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ag Union Student M Sheffield Hallam Issue 8 | November 2011
This Month in
Tom Walton speaks to Pete McKee on page 16
On the Cover Interview with Pete McKee - Artist, musician and Sheffield icon - 16 Credits Cover - Pub Rocked - From Great Moments In Popular Music -“For those who shed blood to entertain us” 16-17 - Half Time 18 - A collection of cartoons from the Sheffield Telegraph 19 - Praise Or Grumble - Based on the post-match football show on Radio Sheffield
Sheffield Fashion Week on page 25
The Usual 4 NEWS
Including news in brief, a soldier’s account of his time on the frontline in Afghanistan and an interview with the leader of the Green Party, Caroline Lucas
7 LIFESTYLE & CULTURE
The latest Kid Acne exhibition at the Millennium Galleries and a review of Sheffield’s Off The Shelf festival
A guide to breaking into radio wih BBC Radio 5 Live producer and senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam, Philo Holland
Album reviews, My Bloody Valentine 20 years on and interviews with Morning Parade and Benjamin Francis Leftwich
15 THE BIGGER PICTURE
SHU photographers and artists go head-to-head to compete for a spot in the magazine, this month James Binnington was victorious
Paddy Considine’s Tyrannosaur is reviewed, Sheffield’s favourite independent cinema, the Showroom is visited and this month’s Materpiece is cult British film, Withnail & I
22 I KNOW A GREAT LITTLE PLACE IN SHEFFIELD SHUlife uncovers Sheffield’s best kept secrets, this month - Whirlow Hall Farm
Sheffield Fashion Week and a 1940s fashion shoot.
A day out at with the Steelers, SHU sport and an interview with Sheffield BUCs player, Pat Smith
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Benjamin Francis Leftwich has a chat on page 12
Introductions The dust has settled on an exciting start to the year and we’re all well and truly back in the trend of university life. The SHUlife team regrouped once again in mid September and now there’s only one more edition before our lengthy Christmas and exam break. Time flies eh? This edition sees Meg Baldwin interview a real life hero, a man that has stood on the front line of the conflict in Afghanistan and lived to tell the tale. Music takes a front seat this month and we have interviews with Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Morning Parade and Bowling For Soup front man Jaret Reddick. We’ve been keeping a beady eye on all things Sheffield too and have features on Kid Acne’s Kill Your Darlings exhibition at the Millennium Gallery, Off The Shelf Festival and Sheffield Fashion Week. To top it off, we’ve got a sterling interview with Sheffield icon Pete McKee. Enjoy.
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NEWS News in Brief with Kris Holland & Tom Walton
Leadmill wins accolade Sheffield Leadmill won the Best Live Music Venue prize at the National Music Business Awards in October. Events manager Rebecca Walker said: “It’s a great achievement and the result of years of hard work, it’s quite overwhelming.”
Happy Birthday Sheffield FC The world’s oldest football club, Sheffield FC, celebrated their 154th birthday on October 24. After forming in 1857, the club now compete in the Northern Premier Division 1 South and play their games at the Coach and Horses Ground, Dronfield.
Goodbye Furnival Sheffield Hallam University’s Furnival building has been renamed Cantor in a ceremony at the award winning construction. The building, which houses the ACES faculty, was renamed after the H & L Cantor Trust donated a substantial amount of money to the university to help further the student learning experience.
Photography Comp Photography enthusiasts at the Sheffield Hallam are in with a chance of winning an iPad2 in a new competition. Judges are asking current students to send in an image that shows the value of their university experience. To enter, email your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 November.
Design Team give Yorkshire firms taste for success Small food and drink businesses across Yorkshire are serving up a real feast thanks to Sheffield Hallam’s new product design team. Design Futures, the university’s in-house product and packaging consultancy group, have been working hard with small businesses in and around Sheffield, developing packaging and branding solutions. Having recently won a Starpak award for their innovative idea of a single cupcake carrier for Sheffield company Fancie cakes, the design team have found their recipe for greatness. Amanda Perry from Fancie Cakes said it was an utter delight working with them. She said: “Design Futures used its creative genius, experience and extensive contacts to create a solution which fitted both the brief and budget. I would definitely use them again in the future.” Design Futures have worked with numerous other companies including Doncaster’s Toppings Pies, Dewsbury’s Curry Cuisine and Little Valley Brewery of Hebden Bridge. The group’s creative director John Kirkby said: “It’s great to see companies having the confidence to re-think what they do and for us to be part of their stories. Our recent work has been a real success for Yorkshire.”
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Afghanistan - 10 years on Meg Baldwin speaks to ex British Army soldier Martyn Jones about his time on the frontline in Afghanistan.
A soldier’s response
Martyn in Afghanistan
I did get nightmares when I first got back. But I’m kind of happy that I’m not hung up on it. The army made me the man I am today,” says Martyn Jones. “From a young age, I’d always wanted to go into the army. Some kids wanted to be astronauts - I wanted to be in the army. My dad was in the army and his dad was, it was a family thing,” After enrolling in the Royal Guard at the tender age of 16, Martyn served five and half years. Spending seven months on the frontline in Afghanistan, he was in the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, attached to the 14th commando with the Royal Marines. “When you first get to Afghanistan, you have two days in Camp Bastion, learning about the current situation and what’s happening out on the ground. Plus you’re getting used to the weather. “The first two months it really was hot and then it just rained and snowed. We were a little under prepared for the snow - we had no running water, no electricity. We literally dug holes to sleep in.” A lack of power meant Martyn, now 24, could only listen to one song a day on his iPod, and a lack of satellite phones made letter writing the best form of communication. “At Christmas, someone sent out Ludo. On New Year’s Day, we played and the guy who won refused to play ever again. ‘I’m the un-defeated Ludo champion 2008’ he’d say, and he still goes on about it today.” Martyn speaks candidly about a friend in his battalion, Matthew Parkin. “I’m a Sheffield United fan and Matt was a Sheffield Wednesday fan, so living together had its ups and downs, we were constantly receiving updates on games,” he laughs. He later explains that in 2010, after suffering with post traumatic stress disorder, Matthew committed suicide. “PTSD is a terrible thing for soldiers. I did get nightmares when I first got back, but I’m quite a miserable person anyway so no-one would notice.” He’s not. It’s saddening that Martyn has seen things that no-one should ever have to see it, but he’s cheerful, easy to talk to and entirely frank about his choices in life. “Why did I choose to leave? When I was 16, no-one could say a bad word about the army, it was my life ambition. But then as you get older, you start to question
yourself. It’d be a Friday night and I’m sat there on the Brecon Beacons covered in snow, and you know all your friends are back home in Sheffield, on the piss.” But it wasn’t just a normal life that Martyn worried about missing out on, it was having a life at all. “When we came back from Afghanistan,
“Why did I leave? How many times can you chance it?” we were told that in just under another 18 months, we’d be going back out there. Since I’ve left, the battalion has been back twice. “I’ve had some close encounters, so how many times can you chance it? I have lost friends, and seen right in front of me what they don’t report in the news – mutilated soldiers. I just didn’t want that anymore.” “I am very proud of what I’ve done. I’m
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never late for anything, I iron my clothes, clean my shoes, I’m quite well disciplined. “I’m 24 and I’ve been in jungle warfare, completed training in Wisconsin and done the ceremonial body guarding for the Queen.” I tell Martyn that for his 24 years, he’s done more than I could have ever dreamed of. “Yes, but you’ve got an education and that’s what you need on the old CV,” he tells me. Post-army, Martyn is still experiencing the extraordinary. Contracted through the Savoy Hotel, he is now based in London, body guarding for the rich and famous. “Well there was Avril Lavigne, Bon Jovi, Rod Stewart, oh and Glee, bloody Glee.” His final words are advice for those thinking of going into what he has chosen to leave behind:“I don’t think the majority of troops will be in Afghanistan for more than five years, but there will always by a British military presence there. “Think about it. Truly, sit down and think about it.” Martyn Jones - SHUlife salutes you.
