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Planned £2.3m refurbishment for Harry Law Halls John King News Editor
Harry Law halls are to be given a multi-million pound refurbishment, with developments set to be completed in 2015. Located in the middle of the University Quarter, Harry Law halls of residence are made up of a five-storey block with student accommodation and a car park on the ground floor. Local Portsmouth company Mountjoy have been contracted to do the work on the halls. The building and maintenance service firm have plans to complete the renovations by August 2015. The firm have done previous refurbishment works at the University, with a recent £340,000 project which saw improvements made to the University of Portsmouth’s Innovation Space. The aim of this space is to provide office accommodation for start-up enterprises. This is one of five completed projects by Mountjoy in the last 15 months. Projects in 2012 have also included a £92,000 improvement of
the security lodge at Langstone Student Village. This saw complete refurbishment of the building and roofing works. 41 lecture theatres have also been improved in eight different buildings on the Guildhall campus. Works included
around £650,000. Speaking to The News, Mountjoy’s managing director Dave Redman said, “The contract award is a huge endorsement of previous work completed at the University of Portsmouth”.
painting and decorating, carpet and seating replacement as well as improvements to the audio visual systems. This project cost was
“Over the next three years, we will be refurbishing the existing rooms at Harry Law Halls to refresh the look and feel of the
building and meet the expectations of today’s students”. The work began in the autumn of 2013 with developments on the fourth floor of the building which saw 27 en suite rooms refurbished and three kitchens replaced. On the third floor of the building 59 en suite rooms and 13 kitchens were changed. Part of the first floor and the second floor of the halls are scheduled to be refurbished as the second phase of the work. The refurbishment will then be completed with plans to complete the renovation of the remainder of the first floor and the ground floor. President of the University of Portsmouth’s Student Union, Cat Redding commented on the works. “I think that this is a fantastic investment by the University, and will really improve the experience of the students staying in these halls”. “With fees being as high as they are, I really believe that students deserve the very best and these improvements will be highly beneficial to that”.
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Portsmouth Students’ Union raises over £140,000 for charity Aidan Williams Over the past year Portsmouth Students’ Union has raised an impressive £142,295.54 for charity, beating their target by over £40,000 whilst also beating last year’s total of £73,448.55. Over 14 societies have helped raise this amount of money over the past year by hosting a series of charity events. The Raising and Giving Foundation (RAG), the student led funding group, raised over £119,000 with many contributions made from projects all over the world. A total of 86 students took part in the activities which included climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, trekking the Inca trail in Peru and cycling from London to Paris. Helen Stevens, the Events and Community Fundraising Assistant for the Epilepsy Society, which received £11,000 from the efforts of the RAG society, paid tribute to the students saying, “We are so grateful for the hard work and support from University of Portsmouth Students this year”.
The RAG society also held a ball at the Royal Maritime Club in February which was attended by over 200 students and raised almost £600. There are ongoing plans to hold another event this coming year. Money raised from this event
went to the British Heart Foundation. The total amount raised by Portsmouth Students’ Union continues to increase, with over £73,000 raised last year and £11,696 in 2010/11.
Charity events also included the University of Portsmouth Men’s Rugby team raising £2,680.60. This was done through a series of rugby charity matches in memory of former team-mate Jack Segust, who in 2012, died tragically at a
golf course. These matches saw over 1000 people in attendance. The Rowing club also took it upon themselves to complete a 48 hour continuous rowing session, which broke the British record by rowing 724,061 meters during the session, raising £1,686.32. The money raised was above their target of £1,000 and raised money for Help the Heroes and The Teenage Cancer Trust. Over 40 students also took part in the ‘LOST’ event, which consisted of students being taken from the Union in a windowless bus then dropped off in a forest in Buckinghamshire and having to hitchhike back. This helped contribute £2,317.19 to Naomi House and Jacksplace which are hospices for children and young people with life-limiting conditions. Hollie Foster, the 2012-13 RAG chair praised the students for their work and exceeding the fundraising targets saying that “The 2013 RAG total is a testament to the hard work and dedication of Portsmouth students”.
Portsmouth graduate’s fashion design sold in Topshop Danielle Butler Deputy Editor
A recent University of Portsmouth graduate has had one of her fashion designs sold in one of the UK’s most popular high-street stores, Topshop. Kirsty Wright, who graduated over the summer after completing a degree in fashion and textiles, won the chance to have her design sold in a Beta fashion competition earlier this year. The competition provides an opportunity for young designers across the world to showcase their designs. A specific brief is set and designers can then submit their ideas based on this. The winners are chosen by the Beta community and the winning design is then produced and sold. Kirsty’s design
was one of four winners in Beta’s Noah’s Ark Project. Kirsty’s winning design is entitled ‘March of the Armadillos’ and is to be sold as a print on scarves in Topshop’s Oxford Circus store. Speaking to ‘AboutMyArea’, Kirsty said that she did not want her design to hold an obvious link with Noah’s Ark and so researched the biblical story in more depth to make her idea unique. After finding that Turkey is the suspected resting place of the ark, Kirsty opted for a traditional Eastern design combined with
the armadillo, a creature unusually placed in the fashion world. Kirsty went on to say, “When I actually saw my design in the
Topshop store on Oxford Street it was such a wonderful and surreal experience, I’ll never forget it. It’s great to say to people that my own scarf is currently being sold in a high-street store. My dream job is to become a print designer so to have my design in such a well-known store when I’ve only just finished university has given me an enormous confidence boost.” She describes her shock at winning but says
that it was an amazing feeling, “It was the first time I had ever entered a competition so I felt extremely lucky and couldn’t wait to tell everyone the news.” Final year fashion and textile students at the University enter competitions as part of a unit called ‘Self-Initiated Briefs & Competitions’, which aims to help students gain experience and industry acclaim prior to graduating. The Beta competition aims to produce unique contemporary fashion by connecting talented designers who aren’t yet established through the briefs set online. In order to win the ongoing design competition, competitors have to impress Beta in-house designers, their design peers as well as shoppers who can rate the designs on the Beta website.
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University of Portsmouth wins European Studies Excellence Award
The University of Portsmouth has been recognised as a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. This prestigious award encourages excellence in the research and teaching of European Union studies. The University is one of only 17 institutions in the world to have received the award this year. The award is granted by the European Union and means that the University will receive £75,000 over three years to dedicate to research, teaching and scholarly activities in the field of European studies. In addition to this, the new centre at Portsmouth has been named the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for Studies in Transnational Europe (CESTE). The winning bid was completed by academics from the School of Social, Histori-
cal and Literary Studies, and the School of Languages and Area Studies and was led by Mike Mannin, Politics Lecturer and Jean Monnet Chair. This was supported by Dr Paul Flenley, Dr Carine Germond, Dr Anna Syngellakis, Professor Wolfram Kaiser and Dr Karen Heard-Laureote, also a Jean Monnet Chairholder. An institution needs to have achieved a high level of research and teaching in order to be awarded Jean Monnet Centre status. In addition to this, the institution needs to facilitate the on-going debate with the academic world on political, cultural and economic issues of European integration, including the EU’s role in the dialogue between people and cultures. Mr Mannin said that the University was very excited about the recognition and looked forward to future research activ-
ity. This will include partnerships with local and regional institutions as well as universities in Russia, Turkey, the Netherlands and Poland. He added, “There are only 170 designated Jean Monnet centres throughout the world so this is a considerable achievement for the University, building on the strength of the already existing Centre for European and International Studies Research”. Mr Mannin said, “My colleagues and I have had to go through a process of rigorous independent peer review so we’re delighted with the result. The University received very high scores, in particular an excellent academic profile score, which certainly reflects the high quality of our researchers”. The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence recognition award was named after one of the founders of the European Union.
James-Saward Anderson to undertake 50/50/50 Challenge Aidan Williams James Saward-Anderson, a third year student studying Development Studies, is to undertake a 50/50/50 challenge for the charity Water Aid. It will involve him running 50km followed by 50km of rowing and then finishing off with 50 ascents of the Trafalgar Halls. He is hoping to raise £10,000 by the end of his challenge, which will take place on the 18th September during the University Freshers’ Fayre. James chose to support Water Aid because he believes that having access to safe water should be a universal right by now in 2013. To prepare for the challenge, James has been training full time in Italy for the past 9 weeks, followed by 3 weeks of training in the UK. Describing his routine he said, “I train twice a day, each session is split into 40-45 minutes where I focus on improving my
rowing and running skills over a variety of distances”. To prepare
for the mental element of the task facing him, he has climbed one
of the highest hills on the South Downs 20 times whilst carrying a 20 KG Kettlebell. The 50/50/50 idea came to him during training whilst thinking about what challenge he wanted to do next. He said, “I always want to do things that push me to the limit as this is what motivates me to train as hard as I do”. He took the base idea of Mixed Martial Arts, where several different styles are mixed in to form one, and applied it to what he has done with endurance. This thought process laid the foundations for the 50/50/50 challenge as each part requires a different set of physical skills that test different muscle groups, therefore increasing the difficulty significantly. He has already completed several punishing tasks before, such as an 1300 mile run from Canterbury to Rome and a 40/40/40 challenge which was a 40km run
in 40cm of seawater whilst carrying 40lbs of extra weight in under 8 hours. Commenting on his desire and passion to undertake extreme tasks, James said that they “explore the outer boundaries of my capabilities. All are a journey of self awareness because each one expands my limitations. The more I push myself hopefully the more people will donate”. Taking quite a philosophical approach to the physical endurance he thinks people “thrive on the struggle of overcoming something difficult and seeing the fruits of our labour just as much as we enjoy the more simple pleasures,” “People need to struggle because it brings out the best of them”. Fundraising for James’ challenge is still open so if you wish to donate search James-Saward Anderson on Facebook for more information.
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NUS President: Don’t leave us hanging with a degree and nowhere to use it Molly O’Shea Editor
NUS President, Toni Pearce, has called for universities to do more to help students deal with problems that arise upon graduating.
Pierce talked of unpaid internships being the route many are forced to take in a bid to gain sought
after jobs, before stating that having even a good job does not mean you can live. Private sector
rents are skyrocketing.She urged Universities UK to use your relationships with major firms to tack-
Speaking at the Universities UK Conference on 12th September, Pearce commented positively of the new collaboration between students, unions and Universities UK, (the representative organisation for universities in the UK), endorsing the body for building deeper and more authentic relationships with your students.‚ Aside from such praise, Pearce went on to talk of issues such as unemployment amongst graduates, with the NUS President highlighting that although ‚ headline graduate employment has withstood the deepest recession on record under-employment is rife, as people struggle to gain a foothold in a full-time job.‚
le unpaid internships and to open fairer and larger entry schemes.
