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Carnage: Behind The Scenes The Crookes Interview The Ashes Preview Music, Film, Fashion & More Issue 05
elcome to the new look SHU:life, and our November Edition. We’ve undergone a bit of a redesign this month, and taken on a lot of lovely new contributors. As such, we bring you better looking mag with more than ever before- including a new Lifestlye section and the publication of every single Sport Hallam result. Also check out our interview with Sheffield boys The Crookes and our special behind the scenes report from Carnage. As always, feedback is welcome at the address bellow, and thanks again for picking up another copy of SHU:life.
Mark, Danny and Adam Editors
5 The Crookes Interview 6 Inside Carnage 8 Head In The Clouds 9 5 Minutes With 10 Deli Volunteers 16 Artwork
3 News The latest Hallam Headlines
21 Film Reviews, Top 5 & Masterpiece
11 Food Recipes & Offers
24 Culture Top 10 & News
26 Science 12 Fashion Winter Coats & Gok Wan Guide News & Wiki-Random 14 Lifestyle Mental Illness & Advice
27 Travel Race To Switzerland
18 Music Reviews & Ones To Watch
28 Sport The Ashes, News & Results
General Editors Mark Lankester, Danny Young, Adam Reaney Music Editor Tom Walton
Film Editor Corrigan Foley
Sport Editor Mike Whatmore
Fashion Editor Corey Kitchener
Culture Editor Ruth Wilde
Lifestyle Editor Meg Baldwin
Graphics Editor Sam Ginns Contributers Sam Wilson, Jessica Wilson, Jonty Bayliss, Zoe Mardell, Mark Tugwell, Hannah Croasdale, Leanne Chuter, Christina Orr, Herbert Soden, Dan Bylo, Emma Fox, Laura Sheperd, Dani Milward, Laura Kew, Jamie Strasman, Vicky Langley, Adam Kay, Matthew Rice, Charlottle Randall, Sean Robinson, Nick Small, Jenna Gladding, Thomas Moreton, Michael Dyall, Kezia Buckley, Nathaneal Sansam, Scott Richards, Dave Mee, Ian Barber Featured Artist This month’s artwork is courtesy Kymberley West. “We Grow Ideas” was concieved after watching Christoper Nolan’s Inception, and acheived using Adobe Photoshop. www.kymberleywestphotography.zenfolio.com Cover ArtDisclaimer
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News A well Earned Knees-Up Words: Sam Wilson
hursday 30th September marked the beginning of what is hoped will be a new addition to the Hallam Union events calendar- the Hallam Award presentation evening. Hosted by Democracy and Communications Officer Laura Willcox, Activities Officer Douglas Muzawazi, and Deborah Berman, Activities and Societies Coordinator- the event was set up to celebrate the achievements of all the voluntary activities that students undertook in addition to their studies last year. The Hallam Award is a special nod to mondson, Chief Executive of Graduates Yorkshire, a comthose who are involved in voluntary activities, whether it pany that makes it their priority to help graduates get into is participation in volunteering projects and societies, or employment in our region. The turnout justified the event, if you are a student representative or part of a committee. with many friends and relatives arriving in droves to show Once you have formally applied, you can achieve either a their support. The speakers received a very warm recepbronze, silver, gold or platinum certificate purely based on tion and Martin found himself swarmed by eager students the reflection that you record throughout the year about hoping to get the inside scoop on how to grab that perfect your activities, regardless of•whether you have succeeded job. As an addition to the final graduation ceremony, this ics t nomgemen n o c e or failed. The reflective process gives students the oppor- is a valuable event that should certainly become a pera o • i n t • hr s • ma nistra il • y focus c i a e t l tunity to their thoughts and experiences on the types manent fixture in any social calendar. It is crucially imporn m e a a g r unt tax • s ng • ad ting • sultin i cco of • n e k translatable skills they can use in employment and can tant for students to feel like their work outside of university a k o g n • r c in g ba ma law • ics • buy les •be ent s • crowning • e is appreciated, especially amongst mounting deadlines m the glory of a personal development m a c e e ail • g • seven o r c u n con manag tration ura can reso insYou •e • and fruitless employment searches. Voluntaeering is the r s ultin manportfolio. • formal credit for volunteering and you i l h i s • n • i nce tancy x • sale • adm g • reta lting • hu finacan perfect way to build character, develop skills, and have a even have your achievement read out at the gradun g u a i n t s • n t ent • accou uying • • banki marke w • co•n • t great time. It can feel wonderful giving something back to s • ation. s n b a n s c l c e s i • o e • atiom • gem l ti il ce nce e m • sa began y a onand our with reta The ion aa ga g n t s c h r r • the community, whether it’s working hard to get the elderly n event a drinks snacks reception in the t a e e i u e g r r t • s l n m g •nist n l• • hircsa•le nsu human ce •iicnal y• m i nm ese•rid etai inag guest on their feet or whether you’re improving literacy in the r c n s s and the formal presentation also included • co cs •Hubs • a e a n y • m • t ng • calting l tal • p•htax ngiin fin oe i un nsu Martin Ed- Sheffield school system. Hallam Union is evolving year afe k nt • e •ccch nomemespeaker • • coalso emirke from the department, icya ing Recruitment Fairs 2010 ta•l •ban ncareers • ma Autumn calwand ienc• a anbuYorkshire nt g • ch n- s • Graduate
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Crookes in a Library?
Words: Jessica Wilson
SHU:life caught up with the band on their ‘Library Tour’ at Sheffield’s Central Library. A place rather fitting for four English students turned musicians.
he Crookes, a 4 piece formed in our very own Steel City. Together, George, Dan, Alex and Russell, produce a uniquely new sound inspired by 50s and 60s pop music- telling passionate tales of romance and life, aided by the magic of melodic guitars and even a ukulele. Their catchy hooks have attracted the attention of Sheffield greats such as Richard Hawley, Jarvis Cocker and Jon McClure. Even notoriously hard to please Liam Gallagher has commented on the quality of The Crookes’ lyrical skills. Radio 1’s Steve Lamacq described the band as having “ambition, flare and a singer with a beautiful voice- one of those special, poetic voices which dips and soars above their jangling guitars.” The Crookes are a band that’s going somewhere and doing something different. You played at Leeds and Reading this year, how was it playing at such a big festival? We were really nervous! But playing at Leeds and Reading was a great experience. During our set at Leeds we said “Hello were The Crookes for Sheffield” and a massive cheer went up, it was a dream reaction from the crowd and great to see all our Sheffield supporters out having a good time. You also played at Sheffield’s own music festival Tramlines both this year and last; will you be playing again next year? Probably yeah, its up to Penny our manager, but there is 40-50 venues used to host different bands and musicians. It will probably be a bit last minute but yeah we’d love to play again. We’ve done a set on the main stage on Devonshire Green, and played at The Grapes on Tippet Lane both years. You all met Studying English in Sheffield, What was the craziest thing you did as students? George – One night I was do drunk I decided that I didn’t want to live in my shared house anymore. I jumped over the railings of the Botanical Gardens and slept on the grass near the pond. It was alright till I was woken up at 6am by some foxes that were doing a bit of love making. Alex – Once I stopped at a girl’s accommodation and in the middle of the night there was a fire alarm. And I couldn’t find my clothes so I put on some of the girls tiny shorts and a vest top. When I finally made it outside there was
a fire truck and everyone was stood around talking, it just went silent when I walked out looking like a cross dresser. Everyone stared at me, including the fire men. I’m not going to lie... it was so embarrassing; but I walked out with pride. As Students where did you go on a night out in Sheff. town? Fast club! It was such a good night out; we went there all the time because it was owned by our manager Penny. I think it’s changed its name to Live Wire now though, it’s not there anymore. We’ve noticed Sheffield’s own Richard Hawley in the audience, what’s the link with him? Mostly a love of strong ale, Richard’s like an unofficial mentor to us. The best piece of advice he gave me was don’t bother with dinner just drink Guinness. We first met him because quite a while ago he heard our music and got in touch because he liked what he heard. We actually have a cover of one of Richard’s songs ‘Born Under a Bad Sign’ on our EP. How has your album gone so far and what is your plan for the future? Well were doing our library tour at the moment. The albums gone really well and we have had a lot of fun putting it together. Nearly all the songs are fully finished and it’s sounding good. I think our sounds becoming more distinctive; it’s a celebration of our heady and shambolic youth. The albums out in February and you can quote me on the fact that it’s going to be the best album of 2011!
