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NUS votes for reform despite controversial protest on stage
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NUS votes for histroical change at an extraordinary general meeting Steven Topazio
On Tuesday 20th January 2009, history was made. First of all, three Sabbatical Officers, Steve (Topazio), Andy (Machin) and Caz (Bird), were out of bed before 7am; secondly, the National Union of Students’ (NUS) voted overwhelmingly to reform its constitution, and modernise the way it is run and organised at the 2nd Extraordinary General Meeting. The NUS will now be able to concentrate its efforts on campaigning for a fairer funding system for higher education ahead of the Government's review this year, and prioritise the protection of students in the face of a serious economic downturn. The old, unwieldy and inaccessible Annual Conference will be streamlined to give members a greater opportunity to debate the key issues that affect the lives of students. Five policy “Zones” will feed into this Congress, holding their own conferences to identify areas of consensus
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and reduce time wasting at the annual event. A new National Executive Council will also be set up to direct political strategy, while an NUS Board will ensure that the organisation runs efficiently and on the right side of the law. NUS President Wes Streeting said: "This is a turning point in the history of NUS and the result of the tremendous hard work of students' unions to take hold of their national union in order to make it a genuinely representative movement for students in further and higher education. "The student population has changed dramatically in the past decade, but NUS has stood still. Today, that inertia comes to an end. It's the most radical turn NUS has taken for a generation and one that will put students' interests and students' needs at the forefront of a dynamic, relevant and effective campaigning organisation."
Pro-Palestinian protesters storm stage in attempt to disrupt vote on reform at EGM Steven Topazio
The National Union of Students’ (NUS) conferences have always had an air of controversy about them - at last year’s AGM, the proposed reform was rejected by less than 20 votes, and a recount was cancelled after someone opened the doors! However that event was surpassed last Tuesday, when around 30 pro-Palestinian protestors stormed the stage, grabbed the microphone and started shouting pro-Palestinian chants. The National Executive Committee (NEC) came in for the brunt of the abuse, as they had voted in a previous NEC meeting that they would not get involved in the current conflict. Despite being harassed by the protesters, the Chair of the conference kept calm and instructed the delegates to leave the hall until the protest has finished. However, once outside, the remaining delegates started their own demonstration, chanting "leave
our stage". This led to the NUS allowing the delegates to re-enter the building and take their seats, where Wes Streeting, NUS President, addressed the conference. To the anger of many of the delegates, he allowed Rob Owen, who orchestrated the protest, a five minute time frame to give a speech about the issue in Gaza. In protest the delegates stood up and turned their back on the speech. There was further incident at the end of conference when, as Mr Streeting was apologising to the delegates, one of the protestors started shouting abuse at the conference floor, and squared up to National Secretary Richard "Bubble" Button. Whilst we all have the upmost sympathy for the current situation in Gaza and Israel, this wasn't the correct platform for such a protest, and Sabbatical Officers from around the country left with the opinion that the protestors may have exploited the situation in order to try and derail the reform plans that were due to be voted on.
Speak in tongues to win cash
Students fluent in a foreign language are being given the chance to show off both their linguistic and creative skills in a competition from the School of Languages and Area Studies (SLAS). The Creative Writing in A Foreign Language (CWFL) Project is now accepting entries from University students and staff. Winning submissions will receive a cash prize and see their work published both online and in print. The competition asks for people to submit a piece of creative writing from any genre - poetry, short stories, scripts, etc - with one unique catch; it has to be written in a second language. Submissions in French, Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Portugese, Russian, Spanish or English will be considered. “The conditions are that its the student’s own creation and it must be written in a language that is NOT their mother tongue” said Elizabeth Maldonado, the co-ordinator for the project. “The work can be created individually or as part of a team.” Aside from having their work published by the CWFL, there are cash prizes of £120, £80 and £50 for those who come first, second and third in the competition. The CWFL has been run by SLAS since 2002, and aims to reach out to people from Universities all around the country. It’s built around the idea of using foreign language skills in a creative way not usually addressed by academic courses. This year the project is also expanding to include a wider range of activities, such as poetry workshops in four different foreign languages. For more info visit the project’s website at www.port.ac.uk/creativewriting,.
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University Lecturer Wins Prestigious Award
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Professor Peter Brennan, head of the Surgery department at the University of Portsmouth, has been awarded the Surgery Prize 2008 by the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons, in recognition for his outstanding contributions towards head and neck surgery. Professor Brennan has lectured extensively around the UK and abroad and has received national and international prizes for his research over the years. He has also worked for NHS hospitals in Portsmouth for over six years. Speaking about his recent accolade
he said: "I am absolutely thrilled to have been honoured with this prestigious award at such an early stage in my consultant career. Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has been hugely supportive in facilitating the developments that I have made both in surgery and in my research projects. Our unit in Portsmouth is now widely regarded as one of the leading head and neck cancer centres in the country." Professor Brennan will be officially presented with the award in June 2009 at the BOAMS Annual Scientific Meeting at the Bournemouth International Centre. More Info: www.port.ac.uk/news
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London Student Kings College Students at King’s College in London occupied a lecture theatre on their campus, in a protest against Shimon Peres, the president of Israel. They called for the University to revoke the honorary doctorate he was awarded last term, and for the University to condemn the recent Israeli actions in Gaza. Other demands included that the University develop and strengthen its humanitarian links to the Palestinian charities, and reveal any investments in arms trade companies. Cherwell Oxford
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The London King’s College protests were part of a campaign in Universities around the nation. In Oxford, eighty students “barricaded” themselves in a library. The occupation lasted from mid-day until the evening, when it was felt that similar demands for their institution to strengthen links with Gaza and Palestine had been addressed. The president of the Oxford University Arabic Society was warned by Police that the group was committing an act of “aggravated trespass”, but the situation was resolved through talks with senior University proctors. Other occupations at UK universities in this campaign were seen at Newcastle, Manchester Metropolitan, Leeds, and Sussex, among many others. Each group documented their struggles online via a live blog, and the majority of them appear to have had some form of success or resolution within their first day of protest. At the time of writing, only King’s College and Sussex University protesters
still remained barricaded. Student Edinburgh Candidates for the position of University Rector were announced last week at Edinburgh. The prestigious role is in theory the third most senior position in the University, though often those serving only participate symbolically. George Galloway, the MP for the Respect party, is standing against the Labour and Scottish Parliament member George Foulkes. Mr Galloway has said he will oppose tuition fees and use the position to further campaigns against “international military and political aggression” if he wins. Past rectors of Edinburgh Uni include Gordon Brown, Winston Churchill and Sir Alexander Fleming. SCAN Lancaster Students are being urged to help save their college bars by boycotting University catering outlets. Posters have been placed all over the campus to inform students of the situation; the University might eventually take over the college bars, which it is believed could lead to higher prices, among other things. There are also fears that the the Uni would rent out these spaces for private functions, cutting back on the space available for the colleges themselves. “By taking over the bars and running them how they [the University] want them, they’re not representing the students and they’re not taking into account what we want” said a representative. Students were urged to wear T-shirts and carry banners stating their views.
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The things to consider in election times; how your MPs voted, how issues were voted on; don’t just take their word for it! epicurious.com/tools/fooddictionary
a guide to everything that’s edible, at least in component form. martindalecenter.com
An online reference desk with a ridiculous amount of content.
Pugwash News Wednesday 28th January 2009
Bleak Future for Graduate Job Market Tom Dolan
The agenda for the new White House administration has already been made available to the public via the internet. Breaks from the last administration’s policies include a commitment to “tough and direct diplomacy with Iran, without preconditions” and a renewed commitment to a “nuclear free world”. New weapons in development will be halted, and the new government aims to work with Moscow to reduce the ‘hair trigger alert’ which both sides of the supposedly extinct cold-war still maintain on their nuclear stockpiles. It also plans to reduce US dependence on oil, and invest heavily in renewable and alternative energy, and vows to make the US a “leader” in the fight against climate change. A policeman and 15 civilians have been killed in suicide bomb attack in Mogadishu, Somalia. It is not immediately clear who is responsible for the attack, which took place about 200m from an African Union peacekeeping mission look-out post. The bomber drove past the checkpoint at high speed, then crashed his car into a local bus and detonated a bomb. 38 people were also injured in the blast, some critically.
