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KINGSTON UNIVERSITY AND SOUTH WEST LONDON

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• Tuition fee vote passed by MPs • Thousands riot across London • Anarchists break into Treasury • Charles and Camilla attacked BY DAN BLOWS

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KINGSTON MP Ed Davey last night stood accused of betraying thousands of KU students by voting with the Government to raise the cap on tuition fees. The MP for Kingston and Surbiton broke the NUS pledge he signed before May’s General Election to abolish fees altogether. Thousands of KU student votes helped him hold the seat at the election. But last night he chose to side with the Coalition Government and treble the amount students must pay to go into higher education. The vote came on a day that saw violence across London and high drama in Westminster. The Coalition had to overcome a backbench rebellion to pass the motion, eventually stumbling across the line with a majority of only 21 – meaning more than 30 Government MPs voted against the policy or abstained. While Parliament was voting to lift the tuition fee cap to as much as £9,000 per year, violence exploded in the streets nearby as students

The protests have once again been marred by violence

demonstrated for the fourth week in succession. Mounted police charged the crowd near Westminster Abbey as officers were bombarded with missiles including paint bombs and snooker balls. Demonstrators were contained in a police kettle in Parliament Square until late into the night. Flames lit up the evening sky after a wooden container was set ablaze. When news of the vote reached the students on the streets the atmosphere worsened again, with protestors smashing windows on Government buildings in West-

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minster. There were further clashes with police and it took officers in riot gear to stop protesters smashing their way into the Treasury building armed with rocks. Meanwhile, Mr Davey’s support for the Government was met with disdain by Kingston students. Chris Dingle, vice-president of the Student Union, said: “Ed Davey made a pledge to students to vote against the rise in tuition fees and find a fair alternative. “I don’t think anybody, including him, would say he has done that or say he is going to do that.” CONTINUED P4

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‘Life is going to be tough,’ warns new VC Professor Julius Weinberg hopes to lead KU with ambitious plans and a realistic vision in preparation of eductation cuts BY DAN BLOWS K0847361 KINGSTON University needs to prepare itself for tough times when the Government slashes the Higher Education budget, the new vice chancellor has warned. Julius Weinberg, who is replacing Sir Peter Scott next spring, criticised the Coalition’s decision to cut funding, and stated his desire for an ambitious programme. But he admitted that “the university has to be realistic”. Professor Weinberg, who is leaving a position as deputy vice-chancellor at City University, London, to join KU, told the River: “I do not believe in a new ‘chief’ bringing in and imposing a vision, though clearly I have ideas and preferences. I think we should be ambitious. “I care about inclusivity, quality, inquiry, courtesy, fairness. “However life is going to be tough and we also have to be realistic. The vision needs to be “owned” by, and shared with, the institution.

There are a lot of highly intelligent thoughtful people at Kingston who should have an input into ideas for the future. I look forward to some interesting discussions about determining the vision.” The professor strongly criticised any plans to cut state funding for the university sector, saying he “deplored” the proposals. He said the Trident nuclear programme ought to be subject to cuts before the Higher Education budget. He stated his belief that universities should be funded from the public purse. He said: “Unfortunately this position has a number of drawbacks. The first is that it is not going to happen. No political party is going to raise taxes to fund universities. Funding universities out of taxation has the disadvantage that university funding becomes subject to political whims. “The reality is that universities will be funded by a mix of public and private money and the debate is really about the mix.” He went on to lend his backing

to the thousands of students up and down the country who have demonstrated their opposition to the Government’s plans, though he tempered his support with regard to the violence that has flared up around student demonstrations. He said: “I am delighted that current students are concerned about the well-being of future generations of students. It is good to see passion about issues. “I encourage them to voice their opinions. However, they should ensure that they are well informed and marshal their arguments. I would also say that violence is a poor way to get your point across!” Professor Weinberg graduated from Oxford University with a degree in medicine, and subsequently specialised in infectious diseases and tropical medicine. During the 1980s, he trained in general medicine before moving into teaching. In the 1990s, he moved into public health. After travelling to the war-torn former Yugoslavia to establish a system of monitoring diseases for the World Health Organi-

Julius Weinberg is set to take over at Kingston in spring 2011

zation, he worked as a consultant epidemiologist for what is now the Health Protection Agency. He said: “Working in developing countries and a war zone gives one a sense of perspective. Viewing ethnic cleansing makes you realise how important values are, and the role education plays in bringing people together.” When not busy with medicine or teaching, Professor Weinberg enjoys making pottery and told the River that he hopes working at Kingston University will give him the opportunity to learn from the

Muslim students shocked after mosque attack BY MASHAAL MIR & JEYAMURALE SOMASEKARAM K0949310 & K07442059 MUSLIM students expressed shock and concern after a group of masked men attacked Kingston Mosque by urinating on it and pouring beer down the wall in broad daylight. Windows were broken with baseball bats and strips of bacon were left on cars near the mosque, in an assault that is being slammed as a “retaliation attack” by many Muslim students. Hellen Sami, 22, a politics and international relations student, said: “I see this as a retaliation attack to the small group of Muslims burning poppies and it hurts me deeply to see something like this taking place in Kingston.” The attacks occurred following a protest on November 4, where 60 members of the English Defence League marched through Kingston with a giant poppy, chanting “Muslim bombers off our streets.” The far-right group has been opposing the spread of Islamism, Sharia Law

and Islamic extremism in England since being formed in 2009. The march dispersed peacefully, but near prayer time authorities were called for help when 15 masked youths and men attacked the mosque. Rizwan Khaliq, a spokesman for Kingston Mosque, said that insults were mainly shouted at the elderly congregation gathered inside. “It is a miracle that nobody was injured and only superficial damaged was caused,” he said. “Such despicable actions have no place in our community and it is something that we must all unite Kingston Mosque against.”

Kingston Council was stunned by the gravity of the assault and immediately condemned the actions and called for unity. A spokesman from the council said: “We will oppose, as one, any act that seeks to undermine the democratic basis of our proudly diverse community.”

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Some Muslim students believe that the attack on Kingston Mosque is a sign of Islamophobia escalating as hate-crimes. Law student Neda Zohr, 19, said: “Islamophobia is spreading fast. The fact that Kingston has become a target for anti-Muslim hate crime is dreadful. It just goes to show that not even Kingston is safe from Islamophobia.” A Kingston police spokeswoman confirmed three people had been arrested. “Three men, aged 39, 19 and 17, who are not from the Kingston area, were arrested,” she said. The men have been bailed without charge until January and Kingston police have begun appealing for help. Despite the severity of the attack, Muslims students are viewing the assault on Kingston Mosque as an opportunity for more unity and understanding across the community. “I feel that this type of hatred will only bring Muslim students together,” said Ms Zohr. “We are better and stronger in unity against such prejudice acts.”

university’s academics. “I throw pots, and I struggle with the glazing - so I would like to learn a bit more about glazing techniques. “I have no doubt that in my time at Kingston I am going to find many things that academics do that are fascinating.” KU students will be encouraged to learn that the new vice chancellor is a student himself, taking a foundation degree in humanities from the Open University. He said: “I know exactly what it’s like to have an essay deadline, and to be anxious about my marks.”

COMMENT CONFLICT between Muslims and people of other faiths is not a new occurrence. Historically, all sides have fuelled the fire and now the flames seem higher than ever. I’m not a Muslim, in fact I’m not religious at all, but respecting religion is common decency. Why would anyone want to disrespect a mosque? It’s childish, immature and ridiculously narrow-minded. My uncle embodies this narrow-mindedness, always bringing up the ‘glorious’ partition of India and Pakistan - a-not-so glorious civil war that claimed the lives of almost a million people. He abhors the fact I have many Muslim friends, owing to my Sikh upbringing and openly criticises me for my inter-faith friendships...so we don’t talk! I would be just as disgusted if it was any other place of worship. When will these people grow up and look beyond a label? We are all human after all aren’t we? By Natasha Nunwa


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What did students get up to on the day heavy snow closed down the university?

