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FRUSTRATED STUDENTS TAKE STAND OVER ACCESS By Kate Wilson News Reporter “IF you’re disabled and a member of Swansea University Student Union, you can’t join Swansea SU Societies.� This controversial Facebook status stirred up a number of reactions when it was posted on Sunday 20th February. The words came from Patrick Collins, president of Swansea University Comedy Club, who wrote it in reaction to an incident involving his girlfriend Katie Burke who is the president of the Drama Society. Katie, a second year law student, was born with both of her hips dislocated; a medical condition that only really surfaced as a problem when she fell during a skiing holiday in December 2005. Since then Katie has had two operations on her hip, involving a combined time of 6 months of physiotherapy. Katie’s hip is still causing her problems, in addition to causing her a great amount of pain. “Currently I take 12 pills for pain everyday�, she told The Waterfront. On certain days, depending on the pain, she has to use either crutches or a walking stick. The Drama Society book Dining Room C for rehearsals every Monday, Thursday

and Sunday year round. However, the only disabled access to that dining room is available through the lift which is situated on the other side of Fulton House, and only accessible by walking through dining rooms A and B in order to get to C. On Sundays this has proven to be a problem as dining rooms A and B are kept locked for security purposes, preventing Katie from taking the lift         stairs. This puts unnecessary pressure on her hip joint which causes her further pain. On the 20th February Katie tried to get to her rehearsal by taking the lift, however realising that Dining Room A was locked, she was unable to get to Dining Room C. Katie told The Waterfront: “I went to the Union House porters and asked them to unlock Dining Room A, their response was: “sorry love not my job�. I was sent to the bottom of Fulton House to ask the security staff if they would open the dining room for me, their response was also “sorry love not my job�. I was then              whose job it was to open the dining rooms for disabled access, however they were not around. At this point I just chose to walk up to Dining Room C.� “It just felt really humiliating. I

don’t like to think of myself as disabled but I deliberately went and asked for help and was ignored.â€? Patrick also wrote on Facebook: “they’ve said before if someone with a disability turned up they’d open up more access but today someone did and they did nothing, not even call through to anyoneâ€?, Katie has been at Swansea University for six years and disabled access awareness has always been an FRUSTRATED: Students Katie Burke with boyfriend Patrick Collins in Dining Room C issue for her. She told The Waterfront, professionally but they cannot control the porters and security staff for the “the University has always been very good when dealing the actions of the portersâ€?, said Katie. University, have sent their apologies According to Raechel Mattey; and are currently holding an internal with my physical and learning disabilities; it is just disabled access “we have asked the University’s investigation regarding the incident. awareness that is a problem.â€? Estates department to investigate the Since this incident has been brought situation. Obviously we are unhappy Have you had problems with access across the to light Katie has been to see Welfare with what went on and we want to disabled of Students Union/       ensure all members have access to University ! " # $%&  society space. We will continue to Contact: editor@swansea-union.co.uk have both dealt with the situation very pursue this issue until it is resolved.â€? Estates, the company who supply

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ÂŁ750,000 INVESTED INTO UNION completely refurbished, but the equally awful toilets in    

    House are to be improved. The SU President admitted that campaigning for improvements to the toilets â&#x20AC;&#x153;has not been the most glamorous part of my jobâ&#x20AC;?, but ultimately, the lobbying campaign has paid off. First year student Emily Slatter agrees with the investment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it is a worthwhile investment, especially with the toilets as they need a lot of workâ&#x20AC;?. Students also called for improvements to the library, and it has been announced that library facilities are RESULT: Sabbs win fight for funding TOILETS: One of the areas set to benefit to receive a much-needed boost. Improvements range By Clare Davies and the University, has announced from IT facilities (new News Reporter immediate action to be taking on issues PCs, new loanable netbooks) to more that really matter to students, including group study space and improvements A ONE-OFF fund of ÂŁ750,000 will be improvements to toilets, library facilities to facilities to help visually impaired !        +  and societies space. This comes from a students. The growth in popularity of student Studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Union as requiring action to two-year period of extensive lobbying improve the overall student experience from the current Sabbatical Team, led by societies has also been an issue, with President Luke Young, who have kept societies complaining about a lack of at Swansea. This investment has been welcomed their promises and secured a win for storage space. Due to this investment, by students, coming at a time of great students. The proposal was announced major work is to be carried out on the unease surrounding the university at the recent Annual General Meeting, dining rooms to create enhanced storage sector, with cuts to various departments with Young announcing that the money space for societies. The refectory in for the investment is secure and work Fulton House is also having a revamp, becoming the norm. with zoned areas being introduced, The Student Experience Fund, will begin soon. It has been revealed that not only including non-alcoholic social spaces a joint partnership between the SU are the (infamous) toilets in JCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to be

and group study spaces. This fund marks improvements within the relationship between the SU and the University; as the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;critical friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of the University, the SU often clashes with the University over the issues that concern students. This Student Experience Fund shows a mutual co-operation between Union and University, and proves that {!       what the students want. Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Student Experience Fund Prof Alan Speight commented: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our aim is, quite simply, to ensure that the Swansea student experience is unparalleled for the quality of the academic, social and sporting opportunities that are available to students, and that they can be intensely proud of the unique and enjoyable ^  Â&#x201A;$ This investment will undeniably help to improve the student experience for all students at Swansea, and it signals the impressive legacy of the current Sabbatical team, who have fought and won on behalf of students. President Luke Young said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am proud of the work that the team have done over the last two years to ensure that concerns are listened to and acted on. These are great wins for students.â&#x20AC;? The SU is now a far more organised and strong unit, campaigning for students, and it is surely to be celebrated that the University, instead of ignoring students, are now taking notice and working to improve all aspects of

LIBYAN STUDENTS FACE DIFFICULTIES By Elena Cresci News Reporter THE EFFECTS of the ongoing crisis in Libya have hit a number of students in Swansea. Some Libyan students last week faced the prospect of being left without funding. Students around the country are being affected by the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, as communicating with families in the areas affected is near to impossible. While the students have since been awarded this monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scholarship in time, the uncertainty raised serious         

dependant on the monthly scholarship to support their families here in Swansea. As the crisis continues, the students          needed funds. When asked what course of action they would take in the event their funds were disrupted, the students explained; â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can cope for a few days, a few weeks, but no more. We have no idea what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll do after that.â&#x20AC;? With regards to the crisis itself, the students expressed disbelief and shock at the events transpiring in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya at present, as one commented: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in a dream â&#x20AC;&#x201C; nobody expected this to happen so quickly,â&#x20AC;? Geraint Davies, Labour MP for Swansea West, spoke to the students

about their concerns on Friday 25 February and expressed the view that %          wider issue of the effects of the crisis on the Libyan and Muslim communities here in Swansea.â&#x20AC;? International Student Adviser Neil Gaskin explained that in the event of a temporary disruption in funds, the university would be able to postpone Students affected by mass protests in Libya demands for fees. The   

  Â&#x201A; University also has an International according to a section on the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crisis Fund, which can â&#x20AC;&#x153;provide emergency assistance for International website.

CONFIDENCE BOOST FOR SIFE SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) teamed up with the Careers and Employability Service to provide a week of workshops and information named â&#x20AC;&#x153;Recipe4Life.â&#x20AC;? A presentation workshop focusing on presentational skills took SIFE team members take the challenge place during the morning where students were coached By Laura Richards on how to overcome their    +     News Editor presentations and interviews. Sarah Davies, President of the SIFE FIFTEEN STUDENTS and members of staff abseiled down the residential society, commented: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The workshop Kilvey building on Wednesday 2 March. was about overcoming your nerves

during presentations and interviews whilst the afternoon intended to show that you can get over your nerves by doing something like abseiling.â&#x20AC;? Natasha Wood, 3rd year Business Management student who took part in the abseil, revealed how she was scared of heights but soon overcame the fear. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was really scared, especially as I have never done anything like this before. It was really hard getting over the rails but after that you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even realise you were going down the side of a building; it was like a walk in the park.â&#x20AC;? Laura Pettit, Secretary of the society explained that although the abseil was done through an entrepreneurship module and is part of her dissertation, it was also â&#x20AC;&#x153;a great boost for SIFE as far as

advertising and promoting is concerned, with people now more familiar with what the society does.â&#x20AC;? As well as the abseil, members of the society were on hand to distribute     !       society and would like to thank Xtreme Radio for their coverage of the event. Pettit is also hopeful that this was not   ! $%7

  

 part, we are hopeful that we will be able to do it again, and if so we will try and open it up to as many people as possible throughout the afternoon.â&#x20AC;? For more information on SIFE visit www.sife-swansea.ac.uk or email sifeswansea@live.com.

Vox Pops Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your opinion? Do you think the recent student funding that has been granted is necessary and what would you like to see it spent on?

