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York’s most powerful people

Harry Geoghegan The following people are all individuals who have at some point, today or in living memory lived in York. The list includes only individuals who are alive meaning that the list excludes Guy Fawkes – perhaps York’s most famous individual, and the only inhabitant of York to have a date in the calendar named after him. Fifty percentage of those listed work in the public sector and all but one are male, while only one is not white. All of the individuals are controversial suggesting that the rhetoric ‘when you decide you divide’ is a valid remark, and many of the individual’s decisions affect our day-to-day lives. The government decides on the implementation of polices and media scrutinizes and judge these on our behalf. The list is not extensive and notably does not include Anthony Horowitz, because arguably senior politicians and business leaders directly affect the livelihoods of more people than a children’s author. Many will dispute the order but no one could argue that these individuals are extremely powerful. Anibal Cavaco Silva (see photo) - Currently working as the President of Portugal, he has elected to office on three occasions. He moved to York in 1968 to study economics and recieved a doctorate in 1973. Greg Dyke - Now working as the chairman of The Football Assocaition previously he was empolyed as the Director-General of the BBC but resigned over the BBC’s alleged dishonest treatement of the death of a weapons inspector. Graduate from York in 1974.


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John Witherow - Worked as the editor of the The Sunday Times from 1994 - 2013 and was appointed editor of The Times this year. Previously worked as the Defence Editor and covered the Falklands war. Despite his position he has as a sigifiantly small online presence. He also studied in York. Vincent Cable (see photo) - Like Steve McClaren he attended Nunthrope Grammar School Vince has worked as Business Secretary since 2010 He previosuly worked as an advisor for the government of Kenya and as the chief economist for Shell.

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Harry Geoghegan Recently a student was spotted taking a nap for in York University library for a record breaking four hours. The impressive feat suggest a growing divide between the policies towards sleeping on campus at York and York St. John University libraries. At York University the main library is open twenty four hours a day seven days a week, but at York St. John University closes all but the groundfloor of their library, despite earnest attempts by students to persuade the university to keep the library open at night. The polices of the universities are evident in the sleeping patterns of the students of each institute. You can be expected to be able to enjoy an extended sleep at York University library. It would be difficult to accomplish a power nap without being interrupted at York St. John.

John Sentamu (see photo) - Archbishop of York since 2005 he is

second only in the Church of England to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Born in present day Uganda before fleeing the country. He now lives in Bishopthorpe Palace.

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Harriet Harman -

Deputy leader of the Labour party, she is also the first ever Minister for Women and is the longest continuously-serving female member of parliament in the House of Commons. She met her husband at a protest rally and studied for a bachelors degree in politics in York. Koen Lamberts - Starting this year as the Vice-Chancellor of York University Mr. Lamberts will run a university with over 3,000 staff and over 40,000 students. He was born in Belgium and now lives on the university campus. Stefan Palzer - The Director of the product development centre for Nestle confectionary in York. Nestle is the largest food company in the world and the largest private employer in York. Nestle’s ethical stance has been questioned on numerous occasions by Greenpeace and Save the Children to name but a few. Steve McClaren - England football team’s manager for a year before being scaked. He previously worked as Alex Ferguson’s assitant manager at Manchester United. Born in Fulford and attended Nunthrope Grammar School, both of which are in York. Dame Judy Dench - Best known as playing M in a series of James Bond films Mrs. Dench has performed in many films, acted on stage and sung in a musical. She has won eleven BAFTAs and two Golden Globes and was born in Heworth and attended the Mount School in York.


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It’s about TIME Rod Stewart released a new album!

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Daniel Fletcher Written by Beth Copeland.

Things to look forward to in 2014 Bethany Copeland Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who

After a taste of Peter Capaldi on Christmas Day, we can expect a full series with the new doctor, as Steven Moffat has promised there will be at least fourteen episodes.

The Wolf of Wall Street: 17th January Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese team up again for what looks set to be nominated for the Best Picture Award.

Winter Olympics: 6th February The Winter Olympics will take place from the 6th – 23rd February. The fact that the games will take place in Russia has been met with some controversy as there has been corruption, environmental pollution and disrespect towards the LGBT community.

New Metronomy album: 10th March The band’s fourth album, Love Letters is bound to be as imaginative as their previous material. After the success of their recent new single “I’m Aquarius” it is safe to say that it’ll be an album worth listening to.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: 18th April Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone return to the big screen for another Spider-Man movie. Again directed by the aptly named Marc Webb, this film will be packed with intrigue as Peter Parker looks more into his past and also finds out more about OsCorp.

World Cup: 12th June England are in the running for the 2014 World Cup, which will take place in Brazil. The first match Brazil Vs Croatia, is on the 12th of June.

Mockingjay, Part 1: 21st November We’re all waiting for this film with baited breath. This year will be very tense for viewers who have not read ahead!

