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EXECUTIVE EDITORS Chelsea Dakwa Mollie Quirk Oscar Williams SALES Mollie Quirk Verity Webb Oscar Williams Lani Woolgar EDITORIAL Tamara Antonio Michael Aslan William Coomes Roberta Cooper Chelsea Dakwa Luke Gardner Aiden Goodsell Chris Jeremiah Daniel Joseph Aaron Loose Gabrielle Marsom Joe Miller Luke Miller Mollie Quirk Jack Redgate Edward Stanford Joaquin Subagan Alanas Vilkelis Verity Webb Oscar Williams Owen Wood Lani Woolgar Rox Yan DESIGN Tamara Antonio Michael Aslan Roberta Cooper Chelsea Dakwa Luke Gardner Chris Jeremiah Daniel Joseph Dom Oldfield-Edwards Ben Ralph Jack Redgate Edward Stanford Joaquin Subagan Lorcan Taylor-Hood Mollie Quirk Oscar Williams Owen Wood Rox Yan PHOTOGRAPHY Luke Gardner Oscar Williams Written and created by students studying for the BTEC Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production and the BTEC Journalism Sub-diploma. Cover design: Tasha Culling, BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design. Cover photography: Becky Long design: Ben Ralph


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he Student Union is run for the students by the students. We work hard and play hard! We organise all student focused activities such as events, trips, open mic lunch times…you name it, we do it! As a team, the union ensures students have the best possible experience at SDC.

We are an award winning union and the only Student Union in the South East to hold the prestigious NUS status. An NUS card enables you to claim discounts on Domino’s Pizza, Spotify, Misguided, ASOS, New Look and much more!

Log on to for your card

WHY DON’T YOU APPLY? Being part of the Student Union is a great experience where you will meet like-minded students from loads of different student unions across the college including Foundation Education and Higher Education.

Elections for September 2017 are happening in APRIL!





Project 2ND HOME

The aim of this project is to make your college environment a happy and inviting place to be, with cool social spaces to relax and chill. The SU is working together with our current students to build our exciting Project 2nd Home. We have brand new furniture arriving soon in meeting spaces such as the Refectory and Common Room, f or you to use at your leisure.





The SU has recently hosted a fantastic Society Fair in both Eastbourne and Lewes campuses to advertise all our different clubs, societies and workshops that are available to students through lunchtimes. Here are just a few of our Societies on offer: SDC Bloggers, Drama, Art and Photography, Christian Union, LGBT and lots more... If you would like a full list of activities and Societies, please contact Alternatively pop into the SU office in Tyler House canteen (Eastbourne) or Cliffe Common Room Lewes).

A BIT ABOUT THE STUDENT SABBATICAL OFFICER This role is to represent you and your opinions. Our current Student Sabbatical Officer, Natasha Duursma, plays a vital role within Sussex Downs College. She presents all your feedback and ideas for change to the college management and leadership team. She works with the SU and Student Voice Coordinator to organise events, trips and other student activities. The position is well paid and a year long opportunity, perfect for someone on a gap year who would like to make a difference to college life. The candidate selected for the role is elected by current students and must campaign for the most votes.

At SDC we encourage all students to voice their opinions for change; these are in forums such as the Student Council. We host a calendar of Student Council forums termly to ensure you are always heard, so you can give us your feedback on anything you’d like to change.



It is nearly that time of year again for the Student Union elections! You could become a role model for students and be part of all the fun! If you would like to run for a position in the Union, you will need to run a campaign, make your name out there and get elected by your peers. A candidate can run for any of the following roles:

The SU organised a student trip to Bruges.

Entertainments Officer, Events Officer, Social Media Officer and much more!

President: Natasha Duursma LEWES CAMPUS Vice President: Kai Ranking Communications: Abbie Russell Entertainments: Edie Freeman Officers: Chloe Matthews, Toby Graves, Lydia Duursma EASTBOURNE CAMPUS Vice President: Shereen Khan Student Governor: Jamie Harris Equality and Diversity: Chelsea Dakwa Communications: Caleb Johnson Officers: Rebecca Wilson, Arnau Pratts, Olivia Godden Written By Natasha duursma and Katherine Over, design: Owen Wood, Luke Gardner


TAG 17: Art and Culture

Dominic Evans, industry-loved illustrator, spills the ink on what inspires him to create recognisable pieces of art


re you creative? Do you like to visually record your memories? Do you doodle all over your school books? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, perhaps you should think about turning your works of art into a career. Tag ‘17 has gained an exclusive interview with talented illustrator and all-round creative, Dominic Evans, about his work; how he and his work gained recognition and what inspires him to illustrate in his unmistakable style. Dominic Evans, also known as Dom&Ink, is a young, fresh illustrator based between London and Manchester. His portfolio includes illustative work for some of the biggest names in fashion and beauty, including Ted Baker, Selfridges and Spectrum Collections. Dom has built up an amazing reputation and inspires young, budding creatives across the globe. Tag’17: At what age did you realise that you had a talent for illustration and drawing? Dom: I think I first got into drawing as soon as I could walk and talk! I was always doodling on walls, carpets, paper, ANYTHING. I remember when The Little Mermaid came out at the cinema and I would obsessively draw her again and again ‘til I perfected her. I think that’s where my love of figurative illustration came from! Tag’17: What inspired you to publish your two books, Map My Heart and Map My Style? Dom: I never dreamed I would ever get published in a million years. I was very lucky to have the proposal for Map My Heart accepted by my 4

publishers and from there on I was offered a second deal. I’m a very lucky illustrator as these books taught me so much about professional practice, the publishing world and juggling text and image. Tag’17: What steps did you take to ensure your talent was recognised? Dom: I remember I had just finished my MA at Uni of Brighton in Sequential Illustration and decided to start a Facebook page under the name, DOM&INK. It was just to be a hobby to showcase bits of work. At the time, I was so shy about showing any artwork to people, whereas now I’m the annoying person who spams your feed with illustrations of unicorns every day! Instagram was a huge step forward as most of my work comes from there. I found drawing what I wanted to draw, or something that moved me or inspired me, would get posted and I would get so much work from it, rather than a drawing for a client or something I wasn’t too proud of. I’m all about following your instincts and doing what YOU want to do in terms of career and creativity. Tag’ 17: When was your talent first recognised and what was your first big break? Dom: For me, my first breaks came around the same time. I had just done my MA degree show and I was approached by Brighton Museum & Art Gallery to illustrate and design posters for their ‘Latest’ events. I did one, then slowly did them over the course of two years. I loved every second of it! A few weeks after, I got the news my first book, Map My Heart, was going to be published


Tag’17: For any young, budding, talented illustrators who may be reading this, what advice would you give them?

and I moved back to Manchester and starting writing and illustrating all 144 pages. It was a huge thing for me, and as an illustrator to get two books written and drawn by yourself published by the age of 26 was insane! I’m so grateful for the amazing opportunities they have provided. Tag’17: What’s your favourite style of illustrating? Dom: Hmmm, I love my fashion illustration style but slowly I feel my style is changing more and more into a slightly more detailed, avant garde kinda vibe. As you grow and your tastes change, I guess you’re doodling does too :) Illustration-wise, I love Gemma Correll, Emma Block and also comic book artists Emma Rios and Nikhil Singh. They are my idols! Tag’ 17: What are some of your biggest creative goals? Dom: I set yearly goals. So this year is to start work on a huge project I can’t talk about but have been putting off FOREVER. I also want to develop more of myvvv range with Rock On Ruby and hopefully start working on a high street brand collaboration. On top of this I would love to get into designing costumes for film. That’s my next step I think!

Dom: I would say to get your work out there. Get to galleries, exhibitions. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your style as not every illustrator has a signature style straight away, some have many different ones they call upon! I would highly recommend getting to any lectures at Uni about professional practice, i.e. setting yourself up as freelance, websites, earning dollar and meeting clients. These were things that I was never taught at Uni and I feel students these days need prep for this kind of thing! Also - Instagram, it’s a haven of inspiration, ideas and opportunity at the tap of a button.

If you’re a budding illustrator and feel that you’d like to get a slice of the success that Dominic has had, then maybe you should turn your doodles into a career. Why not enrol at Sussex Downs College on either an Art and Design A Level, UAL or Foundation Degree course?



So, now you’re probably wondering how you can take the first steps to become an illustrator? Here are our tips: 1) Stop doodling over your notepads and start doodling in them? 2) Express yourself through pens, pencils, paints and ink! Whatever’s on your mind, put it onto paper! 3) Get as much experience as possible - attend evening classes, after-school clubs and illustrating or art workshops. 4) Offer to do illustrations for friends and family – e.g. Birthday cards, home decorations. 5) Start taking yourself and your creative instincts seriously. Believe in yourself! Advertorial Written and designed by mollie quirk


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more than art


s a photographer, I’m always looking for new places to shoot and things to inspire me. For a few of my exterior shots, I used the outside wall of the Towner, it’s got a nice urban look to it, lots of clean lines. But all the times I’ve been to the Towner, I’d never actually been inside. So, a few months back, I went with my girlfriend to check out what was on the inside, to see what I was missing out on. To start with, the place is like the t.a.r.d.i.s. (small on the outside but big on the inside). Next, the atmosphere was really friendly. I’d had the view that if you were under the age of 25, you’d have a staff member tailing you throughout your visit to make sure you don’t touch the art. But the staff were welcoming and approachable. The whole place just had this community feeling. Everyone had a reason for being there.

Now to the art pieces themselves. Wow. When someone says art gallery, I pictured paintings scattered all over the place with art critics talking about how the brush strokes express the artist’s feelings towards their subject. Don’t get me wrong, there are people like that and with the right mind-set, that all sounds interesting. But there was none of that

“When someone says art gallery, I picture paintings scattered all over the place...” on my visit. Yes, there was art on the walls, but to me it was more than that. There were statues and 3D pieces on podiums. I saw dedication, patience, passion and desire in every piece of work on display. It was amazing and to a photographer it was inspiring.

I highly recommend that you go and visit the Towner, even if you’re not an artistic creator. Maybe you’re a writer, a young philosopher, someone looking for a place to take a special person to on a date or someone who needs to escape from the day to day routine. Take some time out, explore a peaceful way of thinking. Go to the galleries and let your mind wander. Experiencing the Towner has exposed me to new thoughts and perspectives, and each visit has been unique and positive. From July 22nd to October 1st 2017 there is an open exhibition for artists across East and West Sussex. There’s also a café in the building so you can go there for coffee and cake. Oh, and did I mention that gallery entry is free? (Some exhibitions may charge). My name is Luke Gardner and I’m a semi-professional photographer. I work with local and small London businesses. Photo: Sam geals


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TAG 17: opportunity

The Perks of Blogging

A blogging & writing Guide


The word ‘blog’ is thrown around so much on social and trational media these days, but when created for the right reasons, it can be a brilliant outlet and something that can enable you to build yourself a fulfilling career or hobby. The focus could be fashion or sports journalism, writing fantasy novels, songwriting or screenwriting - whatever the focus, creating a blog can act as a portfolio that can open many doors to your future. Firstly you need to find your niche: what makes your content different? Will you write about the latest trends?

“you can write about whatever you desire” Once you have your purpose, you can choose your domain. The two most popular domains are Blogger and Wordpress. They are both easy to use, easy to navigate and free, unless you want to enhance the look of your site by purchasing additional features, such as a modern and fresh template. Sometimes blogging can be a little unsatisfying, especially when your page views aren’t tipping over 1,000, your followers aren’t sky high and you’ve not had any comments for a fortnight - it can really get you down. But this shouldn’t put you off. Success doesn’t happen overnight and this should not dishearten you. Just remember that you’re doing it because you love it, it’s a way to express yourself and showcase your talent and could even impress a future employer. If you’re consistent and determined, good things will become of it.



riting is such an underrated profession and a fantastic way to express your thoughts, feelings and ideas. In many ways writing is a release. Whether you’re penning poems, novels, songs or articles; writing is a form of escapism and a way to channel your emotions. If you have a talent, a passion and a huge interest in writing but have no idea on how to get your pieces read, then we may have just the solution for you - create a blog.

A new recipe you’ve created? An idea for a screenplay that you’ve recently written? Or will you even document the beginning stages of your novel? It’s up to you, and that’s the beauty of blogging. You can be your own boss and you can write about whatever you desire.

Photos: Janet

“Writing is such an underrated profession… …In many ways writing is a release“

Check out my blog and let me know what you think:


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eaving your familiar surroundings is always a hard and difficult challenge, which is inevitably unavoidable. As we age, we become aware that one day, we will live our own lives. It may seem like forever until that moment or it may come sooner than you think! Some of us might be excited to move away from our parent’s clutches, but really we are all probably afraid of it!

Responsibility Living by yourself may seem scary, but really think about it. Your house, your rules, you can do anything you desire. But of course, the reality is that you can’t do everything that you’d want. Living independently means you’ll need to take responsibility into your own hands and accept adulthood. You’ll need to address duties like doing the laundry; those clothes

aren’t going to clean themselves. If you can’t afford a washing machine, you may want to find a local laundrette. It would cost you an average of £3 to use a washing machine. There are different price options depending on how much laundry you have with you. Doing your dishes is important for any hygienic household. It may seem tedious but it’s worth it for a healthier lifestyle. When cleaning the dishes or your kitchen in general you should always keep the chopping boards clean, because bacteria will spread. Wipe up any spilt food straight away. Never leave your dishes for another day, food will become mouldy and harder to scrub. Would you want to visit a friend’s house if they didn’t have a clean cup to offer you tea in. Cleaning in general is highly important, germs and bacteria will thrive from dirt, dust and mould. If not taken seriously this would lead to sickness, as germs will suppress your immune system, causing you to be ill and even attract asthma. Vacuuming, scrubbing and dusting isn’t everyone’s idea of a fun time, it may seem tedious, but it’s extremely important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Eating is essential for your survival, you may not want to spend too much on food products, but this depends if anyone else is living with you. Think about this, you just moved into a new place and you don’t want to overspend on food, what should you buy instead? Supermarkets often have discounts and offers, so make certain to buy what you need for the month, rather than for the day, otherwise you’ll be wasting food. Some of the cheapest meals would be pasta or even some porridge. They’re healthy, filling and good for keeping your energy levels up for the whole day. Don’t live off takeaways, they are

good for a once in a month scenario, but eating them every day will actually make you even more hungry and they are bad for your digestion. Buying clothes and electronic gadgets is easier when you’re still living with your parents. But since you want to live by yourself, you’ll actually have to think about the products you need, rather than the ones you want! Would you want the newest iPhone or do you want save up for food for the month? And don’t forget to pay your bills!