Phil Smart 2nd Year History â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brilliant that we have funding to re-do facilities. The Fulton House toilets need refurbishing and the library needs more computers and desks. Also it  +   !     or cafe area where the members can meet before meetings.â&#x20AC;?

Beth Hunt 1st Year Social Policy â&#x20AC;&#x153;The toilets need doing so the funding      $ &  8  many other areas I think need renovating although the heating could be improved in certain lecture theatres such as Glyndwr.â&#x20AC;?

Debbie Cox 3rd Year International Relations â&#x20AC;&#x153;The funding is necassary and it would be nice if the library facilities were improved. I can understand why Fulton House would +         8      prospective students would see. Also with a doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surgery and dentist on campus, a pharmacy would be really useful.â&#x20AC;?

Ollie Bryant 1st Year History and Economics â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the funding provided a pharmacy on campus it would be brilliant as I have had so many issues with having to walk into town or the Uplands to get my prescription.â&#x20AC;?


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STUDENT SET TO STAND IN COUNCIL ELECTIONS

POLITICAL ANIMAL; Mitch Theaker

By Elena Cresci News Reporter A SECOND year politics student has been selected as a Labour candidate for the May 2012 Swansea Council elections. Mitchell Theaker, Campaigns and #+        Labour Students will be representing Labour in the race for Cockett Ward in 2012. At 20 years old, Theaker is currently the youngest candidate in the running for a seat in Swansea Council. The Labour student not only had to submit a CV and go through interview stages, but also needed to prove to the residents of his chosen ward that he would be a suitable candidate, with the selection process culminating in a speech to those constituents. In all three stages of selection, Theaker fought off competition from more experienced and     $ For Theaker, there was the worry constituents of Cockett would â&#x20AC;&#x153;see [Theakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s] youth as a hindranceâ&#x20AC;?, but he believes his being â&#x20AC;&#x153;an active campaignerâ&#x20AC;? in student and national politics is the main reason he fought off tough competition from 12 other candidates. He named Swansea Labour Students as a real asset to his campaign in 2012, citing their dedication and involvement in past campaigns as a huge advantage. In his speech to the Labour constituents of Cockett, Theaker        % Councilâ&#x20AC;? in the face of trying times ahead. Appealing directly to the sense of community in his ward, Theaker stated a belief in â&#x20AC;&#x153;a council on your cornerâ&#x20AC;? with residents able to communicate with their councillors with greater ease. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to win back Cockett because we have to reconnect with the people of Cockett. We should be available to residents when they need us the most.â&#x20AC;? At present, Cockett is represented by four Liberal Democrats after a close election in 2008, and Labour hopes to win back these council places in 2012. Theaker stated that he is â&#x20AC;&#x153;very excitedâ&#x20AC;? to be a part of Labourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign for Swansea Council.

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ACADEMY APPOINTS â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;PROMINENT INDIVIDUALSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; By Alun Rhys Chivers World News Editor &@  4"#)\?\&    have embarked on new roles within 7 &$ Dr. Gwenno Ffrancon, Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications, has been appointed Director, while Dr. Tudur Hallam has been promoted to Professor of Welsh. The Academi was established this academic year in memory of Professor   & ?   4    Welsh at Swansea from 1989 to 1995. Gwenno Ffrancon is a familiar name in the University. Her contribution and tireless commitment to expanding Welsh-medium provision for students has been vast. She has also contributed        the media in Wales, with a long list of publications to her name. Moreover, she founded and co-edits Cyfrwng: Media Wales Journal. Her latest work is a biography of local Welsh actress, Rachel Thomas. Dr. Hallam joined the Welsh Department in 1999, and is a specialist         $ ) 9<<Â&#x2030;     ?  Â&#x160; 

Memorial Prize for his volume Canon Ein LlĂŞn, which was published in 2007. He received a scholarship last year to publish a study of the dramatic works of Saunders Lewis. He is a Chief Bard of the National Eisteddfod, having won the prestigious Chair at Blaenau Gwent in 2010, for his tribute strict-metre poem 4   &?  $ Dr. Ffrancon told The Waterfront, â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are exciting developments            of Welsh-medium provision as a result of the establishment of Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. Swansea University, through the work of Academi Hywel &     !  of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, ensuring every possible opportunity is available to students who wish to study through the medium of Welsh at Swansea. A large number of disciplines and subjects already offer modules through the medium of Welsh at Swansea, and there are constant developments being made to this end. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As Director of Academi Hywel & )        planning and establishing new Welshmedium provision across the University, responding to calls from students

RESEARCHER GETS 1.2 MILLION By Willaim Hunt News Reporter A RESEARCHER at Swansea University has been awarded a â&#x201A;Ź1.47 million (approximately ÂŁ1.2 million) grant by the European Research Council (ERC) to investigate the causes of past climatic change. Dr. Siwan Davies, a senior geography lecturer at the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School of the Environment and Society, will put together a team of post-doctoral researchers, PhD students and research technicians to take part in the pioneering research. The study will involve comparing microscopic volcanic ash deposits in ancient ice and marine sediments, in order to better understand the causes of past climate change that have seen temperature swings of up to 16 degrees Celsius occur in the space of mere decades. Starting in September, the team led by Davies will embark on a 5-year project entitled â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Tephra constraints on Rapid Climate Eventsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (TRACE), funded by a prestigious ERC funding grant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Little has challenged our understanding of climate change more

than the abruptness with which largescale jumps in temperature occurred in the past,â&#x20AC;? said Davies, adding that currently, such changes are â&#x20AC;&#x153;poorly understoodâ&#x20AC;?. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These climatic events could be related to ocean circulation behaviour,â&#x20AC;? she suggested, â&#x20AC;&#x153;or be triggered by changes in the atmosphere possibly in the tropics.â&#x20AC;? By analyzing trace ash deposits found in Greenland ice-cores, which provide a record of atmospheric change, with North Atlantic marine records, that depict changes in the ocean circulation system, Dr. Davies aims to answer the question of whether the ocean is the cause of past atmospheric temperature X          them. The European Research Council was set up by the European Union in 1997,          by encouraging competition for funding between the most promising researchers in Europe. Professor Tavi Murray, a colleague of Dr. Davies, was awarded a similar grant    !     the edge of the Greenland ice sheet. Her research group was awarded ÂŁ881,354.

NEW CHALLENGE: Dr. Gwenno Ffrancon and Dr.Tudur Hallam take on new roles

for educational, cultural and social experiences through the medium of Welsh.â&#x20AC;? Professor Hallam said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We aim to make the Welsh language more accessible to all. Students at Swansea will be able to study Welsh at various levels, and as part of their degrees. For a number of reasons, more and more students want to learn Welsh and

learn through the medium of Welsh,  7   &   them a range of attractive courses and modules.â&#x20AC;? Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor Iwan Davies said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We begin a new and exciting period, and the appointment of two prominent individuals ensures that Swansea University is at the forefront of developments.â&#x20AC;?

NATIONAL STUDENT SURVEY LAUNCH By Kate Wilson News Reporter The 2011 National Student Survey (NSS) was launched at Swansea University on Monday 7th February. &  \     !   year undergraduates across the UK which provides data on the student learning experience at UK Universities HMS-NSS: The campaign team for prospective students. Each year the results are considered are out in force by Swansea University, in partnership with the Studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Union. Based on last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s NSS results, Swansea their say is now worth even more. In order for the university to University has implemented a number of changes, including the enhancement   +   \[<Â&#x2020;  of IT facilities in the Library and undergraduates at Swansea University the implementation of feedback on need to complete the survey. However Swansea University Student Union examinations for all students. Swansea Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current is hoping to get 70% of students to ?          complete the survey. & ?        changes being implemented by the university are a perfect example of the order to get the desired 70% result â&#x20AC;&#x153;the University and the students working Students Union is going to do what we do best. Go and talk to as many students together. Furthermore, with the promised as possible.â&#x20AC;?    

 rise in tuition fees, students will be providing the main part of funding for       universities across the UK. Therefore

UNI CLIMBS TO CLAIM BEST SOCIAL LIFE IN WALES By Desirae Gostlin News Reporter SWANSEA UNIVERSITY has climbed six places in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey. Previously placed 29th out of the 113 institutes, Swansea climbed to 23rd with a score 79.13. Although the University has risen in the rankings over the past year, Swansea

was once top of the survey when they beat 170 other UK institutes in 2005 for the coveted Best Student Experience Award. Some of the leading UK universities such as Oxford and Cambridge have slipped in ranking with Cardiff University dropping four places. The survey asked more than 13,000 undergraduate university students to rate their universities on 21 different categories ranging from social life to the

quality of teaching. Not surprisingly, of the 21 categories of judgment, Swansea scored highly in the social life category with a score of 6.3, the second highest score, surpassed only with a score of 6.4 by Loughborough University and the {!         two highest ranked schools overall, and the University of Leeds. Angelo Volante, 1st year physics student, commented how he is enjoying

his time at Swansea University and that he is â&#x20AC;&#x153;really happy with because it provides a balanced all round experience for students.â&#x20AC;? Volante also commented: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The campus is user-friendly and close enough to the city centre to provide a good night life. I like how participation in sports is encouraged and all this is set against a beautiful natural environment. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something for everyone.â&#x20AC;?


