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Remembrance day this year marks 100 years since the end of World War One, it is a time when we remember those who have given their lives fighting in the armed forces. Our features section in this edition has a great piece on everything you need to know about the day and how to pay your respects. Elsewhere in the magazine you can find interviews with The Undateables star Daniel Wakeford, noughties legend Basshunter and local boxer Chris Billam Smith who is now prepping for his Commonwealth title fight. Have a spooky Halloween and we’ll see you at Christmas for the next edition of Nerve Magazine!

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In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row...

Nerve Features has a range of different topics for you to indulge in this issue! Learn about the experiences one young art model hoping to break the stigma. You can also learn about the importance of Remembrance Day and it’s values as well! Get a warm cuppa and dive in!- Aakash Bhatia, Features Editor





ovember 11th, 2018, will mark 100 years of remembrance and 100 years since the end of WWI. Remembrance Sunday always falls on the second Sunday of November, with services held across the country to commemorate the day. It is a time for the nation to honour those who have sacrificed their lives in wars past and present in the name of freedom and security.

By Danielle Werner

A two minutes silence is traditionally observed at 11am on Remembrance Sunday, and if the 11th of November falls on a different day, many people will also observe an additional silence. People are encouraged to fall silent for these two minutes as a mark of respect, and to allow time for personal reflection on the suffering and loss of war.

At 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918 the Armistice took affect and on the Western front the guns fell silent as four years of hostilities finally came to an end. People celebrated with heavy hearts at the news of peace as it came with such an immense loss of life. An estimated 16 million soldiers and military personnel died during the First World War, with a further estimated 15-19 million wounded, making it one of the deadliest conflicts in human history.


FEATURES In addition to the two minutes silence, another tradition of Remembrance is wearing a poppy. The origins of wearing a poppy on Remembrance Day come from a poem written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, a year after the war, called, In Flanders Fields. Inspired by the sight of poppies growing on what once were battlefields:

The Royal British Legion went on to set up the Poppy Appeal in 1921 to raise money for those who had been wounded in battle and for the families of fallen soldiers. On their website they state what the Poppy represents:

The poppy is: In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie, In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.


• A symbol of remembrance and hope • Worn by millions of people • Red because of the natural colour of field poppies

The poppy is not:

• A symbol of death or a sign of support for war • A reflection of politics or religion • Red to reflect the colour of blood

Wearing a Poppy is a personal choice, but there are other ways to help if this doesn’t feel right for you. You can donate directly to the Poppy Appeal, you can help fundraise for charities like Help for Heroes or you can get involved with The Salvation Army, a Christian organisation/charity working to fight social injustice, help those affected by war, and so much more. Whatever your personal beliefs you can find a way to help that feels comfortable for you. The Remembrance Day service in Bournemouth is very close to my heart. I have taken part in the parade and wreath laying for over 10 years, with my greatgrandparents. It is a solemn occasion, but one that I believe it is important to participate in. Having many family members who have served and who are currently serving in all different areas of the armed forces I feel compelled to honour not only their commitment and sacrifices, but those of all who have served and are serving. Every year I see them same familiar faces of the ex-service men and women I have come to know over the past decade and it always humbles me to be in their presence and listen to their stories. It is very humbling.

in such a devastating way. He marches as a mark of respect to those he lost and to acknowledge their sacrifices so that we may all be here today.

This year

If you wish to attend the service in Bournemouth this year, it is held at the Bournemouth War Memorial in the Central Gardens. The service itself begins at 10:57am, with the two minutes silence held at 11am. The service lasts for 40 minutes and programmes are available to the public should they wish to participate in the hymns and prayers. Once the service is finished there is a wreath laying ceremony in which the Mayor, military personal, religious figures and those from the parade take it in turns to approach the memorial and lay their respective wreaths. Before the service begins there is a formal parade made up of ex-service men and women and youth organisation, whom march through the town square and through the gardens to the War Memorial. This begins at 10:35am and anyone who wishes to join the march is welcome. Additionally, if you wish to lay your own wreath but do not wish or are unable to participate in the parade, the War Memorial is open to the public after the service.

I recently asked my great-grandad why he chose to march every year instead of just attending the service, and for him the reasons are very personal. He calls himself ‘one of the lucky ones’ because as a child he survived the Second World War and as a young adult in the army he was stationed here in the UK while his friends, many of whom died, were sent out to fight in Korea. I could see the guilt he felt as he told me this. It’s difficult to imagine what it feels like to be one of the only survivors of your childhood friends, and to have lost them






By Aakash Bhatia

Photo: Thomas Wolf from Wikimedia Commons

2016 study by the University of Southern California found the representation of minorities in Hollywood films has remained largely unchanged with 70% of all roles still going to white actors, despite Hollywood’s push towards racial diversification. The study from the Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism finds that the representation of minorities in films has remained unchanged from previous years. The study explored the top 100 films of 2016, showing that 25 of the top films had no black characters in a speaking role, 54 films had no Hispanic characters in speaking role and 44 films had no Asian characters at all.


A common argument to the racial diversity issue goes along the lines of ‘we want typical American audiences to relate to the content we produce’. However, recent US population census data states that over 40% of the entire American population are people of colour, yet 75% of all film roles went to white actors. Aakanskha, a film reviewer elaborated “If I was a showrunner and I got told, our audiences can’t connect with PoC leads, I would tell them they aren’t considering all audiences because that sort of sentiment diminishes the experiences of so many communities and so many stories”. The Associated Press has reported that nearly 72% of the film industries revenue is generated by viewers outside of America. Sahil, an independent film director based in Toronto elaborated on the progression of mainstream westernized audiences “while the conservative demographic may have issues, Hollywood now reflects more democratic ideals and audiences should learn to grow with and change with the times.”


Stereotypical representations of minorities has been a staple in film and TV production ever since visual digital media began. A report by USC explored inequality across


“Gender, Race, and LGBT Status” in the top 100 films from 2014, stated 30.6 percent of Latinas and 29 percent of Black women in films were overly sexualized. Aakanksha explained some common stereotypes “The first one is the white saviour stereotype, which is when a white man or woman becomes the focal point of a dangerous environment. This is detrimental because it implies PoCs always need a white person by their side to gain some sort of place in society a good example is The Blind Side”. Aakanksha further expands upon a stereotype known as “The Magical Negro” which is a term coined by Spike Lee, she explains “He uses the term negro on purpose to denote the archaic nature of the stereotype, this is usually a black character with super natural powers who only appear in certain movies in very transient roles to help a white protagonist solve some sort of dilemma. A good example is Bruce Almighty”. Consistent stereotyping can have long term impacts on communities and create a very narrow social narrative.


The 2016 Oscar nominations erupted a new viral movement spearheaded by the #OscarsSoWhite campaign. Audiences and actors decided to boycott the Oscars due to the lack of non-white nominees in any of the categories. The Oscars awards platform did go through some level of reform because they found themselves scrutinized by the public. However, are boycotting award shows the best way to resolve the issue? Aakanksha discussed “I think boycotting is a very

mixed practice, it can be problematic at times because boycotting completely removes PoCs from the conversation and alienates them. I think award shows should be criticized and picked apart by PoCs in order to progress.” Disengagement may not be the best way to go about the problem because disengagement could potentially lead to a lack of dialogue.

The best and only way to see some development with this issue is to simply hire more PoC showrunners, directors and producers. There are plenty.


Showrunners, directors, and producers come under constant fire as the perpetrators of this narrow minded narrative. Sahil talked about his casting decisions as a director “As a PoC, it’s only natural that I do. You do have to be careful about it, for instance I would not be able to write a movie such as 12 Years A Slave because I can’t relate to the experience. You also have to be careful with how to write in characters. If a non-Latino writes about a Latino character but doesn’t have the right cultural understanding, that’s bound to result in misrepresentation”. When asked about ways to increase racial diversity and have more accurate depictions of minority characters, Sahil replied “The best and only way to see some development with this issue is to simply hire more PoC showrunners, directors and producers. There are plenty.”


Stonehenge, Salisbury & New Forest


Sat 10 Nov 2018

Learn about the millennia of use that created Stonehenge as we see it today. Fortress, calendar, temple or hospital? The award winning visitor centre has an amazing array of exhibits found through archaeological research conducted at the site. After approximately two hours at Stonehenge we head south past Old Sarum and into the City of Salisbury. Stopping right outside the cathedral walls, your guide will take you through to the green and after giving an overview of the Cathedral’s 800 years of history, you will be given a map and time to explore the Cathedral or City at your leisure. The afternoon is spent driving through the ancient wilderness of the New Forest National Park where you will learn about the people and practices that have shaped the forest over the last 1000 years. You will have a chance to stop and walk out in the forest to view some of the 4500 famous New Forest Ponies. With no fences they are free to roam, but generally stay local to their ‘haunts’. 08:45 - Pick up Talbot Campus (rear of the Student Centre)

18:00 - Arrive back at Talbot Campus

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By Danielle Werner

I started art modelling two years ago, after I stumbled across a job advertisement by AUB, while I was supposed to be looking for a ‘proper’ job, having just dropped out of university and broken up with my boyfriend. I didn’t think much about it as I applied, I wasn’t even sure they would accept my application, but within two days I’d signed a contract for a year as an art model and agreed to do my first session... 13



became an art model at a strange time in my life, I had no idea who I was or what I wanted, I’d had to give up on my dream of going to university, at the time, because of my health; I was lost. I needed something that would rebuild my confidence, something that would get me out of bed and completely shake up my life, and so I decided to pose naked in a room full of total strangers.

Day one

My first session was for a Saturday Life Drawing course. It was a six-hour class with an hour for lunch. In the few weeks before I didn’t think much about it at all. It wasn’t until I was on the bus on my way to the class that the reality of what I was about to do sank in. But there was no backing out now. I checked in at reception and was led to the drawing studio to meet with the teacher

running the session. Since it was my first time he had taken extra steps to make sure I was as comfortable as possible. There was a small platform for me to work on, with pillows and heaters to keep me warm; a changing screen had been provided for me so I could undress/dress in private; he talked me through the schedule of the day so I knew exactly what would be happening when and he had prepared some drawings of poses that I could work from. He also took the time introduce me to those who would be drawing me that day. All these things helped calm my nerves, everyone had worked to create a calm and respectful atmosphere for me, so when it came the time for me to drop my dressing gown to the floor I had nothing to worry about. I was in a safe space with no judgement. For the first 30 seconds I was very aware that I was completely naked, but as soon as the artists started sketching on their canvases it no longer seemed like a big deal, it was as if me standing there naked was the most normal thing in the world. One thing that became immediately obvious was that you don’t realise how often you move until you’re having to stand totally still. It takes a lot of concentration and discipline to hold a pose and after about 10 minutes it starts to get painful, your muscles begin to ache, and limbs start to go numb. My last pose of the day was an hour long and is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.

More than just a job

Art modelling has become a big part of my life over the past couple of years and has helped me in numerous ways. I have struggled with anxiety, depression, and eating disorders for a long-time, but art modelling has become something that has


helped me to cope and overcome these things, which had for so long held me back. It taught me to appreciate my body as it is, to love it no matter how it looks, and to look after it. I now do yoga at least once a week to improve my balance, I go to the gym when I can, and try to eat as healthy as possible so I can be as physically and mentally strong as possible thus allowing me to improve my skills as an art model, while also improving my overall self. In a way doing this job forces me to take care of myself. In addition to this, it also opens doors for me to meet a wide range of interesting and talented people. Through my art modelling I was able to meet and work with Luca Anzalone, a now AUB photography graduate, who has worked with several high-profile magazines, most notably Vogue Italia. Working with him was one of the most bizarre and interesting experiences. I was covered in glitter and baby oil, I had to pose with flowers in my mouth and between my feet; I even had to lay on the floor at one point whilst having a bottle of cold water poured over me, all the while totally naked. It was an intense day of work but was worth it for the outcome. The

photographs Luca captured were stunning and I had an immense sense of pride having been able to help in their creation. I am always in awe of the art that is created by the talented people I work with. No two drawings are ever the same and all are breath-taking. It’s a unique feeling looking at artwork featuring yourself and knowing that you have helped others to improve their skills or achieve the vision for their project.