The Hobbit: There and Back Again: 19th December The Desolation of Smaug was better than An Unexpected Journey. Will the next Hobbit adventure be the best one yet?

Sequel to The Cukoo’s Calling It is almost surprising that J.K. Rowling’s pen name was not an anagram of her own. The author, who was annoyed that her identity as “new” author Robert Galbraith was revealed, is set to publish a sequel to the Cukoo’s Calling in 2014.

For the best part of half a century, Rod Stewart has been churning out hit albums and singles that have rightfully earned him millions of fans worldwide. Despite critics arguing that Rod sold out on his artistic in 1978, the year he released the egotistical, lothario-esque disco smash “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?”, loyal fans, admire his ability to dabble in different musical genres, from 80’s New-Wave to the critically-acclaimed Great American Songbook. The fact that Stewart fans across the globe have continued to lap up his music for so many years shows that Rod has always had what it takes to be a continually commercial and successful artist. This is mostly down to the sheer quality of his voice, which can in one breath sound raw and passionate, then soft and reflective the next. Although Stewart’s cover albums have been popular enough, since just after the turn of the millennium, fans and critics alike have been united in their desire for one thing; to see Mr Stewart release an album mostly containing songs penned by the man himself. After nearly twenty years, Time has come to end their wait. Undoubtedly inspired by the memories he conjured up writing his autobiography, the majority of the songs on this album deal with various themes and episodes from Stewart’s life. The coupling of a folk & rock-driven sound that harkens back to his early-to-mid Seventies heyday, is a tactic that pays off in huge dividends for Stewart. The acoustic guitar and mandolin intro, “She Makes Me Happy” is a perfect album opener. Lyrically dedicated to wife Penny Lancaster, it rocks and jigs with an infectious, loving and blissful energy that hasn’t really been seen on a Rod Stewart record since the late Eighties. Even in spite of the power and range his ever-gravelly vocal chords have undeniably lost over the past ten-or-so years, this song shows listeners how it has lost none of emotive strength, and how Stewart himself appears to have been enthusiastically reinvigorated by this project; Christmas came early for die-hard Rod fans the world over. As well as returning to the sound and style that made him a star, the album also finds some space for Rod to some other genres he has dabbled in, including the blues on the infectious and dancy “Finest Woman”, and disco on the mysterious and alluring “Sexual Religion”. These only serve to add depth and richness to the album’s soundscape amidst the swathes of rock and folk-inspired tunes. As you would expect from an album written by a songwriter in his late-sixties, Time has a very grown-up feel about it. Thankfully this maturity doesn’t feel stuffy or reflectively leadweighted, as there is enough of Rod’s cheeky sense of humour to lighten the mood. One cannot think of many artists who could get away with lyrics detailing how he watches his waistline or of having “a glass of wine on the side” of a hot bath. But somehow Stewart manages it. Yet, when he does get serious, it is dealt with in a mature and sensitive manner. Nowhere is this more prominent than on acoustic ballad “Brighton Beach”. This track is the album’s stand-out cut; dealing with a forbidden and broken teenage love story remembered long after-the-fact with such care and tenderness, a majestically soft and yearning vocal from Rod lifts the song into the stratosphere, perfectly conveying the song’s wistful and nostalgic nature. However, Time is not without its faults, chief among which is the title track. While the rest of the album is either upbeat or ponderous, this song plods along in a rather lazy and clunky fashion that just doesn’t seem to fit with the smooth-flowing nature the of the rest of the album. However, this is a small blemish on an otherwise brilliant return to form for Rod Stewart. Whether this will be the album to turn his detractors back on side or not is yet to be seen, one thing for certain is that it will be welcomed with the greatest enthusiasm by many.

Since our four children were born medical science and technology have advanced considerably. It wasn’t possible then, for example, to determine the sex of the baby until it was born. Now you can – if you want to. I was recently talking to an expectant mother and discovered that neither she nor the father wanted to know. Somehow, they thought, it would take some of the mystery, surprise and expectation away. I was with her on that one. One of the really intriguing things for new parents is to speculate about how their child will grow, what kind of person their child will become, and what they’ll do with their life. What did Nelson Mandela’s parents wonder when he was born? And if they’d been around at the end of his life, I wonder what they’d have thought then. And if Mandela himself could have known at birth what the course of his life would have entailed, what might he have thought? It was a remarkable life. Not only was he the first black President of South Africa; he was the first democratically elected president of any ethnic background. More than that, he didn’t take up office until he was 75 years of age, long after most people hope to have retired, and that not long after he’d been released from 27 years in prison on Robben Island just off shore from the beautiful city of Cape Town. In his lifetime he was revered as a person of wisdom, compassion and moral authority. Who would have thought it? Christmas invites us to consider what we’re making of our lives. We can go all gooey about the ‘baby Jesus’ but if he or Mary and Joseph had known what his life would involve, they certainly wouldn’t have been sentimental. His utter faithfulness to the reality of the divine love he knew in the depths of his being took him ultimately to an ignominious death on a cross. In this he was totally true to himself. It’s on the cross that Christians see the love of God laid bare, still as vulnerable as a baby in a manger. Mandela didn’t have to endure the same kind of death but he did suffer – for most of his life. And what unites Mandela and Jesus is not just that Mandela was himself a committed Christian but that he sought to embody the same values and virtues as Jesus himself, at least in one respect, namely forgiveness. When he left Robben Island he made a choice to forgive those who’d treated him so unjustly. That must have cost him. But he lived what Jesus also lived as he hung on the cross saying, ‘Father, forgive them, they don’t know what they’re doing.’ Jesus and Mandela alike chose to forgive. How different it would have all been if they’d chosen differently. Christmas soon passes into New Year celebrations and for some, perhaps, New Year resolutions. Most resolutions are fairly trivial but maybe we could really consider what matters to us. After all, the choices we make help to shape and determine the kind of people we become.

