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In the shadows: head bowed and mouth downturned, Trevor Jackson hears his fate from Judge Lancaster at Newcastle Crown Court last Friday. Tony Hawks of the defence admitted that Jackson â€œhad everything to loseâ€?
â€˜Pervertedâ€™ Jackson jailed Paedophile lecturer imprisoned for four years and nine months after sex with a child she was willing throughout she was still very young and confused, and entitled to the protection of the law. â€œShe was only 13. You were aware of this. When the relationship ended she was still only 14.â€? He also told the court that the complainant had said she felt she got too deep into the situation to pull out of it, and that the consequences for her had been â€œgraveâ€?. Speaking more broadly in his closing remarks, the Judge commented that: â€œThis case sadly shows the dangers of unsupervised use of chat rooms by young people. â€œThis demonstrates how easy seduction of a child by an adult can be and how easy it is for a man such as you to contact young females who would otherwise show no interest in them.â€? Jacksonâ€™s formerly glittering career was remarked upon both by
the defence, Tony Hawks, and by the Judge, who told Jackson: â€œYou are well educated and have ability LQ\RXUFKRVHQĂ€HOG\RXZHUHZHOO thought of. Sadly, your career is effectively now over.â€? He was not deemed at risk of reoffending, and he was given credit for his plea and the remorse he exhibited. He will now remain on the sex offenders register for life, and all the images and computers involved in the case will be destroyed. During the sentencing, details of the case not formerly released were heard. When describing the process of grooming that took place through chat sites MSN and Zorpia, there was clear emphasis in the prosecutor James Adkinâ€™s voice when describing the child involved as â€œ13â€?; a â€œschool girlâ€? who thought the man
she was speaking to was â€œabout 19 or 20â€?. The prosecution told that court that the complainant had said Jackson asked during an early online conversation, â€œIâ€™m a little older than you â€“ do you mind?â€?, and that when entering the Grand Hotel in Jersey where the meetings took place, â€œShould I pretend to be your uncle?â€? It was also revealed that the girl had lost her virginity to Jackson. There was information given about how the allegations came to OLJKW LQ $SULO Ă€YH \HDUV DIWHU the meetings occurred. It was said that the complainant wrote a letter to her mother, detailing what happened, explaining why she had not said anything sooner and how she felt about it. The complainantâ€™s mother then went to the police, and Jackson was
arrested on June 2 2009. The complainant herself then picked him out of a line-up. A subsequent search of Jacksonâ€™s room at University uncovered underwear on which the complainantâ€™s DNA was found, and a search of his home address uncovered a laptop and hard drives containing child pornography. This included a video of level four severity on the COPINE scale. The prosecution told, and later reconĂ€UPHG WR WKH FRXUW WKDW SRUQRJUD phy of this level shows penetrative sexual activity between and adult and a child. He described it as â€œseriousâ€? and a â€œrather long clipâ€?. The nature of the video was also detailed by Tony Hawks, who described the â€œmisfortuneâ€? of a colleague who had had to watch it in the process of the case. Continued on page 6
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6WXGHQW6XSSRUW2IÂżFHU3HWH0HUFHU hits back as the fall out from the Unionâ€™s vote against a â€˜no platformâ€™ policy for the BNP rages on Comment, page 10
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University Performance Sport Director Fraser Kennedy speaks out on an unfavourable BUCS draw for his sides as the knockouts kick-off this week Sport, page 42
Caroline Argyropulo-Palmer Former Newcastle University lecturer, Trevor Jackson, was sentenced to four years and nine months imprisonment last Friday for child sex offences and child pornography. Jackson had already pleaded guilty to all charges at hearings in November and January, which include having sex with a 14-year-old girl he groomed over the internet and met on a number of occasions whilst she was only 13. His head was bowed and his mouth downturned as His Honour Judge Lancaster described him as: â€œA man who has a longstanding, unhealthy and perverted interest in teenage girls.â€? With regards to the case at hand, /DQFDVWHU VSHFLĂ€FDOO\ FRPPHQWHG that: â€œYou were determined to have sex with the complainant, although
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Looking to the future: Newcastle University research â€˜has transformed my lifeâ€™ Elliot Bentley *URXQGEUHDNLQJUHVHDUFKE\PHP bers of Newcastle Universityâ€™s Biomedicine department has led to the restoration of sight in partially-blind patients. The project, led by Dr Sajjad Ahmad and Francisco Figueiredo, used stem cell techniques to re-grow the outer surface of the eye in ten patients who had suffered chemical burns. The condition, known as limbal VWHPFHOOGHĂ€FLHQF\OHDYHVWKRVHDI Ă LFWHG ZLWK LPSDLUHG VLJKW DQG LQ tense pain in the eye each time they blink. 2QHVXFKSDWLHQWZDV5XVVHO7XUQ bull, 38, who was attacked with an ammonia spray on the way home from a night out in Newcastle sixteen years ago. His cornea - the clear outer surface of the eye - was severely damaged, and it left him partially blind. Speaking to The Guardian, he said: Â´,WUXLQHGP\OLIHDQG,ZHQWWKURXJK DUHDOO\GLIĂ€FXOWWLPH%XWWKHQWKLV WUHDWPHQWFDPHDORQJ,FDQÂˇWWKDQN WKHVWDIIDWWKH59,HQRXJK Â´,KDGDORWRIDQJHULQVLGHPHIRU DORQJWLPHDIWHUWKHDWWDFN,ORVWP\ MRE EHFDXVH RI LW DQG , KDG DOZD\V EHHQDNHHQMHWVNLHUZKLFK,ZDVQÂˇW able to do.â€? 2I KLV FRQGLWLRQ KH VDLG Â´, ZDV LQXQEHDUDEOHSDLQ,WZDVOLNHORRN ing through scratched perspex... it burned my eye shut.â€? The novel treatment involved taking a small sample of corneal stem cells from the Mr Turnbullâ€™s healthy eye and growing them within a laboratory. His damaged cornea was then cut out and replaced with the DUWLĂ€FLDOO\JURZQ FHOOV DQG ZDV DO most completely restored within six months. Â´,W KDV WUDQVIRUPHG P\ OLIHÂľ VDLG Mr Turnbull. â€œMy eye is almost as good as it was before the accident. ,ÂˇP ZRUNLQJ , FDQ JR MHW VNLLQJ DJDLQDQG,DOVRULGHKRUVHV
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NUS: â€˜Student votes hold key to Number 10â€™ James Brown Students at many of the countryâ€™s leading universities could hold the NH\WRWKH*HQHUDO(OHFWLRQDFFRUG ing to the National Union of Students. Many residential areas popular with students happen to fall in key marginal constituencies in the upcoming general election. The NUS President Wes Streeting told the BBC last week that students could hold the key to victory, and have swung elections in the past. Streeting and the NUS have launched a campaign to get all MPs, and particularly those with seats in the twenty â€œstudent battlegroundsâ€? KHLGHQWLĂ€HGWRVWDWHWKHLUSRVLWLRQ on tuition fees at universities. The current tuition fee rate of ÂŁ3,225 is the subject of a cross-party review in Parliament and looks likely to be increased to ÂŁ5,000 or even ÂŁ7,000 a year. The twenty â€œstudent battleJURXQGVÂľ LGHQWLĂ€HG LQFOXGH ODUJH cities Newcastle, Manchester, LivHUSRRO6KHIĂ€HOG%LUPLQJKDP%ULV tol, Leeds, London and Nottingham, and smaller cities and towns across
England such as Southampton, 5HDGLQJ 2[IRUG &DPEULGJH /DQ caster, Norwich, Lincoln, Brighton, Plymouth and Exeter. Among those twenty cities are the constituency seats of four current government ministers, including Environment Secretary Hillary Bennâ€™s seat in Leeds, Communities 6HFUHWDU\ -RKQ 'HQKDPÂˇV 6RXWK ampton patch and Culture Secretary Ben Bradshawâ€™s Exeter constituency. -HVPRQG DQG +HDWRQ DUH SDUW RI the Newcastle East constituency, currently held by Labour MP Nick Brown. Nick Brown was the former $JULFXOWXUH 0LQLVWHU LQ WKH Ă€UVW %ODLUFDELQHWDQGDFORVHDOO\RI*RU don Brown. The Newcastle East MP is currently the governmentâ€™s Chief Whip in the House of Commons, responsible for guiding government legislation through parliament. The Liberal Democrats, a party often popular with students for their stance against university fees, could pose a particular threat to the reelection of Nick Brown, especially as the constituency boundaries have
been redrawn recently and Brownâ€™s FRQVWLWXHQF\ QRZ LQFOXGHV -HV mond. Newcastle University Liberal DemRFUDW6RFLHW\3UHVLGHQW-DPHV+ROOLV LQVLVWHG WKDW WKH Ă€JKW LQ 1HZFDVWOH East was a straight race between the Liberal Democrats and Labour. He said: â€œThe Conservatives have never been strong in Newcastle and donâ€™t even have a single elected councillor on Newcastle City Council.â€? But the Chief Whip may not have WR ZRUU\ WRR PXFK DOWKRXJK -HV mondâ€™s population has consistently elected Liberal Democrat candidates LQ ORFDO HOHFWLRQV LQ *HQHUDO (OHF tions the people have voted Labour for decades. The recent resignation of Liberal 'HPRFUDW &LW\ &RXQFLOORU *UHJ Stone from the race to become Newcastle Eastâ€™s MP has helped Brown. Stone was forced to withdraw after posting offensive remarks about MPs online, leaving the Liberal Democrats in disarray and in need of a new candidate. The Conservative candidate Dominic Llewellyn is hoping to capi-
talise on Labourâ€™s unpopularity nationally. He told The Courier that he thought students in Newcastle are being let down â€œby Lib Dem councillors who seem content to write anti-student propaganda to shore up the vote from other residents. Universities are being let down by a Labour govHUQPHQWWKUHDWHQLQJWRĂ€QHWKHPIRU taking on more students.â€? He said the Conservative policy on fees was to wait for the outcome of the parliamentary review. The Universityâ€™s Labour Society 3UHVLGHQW $OLVRQ 2UODQGL WROG The Courier Â´2YHU WKH ODVW \HDUV WKH Labour Party have delivered for students - Labour has re-introduced grants, raising the income threshold and making them more generous; under Labour no student has to pay any up-front tuition fees and will only have to start re-paying their fees when they are earning over ÂŁ15,000 per year. â€œNewcastle University Labour Society last year launched a campaign across campus in which students signed our petition to stop the raising of the cap on tuition fees.
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His Royal Highness The Duke of York GHFODUHV.LQJÂˇV*DWHRIĂ€FLDOO\RSHQ Jessica Tully News Editor His Royal Highness The Duke of York was in Newcastle UniverVLW\ ODVW ZHHN WR RIĂ€FLDOO\ RSHQ WKH Kingâ€™s Gate building. 7KH Â… PLOOLRQ SURMHFW ZDV FRPSOHWHG ODVW DXWXPQ DQG KRXVHV WKH Universityâ€™s student services including the accommodation service and careers service. Prince Andrew arrived at the University after a visit to an indusWULDOSODQWLQ*DWHVKHDGHDUOLHUWKDW morning. +H ZDV JUHHWHG E\ VWDII DQG VSHcial guests including the Newcastle Mayor and Newcastle Universityâ€™s Vice-Chancellor Professor Chris Brink. 7KLV ZDV IROORZHG E\ D VKRUW SULYDWHEULHĂ€QJIRUVSHFLDOJXHVWVRQO\ chaired by Professor Brink. In his VSHHFK %ULQN RXWOLQHG WKH RYHUall aims of the University and exSODLQHG KRZ WKH QHZ .LQJÂˇV *DWH building acts as a â€œfront door to the Universityâ€?. 'U-RKQ+RJDQ5HJLVWUDURI1HZFDVWOH8QLYHUVLW\VDLGÂ´$W1HZFDVtle University we are committed to SURYLGLQJRXUVWXGHQWVZLWKDKLJK VWDQGDUG RI VHUYLFH DQG VXSSRUW during their time with us. â€œBringing all of our student services together in a single location means that we are able to deal with student enquiries much more quickO\DQGHIĂ€FLHQWO\Âľ )ROORZLQJ WKH SUHVHQWDWLRQ +LV 5R\DO +LJKQHVV WRRN D SDUWLFXODU interest in Newcastleâ€™s international students and enquired about any SUREOHPV WKH\ HQFRXQWHUHG ZLWK what he described as the â€œDraconianâ€? Borders Agency Control. 7KH 3ULQFH VSHFLĂ€FDOO\ DVNHG WR EH NHSW XSGDWHG DERXW DQ\ IXWXUH issues or concerns Newcastle International students encountered with the Borders Agency Control. The Duke then made his way to /HYHO7ZRRIWKHEXLOGLQJZKHUHKH met with Newcastle students using WKHIDFLOLWLHVSURYLGHG Chemical Engineering student $SLSRQJ 3XWNKDP ZDV PHHWLQJ ZLWK ,QWHUQDWLRQDO 6XSSRUW 6WDII ZKHQWKH3ULQFHDSSURDFKHGKLP He told The Courier Â´+H WRRN D genuine interest in what we were GLVFXVVLQJDQGDVNHGPHKRZKHOSful I found the services. â€œI couldnâ€™t believe he came over DQG DFWXDOO\ VWDUWLQJ WDONLQJ WR XV ,H[SHFWHGKLPWRMXVWKDYHDTXLFN look round. Itâ€™s nice to see him taking a genuine interest.â€? 7KH /RUG 0D\RU RI 1HZFDVWOH ZKRZDVDOVRWRXULQJWKHEXLOGLQJ WRRN WLPH WR VSHDN ZLWK VWXGHQWV and staff as well. Newcastle University ViceChancellor Chris Brink said students now have one GRRUDQGRQHĂ€RRU for all the services they need
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Will Appleâ€™s latest gadget revolutionise the way we read? Comment, page 11 %HIRUH KLV GHSDUWXUH 3ULQFH $QGUHZZDVSUHVHQWHGZLWKDSDLQWLQJ of The Arches in Kingâ€™s Walk as a souvenir of his visit. Newcastle UniYHUVLW\ÂˇV &KDLU RI 8QLRQ &RXQFLO /LO&ROOLQJKDPSUHVHQWHG7KH'XNH with his gift. She told The Courier Â´+H ZDV YHU\ JUDWHIXO IRU WKH SDLQWLQJ DQG asked me questions about my role and what I did at the university. He seemed interested and said he would love to come back and visit the university again.â€? 3ULQFHVV (XJHQLH ZDV QRW SUHVHQW at the ceremony as it is believed she was away from the city at the time. The Duke was visiting the city in KLV UROH DV WKH 8.ÂˇV 6SHFLDO 5HSUHsentative for International Trade and Investment. His Royal Highness exclusively told The Courier Â´8QLYHUVLWLHV VXFK DV 1HZFDVWOH DQG PDQ\ RWKHUV DURXQG WKH 8. SOD\ DQ LPSRUWDQW UROHLQVXSSRUWLQJ%ULWLVK7UDGH â€œIt is essential for British Trade and ,QGXVWU\WRKDYHSHRSOHWUDLQHGLQD ZLGHUDQJHRIVHFWRUVDQGXQLYHUVLWLHV FDQ VXSSRUW WKLV WKURXJK WKHLU GLYHUVH UHVHDUFK DQG GHYHORSPHQW SURJUDPPHV Â´8QLYHUVLWLHV DUH DQ LPSRUWDQW VRXUFH RI LGHDV ZKLFK FDQ KHOS stimulate the economy in terms of QHZ LQYHQWLRQV DQG WKH GHYHORSment of cutting edge technology. â€œIâ€™ve seen for myself today the YHU\ LPSUHVVLYH ZRUN WKDW LV EHLQJ GRQHKHUHDW1HZFDVWOHWRKHOSVWXdents gain the skills they need to be WKHHQWUHSUHQHXUVRIWRPRUURZÂľ Newcastle University has a long WUDGLWLRQRI5R\DORSHQLQJV,Q .LQJ(GZDUG9,,RSHQHG7KH$UPstrong Building and The Duke of <RUNÂˇVJUDQGIDWKHU.LQJ*HRUJH9, RSHQHGWKH.LQJ*HRUJH9,EXLOGLQJ in 1939. ,Q 7KH 'XNHÂˇV JUDQGPRWKHU +HU 0DMHVW\ 4XHHQ (OL]DEHWK 7KH 4XHHQ0RWKHURIĂ€FLDOO\RSHQHGWKH PRGHUQ0HGLFDO6FKRROZKLOVWPRUH UHFHQWO\ +HU 0DMHVW\ 7KH 4XHHQ RSHQHGWKH*UHDW1RUWK0XVHXPLQ 1RYHPEHU
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University funding slashed further in move threatening to â€˜cripple the sectorâ€™ Laura Heads The Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) has announced more funding cuts for universities in the UK. The announcement comes just little over a month after Peter Mandelson announced a ÂŁ300 million funding cut to universities in England from 2010-2011. This leaves the total budgetary cuts to universities at ÂŁ449 million less than was expected and more than ÂŁ500 million less than they received last year. 7KLVLVWKHĂ€UVWWLPHWKDWXQLYHUVLties will have to cut their spending budgets since Labour came into power in 1997. Over the next three years a ÂŁ950 million loss to universitiesâ€™ funding is estimated, which top universities and research institutions warn will â€œcripple the sector.â€? Wendy Piatt, Director-General of the Russell Group, told the BBC: â€œOur leading institutions cannot continue to be internationally comSHWLWLYH SURYLGH D Ă€UVWUDWH WHDFKing experience and offer generous support to disadvantaged students without access to increased funding.â€? Allying with this idea Professor Steve Smith, President of Vice-Chancellorsâ€™ Group Universities UK, said the cuts could and would impact on the quality of teaching and warned that this in turn would increase competition for places amongst all universities. The grant allocated for teaching by the Government will fall by a substantial ÂŁ215 million, and within that ÂŁ40 million will be withdrawn from the funding allotted to maintenance of old and historic buildings; features of many campuses up and down the country, especially New-
castle. It isnâ€™t just undergraduate courses that are suffering; accelerated and intensively taught postgraduate courses are also losing ÂŁ24 million and another ÂŁ24 million will be taken from funding for the newly formed two-year foundation degrees which the government ironically proposed before Christmas as a way to help ease the funding crisis. It appears however that these cuts did not sneak up on universities by surprise. Richard Dale, Newcastle Universityâ€™s Director of Finance, told The Courier: â€œWhilst any cuts in public funding are naturally disappointing, HEFCEâ€™s announcement is in line with what we were expecting after Lord Mandelsonâ€™s letter to them just before Christmas.â€? Emma Budge, the Universityâ€™s EdXFDWLRQ2IĂ€FHUUHLQVWDWHVWKLVYLHZ commenting: â€œThe budget cuts have not come as a shock to universities across the country and whilst it is frustrating, Newcastle University is capable of dealing with the issues that this causes imminently.â€? Despite Higher Education Minister David Lammy stating that the fears amongst many Vice-Chancellors that university places will become more competitive was â€œscaremongering,â€? Mr Smith, Vice Chancellor of Exeter University, said: â€œLast year about 160,000 students who applied didnâ€™t end up going to university. This year, we already know that there are about another 75,000 applying for university.â€? This in total could potentially result in 200,000 able students missing out on valuable places at university. The Russell Group of leading research universities, of which Newcastle is a proud part, warned that the series of budgets cuts could lead to universities and courses closing
and a much higher ratio of students to teachers, damaging the â€œgold standardâ€? universities beyond repair. Many undergraduate places for degrees beginning in September 2010 are already promised to those students who missed out last year DQGXQLYHUVLWLHVKDYHEHHQĂ€QHGÂ… million for over-recruiting students due to the high level of applications and the cap on the number of places, coupled with a funding shortfall in September 2009. Sally Hunt, General Secretary of the University and College Union, noted that if these cuts were to go ahead, the hopes of thousands of students who are consistently pushed to apply to university by the Government will be crushed, marking another ironic turn of events for a Government that were so keen on pushing students to university. She told the BBC: â€œMassive funding cuts will have a massive impact. The sector simply cannot do more for less. Our higher education system is already creaking under the SUHVVXUH RI JRYHUQPHQW HIĂ€FLHQF\ savings.â€? Despite this, Lammy remains SRVLWLYH FRQĂ€GHQW WKDW +()&( can achieve the budget cuts with minimal impact to universities and teaching. Richard Dale agrees. He told The Courier: â€œClearly funding will be more constrained in the future, and we have to take this into account in our strategic planning. However we are not planning any extreme measures in response to the latest news.â€? Overall this spells relatively good news for the University and the impressive teaching standards that it upholds so tightly. However the GHĂ€QLWLRQ RI ÂśH[WUHPH PHDVXUHVÂˇ LV yet to be determined.
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Emma Budge added: â€œThere is a feeling across the sector that universities should be invested in more, and not be on the receiving end of cuts. As students you are one of the
countryâ€™s best resources and for this WREHVDFULĂ€FHGLVKLJKO\GLVDSSRLQWing.â€? Second year Law student Katy Carr told The Courier: â€œI havenâ€™t re-
Newcastle University researchers conduct ground-breaking research to combat life threatening fatty liver disease Samantha Hockney Researchers at Newcastle University are conducting ground-breaking reVHDUFKLQWRĂ€JKWLQJDSRWHQWLDOO\OLIH threatening disease which shows no symptoms. The study aims to detail plans into lifestyle choices which can help control non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and will publish its results in the summer. 7KH UHVHDUFK WKH Ă€UVW RI LWV NLQG involves monitoring fat build-up in WKHOLYHUWKURXJKRXWDVSHFLĂ€FH[HUcise regime. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease affects one in three of the adult population and is linked to leading a
poor lifestyle, unhealthy eating and too little exercise. There are no signs or symptoms to the common disease, so the patient will usually not know they are a sufferer. It is often only picked up when a patient undergoes standard blood tests for another problem and GRFWRUV Ă€QG OLYHU HQ]\PHV LQ WKH blood. The disease can look similar to the effects on the liver of excess alcohol consumption, yet, left untreated, it can lead to Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cirrhotic liver or even liver cancer. The research is looking at using weight training to reduce the buildup of fat in the liver. The aim is to
SURGXFH SODQV RI ZKDW VSHFLĂ€F H[ercises, and in what quantities, can help the condition the most. â€œSit around and eat too much and your body will begin to develop metabolic problems, including fatty liver disease.â€? Dr Mike Trenell, Diabetes UK Fellow
Dr Mike Trenell, a Diabetes UK Fellow at Newcastle University, said: â€œIt is a simple but important message â€“ sit around and eat too much
and your body will begin to develop metabolic problems, including fatty liver disease. â€œThe very positive aspect of this research is that you can potentially reverse these changes in metabolism very quickly with exercise without having to lose any weight,â€? he added. Researchers are looking for people who either know they are suffering from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease or those who have Type 2 diabetes to take part in their studies. MRI scans will be carried out to measure the initial amount of fat in the liver and the participants will then follow an exercise regime of around three workout sessions
a week. Preliminary results show liver fat reducing by up to 30% but IXUWKHUĂ€QGLQJVZLOOEHSURGXFHGLQ the summer. Senior research physiotherapist Kate Hallsworth said: â€œItâ€™s such a prevalent disease, but people are unaware they have it. At the moment, there is no treatment or cure. Â´:HÂˇUHWKHĂ€UVWWRORRNDWZKHWKHU different types of exercise can reduce the liver fat â€“ as far as we know it hasnâ€™t been done before. â€œWeâ€™re looking at exercise like a drug â€“ how much each day is needHGWRVHHWKHEHQHĂ€WV2XUJRDOLVVR GRFWRUVFDQORRNDWLWDQGVD\ÂśWKLVLV how much you need to doâ€™.â€?
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The Governmentâ€™s trying to maintain a skills based society â€˜on the cheapâ€™ Jonny Pickering Commentary The announcement by Peter Mandelson on December 22 of an extra ÂŁ135m worth of funding cuts to Higher Education revealed the Governmentâ€™s disgraceful plans for Higher Education. In a letter to the Higher Education funding body HEFCE, Mandelson made it clear what he wanted to see in the sector: more business control over education, â€œfast trackâ€? stripped-down deJUHHVDQGLQWHQVLĂ€HGFRPSHWLWLRQ for funding between universities. These changes go hand-in-hand with a jobs massacre in the sector. Before Mandelsonâ€™s latest announcement, the University and College Union calculated that over 6,000 jobs were at risk in Higher and Further Education across the UK. With these additional cuts, WKDWĂ€JXUHLVFHUWDLQWRJURZ In his letter, Lord Mandelson calls for the creation of two-year degrees. He calls this â€œdiverse provisionâ€? â€“ in reality it is a way of maintaining a business-friendly skills base in society on the cheap, and will be paid for in higher class sizes, greater workloads, and a dumbed-down, exam-driven syllabus. In addition, the letter is explicit that the content of courses needs to be more directly determined by business interests. It calls for clearer signals from business on what skills employers want in
their workers, and for â€œa mechanism to redeploy funds, on a competitive basis, to those institutions that are able and willing to developâ€Ś provision in these key areas.â€? In other words, the Government wants to force institutions of learning to provide only the courses that businesses want to see, or to have funds withdrawn. The cuts and restructuring that have been taking place since the introduction of fees are now set to intensify in the wake of the economic crisis. The student movement and the unions that organise education workers have to get themselves in shape â€“ fast â€“ to resist these attacks. We need unity between staff and students, a realistic programme of industrial and political struggle in the immediate term, and a willingness to take radical direct action RFFXSDWLRQVXQRIĂ€FLDODFWLRQDQG secondary action all need to see a comeback in the education sector. Newcastle Free Education Network is a group of students, lecturers and staff opposed to tuition fees, job losses and course cuts at our University. NFEN believes that education is a right, not a privilege. Universities should be run in the interests of students and staff, not the interests of business. Organising meetings are held every Monday at 5pm in the Student Union building â€“ Committee Room C. The group is also holding a public meeting on Monday February 22 â€“ details are set to be FRQĂ€UPHG
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ally noticed any cuts at the moment with new computers in the Robinson, the new Kings Gate building and subtle upgrades across campus. I think that with this however the
University may have to dramatically cut back on its spending when these resource cuts start to take hold and I dread to think where these will come.â€?
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Charlie Oven $Q 2[IRUG VWXGHQW KDV EHHQ VXVpended over allegations that he IDOVLĂ€HG KLV DSSOLFDWLRQ GHWDLOV Parmbir Gill is accused of duping the college Lady Margaret Hall into offering him a place. It emerged that interviewers failed during the lengthy application process to question his claim that he had ten grade As at A level and 14 A*s at GCSE. College tutors only became sus-
picious when Mr Gill, 21, began to struggle on the highly selective economics and management course. Rory Tierney, a third year student DW 2[IRUG VWXGHQW WROG The Times: â€œPeople are really surprised; nobody thought he was making it up. But then again [that many] A levels does look a bit suspicious. Â´,WÂˇVSUHWW\UHPDUNDEOHWKDWKHJRW through the whole admissions process without anyone checking the facts.â€?
Northumbria and Newcastle computer scientists solve ÂśVKRXOGHUVXUĂ€QJÂˇSUREOHPZLWKQHZÂś&RORU5LQJVÂˇWHFKQRORJ\ Nicholas Fidler Computer scientists at Newcastle University, in partnership with colleagues from Northumbria University, appear to have cracked the growing problem of so called ÂśVKRXOGHUVXUĂ€QJÂˇ RQ WRXFK VFUHHQ phones and tablet PCs. 7KH H[SORVLRQ RI PRELOH LQWHUQHW connectivity coupled with the rise of low cost smart phones has enabled mobile e-commerce en masse in a manner previously unseen. The drawback is that as more people shop or bank with touch screen phones, the more people are becomLQJYLFWLPVWRÂśVKRXOGHUVXUIHUVÂˇVS\ing bank or credit card pin codes.
