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THE CHANGING FACE OF LEEDS MET SU Could be closed by Christmas: Sugarwell Shop Kirkstall Shop Headingley Shop City Shop Sugarwell Bar City Entertainments All Catering Outlets All senior managemnet posts are proposed to be made redundant
Face of the SU set to change as consultation document says:
Executive team to be restructured number of elected officers cut from six officers (plus two part year officers) to five.
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Tuesday 4th December 2007
Girls beat the boys Rachel Mattey Staff Reporter ———————————— Fewer boys want to go to university nowadays, according to the Ipsos Mori survey. The surveys revealed that out of 2400 11 to 16 year old students in England and Wales, only 67% of boys said they were likely to go to University compared to 76% of girls. One reason why less boys want to go to university is because they “do not enjoy learning”. James Stone, a student from JFS School in Kenton, North London, quit A-levels as he did not feel that studying and university were for him. “I preferred to go out and earn money as I am more work orientated rather than study orientated.” Girls are still outperforming boys at GCSE level. In the past, women had fewer opportunities than boys and were not encouraged to go to university. Due to the shift towards the service sector there is much greater scope for women to succeed in life now. Many women are starting a family well in to their thirties allow-
Ex-PM Sharif returns to Pakistan
Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s ex-Prime Minister, arrived to Lahore after having been seven years in exile. This is the second attempt in the past three months that Sharif tried to end his exile, after Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, toppled him in 1999. Thousands of police deployed for his arrival were overwhelmed by a surge of supporters, who carried Mr Sharif on their shoulders at Lahore airport.
Aid reaching cyclone survivors
Aid agencies say they are now reaching all the victims of last week’s cyclone which struck southern Bangladesh, causing at least 3,100 people to die. Money and aid are now pouring into the coastal region destroyed by the storm, but survivors’ needs are still huge. Many of them complain they need food, clean water and shelter, meanwhile leading UK charities have launched an appeal for more aid.
Girls are outperforming boys at GCSE level ing them more time to study at university and have a successful career. A spokesman for BBC news said that “the more intelligent boys are starting to realise that by going to uni they are going to get in a lot of debt, sometimes for nothing.” In order to encourage more boys to continue to study after A-levels, certain strategies are taking place.
In Liverpool, the Bright Boys project was piloted in 2004. This involved 30 boys at GCSE level who had the capability to succeed at university but did not have the aspirations to continue studying after A-level. They had to produce a website about university, prepare for a teambuilding exercise and a debate about university life and education.
Photo: Hayley Proudfoot They also visited the University of Liverpool where they had an English tutorial, a science lecture and a question and answer session on student life. The project leader David Painter said; “It is hoped the young men will begin to understand that university is a realistic option for them and that this will focus their thinking towards learning and doing well in their GCSEs.”
£1000 more for men
Ashley Bramley Staff Reporter ———————————— Shocking figures show that men earn an average £1000 more than women within 3 years of graduating. Only 26% of women on average tend to earn in excess of £25,000 compared to 40% of men according to research published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). Head of the HESA research project Catherine Benfield said; “Women accept that they may take a job below their expectations and work up from there. Men would rather be unemployed and searching for that perfect job.” The research also shows however that 40% of females are ‘very satisfied’ with their jobs in comparison to 34% of men. Research from the Institute of Directors (IoD) shows an increased pay gap of up to 26% in the public and private sectors. A female director’s salary is £56,933 compared to £70,657 for a man in the voluntary sector. The IoD’s Director General said; ‘It is wholly unacceptable in this day and age that it appears that women in comparable positions do not receive the same rewards as their male counterparts.’
The average gender pay gap has risen from 19% last year to 22% this year according to Government Statistics. Although directors in general had received a 3.5% pay rise there was still a pay gap showing the basic for men to be up year on year, whereas the basic for women was shown to remain static. The one area where the research showed a gap closing was the financial sector. The pay difference was found to be 9%, a drop from 14% last year and 35% in 2005. However, this slight progress is simply not enough and the IOD’s director general Mike Templeman said the size of the gender pay gap was “extremely disappointing”. “We would really like to know why this remains such an insoluble problem” he said. “Unless we can achieve equality of opportunity in the near future we will inevitably face further regulation in this area”. The research based on 4000 positions in around 1200 organisations showed the smallest pay gap to be of just 5% in the public sector. The IoD survey also revealed the head of a large organisation with a turnover between £50m and £500m could expect to earn £141,440 a year. Whereas the average
Kenyan police ‘killed thousands’
A human-rights organisation has claimed that Kenyan police killed 8,040 people by execution or torture, during a crackdown on a banned sect. The deaths and disappearances occurred over five years up to August 2007, said the Oscar Foundation Free Legal Aid ClinicKenya. And a report said Kenya’s General Service Unit carried out the killings during operations in slum areas.
Commonwealth climate plan
Leaders of Commonwealth states have drawn up an action plan to tackle climate change that falls short of any binding agreement. The text, released after the second day of their summit in Uganda, is designed as a strong statement ahead of next month’s UN climate talks.
US immigration delays risk votes
Hundreds of thousands of people may not be able to vote in next year’s United States’ presidential election. The announcement was made after a huge citizenship application backlog, caused by the increase of applications from 6.3 millions during the previous fiscal year to 7.7 millions this year. The delays will affect those who filed citizenship applications after 1st June with the Citizenship and Immigration Services agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security, said officials.
Philippines storm leaves six dead
On 25th November, at least six people died in the Philippines, because of the heavy storms that lashed the island ahead of the arrival of Typhoon Mitag. Forecasters said Mitag was gathering intensity off the coast of the island and is now expected to hit land in the north-eastern provinces of Aurora and Isabela on Sunday night.
More activists arrested in Russia
Activists of the opposition group “The Other Russia”, were arrested by the police after they were caught up in a protest against Vladimir Putin’s government. Police detained about 150 people in St Petersburg, including opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was later freed.
Rise in HIV/Aids cases in Europe
According to a report from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the rate of new cases of HIV/Aids has almost doubled since 1999 in the European Union. The countries with the highest rate of diagnosis are: Estonia, Portugal and the UK, where figures show that 73,000 adults in the UK now have HIV. More than half of infections are through heterosexual contact, although homosexual men remain at greater risk. It suggests that the virus has started to spread from drug users to their sexual partners.
Just 26% of women earn more than £25,000. basic pay for a managing director of a small company was £65,000. Although since coming to power in 1997 the government claims to have reduced the pay gap by 5% across the board.
Photo: Emin Ozkan The general figure of a 17% pay gap between male and females doing exactly the same job is not acceptable, never mind a 42% gap among parttime workers. The government has admitted more needs to be
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Deadly blast hits Baghdad market
A bomb explosion has killed at least 13 people and about 50 were hurt in the blast on 23rd November, at a crowded Ghazil pet market in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. Police said the bomb was hidden in a box containing birds, while the US troop surge has targeted Shia militias and Al-Qaeda fighters.
Tuesday 4th December 2007
General Meeting can’t stop mass Christmas closures for SU Kat Baldwyn Editor ———————————— Leeds Met SU staged only its second General Meeting of the past 4 years last Tuesday (27th Nov) at Headingley Campus in the Jubilee Room. The meeting took place as the full realisation of the SU’s situation was just dawning on many students. Mismanagement on a massive scale for the past eight years has lead to the SU having accrued a cashflow deficit of £672,000. The meeting began with a report from Students’ Union President, Jodie Tumelty, on the current financial situation. This was followed by a helpful twenty minute presentation from Alex Kemp of the National Union of Students who effectively told students there is a nationwide trend of declining commercial viability for Students’ Unions, partly due to the fact that there are less white, straight, non-disabled males attending university and cities such as Leeds offer a much better variety of entertainment than they used to. Only emergency motions at the meeting allowed the issue of the SU’s current dire financial situation to enter debate. The majority of the debate was pitched between the students ‘in the know’ whilst most others gazed on trying to
take it all in. The truth was it didn’t matter anyway. Unless students could come up with a plan ‘which would definitely work’ there was simply no room for manoeuvre. The meeting passed policy to; ask the University for extra funds, start fundraising to put a dent in the deficit, to give more support to Athletic Un-
ion members and to adopt the EUMC ‘Working Definition of Anti-Semitism”. The meeting then lost quoracy and was stopped. The remaining eleven motions will go to the Executive Committee to be voted on. The week continued to unfold how it had begun. Tit-bits of information helped along by Chinese whispers left many
confused and disaffected. The consultation document detailing the mass closures of SU services was leaked to Leeds University’s newspaper Leeds Student before any members of Union Council managed to get their hands on it. LS quietly glossed over the fact that last week their Editor, Charlotte Griffiths, reported that Leeds Met SU was ‘bust’
and had been taken over by the university, instead a more accurate article described that consultation document. The report details which services and functions of the Union will remain open and which will close. It says commercial services are not a core function of a students’ union even if they are important to student customers.
However it identified four core areas where it says the SU should focus its attention; the Advice Service, Activities and Development, Academic Affairs and Admin Support which enable the former mentioned activities to work. The aim of the Sabbatical Officers is to keep these open and keep the SU delivering its core business.
Met student scoops industry award Friend’s DNA found on knife handle Amy Lazell Staff Reporter ———————————— Sipping champagne with top celebrity DJs in a plush London venue doesn’t sound like a normal night out for a student. Leeds Met student Neil Kingston however, is not your average guy. Legendary DJs Tim Westwood and Jo Whiley were amongst the audience at the Radio 1 Student Radio Awards, which saw Kingston pick up Best Newcomer for his weekly radio show that
currently airs on LSRFM. Neil, in his third year of a business degree at Leeds Met couldn’t be happier. “The award came at a time when I really needed a boost. People think that it is so easy to just get on a radio station, but it isn’t all glitz and glam. It’s indescribable the amount of work that goes into producing a radio show.” Neil has only been a DJ for a year but already he has gained the attention of radio producers, and will be a guest on Alex Zane’s XFM show later in the month.
The judges at the event placed him in gold position and said: “The entrant put a huge amount of effort in producing excellent content for the show.” However, the student radio awards are the tip of the iceberg as far as Kingston is concerned, “They have opened many doors for me, and I’m grateful for that, but I want to go above and beyond this.” Catch Neil Kingston in action on the Leeds Uni Radio Station and on the BBC website to hear his previous shows.
Leeds Mets Neil Kingston wins ‘Best Newcomer’ at the student radio awards. Photo: studentradio.org.uk
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Katie King Staff Reporter ———————————— Italian detectives have confirmed the knife at the centre of Meredith Kercher’s murder, found at suspect Raffaele Sollecito’s apartment had his and girlfriend Amanda Knox’s DNA on it. Knox’s DNA was found on the handle of the knife, while Sollecito’s was found on the blade. Italian police now say they have a much stronger case against American student Knox due to the evidence. The day American student Knox, 21, was arrested on November 6th, she gave a trembling three- page statement. She said “There is something inside me which I believe to be true, but there is another possibility that could also be true and, honestly, I can’t say with any certainty which one is correct. “I am trying to work it out because I fear for myself. I know I did not kill Meredith. That is something I know for sure.” Knox has also reported while being questioned by Italian police they hit her on the head. Along with the assault, Knox said exhaustion and stress accounted for her changing statements she made about the killing, the Italian media reported. Meanwhile, scientific tests prove the latest man to be arrested in connection with Meredith Kercher’s murder in Italy, show he did have sex with her the night she was killed. DNA taken from Rudy Herrman
New breakthroughs in the Meredith case. Guades’s matched that found on the Leed’s student’s body and on toilet paper in the house she was killed. Guade, 20 was detained in Germany (20/11/07) after the Italian police issued an international warrant for his arrest and capture. Detectives in Italy launched a manhunt for Guade after finding a bloody fingerprint in the apartment Meredith was murdered in, on November 1st. The same day Guade was detained , Diya “Patrick” Lumumba was realeased after two weeks in
Photo: Jo Bounds custody due to lack of evidence. Lumumba says he was framed by Knox. He told Italian newspapers he would “never forgive” Knox for reportedly telling police he was in the room the night of the murder.“I asked myself, ‘why has Amanda done this to me?’ I helped that girl find work,” he said. “I don’t think I’ll ever forgive her.” Mr Lumumba criticised police for not finding out where he had been on the night of the murder. The investigation continues.
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Government sneaking £100m News in a a year out of higher education flash Emma Fawcett Staff Reporter ———————————— The Government has announced that from 2008 funding for higher education will be reduced by around £100m a year for students who wish to study for a second undergraduate degree. The decision has caused anger amongst institutions such as the Open University and Birkbeck, University of London, who teach many students who previously have been awarded a degree, but want to return to higher education. In a letter to the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the innovation,
universities and skills secretary, John Denham, wrote: “While there may be much benefit to an individual, or their employer, in them retraining for a second qualification at the same level, this is not, in my view, usually as high a priority for public funding as support for students who are either entering higher education for the first time, or progressing to higher qualifications. It is thought that the main concern should be those who are studying for their first degree and that the money can be used to support them through their time at university. In support of this the Higher Education Minister, Bill Rammell said spending public money to give people who al-
ready have a degree a second degree, while 70% of adults in the working population do not even have their first degree, is not the right priority”. However, the shadow innovation, universities and skills secretary, David Willetts, said: “This has all the hallmarks of a rushed and potentially damaging proposal which is being bundled out before the spending review. As a minimum, the government needs to protect the training of key subjects like medicine. Institutions such as the Open University contribute to making a more flexible workforce. However it is expected that institutions like this will lose up to £32m in funding as a result.
Conversely Rammell has said: “It is simply not the case that the OU will lose that amount of money.” He said he had to make this clear to the university that no institution would lose in cash terms. Diana Warwick, the Chief Executive of Universities UK, the umbrella body for vicechancellors, said: “We would not want the re-allocation of this money to discourage or deny opportunities to these students, who come back into higher education to re-skill or to change direction later in life. It’s important to remember that while some of these choices may be driven by personal benefit, there is also a wider economic benefit.”
University open over summer Katie King News Editor ———————————— The University and College Union (UCU) suggest that universities should switch to the summer to be ‘green’ and reduce carbon emissions. Just one university produces more than 12,000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year with 87% related to the energy used in lighting and heating the buildings according to The Guardian. Brian Everett and Rob Copeland, authors of ‘Climate Change: A Trade Union Responsibility in Higher Education’ say that it is surprising university labs and lecture theatres in the UK are used most intensively during the cold, dark winter months. They suggest that ‘if there were to be serious reductions in carbon emissions from university buildings, one major way of doing this would be to reduce the use of buildings during the cold winter months of the year and increase their use during the lighter and warmer months.’ The UCU feel that that academics need to do more than just study the problem of climate change by using both their professional role and their trade union role to promote
David Irving, a convicted Holocaust denier and Nick Griffin, the leader of the British National Party (BNP), caused mayhem at Oxford University on Monday 26 November when they were invited to a debate at the Students’ Union about free speech. After immediate objection to their invitation, not only by students, but also by senior Tory MP, Julian Lewis whom had a life membership with the union’s 184 year old debating society, a referendum was held for members. In the vote 1,062 students supported the invitations extended to Irving
£400k Labour donor probe Property tycoon David Abraham has given £400,000 to Labour in the names of friends. One pal used was hard-up builder Ray Ruddick who lives in an ex-council house. The other was Mr Abrahams secretary Janet Kidd who gave £80,000. He said: “I am a very private person and I did not want to seek publicity. I gifted the money to my friends and colleagues so they could make perfectly legal donations on my behalf ”. Probes are being made by watchdogs as to why he took such steps.
Judge data leaked PM Gordon Brown faces further embarrassment as Britain’s top judges have been put at risk after two CDs with their personal details were mistakenly sent out in the post. The discs contain highly sensitive information about hundreds of barristers and solicitors including Richard Latham QC who convicted double murderer Ian Huntley and top barrister Oliver Blunt. Princes Charles estate details were also included. Minister of State Jack Straw is certain to be infuriated by the breach. A spokesman for his department said: There will be an internal investigation”.
6th person dies A village where five people have killed themselves in a year claimed its sixth victim last week. Carpenter Terry Ball, 35, was found at his home in “cursed” Gnosall, Staffs. He is believed to have hanged himself. The cottage he shared with his wife Jane, 33, is in the same street where lorry driver Peter Forrester, also 35, overdosed seven months ago. Reasons as to why the village is dammed are unknown. Local, Doreen Sheldrake, 63, said: “We need someone who people with problems can talk to”.