E G A N R A C Illustration: Sam Ginns
t’s the one event that everyone loves to hate. Carnage has been giving students a bad name for a good few years now, but since a certain incident involving urine and Sheffield War Memorial, the Press have been crying for blood. SHU:life gets the inside story on what it’s really like.
ne of the definitions of carnage is; the slaughter of a great number of people, as in battle; butchery; massacre. My definition would be one more along the lines of; a great number of people becoming slaughtered in the battle of social hierarchy. My night began at players, one of three destinations I would visit throughout the night. Looking around me I knew I was in safe hands if anything were to go wrong, police officers, ambulance crews, nurses, doctors, and even the army were present. Of course none of these people were actually qualified, maybe qualifying, but it was just once again another emergency services themed carnage. I didn’t go out until the later hours of the evening, once inside players I found every other student had already made it before me. I must say though it only took me a few minutes before I was able to get served with a glass of coke (no ice). After spending time in Players the next destination of the night was Crystal. On the way there though I encountered very generous people handing out bottles of water. Now this makes sense, people would be dehydrated because of the alcohol consumption. However they were found for a greater use, a street water fight in which everyone around me became soaked. The next destination was Crystal where in the queue I encountered what can only be described
as, a form of ignorant racism, towards one of my friends. It amazed me how casual the person directing the racism was about it. If it weren’t for my sober tongue I imagine there would have been a different outcome to the night. By this time it was clear to see from the lack of people in crystal that many had already made the trip across to embrace. Like many others, my friends and me soon followed on. To no surprise of mine, police officers were littered outside city hall ready to assist any victims of alcohol consumption, for example the girl who was struggling to get up off the floor outside john lewis. Once in Embrace the only word I could use to describe it was, Carnage. Everyone was on top of each other. It was yet another successful attempt at cramming thousands of students into a tiny space. It was ok though because the ‘fun police’ were in and around the venue making sure everyone was behaving. So, after having my t-shirt attacked by a random stranger and butt grinded by every other person on the dance floor, I chose my moment and left yet another eventful carnage. Jonty Bayliss
Features The Steward
was in the stewarding group that was to start off at Vodka Revolution. I spent much of the early evening numbering people up into their groups, not that this was used or paid attention to. The only concern of everyone was being the same number as their friends or being mildly aggravated at where you wrote the number on their arm- but they soon got over that. The majority of people were still in a mildly functional state, but pacing yourself is not the seen thing to do on Carnage. Upon writing the number on her arm, one girl clearly couldn’t take the applied pressure and stumbled over. The same girl then proceeded in the queue, but fell over a plant pot. Impressive behaviour before even entering the first bar. Another boy was turned away for being too drunk, a very unsuccessful attempt at a bar crawl. We then had a break from the cold, the cold that
no one else seemed to feel, and swapped groups round.The scene in the toilet was as expectedlots of drunk girls flailing about. The sound of heaving making my stomach turn- not a sound too familiar on the sober ear. Hearing one girl say, “I’m never normally sick” made me laugh. If this is true she must have drunk a lot in the first bar to get in this kind of state. This was followed up by the voices of two more girls arguing over who is going to clean the sick up. Nice. After the first bar all common sense went out of the window and running in front of buses became common place. As a whole you could write it off as harmless fun. No one seemed to be a danger to anyone but themselves. From the outside it just looked as though there would be a lot of sore heads and damaged dignities come Monday morning. Zoe Mardell
aving worked in a student bar in Sheffield for close to two years, I’ve seen a plethora of drunken students on various different bar crawls. But, nothing ever comes close to the carnage that is… Carnage. It’s a night that is feared by my colleagues. Carnage is a night when the t-shirted, yet barely dressed hordes creep out of the woodwork all at once; proceeding to cover everything in sight in whatever bodily fluid seems appropriate at the time. Within 5 minutes of the Carnage crowd making their way into the upstairs bar on their first outing of this year, one of the door staff informed me he’d removed one student from the venue for pissing in a bin. On the second Carnage in as many weeks, I found a guy face down in the toilets in a pool of his own vomit. I watched with dismay as he was helped downstairs and to the nearest glass of water, clearly having lost the use of his limbs. What is it that makes students go wild for this event? The council and police have attempted
to ‘repair’ the night by enforcing strict rules on participating venues, but the problem seems to be ingrained with the students preconceptions. Carnage is seen by many as an excuse to drink to excess, and extensive pre-drinking is somewhat a ritual. But, despite protests from the organisers - Carnage UK - and various signs encouraging responsible drinking, students have fallen foul to a lengthy tradition of making the night live up to its name. Mark Tugwell
Features HEAD IN THE CLOUDS
Words: Hannah Croasdale
14,000 feet high in the sky, falling at 120mph, it take 20 minutes to get up, but only 2 minutes to get down. This is a skydive...
ow would you feel, strapped to a stranger you met for the first time fifteen minutes ago, sitting on the edge of a plane with your feet dangling out of the door? The regrets and the thoughts of ‘why on earth am I doing this’ start rushing through your mind. Obviously, once you are looking around and all you can see is clouds, and a queue of people waiting to hurl themselves out of a moving plane behind you, where else can you go but to jump out of the plane? It was a month before the tandem skydive was due to take place when I decided I was going to do a sponsored skydive to raise money for a local hospice - St Mary’s Hospice in my home town of Ulverston in Cumbria. So I signed up, got my confirmation details, and thought what have I got myself in for. I then had to explain to people that I hadn’t gone crazy and that I probably wasn’t going to die. Waking up in the morning, it was hard to believe that in a few hours I would have jumped 14,000 feet out of a plane. There was total silence in the car on the way to the airfield as I tried to keep myself calm. When we arrived, the weather wasn’t on my side and we had to wait until the rain and wind stopped. This wait was like torture. After about 5 hours of praying to the clouds to move away, finally my name was called. I slowly walked to go and put on the attractive boiler suit and the helmet that I was told served no purpose but to make my head look like a giant egg. The next thing I knew I was making my way to the tiny aircraft – the longest walk of my life. It took 20 minutes in the plane to get to the right height, this was where I was attached to the stranger I had only just met, and I was putting my life in his hands. There were fifteen other people crammed into the tiny plane behind each other in two rows. If you asked me what my instructor said to me on that journey, I really could not tell you, I could only manage to give him tiny grumbles and nods of the head. No matter how much you convince yourself that you won’t be scared, I have never felt fear like it. From the moment I heard the words “open the door”
and as I was being pushed nearer and nearer, I think I stopped breathing for a good minute or so. I’m not going to lie, when I was sitting on the edge of the plane with half of my body dangling outside a moving aircraft, the thought of suddenly falling through the air at 120mph wasn’t the best idea I’ve ever had. I had the skydive filmed and you can see a clearly fake smile drop when I look down. Even if I had wanted to scream, I couldn’t have. The force of the wind was pushing out my cheeks, and it felt impossible to close my mouth or to stop smiling. The first few seconds your stomach drops and then the fear disappears when you realise you are falling through the clouds. We were only free falling for over a minute before the toggle was pulled and the parachute came out, but this felt like hours. I’m not one for being amazing at landscapes or anything, but when you are gliding through the air all you can look at is the ground below and the hills around you, it doesn’t get much more breathtaking than that. I had the chance to steer the parachute which was an opportunity I was never going to pass up. After being out of my own control when leaving the plane, I was now in control of everything. Pulling on the toggles which acted as a steering wheel, we were spinning around quickly and gliding from left to right and the last thing I wanted to do was land. If people ask you to describe how it felt, it sounds like a cliché, but words really can’t describe it. It was just amazing, scary, and crazy all at the same time. What made even more worthwhile was that I managed to raise £400 which went directly to the hospice. After the build up, flight, fall, and thoughts that you would rather do anything than jump out of this plane right now, all you will want to do is take part in another skydive. I now understand why all these crazy people do it! It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience and I think everyone should have a go!
Features Words: Leanne Chuter
SU President Caroline Dowd
How would you describe yourself in three words? Fun Loud and Outgoing
Last film you saw at the cinema? Toystory 3.
What did you have for breakfast? Nothing, I skipped it. I always get up too late.
What’s your fail safe hangover cure? KFC and orange juice. Works every time!
Weirdest Celebrity Crush…. Liam Neeson, purely because of his voice. He’s like 40, but in the film Taken there’s just something about him.
What is your most annoying habit? I tie my hair in knots all the time, I suppose that could get annoying.
Favourite thing about Sheffield… The nightlife and the Union.
What do you think about the rise in student fees, and will you be joining the protest? I think it’s disgraceful! I’m leading the protest from Sheffield. We’re hoping to take 100 students down to London and will be lobbying Nick Clegg to keep his pledge.
Favourite artists… Cheryl Cole is my favourite solo artist... I like Bruno Mars as well. Favourite cheesy pop song… Celine Dion - It’s All Coming Back To Me Now. I especially love it because it’s the Pounded 1 o’clock song as well! Secret guilty pleasure... Fresh croissants are probably my worst guilty pleasure.
Have you ever been on Carnage? No. Do you think the War Memorial incident has ruined student events such as Carnage? Yes. I feel it was very unfortunate, and has spoilt future events. It also highlighted the lack of organisation and responsibility of the Carnage group.