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user is then required to drag four coloured circles over the correct icons to validate their pictorial pin code. However, each coloured ring is ODUJH HQRXJK WR HQFLUFOH XS WR VL[ icons, which prevents a â€˜shoulder VXUIHUÂˇEHLQJDEOHWRVS\WKHFRUUHFW code, as each set of four rings can potentially contain 1296 different combinations. Hence, even a spy dedicated enough to observe multiple logins would still have to quickly memorise dozens of different potentially correct icons and combinations each WLPH Â´,WÂˇV VLPSOH IRU WKH XVHU EXW FRPSOH[IRUWKHDWWDFNHUÂľVD\V3DP Briggs, a psychologist at Northum-
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bria. This development is indicative of the growing trend toward touch screen phone security. With many handsets costing upwards of ÂŁ500 on pay and go arrangements, some developers are throwing resources into blocking illegitimate access to any of the SKRQHÂˇVRSHUDWLQJIHDWXUHVDQGQRW merely commercial functions. Google G1 and G2 phones can only EH XQORFNHG WKURXJK D [ JULG LQ which the user sets a combination pattern somewhat similar to join the dots. This presents a potential thief with literally hundreds of thousands of options, and only one correct pathway.
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News Continued from front page Hawks was keen to stress Jacksonâ€™s remorse and the lack of pattern to his behaviour, as well as his academic record. He praised his â€œfrankness and courageâ€? and went on to add that: â€œWhilst everyone has something to lose, this man had everything to lose: his home, his career, his relationship.â€? He said Jackson was â€œnot a wicked, nasty manâ€? and that there was â€œanother side to himâ€?. Two letters were handed to the Judge before the hearing started, one fairly short from his current partner, who attended the sentencing, and one from a former work colleague, Dr. Scully, a letter said to be â€œhighly impressiveâ€? and which described Jackson as a â€œloss to the academic community.â€? Hawks said: â€œIt is a grossly sad state of affairs when a man of forPHUO\ JRRG FKDUDFWHU Ă€QGV KLPVHOI in this state of affairs. It is a damn waste as a result of his own behaviour.â€? There was discussion about whether Jackson should have his passport taken away as part of the sexual offences prosecution order, with Hawks emphasising his desire to â€œcontinue some kind of workâ€? once released and commenting that this FRXOGEHGLIĂ€FXOWLIKHZDVXQDEOHWR travel abroad. Hawks said that his relationship with the girl from Jersey â€œappears to be a one-offâ€? and that there was â€œno suggestion that this behaviour forms a patternâ€?. He described his possession of photographs as â€œsporadicâ€?, and said that whilst they did not improve his position they were â€œwhat one would expect from a man who has a problem with teenage girlsâ€?. He also emphasised that it was â€œquite clear that he is genuinely
Privately educated students dominate leading universities Annabel Robertson
Judge Lancaster said Jackson had an â€œunhealthyâ€? interest in teenage girls
remorseful, well over and above feeling sorry for himselfâ€?, and that he had â€œinsightâ€? into what he had done. He also remarked upon the defendantâ€™s â€œnaivetyâ€?. Jackson seemed calm throughout the hearing and prepared for the sentence he would receive. The defence remarked early on in the proceedings that â€œplainly there is going to be a prison sentence of some considerable lengthâ€? and that Jackson was â€œunder no illusion about sentence, nor under any illusion of the regime a sex offender is likely to endure in a custodial environmentâ€?. A spokesman for the University said: â€œObviously, the University deplores the offences Trevor Jackson committed and we have given the police our full co-operation throughout their investigation. We suspended Jackson in August 2009 and he resigned in October. â€œWe would like to point out that Newcastle University has almost 5,000 staff and 19,000 students, and serious criminal offences are rare compared to society as a whole.â€?
In a recent Mandelson inquiry, it was found that independent and grammar school educated students still dominate the countryâ€™s leading universities. The social mobility charity The Sutton Trust has claimed that this is due to the â€œstark inequalitiesâ€? which exist between the independent, grammar and state school sectors. The Trust has also found that 38% of university students come from these elite schools in 2007, and in Oxford and Cambridge they amount to 44.4%. Commentators say several factors DFFRXQWIRUWKHĂ€JXUHVKLJKOLJKWLQJ the expectation within elite schools that their students will attend university, whether it be suitable for the student or not. Lord Mandelson has also asked Martin Harris, the former vice-chancellor of Manchester University, to write up a guide for universities on increasing their numbers of state school educated students. The trust has proposed that they should create new places, reserved VSHFLĂ€FDOO\ IRU WKHVH DSSOLFDQWV 7KLVUHSRUWZLOOĂ€JXUHLQ%URZQDQG Mandelsonâ€™s â€œaspirationâ€? agenda for this yearâ€™s general election, but some are concerned that this will IRUFH XQLYHUVLWLHV WR Ă€[ DSSOLFD tions. The fear is that this could lead to â€œhandicap systemsâ€?, whereby university makes allowances for appli-
cants from schools with poor GCSE grades. There is agreement over the use of talent-spotting schemes in underprivileged schools on the basis that intake should always come down to the individual, and not their school. John Morgan, President of the Association of School and College Leaders, commented: â€œI donâ€™t think any of us are happy with the idea that if you go to a particular school \RX DUH JLYHQ PRGLĂ€HG SRLQWV RU D lower offer.â€? The Sutton Trust also examined the attendance in three different university groups â€“ Oxford and Cambridge, the Russell Group (which comprises the UKâ€™s 20 top research universities), and thirteen institutions of its own selection. Here they found similar results; students coming from elite schools greatly outnumber those coming from state schools. In response, the Director General of the Russell Group Wendy Piatt emphasised the Groups attempts to â€œwiden access and improve results in schoolsâ€? and make â€œinroads into the stubborn problems of educational disadvantageâ€?. The master of Magdalen College Oxford has disagreed saying: â€œWith funding cuts on strategic subjects such as science and engineering, of which we are the key providers, this situation will only become more pronounced. â€œWhat is required is honest attention to problems in our education
system which have been government induced, not ineffectual social engineering.â€? Newcastle University is also involved in various inclusion schemes, such as the Group Thirteen project, in which â€œtalented students who are least likely to attend university are helped into the higher education systemâ€?. (GXFDWLRQ 2IĂ€FHU (PPD %XGJH told The Courier however: â€œNewcastle University has always attracted a great number of students who have been educated at private schools and grammar schools. â€œThe University is working actively to encourage students from all backgrounds to apply to study here and is currently running some fantastic inclusion schemes.â€? We are currently leading the way on the Group Thirteen project, which is a national program whereby talented students who are least likely to attend university are helped into the higher education system. There is also the Partners programme, a summer school which gives local students a step up in their application process to Newcastle University.â€™ She also warned that because â€˜Labour has set itself some high targets in the past relating to widening participation, which unfortunately it has not met. The likely result is that this will worsen due to the threat of increased fees and the lack of a fair bursary scheme.â€™
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Girls on top: survey reveals gender gap continues Mary-Beth Frater Findings of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) have shown that women are more likely to attend university, further exposing the palpable gap between genders at all stages of education. $FFRUGLQJ WR UHFHQW Ă€JXUHV around 40% of 18 to 19 year old girls will advance into higher education, D VLJQLĂ€FDQW ULVH VLQFH WKH PLGV compared to only 32% of males. This follows ongoing studies into the difference between genders in education. It is not limited to a select
few; the issue is evident in Universities nationwide. A report by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) in 2007 found that women also have higher rates of participation in the majority of subject areas, most notably in the Arts, Languages, Law and Medicine amongst others. Men on the other hand remain dominant in mathematics, computer science and engineering, the technologies and architecture. The Hefce has assured the public that â€œthe present Labour Government is committed to ensuring that everyone with the talent to go to
university and the ability to succeed should be able to do so, whatever their gender.â€? However, the HEPI report places concern with the differing aspirations of males and females. Organisations such as Aim Higher seek to inspire young boys to attend University to improve job prospects. This, however, is not limited to those from less advantaged backgrounds. Greater success achieved by women in gaining a place at University extends across the different social classes and ethnic groups. Considered with the fact that women also outperform men at all stages of the
education system, questions have been asked why the system seems WR FDWHU PRUH HIĂ€FLHQWO\ WR IHPDOHV rather than males. Newcastle Universityâ€™s Undergraduate Admission Policy for 2010, in section 16, states that: â€œplaces are to be offered on the basis of academic achievement, ability and potential to succeed, regardless of genderâ€? and the like. One admissions tutor told us that: â€œWe are only allowed to judge an applicant by their individual merits. The issue of gender, ethnicity or the like is not a relevant factorâ€?. Other universities across the country have J. WHITTAKER
similar stipulations. Hefce director for education and participation, John Selby, said of the ODWHVWĂ€JXUHVÂ´LWLVHQFRXUDJLQJWKDW the gap between men and woman seems to have stopped widening in recent years. Nevertheless, participation between women and men remain very largeâ€?. Whilst efforts are being made to encourage further male participation in higher education, this problem falls alongside issues of equality of ethnicity and social background. Thus balancing the gap between men and women remains an issue \HWWRĂ€QGDVROXWLRQ Tarren Smarr Commentary Though there are fewer males in university at the moment, I say, go girls! There are many possible reasons that there is such a discrepancy between the male and female university population. As of the past few years, girls have been getting higher marks on their exams. It says good things for universities that are admitting students based upon academic merit as opposed to their gender or their race. During the past 5 years, universities in the United States have endured a great deal of criticism for their â€œquotaâ€? restrictions. Though universities in the US have denied the quota scheme, the freedom of information act has outted several â€œbig nameâ€? universities for having to meet a quota for race, gender, and even economic background. England should be proud that their university system is not based upon similar so-called quotas. The best students obtain a spot at the university. It shows that Universities value their educational system as well as the system in Britain. +RZHYHUWKHUHLVRIFRXUVHDĂ LS side. Some may claim that those who live in areas that are in the lower socio-economic bracket do not have access to means of â€œgood education.â€? Though that may be partly true, it is no excuse to not work hard and attempt for good marks, whether male or female. If it is girls that are earning top marks, universities should offer them the places. There was a time where women could not even attend university, and this is women making up for lost time by working hard.
Unite Against Fascism controversy continues on campus Tom Saunders Last Tuesday, Unite Against Fascism (UAF) held a meeting in response to the news that British National Party politician Andrew Brons had been invited to take part in a debate hosted by Durham Universityâ€™s debating society. Mr Brons, elected in June as a Member of the European Parliament for Yorkshire and Humber, has been invited, along with his Chief of Staff and Leeds City Councillor Chris Beverley, to debate the issue of a multicultural Britain. At the meeting, which included members of regional UAF branches, it was pointed out that Brons was a member of the National Front in the 1970s and 1980s, and the debating group, the Durham Union Society (completely independent from the University and Union itself), was roundly condemned for extending the invitation. Dismissed as a â€œstupid, provocative publicity stuntâ€? by a represent-
ative of UAFâ€™s North East branch, various demonstrations were being arranged in the run up to Fridayâ€™s debate, including a petition to be offered to students across the North East against Brons and Beverleyâ€™s inclusion. Representation of the BNP has been hotly debated this academic year. Demonstrations took place across FDPSXV ZKHQ OHDGHU 1LFN *ULIĂ€Q appeared on BBCâ€™s Question Time in October, and last week The Courier reported UAFâ€™s disappointment that a â€˜no platformâ€™ policy had been rejected by the Union Council. 7KUHHRIĂ€FHUVZKRWRRNSDUWLQWKH vote were in attendance in order to show their frustration at a comment piece in last weekâ€™s The Courier, written in response to that decision, that labelled the Council â€˜undemocratic and unrepresentativeâ€™. Newcastle University Union President Andriana Georgiou told the meeting: â€œWe wrote the motion in WKH Ă€UVW SODFH DQG ZRUNHG KDUG WR
try and get it passed. The most frustrating thing about this whole situation is that energy is being directed negatively at the Union, rather than at the BNP. â€œThis kind of student activism is exactly what we aim for, and itâ€™s a shame that it has been put across in this way.â€? The policy was written by both the President and Student Support OfĂ€FHU 3HWH 0HUFHU ZKR UHIXWHG DQ\ notion of the Council as undemocratic. He told The Courier: â€œI want to make clear, weâ€™re not defending ourselves, and this isnâ€™t an argument. We went in order to set the record straight, and let people know that some things in the article were unacceptable on the basis that much of it was unfactual, in some cases implying the exact opposite of the truth. â€œUAF should have contacted us [with more support for the motion]. We tried to resolve the problems they had with the decision, but the article was submitted anyway. Once
this is reconciled, should they want to engage with the Council in future, then we are always open. We have proper democratic structures they must engage with us through.â€? Members of the meeting expressed regret that the article had caused ofIHQFHDQGSXWWKHFRQĂ LFWVGRZQWR problems of communication rather than differences of opinion. On the issue of the Durham debate itself, Mercer expressed his disappointment: â€œPersonally, I totally disagree with the decision to allow the BNP to be present. â€˜No platformâ€™ or not, inviting open fascists into a place that protects the welfare and identity of its members is highly irresponsible. â€œHaving said that, given itâ€™s a separate entity from Durhamâ€™s Union LWVHOI,V\PSDWKLVHZLWKWKHGLIĂ€FXOW position they are in.â€? Jonny Pickering, a second year Politics student, chaired the meeting and welcomed a move to draw a line under the disagreement. He told The Courier: â€œItâ€™s good that itâ€™s
been resolved, and that weâ€™re all on the same page. Itâ€™s been an unfortunate lack of communication from both sides, and itâ€™s great that itâ€™s been cleared up. We can now focus RQ Ă€JKWLQJ RQ WKH VDPH VLGH DQG that is against fascism. â€œIf people are against a â€˜no platformâ€™ policy then thatâ€™s their right, itâ€™s a good debate to have and we need more of them. â€œAn important part of what we are doing here at Newcastle is both campaigning for this motion to be passed by the Union, and also taking students to Durham to directly protest against the fascist BNP being given a platform in another University.â€? Andrew Brons and Chris Beverley will be part of a four person panel debating the motion that â€˜This house believes in a multicultural Britainâ€™ at Durham Union Society on the February 12 at 8.30pm. A demonstration will take place on the night, meeting at 6pm, Palace Green, Durham.
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News Moves to curb â€˜student ghettoesâ€™ Charlie Oven Landlords wishing to rent out houses to three or more tenants, who are unrelated, will in future have to apply for planning permission. Councils will also be given new
powers to license and regulate landlords in certain problem areas. The new powers announced by John Healey, the Housing Minister, are designed to stop the spread of areas dominated by students.
Relieved family hope to bring injured Southampton student home The family of a Southampton student who suffered life threatening injuries after falling from a balcony in Mexico say they are hoping to bring him home next month. Philip Pain was in a coma after fallLQJVHYHQĂ RRUVIURPDEDOFRQ\6R far, doctors have told his family that
WKH\UHPDLQHGFRQĂ€GHQWWKDWWKH year old student will regain the use of both of his legs which were broken in the fall. So far Philipâ€™s recovery has amazed doctors, after he escaped serious damage to his organs and his brain.
Two men appear in court over fatal stabbing of city student Two men have been charged with the murder of a teenage student in West Yorkshire. Siu Tunge Ho died from multiple stab wounds. The body of the 19
year old was found by police at the house where he lived in Grantham Road, Bradford. The two men appeared at Bradford Magistrates Court yesterday
charged with murder, Section 18 wounding and robbery. They were remanded in custody and are due to appear at Bradford Crown Court on February 10.
A level students launch â€˜unfairâ€™ exam protest Thousands of teenagers launched an online protest last week about a biology A level exam paper they say was unfair. More than 3,000 students have sent furious messages to a Facebook
group about the recent AQA exam. Pupils have described the exam as a â€œdisgraceâ€? and fear it could jeopardise their chances of a University place. A common complaint amongst A level students was that
the exam bore no relevance to specimen papers. AQA said it would take studentsâ€™ worries into account when marking and awarding grades in the subject.
Students storm tuition fees probe The Governmentâ€™s tuition fee inquiry in London was disrupted by angry student protesters declaring it a â€œfarceâ€?. With chants of â€œno ifs, no buts, no education cutsâ€?, the group attempted to storm into the public hearing at Goldsmiths University in South London to demand students are not
forced to pay higher fees. As the panel, led by former BP boss, Lord Browne, began the hearing, one activist, Rheem Al â€“ AdKDPLPDQDJHGWRIRUFHKHUZD\ past security guards. She confronted the panel shouting: â€œWhere is the Student voice?â€?
UK border control Suspends visas Student visa applications from Northern India, Nepal and Bangladesh have been temporarily suspended by the UK border agency following a jump in numbers. In the last three months of last year, there were 13, 500 applications
from Northern India alone, compared with 1,800 in the same peULRGRI%ULWLVKRIĂ€FLDOVVD\WKH system has been overwhelmed and there are concerns that many cases are not genuine. Deptford Town Hall, part of Goldsmiths University in London, where angry students questioned paying higher tuition fees
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â€˜Next stop the White Houseâ€™: hard work pays off as Newcastle student meets Prime Minister at Number 10 Simon Murphy News Editor One Newcastle student is working her way to the top. Frances Revel got an added surprise when she was told she was to meet senior ministers as part of the JRYHUQPHQWÂˇV %DFNLQJ <RXQJ %ULWain Campaign. The marketing student was VWXQQHG WR Ă€QG VKH ZRXOG PHHW 3ULPH 0LQLVWHU *RUGRQ %URZQ DW Downing Street. Frances said: â€œIt was a terrifying thing, I was shaking â€“ I thought I was going to babble incoherently. %XWLWÂˇVRQHWRWLFNRIWKHOLVWÂ˛QH[W stop the White House. Â´)DFH WR IDFH KH >*RUGRQ %URZQ@ is actually quite a nice guy, regardless of political allegiances heâ€™s just DKXPDQEHLQJ<YHWWH&RRSHUZDV lovely as well.â€? Frances is currently working in /RQGRQIRU,%0LQDRQH\HDUSODFHment before completing her studies at Newcastle next year. The 21-year-old was among employers and young people invited to 10 Downing Street to celebrate the ODXQFKRIWKH%DFNLQJ<RXQJ%ULWDLQ Campaign, which promotes the employment of young people. Frances, who is from Morpeth, VDLGÂ´0\SODFHPHQWÂˇVĂ \LQJ,VWDUWed in July â€“ I feel like Iâ€™ve grown up a lot. â€œHopefully when I go back to NewFDVWOHWRĂ€QLVKP\GHJUHH,ÂˇOODOUHDG\ have a feel for the real world â€“ the tax certainly feels like it. Iâ€™ll look forward to the lie ins as well â€“ although ,KHDUĂ€QDO\HDULVTXLWHKDUGÂľ The new government scheme ensures that every young person who has been unemployed for at least six months will be guaranteed an offer of a job, training or work experience. Frances is well aware that the job market is tough for many graduates
Vacancies www.ncl.ac.uk/careers/vacsonline The Careers Service provides information and advice on developLQJ\RXUVNLOOVÂżQGLQJDSDUWWLPH job, work experience, supporting business start-up and (when the time comes) exploring graduate opportunities. For more details about these and other vacancies, including details of how to apply, visit their website at www.ncl.ac.uk/careers. Vacancies brought to you by the Careers Service... Job Title: Activity Coordinator Employer: European Care Group Business: Independent provider of health and social care in the United Kingdom Salary: ÂŁ6.10 per hour Basic job description: Meadow View Care Centre in Gateshead currently has a vacancy for an Activity Coordinator. You will be required to arrange and accompany residents on visits into the local community and wider area, arrange and attend social events, arrange activity sessions either one to one or group sessions with residents who have a dementia type illness. This permanent post is for 20 hours per week, and the workLQJKRXUVPXVWEHĂ€H[LEOHKRXUV per day over 5 days. Location: Kibblesworth, Gateshead, NE11 0YJ. Please note that this YDFDQF\LVDSSUR[LPDWHO\PLOHV south of Newcastle University, and so your own transport may be necessary.
All in a dayâ€™s work: Newcastle student Frances Revel chatted to PM Gordon Brown
despite projections of unemployment being lower than expected. She said: â€œI know so many people who have graduated and are strugJOLQJWRĂ€QGMREVÂ˛WKH\HQGXSJHWting bar work and things like that. â€œThey are talented people but itâ€™s GLIĂ€FXOWDWWKHPRPHQW7KDWÂˇVZK\ Iâ€™m trying to make the most of the opportunities Iâ€™ve got. â€œItâ€™s very useful to be able to apply what you are learning to work,
especially with such a vocational degree. Â´<RX PLJKW Ă€QG LW KDUG WR PDNH that transition â€“ if youâ€™ve got a year under your belt it will help and it will look fantastic on my CV.â€? The Prime Minister and Frances shared a laugh when he asked how her placement was going as she joked: â€œItâ€™s hard, really long hoursâ€? also adding that it was â€œrewardingâ€?.
Job Title: Weekend Receptionist Employer: Fawdington Ltd Business: Motor Dealer Closing date: 15/02/2010 Salary: ÂŁ5.92 per hour Basic job description: Fawdington Ltd is an authorised BMW Dealer for Newcastle and the surrounding area. They are currently looking for a Weekend Receptionist who will be required to answer the busy multi-line switchboard, meet and greet customers and to undertake database work. This vacancy is for a permanent year round contract, starting immediately. The hours of work are Saturday 9am WRSP6XQGD\DPWRSPDQG %DQN+ROLGD\VDPWRSP Person requirements:([SHULHQFHLV preferred for this post but full training will be provided. Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 /(
Employer: Nevisport Ltd Business: Outdoor Store Closing date: 12/02/2010 Salary: ÂŁNational Minimum Wage Basic job description: Nevisport Ltd is the UKâ€™s premier outdoor store. There is currently a vacancy for a Shop Assistant to work weekends in the centrally located Newcastle store. This position is for 12 hours per week, on weekends. Person requirements: To provide a high level of customer service applicants MUST have an interest in and knowledge of outdoor activities such as climbing, hiking or skiing. Applicants MUST be available to work in Newcastle all year round. Location: Saville Row, Newcastle City Centre. Job Title: Care Worker Employer: Northumberland County Council Business: Local Government Salary:Â…SHUKRXU Basic job description: There is currently a vacancy for a Care Worker to provide sitting service for a four year old child in their own home. The purpose of this post is to enable the child to access age appropriate leisure and social activities in the community. This post is for 6 hours per week. Person requirements: The successful applicant must: be open minded towards disability; have an awareness of interests and activities appropriate to this age group (e.g. music, media, etc.); have a good sense of humour; EHĂ€H[LEOHEHZLOOLQJDQGDEOHWRXQdertake training (which is provided) to be able to assist this child in relation to their medical needs; be willing to carry out personal care tasks as required; to ensure the young personâ€™s personal safety at all times and be willing to undertake other such duties as may be deemed appropriate, commensurate with the nature, level and grade of the post. You must have a driving licence and access to a vehicle. An Enhanced CRB disclosure is required and the cost will be met by the employer. Location: Seaton Delaval, Whitley Bay. Please note that as this vacancy LVDSSUR[LPDWHO\PLOHVQRUWKHDVW of Newcastle University your own transport is essential.
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8QLYHUVLW\VHFXUHVHPHUJHQF\Ă RRGLQJUHVHDUFKIXQGLQJ Joshua Shrimpton-Dean Researchers from Newcastle University have secured emergency funding to investigate last yearâ€™s Ă RRGV ZKLFK GHYDVWDWHG PXFK RI Cumbriaâ€™s west coast. The team, led by Drs Andy Large and Andy Russell of Newcastle Universityâ€™s Earth Surface Processes Research Group, are working in partnership with Durham and Northumbria universities to study the impact of a monthâ€™s rain falling in just over three days. A total of 372 mm fell between the 18th and 20th November, shattering the previous UK record of 279 mm. Â´7KHUHVXOWLQJĂ RRGZDVWKHPRVW severe recorded in the region, and had major consequences for the population and infrastructure over a large area, as well as sadly involving loss of life,â€? said Dr Russell. Hundreds were displaced as power supplies were severed and roads rendered impassable around Workington, Cockermouth and Keswick. Damage to homes and businesses saw a repair bill that is running into hundreds of millions
of pounds. Event took a tragic turn ZKHQDSROLFHRIĂ€FHUGLHGGLUHFWLQJ WUDIĂ€F ZKHQ WKH 1RUWKVLGH %ULGJH collapsed into the River Derwent in Workington. The funding, supplied by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), totals ÂŁ70k and will take advantage of aerial photos of the Ă RRGDIIHFWHG DUHDV SURYLGHG E\ NERCâ€™s Airborne Research and Survey Facility. â€œDue to its huge impact, the recent Ă RRGLQJ SUHVHQWV DQ XQSDUDOOHOHG opportunity to gain insight into the LPSDFW RI DQ H[WUHPH Ă RRG ZLWKLQ both upland and lowland parts of a large area,â€? said Dr Russell. The team will carry out the majorLW\RIWKHLUZRUNLQWKHĂ€HOGH[DPining the River Derwent from its source at Englandâ€™s highest point, 6FDIHOO3LNHGRZQWR%DVVHQWKZDLWH Lake and onto the lowland agricultural and urban areas of the west coast. However, the researchers will need to work quickly, as much of the eviGHQFHRIWKHĂ RRGÂˇVHIIHFWVLVDOUHDG\ disappearing. Last November, Chris Kilsby, Pro-
fessor of Hydrology and Climate Change at the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, told The
Courier that urgent action was required if the UKâ€™s infrastructure is to cope with future weather extremes.
It is hoped that the latest funding will help to identify just what action might be required. â€œIt is urgent that engineers now formulate a strategy for adapting our infrastructure â€“ buildings, bridges, road, rail, and water and power networks - to make it more resilient in the face of possible changes in extremes,â€? said Professor Kilsby in the ZDNHRIWKHĂ RRGV Dr Russell added: â€œGreater unGHUVWDQGLQJ RI Ă RRG SURFHVVHV DQG impacts is crucial if we are to acFXUDWHO\ LGHQWLI\ Ă RRG KD]DUG DQG mitigate risk within ever-changing river systems.â€? Twelve weeks later, the clean-up operation continues in Cumbria. Insurance companies have so far paid out over ÂŁ200m whilst many home and business owners are still waiting for their property to dry out, a process which can take months. Recent extreme snowfall across the UK has served as a stark reminder that unusual weather conditions are having a more dramatic impact. As many look forward to winter loosening its grip, some will be wondering what to prepare for next.
