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7th December 2010 - Issue 197 (3 to go!) www.waterfrontonline.co.uk

EXCLUSIVE FEATURE INTERVIEW: Swansea City’s Joe Allen talks football, international ambition and Welsh to The Waterfront - Pages 22 and 27

ADIOS AMIGOS! UNI STUDENTS MOURN LIKELY LANGUAGE LOSS By Robert Smith News Reporter STUDENTS FROM multiple departments this Monday marched from Singleton Abbey to the front of Fulton House in a mock funeral to protest cuts to the Modern Languages Faculty which have been described by organisers as “sweeping�. One organiser, Ben Sluckin, described the protest as an attempt to get the university to reconsider the cuts. “Modern Foreign Languages are an important long term investment and the cuts are extremely short sighted.� He was also quick to point out that student’s from other faculties, and several societies such as the History Society, have joined the protests in support of their plight. Ben told the Waterfront that he, as a        of the cuts in August; after accepting his offer at Swansea. He expressed concern about the lack of staff and teaching resources now available. Particular concern was raised about the complete removal of the “Russian,

Portuguese and Catalan departments, and the removal of all Italian lecturers�, despite Italian still being offered in a combined honours degree course for next year. Ben, and other organisers of the campaign, raised the issue at the Student General Meeting on the 15th November where the motion obtained the general support from the Student Union. Luke Young, Student Union President, said in a statement; “The Students’ Union fully supports the peaceful protests against the cuts to Modern Foreign Languages. The union believes that the proposals to halve staff in the department will damage the quality of the experience that students enrolling on language courses will receive. At the Student General Meeting, it was voted that the union should support the campaign being led by the presidents of our language societies. We are proud of the work that they are doing in the interests of Swansea University and its students.� The language cuts committee have also written to several MP’s and Welsh Assembly members asking for support against the cuts.

Val Lloyd, Assembly Member for Swansea East told the Waterfront, “I was disappointed to learn that Swansea University plans to cut over 50% of its lecturing staff in the Modern Languages department this coming year. Although I can         pressure facing the university, I believe that these proposals could seriously endanger language provisions at Swansea University, as it would reduce the range and quality of language degrees STUDENT NUDITY: Artistic or Pornographic? Whats your opinion? and force potential students Find out ours in COMMENT - Page 8 Photo by: Jess Kwong to look elsewhere to study. Additionally, these proposals these proposals and to build on, rather          would effectively threaten Swansea’s than damage, what is a highly-regarded by the government, Welsh Assembly status as a regional capital for languages Modern Languages department at and the Browne report’, and request a in South West Wales.� Swansea University.� meeting with the Vice Chancellor and Lloyd went on to say; “I have written The students have also written an the opportunity to put their case before to both the Vice Chancellor and the open letter to the Vice Chancellor of the University Council by the 6th of Head of Administration at Swansea Swansea University in which they December. University, expressing my concerns make clear their opposition to the cuts, with these proposals. I have also asked pointing out that languages have been Continued on page 2... the Vice Chancellor to re-consider

Also in the News -

SU challenge University’s ‘arms trade investment’ Full Story - Page 3

  

in Fulton House toilets Page 4

Students pledge not to hit women - Page 5


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STACEY WHITCOMBE KERRY MULLEN CHRIS PENN ESTHER WRIGHT LUCINDER REID STEVE JONES FILM and TV EDITOR ANDY WILLIAMS     

DEPUTY FILM and TV EDITOR RHYS WILLIAMS FILM and TV WRITERS STEFFAN MORGAN SHELLEY-MARIE PHILLIPS DAVE LEWIS LEN CRESCI LIANNA THOMAS-FORBES OLI RHYDER GEMMA HOCKEY CONOR JONES EMILY KENNEWELL MIKE KOZLOWSKI JAMES SNAITH (TV Picks) GAMES REVIEWERS CHRIS McCOLGAN BEN ROGERS GARETH OWEN MICHAEL KAVANAGH

Embarrassment avoided: Ironically the University had originally planned to hold a Celebration of Study Abroad Event in Fulton House on the same day as the protests, which Vice Chancellor, Richard Davies was due to  $ '

        a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;showcase of the Universities Study Abroad Programmesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; it encouraged students who had participated in the    The event was quickly postponed by      ("   ) last week when organisers realised it was set to clash with the student     *     University was available for comment on this issue, but the Waterfront understands from speaking to sources that the event has been booked in weeks in advance and the protest inadvertently   

that you must not have         Z     matter whether they are on or not or whether you try to use them â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they  

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CULTURE SECTION Pages 12-15. As usual crammed full of the latest previews and reviews of everything good to do before you leave for Christmas break.

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As of December 2nd, Mr Sluckin told The Waterfront his group was yet to receive a response from the Vice  

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All the best,

EDITOR JAMES SNAITH editor@swansea-union.co.uk

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News 03

SU NO TO ARMS TRADE INVESTMENT

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By Elena Cresci News Reporter THE STUDENT Union has voted to commit itself to campaigning against the University holding shares in companies linked to Arms Trading. The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ethical Investmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; motion,  '      ) $  James and seconded by Environment and   ) =  # 

     Â&#x2039; "     "              and provision of military equipment   X            '       '     =Â&#x2021;# :X   24th November) voicing concerns that       directly affect students negatively. Currently, the University holds ~|9Â&#x2018;QJ  '  make 60% of their total sales in military

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         "        commit crimes against humanity. Funding must come from more ethical sources  "    "    the arms trade.â&#x20AC;? Abigail Haque, head of the Campaign +  +X :++X<Â&#x2039; " *   '       ++X           Â    "  #            university operatesâ&#x20AC;? X "  =   Â&#x2039; " clearly represented the student voice saying that arms companies are not acceptable businesses to invest in and they 

       '   continuing to enrich BAE or Cobhamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s share prices.â&#x20AC;? Students also voiced several concerns

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            =       '  ^      X     '"  Engineering students. Jack Adams, a third year studying Aerospace Engineering and Social Secretary of the Engineering =            some â&#x20AC;&#x153;valid pointsâ&#x20AC;?, he still felt that the       '      â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;these companies, BAE in particular, [representing] large potential employment opportunities for Engineering students.â&#x20AC;? (  8   =   Â&#x2039; " }  Â&#x2021;   Â&#x2013; $  Â&#x201E;Â      =   Â&#x2039; " investment strategy aims to maximise                 Â&#x2014;        security for the institution and a guaranteed pension for every member of staff upon retirement.â&#x20AC;? What is your opinion on this story? ] "     > Are the SU putting engineering investment Â&#x2DC;'  Â&#x2019;   the University invests? Email â&#x20AC;&#x201C; editor@   ^   

Vox Pops Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your opinion? Do you think the University should be investing shares in companies linked to arms trades?

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WORK IN PROGRESS By Laura Richards Deputy News Editor Â&#x201A; ( ? $)} #XAT the front of Fulton House has started and is likely to continue  *_   Â&#x2039; " sources. The refurbishment is the last link in  #

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BEER RACE

APOLOGY By Kate Wilson News Reporter

campus next to the library and although     " '             Â&#x2DC;   feasible.â&#x20AC;? Students are reassured that the "    

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CONSTRUCTION SITE: Diggers move in at the front of Fulton House forced to miss that stop on the route and carry on to the next venue. Ricky told the Waterfront, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The '    

 lift me up the entrance steps, so I skipped           )         ' able to complete the full circuit.â&#x20AC;? RAG President Becca Taylor, called the incident an â&#x20AC;&#x153;oversight on the night as Idols  

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''   In the current economic climate, people need jobs and by selling the products the companies are actually helping the economy.â&#x20AC;?


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STAR PUPIL â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;DISGUSTING AND UNACCEPTABLEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; TOILETS By Sarah Wilson News Reporter

CREATORS: Tom and Charlotte

By Stefano Iacono News Reporter TWO STUDENTS have set up an online monthly publication aimed at students looking for a career as barristers. The Pupil has enjoyed immense success since its release in October. Reader numbers have increased, with downloads coming from all over the world, including the Middle East, Australia and the Americas.    ] ^=     law student at Swansea University, and Tom Sykes, a Swansea law graduate, came up with the idea for The Pupil in June whilst having a few drinks in London. Realising that all the guides on becoming a barrister were very academic in nature, they came up with an idea to produce a monthly online magazine that was practical and accessible to all and, as Charlotte put it, â&#x20AC;&#x153;made the Bar seem less like a secret society.â&#x20AC;? Explaining the rationale behind the magazine, Charlotte said â&#x20AC;&#x153;with the current economic crisis and public funding being at an all-time low, pupillages are harder to get than ever, and we wanted to help people in their search for that, at times seemingly elusive, career as a barrister.â&#x20AC;? The magazine started strongly in October with over 20,000 readers in the            continued to grow. The most recent issue       Â&#x2014; X =   The Waterfront that the November issue of The Pupil is â&#x20AC;&#x153;currently being read in the United Kingdom, Lebanon, Jordan, Cyprus, The Netherlands, Iraq, Australia, Canada, Belgium, the United Arab Emirates, The USA, Greece and France.â&#x20AC;? The future seems equally bright with the magazine scooping an exclusive interview with the second biggest chambers in the UK for the next issue which is due for release in mid('Â&#x2014;     '      London and co-hosting a mock trial with the Swansea University Bar Society on the 15th of December which all Swansea students are welcome to attend. For more information and to download your free copy of The Pupil visit www.the-pupil.co.uk. Anyone interested in attending the mock trial please email charlotte@the-pupil.co.uk to reserve your place as places are limited.

ANGRY STUDENTS have spoken out about the state of the toilets inside Fulton House. Users of the toilet have written insults including various sexual slurs, offensive language, inappropriate jokes, attempted advertising encouraging students to call for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;sexual favoursâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and " '   ]     time the issue has been raised within the University, the Waterfront approached the President of the LGBT who told us, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disgusting, everyone is of course entitled to their opinion, but the fact that they do it on the door of a toilet is just wrong and shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be accepted or tolerated in the university.â&#x20AC;? $Â&#x2021;!X ) (  Â&#x2021; 

 agreed, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homophobia is unacceptable, '     ' Â&#x2014; the university is a safe environment for all types of people, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s distressing to hear that it is present right under our noses, and even worse that it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t being dealt with immediately.â&#x20AC;? Despite many toilets across campus undergoing refurbishment to modern day standards in recent years, work has yet to be started on Fulton House toilets, which are in a serious state of disrepair. +         both the male and female toilets have maintenance issues. Several sinks are cracked, hand dryers have been broken and not replaced, and plaster has been

SHOCKING & DISTASTEFUL: The state of the Fulton House toilets is not pleasant. ripped off the walls. Overused mops and dirty cleaning water are stored in plain sight in a cubicle of the girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s toilets. It is understood from speaking to sources inside Estates that the reason work has started outside Fulton House before inside is because of external planning permission granted and listed building consent, which is still to be granted for inside the building. History student Simon Andrew told us, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I generally avoid the Fulton House   '       Â&#x2014;

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Carelessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Thefts Rise

By Laura Richards Deputy News Editor THE NUMBER of walk-in thefts at student accommodation has escalated over the past couple of weeks the Waterfront understands. An alarming amount of students leave their doors unlocked and even wide open resulting in thieves to take their opportunity to steal items. Students are being urged to lock all doors, even when in the house, and to make sure that valuables are not left on display in communal areas. Michael Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien, third year business student from Uplands, had his laptop and memory stick stolen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They just literally walked into the house, into my room and took the items. I am obviously upset about both items but

itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the fact that all my work was on my memory stick. A laptop can be replaced but sadly it might not be possible to replace all the work I have lost.â&#x20AC;? Third year Sophie Jones also fell victim to having her property robbed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was just so shocked that someone could walk into a house and steal items especially with 5 of us in the house. It was 4 in the morning and someone probably watched us go into the house after a night in Sin City. When I realised all my work was lost,    "     

    ' backing up from now on. It has at least made us all wary and we are all extra careful to lock all the doors at all times.â&#x20AC;? Local Councillor Peter May stressed that every door should always be locked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I meet regularly with police and the one thing that always comes up is burglaries of student houses.â&#x20AC;? ]    $  Â&#x201E; also added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of these burglaries are down to carelessness and lack of common sense. When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at home with your parents you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave the doors open so therefore you shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it in your student home. These burglars are opportunists and not organised, if they see an open door they will take advantage of it.â&#x20AC;? Horsey added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;When returning after the holidays it is even more important that doors are locked as thieves will know that you have new valuables from Christmas.â&#x20AC;? For more information on contacting local police visit â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ourbobby.com

they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to be adequately maintained.â&#x20AC;? ]   '    Â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shocking that people who should,  'Â&#x2019;  

           '   amusing.â&#x20AC;? Ian MacPherson, Deputy Director of Estates and Facilities Management told The Waterfront, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is vandalism. It is disappointing and we do not condone the singling out of any group. We have taken immediate action by removing

         ]  waiting for listed building consent before we can improve anything else. The toilets are due to for refurbishment      Ian encourages students to report   "    Â   The Waterfront stands in support alongside the university and Students Union against any damage done against University and Union property.

Thieving Twits By Adele MacGregor News Editor XTREME RADIOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;welshvarsityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Twitter account was last month stolen by Cardiff Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Student Union. It is understood that an e-communications coordinator from Cardiffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Student Union said in an e-mail to Xtreme radio, on the 24th November that they had spoken to AU Manager Richard Lancaster a month previously about the need for Cardiffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s control over the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;welshvarsityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Twitter account â&#x20AC;&#x153;to ensure fair and appropriate coverage of the eventâ&#x20AC;?. Xtreme radio co-operated fully with the request for the login details of the account and passed on the details to Cardiff for joint use. The radio exec were assured that the account would be controlled 50/50 by the Varsity coordinators and stated that it would not be solely for Cardiffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s use. However head of Engineering Toby Hughes soon found himself shut out of the account after Cardiff changed the login details. In his e-mail to Cardiffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s e-communications coordinator, Toby  Â&#x2014;X  X    we registered last year and we opened it up to the Swansea and Cardiff Athletic Unions on the premise that we would be allowed to use it during Varsityâ&#x20AC;?,  Â&#x2014; ] "  



 under the proviso that use would be

joint for the promotion of Varsity this yearâ&#x20AC;?, something that Toby explains was made clear in his emails to Richard Lancaster who had given the details of the account to Cardiffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Student Union. Hughes also told The Waterfront that from looking at the Varsity facebook  '       Â&#x2014;   more like 80/20â&#x20AC;? in favour of Cardiff rather than the 50/50 promised. Without a satisfactory response from Cardiff and without the restoration of the login details, Xtreme radio were left with no option but to contact Twitter and ask to change the e-mail to the original login e-mail used by Xtreme when the account was set up and restore access to the account. =Â&#x2039;=)Â&#x201A;  #  told The WaterfrontÂ&#x2014;   have been a misunderstanding as to why the Twitter account was set up in     '  

    '  resolved and look forward to reading { ?  "   Â&#x2014; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s keep the action on the pitch.â&#x20AC;? Tom Upton, Deputy Station Manager for Xtreme radio agreed with Raechelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comments that there may well have been a misunderstanding but  Â&#x2014; X          from Cardiff was unprofessional and discourteous and their action was unnecessary,â&#x20AC;? adding that he hopes that Cardiff Students Union and Xtreme can now move back to civil cooperation.


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NEWS 05

RECORD RAISE FOR ISOC

FLASHING FOR CHARITY!

UK UNI ROUND UP Varsity - Cambridge University

PRESENTATION: ISOC give

large cheque to hospital

THE ISLAMIC society raised a recordbreaking ÂŁ2700 for charity with a week of events set up by organisers and volunteers writes Editor James Snaith. A thousand pounds was donated to the Islamic Relief Orphans fund, the rest to Ty Hafan, a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hospice

at Morriston Hospital, Swansea. The Â&#x2019;     Ty Hafan at the Eid Dinner organised by Swansea ISOC on the 23rd of October. The dinner also acted as a celebration for ISOC who bagged four awards at the Wales and West FOSIS (Federation of

Student Islamic Societies), including the awards for Most Creative Charity Week, Best SU Relations, Best ISOC Achievement and Ummah Award. The society staged a week of events which included arm wrestling competitions, football tournaments, fancy dress parties and food sales. The SU and Islamic Society Presidents were also kidnapped and held ransom in order to raise money towards the charity before their release. Organiser Musaddiq Moghal told The Waterfront that â&#x20AC;&#x153;the week meant more than just raising moneyâ&#x20AC;?. Pointing out that people from all races and religions took part either organizing, donating or contributing in any little way that they could to make the event a huge success. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fact that the week not only served as a platform to raise money for charity but also served as a stepping stone in the right direction towards a         to be highly commended.â&#x20AC;?