Features DELHI 2010 STUDENT VOLUNTEERS Words: Christina Orr, Danny Young, Herbert Soden Illustration: Dan Bylo
ndia is a country of contrasts; wealthy playboys drink Kingfisher in expensive bars whilst starving children and bent double polio victims wait outside to beg. Regulation is almost non existent, and the rules that do exist are applied inconsistently; something rather frustrating when dealing with anything related to government. Despite the horror, India is a country of great beauty with a fascinating culture. Riding through the gates of the pink fort of Agra on an elephant is probably one of the best experiences of my life. HS fter having a few weeks holiday in India it remember my first day in Delhi vividly. I was time for the work to begin. was overpowered by the stifling heat and I didn’t quite know what to expect after the humidity, my clothes stuck to me constantly. disastrous beginning to the Commonwealth The smell (a combination of open sewers and Games; with the much publicised bridge smoke) almost made me gag. On the bus collapsing and the games village being from the airport I saw dozens of labourers ‘unliveable’ for the athletes, it surprised me as working in the baking sun without the benefit to how the events ran so smoothly. CO of shoes or hard hats. HS etting a less showcased event ransport in India is an experience in itself, the metro such as Lawn Bowls actually and green buss networks are clean and efficient worked in our favour at times. As despite being hideously overcrowded. The best Indian only two of us were volunteering in transport experience is taking an auto rickshaw (Tuk Tuk), press operations Area it allowed us these open three wheeled vehicles are powered by an more opportunities at the direct flash overworked two stroke engine and despite their small quoting of ‘Athletes’. We we’re even size, are driven like tanks. The most quintessentially given chances to write stories about “Indian” experience I had was riding through the traffic our one-to-one interviews with the choked roads three to a motorbike with my workmates. HS athletes and people involved with the can’t lie I was quite disappointed to be posted at the production of the games. CO Lawn Bowls but it gave me valuable experience in a
orking in a country with such a different way of life is both a mixture of frustration and reward. Having an experience like this hasn’t just prepared me for work in the industry, but to be able to work in other foreign environments. If you’ve done Delhi the rest of the world is easy. DY
field difficult to get into at the best of times. Anyway, it can’t have been that bad, I’ve have already applied to volunteer at the London 2012 Olympics... if only it was somewhere a bit more exotic. CO Remember to apply for the london 2012 olympic voulenteers scheme at : www.london2012.com/get-involved
Recipes Beef Stroganov
250 g beef steak trimmed of fat and cut into finger-width strips 2 onions 1 pepper Garlic 25g butter 150g mushrooms, sliced 150 ml soured cream (single cream is fine) Small glass of Brandy or Beef Stock if not available Black pepper & Salt Serves 2
Food Words: Danny Young
1. In a large frying pan on low heat, fry the onion and garlic untill softened. 2. Turn up heat and add the mushrooms and butter, then remove from pan after 3 minutes 3. Add beef strips to pan, constantly turn until brown but still pink inside 4. Add onion & mushroom mix back to pan as well as brandy/beef stock, cook for two minutes 5. Drop to low heat and stir in cream, reduce to ideal thickness. 6. Garnish to taste with Salt & Pepper 7. Serve with rice or thick noodles
Hunters Chicken A slice of bread (preferably stale) 1 Chicken Breast Seasonings (mixed herbs or dried spices) 2 rashers of Bacon BBQ sauce Small block of cheese Serves 1
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
Preheat oven to 200 째C or Gas Mark 6 Blend bread into crumbs as fine as possible and add seasonings Slice chicken breasts lengthways making a larger thinner fillet Cover in breadcrumbs until no chicken is showing Lay two slices of bacon flat, cover in BBQ sauce and sprinkle some cheese over . Wrap the bacon around the width of the chicken tightly like a fajita Smother again in BBQ sauce and the rest of the Cheese Wrap tightly in tin foil and bake in the oven for 40 mins Serve with fried potatoes and salad
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Fashion Picking The Right Coat Words: Emma Fox
he cold wind has hit Sheffield again meaning that winter is officially here and time to invest in your winter coat, perhaps the most important fashion decision of the season. From countryside colours to faux fur there are plenty winter 2010/11 coats to get wrapped up in. Military style has jumped from the cropped summer jacket and landed smack bang on trend for winter. The new trench and faux fur hooded parkas are ideal for winter walks or bus rides to Uni.
Faux fur is all over the high street this season, from collars and hoods to full cover furriness. It not only protects you from the chill but puts fun into a colourless winter wardrobe. This leopard print faux fur duffle coat (with hood) is perfect to beat the winter blues. Remember students get 10% off Topshop all year round too.
Spend time outdoors in tweeds and shooting jackets this winter for a country feel. For those of you with a good bum and no waist this jacket is perfect length with a great studded belt to create curves. Team with a baker boy cap for farmer chic.
The key shade of the season, that every wardrobe should not be without is camel (thanks to Chloe and DKNY), so why not get your coat in this warm shade. Try a double-breasted, three quarter length formal cover up for a retro vibe.
Sheffield Has Style Laura Shepherd
Hannah McCormick 21, SHU Where she got her outfit: Cardigan: Vintage Dress: £75 Zara Socks: £5 Topshop Shoes: £30 H by Henry Holland
Fashion Gok Wan on Trends We went down to Meadowhall in October to meet up with Gok Wan to talk about the key trends for this autumn and winter. Here are a few style tips from the style expert himself. Camel
Words: Dani Millward and Laura Kew
ie E m Dre bellis h ss fro ed O m L ne ips Sho y, £ u 65 lder
Jus t Tro Mila C use r rs fr eam C h om Ark ino at £ 26. 99
Opulence One Shoulder Ruffle Jump-suit from Rare £79
Su e d e Trip le Bu from ckle B New Look o at £4 ot 9.99 Embellishment Chiffron Embellished Panel Skirt Dress, Topshop £50
Miso Embroidered Best Top from Republic, £16.99
Best Dressed Man The winner of this month’s Best Dressed Male goes to a very smartly dressed graduate of SHU. Our winner’s attire consists of an exquisite £50 coat from top man, a Tie Rack scarf £30, a top from All saints £30, a brilliant pair of jeans priced £50 from River Island, a pair of shoes
from Dune £100, a River Island Belt going for £20 and all topped off with a very stylish £60 Ted Baker Bag. All of which can be purchased on the high streets of Sheffield City. Jamie Strasman
Lifestyle Mental illness & Me
Words: Meg Baldwin
In 2003, a report from the Royal College of Psychiatrists suggested that one in four students will suffer some kind of mental illness whilst at University. The concerns favoured drug and alcohol abuse among some.
he college argued that the emotional stress of leaving home, juggling studies, social lives, exams and money-worries were all viable reasons behind that ‘cannot cope’ feeling that many students have. Studies had shown over the years, the incidences of mental illness among students have risen. However, during a new survey in 2007 by ScienceDaily, it was found that among the 2,785 students that took part, ‘more than half of the students with significant symptoms of anxiety or depression did not seek help’.
Fast forward a couple of years and it is clear to see that most Universities are starting to draw
awareness to the devastating effects of mental illness amongst their students. This thankfully includes the very city we live in. Sheffield Student Union now offers help through SMILesoc (Student Mental Illness Lifeline Society). On its website, it states: ‘Our emphasis is heavily placed on peer support with mutual confidentiality ensured. Our mission is to ensure that suffering students do not feel alone in their experience of mental illness and have the confidence to request any support they may need from us or Union/University resources’. It is becoming quite clear that this subject is beginning to be taken very seriously amongst the student community.
ommon misconceptions of Mental Illness
eople with schizophrenia are violent and should be kept away from others: People suffering from a psychological disorder like schizophrenia are no more violent than anyone else in society. They are also far more likely to harm themselves than anybody else!
he ‘kid glove’ approach: Many who have little experience feel like they must treat the mentally ill as if they are vulnerable, fragile and far less capable than the rest of us. If you suspect, for example, that a housemate or friend may be suffering, you may feel like you should ignore their symptoms and act like everything is normal.
f you ignore it, it will go away: A mental illness is like a little bug on the brain. The longer it is ignored, by the sufferer or those around them, the worse it will get. Left untreated, a mental illness can leave a person untreated. You must seek help as soon as possible.
eople themselves are responsible for their mental issues: This is wrong. Mental Illness, can affect anyone, at any time, whether they are poor and on the street or living a life of luxury!
nly old people suffer from depression: The majority of people who have suffered with depression and other mental illnesses are in the age group 18-29.
If you feel like you may be suffering from a mental illness, contact your local GP or use a contact from below: SMILesoc Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.smile-online.co.uk/sheffield-smilesoc.html NHS Mental Health Type in NHS health services on your computer and enter ‘mental health’ in the search bar. The Advice Centre- Sheffield Hallam Union (The Hubs) Website: http://hallamunion.org/advice/advice-leaflets/ All contact details can be found on the website or just pop in and see them!
DO NOT SUFFER ALONE!
Lifestyle g a m U H S h Dear Delila Question: Dear Delilah, I’m in my 2nd
year at University and have just started having feelings for a next door neighbour from my halls last year. I’ve never looked at him in this light before. What do I do? We are such good friends. Anna , 19. Answer: Anna, do you know if the gentleman in question feels the same way? Perhaps you could confide in a close friend. Do you think you could make it work or risk losing a great friendship?
Delilah’s Tip: Invite him for a drink to
‘catch-up’ and make sure you look absolutely fabulous! You’ll soon see whether he wishes you still lived next door!
Question: Dear Delilah, I’m a 24 year old bloke and I’m finding it easier to ignore Uni then to actually face the fact that I have 4 deadlines coming up fast and I simply can’t cope. How can I get myself motivated? Adam Answer: Dear Adam, Well first off, I would have thought the £3000 a year you pay to study would have been enough of a motivator! However, sometimes these things do creep up on us! I will let you in on a little secret. Lecturers are not little goblins who spend all day hoping you’ll do so bad that they can then cast you into the fiery pit of failure! They were students once too you know! Set up a meeting with your favourite tutor or course head and explain the situation. They will be able to help you out or will point you in the direction of those who can. Delilah’s Tip: Better yet! Visit the Advice Centre in the Hubs... That’s what they are there for!
Question: Dear Delilah, Basically I’ve
completely blown my £800 overdraft and have about £600 left of grant to last me till Christmas. My housemates have loads of money and I constantly feel like I need to go out with them and buy good clothes and stuff. How can I stop myself? Jake , 20 Answer: Well jakey boy, you are in a pickle! There’s only one thing you can do, and that’s PRIORITIZE! Using Delilahs delightful calculator, I’ve worked out you have about £85 a week left, which isn’t too bad. However, you have bills to pay and soon, Christmas presents to buy! You need to write yourself a list of your wants & needs; what you need to pay for (e.g. food, transport, bills) and then what you want to buy (e.g. nights out, cheeky takeaways, that new xbox game). Needs before wants young man.