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Third year Geography students Rebbeca Rowlands Three students sledging down at Clayhill. Alistair Charlton and Cathy Alcoran with their snowman, Donald

Second years Verity Wendon and Kate Ede’s This seven foot tall unnamed snowman snow-woman Mary. terrorised Clayhill residents. Alistair Charlton BY MATTHEW MCEVOY

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KINGSTON university is bracing itself for more severe weather after unprecedented snowfall caused the closure of all campuses earlier this month. Experts believe the current cold snap is set to continue well into 2011, meaning the possibility for further closures during the weeks to come. David Price, a forecaster for the Met Office, said that over the weekend and into next week will see “milder conditions” with “no significant snowfall” but colder conditions would return by the end of next week. Despite Kingston’s impromptu snow

day, students had already battled with the elements only a few weeks earlier, struggling with icy conditions that caused severe delays to public transport. Positiveweathersolutions.com predicts the coldest winter in years. Severe frosts will be expected overnight, causing chaos for students and faculty members who regularly commute to Kingston. With limited access to Kingston from central London via rail and bus, the Met office has warned against travelling if conditions are bad. When asked about the possibility of a white Christmas for Kingston and the rest of the country Mr Price was diplomatic. “We can’t promise anything,” he said.


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Do KU students care? KU students accused of failing in the fight against tuition fees BY SOPHIE NORTON & PAULA BARANOWSKA K0814304 K0824460 STUDENTS at Kingston University have been accused of being apathetic in the fight against education cuts and higher tuition fees. Students, who organised a secondary schools protest in Kingston, said that KU students did not seem to care about the cuts hitting higher education. At a national meeting of the Education Activist Network, a pressure group fighting the cuts, one teenager said: “Kingston students are definitely not giving enough support to the protests. “I was speaking to a few students and they were saying that they just don’t care because it doesn’t affect them at all. “We would love it if Kingston University joined us in protests instead of being patronising. “I feel that quite a lot of students are looking down on us.” Ciaran Smith, 17, from Surbiton, who organised a petition to Kingston Council to oppose the tuition fee increase, agreed that KU were not engaged enough in the protests. He said: “I have received no reply from any of the reps who I contacted. On the other hand, a few

KU student activists who I have contacted through Facebook have been helpful in advancing the petition. “A case of lions led by donkeys, seemingly.” Kingston University Education Activists Network held a meeting earlier this week at which several pupils of the local Coombe Girls’ School attended to discuss how they would work with KU to create a united front at the national demonstration on Thursday. They congratulated everyone involved in the demonstrations, especially school pupils and the work of the NUS and EAN for all their support with the local protests. Chris Dingle, vice president of the student union, has said some students did not feel it affected them and so did not protest. Dr Andrew Higginbottom, lecturer in politics at KU, said that he was convinced that his students were concerned with the increase in tuition fees but they had intensive academic work and wanted to get good grades. Students at sixth form colleges around the borough plan to continue protesting through various means, not simply in opposition to the Government’s plans to hike university tuition fees. This would guarantee them future debts but also show their anger at proposals intended to abolish the Educational Maintainance Allowance, which is worth £30 per week.

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Between 100 and 200 UCL students were threatened with legal action after they occupied the Jeremy Bentham room in the Wilkins Building in central London. King’s College students dressed up as bears, lions and monkeys as they travelled on the Tube and on buses. They were holding signs with slogans “Stop Monkeying Around With Our Education” and “Access to Education is a Simple Bear Necessity of Life”. York University students have been occupying a study area in the physics/electronics building in an attempt to force the university to release a statement in opposition to the planned raising of the cap on tuition fees. Secondary schools across the country are expected to go into occupation this week objecting against the planned cuts. Cambridge students occupy a univerity building

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KU vice chancellor condemns cuts on arts BY PAULA BARANOWSKA K0824460 KU chancellor Sir Peter Hall has urged the public to “make loud noises” against the cuts on arts. Sir Peter, 80, director emeritus of Kingston’s Rose Theatre, condemned the “insane” cuts on arts planned by the Coalition Government. In a speech after receiving the Evening Standard Theatre Award for his contribution to world stage, Sir Peter criticised plans to remove £100m of grants from the arts. “I think we have got the best, most alive, most alert theatre envi-

ronment that anybody could imagine in the world,” he said. “We are now at a stage where subsidised theatre is as strong as it’s ever, ever been and we’re going to be reducing it? “What we have got in the future is an extraordinary situation which I think everybody in this room ought to be aware of. We’ve got to do something about that.” Sir Peter, who helped to develop the Rose Theatre, was speaking to an audience of celebrities including Liam Neeson and Stephen Fry. The Rose Theatre does not receive any funding from the Arts Council.

It relies on the money it receives from Kingston University, which owns a part of the theatre, the Royal Borough of Kingston, box office sales and sponsors. Stephen Unwin, artistic director of the Rose, said: “During times like these, we need their support more than ever. “We are committed to continuing our relationship with KU. “We really wouldn’t be here without it. “I hope that despite the financial crisis the country is experiencing, and the cuts that are taking place, the Rose and KU can work together to go from strength to strength.”

Sir Peter Hall with Stephen Unwin, artistic director of the Rose

At the ceremony at the Savoy Hotel in central London, Sir Peter was presented with the award by his daughter, Rebecca Hall, a star of the movie “Vicky, Christina, Barcelona.” The most recent spectacle Sir Peter directed at the Rose was A Midsummer Night’s Dream, starring Dame Judi Dench.

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Sir Peter was a director at the National Theatre for 11 years and founded the Royal Shakespeare Company. The Rose Theatre won an award for the Best Commitment to the Community at the Kingston Business Awards 2010 in November. THREE MUSKETEERS REVIEW: P21


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KU STUDENT BANGED UP FOR DEALING CANNABIS BY NATALIA DA SILVA K0814773 A KU STUDENT was handed a suspended jail sentence after being caught red-handed with super strong cannabis during a police raid on his flat. Brume Tadafe, 21, who is a second year business student, admitted possessing skunk cannabis with intent to supply. Kingston Crown Court was told Tadafe had admitted he was a drug dealer but claimed that £4,220 in rolled-up bank notes found in his jacket was savings from a student loan. A jury at Kingston Crown Court rejected this claim at an earlier hearing and decided that the money was the proceeds of his dealing. Prosecuting Elizabeth Lockwood said: “He told police he saved that money from his student loan and also he was given some money by his mum to buy a car. “The Crown said having looked at the evidence you could be sure that the money came from that drug dealing.” Police also found £100 in a box with some cannabis in his bedroom, which Tadafe admitted was from his dealings. Tadafe was raided by police at an address at Old Mill Court, Villiers Road, Kingston, on May 19. PC Ian Porter, from the Norbiton safer neighbourhood team, told the court that Tadafe had given him the explanation about buying a car shortly before he arrested him. The trial heard how police drug experts found notes in his flat with 11 names and details of various amounts of money as well as evidence from his Blackberry indicating he was a dealer. An application by Kingston police to keep the £4,200 was successful at a hearing before Kingston magistrates. Recorder Bobbie Cheema ordered the skunk cannabis to be destroyed. Another confiscation hearing is scheduled for April 29 2011. Tadafe was given a 12 month jail sentence, suspended for two years and ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work. He was also found guilty of one charge of possessing criminal property and cleared of another charge.

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KU students have been given the chance to film the 2012 Olympics BY ANDREA TRACHSEL & AMIE MOWLAM-TETT K0810822 K0949310 KINGSTON University has called for motivated students to work behind the scenes of the biggest broadcasting event in the world, the Olympics. KU has been chosen, along with six other higher education centres, to provide the London 2012 Olympics with over 1,000 student volunteers. It is hoped that the benefits of the Olympic games will have a long-lasting effect on the UK. Susan Scotcher, a KU senior lecturer in technological science who secured the agreement with OBS said: “This is an excellent opportunity for our students, not only to get experience working in broadcasting but to take on a real role at such a prestigious event.” OBS will be needing between 900-1,000 staff from camera assistants to liason officers. OBS, the host broadcasting organisation for the Olympic Games held in London 2012, has been looking for qualified students to take on these roles during the event. OBS produces and transmits unbiased radio and television coverage of the Olympic Games. A KU spokesperson said: “The higher education centres were chosen for a variety of reasons, but mostly for the practical skills being taught, particularly in TV, video technology and basic production

training.” Broadcasting and film students hope this opportunity will help boost their employability by giving them valuable experience in the industry. Film student, Mario Beklaris, said: “It’s great in a number of ways. Firstly, the experience and secondly there is nothing more exciting than working at the Olympics.” Students from all courses have shown interest in jumping on the Olympic bandwagon. Chinese Psychology student, Suet Man Chan, said: “I missed the chance to help out with the Beijing Olympics. I wish I had been given the same opportunity that Kingston students are being given now. I will definitely give it a go.” Kingston’s location is perfect, being only a train journey away from the main stadium in Stratford, and just a bus away from Wimbledon where the Olympic tennis matches will be held. Both students and staff can apply for the paid positions in January. Kingston University have not been the only ones preparing for the games, City University, University of East London, The National Film and Television School, the Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication and Bournemouth University all have been chosen to participate in the event. With only 18 months to go until the Olympics, start swotting up on your sports, bringing out your flags and preparing yourself for a chance to be part of the biggest event in the UK this decade.

