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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2019 / solentjournalism.co.uk / EDITION 5

Relic finds delay Bargate build But, is this the first time artefacts have been found in our City?

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Two of the artefacts found on site, include a 14th Century Cannonball (left) amd a 15th Century Jar (right). Pictures Credit: Marengo Comms. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2.



A collection of artefacts uncovered on site of Bargate’s Historical Quarter Thomas Corlito

DEMOLITION of the Bargate shopping centre started late 2018, however workers have recently unearthed an issue that may see the opening delayed by a matter of months. An archaeological survey uncovered a number of

archaeological artefacts, including a stone cannonball from the 14th century, a 15th century jar and a plate deriving from the 17th century. Archaeologists have been left to ponder where the plate had been made. This survey takes place prior to any

Top: A mercury jar and cannon ball, both made of flint. Bottom: 17th Century piece of plate. Picture credit: Southampton City Council Archaeology

major construction projects to ensure no undiscovered historical sites are disturbed. They are set to stay on site until mid April. The Bargate Quarter is being subjected to a £100m rejuvenation, which will be the city’s third major shopping centre; alongside Marlands and West Quay. The current work taking place in the build of the new Bargate This isn’t the first Historial Quarter. Set to be finished by Christmas 2019. time artefacts have Picture credit: Katie Brewer been found on site in Southampton, an Mid- routed through the Treas- bombed during the war. dle-Saxon settlement was ures Act, which is con- So, I think there is no surfound on beneath Chapel stantly changing. Howev- prise that over its 839Road, just a stone’s throw er, most things found on year lifetime artefacts have away from St Mary stadi- the site would be property been lost and buried. um’s Belvidere Road. In of the Landowner them- I’m glad the site is be2009, two 6,000 year old selves.” ing excavated before new tombs were unearthed Retail supervisor, Josi- construction and building in the New Forest; one of ah Beeley works in a shop commences.” the largest archaeological opposite the Bargate conThe plans for Bargate’s refinds in recent years. struction site – an area juvenation will give SouthSo, what will happen to of Above Bar Street that ampton “a higher market the objects found dur- has seen a lot a construc- potential” than cities such ing excavation? Research tion work over the last 12 as Cambridge, Bath and Technician at Southamp- months. He wasn’t sur- Guildford. The 400,000 sq. ton University, Miss Penny prised by the findings, tell- ft development will include Copeland, told The Link, ing The Link, retail and leisure opportu“Anything classified as “As Bargate was built in nities, residential flats and precious metal would be 1180, and was heavily areas to relax.

Garden centre’s fiery fundraiser Thomas Corlito

ON Friday 8th March, Hambrooks Garden Design Centre in Fareham will be hosting a charity event that might be a little hotter than you expect. The award-winning garden centre will give the public an opportunity to participate in a fire-walk. Those brave enough to take part are encouraged to walk barefoot across hot stones and the donations are set to go to charity. Assistant Manager Frankie Banting, told The Link that the Hambrooks Centre: “are passionate be-

lievers in the principle that gardening and horticulture are of enormous benefit to individuals and their communities.” He continued that they: “believe that sharing our (their) expertise and passion can benefit the community within which we live, which commercially can only also benefit us”. The centre’s local charity for 2018/19 is Breast Cancer Haven (BCH), who has organised similar events around the country, attracting large audiences. Cancer survivor, Georgina Turner spoke positively

about the organised firewalks, telling The Link: “I think fire-walks are a good way to bring communities together, it mixes that little bit of extremity with a good cause that everyone can get behind.” In 2018, one person in the UK was diagnosed with breast cancer every 10 minutes. Hannah Galpin is one half of the duo in charge of Breast Cancer Haven, she told The Link, the “goal of the event was to introduce a new challenge to our support network” whilst aiming to “try out an inter-

esting way of boosting our (BCH) events offering and fundraising.” The money raised will also be donated to the British Legion in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Wildlife Charity.

The event will take place on Friday 8th March at the garden centre from 6pm till 9pm. You must be atleast 18-years-old to participate, with an entrance fee of £20 per person.

A fire walk. Picture credit: Martin Mease, Flikr


Is a transgender festival in Southampton needed? Tait ap Ellis

social media were quick to The announcement that suggest this encouraged Southampton is to host segregation and called into its first transgender festi- question the need for it in val next month has been Southampton. met with scorn on social The Link caught up with media. one such commenter, Lee The week-long festi- Harris, who believes the val (ArtSo Trans) is being idea for the festival is “paheld to celebrate the lives thetic.” and creativity of the lo- “I don’t think anywhere cal trans community and needs this festival. Live is set to be hosted at The your life how you want Art House Café on March to but stop forcing it on 28th. But, many locals on people. I just don’t think it needs to be made into a big deal.” Katrina Morgan, feminist and exchair of Women in Science Engineering Technology and Humanities (WiSET+) at University of Southampton, put her full support behind the festival as she suggested that those who felt it forced upon them should atActivist Nathan Lawrence Picture credit: Instagram tend to gain

some empathy: “I believe there is a lot of conflict that transgender people face in the current climate and festivals such as these are essential to reducing this conflict and supporting the transgender community.” So why do we need a transgender festival? Home Office data reveals hate crime against the transgender community have actually gone up by 39% in Hampshire over the last year, with charities suggesting that number is far higher. This, alongside the trans issue fracturing feminists and the LGBTQ community alike, has led to them feeling like outsiders in a group where they should feel comfortable. This air of animosity has led to some in the community to band together and celebrate who they are. Alex Burnham, a student at Solent University suggests more information should be given to those with body dysmorphia but is in support of the festival:

