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Freshers’ issue 2012

04 It’s Istanbul (not Constantinople) 06/07 Fresher’s guide to having a laugh 08 Half price London theatre tickets up for grabs 10 (Very) Hot Wagammama recipe 13 Rose Theatre Kingston 14/15 Guide to Kingston 16 Richmond Park 18/19 Student deals - making you less poor 21 Bluebelle’s Cakery Cupcakes 22/23 Student party blog 24 Sex & university 25 Fake 8 hours sleep 27 How’s your CV looking? 28 Vouchers - cut out and trade 29 Competitions - you’ve got to be in it to win it! 30 Top five places to see in China 31 Eating your way to exam success 32 Movie Review: Total Recall (the new one) 34 TV Interview: Gordon Ramsey (the real one)

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Published by Student-I Media Argyle House 1 Dee Road Richmond TW9 2JN 0208 322 7708 Articles Cathy Winston Editorial Yumi Kingston Maria Evrenos and Design my night They fit Student Gems Wagamama Rose theatre TCKS Design Distribution 25,000 These will be handed to students in universities, colleges and other educational establishments. Magazines will also be available from pick up stands in popular shops, cafe’s and bars, clubs and student unions. September 2012 focus towns are Kingston, Putney, Richmond, Twickenham, Hounslow, Ealing. January 2013 will see us expand into Central London.


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do: Head to a hammam. Even the tourist-friendly Turkish baths (a good plan if you’re a novice) leave you scrubbed and soaped until you’re pink and glowing, while guys get an additional massage-slash-pummelling from the attendants. Try Cağaloğlu Hamami (£15) on Yerebatan Caddesi, or 16th century Çemberlitaş Hamami (£22.50), near the Grand Bazaar.

see: Istanbul’s most famous sights are packed into Sultanahmet – the Blue Mosque with its minarets and tiles facing 1,500-year-old Hagia Sophia (£4, closed Mondays), once the world’s largest cathedral, now a museum. Nearby the Topkapı palace (£8, closed Tuesdays) was home to the world’s best-known harem (£6) and the Sultans who commanded the Ottoman Empire for centuries. And don’t miss the Basilica Cistern (£4), on Yerebatan Caddesi, a Roman reservoir which lay hidden for centuries, before popping up in a Bond film.

sleep: Try the five quirky rooms at Sumo Cat hostel (from £6.18, www in the arty bar-filled neighbourhood of Galata. Or there’s pop-art-meets-Ottoman decor plus live music on Fridays at Lush Hotel (doubles from £66, near Istanbul’s main street İstiklâl Caddesi, in Beyoğlu.

shop: Ignore the Grand Bazaar’s tourist tat, unless you want a cut-price belly-dancing costume, and enjoy getting lost as you wander past everything from leather and copper to musical instruments and carpets. Pack a map and don’t forget you’re up against the haggling experts. And the original Turkish Delight shop, Ali Muhiddin Haci Bekir on Hamidiye Caddesi, will convert even those who loathe the usual sicklysweet rose version.

don’t miss: The Bosphorus is the heart of the city, so if you don’t fancy a full-day cruise, grab a ferry from Eminönü or Karaköy on the European side to Üsküdar on the Asian shore. You can tick off two continents in 20 minutes, then wander the waterfront to get a real taste of local life.


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There’s far more than a quick kebab in Istanbul, but for food that won’t blow the budget, head to Nevizade Sokak in Taksim, just behind the fish market. There’s a string of ‘meyhanes’ of taverns for great mezze alongside the locals.

For cocktails with a view, chic 360 ( on İstiklâl Caddesi has a balcony looking out to Sultanahmet. Or for drinks and DJs, don’t miss i-Lounge, in the Villa Zurich Hotel in the arty Cihangir neighbourhood, where Turkey’s top jazz musicians perform.

fast facts:

dance: Beyoğlu is the centre of the city’s club scene – try Indigo ( for electro or Club 11.11 on Meşrutiyet Caddesi for house, while Babylon (, on nearby Seyhbender Sokak, has everything from live international acts to hip hop, techno and world music.

Visas cost £10 at the airport – only sterling is accepted, and the Foreign Office warns you can’t use Scottish notes. For more information, visit Turkey tourism’s website at Lonely Planet also has an Istanbul app for £3.99.