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A ďŹ ne success for the EURO CYCLE TRIP Library Book Amnesty By Angharad Jones Deputy News Editor {]&7\&)7 !    for students at last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Library Fines Amnesty organised by Swanseaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ?  $ The amnesty took place over a three day period last week, during which students were able to return overdue books to the university library without incurring a fee. A total saving of ÂŁ1179 was made by students as the library saw the return of an astounding 526 books which were overdue or declared lost. Due to the amount of items returned which had previously been recorded as lost, the library made a remarkable ÂŁ4270.09 saving on books which would have otherwise needed to be replaced. Though many students took advantage of the amnesty, one student in particular is very grateful for the event following a fee of ÂŁ471 being wiped from her library account after returning ten overdue books to the library. Third year Politics and American Studies student Fern Jeremy told The Waterfront: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The library amnesty was incredible. I genuinely donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what I would have done without it â&#x20AC;&#x201C; thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

no way I could have paid that amount of money. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was terrifying logging onto my +      `      that I owed ÂŁ471. I needed the books for my dissertation but couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t renew them      $) 8  +    $Â&#x201A;   8  ?     The Waterfront: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The amnesty has saved the Library over four thousand pounds at a time when their budget is tight which means more money can be spent on resources for all students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So whether or not you actually saved money by taking an overdue book back yourself, everyone is getting a better deal now because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve implemented an idea with the library that has saved ÂŁ4,270. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are 526 more items back in the library to use than if there hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been an amnesty. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good news for students who sometimes struggle to get

    $Â&#x201A; Fern added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The amnesty has taken such a weight off my mind and helped me out so much that I hope it can become an annual event to help more        !       $Â&#x201A;

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By Laura Richards News Editor 7 @7\?7              +    and wink.      student, entered the competition run by  +  + \Â&#x2014;Â&#x2DC;      the launch of it new Exquisite Curl mascara. People were invited to send in pictures or upload videos of their

wink which would then be judged by an expert panel consisting of Keeley    \Â&#x2014;Â&#x2DC;  !        ?\Â&#x2014;Â&#x2DC;`       Dawn Crooks.       ZÂ&#x2DC;   with judge Eldrige commenting, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love Sarahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wink because it is full of              $Â&#x201A; Sarah revealed, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I only entered because I saw an advert and thought why not? I never actually expected to win the grand prize; I was looking forward to winning a goody bag! My friends and family are really excited about my win  )8   +      $Â&#x201A; The prize of an exquisite pampering weekend for two in London includes 

   !   \Â&#x2014;Â&#x2DC; creative consultant Lisa Eldridge, hotel stay, spa treatments, afternoon tea, cocktails and a three course meal. When asked about the prize, Sarah commented, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have never won anything in my life so of course I am really looking forward to the pampering weekend especially seeing as it gives me +  + !   $Â&#x201A;

Apology and Correction from Issue 199 The Waterfront would like to recognise, apologise and correct an inaccuracy made in the last edition of the paper â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Issue 199. In the story titled â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Met Merger Plansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; it was stated that 4  Q!@ +   %\ @ 8  $Â&#x201A; It has since been discovered that this was a misquote given to Professor Warnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name after a mix-up with backdated sources when writing the article. We wish to correct and apologise for any offense caused and recognise that Professor Warner has always been supportive of the new merger development between the three institutions. )        4   \{@ Â&#x161; Q 

  + as Katie Webb in the same article.

UK UNI ROUND UP The Courier â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Newcastle University "7Â&#x160;    !    ! sexism claims An investigation has been launched into  %+ Â&#x201A;    \  8  RAG week after numerous claims of sexism and discriminatory behaviour. )    !   "7Â&#x160;    marking studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hands with numbers between 1 and 10 according to their   ! $      {   @  ?Â&#x201C;     %) think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a really horrible thing to do; thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not thinking about your actions and saying something stupid and then there is doing something that is really, really   $Â&#x201A; &  !             +  $ Varsity â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Cambridge University

LE TOUR: Students Jon and Rob prepare for ride to Portugal

By Emily Worthington News Reporter A PAIR of adventurous Swansea {!     !   summer euro trip with a difference. Second-year Jon Sklar and third-year Rob Warren, along with friends Gareth |  Q

 !!  a charity bike ride from Swansea to Albufeira, Portugal. The colossal, crosscountry, expedition will raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, after members of both Jon and Robâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s families were affected by the destructive disease. The cycle, nicknamed â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Le Tourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by the group, will kick off in early June covering 2,000 miles in support of a charity close to the boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearts. The trip will take them through England, France

+     trek in Portugal nearly six weeks later, hopefully allowing Rob time to travel back to Swansea in time for graduation. Already in training, the boys have been sponsored by the LC, who have provided them with two months free membership. Grateful for the encouragement theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve received, Rob said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The staff there are giving us some brilliant support to help kick-start

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{  !  offered the group much needed bike servicing free of charge. To support the boys with donations you can visit www.justgiving.com/ letour2011. You can also keep up with all their efforts on their Facebook page, %& 9<ZZ   7+Â&#x201A;$

NO PROMO FOR SINS )\`)&Â&#x201D;8   ! Â&#x2022; Saversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; played host to a very different !Â&#x2022;\  4  8  

 place on the 24th of February writes News Editor Adele MacGregor. The Facebook page for the event provided some highly amusing statements including promises of an indoor weather system, BYOC (Bring Â&#x201D;    ` Â&#x2019; Q  Â&#x2013;    available from the Bank of England, four sexy walls and unique personal hand art upon entry. The brainchild of Jamie Tagg and "  @  \   4     simply a mockery of the mass promotion and spamming from other events

companies, especially via Facebook, light-heartedly proving that the weekly ! ! ! 

  promotion as students have always loved the evening. Steve Dobie, who works for SSE and is part of the regular door staff at Sin Savers, said that the night was â&#x20AC;&#x153;really good, very busy: we were hitting   + Z9z<  !      good crowd with the whole event pretty     Â&#x201A;$  Q +     !    %    Â&#x201A;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of those nights which will always be popular â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the venue is well located, the drinks are cheap and there is   Â&#x201C;  $Â&#x201A;

Have you got a news story for us? SEX, SCANDAL AND VERY JUICY BITS: If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a news story Waterfront wants to know about it. Drunken rampages, house problems, gossip, grumbles, gripes, mishaps, even good news and achievements â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we really want them all!  + @    _

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Â&#x2019; Or email our news team/editor: news@waterfrontonline.co.uk or editor@swansea-union.co.uk

Students arrested after anti-cuts protest Kings College have expressed their concerns over the way police handled the arrest of two students who obstructed an

       $ 4               they could not enter the college grounds,      $`+ Defend Education, the organisers of the protests, revealed one of the students was â&#x20AC;&#x153;pepper-sprayed, thrown to the ground, and held in a headlock despite           + $Â&#x201A; )    +!    {!      enter into talks with Cambridgeshire police about the improvement of their policing of student protests. The Saint â&#x20AC;&#x201C; St Andrews University Students caught up in Egyptian crisis Two students were caught up in the recent crisis in Egypt. Ben Dunant, a fourth year student, had planned a trip to Egypt and witnessed a tear gas barrage and a stampede from riot police but revealed that he felt â&#x20AC;&#x153;lucky to be in Egypt at what could  !    X $Â&#x201A; &   student Phillipp Sorgenfrei was beginning the second half of his year abroad at an 7 {!    ` $ !      &  Â&#x201C;   was able to view the main events and saw crowds become more volatile and    %    Â&#x201A;     during the late afternoon. Sorgenfrei was !       7     the remainder of the academic year. The National Student Exeter announces ÂŁ9000 fees Exeter has become the latest university to signal its intention to charge students the maximum level of tuition fees, ÂŁ9,000 per $)          ! 1994 Group universities to declare its plan to charge the fee to all undergraduate    $ &  {!  8     contradicts the Governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s claims that fees of ÂŁ9,000 would only be charged in exceptional circumstances and reinforces the indication that they are failing to restrict fees averages to ÂŁ7,500 as planned. Along with the rise in fees, Exeter has also announced plans to introduce a new package of fee waivers and bursaries to encourage students from a less well-off +     {!  $


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Unpretty in Pink

By Daniel Harvey News Reporter THE ICONIC pink house in Brynmill, Swansea, has been told to cover the advertising upon its walls. The City Council has recently refused the planning application for the logo of the Cardiff based Events Company to appear on the external walls although it may retain its colour. This comes after the Council received complaints about the inappropriate advertising on the outside of the building; many residents disputed that the colour was not in fact a problem. The Waterfront previously revealed that the house had caused

complaints, with it being labelled â&#x20AC;&#x153;gaudy and crass.â&#x20AC;? Safety was also deemed an issue as it was argued that the advertising on the Pink House, as it is now affectionately called, could cause distractions to drivers. Similarly there was a potential risk that it could damage business for other landlords and property owners in the area. The renovations were paid for by the money received for the advertising rights, and although local residents are happy to see the renovation of the house the main issue lies with the advertisements that actually adorn the house. However, this has not been a problem restricted to this house alone. Last year there were advertisements running through Singleton Park advertising Nokia phones which also breached the law as they had no planning permission. As Nokia had not paid for the right to advertise in Singleton Park it had no legal rights to be advertising at all and as a result the advertisements were removed. Illegal advertising has become a growing problem for the Council and although they would like to see similar renovations of housing continue do not wish to be seen as biased towards certain companies.

