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hey say all good things come to an end? But so do most bad things right? In this case it was the students union that financially suffered and most importantly the students i.e., you lot. Therefore circumstances came to a bitter end. First the executives were informed about the crisis and the loss of nearly sixty- four grand and a predicted loss of eighty-two grand by the end of the year. Could the students union afford to burn that kind of money? Surely not... The reason in why the union was making such a big loss was due to the amount that was being spent on the Aqua East, the club was opened on the 15th of February 2008.The rent being paid to the university and the day to day utilities bill and security bills and so on. This escalated experientially with every opening of Aqua East. Where was the money coming from? The money was coming from the other commercial services such as the under ground bar and the SU shop. This meant using student’s money. With no money left for live bands and live events. The Aqua east was charging students four pounds entry and not providing entertainment. According to students the lack of events and entertainment was disheartening. The problem was simple to deal with, once we got the money back that was being spent on a club that didn’t satisfy student needs, and let’s face it the club wasn’t making a huge amount of money for it to even stand on its own ground. However its the students who voted for the closure of Aqua East on the 20th of November 2008 at the AGM. With the Aqua East now closed the union and it’s members can look forward to organising live events and bands. The money will also go towards building a more accessible music system that will help improve the quality and services provided for student satisfaction. This might be news to some, and you might be asking why you weren’t informed about this earlier? Surely electing a group of exect members, meant to be informed about damages and losses of the student union. However the damage has been done, to develop and enhance prospects through the underground bar is the way forward.

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Contents Page First semester over, and it’s time to sit back and enjoy the Christmas holidays. And why not read Re: fuels while you at it. I know no one really needs to be reminded about university at this time of year. Especially when you got Christmas parties, Christmas shopping and most importantly presents to look forward to. But go on give it read. This time it’s full of politics wait interesting, studenty political issues stored for those that like a little action in they’re lives. Well done to those students that contributed to the Christmas edition of refuel, it’s been a pleasure. I hope that the new refreshing look of refuel is tasty on the eyes and mind. I guess this issue marks the end of 2008. A year of opportunity, hope and change. This issue will probably be flying around university when you get back, and hopefully the February issue will be looking a little different. However I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome all the new student’s I hope you have had a pleasant Semester, don’t worry things do get better. I think one way to make university more exciting and creative than it looks is to part take in the student union, and to use your elected officers to build opportunity and change. And of course to participate within refuel, remember you can write what you like as long as it’s honest and discriminatingly free! Those are the only rules. It’s as simple as that. Enjoy the read, for the students written by the students. Happy new year! The Ed.

p3 - Obama: Has change come? p4 - Bleak future for students p5 - Fight Back p6 -7 Money matters p8 - Having your voice heard? p9 - Internet dating great or bait? p10 - Are you in, Or are you out? p11 - Spin the Decks (Music) p12/13 - Hip Hop debate pages p14 - Point of Information p15 - Poetry/creative writing p16 - Death of Santa (xmas bits) p17 - Toilet Humour? p18 -19 Don Letts @ the Electric Cinema p20 - Institutional Farce p21-22 - The Occupation: 10 years on... p23 - Football p24 - Rugby


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Obama: Has change really come? Politics

Shamma Iqbal

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s a Journalist and a student with a great deal of interest within political issues. The end of George bush and beginning of a new president in America marked a significant moment. A moment of some bitter truths and a moment of a possible change. Not because it was the first black president of America, colour had nothing to do with decisions or influence or rule. It just means that even a country of a fair share of facist history has finally realised that being a different colour didn’t mean less ability to rule. This change was important because for one it meant the end for the republicans and a new start to possible democracy. I know it takes time for change to appear, but is there chance for some actual change. A possible stop to the war in Iraq and Afghanistan? A possible closure for the torture chamber famously known as Guantana mo bay. Is it a possible change for some actual FREEDOM? I think it’s time America stopped saying “god bless America” and stick to saying “god help America”. What other possible change will help other countries now that George bush has nearly packed to go back to Texas were he can sit down and reflect on all the terrible decisions things he’s done. I think even he knows how much of a rubbish, foolish retarded president he has been. Now you maybe reading this and thinking “whoa” this person really hates George bush, but who wouldn’t hate anyone who had all the power in the world and just maybe could of used it to do some good but instead made a complete mockery of it. They say power is knowledge but I think George proved us all wrong. Power in his terms meant, glorification, falseness, deceit and corruption. So to be honest Obama doesn’t have to do a great deal to justify a change in America using some sort of logic and sense will be doing a hell of a lot compared to

America’s former president. On a positive note if George Bush can be president anyone can even a chimp who only knows how to eat sleep and fart. As students and people who are suppose to have some sort of impact in the near we are responsible of what becomes of the world and the society we live in? So therefore these political events that happen in our lifetime are significant, one because we learn from it and two because we can challenge it and thirdly so see whether these things happen democratically or purposely. Tuesday, November the 4th marked a change the world hoped for Barak Obama his powerful yet emotional speech made me think yes this guy fought long and hard, yes this guy lead one of the most amazing and extravagant campaigns in the history of American politics but no, just the same Patriotic, self important, American styled speech. What happened to saying “let’s get the troops out of Iraq, think our soldiers and are governments have killed enough people”. Obviously I’m just kidding myself that’s something I didn’t think he’d say but instead he said this “The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America - I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you - we as a people will get there”. Politicians have a habit of promising to deliver but only time will tell whether he does or not. I hope for the sake of us all he doesn’t call up Sarah palin or John McCain for advice on democracy or any other political issues. We already know what the Americans and the media about Obama and potential change in America.

But what do the students of University of East London think?

“What changes do you think Obama will bring to America and England?” Things won’t change in a year or in one term of him being president, I think if the two countires work together they can do something. (Jean Brooks) Might put an end to the war. (Yvonne Barrios) People will look at America differently, now that Obama is president. (Mark Roberts) He could change things, but will he? politicians lie a lot. (Matt Glanville) Change will take time, he needs to relate to change in Iraq and other issues that effect everyone. (Hannah Amue)


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Bleak future for students N

o crumbs of comfort for students who face the crunch UEL Students beware, Graduates will be next in line to experience the depressing effects of the credit crunch if Government plans to overhaul the student loan repayments are introduced.The students' secretary, Lord Triesman recently announced the sale of over £18 billion worth of student debt to the private sector. These government proposals to sell off the student loans portfolio to credit agencies due to be implemented later this year, means details of loan defaults will be made available to credit agencies such as Experian, and Equifax. Now UEL graduates face being refused mortgages and credit cards while coping with the threat of bankruptcy as soon as they enter the job market. The average graduate emerges from university owing nearly £12,500 According to data from Natwest. This is forecast to exceed £20,000 by 2010. For UEL students who take out a student loan, many may still be repaying them in 25 years time. Neil Munroe, external affairs manager at Equifax, said "a few thousand people" will see their credit scores fall as a result. There are fears this sale will lead to the private sector setting different loan agreements to those previously agreed, leading to higher repayments for graduates. NUS president Gemma Tumelty stated "Our primary concern is that individual borrowers - students and graduates - who have received loans, will not be affected by these proposals through changes in terms and conditions or increased interest rates." However Government MP's have stated that the companies cannot change the loan agreements. But who believes politicians these days? By selling off the loans portfolio to the private sector, former students face being harassed by debt recovery companies who use threatening and unconventional methods to recover their debts. Many UK internet forums besieged by irate people who have

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Ian Simon experienced debt recovery agencies, highlights the growing problem. One of the most successful of these firms is Link Financial. Even more worrying for students, is that Link Financial is the administrator of Finance for Higher Education Ltd, the purchaser of the securitised portfolio of student loans. The company buys portfolios of debt from major retail banks and consumer finance providers at reduced rates. Using telephone and letter-based collection methods Link recovers the outstanding balances according to the financial situation of each customer. The company has acquired the rights to £4 billion of credit card and personal loan accounts, representing more than 850,000 individual consumers, and students could be next on their hit list. They operate by contacting people who have defaulted on loan payments. The methods they use are less straightforward. Contacting neighbours, employers and relatives by telephone to gather information on the defaulter. If they can't get a telephone number, they will ask for a message to be passed on to the person. Crudely, a piece of paper is often shoved through the letter box with a name and telephone number for the receiver to call. There are no clues as to who this person is, and they never say who they really are, often insinuating they are a long lost friend or acquaintance. Link will contact neighbours, family and employers until the nonpayer contacts them. " they don't give up until the person is found, anything can be said as long as they keep within the data protection guidelines, and don't swear" according to an Link Financial employee source. Pretending to be long lost friends of the debtor is often a common tactic used by the employees, or trace officers as they are known. Here they employ psychological nuances in order to get the relevant information. Once

Students warned to be careful of their credit in a time of world financial uncertainty

“So the lesson for students is straightforward. Be careful not to run up too much debt, because it may come back to haunt you”. details have been obtained and the debtor contacted they are then told that their account has been handed over to Link Financial, and sent an agreement with terms and conditions. Thus the debt has been passed from one company to another meanwhile Link increase their profit margin as each person is traced. Link ironically calls the people that they trace "customers". Their mission statement provides an interesting insight into their philosophy "The ethos of our company is based on respecting each customer as an individual" their job as they see it is to "protect the good name of the original lender" So the lesson for students is straightforward. Be careful not to run up too much debt, because it may come back to haunt you. With the risk of private sector

involvement in student loan repayments, the days of complacency among students are disappearing. Chris Tapp, the spokesperson for Credit Action, reiterates the need for caution, he called student loans "governmentendorsed debt on a massive scale." He added that students get lulled into a false sense of security, and become "very comfortable" living "beyond their means". A student debt report conducted in 2007 by uSwitch, a comparison site, revealed that over the past decade students have amassed an astonishing £27bn mountain of debt, forcing almost 10% to consider bankruptcy. With change on the horizon, students face some tough decisions. Graduates who have to cope with the Pressure of exams and employment woes now need to pay attention to potential

changes within student loan repayments. Gone are the days of carefree spending with paying irresponsibly for everything on credit cards oblivious to the depressing outcome. What recent financial world events have shown us with increases in food, and petrol prices is that no one is safe, there are no hiding places. As the credit crunch looms in the distance, students beware, one day you might come home to find that Link Financial have come calling.


