumn series, the English hierarchy controversially spoke of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;giant stridesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; made by the team under Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tenure, claiming that the team remain generally unscathed upon their World Cup mission. However, I feel such talk of English progression is premature. With the World Cup only a year away, I Ă&#x20AC;QGLWDVWRQLVKLQJWKDW-RKQVRQKDV yet not only to discover his strongest starting 15, but more importantly, install the same swagger and FRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFHLQWRWKHVLGHRIZKLFKWKH heroes of 2003 possessed in abundance. Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main weapon remains the strength and experience in their forward pack, with the likes of Lewis Moody and Simon Shaw Ă&#x20AC;QGLQJ WKHLU GRPHVWLF IRUP DW WKH perfect time. To have a chance of winning this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Six Nations, Johnson must select a pack that is capable of dominating games from the offset, grinding the opposition down through relentless scrummaging. The main worry, however, is the sheer lack of creativity within a

Ready for battle: Chris Cusiter, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Ryan Jones, Brian Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Driscoll, Steve Borthwick and Dimitri Szarzewski pose with the Six Nations trophy EDFNOLQHWKDWLVVWUXJJOLQJWRĂ&#x20AC;QGLWV direction. Jonny Wilkinson remains pivotal to the English gameplan, but if injuries come back to haunt KLP(QJODQGZLOOXQGRXEWHGO\Ă&#x20AC;QG themselves toothless in attack. It is also absolutely essential that Johnson uses this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Six Nations WRĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\GHWHUPLQHKLV:RUOG&XS centre partnership. In order to have a chance of success in New Zealand, England must show continuity over the upcoming months in terms of selection to allow the players valuable game-time to familiarize themselves with eachother; a tactic successfully used by Clive Woodward prior to the 2003 tournament. After a hugely impressive Six Nations campaign last year, Riki )OXWH\Ă&#x20AC;WQHVVSHUPLWWLQJLVDOPRVW a guaranteed starter at inside centre, whilst Mathew Tait or Dan Hipkiss appear the favourites to be given the

outside centre jersey. Johnson, however, must make his decision, and more importantly, stick with it, as this is not the time in a World Cup schedule to be showing managerial inconsistency. The virtue of continuity in terms of team selection has never been more evident that in the current Irish team, who are seeking to win backto-back Six Nations championships. After defeating every team in last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tournament, Ireland are deservedly deemed strong favourites for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s competition, aided by the dazzling form of skipper Brian Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Driscoll for European Champions, Leinster. The only contentious decision for Irish coach Declan Kidney upon choosing his team to kick-off this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Six Nations against Italy at Croke Park is whether to opt for the in-form Jonny Sexton or the experienced Ronan Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Gara as his pre-

ferred number ten. Martin Johnson can only dream of such a selection dilemma. Walesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; preparations for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tournament have been disrupted through the injuries to both Mike Phillips and Dwayne Peel, meaning that Gareth Cooper is likely to be given the scrum-half role for their opening game at Twickenham. Despite being considered outsiders for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s championship, however, with an exciting back-line including Lions duo Jamie Roberts and Shane Williams, Wales may well prove a dark horse in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s competition. Scotland open their Six Nations account on Sunday when they enWHUWDLQ)UDQFHDW0XUUD\Ă&#x20AC;HOGVHHN LQJWRVHFXUHWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVWRSHQLQJGD\ victory since 2006. Scrum-half Chris Cusiter is likely to named as captain in the absence of the injured Mike Blair, whilst the newly-recalled Dan

Parks is competing with Phil GodPDQDQG&KULV3DWHUVRQIRUWKHĂ \ half position. The next six weeks of rugby threatens to be one of the most exciting for all of the home nations, and one that will fundamentally determine the future of England boss Martin Johnson. If Johnson and his team strike gold, England will emerge from this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Six Nations as genuine contenders for the Webb Ellis trophy in New Zealand next summer, and ZLOO FRQĂ&#x20AC;UP WKH H[FLWLQJ HYROXWLRQ of a new team, with aspirations to follow the footsteps of Woodwardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2003 world-beaters. However, if England fail to impress their critics, Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position may become increasingly untenable ahead of a gruelling pre-World Cup schedule, and further make the triumphs of 2003 seem a distant memory.