Students support Students What is SLS? SLS (student led support) is a support group run by students for students

 !         disorders. The students who run the groups are fully trained facilitators and have been taught to run these groups in the best way possible. We know that life with an Eating Disorder is not much fun. We know that recovery can be  $ @         X  hanging on in there can be tough. We believe that everyone should have easy access to support. We believe that talking to someone can make a difference. We know that the world of an eating disorder is an isolated place. We know that it does not have to be so lonely. What can I expect

from a group session? If you have never been to a self help group session you might be feeling a bit nervous about the whole experience. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not the only one! New faces appear at our group sessions on a regular basis and every knows how nervous they         $ &      are always user led, so you can talk as much or as little as you like - no one is going to ask you to stand up and recite your life story, though are welcome to  $\    X  come along and listen to what other people are saying. You are also more than welcome to bring a friend along. These are the four fully trained facilitators who will be running the groups and have dedicated a lot of their time and efforts to ensure that SLS     !3

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*Two in every 100 people have suffered from an eating disorder *Most common age to develop an eating disorder or experience eating      Â&#x2018;  + Â&#x2019; and late teens (starting University) *Amongst adults at least 10% of people diagnosed with an eating disorder are male. The groups run every Thursday evening 6-7pm in the Studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; union Advice centre (the blue door on the right side of Fulton house) If you would like any more information about SLS, the groups or eating disorders, please contact sls@swansea-union.co.uk

Global Poverty Conference organised by Discovery By Adele MacGregor News Editor DISCOVERY Fundraiser Chanai Operanta will be accompanying ten students on a trip to Siavonga, a rural area in Zambia in July as part of a 4 week international community  X $ Q  !     will be teaching children at the local orphanage numeracy and literacy, providing workshops to increase the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s knowledge of business skills and social enterprise, helping with irrigation, planting and fencing to stop the hippos from ruining all their crops. &  {!   )    

 !Â&#x153;Â?<<<    X   of the travel expenses but the group have been organising other fundraising events to raise the rest of the money. The Global Poverty Conference is an event Discovery have organised to raise funds get the team out to Zambia and to buy resources with whilst we are out there tools, fencing, seeds, etc. The Conference includes a thoughtprovoking 60 minute multi-media presentation delivered by a professional international key note speaker. The event aims to empower individuals and make them aware of what they can do to be part of the global movement to end extreme poverty and beat global challenges. The presentation will last one hour,

    <      will get the chance to help themselves to the buffet, network and listen to a presentation on what we are going to be doing out in Zambia and the last <         another chance to eat and network. A complimentary extensive buffet will be provided by award-winning caterers, vegetarian options will be available, a Fair trade chocolate fountain will be present, and Starbucks are providing Fair Trade coffee for everyone. Tickets are ÂŁ5 and can be +     Q  !  9<< tickets are available but limited tickets will be available on the door on the night.


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WORLD NEWS ROUND-UP Texas Terror Charge By Kate Wilson World News Reporter Last week, US authorities in Texas arrested a Saudi student who had sought to make a bomb. Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 20, was arrested last Wednesday, January 23 and charged with the attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, based on the alleged purchase of chemicals and explosive-making equipment and his research of potential US targets. According to the Justice Department, Mr Aldawsari planned to use a mobile telephone as a remote detonator and purchased other items to assist with bomb-making, including a gas mask, a hazardous materials suit, a soldering iron, glass beakers and a stun gun. A diary was found by investigators and has been used as evidence against Mr Aldawsari in court. An excerpt from the diary reads: â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is time for Jihad.â&#x20AC;? Mr Aldawsari drew up a list of US targets to attack, including former president George Bushâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dallas residence and 12 reservoir dams in Colorado and California, investigators said. A spokeswoman from South Plains College, near Lubbock, Texas, said that Aldawsari was a transfer student who had been at the college for only six weeks.

Dior Designer Galliano Sacked By Jess Main World News Reporter Christian Dior has sacked British fashion designer John Galliano after claims he made antiSemitic remarks towards a couple at a bar. &  [<   Â&#x160;    +   in Parisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Marais district on Thursday, and video footage of the altercation was posted on the internet on Monday morning. Stephane Zerbib, Gallianoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lawyer, has said in a statement that the designer denies any accusations. However world-renowned fashion house Dior has expressed its â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;zero-toleranceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; policy on anti â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Semitism. Gallianoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future at the company, of which he has been chief designer since 1996, was decided following an enquiry. Anti-Semitic remarks are punishable by up to six months in prison in France. Reports show Galliano had been drinking at the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;La Perleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bar near the River Seine, 

            Â&#x201C;!   +    wine when the dispute took place.

W O All these stories and more are expanded @ waterfrontonline.co.uk

MP Questions Dukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Libyan Role

Alligator found behind sofa By Daniel Matcham World News Reporter A Brazilian woman had a big surprise after     behind her sofa. The creature was discovered   ^  ! 

 in her town. The woman, who is unnamed, lives in Paraupebas in Para, Brazil, which is in the east of the country. The alligator was spotted by the womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three year old son, who started patting its head. The woman acted quickly to prevent any harm to the boy. The house is located near to a river and rainforest affected +  

 $         ! the 1.5 metre (5 foot) animal, Luis Claudio Faras, spoke of his relief that the alligator had not attacked the child. The reptile was released to a less-populated area. )                 +     unexpected place. In 2008, an American alligator had to be restrained at a campsite in New South Wales, amid confusion from wildlife experts as to how it had arrived in Australia.

Clashes Tarnish World Cup Showdown

By Alun Rhys Chivers World News Reporter Shadow Justice Minister, Chris Bryant has called for the removal of the Duke of York as an ambassador for UK trade because of his links to the son of Libyan leader, Colonel Â&#x160;$ Bryant claims that Prince Andrew is â&#x20AC;&#x153;a very close Â&#x201A; ) Â&#x160;       friendship with convicted gun smuggler Tarek Kaituni in the troubled country. &  !+    Â&#x160;      Â&#x2DC;[<<<   +  into Tunisia. `   Â&#x160;       +   city, Tripoli, where there have been numerous explosions. It is alleged that hundreds of people were killed when the protests initially broke in eastern Libya. 7   Â&#x17E;  !+    to have captured the city of Benghazi. While the United States have moved warships closer to Libya, the Arab League foreign ministers are drafting a resolution to reject foreign intervention in the troubles. The UN has suspended Libya from its Human Rights Council. More than 1,000 people are believed to have been killed in Libya so far.

By Alun Rhys Chivers World News Editor Violent scenes in India threatened to overshadow the showcase match of the Cricket World Cup so far, as police struggled to control fans demonstrating in Bangalore over an apparent lack of tickets for the match between England and India on February 27. Police were caught on camera hitting fans, as more than 20,000 people queued for the 8,000 general sale tickets, which were sold within 2 and a half hours. The bulk of the tickets were apparently allocated to sponsors and commercial partners. Ticketing websites for the match â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which was switched from Mumbai to Bangalore - apparently crashed due to high $      ^    ago also failed to arrive. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has since announced a change in ticket policy, with a public ballot in place for the     $ &  )`` `  Executive Haroon Lorgat has said that he does not envisage further problems. The match ended in a last ball tie, with Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar hitting 120 in Indiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 338, after England captain Andrew Strauss had scored 158.

Quake Leaves NZ Second City In Ruin By Laura Stowe World News Reporter

New Zealand suffered a major natural disaster on February 21 when an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale struck its second largest city, Christchurch. Reports earlier this week suggested that four Britons were among the 148 who are known to have died. The only UK national named so far is Gregory Tobin, a chef from North Yorkshire. Two other Britons feared dead are thought to have been aboard a bus that was crushed by falling masonry. Phil Coppeard of Suffolk, is reported missing. He is one of many other individuals who are still unaccounted for. Christchurch was rocked by a much larger quake in September 2010 but this one caused far greater damage owing to the fact that it was much closer to the city and it was also extremely shallow. New Zealand sits right on the fault line  !  7 4         !   these plates that caused the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worst natural disaster in 80 years. More reaction to the earthquake at www.waterfrontonline.co.uk


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News 09

COMMENT

By Columnist Elena Cresci

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s election season! But who cares?

