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Issue 39 Wednesday 17.03.10

End of an era? Life & Style » p9

Vote validity Comment & Opinion » p8

NME Awards Tour Arts & Entertainments » p12

VP Societies and Com- New Taxi rank for Guildhall clubbers munity Debate Dan Whiteway

The candidates for the Vice President Societies and Community post in the forthcoming UPSU elections went head-to-head on Wednesday the 10th March in an open debate. The candidates are: Antony Crook, Matt Blackall and Jonny Bell. The debate took the form of Question Time-style with general questions being set out at the start of the debate before the floor being thrown open to the audience crowd and to questions from listeners on Pure FM and others via Facebook and Twitter. Jonny Bell and Matt Blackall tackled questions that included the issue of societies never using up their entire allocated budget, the lack of crossunity in societies as a whole compared to sports societies, giving greater pow-

ers to disenchanted society members and the possibility of punishing committees in societies who let down their members. Bell set out his plan to integrate societies more in the Portsmouth community saying: “Society members have the skills and talents to go out into schools and teach the children. Societies like the Rock Society could teach guitar or drums.” Blackall emphasised the need for training for society members to be presidents or treasurers in the future so societies have an aspect of continuity. Blackall said: “A big problem is that when societies committee members leave, there are not people trained to take up the role the next year.” Bell went on to explain how there needs to be more transparency between the Vice President Societies and Communications and the societies so

that if there is more money available it can be easily accessible. Blackall also suggested in order to raise awareness of societies and to get more people involved, committees should take a more active role in using medias such as Pugwash and Pure FM to promote themselves. He added that societies could have mediatrained members to help this process, although he noted that he “wouldn’t force societies into doing this as I wouldn’t want it to be ran to the detriment of the societies themselves.” The third candidate, Anthony Crook, was unable to make the event. For a podcast of the entire event, visit tinyurl.com/vpsocdebate. For further information on the candidates running in all the elections, visit upsu.net/elections/candidates

UoP fresher Britain’s Young Engineer of the Year Joe Wilkes

Eighteen year old fresher Michael Harper, studying Computer Aided Product Design at UoP, has been confirmed as a finalist for the 2010 Britain’s Young Engineer of the Year. His prototype for a new MP3 amplifier, which incorporates a visual sound display using LEDs to give the appearance that the music is ‘dancing’, will be one of 17 products made by 16-19 year olds in the running for

the big prize. The remarkable thing about our fellow student is that he invented the product whilst still at secondary school. During his time at Tendring Technology College in Essex he won the regional heat of the competition and pocketed £100, donating half the winnings to the school to show his gratitude for the use of their equipment. Commenting on the win and his gracious donation, Harper said, “To be honest, getting through the national finals is the big prize really. Winning

Faye Joice

A new taxi rank is to be made on King Henry 1st street for people on nights out in Guildhall walk. The rank will be the second on the street and licensing manager Nikki Humphreys said: ‘The idea is to disperse people more effectively so we have not got people standing around in one area where flashpoints can happen.’ Existing taxi drivers of the Guildhall area have expressed concern of congestion and conflict between drivers using the existing rank in White Swan Road. Hackney driver representative Ian Ogilvie said: “We feel another rank will be a waste of time, effort and money. We feel this money could be put to better use modernising existing ranks.” The original rank was to be created on King Henry 1st street, but after drivers objected, it was built at White Swan Road. Now with the new rank at King

The council insists there is no plan to close the current rank, and say both ranks will work in collaboration for the benefit of the public. Humphreys said: “The rank will only serve as an additional rank. There is no proposal to revoke the existing rank whatsoever. The idea is to disperse people more effectively so we have not got people standing around in one area where flashpoints can happen.”

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Durex Pleasure Gel

UCAS be serious!

NME Tour

Dan Whiteway

Steven Mayor

Paul Miller

Perhaps the greatest victory in the battle against censorship has been won and you may not even have noticed it happen. Last week, a Durex advert for its ‘pleasure gel’ (men have the same thing, but that’s a different, more biological story) was broadcast before 11pm. The advert shows women who appear to be having orgasms singing along to opera, for humour value of course, there is no nudity to it and if a man attempts to self-pleasure to it, he should probably be placed in quarantine for the good of human-kind...

I don’t know whether it has been noticed, but the professional job market is growing more and more competitive with each passing year. At present there are more people doing degrees than ever before, and with talent from overseas being drawn to the economic melting pot we call Britain, the supply of graduates is really starting to loom over the demand. And, of course, the current crisis with the economy is making things ten times worse...

On seeing this year’s tour line-up I was a little confused. The Maccabees deserve to be there after two great albums, Bombay Bicycle Club fit in well too, it was the other two I couldn’t work out. From The Drums I had previously heard a lot of hype and not much music, and from The Big Pink I’d heard that song about dominoes. After listening to both beforehand I wasn’t exactly enthralled.

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money could be put to better use

the heat showed me I can make something people might actually want, which is great.” The showcase final aims to discover products that could make it in the commercial market and a handful of previous winners have seen their products go on sale. Once graduated from the UoP’s Department of Mechanical and Design Engineering, Harper dreams of working for his childhood favourite, Lego. He said: “Lego’s been in my family for years. I just love it. More than anything I want to work for them.”

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Henry 1st Street, Mr Ogilvie said: “We feel there is possibly an ulterior motive for this, such as wanting us to move to the north end of Guildhall Walk in future, which is the original plan we fought against.”

Varsity Philipp Geng

With Varsity over and most of the results finalised we take another look at individual fights for victory between Southampton and Portsmouth Universities. Various Pompey teams, including Ultimate Frisbee, Football, Tennis, Squash, Badminton, Tchoukball, Lacrosse, American Football, Softball, Netball, Badminton and Mountain Biking, can name themselves Varsity champions until next year. Southampton, however, won overall by points with 76 - 49. For the Varsity coverage see pages 15 and 16


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On Wednesday 10th March the UPSU Hindu Society held their annual, colourful Hindu celebration in Ravelin Park. For more information contact the Society via e-mail hindu@upsu.net - Picture by Mike Cooter

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Sub Editors News: Amy Cox & Faye Joice C&O: Jayna Zala L&S: Rebecca Hogg & Hana McFaul A&E: Joe Adams, Bryn Etherington, Matthew Pilbeam, Sam Rohde & Dan Smyth Sport: Hannah Barclay, Ellie Dyson

& Lucy Roberts Marketing & Distribution: Milly “Vanilli” Youngman VP Comunications: Jacob Leverett Societies: Lauren Smith Design: Joanne Norwood

Corrections Although considerable time and effort goes into making sure we accredit people’s work correctly, mistakes sometimes do happen. In Issue 38 the article ‘Two year degree courses’ was wrongly accredited, the actual author was Lisa

Hearn. Also, Krish Mistry was the photographer of the Lacrosse picture on the back cover, while not contributing to the collage on page 14. The editors sincerely apologise for these mistakes.

Dates for the Diary Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra 7.30pm, Fri 26th Mar – Portsmouth Guildhall Music from Schubert, Mozart and Borodin. Conducted by Kirill Karabits, with clarinet soloist Michael Collins.

Choral Exchange 3.30pm, Sun 28th Mar – The Royal Marines Museum, Southsea UoP Chamber Singers and awardwinning Universitätschor Halle “J.F. Reichardt” present two concerts of choral music, featuring works by Handel, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Elgar.

Sports Relief 12pm, Thurs 18th Mar – Guildhall Square Local schoolchildren are taking part in a mass skipping event raising funds for Sports Relief 2010.

UoP Concert Party Recital 2.30, Tues 23rd Mar – Wiltshire Studios, Room 1.09 The first in a series of lunchtime concerts performed by the UoP Concert Party. Free entry.

Universities Round Up De Montfort University More than 100 people took part in a public search for a missing student on March 6th. The 24-year-old student, who grew up in Leicester, intended to walk home from the city after a night out, but was not seen since. Oxford University Members of a male college drinking society known as the Penguin Club compiled a secret “list of fitties” and compared notes in a series of emails which included pictures of the “targets” they planned to lure to a drunken party. However, the Hertford women have the last laugh as all 15 members of the drinking club have been suspended. It comes after the private emails were posted around the college in the middle of the night by an unknown whistleblower, who exposed the sexist “hit list”. One female student said: “The behaviour [of the Penguins] was at the extreme end of sexually aggressive and predatory.” University of Southampton The ‘Carnage’ pub crawl in Southampton normally sparks a series of complaints from local residents after the students descend on city centre bars. But the latest one passed off trouble-free, receiving nothing but praise. Chief Inspector Alison Scott said: “There were no arrests, no complains, nothing negative to take away from the evening at all. It was a very well run event.”

Stroudsberg University, Pennsylvania, U.S. A university professor is fighting for her job after posting a light-hearted message about killing students on her Facebook page. The respected sociology professor had posted a jokey message on her Facebook page which said: ‘Does anyone know where I can find a very discrete hitman? Yes, it’s been that kind of day.’ Mrs Gadsden, 42, thought the tongue-in-cheek messages would only be seen by friends and family who could look at her page on the social networking site. But officials at the university were tipped off about the messages by a student and suspended her for making comments about violence.

Royal National College for the Blind A BLIND student has had her specially-adapted laptop stolen during an overnight coach trip to London. The £1,000-plus computer was taken from the hold after Maria Marchaqa, 28, was told it was too bulky to take on board. Ms Marchaqa, who lives in a shared house in the Grange, said: “I’m at a complete loss now. I have no means of communication and feel completely isolated. It is bad enough, but I am not going to be able to pay my rent for much longer. My equipment was my lifeline. The amount of time it takes me to write an essay means I have no time to go and play music, which is how I earn my rent and my living.”

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Pompey tops drinking table Sarah Morcom

The Palestinian Authority has said indirect talks with Israel will be “very difficult” if more homes are built on occupied land as planned. Israel announced the plan for 1,600 more homes in occupied East Jerusalem shortly before a peace process visit by US Vice-President Joe Biden. Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erakat said they had “demanded that the Americans help us revoke this order.” The indirect talks were to be the first steps in resuming stalled peace talks. Mr Erakat, speaking to the BBC, emphasised that “it is very difficult for us to engage in any negotiations unless the order [to build the homes] is revoked”.

It’s been revealed Portsmouth has the highest rate of alcohol related hospital admissions in the south east. An inquiry has now been launched into these admissions by Portsmouth’s health overview and scrutiny panel. In 2007/8 for every 100,000 of the population, 1,794 people would be admitted for alcohol related issues. This is compared to a national average of 1,473 and a south east average of 1,161. It has been estimated

that more than 40,000 people living in Portsmouth drink levels of alcohol that is harmful to their health. Over 8,000 of these drink levels thought to be high risk - that’s more than 35 units a week for women and 50 for men. The health overview and scrutiny panel is made up of Portsmouth City Council councillors and surrounding council representatives. They will hear evidence from those affected by drink related issues, health professionals and the police. A 24-hour ‘mapping’ of Guildhall Walk will take place, measuring the change in day-

to-night economy. Councillor David Horne, panel chairman, said: “We are delighted to be undertaking this scrutiny review into what is a major health problem in the city and are looking forward to hearing the views of all agencies and members of the public who will be involved. “We want the review to come out with some positive recommendations.” The panel will be questioning expert witnesses at meetings as well as working with key alcohol misuse workers to understand the complexities of understanding alcohol abuse.

Public services and transport in Greece have ground to a halt as workers stage a third general strike in protest at the government’s austerity measures. Flights are grounded, and schools and hospitals closed in the 24-hour walk-out called by the two largest unions. The government says it sympathises with public anger over tax rises and wage cuts, but is refusing to back down. The head of the employers’ federation has accused the strikers of trying to make Greece into a charity case.

A Belgian French-language daily has issued what is thought to be Europe’s first 3D newspaper - complete with cardboard viewing glasses. Reviewers in France saluted the paper’s “bold initiative”. Mexican telecom giant Carlos Slim has topped Forbes magazine’s billionaire’s list - the first time since 1994 that an American has not led the rankings. Mr Slim’s fortune rose by $18.5bn (£12.4bn) last year to $53.5bn. That beat Microsoft founder Bill Gates ($53bn) into second place, with US investor Warren Buffett ($43bn) third. In 2009 332 names left the list after a tough year, but the total number of billionaires on this year’s list rose from 793 to 1,011, Forbes said. A pair of embracing students from Greater Manchester have broken the world record for the longest hug. Faisal Mohyud-Din and Mohammed Azeem managed to remain clasped together for 24 hours and 17 minutes - smashing the current record by 16 minutes. They have raised money for the new Christie cancer unit in Oldham. Researchers have produced a mobile phone that could be a boon for prying bosses wanting to keep tabs on the movements of their staff. Japanese phone giant KDDI Corporation has developed technology that tracks even the tiniest movement of the user and beams the information back to HQ. Activities such as walking, climbing stairs or even cleaning can be identified, the researchers say.

