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Wednesday 17th October 2012
Students plagued by computer failures across Uni network
Council pass bill to restrict student housing • Bill will see restrictions on new student housing in Portsmouth • Landlords with more than ﬁve tenants will have to buy license
Students volunteer for beach clean up
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Concerns raised over student data Access to student identity widely available for anyone to access on Victory Luke Baynes Head of News
An investigation by The Galleon has revealed that ease of access to students identity numbers risk the anonymity of students in their exams and assessments. Our investigation has led to us obtaining hundreds of student names along with their corresponding HEMIS numbers en masse from different departments across the University. All information that we discovered had been provided by the University as public information either via Victory or the K-drive. Some of the documents also included sensitive information, such as people who have
poor attendance or even those who are trailing behind a unit. In response to The Galleon’s investigation the University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Rebecca Bunting, said: “All assessments taken under examination conditions are marked anonymously and wherever practicable, all non- examination assessments are also marked anonymously. “Where this is not possible, such as in projects, dissertations, portfolios, artwork, performances and presentations, assessments should be double marked.” One of the reasons we have individual identification numbers is to assure that those marking assessed work can’t trace said
work back to the student, assuring a fair grade. University of Portsmouth’s Students’ Union, Vice President of Education and Democracy, Enzo Rossi said: “To my knowledge, the University adheres to the Data protection Act of 1998, and all information classified as ‘sensitive’ is supposed to be carefully protected. Even us at UPSU have very restricted access to student records. “Matching student names with student numbers should not be an easy process as it would defeat their purpose and negate anonymous marking provisions.” Student ID numbers are also used for keeping attendance re-
cords and are used to identify students with identical names. This information is available to all lecturers. Recent concerns have been raised by students as to how the University is able to protect the anonymity of its students for examinations and assessments if at the same time the their information is provided to those marking examinations and assessments for bureaucratic reasons. There is no evidence that lecturers have abused the system, but the ease of access to student ID’s and claims by lecturers that attendance at lectures will be taken into account when marking, offer valid concerns.
Naked Calendar future remains uncertain Daniel Mulloy After a year of controversy the Athletic Union’s Naked Calendar’s future remains uncertain. The event promotions company Eskimo11 usually help to fund the calendar. However, this year they are still in talks with the University of Portsmouth Students’ Union as to the future of the controversial charity calendar. Talks include possibly changing the name of the calendar after last year’s controversy. Initially set up by previous AU Executive Chair Stephen Dancey, the calendar has grossed over £10,000 since 2006 and raised £818.67 last year. The scandal of the 2011 Naked Calendar shoot saw unedited pictures of the participants surface on pornographic websites. The pictures were also found in a public folder on the Students’ Union’s computers, which allowed students access to the shots without the need of a password. Despite this incident, the naked calendar existence passed the Emergency General Meeting, with resounding support in a heated debate between sides both in support and opposition
Students take part in last year’s ‘Naked Debate’ to decide the calendar’s future Csilla Merenyi of the calendar. The debate touched on issues such as claims of misogyny from the ‘No’ Campaign, which stated: “no amount of money can justify the misrepresentation of women.” The ‘Yes’ Campaign argued for the importance of the calendar with regards to its role
in collecting money for various charities. The results of the 184 person ballot resulted in 151 voting yes, 23 voting no and 7 choosing to abstain. VP Sports Cat Redding, has been heavily involved with the naked calendar in the past and said: “After being on the panel of
the ‘Yes’ Campaign at the Naked Debate last year, I am obviously really excited for another great Naked Calendar this year! “At the moment, we are still deciding on things like theme and location, and we are hoping that we will be doing something really new and different this year.”
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Council bill to restrict student housing passed New restrictions on student houses introduced and landlords will require licenses for larger properties Jola Merkaj Portsmouth City Council has claimed a victory on prohibiting houses of multiple occupancy (HMO) which will see a decrease in student housing near the Southsea area. The proposals, which were passed by the council on 16th October, will restrict any further HMO’s being built if the percentage of similar housing occupancy is higher than 10 per cent in a 50ft radius surrounding the house. The majority of students in Portsmouth live around the Southsea district as it is close to the university and city centre. It’s likely that as a result of this bill student housing will move further east, away from the University. The HMO bill means that only 10 per cent of housing can be of multiple occupancy in any given
New student housing will be restricted where 10 per cent of houses are already occupied by students Rhianna Dawes
area of Portsmouth. Martin Silman, from the Residential Landlords association said: “moving students will free housing for families, but there will still be student related complaints. This is not a landlord
view, it’s a general view.” The new guidelines also mean landlords will have to obtain a license for a house with five or more occupants that are unrelated, such as students, with a small fee paid and their property
inspected. It is possible that this small fee will result in a hike in rent prices to compensate for the landlord’s financial loss. Higher rent prices may mean that students will not be able to
afford to live close to the university and find they will be strapped for cash even more than usual. Martin Silman said that the problem with the HMO bill is not the factors affecting landlords with larger properties, as this would mean student’s accommodation would be better and of a higher standard in comparison to what is on offer for students now. However, he disagreed with the percentage of HMO’s around a 50ft radius. He said: “10 per cent is not an appropriate number. You need to find a balance as it’s too low.” Council planners said whatever number they come up with will always be wrong as some find it low, whilst others disagree and think it is too high. They agreed that 10 per cent is “about right” and will monitor it.
Students plagued by computer failures across Uni network Issues could continue until Christmas Luke Baynes Head Of News
The University of Portsmouth’s Information Services (IS) have admitted fault and apologised for major computer and network problems across the University campus. Recently students have been complaining of multiple problems with university computers including reduced speed when logging in and loading files, computers losing saved files and problems with loading applications. Over the past two weeks IS has sent out emails to all students warning them of the network difficulties and informing students that they are working to improve the system. However we have discovered that the computer systems shall persist for longer than IS has claimed.
A representative from IS said to The Galleon: “We monitor the capacity and performance of our file servers closely and do our best to predict how the load will grow over time. We began the process of replacing them in summer 2011, but anticipated that the existing NetApp Filers would have enough capacity for the start of this year.” The University has seen an increased load on its systems at the start of the year, due in part to recent upgrades. In the past year all computers have been updated with Windows 7, along with a wider wireless network system and IS have increased the amount of PCs, loanable laptops and notebooks around the library. On campus there are four file servers in two locations, if one fail then the system can still work, at a lowered performance. Every four to five years the serv-
Students have been unable to load applications and save files across the University network, with many students complaining about issues in the library UPSU
ers are replaced after an assessment. And the process to replace them takes 15 months. IS say this meant that a year and half ago they were unable to appropriately predict the effect of installing all these new computer systems around campus. The computer company,
Network Applications, which supplies the servers to the university is supplying emergency replacement parts to combat the network problems. IS is also digging up old storage to help improve performance. All these changes have been installed at the weekend however they are only predicted to im-
prove the network performance by 5-10%. The replacement servers have been ordered yet will not be installed until the Christmas period. Students should expect some difficulties with the network until the new servers are up and running.
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NUS urge caution over cocktails Laura Tompkins The National Union of Students has issued a severe warning on consuming any food or drinks containing liquid Nitrogen. The caution comes after a teenage girl celebrating her 18th birthday nearly died after drinking a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen at a bar in Lancashire. The NUS is promoting the Food Standards Agency’s caution on their student website, urging people to avoid consuming liquid nitrogen in any forms of food or drink. Liquid nitrogen’s extreme cold temperature is often used for chilling and freezing food, although this is unsafe when consumed as the human body is unable to cope with such a cold internal temperature. The FSA’s Head of Incident Management Colin Houston, said: “There are safety and handling guidelines around the use of liquid nitrogen especially in relation to food.” He added: “It is the business owners’ responsibility to make sure that their staff have been trained and are aware of the potential risks of using liquid nitrogen” (Food Standards Agency). Student Gaby Scanlon was said to have felt breathless after drinking a ‘Nitro Jagermesiter’ from Oscar’s Wine Bar, Lancaster. She was rushed to hospital and had to have most of her stomach removed in order to save her life. The cocktail at Oscar’s Wine Bar is no longer being served, however, liquid nitrogen could still be served in food and drink elsewhere. The NUS is urging people to exercise “caution when trying such drinks”. Use of the chemical has increased over the last few years since famous TV chef Heston Blumenthal used it in several of his recipes.
Students volunteer for beach clean up Laura Gale Senior News Reporter
The University of Portsmouth played a part in the annual beach clean up on 10th October as students volunteered their services to help clean up the local beach. The afternoon saw a fantastic turn out of around 70 students clearing up the beach near Langstone Halls, Milton. This is almost double the attendance of students from last year’s event. The event was held from 1:30pm — 3pm and by volunteering their time students were proudly giving back to the community and within a few hours a substantial amount of improvement could be seen. Bicycle frames, tyres, traffic cones and a carpet were among the main debris found littered along the coast line. The students also collected litter that was found around that area of Milton. Misha Misri, 19, a geology student at The University of Portsmouth said: “I’ve never really done anything like this before and my course encouraged us to do some volunteering and I actually really enjoyed it, there was a good atmosphere! “I found it rewarding and
it’s amazing what was actually achieved in such a short space of time.” The Students’ Union and the University’s Department of Employability organised and arranged for the afternoon to take place. The University’s Department of Employability helps students to take part and volunteer, encouraging them to take part in a whole host of voluntary activities, which is sure to impress future employees.
Students take part in the beach clean Kofi Agyemang RIGHT
Students remove a carpet If you missed the beach clean up but would like to work within your local community and boost your CV there are always opportunities available to get involved provided by our Students’ Union and the community group VIP for practical and rewarding work experience.
C Blade Tower completion delayed until 2016 Lilly Da Gama The completion of the University of Portsmouth’s new halls of residence on Anglesea Road has been delayed until 2016. The construction company, Watkin Jones, backed out of the project in March for financial reasons A University spokesperson recently said: “The University of Portsmouth will soon begin the tender process of seeking a new partner to develop the scheme as originally conceived. “The tender process will be published in due course in European media as European procurement processes require us to do.” The building was originally
planned to open for new students in September next year. The iconic building, dubbed ‘Blade Tower’, caused controversy when the planning permis-
sion for the 300ft building was first discussed last year. However the plans were approved despite objections from local residents and a local branch of English Heritage, a charity dedicated to preserving England’s natural landscapes and historical sites, who claimed the building was “vastly too big”. However not everyone disapproves of the plans for the new tower. Local MP and cabinet member for economic development Mike Hancock said: “It is an amazing development and when it is finally built it will be a major landmark in the city for generations to come.” “And it will provide muchneeded accommodation for
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thousands of students right in the heart of Portsmouth.” Once completed, the building’s 33 floors will create housing for nearly 600 students, making it the tallest habitable building in Portsmouth and al-L lowing the University to provideS housing for all its first year students, an option they are cur-C rently unable to offer. i As well as the housing for stu-p dents the tower will also incor-t porate six new floors of teachingc space. With over 17,000 studentsa in Portsmouth the University is‘ hoping that providing housingp in the centre of the city may also improve the experience they of-y fer to students as well as helpingi to boost the local economy. e
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Portsmouth voted top UK modern University University breaks into the top 400 universities in the world in Times Education World Rankings Charlotte Dove Senior News Reporter
The University of Portsmouth is in the top 400 universities in the world and the top modern University in the United Kingdom, according to the Times Higher Education World Rankings published last week. Vice-Chancellor Professor John Craven said: “We are delighted to feature so prominently in an independent guide to quality in higher education. “The World University Rankings are used worldwide by governments and research councils to determine funding decisions.” Professor Craven also went on to say that the rise in Portsmouth’s rankings was due to continual investment in reesearch, in both laboratory facilities and staff. Times Higher Education describes their global ranking as the most comprehensive, sophisticated and balanced global ranking in the world. The recent rankings have now pushed up the number of world
The quality of teaching at the University of Portsmouth was commended Chi Lau class universities in the UK to second position, with 48 within the top 400. The US is on top with 111 and Canada has 19.
Director of Research at the University of Portsmouth, Professor Tara Dean, said Portsmouth ranked highly because
the influence that Portsmouth researchers have among their peers globally is continuing to grow.
She also said: “Research is vital for universities and it benefits society, the environment and the global economy. “Research also underpins our teaching and our reputation here at Portsmouth, it ranges from pure science to computer game design, from fraud prevention to Charles Dickens, with nearly 80 percent of all our research rated internationally recognised or above.” The University achieved high scores in areas such as citations, which means published research by Portsmouth academics is not only influential but also widely respected. Not only has the University of Portsmouth been highly successful in the University World Ranking but has also been ranked joint top of the post-92 universities and in the top 25 of the English mainstream universities for student satisfaction. The quality of the teaching at the University has also been commended and each year it attracts more and more applicants from prospective students.
