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In this crazy edition: Brian Doran interviewed! Student finance explained! PLUS REVIEWS! The best books, albums, DVDs and video games!


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contributors Joanne Ark

Jill Loughlin

is a pinball enthusiast

likes karaoke and travelling

Ryan Sands

Stephen Campbell

throws a mean cocktail

is addicted to Japanese pop music

Chris Chambers

Neil Sharkey

likes wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube men

drinks a mean cocktail and likes a singalong

Colin Gough

Roisin Toman

likes sports

Calum Jones

likes Nirvana and Manchester United

enjoys shopping for clothes

Many Thanks

to all who contributed to the various processes in putting this magazine together - in particular Brian Doran, and all the SRC staff members and students who graciously allowed us to interview them.

EDITOR/CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Ryan Sands EDITOR/ART DIRECTOR: Chris Chambers ADVERT DESIGNER: Calum Jones PHOTOGRAPHY: Jill Loughlin and Joanne Ark RESEARCHER: Roisin Toman and Stephen Campbell ILLUSTRATOR: Neil Sharkey SPORTS COLUMNIST: Colin Gough PAGE LAYOUT: Joanne Ark, Stephen Campbell, Chris Chambers, Colin Gough, Calum Jones, Jill Loughlin, Ryan Sands, Neil Sharkey, Roisin Toman

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WORD FROM THE EDITORS Welcome to Issue One of Sircus Magazine, produced by the hard working Journalism class of 2008/09 - stationed in the Banbridge Campus of the Southern Regional College. The magazine you are holding is the coming to fruition of weeks of planning and deliberating, and many long hours of writing and compiling. Working on this project has helped us all appreciate just how much graft goes into producing a magazine, and this should stand us all in good stead for future employment in the heady and ever-evolving world of publishing. On behalf of the class, I would like to thank Michael Toman for his always constructive and invaluable guidance in bringing this project together. Hope you all enjoy the magazine. RYAN SANDS I won’t lie - designing and writing a magazine from scratch has been quite a challenge for us and our fellow students from the NVQ Journalism class, all of whom have put in mammoth Tuesday afternoon shifts to meet the everchanging deadline dates. But in the end, we’ve had some fun, killed some time, and produced this fine magazine which we feel proud to call our own. The articles inside cover an enormous range of topics - everything from health and student finance, to interviews with some of the staff members from around the SRC, to reviews of music and books from past and present. So from myself and the team, enjoy reading and look forward to issue two... CHRIS CHAMBERS

Here Come the Girls This was the name of the show hosted by the Southern Regional College Level 3 Hairdressing students.


arlier this year the Southern Regional College hosted its first Hairdressing and fashion show. The students worked towards 3 different themes for the show. These were Cut/Colour, Hair Up and Avante Guarde. As well as all hair styles being completed by SRC students, but all make up was completed by Level 2 and 3 Beauty Therapy Students. Special guests attending the event included Chief Executive of the SRC Brian Doran, and Elaine Nesbitt. There were three judges attending the event: Gail Press, who has owned her own salon for 14 yrs and has over 20 yrs of experience since she started her career in a top Belfast salon group, she has also done photo shoots for some big named glossy magazines and then became a trainer and stylist before setting up on her own. Maria Woolsey from Allure Beauty Salon who is qualified in level 2 and 3 and nail technology and reflexology . She has been in the beauty industry for 9 yrs and has been working for Allure for 6 yrs. The final judge was Stephen from Stephen International. Also taking part were some fashion students who created some very original outfits for the models to wear in the show. All three categories had separate winners; The Cut/Colour category was won by Paula Doran, the Hair Up category was won by Catherine Curran, and the Avante Guarde category was won by Katrina Campbell. There was also an overall winner for best make up which was awarded to Belinda Wick. All proceeds from the hair show tickets and raffle went to the Neo Natal Unit at Craigavon Area Hospital.

I hope that this is the first of many hair shows to be held here in the Southern Regional College -Brian Doran

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AHHH ..... Not the money Being a student is an expensive business - £11,000 a year on average, according to the government. After rent and fees, you can still have some left over for a social life. So how do you draw up a budget that’s realistic ?


here are a many ways for you to manage your money. Sticking to them is another issue. We’ve included a few easy steps and money saving tips to help you strech the pennies. 1. Put pen to paper Start with a sheet divided into two sections headed Income and Expenses and write down all of your sources of money and all the things you expect to have to shell out for. Don’t forget costs like laundry or library charges, alongside rent, food and books. Being aware of how you spend your money can also show you where you could be saving, such as cutting down on coffees or making your own sandwiches. 2. Organise your income While expenses will crop up on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, your income may come in a lump sum. If you get a maintenance loan, for example, it will arrive in chunks at the start of each term. If you have been working in the summer holidays before you start college, you will have a lump sum at the start of the year. It can be a good idea to put the money to cover your rent or hall fees into a separate account that you don’t touch on a day-to-day basis. That way you know how much you have left to spend for the rest of the term. Divide up any money you have left so you know how much you have to spend each week. Whether income is in the form of a loan, parental contribution, bursary or

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wages know where it’s coming from before it arrives. Work out how it breaks down week-by-week or term-

5. Get a discount Look out for deals and take advantage of money off vouchers,

Maximise your income with a job. A few part-time hours really take the pressure of the budget. And if your working, your not spending ! by-term and try and stick with it. 3. Maximise your income Four out of 10 students - 750,000 undergraduates - have a job while they study. But you shouldn’t work too hard, say the experts. Try to keep it to less than 15 hours a week in term time. Full-time work in the holidays can be tax-free and good for your CV as well as your bank balance. If you don’t yet have a parttime job but want to budget for one, expect to earn between £70 and £100 a week. 4. Don’t be afraid to get help Your university or college bank branch will most likely have a student adviser. Take advantage of them - the advice will be free and they can help you manage your money better. Ask about free student banking, overdraft interest rates and charges, and any student loans they offer. Your student welfare office will also have seen it all before, and might be able to help with access college hardship funds.

bogofs – buy one get one free offers - and student deals in restaurants, bars or at the cinema.

Learn to use your head ...... Learn to look elsewhere

Why get ripped off for new clothes, when all you’re being charged for is the label in the corner. You’re paying to be a walking bill-board. Try and make do with what you have. Repair what you have if you can. But when you truly need something, don’t be afraid to check out charity stores. You’ll find a lot of top quality items including cloths that large stores give to charities. And the profits go to a good cause. So remember, recycle, re-use and respect a good cause.

Use the NUS Extra card to get money off at your favourite retailers. National and regional offers are listed on student-focused discount websites like and 6. Learn to cook Even the college canteen will charge a couple of pounds for something you can make yourself in a matter of minutes. Make your own sandwiches, refill your water or juice bottle, buy a flask and make your own tea for lectures. Use markets to buy cheap vegetables and fruit, support local traders, buy a decent cookbook in the sale, or at a secondhand shop, and get staples like rice in bulk and you can eat well for £25 a week. See our student recipes if you need inspiration in our food section.

items or short-term borrowing, but don’t keep money on it for longer than the 0% offer lasts – you will be hammered with interest. If you don’t have a 0% card, remember to include the repayments in your monthly budget.

Why pay for something you can make yourself 9. Keep tabs on your spending Bank online, read your statements, look at receipts, save your coppers in a jar, compare prices in the

supermarket and don’t take out more than you need from the cash machine. It all helps you keep control of what you’ve got. 10. Avoid unnecessary expenses Don’t smoke, obviously. It’s bad for your health and is very expensive. A10-a-day habit will cost you £80 a month - £1,000 a year. If you are living in private accommodation make sure you don’t pay council tax and sort out your TV licence with your housemates - you only need one for the household, not one each. And avoid laundrettes if you can they chew through money: either share a load with a flatmate or rent a washing machine for the flat (from £3 a week). Remember every little helps.

7. Turn unneeded things into cash Amazon is a great place to buy and sell used textbooks worth knowing when faced with a £150 reading list. Auction sites like eBay are also good for getting rid of unwanted Christmas presents or misplaced purchases. If not online, use campus noticeboards and bookshops. 8. Manage your debt You will be offered student overdrafts, student credit cards and student storecards but think carefully before you accept any of them. A low-interest overdraft can be a useful tool to help stretch the term’s money, but watch the fees and the interest rate. A 0% credit card can also be useful for paying off big-ticket

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A lot stock out on display in our shops are mostly new from well known shops like Primark, C&A, Benetton and Marks and Spencers.



ylie Minogue has proved she’s just like the rest of us and loves nothing more than a good rummage in a charity shop for some vintage bargains.

Most charity shops have noticed an increase in customers coming into their shops. Last year profits for charity shops broke through the £100m mark as consumers struggling with the credit crunch hunted for bargains.