US President Barack Obama has warned of a second disaster in Haiti, saying people should be under no illusion that the crisis there is over. Mr Obama said the situation in Haiti remained “dire” almost two months after the earthquake struck. He was speaking after talks with Haitian President Rene Preval in Washington. Mr Obama told Mr Preval that the US would continue to help Haiti in its recovery and reconstruction efforts. Japan’s 98th airport has begun operations - offering just one flight a day. Ibaraki airport cost 22bn Yen (£147m) to build and is being seen in Japan as a prime example of wasteful public expenditure. It is located 80km (50 miles) and a long bus ride north of Tokyo. The airport has become a symbol of decades of public spending to prop up the economy that has left Japan studded with bridges to nowhere and unneeded dams.

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The deaths of 75 starlings which appeared to fall from the sky and crash land on to a driveway in Somerset has mystified the RSPCA animal charity. The birds were spotted falling onto the entrance of a house in Coxley in Somerset on Sunday 7 March. Animal welfare officer Alison Sparkes, who was called by police, said: “It was a remarkable sight, I’ve never seen anything like it.” There is no evidence the birds were ill or poisoned before they hit the ground.

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Portsmouth woman linked to paedophile ring

What on earth are gribbles?

Howard Crates

A pregnant mother of eight from Southsea has admitted multiple child sex offences after being arrested by police investigating the Little Ted’s Nursery paedophile ring. Forty year old Tracy Lyons pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a two year old boy, as well as three counts of distributing indecent images of children, and causing a child under the age of thirteen to engage in sexual activity. It is understood that Lyons was taken into custody after being linked by an email to Colin Blanchard, an online accomplice of Vanessa George who was recently charged with three

counts of child sex offences committed at a Plymouth nursery. Lyons’ brief volunteering at Izzie’s Nursery in Portsmouth prompted an influx of questions as to what contact she was allowed with the children. A Portsmouth City Council spokesman’s said: “At no time was Tracy Lyons ever left alone with any child. She was fully supervised at all times.” Lyons had to pass an advanced CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check before she could work at the nursery. However, disturbing figures about the check show that in 2009 alone the CRB wrongly denounced or cleared more than 1,500 people. Lyons has been remanded in custody and is awaiting sentencing.

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Gribbles are a tiny form of marine life, wood boring crustaceans to be exact, which have plagued seafarers for centuries. Yet this little pest possesses the potential to be a cleaner and greener source of fuel. Research from the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Portsmouth have suggested that these wood-eating organisms could hold the key to converting wood and straw into liquid biofuels. Dr Simon Cragg, from the University of Portsmouth, is one of the team working on the study which has discovered that the gribble’s digestive tract contains enzymes that attack the

polymers that make up wood. According to the research, unlike termites and other wood-eating animals, gribbles have no helpful microbes in their digestive system. This means that they must produce all the enzymes needed to convert wood into sugars themselves. Dr Cragg, from the UoP Institute of Marine Sciences, said: “The clever chemistry of how they do this could hold the key to greener fuels.” Ultimately, gribble enzymes could be used to create environmentallyfriendly biofuels to replace fossil fuels such as petrol. Duncan Eggar, BBSRC Bioenergy Champion, said: “The world needs to quickly reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and sustainably produced bioenergy offers the

potential to rapidly introduce liquid transport fuels into our current energy mix.”

Cars could be running on gribble guts!

So with further research underway into whether these enzymes actually do hold the power to function as a viable solution to non-polluting transport, there’s a chance that at some point in the future our cars will be running on gribble guts!


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Employers against 50% target Dan Whiteway

Employers have spoken out against the Labour government’s target of getting 50% of young people into Higher Education, saying that the policy has devalued degrees and lowered academic standards. The Association of Graduate Recruiters has warned that a growing number of students would leave university with little hope of landing the jobs that would justify the cost and effort of obtaining their degrees. The group, which represents graduate employers in much of the public sector, also urged the Government to abolish the cap on tuition fees and replacing the historic degree classification system in favour of a record of achievements. Carl Gilleard, chief executive of the group said; There’s a sense among employers that some of the candi-

Study to relate loud music with strength of alcohol

dates who apply for their positions are clearly not up to the standard they are looking for. It could be academically or that they don’t understand the career they are applying for.” But Wes Streeting, President of the National Union of Students, said: ‘It is in the long-term interest of our economy that the number of highly skilled graduates entering our workforce continues to increase. ‘When students are leaving university with record levels of debt, and graduate job prospects are at an alltime low, it is offensive to argue that the cap on fees should be raised at all, let alone lifted entirely.’ Scientists from the Royal Society of Chemistry have also called for a switch in focus from ‘mickey mouse’ degrees such as celebrity journalism and equine studies with dance, towards more science and technology courses.

Student Media conference ‘Fil-Med’ Steph Rearden

Fil-Med, the student conference, By student for students, come along and enjoy. There will soon be the first ever student conference put on by Film and Media Studies students at the University of Portsmouth. A group of talented students are putting on a conference on the 14th April which will give students in their second year the earlier opportunity to present their dissertation proposals with presentations to other students and lectures from the School of Creative Arts Film & Media (SCAFM) faculty. This is a great opportunity for all SCAFM students, for those who are involved in organizing the event, those who are speaking at the event and also those of you who would like to be part of the audience. This is a chance for us students to speak about all things media. The students who are involved in organizing this function have put a great deal of effort into making the afternoon as fun as possible for everyone. We’re hoping the afternoon is a complete success with tea, coffee, wine and nibbles for all guests, a

chance to hear and see what the dissertation proposal and presentation should look like and an educational afternoon, never before done by this university. This is hopefully the first of many of these student conferences and the bigger the success the more opportunities that will come for students in the future. We also have a group of people that will be filming the whole event and will be posted onto the university website. The editorial team are also creating an e-book of all the presentations and all will be posted onto the website. This event is open to all second year Film and Media Studies students, so if you have a spare couple of hours come along and help support your fellow students and the team of students that put this event together. Keep an eye out for posters and leaflets with more information about what, where and when the conference is being held, we have also got a Facebook group where you can keep up to date on all the goings on, just search ‘FilMed’ University of Portsmouth Student Conference. We hope to see you all there and you never know this may push you in a better direction in writing your own dissertation.

Businesses to pay University fees? Faye Joice

A new report suggests University fees should be scrapped, and replaced by a business education tax, which would be paid by various businesses throughout the UK. A report released by The University and College Union (UCU) said that inceasing the level of corporation tax would make businesses finally pay their way for the huge benefits they receive from higher education. UCU said the move would still leave the UK’s corporation tax level below that of France, Japan and the United states, claiming that 96% of companies would be unaffected. Thousands of students could potentially benefit if

the proposal is carried out. A report in 1997 listed the three beneficiaries of higher education as the individual, the state, and the employer. The new Business Education Tax (BET) is said to be the key to finding a fair way to get all three to pay their share. General Secretary Sally Hunt on the taxes; “The future for the UK is as a high-skilled knowledge economy and that requires business to pay its fair share towards something which benefits us all. “We believe our proposals will be welcomed by hardworking families who want their children to benefit from education but are put off by the potential debts created by university fees.”

Picture by Florian Garrecht Josh Heffernan

Dr. Lorenzo Stafford, a lecturer within the University of Portsmouth’s Psychology Department, has been awarded a grant in order to study the effects of music on alcohol consumption. Dr. Lorenzo’s study is an attempt to discover whether the loud music played in bars and nightclubs affects the ability of an individual to gauge the strength of alcohol. Dr. Lorenzo said: “anyone who tunes into classical music stations

while stuck in traffic knows music can alter mood, but not much is known about music’s ability to change our judgment of alcoholic beverages, which is particularly important in young drinkers regularly exposed to high-volume music.” “Although this is preliminary research, if it is found that loud music can alter our judgment of the strength of alcohol, this has enormous implications for bars, the drinks industry, local authorities and the drinkers themselves.” The £4,000 grant, offered by the Al-

cohol Education and Research Council, will allow Dr. Lorenzo to follow up on a previous observational study, which concluded that people drink at a higher rate when listening to loud music. This new study will take place, not in the bar, but in a laboratory, under controlled conditions. As well as alcohol, Dr. Lorenzo has studied the effects of both caffeine and hunger on individuals in previous studies. Dr. Lorenzo intends to publish his results in the summer.

UPSU seeks charity status Joe Wilkes

A change in the law requires the UPSU to make changes to its Constitution, (otherwise known as the Memorandum of Articles and Association) in order to register as a charity with the Charities Commission. Under old charity law UPSU had ‘Exempt Charity’ status, meaning it operated as a charity but did not have a charity number. Now though, the UPSU has to formally register as a charity, leading to UPSU President, Steve Topazio proposing a ‘special resolution’ and calling a general meeting of the UPSU, to be held at 5pm on the 19th March, in Room 1 of the Student Union building. All students have been invited via their university e-mail accounts to attend and to vote on the resolution.

To the average Student the change to our constitution will not actually change anything

Mr Topazio has commented on what these changes actually mean: “To

the average Student the change to our constitution will not actually change anything. UPSU has been operating in line with charity law for many years, the changes are merely in our governing documents rather than in prac-

to not even register on the radar for most students. Uninterested Michael Webb, a 3rd year Drama and Creative Writing student said, “I rarely check my university e-mail account, so am unaware of my right or any respon-

tice. There is however one big change and that is to our Trustee Board. The UPSU Board of Trustees will from next year have 6 Elected Officer Trustees (Sabbs), 4 External Trustees and 2 student trustees. UPSU will also get a charity number which will make applying for grants much easier. The UPSU has written a new set of Articles of Association (Constitution) which have now been approved by the UPSU Student Council. The special resolution is to ratify the new articles of association and bye laws which have been approved at Student Council.” Unfortunately, this news appears

sibility to vote”. Owain Preece, a 2nd year Pharmacy undergraduate commented, “I don’t see why I should give time to the meeting, I don’t see how it is significant to me”. If you can not attend the general meeting on the 19th March at 5pm in Room 1 of the Students’ Union yourself, make sure to sign a proxy form beforehand. More information on this and the form itself can be found at upsu.net/ union/democracy/general-meeting


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Move over Facebook! Cat Fyson

“What’s on your mind?” asks Facebook. Well Facebook, many things are on my mind, most of which I imagine the rest of Facebook aren’t too interested in. That’s when blogs are handy. Blogs give you the opportunity to speak your mind with no character limit, and give the rest of the Internet the option to see it...no news feed with relentless status’ about your day (I’m still guilty of this despite having a blog – but still, you see my point). Blogs are great though. I’ve probably been through loads, and never usually stick to them – but this one, my new one – I’m determined to keep up. This is because it’s not me moan-

ing about my day – it’s my view on things that I feel are interesting, important, and things I can be cynical about. We all have a hidden cynic within us; I say unleash it into the world wide blogging web. It doesn’t make you self-righteous, it makes you inspired, and gives you your right to opinion and freedom of speech (cue patriotic music). The website Blogspot (blogger. com) is interesting because it allows you to flick through thousands, probably millions of other people blogs simply by clicking “Next Blog” – pretty self explanatory really. It really gives you an insight into all sorts of people’s thoughts, feelings, and life journeys. A large majority of the blogs, I find, are by parents with new children who

blog about their experiences. Whilst it doesn’t interest me, I imagine it’d be very helpful and entertaining to other new parents. So, next time you get the urge to rant all over Facebook, how about trying a blog...more space and also a design element if you know your HTML. What Facebook lacks which previous social networking site Myspace still thrives on is the ability to design your page, make it your own – blogs let you do this, and there’s some great design sites on the web which are easy to find. If you’re interested, check out my blog blogspot.com/uninformedunicorn , and set up your own on blogger.com!

