Issue 29 - Wednesday 12th March 2014 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: facebook.com/GalleonNews Twitter: @GalleonNews
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John King & Aidan Williams News Editor & Deputy News Editor
The second key date for this year’s Election calendar was the arrival of the start of Question Time, which was held in the Student Activities Centre above the Union. The Question Times began on Monday 3rd March, and concluded with the Presidential event on Friday 7th. The format was set out as an
opening two minute speech from all candidates followed by 10 questions from the floor (student audience), Twitter, or the current President Catherine Redding who hosted each Question Time. After the statutory 10 questions there was the chance for each candidate to ask their fellow candidates a question. This could either be a serious query about the
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role or a light hearted question. An example of this was: ‘Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings?’ All 25 candidates were present, asides from Welfare and Community candidate, Gianfranco Paddeu, who was absent for personal reasons. At the time of print the Candidates will now be deep in campaign week before voting
comes to an end on the 13th, this coming Thursday. The big night where the results are announced is Friday 14th in the Waterhole Bar. Read on to discover how the candidates got on during their respective Question Time events. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 The Question Time week opened with the candidates for VP Activities on Monday March 3rd. The candidates are as follows: Lewis Broad, Emily Dell, Gareth Lawson, Alex Pescott & Rosen Topuzov. The questions asked covered everything from how they would handle the role of Editor in Chief of The Galleon, to discussions over RAG, what they would do differently to the previous VP’s for Activities and finally how they would help create and boost numbers within societies. Tuesday 4th March saw VP Education and Democracy candidates quizzed about their manifestos and plans for the next academic year, if they were to be elected. There are four candidates running for the position and these are: Lewis Cocking, Diana Popescu, Ed Roberts and Kayleigh Teague. Much of the questioning focused on the candidates’ policies and how these would affect all students. Other questions covered funding for students who are looking to study further, education as a whole, and their opinions in terms of what Higher Education is. There are 4 candidates in the running for VP Sport and these are: Nick Johnson, Syed Nahid Hasan, Max Ryszka and Jeremy Taylor. The Question Time took place on Wednesday 5th March. Here the candidates were asked questions about such issues as lad culture, the AU (Athletic Union) budget and how to attract the best students to our facilities at the university. Each candidate gave an opening statement before moving onto the 10 questions. There are 4 Candidates in the running for Vice-President Welfare & Community and these are: Olamide Alli-Balogun, Mario Oliveros, Gianfranco Paddeu & Connar Walford. The Question Time for the position took place on Thursday 6th March, where each candidate was asked probing questions in relation to the running and management of student services, as well as queries relating to the interaction of university students and the community of Portsmouth as a whole. The final night, Friday 7th March, saw the turn of the potential Presi-
dent take to the floor. The candidates in the running for President are as follows: Tuhid Ahmad, James Bodin, Grant Clarke, Adebayo Ilesanmi, Hope Mgbeike, Edna Ndateh, Kerrie Oak & Kunal Shah. The questions covered a wide range, from opinions on external partners of the union, their opinions on ‘no platform’, gender equality and their own personal role models. If you would like to take part in the 2014 UPSU Elections then you can cast your vote from several polling stations across the university. You can also vote online at upsu.net/elections. #voteupsu on Twitter will take you to all the Elections debate. Follow @GalleonNews for all the live updates during Campaign Week and on Results Night. Be sure to keep up to date with our coverage of the elections online, including all of our live blogs from last week’s Question Times on our website, which you can visit at: http://www.galleonnews.com
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I want to... Lewis Broad: Oversee the development and growth across all Societies, RAG and Media. Emily Dell: Increase awareness and promotion of media in societies. Raise awareness of the different roles in the union. Gareth Lawson: Increase the transparency and flow between trustees and student body. Alex Pescott: Get students more involved with the SU, with fundraising with RAG and get more support for media groups. Rosen Topuzov: Create an online support network which students can post anonymously to, so that they can get help from staff members and other volunteers. VP Education & Democracy
I want to... Lewis Cocking: Have the University bus to be a city wide bus service through a new business plan. Dian Popescu: Implement team building events for course representatives so they know who they are working with and know what the others are doing. Edward Roberts: Install a Manifesto checker on the UPSU website to improve accountability of Sabbs. Kayleigh Teague: Create footprints and arrows showing where Sabbs offices are as it makes us more accessible to students. VP Sport
I want to... Jeremy Taylor: Increase participation in AU. We had a record year this year, and I want to improve on that. Nick Johnson: Integrate sports with other sports to prove success on and off the pitch. Max Ryszka: Sort out issues with sport reaching it’s full potential with organisation and improve the number of facilities. Syed Nahid Hasan: Increase participation by working with the International groups and other minority groups such as LGBT.
VP Welfare & Community
I want to... Olamide Alli- Balogun: Focus on guiding and getting students opinions on what is going on at the university. Mario Oliveros: Make sure people’s issues are tackled. Connar Walford: Represent the students of the university. Gianfranco Paddeu is also running for the role but was unable to make the Question Time due to personal reasons. President
I want to... Tuhid Ahmad: Make this university outstanding by making the appropriate decisions to benefit all of us and all societies. James Bodin: It’s a job I really care about and I want to improve promotion of the Union as so many students don’t realise what is available. Grant Clarke: Part of the points in my manifesto is to stop injustices in the student body. I was VP Activities last year so I know a lot about being a Sabbatical Officer. Adebayo Ilesanmi: I want to implement every reasonable demand for every student. And for that, I say: “Let there be light. Hope Mgbeike: I have the ability to listen to everyone and I want to make it a personal relationship so we can go forward as a student body. Edna Ndateh: I want to be the voice of the students. I have good experience and leadership skills. Kerrie Oak: The three main words I’m using for my campaign are improve, support, and reward. We as a union should be represented and I will help this. Kunal Shah: I feel like we need a change of direction because the higher education system has had a lot of change. We need to stop and look at the direction that we’re going in.
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We bet you had no idea we have a website (and it’s actually pretty good) Head online where we will be updating you with all the lastest election campaign coverage, we continue with our focus on Mental Health and you can find more info about getting involved with The Galleon. Rebecca King Online Editor
The Galleon is getting bigger and bigger, and we just can’t fit everything in the paper anymore! If you have a look online, you’ll see great new stories, videos and recipes that aren’t in our print editions. This week, we’re carrying on our focus on mental health, and have an eye-opening first hand account of dealing with these problems. Rikki May, 23, who works within the Sport and Recreation Department at the university, has allowed The Galleon to publish his experiences to promote awareness of mental health. On our website, you can read Rikki’s account of his journey through severe depression, taking 9 different medications over the years to overcome his problems. He highlights the difficulties, and the lowest points he faced, including personal points of his life, such as an overdose as an attempted suicide. But most importantly, Rikki shows his road to recovery. In hope of raising awareness of these issues, Rikki wanted to give this detailed report and hopes that it can help others, whether they are students or staff.
Rikki May, 23, who works within the Sport and Recreation Department at the university, has allowed The Galleon to publish his experiences to promote awareness of mental health” If you have any stories, like Rikki’s, that you think can help
other members of the university, do not hesitate to get in touch. Reading someone else’s account of their problems and eventual triumphs can help another victim of mental health issues through a difficult time. Have a look at the other articles The Galleon have published in the Features section of the website, to see how you can support friends, learn more about mental health, and where you can get help.
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Sex and Relationships
How much sex is enough sex? Chloe Finch Just a few months ago, Cosmopolitan ran an article in which two of their staff in long-term relationships put their sex lives to the test; one was made to have sex straight for 30 days, the other had to abstain for 30 days. Sounds tough, I know. So, what did they find out? Well, perhaps contrary to popular belief, it was actually a lot harder to keep at it for 30 straight days than to abstain altogether. So this made me think, just how much sex should you be having as a student? How much is enough? I’m sure you all know someone at university who seems to have sex on a regular occurrence; they may seem to get it more than they actually go to lectures. I just wonder how someone has the energy and drive to actually want sex so much; I’m not saying that sex isn’t enjoyable, of course it is, but do you not get bored after a while? Of course, we all have different sex drives; some like to get down and dirty daily, whilst others are happy with getting passionate in the bedroom fort-
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nightly, if that. In spite of popular opinion, those in relationships may not necessarily be getting more sex than singletons, especially if you’re in a long distance relationship.
University is famed for its sex and alcohol culture, with many people having regular sex through one night stands” Although, of course it won’t
be the same sort of sex you’d get from a relationship; omitted of passion and love, but sex is sex at the end of the day. Some may venture into the friends with benefits territory, just so they can get constant sex but those that do are treading on a very dangerous path, as it’s hard to escape the emotions that come with sex. My advice for those considering this (probably heard time and time again, but, hey, I’ll reiterate it now) is to be aware of what you’re putting yourself through, and that it may not work out as you had planned. If you’re in a relationship at university, then you may be
expecting regular sex, but the Cosmopolitan article revealed that forcing your partner to have sex just doesn’t work. You have to both want it. University life can be hectic; the last thing your other half may want after a day of stressful lectures is to get intimate in the bedroom. University is also very time-consuming; you may only be able to have sex weekly if you’re both busy with deadlines and other commitments. Is too much sex distracting for university students though? Many reports suggest that students are favouring sex over their studies, and websites like shagatuni.com are only encouraging students to have more sex. Personally, I don’t know why anyone in their right mind would want to feature on this site (perhaps it’s the cash incentive). I’d imagine that most students would rather keep their sex lives more private, but that doesn’t ignore the fact that many students do brag about how much sex they’re having to their friends. If you’re not having as much sex as you want, don’t get too hung up about it. Everybody
has different peaks in their sex lives; some may be getting their most amount of sex at university, whilst others will be having more sex upon graduating. The key thing is if you’re in a relationship, to not put pressure on your other half to be having constant sex, as your relationship is bound to crumble; you need to work having sex around your university commitments. You just can’t put a number on how much sex you should be having at university; different people will want different things. Sex is the sort of thing you can’t go looking for; if you go out specifically in search of someone to ‘shack up’ with, it’s bound to end badly. Plus drunken sex is really not all it’s said to be. So don’t compare yourself to others who may be having more frequent sex; just enjoy the freedom that university allows you to have.