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Charity encourages students to ‘CoppaFeel’ Campaign launched to improve awareness among students Laura Gale Senior Reporter
CoppaFeel breast cancer charity is encouraging students to ‘CoppaFeel’ this autumn as it aims to improve awareness of breast cancer in young women. Nationwide 36 universities are getting involved in the new ‘CoppaFeel in the shower’ campaign. CoppaFeel says that checking yourself can seem like a daunting task but it is extremely necessary and wants to encourage
young girls to self-check as part of their daily routine. CoppaFeel founder and CEO Kristin Hallenga said: “You would never go to bed without taking your makeup off, so why ever have a shower without having a quick boob check? No more excuses, you’re already starkers and your boobs need some attention.” The campaign was launched at the beginning of summer at the hottest UK musical festivals of the year, Beach Break, V Festival and Bestival. The University is getting involved as well; at Freshers’ Fayre the boob team was out and about raising awareness and can be found around Pompey and even in The Union playing the CoppaFeel game.
educating the young people of today, we can shape the future of breast cancer survival in times to come. Knowledge is power; this power will in turn save lives.” ‘CoppaFeel in the shower’ was launched in September 2012 and is ongoing until March 2013.
So why ever have a shower without having a quick boob check?
Fearne Cotton helps launch the campaign Coppafeel Each of the 36 universities involved will recruit a team to encourage and give friendly reminders to girls around campus
about the importance of selfchecking and information about early signs of breast cancer. Kristin Hallenga added: “By
Visit coppafeel.org/uniboobteams to find out how to join a team or find out what your boob team is up to. A free SMS service is available to receive a monthly text to remind you to check your breasts, just text PORT to 70500.
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Student Ofﬁcer results announced Lauren O’Neil The results for this year’s University of Portsmouth Student Officer elections were announced on Friday 12th October after a week of voting. The votes were counted and, as follows, the new representatives for the Faculty Rep positions are: Technology Faculty Rep: Jeffrey Pusey; Humanities Faculty Rep: Gregor Engelmann; CCI Faculty Rep: Daniel Thomson; Business Faculty Rep: Donia Weli. Thomas Pearce was elected Course Rep Chair, after beating Stephen Vallance for the position. Becky Manson is the new Women’s Officer, Konstantina Karra is the new Postgraduate Student Officer, former VP Sports Dan Black is now the Union’s Part Time Student Officer and Gareth Russell is Mature Student Officer. Claire Dussek won the position of LGBT Student Officer, while Karen Kristiane Hendriksen fought off tough competition to be elected International Student Office. EU Student Officer was won by Kristina Nastase, Ethics and Environment Student Officer by Jay Murphy, Disabled Student Officer by Thomas Dryland and finally Afsana Nila is UPSU’s new BAME Student Officer. Each winning candidate has promised to introduce new policies applicable to their role within the University. Amongst these is Disabled Student Officer Thomas Dryland who wants to “create a more accessible and inclusive environment”. Furthermore, Mature Student Officer Gareth Russell aims to “hold a regular social at a local pub, where mature students can socialise with other mature students from the social body.” The International Student Officer Karen Kristiane Hendriksen, who won after competing against four other candidates, has said she intends to “make sure that international students are heard and considered whenever the University makes decisions that affect them.”
Carnage theme sparks controversy George McCann The latest Carnage theme — ‘Pimps and Hoes’ — has been criticised by Students’ Union’s across the country as promoting sexual degradation. Over the past few weeks Carnage has taken place all over the UK with many Universities taking part. The annual event is infamous amongst students as a great excuse to dress up and attend a pub crawl. Carnage’s first theme of the year is ‘Pimps and hoes’ which has been criticised by Students’ Union’s and women activists across the country. Carnage, who host events across many different universities, claim that the theme that has sparked outrage was in fact chosen by students in a poll. UPSU President Godfrey Atuahene Junior, has concerns about the events that take place at Carnage. He said: “If attention to detail is not maintained, criminal offences of selling alcohol to already heavily intoxicated people, or allowing disorderly conduct on any of the premises involved in the event, could occur.” Nevertheless, Southampton University Students’ Union believes it “ostracizes women” and “promotes sexual degradation”. Chloe Green, VP Welfare and
Students enjoy the latest Carnage event in Portsmouth Kofi Agyemang sure Group, who own the Carnage brand, apologised for any offence caused, but added: “This is a fun fancy dress student event and nothing more.” The recent Carnage events have also seen media attention with national media outlets such as The Sun, BBC News, The Guardian, Daily Mail and Huff-
ington Post, all writing stories about the choice of theme and students getting drunk at the events. In all, the recent events have caused controversy in many different groups, however it has not stopped many students from attending the events.
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Swansea University has been awarded £500,000 of lottery funded money to conduct research on student sex workers. The three-year project will examine the scale of students turning to sex work to fund their studies, with a confidential website being set up where students can share their experiences. A survey conducted in 2010 found that among 315 people a quarter knew someone who had worked in the sex industry. They listed pole or lap dancing as the most common form of student sex work. 10% knew someone who had worked as a prostitute or escort.
The University of Cambridge has released an educational video aimed at international students advising them not to binge drink while studying at their university. The video shows two Cambridge girls warning new undergraduates to watch what they drink because: “Drinking too much can easily make a good night turn sour.” The two women talk to experts about the implications of drinking too much. The film also explains that it’s not just falls that land binge drinkers into A&E, but also individuals not being sure if they had intercourse while drunk.
Durham University will join 104 other higher education institutions in introducing ‘Higher Education Achievement Reports’ (HEARS). The reports will be issued to students who have started their studies this year, and will be awarded alongside a degree classification. HEARS provides a breakdown of academic grades as well as tracking extra-curricular accomplishments, together with volunteering work and course requirements. The report will only have six pages, however it will include varied information about the specific student and course.
Community at Southampton Students’ Union, said: “It’s socially irresponsible. Carnage UK don’t have a great reputation for promoting equality between men and women and this choice of fancy dress theme does little to repair that with student unions.” A spokesman for Varsity Lei-
University Round Up Charlotte Dove Senior News Reporter
University of Leeds The University of Leeds is still accepting money from alleged rapist Sir Jimmy Savile. The University’s ‘Leeds Undergraduate Research Enterprise’ (LURE) has been using the late star’s donations since 2008, when Savile set up a five-year funding plan. Sir Jimmy Savile eventually donated over £400,000 to LURE; the university will continue to receive Savile’s funds until the plan finishes in 2013. The former BBC presenter who died in October 2011 has been accused of numerous sexual asaults on underage girls.
George Galloway banned by NUS
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This article is written in response to Karl Bhuyan’s piece in the last issue discussing the ‘semantics of rape’. Firstly, I agree that ‘rape is always a difficult issue’. Indeed it is. NUS statistics have shown that 1 in 7 women are victims of rape or sexual assault whilst at University. Those same statistics apply to Portsmouth. With around 22,000 students, an estimated 11,000 women, roughly 1,500 will have been subjected to some form of sexual violence or aggression whilst at the University in Portsmouth. However, we are then asked ‘how can you discuss a rape in detail without being emotional rather than intellectual?’ I ask, how can you not be emotional when discussing rape, particularly if you are the victim? As it is, 40% of women who have been raped tell no-one; furthermore only a mere 15% of serious sexual offences are reported to the police with a conviction rate of less than 6%. With this in mind, further questioning the few women who have stepped forward and reported an assault (as in the case of Julian Assange) is hardly intellectual, rather it fits perfectly into the norm whereby the blame falls on the victim rather than the offender. We are also asked ‘When does sex turn into rape? Does one need permission before each insertion?’ To clarify for those of you who may be unaware; if a woman says ‘no’ or ‘I’m not sure’ and you proceed, it is rape. If a woman has previously slept with you and you feel you can just do it again without her consent, it is rape. If a woman is sleeping beside you and you penetrate her, it is rape. If you were told ‘yes’ but the woman looks uncomfortable during intercourse and asks you to stop but you proceed, it is rape. If you are forcibly holding someone against their will whilst attempting to penetrate them, it is rape. If you believe the woman ‘deserved it’ because of how she spoke to you, dressed, behaved or because she was drunk, it is still rape, and you are a pig. Finally, to address the NUS No Platform Policy briefly alluded to in Karl’s article. NUS Women’s Campaign put the motion forward to the NEC Exec which debated, voted and passed the
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Digging for gold Bertie Duncan motion without amendments. This means that anyone from NUS will not share a platform with a rape apologist such as Tony Benn, George Galloway etc. Personally, I do not believe that No Platform should be extended to Rape Apologists for a number of reasons. Firstly, I supported and argued in favour of No Platform to be introduced in Portsmouth Students’ Union on the grounds of No Platform for Fascists. This is because I believe fascists pose a huge danger to the diversity of students we have here at Portsmouth, their view is not ‘mainstream’, rather marginal; you cannot debate with fascists. Fascism is a poisonous ideology and a threat to us all. With regard to ‘rape apologism’, I wish I could say it was a minority view, yet it is not. Rape apologism is born out of a ‘lad culture’ or ‘Raunch culture’ that has dominated society. You see this in the commodification of women’s bodies, the wide accessibility and distribution of pornography and language or ‘banter’ used by many to belittle or devalue women. The Independent recently uncovered student experiences from Freshers’ Week, ranging from ‘Pimps & Hoes’ events, to misogynist contracts and rules in sports clubs and ‘slut dropping’ - seemingly all in the name of ‘banter’. Because this culture and discourse is so prominent in society, I don’t think it is simply enough to no platform somebody and hope it goes away. To change dominant view-
points you have to challenge them. We should be aiming to publicly humiliate rape apologists, show them for what they are and hope for a public apology and retraction of their statement as was the case with Tony Benn. For women who have been victims of rape and assault, it’s a sensitive topic, yet if one person can use their experience to speak out and change the perceptions of a few, if we all spoke out we could change the perceptions of thousands! Kym Morgan Seems the NUS have jumped the gun on this one. He is just putting his view across and what he believes. This is a man who has supported us students and then was banned by the NUS just because his view on this scenario is different to others. Peter Campbell-Smith, via galleonnews.com It’s quite obvious to someone who has any semblance of morality that you cannot give consent if you are asleep. It doesn’t matter that she gave consent the night before, as people can regret having sex with someone and not wish to have sex with them again. George Galloway’s stance on the matter is quite frankly disgusting. The article also states that Galloway is “an intelligent man, he is sceptical and critical rather than dismissive”. Now, I disagree with the first part of that statement but that doesn’t matter. I have highlighted this state-
ment as it describes Galloway as sceptical rather than dismissive despite also providing a direct quote from Galloway in which he states “It is not rape or you bankrupt the term rape of all meaning. I don’t believe either of those women, I don’t believe either of these stories.” Sounds pretty dismissive to me. I also don’t understand why Galloway’s politics are brought up. Just because he has supported student causes, does not mean that students and student organisations should support everything the man says. Put simply, he’s defending rape and I support the NUS’s decision to ban him. Billy Perry
Student housing proposals In regards to the piece mentioning past sabbs promising to work on improving the bus routes [Issue 7 - Student housing: it’s time something is done] - I’m sure I was the only one and I wasn’t elected. Plus the HMO housing plans had been around since my day, and we did object and submit consultation papers that went unhearded. Becky Gardner last year campaigned to improve bus routes as a sabb, but she also wasn’t elected, none of the current or last years sabbs, no disrespect, promised to directly campaign to get a Uni bus on Albert road. Matt Blackall, via Twitter
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What’s the deal with... lies? Sam Edwards Scientists now believe that approximately 5% of the air we breathe is made up of lies, but the question is: do you believe them? To simplify things, think of it like this: fact is the truth straight up, lying is the truth horizontal. Lying is the highly skilled art form that protects us from ourselves, others and, most importantly, the truth. Of course the biggest lie we carry around with us is our ego, which only confuses matters when someone says: “Just be yourself”. Despite being told that lying is wrong, we’re taught to lie from a very early age. The first lies we’re told is that Santa brings us gifts at Christmas, the Tooth Fairy buys our teeth from us and our beloved dog Rex has gone to live on a farm for a better life. As we get older, though, the lies change. Among the most common lies are: “I’m fine”, “Your bum doesn’t look big in that”, and “That’s the biggest I’ve ever seen.” In this day and age, it seems that lying can be a healthy practise for the simple reason that we all want to avoid getting into trouble, though be careful as getting caught out can equally land you in it. Lies act as a self-defence mechanism; a sort of protective force field that shields the truth. And only one thing can penetrate this force field: the truth. There are generally two types of liars: compulsive liars and small time liars. Compulsive liars have to have a good memory to remember the entire backlog of nonsense they have spread and you usually find that their lies are rather extravagant. They try to overcompensate a lacking part of their life by pulling the wool over the eyes of those around them. The everyday small time liar simply tries to keep everybody happy, so you’ll find their lies are not as colourful. The truth is lying is a part of our genetic makeup essential for survival. Everybody lies and if they say they don’t there’s a good chance they’re probably lying.
