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Steph Bartup Editor FRUSTRATED STUDENTS are paying up to £200 a year to park in University car parks – only to be turned away as they become full by lunch time. The Northern car park on the Peel park campus, displays the sign ‘Car Park Full – No Queuing’ almost daily, and students with permitswhich cost £25 per month – are told to find somewhere else to park as it fills up so quickly. As the weather becomes colder, the problem looks set to worsen. Other University car parks near the Adelphi and Frederick Road campuses experience similar problems; permit holders are not guaranteed spaces, whilst the University accepts between £1.50 and £3 for a day’s parking to students. This has led many irritated permit holders to question why the University is selling so many

permits, and still allowing drivers who pay the extortionate daily rate of £3 to park. Students who do not get a place in the Northern car park then have to either wait for a space and potentially miss a lecture, or drive to an alternative car park. At his Question Time event last week the Vice Chancellor Martin Hall said that there are just 2,500 car parking spaces for 23,000 people, and admitted: “We’re in a bit of a mess over this”. Jack White, a Salford student who commutes into University from Manchester each day says: “I’ve been half an hour late for lectures before because I’ve had to go to the Adelphi car park, and then that’s been full so I’ve had to come to the Northern one; I’ve just driven around for ages because there are no spaces. The problem is; anyone can use the car parks. If you’re paying with a token, the car parking attendants don’t know who they’re letting in!”

Natalie Geraghty, a journalism student who uses the car park behind Adelphi House, says: “If you don’t get here before 9.30am, you don’t get a space on some days. It’s ridiculous. I have to drive as I live on the other side of Manchester and the trains are very unreliable. Considering the amount we pay to come here, it should be free to park anyway.” USSU Vice President Joe Kirwin says: “It’s outrageous that students pay this much to park and are still unable to do so. This problem has been going on for years, the University must act now.” A spokesperson for the University’s travel co-ordinator said: “There has been a much greater demand on Northern car park and all other car parks this Autumn and for this reason the Director of Estates is looking at various ways we could relieve these problems in some way. ” The spokesperson also noted

that if students wish to change the way the car parks are operated, they should complete the Student Survey Travel Audit, which was sent out to each student by post; the deadline for doing this is 8 December. They added: “We would also remind all students that every car park around the campus is served by the campus bus – it is therefore quite easy to park some distance away and use this bus to get you to your study building. The bus runs from 8am to 11pm so is always available to assist with the parking issue.” However, the campus bus is not an option for Salford’s many commuting students. Joe Kirwin adds: “I’m all for students using the Campus bus, but for those who don’t live on campus; it’s obviously not an option. And until the council improve the bus routes and train services, the only option some students are left with is the car.”

Salford to Battle of the Host LGBT Bands Winners History Month Announced THE UNIVERSITY of Salford is to host the first ever Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender history month outside London. The month is an annual celebration of LGBT rights, and encourages LGBT history to be taught in school to help abolish homophobia.

AFTER A tense competition at The Pav, the winners of Salford’s heat of nationwide contest Battle of the Bands now prepare to head to London to meet their opponents in the final - with a £3,000 cash prize at stake.

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Hi everyone, The end of term is in sight, and with it comes the excitement of Christmas! Here at Student Direct: Salford Edition, we’re already getting into the festive spirit, as Will shows you how to make your own egg nog and mince pies (page 8), and Hayley gives you some ideas about how to decorate your university accommodation to rival Santa’s grotto. Enjoy! – Steph

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Page 03 Features Meg Under the Mistletoe Interview: Beneath the Glamour of Las Vegas

Page 04 Features View Point The Gossip Globetrotter

Page 05 Your Space 5 Things I Couldn’tLive Without Your Shout! Society of the Week

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Page 07 Lifestyle Break Time Can’t Cook, Will Cooks The Blue Belle The Diary

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Page 37 Advice Hayley’s Here To Help! Amanda’s International View So You Want To Be... Mystery Shopper?

Page 38 Sport SUBC at the Indoor Rowing Championship

Page 39 Sport Salford fall Short in Relegation Clash

Students’ Union Elections 2010 BELIEVE IT or not, it will be soon the time of the year when you will be able to vote for those students who’ll be running your Students’ Union for the 20010/11. Before you can vote, there needs to be some candidates! We want to hear from anyone who may be interested in running as a candidate in the election. As you will probably know by now the roles are: President, Vice-President (for one of the four faculties - Health and Social Care, Science, Engineering and Environment, Arts, Media and Social Science and Business, Law and the Built Environment), Student Trustee and NUS delegates Any student can stand for a position in the Students’ Union elections; it doesn’t matter if you don’t know much about Students’ Unions or think that you haven’t been involved enough in the Students’ Union at Salford before. Even if you are just mildly curious about standing for a position, why not come along to one of the following events and find out more:

MONDAY, 7 DECEMBER Room AA113 Adelphi Building 12.30-1.30pm

TUESDAY, 8 DECEMBER Room A127 Allerton Building 12.30-1.30pm

FRIDAY, 11 DECEMBER Boardroom 2, University House 12.30-1.30pm Running for election for a Students’ Union position can open up a whole host of exciting opportunities for you. If you are elected you’ll have the chance to get involved in a range of important projects and make decisions to enhance students’ lives. You’ll be provided with all the training and support you need and along the way you will also develop skills and experience that will help you stand out from the crowd when it comes to finding a job. For more information visit the Students’ Union Website www.salfordstudents.com

World AIDS Day 2009 TO MARK World Aids Day on Tuesday 1 December, Student Life organised a stall in the foyer of University House complete with 330 red helium balloons, each one representing 100,000 people who suffer from HIV/ AIDS in the world today. More than 33 million people are believed to suffer from the disease, and more than 50% of these people live in just fifteen countries in the world, which are all located in sub-Saharan Africa. World Aids Day is held on 1 December each year, and is about fighting prejudice, improving education, raising awareness and of course, raising money. As well as handing out free condoms and leaflets on the myths of AIDS, USSU and Student Life raised £75 from the sale of red ribbons to students and staff. This money was given to the National AIDS Trust, the UK’s leading charity dedicated to transforming society’s response to HIV.

Liz Bromley, Director of Student Life said “AIDS/HIV does not get the media attention it used to get which is unfortunate as infection rates among young people are still growing steadily. Anything we can do to raise awareness at the University is crucial. I would like to thank all students and staff in supporting World AIDS Day with their donations”. USSU President Matt Webber said: “I’m delighted by the events that took place. World Aids Day is a very important occasion to raise awareness as well as financial resources on this issue.”

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Luke Dunsmore News Editor • Last week, President Obama announced an additional 30,000 troops would be sent to fight in Afghanistan in order to stabilise the southern and eastern parts of the country- particularly Helmand and Kandahar provincestrain up Afghanistan’s own troops, and to provide stability to the Karzai regime. The move has been met with both intense support and criticism around the world, but NATO supports the plan, and will continue to offer its services as an organisation in a support capacity.

• And finally, a brewery in Scotland has produced a beer with 32% alcohol content. The beer, named, ‘Tactical Nuclear Penguin’, will be sold at the price of £30 a bottle. The warning label reads: ‘This is an extremely strong beer; it should be enjoyed in small servings and with an air of aristocratic nonchalance. In exactly the same manner that you would enjoy a fine whisky, a Frank Zappa album or a visit from a friendly yet anxious ghost’.

• Crisis was averted this week after British sailors were released from Iranian custody. The men, travelling between Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, strayed into Iranian waters after a navigational fault. The Iranian navy detained the men but released them after foreign office intervention, and they arrived safely in Dubai last Wednesday evening.

Salford Awarded Prestigious Disability Symbol Alex Wise DURING AN event held to mark this year’s International Day of Disabled People, the University of Salford was awarded the Government's prestigious ‘Two Ticks’ Disability Symbol for its commitment to helping employees with disabilities. The University has joined the growing number of local and regional employers to be recognised for their positive attitude towards employing and retaining disabled workers signed up to five Disability Symbol commitments, which will be reviewed each year by Jobcentre Plus. The University can now display the instantly recognisable ‘Two Ticks’ emblem on stationery and

recruitment advertisements to publicly promote a positive stance. Presenting the award on behalf of Jobcentre Plus, Disability Employment Adviser Dave Pevitt added: “The symbol demonstrates an organisation’s positive approach towards employees with disabilities and encourages more people from a diverse range of backgrounds to apply for employment. It also tells disabled people which employers will be positive about their abilities.”

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Student Direct Contact List 2009-10 News Editor: Luke Dunsmore lukedunsmore@hotmail.co.uk News: Caroline Steer Alex Wise Features Editor: Gemma Blackman gemma.blackman@hotmail.co.uk Features: Megan Barwick Will Chiswick Kat Dembickjy Tom Doyle Shakira Flores-Heatley Alex Hughes Pete Iantorno Katie Thistleton Rupert White

Columnists: Alice Blue Amanda Harrett Lucy Jones Hayley Weatherilt Matt Webber Arts Editors: Mazher Abidi mazher.abidi@gmail.com Tom Miller tom.factotum@hotmail.co.uk Arts: Emily Barker Andrew Busby Anna Geary Cezara Pallister Vickie Scullard Sports Editor: Jonathan Macpherson jonnymaccy@hotmail.com Sports: Alan Moore


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It’s a Strange World...