The singer recently snapped up two dresses, a skirt and a hat from a Salvation Army store for less than £20. It’s not Kylie’s first charity shopping session, the famous gold hot pants she wore in the video for ‘Spinning Around’ were picked up for 50p from a London Oxfam Shop. We’re used to seeing Kylie dripping in designer so it’s nice to know she appreciates a bargain as much as the rest of us! Is Johnny Depp feeling the pinch? The Pirates Of The Caribbean star was spotted browsing charity shops in Bath, where he’s got a pad. The dishevelled Depp was spotted buying a hat from a charity shop for £3. Actress Dame Helen Mirren buys her clothes from charity shops when she travels to movie locations around the world. The 61-year-old, can’t bring herself to spend lots of money on clothing. She says, “If I travel anywhere particularly cold or hot, I don’t take any clothes with me. “At the airport I’ll ask the taxi driver to take me to the nearest charity shop where I’ll buy what I need for the trip. “When it’s time to come home, I take them back to the shop. That way I don’t have to haul luggage around with me and I get the pleasure of wearing a new outfit for only 50 pence!” Victoria Beckham insists she is not a slave to designer labels - she often picks

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She says, “I don’t actually spend a lot of money on clothes and I always mix high street buys with vintage. Oxfam is great for a spot of bargain-hunting, it’s amazing what people get rid of, and it’s good to help such a great cause.” There are a wide range of charity shops most high streets have at least a couple. There are charity shops to support all sorts of charities from Save the Children, the British Heart Foundation, and The

Red Cross to Help the Aged. In this current economic climate charity shops are well placed for cash-strapped consumers looking for bargains. For many people it’s not finding a bargain but also it is in fact something of a treasure hunt where finding the right piece is both exciting and hugely rewarding.

from Woolworths. Any used items on display are always in very good condition and anything that is not we send them off to be recycled. We also steam clean used clothes before displaying in the shop.” If you are looking for a bargain and something unique from the High Street why not try your local charity shops. There you will find an assortment of goods ranging from mens, womens and childrens clothes, handbags, shoes, football boots, ornaments, jewellery, toys, books, cds, dvds, video games, brica-brac, linen, curtains and furniture. So join the celebrities and visit your local charity shop now!

I ALWAYS MIX HIGH STREET BUYS WITH VINTAGE, OXFAM IS GREAT FOR A SPOT OF BARGAIN-HUNTING up bargains in charity shops. The singerturned-fashion designer is adamant that she is not picky about her clothes and doesn’t mind where her garments come from as long as they are stylish. And Beckham admits that she often buys from Oxfam charity shops, because it’s easy to pick up a bargain.

June Hewitt, Manager of a local Oxfam shop in Lisburn said “A lot stock out on display in our shops are mostly new from well known shops like Primark, C&A, Benetton and Marks and Spencers. We also receive stock from shops closing down for example we have a lot of stock


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Media Courses There are a wide range of SRC courses to consider when you decide a career in the media or multimedia is for you.


he NVQ Level 4 Journalism course, running in Banbridge, offers the main industry recognised qualification for the media and is recognised by the National Union of Journalists. The course is one year long and takes in many of the different aspects of journalism such as shorthand, media law, news and feature writing, and, indeed, the creation of the magazine you hold in your hands. It is a great basis for those wishing to find employment in print media or the media in general. The BTEC Higher National Diploma in Media will appeal to those wishing to study media with an emphasis on audio and moving image. This will involve the use of camcorders, audio recorders, and production hardware and software to produce creative results. Based in the Armagh Campus, topics

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studied include music, programme production, multi-track recording and video editing. This course acts as a pathway to the BA (Hons) Degree in Creative Imaging, based in Lurgan, which is designed for those who aim for a career in illustration.

The course will enable students to produce interactive web pages, and design and evaluate a prototype multimedia system. The Higher National Diploma in Music Production is a full-time two year course that focuses on the demand for elec-

It is a great basis for those wishing to find employment in print media or the media in general. It is dedicated to two major areas of study – photography and graphic design – and takes in advertising, digital imaging, contemporary practice and real life design problems. The Foundation Degree Course in Interactive Multimedia aims to provide students with the skills required for employment in the increasing multimedia sector, with students learning a wide variety of diverse topics such as HTML, animation, sound, video and interactive programming. Achievement of the Foundation Degree provides the opportunity of progressing to Year Two of the Honours Degree in Interactive Multimedia Design at the University of Ulster. The BTEC Higher National Diploma in Interactive Media is for those who specifically wish to study Interactive Media with an emphasis on design and media production. Professional sound production, image manipulation and animation are just some of the many topics covered. This course can also lead on to the BA Hons Degree in Creative Imaging. The Professional Multimedia and Website Design Course should appeal to anyone who has a good base of knowledge of IT and an interest in the internet and design of websites.

tronic music based professional, and will help to develop industry level skills and expertise. The course has a strong emphasis on current music and studio production, and will integrate technology and creativity with entrepeneurial skills. Topics covered by the course include principles of musical sound, audio recording and live sound. Students may choose to continue their studies to degree level in a related area. RYAN SANDS

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The Silent Killer Aspartame is an artificial sweetener used in many everyday products, particularly those marketed as sugar free, fat free and for children.


esearch has found aspartame causes many health problems, including cancers such as brain tumors and increased levels of ADHD to name but a small few. No substance, “not even arsenic”, causes so many different symptoms. But how many people consume arsenic 5 times a day, every day of their lives? It is commonly found in most diet soft drinks such as diet coke, and is provided as a table sweetener. it is also found in low calorie bars, chocolate bars, crisps, fast food, children’s drinks and sweets, many ready meals and prepacked food. it is also used in some brands of chewable vitamin supplements and common in many sugar-free chewing gums and has now been found in some chewing gums that are not sugar free. In the European Union, it is also known under the E number E951. This sweetener is marketed under a number of trademark names, including Equal, NutraSweet, and Canderel. The artificial sweetener aspartame has been the subject of public controversy regarding its safety since 1974. Some studies recommended further investigation into any possible connection between aspartame and diseases such as brain tumors, brain lesions, and lymphoma and other cancers. These studies, combined with allegations of conflicts of interest in the approval process have been the focus of wide spread criticism regarding the use and possible risks of aspartame. Particular attention has been drawn to the fact that although first banned, original approval was gained by US Food and Drug Administration officials, who upon approval gained lucrative positions on the board of the company who sold the chemical; Monsanto. An analysis of peer reviewed medical literature was conducted by Ralph G.

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Walton, MD, Chairman, The Center for Behavioral Medicine, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. Dr. Walton analyzed 164 studies which were felt to

Dizziness Blackouts Memory loss Chronic fatigue Slurring speech Confusion

Aspartame has been proven to kill. No substance, not even arsenic, causes so many different harmful effects have relevance to human safety questions. Of those studies, 74 studies had aspartame industry-related sponsorship and 90 were funded without any industry money. Of the 90 non-industry-sponsored studies, 83 (92%) identified one or more problems with aspartame. Of the seven studies which did not find problems, Six of those studies were conducted by the FDA. Given that a number of FDA officials went to work for the aspartame industry immediately following approval (including the former FDA Commissioner), many consider these studies to be equivalent to industrysponsored research. Of the 74 aspartame industry-sponsored studies, all 74 (100%) claimed that no problems were found with aspartame. This is reminiscent of tobacco industry research where it is primarily the tobacco research which never finds problems with the product, but nearly all of the independent studies do find problems. KNOWN EFFECTS: Seizures and convulsions Attention deficit disorder Headache and Migraines

Skin problems Numbness Tingling Depression Insomnia Irritability Panic attacks Personality shift Phobias Asthma Chest pains Hypertension Nausea Vomitting Diarrhea Abdominal pain Swallowing pain Itching Allergic reaction Menstraul harm Impotency Urination pain Brain cancer Panic disorder Depression Arthritis Diabetes Epilepsy Birth defects Blood defects

The Troubling Truth about Sweeteners and Artificial Additives

We are living in an age that is rampant with health scares of all kinds. Today, even obesity is being considered an everspreading epidemic that we are unable to control.

However, when we get down to the bare bones of our modern problems, the causes are all the same: we over-consume, we produce dangerous toxins and chemicals that we pump into the air and into our food before subjecting our bodies to this lethal mix.

The artificial additives in foods we eat are slowly killing us

By replacing sugar with sweeteners like Sucralose and Aspartame, we are just trading one problem for another. 
Aspartame, which is used in many diet versions of soda and sweets, and Sucralose, which is marketed as Splenda are being used as a sugar substitute in more products every day. There are 92 side-effects reported by those who consume the chemical, ranging from headaches and chest pains to hypertension, impotence, breathing problems, and brain tumors.


he debate over the use of artificial sweeteners and other additives has been raging ever since the 1970s, when it was discovered that sugar substitutes cyclamate and saccharine caused cancer. Since then, sweeteners have slowly changed name as new tests prove that they are bad for us, while greedy product manufacturers insist that this is not true and continue using them.