Britain, the cocaine capital
Universities could be open in the summer to help save the environment. sustainable development. However, changes inline with the environment, such as car parking policies often ‘cause great concern to staff members’ says Everett and Copeland. They are worried that their workhome life will be interrupted by dramatic changes to University policies and many say that to move the ‘summer break’ to the winter would be a bad idea as most see the summer as a time for research. Less dramatic attempts
to combat climate change in universities should be a reduction in the use of resources such as paper. universities should be engaging more in technology at classroom levels by switching to electronic teaching instead of the intensive use of paper handouts. The International Organisation of Education Unions Education International will be asking whether the recruitment of an increasing number of international
Photo: Matt Wilkinson students can be justified in view of their carbon footprint at it’s conference in Spain. Everett and Copeland also question the need for European, North American and Australian universities to recruit so many students from South East Asia. ‘The increasing diversity of the academic and student body is of great value to the exchange of ideas, to academic freedom and the security of the world. However, it is environmentally unfriendly.
Prostests at Oxford as BNP leader visits Abigail Philips Staff Reporter ————————————
and Griffin, while 640 believed they should not be given such a prominent stage to express controversial and offensive opinions. The union’s endorsement of the invitations two-to-one, led Julian Lewis to resign his 37 year membership, and saw many prominent British figures, including British defence secretary Des Brown, cancel future engagements at the Union. Luke Tryl, the union’s President, defended his decision to allow Irving and Griffin’s speeches to continue by stating: “I believe their own publicity will destroy them – they will implode.” His argument for allowing the debate to continue was that he believed students
should be given the chance to challenge such “awful and abhorrent” views. Despite this opinion, hundreds of protesters turned up at the university on Monday 26th equipped with loud speakers, posters and banners sporting slogans such as “shame on you” and “Nazi scum”. Many protesters claimed that the speeches were simply “a festival of antisemitism”. Extra security was put into place to deal with the coach loads of anti-fascism campaigners and trade union members that were expected to congregate, along with hundreds of students, outside the union. A group of approximately 30 students did, however,
manage to break through the supposed “ring of steel” around the event and disrupt the debates. They held up proceedings for an hour by chaining themselves to banisters and singing songs, and subsequently Irving and Griffin had to carry out their speeches in different rooms. After the debate, Tryl was confident that he had proved his point and said that he felt Irving came across as “pathetic” and significant flaws in his argument were exposed. When asked at a later date, he said he was pleased that the debate went ahead and he has no regrets about bringing such a controversial topic to the union’s prestigious debating chamber.
The proportion of young Britons who take cocaine is now the highest in the developed world, a report revealed. Nearly one in 20 young Britons took cocaine last year as it replaced cannabis and ecstasy as the most fashionable drug among the young. Popularity of cocaine is reflected in its use by celebrities. Kate Moss was pictured snorting cocaine – but continued to get lucrative modelling contracts. The class A boom brought a fierce warning from researchers as it is starting to have major impact on public health.
Tip-off could have saved Diana Princess Diana could have been saved if the British embassy tipped off the authorities in Paris she was there, it was claimed last week. A French security officer said that, had they been made aware, specialist police would have mounted an undercover security operation to safeguard her during her stay, the inquest into her death heard. Mr Al Fayed claims the Princess was murdered by M16 on the orders of Prince Phillip because she was pregnant by his son Dodi who also died in the car crash.
Heathrow expansion for 2020 Under Transport secretary Ruth Kellys proposals, a third runway and a sixth terminal will be built by 2020. Transport Secretary claims it will reduce noise pollution despite the number of flights rising by half and will benefit the economy. the number of flights will rise from 480,000 a year today to 702,000 by 2030. Those affected by noise pollution would fall from 274,000 in 2015 to 242,000 in 2020 and 205,000 in 2030. Protesters claim the Government had cynically spun the figures to suit its own ends.
‘Prowler’ Murat took Madeline A nanny at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz, witnessed a man who looks like Robert Murat trying to climb into the apartment. The British girl claims she disturbed a prowler, described as looking identical to official suspect Murat, trying to climb in through the ground-floor window of apartment 5A 6 months before the little girl disappeared. Details of the sighting have been given to detectives at Metodo 3, the Barcelona-based agency hired by McCanns three months ago.
Tuesday 4th December 2007
Headingley Campus set to house students Nicola Banks Staff Reporter ———————————— The university has recently gained new planning permission to create an innovative accommodation complex at Headingley campus. The ‘Olympic Village’, as it has been named, will be on the western side of the campus, adjacent to the Carnegie sport facilities and behind the Grange, Cavendish and Fairfax halls. This will be replacing the building, Rich Hall, which is the current accommodation building for international students and College Close, the West and North Yorkshire open network college. The complex will have 483 bedrooms which will be occupied by international students who are mainly based at Headingley campus. Being at the heart of the university means that students will be exposed to a new and exciting environment that they will become quickly familiar with and settle into quickly and comfortably.
The projected opening date is September 2009, coinciding with the start of the 2009/2010 academic year. As the complex is at the campus it will form an extension of student education and a huge learning experience in an environment people know is safe and enjoyable. Constant access to the universities facilities, including the library, Metceno and the Students’ Union will make this complex a prime location to enjoy university life. As well as the 483 bedrooms provided, other facilities the complex will host include, a central ground floor reception, to ensure security, a piazza and external communal courtyards, which will be both paved and surrounded by trees. This will create large spacious communal areas, allowing for comfortable spaces to relax and socialise. As the university is heavily involved with the environment and social responsibility, they have conformed to their title of being the ‘greenest’ university and have created an innovative development with the environ-
ment at the core. The university has said “The sustainable, environmentally responsible development will use timber for the building superstructure, contributing to a lower carbon footprint, while enhancing the woodland setting of the campus in keeping with its historic location. It is hoped that by providing sustainable student living, students will adopt sustainable living habits helping to create better future citizens and a better planet.” The university currently has 12 accommodation complexes with over 3500 bedrooms for students to live, many of these with en-suite bathrooms. These complexes include a wide range of facilities on site including Student Union bars, launderettes, retail shops and health and leisure clubs which are all very popular and well received by the students. Olympic village will continue the universities modern and welcome approach to all students by creating an environmentally friendly and easily accessible accommodation complex.
Headingly site could soon house students Photo: Leeds Met
Students made to wait for loans Jenny-van-der-Warf Staff Reporter ————————————
Two months into university and students are still waiting for their loans. It has come to a stage where students are re-thinking whether to stay at university because they are financially unstable. Waiting for loans is putting severe stress on many students. A first year student called Ethel faces no option but to “jack-in university” if her loan does not come very soon. Student loans should be more reliable as it affects students during their time at university, and also their parents because they have no choice but to support their child. However in some cases many parents are financially unable to give a helping hand. Samantha Sturley has had sleepless nights for weeks. Living away from home for the first time and starting university would worry any 18-year-old. Students are constantly anxious
about when the loan will come in. They don’t need the pressure of this constant money trouble. Many students applied on time and still have not received their loan. A student from Bristol comments “I applied for the loan in late May, before the deadline. It’s November now. The other day, I received a letter from Bristol reminding me I had fees to pay. I don’t know how I’m going to pay them.” Many students are in the same dilemma causing chaos and many distressed students. Student finance advisors who work for the university have commented this year “the worst yet” for delays. Loans for all students, not just those in their first year, are expected to be in the region of £2.9bn this year. One council worker, ‘Roxalana’ said the reason for the hold-ups in student loans this year is because, “we have experienced large staff cuts this year, leaving us with the equiva-
lent of just five full-time members of staff to process around 4,500 applications”. However the SLC denies there have been more delays than ever in the 900,000 loans and grants it has paid out. Quite the opposite, it argues. “We have exceeded the targets set by the government and, in round figures, this year represents the best year yet in a succession of years of steady improvement,” a company spokesman says. The student loan crisis has affected many students throughout England, and it is not fair for anyone to be in that position of stress or worry. Student’s main focus is education and achieving their highest potential, without having to worry what they are going to eat when they have no money to buy food. By not having the right nutrients, students become tired, and their attention span is not as effective, they therefore cannot achieve to their highest potential.
RAG raid Manchester Simon Poole News Editor ———————————— The Leeds Met RAG society’s latest event raised a massive £1,257 for Christie’s as they took to the streets of Manchester city centre last weekend. Members of the society took part in a RAG Raid which started on Saturday morning at 9am. Once everyone had received their blue Christie’s tshirts, buckets, stickers and permits from the Christie’s Appeal Office, students split into smaller groups around Manchester city centre and collected money from members of the public. Even when the rain began to fall, spirits were not dampened, and money was collected through until 4pm that day. Later in the evening, all the university RAGs and Christie’s representatives met up at the Red Lion pub in Fallowfield to find out how much money was raised. The Leeds Met RAG collected a very impressive £1,257 for Christie’s, and the total amount collected by all universities taking part in the RAG raid was around £15,000, which is a fantastic achievement. A special mention should be made to Leeds Met student Christelle Sears, who raised over £400 during the raid – the most by any individual on the day. Like all of the RAG society events so far, the day was hugely successful, and the money raised will have a huge impact. RAG presidents Becky Wise and
Leeds Met RAG raised £1,257 for Christie’s. Cath Wheeler said they were really pleased with the total and the society had a great time in Manchester. Christie’s is a charity which raises funds for the Manchester-based Christie Hospital – an institution that specialises in the treatment of cancer and associated diseases. On the Monday before the RAG Raid, the RAG society held a cake sale in the Stu-
Photo: RAG Society dent’s Union, raising £103.80 for Leeds Teaching Hospitals Charitable Foundation. The money raised will hopefully go towards an ongoing appeal to raise funds for an artist to paint a mural on the wall of the children’s ward. The society hopes to collaborate with the Leeds University RAG over the next couple of months, including a University Challenge in 2008.
Tuesday 4th December 2007
The origin of Christmas traditions Liz Sullivan Associate Editor ————————————
1848 and from then every worthy middle class family would have a Christmas tree of their own!
every person in your address book including the milkman was firmly established.
The upcoming festival of Christmas is in fact a Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Yet over the years many of the customs and traditions we perform over the festive period have become nothing to do with Christianity at all. Bringing a tree into your home, kissing under the mistletoe, exchanging presents, indulging in a large dinner, lighting up the streets with colourful lights and sending Christmas cards all have no route in Christianity. So where do these traditions come from?
Kissing Under the Mistletoe The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe derives from ancient ancestors’ belief that the plant conferred powers of fertility and vitality. Some even considered it an aphrodisiac, owing to the alleged sexual nature of the plant (Yshaped branches, white sticky juice of ball shaped berries!!). Up until late medieval times women would wrap mistletoe around their waists and wrists to increase their chance of conceiving. It is hard to say when exactly the English custom of kissing under the mistletoe came about but the practice appears to be due to this relation between the love of the sexes and the spirit of fertility embodied in the sacred bough. According to one form of English custom the young men plucked a berry from the bough each time they kissed a girl. When all the berries were plucked the privilege ceased.
The Christmas Cracker The Christmas cracker was invented in the 1840s by an ambitious baker called Tom Smith. Before setting up his own business Smith travelled to Paris in search of new confectionary ideas. At the time ‘bon-bons’ (sweets wrapped in twists of coloured paper) were popular in the French capital and Smith returned with the idea of containing a love motto in his own bon-bons. After the novelty sweets went on sale smith developed the idea by adding small gimmicky toys instead of sweets, lengthening the wrapper and, after exhaustive experimentation, adding a little explosive strip which popped when pulled. The crackers, originally called ‘cosaques’ became popular at all manner of special events not just Christmas. Smiths son Walter is credited with the introduction of paper hats and replacing the love messages with witty sayings.
Sending Christmas Cards The Christmas card was invented by Sir Henry Cole in 1842. Cole was a very busy man, he was the principle organiser of the Great Exhibition, he was then appointed Prince Albert’s chief advisor, he introduced public lavatories in England and he oversaw what is now the Victoria and Albert museum. Due to his hectic lifestyle he became frustrated that there was no time to send letters of festive greeting to his friends. So he invented the printed Christmas card which were designed and printed by someone else and he simply scribbled his signature at the bottom! With the introduction of the ‘penny post’ and the modernization of the printing press the practice of sending Christmas cards soon took on and by 1860 the cards were sold widely on the market. By 1870 the custom of sending one to
The Christmas Stocking Many stories are circulated about how the Christmas stocking became a Christmas custom so it is hard to say where the origin came from. the most plausible, and the most boring, is that it stemmed off the European tradition of leaving some kind of receptacle (clog/sock/pouch) over the Christmas period which was filled by St Nicholas, the patron saint of children. In the early nineteenth century the stocking beat off other rivals, probably due to the fact that it could hold more presents! It is also thought that Clement Clark Moore’s reference to the stocking in his famous poem ‘Twas the Night before Christmas’ and Thomas Nast’s subsequent illustrations of the poem simply popularized a custom that, up until then, was little known and practised only by a few.
The Christmas Tree Evergreen Trees have been used to celebrate pagan winter festivals for thousands of years due to its symbol of eternal life; it’s the only tree to stay alive through the harsh winter when other forms of plant life have died or gone into hibernation. The first print reference of Christmas trees comes from Germany in the early sixteenth century. It is impossible to say when Christmas trees first came about and there are many stories claiming to reveal who was the inventor of the tree but as they are not backed up by any historical evidence it is most likely to have been brought about by an extension of the pagan ritual of decorating houses with fir branches. As Germans married into other European destinations in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries they brought their Christmas traditions with them. It wasn’t until around 1850 that Christmas trees became a common feature in British households. This was due to Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria. Being a German nobleman himself he was brought up with Christmas trees and was keen to bring this tradition into his new family. An illustration of the Royals gathered around their decorated tree was published in Illustrated London News in
Some considered mistletoe an aphrodisiac.
Christmas in Leeds. Photo: Michael Bage
Christmas abroad? Hannah Wood Features Correspondent ———————————— Longing for a trip abroad this Christmas? Germany has come to Leeds! You can experience the culture of German Christmas without passports or jet lag and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg - take note students! Christkindelmarkt is the much looked forward to event for the people of Leeds. The authentic wooden market stalls bring the glow of thousands of fairy lights and fill the city center with merry decorations. The stalls look like individual chalets, the roofs are covered in a string of twinkling lights while the open wooden hatches present a wonderful display of Christmas goods.
German traders offer a true experience of Christmas in their country by bringing their goods to us. Choose from an extensive range of hand-made jewellery, hand-crafted toys, candles and Christmas cards. These would all make charming Christmas presents. Every bit of attention and care has been put into the products by those who craft them, so every item looks bright and festive. Even if you don’t want to purchase, you can take pleasure in looking around. Take a break from the Maccy D’s and Subway to try traditional German delicacies such as gluhwein, bratwurst sausages, soups, stollen, gingerbread and candied fruits. Cooked meats hang from the wooden walls ready to be sliced. Candy and sweets hang in a rainbow fashion and fill the insides of
its stall ready for purchase. Just walking through Leeds centre, the enticing smell of these specialities is overwhelmingly inviting. Gluhwein is a warm red wine infused with spices, cinnamon and orange. It is popular at Weihnachtsmarkt (German Christmas markets) and is perfect for warming your insides on a cold winters day. While you let the warm gluhwein or real German beer cheer your spirits, the children can play on the funfair and the beautiful carousel. This compliments the merry atmosphere, and makes your visit even more worthwhile. Take the stress of assignments and exams off your mind and make a trip to the German Markets to get you in the festive mood!