Donation not Discrimination Kym Morgan

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The Advertising Standards Agency has ruled that there was no graphic content to the advert and because it was broadcast in between Gordon Ramsey’s F Word and a Derren Brown show, it was deemed that there would be very few children watching. Channel 4 also explained that if viewers were not offended by the adult nature of the F Word then they were unlikely to feel any different when watching the advert. What a glorious victory not only in the war against unjust censorship, but also for common sense and fair play to Channel 4 for having the guts to broadcast it when they may well have faced a fine. Perhaps we are entering an age where such things like this will become regular. Maybe we could have an antidrinking campaign that shows men and women having uncomfortable

looks on their faces on a living room floor, whilst mouthing the words “you’re not doing it right” with the closing words of the broadcast being “don’t drink and fornicate”. Or this could be a bad thing. Knowing that politicians will do absolutely anything to win votes, note Gordon Brown’s ludicrous attempt to get on Match of the Day 2 last week. With this in mind, it would surely only be a matter of time before an advert featuring David Cameron’s wife having an “orgasm” (facial expressions only of course) with the ending being her saying breathlessly, “if he could do that to me, imagine what he could to the country”, whilst Dave is cleaning himself up in the background. On seconds thoughts, perhaps this breakthrough in censorship is the worst thing that has ever happened. We need to stop pushing the boundaries of taste. We must bring back the old limits. Why Channel 4? Why push the boundaries of what can and cannot be done? WHY?!

medical and social research has shown that HIV/AIDS in the gay community is steadily declining. Therefore, this legislation is clearly discriminating on the grounds of a myth, and is failing to acknowledge the cautious gay couples who are monogamous and frequently checked for STI’s and AIDS. This said, the promiscuity of heterosexual couples is not questioned.

An article published in Issue 34 by David Acheson (“Arrogance of the NUS LGBT ‘anti-gay’ blood protest”) clearly shows the ignorance surrounding the NUS Blood Campaign, a clear expression of ignorance that I, on behalf of LGBT people would like to clarify and put to right. The NUS Blood Ban Campaign has been an issue of priority for the LGBT community nationally over the past five years, yet there is still a lot of work to be done. Under current National Blood Service (NBS) legislation advised by the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO) Committee, gay and bisexual men are banned for life from donating blood. The NHS and NBS defend their current policy by stating that gay men are at higher risk of contracting HIV/AIDS and are therefore more of a threat in infecting donated blood. This is based under the misconception that all gay and bisexual men are sexually promiscuous, and further perpetuates that HIV/ AIDS is a ‘gay disease’. Avert, a UK based AIDS charity have recently published their statistics for 2009 in which they state; “Up until 1998, men who have sex with men formed the main exposure category for new HIV diagnoses. However, in 1999, heterosexually acquired HIV became the largest category, and has continued to be so ever since”. This, along with extensive

What NUS is trying to achieve is that NBS change their legislation to incorporate a more comprehensive screening process whereby gay and bisexual men are screened to the same standards and with the same respect as heterosexual donors. The current motto of NBS is; “96% of us rely on the other 4% to give blood. Please don’t leave it to someone else”. Furthermore, remarkable figures recently published state that; “since around about the 29 Dec to the 18 Jan, blood stocks have fallen from over 58,000 to just over 33,000 and has since risen, although nowhere near as sharply, to

given me friends and memories that I treasure greatly; the fact that my first port of call (in tears) after a rather big breakup last year was the paper office ought to say everything! The article was supposed to be a light hearted look at a hypothetical, not an attack of any kind, and I aimed to write it in a tounge-in-cheek tone. Obviously, I failed. As for “personal satisfaction and the odd thank you”, I’ll have you know that I take great pride both my own work for Pugwash and that of my teams, past and present. To this end, Pugwash News won “Most Improved Society” at the Societies Activity Awards Dinner last year; a ceremony where I myself won a Gold Award for my personal participation

(having skipped the Silver award after winning Bronze in my First Year). I was also recently awarded “Best Female Presenter” for my work on The Pugwash Show on Pure FM. These awards mean a lot to me, as does the continued high standard of the work we produce. I am very grateful to the organisations and individuals that offered me these chances in life - and as I said myself at the end of the article, am fully aware of how much I, in reality, ‘owe’ them. I also volunteer my time and energy at the local Council kennels, walking and looking after dogs that have been abandoned etc. This summer I even helped train and re-habilitate some of these animals, in my free

The current motto of NBS is ‘96% of us rely on the other 4% to give blood. Please don’t leave it to someone else.’

around 45,000 as of the 17 Feb”. With such short supplies, why are NBS still ignoring the pleas of thousands of gay and bisexual men nationally who wish to donate yet can’t due to longstanding stereotypes based around the community? Although it is clear from reading the article that Mr. Acheson is terribly mislead regarding the campaign, I feel that the underlying discrimination of the NBS legislation has infiltrated his article, referring to the campaign as ‘ridiculously arrogant and potentially damaging’. The general tone of Mr. Acheson's article regards this campaign as a narcissistic plight of the gay community to show people that we are still here and have nothing better to do than push the boundaries of equality and diversity. Though romantically bohemian and cliché as this is, the gay community has moved away from that era, now focusing our attention onto more pressing issues such as blood donation and the ‘Unite Against Fascism’ movement that inevitably affects everyone, not just the gay community. NUS and LGBT are not trying to boycott the blood donation service, on the contrary we encourage prospective donors to go forward and help save lives. We are merely expressing our desire to be able to help in a more significant way, hoping that NBS will see during this time of shortage, how valuable the gay community could be. So please don’t hesitate, give blood on behalf of a gay or bisexual man who can’t!

Dear anonymous Laura Patricia

In response to your “Volunteering isn’t about money” (PugwashNews, Issue 38), I would just like to say that I think you misunderstood my article completely.

I said myself, in reality, I ‘owe’ them.

I was not complaining about doing unpaid volunteer work, or actually genuinely asking for a cheque of any

kind; nor was I belittling anyone who does volunteer their time. I would hardly call my input to the Union “irresponsible” or wasteful - in fact, if you re-read the article I think you will notice just how much I actually do for UPSU Media. Anyone who knows me knows that Pugwash is a big part of my university experience, and that, as much as I find it challenging and hard work and occasionally want to throw in the towel, I would not give it up for the world. I do enjoy it really, and I get an awful lot from it. I have learnt as much through Pugwash as I have on my degree, and it has offered valuable training and experience that I could not have gotten anywhere else. It has also

time, completely unpaid. I could have been working extra hours at my paid summer job in that time, but I chose not to. I did this because I wanted to, and I felt that I could offer something to dogs that had had a poor start in life and spent their lives confined otherwise, rather than just spoiling my own at home. That is not, to my mind, the mark of someone who disrespects volunteers, or expects to be paid for their contribution. I know volunteering isn’t about money, and I never meant to imply that it was. I beg you to re-read my article and take it in the lighthearted way that it was intended, rather than taking offence.


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Leap Year with a double meaning Little Britain broke comedy

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In Amy Adam’s new romantic comedy, Leap Year, she plays Anna, a girl who isn’t wanting or even willing to wait for her boyfriend Jeremy to propose to her. So as a typical woman she doesn’t wait and takes the matter into her own hands by travelling from the US all the way to Dublin to propose on February 29 - traditionally the only day of the year that women can ask men to marry them. On her way bad weather means her plane is diverted to Cardiff, and when she tries to get a boat to where she needs to be, she gets abandoned on the Irish coast. Despite all of this, she is still eager to make this so called

‘proposal deadline’ so she has to gets Declan (Matthew Goode) this guy she meets along the way to help her out even though he doesn’t believe in her proposal plan. So basically now we have Amy and some random guy Declan travelling all the way to Ireland together in his car, can anybody see the predictability of this movie here already? In true romantic comedy fashion, a series of events on the way disrupt Anna’s attempts to get to the hotel where her fiancé-to-be is staying, meaning her and Declan, this guy she has only known for a few days, have time to overcome their differences. Typically, she starts to fall for him instead. In reality though, out of the fairytale land of film, could a woman ac-

tually do what Amy’s character does buy a ring and propose to her man on February 29? Society has this ideological view idea that the man has to propose and not the other way around. Consequently it would be his decision when to move the relationship forward to that ‘stage’. So hypothetically you’d think that many women would be too scared to do this and as a result would chicken out. However, this side of the argument isn’t always the case as many women do infact ask their boyfriends to marry them. So maybe a woman can propose without having to chicken out, as they do say men sometimes just need a push to know what they want.

In recent years, a formula has arisen around sketch comedy. Running characters, running jokes, and most noticeably, catchphrases. Almost every successful comedy character spouts a phrase ripe for t-shirts, badges, and commemorative plates, something for people to gather round the water cooler and repeat to each other, week after week. When asked to name a sketch show, most people nowadays will say ‘Little Britain’. There’s just one problem. Little Britain isn’t funny. Not anymore at least, the first series had some good characters and genuinely funny moments, but the whole thing has dragged on for so long that it now stands as a prime example of how success has almost nothing to so with quality. When it gets to the stage where you’re wondering what lengths Sebastian is going to next, or where the hypnotist is going to be, it’s time to watch something else. To quote Monty Python, “nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!” The key to comedy is surprise. Every single time I hear a catchphrase repeated by some haircut, I immediately think of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Python almost never repeated themselves, and when they did it was because the idea had legs. Whenever an idea began to grow stale, it was dropped. The best, most memorable sketches in history are the ones that are self contained, the ones that made an impact and left people wanting more. Would anyone

remember the dead parrot sketch if next week John Cleese demanded a refund for a dead turtle? Would anyone recite the lumberjack song if the next week, Michael Palin sang a song about being a fisherman? You could argue that as long as the ideas are funny, repetition is fine. I would argue that it’s damaging to the entire form. When the writers get complacent, creativity grinds to a standstill. Not only do catchphrases inevitably become tiresome, they’re incredibly lazy. “Should we think of some new characters?” “No, we’ll just send the cross-dresser to the aquarium.” Bang, t-shirt and a second series. Writers should never have, or even want to write to a formula. In the age of the studio executive and focus group, that’s what we’ve got. “That was successful, so this will do the same.” Success can’t be forced like that, most of the time it’s based on blind luck more than anything, Look at something like Horne and Corden. They had a successful sitcom, and they were popular, so they should know how to write a good sketch or two! They did, they were, and they couldn’t, so the show utterly failed. The current form of sketch comedy removes any sense of spontaneity, excitement, and surprise, traits that are the cornerstone of all good sketches, of all good comedy. And nobody’s doing them at the moment. Sounds like a gap in the market to me, wink wink, nudge nudge.

The Only Way to Keep the Message Alive? Joe Wilkes

John Lennon’s wife Yoko Ono has been criticized for giving the nod for footage of the legendary Beatles rocker to be used in a car advert- now that’s a perfectly hideous sentence. At first thought you (along with myself) must be screaming, (ala an infamous tennis star) 'A car advert? You can-not be serious!' looking deeper though; there may be some serious motive. Sean Lennon, John’s son by Ono,

has defended his mother’s decision, writing on Twitter that the intention was to keep his father “out there in the world” and was definitely “not for money”. Yet fans of John Lennon have been ranting all over the web, fuming at the thought that his image would be used for commercial purposes. In giving my opinion, I have to focus more closely than many deriders obviously have been on Sean’s argument. He goes on to say, and quite rightly, that there are "Not many things as effective as TV," and that there is a

need to keep his father, and his positive message for the world, “in the public consciousness”. By doing this ad, Ono, whatever you think of her, is using a popular medium, viewed by most kids, to keep her late husband’s message for peace and moderate behaviour alive in the public consciousness. However much this is a very sad and unfortunate comment upon the modern western world and its habits, you can see her point. Picture by the BBC

What Grinds my Gears... Come follow us on Twitter (@upsucomment) and tell us what “grinds your gears”, or leave us any comments or opinions on Facebook (UPSU Media Comment & Opinion Team) or by email (grindmygears@upsu.net) about this latest issue of Pugwash News, for a chance to get published next issue!

Lizzie Gilbert - being threatened to moved to a smaller studio space despite having all our fees pay for it!

@_laurapatricia - cars that don’t signal whether they’re turning or not at a roundabout!

Kym Morgan - the increase in tuition fees

@binarylove - what “gmg” is how my local “ethical” co-op shop isn’t selling Fairtrade Cola during Fairtrade Fortnight.