Stan Calvert Cup 2010: spectate to accumulate Paul Christian Sports Editor So exam fever has temporarily subsided, and we no longer have to spend our lives in the silent circus that is the Robinson Library. Which means no more obsequious doorholding. No more check-shirted, North-Faced numpties, roaming around in their socks (put your shoes on). No more cheery, happy groups of chums invading a corner and calling it â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;our spotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. No more brooding â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a top reviser, meâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; types hiding in their hoodies. No more soul-ripping â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;stop and chatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with the nameless face you always see but have nothing to say to...except maybe â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;bloody exams... Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather be at the pub drinking all

the beer.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; No more irritating coughers, sneezers, sniffers and breathers. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s over. For now. That said, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure lads appreciate the effort girls make to look good even at the library. Thanks girls. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go unnoticed. Honestly. But enough of that. February looms, and with it, the pinnacle of Newcastle Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sports calendar â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Stan Calvert Cup. )RUWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWLPHLQLWV\HDUKLV tory, the tournament will be contested on a Sunday - the 28th to be exact â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and the whiff of competition is beginning to pervade the air. Newcomers might be unaware of this spectacle which sees Team Newcastle take on Team Northumbria in 22 sporting events at various venues throughout the region. The

ULYDOU\LVĂ&#x20AC;HUFHDQGWKHSHUIRUPDQFH levels high. Now, if like me, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never competed in the coveted cup, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let the day pass you by. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot to be said for the 1500 students, in more than 60 teams, battling it out against those biffs across St Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Place. Indeed, from fencer to footballer, an athlete nailing their respective skill with panache triggers that pang of approval in the gut, that gush of adrenaline, that fresh feeling. Basically, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dead good. Then dejection takes over as you pull another tin out of your blue bag. However, the art of spectation is UHĂ&#x20AC;QHG WKH NH\ FRPSRQHQW RI WKH event. There are a variety of sports to watch; skiing, squash, even

mountain biking. Teams buzz off the support and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good chance to witness the hidden pleasures of minority sports as well as the ecstasies of mainstream. Stan Calvert is ingrained in the recent history of Newcastle University. You mightnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve won nine out of sixteen contests including the last two. You mightnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know Stan Calvert ZDV WKH XQLYHUVLW\¡V Ă&#x20AC;UVW 'LUHFWRU of Sport; or that Fraser Kennedy knows every score of every game on the day. What you will know is the occasion; possibly someone competing and, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been before, the enjoyable, often intense atmosphere experienced at the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rugby Union match-up. Ex-

pect thrills and chants aplenty. Plus about four streakers. So, while Stan Calvert attests to our sporting ethos and allows athletes to showcase their irrefutable talent, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also an opportunity for the rest of us to get behind the teams; the individuals and the University in general. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bit like that race at Thunder Road in Grease. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Danny Zuko and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the ugly looking bloke with acne. Games will take place throughout the North East, from Gateshead Stadium to Bullocksteads by the airport, and even our very own Cochrane Park. Tickets cost ÂŁ4 for the rugby match XQGHUWKHĂ RRGOLJKWVDW*DWHVKHDG and will sell out quick. The Courier will be covering all things Stan Calvert in the forthcoming weeks.


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Four-goal Leazes cruise past Villa H. NEUENDORF

Intra Mural Football Cup

Castle Leazes Roman Villa

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Jonathan Taylor at Close House Despite matching their opponents for much of the game, fourth division side Roman Villa were knocked out of the cup last week at the hands RIDVWURQJ/HD]HVRXWĂ&#x20AC;W Inspired by the recent giant-killing form of Leeds United, Villa were looking to claim a huge scalp at Close House by eliminating last \HDU¡V 'LYLVLRQ 2QH FKDPSLRQV Such an upset failed to materialize however, with Leazes comfortably HGJLQJDKDUGIRXJKWDIIDLU The game began in a laboured manner, with both sides struggling to shake off the Christmas rust and DGDSWWRWKHGDPSFRQGLWLRQV9LOOD to their credit, were matching their opponents every stride, and came close to taking an early lead when winger Ed Hamilton almost conQHFWHG WR DQ H[FHOOHQW FURVVĂ&#x20AC;HOG EDOO After the cautious start however, the game began to open up midZD\ LQWR WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW KDOI ZLWK /HD]HV strike partners â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Crouchyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and David Hamilton combining on a number RIRFFDVLRQV After 20 minutes, the strikers alPRVW JDYH WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW GLYLVLRQ RXWĂ&#x20AC;W the lead, after a clever exchange saw +DPLOWRQVWULNHQDUURZO\ZLGH If the Villa warning bells had not started ringing by then, they cerWDLQO\ZHUHĂ&#x20AC;YHPLQXWHVODWHUZLWK â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Crouchyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; coming within inches of breaking the deadlock, rattling the ZRRGZRUNIURPDFRUQHU This let-off had a positive effect on Villa however, who began to grow LQ FRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFH DQG VWDWXUH WKURXJKRXW D FORVHO\FRQWHVWHG Ă&#x20AC;UVW KDOI with their dreams of a cup upset YHU\PXFKVWLOOLQWDFW Leazes took the lead against the UXQ RI SOD\ Ă&#x20AC;YH PLQXWHV EHIRUH half-time however, with the everindustrious Hamilton linking with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Crouchyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; once more, who effortlessly placed the ball past the helpless Villa keeper after a teasing ball IURPWKHULJKW $WLJKWĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDOIHQGHGLQGUDPDWLF fashion soon after, when Roman Villa were awarded a penalty after good trickery from striker Niall 2¡+DQORQ To the dismay of the Villa spectaWRUVKRZHYHUPLGĂ&#x20AC;HOGHU5RE*UDG\ missed the spot-kick, allowing Leazes to take a slender advantage into