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Fight Back

Politics

Jake Smith

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riday the 10th of October witnessed the first fight back in London to the staggering £500billion bailout plan the government has started implementing. UEL students met in the square of Docklands campus at 3pm with an impressive banner specific to the crisis. We then proceeded to Bank via the DLR, on arrival we soon heard the chanting of other students groups and activists from around London, and as far as Sheffield. Congregating outside the Bank of England and the Royal Exchange (shopping centre) we chanted in unity 'the rich… the rich.... we've got to get rid of the rich', 'who's crisis… their crisis, who's money… our money' and 'Unemployment and inflation are they caused by immigration? That's bullshit! Get off it! The enemy is profit'. After a few hundred of us had gathered together we tried storming the Royal Exchange. We dominated unprepared police with a good number of us making it inside. Protesters largely made up of student activists managed a brief yet effective sit down on Bishopsgate, then marched and even ran through the streets around the Royal Exchange and the Bank of England on mass shutting off traffic. Now the echoing words of 'A .. ANTI .. ANTICAPITALISTA!' rippled through the streets with support shown from passers by and drivers with an atmosphere more familiar to the revolutionary streets of Latin America than the City of London.

After nearly two hours of dominating the City around Bank and running around and through an unprepared police presence a brief concluding rally highlighted again why people are ever more increasingly outraged that tax payers money of £500 billion can be made available to failing banks and not to cut students poverty, to stop further home repositions or further job losses, or prevent further climate chaos. After the weekend we saw Gordon Brown and Alistair Darlings injection of taxpayer's money into the country's biggest failing banks. With the government quoted on saying 'this is not nationalisation. This is the banks coming to us requesting capital. If we are going to take a significant share of these banks, we have got to protect the interests of the taxpayer. But we have no interests taking a long term stake, we will sell once we have returned to normality.' This comment strongly supports the ideas that the bailout is simply the rich looking after the rich. Why give the taxpayers money to the banks, so they can lend it to us and then charge interest making vast amounts of profit off us? Without any of us having a say in how these currently failing banks operate in the future if this seemingly blind gamble or blind faith by government officials pulls off? So far other than a few token job loses of a few top fat cats and the guarantee by the Financial Services Authority that savings up to £50,000 will be guaranteed should a bank go bust. I don't see any hint of security however that this isn't just a black hole where we have no idea how much Keynesianism methods of putting money back into the so called free market will be needed to keep the evil capitalist system on life support.

UEL students protest aginst the Government bail out of failing banks in a time of ever increasing student hardship.

“Now the echoing words of 'A .. ANTI .. ANTI-CAPITALISTA!' rippled through the streets with support shown from passers by and drivers” If we are looking at nationalising banks we should surely be nationalising the ones doing well and their profits, have ordinarypeoples interests at the highest priority and not fat cat bankers paying themselves millions in bonuses every year. Also surely another point we must be raising is, why when the biggest and most pwoerful area of the private sector is in crisis we look at bringing in temporary nationalistion and using billions of taxpayers money, yet we are contasntly told by the likes of New Labour that further privatisation of public services such as the NHS and education will improve services, surely the banking crisis proves complete oposite. Immediately after the bailout started here in the UK after the

US bailout had started we saw it spark a European wide bailout of Europe's biggest banks. Which even the free right wing tabloid the Metro managed to highlight the huge injustice, as the cost of the Banking crisis cost the world nearly £2 trillion. The Metros front page headline read ' The day the finincial world was offered help with an incredible £288 for everyman woman, and child on Earth' continueing stating ' The £1.9 trillion is equivalent to 10,000 times the total raised by Band Aid and Live Aid. 36 times the aid sent by the richest nations to the poorest each year. 190 times the GDP of Ethopia.' Now when a free right wing tabliod publishes horrifying facts like this on its front page I don't think even the Bankers can be

as spineless to say the bailout is fair or justified. We must act to now to show our discust at such injustices and show the world that we support real alternatives to this mess and demand ordianry people do not suffer for their crisis, all are welcome to the socialist workers students scoieties (SWSS)organizing meetings every Monday at 5pm in Oscars Bar (docklands).I also strongly urge people to sign and support the People Before profit charter at http://peoplebeforeprofit.wordpr ess.com, as well as join many other activists and partygoers (zombies, witches, wizards included) on Friday 31st this Halloween at 5pm outside Lehman Brothers offices, 25 Bank St, Canary Wharf, London E14.


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Money Matters...

Money Advice

Terri Vine

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k, so you've arrived at uni and your first loan instalment is transferred into your bank account, and lets be frank, you've never seen so many zeros under your control before! Oh the possibilities! All those Wii games and cd's and dvd's you have wanted for soo long can now be yours! But, before you plan your spending spree in Camden, buying lots of hip and funky soft furnishings, stop and work out what your limitations are.

Student Money, the facts: Maximum Maintenance Loan for UEL students, living in London, not with parents, is £6887. Divide that into the 40 weeks between now and the summer break, and that's just £172.18 per week! Not much really! Especially when you consider your rent, in halls at least, is £101. Elsewhere it will be similar once bills are included. As you can see, that doesn't leave much for food, travel, text books, clothes, bills socialising, and most importantly, Beer! So, a few helpful hints to budget effectively;

Firstly, set up a second Bank Account. Work out your rent until your next loan arrives, and transfer this amount into the second account. This way you know you will be able to afford your rent. (please

remember you are LEGALLY REQUIRED to pay your rent once you have signed a tenancy…there is no getting out of it! If you don't live in halls, add another £10-£15 for each week, into this account, to cover your bills. That way you know what you have to play with. All you have to do now, is ensure you don't get tempted to dip into that pot….we all know what its like when you're in the bar, and you want just one more drink….."oh, I'll just ask mum for some money to replace it" or "I'll top it up with my pay check next Friday"….its a very slippery slope. A good way to prevent you dipping in, is to destroy the cash card for that account, or send it for a parents keeping. Its so much easier to avoid using the money if its harder to get to, and a cheque will be fine to pay for your rent and bills.

Secondly, Do not get a credit card (or bank loan) Its so not worth it! You may have all that money to play with to begin with, but you HAVE to make a monthly payment back, or incur a fine. And those fines add up, then the next payment due includes the interest on that fine, which if you cannot afford, means another fine, then more interest……you see the nightmare. It is so much better to save up the money first! For example, £100 on a credit card = a monthly payment of £15£16…..just to cover the interest. So, to pay it off, you need to pay £116 even if you have already paid £16 each month for the last 10 months. You can see how futile it gets.

Thirdly, Go Green. I don't mean in the hippie way, but if you follow the environmentalists mantra: Reduce, reuse, recycle, you would be surprised how much money you can save! Just simple things like writing on the back of

your pieces of paper, over the course of a year, saves a huge amount of paper, and money. Unless you have to read the whole book, use the library's copies of books instead of buying your own. For all of you paying your utility bills, turning off lights/heating/ taps etc can be extremely cost effective, especially with the current price rises. And before you throw out that semi-mouldy bread, remember the ducks will still eat it… so use it for a cheap day trip with some mates to the park (it doesn't sound thrilling, but you can have a real good laugh) Similarly, re-discover water! The water at uni is perfectly safe to drink, but if you don't like the taste, cordial is a far more cost effective way of having a drink that soft drinks. Also Walking. With no gym on site a lot of you feel let down exercise wise. So rediscover walking…it'll save you your bus/train fare and help you keep healthy. If it is quite far, or you are going shopping and will have heavy bags, then just


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limit yourself to getting the bus back!

Fourthly: Sharing is caring Cooking a meal for two, uses the same energy, effort, and only a little bit more ingredients. Student diets can be both nutritious and economical: an extra handful of pasta means the meal is now big enough for two, without adding extra sauce. This goes for most meals! Likewise, share the shopping! Buying a whole loaf of bread to yourself means it will often go mouldy before you can finish it, but if two of you share it, it gets used up fully, and its only cost you half the price. Milk, cheese, eggs etc, all the same. Fifthly: Plan your shopping The easiest way to overspend is not knowing what you want, then getting caught up in all the offers when you go into tesco or asda. Think about what meals you are

going to have before you go to the shop, and draw up a shopping list. Sticking to it may be hard, but just condition yourself so that when you see an offer you want, take something else off the list before you put this thing in your basket! Also, shop around. Check out the offers and bargains. Always check the "reduced to clear" section. Go for the cheaper brands, with the more expensive ones you are normally just paying for the logo! When shopping for clothes etc set yourself limits beforehand: decide you need two tops and one pair of jeans, and you are not going to spend more than £50 in total…..I personally refused to pay more than £10 for any item of clothing, ever. Practice telling yourself NO If you do anything regularly for 30 days it becomes a habit….If every time you see something you want to buy, you stop yourself and ask "do I really need this", you can avoid a lot of unnecessary impulse buying. I always told myself I wasn't allowed whatever it was...

“Cooking a meal for two, uses the same energy, effort, and only a little bit more ingredients.”

not today anyway. If I really, really wanted it, I could always go back tomorrow. I never ever did, just proving I didn't really want it in the first place And a few more quick tips: " Charity shops are a fabulous place to find interesting and unique clothing, but don't forget they often also do crockery, board games, kitchen utensils, blankets, sheets etc. • Get your NUS card, and your student Oyster…they will be invaluable in terms of discounts over the year. • Don't spend your Progress bursary just on a laptop…..it may be annoying not to have your own, but computers are available in the library, and getting your essential textbooks first will set you on course for a better degree than a swanky laptop. • Go veggie. Meat is a lot more expensive then vegetables, so reducing your meat meals reduces

your shopping costs. Also means you will learn to cook better! • Keep your phone on top up…that way you know how much you are spending and wont be struck by an unexpected bill. And there are always alternatives to phonecalls: facebook, e-mails, even actually meeting the person! Finally; GET A JOB! Lets face it, it's the only way! The hours may be horrible, and the pay a pittance, but its valuable CV material, and if you've followed all the above, its just extra spending money. If you know you are not dependent on the money for your rent or food, you know that you can cut back your hours when your deadlines are looming. And the most important piece of advice….BEFORE it all gets too much for you, go and visit the UELSU Advisors or the SMART team…there may be other funding you are eligible for! Don't let it get on top of you, cos its much harder to sort it out later than earlier.