@JohnnyNoPulse - WGMG, Piers Morgan!

Philipp Geng - It really grings my gears that CERTAIN people in the media office keep asking me ‘what grinds my gears’.

Anon - A certain club, named after a certain ferocious animal... It’s very existence... watching people stewing in primitively id not an acceptable way to spend ANY evening!!

Jayna Zala - Journalism that advocates headlines which read ‘three in a bed shocker!!!’.


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Tattoo Anyone? Nandini Indiran

What you wrote made sense to me Jessibel (“Tattoo you, tattoo me”, Jessibel Skinner, PugwashNews, Issue 37). I feel that it is not right for the employers to judge their future employees by tattoos! I have friends who are intelligent, lively and forthcoming often fail to get through interviews. I may not know the reason behind this, but my friend told me that she wasn’t wearing a scarf during the interview. This means that her neck was exposed and she flashed this beautiful butterfly tattoo. Of course, the interviewer did not mention anything about her tattoo. However, my friend feels that she was misjudged and her job opportunities have been snatched away

from her. I feel sorry for her though, but there’s nothing much she could do about it. Although she has never regretted her actions, she DOES feel undermined. My friend can’t be ripping her neck just to discard the evidence of having had a tattoo before. She is still surviving. That is one of my many friends. Stereotyping tattooed people as immoral and spoilt is very wrong and the people’s mindset should be changed. I believe that associating tattoos with criminals has been deeply rooted in the minds of people and it would take years to change that. Leaving that aside, I also feel that society expects certain people to be “tattoo-free”. Teachers, secretaries and social workers are often the subject of criticism. People are looked down upon for hav-

ing themselves painted because they do not set good examples for the others to follow. I once had a teacher who had tattoos and piercings - he was sacked from the school because the other staff complained about him. We (the students) were deeply affected because he was one of the best science teachers we had in years. As usual, he was replaced by a boring teacher who just read out from the textbook. Thus, I can confidently claim that, not only tattooing, but piercing is also not widely accepted in our society. I think it is time to look through to people's hearts and not just their appearances. Let us all hope that we will evolve into a more acceptant society rather than a rejective one. Tattoo anyone? Anybody dare?

I’ve got Multiplayer, shame I can’t play with friends Lewis Dowling

Picture by Erik Charlton Grant 'Angryman' Clarke

This week, an article by Sam Jones was printed in the Guardian; it basically covered the ongoing argument between Bob (God) Geldof and the BBC, in which former Beeb Correspondent Martin Plaut dared suggest in a BBC World Service broadcast that God Geldof’s efforts had actually been used to fund the rebel and dictatorship efforts in Ethiopia, which would have been used to kill more people than it saved. It is claimed that roughly, only 5% of the £100 million aid raised by the Live Aid Foundation actually went to the hungry and those suffering famine in Ethiopia. A rather shocking claim ; however, this is entirely backed with credible evidence and it remains in the BBC’s and, if I may boldly claim, journalist’s worldwide interests to report shocking evidence that the ‘truth’ could in fact be untruth and misinformation. They forgot one thing however, you can’t fuck with celebrities! God is fighting back with all the Charities involved; he’s written a piece back slandering Rageh Omaar, who attempted to defend Plaut; he’s convinced that Plaut and his documentary team should be fired to “reestablish its [BBC world service] trust and hard won reputation as the world

broadcaster of excellence” and is also looking at legal action. Which will probably mean that money will be pulled from the BBC at some point to make God Geldof happy. Now, as an outsider looking in, I find it very difficult to agree with Geldof. Surely if there has been a criticism made of Geldof, he would want to look in to the criticism and prove that the rather staggering statistic is untrue, or there has been some misinformation spanner-ed in to the machine. However, what I seem to be forgetting is that celebrities like Geldof end up having such a God complex that they seemingly cannot accept criticism. Look at N Dubz and the bullying text malarky; you can’t say anything to these people without being fistfucked by either the celebrities, or their demi-god bosses. In an age of constantly proliferating celebrities and celebrity culture, they seem to be turning into increasingly more irritating idiots who think that the world and it’s public cannot possibly criticise them because of the “fantastic” service they provide to the world, with their boring lyrics, generic tunes, and predictable story lines, as well as their non-interesting sex lives. It appears to these Prometheus’s of men that they are above the realm of criticism; unfortunately for them, the eagle will be coming to pick at their liver soon.

We've all had this experience, I'm sure. You walk into the local gaming shop with your friend, sibling or significant other, and look around for a game to play together. This is where nightmares begin. Game Developers have somehow got it into their heads that we, the gamers, have no friends. I'm unsure why they think this, especially when Rock Band and Guitar Hero are so successful. Perhaps the success of World of Warcraft has blinded them. You see, I have more than one controller. My 360 boasts that I can use up to 4 simultaneously. They neglect to tell you that games don't do this. Yes, my 360 can hold 4 controllers. If you own a PS3, you lucky ones, you can apparently use 7! Wow! Shame that with most games you're stuck playing on your own. Actually that's not entirely true. I can play with up to 32 players with Perfect Dark Zero; up to 18 players with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2; up to 16 players with Halo 3. But this is all online, via the medium of the internet. Great. Why can't I play with the person sitting next to me? There are a few that allow me to: Halo, Left 4 Dead, and Call of Duty. But Need for Speed, a racing game, where the entire point is to race against another, doesn't allow local multiplayer. This is just plain wrong.

I have the console, I have the game, I have the controllers. You, the game, can obviously do multiplayer. I know this, I can do it online. Let me do it locally! I want to have a party, with people I know! I don't want to be playing with stupid, prepubescent teens, with their stupid squeaky voices. I want to play with my friends! The

person that I can physically punch if they screw up the level, rather than some anonymous person who's essentially a gloried AI. Game developers, stop it. Bring back bots, bring back local multiplayer, and bring back my friends. For those that are doing it, thank you. I shall be buying your games instead.

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Vote validity James Hearsey

I have always found politics slippery. The championed Western privilege of ‘democracy’ (a vaguely extent-dictated term, of course) has manifested itself as an unappealing, lose-lose situation amidst the approach of the national elections this May. As a first time voter I am certainly in no position to claim this the most undesirable encounter of volition to ever grace politics, though

I do harbour suspicions. Were I to determine the actual policies of the running parties and escape with more substance than slits on my wrist, I am still confronted by my distrust of all things political. Power corrupts. But what next? Assuming I don’t abstain from voting through some feigned moral compass, as though I wouldn’t endorse corruption; at least by any degrees not such spiritless and tiresome corruption; who the devil is to receive my vote?

Watching question time during the week, the majority agreement as regards to the Bulger case was that those that possessed only limited and insubstantial knowledge of all the circumstances surrounding the trial should desist from claiming entitlement to its outcome. I sincerely agreed with the principle of this, which led me to question why somebody such as I, who had limited and insubstantial knowledge of the political circumstances surrounding this election, still

had a right to vote and determine, in my own small way, the murky, unsatisfying outcome. If those adeptly educated chaps in the trial of the Bulger case be left to tend to it, why should politics not recognise the necessity of qualification? Surely, to some degree, people must qualify for their vote by undergoing a little more political scrutinising than 18 years of British existence or 20 of citizenship. Interestingly, the BBC website does mention ‘arcane echoes’ of the legislation barring ‘idi-

ots’ from a vote. All I venture to question here is, whether there is a way of democratically eliminating the ‘idiot’ from the vote. The politicians clearly deceive to please because it pays. If one cannot understand their own circumstances, their odds of improving them through a blind vote shan’t even be found at Bet365. If democracy were understood rather than neglected, the dishonesty would not win votes. I fear it will.


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The Closest Shave

y Will Wells o s I’m sitting in my room comfort eate ing because I’ve just had another shit e haircut. Granted the only thing in the d house to comfort eat is around six e rich tea biscuits, but I’ve vowed not to , leave my room until my hair gets back r to its original wholesomeness. I’m fed . up of shit haircuts, I’ve had mostly shit t haircuts and it’s against my best intent tions. As I sat in the chair I thought I said that I wanted something fashionh able with length, but I must’ve said r that I wanted something prisoner of e war inspired, or at least short enough - to make me look terminally ill. As it o goes he went further and now I can almost see my brain through it, my

head looks the surface of the moon and if I touch the top of it my leg spasms. It’s winter, I’d have to be an idiot to want hair this short, I think I’m halfway to losing one of my ears through frost bite and all because he got a little over zealous with his scissoring. I told him to stop, I’d told him he’d gone to far and I wasn’t up for more, but he kept saying he was just straightening it up, then taking off inch after inch. I had to purposely rebut his attempts to strike up conversation just in case he got distracted and lopped off an ear. Half way through and I’d given up protesting, I’m not sure if I’d slighted this guy once before and now he was getting some sort of vengeance but for some reason he really had it in for me.

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End of an era?

Jess Skinner

As graduation looms closer, time seems to be accelerating. With so many essays to write, and so little time left, I’m starting to ponder over my last three years - the good memories, the bad memories, and the alcohol induced blank spaces where memories should be. I’m probably one of a small proportion of soon to be ‘ex-students’ who still doesn’t really have a clue what the future will hold for me. - I was hoping that the past three fyears would have provided me with ’some epiphanies, but alas, it was not ythe case. And in fact, I’ve been rather fdisappointed with university on the -whole. Back in college, we were told gthat going to university was more or nless ‘just what people did’, and with eno particular career in mind, I deecided to go for it, because everybody relse was doing it. My time at university has been interesting, provoking, entertaining, enlightening, fun and

filled with amazing, brilliant people, but I wouldn’t say it has been lifechanging. I haven’t had the ‘time of my life’ like I was led to believe. Occasionally, I even question whether it was really worth the twenty-something-thousand pounds I’ve spent on it. However, I guess the answer to that question will lie in the ease (or difficulty!) of getting a job after my studies are done.

As graduation looms closer, time seems to be accelerating.

As for the social side, I’ve tried (and failed) at being a good society member, I’ve seen societies literally disintegrate to nothing. I’ve been too poor to join in with some things, too lazy to try others, and too scared to

It was getting shorter and I was struggling to see how he was still managing to find hair that could be cut. Things really took a turn for the worse when upon finishing my sideburns he started to shave my face! Who the fuck shaves someone’s face, I don’t have an unusually hairy face, hair is very much restricted to the beard area and nowhere else. What am I supposed to do now that my face has been shaved, it’s obviously going to grow back thicker, and darker... this guy has just condemned me to being a wolf-man. I was thinking of sticking my head in a Gro-bag to get some length back but it’s only going to accelerate my transformation into a lycen. Actually forget that, being a werewolf might not even be that bad, Teenwolf got the hottest girl in the school - he could dunk. I’m just going to be some hairy bloke who’ll have to work in a kebaby. “I’ve put some talcum powder on your neck to stop a rash from coming up,” he says. What I wanted to say was that he wouldn’t have to worry about it if he hadn’t just removed the first four layers of skin. What I needed now was some antiseptic and a tetanus shot. All I actually said was thanks. I still don’t know why it is, when I sit in that chair I become paralysed, I think after watching Sweeny Todd I’m just happy to get up out of the chair at the end, regardless of the hair. “Do you want me to put some wax in it?” Wax in it? Wax in what, there’s nothing there to put wax into, you could use up more wax putting it in my eye brows! Maybe you could rub some wax into the bald stump that is my head to give it some shine, yeah go on, do that with your wax. “Yeah if you could mate,” was all I actually said. Next time he should forget the scissors and just use sandpaper, that way I wouldn’t be under any illusion to what was going to happen. I’ve got a hair-wound not a hair-cut. At the end I contemplated collecting up the hair and PVAing it back on to my head. Will I be seeing this guy again? I see him every six weeks when I get my haircut, he’s never busy and I can never seem to protest when he ushers me into his chair.

Societies Spotlight Freethinking and Philosophy Matt Blackall and Melissa Flack

This fortnight we have been speaking to another new society, Freethinking and Philosophy Society. So what is your society all about?

It’s about sharing and expressing values and opinions in an environment that allows you to do so without being judged or scrutinised too negatively. Do you think there was a demand for this society at Portsmouth?

The difference between our society and other societies that involve debate is that our topics are not limited to things such as politics and religion, despite them often coming up, so we felt there was a need for the society. We have also had high interest in us from students. What do members get from joining the society?