5RPDQKROLGD\&DVWOH/HD]HVÂśYLFWRU\VHHVWKHPSURJUHVVWRWKHTXDUWHUÂżQDORIWKHFRPSHWLWLRQWKH\ZRQODVW\HDUOHDYLQJ9LOODWRFRQFHQWUDWHRQWKHOHDJXH WKHEUHDN Despite narrowly trailing, Roman Villa had every reason to be proud ZLWK WKHLU JULWW\ Ă&#x20AC;UVWKDOI GLVSOD\ having matched the division one FKDPSLRQVLQHYHU\GHSDUWPHQW The second half began in a devastating manner for the fourth diYLVLRQ RXWĂ&#x20AC;W KRZHYHU ZLWK /HD]HV GRXEOLQJ WKH OHDG ZLWKLQ RQO\ Ă&#x20AC;YH PLQXWHVRIWKHUHVWDUW On this occasion, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Crouchyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; turned architect for his side, with a superb ball across the box allowing a simSOHĂ&#x20AC;QLVKIRUWKH/HD]HVFHQWUDOPLGĂ&#x20AC;HOGHU

To the credit of the under-dogs, they did not allow the setback to hinder their commitment and heart, as they continued to play the game ZLWKWKHLUKHDGVKHOGKLJK On a number of occasions Villa stretched the Leazes defence, but lacked the clinical edge of which /HD]HVSRVVHVVHGLQDEXQGDQFH Leazesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; grasp on the game tightened throughout the second period, as they forced a couple of superb VDYHVE\9LOODNHHSHU6HDQ,ELVRQ  ,ELVRQ Ă&#x20AC;UVWO\ GHQLHG Âś&URXFK\¡ ZLWK DQ H[FHOOHQW UHĂ H[ VDYH IURP close range, and Hamilton soon af-

WHU However, Ibisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resistance was Ă&#x20AC;QDOO\ EURNHQ LQ WKH Ă&#x20AC;QDO PLQXWHV with Leazes adding two late goals to rub salt into Villaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wounds, and JLYHWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWGLYLVLRQRXWĂ&#x20AC;WDURXWLQH &XSYLFWRU\ The scoreline was somewhat harsh on a Roman Villa side who have every reason to be pleased with their performance, having frustrated their superior opponents for the PDMRULW\RIWKHPDWFK After the game, Villa captain Nick Linsey praised the attitude of his players, and highlighted the penalty

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Garnett go clear thanks to Kilvington winner Intra Mural Football Division One

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Dan Robinson at Cochrane Park Dyslexicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s title dreams were left up in the air after a despairing 2-1 defeat to their main championship rivals in a hard-fought match at CoFKUDQH3DUN Both sides went into the game knowing that a victory was the minimum required to keep their title challenge on track, but Dyslexic ZHUH GHUDLOHG DV *DUQHWW FDPH RXW RQWRSLQDWHQVHVHFRQGKDOIEDWWOH The match started slowly, with each team displaying both a resilient rearguard and reluctance to WDNHWRRPDQ\ULVNV$QXQIRUJLYLQJ

surface meant that little football was played on the ground, with Dyslexicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest threat coming in the air from Adam Conchieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long throws DQGFRUQHUV +RZHYHU WKH\ IRXQG *DUQHWW GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOW WR EUHDN GRZQ DV $UWKXU Okonkwo ensured the Dyslexic forwards were left frustrated for long periods with a dominant and comSRVHGGHIHQVLYHGLVSOD\ 6LPLODUO\*DUQHWWZHUHNHSWDWED\ on many occasions in the Dyslexic area, as the outstanding Johnny â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Torresâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Windle turned in yet anothHUWRSSHUIRUPDQFHDWFHQWUHKDOI *DUQHWW WKRXJKW WKH\ KDG EURNHQ the deadlock just past the half hour mark as Fergus Fairmichael rose KLJKHVWWRPHHWDFRUQHU+RZHYHU Dyslexic breathed a massive sigh of relief as his header was cleared off the line by Salisu Mohammad with