PLEDGE AGAINST VIOLENCE By Laura Stowe News Reporter The University marked the UNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on the 25th of November. Also known as White Ribbon Day, with awareness raising activities in the foyer of Fulton House. Volunteers painted realistic bruises and cuts on the faces of some female students to provoke reactions and encourage people to talk about domestic violence. Organisers were also keen to engage with male students and encouraged over 170 of them to make pledges that they would never harm a woman. The pledges appeared as hand prints on a board accompanied by the studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;    ]  ) Â&#x201A;   Healy, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Around 96 per cent of reported domestic violence cases are men attacking women. For that reason, it is important that this campaign engages

with men, as well as women, to secure their support and help in bringing these issues to light.â&#x20AC;? The true nature and scale of rape, domestic violence and other violence against women is often underestimated, especially among student populations. According to the NUS Hidden Marks survey, which surveyed over 2,000 female students across the UK, one in seven (14 per cent) have been the victim of serious sexual assault or serious physical violence whilst at university or college. If you have experienced any kind of domestic violence, harassment or assault whilst being at university it is very important that you report it or do something about it now. Help and advice is available from the following: /

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Candidate disqualified in SU election A current Cambridge student has been disqualified from the union presidency election. Male candidate Gabriel Latner has been penalised after an interview he gave to the student paper Varsity, which is considered an offence during the election process. Latner has twenty-four hours to appeal after such allegations which may delay the final election results.

Epigram - Bristol University CHARITY hitch-hikers plan to put their dancing shoes on in the city centre this week in a bid to publicise an annual charitable adventure. Over 30 students will participate in  / ^'        $  Community Developmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national hitch-hike to Morocco/Prague this Easter. Past and current hitchers are urged to get involved with entertaining the public along with collecting donations for the participating studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts. The event will take place on Wednesday 8th October at 3pm in the city centre, near the Quadrant. To get involved join the event on the Facebook â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Swansea Hitch 2011â&#x20AC;&#x2122; page, or contact: swanseahitch2011@hotmail.co.uk

THE WELSH Assembly Government is planning a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Made in Walesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; policy which will subsidise the increase in tuition fees for Welsh domiciled students. With the Government intending to announce the increase in tuition fees to ÂŁ9000 per year, the Welsh Assembly have swiftly stepped in to meet the cost of the extra fees. Therefore Welsh students who begin their studies in 2012 will be paying the same amount for tuition as current students. Welsh students will be able to study anywhere in the UK and still be subsidised by the Welsh Assembly. As well as this the income repayment

threshold for student loans will increase from ÂŁ15,000 to ÂŁ21,000, with a variable progressive rate of interest charged depending on income. Education Minister, Leighton Andrews, commented that â&#x20AC;&#x153;the arrangements put in place are fair, equitable and sustainable. Higher education should be on the basis of the individualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s potential and not on the basis of what they can afford to pay.â&#x20AC;? However Peter Black, Liberal Democrat for South Wales West believes the move will mean that English students would be at a disadvantage to those in Wales and this could lead to resentment within the universities. He stated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do support the Welsh Governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approach but feel that the fault lies with the UK Government and I urge them to

Over two thousand protestors marched in the city centre earlier this week in objection to the rise in tuition fees. The police were sent out in full force on horseback after threatening behaviour from the individuals had taken place. It was witnessed that one student was throwing stones whilst protesting. The protestors included students from both the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England.

The Courier - Newcastle University Graduatesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; charity adventure A couple of Newcastle graduates are setting off this December in aid of charity. Past students Adam Armstrong and Tom Burnham begin their adventure in South America on the 28th of December. Taking part in the Mototaxi Junket, the youngsters will be motor biking 4000KM from Paraguay to Peru experiencing sites such as the Amazon Rainforest and some of the hottest deserts in the world. The money raised will be donated to the Colquencha project which aids poverty in the Solivian Islands, and Help For Heroes.

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reconsider their current proposal and look instead at following the lead of the Welsh Assembly.â&#x20AC;? Protests over raised tuition fees are still continuing around the country, with tens of thousands of students in England protesting. Similarly, in both Cardiff University and at the Gower College in Swansea, around 100 students joined the growing number of protesters. Sensationally, Business Secretary Vince Cable may abstain in the vote on university fees. The senior Liberal Democrat, whose party had initially opposed raising tuition fees, is now the minister responsible for universities. He revealed that he was willing to abstain from the vote if fellow colleagues chose to do the same despite his personal instinct being to back the rise. He

revealed, â&#x20AC;&#x153;my own personal instinct, partly because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the secretary of state responsible for universities and partly because I think the policy is right, is very much to vote for it but we want to vote as a group.â&#x20AC;? Black added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope those that pledge to vote against a rise in tuition fees keep their promise. I accept that this will cause problems for Ministers who are bound by collective responsibility but the Coalition Agreement provides that they can abstain and I hope that they do so.â&#x20AC;? The Student Unions from both Swansea University and Swansea Metropolitan are planning a rally and protest in Castle Square to mark the vote on Thursday 9th December.

A male student was seriously hurt after an assault on the evening of Friday 5th November. The twenty-year-old male was attacked and robbed by three individuals believed to be in their late teens. After being approached from behind he was thrown to the ground resulting in the victim breaking his arm and ankle. West Yorkshire Police are still carrying out the investigation as the suspects are yet to be found.

Redbrick - Birmingham University Tuition fee demonstrations across the country At least fifty student fees protestors took part in a march through Birminghamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Council Chamber earlier this week. It has been reported that there were minor disagreements between the protestors and the police, however nobody was seriously injured. This current controversial issue has forced many cities to carry out demonstrations, including Sheffield, Oxford, Leeds and Liverpool.


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WORLD NEWS ROUND-UP Bid to save Alaskan bears Arrest Warrant Issued for Nazi Second Korean attack likely By Laura Stowe World News Reporter

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The US has taken steps to improve the bleak outlook for Alaskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s polar bear population. The Obama administration has designated a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;critical habitatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; area of 187,000 square miles in a bid to save the iconic species from extinction. The area is more than twice the size of the UK, and includes territories where oil and gas companies want to drill. The move has been welcomed by environmentalists who hope that obtaining licences to operate in the area will now be   Â&#x201E;"Â&#x2039;=8 ]  =" have warned that a loss of habitat due to climate change remains the biggest threat to the bears. Assistant Secretary Tom Strickland commented, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This enables us to work with federal partners to ensure their actions do not harm polar bear populations. Nevertheless... we will continue to work toward comprehensive strategies for the bearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; long-term survival.â&#x20AC;?

A wanted Dutch Nazi war criminal could possibly be sent back to prison after escaping in 1952. Klass-Carel Faber, who is now 88 and living in Germany, was sentenced to death in 1947 for his part in the murder of Jews at the Westerbork transit camp. This was reduced to a life sentence, until he escaped in 1952 and was granted German citizenship. Faber is high on the Simon Wiesenthal Centreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list of Nazi war criminals still at large. An arrest warrant has now been issued by his native country and if he is returned, he will be returned immediately to prison. The warrant is a preliminary measure before an extradition request is made to Germany. Germany has refused extradition for some time but has now said that the case will be reassessed and a decision made by a German judge.

Mistaken identity in Mexico Stampede crushes hundreds By Daniel Matcham A Mexican suspected of being the World News Reporter leader of a drugs cartel has claimed that

a group of tourists were killed in a case of â&#x20AC;&#x153;mistaken identityâ&#x20AC;?. Carlos Montemayor, allegedly associated with the Beltran Leyva cartel, was arrested in Mexico City on 23rd November by the federal police and the US Drug Enforcement Agency, after around 20 tourists were kidnapped and 18 of them killed in September, with their bodies being recovered from a mass grave. Two remain missing. The suspect, on his arrest, blamed the Beltran Leyva for the deaths, claiming that some of his gang believed that they were rival Familia gang members. It is believed that Montemayor â&#x20AC;&#x201C; nicknamed â&#x20AC;&#x153;El Charroâ&#x20AC;? - is the successor to Edgar Valdez (â&#x20AC;&#x153;El Barbieâ&#x20AC;?), the previous leader of Beltran Leyva. Valdez is Montemayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son-in-law and both are said to have been members of the cartel. The tourists disappeared on 30 September in Acapulco, Mexico City. The holidaymakers travelled together each year and were apparently last seen searching for a hotel. Although Mexico has cracked down on cartel leaders, it has seen around 28,000 people killed in drugs-related violence since 2006.

By Steven Kay World News Reporter At least 378 people were crushed and hundreds more injured in a stampede within the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. The stampede occurred on a bridge which had supposedly become vastly overcrowded during a water festival, which is considered one of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s major events. Panic struck at the end of a concert, which had followed a boat race on the Tonle Sap river, regarded as the highlight of the festivities. This led to huge overcrowding on the bridge with people on both sides being pushed. This led to those in the centre falling to the ground and being crushed. Prime Minister Hun Sen described the stampede as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;biggest tragedyâ&#x20AC;? to hit Cambodia since the mass killings carried out by the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s.

It is believed that North Korea is likely to attack South Korea again, according to intelligence sources writes World News Reporter Steven Kay. Tensions between the states of North and South Korea, technically at war since 1950, have begun to increase rapidly in     * Â&#x192;      

 

  Yeonpyeong, one of its border islands. The barrage left two marines and two civilians dead. This has led to South Korea increasing the amount of troops stationed on Yeonpyeong, as well as other nearby islands, and has primarily caused the resignation of South Koreaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s former defence minister, Kim Tae-Young. The dispute over the Northern Limit Line, unilaterally drawn by the United Nations Command as a point past which South Korean ships were not permitted to venture, has caused tensions within     Â&#x2019;    /   throughout the decades. This use of artillery upon South Koreaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s island follows the torpedoing of one of the South Korean Navy ships earlier in the year which led to the deaths of 46 sailors.

NZ blast â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;worst disasterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in 100 years Following two explosions which have reportedly killed 29 miners in New Zealand, the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Prime Minister, John Key has announced that an investigation will take place. The miners became trapped following an initial explosion at the Pike River mine in Greymouth. A second blast happened before the recovery operation could begin, effectively ending all hopes that any of the 29 would survive. Prime Minister John Key has said that recovering bodies could take several months. Services have been held across the country to honour the miners, and a minuteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s silence was held at the Millennium Stadium when Wales took on the All Blacks. Key said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need answers to what happened at Pike River. Clearly somethingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gone terribly wrong and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now claimed the lives of 29 people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And I think for the families, they now have accepted that their loved ones have gone, but they want answers. They also want their men removed from the mine.â&#x20AC;? The victims included 24 New Zealanders, two Australians, two Britons and a South African. Experts have called the blast the worst disaster in New Zealand in nearly 100 years.

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By Anghard Jones, Oli Rhyder and Elena Cresci

NUDITY IN FASHION: PORNOGRAPHIC OR ARTISTIC?

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ambridge Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s student newspaper Varsity recently published nude pictures of a student model in advertisement for the launch of Lily Coleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new Winter clothes range. The pictures under the title of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Days of Heavenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; featured a number of shots by photographers Louise Benson and Jess Kwong both in print and online. One image showed second year model Charlotte topless modelling a knitted hat, with the majority of the images exhibiting tasteful and artistic images of the nude model covered only by pieces of clothing advertised through the publication. With much controversy surrounding the release of these images through a student publication, we ask our students; what do you think â&#x20AC;&#x201C; artistic or pornographic?

SAUCY SHOTS: Second year Charlotte from Exeter posing By Jess Kwong

Varsity fashion co-editor Jess Kwong, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The pieces are simple and lovely, which is why we kept the photo shoot as simple as possible.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Your Comments Elena Cresci has been getting your reaction to the images and whether they were suitable to print in a student newspaper?

VIEWPOINT: ANGHARAD JONES

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o me, the images recently published in Cambridge Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s student newspaper demonstrate liberation, and not immorality. In an incredibly brave effort, this student opposes the stereotypical, airbrushed image that

   "  "        "    magazine. Â&#x2039;   '    '   "         " '  Z "    instead appears to represent a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;realâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; image of women, ignoring the stereotypical image of nude models as we know them. People have likened the images to that of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;page 3â&#x20AC;&#x2122; girls, which quite frankly, I consider unfair. To me, this model embodies the rejection of the materialistic image of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;page 3â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;lads              Z   that have risen as a result; unnaturally enormous breasts, the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been tangoedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; effect and inches of make-up caked on their faces. The main focus of these images is intended to be the clothing; the intricate designs and delicate materials are merely framed by the image of purity and innocence of the modelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bare skin. An artist would not frame his painting with a busily decorated, multicoloured frame, why should the chosen fashion items be cluttered by further materials? Though morally the idea of nudity within the media is frowned upon, couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it be argued that a student based  '                /  controversy? The stigma attached to nude modelling in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;lads magsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is primarily associated with images of a sexual nature, allowing notions of sexual promiscuity to be attributed to such models. In this case, the images have been captured in an artistic manner to promote the style of clothing in question. Though arguably still nude, and somewhat suggestive; can this female really be tarnished with the same brush? Arguably, the likes of Zoo and Nuts have been accused of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;objectifying womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in their sexualised presentation of women. Simultaneously, women portrayed traditionally in the role of mother and wife has caused uproar within 21st century feminism. Therefore, with the tasteful realistic presentation of    '  "  hope of winning this battle. It is inevitable that the public will demonstrate an opposition to such a controversial issue, and there has been a vast amount of criticism directed at the female model; both morally and aesthetically. It is this critical attitude to all aspects of life that    Z       " at anything that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t considered a social norm within society. So my question, to those so eager to criticise deviations from these norms is; in this constantly developing world, why should we play by the books? Understandably, people will argue that the nudity within fashion advertisement is unnecessary. But in truth, whether positively or negatively - the pictures have been talked about and acknowledged. Additionally, in reference to the fashion element of the images, the items of clothing will be remembered; after all, they are the only ones she is wearing. In all honesty, the images strike me with feelings of approval and admiration; not jealousy, not disgust and certainly not

Jordon Owen: 4th Year, French and Geography â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see a problem with it, you see it in professional fashion editorials all the time.â&#x20AC;?

shame. The model embodies natural beauty, emphasised by the cold, yet appropriate surroundings, and for that, I take my hat off to her (but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as far as iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll go).

FIELD OF FASHION: Shoot was done in rural Cambridge

Photo by: Jess Kwong

VIEWPOINT: OLI RHYDER

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he debate will forever rage on with regard to the difference between pornography and art and this latest example to gain â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;notorietyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is no exception. It is always interesting to consider that your slightly more â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;artsyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; modelling shoots, such as this one, seem to be allowed to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;get awayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with nudity. Magazines such as Nuts and other â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;lads magsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; are berated as being sexist and simply objectifying women when they allow pictures of topless women, so where, many can quite rightly ask, is the line? It seems odd that this photo-shoot in particular should have gained such attention as from a completely fashion and modelling ignorant perspective. I argue that it is quite tastefully done and that the nudity is merely a part of the idea behind the shoot as opposed to the main focus. The real question is though; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why?â&#x20AC;? Why did this photo shoot feel the need to advertise a brand of clothes by having the model not wear many of them anyway? Whilst some rally behind the idea of â&#x20AC;&#x153;feminine empowermentâ&#x20AC;? a far more realistic, though some argue cynical view, is that to be published in a prestigious university newspaper is sure to get more attention and greater sales. When it boils down to it, we as a nation have simply become so desensitized to nudity, no matter what its source or intention. On the one hand I refuse 

   '   '  levels of nudityâ&#x20AC;? and on the other it is sad that some women feel the need to be naked to be considered attractive/get attention. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all naked under or clothes anyway, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural, so why all the fuss?! It will do my heterosexuality no small amount of damage when I say that I was more interested by the black scarf as opposed to the barely dressed woman...

Lewis Mitchem: 2nd Year, Psychology and Criminology â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the Editor approved      donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to see it, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look at it!â&#x20AC;?

Alison Daw: 3rd Year, Geography â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to the person whose photo is being taken â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and as long as itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tasteful and not the kind of thing you see on Page 3, then I see no problem with it.â&#x20AC;?


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Outrage over arms investmentâ&#x20AC;? By Editor Rachel Howells A member of University staff vowed to withdraw from the institutions pension scheme after The Waterfront exclusively revealed   "   Â&#x2039; "          X '       "    "Â&#x2DC;       loss to understand how a prestigious and well-known university could have such unethical investment linked to their pension fundâ&#x20AC;? In 2005 Swansea University was ranked in fourth place in a league table of higher education institutions with shareholdings in arms companies such as BAE systems which manufacture weaponry such as cluster bombs. The Students Union began a campaign dubbed Disarm Swansea University aimed to encourage the Vice Chancellor and senior management to disinvest in arms trade companies.