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Having your voice heard... Y

ou've just started at uni and are loving getting to know a whole new set of people. But there's someone in your halls of residence who you think may be a bit odd; he keeps himself to himself and your best friend swears she heard him talking to someone once…except there wasn't actually anyone there. This description is full of stereotype but words like 'psychotic', 'schizophrenic' and 'schizo' continue to be thrown around as ways of describing anything from a crazy night out to an eccentric university lecturer. But what do these words actually mean? Well, like most things, that depends who you ask. Tools used within medical settings for diagnosing mental health problems state that someone with a diagnosis of 'schizophrenia' is likely to experience a combination of both positive and negative symptoms. Positive symptoms are hallucinations (e.g. hearing voices, seeing visions) or delusions (e.g. believing in something when there is evidence to the contrary such as being a member of the royal family); while negative symptoms are a lack of emotional experience or social withdrawal. However, these diagnostic categories have been criticised for being very western; indeed in many non-western cultures hearing voices is revered as a gift that bestows status on the individual who experiences them. In addition, voices are experienced by lots of people in the 'normal' population and there are many famous examples of people who hear voices such as Anthony Hopkins, Ghandi and of course John Nash, mathematician and Nobel Prize winner made famous by the 2001 film 'Beautiful Mind'. Throughout time, voices have been a

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Jennifer Nash source of inspiration for creative pursuits in the form of dance, poetry and art among others. So how do these experiences develop? Psychosis is thought to be caused by a combination of biological, psychological and social factors. Psychiatrists have been searching for years for a biological cause such as a 'schizophrenia gene' but if one exists it remains elusive. Pharmaceutical companies offer a range of medical approaches however these dull the responses rather than cure; and the side effects of these can be more unpleasant than the symptoms they are supposed to treat. Clinical psychologists are interested in the psychological factors - the meaning of the voices and the relationship of the hearer to the voice. Research has shown that voices can emerge in reaction to trauma, abuse, neglect, stress as well as cannabis use. In addition, social factors such as loneliness and isolation can also play a part, and with many freshers struggling with the social upheaval university life can bring it's not difficult to see how university may be a trigger. So if you or someone you know is hearing voices and it's distressing you, keep in mind that seeking support to help you evaluate the voices has been immensely helpful for many. The Hearing Voices Network is one such organisation, where voice hearers can come together to support each other. http://www.hearing-voices.org

Artwork: ‘Screaming Pain’ by Phosu

“psychologists are interested in the psychological factors - the meaning of the voices and the relationship of the hearer to the voice”. But remember it is the hearer's evaluation of the voices that is key, so maybe it's time to start talking openly about our experiences of voice hearing. As Hamlet told us, 'Nothing is either good nor bad, but thinking makes it so". And in the same way as using 'spastic' is now an abhorrent description, isn't it time slang words for schizophrenia were too?

UEL has a Counselling Service available to students who study at UEL. If you have suffered any mental health issues whilst studying at UEL and would wish to seek counselling, feel free to contact Student Services on:

wellbeing@uel.ac.uk 020 8223 4440 / 7611


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Internet dating bait or great? General Interest

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ell, where too start? Internet dating has been on the rise for the past couple of years now, and the whole internet is flooded with sites that say they can find you love. But is this the case? What are the benefits of internet dating and do they out weigh the risks? The obvious answer for most single people is that internet dating is a god send. People can sit in the comfort of a computer chair and search the net for other single hearts. I happen to know a few people that have tried this and have been successful (to some extent) and they believe that internet dating is going to be even bigger. It does have the potential to be much bigger than it is, but first, I feel, certain issues need to address. The fact that people can create a whole new person and send this 'creation' onto the web to hook people is a dangerous thought, especially in this day and age of sexual predators. People can never be one hundred per cent sure that the person who they are talking to is who they have claimed to be. Users can create a whole new e-mail, add pictures from the net and create a new profile using these things. Now the idea of internet dating gets a bit fuzzy. Don't get me wrong, I'm normally all for things that bring like minded people together and I don't believe for one moment that every person using an internet dating site is a demented sexual psycho, but I'm a gambling man and only

put my money where my mouth is when I'm as sure as I can be that I'm onto a winner. For me, I don't get that feeling on internet dating. I feel that there are too many factors outside the area of control that the user has, and this makes it dangerous. Where have the days gone where people met in the pub? Or in the supermarket? Why do people feel the need to flaunt themselves on the internet? The answer is simple; technology. Technology has enabled people from different countries to communicate instantly and any instrument that brings people together is seen as an easy way not to be alone. Most people use internet dating sites with caution as the sites advise. They are regulated and watched so I suppose that helps settle some people's fears. I'm not saying that people should not use this valuable and popular service; I'm simply expressing my opinion.

Are the users of internet dating sites hiding too much of their personality in order to find their perfect match?

“Where have the days gone where people met in the pub? Or in the supermarket?� And my opinion sides with the 'bait'. People enhance the part of them that is most appealing and hide the part of themselves that the feel is the reason that they are single. So in terms of this, the user, to some extent, ceases to be themselves. How can two people meet, and be together when in theory they are not themselves in the profile they have created? Obviously I am wrong to some extent. As I mentioned above I know people that have used internet dating sites and have

found someone and are happy being together. I feel that these people should be even happier as they have won a lottery of sorts. And fair play to them, they have made the effort and probably take a great risk in finding the other person. My advice is simple, try other means first. Physically go out and have a good time that is when people are most attractive, when they are in a real environment with real people. Not in cyber space.


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Are you in? Or are you out? S

wipe card readers which were not given much notice and till recently mostly viewed as an obstruction to entering floors and buildings have become a topic of much debate; in continuation to their current role they now have an additional purpose in the new attendance system. Adding to UEL's constant list of controversial updates is the new attendance monitoring system initiated on the 13th of October. The scheme is being introduced through two schools, one of which is the Business School in Docklands (The only exception in the Business School will be in relation to all Level One students, they are required to sign the register in relevant seminar groups on Modules SM1007 and FE1019) and the other is the humble yet significant School of Law in Duncan House. As the School of Law is comparatively smaller than the Business School it can be gathered that they should be able to keep a closer look on how the system progresses. In contrast to the usage of two card readers in the Business School, Duncan House has been allocated 15 card readers. The School of Law consists of 15 classrooms and each class has a programmed reader to mark attendance. Students swipe their cards as they enter their designated classrooms. As the business school has numerous classrooms it was decided to use the readers at the entrance to the floors. Essentially the instruction given by the Business School's registrar Carole Flanagan is that "Under the new system students will be required to swipe their UEL ID card through the card reader at the

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‘Swipe In’ Scheme entrance to either the 3rd or 4th floor of the Business School building, in order for their attendance to be registered." On the 10th of October a mass email was sent by the school's registrar, Carole Flanagan informing all business school students of the change to come, instructions were also given on how to accurately swipe cards and register attendance. The guidelines set out specify that "Full-time students will be expected to swipe their cards three times per week, and part-time students once per week." To try and avoid a rush of students, swiping of cards can take place at any time on the days of scheduled classes. The Business School points out that the new system should be a positive change and has the prospect of being an advantage to learners, as it reduces the use of paper, is environmentally friendly and mainly allows uninterrupted lectures and encourages students to focus more on what is being taught. However there is still a lot of confusion with some students being enrolled on combined, parttime or evening courses. Student responses to the change have been fairly disapproving. Muyazzam Hussain Chowdhury a business student in his final year said that he thought "the new system was rather time consuming and inconvenient but also as the new monitoring scheme was introduced a month after the academic year began students would need some time to get accustomed to it." Part time learners seem to have additional issues as by

Has a lack of communication been a flaw in the new swipe in scheme proving fairly unpopular by Business School Students?

“To say I am against the introduction of the new scheme would be wrong, I am against how it has not been thought out.” the time they arrive help desks are closed and their queries about the new system remain unresolved. Sueann BalcombeIkeka a part time student said that she had "come to notice that there are no facilities for evening students and at the end of the day, students who come to classes in the evening can barely make it to class for 6:00pm let alone having to sign in the Business School." A health and safety hazard was also identified as she mentioned that "having a severe knee injury I am unable to climb 3 flights of stairs and there is an overcrowding of these areas all the time both day and evenings and the lifts seem to always be full." Nonetheless some students think that the system does have potential and could be

advantageous if thought through correctly. Peter Woodland-Bryl, Second Year Student Representative for BA in Events Management and a member of the Business School's Quality Standing Committee said that he felt that "systems like these can be very successful. Having studied at the University of Hertfordshire previously they had a similar system which was very effective. To say I am against the introduction of the new scheme would be wrong, I am against how it has not been thought out, no investment has been put in to making this easier for the students, and no consultations were conducted with students. The idea needs to be taken back to the 'drawing board' and thought through more thoroughly!"

UEL students need not despair yet as there might be some hope, Robert Neighbour an administrator of the Business School mentioned "more card readers could be programmed around the university depending on the progress and flow with the current readers. If a need is identified more card readers may be allocated." Until then students should note this new system for ensuring that attendance is registered, and take full responsibility for swiping ID cards students should also be aware that even if they do sign paper registers in class, their attendance will 'only' be officially registered once they swipe their cards on the specifically programmed readers.


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‘Spin the Decks’. Music you like and music you don’t like courtesy of UELSU.

Music Reviews Matt Challis

I Am The Door - Frequency It's a cold and wet day in middle of January. My scarf is wrapped round my head to the point at which I could be mistaken for a terrorist and I'm acting much the same way when I shop. I keep myself to myself and while I do so my head phones keep my mind away from the stress of wondering what shirt would go nicely with my jeans. But as I filter through the last remains of a sale that's been and gone my ears fire a warning shot to my brain taking recognition to the music. On my Ipod is I Am The Door, a fairly new band that has 'developed their own unique

TWILIGHT by Dayana F. Jardim Harry Potter, who? This is the new sensation! Spectacular, original, captivating! A love story like no other. Stephenie Meyer’s detailed description of the intense emotions of the first love is admirable. A mortal and a vampire who fall in love in the background of a normal high school life in a little and cold town called Forks. This is love with a twist! But if love is not what you are looking for in a novel then, you must read this book to learn more about vampires!

sound' but lets face it, what new band hasn't? I'm buying these jeans, I think to myself 'But will they fit?' I really do hate trying things on but in this case I may have to. I'm caught in two minds and really need something, anything to sway my decision. This is where I Am The Door should be interfering. Their music is still holding a good rhythm so that while I pick my new clothes I tap my foot and almost tap my fingers on the coat hangers. But something's missing, maybe I need a belt? Having lost my train of thought I lay the clothes back on the stand and wander around the shop a little more. There really is nothing here, torn jeans which cost over fifty pounds, trainers I could buy for less if I just looked down the local charity shop and hats which would make me feel more self conscious than a paranoid manikin. The annoying thing is that shops like these used to cater for the fans of non-mainstream interests. You could buy items that would catch your attention because it was either weird enough to be considered cool or retro to the point where people actually believed you watched the first episode of the Magic Roundabout.