Matthew’s Shock Win Steph Bartup Editor SHOCK RADIO presenter Matthew Hemmaty won the Bronze Best Newcomer award at the Student Radio Awards, which were held at the O2 Arena in London last week. The awards were judged by Radio 1 presenters amongst other industry experts, and Matthew- who is in his second year at the University of Salfordbeat off nationwide competition to claim third place. Ten of Salford’s radio

Caroline Steer THIS WEEK, I finally found some free time to have a good catch up with a friend who recently moved away. After the generic ‘how’s life’ conversation had fizzled out, we somehow got onto the subject of cheesy chat up lines. He began telling me a number of festive ‘pullers’ he had devised for Christmas nights out; including one which I believe was something along the lines of ‘grab Santa’s beard, you’ve pulled.’ Whilst trying hard to compose myself and not fall off my chair with laughter, I got to thinking how lucky I am that as I woman, I’m not expected to ‘make the first move’ in a chatting up situation. I don’t think I could bring myself to ask a guy whether it hurt when he fell from heaven, or if I could have his number because I’d lost mine. However, according to a recent survey, men are more than happy to chat a girl up using these one liners, and what’s more, they actually work! Six out of ten women who were quizzed by researchers One Poll said they would be more likely to fall for a man who broke the ice with a chatup line they found funny, because it showed that the guy had a sense of humour. Lines such as ‘do you believe in love at first sight, or should I walk by again?’ and ‘is it hot in here or is it just you?’ were favoured by most of the 2,000 women who took part in the study. A spokesman for One Poll.com said that ‘women like a guy with a sense of humour and a cheesy chat up line is a good way of displaying that.’ Unfortunately for my friend though, his amazing festive chat up line did not appear on the list, never mind, eh!

presenters attended the ceremony in London as support for Matthew, who was thrilled to have been given the award: “I wasn't even expecting a nomination. There are so many up and coming talents from various unis that I felt a nomination was far beyond my reach and more of a distant dream!” Matthew was given his award by presenters of Manchester radio station Galaxy FM. He says: “When they revealed my name, I just stood there in shock amongst my Shock Radio friends. I just couldn't believe Matthew (centre, with blue tie) at the awards with his Shock radio colleagues

my luck! It was a really proud moment for me.” After he was presented with the award, Matthew was interviewed by Radio 1 DJ Greg James, before joining celebrities such as Fearne Cotton at the after party. Matthew says: “After the awards, all the big names got on the DJ decks and threw everybody in the arena a huge party! It was a little weird being at a party with household names drinking with you but I loved it.” The Music Technology student presents the breakfast show on USSU’s Shock radio station, which is available to listen to online at: www.shockradio.co.uk. The experience has made Matthew even more determined to break into the radio industry once he has finished his degree. He says: “The whole experience was truly life changing and has made me more determined than ever to pursue a career in radio. I just love it!”

LGBT History Month to be launched in Salford

LAST WEEK saw the launch of LGBT History Month, which will be held at the University of Salford in February; the first time the event has ever taken place in the North West. At the launch last Thursday, Vice Chancellor Martin Hall announced the establishment of a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) research network to tie together the wide range of LGBT activity taking place both on campus and the wider area. LGBT History Month is commemorated every year in February, and 2009 marks the

first Northern launch of the event, which has previously only been launched in London. The network will add to the significant LGBT research activities and opportunities which already exist in the North West. In addition to serving academic purposes, the network will act as a forum where LGBT and Queer researchers can work with each other as well as a range of user and community groups. The Lesbian and Gay Foundation have pledged their full support for the project. Network co-ordinator Steve Pugh said: ‘The idea is for the network to run across the region. This means that, as well as encouraging Salford colleagues to join up, we would like to hear from colleagues if they have contacts based elsewhere in the region who might wish to join too. We also welcome suggestions of any pre-existing networks we could link in with. We want to hold meetings at various points in the year to bring academics, users and practitioners together to share ideas and develop projects’. Salford’s LGBT co-chair Alan Bailey said, ‘It's brilliant that Salford University is hosting the northern launch of LGBT History Month, it sends a strong message to the LGBT students on campus that the University is proud to support them'.

Luke Dunsmore News Editor LAST WEDNESDAY saw students and staff gather for the Vice Chancellor’s Question Time, a debate style meeting very much like the programme of the same name. On the panel were the University’s Vice Chancellor, Martin Hall, Matt Reilly, a student liaison representative (SLR) from the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Helen Yates, an SLR from Salford Law School, and USSU President Matt Webber. The topics discussed focused largely on the issues of financial and academic quality with a general consensus that much more needed to be done to improve students’ University experience at Salford. Professor Hall announced that academic support via Blackboard should and will be vastly upgraded, stating that, “We need to make it quite open and explicit” in terms of academic access time. To add to the academic quality debate, both SLR panellists revealed stories of friends who felt embittered as a result of paying over £3,000 for only five or six hours a week of teaching. Matt Webber added that the

University should concentrate on satisfaction with quality, and ensuring that “…expanded teaching hours equated to good quality teaching hours”. The University’s expenditure was covered, and the Vice Chancellor gave an overview of what is spent and why. In response to Student Direct: Salford edition’s front page story last week, titled ‘”Was University House worth spending £2.5 million on? I don’t know’, says the University’s Director of Finance’, the Vice Chancellor commented: " The University House refurbishment brings together, for the first time, almost all key service and support facilities for students, ranging from a new multi-faith centre to careers advice. It also aligns these facilities with the services provided by the USSU. I have no doubt that this is money well spent, that will improve the quality of the student experience at our university. With regard to the questions at the USSU AGM about senior salaries, it is important to remember that all senior salaries are set and reviewed by Council's Remuneration Committee, of which the majority of members are external to the university.”

Time for Musical Success for Salford Graduate Jodie Pritchard

Luke Dunsmore News Editor

Question Time for the VC

A UNIVERSITY of Salford graduate has begun his own music label and already had a hit single: ‘Time for Heroes’, which was credited with winning the Ashes for the England cricket team. Dominic Read-Jones, also known as producer Stan Fiorentino, has co-written ‘Time for Heroes’ as part of rock band Juliet The Sun. The song was played before matches in the England dressing room and

helped the players get psyched up for their series win. After University, Dominic began building music studios for a living until he decided to build his own and go into business for himself. It was at that point he met the rest of the Juliet The Sun band members in his home town of Northampton and got together with them to write Time for Heroes. Dominic, who received a degree in acoustics from Salford, said: “We had offers to sell Time for Heroes to a number of large

music publishers, but decided to keep hold of the rights and promote the material direct to the international media ourselves. “As well as Time for Heroes we’re accumulating a large database of music – from instrumental to vocal which can be used by people, safe in the knowledge that there’s a one off payment with no legal complications afterwards. We’re already talking to several very big brands and broadcasters, so things are looking good for the future.”

The Battle is Won Alex Wise

Students cast their votes LAST SATURDAY, the Battle of the Bands competition rocked up to Salford, and students crowned all-male group Last Regards as our regional winners. The group will now go to London to battle it out against finalists from five other heats which are taking place across the country over the next couple of weeks.

The competition is on the lookout for ‘the next big thing’ to take the music industry by storm. Salford’s round was held in The Pav last Saturday, and after a packed show the audience cast their votes to decide the winner. Last Regards, made up of Salford students Jack, Chris, Matty, John and Alex performed an

impressive set, featuring songs "find the solution" and "losing faith”. They will now attend the final in January which will be judged by electro-pop star Frankmusik and a music journalist. The winners of the final heat will receive £3,000 and the chance to work with Frankmusik.

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Meg Under the Mistletoe Christmas-caperer Meg Barwick snowshoes her way across Christmas to find new ways to make YOU feel all warm and fuzzy inside, whilst helping your fellow man at the same time. Go forth and get yourself on the ‘Nice’ list!

Operation Christmas Child NO, IT’S not a fiendish plot to steal the world’s children. As you all know, children love presents at Christmas. Sadly, the Samaritans calculate that across Europe, over 120,000 children will wake up on Christmas morning with none. The Samaritans seek to make sure that some of the world’s saddest children feel some of the warmth of the season, even when there’s a hole in their stocking the size of Santa’s… well. Take that shoe-box off your head and get filling, as I tell you how to put a smile back on a child’s face this Christmas. So what do you give the child who has nothing, and deserves everything? I’ll give you a clue; NO SOCKS. First things first, take one ordinary shoe-box. Don’t be cheap. Would YOU accept a box smelling faintly of cheese? Children are more likely to mention how disgusting your feet must smell. Find a nice, clean one that’s big enough to fit plenty of