DQRYHUKHDGNLFN (GGLH*UHHQFDPHFORVHVWIRU'\Vlexic, after making room for himself RQWKHHGJHRIWKHSHQDOW\DUHDĂ&#x20AC;Uing a dipping shot which ended on the wrong side of the crossbar leavLQJWKHNHHSHUEHDWHQ Dyslexic appeared to gain momentum from this as they took the game WR *DUQHWW EXW ZLWK WKH KDOI WLPH whistle arriving shortly after, the EDODQFHRISOD\ZDVWRVRRQFKDQJH *DUQHWW FDPH RXW DIWHU WKH LQWHUval with a greater purpose than their opponents, enjoying most of the possession and driving forward IURPWKHPLGĂ&#x20AC;HOGWRFDXVHSUREOHPV IRUWKH'\VOH[LFGHIHQFH They were soon rewarded for their efforts, and a lack of Dyslexic concentration allowed Fairmichael to run through the middle beyond the back four, before calmly slipping the

EDOOSDVW&UDZIRUGWRWDNHWKHOHDG With Dyslexic failing to take a grip on the game, this could have led to a rampage, but, to their credit they raised the tempo once more in an atWHPSWWRFODZWKHLUZD\EDFN Dyslexicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best chance thus far fell to Andy Matthews from an Al Walker cross, but he struggled to keep his header down and it sailed RYHUWRUHSULHYH*DUQHWW However, the lead did not last PXFK ORQJHU $ &RQFKLH IUHH NLFN from the half way line caused mayKHP LQ WKH *DUQHWW ER[ DV WKH\ IDLOHGWRFOHDUWKHLUOLQHV'DQL6KHvill pounced on a loose ball to drill an unstoppable volley beyond the NHHSHUDQGLQWRWKHIDUFRUQHU Dyslexic had the woodwork to thank as a 15-yard volley from Kilvington cannoned off the crossbar, and this gracious luck may have led

them to believe it could be their day DIWHUDOO But it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t to be, as a defensive mix-up 10 minutes from time saw Dyslexic fail to clear from a routine WKURZLQ:LWKDJRDOPRXWKVFUDPble ensuing, Kilvington couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe his luck as he took full advantage of the mistake to capitalise and VWDEWKHEDOOLQWRWKHHPSW\QHW The game did not end without controversy, however, as Laurence Jackson was brought down to mass DSSHDOV IRU D SHQDOW\ 7KH UHIHUHH waved play on to their anguish of '\VOH[LFSOD\HUV $V WKH Ă&#x20AC;QDO ZKLVWOH EOHZ ERWK sides held their heads high after what had been a colossal and evenO\IRXJKWFRQWHVWEXWLWZDV*DUQHWW who came away with three vital points and that was all that matWHUHGWRHDFKWHDP


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Powerful Edinburgh hit nine past sorry Royals Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lacrosse

Newcastle 1sts Edinburgh 1sts

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Lucy Handley

Cooking on Scottish gas: Edinburgh were too strong for the Royals

Newcastle went down 9-2 to a strong Edinburgh side at a gloomy Cochrane Park in their last home game of the season. The game was delayed by 20 minutes due to the late arrival of the Umpires, and this meant for a premature end to the contest when SRRUOLJKWLQJVWRSSHGSOD\LQWKHĂ&#x20AC; nal quarter. Despite the score-line, Newcastle played well from the offset, with JRRGPLGĂ&#x20AC;HOGWUDQVLWLRQVIURP9HU ity Davis and Zoe Abbott. Passing was consistent, and there were several runs made into the shooting area. $QQLH&ROYLQVFRUHGWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWJRDO of the match after driving around WKH SRVW EHIRUH Ă&#x20AC;ULQJ D VWURQJ OHIW handed shot past the goalkeeper. Edinburgh followed suit, and soon scored two goals in quick succession, leaving the Royals behind. The away side had strong attacks that continued to put pressure on the Newcastle defence throughout the match. Defenders Emily Gibson and Olivia Sharpe played particularly well, clearing many attacking balls thrown their way.

The Edinburgh team showed their IUXVWUDWLRQGXULQJWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDOIZLWK bad verbal behaviour; as a result they were given a Green Card, and the team as a whole were given a formal warning. This did not deter Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ă&#x20AC;JKWLQJ VSLULW KRZHYHU DQG WKH 5R\DOVVFRUHGRQFHPRUHLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW half. Captain Lucie Ryder looked to have scored another goal, but unfortunately it hit the back of the net seconds after the whistle had been blown for half time. The ball had still been in play, but Time had been called and the goal was therefore ruled out. This left the half time the score at 4-2 to Edinburgh. Both teams were struggling with WKHLU SRRU OHYHO RI Ă&#x20AC;WQHVV UHVXOWLQJ from a seven-week stint without play, and they were forced to use rolling subs to keep the tempo of the game energetic. In the second half, Helen Hodgkin scored, with the ball being brought in by Katie Cos. After a quick off-load, Hodgkin completed a practiced move and quick-sticked the ball in. Edinburghâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s skilled wing defence was quick off the centre draws, and she was able to beat Newcastle players on numerous occasions. This possession led to aggressive attacks, and a number of these re-