Breaking the stigma

Whenever people first find out that I art model they all say the same thing, ‘You pose naked in front of other people?! Oh, I could never do that!’ To which I always respond, ‘Yes, you can!’ There is a constant demand for art models and I encourage anyone who gets the opportunity to give it a go. It does wonders for your selfconfidence and body image. It doesn’t matter what you look like, there’s no such thing as too big or too small, artists need a range of body types to work from because when drawing real life there isn’t a perfect, there is only the real. The real is you, and you are beautiful.


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30th October 5PM - 8PM

2nd November 6PM - 9PM

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6th November 2PM - 4PM

10th November 8:45AM - 6PM

Dylan’s Bar

Coach leaves behind SUBU



15th November 7:30PM - 11PM

20th November 2PM - 4PM



27th November NOON - 1PM

29th November 7:30PM - 11PM

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y name is Jack, and I work as part of the team in Additional Learning Support at Bournemouth University, alongside Carolyn who is a student learning manager. My main role is to sit in on the one to one appointments with Carolyn, where apparently my presence alone might change a students mindset towards their learning from one of negative to one of positive. In fact the ALS department has recently undertaken some research which is beginning to suggest that I might have a role in helping with learning, hence my title Learning Assistance Dog. But that’s enough about me for now I want to tell you more about what we do in Additonal Learning Support, which is a truly amazing place with some pretty amazing people working in it. Take my word for it, there is always a welcome for those students who find it difficult to access their academic work because of their condition. We work with students who have specific learning differences like dyspraxia and dyslexia as well as students with autistic spectrum conditions, attention defeceit disorder and chronic medical conditions to name but a few. We can offer 1-1 study skills support, workshops (see the box for details) and mentoring for those who need it.

By Jack

For further information and a link to my very own personal video take a look at our web page at bournemouth.ac.uk/why-bu/ student-wellbeing/additional-learningsupport.

Time and Task Management 12-1, F111, Wed 31 Oct, 7, 14 Nov 12-1, P411, Wed 28 Nov

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Your skin is acting as the punching bag to all your worries This month Nerve Fashion & Lifestyle is looking at some of the most boring Halloween costume ideas, so you know what to avoid! Also, we’ve got an overview of Paris Fashion week, as well as tips and tricks how to reduce the effects of stress on your skin. The winter is approaching and we’ve got you covered with our favourite self-tanning products. I hope you enjoy! - Zlatna Nedev, Fashion & Lifestyle Editor




onstant stress can take a major toll on your skin. The visible effects of acne, inflammation and dryness, as well as an overall fatigue in your skin’s appearance, are some of the major warning signs that your skin shows when your body is feeling a little anxious. The stress that you put your body through, whether it be a late night study session or a bank balance panic, your skin is acting as the punching bag to all your worries. So, here are a few tips and tricks on how to give it a bit of TLC.


Puffy under eye circles. Don’t even get me started. While there are many skin care products you can use to help fight those nasty bags, changes to your own lifestyle can help them go away. The answer here is sleep. It may be difficult with a student lifestyle, but simply catching up on your beauty sleep will sort the situation out quickly. And if you are too much of a social butterfly for that, putting a few slices of cucumber over your eyes for 10-15 minutes will do the trick. Rich in vitamins and minerals, you can say ‘adios’ to those bags!

By Clare Stephenson

making it feel rejuvenated and nourished. Also, moisturizing while your skin is damp helps to keep your skin feeling hydrated for even longer.


Most of the time articles say that the best way to reduce acne is to stop stressing. Well, for students this can be quite difficult. But do not worry, there are ways of getting around this. All you need is a quarter of an avocado and a tablespoon of honey and you are good to go. Mash the two together until you have a lump free mixture, smooth over your skin and relax for 15 mins. While you may be looking like kermit the frog, the amino acids in the avocado and antiseptic properties of honey helps to fight away those annoying spots. Best of all, this can be done in the comfort of your own home.


Moisturise. That is all I can say. You don’t even have to break your bank balance to find a decent moisturiser that actually works. Something like the Olay Double Action Day Cream (£4.89) helps to lock in your skin’s hydration for the whole day,






As one of the biggest – and arguably most important - events in the fashion industry, many of the biggest designers gathered to showcase their S/S19 collections at Paris Fashion Week. From the runway, we can see many of the trends we can expect to find for the coming year. One of the first collections of the week was Alexander McQueen’s, led by creative director Sarah Burton. Her exploration for the wardrobe was ‘journey of women and the journey of a woman’ Throughout the 41 looks, several included a combination of leather and lace, blurring the expectations and reality of womanhood in society. A visual theme of floral prints and embroideries could also be seen with natural and earthy inferences. All models shared the hairstyle of thin multiple braids creating the illusion of warriors walking down the runway. Audiences have come to expect nothing less than what Karl Lagerfeld can create with the spaces of the Chanel shows, this


was no exception. Taking place at the Palais, director Leon Prost worked alongside Lagerfeld to convert the runway into a sandy beach, complete with waves and sunshine. The location conveyed the message of calmness and serenity; this was furthered by the models walking barefoot across the shore implying a clear free-spirited, childlike attitude. Several trends running throughout the collection mirror that of the ready to wear trends loved by the public currently and clearly set to continue into the next year. These included cycling shorts, light slip dresses and boxy tweed jackets. One visible theme prevalent across the collection was the logomania; with the bold lettering CHANEL being seen boldly across many of the garments. The accessories, however, were the stand out piece for me personally, with bags created from repurposed beach towels; beach balls and fisherman nets. These not only were visual extensions of the theme, they also created a fun, campy undertone to the show.

Street style

However, if you’re only following the trends on the runway you’re only getting half the picture. With many of the models being followed wherever they go during the week, the abundance of images taken can be used to influence your own street style. One trend that continues through from that of the public is animal print – something that has been popular throughout the summer of this year and looks set to continue through to the coming seasons. Snake print pointed boots were seen on several off -duty models on the Partisan streets as well as leopard print blouses and jackets. A zebra print slip dress also evidence the trend expanding to other prints. One of the most prominent trends, and a particular favourite of mine, is women’s tailoring. However, this potentially exhausted trend has been reinvented by experimenting with the unexpected - boxy, oversized and hefty silhouettes.



Halloween clubbing in Bournemouth

Block Party

The Aslyum


The Church of the Dead

9pm, 27 October, Lansdowne 9pm, 27 October, Yates

Red or Dead Ball

10pm, 29 October, Halo


10pm, 31 October, Cameo 10pm, 31 October, Halo




don’t know about you but whenever I get invited to a Halloween party I’m excited- for the first 5 Minutes. The actual thought of dressing up and Halloween is fun and exciting but actually doing it? Not so much. I’m always that last minute person looking through my wardrobe trying to pull together anything that works because I’m quite simply too lazy to actually try. However, I think we can all agree that at every Halloween party there is always these types of costumes… At every party without a fail there is ALWAYS a girl that has just pulled out a black dress, cat ears and yep you’ve guessed it we have a cat ladies and gentlemen. You can be certain and without a doubt that at every Halloween party there will be at least 5 cats. I think we can all say that we’ve all been there and done it. The cat costume in an old reliable and if you can’t think of anything else you know you have a fall back. But I think we can all agree that it has been worn to death now.

By Stephanie Lambert

At most Halloween parties, you always get some film or TV characters walking around. There are always a Spiderman and Harry Potter. Last year you couldn’t go to a Halloween party without running into a Harley Quinn or Wonder Woman. Basically, what I’m saying is this year, we can expect a lot of Venoms. So, for this Halloween, I beg you to avoid these costume ideas and please get more creative. Go as a tiger instead of a standard cat, go as a mummy instead of a zombie. Do anything you like! Just think outside the box.

There are also ALWAYS a zombie cheerleader/school girl/bride or just those people that rip up a white t-shirt, pour on a bunch of fake blood and are just zombies. These are the people that don’t want to dress up but feel like they have to make some sort of effort. I can appreciate that. Halloween is the time of year where people allow their inner fangirl to break free.





By Zlatna Nedev


s the winter is approaching and your tan is slowly fading away, we are giving you our favourite self-tanning products so you can keep that bronzy glow for longer without breaking the bank of course. There’s a whole lot of fake tans on the market, but whether you’re looking for the best gradual tanner, an instant fake tan that won’t go streaky or a long-lasting self-tan that promises zero patches we’ve covered them all and these are the cream of the crop:

St.Moriz Professional Self Tan Mousse - £4.99 at Superdrug

If you want a long-lasting fake tan without having to wait around for hours to develop, this one is for you. Prep well.

Bondi Sands Tanning Foam £14.99 at Boots

Packed full of vitamin E and aloe vera, your skin will thank you for it. With a delicious coconut scented formula, this premium foam glides effortlessly over your skin to create a natural glow. For those with an olive complexion, we recommend using the dark foam for a deeper tan.

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Tined - £10 If you want to gradually add colour to your skin this is the product for you. This fake tan has blurring particles, to help soften the appearance of any lumps, bumps and scrapes, and just makes your skin look flawless.

Soltan Self Tan Mist Spray Garnier BB body wash off £8.99 Boots This fake tan provides an instant golden bronzer £4.65 Amazon Perfect for when you only need to tan the bits on show (we do it all, right?), this blurring tan has the effect of makeup and leaves you airbrushed with sun-kissed glow.


glow that develops into a natural-looking colour within 2-3 hours. Contains a blend of self-tanning agents DHA and Erythrulose to provide a streak-free, golden tan with a light, long-lasting summer scent.


Straight away the word Brexit can cause an argument This month on Nerve debates, we delve deep into some of the most contentious and interesting hot button issues from across the world! Check out our latest pieces on the South American refugee crisis, the need for a people’s vote before Brexit, and the growing influence of Black British artists in the charts. Hope you enjoy!- Silva Chege, Debates Editor




By Ella Smith

Photo: The Come Up Show from Flickr


lack artists are seemingly running and bossing the music game at the moment. Artists like Stormzy, J Hus, Jorja Smith, Not3s and up-and-coming artists like Mahalia and Ella Mai are taking the UK music scene by storm. This could be a result of the ever-increasing popularity of the sub-genre, Afro-swing (which is a hybrid of Afrobeats and Dancehall), with new catchy and euphonious singles being churned out weekly, like E.O‘s ‘German’ and ZieZie‘s ‘Fine Girl’ being perfect examples of this. Black artists are taking the world by storm, and creating some amazing music whilst benefiting the racial movement, by being proud and representing their culture.

of cultures not exclusive to one in particular. Grime, Dancehall, Trap, Drill, Bashment, Rap, and Hip-Hop are all genres in which black culture is being cultivated and appreciated. In January, Joseph Patterson (Complex editor) announced the launch of his new print magazine TRENCH, in which he aims to showcase new black artists and bridge the gap between Underground and Mainstream music.

Our generation seems, as a whole, to enjoy aspects of other cultures and I know I enjoy learning about different areas of cultures not exclusive to one in particular.

New-found diversity The success of genres such as Grime and Hip-Hop has helped diversify mainstream music and artists of all backgrounds and cultures are being given a platform now, perhaps due to the rise of digital platforms and how easy it is to share music now. Or perhaps, the fact that society is culturally intertwining and groups in society are learning to appreciate and enjoy other cultures. Our generation seems, as a whole, to enjoy aspects of other cultures and I know I enjoy learning about different areas

Photo: Bugzy Talor from Flickr


DEBATES He noticed a gap in journalism for black artists and their musical talents and decided to launch this magazine to give them a platform, whilst using his own musical knowledge. Platforms like this are so important and helpful for black musicians - not only does it help their music to be recognised and listened to, but is also helpful to black musicians to get known and appreciated.

education and will ultimately help tackle the figures that suggest that black students are less likely to apply or get accepted into Universities, compared to white students.

We aren’t just focusing on the musical aspect, but the birds-eye view of this is that Black artists within mainstream music are symbolic of our society

Impact on society So much good can come from black artist’s success in music, and it has such a snowball effect on society as a whole- for example, Stormzy’s promise to fund two black students to go to Cambridge (Stormzy Scholarship), making a huge statement and taking a stand against institutional racism - Cambridge has been criticised for a significant lack in acceptance of Ethnic Minority students.

Overall, the infiltration of black culture into mainstream music is, in my opinion, a really important thing. We aren’t just focusing on the musical aspect, but the birds-eye view of this is that Black artists within mainstream music are symbolic of our society and the increasing acceptance and enjoyment of cultural differences.