The speech came within the same month as the results of ‘What do graduates do?’, an annual report undertaken by the Higher Education Careers Service Unit (HECSU ) and the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS), which examines first degree graduate circumstances six months after leaving university. The September 2013 publication showed that out of the 242,285 graduates who responded to the survey, 67.7% were in employment and 8.5% were unemployed, whilst others were continuing studies or training, some whilst working.
At the conference, the NUS president also called for universities to support students voices being heard, by opposing the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill which is currently being deliberated within
University roundup: top news from Universities around the UK National News John King News Editor
University of Warwick A painting by entertainer and artist Rolf Harris has been removed from display in Warwick Students’ Union. The 83 year old was recently charged with several counts of indecent assault and of making indecent images of children. The painting was of an Australian landscape with a self-portrait of Harris, portrayed as part human, part kangaroo. Ben Sundell, President of Warwick Students’ Union said that, “Given that there has now been a formal charge, we felt in the interests of sensitivity that it was appropriate to take down the painting”.
University of York The University of York has confirmed that there is a lack of student accommodation for first year students wishing to stay on campus. Reportedly, 264 students have not been allocated accommodation with many students unsure of where they will be living. The criticism comes after the University had recently said that it guaranteed campus accommodation for those undergraduate freshers who applied before the 24th August. In a statement on their blog the York University Accommodation Services stated that there were “simply not enough rooms on campus to go around,” reportedly due to a high increase of students.
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh’s University Students Accommodation (EUSA) has banned Robin Thicke’s song ‘Blurred Lines’ from being played on its premises or in any student buildings. This comes as the EUSA have instigated a new policy to ‘End Rape Culture and Lad Banter on Campus’ EUSA Vice President of Services, Kirsty Haigh said “The decision to ban ‘Blurred Lines’ from our venues has been taken as it promotes an unhealthy attitude towards sex and consent. EUSA has a policy on zero tolerance towards sexual harassment, a policy to end lad culture on campus and a safe space policy — all of which this song violates”.
University of Oxford Oxford’s Student Union has cancelled a planned talk by controversial leader of the English Defence League (EDL), Tommy Robinson. Robinson, head of the far-right movement which focuses on restoring the sense of national identity by means of removing Islamic culture from England, was due to talk on the subject of nationalism at the University’s debating society. However this planned talk has now been overturned due to rising security costs to police the event and fears for students’ safety.
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Discounts in store for students at Portsmouth’s first Student Lock-In Danielle Butler Deputy Editor
The Student Lock-In, the student shopping event spreading throughout the country, is coming to Portsmouth for the first time this year. Portsmouth students will get the opportunity to experience the Lock-In at the city’s designer outlet, Gunwharf Quays. Attendees will gain access to discounts on offer exclusively to students, for one night only. Many of the stores involved in the event offer up to double discount on the night, with some stores at previous events offering treble discounts. Hosted by Total Students, the event takes place on Wednesday 9th October and will be held out of the regular shopping hours. During this time, students will be able to take advantage of special discounts, giveaways and competitions in on-site stores and promotional stands. In addition to this, students can expect value for money in more ways than one as the Lock-In is also well known for its entertainment value. Past events have featured celebrity meet and greets and a range of activities such as
rock climbing walls and surf simulators for those who are feeling a little more adventurous. Students can also enjoy club style features such as bars, live music and DJ’s as well as the Total Students DJ Truck, described as creating a ‘unique party atmosphere’.
The event has already generNews ated a large amount of interest 1 - 4 700 likes on its offiand has over cial Facebook page, where event information is gradually being released. This official page is the best source for students interested in keeping up to date during
the run up to the event. Details still to be revealed include specific information on Gunwharf stores involved and the offers available. Retailers offering exclusive discounts in previous years include; Nandos, Swarovski, River Island, Ted Baker, Cath Kidston and Costa
Coffee. Since beginning in Cardiff in 2010, there have been over 40 lock in events in over 20 venues across the country. Rapidly growing in popularity, the lock in was attended by 150,000 around the country last year, with single events attracting up to 22,000 bargain-hunting students. Gunwharf’s spacious and modern waterfront location and its vast offering of stylish shops promises the perfect location for Portsmouth’s first ever Lock-In. Gunwharf Quays is well known for its range of bars, restaurants and designer shops including Cath Kidston, Jack Wills, Ralph Lauren, Vans and Ugg. The event is an exciting addition to the student calendar this year, continuing the fun after the much anticipated fresher’s fortnight has ended. Many will welcome the idea of exclusive offers and discounts whilst trying to stretch the student loan as far as possible. Students wishing to attend the event need to register online at www.studentlockin.com and take their confirmation and student I.D along on the evening of the LockIn.
Student graduates after battling illness
Journalism and Media student Rhianna Dawes beat the odds to graduate this summer with a second-class degree after battling a serious illness in her final year. In the summer leading to her final year of studies Rhianna was taken ill after doctors found a large lump on her ovary which contained some worrying cells that appeared as though they could possibly be cancerous. She was scheduled to have a biopsy within her first term back in Portsmouth, but her illness worsened considerably with more lumps appearing. This meant it wasn’t until January that she was able to be
operated on to remove some of them, and a further two months later she was fully diagnosed.
couldn’t go to lectures but I battled on, completing my essays and somehow managed to get my dissertation done
Rhianna suffers from severe endometriosis, which is when pieces of the womb lining (the endometrium) are found outside the womb. It is a long term condition which at present has no cure and can leave sufferers infertile. “For months I was on 20+ tab-
lets a day, heavy painkillers, I couldn’t go to lectures but I battled on, completing my essays and somehow managed to get my dissertation done,” Rhianna said. She was, in fact, advised by some of her lecturers last October to defer her year of study, but she refused to do so. Alongside her course, Rhianna maintained her position as Deputy Editor of The Galleon, whilst continuing to work with the University’s American Football team, The Destroyers, too. “Every Sunday I was on the sideline for all of their games, both home and away, reporting and photographing. The team looked after me and made sure I was okay to do so”.
Despite the odds being against her throughout her final year, Rhianna’s determination to succeed and her ability to not only attain a degree but pursue prominent and time consuming roles within extracurricular activities paid off; the former University of Portsmouth student is planning to “keep working with American Football, press and PR, marketing or reporting” but first of all is “taking some time to try and get better”.
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What’s the deal with…iPhones? Sam Ward Opinion Editor
iPhone; the hipster’s, businessman’s, lad’s and ladette’s phone of choice, and all round super-villains’ wet dream returns with yet another model to strip the huddled masses of their cash. I am writing this before the world stops and stares as Tim Cook and his underlings reveal what product they’ll use next to continue their world domination, so can only guess at their diabolical machinations. But coming from a company that treats a screensaver change as a redesign I’m sure it won’t change the world. Whether it be the rubbish bin inspired Mac Pro or the iWatch, which can tell the time on six different price tariffs, I won’t be selling my organs to get one. I am a hypocrite. A massive one; the goliath of Apple bashers, bashing away on my Mac. I look on with disgust at the product launches, but, like Dolly Parton in Jolene, I also look on in begrudging acceptance of their beauty. If only they were terrible. If only. I never stooped as low as the iPhone. No, for me it is the other brand smart phone for now. I’m worried if I completed the set I would be swallowed into a vortex of shallow consumerism where every experience must be ‘Instagrammed’. I’m pretty sure I went to Bestival, but having viewed it through the wide lens of my eyes and not through the four inch screen of an iPhone, I have doubts. Detached from their iPhones people become disorientated and confused; they scurry around unsure how to communicate with that odd person shaped thing in front of them. Charging them has become big business at festivals. Don’t be disconnected they say, it could be costly. Apple are the monolith of capitalism, pulling us in with their shiny functionality. Curse them and their ways. They’ve built the elixir of modernity and they edit it once a year. What a rip!
What makes a celebrity? Jamie-Leah Taylor “Do celebrities need a talent to justify their fame and if so what do you describe as a talent?” This question was brought to attention by former X-Factor contestant Rylan Clark in the Big Brother house on Tuesday 10th September. The debate led me to begin to think that if someone is believed to be famous should they have a talent? If this is true then are reality stars and other people who can’t sing or dance not classified as a celebrity? When deliberating this question I begin to think of celebrities who I personally like to watch and wonder if they have a talent. As I think long and hard about this question the conclusion is a no. If cheating on someone seven times publicly or urinating in a sink whilst being intoxicated on TV, or being born into money and living the life on a reality TV show is a talent then the people I enjoy to watch are justified celebrities. I feel that a lot of publicity will be around someone due to their personality, which is exactly what Louie Spence clarified in the Big Brother house. He said, “I didn’t become famous for my dancing I
became famous for my personality on Pineapple. It’s the easiest job I have done in my life. You know, being me is the easiest job to be paid for.” He then goes on further to say that “it’s the people’s choice.” I feel like this sums up the argument in a nut shell as he has confirmed it wasn’t his talent that got him where he is today, it was his extravagant persona he carries
been taken a shine to, which has led him to progress to TV shows such as Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew and Got to Dance. A strong aspect of fame is appearance. For example Cheryl Cole is a beautiful woman who is constantly in the public eye and is frequently seen on calendars and adverts. This all stemmed from her fame in 2002 when she
which was shown through Pineapple Dance Studios TV show. Another person who I feel has the same story as this is Ashley Banjo who is in Diversity, the dancing group that won the third series of Britain’s Got Talent. His cool, kind and humorous personality has
auditioned for Popstars the Rivals. Now if you look back at that audition it wasn’t amazing or moving. But because of her looks she has become one of the most famous celebrities. Narrow-mindedly yet realistically it all boils down to something
that we always seem to not have yet can’t live without- money. Reality shows such as Made in Chelsea, The Only Way is Essex, Geordie Shore, The Valleys and The Hills all interview different people and recruit a group of people based on their personalities. These people are of course going to jump for the opportunity as they will be getting paid a fortune. This will of course be increasing their profile and giving them a lovely income; I doubt a lot of people would pass at that. Although I can appreciate that there are many amazing actors and singers who also have another talent or a career in other aspects of media. I strongly believe it is all opinion based and ultimately who people prefer to spend their time to watch. Michael Jackson, the ‘King of pop’, as talented and unbelievable as he was, some audiences may prefer to watch an episode of Geordie Shore than an hour set of Jackson’s. I think that a celebrity having a talent to justify their fame is a nice thought, but in the real world it is more about what the public likes to watch; money, personality and appearance. Very shallow indeed, but true.