An interview with
Leader of the Green Party
Nathaneal Sansam interviews MP Caroline Lucas, Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales. What was it that made you choose this venue for your party’s conference venue? We’ve had a successful election track record in Sheffield and of course there’s also the fact that Sheffield is the seat of Nick Clegg and the Lib-Dems and we’re making a pitch to Lib-Dem voters. By having the conference here in Sheffield it gives us an opportunity to talk more about those areas of our policies which we think will appeal to a wide range of people, but Lib-Dems in particular. At the Local Elections you’ve mentioned you did win your first council, Brighton. Though in Sheffield you didn’t increase the two councillors you have here, why do you feel you didn’t do as well here as you did in Brighton? I think the places we do well are the places where we’ve been working for a great many years, and in Brighton the win that we finally had was the result of a huge amount of work. So I’m quite sure that places like Sheffield will also follow. Another vote that happened at the same time in May was the AV referendum. Given the overwhelming vote against the system what do you think is the future of electoral reform in the UK? I think that the problem with AV was that nobody much liked it, even including the people who had to go out and there and sell it. I think it would be easier to win a referendum that was on a genuine PR system, I think that would get more support - it’s clearer, people can see the benefits of it. In June the Government announced that it would then build eight new Nuclear power stations adjacent to existing ones. In light of Fukushima do these plans need a re-think? They absolutely need a re-think because of Fukushima, and they also need a re-think because they don’t even follow the coalition policy. The way in which the coalition was able to paper over the cracks between the Tories and the Lib-Dem nuclear policies was to say that nuclear power
stations could only go ahead if they happened without public subsidies, and that is such a disingenuous position because nuclear has never happened anywhere without public subsidies.
“I’m most disappointed in what the Liberal Democrats did because it’s made trusting politicians even harder” I recently added my student loan fees for the year together, my sum total will actually be less than the tuition fee alone that Hallam is planning to charge next year. Can such a discrepancy between fees be justified by the University? Well I don’t think it’s justified. One of the reasons that universities are saying that they have to hike their fees is because the government is taking money out of universities that deliver different courses, and if the government itself takes money out of supporting the actual delivery of courses then one can understand that that money has to made up from somewhere. But the Green Party’s position is that we’ve always been against tuition fees, we remain against tuition fees. There ought to be
more of a debate about alternatives. The Liberal Democrats spent a decade arguing against tuition fees, only to be part of a government that trebled them. Given their pledges, why should students believe the Green Party’s pledges against tuition fees will be different? It’s a perfectly fair question, and one of the reasons I’m most disappointed in what the Liberal Democrats did because it’s made trusting politicians even harder. I mean, politicians weren’t held in very high regard before the Lib-Dems did this, but now to get up on a public platform and say “trust me” would have people falling about in their seats, and not surprisingly sadly. I guess I would say look at our track record, look at the places where we have had some influence, we have not sold out. If we were in it to get to power quickly, then we probably wouldn’t have Green Party route anyway most of us! We know it’s a hard slog, the only thing the Green Party has on its side is its integrity. For more on the Green Party conference and an interview with Sheffield’s Green Councillor - Jillian Creasy, please visit www.shulife.co.uk
Lifestyle & Culture ill Your Darlings is Kid Acne’s First Solo exhibition hosted at the Millennium Gallery. One of Sheffield Hallam’s own, Kid Acne graduated in 2000 with a degree in fine art. He quickly became recognised as one of the biggest and most important graffiti artists in Sheffield. His simple yet dynamic tongue in cheek style is sure to have caught your eye on the streets of the Steel City. Acne is known for large scale poetic and inspirational sayings and phrases graffitied on to walls and buildings, such as “you couldn’t make it up tha knows” around the back of Park Hill flats. Even the exuniversity arts building on Psalter lane, poignantly hosted the phrase “you’ll miss me when I’m gone” graffitied on the main entrance after its closure. Kill Your Darlings contains much of Kid Acne’s unmistakable graffiti style work which can be seen all across Sheffield. His talents are multiple however and the exhibition contains a variety of mediums. From toys and comics to sculpture, even illustrated doors hanging from the ceiling
which stretch the length of the gallery. The most interesting part of the gallery, however, are his many sketch books and sheets which show the progression of his artistic style as it has developed from fanzine cartoons to large scale street graffiti. This installation of work reflects mythical themes which he has developed over the past few years. Blood And Sand, for example, is an imaginary world and belief system which Kid Acne created for his spiky female characters. These characters can be seen throughout the artists work and were created in a response to the overblown teenage fantasies of graffitied women he had seen on the streets. The result is empowered women warriors with personality.
Photography - Tom Walton
Kid Acne Exhibition – Kill your Darlings
A legend on the Sheffield graffiti scene, Kid Acne’s art has inspired many, and will continue do so for some time to come.
Othello at the lyceum
n celebration of the Crucible’s 40th birthday, director Daniel Evans and a star studded cast brought Shakespeare’s epic back to life. Clarke Peters and Dominic West swapped their roles as detectives, in cult TV series The Wire, to become tragic hero Othello and one of Shakespeare’s most hated villains - Iago. The set, placed between 17th century Venice and Cyprus, was beautifully simple - a few Middle Eastern props added to the flagstones and castle background, set the scene for the tragedy to unravel. The very talented cast was aided in bringing the play to life with an equally talented production team. Perfectly timed lighting rigs, eerily orchestrated musical sets and attention to detail in the costume department ensured that each and every detail of the production was the masterpiece Shakespeare intended it to be. The play, which depicts the manipulation of a well respected general by his right hand man, and leads to the murder of many innocents, is a story which still resonates in 21st century
society. Racial politics, trust issues and domestic abuse, prove to be as relevant and heart wrenching as they were 400 years ago - gripping from start to finish (once you’d gotten over the language barrier that is Shakespearian English). The sword fights, love scenes, plotting, jealousy and final descent into madness and murder had hold of you till the play’s shocking end. The men complemented each other perfectly and each played their character as powerfully as his opponent. West crept quite naturally into the vindictive role of Iago, he had mastered the malicious grins and glints of his character. Peters’ air, stature and maturity gave his character the richness and strength, yet also the vulnerability that Othello needs. West’s Sheffield twang brought Shakespeare’s play right home, however Clarke Peters’ (not quite perfected) deep African accent made him at times, a little difficult to understand. Despite this, the play was a wondrous success and a great way to celebrate the theatre’s 40th birthday.