Monday 8 February 2010 THE COURIER
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BNP â€˜no platformâ€™ policy was a democratic decision Pete Mercer 6WXGHQW6XSSRUW2IÂżFHU
In response to Rowan Rheinganâ€™s comment in last weekâ€™s The Courier on â€˜Whose Studentsâ€™ Union?â€™, Iâ€™d just like to set the record straight. First of all, and most crucially, the claim that â€˜the BNP is now free to organise and recruit on campusâ€™ is patently false. For a start, the University itself certainly wonâ€™t tolerate party political canvassing on its grounds. Moreover, even without a â€˜no platformâ€™ policy for fascists, the Union Society, as an organisation that (as Rowan quite rightly points out) should be â€˜standing up for studentsâ€™ welfare and rights to freedom from harmâ€™, would never tolerate the spreading of, as she puts it, â€˜racist ideas in the student communityâ€™. Under our Equality of Opportunity and Anti-discrimination policies, there is no way that we, as elected representatives, would allow this, constitutionally, dutifully or morally. To say that â€˜the BNP is now freeâ€™ implies that there has been some kind of change. There hasnâ€™t. This is massively misleading. The Union has never had a â€˜no platformâ€™ policy (for the reasons we saw at the last Council meeting, one can only assume). Itâ€™s not as though students here had some kind of protection that has been irresponsibly removed. Itâ€™s quite simple â€“ a â€˜no platformâ€™ policy was proposed, we debated it for a while, the students voted, and it fell. Rather frustratingly, all this was explained by both me and the President on numerous occasions before the article went to print. As far as we were concerned, weâ€™d listened to this particular complaint and made the reality of things very clear. The next important thing that I should point out is that the â€˜no platformâ€™ for fascists policy that weâ€™re hotly debating here was actu-
Hope not hate: the Union hosts an anti-racist campaign last summer promoting equal rights on the University campus ally formed and proposed by none other than the Union President, cowritten and seconded by myself. On these grounds alone, I think itâ€™s highly audacious to claim that our â€˜politically engaged studentsâ€™ (referring to yourself I assume?) are â€˜ignored by our elected representativesâ€™ and I also resent being told I should â€˜be embarrassedâ€™ and
Letters to the Editor Dear Editor I was thoroughly disappointed by last weekâ€™s article, â€˜Whose Studentsâ€™ Union?â€™ (Edition 1203, page 10) in which Rowan Rheingansâ€™ piece espoused yet another unsubstantiated and tired rant from the anti-BNP camp. Although in this case I donâ€™t feel my criticisms are actually that relevant to the BNP per se but the conditions through which Rheingans frames her article. She misguidedly implies that admission of BNP politics at Newcastle will inexorably result in â€œharm on campusâ€?. What, are the BNP mugging people at universities these days? Has anyone actually heard of or seen a BNP member or group on campus? The Unionâ€™s refusal to institute a â€˜no platformâ€™ for the BNP policy (a massive victory for democracy - well done Union
Council, I tip my hat to you) comes XQGHUXQGHVHUYHGĂ€UH â€œOur Union exists to protect all our rights and liberties on campus.â€? No it doesnâ€™t; it doesnâ€™t protect a single right or liberty of its students. The Union isnâ€™t the European Court of Human Rights or NATO or the police or the high court; itâ€™s a representative embodiment of students with an administrative and social mandate and it reserves no judicial functions whatosever. To suggest it protects our liberties is absurd; if itâ€™s true then Iâ€™d like to know who protected Rheingansâ€™ rights before she came to university? Perhaps I had a reading week when Newcastle University started policing the city. She then turns to erroneously and needlessly slam neo-liberalism as a concept, which â€œpreserves one kind of freedom at the cost of all the others.â€? I donâ€™t think bringing
â€˜ashamed for not standing up for studentsâ€™ welfare and rightsâ€™. These accusations are pretty seriRXV$VD6WXGHQW6XSSRUW2IĂ€FHU this is my job â€“ itâ€™s what Iâ€™m passionate about and what I currently dedicate my life to. But hey, if anyone doesnâ€™t think weâ€™re doing a good enough job, a judgement only you guys can
call, then by all means run in the March elections â€“ and I mean that sincerely. Whatâ€™s next? â€˜Our Studentsâ€™ Union is undemocratic and unrepresentativeâ€™. Pardon? Unrepresentative, I can just about accept as a statement of opinion â€“ if someone was to give me the magic key to being wholly â€˜representativeâ€™ (Rep-
in a key stage one understanding of political philosophy really helps her argument here. Iâ€™d recommend F.A Hayekâ€™s The Road to Serfdom and The Constitution of Liberty (both available at the Robinson Library) be read before neo-liberalism is seriously discussed with any credibility. Neo-liberalism, properly understood, wouldnâ€™t be so arrogant to claim it knows whatâ€™s best for people and goes out of its way to protect the freedom of individuals to do as they wish in life. Instead of protecting only one form, it protects almost every variant of freedom by leaving people to get on on their own. The assertion that it is antitheical to freedom, when it is manisfestly itâ€™s raison dâ€™etre, holds no water and achieves nothing other than to demonstrate a clear lack of RheinJDQVÂˇXQGHUVWDQGLQJLQWKLVĂ€HOG Her entire argument appears to rest on this sacred â€˜debateâ€™ about a â€˜no platformâ€™ policy held before Christmas. To be fair, she does
appreciate that it was unrepresentative, but then goes on to pour scorn upon the Councilâ€™s decision not to embrace â€˜no platformâ€™, which was arrived at due to the very same unrepresentativeness of the debate she herself acknowledges. ,ZRQÂˇWGHOYHLQWRWKHĂ€QLWHVRI Union politics but I can say with absolute conviction that the Union Council is a million times more representative than any group of students who simply got together, held a debate and then attempted to impose their unquestionably righteous view upon the wider student body. However large the majority within the attendees, 50 (unelected) VWXGHQWVDVDĂ€JXUHLVFRPSOHWHO\ negligible; less than 0.3% of the student population. Further still, what could be a better demonstration of prejudicial and tautological behaviour than holding a debate entitled â€˜no platform for the BNPâ€™ instead of a more unbiased â€˜should we embrace a â€˜no platformâ€™ positionâ€™? Thatâ€™s
resentative in what sense? And according to whom?), then Iâ€™d gladly grasp it. But undemocratic? Despite what some may think, we actually bend over backwards to make everything we do democratic, and have the proper structure in place to facilitate this. Just because you donâ€™t agree with the decision that was voted, that doesnâ€™t make it undemocratic â€“ quite the opposite, actually. I personally didnâ€™t agree with the Councilâ€™s decision either; but that doesnâ€™t give me, or anyone else for that matter, the right to start making false accusations about our (remembering that it is all of ours, collectively) Unionsâ€™ legitimacy. /HWPHĂ€QDOO\SRLQWRXWWKDWWKH â€˜unrepresentativeâ€™ body that Rowan refers to, Union Council, is actually made up of a relatively diverse cross-section of the student body, IURPSDUWWLPHRIĂ€FHUVEHDULQJ LQPLQGWKDWXVVDEEDWLFDORIĂ€F ers canâ€™t even vote) to sports club and society execs, from Hall Rep Presidents to community volunteers â€“ we even have a number of open places elected for â€˜ordinaryâ€™ students who just want to get involved. The student movement is in no way homogenous, politically or otherwise, and thatâ€™s what makes it so interesting and dynamic â€“ but just because someone may not agree with your political leaning, for example the hard left, that GRHVQÂˇWPHDQ\RXFDQÂˇWĂ€QGFRP mon goals. 7KHWULFNLVWRĂ€QGVWUHQJWKLQ collectivism (though not necessary agreement) and collaboration, as Rowan correctly points out; but more often than not in order to do this you have to use the system and play by the rules, not bite the hand that feeds you. If youâ€™ve got something to say, we want to hear it: so come to Union Council, join a committee or take part in Union events. And if youâ€™re not sure how to, then speak to us â€“ we always want to hear from you. And that, along with everything else Iâ€™ve said, is the truth. For more information contact Pete Mercer on email@example.com or President Andriana Georgiou on firstname.lastname@example.org not a debate, itâ€™s a predetermined outcome likely to only attract those Ă€UPO\LQRSSRVLWLRQWRWKH%13DQG inevitably give a one-sided debate and a foregone conclusion. Whatâ€™s the point of even attending such an obviously one-sided event if you donâ€™t agree with its premise? Finally, Rheingans feels compelled to needlessly append her anti-BNP diatribe alongside calls against tuition fees. This reinforces her clearly anti right wing position in that once again, the middle classes are simply expected to pick up the bill through taxation for free education. If she desires high quality valueadding services such as higher education, it is borderline criminal for her to demand it should be provided free of charge. Not everyone who holds a right wing disposition is a fascist, and not everyone with money feels they have a duty to give it to those without. Yours sincerely, ADAM MILLER
THE COURIER Monday 8 February 2010
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Monday 8 February 2010 THE COURIER
The scanning scam goes too far Sophie McCoid
Terrorism has been around in some form or another for many years. The terrorism that has characterised the last decade, however, is something new entirely. Never before has such hysteria gripped the nation. Previous to this decade, terrorism was something that people feared and thought about, but not something that characterised and affected their daily lives. This changed, however, as soon as the events of 9/11 occurred. On that day, terrorism became something real and extremely dangerous. $O4DHGDDQG2VDPD%LQ/DGHQ became household names, and the mention of their name nowadays SURYRNHVDVLJQLĂ€FDQWUHDFWLRQ within people. As terrorism became an increasingly prevalent threat, seen by WKH-XO\WK/RQGRQERPELQJV so the governments of the world, especially the United States and our own Government, introduced increasingly radical measures to try and combat the spread of such a dangerous force. The most recent attempt to combat terrorism is the introduction of body scanners into UK airports,
namely Heathrow and Manchester. The introduction of these scanners comes after an attempt over Christmas to blow up a plane over Detroit by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. The scanners use Electromagnetic waves that are beamed onto passengers to create a 3D naked image. The use of scanners is a highly controversial one and shows just how radical the anti-terrorism movement has become. Serious questions are being asked about the usefulness of such a device, because to infringe upon peopleâ€™s privacy in such a pertinent way they must surely be extremely effective in dissuading and preventing terrorism. This, however, is not the case if reports from a variety of sources are to be believed. Politicians such as a Tory MP warn that the scanners would be â€œunlikelyâ€? to detect many of the explosive devices used by terrorist groups. Ben Wallace, who used to work DWGHIHQFHĂ€UP4LQHWL4RQHRIWKH companies making the technology, said the scanners would probably not have detected the failed Detroit plane plot of Christmas Day, or the liquid bomb threats of recent years. When fears are being expressed by the manufacturers of the technology about its actual worth in preventing terrorism, it is surely time to question the introduction of such intrusive devices. 7KHVFDQQHUVZHUHDWĂ€UVWQRW allowed to be used on children un-
der the age of 18, but this has now being lifted by the Government. This I believe, and many would agree, is wrong, not only does it place children in danger from paedophiles, who may somehow obtain the images, but it is also morally wrong, and a sad sign of the times we live in, when innocent children are subjected to rigorous anti-terrorist checks that should be reserved for adults alone. I am not against taking measures to prevent terrorism; on the contrary, I believe it is highly important that we do. 7KHUHLVDĂ€QHOLQHKRZHYHU between taking preventative measures and invading upon peopleâ€™s privacy in such an obvious and unnecessary way. The scanners, in my view, will hinder travellers, who are already subjected to a variety of long security checks, for no real reason. If the scanner really was an amazing device that could really HIIHFWLYHO\UHGXFHWHUURULVPVLJQLĂ€ cantly my views may perhaps be different. It is not amazing however, and WKHÂ…WKDWHDFKPDFKLQHFRVWV could be used more effectively to educate extremists and combat terrorism head on, I believe. Something does need to be done against the terrorist threat; however, the use of full body scanners is not the way to achieve it. More should be done to change attitudes, to prevent extremist views from emerging, and thus to reduce the threat considerably.
Music to our ears: keeping celebs away from causing any real damage Nicholas Kershaw
Another tragedy; another bout of musicians release their charity singles. It is becoming a time-honoured clichĂŠ, and we are expected to feel guilty for not supporting their attempts to make the world a better place. As soon as there is a cause, there is musician rolling out a cover of some sad, downbeat song undoubtedly written in a minor key. Simon Cowell has led the way in
the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. Why you would want to revamp the beautifully agonising REM song â€˜Everybody Hurtsâ€™ is beyond me. You undermine such a powerful song by sanitising it with every singer known to man being given one line each as an opportunity to show they truly care. It is an embarrassing attempt to look sympathetic. I cannot imagine those suffering worst from this tragedy are comforted by the news that a group of wealthy singers have gathered in a nice warm recording studio to let them know that everybody does in fact hurt. Oh really? I, for one, would rather be Susan Boyle living alone with my cats than suffer the incompre-
hensible pain each and every HaiWLDQLVĂ€JKWLQJWKURXJKULJKWQRZ It is a rather unconvincing, if not stunningly patronising sentiment. Yet, I must confess, there are still positive externalities; money and awareness is raised for a shocking and tragic event. In times of need, all people must use their own talents to aid others â€“ even if this talent can be questionable. Singers can sing, actors can act and doctors can go about saving lives â€“ this should remain the same. I cannot imagine anything worse than being in dire need of medicine SRVWHDUWKTXDNHWRĂ€QGWKDW Cent had taken it upon himself to DGPLQLVWHUP\Ă€UVWDLG Picture the poor Haitian who
goes to a United Nations food disWULEXWLRQFHQWUHWRĂ€QG-/6KDQGLQJ out the food â€“ whilst teaching HYHU\RQHWRGREDFNĂ LSV Or perhaps Susan Boyle is present, letting everybody know that she is no longer dreaming her dream, but living it. As sickening as it is, the best option is clearly to keep celebrities as far away from people in need as possible â€“ which means we must take the punishment of listening to them massacre some perfectly good music. However, it is fair to say we get the better end of the deal in this regard. There is no end in sight for the charity single; it has proven effective at raising money and I would be a rather mean-spirited
chap to criticise such a thing. We all need to do our bit in such times, and if scientists are to be believed, there will be plenty more natural disasters on the way. Since there is a certain inevitability about such events, perhaps we should set our songwriters the task of pre-emptively writing charity singles. This way we can avoid the need to cover songs that have been enjoyed by the public prior to the disaster in question. Or perhaps irony is what we are looking for; KRZDERXWDFRYHURIÂ´/HWÂˇV7ZLVW Againâ€? by Chubby Checker after a tornadoâ€Śon second thoughts, maybe not. If the charity single clichĂŠ must continue, let us at least try and make it original.
When it comes to children, good intentions are no excuse for poor execution Fran Infante
Until recently I would have argued that there was a fairly massive GLVSDULW\EHWZHHQWKHVHOĂ HVVWDVN of international aid work and the sickening exploitation of child trafĂ€FNLQJ But terrifyingly, amidst the catastrophic destruction of Haiti, not only can the former be used as a convincing cover for the latter, but furthermore good intentions, if poorly executed, can see individuals standing trial for crimes they would never dream of. Even if the Americans accused of smuggling children out of Haiti are found innocent, the short sightedness of their attempt is simply astounding. How they can think it appropri-
DWHWRĂ RXQFHLQWRDIRUHLJQQDWLRQ already imbued in its own crisis, and remove children for whom they have no legal responsibility or rights is unthinkable. Admittedly the group from New /LIH&KLOGUHQÂˇV5HIXJHKDUGO\Ă€W WKHSURĂ€OHRIOLNHO\FKLOGWUDIĂ€FN ers, being half composed of women and teenagers. Yet even if we are to assume that their intentions were motivated from the best possible humanitarianism, there is still the question of what future they intended for the Haitian children set to grow up in a foreign country with no birth FHUWLĂ€FDWHVSDVVSRUWVRUSURRIRI their identity whatsoever. The long-term effects, so completely overlooked by the group, would be that these â€˜orphanâ€™ children become nameless, stateless young people, lost entirely in the system. A situation at least as bad if not worse than that which they faced at home, and all frankly because a group of do-good Americans
thought they knew better. /DVW0RQGD\WKH%%&UHSRUWHG that amongst one of the children taken was a young girl who upon being brought back to Port-au3ULQFHWHDUIXOO\WROGRIĂ€FLDOVWKDW she was not an orphan, that she had parents and that they believed she was being taken to a boarding school in the Dominican Republic, not an orphanage. Whether or not the children they took were, as one member of the group claimed â€˜in need of Godâ€™s loveâ€™ is extraneous. The laws of international adoption are there to protect children who have already lost the primary protectors to which they are naturally entitled. To disregard this system of safeguards is shocking in its arrogance and destructive in the way it casts a shadow of suspicion over the work of genuine, and (it has to be said) better-informed aid agencies. Ground zero is not a place to get swept up by emotion or rhetoric. These children, and indeed these communities, do not need Godâ€™s
love, they need drinking water, food and shelter; all necessities that were conveniently and unsurprisingly ignored by the middle-class Americans who sought naively to save them from circumstances which they cannot comprehend. The whole case has a stench of embarrassment. The Americans involved failed entirely to appreciate that the two are very different nations, which share the island of Hispaniola and that therefore, the transfer of people between the two is documented and controlled just like any other international border. The arrogance that ignores this, together with the questionable EHQHĂ€WVIRUWKHFKLOGUHQWREH raised in a completely different culture, language and nation than their own at such short notice, only increases the cringe factor of the entire episode. 8QLFHIÂˇVRIĂ€FLDOSROLF\WKDW children should remain in their country for a minimum of 2 years after a disaster to allow time to accurately trace their relatives,
demonstrates just how ridiculous these childrenâ€™s removal within 2 weeks of the disaster really is. Iâ€™m not saying that these people should be imprisoned for their actions; I think it is becoming more apparent every day that they had no perverse intentions for these children. Yet surely there must be some penalty for those who rush headlong into what is already a highly complex social environment, and whose ill-planned strategies ultimately prove a hindrance rather than help. The money and time spent unravelling this debacle would have been far better allocated to larger and more cohesive attempts at alleviating suffering. Grudgingly I give them brownie points for trying to take some action rather than dialling in their donations; yet what I think is quite clear is that it would have been LQĂ€QLWHO\PRUHSURGXFWLYHWRWKH cause if they hadnâ€™t.
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Comment P. DIXON
Canâ€™t we all MXVWJHWDORQJ" James Stubbs Columnist
Best-selling author Terry Pratchett, who suffers from Altzeimerâ€™s disease, supports euthanasia, offering himself as a test case for assisted suicide tribunals
I will survive, and so will everyone else Daniel Rawcliffe
Getting told to go to bed when you were younger was horrendously unfair; all day you were engaged in fun. Running around, falling over,
climbing stuff and doing things you know youâ€™d get told off for. All of that only to be sentenced WREHGDQGIRUFHGWRVOHHS2EYL ously now we can look back and view sleep as a necessary part of growing up. In the same way that death is a necessary part of life. â€œAssisted suicideâ€?, â€œeuthanasiaâ€?, â€œhelping someone pass/kick the bucketâ€?, no one is able to decide on one term for this process; other
than that it is a contentious issue, especially now. Kay Gilderdale, the mother of Lynn was cleared last week of the DWWHPSWHGPXUGHURIKHUGDXJK ter and is now calling for the law surrounding assisted suicide to be FODULĂ€HG What precisely is permitted when it comes to asking a loved one to KHOS\RXVKXIĂ HWKURZGULQN \RXUVHOIRIIWKLVPRUWDOFRLO"%XW more importantly, why is the law so interested in regulating what VKRXOGEHDSULYDWHGHFLVLRQ" Theyâ€™re not interested in what youâ€™re having for dinner or what drink youâ€™re ordering at the bar. So why, should you ask for a cocktail of lethal chemicals, are they so UHOXFWDQWWRREOLJH" You need to be terminally ill to begin with. A poll carried out by Panorama showed that 70% of people agreed that the relatives of those who were terminally ill should be allowed to assist them LQG\LQJ7KLVGLVFRXQWVDQ\QRQ WHUPLQDOLOOQHVVVXFKDVFOLQLFDOGH SUHVVLRQPDQĂ XDQG$O]KHLPHUÂˇV Author of the Discworld novels, Terry Pratchett, was diagnosed with this degenerative disease in 2007 and has since become a vocal campaigner about what he calls â€˜the common sense solutionâ€™. That is, if someone wishes to die on their own terms, in their own time and surrounded by those who love them, then society should do everything it can to ensure this is possible. However, despite death being a QDWXUDOHYHQWDQGXOWLPDWHO\QHFHV sary, the animal instinct to survive does not give up so easily. :LWKOLIHH[SHFWDQF\LQFUHDV ing thanks to a combination of KHDOWKLHUOLIHVW\OHFKRLFHVDQGDG vancements in medical science, this instinctual drive has been boosted to an almost supernatural intensity. We must live because as the
world turns there is apparently a lot more to live for. The popularity of dirty sexy vampires (take a bow Edward Cullen) has as much to do with teenage infatuation as it does with immortality. To live, and to live forever, is the only option. Yet when that life is not what you expected, when pain and sickness and inertia gang up on \RXZKDWWKHQ"6ROGLHURQXQWLO Death slinks out from behind a lampshade and intones â€œThis way SOHDVHÂľ"+RZORQJPXVW\RXNHHS RQOLYLQJ"$QGKDQJRQDPRPHQW ZKRDUH\RXOLYLQJIRU" The survival instinct is so strong that it eliminates, in others, the slightest suggestion that another person could voluntarily wish to cease living. 3HRSOHEHFRPHVRĂ€[DWHGRQWKH art of survival that those seeking to die must be labelled insane or â€˜not of sound mindâ€™. This desire to VHHRWKHUVVXUYLYHLVXQGHUVWDQGD EOHEXWXOWLPDWHO\VHOĂ€VKDQRWKHUÂˇV life is anotherâ€™s life. ,WLVZKHQWKHLQGLYLGXDOVHHN ing death must enlist the help of another in achieving their goal that things get very complicated. Lynn Gilderdale told her mother, Kay, before she died that she was afraid, not for herself but for what would happen to her mother when she was gone. Although Kay was eventually not charged with the DWWHPSWHGPXUGHURIKHUGDXJK ter, one canâ€™t help but think her daughter was right to fear for her. 'LIĂ€FXOWWKRXJKLWLVWRLPDJLQH a mother who would acquiesce in their daughterâ€™s plea to die, Kayâ€™s actions could not be said to be motivated by anything other than love; true love which places the needs of others before oneâ€™s own. In a BBC Panorama documentary Kay stated â€œI had no right to force KHUWRVWD\ÂľDGLIĂ€FXOWVHQWLPHQW to articulate, yet one which is incontrovertibly true.
After a recent evening news binge that turned out to be fairly gloomy, I had a look on the BBC North East QHZVZHEVLWHDQG,FDQVHHĂ€YH particularly violent stories that have stood out over the last couple of days: â€˜Strikerâ€™s daughter found KDQJHGÂˇÂś&KDULW\Ă€QHGRYHUVWDE bing deathâ€™; â€˜Man charged over house deathâ€™; â€˜Two men arrested in rape enquiryâ€™, and â€˜Victim hit with own walking stickâ€™. <HVWKLVLVEDGEXWLWÂˇVQRWK ing new; we see real violence in reports on the TV all the time, but its distance makes it sort of ok; ok enough to watch over bowls of Corn Flakes and while the ads are on during Come Dine With Me anyway. Something that you donâ€™t get much of in Newcastle, Iâ€™ve found, is a similar sense of threat that youâ€™d think these stories might make us feel. In my three and a bit years here Iâ€™ve never been PXJJHGVWDEEHGQRUVKRW)DQ tastic. However, you only have to walk down Bigg Market on a Saturday night for a little bit before you come across the occasional pool of blood amongst the spilled kebabs and smatterings of sick. There is an undeniable rise in police presence, and more often than not you can see an incoherent pisshead with a bloody nose being led away. Again, this is nothing new and no indictment of Newcastle; the same is true of Saturday nights in town centres up and down the country. I know; Iâ€™ve seen Street Crime UKâ€Ś So why am I never the bleeding JHQWRQWKHĂ RRU" In an old episode of South Park, the protagonists get unwittingly mixed up in a group of people ZKRZDQWWRIUHHDWRGGOHUPXU derer. When asked what is so good about murdering toddlers they can only reply in childish innocence that itâ€™s good because itâ€™s easy. â€œYesâ€Śâ€? replies the interviewer under his breath, â€œit is easyâ€Śâ€? Very good. But the point is that it often takes two to start something, DQGWKDWJRLQJIURPDGLVDJUHH PHQWWRDĂ€JKWLVWRRHDV\DQGWKLV can all be simply resolved over a pint and bag of pork scratchings. In the summer I saw three guys doing a dance on anotherâ€™s face in a pub. Police arrived and questions were asked, which then made the whole pub close up well before closing time. We just wanted a drink; very inconvenient for all involved, especially the man whose face got smashed in. ,OLNHWRWKLQN,ÂˇPQRWWKHEOHHG LQJJHQWRQWKHĂ RRUEHFDXVHRI my generally passive nature, but having said that, I do live in a nice part of town and tend to go to less WKUHHWUHEOHVIRUDĂ€YHUQLJKWV down Sinners after United have lost these days. Common sense dictates that: If ,VSLOOVRPHRQHÂˇVGULQN,ÂˇOORI fer them a new one, if I step on someoneâ€™s foot Iâ€™ll apologise, and if someone attacks one of my friends when weâ€™re leaving a trebles bar, well, thatâ€™s easyâ€Ś but itâ€™s never happened yet.
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The truth about the pill > Health & Beauty, page 19
Life & Style Editors: Larisa Brown, Alex Felton and Ashley Fryer - email@example.com
fashion Sexual heeling From t-shirts to teddies, Aimee Philipson looks at the most intimate fashion of all: nightwear
here are two types of womenâ€™s nightwear in this world; nightwear you want to sleep in and nightwear you donâ€™t want to sleep in. You might think nightwear \RXGRQÂˇWZDQWWRVOHHSLQGHĂ€HVWKH point of wearing it to bed, yet babydolls, teddys (not cuddly bears) DQG OLQJHULH FRQWLQXH WR Ă \ RII WKH shelves so some of you must like the odd bra or suspender strap digging in all night - or a continuous wedgie every time you move in those lacy teddies. So with Valentineâ€™s Day looming it might be time to rethink your bedtime attire, whether as a treat to yourself â€“ thereâ€™s nothing like slipping into silk pyjamas â€“ or to spice up your evening endeavours. Firstly, the nightwear you might actually get a good nightâ€™s sleep in,
because letâ€™s face it this is probably what you will want to wear most nights. You canâ€™t really go wrong with a traditional pair of PJâ€™s, though not the sexiest of garments, they are warm, stretchy, loose and soft. There are all sorts of patterns, colours and fabrics to choose from â€“ Primark does a good novelty range inFOXGLQJĂ RZHUVSHQJXLQVDQGRWKHU animals in soft cotton but if you fancy a treat, Next always have a good selection of pyjama sets in satin, silk and cotton to suit all tastes. You can branch out with your comfortable nightwear too, with styles such as shorts and camisoles, night dresses and nightshirts. The latter is the female version of wearing your boyfriendâ€™s/male housemateâ€™s shirt to bed but itâ€™s XVXDOO\ LQ EULJKWHU FRORXUV Ă€WV better and the buttons donâ€™t leave marks on your skin after lying on them all night. Nightdresses can be a bit more of a problem though, as the new trends include lots of lace, tiny straps and very short hemlines â€“ not exactly cosy and warm but you do feel pretty and girly so itâ€™s a tossup really. As for uncomfortable nightwear,
whatâ€™s hot Romance The loved up feel of the month has well and truly spread to the fashion world. Embrace Jane Eyre as your muse with Ă RDW\FKLIIRQ and pretty pastels.
itâ€™s more of an occasion thing really. Whether youâ€™re into the full stockings, suspenders and basque or just want to surprise your man with a new lingerie set, these products are rarely made with comfort in mind but they do have the sex factor. You can even spice things up with a pair of bedroom heels - the higher the better. Itâ€™s not like you are going to be on your feet for long... The obvious places to shop are La Senza, Ann Summers and Knickerbox but nowadays high street stores such as New Look, Top Shop and the big department stores are begin-
Sugarbomb %HQHĂ€WKDYHZRZHG us yet again with their latest four part blusher WRKHOS\RXDGMXVW complexion through the seasons.
ning to stock their own ranges of seductive nightwear. Ann Summers has the added advantage of selling fun dressing-up RXWĂ€WV LQFOXGLQJ D PDLG D FKHHUleader, a nurse and the all important High School student, and La Senza has a less expensive range of babydolls and chemises if you want to avoid the realms of the indecent. +RZHYHU,KDYHPDQDJHGWRĂ€QG a few places which successfully mix the sex factor with comfort, espeFLDOO\HWKLFDOĂ€IWLHVLQVSLUHGGHVLJQer Enamore (www.enamore.co.uk). I donâ€™t want to leave out the guys
whatâ€™s not Preggings Thatâ€™s patterned leggings to you and me. Yeuch.
Jumper Dresses These pretty yet practical cover-ups are here to stay.
Ski chic Absolutely loving the knitted headbands, fur gilets and snow boots weâ€™re rocking out. Thermal wear GHĂ€QLWHO\JRWLWVPRMREDFN
here though. Itâ€™s safe to say most of you probably sleep in your keks or an old t-shirt but why should you miss out on the joy of luxury nightwear? More to the point, why should a woman go to the trouble of buying silk nightwear when she has to sleep next to a holey Dangermouse t-shirt all night? Itâ€™s interesting that menâ€™s nightwear is usually referred to as â€˜loungewearâ€™ â€“ is this just because they donâ€™t often wear anything in the bedroom or is it because they wear their nightwear around the house all day? Anyway, check out www.asos. com for some simple, comfortable t-shirts and â€˜lounge pantsâ€™ as well as designer pyjamas and vest tops or, if youâ€™re feeling adventurous, thereâ€™s always the novelty thongs at Ann Summers and a t-shirt which deserves a mention, featuring the slogan â€˜Last Night a BJ Saved My Lifeâ€™. As most of you are students though, I know you will probably ignore this article and sleep naked, nabbing a one-night stand for warmth, just to save money. But if there is a special someone this Valentineâ€™s Day, why not buy them a special night time treat? And GRQÂˇW EH VHOĂ€VK XQFRPIRUWDEOH nightwear might make you smile when they wear it, but comfortable nightwear will mean they wake up smiling.
Harem Pants Why would you want to resemble a dodgy pantomime Aladdin?
Crop tops Are we in Ibiza? I think not.