Delilah’s tip: Is a part-time job too out of the question?
Question: Dear Delilah, as a
household, we are all feeling really ill and just can’t seem to budge these bugs! How can we make ourselves feel better? Becky & Amy Answer: Well ladies, hate to sound like your mummy’s, but it sounds like you girls need an early night’s sleep! Studies have shown that abuse of alcohol and bad food habits weaken your body’s immune system making it far more prone to picking up bugs & infections. Rest and plenty of vitamins is the only way to shift those pesky winter colds! Delilah’s Tip: Make yourself a nice fruit salad and possibly go for a run? If that’s too much to ask, stick on some tunes, and have a boogie in your pj’s!
If you have a problem, please email Delilah at: email@example.com
We Grow Ideas ÂŠ Kymberley West 2010
Music I Blame Coco The Constant
Album Reviews Album
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Island Records November 8
Come Around Sundown RCA Records Out Now
Bring Me The Horizon
he offspring of world famous parents can find it tough breaking into the music industry. Coco Sumner, known to mum Trudie Styler and dad Sting as Eliot Paulina Sumner has managed to enjoy a career so far under the radar. It seems only now on the run up to the release of her electro pop/rock debut album, The Constant, that people are realising “oh that’s Sting’s daughter” but there are a few hints in Sumner’s haunting vocals and ‘No Smile’ contains ska sounding whispers of The Police. Featuring a heavy but not an overuse of synths gives a futuristic feel to the album but not in a weird way. Sort of like futuristic in the 80s sense. Coco is still a relative young’un in this industry, performing her first gig at the tender age of 15. Now at 20, you get the impression that she is a typical young woman (minus the famous parents) voicing her angst ridden emotions through her music. Many people can relate to Coco’s lyrics, especially in the sad love song, ‘Turn Your Back On Love’. Other strong songs include ‘quicker’ which could become a club anthem and ‘Caesar’ is another highlight, featuring pop pixie Robyn whose crisp vocals contrast well with Coco’s dry voice. Many artists write about experiences in their life and Coco is no exception. ‘In The Spirit Golden’ was written last year when she was recovering from a severe head injury and the heavy use of medication explains the odd lyrics: “You are the subject of a sugarcoat crosshair, during the shellshock of a crystal maze you are important at your opening funfair”...anyone? Coco describes it as an “intelligent song of nonsense”...right then. The Constant is a strong debut album which will hopefully solidify Coco as a musician in her own right. Vicky Langley
Parlophone Records Out Now
inie Tempah’s debut album, Disc-Overy, has been one of the most anticipated albums since 2009. Prior to this release dance floor stompers ‘Pass Out’ and ‘Written In The Stars’ hit the top chart spot and Disc-Overy includes not only these singles but also his massive collaboration with Swedish House Mafia, ‘Miami 2 Ibiza’. The stand out track includes hard core beats from S.H.M. and lyrics sharp enough to cut through steel. If you thought you had heard it all when listening to Tinie’s earlier singles, you’re in for a shock. The surprising yet refreshing collaboration with Ellie Goulding in ‘Wonderman’ brings a breath of fresh air to the album, showing not only Tinie’s talents as a lyricist, but how diverse his music can be. Other stand out tracks include the smooth talking ‘Invincible’, featuring Kelly Rowland and the robotic sounding ‘Illusion’ to make Disc-Overy a must for any party animal. Matthew Rice
Kings Of Leon
ings Of Leon are caught between a rock and a hard place. The stratospheric success of ‘Sex On Fire’ has won the Nashville quartet countless new fans. At the same time their newfound stadium-rock direction has alienated many diehards who preferred their earlier finger-lickin’ Southern Fried Boogie. So should they go for glory or keep their cool? On the evidence of new album Come Around Sundown, the Kings themselves don’t even know the answer. For much of Come Around Sundown KOL are in wannabe-U2 mode. Songs have terrible titles (‘The Immortals’), patronising “feel-good” lyrics (“ride out the wave”) and tempos slower than a paraplegic crawling through quicksand. At times the guitars are drenched in so much reverb they sound more like dolphins wailing “Please play ‘Molly’s Chambers’ instead!” When they move away from this tired formula, however, these Kings start to sound majestic again. The rootin’-tootin’ rock of ‘Mary’ is the dumbest and most fun thing they have ever committed to tape, while the beautiful ‘Mi Amigo’ sounds like it was recorded on a sun-drenched porch in Tennessee. You can almost smell the moonshine. When the Followill clan flex their musical muscle and experiment, things get better still. ‘No Money’ is riveting punk-rock, while ‘Back Down South’ is a sweet country shuffle complete with fiddle and campfire harmonies. Best of all is the album’s artpop highlight ‘Pony Up’, all off-kilter percussion, atonal bass and spidery guitar. The quality of these tracks proves how great a band Kings Of Leon can be when they aren’t aping other people. Their misguided quest for mainstream success seems to have made them forget who they are. Maybe they should grow back their hillbilly beards, have cocaine-fuelled sex with supermodels and slap each other in the face with their delay pedals until they remember. Adam Kay
There Is A Hell... Visible Noise Records Out Now
he third album from this Sheffield band has seen them grow musically, adding new dimensions to their established sound. Choir vocals and synth elements are added to their compliment but they also vary the heavy metal that Bring Me The Horizon are known for. There Is Hell opens with ‘Crucify Me’, a concoction of synth metal and screaming vocals from lead singer Oli Sykes with choir backing bringing down the heaviness of this track. It carries on in much the same way, laden with guitar riffs and pounding drum beats but instrumental track ‘Memorial’ offers a break from all of this. The lyrical content is a lot more personal than on previous records with the album title itself being about your own personal heaven and hell. With additions to their usual musical format, it is clear the Bring Me The Horizon have taken risks and it seems to have paid off. Charlotte Randall
Live & EP Reviews Mystery Jets
The Harley Sheffield
ailing from perhaps the best named place in Britain, Eel Pie Island, the Mystery Jets embark on Sheffield’s Leadmill to show a maturing following that they’ve grown up too. Before the night’s main attraction kicks off, support band Tribes start proceedings with their progressive punk sound and dark foreboding lyrics which sits well when juxtaposed to a usually buoyant Mystery Jets. The assembling crowd looks surprisingly more mature than the Jets will be typically used to, especially since the ‘Two Doors Down’ fans have recently dispersed. Before long the band take to the stage to rapturous applause, kicking off with personal favourite ‘Alice Springs’ with lead vocalist Blaine Harrison and his shaggy hairstyle howling: “I’d stand in the line of fire for you,” before they continue to plough through tracks from their latest two records. William and Kai take turns to clamber upon the bass drum which shockingly depicts an image of a bearded man in-between a part of a female’s anatomy which perhaps best remains unmentioned. ‘Young Love’ and ‘Behind the Bunhouse’ provide the biggest sing-a-longs of the evening whilst ‘Flakes’ is a sombre and deep moment. The best moment of the night, however, comes from ‘After Dark’ - a song the band recently featured on - and as the samba rhythm encapsulates the venue, the Jets admit: “We never really do this one,” but they are sure glad they did with hindsight. The Jets give out free shots of tequila to the ever grateful crowd with their logo flickering as a silhouette across the back of the stage whilst they depart. They may be maturing but adulthood isn’t for everyone and it would seem that the Mystery Jets are going to keep their fun party spirit going on as long as they can.
uck’s cool credentials are impeccable. Two of their number used to be in hotly-tipped jangle-popsters Cajun Dance Party, they release music for free on their blog and their bass player is a girl from Hiroshima. Really, they could only be more hip if they dressed in clothes woven from strands of Johnny Marr’s hair. Of course, credibility counts for nothing if a band is rubbish. Fortunately, Yuck are anything but. Opening tonight are A Grave With No Name. While their ominous moniker might conjure up images of sullen Goths sulking from the stage, the threesome actually plays gorgeous fuzz-pop. The singer’s long lank hair and baseball cap combo make him seem more Wayne’s World wannabe than indie front man, but the lo-fi brilliance of ‘Sofia’ confirms that this band is no joke. By the time Yuck spew onto the Harley stage, the crowd has swelled significantly. Like those of A Grave With No Name, their songs are soaked in fuzz and overflowing with melody. ‘Georgia’ comes across like Sonic Youth covering the Ramones, while ‘Sunday’ is a dreamy, hypnotic delight. Onstage, the quartet has an awkward intensity, particularly singer Daniel Blumberg. As leader of Cajun Dance Party he was a cocky, crowd-surfing charmer; tonight he seems to dissolve into his guitar. When he attempts banter before ‘Suicide Policeman’, he’s barely intelligible. Perhaps it’s nerves; perhaps it can be put down to the sambuca shots he was ingesting beforehand. Who knows? They may not have much of a stage presence, but with Yuck it’s the songs that count. They end the evening with the trashy thrash of ‘Rubber’, and judging from the cheers that rise up as it finishes, Yuck’s songs have hit the spot. They may have a revolting name, but really Yuck are just a disgustingly good band.