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Y Gymraeg yn Abertawe Y Gym-Gym yn ymweld â Jonathan Gan Jess Main Pan ydyn niâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n meddwl am rygbi modern yng Nghymru, maeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;r enwau Gavin Henson, Colin Charvis a Shane Williams yn dod iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;r meddwl ar unwaith. Hyd yn oed os nad ydym yn gefnogwr rygbi brwd, rydyn niâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n clywed am y rhain beth bynnag. Serch hynny, rhywun nad wyf wedi clywed llawer amdanoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n ddiweddar yw Jonathan Davies. Efallai y byddwch chiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n cael eich synnu nad oedd menyw ifanc Cymraeg y siaradais â hi yn gwybod am yr un oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;r enwau cyfarwydd o fyd rygbi    '  

    '   sĂ´n amdano. Credaf y dylai pawb wybod amdano fe. Mae Jonathan Davies yn ddyn llwyddiannus iawn. Maeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n 48 oed, a chafodd yrfa lwyddiannus. Dechreuodd e ei yrfa rygbi ar lefel amatur    /     '   =  Davies ymlaen i chwarae rygbiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;r undeb a rygbiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;r gynghrair. Hefyd, roedd e wedi cynrychioli Cymru yn rygbiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;r undeb a Chymru a Phrydain yn rygbiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;r gynghrair. Roedd ei gem olaf yn rygbiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;r gynghrair yn erbyn Lloegr yng Nghwpan y Byd 1995 ond yn anffodus, collodd Cymru. Â&#x2039;  /      '   #!   #  Buckingham. Nawr, mae Jonathan yn gweithio fel sylwebydd llwyddiannus ar gyfer gemau rygbi. Mae hefyd yn Gymro Cymraeg



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Stadiwm yn Las at Glefyd y Siwgr Gan Christie James X¤ =   #       diwethaf, er mwyn dathlu Diwrnod Clefyd  =   ! #         yn dangos bod mwy na 153,000 o bobl yng Nghymru wedi cael gwybod eu bod yn   Roedd y Stadiwm yn gweithio ochr yn ochr â Diabetes UK Cymru. Mae lleoliadau eraill wedi gwneud yr un fath, gan gynnwys X§ )  =  #       syâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n cael ei adnabod fel yr â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Her Heneb Glasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; yn cael ei drefnu gan y Ffederasiwn Diabetes Â&#x201A;         /    penawdau ac i bwysleisio pwysigrwydd bod yn ymwybodol oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;r achos. Mae cymaint â 7,000 bobl wedi cael      /    #  wynebau cyfarwydd gan gynnwys James

Hook, Matthew Rhys a Shane Williams wedi helpu i godi ymwybyddiaeth. Yn fy marn i, roedd hyn yn wych, yn enwedig am y gallai '    '  '   /   syâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n hawlio sylw. Mae wynebau enwog yn annog pobl i wrando a rhoi sylw iddo. Y maent yn cael eu hystyried fel rhai i ddilyn eu hesiampl, yn enwedig i bobl iau. Yn ogystal ââ&#x20AC;&#x2122;r nifer uchel ''  / *   credir bod 50,000 yn rhagor yn dioddef hefyd. Mae llawer o ffactorau syâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n achosi clefyd y siwgr, yn enwedig bwyta gormod o siwgr a diffyg ymarfer corff. Maeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n bwysig iawn cadwâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n iach am lawer o resymau. Sicrhewch eich bod chiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n gofalu amdanoch eich hun. Mae digwyddiadau fel hyn yn wych er mwyn codi ymwybyddiaeth. Roedd Stadiwm  #     =  X  @\   esiampl dda i bawb!

Adenydd Celtaidd Nesaf yn ei chyfres o gofnodion blog iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;r Waterfront, mae Peggi Rodgers yn darganfod y rhaglen deledu â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pobol y Cwmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. O, oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;r gorau, cyfaddefaf â&#x20AC;&#x201C; rwy i wedi yn cael â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hookedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ar Pobol y Cwm nawr. Felly, brysiais adre o Desco heno i edrych y rhaglen ar y teledu. Rwyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n deall digon i foyn gwybod mwy. Dw i ddim eto yn nabod y enwau cymeriadau, ond rwy i moyn i wybod a mae             ÂĽ hi. A pwy ywâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;r gwraig arall? Mae hiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n yna llawer oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;r amser. Ac beth amdano fe? Mae eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n chwarae y ddau ochrau oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;r ffens. Gobeithio eu bod ill dauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n dympioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;r â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;bumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Haeddiff hynny. Dw i ddim yn gallu i ddweud i chi shwd llawer rwyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n mwynhauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n dysgu y iaith hon! Mae  '  Â&#x2013;)<


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WATERFRONT 197 - 07/12/10

Swansea Culture

Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice: Art Exhibition at The Shed Greg Stephenson

8)Â&#x201A;#Â Â&#x201A;=    ( " Toft has teamed up with The Shed Gallery in Uplands to exhibit a wide  "    The exhibition is running from the 5th December to the end of term, and offers a great opportunity to explore the vibrant Swansea art scene. The          '  artist Birdie, showcasing work that is sure to appeal to fans of Banksy. Cows, festivals, and eyeballs are some of the many subjects of his street art. Rhys Jenkins is a current student at =  #     created an intriguing piece inspired by the ubiquitous healthy eating maxim â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;5-a-dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Oil painter Olivia Dunn focuses on beach scenes, taking inspiration from the landscapes of the Gower. There is also some of Ben Wyethâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s travel photography on display, perfect for those who have forgotten the world beyond Campus, Uplands, and Wind Street. Elin Jones is exhibiting    

and all The Waterfront has discovered so far is that her work focuses on '  # 

'  sale, starting from a relatively student  ~\J With The Shedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment to offering a cheap opportunity for artists  #X  for further exhibitions (some hopefully involving the work of Swansea students), and the recent formation of the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art Society, it is a lively time for Swanseaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art scene. Despite the university having no art department, those with an interest in the subject are now being presented with an increasing number of ways to appreciate local art, and to get involved themselves. Next term, the Art Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Z' 

'  opportunity. The Shed, part of The Garage music venue, which doubles as a quirky coffee shop, offers ten percent student discount, plenty of good value   ^ 

 worth checking out. But be sure not to miss the eclectic work on display at this fortnightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhibition while youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re there.

Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice: Gillian Clark and Carol Ann Duffy

Philip Dewey CAROL Ann Duffy and Gillian Clarke are two of Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading contemporary poets and are both thought of as pioneers of their craft. Both poets have pondered questions of national identity, and while celebrating the culture that we live in they also provide criticism and reproach against the inadequate characteristics of our society. On the 10th December, Duffy and

Clarke will be reading their poetry at the Dylan Thomas Centre. There will be an unveiling of new material as well as highlights of their respected back catalogues. The evening is part of the National Poetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tour of Wales organised by Academi. Carol Ann Duffy has come a long way from studying for a Philosophy degree at the University of Liverpool to her appointment of Poet Laureate in 2009. Since the publication 

 =   Female Nudeâ&#x20AC;? in 1985, Duffy has been known for her biting social commentary, her use of colloquial rhythms and her ability to transcend from reality to fantasy and back again in the same stanza. She has also dealt with the ambiguity of gender roles 

  perceptions of the role of women in X] ] '  \¨¨¨ Duffy has never shied away from controversy, writing about topics such as knife crime in the poem Education for Leisure, racism in Comprehensive and in The Twelve Days of Christmas 2009 she tackled current events such as the war in Afghanistan, the banking crisis, the climate change conference in Copenhagen and species extinction. Her poem about the injury of a football player, Achilles (For

David Beckham), must prove that no subject is too trivial for poetry. Cardiff born poet Gillian Clarke has effectively captured the Welsh consciousness throughout her career which began with the publication =  #    \¨©\ Her contribution to Welsh culture was honoured with her appointment as National Poet for Wales in 2008. She is renowned for her vivid descriptions of the Welsh countryside set amongst the lives of ordinary families. She is thought of as a deeply traditionalist poet through the use of themes such as animals, birds and farming life. However, beneath this traditionalism lies a strong awareness of the contemporary world, social changes and politics.

In the poem No Hands    /  '"      the Gulf. In       1998 she compares an old ewe giving birth with the Northern Ireland peace negotiations. Making the Beds for the Dead invokes the foot and mouth epidemic and the attack on the World Trade Centre in 2001. This characteristic of integrating small scale experiences amongst international incidents makes Clarke one of the most important poets of recent times. The event takes place on Friday 10th (' ŠÂ&#x2013;|JX ~\J    ~ŠX' phone the Dylan Thomas Centre on J\Š¨@9Â&#x2018;|¨Â&#x201C;J

Culture Editor Suzanne Beynon Deputy Culture Editor Sophie Bamber

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s On Wednesday 8th December Rehearsed reading of Night Horse by Catrin Clarke, a tense and moving drama set on a housing estate in Cardiff where innocent children play, happily unaware that the war in Afghanistan is about to impinge on  "X  Š|J ~9 Thursday 9th December â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Survivingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; outside in this is a hellish nightmare that most of us can only imagineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. ) #  #  

'     converted ambulance called Boris in an attempt to get the homeless of Swansea out of the cold. If you are interested in volunteering for this great cause, check out their facebook

 Â&#x2013;# #   Tuesday 14th December Christmas in Wales. The Fluellen Theatre Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s magical celebration, in words and music, of Christmases past and present, featuring a complete performance of their celebrated adaptation of Dylan Thomasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s A Childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas In Wales, with Delyth Jenkins on harp. Starts at Š ~Â&#x2018;JJ   ~9JJ   



  or juice in the interval. Wednesday 15th December Poets in the bookshop with Rhys Trimble at The Dylan Thomas Centre. Rhys Trimble is a bilingual poet, performer and editor alive in North ] X ~9   ~@Â&#x201C;JX"    Š|J Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pick: Monday 20th December      December fundraiser for the soup kitchen cause, The Christmas Comedy Roast is the second December fundraiser. Providing funds for our homeless soup kitchen in Swansea, the converted Boris the Ambulance, provided by Louise Economy Artbiscuit, will be out and about   ('X Â&#x20AC;+# }+Â&#x192; (   #  #   

' auctioned off (for the 2nd time in a month) during the night - to do with what you please. The music of the show will be "'( #Â&#x201A;  Â&#x20AC; ÂŞ8 X 

  of Wanted//Wednesdays, Swanseaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foremost music competition. All hosted by South Walesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; own Benjamin Jenkins, Walesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; best (& only) political Satirist. The night will take place at 8pm at # ! =  X   ~Â&#x2018;  ~Q  advance.


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Food and Drink: Noahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Yard and Jazz from The Gents In addition to a retro and shabby-chic downstairs, there is a large upstairs gallery and function room available for hire. The space has been happy to accommodate weddings, engagements and birthdays and regularly plays host to illustration clubs, stich-n-bitch, politics and philosophy clubs.

Sophie Bamber and Noah Redfern AN award-winning independent coffee shop and wine bar, proud of its friendly service, excellent coffee, Z  }       Â&#x2019;  atmosphere. The bar which was restored by the owner, Noah Redfern, and was previously a travel-agents, has been stripped back to brick and lovingly redesigned with       across the Gower and West Wales. Alongside the antiques - such as original early 1910s tiles, art-deco

    ]    and a retro games corner including classics such as kerplunk, frustration, guess who, mousetrap, operation and etch-a-sketch - sits a gallery of post-modern artwork including an original Banksy, papier mache art, and paintings, prints and photography from a host of Swanseaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s freshest talent. Noahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Yard serve a collection of hot and cold drinks - excellent coffees, herbal teas, hot chocolate, mulled wine and hot toddies - and our bar snacks include warm bread and marinaded olives, cheese boards and a selection of home-baked cakes.

As well as the excellent food and drinks menu Noahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Yard also plays host to live Jazz every Monday from 8:30pm-11pm, entry ÂŁ1/ÂŁ2. The Gents are a young and lively quartet bursting with talent and never fail to tear the house down every Monday with Jazz standards modernized   sense of humour. Tom Duggan plays saxophone, Tom Vine plays bass, Sam Vine plays keys and Dylan Goldring plays drums, with guest vocals from Luke Reimnitz. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an electric night of jaw dropping talent from such a young group. Expect to hear Jazz standards such as, Recorder Me by Joe Henderson, Lady is a Tramp, Mercy Mercy Mercy and Song For My Father to name but a few. Noahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Yard provides the perfect escape from the usual loud and booze fuelled student nights. Noah is a former student of Swansea himself so heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had a bit of an advantage in knowing what the city was lacking in relation to the student population and its social life. With an already huge surge of popularity with both students and local residents I can only recommend it again and again - a friendly atmosphere and a much needed culture injection to the Uplands area.

Theatre: Hans Christian Andersenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Snow Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Sophie Bamber, Deputy Culture Editor

GET ready Swansea because this year,  # Â&#x201E;  Christian Andersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cold and frosty Snow Queen is guaranteeing you a white Christmas. The famous fairytale tells of Gerdaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Â&#x2019;   Â&#x192;   been bewitched and imprisoned by the enigmatic Snow Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s evil spell. This engaging fantasy sees Gerda battle a perpetual winter in an attempt to rescue her sweetheart from the clutches of the stunningly beautiful, Narnia-like white witch. The Snow Queen is being put on by the Dylan Thomas Theatre this holiday season and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certainly not going to disappoint. With just the right amount   /     mix of talking reindeer, white foxes and wolves, Andersenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s masterpiece is coming to life this Christmas and I urge you not to miss out.    

  

Â&#x192;  a young man whose heart is pierced by a fragment of the devilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mirror which turns good to evil and beautiful to ugly. The Snow Queen takes him away in her sledge and imprisons him in an eternal winter. His sweetheart, Gerda, takes     Â&#x192; 

clutches of the evil Queen and we soon learn that it is only via her love that he can be released from the heart-freezing shards of an enchanted mirror and the icy enchantress. Along the way Gerda encounters the Snow Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s magical court of wolves, white foxes and sprites along with an evil troll and a talking reindeer. The comedy escapade is interspersed with the urgency of the rescue mission and with an interesting array of set design and costumes, particularly that of the enigmatic villain. The Dylan Thomas Theatre has adapted this enchanting fairytale into a Christmas time story which should leave even the hardest winter heart feeling a little warmer. So if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re keen to be transported by the Snow Queen to the Icy Royal Court in a tale widely regarded as one of Andersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best, then get yourself down to the Dylan Thomas Theatre between the 15th and 18th December. Showings are at 7:30pm with a matinee at 2:30pm on the Saturday. A profound and beautiful tale which has been repeatedly re-adapted on television,  '

  [  hesitate to recommend it. Tickets are ÂŁ8.50.

Literature The Culture Sectionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pick of great books from Wales!! A Toy Epic (1958) by Emyr Humphries First published in 1958 and winner of the Hawthornden prize. A Toy Epic is the story of three boys moving into the threshold of adultlife in the thirties. Each of the characters has the opportunity to take up the story, creating their own particular world and through this they begin to compose a picture of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;one of the four corners of Wales.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; It is widely regarded as a classic amongst writing from Wales. The Great God Pan (1894) by Arthur Machen Acclaimed by everyone from Oscar ] = Â&#x192; Â&#x20AC; $  Borges. This late nineteenth century novella tells the story of an experiment on the brain of a young woman which has gone horribly wrong. As a result she has seen the Great God Pan and will die giving birth. Skip forward twenty years and we learn the story of Helen Vaughan, a beauty whom men become infatuated with. A masterpiece   

 with his Welsh identity in an English world. Sheepshagger (2001) %   j $ Follows the story of Ianto, he is a feral, inarticulate, inbred haunter of mountains and killer of innocents; a Welsh Redneck. In contrast he is also a seer and visionary who comprehends nature with Blakean intensity. Robbed of his ancestral home, Ianto swears revenge not just on the English Yuppies who have taken his home, but on all who have violated him and the land that is his. Black Parade (1935) by Jack Jones Saran, one of many of Merthyrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brickyard girls, watches the world parade past her doorstep on the banks of Morlais Brook; a stinking, rat infested area. The highlight of Saranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life is a trip to the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wooden theatre, something which she never misses despite her life being ruled by the 5a.m hooter, pit strikes, politics, and the First World War. The town continually changes, but Saran is always there, she has to be as her family needs her. Raymond Williams describes this work as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;strong becauseâ&#x20AC;Ś it includes.. the inherence and contradictions, which the more available stereotypes of history exclude.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; New Stories From The Mabinogion (2009 onwards) This fantastic series has so far contained versatile and critically acclaimed authors such as Owen Sheers *

Â&#x2021;Â '  tale aims to retell and reinvent one branch of the Mabinogion and each is brilliant and original in its own right. X '   series are White Ravens by Owen Sheers, The Ninth Wave by Russel Celyn Jones, The Dreams of Max and Â&#x201A; '*

Â&#x2021; X#  Tree by Gwyneth Lewis. This is not a series to be missed.