What about the cost of living? Always keep every letter you receive from your bank or the council in a folder, they are crucial documents which must be kept safe. Don’t ignore or forget to pay your bills, as they can always pile up! You can always manage your bills online and select a suitable date to pay by direct debit. Choose whether you want to pay monthly, which can work out a bit more expensive, but you’ll know where you are each month.


• Water £35 per month • Electrical £55 per month • Gas £45 per month • Council Tax £120 per month • Insurance £150 per year • TV License £24 per year • Broadband/Landline £32 per month • Food £50 per month • Household items £50 per month • Personal expenses £60 per month

Annual Total £7,452

Written by alan vilkelis, design: chris Hartigan-jeremiah Written Photography: by alan designed OscarbyWilliams chris


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Develop your idea

The first step in business is, of course, idea development. Make sure you have developed your idea, whether this be in retail, the service industry, finance, manufacturing, transport or agriculture. Researching your idea intensively and seeing if it is realistic or viable is very important. You should look into similar businesses and see how they succeed; perhaps try to mirror them or adapt their techniques to your needs.

Be motivated

If you’re starting a business on your own this is another imperative skill you need to have, whether this be intrinsic (for the love of it) or extrinsic (you need the money). Most people are motivated in the workplace to do something because they could get into trouble for it if they don’t do it. For example, if you don’t get in at the right time for work you’re going to get into bother, but when you are your own boss you really don’t have anyone to answer to apart from yourself. There is no one else there to keep you in check, so you have to do it yourself and this where motivation links in.

Don’t be afraid to fail

Failure in business can seem daunting; taking those first steps to starting a business or launching a product can be risky. Being afraid to fail can result in you missing an important step. Being afraid to lose money could cause you to forfit a deal. Being afraid to hire someone may deter you from meeting a potentially valuable employee. Many businesses fail and those that don’t may never really get off the ground. Using your knowledge and experience of failure can help you learn for future ventures.

Tag ‘17 interviewed an aspiring young entrepreneur, Jared Coomes, co-owner of Amitie Studios.

What advice would you give to young people who are starting out with their own business?

“You need three things to start a business: an idea, money and time. Without an idea it won’t work. You need time to get things done and you need money to both support you and your business. This means once you have an idea, you’re going to need to manage your time well. If you don’t have money saved and aren’t looking to get a loan, then you will need to balance a part time job with working on your project. The result of which means you’ll need to manage your time well and put in the work. If you’re not working hard, then you won’t succeed. You’ll get out what you put in. “ What skills are needed in order to start a business? “Time management, drive and organisation - you need to keep on top of a lot. [You need] the ability to communicate with staff, clients and business partners. Confidence is a must, even if it’s forced.” Where do you want to see your company in 10-15 years? “I want to see it producing our own long term content e.g. movies and three minute shows, as well as our online content thriving. I hope we’re set up with multiple global studios and are highly sought

Have a business plan

The importance of a business plan cannot be understated. Making financial plans can help you to understand your performance targets over time and what you want the outcome to be. Researching your marketplace and defining your product ensures you know why the customer is interested in purchasing it. You will also be able to predict any major issues and plan for how to tackle them in the future.


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Written by Michael aslan, design: michael aslan and oscar williams, Photography: Oscar Williams




ey! Don’t turn the page. I know you’re tired of patronising speeches explaining the importance of voting, while you struggle through a challenging education to prepare for an equally challenging life. However, this is worth your time. Let’s begin with Brexit. A YouGov poll taken after the referendum [from June 2016] found that of every person aged 18-24 eligible to vote, only 36% participated. 72% of that exclusive group voted remain. Conclusion? This imbecilic act of self-destruction may have been avoided if more of us had taken the effort to jot a cross on a slip of paper. However, our generation wasn’t the first to skip the polling stations. According to a 2016 study by the University of Warwick, youth turnout rates in political elections have plummeted from 66% in 1992 to 49% in 2010. Meanwhile, turnouts among the over 55s remain at a steadfast 75%. Why is this? By its very nature, voting is arguably inconvenient, frustrating and time-consuming. Registering is simple. You can do it online over a latte. Submitting a ballot, on the other hand, drains your energy like a leech.

“The sole ideological distinction ... is the colour of their ties.” Election Day

Consider how Election Day has been held on a Thursday since 1935, all because Parliament decreed Friday drinks would render the general population too hungover to make an informed decision about their nation’s future. 70 years hence, we are still wasting our lunchtimes queueing in community centres where the air is rancid with the perspiration of a thousand strangers.

For many people I know, all this hassle makes voting intolerable. But older people, the very demographic you think would want to ration every tick of time left to them, have developed habits through the years which means an hour of waiting is

“The baby boomers were practically bribed to pursue a degree” just another routine. Their superior boredom thresholds are why they win. Still, the physical process of voting is getting easier. Voters now have the option to submit a ballot early by post or to nominate a trusted friend to vote in their name. It’s convenient, but hardly a hi-tech solution worthy of the planet’s fifth largest economy. Web Democracy, a pressure group, believes online voting is the next step. In fact, they optimistically predict the ability to vote on a smartphone would catapult the youth turnout to a heady 70%. Optimistically, however, is the key word. Forget that web servers will never be secure enough to prevent electoral fixing. This issue is not simply about convenience. People can always find time for the things which matter, be it a long distance phone call to our parents or a Walking Dead marathon. A lack of time is never the problem. We just can’t be fussed. I get it. Growing up under a government whose target demographic is 50 years older than you is a long hike through the mud. The Baby Boomers were practically bribed to pursue a degree with low fees and fat bursaries. Our generation will be swimming in £100,000 of debt before we rent our first overpriced bedsit. It’s natural and to an alarming extent, fashionable, to think nothing we can do or say will ever matter. And that is what you call a selffulfilling prophecy. Ever got so anxious the night before an exam

that you didn’t get a wink of sleep, and came in so exhausted you couldn’t answer a single question? Not voting is a bit like that. Abstaining because you are certain the Prime Minister won’t care isn’t remotely rebellious. It only silences you. Then Britain will bow to its most vocal citizens, the retirees whose prejudices are as firmly set as congealed Ready Brek. Your anxieties, your needs, will be overlooked like footnotes on a first year’s draft essay. So, considering how we have almost nothing to lose, dare to imagine, for one chilling moment, what might happen if the youth of the nation took a concerted effort to make things better. We don’t need to riot. We will demonstrate fearlessly, but won’t automatically resort to it. We will do it by participating in democracy. If the government recognises that we are interested in Britain’s future, they will be unable to justify their ignorance. And if our representatives dismiss our appeals, we will exercise our democratic right to vote for someone who won’t. This power, this right, is within us all, and can it can reshape the land we stand on. I’m not saying we should turn our country into an ageist hinterland which caters only for the toned and virile. The UK is not solely comprised of students, and it’s vital that the interests of our elders are listened to and respected. Our goal should be to readdress the balance not by inciting further division, but by finding it in ourselves to actually give a damn. That is how change begins.

Interested? Angry? For more information head to Written by aaron loose, design: Jack redgate, oscar williams


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EASTBOURNE YOUTH RADIO Across three days, two nights and run by the Creative Media students at Sussex Downs College, Eastbourne Youth Radio hits the airwaves every November. The schedule is filled with local school pupils presenting, singing, reading poetry, conducting interviews and getting hands on experience of live broadcasting. Meanwhile the media students provide technical support to the schools, as well as broadcasting their own content through the nights. But what happens next?

CAN EYR LAUNCH A CAREER? Former Creative Media Production student, Fiona Scrase says:

EYR gave me a variety of new experiences, it’s not every day you get the chance to present a radio programme.

A current Creative Media Production student, Joe Miller, says EYR was:

Final advice from Fiona:

Have a strong CV – it’s all about getting onto that first rung of the ladder. Never give up!

Fiona went on to gain more work experience with local hospital radio and other stations, both commercial and BBC. Fiona’s first paid media job was at Sovereign Radio on the newsdesk as a Broadcast Journalist. She tells Tag ’17:

To get to this stage it took a LOT of hard work and training. I then went on to work at BBC Radio 4, and am currently at BBC South East Today.

This is all well and good if you’re thinking of going into radio but what about journalism or TV? Even if you are not necessarily interested in getting a job in radio, taking part in EYR still brings numerous benefits. There is a lot of team work involved. And you also practice your English skills when scriptwriting and Maths when using the editing software,

Every EYR features the flagship show, Meet the Media. Each year there is a different variety of industry professionals, from journalism to radio and TV, so whatever your ambition in the media industry, there is someone to meet and make contact with. Previous EYR students have gone on to roles at Heart FM, More Radio, Love Productions, Lime Pictures, Twofour Group and Sussex Business Times. FOLLOW EYR ON TWITTER:


A unique and enjoyable experience working with people with industry experience. I presented the flagship political show, Answer Back. This challenged my ability to control a situation and constantly respond to panel answers. I’ve never done anything like that before and I was very nervous before we went live. The Meet The Media panel was extremely helpful for me as I was able to meet and talk to the professionals which allowed me to make a number of new contacts. Overall EYR was extremely beneficial in my ambition to become a radio presenter!

@EYRStudio Written by VERITY WEBB, design: Owen Wood




TAG 17: music

UP AND COMING ARTISTS 3 Artists you may not have heard of


he music scene is an evergrowing, ever-changing aspect of today’s society. With thousands of artists spanning across hundreds of genres, the choice is endless. However, some artists are still trying to break the seal and are not getting the recognition that they truly deserve. Tag ’17 have selected three artists that we would like to tell you about, in the hope that you will enjoy their music just as much as we do.

Dodie Clark

The first artist of three goes by the name of Dodie (a.k.a. Dodie Clark). For years, she’s been posting beautiful covers and original songs on her YouTube channel, raking in over 200,000 subscribers. In November 2016, Dodie finally released her debut self-titled EP to the world and it did not disappoint. With beautiful songs featured such as Sick of Losing Soulmates and When, she has pulled on the heart strings of many thousands. After bringing out her EP, she went on to release her debut music video on VEVO, for Sick of Losing Soulmates, which currently stands at almost four million views in under six months! It’s fair to say she’s taking all the right steps and making all the right moves when it comes to producing her music and creating her very own individual image. Make sure you check Dodie out and show some support.

Suzy Jones

Next up, a magical, soulful songstress known as Suzy Jones. Originating from the USA, she is definitely one of the most underrated musicians of our time. Her voice resonates with classic, soulful melodies and leaves us breathless every single time we listen. 14

Tag ’17 were lucky enough to speak to Suzy, here’s what she had to say to us: Tag ‘17: How would you describe your sound? Suzy: That’s tough.... a lot of times artist aren’t so sure where to pin themselves as far as their own genre. There are a lot of secondary influences in my music; Singer/Songwriter, Gospel, Pop, R&B, Rock ‘n’ Roll, I would say though that the common thread in my music is Soul.


Tag’ 17: What is your favourite thing about being a musician? Suzy: I have a lot of favourite things about being a musician! If I had to narrow it down to one, it would be being graced with any rewarding feelings from doing what I do. A nice note from a fan, selling a CD, getting words of praise after I play shows, really any positive feedback or praise from people listening and watching is what keeps me going and it’s definitely a favourite feeling! Tag ‘17: What are your hopes for the future?


Suzy: One of my hopes for the future is to introduce a branch of music to the younger generation that isn’t widely spread across the mainstream media. Another hope I have is to turn my dreams into my objectives.


Finally, we would like to introduce Rationale. Our Music Journalist, Lani Woolgar, first stumbled across this guy after watching him support Bastille at the end of last year. And this was her reaction: “He knew exactly how to get the crowd moving and his voice BLEW. ME. AWAY. His sound is up-tempo and soulful, with the occasional slow, mellow track to bring the tempo down.” We are expecting big things from Rationale so be sure to listen to some of his stuff!

Dodie Clark

Written by lani woolgar, design: Owen Wood, Oscar Williams


Creative Media Production and Technology

Eastbourne Campus

What can our course offer you? film making • music videos •

documentaries • television shows • journalism • print • web design • media theory • photography • radio • live broadcast• editing • image  manipulation • animation • motion graphics • podcasts • typography • scriptwriting • industry-standard software •


Join us for a taster day at Eastbourne 10 & 11 July 2017

The Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology is a full-time course at Sussex Downs College. It provides a package equivalent to three full A levels and progression to higher education or employment.

COURSE CODE: 5762/010 “This course has determined what I want to do with my future and has taught me so much, opening many opportunities to work within the media.” Owen Wood, second year student Follow us on Twitter

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Everyone thinks they know what grime is, but could you define it? It came bursting out of UK garage and basement just as we were being born in the 2000s. Don’t mistake grime for hip-hop; grime is faster, contagious, with unavoidable attitude. It’s evolved from young men recording in their garages via a DJ set and a mic to becoming one of the world’s most influential genres – running at 140bpm with amusing punchlines and veritable UK slang and accents. Not to mention the innuendo between the artists and the audience – tap my Oyster and I’m en route (you’ll only know if you’re a true Londoner)!

godfathers of Grime


The indisputable Godfather of Grime, Wiley, perhaps one of the most influential musicians working in Britain today. Wiley has taken many artists under his wings, such as Tinchy Stryder, Chipmunk and Skepta. He has been a mentor and a supporter for countless peers. Wiley had some problems with the record label he was once with but like most grime artists today, he is now publishing his music independently.





The growth of this Tottenham-born grime godfather over the last two years has been unstoppable. He has been endorsed by Canadian superstar rapper, Drake, who signed to Skepta’s Boy Better Know (BBK) label in the UK. Drake showed the world their bromance by getting a ‘BBK’ tattoo on his shoulder. He has been in the grime industry for over 10 years and it is finally paying off.