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Lifestyle & Culture
Words - Mathilde Flannery | Photo Credit - Jonty Wilde
Off the Shelf Festival - 2011 Off The Shelf is Sheffield’s annual celebration of reading and writing. This year the festival hosted around 200 events throughout October, with an inviting line-up of writers including Carol Ann Duffy, Jeremy Paxman, Ian Kershaw, Sir John Hegarty, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Simon Armitage. A big part of the festival is about showcasing British playwrights - amid this year’s picks was Marcia Layne, an award winning playwright whose plays include Off Camera, The Yellow Doctress & Legacy, Sister Esteem and Somebody’s Son, which will be out next spring. Layne is among a growing number of black British writers presenting what it means to be British through theatre. Her play Lost and Found was performed for just one night as part of Black History Month, to a small appreciative audience in the Library Theatre. Another highlight of the festival was the involvement of Sheffield University’s Professor of Poetry, Simon Armitage. Armitage, the first guest curator in the festival’s 20 year history, hosted a series of events based on Journeys. The most exciting event in the Armitage series was The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott. Scott, whose diaries of a 1912 expedition turned him into a legend, took a series of photographs of mountains and portraits on the polar trail expedition. The photographs that had never been seen until this book drew in a big crowd for the festival. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall ran a question and answer session around his vegetable philosophy, which is being presented in his new TV series and two hundred recipe strong book, River Cottage Veg Every Day. Whittingstall convincingly presented his argument that vegetables are healthy, cost-effective and can be extremely tasty with very little domestic skill. Finally, an unexpected highlight of the festival was the debate The Future Of The Book. Hosted by Yorkshire poet James Nash the debate was argued by Noel Williams from Sheffield Hallam University and Lesley Gunter, both arguing the case for technology and the Kindle. With some controversial arguments put forward, they were up against Richard Walsh and Rachael Genn who, along with much of the audience, were in support of the paper based book.
Radio 5 Live Journalist and Senior Lecturer
elcome to Breakthrough, SHUlife’s brand new careers advice feature where each month we will bring you an interview with an industry professional on how to break into your dream job. This month, Kris Holland sat down with BBC Radio 5 Live journalist, and senior Sheffield Hallam journalism lecturer, Philo Holland. Where has your radio career taken you? At the start of my career I was based in Sheffield as a local radio reporter, so once or twice I went to see Sheffield United play at Wembley in a play off final and I was also sent to cover Princess Diana’s funeral bizarrely. But then I got offered a job at 5 Live and then I was being sent to big stories all the time. I was at the World Cup in Germany and the Tour De France - it was brilliant and allowed me to cover events from across the world. I was always hopping onto a plane, jumping on a train or renting a car. I was working with Adrian Chiles on a Saturday off the wall sports show for 4 years. And because I was a sports reporter, it was the Open golf, World Cup qualifiers, Olympic Games, Commonwealth game - you name it I was always involved. My aim was to be an offthe-wall reporter, doing quirky features. For instance at the World Cup in 2006, I spent basically a month with a rail pass and press pass for the stadiums doing what I wanted and filing it back for 5 live. So it was a job from heaven. What are the skills required to make it in radio? Well if you want to be on air you’re dependant on being a performer. You’ve got to have a bit of charisma as well as having the ability to be articulate, creative, imaginative and keep going when everything else is falling apart. To sum it up, you need to be able to tell cracking stories, be entertaining and have a passion for current affairs because if you’re only interested in yourself you’ll be the world’s worst presenter because as journalists we’re trying to make sense of the world we live in. But isn’t it also a case of making good contacts and getting lucky to get a break? Yes, but you make your own luck in any-
thing. It’s more about having passion and drive because that’s contagious and people respect that. You need to go out there and look for work experience because that proves to employers you have something to back it up when you say you have passion. If
“You’ve got to have a bit of charisma as well as having the ability to be articulate, creative, imaginative and keep going when everything else is falling apart” you’re going for a radio job interview you don’t just need to have a demo tape, but to have sound ideas. The most important thing you can do is to say “I was listening to your breakfast show this morning and I had the idea you should do this,” because if you walk into a radio station and say you haven’t listened to their shows before they’ll laugh you out the building. It’s important because it shows you understand their output and that you’re motivated. What’s on offer at Hallam?
Just this past summer we’ve had students at BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat and had students at both BBC Radio Leeds and Sheffield and some of those placements have led to employment. One girl who graduated last year managed to get a scholarship with BBC Wales, which means they’ll be paying her fees to do a postgraduate radio degree in Cardiff that will lead to a job. The reasons she made it is because she had passion, determination and she kept with it. What radio facilities do we have at Hallam? We have an industry standard radio desk in the Cantor building that is similar to what is used at talkSPORT radio. But really, as long as you have decent sound quality and acoustics you can create radio pretty much anywhere. If you’re passionate about radio you can get involved with SHU Radio or you can come to see me directly and I’ll be very happy to give guidance. For the full interview visit shulife.co.uk SHU Radio meetings are held on Thursdays at 6pm in the Hubs
Music Album Reviews
James Blake Enough Thunder EP Polydor
When James Blake’s debut album came out earlier this year, fans of his earlier downtempo dubstep mixes were divided by his new lyrically heavy and emotionally raw musical direction, which has since been dubbed ‘blubstep’. On new EP Enough Thunder, Blake tries to accommodate both parties – with varied results.Blake’s ability to project his songwriting ability against the backdrop of guitar feedback and whirling drum
machines (as on We Might Feel Unsound) has been something he’s been perfecting since he released his Klavierwerke EP last year. But it isn’t until Fall Creek Boys Choir (a duet with Bon Iver) that his latest EP really begins to shine – it’s a delicate and isolated track which sees both artists capitalising upon their strengths. A piano led cover of Joni Mitchell’s A Case of You seems somewhat misplaced against the rest of the record, but Not Long Now encapsulates exactly what Blake was trying to create in all his early mixes. Blake is clearly a man not afraid to experiment with the dubstep genre and takes it to places no other artist would. Unfortunately, Enough Thunder falls slightly short of the mark in comparison with some of his previous releases. But for someone who has released a constant stream of new material since his career began barely two years ago, a few weaker points in his back catalogue are forgivable.
New Found Glory Radiosurgery
Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire
Feist - Metals
After the success of his acclaimed country-folk debut Heartbreaker, Ryan Adams enjoyed a decade of decadence, drinking, smoking and snorting everything in his path. Now sober and married (to Hollywood babe Mandy Moore, no less!), the singer-songwriter returns to his Americana roots with the brilliant Ashes & Fire. Produced by Beatles engineer Glyn Johns, the album is littered with genuine career highlights – from the title track’s bar-room waltz, to the string-led Chains Of Love, to the stunningly beautiful Dirty Rain. “Am I really who I was?” Adams asks on single Lucky Now – whoever he is, he’s back to his best.
Leslie Feist will always be remembered for THAT Apple iPod advert. The use of her single 1234 catapulted her into the charts but also potentially saw her branded a one hit wonder. It’s with a record like Metals, however, that she is beating away any critics. First and foremost the album is beautifully recorded – anyone familiar with Feist would come to expect this. The feel of the record is also unique – a vintage vibe created by the selection of instruments used, like basement drums and twanged guitars. At the centre of Metals Feist’s voice shines through, her cosy fireside vocal leaving the listener hanging on her every word.
Radiosurgery, the seventh studio album by New Found Glory, finds the quintet going back to their roots. Their aim was to pay homage to their punk rock inspirations, so many of the songs here have an old school Green Day sound, with a mix of the Ramones and even a little bit of Rancid. The main theme of the album is about the break-up of a long-term relationship and the process of getting over it – the band uses the term ‘radiosurgery’ to refer to removing painful memories. Overall, the album brings New Found Glory back to their teenage punk-angst sound of the 90s – a good thing, although their newer fans might not appreciate it as much.