Armadilloâ€™s Letâ€™s hope these lobster-claw 10-inch heels worn by Lady Gaga in the Bad Romance video are a one-off shoe mare Pamela Mardle
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Fashion Life & Style
Marisa: Bra, Topshop,£20 , Jeans, Topshop, £25, Ed: Jeans, Nudie, £100, Boxers, Calvin Klein, £25
Josh: Jeans, Zara, £45, Boxers, Diesel, £20 Kath: Bra, Marks & Spencers, £30, Jeans, Topshop, £35 Ed: Jeans, Abercrombie, £60, Boxers, Calvin Klein, £25 Marisa: Bra, Topshop, £16, Jeans, Topshop, £35Ed: Jeans, Nudie, £100, Boxers, Calvin Klein, £25
Kath: Bra, Topshop £20, Jeans, Arrogant Cat, £150, Headband,ASOS, £7.95 Josh: Jeans, All Saints £85 Boxers, Calvin Klein, £35
Models: Kath Little, Marrisa McGary, Josh Rose, Ed Yarnton Make Up: Fiona Brunt Photograhy: Claire Hall Styling: Addy Pope, Claire Hall
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The Penny Pincher Lesson Eleven: Health Rowan Taylor Columnist Treatment: Thankfully our NHS provides most treatment for free, except for: prescriptions, dental treatment, wigs, sight tests and glasses. For those on a low income, even these costs can be met by the NHS. Students do not automatically qualify, but many will be entitled to DQ+&FHUWLĂ€FDWHIRUIXOOKHOS RU DQ+&FHUWLĂ€FDWHIRUSDUWLDOKHOS Pick up the somewhat lengthy HC1 application form from pharmacies and GPs. The pharmacy by Tesco Jesmond stocks them. Dentist: It can be easy to forget dental appointments when your mum is no longer booking appointments for you. Not all dental practices carry out NHS-priced service; check the NHS website and sign up with one that does. Students under 19 will then get treatment free of charge. Older than that and you get NHS-subsidised prices, and a check up of your pearly whites will cost Â…7KH+&+&FHUWLĂ€FDWH comes into play here. Optician: Those of a four-eyed persuasion are saddled with having to buy expensive glasses. Instead of looking at the well-sighted masses with jealous hatred, they should take their recent prescription online. After trying some frames in a high-street optician, make a note of the model. Glassesdirect.co.uk is my pick of the retailers; they offer a free 7-day home trial of 4 frames to evaluate in your own time, as well DVRII\RXUĂ€UVWRUGHUDQG Quidco cashback. Even if you need to return to an optician to make sizing adjustments, you can still H[SHFWWRVDYHÂ…Â… Toiletries: Perfume is the ideal product to buy over the internet â€“ small and high value, with typically KXJHSURĂ€WPDUJLQV<RXFDQVDYH even more with tester bottles and lid-less perfume bottles, from sites like fragrancedirect.co.uk. Sport: The cheapest way of NHHSLQJĂ€WLVWRXVHWKHFLW\DV your gym. Going for a run around Jesmond Dene or across the Town Moor costs nothing and is far more interesting than pounding a treadmill. Some people demand a more constant climate for exercise though, and the Uni sports centre gym is the cheapest gym membership available. Next week Lesson 12: Music Deals of the Week: 1. Cravendale 2L milk: ÂŁ1 @ Tesco Be quick with this deal, it runs out on Tuesday. This milk lasts for weeks, so stock up while you can. 2. Tefal 24cm frying pan: half price to ÂŁ9.99 @ Argos These pans work so well and last ages â€“ I use one myself. Besides, itâ€™s Shrove Tuesday on the 16th FebruDU\VRJHWĂ LSSLQJWKRVHSDQFDNHV 3. iPod nano 2nd generation dock: 90% off to ÂŁ2.99 @ play.com This dock is not for the current nano, but the previous tall and thin metal one. It makes your nano, and your desk, look well smart, with ports at the back to connect to your computer and speakers.
May the Force be with you: religion turned on its head From Pastafarianism to Googlism, Alexandra Maxwell discusses the extremeties of religion and their impact on society
ver the last 10 years there has been much debate about the decline of religion in Britain. Although organised religion remains strong in the USA and the Islamic World, Britain has seen a rise in spirituality-based faith and new religious movements to take over from traditional beliefs. The secularization of our education system, dropping numbers of church attendees and the rise of the â€˜pick and mixâ€™ approach to religious belief are going to have enormous impact in the near future. Most prominently in March 2011 â€“ the next British Census. The 2001 Census was an enlightening example of how Britain views IDLWK<RXZLOOUHPHPEHULWZDVWKH religion of â€˜Jedi Knightâ€™ which was heavily featured in the press. â€˜Jediâ€™ is still considered the fourth biggest religion in Britain today acFRUGLQJ WR RIĂ€FLDO VWDWLVWLFV DKHDG of Sikhism, Judaism, and Buddhism. 390,127 people in England and Wales claimed this mix of TaoLVP DQG %XGGKLVP DV WKHLU RIĂ€FLDO religion, believing in the existence of â€˜The Forceâ€™ in everyday life. 0DQ\SHRSOHRQO\EHFDPHRIĂ€FLDOly â€˜Jediâ€™ in protest at the â€˜religion questionâ€™ being included. Some chose this religious path to annoy people and some even just to show their love of Star Wars. Although some only completed the census in order to answer this question, this ironically improved its quality.
This protest has had lasting impact however and, with no new Star Wars movies released in the last couple of years, it lacks popularity compared to 2001 levels. Could this mean it may be a new â€˜religionâ€™ which replaces Jedi for the next 10 years? There are certainly PDQ\ZLOOLQJWRĂ€OOWKHJDS-HGLLVP has left behind. One possibility of census inclusion is that of â€˜Pastafarianismâ€™, the worship of the â€˜Flying Spaghetti 0RQVWHUÂˇ\HVVRPHVSDJKHWWLDQG meatballs with eyesâ€Ś it truly is a GHLW\ ZKLFK EHFDPH ZHOONQRZQ during the 2006 Australian Census.
The Pastafarian belief of heaven contains a beer volcano and a stripper factory, while Pastafarian hell is similar, except that the beer is stale and the strippers have sexually transmitted infections Originally created in Kansas, USA, in protest to â€˜evolutionâ€™ being taken out of the Curriculum, its popularity has spread worldwide and it is now followed by hundreds of thousands of people. The Pastafarians claim that the Flying Spaghetti Monster created the world â€˜after drinking heavilyâ€™, that Pirates are â€˜divine beingsâ€™ KHQFHWKH\FHOHEUDWHÂś,QWHUQDWLRQDO Talk like a Pirate dayâ€™ on September WK DQG WKDW WKH )60 DSSHDUV WR people, touching their lives with his â€˜Noodly Appendagesâ€™. The Pastafarian belief of heaven contains a beer volcano and a stripper factory, while Pastafarian hell is similar, except that the beer is stale and the strippers have sexually transmitted infections.
Amusingly, the Pastafarians claim that fundamental Christians only have a problem with them because they have had to accept that â€˜our God has larger balls than theirsâ€™. Another option for â€˜new religionsâ€™ in the census is one I believe all students can truly relate to â€“ Googlism. Many people will admit to being a â€˜Google-junkieâ€™ and its overuse and our reliance is often discussed. The word â€˜Googleâ€™ has replaced the word â€˜Searchâ€™â€“ â€˜Just Google itâ€™and students have even prayed to the â€˜God of Googleâ€™ for last minute help with work, job hunting and their social life. Though numerous VWRULHVH[LVWRISHRSOHĂ€QGLQJIDLWK through a simple Google search, this has been taken a step further. The new â€˜Googlistâ€™ movement ZZZWKHFKXUFKRIJRRJOHRUJ KDV appeared, believing Google IS God, praying to â€˜herâ€™ via searches and claiming September 14 as a religious holiday. Their website has caused astonishment, outrage and even incredible joy, listing nine reasons we should consider her a deity including omQLSUHVHQFHDVVKHLVDYDLODEOHHYHU\ZKHUH RPQLVFLHQFHDVVKHYLVLWV ELOOLRQ ZHE SDJHV DQG UHDVRQing there is more evidence of her existence than any other God worshipped today, so, why not? Interestingly, the word â€˜Googleâ€™ is searched more than God, Jesus, Allah, Buddha, Christianity, Buddhism and Judaism combined! Google has mail, maps, books, a shop and even a 3D model maker â€“ why not a religion too? Though haters claim â€˜there are some things that cannot be answered by Googleâ€™, the Googlists tease â€˜then try a different key wordâ€™. Following Ozzy Osbourneâ€™s â€˜Rockâ€™nâ€™Roll is my religion and my ODZÂˇTXRWHRI0HWDO+DPPHU magazine has now launched their own campaign for recognition in
the 2011 Census. Starting with an article, which has developed into numerous faFHERRNJURXSVÂśKHDY\PHWDOLVP\ Religionâ€™ and even â€˜le metal est ma UHOLJLRQÂˇ 0HWDO +DPPHU KDYH UHcruited Saxonâ€™s Biff Byford as their â€˜world metal peace ambassadorâ€™ to represent the â€˜Church of Heavy Metalâ€™ in an upcoming British tour. In an attempt to relive the â€˜glory GD\VÂˇRIWKHÂˇVZKHQRYHUDPLOlion people in the UK were metal heads, this ambition to get heavy metal recognised as a religion is another rebellious act against â€˜sterile and manufactured pop musicâ€™. Does this then mean that the 2011 census may become the next stomping ground for the British public to rebel against the norm? Like Rage against the Machine stormed to Christmas number one after a successful facebook campaign, will the Google search engine become the publics next â€˜Killing in the Name ofâ€™ protest? If it does though, what effect will this have on already declining numbers of genuine religious believers? Already, less than half the British population believe in God and over 66% of our population have no actual connection to any religion or church. The number of churches is foreFDVW WR IDOO IURP QRZ WR 39,200 by 2030, which Church leaders say will destroy focal points of towns and ruin communities. Without even mentioning the rise of religions such as scientology, especially prevalent because of its SXEOLFLW\ ZLWK KLJK SURĂ€OH FHOHErity believers, there seems a devastating move away from our Christian past and into an age without traditional faith. Seeing as our entire justice system is based on the 10 commandments, what effect will this have on our country in the next few years?
THE COURIER Monday 8 February 2010
Life & Style
travel A Portuguese paradise: more than just sun, sea and sangria Fran Infante explores the palaces, the people and the praias
f you’re studying on the continent, you tend to get a bit blasé about borders. Ok, so now we’re technically in Portugal, so what, it’s all more or less the Mediterranean isn’t it? All sun sea and sangria? Not as we found out… By the time we found ourselves arriving in the northern Portuguese town of Porto, a mere 14 hour bus ride after we had left our surrogate home of Granada in Spain, all illusions of the proximity of the two countries both in distance and in culture had thoroughly faded. Porto is truly an underrated city. With a population of just over 200,000 it is manageable to explore thoroughly on foot and offers spectacular views over the Rio Duoro upon which it sits. So beautiful is its historic riverside barrio that it has been awarded the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it deserves it. Next stop could only be the nation’s capital, Lisbon and here we were greeted with a charming mix of antiquity and new industry, a wealth of beauty and excitement in this bustling city. Though massive progress has been made in improving the infrastructure and modernizing public services in Portugal since the anarchy which characterised the revolution in the 1970s, it still lags far behind its western european neighbours. Despite the aggressive hissing and shouting from the Portugeuse men, mostly in line with the irritating but harmless chauvinistic slime exhibited by many Mediterranean men towards foreign women, several delightful days were spent cheerfully roaming the city. Having tried the local pastry delicacy known as ‘pasteis de Belem’ ² WKLQN OLWWOH VZHHW ÁDN\ FXVWDUG tarts- much time was dedicated to prowling the ‘pracas’ in the quest for the perfect Belem and accompanying coffee. Incidentally the winner was the outdoor café at Placa Do Principal Real; worth the trip to Lisbon in itself, and with the male waiting staff only serving to add to the sweet treats on offer. The great cliché of any image of Lisbon is that of the antique-looking yellow trams that worm their way
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across the steep inclines of the city. They are also a novel and practical way to get around, much more scenic than the metro and cheap too. If you can establish which way they are running and therefore which side of the street you should stand on to board them. We couldn’t. Which, in a way, added to the novelty of the experience because of the unexpected triumph when ZH UHDFKHG WKH ÀUVW VWRS DQG UHDOised we were actually travelling in the direction of our desired destination.
Porto is truly an underrated FLW\VREHDXWÀXOLVLWV historic river that is has been awarded the UNESCO World Heritage Site No trip to the area is complete without what became the crowning glory of our trip – the fairytale town of Sintra. Just a twenty-minute train ride out of the city, it is more like a visit to never-never land than a suburb of a modern metropolis. Over the years it served as the summer retreat to generations of Portuguese kings and Moorish rulers before them, leaving the verdant hillside literally dotted with exquisite palaces and ancient fortresses built as monuments to and creative demonstrations of the power held by their owners. Moving southwards once again on the gradual progression back towards Spain, we stopped at the backpacker happy seaside town of Lagos. I think my hearing is still permanently damaged from the squawks of so many drunken Aussies, and the town was tacky to say the least (our hostel warned us of their policy on vomiting as we checked in) but it was a fun place to be beach bums, and the beaches really were amazing. The most impressive was undoubtedly the famous Praia de Dona Ana, backed by vast cliffs that drop straight down onto sand and further to crystal clear water; quite literally breath taking. The aim of our trip was a capsule glimpse of Portugal; it was brief but from port to palace and barrio to beach, what we discovered was an infectiously beautiful country that I know I will need to go back to time and time again.
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Just in time for Valentine’s weekend Harri Borg-Bartolo explores some of the world’s most erotic and exotic resorts
the town’s exotic markets during a stroll around the colonial Port Louis, or visit one of the island’s lavish chapels that sit high in the mountains.
rich scenery provides an immense backdrop to a wealth of outdoor activities.
This tropical island offers vast stretches of white, sandy beaches and crystal waters, creating an idyllic setting for a tranquil getaway for two. Immerse yourself in the bustle of
If your steamy getaway won’t be hampered by the colder temperatures, Switzerland offers some good February snow. The Jungfrau Region provides a plethora of resorts, where love can blossom on and off the slopes. The
Whether it is contemporary Italy that takes your fancy, or the traditional market square life that you are after, Florence offers both in abundance. Get lost in the maze of cobbled streets and step it up a gear with the stylish nightlife that provides the fashion elite with afterhours entertainment.
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4. Hoar Cross Hall, England
For something a little closer to home, a luxurious spa break can be enjoyed in the stately and sumptuous surrounding of Hoar Cross Hall in Staffordshire. There is something for both of you with activities such as cycling, tennis and archery all within the abundant grounds of the house. Spa, holistic and therapeutic treatments allow for an escape to a serene and peaceful utopia.
Just north of Malta, this sleepy Mediterranean island still remains relatively untouched by holidaymakers. 3HDFHIXO ÀVKLQJ YLOODJHV DQG VHcluded beaches make this a perfect destination for those who prefer to be undisturbed. Tucked away in the villages, local restaurants and taverns provide the clichéd setting of a romantic escape for two.
Monday 8 February 2010 THE COURIER
Life & Style Sex & Relationships
sex & relationships Two Girls & A Coffee Shop Kath Little & Fran Swan Columnists â€œI canâ€™t believe you had lunch with herâ€ŚNo, I donâ€™t care that she was only up for the day. I donâ€™t care that you have known her your entire life. I donâ€™t care if itâ€™s terminal and I certainly do not care that she is your sister. It is just not acceptable for you to lunch with other girls!â€? Heard these psychiatric demands before? Read on, dear friend, read on. So, how do you deal with it when your partnerâ€™s once endearing care for you transforms into pathological jealousy? Itâ€™s surprisingly common, especially in new relationships with the added intensity of university life/ Jesmond PRUHVSHFLĂ€FDOO\ Relationships that dwindle into nothing more than twice weekly arguments all over petty jealousy barely amount to relationships at all. Often, the envious partner is being ridiculous. Of course thereâ€™s nothing going on with anyone else, let alone your sister, and having WRFRQVWDQWO\FRQĂ€UPWKLVWR\RXU sobbing, shaking other half is rather burdensome to say the least. We cannot stress this enough. This is not normal. Or, there is absolute reason for their distrust. If this is the case, get out now. You are twenty. If you already want to get with other people, there is absolutely no point in trudging on. Here are some classic examples: His phone is in reach and you know that the length of time it takes for him to shower is the exact length you need to browse (and scrutinise) his entire inbox. Obviously with a wary (or venomous) eye for messages from girlsâ€Ś. housemates and family included. Not to sound incestuous, but one can never be too careful. â€œHonestly, sheâ€™s just a friend of the familyâ€? my arse! Feel free to apply this situation to Facebook/Twitter/OWA/ notes left to his cleaner alikeâ€Ś.any social networking medium will do, right? Stop. Stop right now. ,I\RXIHHO\RXKDYHWRULĂ H through his personal and private correspondence then you clearly do not trust him. So what is it that the two of you have? Because itâ€™s not love. Until you feel complete trust and no need to sieve through his MySpace, you are in the wrong relationship. You donâ€™t deserve to have to feel this way and he doesnâ€™t deserve to be subjected to 24hour surveillance. Similarly, if he loves you, that friend youâ€™ve banned him from seeing will not be a threat. If you get nervous every time he goes on a night out without you/ passes by any of your blacklisted girls while nipping to Tesco, you have got bigger issues. Having said all this, there is room for a natural over-protectiveness for the one you love, especially when that tall, beautiful, stunning Swedish model from his seminar drapes her JROGHQĂ DZOHVVOLPEVRYHUKLP Here, we give you permission to scowl venomously from the other side of the room. 3HUKDSVĂ RXQFHGUDPDWLFDOO\ from the computer cluster. Granted, she was only reaching for a book. Sure. You get the picture. Thereâ€™s no need to be with someone who doesnâ€™t trust you or who you donâ€™t trust. Either with or without reason, distrust will eventually decay your relationship from within.
Email courier. life @ncl.ac.uk if you want to go on your very own Blind Date
blind date 6DUDK)HOORZV 6LPRQ+ROGLQJ She said: When The Courier provided me with the opportunity of going on a blind date and sharing the details for all to see, I was a little hesitant- by that I mean I spent all of three minutes debating with myself whether or not I actually wanted to do it. I had to ask myself â€œam I willing to look publicly desperate?â€? I answered myself with a resounding YES! Safe in the knowledge that I myself know that I am not desperate, honest. I thought it would be good craic, and I wanted to pretend that I ZDVLQDFKLFNĂ LFN I met up with my blind date, Simon, in Scalinis on Osborne Road. We were both quite nervous and had a bit of an awkward hello; we had one of those hugs where youâ€™re not sure whether or not to hug each other, you know the kind. We talked about a whole array of things, although he did talk about football a lot; heâ€™s on the University team which is a bonus in a date as far as Iâ€™m concerned. Iâ€™m not really DIRRWEDOOIDQEXW,GHĂ€QLWHO\DPD footballer fan. He was very generous and just quite lovely; he paid for my dinner and then for my drinks in Spy bar as well as a taxi to take me home. It appears gentlemen do exist, although I canâ€™t help but be suspicious that his generosity could well be motivated by the desire for a good write up- Iâ€™ll give him the EHQHĂ€WRIWKHGRXEWWKRXJK Our night ended with a less awkward hug and a kiss on the cheek. I went home feeling happy due to an evening in good company, or maybe it was the gin I consumed in Spy bar that left me feeling so
cheerful. Either way, I had a good night; however, when my Mother asked how it went I did tell her not to go and buy herself a wedding hat. He said: Being more of a fan of Jeremy Clarksonâ€™s journalistic style as opposed to BBC-esque restrictions, I will try and be as honest as possible in my Bridget Jones escapade. The idea of a blind date always Ă€OOHGPHZLWKGUHDG7KHLGHDRI spending time with a complete VWUDQJHUĂ€OOHGZLWKDZNZDUG silences, is not my idea of fun. However, when Cilla gave me a call after exams, and being in a spontaneous mood, I suddenly
found myself in this situation. Left with a random phone number that couldâ€™ve been anyone from Shrekâ€™s Princess Fiona to Megan Fox, I thought I would go for the â€˜old-school-classic-cant-go-wrongâ€™ meal followed by a few drinks. I quickly reminded myself of the number of messages I had received on Match.com, exactly none, and left the house. I awaited the blind dateâ€™s arrival in the chosen restaurant and on her appearance was pleasantly surprised to have found a happy medium on the previously mentioned looks scale. The conversation slowly started, and as the number of awkward silences became less, the experience was actually enjoyable. It became a
bit more apparent later on that we didnâ€™t have too much in common but the conversation was still well above average. Blind dates are something you should do for the experience but would be better avoided. It is a better experience to go on a Ă€UVWGDWHZLWKVRPHRQHZKRLQWHU HVWV\RXLQWKHĂ€UVWSODFHWKDQEHLQJ thrown in to the pressure cooker of a blind date. It was a worthwhile experience and a nice way to spend a Thursday evening. Will there be a second date I hear you say? Well she has my number but if not, plenty more Ă€VKLQWKHVHD
Either way, their childish behaviour needs to end. Have a frank and upfront talk with them, and tell them to stop being boys, and start being men. Stand up to them; tell them how you feel. After all, they might not even know theyâ€™re hurting you. If that doesnâ€™t work, youâ€™ll have to resort to more extreme measures. Take a kick-boxing class and teach them a lesson.
be catastrophic. Deep emotional attachments can be really tough to break, and someone is bound to get hurt. And donâ€™t be so sure itâ€™ll be her. Youâ€™re going to want to brace yourself for an emotional backlash, especially if somewhere down the line you ask yourself, â€˜Did I make a mistake?â€™ It would be wise to sort out the reasons why you want to HQGWKHUHODWLRQVKLSĂ€UVWEHIRUH making the plunge back into singlehood.
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Problem housemates are not uncommon. The question is how you wound up living with her LQWKHĂ€UVWSODFH,VVKHDIULHQG or were you just put together? Whatever the case may be, youâ€™re all going to need to sort something out. Confrontations are never fun, but perhaps you all need to have a house meeting to discuss living arrangements for next year. Not only will this alleviate any potential lingering resentment she may have if you were to chuck her out by the end of the year, it will also get her to think about where to go from here. If you can put up with her for the rest of the year, WKHQDOORZKHUWRĂ€QGQHZDFFRP modation with some different, perhaps more masochistic people. Deal with this as soon as possible! SeĂąor, ,OLYHZLWKWZRER\VDQG,ÂˇPĂ€QG LQJLWUHDOO\GLIĂ€FXOW(YHU\QRZ DQGDJDLQWKH\VXGGHQO\NLFNPH RUSXQFKPHRUWKURZEDOOVDWP\ KHDGDQGLWUHDOO\KXUWV0\RWKHU KRXVHPDWHLVDJLUODQGWKH\VRPH WLPHVSXVKKHURYHULQWKHVWUHHW :KDWVKDOO,GR" If this were primary school, Iâ€™d tell you they probably have crushes on you. But as this is uni, they either see you as equals, and this is their strange way of expressing it; or they see you as a lesser being, and want to humiliate and hurt you.
SeĂąor, ,KDYHEHHQLQDUHODWLRQVKLSZLWK DJLUOIURPKRPHIRUWZR\HDUV EXW,IHHOOLNHWKHVSDUNZHQWRXW DORQJWLPHDJR+RZHYHULWVHHPV LPSRVVLEOHWREUHDNXSZLWKKHU GXHWRWKHIDFWQRWRQO\DUHZHDW WKHVDPHXQLEXWDUHRQWKHVDPH FRXUVHDQGZHVKDUHWKHVDPH IULHQGV,IHHOVWXFNEHFDXVH,UH DOO\OLNHP\EHVWJLUOIULHQGZKR ,VKDUHDKRXVHZLWKEXWVKHÂˇV VOHHSLQJZLWKP\EHVWPDWH$OVR ,VOHSWZLWKDQRWKHUJLUOUHFHQWO\ VLQFH,DPQRWJHWWLQJDQ\IURP P\JLUOIULHQG+RZGR,HQGWKLV UHODWLRQVKLSZLWKDVOLWWOHSDLQDV SRVVLEOH" Sometimes, the only way to end a relationship is by breaking someoneâ€™s heart. If you really think itâ€™s not working out, the best course of action to take is to tell her how you feel, and end it swiftly and quietly. Drawing it out will not only add undue stress on both you and your partner, but the end result will
SeĂąor, ,DPLQDELWRIDSLFNOH,ÂˇYHVRUWHG OLYLQJDUUDQJHPHQWVZLWKP\EHVW IULHQGDQGWZRJX\VQH[W\HDUEXW HDFKRIXVWZRJLUOVKDVVOHSWZLWK RXUWZRER\KRXVHPDWHV5HJDUG OHVVRIWKHIDFWPRVWRIXVDUH DWWDFKHGWKLQJVDUHJHWWLQJFRP SOLFDWHG,ÂˇPJHWWLQJHPRWLRQDOO\ DWWDFKHGWRWKHKRXVHPDWH,DP VOHHSLQJZLWKEXWKHKDVDORQJ WHUPORQJGLVWDQFHJLUOIULHQG, ZDQWWREHPRUHWKDQDERRW\FDOO Love triangles amongst friends often lead to disaster, so consider whether itâ€™s such a good idea to all move in together. The pangs of jealousy are already burning in your gut. Do you really want to enter into a living arrangement where this will be a daily occurrence? It is in your best interest-as well as the interests of the men LQYROYHGDQG\RXUIULHQGWRĂ€QG someplace else to live.
THE COURIER Monday 8 February 2010
Health & Beauty Life & Style
health & beauty
The truth behind the pill The dilemma that faces half the world. Is it better to take medication and run the risk of potential side-affects but be certain of contraception or don’t? Olivia Mason uncovers the truth
he pill has become one of the most popular contraceptives among women, providing a very simple and effective way of preventing pregnancy. Taking one pill a day which provides 99% effective contraception and removes the issues of fumbling about in the dark for a condom, to many people, seems perfect. However, taking a pill that controls your hormones and may potentially have health implications is something that should not be taken lightly and seen as an easy contraceptive, so here’s a quick whirlwind tour of everything you need to know about the secretively-named pill. Firstly, there are two types of pill, the combined pill and the progestogen only pill (POP). The combined pill contains the hormones oestrogen and progestogen which are synthetic versions of the hormones normally released from the ovaries. These two hormones act in three ways to stop you becoming pregnant: stopping eggs being released, WKLFNHQLQJ WKH ÁXLG LQ WKH QHFN RI \RXU ZRPE PDNLQJ LW GLIÀFXOW IRU sperm to enter and thirdly decreasing the thickness of the lining of your womb so an egg cannot grow in it. The combined pill is taken every day for 21 days before a break of seven days when you have your period. You are protected for this 28 day period and if taken correctly it can be over 99% effective. The second type is the progestogen only pill, often called POP, which does what it says on the tin and only contains the one hormone, progestogen. The POP has to be taken every day within a 3 hour time period and works by thickening the mucus LQWKHZRPE PDNLQJ LW GLIÀFXOW IRU sperm to enter it, and thinning the lining of the womb so an egg cannot implant there. The progestogen only pill is recom-
mended for women who have high blood pressure, are over-weight, or susceptible to blood clots as oestrogen has been linked to DVT. Therefore if you are a smoker the POP is usually recommended. One of the major advantages of the combined pill over the POP is that you have a 12 hour time frame in which to take the pill and still be protected; with the POP it has to be taken within a 3 hour slot each day.
product placement Valentine’s Day is a tricky proposition for all of us girls DQG ÀQGLQJ WKH ULJKW IUDJUDQFH LVDOZD\VDPLQHÀHOG Certainly for women, and seemingly also for men, an enduring question of identity lingers in the air. This question is: “What is the right perfume for me?” 6FLHQWLÀFVWXGLHVKDYHSURYHG that attractiveness is detected by pheromones and that cosmetic scents change when on different people. We decided to try out a range of popular women’s perfumes and record several different opinions. The results are as follows: Poppy Gardner
Both have disadvantages though, which you must be made aware of EHIRUH GHFLGLQJ WR WDNH LW ÀUVWO\ LI you are vomiting or have diarrhoea the pill may leave your system, leaving you unprotected. Migraines, breast tenderness and lighter periods are further common VLGHHIIHFWV$KLJKSURÀOHULVNIDF tor of the pill is cancer, with breast cancer found slightly more often in women who take the pill.