The German Christmas Market is a hit once again this year in Leeds. Photo: Google
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Tuesday 4th December 2007
Creative writing competition Entering The Met’s creative writing competition could bag you a crate of beer or six bottles of wine, the best examples will be published within these pages- why wouldn’t you want to enter? The Note by Katheryn Rose I write this note in the feeble hope that my death shall not go un-avenged. Just three weeks ago I was dragged forcibly from my home, bound; gagged and roughly thrown into this dungeon. This woeful circumstance alone may appear sufficient to instil great terror into any right thinking man. If only this had been the end of my troubles. I soon grew accustomed to being regarded as an animal, it was not that I did not feel my station; more that by prolonged endurance I hoped one day to re-attain it. I accepted the weight of their slurs and blows upon me, for I lived upon the belief of my eventual discovery and rescue. I was able to tell the passing hours through a barricaded window. I was able to tell the days by the odour of the foul gruel tossed down my throat, it resembling decomposing fish on Fridays; but rotting vegetation during the week. I hold the firm belief that were my life not to be ended by another source, the putrid concoctions should do it unaided. I first became aware of my inevitable demise when it was first visited upon me. It was upon Monday evening that the beautiful lady first appeared before me. Beauty and wealth such as she possessed rarely struggle to gain admittance, especially should my suspicions of her being responsible for this dungeon of the dying prove founded. The prospect of being set-upon by her repulsive oafs, was rendered more bearable by its comparison to attack by this terrible beauty. The oafs were a tad reluctant to leave such a charming beauty with my bound, gagged and filthy self; her charm however soon instigated their removal. Once they had dispersed she rushed onto me to seal my fate. She pushed me onto my back with ease and overpowering me she knelt upon my shoulders and bent herself towards my neck. My miserable condition seemed to pale in comparison. Her breath a flood
of warmth upon my throat, her lips as delicate as rose petals; her fangs as sharp as needles. I bellowed for assistance as soon as her fangs hit home, fearing for her safety rather than mine the oafs returned to beat some manners into me. By the time of their hurried arrival at my cell the worst had been done, I felt faint and the lady had a thinly veiled excuse concerning un-necessary affright. The lady gave the guards twenty pounds apiece and informed them that she wished to visit her dear cousin again on the Wednesday two days hence. As the guards sought her composure, my livid rage at this announcement went unheeded. Bound and gagged as I was and am still, with only my legs and feet un-tethered; the only communication available to me was that which I could accomplish in the manner of our primate cousins. By using my feet to enable my writing upon the walls, with an implement which one as desperate as I am now will always manage to fashion. All such notes have gone un-heeded, my requests to be ransomed home have been deemed hysterical. Wednesday came and despite my writhing and howling nothing could deter the vampire, neither could my reactions raise any interest in the slavish oafs that waited on her whims. Her manner was no less tender than it had been upon the Monday, her lips no less soft; her fangs no less lethal. The refuge in bellowing was no longer available to me, as I had bellowed and howled from the beginning of her visit to no avail. When she had finished she kissed my furious self on the forehead. She assured me that she, my unknown beloved Isabel; would be back to visit this foul cell in two days. It is mere hours before her visit and I bellow still when I break from writing this melancholy tale. Whether there may be a heaven or a hell when justice is so distributed, I can no
longer tell. I would leave some love-note upon this wall, but I pray that my loved ones may never see such a time as this. Farewell whoever may read this, if you fare not well; I pray you may fare better than I whose hour has come. This Note was inscribed upon a padded wall in this institution (Rainhill Asylum). The patient was evidently suffering from vivid hallucinations. The ‘lady visitor’ did not make a single entry upon the visitor’s book and my subordinates are adamant that they would never permit any visitor entry after hours. There was even a loose screw that was supposed to secure the door handle, it is presumably with this weapon that the patient managed to commit the two puncture marks upon his neck. The only source of mystery remaining is as to the location of the patient’s blood, all of which is missing without known explanation. Dr. H. A. Stone.
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Tuesday 4th December 2007
A Presidential Interview
With the current concerns about the state of the Students’ Union, The Met has taken it upon itself to introduce you to your SU President and give you an insight into some of Jodie Tumelty’s personal views and opinions on the overall situation. Who are you? My name is Jodie Tumelty and I’m twenty-four years old. I was born in Somerset and grew up in Hertfordshire. I’ve been in Leeds for 6 years now; four years as a student and two years as Students Union President. I studied Primary Education, and when I leave the union I will go into teaching. I’m currently doing some supply teaching here and there to help gain experience for my future career. What does your job involve? (What is your role as Student’s Union president?) My job involves working closely with the General Manager of the SU, working generally with staff, and on any staffing issues to ensure the SU is run in the way it should be. I’m responsible for the constitution of the SU in terms of reviewing it and interpreting the rules of the union, I have the final say on how the constitution is interpreted . I’m also a Governor for Leeds Met and sit on many meetings and committees that discuss academic issues; my job is to represent views of the students. I chair the executive committee meetings- we meet formally every two weeks to discuss issues to do with the SU. As Students Union President I am the first point of contact with the University. As trustees, the exec are responsible for financial management and good governance of the SU and are liable for seven years after we finish so for example, if the Union goes bankrupt due to desision made during our time in office we could potentially be hunted down and held responsible! Socially, I find working in a team enjoyable and rewarding and I particularly enjoy working with students and changing things to the benefit of students.
What have you achieved so far? In my first term we wrote a complete Strategic and Business Plan for the overall union putting students back at the centre of the union. We took 40 students to the Admission Impossible demonstration on tuition fees. This was the first time Leeds Met had taken this many students to a NUS demonstration and was good to be involved on a national level. We changed the voting system from online voting to a paper system to create an atmosphere and encourage campaigning. This resulted in the overall voting turn out being at least doubled every single position in the exec elections last year. I requested extra money from the University asking for money in areas where the funding was necessary for example societies, volunteering etc. Winning this increased grant was a big boost for the team and a major highlight of my first term. This year I have completely edited the bye-laws of the union, these sit behind the constitution and give the details to the rules of the constitution and can be edited by the executive committee. I chose to do this as I believed it was a good starting point in the overall constitutional review of the union. As president I am responsible for the new officer handover period, ensuring new officers are trained and that they have met the staff that they will work with in the Union and the university. All this is done by the entire team but I am responsible for planning the whole process. I worked with the freshers sabbaticals and was involved with faculty induction talks and Unipol welcome dinners to introduce myself, my colleagues and the union. I also worked with the university to help plan
the freshers festival. I’ve been elected to the NUS Disabled Students’ Committee. I contacted all higher education students’ unions regarding issues involving disabled students. With this I made lots of contacts in our region and i am helping arrange a disability sport day in the north As a Governor we were involved with keeping fees at £2000 for this year. I’ve spoken at the Graduation ceremonies to congratulate students. The majority of my work this year has been concentrated on internal matters including the financial stability and restructuring of the union. What are you hoping to achieve before your term ends? In light of the current financial situation I aim to leave behind a union which is financially stable with developed services that benefit our members and one which our students want to engage with. In addition to this I will be reviewing our governance structure which looks at how we make decisions within our union ensuring consultation with students along the way. How will you get students involved in this? We need to listen to students to hear what they want, for example many students may not want to be involved in an alcohol awareness campaign however we may be inundated with students wanting to be involved in a fashion show or a graduation ball committee. So we need to ensure our ideas are as varied as possible so we can engage with as many students as possible as we understand no student is the same. You’ve obviously worked hard to get where you are but who was your inspiration? So many different people inspire me in different ways.
My family work very hard, my mum inspires me as she has her own business that goes from strength to strength and this inspires me to think that achievement can only come with hard work. My sister is the National President of the NUS, in terms of student politics and her beliefs she inspires me. Overall, I am inspired by anyone who I think has achieved and worked hard for the benefit of other people. I respect people who have morals, high standards and a strong work ethic. How do you think the recent OGM went? Well, it was our first quorate meeting since 2005 and a lot of hard work went in to making this so. Our OGM angels who organised raffles and promoted the meeting for the week before it happened did extremely well. Due to this hard work we were able to pass policy and get some decisions made by our student members which is really important because we are a member led organisation and to be truly student led its vital that students engage with our decision making processes. What’s happening with the state of the Student Union? What issues have been resolved, if anything? The students union has been spending more money than it has for many years, over the last 8 years we’ve lost over £672,000. We are now at a point where if nothing changes we would have to cease operating by Easter. Obviously as trustees we are not going to let the union close, therefore we have had to evaluate why students’ unions exist and what our core functions are. We believe our core functions are: support and advice, representation and student activities. As a result, even though important
to students, we did not believe that our commercial services were core functions. To that end we are in the process of consultation with our staff to find the best way forward for the Students’ Union, our staff and our students. We want to ensure that services remain for students however it may not be us who run these services in the future. Obviously this is a very distressing time for all involved and we will work our way through it to ensure that there is a strong union at the end of the process. Apart from remaining financially stable, what does Leeds Met Students Union want to achieve? And What do you as President want to achieve? I want to ensure that our core services are developed and improved so that our union is one that delivers a good service for students and ensure that we are actually here in a years time. Also we strive to be a Students’ Union that’s relevant to students, one that students want to get involved with and a union that is governed appropriately. What do you think to the government proposal of lifting the cap on tuition fees in 2009? And How do you think the student movement should respond to this proposal? I’m completely opposed to lifting the cap, as of yet the Government hasn’t said what is going to come out of the review in 2009 however many vice chancellors are pushing for the cap to be raised if not lifted completely. If this happens it would have a hugely detrimental affect on students and their ability to go to university. I believe there are two battles; the first battle we have to win is keeping the cap and the
second is around free education more generally and removing tuition fees altogether. Do you think it’s a good thing that Leeds Met have only capped tuition fees at £2000 rather than £3000? Yes I do, I believe in free education and for Leeds Met to take this stance within the sector shows their commitment to enabling students to attend university. Even though I’d rather see no fees at all I know in the current climate this is not possible at Leeds Met and therefore agree with their ‘low charging, high impact’ fees policy. Do you think it’s beneficial that tuition fees have been capped at £2000, or do you think a better approach would have been to charge the full amount and give £1000 bursaries to all students who couldn’t afford it? No, I believe that capping tuition fees at £2000 not only benefits all our students but also makes a standing point against the Government’s fees policy. Do you think by presenting a £2000 ‘price tag’ Leeds Met is generating an education market? I believe the Governments variable fees has created the ‘marketisation’ of education not Leeds met setting fees at £2000. Jodie’s presidency will be ending this year so if any student is interested in taking up this role as Student Union President do not hesitate to get in contact as elections will be taking place next year. She’s more than willing to answer any questions raised in this interview or give advice on any issues regarding involvement with the students union. Contact her at: email@example.com
Tuesday 4th December 2007
Steph Sheffrin and Andrew Chung travel to Poland to remember the Holocaust Two weeks ago, twenty apprehensive Leeds Met students set out on a journey of a lifetime to remember and learn about the Holocaust and anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe. The multifaith group travelled to Poland for four jam packed days. Lead by top educator Clive Lawton, the group travelled to the Krakow and Warsaw Ghettos, the remains of the Treblinka death camp, Majdanek camp and the Auschwitz extermination camp. As we descended into Balice airport in Krakow a beautiful winter wonderland was below us, little did we know what we were to encounter in the following days. Walking through the
beautiful yet deserted Jewish Quarter in Krakow it became clear that something was missing. The streets we were walking down were once filled with a thriving Jewish community, now there is nothing but stars of David and traces of Hebrew writing engraved on the walls. Unclaimed derelict buildings still remain, waiting to be claimed by their owners who were not lucky enough to return. Eeriness fills the streets. We walked past some of the buildings seen in the film Schindler’s List and reality started to hit. Early evening we set off for Warsaw, a six hour coach drive away. The only scenery is vast open snowy fields and occa-
sional small villages, some still with wooden houses. Poland is such a quiet place. The villages look old and worn, just like the expressions on some of the villager’s faces. There is a lot of history in this place. Maybe their village was once occupied by those who were persecuted. The answer, we will probably never know. As we approached the bright lights of modern Warsaw, there was another story to be told. Few of the old buildings still remain as heavy bombing by the Soviets destroyed the majority. We walked around various parts of the Warsaw ghetto, the icy cold wind whipped at our faces. We were well dressed with thick
coats, scarves and gloves and shoes. Most of the people living in the ghetto were lucky to own one piece of warm clothing. We went to visit the largest Jewish Cemetery in Europe; the graves seemed to go on for miles. In the middle there was a large clearing with one small tomb stone, it was one of the many mass graves where some of hundreds who didn’t survive the Warsaw ghetto ended up. So many people died so quickly, people were unable to keep track of names and produce enough tombstones. Late afternoon, we headed towards Treblinka. Driving past vast areas of forest, one could not help wondering what terrible things may have happened there. We drove further and further into what seemed to be the middle of nowhere. The coach bumped across a single train line. We had arrived. Slowly we walked down a stony and muddy path. Silence filled the air. Darkness began to fall as we reached the top of the hill. All that remained was the site of a gas chamber, a memorial and hundreds possibly thousands of stones each with the name of a place that people had come form. Very few survived Treblinka as it was not a camp it was a place for exterminating people. Bright and early the next morning we headed off to Majdanek Camp which is situated next to the town of Lublin. A large part of the camp is still intact. We knew we had arrived when we saw the barbed wire,
watch towers, lines of wooden huts and the chimney of the crematorium. It was all too real. We walked through the gas chamber, firstly into the place where the inmates stripped, then through the showers and then into the actual chamber. A pungent smell filled the air and a frightening silence. We were stood where so many thousands lost their lives. The cans of Cyklon B still remained. Our journey continued. We entered a barrack that was filled with hundreds of thousands of shoes. All of these shoes once had an owner, we all knew their fate. Some of the shoes were like those that you and I would wear; these people were just like us. There was one more place that we needed to visit before we left. Auschwitz, the most famous and brutal extermination camp. Some of the most terrible things happened in Auschwitz. This is where the famous Dr. Mengele carried out his “medical experiments” on twins and others. The famous entrance gate reads “Arbeit Macht Frei”, work brings freedom. Daily the prisoners walked out of this gate to work and wearily walked back through at night after their day of slave labour. Dressed in only pyjamas and wearing wooden clogs one can not even imagine the cold in the middle of winter. We walked through the museum, there were rooms full of suitcases, some with names you would recognise. Hundreds of thousands of shoes. A whole room full of peoples hair, you
could see some of the womens plaits. There was cutlery, crockery, walking sticks, crutches. Not just one of each, hundreds. The extent of the Nazi regime became even more real. The smell of disinfectant in the barracks was powerful. We then made our final journey to Auschwitz– Birkenau. Hundreds of wooden and brick barracks still remain and wash facilities not even suitable for cattle. Silence is everywhere; there is no life in sight. A single train track leads up to the gates. There was only one way in. The train line ends at the huge gas chambers and crematorium. Words cannot explain what it feels like to be there. It seems unfair, that we could walk back down the tracks, and millions of others couldn’t. We may be happy and safely back home now, but our journey does not end here. We are the last generation to know and to meet survivors of this horrific tragedy and we must not forget them. Poland may have been the end of the journey for millions of people but this is just the start of our journey, it is our responsibility to tell people what happened in these places and we must never let this happen again. If you are interested in remembering the Holocaust visit http://www. hmd.org.uk or if you want to raise awareness about current genocides please join the Aegis Students Society at Leeds Met, more information can be found at www.aegisstudents.org
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dulgent BB mistress. For shame! Top tip, save some and have it on toast. I discovered this last year, and it was the best Christmas ever. While we are on the subject, Panto season is upon us. Check out the entertainment section for some top tips on how to spend the next few weeks in Christmas style! Details about the upcoming attractions at The Carriageworks are outlined in the entertainment section, I urge you to check out Jack and the Beanstalk looks to be some good old fashioned fun. I recently went to a performance at The Carriagworks which was awesome (The Great Santa Kidnap – entertainment section) Also, the LIME team have a new addition, John Lucas. John has taken over from Charlotte as entertainment editor and is doing a cracking job. Do not get drunk on Christmas Eve! You won’t be able to eat as much if you’re hung over. The last issue before Christmas and the Turkey is so close you can taste it. Having spent a lot of time (and too much money) at the German market and admiring the Christmas lights in the centre of time my thoughts drift to the much loved Christmas dinner I will enjoy to excess in less than a month. I happily sit at the table for hours, eating. Lets go through the list, Turkey, stuffing, pigs in blankets, prawn cocktail (that pink sauce and paprika), roast potatoes and mash, the veg, crackers, the toys inside crackers, wearing the paper hats you get in crackers throughout the entire day, Christmas pudding, Christmas cake, BRANDY BUTTER!!! I can not wait. But I’ll have to. Talking about BRANDY BUTTER!!! It came to my attention last year that our editor had never sampled the seductive and in-
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Have you been watching ‘Without a Trace’ recently? They’ve taken it up a notch. They’ve been going abroad a lot like the episode in Mexico and the one in Japan. Has the budget increased dramatically? It’s really good these days. Alan Thompson I suppose some of the episodes are great, I loved the Mexico episode, particularly as it only really had my two favourite characters in it. The one where Jack Malone goes a little crazy and the whole episode is a dream is a little on and doesn’t really fit in with the whole series at all. One thing about ‘Without a Trace’ like a lot of Jerry Bruckhiemer stuff there is no character development at all. If you watch the first series you hardly ever hear their names used at all. All you get is a little mention of Jack’s marriage failing and that Danny is lactose intolerant.
Cinema snobs should sit down and shut up! no really. You can see them a mile away, the guys who insist on staying in the cinema till after the credits role. That really grinds my gears. They’re not doing it for the reasons they claim “Meh, the credits are part of the film…” Yeah, they are if there are some hilarious outtakes of stills of the film in. Unless you’re waiting for either your name or a mate’s, which I doubt, then leave and get a pint and talk about the film. Bob Kane I see that happen from time to time. Obviously I have more going on in my life that it doesn’t concern me in the same way. I am a fan of the after cinema pint though, get chatting about what you thought of the film.