Dan Korn Dustbowl EP Harrison Music Out Now
hen Dan Korn came of age he discovered Delta Blues, Bob Dylan and the humbling experience of learning guitar and dropping out. It has led to Korn’s first original EP which begins with jaunty jazz and slide guitar with the singer/songwriter idly uttering:“There’s a man in a bank to thank with a gut gone round and a worried frown, I’m going to put that man in the ground.” Kinked sunsets and a warming awareness of Britain’s rock heritage are ever apparent in the tumbling chorus of ‘Song For Syd’ while ‘Like A Dove’ begins with acoustic guitar and Korn’s fresh faced vocals before thundering riffage and crashing drums accompany his declaration of love: “I told her I love and I’ll tell her I love her again. I may never recover I may never recover.” Dustbowl EP pays tribute to love, influence and literature and could well pave the way for future glory. Tom Walton
New Street Adventure The Hurt’s Still Here Independant Out Now
his soul trio are out to break hearts and conquer souls.This is their third unsigned EP and sees a distinct new direction for the unsigned London based trio. New Street open by setting the record straight and rejecting their Mod revivalist tag in ‘Looking Sharp’ as front man Nick Corbin spits: “To all the whatsits in the hot seats and glams in the bands you should know it’s not about being part of a gang.” Their music comes from years of soul and Motown influence that’s shaved with a modern edge so sharp it’ll whip you into a hip swinging frenzy. ‘The Big AC’ begs the question of why you aren’t already in your dancing shoes as Corbin tells the story of his love affair with soul: “We’ll go to place where no one’s heard that you dance to the music, not just the words.” Welcome your new love story. Tom Walton
Music Ones To Watch...
Tom Walton takes a look at what Sheffield’s unsigned has to offer...
The Black Flowers www.myspace.com/blackflowersmusic Catch them: Plug, Sheffield- November 5 Water Rats, London- December 4
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ounding their way through Sheffield’s wilderness comes a dark shade of something beautiful. Since the formation of The Black Flowers in January 2009 and the safe return of guitarist Aaron from Afghanistan the band have been concocting their sharp talking rock in a room they call “a place of ill repute.” After a couple of successful performances at Sheffield’s Tramlines festival and a stint in London, what comes next could be quite exciting for the Black Flowers. This is a band that play with dark undertones running through their poky pop rock veins and after successful spells in other known Steel City bands, most notably the Harrisions, it comes as no surprise that the black lights are beginning to illuminate the way to Sheffield’s elite for this four piece. The ferocious drums in ‘Play With Me, Play With Fire’ sit with understated vocals and ringing guitars to set a
scene of suspense and mystery that they don’t answer to as vocalist Ben Stanton croons: “Play with me, play with fire, I can be your one desire,” before: “Let me a paint you a picture of a dream that I had, you weren’t there with me in the debt of redemption.” Having found a favoured recording spot at their hometown’s 2 Fly Studios with the much revered Alan Smythe (Arctic Monkeys, Pulp, Reverend And The Makers,) this is band that are not searching for a sound, they found it long ago, and what they found is good.
his filthy electro house outfit just won’t go away. After several line up changes including the loss of their long term bass player, Playground Mafia have been laying down their beats in the multiple layers of Sheffield’s music scene for nearly three years. Their party starting tunes have earned them numerous sets across Sheffield, most notably on the Plug’s main stage supporting Mongrel and an appearance at this summer’s Tramlines festival, performing in front of 8000 people. Success has also come in other forms for Playground Mafia as a remix made the b-side grade for Reverend And The Makers single ‘No Soap (In A Dirty War)’ last year and with new tunes featuring the recent addition of rapper Blakstar already peppering their myspace, the club lights already look that bit brighter.
www.myspace.com/sarahmacuk Catch her: The Forum, Sheffield - November 18 The 100 Club, London – November 27 arah Mac is Sheffield’s diamond in the rough. After being specifically picked by the controversial former boxing champion Naseem Hamed to provide the music for his upcoming biopic (tipped to be a box office smash,) Ms Mac has been writing and gathering material to make up what will be her debut album. While drawing inspiration from Hamed’s stories of his own hero, his father, Mac provides a little inspiration of her own as the jazz blues balladry of ‘Don’t Give Up’ hits special places in your heart. Mac’s quirky-come-beautiful vocals and her lone piano give her songs their own identity, as shown in the romance and heartbreak that comes with ‘Everyone Knows’ where she croons:“You keep falling back, you’re so defeatist, you can’t be bothered anymore, there’s no such thing to you as the final straw.” Reet nice.
www.myspace.com/playgroundmafiauk Catch Them: Embrace, Sheffield - December 11
Paranormal Activity 2
Dir: Tod Williams Starring: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Sprague Grayden 90 Min, Cert 15 October 22
re you ready for more sleepless nights? Well the new Paranormal Activity has arrived in the form of a prequel to the box office smash of 2007. Be prepared for more bumps, more screams and more bodies dragging down hallways because this film delivers all that and more. The film starts off by introducing you to the characters and the house. Dan and his wife Kristi bring their newborn son, Hunter, home to their luxury house. The film then jumps forward to the family filming their home after a burglary has just occurred which in turn prompts Dan to set up cameras around their home to improve security. Now like the first film, be prepared to wait a while for any real spookiness, but it builds nicely, never really leaving the viewer bored. Katie and Micah from the previous movie are even linked in very well - explaining many questions you might have. The director has done well to constantly put the viewer
in a state of fear and unease every time we see the film from the security cameras. The use of different cameras around the house gives a variety of useful angles instead of the generic bedroom view we got in the first film. Credit should also be given to the inclusion of more characters this time around which keeps the film interesting throughout – such as Hunter, who subsequently gives the plot a sinister edge. This is by no means a great film. At times, the paranormal activity borders on the ridiculous, and, surprisingly, is at times strangely funny. Don’t let this put you off though as this film is superior to its predecessor and adds new dimensions with its various angles and larger cast. Nick Small
Dir: Robert Schwentke Starring: Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, john malkovich 111 Min, Cert 12A October 22
rank Moses (Bruce Willis) is a former black ops agent who has settled into the monotony of retired life; he eats a healthy breakfast, undergoes his gruelling workout, and breaks the silence of this repetition by talking on the phone to Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker) - a customer service worker who he has a crush on. Eventually, Frank’s routine is disrupted by a barrage of mysterious agents who try, and subsequently fail, to kill him. After saving Sarah from the same attack, Frank re-assembles his former colleagues to find out who sent the agents and why they want him dead. I cannot promise that you’ll find all the answers to these questions, or that the plot won’t be overshadowed by severely over-stylized action scenes which are common of contemporary action films. What I can promise is that Red does everything it says on the tin; Bruce Willis glares at everything that moves, Morgan Freeman is the epitome of cool, and John Malkovich is... well, John Malkovich. Things explode, cars crash, and punches are thrown by the bucket load – what more can you want?
As evidenced in The Expendables, an ensemble cast of heavy-hitters can mean that some actors get underused - luckily, this isn’t the case in Red. All cast-members are used to their full capacity, although it would be nice (albeit slightly unrealistic) to see Morgan Freeman in a few action scenes rather than have him take the back seat. Also, having such a big cast list means that the dialogue risks getting lost in a sea of “hey, it’s that guy!” or “what have I seen her in before?” In short, Red isn’t the neatest action film out at the minute, nor is it the best, but it is worth a look-see if you are a fan of the genre. Jenna Gladding
Film Easy A
Dir: Will Gluck Starring: Emma Stone, Amanda Byne, Lisa Kudrow 95 Min, Cert 15 October 22
n recent years the teen movie has become commercially and critically successful; with movies such as Juno, Superbad and Mean Girls. Easy A teams a promising actress Emma Stone (Superbad) alongside relatively unknown television director Will Gluck. How However, due to its use of bad cliché’s and unrealistic representation of the (supposed) troubles of teenage life, Easy A is just another bad rip off of every teen movie that ever was. The plot follows Olive, (Emma Stone) who lies to her best friend about sleeping with a guy in college. The “evil Christian Marianne” (Amanda Bynes) eavesdrops and spreads it around school so that everyone knows. After hearing that she lied, boys ask her if they could pretend to sleep with her, escalating in chaos. Emma Stone comes across as quite an intelligent, sardonic heroine, but as the plot develops, she becomes a hostile, unlikeable lead trying hard to pull herself off as the next Ellen Page. Other actors/actresses who could have done better are Lisa Kudrow and Thomas Haden Church; who are let down by bad direction and writing
which forces them to embarrass themselves with stale jokes in supposedly quirky roles. The film’s meaning is totally twisted, mainly because she does not seem to regret lying about being what she is not and she has no reason to lie, apart from to annoy the “evil Christian” people. She gets paid to pretend to sleep with them, which does nothing for women’s liberation. It seems to be written for Liberal America, with her family being open about sex and having a black adopted son (for no apparent reason) and her rivalry with the evil Christian people who want to put her on the right path. What is this about? Don’t ask. It finishes on a sexist, homophobic and racist note under the guise of being liberal. Sorry for ranting but it is truly awful. Don’t see it. Thomas Moreton
Iron Man 2
Dir: John Favreau Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Mickey Rourke 124 Min, Cert 12A October 25 (DVD)
aking place roughly six months after billionaire Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) outs himself as the film’s namesake Iron Man, this film sees Tony struggling with a number of issues; fame, health and the US Government. The Government wish to own the Iron Man suit so they can replicate the design for army use; when Tony refuses this, they employ his rival in the weapons business, Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell), who is jealous of Tony’s successes. Justin teams up with Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) who is after Tony’s blood due to an unresolved issue between their fathers. Meanwhile, Tony’s arc-reactor powered heart (which he needs to survive) is also giving him blood poisoning and the fame of being a hero is taking a toll on Tony’s state of mind, driving him to drink. Can Tony sort himself out in time to save his company, his budding relationship with his secretary Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), and even save himself? As you can see, there is plenty going on in Iron Man 2,
but luckily, it doesn’t succumb to the superhero sequel curse of being over-crowded (like Spiderman 2 or XMen 2) . The action is incredibly well paced, and the plot manages to be packed without leaving you confused. The film is not a typical superhero movie either, as the emphasis is mostly placed in the reality of Tony’s fractured ego, rather than the fantastical fight scenes. The gem of the film lies with the acting; Mickey Rourke is amazing as the Russian son out for revenge. The film also utilises fan-favourite character War Machine (Don Cheadle) in the plot, which brings the action and excitement of the final ‘boss fight’ to another level. To sum it up, Iron Man 2 doesn’t disappoint – how can you go wrong with a film about an ego in a super-suit, anyways? Jenna Gladding
Film Top 5: Comic Book Movies
Lead by an all star cast, including the late Heath Ledger in a career defining role as “The Joker”, Christopher Nolan’s follow up to 2005 origin story Batman Begins hit all the right notes with the critics, fans and the box office.