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Want to get involved? Take a Kingston course In Order to help students stand out in the selection process, Kingston University is organising short courses allowing students to prepare and improve their knowledge of camerawork and its relevant terminology. This will help students learn the produceion process for making sports programmes. A spokesman said: “Anyone can apply, but if you have production knowledge or relevant event skills, you are more likley to be chosen.”

Footballer loses KU sex assault appeal BY HANNAH RANCE K0809047 PREMIER League footballer Marlon King has lost an appeal against his conviction for a violent sex attack on a Kingston student. King, 30, was jailed for 18 months last year after he was convicted of sexually assaulting 20-year-old Emily Carr in a night club in Soho. The former Wigan Athletic player, who was out celebrating his wife’s pregnancy on the night of the attack, punched the student,

breaking her nose after she rejected his advances. The £5million striker is believed to have launched an unprovoked attack on the KU student after his sexual advances were repeatedly rejected by various women during the course of the evening. The jury heard how the star approached Carr after she protested, saying: “Don’t you know who I am? I’m a millionaire.” Miss Carr, who was studying sociology and politics, is the second woman who is believed to have been attacked by the football thug, who has 12 other convictions.

The footballer, who was convicted by the jury of a 10-2 majority, had previously insisted that he would “fight tooth and nail” to prove his innocence in the crime. Yesterday, the Court of Appeal rejected his appeal against the conviction. Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith told King that in addition to jail he would have to register as a sex offender for seven years, pay £3,125 compensation to his victim and £1,800 prosecution costs. King, who now plays for Coventry City, said: “Just because I’ve made mistakes it doesn’t make me

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guilty of every crime I’m accused of.” Miss Carr hit the national headlines when she waived her right to anonymity and sold her story to a national Sunday newspaper.


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WE ALL love a good groove on the dance floor but for the dancers at Kingston University it’s more than just a pastime. Kingston University’s dance department is proud to perform their end of module production alongside 3rd year design students from the Wimbledon College of Art. With 42 students working on the show, this year’s performances will be the biggest so far, producing a full show with three different dance pieces: Boxing me in, Beam me up, or shoot me and In my element. Caroline Lofthouse, lecturer in dance at Kingston and choreographer, said: “In the module we are trying to give them

a chance to familiarise themselves with the professional world. “The aim is to give students the experience of being in a company with choreographers and work as a team to create a dance piece in a very condensed period of time.” The students have been working with four different choreographers, including Jason Piper, head of the dance department, who worked with celebrities such as Christina Aguilera and Kylie Minogue. Geetha Sridhar and Charles Maema, distinguished Indian classical and African dance specialists and Caroline Lofthouse were also involved in the training. The project has been a time consuming one, with students training for up to four hours a week. Professionally, dancers would be expected to work on a piece

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for six weeks with full-time training. Ms Lofthouse added: “As choreographers we come up with the ideas for the piece and work with students on a weekly basis to create movement material which is used in the final piece. “We all work differently. Some might take a more directorial role giving dancers more ownership to the material whereas others might have a concrete vision on what they want to see on stage.” For the first time KU’s dance department has been collaborating with the Wimbledon College of Art. Both have been working on costumes, set design and ideas for the dance pieces. So far the partnership is said to have been very positive. The performance is scheduled to take place on December 18 in the Reg Bailey Building. The show is free but seating will be limited so make sure to get tickets early.

Kingston lecturer hits the West End BY JOANNA ZAMBAS K0808953 KU lecturer Winsome Pinnock is basking in the success of her heart-touching play, Taken, after selling out the Soho Theatre in central London. Taken explores the experience of women behind bars focusing on a recovering drug addict who was forced to give her baby away for adoption 20 years ago. Ms Pinnock, a senior lecturer in creative writing, said: “The play is quite edgy. I suppose that when you write a play it allows you to dig quite deeply. My plays explore the dark side as well as the light, so I hope Taken is a mixture of both.” The lecturer was commissioned to write the play by Clean Break, a women’s theatre company founded over 30 years ago by two female prisoners. Winsome has been working for Clean

Break for over a decade and during this time she taught prisoners at Holloway women’s prison in North London. She said: “Prisons are quite scary places. Although I was teaching for just a few hours a week it was quite daunting. It was like being given a taste of what it was really like to be locked up. I was always so happy when they let me out the women themselves however, are not scary at all.” She added: “A lot of the women were detoxing and the issue of giving up or being separated from their children kept coming up again and again, so when I was asked to write a play that was what I focused on.” The play focuses on Della, an ex-prisoner who, because of her drug habit, was forced to give up her child. Della is later confronted by a young girl claiming to be her daughter. The play explores the

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way in which Della’s decision affects three generations of women. The play has received excellent reviews in national newspapers such as The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Independent.


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KU surveyors business gala is golfing success KINGSTON students have organised a golfing event that offered fellow class mates the chance to mingle with representatives from 15 of London’s leading surveying firms. The Golf Gala, set up by third year students, Elliot Sparsis and Sebastian Abigail, was a huge success as tickets sold out within hours, guaranteeing another event next year. Mr Sparsis, 25, studying residential property, said: “We spotted the opportunity to help students extend their networks among surveyors. We wanted to create an event that would reaffirm Kingston’s presence when securing graduate jobs.” The gala was held at Surbiton’s Golf Plaza last month and was the first event of its kind which was very successful.

KU student is comedy winner A KINGSTON University student is promoting his skills across the country as a stand up comedian. The talented student, Luke Graves who is studying creative writing with media, said: “I signed up for an evening course in creative writing run by a stand up comedian who talked me in to having a go myself. “From my first gig I never looked back.” The Kingston student was also a finalist of the Hackney Empire New Act 2010. He said that going to university has helped him to develop his career significantly.

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KINGSTON University students battled it out gladiator style, knocking each other off inflatable podiums, all in the name of Help Humanity week. Students across Penrhyn Road campus got to fight with each other to raise money for Ummah Welfare Trust, a charity that is helping Pakistan’s flood victims to rebuild their lives. Student Mohamed Zakariya, who was working for the cause, said: “This was the main event, and the cake sales too. We’ve had some – as the girls called it – cat fights, which have been quite funny. “We also had stuff like a treasure hunt, dancing sessions with a dance-off, and henna tattoos to raise money. “It’s going really well so far and it’s only been two days.” Kingston University is one of many universities in the UK raising money for phase two of rebuilding Pakistan to begin.

Kingston student hits the jackpot with betting site BY TONY MOGAN K0809091 FANCY a flutter without the risk of being left out of pocket? One Kingston student has developed his own system to ‘beat the bookies’, and is reaping the financial rewards. Mark Rofe, a third year business and law student, has claimed over £1,000 from the various online betting websites on the net, using what he described as a “simple” system called matched betting to collect a tidy profit. “I originally started playing bingo online and registered to take advantage of bonuses that didn’t require any deposits, so they were risk free,” said Mark. “Bingo was time consuming and even though I made money I felt it wasn’t worth the effort. “After some research I discovered the technique known as

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matched betting. After reading up more about it I saw a money making opportunity and I haven’t looked back.” Mark’s system makes the use of the various free bets that online sports bookmaker’s such as William Hill and Bet 365 offer new customers upon registration. A typical example is an offer of “bet £25 and receive a £25 free bet.” By placing bets to cover all the outcomes of a football match- a win, a draw and a loss- it is possible to obtain the free bet without risking your money.