Jamie (JME), also belongs to the music label BBK alongside his brother Joseph (Skepta). Many people don’t know that Jamie graduated from Greenwich University receiving first class honours in 3D Digital Design. He recently got married which shocked a lot of his fans. JME started producing music on his mobile phone ringtones; this shows that not everyone starts out with a Mac Pro, or £1,000 paid studio time.

children of Grime


Michael Omari better known by his stage name, Stormzy, won Best Grime Act at the MOBO Awards. So far in 2017, Stormzy has been quiet, but it goes without saying there is a silence before the storm. Stormzy recently released his debut album, Gang Signs & Prayer, which made him the first grime artist to get a No1 grime album supported by his fellow peers including Adele...ADELE! We are all so proud, the album was worth the wait. 16

Dave, who collaborated with AJ Tracey for the song, Thiago Silver, caught Drake’s attention. He’s a 17 year old from Streatham, South London. His highest recognition was in October 2016, when Drake collaborated with Dave for the track, Wanna Know. Dave broke America and was interviewed on an American radio show, Hot97, and shared his detailed knowledge on the concept of grime.

“Guess whooo’s back?” It’s Nadia Rose, the 22 year old female Croydon rapper. Nadia was asked in an interview, “What will you do to make sure you’re not forgotten in five years from now?” and she sassily replied “Why would I be forgotten?” Now you have to respect that kind of mentality. Much like her cousin Stormzy, she quit her job, and with no plan B she says she is driven and confident in her ability to excel. Written and designed by tamara Antonio





he Weeknd has risen to R&B stardom in recent years, with singles such as Can’t Feel My Face, Hills and Earned It, smashing the charts. He’s the only artist ever to have two No 1 singles hold a top three spot in the R&B charts. The once unknown artist from Canada has become a global sensation within the music industry with his unusual hairstyles and his outstanding voice. But it wasn’t always this way. Born in 1990, in the Canadian city, Ontario, Abel Makkonen Tesafaye grew up in Scarborough. Life wasn’t easy growing up with his mother and grandma; he dropped out of school to pursue his career in music, not yet knowing how much of a success he would eventually be.

How did It all Start?

Fast forwarding to 2010 he released several songs to YouTube under the name, The Weeknd. After this he proceeded to release nine track mixtapes in 2011: House Of Ballons, Thursday and Echoes Of Silence, which were all critically acclaimed. In 2012 he released a compilation album called Trilogy. This was released under the record label Republic Records and his own label XO. In April 2012, he started touring in the US. In 2015, he performed at the annual Coachella festival. Abel also had two sold out shows in New York’s Radio City Music Hall where he started to develop a fan base, not only in the US, but Europe too. He also performed at festivals such as Wireless and Primavera Sound. In 2013 he released his first studio album, Kiss Land, which

showed how talented he was as an artist. Abel’s harmonious vocals finally got well deserved media attention. With the album selling 96,000 copies, The Weeknd’s career was only just beginning. Beauty Behind the Madness (2015) was his next album. This was a career-changing piece of work, iog as it included already established artists such as Labrinth, Ed Sheeran and Lana Del Ray. The album had two No 1s and sold 3.5 million copies worldwide, outselling both Drake and Fetty Wap in the same year. Following on from his triumph with Beauty Behind the Madness, Abel announced that he would be releasing a third album, Starboy, in November 2016. Starboy sold 209,000 copies within the first week of its release. It is predicted to beat all of his previous album sales.

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The Amazons


he Amazons, a blistering, melodic rock quartet from Reading are featuring on this year’s BBC Sound Poll longlist. Formed in 2014, the band consists of Matt Thomson, Joe, Emmett, Elliot Briggs and Chris Alderton, who have all had previous musical experience before forming a new band, The Amazons.

Things have been getting bigger and better for the band, having been named Best Breakthrough Act at the Q Awards, MTV’s Brand New for 2017 and Deezer’s Pick for 2017 to name a few. Most recently, The Amazons have brought out their latest single Black Magic.

Tag ’17 spoke exclusively with lead singer, Matt, to find out a little more about the band... Congratulations on being nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2017. How does it feel to be recognised as a band to look out for this year? It feels good! Like, for the last two years we’ve been carving out our own path under the radar a bit, building up a live fan base and living in our bubble of our band and rehearsal rooms. To be finally recognised by an institution like the BBC, that we’ve grown up with and shaped the way we’ve listened to music is AMAZING! You don’t really get any bigger platforms than the BBC. We want to get our music out to as many people as possible and being included on that poll has really helped us to do that. How would you describe your sound? Rock I guess. We’re not really complicated, we’re not reinventing the wheel or anything, we’re just passionate about rock and roll. I guess we’re on the harder side of the spectrum than indie, when we first started out. Who are your idols or inspirations? I think personally I like acts such as Bruce 18

Springsteen and David Bowie, purely because of their fearlessness and their ability to shut out any kind of oppression and [they] act how they want to. I think as a band we gravitate around bands such as Nirvana and Arcade Fire. We see you are on tour and playing a venue near us – Brighton. Have you been to Brighton before? What is it that made you want to go and perform there? We’ve been many times. Brighton is one of those towns where if you had to choose where to live, it has one of those mixes between being a big city and you get lost, but [it] still has a big creative scene like London. We have always loved coming to Brighton, it’s got its own identity and the music scene is really big there. And are you currently promoting an album? How can people get hold of it? We’ve not got a new album yet. We were working on it all last year and it’s coming out later this year. We’ve got a few singles coming out soon. Our latest single, Little Something, has done really well.

We have a lot of school age readers – when you were at school, did you always want to be in a band? Always! Basically it was at school that I met our guitarist Chris. It was during lunchtimes when all the other boys and girls where out playing football, we’d coop ourselves [up] in the music rooms playing our favourite songs on our guitars. That’s what we did with our time. I’ve always wanted to be in a band from when I was 10, it’s been a long road to this point. What was your favourite subject at school? I really liked history, I don’t know why. It’s just been something I’ve enjoyed. It just seemed there were kids that liked science and maths and others enjoyed English, history and geography. I much preferred writing English essays over solving maths and science problems. Where do you see yourselves in five years? I don’t expect anything. But you have your wants and your dreams. If we are still releasing music in fivev years time that would be a success. If we were better then we are now, that would still be an even bigger success. Written and designed by oscar williams


Brighton Dome Concert Hall Tue 30 May, 7.30pm Wed 31 May, 3pm

Tickets £10, £12.50 £15, £20 Under 26s £10 Under 16s half price Box office 01273 709709 Ticket Office Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE


Sadlers Wells’ critically acclaimed international festival of hip hop dance theatre, Breakin’ Convention, is back, with performances from UK and international companies and crews. Now in its 14th year, this hugely popular Sadler’s Wells Production is once again curated and hosted by UK hip hop pioneer Jonzi D, this is an awe inspiring weekend of exceptional performances from world champion b-boy crews to cutting edge street dance companies – live on stage.

WHATS NEXT? This year’s line-up includes South Korean super crew of poppers and b-boys Just Dance whose performance includes live Korean drumming; Canadian urban contemporary duo Tentacle Tribe; and Soweto Skeleton Movers who perform comedic contortionism fused with Pantsula, a style from their native South Africa.

Spilling off stage and taking over the whole building, dance workshops, graffiti, DJs, and freestyle sessions make Breaking Convention an unforgettable experience for all the family.


If you are a dancer, graff writer, DJ, emcee or beatboxer, then we want to hear from you! Email to find out more about how you can be part of this historic event. Brighton Dome ad design: Jack redgate


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ddie Izzard, Matt Healy, Russell Brand and Johnny Depp are men that we associate with wearing makeup; they do this not to be effeminate but to express themselves in a creative way. However, this hasn’t become mainstream yet and has actually caused some controversy. Some people agree with it, and others don’t - but is this just a matter of opinion or does it have something to do with the way we have been socialized? Ever since YouTube began to dominate our media around 10 years ago, the world has become even more engrossed with the world of makeup artistry, especially females. But is this very one-gendered? Why does the world just perceive females to be the main wearers and consumers of the cosmetics industry? There are many male makeup artists and wearers using social media, Manny MUA, Patrick Starrr and Jeffree Star being the most influential. The likes of these three incredible makeup artists (MUAs) have inspired new, fresh and

young talent like James Charles and Georgie Aldous. Tag ‘17 was lucky enough to bag an interview with Georgie Aldous, an 18 year vlogger and aspiring makeup artist from England, who is currently advocating for more men to appear on makeup stands, advertisements and campaigns. Georgie has worked for a very famous health and beauty store for the past two years. It was working here that really spiked his interest within the world of makeup artistry. He fell in love with the products he saw his customers (mainly women) purchasing and this is what really kickstarted his love of cosmetics. We caught up with Georgie to see what he had to say about the stigma that surrounds men wearing makeup.

seeing people like myself and other male MUAs, but we [the male makeup community] are growing rapidly so people just need to get used to it. If you have nothing nice to say don’t say anything at all, right?

Tag ’17: Are you annoyed that men aren’t really seen in makeup campaigns?

Tag ’17 also spoke with another male who wears makeup on a regular basis. Thomas Moran, a male makeup enthusiast, first found he was interested in makeup during a time of transition and self-discovery. Thomas had moved from an all-boys school, in which he felt out of place, to college, a place where he could express himself.

Georgie: YES! It’s very annoying and even upsetting that still to this day we see no men involved in make-up campaigns. I think L’Oreal did include a man on a make-up campaign but the photo was so tiny you couldn’t notice anyway. The male make-up market and the impact it has on social media would bring in so many sales! And not to mention a hell of a lot of respect for companies that have men on campaigns. Tag ’17: Why do you think some people are still uncomfortable about men wearing makeup? Georgie: In previous years it [wearing makeup] has been gender biased to women and only women. So seeing men wearing makeup has always been seen as “disgusting” or “weird” but times are changing fast. I know a lot of older people aren’t used to


Tag ’17: What kind of abuse have you received since you’ve been wearing makeup and posting about it online? Georgie: I’ve received tweets, messages and comments from a massive amount of trolls. I’ve been shouted at in the street. I got spammed on Instagram, people telling me I am going against their religion, messages that I am disgusting and that I should stop trying to be a “lady”. Which is why I think it is SO important for people like me to exist.

“If you have nothing nice to say don’t say anything at all, right?” Tag ’17: Tell us a little bit about your relationship with makeup. Thomas: I moved from an all-boys school, where peer pressure was normal and not conforming to the norms made you an outcast; then to college, a hyper-diverse environment where being gay and autistic was

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SUSSEX SUSSEX DOWNS DOWNS COLLEGE COLLEGE –– BTEC BTEC EXTENDED EXTENDED DIPLOMA DIPLOMA CREATIVE CREATIVE MEDIA MEDIA PRODUCTION PRODUCTION accepted and welcomed. This led me to experiment with my identity and true self. In the beginning I found that make-up allowed me to feel polished and in control, since it created a façade, giving me the self-esteem to communicate with my peers and make friendships, which I had previously been unable to do. This chiselled orange tinted mask, once removed, had the ‘Cinderella Effect’ and I would retreat to my comfortable yet introverted state. However, with everyday application, the mask became less of a tool for communication but rather an enhancement of my personality. Tag ’17: Do you think that men should be featured on more makeup/ cosmetic campaigns? Thomas: Looking at the trend in the normalisation of men wearing makeup, I believe much of it is due to companies trying to reach a broader consumer base, making it hard to pinpoint exactly where consumerism starts and social change begins. From personal experience I can attest to the fact that make-up helped me to express myself at a time when I needed to, and I feel it

can help others to express their own individualism. Companies producing male targeted makeup campaigns has allowed for an open dialogue that flexes gender roles, allowing for greater understanding and acceptance towards men acting outside the norm. Finally, on a more personal note, I would like to say that when you do not have a way to self express, make-up can empower you, and make reality adjust to you instead of you trying to imitate what is ‘normal’. For any boys reading this who may want to experiment with cosmetics; just go for it. Embrace your creativity and don’t worry about what anybody else may think. The majority of girls you know will most likely compliment you on the way you blend your eyeshadow or contour your cheekbones. For anyone who has a friend who may be experimenting with makeup; please don’t bring them down, try to support them instead. And for anybody you may be being bullied or harassed due to the above topic, either talk to someone you trust or call the National Bullying Helpline on: 0845 22 55 787

Embrace your creativity, Be bold, be brave and most importantly - be you!



TAG 17: lifestyle

how many


animals are you wearing?

Become a Cruelty Free consumer for a clearer conscience


t’s true that 79% of Tag ‘17 readers don’t agree with animal testing – yet it’s still happening. Companies are getting away with it. If you don’t know what the term ‘cruelty free’ means, it describes a product which did not harm animals during its production. Despite being illegal under EU regulation, a lot of companies still test their products. On the official Peta website, they state many companies such as Maybelline and L’Oréal test on animals. This could be a thing of the past though – in 2014, China lifted the law that required animal testing on products. This is a big step in the right direction, but there are some countries that continue to enforce animal testing. As a result, products are often labelled cruelty free when in reality they had to test on animals as the law makes it necessary.


This simply shouldn’t be the case. If you’re looking for new shoes to add to your collection, take a look at Even companies that are 100% Vegetarian Shoes in Brighton or visit cruelty free, like NYX and The Body their website. Their use of a synthetic Shop, are owned by L’Oréal who do micro-fibre test on animals. material makes Although, the Peta it well worth the website states that extra cost. On top being part of this, they also of L’Oréal, make satchel bags, they refuse – Peta website belts, gloves and to sell their wallets that are products in China until all unisex. there is an alternative. Cruelty free skincare is at its peak But don’t start panicking with Liz Earle who are passionate thinking you’ll never get to about working with natural use or buy your favourite ingredients that do wonders for the products again! There are skin. They also offer a large range many alternatives to brands of haircare, fragrance and makeup that deliver the same result and products. Yes To is an alternative with for the same price. six different ranges for dry, normal You’ll be surprised at the cruelty or combination skin and fine, frizzy, free hidden gems you’ll find online normal and dry hair at an average of and on the high street that will equip £7.99 per product. you head-to-toe, including clothes, Cruelty free products may be a belts and faux-leather boots. We would encourage you to try your local tad pricier and yes, maybe harder to find, but that’s a small price to pay to H&M and Forever 21. reduce the suffering of animals across the world. Look out for the cruelty free tag or the little bunny icon and happy shopping!