However, there is evidence to prove the pill has been found to protect against ovarian cancer. But both these claims have not enough evidence to be basing your opinion on. 2QHÀQDOWKLQJWRUHPHPEHULVWKDW although preventing pregnancy the pill does not protect against STIs and thus caution should be applied when with a new partner where a condom is always safest.
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View Askew Gigging It Kathy Jackman Columnist
I’m at a bit of a loss this week. By the time you read this I will have been to a Rammstein gig in Manchester, (and boy does my computer hate the word Rammstein) and obviously this is what I really want to write about. But I can’t, because at the time of writing this I haven’t actually been. Christ, where’s Doctor Who when you need him? This shit makes my brain ache. Anyway, I guess I’ll stick with the gig theme in anticipation for next week’s account of Industrial Metal Goodness (or IMG), because right this minute I’m too excited to think about anything else. 7KLV ZLOO EH WKH ÀUVW DUHQD style gig I’ve been to since I saw Nightwish way back in April 2008, which was a mindblowing experience, but the fact of the matter is I don’t go to big gigs very often. This may seem strange given that I’m a rock and metal fan and I can’t resist a good headbanging session, but I do suffer from a mild case of claustrophobia. It’s not really serious, but I do get a bit short of breath and nervous in big crowds. I can just about handle it, but a certain amount of mental preparation has to go into it before I go. At past gigs I’ve been lucky enough to get to the front, but there’s always the risk that I’ll end up slap bang in the middle of a very large, excitable and sweaty crowd of strangers. It’s one of those times when being small is a real pain in the arse; when you’re in a crowd, everyone seems to be taller than you. It’s like being in a forest of giant Redwoods which you know might collapse on you at any moment. Another thing is that I bruise easily. Peaches have nothing on me, and I’m not even kidding when I say that. A lot of the time I just have to look at a sharp object and it’ll LPSULQWLWVHOIRQP\WHQGHUÁHVK somehow. I might as well wear a sign on my head that reads, in huge red letters, ‘PRIME INJURY FODDER, DESTROY!’, because by the end of the night my bruised and broken body tends to resemble a map of Europe, but a lot more colourful. And don’t get me started on the bloody tinnitus. Oh, the tinnitus… But the weird thing is, I wouldn’t change it for the world. Yeah, the gig experience can be a strange one, but at the same time it’s never dull. I only really go sporadically because I’m a bit of a wimp, and those bruises take a seriously long time to heal up, but when I do, I always have an amazing time. Going to a metal gig is like a grand scale version of Mosher’s Neck; ok, so it can be painful, but it’s worth it for that adrenaline rush, for the sheer, furious joy of seeing a band you love play live in front of you.
Monday 8 February 2010 THE COURIER
Life & Style Food & Drink
food & drink
:KDWÂˇVFRRNLQJJRRGORRNLQJ" From naughty Nigella to jammy Jamie, Polly Randall mulls over the life and career of a celebrity chef
f in the worst case (but looking ever more likely) scenario that I fail my degree, my plan then has always been to re-train as a chef. However, when I imagine myself as a chef, do I see myself working all the hours god sends, in the middle of the night, in a basement, sweating and cursing due to the stress of cooking food for unappreciative middle class bores who wouldnâ€™t know a VKULPSIURPDVKHOOĂ€VK"1R I see myself in a stylish kitchen, perhaps with some French doors opening to a herb garden, dressed as the perfect reproduction as a 50s housewife knocking up a crĂ¨me brulee for the impromptu dinner party I had decided to hold. 2U LQ D IXWXULVWLF DEDWWRLUHVTXH kitchen, ordering around minions and frying the occasional steak. Itâ€™s safe to say, these impressions have more than likely been created from the numerous cooking shows I cannot help but watch, so itâ€™s also safe to say if I were to become a chef my imagined career is unlikely to correspond too closely to reality. But even so, TV chefs, how we love you; we watch your shows, buy your books, follow your advice, maybe even purchase your own brand of cooking utensils. But are we any better cooks as a UHVXOW" Thatâ€™s debatable; however, their pockets are becoming fuller than any of the stomachs belonging to guests at my dinner parties. I know that my own parents own DW OHDVW WKUHH -DPLHV WZR 1LJHOODV and numerous Delias. All prime money making machines, Jamie (my own personal favourite) however, is the perfect example. Starting back in 1999, as that cheeky lovable cockney geezer who made culinary adventures acceptable to alpha males, his prominence has grown as rapidly as his bank balance. 1RZUHYHUHGDVDQDWLRQDOKHURGXH to his endless exploits at promoting
healthy eating, he is owner of an immensely successful company which earned him a place on The Sunday Timesâ€™ richest Britons under 30. When you consider that he began as merely the face of a new cooking show, promoting simple recipes, no restaurant or Michelin stars to his name, there has to be more to his appeal than his expertise in the kitchen. The same canâ€™t be said for Gordon 5DPVD\ GHĂ€QLWHO\ QRW P\ IDYRXU
ite) who rose to prominence through KLV TXHVW IRU FXOLQDU\ SHUIHFWLRQ awards and a delightful use of the English language. With 12 Michelin stars and numerous eateries, he represents the high end of TV chefs, taking his so holy of advice to the uneducated, inevitably hopeless and more often than not detestable owners whose restaurants he transforms from used mutton to fresh faced lambs. But with the somewhat ironic and
hilarious discovery that he too is a cuisine criminal using ready made meals in some of his outlets, the tides have perhaps turned against his brand of haute cuisine. Enter the best thing to have happened to day time TV, perhaps ever. Come Dine With Me says goodbye to those personalities and instead alORZVSHRSOHVXFKDVP\VHOIWRIXOĂ€O notions of our own hidden abilities to cook as well as the best of them. Is the British public now so sick
of being lectured on the merits of fresh, local ingredients by celebrity chefs that they would prefer to be given advice by a dentistsâ€™ assistant from Wolverhampton who just loves to cook spinach roulade for KHUJXHVWV" Either way the cooking show will always hold a dear place in my TV schedule, if only my own kitchen ZDV LQ D FRQGLWLRQ Ă€W WR SUHSDUH food, and my back door led to a herb garden, not a rat invested yard.
1901 has a very personal, relaxing and intimate atmosphere. The low level lighting and brown wooden theme creates a very rustic look to the place. Minor touches such as a standing coat hanger, wooden cabinets, books available to swap, and big cushions make the cafĂŠ much more homely. Also, although not a follower of FODVVLFDO PXVLF , IRXQG LW ERWK Ă€W ting and calming to be playing in the background while I sipped on luxurious Green & Blacks hot chocolateâ€Ś The menu: just as youâ€™d expect for lunch- a selection of soups, paninis and sandwiches served with crisps and salads, priced around ÂŁ3.90, a variety of salads for ÂŁ4.50, and jacket potatoes priced at ÂŁ3.50 if you opt to eat in. My friend and I decided to UHTXHVW WKH VSHFLDOV XQGHU UHFRP mendation. , HQMR\HG D EXWWHUQXW VTXDVK dish with pine nuts and red onion, served with salad and brown crusty
seeded bread, ÂŁ5.95. I could tell the LQJUHGLHQWVZHUHDOOĂ€QHTXDOLW\DQG that it was all freshly made, just as promised. My friend tested the chicken and vegetable homemade soup, ÂŁ3.95, which she said was really fresh, WDVW\DQGĂ€OOLQJ Afterwards we were given little white chocolates to sample, which you could taste the delicate high TXDOLW\LQ,SHUVRQDOO\KDYHDVZHHW tooth so found this a perfect end to the lunch. All dishes are freshly made, but the biggest thing they take pride in at CafĂŠ 1901 is their coffee, which is freshly ground just seconds before being served. We were told they believed it to be the best coffee in England, so I think you better go try it out for yourselves! The opening times are 9am â€“ 7pm Monday to Sunday.
Jesmond Overlooking this authentic beauty is a big mistake. Hidden in between the Methodist Church and Jesmond library, CafĂŠ 1901 commonly goes unnoticed, but step inside and you will feel as though you have been transported out of the little village! The cafĂŠ has a rather European feel WRLWĂ€OOHGZLWKTXLUN\DQWLTXHVDQG ornaments collected from all around the world. I couldnâ€™t stop staring at all the unusual features - a pair of skis hung on the wall, the original vintage leather chairs, the stylistic lamps, the gigantic oil paintings - amazing but unfortunately drastically out of my price rangeâ€Ś Run as a family business, CafĂŠ
THE COURIER Monday 8 February 2010
Piers with the PM in TVâ€™s pick of the week Culture Editor: Alice Vincent - firstname.lastname@example.org
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Cultural Awards: just a load of arse? As the award ceremony season gets thoroughly underway, Culture writers discuss the extent to which trophies have an LPSDFWRQWKHĂ€OPV literature and music around us Mark Corcoran-Lettice Music Editor Amongst the glitz and glamour of your Hollywood bashes, the worlds of art and literature are far from strangers from the back-slapping frenzy that is the modern-day awards show. Admittedly, the kind of attention you get at these affairs is rather different to the fashion parade of the Oscars â€“ if youâ€™re lucky, the more up-in-the-clouds literary types may remember to put on a shirt without too many coffee stains on. But they still provide an interesting litmus test of not just how the creative industries regard themselves, but how the wider popular culture sees them. The Turner Prize, for example, has become a focal point for the battle between modern conceptual art and more traditionalist and/ or dissenting voices â€“ the controversy when Martin Creedâ€™s piece The Lights Going On and Off won in 2001, or when the K Foundation, an offshoot of dance-pop propagandists the KLF, created their own â€˜Anti-Turner Prizeâ€™ in 1993, where they threatened to burn ÂŁ40,000 (double the Turner Prize award), awarded to the winner of the real Turner, Rachel Whiteread. Even the more genteel world of the Man Booker Prize has often been a cause of upset, accused by its critics of a bias to British writers and novels, and of being more of a promotional tool for publishers and booksellers than a real mark of quality. So while the television coverage may not be equal, these awards still affect the world we live in. For better or worse, the Tracey Emins and the Salman Rushdies of this world would never have reached the same level of fame without these awards, and as such the culture we live in would be entirely different. Polly Randall Award ceremonies will always be popular, due to the essential human instinct to classify things, and the pleasing sense of self worth achieved by anyone who wins an award, no matter its value. This perhaps explains why there are just so many of them - the MTV awards in all its various guises, the Grammys, the Brits, the NME Awards: this season in particular is awash with smiling celebrity faces being reassured of their own greatness. It must be particularly encouraging for those acts who get nominated three or four times in a single award ceremony. If the NME awards are taken as an example, the
list for Best British Album closely mirrors that of Best British Band and Live act â€“ Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian both being nominated for all three of these awards. The popularity of these acts is undoubtable, considering they are nominated for the awards due to the revolution of public voting; however that is not to say that because they are so popular, other acts should be discounted. Maybe this is why the list for the 0HUFXU\3UL]HUHĂ HFWVLQVWHDGWKH broad spectrum the British music scene has to offer. The winner is often unexpected, and itâ€™s one of the few awards that still holds a real sense of prestige. So, if the media was not so saturated with countless ceremonies, some of which have seemingly endless categories, they could retain a greater importance in deciding what is a real high point from the musical year. Jonathan David Lim There is no denying that Hollywood is more than an industry; itâ€™s a money-making machine. And nothing better caps off another
lucrative year than the annual Academy Awards. As can be expected, viewers will be treated to another long and tedious ceremony that celebrates the Ă€QHDFKLHYHPHQWVLQĂ€OPUHOHDVHG GXULQJWKHĂ€QDOTXDUWHURIWKH\HDU Many of the awards will be handed WRDFWRUVDQGGLUHFWRUVRIĂ€OPV\RX probably have not seen, either due to limited release or better marketLQJIRURWKHUĂ€OPV Of course, this is not to say the Ă€OPVXSIRUFRQVLGHUDWLRQDUHEDG ,QIDFWZLQWHUUHOHDVHĂ€OPVDUH often very good. However, it is the tunnel-vision employed by the Academy in FKRRVLQJĂ€OPVWREHQRPLQDWHG that really kills the Oscars. Not to mention the highly selective nature of the panel of judges, ranging from actors and directors, to Academy executives. Thankfully, other awards do exist. The Golden Globes is less high-brow, more down-to-Earth, allowing nominees to range from the beginning of the year to the end. Makes sense to me. And then there are the ever-beloved Raspberry Awards, or â€˜Razzies.â€™ These YLHZHUQRPLQDWHGĂ€OPVDUHJLYHQ consideration to be the yearâ€™s worst
UHOHDVHIURPZRUVWĂ€OPWRZRUVW actor and actress. By the end of the day, however, the Hollywood machine will keep on ticking. DVD and Blu-Ray releases will be plastered with selfpraise, in earnest attempt at making even more money. Perhaps a few of them earned it, but for the most part, it is really just another ploy to get you to fork over your cash. Helen Atkinson The dresses, the tears, and the bad jokes. Fasten your seatbelts, awards season is upon usâ€Ś Donâ€™t get me wrong, awards ceremonies deserve credit for honouring the very best in the business. They recognise talent, and for this they are an asset. Take the Mercury Music Prize, which aims to honour the best British album of the year. The award is often unpredictablefor instance last yearâ€™s favourite Florence & the Machine lost out to the relatively unknown Speech Debelle. However, awards ceremonies like these are a minority. The sheer amount of ceremonies which fun-
damentally honour the same thing (TV Quick/ TV Choice, etc) is ridiculous, not to mention a very slim excuse for the cast of Hollyoaks to GUHVVLQWKHFKHDSHVWORRNLQJRXWĂ€W possible before parading in front of the camera. The fact remains that the majority of award shows aim to please the PDLQVWUHDP,Ă€QGLWDWUDYHVW\WKDW ladâ€™s favourite Pixie Lott has three Brit Award nominations this year, whereas the arguably more talented Little Boots was left in the dark. This yearâ€™s Golden Globes were no exception - the overwhelming PDMRULW\RIĂ€OPVDQGWHOHYLVLRQ shows awarded were somewhat predictable (Avatar, Up and Glee). Like it or not, award shows shape public opinion - itâ€™s a shame we seem to base our cultural choices RQKRZVXFFHVVIXODĂ€OPERRNHWF has become, instead of thinking for ourselves. In my opinion, the commerciality of many awards shows often discredits them (too ostentatious, predictable and just plain tedious). I am not asking you to boycott the Brits or neglect the Oscars - just donâ€™t be afraid to think outside the ER[RIĂ€FH
(QWULHVPXVWEHUHFHLYHGE\SPRQ Friday 12th February
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The Tyneside have got three pairs of tickets to give away for this event. To be in with a chance of winning, just email your answer to the questions below to email@example.com
The Cochrane Lounge, 19.00, free
Featured on the soundtrack for Twilight: New Moon, the Southampton rockers hit one of Newcastleâ€™s most intimate venues, with support from local acts Love %LWHV %UXLVHVDQG7KH9DXGHYLOOH Class.
The Cluny, 20.00, ÂŁ6 adv
Band of Skulls, The Vaudeville Class, Love Bites & Bruises
It might not make you look cool, but if you win youâ€™ll certainly look clever. With live music.
Tyneside Cinema, 19.00, ÂŁ5 per team
The Great Tyneside Cinema Quiz
Above: The Millennium Bridge at night by Helen Hayes. 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 RIZK\WKHSKRWRVKRZVÂś0\1HZFDVWOHÂˇWRHGLWRUXQLRQ#QFODFXN7KHEHVWSKRWRRIWKH\HDUZLOOEHFKRVHQWREHWKHIURQW cover of the 2010/11 Alternative Prospectus.
The Learning Revolution continues to wield intellectual prowess with plenty of entertainment this week, by bringLQJĂ€OPDIĂ€FLRQDGRDQGFULWLF0DUN Kermode to our very own Tyneside cinema. You would be forgiven for not knowing the name straight off, but Kermode KDVPDGHDSUROLĂ€FFDUHHURXWRIEHLQJ a movie geek. As well as reporting for various publications and co-presenting The Culture Show, Kermode has had his fair share of adventures along the way, resulting in his new book, Itâ€™s Only a Movie.
Tyneside Cinema, Wednesday
New book launch and Q&A
Heâ€™s also an apparently hilarious chap; and with anecdotes ranging from being shot during an interview to being thrown out of Cannes for heckling in French, itâ€™s bound to be a lively evening. If youâ€™ve ever been conceited enough to consider who would play you in a Ă€OPRI\RXUOLIHWKHQWKLVLVDPXVW$V well as comprising a screening and a WDONIURP0DUNLWÂˇVDOVRD4 $VR\RX can work out just how honest these Ă€OPKDFNVUHDOO\DUH
Free console and bar games
Mens Bar, 18.00, free
Just For Fun
BBC3, 21.00 Full preview, page 32
Underneath Newcastleâ€™s streets lies a disused tunnel holding secrets of its history from the 1800s to its use in wartime, right up to the present day. This is a guided tour from a local professional. A must do for anyone interested in more than the nightlife of Newcastleâ€Ś As there are limited VSDFHVSUHERRNLQJLVHVVHQWLDO(PDLO (PLO\DWDGFXQLRQ#QFODFXNLI\RX fancy giving it a go.
Mens Bar, 15.00, free
Last Woman Standing
The critically-acclaimed experimental IRONGXR09 ((KLW1HZFDVWOHLQDJLJ RUJDQLVHGE\350179,%(6DQG7KH 6WDU 6KDGRZ&LQHPD
The Star & Shadow Cinema, 20.00, ÂŁ5
PRMNT VIBES: MV&EE, The Doozer, Cath & Phil Tyler
0HWDOFRUHSLRQHHUV/DPERI*RGKHDG out on a UK headline tour in support of their new album Wreath, along with a formidable support roster.
O2 Academy, 19.00, ÂŁ16.50 adv
Lamb of God, Job For a Cowboy, August Burns Red, Between the Buried and Me
The Cluny, 20.00, ÂŁ8 adv
Jon Allen, Dot To Dots, Lesley Roley
Tyneside Cinema, 20:15, ÂŁ8-ÂŁ10 See highlighted
Mark Kermode: Itâ€™s only a Movie Q&A
Newcastleâ€™s newest indie-disco returns to World Headquarters for its third outing â€“ expect alternative gems old and new.
ITV, 21.00 Full preview, page 32
What Katie Did Next
The Cluny, 20.00, ÂŁ13.50 adv
Snowy Whiteâ€™s Blues Project
Newcastle Ceilidhâ€™s very own brand of modern ceilidh restarts for the new VHDVRQ)HDW0RQVWHU&HLOLGK%DQGÂ˛ Newcastleâ€™s favourite feisty funky ceilidh band. DJ Rob Heron completes the line up. www.myspace.com/NewcastleCeilidh
Newcastle Studentsâ€™ Union Basement 2, 20.30 - 23.30, ÂŁ4-5
Monster Ceilidh Band
Dog and Parrot, 20.00, ÂŁtbc
Air Waves, Oâ€™Messy Life , Dick Bull
0LFKHODQJHOR$QWRQLRQLFRROO\UHGHĂ€QHV California dreaming by subverting the tropes of 60s counterculture cinema. It tells the story of a young couple, one a handsome, plane-stealing, tight-jeaned hunk, the other a well-tanned hippy child that meet in the desert under bizarre circumstances, and whose free-spirited natures sees them instantly connect, only for them to be separated by tragic circumstances. A striking and provocative cult classic featuring a killer soundtrack that includes 3LQN)OR\GDQG-HUU\*DUFLD
Tyneside Cinema, 21.00, free
Vitamin C: Zabriskie Point
Academy award nominated writer Harwood is one of the most celebrated contemporary dramatists. He wrote the script for Roman Polanskiâ€™s The Pianist (2002) which is being shown afterwards and is included in the price. Well worth the money to see this acclaimed writer, for anyone LQWHUHVWHGLQHLWKHUZULWLQJRUĂ€OP
Tyneside Cinema, 19.45, ÂŁ8-10
Ronald Harwood and The Pianist
World Headquarters, 23.00, ÂŁ4
Hard To Love
Lit and Phil â€“ Mining Institute lecture theatre, 18.00, free
What Is This Thing Called Love?
One of Britainâ€™s foremost experimental acts, Reformed Faction, head a bill that also includes a rare solo appearance from IRUPHU:LUHPDQ%UXFH*LOEHUW
The Star & Shadow Cinema, 20.00, ÂŁ5
Reformed Faction, Bruce Gilbert (ex-Wire), Emergency Librarian
Legends, 19.00, ÂŁ15 adv
Faster Pussycat, Enuff Zâ€™Nuff
In what sounds like a fantastically odd HYHQLQJDĂ€OPRIIRXQG6XSHUIRRWDJH depicting life in Argentina will be accompanied by an improvised score of free rock, drone and psychadelia.
Side Cinema, 19.30, ÂŁ5-6
Alan Courtis & Aaron Moore Gig and Movie
Digital, 23.00-3.30, ÂŁ5
Tea, cake and wine...all for free. With a healthy dose of burlesque.
The Cluny, 20.00-1.00, ÂŁ6-8 adv
Jeepers Peepersâ€™ Mad Hatters Tea Party
Northumbria Uni, 21.00-2.00, ÂŁ8/10
House of The Golden Lotus
The drumâ€™nâ€™bass specialists return, with Alix Perez joining the DV8 residents.
World Headquarters, 23.00, ÂŁ5-7
DV8 present Alix Perez
The new gallery space above World Headquarters is playing host to artists Joseph Steele, Tom Whitty and Claudio Pascale. For one night only the trio will be bringing terror and mayhem to the Newcastle art scene. The Show features works using H[SORVLYHVERGLO\Ă XLGVDQGVH[EXWWKH highlight of the night is being kept under wraps until the performance! If this hasnâ€™t excited you enough thereâ€™s Â…ERWWOHVDQG)5((HQWU\WR:+4DIWHU the show.
Former Globe Gallery above WHQ, 21.00, free
The Cluny, 20.00, ÂŁ8 adv
Punishment of Luxury
The Star & Shadow Cinema, 20.00, ÂŁ6
Publicist, SDF, Onoma, Road to Rimini DJs
The Head of Steam, 19.00, ÂŁ4
Cluny 2, 20.00, ÂŁ12 adv
An Evening with Martin Stephenson, Helen MacCookerybook, Gem Andrews
The Other Rooms, 23.00 - 3.30, ÂŁ8
Turbulence Presents: CLUB AUTONOMIC with D-Bridge, Instra:Mental, Phobia, Mikey G
As with their famed Halloween and New Yearâ€™s (YHSDUWLHV expect a truly unique clubbing experience for World HeadquarWHUVÂˇ9DOHQWLQHÂˇV bash.
WHQ, 23.00, ÂŁtbc
True Romance: The WHQ Valentineâ€™s Party
The Irish Dance society present their anual show in the Newcastle University Studentâ€™s Union. Curtain will be at 7.30pm and the show will be followed by a ceilidh and Irish traditional music for all to enjoy. Tickets are available from any of the society members or alternatively remaning tickets will be sold on the door.
Newcastle Studentsâ€™ Union Basement, 19.30, ÂŁ5
Pastoral pop quartet Stornoway appear ZLWKRQHRIWKH1RUWK(DVWÂˇVFXUUHQWULVLQJ stars, Beth Jeans Houghton, for a night of IRON\GHOLJKWVDW7KH6DJHLQ*DWHVKHDG
The Sage Stage 2, 20.00, ÂŁ10.50 adv.
Twisted Folk: Stornoway, Beth Jeans Houghton
The Head of Steam, 20.00, ÂŁtbc
Fakeindielabel present: Eagle Owl, Chippewa Falls, John Edgell,
Hangar 51, 19.00, ÂŁ6
NUTS Present: Road
The London Philharmonic Orchestra PDNHWKHLUĂ€UVW appearance at The 6DJH*DWHVKHDG with a fabulous programme of French music conducted by the young and dynamic Yannick NezetSeguin. Yannick Nezet-Seguin made his debut performance in the UK at 7KH6DJH*DWHVKHDGZLWK1RUWKHUQ Sinfonia. Tonightâ€™s amazing pianists will EHDSSHDULQJDW7KH6DJH*DWHVKHDGMXVWD few days earlier with the thrilling version of Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring. The performance of Debussy - La 0HUZLOOEHWKHĂ€UVWLQ7KH6DJH*DWHVhead. This hugely evocative work was inspired by a seascape on the Sussex coast although you could imagine it could be Northumberland.
The Sage, 19.30, ÂŁ7-ÂŁ29.50
London Philharmonic Orchestra
A brand new comedy night for female comics, with headliner .HDUD0XUSK\3OXV6KDURQ Race.
The Telegraph, 20.00, ÂŁ4-5
Laughing Lasses Comedy Night
Celebrating the Year of the Tiger in traditional Chinese style, The New Year will explode into life against a soundtrack of Firecrackers, traditional Dragon, Lion 8QLFRUQGDQFHVEDQLVKLQJHYLOVSLULWV and making way for good fortune and prosperity.
Chinatown, Stowell Street, 11.00, free
Chinese New Year 2010
Listings by Mark Corcoran-Lettice, Ciara Littler and Joe Skrebels - send your listings to firstname.lastname@example.org
)RUDELWRILQWHOOHFWXDOFKDWWHUDURXQG9DOHQWLQHÂˇV'D\MRLQWKLVGHEDWHDWWKH0LQLQJ institute on the meaning of love, where \RXĂ€QGLWDQGKRZ\RXNHHSKROGRILW Book a seat by calling (0191) 232 0192
Cluny 2, 19.00, ÂŁ6
NUTS Present: Amadeus
Open mic night
Head of Steam, 20.00, free
Whose Mic Is It Anyway?
02 Academy, 19.00, sold out
An assortment of local bands, comedians and DJs team up to raise money for the victims of the Haiti HDUWKTXDNH&XUUHQWO\FRQĂ€UPHG bands include Shift-Static and Our Imaginary Friends.
World Headquarters, 22.00, ÂŁ4
Inspirit: Haiti Fundraiser
New indie night offering a reason to go out on a Tuesday.
North Bar, 21.00 - 2.00, free
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THE COURIER Monday 8 February 2010
Arts Culture Arts Editor: Stephanie Ferrao - email@example.com
From page to stage Lucy Hadley on the theatre adaptation of Jane Austenâ€™s classic novel Jane Austenâ€™s immortal line â€œit is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife,â€? introduced a book that has become one of Britainâ€™s most loved, adapted and performed. This February Newcastleâ€™s Theatre Royal presents Pride and Prejudice, transforming an enchanting literary classic into a play which has enchanted audiences nationwide. $OWKRXJK LW ZDV $XVWHQÂˇV Ă€UVW novel, which she began to write in 1796, the timeless story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy retains its contemporary relevance for us, even in the 21st Century. The underlying moral of not judging others according to their social status and rank, and the ultimate union between two young people from very different backgrounds, has secured the longevity of the novel and its place in the literary canon. It is Austenâ€™s witty and perceptive observations into the characters and relationships that make the story sparkle; the frustration, passion and chemistry between Darcy and Elizabeth has made this love story one of Britainâ€™s favourites. This comedy of manners intertwines characters that have been etched into literary history; the long-suffering Mr Bennet, dastardly Mr Wickham, ridiculous Mr Collins and the formidable Lady Catherine de Bourgh, all complete the story of a young girl battling with the prejudices of Georgian England. As vivacity of character is crucial to the story, the cast list for the production at the Theatre Royal is suit-
DEO\Ă€WWLQJ Led by national treasure Susan Hampshire as the marriageobsessed Mrs Bennet, the casting strikes a healthy balance between both veteran and upcoming actors. Hampshire, with her impressive (and Emmy Award Winning) perIRUPDQFHV LQ Ă€OP DQG WHOHYLVLRQ will be sure to tackle the matriarchal role with comedy and charisma. Seasoned actors Peter Ellis, Carolyn Pickles and David Beames appear as Mr Bennet, Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Sir William Lucas respectively. Having performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and starred in British TV classics including The Bill, Foyleâ€™s War, they are all sure to bring gravitas to the production. Like the novel, the play follows WKH IRUWXQHVRIWKHĂ€YH\RXQJ %HQnet daughters struggling with arisWRFUDWLF PDQQHUV Ă€QGLQJ KXVEDQGV and discovering the â€œdangersâ€? of men. It is therefore natural that fresher faces are cast alongside veteran British actors. Directing Pride and Prejudice is 29-year-old Toby Frow, who has already been hailed as one of British theatreâ€™s bright young things; he promises a fresh and vibrant take on this much-performed classic. This particular production, adapted by Simon Reade, has to contend with the audience memories of many other versions of Pride and Prejudice â€“ most notably Andrew Daviesâ€™ 1995 BBC series starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth as well as Joe Wrightâ€™s Ă€OPZLWK.HLUD.QLJKWOH\DQG
Looks good on paper: Pride and Prejudice at the Theatre Royal Matthew Macfadyen. As a nation, we have an insatiable appetite for this classic tale, and hopefully this production will offer a fresh theatrical take on an endur-
ing love story. It is the perfect night out to usher in the Spring; and with beautiful language, sumptuous staging and classic comedy, it is sure to prove
Is contemporary art the way forward?