We must follow Japan’s example As Japan reduces it’s dependency on nuclear energy, is it time Britain follows suit? Olga Schneider One and a half years after the nuclear catastrophe, Japan decided to shut off their nuclear plants until 2040. Thus, Japan could be the 4th country realising a power phase-out, besides Germany, Switzerland and Belgium in a certain period. Until the incident in Fukushima, which represents the worst nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl in 1986, approximately 30% of Japan’s energy was supplied from atomic power plants, compared to about 17% in the UK. In addition, Japan intended to increase this figure up to 50%. Today there is just one plant in operation; the remaining 53 plants have been already shut off. Due to this fact, Japan imports fossil fuels in order to keep their energy supply and hence Japan’s balance of trade is in red since this period. But is the power phase-out already too late? Even if the nuclear plants do not operate anymore, the plants contain dangerous contaminated nuclear trash. This trash has to be stocked in a safe place for a very long period. In most cases, it is stored at the nuclear plant for several years, which must be observed. Certainly the inoperative plants remain a danger with
possible Tsunamis, earthquakes, maintenance lapses and containment breaches, just to mention a few. In fact a worst case scenario nuclear incident does not affect only one country. After the Chernobyl disaster the crop yields as far away as Sweden were contaminated with radiation after wind blew the contaminated particles from Chernobyl to Europe. In Japan’s case, the responsible operator Tepco decided to sink the contaminated water
Big oil and thin ice Tom Gates Oil drilling has brought damage and destruction across the world, from Alaska to West Africa to the Middle East. Now the energy supermajors like BP, Shell and ExxonMobil are aiming their drills north of the Arctic Circle, to the alarm of environmentalists. The Arctic is estimated to hold at least 32 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas reserves and the region is becoming more accessible as global warming melts sea ice, paving the way for the lucrative but extremely destructive drilling of one of Earth’s last wildernesses.
Obviously, drilling for oil in deposits that are only accessible as a result of melting sea ice in the first place perpetuates the problem, since burning the oil drilled there will just lead to more ice melting, and at a faster rate. Therefore, if big oil successfully moves into the Arctic, we’ll see global warming begetting global warming; a vicious circle that won’t end until the profits run dry, and by that point we’ll have even higher sea levels, destruction of arctic habitats, ocean current pollution and more to contend with while supermajors count their billions. Despite this knowledge, ad-
into the ocean. Due to this, it was obligatory to control each export of Japan, in particular the fishing industry. Currently there are 438 nuclear plants worldwide, 129 operate in Europe and 104 in the USA. As a result of reactor accidents, the USA carried out emergency shut downs of five plants last year. According to experts, there is a 16% chance of the worst case scenario in Europe, where the safest plants are in Germany. However, since the construc-
tion of the first German plant in 1965, more than 5,600 failures subject to report occurred (approximately 120 per year); in other words relatively slight radioactive fallout. Ironically it’s Germany who is in the front line against nuclear energy plants and announced a phase-out until 2021. Although Germany is one of the leading nations for renewable energy, it also constructs nuclear plants in other countries. The British Government plans to put the atomic energy on the same level as the renewable energy, despite the fact that already more than 61% of the population refuses the nuclear energy. What is the alternative? One option would be wind turbines or solar energy. But these sources are subject to certain conditions. Another possibility is the project Desertec: to construct solar panels in the Sahara, which would supply energy to Africa and Europe. This project intends to make Europe independent from the supply of coal, oil and gas coming from Russia. About 15 corporate groups and institutions review the financial aspects, as well as the development and execution.
ministrations are giving the green light to wanton destruction across the board. On 9th October, the European Parliament’s industry committee rejected a proposed moratorium on offshore oil and gas drilling in the Arctic, overruling a contrary vote by its own environment committee, which leaves little doubt about its priorities. As if anybody needed further convincing of the unscrupulousness of the oil industry, Russian oil giant Gazprom drove off protesters who had occupied its first Arctic oil rig on 24th August with jets of icy water and thrown objects, say Reuters. Evidently, with Government so deep in the pockets of energy lobbyists that they turn a blind eye to assault, the task of stop-
ping this reckless, harebrained undertaking lies with popular campaigners. Thankfully, this is where the tables can turn. On 17th October Shell announced that they were scrapping plans to commence drilling within 2012. Whether this was due to a six month campaign by Greenpeace or to “technical difficulties” depends on which side you ask, but at the least confirms that a large popular outcry can affect and has affected big oil’s plans. However, the plans of Shell and their competitors have only so far been delayed, not stopped, and without more environmental campaigning from street level, the Arctic is only one Gulf of Mexico-style oil spill from unparalleled and permanent harm.
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“You may not know our next guest…” Liam Jones Late last month, David Cameron became the first British Prime Minister to appear on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ whilst in office. The nightly light entertainment programme hosted by Letterman is renowned the world over for its A-list guests, dry humour and ability to draw an audience from perhaps the widest social spectrum of any show on American television. The interview itself, included as part of a ‘British special’, consisted of Cameron explaining the makeup of the United Kingdom, failing to translate the words ‘Magna Carta’ and making quips about historical transatlantic relations. Following a wave of criticism for Cameron’s performance, much of which has been levelled from within his own party, the dust seems to have settled on what was an extravaganza of peculiarity. But it begs the question, what was he doing on Letterman anyway? Although officially there to “shamelessly promote the UK” following a speech at the UN assembly, you might be forgiven
for wondering whether domestic rather than international issues were the motivation behind his presence. The weeks following London 2012 were filled with talk of a potential challenge for the Conservative leadership by Boris Johnson. The Mayor of London continues to gain momentum owing to his policy free popularity with the public, the like of which Cameron can only dream of. As a multi-millionaire who has instigated the heaviest public spending cuts in living memory, the Prime Minister clearly saw Letterman’s show as another opportunity to try and convey a different, more relatable side to his personality. However, it is frankly a damning indictment of his inability to connect with the electorate that he sought to regenerate their trust not by outlining a much needed ‘plan b’ for the economy, but by fraternising with the rich and famous in New York. His continued attempts to reinvent himself as ‘Dave - the man of the people’ only cement his image as ‘Mr Cameron - the Etonian chap’, a leader completely out of touch with the realities of
public life. It is an image that, if not altered, may determine his fate. As well as failing to provide
reassurances about his leadership, the appearance also raised a wider debate. Should our senior politicians
feature on light entertainment programmes? In recent years the relationship between the political establishment and the general public has rapidly deteriorated. Consequently, efforts by statespersons to inform the public via popular media should surely be encouraged, as communication is unequivocally vital for a healthy democracy. There is nonetheless an issue when the line between public figure and celebrity status becomes blurred. The allure of public acclaim is understandably tempting, especially given the way many politicians have launched themselves into the limelight as a result of prime time TV appearances. But famous politicians are not neccessarily respected politicians. Our political leaders should remember that they will ultimately be defined by the successes and failures of their policies, not their ability to charm chat show hosts. Whilst David Cameron won a national vote, he is not the winner of the XFactor and if he truly desires the support of his nation he will have to do more than simply entertain.
Americageddon again as US prepares to head to ballots Sam Ward Deputy Opinion Editor
So four years have passed and we’re back here again. A summer of people achieving more than we could ever hope to (the Olympics) was neatly packaged as inspirational and fired down our technology boxes by broadcast drones, and the future of the world teeters on the edge of apocalypse. I am talking of course about the US elections. Once again western people will hold their breath as the world’s most deluded democracy fights it out over who will be leader of the Chinese funded world. Each candidate is the messiah or the devil, just depends on whether you get your news condescended to you by Murdoch puppets or sarcasm spat at you by Jon Stewart. Either way we are led to believe
that the future of existence is in the hands of pissed off rednecks and doped up Californians. Such existential helplessness every four years for the sake of American delusions of importance is hazardous to health. We are told America is locked in a titanic battle with itself to choose between two futures so drastically different they are incom-
prehensible to the human mind. In reality, the choice is between a president whose message of “Hope” has been replaced with “Hope you don’t mind”, and a super rich Mormon businessman who insults half of the electorate. It’s like choosing between an iPhone and a Samsung, they appear very different but are actually the same prod-
uct. Apple suing Samsung, Romney criticising Obamacare, it’s all good old hypocrisy. There are differences though. Obama has maintained his image of a cool, suave president, the James Bond of international politics, despite all the criticism. Obama’s likeness to Kennedy has stuck; a great new hope, an unpopular social policy and unexpected warmongering. Obama’s problem is that staying alive is harmful to the legacy of a President. Just ask Lyndon B. Johnson. Mitt Romney though is far from suave. He can’t remember his own policies and is in dire need of a hindsight check. His desperate attempts at making himself appear as an ‘everyman’ put David ‘Dave’ Cameron to shame. A man capable of buying his own state labelling almost half a nation as scroungers
is comical, and worrying as the other half is likely to believe it. It is so typical of the American fear of those damn commies, that if Fox News is to be believed, lurk under all good capitalists’ beds. So, once again the world looks on as a country with a severe case of self-aggrandisement chooses between two evils. The sagacious among us will see that Obama is the best of this terrible twosome, but for all of us nonAmericans a month of helplessness ensues. Thankfully the American system prevents drastic change, not so thankfully Mitt Romney believes that America contains the Garden of Eden. So, happy elections month people, let’s hope our American counterparts find some mental discernment and vote for Obama, after all he’s not so bad (when he’s not droning on).
Wednesday 17th October 2012
Go green: explore veganism Elizabeth Ryan Food Correspondent
This week here at The Galleon, we are championing Green Week - an event which aims to encourage eco-friendly living and ways to help sustain the planet, and one of the biggest factors in this is our diet. This might sound unlikely, but according to a report from the UN in 2006, raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gases than all the cars and trucks in the world combined. By switching to a vegetarian or vegan diet you instantly reduce your ecological footprint. This means that you have lessened the strain on the world’s resources and helped to slow down the effects of pollution and global warming. Apart from all the obvious ecological benefits, a vegan diet is also extremely healthy. Vegans consume far less saturated fat and virtually no cholesterol, both of which have been linked to heart disease, cancer and obesity. There’s no denying that it can be a hard switch to make, especially if you’ve been a meat eater all your life, but there are ways you can still make a difference. Simply trying to stick to a vegan diet for one day a week will reduce your personal effect on the environment, and will give you health benefits. You can also reduce your carbon footprint by shopping and buying locally. By sourcing
ingredients from local fruit and veg markets and butchers you will support an industry that creates less pollution, because they don’t have to transport their goods long distance. Alongside this, you will be consuming less harmful chemicals because their produce won’t have been sprayed with nasty preservatives like they are from supermarkets. There are several fresh fruit and vegetable markets along Elm Grove and Albert Road as well as a market held Thursdays to Saturdays in Commercial Road. Try this easy curry; it’s so tasty we promise you won’t notice
there’s no meat in it. Spicy Vegan Potato Curry Serve with wholegrain basmati rice, to really pump up the health benefits. 1. Peel the potatoes and sweet potato and chop them into chunks. Boil them in some salted water over a high heat, turning down to simmer for about 15 minutes until the potatoes feel tender. Drain and leave to dry. 2. Meanwhile prepare all your vegetables so that they’re ready to go. Heat the oil
Fifty shades of green: exploring eco-sexuality Roxana Negru Sex and Relationships Correspondent
“All you need is love.” Years later, the message transmitted by The Beatles is still powerful and inspiring. And what better way to show your love for the planet than by trying to be eco-friendly in all aspects of your day to day life… Including the bedroom. But sex is already natural by definition, you may argue. So it can’t harm the environment. True, the act itself is marvellous but the things that come along with it pose serious threats to
our beloved Earth. Be aware, not all methods of contraception are particularly eco-friendly. For example, condoms flushed down the toilet combined with excreted birth control pills get into the sewers and eventually end up in water systems or oceans. This leads to genetic anomalies for the marine life (surprise, surprise!) So if you don’t want to make Finding Nemo a mission impossible, there are other suggested methods of contraception such as: the IUD (intrauterine device), the coil (it can be recycled which is great but it
must be used properly) or simply make sure that you are disposing of any used or unwanted contraception responsibly.
There are cheap and practical ways in which you can achieve ecstasy
As for natural aphrodisiacs, there are cheap and practical
in a large saucepan or wok and gently fry the onion, garlic, ginger and red chilli. When the onion is soft add the curry powder and chilli powder and fry for 1-2 minutes. 3. Add the potatoes, chickpeas, carrots and courgette and fry for around 3 minutes until all the ingredients are well coated in the spices. Add the can of chopped tomatoes and coconut milk. Stir everything well and leave to simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure nothing sticks. ways in which you can reach ecstasy. Spice up your sexy time with some spiciness from chilli or wasabi as it will instantly send your taste buds on fire and will kick start your burning desire. Ladies, you should start considering eating pomegranates (your cardiovascular system will thank you for it, but not as much as your lover will) and taking supplements of Vitamin C (influencing the adrenal gland which is linked to your sex life.) Gentleman, eat pasta and rice as it will keep you
Ingredients (Serves 4) 3 medium potatoes 1 sweet potato 1 onion, finely chopped 1 courgette, roughly chopped 2 carrots, roughly chopped 1 tin chopped tomatoes 1 tin coconut milk 1 tin chickpeas 1 tbsp vegetable oil 2 tbsp curry powder 1 tbsp hot chilli powder 1 red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped 1 garlic bulb, finely chopped 1 tbsp chopped ginger invigorated and drink a glass of red wine to help set the mood. In terms of fruit, the awakening of the secret lover in you is enticed by eating half an avocado or almonds which arouse your senses with their scent. All in all, being ‘eco sexual’ is feasible and the fun is still there, under a natural form which does not have to compromise the whole planet. This puts sexuality into a new light as a form of connecting with nature and restoring its lost balance. Let’s all contribute to a better planet!