The 300,000 University graduates this summer are set to be thrown into the toughest job markets for years, according to a survey by High Fliers Research. If you are one of many current students without the security of a job after graduation, opportunities appear to be on the decrease. A recent survey has found that 100 top graduate recruitment firms are planning a 17% cut on graduate intake in 2009 as a result of the economic downturn. Recruitment in the finance industry has been particularly hit, with a 47% reduction in graduate jobs. As a result of which, the report concludes that this year is the worst year to be searching for a graduate job in two decades. The survey has reinforced that the ratio of jobs to applicants will be at its lowest in years. Martin Birchall, managing director of High Fliers Research, comments that “There is understandable panic on campus that this is shaping up to be one of the worst years of
the last two decades to be graduating from university.” “Not only have vacancies been reduced substantially for those finishing university in 2009, but it is now clear that many of last year’s entry-level jobs did not materialise either, leaving many graduates from the class of 2008 out of work too.” The recession has meant that employers are favouring experience and work-specific qualifications over new graduates who would need training, at a time where progress is desperately sought. A survey from the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) in summer 2008 showed that graduate employment was at its lowest for five years, and investment banking, engineering, retail, and accountancy were the biggest sectors hit by the credit crunch. The report comes less than a week after a graduate internship plan was announced as one of a number of rescue plans currently in discussion in Parliament, as ministers grow increasingly concerned the current state of the job market. Four top firms, including
Go on, have another cuppa; research has suggested that drinking more than three cups of tea a day can cut the risk of breast cancer in women by more than a third. A genetics student from Aberdeen University has spent 23 hours in police custody and been arrested 22 times since March 2007. His crime? Impersonating a police officer - as Sergeant Eros, the uniformed stripper. British politeness led to a disproportionate number of UK citizens dying in the sinking of the Titanic, according to a historical expert. Queuing etiquette was a particular factor - no pushing for the lifeboats please.
According to a new study by a video on demand website, 11:16am on a Sunday is the most popular time to download porn. (Family films are were the favourites on Wednesdays, while sports programming has a pronounced peak on Saturdays.)
The Indian PM is reported to be in stable condition after a heart bypass operation. He has previously had bypass surgery and an angioplasty in the last 18 years, but apparently will still lead his party in the forthcoming general elections in May. He is expected to resume normal duties in three to four weeks.
The RSC has announced the winner of a competition to figure out what was the “great idea” to rescue the gold from the precariously balanced bus at the end of the classic film, “The Italian Job”.
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Southsea Councillor Calms Fears of Barbeque Ban on Common
Councillor Terry Hall has calmed public concerns that Portsmouth City Council is planning to ban barbeques on Southsea Common. Councillor Hall, who represents Eastney and Craneswater for the Liberal Democrats, said that she wants to “find a solution that works for everyone.” “Certainly there is no intention to ban barbeques from the whole of the Common.” She heads the City Council’s Culture and Leisure Department, who are now considering a pilot scheme for summer 2009 with designated 'Barbeque Areas', rather than
The oldest surviving triplets in Britain celebrated their 81st birthday this month. The identical Llewellyn brothers all still live within 20 miles of each other in the South Wales valley where they were born.
Added to our record number of Olympic medals in Beijing, the UK is also the proud holder of the record for “the most number of divers ironing underwater”. Who said national pride is dead?
Storms from the Atlantic have left at least 1m people in France without electricity, road and rail links blocked and airports closed. Tens of thousands of homes in Spain have also been left without power. The impacts of the fiercest tempest in a decade have been felt from the Channel Islands to Barcelona, and at least twenty people have died in Spain and South-Western France, including four children. It is now on it’s way to Italy and the Adriatic, but it is predicted it will do less damage there.
Barclays and Microsoft, have agreed to take on a number of graduates on three month paid internships to equip graduates with the necessary skills in a demanding job market. They will be paid at a rate only slightly higher than undergraduates’ income from grants and loans, according to the Telegraph. John Denham, the Universities Secretary, told the paper: “At the end, they will be more employable, and some of them will get jobs. Employers won’t want to let good people go.” “These are the children of the baby-boomers. They will be a very big group. What do we do with them? We can’t just leave people to fend for themselves.” A spokesman for the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills said: “We recognise that graduates are not immune from the effects of the economic downturn, which is why we are developing real help and support, talking to major employers about ensuring that graduates get experience of work and a chance to show what they can do.”
banning them altogether, as was originally suggested. Despite suggestions that many Southsea residents do support the ban, over 4,800 people have joined the “Petition for People who DO want Barbecues on Southsea Common” group on Facebook. Councillor Hall said that she is a great believer in the philosophy of ‘live and let live’, and that she was sure the proposed barbeque areas would be a “compromise that should please most people”. She criticised the two Conservative Councillors behind the push to ban barbeques from the common, Councillors Lynda Symes and Jacqueline Ciccarone. Mrs Hall feels they have a “lack
of understanding of the reasons why people have barbeques on the common”. Councillor Hall also confirmed that after this summer's planned pilot scheme, there would be a council report detailing the impact and effectiveness of the ‘Barbeque Area’ scheme. But “It is unlikely that there will be a further public survey”, according to Mrs Hall, because of the limited number of replies any survey would realistically provide. What do you think? Should BBQ’s be allowed? Email: email@example.com
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Comment & Opinion
Turbines set to blow Portsmouth away
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2009 is the year which the United Nations’ chief, Ban Ki-Moon, has called for to be “the Year of Climate Change”. This is a big move, as it means that the international community is beginning to recognise the seriousness of the issue. However, recent moves by the British government in giving the go-ahead on the construction of a third runway at Heathrow, which is planned to be the same size as Gatwick Airport, have significantly damaged the environmental credentials of the UK. However, this January saw the city
of Portsmouth show that it feels that action needs to be taken to tackle climate change and reduce the CO2 emissions of the city. Portsmouth City Council is currently in the process of developing a wind farm which would provide the energy needs of two thousand of the area’s inhabitants. This is the kind of action that is essential not only for the future of the city, but the future of the whole country. A project of the size planned by the city of Portsmouth - a proposed forty megawatt farm - will save thousands of tonnes of CO2 being pumped into the atmosphere. One of the arguments for the expansion of Heathrow Airport is that
it will create employment in what is now a period of recession. However, the proposed wind farm in Portsmouth will create jobs in the sectors that have been most badly affected by the economic down turn. Sectors such as the manufacturing subcontractors in the Portsmouth region will benefit greatly if this proposed wind farm goes ahead. Portsmouth City Council has commented that they are looking at all possible alternatives with regards to this current proposal. Whether this means simply the location and size of the wind farm or whether other renewable energies for the city are being considered is unclear. However,
Portsmouth is in an enviable position in that many renewable energy options would be viable for the city. We are all very aware that Portsmouth is an extremely windy place to live. Anyone who has attempted to walk around the city with an umbrella is more than aware of this! Wind does therefore seem the obvious choice for the City Council to look at. However, Portsmouth is in luck, in that it has the capability to harness the vast energy reserves which are held in the sea. There are many new technologies in development which harness the power of tides and waves. In September 2008, the first wave farm using the revolutionary Pelamis Wave Energy
Converter technology opened on the coast off of Northern Portugal. With Portsmouth’s proximity to the sea, it could be worthwhile for the city to invest in these developing technologies to meet the city’s energy needs. It would be a great title for Portsmouth to have as a leader in the battle against climate change, and, in doing so, repair the environmental image of the UK as a whole. Hopefully the City Council will see the great potential in pursuing renewable energies in the city. It is pleasing though to see that Portsmouth is moving in the right direction by announcing plans to construct a wind farm.
Also, the possibility to drop into your lecturers’ offices outside their normal office hours without getting killed is a nice difference. But something that we all have common is that I still hear my English friends saying "Next time I will start work earlier!" Florian Zuendorf (Germany)
my opinion. This prevents the teachers from being biased towards their “pets” when they’re marking any work and awarding a higher grade to a piece of work of poorer quality based on how much they like the student who submitted it. Another random difference, up to you whether it’s good or bad, is that Spanish assignments aren’t limited to a specific number of words as they are here. Instead, they are limited to a specific number of pages... In my opinion, the exam and assignment system over here is much better. The way in which they’re conducted and assessed appears fairer and geared more towards the needs of the student. Rafael Luna Castro (Spain)
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Exams abroad: your thoughts Exams. Ick. Assignments. Bleurgh. Pugwash News asked a few of our international guests, here on the Erasmus exchange programme, to tell us a little about how the system works in their native universities and to compare our exam and assignment arrangements against those back in their home country. E-mail your musings to firstname.lastname@example.org. Assignment time again! "No, sorry, I’m not down at the One Eyed Dog and cannot come to the Reg for a pint for a pound, either. I've got work to
do!". Sound familiar? Well, in my case it’s always the same. New Year’s just rushed by and all the resolutions to start the work earlier this time are long forgotten. So when I got asked to write about the differences between assignments in England and Germany, I was glad for a distraction that didn't involve going to check if the fridge light was flickering (again)... The Bachelor and Masters degrees have just been introduced in Germany, about three years ago. Before, we had our traditional "Diplom" for technology, medicine, law and science, and what was called a "Magister" for languages and social sciences. I'm studying Communication and English. As it's a five year course I still have the
privilege to be on the old Masters System. In my time before the "Intermediate Examination", I had either final assignments, twenty minute solo presentations or essays of about ten pages to write. Every semester there was a big battle at the beginning of the seminar sessions for the best topics - survival of the fittest. Later on, I usually had thirty minute solo presentations and/or fifteen page essays depending on the good grace of the lecturer. Besides the length of the work I had to do in Germany, the biggest difference is that here the large E-library prevents your own heart pressure from going through the roof when the perfect book just got taken or disappeared into the depths of the library.