The most popular artificial sweeteners, Aspartame and Sucralose, which is marketed as Splenda, and are being used dangerously as a sugar substitute in more products every day.

 Of course, many of us have never heard a positive report about Aspartame. There are 92 medicially and clinicially proven side-effects reported by those who have tested, studied and consumed the chemical, ranging from headaches and chest pains to hypertension, impotence, breathing problems, and brain tumors. In fact, your body converts parts of the chemical Aspartame into formaldehyde, which ends up in the brain and may cause problems to the entire central nervous system.

Industry advocates claim that you would have to consume massive amounts of Aspartame in order to feel any of these negative effects, just as they claim that evidence supporting the carcinogenic properties of all additives are “inconclusive.” It’s no wonder that so many of us are overweight and unhealthy when food producers are only too happy to offer us substances that are acceptable because they ‘might’ not make us sick. In recent years, Sucralose has been hailed as the new solution to forms of poisonous sweeteners. It is made out of a combination of sucrose and chlorine, which many scientists say make this

new additive more akin to a poisioness pesticide like DDT than to a sugar substitute. 

Splenda is supposed to pass undamagingly through the body; however, lab tests have shown that it has mutagenic effects on the thymus gland,

Sucralose more akin to a poisonous pesticide like ddt than to a natural sugar the liver, kidneys, and intestinal tract. Unfortunately, tests have only been done on animinals, and the food industry claim that this does not prove anything about how humans will react to the product. In fact, Splenda claims that they are offering us a product that is safe for even the smallest child to enjoy. This is an odd claim, since it seems unlikely that something damaging to an animal would be perfectly harmless for a child?
The real fact of the matter is that artificial sweeteners and other additives are, by and large, chemicals produced in labs, and were never intended to feed human bodies. The more artificial and unnatural the product, the more likely it is to affect the basic

structure of our DNA, causing cancer, organ damage, or brain defects.

Dyes, preservatives, and flavor enhancers such as MSG, Nitrates, Sulphites, and even caramels (dyes used in soft drinks and alcohol) have all shown signs of causing cancer and other mutations in the human body. They are also believed by many to cause hyperactivity in children, blood pressure problems, asthma, and even arthritis.

These additives play a major role in the current obesity crisis. 
 The majority of sweeteners and artificial additives are found in fatty, salty, sugary foods that are poissioning us to begin with. These additives just make foods that are bad for us longer lasting, better tasting, cheaper, and more addictive.

We just have to keep reminding ourselves that when it comes to artificial additives, every little bit hurts. If we can stick to eating whole, natural foods that are free of dyes, preservatives and flavor enhancers, we eliminate many of the cancer risk-factors in this day and age.

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use your head...

Journalism Students put

Brian Doran in the Hot Seat


veryone knows Brian Doran as the chief executive of the SRC, you have seen his picture, watched his video and you may even have met him before. The Journalism NVQ level four class was set the task to interview him. Although many of the staff and students of the SRC know Mr. Doran as a figure head, the main man, the boss if you like but we got to know that he is in fact just as normal as you and I.

Did you always want to be involved in education? I never really thought of a career in education until I was selecting my A-Level subjects. When I was completing my UCAS forms I decided to do a joint honours degree in Physics and Computer Science at Queens University Belfast. This gave me the option to do a Post Graduate certificate to take up teaching. I then decided to take up this opportunity and I completed my Post Graduate Certificate in Education. My first teaching job was in my previous school the Abbey Grammar School Newry where I taught physics. After a year at this I was successful enough to become a lecturer in Computer Science at Newry College. Did you have any wild dreams when you were a child? When I was younger I have to say that my real dream was to be a footballer, more specifically a Manchester United player and score in the FA Cup Final. Dead or alive, who are the top five people you would most like to meet? I would have to say Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama for starters, and being

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a Man Utd fan I would have to say Sir Alex Ferguson and Rafa Benitez but only to wind him up with quotes from Alex, I would also like to meet Einstein.

cook for yourself Carol Douglas Campus Service Administrator

If you were stranded on a dessert island what three things would you bring with you? Definitely a good bottle of wine, a good book and Dr. Who’s Tardis. What is you most prized possession and why? My wife and children of course.

When I was younger my real dream was to play for Manchster United and score in the FA Cup Final Are you a cat lover or a dog lover? Neither. I have no desire to own an animal. What is your all time favorite song? I would have to say ‘More than a Feeling by Boston.’ What sort of programmes do you watch? I mainly watch news, current affairs and sports programmes, mainly ‘Match of the Day.’ So if you are ever meeting Mr. Doran at least you now have a conversation topic. As you can see not only does Brian have an admiration for football like a lot of men in the world but he is also a family man and has surprisingly good taste in music.

1. What do you do at the college? I work at the reception desk at the college and deal with queries students have regarding courses and do admin work. 2. What do you like about your job? I am not doing the same thing every day, no two days are the same. I also get to meet students of all different ages. 3. What do you dislike about your job? Awkward customers. 4. When is your busiest time in the year? The students enrolment in September. 5. What hours do you work? I work from 9am to 5pm. 6. What would be your dream job? I would love to travel around the world so my dream job would be anything to do with traveling. 7. If you could invent something what would it be? Something you could use just the once to get rid of gray hairs and not have to use hairdye. 8. Finish this sentence – My life would be simpler ……? If I had no money worries!

Spaghetti carbonara 3-4 tbsp cooking oil
1 onion,
150g unsmoked streaky bacon or pancetta,150ml double cream,
2 large eggs,
50g grated parmesan,
Handful of chopped parsley,
1 clove garlic, crushed
enough spaghetti or linguini for four Method Heat a pan, then add the oil and cook the onion until translucent and sweet. Meanwhile, chop the bacon or pancetta into matchstick-like pieces. Try to separate each rasher out so that it doesn’t all stick together. Beat the eggs and then add the cream and grated parmesan and mix together with black pepper. Stir in a handful of chopped parsley. Keep to one side. Remove the onion from the pan; cook the bacon in the same pan, adding a little oil if necessary, and cook until it starts to turn crispy. Add the onions back to the pan. Add the crushed garlic and season with black pepper. Keep warm over a low heat. Cook some spaghetti until soft but still a bit nutty. Drain well and add the hot pasta to the onion and bacon. Mix them so they combine well. Remove from heat and add egg, cream and cheese mixture. The heat of the spaghetti will cook the egg and melt the cheese. Stir well and serve.

Cooking is not high on the student agenda. But you can feed yourself with a minimum of fuss, cash or cooking knowhow. These recipes are cheap, fast and easy to follow. They should serve four people. Perhaps you could have little cooperatives where you all put in £2 to buy the ingredients: someone shops, someone else cooks and you draw straws for the washing-up.

of salt
Handful of chopped mint
150g cucumber

A simple healthy salad can spruce up any quick dish

Shape the mackerel mixture into four equal-size fish cakes, then dip each one into the egg mixture to coat it all over. Drop the cakes into the cornflakes and coat them with the cereal. Heat an ovenproof frying pan and fry the fish cakes on both sides over a moderate heat until browned on each side, then put into the oven for about 15 minutes. While they are cooking, mix the dressing ingredients. Peel and deseed the cucumber (cut it in half and scoop the seeds out), and finely slice this. Add the cucumber to the dressing and mix well. When the fish cakes are cooked, rest briefly on kitchen paper.

bowl. Lightly mash them with a fork. To this add the flaked mackerel flesh (skin removed), the horseradish and capers. Mix together. Crush the cornflakes in a cereal bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the two eggs well.

Plating up I add a salad garnish of cherry tomatoes and rocket leaves. Chop the tomatoes and mix with the rocket. I make a dressing of runny honey, balsamic vinegar, oil and crushed garlic, and mix this through the salad. any salad leaves.

Method Preheat the oven to 180C. Boil the potatoes with their skins on and, when cooked, remove from the water and allow to cool. When they are cool enough to handle, peel them and put into a

Smoked mackerel fish cakes with yoghurt and cucumber Smoked mackerel is incredibly cheap and it’s very good for you, full of omega oils. Most supermarkets sell packs of fillets. Fish Cakes 300g potatoes
200g smoked mackerel fillets, skin removed and flesh flaked
2 tsp horseradish sauce
50g capers
3 large handfuls of cornflakes, crushed
2 eggs, beaten Dressing Juice of ½ lemon
1 tsp caster sugar
2 tbsp olive oil
150g Greek yoghurt

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The course is recognized by the National Union of Journalists and candidates will be eligible for a NUJ Priceless student press card during their time on the course.

Why you should....