sulted in goals to the away team. The Royalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; defence were unable to defend Edinburghâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strong driving attacks, and as they began to tire, the goal difference grew so that by the third quarter, the score was 9-2. Both teams fought hard through the match, with some hard struggles for the ground balls and centres. Once the goal difference appeared in the second half, Newcastle struggled to overcome it. They had some unlucky misses but did not give up. The game was Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHG SUHPDWXUHO\ EHFDXVH RI the light, and perhaps if it had persisted for a little longer, the home side would have been able to put up PRUHRIDĂ&#x20AC;JKW

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Fairies magic halts Ladies winning run H. NEUENDORF

Intra Mural Rugby Union

Southern Fairies Cheeky Ladies

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Homans pounces to give Hurricanes narrow cup win Intra Mural Football Cup

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Cup joy for Crayola thanks to Watts brace Intra Mural Football Cup

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Colin Henrys at Longbenton Struggling Crayola eased passed a battling Inter City side to book their SODFHLQWKHTXDUWHUĂ&#x20AC;QDOVRIWKHFXS with a 4-1 win. A Chris Watts brace and one goal each for Hugo Trower and Alex Watham were enough to brush aside their Division Three opponents, who had just a Dan Hayden strike to show for their efforts. The game started with Crayola completely dominating the openLQJ H[FKDQJHV 7KHLU Ă RZLQJ SDVV-

ing game regularly unhinged the Inter City defence, and they nearly went ahead on ten minutes when Oliver Hallstrom tackled a City defender on the edge of the box and fed Watham, only for the striker to drag his cross behind his onrushing team-mates. It appeared only a matter of time before the deadlock would be broken, and it arrived in spectacular fashion as Watts received a fantasWLF FURVVĂ&#x20AC;HOG SDVV DQG H[TXLVLWHO\ lobbed the ball over the Inter City goalkeeper and into the back of the net. With their lower-league opposition still struggling to get into the game, Crayola created several chances to double their lead. Hallstrom scuffed a long-range shot which was saved

comfortably, and then moments later Watts headed onto the crossbar from a long-range free-kick. :KHQ WKH VHFRQG JRDO Ă&#x20AC;QDOO\ DUrived however, it was completely against the run of play. Sensing an opportunity to capitalise on their opponents wasted chances, Simon Sharma, described by his teammates as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;different classâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, began to create havoc. First Sharmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s through-ball found Alyn Gardner only for Interâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shot to be charged down. Sharmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s corner was then volleyed back into the box by Nick Stott, only for Gardner to shoot over from the penalty spot. Stott was the provider again as 6KDUPD¡V Ă&#x20AC;UVW WRXFK GHQLHG KLP with the goalmouth gaping just moments later.

He was to rue that miss though, as Trowerâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s good individual run and FOLQLFDO Ă&#x20AC;QLVK SXW &UD\ROD WZR XS after Hallstrom had put him in the clear with defence-splitting pass. Inter hit back immediately; Gardnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cross found Hayden unmarked LQ WKH DUHD DQG KLV Ă&#x20AC;QLVK LQWR WKH top corner allowed City to sniff an upset once more, half-time arriving with the Reds just 2-1 down. But this was as good as it got for Inter. Watts scored his second of the game from a free-kick just after halftime, the ball evading everyone and nestling into the corner of the net. Watts could, and probably should, have completed his hat-trick from just yards out soon after. While City did test Crayola â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;keeper 0DUN7KRPSVRQ5R\GVDVĂ&#x20AC;UVWKH

clawed a long-range shot away and then tipped Lewis Mayneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longrange effort wide - Crayolaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s place in the next round never looked in doubt. Interâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spirited performance was indeed to prove in vain as Watham scored just minutes before full-time to make it 4-1. 7KH VFRUHOLQH FRUUHFWO\ UHĂ HFWHG Crayolaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dominance, and, despite a battling performance from Inter City, the margin of victory could easily have been much more. With twelve goals scored in their Ă&#x20AC;UVW WZR PDWFKHV D SODFH LQ WKH TXDUWHUĂ&#x20AC;QDOV LV FHUWDLQO\ QR OHVV than what Crayola deserve, and they look a good outside bet to go on and lift the cup.