As for written assignments - in Spain, your name appears on the front cover of your assignment, unlike here. The fact that your identity here is unknown to the lecturer when they mark your assignment is preferable, in
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Life & Style
Little Flower Craft Circle Tom West
For certain students within the School of Art, Design and Media, the clicking of keys on computer keyboards as essays are written is being replaced somewhat with the clicking of knitting needles, as they become part of the Little Flower Craft Circle, a community-based project spearheaded by Sue Noble, Senior Lecturer in Fashion at the University of Portsmouth. The project aims to teach students how to knit such things as tea cosies, egg cup holders, clothes and teddy bears, from recycled or ethically sourced wool. The project was born in 2005, following a visit Sue made to the National Institute of Fashion and Textiles in Delhi, India. This prestigious institution has its Third year students hone their skills by working in what are known as “craft cluster villages”; small communities where the entire industry of the village is based on a particular craft, such as block printing or batik. The students live in these villages for three weeks, learning the craft particular to their village before returning to their studies. Upon her return, Sue thought of the communities of crafters we have here, particularly the knitters amongst us who have, over the years, “clothed their families out of their own skill base” by hand-knitting garments. That which makes up their skill base is not best learned in a lecture theatre, sitting there squinting at someone clicking a couple of needles together at the front of the room, their instruction of “slip one, knit one and pass the slipped stitch over” becoming an incomprehensible murmur amongst those sitting at the back... Instead, knitting is a skill that is best passed on in a one-toone environment. Sue sought to create such an environment, where students would be paired up with experienced knitters from the local community so that they could learn the craft, and in return provide the older ladies with a youthful perspective on life, having fun and gossiping about things that wouldn’t normally form part of their day-to-day life. Sue originally found it hard to get members of the community involved in the Craft Circle, however, thanks to a family connection, she was able to get her foot in the door. Soon residents from sheltered accommodation
and members of the Salvation Army were swept up in her enthusiasm. On the other hand, finding students keen to take part in the scheme was a great deal easier, thanks not only to their desire to want to learn how to knit, but also the re-evaluation of the craft’s place in society in the wake of the anti-globalisation and anti-mass production movements, as well as such celebrities as Madonna and Julia Roberts admitting that they knit at home in their spare time. “They love it!” Sue tells us of the interaction between the students and the ladies taking part, affectionately known as the Aunties - “it’s like having a surrogate family member! The students get one-to-one instruction from someone who’s really skilled in a craft that can be quite difficult to learn”, she added. Iris Harris, 79, is one of the community members benefiting from the company of students. She said: “It’s given me a real boost. I spend most of my time with other pensioners so being in the company of a young people has been great. I wish we could meet more often.”
The students live in these villages for three weeks, learning the craft particular to their village before returning to their studies.
Despite only meeting sporadically, the students and the elderly members of the community are learning a lot from one another, and really making a difference to each others’ lives. Both groups get to stay in touch throughout the duration of the students’ courses and this gives the students a great opportunity to demonstrate their hard work and commitment; these positive messages about them do make their way back into the community by word of mouth, with the ladies telling their families and friends about the good impression the students make.
Sue commented: “A lot of people in our neighbourhood only think of students when they want to complain about something, like the noise. We need them to know how fantastic our students are: they’re brilliant, they’re creative, they’re engaged and they (the community) don’t really see that side of them. They only really see the negative side. I wanted to get (members of the community) into the building and for them to meet students and see what they’re really like, rather than how they’re generally portrayed”. The students are putting into practice their newly-acquired skills, and producing household items made of recycled or organic yarn, which will be sold through a new website, due to be launched shortly. Each object sold will bear a label declaring who made the item. Any profits made from the sale of the items made will be distributed between the all the knitters involved in the project, and/or put back into the expanding the project. Aside from Raising and Giving (RAG) and Volunteering in Portsmouth (VIP), we’ve never really heard much by the way of structured student involvement in the local community. I personally believe that this reflects an extremely high standard of involvement on the part of some of our students, and is proof that we can make a sustained and positive impact on the local community with some long-lasting results. Inspiration can be taken from Sue’s success story and used to help us make a difference. As well as aiding the ongoing renaissance of crafts and contributing to the ethical commerce movement, Sue believes that schemes like hers improve the overall standing of students within the whole community, and would encourage others to set up their own schemes that reach out and combine students with residents. She believes her project to be “extremely franchise-able” and would gladly offer support to anyone thinking of setting up a similar scheme. “It’s a really strong model that could easily be rolled out in other areas” she adds. Anyone with any queries about the Little Flower Craft Circle should contact Sue via her E-mail address: email@example.com
Many of us try our whole lives to find “happiness”, this elusive noun of pleasure. We all dream of love, hope and second chances, and for years I, like many others, have lived in a bubble of the commercially perfect world. We all dream of that “happily ever after” fairy-tale ending to our lives, whether it be that dream job, perfect family or peace on earth. So when will we finally realise that life just isn’t like that, that, unfortunately, not everything can be perfect? I still live in hope that I will have that second chance to be happy. But one day we all have to accept the imperfections that lie with the world and the people we love. The pursuit of happiness starts with accepting yourself for yourself and loving the people in your life for not only their perfections but their imperfections. But where can happiness be found and when do we really know when we are happy? I don’t know, and to be honest I don’t even know how to know. The pursuit of happiness is a
very personal journey and, like love, if we stop trying to find it, it might just find us! What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life. We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same, but to me, there is only one happiness in life - to love and to be loved. I have come to learn that happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or even consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude. When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it also helps us to develop inner happiness and peace. You only have one life to live but if you live it to fullest its the only one you’ll need. Anything you do, do it well, as the last thing you want is to be sorry for what you didn’t do. You haven’t lived life until you have lived your dream and remember, success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be
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Jordan Boon is back again to tell us some more about the happenings at the Portsmouth Centre for Enterprise. Established in 2000, the Centre aims to inspire Portsmouth students to learn and succeed in entrepreneurship, through developing entrepreneurial skills. The Centre helps both existing and former students by guiding and developing skills and ideas in business start ups, self-employment, freelancing and consultancy. The Centre is open to all students, regardless of their course and services are free. One of our tasks is also to organise and support the popular annual Enterprise Challenge, which
is gaining continuous support from businesses in the wider community as well as more and more national companies, and with that much coverage it is always a good place to start a business. The centre offers free and confidential support and expertise provided at any stage of your idea development, and any kind of initiative or idea will be welcomed and discussed in a friendly and confidential atmosphere – they are there to do all they can to help you achieve your dreams. Over the coming weeks, I shall be introducing you to the students that have began their businesses in the Portsmouth Centre for Enterprise, and
revisiting those which have now left and are running businesses to support themselves outside of the University. We shall be learning what their ambitions are and what have been the defining moments when starting their businesses. The Portsmouth Centre for Enterprise has supported these students' businesses, covering a large range of industries, including: computing, fashion, design, trading and services and many more. The most famous of course being Rachael Lowe, with her “Destination” board game, which is now sold internationally and outsold Monopoly in Hamleys in 2002.
A little bit shorter this issue, but here are some of the latest and greatest jobs available for you guys from the Students’ Union JobShop. If you are looking for a Job or advice on part-time employment please call in to the Union. Bar and Nightclub Work Gosport
Level 2 and 3 Kayak Coaches Unknown
Appointing Agent Waterlooville
Care Assistant Emsworth
Customer Services Advisor Waterlooville
Support Worker North End
Call Centre Staff Waterlooville
Dispatch Operator Unknown
Pugwash News Wednesday 28th January 2009
Life & Style » Fashion
The Devil Wears Denim Lloyd Evans
Whether it is Kate Moss squeezing into her super skinny jeans or Nick Kamen stripping them off in the iconic Levi's Launderette advert, denim is a staple part of the wardrobe for most of Western society. In a few short decades, it has evolved from a work wear material for industry to the international “Couture” runways, with a celebrated and unrelenting position on the high street. Worn by all ages, sexes and races, this much loved fabric has a fascinating history and a multitude of associations. “Denim – The Fabric of Our Lives” is a new blockbuster exhibition, running at the City Museum in Portsmouth from 31st January to 31st May 2009. Initiated and organised by the Hub: National Centre for Craft & Design in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, it is a real coup for Portsmouth to be the only southern venue for such a prestigious exhibition. The exhibition explores the world
of denim from past to present – from rural England to the prairies of North America, from hard labour to high fashion, from the street to chic, movies to rock & roll, pop to politics, James Dean to Jay-Z, military to mini skirts, threadbare to evening wear, thrift shops to sweat shops, incarceration to liberation, sexuality to sensuality and uniform to breaking the norm. The hugely ambitious project consists of stunning gallery exhibits such as historic and contemporary garments and archive samples of film, television and advertising. Also look out for a range of fascinating events, including some opportunities to win special prizes. Examples on show include conceptual designs by Hussein Chalayan, Yoshi Yamamoto and Andrew Groves, as well as matching his and her suits by Vivienne Westwood, and a highly decadent denim Ball Gown by Christian Lacroix. Other designers represented include Givenchy, Kenzo, Miki I Fukai, Lesley Mobo, Pepe Jeans, Mulberry and Peter Golding.