They get a chance to express themselves in an environment where they will not be looked down upon for having an opinion. I personally get a real sense of belonging within the society, everyone really listens and is interested in what you have to say and vice versa, we all have some really interesting thoughts which allow me to see subjects in a different light. It’s enlightening! What can members gain from joining the society?

They will hopefully gain more confidence in expressing ones self. And of course having the chance to meet similar minded people. What events have you planned/are planning?

We meet every other Tuesday; we try and partake in the Union quiz most Sundays. We are also looking into getting speakers along for some talks. Aside from that, we have regular socials and are looking into the possibility of a trip. We welcome members to come up with their own ideas. As a first year society, what problems have you encountered?

Luckily we managed to attract a lot of interest at Refreshers Fayre; discussions and debates at meetings don’t cost money; and there are a lot of ideas as to what we should get up to, so, so far we haven’t encountered any problems! Hopefully we’ll be able to carry on into next year. If your society was a dog, what kind of dog would it be and why?

I don’t know who/what we’d be, but the most interesting dog in history is Suening who sort of ruled Norway in the 11th Century after the people chose for him to be in charge other than the current King Eystein, he even signed decrees with paw prints!

For more information and to get involved email elgranto9637@hotmail.com, or search University of Portsmouth Freethinking and Philosophy Society on Facebook. Want to see your society here? Email melissa.flack@upsu.net, or lauren. smith@upsu.net.

High Street Buys for Spring sample the rest. However, I have also watched societies being born, and with some splendid results. After two and a half years, I’m finally involved with something that gets me off my butt and into new social circles. Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed my time here, and I’m not completely boring, but believe it or not, going out drinking does eventually lose it’s novelty. So basically, what I’m saying is: these three years are what you make of them. And it may seem obvious that university is a time to try and learn new things, but for lots of us, opportunities just slip through our fingers. At risk of sounding like another cliché, it really is never too late. I’ve only got three months left, and if time keeps flying by the way it is at the moment, I’m sure it’ll only feel like three minutes. I also want to stress that this is only a tiny part of your life, and if it hasn’t been all that great, then don’t panic. It wont be the best time of everyone’s life, just think of it as the best time of your life so far.

Primrose Tricker

Whatever your shape, taste and style, there is plenty for everyone out there on the high street this spring. The two biggest trends of the season that pair together brilliantly, are pastels and denim. Now, I know I’ve mentioned denim before, but it really is back and bigger than ever! This time around it’s best worn as a jacket and paired with a pretty floral dress, or as jeans accompanied by a flowing boho top. The two ‘J’s’ are unavoidable, I’m afraid: Jeans and Jackets. Both denim, and both in every imaginable shape, colour and style. Just read any new fashion issue. They all talk of the different jeans to suit your shape, and there are loads. My favourite jeans are from Gap, I bought them two years ago, and I bought three pairs for when the other wore out (they were in the sale too!) but I’ve not started the last pair yet. My other favourite jeans are sadly from an American store, but hey

ho, never mind! H&M have also got a good stock of denim at the mo, and so it is definitely worth checking it out. My advice though, on denim jackets, is that whilst it is sunny outside, it is by no means warm. Layer them with a pastel jumper or cardigan to keep warm, and make sure that you’re home from your lectures before it gets dark or you will freeze! (Happened to me the last week. It wasn’t fun, and my fingers went blue!)

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UCAS be serious!

VIP Spread The Word About National Student Volunteering Week Helena Coyne

On 22nd – 28th February, the nation was overrun by student do-gooders taking part in National Student Volunteering Week, and Pompey was no exception with VIP, Portsmouth University’s Volunteering Society running loads of events for students to get involved with and spread the word about volunteering. The week kicked off on Monday with a mass giveaway of free (yes free!) energy saving light bulbs to encourage Pompey students to think green. Armed with lots of light bulbs, volunteers made their way round campus alerting people to the awareness of environmental issues and encouraging students to consider how much energy they are using, and how this could be reduced. Tuesday was then taken over by ‘Good Deed Day’ which was an event encouraging people to think about others and do a good gesture for someone during the day, which could have been anything from holding a door open to something extravagant! To promote the day, volunteers clad in bright ‘Good Deed Day’ t shirts and armed with a rather conspicuous placard, travelled round campus handing out sweets and generally spreading some joy to the University crowd. If you did a good deed and would like to

add it to our website then just log on to www.upsu.net/vip to let us know what you got up to! On Wednesday afternoon lots of keen volunteers set out to partake in a litter pick at Milton Common near Langstone. Despite the rather rainy conditions, they soldiered on helping to clean up the common which was a great opportunity to make a difference to the local community. Friday saw the volunteers turn all green fingered with a tree plant at Cottage Grove School in Southsea. It was great way to get involved with the youngsters and for VIP to make links which will hopefully continue for many years to come. All in all it was a fantastic week, with lots of new volunteers getting involved and helping to raise awareness about volunteering and what VIP do. It’s a really worthwhile cause and a great opportunity to do something a bit different. There are loads of events and socials coming up so if you fancy joining us for some fun and maybe even a cheeky pint then just contact us at vip@upsu.net. We’d love to hear from you.

Steven Mayor Continued from front page

Next events:

Friday 19th March – OAP Lunch Saturday 17th April – Pirate Day (arts and crafts day with local children)

Time to Toss Post-celebration of Pancake Day in International Café Pinky Hon

Picture by Beth Shepherd

It was once again a great night to be in the International Café, unlike other social gatherings, students from different countries have a chance to meet up, share and have fun. We played games and chatted in a cosy café, no alcohol or beer, just sitting down and talking. We talked about our different cultures, languages, technology, music - everything from social and political issues, to history and current news. There are no restrictions or boundries to that which can be shared, and it is a great way to enhance your knowledge and understanding of other counties and cultures, all within the space of two hours. However, on the 16th February 2010, we had a particularly special night. To most British people that particular day, Pancake Day, is known as Shrove Tuesday. It is traditional to eat pancakes on this day in preparation for the Christian custom of Lent (a time of giving things up). As a result, Shrove Tuesday has been traditionally recognised as the final day to indulge ourselves and use up food that is conventionally avoided during the period of Lent. Although it is no longer common to abstein entirely from the traditional foods that were prohibited during lent, such as sugar,

butter and eggs, which are found in pancakes, many people choose to give up one particualar item of food, such as chocolate!

We talked about our different cultures, languages, technology, music

As well as a speech on the origins of Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, we also had people helping to cook pancakes for us all to share, and we were given chance the chance to toss or flip over a pancake; it was a great fun! A helper in the Café said “it has been a fantastic night and everybody has had a great time. I have met many people from different countries and made great friends here - nobody would want to miss it!” The International Café takes place on Monday 8pm twice a month at King’s Church in Elm Grove and all students are welcome. Why not take this good opportunity to meet more people and broaden your horizons?

In fact, it is driving the job market insane, forcing candidate seekers to impose ludicrous specifications to their job ads. And I mean ludicrous. Take myself for example: a final year student in Accounting and Business. In these autumn months of university life, concentrations are naturally to squeezing out the last few wild nights out on the Walk, while simultaneously juggling the most challenging exams of the course with the gigantic literary nightmare known as the dissertation. Added to this scheduling catastrophe is the task of searching for a career to soberly settle into after three years of heavy drinking and pounding hangovers. It sounds simple enough: after all, all of us are either in, or will future board, the same boat. Yet due the madness running through the job market, I am repeatedly rebuffed by laughably high standards. And these standards are not on what grade my degree is expected to be, or what office experience I possess (which, as a student, is unsurprisingly minimal anyhow). No, my friends, the barrier to entry lies with UCAS points, those A-level grades we achieved before our university adventure even began. Before I carry on, allow me to explain that I have a reasonable UCAS score. What points I lack is not due to poor grades but due to the small number of units I took. Yet this means nothing when most job vacancies demand to see a score of 320 plus before they even look at your degree or experience, or even your name. It doesn’t matter if I’ve achieved a first class degree in my course, or if I’d advanced it to a Masters, or even if, while studying, I had supported an entire accounting practice as a volunteer assistant. It seems that all employers are concerned with is whether I took an extra A-level or two, something that, in comparison to a degree, might as well be a certificate from preschool. But the most horrifying thing of all is that this absurd constraint is used not only in accounting or finance roles but in other degree fields too. I acknowledge there will be a fair lucky few who, by no means of foresight, took on extra A-levels a few years back, but for the majority, we’re likely to face rejections largely due to a lack of obsolete qualifications. What do these employers expect us to do? Are we to return to college after graduation so we can clock up on the required UCAS points? Is the teenage youth of sixth form classes going to be mixing with older, twenty-something undergraduates trying to improve their employability? Perhaps I am taking this personally or maybe I am just ranting about absurdities, but I can’t help but visualize thousands of graduates being branded as unemployable purely for not taking on more than what was necessary during their college years. And what’s more, with the downturn still in effect and the number of both domestic and international graduates increasing, the matter looks only to get worse. It looks like I’m going to have to dust off my old sixth form uniform.


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Pugwash News Wednesday 17th March 2010

Arts & Entertainment

Theatre and Comedy

Cinema

Seth Lakeman

Alice in Wonderland (3D)

Jack Palmer

@ Kings Theatre - 5th March 2010 It has to be said that this was one of the more bizarre gigs I’ve attended. Starting promptly at 7.30 and winding up at 9.30, it was less of a gig and more of a show. Understandable really, what with it having been in the King’s Theatre. The grandiose design of this beautiful venue provided a perfect backdrop for the quieter numbers, ‘Fight for Favour’ being a great example. That

they were so captivating is a credit to Lakeman’s song-writing and the band’s musicianship; the front man is equally competent with a fiddle as he is with a tenor guitar and the double bass player is astonishing. There are plenty of foot-stompers in Seth’s arsenal too however, which felt slightly out of place in the surroundings of the theatre. Songs that normally draw a good ol’ hoedown from audiences were greeted with much awkward finger-tapping on the arms of chairs. Thankfully, as the show progressed, audience members tentatively made their way to the front to give songs

like ‘Poor Man’s Heaven’ the reception they deserved. By the encore, well over half the room was on their feet and the troubadour was in his element. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Seth Lakeman’s music is that it manages to appeal to both young and old. Maybe it’s because he gives unfashionable folk music a different image; he’s more John Mayer than John Martyn. Most probably, however, it’s because he writes great melodies. His popularity just goes to show that, whatever the genre, the song prevails.

Cat Fyson

With a completely new take on Alice’s adventures in Wonderland from Disney’s original 1951 animated version, Tim Burton takes on the story of 19 year old Alice. Running away from her engagement party to a pompous,

Interview with Seth Lakeman Jack Palmer PW: You arrive in Southsea 5 days into

your tour. How has it been going so far? SL: It’s been going very well. First gig out the way and really looking forward to the rest! PW: Your fan base seems to span from young hipsters to listeners of traditional folk. Do you think that folk music has had something of a resurgence recently? SL: Yes I think young people are getting in to acoustic music.... PW: The new album, Poor Man’s Heaven, has a more band-driven, rhythmic

energy to it. This is a lot different to your first album, The Punch Bowl. How do you feel you have progressed as a songwriter? Do you derive influence from musical genres outside of traditional folk? If so, what or who? SL: I listen to all sorts of music from gypsy jazz to hard house. Poor Man’s Heaven is a record built around a band of musicians, whereas Punch Bowl was a more individual project. PW: Many of your songs are evocative reworked folk tales from your native Dartmoor. What are the reasons for this? SL: I am very proud of where I come from and the people and places have a large influence in what I do.

PW: Are you able to draw parallels between these stories and yourself? SL: Yes you can always relate yourself to a story with the similarities from experiences in your life. PW: Your album, Kitty Jay, cost £300 to produce and went on to be nominated for the Mercury Prize. Do you have any advice for young musicians on a similar budget? SL: Bedroom recording is so accessible nowadays that it is possible to record a body of work on a very small budget, so I would always be confident about what you’re creating and always listen to peers advice, even if your music doesn’t fit popular style.