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London theatre up to half price

see: You can pick up a real bargain for a wide variety of London’s top West End shows for hit musicals, comedy, drama and dance – the choice is yours! If you’re a last minute buyer or just want to see a good show, just turn up at the booth and see what’s available for you. We’re offering even more money off with our loyalty card – for every ticket you buy you get a stamp and once it’s full (only 6 to fill) you save more on your ticket!

buy: We’ve got hundreds of tickets available to buy for on the day performances and up to a week in advance. Check out what’s on sale on the TKTS website - - or at the booth with our experienced team. Tickets can only be bought in person at the booth.

where: TKTS is located at the south side of Leicester Square in the Clocktower building, just short walking distance from Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus underground stations. We’re open every day, Mon-Sat 9.00-19.00pm and Sun 10.30-16.30.


saving safely: TKTS is the official half price and discount theatre ticket booth in London operated by the Society of London Theatre. With 30 years’ experience, you can purchase tickets at TKTS with confidence and at a fair price.

don’t miss out: If there’s a show you want to see over and over again or haven’t yet seen, it’s all affordable with TKTS. All information can be found on and you can stay in touch with on and

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agamama is a Japanese-inspired restaurant combining fresh and nutritious food with friendly service and value for money. Dishes are prepared immediately, ensuring they arrive freshly cooked and although dishes may be delivered at different times, the Wagamama philosophy is: don’t wait – just tuck in and share! Wagamama now has restaurants around the UK, including one on Putney High Street, offering Wagamama’s world famous noodles, delicious rice dishes and tasty salads.


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Hot beef salad with chilli soy Ingredients 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil 1 red onion, peeled and cut into half-moon slices 110g (4oz) of courgettes, cut into bite-sized pieces 250g (9oz) of sirloin or rump steak, cut into thin strips A handful of mangetout, thinly sliced lengthways 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 1 red chilli, trimmed, deseeded and sliced 150g (5oz) of beansprouts 1 teaspoon of sugar 1 tablespoon of light soy sauce 1 lime, halved 2 tablespoons of fried shallots (available from oriental stores) 4 sprigs of coriander

* Heat a wok over a medium heat for 1 – 2 minutes or until completely hot and almost smoking and add the vegetable oil. * Add the red onion and courgettes and stir fry for 2 – 3 minutes until lightly browned. * Add the beef and stir fry for about 5 minutes until lightly browned. * Add the mangetout, garlic, chilli and beansprouts and stir fry for a further 2 – 3 minutes. * Add the sugar, salt, soy sauce and toss quickly. * Divide between 2 plates, squeeze over the juice from the lime, garnish with shallots and coriander.

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enjoy: The Rose Theatre’s amazing circular auditorium is home to the best in classic and contemporary theatre. If you want to see the next piece of work from Propeller, or a classic revival created in Kingston, the Rose is the place to be.

laugh: On the last Sunday of every month the world famous Comedy Store bring the brightest and best comedians to the Rose. The Rose is also home to solo tours from some of Britain’s favourite comics. Marcus Brigstocke (Sun 21 Oct) and Jo Brand (Sat 24 Nov).

learn: The Rose’s learning and participation department offers a huge range of activities, for all ages and levels of ability. Classes take place on subjects like stage fighting, playwriting and theatrical make up, in addition there are several youth and adult theatre groups.

talk: Time to Talk is a popular series of discussions between the Rose’s Artistic Director and actors, writers and public figures. What makes the talks really special is that after Artistic Director Stephen Unwin delves into his guest’s motivations and passions he opens up the questioning to the floor. Richard Eyre (Tue 18 Sep) and Michael Palin (Wed 24 Oct).

eat: The Culture Café at the Rose offers a spacious, relaxing environment to meet up with friends. We have teamed up with The French Tarte and Vallebona, to introduce a new range of delicious platters, sandwiches, quiches and patisseries. (Free Wi-Fi and 25% off for students).

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golf Pay as you go golf at Roehampton gate - to book a tee time go to Prices from just £5 for a 18 hole round!

run The distance around the park is roughly 7 miles, depending on your fitness this could take between 6090 minutes. If you don’t want to run alone you can join the Serpentine running club for only £10 per year.

power kiting Be pulled along by a kite while sitting in a kite buggy or standing on a landboard. This fast growing sport is taught by qualified instructors year round in the grassy spaces of Richmond Park. Go to Kitevibe for more info.