2 in 3 people would swap careers if they could
‘This year I’ve realised it’s possible to leave a job behind and start a brand new career in a completely different profession. The course is one of the few in the country intended for people who want to become chartered surveyors as it’s professionally accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which means it’s recognised by the industry.’ Robert Leslie, MSc in Property Development
Do a Master’s, change your life Postgraduate information days . Thursday 27 November 2008 . Tuesday 17 March 2009 . Tuesday 8 September 2009 11.30am–2.00pm and 5.00pm–7.00pm. Purple Door, 28 Guildhall Walk Portsmouth P01 2DD. Drop in or book an appointment online at
Life & Style » Trivia
Life & Style » Travel
You didn’t know this last year
Englishman in France
1. Genes have been identified that have a direct link to individual behaviour and personality; willpower, sensitivity, calorie use and even criminal activity.
2. 90% of the historical War of Independence seems to be a myth; • the speeches are all written long after they were supposedly made • the Boston Massacre had less casualties than the average pub brawl • the majority of the founding fathers ultimately wanted to remain British in the long run! It's also worth keeping in mind that the average Yank still had far less to complain about than the average
working class bloke in Britain, just less oppressive nobility to keep them in line. 3. Only humans cry - everything else just has something in his/her/its eye, honest. 4. Octopi have brains in their tentacles! Just when you thought they were already plenty weird and vaguely terrifying... 5. About 13% of the world's population live in deserts. 6. The Doberman was created by a tax collector in the 1800’s, who wanted a dog to intimidate his debtors.
It seems to be almost a million years since I wrote my last article; that’s probably because it was way back before the Christmas holidays. For the holidays, I had two options - either stay in France on my own or come home and have a brilliant time with family and friends. It does not take a genius to work out which one I chose, so I went back to the family home in Devon and had a quiet Christmas with family before having a wild new year with some uni friends in Surrey, then traveled to Portsmouth to experience its sights, sounds and smells once more.
Staying in Portsmouth for a few days made me realise how much I miss it, where I am staying in France is great, and I’m really looking forward to the times ahead there - as the weather gets better, but there’s something special about Portsmouth - a certain “je ne sais quoi” - and there’s a part of me that cannot wait until September, being back with old friends and going to familiar places like Southsea Common on a Wednesday afternoon in the late summer sun. But between now and then I predict a difficult time ahead - many of you have exams coming up and various different bits of coursework, some of you even have to deal with the dreaded dissertation!
A motto that I live by is that everything is temporary; this feeling of self-doubt and lack of motivation will pass, you’ve just got to picture yourself in a couple of months when the majority of all the work is done, when times are easier. For me, I’ve got to start a whole new semester in France, including more subjects that I’ve never done before being taught in French, which will be hard, but at the same time meeting more and more new people will, I think, be a nice counter balance. So until the next time, I wish you all good luck in your exams and deadlines that are coming up, or just passed..
Pugwash News Wednesday 28th January 2009
Life & Style » Food Reviews
Life & Style Reviews...
The return of real ales and cider to the Union Starting Monday 16th February, the Union will be hosting a week long festival celebrating local ales and ciders. This is the first of what we hope will be regular ale and cider festivals being held here at Portsmouth. For those of you who like ciders, there will be a few local types to try. Featured Ales Oakleaf Brewery: Oakleaf Bitter - 3.8% Hole Hearted - 4.7% Blakes Gosport Bitter - 5.2% I Can't Believe It's Not Bitter - 4.9% Dark Star Brewery: Espresso - 4.2% Sunburst - 4.8%
The Blue Nile Clarendon Road, Southsea 4/5 Russel Thomas
The Blue Nile is a new Ethiopian restaurant that has opened on Clarendon Road. For months, the space has had its windows whitewashed and it has looked a state – of course, it fitted in with the area quite nicely. Now, thankfully, its appearance has approved. As we walked in, a nice lady asked us where we would like to sit. Where would we like to sit? There was almost too much choice. Personally, I prefer to have to wait ten minutes for a table and hear the clatter and chinks of cutlery and glasses while doing so, but the Blue Nile is hardly that sort of place. Whenever the music turned off (mysteriously) during our meal, it was dauntingly obvious how empty the place was: us and one other table. If you don’t mind a quiet meal, that’s fine. With the ambient/generic/Ethiopian/chill-out music in our ears, we sat down at a large table. The kind of big, wooden one you’d put in your dining room. So, you could say it was homely. We were asked if we wanted a drink; we asked for wine. “Which one?” said the woman when she brought out two bottles. We chose the Chardonnay and it was very tasty. Nice and sweet. So far so good, I thought. But my main
worry was the food, Ethiopian food. I couldn’t quite figure out in my head what kind of food they ate. Very helpfully, the woman came to our aid. “Have you ever had Ethiopian food?” she asked. No. “Ah, well I will tell you a little bit about it...” And she did. And I’ll tell you. Whatever you order from the menu is put on a pile of thin crepes or pancake-style things, so you can all share it. You rip off bits of the pancake, and dip or wrap bits of food as you like. No cutlery. That explained the lack of noise. The menu itself was a bit sparse. Between four of us we managed to order every main course on it (one beef dish was off, the solitary lamb dish was also off). The woman and the lady came over with the four different dishes, and blobbed them around on top of the pancakes on the colossal platter in the middle, so we could share. I wished I hadn’t worn such a smart shirt. We tucked in and it was, for the most part, delicious. The chicken dish had been slow-cooked in its sauce for four hours, so you can imagine how easily the meat slid off the bone, and how it had absorbed the sauce – a beautiful cocktail of spices, not too slimy for the fingers to handle, either. The single vegetarian dish consisted of lentils (two variations), and green beans and carrots – all well-cooked, except perhaps the yellow lentils, which were very oily and not soft enough. One beef dish came cooked without sauce, and I personally didn’t touch it after one try. Much too lean.
The other beef dish, though similar to the chicken in texture, was again beautifully spiced and not too hot for the tongue. It tangs the mouth just enough so that you know you’re essentially eating a chilli dish, but not so much that you can’t taste anything afterwards. Almost perfect. Of course we had water to go round, but we didn’t have what might have been very useful: napkins. If we are eating with our hands, surely we needed napkins? Unfortunately, as the crepes gradually absorbed what food was on them, they got very soggy indeed and so, in turn, did our hands. We got napkins at the end, and hot towels in plastic wrapping. We did not get dessert, however. We were all too full for that. The other table seemed to be taking a very long time with their meal – they had, as I noticed, opted for cutlery. They also had dessert. A kind of chocolate fondue with apple chunks, and other fruit besides, to dip in with wooden skewers. I couldn’t even think of any more food. Go, go to try it. If you ask nicely, I’m sure the woman will tell you about the time Haile Selassie (the king of Ethiopia) visited Portsmouth in 1954. They have the newspaper framed on the wall for your perusal. So yes, I recommend it to you, if not for how tasty the food actually is, but just to try something different. That road is dominated by Chinese and Indian restaurants, so to have the quiet Blue Nile offering its Ethiopian cuisine at the end is a refreshing change. Go, and then tell your friends to go. Then maybe they might lengthen their menu a little bit.
Arundel Brewery: Special - 4.5% Old Knuckler - 5.5% Bowman Brewery: Quiver - 4.5% Hepworths Brewery: Old Ale - 4.8% Prospect (Organic Ale) - 4.5% Hogs Back Brewery: Burma Star Ale - 4.5%
Featured Ciders Mr Whiteheads Cider: Cirrus Mionor - 5.0% Boxing Dog - 7.2% Midnight Special (perry) - 5.0% If you would like more information, then please join the Facebook event: tinyurl.com/b6vtsf
Also happening at the Student Centre: The new Pool and Redtooth Poker leagues are due to start up this term. Redtooth poker league starts again on Saturday 7th February, with registration at 6pm; the game begins at 8pm. The league will run for 13 weeks, with the top three players going through to the regional finals. On Saturday 31st January the Union will be hosting a friendly warm up game. First place will win a gallon of beer, and entry is free. Also, have a go a becoming the Union’s pool champion. Our league will start on Saturday 7th February at 7pm. Entry will be £1 per person, with the winner of each week’s knockout tournament getting a gallon of beer.