Picture by Walt Disney snot-nosed Lord with radiantly ginger hair she follows the White Rabbit down the Rabbit Hole, reliving images

from her dreams – which are in fact of course memories of her previous visit to Wonderland. This time, she has a mission to slay the Jabberwocky and save the creatures of Wonderland from the evil dictatorship of the Red Queen - played by Helena Bonham Carter. Carter does a great job of the role, but ultimately the star is, and always was going to be Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, whom in my opinion played the insanity to a tee. I’ve been raised on Tim Burton’s films – Edward Scissorhands and Mars Attacks! Being particular favourites – and for years I had always hoped Tim would take on Lewis Carroll’s brilliant tale. It needed a revamp – it needed to be darker. It needed to be Burtonesque. Unfortunately I was mildly disappointed. Tim Burton only lightly sprinkles the faltering plot with dashes of his trademark darkness, leaving a lot to be desired. Whilst each scene was visually wonderful and most of the casting was spot on (except Matt Lucas’ portrayal of the Tweedle twins), Tim could have done a lot more with the tale. As my first 3D cinematic experience, it seemed to me that the film was very dependent on showing off what it could do with 3D – which distracted from the plot at several points. However, it will undoubtedly satisfy children’s imaginations, and will keep most audiences very entertained.

Interview with Tom Parry DVD from sketch group ‘Pappy’s’ Triangle Review Joe Wilkes

‘Pappy’s Fun Club’, a zany four part sketch comedy act, was nominated in 2007 for the If.comedy award at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival. Then, it was made up of Ben Clark, Matthew Crosby, Tom Parry and Brendan Dodds. In 2008 they won the ‘Chortle Best Sketch Act’, and had their own shows on Channel 4 and Radio 4. Now a three-piece after parting company from Dodds, they have embarked on a nationwide tour. On the 28th march they will descend on The Wedgewood Rooms, where the promise is that they will attempt 200 sketches in 60 minutes- a world record. Our reporter Joe Wilkes caught up with Tom Parry on the 17th February. PW: For our readers who might be just

coming to you afresh, in your own words- who are ‘Pappy’s Fun Club’? TP: Well it’s just ‘Pappy’s’ now, I guess you could say we’ve streamlined our act! No really, since Brendan parted company with us we’ve just been ‘Pappy’s’, we’re basically just three friends putting on a show, we do sketch comedy, but live, with silly characters and silly music. We’re just three friends having fun together, and I guess it shows on stage you know, we just re-

ally enjoy what we do. PW: Has your success surprised you, or where you always ready for the five star reviews from big publications such as ‘The Independent’ and ‘The Guardian’? TP: It’s been delightful! We never really intended it to happen as such, we just started so we could hang out and see each other. It all started in a pub in front of friends and family, we all lived in different parts of the country you see and it was an excuse to get together. We’re staggered to be honest, we never really thought it would happen and it still seems strange to think this is what we do for a living now! PW: ‘Pappy’s Fun Club’ is an intriguing name, how did you come up with it? TP: O.K, I’ll give you the story. We were just searching for a silly, inane name to match the absurdity of our show, and a while before that Matt’s friend was pregnant and was thinking of a name for the baby. We were all joking that it would be funny to call a little baby ‘Pappy’, and when it came round to naming our show we all recalled this. The idea for a mysterious benefactor called Pappy, who sets us challenges, was appealing to us as a sort of in-joke, as we would be the only ones aware that Pappy was really a baby. They didn’t call the actual baby Pappy in the end though!

PW: What ideally do you feel you

bring to the comedy scene? What do you believe makes you so popular? TP: Yeah we’ve had a good response. I think it’s because people like to feel a part of something, and we always get the audience involved. We like our shows to be inclusive. PW: What would you say are your influences? TP: I suppose you could say we were inspired to react against wellrehearsed comedy and comic acting. We’ve always preferred comedy clubs to theatre, and we like to surprise the audience with improv, it’s a case of wanting to channel the ethos of standup in sketch form. Lee and Herring was an act we always really enjoyed and I personally believe Harry Hill is a genius. And of course no sketch comedy act can ignore the influence of Monty Python. To be honest though, British comedy is such a lively place that influences are everywhere at the moment. PW: How is this record attempt going so far? TP: It’s going really well- although it’s not actually a real record attempt. We realized that the audience wouldn’t put up with eighteen second sketches! It’s just an excuse to have a lot of fun, I guess you could call it creative cheating.

Chris Batchelor

British director Christopher Smith’s horror movie Triangle will have you both screaming in horror and frustration after this psychological thrill ride. The story follows Jess (Melissa George), a single mum to an autistic son. Jess is on a boat trip with friends when a mysterious storm capsizes the yacht and they are stranded, when an ocean liner appears they believe they are saved, until they find the liner is abandoned and Jess has an inescapable feeling of déjà vu the group quickly realise something is amiss. Triangle is centred on an innovative and compelling idea, but the execution and certain leaks in the story makes this a movie which will leave you both entertained and disappointed. Other than sailing Triangle has nothing explicitly to do with the Bermuda Triangle however the movie does play on the theme of the unexplainable debatably inspired by the Bermuda Triangle itself, the title actually refers to three-part structure of the movie however this model makes it hard to write about without giving too much away. Much like Christopher

Nolan’s brilliant Memento, Triangle uses a non-linear structure asking the audience to piece what they know together, where the result in Memento is an exciting and clever climax, by the end Triangle there are no concrete answers to the strategic plot leaving the audience slightly puzzled asking how and why. The main problem is almost the plot itself, all three parts of the narrative are based on the same event and follow the same character, making Triangle at times repetitive and even worst at times predictable-I found I had predicted what was going to happen with the limited information I was given, except I was waiting for a resolution to what was going on, which is never given which will divide audiences into feeling uneasy or aggravated. Melissa George is on screen for pretty much all of the 99 minute running time, she is undoubtedly excellent, but the rest of the cast could be anyone with no real development or above average performances. In all Triangle has a fascinating concept along with some thrilling set pieces and Christopher Smith teaches us that however hard we try and fight, something’s just cannot be explained, however frustrating that may be.


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Pugwash News Wednesday 17th March 2010

Arts & Entertainment

Tour

NME Awards Tour

The Maccabees, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Big Pink, The Drums Paul Miller

@ Portsmouth Pyramid Centre, 18 February Unfortunately after now having seen them both live, my opinion is much the same. Openers, The Drums are clearly aware that their music is nothing special. When playing live they had the fundamental issue of not being able to play it all themselves. To make up for this deficit they play along to a backing track and dance around

like lunatics in an attempt to distract us from the lack of live music. Regrettably, their dance of choice looks like a cross between the locomotion and a slow motion Ian Curtis, both of which are unadvisable. The Big Pink initially seemed more promising, through a complex combination of pedals and effects, they filled the Pyramid Centre electronic bleeps and feedback. However after that, the band didn’t appear to have hooks, choruses, or anything of interest. Obviously people enjoyed Dominoes but other than it just sound like a

bad version of Placebo being brutally raped by a gang of daleks After a fairly static start to the evening, the running order of the bands began to make sense. Bombay Bicycle Club immediately had a bigger impact on the crowd, despite barely saying a word for the whole set. The band seemed a lot more accomplished than their support acts despite only one full-length album and they provided a much more balanced set with intricate riffs as well as noisy choruses. As the night drew on it was clear

that the majority of people were here for the headliners. The Maccabees looked quietly confident, with the recent addition of a well deserved (and well utilised) brass-section. They showcased a faultless set of old and new material, but they’re attitude on stage makes them a great live band. In contrast to The Drums arrogant arsing around, The Maccabees seem genuinely happy to play and grateful to the crowd. Frontman Orlando ended the night by thanking pretty much everyone in the world. You’re very welcome Orlando.

Pictures (2) by Dan Smyth

Interview with Felix White of The Maccabees Paul Miller PW: So how’s the tour been so far? FW: Brilliant, we’re down to the last

three gigs now so we’re almost there, but it’s been great, we’ve loved it. PW: What have the instore gigs been like? FW: We only did one, the other two got cancelled for some reason, but the one we did (in Glasgow) was good. PW: Is it an odd experience playing in a shop? FW: It is a bit strange. It can be car crash, but I suppose they’re set up as foreign experiences, things you wouldn’t normally see at a gig and a different side to a band. Some of them can be really fun; it’s a bit of bi-polar experience.

PW: Have you or the rest of the band

made use of the other facilities at the venue? FW: I think a lot of the boys have gone for a swim actually! We’ve played here a couple of times and I’ve never been swimming here, but yeah it’s a strange venue. PW: Have you had a chance to look round Portsmouth much today? FW: We stayed here yesterday actually as well, but I haven’t done that much. I had a walk across the beach today and it was actually really beautiful. PW: Who would you give an NME award to? FW: I think Micachu and the Shapes deserve more attention than they’ve received and Richard Hawley’s not up for anything and I think he should be. PW: What plans have you got for sum-

mer festivals and tours? FW: There will be a few, but it’s basically getting down and doing the next album really. This is kind of the last thing we’re going to do. PW: When are you planning to release the new album? FW: Hopefully this time next year, there’s a lot of work to do it all in that time but hopefully we’ll get it done. PW: Will you be going to any festivals yourself? FW: I might go and see The Strokes at Isle of Wight. Strokes and Jay-Z, that’s a pretty immense line up! They’re one of those bands I’ve been in love with since I first heard them. PW: Are there any other festivals that you would recommend? FW: Bestival is good, as long as it’s not too muddy. I always hear that Secret

Garden Party is good as well but I’ve never been. PW: After the collaboration with Roots Manuva, have you got anything similar planned? FW: I think Edwyn Collins from Orange Juice is going to be joining us to do ‘Rip it Up’ at the Brixton gig. PW: Do you have any plans to record it in future? FW: No, not just yet, I think we’ll just see what happens. I think it’s nice to just keep you’re head on and do unexpected things. PW: Do you see a different sound developing for the next album? FW: Yeah. We’re doing it all individually at the moment, so I don’t quite know how it is going to develop, but it wont come out unless it’s different.

Interview with Jamie MacColl of Bombay Bicycle Club Paul Miller

PW: How was the instore signing today at HMV, do you find it a bit odd signing autographs? JM: It was all right, there were a lot of people there. I just don’t see why anyone would want my autograph. It’s mainly 13 or 14 year old girls, but if they want it then that’s fine! PW: Have you had much time to look around the rest of Portsmouth today? JM: I’ve already been to the d-day museum, by myself, which is a bit sad. PW: Did no-one else want to come along? JM: I didn’t ask. PW: We’re attached a swimming pool at the moment, have you played in any other unusual venues? JM: We’ve played in a bowling alley before and a barber ship as well the other week; we have done some weird gigs. We played in a puppet theatre. PW: What have you got planned for the summer? At this point the interview was interrupted by Ed (bassist) trying to determine which polystyrene take-away container was his. It was pork and chips. PW: Do you know what festivals you’re going to be doing this year? JM: Just Glastonbury at the moment. We’ve got a new acoustic album coming out though; we’ll do a tour for that. PW: What are you’re favourite festivals, to play at or just to go to? JM: Reading and Leeds, Glastonbury… actually I’m not a massive Glastonbury fan. There are too many people there and it’s too big. Too many old people. Sorry I sound like a grumpy old man! I really liked Latitude last year, that’s a good gig, and Secret Garden Party. I think it’s better to go to the little ones now. I think you’ll have more fun. PW: As this is the NPM awards tour, who would you give an award to, and what for? JM: Nicest band goes to The Maccabees definitely, this tour’s definitely re-enforced my love for The Maccabees. I can’t think of any other awards. I really like The Big Pink after this tour actually, I wasn’t that sure at the start. PW: How do you think this year’s lineup compares to some of the previous NPM Awards tours? JM: Well I went to The Killers, The Futureheads, Bloc Party and Kaiser Chiefs one, that was great. You can’t really tell because bands tend to get big after the tour. Looking back, the line up this year doesn’t look nearly as good, but then last year I’m sure no one was there for Florence and the Machine opening it. If we’re in the position Friendly Fires are in this time next year that’ll be great!