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2012’s hottest new exercise trends One too many late-night doner kebabs, a couple of drinks more than you intended, or even just spending too long sitting in the library (well, maybe) – all of a sudden, it could be time to head down to the gym again. But if hitting the treadmill or going through the motions in an exercise class makes you want to give up before you start, here’s how to mix it up a bit. 1. The hot new US class The latest hit in gyms across the Atlantic, Beaming is a barefoot work-out using a soft beam, which promises to blitz your whole body, reducing fat and improving muscles in 45 minutes. The name comes from its four key points Balance your body, Engage your core, Align your spine and Move through life – plus that unstable 5ft long beam, which helps improve your posture as you burn calories. Available in selected Virgin Active clubs.

2. The yoga update If Omming doesn’t attract you but you love the health benefits of yoga, a new fusion of the traditional postures and live DJs is guaranteed to hit the spot. Funk the Buddha, includes strength exercises to build stamina, aerobic sequences and deep stretching all set to a background of live bands and DJs for a real urban feel.

Retro Gym at the new Third Space Marylebone in London ( uses modern training techniques on traditional equipment with classes, small groups and one-to-one sessions. Designed to work with your body, it focuses on natural movements like squats, lunges and twists, to help improve your posture, core muscles and tone your whole body.

4. The tennis makeover The traditional racket sport is having a Latin makeover with Padel tennis coming to the UK for the first time this year at David Lloyd Leisure ( Huge in Spain and Latin America, it’s a simpler version of the game that’s easier for beginners to pick up, thanks to differences like underarm serves. As well as working the legs and glutes, you’ll get a great cardio workout to tone up your whole body, plus it’s played in doubles, so there’ll be someone else to motivate you along.

Classes are already running at Frame in east London ( and more events are planned in Manchester, Leeds and Edinburgh during 2012. Visit for more information.

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With the latest equipment like suspension training and ViPR, as well as Bosu balls and kettlebells, it’s about making fitness more fun and giving people almost unlimited choice to tailor their workout to what they need in life – and working all their muscles along the way.

One of the biggest trends for 2012 is nostalgia workouts, the kind you remember from school. Best of all, there’s no dodgy PE knickers involved this time. With climbing ropes, gymnastic rings and beams, plus old-fashioned medicine balls, the

If you’re bored of a one-size-fits-all approach to exercise, forget the same repetitive routines and classes you’ve done a thousand times, and go freestyle at Fitness First (

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Bluebelle’s Cakery Cupcakes Kick off your party by making cupcakes for you and your housemates. These delicious treats will break the ice in no time. Fancy meeting your neighbours? Well pop over for a cup of sugar!

Ingredients for 12 cupcakes 170g / 6oz. butter or stork margarine 170g / 6oz. caster sugar 3 eggs, lightly beaten 150g / 51/2oz. plain flour Dash of lemon flavoring

Buttercream 170g / 6oz. stork butter 2 tbsp. milk 350g / 12oz. icing sugar Dash of vanilla flavoring

For the perfect cake * Set oven to gas mark 5 * Put cake cases into a deep muffin tray, then put margarine and caster sugar into mixing bowl. Mix well with electric whisk, then throw in the plain flour and add the 3 eggs. * Mix again with electric whisk until thick and fluffy. Add 3 drops of lemon flavouring and put into oven for around 25 mins. For dreamy but tercream * Use another mixing bowl. * Break blocks of butter with fingers. * Mix - use electric whisk for quicker results. Add 6 drops of vanilla flavouring to the butter and mix well with whisk, then add 6oz icing sugar and mix well, add the rest until you get the perfect buttercream. * Add the perfect topping – why not try a giant jazzy, cola bottles or peanut buttercups. student-i magazine | Freshers’ issue 2012


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This is a members’ bar by London Fields with hot tubs on their rooftop terrace offering stunning views over the urban skyline. They regularly host cool parties, a supperclub, live music, DJ sets and a cinema club.

Night life and adventure is what first brought me to London and its addictive hold was part of my decision to study here. London night life has had me text friends saying: “I’m on the dance floor by the fire breathing robot, where are you?” Going out in my home town in Sweden meant a bar, seating and a dance floor at best, bumping in to the same faces and playing out familiar scenarios each weekend which too easily merge like pulp in your memory. In London I found an ethos where the limits to what a club night or cocktail bar could be was set only by the capacity of our imagination.