By Kathryn Shaw Its nearing that time when you sit down in the pub and have the obligatory, ‘best films of the year’ discussion, there’s a few more to put into consideration though that are released over the coming month and Christmas time. The Assassination of Jesse James, Beowulf and The Darjeeling Ltd should enter your consciousness somewhere but here’s for a few more that stand to be up there, or at least provide some disposable festive cheer.
course. The storyline may be obvious from the start, and it all sounds perhaps a little too much of the Love Actually/Bridget Jones persuasion but reviews of the film celebrate it as being smart, original, funny but most of all moving.
Starting with ‘I Do’ directed by Eric Lartigau and starring Alain Chabat and the acquired taste that is Charlotte Gainsbourg (21 Grams, Science of Sleep) released on November 2nd. It tells the story of Luis, a lifetime bachelor, and his attempts to stop his family forcing him into marriage, by setting up a fake marriage to his best friend’s sister, Emmanuelle. She can stand to earn some money by appearing the perfect girlfriend, winning over the parents, exchanging engagement rings and then promptly dumping him at the alter, thus stopping the mentioning of weddings ever again. The film plays out all the troubles that come from this plan, which seemed so simple, until he actually does fall in love with her of
Due out on November 30th, is ‘The Nines’. Director John August draws comparisons with surrealists such as Michel Gondry; his latest film starring Ryan Reynolds, Hope Davis and Elle Fanning is broken down into 3 intertwining sections and sees the lead cast members take on multiple roles in the initial story of Reynolds’ character under house arrest, the second tale of a mock reality TV show and the final story to tie it all together of Reynolds as a video game designer. Exploring the concept of parallel universe, The Nines links the stories with religion and existentialism; taking a risqué delve into questions of the metaphysical. Rated highly but damned slightly due to the ending of the film failing to, in simplest terms, end, The Nines travels realms of creativity and fantasy. Should it manage to fight its way up into the mainstream it sounds well worth a watch out of curiosity alone. BalletLORENT presents
Angelmoth Fri 15th February 08 2pm and 7.30pm £12 / £8 Tickets: £9.50 / £8 Family ticket (2 adults / 2 children) : £30
The Carriageworks Its PANTO season! The Carriageworks is right near uni, just by the cash machine in millennium square, check out Jack and the Beanstalk, a good place for a Christmas date, or just for you and your housemates after the ill fated Christmas dinner that you planned but somehow went pear shaped.
In the silence of the dusty library, something magical is about to happen! The lives of Pippanouska and the characters that use her library suddenly undergo a breathtaking transformation when they encounter the Angelmoth, an ethereal butterfly-like creature who leads them on a fantastical journey. Artistic Director Liv Lorent combines beautiful dance with an imaginative set and costumes, as well as some dazzling aerial choreography. Audiences will be swept along by the magical story narrated by actor Ben Crompton.
For something else just as surreal but in a whole other sense, next month sees the release of ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks’, possibly one of the most unanticipated releases of the year so far, but perhaps that’s a good thing. ‘The Simpsons’ was hyped to the max so only really had room to fail in expectations whereas Alvin, Simon and Theodore avoid all that. Released on the 21st December just in time for some light Christmas entertainment, little has been said on the synopsis of the film, just that the band re-unite for one last time. Transforming a cartoon, an old one at that, to film always makes for interesting viewing but perhaps the most interesting thing will be seeing, Jason ‘My Name Is Earl’ Lee taking on the role of Dave; the casting of Lee in this role and for a programme from the 80s is a hint perhaps that despite being animation based, the target audience isn’t kids. ‘PS, I Love You’ became incredibly popular as a book written by Cecilia Ahern. Due to be released in film format under direction by Richard LaGravenese and starring Academy Award winner Hilary Swank it certainly looks like it has good foundations for success. Reviews for it so far fluctuate slightly though. For those unfamiliar with the book, the story is about Holly, a young tourist who marries young to Gerry, played by Gerard Butler, and is subsequently widowed young. ‘PS, I Love You’ welcomes Lisa Kudrow back to the big screen as Holly’s friend who tries to bring her out of her misery caused by her husband’s death when a collection of letters start to arrive from him detailing wild adventures that he wants her to go on in aid to discover her identity without him by her side. It’s dangerous to make a film with such heavy content in the format of a romcom and as a result has been criticised in some reviews for failing to make the viewer laugh or cry and only succeeding in inducing guilt at the levels of voyeurism encouraged at such tragedy. Whether this proves to be true or it lives up to how good it looks on paper, it sure seems worth checking out. Finally for a film that will definitely make its way into the multiplexes, Fred Claus. Boasting a ridiculously star-studded, award nominated, strong cast that really raises the disturbing question of ‘what were they thinking?’ Suffering from bad reviews and a very tired premise, Fred Claus stars Vince Vaughn playing Santa’s unsung brother Fred. The film is in the position to shock and really impress an audience, maybe even make it into the aforementioned ‘Top films of the year’ list. At best though it will probably only give that guilty feeling where you’re enjoying it but know you really shouldn’t be, a case of a film for Christmas, not for life.
Adam North and Mark Baylin Productions present
Jack and the Beanstalk Wed 5th Dec 07 - Sat 5th Jan 08 Tickets: £9.50 / £8 Family ticket (2 adults / 2 children) : £30 Group Price: £7 This years traditional panto tells the story of Jack and his magic beans! THE CARRIAGEWORKS presents a professional production, complete with UV puppets.
Jack and the Beanstalk
Kylie ‘2 Hearts’ What a way to return. Sophisticated, glam, even a little bit sexy. Influence from bands such as Trex seems evident here. However, Kylie is possibly trying a little bit too hard to be cool. But it doesn’t matter who you are, you can’t help but love her for this. Editors ‘The Rat Race’ With a voice so distinctive there is no mistaking an Editors track. This track captures Tom Smiths voice and uses it in all the right ways. It’s almost faultless. In true Editors style-very cool music.
The March Violets Homecoming Show Saturday Dec 8th 2007 Leeds Metropolitan University One of the original Leeds drum machine bands, along with Sisters Of Mercy and Three Johns, The March Violets were championed by the likes of John Peel and Janice Long and recorded many sessions for BBC Radio 1. Described after they split up as “the best band you’ve never heard of”, The March Violets released some classic tracks such as Snake Dance, Walk into the Sun and Crow Baby, which topped the Indie charts in a time when Indie meant Independent, and still fill dancefloors in the darker clubs around the world. They were known for their darkly chaotic and intense live performances, and finally imploded in 1985 and then scattered across the globe to separate musical careers. Now they are back in the UK to play a One-Off Reunion Event and have even recorded new material, which will only be
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available to ticket buyers at the gig itself. They have made one brand new Violets song, ‘Cut Down Pretty’ available for free download from the official myspace site, www.myspace.com/ officialmarchviolets. A very special one off gig, featuring ‘80’s Leeds ‘ dark/gothic/ punk drum machine band, The March Violets. The Violets have arranged a line up of four more excellent acts, all adding their own particular flavour to the night and making it something of an historic happening. Special Guests include Chris Reed Unit - Intense solo show from Red Lorry Yellow Lorry frontman, Chris Reed. James Ray – Dark guitar driven electronic shapes, reforming and playing a special set for the gig . Salvation – Shadowy 1980’s guitar fuelled tunes and also reforming just for this show.
KT Tunstall ‘Saving My Face’ How KT Tunstall will top her multi-million selling debut album I will never know, but it is obvious here that she is willing to have a pretty good go. It has all the melody you would expect from her. It’s moody, catchy, radio-friendly and will have you strumming along in no time. The Wombats ‘Let’s Dance To Joy Division’ The Wombats have hit the scene on the head with this indie favourite. Jaunty and so catchy you will know all the words once you have given it a few spins. It will make you want to throw yourself all over the dancefloor. Reviewed by Amber G
Screaming Banshee Aircrew – An up and coming act, fast becoming known for their energetic male female vocals and theatrical histrionics. The Aftershow party goes on till 3am with guest DJ’s from Leeds own Wendy House club night, and other guest DJs from around the country. All info and tickets can be found on www.myspace.com/ officialmarchviolets This is the cheapest online option and in addition fans can also purchase the new Violets CD at a discount along with their tickets. Other Outlets include www.seetickets.com, www.ticketmaster.co.uk, www.ticketline.co.uk, www.musicnonstop.co.uk, City Bar ( Leeds Met), Hellraiser Records Leeds, Jumbo Records Leeds, Crash Records Leeds, Jacks Records Sheffield www.jacksrecords.idps.co.uk, Resurrection Records Camden London www. resurrectionmusic.com
friends, slapped and thrashed himself around the stage with no sense of pain or worry. This was the punk show I had come to see! No pandering to crowd pleasing favourites ‘Another Number’ or ‘Moving Pictures’ (I’d like to see Lydon drop ‘Pretty Vacant’ from the set!), instead replaced by vitally fresh ‘Don’t You Wanna Be Relevant’ and ‘My Adolescent Dreams’. Improvised jam sessions between Ross and Gary that segued perfectly between ‘Martell’ and ‘Men’s Needs’, and Ryan spinning wildly on the floor knocking beer bottles left right and centre. There were huge swathes of the new album missing, and not a note from their debut, but none of the crowd present would be any the wiser tonight. A BAND WHO WILL DO WHAT THEY WANT, WHEN THE FUCK THEY WANT AND HOW THE FUCK THEY WANT, IS THE ANTITHESIS OF WHAT PUNK SHOULD BE ABOUT. THE 70’S ARE GONE! LET’S EMBRACE THE FUCKING CRIBS!
Join the Strangeways mailing list before 14th Dec and get entered into a prize draw to win tickets for The Cribs official after show at Strangeways, Wire club night. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with an email entitled ‘cribs competition’ Each ticket enters you into a raffle draw, where you could win 2 cribs tickets for the Friday Brudenell gig Jonny plays The Fall, Holy Fuck, Cowtown, Deerhunter, Dan Deacon, Billy Childish, Shonen Knife, Jeffrey Lewis, LCD Soundsystem, The Cramps, The Horrors, Daft Punk, Datarock, Joy Division, Quack Quack, Daniel Johnston, The Cribs, The Modern Lovers, Sonic Youth, Herman Dune, Dat Politics, Black Lips
Sex Pistols – Sex Pistols / Cribs Brixton Academy Monday 12th November 2007 by Tom ‘Rotten’ Newton
Hans plays Justice, Pavement, Hefner, Moldy Peaches, Crystal Castles, Patrick Wolf, CSS, Quintron, Postal Service, Joy Division, Metronomy, MIA, Roxy Music, Bloc Party, Long Blondes, MSTRKRFT, Surkin, Simian Mobile Disco, Violent Femmes, Nirvana, Chromeo, Hot Chip, Gossip, Soulwax, The Knife, Alter Ego, Talking Heads, Digitalism, The Klaxons
The nature of this crazy and slightly suicidal trip was to absorb every last drop of blood, spit and bile that hold together the core ideals of the ‘Punk’ ethos. Reading books on the romanticism of punk rebellion, while having your nose pierced, sporting a studded belt and 12” spikes on your bonce is not enough. It’s a start, but it’s nowhere fucking close ! Unwashed and slightly dazed, no money to speak of and sleeping rough in a train station while freezing my bollocks off, I set out to document the gig of my life. The Sex Pistols, the gods of British Punk, and The Cribs, Kings of Yorkshire and beyond. So for you dear loyal reader, here is that story. . . . GOD SAVE THE QUEEN !! The Cribs – The Cribs were always going to be up against it. Pre pubescent EMO girls and balding impotent 50 something’s were never going to embrace three snotty nosed lads from Wakefield. That said, Ryan and The Jarman Machine love being in the wrong situations. Draped in a blue cardigan (yes I want one too), and displaying a nasty cut lip throughout, Ryan spat, crashed and riffed his way through some of the finest 3 minute punk songs of the last decade. Gary, dressed in a ‘Shrag’ T-shirt to honour recent touring
The Sex Pistols were every bit the comeback kids. Fuck Spice Girls, bollocks to Take That and piss right off Zeppelin. You won’t find Jones or Matlock complaining of a broken finger tonight. ‘Holiday in the sun’, ‘Submission’ and ‘No Fun’ were executed with snarly precision. “Anybody in ‘ere under forty?”, screamed Lydon, gargling a bottle of brandy and bacterial mouth spray. Rebellion indeed! ‘Pretty Vacant’ and ‘God save the Queen’ shook the foundations of Brixton Academy, and broke the bones of many a geriatric punk along the way. It’s these very broken bones that are testament to the fact few bands in the last 30+ years, have come close to matching the passion of ‘Nevermind The Bollocks’. St George’s flags draped over the amps and a Union Jack drum kit can all seem a bit try hard, but when The Pistols invented punk theatrics, you can forgive the pompous clichéd spectacle. In short, without Sex Pistols, there wouldn’t be bands like The Cribs. It’s that simple, and I’m sure the Jarmans would agree. But I know which side of the fence I stand on when it comes to pledging allegiance. Yes Sex Pistols were phenomenal, but The Cribs will always have a head start in my heart. Fucking amazing night !!!! GOD SAVE THE FUCKING QUEEN !!!
So it’s goodbye from her… After just over a year in charge, Charlotte Smith is taking a well deserved rest from editing these pages to focus on that annoying degree thing we’re all supposed to be doing. I’d like to start my first editorial by thanking Charlotte for all the incredibly hard work she’s done over the years to make sure this page looks great every fortnight. A responsibility which now falls to me. What was I thinking?! If, like me, you’re looking anxiously at your CV and thinking it needs some serious beefing up before you enter the scary world of gainful employment, writing reviews for these pages is a great way of showing off your writing skills, that you
The Great Santa Kidnap. The Carriageworks
No Country For Old Man Starring: Toomy Lee-Jones, Woody Harrelson, Josh Brolin Directors: Ethan & Joel Coen Cert: 15 Runtime: 122 Minutes
This is the tale of how Tommy and Anna attempt to rescue Santa from a diabolical goblin plan to hold him to ransom, and in doing so attempt to safeguard Christmas for children everywhere. This Leeds Children’s Theatre production was perfect festive fun and a real pleasure to see young talent entertain an audience with such success. The interaction with the audience from the actors was superb, Santa (Rob Smith) engaged the children and adults alike with his endearing performance. The younger actors impressed too, the trio of goblins Sneergripe, Snottle and Bug, were fantastic in their hilarious but also menacing roles, and received the inevitable well intentioned boo and hisss response from everyone who attended. Special mention has to be afforded to Robyn Grant and Michael Lockwood, two very talented individuals. Grant led the goblins as Sneergripe, already an award winning actress confidently commanded the attention of the audience. Santa’s head brownie Fergus (Lockwood) led us through the adventures of the brother and sister team of Tommy and Anna as they crusaded to free Santa. The plot is extremely entertaining for all ages (excuse the cliché) in a similar vein to Pixar productions in that respect. The Great Santa Kidnap is fantastic festive fun and certainly a welcome change to the typical Christmas film that you will end up watching for the millionth time. Details for future performances at The Carriageworks are outlined on the previous page, well worth checking out. Andy Salmon
actually did some extra-curricular stuff in between studying and drinking, and that you can work to deadlines. It’s a piece of cake really, 250 words every fortnight or so, and it could make a real difference when you come to apply for jobs. We might even be able to score you the odd free cinema pass! If you’re interested, drop me an email at email@example.com. We’re looking for reviews of current films, TV, Theatre and stand-up comedy shows, DVDs, games and books, so there’s plenty you can put your name to. Whether you’re a seasoned writer or an interested newbie, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. John Lucas
I saw this film in a special screening at the Leeds Film Festival a week ago, two months prior to its release, and let me be the first to say that it’s been a long time since I have such an accomplished piece of work. Directors Joel and Ethan Coen are no strangers to creating fine films: Miller’s Crossing, Barton Fink, The Man Who Wasn’t There and of course The Big Lebowski to name but a few. The images on display here create a vision of hell against the open landscape of Texas, creating some powerful images that rival those films. This vision is well realised in the piercing eyes of the character called ‘Chigurh’ (played by Javier Bardem) a man who kills nearly every living thing in sight, contrasting with the sad eyes of Tommy Lee Jones (playing the sheriff) as he contemplates mournfully of a grim world. The story is about the aftermath of a drug deal gone wrong, where one of three leads, played by Josh Brolin (whom you can see as the corrupt cop who has problems with Denzel Washington in American Gangster), accidentally finds a suitcase of money and is on the run. Yet little does he realize that the truly psychopathic ‘Chigurh’ is after him while Tommy Lee Jones as the sheriff tries to catch and stop both of them. This film is based on Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name, which would explain for the lack of Coen brother’s usual off-centre humour. But the film does have humour, after the moments of violence just to give us relief. One of the great pleasures of this film to see that every performance is just right, and nothing is over done. Sajjad Khan Josh Brolin in ‘No Country For Old Men’
Russell Brand – Doing Life Russell Brand seems to be winning people over left, right and centre. Ask people a year or so ago what they thought of him and their responses would probably differ a lot to now. If Chris Moyles is the saviour of Radio One then Brand is most definitely the saviour of Radio Two with his Saturday evening radio show topping the Podcast Charts; combine this with sell out tour dates, his own Channel 4 chat show, film credits to be added to his name (St. Trinian’s to be released this December) and now the first part of his autobiography, its no wonder that he found himself able to leave Big Brother’s Big Mouth and really propel himself into a more mainstream arena. As an extremely articulate and intelligent man, that goes against everything you expect an ex drug addict to be, he has created an innovative humour about his past and current experiences that has been entertaining people countrywide in his Doing Life tour, now available on DVD. It also includes his appearance on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, responsible for him gaining a lot of new fans, plus backstage at his BBC2 Radio show and at the Hackney Empire, along with exclusive Russell Brand sketches. Luckily for you Lime readers out there we have the DVD to give away! To win, answer this question. Who does Russell Brand play in St. Trinian’s?