Once the free bet has been obtained, it can then be placed using the same technique to make a guaranteed profit, regardless of the outcome of the sports event. From then on, it is up to the individual to withdraw their precious winnings and move on to the next betting website. At the moment, there are over £1,000 worth of free bets out there on various sports betting websites. For those who are not keen gamblers or who are blinded by the onslaught of match odds and statistics that immediately pop on betting

websites, the prospect of risking a few quid with this method can be overwhelming. “Matched betting is based purely and simply on good maths,” said Mark. “The only real risk is human error. As long as you take your time when placing bets and double check the bets you place then there is no risk. “If you can read the instructions on the back of a ready meal then you can learn how to do matched betting.” He continued: “There’s absolutely nothing illegal about matched betting. “The bookies are completely aware of it and there are an increasing amount of people doing it. “I personally haven’t run into any problems. I think problems start to arise when you try to create more than one account on a single website. “If you abide by the terms and conditions that you’d find on any website, you shouldn’t have any problems.” Mark’s step by step guide on cashhungry.com provides tips to make a bit more money for the busy and expensive festive period.


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Chemists warn students of hangover cure danger Masses of KU students using hayfever pills to prevent hangovers BY THERESE DOKSHEIM

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KINGSTON University students have been warned of the risks connected to using hayfever tablets as a hangover cure. Students say they take one tablet before drinking alcohol to prevent a headache in the morning. Boots pharmacist Angela Chalmers said: “It is wise to actually avoid mixing alcohol with antihistamines, both drowsy and non-drowsy versions. “They both work in the central nervous system making you more liable to side effects.” Many students are using the ‘non-drowsy’ hay fever tablets from Boots as an easy way to avoid a hangover, despite chemists warning against combining alcohol and tablets. Engineering student Matthew

Lockwood, 20 said: “They’re really cheap, and I don’t need a prescription. I don’t know why Boots are warning against side effects. At least I haven’t noticed any, I just don’t get hangovers anymore.” When Boots heard about the trend, they immediately warned against side effects such as drowsiness, blurred vision and dry mouth. However, students say that the side effects would have to be ‘more severe’ for them to stop using the £2.79 tablets, which come in packs of 14. “Antihistamines are not licensed to prevent or treat a hangover,” said Mrs Chalmers. “This is because they do not have a mechanism of action that would work in this way.” No one seemed to know when they had started using the tablets or where they had first heard of it,

but it seems to be a trend amongst university students, despite not being made for curing hangovers. “I don’t know if I’d stop using them, because they work so well for me,” creative writing and English Literature student Christina Marrero Øverås, 21, said. “It’s worth it when the side effects are minor.” “I use the tablets every time I’ve had enough alcohol to get drunk or slightly drunk.” The one-a-day tablets are sold in Boots for a ‘fast acting hay fever relief’ as well for prevention of skin, dust and pet allergies. “I think they do help,” said biology student La’Diva McKenzie, 19. “Although I think the less you drink the more effective they are. But then, the less you drink the better you’d feel anyway so who knows.”

Kingston residents rage war on new night club BY JEYAMURALE SOMASEKARAM

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A LOCAL resident’s group have launched a battle against a property developer who wants to build a nightclub at the former Gala bingo hall in Kingston. Richmond Road residents association said it has stepped up its

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battle after the owner of the building started excavating the hall and pulled out the fixtures and fittings without planning permission from the council. Bernadette Vallely, secretary of the association, said: “This is a residential area, not the centre of town. “The night time economy costs local people. We pay for the cleanup and all the police, hospital and emergency resources are used up night after night with the thousands of visitors to the nightclubs.” The campaigners said that Twickenham resident Franco Lumba, who bought the freehold two months ago, is expected to apply for permission to turn the hall into a club in the New Year. Mr Lumba was not available for comment. Anthony Knight, Lead Officer enforcement at Kingston Council said: “In this particular

case, we believe an offence has been committed and we are in the on-going process of gathering evidence. Thereafter we will consider the viability of a prosecution. “The investigation into the alleged illegal works at the site continues and is in the hands of our lawyer. No planning application to change the use has been received.” The residents said that the Mr Lumba, who already owns the Essence night club near Kingston Bridge and Vanilla in Windsor, wanted a 2,000 capacity venue and feared of increased crime and unsocial behaviour. Ms Vallely continued: “When young people get drunk they are oblivious to the disruption and problems they cause. “At the moment local residents are already responsible for cleaning up the mess every morning. Imagine if your front door was covered with vomit and urine every morn-

Do hayfever tablets really cure hangovers?

ing when you go to university? I have faced this. “My doorbell has been stolen by revellers three times. Imagine how you would feel if you could hear loud drunken people outside your bedroom window until 3 or 4 in the morning? “I have to get up for work and to take my children to school. I do not get a night off from the parties.” A Richmond road resident, Clair Cunningham, 35, said: “I don’t know how they will fill another nightclub. There are lots of live music venues and comedy venues

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in Kingston so another nightclub is not needed.” When asked about a message to the Kingston students, Vallely said: “If this plan succeeds it will take the club situation right into the residents’ area which is not covered by Kingston First, the police and other services.” “Believe me if you had a plan for 2,000 young people to be queuing, smoking and drunkenly laughing and fooling around outside your bedroom window each night you would be against this too,” she said.

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Comment & Opinion says... JUST when we thought students paid enough for the privilege of going to university, the coalition Government has won the battle to increase tuition fees, creating another barrier for our future generation. It doesn’t help that the majority of KU students have lost their fighting spirit, leaving allegedly 15 to defend our corner at the protest in London. This is simply unacceptable. Facing a doubling of fees and dramatic cuts to our creative departments, we students had no excuse to not be at the front line, showing the Government what we are made of. Frankly, it’s embarrassing that we had to rely on secondary school pupils to keep the Penrhyn Road protest going strong. However, the discouraging attitude of our students doesn’t reflect the university’s position on the increase in fees. KU strongly opposes the outcome of the vote and it is a shame that our students don’t always seem to care. The River understands that the student union did all it could to fend off the rising fees and encourage all students to unite against the fee rise. KUSU are planning to continue working with our local MPs to ensure future students can take advantage of further education. The River urges everyone at KU to continue protesting but suggests that demos should be kept peaceful as violence is not the answer. In the past few weeks we have witnessed some of the most outrageous behaviour displayed by protestors. It was only two weeks ago that KU and local schools came together in an attempt to prevent the tuition fee rise and Government cuts. The River wonders what has happened to our student population since, and why they weren’t out in full force on vote day in London. Just because it doesn’t directly affect us, doesn’t mean we should idly sit by and ignore it. We need to stand up and tackle this head on and prove the war is not over yet.

Why does snow stop us? BY KATE KAYUDA K0815741

WHEN I first read the news of snow coming to the UK early I was excited, but at the same time curious. Being from Ukraine I wanted to see how Britain would cope with the “dangers” of snow this year, and I’m afraid to say you failed miserably. As I set out to University on Thursday morning I was enjoying the winter wonderland look that the snow brought but that didn’t last for long. I found myself waiting for a bus that never came and even if it had arrived it wouldn’t have mattered since the University was closed. Everyone told me that I should have checked the weather online first but there was hardly any snow, so I would never expect the University to be closed. I wasn’t snowed in, I could get out of my house and as far as I could tell other people were around to. So what’s the problem? I don’t get it. Snow isn’t poison! A few flakes and the whole country grinds to a

Snow stops UK but does nothing to Ukraine

standstill. In Ukraine the snow settles for the whole winter with temperatures as low as -40°C. People still go to work, transport works and the country is kept running. So what’s going on here? I could understand it if there had not

been snow for years. But we’ve had proper winters for the last few years so maybe it’s time to get some snow tyres and stop moaning. I guess I was too hopeful that this time the University wouldn’t close and the British transport system

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would manage to work. But I was proved wrong. There wouldn’t be any need for this chaos if Britain learned how to deal with snow. Maybe now is the time for the country and its leaders to addess this problem.