Christmas cheer in. So if you don’t have massive feet, then you should probably go out and ask one of your Bigfoot mates to lend you one of theirs. That done, it’s now time to start stuffing. You need to decide who the box is for. Just pick whether you want your box to go to a boy or girl, then write on a label which gender you have chosen. There are then three age options; 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Write the information on a label. The stuff inside the box has to be appropriate for the age of the child, so a two year old opening their box and finding a BB gun would be bad. (Not that a BB gun would be good at any age). You can’t be sure where your box is travelling to, but there’s a chance your presents could go to a child in a country with cold winters like Serbia, or a war torn country such as Iraq. So giving toy guns or explosive pellets to traumatised war orphans won’t have Santa squeezing down your chimney

in a hurry. Also, who wants to open their gift on Christmas morning and find a mouldy banana? NO PERISHABLE FOOD. And while you’re at it - no chocolate. No peanuts either. The poor kids don’t need to be swollen up as well as in need. If you do want to put in a little something to make their day sweeter, feel free to put in some hard sweets, but I wouldn’t be stupid enough to stick them in a box for a two year old. There are plenty of goodies you can fill your shoebox with; hygiene products like toothbrushes, toothpaste and plain soap, but no aerosols or liquid products that could be mistaken for liquid explosives or be accidentally ingested. More great ideas are school supplies; pencils, pens, rulers, writing pads, little calculators, crayons, and colouring books are practical as well as amusing. Also, little torches and wristwatches are thoughtful pressies. Woolies like gloves, a scarf, or a hat

are a friendly thing to include. Show some style; don’t use this as an opportunity to get rid of that hideous bobble hat your Gran knitted for you ten years ago. Fold up a tee-shirt baggy enough to fit anyone, a cap and some sun glasses, and add them in too. If you’re filling a box for a girl, include girly treats like hair slides and toy jewellery. For a boy, include treasures such as toy cars and rubber balls. Cuddly toys, toys that make noise, toys that light up. Yo-yo’s, skipping ropes, dolls and animals are all a big ‘yes’; as are musical instruments like harmonicas and kazoos. Make sure there’s nothing glass or breakable that could take someone’s eye out, and don’t just throw in all your old broken cack that you don’t want any more - think of the children! Pack your box full to bursting and get wrapping with some festive paper. Don’t be the one idiot who

thinks it’s ok to wrap a Christmas present in Happy Birthday paper. You know who you are. The only thing left to do is take your gift to the drop off location, to be delivered to a lucky little boy or girl. There are lots of ways to find out where your nearest location is. Visit www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk to find out more. Somewhere in the world, maybe far away, or maybe closer than you think, a little boy or girl will be waiting hopefully for a gift from someone they don’t know, and who they would do anything to thank. Maybe they lost their parents or maybe they were abused and ran away from home. Maybe they feel like nobody loves them. But maybe if you send a shoebox full of things you don’t need anymore, they might just feel like someone somewhere does. Just remember to take the shoes out first.

Beneath the Glamour of Las Vegas Katie Lorna Thistleton

WHEN I stumbled across an interview with two Las Vegas residents, Steven and Kathryn earlier this year, I found myself becoming fascinated by their lifestyle and interested to learn more. This was not, however, because they wear glitzy clothing, gamble the night away and brush shoulders with celebrities; these middle-aged love birds actually live in a flood tunnel, underneath the bustling city. Steven and Kathryn aren’t alone, either. It is estimated that around 700 people are currently living in their own self-built homes in the tunnels, as an alternative to living an unsheltered life on the streets, after most of them were left homeless due to their alcohol and drug habits. One Las Vegas writer, Matthew O’Brien, has had a book published about the tunnel people, entitled ‘Beneath the Neon’. he is currently working with some of the tunnel residents to help get them housed, recently founding the ‘Shine the Light’ foundation to try and assist as many tunnel residents as he can. Despite his best efforts, however, Matthew says that many people do not want his support. “We have got 12 to 15 people into houses in the last six months, but a lot of the people are very resistant to help. Many don't want to give up their addictions. They like their freedom and that no one is telling them what to do.” He also says that many of the people living in the tunnels become very settled

there, despite the seemingly unpleasant conditions. “Some are very much entrenched down in that tunnel and [they’re] comfortable. That’s why the charity doesn’t like to give out too much food, water and clothing”. Matthew does not want the residents to believe that their living conditions are ideal, as the lifestyle does not come without risks. The tunnel people are sharing their bedrooms with black widow spiders, and of course there is always a risk of flooding, despite the usual dry conditions in the city. “It doesn’t rain much in Nevada but when it does the tunnels can fill very quickly”, says Matthew. “There have been 20 drownings in the last 20 years and a lot of those were people who were living in the tunnels. Steve and Kathryn can say they feel like they have a home, but when it pours down three inches of rain in two hours it's clear it's not a home. It’s a flood channel.” Despite these worrying factors, Steve and Kathryn remain positive about their situation. They spend their nights rustling through bins, begging or ‘credit hustling’ in the casinos. Steve admits that he has been known to find as much as $997 on one machine left by a possibly drunken gambler. He says that the money they get is spent on food and toiletries, and most of their furniture, which is all propped up on plastic crates to protect it from the damp floors, has been found in skips. “Our bed came from a skip outside an apartment complex.” He said. “It’s mainly stuff people dump that we pick up. One man’s junk is another man’s gold.”

Steve says that he has always planned to get out of the tunnels and build a life above ground; however his heroin habit, which he says is now under control, has left him with two outstanding arrest warrants. Steve and Kathryn therefore remain living underneath the famous Caesar’s Palace casino, with their double bed, large selection of reading material and a shower which they made out of an old office water dispenser. Amy and JR, originally from California, are another couple that have joined the large underground community. They came to Las Vegas in search of work, and after they were unsuccessful, met a man who introduced them to the world of the underground tunnels, which even has its own ‘art gallery’ produced by local graffiti artists, some of whom also live

underground. Amy says: “It's much cooler than on the streets, we get a breeze coming through. It’s quiet and everyone helps each other out down here. I hope to get out one day, but I want to stay in Las Vegas – I love it here." The couple even married last year at one of the infamous Las Vegas chapels, in traditional Vegas style. They consumed a lot of alcohol and had their wedding lunch at McDonalds. Amy states that the only difference between their wedding and the weddings of everybody else in the city is that instead of going back to a hotel room, they came back to their damp, yet oddly cosy, tunnel home.

tourists remain unaware of what is going on underneath their feet. There is a world of dumpster-diving, credit-hustling and imagination lurking beneath the glamour, and it seems those who enter it find themselves becoming too dependant on it to motivate themselves to move on to better things, despite their lack of luxuries and the risk of illness and death. Matthew O’Brien insists that his foundation must continue to help the tunnel people, accepting that these things may simply take time. “To come out of the tunnel and face the world is intimidating for some of the people”, he says. “They are scared of what's out there.”

It seems there is a lot more going on in Vegas than what we initially assume, many of the privileged Las Vegas residents and

For more on this subject, visit www.thesun.co.uk and search for ‘Lost Vegas’.

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“Are TV talent shows actually producing talent?”

Lucy Jones

Kat Dembickjy

YOU HAVE to admit, the nation is addicted to them. We cannot wait to see who will be kicked out in the weekly vote or who will be staying in the competition; we cannot wait for the final result-which person has survived all the weeks of constant criticism to beat all of their fellow contestants to be crowned the winner? You guessed it, I’m talking about TV talent shows. Which should, in my opinion, be changed to TV talentless shows. Let’s focus on the X Factor, which has been an extremely popular show for years. Is it a genuine way to find talent? Or a way to make a mockery out of people in society? Or is it a show which just wants to make a quick buck out of the finalists? I am not saying that there has not been any talent to come out of this show; Leona Lewis is a very talented singer and Alexandra Burke can belt out a tune, but can either of these write their own songs? From what we’ve seen so far, it’s unlikely; although Leona has ‘co-written’ several songs on her new album, so kudos to her. Both have already covered songs and have joined the popular bandwagon of the commercial music business. But did either of these girls have a chance to become such popular artists without the backing of a prime time TV show? If we’re honest, the X Factor’s very own Cheryl Cole is unlikely to have made a successful solo career without the help of reality TV. That’s right- the lovely Cheryl Cole (now recognisable after hair

extensions, weight loss, teeth veneers and her marriage to footballer Ashley Cole) was herself part of a TV talent show (Popstars: The Rivals anyone?) and is one fifth of the all girl group Girls Aloud. The group themselves are a huge part of the commercial music market, and Cheryl has just recently started her solo career. Can she hold the stage on her own without the rest of the group or can she only perform 'by herself' with many dancers surrounding her in order to entertain the audience? But let’s not forget the entertainment factor that these shows give us. Hopefuls from all over the country audition so they can ‘live the dream’ (thanks for that, Big Brother ‘star’ Chantelle) and have that important make-over; not forgetting the all important money making number one single. Don’t even get me started on the sob stories.

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excitement may feel life changing for the duration you could say that of the show, theI suppose responsibility lies with the person who auditions for a TV but it will end talent show. It is up to them if they want to sell their soul to of viewers but to be once next millions honest it makes me feel a bit I’m not year’s new uncomfortable. completely heartless, but does that matter in a contest of 'talent' comes talent? The watching audience has to take some of the blame. it, if you watch the along.” Admit show, you’ll have voted for the

Freddie: X Factor material?

person who has the biggest sob story one week, or you might have tried to keep someone in just because you know it will annoy the judges and the other contestants. I’ve also noticed that being a child on a TV talent contest is a sure-fire way to win (You know who you are, ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ viewers.). It’s fair enough if the kids show that they actually have talent, but can the harsh reality of the whole contest be doing them any good? Last but not least I would like you to imagine a talent show where respected artists enter. Elvis Presley, Freddie Mercury, Mick Jagger and Rod Stewart to name a few. And ask yourself this: Would any of them have got through? Dismiss their talent for a minute and think of the way they look and portray themselves through the media. I personally doubt they would have done. TV talent shows are only for one thing- making money. The excitement may seem life-changing for the duration of the show, but it will end once next year’s new 'talent' comes along. It is important that the contestants realise that the speculation and obsession does not last; just like their two or three albums and subsequent TV appearances.