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journalismcourse Catherine Woods Student Activities Co-Ordinator

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attoos a precieved in many different ways by people.

Some may find tattoos offensive or it may be against a persons religious belief to get one. They may find it hard to understand why people would endure the pain to be left with an inky scar . Others have the opposite opinion and feel it is a good way to express themselves. People may get a tattoo of their childrens names as a sign of affection. They might get a symbol which represents their religious beliefs or to express their nationality. In any case tattoos are become more and more popular. It is true that if a person has a visible tattoo, it may affect their chances of getting a job. This is of course unfair because, although a company may want to protect their ‘image’, a person with no tattoos is no more capable in doing a job than a person that is covered in tattoos. It is true that when we get old our skin will wrinkle and any tattoos which we may have will sag. However when we get to that stage in our lives i doubt that any of us will want to show off our saggy skin, regardless of whether or not it is tattooed. The fact of the matter is alot of highly successful people have tattoos. Particularly our celebrity idols.

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Here are the top five celebrities with tattoos:

1.Rhianna - Stars on the back of her neck. 2.Cheryl Cole - Tribal design on her hand 3.Angelina Jolie - Dragon on her left arm 4. Pete Wentz - Clandestine Skull/Bat on his stomach 5. Chester Bennington - Flames on his wrists/forearms

By Lynn Quinn

T 1. What do you do at the college? I organize activities for students to enhance their experience at the colleges. I also coordinate activities for the Student Unions. 2. What do you like about your job? I enjoy my job as it is different every day. I also enjoy organizing fun things to do for the students in the five colleges. 3. What do you dislike about your job? That there are not enough hours in the day to get things done. 4. When is your busiest time in the year? Busy mostly all year round but September and mid-term would be the busiest times in the year. 5. What hours do you work? I work from 9am to 5pm and sometimes it depends when certain activities finish during the day if I am out with students. 6. What would be your dream job? My dream job would be a fashion designer. 7. What would you invent to make things easier in life? A cloning machine 8. Finish this sentence – My life would be simpler ……? If I won the lottery.

A lot of work is packed into a relatively short time. I have thoroughly enjoyed the wide range of subjects on offer. Chris Jones Working in a successful Belfast magazine


Entry of Course Requirements NVQ programmes in Journalism do t $BOEJEBUFTXJMMCF required to have at least one A level pass (Grade E or above) t "OPWFSBMMQBTTJOB GNVQ or VCE Advanced Certificate t "OPWFSBMMQBTTBU National Diploma level t &WJEFODFPG  prior knowledge and achievement as well as materials published or broadcast may be assessed at an initial interview t &EVDBUJPOBMMZ  mature candidates will also be eligible to apply


not have a time limit for completion: however the programme can be completed within one year of study. Candidates will be required to spend three days per week (Monday – Wednesday) working in the Banbridge Campus and the remainder of the week (Thursday and Friday and possibly the weekends) in an industrial work placement, such as a newspaper or magazine.

his course is offered to people seeking the main industry recognized qualification for the media. Training and assessment for this demanding profession will be offered in the following aspects of newspaper and periodical journalism; media law, online and internet journalism, media ethics, public administration, shorthand, building portfolios, subbing and layout techniques, investigative and interviewing skills, news and feature writing. The course gave me a solid grounding and equipped me for my work in the Times. It is a very comprehensive course and several students from my year are in responsible jobs in newspaper and television. Fomer student Patrick Van Dort, now sports editor of the Portadown Times

What Next? 

NVQs are nationally recognized qualifications for journalists who are working, or who wish to return to work within the UK media industry. Previously successful candidates have gained employment as reporters, researchers, presenters, sub-editors in local and regional print journalism, national newspapers, television, radio and public relations. Others have operated successfully as freelance journalists, establishing their own magazines or web pages.

Assessment Candidates will be requires to produce a portfolio of evidence containing published material, written answers to questions set on journalism theory and practice as well as copies of examination papers and projects in law, ethics, public administration and shorthand. (Possibly photography – time permitting).

For further information please contact: Mrs Lynne Quinn (Course coordinator Banbridge Campus) E:



Whatever, Nevermind Fifteen years on from the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain we remember the album that changed everything - Nevermind.


pril 8 2009 marked 15 years since Kurt Cobain’s lifeless body was found in his Seattle


To mark the anniversary of Kurt’s death we take a fresh look at Nirvana’s seminal album, Nevermind. The inevitability of Cobain’s death in 1994 by a self inflicted gun shot wound did nothing to numb the loss of perhaps the last true rock icon. Music had been crying out for Kurt for years before his arrival, only for him to rob it of himself again so swiftly. Kurt and fellow Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic were the godfathers of grunge whether they liked it or not. And Kurt himself had no say on the matter of becoming the new figurehead and spokesperson of the generation dubbed ‘X’. I think it is unfair to echo the views of so many who would claim that Cobain never craved success or recognition, but he certainly wasn’t prepared for the intrusion into his life and the compulsory responsibility that accompanied his newfound fame and prominence following the release of Nevermind. In hindsight and reminiscence it’s easy to single out points in history that changed the face of rock music. But there are only a select few that could be pinpointed in their own time as being defining instances. The release of Nevermind stands as one of these moments. What the Beatles did for popular music itself and Jimi Hendrix for the electric guitar, Nevermind did for the rock music landscape in the early 1990’s. Rock had defiled itself in the 1980’s, with glam metal bands like Mötley Crüe, Poison, Ratt and Twisted Sister rising to prominence and, despite the best efforts of bands like Guns n’ Roses and Metallica to preserve its edge, grittiness and danger, glam metal was gathering for its second assault at the rock stronghold

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towards the turn of the decade. The demise of the fake world of poodlehair and make-up had been coming for a while but few could argue against Nevermind delivering the final, fatal blow.



unrelenting in his insistence that the shot be used, declaring that the only compromise he would agree to was a sticker covering the offending part of the child’s anatomy

What the Beatles did for popular music itself and Jimi Hendrix for the electric guitar, Nevermind did for the rock music landscape in the early 1990’s. With its arrival an entire generation felt like they had a place in society at last, like they finally belonged. After releasing their first album, Bleach, on indie label Sub Pop, Nirvana signed to Geffen Records subsidiary DGC in 1990. Nevermind was released on September 24, 1991 and early projections by DGC were that the album would sell 250,000 copies. By the end of the year it was selling 400,000 copies a week. Lead single “Smells Like Teen Spirit” seemed to capture every angst-ridden teenager in the western world with its stuttering and clangy guitar intro. It was everywhere, soon becoming this behemoth, a great tidal wave that the band and everyone else involved with the single had no control over; an omen for the even greater loss of control that Cobain himself would soon experience. Propelled by the force of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Nevermind knocked Michael Jackon’s Dangerous off the top spot of the Billboard 200 chart in January of 1992. The iconic image on the front cover of a naked newborn baby grabbing for a dollar bill underwater caused controversy at the time and an alternative cover was prepared in which the baby’s penis was not visible. However, Cobain was

Artist - Nirvana Album - Nevermind Release date - September 24, 1991

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that read, “If you’re offended by this, you must be a closet pedophile.” Cobain claimed that he conceived the idea for the image when he was watching a programme with Dave Grohl about water births before mentioning it to Geffen’s art director Robert Fisher. When they settled on an image the stock house that held the rights to the photograph requested $7,500 a year for its use so Fisher instead sent a photographer to a pool for babies to get some shots. He produced five pictures and the band finally decided on the image of three month old Spencer Elden, the son of the photographer’s friend. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” kicked off the album but Nevermind contained many songs with just as much to say as its opening track. “In Bloom” - a rework of a 1990 recording.The lyrics in the song targeted the outsiders who began taking an interest in Nirvana and even began to turn up at their shows following their previous, modest success after the release of Bleach. Track number three was “Come As You Are”. It opened with a murky, echoey intro and Cobain eerily sings over and over again the line, “I don’t have a gun.” “Lithium”, the album’s fifth track, opens with an airy, floaty riff of nonchalance and ambivalance, a theme continued in the lyrics. What exactly it’s about is open to interpretation, like most of Nirvana’s songs. “Polly” is a harrowing, acoustic tale based on the real-life abduction and rape of a 14 year old girl in Tacoma in 1987. Nirvana played a selection of

Track listing 1. Smells Like Teen Spirit 2. In Bloom 3. Come as You are 4. Breed 5. Lithium 6. Polly 7. Territorial Pissings 8. DrainYou 9. Lounge Act 10. Stay Away 11. On a Plain 12. Something In The Way

... a burning beacon in the world of rock music. benefit concerts to help rape victims and upon hearing this song Bob Dylan apparently remarked of Cobain, “That kid’s got heart.” The whole album is on-off heavy and hard to light and soft and ends with the haunting “Something In The Way”. Reports say that Nirvana were having difficulties recording the song and Cobain in his frustration came in to the control room with the same guitar he used on Polly and sat down on a couch and began to play, telling producer Butch Vig that the song should sound like this.