Maybelline and L’Oréal test on animals

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Body Positivit TAG 17: lifestyle





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people starve themselves, resort to surgery to change the way they look or take diet pills

mongst young people, body image is a growing concern which we all need to tackle much more. Our generation has been exposed to the media and the unrealistic beauty ideal much more than the generations of our parents and grandparents. Self-hatred and self-loathing isn’t a physical condition, it’s a mental one and we need to start changing and altering young peoples’ ways of thinking. Megan Jayne Crabbe is a body positivity advocate who spreads ‘bopo’ and self-love messages to her 750,000+ Instagram followers. Megan is just 23 years of age and is from Essex. She works as a carer for her older sister who has cerebral palsy as well as helping many other girls to love their bodies across the world, for whom she is a true inspiration. When Megan was just five, she thought she was too fat. At 10 years old she began to diet and by the time she was 14 she was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa. “I’d spent my whole life at war with my body” she told Tag ’17. After recovery she spent years crash dieting, binge eating and hating her body every step of the way. Until one day when she discovered the fabulous and inspiring world of accepting who you are. “When I found body positivity, I realised that maybe there was another option to starvation and self-hatred. I started following all these incredible women of all shapes and sizes, unapologetically loving themselves and inspiring others to do the same. Soon I started posting my own body positive content and @bodyposipanda was born! The aim of the account is to show all the people currently at war with their bodies that they are good enough as they are, and so worthy of self-love and happiness. Body positivity is for all sizes, all ages, all genders, all abilities, all shades - our diversity makes us magical, and it’s about time we all realised that.” Tag ’17: Do you believe that the media and Photoshopped ‘perfect’ celebrities contributed to you and many others developing anorexia? Megan: Anorexia is a complicated,


multifaceted illness and so many things contribute to it – personal psychology, physiological elements and socio-cultural factors. While it takes more than Photoshopped images to push someone into an eating disorder, we need to recognise that we are living in a culture that praises thinness above all else. Every day we’re inundated with images of unattainable ‘ideal’ bodies alongside millions of adverts selling weight loss as the cure to all our problems. We exist in a diet culture where shrinking our bodies is seen as the ultimate goal. That culture isn’t entirely to blame for the ever rising numbers of eating disorders, but it is playing a massive role. Tag ’17: For any young girls (or guys) who admire celebrities who are constantly glamourising dieting, posting super Photoshopped images and promoting the unrealistic beauty ideal – what would you say to them? Megan: I would encourage them to think about how those influencers make them feel about themselves. When they scroll through their social media pages filled with celebrities and fitspo models, do they come away feeling better about themselves? Or do they feel like they’re hideous and flawed and not good enough? We have the power to cultivate our social media feeds, and we should all be creating spaces that boost us up, rather than tear us down. Get rid of the sources of negative comparison and fill your feed up with diversity and empowerment instead. What we see changes how we see ourselves, and I promise you’ll feel the difference. Tag ’17: Many people loathe their bodies, what do you have to say to them? Megan: Realise that this isn’t your fault. Your body image issues

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GET OFF THE DIET SLAM THE DOOR AND DON’T LOOK BACK. aren’t things that you just invented and decided to torture yourself with. We’ve all been taught to see our bodies as problems that need fixing, when really the only problem is how our society teaches us to see ourselves. Your body is not a problem. Those parts of yourself that you hate are only ‘flaws’ because our culture has convinced you they are. And you are capable of unlearning those messages. If I can recover from anorexia and years of self-loathing, and still go on to embrace my belly rolls and celebrate my cellulite, then you can too.

Tag ’17: What advice do you have for a young person who may currently be dieting? Megan: GET OFF THE DIET, SLAM THE DOOR AND DON’T LOOK BACK. Seriously, crash diets 1) don’t work 2) are terrible for our mental health and 3) are dangerous. I know that right now you believe that losing weight is the only thing that will make you feel better about yourself, or make you happy, but that’s a lie. There is currently a $60 billion diet industry in the US alone profiting from making you believe that your body isn’t good enough. ALL of our body image issues have been created for profit. And the reason why that industry makes so much money is because diets don’t work. We keep coming back for more because 95% of our attempts to lose weight fail, and in the meantime we do serious damage to our mindsets and our bodies. Screw dieting. Go and research intuitive eating instead. For any readers who may be experiencing poor body image, why not follow some super inspiring body positivity advocates just like Megan? Remember you can always speak to your school/college health team via ChatHealth, more information on page 27.

@BODYPOSIPANDA Written by mollie quirk, design: oscar williams


TAG 17: lifestyle

my nan saw my nudes


eports have shown that over the last few years the number of teenagers sending indecent images of themselves has risen significantly. According to the government’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), “[Sexting] has now becoming a ‘social norm’ among young people who often don’t realise they may be acting illegally and face police action.” The NSPCC says that sexting is defined when someone shares sexually naked or semi-naked images or videos of themselves or others, or sends sexually explicit messages. While the exact figures are unknown, both the police and Childline are saying that they receive high numbers of reports of images being shared. This is linked to a worrying rise in sexual abuse towards girls in schools. The Guardian published an article earlier this year saying ‘Sexual abuse

of girls in schools is “accepted as part of everyday life” and the rise of “lad culture” means teachers are effectively “condoning sexual harassment”, a government report has warned. This is linked to an increase the ease of access and availability of online pornography for teenagers.

‘Doesn’t everyone do it?’ Speaking exclusively to Tag ’17, Claire Lilley, NSPCC’s Head of Child Online Safety, said: “There are many

reasons why a young person may want to send a naked or semi-naked picture, video or message to someone else. They are joining in because they think everyone is doing it; they’re exploring their sexual feeling or they’re being pressurised by their peers”. She says that “Once you press send it is no longer in your control though and it could be posted anywhere on the internet and shared with others.”

Laws Most teenagers don’t realise the legal consequences of sharing or possessing inappropriate images of under 18s. Claire from the NSPCC told Tag ’17, that “When you’re under 18 it’s against the law for anyone to take or have a sexual photo of you – even if it’s a selfie. ” The law defines these images as child pornography. Even receiving an image that you didn’t want or ask

for can result in your phone being confiscated and destroyed by the police.”

If you’ve sent an explicit picture to someone... Have an honest conversation with the person you sent it to and ask them to delete it and to not pass the image on. Speak to a trusted adult, such as a parent or teacher. Schools have ways of dealing with these issues. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to someone you know, you can always call Childline on 0800 1111. If it’s been posted online, contact the website to have it removed or report it to Childline. Childline work with the Internet Watch Foundation to try and get the image taken down. If you are feeling pressured into sending sexual images, the Zipit app can get the chat back under control. It offers users a choice of witty responses to send instead of an image of themselves. It also has tips on what to do in a sexting crisis. The app is available on Android, Apple and Blackberry smartphones.

If you receive an image • Don’t pass it on or share it with anyone. • Try talking to an adult, particularly if the image made you feel uncomfortable, was from someone you do not know, or was from someone older than you/or in a position of trust. • If the image was from someone you do not know, block the number from your phone or block the individual on the app with which they contacted you. • If you receive an image from someone who is over 18, make sure that you tell a trusted adult about what has happened. You can also report the person to CEOP who will be able to help you and stop the person from contacting you again.


Written and designed by oscar williams


Exam stress? Low mood? Anxious about your body image? If any of the above applies to you or somebody you know, this article may be of interest to you. Within all schools and colleges across East Sussex, there is a free health service available to pupils and students. This is available in the following local schools: St Catherine’s College, Cavendish and Ratton, among many more. The school health service comprises a team of health professionals who provide confidential help and advice to the young people of East Sussex. Whether you are experiencing low mood, stress, have a chronic illness or need help giving up smoking, the school health service is here for you. Tag ‘17 spoke with local school nurses Sally, Sam and Vicky. They answered some of your most commonly asked questions.

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Tag ‘17: Is this a confidential service, or do parents ever need to be informed. If for example a pupil comes to you because they may be pregnant, or have self-harmed, or has an alcohol addiction?

Tag ‘17: What are the most common health problems that pupils come to you with?

Sam: The priority of the school health service is to keep pupils safe. The service is confidential, neither parents nor school staff are informed. Occasionally information is shared in the best interest of the pupil but this would always be discussed between the member of staff and the pupil.

Sally: Pupils can talk to a member of the school health service about lots of different health issues. Common areas of advice are healthy eating, sexual health, emotional health including things like anxiety and feeling low, smoking, drugs and alcohol, and other health problems, including long-term conditions. Details of when sessions are held are on the school websites or pupils can text the school health service via the Chathealth Number to find out more. Please text the team on 07507 332473.

Tag ‘17: How long is each appointment with you, and do you usually offer a follow-up? Vicky: Pupils can come to the drop in as often as they would like to. Sometimes extra appointments are held outside of the drop in for more detailed advice on specific health issues.

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yping, clicking, scrolling – we can access a large as solid truth – some of us think that proportion of the media that exists today online. The if it’s online, it’s simply true as online only media we have to consciously choose to access is media isn’t regulated as much as arguably the most important – print media. print media. Although newspapers What you’re holding in your hands right now is something and magazines run the risk of real, something of importance and something that can be printing outdated news, due to the kept forever. Unlike online content, this magazine has a events and breaking news evolving, nostalgic value, but does this matter in the 21st century? print media strives to be as accurate So, why is print media superior? Well, I believe that print as can be – it has to be, as print media media is the most important as it’s tangible. You can hold it in abides by IPSO Code of Practice as well your hands, you can keep it forever if you wish and it’s the only as libel law – in turn making print media piece of media in which you can physically arguably the most accurate, connect. In a world full of demand for the the most regulated and my personal What you’re holding in latest news and information, I personally favourite form of mass communication. your hands right now value the sentimental factor that print media According to American journalist and is something real brings. When I’m working for a well-known writer for the New Yorker, Ken Auletta: fashion magazine in the future, having my “The digital revolution has disrupted most piece of journalism or copy printed in a physical magazine for traditional media: newspapers, magazines, books, record people to make time to read will feel so much more rewarding companies and radio”. Not only this, but back in 2015 the and fulfilling than having it typed up online and accumulating Google CEO, Vint Cerf, warned the world about losing online thousands of hits. data such as photographs. He said that “the 21st century Online media is clearly the most popular form of mass runs the risk of becoming a black hole” he also added, “future communication as it’s instant and you can access a world of generations will wonder about us but they will have very information and media products at the touch of a screen. great difficulty knowing about us.” I use online media as a way of showcasing my writing And here’s a last thought: would you rather be buried with and journalistic skills, as I don’t have the budget to print physical memories that hold meaning – photographs, letters, a magazine. Online media can sometimes lead you into poems and your favourite article – or would you prefer an out believing false information – there’s an influx of fake news of charge glass and aluminum casing, which once held some and information websites that many young people perceive memories but now represents nothing at all? Written and designed by Mollie Quirk 27

TAG 17: Apparently, One in 12 people has...

what if it’s


so I may already Have it...

I’ve heard it can cause infertility...

...And It’s symptomless I’m so worried and ashamed

what can I

Do not fear!

C-team’s here!

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the coming of the monster social media app?

here are almost limitless ways to get in touch with friends and family, post photos and share your life with the world. Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram and until recently, Vine have dominated the online social scene. What’s more, with all of this social media available as apps to carry on your phone wherever you go, it’s never been easier to get your fix. But with so many options available to serve a similar purpose, are they all gradually turning into one another? Facebook’s live streaming ability – launched in April 2016 – had already been emulated and copied by Twitter by the end of the year, Twitter and Instagram are now both featuring recommended posts similar to Facebook. Instagram came under fire from the public for launching a “story” feature, identical to the main feature and the actual point of Snapchat! So with everyone keeping an eye on what one another is doing, we end up with a huge choice of social networks, all offering VERY similar features and experiences. They’re even losing a distinctive look – to the untrained eye Instagram’s and Snapchat’s story features are identical. Social media are becoming more and more like the smartphone world – everyone focuses on what one another is doing so much, they end up with the same product. But like those determined to stick with their old Nokia in a smartphone world, some social networks do stand out. Tumblr’s scattered, almost untidy layout makes for a relaxing experience to many. Imgur always finds out about new trends, Internet jokes and what’s going on first, making its dark and moody appearance even more appealing.

Maybe the similarity in some of the social networks is in the users, rather than the sites themselves? Think about it – the reason your

Twitter feed looks so similar to your Facebook feed is people using photos rather than text to post increasingly on both. Some online posters even share identical posts across three or four social networks, such as posting the same photos on Snapchat and Instagram, before sharing it to Twitter. This might be why some are bored with their social networks – with so many people moulding different pages into three or four copies of the same one, quality original posts and content are getting harder to find. The websites are reflecting the way their users apply them – for example, if Snapchat’s stories are so popular, why can’t Instagram do the same thing, to draw that crowd? If people like live streaming on Facebook, why not share your stream with fellow Tweeters? But among this sea of social media – some different, some not – people do have preferences. Tag ‘17 surveyed a group of teens on their

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preference of social media and while Twitter and Facebook were the front runners (getting 36% and 27% of votes respectively), Snapchat, WhatsApp, Imgur and Reddit all tied with each other. So why? How come there was no clear third place? One response said Imgur was best not for its content, but the dark colour scheme making it easier on the eye, whilst another felt Snapchat was easy to use quickly and its filters made it stand out. So even as social media gradually rob one another’s features and morph into one another, some distinctive features can make it easier to pick a favourite. The social networks may gradually be turning into alternate versions of one another, but maybe that’s no bad thing – as they continue to grow and change, we might be about to see a social network that covers everything, with all the best bits of each social media app. Imagine it, a monster app with the content quantity and full-featured messenger of Facebook, quality photography of Instagram, stories from Snapchat and easy use and consumption of Twitter’s tweets. Sounds unlikely? Well, 20 years ago, so did email...