RUPERT EVERETT has reportedly claimed that coming out hurts the chances of young actors' success. The 50-year-old actor, who revealed that he was gay in 1989, said that he has been relegated to supporting roles instead of lead parts ever since. He told Starpulse: "[Coming out is] not that advisable to be honest. It's not very easy. And, honestly, I would not advise any actor necessarily, if he was really thinking of his career, to come out. "The fact is that you could not be, and still cannot be, a 25-year-old homosexual trying to make it in the British film business or the American film business or even the Italian film business. It just doesn't work and you're going to hit a brick wall at some point. You're going to manage to make it roll for a certain amount of time, but at the first sign of failure they'll cut you right off." He continued: "And I'm sick of saying, 'Yes, it's probably my own fault'. Because I've always tried to make it work and when it stops working somewhere, I try to make it work somewhere else. But the fact of the matter is, and I don't care who disagrees, it doesn't work if you're gay." However, the ‘My Best Friend's Wedding’ star added that he is still much happier than bigger actors who are forced to stay in the closet, saying: "I think, all in all, I'm probably much happier than they are. I may not be as rich or successful, but at least I'm vaguely free to be myself." AFTER HIS mysterious car crash last week, it has now been alleged that Tiger Woods had been cheating on his wife ‘for months’. American Jaimee Grubb has said that Tiger sent her over 300 text messages, and said that the pair had sex ‘more than 20 times’. Hmm. Bit of a desperate attempt to get some quick cash? Possibly; although celebrity blogger Perez Hilton has a supposed ‘recording’ of Tiger leaving Jaimee this voicemail: “Hey, it's Tiger. I need you to do me a huge favour. Can you please take your name off your

phone? My wife went through my phone and may be calling you. So if you can, please take your name off that. Just have it as a number on the voicemail. Just have it as your telephone number. You got to do this for me. Huge. Quickly. Bye.” I’m sure it will all come out in the wash! FORMER ‘CELEBRITY Big Brother’ contestant Danielle Lloyd, 25 – has announced her engagement to football star Jamie O’Hara. The model, who was badly assaulted in a nightclub a few months ago, leaving her with permanent scars on her legs – has been dating the Tottenham Hotspur player since April. Danielle told OK! Magazine: “We want a big wedding down south, but I would like to have maybe a blessing in Liverpool cathedral as it means a lot to me and my family.” She is also getting a tattoo to celebrate the engagement; unfortunately, she’s not revealed what it will be of…

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Shakira Flores-Heatley HELLO, DEAR followers! This week we go to a popular student retreat in Eastern Europe: Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. It’s an amazing city with a fascinating past, and artists throughout the centuries have blessed the city by either falling in love with it, or making it their stage for some of the most famous plays in the world, like Mozart’s Don Giovanni, or Goethe’s Faust, and it is the home town of world famous writer, Kafka. A city with a famous past as the Sacred Roman Empire’s capital, now Prague is a city full of life and is visited by around six million tourists every year. There are many ancient houses in the city, which attract a lot of attention, as well as the most varied collection of architecture in the world, ranging from the art nouveau to the baroque, cubism, gothic, neoclassical and ultramodern. The main tourist attractions are places largely linked to Kafka; the Karl Bridge, the Cathedral of S. Vito, and the Clock Tower. The ‘Clock’ especially, is a sight to behold! The tower itself is 70 metres tall, and was created in 1338. The Astronomical Clock was created in 1410 by

Mikulàs of Kadane, and was later perfected in 1490 by Hànus of Rùze. According to an old myth, Hanùs was blinded to prevent him replicating his handy work elsewhere! The clock was created to determine the time as well as the orbits of the moon and the sun. Only in 1866, though, did it occur to anyone that a set of hands would be just great to tell the time (don’t ask how they did it before – I have no idea!) At the edges of the clock, there are four figures which represent the four main worries of the medieval man: vanity, greed, death, and ‘the Turk’ (the last being lust); whereas the figures below the clock represent the angel, the philosopher, the astronomer and the writer (all that was good in a medieval man). At the chime of every hour, from 8am until 9 pm, the figures take life and perform a small show. It’s a truly amazing sight and one that is certainly worth seeing. So, when you feel like you want to get away from it all, read this weekly spot because my hints don’t lie!


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Things I Couldn’t Live Without . . .

Tom Doyle

Pete Iantorno FOOTBALL ‘Obsessed’ is a strong word, but perhaps the only one that does justice to how much I like football! From the moment I wake up in the morning until my head hits the pillow at night, my mind is on football. My team, Sheffield Wednesday, take me through elation to despair on a regular basis but I still support them and I always will. I love football!

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MUSIC Wouldn’t life be dull without music? Anyone who knows me will be able to tell you that I have a somewhat limited repertoire on my ipod. Although my tastes have widened dramatically since the start of university, my favourite genre is still indie (Sheffield indie to be precise!) The sound of bands such as Arctic Monkeys, Milburn and Little Man Tate fills me with pride and reminds me of good times in my home town.

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THE INTERNET I’m not one of these people that spends their life surfing the web for funny videos, games and other snippets. However, I do rely on it for all manner of things such as work, entertainment and catching up on

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my beloved Sheffield Wednesday, of course. The internet is something that we now take for granted but until fairly recently, it was a luxury and not a necessity. Life would be much more difficult without it!

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I’m quite ashamed to say that I would find it difficult to live without alcohol. It’s not as if I wake up every morning and feel the urge to drink vodka through the eyeballs, but do like the odd tipple every once in a while. Whether it’s a few quiet beers at home with tea, a few louder beers whilst watching the football or a night full of booze and a rowdy night out with mates, I like a drink! SHOCK RADIO I joined the radio in my first year at Salford full of apprehension; but any doubts I had that I wouldn’t enjoy it left me as soon as I had finished my first show. One year on, I'm still doing the Sports show and still loving it. Not only that, I’ve made a whole group of new friends and also met my girlfriend there. Forget going out on the pull, get down to Shock Radio!

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SALFORD UNIVERSITY Snowsports Team (SUST) has been established as a club for almost ten years. It has an excellent reputation of knowing how to have a good time both on and off the slopes, and continues its link with Chill Factore this year. Chill Factore is the home of both England and Great Britain's ski team, boasting possibly the best facilities in the country, and houses the country’s largest snow dome. Official club visits there happen every two weeks, though generally there will be people heading over every week. SUST caters for all abilities, from beginners to seasoned pro's, whether it's skiing or snowboarding you would like to do. So far this year, SUST has over 100 members, around 60 of which will be joining the team in France for a week of skiing, boarding and whole lot of drinking; making it a great way to prepare for exams. The week will be spent in Tignes- linked to Val d’Isere – which is part of the Espace Killy ski pass. There are more kilometres of piste than the hundreds of visitors getting ‘piste’ at the après ski!

including some memorable ones, where the club members got dressed up as golfers, old grannies and were (arguably) the best French people at the recent Rec Night! (No hate mail from other teams in the same fancy dress please!) Coming up in the next couple of weeks the members have another trip to the Chill Factore, and the Christmas meal on the Wednesday 9 December. Then it’s time to prepare for the big New Years Eve party before the group head straight off to France for the week! Personally, SUST has been perhaps the highlight of my time at University, as it has given me the chance to meet some great people, have lots of fantastic nights out and really feel a part of the University. To sign up to SUST and take advantage of discounts at a number of shops and bars, including Yours Bar, you can come find us at www.sust.org.uk.

The team at Activities Fair

Fifty of our members have been through their three beginners lessons, and are now making good progress on the main slope of the Chill Factor. This year has already had many legendary nights out

I’m a Loser (and happy to be so!) Alex Hughes

“FOR THE 27th year in a row the A Level Pass rates have risen with 97.5% of students passing their A Levels, and 27% receiving A’s. But are teenagers really becoming more and more intelligent? If so shouldn't grade boundaries be changed so that there is more differentiation at the higher end? Of course the government would never do that. What was their slogan? Oh yes, ‘Excellence for All’. Catchy, no? Unfortunately, as author James Delingpole pointed out in his book ‘How to be Right’, excellence is, by definition, a state that few can reach. If everyone was excellent, how would we know? We would all be of the same intellectual ability and therefore average. Children need to learn that in life

there are winners and losers and invariably at some point in life, they will have to lose. At schoolI was the child who would always come last in any race I took part in at Sports day. The biggest part I played in the certificate ceremony was clapping the naturally sportingly gifted going up to get their certificates. Children are soon not going to know what losing is. Sports days are apparently becoming ‘noncompetitive’ and everyone except 3% of pupils are passing their A Levels. Which begs the questionWhat’s the point of doing them? What’s the point in running a race, crossing the finish line first, only to be told you haven’t ‘won’ as it was a non-competitive sports day, so you won't receive any recognition for your achievement? What’s the point in revising hard to ensure you pass your exam only to find out that your delinquent friend who pulled an all

night cram session (or went out until 4am the night before the exam....you know who you are!) also passed with an only marginally lower grade? To my mind this is unfair on everyone. It is unfair on the sportingly talented whose talent is ignored to protect the feelings of the fat children who can't run two steps without losing their breath, of which I was one. It is also unfair on the academically inclined, whose intelligence and power of thought is being lumped in with vacuous lumps of clay that get 40% and still manage to pass the exam. Is this really an incentive to try harder to be the best that you can be? No. If you know that no matter what you do or how hard you train in PE you won't receive a medal for your success, then what’s the point in even trying to be good at sport? If you know that God knows how many people have the same degree as you and you will have to get a Masters/PhD – and therefore get even deeper into debt – to set yourself apart, are you going to work hard to become a master of what you study? No. All we are

doing by giving awards to everyone is breeding mediocrity; it removes any incentive to try and genuinely excel at something – as well as filling children with an inaccurate assessment of their ability. Growing up, I was told in certain respects that I was a loser, especially in sports. I can't help feeling the

country would be far more efficient if we were all told this at some point and were given an accurate assessment of our abilities. Not one that protected our feelings. There is nothing shameful about losing; after all, someone has to. Why should we be afraid to recognise this? Why do we all have to get A Levels and a ‘Good Sportsmanship’ certificate?” Someone has to lose!