Vig said, “I turned off the air conditioner and everything else and had the phones shut off. He was playing and singing so quietly. But we got it down on tape. Later on, we overdubbed drums and Kurt added some harmonies. But it was all built around the acoustic track.” Less than three years after the release of Nevermind Kurt Cobain committed suicide with a shotgun to join the infamous “27 club”. Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrsion, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones, all rock stars who departed from time at this horribly young age. In his suicide note Kurt quoted Neil Young when he said, “It’s better to burn out than to fade away.” With Nevermind he and Nirvana left a burning beacon in the world of rock music. A beacon the like of which that world is crying out for once more.


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Welcome to Shawshank Starring - Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman

Director - Frank Darabont

Original Release - 1994

DVD Release - 2001

Classification - 15

Running Time - 136 minutes


ased on the Stephen King novella, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, The Shawshank Redemption tells the story of Andy Dufresne (Robbins), a banker who is wrongly imprisoned for the murder of his wife and her lover. Dufresne spends nearly two decades in the fictional Shawshank State Prison, and the film focuses on the friendship he builds there with fellow inmate Red (Freeman) and his subsequent escape. Andy gains the respect of the guards at Shawshank when he offers the ultra-violent Captain Hadley a solution to ensure a forthcoming inheritance will remain tax-free. Following the incident, Andy is given a makeshift office in the prison library to provide financial services to his growing clientele. Even Warden Norton himself soon takes advantage of Andy’s abilities and in return he allows Andy to store an unusual amount of contraband in

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Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free. his cell. Unbeknownst to the Warden at the time, the contraband will ultimately provide Andy with his passge of escape. Despite a less than startling showing at the box office in 1995 The Shawshank Redemption was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Morgan Freeman. It failed to win a single gong, with Forrest Gump, starring Tom Hanks (who turned down the role of Dufresne to play Gump), dominating to win six awards. The Shawshank Redemption is now regarded as one of the all time greats and in a poll of Empire magazine readers for the greatest movie of all time in 2006 it was voted number one.


An inspirational tale of hope triumphing over adversity, The Shawshank Redemption is rightfully regarded as one of the greatest films of all time.

Game Reviews Deadly Creatures Nintendo Wii

Ultimate Mega Drive Collection Xbox 360 / PlayStation 3

Creepy crawlies are often cast as the villains of the piece in video games, fodder for errant shotgun fire and good old-fashioned stompings. Deadly Creatures however sees the playing field levelled, with players taking the role of a scorpion and a spider and battling through legions of their own kind. The two characters have individual controls and move sets - the more agile spider can utilise long range pounce attacks and web fire, while the scorpion is adept at close quarters combat, with a block function and over-the-top finishing moves not unlike those of its Mortal Kombat namesake. Fighting is simplistic but entertaining, although it suffers at times from unresponsive controls and enemies that crowd. The game’s ten stages are divided between the two characters, each of whom are able to access different pathways through the use of their different abilities - mostly digging, webslinging and jumping. Traversing the same desert areas several times nevertheless becomes tedious, especially when more imaginative settings like a burnt out car and the innards of a cactus only feature in fleeting passages of play.

‘Ultimate’ seems like a bit of a stretch this is instead a fairly good Mega Drive Collection, as would be any collection that tries to summarise a console’s entire library in just over 40 titles. Predictably, most of that allowance is spent celebrating the classic Sonic games, Streets of Rage trilogy, Golden Axe trilogy and Shining series, but space is also allocated for a few lesser-known titles, including comic strip based beatem-up Comix Zone. Eagle-eyed pedants will however note that there are several unforgivable omissions from the lineup, and to list a few of them here would be an injustice to the others. Suffice to say there are plenty. Menu layout is basic but useful, and provides easy access to the games list (which can be sorted alphabetically or by favourites) and interviews, box art, trivia and other extras. All of the included games are excellent, and the convenience of having them all on a single disk for modern consoles will no doubt be appreciated by nostalgic gamers who have long since parted with their Mega Drives. The only major problem with this collection is that it’s misnamed.

Killzone: Liberation PlayStation Portable Unlike its PS2 and PS3 kin this game is not in fact a first person shooter, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s a cheap spin-off of some kind. Combining strategy, stealth and cover shooting mechanics, and played from a Metal Gear Solid style overhead perspective, Liberation is a bold and original title designed to the strengths of the PSP hardware. The single analog stick controls both movement and direction of fire, with a lock-on feature ensuring that shots hit their intended target - the skill is thus in timing when to pop up from cover

Still, stages are well designed and have a persistent and appropriately ‘bristly’ look, while neat moments like finding a doll’s head with bugs coming out of the eye socket, or a cracked mobile phone which casts a creepy blue glow, help build atmosphere. As both bugs can freely roam the walls and ceilings of each area (the camera constantly rotating to keep track of their movement), it’s easy to lose direction and end up involuntarily backtracking. Fortunately a big white arrow can be called up at any time for help hardly the most elegant of solutions. Interestingly, one of the game’s strongest points is its story, and how the tale of two treasure hunting humans intertwines with that of the bug protagonists. You’ll have to play it yourself to see if there’s a ‘sting in the tale,’ lol.

and shoot without taking damage. This makes for tense and tactical shootouts, and forces careful use of ammo and grenades. Even though only a small section of the map is ever in view at any one time, players are kept abreast of what’s going on around the map by telltale noises (doors being opened by enemies, for example) and, brilliantly, camera zooms, which tug the screen in the direction of oncoming enemy reinforcements. Identifying these hints is key to survival, as they allow players to keep on top of the action. A handful of missions are played with computer-controlled allies in tow, and these prove to be some of the best in the game. Squad commands can be

issued to flank and distract enemies by sending your partner to specified parts of the map, adding a further layer of strategy. It’s just a shame there are only a few such missions per chapter, but fortunately the game can afford to make throwaway use of brilliant ideas, since it’s packed with more than enough of them across its short but challenging campaign.

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Decade In The Sun This year alternative rockers ‘Stereophonics’ released a ‘Best of’ album to celebrate the band having 10 years of success.


his album has to be one of the greatest releases in the past year as it highlights the best songs of one of the most successful bands of our time. Although the band have been together for a lot longer than 10 years this album celebrates the success they have had since the release of their first album ‘Word Gets around’ in 1997 right through to the release of ‘Pull the Pin’ in 2007. As well as including some of the Stereophonics greatest and best known songs, the ‘Decade in the sun’album also includes two brand new songs. One of these songs, ‘You’re My Star’, was also released as the bands first single since, ‘My Friends’ in 2007. Three versions of the compilation albm have been released. The compilation album has gained a double-platinum status and has sold over 650,000 copies world wide and 600,000 within the UK. The album also includes the bands cover of ‘Handbags and Gladrags’ which was one of the bands best selling singles. The single disc version of the album features 5 songs from Just Enough Education to Perform, 4 songs from Performance and Cocktails, 4 songs from Word Gets Around, 3 songs from Language. Sex. Violence. Other?, 1 song from You Gotta Go There to Come Back, 1 song from Pull the Pin and 2 new songs for this album. This only applies to the single disc version, the deluxe version contains two discs and more tracks. The Deluxe Edition of the album contains a second disc with many more of the Stereophonics hits such as ‘Hurry up and wait’ and ‘Moviestar’. The disk also includes duets which the band have recorded with other artists over the years, such as ‘Mama told me not to come’ with Tom Jones which was written by Randy Newman, and ‘The

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first time I ever saw you face’ with Jools Holland which was written by Ewan MacColl. The Welsh rockers also released a ‘Decade in the sun: Best of Stereophonics’ DVD to coincide with the album. Like the DVD features all of the band’s music videos from 1997 through to 2007

as well as a number of the band’s live performances and some extra footage. It also includes the Stereophonics newest music video for their latest single ‘You’re my Star’.

This album recieves a well deserved score of 8/10.

The Album has gained a doubleplatinum status and has sold over 650,000 copies world wide and 600,000 within the UK

Book Reviews A high school coming of age tale, a classic manga and a novelist’s memoir all reviewed. The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky I was pleasantly surprised to see Stephen Chbosky’s coming of age novel proudly displayed on a bookshop’s staff recommendation shelf recently, as I had previously thought it was a secret of mine (and the friends who have borrowed it). Bracketed in the awkward genre of teen fiction, The Perks of Being a Wallflower has never had the readership it deserves, instead remaining a cult novel that is read and re-read by those lucky enough to have discovered it. In the Bildungsroman tradition of books, such as The Catcher in The Rye, the novel chronicles the high school tribulations of the shy and sensitive 15-year-old Pennsylvanian central character, Charlie, in the form of letters that he writes to an unnamed recipient. At the beginning of the book, Charlie is attempting to deal with the recent suicide of his best friend, which has also brought back memories of the death of his troubled Aunt Helen. He is taken under the wing of his English teacher, Bill, who introduces him to great literature, and he befriends seniors Patrick and Samantha, entering into their circle. What follows is a tale of teenage hijinks, family crises, depression, and falling in love for the first time. Despite the frequently sad tone and the serious issues covered, the book retains a sense of humour, and is eminently readable. Rumours abound two years ago that Perks was due the Hollywood treatment, with the author working on the script, but this seems to have disappeared into a development black hole.