The perfect meal for a rainy day: Shepherd’s pie Bethany Matchett Online Features Editor
Living with my Nan has great benefits and one of them is having the perfect food to cheer me up after a cold and rainy day. Every time I am sad or a bit run down, my nan will cook me an enormous Shepherd’s Pie, which is the best remedy to fill and warm you up.
so it is best to cook the pie as a whole and separate whatever is left into small takeaway containers to be frozen, so you can enjoy the pie another day. My nan starts off by cooking the onion slightly before cooking the mince, so the onions are ready to stir into the mince when it is done. As I like mine to be quite plain she only adds the onion and a plain beef stock
It can be hard at university to make big meals such as Shepherd’s Pie just for one” danny webs
cube. However you can also add small diced carrots if you wish. It can also help the flavouring if you add in Worcestershire Sauce. The mince is then left to simmer in the juices whilst the mash potato is started. Mash potato can never be lumpy, it is an unwritten rule. So it is best to start off by slightly boiling the potatoes and adding a pinch of salt. When potatoes are soft and ready to mash, add in as much butter and cheese as you wish to perfect your mash potato. Then when they are perfectly mashed, place as much mince into each separate takeaway container as you wish and place an equal amount of mash potato on top.
However when making Shepherd’s Pie as one big meal it is best to leave it on the side to cool in the serving tray whilst some grated cheese Is left to melt and crisp on top. Due to the meal being so filled with carbs and ‘hearty’, homely flavours it makes the cold and wintery days in Portsmouth seem that little bit easier. It is
also great to offer out to friends who have come round for the evening as it is a homemade ready meal waiting to be served with a side of green beans and chopped carrots. So far all of my friends have loved my Nan’s cooking, which is a bonus as she loves cooking for me!
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-Is planning the angles and -foundations of a building re.ally so different to designing an outfit? A structured style has been seen on the catwalks from Magiela to Giles this spring.
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Where there are many factors that make a building perfect for you to live in, you can also choose the perfect structured outfit for you to wear”
High street brands like Topshop have also been using fabrics in structural ways, with pleated culottes and a-line skirts.
Modern, minimalist and synthetic or rustic, historic and quirky, the range of architectural clothing out there is wide and varied. From Marc Jacobs’ romantic, rounded shoulders and crisp textured collars, to Yves Saint Laurent’s shiny, oversized
arm holes, the effect of the garments silhouette is what makes it unique. A town hall is grand and formal, as is a crisp, wide collared, starched shirt. A skyscraper may be domineering, but cool, like a pleated leather skirt that
unashamedly turns heads. A cute country cottage might be compared to a classic, square shouldered boucle jacket. In Portsmouth, the old, nautical buildings are red-brick and regimented and could be reflected by a 3D wire piece from Christopher Kane’s 2014 resort collection. Florals, cotton, wool, leather… the list of natural elements influencing the fashion industry is endless. This latest manmade influence on the trends may have you looking a little differently at the shape of your surrounding bricks and mortar.
The Brit Awards — The Celebrity Look for Less
Nicola Webb Although the Brit Awards is all about celebrating musical talent, it wouldn’t be the same without the stars strutting their latest fashion creations down that elusive red carpet. As always, this year’s show was packed with some amazing performances, including the out-of-this-world Beyonce, as well as a few awkward moments, some bizarre thank-you speeches and of course a range of fashion hits (and misses). Unlike the formality of the recent award ceremonies that have been buzzing around recently, such as the BAFTAs and the Oscars, the Brits gives celebrities a chance to brave something risky and more fashion forward. From Jessie J’s bizarre lipstick to Katy B’s smoking dress, below are a range of tips on how to grab those A-List outfits for less. Nicole Scherzinger The whole androgynous look is so on trend right now and who better to pull it off than feisty X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger? The tailored trousers and blazer kept her outfit formal and sophisticated, whilst the bodice added some much needed spice. Perfect for a relaxed night out for drinks or maybe even a hot date. Here are some links to great versa-
tile pieces to help steal Nicole’s look (without breaking the bank).
Bralet: Topshop £18.00 Trousers: New Look. £17.99, Blazer: H&M. £29.99, Necklace: Accessorize. £29.99, Shoes: Asos: £30.00.
No-one does it better than Queen B. Easily the highlight of the whole evening, Beyoncé did not only stun everyone with her amazing vocals, but also with her excellent fashion choices. It goes to show that less is more (take note Miley) and glitter is always the best way to dazzle an audience. Pixie Lott The 90s are in. In fact, they’re in so much that even old Friends episodes are starting to look like Topshop campaigns. Pixie Lott has embraced this ever-growing trend by working the classic cami dress - it’s simple, elegant and such an easy look to copy, whether you’re on a budget or lucky enough to splash out. Midi Dress: Asos. £14.00 ,Maxi Dress: Asos: £90.00 , Shoes: Next. £30.00, Clutch: River Island. £10.00
Katy B Whilst a splash of colour is always great to see, choosing red for the red carpet is always a risky choice. Yet Brit school graduate Katy B managed to sizzle in this pepper red bodycon dress, which complimented her fiery hair and showed off her toned figure. Completely on trend and a fabulous way to make a striking entrance, this look is everywhere at the moment and in a huge range of colours if red is not your thing.
One of this season’s hottest trends - the A- line skirt - is not the easiest item to wear, but paired with the simple black crop top and barely-there-heels it becomes the perfect combination for such an unusual look.
Dress: Lipsy. £60.00, Shoes: Asos. £33.50, Clutch: Miss Selfridge. £35.00
Dress: Topshop. £58.00, Shoes: Miss Selfridge. £39.00, Earrings: Quiz. £12.99
Top: Boohoo. £6.00, Skirt: Topshop. £55.00, Shoes: Zara. £39.99.
Look online for links to these amazing BRITS looks! Peaches Geldof Timeless and forever flattering, black is the best colour choice for a quirky outfit and Peaches Geldof manages to pull it off.
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Anchor Aunt Anchor Aunt I feel out of touch with my family but I don’t really have the money to go home, what can I do? You don’t need to go home to speak to your family. If you’re not friends on Facebook with your family give them a call. It’s the best way to catch up and no matter how busy you are you can always find time when walking to/from university to call your family. Or maybe write a letter? A letter may seem old fashioned, but who doesn’t get excited at getting post that isn’t bills? If you are feeling a little out of your family, maybe try putting a fiver aside a week and then you’ll accumulate enough to go home before you know it! Remind yourself that you’ll be going home soon as well, bearing in mind you have a potential three weeks at home for Easter and also three months for Summer. Stay positive and just call them, they’ll be missing you too. I feel I need more support in what happens after university but not sure what to do, what can you suggest? Excellent question and one that I’m sure many people will be thinking about. You’re very lucky at the University of Portsmouth to have the Purple Door at your fingertips to utilise. You can go into Purple Door (underneath James Watson) and book an appointment to have a chat, whether you just need a little point in the right direction or you are worried about having no idea what to do after university. They can book you in for a discussion and they have tons of resources to help you, so I definitely recommend going there. Also, there are a lot of resources online about graduate jobs and advice services so maybe even simply ‘Googling’ for help could pay off. It is also worthwhile getting your CV and cover letter sorted and looked at and Purple Door can offer help with this. I hope this helps and remember, there is always someone to ask for help!
My surprise trip to the Arctic Circle Gemma Dsouza Travel Correspondent
I’ve been back in reality for a week now and I still find myself subconsciously slipping into my snow boots each morning, gazing for the northern lights through dirty windows of lecture theatres and looking out for huskies as I walk through the common. Getting back into reality and routine after this holiday has taken me longer than usual. Probably because this was no ordinary holiday. This was a trip of lifetime and I still can’t believe I have just been to the Arctic Circle.
I have a godmother, fairy godmother I should say, who for almost 20 years of my life, has given me without a doubt the best birthday present every year- a surprise holiday. Over the years, my brother and I have tried to guess the destination, but have been unsuccessful each time. This year was no different; my suitcase was packed and the surprise flight was undergo. When we were on the plane, an announcement was made;“Welcome aboard this journey to northernmost part of Sweden, where we are entering the Arctic Circle on a Lapland adventure”. That announcement, along with the unlimited free booze they were handing us out on the Scandinavian airlines, was just the very beginning of the excitement to come. Three hours later, we landed in Kiruna, the northernmost city in Sweden. Kiruna has extreme weather conditions in winter (temperatures can drop to -45 degrees Celsius) so it was no surprise we had to switch
into our snow boots and thermals (which mum had secretly packed us) as soon as we landed. Kiruna is in the Swedish Lapland and is known for many things including the clear sights of the northern lights, the birthplace of many Olympian skiers, thousands of huskies, reindeer and moose, strong black coffee and warm loganberry juice. The most famous of attractions however is the Ice Hotel. Located on the outskirts of Jukkajarvi in Lapland, the Ice Hotel is a magnificent feat of architecture which is rebuilt every year entirely out of ice and snow, and I genuinely mean everything. No concrete foundation, wooden bed frame or central heatingjust a very detailed, stunning, jaw-dropping carved large igloo. The hotel is sectioned by ice corridors, with around 80 bedrooms, a breath-taking ice church (licensed to wed couples in), ice art rooms and an ice bar. Each year the hotel is built in a new design, so like a snowflake, no two ice hotels are ever the same. Due to this incredible architecture, it is a huge tourist attraction, not only as a museum to visit and take photographs, but as a hotel, to sleep there for a night. This is what we did, so my first night in the Arctic Circle, I found myself sleeping on an ice block as a bed, soft snow as a carpet and reindeer skin as curtains, all enclosed inside a sphere-shaped ceiling. Before bed we were briefed on the rules to keep us alive whilst sleeping in an igloo overnight: you must wear a hat and socks, try not to expose your face outside of the sleeping bag during the night and if you need the toilet- hold it. Just like a posh hotel gives you free floppy slippers, the Ice Hotel gave us moon boots and a sleeping bag thick enough to protect you in temperatures as low as -50. Only in one set of thermals, a hat and thick socks, I wriggled into my sleeping bag and climbed onto the block of ice which was covered by reindeer skins used for insulators, which for that night, I called bed.