LETTER

KU student abortion anger Dear River, I am writing to express my disgust at the blatant waving of confidentiality expressed by the named university doctor The River dated November 26. For an individual in a position of trust such as a doctor to disclose personal information about the nature of her patients’ health choices is entirely unacceptable, and further to this for her to pass judgements so publicly on the decisions of patients is unprofessional and entirely unacceptable in any publication. The article obviously condemns unsafe sex as is appropriate, but

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to guilt trip young women who are making intensely personal and difficult decisions is wrong and anti-feminist. I note that men’s judgements are not criticised as it is not they seeking the morning after pill, or termination. In addition, the obvious mistrust of patients is expressed in the headline ‘A lot of girls come in and say the condom broke...’ and reinforced by the named chemist in the article. If girls do not feel they will be trusted by their doctor, and that they can trust their doctor not to take their personal trauma to the papers, they will delay seeking

medical help or avoid it all together. An incredibly insensitive headline implies that abortion is a casual and regular occurrence for our students, which is simply not the case. Having spoken to young women who have gone through the trauma of unplanned pregnancy, including some students at our university, the decision to terminate is the hardest and most painful decision they have ever had to make, and not one they would ever consider to take lightly. For our doctor to express such judgement, mistrust and breach of confidentiality so publicly on the cover of our stu-

dent news paper is disgraceful. Students need information, not guilt in order to make informed decisions. Rosabella A Riddington K0806978 The Editor says... Our splash, which included details of how 80 per cent of students have had unprotected sex, highlighted a matter of public concern for both students and the medical staff in Kingston. The doctor involved was speaking out of genuine concern. The fact she did not identify individual patients means there was no breach of confidence.

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Students or public, who is more willing to lend a hand? Hannah Rance goes undercover to investigate just how helpful Kingston students and locals really are by taking a fall on campus and in town BRITAIN was left horrified last week when 77-year-old Brian Courtney collapsed in a busy street in Salisbury and almost died after he was ignored by pedestrians and motorists for nearly five hours before someone called 999. So, we put Kingston students’ generosity to the test, faking falls all around the university to find out how much of a walk-on-by society we really are. Reporter Hannah Rance collapsed in various locations at the university and in town and stayed lying on the floor in order to see how long it would take for KU students to rescue her compared to the members of the public in town. On average it took 10 seconds for a student to help her up, in comparison to a long, cold four minutes in Kingston.

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Santa’s Little Helper Natasha Roberts lives every kid’s dream of becoming Santa’s little helper and exploring the ways of an elf on a once-in-a-lifetime gap year in Lapland FOR WEEKS I had been telling my guests that Santa Claus lived in the forest of Joulukka. All you have to do I said, was wish hard enough and search long enough, and you would find him. And every week my guests, both young and young at heart by the end of their trip would tell me with great excitement that they had managed to find Mr Claus himself. And so when on Christmas Day I came across an unfamiliar cabin in the middle of the forest, I was filled with all the hope and anticipation you would expect from a five-yearold. Stepping closer I knocked tentatively on the door. As it slowly squeaked open an elf popped her head round the corner. “Welcome to Santa’s cabin, would you like to come in?” As I sat next to Santa in front of a roaring fire, I became a wide-eyed “believer”, enthralled by a few precious moments of Santa’s undivided attention and somehow forgetting that I was actually a 22-year-old who was meant to be at work. I’d first decided to work in Lapland after hearing about the job from a friend, and in search of some gap year excitement I decided to go for it. Having met my new colleagues on board the plane to Lapland, we landed in the snowy town of Ivalo. Provided with a gorgeous cabin complete with private sauna we spent the next two weeks undergoing training for our jobs as Lapland Rangers. This, we learnt, would involve looking after our guests - families from all over the world expecting a once in a lifetime experience. As with any training course we were put through our paces, but most of the time was spent singing Christmas songs and practising games to play with the children. Best of all we were also given the

chance to try out some of the Lappish activities, such as driving a husky sled, riding a reindeer sleigh, and snowmobiling along a frozen river. Armed with a reindeer driving licence and a sound knowledge of The 12 days of Christmas, we headed to our resort in Roveniemi, the capital of Lapland. Although our digs lacked the romanticism of a snowedin cabin, we could at least stake the claim to be living opposite the world’s most northern McDonalds, where locals would tuck into a reindeer burger. Despite this meat being a staple of the local diet I must confess that having become rather attached to Comet and his chums we never got much further than reindeer soup. At the start of December the first guests arrived and the work began in earnest. The days were long but the excitement of hundreds of children on the lookout for Santa kept us going. Spending your days searching for ‘clues’ and accompanying families on snowmobiling trips certainly isn’t a bad way to earn a living. Sadly it wasn’t all just fun and games, sometimes the children who came to stay with us were extremely unwell and had been granted their trip as a special wish. As tough as this was, it just made it all the more special to see these families having such an amazing time together. Although the job involved plenty of mundane problem solving and paperwork, the majority of our time was spent in the magical forest of Joulukka, a place filled with elves, reindeer and the secrets of Christmas. Each member of the team would be assigned to an area of the forest to join in with the fun and festivities. This could be tobogganing with

the children, enjoying a cup of berry juice by the fire or playing with the huskies by the frozen lake. A big favourite was the Christmas Control Centre, where all the letters sent to Santa Claus go. There was an Elf School, where Professor Elf teaches the families how to peep and creep, sing Lappish Christmas songs, and how to ice gingerbread cookies. A highlight of every family trip was the evening spent at Santa Park, a huge underground cave filled with Christmas treasures. Everyone was treated to a three course meal served by elves, which was followed by a Christmas show. The only ‘work’ to be done was to pull crackers with the kids and tell festive jokes. The rest of the evening would be spent giving tours round the ice gallery full of giant sculptures or having a drink served in a cup made of ice in the freezing cold bar. Although it was strange to spend Christmas in a foreign country with people I’d met just weeks earlier it was an incredible experience, and surprisingly free from all the commercial tackiness too often forced upon us back home. What’s more, I got to meet Santa Claus on Christmas Day – and how many people can say that?

How to become Santa’s helper For more information on becoming Santa’s helper and having that once in a lifetime trip to Lapland, while getting paid for it, take a look at: Esprit www.santaslapland.com www.workaseason.com/intro/start.shtml Thomas Cook www.thomascook.com/recruitment Transun www.transun.co.uk/careers/lapland_seasonal Santa’s ready to welcome you to Lapland, along with his reindeer and Natasha Roberts (left)


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THE 10 WORST Forget the w MISTAKES YOU the hottest MAKE IN BED Natalie Scott gets up-close and personal finding out your hates during those moments of passion

FARTING? Making weird noises? What do you hate about what the other sex does in bed? The River reveals Kingston students ‘Top Ten’ hates guys and girls do in-between the sheets. Almost all female KU students that were questioned voted ‘falling asleep after sex,’ as their biggest ‘hate’ that a guy could do in the bedroom. Antonya Theobalds, 19, second-year business management student said: “I hate it when guys rush foreplay, it vexes my soul. “I also hate it when guys cum to quick, it crushes my feelings.” It seems that guys have

yet to learn that girls crave a little post-sex cuddling, instead of having to stare at the back of their heads. “Girls should make noises, the louder the better,” said an anonymous male student, after ‘keeping quiet’ reigned at top spot as the most hated

Joanna Zambas and Natalie Scott pick out the latest winter trends for your wardrobe

thing a girl could do. So, next time ladies, don’t shy away. Aaron Mowatt, 20, firstyear Journalism student, said: “Guys like to be adventurous, therefore so should girls.” Hates that didn’t make the list included quickies, sweating and talking too much.

It’s time for both guys and girls to decide what warm jacket and winter accessories to purchase. What items will be keeping you warm and dry this winter? Could it be a stylish cape or a leather or military jacket? Ear muffs, scarves or woollen gloves? You’ll be amazed by The Rivers’ top winter accessories all at affordable prices.