Spiderman 2 (2004)
A textbook example of how to make the perfect sequel. Tobey Maguire’s second outing as Spiderman improved on the original in almost every way, balancing the tragic tale of misunderstood scientist turned supervillain “Doctor Octopus” with Peter Parker’s pursuit of a safer New York, as well as the girl of his dreams, MJ.
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The Dark Knight (2008)
Words: Michael Dyall
Iron Man (2008) Self styled billionaire, womaniser and creative genius Tony Stark, played to perfection by the ever talented Robert Downey Jr, is the star of the show in Jon Favreau’s 2008 box office busting “Iron Man”. In a film consisting of fast cars, giant robots and huge explosions, you have to ask, what more could you want from a comic book film? Kick Ass (2010) Matthew Vaughn’s colourful comic book conversion Kick Ass, really has to be seen to be believed. This grim tale of the gritty realistic burden of being a real life superhero, perfectly balances humour, violence and tragedy to create a fun, exciting thrill-ride that’s not for the easily offended or squeamish. Sin City (2005) A film that may as well have jumped straight from Frank Miller’s exceptional graphic novel to the silver screen thanks to the vision of Robert Rodriguez. This black and white masterpiece featuring cameos of colour is a bold piece of cinema, that excels thanks to its huge cast and vast source material.
Paris, Texas W
im Wenders superbly directs Harry Dean Stanton and the daughter of the late Klaus Kinski, Nastassja Kinski , in his 1984 masterpiece Paris, Texas. Wenders’ previous works criticise and satirise American capitalism, however, this poignant look at a Father re-uniting his son with his estranged Mother, actually shows what it is to be American. Sam Shepard’s story beautifully enfolds from the start to the heart-wrenching finale- brilliantly adapted by German born Wenders. His use of music and stark imagery is prominent throughout the Film, and gives it an authentic feel of the harsh and abrasive lives the characters are leading. Wenders’ films often explore the human condition, such as in Wings of Desire (1987)- not in a nihilistic manner, but instead questioning what it is to be alive - And none of his films are as beautiful and as moving as Paris, Texas. Travis Henderson (Stanton) appears out of the barren and desolate desert of Texas four years after he walked out on his son and his wife. After visiting his place of birth in Paris, Texas, Travis is re-united with his brother, and more importantly, his son – The initial spark to his quest of redemption. He then embarks on a journey with
his son in order to re-unite him with his Mother. Travis’ altruistic approach to this is what gives the film so much meaning and poignancy. Upon finding Jane (Kinski), in one of the most beautiful scenes Wenders has ever created, Travis recalls their past exploits and manages to keep his proud nature intact. In a heart-wrenching ending, we see that Jane has never forgotten how to be a Mother, just as Travis never forgot what was best for his family. Paris, Texas is Wenders’ finest work, and has often been described as life-changing or even life affirming. That’s because it is. The human condition is questioned, and then the answer is set in stone by Travis’ actions towards a son and wife he never stopped loving, and probably never will. Paris, Texas will always be one of the greatest films of all time. Corrigan Foley
Culture Top 10... Coming of Age Books Words: Ruth Wilde
therwise known as the ‘Bildungsroman’ which translates as ‘formation novel’ or ‘education novel’, the coming-of-age genre began in 18th century Germany after Goethe wrote Wilhelm Meister’s Apprentice, the first novel of its kind. It follows the protagonist’s metamorphosis from youth to becoming an almost well rounded adult. The critical theme is that invisible orbit that follows us throughout our lives - change. We’ve rounded up the top 10 coming-of-age books, now go and educate yourself…
1. The Catcher in the Rye - J.D.Salinger
Possibly an obvious choice but if you haven’t read this yet, do so before those angsty feelings of teenage self loathing are just a memory.
2. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Another classic book which has been ranked by British Librarians ahead of the bible, as one that “every adult should read before they die”. Need we say more?
3. Goodbye Columbus - Philip Roth
A novella about growing up and falling in love one summer in the glory days of the late 50s, everyone can identify with those thoughts of sweetness whilst lounging by a pool.
4. Ham on Rye - Charles Bukowski
This semi-autobiographical novel follows Bukowski’s alter ego, the loner and anti-hero Henry Chinaski in Los Angeles during the Great Depression.
5. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
You may have seen the film adaptation as it has been adapted for the stage and screen over 250 times, but if you can tackle the 799 pages you will earn the audacity to say that old consensus, “the book is better”.
6. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Set in five phases, the novel follows Jane’s formation into a right proper madam, addressing all the important values of love, religion, morality, class and gender that ruled the Victorian era.
7. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce
This Bildungsroman traces the intellectual and religio-philosophical awakening of Stephen Dedalus, Joyce’s alter-ego as he begins to question and rebel against the Catholic and Irish conventions, trading them to pursue his calling as an artist
8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Steven Chbosky
A textbook coming of age novel, Charlie narrates his life through writing letters to an unknown friend (us), during his emergence from living life in the background
9. Black Swan Green - David Mitchell
Some of you will have just caught the end the 1980s, most likely in a wailing blur but through reading this novel you can re-live a year of the decade through its thirteen chapters, which each represent one month, in the life of 13-year-old Worcestershire boy Jason Taylor.
10. The Blue Suit - Richard Rayner
An autobiographical insight into a Cambridge undergraduate’s search for identity, whilst exercising a talent for credit card fraud. A therapeutic novel.
Culture Arts Funding Slashed By
fter the announcement of October’s Spending Review, Arts Council England (ACE) is preparing to implement a 29.6% cut from it’s £449 million budget to £349 million over a 4 year plan. This means a reduction in funding to over 800 organisations such as the Royal Opera House, BALTIC and Southbank Centre. Beginning April 2011, cuts of 6.9% will be made to the majority of arts organisations. Years two to four will see budget decisions made by a new funding programme. During this period all arts organisations will be required to re-apply for funding in which they may receive more or less, with the threat
Restless Times: Art in Britain 1914-1945
that some organisations may receive none at all. To soften the blow to frontline institutions, more severe cuts are being made to bodies such as Creativity, Culture and Education which focuses on children and young people along with Arts and Business which connects businesses and individuals to cultural organisations, set to receive no funding beyond 2012. So how will the cuts affect Sheffield’s arts institutions? Well, despite the government’s under-compensating pledge to sustain free entry for museums and galleries for everybody, our valued organisations such as Museums Sheffield, Sheffield Theatres, Site Gallery and the Sheffield founded Lovebytes and Forced Entertainment will all struggle under reduced budgets. Chair of ACE, Liz Forgan said: “We are determined to lead the arts through this tough period, using all our knowledge, expertise, and brokering skills, and drawing on the resourcefulness and imagination around us.” Ruth Wilde
Millennium Gallery October 6 – January 30 Free entry
he Millennium Gallery’s new exhibit ‘Restless times’ explores an age defined by conflict, destruction and misery. While two world wars bookend the period and a depression tossed in there somewhere in between, it’s easy to think that the Art displayed here will be all doom and gloom. The inter-war years saw both the glamorous roaring twenties and the Wall Street crash, followed by Hitler’s rise to power and the spread of fascism across Europe. But what may seem in retrospect such a turbulent time was actually an important turning point for British Art. In the midst of uncertainty came creativity. With over 150 paintings, sculptures and video installations on loan from The Tate Galleries, The V&A museum, The National Transport Museum and The Imperial War Museum, the exhibit has been split up into thematic sections: Embracing the modern, The Finding Home, Inner Worlds section and The Experiences of War. There are obvious parallels with the modern day here, as there are throughout the museum. Britain is still a country at war, the economic recession has seen a rise in unemployment along with a considerable increase in immigration. Britain was, just as much as it is today, a destination for displaced people, bringing an arrival of new-found ideas which influenced and inspired the natives. The exhibition is the result of The Great British Art debate, a four year collaborative project between the Tate Galleries and regional art collections with the aim to investigate British identity. Is the work you’ll find here a modern view of Britain? No, but it could be. Kezia Buckley
The Prodigal Sons Return
heffield Hallam’s own improv comedy act are back after a successful week long run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. Ash MacDowell, one the group’s founding members said: “Edinburgh was absolutely incredible. We all went with no previous insight into how things were going to work or how things were going to go…it was certainly a learning curve.” The Antics are proud to show off the reputable reviews they got while performing at the legendary Fringe: “We received a 4.7 out of 5 review from lovefringe.com” said Ash. The Antic’s shows involve all members, with one as acting host, and feature character-based games, musical improvisation, games using audience participation and even games involving getting covered in a range of (often disgusting) ingredients. They stress the fact that all their material is improvised; their shows are as original to the comics as they are to the audience. When asked if their experiences at the Edinburgh Fringe had increased the aspirations of the Antics in years to come Ash said: “A lot has changed in our thoughts regarding this issue. Edinburgh has allowed us to think that it is worthwhile carrying on, we seem to go down well to lots of different types of audience; but until that important break comes along, we just have to keep our heads down and work hard to get The Antics name through to as many people as possible.” Nathaneal Sansam
Human “Auto-Correct” Fingered
cientists from the Vanderbilt University in Nashville have discovered a possible hierachial way that human beings automatically correct errors. They took skilled typists and set them to work writing paragraphs about the merits of border collies, while using a doctored word processor which surreptitiously corrected actual mistakes made and inserted mistakes into correctly written words without the typists knowing. In questionnaires after the test the typists accepted blame for the mistakes and took credit for corrections, but their finger movements showed another story. It was found that after typing a wrong key the movements would slow down for the next key, even if the doctored programme corrected it. This
suggests that there is a system in place that automatically tells us we’ve made a mistake without us realising. Scientists beliveve the system could comprise of a ‘lower’ system which does the actual work and a ‘higher’ system that attributes blame and credit. These levels may not be just for typing and could likely be used in activities such as playing an instrument, walking to a destination or even speaking. Adam Reaney
This month... Batenburg A village in the municipality of Wijchen in the Dutch province of Gelderland. Located on the river Meuse, it’s well known for the remains of a medieval fort in the centre of town. Population: 650 Not the cake.