You might think you’ve read it all before… ”live a healthier lifestyle! Eat less! Exercise more!” You might pay attention to all that, you might not. But before you ignore it, consider how changing to a healthier lifestyle can help you and everyone around you. The first and the most important thing I would to advise you do is to watch your diet. What? You have already got tired of these suggestions? Well, this is your chance to get rid of a time bomb. We know that every item of food we put in our mouths contains calories and if you overdo them, then you are in trouble. Eating more vegetables and grain instead of junk food is the easiest way to control your calorie intake, and frankly speaking, they don’t taste so bad, do they? Remember, you don’t have to refuse every type of meat, because you need to consume some forms of fat for your body to function. So step one, put all of your junk food into the trash and do not always walk into the snack area in supermarkets. Then it’s exercise time. You might think exercise needs to be to go to the football pitch or something equally strenuous. However, I think you might forget the primary reason why you have got a pair of legs – to walk. Try brisk walking for 30 minutes every day and increase this time after you can manage to keep it up easily without panting. Walking really helps your overall health because every single part of you gets exercised. You may be able to manage your diet and exercise often but you still need to pay

Fitness apps With the growing awareness of healthy living in our daily lives, many people have begun to track their fitness by using apps on smart phones or sports watches. The most widely-used app is the ‘Health’ on every IOS device. It records your footsteps by detecting vibration, your sleeping quality and other health indicators. It’s simple enough – just put your cell phone in your pocket and enjoy some brisk exercise, then when you finish you

attention to your overall mood and emotions – your general mental health. Do you get on with people? Do you get angry? Do you worry? To help yourself become more positive don’t lose yourself in your headphones all the time – connect with friends and family, link to social or spiritual groups that can enrich your life. Someone might think: Yeah, I know all that, but the only problem is that I don’t have an easy way to know if I’m truly healthy. Well, BMI is all what you need! Body Mass Index is defined as the body mass divided by the square of the body height, and is universally expressed in units of kg/m² – mass in kilograms and height in metres. There is a range of categories such as underweight, normal weight, overweight – based on what should be healthy for an individual’s age, gender and size. Aim to stay within your own range. So give yourself a big smile in front of the mirror before you go out every day and you will find everything seems better and more friendly to you.

can see how healthily you behaved today. The second one is from Nike which is called Nike+ Run Club. It is your perfect running partner and gives you everything you need to run better. You can customise your coaching plans to fit your goals and adapt to your process. Another one is Weight Watchers. Its aim is to lead you to a healthier lifestyle. Many people share pictures showing achievement. This app is the perfect platform for you to get inspired by others’ experiences.

Sleeping quality has become an increasing problem among teenagers and young adults. Some apps can track your sleeping quality and sounds. Relax Melodies is one you can use to do this. So what’s the best choice then? If you are worrying about your body weight and health, get one to track how many calories you have burned today. If your sleeping quality is poor, why not improve it using a fitness app? Explore what’s out there and find one that suits you. Written by rox Yan, design and photography: oscar williams


TAG 17: lifestyle

eat like royalty

Kings is the public restaurant at Sussex Downs College providing Catering and Hospitality students with the chance to run a professional eatery. Tag 17’s Chelsea Dakwa and Mollie Quirk, have tried , tasted and tested Kings facilities. Here’s what they had to say about their experience at both Kings Pantry and Kings Bistro.


ag 17’s Mollie and Chelsea headed to Kings Pantry, one of two eateries run by the Catering and Hospitality students at Sussex Downs College, one Wednesday lunchtime. We opted for the Meal Deal. Mollie: We both ordered the roast pork and apple sauce sandwich with a freshly pressed apple and blackcurrant juice. The wholemeal bread was cut thickly and looked and tasted freshly baked. The pork was succulent, moist, thinly sliced and cooked to perfection while the apple sauce combined sweet with sour to make this classic sandwich one of the best I have ever tasted. I opted for a slice of chocolate orange cake for afters. The rich chocolate and sweet, tangy orange fused together to excite the taste buds. Chelsea: The rhubarb and custard tray bake was delicious, the real custard added moisture to the cake which was soft and fluffy while the rhubarb gave a refreshing fruity bite. We visted Kings Bistro the following Friday 32

lunchtime. We were offered water and freshly baked bread rolls with salted butter before being handed the menu of the day. Mollie chose a starter of cream of vegetable soup while Chelsea chose the stuffed Portobello mushrooms. Each dish was presented beautifully and tasted delicious. For the main course Mollie opted for roast leg of lamb with mint, lemon and cumin, Dauphinoise potatoes and fresh green beans. Chelsea opted for Italian pork meatballs with fennel sauce served on a bed of fresh tagliatelle. Mollie: The roast leg of lamb was tender and cooked to perfection, while the Dauphinoise potatoes were creamy, balanced and filling. The green beans were fresh and al dente. The lamb was thinly sliced and served with gravy and mint sauce. The Dauphinoise potatoes made a pleasant change to roast potatoes and weren’t overloaded with cheese or cream. Chelsea: The stuffed Portobello mushrooms were filled with spices and vegetables,

pantry the taste exploded in your mouth. The meatballs and fresh tagliatelle were complemented perfectly by the plentiful fennel sauce. The pasta itself was cooked to pure perfection and the meatballs were rolled to a perfect sphere. All in all Kings Pantry and Kings Bistro and Restaurant will bring you excellent professional service, superb food and a great atmosphere at a really affordable price – especially on a student budget.

Bistro & Pantry Opening times

Kings Bistro Wednesday & Friday 11:45am (last orders 12:45pm) 2 Course Lunch – £6.00 per person 3 Course Lunch – £8.00 per person Kings Pantry Wednesday & Friday 11:45am – 1:00pm

Kings Building, Sussex Downs College, Cross Levels Way, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 2UF

Written by mollie quirk and chelsea dakwa, design: Chelsea Dakwa, photography: mollie quirk and chelsea dakwa


“the easiest and most amazing thing you can do to help animals and the planet”


e always hear the words vegan and vegetarian but what do they mean? Aren’t they the same thing? The definition of a vegan is a person who doesn’t eat any animal products which includes meat, fish, dairy or even honey. As well as this they won’t wear or buy any animal products such as leather. Whereas a vegetarian is very similar but they will eat dairy products, for example cheese, butter and yogurt as a source of protein. There can be many different reasons why a person will choose to become vegetarian or vegan: moral, religious, health reasons or even curiosity. Tag ‘17 visited the catering department and spoke to vegan student, Chloe Lester, who’s studying level 3 Patisserie. She’s a vegan because she “doesn’t want to contribute to the mass homicide of animals and I want to play my part in helping the environment.” She continues to say that she wouldn’t go back to eating meat or even be a vegetarian as her views and beliefs to save animal’s lives are too strong. We also spoke to a pescatarian, Lucy Newton, who would consider going vegetarian as she doesn’t like the fact that fish are killed and says, “I do not

believe that you should kill animals for food”. We asked if they had any advice for anyone thinking of becoming a vegetarian or vegan? Lucy replied “You think it would be hard but you get used to it quickly and there are lots of veggie substitutes Quorn”. Chloe states that you should “just do it as it’s the most easiest and amazing thing you can do to help animals and the planet. Plus you can help every day of your life by just eating differently – it’s not scary!” Here is a list of some health benefits you can achieve through eating a nutrionally balanced meat–free diet: • Vegetarians are usually known to have lower cholesterol • Less risk of stroke and obesity • Overall improved nutrition for the body • Physical benefits such as healthier skin

Famous Veggies:

Famous Vegans:

Martin Freeman ASAP Rocky Albert Einstein Michael Jackson

Ellen De Generess Ariana Grande Sia Stevie Wonder

Aren’t they the same thing?

But don’t forget to include: • Macronutrients such as carbohydrates, fat and protein • Minerals such as zinc which can be found in wholegrains and nuts like cashews, walnuts and pistachios. • Vitamins: D, in orange juice, B12, in some soy supplements, Omega 3, in a variety of oils such as flaxseed and Iodine, can be found in cranberries. Other foods that are great for the body and the brain are pumpkin seeds as they are full of zinc which also helps the body with stress. If you can get your hands on vegan dark chocolate that’s unbelievably good for you, in small portions, as it’s full of fibre, iron and magnesium which helps blood flow through the body and brain. Lastly, blueberries as they have antioxidants and help improve your memory, verbal comprehension and decision making. There is a clear difference between both diets so, whether you chose to try one, both or stick to it make sure you stay healthy and eat a balanced diet. For more information visit: For more information visit:

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wo years ago, Johanna Konta was virtually unheard of unless you were a tennis fan. After an impressive last couple of years, Konta has stormed her way through to the top 10 of women’s singles tennis. At the time of publication (April 2017) Konta is 7th in the WTA women’s world rankings, after successes in the Sydney International and the Miami Open. The Eastbourne-based sports star is set to dominate women’s tennis this summer. This right-handed tennis player was born in Sydney, Australia on the 17th May 1991. She turned pro in 2008 and represented Australia until 2012. She started playing tennis when she was eight after she was introduced to an after-school programme. Konta moved to the UK when she was 14, beforehand she had spent 15 months in Barcelona to further her development of tennis. She moved to Eastbourne with her family and are currently still living here. After becoming a British citizen in May 2012, she switched her sporting allegiance from Australia to Great Britain and she has represented GB since then. Her biggest achievement came in October 2016 when she became only the fourth British woman to make the top 10 since 1975, after Sue Barker. In 2016, she had an incredible year of tennis. Being ranked 47 at the end of the 2015 season she was already becoming known. However she made 2016 that bit extra special by reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open losing to the German Angelique Kerber who then went on to win the tournament. She also reached the second

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round of Wimbledon for the first time after beating Puerto Rican, Monica Puig, but then losing to Canadian and former Wimbledon singles finalist, Eugenie Bouchard. Finally, she represented Great Britain in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio reaching the quarter finals. Konta says that representing Great Britain at the Olympics was her best tennis memory. But after this roaring success, is this a sign of better things to come? Has Konta ­the potential to become the No. 1 female tennis player? In our opinion: yes she can. At the age of only 25, Konta is still young and after such an impressive

last few years she has the potential to go and do great things. Tag ’17 believe she can win Wimbledon in the next few years and has the capability to do it. You can catch her at the Aegon International at Devonshire Park this year from 23 June – 1 July. Tickets can be purchased from

Date of Birth: 17 May 1991 Birthplace: Sydney, Australia Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) Height: 5’ 11” (180cm) Weight: 154 lbs (70kg)

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ver the last year the successes clocked up by the youth windsurfers of Eastbourne have rocketed. Three young people from East Sussex aged between 13–16 at the time, Samuel Williams, Louie Walker and Megan Kraft, have represented Britain at the European and World Championships. Last year’s European Championships were held in Sopot, Poland, on the Baltic sea. They were placed in tight competition against the other 332 competitors from 20 European countries on the sandy beaches of the Gulf of Danzig. Samuel and Megan achieved 12th and 25th place respectively. The World Championships were held in Torbole, Lake Garda, over the October half term. The event saw a range of conditions from light wind at the beginning of the week through to stronger winds later in the week. Over the week, 12 races were held with almost 500 competitors from 35 countries. Sam and Louis Walker achieved 77th and 91st respectively. Tag ‘17 caught up with Sam, a St. Catherines College pupil; Louie, who attends Gildredge House; and


Megan, who is studying at Plumpton College, formerly Heathfield Community College. Where do you windsurf and what is your favourite place? MK: I windsurf basically anywhere, as long as there is wind and water then I will get out for a sail. I enjoy windsurfing in Weymouth. Because it stays generally very flat regardless of how windy it is, it makes it really simple to get out in any conditions. SW: I windsurf in my local town of Eastbourne at least once a week, even though my favourite place to windsurf is probably Weymouth. LW: Spray Eastbourne [known as Buzz Active nowadays] is my most regular place to windsurf. But Lake Garda in Italy is my new favourite windsurfing venue. Where did you learn to windsurf and when? MK: I learnt to Windsurf at Buzz Active, Eastbourne, which when I learnt it was called Spray Watersports. I was nine when I started out, so I have certainly had a few years experience. SW: I learnt to windsurf in Eastbourne at the sailing/water sport centre Buzz Active when I was six. LW: I first started windsurfing in Eastbourne at Buzz Active when I was 10.


Was there any specific part of the sport which appealed to you the most? If so, what and why? MK: I liked the look of racing, because I am a very competitive person. I enjoyed battling my way around a racecourse and the feeling that you get when you win a race. SW: Planing. It’s the most chilled yet adrenaline filled part of windsurfing. You sit back, hook in with the harness and have your feet in the straps especially during a sunset. LW: My brother windsurfed for years before me - the freedom in the water was what made me want to try it. What made you want to get into racing? SW: Just the thrill of it because there is lots of things to think about. Once I tried it I enjoyed it. I’m just really competitive and love to win. LW: I started racing locally with the Buzz Active Team 15 Club in Eastbourne. Winning medals at the UK national championships and the RYA coaching I’ve had over the last year made me want to take it [windsurfing] to the next level. MK: I used to attend events with my Dad and I have been around the racing scene since I was about four years old. So when I started, it just seemed like the natural way to go. I started racing at the age of nine on small kit and I didn’t get too far. After lots of events and time on the water I started to see an improvement in my results which just spurred me on to keep racing. Last summer I attended the Techno 293 European Championships to race. I went so that I could experience an international racing event, and it was a new, exciting and challenging experience.

What are your recent successes in windsurfing? SW: Winning the National Inland Racing Series. This was held all over the country! LW: Being selected for the National Junior Squad and coming 3rd in the UK National Championships in the 6.8m(mtr sq) class. What are your plans within the sport and how are you looking to move forward? SW: Hopefully I will give RS:X [Olympic class] a try. LW: Competing in France and Spain this year. MK: I plan next to race slalom, and I’m going to attend the British Slalom Association events this season. I am hoping to improve my skills by racing on different kit, in new locations. I reckon as the storms hit this winter, I will get some time out in the waves also to improve my all-round windsurfing skills. I am also now a qualified windsurfing instructor, so next season I am hoping to new teach people the sport that has me down the beach all the time. Would you recommend windsurfing as a sport for Tag ‘17’s readers? MK: Yes definitely, not only does it give you the opportunity to travel the world, but it allows you the chance to make new friends for life. Most people enjoy how sociable the sport is, so it’s a really good way to meet new people who share similar interests to you. There are so many places it can lead you, whether it be the Olympics, or teaching complete beginners the sport. So get out there and give it a go … what have you got to lose? SW: Yes, because we live on the coast. Eastbourne is regularly windy whilst sheltered. It’s perfect for all abilities, from beginners on calmer days through to Experts on stormy winter days. LW: Yes!

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TAG 17: Sport

From Rags To Pitches

We all know that footballers live a privileged life; buying supercars, huge mansions and dating models. Last year, Cristiano Ronaldo earned £15 million, with his net worth estimated at £370 million! But for some, their beginning was quite the opposite. Let’s take a look at some of football’s most famous players and their struggle to become the sports stars they are today.