“Some people are clearly trans – and that’s absolutely fine, we should support and accept them in society. However, it needs to be studied more because the attempted suicide rate for post-op is roughly 40%, which would suggest to me it’s part of a larger mental health issue.” The Link spoke to transgender activist, Nathan Lawrence, about some of the negative comments on social media: “The same theme seems to reoccur in the hate comments, things like ‘special snowflakes’ and ‘why isn’t there a insert day?’ The festival isn’t about segregation or about making people seem special, it’s about a community that receives an unimaginable amount of hate purely for existing. Having a festival like this means that other trans people can find each other and not feel so alone. It allows us to share common experiences through art and that’s a beautiful thing. The LGBT communi-

Celebrating Hampshire Pride in Winchester Lucia Cuprova

LAST weekend the quaint Hampshire city of Winchester welcomed the fifth Hampshire Pride Parade organised by the local community. Hundreds of people from all corners of the county and especially Winchester came to support and show solidarity with LGBTQ community. February is ‘LGBT History Month’ in the UK which is why the representatives of Hampshire Pride have chosen the month for celebrations despite other countries celebrating it in the summer. The chairperson and main organiser of the venue Sa-

rah Collins told The Link: “Originally, there was not a lot happening in the local community to support and celebrate the LGBTQ diversity. So we set up this group five years ago and today we’re hoping for 500 people coming [from all] over Hampshire to celebrate the solidarity and inclusivity of our community.” The Great Hall in Winchester hosted the event and included activities such as a circus, the exhibition of the medieval clothes and was decorated with rainbow flags. Trans Youth Representative Hannah Phillips explained why this venue is

important to her: “We want to bring everyone together in the Hampshire’s L G B T Q community today in Winchester, to stand as one to show solidarity and our diversity.” The highlight of the program was the performance of the Busking Society from the University of Winchester and they sang popular songs such as ‘Valerie’ by the Zutons before the main parade started.

The University of Winchester has been the partner of Hampshire Pride since its LGBTQ community was set up back in the Autumn of 2014.

ty is a very discriminating group, we discriminate against each other. It’s a very white, male-dominated place so I think this festival can showcase trans people of colour, disabled trans people and those who are gender non conforming - is excellent.”

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Momo challenge continues to cause panic Katie Brewer and Sean Carey want to hurt a famiA HAMPSHIRE Priory work- ly member, because this er has confirmed that she character has instructed has had to deal with two them to do it. I had to deal reports from GP’s con- with two requests from a cerning children and the private GP whose fami‘Momo Challenge.’ lies had to deal with Speaking to The Link, m o m o Joanne Morse, a Priory on placement specialist said: “We’ve had a number of calls from families whose children have experienced it and have hurt t h e m selves, or

The face associated with the Momo character. Picture credit: Poppy Blain

line.” The momo challenge is currently being spread across social media sites and apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Yout u b e and more. T h e challenge involves an image of a girl with a frightening appearance, large almost bug-like eyes and a wide smile, which then instructs children to perform acts of self-harm and to attack others. A Scottish mum who wishes to remain anonymous spoke to The Link about her daughters experience with the Momo challenge: “I’d seen a few things about Momo but never really paid attention to it as I thought all my daughters devices were secured. I just asked

her if she had ever heard of Momo and she just spilled it all out.” However, both the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and Samaritans have warned that there has been no confirmed reports or cases of anybody receiving messages or harming themselves. They have also warned that media coverage has contributed to a “moral panic.” When speaking to The Link, a spokesperson from Samaritans said: “There is a lot in the news and discussions in communities about alleged dangerous online games and challenges. In consultation and collectively with other child safety organisations we are taking the approach of not naming such services or images.” Addressing the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom said: “The Momo

Challenge is one that the government is extremely concerned about, we’ve been very clear that more needs to be done to keep UK users safe online, but what I can say, is that in the case of Momo, organisations including the Samaritans the NSPCC and the Safer Internet Centre have said there is no confirmed evidence that the Momo phenomenon is posing a threat to British children.” Although charities have confirmed there have been no reported incidents, members of the public, particularly parents, have expressed significant concern over the momo challenge. If you have are worried about your children staying safe online, or have been affected by online challenges please contact one of the following charities: Childline, the Professionals Online Safety Helpline, Samaritans or the NSPCC.

No link shown to violence and video games Sean Carey A NEW study conducted by the Oxford Internet Institute has found no link between violent video games and increased aggression in teenagers. Oxford University is describing the study as “one of the most definitive to date.” In a statement released by the institute, lead researcher Professor Andrew Przybylski said: “The idea that violent video games drive real-world aggression is a popular one, but it hasn’t tested very well over time. Despite the interest in the topic by parents and policy-makers, the research has not demonstrated that there is cause for concern.” The study used a combination of both subjective and objective data to measure aggression in teens, and violence in video games. Previous research on the topic has relied only on individual, self-report-

ed data from teenagers themselves. This study, however, used information from parents to judge the level of aggressive behaviour in their children. The content of the video games was classified using both the PEGI and ESRB rating systems, two official bodies that impose age restrictions on video games for their content. Just over 2000 people took part in the study. Researchers took data from a sample of British 14 and 15-yearolds and their parents. What further sets the Oxford Internet Institutes research apart from previous studies, is that researchers