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Words - Alex Rhodes Illustration - Sam Ginns
Masterpiece Classic Album Review
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless Twenty years on from the release of My Bloody Valentine’s critically-lauded second album Loveless, there remains no follow up. Their notorious perfectionist of a front man Kevin Shields has admitted to destroying hours of material since then on the basis that, in his opinion, it wasn’t as good. Inspiring artists ranging from The Smashing Pumpkins to TV On The Radio, as well as reawakening a flagging Robert Smith’s interest in contemporary music, Loveless was like nothing that had
Bilinda Butcher’s dreamily angelic yet sinister vocals to create a sound that can be considered both beautiful and tormenting. This juxtaposition runs consistently throughout the album’s forty eight minute runtime, with My Bloody Valentine achieving something that is, perhaps annoyingly, indefinable. It’s incredibly rare to encounter an album that manages to be gloriously melodic and so powerfully frenetic and heavy at the same time. This was no doubt achieved by the painstaking labour and monetary
“The album’s production was rumoured to have almost bankrupted My Bloody Valentine’s label, Creation.” come before it, and nothing that has been released since. One of the key albums in the 1990s alternative rock subgenre known as ‘shoegaze’, Loveless manages to transcend the boundaries established by much of the music released in that period. Opening with the intense Only Shallow, the listener’s ears are subjected to a highly rewarding musical journey that can initially be challenging to those unaccustomed to such a groundbreaking style. The crashing drums and densely layered warped guitar work combine with
expense of its recording – the album’s production is rumoured to have almost bankrupted My Bloody Valentine’s record label, Creation. There is no denying that Loveless is a masterpiece of an album that has inspired countless artists who have had the pleasure of discovering it. Impossible to imitate, Kevin Shields’ reluctance to engineer and release a third album under the My Bloody Valentine name is understandable. He’s got a hell of a task on his hands.
Check out Calum Rhodes’ review of Led Zeppelin’s masterpiece at www.shulife.co.uk
RELEASED -NOVEMBER 4 1991 LABEL - CREATION RECORDS PRODUCER - KEVIN SHIELDS
Tracklist 1. Only Shallow 2. Loomer 3. Touched 4. To Here Knows When 5. When You Sleep 6. I Only Said 7. Come In Alone 8. Sometimes 9. Blown A Wish 10. What You Want 11. Soon
A chat with...
Benjamin Francis Leftwich Words & Photography - Tom Walton
This York singer songwriter has been making a name for himself over the last 18 months. After releasing his debut album, Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm, in July this year, Benjamin Francis Leftwich has been twisting his precious acoustic balladry into multiple tours and festivals as well as the nation’s radio airwaves, winning Album Of The Week on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 evening show.Leftwich is currently coming to the end of another lengthy UK tour and after making Sheffield his second stopping point, it’s always a place he relishes playing: “I’ve spent a lot of time in Sheffield, I love it. It’s a really beautiful place. I particularly like the station - it’s a really nice welcome to the city. I’ve toured all summer and played 24 festivals, though doing festivals isn’t really like touring. To be honest I’m mostly looking forward to playing in Sheffield, Leeds and Manchester, I think it must be the student vibe, I love it.”
His sold out performance at the Leadmill was indeed a special moment of the tour and as he finished his set he explained to the crowd: “I sat down with my record label before this tour and they asked whether or not I wanted a band or wanted to do it solo. I wanted to do it solo and nights like this make it all possible, so thanks.” Despite Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm grabbing a lowly peak of 35 in the UK chart, it’s an album packed with emotive lyrics and layers of wispy vocals that’s difficult not to get sucked in by. Leftwich is a prolific writer and his debut followed two highly acclaimed EPs, showing he’s not just here to join the revolving door of artists who come and go. Having worked with Ian Grimble (Beautiful South, Manic Street Preachers, Mumford & Sons) on his first LP, Leftwich was working with a high authority, as he well knows and says: “Ian is a really good, creative producer and a good friend. He makes you want to work and can be quite
scary at times. But that’s good for me, he gets the most out of you. I want to get recording with him again as soon as possible, I’ve got some songs and I want to get back in there.” It has helped hone a sound which was described by NME as “more Nick Drake than the mainstream post-Mumford British pop culture,” while the BBC said his debut “lacked character and felt empty with a shallow loneliness,” to which Leftwich responds: “Everyone’s always
“When on tour I really look forward to playing Sheffield, it must be the student vibe, I love it.”
trying to put something in a box, I just see the album as what it is - an acoustic chill out album. That’s the vibe it was recorded in and that’s the way it is. I remember reading the BBC review, it’s a shame because the BBC have given me a lot of support and they play my music a lot. That’s just one person who has taken an hour or whatever to write that, then they’ve put it on Twitter and think it’s f****** gospel. If I have an hour spare I put on Tom Petty and have a smoke.” It’s clear Leftwich doesn’t actually care what
that BBC writer thinks, or any other journalist for that matter as he adds: “I don’t really see the point, there’s a new big band coming out all the time but after six months they’re never seen again. I just don’t see the point in all that. It’s much the same in the whole industry. I get one really well with my label, Hideout Records, but there are sharks out there, especially in the bigger labels.” Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s next single, Shine, is released November 7.
Ssh! Don’t Tell Anyone!
Words - Adam Kay
Bingo isn’t usually considered a cool pastime. But a new clubbing experience is hoping to change all that. The Underground Rebel Bingo Club is a night of drinking, dancing, loud music and what the mysterious organisers call ‘hardcore bingo’, with prizes for the best players. The events are held in secret venues across the globe, announced to ticket holders the week before they take place – previous locations have included New York, Barcelona and London. The Underground Rebel Bingo Club stormed into Sheffield earlier this year on February 2, and it returns on November 29. You’d be a fool to miss out – just make sure you know the difference between two fat ladies and two little ducks.
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Words - Kris Holland
Morning Parade are a band on the up. With a debut album on the horizon after recently signing a record deal with heavyweight label Parlophone, they’ve got their eyes on the prize, as well as some interesting views on The X Factor. Kris Holland sat down with Steve and Chad from the band at Sheffield’s O2 Academy for an impromptu interview on beanbags (in the absence of any form of chairs at the venue) before their support slot on tour with The Wombats. Good afternoon lads! Is this your first time in Sheffield? Steve: It’s our second or third, we’ve played at The Leadmill before and done a club night up here too. One of our first really big shows was in Sheffield when we supported Feeder. So how have the last 12 months been for you? Chad: Yeah, I mean if you look back now we’ve done quite a lot of things really. Steve: Compared to any other year in my life it’s been completely f****** insane. We’ve been really lucky in our journey so far. We’ve had testing moments, but generally it’s been amazing. If you had to pick just one highlight? Chad: A few months ago we were out in Ibiza with Biffy Clyro and Zane Lowe and found ourselves in some really surreal situations. Steve: Basically we’re massive Biffy Clyro fans, and when we were out there we were moaning that they didn’t play some of our favourite songs on the first night, then next day they asked us to come down to the sound check early and they gave us a private performance of those two songs. It just showed us what amazing guys they are. How hard has it been getting where you are now? Steve: When we started out we just
enjoyed getting together and playing music, we never even considered playing a gig and then when we did a few demos and played a few shows and when you’ve done that and got a taste for it and one day get an email from EMI Records you suddenly think, you know what, I wouldn’t mind doing this as a career. And I feel really happy and lucky to be here… Chad: Wow it feels like we’re having a massive heart to heart here! Sat on bean bangs in a nice little triangle [laughs] but yeah we really are loving it.