Calling all final year students! Steve Topazio Education & Representation Officer
Just how much have you loved your time here at The University of Portsmouth? The National Student Survey (NSS) wants to know. During the next couple of weeks, you will be sent an email from IPSOS MORI inviting you to fill in the survey about your University experience. Five minutes is all it takes, and your views count! The University of Portsmouth was ranked very highly in the 2007/8 Student Satisfaction ratings. and also ranked very highly in the number of Students taking the survey. The data collected is taken seriously and published online at www. unistats.com, which helps perspective
students choose which University best suits them. Through the survey results the University is constantly able to make improvements to courses and departments, based on what students say they want. The data is also of huge importance to your Students’ Union, as it highlights to us any issues that might need attention - for example access to personal tutors and feedback mechanisms, or the need for anonymous marking across all departments. So, check out your University email account for the online questionnaire, visit www.upsu.net/nss, come and visit the stall in the library, or look out for the NSS posters and flyers around campus. Best wishes and I hope you have a fantastic final year!
Pugwash News Wednesday 28th January 2009
Elections: You could get paid to make a difference! If you have the skill and commitment to represent the 20,000 students at the University of Portsmouth for a year, and get paid for it, then being a Sabbatical Officer could be for you. The jobs range from organising exciting fundraising events to debating the role of the University; andyou get to continue the student experience and with the Union for another year. The Union needs dedicated, committed people to put themselves forward for election to represent the students of our University. These positions are also the Trustees of the UPSU charity, the organisation dedicated to representing and developing the students’ needs. The jobs range greatly in style of character and skills required, and you will be supported throughout the year by our full time staff at the Union with everything you need.
Nominations open on 9th February and will close at 6pm on 2nd March. The dates, times and places of Question Time sessions will be confirmed later, although they will begin the week commencing 3rd March. Nominees need to collect a candidate pack from the Students’ Union or download it from the election’s webpages once nominations open. You can aldo pre-register your interest online to be kept up to date with the latest information from the Students’ Union. If you are a current student at the University of Portsmouth, whatever year you are in you can either take a year out or go straight into a job earning up to £17,000 running your Students’ Union. For more information and to keep up to date visit: upsu.net/elections
VP Student Experience
VP Ed & Rep
The figurehead of the Union, they lead the Union’s direction and act as the link between the University, the Union, and the students of Portsmouth.
Oversees the running of sports clubs and teams, and helps to guide the direction and development of sport at the University. Acts as a liaison between the AU’s clubs and the University.
Co-ordinates and oversees the Union’s societies, with the aim of increasing diversity and participation in activities other than sports
Responsible for volunteering and student welfare matters, from campaigns to indvidual representation, and RAG - Raising and Giving.
Guides the development of Union media, publicises Union campaigns, and helps to develop the student media experience at the Union.
Helps students with academic problems, offering advice and representation, manages course reps, Student Council, and deals with student disciplinaries
Highlight: Representing the needs of 20,000 students, and building a democratic Union which can serve the needs of all its students.
Highlight: Seeing how quickly our hard work can make a huge difference to the Atheletic Union’s success.
Highlight: Organising new and fun events which help in the development for the wide variety of societies support by the Students’ Union..
Highlight: Organising campaigns and related events, helping with RAG, arranging award winning volunteer projects, and assisting students with welfare issues.
Highlight: Developing the Union’s media and the students who make it a force for change, and seeing how much amazing work the Union’s student volunteers do.
Highlight: Helping students when they’re in difficulty with their coursework or department, and developing the powerful course reps system.
Questions? president @upsu.net
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Pugwash News Wednesday 28th January 2009
Life & Style » Work
A week in the life of a Sabbatical Officer!
Caz Bird, the UPSU Student Support Officer takes Pugwash News through a standard week in the Sabbatical Officer proving its not so easy! For years, there have been uncertainties and jokes about what sabbatical officers actually do. Some people think we sit in our small yet always busy office and Facebook the day away, or, as some of you think, plan the themed nights and events that happen at the Student Centre throughout the week. I thought it was about time that us Sabbs set the record straight about what we do on a week to week basis, and get rid of the myths that being a Sabb is a doss job. This could be of interest to you if you fancy running in the Sabbatical Elections later on in the year.
09:00 Sabb Exec; basically we all meet in Via Lattea and discuss what we aim to do this week. 10:00 University of Portsmouth Students’ Union (UPSU) and UoP steering group; an hour meeting with the vice chancellors of the university, to discuss any matters that have arisen from various other meetings relating to the operation of the Student Center and Students’ Union 12:00 Carried on (from last week) with getting content for the Sexual Health and Guidance (SHAG) website. 14:00 Meeting with Tom (Worman, our Media Officer) to discuss the SHAG website, designs and content. I also learnt how to upload things onto the website. I was very proud of myself and even created a hyperlink (for those of you that are internet geniuses, I know this is simple stuff, but to me it’s amazing.) 16:00 Answered emails that I have had throughout the day (and, if I’m going to be honest, had a quick check on Facebook and wrote on a few peoples’ walls!) 17:45 Wrote my to do list for tomorrow and left.
07:00 Got picked up by Topaz (Steven Topazio, our Ed and Rep Officer), to head to Wolverhampton for a fun filled day of National Union of Students (NUS) business! 12:15 Arrived in Wolverhampton only 1 hour and 15 minutes late, thanks to traffic.
15:00 The vote on the NUS reform was about to take place, until some protesters stormed the stage, regarding the Palestine situation. 20:30 Arrived home.
Wednesday 09:00 Meeting with the Third Space team. 10:30 Wrote my trustees report, and then took half a day’s holiday to go and play netball in Kent.
Thursday 09:00 Checked emails and caught up with things I have missed from the last day and a half out of the office. 11:00 Read through the bullying and harassment policy drafted by the University. 12:00 Spoke to the caretaker about how he could build a Raising and Giving (RAG) fundrasing totalizer, for the Student Centre’s foyer. 12:30 Started to find content for the welfare website, as I felt that the University offers all aspects of welfare and that, as a welfare sabb, the best thing to do is point them in the right direction. 14:00 Meeting with staff from the Job Centre to gain an accreditation that states that we are happy to employ disabled people and that we can cater for their needs. 16:00 Met with the Student Council chair to go through the agenda and what motions were to be submitted. 17:00 Attended Student Council. 19:00 Did my to do list for the next day and left.
Friday 09:00 Prepared for a forthcoming meeting 09:30 Meeting with the International Office; we were given a presentation by the President of Moscow State University for Transport’s Union. Quite interesting, as we are in talks about forming a link between the two Unions and offering an exchange. 12:00 Sorted out dates and equipment for the Fire Kills campaign. 12:30 Had a laugh and some banter in the office with staff and other sabbs. 15:00 Environmental meeting with Volunteering in Portsmouth (VIP) and members of staff. 16:30 EED meeting. 17:30 Did my to do list for Monday, and left for home.
Life & Style » Events
Pure FM 9/11 Tribute Julie Lorraine
On September 11th 2001, a tragic event took place that was to change the world forever. Some of the survivors and family members of those who died now volunteer for The Tribute Center, which was co-founded by Lee Ielpi (who lost his son Jonathan, an FDNY Officer) and Jennifer Adams. Now, they are teaming up with Portsmouth’s own student radio to bring you a very special commemorative show. Tribute World Trade Centre (WTC) is a learning centre, with five very moving galleries that reveal the events and devastating consequences
not only of the events of 9/11 but also the bomb blast in February 1993. Not only can you wander round the five galleries, but you can also live the experiences on the guided walks that Tribute WTC offer. It was on one of these walks where I had the privilege of hearing two stories. The first was Geri’s, whose office was on the 101st floor of the South Tower, and the second story was so eloquently told by Teresa, the mother of Michael Mullan, a fire-fighter with Ladder 12 who sadly lost his life saving others that day. After the guided walk was finished, I walked back to The Tribute Center with Teresa, where she shared stories about Michael and his love of music with me. I was so moved by Teresa’s
story that I wanted to give something back to Tribute WTC. That was when I came up with the idea of putting together this “My Generation” Tribute WTC New York special. This very special show on Pure FM includes interviews with Lee Ielpi, one of the co-founders, and five other volunteers (Meriam Lobel, Maxine Leboy, Eileen Green, Mio Robello and Linda Gormley). All the music is connected to New York or The Tribute Centre. The “My Generation” Tribute WTC New York show will be broadcast on February 4th 2009, at 6pm UK time on purefm.com. Please tune in. Don’t forget that Pure broadcasts shows every day during term time.