The night’s sleep was surprisingly good and a lifetime experience - when am I ever going to sleep on a block of ice again? Well considering it will have melted by April, I definitely will never get the chance to sleep in that same bedroom again. The next few nights we moved into a warm lodge, idyllically surrounded by trees and snow. The Ice Hotel organised a range of activities for guests to do, which we took full advantage of. The second day we explored the pristine wilderness of Lapland on a husky safari, where we were taught how to ride a dozen huskies pulling us along on a sledge. We rode for five hours through a white, untouched snow forest with nothing but the sound of panting dogs. We stopped halfway, where a tee-pee, a burning fire and lunch awaited us. Hot reindeer soup with strong, black coffee was served. I was pleasantly surprised at the reindeer, it tasted as good as steak, and by the end of the trip, reindeer or moose became the norm meal to eat. I was sad to leave the huskies after the ride had come to an end. Although some of them were a little scary (probably as most of them were mixed bred with wolves), but I warmed to many of them. My favourite were Pluto and Jasper who were both trying to outrun each other. That night (after eating reindeer again), we set off riding snowmobiles through the night, in search of the northern lights. We had all rode snowmobiles once before in Iceland, but these were state of the art vehicles worth thousands, so we tended to lay off the boy-racer driving. This lasted about 10 minutes before we were all accelerating up to high speeds in snow a few metres deep. We rode into the night, our faces shielded by woollen balaclavas and top of the range snoods. Fashion was the last thing on our minds, especially when we stopped to see the northern lights. Unfortunately we didn’t see the typical brightgreen and red waves of colour due to the cloud cover-
age being too thick. However late at night, red and yellow shades floated in the air, lighting up the sky. The Swedish leader on the excursion with us told us how the Aurora is formed. I’ve never been a fan of chemistry but this was one thing that interested me beyond belief.
The final few days were spent cross-country skiing, photographing the ice hotel, general scenery and eating more reindeer. We found ourselves spending so much of our time putting on and taking off layers as the receptions, cafes and restaurants were so warm contrasting to the frosty outside conditions. The average day outfit consisted of thermal underwear, two thermal base layers, a jumper, a fleece, ski jacket, ski trousers and an arctic overall- not to forget the many practical, yet fashionable accessories including the balaclava, the snood and the earmuffs.
I need to thank my mum for her choice in godparents for me and to my godmother for her generosity and imagination of destinations. The Ice Hotel is something I will never get the chance to do again. To see the photos of all the ice bedrooms, bar and church then head to the Galleon website. I will always remember this trip but there are a few things in particular that will never be forgotten: if you can normal ski then don’t assume you can cross-country ski, the fire extinguishers in the ice hotel proves that health and safety really is forced upon and that yellow snow isn’t just spilt beer.
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Hidden gems of Portsmouth: Little Johnny Russell’s ing night there for just a tenner!
Alice Hughes Anyone that is familiar with Portsmouth knows that Albert Road is the wonderfully eccentric street full of typically British pubs, takeaways, open-mic nights and beards and tattoos. But, with endless amounts of pubs everyone always seems to end up at one place, Little Johnny Russell’s aka LJR to the locals. Personally I haven’t made it any further up the bar crawl road, because I don’t think I’ll have a better night anywhere else! Whilst places such as The One Eyed Dog and The Fat Fox make for a great social night with sit down drinks and toe tapping rock music in the background, Little Johnny Russells gives you something different.
Friday and Saturday nights become a club night inside what looks like a chilled out pub”
The armchairs are replaced with a DJ booth and the atmosphere kicks in. A favourite with students, particularly second and third years who live in the area, who receive free entry with proof of student ID to which the friendly bouncers will always make a joke about. Drinks aren’t overly cheap or pricey but if you môre used to £1 student drinks then be prepared to pay a bit more it’s usually around ¬£3.50 for a double or a jagerbomb. But with free entry I can personally say you can have an amaz-
The music is, in my opinion, all you need for a great night out - a mix of The Killers, The Vaccines, The Maccabees and many more from the top of the indie/rock scene. Even if this isn’t your usual taste in music, from personal experience I guarantee anyone and everyone will have a good night there purely down to the atmosphere and friendliness of the local crowd and bar staff. Unlike some bar staff who look like they want to be anywhere but there, the LJR bartenders are always friendly and serve with a smile. I’ve never had to wait longer than a couple of minutes at the bar even though it is always packed. For a smaller venue, they provide every drink you could want, unlike some of the traditional pubs, for example the range of Sambuca colours behind the bar always catches my eye!
The small dance-floor, cornered off with wooden banisters, is always busy, especially for the section of the night that plays remixes of current chart music. The venue also has one-off events with special DJ guests which in the past has included Bloc Party, The XX and Annie Mac. For a music loving student I always have the best nights at Little Johnny Russell’s and much prefer the scene compared to nights out down the
infamous Guildhall. LJR attracts a different crowd; everyone just seems to be having a happy time without a care in the world. It’s also a great place to go if you want a night out without the effort of getting dressed to the nines in heels and hotpants. The only negative thing I have to say about a night at LJR is the fact that it closes at 1am! Personally, I could stay there until six in the morning.
Sex and Relationships
Surprising benefits of sex Chloe Finch Sex; everybody loves it and students are no exception. But do you realise that there are numerous health benefits that come with getting passionate in the bedroom? Not that you needed an excuse to have more sex, but now you have one. Bonus! It can help you to de-stress If you’re feeling stressed about your impending coursework deadlines or an upcoming interview, then slipping under the covers to have some fun can help to lessen your nerves and make you feel more relaxed. It’s all because the endorphins and oxytocin hormones are released when you have sex. You don’t have to climax to feel relaxed, but you’ll get the biggest rush of these hormones if you do orgasm.
It can better
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get a sleep
Whenever you’ve just had sex you probably feel really drowsy, about to nod off to sleep, am I right? Well, as Cindy M. Meston, director of Psychophysiology at The University of Texas explains, that’s because the same hormones that help you to destress also relax your mind and body, which makes you sleep better. Although, if you’re having a full-on wild session, that can have the reverse effect and make you more energised rather than sleepy. So, perhaps opt for missionary if you’re af-
ter a sounder nights sleep. It can help to reduce pain Got a migraine, or backache? Then having sex can be just as effective as taking pain killers (plus it’s a lot more enjoyable). It’s all because of those magic hormones, endorphins, which are released during sex and help to relieve pain. Although, if you have a serious back strain, then I’d recommend going to the doctors rather than having a passionate sex session, as that would only make it worse. You will get fewer colds Yes, there’s actual scientific re-
search which proves that having more sex means you get fewer colds (great, I know). Researchers at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania found that those who have regular sex have a higher level of the antibody immunoglobulin A, which helps fight diseases and generally makes your immune system stronger. So if one of your friends seems to miraculously never get ill, then maybe you now know why. It can help to maintain your youthful looks
we know we’re not going to be young forever, but having frequent sex can actually help to maintain your youthful looks”
Let’s face it; regular sex produces the hormones testosterone and oestrogen, which helps to retain your looks and keep your body looking young. Oestrogen has also been found to make your locks shinier and skin softer. It’s a good form of exercise
We all know just how tiring a full-on passionate sex session can be, and that’s because it’s a form of exercise. You can burn anywhere between 85 to 250 calories in a session, obviously depending on how long and strenuous the session is (you’re not going to be burning much in the spooning position, let’s face it). Sex is known to work your abs, back muscles, butt and thighs because of the continuous thrusting. So why not skip the gym one day and have your morning work out in bed?
Wednesday 12th March 2014
Cheddar cheese scones with spring onion and paprika Alex Bee Heading home from university for the weekend usually means a few things. Firstly, having a lot of amazing food cooked for you - which doesn’t consist of supermarket value brand ingredients. Secondly, hours of undisturbed slumber in a quiet house. And lastly, for me at least, a desire to get creative in a completely clean kitchen, with an oven that actually works and isn‚Äôt either lazily lukewarm or the scorching temperature of the sun. So I turned to creator of the ‘Baking Made Easy’ books and TV series, Lorranie Pascale, for a recipe with minimal effort and maximum taste. However when I found what sounded like a deliciously different baking challenge, cheddar cheese scones with spring onion and paprika, my tiny local village store wasn’t so helpful in providing all the ingredients. So I had to improvise, and swapped spring onions for regular red ones, and wholemeal flour for white. Other than that, this really is baking made easy! And I felt like a child again staring
through the oven door as they magically rose and turned into perfectly shaped scones.The feedback was pretty good as well: my family were either being very determinedly polite, or were just very hungry, as they ate them all. These savoury scones are perfect for any time of day, and, according to Pascale, can be easily frozen and
Ingredients 5 spring onions, finely chopped 200g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting 100g wholemeal flour 50g unsalted butter 50g low-fat cream cheese 1 tsp baking powder 2 tsp paprika Big pinch of salt 100ml skimmed milk
placed in your lunchbox at the start of the day, ready to eat by 12pm when your tummy starts to rumble! Makes eight scones Equipment Food processor or large bowl 6cm fluted cutter Pastry brush Spray oil
1 small egg, lightly beaten or 1 egg yolk, mixed with 1 tbsp cold water 25g Cheddar cheese, finely grated Method Preheat the oven to 200 ° C, (Fan 180°C), 400°F, Gas Mark 6. Line a large baking sheet with baking parchment and set aside. Heat a medium frying pan over
a medium heat and spray in a little oil. Gently fry the spring onions for 4-5 minutes until softened, but not coloured. Put both flours, the butter, cream cheese, baking powder, paprika and salt into a food processor and pulse until they form fine crumbs. Add the milk and the cooked spring onions and pulse again briefly until they come together into a soft dough ball. If you don’t have a food processor, then put the ingredients into a large bowl and use your thumb and forefingers to pick up bits of the butter and cream cheese along with the flour mixture and rub them all together. Keep doing this until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, then add the milk and cooked spring onions. Mix everything together quickly with a table knife before getting your hands in and squidging it all together to form a smooth, soft dough. Make sure you get all the dry bits in the bottom of the bowl and really squidge them into the dough. Dust a clean surface with a little flour and roll the dough out
to about 2cm in thickness. Use a 6cm fluted cutter to stamp out rounds and arrange them on the baking sheet as you go. Make sure that when you cut them out, you don‚Äôt twist the cutter as this will result in the scones not rising straight up. Re-squidge the leftover dough pieces together and re-roll out to give eight scones in total. Brush the tops with the egg, avoiding letting any drip down the sides, which could prevent a good rise. Finally, sprinkle a little cheese over the top of each. Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until the scones are cooked through, nicely risen and are golden brown. These are delicious served warm. Taken From: http://www. lorrainepascale.com/ news/2013/11/28/cheddarcheese-scones-with-springonion-and-paprika/6121
Societies in the Spotlight: Creative Writing Timmy Harlequin Innovative, world changing and genius. These are just some of the words used to describe the greatest literary minds and the same could be said of the members of the UPSU Creative Writing Society. Well, maybe some. One or two. Well OK, we’re at least a little clever, our mums said so. The Creative Writing Society is a small society when compared to the other societies of UPSU. Our weekly meetings usually hold between 10 — 20 members at any one time. But what we lack in numbers we
make up in enthusiasm and passion. We love scribble and write and we love books. That’s all that matters. From the beginning of time, The Creative Writing Society has opened it doors to those who like to write, and it’s really as simple as that. If you love books and want to write your own little stories, heck if you write poems and songs we’ll even let you in! We meet every week, each meeting having a particular topic for discussion. For example, one week our topic was Villains/Antagonists. So, what we did was spend the first hour talking about villains.