Bill Bailey – Tinselworm Three years after ‘Part Troll’, Bill Bailey returns with a new stand up show, only being shown at large venues over the country to not only increase the numbers, but also to allow him to make use of a five-part ����������������� screen�. This allows Bailey to mix his live act with pre-recorded work, often of himself. Occasionally this feels like a bit of cheat for live stand up, but you can forgive him once you start to see him interacting with the screens to give a show that differs from any stand up I’ve seen before. Even though the giant screens are no substitute for being able to see the whites of his eyes – and actually prove a distraction as you inevitably wind up watching the video feed, not him – he appears as friendly and approachable as he would in a venue a tenth the size. John Travolta gets jiggy with it in Hairspray
DVD Review Hairspray Starring: John Travolta, Nikki Blonsky, Michelle Pfeiffer Director: Adam Shankman Cert: PG After a hugely successful Cinema run over the summer, the hilarious Hairspray has finally arrived on DVD just in time for Christmas. Based on the stage musical version of the bizarre original 80s movie, Hairspray is set in 1960s Baltimore and follows adorable plus-sized dancer Tracey Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) who dreams of one day starring on the Corny Collins Show, a local TV show featuring the most popular kids at her school. With her big heart and even bigger hair, Tracey soon wins a place on the show despite the protestations of scheming, racist executive producer Velma Von Tussel (Michelle Pfeiffer). But Tracey lands in hot water when she is caught in the middle of a race riot after the cancellation of the show’s monthly ‘Negro day’. It’s no spoiler that Tracey wins the day and brings integration to the airwaves and to her school, the joy of the film is the hilarious performances, including a barely recognizable Jon Travolta under layers of latex as Tracey’s shy, hugely overweight mother Edna., and infectious song and dance numbers including ‘You Can’t Stop The Beat’, ‘Good Morning Baltimore’ and Michelle Pfeiffer’s high-camp ‘The Ballad of Miss Baltimore Crabs’. Also starring Christopher Walken, who seems as spaced out as ever, and She’s The Man star Amanda Bynes as Tracey’s sweet but dense best friend Penny Pingleton, Hairspray is sure to be a staple of girlie nights in across the country this Christmas, so add it to your list today! DVD features the obligatory singa-long option for the songs, and documentaries following Hairspray from the original film, to the Broadway stage and right back to the screen! John Lucas
There’s still classic Bailey, such as a techno �������������������������� cut-up using Blair and Bush’s voices, a scat-jazz rejig of the Star Wars death march and offering up the Pink Panther theme as an improved national anthem. As always, Bailey offers a wonderful mix of a man’s confusion, a musician’s inventiveness and a nutter’s fabulous furry thinking Joe Churcher
Game Review Guitar Hero 3 Review – Xbox 360
I’ve got Ham but I’m not a Hamster
The celebrated series is back again, but this time with Neversoft as the developer and a few tricks up its sleeve. Guitar Hero 3 does its job incredibly well in the sense that it’s addictive as ever and will undoubtedly feature in many legendary exploits when coming back from the pub. All in all the track listing seems to be an improvement from Guitar Hero 2, as there’s less obscure tracks and more mainstream songs which everyone can get into. However some tracks do seem pretty weird and should probably have been omitted. Guitar Hero 3 seems to be more forgiving in the timing of the notes and the way you do pull-offs or hammer-ons, this is very welcome and will make newcomers feel like Rock Gods. This isn’t to say on the harder difficulty levels it isn’t mind bogglingly hard; which will please the hardcore fans, but in fact it’s too difficult in some cases where it feels like notes have just been placed randomly over the fret board in order to make your hand scrabble around as much as possible. I also have a bit of an issue with some of the character models/ animations as they’re pretty bad, for example the drummer’s actions could not look any more robotic unless it was the Terminator himself thrashing out beats to Slayer. Another problem for me is the unchangeable singer has such a large mouth it’s like he’s been the victim of a Chelsea Grin. The multiplayer mode however has some great features, whether it’s working together with your friends in a beefed up co-op career mode or thrashing each other about in Battle. Battle features power-ups such as the ability to break one of your opponents strings and they have to tap the corresponding fret as fast as possible to mend it or amp overload where the notes to be played flash in and out on the screen. Now when I’ve been negative in this review please don’t assume this is a bad game, because it’s not, it’s very very good. I just get the feeling that when Neversoft makes Guitar Hero 4; they’re going to have to do something pretty special to make it stand out in the crowd. By Tom Hillman.
Film News ‘Enchanted’ Dancing Amy Adams, star of the new Disney film ‘Enchanted’ has injured her foot while rehearsing the dance scene with Patrick Dempsey. The trained dancer has been left with sore feet and several toenails taken off as she would not let Patrick lead, and she blames her own poor partnership on the injuries, as she thought she knew what she was doing. This does not seem to have harmed the filming though as the film as gone straight to the top of the Box Office in America and opens here on 14th December. The film took a huge $50 million in the first five days.
Craig Shapes Up Daniel Craig has already begun training sessions at the gym to get in shape for his second Bond film. Daniel Craig, 39, showed off his muscular torso in 2006 with ‘Casino Royale’, - but struggled to stay maintain this image after shooting the film. This time round he has a different training regime, saying he will be doing more running rather than lifting weights, and has taken up yoga to keep his trim physique.
Sex & the City Movie News! Some small facts about the film have emerged, such as details on the lives if the girls. Carrie’s writing her third book, Miranda is still living in Brooklyn, Charlotte is a devoted mum and Samantha has moved to L.A. Also, for all fans hoping the film will be just as raunchy, there’s disappointment in store, as Sarah Jessica Parker herself has said that there will be less sex, since the characters have become more grown-up. Also, for the fashion-conscious amount may be interested to know that Carrie has more than 80 costume changes throughout the film!
Mattew Perry the new Zac Efron? Friends star Matthew Perry is apparently signed up to the new film ‘17’, as the older version of Zac Efron’s (of Highschool Musical fame) character. The film is a body-swap comedy about a middle-aged man who wakes up to find himself a teenager and signs up to highschool to keep an eye on them.
Evil Jesus… ‘The 13th Disciple’ is the new film about the evil twin of Jesus! Producer Mario Stefan is currently in India, trying to find an Indian co-producer for director Robert Sigl’s low-budget modernthriller about twin German archaeologists who travel to India and discover that Jesus Christ also had a twin… who turns out to be evil, alive today and leading a cult. Stephan stresses that this is pure fiction and not in any way based on truth. Despite this, there will no doubt be controversy over the film, if that
seen over Dan Brown’s ‘Di Vinci Code’ is anything to go by, and even though this is stressed to be made-up and not trying to give out any religious messages, you can expect to be hearing a lot on the subject in the future.
‘The Golden Compass’ Premier Based on Philip Pullman’s first book in His Dark Materials trilogy, ‘Northern Lights’, the ‘The Golden Compass’ is sure to be a massive hit this Christmas. The star-studded film had it’s premier in Oden Leicester Square on Tuesday 27th November, and Philip Pullman is happy with the books. The books have been around for the last twelve years and has been made into both stage and radio plays. The film takes place in a parallel world where human souls are manifested as animals, or daemons, and a young girl named Lyra, here played by Dakota Blue Richards, goes on an epic adventure to rescue her friend, discovers that she is important to the fate of the universe… Nicole Kidman stars at the evil Mrs Coulter, Daniel Craig as Lord Asriel. Release date: 7th December
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Tuesday 4th December 2007
mitism and the future World War Two - The Nazis, The Jews, 6 million deaths - The Holocaust. For those who do not remember history, are bound to relive it. They were stripped bare, stark naked in the blistering winter cold. Her fear-filled eyes began to tear upon thinking of her beloved children. “Will I ever see them again?” as she felt a razor shave her head completely bare. The immense pain came and refused to cease - pounding, escalating, relentlessly- “Sir, it hurts...” whimpered a disabled child as he was dragged mercilessly away. A disillusioned father clings onto his child’s premature palms gravely, the only source of comfort and protection he could provide; “Why? Why us? Where are you, God? Have you forsaken us?” 65 years ago, The Holocaust had just begun. The systematic, planned extermination of The Jews – every living man, woman and child. Millions of human beings transported, treated, accommodated and ultimately, murdered like cattle. The world would never come to know of such darkness ever again. 13th November 2007 Treblinka extermination camp; 750,000 murdered between July 1942 and October 1943. The entire area was sparse and empty - nothingness. There was a sense of entering an entirely different universe, where time stood still and the forgotten resided. The thick barren forestation, which has witnessed everything, towered menacingly over us as we trekked towards the site. Hardly any light was coming through, just a slight illumina-
tion. No actual buildings remained as the entire camp was destroyed in attempts to erase any evidence of its existence. In turn, stones were placed representing the lives lost in this land. Akin to the beautiful individuality of each soul, the stones came in all shapes and forms and as numerous as the eye could see representing each of the 750,000 lives lost. In the wind biting coldness, Treblinka’s atmosphere was just still, a complete stillness. No other form of life resided here, just trees and stones. These stones, withstanding all the tests of weather and time, forever stand erect. As a memorial to those who we have lost, and as a reminder of the sheer tragedy this land has seen. However, the spirit in the air was overwhelmingly dark. I could almost taste the despair and terrifying cries. As we headed back, complete darkness had overshadowed our paths and my mind. As I walked away from this camp, I have truly witnessed and experienced the heart of darkness, death and despair. 15th November 2007 Auschwitz Birkenau Death Camp; “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work Brings Freedom) looms clear and unapologetic at the camp entrance. The Auschwitz Birkenau death camp still stands in its entirety today. The layers of barbed electrical wire fences surrounding the perimeter and the empty guard posts are mere shadows of the camp’s dark past and the true horrors committed on this site. Walking
along the large sparse sandy pavements of these structural military buildings, a sense of sobriety and compassion lingers ever so strongly. Within one military building, head shots taken of some of the prisoners imprisoned in these camps were hung on its walls. Men and women, with dates of their arrival and estimated death dates listed. It struck me intensely: the 6 million deaths were no longer just a number; I could put a face and a name to them. They were individuals, just like you and I, no different: no less. Yet, they were persecuted. Each individual had previously caved their own life thread meticulously and carefully...just to have that taken and completely shattered in an instant. I remember standing in front of an exhibit, filled with the luggage of the prisoners that they brought to camp. these luggages were all meticulously marked with their names and addresses as they truly believed that they would someday be returned to them. In that moment, there was a fierce energy within the room: these luggages bore the last shred of hope, dignity and pride these individuals would know. Even though they mostly contained simple items like toothbrushes and hair combs, it signified their individuality and bore evidence of a human life truly lived. Standing on the very ground in which millions of human beings had their life painfully drained out of them through poisonous chemicals, hits you right at your core. Most of them huddled together and clung onto each other
whilst in the gas chambers... holding onto their last fleeting moments of existence before facing their untimely deaths. Blood curdling screams of horror, shock and pain but no one could hear but the four walls and the ground. The room still echo this so immensely. Their spirits still remains in the room, it is loud, uncompromising and unwavering...”Remember remember!” it seems to relate.
The Auschwitz Birkenau death camp resounds stronger than ever, the true spirit of the lives lost. Even though it was truly the camp which saw the worst tragedies and death, in its silence, there was an overwhelming spirit of humanity. Just standing in that vast space; overlooking the very train tracks which carried millions of individuals straight to their deaths; next to their atrocious living conditions; touching the very grounds where parents and child were separated and where simple hand gestures by the soldiers deemed whether one was to live or not... I take everything in and breathe – I have never felt more in sync with my innate humanity. Looking back on this trip to Poland, I stand proud. As an Asian male student, I stand fiercely proud of my own oriental heritage and culture. To take pride in your name, your background and heritage – it is essentially who you are. We are all truly bound to your neighbour, one in the same. Regardless of where we come from, the Holocaust remains the greatest crime committed against humanity. Humanity – regardless of skin colour, religion or sexual orientation – we are all firstly, human beings before any of these other categories. The Holocaust greatly remains us of this - what it means to be human. We are all in this; every single individual is akin to your fellow brother and sister, confined within this particular space and time. The Holocaust also remains me ever so strongly of the dark possibilities of how easily a crime like this could be committed within our time. The idea of
these death camps were born of human minds too. However, the Holocaust also truly bears the unwaveringly strength of the human spirit. You could strip them of everything they own, inhumanely torture them, completely humiliate their existence or massacre them violently and silently like cattle, but you can never ever break their faith. “Faith and hope aren’t yours to give; truth and liberty are mine to live”; Bryan Adams The survivors of the Holocaust have truly witnessed the darkest nights and twisted possibilities of the human psyche. Yet, they have found the courage and faith to start afresh and find new meaning in their life, reformed hope and ultimately, to truly love once again. And if they can do it, so can I. Even as we go through our own share of troubles, we are once again reminded that we always will and can see it through. Like footprints in the sand, those who we have lost guide us on our way evermore. To embrace life, in its entirety and to seize every moment we have – for each passing moment in life is truly a gift. We owe it to the ones we have lost, to live our lives courageously, to love shamelessly and to promote fierce tolerance to our fellow man. For each life that was abruptly and untimely crushed...for every man, woman and child, we commerate you and lift your spirit on high. “Never again, never again” Forever more, we will remember, remember you.
Tuesday 4th December 2007
Half the nation’s personal data lost
Darling feels the heat as 25m people’s details are lost in the post Claudia Reidegeld Staff Reporter ———————————— What could easily be the one of the world’s biggest ID protection failures has put half of the UK’s population at risk of identity fraud. A junior official at HM Revenue and Customs in Washington, Tyne and Wear, burned the entire child benefit database onto two CDs and posted them unregistered to the National Audit Office in London, where they never arrived. As he tried to explain the fiasco to incredulous MPs, Chancellor Alistair Darling admitted that it is ‘highly likely that there have been breaches of the Data Protection Act. The data included highly sensitive information such as ad-
dresses, dates of birth, National Insurance numbers and bank account details. The Data Protection Act 1998 requires that this kind of confidential information must be protected at all times due to the risk of identity fraud and with the two CDs containing confidential data of around 9,5million parents and 15,5million children, there are worries that the Act may be infringed. Mr Darling tried to reassure the public that the potential risk of ID theft resulting from this blunder is low. ‘Currently there is no evidence that the data has found its way into the wrong hands’. However, security experts warned that any criminal in possession of this kind of information would not use it straight away but would probably wait for months, even years, before using it, due to
Chancellor Darling looks dismayed.
the extra security that has now been put in place. The chancellor admitted that it would be advisable for families to keep watch on their finances in the future. MPs also questioned Mr. Darling on why it took so long to inform the public of the fiasco, to which he replied that banks asked for as much time as possible to put extra security measurements into place. The data was posted on the 18th October this year after the National Audit Office requested a sample of limited data for its annual child benefit audit. Furthermore, the information the Audit Office requested was limited and did not include addresses and bank account details, though these are said to be included on the CDs. HM Revenue and Customs’ procedure states that this
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sort of information must never leave the office in Washington. Had the Audit Office desired to see the full amount of data, they should have visited the North East to view it in a secure room on a standalone computer. However, an unnamed junior official simply burned the complete child benefit database onto CD and sent it to the post room for collection by TNT mail. Incredibly, when it became clear that the parcel never arrived in London, another hard copy was sent in the same manner. The question remains why this sort of information had been burned onto CD. A government spokesperson explained that this unsecured method of data transfer is ‘surprisingly common’ because businesses try to keep costs down. An analyst explained that it would have taken about four hours for the same amount of data to be transferred via a high speed internet connection. Gordon Brown, who has also been affected by the blunder, apologized to the public during a rowdy Prime Ministers Questions on the 21st November saying ‘I profoundly regret and apologize for the inconvenience and worries caused to millions of families that receive Child Benefits’. The PM then welcomed calls for an urgent review of Data Protection laws to safeguard against similar mistakes in the future. Currently, the Data
Protection Act does not require businesses to notify either the Information Commissioners Office or the customers of any lost data. Information Commissioner Richard Thomas pointed out that ‘it is not just about the law. It is about retaining the trust and confidence of the population where too much information is entrusted to the Government. It is important that the law is changed to make security breaches of this magnitude a criminal offence’. Chancellor Darling tried to defend the treasury and insisted that the fault committed is merely a breach of protocol rather than system failure. Conservative leader David Cameron however objected that ‘if a junior official in an organisation can access so much information and send it not once, twice, but three times- that is evidence of system failure’. An investigation has been launched by the Metropolitan Police to identify any possible breaches of the Data Protection Act and to find the two CDs that are still missing more than a month later. This could turn out to be a needle in the haystack job because TNT carries over 100,000 parcels for HMRC every evening of the working week. In the meantime the prime minister assured people that anyone facing identity fraud would not suffer any loss because they are protected by the Banking Code.