used a technique called ‘preregistration’ - publishing their hypothesis and methods before beginning their research. Przybylski said: “The problem in technology research is that there are many ways to analyse the same data, which will produce different results. A cherry-picked result can add undue weight to the moral panic surrounding video games. The reg-

istered study approach is a safeguard against this.” There have been plenty of examples of video games being demonised by the mainstream media and politicians - who often point to studies that often contradict what the Oxford Internet Institute has found. In the UK, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and other notable MP’s have previously signed petitions to tighten restrictions on violent computer games. Dr James TerKeurst, senior lecturer in Video Game Design at Sol e n t U n i versity said: “As a relatively recent

A gamer fixated on a screen. Picture Credit: Christiana T

entertainment media it’s natural that games would be targeted as a scapegoat for teen violence. Teenagers love games, and people, parents, politicians and the media are always looking for someone to blame for anti-social teen behaviour. “This blame game has been played out many times in the past...– it was just video games’ turn in the public blame spotlight.” Thomas Moody, an avid video game collector who lives in Southampton, and has collected over 1000 pieces of gaming paraphernalia, said: “I have been playing video games since the mid-eighties. I have seen so many politicians and news outlets blame violent behaviour on games. It happens at least once a year. It’s good to see a study that disproves what the media have been saying.”


The truth of Venezuela Valentina Matamoros FOR people living in democracies whose governments don’t deprive them of the ability to buy essential food and medicines, it may be difficult to understand Venezuela. So what’s really going on? Today in The Link, we give you in brief everything you need in order to understand this tormented country. Venezuela has been led for the last 20 years by a socialist-communist party. In 1999, President Hugo Chavez won the elections and created the “Socialism of the 21st century.” In 2013 leftist dictator Chavez died of a cancerous tumour, but during his term, he carried out a constitutional reform as well as numerous economic, social and political reforms. Amongst them, he made the PDVSA (main Venezuelan oil company) his main source of income for political projects, replacing oil experts with political allies who had no experience in the oil industry. Before he passed, he named Nicolas Maduro as his successor, previously a deputy of a Venezuelan district, in the National Assembly. (The National Assembly is similar to the Parliament in the UK.) In the 2013 presidential

elections, Maduro faced Henrique Capriles, who represented all other political groupings united against the dictatorship. Maduro reportedly won with 50.61% of the votes. Civil unrest followed, with 7 deaths and over 135 supporters of Capriles arrested. Capriles stopped the protests to avoid further bloodshed. Two years later, electoral theft was confirmed and it was proven that 350,000 votes were added by Maduro’s supporters. The Chavez/Maduro dictatorships could not have survived without the support of powerful institutions like the police and army. Repression against Venezuelans opposing the government has been brutal. According to the Venezuelan Observatory of Violence (VVO) during 2016 and 2017 over 55,000 deaths were counted in the country making Venezuela the second most violent country in the world, after El Salvador. During the next few years, the country’s decline was abrupt, causing a potential 1,000,000 percent hyperinflation as reported by CNN. In March 2017 the Supreme Court, controlled by the government, suspend-

First aid truck set alight. Picture Credit: Richard Blanco, freelance journalist

ed the National Assembly for “disobedience.” But some politicians did not give up. In December 2018 Deputy Juan Guaido was proclaimed President of the Assembly. Again, rigged elections were held, and Maduro won. But this time the international community was quick to call the elections illegitimate. On January 10, the National Assembly decreed a power vacuum. According to Act 233 of the Bolivarian Constitution of the Republic of Venezuela, if there is a lack of a president, the president of the National

Victim of Police assault during demonstration. Picture Credit: Richard Blanco, freelance journalist

Assembly must assume the presidency of the country. The same day, National Assembly declared Guaido Acting President and on January 23 he was sworn in, with massive public demonstrations. Following peaceful demonstrations by Venezuelans all around the world, 60 countries including the USA, UK, France and Germany, as well as organisations including European Parliament, recognized Guaido as the acting and legitimate president of Venezuela. Now an international effort is underway to bring about a transitional government and free elections. On 22 February, a Live Aid concert was organised to raise funds in an attempt to help Venezuela.The following day trucks full of humanitarian aid from foreign countries were meant to cross the borders of Colombia and Brazil, enter the country and provide severely needed food and medicine. Richard Blanco, a freelance journalist, informed The Link about the situation; most of the trucks that tried to enter the country had to stop and pull back as Nicolas Maduro, (who is currently an illegitimate president, and

refuses to leave power), gave the order to set these trucks carrying aid on fire. A boat from Puerto Rico with more than 200 tonnes of humanitarian aid also had to retreat after receiving a threat from the armed forces. Maduro denounced the humanitarian aid, saying it was the spearhead of an armed intervention aimed at overthrowing him. Currently around 400 military members of Maduro’s regime have switched sides, while possibilities of foreign military intervention are being studied to put an end to the crimes committed by Maduro and his system. This week, President Juan Guaido who is currently in Brazil, promised that he would return to Venezuela with the support of 60 countries and other institutions, while Maduro threatens him with “seeing the face of justice” and imprisoning him if he returns. President Juan Guaido believes that this would have a very high cost for the dictatorship and that it will be a huge mistake. We will have to wait for the course of events to know the new future of the country.