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Hot or Not Tom Miller Arts Editor Paranormal Activity (film) – Not only is this film scary, but they only spent like, 15 grand on it, and they’ve made millions back from it. It’s really, really scary and really good- but will give you nightmares if you ever get to sleep. The Prodigy – 'Invaders Must Die' (single) – If you could put the Prodigy in a box, they’d probably jump out of it, but their sound has sort of hit a mid-lifecrisis style dance feel now. The song’s alright, they just need better haircuts. NOFX – 'Cokie The Clown' (EP) – It’s pretty good, in a “we’ve been doing the same thing for the past 20 years and need a new direction now” kind of way.

Not Ian Brown – 'Just Like You' (single) – No, Mr Brown, you are not like me. Or anyone else, you are a guy who used to be in a really good band but now writes fairly mediocre pop music. This song isn’t very good, either. Fall Out Boy – 'Believers Never Die: Greatest Hits' (album) – I think you’ll find that believers do die, haven’t you read the Bible? Also, and this is the important bit, you bloody well split up, you silly sods! Greatest Hits? More like Greatest Misses. R Kelly – 'Untitled' (album) – To call an album “Untitled” is like calling your mother by her first name, you don’t do it. More importantly, R Kelly is a bit of a weirdo and isn’t very good, and this album is a bit poo. Law Abiding Citizen (film) – Don’t see this, just don’t. Paranormal Activity

Which artists and groups have influenced your career?

Cezara Pallister ONE OF Manchester’s most promising unsigned acts, Airship, played at Manchester’s Deaf Institute last Wednesday, supporting the headline act The Antlers. Elliott Williams Marcus Wheeldon, Steven Griffiths and Tom Dyball make up the four-piece, who Planet Sound describe as "… a more popfocussed Mew; they offer shimmering, glacial anthems that are simultaneously out of step with current trends, yet too unifying and epic in scope." I met up with Airship’s bassist Tom Dyball for a chat about the band, and how they have the internet to thank for widening their fan base…

There are plenty of different influences; we’ve all grown up on varied and differing types of music, bands like The Cure and Scott Walker have been big influences. How has the internet affected your work? Music is becoming very disposable so it’s very difficult to build a career that is going to be

Interview: Airship

How long have you guys been together?

five or six years ago, with member changes along the way. Marcus joined us four years ago then we found Ste. That’s when we really became Airship, and we started writing the music we’re playing today.

As Airship, about three years now, but me and Elliott started about

How do you come up with ideas for your songs?

Airship

I can’t fully tell you what it’s about because half the time I don’t know; it’s usually whatever is going on in Elliott’s head at the time, from things that he finds hard in life and everyday stuff going on in his life. Elliott does all the lyrics. We all generally write the music together as a band.

Skunk Anansie at Manchester Academy Vickie Scullard THERE ARE few bands that turn grown men and women – regardless of their age, demeanor or sexual preference – into excited squealing teenagers. Skunk Anansie, it seems, are one of them. Back in t'day (well, pre-1993 when lead singer Skin was merely Deborah Dyer), music was suffering from an overexhaustion of one hit wonders, novelty pop records (I’m looking at you, Mr. Blobby), and the God-awful start of the dreaded boyband boom. With the exception of American grunge music leaking into the mainstream off the back of some Cobain bloke shooting himself, rock music was very much on a back burner, and here in the UK we were teetering on the cusp of Britpop. Something had to change. In 1994, Dyer - now known by her more famous moniker – and three blokes who never get a look in (Ace, Cass and Mark for those of you who care to know) formed Skunk Anansie – and the awfully titled Britrock genre was formed. Skin, with her shaved head, androgynous appearance and fierce stage presence, had the ability to turn anyone's head; and this, coupled with her exceptional voice, helped catapult Skunk Anansie into the limelight. Although never faring particularly well in the charts, they enjoyed a 'cult'

sustained. But it’s also easier to reach people and keep them informed of things you’re doing, like gigs; the internet is great for that. But with record sales getting lower and lower it’s very hard; so far we’ve only had one small release so downloading hasn’t been a bad thing so far, all it’s done is maybe helped reach a few more people. Labels still judge bands on record sales; but sites like Myspace – they help greatly in getting your music out to anyone anywhere in the world.

following with fans comfortable in the knowledge that they most definitely knew best over their teeny-bopping boyband-loving peers. Then in 2001, after three albums, Skunk Anansie went their separate ways. Fast-forward eight years, and the newly reformed band boom onto the stage at the Manchester Academy to promote their greatest hits album Smashes and Trashes. It’s as if they'd never left. With a remix of ‘Yes It's F**king Political’ to get the crowd jumping around with tentative excitement, they launched into their no-nonsense debut single ‘Selling Jesus’. Cue mass hysteria. Skin didn’t disappoint with her attire and looked eerily stunning in a gold twopiece with a feather boa and trainers – a look that only she could get away with. For a woman of 42, this in itself is no mean feat. Setting a plateau so high at the beginning of a gig can be difficult to maintain, but not in this instance. Classic hit after classic hit followed, and songs such as ‘Charity’, ‘Weak’, and ‘I Can Dream’ proved to be as relevant today as they were over ten years ago. Skin’s unique crowd surfing technique of literally walking over the crowd to the back where the sound desk was created a massive stir as far as the tip toed back rows, who took full advantage of their good fortune by whipping out their

camera phones in unison. Heading off stage after an hour and ten minutes and thanking the audience, nobody moved, tentatively waiting for the encore and placing bets with each other as to what two or three songs they would end with. Although the lack of ‘All I Want’ and ‘Lately’ did not go unnoticed, the hat trick of ‘Hedonism’, new song ‘Squander’ and the gut wrenching ‘Little Baby Swastikkka’ was enough to satisfy even the most critical mind. This, with the promise they’d see us again next year, left everyone positive that Skunk Anansie most definitely are back for good.

Ingrid Michaelson at the Night & Day café Anna Geary WHEN INGRID Michaelson took to the tiny stage at the Night & Day café casually attired in a beanie hat and UGG boots, I realised that the woman with the soft American accent who moments earlier was apologising for knocking into me at the side of the stage was in fact the woman we’d all come to see tonight! However once the performance started, it became clear that Michaelson was simply taking the necessary precautions to brave the cold English autumn, and that the comfortable clothing was merely a reflection of a down-to-earth personality. At 30 years old, Ingrid Michaelson is a truly talented artist. With her music having been featured on popular TV shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill and Scrubs, the NewYork based indie-pop singer/songwriter has now started to tour as a solo artist after establishing herself on Jason Mraz’s 2008 European tour. Ingrid’s ability to engage with her audience was the making of this performance. Her set featured regular dialogue with the crowd which kept the audience active and entertained. The playlist was varied and included an encore featuring her most famous track, ‘Keep Breathing’. Support on the night came from the superb Greg Laswell, another singer/songwriter from LA. Both acts combined made the £10 entrance fee well worth paying, with the friendly, intimate setting of the Night & Day Café in Manchester’s Northern Quarter providing the perfect setting for their music. Michaelson returns to the UK in May 2010 for what is sure to be a sell-out headlining show at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

When I Grow Buz’s Alternative (re)View up to Be a Man Illuminaughty: The Summoning UNEARTHED THEATRE Emily Barker LOLA IS a bit different from the rest of the girls in her class. She likes to race bikes, play football and sometimes farts in public. She seeks friendships with the boys at school, alienating herself from the girls she just doesn’t understand. However, Lola is a girl and despite her differences still wishes to be female, only beginning to accept herself in her early twenties. ‘When I Grow up to Be a Man’ follows Lola’s struggles as she tries to find her identity in a place surrounded by people who just don’t understand. A very well performed piece by the three actresses, the show offers giggles and thoughtful moments in equal measure, making the audience question the

stereotypes that are imposed on us from our youth. Lola’s vulnerability and desperation to fit in will resonate with anyone who can remember their younger years. The scenes performed brilliantly by Briony O' Callaghan as the teenage Lola were some of the most powerful in the piece, mixing the innocence and stresses of teenage life as she tries to fit in. There were wonderful performances from the young actresses; however towards the end came a mixed message; Lola’s exploration into herself is never fully developed leaving you with a feeling of ultimate dissatisfaction. That said, watching ‘When I Grow up to Be a Man’ is an entertaining way to spend an evening, as the play deals with its subject matter in an funny and thought provoking manner.

Live at The Ritz Andrew Busby

WAITING IN line to get into the Illuminaughty night at the Ritz, the entertainment began before I’d walked through the door; Stiltwalkers paraded around outside as full on psytrance pounded from within. Arriving inside, I was treated to a whole world of decoration and visuals. There were giant inflatables in every shape imaginable, dancers in silhouette, over the top visuals projected on giant white baubles... I’d already got my money’s worth, and the music hadn’t even begun! Psytrance was hammering out on all the right levels, the more the atmosphere picked up, the more the music built up and up until headlining act Vibe Tribe took to the decks for his first performance of the night, and

blew the dancefloor away. His DJing was relentless, and I didn’t think that the atmosphere in the room could have lifted any further, but at 1.30am, the lights came down, the music stopped, and the whole room was united in one thought...”What?” Vocal music started playing, drummers started smacking their kit, the silhouettes of staff fighters were lit up, and a goblin woman in a dress appeared on stage with her crew of dancers; I just knew something big was going down. The music dropped, a staff fight broke out on the balconies, and the goblin lady and her collective started some kind of summoning dance, (it all became clear why the night was called “The Summoning”). After two minutes of mind blowing capoeria, dancing and fighting, Vibe Tribe began his live set, which was nothing short of amazing, perfect live performance. The ‘Naughtiness didn’t stop either, there was a woman rolling around onstage

on roller skates, with fire attached to her attire. Jugglers, more stiltwalkers, and a room full of dancers who just couldn’t get enough. But the party didn’t end here...more psytrance followed at the Ritz, followed by another four hours of relentless partying just around the corner. Two whole rooms of psy-breaks, psytechno and more and more psytrance. Nine am rolled around, 12 hours after my Illuminaughty journey began. The sun was shining, people were walking to work...and I had only just finished partying.