Timeline Early October Request for information from National Audit Office for benefits audit October 18 Junior official sends two password-protected disks with all child benefit payment records unregistered to the NAO. They never arrive Late October More disks sent to NAO, this time by registered post. They arrive safely November 8 HM Revenue and Customs manager is told that the original two disks did not arrive November 10 Chancellor Alistair Darling is told. He demands an investigation and orders a search for the disks November 14 Darling is told that the searches have failed to find disks, and he decides the police should be called in. Paul Gray, the Revenue chairman, offers to resign November 15 The Chancellor discusses the breach with Richard Thomas, the Information Commissioner November 20 The Chancellor tells Parliament of the lost disks and announces Mr Gray’s resignation
The Politics News Digest Domestic
Labour Donation Crisis: A spiralling plane crash of a news story for the Labour Party, the secretive donations of a Mr David Abrahams has left one senior figure to resign with others being left very close to their P45s. Brown is coming under pressure from all angles due to £600,000 worth of donations from Abrahams that was illegally processed through a number of third parties so that the businessman could stay anonymous. The furore has been given the old title of ‘sleaze’ by a number of media commentators and has left Harriet Harman, Labour’s Deputy Leader, in fear of being axed as she accepted one of the donations, ironically, in aid of getting the Deputy job.
Uranium Black Market: Three men were arrested in Slovakia last week for the heinous crime of attempting to sell uranium on the black market. It is thought that the seized material may have been intended for use in a ‘dirty bomb’, a fatal weapon in the hands of terrorists. Slovak Police said that the two Hungarians and one Ukrainian that they commandeered were carrying just under half a kilogram (about a pound) of uranium in powder form that investigators believe came from an unspecified ex-Soviet republic. It is not sure who intended to buy the material worth approx $1m.
Train Ticket Price Rise: An official passenger watchdog has suggested that train fares are to become the reserve of the rich in the near future as another planned price hike ebbs closer. From January 2 a passenger buying a standard class open return ticket between London and Manchester will pay £230, up from £219, with prices generally rising doublke that of inflation. The watchdog promotes getting tickets early to save money, though season tickets and saver fares, which are set by the Government, will rise by an average 4.8 per cent in January also.
Kosovan Independence: Negotiations that have spanned over the past two years regarding Kosovan independence have ended in failure. This is not to say that they will not continue however. The talks between Kosovan and Serbian leaders, that have also been mediated by EU, US and Russian envoys, are said to have collapsed due to embittered attempts by Serbia and Russia to hold onto Kosovo for as long as possible. This now leaves a tense situation that has not been experienced since the war over the spilt of Yugoslavia ended in 1999.
Anyone for Tennis?: Information was released last week that suggests that the MoD (Ministry of Defence) spent nearly £2m on resurfacing tennis courts rather than repairing the leaking army barracks’ roofs. Husband of the Princess Royal and Vice-Admiral Timothy Laurence, admitted that ‘with the benefit of hindsight, we might look back at one or two of those decisions and think that they look questionable, but at the time it was what the customers wanted.’
Teddy Muhammad: Last week a British primary school teacher who went over to Sudan to teach was charged with blasphemy for allowing the children of her class to name teddy Mohamed. These actions are said to be insulting the Islamic prophet Muhammad and due to the Sudan being a theocratic country lead by Sharia law (Islamic law) rather than a Western model of courts and so on, Gillian Gibbons, if found guilty, faces 40 lashes, a fine or 6 months in jail. Foreign Secretary, David Milliband, was set to meet with the Sudanese Ambassador at the earliest opportunity.
Eco-Air Travel: The boss of Ryanair, Michael O’Leary, a man known for being outspoken on a number of issues, particularly environmental issues, appears to have turned over a new leaf as he has pressed an MEP demanding that he apologise publicly for accusing him of not caring about climate change. Though it should be remembered that he has been quoted as describing environmentalists as ‘eco-nuts’ and ‘half-witted loons’. This comes amidst an uproar by environmentalists about the proposed third runway at Heathrow, a project Ruth Kelly suggests wouldn’t increase pollution because cleaner engines were bound to have been developed by 2020. Civil Service Strike: Unions have announced that up to 80,000 civil servants are to take part in a walk out for 48 hours over pay disputes. Staff from job centres, benefit offices and other services run by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will go on strike on December 6th and 7th. The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union said the strike was in protest at plans to impose a three-year pay deal that would mean 40% of workers receiving no pay rise next year.
208 al-Qaeda suspects arrested: It emerged last week that Saudi Arabia had arrested 208 alleged al-Qaeda operatives in their biggest anti-terror sweep to date. The arrests took place over a series of months and were aimed at a number of different terrorist cells, some of which were planning attacks on oil installations in the East of Kingdom. Other plots included the planned assassination of Saudi religious leaders and security officials, the smuggling in of missiles for terrorist operations and attempts to smuggle militants to Iraq and Afghanistan for training for operations in Saudi Arabia. Philippine Coup: There was a daring attempt to overthrow the president of the Philippines last week as heavily armed troops stormed one of the country’s most prestigious hotels to recapture rebel military officers. The operation to retake the building began shortly before 5pm (9am GMT) and culminated in a dissident leader, Antonio Trillanes, announcing their surrender to prevent further bloodshed.
Tuesday 4th December 2007
Musharraf hangs up his uniform Jamie Moloney Politics Editor ———————————— The political instability that has plagued Pakistan for the past month seemed to be diffusing last week as President Musharraf hung up his Generals uniform and adorned civilian clothes for the first time as an actual civilian, marking the beginning of his second five years term as leader of Pakistan. Since Musharraf imposed emergency rule upon Pakistan on November 3rd citing terrorism as the motivation for the move, Pakistan has experienced some its most tumultuous times in recent years. Now though, if we are to believe Musharraf, Pakistan is on the road to a full transition to democracy. He’s even gone so far as to say that the emergency rule will be lifted by December 16th so to allow free and transparent elections to go ahead on January 8th. As he himself put it: ‘God willing, the election should be held under the constitution in a free and transparent manner’. Musharraf has been under intense pressure from inside and outside the country to call of the emergency rule. Opposition political parties
have in fact threatened to boycott the parliamentary vote unless constitutional rule is restored, and there have been a number of demonstrations throughout the province. Though these have been dealt with swiftly by Pakistani police. A senior figure in the party led by former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, said that the resignation from the army has come ‘too little, too late’. Raza Rabbani then went on to state that: ‘Now the political forces and civil society are moving in a different direction, to change the country along purely democratic lines,’ he told the Associated Press. ‘Doffing his uniform will in no way help him to consolidate his rule.’ Musharraf is also feeling the heat of another former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, whom he exiled in 1999 in efforts to size power. Sharif was allowed to return to the country just over a week ago. He suggested that Musharraf ’s presidency was illegitimate and the Supreme Court judges he dismissed should be restored and allowed to rule on the validity of his re-election in October. “Under the circumstances, we do not accept him as a legitimate president,” said Sharif. He was referring to the
early stages of the recent political furore just before Musharraf imposed emergency rule when the then General had a run in with his Supreme Court, and especially Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, over his legitimacy to stay in power while holding retaining command of the armed forces. Ahsan Iqbal, a spokesman for Sharif ’s party suggested the transition to civilian president to be ‘just a cosmetic step’ and called on Musharraf to reinstate the deposed Chief Justice Chaudhry, who has been under effective house arrest since November 3. In attempts to justify his hard-handed rule, the Pakistani president suggested that the military had ‘broken the back of the spread of terrorism’ from remote tribal lands on the Afghan border towards urban population centres. He then ensued to make a direct appeal to his political opponents, Bhutto and Sharif who have threatened to boycott the upcoming elections, in a television address to the nation. ‘Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif have come back, and a level playing field has been given to [their parties]. Now it is the responsibility of these and other parties to prepare for the elections and participate
Another summit, another road map Last Thursday signalled the 60th anniversary of the UN vote to partition Palestine into two states, one for the Jews (Israel) and one for the Palestinians. This was an historic resolution that is still yet to be completely fulfilled. Over the course of last week we saw a desperate Bush trying to imitate the dying years of the Clinton presidency with an attempt to revitalise the middle-east ‘road-map’ to peace between the Israel and Palestine.
The Annapolis summit that reached its fated conclusion of minimal progress on the Tuesday was more of a last-gasp attempt by administration than a serious pledge for peace. There are many reasons to be sceptical about the summit, and very few not to be. The main issue at hand is the evident empty seats where the members of Hamas, Palestine’s militant come political group who officially won a democratic election last year, and who controled the Gaza Strip. A pact
Condaleeza Rice, Ehud OImert and Mahamoud Abbas.
without Hamas is essentially a flawed agreement. Though there is an important third factor involved. The fear of Iran is said to have heavily influenced the reasons of attendance by sixteen Arab states who hope that progress for Palestinians will stifle Iran’s appeal in the battle of Muslim fundamentalism. This kind of backing for the Palestinian leader is very important if Mahmoud Abbas is going to make any sort of concrete progress with Israel.
fully,’ Musharraf said. He did, however, make sure that Bhutto and Sharif knew that he will not be compromised, insisting that the elections would go on without them if necessary, audaciously stating that: ‘No one will be allowed to destabilise this democratic process or to create hurdles in its way.’ Indeed, earlier in the day of his inauguration as civilian President, there was unrest in Lahore with protesting lawyers shouting: ‘Go, Musharraf, go!’ which culminated in a clash with police where objects were hurled and several people injured. Musharraf has gone to significant measures to hold on to power in Pakistan, he has even passed a new law that has shifted the power to restore emergency rule to the president’s office, in attempts to ensure that he stays in control. Never mind all of this messianic rhetoric though, Musharraf should be aware of the fragility of his hold on power. Now that he has opened up distance between himself and the military there is the strong possibility that they may decide that he has outlived his political usefulness. There is also a very strong threat coming from both Sharif ’s and Bhutto’s parties. If they were to
boycott the elections then this may completely relinquish Musharraf of all of his political legitimacy. However, if one boycotted and the other took part then Musharraf may
just get away with it. With opposition leaders due to meet in Lahore to decide on a common strategy, it has to be said that there is much that hangs on their conclusions.
President Musharraf Photo: Google
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Don’t judge a canvas by its oils Liberty Hutchinson Arts Editor ———————————— Art is not just soulful and historic, in our modern climate it is also, a pure and somewhat cold ‘commodity’; an investment. Pieces of art: Words cannot describe their beauty and meaning to individuals lucky enough to appreciate them, but priceless as they seem, costly in reality they are. The world of finance and art meeting has lead one to observe arts trail, and what an intriguing pattern it has woven through society; in lifestyle, crime and perception. The motivation of art collectors, for example, can be cynically assumed as financial,
...it is also, a pure and somewhat cold ‘commodity’; an investment.
snobbery or even recently; marketing motivated. This is the case for Steve Wynn the billionaire casino mogul. Now it is not unusual for billionaires to purchase art, with their means it’s easy to see why it is to the contrary. But to purchase it to be put on display in a casino is a typical modern day conundrum; surely it is vulgar to hang Rembrandt’s self portrait, purchased for nearly seven million pounds, where people go to gamble with their own greed and drown in a sea of alcohol? Is the mere fact that we attach monetary value to something
“ ” A crime against art which is more ambiguous to straight theft is that of imitation
so priceless in itself an insult to art? Steve Wynn is renowned in Europe as an art collector, which admittedly when someone spends a whopping twenty five million pounds in twenty four hours, must in some way come from some form of enjoyment which can be said similarly for Charles Saachi. Saachi an excessive collector has even been portrayed in contemporary art himself; no doubt as an abstract representation of his passion. But these are two of many ventures that unite them with not only other wealthy people, but obscure individuals involved in the arts scene globally; legally or otherwise. Art itself is a target of crime, as in theft, and paradoxically a target of prosperous criminals; as in collectors, sellers and appreciators. The financial value of some is in no doubt the causality of the majority of art theft. Paintings have been stolen from yachts in France; Picasso’s portrayal of his mistress ‘Dora Maar’, they’ve been looted from Germany during and post war; Vincent van Gogh’s ‘The painter on the way to Tarascon’, and they have even been stolen in Sicily like the ironically titled ‘Lost Caravaggio’ by Fabio D’Aroma. The trends in the art world are ever changing and these his-
toric paintings although their worth is recognised as timeless; are going out of fashion. A rise in contemporary art collection is apparent, especially in China and European markets in the Ukraine and Slovakia. Saachi himself has even opened a contemporary gallery, aptly titled ‘The Saachi Gallery’. Yet art theft seems to generally focus on antiques and traditional old and fine art, perhaps as they will always have guaranteed high value for their arguable beauty as well as historical value; and with contemporary the continual growth in their future value is not as certain. Not only is price attached at the point of theft but the price tag at the point of reward for information or return can be remarkable. So surely it offers motive within itself, one might think, but you would be mistaken. Very rarely does the reward attached actually get paid due to hidden clauses and conditions accompanied by money laundering laws; these are used by insurance companies and
“ ” Art itself is a target of crime, as in theft, and paradoxically a target of prosperous criminals
governments alike to avoid such a payment. With such a flawed facade of a system as way of encouraging the retrieval, this process is often left to art investigators and bodies like the FBI with the use of reformed art criminals.
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Acting natural Thomas Joel Webb ‘ Staff Reporter ———————————— Gone are the days of liberty and freedom if we are to read anything into the novel, 1984, by George Orwell. All joking aside, good grief ! Aren’t we a society gone mad? Not only have we had a plentiful supply of Big Brother instalments, but large screens now stand in our city centres. Furthermore and perhaps most disturbingly of all is the clear substitution that the terror-vision of Orwell’s 1984 ‘Telescreen’ has with the rows and rows of people, in almost every room you care to glance sideways into, endlessly staring into a screen that offers life no real answers. Any self respecting student will know that on the internet days, even weeks, can be lost simply trying to find
the nearest bank. By which point you’ve already incurred several hundred pounds worth of bank charges. Surreptitious mind subversion I cry! Perhaps we are suffering under an unstoppable form of social OCD. Perhaps we are taking things a step too far. Perhaps too much mind is being paid to the development in the real world of so called literary genius. To the extent that we are fulfilling the criteria outlined in a book written well before our own lifetimes. Quite right, we really are the electronic generation, with a determination to cling onto a future which for all of us is perpetually indeterminable. Discerning to the point of compulsion about the things that electronically represent us on websites such as Facebook. Things which potentially will be left behind to
represent who we once were to future generations. Much like those awful head portaits of ‘The Establishment’ we can find in only the worst of museums. A frightening thought perhaps, though really, how are we to stop things from spiralling out of control? How can we begin to justify our ultimate natural sides amongst all of this electronic soup which threatens to swallow us up forever? We’re sitting on the brink of eternity and emersing ourselves quite consciously, quite voluntarily, in a purity of mind control. So much so, that its hard to know where the next nervous breakdown might come from. In electronica we’re losing valuable time with each other. The question is; how do we break free? Our World awaits your answers.......