The Stormzy Scholarship also silently encourages Black students to further their


Photo: Ungry Young Man from Flickr

Bath Christmas Market Saturday 1 Dec 2018


Each year, the beautiful area between Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths is transformed into a Christmas shopper’s haven! In the heart of Bath’s main shopping district, traditional wooden chalets adorn the streets; each one offering unique, handmade and unusual gifts, decorations and food items - everything you will need for the perfect Christmas celebration. Also includes an 1 ½ hr walking tour, visiting the Royal Crescent, Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths (entrance not included). 08:45 - Pick up Talbot Campus (rear of the Student Centre)

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f the word Brexit is used in any sentence, straight away it can cause an argument among very close friends. Everyone has an opinion on the European Referendum; it can cause tension in a room and you dread the B word to make an entrance into a conversation. It’s hard to believe that the 23rd June 2016, the day the country took to the polls and voted to either remain or leave the EU, was more than two years ago. The result was very close with 52% wanting to leave and 48% wanting to remain. But it was clear the majority of the British Public wanted to leave the European Union.

Every day in the news, Brexit negotiations are mentioned and even 40 members of [Theresa May’s] own party have signed a no-confidence letter

New shocking figures have been released by YouGov, showing that some voters who originally voted to leave have changed their mind - 42% of Britons now think there should be a referendum on the terms of the Brexit deal. When YouGov conducted the first survey in April 2017, only 31% supported


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a second referendum. Even a petition has been started by a People’s Vote group for a second referendum. What has caused the British Public to change their mind in such a short space of time?

That Bus

Vote Leave, the official campaign backed by Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, have been accused of not actually explaining to the public what leaving the EU would entail. It’s since been in trouble with the Electoral Commission for overspending and has been fined. There was also the big red coach, with the words “We send the EU £350 million a week. Let’s fund our NHS instead.” Just hours after the results were announced of the referendum, Nigel Farage stated that that money wouldn’t all be going to the NHS on live television. Members of the public who originally voted to leave the EU based on this fact felt cheated and remainers were furious that the leave campaign used

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it’s their future. They want a people’s vote as they believe that the outcome will change, more voters will want to remain now they know the true facts. Leave voters feel that it isn’t fair to hold another referendum as we live in a democracy and we can’t keep holding another vote when individuals are upset with the result. Photo: Chatham House on Creative Commons

this huge slogan if it wasn’t true. A lot of individuals based their vote on this fact and it turned out it was incorrect. Remainers believed it wasn’t fair and that there should be another referendum with the correct information to be told to the public.

No Confidence

David Cameron was the Prime Minister at the time of the referendum and he was the one who announced it. He was confident at the time that the British Public would vote to stay in the European Union. This wasn’t the case; he resigned after the result was announced and Theresa May was voted in as the leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister. She also wanted to remain but she promised the country, that they would get a strong Brexit and come out with the best deal. To this day, this hasn’t been the case. Every day in the news, Brexit negotiations are mentioned and even 40 members of her own party have signed a no-confidence letter for their party leader. Original leave voters feel let down and uncertain about the future with a weak Brexit deal.

There is currently a petition online by The People’s Vote stating:

“More and more of us – whether we voted Leave or Remain two years ago – realise we’re heading for a botched Brexit. This deeply divided government is making such a mess of negotiations that a bad deal is now unavoidable.” The group was launched by four members of parliament and the actor Sir Patrick Stewart. They are campaigning for a second referendum and are asking for signatures on their petition. They are protesting outside parliament. Even Justine Greening, former education secretary endorses a second referendum. No matter how you feel about Brexit, there has been major problems and the ending never seems to be in sight. Will we ever get a good Brexit deal?

A majority of the younger generation voted to stay in the EU, but some young individuals who were under 16 at the time of the referendum feel that it wasn’t fair that they didn’t get to have a say on the matter, when











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he Syrian civil-war in 2015 lead to what was considered the greatest refugee crisis in modern history. The rise of ISIS, the radicalisation of rebel groups and the unconscionable use of chemical weapons by President Bashar alAssad, on civilians, lead to the displacement of six-million people, desperate to flee the violence. While most sought safety in neighbouring countries, namely Lebanon and Palestine, others crossed land and sea to reach Europe. However, when journalist and political figures alike cast 2015 as the year of the greatest refugee crisis, they spoke too soon – they hadn’t seen anything yet.

Rise and fall of Venezuela’s economy Propelled by the world’s largest proven oil reserves (discovered in 1919), Venezuela drove itself from a largely poor country to South American’s wealthiest. But, while other oil-rich nations like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates choose not to rely solely on oil and instead use it to help diversify their economies, successive socialist leaders in Venezuela, particularly the current Nicolas Maduro, used oil to inflate the welfare system and line their own pockets.


Photo: Ministry of Foreign Afairs and Migration of Ecuador from Wikimedia Commons With such an overreliance on a volatile commodity, naturally, when oil prices finally plummeted in 2014, Venezuela’s economy tanked along with it, shrinking the country’s GDP (estimated at -7%, IMF) and hiking inflation to 1 million per cent. With the economy sinking deeper and deeper into the abyss and the government increasingly becoming militant and violent, a growing number of Venezuelans choose to escape rather than be caught up in the country’s continuing collapse. Bordering nations such as Colombia and Brazil became, overnight the biggest beneficiaries of the sudden influx of refugees. To date 3 million people have fled the country, amounting to 7% of the initial population.

Civil unrest in neighbouring No end in sight countries With the dim-witted rule of Maduro having In much the same way large amounts of Syrian arrivals raised nationalistic fervour and ignited a populist movement across Europe, similarly, in recent years Latin America has begun seeing mounting civil and social unrest. Ecuador took a hard stance by closing all border crossings with Colombia, to prevent undocumented Venezuelans from using the country as a gateway. While Brazilian residents have been known to attack incoming refugees that cross in from the border. Such stories are only likely to continue and potentially even eclipse anything seen in Europe before.

no-end in sight and the countries debts mounting, the immediate and mid to longterm future of Venezuela seems dire. And with each coming day, the likelihood that Venezuela becomes a failed state, looms larger and larger on their bleak horizon. With an insufficient government in power, Venezuela won’t be able to help itself, rather a pan-South American cooperative would need to be established. Because, if Venezuela well and truly crashes, it could potentially take the entire continent down with it.

Because, unlike the EU, the refugees aren’t escaping to rich nations with robust democracies and welfare systems, but nations that aren’t much better off than their own. Tensions are bound to deepen. However, it must be acknowledged that the majority of Latin America is homogeneous racially and religiously, with most being Christian and of Latin/ European descent. While the Syrian refugees were predominantly Muslim and of a different ethnicity to the European population they were assimilating in to. Meaning the Venezuelans won’t necessarily be considered inherently ‘other’ in the same way the Syrians were. But it is yet to be seen whether such similarities will be of any benefit.

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TWEETS FROM THE STREETS In this edition’s Tweets From The Streets - graduation prep, student advice, cute dogs and incidental reunions. Remember to post on Twitter and Instagram what you get up to around Bournemouth and you could feature in the next edition of Nerve! Beth @Bethcs92 So I have everything for graduation.. dress, shoes and earrings! 5 weeks to go! #graduation @bournemouthuni #bunursing #9thnovember

hannah @hannahbartl3y It’s so weird I’m in my final year of uni, I literally cannot imagine not being in Bournemouth now #secondhome Louis Bowden @lousnews23 Prime student tip, avoid the men’s toilets on the second floor of Poole house. I mean it stinks of sewage #sorrynotsorry @bournemouthuni

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Danyal Ahmed dapositivehigh Lines in his design. The Fusion Building at @bournemouthuni. #architecture #university #campusdesign #postgraddiaries

GnB @geobarnes Working as a student ambassador at @bournemouthuni, giving campus tours is part of my job. Today, I gave a tour to two jersey people and introduced myself properly at the end, only for us all to realise we were related. I just gave a tour to my second cousins. #justjsythings x

WHAT’S ON Halloween clubbing Block Party

9pm, 27 October, Lansdowne


9pm, 27 October, Yates

Red or Dead Halloween Ball 10pm, 29 October, Halo Edward Robson edwatdotrobson

The Aslyum

10pm, 31 October, Cameo

The Church of the Dead 10pm, 31 October, Halo


Gigs & Events Metropole Market 28 October, Lansdowne

Poole Quay Fireworks 5pm, 5 November


6pm, 9 November, Old Fire Station

Jessie J

7pm, 9 November, O2 Academy

Rick Astley

6.30pm, 10 November, BIC

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It’s Christmas! Ice Rink opens

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Alpine Market opens

10am, 16 November, Bournemouth Square

Christmas Tree Wonderland grand opening 6pm, 16 November, Pier Approach





lready feeling those winter blues? Starting to miss home a bit more than you’d want to admit? Never fear: ResLifeBU is here to keep you entertained and having fun in your home away from home.

By Phoebe Watkins

refresh your memory about all the amazing Social Wellbeing Skills things that ResLifeBU has been up to during your first through months of life at BU, and point you towards all the things to look away from home forward to and Your get home involved with! As you may remember, Week One was soon swallowed up by term-time normalities (lectures, seminars and the like), but we at ResLifeBU HQ did our best to keep your spirits up. We hosted a massive Big Fat Quiz which saw almost thirty teams from all ten Halls of Residences compete to win the first prize of a UE Megaboom speaker. Massive congratulations to the team Spanish InQuiz-Ition who trounced everyone. Enjoy your speaker!

Unbelievably, it’s already nearly November. It never fails to surprise me how suddenly the seasons turn and how quickly the months fly by. Next thing we know it’ll be Christmas and New Year, and isn’t that a terrifying thought? But to help you shake off your feelings of homesickness and weather-related glumness, and to avoid thinking about tinsel and the like just yet, I’m instead going to


Every hall also ran an Acrylic Art Bomb event which gave you the chance to show off your artistic skills – and we were certainly impressed! And who could forget our fantastic Big Beach BBQ, complete with a whole host of activities to get involved with, especially as the weather was stunning. Did any of you make it into the sea?

On top of these, all around the different Halls of Residences your RA’s have been busy little bees organising and running fantastic and very successful events including (but certainly not limited to) various foodie Meet and Greet’s (Okeford), BBQ and Mocktail Nights (Chesil), HUGE movie nights (big up Corfe and Cranborne!), UV Netball (Dorchester) and Purbeck’s ‘Battle of the Flats’! We also had the pleasure of hosting and working with Club Soda to create a non-alcoholic pop-up bar which toured all the Halls of Residences and was immensely popular.

and you’ll be blown away by the fantastic things we’ve got planned for you – so make sure you stay in the loop by keeping your ears to the ground and eyes on our Facebook and Instagram pages!


In addition to this, and for the first time ever, at the end of September Student Services took to the road to visit all the students within their Halls of Residence, representing a variety of BU areas, including Careers and SportBU and many others, and loads of you managed to grab yourself a heap of very jammy prizes. The highlight, of course, was the wonderful Barnie the ResLife Woof! What a fantastic first month and a half. But looking forward, don’t forget that Halloween, Bonfire Night and (gasp, dare I say it?) Christmas are just around the corner,



It’s definitely something to go to on campus With Halloween just around the corner, we discuss the films and books to get you in a frightful mood this year. We also have an interview with The Undateables star Daniel Wakeford, discuss Coffee House Sessions’ triumphant return to Dylan’s, review new albums from Pale Waves and Alt-J and our opinions on the huge return of Doctor Who! - Claire Boad, Entertainment Editor




aniel Wakeford has just embarked on his very first national tour with sold out shows and has just released his second album That’s How I See It. Many people will recognise Daniel from his multiple appearances on the TV show The Undateables. His music will tell you tales of his favourite cities, to his inspirations to his favourite things in life such as going to the pub and performing to hundreds of people! Daniel Wakeford first started writing and recording music in 2007 working along musician Tom Cook. His first album, The Songs of Gigs, was recorded at Lift Music Studios in Brighton. Daniel describes himself as a singer-songwriter with autism and he makes waves in the disabled music scene in the UK, portraying a positive image of disabled people in the media. Supernormal festival: Daniel Wakeford brings heartfelt euphoria wherever he goes. His seemingly bottomless well of material offers up classic after classic in the shape of relentlessly catchy pop naiveties. It’s the delivery that sets Daniel apart, anyone with a shred of a soul can’t help but be won over by his unbounded joy and enthusiasm.