Proud Camden – Live music, dancing and unleashing your inner stripper

However, it can be quite stressful being ‘in the know’ and keeping up to date with planning and finding amazing nights out in this big city. I’m lucky because through my work at London’s only price comparison site for night life,, I’m always the first to find out about new bars and parties. They also provide online bookings for tables, parties and guest lists so you can ensure you have a spot at the hot venues in London. Being a student in London there is nothing that makes you more popular than being the one knowing where to go when the bell rings for play time...

The Stables Market, Camden NW1 8AH This bar and club is made from a large converted horse stable with cosy stalls equipped with free-for-all stripper poles. The club nights always feature great live bands or DJs with an indie/electro edge, host Rockioke or put on glamorous cabaret shows.

Here are some of my top picks for the best parties, bars, clubs and pubs for students or anyone seeking to open Pandora’s Box of London nightlife.

Purl – Cutting-edge Cocktail Bar 50-54 Blandford Street, Marylebone , London W1U 7HX This beautiful 1920s inspired cocktail bar uses aroma, fog, air, foam, food and liquid nitrogen to create an experience that goes beyond belief. Combined with their gorgeous time-warping setting of cosy alcoves, jazz tinkling in the background and the shimmering light of lush chandeliers this speakeasy bar in Marylebone is a must-visit when you deserve to splash the cash a little.

The Palm Tree – Cheeky canal side pub with charming jazz session Haverfield Road, Poplar, London E3 5BH This great pub is quite a hidden gem, patted in by the bushes and leaves by Regent’s canal with jazz musician relics having a blast on Saturday evenings.

The Blues Kitchen – Rock n’ Roll bar 111 - 113 Camden High Street, London NW1 7JN A wicked bar for retro dancing, rock n roll gigs and DJs in the heart of Camden. Come do the twist and sing the blues at this Bourbon saloon.


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The Blitz Party – Fancy Dress The Arches, 54 Holywell Lane, London EC2A 3 PQ ( This 1940s style party lets you live out your fantasies of soldier men in uniform and women in pumps, cute dresses and eyeliner. Set in the old arches in Shoreditch with entertainment, live music and wonderful cocktails, dreamt up by the team behind the Bourne and Hollingsworth bar in Soho, you won’t believe the amazing atmosphere and fantastic outfits seen here.

Wilton’s – Historic Grand Music Hall 1 Graces Alley, London E1 8JB Built around 1725, Wilton’s is the world’s last surviving Grand Music Hall, just waiting for you to discover its ancient charm. It’s still going strong with a calendar full of entertainment including theatre, music, comedy, cinema, cabaret and ping pong.

Dalston Jazzbar – Late night drinking and dancing 4 Bradbury Street, London N16 8JN

The Church – Daytime partying

If you’re like me and love dancing and partying until 5am on the weekends but can’t handle sleazy techno nightclubs this quirky joint in Dalston is your saviour! It gets pretty rammed and sweaty but the atmosphere is great and it’s a nice feeling when the sunrise shines through their big windows as you keep dancing, with or without your shades on.

21-25 St. John’s Hill, Clapham, London SW11 1TT Going to The Church is the perfect way to prolong a party weekend as this club opens at 11am on a Sunday and offers dancing to cheesy music tunes and fancy dress fun until 4pm.

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Sex and University

You’ve read the leaflets, had the talk from the university sexual health centre and even collected a handful of free condoms at the fresher’s fair. It might seem like University is a dedicated hook-up zone where everything and everyone is obsessing about having sex. But remember - everyone approaches sex differently, so don’t feel pressured into doing anything you don’t want to do. That said, for a lot of young people university is the first time they have stayed away from the parental home for an extended period of time. And that can be quite a revelation for a lot of people – new found freedoms, your own private space, no curfew to obey. It’s certainly easy to use such things to your advantage when it comes to having sex. It can also be a good opportunity to experiment outside of your normal comfort zone - in fact surveys suggest that around 20% of people do just that during their university years. Whatever you do, and who ever you do it with – do it safely. That doesn’t just mean condoms; it also means how you go about hooking up in the first place. The concept of a one night stand is fairly universally understood, but it can be a good idea to lay some ground rules too. Most important of all – NO means NO. There’s nothing to stop you changing your mind right at the last minute, and if you’re the one on the receiving end then you have to accept and respect that choice. If bars and clubs are your chosen place to meet new partners, make sure to keep an eye on your drink at all times – and that includes when you are in loo. Always tell someone else where you are going and when you expect to be back.