Criminals are known to purchase valuable items with cash in order to lauder ‘dirty’ money, fine art is an easy option just as stamps were for the notorious cannabis trafficker Howard Marks, fellow crime lord, protection racketeer and cannabis trafficker Terry Adams used fine art and antiques. Not surprising seen as the ability to move items across boarders is made easy as customs pay little attention to the owner by law, in England and Wales for example, favouring the ‘good faith purchaser’. Terry Adams labelled the ‘British Godfather’ is currently serving seven years for money laundering, during sentencing the judge described him as ‘A man of fertile cunning and imaginative mind’, having said that he didn’t make it across the boarder with anything that time, as the inland revenue routed through his gated home in North London stuffed with antiques and fine art, they didn’t quite buy his claim that he’d earned the means for such amounts in PR. The evident web of art and crime is not always so blatant an affair, societal times caused mentioned Steve Wynn, the casino mogul, being linked to mobsters in Vegas. (Inevitable considering the time he was there and it’s criminal climate; the major was famously a lawyer defending some of these crime lords). Although this was by his party vehemently denied. And nor are all motives as transparent in their cold game of gains. One fascinating case was the one of a thirty-two year old man; Stephane Breitwieser; he claimed to have stolen hundreds of works of art from galleries in Germany, France and Switzerland purely to hang on his walls! The amount of attached worth was one billion pounds. Pure passion or stupidity you could consider. Unquestionably both! But taking into account such items are not able to purchase freely, one might be able to relate to these albeit nonsensical acts, as acts of passion for other’s perception of a ‘product’. A crime against art which is more ambiguous to straight theft is that of imitation. Imitation itself cannot be a crime; one possible motive could be explained as the over enthusiastic and acted out appreciation of the original artists talented. However, alike its sister beast of theft, it can be conducted out of a pure greed, and the selling of these fakes being the satisfier of such hunger. One appalling incident is using the tool of modern day technology, the selling of faked historical Middle Eastern relics on Ebay! The proceeds of which are suspected to be funding terrorism and the annual estimate of this particular type of crime is two hundred million pounds. Most recently there was an incident involving an eighty-four year old man, George Greenhalgh from Bolton, posed as an inquisitor, asking the British Museum experts opinion on a fragment of an Assyrian stone frieze that he said had been in his family since 1892. After hinting that his family may be interested in parting with the ancient
Steve Wynn billionaire casino mogul. frieze (frieze - a particular type of architectural ornament) for the slight sum of five hundred thousand pounds suspicions arose and were proved right. Only by a tiny error in the spelling of an ancient Mesopotamian script word caused this man to be rumbled! After an eighteen month investigation detectives, who are accustomed to dealing with the wide range of fraud afflicting the global art market, were astonished by what they found at the Greenhalghs’ home, home to also Georges wife and antique dealer
“ ” Paintings have been stolen from yachts in France; they’ve been looted from Germany
son conveniently enough. They found a collection of phoney treasures, each painstakingly forged in original materials from glass and stone from Egypt and Rome. Paintings by L S Lowry and a sculpture by Barbara Hepworth were also among the incredible findings with an estimated value of ten million pounds. Having noted that in society many business wizards are not far from criminal ties; and many similar characteristics are to be admittedly recognised in successful business men and criminals alike. Drive, guts, greed,
Photo: Google.com strength and more often than not; charisma. So not too complex a concept it is to perceive the inter-changeability of their involvement in art.; whether it is resulting from crime activities, or passion as great as any religious followers. Passion embodied so evidently in some lives, like Steve Wynn selling off property at $6 million to continue art collecting despite deteriorating eye sight! Displaying otherwise hidden art to the public too cannot be criticised, despite its casino location. You never know he may open some closed or otherwise oblivious minds in this unusual circumstance. And let us not forget thirtytwo year old Stephane; he loved art so much he stole to hang it on the walls in the house he shared with his mother; who unlucky for him and the rest of the world destroyed the masterpieces through fear of her little boy being caught! Oh did I fail to mention that slightly funny but disastrous ending to his deluded adult fairytale. Another dream turned nightmare was the small family in Lancashire producing at least one hundred and twenty forged art works so well they fooled experts at leading auction houses and museums, no wonder fighting such crime now involves special units and detection techniques using sophisticated analysis of neutrons and x-rays. The fight to be true to history should never cease, no matter what the price. Nor should the exchanging of priceless art end, even with the figures attributed; the alternative on the present and future would be far more costly.
Tuesday 4th December 2007
A letter from the UK Natalia Myszkowska Staff Writer ———————————— Dear Mateusz, How are you? I miss you so much. I can’t believe it has been three months since we last had coffee in this small coffee bar on Krakowskie Przedmiecie. Well as you already know, I am currently on a student exchange program – Erasmus – in Leeds, UK. I have to admit that I experienced culture shock, loneliness and homesickness when I first arrived. Luckily, my college arranged International Fresher’s Week which helped me to find new friends. There are many different international groups, Norwegian, Chinese, Czech, German, Polish, Saudi Arabian, Indian, Latvian, Swedish and American, together we try to experience English culture, taste English food and actually live how the English live. The culture shock came first. I still can’t get used to these cars approaching me from the
wrong side of the road!! Every time I cross the street I remind myself of the words of my friend “Remember always look right first!”. I am afraid that when I get back to Poland I will get run over by car as I will have to switch again. Well it is a bit better than on Virgin Islands where cars have the steering wheel on the left side and drive on the left side of the road as well…. that is crazy!!! The other thing I found really problematic for me was the bathroom tap. Every morning I have to make this extremely difficult choice – hot or cold waking up face shower. Why in the UK people have to make the mornings even more painful? Well, there are definitely more things that make me cry or laugh day by day – but this is definitely such a long and broad subject. To make it short – here you eat everything with beans or potatoes. For a person who tries to be fit it is very tough to keep the diet on especially when you combine these with English beer – which by the way is very tasty!
Kate Lewin Travel Editor ————————————
the most unrealistic option, unless you have a spare couple of thousand pounds tucked away… The countdown begins with the firing of the cannon on Fort Denison at 1pm and continues at hourly intervals with everything from formation flyovers to sky writing and an indigenous smoking ceremony, a ritual of ‘purification and unity.’ At 9pm the Family Fireworks (lower key version of the later show), at 10pm and 11pm mini-light shows reveal the 2007 ‘Bridge Effect,’ and at midnight, when the countdown is complete, the City’s world famous pyrotechnic spectacular. This really is something everyone needs to experience at least once but for the time being it may just remain a pipe dream.
The next thing is queuing – they queue even on the bus stops! In Poland people don’t make a line even if it is obliged – so picture me, a person who hates queues and sneaks in whenever it is possible actually waiting in a line! I do queue, imagine that! I am always wondering what is like for students that arrived from overseas, China, Taiwan, India, how they find themselves here. As for them it is a real cultural shock. I am exaggerating sometimes and making fun but for them it is totally different world. I have a friend from Vietnam, she was so lost at the beginning. She didn’t speak to anybody because she was so overwhelmed with all the new things but now she says this is the best time of her life she has always been dreaming of visiting Sherlock Holmes’ house, Big Ben, London Bridge, the beautiful York Minster, the famous Roman Bath, the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge. Since coming here, she found herself more confident and independent. Well, the same with
me. Now I feel I can overcome much more than before. I am living my own life here, I am the master of my own time and I am responsible for every decision I make. Despite the busy life here, I still find time to do some extracurricular things like the Marketing Society (which is a great opportunity to build up your network in terms of marketing contacts), Student Union, Leeds Met Newspaper, International Students Society and some more things. All these activities have helped me to find new friends, improve my communication skills and to make myself more confident in what I do. I think I will miss these busy days and the exciting challenges I’ve had a chance to face with here. And of course I will miss the parties – I have never had so many choices of clubs, bar, lounges in one place. Leeds is definitely one of the best place for a crazy night out. What is more you always find somebody that will accompany you when you feel like going out. The only thing that
makes me a bit shocked and confused is that girls over here are hot-blooded. Even when the temperature is about seven degrees they still wear summer clothes like sandals and ethereal dresses. One day I would like to become such a hot-blooded person – imagine how much money you could save on your clothes! Apart from nights out the international students are those who don’t like to waste time so we organize beauty evenings, girls evenings, international food evenings, international karaoke evening. So much fun we have! You must be anxious to know what studying third-levels is like. Well, the courses are quite demanding and I have a lot of coursework and assignments to do, which I really enjoy. But what is really supporting is the fact that you have day-to-day basis contact with your tutors via email. It makes life so easy because we have classes once a week and whenever I have any doubts about anything I just email the tutor. They are very helpful and friendly towards
students. I am doing courses that demand from you a lot of involvement and engage you into both group work and individual work. I feel very good about the exams – I don’t have many, only one! I have still some time left before I leave Leeds since, as you know, I took the one semester program but right now I already feel I will miss it so much. If I had a chance to choose my scholarship place one more time it would definitely be Leeds Met! All in all, I’ve gained a lot from studying in the UK. I have definitely evolved into a more mature person than I used to be. I have also understood that learning never ends, and my attitude has been more open than ever. I wish you could come and join me here to share these wonderful experiences and help others to learn more about Polish culture! I am really looking forward to hearing from you. We have so much to catch up on. With lots of love, Natalia
they are PACKED. People bring and shoot off fireworks, it’s crazy, but fun and harmless (providing you don’t insult the locals and become the general aim of their lighted rockets).
5,4,3,2,1...2008! Whilst it may seem a way off yet, New Years Eve is fast encroaching, and with it the age old question of how you will choose to celebrate the event. If at all. It is not normally the aim of these travel pages to promote expensive trips away, but given the context of the celebration, expense seems the most viable and realistic option. The following are simply ideas of ways to ‘celebrate’ the dawning of 2008, not all feasible perhaps but nevertheless possible….
Sydney Harbour Bridge fireworks display
And so we begin with possibly
Hogmany fills the streets of Edinburgh.
Along one of the world’s most beautiful and famous streets, the Straße des 17 a celebration of gigantic proportions becomes this historically prominent city. 80,000 square meters are utilised in total, with show stages, video screens, a media centre, party tents, food and refreshment stands, light and laser performances as well as spectacular midnight fireworks as the ultimate highlight of the event. Several DJ’s then continue on the party into the early hours.
Champs Elysses Is Brandenburg Gate the place for you? Photo: Germany tourist board
Sydney Harbour Bridge’s fireworks are infamous.
Crowds pack around the Eiffel Tower and the Champs Elysses to see in the midnight hour. The Metro is free (up until 12:05 anyway) and be warned
The official website for this event deems it ‘The World’s Best New Year Celebrations’, debatable perhaps but within the context of The Great British Isles’ other offerings perhaps true. You do need to purchase tickets and passes for many of the events listed but the line up makes it hard not to be impressed. Kasabian are this years headliners, supported by Calvin Harris and Idlewild, and these bands will play alongside the world famous Edinburgh street parties that make Hogmany truly what it is.
The Champs Elysses leads to this magnificant view.
Tuesday 4th December 2007
Got calories? Got slumps? Lee Halpin Staff Reporter ———————————— Frosties or a sugar coated cereal equivalent or possibly a fry up for breakfast, Ginsters, Greggs or fast food for lunch, microwaveable Tikka Massala (or maybe you stopped off at the ‘Maccy D’s drive thru’ with your coursemate) followed by five pints or five glasses of wine, three double vodkas, several shots of god knows what but ‘it’s a quid a shot-lets do it,’ on your night out at Oceana, Tiger or Space, lumbered on top of that counter nutritious average daily consumption a donner with cheesy chips on the stumble home. Does this all sound familiar? For many students this is a fairly standard three to four times a week daily menu that unwittingly causes problems with motivation, be it academic or physical, and more profoundly, general levels of contentment and happiness. It’s that time of the year when people begin to consider the word ‘resolution’, a word defined as: ‘An explanation, as of a problem or puzzle; a solution.’ But to most means a loosely formed, half promise to better oneself that is diluted
by alcohol consumption on the 31st of December and annihilated by the forces of habit by mid February. For many of you out there, as predictable as your daily diet was, your resolution will be to stop smoking-start running, hit the gym three to four times a week from now on and start eating healthily. Am I right? Well good for you, but wasn’t that your resolution last year? And the year before that? It’s no coincidence that this is the time of year that health and fitness clubs up and down the country start advertising campaigns displaying their discounted 12 month packages in anticipation of the gullible, well-to-do, would be fitness fanatic that signs away hundreds of pounds only to give up their commitment on February 14th. It’s a tragically predictable pattern and a great shame but observation of my peers and discussions with my gym owner have proven this theory time and time again. The physical benefits of eating healthily and exercising regularly are thoroughly well documented, undeniable and, well, obvious really. We all know that if we want big biceps we’ve got to do the curls (the preacher curls, the con-
centration curls and the 21s for you fanatics out there) and that if we want to lose weight its time to start eating salads, cutting down on fats and carb’s and hitting the treadmill hard, any reader of ‘Heat’ or ‘OK’ magazine could tell you that. It would seem though that these physical and slightly vain motivations for a healthier lifestyle are ineffective, short-lived and essentially, fickle. What benefit then, what further incentive can we add to looking ‘fitter’ and more attractive, in order to achieve and sustain this more beneficiary lifestyle, this aforementioned ‘solution’ to our problems? How can we maintain our health related resolutions this year? What are slightly less well-documented are the mental and spiritual benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Exercise increases levels of dopamine, serotonin and endorphins, feel good chemicals in the brain. High concentrations of endorphins in the brain produce a sense of euphoria, enhance pleasure, and suppress pain, both emotionally and physically. When endorphins are low, people feel anxious; they are also more aware of pain. Low levels of endorphins also cause us to crave for fat and fatty foods, such as burg-
ers, pizzas, cheesy chips, deep fried chicken and Ben and Jerry’s, to name some of my flatmate’s favourites. Upon eating fatty foods we will notice a change in mood, feeling more pleasure and enjoyment. This feeling is related to a higher concentration of endorphin caused by the ingestion of fats. Exercise though, releases fat from within the body, raises endorphins and causes the same mood changes. This is why you often here people describe themselves as feeling elated or filled with a sense of achievement when they leave the gym, pitch or track. Those of you using illegal drugs in clubs at weekends may want to consider this healthier way to increase levels of serotonin and endorphins, as ecstasy and cocaine drain these precious chemicals by releasing then in big surges causing a high which leads to inevitable depressions and ‘come downs’. Make this New Years resolution a commitment, to a healthier and essentially happier lifestyle, eat well, enjoy your nights out but counter act your alcohol or nicotine related indulgences with regular exercise and ‘5 a day’! Simple eh?
Give It A Go Drag Tom King Staff Reporter ———————————— Thursday 29th of November saw Leeds Met SU bar open it’s doors and turn on the taps for it’s students and one of Leeds’ most well-known drag acts. The fabulous Anaglypta (of The Viaduct) hosted the night and played an array of the most modern musical melodies, whilst several local bands helped to entertain throughout the night. Of course there was a munificent reason for all of this. As part of ‘Give it a Go’ fortnight, SAFE (Sexual health awareness for everyone) decided to help raise money and awareness for aids related charities by organising this spectacular event and persuading students to ‘give it a go!’ at drag! The James Gore Experience, Lecorum, The Bribes and Joon all rocked and rolled the night away on stage to their own original songs in front of a crowd of energized and enthused Met students, whilst Joon also played a tribute to one of the most well-known and unfortunate victims of aids, Freddie Mercury. As most of us know, aids is a terrible, chronic and fatal disease that develops through the HIV virus which is usually unsuspectingly passed along through unsafe sex. It affects all people across the globe – men and women, the young and the old, gay or straight, and there is yet no cure. The Met bar was lavishly decorated by the SAFE team and other volunteers with all
Get into shape at New Year. Photo: Hayley Proudfoot
Beefburgers At first this may seem an unusual and even pointless recipe given some of its ingredients and the ease of purchase of preprepared burgers, however the unusual ingredients add a lot of flavour and accentuate the taste of the meat, creating a much more delicious and healthier burger for around the same price as bland shop bought ones. Ingredients Between 454g and 500g of minced beef 2 small onions 4 slices of smoked bacon, weighing approximately 120g 4 cloves of garlic Soya sauce Fish sauce Paprika Dried Oregano Dried Rosemary Dried Thyme Dried Basil Ground Black Pepper Cayenne Pepper Chilli Powder Cinnamon Powder Dice the onions and the bacon then finely dice the garlic. In a large bowl combine the beef, the bacon, the garlic and the onions and knead them together until you have a reasonably smooth paste. Then, add 6 teaspoons of dark soy sauce and 2 teaspoons of fish sauce before kneading again.
Drag acts help Leeds Met students to give it a go. things red and festive to go with the theme ‘Wear red for World Aids Day’ (Sat 1st December). Many students turned up in full drag attire and definitely gave it a good go! There were men dressed as women; women dress as men, and lots of others there just having a really great time! Aids and sexual health charities such as Youth Point, and Leeds Met societies such as the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans society) amongst others, were there
to show their charitable support and give away lots of sexual health info, freebies, and play fun games! Other stalls such as the Terrence Higgins Trust, MESMAC and Citywise were scattered around civic campus all of last week, also to raise awareness and promote safer sex. Did you know that statistically, 4/10 inhabitants of LS6 are said to have chlamydia? This stat is shockingly the highest in Europe! Far higher than the national average
Photo: Nicola Edwards which is 1/10! It is reasons like this that we need to be safer in sex, to prevent STIs such as the clap and of course – HIV, which is one of the main reasons why the event was held. All in all the night was a large success and lots of money was raised. A special thanks goes to the Met bar and staff for letting SAFE host the event there, as well as SAFE itself and all volunteers who helped organise and decorate for the night.