Rachel Craig A few years ago on a visit to the Tate Modern, I remember being stopped in my tracks by a huge blank white canvas covered in multi-coloured polka dots. Not normally one to read all of the information boards for paintings, I GHFLGHGWRĂ€QGRXWZKDWWKLVSLFWXUH was all about. According to the small blurb on the board, these spots portrayed a serious, deep and meaningful message. To be honest, what this message was didnâ€™t really stick with me. I am not normally a cynic, but although I think polka dots are pretty on a dress and look good on a teapot, how can they possibly hold a deeper meaning? On the other hand a primary school trip to the Monet gardens in France and the paintings I saw there are images I still hold on to, as is the postcard with the famous painting, Water Lilies. When I was younger it was simply something pretty. Now I can see it also shows a great respect for and interest in nature. I have no recollection of reading any information boards but I still appreciated it. I can see that it is not possible to argue the case for traditional art with
two examples, but what it shows is the lasting quality of the traditional and the transitory nature of the more modern. Everyone has an opinion on Damien Hirstâ€™s art or the pieces collected by Saatchi & Saatchi but the comments are usually ones of disbelief or surprise and, especially in the case of the former, tend to gauge PRUHKRUULĂ€HGUHVSRQVHV Surely truly good art should do more than just shock a viewer? Donâ€™t get me wrong, I think it should make you think and that it should stay with you, but that it should do so in a positive way. People seem to be more puzzled by modern pieces than appreciative of them. Art is surely supposed to express something, and this should be something the viewer can comprehend, even if this opinion is different to another persons. The modern pieces seem to pose WRRPDQ\GLIĂ€FXOWLHVIRULWWREHDSpreciated. Hirst raises ethical questions, Banksy raises social ones. The traditional, whether seen as being Monetâ€™s Water Lilies, Westminster Abbey or the Sphinx, is something which everyone can enjoy and it is for this reason that the traditional will outlive the modern.
Polly Randall It can often seem very easy to disregard most contemporary art under the assertion that it is meaningless and lacks any artistic skill or talent to produce. But this surely is taking a very narrow minded point of view on what is an incredibly broad subject. Really, what are the differences between contemporary and traditional art? Is it merely a notion of chronology that separates the two? Because if so, then contemporary art forms a natural progression of artistic experiment from those who are working in more accepted mediums. Or is the distinction that contemporary art is created out of a different set of values, and is not so much a progression but more a reaction against the painters of the 17th and 18th centuries? And if this is the case, then a reactionary movement in any cultural form is bound to happen â€“ as in literature, modernism reacted against the moralistic writings of the Victorian age â€“ the twentieth century saw a similar revolution in the art world. The last century saw massive developments in the artistâ€™s as well as the publicâ€™s conception of what
makes art, Art. After Marcel Duchamp in the 1920s put a urinal in an art gallery, and labelled it sculpture with the title Fountain, there has been large scale controversy and debate over the merit of art of appropriation such as this. However, this debate is surely a good thing. Even though people do not agree with what constitutes art they are at least talking about it, meaning an increasing awareness of the culture that surrounds them and its potential. For the British art world after the dominance of the American Pop Art scene in the 1960s and 70s, the emergence of the Young British Artists (YBAâ€™s) lead to artists being treated as modern day celebrities, receiving all the notoriety that went with it. Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst were among some of the most recognisable faces and soon reached high points in their careers - Hirst winning the Turner Prize in 1995. In a world in which, somewhat unfortunately, the popularity or skill a work possesses is judged by how much it receives at auction, the value of both of these artists implies that contemporary art is not to be dismissed off hand, and its varying forms have developed themselves to be as recognisable as traditional forms of painting.
that Pride and Prejudice is just as good on stage as it is on paper. Pride and Prejudice is showing at the Theatre Royal from the 15-20th Feb.
A Night Less Ordinary Surely no student of sound mind could possibly turn down the offer of a freebie? No! Well the Arts Council agree with you. Theyâ€™ve teamed up with the Metro newspaper to offer under 26 year olds free theatre tickets. Yes, totally free! A nationwide initiative called A Night Less Ordinary was launched in February 2009 to dole out free theatre tickets to dramahungry students. In the North East, three of Newcastleâ€™s most prominent institutions are participating: the Theatre Royal, the Live Theatre and the on-campus Northern Stage. Between the three venues, 50 tickets are offered up on a weekly basis for a range of theatre events including comedy, tragedies, musicals, dance, modern mime, plays and circus! A Night Less Ordinary tickets are released on the last Friday of each month. You can book tickets LQSHUVRQDWWKHER[RIĂ€FHRURYHU the phone, so make sure you donâ€™t miss out! For more information, go to www. newcastletheatres.org.uk or contact any of the participating venues. Stephanie Ferrao Arts Editor
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Scroobius Pip, heâ€™s just a man The Essex alternative hip-hop icon talks to Joe Skrebels about politics, musical icons and the star power of facial hair Scroobius Pip is a man with a lot to say. Our short interview turned LQWR WZHQW\Ă€YH PLQXWHV RI FKDW about everything from his new alEXP WR &\QGL /DXSHU %XW Ă€UVW RI all, he wants to apologise for not making it up to Newcastle on his upcoming tour. â€œItâ€™s purely because with the ofIHUVZHJRWLWÂˇVDOOZHFRXOGĂ€WLQ If you look at our gig listings, we literally havenâ€™t got a day off in between. But at some point Iâ€™m sure weâ€™ll get back to Newcastle.â€? Thatâ€™s that sorted then. Itâ€™s been clear from the outset that Pipâ€™s love of talking leads him onto more serious subject matter in his songs, tackling everything from suicide to the concept of beauty on the last album.
â€œThereâ€™s a huge awareness that Iâ€™m a twenty-eight year old dude from Essex, you know? I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve got all the answers.â€? New single Get Better tackles some of the issues facing young people these days, and Pip makes it clear that he feels articulating societyâ€™s problems is an important matter for todayâ€™s music artist. â€œGreen or political issues have become really fashionable for bands to talk about in interviews and then on their actual songs they just go and sing another love song.â€? â€œItâ€™s always been my thought that if there was something I felt passionate about Iâ€™d put it in the songs, where itâ€™s getting directly to the audience.â€? However, despite this direct style of message, Pip makes pains to stay clear of being a preacher. â€œThereâ€™s a huge awareness that Iâ€™m a twenty-eight year old dude from Essex you know? I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve
got all the answers. A lot of people have said, â€œYou shouldnâ€™t tell people what to thinkâ€? and Iâ€™m not! Iâ€™m saying think for yourselves.â€? It seems that this self-awareness is what anchors Pip; even talking about his own music heâ€™s unwilling to put himself alongside his fellow artists. â€œI still see myself as a hip-hop fan who just happens to have the chance to make the music and work with some amazing people.â€? Those amazing people include Posdnous of De La Soul, who recorded a new version of Pipâ€™s breakthrough hit, Thou Shalt Always Kill, last year. Pip still sounds excited when he talks about the experience. â€œI listened to 3 Feet High and Rising at school and to have Pos covering one of our songs was amazing. It was just great hearing all that from a living legend.â€? When asked about whether he has any more legends itching to work with him, he sounds cagey but not entirely dismissive. â€œThrough Posdnous we got details for people like Q-Tip [from A Tribe Called Quest]. It would be a dream to work with them, and now I guess itâ€™s strangely achievable. You can sit there with the most ridiculous list of hip-hop legends and go, â€œwell, itâ€™s possible!â€?â€? Despite his new found star contacts though, Pip doesnâ€™t forget to heap praises on the man who helped make him the act he is now, Dan Le Sac. â€œThe reason I started working with Dan isnâ€™t because of his name in the dance scene, it was just because I thought his work sounded awesome.â€? â€œDance is the one thing I never got. Iâ€™d go to clubs at uni and people would be loving it and Iâ€™d just be going, â€œNah, I donâ€™t get it.â€? In that way, Danâ€™s opened the door for me.â€? But really, Pip puts his success
down to one other key attribute. â€œThe beard has the power. Iâ€™d recommend any artist to grow one. In all seriousness, I get recognised when Iâ€™m out a lot and itâ€™s not be-
cause Iâ€™m world famous, itâ€™s just Iâ€™m easier to recognise than most bands. Theyâ€™ve got that generic look, Iâ€™ve just got a massive beard.â€?
Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip release their new single Get Better on 1st March, followed by their new album The Logic of Chance on 14th March.
the debate Everybody Hurts, unless youâ€™re Simon Cowell Alice Vincent Culture Editor Picking apart the motivations of Simon Cowellâ€™s charity single project is much like looking a gift horse in the mouth. It shouldnâ€™t really be done if itâ€™s raising money for charity, right? Youâ€™d have to be pretty hardhearted to argue otherwise, and Iâ€™m not doing so. However, the ironies with which this project is riddled really canâ€™t escape notice. Firstly, Cowell, a man who has made his name and fame by being cruel, ruining dreams and manipulating the British public into paying his wages is behind this whole scheme. Him, and Gordon
Brown. Enough said. Itâ€™s about time they did something for those less fortunate.
For Cowell, this could well be another exercise in networking and self-promotion However, the cynic in me just sees this as another massive publicity stunt. Gordon Brown certainly needs a bit of positive light at any time, and for Cowell the single could well be seen as yet another exercise in networking and selfpromotion.
If anything could sum up the lack of thought behind the single, it would surely have to be the choice of cover. Everybody Hurts will undoubtedly sell millions of copies despite the inevitable bastardisation of Michael Stipeâ€™s genius - which, I suppose, is the point â€“ however, itâ€™s a song about bullying, suffering and being the underdog, and possibly not the greatest choice to associate with one of the worldâ€™s most down-trodden countries. Ultimately, it smacks of ignorance and a lack of consideration beyond the economic. Iâ€™d happily pay ÂŁ3.99 for the single. Iâ€™d then happily take it down to the nearest charity shop.
Linsey Teggert In no way am I denouncing peopleâ€™s desire to raise money for charitable causes, and the people of Haiti desperately need charity at this terrible time, but Simon Cowellâ€™s Haiti single absolutely stinks of being another one of his self-promoting ventures. While no doubt it will raise much needed millions, the whole concept of the single is disgusting. First of all, having celebrities such as Mariah Carey, who are the ultimate symbols of overindulgence, sing about suffering while they have their every need pandered to, is just vulgar.
Secondly, Cowellâ€™s choice of song is crass and highly inappropriate. Cowell has obviously chosen a tear-jerker, and tried to make it profound by taking its lyrics out of the original context. But choosing a song about high-school bullying is a slap in the face to the people of Haiti whose suffering is incomparable to anything most of us have experienced. Cowell and his celebrities should shut up, or perhaps pool together their wealth and write a big bloody cheque, rather than subjecting us to this utter rubbish.
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gigs Jamie T
Northumbria University, 28 January Having had to wait for this gig since October after it was postponed due to illness, I would QRWKDYHEHHQVDWLVĂ€HGXQOHVVKH was on top form. Thankfully and unsurprisingly, it was well worth the wait. From opening with Manâ€™s Machine, to the inevitable close with recent single Sticks â€˜nâ€™ Stones, he seemed genuinely pleased to be Ă€QDOO\WRXULQJKLVVHFRQGDOEXP and the crowd were even more
Detroit Social Club Independent Sunderland, 29 January
After being advised by the editors to take a stab vest to this concert, it was with some trepidation that I boarded the Metro to Sunderland. $VJLJVJRWKLVRQHZDVGHĂ€QLWHO\ the smallest Iâ€™d been to since a former school friendâ€™s attempt to be the next Chris Martin went up in Ă DPHVLQP\ROGVFKRROVSRUWVKDOO The night didnâ€™t begin well. A crowd of barely over a hundred had spent most of the night up to this point spread thinly around the HGJHVRIWKHĂ RRUEXWZKHQ'HWURLW Social Club launched into new single Kiss the Sun, the whole house
Arthouse at Venue, 27 January 3OD\LQJIRUWKHĂ€UVWWLPHLQ1HZ castle, Nadine Shahâ€™s performance for the Arthouse club night was greatly anticipated. She paired simple piano arrangements with stories of heartbreak sung in a deep and husky Geordie accent with the odd colloquialism thrown in (look out for â€˜nowtâ€™). It was apt that she was headlining â€˜Arthouse presents Actingâ€™, as her set was an absolute performance, an emotion-fuelled half hour which left the previously chatty audience
O2 Academy Newcastle, 30 January Normally when you buy a ticket to a gig, itâ€™s a high calibre musical experience you are expecting to receive. But in the case of Adam Green, of The Mouldy Peaches fame and a one man drinking machine, a free stand up routine and all round hilarity is included as well. Aside from the music, which wasnâ€™t bad to say the least, I witnessed a man move in ways I have only previously been able to imagine, preach about the merits of Weatherspoons, and abuse an
was dragged forward to the fringes of the stage by a seemingly unstoppable layering of aggressive guitars and rising percussion, as well as a frontman with more charisma than Barack Obama. After following up this intoxicating opener with Black and White, Rivers and Rainbows and Prophecy, Iâ€™m left with a strange feeling of embarrassment. The fact that a band this good are still playing to crowds no bigger than the population of Luxembourg (thatâ€™s about four) is an absolute travesty. The bandâ€™s fusion of Velvet Underground-esque 60s groove and slinging guitars reminiscent of an early Primal Scream genuinely blew me away. Perhaps the only thing that topped the set was the fact that I made it out aliveâ€Śprobably.
grateful for it. Album tracks which I had previously passed over, although not without enjoyment, such as British Intelligence, were transformed live causing as rowdy a reaction as the singles. If Youâ€™ve Got The Money was the best of the older tracks, but none of them sounded worn out and the set worked in all the right ways. I was particularly pleased to see the inclusion of b-side Northern Line. There are only certain bands that make me forget my 19 year-old self and instead behave like I am 15 again, throwing my body around with a disregard for my health and appearance, but Jamie T was certainly one of them. And it was great.
audience member with taunts of his appearance being similar to that of Mr Potato Head. All the classic songs were brought out, including the delightfully inappropriate No Legs, which has lines I in no way want to repeat, as well as a raucous Dance with Me. Unsurprisingly, these were recognised more than most and the crowd shouted for little of the new album. In some ways, his trademark sound of New York anti-folk with its quirky lyrics and tuneful guitars that was popular early in the last decade has done little to progress since then, and his performance, although an enjoyable one, appeared trapped in an image no longer relevant to a new decade. Polly Randall
mesmerised. Listening to her music felt like hearing somebody talk about an entire lifetime of experiences; she is unique, soulful and believable. Although her performance on the QLJKWLVGLIĂ€FXOWWRFRQYH\WKHYHU sion of her song Dreary Town that can currently be found on the NME website gives a taster of the intensity and passion of her live sound. Shah joked that her song The Devil was the happy one in the set, which perhaps gives you an idea of the overall tone. Although she may not be the cheeriest performer, sheâ€™s certainly worth looking out IRU([SHFWPDJQLĂ€FHQWWKLQJVDQG remember to support the Arthouse night too. Anna Craig
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albums Hot Chip One Life Stand
Good Shoes No Hope, No Future
Blockhead The Music Scene
The Maccabees feat. Roots Manuva - Empty Vessels Just as they head out as headliners for this yearâ€™s NME Awards Tour, The Maccabees release this moody single, driven by Roots Manuvaâ€™s paranoid narrative. Not the most immediate tune in The Maccabees catalogue, but itâ€™s a collaboration both sides can be proud of. Mark Corcoran-Lettice
Trademarked just as much as Winehouseâ€™s martini-soaked drawl and the Mancunian Gallagher-croaks that propelled Oasis to stardom, Alex Taylor of Hot Chip has a distinctive vocal presence. A squeaky, sometimes harmonious voice that wavers over the bandâ€™s euphoric beats and moody, suburban thumps, itâ€™s a sound many bands have emulated but never managed to surpass. Four albums in for Hot Chip though, and all that techno-splash and geeky electro has begun to wear a bit thin. Amongst the ten tracks on One Life Stand, there is no standout â€™classicâ€™ hit; nothing that will set the dance Ă RRU DEOD]H OLNH Over and Over or Ready For The Floor. It all seems a little bit more mushy - more so, Taylorâ€™s cracking whinge can actually get quite irritating. Hand Me Down Your Love sounds like a Kylie Minogue classic, only penned by her stalker, while the eerie humming that opens the track Alley Cats is best left to the imagina-
tion. One Life Stand and Take It In display the thought-out minimalism of their previous record, with layered beats and transitioning bleeps, but it just isnâ€™t as inviting as it once was. The band summed it up perfectly themselves two records back: the smell of repetition really is on them.
New Boyz Skinny Jeans and a Mic
Lightspeed Champion Marlene EP
Paperplain Entering Pale Town
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competition 7RZLQRQHRIĂ€YHSDLUVRIJXHVWOLVW places for you and a friend for Hot Chip at the O2 Academy Newcastle on Thursday 18 February, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the answer to the following question: What was the name of Hot Chipâ€™s third album? Entries must be received by 5pm on Friday 12th February.
The Big Pink - Velvet The latest single from The Big Pink could not be further from the song that most people will know them for, Dominoes. This song lacks the repetitiveness of the former and is all the better for it. A hauntingly melodic yet EURRG\VFX]]\WUDFNWKDWEXLOGV to a euphoric climax. Tom Richards Owl City - )LUHĂ LHV Owl Cityâ€™s )LUHĂ LHV is an original and playful style of music, which makes it an interesting choice for the UKâ€™s number one. The joyful upbeat rhythm, combined with the imaginative lyrics make it a perfect feel-good song that is easy to listen to and really stays in your head. Sally Priddle
Itâ€™s taken three years, but Good Shoesâ€™ sophomore effort has now seen the light of day, and it follows in the footsteps of The Maccabees in offering a more mature sound than their debut. The album opens with The Way My Heart Beats, a sucker punch of driven energy, faster than anything the band have produced before, and then gives us Everything You Do, a gloomy affair, much slower than anything theyâ€™ve released too. Itâ€™s a bold statement of intent â€“ this will not be a simplistic follow through from the last album. Itâ€™s this refusal to stick to one style that characterises the album; we have some arty, high-register guitar squeals on Then She Walks By that Foals would be proud of, and City By The Sea closes it all up with a beautiful lament while stumbling guitar echoes around. Itâ€™s not lyrically perfect (â€˜I know/I know/I know/Oh noâ€™ isnâ€™t the greatest foundation for DFKRUXV DQGWKHVWUDQJHĂ RZRI the album sometimes doesnâ€™t sit quite right, but this is an exciting, changeable album from a band that offers something consistently different from the usual indie FURZGDQGDGHĂ€QLWHSRVLWLYH evolution for their second album.
Blockheadâ€™s third album is what trip-hop would sound like had it been invented in Brooklyn, with head-nodding hip-hop beats, blues guitars, turntable scratches DQGWKHRFFDVLRQDOĂ XWH Itâ€™s an original take on a welltrodden genre, and sounds quite unlike much else out there. Unfortunately Blockhead often succumbs to the clichĂŠs of instrumental music, mainly the use of soundbites from various old records and movies, which feel like alien intruders on the albumâ€™s musical landscape. And often the tracks dissolve into easy-listening jams that go nowhere whatsoever. Ironically, Blockhead is at his peak when working with vocals, such as in Itâ€™s Raining Clouds and Four Walls. Sometimes the whole thing feels more like an exercise in vanity than a genuine musical project; an DSSURSULDWHO\KLSKRSĂ H[LQJRI Blockheadâ€™s production muscles. Blockheadâ€™s ultimate strength is throwing together disparate elements into a melting pot and producing something new. Even if he never quite manages to pull you into the subterranean New York depicted on the cover, BlockKHDGVWLOOPDQDJHVWRDPD]HZLWK KLVWHFKQLFDOSURĂ€FLHQF\
Artists that become famous beFDXVHRIWKHQHZHVWGDQFHFUD]H are, without question, terrible. DJ Casper, Soulja Boy, the person who did Macarena (seriously, who was that?): all travesties of music. 6RKHDULQJWKDW/$ÂˇV1HZ%R\] come heralding the new jerkinâ€™ fad, we shouldnâ€™t hold out too much hope. Skinny Jeans and a Mic is a jerk music manifesto â€“ minimalistic beats and synths accompanied by looping, laid-back hip-hop vocals. So far, not so bad. Unfortunately, there are two major problems with this album. First: every song sounds the same, and that sound is one that could easily turn into The Whisper Song at any moment (never a good thing). Second: jerk music is aimed at a primarily teenage audience. As such, the lyrics are some of the most wince-inducing, artless and gimmick-obsessed Iâ€™ve ever heard. Take this line from Way 2 Many Chickz for example: â€œMet this girl name Lanice, a freak but ugly/ She stripped for me once and her butt cheeks was mustyâ€?. Mix that with constant references to iPods, skinny jeans and, of course, jerkinâ€™, and it becomes impossible to listen to after two or three songs. Save yourself the trouble, donâ€™t listen to this album.
Looks like our little Dev Hynes has grown up: over the last few years, his fans have watched the tender, VSHFWDFOHGWHHQIURPKLVĂ€UVWDO bum, Falling Off the Lavender Bridge, morph into something stronger, bulkier and a little bit more sophisticated. Devâ€™s latest release, the Marlene EP, is a fully charged, powerful start, with more of an emphasis on Devâ€™s backing band, throwing in an electric guitar solo to complement the violin weâ€™re all so used to. However this isnâ€™t all Devâ€™s been up to whilst heâ€™s been away, as Concerto.2 â€œSo Long! So Longâ€? proves. The end result sounding like the love child of a period drama soundtrack and the closing scene IURPDÂˇVURPDQWLFĂ€OPZKLOVWD cover of Serge Gainsbourgâ€™s 69 AnnĂŠe Ă‰rotique, performed in his best French tones, adds an air of lust and romance to the collection of songs. Heâ€™s back at it again on TĂŞte Morte (roughly translated in English to dead head) as well, only this WLPH+\QHVĂ DXQWVKLPVHOIEHWZHHQ English and French lyrics, before Ă€QLVKLQJLQVW\OHZLWKDKDXQWLQJ and lyrical piano climax. On this evidence, things look good for the new album, Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You, out later this month.
Another month, another pretentiously-named twee solo-girl folk act. Paperplainâ€™s mini album, however, Entering Pale Town, is actually better than most of the glut. Comparisons to Joanna Newsom are understandable â€“ imagine if the harp-playing elf dropped her vocals an octave and a half but retained the sweet honesty, and youâ€™re about there. Just spirited enough to rise above lift music, Entering Pale Town succeeds in its uncomplicated song structure, knowing lyrics and the fact that not every song sounds the same. The eight-track recording process (in her college bedroom, natch) adds charm rather than FKLQW]DQG\RXÂˇYHJRWWDJLYHWKH girl some credit for making the â€˜Other Womanâ€™ sound cute in Foreign Fingers. Pale Town is an unfortunate choice for album opener, the tune verging on annoying and plonking, and sometimes Paperplain bangs into the major criticisms of her genre. The inclusion of a ringing phone sound bite doesnâ€™t help. The Trip, however, improves things somewhat, setting the tone for the rest of the album. All in all, itâ€™s no masterpiece, but well worth picking up for a latewinter soundtrack.
Alice Vincent Culture Editor
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tv highlights Piers Morganâ€™s Life Stories: Gordon Brown
Mon, Thurs, Fri on ITV1 Peter tries to apologise to Leanne but ends up turning to his own worst enemy â€“ booze. Will his antics land him in rehab? Elsewhere, Sunita tells Dev her aunts are coming to stay and as they donâ€™t know theyâ€™re divorced, Dev must play happy families to help out.
10.15pm Sunday, ITV1 Heâ€™s one of the most famous (or infamous) men in the country yet what do we actually know about our Prime Minister? Love him, hate him or donâ€™t really care about him, this interview should be great viewing as Piers Morgan delves into Brownâ€™s life - past, present and future. $VWKHĂ€UVWHSLVRGHLQWKHQHZ series of Pierâ€™s Morganâ€™s Life Stories, it will be interesting to see what Piers manages to get out of the Labour politician. In his last set of interviews he reduced Dannii
Minogue to tears over the break-up of her marriage, pushed Katie Price to reveal all about her miscarriage and childhood abuse and discussed drug experimentation and rape with Katherine Jenkins so itâ€™s difĂ€FXOWWRLPDJLQHZKDWWKHRXWFRPH of this one hour interview will be. Will Gordon burst into tears over the General Election? Will he admit to taking Valium at No10? Or will he answer questions with the usual vague, confusing politiciansâ€™ answers weâ€™re all used to? Catch the interview on Sunday QLJKWWRĂ€QGRXW
What Katie Did Next
Last Woman Standing
Dancing on Wheels
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Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri on BBC1 Soniaâ€™s back in Walford for Biancaâ€™s hen night but it doesnâ€™t look like the usual lively oestrogen-fuelled affair. But perhaps the outbreak of E20 characters will liven up the party! Leon and Fatboy join the partying ladies while Heather and 6KLUOH\Ă€QG=VD=VDRQWKHLUGRRU step. What does she want?
Aimee Philipson TV & Radio Editor
Weekdays at 6.30pm on C4 Hannah is thrilled to be back together with Jamie, and immediately agrees to leave Hollyoaks with him so they can start a new life together. But what is Jamie not telling her? Meanwhile, Calvin asks Carmel to move back in with him, but what will she say when Cheryl lets slip about her and Calvinâ€™s kiss?
Weekdays, 7pm Ryan turns up at Home Farm to ask Natasha about his dad but what will Nathan do if he sees Ryan home? Nicola accuses Thomas of stealing her make-up (!) so he gets his own back. Meanwhile, Sam is PLVVLQJOLYLQJZLWK2OHQDDQGĂ€QGV any excuse to see her.
Neighbours Britainâ€™s biggest fame-whore is back. $IWHUJRLQJEDFNWRZKHUHVKHĂ€UVW met ex-husband Peter Andre, she left early, refused a proposal from her cross-dressing boxer boyfriend and then proceeded, in true Jordan fashion, to get absolutely bladdered and made a fool out of herself. The show follows â€˜what Katie did nextâ€™; only those with the wildest of imaginations would possibly be able to predict it. As far as I know, â€œstepping out of the limelightâ€? does not mean going FDPSLQJZLWKDĂ€OPFUHZ6KHDOVR taught the nation a valuable lesson â€“ donâ€™t ever, ever get someoneâ€™s name tattooed on your body. In fact, sheâ€™s a pretty good example of what not to do with your whole life. If you could do with a laugh, tune in to see why your life LVLQĂ€QLWHO\EHWWHUWKDQZKDW\RX sometimes give it credit for!
If youâ€™ve ever thought about running a marathon, braving the Great North Swim, or any similar athletic feat, donâ€™t miss this. Not content with honing their ERGLHVWRSHUIHFWLRQLQWKH8.Ă€YH female athletes embark on some rather more terrifying experiences, including water buffalo racing and rafting, in Brazil, Mexico, the Philippines and Indonesia. The athletes live amongst tribes and remote peoples and attempt to master their indigenous sports. Part Gladiators, part Worldâ€™s Strongest Man, this series is a continuation of Last Man Standing. Competing against each other, as well as the local women, this will be a gruelling experience for the participants. So tune in this Tuesday for a chance to watch grown women wrestling (mud not guaranteed) and competing for the coveted title.