“If you love music that much then just doing that should be enough for you, the rest of it is a bonus” What does it mean to you to be on the same label as artists who’ve influenced you such as Radiohead? Do you feel differently about your music now compared to when you were unsigned? Steve: I think at first we didn’t really feel like we’d almost earned it and that we’d need to make an amazing album. But I think over the last year or so we’ve settled into it, I guess we just didn’t know what to expect at first. But now I just want us to get our record out there and hopefully it’ll become a part of the history of EMI. What do you make of the whole X Factor
culture where people are able to get signed and get to where you’ve worked to be for years? Chad: I think it’s rubbish. That’s all I’m going to say… Steve: I think that the X Factor is an amazing television entertainment show, but as far as a genuine competition goes to find talent, I don’t know. I can’t even begin to explain how ridiculous it is though. I mean it is really unhealthy as an example to young people who want to make it in music. I mean, have you seen how gutted some of them are when they don’t get through? It’s like, well if you want to be a musician then there’s loads of ways that you can do it. Just because you didn’t get the instant gratification of winning a competition and not being on TV for more than 5 minutes, that’s what I can’t stand. If you love music and like putting the hours in to it that much then just doing that should be enough for you and the rest of it is a bonus. It’s this whole be all and end all thing of X Factor, like if you don’t get this then what are you going to do. Like you get people who say ‘I’ve always loved singing but I’ve just been biding my time being a window cleaner for twenty five years’.
Morning Parade release the US & Ourselves EP 27/11/11 (iTunes)
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“IT’S JUST A BIT OF FUN REALLY” SAYS PETE MCKEE AS HE TURNS DOWN THE VOLUME OF A SIMPSONS EPISODE ON A REPLICA OF THE FICTIONAL FAMILY’S FAMOUS TELEVISION SET.
ells, rare posters and original sketches from shows such as The Simpsons, Futurama and Family Guy are all features of McKee’s recent exhibition, Cartoons Will Ruin Your Brain, in his Sharrow Vale Road gallery, A Month Of Sundays. McKee, now synonymous with Sheffield’s popular culture and known nationally for his amusing and low-key takes on football, music and day-to-day life uses his gallery not only to display his own work, but as a place to display exhibitions which are close to his heart. Indeed, by the time this edition goes to print, Cartoons Will Ruin Your Brain will have been replaced by Hawley – a photographic exhibition by Chris Saunders documenting the last ten years of Sheffield singer/songwriter Richard Hawley’s career. A Month Of Sundays is different to other galleries – as well as being decorated with McKee’s own sketches and paintings, there are also cabinets encasing his favourite childhood objects, toys and memorabilia. “To have this place and see people coming down and having a look and having a laugh and enjoying the space is really nice. I wanted to open a gallery and have it as a very relaxing experience where there’s no stigma about being a gallery. I don’t think people think of this place like that, more of a shop with work in it. It does function as a gallery as well but we wanted it to be really relaxed. I went to Amsterdam recently and I didn’t go in a single art gallery because they seem far too intimidating and I didn’t want people to feel intimidated by coming here.” Fun is a continuous theme with McKee and another one of his latest showings, Great Moments in Popular Music , finished at London’s Snap Galleries on October 29. The exhibition featured 27 paintings (no coincidence) such as Jimi Starts A Fire, Mr Peel Saves The World and The Village Green Preservation Society and they pin-point the smaller, though no less important, moments of music history. Music was McKee’s first love and when he was growing up in Batemoor on one of Sheffield’s many council estates, he distinctly remembers why: “I grew up through a radical seismic shift in music with punk starting it off for us when we were kids. It went on into ska, nu-wave and others.
Pete McKee Words - Tom Walton Artwork - Pete McKee
“That part of growing up was brilliant, there were all these satellite gangs. I started off by dipping my toe into the mod era. Then I kind of got into ska and then from there I went straight into indie music with Orange Juice, you know - kids with short back and sides, quiffs, tight rolled up jeans in plaid shirts, it’s all back in now, everything’s circular,” he chuckles as he sits comfortably in turned up jeans and trademark short back and sides with quiff.
After leaving Rowlinson Comprehensive School without completing his sixth form studies because “I wasn’t paying any attention, I spent more time in the smoking room playing cards. I didn’t smoke but that’s where all the card action happened,” McKee went to work in a factory. Over the following years he worked several jobs including as a sales assistant in HMV, Tesco and being a post man for Royal
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Mail. “Having a job was always a means to an end - I used all my money to buy instruments. I thought I was going to be in a band and be rich and famous. Once I realised the music and band thing wasn’t going to happen then I needed a plan B because obviously I didn’t study very well in school. The next thing was the other creative side, the art side.” McKee then immersed himself in cartoons and comic strips, playing with many
different styles: “I tried lots of different styles and read lots of different comics. I collected them and just observed. “One of the main ones was Calvin and Hobbes, I think it was in the Express, Bill Waterman his name is. That strip is pure genius, it’s lovely. I would recommend anyone to read it through. It’s about a little boy with a toy tiger and it turns to life when he’s with it, it’s so beautifully written, fantastic.”
It was then that he began to send his work to potential publishers and after a Sheffield Wednesday fanzine began to print his cartoons, the lifelong Owls supporter began to hone his now famous style: “The embryo of becoming a cartoonist is just sending stuff off, you won’t class yourself as a proper cartoonist until you can wallpaper your bedroom with rejection letters. “You’ve got to find anywhere that’ll publish
“At 16 I never thought I would be playing in a parody ukukle band” you and one of the first things I did was approach the football fanzine. It was great for me to learn how to write gags. I didn’t consider myself a humorist, just an illustrator, so doing the Wednesday cartoons gave me a reason to try and think of something funny. It was great practice really.” In 1994 McKee’s work started to be published in the Sheffield Telegraph’s sport pages. They still run to this day, remaining as fresh as ever and showing the artist’s great sense of humour: “The most important thing is to have funny ideas. In cartoon work the cartoon is always secondary to the actual gag, you can be a brilliant illustrator but if the joke’s not funny then it doesn’t scan at all.” Art isn’t the only trick in McKee’s box though and his past dreams of being a successful music artist have begun to materialise in the form of his ukulele band, The Everly Pregnant Brothers. Built with seven Sheffielders (McKee, Toby Foster, Richard Bailey, Charley McKee, Klive Humberstone and Dave Williamson) the band that formed two years ago are now a favourite on the
Fact Attack McKee was commissioned by Disney to produce a set of one off paintings of their most famous characters A Month Of Sundays opened in June 2010 McKee joined forces with fashion designer Paul Smith who used an image from Great Moments In Popular Music for a limited run of 100 tote bags His first London exhibition, Lost Weekends, later went to New York In 2010 McKee was commissioned by Clarks to design a pair of limited edition desert boots
Sheffield live circuit. Having recently sold out the Lyceum, they’re beginning to gain cult status in the Steel City. “It’s crazy, it’s gone mental. It started out as a bit of fun. We celebrated our second year in September. When I was 16 I never thought I would be in a parody ukulele band! “We don’t take it that seriously though and we might be popular in Sheffield but I don’t see us on the main stage at Glastonbury in a few years. We would love to do some festivals though, absolutely. The Every Pregnant Brothers sing about Henderson’s Relish and the holes in the road but our set is trying to drift slightly away from that so we can play in other areas and be appreciated. It will still be sung in a Sheffield accent though, obviously. It’s just seven blokes wanting to get drunk and play on stage. We almost craft our set around the fact we only have to play three chords so we can get drunk while we’re playing.” Turns out a bit of fun can get you a long way.
Hawley ends on December 3
â€œThe most important thing is to have funny ideas. In cartoon work the cartoon is always secondary to the actual gagâ€?