Critical to condom efficacy is correct use. Wearing a condom is remarkably straight forward but don’t be afraid to practise by yourself before the big event. Make sure you put the condom on before any intercourse or sexual contact has occurred, and leave it in place until you’re finished. Completely unroll the condom so that you’re fully covered up. Expel any air from the tip of the condom as you put it on, otherwise you risk the condom bursting. And most important of all avoid tearing, cutting or otherwise damaging the latex material when you open the foil. Above all – respect sex, don’t fear it. Sex is a wonderful thing and university can be the perfect opportunity to experience the delights of it, if you choose to. This article was contributed by Joe Nelson, Founder of TheyFit, the World’s only custom fit condom company. Student-i readers can get 20% off their first order using the code STU at

Condoms are your best defence against STIs, the risks of which are very real. Chlamydia infections among young people in the UK are some of the highest rates in all of Europe and even things like Syphilis and Gonorrhoea are showing a resurgence. That’s not to forget about pregnancy – when used correctly condoms are extremely effective as a method of contraception, and falling pregnant (or fathering a child) during your studies is probably best avoided. Remember – the contraceptive pill offers no protection against STIs.


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Fake 8 hours sleep Yawn! From late nights in the bar to all-nighters finishing an essay, most of us could do with an extra boost to keep going. So if you can barely summon up the energy to turn to this page, we’ve tracked down six sneaky caffeine-free ways to feel like you’ve had eight hours sleep... even when that’s very far from the truth. 1. Turn on the radio Whatever your favourite tune, listening to the music you love is a short-cut to a good mood, according to neuroscientists in Montreal, as it makes your brain release feelgood dopamine. To really kickstart your energy levels, sing along too, as it draws more oxygen into the body, helping to give you a mental boost and feel less exhausted.

2. The natural solution Even if you’re not remotely green-fingered, surrounding yourself with plants can stop you feeling drained. People with greenery on their desks at work thought they were 10% more attentive in just one day, according to US research.

in an energy slump. Instead, snacking on magnesium-packed grapes or sunflower seeds can help the body produce energy. Or if you’d rather pop a pill, swap the Pro Plus for Coenzyme Q10 which is produced naturally in the body to help us generate energy, and has also been shown to keep your mind agile. Holland & Barrett Coenzyme 30mg Q-10 Capsules cost £7.99 for 50.

4. Red hot! Once you’ve struggled out of bed, getting dressed could actually make you more alert – as long as you wear something red. Researchers at the Florida State University believe that as our brains link the colour to danger, seeing scarlet unconsciously makes us pay more attention.

It’s not just all in the mind either – the study even found their reactions were 12% faster.

No need to dress head to toe in the shade though, a slick of crimson lippy or red trainers should do the trick.

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Step away from the chocolate and Red Bull – a sugar or caffeine rush might give you a quick lift but you’ll only end up back

Take a deep breath. All that oxygen rushing through your blood-stream is the perfect antidote to feeling worn out, but for even

more exhaustion-blitzing power, take a sniff of peppermint. US researchers discovered that athletes who inhaled the scent could run faster for longer. If you’re not a fan of mint, citrus oils are also great for energising while rosemary improves focus. Carry one of Tisserand’s Roll-on Remedies, £5.25 – Energise contains bergamot, grapefruit and lime oils, while Focus includes rosemary and grapefruit. See for stockists.

6. See the light Lack of sunshine can make us feel like we’d rather hibernate than head outside, especially as the nights get longer. But when emigrating to Australia isn’t an option, boost the amount of light you get with a dawn simulator alarm clock. The Lumie Bodyclock range gradually brightens like a natural sunrise, helping regulate your internal body clock and leaving you feeling more refreshed as you wake up. Priced from £59.95, it’s available from, John Lewis and Boots.

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how’s your CV looking? CV writing it’s got to be compelling How is your CV going to stand out from the crowd? With just over 1 million 16-24 year olds unemployed, job hunting needs a thorough approach and so does your CV. You’ve seen a job that you would like to apply for so now you need to finely tune your CV to make sure is compelling, relevant and perfectly written. Here are the StudentGems top five tips which will help you:

4. Work experience 1. Layout Start with your headings and then fill in details. Once you’re happy with the content, check your CV and then re-check it and then find a friend to check it! It is said that more than half of all CVs received by recruiters contain spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. That could mean instant ‘dismissal’ as employers are busy, won’t have long to read your CV and need to make a shortlist. Your CV should be clear, concise and easy to read online as well as on paper. It’s also worth checking with the recruiter about how your CV should be presented as some want one page and some want two.