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Pugwash News Wednesday 17th March 2010

Arts & Entertainment

Gigs

Hadouken Wild Beasts Pavel Angelov

@ Pyramids, Portsmouth, 2 March Unicorn Kid kicked the gig off with a lively chiptune set mixed with some intelligent dance music and its quality was suitable for the headlining spot. He played in front of the still halfempty hall but this did not halt his enthusiasm and it is not a surprise that he is going to appear on some of the big festivals this summer. Next the stage was taken by This City, an indie hardcore punk band that could hardly have been more different than Unicorn Kid. However, the audience did not seem to mind the change and proceeded jumping and circle pitting. After a lengthy pause the stage was covered in thick smoke that gradually revealed Hadouken!, who opened with ‘Rebirth’. Most of the setlist consisted of songs from their recently released second album ‘For the Masses’ but old ones like ‘That Boy That Girl’,

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‘Get Smashed Gate Crash’ and ‘Liquid Lives’ were also included. Some of Hadouken!’s lyrics sound a bit childish on record but the power of their live performance adds depth them. Singer James Smith, who had his hood up and his face covered with a scarf in an anarchistic fashion at the beginning of their set, even made a Marxists reference before asking the audience to split into left and rightwing for a traditional hardcore exercise: the Wall of Death. Obviously influenced by the punk genre, the self-proclaimed wasted youth appears to be turning rebellious - even though they may have not identified an enemy yet. The finale was reserved for Lost, a dystopian love song which was an adequate end to their show. Unfortunately, due to the prolonged soundcheck - and the health and safety regulations - Hadouken! were left with just an hour to play before the curfew at 11 and did not come back for an encore.

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Album Gorillaz Plastic Beach Paul Miller

Picture by Dan Smyth Adam Jackson

@Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth, 3 March Wild Beasts are just back from glamorous, exciting travels in Australia and the USA, and to start off their UK tour they were at the Portsmouth Wedge. The night was started off by Lone Wolf, alone without his backing band, the melodies held their own whilst the crowd slowly grew in size. Erland and the Carnival arrived on stage with an attention-catching banging and it wasn’t exactly downhill from there, but it was never really uphill either. Now it was time for the composers of my autumn theme song (all the King’s men), yet coming on to stage with some muffled monologue blaring out the PA didn’t quite work for the beasts, and it seemed moving into ‘The Fun Powder Plot’ proved much more effective. However, it was obvious they had their work cut out to get this rigid crowd bopping and it

Picture by Danielle Rohan

wasn’t until ‘Two Dancers’ that movement started to happen. Tom Fleming manically playing his guitar with a drumstick unquestionably helped aswell. Wild Beasts paid homage to their first album at this gig, but somehow I missed the hype of their debut album ‘Limbo, Panto’, and I really did miss out. ‘Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants’ on the other hand, was one of the highlights of the night and proved too danceable for the loosening crowd. Hayden Thorpe’s constant shift from angelic crooning to edgy groaning was the feature of the night, particularly expressed in their final song, ‘Hooting & Howling’. When ending with such a fantastic song, an encore was definitely not a surprise. Not announcing it as the last song and having your roadie tune the guitars after leaving also helped though. Although a bit marred by incessant instrument changes and an uncertain audience, having two fantastic albums and not straying too far from them guaranteed for a decent night.

Owl City on UK Tour Alan Woods

@ Brighton Komedia, 17 February Owl City is the music project of 23year old Minnesota-based songwriter Adam Young. Unknown in the UK at the start of the year, the band have since captured the hearts of teenagers with their chart-topping anthem ‘Fireflies.’ On the back of three weeks at number one in the charts, ‘Owl City’ headed to the UK for the first time to

perform across the country. With three albums of highly addictive melodies, held together by a mix of euro-pop, synth instruments and harmonic vocals, the first night of the tour saw the band headline Brighton’s Komedia Theatre. Owl City kicked off the 50 minute, fast-paced set with the sunny ‘Umbrella Beach’ followed by ‘The Bird and the Worm’ and ‘On The Wing.’ The band proceeded to play all of newly released album ‘Ocean Eyes,’ as well as a handful of tracks from their

largely unknown previous albums. ‘Fireflies’ surprisingly appeared midway through the set rather than at the end and as the band on stage played the instantly recognisable introduction to the song, the room erupted into voice. It seem that most of the crowd had bought their ticket for this sold out show to hear ‘Fireflies’ alone and they would not have been disappointed, as Young delivered a noteperfect version of the song. The band cruised through a further eight songs before the one track en-

core, including fan favourite ‘Hot Air Balloon’ and the joyous ‘Dental Care.’ Ahead of ‘Hello Seattle’ for the encore, the band gave an impressive performance of upcoming single ‘Vanilla Twilight,’ complete with an equally striking lighting display. It is fair to say that Owl City really did pour a heavy dose of atmosphere on the Komedia as they closed the show, proving that they have more to give than just one single.

On the release of their self-titled debut album, Gorillaz were guaranteed a boost towards success by Damon Albarn’s pre-existing notoriety. For their third release, he’s granted them a solid gold, fame-encrusted rocket to the moon in the form of all of his famous friends.

Albarn has made it work

It’s not as if collaborations were a rarity in the past for the cartoon monkey ensemble, but Albarn has really upped the ante here as far as famous friends go, by simply inviting his whole phonebook. Snoop Dogg, Lou Reed, Mos Def, Bobby Womack and half of The Clash make up only a fraction of the collaborators. If you listen closely you can even hear Mark E. Smith’s groan of ‘Where’s north from here?’ on Glitter Freeze. Managing a cast as diverse as that could be an insanely difficult task to handle but somehow Albarn has made it work. Despite the disparate nature of some of the additional contributors, the combinations of them sort of make sense. Bobby Womack’s injection of soul following Mos Def’s input on Stylo fits perfectly, and Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach makes you wonder why Snoop Dogg hasn’t worked with Hypnotic Brass Ensemble before. Although the sound of this record may be far removed from the first two Gorillaz albums, and perhaps not quite as coherent, it’s the band’s ability to combine contrasting talents and genres that makes them so different from anyone else. They have never been a clearly defined group. Sometimes they seem to be Damon Albarn’s solo project, sometimes they’re just a bunch of monkey drawings. This album may not have the standout singles like Feel Good Inc. and Clint Eastwood that the first two offered, but the change in direction has made way for a much more varied album and a sound that can’t be heard anywhere other than on Plastic Beach.


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Purple Wednesdays Wednesday 17th March 2010

Arts & Entertainment

Freedom to develop your talent ‘Journey’s End’ Theatre

Dan Whiteway

@ The Kings Theatre - 1st March 2010 The beauty of writing about something that’s always going to happen means that the message you attempt to convey will always be relevant. Birth, death, war, taxes and the average quality of daytime television are always constants in life; write about those and the theme you attempt to convey will be appreciated to the modern, contemporary day. Somewhat greedily perhaps, RC Sherriff’s Journey’s End explores both death and war. Without meaning to be, even against the playwright’s wishes, the play has become the stage equivalent of Wilfred Owen’s ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’; an anti-war message expressed through creative means written by the men of the trenches of the First World War. However, it is not without good reason that the play has reached its place on that particular pedestal. The playwright’s exploration of how men react under pressure and how each deal with that literally mind-blowing pressure is simply magnificent.

In this production, Christopher Harper as the fatally flawed hero and protagonist Captain Stanhope was superb, who has to deal with the intense task of leading a group of men inspirationally whilst becoming increasingly dependent on whiskey to ease his nerves, thus undermining his authority. Graham Seed has seasoned Lieutenant “Uncle” Osborne gave a performance that displayed the kind of professionalism 40 years of acting produces. The real treat from this production was how the actors and the director managed to keep the audience’s attention all the way through, particularly in the poignant long stretches of silence and forced conversation before Osborne and Raleigh begin their fatal (for one at least) raid on a German trench. In a theatre as large as King’s, the production showed just how to build a claustrophobic atmosphere through a combination of acting, props and stage setting. Perhaps the one downside was the sparse audience for an opening night of a nationally critically acclaimed play. But everything that could have been done by the team behind this show to make it superb was done.

Arts & Literature

Interview with Touch and Go Joe Joe Adams

Many students dream of getting published and of being stars of the stand up world but few succeed, I had the pleasure of interviewing the few, a Mr Joe Wells of our very own Portsmouth University who is best known for his book, ‘Touch and Go Joe: An adolescence experience of OCD’. In this short interview I ask Joe about how he got published and how his stand up career took off, with the aim to inspire those who want to get noticed.

PW: For people that would like to get published what advice would you give them, describe the process that you had to go through. JW: I sent off a couple of chapters and an overview of the planned book to a publishers who knew had published similar things. It’s important to research which publishers produce similar things and who’s customers would be interested in reading your book. I got quite lucky with my publishers but often people are rejected lots of times before their work’s taken up so don’t be disheartened if publishers aren’t interested. PW: Where do you see your writing career going? JW: I’m planning at some point to co-

‘Architecture is about much more than drawing buildings. There’s a poetry to it which has come alive for me during my time at Portsmouth. The architect has to meet with clients and work with the builders on the ground. As a fledgling architect it can be tough to stand your ground and disagree with someone more experienced, but it might be crucial to the success of a project.’

write a short film with another comic called Pete Walsh, it’s about a British National Party activist who falls in love with an immigrant, it’s like a 21st century Romeo and Juliet, two star crossed lovers. Pete’s a good friend of mine and is very funny so I’m hoping it will turn out well. I’m also writing lots for various OCD awareness charities at the moment. PW: As a comedy star, when did you realise you were confident enough in your comic abilities to stand up on stage? JW: I started out doing talks about OCD and put lots of jokes in, I travel all around the country doing hour long talks, it’s not like a comedy show but there’s lots of jokes in it. I saw Mark Thomas when I was about 16 and that made me want to do stand up but I didn’t know for sure I would be able to pull it off till I started doing it. PW: What are the best ways for people to get into stand up comedy? JW: The best thing to do is write lots and lots of material and then pick the best 5 minutes, practice it till you know it off by heart then start emailing local promoters asking for open spots. I think it’s also useful to go watch a lot of stand-up and get an idea of where you want to fit into the world of stand-up, what sort of comedy you would like to do.

Irene Cortelling, Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture

Do a Master’s, change your life Postgraduate information days • Thursday 26 November 2009 • Tuesday 16 March 2010 • Tuesday 7 September 2010 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 www.port.ac.uk/postgraduate PW: Who is your biggest inspiration and/or favourite comedian? JW: Mark Thomas was the person who made me want to do stand-up, specifically political stand-up. Someone who not many people have heard of is Will Hodgson, he’s an ex-skinhead, exwrestler who has, his whole life, collected my little ponies and care bears. I like that Will doesn’t compromise what he does to appeal to a mainstream audience, he’ll stand still in front of the mic which he leaves in the stand and tell stories with strong socio-political messages, it relies almost completely on his brilliant writing. Also Stewart Lee I think is one of the best Comics working today because of his strong writing. Joe will be found in this year’s chortle student competition as well as this years laughing horse new act of the year competition which should be good giving that Joe has already won the 2010 comedy central funniest student award. To find out more check out his my space page onmyspace.com/joewellscomedy.

‘4’ Art Exhibition Joe Adams

Four is an art exhibition that takes place every week at Eldon building, its aim is to exhibit four pieces of work per week to help publicise young talent. Four funnily enough is based in a square room with all four walls being used for different artists. The art work varies greatly, with Chris Ballingal’s untitled work framing snippets of texts which conveys the beauty of language even once striped of context. Compare this to Christopher Springs exhibition, which tries to demonstrate human suffering by desensitising the onlooker by conveying the suffering in a humorous way. Such powerful art is also created by Chichester student Louise Probert, with her untitled work inspired William Wordsworth

works and ‘The Dungeons’ one textile took over 20 hours to complete. The work does not have to represent such deep sociological and cultural issues however but can represent contemporary issues such as Education cuts. Nicholas Forbes work are banners which will be used in the protest on February 24th outside the University building. The creators of 4 are eager to exhibit new talent from all artistic backgrounds, ranging from abstract art to drama performances, poetry and short stories. Four takes place every Thursday at Eldon building between 4-7 in room 2.30. To get in touch e-mail chrisspring@hotmail.co.uk or find ‘4’ on facebook.