Film Review Tyrannosaur
Director- Paddy Considine Cast- Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman, Eddie Marsan Certificate- 18 Running time- 92 minutes Considine delivers a film which beautifully balances rage and emotion in this stunning full-length debut. This film may represent his first stint as a director (with the exception of his short-film Dog Altogether, which also features Mullan and Colman) but he certainly doesn’t pull any punches, and weaves a tapestry of passion and sentiment which is juxtaposed superbly with a darker nature of violence and revenge. This film boasts breathtaking performances from Mullan and Colman, the latter of whom is nothing less than a revelation, shaking off the shackles of her comedy roots by delivering a genuinely heart-wrenching performance. It’s a film driven by the intensity of the script, which portrays the story of two people; Joseph (Mullan), a man almost
permanently intoxicated coupled with his combustible personality, and a charity shop worker called Hannah (Colman). When these two first meet, Hannah’s religious nature and naively innocent view on the world, coupled with her residence in an affluent area of the city, leads Joseph to believe her to have the life he so desperately craves. It is only once we are introduced to James (Marsan), Hannah’s extremely jealous and abusive husband, that it becomes apparent that Hannah’s existence isn’t wrapped in cotton wool, and with this the balance of the film shifts, and it becomes as much a tale of friendship as a poignant and existential meditation of revenge, righteousness and love. Shane Meadows’ (a personal friend and work colleague of Considine’s) influence is
The Showroom With a café and a bar, there is a lovely, relaxed atmosphere which acts as an ideal meeting place to catch up with friends or talk to fellow film-lovers. With showings from local independent film makers such as Shane Meadows and Paddy Considine’s recent success Tyrannosaur, to regular screening of world films, this is a diverse cinema that embraces the films that are often over-looked and sadly dismissed as outlandish or as simply being too niche. The recent Showroom Shorts film night here showed William Mager’s comical Star Wars mockumentary Hands Solo amongst other very entertaining efforts from various film makers. The horror fest Celluloid Screams film week showed a series of classic gruesome horror films such as re-animator Devils Dust and Halloween for a complete Halloween gore-fest. Although this venue is often labelled as a high-brow cinema for intellectuals and film buffs but there are student nights here too, and the showing of mainstream films. Grab yourself a friend, an Orange Wednesdays ticket and watch a film for a very reasonable price. This venue is perfect for film-lovers and students who want to see something a little different from the big-budget, style-over substance entertainment that often bombards our cinema screens.
Tyrannosaur has set the bar for his next film at a very high standard. Dickon Preston
Words - Kathryn Thorpe Photography - Tom Walton
The Showroom is one of the largest independent cinemas in Europe, located in the heart of Sheffield and close to the Hallam student union, The Hubs.
obvious throughout, but nevertheless, Considine takes this film down a different path, and thus firmly stamps his own persona marker on this blistering debut film.
Masterpiece Classic Film Review Words - Dickon Preston
Withnail & I Seen by many as the quintessential ‘cult film’, yet criminally overlooked by others - Withnail & I has gone down over the last twenty five years as one of the greatest British films ever.
I enthusiast knows is McGann’s character’s real name) live, or their various encounters with the locals whilst on their holiday. It’s these darker moments that really drive the narrative along and keep the audience Loved (and quoted habitually) by hooked. They work brilliantly in everyone who has seen it, it is a great conjunction with the film’s funnier mystery as to why this film still has such a moments - Uncle Monty’s lusting after limited fan-base. It tells Marwood, Withnail’s “This film beautifully drinking of lighter fluid the tale of two unemployed actors in after discovering a lack captures all the Sixties London, the of alcohol, the pair ingredients that make desperately trying to alcoholic Withnail (portrayed by Grant) cult films so appealing” work out how best to and the anxious ‘I’ cook the live chicken (McGann), who narrates the story. they are given or the scene near the end Despite its comedy genre, the film when a highly intoxicated Withnail and nevertheless constantly presents itself with Marwood are sat in a cake shop certain brooding undercurrents - whether demanding “the finest wines available to it’s the drab, dreary conditions in which humanity”. This film beautifully captures Withnail and Marwood (as any Withnail & all the ingredients that make cult films so
Director- Bruce Robinson Cast- Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths Certificate- 18 Running time - 108 mins Released - 1986 appealing, and also set the benchmark for subsequent low-budget films. While it is upsetting that the film’s fan-base is painfully niche - it maybe suits the film more than if it was a massive mainstream success.
I know a great little place in Sheffield...
Whirlow Hall Farm Words - Kris Holland
The farm, located just off Ecclesall Road South, provides a truly unique atmosphere in which to unwind. From the exceptional café set in the renovated cruck barn, to the dramatic views the city from the surrounding public pathways, the farm is visually stunning. And from the farm shop to the impressive free weekend farm tours, where visitors gain an insight into what life is like at this fully operational, working farm while meeting a plethora of livestock along the way, there really is something for everyone at Whirlow. The history of the farm itself dates back to the 1600s, but you only need to go back a few decades to discover when the land became a site of educational importance. Following World War II, Sheffield City Council bought the farm and 30 years ago the Whirlow Hall Farm Trust was formed by the great and good of Sheffield for the poor and underprivileged children of the city. The idea was that children could spend the day out in the fresh air and experience the countryside. Ever since then Whirlow Hall Farm Trust have been hosting parties of children Monday to Friday during term time, with an average of 10,000 school children coming to visit each year. “It’s got past just coming to the countryside, it’s also to learn about where food comes from because not a lot of children seem to know these days, for the same reason that the parents don’t,” explains enthusiastic weekend supervisor, Val Slinn.“They come out here to learn about how vegetables grow and why we have them, and the same goes for the different animals too. Lots of kids will see a black and white animal, and they assume it’s a horse because they’ve only ever seen a black and white horse on TV.” But the farm is not just for the kids. At the weekend it opens to all the public, and if you’re a student who wants to get the most out of their time in Sheffield you should definitely put Whirlow Hall Farm on your
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ver wished you could get away from all the strife of city life to a unique picturesque setting out in the country? Well, Whirlow Hall Farm is all that, and then some – and what’s more is that it’s a lot more accessible than you’d ever have thought.
‘to do’ list. Farm tours are held on the hour, 11am to 3pm on both Saturday and Sunday, and take you from the farms quaint courtyard up to what farm volunteers affectionately refer to as ‘Piggy Palace’ – where visitors effectively walk through the lifespan of the pigs before they are sent to slaughter. Next you’ll see the farm’s hundreds of free range turkeys, who clearly don’t realise Christmas is coming, before visiting the lambing fields and chicken coops. In addition the tour also takes you past the other tenants on the farm including ducklings, horses, Shetland ponies, goats and beef cattle. The farm is self-sufficient in that all of its produce never goes on to be sold at your local supermarkets, or for that matter anywhere else. Indeed, the only place you can buy the acclaimed Whirlow Hall Farm products is from the farm shop itself. Farm shop manager, Rob Waitt, is keen to point out that the farm can measure the distance their products travel in metres rather than miles: “The eggs we serve in our café go from coop to frying pan in 100 yards. I don’t know anywhere else you can do that.” If you give into the temptation of the magnificent smell from the farm shop you will also find original products including cheese, butter, pies, jam and honeycomb as well as Sheffield real ale amongst other treats. And if we still haven’t sold it to you
then the farm also caters for those interested in picking their own vegetables, with an extensive range of both fruit and veg to dabble in. The farm itself only employs four staff, so to keep all its facilities open to the public there is a heavy dependence on volunteers. “The farm could not function without its volunteers. We currently have around 80 volunteers but we always need more. Last summer we installed a vineyard and so at busy times like lambing we need all the volunteers we can get to keep us going.” adds Val. To conclude my visit, I ask Val why she thinks people, particularly students, should come up to visit the farm: “It’s a unique experience, it really is a working farm, the animals that are here are going be turned into meat and it is worth being reminded of that now and again. Also, it’s such a beautiful setting and it’s not going to cost a fortune because our tours are free, though donations are warmly received! Plus the meat is fabulous.” I’m sold. DETAILS www.whirlowhallfarm.org Interested in volunteering? Contact email@example.com Bus to get - 30 Address -Whirlow Lane, Sheffield, Yorkshire S11 9QF Phone - (0114) 235 2678 @WhirlowHallFarm
Photography - Tom Walton
Fashion In association with
& & It’s not vintage stupid it’s second hand
We’ll meet again don’t know where don’t know when
rom DVF to YSL, one inescapable influence at the autumn/winter 2011 shows was the fabulous Forties.