Science Bites... - There are 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body - Humans share %98.4 of our DNA with chimps - It takes 17 muscles to smile but 43 to frow - More germs are transferred shaking hands than kissing
THE RACE TO SWITZERLAND
ooking fleetingly at a map and miserably into our wallets we speculated as to how far across the world one could actually make it without spending any money. Somehow several drinks further into the night, we decided the only way to logical thing to do was to race to Switzerland and find out. words: Danny Young Illustration: Sam Ginns 9:10- English Channel
he race was set; Sheffield Town hall to the Zytglogge clock in the Swiss capital of Bern without spending a penny on transport. Two months of planning flew upto race day. We split into three teams; the ‘experienced’ hitchers Scott and Hanna made up Team One, James and Sarah in Team Two and the new slightly larger than expected hitch team of myself, Matt and Jono finalising Team Three. DAY 1: 9:00am Friday- Town Hall
On the delayed stroke of 9.05 AM we were off to our first hitch spot. Just to give us an extra edge, we had decided to try and hitch wearing suits. I had only just adjusted my tie when Jono’s thumb had attracted a D-reg Vauxhall Corsa just off Penistone road to take us to Meadowhall.
Our luck was to change. After sitting down on the ferry to discuss tactics over tea, we were accosted by a man called Alex heading to Nice. He had spotted our Charity Hitch T-shirts and offered us a lift as far as we needed, it was a dream Hitch at the perfect time.
2:30- Away from Paris
Whilst heading through mid-France we had began taking account of Alex’s curios ‘herbal’ smoking habit... whilst driving. As we moved closer to Auxerre the car began smelling more and more like Bob Marley’s hat and Alex developed the munchies.
6:15pm- South Dijon (Beaunne)
Alex, now stoned was now on the verge of sleep. After nearly crashing into the central reservation we thanked him and parted ways at a services just south of Dijon.
DAY 3 : 8:30am- Beaunne
Our fortunes started brightly. The first car to drive past us, gave us a great hitch to the French border town of Belfort .
11:30- Sheffield Meadow Bank Lane
Our early optimism wore thin; we had been stuck at Meadowhall for two hours with just the endless mocking of passing chavs to keep us company.We received a sickening message from Team One reading; “Got a great lift, we’re just outside Cambridge, how about you?” We were eventually saved by a group of Rotherham United supporters 45 minutes later.
2:40pm- Belfort Services
Stuck in the baking heat of the Bourgogne district the services were proving a nightmare, no traffic was heading into Switzerland, our prolific start had been rendered useless, it took 3 ½ hours to get a lift out with two Turkish men heading to the airport just outside Basel.
1:30- Nottingham- M1 South slip road
Our drop off had proved a hinderance so we walked a risky hard shoulder mile in hope of attracting more attention. It worked, VW Beetle dropped us a junction on. We soon swapped the suits for ‘Charity Hitch’ T-shirts, and a young American guy heading to Southend agreed to take us to the M25 to quell his boredom.
4:45- M25 near Dartfort
4:15- Europort- Swiss/French border Whilst waiting outside the
airport news filtered through that the race was neck and neck. James & Sarah were nearly in Lyon, Scott & Hannah languishing in Strasbourg, we were all theoretically 2 hours away from Bern. Our Swiss was perfectly timed.
Another instant hitch, by a German lady returning home dropped us off near the wonderfully named city of Wankdorf. Just as our first, our last lift into Bern was with a bus full of football fans. With the others stuck in Strasbourg and Lyon respectively, the win was ours.
DAY 2 : 6:50am- English Channel
59 hours and 20 minutes into the hitch and we arrived at the Zytglogge clock in Bern as the victors. We posed for our picture in front of the clock and began the arduous task of text abusing the losing teams.
After 90 minutes of waiting on a rainy slip road from the M25 we were mercifully rescued by a businessman heading to the M20, Ashford. We were snapped up quickly outside a 24 hour Tesco by a middle aged couple hell bent on mothering us; although odd people they did get us to Dover just as night fell.
As we boarded the ‘spirit of the Bourgogne’ ferry, news had filtered through that James and Sarah had been stuck in calias for the night.
So, to answer our original question, yes you can get to Switzerland for free, its just quicker by plane.
Words: Mike Whatmore
he Ashes is undoubtedly the most famous International cricket series in the world. Teams representing England and Australia battle for the infamous urn which is so small you can literally hold it in the palm of your hand. So what’s so special about this miniature trophy?
t all started in 1882 when The Sporting Times wrote a mock obituary after Australia had handed England their first test defeat on home soil. It read:
“In affectionate rememberance of English cricket, which died at the Oval on 29th August 1882... the body will be cremated and the ashes taken back to Australia.” The following winter a group of Australian women presented England tour captain, Ivo Bligh with an urn which is alleged to hold the ashes of a ball, a bail or a veil. No one knows which of those items
ashes are actually in the urn. the best in Ashes history.
owadays the Ashes brings out the St. George cross hanging from thousands of car doors. Beer gardens become full of the “Barmy Army” and The Sun will inevitably print a prayer mat with a very handy circle showing me where to put my pint when on my knees begging the Lord not to give Trott out LBW. England’s last battle for the Ashes on Australian soil ended in a five nil drubbing. Handing the Ashes back to Australia after the 2005 series which is widely regarded as
oth teams have the same captains as the last series. Andrew Strauss and his in form England team must be in confident mood heading down under following Australia’s poor showing in India. Ricky Ponting will be looking over his shoulder after his captaincy of Australia has come under much scrutiny recently and a poor showing on home soil could spell the end of a cricket legend.
’m going to be patriotic and back England for this one. I think that although Ponting will get his act together and state commanding the field like his former self, Strauss and his men will group together and overcome the Australians. England’s Bear in mind this is coming from someone who used to play cricket purely for The Vodafone As the cakes and sandwiches when lunch was called.
Nov 25-29: 1st Ashes Test vs Australia Gabba, Brisbane England last won here in November 1986 The batsmen will be on cloud nine on all five days, the wicket gives very little to the bowlers staying flat and true
Dec 3-7: 2nd Ashes Test,
Adelaide England have won just twice at the Adelaide Oval in 55 years The first few days can tend to favour the batsmen however the wicket reacts well to spin bowling. Graeme Swann could have a field day here
Dec 16-20: 3rd Ashes Te
Perth England’s worst ground with on eleven matches with that victor in December 1978
An exceptionally fast and boun play into Australia’s hands here. Although Steven Finn and even Chris Tremlett could cause havoc for England
aptain Fantastic Ricky Ponting is definitely nearing the end of his illustrious career and the 2010 Ashes could be his last on home soil. He has come under increased scrutiny recently and must not be distracted by the hounding media. On his day there is not a better leader out on the field and his batting performances can be sensational.
n his day Kevin Pietersen can be a nightmare for bowlers to remove from the crease (no pun intended). Known for his big hitting style, Pietersen could be the man to steady England’s ship if Strauss and Cook fall to early wickets.
Andrew Strauss (C) – Middlesex Alastair Cook (VC) – Essex James Anderson – Lancashire Ian Bell – Warwickshire Tim Bresnan – Yorkshire England batsmen will be Stuart Broad – Nottinghamshire quaking in their boots when *The Australian Ashes Squad Paul Collingwood – Durham they realise the next ball they had not been named when face will be hurtling towards the magazine went to print Steven Davies (WK) – Surrey them at nearly 100 miles per Steven Finn – Middlesex hour. Shaun Tait is currently Eoin Morgan – Middlesex the fastest bowler in International Monty Panesar – Sussex Cricket. Although he can Kevin Pietersen – Hampshire sometimes become a little erratic Matt Prior (WK) – Sussex and bowl a number of successive wides...100 miles per hour! Graeme Swann – Nottinghamshire Chris Tremlett – Surrey Michael Clarke, Australia’s Jonathan Trott – Warwickshire man of the Series in Doug Bollinger Michael Clarke (VC) Ricky Ponting (C) Shaun Tait Shane Watson
the 2009 Ashes defeat on English soil will look to regain that form in Australia. The talented batsman and fantastic fielder could be the man to change Australian’s fortunes following their poor performance in India.