Smith try seals last-gasp win for Medics Intra Mural Rugby Union

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Dominic Pollard at Close House Medics came from behind to snatch victory in what was a thrilling encounter at Close House. It was an evenly contested match which, despite being hampered by penalties and errors on both sides, proved to be an extremely entertaining affair. The game was slow to get going and it soon became evident that neither side had played for over a month because of the winter break. Signs of rust were clear as the whole match was plagued by handling errors and penalties. Even though the Medics perhaps enjoyed the better of the early exchanges, it was Armstrong who took the lead as they capitalised on their Ă&#x20AC;UVWWKUHDWHQLQJVSHOORISRVVHVVLRQ Centre Johnny Quinn ran in a well worked move and Jack Samler con-

verted to give Armstrong a 7-0 lead. Medics again enjoyed the greater possession and territory but failed to make it pay. They looked dangerous with the backs while the forwards dominated at the line-out throughout. It appeared as though despite being the more dominant team, the Medics were going to continue to squander their opportunities as the second half began in much the same YHLQDVWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW However, when the Armstrong prop was handed a yellow card for persistent penalties at the break GRZQWKH0HGLFVZHUHĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\DEOH to capitalise. Medic scrum-half David Winterford scampered over the line for WKHLU Ă&#x20AC;UVW WU\ VKRXWV RI FHOHEUDWLRQ from the try scorer quickly changed to cries of pain as cramp struck. He was just one of many players to suffer from cramp in the second KDOIDVDODFNRIĂ&#x20AC;WQHVVDIWHUWKHORQJ break became evident. Leo Smith was unable to convert and the game remained at 7-5. The Armstrong side replied in-

stantly however. They regained possession from the restart in their opponents 22 and several phases later Johnny Quinn ran over his second try. Jack Samler again converted to

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Hockey girls set for playoffs after emphatic win Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hockey

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Katherine Bannon at Longbenton It was plain sailing for Newcastle on their home turf yesterday as they breezed to an 8-1 victory over fellow Northerners John Moores Unversity, securing top spot in the Northern Conference league and a place in the play-offs for potential promotion to the Northern Premiership division. Newcastle Ladies 1sts have grown from strength to strength throughout the University year, dominating both their BUCS and Saturday Leagues. Despite the loss of a number of key players from the previous season, a talented and devoted intake RI IUHVKHUV Ă&#x20AC;OOHG WKH HPSW\ VSDFHV seamlessly, enhancing the all round standard of the squad. Their performance away at Liverpool University prior to the Christmas break was hailed â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the best game of hockey Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen from a Ladies side in ten yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by Directing Coach Mick Christopher, whilst encouraging comments from oppositions have made them further realise their potential. However, a narrow loss at the weekend was a bad enough omen SULRUWRWKHLUYLWDOĂ&#x20AC;QDO%8&6JDPH without the injury it also entailed. One of the clubs most valued players and vice Captain Rebecca Smith had the ball introduced to her jaw

by the opposition during open play. Despite remaining on the pitch for WKHUHVWRIWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDOIDQGKHULQsistence that a hospital trip was unnecessary, the verdict given after an X-ray didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite correspond with her terminator-esque pain threshold. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d broken it in two places, is out for the rest of the season and is to take pleasure in a liquid diet for the next six weeks. Good job she likes smoothies. It made the pressure for a win greater than ever and nerves set in early, yet they neednâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have worried. Snow had caused the John Moores to postpone examinations, forcing them to produce a severely handicapped side. This was the opportunity the royals had been waiting for, and they intended to make the most of it. )UHVKHU -HQQD :DWWV ZDV Ă&#x20AC;UVW WR get her name on the score sheet before ten minutes was on the clock, as sharp passing within the twentyĂ&#x20AC;YH OHG WR WKH RSSRUWXQLW\ IRU WKH VLON\VNLOOHGDWWDFNLQJPLGĂ&#x20AC;HOGHUWR place it on the back board. It was inevitable that top goal scorer Amy Askew was not going to stay quiet for long, a crisp top of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; strike found the spot with ease. +RZHYHUDSSDUHQWO\QRWVDWLVĂ&#x20AC;HG that it displayed enough style she quickly followed it with her trade mark reverse stick hit, slotting it between the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;keeperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legs with a deadly pace. Attacker Tutu Osifodunrin never stopped believing, using her characteristic dink to make the score 4-0. However, the pressure from