Miu Miu’s seasonal campaign stars 14 year old Hailey Steinfeld as a teenage Vivien Leigh for the 21st century, with her shock of long dark hair in a modern-textured victory roll that will have many reaching for their rollers as the days get shorter. Sharp tailoring, demure hemlines and a heavy emphasis on clean and classic glamour are key trends for this season, pulled together with a perfectly arched eyebrow and a deep red lip. Of course the Forties vibe has not escaped the high street, with New Look and Topshop in particular providing a fair few printed tea dresses and faux-fur trims. But the best thing about a trend like this is the potential for buying authentic vintage items – and what better place for it. Sheffield has a wealth of vintage emporiums at the discerning shopper’s disposal. It’s Not Vintage Stupid It’s Second Hand on Division Street is full to
bursting (quite literally) with stock, perfect for a post-lecture rummage on a crisp afternoon. And at Syd and Mallory in The Forum you’ll find reclaimed clothes with that extra special individual touch alongside the best in hand-picked vintage. The Forties was an era of perennial style and class, and by buying vintage you ensure that you get an original piece for your wardrobe that has class and longevity. For the hair and make-up, try a YouTube tutorial and be prepared to put in some effort – our model had the expert hands of Tracy Booton at Gents’ Division tending to her tresses. We used the perfect rustic backdrop of Whirlow Hall Farm as our setting, but this look can be just at home on the city’s streets – and you can let the Sheffield weather give you that natural windswept glow that’ll bring some authenticity to your new Land Girls wardrobe.
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Fashion Previous page & bottom right: Jess wears tweed jacket and handmade skater dress, both from Syd and Mallory. Bottom left: Jess wears linen shirt and skirt (with belt) from It’s Not Vintage Stupid It’s Second Hand and headscarf from Syd and Mallory. Top image: Jess wears fur coat and linen shirt from It’s Not Vintage Stupid It’s Second Hand
Sheffield Fashion Week Words - Mathilde Flannery & Natalie Wood | Photography - Natalie Wood The UK’s largest Fashion Week outside of London brought together fashion, music, architecture and local business. The opening night of Sheffield Fashion Week at Q-Park car park, Rockingham Street on October 6 was full of vampires, horror and alternative fashion. Male models wandered around the guests wearing black capes and vampire fangs. The unexpected funeral procession, revealing a female rising out in just knickers and strategically placed gaffer tape, certainly attracted attention. The fashion show itself was the first introduction of colour. This saw the models wearing everything from latex and underwear to furs and unusual dresses. The girls even did a monster style dance to the macabre songs that were playing. The glimpses of fangs and actions of the models certainly took nothing away from the theme of the night, making guests shiver along with the cold temperatures. The main fashion show at Sheffield’s cathedral on October 11 offered everything from children’s wear, bridal gowns, and incredible body art. The wonderfully gothic setting was the perfect backdrop to the event which celebrated local retailers and designers. The John Lewis team of stylists definitely stole the show with superbly crafted outfits for every occasion. The bridal wear had the audience all excited, with religious inspired looks made up of clear halos, gold and purple body art and simple elegant Grecian gowns. The show stopper dress was a 1920’s style silver sequin dress, with a small train, elegant ‘v’ neck back and high
neck-line. However it was the children’s models for the John Lewis showcase that really got the audience chattering. With early entrances, fantastic posing, and endearing giggles, they added more fun and character than all the other models put together. The final event of the week (October 13) was ‘Be Inspired’ with David Seabourne and Eric Musgrave. The exhibition was a brilliant mixer event for those interested in the fashion industry in Sheffield. Set out across the Winter Gardens the event showcased small Sheffield based designers accompanied by two inspirational speakers. David Seabourne charismatically told the story about the launch of Damsel In A Dress. The collection is designed by Alison Mansell and is stocked in John Lewis and Fenwick’s. Mansell entered the heights of British fashion as the creator of the headline-grabbing grey polka-dot Marks & Spencer dress, worn by Samantha Cameron at the Conservative Party conference in 2009. Eric Musgrave, the final speaker, is a heavyweight fashion industry writer who has been the Editor of FHM and Drapers magazines. Eric chatted his way through menswear trends and the presentation of men’s fashion in magazines. Sheffield Fashion Week 2011 was a great success. Roll on 2012.
Sport Pat in action for Sheffield Eagles
stand off with a rugby international
fter touring with Rugby League’s BUCS Lions, student athlete, Pat Smith, sits down to talk about his experiences and how being a student comes before being an athlete. How long have you been playing rugby? About seven years, I started playing when I was 14. Before I used to play football and cricket but my friends got me into playing rugby. At what point did you realise that you were better than your peers? When I was 14 I got put onto a scholarship scheme for Super League club Hull FC, I also got picked for Yorkshire juniors and England Juniors. It wasn’t expected but I was enjoying playing a new sport and things just took off for me. At that age you just love playing and if you can play at a higher level then that is a bonus. When you first came to university what was it like balancing club rugby and representing your university? Coming to university really helped me. I got in touch with a lot of in the sports departments and I got on a scholarship scheme in the strength and conditioning suite and got loads of support. It kick started me onto bigger and better things such as getting picked for England students and Great Britain.
What course are you on and how do you manage your training as well as your studies? I study Maths, in my third year now. It can get hard to balance the two, I have had a lot of support from my lecturers and others around me to help me balance my work. For example when Australia came over last year I was away from university for 10 days. With my rugby outside of university it is essentially a job but my education is really important, I could get injured next weekend and never play rugby again so it is good to have my studies to fall back on. What was it like when you first got selected for BUCS Lions? It was hard work, travelling a lot making my way through from regional teams, to playing home nations over in Ireland and then I got selected for Great Britain. What was the tour with BUCS Lions like over the summer? It was a once in a lifetime experience going over to Australia and winning the Academic Ashes. Not many sporting teams go over to Australia and win. I really enjoyed visiting places like Brisbane - it is a real rugby town and we went to watch a State of Origin game which was really good. I also enjoyed visiting Cairns because there were a lot of backpackers there
and a lot to see. What was your best and toughest game while you were over there? One of our warm up games against a team made up of the northern territories. They weren’t a student team but it was really good because they were all really big Australians who wanted to show what they were made of, but we had a really good game against them. Now you’re back and playing with Sheffield Eagles what do you hope to achieve with them? We had a pretty good season, reaching the grand final, we lost but we probably didn’t play our best. I broke into the team towards the end of last season so I think I just have to cement my place in the team, playing every week and start performing and making a name for myself. What would you say to any freshers coming through now who represent their sport at a high level? The key to it is to buy into the sport at Hallam. There are so many people who want to help you and so many opportunities sporting wise which can help you develop as an athlete. With the help you get it is easier to be a student athlete where student comes first. Pat made his international debut for Ireland on October 22
Active universities While you were all away over summer, enjoying your holidays and working hard, Sheffield Hallam University was getting active. The university gained a lottery funded grant, which promotes mass participation in sport. It is part of the mass participation legacy from the London 2012 Olympics. Dan Porter, head of sport services at Sheffield Hallam, said: “The funding from
Sport England will help us provide even more opportunities for students to get into a range of sports, some of which they might never have considered before.” The university has used this money and passed it on directly to you, the student. They have done this by using the money to make sport available for all abilities, so if you are a beginner there is nothing to worry about. Likewise if you haven’t played a sport since school like netball or basketball then there is an opportunity
Words - Jonty Bayliss open to you to come down and get taught the basics again and enjoy playing. It is a really fun and easy way to keep active and fit while at university and getting involved could lead to you finding a new passion whilst at university. For more information visit a Sport Hallam facility or pop into the union and pick up an active universities leaflet from the Activities Pod in the Hubs.