Christopher invites all students to attend the Sunday service at 10am at the Minster

“The arrival of the Olympic torch in Moscow should be used to shine a light on the growing number of human rights violations across Russia”

Blackbeard’s Tea Party are a Must-See Band! Bethany Copeland The Duchess was packed on the 29th Dcember as fans flocked to see Blackbeard’s Tea Party. My friend invited me to go to the gig with her. When I asked her the band’s genre, she said “erm… urm, well it’s difficult to describe”. Although the band have been labelled as a “folk rock celidh band”, I think that my friend’s response was more accurate. Blackbeard’s Tea Party are completely unique. They cover old and new folk songs and sea shantys and make them their own. The band have also been working on new material, in fact the most powerful song of the gig was Jack Ketch, written by lead singer, Stuart Giddens. This song is about the 17th Century executioner, Jack Ketch who was infamous for his botched killings. Giddens informed us that Ketch had been a good hangman, but he was less successful when he was asked to execute with an axe. Giddens humorously likened this to when a boss asks you to try a new job that is slightly outside your comfort zone and you attempt it and are not quite as good at it as was hoped. As well as being original and informative, this was a gig packed with energy. Despite the long day they’d had, band members were jumping around the stage, clearly having fun as they performed. They successfully encouraged the audience to join in with Whip Jamboree, the title track of the band’s new album and then performed Chicken On a Raft, complete with actions that they urged the audience to perform. One thing is for certain, this group are not afraid to explore new musical horizons. The fusion of sea shanties, fiddle and rock makes Blackbeard’s Tea Party an unmissable band.


Struggling to keep up with the latest trends and pay for your weekly food shop? Here’s how… Rebecca Dew

We all know that budgeting is one of the most important practical skills to learn as university students. However, many “university outfitter” clothing outlets seem to overlook this importance by charging obscene amounts for their clothing (£40 for a t-shirt? really?) creating ridiculous, yet annoyingly typical, complicated student-life decisions - does “the heating bill or a new top for Friday night?” sound familiar? If so, there may be a quick and easy solution, and funnily enough, right on our doorstep. York, our vibrant university domain, contains so much more than the typical high street shops that are found dominating other larger cities, therefore holding the answer to our clothe budgeting blues. One trip down The Shambles and through the outskirts of the city centre (quite literally, the cobblestones can be tricky) will have you finding an array of individual boutiques selling everything from traditional Yorkshire fudge (delicious) to the wittiest of door signs, then back to the matter at hand - wonderfully cheap vintage clothing. As all fashion savvy students will know, fashion looks tend to be recycled (remember how “Creepers” shoes crept back into our lives last year? They date back to the 1950’s!) This means you could be spending up to £50 on a pair of ‘90’s cut’ high street jeans when you can get the real thing from one of York’s many top notch vintage shops for only a fiver – brilliant right? Further to this, Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair regularly comes to York and is a huge success with students, offering not only affordable fashion but divine entertainment and tea and cakes too – what more could you want? As well as being fantastic for your purse, wallet, pocket, bra or wherever else you keep your money shopping at vintage shops can also benefit your wellbeing – as many vintage shops raise money for charities, alongside (you guessed it) charity shops. Now we’re all aware that raking through second hand clothing probably isn’t going to get you on the list of coolest students, yet being money savvy may do just that – another round anyone? York’s range of charity shops, in addition to its vintage boutiques, can certainly be deemed impressive (did you know there was a Cat Protection charity shop? 13 Walmgate, if not) entailing saving your money for pints and caring for Yorkshire’s felines – budgeting just can’t get better than that. The next vintage fair in York will be held on the 26th of January 2014

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What to look forward to in the next issue Film reviews, including Wolf of Wall Street and 12 years a slave Advice on how to burn those Christmas calories Expose of the dangers of student life Another column by Christopher

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