Death Note Volumes 1-13 Tsugumi Ohba and Takashi Obata. What would you do if you had a notebook that had the power to kill any person whose name is written therein? That is the predicament faced by Light Yagami, in the highly successful manga, when he finds the mysterious Death Note that has been placed in the human world by the mischievous Death God, Ryuk. Initially unsure of the power in his possession, Light, a prodigious high school student, puts the notebook to one side, only putting it to the test when the name of a man involved in a school hostage crisis is reported on the news. This, inevitably, reveals to Light the awesome power contained in the Death Note. Now fully aware, Light begins to rid the world of evildoers, but gets evermore reckless and megalomaniacal, attracting the attention of the world’s greatest detective, L, who opposes Light’s alter ego, Kira, playing God and taking the law into his own hands. And so begins an intricate and complex battle of wits between two geniuses. Not just a simple tale of good vs. evil, Death Note concentrates on the moral ambiguities that exist in-between, as global support for Kira and his brand of justice grows, and a race for ownership of the Death Note begins. A good place to start for non-readers of manga, the superbly written and immaculately illustrated Death Note is a sophisticated and addictive series that has the power to take over your life until you reach its dramatic conclusion. Filled with clever twists and perfectly realised characters, Death Note is available in single volumes or as a box set.

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running - Haruki Murakami. I must admit to being intrigued when I first heard that the renowned, surrealist Japanese author of multimillion sellers like Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami, was publishing a memoir of sorts based solely on his love of long distance running. Inspired to become a novelist whilst watching a baseball game at the age of 29, Murakami quickly shot to prominence in Japan with a couple of acclaimed novels, and this forced him to re-evaluate his lifestyle at the grand old age of 33. Upon deciding to become a full-time novelist, Murakami opted, against the advice of many, to sell the successful Tokyo Jazz Club that he and his wife had been running, and he also kicked his substantial 60-a-day smoking habit. Murakami, looking for a way to ensure that his nascent writing career would be a long one, took up long distance running to boost his personal fitness and longevity. He threw himself into his new pastime to the extent that he now runs for at least an hour a day, and has ran at least one marathon every year for the past 25 years. He chronicles all the stages of his running career, intermingled with some interesting insights into his novel writing process. The physical agony he puts himself through is a constant theme. For Murakami fans, this book is essential reading, as it may be the closest we get to an autobiography from the famously publicity-shy author. Running, it seems, much like Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, is an arduous pursuit, but it is ultimately worthwhile. RYAN SANDS

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Down the Tubes.. A look at some of the videos uploaded to YouTube by the creative and talented people of Northern Ireland. http://ww

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Jim McCrum Media Studies Technician

‘Captain Planet Saves Belfast’ Everyone remembers the Captain Planet Show, but did you know there was an episode where the cap’n and his motley crew of eco-warriors turn their attention to saving war ravaged Belfast? Leaving their home in Angel Grove, the Planeteers venture deep into Protestant territory to disarm a nuclear bomb and bring about cross-community harmony - it’s a powerful, carefully researched message of peace.

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1. What do you do at the college? I help music students with audio and video equipment.

‘Pimp My Ride, the Northern Irish way’ Filmed on roughly the same budget as the MTV original, this video features West Belfast Customs ‘blinging out’ a local lad’s car with a disco ball, state-of-the-art sound system and a 2 tonne breeze block. All your favourite characters from the show are in there including car mechanics Juan and Fredrico, and Xzibit himself. This is one video that’s guaranteed to delight and offend in equal measures, perhaps with slight bias towards the latter.



2. What do you like about your job? I am interested in the work I do and it is different every day. 3. What do you dislike about your job? There is nothing I dislike. 4. When is your busiest time in the year? September would be the busiest time. 5. What hours do you work? I work from 8.30am to 4.30pm

‘Story time with Johnny the tough man’ One from a series of sketches by ‘two upcoming stars of the Northern Ireland comedy circuit.’ It seems that no-one is safe from a pummelling at the hands of the titular tough man, so if you see him in your local Spar, or hanging around the back of your house near the bins, the best course of action is to keep your distance. Hey Johnny, I just bought the last Snickers bar and there’s nothing you can *WALLOP!*



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6. What would be your dream job? My dream job would be travelling the world.



‘Anywhere but Lisburn’ Don’t even go there! This right-on-the-money travel guide comprehensively explains the best features of the town of Lisburn, from its beautiful lakes to its many, many roundabouts. It’s a town where rock bands can be found performing in the streets and large slabs of nougat regularly attack cameramen. A follow-up video based on the equally interesting town of Downpatrick can also be found, featuring almost exactly the same jokes and a few cheap digs at local celebrities, living and deceased.

7. What would you invent to make things easier in life? A cure for cancer. 8. Finish this sentence – My life would be simpler ……? If all my family had good health.

‘The Northern Ireland Daleks’



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It’s Daleks! And using Northern Irish slang! Join them on their adventures through our beautiful country, as they visit landmarks such as those cranes in Belfast, City Hall in Belfast and the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, conversing with each other in the unique idiom known as ‘norn iron.’ They even have their own theme tune, and it’s a catchy one.

THIS ^ by Neil Sharkey

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Write to josie with your problems. Together we’ll tackle them. Dear josie

I’M ONLY 19 but feel as if I’m going through a mid-life crisis. I failed my exams and must resit next summer. I lack confidence for starters and it didn’t help that every exam I went into I thought that I would fail. I know now it would have helped if I’d been more positive. I just let myself down on the day through exams nerves. I’m also about to take my driving test and my instructor says I’m more than capable of passing first time, but again I’m giving myself sleepless nights thinking I won’t pass. No-one I know passed first time. How can I inject some belief into myself?

Change your thinking this year.... Success isn’t just about luck, it’s about hard graft. josie says

There’s nothing like success to boost your confidence. And success isn’t just about luck, it’s about hard graft. Keep trying and you’ll succeed. Change your thinking this year at college. You’re going to know your stuff twice as well as any of your class mates so you’re twice as likely to pass the exam. Talk to your tutors too about tips on study and revision. Driving instructors are rightly tough on young drivers who are the most likely to have accidents soon after they pass their test. Don’t obsess on whether you pass or fail first time, just try your best on the day.

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this week we look at self-confidence issues

dearjosie Dear josie

I DIDN’T enrol at college because I didn’t want to risk my relationship with my boyfriend. Now I regret it so much. I’m 16 and so is my boyfriend. While we were at school together things were fine. We both decided to go to college but were going to different colleges. When we left school, he started accusing me of flirting and cheating. He made comments about me and college and not to cheat on him. I never would but I decided not to enrol because of him. He did enrol though, and he has changed dramatically. He sees me for a couple of hours in the evening and acts so moody and tense. This has made me doubt him and what he gets up to at college. I asked him if he still feels the same about me and he said that he still loved me. So why is he being like this? Has he realised he’s missing out on something with his new friends? I’m working in a supermarket and I feel so depressed about the future and about not going to college. I really love my boyfriend and didn’t want all the accusations, but how can I keep him and have my career?

josie says

Josie says If he has any worthwhile feelings for you at all, they will survive your going to college. And if he doesn’t truly love you, he is not worth throwing away your future for. Contact the college and find out about enrolling for next year. Tell your boyfriend you love him but trust has to be a two-way thing. His mistrust of you is causing the same doubts in you about him.

Dear josie

I’M REALLY anti-smoking but I had a cigarette at a party recently just for the craic and now I want another. If my parents find out they’ll kill me. At a friend’s birthday party, a few of our mates were outside puffing away and a couple of them egged me on to have a fag. I don’t know what possessed me because I hate smoking with a passion, but they persuaded me and I had one. It tasted foul and I really didn’t enjoy it, but I stuck it out so as not to look a wimp but now I’m starting to feel like I want another. It’s so annoying. I know my mates will likely pressure me to try again too and I’m getting worried I’ll give in.How do I resist this feeling of wanting another?

josie says

Look deeper at what this urge really is. It may be you want to try again to see if you can enjoy it and so understand what it is your mates get out of the habit. Be mature enough to spare yourself the battle of having to wean yourself off nicotine. I know it’s hard as a teenager to accept something just because you’ve been told it rather than through experimentation but, believe me, this is one occasion when it really would make sense.