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A guide to eco-fashion Eco-friendly fashion we should know a little more about Sharna Waid Fashion Correspondant
Nowadays it’s important to do your part for the environment, whether it’s recycling bottles regularly or walking instead of taking the car. However, not many people are aware that the fashion world is seeking new ways to stay sustainable and produce eco-friendly products that everyone can get their hands on. There are hundreds of ecofriendly brands out there, so there’s no reason why we should be still buying material goods that are slowly damaging the preservation of the ecosystem. Beyond Skin Beyond Skin is an ethical fashion brand based in Brighton. They create handmade vegan shoes and boots made from environmentally friendly materials and recycled fabrics. Many of their shoes are worn by vegan friendly celebs such as Leona Lewis and Natalie Portman. Their shoes are quite pricey ranging from £100-£200 but are so worth it if you want a pair of beautifully crafted veggie shoes. Check out their website on www. beyondskin.co.uk
A fresher’s guide: being green Lucy Cook Travel Correspondent
Well, as you’ve probably guessed by now, it’s Green Week! So, that got me thinking, not only about how big businesses, governments and the powers that be can cut down on their emissions, but about how we can as well. Turn it down, switch it off If you live in halls, your bills are included. I bet one of your first thoughts, as mine was, was ‘YAY! I’m going to have my music on all the time and have
Maiya Maiya uses a range of organic, fair trade and sustainable fabrics to create elegant and desirable fashion. They produce quirky and nostalgic vintage fabrics creating standout one-of-a-kind pieces. In particular their range of trench coats is ideal for Autumn/ Winter, each handcrafted to perfection. Maiya pushes for fair trade, locally produced clothes made up of recycled, reclaimed organic materials. You can get your hands on these beautifully made pieces from Maiyafash-
ion.co.uk or thenaturalstore. co.uk - Their motto is ‘We do not make throw away fashion’ – another reason why you should be behind this eco-empowering brand! www.maiyafashion.co.uk
really long, really hot showers, and just have the lights on constantly so I don’t have to use up any energy turning the switch...’ Be honest, we’ve all done it. But if you get used to living like that now, next year in your house will be awful. If you’re not in halls, wait until your first electricity and gas bills come through. Honestly, it will be hilarious (not for you though, sorry). Heating and electricity are expensive. So start getting into the habit now of cutting down. Check your windows are double glazed and, if not, talk to your landlord about it. Get draft excluders to sit by your door to cut the chill down rather than turning your heating up. Small things like this will all add up
and make a big difference.
By Hand By Hand is a fair trade fashion shop which produces hand crafted jewellery and accessories. They stock a number of gorgeous carved wooden bangles and necklaces which are totally unique made from organic materials such as Sono wood. They have an ethnic feel to
Waste not, want not Many people don’t consider food goods when thinking about going green, but they should. Think how much petrol the tractors use when harvesting. How about how much electricity is used packaging, preparing and producing processed food. Consider the energy used by the delivery vans... Throwing out a few carrots because they were a little softer than usual sounds a bit silly now, doesn’t it? There’s a lot you can do to make your food go further. For vegetables that aren’t too fresh anymore, make a stew or casserole. If you’re boiling everything to within an inch of its life, your taste buds won’t
them – handcrafted by workers on Indonesian islands. The pieces look great, they are affordable and improve the quality of life for workers in the long run. It is supported by the Fair Trade brand which aims to seek equity in international trade. Check out their website: www. by-hand.co.uk. There are other alternatives that can be easier and more effective than ever. Here are four easy ways to adopt a fashion forward style whilst still doing your part for the planet: • Shopping at second-hand boutiques or charity shops is a great way to rejuvenate your wardrobe by recycling. • Raid your parents’ wardrobe for vintage finds that you can bring up-to-date with accessories from your favourite eco-brand. • Get involved with ‘Schwopping’ the new ecofriendly craze launched by Marks & Spencers. Bring your old, unwanted clothes into your local store and they will give it to Oxfam to retail, reuse or recycle. There are so many ways you can be eco-friendly with the clothes you wear. The more notice if your carrot is a little bit soft. If you’ve made too much, don’t throw it away. Put it in a freezer bag or a little container and freeze it. That way you’re reducing your waste and you’ve got a ready meal waiting to go. Channel your inner Hobbit No, I don’t mean you need to be short with large, hairy feet. But think about how far Frodo and Sam had to travel. And did you see them in a car once? No? Then I doubt you need to drive to the shop that’s only five minutes away. Nearly everything in Portsmouth is in walking distance, so make the most of it. Not only that, but the city is basically flat, so you don’t even have any pesky little hills to traverse.
The Galleon’s green credentials Kelsey Diggins Features Editor Here at The Galleon, we practise what we preach and are committed to producing a paper with minimal effect on the environment. Here are just a few of the ways that we try to ensure that your student publication stays green: Every issue of The Galleon that is not picked up from around the University is collected and recycled to ensure that no paper goes to waste. We print every issue on recycled paper, so that at every stage in the printing process we are doing all we can to lessen our carbon footprint. This year we strive to put as much content online at www. galleonnews.com in order to cut down on printing while still making the news easily accessible. We wholeheartedly promote events such as Green Week and encourage students to adopt lifestyle choices that will help towards a more eco-friendly student community.
people who know, the better it is for the future preservation of the planet; so spread the word! Think twice whenever you decide to go shopping and take into account these alternative ways to help improve the world we live in.
If you honestly can’t face the half an hour walk to your lecture, please leave your car keys alone. Portsmouth is brilliant for cyclists, with carefully designed cycle routes and well signed cycle lanes, not to mention the abundance of bike racks available for you to safely lock up your bike. Aside from cycling, there’s always the bus. Public transport is brilliant because it’s cheap and convenient and the ratio of passenger to how much fuel is used is infinitely better than personal cars and motorbikes. There are hundreds of ways to be eco-friendly and do your bit to help the environment. Why not have a go this Green Week and maybe save yourself some cash whilst you’re at it!
Wednesday 17th October 2012
Green cities around the world Lucy Cook Travel Correspondent
Want to go on holiday but are worried about your carbon footprint? As going green is a big focus in this edition of The Galleon, here we present the recently voted top five “greenest cities” in the world. Vancouver, Canada Canada’s eighth largest city Vancouver is a vibrant and modern city, home to the famous ‘Kits Beach’ which is frequently named one of the ten best city beaches in the world by international travel magazines. With a diverse range of attractions to suit everybody – from ‘Vancouver Aquarium’ to ‘Science World’ or even visiting Commercial Drive for a bit of shopping – no one is going to get bored. Not only this, but Vancouver is currently implementing its ‘Greenest City 2020 Action Plan’ – aiming to be the greenest city in the world within eight years. Focusing on the three main issues of carbon, waste and ecosystems, Vancouver has already got 90% of the city run by renewable energy sources, specifically hydroelectricity. So if you’re planning a getaway this winter, you can enjoy the 2 million twinkling Christmas lights of Stanley Park without worrying about their carbon
footprint (prices average £403 per person return). Malmo, Sweden If you can’t decide whether you want a relaxing beach holiday or some time exploring foreign cities, then relax and head on over to Malmo. And good news for all Eurovision fans – after Sweden’s victory in this year’s competition, the next event will be held in the compact and curious city of Malmo. Committed to reducing its carbon output by 20% by 2020, the City of Malmo’s council has
How green is the University of Portsmouth? Rebecca King Deputy Features Editor
As part of Green Week, we turned the spotlight on the University to see what’s being done by them to help. Here’s how the University of Portsmouth is greener than you may have thought… • The University of Portsmouth has a target to lower carbon emissions by 30% by 2016 (from the original amount in 2010). • In just two years, the University’s recycling rate has increased by 10%. • The Dennis Sciama building
has solar panels on the roof that provide hot water for most of the year, along with some of the heating. • On library computers, you can now see what effect you have on the carbon footprint every time you print a piece of work. • All halls of residence run campaigns throughout the year such as ‘Switch it off Turn it down’ day, and there are inter-halls competitions where halls battle it out to see who can recycle the most. • We’ve now been a Fairtrade
even higher aims for themselves – to run on only 100% renewable energy by 2030. Malmo is a small city, but it uses its space economically, concentrating on building sustainable developments and retaining as much green space as it can. The area of Skane (Southern Sweden) where Malmo is located is among some of the most fertile lands in Europe. As Malmo expands, it takes great care in ensuring that it balances the city’s growth with the preserving of open areas for agriculture. So if all of this is appealing
to your better nature, explore Malmo’s eclectic mix of shopping experiences – from a 16th century market square to flea markets and shopping centres. Or perhaps you would like to explore its elegant canals that weave through the older parts of town, or discover some of the 16 national parks it has to offer? For less than £60 for a return flight, a trip wouldn’t weigh heavily on the purse strings either. Reykjavik, Iceland Arguably the greenest city in the world, in the greenest country
in the world, Reykjavik is run on entirely green, renewable energy, notably geothermal and hydroelectric power. Understandably, a visit to Reykjavik is not complete without exploring the Geothermal Energy Exhibit at the Hellisheioi Power Plant. But even if you’re not awed by the amazing possibilities Reykjavik showcases to the world about renewable energy, then there is still so much that will inspire you. Iceland is an amazing country, and one thing you cannot afford to miss are the whale-watching tours. The Life of Whales is based in the old harbour in the city and allows you to observe whales, dolphins and porpoises in their natural environment, all from the warmth and luxurious comfort of the ship Andrea which guarantees you a sight of a whale or a second tour free. If the sea isn’t your thing, then hop on board a Norourflug helicopter tour. With affordable short tours as well as the more pricey, but definitely worth it, long tours, you can experience lava fields, volcanoes, glaciers, glacial lagoons and so many more outstanding feats of nature all from an amazing vantage point. So if you want to explore the raw energy of a city powered by nature, flights are from only £170 return.
University for seven years. • Many buildings now have movement sensitive lights, meaning they’ll never be left on overnight. • Some University staff volunteered as Green Champions so they can raise awareness of how you can help. • The library was designed in such a way that lets you make the most of daylight hours, so you won’t have to switch the lights on until much later. It seems our University is doing many things to become ‘green’ and stay eco-friendly. In fact, there’s even rain water collection in the library used to flush toilets!
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Flux Pavillion speaks up
What’s ﬂoating our boat this fortnight....
Danny Randon Deputy Arts and Entertainment Edutor
After taking some time out of his busy schedule to chat with The Galleon, we joined British dubstep maestro Flux Pavilion to hear what’s currently going on in his life. Over the summer, Pavilion played an array of festivals across the UK, including Bestival, Creamfields and Wireless, as well as making appearances at festivals in mainland Europe and in the United States. “I did play a lot of festivals, but that’s what summer’s for! I do enjoy the festivals, but playing the festivals stateside this summer was all part of a sixweek-long US tour, which I really, really enjoyed.” Since starting in 2008, Flux has been part of numerous collaborations, featuring the likes of London’s grime greats Foreign Beggars and fellow Circus Records co-founder Doctor P. “When you think about it, a collaboration is simply putting two minds together; it doesn’t matter who the collaborator is or how famous or popular they are, as long as they have a musical brain and sufficient creativity, you’ll get a good result at the end of the day.” Come 2012, he finds himself producing Sway’s hit single Level Up, and getting multi-award winner Example on board for his latest single, ‘Daydreamer’. “It’s definitely a step up in regards to what everyone perceives as ‘popular’. I wouldn’t
Everyone’s favourite students returned to the TV screen last week for their sophomore year. Catch what critics are calling a “witty and sordid delight” of a sitcom every Tuesday on Channel 4 at 10pm – if you missed the first two episodes, pull yourself together!
Flux Pavillion performs on stage at Portsmouth Pyramids Jake Ratcliffe call it a step up in musical ability, as I’ve always collaborated with some extremely talented people.” As a producer, he’s left his mark on tracks by the likes of DJ Fresh, Nero and M.I.A. However, he recalls one of his career’s most bizarre yet brilliant moments, was when ‘I Can’t Stop’ was sampled on Jay-Z and Kanye West’s collaborative album, ‘Watch The Throne’. “As I remember it, I had just touched down in America for the first time when I got a call from my manager explaining the proposition. However, I was so jetlagged that I don’t even remember saying yes!