One of the show’s performers


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Can’t Cook, Will Cooks Eggnog

Mince Pies

INGREDIENTS (SERVES 8)

INGREDIENTS (MAKES 18 PIES) • 225g butter or margarine • 350g (24 tablespoons) flour • 100g (7 tablespoons) sugar • 280g mincemeat • 1 egg • Salt • Icing sugar to dust

• 4 eggs (separated into whites and yolks) • 8 tablespoons of sugar • 350ml milk

Will Chiswick SEASON(INGS) GREETINGS food fans. There are only two weeks left until we all break up for Christmas, so for this week and next I thought I’d get the festive season kicked off with some Christmassy recipes. Personally, I much prefer the build up to Christmas to the day itself which always entails far too much stress, family and, because of which, drinking in the morning. It’s around this time of year though, when I tend to shake off my usual granite exterior and, in comparison to my usual self, become practically merry. It’s as if there’s a different scent on the air; an excited buzz that sweeps through the masses of shoppers, makes the new lights shine a little brighter and causes even the most empathetically challenged scrooge think of their fellow man. It’s also a great time to take an evening off from revision and have a little get together with a few friends, some nibbles and the odd quaff of Christmas spirit. With this in mind, this week’s recipes are great for a Christmas themed party to spread the joy; eggnog and mince pies.

• 250ml whipping cream • Spirits of choice (White rum and whisky work well) • Nutmeg to cover METHOD 1. Separate the egg whites and yolks into two bowls. Separating eggs can be a bit tricky if you’ve never done it before, so you might want to practice with a couple beforehand. Crack the egg and hold upright over one bowl so any excess of the whites falls into it. Then move the yolk from each half of the shell to the other allowing the whites to run out into the bowl. After a few transfers, you should be left with just the yolk in one half of the shell; put this into the second bowl and start again with the other eggs. Mix the yolks with four tablespoons of sugar. 2. Whisk the egg whites with the other four tablespoons of sugar, starting slowly and gradually getting faster until the mixture becomes stiff. This will take quite a lot of hard whisking so, if you

METHOD can get some help, take it in turn to whisk as hard as you can until the mixture becomes white and forms small peaks when you take the whisk out. 3. Add the yolk and whites mixture together slowly, mixing all the time. 4. Still mixing, add the milk bit by bit until it’s all been mixed in. 5. Now add the spirits you wish to use until you’re satisfied that it will spread the season’s cheer to all your guests. 6. Add in half the cream and then add the other half to a clean bowl. Whisk the cream in the bowl until it becomes slightly firm and then add this to your eggnog. 7. Ladle into separate mugs, sprinkle with nutmeg and let stand until your guests arrive.

The Blue Belle

NOW DEAR readers, you have followed my words of wisdom for many weeks now and I have always advocated free love and peace to all; however, I feel the time has come to highlight the dangers of spreading your love seed amongst friends.

Many moons ago (during my freshers week), I stumbled upon a lovely fellow- who to this day is a firm favouritey friend- but with whom I did happen to have relations with, several times in fact. All well and good until I went to a house party several weeks later and unbeknown to me, I got with his housemate. Several months after that, I struck up a ‘special friendship’ with another guy in the same house, so that by the end of the year I had racked up an impressive four housemates out of ten! Now none of these guys really minded, and if they had opinions about me, they kept them to themselves so I really didn’t mind either. In fact, in our first year, my fellow housemates and I (plus another house) had a perhaps too open policy on relations. Anyway, the point is, not everyone is quite so fun loving and free wheeling… A friend of mine was getting with a guy on a semi-regular basis for a couple of months before she met another guy and broke it off. Luckily he was on the top floor because on the bottom floor was her new ‘special friend’!

Now everyone knew about Upstairs Boy and Cecilia and tormented both mercifully, because, well, we were all friends and it was funny. Except we didn’t know that Downstairs Boy was her new beau and he did not take kindly to discovering that his good friend was the first to enter her chamber of love. Thus ensued a bit of a barney and when they were drunk, a bit of a brawl! Now, while it is the 21st century, people still have the opinion that sex should be sacred and kept to relationships et al. However, in case you are not one of t h e s e people, I issue a warning and advise you to talk to your potential beau to check whether you have more in common than a set of burning loins. If this is the case, then think twice before entering their lusty love garden, or at least mention that you shagged their best mate the week before.

Alice Blue

1. In a mixing bowl, rub together the butter and flour so that it forms breadcrumbs. It’s easier to start off by ‘cutting’ through them with a knife so that the butter is evenly distributed amongst the flour before getting your hands in there and rubbing together. 2. Add the sugar and a pinch of salt and squeeze the mixture together to form a dough. You may find that the dough is quite hard and still powdery; just press it firmly together so that most of the mixture sticks together. Wrap in cling film and put in the fridge for 30 minutes, then pre-heat the oven to 200°c.

4. Spoon the mincemeat into the centre of the pies. You can buy mincemeat quite cheaply at any supermarket around this time of year; you could make it yourself but it is best starting a year in advance. To add some extra luxury to your mincemeat you could pour some brandy into the mincemeat jar two days before making your pies. 5. Taking the remaining dough, form rough lids for your pies and cover, squeezing together the join with your fingers. 6. Beat the egg together and then brush the tops of the pies before cooking for 20 minutes or until golden. 7. Remove from oven, allow to cool and cover with icing sugar. Next week, I’ll be giving you a student friendly recipe for the full Christmas dinner. Until then I hope you can find time to spend an evening with friends this holiday time and enjoy the important things in life. Eat much, drink more and go cook yourself!

3. Wipe the inside of 18 small Yorkshire pudding tray holes with butter. Pull off small bits of the dough and mould to form the base of the pies.

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Find out about the future of HE Funding and enjoy some free mince pies! IF YOU’RE concerned about the future of higher education funding, don’t miss You Decide this week. Guest speaker will be Aaron Porter, Vice President for Higher Education at the National Union of Students (NUS). Aaron will discuss how changes to tuition fees might affect you, what action the NUS is taking on behalf of students to achieve fairer higher education funding and Salford’s involvement in its key campaigns. You Decide will take place at 4pm on

Wednesday 8 December in Chapman Lecture Theatre 4. Attending You Decide will mean you’ll hear the arguments for and against adopting proposed changes to your Union’s constitution – a controversial topic at AGM! All students will be able to vote on this in a referendum held at the same time as our elections in February. Other issues for debate include University proposals to monitor student attendance. Find out what this could involve and help shape what the Union’s position

on the issue will be. Maybe there’s an important issue affecting life at Salford that you’d like the Union to take action on, you can let us know at You Decide. You can also celebrate Christmas early – there will be free mince pies for everyone who attends! Come along and join us, you can take part in the debates or sit back and listen to the discussion. For further information, visit: www.salfordstudents.com or contact Matt Webber at: president-ussu@salford.ac.uk

Sabbs Ask, You Say. . . Every week, your sabbatical officers will be asking a different question to students in each of their faculties regarding university life – so if you see them around, tell them what you’re thinking!

This week’s question is:

“What are your plans for Christmas?”

Jim Dale

Ricky Chotai

Joe Kirwin

VP for Business, Law and Built Environment Email: vpblbeussu@salford.ac.uk

VP for Health and Social Care Email: vphscussu@salford.ac.uk

VP for Arts, Media and Social Sciences Email: vpamssussu@salford.ac.uk

Asking the important questions THE LAST fortnight has been rather busy with our AGM and our very own University Question Time, with students and student reps asking the important questions to the Vice Chancellor. At the annual general meeting we had a great discussion and debate on how the University was spending money on students with the University Vice Chancellor Martin Hall and Director of Finance Simon Atwell fielding questions. We seemed to have a really interesting and frank discussion about where the money went. Also discussed at length were policies to approve the new constitution, a policy to ban extremists from campus and a motion to ask the University to adopt a fair-trade policy. The motion on the new constitution attracted some concerns but hopefully anyone who comes to You Decide on Tuesday will have their mind put at rest. The other two motions were agreed, which I was delighted with. There is no way I want racists or fascists being on campus or any students being subjected to such vile hatred. There were also questions asked at the Question Time event with the Vice-Chancellor and three students (including myself ) on the panel. There were interesting questions asked on a variety of subjects including contact hours, how education is funded and the lack of decent car parking. We also had our student reps asking questions to the Vice Chancellor at a separate event where concerns were raised about resources in libraries and classrooms, the new academic regulations and the number of part-time lecturers. What is clear after these questions have been asked is that the Vice Chancellor, the University and to some extent the Students’ Union (in terms of pushing for change) all have big challenges ahead in making sure that we all work together to get the best experience for everyone at University. We need more car parking (or at the very least more buses for a park & ride scheme), we need more contact hours with lecturers and we need to make sure no student is penalised for academic regulations that they are unsure about.