Villains we love, villains we hate and villains we didn’t really think were all that bad. Which author came up with the best, or worst, villains? And, most importantly, how do we write villains? When we write, which styles do we write or how do we use our amazing linguistic skills to bring the villain to life, and usually death for that matter. Once we have finished quietly discussing this topic… OK, when I say quietly I mean shouting and laughing but never mind that, after these discussions we are then set a writing task by our brave El Presidente. For the villain day, we had to
have two pieces of paper; on the first piece, we wrote down a villain with a brief description of what they’re like, then on the second piece we wrote down a motivation for being evil. Any motivation at all. We then shuffled the two separate pieces in two hats, one being a lovely fez. Then, armed with a random villain and an abstract motivation for wrong-doing. As you can imagine, ending up with a cat who has an acute oedipus complex who has declared a vendetta against moustaches leads to an interesting story. A shockingly NSFW story, at that. I still have nightmares.
With such fun and excitement, for what reason could you possibly consider not joining the magic that is The Creative Writing Society? Our members range from Fresher’s to Alumni of over 10 years. We are not all literature students either. Some of us study Criminology or Politics, and others Broadcasting or Mathematics. We’re an eclectic bunch of misfits, wanderers and ragamuffins. We care not whether you’re a Tory or Democrat, Fresher or Alumni, troll or elf; as long as you like to write and enjoy a good book you’re welcome into our little family.
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iTCH: Scratching the solo surface With his days as the frontman of punk rock activists The King Blues long behind him, iTCH spoke to The Galleon about his drastic change in direction as a solo artist, and how much he’s loving it... Alex Bee
“This is the only job I’ve ever had in my life.” As he sat in front of me in his dressing room before supporting dan le sac Vs. Scroobius Pip at The Wedgewood Rooms, Jonny Fox, under his solo moniker iTCH, seemed very cool and calm. He was looking very cool as well, in a bright, printed bomber jacket, with gold rings on each finger and two gold bird talons clasped tightly around his collar. He tells me that he left education “stupidly young at 13”, and “really doesn’t know how to do anything else”, other than what he does now. We talked briefly about his son, and iTCH provided a heart warming response to my question that I’m sure not only musicians, but many working parents can relate to. A smile peeled across his expressive face when I touched upon the sometimes sensitive subject and asked him if he ever thought of leaving music and touring behind to stay at home. “I’d love to, like I totally miss him [his son] when I’m away, but if I didn’t do this job, I wouldn’t be able to pay for him to have the stuff that he has. I wouldn’t be able to pay for him to have his cool life. And I would be unemployed.” Taking a step away from his recently disbanded punk band The -King Blues, iTCH is on his own dnow. So how would he describe his solo sound? “What I try and do is take the lyricism and storytelling and political vibe of hip-hop, and mix it with
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the kind of raw anger and energy of punk.” iTCH had a knowing look in his eye when I began to talk about his ex-band, of which I was a big fan. He’d clearly been asked a lot about it before. But does the fierce, young performer miss life in a band? “No! I’m definitely loving it. I’m not missing being in a band. I’m really proud of everything we achieved and, more importantly, the way we did it. We really weren’t run-of-the-mill or like any other band; we were true and like a protest, political group. We did things kind of the right way around and I’m totally proud of it, but I have no desire to be a band again.
I’ve never written political music because I feel like I should, or that I have a responsibility, or because it’s worthy. I’ve just done it because it’s what I’m passionate about”
So, camaraderie is not something iTCH craves professionally,
but he explained that he wanted to show what the friendship of other homeless children meant for him when he was growing up in his new record. In one of his newer videos for the track ‘Spooky Kids’, a group of children living on the streets are shown living in pretty terrible conditions, but having quite a bit of fun. iTCH said, “every time I’ve tried to put my childhood into my music or into the art or whatever, I never wanted it to be totally, you know, a sob story, just because I was a homeless kid. I think that what I’ve always tried to represent is the camaraderie of it, and yeah, it was real shit, but there was good times and we were together and we became kind of a family.” His new tracks are full of energy but also reflect the angst and frustration of his past. But now he’s no longer fighting so hard to get noticed and has a voice that can be heard, does he feel pressure to make a difference? “I think I’ve never written political music because I feel like I should, or that I have a responsibility, or because it’s worthy. I’ve just done it because it’s what I’m passionate about. And now I actually find that I’m allowing myself to become more vulnerable and talk about my own story, where I come from and kind of talk about personal stuff a bit more. Politics will always be a part of my writing and what I do but I don’t really feel a responsibility. I probably should but I just don’t really think of it like that.” With the more serious side of iTCH’s work and his previous
spoken word pieces, such as the fan favourite ‘Five Bottles of Shampoo’ focusing on feminism, I wanted to know about the process of writing music and writing the spoken word. Is there a difference at the writing stage? “I figure out exactly what it’s gonna be first. I figure it out in my head what genre it’s gonna delivered in, and then I go about writing with that.” iTCH is about to head to the United States to introduce his sound to some American crowds, before heading back to pick up the extra dates that dan le sac Vs. Scroobius Pip have added to their tour. And the question all of us who are clutching festival tickets want to know, what are his plans for the summer? “There’s so many festivals in the UK, I don’t know what I’m allowed to say about what I’m doing yet but there’s definitely some UK festivals this summer, and some that I’ve never done before, so I’m excited.” Who knows what the future might hold for this young musician, who seems to have come through a lot to get to where he is today. But whatever you might read on internet forums or in the press about iTCH, he is clearly a passionate and hard working person. Unlike so many others in the music industry today, he is trying to make a change, not just money or headlines. Whether you enjoy his tunes or not, there has to be an appreciation for music that is fuelled by such heart and determination, coming from a smart and likeable character.
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Emma Leahy Online Arts & Entertainment Editor
eAfter yet another hectic week at yThe Galleon, we’ve got heaps of ,exclusive online content for you. eThis week, our writers take a look
back at the recent BRIT Awards, egiving you their verdict on the best and the worst performances of
the night. If you’re looking for a fresh album to listen to, then we have plenty of new music reviews, including Temples’ sixties revamp, Sun Structures, and singer/ songwriter Seth Lakeman’s Word Of Mouth. As well as this, we’ll also be bringing you the first instalment of
our new feature: ‘The Beginners Guide To…’, commencing with indie-pop, so make sure you check it out, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the genre! The gaming section is also looking big this week, with a review of the trailer for Cold, Cold World - the new downloadable content
for Batman: Arkham Origins, alongside a review of Banished. In addiition to all of this, Retro Reviews will be returning with a new episode that takes on Final Fantasy XII. Anyone who enjoys a cult classic may also want to check out the new Retro Reviews in screen, which is kicking off with
Ron Howard’s A Beautiful Mind. If you’re fancying more of a retro read, then be sure not to miss our review of Stolen by Lucy Christopher. For this and loads more news, reviews and features check out galleonnews.com/artsents
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What’s hot? Cameron Oldridge Deputy Arts & Entertainment Editor
K! Tour: The loudest show on Earth Kerrang! Tour 2014 O2 Guildhall, Southampton, 20th February
8/10 Danny Randon Arts & Entertainment Editor
‘The Human Chameleon’ to wreak havoc in Jurassic World Whilst only a rumour at the moment, Jurassic World looks set to enhance its already starstudded, non-dinosaur cast with claims that Vincent D’Onofrio is in line to portray the film’s human bad-guy, presumably unleashing another wave of dinosaur-based chaos. Jurassic World is set for UK release next year. Gallagher says Definitely Not! In the accustomed twitter rant that we have come to expect from Liam Gallagher, the latest is a questionable one. After it was announced that Oasis’ seminal debut album Definitely, Maybe would be reissued to mark its 20th anniversary, the former Oasis frontman urged fans not to buy it. The re-release is set to be the first in the new Chasing The Sun series from Big Brother Recordings, and is to be followed by re-releases of What’s The Story (Morning Glory)? and Be Here Now later in the year. ‘Gravity’ dominates 2014 Oscars Gravity won 7 gongs at 86th Academy Awards, with Alfonso Cuaron scooping the Best Director award. Despite winning a host of other prizes, including Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography and Best Original Score, Gravity missed out on the Best Picture prize, which went to Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave. McQueen’s adaptation of the Solomon Northup memoirs also won Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress gong for Lupita Nyong’o.