What girls hate that What guys hate that guys do in bed girls do in bed 1. Falling asleep after sex 2. Rushing foreplay 3. Climaxing too quickly 4. Long nails 5. Weird climax noises

1. Keeping quiet 2. Calling someone else’s name 3. Not thinking beyond the bedroom 4. Not getting fully na ked 5. Faking it

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Kingston s hottest up-and-coming talent

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Home-grown talent tackles America HAVING been together for six years, Kingston’s own band Anison have gone from being relatively unknown to securing a record contract with American label Spectra Records. The band formed 10 years ago by singer Dan Frau and bassist Rocky Wadhawan and since then the fourpiece have worked hard playing all over the country. Rocky said: “It was pretty easy to start a band as no one else played music around us. “We have literally played all the venues Kingston has to offer. “The Fighting Cocks has always treated us well but we’ve also played the New Slang night in which we supported The Boxer Rebellion.” With influences ranging from Radiohead to JS Bach their sound is described as a cascade of synth and guitar-heavy magic that on the one hand dazzles you with its depth and on the other makes you swoon over its simplicity. It is a combination that has not only seen them support the likes of Zane Lowe but gain airplay on Radio One and XFM. The band is set to record an al-

bum for their American label in 2011 with a mini-tour of the States to follow. Having already released two singles in the UK, which can be downloaded on iTunes, the band are thankful for the opportunity they have been given. Dan Frau, vocals and guitar, said: “We’ve been lucky with our label in America who have given us a chance to create an album, and we’re grateful for that.” With the rise of reality talent shows Anison know there is a lot of competition out there and feel it is harder than ever to get signed. Rocky said: “In the current music scene, because of the various media elements that are available, it’s easier to get attention. “There are so many more opportunities to reach a worldwide audience than there used to be.” However, they feel that sites such as YouTube and shows such as XFactor have caused problems for those struggling to get recognised. Dan said: “It creates a lot of bad competition where manufactured bands and artists are signed not because of their genuine talent but because of their entertainment value.

Rocky, Jerome, Rory and Dan taking time out of rehearsal for a promo shoot

“Take Wagner in this year’s XFactor or Chico or Jedward, the list is endless. The unfortunate reality is that musical ability has been replaced by the concept of stop, look and laugh at this idiot for a few weeks. “This detracts from the really

good stuff that’s out there and that often gets overlooked by labels. “It’s sad to think of the bands that we’ve missed out on simply because a label doesn’t see the profitability of a band.” Anison’s next gig is at The Fighting Cocks on December 16 with

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support from mistakes.in.animation and Gin Panic. For more information about the band and their up-and-coming gigs head to their website: www.anison. co.uk By Aimee Davis

The latest albums to hit our sound waves

The Hawaiian hooligan Failing to flow BRUNO Mars has surprised us man behind the lyrics and hoping all with a diverse collection of that their boyfriend sings “I like genres in his new album Doo you just the way you are” to them. With an influence from Damien Wops & Hooligans. The talented artist has dropped Marley Liquor Store Blues has a his youthful and idealistic theme reggae tone and is one of the best and has expanded his music selec- tracks on the album. The mixture tion with a bit of rock to shake up of a chilled out beat with Bruno’s emotional vocals leave you feeling the album. The first track on the album Grenade sets a sensual tone with a mix of drumming pop and R’n’B style. Mars targets his main audience - girls - as he pours his soul into his lyrics, each painting him as a heartbroken victim of romance. The lead single, also a UK number one, Just the Way You Are, leaves every girl falling in love with the Bruno Mars liking you just the way you are

connected to the song. They always say leave the best to last, which Bruno Mars has done with The Other Side. The song features Cee-Lo and B.o.B and alone is worth waiting for. This album is a successful starting point for Bruno Mars as he proves he can perfect any genre of music thrown at him, unlike those who make a living out of auto-tune. By Joanna Zambas

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THE CYNICAL relationship between rap and dance has benefitted Flo Rida in the past, but the party-starter’s third studio album, Only One Flo (Part 1) fails to deliver the polished sound of his previous club hits like Low and Right Round. Flo’s attempt to sneak otherwise tedious material onto our airwaves is led by the platinum-selling single Club Can’t Handle Me, produced by renowned music maker David Guetta. But, despite the success of this single, the majority of this eight track album is masked with heavy dance elements that confirm the rapper’s lack of ideas and creativity. In a bid to establish himself as a hip hop artist with a mainstream

flavour, Flo’s effort on the lowkey, R’n’B influenced Come With Me and the fun rhyming 80’s sample on Turn Around (5,4,3,2,1), prove that the rapper does have the ability to produce great club music with his contemporary approach. While his flow remains crisp and his lyrics tolerable, this short and not so sweet format can be described as a collection of autotuned, mushy raps that sees him taking a backseat to producers and guest features on the album. By Shabana Adam

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

FRANK SET FREE Ben Skipper sits down with festival-favourite Frank Turner as his latest EP hits the shelves - to talk inspiration, X-Factor and the power of music.... SO THERE I WAS, standing in a Berkshire field with thousands of other tired, inebriated festival-goers belting out Frank Turner’s newest song I Still Believe as if I’d heard it 100 times before. Minutes earlier Turner had taught us the words, and they stuck like good lyrics always do. He had the audience in the palm of his hands. New fans, old fans, people who were there by accident - the music-lovers of Reading Festival gravitated towards him and none left disappointed. Frank Turner is a singer-songwriter with three albums under his belt and a fiercely loyal, ever-expanding fan-base. “I grew up with punk rock and hardcore, and then got interested in folk and country music. People like Bob Dylan and Neil Young,” he says. His folky punk-rock is loved just as much by metal-heads as it is by indie kids. It’s a struggle to find anyone who doesn’t like him. Turner started out as the lead singer of

hardcore punk band Million Dead before deciding to go solo following the band’s split in 2005. Hardly the life you’d expect a former Eton schoolboy to lead. But with such a passion for music and songwriting, how could he do anything else? “My song-writing is driven solely and only by my desire to one day come within 100 miles of writing something as good as, say, Bruce Springsteen or any of my other songwriting heroes.” Smart, talented and vocal, Turner is the unsung hero of a generation. His rousing songs have struck a chord with young adults who appreciate his passionate, honest lyrics. Despite this young audience Turner thinks it’s imperative that he attracts fans of all ages. “It’s important to me that the demographic at my shows is wide - students and grandparents and kids all side by side, people who wouldn’t otherwise meet in a live music context,” he says. “Folk music, in the most literal sense of the term.” Turner has ties to the Kingston area - he was the headline act at the first New Slang - and is fond of the town. “Kingston has always been important to my little corner of rock & roll, from the Million Dead days and before, right through to now. “There’s always a great vibe and the people there are dear to my heart.” As with many songwriters his lyrics are born out of his own experiences, the honesty of these lyrics bringing him closer to his fans than most other musicians. I asked him what he considers to be his best work. “There are certainly lines that I think are betFrank performing at London’s Roundhouse Rex ter, and there are

lines that I think cut deeper for me personally. Often, the people on the listening end have pretty different opinions about what constitutes my highlights and lowlights, which is weird. “For example, on my first album there’s a song called My Kingdom for a Horse which isn’t exactly a crowd favourite, but I think it’s one of my best.” Despite being a critical success and festival-favourite, Turner hasn’t enjoyed much mainstream success. I had to ask what he thinks about the manufactured pop of the XFactor phenomena. “I really think that it’s a waste of energy and anger getting riled up about it. Yes it’s bollocks, but no one with more than a couple of brain cells to rub together seriously thinks otherwise. “Get angry about national debt, get angry about civil liberties, but X Factor? Whatever.” His latest EP, Rock & Roll, is out now and it precedes a fourth album coming out early next year. I asked him about the album and what we should expect from it: “In the past I’ve had specific sounds and songs by other artists in my mind for the direction of each album I’ve done,” he told me. “This time round, I just feel like I’m making songs for me, that sound like me. This either means that I’ve come close to settling into my own sound, or it means I’ve disappeared up my own arse. Or both possibly! Only time will tell.” Since he first started his solo journey Frank Turner has been proud to say he’s always on tour. A song on his third album, The Road, is about the freedom and restraints that travelling the world brings with it. One line in particular sums up this feeling. “And I’ve driven across deserts driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free.” When asked what the greatest aspect of his musical career was, the answer was clear. “Freedom. I am the master of my own fate to the largest degree possible, and that is something very important to me.”