Technological advancements made since the turn of the century are obviously not to everyone’s taste.....


he first decade of the 21st century has heralded many technological advancements, especially in the way we relate to each other as human beings.

Ever evolving mobile phone and internet technology keep us interconnected for every moment we spend awake – from the moment we open our eyes to the second they close, most of us will not let our mobile phone out of our sight. Hours are spent every day staring into computer screens. Social networking sites like Facebook, Bebo and Twitter attract millions of people, most of whom are all too happy to discuss the minutiae of their lives – the majority of which is overwhelmingly uninteresting - online where a potential audience of millions can access it. We no longer have to wait months for a film or album to be officially released before we get the opportunity to watch it or listen to it as there are always unscrupulous sorts only too willing to leak eagerly anticipated artistic endeavours onto the web. Though, it is

all to do with supply and demand. Due to this, there is just not the same excitement surrounding big releases any more. Those who really want to see or hear something will have done so before it hits the cinema or the record shop. The world is now a smaller place, but is it a better place? Of course, everything has its upsides and downsides, and technology is no different. The fact that virtually all of us are contactable at any given time has made the world very different. And not always for the better. Irritating people on public transport engaged in lengthy phone calls can and will drive you to despair. Friends in your company are often not truly there as they exist in a state of being constantly distracted by the persistent chirping of incoming text messages. How many social gatherings are detracted from by more attention being paid to a few sentences of text than to the actual human company present?

improve our social lives, actually do so? Or do they get us hopelessly addicted to accumulating pseudo-friends by spending countless hours online, thus

Irritating people on public transport engage in lengthy phone calls that can and will drive you to despair. And don’t get me started on text speak. A mobile phone has its advantages, but sometimes it is best to turn it off or leave it in another room and enjoy a good book or a film without being interrupted or distracted. When was the last time you managed to read a book or watch a film without being disturbed? Or, for that matter, when did you last go to a restaurant or bar solely to enjoy the company? Do social networking sites, designed to

negating their original purpose? I, personally, remain baffled by their continuing popularity. Is networking online really an adequate replacement for attending social gatherings? For some it would seem to be of greater importance, as taking numerous photographs for Facebook or Bebo seems more important than actually enjoying the event you happen to be at. RYAN SANDS

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Home truths about germs Here’s the unpalatable truth about germs in your home, including some facts you didn’t know but will be glad you read. Kitchen sink squalor Although the kitchen sink contains 100,000 times more germs than a bathroom or lavatory, most people think of the toilet as the most contaminated part of the house. Sponge hotbed A used kitchen sponge can contain thousands of bacteria per square inch, including E.coli and salmonella. The sponge’s moist micro-crevices are a trap for germs and are more difficult to disinfect. Replace sponges reguarly. Hand carriers Hands are the biggest spreaders of germs in the home. Hand washing lowers the transmission of diarrhoea and colds. Wash them every time you’ve been to the toilet, and before and after preparing food. Dirty laundry Clothes, towels and linen can harbour germs. Laundering very soiled items at a high temperature reduces the risk of infection. Wash your hands after handling dirty laundry. Carpet world Carpets are the largest reservoir of dust in the home. They contain hair and skin cells, food debris and dirt, and insects. Floorboards are believed to have a tenth of the dust of a home with wall-to-wall fitted carpets. Pet pestilence Campylobacter is carried by about half of dogs and cats, and it can lead to food poisoning in people. The bacterium is passed on when you stroke your pets. Bacteria colony Bacteria can grow and divide every 20 minutes. One single bacteria cell can evolve into more than eight million cells in less than 24 hours.

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Soiled soles Our shoes pick up all kinds of dirt when we’re outdoors, including animal faeces. When we walk around in them at home, these germs get liberally spread around, settling into carpets and increasing the risk of infection. Hygiene experts advise making your home a shoe-free zone. Bedroom feast The bedroom is the perfect breeding ground for dust mites, which feed on dead skin. The average person sheds up to 10g (0.35oz) of dead skin a week and up to 18kg (39lb) in their life. Smelly handbag A swab of a handbag showed up to 10,000 bacteria per square inch. A third of bags tested positive for faecal bacteria. Bags come into contact with some very dirty places including public transport, public lavatories,and bars. Don’t forget your toothbrush When you flush, germs from the lavatory bowl travel as far as six feet, landing on the floor, the sink and your toothbrush. A study showed that significant quantities of microbes float around the bathroom for at least two hours after each flush. Always put the lavatory lid down before flushing. Good germs While some germs cause disease, not all microbes are harmful. They are the foundation of the food chain that feeds all life on earth and we would not survive without them.

acne myth busters


cne usually starts in puberty, although it affects adults, too. Around 80% of teenagers get some form of acne, and there are many myths around what causes it.

So what causes acne? The skin contains sebaceous glands that naturally release sebum, an oily substance that helps protect it. During puberty, raised levels of the hormone testosterone can cause too much sebum to be produced. This happens in both boys and girls. The sebum can block hair follicles and when dead skin cells mix with the blockage, this can lead to the formation of spots. Bacteria in the skin multiply, which can cause pain and swelling beneath the blockages. Picking or squeezing spots can cause inflammation and lead to scarring. Spots will eventually go away on their own, but may leave redness in the skin for some weeks or months afterwards. Acne can become worse during times of stress, and in women can be affected by the menstrual cycle. If you have acne, wash your skin gently with a mild cleanser and use an oil-free moisturiser. Scrubbing or exfoliating can irritate the skin, making it look and feel sore.


Many people say that eating chocolate or greasy foods causes acne, but this isn’t true. Acne isn’t caused by bad diet. But if you have a preexisting skin condition, including acne, some people might find that certain foods make the condition worse. Some people believe that acne is caused by bad personal hygiene, but this is not true. If you are going to get acne, you will get it no matter how much you clean your skin. Too much cleaning can make the condition worse by removing the protective oils in your skin.


If over-the-counter treatments don’t help, there are treatments available on prescription.Your GP can assess how bad your acne is and discuss the options with you. If acne is severe, your GP can refer you to a dermatologist who can prescribe medication to reduce sebum production.

Surviving exams T

here are ways to beat exam stress and ensure that you get the best possible results.

Good planning and a realistic revision schedule can turn a heavy workload into something manageable. And knowing you have a schedule can help you manage your nerves.

It’s wise to revise

It sounds obvious but revision really is the key to exam success. Being fully prepared for your exams is the most effective way to overcome feelings of stress and anxiety, and gives you the best chance of getting the best grades you can. Many exam timetables require you to study for lots of different subjects at once, and it’s easy to feel daunted. Work out how much you have to do and the time you have to do it in, then break it down into chunks. Allocate yourself a few hours of revision a day, and mix up your subjects so that you don’t get bored. You could customise your notes to make them more personal. Experiment with colour coding, note cards, diagrams or whatever helps you learn your chosen topic. Looking at past exam papers can also be useful, as you can familiarise yourself with the layout and type of questions you will be asked. Practice completing the exam paper in the set time limit so you know what

Getting through exams can be challenging, but try not to panic.

you need to do to improve your exam technique.

Rest and relaxation

Revision is an essential part of exam success, but it’s also important that you don’t overdo it. Studying for hours and hours without a break will only tire you and ruin your concentration, making you even more anxious. Stress is a natural feeling, designed to help us cope in difficult situations. In small amounts, it’s

Stress is a natural feeling, designed to help us cope in difficult situations. In small amounts, it’s good for you because it pushes you to work hard and do your best. good for you because it pushes you to work hard and do your best. However, too much stress can cause problems such as headaches and loss of appetite, and can make you feel bad tempered. Avoid excess stress by taking frequent short breaks every 45-60 minutes. During your breaks, do something relaxing, such as reading a book or going for a short walk. Taking your mind off your work will help you come back to it feel-

ing refreshed. It can also help to reward yourself after each revision session, for example, with a long bath or a good DVD. When you’re not revising, use your sparetime to get away from your books and do something physical. Exercise is good for taking your mind off stress and keeping you positive, and will help you sleep better too. If you’re still feeling stressed, it’s important to talk to someone you trust such as a family member, teacher or a friend.

On the day

It’s natural to be nervous on the day of your exam, but don’t let your nerves take over. Start the day with a good breakfast, and give yourself plenty of time to get to the exam hall. Once the exam has started, take a few minutes to read the instruction so you know exactly what’s expected of you. Plan how much time you’ll need for each question. . Don’t panic if you get stuck on a question, but try to leave yourself enough time at the end to come back to it. Even if you’re really stumped, an educated guess is better than leaving it blank. When the exam is over, don’t spend too much time going over it in your head or worrying about it. Resist the temptation to compare your answers with those of your friends. If you have more exams to come, focus on the next one instead.