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here is no doubt that 2011â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sabbatical elections will be the biggest Swansea University has seen yet. With no incumbent challengers for any of the roles, the union will have six fresh faces at the helm in 2011/12, making this an election to watch. We could see the  ?   @                ?    @   9<<[      of candidates shows just how alive the interest in student politics and activism are here in Swansea. ?Â&#x2013;  !         

the traditional pen to ballot paper route, making this a truly modern union election. The Sabbatical

     ensure that we get the best possible experience here at Swansea University, and while events are a large part of this, the current Sabbatical team have proven that they have the ability to provide students with something other than a good night out. `    needed improvements to the toilets in JCs, the Â&#x153;Â&#x2DC;[<<<<  ?^ + Amnesty are just a few examples of how the union has delivered this past year. @          +          ^  ^    +  !            a national body of students. Student and national politics are overlapping in a way they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t for years. On Monday the 28th of February, NUS President Aaron Porterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face graced the cover of the Guardianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s G2 supplement, showing the

               face of cuts and higher fees. Without a shadow of a doubt, now is an interesting time to be a student poltician and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure that each candidate is hoping to play a part in the movement that has gripped studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; unions across the UK. These budding student politicians will face very different challenges to those of their predecessors. The way in which unions have previously lobbied politicians may not work as well as it has in in the past after the massive embarassment Nick Clegg   + Q       their pledge to oppose higher tuition fees. With such a huge backlash against the party that will likely affect them negatively come the next elections, politicans may be more cautious in their dealings with studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; unions. How will the new union recruits move forward from the heavy hits students have taken this past year? The tuition fees debate is one students lost very publicly last year, although the Welsh Assembly stepped in to take part of the hit for Welsh domiciled students. Swanseaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new union will need to buffer what Parliament wants to do in future, but at the same time work to ensure the Assembly keeps their current commitment to students. Something Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be interested to see is how the new Sabbs will take the use of online networking further. You only need to look at the regular updates of Twitter, Facebook and blogs to see how online networking is becoming crucial to the way the Sabbaticals communicate with the student body. Simply listing the names and email addresses of the

    8  +       Â&#x; Facebook makes it easy to get to know your Sabbs and make them more personable, approachable and, most importantly, accessible. Whichever way you look at it, these elections     !  8  !   idea about student politics. I for one canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait for campaign week.

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now and then I do other silly things like trying to date 100 women in 100 days. &$ #   adventure was born in Swansea. I took up longboarding and spent many hours training on the cycle path around the bay, before skating from John Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Groats    ?        ÂĄ<<    7 $7Â&#x201C;      the Union Travel shop here, because she got us discounted air tickets that made the whole project just that little bit more feasible â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never forget her for that. I write from Nepal, where Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m learning how to    Z<<<^   along the Himalayas. Although life is very different for me now some things havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t changed from my

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Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice: The Vanishing Horizon Hannah Price

\   ]   ^¢ Then head down to the Swansea Grand Theatre this March for its showing of world famous Broadway musical Guys and Dolls. The book by Jo Swerling was turned into a stage production in 1950 and since then its popularity has never faltered. With music and lyrics by world famous composer Frank Loesser, the story is based on Damon Runyonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two short stories, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Idyll of Miss Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and Â&#x2022;]

4 8$)   + his other story, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pick the Winnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. The story is set in the hustle and bustle of New York City, based around the secret gambling lifestyle of the working men where Sarah, a Salvation Army

    !      gamblers. However, as all good musicals are, it is also based around romance! Without giving too much away, this feel good musical is bound to have you dancing and grinning as you leave! Its original production premiered on 46th Street, New York on November 24th,

1950. After 1,200 performances, and !] #       its West End performance, at the London Coliseum. After this, the musical went through many city revivals, including New York, Las Vegas and back to London. Each time the cast got bigger and better. From 1985 to 1986, the musical starred Lulu at the Prince of Wales Theatre and was a huge success. The most recent revival, in 2009, was described as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;timelessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, proving that this incredible show will never go out of style! Including famous songs, such as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Luck be a Ladyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sit down, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re rocking the boat!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;, this show                up out of your seat and dancing along. &     ZÂ&#x2030;[[      Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons, further adding to its success. This play has really established itself within the musical world, so make sure you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss out! Guys and Dolls is in the Swansea Grand Theatre on the 15th March until the 19th March and tickets are currently on sale.

Theatre: The Vanishing Horizon

Philip Dewey

Imogen Hughes

As well as a dramatist Dario Fo is a satirist, theatre director, actor and        for Mayor of Milan in 2006, a position he narrowly missed out on. This is perhaps characteristic of Foâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s compassion and understanding of the impact of politics upon ordinary people. His dramas are sympathetic towards the underdogs of society while rallying against organised crime, political corruption, political murders, the Catholic Churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s policy on abortion and the wars in the Middle East. This has not always made him popular with the authorities in his own country as well as abroad. He was even  + #  +  into police protection. This illustrates Foâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s uncompromising search for the truth in his drama, without concern for his own well being. When he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1997, the committee said he was a writer â&#x20AC;&#x153;who emulates the jesters of the Middle Ages in scourging

authority and upholding the dignity of the downtroddenâ&#x20AC;?. Well known for the comedic elements of his plays, Fo models a lot of his work in the comedia dellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;arte theatrical style. In the tradition of this style, Fo allows translators and directors to interpret his work how they  $)  +    

 the Fluellen Theatre Company interprets Foâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feminist black comedy, A Woman Alone. The play revolves around Maria, a woman in her thirties who has been locked inside her home by her husband to prevent her from seeing a young student who she has been having an affair with. While her husband is at work she does the housework, looks after the baby and keeps an eye upon her invalid +      ^  door neighbour. Her lover tries to break into the house but catches his hand in the door while Mariaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother-in-law tries  ^    $     considers shooting herself but decides to point the gun at the door, ready for when her husband returns from work. This comedic and thought provoking drama is a must see production. It is a script in hand performance with a talk about Foâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life and work. It takes place on Saturday 12th March, tickets are available at reception at ÂŁ5 each.

Fresh from their second sell-out run at Edinburghâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fringe Festival, Total Theatre Award-nominated company Idle Motion bring The Vanishing Horizon to Swansea! Idle Motion fast became ones to watch at the Fringe Festival, as their imaginative props, physical theatre and poignant stories of human interest combine with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;compellingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; results (The List, 2010), and The Vanishing Horizon is an impressive follow-up to the success of 2009â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Borges and I, receiving equally fantastic reviews. The play follows the life of a young woman trying to piece together her family history, retracing the steps of

    $ Around her unfolds the history of aviation, from the adventures of the  +

     travel where Croydon Airport was â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the gateway to the globeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Using maps and paper aeroplanes, the cast achieve â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;a masterpiece of stagingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (WhatsOnStage.com, 2010), and from the depths of forty suitcases they seamlessly unfold a world that both mesmerises and is achingly beautiful. The suitcases that make up the set are credited as the inspiration behind the

Deputy Culture Editor Sophie Bamber

Free Recipe

Theatre: A Woman Alone Following the successful production of I Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Remember Anything, the Fluellen Theatre Company continue their slot at lunchtime theatre at the Dylan Thomas Centre. This time they are performing A Woman Alone by the Nobel Prizewinning dramatist Dario Fo to celebrate a 100 years of International Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day.

Culture Editor Suzanne Beynon

Thai Fried Bananas with Ice Cream 2-3 bananas peeled and each cut into 3-4 pieces 1 oz butter 2 oz soft brown sugar Zest and juice of one lime Sprinkle of desiccated coconut As this is a very quick dessert, get all of the ingredients set out in front of you before you start. Heat the butter in a non-stick frying pan until it starts sizzling. Add the bananas and stir them around the pan keeping the butter good and hot. Once they begin to colour, sprinkle in the brown sugar. Cook these together until the butter and the sugar begin to caramelise. At this point add a sprinkle of coconut followed by the fresh lime juice. Divide onto serving plates topped with ice cream and a little lime zest and enjoy.

Free Recipe

Oriental Duck and crispy Vegetable Stir-Fry

     +  ^    behind every suitcase is a journey; and this concept is realised as the cases (donated by generous neighbours) become planes, travellers and hotel rooms in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;a delight of hidden surprisesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (The Herald9<Z<Â&#x2019;$& ^        ^    looked to pioneering aviators, and the company smoothly interweave these stories with that of a woman journeying to recover the loss of a family member.