Terrorising in the name of terrorism Molly O’Shea Editor
Let’s take a typical summertime story. It’s August, your cash flow just isn’t flowing as you’ve saved all your money for the holiday you’ve been looking forward to for what seems like forever. You make your way to the airport, having decided on what you want to see and do whilst you’re away, packed your belongings and checked and double checked that you have your passport with you. You arrive, excited to get through to duty free and to the freedom that only being on holiday can give you. You walk around the usual circuit that is the airport, and that’s where your trip meets an abrupt and premature end. You are taken for questioning; asked about your family, your job, your reason for even being at the airport, your education and, of course, your re-
minutes to complete by which time your plane has gone and you’re stranded for a further 10 hours until the next one is available to finally take you to your destination. No apology is given and you’re told that the airline staff were simply following procedure. ‘It’s really time I changed my last name’, my friend messaged me following this ordeal, whilst waiting for the hours to tick by. Why? Simply because her last name is Abdullahi, and therefore she must be a terrorist. I never used to believe such things actually happened so regularly. Yet having travelled with her, and with another friend whose name also gave away his deep down calling to blow buildings up, I have seen for myself that they were both, at the very least, questioned for a few minutes as opposed to my 30 second passport check. I can’t get my head around that
rope, it is even legal for such occurrences to take place. My last name is O’Shea, so surely I must be a member of the IRA on such grounds, and yet I have never been asked about my Catholic upbringing. So how can it be that for Muslims there’s a different rule? In fact, it seems, no rules, no dignity, no shame in targeting someone because of a religion they may or may not choose to follow. This particular instance happened in the Netherlands but within the UK such practices can be upheld due to schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000. It is this piece of legislation that ‘enables an examining officer to stop, search, question and detain a person travelling through a port/ airport’ in order to ‘determine whether that person is or has been involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism’. From there they may be detained for up to nine hours
lent or to be legally represented. The question that springs to my mind around this vague piece of legislation is what makes someone appear as if they could be involved with terrorism? Maybe a beard? A hijab? Or, as in my friend’s case, perhaps just the combination of dark skin and an uncompromising Muslim surname. This attitude is not uncommon, nor restricted to those who wear the right uniform at an airport. We are living during a time where EDL protests are rife, where there are photos released showing even young children professing their hate of a religion they know nothing about; of people they have never met. I genuinely worry wholeheartedly for the future and wonder how we are living under a government that is meant to uphold common law and yet is so openly and brazenly prejudice.
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Think, think, think, about what you’re trying to do here Sam Ward Opinion Editor
As the summer fades into the corridors of memory, students everywhere are preparing for another year (10 months at most) at university, many for the first time. As we return, or arrive, become acquainted and reacquainted with our tutors and our courses, let us tip our hats and bottles, spill the first drop of the new year’s snakebite in remembrance of all the poor souls who graduated this summer past. In July as the sun shone fierce rays down on many a poor soul, robed and hatted, they were still smiling, proud of their achievements; and so they should be. Fast cut to t wo months later, three internships down the line, and the only thing to show for it are some
mean tea making skills and suddenly the spectre of university looms like Casper, the friendly, inviting ghost of your recent past.
niversity is the continuation of your education but also a hiatus from the crushing realities of a market orientated world
I am entering into my final year and the above scene is one that creeps ever closer. With each passing day I approach an ineluctable fork in the road and I’m a spoon man. What I’m saying in a round about way is to make the most of your time at university. For us veterans of the essay, we should count ourselves lucky we only pay
some three and half thousand. As for freshers, well, I would be working myself stupid if I was paying eight thousand (not too hard in the first year, that’s like the practice lap, all side to side, warming up the tyres). I was recently at a Q&A with a journalist and the anger of the student population at fees has fizzled out, replaced with an acceptance of burden and responsibility that belies the truth of the issue. People think they are paying for a better future; you’re not. You are paying to be educated, to have access to knowledge, that is the enabler of a better future (and should be free, completely). People are only willing to pay because the cost is a far off debt that follows you like a distant rain cloud, but the sun shines now. University is the continuation of your education but also
a hiatus from the crushing realities of a market orientated world (disclaimer: student life may also contain traces of crushing realities). Make the most of both. Enjoy the freedom you will have and enjoy the education. Don’t look at your degree as a golden ticket (I’ve seen them, they’re not gold). Instead use the opportunity that you have to broaden your knowledge because it is not available to many. Now I know you lot are all paying a lot but you are not consumers, this is not a product; you have to try. The more you pay for something, the more you expect from it, and this creates a distorted university sys-
tem operating on business terms. Business and education are ugly bedfellows (sorry Business et al students). In the film Office Space they use the question, “What would you do if you had a million dollars?” The answer is supposed to be your true calling. Peter answers, “Nothing” to which his neighbour replies with an explanation that you don’t need a million dollars to do nothing. This long anecdote is simply so I can say this: drink, drink and enjoy it, but remember, you don’t have to be at university to be an alcoholic, you can do that anywhere. Now since I don’t get paid for this lecture and have ac-
Blame the industry, not Miley Cyrus Sam Ward Opinion Editor
Miley Cyrus’ performance at the VMAs Miley Cyrus is just about the most written about person on the planet right now and if the old showbiz adage ‘that all publicity is good publicity’ is true then she will be a happy person. But that publicity has not come without controversy. She has, among other things, been criticised for her crass appropriation of black culture. I am not concerned with Cyrus’ use of black culture, although it is an issue in an industry and genre in which the lines (excuse the horrible pun) are blurred. The aftermath that followed revealed far more about the entertainment industry than just another instance of ‘borrowed’ culture. What happened at the MTV VMA awards was an ostensibly mock-salacious performance of a mediocre song. The reaction though shows a disconnect between the audience and the entertainment industry, as well as a lack of understanding of the industry itself and of its star vehicles/victims.
To defend a woman whose estimated worth exceeds $120 million at just 20 is almost unimaginable to most, chiefly because we are taught for most of our lives that material wealth is the primary measure of success. In America Miley Cyrus is a picture of the American Dream for many; young, famous, and with all the trapping of success. How though, did she become such a success?Nepotism aside, the answer is Disney. Disney is a star making machine; Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, The Jonas Brothers, and Miley Cyrus are all children of Disney. Miley Cyrus no doubt had the talent required to do what Disney asked of her, but that was it. She performed what Disney asked her to perform. Her career, filling much of her childhood, was guided from up high. She would have been told to how to dress, how to act, what to say to perform. Her duty was to perform it and her reward was the success it guaranteed. And successful it was, but time waits for no child actor and their alter ego and Miley Cyrus grew up
and effectively forced into early retirement at the ripe old age of 19. Fame and fortune are already
hers but if she wants to keep the fame the transition to adult star has to be made. Macaulay Culkin serves as a reminder of its challenges. So what of the other Disney stars? The Jonas Brothers, Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling have all become successful adult stars; cultivating new images (in most cases) and taking on new challenges. Gosling and Timberlake have been particularly successful in shaking of the Disney child star albatross. The link? They’re all male. Not much needs to be said about Britney. Most of you will know what happened. Her post Disney success was almost always predicated on her looks and varying degrees of commodified sexuality. Gosling and Timberlake have obviously benefited from their looks, as have the Jonas Brothers, it’s a fact of the entertainment industry, but none have been objectified to the extent that Britney was; she was reduced to a sexual commodity. This is not to deny Britney agency, she has her choices, but they are limited and manipulated by those around her and by the
relentlessness of modern audiences/consumers. South Park has already satirised this pernicious appetite to good effect. So Miley Cyrus must change her image to stay in the game, as it were. Well what are her options? As a young woman in the US entertainment industry it is to little surprise that she would turn, or be led, to seeing her body, and her sexuality (however produced it may be), as her prime assets. We must ask questions of ourselves, our preferences and relationship to entertainment when situations like this arise. However hard it may be to sympathise with someone who appears so successful by the markers of capitalism, we must be critical of the industry more than the artist. The internet is awash with slutshaming, with many claiming to be outraged at how degrading to women Cyrus’ performance was by directing a torrent of misogyny in her direction. Yes it is a shame to see someone degrade themselves, but before the abuse think why they did what they did, why they often have to in that instance, and structurally.
Thursday 19th September 2013
Sex and Relationships
Sex: the be-all and end-all? Nick Meadows “Everybody’s doing it,” you hear them all say. But are they? One of the scariest hurdles of university life for many 18 year olds is how to approach the issue of sex. The fact is that, whatever your attitude to or opinion of sex, you are not alone. You may not have had sex before coming to
university. You may have decided you don’t want the distraction of it whilst you are here. For some, it may be the first thing on your todo list. There are freshers who will have been out looking for sex this term already with someone they didn’t know a week ago. There are freshers who will titter at the mere mention of the S-word, and there are those who are trying to make a long-distance relationship work. The fact is not one of these people are any more or less likely than the other to have (or be hurt by) sex by the end of the year. Find out for yourself who is having sex, why and with who? Do you want to give it all away to the first personto compliment you? Do you want to wait for the “perfect” one (who, I’ll be honest, may not exist)? Do you want to wake up next to someone after a vodka fuelled freshers’ pub-crawl? Only you can answer these questions and, if you can’t, then maybe
you aren’t ready just yet. Regardless of if you’ve had sex before, if you intend on doing it at university or haven’t ruled it out, make sure it is what, when, where and how you want it. There will be a lot of pressure on you to have sex. There will be pressure from friends, partners and halls-mates, all of whom have a different attitude to sex. Knowing you are not alone is the most useful tool to avoid getting hurt. If you feel you are being pressured to have sex, find someone you can trust to confide in. You aren’t 16; sex need not be an embarrassing topic anymore, even if you aren’t having it. Involve yourself in conversations about sex - learning more about others’ habits could help you form your opinion. Just remember that sex is just that. Sex. It doesn’t have to be the be-all and end-all. Don’t let it ruin your time here; there is so much more. If you want it and aren’t
having it, change your approach — you may be trying too hard. If you are having it and don’t want to be, remember who is the real boss of you and say something. Most importantly, if you’ve had it and you wish you hadn’t, don’t let it define you. Whether it be your first, your third, or your fiftieth, lots of us have had an encounter
we wish we could forget. At university there is always someone willing to listen and to help. The counselling services, who you can even chat to online if you don’t feel up to a face-to-face talk, are fantastic. The university chaplain also offers confidential support, a space to vent and an understanding ear.