South Africa for beginners Joe Parker Joe Parker

I FELT like a bit of a fool standing in front of two armed security guards in my Christmas pyjamas. Their poor English mixed with my poor Zulu made communication a challenging task. “Alarm? Alarm?” The driver asked. “Not here, at least I don’t think so.” I said. They drove off, and didn’t come back. It’s easy to feel anxious in South Africa, the crime rate is incredibly high, poverty is rife, and there are lingering racial tensions from the country’s less than reputable past. None of this, however, detracts from the fact that South Africa is a land of immense natural beauty, wonderful people, and food so good nothing will ever taste the same again. “In the UK they drive on the left, in SA we drive on what’s left, TIA [short for This is Africa].” Said our host Glen on a drive into town. It’s difficult to truly explain this continental acronym. It’s a calm acceptance of the fact that countries in Africa simply don’t have some of the amenities of the western world. Slow/

no internet? TIA. Rolling blackouts? TIA. Life threatening driving standards? TIA. Glen could be described as a man of the world. He spent many years living in the UK, he has a Swedish wife, Jeanette, but a few years ago he came back to South Africa. We were staying off the beaten path, at Glen’s house - a wonderfully cared for and tranquil abode on some farmland a few hours inland of Durban. “It’s so peaceful hey. We live quite a life out here.” Said Pete, Glen’s brother. “No city noise. Don’t you ever get tired of all that noise?” He continued. “Sometimes.” I said. “I can’t stand the city,” he quipped, stubbing out his cigarette and tending to the fire. Pete was a soft spoken, optimistic guy. He was also my Afrikaans sounding board. Apparently, I was quite good for a ‘pom’ (South African slang for a British Person). He made a mean Potjie (pronounced ‘poikey’), a slow cooked stew prepared in a pot over hot coals. I had been in South Africa for a week, and had been

A watering hole at the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Wildlife Reserve. Picture Credit: Joe Parker

a little on edge for reasons previously mentioned in this article. But when I first laid eyes on the sleeping peaks and verdant valleys of the Drakensberg Mountains, I began to understand the complexities of this country. For every township and story of violent crime, there were countless natural wonders. I got the same feeling when, a few weeks later, I found myself face to face with cheetahs, elephants, rhino, springbok, and all manner of beautiful creatures in the wilderness

of the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi game reserve. The reserve is situated just outside the town of St. Lucia, a vibrant resort town popular amongst those on safari trips. The next town over, Mtubatuba, was the polar opposite. The town had seen better days. The desperate, the jobless, and the hungry lined the streets. It was difficult not to feel for these people. The short drive from Mtubatuba to St. Lucia felt like a perfect metaphor for the modern South Africa; lots to offer, but a long way to come.

The impression I came away from South Africa with was worlds apart from the one I had gone with. In truth, I was somewhat scared to go and almost decided against it. Yes, it has its issues, and I wouldn’t want to downplay them - crime is indeed high, poverty is indeed rife, and the country is indeed suffering a hangover from its ugly past. But South Africa is misunderstood, vibrant, beautiful, challenging, and sensational. It is a gentle giant, and the crown jewel of its continent.

City’s largest cruise ship to make debut following Clean Air Zone rejection Tait Ap Ellis

SOUTHAMPTON is to welcome its biggest ever cruise ship next month which is set to cost 750m euros. The MSC Bellissima,

built by Swiss owned MSC cruises, is looking to carry 5,700 passengers with a specially designed performance space to allow exclusively designed shows

The Bellissima Cruise Ship. Picture Credit: MSC Cruises

by the Cirque du Soleil. The ship will also include a waterpark; 20 bars and a colossal 480 sqm LED screen, acting as a virtual sky for its abundance of passengers. This announcement comes just a month after it was revealed that the council will not be pushing for a Clean Air Zone, and a week after students took to Guildhall to protest the government's lack of action in regards to climate change. Air pollution levels in Southampton have risen dramatically over the last year, with over 100 people dying a year from exposure to dangerous chemicals contributed in

part from emissions from cruise ships. Last year, it was revealed that P&O Cruises dumped 27,000 litres of waste on the Great Barrier Reef, with news breaking this week that the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has given the green light to yet again dump sludge onto the reef - this time to the tune of 1 million tonnes. While business should be celebrated, this is a stark comparison to the environmental news of last week, yet again supportimh Clean Air Southampton’s claim that the council are limbo-dancing under the legal limit for air

pollution. Cllr Hammond declared to protestors at the YouthStrike4Climate last week that “there is a climate emergency”, but the city has reflected this by hosting the naming ceremony for the largest ever cruise ship to come to Southampton. With 50,000 people entering and leaving the city each day, and over a million containers and three million cruise and ferry passengers arriving each year, it’s no surprise that the council is struggling to deal with air pollution. But, as the leader of the Council said himself, we are in the midst of a climate emergency.