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The prolific spin bowler had also been in the shadow of Ashley Giles until his retirement. Although recently it could be said that
is the best spin bowler in the world.
His sensational 2009-10 season was rewarded by a Wisden Cricketer of the Year award. He’ll be hoping to carry on this form in Australia.
The only man to hit a ball over the pavilion at Lords, Jonathan Trott was England’s form batsman this summer. He averaged 67 against Pakistan amassing 404 runs in the process. If Trott can create a partnership with Pietersen we could be seeing some big sixes and frustrated Aussies this Winter.
Dec 26-30: 4th Ashes Test,
Jan 3-7: 5th Ashes Test,
The wicket at the MCG stays very true and does not react much to bounce. The atmosphere generated by the crowd could be key for the Australians here
Another spinners dream on the second half of a test match however batsmen will have rich pickings if bowlers stray from their line early in the match
MCG, Melbourne With 19 victories in 53 contests between the two countries, this is one of England’s best grounds
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney The best ground for England in previous appearances. 21 victories in 53 matches; Australia will be on their toes
Sport ‘Best of Enemies’ David Haye vs. Audley Harrison
ove it or loath it, it’s here. On November 13th, David Haye will defend his Heavyweight WBA Title against once friend now enemy; Audley Harrison.
On paper you would back Haye. He’s quick and has lit up what was quite a boring, sluggish division. Haye stepped up from cruiserweight to heavyweight two years ago and has successfully won his first three fights. He began by convincingly beating Monte Barrett after five rounds in 2008. Haye then demolished Valuev in Germany to take the WBA Heavyweight Title and in April defended it to John Ruiz. Harrison has had a dramatic fall from grace. Ten years ago, nearly seven million people got up at 5am to watch Harrison fight in the Sydney Olympics. That day saw Harrison become a national hero. He became the first British fighter to win an Olympic Gold medal in the Superheavyweight division. On his return, Harrison was awarded an MBE and signed a £1 million deal with the BBC to show his first ten professional fights. Then everything fell apart, the BBC pulled their coverage, their deal and Harrison struggled to get back to the heights he was destined for. The British press labelled him ‘A-Farce’ and he was expected to retire from boxing until he entered ‘Prizefighter’ at the age of 38.
Harrison won the ‘Prizefighter’ Heavyweight Tournament and in April, one punch knocked Michael Sprott out in the 12th round to claim the EBU European Heavyweight title, which gave him the chance to fight Haye. Fight Prediction If the fight is anything like their press conferences then boxing fans will be in for a treat. Haye can be beaten but I’m not sure Harrison is the man to do it would be nice to see Harrison follow the ‘Rocky Balboa’ dream but I’m going for a Haye stoppage win in the 8th round.
Sheffield United have had a mixed month with a disappointing home defeat against Watford and a gutsy performance to earn a draw against Burnly. The Blades only real joy came courtesy of a 1-0 away win over fellow strugglers Hull. United were unable to add to this after a loss at Doncaster, consigning them to a 6th loss of the season which sees them hovering over the relegation zone. The Sheffield Sharks are off to a perfect start after 4 wins shooting them to joint top spot with the Cheshire Jets. They began their campaign with an impressive 116-73 win over Plymouth Raiders. then pipped the Worcester Wolves to the post by 1 point in a close run battle. Worthing thunder were the Sharks third victim of the season in a much more convincing 107-84 victory. The sharks then topped of a good month with another close win against Guilford Heat.
Scott Richards It’s been a busy month for the Sheffield Steelers. With the Ice Hockey season now in full swing attendances at the Motorpoint Arena have been growing fast. Wins against the Dundee Stars and arch rivals the Nottingham Panthers set the Steelers up nicely, before an agonizing 5-6 defeat away at the Belfast Giants. The Challenge Cup has continued to be a strong point for the Steelers. After overcoming the Panthers for the second time in the month; they sit top of Group B meaning plenty of spice on the ice in the upcoming weeks. After a shocking September seeing the Sheffield Wednesday lose four on the bounce, It seems Alan Irvine’s charges have turned a page in their quest to revisit Championship football. Back to back losses against Brentford, Carlisle, Plymouth and Southampton ensured that the League one table made for slightly grim reading for Wednesday leading into October. However, wins against Notts County, Leyton Orient and Yeovil Town were the perfect tonic, keeping the Owl’s around the promotion places in a tight league.
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Hallam Results BUCS week one (13th October)
Rugby Union Men’s 1st beat Durham 2nd 25-20 Men’s 2nd lost to Bishop Burton College 42-29 Men’s 3rd lost to Northumbria 4’s 41-21 Rugby League Men’s 1st Beat Leeds Met 2nd 34-8
Bucs week two (20th October) Badminton Men’s 2nd York St J 1st AWAY 5-3 Win Women’s 1st Leeds Met 2nds HOME 0-8 Lost Basketball Men’s 1st Leeds 1st AWAY 60-82 Win Men’s 2nd Sunderland 1st HOME 56-68 Lost Women’s 1st L’boro 1st HOME 61-60 Win Women’s 2nds Northumbria 2nd AWAY 56-23 Win Football Men’s 1st Lancaster 1st HOME 2-0 Win Men’s 2nd Leeds Met 3rd HOME 2-2 Draw Men’s 3rd Hallam 4th AWAY 4-2 Win Men’s 4th Hallam 3rd HOME 2-4 Lost Women’s 1st MMU Chesh 1st AWAY 2-1 Win Women’s 2nd Hull 1st AWAY 8-0 Win Hockey Men’s 1st Manchester 1st HOME 2-2 Draw Men’s 2nd Hull 1st AWAY 1-4 Lost Men’s 3rd Leeds Met 4th AWAY 9-0 Win Women’s 1st Durham 2nd HOME 3-3 Draw Women’s 2nd Sheffield 3rd AWAY 4-2 Win Women’s 3rd Leeds Met 4th HOME 6-3 Win Lacrosse Men’s 1st Durham 1st HOME 1-19 Lost Netball Women’s 1st Durham 2nd HOME 49-23 Win Women’s 2nd Teeside 1st AWAY 40-29 Win Women’s 3rd York St J 3rd AWAY 65-11 Win Rugby League Men’s Liverpool JM 1st AWAY 16-30 Lost Rugby Union Men’s 1st Worcester 1st AWAY 22-31 Lost Men’s 2nd Leeds Met 4th HOME 39-5 Win Men’s 3rd Bishop Burton College HOME 11-27 Lost Squash Men’s Northumbria 1st HOME 3-2 Lost Tennis Men’s Sheffield 1st AWAY 4-8 Win Men’s Northumbria 1st HOME 8-4 Win Women’s Sheffield 1st HOME 6-6 Draw Volleyball Men’s Leeds Met 1st AWAY 0-3 Lost Men’s York 1st HOME 1-3 Lost
BUCS week 3 (October 27th) Badminton Mens 1st Leeds Met Home 0 – 8 Lost Mens 2nd Leeds Met 3rds Home 2 – 6 Lost Womens 1st Sheffield 1st AWAY 5 – 3 Lost Basketball Mens 1st Newcastle 1st Home 74 – 49 Won Mens 2nd Northumbria 2nd AWAY 66 – 69 Lost Womens 1st Leeds Met 1st AWAY54 – 78 Lost Football Mens 1st Lincoln 1st Home 3 – 0 Won Mens 2nd Northumbria 2nds AWAY 0 – 1 Lost Mens 3rd Huddersfield 1st Home 1 – 7 Lost Mens 4th Hull 2nd AWAY 0 – 2 Lost Womens 1st Edinburgh 1st AWAY 3 – 2 Won Womens 2nd Northumbria 2nd Home 9 – 0 Won Golf Mixed Durham 1st Home 5-2 won Hockey Mens 1st Leeds Met 1st AWAY 3 – 8 Won Mens 2nd Leeds 4th Home 5 – 1 Won Womens 1st Leeds 1st AWAY 1 – 4 Lost Womens 2nd Leeds 5th AWAY 2 – 4 Won Womens 3rd Leeds 6th AWAY 2-0 Won Lacrosse Mens 1st Nottingham 1st AWAY 7 – 8 Won Womens 1st Leeds 2nd AWAY 12 – 5 Lost Netball Womens 1st Sheffield 1st AWAY 34 – 43 Won Womens 2nd Northumbria 2nd Home 35 – 45 Lost Womens 3rd Bradford 1st Home 56 – 22 Won Rugby League Mens Newcastle 1st Home 16 – 14 Won Rugby Union Mens 1st Birmingham 1st Home 14 – 0 Won Mens 2nd Northumbria 3rd AWAY 53 – 8 Lost Mens 3rd Sheffield 3rd Home 12 – 31 Lost Womens 1st Bradford 1st Home 30 – 5 Won Squash Mens Sheffield 1st AWAY 2 – 3 Lost Tennis Mens Leeds Met 2nd Home 4 – 8 Lost Mens Durham 2nd AWAY 12 – 0 Lost Womens Leeds Met 3rd AWAY 4 – 8 Won Volleyball Mens UCL 1st Home 3 – 0 Won Mens Manchester 1st AWAY 0 – 3 Lost Womens Leeds Met 2nd Home 3 – 0 Won