Five years into his career, Frank Turner still has plenty to say and his well of talent isn’t close to drying up. His latest single, I Still Believe is about the power of music and how, in an uncertain world of cuts, protests and anger, there will always be music. He says: “The song was inspired by a lot of things, but a large part of it was doing some shows in China earlier this year, where the whole underground music scene is very nascent and still largely illegal. “The sheer, unbridled enthusiasm of the people there for a popular art form that we take for granted over here made me think again about the music I enjoy and the music I make. “It made me feel like it’s worth reminding myself that we’re lucky as hell that Elvis, The Clash and whoever else gave us this music, because as simple as it may be, it still has a redemptive power that I enjoy every day and can overlook. Music brings people together in fantastic and interesting ways, and if there was a better way of explaining that, we wouldn’t need music in the first place. It’s transcendent.” Or as he sings on that record: “Now who’d have thought that after all, something as simple as rock ‘n’ roll would save us all.” Rock & Roll is out now - his untitled fourth album is expected to be released in January.


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The latest cinema releases

Johnny’s holiday from hell THE TOURIST starring two of the biggest movie stars on the planet - Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie - is a typical mixture of romance, guns and danger. The film revolves around Frank Taylor (Depp), a heart-broken American tourist who decides to visit Italy in order to forget his exgirlfriend. On his train journey to Venice he meets Elise Ward (Jolie), who isn’t like any other woman. Involved with Alexander Pearce, the most wanted man in 14 countries, she attempts to mislead every gangster in town. To protect her real lover she deliberately seduces Frank and pretends that he is the man everyone is looking for. Inevitably, Elise and Frank find themselves trapped in a whirlwind of conspiracy and danger that they both want to get out of.

Based on the remake of the 2005 French film Anthony Zimmer, Jolie’s involvement was dependent on the right director. Germanborn Florian Henckel von D o n n e r s - Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie appearing in their first film together Rex Features beautiful scenery of Venice and Sparrow would be advised to steer marck, who is known for The Lives of Others, was the theatrical music that sets up the clear of this ordinary film that sees movie, more than make up for the Depp playing it safe. given the go-ahead. However for those who just want He has turned this remake into a conventional romance/action stothriller that without Depp and Jolie ryline. to see him without the weirdness, would have fallen flat. Although this isn’t one of Depp’s then The Tourist is for you. By Iwona Wlodarczyk The film can be seen as a dis- best performances, it is a refreshing appointment to those who like to change to see him playing more of follow stronger and more exciting a ‘typical man’ role, rather than the story lines, as the action on occa- over-the-top characters he usually sion lacks any real impact. plays. The Tourist is out now However, the action set in the Fans of Willy Wonka or Jack

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The Final Focker?

LITTLE Fockers, third in the Fockers series, sees Gaylord ‘Greg’ Focker (Ben Stiller) and Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) battle it out once again with slap stick comedy and suspicious CIA stalking. The hilariously pointless film is set 10 years after the first and revolves around Greg and Pam trying to raise their not so little fiveyear-old twins. DeNiro and Stiller’s double act antics are back on as Jack is left to decide whether or not he can hand the title of Byrnes’ Family Keeper to Greg There are parts that will leave you doubled over laughing but others that will leave you asking yourself why you are watching a film that names itself after the Focker kids, as the scarce use of the twins makes little sense of the title. Then again, if you liked the CIA finger pointing and fock-ups of the first two, it is near impossible not to like the third. By Amie Mowlam-Tett

Little Fockers out December 22

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En garde! Sword fighting musketeers steal the show

Three Musketeers comes to Kingston’s Rose Theatre in the form of a song

FORGET the age-old pantomimes of stockings and plastic sabres, Disney’s tepid translation or the Dogtanian reincarnation. Composer George Stiles brings the swashbuckling epic to Kingston’s Rose Theatre, in an artful, musical interpretation of Alexander Dumas’s 1844 novel. The musical tells the tale of D’Artagnan, who dreams of joining up with his father’s heroic former comrades, the legendary Musketeers. His search takes him to the dark and deadly city of Paris, where the once mighty Athos, Porthos and Aramis are no longer the heroes they once were. The story follows D’Artagnan’s quest to become a Musketeer, taking him on a journey in which he battles for honour, truth, and above all, love. The musical is a heart-warming triumph, with a strong and skilful cast who own the stage throughout. Michael Pickering’s lead as D’Artagnan is a particular success.

His powerful and moving voice fills the theatre, forming an endearing connection with the audience. He is put to the sword by Kaisa Hammarlund, who plays love interest Constance. Her powerful voice compliments the pair’s duets perfectly. They are supported by a strong supporting cast, who put heart and soul into every minute of the show. The production has been thoughtfully staged, using complex designs to bring visual impact to an already aesthetically pleasing performance. The sword-fighting is edge-ofyour-seat (or cushion if you’re in the pit) viewing, and is particularly impressive as it is handled with confidence and skill. The music itself is something of a mixed bag, although songs that shine out are Any Day, Riding to Paris and Take a Little Wine. However, where the music is occasionaly lacking, the orchestra and vocals more than make up for it. The only real drawback of this

All for one and one for all Rose Theatre

production is its length, which stretches for two and a half hours, not forgetting the timely interval. There is, however, enough excitement, talent and comedic timing to sweep the audience along until the end. The opening night was attended by notable figures from the theatre and performance world, including Dawn French, who said she thought it was “rousing and sexy”. The production will be showing at the Rose Theatre in Kingston until January 2. Students under 25 qualify for free tickets under the ‘A night less ordinary’ scheme and can find more information at www.anightlessordinary.org.uk/. For tickets, contact the box office on 0871 230 1552 or see the website for more details www.rosetheatrekingston.org or if you’re under 25 www.rosetheatrekingston.org/ free-tickets. By Natasha Roberts D’Artagan kissing Constance

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Kingston royally thumped BY TONY MOGAN & ANDREAS TZIALLIS K0809091 K0718712 ROYAL HOLLOWAY - 42 KINGSTON - 13

KINGSTON’S first rugby team crashed to a 42-13 defeat at the hands of a far superior Royal Holloway side, leaving the team four games without a victory. Despite missing their captain Xavi Bottino, Kingston got off to an energetic start, but Royal Holloway would prove to be too strong from the off, attempting to put the game to bed as soon as possible. “We really battled them in the first half and I think we matched them across the field,” said president of the rugby club, Laurence Stephan. “I think the thing that let us down was a couple of poor refereeing decisions that didn’t go our way, which ultimately cost us.”

Another scrum dominated by Royal Holloway

Kingston’s misfortune in the first half seemed to take a toll on their team morale, as Royal Holloway swiftly took advantage five minutes into the second half. The home

Andreas Tziallis

team capitalised on a moment of poor concentration in the Kingston back line, accurately passing their way to a simple try, making it their fifth of the afternoon.

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Kingston’s frustration with the referee continued to grow in the second half and more mistakes began to creep into their game. One particular decision left Kingston

fuming, when the referee awarded a soft foul on a Royal Holloway open-side flanker. After a few moments of protest, Royal Holloway quickly punished the disorganised Kingston defence. Despite Kingston’s tame efforts to claw it back, they couldn’t stop the Holloway onslaught. Towards the last 10 minutes of the game, the home team were cruising, and despite the best attempts of Kingston’s Omar Elbarn, they ruthlessly cut through to score another try. To add to Kingston’s woe’s one of their more influential players of the afternoon, Rory Dixon, limped off after picking up a knee injury. “Poor organisation didn’t help us either today,” continued Laurence. “We hadn’t prepared well, we hadn’t trained for the past two weeks and we had a lot of absent faces because of people with university commitments. All things considered, being dropped into this big game scenario was always going to be a big ask for us.”

Gridiron gamble? BY TONY MOGAN K0809091

KINGSTON students will once again be able to represent the university in American football, if they can successfully secure the funding to launch their own team. Students formally played for the Surrey Stingers, a multi-institution team controlled by Surrey University, until a change in regulation forced the team to become single institution, leaving KU students without a club. “We have made a lot of progress,” said Andre Gabriel, former player and one of the individuals spearheading the effort to launch a standalone Kingston University team. “James Cherry (another player) and myself have been in contact with the British University’s American Football League (BUAFL), Sport England and the KU sports coordinator Susie Finnis and we have put a budget and a four year plan together, was well as having prepared a bid for a sports grant. Everyone is very excited about a potential Kingston team.”