Anonymous for the voiceless: behind the mask Beatriz Domingues

THE ORGANISATION came out to the streets on the International Cube Day, taking a stand against any kind of animal abuse/exploitation. The website promotes a clear message“ As we fight against speciesism (a form of discrimination), we do not tolerate discrimination, bullying or harassment of any kind within our organisation.” The growing vegan activism initiative has been trending across the globe. From Mauritius to Hyderabad, from Osaka to Guatemala City. They have also spread over European places such as Alexanderplatz in Berlin, and Utrecht in Holland. The philosophy of this group is called The Cube of Truth. This is all about being a peaceful, non-violence move-

ment which tries to convert people to veganism by showing them what is really happening with the animals around the world. Oliver Haynes, from the Ecologist, has spoken about the street activism: “Their values are clear and define the movement. They are ‘abolitionists’ when it comes to animal cruelty. They wish - as most vegans do - to end all forms of animal exploitation and fight primarily against speciesism which they view as a form of discrimination.” Using shock tactics, each group around the world constructs a square of people, called the cube, in which the now familiar Anonymous icon, the Guy Fawkes mask, is used by everyone that is in the group. The Cube is silent, so each cuber holds

a screen or placard saying “truth”, and on the screens there are also montages of videos that show shocking things about the terrible industry that they are fighting with. Outside the Cube there are maskless volunteers explaining what is happening and showing what the benefits of veganism are.Ricardo Novais, one of the volunteers in the Southampton Anonymous for the Voiceless group says that everyone should take part in the initiative. “These kinds of protests are the new call for people to awake to the step forward into evolution of humans, the planet and the animals. We've done these before and will continue doing.” So maybe we could all do the effort to save our planet.

er, in my experience these stigmas are very less prevalent that they were say 20 years ago and that is probably because we now realise that about 25% of the country will personally require some sort of MH treatment at some time in their lives.” The first step to recovery is getting help. However, increasing evidence suggests that it’s significantly harder to receive mental health care, in comparison with physical health care. There are multiple factors that could trigger symptoms of the condition, despite everyone’s experience varying.

Let’s break it down. Have you ever experienced persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, guilt or worthlessness? Have you lost interest or pleasure in hobbies or enjoyable activities? Depression gradually paralyses us, stopping the individual from enjoying the most mundane activities. It can easily deregulate your energy levels, making small tasks such as getting up of bed and brushing your teeth seem like a challenge.A study, led by senior author Dr. Jeff Meyer of Camh's Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute, suggests that individuals with longer periods of untreated depression develop an advanced stage of brain inflammation. While depression is not considered a degenerative brain disease, the change in inflammation suggests it may be progressive and not a static condition, much like Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. But why is there such a stigma attached to depres-

Street Activism promoting animal equality. Picture Credit: Beatriz Domingues

The stigma around depression Lucia Fernandes A SOUTHAMPTON leading mental health professional has welcomed a study which concluded that more than 300 million people suffer from depression worldwide. Dr Normac Claringbull believes that there is more acceptance, now that a quarter of the population suffers from the illness themselves. He said: “The stigma around depression is no different to the stigma around most mental health disorders generally. People are frightened of what they don’t understand. Howev-

More than 300.000 people suffer from depression Worldwide. Picture Credit: Max Pixel

sion? Psychologist Pete Kehoane, from Avenue Therapies, told The Link: “We live in a capitalist society where value is often derived from productivity and therefore anything that put a person's ability to be productive in jeopardy is potentially a significant existential risk. I think that historically people have not understood the risk factors frequently linked to mental health difficulties (difficult childhood experiences, traumatic events, social deprivation, significant physical health difficulties, lower levels of social support etc.) or the implications of mental distress in the past (lowered motivation and energy levels, lethargy, hopelessness etc.) and we are still living with some of these assumptions.” A Southampton resident suffering from depression, who requested anonymity, said: “Depression isn't a self-enforced condition. The illness is generated by our surroundings. If there is one thing that doesn't

seem right, tell people, teachers, parents, friends, local GPs, or anyone you can speak to because the sooner it’s dealt with the sooner it can be fixed. I had 3 years of it and that was way too long”. “There was an utterly overwhelming feeling of lowliness, paranoia and pure isolation. Personally, the change of atmosphere was enough to overcome depression. I stopped hanging out with toxic members of my group and also changed college”. It is important to remember that depression is treatable. Nowadays, there are several psychological treatment approaches, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, which can be accessed through qualified practitioners and Psychologists. There are also social and environmental treatments that have started to show promising results, such as ecotherapy, as well as the option of medication, which you may be able to receive from your GP.




Review: Macbeth show Robert Anderson

RUFUS Norris has directed a devilishly macabre production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, set in the fallout of a ferocious civil war. This is certainly reflected in the opening scenes as we are witness to a haunting introduction. The movement of the bridge looming over the stage and the contortions of the three witches drew me in absolutely. The supernatural echo to their voices enveloped the fierce theatre in a dreaded silence. This bleak tone is carried throughout and is wholeheartedly the mantra for this production of Macbeth, which advertently reflects in Rae Smith’s set design. Smith’s exploration of a post-apocalyptic wasteland can be a little bit questionable as scenes are covered with suspiciously bin-liner like hangings and bomb shelter interiors that look like they need a good spring clean. It’s industrially ugly. However, the harsh back-drop is remarkably effective in what it sets out to do and works

a treat with the eerie, but booming, musical direction. While in terms of costumes, Duncan and Macbeth’s incongruous red suits wonderfully juxtapose the cast’s bin-salvaged jeans and gaffer taped (don’t ask) breastplates. It’s all certainly striking, catches the senses and perfectly reflects Macbeth’s dreary realities - no matter how down in the dumps it makes you feel. This is where NT’s Macbeth succeeds, the tone and the setting are remarkably harrowing throughout. A particular favourite of mine included the unsettling and voodoo like face-masks alongside the scuttling feet of the demonic witches. I couldn’t help but feel unsettled and intrigued by the ambience and production choices. Yet, I struggled to feel entirely connected to the cast of characters scattered among this tragedy. Although the set design did lend itself to the dusty wasteland setting, it sometimes faltered the impact of powerful moments. The