Health Promotion Programme Noirin Mc Court launched the Health Promotion Programme earlier this year. This project is interlinked between the Southern Regional College and the Western Regional College, and it will last a total of three years. The main aim of the programme is to change the policy of the health and well-being of the two colleges. This is the first time the two colleges have combined on a course like this. The project aims to reduce the amount of stress put on staff

and students by making them aware of where to go if they need help. This will include even the change of atmosphere in the workplace. The main causes of ill health and absences in the workplace are: general aches and pains, stress and muscular pain. This project will aim to reduce the risks of absences and therefore improve work productivity and learning outcomes. Throughout last year Noirin had a busy job of reviewing the health policy and practices throughout both colleges. Along with trying to promote health and well being at the same time. The programme encourages events such as the Marathon, No Smoking Day, World Aids Day and Stress Down Day. to promote health and well being at the same time.

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Games ARTS ACADEMY Adventures in Game Design

Games Academy

The Southern Regional College has launched the first games academy of it’s kind aimed at primary and secondary school children.

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he SRC games academy was launched last year and proved a great success. There are three courses within the games academy aimed at primary and secondary school pupils aged seven to 18.

Adventures in Games Design, is based in Newry and Banbridge Campus for 7 to 11 year olds. It gives young pupils the chance to design their own video games. This is a step-by-step process that aims to introduce kids to the magical world of non-competitive gaming. 3D Games Design is aimed at 11 to 18 year olds at Newry campus and gives the opportunity to create their own level design from start to finish. This will in due course create a personalized shooter video just like playstation and x-box games. Students can customize their game whatever way they like

using maps and mazes and choosing from hundreds of different game elements such as weapons, ammunition, enemies, pick ups, lifts and much more. The newest addition to the games academy is the 3D Unreal Games Engine. This is aimed a pupils aged 15 plus and is also held in Newry Campus. The 3D unreal games engine introduces students to design 3D environments and make 3D game levels with dynamic range, bloom lighting, particle effects, physics and advanced scripting language. These are individual projects that will replicate a professional studio and also the students get the chance to take their own games home. The SRC Games Academy certainly proves a success last year, if you know anyone who would be interested then let them know each course runs on a Saturday morning and each course costs £36 each.

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Sports Quiz

Getting involved in sports teams also improves your employability skills and is fun at the same time. The sports teams that you can get involved in are: Rugby, football, netball, volleyball, squash, drama and dance. If there is an activity that you would like to get involved in but the college isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t offering it, you can simply start your own. If you have an idea of your own for starting a sporting activity simply contact the Student Activities Team.

The Freshers Fayre The annual Freshers Fayers across Southern Regional College are all about having fun and meeting your fellow students. This means that the student experience is much more than just studying. You will discover many social, cultural and sporting activities to coincide with academic side of student life.

Sport courses You can study a number of different sports courses at the Southern Regional College: APPRENTICESHIP SPORT AND RECREATION This course is designed to give participants the practical and activity-based training designed for those who want to work in the Leisure industry. To succeed in this course you need excellent communication skills, be highly motivated and have the ability to work with the general public. The course lasts 1-4 years depending on how many levels you want to progress through.

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A I thought choosing this College and course would be good for my future career.

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Southern Regional College is a great place to learn - a place where we strive to give you the best facilities. You will study areas such as customer services in leisure organisations , team work, providing equipment for activities, promote safety in the sport and activity environment, industry and organisational awareness, maintain sport and recreation equipment, tidy and clean sport and recreation equipment and essential Skills in Communication. Assessment will be an on going process. You may be assessed through practical demonstration, observation, questioning, written tests and portfolio work.

BTEC FIRST DIPLOMA IN SPORT (EXERCISE AND FITNESS) If you have a keen interest in Sport and have less than four GCSEs this course is for you. The course is 1 year full-time. The BTEC First Diploma in Sport (Exercise and Fitness) consists of two core units, plus four specialist units. Areas of study may include: â&#x20AC;˘ Instructing Exercise & Fitness â&#x20AC;˘ Planning and Leading Sports Activities â&#x20AC;˘ Practical Sport â&#x20AC;˘ The Body in Sport â&#x20AC;˘ Preparation for Sport â&#x20AC;˘ Health and Safety in Sport â&#x20AC;˘ Fitness for Sports Performance Students are given the opportunity to visit a variety of leisure facilities and participate in recognised coaching courses. â&#x20AC;˘ Employability Skills - To enhance the opportunity for you to gain employment in the leisure industry you will undertake

an Active IQ Level 1 Award in Active and Healthy Living. â&#x20AC;˘ GCSEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Repeat â&#x20AC;˘ Essential Skills â&#x20AC;˘ Students on this course will have the opportunity to attend extra curricular activities in a variety of sports.

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great way of meeting lots of new friends

Lee McClure (Pictured above in Lurgan Park, Lurgan). iiĂ&#x160;V Â?Ă&#x2022;Ă&#x20AC;i in Lee did a course in National Diploma >Ă&#x152;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x153;Â&#x2DC;>Â?Ă&#x160; Â&#x2C6;ÂŤÂ?Â&#x153;Â&#x201C;>Ă&#x160;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x160;-ÂŤÂ&#x153;Ă&#x20AC;Ă&#x152;Ă&#x160; ­ iĂ&#x203A;iÂ?Â&#x153;ÂŤÂ&#x201C;iÂ&#x2DC;Ă&#x152;]Ă&#x160; Â&#x153;>VÂ&#x2026;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;}Ă&#x160;>Â&#x2DC;`Ă&#x160;Â&#x2C6;Ă&#x152;Â&#x2DC;iĂ&#x192;Ă&#x192;ÂŽ Sport (Development, Coaching and Fit-VÂ&#x2026;Â&#x153;Â&#x153;Â?Ă&#x160;Â&#x153;vĂ&#x160;-ÂŤÂ&#x153;Ă&#x20AC;Ă&#x152;Ă&#x192;Ă&#x160;-Ă&#x152;Ă&#x2022;`Â&#x2C6;iĂ&#x192; +Ă&#x160;Ă&#x160; ness) School of Sports Studies. Ă&#x160;Ă&#x160; In this interview he tells us about what he thought of the sport course he+Ă&#x160;Ă&#x160; did and Ă&#x160;Ă&#x160; what he thinks of the Sougthern Regional college.

Q What would you say to anyone thinking about studying sport? A Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not easy. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of hard work and you have to be prepared to put the work in. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth it.

Anyone who is looking to enroll in a Sports subject, contact the Newry or Lurgan campuses. Lurgan: 028 3839 7800 Newry: 028 3026 1071

Quiz Answers


here are a number of sports activities that the Southern Regional College are going to run in the upcoming school year.

What distance is covered in one circuit of a modern outdoor running track? Who was the first snooker player to score a maximum 147 break in World Championship snooker? In boxing, which weight category comes in between Flyweight and Featherweight? In what country was the game of golf invented? How many players in total get down in a normal rugby union scrum? What is the minimum number of darts a person needs to throw to complete a leg from 501? What was the first British football team to win the European Cup? How many players make up a netball team? In the Olympic Games, what five sports make up the modern pentathlon? What is the maximum no of match points that can be held at one time in a tennis match at Wimbledon?

1. 400 metres 2. Cliff Thornburn 3. Bantamweight 4. Scotland 5. 16 6. 9 7. Celtic 8. 7 9. Running, Fencing, Swimming, Horse Riding and Shooting 10. 6 (when leading 6-0 in a tie-break).

Sport on campus

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Ă&#x160;Ă&#x160; Q Why did you choose to study sport? A I have always been interested in sport. I love the social side of sport -+Ă&#x160;Ă&#x160;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great Ă&#x160;Ă&#x160; way of meeting lots of new friends. I also +Ă&#x160;Ă&#x160; advocate a lifestyle of ďŹ tness and healthy living â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important.Ă&#x160;Ă&#x160; *Â&#x2C6;VĂ&#x152;Ă&#x2022;Ă&#x20AC;i`Ă&#x160;Ă&#x2022;Ă&#x20AC;}>Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x160;*>Ă&#x20AC;Â&#x17D;]Ă&#x160;Ă&#x2022;Ă&#x20AC;}>Â&#x2DC; Q Do you play any sport? A Yes I play Rugby. I currently play for the Ulster U18 team. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had a trial for the Ireland U18 team and am just waiting to hear the news as to whether or not Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been accepted. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also practiced Tae-Kwon-Do in the past. Q How would you describe the atmosphere at the College? A The atmosphere is good. On our course everyone is really good friends - we spend a lot of time socialising with each other outside of College. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about having a laugh and spending time with people you like while getting a qualiďŹ cation at the same time. Q Why did you choose Southern Regional College?


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