Given the financial cutbacks the university has been faced with, the chances of KU’s decision makers stepping in and helping to finance the potential team are extremely slim. “We have been in dialogue with the university for six months and the story is still the same, the university will not help with costs to set the team up or support the team through the season,” Andre continued. “James and I have put a plan together which means the team could support itself financially, but we have had to be mindful not to discourage people who want to play the sport. We have had to make the sum as small as possible.” An American football team exclusive to Kingston University is something that must happen eventually, in the mind of Human Geography & Business student and former Surrey Stingers star, Larry Alaka. “I strongly believe there is enough interest at Kingston for our own team. To put things in perspective, the entire starting defense in our games (bar the occasional exception) were all Kingston university players.

“I can honestly say the only thing stopping Kingston from having a team is capital,” Larry continued. Since BUAFL changed its rules to bring itself into line with British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) last year, their former team mates at the Surrey Stingers have been struggling to fill the void left by the Kingston contingent. “To say they miss us is an understatement,” Andre adds. “Most of the offensive and defensive line were Kingston players, they were the bedrock the team was built on and it will be a tough job to replace them. “It’s not fair on either the Kingston boys or the Surrey boys. It’s hard for Kingston to watch your old team mates struggle and it’s just as tough on the Surrey boys who are putting their bodies on the line for a team that they know could be so much more.” As talks with the heads of BUAFL and the battle to secure adequate financing continue, there is a sense of optimism regarding the future prospects of a possible Kingston team. “I feel we have the potential to be successful from the off,” Andre said.


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TAEKWON-GO GIRL BY AMIE MOWLAM-TETT & FARUK DIYENLI K0949310 K0810972

A KU student hit the big time when she was elected to represent the 2010 English National team in taekwondo. Thea Ness, 26, studying environmental and earth resources management, has come a long way in four years from an inexperienced red belt to a competitive black belt. Thea, orignally from Norway, said “There was a period where I was both a Norwegian and a UKTA British colour belt champion, but I think my greatest overall achievement is the progress I’ve managed to do in such a short time.” Having only intended to stay in England for six months, Thea started training in a school instructed by the English National Team last year where most teammates had between up to 20 years experience. By luck the instructor told Thea: “I

Thea Ness in training practicing her moves on a team mate

see talent. If you ever come back to England and grade for your black belt here, there will be a spot for you in the team.” After applying for a study exchange programme, Thea returned in January 2010 and tried out for the team. In May 2010, she repre-

sented England individually in the ITF European Championships in Sweden. On December 5, she competed in the Celtic cup, a small tournmentwhere all degrees of blackbelt competed. She faced the current European Champion in the first round

Thea Ness

but sadly lost. Still upbeat, Thea knows she has to improve her timing and that her fighting technique has to be up to scratch in order to beat opponents and tournaments. At times taekwondo proves to be a gruelling experience for Thea, as she struggles to find a balance be-

tween training and studying. “Last week I had to write a 3,000 word report from two days of fieldwork but I could not attend, because of the European Cup in Slovakia,” said Thea. If Thea attends the World Championships held next year in New Zealand in March she risks failing one of her modules. However, she believes the sports performance programme at Kingston helps her to balance her love for Taekwondo and her studies. Taekwondo is an important part of her life and an activity her family is involved in. Despite all her achievements, Thea stays modest and looks up to her master taekwondo instructors who inspire her to be humble and to reach her full potential. She said: “The best thing is when you meet masters and world champions who are really modest about their achievements and at the same time manage to be so encouraging and interested and helpful. “It’s part of our philosophy.”

Kingston karters are crowned champions BY ALISTAIR CHARLTON K0805903

KINGSTON Karting B claimed their first win of the season, beating rivals from UCL, Bristol and Brunel universities in a six-hour endurance race. Kingston B, consisting of Canev Civelek, George Turner and Rupert de Saeger, finished a lap ahead of second place UCL after six hours of racing and five driver changes at a bitterly cold Rye House circuit in Hertfordshire. Lightening quick reactions as the flag dropped, followed by a gutsy move at the first corner propelled Kingston B, driven by team president and third year economics student De Saeger, into the lead. De Saeger said: “The start was great, I had better reactions off the line and then it was all about aggression and commitment into the first corner. I gave the other guy as little room as possible and managed to squeeze past.” Kingston karting - also known as the KOKS - arrived at the track

in high hopes, with two strong teams both looking for podium finishes in their twin-engined, 250cc ProKarts. The B team showed excellent form throughout the day but favourites Kingston A were cursed with mechanical difficulties, qualifying down in 12th place out of 15. The A team pushed hard at the start and battled up to fifth after two laps, but were forced to make two kart changes during the race, eventually crossing the line in nineth. De Saeger said afterwards: “It was a great team effort between all of the KOKS Racing teams as we all supported one another. Our pits stops were perfect and we all pushed hard, right to the checkered flag.” The front runners exchanged places continuously, with Kingston B’s lead dropping to just three seconds after the last driver change. The final stint was left for George Turner, who put in some incredible laps at an unfamiliar Rye House, increasing his lead from UCL to over 40 seconds during his one-hour

Kingston comfortably drifting in the lead

stint. Kingston A had to change their first kart in the fourth hour as it was low on power, leaving them compromised on the straights. Their replacement kart lasted just two hours before suffering engine failure. The team’s third kart proved tricky in the slower corners, forcing the team to limp home well down the order. Despite this, social officer Dan

Fewell said: “I have never seen the club this devoted to team work, and I’m proud to be a part of it. There may have been just one winning team, but for them to win, it feels like the whole society has all won the race together.” Kingston not only won the race, but also organised the event themselves, following a suggestion by president De Saeger that a race against other universities would

Craig Robertson

promote the club’s profile. Fernando Moreira summed the event up: “You can see the sense of pride a KOKS member has when on the day a whole society is willing to help and work to get at least one team on the podium.” Kingston will take the motivation from this win into the British University Karting Championship, which kicks off at Teesside Autodrome in February.


Fly like a R6

From Kingston to Silverstone, one student s bid to enter the professional circuit of Superbikes

Nathan ditching his books to follow his dreams of breaking into the world of professional superbike racing

BY DOMINIC GABRIEL K0704381 KU student is hoping to turn his superbike dream into a reality leaving the dreary world of accounting for the exhilarating thrill of the Silverstone racetrack. Nathan Dyke, 22, studying accounting and finance, had a promising first season in the BMCRC Michelin Rookie 600 class and will be moving on to the semi-professional league of the MRO Stock sport Class. The MRO has been the stepping stone in previous seasons for several famous professional riders such as Casey Stoner and 2009 Supersport World Champion Cal Crutchlow of Moto GP fame. Hailing from North London, Nathan first expressed his desire to get involved in the world of motorsports as a career at the age of 11 much to the amusement of his mother and school tutors. Just nine years later he is brushing shoulders with the British Superbike Cham-

pionship racer Yukio Kagayama at Brands Hatch. In his own words, Nathan “eats, sleeps and lives racing” and began to find his feet in motorsports at the age of 19 when he bought his first major bike the 2002 Suzuki GSXR600 K2. It wasn’t until he got his 2006 Yamaha R6 that he really began his attempt to make his boyhood dream a reality. His personal best so far was his impressive 7th place at Snetterton last season which saw him narrowly missing out on a podium finish after suffering from fatigue halfway through the race. Nathan is looking forward to the step-up to the higher leagues despite the disappointment of missing out on a podium finish, he said: “I’m feeling quite optimistic about the upcoming season as I’ve finally got to grips with the bike and got it more or less to the standard that it needs to be at.” Despite being only a few seasons away from racing

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with major professionals and the fame that comes with that achievement, Nathan r e m a i n s grounded a n d fo-

cused on making “a dream come true”, knowing full well that the road ahead is as long and hard as that which he has already travelled down.

Racing Dates for 2011

Pre-Season Testday Brands Hatch 19th Febuary Brands Hatch 5-6th March (Indy Circuit) Snetterton 26th-27th March (New 300 Circuit) Cadwell Park 9th -10th April

Nathan dreaming after a race at Silverstone

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