Your guide to getting in shape So, you have survived the first two months of the university year! Living away from home and left to fend for yourself, in 99% of cases this will result in Dominoes pizza related love-handles (not to mention the after effects of last night’s post club kebab!) Dragging yourself back into shape doesn’t have to be a battle. When it comes to exercise and diet we all want to find the easiest way possible to lose weight, gain muscle, train for a sport or event. It’s easy to look for fad diets and supplements that promise the world and deliver nothing. All you really need to do is look at the things that really work. Neither dieting nor exercise should be over complicated - it’s incredibly easy to get lost in translation. Follow these five key rules and achieving real weight loss or that Adonis figure you desire is as easy as boiling an egg. 1.The simplest rule when it comes to losing weight is to consume fewer calories than you are burning daily. Cutting out one beer/ glass of wine everyday will equal 1,400 calories weekly. 2. Protein is the key ingredient for lean muscle gain. Your body is a cannibal and without enough protein, your muscles will simply feed on themselves. Think 2g of protein for every 1kg of your bodyweight. 3. The body’s main source of energy is carbohydrate. Without carbohydrate we use fats as energy. Cut out bread, pasta, rice and potatoes in the evening to shed those extra inches. 4. Exercise is key. Being a cardio queen isn’t going to help you. Make sure you spend an equal amount of time using those resistance machines in the gym as you do texting your mates on the cross-trainer! 5. The way you train is just as important. 3-4 times a week is best and make sure every main muscle group is worked hard - that will give you those lean muscle gains. For more training and dieting tips go onto www.shulife.co.uk/sport I’ll be giving tips and guides weekly.
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Sheffield Steelers Vs. Nottingham Panthers
SHEFFIELD STEELERS Formed - 1991 Nickname - Steelers Ground capacity - 8,500 (seated) Attendance: 5,955 Man of the match: Colt King Price of a ticket: £15 Price of a burger: £3.50 Price of a beer: £4 Price of a cup of tea: £1.50
t’s fair to say that the past 15 or so years have seen American sports take much more of the limelight in the UK. Indeed, with every passing year it seems like the Super Bowl singlehandedly drags the profile of American Football up a notch, and other US imports such as baseball and basketball are making their mark on our shores too. Ice Hockey is another example of a North American sport which has gained a stranglehold on the British sporting audience, and Sheffield just happens to be home to the most decorated domestic side in Britain. This year marks the twentieth year of
car or tram, while a handful of fixtures take place at the nearby Ice Sheffield. But whether you’re a hardened ice hockey fan, or just a bit curious, then a trip to one of the Steelers’ home fixtures comes highly recommended from this reporter. Watching ice hockey makes for a unique experience, and it’s not all about the game itself. Prior to faceoff the lights are dimmed before a sizeable crowd and the spectacle begins with Sheffield Steelers’ flags being paraded around the ice by mascots and spotlights pan over the crowd, before a Freddie Mercury impersonator is introduced to the crowd for tongue-incheek renditions of We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions.
Price of a programme: £3 Top chant: Whoosh it’s behind you Next fixtures vs. Edinburgh Nov 6 vs. Hull Nov 13 vs. Nottingham Nov 20
“Watching ice hockey makes for a unique experience, and it’s not all about the game itself ” existence for the Sheffield Steelers, who claimed their 7th Elite Ice Hockey League title last season. If you come down to watch a game you are reminded of their glut of trophy success from the moment you take your seat, as banners hang from the ceiling above the ice detailing each of their 21 league and cup honours.They play the vast majority of their home fixtures at the Sheffield Motorpoint Arena, which is just a short journey from the city centre by
Next comes an impressive VT on the big screen of the teams greatest moments which fades out to the text “We are Steelers, we are champions” as the sides take to the ice to the national anthem, leading to an almost electric atmosphere as the home and away support test out the impressive acoustics of the arena. Unfortunately today’s highly anticipated fixture between the UK’s two biggest ice hockey teams did not go to plan. As the home side crumbled to a meek 4-2
loss against their great rivals. Despite a very late fight back, as a mixture of brilliance from the Panthers’ goaltender and far too much poor discipline left player/coach Ryan Finnerty to reflect on missing out on two valuable Challenge Cup points.
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This month Tom Walton rang America to speak to Bowling For Soup front man, Jaret Reddick. After a Grammy nomination, gold selling album (A Hangover You Don’t Deserve) and platinum selling single (1985,) Bowling For Soup have been in the thick of it since they formed over 17 years ago. Here are Jaret’s best and worst moments so far... Bowling For Soup... Oh man, the best is really hard, I know it sounds super cheesy but we love every moment we do this, we get to make music for a living man! One of the stand-out moments was when we went to the UK for the first time. We went into a Virgin Megastore in London and our album was there in the top 20 rack. It was a very “we did it” kind of moment for us and I’ll never forget that. There aren’t really a lot of bad ones. We spent nine years touring in a van before we made it and I remember one time when I had the flu real bad. The van broke down in the middle of nowhere - we had no money and nowhere to go. That wasn’t a good day but I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world. Bowling For Soup gig... Download 2007 on the main stage was probably the one, we really managed to win the crowd over despite being surrounded by heavy metal bands. There have definitely been some bad ones.
In our early days we had this manager who said we were going to be playing on a strip in some resort but it turned out to be a steak house in the middle of nowhere. When we arrived there was a poster on the door that said ‘live rock and country music from Bowling For Soup’. We were just like “uh oh.” We played to nobody in the end. Gig you’ve attended... I think it was Reading 2000 when I saw Slipknot for the first time. It was like a Broadway show, it was so good, so tight
“The first time we came to the UK we went into a Virgin Megastore in London and our album was there in the top 20 rack. It was a very “we did it” kind of moment for us and I’ll never forget that” and heavy, I’ve never seen anything like that.I won’t name the worst, I’ve seen some bands playing amongst some great bands like Less Than Jake recently. The people who were watching it and thought it was good must have been deaf, I was like “am I getting old?” Venue... As far as crowd goes, the best place for Bowling For Soup to play is Manchester Academy. The energy in that place outweighs anywhere else I’ve played in the
world. When I go and watch gigs I still like the smaller venues, somewhere you can still get to the bar and you don’t feel like you’re being pushed around. I would have to say Myrtle Beach House Of Blues is my favourite. City... There are so many great cities. I love Hamburg, it’s like someone took Amsterdam and put it in the middle of Germany. London is a great place, as is Sheffield. I love Denver, Chicago, but it’s kind of hard to beat New York City. It kind of swallows you up when you first get there but once you get into the mindset it’s an amazing place. I couldn’t pinpoint the worst city, there’s something to do in all cities. There are shows where we go and the gig never seems to be good, like in Jacksonville, Florida. It’s like “why the hell do we keep coming here?!” Life Moment... The best moments in my life were when my kids [Emma, 8 and Jack, 5] were born, though maybe Emma edges it slightly. When she was born Bowling For Soup were nominated for a Grammy on the same day, it was a huge day. It both happened at the same time and it was amazing. I love both my children the same but I have to say Jack is a very close second, I’m sure one day he’ll understand!