By Emma Reynolds

Photo: Daniel Wakeford on Twitter Daniel is an extremely positive and exciting role model on the music scene, his charm and wit gaining a cult in mainstream culture after his popularity on Channel 4’s The Undateables. His album is released through Carousel, the learning disability arts organisation that supports him as an artist. Here’s what happened when Nerve caught up with Daniel before his show at the Old Fire Station! What inspired you on your new album? What were the songs written about? I get ideas from all over the place, inside my brain and outside. ‘Belly Dancers’ and ‘New York City’ were written after holidays in Turkey and New York. ‘Pub Nights’ is about partying after gigs when I’m on tour with my band. ‘Toni Arthur’s Greatest’ I wrote about old episodes of Playschool, and I decided I wanted to a write a song about ITN news after researching all the different logos on the internet. Have you got a favourite song off the album? My favourite song off the new album is ‘It’s A Wonderful City’, because it’s about my hometown Brighton and I really enjoyed making the video.


ENTERTAINMENT What’s touring like for you? Have you been enjoying yourself so far? I really enjoy touring. The British tour is so fabulous, it’s like a holiday and I get to sing my songs and meet my fans. My favourite place to perform is London. What’s your favourite thing about playing live? My favourite thing about playing live is when the fans sing along. The audience is always very enthusiastic! What do you enjoy the most about making music? I like writing my songs with Tom (Cook, who writes the music for Daniel’s songs). We’re a good team and it makes me happy.

How old were you when you started writing songs? I started writing songs when I was 21. The first song I wrote was ‘The Black of Lonely’ in 2009. What has been your favourite part of your music career so far? The best thing about my career so far is getting a backing band to go on tour with. Are there any places you haven’t yet played live, which you’d love to visit? We’d love to do more gigs abroad and also at festivals.

Photo: Daniel Wakeford on Twitter


What do you hope the future holds? My ultimate dream is to perform in the Eurovision contest! Generally I hope that people keep listening to my music and I can make more albums and keep doing gigs, as I love being on stage.


he room was buzzing as soon as we arrived at The Old Fire Station to see the one and only Daniel Wakeford, who many of you will recognise from The Undateables. His parents were welcoming people as they walked in and were behind the booth which sold his merchandise. People were whispering as out of the stage doors we could see his curly hair and knew he’d be on the stage soon. When he came out the crowd erupted, and he opened with his song It’s a Wonderful City. He had an excellent rapport with his band members and I was impressed by the multitalented musicians who played alongside Daniel. He has such an infectious amount of positivity and energy on-stage, sporting his iconic leg kicks as he really gets into the music. Half way through one of his songs he gave a shout-out to The Undateables star Shane too who lives in Bournemouth and the crowd cheered loudly to see some

I am so happy I had the opportunity to go, especially to see such an individual artist who is making waves on the disabled music scene

Daniel wasn’t shy to be close with his fans, talking about how a musician should always take the time for his fans.

always take time for his fans and constantly thanking all of us for coming to see his show. He waited behind for photos at the end which I was happy to get one of and he high-fived and fist-bumped those at the front of the crowd. After making us all flap like birds, belly dance and jump around with him, Daniel finished his set and, although exhausted, was so energetic still and I am so happy I had the opportunity to go, especially to see such an individual artist who is making waves on the disabled music scene. I expect to hear a lot more from this talented guy in the coming years. If you want an experience never to be forgotten, The Daniel Wakeford Experience is the one for you.

Photo: Daniel Wakeford on Twitter

of their favourites in the room from the show. Everyone in the room couldn’t stop dancing when Daniel played some of his most famous hits including Pub Nights to the British Holiday, Belly Dancers Are Here Together and of course, Playboy Girls. Daniel wasn’t shy to be close with his fans, talking about how a musician should



Basshunter, maybe not a household name anymore. But back in the day the Swedish DJ was on just about every edition of ‘Now That’s What I Call Music’, Top of the Pops and numerous episodes of T4. Tunes like ‘Now You’re Gone’ and ‘All I Ever Wanted’ were the soundtrack to many of our prepubescent years. But where is the Swedish DJ now and how is he spending his time? 44




our studio albums, six million records sold and ten years later you can find Jonas Altberg playing in just about any student town’s local club. The thirty-threeyear-old DJ behind some of the noughties biggest anthems now spends his time touring the UK’s nightclubs to an audience who, when he was at his peak, still had their baby teeth. But it’s not as though Altberg is unaware of this. There has obviously been a noticeable dip in the DJ’s popularity. Having not released anything since 2013 he’s not got any new material to tour with and no hits in over ten years. Despite this he doesn’t seem disheartened. “I’ve been speaking about this to my manager on this tour, if you think maybe if you were twelve years old and liked the songs and now you’re at an age you can come to clubs and hear the songs live it does kind of make sense why people would come. People will always want to drink and enjoy themselves, so I don’t think that will ever change.” His seventeen date UK Fresher’s tour sold out every night and has gone well enough that Cameo have already booked him for next years Fresher’s. We spoke to him briefly before his set.

By George McMillan

How has this year’s tour been? Tour has been amazing, all the shows were sold out and the feedback we got from everyone was great, the UK is my favourite place in the world to do shows! How did Bournemouth fair in comparison to the rest of the UK? Bournemouth is always a great place and venue, I’m already invited back for next year. What is the worst hotel you’ve had to stay in over your career? Haha that’s easy, we were doing a show in Manchester a few years ago and there was a mix up and we ended up in a Premier Inn with no hot water, and people fighting in the hall ways… What is your pre-show ritual? Usually my manager and I get to the venue an hour before the show and have a few drinks, talk news and what’s going on in the world, my favourite app that I use the most is Sky or BBC news. Then I like to have 10 minutes to myself before I go on stage. What are your do’s/don’ts of touring? My manager should answer this, as he has many of these and i just have Do’s…I just like to enjoy myself and like to see people enjoying themselves to. I want everyone to feel the party vibe at my shows. Can we expect any new songs in the future? My new single ‘MASTERPIECE’ is out on October 19th to the world, so check it out!





elcome to the first update on We Broke Free. In every issue we’ll be bringing you all the upcoming show details, gig reviews and interviews with bands. If you don’t know We Broke Free already, GET TO KNOW!

Upcoming shows:

The Beths & Exam Season & Death By Shotgun The Anvil, Friday 11 November, £7 entry

Echoic & Marble Tides 60 Million Postcards, Thursday 15 November, free entry

Only Girl & Support (TBA) 60 Million Postcards, Thursday 29 November, free entry

Previous Guests:

Blossoms, Dream Wife, The Magic Gang, IDLES, Mystery Jets, The Big Moon, Fickle Friends, Spring King, The Wytches and Black Honey to name just a few!

We Broke Free are an independent promotions company in Bournemouth bringing you the best new and up and coming music from across the globe. Now into their fifth year, We Broke Free put on weekly live shows headlined predominantly by global touring artists and supported by local acts. Best bit? The majority of their shows are FREE entry! Tor Byrnes founded the company who along with her small team pride themselves in searching out what’s new, placing the future indie stars of tomorrow in intimate venues. They’ve built up a reputation amongst bands from across the world and have had some of the biggest new bands swing by on their way up. 60 Million Postcards is their humble home turf but keep an eye out for WBF shows popping up in Bournemouth’s other great venues. We Broke Free also host a stage at the SUBU Summer Ball bringing a much needed dose of live music to the lineup. So! Follow their socials and you’ll stay up to date with everything coming up. Get down to a show, say hi at gigs and make new friends with others that share a passion for music and fun times.






ournemouth born band The Magic Gang played an exceptional homecoming gig at the O2 Academy Bournemouth at the start of the month with the help of We Broke Free, to an almost soldout venue with a lively crowd, an impressive feat considering the band are still breaking out onto the music scene. The gig began with The Orielles, and whilst support acts are typically a damp squib in relation to the rest of the gig the trio impressed the crowd with their sunny disposition and witty crowd interaction. Their catchy, 80s-inspired and selfproclaimed “post-disco punk” sound was a success with the crowd and really got the ball rolling well for the main event. At a young age the future looks bright for the band, who’s surf-rock sound is oozing with potential. The indie dream-pop outfit returned to Bournemouth during the midpoint of their nationwide tour, whilst the set list was fairly predictable, it still didn’t stop their wellknown big tracks standing out and going down a treat. The opening duo of crowd-pleasures ‘Alright’ and ‘All This Way’ showed that the band were really starting to build up an impressive discography, and set the tone for the rest of the gig as they smoothly rolled


By Harry Mottram

through their catalogue, consisting of neat, jangly indie tunes from their impressive, self-titled debut LP. ‘Your Love’, ‘Jasmine’ and ‘Oh Saki’ being the particular notable tracks with the best reception, their smooth surfer-rock tunes were however varied in mood and the slower tracks, such as ‘Slippin’, ‘Take Care’ and ‘Life Without You’ were evidently packed with emotion. However, the overall jumpy and electric feel of ‘How Can I Compete’ and ‘All That I Want Is You’ for example meant that the soothing lows were met with satisfying highs.

At a young age the future looks bright for the band

Frontman Jack Kaye put in a good shift with impressive and catchy vocals, however a particularly enjoyable part of the gig came when Kaye and bass-guitarist Angus Taylor swapped roles for an emotional rendition of ‘Take Care’, with Taylor displaying real talent with a piano solo. Overall, the homecoming gig was a success with their easily-listenable indie tunes being met by pints flying everywhere. The feel-good atmosphere was also continued into the intimate after-party drinks in Boscombe’s Chaplin’s Cellar Bar.

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canning the track list for The Stars, The Ocean & The Moon, by Echo and the Bunnymen, I was confused. I started seeing songs I knew had been around for years and years; ‘Seven Seas’, ‘Ocean Rains’ and even ‘The Killing Moon’. A bit of online research online revealed that Ian McCulloch and the gang have focused on transforming previous tracks; out of the fifteen songs on the album, only two are new. Ian McCulloch defended this choice by saying in a statement: “I’m not doing this for anyone else. I’m doing it as it’s important to me to make the songs better.”

By Molly Lloyd

Photo: Drew de F Fawkes from Flickr human psyche that fans expect and love from the band. Although the song is good, it doesn’t have anything special that would make it stand out from the rest of their material. Despite that, it certainly isn’t hard on the ears. Despite it being full of surprises and unexpected twists, this new album is ultimately a success, with stunning transformations of beloved songs and interesting new material, both of which keep the initial magic that drew listeners to Echo and the Bunnymen alive.

As it goes, I enjoyed the transformed tracks, especially ‘Seven Seas’ and ‘The Killing Moon’; both stripped back, allowing listeners to focus more on the lyrics and less on the accompaniment. As ‘The Killing Moon’ is one of my favourite songs, I was worried about what McCulloch had done to the hit song. Nevertheless, I was pleasantly surprised. The piano and orchestral accompaniment to the song transformed it from something sounding otherworldly and almost alien into a heartwrenching and emotional number. The new material has the classic Echo and the Bunnymen feel. ‘The Somnambulist’ has that same dreamy, light hearted instrumental with melancholy lyrics relating to the land of dreams and the





By George Burton

Photo: Foz87 from Wikimedia Commons


fter establishing themselves as one of the hottest upcoming alternative bands with their first single ‘There’s a Honey’, Pale Waves have released their debut album: ‘My Mind Makes Noises’. On the surface, it can come across as just another pop album about being a teenager, like that of Taylor Swift. However, Pale Waves are anything but. Lead singer Heather Baron-Gracie and drummer Ciara Dorma’s style consists of punk-rock inspired make up, leather jackets and scruffy haircuts. The result, a look that might be found on 80’s band ‘Siouxsie and the Banshees’. My Mind Makes Noise opens with ‘Eighteen’, an energetic track about being young and in love – a recurring theme in the album. Upbeat guitar riffs and strong vocals do a great job of setting the feel of the album. Take a deeper look into the album and you’ll find that it’s layered with nostalgic 80’s pop vibes, taking influence from bands such as The Cure and Tears for Fears. Guitarist Hugo Silvani’s riffs sound like they could have been lifted straight from songs such as ‘Friday I’m In Love’ and ‘Just Like Heaven’. Elsewhere on the album there is an


exploration of what it is like being a teenager from different perspectives. ‘Noises’ for example, is a song about people not seeing you for who you are, which strikes an unflinching personal tone. Lines such as ‘The faces that you love are slowly giving up, what you gonna do?’ and ‘I’m falling, I’m crawling on the floor at night, I know it’s not right but you can’t fix me this time’ are harrowing and make for a melancholy listen. The album takes an emotional turn on the closing track, ‘Karl I Wonder What It’s Like to Die’, a true and personal song about dealing with loss. The steady, wistful temper of the song provides a much-needed comedown. My Mind Makes Noise hits all the notes you’d expect from a retro pop album, but Pale Waves manage to make it their own. They take the best things about 80’s pop: the ballads, the synths, the euphoric choruses, and lyrically gift them to the present.