Pugwash News Wednesday 28th January 2009
Pugwash News Wednesday 28th January 2009
Arts & Entertainment
Girls Aloud - The Loving Kind
With the release of “The Loving Kind”, Girls Aloud set a new British chart record of securing 20 consecutive top 10 single releases. Taken from the number 1 album, “Out of Control”, the single was written by two of the greatest pop song writing teams of the 20th and 21st centuries: long running Girls Aloud producers Xenomania, and the legends that are the Pet Shop Boys. “The Loving Kind” shows less of the electro-pop style associated with the band and instead demonstrates a melancholic side to the pop babes, whilst still remaining irresistibly catchy and distinctly recognisable as Girls Aloud. Released this week as a CD single and on vinyl, the B sides have caused as much of a stir as the single itself. Screaming out to be remixed, and arguably better than the A Side, pop gem “Memory of You” is found only on the vinyl and is not available to fans elsewhere. It seems few Girls Aloud fans own record players, as demands have been made online for the song to be readily accessible, with the campaign even reaching the Sun newspaper by the end of the week. Improving upon number 1 hit “The Promise” was never going to be an easy task for the girls, but it does seem that yet again they have exceeded expectations – you just worry for the British pop industry when Girls Aloud finally decide to call it a day. Alan Woods
Kid Cudi Vs Crookers - Day N’ Nite
Having been playing in every club that’s worth knowing about for ages, “Day N’ Nite” was finally released to the general public last week. Crookers’ remix with 2009’s hip hop prodigy, Kid Cudi, will produce one of the best club tunes of the year. If you haven’t heard this yet, you are either dead or deaf. This is everywhere. Two DJs now known as Crookers branched away from the more familiar surroundings of hip hop, and into the dance genre. Good move I say, everyone’s doing it. So for the haters - this isn’t just any old dance song; it’s light years ahead of anything you’ll hear at the moment, and its here to stay. This is a song that will be played forever. It has become a DJ’s dream. It doesn’t matter where, what the club’s like, or even what time it is, you can be sure half the room will be going absolutely nuts when this beat drops. Crookers’ success hasn’t gone unnoticed, with support from Kanye and the man behind Daft Punk and Justice, Pedro Winter. All sounds dandy right? Good news is, this is the sound of the year to come; heavy remixes and dirty bass lines. Dance music is being hijacked by its long lost cousin hip hop, and its going to become cool again. Watch out for Crookers, they’re the best thing to come out of Italy since pizza. Jack Kane
Bon Iver – Blood Bank EP Rating:
Jack Palmer With this new EP, Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver) hasn’t outdone his magnificent debut, “For Emma, Forever Ago”. Nor has he, however, fallen short of it. He’s simply carried on from where he left off, which is hugely relieving; “For Emma, Forever Ago” was stunning. Recorded in isolation in a desolate hunting cabin in Wisconsin, it was one of the standout albums of 2008. Therefore, it’s nice to hear that the
Late Of The Pier - Fantasy Black Channel Rating:
Jake Attree Ok, so the sound of young ‘indie/electro’ bands was an infuriating regularity in 2008. Putting thoughts of songs about Nike trainers to irregular bleeps aside, this Nottingham four piece have hit the nail on the head with a surprisingly bearable fusion of synthpop, spandex rock and catchy electro beats. Fantasy Black Channel is an extremely impressive debut album for a group that obviously do have balls.
music has retained the beautiful, entrancing atmosphere that was spread all over “For Emma”. The EP isn’t a collection of throwaways that didn’t make the album. The title-track and opener is a hypnotic and optimistic song which could have slotted easily alongside songs like “Skinny Love” and “Flume”. The CD closer, “Woods”, finishing at a mere sixteen and a half minutes, ranks amongst the best things that this artist has produced. The lyric “I’m up in the woods/ I’m down on my mind/ I’m building a still, to slow down the time” is sung a cappella, layered and doused in reverb; a sound that’s evocative of that secluded log cabin in Wisconsin. So, ultimately, “Blood Bank”, isn’t anything new to anybody that heard “For Emma, Forever Ago”. And that’s
a fantastic thing. The EP is not a marketing ploy to get people to jump on the bandwagon before it slows to a halt. It’s a reminder that the bandwagon is still very much moving. Get “For Emma, Forever Ago”, and then get this fantastic EP and jump on for yourself. You’ll enjoy the ride.
“Hot Tent Blues” appears a bit ‘epic’ at the beginning, arguably more of an intro than a song; it combines some high and distorted guitar notes with crashing cymbals, before abruptly switching tempo into a catchy, almost jazz like riff. It ends so suddenly that they really do have us in their (what I would imagine to be tight and glitter filled) pocket straight after one minute and 18 seconds. The true evidence of how they’ve done well with merging some definitely distinct sounds together, though, comes in the form of “Focker”. Track 9 shows us some pretty nifty synth work, accompanying some fast-paced and well thought out lyrics by front-man Samuel Dust. Breaking down to a very mellow, dare I say, ‘Mars Volta-esque’ mid section, it ends with an up-tempo, extremely catchy electro back-end that will guarantee to get your head nodding (trust
me, I’ve tried not to). For me, LOTP’s downfall is in this whole new style they seem to have created. How much ‘electro-glam’ are we able to take, will be the question LOTP fans might be fighting back after a second album. But, for a debut, it’s one of the best of 2008.
Defiance Ross Keating
“Defiance” has the credentials to become a modern day Second World War epic, centered on the sheer bravery and resistance shown by a small group of people against the German war machine. Does it make this impact though? Afraid not. Daniel Craig, Liev Schrieber and Jamie Bell star as three Belarussian Jewish brothers fleeing the Nazi persecution, taking refuge within the woods. However, they stumble upon other Jewish refugees hiding in the woods, and complications ensue. Two of the brothers, Tuvia (Craig) and Zus (Schreiber) differ on methods of survival, Tuvia insisting on saving as many as possible, whereas Zus maintains the notion of traveling light. Zus soon leaves to join a Russian militant
group fighting the Nazi invasion, leaving Tuvia to lead the refugees to build a settlement within the woods. Director Edward Zwick chooses to concentrate upon Tuvia’s internal battles of leading the refugees for the main part of the film, leading the audience to notice the sheer fleshing out of his character. When compared to every other character in the film, he seems to be the only one with emotions and a sense of humanity, with everyone else appearing as a two dimensional character. However, even the only “human” character had faults, with Craig struggling to maintain a constant single accent throughout the film. So would I recommend this film? Yes; for those who wish to see a modern epic, you will be disappointed, but for those who wish to see a story of defiance and human spirit, this will leave you more than satisfied.
Slumdog Millionaire Jack Palmer
Danny Boyle’s latest film, put simply, is sensational. Simultaneously gripping, hilarious, frightening and profoundly affecting, it tells the story of Jamal Malik (played valiantly by Dev Patel), and his history, which ulti-
mately leads to an appearance on the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? As Jamal sifts through question after question with apparent ease, officials assume that he, as an illiterate from the slums of Mumbai, is cheating. In actuality, however, his life experiences of love, loss, family and horror are the only things guiding him. The film frantically unravels with the dynamic intensity and dizzying colour that lit up “City of God”, flitting seamlessly between the past and the present. The cinematography is nothing short of breathtaking. The camera work moves gracefully between moments of strobe light vigour and sweeping grandeur. Slums have never looked so beautiful. It also gives a very honest account of India. There is no patronising undertone and none of the white hero sensibility that plagued films like “The
Last King of Scotland”. In fact, Slumdog Millionaire acts like a window, exposing the fascinating country that it is set in. Ultimately though, the film’s strongest asset is that it shows, somewhat ironically, that there are more important things than money in the world. Have you ever seen a film that left you immobilised? A film that plays over and over through your mind for days after witnessing it? This is one of those. I know it’s only January, but it would take something very special to knock this off the spot of film of the year. A new classic.
The Wrestler Dave Gardener
The Wrestler is a film that Mickey Rourke has wanted to be featured in for the last 15 years. Its story line almost parallels that of his own career, with a character that knows that the best years of his life have long passed. Like Travolta, Rouke needed a Tarantino-like figure to re-ignite his career, and Darren Aronofsky proved to be just that. Back in the 1980’s, Randy “The Ram” Robinson was one of the biggest wrestlers in the world, but fast forward to 2009 and he’s reached the point where his aging self can no longer take the punishment. Audi-
ences have vanished. The money and stardom achieved in 1988 is all but a thing of the past. But, outside the ring Randy is lost and bewildered. Wrestling is the only place he feels safe, so he continues to wrestle, as it’s all he has. However, this is not simply a movie about wrestling, but about a man whose life is completely empty. It could have been called “The Manager” or “The Fireman”; it’s a film that captures the life of anyone who has spent their existence focusing on one goal, and long destroyed themselves and everyone around them in the process. The realism portrayed in the film is unprecedented, and features realS wrestler cameos like The Necro Butcher and Nigel McGuinness. Rouke’sY performance isn’t far short of perfecta and the contrast between his brokena reality and Randy’s lonesome exist-T ence make this film one to definitelyM w check out.