1 large cooked duck breasts with fat removed and cut into thin strips 1 small red pepper 1 small yellow pepper 1 courgette 9 Â&#x17E; +  

 1 bunch of spring onions Z    strips 2 table spoons of hoi sin sauce 1 table spoon of plum sauce Salt and pepper

&   + ^ _   7  "   ^  Playhouse, and describe themselves as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;a small company with big ideas.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Others have called them â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;a brilliant emerging companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian9<Z<Â&#x2019;Â&#x2022; ^ + thingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (Edinburgh Spotlight, 2010). Idle Motion have a concrete record of producing visually and emotionally captivating shows that â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;love [their] audience and in return its audience love [them]â&#x20AC;&#x2122; (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian, 2010) and The Vanishing Horizon will not disappoint.

First thing to do would be to wash and prepare all of the vegetables by cutting them into batons or strips ap ^  9        and inch wide. Now heat a little of the oil in a wok or a sautĂŠ pan with sloping sides. Once it is good and hot add all of the vegetables together at once. Keep the vegetables moving around the pan whilst also keeping the pan good and hot. Once the vegetables begin to colour and soften a little, add the sliced duck and the hoi sin and the plum sauce. Stir together and moisten with a dash of white wine or water. Divide the stir-fry between four plates, served with hot egg noodles.

18th March 7.30pm. The Welfare Swansea, 01639 843163 ÂŁ7/ÂŁ6

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CULTURE 13

Review: Noahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Yardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Monday Jazz Night Kate Godding and Emma Vaugniaux

7 !     \  8  Â&#x201D; ÂĽ   +            !   campus. The bar which was restored by the owner, \   "    !    ! 

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         $ !  chilly nights there are the hospitable sofas and behind the bar, small tiled quirky booths perfect for groups. Q             ! age student price, but still reasonable considering the up market feel of the bar. With two cocktails for ÂŁ10 and a wide range of ciders, beers, wines, spirits, 

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Gentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Tom Duggan plays saxophone, Tom Vine plays bass, Sam Vine plays keys and Dylan Goldring      !   " Â&#x17E;$ With surprisingly young talent, the group had clearly recruited a loyal audience of mixed age ranges. When the band began playing a crowd quickly gathered to  X $)    +!       sicians clearly enjoyed performing to their audience. They performed a mixture of sheet music and their

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Taliesin: True Grit Verity Rodgers True Grit is a 2010 remake of the legendary 1969     |

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Literature: The Girl in Times Square Literature: A Scanner Darkly Elin Davies The Girl in Times Square, by Paullina Simons is a novel with many different plots that manage to intertwine and make sense at its end. The protagonist Lily Quin is a 24 four-year-old university student who, like most of us, is broke and struggling to find the motivation to finish her degree. What Lily doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realise is several life changing experiences are about to be thrown at her making her question every aspect of her life. At the beginning of the novel Lily comes into a great deal of money, however her fortunes are marred by a serious illness and the mysterious disappearance of her flatmate, Amy. When Detective Spencer Patrick Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Malley begins to investigate the case Lily is forced to gradually come to terms with the reality of the situation. Throughout the course of the novel a relationship develops between the pair which gives Lily the strength to fight the horrific illness she is battling. The gruelling sickness Lily suffers from gave me a real insight into how this disease really affects people. In reading, I was privy to the gritty descriptions of what Lily undergoes each day, often

reducing me to tears. While Lily is struggling for survival, Amy is still missing and the investigation into her whereabouts is still going on all around her. Meanwhile, suspicions arise against Lilyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother who is running to become senator. The question is, will Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Malley risk his relationship with Lily by continuing to delve into her brotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s affairs or will he let go the possibility of solving the mystery for a happy ending? The novel is not a short one but once you get stuck in you simply cannot put it down. The language is straightforward making it an undemanding read and all the more easy to devour. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so much going on in Lilyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life and The Girl in Times Square takes the phrase â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;money isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t everythingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to a whole other level. I was kept gripped during the whole story wondering whether or not Lily would survive, what would happen between her and Spencer, where was the mysterious Amy, and what was her story? One thing about the novel is the emotions is depicts and how far drawn into them you become as a reader. More than once in reading I found myself crying or laughing out loud.

Alice Copello Written in 1977, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A scanner darklyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is a book about identity, addiction, relationships and trust. In a future made of plastic and hypocrisy, 20% of the population in America is addicted to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;substance Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, or, as the users call it, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;slow deathâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. A small red pill made from   +        ! +      Â&#x2022;  8

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14 MUSIC

WATERFRONT 200 - 07/03/11

1995

FLASHBACK

2011

SEEING AS ITâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S THE 200TH ISSUE, WE AT WATERFRONT MUSIC THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE A GOOD IDEA TO TRAWL THROUGH THE BACK ISSUES AND SCOPE OUT SOME OF THE BEST (AND WORST) ARTICLES AND REVIEWS THAT HAVE BEEN PRINTED SINCE SEPTEMBER 1995. SO ENJOY OUR LITTLE FORAY INTO THE PAST AND WONDER AT SOME OF THE... ERR... ABNORMAL OPINIONS. BY OLLIE LAUNN AND CHARLIE TEASDALE. 15th of May 2000 - Phoenix - Too Young This French trioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brand of American style road music is very different to their friends and fellow Frenchman Air and Daft Punk, but front man Thomas Marsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; vocals hold few surprises. Hailed as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;majesticâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by French Critics, I feel that the band will need to mature before this phoenix rises from the ashes. Louise Davies.

15th of October 2001 - Sum 41 - All Killer No Filler Sum 41 have produced an amazingly infectious debut. It grabs you straight from the start with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Nothing On My Backâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let you go. These Canadians have riff â&#x20AC;&#x201C; packed three minute songs such as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Motivationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; that are instantly embedded in your skull. Their current single â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fat Lip is their anthem; a tale of teenage rebellion in suburban hell, this is what the Beastie Boys would have sounded like if                           !  " the cheesy songs such as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Handle Thisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;In To Deepâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, but they also have humour in songs such as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pain For Pleasureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, which worships eighties metal and mullets. Sum 41 encapsulates the new wave of punk; #     $%

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27th of October 1998 - Billie Piper - Honey To The B â&#x20AC;&#x153;To all you Billie Bashers, why do you hate her so? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not marketed at you, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music for kids so why begrudge her success? And donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t start that its clogging up the charts whine, cause the golden age of chart music is a myth.What were you into as a ten-year-old?The Smiths? Stone Roses?Were you f*ck, you were bopping to Bros and Vanilla Ice. Yes, this is exactly as expected Bubblegum pop tunes along with some Michelle Gayle style râ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;b. More curious is the lyrical content. When she sings â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buzz me up to heaven babyâ&#x20AC;? on the title track, surely she isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t serenading her vibrator. Unless this is marketed at Billie Bashers, albeit of a different type, after all.â&#x20AC;? '  $ %   "+

#/33      % $%  is the real talking point. Having accompanied a particularly famous Doctor through time, Billie managed to land herself the lead role in the scandalous Secret Diary of a Call Girl. Just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mention her marriage to Chris Evans.

6th of October 2003 - Belle And Sebastian Dear Catastrophe Waitress â&#x20AC;&#x153;What I always loved about Belle and Sebastian was their joyous, catchy pop, witty lyrics and general fun-ness. Sadly, this new offering is weak: the melodies and lyrics are there, it just doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t live up to the high standards that they set before, although having said that, their new direction could have something to do with the fact that this record was produced by Trevor Horn who dealt with Frankie Goes to Hollywood and TaTu â&#x20AC;&#x201C; need I say more? I   6%    $$      this album, but it is just a real disappointmentâ&#x20AC;Ś rather than making me bop around my bedroom I    

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26th of October 1996 - Waterfront Music Awards

Band Of The Year â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Tattoo Groove Album Of The Year â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kula Shaker â&#x20AC;&#x201C; K Single Of The Year â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ocean Colour Scene â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Day We Caught The Train Best Gig â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dodgy (Cardiff)

This article goes on to allude to how great The Darknessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s album is. And while Belle & Sebastian headlined Latitude and released their eighth studio album last year, The Darknessâ&#x20AC;Ś well what happened to them exactly?

Most Overrated Band of 1996 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Fugees

31st of January 2000 - Muse - Sunburn Highly tipped Muse are matching expectations with a scorching second single. They recently played dates with the likes of Pavement and the Chillis and look set to establish themselves with their own forthcoming tour. A cascading piano introduces us to an emotional drive # $ 



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6th of October - Kelis - Milkshake â&#x20AC;&#x153;The girl who hates us so much right now is back with a tribal beating, hypnotic, funky track written and produced by The Neptunes. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s repetitive, seems to last longer than its three minutes but is ridiculously catchy and I guarantee youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to get really pissed off with this track. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because you hate it or like it too much, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to be able to get it out of your   6

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@ the boys are waitingâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; but this milkshake is no regular smoothieâ&#x20AC;Ś turn it up loud and love it.â&#x20AC;? Whoever wrote this clearly had the power of foresight. Mention Kelis, and what song appears in your head? Of course itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Milkshakeâ&#x20AC;?. Eight years on and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s established itself as a w guilty pleasure classic. Clearly â&#x20AC;&#x153;no regular smoothieâ&#x20AC;?.