By Claire Boad

Photo: Henry Laurisch from Wikimedia Commons


ate September saw Alt-J release their newest album Reduxer and have created something quite unique indeed. Reduxer isn’t actually a new album at all, but a remix album of some of the best songs off their award winning third album Relaxer. With the help of many incredibly creative people killing it in the hip-hop game, this album definitely stands out as something new and innovative. ‘House of The Rising Sun’ is a personal favourite off Relaxer and, to my joy, the reimagining with Tuka has led to this song being my favourite off the new album too. Tuka’s lyrics over the soothing synths and guitars blend well together and make you want to listen to the original again just to compare where the two renditions differ and, as a result, see how much Alt-J have managed to transform the song.

‘Hit Me Like That Snare’ and ‘3WW’ also got two remixes, all again creating beautiful hybrids between Alt-J’s recognisable sounds and hip hop that the members have admitted to influencing them. Talking about why they chose to work with so many different Hip Hop artists the band said “It’s no secret that we love and are influenced by hip hop, and it’s always been a dream of ours to work with hip hop artists in reimagining our music.” Alt-J’s decision to create a remix album has clearly payed off. The band has said that “With Reduxer our dream has come true. We couldn’t be happier with the results.”

Three of the original tracks off Relaxer were gifted with not one, but two reimaginings. In Cold Blood was gifted with being transformed into a stellar European hip-hop ballad thanks to their collaboration with the German rapper Kontra K. It was then turned into much more of an American electric tune thanks to both Pusha T and Twin Shadow adding their own twists to a song that all Alt-J fans know and love.






offee House Sessions have landed at Bournemouth university. What are Coffee House Sessions? They are an opportunity for unknown musicians to get their music out by traveling to uni campuses all over the UK. Sometimes the acts perform at up to three places in one day. Dylan’s is the home of Coffee House Sessions whilst at Bournemouth and they provide an awesome background music playlist, adding to the already chilled vibes. It’s definitely something to go to on campus. The first musician to take the stage at Dylan’s was the young singer songwriter Amy Lawton. With songs like ‘Furthest Place’ ‘Can’t Handle Why’ and ‘Undone’, she definitely felt reminiscent of the early Taylor Swift days back when she was a country starlet. With songs about love and friendship, it was a throwback to the country rock that was very popular in the mid to late noughties. Amy’s music does make for a very easy listen, her mix of guitar and ukulele playing creates a chill atmosphere that could calm any student. Being a student at Queen Mary’s University in London, the stress of deadlines is something Amy knows all too well and that has allowed her to make the perfect soundtrack for a uni bar.


By Claire Boad

After the performance I spoke with Amy, she explained how she has always loved country music and that it was what inspired her to start making her own music. However, unlike more famous country acts like Taylor Swift, a shift to pop is something she knows won’t be happening any time soon. If you want to hear more of Amy’s music, head on over to Spotify and listen to her new single ‘Hurts Like Paradise’. For all the latest updates on Coffee House Sessions head over to coffeehousesessions. com. You can also check out photos from recent sessions here

UPCOMING DATES: Louis Centioni 30th October

Ciircus Street & Sean OB 6th November

Bohdi & Joel Rothwell 13th November

Marius Bear 20th November

TBC 27th November

Joshua Burnside 4th December

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eptember saw the return of The Mercury Prize, hosted by Radio 1’s Annie Mac at the Eventim Apollo. The prestigious award, which was created as an alternative for The BRIT Awards in 1992, celebrates the best in British and Irish music across all genres. With previous winners of the award including the likes of James Blake, alt-J and Franz Ferdinand, you could say this award is a pretty big deal.

By Maya Derrick

of the ‘Album of the Year’ prize. With incredible talent rising through the British music scene, the competition couldn’t be tougher. Wolf Alice’s adventurous second studio album Visions of a Life was crowned the winner, collecting the staggering £25,000 prize. Although in the eyes of many (including myself) Wolf Alice’s album was a worthy winner, fellow nominee Lily Allen wasn’t as gracious in her defeat.

VISIONS OF A LIFE 1. Heavenward 2. Yuk Foo 3. Beautifully Unconventional 4. Don’t Delete the Kisses 5. Planet Hunter 6. Sky Musings 7. Formidable Cool 8. Space & Time 9. Sadboy 10. St. Purple & Green 11. After the Zero Hour 12. Visions of a Life

The 12-man judging panel, which featured Clara Amfo, Jamie Cullum, and Lianne La Havas to name a few, were tasked with the impossible: to pick an album from a shortlist of 12 that was worthy


LILY ALLEN @lilyallen Someone call 999 I’ve been robbed.

She later called the band ‘deserved winners’, joining thousands of fans, including Jeremy Corbyn, on Twitter praising the winning collective. The beautifully unconventional album (pun intended) was released through independent record label Dirty Hit in September 2017, and has been praised for its interdecadal sound, spanning influences and genres. Its other accolades include being named runner up on NME’s 2017 Albums of the Year list, in which they were knocked off the top spot by Lorde’s Melodrama. And this isn’t the band’s first nomination for the award. In 2015, their debut studio album My Love is Cool was selected alongside Slaves’ Are You Satisfied? and Florence and the Machine’s How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, with Benjamin Clementine’s At Least for Now claiming the prize that year. Lead singer Ellie Rowsell spoke to The Guardian before this year’s ceremony about the immense impact this second nomination has had on the group. “We were so happy we got nominated. It’s hard to show that.” She said. “We’re just gormless!” Over the 27 years that the Mercury Prize has been rewarding the nation’s greatest musicians, it has not only increasingly helped catapult the nominated and winning acts into the limelight, but has boosted the music industry on the whole. After winning the Mercury Prize in 2008, sales of Elbow’s album The Seldom Kid increased by 700%, raising their profile tremendously. This bodes as a famous example of the impact that the prize has had since its creation. Although the prize aims to recognise musical talent and achievement across a variety of genres, Rowsell admitted to DIY Mag that even though they’ve been

Photos: @MercuryPrize on Twitter

SHORTLIST Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino Everything Everything – A Fever Dream Everything is Recorded – Everything is Recorded Florence + The Machine – High as Hope Jorja Smith – Lost & Found King Krule – The Ooz Lily Allen – No Shame Nadine Shah – Holiday Destination Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Who Built the Moon? Novelist – Novelist Guy Sons of Kemet – Your Queen is a Reptile Wolf Alice – Visions of a Life

nominated twice, she thought Wolf Alice were a little left of the Mercury Prize’s usual type. With the Mercury Prize becoming more diverse in recent years, it holds more significance than ever. Of course, famous names such as Artic Monkeys and Jorja Smith making the shortlist this year is unsurprising due to their albums’ sheer brilliance, it’s refreshing to see smaller up-and-coming bands, and bands of alternative genres, receiving the fame and glory that they deserve.


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ctober has arrived, bringing with it the start of Autumn, and more importantly, Halloween. To help get you ready for the spookiest night of the year, here is a list of my top ten Horror novels guaranteed to send shivers down your spine. From traditional to contemporary, comic book style tales and collections of shorter stories, there is something frightful for everyone.


The Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson Shirley Jackson is heavily influenced by Neil Gaiman and Stephen King, which is evident in this psychological horror novel about the power of fear. A group of people looking for evidence of the supernatural struggle to cope with the terrifying occurrences within Hill House, unaware that its power is only growing stronger


In the Miso Soup Ryu Murakami A contemporary take on psychological thriller set in the backstreets of Tokyo. A suspenseful and tense read they will have you begging for answers and then wishing you never got them. The story is claustrophobic, with a sense of danger at all times; maintaining a constant unease in the atmosphere. Fans of Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho will most certainly enjoy this book.




Misery Steven King What is horror without its King? It would be impossible to make a list of top horror books without including Stephen King at least once. Misery is the story of an injured writer trapped in the home of an unstable fan, who forces him to write a new book preventing the killing of her favourite character. Fear and panic are rife in this iconic novel.


After Dark Haruki Murakimi

After Dark in not your average story of strange happenings in the night. Murakami blends dream and reality together in this novel as its characters attempt to track down a prostitute who was beaten in a love hotel, tangling with the Chinese mafia in the process, while the sister of our protagonists sleeps beside a haunted TV.


Interview with a Vampire Anna Rice A staple in gothic literature, a vampire recounts his life so far, in this disturbing, sometimes erotic story about the trials of living forever.


The Vegetarian Han Kang

‘All the trigger warnings on earth cannot prepare a reader for the traumas of this Korean author’s translated debut’ New York Times. This three-part novel is not for the faint of heart and promises to be unlike anything you have ever read before.



A Monster Calls Patrick Ness

A mix of the realities of childhood and the fantasy of fairy tales, this book explores what it is to grieve. A perfect example of children’s gothic that is still appropriate for adult readers. A Monster Calls is highly praised and if you can get your hands on an illustrated copy you’ll appreciate the story even more.


The Black Spider Jeremias Gotthelf A cautionary tale about the dangers of dealing too casually with the devil because the consequences of breaking a contract with him are dire. The pages of this novel are laced with evil intent and will feed your arachnophobia until your skin is crawling.


Through the Woods Ryu Murakami

This collection of original horror filled fairy tales has won a staggering 15 awards. Emily Carroll’s hauntingly beautiful illustrations will cater perfectly to those who prefer a visual element to horror.


The Travelling Bag and Other Ghost Stories Susan Hill

From the author of, The Woman in Black, this collection of short stories has a sense of the traditional campfire ghost story about them. Those with a classic taste of horror will find pleasure in all of Susan Hill’s work.





By Ivo Rashkov

The spookiest day of the year is just around the corner. This year has been amazing for the horror genre, with many household franchises making their returns. Here is the top five that we here at Nerve think you should watch.

1. Halloween 2018

This film is the eleventh installment in the Halloween franchise and is a direct sequel to the 1978 Halloween movie. The story takes place 40 years after its prequel. It revolves around Laurie Strode, a survivor from his previous massacre. She has been preparing for his return for 40 years and is ready to face him for their final showdown.

Photo: Toronto Film Festival

2. The First Purge

Photo: Gerard McMurray


The fantasy-thriller movie is the 4th installment in the Purge franchise. It depicts how the American tradition of “purging” was born. In order to push the crime rate below 1%, every year on the night of “The Purge” for twelve hours every crime is legal. The story of the night that shaped and changed the United States as we know them.

3. Insidious: The Last Key

It is the 4th installment in the franchise. The story takes place between the first and the third movie. It follows the brilliant parapsychologist Elise Rainer, as she travels back to her childhood home to confront and destroy her greatest fear- the demon which set accidentally set free all those years ago. Photo: Adam Robitel

4.The Predator

The 4th installment of the series is bound to keep you on your toes, as a group of exsoldiers are fighting against the universe’s strongest and most dangerous hunters- The Predators, in order to save the human race. The advanced alien species comes to Earth following the crash of one of their space ships.