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WATERFRONT 197 - 07/12/10

Review: Cannabis dealing Oxford Grad, tells Swansea his story

Suzanne Beynon, Culture Editor LAST Sunday I called up my friend and we ventured down to Swansea Grand to listen to Howard Marks talk to Swansea stoners for two and half hours. I sound pessimistic, but actually this was one of the most interesting evenings Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had for a long time. I am a theatre attendee, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tradition on myself and my mum part that we go to see shows together, but this audience wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly your Whistle Down the Wind, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all dress up and drink wine crowd. Safe to say Swansea Grand has never seen so many jeans and hoodies pre-panto season. I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t start on the smell of certain intoxicating substances lingering in the air. The show started and I eagerly anticipated

Howardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entrance onto stage. (I refer to him as Howard because after listening to his friendly character, it would seem wrong to refer to him as Marks). It began with a short video of Howardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s escapades. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll admit I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know much about him before hand other than he was from Wales and he was a cannabis dealer, a good one at that. After the "        convince an entire courtroom and jury that he was in fact a British spy who was using drug dealing as a front, I knew this was going to be an enjoyable evening. The video footage showed his defence lawyer refer to him as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;charming and engagingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, there are no better words to describe Howard. Comments like â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to insult a Swansea audience by coming on the stage f****** straightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

and how in prison there were moments where he thought that if he ever got out he would get â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the biggest load of the best dope that continent has ever seenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, got the most positive reaction out of the crowd. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Legendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; was thrown out repeatedly from the audience. It seemed very teen - angsty, if that is a suitable description. The comedy came in the satire of the law, something which the audience related to. It is perhaps why Howard was able to hold the attention of every single member of a doped-up crowd. He, through perhaps no intention of his own (he seemed like he just wanted to get on stage and make people laugh) inspired people. His words â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;F*** the politiciansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; met huge applause and it showed how people relate to '

   Â&#x201E; Â&#x201E; stands up to politicians by asking the question that a lot of people ask about certain laws - but why? Despite Howardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s engaging and inspiring character, and that some argue that cannabis dealing is perhaps not as dark and dangerous as other forms of drug dealing, I did ask myself   Â&#x201A;' Â&#x201E; X  very much a working-class audience that looked up to him and I do think it is not the fact that he made a load of money helping people get high, but the fact that, whether he likes or knows it, he  "    Â&#x201E;         made the law look ridiculous. The type of drug he dealt is irrelevant, how many of us who watch Johnny Deppâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s portrayal of George Jung in Blow love it when he stands up to the Judge, and think those bastards when he gets sent down?! However, the moral reasoning behind Howardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actions was questionable. When Howard gave a comical recollection of his dealings with Jim McCann, he

Theatre: Only Men Aloudâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas Concert

the choir are back with a very special Christmas themed concert. The show will be a selection of festive Christmas repertoire, plus a mixture of songs from both of their albums and, of course, some  " 

Charlotte Ellis THE winners of the BBCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Last Choir Standing, Only Men Aloud are set to perform in the Swansea Grand Theatre on the 8th of December. The choir, famous for their fresh, dynamic approach to the traditional Welsh male choirs landed them a major record deal with

global giants Universal Music. The nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  "       one of the most popular acts in the country when they won the prestigious Classical Brit award earlier this year for the album Band of Brothers. So after two acclaimed sell out tours in 2009,

Tim Rhys-Evans, the musical director of the choir, when asked about the upcoming tour said â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite believe that in less than 2 years, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re putting our third UK National tour on sale. For all of us in Only Men Aloud, nothing matches the thrill of being out on the road, performing live and meeting all our fabulous loyal supporters. Our Christmas tour last year was such great fun and we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to get back out there doing what we love to do the most!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; The night will prove to be a festive delight 

       spirit!

stated about the IRA that any organisation that kills innocent people â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;can f*** right offâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (again to applause), whilst telling us that he dealt with the grandson of the King of Afghanistan, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;handy f****** contactâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help thinking that if his dealings went that high up, then to think no one innocent ever got hurt is slightly naive. There were darker moments to the comedy as well, they were few and far between though as he seemed very aware that the crowd were there to be entertained by their hero. Howard mentioned in his opening that there were moments in prison of regret, where all he wanted to do was go straight. He downplayed this with his comments that his â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;crestsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; far out weighed his â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;troughsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; continually repeating his words that he planned to get â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the biggest load of the best dope that continent has ever seenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. We saw the darker side again, however, as Howard used his night in front of a Swansea audience to launch his new book Two Dragons. He brought the co-author/ghost writer on stage to ask him some questions about the book, and the already interesting evening became a hell of a lot more interesting. The book is about his journey after being released from prison and his discovery of his Welsh ancestry. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to give too much away about this book as it proves to be a very enlightening read. Alun Gibbard asked about his reasoning behind the Two Dragons title, and Howard answered very strongly and passionately about the Wales he hated growing up in, the one that he was desperate to get away from, and the Wales that he now longs to get back to. As someone who grew up in Wales, I found this very interesting, is it a testament to how much Wales has changed over the years, or is it because Wales is always home, it always holds something for ]     "Â&#x2DC;  be close to? To talk about this night and book could take up the entire section and more, if you are interested     ' Â&#x201E;  ' seem to be a very self-revealing piece of work on his part.

Comedy: Itchy What? Suzanne Beynon EVERY other Wednesday a group of Swansea comedians collect together to present the Itchy Beaver Comedy Club. The night takes place at Talk of the Town, a 300 capacity cabaret style bar, located on High Street. This Wednesday they see one of Never Mind the Buzzcocksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stars Paul Foot visit Swansea and share the stage with some of Swanseaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own up and coming comedians. Paul Foot is a British comedian, and Oxford Graduate, who is characterised by his rants, musings and apparent adversity to pop culture. Foot states of himself on his website, www.paulfoot.tv, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I am Paul Foot. I do not have Fans. I have connoisseursâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. There lies his command of    

  labelled the Guild of Paul Foot Connoisseurs. Footâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s TV appearances

range from Never Mind the Buzzcocks to Rob Brydonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Annually Retentive to Come Dine With Me. Attitude Magazine has described him as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;An absolute comic genius. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a superstarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, the London Standard saying he is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the missing link between Ross Noble and Frankie Howard.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; On Wedneday Foot will be supported by Geraint Thomas, Ignacio Lopez, Luke Montague and Miles Lloyd and the evening will be hosted by Jahonnay Rickwood. So, if you are part of or interested in becoming part of the Guild of Connoisseurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, or if you are just a fan of comedy, this is not one to miss! The show starts at 8pm and tickets are ÂŁ4. For more information, check out the facebook group: The Itchy Beaver Comedy Club@ Talk of the Town.


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Theatre: Les Miserables cast in Swansea Beyond the Barricade will be performing in Swanseaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Grand Theatre. Four of the overwhelmingly talented cast from     will be performing some of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favourite West End songs and sketches from shows like The Lion King, and The Phantom of the Opera, with of course a large selection of the music devoted to    !

Ellie Sinha THERE is good news for all musical lovers in Swansea! On the 7th of December, the musical production

This year, following the 10 year anniversary of this production, some slight alterations have been made to the programme, meaning that if you have seen it before there is still something new for your enjoyment. The cast are including new material from a wider range of West End shows such as

   . Also, as it is the season to be merry, the show is incorporating the Christmas spirit into it. In addition to this, it is now using a

back screen projector to display images that relate to the music working in an artistic and thought provoking way to create a more emotional and moving experience for the audience. The show has a small cast and production team, staring Andy Riess and David Fawcett as the male leads, who together have produced many other stage shows and tours including Money Money Money, Pure Puccini and "#, alongside Becci Morell and Katie Leeming. These stars from    work together amazingly well and manage to create the feel of a big production crew by themselves. The band they work with is just as small, only having David Lane on keyboard, David Williams on drums and Russ Kennedy on Bass Guitar. However many have said that the sound they manage to create is so alike to being in a West End theatre sitting over a full orchestra that â&#x20AC;&#x153;its hard to imagine that all this comes from such a small talented group of peopleâ&#x20AC;?. So for those of you who love musical productions but canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t choose what to see, this production is the one. It has all of your favourite songs mixed in a medley just waiting for you to enjoy.

Society: SU Comedy Club Becca Taylor ANOTHER excellent night with the comedy club was presented by Phil Cooper, a semi-pro with some cracking ideas to occupy paedophiles with midget dating websites and a brilliant explanation, almost Ed Bryne style, of why Cyndi Lauperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Girls Just Wanna Have Funâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the innocent song we all think it to be. It was the turn of the (fake) bespectacled half of Harrison and Cooper (Jamie Harrison) to take to the stage for a bit of stand-up this week, and he and his â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;face for the radioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; warmed up the small but interactive crowd. His routine explaining how he got his glasses, based on the jokerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;how I got these scarsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; from the latest !          sure he echoed the confusion of many when he discussed the supposed niche in the market for lasagne sandwiches. Miles Lloyd (or Tynchy Stryder), a Llanelli boy who wrote most of his set on the train, was next up with his mixture of musical comedy and how toâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on catching a spider, gangster style. Just as the promo promised, he was the weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s featured guest, proving why white boys shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t dance, but not why they shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rap. A raw new talent, this comedy was original and edgy, and I would not be surprised if he

starts to make a name for himself very soon. Before the headline act, Chris Barnes and Lucas Eliot took to the stage. Both worked the crowd well, Chris with his retail work woes (yes, he does work in Spar) and Lucas by pointing   #  Â&#x20AC;    man whose corpse ever had to be separated for recycling. Regulars with the comedy club, they will be featured   Z? "Â&#x2021;  show which is returning to Swansea University on the 12th of December. Jahonnay Rickwood, Swansea regular and comedy club favourite, was the headline for the evening, and he proved why heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been such a success. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famous for his musical comedy; the Swansea Christmas song as well as the Uplands song seemed tailor made for the student crowd. A friend of many of the audience, and a Swansea graduate himself, Johannay has a few upcoming dates in the area. If you like Tim Minchin or Flight of the Conchords style comedy, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth a visit. Jahonnay Rickwood is performing in Sigma on the 9th of December and at the Grand Comedy Show on the 10th December.    , SUCCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sketch show, returns on the 12th of December at 7.30 in Divaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Tickets are ÂŁ3 for non-members and ÂŁ1.50 for members.

Taliesin: Sammy Goes South Taliesin: Meet Me in St Louis Katherine Dickinson WHEN learning of the plot of + Z #  \¨Â&#x2018;|  ##%  you may well be put off by its outright depressing and tragic beginning. It tells the story of a young boy who loses his parents to a British bomb in Egypt, as they become victims of the 1956 Suez crisis. Orphaned, he then takes the eponymous journey, â&#x20AC;&#x153;going Southâ&#x20AC;? to try and travel across Africa and try and reach his Aunt, who he has never met: all he knows is that she lives in ( ' := + <X   an uplifting, heart warming theme â&#x20AC;&#x201C; of a young boy attempting to triumph over such massive adversity in his life â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but a darker side is revealed as the audience learns more about Sammyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character, and we learn just how much the death of his parents has affected him. Mackendrick himself  '     odyssey of a deeply disturbed child, who destroys everybody he comes up        would be expected from any childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  [=      for days, searching for food, and in one

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Verity Rogers  ! , made in 1944,       in Technicolor, which marked the beginning of a golden age in musicals for MGM. It is set in St. Louis, 1903, just before the Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fair commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase. It stars Judy Garland, in her second great success after The Wizard of Oz (1939), as one of four daughters living in St. Louis. X   

    series of short stories by Sally Benson, recounting her experience of a year in St. Louis; it is shaped into four acts corresponding to the seasons through summer 1903 to spring 1904, and ending with the opening of the Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fair. The daughters are all shocked when their father announces they are to move to New York, leaving behind the lives they have made for themselves and, for the eldest two daughters, the men they have fallen for. X 

   musical hits integrated into the plot, including the well-known Have $   % &  # sung by Judy Garland, and the

Shoreline Theatre: Christmas Production Jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;aime McLeod THIS yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas offering from Shoreline Drama Society, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both Alike in Dignityâ&#x20AC;?, is a comedic take on the classical works of Shakespeare, as well as amateur dramatics in general. The show sees Sylviette, a not so innocent heroine who tries to trick her lover Richard into marrying her so she can take his fortunes. However, marriage is the last thing on Richardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mind and we follow him as he tries to escape the engagement and deceive Sylvietteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

brother, and the big bad, the Duke. The writer, Lizzie Nolan, has made some very unusual, but hilarious changes to the traditional Shakespearean themes, including abusing techies onstage, a wizard that most certainly does not want to be rescued from his dungeon, and a rather comical Nursie. Anyone who is a fan of Shakespeare or who has done any amateur theatre work will appreciate this play, but even audiences who have not got a basic knowledge of these will enjoy this spoof as the quality of the show stands on its own. It is directed by Lizzie Nolan and Laura

 

%! Nominated for four Academy Awards for Best Colour Cinematography, Best Scoring of a Musical Picture, Best Song and Best Screenplay, it was the second most    #Â&#x2021;#(' Vincente Minnelli, who later married Judy Garland, it is a charming, warm    

  surprising amount of true emotion. Judy Garland and Margret Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien, who plays her younger sister, give genuine

Maynard and will take place on Mon 6th and Tues 7th December. Doors open at 7:30 in Divas and tickets can be bought on the door - prices are ÂŁ3 for members, ÂŁ4 for students and ÂŁ5 for non-students. Be sure to arrive early to avoid disappointment as their Christmas show is always  

> If you are interested in joining Shoreline Theatre next year then donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hesitate to email us at: xjmcleodx@gmail.com Or come and see us at the Refreshers Fayre in January!

and winning performances - it is clear to see why Garland considered it the greatest success of her career. X  '  as a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;glorious love story with musicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and it continues to be recognised as one of the best musicals, listed as the tenth top greatest musical by American Film Institute, 2006.   !  will be showing in Taliesin on 21st December at 7.30pm.

Thank You:

TO all of our wonderful writers of 2010, thank you so much for all of your hard work. The Culture Section has come on in leaps and bounds this term and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thanks to you and your unwavering commitment. We hope to see you all at the meetings in 2011 and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be sending out an email  *_  '  ' !  until then, thanks again and have a truly excellent and well deserved Christmas Break. Lots of Love, your Culture Editors, Suzanne Beynon and Sophie Bamber. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re interested in writing next year email us at: waterfrontculture@hotmail.co.uk


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MUSIC REVIEWS

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SATISfactorY PERFORMANCES Music writers Stacey Whitcombe and Kerry Mullen headed down to Odyssey for the X-Factor performances featuring Treyc and Aiden.

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WATERFRONT MUSIC AWARDS 2010 ALBUM OF THE YEAR Charlie Teasdale â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Broken Bells â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Broken Bells Formed of DJ Dangermouse (the better half of Gnarls Barkley) and James Mercer, vocalist with The Shins; Broken Bells were always destined to create downright cool music. Ever wondered how good Gnarls Barkley could have been if Cee Lo Green hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stuck his wailing beak in? Well... Oli Ryder - My Chemical RomanceDanger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys Brash, bold and daring. My Chemical Â&#x201A;  "   ^  punch of a record that just straight up ROCKS to make everything

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Andrew Croucher - Freeway and Jake One - The Stimulus Package This Rhymesayers release was very much, in my eyes, the sleeper release of the year. It snuck out of nowhere and impressed the hell out of me. Containing brilliantly soulful production from relative newcomer Jake One (watch this guy, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be big) and gritty street rhymes uttered with ferocity from an ever hungry sounding Freeway. This is an effective rebuttal

     ^    Chris Penn - 3OH!3- Streets of Gold Fantastc debut album, full of huge hits like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Trust Meâ&#x20AC;? and hidden gems like â&#x20AC;&#x153;See You Goâ&#x20AC;?, always worth a listen no matter the mood. Ollie Launn - Arcade Fire â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Suburbs Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard following up a debut album as iconic as Funeral, but where 2007â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Neon Bible faltered The Suburbs surely delivered. Even with Z    "   is deserving of its place. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of those albums

SINGLE OF THE YEAR Charlie Teasdale - Run â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Vampire Weekend

Andrew Croucher - Big Boi â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Shutterbug

Chris Penn - Eminem feat RihannaLove the Way You Lie

They might release this as a single, they might not. Either way, I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave it out of my little 2010 round â&#x20AC;&#x201C; up. The best track off Contra, one of the best albums of the year.