When I woke up, I literally had to check with my manager that we did actually have that conversation, and that it wasn’t a dream! It’s bizarre, but it’s also quite a privilege.” As one of the biggest British DJs and producers around right now, constant hype is an issue he tackles with ease and humility: “it’s only a thrill when I can remember it! Whenever I’m not onstage though, I’m just me, a normal human being; all I’ve been doing lately is my washing and my food shopping! When I look in the mirror, I don’t see Flux Pavilion, I see the same person that I was five
years ago. But whenever you do go onstage, you have a chance to reinvent yourself.” Hitting the road with uprising American DJ/Producer Dillon Francis, most known for his smash hit ‘I.D.G.A.F.O.S’ amongst others, this month on a full UK tour people can expect nothing less than an immense show: “These shows will be my biggest to date, in terms of production and visuals, and I’m really looking forward to playing some tracks from the new EP that I’m bring out later this year. I’m really excited about it.” Turn to page 14 for the review of Flux Pavillion’s gig at Portsmouth Pyramids
Bloc Party s Southampton Guildhall s 17th October
The Jim Jones Revue Wedgewood Rooms 23rd October
The Wedding Present Wedgewood Rooms 27th October
Spector Wedgewood Rooms 29th October
d Dry The River u Wedgewood Rooms t 17th October
Sherlock Holmes Kings Theatre 23rd October
The Milk Wedgewood Rooms 28th October
Beauty and the Beast Kings Theatre 30th October
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Reverend and the Makers Wedgewood Rooms 24th October
David Essex Southampton Guildhall 28th October
Jack Savoretti Wedgewood Rooms 30th October
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Shinedown Southampton Guildhall 24th October
Little Comets Wedgewood Rooms 28th October
Delphic Wedgewood Rooms 31st October
With his latest track ‘The Feeling’ filling club floors, his long-awaited third album ‘Nextlevelism’ released earlier this month, and an appearance scheduled at Portsmouth Pyramids on 15th November, DJ Fresh really is what’s hot right now. Fresh Meat
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The X Factor
We here at The Galleon believe that this monotonous ‘talent show’ is starting to wear thin. Isn’t it time that Cowell called it a day and we have some decent Saturday night TV once again? Girls Aloud Girls Aloud announced their split at the weekend, after the release of a so-called ‘Greatest Hits’ album and an upcoming 10th anniversary tour. Really?! Isn’t it time you just gave way to pop music’s next fad? You’ve had your time…
Wednesday 17th October 2012
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT Lower Than Atlantis Changing Tune
Mark Wiglesworth Pop rock – a wonderful collaboration between the songs you hear on the radio with their catchy choruses and cheerful lyrics, and thumping bass drums and guitars being furiously mashed to their last legs. Lower Than Atlantis’s newest album Changing Tune is a strong example as to why pop rock seems to be going through one of its most popular times as a genre. However, saying that, that’s all this album does, enforcing the stereotype that pop rock bands all sound the same. Thankfully, the drum beat is good, the guitar riffs work well and together this creates a good backing track Mike Duce’s vocals are solid throughout, and when the pace slows down in the album’s strongest track ‘Scared of the Dark’, his vocals and lyrics really do shine through and show what the band could be capable of. You can definitely tell that Changing Tune is Lower Than Atlantis’s first record on major record label Island. On a production level it is massive, something that fans of Lower Than Atlantis have never heard before, but is that a good thing? It has been done to such an extent that the songs on this album all just become noise. There is no soul in any of the songs except the already mentioned ‘Scared of the Dark’ and even this is a predictable change of direction, conveniently placed halfway through the album. The majority of this album is just standard pop rock. It becomes tough at times to differentiate this album from any album released by the genre’s poster boys in the form of All Time Low and You Me At Six. They don’t want to become something more than a backing track, than a support act for those bands that have grasped the genre by the throat and will not let go. Sure, if you like Lower Than Atlantis you will admire just how much the band has grown on a production level, but as a whole, this album is hard to love.
Bass cannon kicks hard at the Pyramids Flux Pavilion Portsmouth Pyramids, 6th October
Danny Randon Deputy Arts and Entertainment Editor
Electronic music is a tricky genre these days. It grows with complexity, along with a number of sub-genres, and only the most imaginative producers can pull off a ‘floorfiller’. And so, with eager ears, the crowd welcome the arrival of tonight’s seldom support, LA producer Dillon Francis. Dropping a generous selection of tracks from his vivid palette and fluent in his mixing, his set was jam-packed with the euphoric to the downright dirty. From the look of things, the skanking and already sweating crowd loved every beat. Though having only sparsely toured the UK before, Francis’s own compositions, including the peculiarly infectious ‘I.D.G.A.F.O.S.’ and the glitchy ‘Masta Blasta (The Rebirth)’, gained rapturous audience response. Throwing a couple of dancefloor classics in for good measure (Grandmaster Flash’s ‘The Message’ particularly standing out), this is not the last we’ve heard of Dillon Francis. An explosion of applause triggered as soon as the lights came up-and-coming dubstep dynamo
Flux Pavillion captivates the crowd at Portsmouth Pyramids Jake Ratcliffe
Flux Pavilion took to the stage and got stuck right in, sparking an anarchic frenzy until the ground shook with the level of bass and crowd movement. Unleashing his biggest success, the famed ‘Bass Cannon’ just three songs into his set, this was a surprise move from the Northamptonshire-bred producer, but seemed to pay off. Rarely communicating with the crowd, Flux Pavilion (A.K.A. Josh Steele) remained an enigmatic silhouette for the gig’s duration, surrounded by a row of monolithic screens and displaying visual effects at a warp speed rate.
This was accompanied by strobe lights, lasers and compressed air cannons galore, all of which constantly engulfing the crowd. Tonight is the visual spectacle to accompany such a soundtrack, as Flux drops an equally spectacular medley of Knife Party’s ‘Internet Friends’ followed by his remixes of Freestylers’ ‘Cracks’ and DJ Fresh’s ‘Louder’, each having already gained millions of YouTube hits. “Make some noise if you love bass!” – A somewhat self-answering question asked by Flux, as he dropped ‘I Can’t Stop’ and ‘Daydreamer’, before returning
with an encore of his massively popular remix of DJ Fresh’s ‘Gold Dust’, the uprising Brit leaves the crowd exhausted and in need of new minds to replace their existing blown ones Once his set comes to its conclusion, Flux Pavilion is one of those few artists who can captivate every member of the crowd. Tonight may have just been a bit monotonous to someone who isn’t appreciative or understanding of the concept of dubstep but to anyone who does (which appeared to be the majority of this show’s crowd) this would have surely been the greatest show on earth.
and make the music they want to make. Even through all of this, there’s been an unmistakable ‘Museness’ to their sound, and their award winning live performances have seen them headlining many a festival. But as was said, this was on previous albums. So what are they doing with new offering The 2nd Law? Complete and utter fudgewankery, that’s what they’re doing. Most moderate Muse fans would agree there’s been a little bit of a lack in their recent work. 2009’s The Resistance was patchy at best, and despite my love for Black Holes and Revelations it had its weaknesses. Bands should constantly push
themselves to experiment musically and broaden their horizons, otherwise music would stagnate and die, but when a band experiments so much, and just chucks any old contemporary influences into the mix, you get patchy, substandard albums. That’s very much the case here. Muse are struggling under the weight of their own ambition. The constant shift from the Queen-esque to electro backbeats to atmospheric rock to (shudder) dubstep drops leaves the listener confused, the album lacking cohesion, not feeling whole. There are times where you think ‘oh yeah that’s totally Muse’ and others where you feel
‘what the hell, when did Brian May get here?’ Sure, we’ve compared them to Queen twice now, as have many other reviewers. There’s nowt wrong with being influenced by bands, but when you start to use guitar riffs that sound identical to something played 40 years earlier, it’s a little too cliché. This isn’t a terrible album. The instrumentation is tight and impressive, the production is flawless, with guitar and bass tone remaining varied and interesting. In the end it just feels like Muse have tipped over the edge from pioneering experimentation to pretentious self-indulgence. Total musical Marmite.
Album Review Muse The 2nd Law
Jamie Hampshire Muse have been a huge landmark on the British musical map for nigh on 20 years now. The sound on their previous albums has been a constant fluctuation of elements from different genres and has resulted in fans and critics alike being unable to pigeonhole them into any one style. They pull together fans from all walks of musical life, rockers, ravers, indie kids and metallers, and they have never been afraid to shake things up, experiment
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Wedgewood Rooms, 8th October
Kathryn Black Music Editor
Young Guns headline the Off The Wall Tour Charlotte Tedds sive fringes and the skinniest of jeans went crazy as singer Ed McRae made the fatal error of jumping into the crowd, almost losing his microphone in the sweaty abyss, and we saw the
only, slightly-cringeworthy, circle pits of the evening. Sickly sweet American poppunkers We Are The In Crowd (8/10) took the main support slot. Lead singer Tay Jardine is
cursed with the inevitable comparisons to Hayley Williams of Paramore but holds her own, with a powerful voice, perfect for the type of emo music that had the crowd eating out the palm of her hand. Finally, after a lengthy wait, headlining band Young Guns (9/10) took the stage. There’s no denying they are one of the greatest hopes for the future of British rock music, striking the perfect balance between headbang-worthy guitars, pounding drums and heartfelt lyricism. Heart-throb lead singer Gus Wood proclaimed: “It made sense to start the tour in a small sweaty room with you guys in Portsmouth” and, it must be said, it made sense to us to. The sold out Wedgewood Rooms provided the perfect venue for a mix of some of the coolest alternative bands around. Although I may have felt like the oldest person at the show - other than the parents, awkwardly standing at the back waiting to drive their kids back home once the gig finished the show was awesome and I couldn’t help but feel a massive urge to get my Vans on, dye my hair black, and open a new Myspace account.
The Midnight Beast invades Southampton Guildhall Corrie Pitﬁeld Culture Editor
Arriving in Southampton for the first time, in the pouring rain with no coat, would surely dampen anyone’s spirits, but not mine. With warm up act Vid Warren (composer and human beat box) supporting the tour, it is safe to say that by the time The Midnight Beast took to the stage at Southampton Guildhall, the crowd was more than ready to get the night underway. Using harmonicas and flutes whilst beat boxing an insanely hypnotic beat was something I
have never seen before, and will hopefully see again. Watch out for Vid Warren. With the night in full swing as Stefan, Ash and Drew exploded onto the stage with hits such as ‘Wands’ and ‘Booty Call’, the enormity of 14 year old girls screaming and Mums and Dads cringing into the back of the Guildhall was hilarious. Obviously loved by a younger audience, the band was not phased by young girls calling their names. They simply went with it and played an excellent show. They even picked bras and underwear off the stage and swung them around with pride. After watching the terrible TV series that the band made, there was a lot of making up to do at this gig. With lasers and morph suits being used by their backing dancers and a variety of new
The Midnight Beast perform previously at Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth Chi Lau
attire being worn by the band, earning money from the television series had clearly paid off and they definitely made up for selling out to E4. Although the Guildhall was not filled to its full capacity, the animosity from the crowd and the buzz in the air was enough to fill outer space. Classic hits
such as ‘Tik Tok’ and ‘Video Games’ really brought back nostalgic feelings. It reminded me of when they first started out and weren’t known by many. The gig was epic but one can only hope that the fame doesn’t go to their heads and they end up on a “where are they now?” programme in 30 years time.
Portsmouth Pyramids, 8th October
Vans Off The Wall Tour
Southampton Guildhall, 11th October
Off The Walls at the Wedge
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The trend for tours sponsored by big names such as Kerrang! and NME has been on the rise in recent years and, on an abysmally rainy night in Portsmouth, it was Vans’ turn to bring their line-up to the stage. Okay, not every band could headline the tour, but there’s no doubt that each act is more than deserving of a headline tour of their own, and the high standard of music led to one of the best rock gigs the Wedgewood Rooms has ever seen. First up was Marmozets (5/10), a young and upcoming rock group from Yorkshire. Playing to an unenthusiastic crowd, their post-hardcore sound wasn’t admired by all, but the stage presence and unique vocals of frontwoman Becca Macintyre suggests there’s a new star in the making. Up next, Your Demise (7/10) got the crowd moving, proving their worth as big names on the hardcore scene. Boys with mas-
After weeks of waiting, it finally happened and now it’s gone. What do we have left? Those at the show are bound to agree that Dragonforce’s performance left a sour taste in the mouth. The night started very well. The Pyramids Centre was already abuzz with anticipation as the two support bands, Cavorts and The Defiled, showed what they are made of, putting on a hell of a show. After limbering up, the public faced Alestorm and that was the moment that brought the night to a climax. Alestorm: sound, lights, show, strong connection with the fans and, to sum up, all the ingredients for a great concert. Every single person fell into a trance while singing the wellknown songs ‘Shipwrecked’ and ‘Rum’. It’s needless to say that Alestorm’s walkout left the public browned-off, although many were still waiting for Dragonforce. After a pretty long wait, the ones who topped the bill finally came on the stage and the disappointment began. Most of the people at the show blamed it on sound problems as, even without being a sound pro, it was easy to notice. First of all, the electric guitars lacked an amplifier. Pretty strange. Secondly, the drummer never hit the drums: another weird detail indeed. Dragonforce’s mistake was confirmed at the end of the show, when a disappointed fan told them that the sound problems were obvious. Instead of treating the issue in a diplomatic way, the band members started to swear like troopers and the poor man was being kicked out by the security. Not a very good promo, I must say. Putting all the Dragonforce roistering aside, the show was definitely worth it. And that’s because of Cavorts, The Defiled and of course, Alestorm.
Wednesday 17th October 2012
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT The Perks Of Being A Wallﬂower
Harry Knight I have to admit, I felt uneasy at the thought of my favourite book being adapted for the big screen. Too often we see directors and screenwriters look at novels as only a rough guideline, producing an adaptation that is more their own take on the story than a true translation. When I found out that author of the book Stephen Chbosky was taking up the role of director and screenwriter, I was filled with instant relief and elation. Imagine it’s the dawn of the 90s in suburban Pittsburgh. The protagonist, Charlie (Logan Lerman), is a lonely freshman and aspiring writer with a troubled past. With an air of stoicism, he tells us the story of his first year of high school through a series of letters. When two seniors, Patrick (Ezra Miller) and Sam (Emma Watson), warmly invite him into their group of artsy misfits, Charlie is exposed to the highs and lows of what it means to be a teenager. The mostly dark undertone of the film is balanced with just the right amount of humour, which is delivered in most part by the flamboyant Patrick, with Miller really stealing the show in these scenes. The rest of the script, although weak in some places, makes up for it with some great lines taken straight from the book and delivered flawlessly by the three young actors. The soundtrack is hugely important to the film, at times becoming as valuable as what we see on screen. It really delivers, offering a range of 80s classics from greats such as Bowie, Sonic Youth and The Smiths, to a few more obscure B-sides. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is not your average high school coming-of-age story. Sure, there are some of the old clichés in there, but the problems are real and the characters feel easy to relate to. All this makes for a believable, well rounded big screen debut by writer-director, Chbosky.