Sex and Relationships
Stereotypes when approaching men
An interview with Alex from the London School of Attraction-
We have been brought up with the concept that if we want to play the game of love (e.g. dating and approaching the persons we fancy), or any other game for that matter, we need to play by the rules. But how can we distinguish the rules from the stereotypes that mostly hinder rather than facilitate communication and exploration?
rather stereotypical belief is that women should never approach first
In a recent interview with Alex, one of the founders and women’s coaches of the London School of Attraction, we discussed two major issues: finding where the men we are looking for are and how to approach them. Sick and tired of meeting the same type of person again and
again? Alex made an interesting point by saying that “the more you can put yourself in environments where the dream guy is more likely to be, the better”. Although it sounds like putting a lot of effort into finding someone, it makes logical sense. For instance, if you had your fair share of encountering only bad boys but at the same time you go to bars and clubs which are mostly frequented by them, then do not be surprised if the bohemian dreamy looking guy is missing from the picture. This goes against the romantic stereotype portrayed in chick flick movies whereby if you go about your own business, you will eventually come across the right person. According to Alex, this is not the opposite of romance, “it is common sense”. If life were to be a Disney movie, then everything would be… too clichéd, right? Another rather stereotypical belief is that women should never approach first as it makes them look desperate and easy. I believe this is a perfect example of the
double standard - men are always expected to be active and make the first step while women are expected to be reactive and wait to be approached by a man. Alex gave me a brilliant example of women doing the approaching in medieval times where the woman would see a knight that she liked and drop her handkerchief. The knight would
notice that and inform the lady that she has lost her handkerchief and retrieve it for her. From here, the courting would begin. It is important to notice that the woman made the first step - being the initiator is not the same thing as being the chaser. By offering men a signal (which is not as subtle as putting your hair behind your ear or quickly
glancing at them), they can do the rest and fuel their ego. Besides, some men see women approaching them as being very sexy! If you ever wonder why a guy is smiling at you but not coming over to speak to you, bear in mind that he might be shy and not very experienced in approaching girls. Although it is great to be chatting with a guy who is extremely confident, always ask yourself where is his confidence coming from - either from being a smooth player who made mistakes and learnt from them or from him being genuinely great at talking to girls. As a tip, having friends from all walks of life may be extremely beneficial as it can gain you access to various places and people. Also, by practicing small talk and showing an interest in people, approaching the guy you fancy may seem less daunting. Stepping out of your comfort zone and getting control over your dating life is empowering and rewarding. After all, according to Alex, “it only gets harder when you graduate”.
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You can climb Mount Kilimanjaro Orion Brooks Entering through Machame Gate, you look up and see an enormous mountain ahead of you; the slope is steep. Your guide gestures you to sign in: your passport number, your name on the dotted line informing the world that you are ready. The pace is slow. Your guide stops to show you the flora and fauna of the mountain trail and you experience your first taste of mountain life with a trip to the long drop toilet. From this point onwards, everything is real. All the waiting and the wondering, the stressing and the panic of not being ready rolls away. You are an adventurer now. After your first encounter with Kilimanjaro’s staple of long drop holes in the ground, you can begin to take in the beauty and the majesty of the situation. In the day, it is warm as the sun beats on your brow. At night, you huddle up with your tent buddy for warmth from the cold of a moonlit night and, once or twice, you stare up at the wholly starry sky and think to yourself how far removed you are from your student halls, your lecture theatres and essay upon essay upon essay. It will take you four days and a night to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro. You will learn more about yourself than you will take in about the mountain, though the guides will try their best to fill
you with every detail of their epic knowledge regarding their sublime patch of heaven. Kilimanjaro National Park defies belief for it is equally beautiful and dangerous. Along the trail you may suffer trips and scrapes, headaches, dehydration, vomiting, hunger and a host of other less than pleasant feelings to reach your goal. For the first day, I worried about stinking of sweat and generally being unpleasant, but then I realised we were all in the same boat. The six days it takes you to climb up and down the mountain may be the least hygienic you’ll ever experience, but they will certainly make you appreciate running water when you get back home. Brushing dirt from every possible crevice also helps to elevate thoughts of home, British weather and those days when it almost rains sideways. Is it worth it though? Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is a little like losing your virginity. It begins with a large amount of hype; lots of talking about it, planning it in your mind, hearing about it from other people. Past adventurers will even attempt to give you hints and tips as to how to conquer this feat, what challenges you may face. But, dear reader, you must understand that it is impossible to describe the climax of this adventure, like a surge of energy rushing through you. Only those with the stamina
to reach the peak will understand the humbling nature of surveying the tops of the clouds and considering how many people are below them, getting on with their day to day business and looking up in wonder. After the initial rush there is a period of disbelief, almost a lack of pomp and circumstance. Nobody will be giving you a special round of applause, for all those who are with you have also achieved this fantastic feat, so you feel a little put out and consider “was it all worth it?” From experience, I can tell you it most certainly is. When you return to the unadventurous masses, the mountain virgins, and announce, “I did it, I took up the challenge, I mastered the trail and I bathed in the sunlight at the peak of Mt Kilimanjaro”, they will provide you with that praise, admiration and attention that you so richly desire. My experience feels much like a dream to me. Drunk on altitude and then flooded with oxygen on the way back down, my mind blurs the truth from the belief, but my one clear memory of my descent from the peak is this: getting just one bar of signal on my phone, holding it aloft and sending that symbolic text to my father containing just one line, “I made it”. Recalling this moment sends a chill down my spine, lights a smile on my face and cradles me in the warm embrace of accomplish-
ment even two months on. This is your once in a lifetime achievement. It is a realistic goal; it is an achievable goal and most of all it is an adventure! Whether you get into this adventure to raise money for charity, to take on an epic challenge or even just to hold something over your friends, you will not be making a bad decision. Of course some people will get sick of hearing you brag about it, but only because they are jealous or not up to doing it themselves. My adventure began not at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro, not in Heathrow airport or even when sat in Third Space in the Union when I hit my fundraising target. My adventure began when a guy, now a close friend, told me about his journey, about how he strug-
gled and triumphed in reaching the peak of Kili. He inspired me to take on the adventure of my life and if I only inspire one person to do the same then let it be you. You who have picked up this paper, who have traversed its many articles and found this one. You may not have been captivated by my words, my structure, the fantastic photos or even my general written manner but I hope, truly hope, that my message conveys. Do not miss this opportunity, do not pass up something which may be the greatest thing you have ever done in your life and most of all do not just trust me. Come to the Kilimanjaro information meeting on Thursday 3rd October and see why and how you can make a real difference while accomplishing something great.
is a great easy meal to keep warm on colder nights. Try to club together with your housemates on ingredients too, as it works out a lot cheaper and creates less washing up than if you all had separate meals. Bonus! Spaghetti Bolognese Ingredients: 1 tablespoon of oil, 1 onion, 2 cloves of garlic, 250g of mince/quorn, 400g tin of chopped tomatoes, 1 tablespoon of tomato puree, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 beef stock cube, 1 teaspoon of dried mixed herbs, salt, pepper, spaghetti. 1. Heat a little oil in a large saucepan and fry the onion and garlic for one minute. 2. Add the mince and cook until the meat is no longer pink.
mato puree and sugar. Crumble the stock cube into the pan and stir well. 4. Bring to the boil then simmer gently for 10 minutes. Add the herbs one minute before the end of cooking time and season well with salt and pepper. Put the spaghetti on to cook. 5. Drain the pasta and serve on a plate with the bolognese sauce on top.
Remembering how to cook Chloe Finch Food; students love eating it but are not so great at cooking it. A new university year means that we have to start making meals for ourselves again (or for the first time if you’re a fresher), and hoping that we don’t die of food poisoning. So instead of starting off your year by eating a typical student diet of pasta, beans and toast (not the most exciting meal), I propose that you make one change to your student life; go and get yourself a student cookbook or, if you already have one, use it! It’s such a great investment and it will soon become your bible whenever you’re in the kitchen,
ideas. If you’re unsure of which book to get, then I personally recommend Nosh for Students which you can easily buy on Amazon or eBay for around £5, depending on the condition. This book ‘helps to take the chore out of cooking, giving students a taste of success and making the experience so much fun.’ Easy, enjoyable cooking; what’s not to like about that?! Plus there’s also a Vegetarian Nosh for Students book too. Nosh for Students in particular contains handy information about storing food, boiling times for vegetables and how to cook rice (something us students seem to never get right). All student cookbooks contain handy meal ideas, for example chicken and
ideas and big meals to share with your friends.
ake one change; go and get yourself a student cookbook
Did you know that it’s actually a lot cheaper to buy the separate ingredients to make meals like bolognese or curry? Yes, it may seem like more effort instead of just buying a jar sauce but it’s actually really easy. I’ve included a bolognese recipe below, courtesy of Nosh for Students, and with it now entering Autumn and get-
Thursday 19th September 2013
Fashionable freshers’ fortnight made easy Charlotte Ekin Freshers’ is here, you’ve moved into your place, and you’re probably already hungover. The question is — have you even thought about your freshers’ wardrobe? Now is the time for you to show your own style or even reinvent your look completely, so here are some tips to look amazing. Memorable items These will help you create a lasting impression on the people you meet and can range from statement necklaces, hats, quirky jewellery, patterned tights or even band t-shirts. My favourite websites include truffleshuffle.co.uk for t-shirts and chelseadoll.co.uk for jewellery. These pieces are bound to strike up a conversation with someone either on a night out or on the way to lectures. They also show how interesting you are without having to down two pints of snakebite! Big nights out Freshers’ means going out and going out means getting your best outfit on. Girls, you can’t go
wrong with a Little Black Dress. A bodycon dress or a pencil skirt also make figures look fantastic. If you fancy wearing some of the key Autumn/Winter trends, leopard print and golden metallics will tick those boxes and are already available on the high street. If you prefer a more ‘vintage’ look, try teaming a floral dress with dark red lipstick and a leather jacket. You could also add summer’s surprising trend of a bowler hat if you want to stand out. Don’t forget to make sure your heels are comfortable — wedge heels tend to be easier on your feet. Guys, make sure you pack at least one suit. It’s not crucial you own one for Freshers’ but remember this advice: girls love a guy in a suit. The ‘Oh God, I overslept’ lecture look Instead of running to Park building in your onesie (yes, it happens), patterned leggings and an oversized jumper/t-shirt is a great way to look stylish fast. Beanie hats are also perfect for hiding bed-hair. As for footwear,
high tops work well, and tie into the ‘sport luxe’ trend we’ve seen in fashion magazines for a while. If you feel like it, a shirt dress, high ponytail and a bit of mascara also gives the impression you’ve been up for a lot longer than you have. Hungover? Me? Nope. Time to dress up There will be many club nights over your time at university that will require fancy dress. From aliens to zombies (my personal favourite), it will be up to you to be creative and find cheap ways of achieving this look. U-Need-Us is just off Commercial Road in town and is great for fancy dress touches, or even to invest in a whole fancy dress outfit; With-It in Cascades Shopping Centre offers face paint, hair dye and fake blood by the bucket load too. If you want to make your own creative spin (they tend to be the best), then Wilkinsons is a good place to turn household items into a unique and… different outfit. And finally, a word of advice: put a t-shirt and a pair of tracksuit bottoms on your desk in halls.