This is nothing like “Interview with the Vampire” neither “Dracula”, vampires in “twilight” are like no other. Before you dare to read this novel you must know that by the end of the book you will feel the “thirst”, but only to read the sequel novel “New Moon”. Also you should check out for the premiere of “Twilight” the film on 19 December. I personally cannot wait for it. Just hope the producers of the film capture the scent of this brilliant novel.

But now I find myself in a shop which has much the same clothes as every other shop in the centre. And I can't help but consider the similarities with I Am The Door. Though I might catch a glimpse of something that grabs my attention ultimately the music they play is being done in every town across the country. It was once considered something that was new and exciting the music scene has over used this emo/indie crossover to the point where everyone in the high street has heard it already. The album much like the shop has a rare delight that sounds new and refreshing but I Am The Door still seem to be caught in two minds. They can either sell their music to the world by writing more commercial songs that teenage girls might like. Or they can infiltrate a market of underground musicians, which they touch lightly upon every so often on their record. I think, like the shop I stand in, their decision has already been made. www.iamthedoor.co.uk/ www.myspace.com/iamthedoor

Instruments - Make Music As we wander the earth our heads fill with thousands of thoughts and on occasions we consider our place in society; Do we fit in? Are those around me the people that will really understand my point of view? Unfortunately the answer would be no! But after having to visit these places we know deep down that there is always a place we can visit that we can relax and feel comfortable. While listening to Instruments you begin to feel that you have found that secure setting. It's an uplifting blend of comforting effects that mixes from one verse to another without really giving us time to worry. As though the day has passed and everyone you have met drifts out of mind our real position becomes something more obvious. A place we can sit and drink without the realities of life lurking over our shoulder.

THE SHAKESPEARE SECRET by Dayana F. Jardim Brilliant, astonishing, fascinating! If you are into crime stories, you must definetively read this novel. It follows the sort of style of “The DaVinci Code” but I dared to say that this novel is lot better, why? First, you won’t have to debate with religion! , Second, if you are a Shakespeare’s fan or not, you will be amazed by the details of his life and the way Carrell (The author of this book), creates the plot. What is not so good about the novel? Well, if you never read Shakespeare before, it will be very difficult for you to follow the story. Out of that, I completely recommend this novel.

But like we see ourselves, Instruments are no different. Along side the chart topping major league pop they will undoubtedly be moved to one side, unaccepted like the school nerd. But when able to display their ability among more familiar bands the music will do their talking. While unsigned, it's hard to fit in anywhere; on one bill may be a hardcore band, on another an indie band so retro that that the lead singer still believes he's Ian Brown. But the underground scene is one where bands such as Instruments can find themselves supporting more heavyweight acts like Explosions in the Sky and Deerhoof still to find that they aren't out of their depths. Coming out of an Essex scene that's filled with hard hitting metal, Instruments have produced an upbeat collection of songs on Make Music that helps the more melodic side of musical listeners. And while they say they're producing music that sounds nice I'm sure that most will agree. Instruments are beginning to find their place in an erratic scene and while they continue to do so we listeners will continue to enjoy their music. www.myspace.com/instrumentsmakemusic

I must warn you, once you started reading it, it will be almost impossible to stop turning the pages! So do your essays first!


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Back to the Riviera Fuck all this gangster rap bullshit, once and for all. Yea the world's stressed out fuck makin' it worse Fuck tryin' to act hard that's like hip hop's curse (Braintax - Last Tenner from Panorama [2006]) If you "rappers" aren't talking bout' a knife or a gun It's difficult to see where your rhymes will come from Let's talk about what you're trying to prove? You got it twisted from the start so you're gonna' lose I hope you choke as you promote violence to the minors The only ones who buy your records cos' they're fickle minded. The heads don't listen to you because you're mindless Try listening to something more timeless

It's pier pressure, you make your own mistakes Don't drag me in, I'm tryin' to elevate (Braintax - Don't Drag Me In from Birofunk [2001]) One of the instigators, one of the few innovators and a true poet, Braintax was the biggest hip hop head around. I hope that he's striding off down to some plush Riviera for 'Martinis at noon with Keith Moon,' (Riviera Hustle, taken from Birofunk), or even sitting happy by a lighthouse on the coast, with a fat bag of cash cushioning his rump (Oceans, taken from Birofunk); and I hope he feels free. When I heard that J. Christie aka Braintax had retired, I immediately knew I had to write this article. The departure of one of the most well respected and influential artists on the underground scene, and the former owner of Low Life Recordings, will leave a gaping hole in the heart of UK hip hop. Wherever he is and whatever he's doing, in the scene right now there is a strong sense that the buck must be passed to a new generation of artists willing to oppose the stereotypes and negativity surrounding hip hop, not by apologising to society for a crime uncommitted, but as Braintax did; line by line, beat by

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Andy Patton beat and track by track. Many of the best artists on the scene have been putting their music out on Low Life Recordings, and as yet there have been no rumours of a takeover - although I doubt whether Christie would let his legacy continue in the hands of someone else. After all, so many of his tracks have talked about getting away from the city and residing out in the wildest corners of nature: I sing aloud in my hideout cos' no one can hear me And nature's looking bigger and it doesn't fear me Or any of my city ways, haven't said a word for one month Hear my snow-boots crunch through the wasteland (Braintax - Escuchame from Birofunk) In a world where the big wigs try to paste another venire of shit over our membranes each day, I sit here listening to 'The Grip,' and remember what it was to realise that hip hop meant more to me than just beats and rhymes. It's always the same, after a long day of having my ears bombarded with manufactured, mind-numbing rubbish, catching sound-bytes from the screaming traffic as I walk past boarded doors and side-roads - I switch on my trusty 1210s and listen to Brains asses the state of the world, and somehow it all makes sense.

I swore to stop writing punch-line nonsense Now it takes longer but I penetrate your conscience (Braintax - Opening Titles [feat. Skinnyman] from Birofunk) He doesn't try to be anyone else, so there's no front to infiltrate or break down, which means that you know where you stand with his music - there's no gloss, no sequins and no red tape. He is undiluted and honest, which to me is his greatest quality, and

something that not enough people have these days - especially in the music industry. He talks sense, and isn't afraid to confront the government (not that their ears are open), on issues such as the war in Iraq; this is particularly evident on a track entitled The Grip Again - A Day in the Life of a Suicide Bomber, taken from his album Panorama. Talking about this track in the album sleeve he says: "One thing the British media can't seem to grasp is the difference between 'explaining' something and 'justifying' something." Amen to that. Fuck Bush, Blair and Sharon Keep us blind to the facts of what really goes on But it's the men behind the scenes who really maintain the con I paid a lot of tax and bought a fraction of a bomb Don't get me wrong this is not the end of UK hip hop as we know it, just a great loss. There are still an abundance of talented artists around like Jehst, Taskforce,

Dubbledge, Foreign Beggars, Klashnekoff, Dr Syntax and Stig of the Dump to name just a few, however J Christie was a cornerstone for the industry and bought many young artists through, nourishing them with feet-on-the-ground Low Life brand philosophy. His label was the biggest gateway for true hip hop artists to get their voices heard, and every head's first stop for what's going on release-wise, so I guess these artists will be looking elsewhere to release their music.

Write a list down, what do you need? I been crossing of alcohol, crossing off weed Crossing off stress, crossing off being angry at Something that I can't effect, still trying to show the earth respect, a lot of artists talk that conscious talk But don't walk the walk, I believe our lifestyles will come back to haunt Every day we're at a junction looking at the fork

Aside from the loss and its knock on effects, I think that Brando Flux's retirement could provide motivation for a lot of younger artists to try to get record labels together and expand the scene in a positive way. As a writer and a rapper I will always have the utmost respect for Braintax, and I truly hope that the 50th and last CD release on Low Life Records; My Last and Best Album, will pad out his handsome pension fund, whilst providing some closure to his die-hard fans mourning the end.

(Braintax - Exit Plans taken from Panorama) "I think that when you try and get a bit blinged out and a bit flashy, in the music industry tends to be when it falls apart." (Braintax - ukhh.com, January 2007)


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Guantanamusic Music Debate

Sean Axtell

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his being a music review on Soldja Bwoy's latest single 'Crank Dat', it is imperative to begin by understanding first the definition of the word 'music'. I don't have an Oxford dictionary to hand, not because I don't own one because I do, but this is a Solja Bwoy review, and even the idea of exerting my own energy by heaving over to my bookcase and happening upon the correct page to identify the word's correct meaning is ridiculous. By the definition I have before me, music is 'sound, usually produced by instruments or voices', my laptop reads, 'that is arranged or played in order to create a pleasing or stimulating effect'. It's a fairly feasible definition by all accounts, but we all know what constitutes as music when we hear it anyway, absolutely anything can be music. Take The Backstreet Boys, Boy Zone and The Backdoor-BlueZone-Boys for instance - all have enjoyed insurmountable amounts of fame, have all been revoltingly rich, and all have the capacity to make the most at-peace monk in the Middle East turn a gun on himself. Interestingly, it should be noted that the Americans have used the Sesame Street theme tune, as well as a myriad of other high frequency ear-wrecks, to extract information from Al Quieda troops - and such is the power of music, that it has been 'rather successful in ascertaining information', tells the source in some rag I read a long while ago, 'regarding the whereabouts of Al Quieda terrorist cells' - which tides us over to my next point. Having listened to the 'Crank Dat' single five times in a row to get a feeling for his lyrics, I dutifully feel an impulse to exact revenge on you my reader. Here are some of the words: 'Soulja Boy off in this hoe Watch me crank it Watch me Roll Watch me crank dat soulja boy Then superman dat hoe'.

For those from the EnglishSpeaking world, I will divulge what it is this man is saying. In short, he will run into a phone box, whip on a blue jump suit, fly about while cautiously avoiding the periphery of any radioactive substances he happens upon, and then he will kick the fuck into a girl. Here are some more lyrics: 'Now watch me do Now watch me you Now watch me you Now watch me you'. It could be said that these lines were taken from the back of a school-boy's jotter book, it could be said that the beat sounds like it was made on a fisher price keyboard, it could be said that more musicality and organizational skills can be found among the guests at Milly-the-monkey's peanut farm party - but Soldja Boy differs. 'People who aint from the south may say south rap is ringtone rap', the artist enlightens the interviewer at pyroradio.com while adding, ' but people from the south won't say south music is ringtone rap'. You can just picture the thick little shit saying that while proudly reclining in his chair and brushing his shoulder down as if he's summed up the world in one short sentence. What a fucker. Moreover, when asked about his influences Soldja Boy denies having ever heard of Gza the founding member of the Wu-Tang and the man behind the production of Liquid Swords - an album hailed as the most influential EP of all time within hiphop circles. It may seem like I'm splitting hairs here, the boy is only 17 after all, but that really is no excuse. Think of it like this, a Seventeen year old guitarist from Somerset would have heard of ‘The Beatles’, there's simply no avoiding it. I'd even bet a score that the same teenager, no matter where you found him, would have heard of Liquid Swords and Gza. This might not seem important, but here is an artist claiming that he and Southern U.S. hip-hop 'keeps the scene going' but with lyrics, cheesy synths and Tomy-Toy subbass like that, the only thing he'll keep going is the fear of god in any collared Al Quieda troops.