Want to be President? ALTHOUGH IT’S only December, it’s not too early to be thinking about the Students’ Union elections which take place next February. There are a number of different positions you can stand for in the Students’ Union elections and all you need to do to stand is get a nomination form and complete it in the correct time frame. There are several different positions you can stand for and you get loads of training during your time as a candidate. You might wish to be a delegate for the National Union of Students annual conference which takes place at Easter next year. Or you may wish to stand to be one of the student trustees, where you attend board meetings six times a year and are legally responsible for the organisation. You may want to take on a full time role which traditionally means you take a break from your studies for a year, or if this is your last year at University, go straight into this role on 1 July 2010. So how would that work? Well, there are five roles. You can run for President or for Vice President. There is only one President but the four people who get the top votes for Vice President are elected and then assigned a faculty to represent by the current Trustee Board. There are three meetings next week where you can find out a bit more about the roles and how to stand. They are at 12.30pm-1.30pm on each day, and if you have a lecture until 1pm you can still turn up after and get a basic gist of what the roles entail and ask any questions.

The motion on “ the new constitution attracted some concerns but hopefully anyone who comes to You Decide on Tuesday will have their mind put at rest.

The meetings are: 7 Dec room AA113, Adelphi building 8 Dec room A127, Allerton Building 11 Dec Boardroom 2 University House.

Salford needs YOU Joe Kirwin

Lorna Cole. Level 2 Business & Management “I'm going skiing in the French Alps so I'll be having a white Christmas (with plenty of revision around that of course!)”

Samantha Dale 1st Year Podiatry “Spending time with the family!”

Vickie Scullard Masters Journalism “The three w's: working, getting wasted, and wishing I wasn't working!”

HELP DIRECT STUDENT DIRECT! GET INVOLVED with your weekly student newspaper, Student Direct! Is there something you think is missing from the paper? Perhaps you’ve thought of a great feature that you think could be included? Getting involved with your student paper is a fantastic thing to put on your CV, and you’ll improve your writing and organisational skills at the same time. Whether you’d like to contribute and get some work

experience, help run the website, or just let us know what you’d like to see more of or less of in the paper, come along to the Media Collective on Thursday 10 December at 2pm, in the Harold Riley Boardroom, University House. For more information, please contact Vice president Jim Dale on vpblbe-ussu@ salford.ac.uk or Editor Steph Bartup on s.bartup@salford.ac.uk

DO YOU want to be a Community Rep? What’s a Community Rep I hear you ask? Well, I will tell you. The Students’ Union and the University are working together on a project to build better links between the students, University and local community. As a Community Rep you will be helping us build

these links, and it will only take a small amount of time. As long as you live anywhere in Salford, this is your chance to become involved in your local community, get training and skills for future employment, get a free CRB check if required, improve your CV and be an ambassador for the students of Salford. If you would like to be a Community Rep or just want more information, contact Joe Kirwin at vpamss-ussu@salford.ac.uk.


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Amanda’s

Hayley’s Here to Help!

INTERNATIONAL VIEW

Every week, our resident Agony Aunt Hayley will answer your questions on everything from sex to education. If you have a problem you’d like an answer to, email the editor at S.Bartup@salford.ac.uk and we’ll pass them on!

Finance MY FRIENDS and I live in Castle Irwell and we've been thinking about decorating the flat but need cheap ideas to make it look good; obviously we can't spend a fortune but we want to get a bit festive, if you could help, we'd really appreciate it!

Health and Lifestyle and store. I also think it would be a good idea to have a crimbo decorations kitty, where you all chip in an equal amount towards decorations so it's fair and everyone's happy!

There are some great shops for crimbo decorations; including most of the moneysaving shops at Salford Shopping City. Outlets like Wilkinsons, Poundland and Home Bargains do lots of tinsel, tree decorations and lights at very cheap prices. However, if you don't want your flat to look like a giant clash of colours, I suggest you don't have more than two or three colours with your decorations. If it's a tree you're after, Wilkinsons sell Christmas trees for £15, and as they are fake, they are messfree and less hassle to put up

I'VE BEEN with my boyfriend since we started university two years ago, and he has put on loads of weight- I know it sounds harsh but I'm just not attracted to him any more. Do I finish things or have a word with him?

about his health and wellbeing, and if you wanted to give him a little motivation, suggest you'll do it with him. It could be his New Year's resolution!

I recommend you have word with him first before you decide to finish it, then if he shows he's committed to you by attempting to lose the weight then maybe he's worth hanging on to. Think about how you’d feel if the roles were reversed- surely you’d want him to show that he’s not just with you for your looks? He might not realise how much weight he's put on, so I think you need to suggest to him (nicely) he needs to start exercising and eating healthily as you are worried

Amanda Harrett I HAD the chance to spend a day in Liverpool the other weekend. Liverpool is somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit, and I’ve got a friend back home in Canada who is a huge Beatles fan and practically begged me to go there and take pictures of anything Beatles related. So on Saturday morning, me and four of my housemates hopped on a train and were there 40 minutes later. It still amazes me that such a short trip can bring you into what feels like a completely different world! I probably went a little picture crazy. Actually, I know I did. But everything seemed so interesting to me – the buildings, the activities going on, and especially the giant penguin statues located on every block. We made our way over to Albert Dock, where we spent a good two hours or so in the Beatles Story Exhibition. I’m not a huge fan of museums or exhibitions, but I quite enjoyed myself; and took about 60 pictures while inside. It was cool to look at the pictures they had up on the walls of the Beatles standing in various locations around Albert Dock; the exact place I was in.

Not many people from Canada get the chance to experience that! We finished off the day by stopping by the Cavern Club on Mathew Street, which is where the Beatles first played. It didn’t look too remarkable from the outside, but knowing what it signified made it a very popular stop. We were able to go inside as well. Downstairs, there was a live band playing and the sound literally filled the whole, packed out room. By the time we were ready to leave it was getting dark and the signs were beginning to light up. Other than the lack of snow, it actually kind of felt like Christmas! The only thing I didn’t like about Liverpool was the amount of people walking about. Although Liverpool is smaller than Manchester, there seemed to be a lot more people on the streets. I’ve adjusted to walking through big groups of people, but I still don’t like it. All in all, it was a good day and I definitely plan on going to Liverpool again!

So You Want To Be . . . Not a day goes by when the headlines aren’t screaming about how the country has run out of money, there are no jobs, and if you’re graduating from university then you can expect to spend the next decade on the dole . . . So, to try and save you all from days spent watching Jeremy Kyle, we will be introducing a different career each week in the hope that you might find something you like!

a Mystery Shopper

Rupert White HAVING KNOWN very little – in fact, nothing – about mystery shopping myself, and as it is now officially the run up to Christmas, it seemed appropriate to look into this apparently delightful way to earn some money by doing nothing more than shopping. Can it be true though? Is being a mystery shopper all about being paid to go shopping and doing what so many people already love to do? Oh yes it is!

Mystery shopping is a valuable way for a business to assess various aspects of its operations; from customer care and store security, to finding out which staff perform the best, and deserve a reward for doing so. It can also be used in cooperation with other customer feedback schemes to ensure targets are met and that legal requirements are properly conformed to. "Video mystery shopping" – where the shopper has a hidden camera – is fast becoming popular as it allows staff to watch themselves during their customer interactions and can bring out some surprising finds as well as providing valuable feedback. It is therefore up to the business to hire mystery shoppers to go in-store, purchase a product and evaluate the service on offer to customers. You can even be a mystery shopper from home. As previously mentioned, even store security is tested by mystery shoppers who are hired to shop – lift in order to make evaluate the store security procedure (please do not

undertake your own security testing as you’re likely to spend Christmas behind bars). So, how can you get involved? The first step is to get on the internet and look up mystery shopper websites, of which there are hundreds. These sites outline the criteria for mystery shoppers that they are looking for, and these vary for different areas of business that they cater to. Generally speaking, you need to be fluent in English with access to email and a phone, and you need to be fairly flexible with your time as some "assignments" may take longer than others. You also need a good memory combined with good observation and writing skills, as these are used to complete your shopping report which needs to be submitted up to 24 hours after you’ve completed the task, so sadly it is not all "play and no work". The application form is pretty thorough, as the company needs to ensure they send the mystery shoppers with the correct profile to each assignment, but once you have added yourself to the database then you will be allocated assignments which could vary from a two minute telephone call to taking a flight with an airline! The pay for mystery shopping is also as variable as the assignments themselves. One day, you could be paid the minimum wage for standing at a

train platform and assessing how many trains are late, and the next day you could be paid up to £300 for a nights stay in a hotel. Night clubs are also on the mystery shopping list, however sadly you do not get paid to get wasted and stumble around all night. Once you have done a couple of assignments, there are opportunities for you to take area specific tests within the company you are registered with that, if passed, give you priority offers over other mystery shoppers, thus giving you the best pickings. Despite all the glamour surrounding mystery shopping, there is one drawback that even the most faithful students of Salford might not be able to handle: You cannot tell anyone you’re doing it. Of course you can tell you friends and family, but the James Bond element comes into play when you are working your assignment, and quick thinking is required if you are possibly caught out by staff. The idea is, of course, that the store staff do not know you are testing them; so you become a double agent- being caught is not allowed. So get online and get your application form filled out, and you might

find yourself evaluating a first class train journey from Manchester to London, or testing out a new Spa that has opened with all the luxuries and ointments to take your coursework stresses away.


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The Week in Quotes Tom Doyle Carlo Ancelotti shows Watford some respect – “I remember Elton John used to be their owner and he is my favourite singer! I hope the match will be an opportunity to meet Elton John!” Is Jose Mourinho no longer special? – “When they vote for the coach of the year it doesn't seem that I'll win. Perhaps I'll even be last, or perhaps I'll have to vote for myself to get a vote.” Jose Mourinho

Phil Brown on Jimmy Bullard’s enactment of his famous half time rant– “It was a fantastic celebration. Great comedy is about timing. I couldn't deliver my address (at full-time) because I was laughing so much!”