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MUSIC 15

FIXERS DARE TO DREAM

MUSIC EDITOR CHARLIE TEASDALE CAUGHT UP WITH JACK GOLDSTEIN, LEAD SINGER OF FIXERS, TO TALK ABOUT TOURING, INFLUENCES AND NEW SINGLE â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;IRON DEER DREAMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iron Deer Dreamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; has just been released on iTunes and seven inch vinyl. Is it good to have the single out and howâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it being received? Yeah, really well received. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only    "    %  but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going well. It just feels nice to see it in a format you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t normally get [7 inch vinyl]. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not easy for an unsigned band to get recorded onto vinyl because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so expensive to produce. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great to have a label thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s willing to push it [vinyl] and make it happen for you. I never thought Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d see our work on that format, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more excitement, I mean anyone can get digital music straight to them and download it, whereas vinyl, I still donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really understand how it works! How did the band come to be formed? We got asked to do this show last Christmas, but we werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really a band at that point, so we kind of got together and learnt some songs from scratch. 6      

  like a straight up Phil Spector sound, and we were trying to replicate it with samplers and lots of percussion. But it kind of evolved into something a lot fresher, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got now.       Our song writing is similar to and kind of rooted in Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks, but the big thing for us is any really well crafted pop song; stuff like Mariah Carey. Our mixtape is  %  $    #  < %  to be honest. In terms of sound, I think the fun bit of calling yourself an experimental band is that the audience see you as an experimental band, and so the excitement comes from the sound. A lot of bands claim to be \     >#^

  just seem seeped in irony and cynicism, as if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to get a one up on their audience; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like they say â&#x20AC;&#x153;oh we listen to minimalism and stuff and this is going to sound like Cool Mo Dee and Run DMC and none of you 16 year olds are going to understand this...â&#x20AC;? So thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no joy in it, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s full of cynicism and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s genuine. The fact is, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter if the audience donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand it, or even if the artist doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand it, the most important thing is the enjoyment of it.

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an average day right now for Fixers? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of weird because every week itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s different; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just come off a kind of small club tour with sporadic dates, so then, the average day would have been spent recovering from the last show.Whereas now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re staying in this really nice apartment thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right next to the studio [where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re recording an EP] and at the moment weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just staying there. And then in about four days time it changes again and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to be waking up in my own bed, and seeing my girlfriend (hopefully!). Is

that

a

strange

lifestyle?

I really enjoy being busy, I like to be rushed off my feet. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been in a position where Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had nothing to do [like you, the student] and it really drags me down! Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big movement at the moment of 1960s-esque â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;surf rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Are you happy to be grouped in with this, and what do you think of the movement in general? I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great for bands to be seen supporting each other, but when a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;sceneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; evolves from that, stuff can become misconstrued. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just a resurgence, though; like when Vivian Girls started doing their thing and making waves, no pun intended, it was incredible stuff and it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t steeped in nostalgia, it still sounded new and fresh. How was it to do a session at Maida Vale? Yeah, it was amazing. We actually did two sessions there. We did one for Huw Stephens which was really good and then we did one for Jo Whileyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Live `  $q    \  % with live radio, and it was pretty scary! We covered Rihannaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s My Nameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and we wanted to put it up on our MySpace but didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if we could because obviously we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t write the song and the BBC owns the rights. How much has playing the BBC introducing stage at T in the Park helped you? It works as a kind of stepping stone. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d done a session at BBC Oxford already and that lead on to more people hearing about us, and that lead to more gigs, and then the BBC invited us to play T In The Park, and it was  $ { %    

in a big pond though and no one had ever heard us, but we had a brilliant opportunity and although we were kind of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;obsoleteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, we really enjoyed it. Have you started recording the album yet and when is it out? Hopefully weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing the album in the summer which will be out on Vertigo. We havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even discussed where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to do it or how weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to do it [the recording], but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cool because we like to keep things as open and fresh as possible. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a few tracks weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not recording on the EP in order to save them for the album. I always think  $

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 $ $ people to buy the album that has the same songs is a bit... cheap. But then again, no one gives a shit about EPs and they just sort of disappear, so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see! What festivals are you playing this summer? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve chosen a few and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been offered a few. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing one in the United Reformed Church in Manchester on May 1st called Sounds From The Other City, and then weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got Live At Leeds and a few others that we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t announced yet. Is there any chance of you guys playing the more mainstream festivals such

as

Glastonbury

or

Reading?

Not this year. T In The Park made me realise that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to play smaller festivals (even though theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not really small for us as weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a small band). If we were to do Glastonbury it would be the same thing as T; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be in a small tent. 6  \    Who would you recommend looking out for in 2011?

MIXTAPE THE BEACH BOYS // HERE COMES THE NIGHT MARIAH CAREY & NICKI MINAJ // UP OUT MY FACE

WU LYF // HEAVY POP I am not very good at this! I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be big, but I can tell you I think theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re amazing; Wu Lyf â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TYLER THE CREATOR // YONKERS I absolutely love; ummm, Odd Future; Sealings who weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve played with.Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of bands, man... in fact itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quicker LUNICE // HIP POP for me to list the bands I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like. Where do you want Fixers to be in two years?

CULTS // GO OUTSIDE

I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really know what to expect, I just want stuff to progress and if we keep going like we have then we should be in quite a nice place next year; still doing stuff, still making good music. We work really hard but we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really do it with expectation, we do it to create songs for ourselves and the people who want to hear them.

SEALINGS // MY BOYFRIENDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S DEAD

LOLEATTA HOLLOWAY // HIT AND RUN (WALTER GIBBONS MIX)

CAPSULE // MORE MORE MORE â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;IRON DEER DREAMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; IS OUT NOW ON iTUNES.

HEATHER RUSSELL // LISTEN UP


16 MUSIC

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MUSIC REVIEWS The Waterfrontâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music writers tuck into some of the latest releases. Katy Perry feat. Kanye West â&#x20AC;&#x201C; E.T.

Edwyn Collins feat.The Drums â&#x20AC;&#x201C; In Your Eyes

Harper Simon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Wishes And Stars

Crystal Castles feat Robert Smith â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Not In Love

After three other top 40 hits â&#x20AC;&#x201C;, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;California Girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Teenage Dreamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fireworkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Katy Perry has released a new single, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;E.T.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;, from her album Teenage Dream. Featuring American rapper Kanye West, it contains elements of pop, hip-hop and electronic ballads, all alongside electronic beats, and begins with Kanye Westâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rapping followed by the verses and choruses from Perry. It is quite a catchy single but a song that is a different, darker side to the teenage pop music from Katy. She tends to add her own style to her music but this one seems to lack that element; the chorus is about a lover that infects her with poison and about an extra-terrestrial. Critics have said it has similarities to t.A.T.u.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s single â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;All The Things She Saidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;... What do you think? Still, 4th single and there        $  ~ 

In Your Eyes is the latest single from the 2010 album Losing Sleep by Edwyn Collinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of Orange Juice fame. The album marks a return for Collins to music after several years of illness, and this single doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t disappoint. The well-established singer/songwriter collaborates with relative newcomers, US indie band The Drums, in a song about love and a longing to escape. Collins and Drums vocalist Jonathan Pierce share vocals, coming together for a spot of harmonising in the chorus, on this mid-tempo indie rock offering, and their vocals are perfectly suited to each other. The Drumsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presence adds an edgier, guitar-heavy sound to the track, and the collaboration is an inspired choice on Edwyn Collinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; part. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty easy listening (Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had it on repeat a fair few times) and will get stuck in your head; and can you spot the rarely acceptable uses of hand clap percussion?

The son of Paul Simon (of Simon and Garfunkel), Harper Simon produces a wonderfully melancholy track which I instantly adored. The melody is cheerful and light with the contrast of lyrics which border on doleful, somewhat reminiscent of The Smiths at their best (although admittedly less suited for an  

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 Morrissey, slightly redolent of Lacrosseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Say No Foreverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and most importantly, with the spirit of Simon and Garfunkel running throughout, this track is simply wonderful. For those who feel nostalgic listening to Simon and Garfunkel favourites like â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mrs Robinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Wishes and Starsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; provides a fresh take on the sounds of Simon, a perfect mellow tune suited for an adorable 500 Days of Summer^ Â  8    who is by no means a new kid on the block, certainly has a blossoming career ahead of him and one which would I hope will produce more material like this remarkably addictive piece of music.

In a mind-blowing collaboration, The Cure frontman and eighties icon Robert Smith joins electronic enigma Crystal Castles to produce a phantasmagorical track complete with beautiful Cure-era lyrics and a heavy electronic sound.With more of a structure than the average Crystal Castles tune, this exciting new track provides the best of The Cure accompanied by the relatively new talent on the alternative music scene works to create an explosive tune to delight fans of both The Cure and Crystal Castles. The track has the same hypnotic appeal as the Joy Division classic â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Love Will Tear Us Apartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: addictive, heart-breaking and wonderfully energetic. Instantly loveable, dance inspiring and enticing, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Not in Loveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is highly recommended by members of both The Waterfront and Xtreme Radio, a track which unites two fantastic and well-loved music artists which truly shines, standing out in a sea of mediocre chart toppers.