Dancing on Wheels is the latest dance competition to hit our television screens, but this is a dancing competition with a difference. One half of each couple will be a wheelchair user and the other half will be an able-bodied celebrity. Among the celebrities is singer Heather Small from MPeople, actress Michelle Gayle and Hollyoaks meanie Jake Dean. The judges are Ade Adepitan, a famous wheelchair basketball player who you might know better as the lead in the cool BBC1 advert of the wheelchair dancers, along with James and Ola Jordan, from Strictly Come Dancing. The competition is based purely on dance ability rather than the couplesâ€™ crowd pleasing skills because the winning couple goes on to compete in the toughest wheelchair dance competition in the world.
ad of the week Simples advertising genius This is the meerkat advert to rival all meerkat adverts. Yes, car insurance is at the heart of it, but itâ€™s advertising genius. The meerkat series is one of the most talked about pieces of advertising at the moment and the latest instalment is an epic. It charts the history of chief meerkat Aleksandr Orlovâ€™s ancestors, who were forced to escape their
â€˜simples lifeâ€™ in the Kalahari due to the â€˜grub crisisâ€™. The meerkats eventually sail to the promised land- Russia. The rest, as they say, is history. Donâ€™t ask why the Compare the Meerkat adverts have such a huge following- it seems the hearts of us Brits have been warmed by a meerkat with a somewhat unexpected Russian accent.
Aleksandr Orlovâ€™s Facebook page has nearly 700,000 members (I happen to be one of them, incidentallyâ€Ś) - voila the power of advertising. I donâ€™t know about you but the randomness of the entire Meerkat series does it for me every time. â€˜Simplesâ€™ as that. Helen Atkinson
1RZLQLWVĂ€IWKVHULHVRQHRI$PHU icaâ€™s scariest and most adventurous shows returns to LivingTV. The show follows the lives of the Winchester brothers, Sam and 'HDQZKRVHMRELVWRĂ€JKWDJDLQVW the evil that nobody believed existed. In the last series Lucifer the devil rose and Sam and Dean have to race against time to stop him destroying the world. Itâ€™s not for the faint-hearted, thatâ€™s for sure, and it tells the stories in a very spooky, atmospheric way, with the superb acting of the cast making it all the more enjoyable. Combined with the dry humour of the brothers, this show has a touch of excellence that goes way beyond the typical â€˜scaryâ€™ drama. Starting with a double bill, so you can get a double dose, donâ€™t miss it this Wednesday! Lynsey Fawcett
1.45pm and 5.30pm on Five After the last tear-jerking episode, when Susan lost the Fitzgeraldsâ€™ baby, get ready for another weepy as the family are still distraught. Dan decides to organise a memorial for his son â€˜Sean Thomasâ€™ because he thinks everybody needs a focus for their grief, but he is completely unaware that his wife blames him for whatâ€™s happened.
Home and Away
Weekdays at 2.15pm/6pm on Five Tattooed Mink is already causing a stir in Summer Bay as she swings a punch at John Palmer while staying at Summer Bay House with Miles. Meanwhile, Ruby is appalled when John is quoted in the paper saying he doesnâ€™t believe refugees should get free medical care, so she decides to organise a rally in retaliation. Aimee Philipson TV & Radio Editor
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Reid gets a foot up over Dane
catch-up tv Lost: Final series
Joe Mellor Columnist
9pm Fridays, Sky1, catch up on Sky1 website 2QHDUWLFOHLVQÂˇWHQRXJKVSDFHWR explain Lost. To lay out the plot points like careful coordinates, to ponder the mysteries left unsolved, to appease WKRVHZKRĂ€QGWKHFRQFHSWULGLFX lous; such things are perhaps out of my hands. Some ignored the show from the start, while others fell off the band wagon years ago, but on February WK6N\2QHWKHĂ€QDOVHULHVRILost begins. The beginning of the end, if you will (although true fans will recall WKDWÂś7KH%HJLQQLQJRI7KH(QGÂˇ was actually an episode in Series 4). Plane crashes on island. Island seems weird; polar bears, monsters
made of smoke and mysterious native people who love kids. Some people die, some people die and come back to life, some people seem to be close to dying but we NQRZWKH\ÂˇOOQHYHUGLHVRZHGRQÂˇW care that they nearly just died (Jack). Survivors end up getting rescued, sort of. Some get off the island while the rest seem to travel back in time, but then the ones who got off the island, no sooner than having duty-free Skittles and vodka, decide to go back. Somehow the people who left come back, but then they come thirty years too late; the people who stayed are partying like its 1977
(are you Lost yet?). Then Juliet fell down a big shaft and detonated a hydrogen bomb, on the theory that blowing the LVODQGXSZLOOÂˇUHVHWÂˇWKHPHVVHG XSWLPHOLQHWKH\Ă€QGWKHPVHOYHV in (this was advised to them by a surgeon). Lost series six started on February
5th but catch-up now at http:// sky1.sky.com/episodes and search IRUÂś/RVWÂˇ.HHSXSZLWKWKHUHVW of the series on Sky1 on Fridays at SP+RZHYHULWÂˇVORRNLQJYHU\ OLNHO\WKDWZHÂˇOOVWLOOEHORVWDIWHUWKH series ends. Chris Mandle
Lost reduced live
Come Lie With Me
Lost returns to our screens this PRQWKZLWKLWVVL[WKDQGĂ€QDO season but in anticpation, an excitLQJOLYHSURGXFWLRQRIWKHĂ€UVWĂ€YH series has been commissioned by Sky1. The performance, by the awardZLQQLQJWKHDWUHWURXSHWKH5H duced Shakespeare Company, will celebrate the ongoing success of the US series and will offer a unique vision of the TV show which follows the story of the survivors of the LOOIDWHG2FHDQLFĂ LJKWZKLFK FUDVKHGVRPHZKHUHLQWKH3DFLĂ€F The twist is that the show is limited to just ten minutes but somehow the creators have managed to FRQGHQVHWKHĂ€UVWĂ€YHVHDVRQVLQWR this tiny timeframe. 'RQÂˇWOHWWKLVGHWHU\RXWKRXJKLI you suddenly feel that after spending literally hours and hours of
Wow. For the D-lists, Celebrity Come Dine with Me must be the number one priority for your agent to land you a job in. Âś)RUORJLVWLFDQGVHFXULW\UHDVRQVÂˇ WKHVKRZÂˇVSURGXFHUVKDYHEHHQ UHQWLQJRXWSURSHUWLHVWKDWGRQÂˇW actually belong to the hosts that are cooking! Presumably those security reasons must be the need for a secret location for Christopher Biggins to forPXODWHKLV$XQW\9LÂˇVWULĂ HZLWKRXW anybody stealing the recipe. These days, Channel 4 has all the procedures in place to deal ZLWKVXFKÂśIDNLQJLWÂˇVFDQGDOVDV and when they come to light, and this revelation that more than one celebrity cooked for their guests in a purpose-rented house is a bit GHĂ DWLQJLIQRWWKDWVXUSULVLQJ The fact that they waited for
your life watching all 103 episodes, you could have just waited for some guys to condense the whole thing for you. As a matter of fact Lost Reduced offers us a fresh and comedic spin on a show that for many has been compulsive viewing over the past Ă€YH\HDUV Look out for Jack, Kate, Sawyer and many more fan favourites in what is a great appetiser in preparation for the concluding chapter of the show. The show was performed live on WK-DQXDU\EXWLWZDVUHFRUGHG for internet broadcast and can be caught now online at sky.com or on Sky Anytime on the Sky Platform. Imran Javed
somebody to expose the truth is just plain naughty. :DV6KHUULH+HZVRQÂˇVKRXVH QRWÂś:LVWHULD/DQHÂˇHQRXJKIRUWKH viewers of Loose Women to see? Biggins actually pointed out a picWXUHRI-RDQ&ROOLQVRQÂśKLVÂˇZDOOIRU the other guests to admire. Impressive. But worth lying to the public about? Shame on you Biggins. The fact that the â€˜slebs have to Ă€QGWKHULJKWKRXVHIRUWKHLUWHOHYL sion reputation says plenty. ,WÂˇVVLPSO\PRUHLQWHUHVWLQJWRJR into the house of somebody off the street and see what their life is like, which is one of the great things about the regular series. ,WÂˇVLQYDULDEO\WKURZQXSELJJHU characters than Christopher Biggins in a panto costume ever could. Nile Amos
radio highlights Nobodyâ€™s Perfect
Brits Breakthrough Act Going the Distance
Sunday Love Songs
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Presenters Edith Bowman, Trevor & Gemma, Dev and Nick Grimshaw go under the spotlight this ZHHNWRNLFNRIIWKH1RERG\ÂˇV3HU fect campaign tackling the subject of body image. The DJs will be photographed and airbrushed to demonstrate how celebrity pictures in magazines can be altered so much that they look FRPSOHWHO\DUWLĂ€FLDO
%%&5DGLROLVWHQHUVKDYHWKH opportunity to vote for the British Breakthrough Act of 2010 at this \HDUÂˇV%ULWVDQGDOOWKHQRPLQHHV drop by for a chat with Fearne Cotton this week. Listeners can vote online at bbc. co.uk/radio1 from 6-12 February 2010. Voting closes at 7pm on the 12th.
Long-distance relationships can be tough. The effort of trying to stay close even though it may be weeks before you see each other. But this show proves it can be worth it, with testimonies from those who have successfully got through the hard times including Paul who spent four years apart from his girlfriend at university but is now happily married to her.
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On Friday 29th January 2010 Tony Blair faced the toughest test of his career, as he entered the auditorium. â€˜His muscles were taught, his eyes bloodshot, his tan implausible, his mouth unsmiling. His hand visibly shook when pouring the water.â€˜(Jenkins in The Guardian, 30th January 2010, pg 1) The nation held its collective breath. As Blair looked into the eyes of his detractors, he answered slowly and precisely â€˜I want Vinny to play PHLQWKHĂ€OPYHUVLRQRIP\OLIHÂˇ Now that Vinny Jones has only managed a paltry 3rd in Celebrity Big Brother, he might stoop so low DVWRSOD\%ODLULQWKHĂ€OPBlair My Story. This is a man who recently WXUQHGGRZQVL[Ă€JXUHVWRSOD\ 6WDOORQHÂˇVVLGHNLFNLQRambo 18 (ok, ,FKHFNHGLWÂˇVRambo 5 +HLVQÂˇW small fry. But why Vinny you ask? Well Blair knows the vegans and the anti-war protesters will turn up. The middle class will go because they are scared of drinking in town on a weekend, and desperately need something to do, and the next 1LFN+RUQE\ERUHDWKRQLVQÂˇWRXW until August. What Tony needs is the Geezer demographic, and Vinny IS box RIĂ€FH2ULJLQDOO\%ODLUZDQWHG5D\ Winstone to play him, however 5D\UHFHQWO\SOD\HG+HQU\9,,, DQG%ODLUGLGQÂˇWZDQWWRGUDZFRP SDULVRQV,QWKHĂ€QDOVFHQHRIWKH Ă€OPDVWKHYHJDQVLQDWWHQGDQFH use the last of their protein depleted bodies to shake their heads at the screen) Blair (Vinny) picks up Sir John Chilcot by his lapels and sack-beats him to death. He turns to the camera and without a hint of LURQ\VD\VÂśLWÂˇVEHHQHPRWLRQDOÂˇ He leaves the room with Alistar Campbell (played by Dane Dowers AKA little chris/vinny) and they JRORRNLQJIRUWKDWÂśJUDVVÂˇ-DFN Straw, the end. Anyway back to the real world of celebrities locked in a house for four weeks. The most talented individual during Celebrity Big Brother ZDVZRRGHQQRQRW9LQQ\ÂˇVDFWLQJ prowess) but the tree of temptation; a joy to behold. The most worrying revelation from this years show is that being ÂśRQHRIWKHODGVÂˇLVEDFNLQYRJXH 7KHÂśORFNHUURRPÂˇEDQWHUIURPWKH pie and mash trio really was captivating. However, this is not taking anything away from Dane Bowers. He entered the house a washed up and insecure wreck but within four weeks he got his mojo back. That is the magic of Big Brother. I really want to see Dane make a comeback, not to sing obviously, but maybe a cookery show on ),9(5HLGORRNVRGGVRQIRUDUH turn to acting (well maybe Widow 7ZDQN\DWWKH7KHDWUH5R\DOULJKW up his street). ,IWKDWZDVQÂˇWHQRXJK+HDWKHU Mils remains in Dancing on Ice (ITV, Sundays). A callous woman who was sexually abused a child, ORVWDOHJLQDKRUULĂ€FDFFLGHQW moonlighted as a prostitute, saw KHUKXVEDQGÂˇVGHFHDVHGZLIHÂˇV name every time she did the big VKRSDW$6'$DQGLIWKDWZDVQÂˇW HQRXJK5LQJRXVHGWRSRSURXQG for afternoon tea. A truly evil woman. We really are a forgiving nation. No vegans were harmed in the making of this article.
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interview Anna Richardson reveals her obsession with brunette actresses and Les Dennis’ belly You might have caught her controversial Sex Education show a few years ago, her presenting stint on the eye-opening Supersize vs. Superskinny series or more recently The Big Fat Diet Show where she tried to drop a dress size in two weeks, but what does journalist Anna Richardson enjoy on TV when she’s not on it? What was the last TV programme you watched? The last show I watched was Desperate Romantics on BBC2 - fantastic period romp into the love lives of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. I studied English and Art History at University so this has a special appeal for me. If you could guest star in any TV programme, what would it be?
I would absolutely love to be featured in Who Do You Think You Are? My family history is quite bonkers, with vicars, Jews, musicians and chimneysweeps - it’s like the cast of Mary Poppins meets The Sound of Music. What was your favourite childhood TV programme when you were growing up? I was obsessed with Charlie’s Angels. I wanted to be Sabrina, played by Kate Jackson. She was the sexy brunette with WKH ERE ZKR ZRUH WLJKWÀWWLQJ ÁDUHV6HH,·PVWLOOREVHVVHG Which off-air TV programme do you wish they’d bring back? Do you remember The Games on
Channel 4 a couple of years ago? Watching celebrities be really really crap at Olympic sports used to leave me in tears. Les Dennis belly ÁRSSLQJ IURP D IW GLYLQJ ERDUG was a classic TV moment for me. You’re live on the radio, what song do you request and why? Handbags and Gladrags by the Stereophonics live from Glastonbury. By God, Kelly Jones can sing live - I remember watching it and his performance brought tears to my eyes. Anna Richardson’s new book ‘Body Blitz Diet: Five Rules For A Brand New You’ is available now in all good book shops and online at www.amazon.co.uk for £7.48. Aimee Philipson TV & Radio Editor
what I listen to ...when I’m revising A radio station I discovered by FKDQFHZKLOHÁLFNLQJWKURXJKWKH frequencies on my phone the other day is a gem called Spice FM. It proved to be a godsend to my revision this January. It’s fantastic to listen to when you really need WRFRQFHQWUDWHEXWÀQGKDYLQJWRWDO silence in the room an even bigger
nsr With NSR’s return this semester, we’ve looked to try and strengthen various areas of our broadcasting. One place where we thought this was especially important is Sports. Like a struggling mid-table football club in the January transfer window, we’ve attempted to bring in some new blood to strengthen our coverage and spoil all you sport loving VWXGHQWV $ORQJVLGH WKH ÁDJVKLS minute show, you can now get your IRRWEDOO À[ ZLWK ¶165 6SRUWV .LFN Off’ Monday from 11-12pm. Gavin Callaghan will look at the previous weekend’s action and speculating what lies ahead in the turbulent word of professional sport. Wednesday from 6-8pm is the time to log on for NSR Sport’s intramural round up. Here you can expect WR ÀQG H[FOXVLYH LQWHUYLHZV ZLWK members of Newcastle’s university WHDPV$V.HYLQ.HHJDQRQFHVDLG¶, will love it’ if you tuned in. Local music is another area we’re supporting this Semester. The loFDO VFHQH KDV VWUHQJWKHQHG VLJQLÀcantly over the past year and NSR is looking to play an increased role in showcasing this talent. Last week we played host to a live session courtesy of Little Comets which will be available later this week online. In addition to this we have both touring and local acts planning to record sessions for us in the coming weeks together with exclusive interviews from the likes of Adam Green, The Soft Pack and Johnny Flynn. Christian Allen Station Manager
distraction than noise. There is some DJ interruption but it never distracted me too much because I couldn’t understand a word of what was being sung or spoken. Spice FM is a new local Asian music station, so unless you know the words to Asian hits then you’re YHU\XQOLNHO\WRÀQG\RXUVHOIGLV-
tracted from your work or revision by an impromptu sing-along. “Revision breaks” when singing to songs I know generally happen far too frequently for me to really claim that they are a productive way to rest my mind (especially if no actual work occurs between such breaks).
So Spice FM worked out to great advantage, I still had some good music playing – a nice mix of what you’d traditionally expect and modern songs that you might not anticipate. The frequency isn’t too wide, but on campus and in Jesmond I managed to get it on 98.8FM. It’s
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Get elected: how you can help The graduate job with a difference So why should you run in the Unionâ€™s March elections to become a VDEEDWLFDORIĂ€FHURIWKH8QLRQ6RFL ety? Well, why not? Being a sabbatical gives you a unique opportunity to change the university experience of thousands of students and earn just under ÂŁ16,000 in the process. Whether your interest is sports or welfare, societies or media, education or community, you can make a difference and help run the multi-million pound charity that is the Studentsâ€™ Union. There are six full time sabbatical ofĂ€FHUVHOHFWHGHDFK\HDUWRUHSUHVHQW the 18,500 student members here at Newcastle University. 7KURXJKRXW \RXU \HDU LQ RIĂ€FH you will develop great relationships with your fellow sabbaticals as together you promote the Studentsâ€™ Union and all its services. $VDVDEEDWLFDORIĂ€FHU\RXDUHDOVR a trustee of the Studentsâ€™ Union, which gives you a great insight into
the running of a charity of this size as well as giving you a responsibility greater than any other graduate job around. If elected, you will be involved in the most exciting time in the Studentsâ€™ Union history with plans for the capital development project being implemented during the next academic year. This means you will have a direct LQĂ XHQFH RQ WKH ORRN RI WKH EUDQG new Studentsâ€™ Union building which is to open in September 2011. It will be one of the most challenging years of your life, but without a doubt, one of the most rewarding and enjoyable jobs you will ever have. You will get the chance to shape Newcastle studentsâ€™ experience for the future, get involved in a variety of activities, bag loads of freebies and most importantly, gain the best CV enhancing skills imaginable. The six positions of Activities OfĂ€FHU$82IĂ€FHU(GLWRURI7KH&RX
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3DUWWLPHRIĂ€FHUPRUH than just a volunteer 3DUWWLPHRIĂ€FHU372 SRVLWLRQVRI fer the chance to get involved in Union activities whilst continuing with a degree. The positions available cover a breadth of topics and key campaign areas. If you are passionate about a subject, it is likely there is a role to suit you. (DFK SRVW KDV LWV RZQ UHPLW GLI ferent responsibilities and a varying number of committees to sit on, often at Union and University level. %HLQJD372LVDJUHDWFKDQFHWRLQ Ă XHQFHZKDWLVJRLQJRQDWYDULRXV levels on campus. 372SRVLWLRQVJLYHDSODWIRUPIRU individual action. If there are certain campaigns that interest you then the Union can help to set these in motion. %HLQJD372DOVRRIIHUVWKHFKDQFH WRZRUNLQDWHDPZLWKRWKHURIĂ€FHUV DQGVRFLHWLHV$OO372VKROGYRWLQJ rights at Union Council and have a say in how the Union is run. Representing almost 20,000 students and having the ability to inĂ XHQFH GHFLVLRQV DFURVV FDPSXV DV well as the ability to take part in national and international campaigns PHDQVUXQQLQJIRUD372SRVLWLRQLV GHĂ€QLWHO\DZRUWKZKLOHYHQWXUH And thatâ€™s not even to mention the social side... The following positions are available in the upcoming March elecWLRQV Â‡&DPSDLJQV2IĂ€FHUKHOSWRUXQ Union campaigns on everything from student safety to housing issues. Sit on Welfare and Citizenship Committee and help organise the Welfare and Campaigns Crew. Â‡ &KDLU RI 8QLRQ &RXQFLO Â˛ LQ volves being an objective chair person for Union Council which is held once a month. Â‡ &RPPXQLW\ 2IĂ€FHU ZRUN WR promote and defend students living within Newcastle. Attend relevant community meetings, work with loFDOUHVLGHQWVĂ€JKWIRUEHWWHUKRXVLQJ standards and make the voice of the student community heard within the City. Â‡ &RQYHQRU RI 'HEDWHV RUJDQLVH
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Diary of an England captain* *as imagined by Tom James
Thurs 28th Jan My lawyer is talking about court injunctions being lifted. I only know football and thought this must be something to do with tennis and that. He tried to explain that Iâ€™d been FDXJKWRIIVLGHDQGZDVGHĂ€QLWHO\ interfering with Bridgeyâ€™s missus but girls canâ€™t play football so Iâ€™m a bit lost. I love â€˜edders I do. Fri 29th Jan The gaffer dragged me into the ofĂ€FHDWWUDLQLQJWRGD\ZKLFKZRXQG me right up because I still hadnâ€™t re-enacted my penalty from that time in Moscow like I do every day to prove that Iâ€™m not a bottler and never do anything wrong on or off the pitch. The gaffer said something about seventeen year old girls being too young and I thought that girls canâ€™t play football so I donâ€™t need to worry about them. But I agreed with him anyway even though I was a bit lost. He told me to use my head more and I was happy because I love â€˜edders. Sat 30th Jan Played some right northern monkeys today. Their fans were singing some sort of knees up mother brown about me but I couldnâ€™t understand the thick accent, they should speak like me, Iâ€™m not an idiot. Anyway, the lads had a right tin bath when they heard that lot from Burnington or wherever only get 15k a week. Cashley almost fainted when he found out. I scored the winner and it was with my â€˜ed like the gaffer told me to do. Life couldnâ€™t be any better. Sat 31st Jan Went down the paper shop for some space raiders, a milkybar and a panda cola for my weekly treat but they were out of pickled onion space raiders which put me in a right old two and eight because I had to get beef instead. My mug was all over the Sunday rags but I only look at the pictures and thought the girl next to me was a right bit of crumpet. Cashley rang to see if I was ok so I told him how there were no pickled onion but apart from that I was alright. He said heâ€™d be there for me because
Captain not so fantastic: Terry was stripped of the England captaincy last Friday by manager Fabio Capello. He has been replaced by centre back partner Rio Ferdinand
heâ€™d been there with Chezza. I always thought Cheryl would have been a discos girl but said thanks anyway. Lovely lad is Cashley. I watched Arsenal v. Man U in 3D and thought the world would be brilliant if we could see in 3D all the time. Mon 1st Feb Strange day. Had a note from the
trouble and strife saying â€˜taken the kids to Dubai you scumbag.â€™ Sheâ€™s always coming up with new pet names bless â€™er. 7ULHGWRĂ€QG'XEDLRQP\PDSRI Landan but couldnâ€™t see for looking. Lamps reckons itâ€™s down the east end but anything he says or does is overrated. Loads of journos outside the manor this morninâ€™ asking me if I was ashamed. I said everyone misses a
peno now and again and it was two years ago so Iâ€™ve moved on (I still think about it every day). The lads werenâ€™t really talking to me at training and Drogs asked me if I minded the â€˜Team Bridgeâ€™ shirts people were wearing. I thought they were alright because weâ€™re a team and play at the Bridge so I couldnâ€™t see what the upset was all about so I just went and did some â€˜edders.
Tues 2nd Feb Someone said that I had more baggage than Louis Vuitton but Iâ€™m a bit lost because I always use TESCOâ€™s bags for life (they give you a free new one every time one breaks) and Mr. Capello is being told to take the England armband off me. Iâ€™m not sure what that means but I think it might mean I wonâ€™t be able to go swimming with the lads in Magaluf this summer.
Drop the debt and get involved in the Great North Run Tom James Sports Editor Newcastle students have been invited to join Newcastleâ€™s mainly University team in the Great North Run, â€˜The Worldâ€™s Greatest Running Eventâ€™ on Sunday 19th September, running for Drop the Debt and HIV/AIDS. The team is organised by Jubilee Debt Campaign at Newcastle University, which is sponsored by the Union Society and all the staff unions, in association with Make Poverty History NE. Patrons of the campaign include Olympic Gold Medalist Jonathan Edwards. The University is offering gener-
ous concessions for students by providing a 50% or 100% rebate on cost of entry depending on funds raised. The aim of the initiative is to raise awareness of the continuing campaign against severe global poverty, and to raise funds for Jubilee Debt Campaign and British aid agencies IRUWKHĂ€JKWDJDLQVW+,9$,'6DQG the care of AIDS orphans, with each runner selecting their own agency. 2010 is a â€˜red letter yearâ€™ for global poverty and development, since it LV Ă€YH \HDUV WR JR EHIRUH WKH target date set for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Real progress has been made, particularly on debt relief and HIV/AIDS,
the twin targets of the initiative. However, enormous problems still remain. This year is also an important year for our own GNR initiative, with a real chance that the overall total will reach ÂŁ100,000. In 2009 the University raised about ÂŁ10,000, taking our total to over ÂŁ89,000. Professor Sir George Alberti, a former Dean of Medicine at Newcastle, and now NHS â€˜Tsarâ€™ for Emergency Access said: â€œDebt continues to have devastating effects on health care and education; debt relief is already bringing real help to many. â€œCombining support for Jubilee Debt Campaign with direct fund-
LQJIRUWKHĂ€JKWDJDLQVW+,9$,'6 or what Carol Bellamy, Director of UNICEF describes as â€˜the worst catastrophe ever to hit the worldâ€™, is the sort of intelligently compassionate response I applaud.â€? According to Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy UN Secretary General: â€œMy own country Tanzania would not have been able to send hundreds of thousands of children to school and fund health services if not for the cancellation of debts. This would not have happened if citizens and faith leaders in the UK had not awakened the conscience of their leaders through the Jubilee campaign.â€?
Dr David Golding, Development Coordinator of Make Poverty History NE and Board member and Trustee of Jubilee Debt Campaign UK said: â€œIâ€™ve organised a team in the Run every year but one since 2002, but to celebrate (if thatâ€™s the right word!) my 70th, Iâ€™m going to attempt to â€˜Run the Runâ€™ as well as Âś7DONWKH7DONÂˇIRUWKHĂ€UVWDQGODVW time this year. â€œNaturally, Iâ€™m hoping we will Ă€HOGDĂ€QHWHDPÂľ The General Ballot for places has now closed but if you already have a place and would like to run for â€˜Drop the Debtâ€™ then contact David Golding at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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British in victory, a Scot in defeat Jonathan Taylor On January 31st 2010, Andy Murray stood on the verge of tears, with KLVGUHDPRIEHFRPLQJWKHĂ€UVW British Grand Slam Champion since 1936 left in tatters. The British number one was once again thwarted on his quest to glory by the immaculate Roger Federer, the man who also defeated KLPLQWKH862SHQĂ€QDO 0XUUD\ÂˇVRQO\RWKHUĂ€QDODSSHDU ance to date. Federer swept aside Murray with relative ease, winning comfortably LQWKUHHVHWVDQGIXUWKHUDIĂ€UPLQJ his status as the greatest tennis player of all time. Federer has now won a remarkable 16 Grand Slam titles, and more impressively, reached a stunning 23 consecutive *UDQG6ODPVHPLĂ€QDOV Murrayâ€™s demise however has not been met with the same nationwide disappointment after Tim Henmanâ€™s infamous 2001 Wimbledon VHPLĂ€QDOGHIHDWWR&URDWLDQZLOG card Goran Ivanisevic. At the turn of the century Henman enjoyed an enormous degree of public support, with British sports fans world-wide unanimously experiencing every emotion of his roller-coaster career with him. In contrast, the anti-Murray bandwagon is in full speed, indulging in his disappointments, and refusing to accept him as Henmanâ€™s heir. The anti-Murray campaign shows no signs of stopping, with over 4500 people now members of Facebookâ€™s â€˜I hate Andy Murrayâ€™ group. Interestingly in comparison, Roger Federer has over 3.2 million fans on the same networking site. The anti-Murray bandwagon was set in motion during the run-up to the 2006 FIFA World Cup, in which the British number 1 stated in an interview that he would â€œsupport anyone but Englandâ€? at the competition. Such a comment infuriated much of the British public, and as a result, Murray received large amounts of hate mail on his website by disgruntled fans. In hindsight, condemning the countryâ€™s biggest sport may not have been such a wise move for Murray, who at the same time was seeking to earn the respect and acclaim that his predecessor Henman boasted in abundance. Murray released a sketchy statement weeks later playing down his perceived â€˜anti-Englishâ€™ stance, insisting that he considered himself both â€œScottish and Britishâ€?. The anti-Murray campaign was not solely as a result of an 18 year oldâ€™s passing comment upon the national football team however. Rather his perceived grumpy attitude, dull nature and inability to inspire may well have proved to be contributing hindrances upon his
public image. The famous Henman Hill stationed outside of SW19 remained a fundamentally English site, left abandoned after Henmanâ€™s departure, with no desire of adopting a new British son. At 22 years old however, Murray is gradually beginning to make amends from his misdemeanours of the past. His interviews have become more eloquent, whilst his epic match with Stanislas Wawrinka under the centre court roof at Wimbledon last year has done much to show the British public the
WUXHQDWXUHRI$QG\0XUUD\WKDWRI courage, graft and emotion. On the verge of tears after his defeat to Roger Federer in the Australian Open recently, Murray spoke commendably of his respect of his conqueror, saying how he â€œcan cry like Roger, but itâ€™s a shame I canâ€™t play like himâ€?. Such a comment in the heat of disappointment must be credited, and surely proves an outstanding lesson to all. Murrayâ€™s comments were widely praised, with an anonymous post on the BBCâ€™s 606 forum saying how the British number one had â€œwon
me over with his tennis and efforts over the last two weeksâ€?. This was mirrored by Boris Becker, who offered his praise to the defeated Murray, admitting â€œthere isnâ€™t another player in sight from this country who can do what he didâ€?. It may therefore be time for the anti-Murray bandwagon to cease. He has undergone a dramatic transformation in the last four years, growing in talent, physique, and admiration. By leaving behind his grumpy, â€˜anti-Englishâ€™ demeanour, Murray
has now made a giant step towards winning back the hearts and minds of the nation, and started his climb to the top of the tennis world. Murrayâ€™s recent actions have done much to change public perspective on the man. Whilst tucking in to some strawberries and cream this summer, I will be watching Andy Murray with great interest, hoping that he can surpass Tim Henmanâ€™s efforts by winning the Wimbledon title for Britain. However, to many, Murray will remain a paradox: a British hero in victory, and a Scot in defeat.