“but people from the south won't say south music is ringtone rap...”


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Point of Information O

n Thursday 20th October 2008 students from UEL came together to hold the UELSU Annual General Meeting. The aims and objectives of the AGM are to be the representative body of the students of UEL. It should also provide opportunities to express student opinions and concerns to the members and other appropriate authorities. Its purpose is to inform attending students about what has been achieved since the last meeting, to discuss proposed motions, to receive reports from Sabbaticals and Executive Officers as well as from representatives on University committees. To attend the AGM is actively taking part in the student movement. Furthermore, there must be at least 200 members attending the meeting for it to be valid, with a two-thirds majority decision necessary on all votes. The meeting was supposed to start at 1pm in the main lecture theatre of the Business School. Slowly the room filled up with students. Despite some coming in by mistake and some truly committed students wanting to be part of this meeting and the upcoming decisions, the meeting had achieved its minimum target of 200 students by 1.30. From the beginning on the mood was extremely tense. Most representatives in front of us participators seemed very fidgety. First up was the election of Chair and Vice-Chair. Luckily two students volunteered and were voted into this highly important position. Their main purpose and responsibility is to lead and guide the meeting, deciding who is allowed to speak. However, between their election and the actual start of the meeting, time was wasted. It seemed as if no one knew what to do, which left both sides confused and triggered noises in the audience. Nevertheless the meeting finally started with one major opening issue: The Equal Opportunity Policy. This is a rather important policy which needs to be addressed to all participants. Up next were 'minutes of the last meeting and matters arising'. It means going through last years meeting with all students having a

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Silke Bohndorph booklet to read through. Nonetheless, the Chair kept running through it so quickly, leaving most students confused that hardly any issues were raised. If you did not attend the previous AGM, you were completely lost. More time should have been given to read through it. After that a bunch of people left the meeting, apparently they had to go to class. What an excuse! Well, I cannot blame them for leaving. By that time the meeting was not running smoothly at all with everyone shouting and arguing. This was the first time the Chair lost control over the meeting leaving him agitated. Furthermore, serious errors have been made throughout the meeting. You would assume that our representatives have read the constitution themselves. Well, think again. At no point they followed the basic rules of an AGM, interrupting each other's speeches and neglecting the Chair's decisions. This only fed to the confusion and anger creating a mess. Their body language gave them away: shaking heads, crossed arms and unrecognisable mumbling. But, it wasn't all bad. One major achievement lies in the 'Motions for the AGM 2008'. There have been 14 motions this year. The most anticipated one certainly was the 'Closure of Aqua East'. This motion fuelled a merciless discussion with some of the members of UELSU fighting a ruthless argumentation, leaving all students shouting their opinions without any order. Unfortunately, the Chair did not fulfil his purpose as he left for the third time, swearing and kicking the door much to my amusement, I have to admit. But that's when the ViceChair took over and restored some peace. In the end, we called for the vote and, much to the devastation of some students, the motion was

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“Overall it was a successful meeting, fulfilling its aims and objectives�. passed. Quite interestingly, all 14 motions were passed including motion on 'Sports Executive', 'Racism in Education', 'Climate Change', 'Automatic Extension for Course Work in Case of IT network Failure', 'Special Attention for February Starters', 'Facilities for Part-Time students', 'Through Unity', 'Joining Fairtrade University', 'Love Music, Hate Racism Affiliation' and others. Overall it was a successful meeting, fulfilling its aims and objectives. It showed me that there are many students out there who care. However, there are many things that need to be changed in order to make it a pleasant one as well. Many students did not know who they were facing. Point of information: introduce yourselves at the beginning. One major issue was the organisational structure which needs to be addressed. If we are expected to follow rules and read the constitution, so should they.

I will certainly go to next years AGM. Why? Well, it is our chance to actively take part and responsibility. I am convinced that many students will read this article and think 'Why are they closing Aqua East and why did no one ask us?'

Well, you had a chance to vote. Some of you might say that you didn't know about it. That's just being ignorant. The more students attend the fairer and more representative the decisions. It is your choice!


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Poetry/Creative Writing My London Epicentre of this land For all that's good and bad Problems accentuated Then moulded by the brand So much body heat From intertwining shades of skin So why is it so cold out here? The sun beams down again Consumers consumed by Temptation and bent truth Life beyond means means Tightening the noose An army of passive fists Fading to grey Ignorant to the fight Taking place today Kaleidoscopic culture Seeds sewn from many gardens Some swallow moral mouthfuls And some beg pardons Stere-oh-so-typical Concur with someone else's view Weak-minded masterpiece A cityscape of icy blue Vibrant advertisement Andy Patton Double Sided City Cracked, rotting architecture dwells between Sparkling towers of platinum Acidic rain falls over a Marvellous lighting composition Claustrophobic, vision blurry as I travel From extravagant display to exhibition Glum, grey faces sell tickets at the front desk Model faces grin, glistening on the catwalk Green thieves wait in the shadows Next to posters of next big thing Drug traffic gridlocked As limos cruise through the night Gun barrels bawl, wielded by kids Victims Unite the Kingdom Andy Patton

Musical Chairs Stand were I sat Take over the knowledge That you once gave me Manic motion To grab the seat Then the music Stops For we are in The age of a new Leader It makes me laugh How we can't push An those who can't trust Don't see how true reality is Trying to show us it's not about Nah Or because If you seek Deep You find Reasons power Speeches

The Train Scone: A South Western Delicacy I found myself late on a Friday afternoon, on an empty and quiet train bound for Exeter. I slumped low in the seat of a vacant carriage, and through surrendering sunlight I dazed out of the window as the train wormed past office blocks and out into the mist of council flats of Vauxhall and Clapham. It was once the train arrived at Twickenham that I realized why it had been so empty. The platform was shoulder to shoulder with throngs of warmly dressed men clutching shiny booklets and rucksacks with beer cans peering from the top, which seemingly nodded agreeably as the men swarmed towards the train's doors - the rugby crowd I thought.

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Progression and ambition striving for a movement Power and glory a step back for a union Ideas and creativity what happened to imagination Reluntancy and Bureaucracy what happened to freedom Isolated and senseless deluded by authority ask no questions they'll hit you with hypocrisy A silent hierarchy No voice for the voiceless left with a pay cheque No time for thoughts take your money and go our tools are worthless no hope for talkers left in the dark Obedience and corruption its all meaningless no words have the power a masterful desire To march to the top I hold this thought On a timeless scale and here we put a stop to this tale Shamma Iqbal

Moments later, with precision orderliness, they boarded without pushing, apologizing when they bumped into someone or impinged on another's personal space, and more miraculously, apologizing when someone else invaded theirs - and calmly orchestrated themselves towards a seat without any fuss whatsoever. A thin, wiry man collected tickets, greeting and thanking passengers in the same breath as if on fast forward. He couldn't have had time to check the tickets - you could have passed him an I.O.U. scrawled on a segment of cigarette packet - but he did find the time to conduct a cheery captain's salute for all before moving onto the next carriage. Suddenly, my seat became deliciously comfortable. I was asleep in seconds.

I roused to the crooning of a terrifyingly spangley seven foot frame in a grubby 'Virgin trains' jacket who, if hadn't burst from his mother's belly fully-formed before scuttering off to the sewers, would be the most terrifying human in existence. He loomed over me, sour musk pouring forth, and between his violent outbursts of what must have been the word 'ticket' - a short hand equivalent for conductors too important to speak proper English I assumed - he prodded me in the side, naturally transporting me from the rational thinking world. I brandished my ticket with a token 'fuck off', then, having found the ambience so disagreeably hostile, I drank, I confess an intemperate amount of beer; and returned to unconsciousness. A bit further on I woke to the sumptuous scenery of Rushford house in Shepton Mallet. It's a lonely gatehouse with a many-angled brown copper roof proudly poised before tumbling fields that roll their way across the landscape like a recently ruffled duvet being settled on top its plinth. The pasture effortlessly sweeps toward a mantle of treetops bending, dancing, and occasionally twining among themselves in a lather of indecision; as if they were props for a 1960's George Romero film. If you look on a map it's only down the road a bit from Bristol and Bath, but it feels far-far away - I like that very much. In fact, I would have lingered, but I had a vital date to keep. Sean Axtell


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rounded Caucasian Male in a Red suit SANTA’S GROTTO was shot dead in Harlesden Last night, after what Police describe Samantha Kirwan as a "Burglary gone wrong". The older male said to be in his fifties, and of a "Jolly Demeanour", was caught transcending from the chimney of local gangster and Crack Dealer Samantha "Tupac-Biggie" Kirwan. It is believed after a short struggle Kirwan shot the Man - who was also found to be carrying stolen Mince pies and a limited edition Karl Marx action figurine. In a statement issued earlier today, officers from Operation Trident confirmed, "This man was not black. He was white. And Old." Members' of Harlesden Gardens' Neighbourhood Watch issued a Statement yesterday saying they believed the man to be a potential Sexual Offender. A man of his description had been heard asking local children to "Sit on his lap" days' before the Incident.

Saint Mick... Saint Mick was never Jolly Saint Nick, He wished Good will to all men, but some. A red suit for him was Blood Spilt, Whiskey or Gin, over some dispute in an Irish Pub in the Slums. Yet if the kids' weren't up and dressed, He couldn't rest, All had to be ready for Mass on Christmas Day. For all of Willesden knew, The Working man who stood behind the Pew, would never let a free Xmas Pint go astray. So he'd stand through Mass, Hardened hands clasped, and neither Jesus, Mary, Joseph or the donkey would get in his Quest's way. But, "Sure, You know what its like, when you spend your life on the building site - a man surely deserves a small drop on this Holy night?