Bruce Willis is back in Looper Looper In cinemas now
Amy West Screen Editor
In the world of Looper in year 2074, time travel will be invented but the government will immediately outlaw it. However, that doesn’t mean it’s gone. Taken over by the Mob, it becomes the most effective way of disposing of someone in the future. Loopers are essentially assassins, waiting for their targets to be zapped right in front of them, so they can simply shoot. However, the only way to keep the truth from coming out eventually, is for every looper to kill their future self, therefore eliminating the only tie-in with the murders. But a known time limit of life isn’t so appealing for all loopers, despite the consequences being far worse. The story focuses on young looper, Joe, who doesn’t have anything in life apart from his job and dreams of travelling the world with his saved-up wages. When presented with his self, 30 years on, Old Joe escapes
and the two men enter into an exciting game of cat and mouse whilst carrying out their own personal vendettas. Time travel is so hard to get right, and even when it’s passable; it is even more rare to be done well. This is something Looper doesn’t need to worry about. Rian Johnson’s slick interpretation of the genre is al-
DVD Review Prometheus Out now on Blu-Ray/DVD
Nicholas Adamson From the kick off, it is clear that what we are witnessing here is not simply a “haunted house in space” film like the first Alien, or a “bugs get destroyed by oneliners” film like the second, but something fresh and daring. In fact the broader canvas employed here draws comparisons in a far larger degree to 2001 and Blade Runner than anything the Alien universe has offered thus far. Whether or not it manages to hit all the marks sufficiently is kind of by the by, it would not only be stupid but hilarious for a science fiction film to give answers or neat conclusions. Surely if it were to do so then
most faultless, with barely an audience member walking out confused. It seems like every avenue has truly been considered and executed with scrutiny, something you don’t see often in a sciencefiction movie. With its nods to superpowers such as telekinesis, this film does have a strong science-
fiction vibe, there’s something almost X-Men reminiscent of it, which gives it another dimensional edge. Johnson’s vision of the world in 30 years is stylistic, but not far-fetched which adds realism to the otherwise hard-to-grasp constructs. The world still looks relatively the same, but with added gadgets, weapons and hovercraft motorbikes! Joseph Gordon Levitt deserves the most acting praise for this film, his transformation into a young Bruce Willis goes beyond just a prosthetic nose and top lip. Everything about him oozes Willis. However, make no mistake, Levitt has still managed to create a completely original character in Young Joe, rather than the role slipping into a cheesy Bruce Willis imitation, which it so easily could have done. The movie actually proves to be very different to what the original trailer suggested. The action isn’t purely high octane, and the whole idea of travelling through time is not the main point of the story, but this comes off as a bonus rather than a negative. Overall, Looper is surely a must see film for 2012.
DVD Review it would become simply a ‘science’ film. Having said that though, this film does tread creaky ground between a heavily thematic scifi monster and a run-of-the mill Hollywood blockbuster. With several set pieces veering almost into Michael Bay’s territory of bizarre physics and worthless explosions, it is also lacking heavily on the character front, yet this film does tread between a heavily thematic scifi monster and a run-of-the mill Hollywood blockbuster. Overall though, despite some characters being almost non-existent, the performances of Rapace, Fassbender and Idris Elba keep the ship afloat. Tthematic elements leave much to ponder and ultimately it is a ballsy, intelligent film that dared to tread unfamiliar ground without fearing a backlash from fans of the previous installments.
Homeland Out now on Blu-Ray/DVD
James Peckham Some think that there are two types of people in the world; good guys and bad guys. Homeland, the incredibly successful US import from earlier this year, blurs the line and reaps the rewards in terms of realism. The series stars Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody, a US war hero returning from eight years imprisonment with al-Qaida in Iraq alongside Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, a CIA operative who believes Brody has been turned by his captors. Season One dealt mostly with the evolving mystery of whether Brody had been turned to come back and cause terror on US soil. Instead of the usual preachy
“God Bless America” drama we are used to receiving, Homeland takes a different tact in the slow burner form of a thriller with less action and more mind play. Our heroine Carrie is a flawed one, a rarity in television, by the fact she is attempting to deal with her bipolar disorder without anyone but her sister finding out. Season Two is now well underway on Channel 4 after a much pacier duo of episodes. Carrie’s health issues are playing an even more expanded role in the story as the pace hurtles forward with possibly the biggest cliff-hanger of the whole series coming in the end of episode 2. Homeland was the biggest success of 2011, running away with four Emmy awards including Best Drama Series and Best Actor for Damian Lewis. Get round to watching it, because you’re definitely missing out.
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Top US comedies you need to watch Amy West
On its third season, this sitcom tells the story of Jimmy, raising his new born daughter Hope singlehandedly after he sleeps with an escaped criminal. But not without the hilarious, but sometimes hindering, help of his redneck parents and local supermarket girl/love interest Sabrina (Shannon Woodward).
If you enjoy 30 Rock, Spaced, Modern Family, The IT Crowd, New Girl, Phone Shop or Curb Your Enthusiasm, you might want to check these ones out.
Parks and Recreation Filmed in a mockumentary style, and led by a stellar cast starring Blades of Glory’s Amy Poehler, Stepbrothers’ Adam Scott and I Love You Man’s Rashida Jones, Parks centres around Leslie Knope (Poehler) and her team trying to improve their hometown of Pawnee, Indiana.
ing the lives of American people who live in the area of Portland. Slapstick, silly but smart.
Originally broadcast in 2003, even after 3 series Arrested Development was still relatively under the radar, particularly in England. Despite critical acclaim and recognisable cast (Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Will Arnett), it was short-lived. But now they’re dusting themselves off and filming a fourth series, almost a decade on!
Franklin & Bash
Created by up-and-coming writer, Emmy-nominated Lena Dunham. Girls is about a group of four 20-something girls, living out their mishap careers and love lives in New York City fresh out of college. Think Sex & The City meets New Girl.
Two lawyers acting outside of the rules with hilarious results, this one’s a show for the guys. but with cameos from such acclaimed actors as James Van Der Beek and the legendary badass Danny Trejo, Franklin & Bash brings a fresh look.
Better Off Ted (pictured) Similar to the deadpan nature of things like The Office, workplace comedy Better Off Ted focuses on a young man working in a product-research office under the scrutiny of his comical stern boss Veronica.
munity follows Jeff, a smug lawyer, whose education is said to be unfit by the bar, is forced to attend a local community college with an extremely unusual teaching staff and students.
Saturday Night Live’s Fred Armisen is half of the duo that created and stars in Portlandia. The programme is quite simply a series of small sketches satiris-
Film Review Now Is Good In cinemas now
Natasha La Moigne “Live every day as if it’s your last” is exactly how Brighton teenager Tessa (Dakota Fanning), who is struck with Leukaemia, intends to see out the final moments of her life. Refusing the treatment offered to her, she instead embraces every item on her bucket list, fitting in as much as she can, as quickly as she can. The adrenaline rush she craves from stealing make-up to taking drugs is topped by the short-lived but whirlwind romance with boy next door style Adam (Jeremy Ivrine). This heart warming albeit slightly clichéd blossoming relationship takes Tessa on hill-
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As if Chevy Chase wasn’t reason enough to watch this show, the ensemble cast give him a run for his [comedy] money! Com-
Film Review top walks and sunset motorbike rides fulfilling as many of her dreams as possible. It is her strong willed personality and determination that so many teenagers can align, and despite the obvious empathy we feel for her there is an equal amount of admiration for her brave decision to embrace normality. The underplaying of the harsh reality of this tale by both Fanning and Ivrine, as well as the rare presence of the realities of her inner struggle, is testament to the real life approach in which they have taken in light of the underlying brutality of the tale. Fanning’s honourable performance portraying Tessa’s character in an incredibly sincere manner is a real credit to her. The ‘real life’ direction and relatable tone that comes across in this drama is perhaps what makes it touch the heart.
The Campaign In cinemas now
Joshua Searle Anchorman’s Ron Burgundy and The Hangover’s Alan together on-screen, so what could go wrong? Plenty, as political-satire/sillyshout-fest The Campaign proves. This one comes along just in time for the US presidential race – which has, incidentally, already reached proportions so funny it renders satire pointless – meaning that the topic here is an election battle between Zach Galifianakis’ Marty Huggins and Will Ferrells’ Cam Brady. Even in the currently crowded market for sub-par American comedies the problems here are surprising. The big issue that stands out
is that the writers Chris Henchy and Shawn Harwell are so wasteful with what they have – two top-notch comedic actors and a ripe occasion – that even their imaginative set-ups fall prey to underdevelopment. There are no two ways about it; Will Ferrell being bitten by a snake in a church should be funnier. Also, despite this being marketed as a Ferrell-and-Galifianakis-together comedy, they share little screen time. And, just as in real election races, there are some moments of excitement – a scandal here, a baby getting punched there – but for the most part it’s just like an election- a long, drawn-out slog where everyone spends the whole time looking far too pleased with themselves. In this respect, The Campaign echoes reality a little loudly, and should only be recommended as one for the actors’ diehard fans.
Top 3: Found Footage Joshua Searle With Sinister still effectively subverting the found-footage genre and Paranormal Activity 4 hitting screens this week, now seems the ideal time to reflect on the best this technique has to offer. Since 1980’s now infamous Cannibal Holocaust things have come a long way but, though the sub-genre has branched out with good (Chronicle) and bad (Project X) results, we’ve opted to keep this Top 3 in old shaky-cam’s home territory; the horror movie. 1. Paranormal Activity (2007)
Shot on the cheap and known to have scared Steven Spielberg witless, we follow a couple, Katie and Micah, as they try and document a paranormal spirit that has been chasing Katie since childhood. Effectively synthesising The Exorcist and Blair Witch, Paranormal Activity’s tremendous sound design ensures that even if there’s not much really happening on-screen, there’s plenty going on inside your head. 2. Blair Witch Project (1999)
Released in 1999 and yet still the most influential on this list, The Blair Witch Project follows a group of hiking teenagers while they investigate an old woodland legend. The unsettling camera work and believable central performance from Heather Donahue – which culminates in a heartbreaking apology – make sure that Blair Witch is, if nothing else, terrifying until the camera drops. 3. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
It’s almost impossible to list all the reasons Cannibal Holocaust was originally banned in the UK, but it was the first movie to feature found-footage mixed with mutilations of animals and (falsely) people, showing an investigator discovering some film in the possession of jungle-dwelling cannibalistic tribes of a gruesome act. To this day, it remains a purely visceral and frightening piece of cinematic work. In terms of genre significance and sheer nastiness, Cannibal Holocaust easily takes the whole cake.
Wednesday 17th October 2012
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT The Sweeney In cinemas now
SCREEN AND CULTURE
A ‘future of sport’ exhibition excites
Amy West Screen Editor
The original 70’s British TV show about a bunch of thuggish police officers revolutionised the genre, with its gritty violence, womanising and introduction of the idea that the good guy isn’t always that good. But it’s more about reinvention in Nick Love’s 2012 interpretation rather than invention itself. The Sweeney stars Ray Winstone (The Departed) as bad cop Jack Regan who’s top dog at privately organised London Flying Squad (AKA “Sweeney”) specialising in fighting crime on the streets the old-fashioned way, rather than sitting behind a desk. Just underneath Regan is sidekick George Carter, played by Ben Drew, better known as the singer from Plan B. Also part of the team is Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger) and recent Emmy-award winning Damian Lewis. The casting for Regan is spot-on, even though his character seems substantially different to his 1970 counterpart. Winstone’s Regan fits more into today’s society, with his leather jacket, RayBans and the over-pronounced swagger in his walk. Whilst it’s safe to say he overuses the words ‘schlaaag’ and ‘bird’, Love certainly picked the right actor to breathe new life into the fictional Detective. However, despite Harry Brown exercising Plan B’s acting talents, The Sweeney doesn’t really see him fit the role, as he often comes off as a chav, rather than just a rough ‘n’ ready copper. Despite the minor errors, The Sweeney is an entertaining film, displaying a realism not many action films possess.