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The moment this song came on the radio it was always going to be special; the hard hitting Eminem rap intertwined with Rihannaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chorus made this song a huge success.

Oli Ryder - Arcade FireWe Used To Wait Hauntingly beautiful and poetic noise from Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Z    worryingly good that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve yet to produce one bad song. Are Arcade Fire musicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s messiahs? On this evidence, absolutely!

GIG OF THE YEAR Charlie Teasdale - The Strokes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rockness Festival Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve loved this band since I was about \9   

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Chris Penn - Bon Jovi- 12 night O2 residency 12 nights at the O2 arena with one of

Steve Jones - Nas and Damian Marley- Distant Relatives One of the most anticipated records           of music merge to create a unique     

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Squeaky clean. Twee, Ingratiating. Meaningless. Not written by him. Lowest    =  ^ ing quality in popular music. Bullsh*t.

Ollie Launn - Christina Aguilera â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Bionic

4 years to release a new album wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t such a good idea after all.

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Esther Wright - Ke$ha- Animal Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s be honest, I bet the       X X you enjoyed it. Then, one

Esther Wright - Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous KilljoysMy Chemical Romance Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never going to be everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cup of tea, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the album that every fan has waited 4 long years for. After a much needed revamp of the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s image and sound, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s      "  '   @J\J

Steve Jones - Chapel Club- All The Eastern Girls All The Eastern Girls is the most  

 "^ distributed digitally and through limited edition vinyl back in October. Lead by crooned cries of love and vulnerability from front man Londoner Lewis and supported by heavy but harmonic guitar formations, accompanied by a tight rhythm section working like a powerful machine, one that is synchronised and highly effective. Dan Charman - Cee Lo Green â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Forget You X         ^ ^ cheek tune was brought to us by the vocal

talent behind Gnarls Barkley. Forget You was a viral hit through YouTube and peaked at number 1 within the UK Charts. Esther Wright - Kings and Queens 30 Seconds to Mars The band that never does things in half measures, every single theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve put out this year has been of epic proportions, but Kings and Queens just rises above the rest.

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Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing quite like seeing a '       "    front of you, playing a set of songs youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been listening to forever. A perfect set with a perfect encore of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Here Comes Your Manâ&#x20AC;? and

WORST TRACK/ALBUM OF THE YEAR Charlie Teasdale - Cee Lo Green â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Forget You

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million plays later, it was the worst thing youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d ever heard. Not a lot of difference between the rest of the tracks on the album really.

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2010 has been a whirlwind of new talent, technology and sadly grief. Amongst all the drama however, the strength of fashion fails to diminish as it denies the recession for another year. Not only is it producing record sales on and off the catwalk, it also has taken new measures to make fashion coincide with the new discoveries in technology. Burberry, (read Designer Crush for more information on the brand), was one label that decided to showcase its Autumn/Winter 2010 catwalk through a live stream. This enabled fashionistas to watch this season’s show away from the front row. Christopher Bailey’s pioneering idea is one of the reasons why his designs have sold at a record rate, with his profits of £1,280 million. This will surely ensure ure that at next Fashion Week, designers will embrace this new he concept. This year has also seen the launch of Vogue for the iPad, which means that for the first time the magazine can be ne downloaded. It is yet to be seen whether this will be an online success. Elsewhere, the year of twenty-ten has been one of designer high street collaborations. H&M continued with itss eld reign of luring big designers into their brand as Karl Lagerfeld and Lanvin produced collections. The reaction was sadly disappointed, as their overpriced products didn’t relate to ased H&M’s cheap yet chic garments. Topshop however, showcased successful collaborations by hiring contemporary designers Ann-Sofie Back and Jonathan Saunders to produce capsulee h hy collections. The garments were unique and thus more worthy of the price tag. Sadly Topshop also said goodbye to one off their greatest collaborations. Kate Moss’s last collection wass revealed this year and was acclaimed. Using vintage and herr her past designs as inspiration, Moss illustrated Victoriana leather n jackets to floral tea dresses as her farewell. Sadly, the fashion world said another goodbye this year. In February the late Alexander McQueen was found at his apartment after presumably taking his own life. McQueen will be greatly missed in the industry due to his designs that stretched the seams and indulged in rebellion. This year draws to a close with fashion world whisperings of new trends, new designers aand who will get the opportunity to design that wedding dress. The only thing certain is that next year’s fashion will be as innovati innovative and exciting as the last.

If you only put one thing on your list this Christmas make sure it’s a knock out! With so many new trends around this season your most-wanted tally could become rather lengthy - get the glamour you really want out of this year’s festivities and construct your wish list wisely! To really add that extra sparkle to your Christmas you need to choose something exciting, but more importantly something that you are actually going to use! Think of a time when you absolutely had to have an item so badly that no matter how much guilt would consume you for the next month or so, you could justify buying that £200 dress simply because you love it. Minus the guilt-ridden expenditure, this is the kind of thing you want on your Christmas list! Some lust-list picks I would recommend include French Connections stunning Samantha dress at £160 (1) , a gorgeous Mulberry purse at £250 (2) and a vintage cutwork jacket by Kate Moss for Topshop at £120 (3). Classic accessories such as a good quality watch, jewellery by Tiffany’s or a gorgeous satchel bag like this leopard ASOS version (coming soon (4)) with slightly kooky details are also fabulous ideas and can add a focal point to a plain outfit!

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designer crush Michael bell From trench coats made for soldiers in the war to the staple outfits residing in the depths of Kate Moss’s wardrobe, Burberry has come a long way from a small draper’s shop in Basingstoke. Founded in 1856 by Thomas Burberry, the brand gained media attention due to their selection of durable outdoor wear. Eventually Burberry found London calling in 1891 when a demand for stylish outdoor wear saw them moving to trade in the Haymarket in London, a store that is still open today. Their crisp construction, classic materials and recognisable masculine attention to detail have been keeping the male demographic warm for years and despite being in an evertitive market where changing competitive repetition is considered sidered a cardinal sin, mained faithful to its Burberry has remained classic aesthetic. Burberry have proved rench coats and a shearthat earth tone trench ket is just as, if not more, ling bomber jacket stylish today as itt was 100 years ago. Having said that, Burberry is not afraid porary spin on a classic to put a contemporary silhouette.

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With the whiff of Christmas in the air getting a great gift for a guy can be difficult. But a foolproof gift is a nice new aftershave or scent for this special occasion. Many high street stores have suggested that Paco Rabanne ‘1 Million’ and Diesel ‘Only The Brave’ are this Christmas’s b best sellers. With Paco Rabanne topping the scales of best selling m male fragrance of 2009, it is on track to steal the title for a second yyear running. This fragrance holds a light woody spiced scent which ca can be subtly warm on a day-to-day basis. ‘1 Million’ holds accents of sophistication and youth but also oozes an obvious sex appeal. A At Superdrug a price of £32.99 for 100ml is a steal. But beware, some other stores such as Boots or Debenhams are charging a lot more. The bottle shaped like a gold bar shows the class and power this fragrance holds and, like a bar of gold, this scent lasts a long time.Diesel’s newest fragrance ‘Only The Brave’ holds a more powerful scent which sadly only last for a limited time, the powerful masculine citrus fragrance holds more of a punch than Paco Rabanne and will be a great evening fragrance for all upcoming events. I’m sure we have all seen the D&G A Anthology series advert with naked supermodels such as Naomi Campbell, Claudia Shiffer and Fernando Fernandez. But No. 11 ‘The Force’ is a new fragrance added to the line and is a much stronger masculine scent with an overpowering edge which I personally don’t like. Le Bateleur No. 1 and L’Amoureux No. 6 are the two winning scents of this series. These fragrances are both light and wearable, holding subtle spritzes of excitement which keep the air fresh and young. If shopping for the older generations such as uncles, dads and grandparents, the fragrances mentioned before may be a little too young and fresh. However NEW from Dolce and Gabbana, is Dolce and Gabbana ‘One’ and Dolce and Gabbana ‘One Gentlemen’. These fragrances hold a more mature, woody fragrance which will be a perfect gifts for dads, uncles and grandfathers out there. With prices touching £49.00 for 100ml, it may be a little expensive, but after all it is Christmas. There are always the statement fragrances that sell year after year - these are usually Jean Paul Gaultier, Hugo Boss and Giorgio Armani. As said these scents are on sale all yyear round and are a safe fragrance to get if in doubt.

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Christmas: a time for sharing, caring and loving, yet it sparks feelings of loneliness for festive singletons. I believe the problem lies in the mistletoe - a twig that hangs from the ceiling and encourages you to kiss anyone and everyone you meet under it...what if no one crosses your path this Christmas, or worse this New Year? Women of Swansea: this is a problem that can easily be solved: decide the perfect outfit for lingering under the mistletoe this season! To sparkle, or not to sparkle? The festive period seems to encourage the infamous fashion faux pas of tinsel inspired outfits. Why-Oh-Why does Christmas seep into people’s previous inhibitions and cloud their judgement on silver shimmer? It is not to be. Instead, focus on the brighter side of Christmas, this season Aqua (2) have produced a red boiled wool dress, retailing at £130.00. The cut out sides give the dress a sexy edge yet the material will keep you warm on those freezing Swansea nights. Team with thick black tights, shoe boots oo s oot a deep red lipstick for that midnight igh ight gh ht kiss. kiss kiss iss.. o own o-o o-own Equally, this month Zara’s need-to-own item is the scarlet red, tulip dress (1)) sss retailing at £99.00. The dress’s hourglass shape enhances the feminine figure, drawing in at the waist and disguising ‘the return of the Christmas pounds’. For a less expensive possibility visit www. pretaportabello.com and sneak a peek at Never Fully Dressed’s red swing dress. (3) The loose shape hides any unwanted lumps and bumps, the tiered material lengthens your legs and the bright colour

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These little gift boxes are perfect for Secret Santas, work friends or extra stocking fillers.

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My girlfriend wants everything for Christmas this year, as per usual. On the list was a kitten and a puppy and I emphasise the word “was”. Deciding on what to get your girlfriend this year is a daunting task but can be made easier if you have the correct 3. mindset. The best thing you can do is to listen to her and listen good. There is no doubt that she is dropping hints to you now, and has been for the past few months! As soon as you recognise these hints, jot them down and make a list. Clothes wise, Topshop is the queen this year. Fur coats are really making an impact this season and they just give an instant touch of Parisienne class. Probably more of a gift for you than her, but knee/thigh high boots will really add to this look and make your girlfriend look incredible. Topshop now do mugs and hot water bottles which Jay-Z has it under will look great in her stocking. Costume jewellery in Topshop is different and very chic but, if you are on a budget, then you’d best go to Primark as it is a lot cheaper and still offers the same look. Scarves and suede gloves from Accessorize are a great choice too. Technology is being aimed at the female generation more than ever before and you can’t go wrong with the new iPod Nano in pink. Games like “Sing Star” for the Playstation 3 and “Just Dance” for the Wii are great gifts for the girlfriend who loves her consoles. A lovely gesture that will get you brownie points is to make something for her! Get a photo frame and make a collection of all the photos that are dear to her. The biggest thing you must do is listen to her and recognise cognise co ogn nisse those tho ose hints. hin int nts ts. s. If you yo ou do do this and follow these guidelines, I am pretty retty re etty ttty sure sur su ure re you yo ou o u will wilillll make wi make he her er Christmas.

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NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE Swansea Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Joe Allen talks EXCLUSIVELY about football in the Championship,

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24 HOURS OF SEOUL Like many students here in Swansea, I make a long commute back to uni every September. But unlike most of you, last September, I came back via Korea. Sitting on the plane, I decided that I would explore until I collapsed to make up for only having a day there. My first experience of Korean cuisine came on the plane, a bowl of rice, pickled something, meat, vegetables and hot chilli sauce. All in tightly sealed packages, and separate from one another. I opened the first package but before I knew it, the Korean lady sitting next to me decided I needed help, she mixed all the ingredients together along with the meat (which thrilled me as a vegetarian), handing it back to me with a big cheesy grin on her face. I took one bite (I was really hungry) and retched, still starving I drank my seaweed soup (surprisingly nice) and tried to eat my salad. As much as I wanted to eat it the lettuce and cheese was stuck to a thick slice of moist ham. Undeterred I wrangled with my salad, trying to prize the cheese from the ham, but as much as I pulled and strained, it was to no avail, the ham and cheese had fused into some sort of salad goblin. I gave my full tray back to the trolley dolly and went back to trying to learn some Korean. Five hours later I had managed to memorise 3 phrases, Gamsa Hamnida (Thank you), Anneyong Asaeyo (Hello) and Anneyong Gasaeyo (Goodbye). Armed with these and a map of the Seoul Tube system, I escaped the clutches of my over-controlling hoteliers and headed for central Incheon, the Croydon of South Korea. My tube stop was an ultra modern underground labyrinth, complete with travelators, chrome fittings and cavernous chambers. It was also totally empty. This part of Incheon was like an ultra modern ghost town, complete with concrete and steel monoliths, and underground realms, the pace of development in the far east seems worlds away from the recession of the west. The train was as ultra modern as the station, flashier than a bag of dead mice, faster too. I was soon in Incheon’s city centre. It had all the neon excitement you would imagine in a far eastern city, but unexpectedly it had large perpendicular poles with speakers at the top, all blasting out Barry White songs. Perplexed, I continued on to the city, there were piles of garbage everywhere, I had always imagined South Korea as a vary clean country, but here I was walking around what was essentially a tip in a modern cosmopolitan city with strip bars named Boobi Boobi and Manchester United mega stores. I later worked out the Barry White poles were air raid sirens, to be used just in case North Korea decided to flatten its southern neighbour. Bored of Incheon, I decided to head into Seoul proper. I left behind ultra-modern Incheon and climbed aboard the ageing transport network of Seoul. I was starting to arouse suspicions, people started to ask if I needed any help, whether I was lost. I was delighted to go along with it, I got a free tour guide to an alien city. I got off In the middle of Seoul, with the intention of finding some disgusting Korean food, cat juice, tightly caged dog steak or the holy grail, sannakji. Sannakji is possibly the most awful food ever conceived - live octopuses are served on a plate while a chef cuts off the tentacles, the customer eats the tentacles while still moving. I guess PETA aren’t a big force in Korea, although apparently a lot of people die eating sannakji due to the suckers affixing themselves in the throat. Its quite nice to see a fairer fight when it comes to dinner. >>>

Seoul’s up-and-coming Incheon district In my vain attempt to find some crazy Korean cuisine, I stumbled upon a bunch of drunken teenagers, I decided to join them. They spoke surprisingly good English for a bunch of random drunks. They wondered why I was there, I must have been the only Caucasian outside the airport. For a nation technically still at war, the people I met didn’t seem too concerned about their paranoid nuclear neighbour. At any moment Kim Jong Il and his team of super friends could shell some part of the South. I doubt the bunch of drunkards I met last night aren’t as laid back about the future of the Korean Peninsula with the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island. I wish I could have stayed longer in this friendly city of 20 million people. I only hope next time I visit Korea, Seoul wont be a war ravaged relic.

By Sam Barnett

HANNAH’S JOURNAL - Thanksgiving Thanksgiving weekend was awesome! The lovely Becki Warrillow came down to visit from Colorado, Fort Collins, and we spent the first half of the very American holiday at Nessa’s suite mate’s house on the outskirts of Albuquerque with seven other Brits, and her entire family. While we helped to make the masses of food we watched the Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on T.V which was mega cheesy, complete with Santa in his sleigh at the end, but apparently the New Yorkers love it. Americans! The food was amazing; we are definitely bringing this holiday to Swansea next year! We then went to the movies and had a cheeky dip in the hot tub before bed - good times. The rest of Thanksgiving was spent at a ranch belonging to a friend’s family on the border of New Mexico, 12 miles from Arizona. Apparently it is the epitome of “Real New Mexico” so we had to go see it for ourselves. We’ve never been anywhere so secluded before; after a three hour drive his house was at the very end of a long, dusty beaten track surrounded by red canyon lands, snowy mountains and open desert. At one point, just after we lost phone signal, Taylor’s dad said “And this is the last town before we get there guys!”, as we drove past three mobile homes, a shabby post office and an old shack with a crooked sign saying “market-place”.

We were like “oh...”. The ranch was huge and freezing, with furs of foxes and coyotes draped over the sofas, a rattlesnake skin stretched out above the fireplace, and a huge elk head stuck to the wall (which was killed a week before and which we had the leftovers of for dinner...yum!). The ranch was owned by a lovely old guy called Ed, who always wore a Stetson and kept warning us about the four mountain lions and coyotes which roamed around the ranch from time to time - “The generator we have on all night for power scares most of ‘em away, but y’all can never be too careful!”. When we went exploring the next day they brought guns just in case one randomly sprung out. The surroundings were amazing, they looked exactly like the canyon lands, but were covered in patches of snow. After all this build up I was actually a bit gutted that the only wildlife we saw was a bunny! We had an amazing weekend; the only negative would be that, even though she’d pre-booked a ticket, Becki wasn’t allowed on the Greyhound bus home as there wasn’t enough space, so we had to make a mad dash to the airport to get her back to Colorado in time to finish her essay! Bad times! Never ever rely on a Greyhound!