And a man cant be seen with his Kids and his Wife - especially when discussing site Politics and Football with the Boys' Back in Mick's day "Arragh - we never had toys', Jesus was a bad influence - that kid was spoilt, And "what were Three Fella's that age doin' , buying him oil? When having the Craic He'd throw cash from his sack, Unfortunately it rarely reached chimney's our way. But all was alright - He'd have turkey that night, His Wife had mopped floors to pay. Not a Penny to spare - The tree was bare, His Reindeer Nicked from outside. His Spuds were cold, His Wife old And his Kids' had ruined his life.

No presents under the Christmas Tree.. Will the credit crunch ruin our most beloved time of the year? Yes, we are used to celebrating Christmas without snow. But can you imagine it without presents? With no cash in the bank, and certainly no reserves hidden under the bed, how are we going to celebrate Christmas? It is the time of the year we should all indulge ourselves. Truly not this year around. With the credit crunch behind our backs, it is not the same as it used to be. Most people aren’t in the mood for shopping. Can you blame them? Everyone is thinking of ways how to afford Christmas overall. Fresh home-cooked turkey? Well, Iceland’s frozen option has to do. A beautiful real tree with decorations glittering in the candle light? No, a fake tree from Woolworths is the best thing affordable. However, there will be candles, because we can’t afford to keep the lights on. Think about

the electricity prices. But, most importantly, will there be any presents? Never mind the people who believe in Santa (it’s good to believe during hard times), but can average working-class families buy their beloved something special? Well, fact is that our budget is tight. This means we have to think wisely on what to spend our money on. However, many British families won’t cut back. They invite their most reliable friend around: the credit card. This option is rather tempting but dangerous. Yes, whilst shopping for family and friends you don’t have to think about the payment. Just use your card and it’s yours. It won’t hit you straight away. We all know the catchy slogans especially used before Christmas: ‘Buy now, pay next year’ etc. Well, sounds quite good but involves repayments plus extortionate interest rates. And, according to

the latest forecast by the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), our country will sink deeper into an economic hole, probably beyond the first quarter of 2009. Put into simple words: we won’t have more money next year either and, if unlucky, even less. Nevertheless, putting all these pessimistic aspects behind, we can have a great Christmas overall. It is what you make of it. Maybe we will re-discover the true meaning of this holiday. It is not about present, but about being together with the ones who you care about most. Christmas is about families, spending time together, singing songs, going for a walk in the park etc. I think everyone will agree, this is what Christmas is really about, and it’s priceless. By Silke Bohndorff


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hile out on the first leg of my Christmas shopping the other day, I had an overwhelming need to use the bathroom. It came over me so suddenly that the chaos of Oxford Street was the least of my worries. My vision started to zoom in and then out, my eyes frantically looking for that elusive public toilet. I wish I had planned ahead, but the thought didn’t even cross my mind. In the end then I had to settle for McDonalds, usually I would be so mortified at the thought of having a number two in public. This time however it felt very satisfying, I felt like I was saying, well if you want to feed us crap expect to be shat on! After the relief started to subside, it started to dawn on me; London has a total lack of public lavatories. When I think of other cities that I have visited, I can pin point at least one set of public loo’s, in London I can’t even think of one. For those who aren’t in the know have to skulk in and out of coffee shops, hoping that they can get away with not buying a cup of tea. Those who take a trip to London often, can find that relieving yourself can be become an expensive habit over the space of a year. I find the quick blast from the bathroom the most terrifying moment, as you feel the assistants eyes burn a hole in your back. How could this have happened to one of the finest cities in the world, a city with such great history in providing lavatories? If those in charge treat us like animals then slowly but surely we will become animals! Has anyone noticed how the streets are becoming smellier, if you don’t give a man a place to have a wee then what do you expect? We all love the comfort of our own home; we have everything that we could possibly need in there. Then you spend a couple of hours out in London and it can be turmoil, and not to sound like I’m overreacting but the toilet situation only works to alienate people from their own environment! Over the years the number of public lavatories has fallen dramatically, most closures being blamed on vandalism and general anti-social behavior. However if there were to be a study I can

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Eryn Beynon almost guarantee that it is the neglect of public toilets by the councils that has seen the vandalism occur in the first place. It is obviously a cost cutting thing. At the moment the UK has only 5,000 public lavatories, that figure really proves how under equipped we really are! How immoral is it that our capital cant even put its people first? How would my Nan feel if I bought her here for the weekend, or where will my sister change the nappy of her baby? The icing on the cake for me however is how I’m expected to tip the woman on the way out, for what, listening to me pee!?

Flush damn it, flush!! Dear Editor, I’m writing to confirm a few things. We all made it to university, yes? We all come in to University to learn and expand our knowledge (usually to get a piece of paper saying that we’ve kinda understood it), yes? In doing so we socialise, eat, drink and potentially be merry, yes? So at this highly developed level in the education system can’t people frickin’ flush the toilet!! You go in, deposit your goods, flush, wash your hands and leave. Simple innit? No!! Someone leaves this massive stinky masterpiece like Van Gogh does pebble dashing, a re-enactment of ‘hunt for red october’ or cleverly disguise the offending item with half of Brazil’s rainforest on it. If you’ve dropped a buoy (floater) a ‘little’ bit of tissue and wave goodbye to your low fibre visitor… AFTER YOU FLUSH!! If I didn’t do this at my parents house, my mama would slap ten shades of s*#t out of me (which would have been more helpful before I went to the loo). Yours dreading every visit Moody Michael


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Marlon Dolcy You have said that people today get into music to be part of the establishment, could you expand? Back in my day we got into music to be anti establishment, but nowadays a lot of people get into music to be part of the establishment, and its very hard to do anything radical or rebellious if you want to be part of the establishment do you know what I mean? Like Pop Idol/ X factor/ Simon Cowell? Don Letts: Yeah Pop Idol and X-Factor would be a good example of that, but I think a lot of people's attitude generally get into music because they want to be

famous or they want to be on MTV or want to be on TV, whereas, back in my day, we got into music, because we wanted to express yourselves and you had something to say, you know we wanted to communicate ideas. You know it was more about that as opposed to bigging up yourself you know what I mean. This whole culture, celebrity thing. Do you think that my space and other digital technologies are adapting the DIY ethic? Don Letts: The whole internet and my space has got to be a good thing, because anything that helps people to express themselves and get their ideas out there has got to be great. Especially when it removes the middlemen like the record companies and things like that. So fundamentally it's a good idea, but you just can't clog up the airwaves with ego, and just big up yourselves and you know that Jade Goody, big brother bullshit. Airspace is

“One of the great things about the punk rock movement, besides the whole DIY thing was the way it got women, or in fact anybody that was marginalised involved.� valuable, and you can pollute the air with bullshit just like you can pollute it with chemicals. Having played at Glastonbury, what do you think of Noel Gallagher's recent comments on Jay-Z and do you think that hip hop can be embraced by the rock crowd? Don Letts: Listen if it were not for black music, rock would be

dead. You know it was not till the advent of reggae and hip hop, because it was on its dying legs by the late 70's, certainly by the 80's,it had become very repetitive, but with the explosion of reggae in this country and hip hop in America it (pause) got new blood. If you think of things aero smith's "walk this way" as a classic example of black culture reinvigorating white

culture, in a way of giving it new legs. I like Oasis. Listen Noel is actually an intelligent guy. Liam is as funny as hell and both of them are the most honest people in rock and roll. That's what he thought, and in this instance he made a mistake. And its funny you should ask me that question today, because it's literally in the papers today that my mans


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like: "yeah ok he admits he made a mistake. I mean I was actually at Glastonbury on stage watching Jay Z and it was an incredible thing. (The white man love it Rasta) From the back to the front it was dread. In the emerging punk climate did you ever believe that you were in the midst of something special? Don Letts: Back in '77 I had no idea that 30 odd years later we'd still be talking about this thing punk rock. Which is a sad indictment of the last 30 years because there have been a lot of musical movements since then. But they weren't as complete as punk rock. You know there was a new sound and a new fashion, but the thing about punk rock it wasn't just that It produced photographers, poets, writers, fashion designers, graphic designers and people like myself; filmmakers. So it was

very much a complete sub culture and I think that's why people keep going back to it. But like I say it's a sad indictment of the last 30 years really‌

music of the planet and I'm down with Chuck D when he said hip hop isn't doing anyone any good especially black people. We need a new rebellion and it's well overdue.

Punk rock and reggae were extremely political why do you think today's music does not have this?

Why did punk have time for women in the way that rock music did not?

Don Letts: Good question. To me the cultural climate (stands up animated) feels like punk rock never happened and western culture has become increasingly conservative and I tell you something a backlash is definitely overdue. I mean even hip hop, when it first exploded on the scene, was very much of that punk spirit, and that punk attitude has now become - hip pop. I mean I was listening to people like Chuck D and KRS one, and now its all Puff Daddy and Snoop Dogg. It has become very corporate. I mean hip hop has become the new pop

Don Letts: One of the great things about the punk rock movement, besides the whole DIY thing was the way it got women, or in fact anybody that was marginalised involved. Before the whole punk rock thing women were kind of like cosmetic dressing for cock rock male lead singers. But all of a sudden again punks are like no, idea, you're welcome. So you know we had people like the Slits, like X-Ray Spex, Siouxsie & the Banshees and that was really empowering movement for women. When the Slits tour England, or when X -Ray Spex tour England,

there's all these young women out there that take strength from that and are like OK I can do this too. I'm not talking about getting on a stage and being in a band, I'm talking about empowering yourself and being in control of your destiny. So the Slitrs were very important and punk rock was very important in shifting that dynamic of women just being cosmetic dressing for men.


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The Occupation: Schools - to start charging fees Imagine, within 10 years time you will have to pay to send your children to school.. Free school meals for all those of low incomes will be scrapped. On top of that your children will have to take out "pupil loans" to cover the costs of their books, stationary and travel - which they'll then spend the rest of their life paying off. All of this will be done by a government whose three priorities will be education, education and education. Meanwhile, those schools that you will be paying for will be in financial crisis and about to stop teaching maths and languages, sack the school nurse and some of the teachers too. Unbelievable, impossible not gonna happen! Well you never know…….. A little history Back in 1997 Tony Blair and New Labour were elected on the back of tremendous public hostility to the tired, tainted and bankrupt 18 year old Conservative government. There was a huge amount of goodwill towards the new government and a general sense that things could only get better after years of growing inequality in Britain. People believed that with the new Labour government, society would become more equal, the disparity in wealth, health and wellbeing between the rich and poor would at least level up a little. The primary means of achieving this new more equal society would be through education, education, education. How little did we know…… Education Within weeks of being elected, one of Tony Blair's first decisions was to start charging university students tuition fees and completely scrapping the maintenance grants - which

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Peter Mitchell were only available to students from lower income backgrounds. Tony Blair said that by charging students fees to study and removing grants available to poorer students this was the one thing that would get more people to go to university… Uel There had been rumours from since before the Easter holidays that the University was in crisis. We'd been tipped off that due to the financial state of the university, various courses were going to be closed down (midway through students degrees), a number of services cut back or scrapped altogether (including the medical centre) and more than 80 staff were to be made redundant. All this as part of a £2.4 million pound cost cutting exercise Polite Chit-Chat A group of students unhappy that they may have to complete their course at another university, or change course, began a petition to try and stop the cuts. A delegation of students interrupted a meeting of the university's Academic Board and put forward our views about the cuts, only to be patronisingly but politely rebuffed by the then Vice Chancellor - Frank Gould. Movement Angered by the lack of any movement on the cuts, the students got together with other students also affected by the cuts and organised an extraordinary meeting of the Students' Union. On Monday 18th May 1998 hundreds of students packed out the main hall at the old Barking Campus to hear the Vice Chancellor explain away his £2.4 million cuts. If they were angry before

We’re in!: Students took over the A-Block of Barking Campus 10 years ago for 16 days over staff & course cuts.