â€˜Right To Playâ€™ initiative to be launched across universities William Robinson In March, alongside the other universities in the UK and in conjunction with BUCS, Newcastle will be WDNLQJ SDUW LQ WKH Ă€UVW Âś5LJKW 7R 3OD\Âˇ PRQWK RUJDQLVHG E\ WKH RIĂ€ cial charity of the BUCS of the same name. The aim of the month is to help bring in over ÂŁ1000 to help promote sport to children around the world, with a huge range of events and activities giving all of Newcastleâ€™s students a chance to get involved in some fundraising and volunteering. The charity, founded in 1994 prior
to the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, uses top athletes in over 40 countries, including the war torn Afghanistan and Lebanon, to promote how sport can be used to radically improve the lives of children in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the globe. 7KHLU LQĂ XHQFH HQKDQFHG E\ WKH support of world renowned politiFDO Ă€JXUHV VXFK DV WKH $UFKELVKRS Desmond Tutu and President of the International Olympic Committee Dr. Jacques Rogge, has even pushed their mission into the International Political Arena and onto the UN agenda.
Right To Play can also boast a partnership with Chelsea FC and UK Sport as well as Comic Relief. In the UK we take for granted the right to play sport. For some, there are so many opportunities in so many different sports meaning anyRQHFDQJHWLQYROYHGIURPUXJE\WR thai boxing and from football to ultimate frisbee. However, the right to play sport, along with the basic rights of education and health that the majority of us have enjoyed from a young age, is not experienced by many in Third World and war-torn countries. With the help of universities across the
UK, Right To Play is looking to radically change this. By working with some of the worldâ€™s most disadvantaged children across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, they are looking to use sport to encourage physical, mental and social development, foster peace and educate their citizens on the issues of disease awareness and prevention. There are many ways you can get involved in March. You can organise a fundraising event, you can donate online now at www.justgiving. com/Right-To-Play-Month, you can text â€˜PLAYâ€™ along with your univer-
sity name to 81400 (only throughout March), and can get involved with the BUCS competition on Facebook by checking out the BUCS Facebook page â€˜Competitionâ€™ Tab. Beth Eyre, the charity spokesperson has said that as little as ÂŁ2 can help dramatically change lives in these affected countries. Thatâ€™s only VDFULĂ€FLQJ D SLQW DW WKH 8QLRQ RU D couple of pasties at Greggs. Not much to help promote the playing of sport to better the lives of children around the world. Keep your eye out for Right To Play events happening at Newcastle University and the Studentsâ€™ Union.
Monday 8 February 2010 THE COURIER
Pro Vice-Chancellor reveals Charles Harvey tells Sports Editor Jamie Gavin about ambitious plans for the future of sport at the University, and just how Team Newcastle FRQWLQXHVWRFRPSHWHZLWKWKHFRXQWU\ÂˇVĂ€QHVW sporting institutions â€œA small miracleâ€? is how Executive Board member Charles Harvey described the unprecedented success of sport at Newcastle University in recent years. The University currently holds a top ten place in the BUCS rankings, and year on year sporting participation and performance increases both in scope and standard. The phenomenon is even more impressive considering the University does not offer any sports courses, and maintains its high grade requirements, even for the most talented and dedicated athletes. But is the â€œsmall miracleâ€? set to continue? Can Newcastle build on the success of recent years and become a sporting force to compete with the very, very best? Harvey thinks they can. Coming up to his second year in the post on the Universityâ€™s Executive Board, in which he has the extra responsibility of sport as well as his duties as Pro Vice-Chancellor of humanities and social sciences, Harvey outlined to The Courier his vision for Team Newcastle, and his ambitious plans for the future. The stand-out feature of these plans involves a new Performance Sports Centre, which would be dedicated solely to Newcastleâ€™s top sport athletes and clubs. +DUYH\VD\VWKHEHQHÂżWV of a new Performance Sports Centre would be enormous Harvey, along with Director of sport Colin Blackburn have cited Cochrane Park as a possible location for the Centre, which he described as a part of the â€œthe Harvey-Blackburn planâ€?. The project would hope to have D WZRIROG HIIHFW Ă€UVWO\ DOORZLQJ performance sport to reach newer, higher levels, but also to free up the current facility on campus for the more recreational athlete. And whilst the funding and the location for the development are not yet set-in-stone, the plan would undoubtedly revolutionise sport at the University. â€œIt would focus on getting all our athletes and coaching up to a top University level by European and North American standards,â€? explained Harvey. â€œThis is the gleam in our eye.â€? â€œWeâ€™re very ambitious, location and funding are both very imporWDQW EXW WKH EHQHĂ€WV ZRXOG EH enormous, not only for performance Jamie Gavin Commentary There is no doubt that the recent achievements of the University in the BUCS rankings is phenomenal. The passion and drive of Blackburn, Kennedy, and more recently Harvey - as well as past DQGSUHVHQW$82IĂ€FHUVKDVSURpelled the University to new levels of athletic attainment; to a point where the University has become an increasingly attractive option for talented performers. However, reputation alone can
sport itself, but also because the enhanced facility would take an enormous amount of pressure off the [existing] Sports Centre.â€? So the new centre would inevitably see the very top athletes working at their own pace at another location, and give the rest of the student population a more available facility with a more recreational focus. But having a new facility will not necessarily gain BUCS points or increase participation without the talHQWWRĂ€OOLW7KLVLVDIDFW+DUYH\LV very aware of, and he was keen to point out the importance of attracting sporting talent to the University. This is a potentially controversial subject, with so-called â€˜sporting institutionsâ€™ such as Loughborough and Leeds Met able to lower grade boundaries and offer extremely lucrative grant and scholarship deals to attract top talent. Newcastle on the other hand, whilst having some bursaries in place, relies largely on academic prowess and sporting reputation to attract talent. Harvey underlined the importance of the recruitment aspect, but he was quick to state that this would not involve the reduction of grade boundaries. â€œWe wouldnâ€™t want to go down any silly route of buying in talent â€“ thatâ€™s not for us.â€? â€œItâ€™s not realistic to radically reduce grades because itâ€™s the academic standard which we pride ourselves in, so weâ€™re looking for people who can do both. â€œItâ€™s a tall order, but that is what weâ€™re looking for, and by in large we have succeeded in this route - as RXU%8&6SRVLWLRQWHVWLĂ€HV â€œItâ€™s the process of attracting good students and maintaining a level of investment that allows you to compete at a decent level. â€œWhat weâ€™ve tried to do is to make it plain all applicants and all admissions tutors that we welcome top class athletes, but we donâ€™t have the kind of formal scheme that they have at Durham. â€œMy personal belief in this is that we still have a little way to go before we make ourselves a truly attractive proposition, but we are still attracting really good people. Â´2QH WKLQJ ZH GHĂ€QLWHO\ GRQÂˇW want to do is to lower the academic standards of Newcastle University because thatâ€™s what matters to everybody who comes here.â€? Attracting good student athletes is certainly one thing, but getting the same prospective talent to perform
for the University is another, and maximising talent has been somewhat of a strong point for the University in recent times. So this leads one to ask just how Newcastle University is able to get the very best from the talent it is able to recruit. Just how has the â€œsmall miracleâ€? occurred, and what does Team Newcastle owe its unprecedented success to? Harvey attributed this element to â€œthe combination of really good staff and high quality students being attracted to this Universityâ€? and he singled out Performance Sport Director Fraser Kennedy and Director of Sport Colin Blackburn for special praise, commending their â€œdetermination and level of commitmentâ€?. But through all the success of recent years, there have been persistent fears that the University is effectively punching above its weight, waiting to be overtaken by those institutions who invest more in sport, and ask less academically of their
sporting students. $GHĂ€DQW+DUYH\WDNHVDGLIIHUHQW view, and he relishes the competition posed by other institutions, particularly that of close neighbours, Northumbria. With an evident passion, he vowed to compete with the very best, and he explained just how much he enjoyed other institutions â€œkeeping us on our toes.â€? â€œItâ€™s great having them as competitors, itâ€™s great that theyâ€™re investing in it, we have to be pleased for them. â€œWeâ€™ll have better years where we go up a little, and weâ€™ll have worse years where we go down a little thatâ€™s in the nature of competition, but we will compete - thereâ€™s no reason why we canâ€™t.â€? Newcastleâ€™s high position has not faltered, despite the aforementioned fears, and the University sits proudly nine places above neighbours Northumbria in BUCS. On top of this, the University is set to bid for
its third consecutive Stan Calvert Cup victory this month, and it is an event Harvey is very much looking forward to, after experiencing the RFFDVLRQIRUWKHĂ€UVWWLPHODVW\HDU The mere mention of Stan Calvert ignites a smile on his face - apparently he enjoyed it. More imporWDQWO\KHÂˇVFRQĂ€GHQW1HZFDVWOHFDQ make it a record third straight victory, and once again heâ€™s thriving on the competition. Â´,WÂˇVJRLQJWREHGLIĂ€FXOW7KH\DUH investing, they are good, they are highly respected, but weâ€™re not going to lay down and die. â€œWere going to be in there, pitching and competing and thatâ€™s why we need our own vision for a bright future. â€œIt wonâ€™t be the same as their vision, but it will be just as brighter vision.â€? A bright vision indeed, from an ambitious man who will undoubtedly hope there are many more successful years to come.
only take the University so far, and perhaps it is a little naive to think that the University can drive further into the top ten without the ability to slightly modify the grade requirements for the very best athletes, or begin to offer a course whereby the University can JDWKHUDVWHDG\Ă RZRIJXDUDQWHHG sporting talent - a Sports Science degree, for example. Whilst there is a strong tradition of professional rugby players, elite rowers and full hockey internationals that have attended top academic universities, the same cannot be said of sports such as football and rugby league, where
the best performers tend not to be the type of students who receive straight â€˜Aâ€™ grades at A level â€“ often because they are released at a late stage by professional clubs. Furthermore, top elite performers are likely to have dedicated a VLJQLĂ€FDQWSURSRUWLRQRIWKHLUWLPH whilst at school or college to their sport, causing the academic side to suffer ever so sligtly as a consequence. Moreover, if a student is demonstrating the dedication and ambition to achieve in sport, then they are likely to carry this through into their studies at University. If the University was able to of-
fer even a slight leeway to an athOHWHZKRZRXOGKDYHDVLJQLĂ€FDQW and lasting effect on a particular sports club and Team Newcastle as a whole, then surely this is the next logical step to raise the bar even higher. In order to maximise the effect of present and future performance sport personnel and facilities, perhaps now is the time to make certain small concessions for selected athletes that can take the University to the next level. This, far from compromising the Universityâ€™s academic prowess, may actually serve to enhance it, with greater sporting achievement
acting as a further tool to attract the very best minds to the institution. If a system was put in place in which a handful of applicants could be made more negotiable offers in certain â€˜target areasâ€™ - for those sports clubs more desperately in need of talent - then perhaps this or a similar route is the one which the University should consider. Has Team Newcastle come as far as it possibly can without more fundamental measures which would consistently attract the very top sporting talent to the University?
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vision for sporting success Harvey warns against sport â€˜drinking cultureâ€™ Jamie Gavin Sports Editor University Executive Board member Charles Harvey said that the drinking culture surrounding University sport â€œhas gone too far.â€? Sports clubsâ€™ socials have received much scrutiny in recent months, with articles in the national press highlighting the dangers of the initiation ceremonies and binge drinking - often associated with University sports clubs. Speaking exclusively to The Courier, Harvey added his own concerns about the â€œexcessesâ€? which seem to go hand-in-hand with sports clubs. â€œThereâ€™s a long-standing tradition of an element of high social revelry. You are talking about something which is deeply culturally entrenchedâ€? explained Harvey. â€œWhat you need to watch out for is excess. Thereâ€™s now far more bars and clubs around that you can go to, and there are far more liberal drink laws and opening times. â€œThe opportunity for abuse is far more considerable. And I just think itâ€™s gone too far. I am reactionary in that respect. â€œI think itâ€™s time for us all to pull back, to relax and realise that the SULPDU\ EHQHĂ€W RI VSRUW LV KHDOWK\ mind, healthy bodyâ€? Harveyâ€™s comments come after the University Chancellor voiced his concerns about Britainâ€™s drinking culture, club promoters, and peer pressure surrounding drinking to The Courier while at the University in December.
And the binge drinking culture seems to be even more exaggerated when it comes to the sports clubs, culminating on Wednesday nights when most clubs conduct socials. These socials often involve attending a number of bars in Newcastle, and the â€˜peer pressureâ€™ element can be strong, particularly for freshers being welcomed into clubs for the Ă€UVWWLPH The Courier reported on the Athletic Unionsâ€™ initiation crackdown in 2008, when the so-called â€˜ceremoniesâ€™ were banned in an extensive and highly publicized campaign. This was continued at the start of the academic year by current AU 2IĂ€FHU9LFN\7\DVZKRKDVSHUVLVWently reminded AU clubs that sport should be free from intimidation, particularly for new members. But as the after-match socials continue, Harvey sent a clear message to clubs that the real reasons for getting involved in sport must not be forgotten: Â´6SRUWLVDERXWEHLQJJRRGDQGĂ€W and strong in yourself, to contribute the most you can to society and the world at large,â€? said Harvey. â€œIt is not about abuse, and therefore thereâ€™s a difference between revelry and high spirits - which Iâ€™m all in favour of â€“ and being controlled in what we do.â€? â€œI donâ€™t really want to have some sort of moralistic clamp-down, but itâ€™s about getting it into perspective and not overdoing it - being controlled in what we do.â€?
Newcastle set to host night of Muay Thai bouts Sarah Cotterill On Saturday 20 February a special event comes to the Studentsâ€™ Union: an evening of Muay Thai in association with Northern Fight League and Newcastle University Thai and Kickboxing Club. Muay Thai is referred to as â€˜the art of eight limbsâ€™ as contact can be made using punches and kicks as in kickboxing, but with the addition of knee and elbow strikes, too. :LWK D Ă€JKW FDUG LQFOXGLQJ DPDWHXU IHPDOH DQG PDOH Ă€JKWHUV DV ZHOODVDSURIHVVLRQDOKHDGOLQHĂ€JKW the evening promises to showcase a wealth of talent. )RXURIWKHWZHOYHĂ€JKWHUVPDWFKHG up for the Saturday night event are Newcastle University students, and another who has recently graduated with a masters. Sam Bhatt, president of the Thai Boxing Club, explained the concept of Muay Thai, and looked forward to his third amateur bout in the sport: â€œUnlike kickboxing and other martial arts, there is no grading system in Muay Thai, therefore the best way to show how your efforts in training KDYH SDLG RII LV WR Ă€JKW 7KH RQO\ way to improve is to have something to work towards. Â´$IWHUKDYLQJWZR.Ă€JKWVRQH ZLQRQHORVVWKLVĂ€JKWZLOOEHTXLWH different. The training is the same, EXWWKHUHLVDORWPRUHWHFKQLTXHWR master in Muay Thai, due to the ad-
dition of clinching.â€? Lawrence Hares is also competing, and the biomedical science student explained how he got in to the sport. â€œI started Thai boxing at Newcastle University after watching Ong %DN ZLWK P\ Ă DWPDWHV DQG GHFLGing we were all going to be the next Tony Jaa. Â´$IWHUWKHĂ€UVWVHVVLRQ,GHFLGHG, really liked it and carrying on would be a great way of combating all the alcohol Iâ€™d be drinking as a fresher. ,KDGP\Ă€UVWFRPSHWLWLRQLQ0DUFK at Leeds University and I couldnâ€™t ZDLWIRUWKHQH[WFKDQFHWRĂ€JKW â€œIâ€™ve been preparing since New Year, cutting weight (10kg) and tryLQJWRJHWĂ€WHQRXJKWRFRPSHWHOLYLQJXSWRP\Ă€JKWQLFNQDPHRI/DZUHQFHÂśWKHĂ RRGÂˇ+DUHVJLYHQWRPH because of the amount I sweat while exercising. â€œI will be wearing pink shorts to Ă€JKWERXJKWIRUPHE\WKHFOXEDIter declaring if someone buys them, Iâ€™ll wear them.â€? Other competitors on the night will include Anette Fink, a Masters Graduate from the University, and RQH RI WZR IHPDOHV Ă€JKWLQJ IURP 7KH )DNWRU\ ,W LV KHU Ă€UVW IXOO FRQWDFW0XD\7KDLĂ€JKW Juuso Toivonen, a History and Archeology Student, will also be Ă€JKWLQJ LQ 1RUWKHUQ )LJKW /HDJXH IRUWKHĂ€UVWWLPHEXWIRU*UDKDP6FKROHĂ€HOGLWZLOOEHWKHĂ€IWK7KHMolecular Biochemistry PhD student is
Fight club: University athletes have been under the guise of head coach Craig Jose before the up and coming bout later this month
OLNHO\ WR SURGXFH DQ H[FLWLQJ Ă€JKW having enjoyed several victories through knockouts from head kicks and punches. 7KH Ă€JKWHUV KDYH VKRZQ D KXJH amount of dedication, training at both the University with head coach Craig Jose and â€˜The Faktoryâ€™, in Benwell. Both gyms have been heavily linked with previous Northern Fight League, and the past two
events were held in the Basement of the Union. The Northern Fight League was started in summer 2008 by three Martial Arts enthusiasts: Craig Jose a Champion Muay Thai Boxer, Peter Falkous, a Leading Journalist, and Mark Jose a Serial Entrepreneur and Martial Arts Enthusiast. Currently, Muay Thai is going through a boost in popularity unrivalled by any sport in recent years.
The increase of media attention has been nothing short of phenomenal, EXWIHZ%ULWLVKĂ€JKWHUVKDYHJDLQHG mainstream attention. &RQVHTXHQWO\7KH1RUWKHUQ)LJKW League aims to promote the sport to a mainstream level, and make the sport accessible and attractive to a whole new audience, moulding the champions of the future. For ticket information please ring 0800 652 3370
Monday 8 February 2010 THE COURIER
Sport B. CRAIGHEAD
Puck and ruck LQĂ€HU\FODVK Menâ€™s Ice Hockey
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Ben Craighead Last Tuesday night saw the Newcastle Wildcats take on the NorthXPEULD)ODPHVIRUWKHWKLUGDQGĂ€nal time this season. In what turned out to be a highly charged game, the Wildcats kept their cool to come out comfortable 4-2 victors. With Northumbria missing key players through suspensions and injuries, a full strength Newcastle squad looked to continue their unbeaten season after an away draw with Edinburgh on Sunday night. 7KH Ă€UVW SHULRG VWDUWHG RII EULJKW with two goals for Newcastle coming from team captain Mike Hall and JC Andre. Bradley Sullivan and Thaddeus Jackson Browne took the game to Northumbria, pressuring the Flames in their own end. A poor check on Thaddeus and a monster of a hit from Sullivan in retaliation saw the game spring into life as both teams showed the passion and commitment which have made their previous encounters so heated. Halfway through the second period a big hit from the Swede Frederik Nyman saw the game descend into chaos. Immediately, the Northumbria Flamesâ€™ coach came off the bench and on to the ice looking to take revenge on Nyman. $VWKHRQLFHRIĂ€FLDOVWULHGWRVHSDrate the Flamesâ€™ players and their coach from Nyman, Flamesâ€™ star man Shane Hewitt (already in the penalty box for an earlier offence) let himself out of the penalty box to JHWLQYROYHGLQWKHVFXIĂ H
Fifteen minutes after the initial hit the game resumed with Hewitt and the Northumbria team coach ejected from the game and the Wildcats went on a ten minute power play â€“ something rarely seen at any level of ice hockey. With Nyman now out of the match IRUKLVRZQVDIHW\ -DPHV+DGĂ€HOG VWHSSHG XS KLV JDPH Ă€QGLQJ WKH back of the net after a rocket from Mike Hall on the point rebounded into the slot. Chris Clapham made a huge breakaway save to deny Northumbria a third goal and keep the Wildcats ahead in the game. The score stood at 3-2 to Newcastle and both teams looked shaken by the extent of the drama which had occurred just minutes before. Stuart Tomlinson, having just recovered from a broken wrist, scored WKHIRXUWKDQGĂ€QDOJRDOWRSXWWKH game beyond doubt with eight minutes left to play. In total there were 164 penalty minutes recorded for the game, a new league record â€“ 124 minutes of those penalties belonged to Northumbria who now have the worst discipline record in the league. Captain Mike Hall from Detroit, Michigan claimed the match â€œgot out of handâ€? at one stage. â€œOnce a coach gets on the ice, itâ€™s stepping over the line.â€? The leading scorer in the country, Hall, summed up the brawl as follows: â€œHits happen in Hockey. But not usually to that extent.â€? The Newcastle Wildcats remain at the top of Division 1 in the University Ice Hockey league and have DOUHDG\ TXDOLĂ€HG IRU WKH SOD\RIIV With three games remaining, the Wildcats are looking to go a whole season undefeated and clinch the national title.
Hall of fame: Detroitâ€™s Mike Hall led his team to a 4-2 victory over the Northumbria Flames in a heated contest at Whitley Bay
.HQQHG\XSEHDWGHVSLWHQLJKWPDUHGUDZ Paul Christian Sports Editor The Gods conspired against Team Newcastle this week as the postleague BUCS draw pitted clubs against the toughest opposition in the competition. The unfortunate Ă€[WXUH OLVW LQFOXGHV D WRXJK WULS WR Birmingham for the womenâ€™s hockey side and a formidable jaunt to Cambridge for lacrosse. Fraser Kennedy called it â€˜the worst draw I have come acrossâ€™ in his four-and-a-half year tenure as Performance Sport Manager, but tipped Team Newcastle to stand their ground in the face of adversity. It seems Newcastle clubs have become a victim of their own success. The womenâ€™s squash team along with menâ€™s squash and womenâ€™s badminton squads have been rewarded for high league placements with ties against teams from the top division, which, if nothing else, will provide a taste of things to come should the latter proceed through the play-offs later this year. But for now, attention will turn towards meeting the challenge that will certainly arise from some of %8&6ÂˇV Ă€QHVW VSRUWLQJ LQVWLWXWLRQV Kennedy, for one, is full of hope for Team Newcastle. â€œDonâ€™t get me wrong; to say itâ€™s a tough draw is an understatement. But to be the best, you have to beat the best. The teams have to go out there, give it their all and enjoy the RFFDVLRQ,ÂˇPFRQĂ€GHQWWKH\ZLOOGR
that.â€? Amongst the draw is a gruelling trip to London for the fencing team. Short of funds and personnel, itâ€™s possible the squad may have to withdraw from the competition through fear of unaffordable accommodation prices. The University has offered just ÂŁ10 per student to facilitate their journey, a sum that barely covers the cost of an Oyster Card in the countryâ€™s capital. Nevertheless Kennedy remained resolute that Newcastle can overcome what he labelled an â€˜interestingâ€™ draw. â€œThe draw is supposed to be random. Iâ€™m not making any accusations; far from it. But certain universities tend to get the rub of the green. â€œWe just have to go for it. If teams donâ€™t progress, it wonâ€™t be through lack of effort, commitment or preparation.â€? Kennedy was quick to point out WKH GLIĂ€FXOW\ RI PDNLQJ WKH ODWWHU stages of both the Championship and the Trophy, and cited last yearâ€™s 7URSK\Ă€QDOLVWVWKH*ROI7HDPDV an inspiration. â€œIt will be a rude awakening for some teams. Youâ€™re coming up against the Man United and Chelseaâ€™s of each sport, but the golf team PDGH WKH Ă€QDO ODVW \HDU ,W FDQ EH done.â€? Still, while other universities have invested heavily in recruiting
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overseas players, specialist coaches and developing high quality programmes in recent years, Newcastle have struggled to keep up. The Strength and Conditioning Programme implemented last term,
has been running for several years at the likes of Northumbria and Loughborough. The hockey team, relegated for the Ă€UVW WLPH LQ D GHFDGH DUH D FDVH LQ point. Kennedy highlighted a lack of quality coaches. â€œHockeyâ€™s one of our main sports. Relegation shouldnâ€™t happen. 7KHUHÂˇVDWKUHHĂ€JXUHVXPWKDWJRHV towards coaches; but it is full-time coaches we need and the funds arenâ€™t there. â€œThen you think they might have a stab at the Trophy, but theyâ€™ve been drawn against Loughborough seconds.â€? $PLGVW WKH HEE DQG Ă RZ RI KLV concern and optimism, Kennedy became the latest voice at the Sports Centre waxing lyrical about the current netball side. The girls, who face Exeter at home next week, have made unprecedented progress this year. â€œTheyâ€™re living proof of the benHĂ€WVRIWKH6WUHQJWKDQG&RQGLWLRQing programme. Theyâ€™re stronger; not â€˜Big Arnieâ€™ strong but quick and sharp. It adds another dimension to their game and they will be full of FRQĂ€GHQFH JRLQJ LQWR QH[W ZHHNÂˇV Ă€[WXUHÂľ The Netball Team have maintained Premier League status for two years now and Kennedy openly expressed his disappointment at fellow Ladiesâ€™ clubs for not approaching the programme with similar professionalism.
â€œLacrosse and hockey havenâ€™t embraced the programme as well as we would have liked. Theyâ€™ve gone to the sessions, but itâ€™s been bit part. 7KH\ÂˇUHĂ€WEXWFRXOGEHFRPHVKDUSer. Itâ€™s not good enough if they want to progress. â€œThe hockey team will see the difference when they face Birmingham â€“ a top team â€“ next week.â€? Both the men and womenâ€™s squash teams face serial recruiters Leeds Met while hopes are high for the basketball side ahead of their match against Cambridge. Although unable to compete with the plethora of National League and international players boasted by local rivals Durham, the Knights are having a good season and will go into the game as favourites. However the nature of the draw remains an enigma to Kennedy. â€œIâ€™m curious to see how the draw would be made. Through some computerised system no doubt, but it would be interesting to see how some of RXUULYDOVKDYHPRUHFRQYHQLHQWĂ€[tures.â€? %HLWWKH*RGVIDWHĂ€[RUDQXQIRUtunate touch of a keyboard, BUCS has spoken; and as of next week with the exception of rugby union and league, whose leagues have \HWWRĂ€QLVKÂ˛7HDP1HZFDVWOHZLOO compete. Fraser Kennedy will be there, telling the teams what he told me: â€œIn the face of adversity, we always pull through. Good luck to them all.â€?
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Ski stars triumph in Calvert contest First blood to Newcastle on day of double success for NUSSC in Castleford S. McKENNA
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