Finally add 2 teaspoons of paprika, 2 teaspoons of oregano, 1 teaspoon of rosemary, 1 teaspoon of thyme, 1 teaspoon of basil, ½ a teaspoon of black pepper, ½ a teaspoon of cayenne pepper, a pinch of chilli powder, before kneading the mixture again until it is smooth and the various components are spread uniformly. Your burger mixture is now complete and you can subdivide it to make individual burgers. Personally, I favour making 4 burgers from this amount of mixture but you can as easily make as many or as few as you want. At this point you should shape the now divided mixture into individual burgers before grilling or frying them and serving them in buns, with condiments, salad and cheese as desired. David McClure
Tuesday 4th December 2007
Met twice as good as the Uni Wms’ 1st Basketball vs Leeds Uni
Jade Lauriston Staff Reporter ———————————— The Met continued their impressive start to the season by beating Leeds University 82-41, leaving them with 7 wins out of 7 games and remaining top of the Northern Conference Women’s 1A division. The last time these sides met, in October, the Met won 8640. And with the Mets 121-14 devastation of Chester in their last game you could say their was a burden of expectation on the talented Met team. Both sides started the game off with the aggression and
tenacity you would expect with a local derby. Leeds Uni took the lead in the first minute with a precise shot from Melanie Hill but this was short lived as Met and England player Helen Naylor equalised. Naylor is a name to look out for on the women’s basketball circuit, having been previously named as national player and league women’s player of the year, and is a regular for the English Universities side. A penalty to the Met kick started the 2nd quarter with Naylor making it 17-9. There was fluid passing from both sides, although the Met were in the lead the home side were still giving as good as they got. In the 2nd half the Met recaptured their winning ways, controlling the game with a 4526 lead. Tension was high, with both sides fighting for the ball.
Down 60-32, Leeds Uni were resurgent and pushing forward. It was a closely fought game with both sides showing physical presence and skill. Met and England player Helen Naylor felt that her side under performed in the 1st half: “We didn’t play very well in the first half but improved in the 2nd as we picked up our defence. I was pleased with the win but we should have beaten them by a lot more”. The score line was similar to last time but that’s not to say that Leeds University didn’t test the capabilities of their Met counterparts in this match. The Leeds University manager agreed that his side performed well, “the score line didn’t reflect the effort that the girls put in, but they only play once a week and need to get fitter. Leeds Met are a well organised,
well drilled team”. Leeds Met maintain their unbeaten run and remain at the top of the league, giving them hopes to push on for the promotion playoffs. Leeds Metropolitan Manager Gordon Lemmey has only be in charge since the beginning of the season but is impressed with the work rate and dedication of his players: “ We’ve continued our unbeaten run but Leeds posed more of a challenge than other teams in the league due to talented players. It was a good test for the girls to play against challenging teams like Leeds for the lack of challenge in the league was making them complacent. We are top of the league because of work behind the scenes. The girls are dedicated and have exceeded expectations”.
Leeds Met guard their territory against Leeds Uni. Photo: Rob Edwards
Leeds Met Snowsports travel to Edinburgh for Slopestyle and Big Air
Leeds Carnegie saw heavy action against Leicester Tigers. Photo: Unattributed
Leeds Carnegie vs Leicester Tigers
Simon Poole Staff Reporter ———————————— A solid effort from Leeds Carnegie was not enough to tame the Leicester Tigers in a 29-6 Guinness Premiership defeat last Saturday at Carnegie Stadium. Tom Varndell struck twice and Tom Youngs scored his first senior try while Andy Goode did the rest of the work for Leicester, kicking four penalties and two conversions. Leeds were looking to build on back-to-back European Challenge Cup victories over Castres and Dax, and started strongly against the reigning Premiership champions. A series of good kicks from fly half Alberto Di Bernado and an early turn of the Leicester scrum allowed Carnegie to draw first blood with a penalty to
make it 3-0. The lead was shortlived though, as Andy Goode struck back for the Tigers with a penalty to level the score. The rain began to fall half way into the first half, which caused handling errors and lost line outs by both teams. However it was Leeds who capitalised when Tom Croft, who otherwise had a stand-out performance, failed to move away from a tackle, which allowed Di Bernardo to put Leeds up 6-3 with his second penalty kick. Leicester found their stride soon after, with constant pressure from stand-in captain Lewis Moody on the Leeds backs. Goode added another three points to the scoreboard, and when it looked as if Leeds might go into half time at 6-6, a cross field kick from Goode fell kindly to Tom Varndell, who dived over to score the opening try of the game. The best chance of the game for Leeds came when a loose ball fell to Rob Vickerman with no Tigers player close enough to make a tackle, however he
could only knock the ball on, and Carnegie went into the half behind 13-6. Leeds piled on the pressure in the second half with some good passing between the backs, but it was Leicester who showed composure and made the most of their opportunities. Goode kicked another penalty from half way, and a good run from Brett Deacon carved open the Carnegie defense, allowing Tom Youngs to cross the line with half an hour remaining. Leeds never looked like giving up, and continued to find their way into the Tigers 22, but a combination of handling errors and solid Leicester defense prevented a second half comeback. Goode kicked his fourth penalty of the game, and with a minute to go, Varndell latched onto a clever chip from full back Sam Vesty to score his second try of the game. Goode tagged on the extras as Leicester won 29-6, in a match which was not always as comfortable as the scoreline suggested.
Adam, Katy and Austin getting ready to hit the slopes. Alex Goy Staff Reporter ———————————— Leeds Met Snowsports recently travelled to Edinburgh to attend the British Universities Dry Slope (BUDS) competition. The first day saw the skiers and boarders hit the slopes for Slalom and GS races respectively. The skier slalom saw the Met’s very own Charlotte Fletcher (who has more than a smidge of experience under her belt) make the top twenty – hardly a mean feat considering that the majority of the fastest are ex-national and international competitors. The first day also saw the start of the Slopestyle competitions, which showed us how the big boys and girls hit the slope, but what they didn’t know was that we had a couple of aces up our sizeable sleeve – but those would be revealed the following day after something that BUDS calls: a night out. On these nights out, people
go to things called pubs and clubs – the thing is, none of the Snowsports Society can remember going to such a thing at all, but this is mostly down to the fact that they are all innocent young things. Very chaste, indeed. The start of the second day saw another myriad of events – although some competitors from other universities were feeling a little worse for ware, thanks to getting a little carried away on the aforementioned night out. The Met’s strengths didn’t lie in the race events that day, but they did in the Big Air competitions. The Big Air events are by far the most impressive things to watch on the slope – it is essentially what the name suggests: Getting bigger ‘air’ than the last competitor. Though, while you’re pulling bigger air than the last guy (or girl) you’ve got to perform a better (or more painful if you screw it up) trick, too.
Photo: Leeds Met Snowsports This is where the Met shone. Two of our number happen to be very talented tricksters (yes, I said ‘tricksters’), and did the Leeds Met name proud. Lydia Ainscough managed to make the finals of the Women’s Snowboard competition, which is impressive considering the standard of the competition. Our star, though, was Tom Last. Tom is already a sponsored freestyle skier, so we know that he was going to do something pretty special – and he managed to pull off a complete stonker of a trick and came second over all. Eat that, Leeds Snowriders. That evening we were all invited to let our hair down at a ball – while the concept isn’t unfamiliar to us, we figured that the other competitors were falling over due to exhaustion. Still, we all danced the night away like pros. Oh, and cheered like loons when Tom got up to pick up his prize(s). He’s far too talented, that man.
Tuesday 4th December 2007
Tensions flare when Met meets Met Men’s 2nd football vs Men’s 3rd
Abigail Phillips Staff Reporter ———————————— Tension and aggression was running high as Leeds Met Men’s 2nd team, and the Met’s 3rd team faced each other in the 2B Northern Conference (2BNC) on Wednesday afternoon. The high pace was set from kick off with the two teams separated by just one point in the League after the 3rd’s draw with Sunderland, last week, left them just ahead. The match kicked off with the 3rd team immediately appearing to dominate the pitch. The ball seemed to be continually in their possession and a run of good passing and footwork was awarded with a goal from Scott Quinn after just five minutes. Unfortunately the referee disallowed this, but the immediate control of the ball had heightened their spirits and enthusiasm. This also had an effect on the 2nd team, who began working harder to ensure they were not giving away such opportunities again. For twenty minutes the match could only be described as an exciting game, with both teams contributing to the aggressive play. The Met 3rd’s seemed to be in control of the game and were working very effectively as a team, keeping the 2nd team on their toes.
Coach Dave Warburton said “We were definitely the stronger team in the first half. The players were very strong and because of this, we were on top for the first twenty minutes of the match.” A yellow card was awarded to the 2nd’s number ten, Tommy Sutton, for a late challenge, seventeen minutes into play, but he was certainly not the only player using brutal tactics. Craig Paoul, coach to the 2nd’s team claimed that the “heated game” was owing to the fact that “both teams relied on the points from the game.” A penalty kick awarded to the 2nd’s after twenty-five minutes saw the first goal of the match, scored by Giuseppe Downing. This clearly gave the 2nd team the boost they needed and play continued at a far more even level. There were some very strong passes and this was rewarded for the 3rd team, when a strong tackle gave the opportunity for a clear shot at the goal. Despite missing the target by inches, Alex Miller, the 3rd’s number nine soon pulled it back and equalised at 37 minutes. Some very good substitutions at half time for the 2nd’s saw the game completely turn on its head. Immediately the strength of the 2nd team became apparent and the 3rd’s struggled to keep the ball in possession. A possible downfall arose for the 2nd team at 55 minutes when their captain Tom Clare had to be replaced after an injury, however Ben Walsh played well and managed to
Leeds Met’s 2nd and 3rd teams play out a hard tackling affair on Wednesday. keep up the standard of play. With the Met 2nd’s so strongly in control of the game it was no surprise when Tommy Sutton bought the score to 21 at 70 minutes. By this stage of the game the 2nd’s had a stronger team
and despite the 3rd’s best efforts Giuseppe Downing scored again bringing the score to 3-1. The final minutes of the game were very dramatic, however at the final whistle the final score stood at 3-1 to the 2nd team.
This win put the team two points ahead of the Met 3rd’s in the BUSA 2B league but both team captains conceded that it was a tight match and either side could have taken the win. A very strong match leaves
Photo: Joe Kelly the 2nd team in a good position in the league, however the next few games will be crucial if they want the top spot this season. After Wednesday’s win they seem more confidant than ever that they could take first place. Watch this space!
Met tested and passed Men’s Volleyball vs Leeds Uni
Simon Cragg Staff Reporter ———————————— Leeds Met’s unbeaten Men’s Volleyball team took the short journey along Otley Road on Wednesday, to take on Leeds Uni for the third and final time this season. Currently sitting second in BUSA North 2B, Uni had emerged as the only team who could potentially spoil Met’s perfect record. The first set started brightly, with Carnegie racing to an 8-1 lead. Through the middle of the set however, momentum shifted towards the home side, with Met failing to answer a
string of points. Coach Loftus promptly called a time-out, and sent the players back onto court with a renewed hunger, after a stern talking to. Leeds Met then showed the determination that has got them so far this season, edging the set 25-23. The second set was an equally tight affair, but Met’s strength in depth showed when hitters Dan Jones and Frankie Byrne seamlessly slotted into the front line when called upon. The set was taken 25-22 at the third time of asking after a steep middle hit from many people’s man of the match, Stephen Connel. The third set saw a return to the starting line up, but the players were visibly drained and it became clear only a gargantuan effort was going to
see Carnegie over the finishing line. They weren’t helped by some inept refereeing, but as always, their traveling support supplied the required boost when things got tough. Some incredibly powerful jump serving from Tamas Feher and a well formed block saw Leeds Met seal the set 2522, and the cheers of jubilation were certainly mixed with a collective sigh of relief that the team had emerged with their one hundred percent record in tact. Attentions now turn to the final three fixtures of the BUSA regular season, as Men’s Volleyball aim to cement their place in the play-offs. They are now 15 wins for no losses, and the dream of an undefeated season is starting to look ever more likely.
Leeds Met’s mens volleyball team in action as the bench watch on. Photo: Rob Edwards
Tuesday 4th December 2007
Photos: Joe Kelly, Rob Edwards
Football: Leeds Met rivals contest fiery derby
Volleyball: Mens team celebrate another victory
Leeds Met instructor has ‘Tekken’ top spot Emma Jones Staff Reporter ———————————— Rob cook, who has been running the TaiJutso classes at Leeds Met for over ten years now, has taken his qualifications and knowledge to a new high by achieving the highly sort after grade of Shihan. The 6th Dan runs alongside the title of Shihan and is an extremely honorific status amongst senior Martial Arts instructors. The term Shihan itself, translates as ‘master teacher’ and takes an enormously high level of determination and skill teaching oneself and others in order to be achieved. When asked how it feels to have achievied the new grade Rob stated “It was a big honour, and im just really chuffed.” Rob began practicing martial arts from the early age of 5, and his passion and determination continued to grow and later enabled him to become and assistant instructor at the age of 18 at Salford University. A few years later, Robs instructor passed away, and Rob sought to continue working at the club due to the inspiration and motivation passed on to him by the instructor and dear friend he looked up to. TaiJutso is not an aggressive martial art, and focuses mainly on technique, which enables both males and females with different strength and stamina levels to become involved. Those with no previous experience in the world of Martial Arts
Rob Cook demonstrating the art of TaiJutso on one of his pupils. are able to work at their own pace, and TaiJutso is in fact a perfect start for those with little experience as it takes into practice many different mental and physical skills. The class is also useful for those who wish to learn elements of self defence, and Rob explained how “by
knowing how to fight, you realise that you don’t have to.” TaiJutso is extremely rewarding, and Rob himself stated that for him “its all about watching beginners grow in skill and self confidence, particularly when they go on to achieve black belts.”
Photo: Joe Kelly If you fancy getting involved and trying something new then drop into one of the classes which run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6:30 until 8. Alternatively, special sessions which focus primarily on self defence can be found on the same days at 4 until 5:15.
Basketball: Met walk the local derby
BUSA results Wed 28/11 Team
3.5 – 2.5
Men’s Football 1 Men’s Football 2 Men’s Football 3 Men’s Football 4 Women’s Football 1 Women’s Football 2
PREM 2B 2B 4D PREM 2B
Edge Hill Leeds Met 3 Leeds Met 2 Sheffield Hallam 3 Sheffield Hallam Durham
Rearrange 3-1 1-3 1-1 8-0 4-4
Win Loss Draw Win Draw
Men’s Hockey 1 Men’s Hockey 2 Men’s Hockey 3 Women’s Hockey 1 Women’s Hockey 2 Women’s Hockey 3
1A 5B 6B PREM 2B 6B
Newcastle Newcastle 4 Hull 2 Birmingham Northumbria 2 York St John 2
4-1 2-2 3-3 1-1 4-0 7-0
Win Draw Draw Draw Win Win
Men’s R League 1 Men’s R League 2 Men’s RUFC 1 Men’s RUFC 2 Men’s RUFC 3 Women’s RUFC
PREM Yorks PREM A 1A 3B PREM
Edge Hill Bradford Northumbria Hull Sheffield 2 Northumbria
Rearrange 58 - 6 12 - 35 34 - 29 24 - 25 12 - 22
Win Loss Win Loss Loss
Men’s Badminton Men’s Badminton 2 Wms Badminton Wms Badminton 2
2B 4D 1A 2B
Sunderland Teesside 3 Manchester York St John
Rearrange 8-0 6-2 8-0
Win Win Win
Men’s Basketball 1 Wms Basketball 1
84 - 60 82 - 41
Netball 1 Netball 2 Netball 3 Netball 4
PREM 2B 3B 6B
Loughborough Durham 2 Sheffield 2 Hull (Scarborough)
37 - 59 60 - 20 37 - 25 53 - 6
Loss Win Win Win
Men’s Squash 2 Women’s Squash
Men’s Table tennis Men’s Tennis 1 Men’s Tennis 2 Men’s Tennis 3 Women’s Tennis 1 Women’s Tennis 2 Women’s Tennis 3
1A 1A 2B 3B 1A 2B 2B
Durham Leeds A Northumbria Sheffield Hallam 2 Leeds Hull Newcastle 2
4 - 13 9-1 9-1 4-6 10 - 0 10 - 0 Rearrange
Loss Win Win Loss Win Win
Men’s Volleyball Wom’s Volleyball