Alexis Sanchez Luka Modric

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

is a world class striker, well-known around the world as a fantastic goal scorer and a bit of a loud mouth. He has a huge mansion and multiple expensive cars but has he always been this privileged? Zlatan Ibrahimovic was born in a Malmo, Sweden where he was raised in a ghetto; a hard environment where you had to stand up for yourself. As If this wasn’t hard enough his father had a drinking problem and became violent with it. From this dark start to Zlatan’s life he developed a tendency to steal things including sweets, cars and bikes. Including the bike of his Youth team manager. Amazingly, he forgave him and taught Zlatan to play football. Zlatan considered a job at the local dock yard at the time, but he decided against it to pursue a career on the pitch. Despite his troubles, from this rough upbringing came a young man, determined to win everything.


, a player known for his excellent technical work on the ball, passing the ball around the pitch like he was born to do. But has he always been this privileged? At Five years old most children are starting school for the first time, playing with friends and family in a safe environment and feeling comfortable in their surroundings, but life couldn’t have been more different for Luka Modric. When he was five, a war broke out in Croatia, where the people fought for independence from Serbia. At this most distressing and horrific time, things were to get much worse when his father joined the Croatian army. Later on in the war Luka Mordric’s grandfather was executed by opposition soldiers. Because of the conflict, Luka and his family became refugees. As his family couldn’t afford the proper equipment his father made some shin pads for him from pieces of wood. In 1992 he joined a sporting academy, though this academy wasn’t free. But because of this Luka Modric is now one of football’s best players.

is a wizard on the pitch, scoring goals from free kicks to open play, and is described by his old manager, Pep Guardiola, as “the most humble man I have ever met”. But has he always lived the high life? Alexis Sanchez grew up in a town called Tocopilla, Chile. As a child, Sanchez didn’t have a lot. In a recent interview he said “As a child I had no football boots and I begged for them at home, but unfortunately my Mum couldn’t afford them”. But this didn’t stop Sanchez, he would get dressed for school and would tell his mum that he was going, but when he turned the corner he would start to play football. As they were so poor Sanchez would wash cars for money and gave it to his mother, who worked as a cleaner. After many years’ grafting and handwork he gained a first team place at his local team. But it doesn’t end there. Alexis Sanchez is now a famous footballer who is very wealthy. So what do you think he does in his spare time? Well, each Christmas he returns to his home town and hands out footballs to all of the children.

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At some point in our lives we will be glued to the sofa watching our favourite, most addictive and gripping shows. We looked into what shows interest the teenage years and which TV series you should maybe give a try, if you haven’t already.

Back in 2005 Fox released a TV series that stunned millions with its thrilling action and tense moments. The series revolves round the lives of two brothers: Michael and Lincoln. Michael being the younger of the two stays out of trouble through his life however, Lincoln is much the opposite.

The famous American comedy, Community came to screens in 2009. NBC, the makers of the show, created a show that entertained millions of people with its witty remarks and famous funny lines. With the concept aimed at school and college students the story revolves around 6 students who are in a study group. This sounds a bit bland and boring to begin

Being convicted of a crime that he did not commit, his brother Michael must find a way of breaking him out of prison and proving his innocence. If you enjoy tense scenes and clever escape trips then Prison Break is worth the months of sitting on the sofa.

WHERE CAN I WATCH IT? On DVD and on Netflix

with, right? If you like humour then I guarantee you won’t be thinking that by the end of the first episode. A fun fact about Community is that Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) was a star in the show before entering the music industry.

WHERE CAN I WATCH IT? Netflix, on DVD and on Amazon

Fancy something a little fresher? Here are a couple of shows which are more cutting edge.


The Netflix Original series Designated Survivor began on the 21st September 2016 wowing audiences and receiving all five stars on Netflix. The protagonist played by Keifer Sutherland is abruptly told that he is

now the commander-in-chief, after the Capitol Building in Washington is blown up by a terrorist group. With the whole of America resting on his shoulders, Tom Kirkman (Keifer Sutherland), must make the hardest decisions of his life to protect his country and find the people who caused America to lose faith.

An ongoing series about what life was like before Batman, where Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) is a young child trying to understand who murdered his parents. The gripping series

also focuses on the rise of the villains which coincidentally was the name given to Season 2 of the programme: Rise of the Villains. The Batman franchise was a massive hit when it was introduced to cinemas, but to see what happened in the years before is something of pure fascination.

The mystery thriller teen drama, Pretty Little Liars, entertained millions of people across the US and most of Europe. The fairly recent 2010 series is set in a small town called Rosewood where 4 friends are faced with the apparent murder of their leader, Alison. After dealing with the horrific act, a year later the girls begin receiving messages from a suspicious character named “A” who states that Alison is still alive. Not knowing whether this is true or not the series follows the lives of these 4 girls on a mission to find out whether their friend is still alive or not. The 7 seasons (which have been confirmed to end in 2017) include the realistic values of friendships and the classic ‘Who Can You Trust?’; but also add in elements of tension and frightening scenes which you would expect to find in a horror film. If this sounds like something for you, then give it a watch. WHERE CAN I WATCH IT? Netflix On DVD at your local HMV

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Director: JJ Abrams Cast: Mark Hamil, Cassie Fisher, Daisey Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega Producers: Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman Release Date: 15 December 2017 Age Rating: NR One of the most anticipated movies that 2017 offers is, of course, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In 2015, Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII) was directed, produced, and written by J. J. Abrahams. Star Wars: The Force Awakens grossed $936.7 (£755.9) million in North America and more than $2 (1.6) billion worldwide. Clearly there are still a lot of Star Wars fans out there even though the last Star Wars Movie, Star Wars: Episode III-Revenge of the Sith, came out 10 years before Episode VII. So, there is no arguing that Episode VIII will be another success or might even be better than the previous episode. The only way to find out is to go and watch it.

Spider-man Homecoming Pitch Perfect Justice League Director: Zack Synder Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavil, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa Release date: 17 November 2017 Age Rating: NR 2016 has been a great year for super hero movies extending from Marvel Universe to DC Universe, most notably we had Batman Vs Superman which a lot of people thought was confusing because they’re meant to be on the same side, but in this case is the start of a long friendship. If you have seen Batman Vs Superman then 2017 is worth the wait, because Batman has recruited some new super heroes to create the Justice League. The only way to find out which heroes Batman recruited is to watch Justice League.

Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Director: Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandburg Cast: Jonny Depp, Javier Bardem, Orlando Bloom Release date: 26 May 2017 Age Rating: NR Pirates of the Caribbean was introduced to us in 2003 following the adventure of a fairly odd pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow whom we all love, with Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann they take back Captain Jacks ship, the Black Pearl. As their adventure continues for another three movies – Dead Man’s Chest (2006), At World’s End (2007), On Stranger Tides (2011) – it doesn’t end there. More adventures lie ahead for Captain Jack in Dead Man Tell No Tales (2017), where he faces a new foe as he searches for an artefact that would make him the king of the sea.

Director: Trish Sie Cast: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld Producers: Elizabeth Banks, Paul Brooks and Max Handelman Release date: 22 December 2017 Age Rating: NR Pitch Perfect 3. Yes, Anna Kendrick and the crew are back again for more perfect pitching. But will the all the Bella singers be back for the third installation? However, sources say that there might be new characters coming in for PP3, but we still don’t know whether they’re with the Bellas or against them. Are we going to see another of Fat Amy’s romantic scenes? Maybe, and there might even be more romance that the Bellas are going to face. We will not know until the day comes closer. Pitch Perfect comes out late 2017.

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Director: John Watts Cast: Tom Halland, Robert Downey Jr, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Michael Keaton Release Date: 7 July 2017 Age Rating: NR Spider-man has been rebooted a couple of times and for 2017 comes yet another reboot. 2017’s SpiderMan: Homecoming, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) still gets bitten as seen in the previous films. As the new Spidey is younger than the others before him, he will face great danger in his everyday life, trying to save the city with many new villains, and at the same time trying to get through problems teenagers typically have. But Spider man will not be alone he has a mentor: but who? The best way to find out is to watch the film, so book your ticket(s) because Spidey will be swinging in soon.




We all have something in common when it comes to our childhoods and this is the love of cartoons. However, ask yourself this, what is the true meaning behind these cartoons that as a youngster we were blind to? Tag’17s been researching the deeper meanings behind the most loved childhood cartoons and it really does open your eyes...

HIDDEN HORRORS IN CHILDHOOD CLASSICS Warni nG! this article WILL change your perception of your favourite childhood memories

The Fairly Oddparents: This is entertaining show that really does teach you a lot more about life than it might seem on the surface. In every episode, Timmy Turner learns the same lesson, which is that he can’t wish his problems away and when he tries to, it just causes more

problems. To kids, this message wouldn’t be that obvious to you, you would just accept it as the entertaining part of the show. We would watch him make a mistake and then have to fix it on our own, teaching us that if you mess up, only you can truly fix it, you can’t keep relying on someone or something to come and save you. It also shows us that even if we have got everything we want, there are still issues and complications that come with that. Another hidden message tells us that maybe everything happens for a reason, and that we

shouldn’t ignore events if they were meant to be. The whole point of giving Timmy, a 10 year old boy, two fairy godparents is to help him understand that he doesn’t actually need them. and he can get himself out of trouble without their help. However, you may ask yourself; “why do Cosmo and Wanda keep granting him wishes if they know it will only cause more hassle?” We believe they’re actually help ing him to understand that we learn through our mistakes and the only person who can sort out your own issues is yourself.

Adventure Time: A deep theory behind Adventure Time, which we hope is not true (but does sound very convincing) is that Finn wasn’t very popular at school and was seen as an outsider. The only associate he could count on as a true friend was his loyal loving dog, Jake. When Jake dies, Finn is beside himself because in his eyes his best friend has gone forever and he attempts to join him. However, once failing that attempt, he ends up in a coma, meaning the shows we watch are stories that Finn used to tell Jake before he died. This supports the theory that the stories are also going on in Finn’s never ending dreams. This would make sense, as you dream whatever you think the 42

most of during the day or immediately before bed. For Finn it would have been Jake and their adventures in a fantasy world where he would be forever young alongside Jake, until they both die together. He is seen as a hero with a princess who loves him, suggesting that actually, maybe he was an outsider at school who didn’t particularly have many friends. The theory goes that the Ice King personifies Finn’s loneliness, the enemy in Finn’s real world. So, this is a very deep and sad cartoon plot line that really makes you think.


The Rugrats: The Rugrats Movie is a fun, adventurous film with a crazy storyline about Angelica chasing after Chucky, Tommy, Lil and Phil and like any big sister figure, she would try and get them into trouble, but in reality it was out of love. However, what if we told you that Angelica was actually creating all these adventures up in her head? The theory is that the Angelica we witness in the cartoon was, in a way neglected as her mum had died as a result of an overdose. Her dad then married Angelica’s step mum, who was always too busy working to really give her enough love and attention. However, Angelica idealised her mum’s replacement. Angelica always carries a Barbie doll around with her which is meant to represent her mother, as the doll isn’t in a well-kept state. Both Steve, the dad

It’s a Thinking Game: A few more conspiracies for you to think about. The Powerpuff Girls are a fragment of one girl’s multiple personality disorder. Each of her personalities represents one of the Powerpuffs. Her brother, who was the one who bullied her, was the reason she developed this disorder and is represented as the supervillain, Mojo Jojo. Pokémon’s Ash was struck by lightning in one

and the step mum don’t give Angelica much time, so as an only child she must have been quite lonely and desperate for some love. With Tommy being a cousin and Lil, Phil and Chucky being family friends, their attention would have been an important thing for her. Now you might wonder why it would be all in Angelica’s head but the theories suggest that actually Tommy, Phil, Lil and Chucky had all died and due to the age Angelica was at the time, it really affected her mentally. Tommy is apparently the son Stu never had, which supports the idea of

Stu’s obsession with building toys for Tommy down in the basement. Another theory is that Chucky died in a car accident alongside his mum, which explains why Chucky’s dad Chas was such a nervous mess throughout the shows. Lastly Dil. If you think back to the shows Angelica would always get aggressive and angry with Dil, due to the fact he couldn’t talk to her like the others could. This was apparently due to the fact Dil wasn’t dead, he was the only one that survived. Angelica didn’t like the fact that she couldn’t overpower him like she could the others. He was not listening to her when she told him to stop crying, so she ends up lashing out at him, leaving him physically and mentally scarred.

of the earlier Pokémon series, but what if he has been in a coma all this time and the episodes after that have been dreams? Tom and Jerry as Nazi propaganda? Throughout the World Wars the British troops were known as “Tommies” and the Germans “Jerries”. Thinking back to the cartoon, who’s the bad guy? Tom and Jerry first screened just one year into the conflict. Every character in Winnie the Pooh is mentally ill. Apparently

Pooh has ADHS, Christopher Robin has from schizophrenia, Eeyore has from depression and Tigger who shows symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity. Overall these conspiracies that may or may not be true do seem as if they could be true. If you are intrigued enough to find out more information on cartoon conspiracies there are many creepy but interesting stories out there. ChannelFrederator is one YouTuber who looks into conspiracy theories behind films and programmes, while if creepy and scary isn’t your thing then there are many other ideas less frightening to discover.

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The Horror! The Horror!