Since its inaugural run in 2006, the Kerrang! Tour has enabled the world’s most iconic rock magazine to channel its enthusiasm for ruddy loud music from the pages to the stage. Previous headliners of the tour have included Biffy Clyro, Good Charlotte, All Time Low and Bullet For My Valentine, but this year, K! went bigger than ever and booked a cluster of some of today’s noisiest acts, led by none other than nu-metal survivors Limp Bizkit. Opinions were inevitably divided upon the announcement of this year’s headliners, but nevertheless, not a single ticket was available as the K! Tour descended on Southampton once again… Well and truly kicking the evening into motion, Baby Godzilla (8/10), brought as much carnage as their name suggests. The Nottingham punk ‘n’ rollers’ on-stage (and in-crowd) antics were reckless enough to leave any insurance provider weak at the knees, leaving several dismantled microphone stands and battered monitors in their wake. During their raucous and thrashy affair with the initially-sparse crowd (60% of which was composed of ringing guitar feedback), Baby Godzilla showcased a shameless disregard for melody and personal safety. Somehow, this made them sound even more phenomenal. Californian extreme metallers Nekrogoblikon (3/10) were equally as mental as their predecessors, but in an entirely different fashion. Introduced by John Goblikon, their smartly-dressed green goblin of a mascot, the Los
STILL ROLLIN’: LIMP BIZKIT FRONTMAN FRED DURST
Angeles quintet took to the stage as the crowd timidly applauded out of courtesy, but also out of sheer confusion. What then followed was difficult to swallow, and even harder to explain. Nekrogoblikon’s breed of mythology-driven power metal has the potential to crush eardrums like grapes, but was frankly quite silly. The synths and guitars were wellexecuted, but under-appreciated and practically drowned out by the endless barrage of double bass drum and frontman Scorpion’s strangled screams. John Goblikon continued to dance around the stage, only leaving the stage for one song, and effectively stole the limelight from the actual band. While the Goblin gimmick proved amusing for one or two songs, but by the end of the six-song set, the novelty had worn thin, and there wasn’t much beyond that. The night was still young, and the spirits of the audience were anything but dampened once Crossfaith (7/10) marched on stage, utilising the visuals at their disposal to their full potential. Chaos erupted throughout the packed-out congregation as the Japanese mob unleashed their powerful blend of metalcore and electro (think early Asking Alexandria meets The Prodigy), with moshpits forming like giant whirlpools of flailing limbs left, right and centre. Crossfaith have enjoyed an increased following on the British Isles for the past couple of years, and they are loving every minute of it, while still remaining incredibly humbled. Gushing frontman Kenta Koie appeared to enjoy their set throughout, getting in the faces of the crowd alongside programmer/keyboardist Tamano Terufumi, particularly during their cover of
The Prodigy’s ‘Omen’ (now a sensational trademark of Crossfaith’s exuberant live show). Despite the current flourish in the British rock and metal scenes, it’s an invigorating experience to see a band from the other side of the world become fully accepted by the British crowds; Southampton may be a far cry from their native Osaka, but Crossfaith found themselves right at home on the Guildhall stage. And as the old saying goes, there’s no place like home. By the end of Crossfaith’s set, it felt like the evening couldn’t get louder. As Limp Bizkit (9/10) emerged from the wings, with frontman Fred Durst keeping his head low and face masked by his signature red baseball cap, the mellow and progressive introduction of ‘Stalemate’ presented a rather unsettling contrast to the previous proceedings.Opening with an obscure track from their 1997 full-length debut Three Dollar Bill, Y’all was indeed a courageous move, pleasing the hardcore and the niche contingent, but eluding the mainstream portion of the audience, which was considerably larger. A brief cover of Guns N’ Roses ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ (which again met a mixed reception) led into chart-topper ‘Rollin”, at which point it became rather clear what the crowd had come for, as a sea of arms replicated that accompanying dance move. ‘Rollin” was just the beginning of a hit-heavy performance, with the band drawing largely from their critically acclaimed albums Signficant Other and Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavoured Water. ‘My Way’, ‘Nookie’ and ‘My Generation’ all made prominent appearances on the setlist, alongside their cover of George Michael’s ‘Faith’,
where Durst encouraged ladies to clamber up onto the nearest pair of shoulders. Though abrasive in his lyricism and execution, Durst is surprisingly placid and charming in between songs. Banishing any rumour of pretentiousness surrounding him, Durst interacted regularly with the crowd, at one point picking a rather talented youth to breakdance alongside him. It’s not something you’d expect from one of the scene’s most lyrically aggressive MCs. Guitarist Wes Borland, famed for his elaborate approach to onstage attire, came to the party dressed as what can only be explained as a goulish holidaymaker, adorned in a flowery fedora and a Hawaiian shirt, but with an alarming absence of trousers. His sonically experimental musical style is certainly present, and he even cut his teeth as the lead singer while performing a medley of Nirvana tracks (a means of celebrating Kurt Cobain’s birthday, which fell on the same day). Despite not coming back for an encore, Limp Bizkit could not have ended their set (and the evening) better, with a double-bill of ‘Take A Look Around’ and the ferocious ‘Break Stuff’. The movement from the crowd that ensued made the moshpits during Crossfaith’s set look like a playground scrap, as the Guildhall became a quaking warzone. One final beatdown from Limp Bizkit was all it took for the Kerrang! Tour 2014 to be pushed to boiling point. 2015 will host the 10th K! Tour, and after an intense study of previous lineups, there’s no foretelling who will fill the bill next time around. Judging from the magnitude and volume of this year’s show, however, we’re in for one hell of a night…
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Irish rock hotshots unleash debut EP Only Rivals Details
7/10 Danny Randon Arts & Entertainment Editor
Though hailing from Dublin, Only Rivals are now often regarded as part of Britain’s uprising rock elite, counted alongside the likes of Lonely The Brave, Royal Blood and their recent touring buddies, Max Raptor. The lead-up to the release of the band’s debut EP, Details, has foreshadowed the exciting times that await the four-piece, and upon hearing the five-track release, you’ll realise why some believe them to be the biggest band to emerge from the Emerald Isle since Boyzone. Although it was originally released in October, debut single ‘Borders’ is still a straight-laced powerhouse of an opening track, with its
stomping intro giving way to an eye-wateringly powerful hook. Second single ‘History’ brings edgier tones and punkdriven pace to the proceedings, and the eponymous concluding track adds some depth and a pleasant contrast to the equation. Meanwhile, ‘When I Die’ manages to find a brilliant balance between the two. Details consistently showcases soaring riffs, intense
melodies and colossal rock choruses, and standout track ’Surgery’ is absolutely no exception. If there’s one criticism to be made of this initial effort from Only Rivals, it’s that it doesn’t bring much in terms of originality to the table; there are times where it stylistically stalks the likes of Young Guns and Mallory Knox, but fortunately avoids becoming a cookie-cutter EP. However, if the aforementioned bands’ successes are any influence on predicting the future of this young quartet, then Only Rivals are in for a very promising year. Currently preparing for another jaunt of the UK and Ireland in support of pop-punk titans All Time Low and Tonight Alive, where they will be playing their biggest shows yet, Only
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Single Review Merchandise Begging For Your Life / In The City Light
4/10 Ermis Madikopoulos Florida electronic three-piece Merchandise signed to indie record label 4AD (Bon Iver, Daughter) in January 2014 and are releasing a new album, After The End, later in the year. They met as students with a shared love of hardcore punk and Miles Davis, while singer Carson Cox had previously played in various punk bands. Initially, their 2013 EP, Totale Nite, showcased a lo-fi shoegaze sound, with heavily distorted guitars reminiscent of Pavement, complete with drum machines to create a sound which is reflective of the late 1970s,
while Cox appears to incorporate elements of Morrissey in his vocal delivery.