most delicate of lines that desperately wanted to be drenched in feelings of grief, loss and pain - were performed in what looked like a filthy public toilet. Furthermore, the poetic punch of Shakespearean dialogue can be magnificent when it’s given the right time to breathe and connect with the audience, but most soliloquies felt rushed. They felt entirely unimportant, when it’s definitely the opposite. There’s also a remarkably odd feeling when you bare witness to an apocalyptic society rambling on about hierarchies and grand wars, as if that nonsense mattered. Undoubtedly it does matter, but the clash of the setting and the overtly royal motivations was possibly a step in the wrong direction and feels like Mad Max playing dress up - Mad Macbeth. The ambience and atmosphere of Macbeth is a sight to see but I can’t help but wonder how the director could’ve taken the post-apocalyptic theme even further. It could be time to embrace your inner Mad Max, Norris, em-

Macbeth will be at the Mayflower until the 2nd of March Picture Credit: Brinkhoff Mogenburg

brace it. Macbeth still does succeed in its attempts at showcasing the harrowing presence of paranoia and NT’s production thrives in its choice to make this the priority. There’s a beauty to the end of the show when Macbeth almost lets himself go, and a cathartic moment as he witnesses all the death he’s caused.

The somber tones washed with the post-apocalyptic setting are advantageous and a memorable experience, no matter how much they can occasionally stain the dialogue. 3/5 Stars Macbeth is at The Mayflower Theatre from Tuesday 26 February - Saturday 2 March 2019.

er self, to generations than what the family annew and old with his ticipated – with relationChannel 4 feat. WWE film ships being questioned ‘Fighting with my Family’ and doubts rising to the which officially comes to surface. screens on March 1st. Focusing on her rise The film centres on the to fame, the feel-good true story of British WWE British comedy offers two-time Diva Champithe perfect balance of on ‘Paige’ and her wreshumour and realism. tling-obsessed family. Acting as a reform from The film comes to screens in March Parents, Ricky – an ala life of crime, the film Picture Credit: coholic former criminal, doesn’t shy away from Miguel Discart - Flickr and Julia – a former ad- form as a family across how the wrestling-obdict want their children, the country. Both Saraya sessed family came to Saraya (Paige) and Zak, and her brother are spot- be. Based heavily in the to make a life for them- ted by talent agents and pebble-dashed estates selves in the world of audition for WWE - with of Norwich, the film wrestling and begin a only Saraya coming out touches on the violent family business named successful. But, the real- past of Paige’s workthe World Association of ity of the pro-wrestling ing-class family – but Wrestling (WAW) to per- world becomes more does not once offer a

condescending representation of their situation for the sake of a punchline. Being penned by a co-writer of ‘The Office’, the film is laced with witty one-liners and a sarcastically dry sense of humour - leaving the Southampton cinema in fits of laughter. However, with a realistic sense of the struggle to success, the comedic value isn’t overdone and many moments of the film moved the audience to silence. ultimately this pays off for the feel-good film gaining 4 and a half out of a possible five stars from The Link.

WWE hits the big screen Millie Whittaker

I GREW up with the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on my screen. Every Sunday my younger brother, sister and I would pile around the TV ready to watch the ever so dramatic sport, The costumes, the bright lights and the blaring music engulfed our imaginations and on numerous occasions we took to the trampoline to fight in our own smack downs and defend our titles. Ten years later, Stephen Merchant has reignited the spark that WWE offered my young-


Solent’s Second ‘Anthems’ gig success Varrie Young SOLENT University hosted their annual ‘Anthems’ gig on Monday, boasting over twenty live performances from students, staff and alumni, all of who are involved in the various music courses that the university offers. The sold-out gig, held in the Solent Studio, showcased performances from popular music, music production and performance students, with the student-run ‘Live Events Society’ providing lights, staging and sound for the evening. Solent favourites, BASH! kicked off the night with an energetic medley of Ma-

donna’s ‘Material Girl’ and ‘Hey Mickey.’ The popular music performance and production students met at university and have gone from strength to strength in producing their own original tracks, releasing their second single in October 2018. Angus McIntyre, drummer for BASH! told The Link, “Opening the show was great fun! The Anthems gig is an awesome opportunity for all of us to showcase how hard we’ve been working and we all get to enjoy a night of great music with friends. The fact that the event sold out again this year gives all of us a nice

confidence boost in knowing that people really enjoy coming to see us perform.” The highlight of the evening came in the form of a fifteen-strong vocal set up and considerable instrumental arrangement, performing Bohemian Rhapsody, as a nod to the success of the biographical film released last year. Although most of the song choices came from decades that preceded the performers, often hits from the 70’s and 80’s, second year student, Georgia Turnbull, fronted a musical quintet to perform Critics Choice Award winner, Sam Fender, ‘Playing God’, which gar-

nered a spirited response from the packed studio. Second year production and performance student, Henry Marshall, spoke to The Link about how he thought the evening went, “The Anthems gig was a great night, it’s always good to see students and staff performing, it brings everybody together and we all get to have a laugh.” The penultimate performance of the night came from Southampton’s own Jetski Babylon, who are currently the touring support of Scottish alternative-rock band, Fatherson, who played a set at The Joiners on Tuesday. Bringing their

usual electric energy to the stage, the all-male lineup did not fail to impress. Second year performance and production student, Bradley Turner, spoke to the Link just after his set, “The gig was much larger this year, with more bands and a wider variety of music, I had the pleasure of watching and performing and both were just as enjoyable.” close the show, Solent University’s very own Head of Music, Paul Rutter, performed Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on Water’, accompanied by a full band and backing vocals from a number of students.