Pugwash News Wednesday 28th January 2009
Arts & Entertainment
110209.com Sam Elliot PureFM Marketing Manager
Did you notice the hype surrounding 110209? Well, you should have. Pure FM and all of upsu media was tight-lipped about the mystery for months. You may have seen us at a Fresher’s Fayre and a number of Purple Wednesdays, “stickering” students. If you are an eagle-eyed student, you may even have seen ‘110209’ appear on the text screen in Lux and the screens in the Waterhole, as well as gracing the pages of Pugwash News and the magazine. Last week, Pure FM revealed what the fuss is all about. So, for those who didn’t tune in, or haven’t visited www.110209.co.uk, what exactly is 110209? It is, of course, the date of this year’s 24 Hour Broadcast! It will be happening on the 11th February 2009, from midnight! If you took part, listened or helped us raise money last year, you may be aware that we raised well over £250 for RAG (Raising and Giving). Well, this year, we have set our sights higher, and we hope to raise much, much more! We cannot do this without your help. RAG is a great cause with all the money going to support important charitites, including the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance. So far, we have a number of fundraising events, including “Guitar Hero” and “Sing Star”, which will be taking place in Via Lattea. There will also be “Challenge the Commit-
tee”, where students can phone into the studio (02392 843987) and set any member of the Pure FM Committee a challenge, and the Committee Member, in the name of charity, has to oblige! For instance, you could ask our Station Manager, Caroline Arthur, to come round and clean your entire house for £15! You will see plenty of Pure FM Members walking (or maybe, if you’re very lucky, running) around the Union and campus with buckets over the 24 Hour Broadcast Period. They may be sleep deprived and freezing cold when you see them, but do not mistake them for tramps! All the shows that you listen to on Pure FM will be coming up with further fundraising ideas; don’t be surprised if you see some nakedness again this year. After all, what is charity fundraising, without a bit of the old compulsory nakedness? If all that was not enough, we will be coming to you live before midday on the 11th February in Lux to interrupt Re-Fresher’s Fayre with a few more surprises on the day’s events. We will then be back in Lux in the evening raising money at Purple Wednesday. So keep an eye out for us over the 24 Hours; be nice and give some dosh! Don’t forget to tune into Pure FM anytime on www.purefm.com for the latest news on the 24 hour broadcast, and the regular program of radio shows and music. Pure FM, for the students, by the students. You can also visit www.110209. com for updates and more information.
Gig Last Gig at The Astoria Rating: Chris Mineham
The London Borough Council seems to hate classic music venues. Only a few years ago, the famous Hammersmith Palais was demolished to make way for offices and restaurants, and now a similar fate awaits the Astoria. With developments required for the 2012 Olympics, and improvements needed to London Travel, the Astoria has been condemned to be demolished and become the site where concrete is mixed for a new railway expansion. However, this last show has something for everyone and memories are recalled by bands and the audience
Pure FM Show of the Fortnight:
You Say, Will Plays
Saturday 4pm- 5pm
You Say, Will Plays is a request show at heart, but with some fun twists added for that extra bit of audio spice. The team consists of Will Preston, Mark Landry and James “JR” Riley, who provide lengthy and witty banter
alike, of their favourite performances in the legendary venue. The night has strong performances from the likes of reggae artist VV Browne and indie stars Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly. The alternative rock begins with Brigade, who offer a good mix of strong vocals and chugging riffs, even if they are too well dressed with chequered shirts and skinny jeans to try pulling off a real metal stage show. The King Blues gave an outstanding performance, proving how simple instruments and chords can make some of the most fun music you will hear this year. Frank Turner, however, steals the show with his one man acoustic set, which is finished off by a cover of Abba’s “Dancing Queen”. Now, I don’t know about you, but when one man can have everyone in a 2000 person venue, including the punks with pink mohawks, singing along is an impressive feat that makes him the star of the night. between songs. Every week, we find out “Who Shot JR?”, what’s been going on during the week with the “Random Review”, and listen to a smidgen of rare music with “Obscure Track of the Week”. Listeners are encouraged to call in and join in with the fun and games.
Arts and Ents Stereo
Here at Arts & Ent’s HQ, we got bored of Internet generated charts, so we decided to put a playlist together of our own. We asked our contributors to give us the track they are listening to most this fortnight, so we can share it with you; get listening!
Jack Kane - Kings of Leon - Use Somebody Jake Attree - La Roux - Quicksand Dave Gardener - Nine Inch Nails - The Day The World Went Away Chris Mineham - Iron Maiden - Prowler Tallie Kane - The Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition Alan Woods- Girls Aloud - The Loving Kind Andy Donohoe - Kanye West - Paranoid (feat. Mr Hudson) Jacob Leverett - The Imagined Village - Sloe on the uptake
Purple Wednesdays Wednesday 28th January 2009
Behind the Scenes with the ... UP Tennis Committee Softball Hit This week we are warming up for Wimbledon (Well almost) with the tennis comittee. We’ll find out what they love, how game they are and whether they are a match for other committees.
Name: Pete Burjan (aka “Petey”) Role: Media Exec Comment: Pete is our very own journalist, and website developing guru.
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Name: Andy Trott (aka “Trotty”) Role: President Comment: is always up for the banter at the Club, and has a intimate relationship with alcohol and Ken’s Snack Boxes.
Name: Jon Miles (aka “Milo”) Role: Vice President Comment: is not afraid of a big forehand. Normally found on a tennis court or in the gym.
Name: Noami Uzzel (aka “Nuzzell”) Role: Club Secretary Comment: is quite the party animal, always lighting up the room with her smile.
Name: Pete Raffaelli (aka “Rapha”) Role: Tour exec Comment: has moulded his own game on Nadal. Can be found tightly clenching a jug of the Union’s finest Snaky B. Name: Victoria Wikham (aka “Tor”) Role: Social Sec Comment: is only one half of the “dream team”. She is currently organising our club fundraiser.
Name: Vicky Harris Role: Social Sec Comment: is the other half of the dynamic social duo. She is quite partial to occasional pole dancing shenanigans!
Charity home run Carl Simmonds
The University of Portsmouth Softball Club participated in an indoor charity tournament hosted at the Mountbatten Centre on Sunday 4th January. The event raised more than expected for charity. This competition, although separate from their respective league, which starts in May, will prove extremely important in furthering the experience for the members of the club. The team performed very well, and have improved considerably since last year, with the team growing ever more confident about their ability. Although they did not win the tournament, one of the main positives to take from it was that they did at least double their runs total for this year. Despite playing against vastly more experienced teams, the UPSC lost matches by as few as three runs, further showing how much the club has come on in just twelve months. Regardless of the results within the tournament, the team are confident of their chances of placing higher in the table than previous years, and are confident of their chances of making this season a smashing sucess.
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Purple Wednesday Wednesday 28th January 2009
This week it’s the battle of the boozers, as two social secs from the same club go head to head!
Name: Lesley Bannister Name: Sam “Beef” Woolner Position: Co-Social sec Position: Co-Social sec Club: University of Portsmouth Combined Club: University of Sailing Club
Portsmouth Sailing Club
What has been your most embarrassing moment? In my first year, we went to a house party, and I drunk far too much and ended up not being able to walk. My boyfriend and my friend Northern had to carry me home. But they were to lazy for that, and put me in a shopping trolley to take me home; they pushed the trolley too hard, causing it to fall over, right in front of John, the security guard at James Watson.
What has been your most embarrassing moment? Climbing a yacht mast with Scuba Steve in Port Solent marina, wearing only a thong - and then the marina office shining a massive spotlight onto me, so everyone could see!
When were you last naked in front of someone? On our last yachting weekend, doing our Naked Calendar shoot, then flashing to a ferry on the way home. When was the last time you cried? When I watched “Beauty and the Beast” the other day - when the Beast nearly dies, it’s just so emotional!
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League champions 2008-2009 Portsmouth Hockey Club Men’s First Team continued from 16 attacks and strung passes together, before the goal scoring machine of Portsmouth First XI took over. Less than a minute later, the first goal of the game was scored, thanks to an astonishing dummy hit, sweetly lofting the ball past the keeper into the back of the net (with Portsmouth finishing the whole routine with a Hollywood celebration). The game continued in this vein when a bit of good fortune resulted in Fruity’s second goal of the half, as he appeared to mis-control the ball, sending it goalwards only to watch it bobble between the keeper’s
legs and across the line. This was a turning point in the game, when the Roehampton heads dropped. The Portsmouth boys came in at half time with a goal tally of 14-0. The second half was a similar story of excellent play, with the whole team working as a unit. Play of the match was seen when Ginge lifted one from the left hand corner to Fruity on the halfway line, bringing the ball down under control; he played a perfectly weighted pass though the middle of the defence to Fresher Mike, who dropped his shoulder for a dummy, sending the keeper the wrong way and slipping the ball past him. The biggest cheer was given to Whitey when he scored the 18th goal of the
game, and tripled his goal tally for the season. The defense was unbreakable, giving no short corners or letting the ball into the 25 yard area. The whole team were driven on by great captaincy and leadership from the back from Boyland (even though he did come off because he was bored). The 12th man on the side line was also strong all the way through, with cheers every goal - all 34 of them, raising the goal difference to 75 for the season so far. Thank you to all the supporters who came along. This was a great performance from everyone on the pitch, with four individuals getting hat tricks. An enjoyable game to watch, especially with the amazing outcome at the end.