her personal array of supporters on the sideline proved too much, as alWKRXJKVKHPDQDJHGWKHPRUHGLIĂ&#x20AC;cult work of eliminating the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;keeper a narrowly angled shot skimmed the far post. The Newcastle defence was solid, leaving John Mooresâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; forwards, despite displaying quick stick skills and a punishing speed, severely frustrated at the support that was neither offered nor available. The UROH XVXDOO\ Ă&#x20AC;OOHG E\ WKH DEVHQW 6PLWK ZDV VWHSSHG LQWR ZLWK Ă DLU by both Jessica Cowley and Alice Hogg. With the second half came the rain, and more goals. Luckily Wattsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ability on the pitch doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mirror her skill at opening a bottle of champagne; otherwise she might not have found the net another two times to give herself a hat trick. Meanwhile a dominating run down the middle of the pitch by Askew and well-placed slip found Kat Bannon available within the D to smash it into an open goal. It was also not much longer before Askew made her personal tally three as well, making the score a well-deserved 8-0. Unfortunately, a short corner given WRWKHRSSRVLWLRQLQWKHODVWĂ&#x20AC;YHSUHvented â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;keeper Emma Peters from UHWDLQLQJ D FOHDQ VKHHW DV WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW time strike ricocheted into the top of the net from a defenderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stick. Yet it was still more than enough. With the goal difference created by this game the potential for other teams within the league to even snap at their heels is mere fantasy.

Reach out and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be there: Quigley provided the defensive base for victory

Quigley inspires victory Netball

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Kathryn Jones Newcastle continued their impressive BUCS season with a solid win over Edinburgh at the University Sports Centre. 7KH\ OHG IURP VWDUW WR Ă&#x20AC;QLVK DQG despite a determined performance from the visitors the Royals always ORRNHGOLNHWKHVWURQJHURXWĂ&#x20AC;W With only one team in action this week, the netball club was out in IRUFH WR VXSSRUW WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW WHDP LQ their last BUCS Premier League match of the season. The match got off to a slightly rocky start with Newcastle taking a while to settle in and start playing their own game. Before long the home side got into their stride, and there were some great sweeping runs from Kat Hurrell at Goal Attack to leave Roanne Minshull in space at Goal Shooter.

However, a focussed Edinburgh were resolute, and after losing convincingly in the last encounter between these two teams, they responded strongly to the Royalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pressure. They adapted well to the high ball that was being sent into the circle and started to pick it off. Once this started happening, the Newcastle girls let their heads drop temporarily, and started losing possession through silly mistakes. Despite this the girls were always ahead throughout the match and as soon as Edinburgh came close to catching up, Newcastle pulled RXWVRPHJUHDWĂ RZLQJFHQWUHFRXUW SOD\WRUHDIĂ&#x20AC;UPWKHLUOHDG These moments of class netball were often started with a great interception from player of the match Rochelle Quigley at GK who had a solid match, making many interceptions. Despite much grit and determination from Edinburgh and a few WHQVH PRPHQWV WKH 1HZFDVWOH Ă&#x20AC;UVW team came out on top winning the game 47-39.


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Newcastle 2nds Birmingham 1sts

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Tom James Sports Editor at Cochrane Park To say Newcastle second strings game last Wednesday was a game of two halfs would not only be factually correct but would sum up the match completely. Playing at a blustery Cochrane park all the points came at one end RI WKH Ă&#x20AC;HOG EXW LW ZDV %LUPLQJKDP who made the most of the conditions when they favoured them as they scored nineteen unanswered SRLQWVLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDOI Newcastle came back strongly in

the second half and had reduced the GHĂ&#x20AC;FLWWRVL[SRLQWVDWWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOZKLVtle but they could not complete the comeback and were left to blame a ten minute spell when they concedHGWZRWULHVODWHLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDOIIRU their defeat. 3OD\LQJ LQWR WKH ZLQG LQ WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW half meant that damage limitation would be key if Newcastle were to give themselves a chance in the secRQG EXW RQ Ă&#x20AC;YH PLQXWHV %LUPLQJKDP VFRUHG WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW RI WKHLU WKUHH Ă&#x20AC;UVWKDOIWULHV It was all too easy for the visitors as their forwards set up a ruck on Ă&#x20AC;YHPHWUHVDQGWKH\GURYHRYHUWKH whitewash to make it 5-0. The Royals responded well and for the next twenty minutes the game was even. Newcastle played

some excellent rugby at times as the forwards gained quick ball at the breakdown but time and time again a handling error stopped the momentum and they had to start again. The Royals continued with their inconsistency but looked the more likely to score, then against the run of play Birmingham scored a second try. After utilising a spare man on the wing a kick forward into the 22 completely deceived the Newcastle full back, leaving the Birmingham forward to touch down under the posts. Despite being 12-0 down the Royals would have taken that going into half time and it looked as though this would be the case as Birming-

Newcastle run into Durham wall Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rugby Union