Photo: Shane Black

5. The Meg

Photo: Jon Turteltaub

The movie stars Jason Statham in the main role as the rescue diver, Jonas Taylor. Jonas has to save the crew of a deep-sea submarine trapped at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. In order to do so, he has to face an unimaginable threat, a Megalodon. An enormous prehistoric shark, previously thought to be extinct.





he fourth recreation of A Star Is Born is here. 42 years after the Streisand and Kristofferson classic, Bradley Cooper takes on the challenge of his directorial debut whilst co-starring in the film alongside popstar Lady Gaga, and to put it simply it was a magnificvent success. A legendary love story of a famous musician Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) who falls in love with a young, extraordinarily talented Ally (Lady Gaga) who has just about given up on her dreams of being a singer after being told her nose was too big. The sizzling romance begins in a drag bar after Jackson runs out of alcohol on the way back from a performance, where he sees Ally sensually perform La Vie en Rose which instantly sends sparks flying. Providing many laughs along their journey but most times there’s a funny moment, there’s often a dark subliminal message that tears you apart. There’s two parallel stories - with the rise of a new talent and the fall of a musician who is on a dark downward spiral with a battle with addiction. It’s raw, emotional and intense with an upsetting ending and is the film of 2018.

By George Heal

Cooper portrays the sympathetic, drunken Jackson superbly, to the point where you just want to give him support him when he’s struggling. Ally is critical to Jackson’s survival, being exactly what he needed. Lady Gaga is so convincing in this role that you forget who she is outside of the film. This role was perfect for the singer as she can showcase how amazing her vocals are and her acting abilities. Musically, this film is impeccable, ranging from country/rock to pop and emotional ballads. Listening to the soundtrack after the watching the film brings back all those feelings. Keep an eye out for Shallow, Is That Alright and I’ll Never Love Again as they are the standout songs from this film. This film is flawless and is most likely going to be an Oscar award winning film and will be a frontrunner at the Academy Awards for many categories.

Photos: A Star is Born Director: Bradley Cooper






s we reach October, the British Film Institute begins to host the UK’s largest annual film festival. In its 62ndnd year, The London Film Festival (LFF) has been the home to world, European and UK premieres of extraordinary works of cinematic art from across the globe. Previous headline galas have screened Oscar front runners and winners; The Shape of Water, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing: Missouri, Moonlight, La La Land, Manchester By the Sea, Whiplash, American Beauty, 12 Years A Slave and Gravity just to name a few. This year, the LFF opens with Widows, Steve McQueen’s fourth film, LFF presentation as well as, his first film after 2013’s best picture winner, 12 Years a Slave. The festival will close with Stan and Ollie, the Laurel and Hardy biopic from the director of Filth, Jon S. Baird. However, with the Odeon Leicester Square under construction, the headline gala has the accessibility of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory with its tickets equally as golden. But fortunately for this writer, the LFF is more than just headliners. With over 100 exceptional titles to choose from I managed to score tickets to Panos Cosmatos’ psychedelic horror, Mandy, and Alfonso Cuaron’s black and white, Spanish language Netflix drama, Roma.



A hooded and rugged looking Panos Cosmatos stands in front of the sold-out screen in Odeon Tottenham court road to dedicate the opening LFF screening of his revenge horror film, Mandy, to his parents, who first met here in England. A fitting emotional tribute to the rollercoaster experience soon to come, Cosmatos wishes enjoyment, leaves the stage, the lights go down and Mandy kicks in. Johann Johannsson’s final score, a loud and hauntingly beautiful blend of synth horror and rock n roll, opens the film to the final words of convicted kidnapper and murderer Douglas Roberts. Immediately we’re aware that we’re in for a truly punk rock experience.Mandy is chockfull of influences, but never at the expense of its own identity. The use of colour is certainly a homage to the work of Dario Argento, but Cosmatos’ unique handling of the colour and lighting is both provocative and visually mesmerising in its own right. Cosmatos’ film is experimental in style, but metal in substance. The films antiCatholicism rhetoric runs deep within its narrative in blood soaked, drug infused satisfaction. Demonic creatures on quadbikes, chainsaw duels and enough “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” to kill a Beatle, Mandy is brain meltingly awesome,

By Daniel Harden

and who better to lead this film than the king of crazy himself. Nicolas Cage is undeniably a National Treasure (sorry not sorry), proving himself time and time again to be one of acting’s great enigmas. Mandy displays the best of Cage, whether overwhelmed with emotions, chilling on the couch or off his tits on LSD, Cage is fascinating to behold.


The LFF’s Journey subcategory is headlined by Alfonso Cuarón’s passion project, Roma. Having made critical and commercial successes such as; Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men and Gravity, Cuarón is able to make whatever he wants for his next picture. The result is a black and while, Mexican drama about feminine strength and it’s an absolute masterpiece.

of Cleo, a maid in 1970’s Mexico City who suddenly falls pregnant, and Sofia, a wife and mother with her marriage on the decline, Cuarón explores feminine struggle and power with the upmost respect and admiration, whilst also critiquing the toxicity of (hyper)masculinity. True Strength isn’t about sports and fitness, its getting back up off the ground and dealing with your problems when life leaves you downtrodden and alone. The female influence on the filmmaker is felt in what is essentially a profound feminist love letter to the women that raised Alfonso Cuarón. Straight from the heart, Roma is a majestic triumph and easily Cuarón’s most personal film. A true testament to the sheer talent of Alfonso Cuarón, Roma is one of the year’s best films and, by far, the best Netflix product to date.

Alfonso Cuarón is a true master of his craft. Writing, directing and shooting Roma himself, Cuarón is extremely hands on as he forges together his most personal visuals, story and overall film of his entire career. Roma’s authenticity resonates through Cuarón’s expertly executed signature shot, the long take. A sense of real time is conveyed through the expertly choreographed and realistically timed action within each shot. Telling the story





By Oliver Walton-Harrod

Photo: BBC


octor Who is back and some might say better than ever! The first episode of the much anticipated series aired earlier this month and to address the elephant in the room – no, not the Doctor’s gender which (for those tired of the problematic political writing in recent years) was hardly touched upon – it feels like it may as well be Series 1 of a reboot. Gone, are the self-congratulatory references to Doctor Who’s history as the episode instead focuses on the present with clear forward-thinking objectives. The production is also completely different in style and wow, does it look and sound fantastic. On top of brilliant lighting and cinematography, the audience is treated to awesome special and visual effects and composer Segun Akinola brings a new sound to the Whoniverse for the first time since 2005. A change in style can make a story feel disjointed but for a show that thrives on constantly reinventing itself, bring it on. The even greater highlight of the new series is the characters. From side characters to companions, everyone was watchable, likeable, and felt like real people. That may seem like a given but seeing it done so right here emphasises


what certain past companions and other TV shows in general often miss. We’re first introduced to Ryan (Tosin Cole), a young man who already has more layers than I’ll try to summarise but, without going into detail, is given a disability not often explored in stories and immediately makes him more relatable to. Alongside him, Yasmin (Mandip Gill) is presented as a quiet but aspirational policewoman. These two in particular typify how different and original the new series is going to be as any long-time fans will be well aware of the tropes of feisty, curious women and bumbling, last-incommand men. Writer and new showrunner, Chris Chibnall seems to be taking a more realistic approach which is unsurprising given his work on Broadchurch (2013 – 2017). The episode also stars Graham (Bradley Walsh) and Grace (Sharon D. Clarke) who come from contrasting perspectives, and the way this plays into the story and relationships sets up what could be a particularly interesting arc over the ten episodes.

Photo: BBC Each of the actors does a wonderful job at bringing their character’s to life and I look forward to seeing their range over the course of the series. However, Jodie Whittaker has yet to prove herself as being as strong an actor in the role as the four that preceded her. The Thirteenth Doctor is given a lot of humorous dialogue and several great character moments but Whittaker’s delivery is not always believable. I look forward to that changing as the series progresses and she becomes more confident in the role but we can only wait and see. One only has to look at performances such as in Broadchurch to see that she is a highly capable actress so any weaker moments here weren’t too off-putting.

Overall, the style is fantastic; the characters are especially well-written and acted, showing a lot of promise; the portrayal of the Doctor is a weaker point within the episode but nothing irreparable; and the plot was simple but solid. All in all, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality, originality and maturity of the premiere episode and hopefully, it’ll continue to rise from here.

Finally, the episode’s plot is simplistic to allow for greater focus on characters. While some may prefer the conceptually developed sci-fi of other stories, taking a step back to truly set up who these characters we’ll be following the journeys of was an incredibly sensible idea – characters are, after all, the heart of the story. The plot itself is mostly a slow-burn mystery but the handling of certain familiar story beats and sci-fi concepts makes for something that feels refreshing as well as interesting.





By Hannah Gibbins


rts by the Sea took over the town earlier this month. The ‘New Frontier’ theme offered insight into a world overrun by technology and the impact that it has on human life. Many events displayed intergalactic worlds, aliens and technology being used in a way that is impressive to even the most experienced technophile. Silicon Shores by The Colour Project was highly anticipated event that launched the weekend; a phenomenal light show projected onto the town hall. The show addressed the impact of technology and plastics on the ocean, the show opened the minds of those watching in a totally unique way that set the tone for the week. The Gardens were overtaken by singing conjoined aliens, artists armed with spray cans and musicians of all kinds. There truly was something for everyone; kids sat in the sunshine and adults drank and listened to live music while at Picnic Park Sessions. The bandstand was never silent and the gardens were always lit by the beautiful weather, a screening or a light show. The whole thing truly was a spectacle. A wacky, dream-like display of lights and sounds, mind controlled cinema, time machines, caravans with astronauts inside. It truly was bonkers.


Photos: Hannah Gibbins/Faith Rowley





e launched an exciting partnership with local charity Dorset Mind on #WorldMentalHealthDay2018 through a striking display on campus. 134 pairs of shoes spelt out #WMHDBU18 with each pair replicative of a student at a UK university who took their own lives (in 2015). The strapline behind the concept was “Don’t judge someone until you walk a mile in their shoes. You might not know just what they are going through.” Jonny Benjamin, who provided the voice to the campaign, tried to take his own life whilst at university. It was only a few weeks before he was talked off of a bridge when his friends even realised something was wrong.

By Chuck Adolphy Station Manager

I think students really connected with it and the visual aspect had a profound impact on people. I was surprised at the level of engagement but very happy that it got people thinking and talking about mental health as that was the main purpose of it. We are continuing to evolve our partnership with Dorset Mind and have launched a podcast today available on iTunes called ͞A Guide to Being a Student͟ in order to discuss topics to do with student mental health.


It’s so crucial to speak to one another about how you are mentally. We very easily moan about a cough or cold to a friend, the more we can do the same with our mental health then we will can start to diffuse problems before they escalate. I think as a student radio station we have a responsibility to provide another voice on campus and continue to create awareness. The event itself was very touching.



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Of late [David] Brooks has had a major impact with successive strikes against Crystal Palace and Watford. Welcome along to the second edition of Nerve. In this issue Europe’s incredible Ryder Cup victory, Conor McGregor’s defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov and the Bournemouth boxer who is aiming to win a title. Expect much mores as we look to cover sport in Dorset and beyond - Jonathan Nagioff, Sports Editor





ngland’s 2018 World Cup run was a breath of fresh air in more ways than one – the country fell in love with the Three Lions again and Gareth Southgate’s selection policies may ensure they may never fall out of love again. Southgate’s gutsy selections showed that getting called up for England was an honour, not a tedious formality like it appeared under previous regimes. Southgate has always picked his team on merit, whatever the age or experience of his players, and it paid off as the thirdyoungest team in Russia went all the way to the semifinals. The most successful squad in a decade would, arguably, have looked far less vibrant under previous England bosses. Since Steve McClaren’s reign, the English team always seemed to pick itself. Big names like Wayne Rooney, Glen Johnson, and Joe Hart seemed always assured of a place. This was all regardless of club or international form, and England never looked like serious contenders because of this very reason. Subsequent England bosses all tried to fit square pegs into round holes, and the squad suffered as a result.

Disastrous tournaments

The height of this malaise was seen at Euro 2016 under Roy Hodgson. Hodgson picked over 10 of the same players from the 2014

By Akshay Kulkarni

Photo: IIP Photo Archive on Flickr World Cup disaster. Wayne Rooney went into the tournament as captain, despite a meagre eight goals in the preceding season. And the results showed –their loss to Iceland was one of the worst England performances ever.

Subsequent England bosses all tried to fit square pegs into round holes, and the squad suffered as a result.

But Gareth Southgate’s philosophy has changed that. Since his arrival in 2016 following Sam Allardyce’s infamous departure, Southgate has been resolute in his attitude that only players who play regularly, and play well, get in the squad; regardless of club, age, or experience.