What’s been your most expensive night out? Last Friday some friends came down, we went to Jounglers, spent way too much, then went to the casino and lost over £50 on roulette. If you were invisible for the day, what would you do? Spy on the naked boys. What was the last lie you told? That I’ve never spied on the naked boys... Who was the last Sporto you chatted up or got chatted up by? This would have to be Stewart Horsman telling me he wants my babies! What did your last text message say and who was it from? “Hows ur head? Wicked sail yesterday” from TC, our Yacht Team captain
When were you last naked in front of someone? Tuesday night, in front of most of Babylon.
When was the last time you cried? About a week ago, catching and ripping part of my anatomy in my flies while drunk.
What’s been your most expensive night out? Probably my Fresher’s pub crawl with Offshore Sailing in my first year; we went to too many pubs, the legendary Time and Envy, then dangerously went to Elegance.
If you were invisible for the day, what would you do? How can you ask any guy that, and not expect him to say “spend the entire day in the girls’ changing room”?
If you were invisible for the day, what would you do? How can you ask any guy that, and not expect him to say “spend the entire day in the girls’ changing room”?
If you were invisible for the day, what would you do? How can you ask any guy that, and not expect him to say “spend the entire day in the girls’ changing room”?
Who was the last Sporto you chatted up or got chatted up by? Slightly worrying-ly, I was chatted up by one of our Presidents, Lordy.
What did your last text message say and who was it from? It was from Joe Adams, dinghy sailing team captain: “will be over in 20 mins. Got beer and smokes!!”
University sports teams have exceeded all expectations, with three league 1A titles already in the bag this season. The successful teams are: Womens’ Basketball, Mens’ Hockey Firsts and Mens’ Lacrosse. In addition, a win for Ladies Football on Wednesday would see them become Pompey’s fourth regional champion this year. Mens’ Hockey won their league in style, with a 34-0 demolition of Roehampton (full article inside). This season has allowed the Hockey club to verify their place as a South of England Hockey Centre of Excellence. The Mens’ First team have won all nine of their games so far this season and will enter the championship. Womens’ Basketball also has a 100% record this season, and, with results carried over from last season, have now won 19 consecutive games. Mens’ Lacrosse were the first team to win their league, securing their status as champions before Christmas. Lacrosse were, incidentally, the only
Men's Lacrosse bitten by Cougars Rachael Penycate
club to win their 1A league, despite dropping points along the way; an away draw in the first game of the season was followed by seven consecutive victories. Womens’ Football has the potential to make up the fantastic four if they take maximum points from Essex University’s visit on Wednesday 28th Jan. Omens are good, with a 3-2 victory in the away leg earlier in the season. Sports Officer Simon “Darby” Leach shared his delight with the hard work and performance of University teams this year: “Its fantastic, to have three regional champions, with hopefully another one to follow, is unprecedented.” He added: “I wish all the teams the best of luck in the knockout stages of the championships.” All the above teams will be competing against Southampton University at Varsity on 22nd Febuary. Additional transport will be laid on for students who are not competing but would like to travel up and support their fellow Sportos. Keep an eye on upsu.net/varsity for further info.
The Lacrosse boys continued their quest for success in the SEMLA league last weekend; they suffered a hard fought, inspiring loss at the hands of the league leaders, the Cheltenham Cougars. Having been beaten by them 23-4 in their last meeting, the Pompey boys weren’t expecting any extra mercy this time round, but definitely put up a good fight, as the game ended with a 5-4 score line in Cheltenham’s favour - a vast improvement from before. The boys were greeted by great weather upon arrival at Cheltenham, but sadly the pitch condition wasn’t as great as the weather would have made out. Reasonably waterlogged, the boys knew that playing on it would prove to be a quite a challenge. Once the game started, centre Mike Beatty made the face offs look easy as always, and dominated the majority of them, but this was little consolation for the rest of the team, as the pitch grew increasingly worse and it became ever more difficult to pick up the ground balls. This ensured that the whole game took on a generally slow stance, and at quarter time the score was a meagre 1-1. Not much action took place in the second quarter either, although our boys were pleased with their level of play and were gelling well as a team to ensure that only one other goal went past captain and keeper Oliver Bailey, whilst Carl Joyce added another goal to Portsmouth’s efforts. A great goal came early in the second half, from a display of excellent team work. Bailey saved a goal, cleared to Beatty, who then passed onto Liam O’Mahoney following a skilful slide, whacking it back to Joyce, who threw to Dan Blackins who finally squeezed it in past the keeper. The joy was not to last, however,
as the Cougars levelled up shortly afterwards, and at the start of the final quarter, Portsmouth’s talents were gruellingly being kept in check. The defence unit worked hard, trying to keep any more goals out, but the attackers were struggling for any momentum. A glimmer of hope flashed by as a Cougar got sent off, leaving Pompey with one man up, but with several technical handling faults and subsequent stoppages eventually it amounted to nothing in our favour.
Times were tough for Portsmouth during the last few minutes of the match, but Blackins did his best to save the day, as he managed to drive round the goal, firing a brilliant ball into the back of the net. However it was not enough for the Pompey side, as, with 30 seconds left on the clock, the Cougars fought hard to keep their one goal lead and the game ended with a frustrating loss for our boys, although it was a considerable improvement from last time. Special mention goes to the defence unit, without whom the game might have ended more humiliatingly - Bailey for his fearless saves, Will Hamilton for keeping tight on his player, Liam Smees for keeping his nerve and talent raw despite marking vastly more experienced players, and finally James Agar for his unfailing disabling checks and good team spirit.
Hockey Men’s 1st 10 10 0 0 Basketball Women’s 1st 8 8 00 Squash Men’s 2nd 7 7 00 Rugby Union Women’s 1st 5 5 0 0 Netball 1st 8 7 10 Lacrosse Men’s 1st 8 7 10 Football Men’s 6th 14 12 1 1 Netball 4th 7 6 01 Hockey Mixed 1s SESSA 6 5 01 Hockey Women’s 2nd 6 5 01 Squash Men’s 1st 6 5 01 Football Women’s 1st 9 7 11 Football Men’s 3rd 13 10 1 2 Netball 3rd 9 7 02 Badminton Women’s 1st 7 5 1 1 Hockey Women’s 1st 8 6 02 Football Men’s 1st 10 7 1 2 Tennis Men’s 2nd 6 4 11 Rugby Union Men’s 2nd 10 7 0 3 Football Men’s 2nd 13 9 0 4 Football Men’s 4th 12 8 0 4 Hockey Men’s 3rd 7 4 21 Hockey Men’s 4th 6 4 02 Hockey Women’s 3rd 5 3 02 Volleyball Men’s 1st 5 3 02 Football Men’s 5th 11 6 1 4 Netball 5th 7 4 03 Squash Men’s 3rd 7 4 03 Rugby Union Men’s 4th 9 5 04 Hockey Men’s 2nd 8 4 04 Netball 6th 6 3 03 Basketball Men’s 1st 7 3 04 Netball 2nd 7 3 04 Rugby Union Men’s 1st 10 4 0 6 Rugby Union 1st XV SESSA 5 2 0 3 Football Women’s 2nd 6 2 13 Rugby Union Men’s 3rd 8 3 05 Badminton Men’s 2nd 7 2 14 Lacrosse 1st 8 2 15 Badminton Men’s 1st 9 2 07 Hockey Men’s 5th 5 1 04 Tennis Men’s 1st 9 1 17 Basketball Men’s 2nd 7 1 06 Fencing Women’s 1st 5 0 05
A glimmer of hope flashed by as a Cougar got sent off, leaving Pompey with one man up
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Now a real name in Portsmouth University Sport, the Tennis Club starts 2009 with a lot to look forward to, from the final fixtures of a fantastic season so far, to developing both as individuals and as a team but mostly to Tour in Spain this April. As the club continues to grow, a new club coach is being introduced to the set up. This will be a valuable addition, as they attempt to increase opportunities for the beginners looking to improve their game. The new coach will be working each week with the beginners at the club to help them reach their goals and is a further demonstration that
all abilities are welcome at the club. This is another sign of how the club has grown over recent years, that additional coaches are needed to work with our growing membership. In terms of the actual competetive squad, all three teams have important fixtures coming up, and will be back in training this week. Social tennis also continues this Sunday at the Dome, for any club members who want to get back on court and work off dome of that extra bulk gained over the Christmas period. If you would like to come and see what the club is all about then contact Andy Trott, Club President, who will give you more details. Do more than just watch; play tennis!
The past semester has been amazing for the Club. With record breaking recruitment and some brilliant new players we have been able to add another team, now making our club the largest University Netball Club in the UK! Both matches and socials have been very successful - from Firsts to Sixths, all the teams have racked up great results, and socials, including Sailors, Brides, and Tennis. The club have set up a new Southern Netball Tournament, to be held at our grounds and run by us, an Intramural Tournament, a quiz night, charity fundraising days and much more.
The day started as it was meant to go on for the Portsmouth boys, with the sun gleaming on to the pitch. The league championship was in sight and it was in their own hands to win this game. Roehampton changed their starting line up from our previous encounter, introducing three new players. The game started brightly for Roehampton as they resisted Portsmouth's continued page 15
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