The musicianship is sloppy and on the whole does not flow very well”
Reviews of the EP were mixed, with Pitchfork saying that it “places a similar premium on the projection of honestly and unguarded emotions”. In comparison, Tiny Mix Tapes stated that Cox’s voice is tinny and showcases a lack of emotion. It will be interesting to see whether their sound has expanded on this new release…
The track starts off with what sounds like saxophones in feedback, and then the guitars are brought into the mix, creating a baggy sound drenched in reverb. This is created in order for the listener to be drawn into the music, and that element of the track works: the sliding power chords leave the listener in a trance and wondering what is going to happen next. Although this is an interesting idea, the musicianship is sloppy and on the whole does not flow very well. However, perhaps this was the bands intention, as the original track clocks in at 14 minutes long, therefore showcasing that there is an audience which can appreciate this sort of overblown indie rock. Cox still delivers a Morrisseyesque vocal performance, however this is to an extent where he effec-
Rivals still have a long way to go. It would be nice to hear them utilising their potential in the creation of something slightly more refreshing, but for the time being, Details is a sturdy foot in the door to bright lights… TOP TRACKS: ‘Surgery’ FOR FANS OF: Knox; Blitz Kids
Single Review Clean Bandit Rather Be (Feat. Jess Glyne)
8/10 Sophie Broom
‘Rather Be’, the fourth track from baroque-pop quartet Clean Bandit’s upcoming debut studio album Clean Eye, was first played in December as Zane Lowe’s ‘Hottest Record In The World”, and it seems the BBC Radio 1 DJ was right to pick it for such an accolade. It currently holds the record for the most streams in a single week on Spotify, and debuted at number one in the charts, making it the fastest selling single of 2014 so far. The Cambridgeshire band, who formed in 2009, met whilst studying as undergraduates, and their sound has been described as baroque-pop/experimental/fusion, combining classic elements to a catchy dance beat. Producing all their own tracks, they invite artists to collaborate with them, along with having a hand in creating their own thought-provoking music videos. ‘Rather Be’ is an ultra catchy tune that had me dancing around the room, grabbing my hairbrush and busting out my moves. It’s been described as a ‘mushy love song’, but you don’t have to be in love to appreciate the beautiful blend of vocals, classical sounds and videogame-style synth blips. The foursome’s growth in popularity has seen them added to the hottest festivals across the UK including Isle Of Wight, Parklife and Bestival (to name a few), and most of the dates on their upcoming tour in May have already sold out. ‘Rather Be’ is a track that will get you excited for summer, and tively imitates him, demonstrating will continue to feature heavily in a shortage of originality. Addition- playlists over the heat-soaked ally they sound devoid of emotion, months. and there are countless bands that project a similar technique, and if FOR FANS OF: Sam Smith; an improvement could be offered, Ella Eyre perhaps a bit of passion could be included. Would you like to review an album,
‘Details’ consistently showcases soaring riffs, intense melodies and colossal rock choruses”
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Conquering the box office brick by brick The Lego Movie In cinemas now
8/10 Pete Kirkpatrick The long-awaited film adaptation of the Lego universe centres on Emmet (Chris Pratt), a chirpy construction worker for whom life is simply “awesome”. However, a group of rebel Master Builders, led by blind seer Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) choose him to take down corrupt dictator Lord Business (Will Ferrell), who plans to keep the Lego population exactly as he wants them to be. Emmet, however, is very much in over his head, and soon only he and a select few other Master Builders can save the world. The Lego Movie gets the balance right between fun adventure for
Marvel commences ‘Phase II’ (and DC’s playing catch-up) Stephen Pye Another spring dawns, and with it, we foresee a summer slammed full of reboots, sequels, spin-offs and of course, the obligatory exports from the land of Marvel. Following the success of Avengers Assemble in 2012, I am as excited as anyone else. However, I argue that as good as all this seems, there is danger lurking. With the successful conclusion of ‘Phase I’, Marvel is now pressing forward with its ‘Phase II’ project. Already we have seen the early steps with Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, and the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier. So much more is to come in the form of Guardians Of The Galaxy and Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, before culminating in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Disney’s partnership with Marvel has managed to achieve the impossible; they have made comic books. With eight films already multi-million dollar revenues, this is the biggest rolling success, and it shows no sign of stopping. We are reaching what I personally feel is a peak of saturation. As if the growing Marvel Cinematic Universe wasn’t enough for Disney/ Marvel, we also are now seeing their adventures on the smaller screen. With Joss Whedon’s pet project,
younger audience members, and sophisticated humour, paying homage to generations’ worth of Lego that us adults can and will appreciate, particularly those of us who play Lego tie-in video games. The slapstick brings some excellent comic relief, particularly in the huge scale chase sequences, that are terrifically edited and quite a tribute to levels of games such as Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, which despite being a complete flop, has already paved the way for a Netflix meta-series based on The Defenders, (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage). Due to the vast growth of projects and intellectual properties, Marvel are taking bigger and bigger risks to succeed. With the upcoming Guardians Of The Galaxy, which is delving deep into the realms of comic book lore, there’s a growing sense here that, if this trend keeps up, Marvel will eventually hit entropy here, but it just doesn’t seem to show any signs of stopping. With rumours of Doctor Strange, Punisher and Nick Fury-based films on the horizon, there’s no telling how much bigger this franchise will grow. DC, in relation, has been pitifully slow in its dire attempts to keep up with its long term rival. The sequel to last years lacklustre Man Of Steel, Batman Vs. Superman (as it is provisionally titled) is a very hush-hush sneaky attempt to steal the thunder, by arranging two of the greatest comic book heroes against each other. Whilst Marvel’s strategy works via continuous momentum, Warner Bros.’ plan simply places it under greater and greater risks. The inclusion of Batman here, so recently after Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, is simply to ensure that Superman will fly once more.
Lego Batman. Lifelong fans of everything Lego will be pleased by the number of cameos in The Lego Movie. From Abraham Lincoln and Shakespeare, to Gandalf, Dumbledore and a number of Star Wars characters; even Milhouse from The Simpsons has a brief cameo! This Lego universe is brought to gloriously detailed and textured
life by some outstanding animation that is rich in vibrancy and character, bringing such a strong sense of authenticity to the Lego world. The voice cast do an excellent job, particularly Ferrell, Freeman and Liam Neeson. The main song ‘Everything Is Awesome’ is hard to forget, yet the cleverest aspect of the film is that, unlike other Lego adaptations, it is unafraid to distinguish between fantasy and reality, bringing the Lego brick borders crashing down in a wonderfully inspired moment of self-awareness. Here the message at the very heart of the film comes through most prominently: that we should each have our own unique attributes and imagination, and should be allowed to freely express that. This scene also serves as a lovely reminder for adults that it does not matter that Lego has a recom-
mended age, you will never truly be too old for it. The Lego Movie is most certainly a film to catch in cinemas, as it boasts a very creative screenplay, outstanding animation and a brilliant voice cast. If your reason for not seeing it yet is the fact that you think you will be too old, then don’t worry: it is a film that revels in the fact that you cannot get too old for Lego.
This Lego universe is brought to gloriously detailed and textured life by some outstanding animation that is rich in vibrancy and character”
A monument to behold The Monuments Men In cinemas now
7/10 Bryony Noble What happens if you cross four Americans, a Frenchman, a German and a Brit in World War II? Refreshingly, George Clooney has assembled (Ocean’s Eleven style) seven men charged with protecting paintings, sculptures and architecture that are the silent victims of any war. For once, Hollywood is concerned not with the art of war, but the art of humanity. Clooney, the American version of Kenneth Brannagh with his role in every aspect of production, has hit the target by balancing pomp and resilience in the face of war, with some old style humour among different nationalities; classic stereotypes were lovingly indulged rather than dropped like cliché bombs. The valued talent of Clooney’s is to negotiate an ensemble that allows each character their own space to connect with viewers; two of them die and we cared. The bravado of Clooney’s men is not in glorifying war, rather preserving the beauty we are capable of as humans, and makes their deaths
nobler for it. Of course, this being Hollywood, the camera can’t resist American patriotism - the States flag flying above the emptied art hoard near the end is clearly as ‘zounds to you, sir’ to the Russians as the notso-Allied-now forces claim victory. Intended or not, it raises the point of, having fought to save priceless art from destruction and privatisation, a new squabble beginning. The occasional brief shots of the Führer gazing over his model museum empire, or signing a document, is more blatant than subtle storytelling; if we didn’t already get that Hitler wants to take all the classic art and will burn Picassos and soldiers alike to get his way. The hardest scenes are the
burning books and paintings. The film was intensely researched, which makes the atrocities all the more shocking; this is not something Hollywood thought up but real events. Seeing a Raphael painting being torched, it seems as though for every beauty in history there is an atrocity. Hope comes in the form of enemies sharing a trembling cigarette together. When all seems bleak, Clooney has a crooked smile (and a glorious moustache) to rally morale. Tarry at the end credits to see original photos: kudos to casting crew and set design for authenticity. It’s nice to see grey hairs and culture in a war movie, to remind us, as humans, we are capable of maintaining that, for every atrocity, there is beauty.
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Wartime adaptation is hardly a steal The Book Thief In cinemas now
6/10 Rachel Dickerson Mark Zusak’s novel, The Book Thief, is pleasantly adapted by Brian Percival in this coming-of-age film, where childhood innocence and the extremity of the Nazi regime are pitted against one another.
The lack of attention and duration of the film’s emotional climaxes unfortunately tighten the demographic”
Liesel (Sophie Nélisse), the main character of the film and an illiterate, is taken in by German foster parents, Hans and Rosa Huber-
mann in 1938, humorously and emotionally portrayed by Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson. What follows is the tender story of Liesel’s new life in Nazi Germany, where her family hide a Jewish friend, Max (Ben Schnetzer), from the Nazi oppressors. After she begins to ‘borrow’ books, earning her the nickname ‘book thief’ by her best friend Rudy (Nico Liersch), we witness her journey of literacy, from taking her brother’s funeral book to stealing from the public book burning and finally utilising the mayor’s personal library.
The film is an enjoyable watch, having the ability to entertain young adults and children alike. However, the lack of attention and duration of the film’s emotional climaxes unfortunately tighten the demographic, making this a somewhat less than compelling watch for adults. Scenes in the novel are comparably different to the film, such as when Hans, Liesel’s father, attempts to negotiate a Jew’s life on the street with the police being far more graphic in the novel. This leaves the horrors of the Holocaust seemingly diluted to suit a younger
audience rather than conveying the war’s atrocities. In doing so, Percival fails to do Zusak’s heartwrenching novel justice. This weakness of the film is somewhat made up for by the acting efforts of Rush and Watson who must be praised for their portrayal of Liesel’s adoptive parents. Rush, in particular, is charming and endearing as Liesel’s aged father, constructing an alphabet on the walls of the home’s basement for her to learn to read and write. Watson, on the other hand, as a stern maternal figure, contrasts the free-spirited and humorous ways of her husband. Unfortunately, I believe the film’s reliance on Liesel’s escapism through reading and writing allow for the historical background to be swallowed up by the watering down of Zusak’s narrative. Nonetheless, the film’s endearing script and wonderful performances from Rush and Nélisse make this film strangely charming considering its context. Worth a watch, but not the hard-hitting film it had the potential to be.
Continuation of the McConaissance Dallas Buyers Club In cinemas now
8/10 Jodi Turnbull Inspired by the real-life story of Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey), Dallas Buyers Club takes on the mammoth discussion surrounding the politics of the Food and Drug Administration, as well as the treatment of AIDS/HIV sufferers. The all American, sex-addicted hustler is shocked to discover he has contracted the AIDS virus and is given 30 days to live. Upon realising that treatment for the virus is frustratingly hard to come by, Woodroof wages war on the FDA and takes his treatment into his own hands, whilst also finding a way to profit from other victims by founding the ‘Dallas Buyers Club’. Along the way he forms an unlikely alliance with transgender Rayon (Jared Leto), and finds solace in
Doctor Eve (Jennifer Garner). Much of the talk in the media surrounding this film has been about the dramatic weight loss of its lead actors McConaughey and Leto. Whilst their collective weight loss is an admirable display of respect and fidelity to their characters, in both cases their characterisations are much more than that. Leto is outstanding as the softlyspoken and tender Reyon, whose influence on Ron is profound. What starts as a begrudging collaboration between the pair, transcends
purpose and becomes a deeprooted affection that proves to be the highlight of the film. Similarly to Leto, McConaughey is remarkable. Masterfully creating a character guilty of misogyny and homophobia that blossoms into a more human, albeit unlikely hero, McConaughey continues to demand respect for the drastic U-turn his career has undertaken of late. Garner meanwhile, provides the film with a sound moral compass and a sweet-natured, quiet rebellion against injustice.