2. Personal details These are obviously important and you need to include your name, address, email address and telephone numbers so that you can be contacted. Set the information out at the top to make it easy for employers to get in touch. There is no need to mention your age or marital status.

3. Education Employers want happening, proactive employees – so make the most of good grades, results and achievements. Include where you have studied or where you are studying starting with the most recent and list academic and any other relevant qualifications.

Don’t underestimate your work experience. Employers want to see how you have been using your time and how they might benefit from the work experience that you have already had. If you have done some work experience it will be worth adding it to your CV. List it in reverse order with your current or most recent work experience first. Employers will want to know where you worked, when you worked there, the job you did and what you gained from it together with any responsibilities you may have had.

5. Other skills / Hobbies Include other skills that might be relevant to an employer. The obvious ones are your computer skills, languages and whether you hold a full driving licence. If you have had work experience you will have a legion of soft skills - think about them. These could include communication, team working, the art of delegation, attention to detail and customer service. Hobbies and skills may not necessarily get you the job but they should be added to give the employer an insight into who you are and the kind of person you could become. Additionally, hobbies are often used as an ice breaker during the interview so make sure your hobby is actually your hobby.

Your CV is important and time and care should be taken over writing it. Treat it as work in progress and try to keep your CV up to date!

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One of Britain’s finest comedians and broadcasters, Marcus Brigstocke, is taking his hotly anticipated new show The Brig Society on tour this autumn. Competition Entry email MARCUS with your name, address, email and telephone number to by the 10th October 2012 (the winner will be announced on our website 12th October).

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Top five places to see in China China is a vast, varied and beautiful country which rewards its visitors with world-class sites such as the Terracotta Warriors and the Great Wall. It boasts stunning scenery, including the limestone peaks of Guilin and the majestic Yangtze River, a diverse culture and exciting cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. With the help of specialist travel company Cox & Kings, we highlight the must see top five places to visit in this Eastern wonderland. Beijing - located in northern China, this ancient powerhouse dates back over 3,000 years.


A must-see is the mighty Forbidden City in the heart of this Far Eastern jewel. Built in the 15th century during the Ming Dynasty, the Forbidden City is one of the finest preserved imperial palaces in China. Stretched over 178 acres this UNESCO world heritage site features 90 palaces, courtyards, 980 buildings and 8,704 rooms. Marvel at the traditional architecture and imperial history before hotfooting it to Jingshan Park to see the panoramic view of the palace. Sunset is one of the best times to capture this awe-inspiring scene!


Xian - The eternal city is one of the oldest settlements in China where you can visit a 3,000 year old banpo village with archaeological remains dating back to the Neolithic Age. The Famen Temple holding the finger bones of Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism, is a great attraction for Buddhist enthusiasts. Or if you seek an archaeological site that packs a punch, head to the Terracotta Army. Over 2,000 years old, the life-size figures feature 8,000 warriors and 670 horses positioned in battle, representing the armies that belonged to China’s first Emperor Qin Shi Huang.


The Yangtze River - To feel the beating heart of China is to experience the Yangtze River, the third longest in the world. Almost 4,000 miles long, the Yangtze entwines through 11 provinces, from glistening glaciers of the Tibetan plateau down to the rush of Shanghai. Embark on a cruise to see some of its exhaustive natural beauty and drift through the three mighty gorges Qutang, Wu and Xiling for one of the best views of soaring mountains and staggering landscapes in this oriental paradise.


Guilin - Limestone pinnacles and luscious vegetation are the hallmark of Guilin. Featuring two rivers and four lakes in the south of China, Guilin is a region of beautiful bamboo groves, crystal clear waters and captivating caves. Enjoy a boat trip on Li River and flow past picturesque traditional fishing villages. Alternatively, head down below to the subterranean world of Reed Flute Cave. Over three miles in length, the cave allegedly dates back 500,000


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years. Illuminated with eerie stalagmites and stone pillars, this natural phenomenon will captivate even the most well-travelled tourist.