Photo: Антон Зайцев on Creative Commons

SPORTS Harry Maguire and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, both of whom made appearances in Russia, would never even have been close under Steve McClaren, Fabio Capello, or Roy Hodgson. But they were rewarded for excellent seasons at Leicester and Crystal Palace respectively.

Gareth Southgate’s philosophy has changed that. Southgate has been resolute in his attitude that only players who play regularly, and play well, get in the squad.

England’s journey in Russia Group Stage:

Tunisia 1-2 England England 6-1 Panama Belgium 0-1 England

Round of 16:

Colombia 1-1 England (England win 4-3 on pens)

Quarter Final:

Sweden 0-2 England Gone, too, were the big names. Joe Hart, Jack Wilshere, and Jermain Defoe all had poor seasons in 2017-18 and they were rightly omitted. Their long list of accolades, and their marketable names, meant nothing for overall squad health.

England fixtures & results Croatia 0-0 England 12 October, Nations League

Spain 2-3 England 15 October, Nations League

England vs USA 15 November, Friendly

England vs Croatia 18 November, Nations League


Semi Final:

Croatia 2-1 England (aet)

3rd Place Play-Off: Belgium 2-0 England

A new England

This philosophy has shown no signs of stopping after Russia. Southgate’s most recent squad is one of his youngest yet, with only one player born in the 1980s. One of the three teenagers called up, Jadon Sancho, became the first player born in this millennium to play for England after featuring against Croatia. Not only is that a testament to England’s rich vein of young talent, but Gareth Southgate’s desire to ensure that England operate as a team instead of merely a collection of star names.

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ewis Hamilton is, at the time of writing, on the brink of a fifth Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship thanks to dominant victories in Russia and Japan this October. In fact, the Brit has won four in a row and six of the last seven, sweeping away the competition including Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. This season was billed as the biggest test of Hamilton’s credentials to date, going up against fellow four-time world champion Vettel in a car that was meant to be closer in performance to his Mercedes than ever before. Indeed it was until Vettel’s costly mistake in July’s German Grand Prix, crashing out and handing a Championship lead to Hamilton, one he’d never make up.

Russian Grand Prix results 1st - Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes 2nd - Valterri Bottas - Mercedes 3rd - Sebastian Vettel - Ferrari 4th - Kimi Raikkonen - Ferrari

Japanese Grand Prix results 1st - Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes 2nd - Valterri Bottas - Mercedes 3rd - Max Verstappen - Red Bull 4th - Daniel Ricciardo - Red Bull


By Ryan Evans

Autumn brilliance

Ever since the two rivals came together in the Italian Grand Prix early in September, Hamilton has won every race, with Vettel finishing no higher than third. The dominance echoes last year, where five wins in six races after the summer break handed Hamilton the title. It seems that the 33-year old delivers when it matters, albeit with a little help from teammate Valterri Bottas, whose main job in recent weeks has been ‘rear gunner’.

Limping horses

This run of form throughout Autumn has been in stark contrast of Ferrari’s mistakes. In qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix, the team from Maranello put the wrong tyres on their cars before Vettel made a mistake on the correct set. He managed to fight his way back to fourth on raceday, before unnecessarily making an opportunistic move down the inside of Max Verstappen, spinning around and dropping to the back of the grid before eventually finishing sixth. In Russia’s qualifying, a mistake by the German meant he qualified third, behind Hamilton. He briefly managed to jump him in the pit stop window, but Hamilton simply retook the lead a couple of corners later.

The car seems to lack power now too – in Belgium, Vettel drove past Hamilton like he was standing still, but in Russia, Hamilton returned the favour. This swing, which has happened despite the Italian team’s early season superiority, has led pundits and fans to question whether Ferrari worked their engines too hard in the Spring.

The permutations

It’s all relatively simple then for the United States Grand Prix on October 21 – Hamilton’s 67-point lead means that if he does take the chequered flag in Austin, Vettel must finish second, otherwise Hamilton will be crowned there and then. With three more races to come after that – Mexico, Brazil and UAE – he still has plenty of time to seal the deal even if he can’t do it in the States. To quote Red Bull’s Verstappen: “Is it still a battle? I’m not sure.”

2019 drivers - ‘Big three’ Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton Valterri Bottas Ferrari - Sebastian Vettel Charles Leclerc Red Bull - Max Verstappen Pierre Gasly

Drivers’ Championship (as of Japanese GP) Lewis Hamilton Sebastian Vettel Valterri Bottas Kimi Raikkonen Max Verstappen Daniel Ricciardo

331 264 207 296 173 146

What could have been for Red Bull Verstappen himself has had a fine season after a difficult start to 2018 – incidents in China and Monaco potentially cost him race wins. However, podiums in Belgium, Singapore and Japan showed a different, more composed and controlled side to the Dutchman and have earned him plenty of plaudits. He’s overtaken his teammate Daniel Ricciardo into fifth in the Driver’s Championship and will be the team’s firm number one driver next year as the Australian moves to Renault and makes way for Pierre Gasly. Despite troubles with their engines, they’ve looked quick on circuits such as Monaco, Austria and Singapore – and the two drivers managed to go from 19th and 18th to 5th and 6th respectively in Russia after taking penalties. Note: this article was written after the Japanese Grand Prix, and before the US Grand Prix.


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rivalry that runs deeper than sport, two polar-opposite fighters in personality and style were finally going to be face to face in the Octagon. The poster boy for the UFC versus the undefeated Russian. Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov. The fight was turning casuals into experts, their strengths were their opponent’s weaknesses, it was a fight not many dared to predict. McGregor, one of the best strikers the sport has ever seen was facing up against Nurmagomedov, one of the most gifted wrestlers in MMA today.

UFC 229 results

By Luke Hewitt

However, it wasn’t the fight itself that got the world talking. After making McGregor tap midway through the fourth round Khabib threw his gumshield and leapt over the cage and began attacking the McGregor camp. This attack on Conor’s training partner Dillon Danis started a mass brawl in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which resulted in McGregor being assaulted from behind by one of Khabib’s men.

It tarnished what was a masterful display of wrestling ability and a career-best performance by the Russian

Nurmagomedov bt McGregor Submission, Round 4

Ferguson bt Pettis TKO, Round 3

Reyes bt Saint Preux Points (unanimous)

Lewis bt Volkov KO, Round 3

Waterson bt Herrig Points (unanimous)

Factor in the bad blood and hatred between the pair, as well as their juxtaposing styles, the main event of UFC 229 was one of the most eagerly anticipated fights in recent MMA history.

In the aftermath of the brawl, UFC President Dana White made the executive decision not to hand Khabib his lightweight title belt in the Octagon and instead opted for both men to be escorted away from the ring separately. With a rush of blood and emotion leading to Khabib hopping over the cage, it tarnished what was a masterful display of wrestling ability and a career-best performance by the Russian. Nurmagomedov is now 27-0 and having dominated the fight in all four rounds, barely allowing Conor to land any significant strikes, the disgraceful scenes on display in the aftermath could lead to the fight itself paling into insignificance. Photo: USA Today





By Chuck Adolphy

For all the hype, expectation and hysteria, the 42nd edition for the famous trophy already seems a distant memory. But like the titanic battles of yesteryear, this time round did not disappoint. From the usual Friday morning first-tee chaos, right up to the moment Europe regained the Ryder Cup on Sunday, us mere mortal fans were treated to a golfing spectacle from 24 of the world’s very best. Here are my Top 10 Moments from the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National:

1 - The whitewash

When the pairings were announced for Friday’s afternoon session, it looked bleak reading for Thomas Bjorn’s team. The fear of the US powerhouses appeared to be valid as they got off to a flying start in the morning fourballs. But Europe’s first ever foursomes whitewash put the Dane’s side in firm control and Molinari, Fleetwood and co. did not let off until Sunday evening.

2 - Fleetwood goes mental

It’s hard to believe this was his first Ryder Cup. Has there been a more likeable European with an incredibly tidy game to match? And he led the team’s victory dance on Sunday night, like an excited child running up and down the fairways of Le Golf National. The sight of him hoisted among the fans chanting will I’m sure live long in the memory.

3 - Mickleson ends it in the drink

Could there be a more perfect moment for Europe to regain the Ryder Cup? Phil Mickelson, a US stalwart, up against our latest hero, Francesco Molinari, going for the perfect five points on Sunday. And don’t forget Lefty was the one who headed the ‘hope’ and ‘change’ in the American team back in 2014. When his tee shot was wet on the 16th, it gave the trophy back and sparked euphoric scenes on the tee box. Chin up Phil.


4 - Sergio becoming the greatest

I, like many others, was angered by the Spaniard’s inclusion. But, like all great sportsmen, they seem to have a knack to prove doubters wrong in the most emphatic fashion. And that’s exactly what Garcia did. Three points, one on each day, with the Sunday singles win against Rickie Fowler making him Europe’s all-time leading points scorer. I’m sorry Sergio, you are a legend.

5 - Noren rubbing salt into US wounds

You almost felt sorry for Alex Noren and Bryson Dechambeau. They were the only match left out on the course for a considerable amount of time with the result firmly sealed. Dechambeau, holding the white flag on the 18th green, watched on as the Swede holed a snake to take the match 1up and spark more jubilant scenes. A fitting ending for the Europeans.

Photo: Lionel Allorge on Wikimedia Commons

6 - First tee on Friday

If Le Golf National had any critics before, any now are plane ignorant. The course was epic, with the best in the world struggling to map their way around the thick rough and lakes in Paris. On Friday morning, the golfing world watched as 7,000 fans roared, Vikingclapped and ‘ole-ed’ as the anticipation ceased and the games begun. A unique sporting amphitheatre fit for this one-off colossal event.

7 - Sergio’s putt on Saturday morning

The morning after the session before and Europe needed to follow up Friday’s astonishing 4 and 0 and cement their advantage. It was looking plain-sailing with the board covered in blue again, but Koepka and Finau fought hard to gain something against Garcia and Rory Mcllroy. 1UP with 2 to play, it looked like it was heading down the last. But Europe’s soon to be greatest player poured in from long-range and went ballistic.



8 - Spieth mocking Poulter

This list doesn’t read great for any international American students and as one of my colonial friends sniggered, “We got pumped”. However, there was a tiny ray of light through Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas. The long-time friends produced a fair few moments of magic and when Spieth holed to beat Ian Poulter and Rory on Saturday, his fist-bump was righteous and offered a small glimmer of US hope.

9 - The Postman delivers

Love him or loathe him, this man is a Ryder Cup animal. Yet again, Poults did it when it mattered most. Time is definitely running out for the Englishman, but I’m sure Europe will benefit from his passion for the competition for many years to come.

RYDER CUP - AS IT HAPPENED Europe 17.5 - 10.5 USA Friday

USA surge into 3-0 lead, before ‘Mollywood’ beat Woods and Reed to get one back. The afternoon foursomes are all blue as Team Europe win all 4 to lead 5-3.


Europe win the first three matches, and are in control at 8-3. Thomas and Spieth beat Poulter and Rahm to make it 8-4. The afternoon ends all square, with Europe taking two and USA taking two. Europe lead 10-6 going into the final day.

Sunday 10 - Rahm slays the Tiger

Coming off the back of his first PGA Tour win in five years at the Tour Championship, Tiger was billed to be Team USA’s most valuable player. Jon Rahm also promised a lot after a strong season and an enigmatic personality suited for the Ryder Cup. Both never got going over the first two days, but when the US threatened an early singles charge, they stepped up their game. Rahm emphatically won on the 17th to win the most crucial of points for Europe.


USA threaten to comeback at Europe - winning two of the first three and halving the other. After Finau beat Fleetwood, there was just a single point in it. However, Europe rallied, with Olesen, Rahm, Poulter, Molinari, Stenson and Garcia all winning back-to-back. Molinari was the one who won the tournament for Europe, beating Mickelson 4&2. Reed beat Hatton to get one back for USA, and Noren beat Dechambeau in the last match. It finished 17.5-10.5 in Europe’s favour.