With Jean-Marc Vallée at the helm, the film maintains an effortless subtlety which fortunately resists the temptation to descend into tear-jerking melodrama. The result is an important and thoughtful film that is long overdue, and deserves the blaze of Oscar buzz left in its wake. Unfortunately though, Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks have effectively ruined the portrayal of AIDS/HIVrelated narratives for actors the world over, and it is perhaps with their unforgettable performances in mind that I can’t help feeling that Dallas Buyers Club could’ve been more amazing and more resonating. Come Oscar night, I will be left feeling that any accolade the film gets will have come a little too easy for my liking.
‘Dallas Buyers Club’ deserves the blaze of Oscar buzz left in its wake”
‘Adventure Time’… For dummies George White
Meet Finn the human, a boy who loves kicking evil butt, with his magic size-changing, talking dog Jake by his side. Now add a plethora of princesses that seem to constantly need saving from a crazed old snow wizard (aptly named the Ice King), and you would only understand half the happenings in the magic land of Ooo. Originally viewed as a children’s cartoon, the first word to describe any plot in Adventure Time would be insane; so wacky in fact that it has created an adult following. Most episodes follow the escapades of Finn and Jake as they travel around the various territories, such as the Fire Kingdom, usually due to the behest of Princess Bubblegum of the Candy Kingdom. However, the plot appeal is surpassed by its subversive humour and its recurring characters. With the portrayal of Cinnamon Bun, BMO and others, the characters all contribute to a part of the Adventure Time canon that create an internal consistency in how all the characters interact with the world and others within it. It is the interest in each character’s gradual exposition of their history with one another (for example, Marceline The Vampire and the Ice King’s, which truly makes this cartoon different than any other). If you like the wackiness of SpongeBob SquarePants, but crave for a little more character development then Adventure Time will fill that desire. The most important aspect of the entire series is the fact that wherever you may be situated, be it the land of Ooo or in your bedroom, the greatest adventure is how you interact with those around you. Do you have a film or a TV show that you want to review for The Galleon? Email email@example.com
Wednesday 12th March 2014
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Tricorn: the pinnacle of Brutalism? Nick Meadows Culture Editor
Those of you from out of town may not realise, but just over 10 years ago, the majority of Portsmouth residents collectively sighed with relief when the council announced it was to demolish the Tricorn Shopping Centre. The Tricorn stood on what is
now the car park behind Commercial road, and was Britain’s finest example (or biggest victim, depending on your taste) of brutalist architecture. For 40 years, Pompey’s skyline was dominated by swathes of concrete, housing little more than an empty promise that one day a “big” store would move in and bring the place to life. This never happened. Larger shop units were let out to smaller or temporary stores, the multistorey car park became a haven for addicts, and the roof provided an opportunity for several suicide attempts. Brutalism was a form of modernist architecture which flourished in the 1960s in the UK, and were certainly designed more for function than fashion. Built predominantly from concrete, the buildings did not age well and by the time it was demolished, the Tricorn Centre was one of the largest examples of this style still standing in the country. Catherine Croft, director of the 20th Century Society, describes the Tricorn as “perhaps the most flamboyant of British brutalist buildings”. Prince Charles, however, likened the centre to “a mildewed lump of elephant droppings”. Who was right? Well, you can be the judge… From 15th March until 8th June, Portsmouth City Museum is exploring the rise and fall of this iconic building. Admission is free Tuesday to Sunday. Did you read a book, or see a show or exhibition recently? Send your reviews to firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDMS recreate oriental classic UPDMS presents ‘The Mikado’ Kings Theatre, Southsea, 27th February
7/10 Daisy Young Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘The Mikado’ was recently given a new lease of life by the University of Portsmouth Dramatic and Musical Society, and by the University’s orchestra. The story focuses on the young maiden Yum-Yum, who is engaged to Ko-Ko but actually loves NankiPoo. Meanwhile, Ko-Ko requires someone to execute, and the suicidal, forlorn Nanki-Poo seems to be the man for the job. However, he will only agree to his execution if he may spend his last month alive married to Yum-Yum, which is where it all begins, inevitably, to fall apart. The story sounds complex but lends itself well to the stage. Despite the talk of executions, it is a comedy about forbidden love and some of the jokes did make me smile, but the humour would have been better received from the intended audiences during the 1800s. At just over two hours long, this operetta is perfect to drag friends along to if you feel like briefly dipping into some culture. The full orchestra in the pit were flawless and a real delight to listen to.
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The overture held the audiences’ attention rapt, and set the scene for the drama to come. I noticed there were some modern updates to certain lyrics, which were wellreceived and raised a few chuckles. The actors were wonderful and enthusiastic; the chorus formed really important support for the leading roles, which can be makeor-break in theatres, and I felt that this really did ‘make’ the show. My only criticism is that every member of the chorus were constantly doing some activity or other throughout their time on-stage, whether that be mimed gossiping or running across the stage to join friends. This was a little distracting with so
many chorus members doing so much at once. I often found myself intrigued by the people at the back and their silent arguments. The lead roles really managed to keep the audience spellbound with their solos and duets. The singing was to a higher standard than I had imagined, which was pleasantly surprising. Yum-Yum had a particularly beautiful voice with which to lead the show. The simple set design helped to keep the stage from feeling too cluttered but was sufficient enough to set the scene without being overtly minimalistic. Visually, what drew the eyes were the striking Japanese women in their Geisha make-up
Galleon Microfiction #4: Synapses Sam Ward Opinion Editor
It was a room of that stale brown reserved for the most dour of retirement castles. The wasteland of yesterday’s youth. Two elderly gentleman, suitably cardiganed, sat in fading wing-back chairs engaged in their last pleasure, reminiscence. “Why do you drink so much, Glen?” “Because, when, with the precision of a clock-maker you can control your blood alcohol content to maintain the state of mind in achieving best the instinctual impulse of outer synapses, you have joy. That is the task of the social drunk. An obvious risk to this gambling at the edge of acceptability is the slip and slide into the
ineffectual drunk. Past the stage of burning inhibitions to the ashen haste of mistake. It is the difference between blossoming the shy flower and drowning it. To turn about the audience afore you at the perfect balance of the Scottish malt and English hop is to look, when the constitution of the room favours the pissed, at a room of chance and possibility.” Arthur’s slight frame stirred with
a gentle laughter. “I suppose you’re right, Glen. I remember when you fell in the river. That wasn’t controlled. Or was that just a training injury?” “Oh yes. I had forgotten about that,” he chuckled a little. “Well if they didn’t want us pissed they shouldn’t have given us so much rum.” “What was the name of that little village we were stationed near?”
and costumes. The colourful outfits were lovely, and flowed very nicely during the dancing. Overall, the production was interesting and the acting was good. The fact that this operetta is still so popular today says a lot for the music and the story.
The lead roles really managed to keep the audience spellbound with their solos and duets”
The clouds of Arthur’s memory were visible in the wrinkles of his face. “Would you believe it, I can’t remember. I remember they had a nice little pub though. What was it called?… The Lonely Painter or The Friendly Easel? Something like that.” “All I remember is it had its share of friendly Ethels.” The two men burst into as rapturous a laugh as they could manage, then settled back down into their chairs with a little helping of after cough. As Glen went to refill his glass with a measure of his namesake, Arthur cast a disapproving eye. “Not another one Glen, you’re three sheets to the wind.” “Of course I am. How else to reach such eloquence?” “Try talent.” The rapturous laughter returned, so too the coughing.
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Stand by for Titanfall
Titanfall Beta Xbox One
9/10 Tom Breakwell Gaming & Technology Editor
Respawn’s new first-person-shooter certainly has a lot of weight resting on its shoulders. Timed to hit stores this March, Titanfall will be going head to head with the PS4 exclusive Infamous: Second Son. Geared as the first glimpse of nextgen first person shooters on the Xbox One, Respawn opened up the beta for Titanfall recently, and I was lucky enough to get a chance to play it. As a purely online game,
Twitch.tv plays Pokémon Aidan Williams Deputy News Editor
Watching someone play Pokémon doesn’t sound very interesting. Watching 70,000 people playing the same game of Pokémon online is a whole different story. It’s fascinating: commands are entered by a chatroom to the side of the ongoing game, where people type in the command and wait for it to happen in game (for example, typing ‘up’ will make the character walk up). There are two distinct ‘camps’, so to speak. On the one hand you have the people genuinely trying to complete the game in an organised manner, and plan a strategy to get through. On the other hand you have those who just want to cause havoc, which is done by entering hopelessly irrelevant commands. These include opening the ‘Start’
is it worth your £40? From the off, the game employs the same kind of twitch shooter mechanics any seasoned Call Of Duty player is familiar with. When you are not going head-to-head against others in giant mechs (basically a giant robot with guns), you find yourself running through futuristic streets and alleys, trying to avoid any open areas where mechs are usually present. Having players fight on foot while others fight in massive armored robots certainly sounds unbalanced, and indeed if you are caught out in the open on foot against a mech, you certainly don’t stand much of a chance. However, thanks to your trusty jump pack, button and attempting to save an irrelevant task considering the game is on 24 hours a day. The community aspect goes deeper. Reddit now has 94,113 of its members subscribed to its feed dedicated to the game and the stream has had over 35,000,000 views. Introducing the Anarchy Versus Democracy system on the sixth day added another layer. This means there is a bar on-screen, and on one side of the bar there’s anarchy, and on the other, democracy. Anarchy
you can scale the roofs of buildings, armed with a rocket launcher, and pick off player-controlled mechs as they are dropped in from the sky.