When you pass out in your underwear and the fire alarm goes off,
you will thank me.
group. If this still worries you, maybe try discussing with your flat/housemates what interests them and signing up with them too; having someone there that you already know may help your assurance to begin with. Student: ‘All I ever hear about is that students are poor and have to live on beans on toast, how true is this?’ Anchor Aunt: This is a very common thought and a very daunting one at that! Your money is what you make of it. Budgeting is a fantastic way of managing your money. Sit down with your parents/guardians or go to the Nuffield Centre for free advice. A good idea is set up a spreadsheet of all your income and outgoings, starting with rent, estimated bills and things that are concrete each month/term. You can do this for free online on the university’s website – www.port.ac.uk – on the Student Finance Centre page. This helps you can work out how much money you will have left from your student loan and any money your parents/guardians
may give you. You can decide from this how much money you have to spend per week on things like food and your social life. Remember to keep a strong balance of social life and necessities. Of course going out may be important to you and it is a big part of most students’ lives, however you need to remember the necessities like food and even simple things like toilet roll and soap! You could also apply for an overdraft. Banks can offer a student account with an interest free overdraft, meaning you can borrow a certain amount of money from the bank without paying anything extra on top. It is a great idea to have this as a backup, however try not to rely on it as you will of course have to pay it back. A lot of students will get one and never even touch it! Budgeting is a key and recommendable way to try to ensure that you can eat more than beans on toast every day!
Anchor Aunt Anchor Aunt So, you’ve just received your halls fob, had your parents fill your cupboards and finally waved them a tearful farewell. Congratulations! But what happens next? The thought of university can be daunting but it is also extremely exciting, meeting new friends and studying something you are good at and hopefully enjoy. Naturally there will be fears and questions you may have and you’re not sure who you can talk to.... Students are a great resource! They may look scary and have the title of ‘third year’ but really, they’ve all been through the same motions and feelings as you! They can know a lot of what’s going on and offer some great advice. That’s what this section is here for; if you are looking for anonymous help, please feel free to write to anchoraunt@gmail. com and you’ll probably find that a whole load of people are thinking the same thing as you and are also unsure who to ask.
This section is not just for Freshers. If you’re unsure where to go next, if you are trying to deal with an argument in your house, from problems as simple as bills concerns to being worried about becoming homesick, as a student myself I’ve been through it and will try my utmost to offer the best advice and solutions I can. Never be afraid to ask. If you are unwilling for your question to be published then please specify in the email and I will reply only over email, names don’t have to be used but it would be nice to add a location if you are willing. All confidentiality is respected. Student: ‘On my open day, I heard about ‘societies’ and ‘clubs’. I’m quite shy and I’m not really sure what they’re all about or if I could join one. Anchor Aunt: Societies are a fantastic way of socialising; the University of Portsmouth promote all their societies at Fresher’s Fayre – 18th and 19th September at the Union - and on their Union website. Fresher’s Fayre is a day where you are able to wan-
der around and browse the clubs and activities available to you. Clubs are constantly looking for new members and they are there to help so they will tend to have their elected Chair or Vice Chair at least at the stall. They will be more than happy to help you. Think about things you do at the moment or maybe something you have always wanted to try. Joining societies can also look great on your CV as it shows you have tried something new or progressed in something you’ve always done. You can also progress within the club over your time at university to become a part of the committee. In terms of your feelings of being shy, remember there will be a lot of new people signing up each year, so they will all be in the same boat as you. You don’t have to be a Fresher to join so if you decide you aren’t happy to do it this year then you can still start in your second, third or fourth year. Joining a society or club may really help you grow in confidence and will also create a great social
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Ashore What’s Not
Sean Taylor reveals all behind his new album Sam Ward Opinion Editor
Singer-songwriter Sean Taylor’s new album Chase The Night follows the recent release of his debut single ‘London’, a paean to the city that made him. The Galleon were fortunately granted some time with Taylor to grill him on the exciting times that lay ahead for him. Who or what was it that first got you into music? “When I was around 7 years old, my folks took me to the Fleadh, an Irish Festival in Finsbury Park. The rain poured down but the music shined through London,
day and night. I went every year to this festival and heard such special music. I heard music not just from Ireland but all around the world. So many amazing acts played the festival between 1990 and 2004; Neil Young, Bob Dylan and John
Martyn, to name a few. Nothing beats live music. I went to Glastonbury in 2000 and I knew what I wanted to be, one year later I played my first live gig in 2001 when I was 17”. Chase The Night features your debut single ‘London’. What is it about London that fascinates you? “It’s my home; I’m born and bred in Kilburn in North West London. The album is about living in the capital but also about being away from home when I’m on the road. One of the many things I love about London is the different cultures and how they inspire dif-
ferent types of artists. You can’t help but be inspired by different sounds and people you meet. I love cities and the all the excitement, bright lights and danger they bring. A lot of songwriters, particularly in folk music, focus on the rural lifestyle. I wouldn’t
know anything about that. I love the city, that’s who I am and what influences my music”. You recorded ‘London’ in Austin, Texas with acclaimed producer Mark Hallman. What was it like working with such an accomplished producer? “It’s our second album together and it’s a very special place to work. With this album we really took the sound exactly where we both wanted. Bringing in great musicians like Danny Thompson and great session players in Austin took the music to a whole other level. In the studio we have all the instruments set up so we can move
between them and record parts very quickly. I love working like this, it’s exciting and you get the ideas down so quickly”. What has it been like to work with Danny Thompson on the album? “Very special. I love Danny’s
playing. With John Martyn, Nick Drake, Pentangle, Eric Bibb and Blind Boys Of Alabama to name a few Danny is such an incredible musician. He doesn’t sound like anyone else; he makes the double bass sing. We are doing a few shows together on my UK tour.” You were recently on The Bob Harris Show, and he has compared your playing to John Martyn. How does it feel to get compared to John Martyn, and what are your thoughts on him? “It’s a huge honour to be put in the same sentence as John Martyn. He made such incredible music. Not only was he a great singer and great guitarist but an unbelievable songwriter. The way he blended his vocals with his guitar and Danny’s double bass was truly magical. The run of albums he made in the 70’s stands up to anyone and was some of the greatest music ever made. When I started out he was a massive influence on my music and along with Tom Waits and Van Morrison; John Martyn is one of my heroes”. Some of your music is politically charged, do you think it is important for there to be political music? “Political music is very important but it needs to be natural and sincere like all music does. The key thing is making good music. I think political songs are the hardest ones to write, it’s so hard to make them sound natural and unforced. With political songs you’re trying to convey a political message so it’s so important not to forget about the music and not just tell the story”. ‘Chase The Night’ is released on 23 September.
London Grammar After making a guest appearance on Disclosure’s debut album, Settle, ambient indie-pop trio London Grammar are the band on everyone’s lips right now. Not to mention that their debut album, If You Wait, went straight to #2 in the UK albums chart. Good effort!
Grand Theft Auto V It was a given that the most hyped-about game release of the decade so far (move over, Black Ops II) would be greeted with a reception that would rival Beatlemania. Were you lucky enough to get your copy on the day?
The Mortal Instruments
Although billed as ‘the next Twilight’, the $60million film adaptation of the first installment in Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments book series, City Of Bones, suffered a lacklustre run at the global box office, totaling just $37m at the global box office since its release last month. No wonder the sequel’s been put on hold!
On the cusp of a spectacular comeback, the Rocket Man was booed last week at his iTunes Festival appearance for dedicating ‘Tiny Dancer’ to One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles. He proceeded to swearily react to the heckles, claiming that he is a 1D fan. Don’t lose your cool, Elton...
Thursday 19th September 2013
Arts and entertainment
Britain’s hottest new band prove they’re not all about the hits
Solid Air at 40: an understated masterpiece
The 1975 - ‘The 1975’
John Martyn - ‘Solid Air’ (Island)
(Dirty Hit/Polydor) 9/10
John Martyn Solid Air
Corrie Pitfield There is one thing you can say about The 1975 after listening to their self-titled debut album, that they are utterly brilliant. Suddenly emerging from Manchester and climbing to the top spot of the iTunes and UK Albums Chart, it was only a matter of time before everyone began jumping on the bandwagon. With singles such as ‘Chocolate’, ’Sex’ and ‘The City’ having already invaded radio stations and music television channels, automatically you’d think, “Well, the best of the album has alre ady gone by.” Upon listening to the band’s eponymous record, you will realise how wrong you are. From songs such as ‘She Way Out’, to the forthcoming single ‘Girls’, the album combines the band’s distinct electro-pop sound and hints of Michael Jackson that make it undeniably infectious. Lead singer Matt Healey’s voice is something you cannot compare; it’s almost hypnotizing, but then again, that could just be the slick guitar work and feelgood beats. The 1975‘s debut full-length is full of surprises, and after being together 10 years and this being their first album, you can tell, just from listening to the first few songs, that the quartet have put all their efforts into this piece of art. From their lyrics, the band’s strong focus on sex, money and the glamour of heartbreak becomes evident. Maybe they did it on purpose or maybe they didn’t, but from the rising success of this out-ofnowhere band, we could be looking at the future of indie rock. They’ve already supported The Rolling Stones so who knows what’s next in line for The 1975, all there is to say is that for the first time ever, I don’t think the skip button on iTunes will ever be needed…
10/10 Sam Ward Opinion Editor
From the first sinking, sultry, searching double bass line of the title track, Solid Air is a masterpiece. An overused term but the only one to do justice to this album. This year marks the 40th anniversary of its release and it remains as powerful, groundbreaking, and beautiful as ever. The album marked Martyn’s final departure from straight folk and into a hypnotic blend of jazz, blues, and folk. Eric Clapton described it as “so far ahead of everything, it’s almost inconceivable”. Startling, melancholy, and at times electrifying, Solid Air suc-
ceeds in delivering a glittering array of melody and rhythm. Whether it is John Martyn’s famous use of the echoplex to build sonorous soundscapes such as on the cover of Skip James’ ‘I’d Rather Be The Devil’ or Danny Thompson’s sublime double bass, given pride of place next to Martyn’s guitar playing, it seeks out musical pastures new. The title track remains an evocative meditation on depression, on the cusp of desperation as it laments the struggle of a friend “living on solid air.” Written for friend and fellow singer-songwriter Nick Drake, who would die of an antidepressant overdose less than two years after the album’s release, it is a haunting obituary to the happiness of a friend. ‘Solid Air’ is built on the supple groove of Danny Thompson’s double bass and Martyn’s rhythmic strumming. Its pulled into the darkness of its subject by slurring,
aching singing, behind it drifting lugubrious ethereal saxophone. Two tracks on the album, ‘May You Never’ and ‘Over the Hill’ reach back into Martyn’s folk roots. ‘Over the Hill’ is a delicate folk tale, an ode to home after the excesses of the road and ‘May You Never’ is another soft, heartfelt song, listing the adventures and scrapes of what is presumably Martyn himself. ‘Easy Blues’ is a jaunty, pulsating blues number with deeply suggestive lyrics that slides into a sweet jazzy epilogue. ‘Dreams by the Sea’ is a panicked, jittery example of the albums genius. A powerful diatribe on the downsides of drug use, it features John Martyn at his eclectic best, with electrified, echoing guitar and strong bass all being pulled towards a funky jazz interior. It would become a signature John Martyn sound along with the more sombre sound the album also brought to the fore.