Alex Bryan Living, as I do, on the outskirts of London, I was fortunate to attend both the Olympic and Paralympic games. At first, the Olympic motto “Inspire a generation” angered me. I lamented being born at the wrong time; I felt neglected. However, since attending the Paralympic games I had the obvious revelation – it isn’t what you are given that counts: it’s what you do with it. The New Theatre Royal and Aaron Bennett’s “Sports Future” exhibition are currently reminding me of this realisation. Often overlooked by students in favour of the plethora of bars along Guildhall Walk, the New Theatre Royal is currently displaying a set of six pictures of Portsmouth’s young sporting elite. The exhibition itself includes nine year old Artistic Gymnast, Alexia Welsh; twelve year old fencer, Oliver Bird; Tyler George, a tumbling ten year old; smiling swimmer, Oliver Jermy; tennis star, Aiden Brusby; and my own personal favourite, motorcyclist Rowan Miller. In the photograph Miller
stands proudly next to a Kawasaki motorcycle whilst in the background the sky peels into oranges and deep reds. This juxtaposition between the skyline and the all black clad is startling. The pictures themselves have their own story to tell; however, one thing remains the same in every single shot: the determination. A visible grit in the faces of all these young sports stars, a re-
Theatre Preview Snow White and The Seven Dwarves Kings Theatre, 12th December
Corrie Pitﬁeld Culture Editor
Arriving outside the Kings Theatre, the cast of this year’s Christmas pantomime have already sprinkled their fairy dust all over the drizzly streets of Southsea, in true theatrical style. Seeing stars such as Lisa Riley and Marcus Patrick taking part in this year’s production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” has already lit the candles and hung the fairy lights for a truly wonderful winter. Retired ‘You’ve Been Framed’ star Lisa Riley truly made a
solve to become the best at the sport they love. This again came through when talking to photographer, Aaron Bennett Passion was a word that he used repeatedly to describe both his love of photography and the future sports stars he depicts. Bennett regaled me with tales of the hours of training that each young member has to go through in pursuit of perfection. Being a student, motivation is
often a cause for concern; personally, I am always in favour of staying in bed and nursing my hangover rather than doing work. However, having seen the achievements of these young athletes due to their perseverance, I may well put in that little bit more effort. The exhibition is running until Saturday 27th October 2012 at The New Theatre Royal.
Book Review memorable entrance to the King’s Theatre dressed in her emerald green costume attire as she stopped for photos with fans and gave a heartfelt smile to those around her. As for co-stars Jen Pringle and Rob McVeigh, not even the rain dampened their spirits as they greeted budding photographers and presenters; all fighting for their chance at a flash quote. Full of a cast of a variety of different actors and set to the be one of the best Christmas pantomimes the South West has ever seen, it is safe to say that the Kings Theatre is where you want to be this Christmas. Tickets are available now for “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”.
Casual Vacancy JK Rowling
Sophie Roberts Read without any previous knowledge of Rowling’s Harry Potter series, which let’s face it, is almost impossible to do, “The Casual Vacancy” is a solid piece of standalone fiction. It’s horribly pathetic, depressing and most of the time you hate the main characters but if that’s the kind of style you go for in a story then definitely pick up this book. Rowling’s new work of fiction focuses on a picturesque and idyllic town named Pragford; where all the villagers could be Vernon Dursley’s best friends. Stuck up, smug and ignorant, the characters each get a turn to share their point of view. Without giving away too much of the
plot, the lovely town of Pragford is not all it seems and if you enjoyed that cliché then you’ll love the rest of Rowling’s work. Riddled with the most obvious of clichés reminiscent of writing for children, her style hasn’t changed much from simple sentence structures and the basic vernacular. Nevertheless, the more mature themes of “The Casual Vacancy” - including self-harm, drug abuse and casual sex - definitely appeal to an older more adult market and push Rowling out of the children’s section in the library. The issues raised are the reason that the book is flawed, imperfect and despite Rowling clearly having done her research there are plenty of plot holes to pick at. Whether it will become as acclaimed as the Potter books or not, “The Casual Vacancy” is definitely well worth a read.
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GAMING AND TECHNOLOGY
Match of the day, or a load of balls?
Upcoming gaming releases Flynn Massey Arts and Entertainment Editor
FIFA 13 Out now on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC
Halo 4 On PC, PS3, XBOX 360
Eliomar Delgado After the release date for the next FIFA game is announced, the same question circulates: How different can they really make the next one? Year after year, EA surprises the world by continually updating and improving the FIFA franchise, making it more realistic until the time comes when we’ll probably end up physically controlling real life players. This year’s edition has stepped up to the plate once again. FIFA 13 leaves its predecessors in the shadows with a greatly improved gameplay system. The pace and speed of the game creates a more up-tempo and accurate representation of watching a live match. Ball control is the biggest difference from FIFA 12 as players can lose control just as easily as gaining. No more perfect first time touches, but instead a bad pass or defender pressure can
The most hyped release since GTA IV, this game will undoubtebly be one of the most sought after for Christmas.
Wii U Released 30th November
cause unpredictable touches making each long ball or short pass more exciting. Along with this, better teammate Al, improved dribbling and more precise player collisions produce an enhanced in game experience that can at times be frustrating but ultimately add to the feel of playing a more challenging edition of the FIFA franchise. Off the field, the commen-
tary has developed into a more realistic understanding of live matches with touchline news on injuries and regular goal updates on other matches in the league and competition. The arena has disappeared from the loading screen and instead been replaced by challenges aimed at helping you improve your different gaming skills. FIFA 13’s improved realism on the pitch, enhanced player
stat s and more realistic representation of player value in career mode has put itself in a well-deserved lead ahead of its rivals. Despite the fact that this edition is certainly harder to pick up and play over its previous editions, given time even the most newbie of sports gamers will understand that this is one of the most enhanced and fulfilling sports games ever made.
RetroRespect: Super Mario World
RetroRespect: Childhood Memories
Ewan Moore Games and Technology Editor
These days Nintendo and Mario in particular have become synonymous with being far, far too easy. The likes of New Super Mario Bros and Mario Galaxy might offer some challenge, but to the seasoned gamer these are walks in the park for the majority of the game. Fun to play, for sure, but being so easy, one is surely robbed of that feeling of satisfaction one gets when they finally beat that boss or finish that level. Super Mario Land won’t be having any of your bother, thank you very much. The first Mario game released for the Super NES was hard, but not so hard that the Japanese thought us puny westerners wouldn’t be able to hack it, and gave us a completely different game (Super Mario Bros 2, I’m looking at you). No, Super Mario Land was enjoyable at the same time as being challenging.
You’d make mistakes, you’d miss a jump or get screwed up by a koopa but you only had yourself to blame, fool. It was colourful, and it was pretty, and it had more replay value than most games nowadays with something like 75 hidden exits and a super secret world comprised of some of the hardest levels ever committed to cartridge. Personally, I believe the storyline, while at first glance appears to be nothing new, to be open to interpretation. My take is that Mario ruthlessly and systemically murders Bowser and his seven children on a quest to get laid. Take that kind of story in the real world and people would spit out their cornflakes in disgust, but if it involves talking dinosaurs and catchy music, parents happily let their kids play away as they watch their offspring condemn Bowser’s own nippers to various fiery fates. What other game has managed that?
Video games have always had their place in my life. I wouldn’t say I’m an avid gamer or even that I’m particularly good at them, however I enjoy them immensely. I think you’d struggle to find a person who grew up in the tail end of the 90s who wasn’t sucked in by the release of the PlayStation 2 back in 2000 or even the Nintendo GameCube just one year later. There are many games from my past that I simply can’t shake off. Generally, girls always got the rough end of the deal when it came to gaming in my youth. There were very few games that found a safe middle ground between the painfully feminine and blatantly macho. But when you did find a nice, neutral game that was both fun, challenging and yet wonderfully accessible to both genders, that was a game worth hanging on to. Easily, my favourite game growing up was Spyro the
Dragon on the PS1. Possibly the cause of my perfectionism later in life, I could not leave a ‘realm’ of Spyro unless I had collected every dragon egg or gem. Addictive and engaging, this game was advanced in graphics for its time and highly popular. The game went on to have several spin offs and sequels across several different platforms, including Nintendo’s GameCube and GameBoy Advance. I feel that eventually, the charm of Spyro was lost in translation from its original release, to the point where the levels were too big and asked too much of you for you to enjoy it in the same way that you once did. Since growing up I’ve had less time to enjoy the vast and evolving world of games. The nostalgia of it all would be all I’d need to convince me, however, it’d be interesting to see whether or not my gaming skills are still as dire as they once were.
The device itself is looking to be a sure fire contender in the kinetic department. Having a range of exclusive games such as Bayonetta 2 for the console will make it a pre-order smash hit for sure.
Asssasin’s Creed III On PC, PS3, XBOX 360, Wii U
Ubisoft’s flagship product is no doubt going to be a complete change of the game. Featuring a new protagonist, new landscape and various other new and exciting components, Creed is a Christmas must.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II On PC, PS3, XBOX 360, Wii U
With a music score by oscar winning Trent Reznor, and written by the legendary screenwiriter David. S. Goyer, Black Ops II is set to be the biggest selling installment of the franchise yet.
Wednesday 17th October 2012
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DATES FOR THE DIARY Thursday 25th October Inca Trail Information Evening
Wednesday 31st October Drift of Horrors Halloween Night
Have you ever wanted to fly off to Peru in South America and hike the Inca Trail finishing in the Ancient city of Machu Picchu? Come to the Information Evening on Thursday 25th October, upstairs in the Studentsâ€™ Union in Room 4. Itâ€™s an experience you will love every minute of and never forget, so come along to the information evening to find out all about it and have any questions you have answered!
Every year the students look forward to Halloween and search for a place where they can have the ultimate holiday experience. The Bulgarian, Law, Belly Dance and Film and Photo societies have decided to come together to give them just that. The event will take place at Drift on 78 Palmerston Road on with have performances throughout the night to keep everyone entertained, such as salsa and belly dances, spook-off costume contest, flaming shots, laser shows, great music and cheap drinks.
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Try your hand at Tchoukball Hannah Butt Sport Editor
It is fair to say that Tchoukball is a sport that it is not widely known across the world, especially in England. With the British fans seeming to hold most of their sporting interests in football, rugby and, when Murray is winning, tennis; a sport such a Tchoukball breaks all foundations and allows the nation to experience something new. I went along to the training session for the University of Portsmouth’s Tchoukball club to see what the sport has to offer. On first glance it appears to be like the favoured European sport Handball, however when witnessing the game in play, it is a completely different ball game. A team will consist of seven players on the pitch at any one time, the pitch being the same size as a basketball pitch. Nor-
Flying high: Tchoukball in training Dan Chesterton mally for a game there would be three players at each end with a centre - similar to a centre in
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o The University of Portsmouth -women’s American Football tteam has only been around for aa year but already they have -achieved so much. . In June of this year they came third in the first ever women’s BUFAL tournament held at the University of Hertfordshire.. The University of Portsmouth Women’s American Football team began with only six players, but since recruiting at Freshers’ Fayre they have been able to double that number and are still pushing for even more recruits. Unfortunately for the boys and girls teams, their Head Coach Russ Hewitt has decided to stand down. Even with this sad news the team is really pushing for success next year. President Lee Watson said: “With a new coaching staff, approach to training and more recruited players, it is shaping to be an exciting season
The Portsmouth’s Tchoukball side was founded only five years ago and is still a very up and coming sport within the University. Coach Alex Pryor, who is an England international, volunteers to train the team once a week at the Nuffield sports centre. This year they have had an increase in membership, with students joining from all years and a range of courses. From my experience of Tchoukball, despite the unique rules and ways of play, the sport can be played by a wide range of abilities. It allows players to constantly improve their styles of play and throw a ball as hard as possible off a bouncing trampoline! It is definitely a sport that everybody should try, whether you are a sports fanatic or enjoy a bit of fitness. If you are interested in playing and want to try your hand at Tchoukball email email@example.com. Break the mould and try something new!
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netball - in the middle. In a ‘normal’ sport, you can only score at one end of the
playing field, so Tchoukball being Tchoukball decided to break the mould and allow players to score at both ends of the pitch. Strange you may be thinking, however this is nothing when you discover that at either end stands a small trampoline on a stand instead of goals. The aim of the game is to bounce the ball off the trampoline outside of a marked D to score a point for your team. However, you can also give a point to the opposition if it appears that you take a shot and you missed the designated trampoline face - even stranger! Aside from the unique rules of play, Tchoukball is a fast paced and high adrenaline game. It involves finesse and ball skills, which anybody can develop from the basic throwing and catching motor skills. As it is a non-contact sport, both sexes can play together, allowing players to learn from one another.
so far. I am looking forward to the first tournament and hope we can build on the success from last year.” The team has their first tournament of the year coming up in December which is a flag tournament. This is a zero contact version of the sport but it will still provide great practice for the team, especially the new girls. There is also another flag tournament in February and a full contact tournament taking place in June. Lee Watson is very hopeful for the team in the upcoming season, saying: “I would like to wish the best to the girls and the coaches in the upcoming season.” With the departure of such key members to their coaching team the girls are determined to bring back the title this season to make those people proud. If anyone is interested in joining the team please email Lee Watson at americanfootball@ upsu.net
VP Sports Cat Redding talks Union sport Adam Higgins The Galleon reporter Adam Higgins caught up with VP Sports Cat Redding for an insightful chat on how she is adapting to her new role and to discuss all things AU. How are you enjoying your new role as VP Sports? I absolutely love it, it’s the best decision I have ever made running for this job. It’s fast paced and really intense but it means that I can do things that will really benefit sportos, and influence the Athletic Union. What is your view on the speculated fall in Sports membership? Do you feel there is still the same buzz for Sport? With regards to Wednesday nights, I feel that the buzz is still very much there. If you look at how, in the first few weeks, Wednesday nights have been
very busy, it definitely shows how many sportos still want to socialise together. It is also really important and significant to look at how much of the membership for sportos this year is Freshers, as it shows that even with the rise of fees, students still want to participate within the sports teams. With regards to membership numbers, we have actually not seen much change this year. Some teams have actually gone through the roof, for instance the rowing club, who had a target of 75 members, have actually signed up 140 and Ski and Snow, which has increased by about 60 members. The Olympics obviously had a really positive effect on sports. It must be strange no longer being a student? It’s very strange, being up at 9am, but I’m adapting well to it. It is good to still be in the ‘student life’ though because I don’t
feel like I have graduated. I feel like I’m in no man’s land as I’m working on things that influence students, but it is a really nice transition into adult life.