By Hannah Moore

A very American thanksgiving


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Cut Or Keep... Harry Potter

Debating films that divided critics and audiences alike

I should probably start by saying that I was the most ridiculous fan of Harry Potter as a kid. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking plastering the covers of my schoolbooks with crudely re-drawn versions of the covers, drawing lightning bolt scars on my head and shouting WINGARDIUM LEVIOOOOOSAAA at unsuspecting strangers. Clearly a girl obsessed. I remember when they announced that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be bringing the books to the big screen, and oh, the excitement. Twelve year old me rejoiced as that now infamous score      credits of Harry Potter and the Philosopherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stone, anticipating the magic brought to life. I was certainly        complaining when they got details wrong, especially annoyed at how Daniel Radcliffeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyes CLEARLY ARE NOT GREEN. Ahem. But it was enjoyable enough... and yet somehow, it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite match up to that which drew me to read the books from cover to cover, devouring each one in a night or two. Ten years have passed since the         still utterly failed to wow me. Sure, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made plenty of money, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never had the magic of the novels. Part of this is probably due to the fact that Daniel Radcliffe couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t act if his life depended on it. Truthfully, Rupert Grint makes for some enjoyable watching, but he does that scuttling backwards thing far too often, and I think

Emma Watson spends more time playing Emma Watson than she does Hermione Granger. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not to say that there arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t some gems of performances â&#x20AC;&#x201C; such as Alan Rickman putting in some utterly fantastic performances as Snape the Potions Master. The problem is that you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t base an     no matter how excellent they are. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe that they spent so long casting the Trio because, quite frankly, they made some poor choices that have negatively affected     Not to mention that the various screenwriters and directors of the series have had none of Rowlingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s       spend 30 seconds explaining things that are established throughout the course of the novels. For me, the crux of the problem with the Harry Potter series is that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re so utterly throwaway. Despite their big name cameos and massive budgets, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re never going to stand the test of time as the novels have. Honestly? I much rather Potter Puppet Pals as a visual adaptation       or A Very Potter Musical. Save your pennies, look them up on YouTube and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bother going to see Deathly Hallows, Part 1: They Camp. A Lot.

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Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s start by saying that the Harry Potter books are truly an institution. Most people who were growing up in the 1990â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had read them or were in the process of reading them. Inevitably the       provoke an interesting dynamic with its audience â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and causing a      are generally accepted as the most faithful to the books; although at the same time being completely aimed at children and not completely crafting characters. From The Prisoner of Azkaban    a completely different direction â&#x20AC;&#x201C;      the story and concentrating more on the characters within them. Each of the sequels proclaimed to be â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;darker than the previousâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; - which is by no means a bad thing. Come the end of The Chamber of Secrets, everybody needed some darkness.         represented the world in which Harry, Ron and Hermione, its enhanced it.       superior to the books is a bold claim in anybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s estimation, however, for all its cutting out of characters,          streamlined Rowlingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books for an audience which crosses generations. With The Prisoner of Azkaban, the tone of the series shifted into more edgy and mature pastures. Harry, Ron and Hermione have matures along with the series. Actors Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma

Watson have improved with each performance. How did the casting directors know that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d mature in to very good and talented actors? Most scenes that require the actors to step up a notch or two, they are equal to the tensions of the scenes. On a similar note, the supporting cast is phenomenal, from the likes of Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, Ralph Fiennes and Michael Gambon backing up the inexperienced but talented Radcliffe, Grint and Watson. While the books provide much more clear image of the world that !"#    breathe a new and improved life into Rowlingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s carefully constructed universe. Adding another dimension that was absent from Rowlingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s written words. On the whole, the Harry Potter  series has been a gigantic success and possibly one of the greatest examples that books can be turned $                    franchise has added another layer or two to what could become repetitive and tedious. By Andy Williams

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Born on 31st December in Port Talbot, Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins an Academy Award winning actor started life as a keen artist and musician. Having been unproductive in his early school days, he was sent to study in Pontypool and then to the Vale of Glamorgan where he continued to immerse himself in anything but his academic education. Idolising Richard Burton encouraged him to enrol at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama where his acting career began. Once Hopkins had graduated he joined the British Army where he remained for two years before beginning training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. A gifted mimic, he is well known for his ability to turn his native Welsh accent into any twang his current character requires. Best known for his role as Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs, its sequel Hannibal, and its prequel Red Dragon his portrayal of a cannibalistic serial killer is unforgettable. Further           Dracula, The Elephant Man and The Remains of the Day. A versatile actor, in 2003 Hopkins received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Anthony Hopkins stars as Odin in Thor an       # " Thor and supernatural thriller The Rite both due to be released next year. By Emily Kennewell

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34- TV

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Waterfront TV Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the tube Misfits Misfits : Skins with superpowers. Except itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so much better than that. Now in its second season, Misfits follows five teenagers â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;repaying their debt to societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Caught in a freak storm, the characters find themselves with slightly rubbish superpowers that initially seem to cause more problems than being of any use. Kelly, tired of being consistently judged as a chav, gains the power to be able to hear what other people think, while Curtis, deeply regretful of his crime gains the ability to turn back time. Social outcast Simon can turn invisible, except only when no one is looking and beautiful Alisha can send people into a sexual frenzy at a mere touch. Initially it seems like the smart alec with a unique sense of humour Nathan has been left out, until his immortality was revealed in the finale of Series 1. So far, Series 2 has exceeded the excellence of the foundation built upon in Series 1with some great plot development and continuation of the witty and hilarious script that we have come to expect. The identity of the Superhoodie may have been revealed in the most recent episode, but his reasons for being there still arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite clear. In the meantime, more and more people affected by the freak storm reveal themselves, with new and different powers emerging in each episode. With the series hitting an extremely high point midway through, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hope that it continues in the same vein! By Len Cresci Peep Show Arguably, one of the best British sitcoms currently on air, Peep Show most definitely lands among my all-time favourites. This critically acclaimed comedy, seen from a point-of-view of the two flatmates, is bound to keep you on your seat laughing throughout the entire season. For those unfamiliar with the show, it describes the lives of two socially dysfunctional flatmates. One of them â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jeremy, played by Robert Webb â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is a self-centred and egoistic, self-proclaimed ladies man. While he does struggle among â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;normalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; people, his neurotic and constantly-paranoid flatmate Mark, played by David Mitchell, is off the social scales during any interaction. Throughout the 6 previous series, the show really picked up in writing and direction, as such concentrating on the elimination of silly continuity mistakes, which plagued the first two seasons. After months of negotiation and near cancellation, the show was commissioned for its third series. And what a series it was! With the supporting characters being developed more, Peep Show earned its cult status after season 5, and showed no sign of rest. Series 6 served us, yet again, a healthy dose of Mark and Jeremy insanity leaving off with a major cliff-hanger. Series 7 started on the 26th of November and while the first episode was very promising, it did not sweep off the feet. What it lost in scene environment, it did make up with the jokes and brilliant camerawork. Hopefully, the show will maintain its ruthless writing and continue to awe the audience with its unpredictability and its uncannily down-to-earth observation of popular culture. By Mike Kozlowski

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Each issue we put the question to one of the Waterfront faithful. What are your top 5 TV shows of all time? This week, newspaper editor James Snaith answers... 1.. The West Wing My ultimate, my favourite, my number one has to be The West Wing. Never before had a drama based itself so close to the heartbeat of American politics inside the White House. The genius behind the series comes from Aaron Sorkin (Sports Night, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) and is set around the fictional Democratic administration of President Josiah â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Jedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bartlet (Martin Sheen) as he battles to run the most powerful country in the world. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that you say, just another political drama? The West Wing delivers so much more than just that. From the first episode you watch, no matter what series, you easily grasp the characters and quickly get sucked into their world and fall in love with them as they take you on a political and personal rollercoaster anyone inside the real West Wing would have to endure. The political story lines soon take a back-seat to the personal ones that run through each episode. The plots, dialogue and even the camera work will have you coming back for more. 2. Black Books One of the funniest series ever to grace British TV this BAFTA Award winning sitcom will have you in stitches every episode. Bernard Black (Dylan Moran) is the Irish owner of a small bookshop in London, Black Books. Each episode revolves around Bernardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life and his hatred for the world, unhealthy smoking and drinking lifestyle and his hostility towards his new flatmate and only real male friend, Manny (Bill Bailey) Displaying little to no interest for the book shop he runs, Bernard treats his shop as his own personal library whilst despairing friends Manny and Fran (Tamsin Greg) try to bring him into the real world rather than get sucked into his alcoholic and smoke filled stupor. 3. Band of Brothers Stephen Spielberg and Tom Hanks do what they do best in producing and bringing to life this ten part World

miniseries centred on the lives of soldiers from the 101st Airborne Parachute Infantry Regiment from War Two min the moment they enter conflict to the end of the War. Following Captain/Major Richard Winters (Damian Lewis) as he leads Easy Company through the Normandy landings, Operation Market Garden and the Battle of Bastogne All characters are based on actual people delivering more of a hard hitting realistic aspect than you would usually find from a war movie like Saving Private Ryan, which the series loosely resembles. Band of Brothers has to be recognised as one of the best pieces of television over the last ten years. 4. 24 This real-time TV drama series broke the mould when it exploded onto TV screens for the new millennium, 24 was different from anything else ever seen. Using each episode as one hour out of a day, each series is made up of twenty-four episodes. The storyline follows Counter Terrorism Unit agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) and his attempts to stop terrorist attacks from taking place in Los Angeles. This ranges from Jack foiling Serbian hit-men killing a Presidential candidate whilst protecting his wife and daughter, having to stop nerve gas being released into the city and saving L.A. from nuclear holocaust. This fast paced series provides thrilling high action and new style of edge-of-the-seat cliff hanger that keeps you coming back for more and wanting to be Jack Bauer. I would specifically highlight series 1 and 2 as the best and most original before far-fetched and similar plot lines in later series â&#x20AC;&#x201C; still didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make me turn off though! 5.The Simpsons I could not do a top 5 without giving this gem a mention. Yes I know! The best years of this beauty are behind it, but this cartoon comedy dominated the 90â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and still has a close place in my heart particularly as I hogged the TV most evenings watching the dysfunctional yellow family. Endlessly quotable, the feel of The Simpsons reverberated into popular culture so that Marge, Maggie, Lisa, Bart and Homer plus endless others became household names. In recent years the show has inspired other animated comedies such as Futurama, Family Guy and American Dad to follow suit and in the later cases take on a more adult comedy theme â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but for me this is the original that inspired all of the above.


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GAMES REVIEWS Top 5 Games to Enslaved own this XMAS 1.Gran Truismo 5 (Available on PS3)

Finally the prodigal son of driving simulators returns to Playstation. The format hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t changed much but for all those who love buying, racing and putting off everything else just to nail that apex on that one corner you will not be disappointed. Welcome to an ultimate driving experience.

No cheap puns, no witty remarks, I will simply say that Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is perhaps one of the best games to come out of 2010. Set 150 years in the future, the Player takes on the role #        landscape, protecting his companion â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Tripâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; from the hordes of mechanical enemies that seek to end all human life equipped with a futuristic staff (with some awesome   <      /    :   Cloud) this game is a must have for any gamer. Written by Alex Garland (28 days later) and featuring "  '+ =:Â&#x2021;

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 developed and feel as though they belong in a cinema rather than on a games console and in the surreal landscape of Cities overgrown by weeds and swarming with mechanical nightmares it is the realistic characters which really make this game special. Looking at gameplay the player is treated to a nice variety of levels, sometimes scaling and exploring through ruins looking for some      "       '  

'    rip you to shreds. The combat is relatively simple with a pretty basic button layout, but with the variety of enemies, surprising amount  "  '      "'    Â&#x2DC; '     To put on my critic hat my only real gripe with the game is the plot, which to avoid spoilers, I shall simply say that is reminds me     "'        '    "' Â&#x2DC;     the game surely deserves. What surprised me most about this game was the lack of attention it received pre-release, but considering this was the Year of God ] |(   (  !     ^ "     

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2. Assassinâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s Creeds Brotherhood

Borderlands

(Available on PS3 and Xbox 360) Time of the year again to get out those   '    X       the Vatican, take control once again of Ezio Auditore da Firenze, take the mantel of leader of the Assassins and bring your enemies to justice. With a new multiplayer mode and classic story formula. You love Assassin â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s Creed 2, you will need this.

3. God of War : Ghost of Sparta (Available on PSP) Kratos, the one and only heartless god Slayer, who would rather bludgeon a kitten to death than talk about his feelings, needs a back-story (complete with a brother we never knew of) and what better way than to have the angry guy squeezed down on to the PSP. God of War, so you know the formula, hack, slash, maim and mainly badass on a tone of enemies. This is one little game that will satisfy any excess bloodlust still hanging around after you are done with God of War 3

4. Call of Duty : Black Ops

(Available on PS3, Xbox 360,

PC, Nintendo DS) If you read the review last issue you will know how much this game rocks. For those who missed out, here is a sum up. Classic Call of Duty run and gun fun, in Vietnam,     / ' ?Â&#x201A; "       :       Â&#x201A;    <" '  mayhem. This is one you need if you call yourself a First Person Shooter fan

5. FIFA 11

(Available on PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP and Nintendo DS) To be honest, football isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t my game. However for footy fans this looks like the game for you. You got the teams, shirts, all the hot shot players. Grab a controller and play for some of the infamous clubs on the classic pitches. Even better grab an extra controller and teach your friends who deserves to be crowned king of 5 - 0 victory. By Ben Rodgers

By Chris McColgan

Want a shoot-em-up level game which will give you hours of gameplay? Then this is the game for you. The story starts off with the character on the Bus in Pandora in search of the Vault, which contains riches, technology etc. You can choose one of the fortune seekers, each with their own special abilities and preferred weaponry. When you get off the bus you receive messages from a mysterious woman telling you she wants to help      "  (        Â&#x2019;  people who will help guide you, give you quests and items to get to the vault. And the 4 add-ons provide new stories for the character. The whole game you level up through quests and getting rid of stuff that tries to kill you (which is pretty much everything!). At the beginning it starts off slow, retracing the same areas, eventually you visit new and varied place. Just make sure you take on quests that   '"   "  

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  the amount of different weaponry at your disposal which will make any FPS player happy. The game was made to be played with a friend, since you have local split screen co op and online 4 player co-op. They can help you        '       Overall this game is fantastic, graphically brilliant, excellent gameplay and a fairly decent storyline; this is one treasure not to miss. Garethâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rating 8/10

By Gareth Owen

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 X   ^       }    Harry you must defend Hagridâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motorbike by shooting the pursuing enemies in a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;onrails shooterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; style level. What starts off as reasonably fun soon turns to severe tedium and frustration as the new lock-on system throws your aim around the screen, often nowhere near your     *   ' "  " Â&#x201E; 

 have shouted â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stupefyâ&#x20AC;? at least 40 times; which, needless to say, gets a tad irritating. The shooting mechanics are more than a little buggy and unresponsive, whilst the cover system is not very helpful and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a nightmare shooting from cover. On a more positive note, the spells are quite varied and easy to use. Graphically, this game is dark, and moody, although I suspect this is to hide the          Z       /    the story. I also found it insulting that the levels get lazily rehashed throughout the    X

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   "  "   Â&#x2DC;   fun to play. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take you about 6- 8 hours maximum to complete the game, and to be fair, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quite a lot of challenges on offer to keep you playing, but unless youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a hardcore Potter fan you really wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really be that spellbound. Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rating: 2/10 By Michael Kavanagh


36 SOCIETIES

Waterfront 197 - 07/12/10

S E I T E I C O S

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CU Carol Concert This winter Swansea University Christian Union brings you Christmas Carol Concert. On Wednesday the 8th and Thursday 9th between 11-4. Including: / A free present wrapping service at the front of Fulton house. Just bring your presents along and we will wrap them for you for free. Friday 10th at 7pm we will hold our Christmas Carol Concert on Fulton Lawn. Come along and get into the Christmas spirit with us, there will be carol singing, performance from Swansea Uni Gospel Choir and a short talk.

Bright Futures wants to help students realise that you need more than a degree to stand out from the crowd...and what is the best way to do this? No matter what subject you do, Bright Futures is open to all levels of students and all degree disciplines, and can help you maximise your chance of employability from a range of tips, advice, and an opportunity to collaborate with a variety of top companies. We are always helping students as much as possible, and continue to welcome questions, thoughts and ideas.