“If they were angry before he spoke - they were furious after listening to him speak.” he spoke - they were furious after listening to him speak. The perma-tanned, jaguar driving Vice Chancellor, with his £125K salary, explained that the university couldn't afford to pay lecturers to teach their classes and would make them redundant. The Occupation Begins The meeting then decided to occupy one of the teaching buildings in order to show to the management that they had had enough. The students stormed the Brooker building armed with sleeping bags and pizza, barricading the doors behind them. The next morning students and lecturers arrived at the building to be greeted by huge banners announcing that the building was under student occupation and people were free to enter the building only if they were on

our side and to aid the occupation. Storming the Governors Twelve hours of occupation turned into twenty four and the occupation continued strong. The University board of governors were meeting at the Stratford Campus on the evening of 19th May. Leaving a small presence in the occupied building in order to secure it a massive group of students and staff were ferried across East London by bus, bike, car and van. Confronted with such a large angry mob with dozens already in the meeting room, the governors hastily agreed to face the lobby. Students expressed their desire to continue at UEL and their pride in their university. Lecturers and support staff told how they'd been offered voluntary redundancy for some

money or else be sacked with no compensation.Faced with all this, the governors did nothing but offer empty platitudes, wring their hands and stand solidly behind their man - the VC and their cutsIncreasingly frustrated by the management's stubborn refusal to reconsider the cuts, we decided to notch up the protest a little. Three days of occupying the Brooker Building had taught us the things we needed to survive, but also that we had to do something more if we really wanted to change the future.At around 8am on the morning of 21st May a massive picket line of hundreds of students and staff (by this point the staff trade unions had agreed to either support the demonstrations or at least not cross the picket line) encircled the Barking Campus. At all the gates the pickets were at least three people deep.


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Ten Years on... The pickets line got so deep that the roads all around the campus blocked and caused tailbacks of 5 miles all the way down to Romford. Just before 9am the police arrived calling the picket illegal and threatening to arrest everyone taking part. Once the chief officer realised that he would have to arrest somewhere between 500 and 600 people, and realising that the space in Dagenham police station probably couldn't hold more than, 20 asked us how much longer we needed for our protest. We replied back that by 10am we would be done. The Occupation grows By 10am the crowed involved in the pickets and demonstrations around campus had swelled to around 1,000 and to the rhythms of the samba band poured into A Block (the main University building at Barking). All those staff against the protest were asked to leave the buildings and those in support allowed to stay. The senior management needless to say were evicted successfully. Who's in Control? Having taken over the bulk of the campus - most of which was now under student control lectures were resumed. The occupiers had already planned for the eventuality of a long haul occupation and established a number of committees to deal with the big issues • Academic - to organise lectures and seminars , as the vast majority of lecturers were on side • Cooking and cleaning - to feed and clean up after the masses

• Security - to ensure that management, trouble makers and vandals couldn't get in or destroy property • Press -To rapidly rebut management propaganda and to let other students know what we were doing and why we were doing it and to spread the word across the land. Importantly, we weren't

“Three days of occupying the Brooker Building had taught us the things we needed to survive, but also that we had to do something more if we really wanted to change the future.” occupying to attack the education of others - we were occupying to save our education and our university. Slowly but surely the doubters and cynics were coming on board.

Alternative Education As the takeover of campus and occupation entered into the second week, the part of the University under student control was running with surprising efficiency. Most lectures were running as normal but alongside that there were regular alternative lectures, discussions and debates. People involved in other disputes around the country, including the striking dock workers from Liverpool and Ford car workers down the road at Dagenham, came and taught us about their struggles. Students involved in the occupation learnt new skills whether that was planning and preparing food for 300 or time keeping, debating, problem solving, leadership and team work and most importantly solidarity. The End of the Occupation By 1st June we had been in occupation for 2 whole weeks. By this time the management had won a county court case against "unknown occupiers" and were granted an eviction order. On the 2nd of June at 7 o'clock in the morning 200 riot police in 20 vans with dozens of bailiffs arrived on campus. Having had a tip off that this was going to happen on that day we decided that those who wanted to should await the police outside the buildings and those who wanted to remain in the buildings do so. Some occupiers went up to the roof and banged drums and pots and pans. The police eventually joined them up on the roof and coaxed them down.The eviction passed off with no violence and no arrests. Lessons Learnt.


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Institutional Farce FEATURE on PAST EVENTS Ian Simon It is a cold Thursday April night as two boys wait patiently for their bus in Eltham, south London, for them though the bus never arrives. One of them is brutally stabbed several times and left to stagger desperately for 130 yards where he finally unwittingly succumbs to the violent, frenzied attack. The 18 year old slumps onto the cold pavement dying from a pierced lung, alone in the street. The murder of Stephen Lawrence was full of irony. On a normal evening the events were far from normal. Lawrence was black, his suspected killers white. Indeed what seemed a simple case developed into a costly case which asked more questions than it provided answers. Of the many unanswered issues one clearly stood out; this gruesome killing asked profound questions of multicultural Britain which to this day still sadly go unanswered. Amid the 15th anniversary of the murder Britain remains a divided and unequal society. Racist crimes still continue; ironically blacks and Asians highlighted this inescapable fact 12 years after Lawrence’s death when the lozells area of Birmingham erupted in violence in 2005. For those that talk of positive change since Lawrence’s death, a dose of reality is needed. A committee was set up after the murder to look at the police role into why the case was so badly handled. The McPherson report (named after Lord McPherson) famously stated that Britain’s state institutions suffered from institutionalised racism. The police, judiciary, civil service, local government, NHS and schools were all identified as areas where the malaise had festered over time. McPherson demanded change; in fact it produced 70 various recommendations ranging from monitoring of the police force, to recordings of exclusions of black children from schools. Unfortunately for black people in multicultural Britain however, these

recommendations were not worth the paper they were written on. Fifteen years later very little has changed. Black children are still excluded in large numbers from schools, cast out into Britain’s inner cities, prime targets for criminal gangs who prey on these young misguided minds. Although there has been a slight improvement in exclusion figures for black children since 1993, black girls are still four times more likely to be excluded than their white counterparts. Statistics worryingly show that black boys are 15 times more likely to be excluded than white boys.

Meanwhile gun crime and the killings continue, unabated, relentlessly taking the lives of the young. Fourteen years after the brutal stabbing of Stephen Lawrence, youth are still being stabbed, and gunned down in the inner cities of Hackney, Leyton and Tottenham. Today the treatment of Eastern Europeans immigrants suggests institutional racism is still here 15 years after Lord McPherson demanded its end They are blamed by some sections of the press for an increase in crime levels. The incendiary language used by the media makes us believe that Britain is being “flooded” by criminal gangs, intent on ruining harmonious quintessential English villages. We read of what divides communities rather than what unites us. Britain has always seemed to welcome immigrants when it has needed them, and then attacked them when they haven’t. Even Queen Elizabeth 1st tried to cut back on the numbers of Africans in the country demanding they go back, failing to realise that they had made a positive contribution to the economic well being of the nation. After the war a large Polish community grew out of the forced migration of the poles fro their homeland, so too the Caribbean’s, and Asians who had fought for the motherland during the first and Second World Wars were happily welcomed here to help the mother country. Today many still live in Britain, happy to contribute to the economic prosperity of the country.

Others are not so happy though, notably the BNP, who became the second largest party in the barking and Dagenham constituency in the local elections of 2006. Nor are the people that voted for them. The general perception is that foreigners are coming to steal homes and jobs of the British. Pick up any newspaper in Britain today and there will be a negative immigration story. The Daily Mail’s headlines often scream “Asylum seeker rapes girl, or “illegal immigrant kills” The politicians meanwhile, scared to lose votes; unable to set a moral sensible argument, incapable of starting a sensible immigration debate, buries their collective heads in the sand and takes the easy option; agreeing with the papers. Where is the debate? Where are the facts about what is really going on with immigration in the country? Why aren’t these misconceptions challenged? Charles De Gaulle’s observation that “Politics is far too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.” Seems an apt observation. Where are our leaders to direct us through this deepening crisis? Why is it that 15 years after Lawrence’s death we still witness institutional racism? Instead politicians like attaching

themselves to “safe” and “neutral” causes such as last year’s “celebration” of the anniversary of abolition of slavery in England, which speaks volumes as to why we are in trouble; the words celebration and slavery in the same sentence provides an unwitting paradox. How can any event surrounding the death of approximately 8 million African slaves be labelled a celebration? Yet many so called community leaders were arm in arm, hand in hand with the establishment in distorting the narrative on one of mankind’s greatest crimes. If the death of Stephen Lawrence is to mean anything in our lives it should strive to address contemporary issues, the struggles endured by parents fighting for decent education for their children, divided communities spurning a disaffected underclass suffering from low morale and resorting to crime as an escape. On the anniversary of Lawrence’s death, an event that still resonates strongly in Britain today, the media continue to stereotype sections of the community needing to sell as many newspapers or gain more viewers than the competition by sensationalising the news. For them Stephen Lawrence’s murder on that cold April night is unimportant. It requires no further examination, no analysis of

whether institutional racism is on the decline. There are no profits to be gained from studying the recommendations of Mcpherson to see if they have been met, but then why should they? As long as There are profit margins to be maintained, then sensationalism takes precedence over the facts. Never let the truth get in the way of a good story. ____________________________ ___________________________ References: BBC, Lawrence: Key Recommendations. BBC Online (internet) 1999. Available from: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/285537.stm (cited 3 June 2007) The Racist Murder of Stephen Lawrence: Media Performance and Public Transformation. : Greenwood Press. Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Findings, School exclusion and transition into adulthood in AfricanCaribbean communities. (Online) September 2005 Available from: http://www.jrf.org.uk/knowledge/findings/socialpolicy/ 0435.asp (cited 3 June 2007) Mpeke, A.N (2007) THE CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN WORLD (COAFRWO): A NEW PARADIGM FOR THE 21 ST CENTURY. Myspace.com/coafrwo/blog (Online).Available from: http://blog.myspace.com/index. (Assessed: 31May 2007) Think exist.com. Charles De Gualle Quotes. (Online) Available from: http://thinkexist.com/quotes/Charles_de_Gaulle/ (cited 3 June 2007) Vanzant, I, 1993. Acts of Faith: Daily Meditations for People of Colour. New York: Fireside Mrs Lawrence [centre], mother of Stephen Lawrence, personally organised the service, titled A Journey Travelled Copyright Telegraph online