What are your plans for the future? I have a lot of plans; some of them are a bit top secret, so keep your eyes peeled on those! One of the things that I have been researching with a lot of the sports teams is an alumni Varsity, so looking at doing an official Old Boys and Old Girls weekend, which is at the planning stage at the moment, and a lot of people are interested, so we’ll see how that goes. I am also planning to engage a lot more with International Students, as it is something close to home as Enzo [Rossi, VP Education and Democracy] himself is an international student, and we have been going to a lot of lectures, trying to include them in taster sessions.
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Have Pompey ﬁnally turned a corner? Alex Delaney It’s hard to believe that Portsmouth were plying their trade in the Premier League as recently as 2010, and after just five points from their opening eight league one games and having a squad of totally new players, it looked horribly like they were going to continue their rapid fall through the divisions. However, two wins and a draw in the space of a week have reignited the belief around Fratton Park and an unlikely charge up the table could well be on the cards. After beating Scunthorpe at home, Pompey knew two away games at Yeovil and MK Dons were not going to be easy. Yeovil started the season strongly before fading away and MK Dons always seem to be lingering around the play off places. Boosted by the signing of Akos Buzsaky, Portsmouth travelled to both Yeovil and MK Dons. Only six substitutes were named against Yeovil due to the shortage of players, but that did not stop Pompey grabbing a deserved win. Goals from Izale McLeod and Gabor Gyepes either side of half time were enough for victory. The dynamic Portsmouth duo of Mcleod and Gyepes struck once again against MK Dons. Portsmouth were looking likely to get their third win in a row. However, despite the two goal lead, MK Dons fought back to salvage a 2-2 draw. Despite losing a two goal advantage, Portsmouth were still satisfied with a point away from home at one of the promotion favourites. Still in administration and with a completely different squad of players to the previous season, things are looking brighter for Portsmouth. Having won two and drawn one of their last four away games it certainly seems as though away form will be crucial this season, and if they can recapture their away form at Fratton Park then who knows where this season could take the club.
Pompey cruise past Crewe Early goals see off Crewe as Portsmouth make it three league wins on the bounce
Izale McLeod converts from the spot for Pompey’s second Barry Zee INSET
Wes Thomas heads home at the back post
PORTSMOUTH Thomas 2, McLeod 18
Aidan Williams Before this fixture, Pompey had taken seven league points from the previous nine on offer, yet they crashed out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy with a 3-1 defeat to lower league Wycombe earlier in the week. Understandably the fans had mixed expressions upon their way into Fratton for the mid afternoon kick off, as to whether their team would be able to perform. However, any worries that may have been induced were quickly swept away by a dominant display with a 2-0 victory against recently promoted Crewe. The match started at a fast and furious pace and the first goal came only two minutes after the start of play. A very promising attack fizzled out into a corner, and a high looping cross found
an alert Wes Thomas to head in at the near post. The response from Crewe to the Portsmouth opener was one of their better moments of the entire first half. They were cemented in the Pompey half, but with a severe lack of any cutting edge they failed to penetrate the final third. However, this soon faded and Portsmouth came fiercely into prominence, dominating possession and rarely feeling threatened. One of many attacks from the persistently dangerous attacking duo of Wes Thomas and Izale McLeod resulted in a penalty, with the former setting up the latter to sail it into the top corner in the 18th minute to double the lead. The opposition keeper was kept busy with Alan Martin doing well to block a shot resulting from a smooth diagonal cross through the box. Portsmouth, however, still had to be on their toes and alert at all times. A long searching cross almost resulted in a goal for the away team, but the defence
manged to just clear the rogue ball. Portsmouth went into the first half with the deserved lead, and the three points were looking imminent. After the break Crewe were by far the better team. Po m p e y ’ s defence was frequently tested and strained with Crewe firmly camped in the Pompey half. However, Pompey keeper Mikkel Anderson displayed another top quality performance and quite comfortably prevented the few chances Crewe made. By the 70th minute, both Pompey and Crewe had all but faded away as the fatigue started to creep into the players. Respectively, Wes Thomas, Portsmouth, and Mathias Pogba, Crewe, continued to battle in an array of threatening play,
but it was clear that the game was lacking in energy. From this point the result was rarely in doubt, the only potential question being whether Pompey could extend their lead. In the 83rd minute Izale McLeod was substituted for Luke Rodgers who immediately struck the Pompey attack into light. Had he not come on so late it would have only been a matter of time before he rounded off the win. But this was not the case and the score ended 2-0 to Portsmouth, another win to add to the collection. Wes Thomas was deservedly crowned man of the match for a superb display which, with all the uncertainty surrounding the club both in ownership and in form, was very much in need.
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The Destroyers say farewell to Head Coach Rhianna Dawes Deputy Editor
After volunteering his services to the team, Head Coach Russ Hewitt has decided to concentrate on his family which, he has always said, comes first. Russ made the announcement at the Destroyers practice on the 2nd October saying: “Family comes first, work second, football third.” On his Facebook page, Russ said that he was grateful to everyone who made the journey so great. He also said that he is not quitting football ‘by any means’ but is just ‘re-prioritizing’. Russ started his journey with the Destroyers in 2004 after coaching the Southampton Stags and the Southern Sundevils. The AU elected Russ the Head Coach before the team had even recruited a player. Russ remembers: “It was quite hard work. I signed a three year deal to ensure there was no drain on their current resources. So I loaned the team all their kit and equipment, until they were established.” In 2004 the Destroyers only had 18 recruits so they opted to take the year out to work towards league entry. In their first league game, the Destroyers’ quarterback was injured and was taken out for the year. Their first win was against Reading in overtime. In their first season they won only one of their eight games, but they rapidly improved, mak-
Russ with the Destroyers’ league trophy Kofi Agyemang ing the play-offs in 2009. Russ then brought the best out of the team and took the Destroyers to the National Championship final in 2010 where they beat the Birmingham Lions 20-19 and won the title.
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with a mere 10 minutes left to play. It was then that Reading appeared to come alive in the 2nd half as they barraged Ports-
mouth with attacking play. With less than 5 minutes to play, the visitors converted a try, putting them one point ahead of
Andy Fuller, the Director for Student Football Development, has worked with Russ during his time at Portsmouth. After hearing the news he said: “Russ has left an indelible mark on British football and a lasting legacy at an understandably disheartened Portsmouth side. But Portsmouth did not give up and found themselves camped well within the opposition’s half, frantically looking for an opening. Sadly that opening never occurred, but in a last ditch effort Portsmouth were awarded a penalty. Opting for a penalty kick, which if successful would have secured the game for Portsmouth, the kick went wide and the referee blew for full time. Justifiably deflated, Portsmouth ended the game 13-14 behind Reading but nevertheless have a lot to take away from the game in readiness for their next fixture.
Portsmouth. “For some, hyperbole is too often used in sport when describing individuals and their achievements. In the case of Russ each piece of praise is richly deserved. “Russ, along with his dedicated and skilled staff, created a team which set new benchmarks for programme development and which was worthy of the title ‘National Champions’. “Moreover and more importantly, he played a key role in developing people. The students who went through the Destroyers programme will acknowledge that their time with Russ added value to their time at the University. Perhaps there can be no greater accolade than that!” Russ was always a ‘hands on’ coach and had a way of motivating everyone on the team into bringing their all onto the pitch, celebrating hard with them after a win and raising their spirits after a loss. Tom Swinburne, ex-Destroyer player and current coach, said: “I wish to personally thank Russ for everything he has done for both me and the team over the last seven years. “He gave me a dream that, last year, came true. Now starts a new chapter for the Destroyers. We have had a great teacher and through the things he has given us we can go on and do great things.” Praise for Russ is never far to be found from the players, coaches or just those who ap-
preciate the sport. Quarterback coach Alex Phillips who has worked alongside Russ with the Destroyers and the London Warriors shared some kind words: “Russ Hewitt was the reason that I started coaching. He instilled the values in me that have helped me achieve all that I have both on and off the football field. “I don’t think it is possible to stress just how important Russ was to the Portsmouth Destroyers, I hope that I can continue with what he taught and repeat the success that he pushed for in all of his players and coaches. He was a true friend.” The team may struggle to get over losing their head coach for the moment but their other coaching staff will be sure to work hard and get the team just as motivated for the 2012/13 season which kicks off against Brighton Tsunami on 2nd November.
A message for Russ Rhianna Dawes: Personally I would like to thank Russ for everything he has done. He was always enthusiastic about promoting the team in student media and was a great inspiration to work harder. He looked after me on the sideline and has motivated me to where I want to go in life. He made this sport what it is for me and for that I will forever be grateful.
Want to dabble in golf? Jo Stacey Deputy Sports Editor
For the second year, the University of Portsmouth Golf team has been able to hold home matches on the excellent golf course, Hayling Golf Club. This golf course is a real test to any opposition which gives them a huge advantage. The team had a rise in new members this year thanks to the Freshers’ Fayre. They are hopeful that this rise in numbers will help them to improve their success in the league this coming year.
The University of Portsmouth Golf Society attends the driving range each week to practice. This is a good experience to take tips off each other and for the beginners to learn the game and improve their skills. For the first time they are having group lessons from a professional, which will be beneficial to everyone. The team is hoping to go to Portugal in the Easter Holidays and play on numerous championship courses. This would definitely be a trip to remember.. If anyone is interested in joining the golf club, email golf@ upsu.net.
Rugby demolish West London PORTSMOUTH 4TH
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University of Portsmouth Men’s rugby 4th team got their season off to a flying start with a commanding win over the University of West London 1sts. Pompey scored 12 tries and demolished the score line, as they recorded their first win in their first game of the season. The home side were looking to get their season off to a good start after being relegated the season previous. Portsmouth could not have wished for a better team to play against, with many of the West London team only now playing their first proper game of rugby. West London started the game fairly strongly, winning most battles up front, however their inexperience told with a number of unforced penalties being conceded. Being the more experienced team, Pompey began to grab hold of the game. With both sides feeling the opening season nerves, many moves were quickly ended by handling errors. However, it was Portsmouth that began to settle and their quality and experience soon showed. A simple set piece move from the back of the scrum lead to a Pompey try on the left hand side. The try looked to be a relief for the home side, who were just brushing off the cobwebs after the summer break. Soon after, Portsmouth found themselves with the ball, deep inside their opponents half again. A chip from the fly half over the static West London line was
Pompey break through to score one of many tries Dan Chesterton BELOW, RIGHT
The team celebrate a great win chased and consequently converted by the right winger in the corner. These two quick tries had obviously rattled the less experienced visitors and from the resulting kick off, the ball went straight into touch, gifting Portsmouth possession. The rest of the first half followed much the same pattern, with Pompey scoring another three tries to make the score 29-0 at half time. In the second half, both teams agreed that the scrums would become uncontested, due to the far superior ability of the home side. However, within seconds of the restart, the replacement left winger meandered through the defence and offloaded to his opposite winger, who gratefully ran the ball in under the posts. Despite being over 30 points
ahead, Pompey remained professional in defence and explosive in attack, making their opponents defence look as if they were not there. A further six tries were added, including four from the impressive right winger for Portsmouth, to give the match a very once sided score line. Portsmouth ran out comfortable 72-0 winners, getting their season off to the perfect start. The home side were far stronger and more powerful up front, winning most battles on the ground and turning the ball over on numerous occasions to give opportunities for their backs to be inventive. West London’s defence could not cope with the Pompey back at all, who had time and space to do what they want and ended up creating many scoring opportunities.
Many people expect this Portsmouth team to challenge for promotion from the Southern Eastern 5A League this season after suffering relegation the season before. And with more imposing performances like this one, it would be hard to argue against their case.
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Jordan Wall A spirited display from Portsmouth saw them narrowly miss out on victory, in a thrilling opening game to their BUCS season. A sluggish start produced an
uneventful opening. Both teams looked solid in their defence and without any signs of aggressive play in attack, neither teams looked likely to break the deadlock. Reading went ahead shortly before the break after powering their way down the right wing to produce a try for the visitors. Converting the try, Reading went into the half time ahead of
Pompey, who showed true resilience to keep the visitors within reach for the second half. Pompey came out by far the greater team after the break, scoring early on to take the score to 5-7. Playing with more aggression and determination than that of the first half, Pompey’s forwards made a series of great surges resulting in a well-deserved try.
With a few substitutions adding fresh legs to the team, Pompey continued to drive on, looking by far the better side, and Reading were forced to defend. The match appeared somewhat wrapped up with Pompey scoring a difficult lengthy pen alty kick leaving the score 13-7
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