Yunnan Province - Off the beaten track in the pocket of south-west China lies Yunnan, the sixth largest province. The perfect destination for the explorer who wants to get under the skin of this mysterious country, far looking beyond lanterns, chopsticks and Chinese dragons, Yunnan is a trekker’s paradise and one of China’s best kept secrets. Delve into tropical rainforests featuring over 2,500 varieties of flora and fauna and 30 endangered species, including red pandas and snow leopards. Venture towards Lake Dian filled with charming fishing villages and farmland, or head to the mountainous north-west to view the Three Parallel Rivers National Park. This watery gateway is a UNESCO world heritage site and where Asia’s greatest rivers Yangtze, Mekong and Salween collide in a staggering geographical wonder.

Eating your way to exam success promotes blood flow to your the and helps improve focus and even a 20 minute daily walk will enhance mental clarity. Finally - and most importantly - sleep. Six to eight hours sleep a night are the recommended amount for busy students and key to memory retention. Now is not the time to diet or stay up all night! Top tips to get the best results: n Create a revision timetable with sensible work slots and breaks and keep to it. n Know where your exams are and when they start, how long they are and what equipment you are allowed to take in. n Make sure you have one weekend day when you don’t revise or think about exams. n Tell your family about your revision timetable - and ask them for help if you need it. Exams season is upon us again but there’s no need to panic - there are lots of steps you can take to boost your scores before even lifting a book. Stressing out and sitting up late poring over revision might be the student stereotype, however experts advise just the opposite and advocate a balanced diet - and lifestyle - if you want to achieve your potential. Feeding the mind with the correct food can significantly improve brain performance, and breakfast - which many students skip - is vital for the brain’s cognitive function. Nutritionists advise eating slow release foods and avoiding high sugar items, like some cereals, as your body burns these off at a faster pace resulting in a drop in blood sugar, causing tiredness and drowsiness. To improve your memory you need to increase blood flow to the brain and the best way to do this is by taking Omega 3, found in almonds, mackerel, sardines and walnuts. You can also buy Omega 3 supplements from health stores. Food which is good for your gut, such as probiotics which are found in yoghurt, will also help boost your brain performance as half the neurotransmitter functions in the brain are actually made in the stomach. Fluid intake is also vital to function at optimum level. Almost every bodily function is dependent on water, and hydration is key for mental focus. While popular, caffeine and energy drinks are not recommended as they only give the body a short-term lift, swiftly followed by a slump in energy levels. To work out how much water you should be drinking on a daily basis, multiply your body weight in kilograms by 0.033, which will give you the amount of litres you need to consume; ie if you are 10 stone (63.5kgs) you should have 1.9 litres a day. If you don’t like water, try adding a slice of lime to flavour it or try coconut water. Other tips include regular exercise, as it

n Keep bullet points on crib cards highlighting main subject theories. Use these for quick revision and when you have a few spare minutes, eg, waiting for the school bus. n Use mnemonics - using initials of a word helps your memory. n Some people revise well by listening, so you could try recording your revision onto your iPod or tapes. Listen to these lying in bed, travelling in a car or walking to the shops. n Cut down on your weekend or evening job to give yourself more time to revise you can usually make it up later. n Prepare your equipment the night before the exam. n On the morning of the exam, have a good breakfast, stay calm and allow plenty of time to get to school or college. And remember that you can only do your best!

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Review: Total Recall Another week, another remake then. This month sees a rerealised science-fiction blockbuster inspired by the writing of a legendary futurist arrive in British theatres. But don’t worry too much, it’s actually not all that bad. For many action fans Paul Veerhoven’s 1990 Total Recall is a must see title, and deserves a place on anyone’s DVD shelves. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, it’s got pretty much everything those with a penchant for gun-toting romps thoroughly enjoy. As such when it was announced that the 2012 version would open in cinemas on August 29th there were more than a few negative murmurings to be heard. The original premise is easy to convey. Douglas Quaid lives in the dull suburbs with his beautiful wife, working a construction job for decent-enough money. Something feels missing though, and it’s not just the fact that he has never made the journey to Mars, which is now a mining colony- a galactic holiday he’s always wanted to take. In reality he has been there, several times before. Because the protagonist is not who we thinks he is. Opting to use a company called Rekall, he pays to have a memory of visiting the red planet implanted in his brain, along with the fact that he was there on official business as a top secret government operative. The problem is a few raw nerves are hit during the procedure, mainly because the whole fantasy was once true. Aware that something