Portswood documentary new to Netflix Alexx Clarke

HANNAH Foster was kidnapped, raped and murdered in Southampton in 2003. A TV documentary about these events and the five-year hunt to find her killer has recently been added to the Netflix library. The programme was originally aired in 2009 on the BBC. Hannah Foster was seventeen when she was abducted on her way home from an

evening with her friend on Portswood High street. After her body was found, Hannah’s parents vowed to find and bring to justice whoever did this to their daughter, no matter how long it took. In the first few minutes of Hannah’s abduction she had managed to make a call to the emergency services. She was unable to speak but what was heard in the background was the voice of a man of

Asian origin, a refrigerator unit and what sounded like a diesel van. This led the police to be able to narrow down the search significantly (using CCTV) to just seven possible suspects. This and assistance via CCTV helped narrow down the search significantly for the police. Maninder Pal Singh Kohli’s boss at the time offered his name to the police and he was, of

course, already in their shortlist. Unfortunately, Kohli had disappeared. Kohli had been living in Southampton with his wife and working as a sandwich delivery driver when he committed these crimes. Out of fear of being caught, he fled to his native India and restarted his life with a new name. With the help of a large reward, the media, and a heartfelt appeal from

told us: “Religions have a dismal tradition of trying to control sex for their own purposes. They’ve shown gross intolerance towards all forms of human sexuality, whilst reserving particular spite towards homosexuality. Yet we see epidemics of sexual abuse within churches. Part of my job as Chairman will be to challenge everyone with any kind of religious affiliation on this long history of persecution and abuse.” The invited speakers will

be Osman Rafiq, a gay Muslim man who has had to overcome many social issues surrounding his sexuality, and now campaigns for LGTBQ+ Muslims; Carol Shepherd,academic and researcher in Theology and Sexuality and an LGTBQ+ faith activist; and Andrew Marshall, a former Chaplain at Solent University and current Director of the LGTBQ+ inclusive faith charity, OneBodyOneFaith. The regular Wilberforce Chairman is

journalist and broadcaster Martin Buckley, whose BBC work has included documentaries on Atheism and on the Hindu cult of Tantra. Last year’s Wilberforce Dialogue was a bracing debate over the existence of God, and this year’s promises to be at least as provocative. “Sex and Scripture” will be in the Palmerston Lecture Theatre in The Spark on Thursday 7 March, 6-7.30 p.m. It is free, all are welcome.

Hannah’s parents to the public, Kohli was found and arrested in 2004. He was found guilty of all charges at Winchester Crown Court in 2008 and sentenced to a minimum of 24 years. Kohli will remain in prison until at least 2030, when he will be 63 years old. Crime documentaries have gained popularity on Netflix. The Ted Bundy tapes paved the way for this type of genre.

Sex or scripture at Solent Valentina Matamoros The Wilberforce Dialogue is Solent University’s main annual engagement with the local community around a contemporary topic of intellectual interest and social significance. In this year’s debate, “Sex or Scripture?” a panel will wrestle with precisely the question of how ancient religious institutions view the complex mix of sexual identities we now call the LGTBQ+ community. Chairman Martin Buckley

This years debate will be on ‘Sex and Scripture’ Picture credit: Solent University




Southampton beat Fulham 2-0 in drop-zone dog fight Thomas Lewis SOUTHAMPTON Football Club have taken themselves out of the relegation zone with a 2-0 win over fellow relegation candidates Fulham. Previous to this win, Saints had gone four games since their last victory, which came against Everton at the end of January. Struggling to find points without their top goalscorer Danny Ings, who’s out injured, Hassenhutl’s men lined up with veteran Charlie Austin up front. It was in the midfield that Saints seemed to shine through, with Spanish defensive midfielder Oriol Romeu netting within 25 minutes to get the team off to a strong start. James Ward-Prowse then added the tally with a strike that led Saints to

a comfortable 2-0 lead. The win leaves Southampton 17th in the Premier League with a two point gap between them and the relegation zone.

zone might be a short one as the next four games include title contenders Liverpool, as well as top four hopefuls, Manchester United, who are current-

Saints players’ celebrate after scoring one of their goals.

They’re tied on 27 points with Brighton who currently sit 16th, but they also have a game in hand. Although, this relief from being in the relegation

ly in a rich vein of form. All Saints eyes will be targeted at their fixture against Brighton at the end of March which is being hailed by many as

a true six pointer at this late stage in the season. The Saints faithful expressed their delight over the win against Fulham on social media,“Bertrand

Picture Credit: Graham Hiley

played very well coming back into the side, some great runs with the ball at the top of the pitch.” “Just great to see the lads passion and com-

mitment on the pitch tonight, much needed win” Continuing are the hopes that many of the injury struck stars they are currently missing will return. Those currently out include the likes of Danny Ings, Eric Lemina and Obafemi Michael who has missed most of this season due to injuries. In the relegation dogfight, Newcastle managed a convincing win against Burnley, putting further pressure on the saints survival hopes as Crystal Palace, Brighton and Cardiff all suffered defeats. Southampton are currently 9/1 to be relegated but fans will be hoping inspired performances from Ward-Prowse and dInefender Vestergaard will assure that the Saints will still be playing in the Premier League next season.