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Ellie Robinson Newcastle slipped to a narrow defeat against Durham last Wednesday. It was always going to be a tough Ă&#x20AC;[WXUH DV WKH KRPH VLGH DUH FXUrently top of the league, and yet to concede this season. The Royals on the other hand had to beat their rivals to secure a place in the top half of the league. From the start, Durham showed that they were not afraid to match Newcastle in the physical stakes. Although fairly well matched in contact at the breakdown, with strong tackles and counter-rucking from both sides, Newcastle quickly realised that when it came to mauls the physicality of Durham left them at a big disadvantage. There was frequent turnover ball

for both teams, won for the Royals as a result of strong rucking from forwards Sophie Rogers and Helen Martin. However, with 20 minutes RQ WKH FORFN 'XUKDP Ă&#x20AC;QDOO\ EURNH through the Newcastle defence. Winger Phoebe Lebrecht came close to preventing the try with a fantastic cover tackle but unfortunately the Durham player was just in reach of the line and placed the ball for a try, which was easily converted. Although on the back foot, Newcastle knew they had more to bring to the game, and kept up the work rate. Strong runs from Katie Morris made the Royals good ground, and tired the Durham defence. 'XUKDP¡V ODFN RI Ă&#x20AC;WQHVV ZDV EHginning to show and several more phases of crashing forwards balls led by Kate Ridley saw the Royals moving in the right direction, but not as fast as they would have liked. With Cessie Green calling for the ball at Fly Half, Newcastle were able to move the ball out to the backs

who, despite the challenging conditions, made it out for a break on the wing just before half time. The second half started much the VDPHDVWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWEXWDVWLPHEHJDQWR run out the Newcastle girls stepped their game up to a new level. The last twenty minutes saw them develop on their kicking game, with Captain Hannah Bassirat valiantly ignoring the pain of a broken foot to kick the team out of trouble on a number of occasions. And it was the strong supporting runs on these plays which saw Newcastle camped in Durhamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 22, frustratingly close to the try line. As they tired, discipline slipped and a succession of high tackles led to several penalties, which the Royals were just unable to capitalise on. Although a disappointing result, the performance was far from it. With Stan Calvert now on the horizon, Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s focus for the next IHZJDPHVZLOOEHWDNLQJWRWKHĂ&#x20AC;JKW to the opposition from the kick off.

ham were reduced to 14 men as a result of illegal rucking. Newcastle could not capitalise on their numerical advantage and it was Birmingham who scored again at the death. Somewhat unbelievably Birmingham had a man over on the wing as the ball was passed DFURVVWKHĂ&#x20AC;HOGIURPDOLQHRXWDQG he went over in the corner. A superb conversion followed and the Royals were now nineteen points behind and had a mountain to climb in the second half. The Royals started the second half strongly and two penalties from the impressive Hadley bought them within two converted tries of DIDPRXVZLQ7KHĂ&#x20AC;UVWRIWKHVHUHquired tries came with just over ten minutes remaining.

1HZFDVWOH ZRQ D VFUXP RQ Ă&#x20AC;YH metres after their number eight had almost gone over. Some quick recyFOLQJ VDZ WKH EDOO Ă&#x20AC;QG Ă \ KDOI /HVlie on space and he picked his gap to break the defence and stretch to score. Hadleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s left boot made sure of the sundries and the Royals had a sniff of a win. Birmingham managed to frustrate the Royals for most of the remainder of the match but one more chance fell the way of Newcastle. A move DFURVVWKHĂ&#x20AC;HOGDOPRVWVDZWKHPJR in at the corner but they just ran out of space. Failure to win a line out from their own throw then handed possession EDFN WR %LUPLQJKDP DQG WKH Ă&#x20AC;QDO whistle signalled the end of another miserable day for the second team.

Seconds thumped by Met Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rugby Union

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Madeleine Robinson Newcastle suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of an experienced Leeds side last week. 7KH Ă&#x20AC;UVW KDOI VDZ WKH WDOHQWHG Leeds forwards battling past the Newcastle defence and make it to the try line. A mixture of good short passes and powerful running tested the Newcastle defence. Some good advice from the coach caused the Newcastle side to improve their game with very strong scrums and successful rucking, which allowed them to hold their own in the game. After a motivational half-time chat, Newcastle picked up their spirits and continued the way they ended WKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDOI Leeds conceded several penalties which were thoroughly taken ad-

vantage of by the number 8 Hannah Todd. A mixture of kicking and forward play kept the team in the oppositionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s half. An unlucky interception allowed Leeds to move the ball the full length of the pitch from one metre from their own try-line. The brand new scrum half Hannah 0F6KDQH LQ KHU YHU\ Ă&#x20AC;UVW UXJE\ match, proved her worth with good tackling, good passing and good judgment of the game, which led her to receive â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;back of the matchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; from both the Leeds team and the Newcastle team. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Forward of the matchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Sam Ireland equally impressed both teams with her strength and determination throughout the whole game, offering good advice as well as leading by example. The game ended without Newcastle scoring, but with positives from the match, and gave them the determination to win their cup game against York next week.


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