is afoot, though not sure what exactly, soon he’s on an uncertain mission to try and find out who he was, and overthrow the political bad guy Chancellor Cohaagen, whom he believes to be responsible for erasing his memory. The new version shares this concept, only this time Quaid is played by Colin Farrell, and the story starts with him working a factory floor. Bored and frustrated he decides to take a mind-trip, assuming the persona of a super-spy and, yep, you guessed it, he ends up killing lots of people whilst running from police, in an attempt to discover his own identity, and bring down a corrupt leader. Forced to side with members of an underground resistance (including Jessica Biel and Bill Nighy), a perpetual chase ensues as we all try and piece together the truth. Performance-wise, everyone involved is more than able and delivers capably, elevating this well above the league of gutter shoot ‘em ups. Then again there’s no Schwarzenegger, and so no comic book iconography. Underworld director Len Wiseman has done a decent job with the remake, but considering the source material is Philip K. Dick’s renowned book, We Can Remember It For You Wholesale - pages littered with clever metaphors and poignant statements- those responsible could really have done something far more original and intelligent when modernising the cinematic interpretation; a near miss.

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TV Interview: Gordon Ramsey Those who would like to see Gordon Ramsay in prison will have been happy of late, what with the chef’s recent series, Gordon Behind Bars. A thought-provoking, astonishing and occasionally moving look at the culinary titan’s efforts to set up a catering business with the inmates of HMP Brixton, we asked him a few questions now the cat’s out of the bag.


What was it like walking into prison for the first time? How did you feel? I’ve been in a few dangerous situations. But this has been one of the most intimidating experiences, because at times, you could just sense the atmosphere reaching boiling point, and you were just waiting for that fight to start. Everyone got particularly nervous when the cameras were around. And we were a small crew. The sense of intimidation was rife. You could feel it in the air the minute you walked in there. It was bloody intense.


How did you select the prisoners to take part? Did a lot of them want to do it? We had an overwhelming response. We spoke to over 100 prisoners, we had to find out what they were in for, what their sentence was and they had to be security cleared. You have to understand that a lot of them were on remand, so they get moved on a regular basis.


What were the biggest logistical problems you faced?

If someone wanted a knife or a peeler or a spatula or a plastic scraper, you’d have to go to the shadow board on the wall, take out what you wanted, sign for it, give them a number, and then they weren’t allowed more than two utensils out at any one time. When one thing went missing, it was bedlam, the place would be on lockdown, everyone would be searched, and you’ve lost half a day. Getting them out of bed in the morning was tough as well - they don’t have to be up. Most of them get locked up after dinner, at 5:15pm, and they’re not let out the next day until the morning. So gathering them around was just horrendous. You’d go to every wing, accompanied by an officer, you’d have to take the crap on the wings from those who didn’t get on the course, and so by the end I stopped gathering them, I had to get the officers to do it. But they came in dribs and drabs for the first couple of weeks. I had to say to them “If I say 9am, I really want you in here for 9am.”



To be honest, that’s not that early to start. You can be quite aggressive in the kitchen. Did you have to modify that at all? I’ve been with offenders, from robbers to smuggling arms to gang members, you name it, we dealt with it. You knew any time that it was going to kick off. It could be about anything. The first big argument was because somebody left his sauce in his cell, and didn’t have it to add to his sandwich at lunchtime. I had to walk on eggshells, because it was very fragile, insecure, awkward temperaments that I was dealing with. Every time something went wrong, you could tell it was going to kick off. They did push my buttons, I did get upset, because there’s only so much you can take before you get to boiling point. And I did end up letting rip in the end.


Did you uncover any talent there who you would consider employing? Well, Paul was working for me at The Savoy Grill. David I’ve got my eye on. He was pretty disciplined. There was another guy from Brixton, called Adonis. Smart guy, 6’5”, he got caught with a shotgun under his bed. He’s a talented, talented guy, so methodical, everything was really precise.


At some points you found the prison a terrible, oppressive place, at others you said you felt it was more akin to a holiday camp. What are your opinions now about prison? What struck me most was the waste of time, effort and energy that could be channelled into something incredibly positive. Lying in bed, reading the newspaper, deciding what you’re going to have for dinner, playing the X-box, watching TV, going to the gym, their minds are so bored. They resent the outside world, they have a grudge, and they’re losing their self-esteem on an hourly basis. They have lost their will to work, and had all responsibility taken away from them. For me, it’s such a waste, such a missed opportunity. They’re just using the system, they’ve not motivated to do anything. They’ve got everything they need. If they were given more incentives to do some work, to get job ready, to be disciplined, it would help them, and surely their time would also go faster.

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