Gary Neville seems to think United score late goals, imagine that! – “It was disappointing but we just didn't do enough in the last third. Usually, we would expect to score a goal in something like the 96th or 97th minute, and we didn't do that.”

Falkirk manager Eddie May after his side’s first win – “It was more of a gorilla off my back rather than a monkey.”

Greg Rusedski is a wise man – “That's how Andy Murray forced the unforced error from Verdasco.”

Barnsley boss Mark Rollins after their match was abandoned while they were 4-1 up – “We will see if the ref will reimburse all our fans.” England rugby's Simon Shaw on what keeps him motivated to continue playing at 36 – “Seeing mates who have retired looking miserable.”

Gary Lineker gets muddled up – “Do you think West Ham will struggle this season or climb gradually away from safety?” Sky Sports News reporter subtly hints at something, I can't think what… – “He was booed at the weekend, but Thierry Henry had a hand in Barca’s opener.”

5live commentary of Andy Murray vs Roger Federer – “All the winning shots are at the end of a rally.” Seen on BBC’s live text – “Liverpool110: ‘Lucas is about as useful as an appendix’.” Eric Cantona – “Domenech is the worst coach France have had since Louis XVI.” Harry Redknapp after the draw with Aston Villa - “There was only one winner really.”

Chants of the week Heard at Man United – Besiktas game, aimed at Liverpool fans “Thursday nights, Channel 5!” Sung by Hull fans behine Shay Given's goal – “Thierry Henry, Thierry Henry..." Charlton fans – “Charlton ’til I’m dry!”

Women’s Rugby are at the Top of Their Game Kayleigh Cheetham THE TEAM’S third match of the season was an exciting game for all involved, and it resulted in one of their greatest victories, as they beat Liverpool Hope 22-0. Anticipation was high before the game; the girls were ready for a good match and they didn't disappoint, even though there were only 12 players on either team due to Liverpool Hope women's poor player turn out. A new team kit also gave the team much more confidence, especially having beaten the same team in the previous season.

The home team showed why they are currently at the top of their league with some brilliant tackling by the players, and excellent team work which helped Salford’s unprecedented win. The successful gamewhich came with uncontested scrums for the Salford girls- was helped enormously by two tries scored by Player of the Match, Angela Kirkland. The tries were Angela’s first for the team. Forward of the Match went to Abbi Phillips and Back of the Match was awarded to Heather Finch- a particularly impressive honour as it was her first match for the team.

With this win, Salford remain at the top of their league. If you're interested in playing for the Women's Rugby Union team please contact the team

Secretary, Kayleigh Cheetham on: keggs2409@hotmail.co.uk or check out the team's facebook page: Salford University Women's Rugby Union.

LAST SUNDAY the men’s crew from Salford University Boat Club (SUBC) competed in the National Indoor Rowing Championships at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, and proved to be worthy competitors. Athletes from all over the country were on the entry list including the men’s GB squad

who competed in the Open Heavyweight category. This was the first and most gruelling BUCS event that members of SUBC would compete in this season and, with BUCS points also on offer, many other universities were also in attendance. The crew consisted of four seniors: Patrick Salmon, Alan Moore, James Bullock and Simon Harrison and, SUBC members in Birmingham

Jonathan Macpherson Sports Editor A RESOLUTE defensive display from Salford women’s hockey first team was not enough to ensure a share of the points against league leaders Manchester. The home side were on the back foot for large periods of the game but restricted their opponents to very few opportunities. But on the one occasion Salford’s defence was breached, Manchester showed why they are top of the table as they clinically put the shot into the net. The one goal proved enough to ensure victory for the away side on a frustrating day for Salford who struggled to create any clear-cut opportunities until the end of the second half. Captain Sophie Laxton said “They are top of the league and have been beating teams 13-0, 140 so to only loose by one goal is unfortunate” “The result this time round was much better, as in the reverse fixture they beat us 3-1 in our very first game.” The tone of the game was set in the first few minutes. The away side controlled possession and forced Salford deeper and deeper into their own half.

The victorious team

SUBC Taste Success at the British Indoor Rowing Championships Alan Moore

Defensive Master Class Unable to Prevent Defeat

accompanying them for their first ever race, were three fresher’s, Chris Burgess, Ryan Morris and Andy Pass. The championship consisted of a 2000m individual race on the ergo (rowing machine), which is a standard test that any rower will go through, but one where athletes push themselves well beyond their physical capabilities and begin to battle with their own mental strength. Being a BUCS event, points were on offer in two categories for the men, heavyweight and lightweight (below 75kg). The first event was the men’s lightweight category, for which Patrick and Alan had to endure a strict balance between training and food intake to make the weight category. After having both made the weight, Patrick and Alan

performed exceptionally well, coming in 9th and 10th respectively out of 54 competitors, beating other respected rowers from universities such as Birmingham, Manchester and Loughborough. After the lightweight event, the big boys mounted their machines, with fantastic results all round; notably James and Ryan, who finished a very respectable 26th and 30th out of 104 competitors. The remaining athletes performed incredibly well and a big shout must go to the other members of the crew who came down to support! The SUBC crew’s results can be found here http://concept2.co.uk/birc/results

Manchester were stringing together many fine passes and getting good width down the flanks but found it difficult to fashion any goal scoring opportunities against a stubborn Salford defence. Salford’s attacking threat in the first half was limited to long balls hit desperately up the field for forwards Olivia Taylor and Llio Flurr to chase down. The game continued in the same vein for much of the second half.

Manchester came close on several occasions to extend their lead to 2-0 but more brave defending from Salford kept them in the game. Towards the end of the second half, Salford mounted their first series of attacks, breaking quickly on the counter attack in an attempt to level the score line, however they could not find the finish touch. The game finished with a deserved 1-0 victory to Manchester, a result which leaves Salford fifth in the league. Sophie Laxton said “It was a frustrating game. We had a lot of chances, particularly in the second half.” However, despite the narrow loss, Sophie was full of praise for her team. “The girls should be really proud of that score, the fact that it was only 1-0, we created chances at the end and it was unfortunate we couldn’t get a goal in. “Our defence played really well and it was much improved from the week before. The only time they broke through they scored. It was unlucky.” Despite remaining in fifth position, Sophie believes that with four games to go a third place finish is within their grasp. “We’re fifth in the table at the moment which isn’t too bad and is an improvement on last year. “Now we’ve got a lot of the teams at home. When we have been playing away we’ve been playing with only nine or ten players which doesn’t help. Now we have games at home we should be able to win easily. “Every match we are improving and after that performance today I believe we can get to third in the table.” The women’s hockey team


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Inside: SUBC compete at the Indoor Rowing Championships

SALFORD FALL SHORT IN RELEGATION CLASH

The team in action

Jonathan Macpherson Sports Editor THE RELEGATION ‘6-pointer’ scrap between Salford men’s hockey first team and Liverpool ended with a harsh 4-1 defeat to Salford. Salford found themselves in the game for large spells but lacked the cutting edge to convert their numerous chances into goals. The damage was done in the first half with Liverpool scoring three goals after poor marking on the edge of the Salford D. Captain Andrew Robinson said “All three goals for Liverpool in the first half were exactly the same. The same player was left at the top of the D all on his own for him to just slot into the corner. “They were soft, easy goals to concede and made the game that much harder for ourselves. That was what changed the game.” Salford started off sluggishly in the first half and struggled to impose themselves early in the Liverpool half.

Most of the play took place on the Salford 25yard line with the away side showing greater composure on the ball and fashioned two early opportunities to break the deadlock. However, after the first ten minutes Salford started to exert more pressure in the Liverpool half with Andrew Robinson providing the attacking impetus for his team with several driving runs. But in this tight relegation affair the first goal would prove crucial and so it proved when Liverpool opened the scoring after 15 minutes. Having come within inches of scoring just seconds before, Liverpool finally scored and, on the balance of play, the goal was fully deserved. Their lead was nearly doubled moments later after a long pass up field was flicked expertly over the Salford defence but the Liverpool forward did not have enough pace to pull away from the backtracking Salford defence. But at the 25 minute mark, Salford found a way back into the game. Forward Pete Wood drove at the Liverpool defence before laying off to midfielder Charlesworth who showed great

close control and skill before passing back to Wood to smash the ball emphatically into the back of the net. But having worked hard to get back into the game, Salford were behind again after just two minutes, and were forced onto the back foot straight from the restart. After 30 minutes the relegation scrap turned nasty after a Liverpool forward suffered a bad cut on his right forehead after being hit accidently from a clearance by Salford Goalkeeper Tom Bennett.

Star midfielder Liam thought he had reduced the deficit to 3-2. After a mazy run on the left wing he evaded two Liverpool defenders in the box and scored from the narrowest of angles; however, the ball was deemed to have crossed the line. But Liverpool sealed the away win against the run of play with five minutes remaining after a poor clearance from the Salford defence. The result leaves Salford rooted to the bottom of the league table and without a league win so far this season.

After a 15 minute delay the game resumed and with only seconds to go before half time Liverpool extended their lead to 3-1.

However, despite their poor position, Captain Andrew Robinson was positive in his reflections of the game.

Salford looked a far better outfit in the second half and had many opportunities to get back into the game.

“Today was probably the best set of chances we’ve created all season. We were looking to get balls into the D throughout the game to try and get a touch on it at the last second but it just didn’t fall for us.”

With the introduction of Pedro into the Salford defence the home side looked far more solid at the back. Captain Andrew Robinson and man-of-thematch Liam proved to be constant menaces to the Liverpool defence, each coming close on several occasions.

He added “We were promoted last season and we’re in the position where our division is very good but we’re too good for the division below. We’ve always been going up and down over the past few seasons.”


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