Horror movie fanatics love to be scared out of their pants. Tag ‘17 explores the genre’s horrible history


he horror genre has always captivated its audiences with terrifying monsters, foreboding tension, fear, violence, anxiety and the dark mysteries of the unknown, but during the rise of its popularity, has the genre become better or worse over the course of recent history? Horror fanatics love to be scared out of their pants, but do they know where horror originates? Georges Mêliés was the pioneer of the first horror film; his first horror film was titled The Haunted Castle, which was made in 1896 and paved the way for the genre. Classic horror films like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1910) have influenced the culture of horror ever since. Due to its success, the story of the lonely monster has been adapted numerous times over the years, spinning out countless sequels, spinoffs and reboots such as The Bride of Frankenstein (1935). With Frankenstein’s influence, Dracula had risen out of Bram Stoker’s gothic novel and onto the screen followed by The Mummy and The Wolf Man. These icons of horror have influenced popular culture and inspired the audience to question the unknown. Ridley Scot’s Alien (1979) gave the science fiction genre new perspectives – fear and isolation. Alien created a claustrophobic environment, layered with sinister music and a deadly creature brought to life by great special effects. The movie

rarely showed the alien, which made its unseen presence terrifying. Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) is considered as the first “slasher” film. Psycho delves into the sick, deluded mind of Norman Bates, whose performance is disturbing and charismatic. The film ventures into an unknown, unfamiliar and unpredictable territory keeping the audience on their toes, making them guess what will happen, playing with their imaginations and expectations. Followed by an eerie sense of dread and one of the most disturbing death scenes in movies. The Saw franchise (2004–2010) began by being a psychological thriller, with mysterious characters, hidden agendas and a complicated plot with twists and tense moments between life and death. Saw entices the audience, fuelling their curiosity for more. Over the countless sequels the franchise became more of a gore fest slasher, it began to lose touch with its once new tropes, becoming predictable and another worn cliché. The Babadook (2014). Is a psychological horror drama and was a genuine surprise for the public. It features a struggling family taken by depression and sadness as they deal with a loss and with an entity manifested from their imaginations. The real horror actually comes from their minds, taking inspiration from Hitchcock’s work. The movie builds up tension withthout ever giving away the entity, creating the fear of the unknown and making the audience question if the family is sane or not? Cabin in the Woods (2011)

is a creative horror comedy which plays around with familiar slasher clichés, such as isolation, a serial killer and a group of teens, but then manages to flip audience expectations. The public may know what’s coming next but in truth it’s definitely not what they expect. It’s a unique change of pace which breaks the familiar cycle. It’s a fun movie through and through and a fresh take on an old genre. The best modern horror tries to shy away from the old established structures; it will borrow old ideas and shape them into new ones. However many of the current range of horror movies continue to be more centered on shock value and rely on violence and gore. The most common practice of a scare tactic in modern horror is the jump scare, a cheap way to scare the audience. This practice has been rehashed time-after-time, often becoming nothing more than poor imitation. Scares are faked and the acting usually never immerses the audience, breaking the illusion of a good film and becoming a generic cash grab on the public. It’s time for the filmmakers, producers and studio execs to respect their audiences by giving credit to the history of horror and understanding what makes a horror a real horror.

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TAG 17:Travel



here’s an adventurous side to all of us; a part of us that longs to travel, to explore. We want beautiful views, new experiences, memories that last us a lifetime. Perhaps the best way to satisfy this craving is a road trip with your friends. A long drive, that might take place over several days and take you abroad in some cases. You might consider crossing countries or states a daunting idea, especially if you’ve never done it before. Before you go for the big trips – such as cross-Europe or America – think about a trip through Britain. Even if you’re only out for the day, you can still travel hundreds of miles, see a lot of sights and have a brilliant time, all while being a bit closer to home. If you have a car or a bike, it’s a hugely appealing concept to go on an adventure, exploring more of the world, whilst bringing a piece of home – your car or bike and your mates – with you. Tag ‘17 recently went on our own roadtrip, a 163 mile round trip in just one day, with our best mates, and humble Fiat Seicento Sporting for company. We’d never driven so far in on day, we got lost and there were some small problems along the way. However, it was awesome fun; an adventure we won’t soon forget and definitely worth doing. With our first roadtrip complete, we want to share our experiences with you, to not only inspire you to go on a budget roadtrip adventure of your own, but to give you some tips on how to get the most out of it.


PREP IS EVERYTHING Expect the unexpected; we packed everything we thought we might need – drink, money for lunch, several fully charged cameras, coats, sat-nav and so on. However, there’s always the chance you’ll need something you didn’t bring and this was very much the case for us. After grabbing breakfast, we noticed that one of our tyres had a slow leak and was nearly flat. Thankfully, a helpful person at the restaurant we stopped at pointed this out and leant us an air compressor to sort out tyre pressures. A minor problem, but goes to show that checking everything beforehand means less worry when you’re on the road. Before you head out, make sure someone knows where you’ll be and take a fully-charged phone, just to be sure. We’d planned to go from Bexhill on the coast, to Canterbury, followed by Botany Bay in Margate. We were bringing a sat-nav, as we’d never been to either of these places before, but noted specific addresses, so we knew where we were headed. But a sat-nav isn’t perfect and at one point, we were directed down a road, which became a track, which lead into a wood, which became a bollard-restricted dead end! Despite this, the sat-nav was adamant we could continue. That leads to our next tip: if you’re using sat-nav, don’t be afraid to question it. We took our own route back on track and kept taking wrong turns until our GPS eventually corrected itself. This was a minor

setback and was even kind of funny, so follow our example - use common sense, don’t worry if you go wrong and be relaxed enough to laugh. Roadtrips aren’t meant to be serious, just enjoyable.

MONEY, MONEY, MONEY Some people might imagine that a roadtrip is an expensive experience, that you have to pay out to travel, but that’s not the case. In fact, below is a breakdown of the total cost for our epic adventure: • • • •

Fuel: £15 Food & drink (fast food): £10 Sat-Nav: borrowed Camera/phone: already owned

Yep, our whole trip cost less than 30 quid! For sure, our trip was within the UK and took place over just one day, meaning we didn’t have to shell out for accommodation, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t have a great time, see some sights and take some amazing photos. Our experience is proof that a fun, memorable roadtrip with memories for years doesn’t have to be costly. Don’t let minimal cash hold you back from the adventure of a lifetime!

GO YOUR OWN WAY It’s easy to go somewhere popular, such as London, Scotland or Cheddar Gorge. However, going on a roadtrip for you and your friends means creating your own story – go somewhere different! We chose Canterbury and Margate because we knew we could explore both locations well and still get back in one day and because they were alternative. Along the way, we explored some unique and interesting shops, locations and views, dabbling with some picturesque photography, to truly experience these less common destinations. Your roadtrip is your story, don’t let someone else write the book!

Written by Joe Miller, design: Ben Ralph


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All TimeTables & No Trains B

etween 2015 and 2016, 1.69 million people used the train in the UK for work or school, resulting in less traffic due to fewer people needing to drive. 2016 saw an increase in worker strikes from the Southern Rail train service, which has been disrupting the “natural order of things”. This has created an outrage among regular train users from London and the Southern area. Road users often have to endure longer traffic queues due to the increase in drivers. The strikes may be on their way to being resolved now, however many people have been affected. By getting the responses of train/road users and workers, we can reduce the risk of this happening again. Between the dates of the 8th of January and the 4th of February 2017, the percentage of trains arriving on time was at a high of 50.3%, but it didn’t stay this way. The average percentages ranged from the 30s to 40s going to a low of 33.9%. This was during strike times, and it is very possible that these late times could have been caused by the strikes. As if this wasn’t bad enough, the beginning of this year saw an increase in train fares by 2.3%. So not only is the service considered poor, it is also more expensive. This leaves train users feeling derailed, and needing to get back on track.


Tag ‘17 asked a few people who need to use private and/or public transport to get to work or college. Dan Joseph (Aged 17 from Bexhill) regularly uses the train to get around. He described experiencing a strike as: “Standing out in the freezing cold, not being told how long the delays were going to last... there were times where we were stupidly late for college; sometimes up to an hour.” Dan has recently been learning to drive to avoid the trains. He passed, but still needs the train until he gets a car.

“If everyone is happy, everything will run Smoothly.” Chelsea Dakwa (Age 19 from Eastbourne) also had a bad experience with the strikes. “I was in Reading and needed to get back home. The train takes about two hours to get to Reading and back, but a strike happened while I was up there. I had to take a different train then switch and switch again and then take a coach the rest of the way. It ended up taking five hours” As mentioned earlier, the roads are also disrupted. Aiden Goodsell (Age 17 from Eastbourne), who takes the bus at the morning rush hour, has this to say: “Considering everyone is trying to get into work/college/school at eight in the

morning, the strikes make the traffic even worse than any other time.” This one will also cause trouble for drivers. But the big question is: why? The workers must be rattled by something if they strike so often… so what is it? We interviewed an anonymous train worker to investigate the issues. “We want to bring in Driver-only trains as it may help put a stop to the poor service reputation Southern Rail has. The rail union don’t want to do this. I like to think this dispute will be sorted, but it is likely to take a lot of time.” The strikes have made the service’s reputation seem worse and worse, on top of the lousy arrival times. Here is a statement from the Southern Rail press office regarding the strikes and quality of service: “We run almost 15,000 trains a week on the busy Southern network and the well documented industrial action has cancelled an unprecedented number of trains making passengers’ lives a misery. We’re doing our best to find a way forward with the unions”. As of writing this sentence, the strikes are still happening. If the union and service workers don’t come up with a solution, it will continue to cause inconveniences for the remaining train users. Now that we’ve heard multiple sides to the story, what do you think? Are the workers just being selfish or are the union being unreasonable?

Written by will coomes, design and photography by michael aslan


PIRACY DON’T DO DODGY DIGITAL ON TRIAL DOWNLOADS In 2015, one in five people illegally downloaded a movie. Like a desperate captain attempting to plug holes in the Titanic, Hollywood has deployed fines, adverts, and finger-wagging letters in attempt to reverse the trend, to no avail. This convenient, easy, and free phenomenon is sucking the industry dry. But is it right? Let’s put piracy on trial.

THE PROSECUTION Ever watched right to the end of a movie’s credits? If so, you’ll probably have been amazed by the sheer number of people involved in movie production, invisible armies of technicians and artists whose contributions are crucial to film production. These are the people to think about when piracy is dismissed as a victimless crime. “Jennifer Lawrence get $20 million for 80 days’ work, what does a little lost revenue matter?” “Why does Hollywood whine about declining profits while celebrating record box office takings ($38billion in 2015)?” To say filmmakers don’t suffer when their work is pirated is like saying shopkeepers rejoice when their produce is stolen. We rarely consider modestly-salaried wardrobe designers or art directors. Movies may be art, but they’re also a trade, a means to putting food on the table. According to an article from The Guardian, piracy costs the British film industry £500m annually, the only possible outcome being losses of jobs. Film crews rely on a booming industry for their livelihood; their futures become cloudier with every illegal download.

THE DEFENCE Every movie - in the cinema, on DVD or online - is subject to some form of censorship. The British Board of Film Classification advises audiences on film content, safeguarding from inappropriate imagery. In practice, only viewers older than fifteen see boobs, while kids are protected from hardcore violence and gore. Fair enough. But in China, things are different... Under Communist government, illegal downloading is often the only way Chinese citizens can access films uncut. For starters, only 34 foreign films are permitted into Chinese cinemas annually. The government maintain these quotas to ensure their developing industry isn’t overwhelmed by Hollywood products. However, the reality is darker. Any film produced or distributed in China - fast becoming the world’s second largest film market - must adhere to the regulations of the State Administration of Radio Film and Television (SART). Under SART, criticism of the Chinese government is taboo. Does your film dare to suggest poverty in Shanghai by showing imagery of trousers drying on a clothesline? Then, like Mission Impossible 3’s producers, you’ll need to amputate the offending object for lucrative Chinese box office access. Bloody violence, depression, and homosexuality are also frequently cut, lest any impressionable forty year

olds are traumatized by a lesbian kiss. These severe laws also restrict Chinese filmmaker’s expression; Robert Cain, a producer with 25+ years of Chinese film-making experience, said: “Censorship not only protects the innocent, but the status quo of authoritarian rule; the government holds ultimate rights to decide whether content is ‘appropriate’ and therefore available for viewing, irrespective of viewer’s age” when interviewed by film blog IndieWire. Piracy’s role is more significant than you’d think; in broadly free society, streaming pirated films is a thoughtless act. In countries where free speech is muzzled like a dangerous dog, piracy isn’t an act of shrugging convenience, but a bloody-minded two fingers to oppressive regime, allowing China access to films depicting realistic culture, rather than agendas of their government. Piracy IS illegal, but censorship is diabolical and any defiance is admirable.


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TAG 17: Society

Diversity in Media The truth behind the media that you never realised...

In the media today, we see a wide variety of talented people entertaining and informing us. The work produced by the TV, film, radio and print industries is incredible and showcases huge talent from those involved. But have you ever considered the types of people we see in media? Men and women both feature regularly, showing gender diversity. However, in the last two to three decades, the industry has evolved - we now see a wide variety of multicultural talents; black, white, Asian and many other nationalities working to produce top quality entertainment. Tag ‘17 quizzed readers on how many multicultural presenters and actors/ actresses they could name - dozens of names came up, including Sir Trevor McDonald (BBC News), Will Smith (Pursuit of Happiness, Men In Black) and Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who). In the last 20 years, massive numbers of actors/actresses and presenters of different ethnic origins have been showcased in media as extremely talented people. Of course, a person’s ethnicity is usually obvious. But a less clear factor we’ve also seen is a large number of talented people of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Trans and Queer (LGBTQ) sexualities on our screens and radios. Celebs like Stephen Fry (QI), Sue Perkins (Great British Bake-Off ) and Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory) all fly the LGBTQ flag. It’s less clear initially, but in the past two decades, the media industry - like society - has incorporated numerous multisexuality talents. But do these industry additions from multicultural and multi-sexuality backgrounds truly represent their groups? Remember, the majority of presenters and performers are still white and straight, statistically representing society. One Tag reader said that “there are more black and 50

Asian people on TV than there used to be, but still far more white people”. Think about the TV shows which feature ONLY white presenters. Is it fair on minority groups that only a small percentage of their member’s star in entertainment? Lenny Henry would argue not; Henry’s campaign - launched in 2014 - calls for a greater proportion of multi-ethnicity people in the media. He demonstrates comments on people of alternate nationalities and colours, including surprise at how good they were and the assumption