The spine of the album, starting with the title track and continuing through ‘Don’t Want To Know’, ‘Go Down Easy’, and ‘The Man In The Station’ are tender, and melancholic. They show Martyn at his pensive best, exploring in his lyrics the same themes of love, life, and the human condition. ‘The Man in the Station’ is the most poetic in its inspection of humanity; the lyrics a cross section of momentary life, the highlight when he implores that, “There’s got to be a way for a lazy face and, get up and start loving the human race”. If you’ve never heard Solid Air, take some time out of your own paper chase this year to immerse yourself in the viscous sound, bathe in the treacle rhythm, and sail along the virtuosity of the guitar riffs of this classic album. Even the artwork is a masterstroke; a hand captured in solid air.
Green Day revisit Dookie at Reading Festival Green Day Reading Festival, 23rd August
5/10 Aisha Williams There I was, 3 people back from the barrier at Reading Festival, with my best friend from middle school, eagerly awaiting a band who we’ve been waiting to see now for 6 years. Looking around me, I felt old. I’m only 20, but I was surrounded by innocent 12-16 year old fans all brandishing the neon Green Day Merchandise, as we stood for 45 minutes waiting for the Californian punk legends to emerge. As the screams and cheers
grew, my heart started beating faster, before stopping suddenly as Green Day’s trademark pink rabbit stumbled out on stage. Disappointment flooded through me. This wasn’t the opening I had expected. I wanted them to come out to an old song, bursting onto stage, but instead, they walked out waving as the pink rabbit left and opened with new song ’99 Revolutions’. I shared a similar look to my friend; a look of ‘I hope their entire set isn’t from their recent Uno!, Dos!, Tre! album trilogy’. They had no pyrotechnics, no fireworks, no lasers; just an LED display spelling out ‘HEY-HO’ and ’99 REVOLUTIONS’. If they cut out the ‘Hey-Ho’-ing
every 5 minutes, and stopped extending every song (‘American Idiot lasted 10 minutes), the set could have been done in an hour and 45 minutes, as opposed to two and a half. However, Green Day did surprise me… Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong announced on stage that they would be playing their seminal third album, Dookie, from start to finish. Some fans cheered with excitement as the new backdrop revealed the iconic album’s artwork, but the majority left the main stage as they started with ‘Burnout’, leaving just the minority. Speaking of which, ‘Minority’ was played on the dawn of their encore, spurring a huge crowd sing- and jump-a-long. I was again disappointed
that they didn’t end with ‘Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)’ from their album Nimrod until Armstrong sauntered out with his acoustic guitar, and screams became complete admiral silence. There was nothing that made me smile more that weekend, than hearing just the sound of an acoustic guitar, Billie Joe, and over 90,000 fans echoing out of the main stage. It would leave anyone, fan of Green Day or not, with goosebumps. That said, after all the pushing and shoving from fans just to make their way to the front, the extending of every song, and the cheesy cover of AC/DC’s ‘Highway To Hell’, I’m sorry Green Day, I just didn’t have the time of my life…
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BBC’s gangster drama shows promise Peaky Blinders BBC Two, Thursdays, 21:00
8/10 Sam Ward Opinion Editor
From the very start, Peaky Blinders looks stunning. Looking across the pond at the cinematic heights and styles of American drama has clearly influenced this new British drama. Written by Steven Knight, a native of Birmingham, it is based on the tales of the criminal underworld, an adaptation of the oral history of his city. Its style is distinctly American and ostensibly Western. All the ingredients (some might say clichés) are there; the criminal family, the morally righteous, crusading strong hand of the law, even the anti-hero on horseback. Despite this, it is indelibly British, as Knight and director Otto Bathurst bring to life industrial Birmingham from factories to Chinatown. Start to end, Peaky Blinders is
beautifully lit, and delicately shot. The pallet is grim, grey and yellowy brown as befits a city of industry, but it is not dull. Aesthetically stunning at time, the style takes the approach of American dramas by HBO, with additional British swagger. Everything is perceptible; the distinct haircuts, the flat caps with sewn in razor blades (from which the show gets its name), the confidence with which the story unfolds. There is one remarkable scene in which a girl in a bright emerald dress walks slowly through the ash and embers of the grinding city being absorbed into the smoke. It is so overwrought it should be nauseating but it just looks so good. Even the music at time has the midas touch, managing to apply a touch of modernity with enough thematic core to suit the temporal setting, most notably The White Stripes singing the old blues song ‘St. James Infirmary Blues’. Aesthetics aside, the story line is jittery, constantly interrupted by new sub-plots and slow linger-
ing establishing shots but this can be forgiven of the opening episode. It sets the scene. This post war Britain is teeming with conflict and struggle; there are the Peaky Blinders themselves, unofficially led by Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) trying to expand their business. There are communists and the Irish, both a threat to the establishment, and then there’s the cop out to get any of them that he can. If the first episode was jumpy, it was because it had a lot to show. There are too many strong performances to list them all. It is easier to say there were no weak performances with the exception of Andy Nyman as Winston Churchill but he had little screen time and should improve. The stand out performances are of stars Cillian Murphy and Sam Neill as gang leader and inspector respectively. Neill’s powerful, tense performance as the righteous cop is delivered in an impeccably Northern Irish accent. Less can be said of Murphy’s attempt at a Brummy accent but he
still delivers a simmering performance, at home in the darkness and the flames; a damaged man of war who broods over the future of his family gang. There are issues with Peaky Blinders, chiefly the strength of the dialogue which at times is contrived and even silly. If being overblown with style is able to carry, with dialogue it is not and it could do with being more natural. The accents could have done with getting off the motorway sooner on the trip north. Many of the supporting characters have strong accents but the central characters, Neill aside, struggle to capture the right one. It is at times noticeable but not awful. Forgivable in the face of its promise. Peaky Blinders is a TV show with a bit of everything, bringing the box-set grandeur of US drama to the BBC. It has action, it has drama, it has forbidden love, and it has a layered plot. Add to the mix some fantastic acting (albeit with geographically wavering accents) a few stereotypes, and some stunning visuals and it looks like this
Rush packs a powerful punch for Formula One fans Rush (Exclusive Media/StudioCanal) Rush In cinemas now
7/10 Danielle Butler Deputy Editor
Formula one typically presents a Marmite situation; you either love it or hate it. For fans of the sport it is synonymous with tense competition, passion and excitement, for everyone else it is simply a group of men driving around in circles creating an annoying noise on the TV for three hours each Sunday. Rush, directed by Ron Howard, manages to avoid the dan-
ger of alienating those who are not familiar with the sport by fusing it with the gritty, raw story of two drivers, fighting it out for the championship. Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl recreate the real life rivalry between drivers James Hunt and Nikki Lauder, a dominating factor within the sport throughout the 1970’s. The strong performances and chemistry between Hemsworth’s annoyingly arrogant yet charming Hunt and Bruhl’s hardworking and serious Lauder makes it easy to become immersed in their lives and their battle. Passion is packed in to
the film at every turn, encapsulated in the anger, ambition and particularly the personal lives of the two lead drivers. The cinematography of the film seamlessly fuses real life footage into H o w a rd ’s creation, making it impossible to distinguish the action of the film from the drama of the reality. The quick pace and constant close up shots really involve you in what is happening, making for “edge of your seat‚‘ viewing.
A great feature of Rush is Howard’s excellent job of lending a completely new perspective to the dangerous history of Formula one. The risky and treacherous nature of the sport in the 1970’s is light-years away from the races of today, governed by strict rules and regulations. It is often said that fact is stranger than fiction, and the drivers perilous closeness to death throughout this story embodies the meaning of this phrase. The action, however, is slow starting for those who don’t enjoy the sport but the power of the story soon takes over to create a dramatic, thrilling and simply brilliant film.
A ‘good cop, bad cop’ triumph The Heat (20th Century Fox) The Heat In cinemas now 8/10 Jordan Webb Sport Editor
The premise is simple: a hardworking FBI agent (Sandra Bullock), is forced into working alongside a dysfunctional yet effective Boston cop (Melissa McCarthy), as the pair attempt to bring down a notorious drug baron. Simple, but by no means ordinary. As I’ve got older, my taste in comedy has wavered (matured, if you like), and the trailer for Paul Feig’s latest production left me dubious as to whether my £12.50 ticket would prove its worth. Having previously directed Bridesmaids, one of the few modern comedies I can say I thoroughly enjoyed, it was no surprise that I found myself howling with laughter throughout Feig’s take on the ‘buddy cop’ archetype, along with the other 100+ members of the audience. An uptight operative on the brink of promotion, Bullock’s wry humour compliments Melissa McCarthy’s outrageous and larger-than-life wit superbly, with shamelessly crude language and stupendously silly slapstick, almost making the premise of the story somewhat irrelevant. The duo, alongside a cast of hilarious characters make this a two-hour-long skit of constant comedy, with the predictable plot merely accompanying the whimsy and prolonging the audience’s raucous reaction. There was rarely a moment where I could relate to my favourite line of the film, with scriptwriter Katie Dippold utilizing the raw humour of Bridesmaids star McCarthy stupendously and making Sandra Bullock’s history of questionable humour completely impertinent, as the two establish a cosmically unforgettable relationship of epic proportions. The Heat proved to be a concoction of endless gags that didn’t fail to leave the cinema contingent with dry eyes or relaxed abdominal muscles!