For students at Swansea University, being part of this society will give you invaluable experience, and you will treasure for life and boost your CV to IMPROVE YOUR EMPLOYABILITY! DO those extra things NOW that will make you stand out!!! As a student member you will be able to spot the best companies to apply to and: ²8   ' internships and industrial placements as well as graduate opportunities â&#x20AC;&#x201C; often before other students may know about them. ²Build your personal â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;brandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with great employers"        giving you the chance to promote yourself to our corporate members when you want to. ² Build your employment skills through relevant â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;skillsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; events run throughout the year on campus. ²Build your job hunting and interview skills through relevant events run throughout the year on campus. ²+"! 8   ^  "  ²Â&#x2039;   '  '' > WHAT NEXT?! Email: Swanseabrightfutures@gradintel.com if you would like to join or come visit us in the library by our table in the main entrance. MEMBERSHIP ONLY ÂŁ3 for the year

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Enjoy free mince pies and hot drinks throughout the evening.


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DRAMA

EID DINNER AND CHARITY WEEK

Eid al-Adha “Festival of Sacrifice” is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide In view of this, the newly founded Pakistani Society organized an Eid party on the 17th of November 2010 at the Taliesin arts hall. The event was a huge success. The dinner was exceptionally well organized with a wide variety of food and drinks. There was music, games and also a Bhangra Workshop (A fun form of dancing that is enjoyed by most people around the world) for those who attended. It has to be noted that students from all faiths and backgrounds attended the event, everyone was well clad in traditional attire. Events of this nature not only bring about awareness of the cultural diversity at Swansea but also enrich the entire experience of every student. Well done to the Pakistani Society committee for tirelessly working in organizing such an event!

Shoreline Drama Society Presents: Both Alike in Dignity Our annual Christmas show is this year written by Lizzie Nolan and is a hilarious take on several classic Shakespearean plays. Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th December. Doors open at 7:30 and tickets are £3 for members & £4 for non members.


38 Xtreme Splash

Waterfront 197 - 07/12/10

            As everyone is aware, budget cuts throughout universities are becoming a common thing, with universities fees set to rise soon, university may soon become a privilege. However at Xtreme radio this Christmas the members will soon be voting on the option to get rid of the stations AM licence and to only broadcast online. The change if agreed on will take place next semester and it will bring an end to the 1431am license that Xtreme has held for years. The idea, which was brought up at an exec meeting last month during a review of the AM frequency will not only save Swansea University Studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Union (SUSU) money but it will also help Xtreme save more money during the economic recession. The money that is saved will be re-invested into Xtreme each year to purchase new technical equipment and software. If the change is successfully voted on, listeners will be able to tune in to Xtreme online, on their Iphone and also on Itunes. The society meeting will take place on Tuesday the 14th of December 2010 at 6pm in the Xtreme Lounge and all members are invited to attend to express their opinions. Neil Donoghue â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Station Manager 2010 / 2011

LIVE LOUNGE: Ben Matravers alongside singer Shirley and DJ Tom Upton Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had the privilege of being on student radio for 3 years now. I am a self-declared â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Indie boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; my favourite band are Bloc Party, I play Bombay Bicycle Club until everyone I know is blue in the face, but I have respect for all genres of music. I was brought up in an incredibly music saturated environment, memories of listening to Simply Red, and Sting (and unbelievably Cypress Hill on a few odd occasions) on a Saturday afternoon will stay happily in my thoughts for the rest of my life. I was also weened on the genius that was John Peel. In my        the last 50 years. He along with Steve Lemack are my heroes of the radio world. They have and remain to be the DJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s who dare to play something a bit different and that you may have never heard before, but can become the song that will stay with you for life. This was my reason for joining Xtreme Radio in        '      and inspiring to the world of Student Radio, dare to do things differently and give exposure where others wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Long before my time as Deputy Station Manager and Head of Music, I was a regular member of the society. Myself and my co-presents Samina Trickey

and Grant Yardley styled the show as a give away â&#x20AC;&#x201C; giving something back to students on their Friday night chill out. I decided I wanted to do more than just cheeky confectionary give aways and decided to invite an old friend to come and play live on air. That friend, Ben Matravers, played for an hour and a half and really opened my eyes to what a little exposure can do for an artist. To have someone allow you on live air and singing you own words to an audience of hundreds is really something quite rare. Back to the present, Ben has gone from a humble folk singer to a well established and talented 3 piece folk alternative band called Ben Matravers and the Buskers. He tantilised an expectant audience at the French Society Cheese and Wine night and glossed the new look Xtreme studios with his presence the following morning. Performing two tracks live on air with nothing more than his guitar and support vocals from Shirley, it took me back to where for me, this all began. A real privilege and a stark reminder that just because an artist isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in the charts, doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the potential to write and play some of the most extraordinary music of our times.


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Fair Trade at Swansea University Most students are unaware that Swansea University holds fair trade status, whereby the university has met the fair trade national criteria for a few years now. Co-operation from many interested parties including University Catering, Student Union , Discovery and various other members of the steering group. Much awareness has been done over the last decade yet many students still donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t actually know about fair trade is , or have simply havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had the urge to try any of the products within the range sold both in Niche, Level 2, all of the coffee in JCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and the range available from the campus catering provision and shops.

FAIR TRADE products help farmers in third world countries make a living

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The prices of fair trade products today are relative amongst all of those within the big brand range, compared to the high prices stigma of the past. There is a minimum set price which is agreed by the producers. Big brands such as Cadbury have seen its Dairy Milk bar granted fair trade status. The Fair Trade logo is distinctive on the products that are of fair trade quality. Over 3000 products are in the fair trade range, however with more emphasis from consumers like us can put pressure on companies to add their products to the list.

and any other needs families in the poorest areas of the world have. February will see the launch of fair-trade fortnight where there will many awareness raising and tasting events. Keep an eye out for the posters which will provide all the whenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and whereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s . Next time you buy coffee and biscuits, try to purchase from the fair trade range just look out for the fair trade logo markings. More information on Fair Trade can be found via the website - http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/ By Enviroment and Ethics Officer Steven Marshall

Even purchasing one fair trade product a day more than normal can make such a change to lives in the third world. Producers in the third world are able to '       '   " food, tools, education for children, medical supplies Union shops sell a number of Fair Trade products


40 CAREERS

WATERFRONT 197 - 07/12/10

Careers Advice... Ask

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Simmo Says... ITTTTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CHRIIIIIISTMAS!!! So you know what that means: no-oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got any money yet everyone wants to go out, your parents house is full of food but all youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got left is two cans of tuna and worst of all youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to shell out the remains of your student

  '     >Â " year I abuse Boots 3for2, but the look on my sisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s faces when they open up their novelty soap sets every year just denotes Christmas. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a massive fan of snow at Christmas time, but as youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re probably well aware, Swansea seems to avoid getting snowed on like Gillian McKeith avoids her challenges on Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m A Celebâ&#x20AC;Ś.what a fun sponge she is! So, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a lot of feedback about the perfect way to scratch your sphincter, with a lot of odd   /    # " ' one suggested to me on the door of Oceana last week. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure who this shifty looking young lady was, but she snuck up on me with these simple, but effective words: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;With the end of a teaspoonâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; I just feel sorry for her housematesâ&#x20AC;Śeven I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make a cuppa anymore without thinking about a 2 girls 1 cup situation. Coming up weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got some major, major events. Last night we celebrated The Santa Cause        =  Â   " your ticket, another present you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to buy for a close relative!! Next week itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Snow Ball featuring Jaguar Skills & special guests! If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never heard of this absolute legend on the wheels of steel (Yep, I said that), then YouTube his mentalist mash up tunesâ&#x20AC;Ś. You will be impressed! +        Â&#x20AC;]          / ^   '     '      X ÂŞ=   >ÂŻ> My advice over the crimbo periodâ&#x20AC;Ś..Boots 3for2, KP peanut & raisin tubs, pigs in blankets,    *_Â        '  '> See all you good looking Swansea-ites in 2011.

Simmo Saysâ&#x20AC;Ś.Play pool with Natalie Marie Pryce - She puts the balls in.

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RAngharadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Round-up Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost two weeks until Christmas and we all know what that means: â&#x20AC;&#x2122;tis the season to be saucy!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get us wrong, we loved Beer Race and Halloween, but the festive season is somehow that little bit more exciting for us fancy dressers. All of a sudden itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dark and cold at four in the afternoon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the perfect environment for sordid deeds and scandalous behaviour. We challenge any man to walk past a drunk and lonely girl dressed as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mrs Clausâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in the big wide world of the Ice Room and not offer her a Candy Cane Corkyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (we think this is a fantastic idea. Corkyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x201C; call us). Is it just us or has University totally warped our innocent image of the people of the North } ÂŻ=  #      Â&#x2019; ´    =      ÂŻ+   ' "' ZÂŻ(  

 ÂŻ] ">$   feel left out. The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;less is moreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; look can work for you too. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Santakinisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; are currently on sale in Swansea â&#x20AC;&#x201C; think Borat with bells and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got the idea. Ladies, if thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s someone special you want to take out, offer him a pair of tights and a ticket to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Santa Causeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and trust us, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be straight there. This might sound crazy but think about it. On an ordinary winter night out the average girl tends to opt for tights and tall shoes. Bring on the fancy dress and the average boy will tend to opt for the same. This seems to be a fetish restricted to the male sex. We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever felt like dressing up in boxers and braces. ]   ' 

[' '         X the general rule we have decided upon after years and years of attending fancy dress parties (for research purposes only...obviously). Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind sweating into their telly-tubby onesies or because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re too worried about our hair to wear a mask, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know. All we know is that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the boys who run around dressed in mankinis and morph suits who are the most memorable of the night. Although those in disintegrated cardboard come a close second. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a member of The Waterfront, Xtreme Radio or The Media Society and you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like fancy dress but you do like dressing fancy, then we have something for you. Come for crackers, champagne and a two course dinner at Oceana with us and lets get merry. Oh, and you get entry to Snowball too. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re good like that. December 13th, 6.30pm, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be late. Seriously, the champagne will probably be gone. Â Â&#x2DC; " =  '       >


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TAKE A BREAK - SUDOKU EASY GUESS WHO? ______________________________

CHALLENGING

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Intramural Football - First hurdle fall for cup champions Fixtures for 09/12

By Intramural reporters Owain Harries and Rupert Williams

Sketty Bolognese vs. Urine Trouble

Swansea University 7thâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vs. PhotoSinthesis Grasshoppers

Blazinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bonville Bulldogs vs. Ajax Treesdown

Singleton Park Rangers vs. Hardly Athletic

FC Climax vs. History Boys

Geography FC vs. Team Armadillo AFC

Swansea University 6thâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vs. Team Sloth AFC

Balls Deep vs. Sub-Standard Liege

FC Climax 6-0 BBB   Z          made early pressure count with goals  Â&#x20AC; !         $   !!!    

 '      Z   with what was thrown at them. !!! "    ^ teamtalk was to no avail as Climax            Fancy an Italian? Sketty Bolognese advanced to the second round of the cup and have impressed this season

X =  =   Events cup lived up to its expectations          shock results along the way. One thing is guaranteed, there will be a new name on the cup this year as reigning champions Team Sloth were knocked out to underdogs SPR whilst Ajax X            XX=    

      }  Grasshoppers yet again. Both uni teams 

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Armadillo 2-4 Sub Standard

Dedication to the cause: Edward Capstick slides to take the ball off Photosynthesis during their 2-0 win

Swansea Student Events Cup 1st Round Results University 6thâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2-0 Geography University 7thâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4-2 Hardly Athletic Singleton Park Rangers 1-0 Team Sloth Ajax Treesdown 2-0 Photosynthesis Sketty Bolognese 4-0 Urine Trouble FC Climax 6-0 Blazinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bonville Bulldogs Sub-Standard Liege 4-2 Team Armadillo Balls Deep 3-1 History Boys

Both teams started the game strongly but Armadillo had the better chances and hit the bar early on. They did go on to take   ^     to Simon Frost, and some good saves by the Armadillo keeper meant their

              X      and Sub Standard Liege came out          with a well taken goal by striker Charlie Bridgewater. Armadillo then took the

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Singleton Park Rangers 1-0 Team Sloth Singleton Park caused the biggest        + Â&#x201A;   reigning champions Team Sloth were '  

        round by a team they beat 6-1 two weeks earlier. In an end to end game Sloth could                 hitting the woodwork several times "     ' X Â&#x2019; Mattarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s header was disallowed as the throw-in that created it was deemed a   Â&#x20AC; X  "   "   SPR capitalized on their only chance

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SPORT COMMENT PAGE Our writers have their say on the big issues Blooming Daffodil or Heartless Dragon? Alun Rhys Chivers examines the recent goings-on at Glamorgan Cricket Club GLAMORGAN County Cricket Club is traditionally synonymous with a close community atmosphere. However, in light of recent major changes at the club, a Glamorgan Cricket Pressure Group comprising of disgruntled members has been formed. At the end of a 2010 season in which Glamorgan narrowly and circumstantially (bad weather) missed out on promotion to the County Championship First Division, the shocking departures, resignations and stripping of positions in a short period of just a few days has ironically brought that togetherness to the fore, in a bid to force an EGM. So what has led to the membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; extreme discontent? In order to reverse what they have called poor results          (   one-day performances, the committee has publicly humiliated the Director of Cricket, replaced the captain and changed the overseas player in covert actions which have outraged the President. Appropriately, in the run-up to Christmas, the man considered the saviour of Glamorgan cricket, newlyappointed captain Alviro Petersen,

received a visit in the Middle East from three wise men â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Chairman Paul Russell, Chief Executive Alan Hamer and Managing Director of Cricket-thenin-waiting, Colin Metson. They neglected to inform the thencaptain, Jamie Dalrymple, and the Director of Cricket, Matthew Maynard, who was later offered a demotion to First Team Coach. Maynard resigned claiming that his position was untenable. Dalrymple followed, along with President Peter Walker. #      ^ created Managing Director of Cricket position, could be described as the Ghost of Seasons Past, back to haunt Maynard. A top-class wicket-keeper in his day, it is questionable whether Metson is the man to bring stability to a club which is now a laughing stock. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no secret that he was never considered a team man by his contemporaries, dropped by then-captain Maynard during the 1997 season, as much for his lack of teamsmanship as his inability to bat. Ironically, he recently led the Cricket Review Group which sanctioned his subsequent appointment at Maynardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expense. Another 1997 Championship-winning

team member, Steve James, now a Sunday Telegraph journalist, expressed on Twitter his dissatisfaction with Metsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appointment, saying that he â&#x20AC;&#x153;woke up this morning and hoped it was all a nightmare. But no. Colin Metson really is in charge of Glamorgan cricketâ&#x20AC;?. Out-going Maynard, meanwhile, has a proven track record as player, captain and coach, and is highly regarded by the cricket world. He burst onto the county scene in 1985 at the age of 19, scoring a debut century against Yorkshire at Swansea. He went on to play a central role in the Sunday League team of 1993, and captained Glamorgan to only its third County Championship title in 1997. Highly respected by former Glamorgan and England coach Duncan Fletcher, Maynard was appointed Fletcherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assistant in the international set-up before returning to Glamorgan. Spare a thought also for Mark Cosgrove, the Australian who amassed over 1,000 runs for the county in 2010. Once the decision to appoint an overseas captain had been made there appeared to be room at the Inn for Cosgrove for only a temporary stay during the T20 tournament, rather than for the whole

CONFUSION: Jamie Dalrymple (left) and Matthew Maynard

2011 season. Walker, a member of the 1969 Championship-winning team, subsequently resigned the Presidency, citing discontent with the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s handling of key decisions. And so the search is now on for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;world-class coachâ&#x20AC;?. Why a world-class coach would want to enter the dragonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s den in the current climate is anybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guess. Russell claims that two have already expressed interest. As Christmas approaches, the future of Glamorgan County Cricket Club

remains uncertain. While Russell and Co have commendably turned the Swalec Stadium into a Test ground which hosted Ashes cricket in 2009, for some it has become a cash cow and county cricket  '   So, what of 2011? A Happy New Year? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think so. A return to the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Daffodil Daysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of Glamorgan County Cricket Club in the spring is unlikely.