“THERE’S A DANGER OF TOKENISM” that a black person standing in the HQ of a media company was a taxi for Moira Stuart, rather than the employee they actually were! Henry’s campaign targets the BBC particularly in its aims to get more BAME (Black and Minority Ethnicity) talent into the industry. Some BAME quotes used to back Lenny’s campaign include the comment “you’re not right for the’d be good to keep you for colour”, showing that some companies may only be employing to appear diverse, rather than because they’re accepting of different cultures. Henry’s campaign urges people to approach Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey to alter guidelines on BAME in media. He says the BBC should be diverting budgets, ensuring that more productions feature a diverse production and cast, “at least 50% of the off-screen talent should be BAME” and if he doesn’t respond positively,

for people to re-consider their TV license. The BBC initially responded, with Director General Tony Hall saying he aimed to increase ethnic range by 40+%, but three years on, Henry saw few results. He, among many others, feels there isn’t true diversity in the media industry and is willing to go to great lengths to change this. But if employers are under more and more pressure to expand diversity among their employees, there’s a danger of tokenism, companies only employing more diverse ranges of people to fulfil numbers, rather than employing those most suited to the job. If people of minority ethnicities and sexualities are employed because they have to be instead of through employer choice, there’s a danger of people more suitable for a role, more qualified or more talented being denied a position or role just to meet requirements. Many of Tag’s readers feel that this compulsory hiring of diverse ranges of workers is the wrong approach; one said there “doesn’t need to be a balance. Equality not equity, employ on merit not skin colour”. Others felt the same, saying no employer should turn down the best person for a position just because of legislation. Some members of minority groups in the media are unfairly seen as representatives of their respective groups, simply because they stand out. LGBTQ comedian Alan Carr says “gay people need to get over themselves. Just because you’re gay and on the telly doesn’t mean you’re a role model”. This point of view demonstrates the attitude that maybe we should all have: there’s no reason to treat someone differently because of their sexuality or ethnicity. Give everyone the same chance and everyone be accepting of each other. TV, movies and radio are packed with black/Asian and LGBTQ men and women, showcasing massive talent and skill. The suitability of some for their roles may uncertain, but one thing’s for sure - we’re closer than ever to that ideal world and industry of total equality. Written by Joe miller, design: Dan Joseph



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TAG 17: entertainment

The Chinese Zodiac


o it is finally the year of Rooster! We all know that there are 12 animals included in The Chinese Zodiac: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Whether you are a Chinese or not, you may have already known that the Zodiac repeats every 12 years which means your unique animal year will come when you are 12, 24, 36, and so on. There are two calendars used in China: the solar calendar and the lunar calendar. Many people thought the Zodiac recurs after Chinese New Year’s Day, although that idea needs to change because several experts admit that ‘Start of Spring’ is the beginning of the Zodiac year. So if one of family has a baby after 3rd February 2017, he/she is a Rooster Baby. The Chinese Zodiac is loved and interested by Western people, but why 12? The official statement said that these 12 animals are either important to ancient Chinese people’s daily lives,

or have special and lucky meanings to them. The Ox, Horse, Goat, Rooster, Dog and Pig are six of the main domestic animals raised by Chinese people. The other six are all loved and believed in by them, such as Dragon which represents strength and success. Almost everyone is interested in Chinese Zodiac, trying to fit themselves in to find something a bit more Chinese. But do you know why these 12 animals are sorted in this order? In ancient Chinese times, in order to tell the time, people divided a day into twelve 2-hour periods, and choose an animal to represent each period. ‘Rat time’ starts from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. and the following 2 hours belong to Ox. Although it is rarely used and widely accepted, most Chinese still believe that a person’s personality and life is decided more by his/her birth hour than year. Destiny analysts use this quite often to tell what is going to happen for the rest of your life.

There is a folk version that has been told through Chinese generations: A long, long time ago, The Jade Emperor (Chinese God) wanted to choose 12 animals to divide a day in man’s world. These 12 animals made a promise to have a ‘marathon’ to the place of meeting. Ox took the lead because of its diligence and strength ,and Rat chased tightly. When they were nearly reaching the end point, Rat used a trick as it climbed onto Ox’s horn and jumped ahead the line first. Rat seems to be the representative figure of wisdom (whether good or not) because it was said that rat and cat had reached an agreement that they would wake each other up before the race. However, rat broke its promise and left early, leaving cat still asleep, and it was too late to remedy because the Emperor had already decided the 12 animals. This is probably the reason why cats hate and hunt rats. Written and designed by ROX Yan



f you were born between 1998-2001 you could be part of the craze of collecting nostalgic products from the 1980s and 90s. You or your friends may actually be walking around in a shirt with a band from the 80s/90s such as Nirvana or Guns N’ Roses. Around the college, Tag ‘17 asked a few people if they knew about some items that were introduced around the 80, retro consoles like the classic Nintendo or a Sony cassette player. If you want to appear trendy or hipster but don’t know where to start, here’s our guide.


Today you can get many different items or replicas that came out when your parents were young, like clothing with retro icons such as the Atari logo on shirts or wristbands. Of course you can get authentic items that came out years ago, or a new version. One example is the popular Rubik’s Cube, originally made in 1977. Bop It was out in 1996 and is enjoying a resurgence, along with the Nokia brick phone being picked up again, and Pokémon cards - did they even go away?



Many of today’s artists, including Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and TheWeeknd, took inspiration from the 80s. Hip hop stems from the 1980s, leading to the likes of Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg and Eminem. Grunge became more popular, but more or less stayed in the previous millennium, and has inspired many well-known rock bands like Foo Fighters, Muse and The Killers to name a few. Of course there will always be Nirvana with ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ that lead the Grunge movement, as well as other great bands like Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains that you should definitely go and check out. If you’re interested in anything that we have talked about, there are many areas you can find something for yourself. There is always online stores like Ebay or Amazon to discover retro items, or over in Brighton, there is a store called ‘Snoopers Paradise’ where they sell vintage and nostalgic-looking clothing and accessories. Just by simply looking around the place, like in your own loft or whatever your parents may have kept from their youth, you may find something worth your while. Written by AIDEN GOODSELL, design: BEN Ralph


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Woman take up half of the video gaming community, with a staggering 42% of female gamers across YouTube and Twitch who receive abuse and harassment, on a daily basis, just because they’re female. Tag ’17 spoke to Steffan Powell, BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat reporter in an exclusive interview at the Broadcasting House in London as a reporter of this issue.

Tag 17’: Why was it important to write this article for Newsbeat?

Steffan: It’s an issue that female gamers were telling us that was affecting them, and therefore it was something was of interest and important for the audience to know about. This isn’t something that happened to us overnight. One of the things that kept coming up was this idea that if you share gaming content online, if you’re a streamer on YouTube or Twitch or one of the other major sites that do this. If you’re a female doing that then you were getting some pretty nasty abuse and only because you were a female. It had nothing to do with your ability, your performance as a streamer or content creator, it was just the fact that you were a woman and because this issue kept being brought up to us, some streamers were telling us that they were stopping because it was affecting their health and they were unhappy.

not unique to gaming Tag 17’: Why do you think there is so much sexism in the first place? Steffan: It’s probably true in all sorts of online interaction. Gaming is relatively new; it’s seen as one that has been more male dominated and it’s only probably in the last 10 or 15 years female influences have become more mainstreaming in gaming; so you’re seeing more women working in the industry, you’re seeing more women designing games, more women presenting gaming coverage and therefore more women streaming online. So that shift is happening and some people evidently online are unhappy about it and I think that’s why it’s particularly of relevance in gaming, but it’s important also to say that it’s not unique to gaming. This is an issue that people see on Twitter and Instagram. People see it, sports stars see it, musicians see it as well.

Steffan Powell, BBC Radio 1 Newbeat Reporter tells Tag about sexism in online gaming

Tomb Raider Tag 17’: Why do you think women are portrayed in such a way? For example, ‘Tomb Raider’, she has a big bust and short shorts. Steffan: Other games have been criticised for this recently as well recently ‘Street Fighter 5’ this year has been criticised for its portrayal of women. Only recently has the industry grown up as it has become more popular. It was a sub-genre of culture that had fewer rules and therefore people, you know, weren’t giving much attention. As gaming has become more mainstream there is more money pumped into it, more people accessing the games and more attention giving to the content of them. As more women get involved, as more people from different ethnic groups get involved and people of different ages, older people and younger people get involved: that’s going to change. Interestingly though, I think you could argue that recently you’re seeing a lot of positive female role models in gaming. The new version of ‘Laura Croft’ for example is a strong, powerful woman who is very successful and is able to cope and adapt on her own; the lead character from a game called ‘Recall’ is a young woman similar to the new ‘Star Wars’ film. There’s a brand new massive triple-A budget game coming out next year called ‘Horizon Zero Dawn’ that’s got a woman as the lead character so I think actually you are seeing more gender equality in gaming coming through slowly.

Tag 17’: Do you think men are more interested in gaming than women? Steffan: No, I don’t think at all. 58% of gamers in the UK are male so it’s pretty even. The biggest increase in the numbers of people gaming is among elder women, if you travel on the tubes here in London or if you catch a long bus or a plane somewhere then you will see women playing games all the time on their phones. They tend to be more mobile friendly games like ‘Candy Crush’, ‘Angry Birds’, so games of that nature. ‘Farmville’ was massive but I don’t think that it’s just for men anymore at all, that’s the impression you get if you go to big conventions, and you do see more males. That’s because the perception of gaming can be quite narrow; certain types of gaming, sort of hard core, sort of first person shooting like ‘Counter Strike’, or battle games like ‘League of Legends’ might be played by more men but that doesn’t mean that more men game overall. What’s the future of gaming? If you see, hear or are victim of abusive messages, websites like Twitch and YouTube are making it easy and clear to block and report someone. If you’re unaware of how to, there is a ‘Help’ page where they will go through step-by-step how to block a user. Video games will use characters from different diversities, ethnicities, and cultures, so that the younger and older generation are more inclined to start or continue gaming. What will you do to help stamp out sexism for good?

written and designed by verity webb, selfie by Verity webb


TAG 17: entertainment



ver since the very first arcade cabinets, video games have become a huge phenomenon worldwide, from the single player classic Space Invaders to the huge eSports tournaments today, but what makes a game ‘good’?

Video Games As a Medium

Video games, as a medium, stand out against other platforms such as movies or books, because of their very unique characteristics. While often blamed for a number of supposed adverse effects, video games offer an experience like no other. The way video games can use the immersion to tell a story is drastically different to other mediums. A similar example is that a movie could simply be words on a screen for 90 minutes, and while that may be all well and good, they haven’t used the platform to its potential. Horror is a genre that works especially well with video games. When you have a character in a movie walking down a dimly-lit corridor, it’s hard to care for the character. When you, the player, choose to walk down a dimly-lit corridor, you start to fear what could be there with you. It’s a lot more terrifying because you’re doing it to yourself; a very unique characteristic of gaming that is not present in other media. One example of a game that uses the capabilities of the video game platform is The Stanley Parable - a game where the story revolves around, and adapts to, the way the player progresses through the game. 54

Tag ‘17 had the opportunity to speak to professional game reviewer and YouTuber, Jon from ManyATrueNerd, for his perspective on recent and upcoming games, where gaming is going, and what makes a ‘good’ video game. It was concluded that a key part of what consistently brings people back to gaming is how personal it is. The immersion of a video game is unparalleled by any other form of media, and it simply boils down to how you, the player, perform the role of the character as you see fit. It is incredibly rare to find a game with only one way to play it (Dear Esther comes to mind), but even games that tend to be relatively similar through every release such as Call of Duty have different ways to play. Jon has “always had a fondness for a fertile canvas, rather than just a story that the game is telling [you]”. He feels that “gaming’s great stories come from when we start doing things that other media can’t do, and interactivity works very well”. The other hugely significant factor in whether some may consider a game ‘good’ by today’s standards is

replayability. Few people pick up a game expecting to play it once and be finished with it, never to pick it up again. A large proportion of upcoming games like Sniper Elite 4, Next Car Game: Wreckfest, and the long-awaited Star Citizen are all great examples of games you’ll come back to. Maybe you’ll defy the dynamic destruction of Next Car Game: Wreckfest and try to keep your car intact throughout a race, or maybe you’ll run through Sniper Elite guns blazing. Whatever you choose, that is the point - you get a choice that you wouldn’t get through other creative platforms.

“A game that is accessible yet deep is the foundation on which great games are built.” “The story you’re writing for yourself in a big universe will always be better than anything the game can pitch at you” - Jon, ManyATrueNerd Written and designed by ben ralph

TAG 17: gaming


RETRO GAMING A Blast from the Past


ost people enjoy video games. Whether it’s a quick go on Angry Birds, or a seven-hour Halo marathon, gaming reaches most of us at some point. However, with so many new games coming out, different console

Don’t fancy a new console? Nintendo’s digital E-Shop features hundreds of downloadable classics. Explore and you might dig up some retro gems! Xbox Live and PlayStation Network feature downloadable classic games from their previous consoles, Sega and more, so whichever console

formats, and massive prices on most new games, it can be hard to keep up. That’s why many prefer to go retro, whether it’s the blocks bleeping at each other on the Atari 2600 or the first attempts at 3D on the original PlayStation. Whatever you’re into,

there’s an undeniable charm in games from a time before the focus was shooting each other online. Classic games are also going up in value rapidly - there was a time when you’d donate classic games to charity shops, but now a good condition

So, retro games are   awesome, but they’re too expensive to get into, right? Not necessarily! These days, many methods exist to dip into retro gaming, without the unreliability and expense that you might expect, but they’re

brand new, have up to 120 classic games built in and cost around £25 – bargain! But, the Flashbacks aren’t the only new-old retro system; The Retro Duo plays NES and SNES cartridges, and works with SNES gamepads to boot. At 40 quid, it’s less than half the price of

you’ve got, you’re never far from retro. Easier than any of these, though, is to resurrect old systems you already have – ask your parents if they’ve got any old games, play your PS1, dig out your Gameboy. Tag ’17 asked a group of readers about their experiences with retro gaming; 63.6% of them

hadn’t even touched any retro games in the past year, but those that had were very positive, with ratings out of ten for fun averaging at 8/10! A whopping 90% of voters said retro games have a place in today’s market, all it needs is for those in the know to spread the word. Retro gaming can

Super Nintendo will cost you £60+, with desirable titles like Super Mario World and Super Metroid selling for £25+; as much as brand new games!

buying original systems. Then there’s the RetroN5 – NES, SNES, Sega MegaDrive, Famicom (Japanese NES) and Gameboy/Gameboy Advance games - it packs them all and uses original controllers too! It plays on HDTVs and backs up your saves, so if your cartridge dies, your saves don’t!

be affordable, is fun and can teach you some history too. Even if it’s not for you, give it a go – it’s a fun and affordable experience and super easy in this age. Game on!

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Sussex Downs College Tag Magazine 2017  

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