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UEL win thriller at Beckton Park SPORT SU ACTIVE Football UEL Football Team vs Universities at Medway (4-3) A cold day at Beckton Park there was only one thing on UEL's mind and that was to go out there and win the game. With the red strip of UEL and the black and white stripes of Medway the match was almost ready for kick off there was last minute formation tactics from UEL's Touchline Couch Alex who went with a formation of 4-5-1. With both teams ready for kick off the game got of to a flyer with the first couple of chances falling to Medway and UEL looked rattled. During the game UEL got their confidence and UEL's striker Nikos Isaakidis hit the bar and 5 minutes later he missed another great chance, up the other end Medway's no 12 wasted there best chance and both teams thought its going to be one of those days. Quarter of the game gone and a free kick was awarded to Medway, Medway's no 25 was ready to take it he stepped up and curled it on the keeper's right hand side and UEL was behind. UEL up the other end wasted another chance by their no 8 Nikos who should have made it 1-1 by his standard's and you would think that UEL might regret the chances they have missed don't come back to haunt them. The next thing you know UEL are 2-0 down a good move from Medway's no 12 to setup Medway's no 33 who with ease side footed home, and UEL didn't have a clue what hit them. With 5 minutes left UEL hit the bar again and UEL defiantly thought it's not going to be there day and soon after the ref blows for half time, with 2-0 down already smashed the bar twice and with handful of chances wasted it meant UEL had to regroup for their second half to stand any chance of a comeback. With the second half underway 10 minutes of the second half gone UEL pull a goal back a good move from the left and well side footed by UEL's no 9 Shaun to make it 2-1 which meant game on.

Up the other end Medway could and should have made it -3-1 a blunder from UEL's keeper Ben nearly gifted Medway's no 33 a chance but luckily the keeper grasped it on the line. During the second half UEL had most of the position and won a corner once the corner was taken the ref spotted a foul on UEL and awarded a penalty to UEL, which meant UEL had a great chance to get all square at 2-2 with all pressure on Nikos's shoulder he calmly side foots it into the right hand corner and its 2-2 and now we have a game on our hands. With half hour left Medway's get a corner and once the corner is taken the ref see's a push and awards a penalty the other way Medway get a chance to get back in front the way it was seen it was a harsh decision by the ref, with Medway's having a chance to regain the lead it was all up to Medway's no 12 to do that after a tense wait UEL's keeper Ben saves the penalty to his right and justice done for UEL some would think it should not have been a penalty in the first place. 2 minutes later Medway's no 12 smashes it on the corner of the goal to regain the lead for Medway after a great penalty save, UEL could not hang on and gave the lead back to Medway with the score at 3-2 to Medway you would think UEL would be up against it but that just got UEL more hungrier while UEL pressed on in to the last 20 minutes UEL 's no 12 Luke scored an absolute wonderful goal he cleverly spotted the keeper off his line and lob the Medway keeper from 20 yards and the score was all square at 3-3 and the only team that was going to score was UEL. UEL's tails were up and with 5 minutes left UEL had snatched it 4-3 the substitute no10 Jermaine going around the keeper to slot home, with seconds left UEL were holding on but it was enough because the ref below his whistle and UEL had won the match 4-3 a great comeback from UEL at half time 2-0 down no one would have given them a chance but great spirit and leadership by UEL guided them to a thrilling victory over Medway.

Team: UEL Football Team vs Kingston University Date: 15/10/08 - Away Result: UEL 2 - 2 Kingston Players Names: Cypriot Star Alex Huelin James Davidson Andrej Bozin Visar Cruda Thomas Abernethy Paul White Luke Pickering Shaun Stanbori Aristos Rachid Omotoyo (scored 56 mins) Subs: Giles Holt Tristan (Came on second half) (scored 63 mins) Dan H Hamad Tekili (Came on second half) Shae Amdu (Came on second half)

I can safely say a great performance. Within the first half we bonded well but unfortunately we were caught on the break in two silly instances due to a lack of communication giving away two silly goals. Our midfielders after a inches and miles speech at half time put in an outstanding performance and played as well as Gerrard and Barry do at the best of times, out performing the opposition in every aspect of the game. I have to emphasise the point of our midfield as I can safely say 75% of the second half was spent in the defensive third of the opposition. With a through ball form the midfielders Rachid caught their defence of guard and with extreme finesse took the ball round the goalkeeper and slotted the ball into the net. Within ten

minutes we broke again and after our two midfielders had struck two good shots on goal, Tristan slotted the ball home. The last 10 minutes were spent trying to score that last decisive goal, unfortunately it didn’t come. Although, we battled well and were even told by the referee himself we had a stronger more skilful team. From this I personally feel that we have a chance to win this league after looking like a formidable force that could take on the greatest of talent. Every player was a real asset to the Uni and I was so proud to be amongst such a great squad.

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UEL Rugby demolish Greenwich at home UEL vs Greenwich University Result: UEL 39 - GU 9 After a poor showing of numbers at the previous training session and a stern make or break meeting the previous day, there was a sense of concentration amongst the group for the arrival of a team from a respected sporting university. The oppositions delayed arrival moved the kick-off time back to 2:30 giving the boys some extra preparation time. The warm up discussion highlighted the fact that Greenwich were low in numbers and the ploy was therefore to make them use their solitary substitute. The customary UEL roar echoed across the field and the game was underway. The first few clashes set the tone for the rest of the match. Greenwich looked disorganised and visibly intimidated. UEL were focussed and barely put a foot wrong. The first ten minutes saw Liam Bird scored a glorious try all on his own as he ran 20 yards, sweeping through all for a deserved five points. The conversion wasn't taken by Joe Seymour. The try seemed to have more of an effect on Greenwich than UEL as they were making the basic mistakes that UEL were making on match day one. Soon after, Liam slid over to notch UEL into an unprecedented 10-0 Lead. There was a familiar pattern forming as every try bar one occurred from a scrum heavily dominated by the UEL forwards. The regular sight of Mike breaking from the pack ending with Liam Bird scoring must have been demoralising for Greenwich's hapless backs. This time the conversion was taken by Joe Seymour, leaving the half-time score at East London rugby club, UEL 12-0 Greenwich University. The second half started in the same manner as the first ended, as a marauding run from our solitary representative from Australia ended with what was later named 'try of the match' Greeted with a typically Australian style celebration after touching it down. This time the conversion

SPORT SU ACTIVE Rugby wasn't taken, giving UEL a real safety net at 17-0. This safety net gave the boys the freedom to be expressive and play the quality rugby that they are capable of. Ashley Cox, who had such an impressive debut claimed his first try for UEL and Liam added to his tally shortly after with his ruthless attitude. The score was at 27-0 before Greenwich mustered any sort of threat. Realsing that they weren't ever going to get through and score a try, they used their penalty awards to kick. Getting on the scoreboard changed the flow of the game for a period of time as UEL began to shut off and give away sloppy penalties as the defence were really called into action late on. Ashley Cox and Liam Bird added further tries with Chairman Ben Coletta converting one of them as the sting was eventually taken out of the Greenwich attack - giving UEL a more than satisfactory and well deserved 39-9 victory, their first at their new home. ___________________________

UEL v Portsmouth University Date: 15/10/08 Results: UEL 5-8 Portsmouth Uni’ Players Names: George Wilson Liam Towney Alex Osborne Nathan Ricardo Bueno Lawrence Springate Dan Bula Oliver Tommy Mike Shaw Dale Glen Joe Seymour Ben Coletta Ash Cox Guillaume Rodellas Scott Mcdonald

It was the first visitation of both UEL and Portsmouth to the East London Rugby club, located near West Ham station - which is a much more fitting home for the rugby team of our university. The new home really does seem to have a character about it, and upon arrival the general mood was upbeat as a consequence. It was Portsmouth however, that

scored the very first points of university rugby on the pitch. An unnerving early dominance was rewarded with a converted penalty kick pushing Portsmouth into a deserved early lead. It was not a first fifteen/twenty minutes to remember for UEL rugby as a shakey and inexperienced defence conceded a try which was not converted - leaving the early score line 8-0 to the away side. Grim faces began to look on as the weather deteriorated. A big positive to be taken from this match is the character shown to get back into the game as the many debutants in the side began to grow in stature. Crunching challenges a plenty flew in from Chairman Ben Coletta, Joe and eventual man of the match Ashley Cox as the injury count grew for Portsmouth. An ambulance was called for a dislocated shoulder to the visitor's fly-half. What was noticeable from these instances was the drop in aggression from Portsmouth. It appeared that UEL were bullying a visibly larger side. On just about UEL's first attack of the half, as late on as the 30th minute, Alex scored a try which wasn't converted leaving the score at half-time, 8-5 to Portsmouth. The first half may have brought

more points but the second half produced some better quality rugby. There were courageous runs from Oliie who powered his way through many with his brutish physique noticeably increasing the vocal support from the touchline. Although the man of the match award was given to Ash, the second half for UEL belonged to club captain Michael Shaw who seemed to be everywhere, partnered with Ben Coletta in central positions giving UEL a strong spine which providing a gradually improving defence. The rain lashed down and causes hazardous handling conditions for the wide players on both sides as basic mistakes were made. Slower reactions to the ball being passed provided huge collisions for the backs, as the game seemed to close down. As the game grew older and the weather subsided, Portsmouth could smell victory and tackles born from frustration caused tempers to flair. There were final throws of the dice by UEL as the rapidly quick Kwame was thrown into action to create something in wide areas, but a resolute away defence held out for a narrow 8-5 victory - making it all the more disappointing for an ultimately new UEL rugby team.


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