Cricket boring? The fun has only just begun! Richard Hasley assesses whether England can win the Ashes down under for the ďŹ rst time since 1986 FIVE full days of cricket in Brisbane and the Ashes score is exactly the same as when the England team got off the plane. So why did they go to all that effort? Could they not have saved a lot of bother and gone straight to Adelaide for the second test? Or perhaps, better yet, they could have stayed in England and enjoyed this particularly inclement weather weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having. It would certainly have saved this writer a lot of red-eye and coffee binging at three in the morning. Yet the very fact that England could not get the win that even the Aussies were predicting they would, and at

times even looked dead-cert to lose the test, is exactly what makes this sport so enthralling. England have looked imperious this year, losing just nine times in all forms of the game; not bad given theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve played forty-eight matches. Australia by contrast have been a shadow of their former self, particularly in comparison to the all-conquering line-up that demolished England 5-0 the last time the Ashes were held down under. Three balls into day one however, and Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s captain Andrew Strauss is out for a duck with what, in the end, was a fairly straightforward catch for Mike Hussey. As settled as viewers may

TON UP: Alastair Cook hit a record-breaking double century in First Test

have thought they were to watch the game, with many more still putting the kettle on, it all went topsy-turvy for the batsmen from the start, as well as for English stomachs. By the third day Australia were 221 runs ahead and looking like they meant business. The Gabba pitch was not as fast as usual, but Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s batsmen would have their work cut out for them turning      "  bowl the Aussies out. And this is what made the test such compelling viewing; to stand any chance of salvaging even a draw, all sorts of records would have to be broken by the English batsmen. Cue Alastair Cook. The longest innings of an Englishman in Australia, the highest score by an Englishman at the Gabba, the highest score by anyone in a test down underâ&#x20AC;Ś The list goes on, and it was a truly monumental performance by the opener, not to mention Strauss and Trott, who both got centuries,      three batsmen have all scored a ton in the same innings. Â "     Â&#x2014; with the visitors only holding a lead of eighty-eight runs overnight there was every chance another wicket might fall and spark an avalanche, giving Australia the scent of a comeback. Admittedly, an         

UNDER PRESSURE: Australia captain Ricky Ponting has had criticism

no such catastrophe was coming, Cook looked assured at the crease, and the Aussies looked to have run out of ideas. The draw was in the bag, England would '  

^  It was time for bed. As early as it was possible to go to bed        "  '   fact that nothing in cricket is certain. England had gone into the test on the back of some solid warm-up matches, knowing their best team to put out months in advance, while Australia had looked out-of-sorts and unsure of their line-up, yet all it took was three balls,

and from then on anything could have happened. The Aussies looked up for it and England looked shell-shocked. A dull draw? Nowhere near; both teams are out for the win, and there will be no easy victories for England down under this winter, no matter how well they have played this year. The next test in Adelaide should be a batterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paradise, so expect plenty of runs and what will have to be clever bowling. This is where    


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NETBALL HIT BACK WITH EMPHATIC WIN Swansea 3rds R.A College 1sts

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By Charlotte Maling Sports Reporter SWANSEA WOMENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S Netball 3rds bounced back from the previous weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s     QJ^@@ " Royal Agricultural College 1sts on a sub-zero Wednesday afternoon in Sketty Lane Sports Centre. From the offset, Swansea looked slightly nervous with several cautious movements, but soon proved to be the stronger side with quick effective passing amongst all players. With Swansea having suffered their third defeat of the season to Glamorgan 2nds 23-31 the previous week, and with only two wins under their belt, each player knew the importance of the home Z  Team Captain, Megan Dacey highlighted the importance of this win after the match. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were neck and neck in the league and knew a win today would be vital.â&#x20AC;? Swansea took a positive 22-13 lead going into the second half, with Dacey '   Â&#x201A;  Agricultural College were simply unable to defend Swanseaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tactical quick passing from player to player with most points scored from Royal deriving from Swanseaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mishaps. Â&#x201A;/     a whole, Dacey commented, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were great all game, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very excited to have beaten our close opponent. Having been beaten last week we wanted to       Within the fourth quarter Swansea dominated their opponents, and the               each other on to reach their second conclusive half-century score of the season. During this last quarter Swansea achieved an average of just under a point per minute, clearly displaying their consistent dominant position. The highest scorer of the game was Dacey, Goal Shooter, with her fellow Goal Attack completing the admirable result. Most point scoring plays derived from the solid defending, with the Wingers taking advantage of the space around the court to forward the play to the Shooters. The man of the match deservedly went to Laura Johansson, Wing Attack for the match, with important contributions to not only tracking back but also her skilful awareness in setting up perfect opportunities for the attackers. Next week is Swansea 3rdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last game  @J\J    Z    Aberystwyth 3rds, whom Swansea "    QQ^\|  game of the season. If Swansea carry this strong performance onto their next game, there cannot be any doubt of a perfect end before

SAILING TEAM IN FIRST VICTORY OF SEASON Written by Imogen Stanley Swansea University Sailing ON A COLD weekend in November Swanseaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1st and 2nd sailing team made the long drive up to Birmingham. With 16 different Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s competing and 21 teams, including top teams such as Birmingham, Nottingham, Exeter, Warwick, Cardiff and Bristol, the weekend was sure to bring good competition. After a long summer of no team racing, both Swansea teams were up for some  =  @   the water facing Warwick Turtles. After an unsuccessful start from Swansea they fought back to beat Warwick with Sarah Davies pulling some kamikaze moves to get Swansea to the front. They continued to be on top form throughout the day as they beat rivals Cardiff on route to winning over half their races, so they managed to qualify top of the Silver / "   outing as a team. Swansea 1sts also had a successful start to the day winning all the races, with tough competition from Birmingham Old Boys and Bristol they managed to stay top of their league, qualifying for the Gold Fleet. Some of the most impressive moves of the day were from David and Imogen who at mark 3 managed to get both of their team mates  /  ! 

CONTINUED SUCCESS: The Sailing team have enjoyed a fine few months after winning gold at BUCS

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    " after an impressive start to make sure that Dyfrig & Emily made it to the front / Sunday loomed with sore heads and blurry eyes but we all managed to power   X  " /   =   @  were in was a very tough league and                 Q  " /    Z

      brand new team. Congratulations go to Sarah Davis & George Frankpitt, Max Robinson & Rhiannon Blow and Patrick Ratcliffe & Georgina Nelson. Swansea 1sts continued on top form

winning all the morning races thus proving that you do sail best after a few â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;casual drinksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; the night before. As     \ '  "                they had beaten the day before. They put    '   Â&#x2019;   the Birmingham Old Boys off and lost   ]  Nottingham between Swansea 1sts and     "   *   winning 2-0. Swansea were through to "      Every team member was nervous as we faced Warwick who was placed 3rd at BUCS last year. After a nerve wracking

    ]   + '  one race stood between Swansea and      Swansea managed to rake in the nerves and perform to the ability they had been 

         off with a top result and winning the last race and the overall tournament.          Imogen Kaack and her team of David Ashworth, Dyfrig Mon & Emily Craig and Imogen Stanley & Ollie Mcsoley. Thank you to our sponsor Vodka Revolutions and The Athletic Union.

FEDERER BEATS NADAL TO CLAIM ATP TITLE IN LONDON By Chuka Madubunyi at the 02 Arena AS I stepped into the arena, it felt like I was walking into the Coliseum. Not because of the size of the arena but because of the greatness of the two men about to do battle there. Federer and Nadal are gladiators in menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis. They stand head and shoulders above their rivals and everyone knows that

when these two men take to the court something special is going to happen. Federer came into the match in great form. He hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t dropped a single set

    Â&#x201E;    like a man on a mission and Nadal was having a good tournament as well, having dropped only a single set     

  ^    +  Murray. Federer blitzed to a 1-0 lead in the      *    "  in the process. This was an indication

the Christmas break. CLASH OF THE TITANS: Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer meet again

of how the match would end. Both players held serve while exhibiting brilliant shot making. In the 8th game             Federer hit a backhand winner that left Nadal rooted to the ground. Federer then proceeded to break his Spanish rival with another backhand winner that Nadal tried valiantly to get to. Federerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shot placement was immaculate. Nadal is widely viewed to be one of the best movers on the court, but he lacked the legs on the night and Federer capitalised on this. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a champion without having mental resilience; Nadal is one of the great champions of tennis. He         in the 4th game, played some aggressive tennis which paid dividends when Federer sent a backhand long to hand him the break. The crowd got excited  Q  *    clipped the net, and Federer tripped as he adjusted himself to reach the ball. In the 9th game, Federer changed his racket in a bid to break Nadal back but the Spaniard was having none of it. He moved Federer from one end of the court to another with his shots and closed out

the set with a backhand drop shot that Federer failed to control. Federer started the deciding set in             with a sublime crosscourt backhand. Nadal rallied to hold his serve with some stunning passing shots. However Federer broke to lead 3-1 in the 4th game when Nadal sent a forehand wide. From then on the man from Switzerland was in control of the match. Nadalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent tactic against Federer has been to target his backhand which can often be a weakness. The Spaniard plays with an incredible amount of           especially for players with singlehanded backhands such as Federer. This is one of the reasons Nadal is invincible on clay; the topspin makes the ball bounce even higher on that surface. However, Nadal faced a rock solid 8 '          simply could not break it down. X 8  won this tournament, becoming one of only three men to ever do so. This year may not have been Federerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best, but the absorbing rivalry between these two greats looks set to continue.


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FENCING CLUB IN BATTLE TO SURVIVE By Michelle Owen Sports Reporter SWANSEA UNIVERSITYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S fencing club may cease to exist if the club fails to increase membership numbers. Runners-up in two BUCS trophies as well as winning Varsity on numerous occasions in the last three years, the club has not been short of success. However, this year has seen one of the worst recruitment drives in recent history. Although the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teams have been bolstered this season, with new talent such as Richard Rapier and Daniel Ridsdale, there are  "



 Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Captain Will Cummings expressed his disappointment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have put in a lot of effort this year to attract new members. We have a few very talented fencers, but no club to support them.â&#x20AC;? It is a blow to the club which has invested over ÂŁ1500 in new equipment this year, meaning that new members, both experienced and novice, have an unrivalled access to brand new, top quality kit, which is currently not being used enough. Fencing requires a large amount of expensive safety and scoring equipment,

and it is not easy to build up such a stock. Treasurer Steve Reynolds commented, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We splashed out this year. In the past  "  

    kit for all the members, but this year we made up for it and not many people came along. Luckily we had a large   "    "    ourselves bankrupt.â&#x20AC;? The Fencing Club has previously not had problems recruiting new members, veteran fencer and club president Tom Russell said: ] Â&#x2DC;  '   ago, we had 60 or 70 new members at the beginning of the year. Naturally the numbers would decrease, but we always had around 30-40 at the end of the year. Without these people, the club struggles to keep going as there is no one new to Â&#x2DC;  Efforts have been made via demonstrations to stir interest. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Captain, Emma Collins, thinks the '         sport. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It takes a couple of weeks to pick up the basics before you can properly  Â&#x2014;     Despite a low turnout, the club has performed well this season so far. The Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team had a strong start to the season, beating a good Bristol 2nds team, and only closely missing out on beating

By Ben Donovan Sports Editor FIGHTING FOR SURVIVAL: The Fencing Club are looking for new members

league leaders UWE. In the individualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s competition held last weekend, new boys Dan Ridsdale and Richard Rapier came 32nd and 19th respectively. The Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team has had some closefought matches, and managed to edge out Southampton. Emma, the Captain, is pleased: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The girls have worked really hard so far this year, and I am really proud of what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve achieved.â&#x20AC;? Fencing are not the only club struggling this year. It has also been noted a low turnout is being featured from clubs on Wednesday evenings for post match socials, particularly in Odyssey. The

reasons for this as yet seem unclear, but a lack of Freshers signing up could be one factor, as older members experience the pressures of heavier workloads. The club holds training on Wednesdays, 2-5pm in The Pavilion (the white building to the left when entering the sports village) and Saturday 2-4pm in the main Sports Hall. If you have any questions, please email the President, Tom Russell or the Secretary, SiĂ´n Carpenter at sufencing@hotmail. co.uk. Their website is www.sufencing. moonfruit.com.

MIXED EMOTIONS FOR ROWING CLUB IN BRISTOL By Richard Hasley Sports Reporter THE HEAD race season got under way â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;properâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; last weekend for Swansea at the annual University of Bristol Head Race. Meeting outside Fulton House at the ungodly time of 5:45am on a Saturday, Swansea University Rowing Club braced itself for a dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s racing in the freezing cold.

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     for the club, Bristol saw Swansea put out ?          year, including its two novice crews. And though they may only race half the distance of the senior teams, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s by no    8 Â&#x2DC; new recruits to the club, Bristol is their  " Z        making it a culmination of all theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned in two months. Things started badly for the club, with

SWANSEA FRESHER IN RUNNING FOR TOP AWARD

the trailer carrying the boats not leaving =      to be on the water, meaning the two senior crews had to borrow boats from other teams. Things could have got a lot worse for the senior menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s VIII who narrowly avoided a collision under a bridge with The Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College, Oxford and Southampton. Undaunted, both they and the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s IV put in solid performances, with the crews coming

MIXED RESULTS: There was plenty of fight and endeavour on show at the Bristol weekend from the SURC

5th out of 8 and 4th out of 9 in their respective categories. Though it may still be very early in the season, both wanted to lay down a marker on which to build throughout the year. Based on these results, things are looking promising. For the novices, it was more of a mixed bag. The novice men put in a commendable effort, even if some of them looked as though they were about to collapse by the end, coming 13th out of 23. All the more impressive given that they were rowing in a somewhat   '   

   Â&#x2DC;  two places and two seconds behind main rivals Cardiff. The novice women however did not  "   Â&#x2014;    nightmare that had hampered the start of the day left them with no riggers, and therefore unable to race. A disappointing day perhaps, but they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to wait too long for another chance to show what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got, the next event is in two weeks at Monmouth Christmas Head. Praise must instead go to their  Â&#x2014; " '   the last few hundred metres when all a competitor wants to do is pass out. Still early in the season? Yes. Cold? (   !         will soon be heating up for SURC!

SWANSEA UNIVERSITY student Jazz Carlin has been shortlisted for the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year award for 2010. In October the swimmer became the ]       pool since 1974 as she claimed the silver medal in the 200 metre freestyle at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. The Waterfront caught up with Jazz to get her reaction to the news. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s such an honour to be nominated and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to see the support from everyoneâ&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wales has had a successful year for sport so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really looking forward to the event, as itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not often we get the chance to get dressed up!â&#x20AC;? Jazz also won a bronze medal at the games to cap a fantastic twelve months for the youngster, who is now looking ahead to the 2011 World Championships before turning her attention to the London Olympics in 2012.

ENGLAND MISS OUT ON 2018 WORLD CUP LAST WEEK saw England miss out on the chance to host the World Cup in 2018. In an event held at FIFAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s headquarters in Zurich, it was Russia that was handed the opportunity to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;invite the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to the largest single sporting event as it  Â  Â  in the tournamentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history.


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COUNTDOWN TO VARSITY 2011 BEGINS IN EARNEST By Ben Donovan Sports Editor THE COUNTDOWN to Varsity 2011 is now well underway as the biggest sporting event of the academic year heads to the home of Welsh rugby. The showpiece occasion will be played at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Wednesday, March 30th as Swansea look to defend their title in the events 15th anniversary. WRU National Development Manager Jason Lewis said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our universities are arguably some of our biggest rugby clubs in Wales in terms of the number of teams they put out on a weekly basis.â&#x20AC;? Former Swansea student Alun Wyn Jones, who graduated with a Law degree and played for Swansea in Varsity when it was held at the Brewery Field in Bridgend, is anticipating yet another scintillating clash between the two teams in March â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with Swansea coming out on top. ?       " Z 

attracting superb support from university students and alumni and it is fantastic news that the home of Welsh     '

'  Z yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Swanseaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s successful record to date shows the passion and preparation that the university show at each Varsity Z     

 be driving back up the M4 with the  Z  Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event saw 11,000 students turn up to watch Swansea beat Cardiff 16-12 to regain the Varsity trophy at the Liberty Stadium and Cardiff-born Welsh international Jamie Roberts believes  Z   '   Varsity game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing better than to play rugby with your mates, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so great about university rugby.â&#x20AC;? With this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event being played at Cardiffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Millennium Stadium, many    "Z    '  a potential lack of atmosphere that has been previously created in venues such as Cardiff Arms Park.

GREEN AND RED: The Millennium Stadium will be a sea of colour when Varsity 2011 kicks off on March 30th

Jamie Roberts and Alun Wyn Jones were present to promote Varsity

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with regard to playing at the Arms Park and to go one better and play here is fantasticâ&#x20AC;? added Fowler. But Lancaster believes it is more than just a game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The match is always ferocious. They are playing in front of housemates and course mates and they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to let anyone down.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;There will be nerves but that was the same last year at the Liberty Stadium and we are really looking forward to it.â&#x20AC;? Fowler was also quick to point out that he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want the opportunity to pass by quickly for all the players involved. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You are given this opportunity once in a lifetime and we want them to grasp it with both handsâ&#x20AC;? he said.

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