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he England Cricket squad to tour Sri Lanka in November includes three debutants. Olly Stone, Joe Denly and Rory Burns are amongst the new additions to the side for the upcoming tour in South Asia. The three-test series sees opener Rory Burns slot into Alistair Cook’s vacant slot, following his retirement from all formats in the summer. The County Champion has scored 1000 first class runs for Surrey this season for the fifth season in a row, cementing his place in the top two ahead of Kent’s Joe Denly. Young Player of the Year Ollie Pope (20) returns to the squad after a fantastic season for Surrey. Encouraging batting spells against India earlier in the summer have helped him to regain his place in the top order. The 25-year-old seam bowler Olly Stone from Warwickshire has also managed to make his way into a very seam-heavy England side this winter. Six seamers have been called upon by coach Trevor Bayliss. However, question marks still hang over the future of opener Keaton Jennings. The Lancashire batsman has not been able to hit form since his debut ton in India in 2016. Selectors have stuck with the 26-year-old for this winter.


By Calum Goddard

Cricket pundit, Ed Smith pointed out the struggles of all openers in Test cricket this summer and encouraged Jennings to take confidence to Sri Lanka from scoring a century on his Test debut in spinning conditions in Mumbai. The first test match will commence on the 6th November in Galle and the final test match will have concluded by the 27th November in Colombo. Joe Root’s side will look to start strongly in different conditions, with senior bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson leading the attack. James ‘Jimmy’ Anderson, who became the most successful fast bowler in test history this summer, believes he “can bowl better”.

ENGLAND IN SRI LANKA 1st Test- 6th-10th November, Galle 2nd Test- 14th-18th November, Kandy 3rd Test- 23rd-27th November, Colombo Photos: ECB

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By Jonathan Nagioff


ith all four local clubs in the same division, the Southern Premier Division South, take a look at how Weymouth, Poole Town, Dorchester Town and Wimborne Town have fared in the opening weeks of the season.


Following an impressive fifth place finish last season, Mark Molesley’s side have well and truly hit the ground running, topping the standings with 20 points with a three-point cushion ahead of the four sides below them, who are all on 17 points. The Terras made a rampant start to the campaign winning four of their opening five fixtures, including two five nil score lines against Chesham United and Dorchester Town. Harry Baker scored the all-important goal as Weymouth saw off newly promoted Wimborne Town at the time of writing. But, the Terras face two potentially tricky away games against Swindon Supermarine and Tiverton Town next up, which could prove a test of their title credentials even this early on.


The Dolphins have returned to the Southern League are relegation from the National League South last season. Tom Killick’s side have made a respectable start to life in their new division, sitting comfortably in 9th position at the time of writing on 13 points and Killick will be aiming to steer his side back up at the first attempt. Killick could look to Striker Richard Gillespie to spearhead the Dolphins’ attack, with the 33-year-old bagging five goals in all competitions already.


Photos: Poole Town FC

Southern Premier Division South table (correct as of 19th October)

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Weymouth Hendon Merthyr Town Tiverton Town Taunton Town Hartley Witney Poole Town Salisbury Harrow Borough Basingstoke Town Farnborough Met Police Beaconsfield Town Gosport Borough Walton Casuals Dorchester Town Frome Town Kings Langley Wimborne Town

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21 Staines Town 22 Chesham United

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The Magpies have made a stuttering start to the campaign, finding themselves in 15th place after securing just three victories. However, winger Cameron Murray has given hope of an immediate revival, following his dramatic 93rd minute strike against Basingstoke, which ended a run of three games without a win. Dorchester will look to build on the momentum with home clashes against Walton Casuals and second placed Taunton Town to follow.


Newly promoted Wimborne Town are in a shaky situation already, sitting second bottom of the table with just four points. Wimborne, who share their nickname ‘The Magpies’ with rivals Dorchester Town, picked up their only win to date against Harrow Borough in an enthralling 5-3 win. Manager Matty Holmes will be hopeful of turning things around starting with two home games against Kings Langley and Frome Town, who sit in 17th and 18th respectively, at the time of writing.


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By Dan Davis

Head of Nerve Sport, Dan Davis, provides an in-depth review of Bournemouth Poppies’ impressive start to the season and why they are a force to be reckoned with this season.


ournemouth Poppies’ meteoric rise in the Wessex Premier Division this season has lifted the doom and gloom that has encompassed Victoria Park in recent years. The club’s last campaign resulted in a scrap near the foot of the table, but after a flying start this year, the Wintonbased outfit are setting their sights higher than ever before. Sitting in 11th place at the time of writing, the club’s transfer business in the summer


has undoubtedly played a crucial role in Poppies’ revival. Strike partnership Steve Flynn and Mickey Finch, both new arrivals, have formed a deadly partnership throughout the opening fixtures of the Wessex Premier season, with Flynn already boasting 13 goals and Finch just one behind. Flynn joined Poppies from New Milton Town, along with Ron Frost – who has settled into the heart of the club’s midfield and now wears the captain’s armband. The midfielder

isn’t afraid to back out of a challenge, and his ability to hoist a throw into a crowded penalty area provides a different dimension to Poppies’ attacking arsenal. The arrival of goalkeeper Sam Jones has also provided a monumental boost to the club’s back line. The towering shot stopper has cemented himself as first-choice, and his penalty-saving heroics against higherleague Gosport Borough provided the highlight of Poppies’ season so far. With the spine of the side strengthened, and passionate, driven individuals joining the coaching staff alongside manager Michael Cuffie, Poppies can finally start to look ahead rather than over their own shoulder. Despite a frustrating, last-gasp defeat at Winchester City in the FA Cup, Cuffie’s men have battled valiantly across several fronts and still hold ambitions of lifting silverware come the end of the season.

Strong domestic form in the league sees Poppies set to scrap for a top-half finish, although any prospect of a league title seems next to impossible due to the clear dominance of several other sides in the division. Highlights of the campaign so far include a 6-2 demolition of Portland United, with a spectacular away day to the coast capped off by a Finch hat-trick and a dominant showing in a 2-0 FA Cup victory at Bashley. At this level of football, ambition comes above all, along with the necessity of prize money to keep football clubs afloat. Poppies have found the perfect balance thus far, with reinvigorated performances on the field being complimented by renewed sponsorship deals and a partnership with Bournemouth University. The club’s good form may well continue for a while yet, as the division’s other outfits finally begin to take notice of their noisy neighbours at Victoria Park. All photos: Bournemouth Poppies



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By Jonathan Nagioff

In professional boxing, there seems to be a common misconception that you have to have some genuine spite towards your opponent to perform to the best of your ability and there must be a degree of needle involved, but Bournemouth’s very own Boxing sensation Chris BillamSmith is proving this perhaps outdated concept to be nothing more than a work of fiction, as he continues his rise up the rankings, showing class in and outside of the ring.




t was 9.13pm on Saturday night, when former Poole Amateur Boxing club prodigy, Billam-Smith made a menacing entrance towards the ring at the iconic York Hall, in London’s East End for the biggest fight of his career so far, with cries of ‘Billam’ ringing round the arena. The Bournemouth star was primed for action with his beloved AFC Bournemouth red and black colours ingrained on his shorts and accompanied by his well-renowned trainer Shane McGuigan, who had mastered the game plans for great champions like former world champion George Groves in the past. Dagenham’s experienced puncher, Robin Dupre stood between Chris and a shot at the Commonwealth title. As the pair stood face to face in the ring, ready to swing hell for leather at each other, it marked a stark contrast from their weigh-in 24 hours prior. Both men weighed inside the 175lbs limit, sharing a handshake after the final stare off and an unusual selfie, which was instigated by Dupre. There was no bad-blood in the build up and this moment epitomised the respect the two had for each other, a trait which can be rare in a sport which can be dominated by the pressures of selling pay-per-view shows and drawing in the public.

In Control

In the ring, it was the Bournemouth man who enjoyed success in large proportions of the fight, taking the centre of the ring and finding the target with powerful left hooks to head and body. But Dupre, to his credit showed grit and determination as he looked to turn the tables, following a dominant start from his opposite number. But in truth, Billam-Smith was always in control and by the end of the fifth round, Dupre had well and truly had enough of the tirade of punches, which were connecting more crisply as the fight wore on. With the sixth round about to commence, the 31-year-old approached Billam-Smith’s corner to inform him that he would not be continuing any further. 28-year-old, Billam-Smith urged his opposite number to continue, believing that he still had more to offer and with Dupre seemingly having a change of heart, the referee stopped the fight, telling Dupre that he had already made his decision and it could not be overturned. And the Dorset fighter was humble following the win and believes he has many improvements to make. He told Nerve Sport: “You’ve got to given Robin Dupre his due, he made it awkward and he was fiddly, and he showed that before against Luke Watkins and obviously were the only two to beat him. So all credit to him for making it an awkward contest. “I know what I’m capable of and he’s got a real tricky style, Robin, and I saw that in the Luke Watkins fight. I watched it again this morning and I thought he’s really tricky to hit clean and find a clean shot against.


“He took a few shots, I didn’t feel like I was getting hit that clean, but it wasn’t like I was losing rounds. I just wasn’t boxing to the best of my ability and that’s why I’m a little bit disappointed and Shane (McGuigan) will be as well because we both know what I’m capable of and I didn’t show it enough tonight, I only showed it in bits. “And I think as the fight went on I probably would have been finding it a bit more and I think he knew that as well.”

every ruthless display he puts on, inside the ring. He has not forgotten his Bournemouth roots, however with his previous two fights at Boscombe’s o2 academy, drawing in huge support. And as Eddie Howe takes huge strides with his Cherries side in the Premier League, Chris Billam-Smith is putting Boxing back on the map in Bournemouth and soon enough we may see this local lad become a global star.

Commonwealth Champion?

Chris will move on to a tune up fight in December before a big Commonwealth title fight early next year as he aims to bring a belt to his hometown. Chris, who resides in London during the week to train at McGuigan’s gym, returns to Bournemouth at weekends and is making a name for himself amid a talented domestic scene. His nickname, ‘The Gentleman’ is an accurate reflection of his personality outside the ring and his following is growing after






s the Cherries enter match week nine of their Premier League campaign, Eddie Howe’s men sit in 6th place in the league table having won four of their first eight including an emphatic 4-0 demolition away against Watford. They have been on the wrong end of a 4-0 drubbing away against Burnley, while they’ve also secured a dramatic last-minute winner against Blackburn to progress to the 4th round of the Carabao Cup. Summer 2018 saw three fresh faces join up with the squad. Most notably, midfielder Jefferson Lerma signed on for a reported £25-million from Levante in August, a club record fee for the Cherries.

Recent wins against Crystal Palace and Watford have seen the Cherries rocket to within two points of the top four and left fans optimistic as to what their team can achieve in the rest of the season.

Lerma’s signing followed the acquisitions of left-back Diego Rico for £10.7 million and youngster David Brooks from Sheffield United.


By Joel Griffiths

Six players left the club including Irish international Harry Arter, loaned out to Cardiff City for the season. Adam Federici, Lewis Grabban and Max Gradel were also amongst those departing the South Coast as Bournemouth prepared to tackle the early closure of the summer window. New-boy Lerma has featured regularly in Howe’s midfield so far, and of late Brooks has had a major impact with successive strikes against Crystal Palace and Watford. Bournemouth cruised through their opening day fixture against Cardiff 2-0 thanks to strikes from Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson. They went on to defeat a much-fancied West Ham outfit 2-1 at the London Stadium, before recording a 2-2 draw with Everton and a comfortable Carabao Cup 3rd round victory against MK Dons. Successive defeats against Chelsea and Burnley at home, 2-0 and 4-0 respectively padded out a mixed month for the Cherries. They dispatched Leicester City 4-2 and enjoyed a last-minute Callum Wilson winner vs Blackburn to progress to the 4th round of the League Cup. Recent wins against Crystal Palace and Watford have seen the Cherries rocket to within two points of the top four and left fans optimistic as to what their team can achieve in the rest of the season.

The Cherries’ flying start to the season has shocked pundits and rival clubs. Their win against Watford was just the second time they had managed more than four goals away from home in the Premier League. Only four Norwegians have scored more than Cherries’ front man Joshua King, currently sitting on 34. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Steffen Iversen, John Carew and Tore Andre Flo amongst the names concerned. Bournemouth face tough fixtures against Man United, Arsenal, Man City and Liverpool in the run up to Christmas. Before that though a derby to contend with, against struggling South Coast rivals Southampton, on Saturday 20th October. Photo credit: AFC Bournemouth

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