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Arts and entertainment
Kings Theatre set for majestic autumn season Corrie Pitfield You’ve just moved away from home for the first time, or you have returned to University Of Portsmouth for yet another year of fun (and studies), so why not indulge yourselves in one of the finer things Portsmouth has to offer? Top-notch theatre. This autumn, the Kings Theatre, situated in beautiful Southsea, has something for everyone. And it’s hardly like their schedule is sparse in the lead-up to this year’s pantomime production of Sleeping Beauty, starring former Eastender Danniella Westbrook and Christopher Maloney (who you may just recognise from The X Factor). Kings Theatre offers just about every variety of showcase that you could imagine. On 20 September, they are hosting an evening headlined by none other than everyone’s favourite Scottish folk rock identical twin duo, The Proclaimers. From there, everyone from bigname stand up comedians (Milton Jones, Bill Bailey, Paul Merton) to
our old childhood heroes (yes, the legend that is Postman Pat) are all making appearances over the coming months. Some of the most revered shows ever to occupy stages across the UK are also taking residence on the Kings’ stage this season, such as the profanely hilarious Puppetry Of The Penis,
English Youth Ballet’s acclaimed rendition of Swan Lake and international opera Aida; a love story set in ancient Egypt, brimming with war, jealousy and revenge. As well as shows like the consistently popular That’ll Be The Day, retrospective soul soiree The Magic Of Motown, and a reprisal of the Portsmouth Players’ produc-
tion of Sweet Charity, Kings Theatre are also making way for The House Of Burlesque, which from personal experience is a must-see. What more could you want? That is not all though. The theatre, which originally opened in 1907, is also inviting members of the public to take part in a paranormal ghost tour around its his-
torical grounds. Of course, you’re always welcome to tour the theatre normally during the day, but if a bit of celestial history interests you, then you might want to pop your woollies on and take a stroll around at the dead of night… Before this year’s panto takes dominion at the Kings (no doubt that it will), the Kings are hosting enough shows to keep you occupied over the next semester. Most notably, after being performed to over 22 million people across the globe, The Buddy Holly Story is rolling into Portsmouth on 21 October, exploring Buddy Holly’s rise to fame and his legendary final performance in a showcase that was described by The Sunday Express as “joyous”. Grab a friend or a family member, have a look at what’s on and this autumn, just enjoy everything that this fantastic theatre has to offer. It really would be a mistake to miss out on such excellent and budget-friendly entertainment! You can find the Kings Theatre’s full show schedule at www.kingssouthsea.com
Aspex push modern art boundaries this autumn Danny Randon Arts and Entertainment Editor
Past Spinnaker Tower, past the high-end retail outlets, past the immaculate architecture, past the glossy apartment blocks and penthouses, and even past the Nando’s, you will find one of the hidden treasures of Gunwharf Quays; the Aspex Gallery. Although originally opened in Southsea in 1981, Aspex was relocated in 2006 to the city’s leisure complex, tucked in at the Vulcan Building, a formal naval storehouse. Since then, they have set out to redefine contemporary art with a swatch of exhibitions, from paintings to sculptures to video galleries, and even to a number of unconventionally
shaped ping-pong tables, which formed a recent interactive installation known as ‘Wrong Pong’. With no charge for entry throughout the year, the Aspex Gallery is one of Portsmouth’s friendliest attractions for both you and your bank balance to enjoy, with a constant schedule of rotating exhibitions by artists and curators, local or national, up-and-coming or established... and their Autumn programme is no exception! Usually holding three or four exhibitions at a time within its modest vicinity, Aspex is currently host to Carousel (running until 13th October), a project curated by printmaker Adam Bridgland alongside Aspex, which sees a collaboration between 12 artists (including Bridgland himself ) as they
set out to change the public perception of print as an art medium.
he Aspex Gallery is one of Portsmouth’s friendliest attractions for both you and your bank balance to enjoy
Also currently taking residence in Aspex is the multi-site show Sensorial/Censorial (running until 29th September), a showcase of works spanning the city of Portsmouth, created during two years of study on a Fine Arts Masters course at the university, by 10 promis-
ing and diverse local talents. Aspex has also recently welcomed skilled Dutch conservator Bouke De Vries and his latest project, Memory Vessel (running until 1st December), in which de Vries, alongside a number of Portsmouth’s museums, has selected a single piece of 19th century glass
in order to create a ‘ghost vessel’. These are just some of the many attractions that the Aspex have to offer over the coming months, and we here at The Galleon implore you to see past the obvious, and delve into newer, more fascinating territories...
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GAMING AND TECHNOLOGY
Is New Leaf the best Animal Crossing yet? Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Monolith Soft) Animal Crossing: New Leaf Nintendo 3DS
9/10 Ewan Moore So the other day I was just riding the train, when a cat started pestering me. He was asking me all these personal questions about who I was and where I was going, which was annoying to say the least. When I finally got off the train, I was accosted by an assortment of various animals. The dog among them, started demanding I be the mayor of their freakish little town. I was in such a state of shock that all I can recall is a bizarre ritual that involved the tribe watching me plant a tree and being made to sleep in a tent. It’s two days later and, kindly, a raccoon has given me a house (for a price), but there seems to be no way out of this hellish world I am trapped in. There are no princesses to save, no world in peril and not the slightest sign of any
danger. I love it. At the time of writing this review, I’ve only racked up about 10 hours of playtime. I am more than aware that there are many, many hours left in this game. The Animal Crossing series has always felt to me like a quaint little old British children’s cartoon. Nothing ever happens. The day is formulaic; catch fish and bugs, gather fruit and try and make enough money to pay off your loans all while occasionally chatting with the strange animal folk that live next door. So what is it that makes a game about trading turnip with sheep so insanely addictive? I think a great deal of it lies in the atmosphere. The whole game constantly feels like a hug, or a hot cup of tea. You can dip in and out whenever you like. The game never tells you to do anything or demands anything from you. The only thing gently pushing you along is the real time aspect of the game, meaning certain shops open and close, or certain things can be done at certain times.
But even this can be adjusted through your mayoral powers, a new aspect of the Animal Crossing and one which adds on another few dozen hours of playtime. You also feel more invested in the town than you might have in previous entries. Jobs like weeding
and watering the plants feel like less of a chore now you are actually the boss instead of just some guy. Being the mayor also affords you the ability to build bridges, benches, street lights and all kinds of other stuff. I wouldn’t know yet, as I haven’t gained the approval of the villagers. It seems
easy enough however, as I’m on 85% at the moment. The extra level of customisation is a welcome touch. Of course, while every day generally follows the same outline, there are enough differences to make you actually want to return again and again. The town receives new visitors every now and again, the most recent of which for me was a chameleon who held a bug catching contest in the town, obviously so he could eat the entries. Something I thought was a nice comedic touch. The shops also offer new stock each day and I haven’t even come to close to upgrading and fully unlocking every shop on the high street. I really enjoy the fortune cookies, which can be exchanged for various Nintendo items. On my first two tries I got Link from Zelda’s clothes and boots, which sent the fanboy in me into a slight frenzy. Then there are the changing seasons. Since the game moves in real time and we’re mid-Summer, I won’t be seeing this for a while. I
refuse to adjust the clock and time travel because it completely defeats the object of the game and besides, even if I have stopped playing by September, this means I’ll still boot up the game just to see how things have changed and I’ll probably get sucked right back in till Christmas. The game is absolutely crammed full of charm and humour. You actually want to talk to the NPC’s because they are genuinely funny and engaging characters, each with their own personality. My personal favourite at the moment is a dog I taught to say “pass the weed”. I’m easy pleased. I’ve managed to write this much about a game I have barely scratched the surface of. I know I have dozens upon dozens more hours of play ahead of me and so much more to see and do. Animal Crossing: New Leaf is more than worth the tawdry price of thirty quid considering you’ll be playing it for months. I couldn’t recommend a more engaging, relaxing and downright enjoyable game if I tried.
Technology and Gaming
Great second-hand games for the student budget Ewan Moore If you’re a first year, odds are you’re thinking that your shiny new student loan is a boon. A pot of gold ready to be spent on champagne and caviar every night as your own private chauffeur ferries you to and from Burger King. You’ll even splash out on extra Chilli Cheese Bites because hey, they are delicious and let’s face it; you can afford it, right? WRONG. I imagine you’d disagree. I was the same and at first, life is good (especially those extra chilli cheese bites) but come the end of year you’ll find yourself eating so many £1 ready meals from Asda that you can feel your heart slow-
ing to a pathetic crawl. With that cheery thought in mind, here’s a way you can save money, and have fun. Of course, this only applies if like me, you prefer to play video games than face work deadlines and life in general. Video games are expensive, and you are poor. To get around this, here are a handful of fairly recent and high quality second hand games that you can now pick up for naffink. Batman Arkham Asylum/City (Xbox 360, PS3) You can get City for about £20 in CeX these days (and Asylum for even cheaper), and for the sheer amount of content and Bat bad-
assery involved in both games, it’s a steal. They really are two of the greatest games of recent times, with a flawless combat system, tense stealth missions and a huge array of gadgets which can be incorporated in various puzzles and which add variety in the way in which you dispose of enemies. City is obviously the superior of the two on the grounds that it’s more of the same with added bits, but if money is that tight, Asylum still offers a fantastic experience. Of course, the fact that you play as Batman only adds to the overall value. Mario Galaxy 1 or 2 (Wii) Not only can you pick up a Wii
itself for about £40 these days if you’re struggling for a cheap console, most of the best games for the Wii are available for about no more than £20. Chief amongst these are the Mario Galaxy games, some of the greatest games of all time and certainly the greatest platform games. As with the Arkham games, two offers more but one is a lot cheaper. Whichever you go with you’ll be getting bright, bouncy, imaginative and colourful levels that see you playing around with the general laws of gravity. No two levels throw up the same idea so you’ll always be surprised by what you find. Add in some great visuals and hours of replay value
and we have a winner. Playstation 2/Xbox/Gamecube Games If you’re willing to swallow your pride and go back to a simpler time, there are a ton of cheap games for these three machines and so many good ones that we’d need a bigger list to recommend any specifics. With games like Halo, Metroid Prime, Grand Theft Auto, Zelda Wind Waker, Fable and loads more amazing games all available for around a tenner, that’s hours of time you can waste not working on uni stuff. Of course, you’ll have to hunt a bit harder for these old games but hey, that’s just more time not doing anything useful this year.
Thursday 19th September 2013
Tokyo awarded 2020 Olympic Games Kirstie Pickering The International Olympic Committee (IOC) awarded the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games to Tokyo on the 7th September, triumphing over fellow candidate cities Istanbul and Madrid. President of the IOC, Jacques Rogge, whose 12-year presidency ended in the same week, announced the result after a secret ballot of IOC members. The decision was made after two rounds of voting at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Tokyo gained 60 votes against Istanbul’s 36 after Madrid was eliminated in the first round on a tie-breaker with Istanbul. The result means Tokyo, who campaigned with the slogan “the Olympics will be safe in our hands”, will become the first Asian city to host the Games twice. Tokyo was also awarded the event in 1940 but it was cancelled due to World War II. Tokyo made a failed bid
for the 2016 Games and has not hosted the event since 1964. Three venues from the 1964 Games are set to be reused for sports such as Gymnastics, Handball and Judo, paying tribute to their existing Olympic legacy.
quake and tsunami, although problems continue at the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant. Meanwhile, the IOC have voted in favour of reinstating wrestling as an Olympic sport, ahead of baseball/softball and squash. The sport had been dropped in February after the IOC assessed the performance of all 26 sports at the London 2012 Olympics. Furthermore, German Thomas Bech was elected as the new IOC president in Buenos Aires on 10th September. The former Adidas executive will replace Jacques Rogge as the ninth president in the IOC’s 119-year history. Mr Rogge took charge of the IOC after the infamous Salt Lake City corruption scandal, an ordeal which tainted people’s opinion of the organisation as a whole. Rogge’s predecessor, Juan Antonio Samaranch, who banned members from visiting bidding cities in the immediate aftermath of the scandal.
he result means Tokyo, who campaigned with the slogan “the Olympics will be safe in our hands”, will become the first Asian city to host the Games twice.