DeGale set to retire after loss Ollie Laurie

JAMES Degale (25-3-1KO15) has retired after losing by unanimous decision against Chris Eubank Jr, last Saturday at the O2 arena in London. DeGale announced his retirement on social media on the 10 year anniversary of his debut in the ring. The 33 year-old boxer won Olympic gold - in Beijing in 2008, before going on to become British, European and World super-middleweight champion - the first British fighter to do so. George Groves, a former rival of both DeGale and Eubank Jr, said to IFL TV after the fight that DeGale needed to hang up his gloves, as he isn’t the fighter he once was,

“He needs to call it a day, you watch his interviews and he loses track of what he is saying. He is asking what day it is, and how long ago things happened. It’s not healthy, it’s not nice to see. I don’t want to see him in a bad way, because he carries on boxing. The second Eubank Jr landed something on him, he stayed hit. The whole night. Nip it in the bud, call it a day” DeGale in a statement he released on social media, admitted that he hasn’t been fighting at the level that he once was. “Today marks ten years since my professional debut fight

on 28th February 2009 and today is the day I am announcing my retirement from boxing. It’s been an unbelievable journey and I’ve had an amazing decade - if I’m honest, the best years of my life.” It is hard to adm i t

that I’m not the fighter I once was, but I’m human and along the way, my injuries have taken a toll both on mind and body and these things have c o n tributed to impact my performance in the ring.” “The day after the fight, someone said to me that one f i g h t does n o t deter-

mine a legacy. Looking back, if someone had told me at the start of my boxing career, when I was in the England squad, that I would become an Olympic Gold Medallist, British and European Champion and Two-Time World Champion, I would never have believed them, but I did it and I’d like to think I did it the clean, honest and hard way with discipline and respect to the sport I love. In December 2017 he lost his World title in a shock defeat to Caleb Truax, before regaining it only four months later. However, he gave up his IBF title for the fight against Eubank Jr. DeGale in action. Picture Credit: Lawrence Lustig


Kestrels through to BUCS Championship Semi-Final Alex Gialedakis SOLENT KESTRELS are through to the semi-finals of the University Basketball Championships after thrashing Northumbria 88-63. 235 spectators crammed their way into the St Mary’s leisure centre as well as those watching on Sonar TV’s livestream. Things started how they finished with Solent taking an early lead due to a three-pointer from their number 11 Jon Averkamp. Averkamp was the standout star of the quarter, with the highlight of the match — driving to the rim from his own half, and dunking it for an excellent two-pointer. This form continued throughout the game with Benji Maranan, Nicholas Ballone and Elliot Dadds all gaining multiple points for the squad. The game ran smoothly for the Kestrels, despite the referee making

a few controversial decisions involving holding in the box and the Northumbria coach’s continued obscenities towards him. The Kestrels were on top of their opponents, retaining the lead through each quarter. Shooting Guard, Nicholas Ballone who managed an excellent three-pointer from the corner during the second half, believes if his team carries the form they showed today then they have a good chance of making the finals: “The form we displayed today showed the exceptional quality of our team, a 20 point gap going into our next game is just going to increase the boy’s already high confidence, our next opponents have got a tough game coming.” The BUC sports semi-final will have the Kestrels travel to Loughborough, who displayed similar impressive form, beating Essex University 108-9.

Solent Kestrels in action. Picture Credit: Alex Gialedakis

Team Solent Sport Roundup Alex Clarke

SOLENT cheer and dance team had their first competition last Sunday. The Ravens have five competitive teams: Jazz, Hip-hop, Pom, Stunt and Level 2 All Girl. The Legacy Cheer and Dance competition took place at Copper Box arena in the Olympic Park, London. Last year the Level two All Girl team had competed in a different category and won the National Champion title. It was a learning curve for the team to perform for the first time and also watch the other teams. Head coach Kate Murphy said: “All our coaches are super proud of the Ravens for hitting their routines.

A special shout out to all our freshers who competed for the first time!” Jazz placed 3rd, Hiphop 4th, Pom 4th, Stunt 3rd and All Girl Level 2 came 5th. Meanwhile, back in Southampton the American Football team were playing their last game of the season. The Redhawks played Bournemouth Bobcats at home (Test Park Sports Facility) but suffered a loss of 34-14. A change in coaching staff has led to three wins this season compared to last year where they failed to win a single game. Pride wise, this was the Redhawks most important game as the Redhawks face the Bobcats every year at Varsity, which will again take place this May.

Solent’s cheerleading squad Picture Credit: Adele Spicer


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Saints push for safety with win over Fulham Saints escaped the relegation zone last night, following a 2-0 victory over relegation candidates Fulham. Hasenhuttl’s side are now in 17th place and two points from safety. Claudio Ranieri has been sacked as a result. Story continued on page 10. Main Picture Credit: Pixabay. Inset Picture Credit: Thomas Lewis

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