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Purple Wednesdays Wednesday 17th March 2010

Sports

Netball Sophie Beachus & Emma Carroll 4ths

After being unsure whether we would actually be able to play due to the weather, we got the go ahead and the first quarter of the first Netball match of Varsity began! Due to the rain, injury struck for Fresher Mo within the first five minutes who had to come off with an injured ankle and was replaced by fellow Fresher Nat. A few slips and falls later (mainly by Sophie B!) the fast pace of the first quarter left the score at 7-10 despite some very determined defending from Verity and Becky. High spirits and excellent defending in the second quarter saw Pompey get some great turnovers and some amazing shooting from Elle and Sophie W despite Southampton's lead. With everyone in high spirits, Roz and Fitter came on in defence and Elle swapping with Nat at WA. The third quarter was by far our best, with Sophie and Nat barely missing a shot and some outstanding defence work from a determined Tamara, backed up by Roz and Fitter. With some excellent attacking work from Elle and the shooters the gap between the scores was now much closer. With the rain now falling heavier, we were wearier of the wet ground. However, with determined play from the whole team the final score was 20-30 to Southampton. Every player played extremely well with Tamara being named player of the match for her determined Centre play and brilliant interceptions. Well done girls! 3rds

The day started at 6.30am for Captain Froud thanks to Becca ‘early bird’ Saunders texting to see if varsity was still on…obviously due to the standard ‘Great’ British weather. Now Froud didn’t want to let everyone else miss out on such a glorious early morning, so generously sent a team text straight after stating that varsity was on.

Upon arrival at Southampton, we were met by the sports centre caretaker. Now he would definitely make a rather good salesman after almost managing to charm Gaby ‘this is my president’ Johnson into paying a tenner for a changing room…no such luck though. Great resistance there from the prez! After eating all our lunch by 10.45am (standard) we all headed out to watch the first netball match of the day. After an unlucky loss by the 4ths it was our turn. We lost the toss, but we were feeling confident with Lauren Blaber and Alex Milligan in the starting line up. The first quarter was incredibly close with pompey only 5 goals behind, it was still all to play for. The following quarter again was close, but thanks to the enormous support we managed to reduce the gap to only a four goal deficit. The third quarter was by far the best from the team as the gap was closed to only 1 goal making the difference thanks to maximum effort and determination among the team. Unfortunately, even though Pompey were hot on the tail of Southampton all the way through the match, the final score was Southampton 34-30 Portsmouth. A gutting defeat but we took away from the match the positive that we kept on trying and never gave up as a team. A massive shout out goes to all of the netball girls the boys for the tremendous support and cheering we received through the entirety of the game. We will let them all off for running to see cheerleading perform! Finally, a very well done to Lauren, Nola, Clarko and Louise for lasting the whole day and supporting all of the football games. MOM goes to the whole team for their continued determination and efforts, not often present in many teams for the full duration of a game, while DOD has to be Rachel Clarkson; stood like a lemon, hands in the air waiting for a rebound, when the ball was down the other end of the court.

2nds

After a 20 min warm up to try and gain some feeling in our toes, having been soaked by the rain, we got on the pitch riled up and raring to go. We started strong but quickly realised how slippery the courts were with two people falling over in the first quarter. Our defence team of Jo Debs, Faye Cook and player of the match Liz Wilks were working extremely well as a team and turning the rebounds to our advantage resulting in several goals. We came off of the first quarter with a six goal lead at 8-2. During the second quarter another few falls made it even more evident that conditions on the court were not great. Sam Barnes and Becky Dines were working well feeding the ball from the centre into the circles giving us some great opportunities to score. Southampton now had their eye on the net and their shooting was much better in this quarter allowing the to claw a few goals back. Once into the third quarter the weather cleared and the sun was even out for a while, we went out fighting for every ball with some quite fiery bouts for the ball. Our shooting was on form with good feeding in and around the circle to create the best opportunities by Gaby Johnson and Aislinn D’Silva. Whilst trying to get a ball going off Ash ended up running into the fence and pole danced around the goal several times during the quarter! At the end of the third quarter we only had a two goal lead, so after a two minute team talk with Coach Judy and Captain Emma Carroll about staying calm and fighting for every ball, we went back on court. With the immense support and cheering on the sidelines from the other Portsmouth Netball Club sides and the Portsmouth Football Club we had the determination we needed to push on for the final fifteen minutes. By the end of the match we were ecstatic winning 25-23. A close fiery game that was enjoyable for all of us. Although a wet day the win made it all worth while!

Cheerleading Silvia Mendes

Its 10.30am as I approach the union. The rest of the cheer girls are gathering outside, yet no rain or bitter cold stops us from wearing our cheer kit e (minimal skirt is what the God’s of e rain desire, don’t you know). All with h our 5 pairs of tights, ready to take s on our opponents, Southampton Vix- ens and cheer on one of our winning . teams of the day, American Footballs ers, Portsmouth Destroyers. n We arrive at Southampton, and the y French plaits have gone platinum in r our dressing room. We grab our pomc poms and make our way outside, ready t to greet the players, spectators and of y course, the rain, wind and cold. Once the game got underway, us girls did what we do best. Cheer. The constant “Come on boys” and “Lets go Destroyers” was nothing less of the repeated “Defence” by the Vixens. Something the Southampton team should have taken note of if they wanted to win. Fair to say, we cheered, Destroyers scored, and we cheered some more.

Varsity 2010 was nothing short of cider and black, the football team dressed head to toe in their recognisable blue kit, £1 chips and cheer girls stunting on the sideline. We rose to full extension, attempted baskets, and comp squad stunned with their winning routine, which by the way bought home five trophies (just for those who constantly argue “cheerleading is not a real sport”). Those who witnessed the routine cannot fault the girls on enthusiasm, the cheer smiles, formations and stunts thrown left, right and centre proved just how hard we all work as a squad. Even in the most gloomy weather days. This said, Southampton Vixens’ performance peaked on expectations with their gymnastic galore routine, making me slightly jealous for not being able to achieve a roly-poly. After the game which saw American Footballers triumph, the ‘common room’ as it were, was greeted by very cold cheerleaders, a tired squad of Destroyers and what I can only imagine, a healthy cash desk. And, of course, lets not forget a certain grey

Basketball Laura Wallman

The Basketball Club had aspirations of success prior to the Varsity game on Sunday, despite both teams missing key players. The men’s 1st team narrowly lost by 1 point in a game which the hosts started the brighter and quickly took the lead. However, Portsmouth got themselves into a 20 point lead during the 2nd half which Southampton then cut to a 1 point lead with 6 seconds remaining. The visitors turned the ball over following good pressure by Southampton who scored with 2 seconds remaining. The final score was 70-69 to Southampton

after a thoroughly enjoyable game with notable performances from Luke Fazackerley and Robbie Pearson. The Women’s team lost 57-32 after a well fought game and a closer 1st half. There were a number of strong plays and great hustle from both teams after a slow start to the game. Portsmouth stayed within touching distance throughout the game but could not quite reduce the deficit enough to make the last quarter competitive. There were good defensive performances from Freshers Michelle Taylor and Lauren Pellant as well as a top scoring 11 points from Captain Laura Wallman.

Mountain Biking Mez Eldridge Tull

The inaugural mountain biking Varsity competition took place over a memorable weekend for both clubs. In a secret location on top of a hill in the pouring rain, Portsmouth's and Southampton's downhill riders gathered for a weekend of carnage. The hill was littered with supporters on both sides creating a great atmosphere despite the appalling weather.

The crashing from practise hadn’t gone away. Several riders on both sides decided that plowing through trees was the better line!

The competition was based on 5 riders from each uni doing two timed runs on two different tracks and the fastest run from each rider would be picked for the final rankings. Saturday saw the track ‘Foot Out Flat Out’ being torn to pieces. The steep, rocky track littered with roots, tight off camber corners posed no problems to Pompey rider Tom Clennet who put in the fastest time of the day with several Southampton riders close behind.

Nervous and battered from the track, we walked away looking forward to Sunday feeling confident that we could open up the gap between ourselves and Soton. On Sunday we arrived at the tracks early to get some extra practice in. The weather was looking good although 'Track 3' had suffered from the rain the previous day but was still flowing fast. There was a spectacular number of crashes during practise as conditions got worse (many of which have been caught on camera for the AU Ball!). When it came to the race runs, the track was lined with supporters cheering riders as they flew (quite literally in some cases) down the hill. The crashing from practise hadn’t gone away. Several riders on both sides decided that plowing through trees was the better line! Tommy Wright of Soton managed to put down a very respectable time considering he only had one break leaver! At the end of the racing the times from both days were tallied up and Pompey came out on top! Despite the bad weather everyone had a wicked weekend, and we’re looking forward to defending our title next year.

Top five riders:

1st - Jonny Howe (Pompey) 2nd - Tommy Wright (So’ton) 3rd - Tom Clennett (Pompey) 4th - Matt Shields (Pompey) 5th - Ian Clarke (So’ton)

Roller Hockey Rhys Williams

Portsmouth 3 - 15 Southampton Picture by Krish Mistry hat which made it’s debut thanks to Jessica Baird and it’s rightful owner, Emma Conybear. Varsity 2010 was my second and my last. Yet, I can only imagine that 2011 will bring Portsmouth Phoenix Cheerleaders more trophies, more winnings for our Pompey Destroyers, and far more snakebite. Therefore, and for one more time “Lets Go Portsmouth, Lets Go!”

After a disappointing loss to Southampton in last year’s varsity and some impressive recent results, the team were ready to give everything they got to secure a win this time around. The 1st period of play saw some terrific hockey from both sides, with a score of 2 - 4 thanks to goals from Sean Reading & Rory Butchart. However, a more experienced Southampton side made sure they built an unrecoverable lead, with the score at the end of the 2nd being 3 - 8. A great team performance from

all outfield players and some brilliant saves from goaltender Elliot Staker could not recuperate from the 2nd period score line, with Southampton bringing the game home with a 15 goal performance. In light of the result, the University of Portsmouth played some remarkable hockey and as a result, has seen 3 new recruits ready and willing to join the club after spectating in the Old Sports Hall. All we can say is, bring on next year’s varsity!

Interested in joining Roller Hockey? Email rollerhockey@upsu.net


VARSITY 2010

Photography by Krish Mistry, Dan Smyth & Laura Stevenson

Sport » Varsity

Softball swing to victory Pompey Tchoukball fight for glory Carl Simmonds

After the risk of cancellation due to the poor weather, there was a great relief on the day to find that the diamond was fit for play. The ‘Shafters’ made their debut match at varsity with style. The game was scheduled for 7 innings, each one a struggle to make a dent in the score, until the top of the 3rd inning when the Shafters demonstrated some skillful batting and classic Shafter style base running, which managed to put the score at 4-1. However, the Southampton ‘Mustangs’ proved they had some drive left by leveling the score at 4-4 at the bottom

of the 6th inning. With tension mounting the Shafters managed to squeeze two more runs in their last turn at bat. On the Mustangs turn to bat they advanced runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out, then succeeded in getting a runner home, the score was set at 6-5 to the Shafters. The final play resulted in a tricky catch for shortstop leading to a double play and the Mustangs chance for victory denied. MVP was awarded to Pete Skirrow for his two runs scored and the winning catch. If any one is interested in playing softball, our league has yet to start and newcomers of any ability or gender are welcome. Email softball@upsu.net

Andrew Loach

Portsmouth 60 – 56 Southampton Portsmouth provided a confident performance as they beat Southampton in a closely fought Varsity match. The first period began fairly evenly as both teams made a steady start to the match. However, Portsmouth formed a narrow lead thanks to some strong shooting from the likes of Danny Lee and Roman Grabenhorst. The lead was solidified further by numerous errors from the Southampton team and resilient defending from players such as Adam Cornwell and Andrew Roach meant that Portsmouth had a 19-16

lead at the end of the period. However, Southampton started the second period brightly and started to reduce Pompey’s lead. However, some solid defending from Ian Parker and Jamie Warner allowed Portsmouth to maintain their lead. Southampton started to tire towards the end of the period and Portsmouth exploited this as some well placed shots from Holly Jacklin and Ben Wallace enabled Portsmouth to extend their lead to 40-33 with just one third left. It was an energetic start to the final period as both teams started quickly. Some good passes from Jenny Lemme and Sebastian Fernando allowed Portsmouth to maintain their lead. Southampton managed to find an extra

gear towards the end of the period and scored several points in succession. However, Portsmouth managed to hang on to win the match 60-56. Player of the Match: Holly Jacklin What is Tchoukball?

The sport is played on an indoor court. At each end of the court there is a ‘frame’ (a device similar to a trampoline off which the ball bounces) and a semicircular ‘D’. Each team can score at both ends. In order to score a point, the ball must be thrown by an attacking player then hit the frame and bounce outside the ‘D’, without being caught by the defending team.


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