While the beta is hardly the finished product, Titanfall offers fastpaced, innovative gameplay”
The big lure of Titanfall is of course the mechanised titans armed to the teeth with weapons. Having been slightly hesitant going is where each command put in is performed, whereas democracy is a voting system where you vote for which action you wish to happen next and after a clear majority is reached the move is taken. The system changes when the opposite system has 75% of the vote. This adds another layer, because whilst anarchy is faster and arguably more entertaining, it is less likely to achieve progress. Democracy is slower and more accurate but the less popular of the two, and it crystallizes the debate
Hellfire Sega Mega Drive
8/10 into the beta, I am happy to report that these beasts are a joy to play. Dropping from the sky every two minutes (or less depending on if you perform scoring actions), these monstrous exoskeletons truly spice the game up. Battling against others in their titans amounts to an exciting and explosive affair peppered with great tactical moments. For example, if you are taking damage you can activate your Vortex Shield, which catches bullets and projectiles from an enemy titan and throws them back at the enemy mech. Once you have taken too much damage you also have the ability to eject from your titan and return to foot-based combat as a pilot. The game modes themselves also offer a degree of innovation. Team Deathmatch, Domination and Last Man Standing are present. However, after each battle you are met with an epilogue in which the losing teams must escape on a dropship. What ensues is a frantic rush to the ship if you find yourself on the losing team, while being chased by the enemy team. While the beta is hardly the finished product, Titanfall offers fast-paced, innovative gameplay. The balance achieved between armored mechs and foot soldiers helps ensure this game feels both fresh and fair. between the two camps. Democracy or Anarchy? I never expected a game of Pokémon to end up asking such a deep question. Credit must go to them for completing the game, as they did after 16 days, seven hours and 45 minutes; just over 391 hours of game-play . What’s next? It’s popularity has ensured a ‘sequel’ so to speak. Next up: Crystal!
Democracy or Anarchy? I never expected a game of Pokémon to end up asking such a deep question”
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Sebastian Stungo Complaining about modern games being too difficult warrants a hard slap around the face with a copy of Hellfire for
the Sega Mega Drive. A sidescrolling space shooter released in 1990 by Toaplan, Hellfire is as innovative as it is frustrating. In traditional arcade shoot’em-up fashion, you collect power ups and speed boosts as you progress, but lose every upgrade if you die. This essentially boils the game down to one life only, as the later levels become almost impossible without the additional speed and fire power. Your ship has four modes of fire and changes colour correspondingly: forwards (pink), backwards (yellow), vertical (green) and diagonal (blue). This also means that enemies are coming from every direction, heightening the need for rapid coordination. The design is unique, with every level throwing different threats at you (just as you learned how to deal with the last lot) to match the environment. Stage Two, for example, has a bizarre Egyptian theme, with flying Pharaonic heads and a giant mechanical sarcophagus acting as the boss. The soundtrack is upbeat and full of early 90s charm, taking full advantage of the Mega Drive’s gritty sound chip. As with many older games, memorisation is key and this is where the replay value comes from. You learn the hard way just how much of a threat that beastly robotic quadrupled is, and you can’t wait to give it another shot with this new-found knowledge at hand. That is, of course, if you haven’t thrown your controller out of the window by then…
Wednesday 12th March 2014
Portsmouth Women’s Football 1sts agonisingly crash out of BUCS cup
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LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVER2 SITY 2ND Jordan Webb Sport Editor
The Women’s 1st Football team suffered an agonising 2-1 defeat at home to Loughborough 2nd’s in a hard-fought encounter at Langstone. An uninspiring first half saw neither side capable of penetrating the others defence, with the game being played predominantly in the centre of the field. Portsmouth took the lead after an impressive strike from Amber
Clarke but Loughborough levelled the score immediately afterwards, after the Portsmouth back line were caught napping. Evidently depleted after commanding much of the second half, Portsmouth went behind after a Loughborough head got on the end of a lofted corner, the ball soaring over the helpless Portsmouth keeper. The Portsmouth ladies were slow to start the game, and found themselves lucky to go into the half-time break on a level pegging, having had little if not any shots on goal. But it was after the break that the home side decided to take charge
and started pressing, with multiple chances presenting themselves almost immediately. Captain Kim Pendred worked tirelessly throughout the match, commanding the squad from the back. The girls beat St Marys 2-1 to reach the quarter-finals stage of the BUCS national cup competition, but their attention now turns to their few away matches in the league, with last Wednesday’s fixture to Loughborough their last home fixture of the season. Speaking to The Galleon after the game, captain Kim Pendred said: “I think that the first half was disappointing and we didn’t have
the best of starts, although we did improve in the second half and got ourselves back in the game. “After being 1-0 up, obviously it was disappointing to have lost, but
we just have to learn from it and get back our focus for our final league game next week.”
By the time you have read this, #TeamPompey will most probably have sealed their fate at this years Varsity competition. Will we return back home victors once more? Or will the cup fall into the hands of our closest rivals, Southampton? Either way, follow us on Twitter @GalleonSport for all the latest Varsity 2014 news and scores...
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Continued from back page After a thrilling first 2 sets winning the first 22-20 and losing the second 14-21 it was all to play for in the third set. After reaching 21-20 with the Portsmouth pair serving to win, there was a line call discrepancy where Portsmouth believed they had won and the Manchester pairing calling the shuttle had landed out. After the point was replayed, the Portsmouth pair lost the point and in the end the game. The women’s singles was of a mixed success rate. After having a bye in the first round, Freya McCarthy’s first round was up against the number 1 seed. Although playing well she was knocked out in 2 sets. It was a similar story for Emily Trebert who had a tough second round opponent and although winning one set still failed to go through. Jessica Choi however had a very comfortable win 21-12 21-3 in the second round, ensuring that like Mitch, she would be playing the day after All the mixed doubles pairings where knocked out in the first round other than Tom Rowley and Jessica Choi. However after a thrilling game in the second round where they were up against the second seed pairing, they also were knocked out.
Athletics The Athletics Club were unlucky to not make the finals of any of their events, after Carlos Chapasuka was boxed in in a hard-fought men’s 400m Semi-final. Similarly, Ed Dodd ran an impressive 1500m, but was unsuccessful in making the finals, eventually won by James Thie from Cardiff Met in a time of 3:55.45. Hundreds of volunteers worked tirelessly over the course of the three days to ensure the championships ran without a hitch, with many universities and athletes remarking on the efficiency of the entire weekend. 200m runner, Ian Allocca said: “Everything has been on-time and any changes have been clearly announced and we all know what we’re doing. It’s pretty impressive.” Despite a heated exchange at the final of the Men’s 4x200m Relay final between Cardiff Met and the University of East London, the entire weekend was once again a testament to the efficiency of BUCS and their capability to stage such a large and sophisticated event.
As of 5/3/14, Portsmouth sits in 38th place in
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AU News: Squash: Jay Mccloskey won his category cup in the BUCS national championships last week. Incredibly, Jay played with somebody elses racket and some ‘casual’ shoes! Cheerleading: The Cheerleading squad travelled to Bath for their very first Furure Cheer competition, one of the largest university competitions in Europe. The team placed 4th out of 15 teams were agonisingly only 4.5 points off from being first, They then competed at the BCA competition, where they placed 1st in the All Girl Level 3 Cheer, also receiving two 2nd place trophies for their All Girl Level 3 group stunt! Archery: The Archery Club had a brilliant
AU goes NUTS for charity weekend at BUCS indoors in Telford, the largest BUCS indoor archery event. Senior recurve placed 37/46 ( up 7 places from last year ), novies placed 30/39. Sailing: There was success for Portsmouth Purple and Portsmouth Black who where both competing in the Playoffs for the BUSA Team Racing Finals at Bartley Sailing club in Birmingham, with places at the finals up for grabs for the top 8. Portsmouth Black finished 2nd and Portsmouth Purple 7th, meaning that for the first time in over 15 years there will be two Portsmouth teams at the Finals. The Finals are being held in Glasgow, being hosted by Strathclyde Union from 5th to the 8th April.
Jordan Webb Sport Editor
Two teams from the University of Portsmouth Athletic Union raised £12,137 after completing the gruelling Nuts Challenge. The Cricket and Athletics clubs both completed the arduous 7K assault course in Dorking, with Cricket raising a whopping £11,262 for the Royal Marsden Charity. Athletics raised £875 for Practical Action, of which their are three athletes from the club climbing Mount Kilimanjaro this summer. Caked in mud, the course was a test of grit and determination, with the course well-known for being the longest assault course in Europe. The AU has so far raised over £30,000 for RAG, with the overall total within the University at £101,000.
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Portsmouth AU relish in satisfying BUCS Gatorade Nationals
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Jordan Webb Sport Editor
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The University of Portsmouth gave another superb display of fantastic student sport at the BUCS Gatorade Nationals in Sheffield, with around 6000 students from 130 universities competing in 11 different sports
Day one of the three day event saw the University of Portsmouth Boxing team once again make their mark on the national boxing scene, scooping no fewer than six gold medals and four silvers.
Gold went to Rachael Hadow (U60kg), Riaz Sumra (U54kg), Josh Williams (U57kg), Ashley Dantzie (U63.5kg), Bemidde Ogunseye (91+kg), and Jonathan Francis (U71kg), whilst silver medals were awarded to Ernest Wojcik (U67kg), Lewis Brooks (U75kg), George Dance (U86kg), and Eric Nwankwo (U75kg). Meanwhile, on the athletics track, Team GB and Bristol University athlete Andy Pozzi got the championships off to a flying start, breaking his own championship record in the 60m hurdles. Pozzi was one of many athletes over the course of the three days
to break championship records, with Nottinghamâ€™s Isobel Pooley breaking a nine-year-old record in the High Jump, where she leapt over the bar at 1.87m on her third and final attempt.
The University of Portsmouth Ten-Pin Bowling squad were out to better their bronze medal they won last year, but were only able to place sixth, with Loughborough, Nottingham and Sheffield finishing in the medals. Team captain, Jonathan Spivey, finished in 13th place individually, whilst fellow team-mate Chris
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Hunnisett finished 6th. Both players have now been selected to make the Great British Student Bowling Team captained by Jonathan Spivey himself.
The University of Portsmouth Badminton team were unfortunate to not see more players progress into the later stages of the competition, but came agonisingly close and hard done by dubious officiating. Mitch Maynard and Tom Rowley made it through to the third round against a pair from the University of Manchester. CONTINUES OVERLEAF