The main stadium, which will seat 80,000 people and have a retractable roof, is expected to reach completion in time to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Tokyo has become known as one of the cleanest and safest cities in the world and will be keen to showcase the country’s recovery from the 2011 earth-
Mixed Bag Of Results For Mid-Table Portsmouth FC Jordan Webb Sport Edit
With 6pts from as many games, Guy Whittingham’s League Two Portsmouth side are a far cry from the struggling side that repeatedly failed to score at the end of last season in the flight above.Understandably recuperating from their second bout of administration in three years, Pompey have been working arduously to secure much needed points in their recent fixtures, in the hope that the fresh-faced squad can remain in League Two or, with much luck, work their way back into the familiar territory of League One football. Opening the season with a disappointing 4-1 loss at home to Oxford Utd, the expectations of the Fratton Park fans were shattered, but all was not lost; Portsmouth had managed to score. Baby steps. Agyemang, the goal-scorer
in Portsmouth’s league opener, would then go on to score again in an emphatic home performance against Morecambe, winning 3-0. This after having only managed to salvage a draw away to Accrington a week earlier, thanks to a stunning striking performance by 36 year old David Connolly. Despite scoring a penalty in the
79th minute to put Pompey 2-1 in the lead, in true Portsmouth fashion, the much-needed 3pts were snatched from them as Accrington’s Peter Murphy headed home to level the score. Almost meticulously, Portsmouth drew their next two away league matches 2-2 to both Mansfield and Cheltenham, with the
latter once again living up to the frustrating rhetoric. Portsmouth took an early lead following Patrick Agyemang’s close range shot. Cheltenham were able to salvage an equalizer shortly before the break, with Pompey’s Johnny Ertl immediately responding to put Pompey 2-1 in the lead at half-time.
But it was McGlashan again who snatched the 3pts from Portsmouth in the 90th minute, cruelly denying Portsmouth of their first win away from home. It was quite a different story when Portsmouth faced Torquay in the Football League Trophy - Southern Section First Round. After a somewhat tedious 90 minutes saw the game end goalless, Portsmouth emphatically won the match 5-3 on penalties, with Yassin Moutaouakil hammering the final nail in the coffin for Torquay. With a mixed bag of results under his belt, Guy Whittingham has the backing of the Fratton Park crowd which, after their recent financial worries, means that the only way for the club is up! But it hasn’t all been all doom and gloom, after seeing Portsmouth secure their first win away from home last weekend to Burton Albion, 2-1 after superb finishes and first-time Pompey goals for Ricky Holmes and Simon Ferry.
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Pay up Pompey! Jordan Webb Sport Editor
rica captain Aaron Mokoena and former Arsenal star Kanu.
ortsmouth, who have gone into administration twice in just three years, now face another few years crippled by a legacy of debt.
Portsmouth Football Club face yet another financial crisis after it has been revealed that the club’s new owners must pay £6.7 million in unpaid wages to former players. Israeli defender Tal Ben Haim tops the list and is due to receive more than £1.6million in monthly instalments until July 2016. Portsmouth, who have gone into administration twice in just three years, now face another few years crippled by a legacy of debt. Other former stars on the debtors list include former England keeper David James, ex-South Af-
the cash in May, but the financial details have only just been revealed in documents lodged with Companies House. Portsmouth’s first bout of administration began back in 2010, whilst still playing in the Premiership, after racking up debts of £130 million, with their second torturous flurry facing liquidation just last year.
The club, now down in League Two, plan to use parachute payments to clear the debt. Director Mark Trapani said, “The Premier League legacy just has to be repaid. There was no alternative. Let us be a lesson to others.” Fratton Park, now seemingly haunted by its mistakes of years gone by, has witnessed a club fall from the heights of glory, leaving
Guy Whittingham the creator of a club reborn. Pompey’s next three fixtures see them face Fleetwood Town, York and Rochdale, all of which equate to huge opportunities for Portsmouth to obtain much needed points, despite securing their first win away from home to Burton Albion, 2-1 last weekend.
The outstanding cash comes as a result of administrators persuading the players to sign compromise deals to help keep the floundering club afloat, meaning the Pompey Supporters Trust, who have owned the club since March, must find an extra £108,449 a month to pay off the outstanding debts. James, now a goalkeeper and assistant manager for Icelandic club ÍBV and also a donor to the Pompey Supporters’ Trust, will be repaid £145,992. Kanu, who scored the winner in their 2008 FA Cup final victory over Cardiff, is owed £155,315. Portsmouth began repaying
Downhill race into UK top eight Gregor Engelmann After making our way to this year’s BUCS Downhill Championships (outside Wales for once) we were surprised with a sunny weekend that was a far cry from the rainy havoc the place had seen at the British Downhill Series the weekend before. Fuelled by sunshine and pure excitement for two days of riding, our team quickly embarked on a walk of the race track to spot any potential lines and shortcuts to save valuable race time. Once the marshals opened the track for practice, the figurative carnage for places on the first uplift commenced. A stone garden at the top of the course and some hideous jumps in a large field halfway down the track soon saw a few crashes by other universities. Besides our social sec crashing, and collecting a massive bruise, practice went well for the team and everyone felt confident for
the race day. After practice we headed back to our local bunkhouse and what proved to be an “epic” night out in the local Wetherspoons before ending up on a car roof at 3am. Race day began early as we had to pack up our stuff and clean
up any cheeky evidence from the night before (including carrying our captain’s car back off the road). By getting to the track early we managed to beat the queues for the first uplift and get another few rides in before qualifying started around midday.
Due to current BUCS regulations, every rider only gets one shot at making the Top 100, leaving very little room for any mistakes. Following a quick lunch break it was soon time for us to mentally prepare for our 3-4 minute quali-
fying runs. While the nerves began to show more and more with other riders setting off, everyone got a solid qualifying run without crashes, and 5 out of 8 of our riders qualified for the championship run. Those of us that qualified for the top 100 got lifts back to the top for their race runs, while everyone else grabbed air horns, flags and megaphones before lining the track to give as much ‘support’ to the riders as possible. Overall we raced to our best BUCS result in years with a record of five riders in the Top 100, Matt Shields, (the man on the car roof ) placing 16th, and the team coming 7th overall.
Journalism Student Scores In UEFA Champions League Jordan Webb Sport Editor
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A second year journalism student scored the equalising goal in the first qualifying round of the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League this summer. Levi Hanssen, 25, scored a penalty in the 69th minute to level the score between his side EB/Streymur and Lusitans at the Estadi Communal in Andorra. The Faroese champions, who found themselves reduced to 10 men, relied heavily on the outcome of Hanssen’s penalty, but the University Of Portsmouth student managed to keep his cool, safely netting the ball and securing a first-leg draw in Europe’s most esteemed football tournament, won this year by German club Bayern Munich. Levi, who is now going into his third and final year at the university, remarked, “It was great to score and equalise simply because it put us in a strong position in the match. It was very important to get a decent result
Downhill race into UK top eight Page 19
the start. So you know that every time you play European football, you’re up against it from the start. “If we get past the first round, we would certainly see that as a success. After that, who knows!” Unfortunately, EB/Streymur were knocked out of the tournament in the second qualifying round after losing to Dinamo Tbilisi, 2-9 on aggregate.
Softball celebrate summer of success Sport Editor
“I’m lucky that the football season in the Faroe Islands is from March-October, which fits in quite well with uni in the UK”. Levis’ goal gives EB/Streymur the away-goal advantage for when the two sides meet again in the second leg on the 9th July in Levi’s hometown of Torshavn. “Seeing as our league is one of the smallest in Europe, opposing teams in Europe are usually considered better than us from
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which we could take with us into the second leg, and getting two away goals is priceless. I’m just pleased it went in”. Playing competitive football to such a high standard whilst obtaining a university degree overseas has proven to be a difficult feat, but one that Levi has embellished to achieve, saying‚ “I’ve decided to concentrate on my studies and family instead of prioritising football while I’m in the UK.
Alan Hansen once said, “You can’t win anything with kids”, but the University of Portsmouth softball team came scintillatingly close to disproving this theory after a nail biting final in the Men’s Softball Nationals. While most of the University sports teams were enjoying their summer break, the Softball team competed arduously throughout the summer, completing 13 league fixtures, two one day events and three weekend tournaments. Amongst the festivities of the Opening Ceremony for Farnham Park, the first dedicated baseball/softball facility in the country, the Shafters Men competed
admirably, going through the round robin stage with a 4-3 record to take third place in the group stage. The semi-final pitted them against previous winners the London Knights, where the Shafters took a 10-9 lead into the bottom of the final inning. Three outs later, the Shafters found themselves in the final! “The final was just a great game to be part of, it didn’t matter what the final score was.” exclaimed Softball President David Hurley after the game. The opponents in the final were the ever-dangerous Nottingham Exiles, the alumni team of the University of Nottingham. All the players on their team had graduated at least five years previously, and had experience
of playing Premier League Softball in the country. Contrasted with this, the young Portsmouth team had an average age of 20! The final started as finals often do, with some tense plays and mental mistakes committed by both teams. The first inning was punctuated by Kelvin Harrison’s monster home run which scored three runs, forcing the Portsmouth hopefuls into the lead. However the more experienced Nottingham team began to settle, and clawed the score back during the rest of the game. The teams traded the lead throughout the final stages, but after Portsmouth had made its last out, the Nottingham team celebrated a victory by the narrowest of margins, 17-16. The members of the softball
club have participated in several tournaments this year, both the Mixed and Mens teams competed fantastically over the summer. Kelvin Harrison also had the honour of winning the Home Run Derby at the Co-Ed Nationals, with three blasts that won him first, second and third places in the furthest hit competition. Many of the team played for the Solent Sluggers, who won the Bronze level Nationals with a 14-7 win against the Sheriffs of Nottingham. Others represented the Solent Softball League at the Diamond Series events while two players made the roster for the Solent Mariners (the south coasts Premier League team). Both players (Kelvin Harrison and Simon Tymms) will take part in GB Trials at the end of September.