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GRUMMY KNOWS BEST

Deputy Music Editor Sarra Grummett recommends some of the best signed and unknown talent out there.

Band: Dead Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bones Genres: Gospel Theatrical

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beautifully melodic and evokes images of graveyard dance parties and 1950s southern gothic love.

Gosling put his faith in a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;prefridgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; feeling â&#x20AC;&#x201C; preaching about the importance of imagination and the very            % their kid drew on the fridge. It was just a bunch of messy lines, but to you it made sense and from that point on all of your efforts went into producing another work of art, something that resembled something else that would irrefutably make the fridge. Enlisting the help of the Silverlake Conservatory Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choir, the pair worked ferociously to get back to the place where we werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t trying endlessly to make the fridge. The choir represented the clear line between the imagination and reality, an untamed world and what we know is possible.

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Dead Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bones is a collaboration of an unusual fascination with all things spooky; monsters and ghosts, graveyards and spirits. As a shared

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  the obsession twisted into a musical theatre production, a wild and unearthly love story, a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire kind of show,â&#x20AC;? as Gosling â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Hollywood heartthrob â&#x20AC;&#x201C; had previously mentioned. Though unfortunately this melancholy creation fell to the wayside, the songs that both Gosling and Shields had created remained, undying and very much immortal. Despite its own theatrical and illfated downfall, Dead Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bones did not believe in perfection but instead

Dead Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bones shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work. Its disorderly and chaotic mix of instruments and surfacing doo-wop vibe however make this an intriguing piece of work. Unexpected, dark, innocent; an oxymoron that curiously manages to capture this charming creation. Though every undertone is haunting and spooky, each track is

remarkably natural, raspy, raw, beautiful against the echoing and thriving dead 50s vibe. Dead Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bones is wonderful and eerie with its combination of sweet and uncanny childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voices and unnerving subject matter, of which lyrics tell the stories of

un-dead romance, ghosts and zombies. The result is a sound that is fantastically unique and yet slightly disturbing, a striking collection of stories and haunting melodies that both men and children sing out, of the joy of being both alive and dead.


20 Fashion

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Kate Moss’ debut in Vogue, Stella McCartney and ‘Clueless’ Cher

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The rise of SJP as Carrie Bradshaw

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Golden couple Brad and Jen, and J-Lo in ‘that’ Versace dress

The T he ye yyear of boho, Christopher Bailey and WAGS.

2003 The Louis Vuitton ‘murakami’ bag. The year of Paris Hilton’s sudden fame, velour tracksuits cksuits and Alexander McQueen

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I’m not entirely sure when my interest in fashion began… but I will assume it was a few years after I thought lycra tops and miniskirts were appropriate attire for an overweight thirteen year old at a school disco. I shall never forget my mother’s embarrassment when she witnessed her teenage daughter ‘strut her stuff’ through a car park of patiently waiting parents. I wish I could say times have changed, although I’m sure it bears a lot of resemblance to a Wednesday night on Wind Street. Vicky Barber

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Almost two decades ago in 1995, the first edition of the Waterfront did not have a fashion section. Indeed, when we reminisce back to 1995 it does not resonate as a particularly stylish period in time. The early ‘Noughties’ for me, drags up memories of Spice-Girls-inspired crop tops and baggy combat trousers that wouldn’t see the light of day nowadays! Despite the fashion industry’s drastic movement away from the awful ‘Noughties’ trends, the fashion industry isn’t so dissimilar now to what it was then. In fact, I think that the year 1995, specifically, marked the establishment of a fresh, new and expanding fashion industry and the emergence of a ‘mash-up’ decade that embraces a wide range of trends and styles.

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The British fashion designer John Galliano could face prison after an Anti-Semitic rant in a Parisian café. It emerged after a video was leaked from a British newspaper that secretly filmed the designer. For the man who was awarded British Designer of the Year on numerous occasions, as well as obtaining a CBE for his services to the fashion industry, his fall from grace is sudden and swift. Beginning on the 25th February, he was arrested for an alleged assault and racist remarks upon a French couple. The days that followed were consumed with uncertainty on Galliano’s fate. But when the video was released on the 28th February, John Galliano was removed from Dior, the company where he was head designer. Interestingly, on this date Giorgio Armani was interviewed by Telegraph’s Hilary Alexander at his Autumn/Winter 2011 show and was asked to comment on Galliano’s actions. Armani’s response was regretful, stating that he was ‘sorry to hear what had happened to Galliano’, acknowledging that ‘it must be a difficult time for him’. This was quickly followed by a report from NY Magazine asserting that Italian Vogue’s Franca Sozzani had defended the designer for his videotaped outburst, implying that he was clearly provoked. Days on, Galliano appears to be using this defence after releasing a statement that ‘he was verbally harassed’ and ‘completely denies the claims’. However, with clear audio and visual footage of the designer using racist remarks, including ‘I love Hitler’ and ‘people like you would be dead today’ it is unlikely that such a plea will stand strong.

Yes, the ‘Noughties’ does reclaim a nostalgic feeling toward certain fashion fads like cropped tops, faded denim and boho-chic, but these were trends that already existed prior to this decade! Until the ‘Noughties’, each decade dominated its own distinct style, such as the fifties flirty ‘Hollywood’ glamour and cinched silhouettes or the seventies vibrant, billowing ‘Hippie’ spirit. The nineties merely portrayed a polishing up of previously renowned styles mainly from the eighties. This ‘mash-up’ of styles represents the way fashion culture works today; we are inspired extensively from a wide range of influences such as music, celebrities, past decades and so on.

Being from South Wales, Lostprophets were a great influence to me in both music and fashion. Ian Watkins would appear not only on my television but also in my local club. His personal style, even down to the skull necklace he wore, has inspired

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The industry in 1995 was therefore just beginning to bloom into what it is today! With Victoria’s Secret hosting their first ever runway show in 1995 and Kate Moss making her debut at Stella McCartney’s graduate show, the fashion industry caused a media storm. In popular culture, television sitcoms like ‘Clueless’ emerged, portraying a ‘preppy’ style that modern shows like ‘Gossip Girl’ indulge in. Regardless of the similarities, we can still see a major contrast between the idealistic culture of 1995 and the way the fashion industry is heading today. A 1995 survey found that three minutes of looking at models in a fashion magazine caused 70% of women to feel depressed, guilty and ashamed. Luckily, today we see the fashion market heading toward a more realistic standpoint. With such a diverse range of fashion, the industry is trying to cater for everyone. Shows like ‘America’s Next Top Model’ and popular magazines like ‘Look’ are attempting to use models of all sizes; petite, tall and curvy. We are now amongst the development of a newer and even better fashion industry and have much to look forward to!

Aside from the law, these revelations have vibrated through the fashion industry. His removal from Dior will certainly have a significant effect upon the label and it is unknown whether his own brand, John Galliano, will continue. After such severe events will he ever manage to repair his credibility? It looks unlikely, as Natalie Portman, the face of Dior, commented that ‘in light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr Galliano in any way’. She will surely be one of many.

Curvy Model Kasia from America’s Next Top Model

This incident reveals the harsh reality of fashion. A dress does not just have materialistic value; it becomes more about the designer, the person orchestrating the garment. John Galliano knows this all too well, as his popularity primarily stems from his eccentric character and now ultimately, his demise.

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designer crush by emily worthington

After graduating from a Fashion Design course at Central St. Martins College in London in 1994, Matthew Williamson began his career as a freelance designer before making his mark on the high street by designing for Monsoon. The highly detailed embroidered and beaded fabrics that have become a trademark of the Matthew Williamson fashion house originated when Williamson worked in India for the high street store. You will still find that the clothing and accessories you encounter in Monsoon and Accessorize embrace the Eastern and Oriental culture that Williamson has beautifully translated into fashion. Following his work with Monsoon, Williamson was ready to launch his own fashion label, and did so in a catwalk show in 1997’s London Fashion Week. His exquisite, bright and beaded outfits and accessories caught the attention of three of the most famous supermodels of the time; Kate Moss, Helena Christensen and Jade Jagger. These three fashion favourites helped catapult the Matthew Williamson brand into the international limelight, resulting in his collections showing in New York Fashion Week every year since 2002. In 2005, while still nourishing his own fashion label, Williamson took over as Creative Director of the Italian fashion house Pucci. His love of flamboyant fabrics and powerful prints made this meeting of minds a match made in fashion heaven, producing some of the boldest catwalk looks around over the last few years. His endless efforts over the last 15 or so years have produced some of the most intricately designed pieces the fashion world has ever seen. Consequently, he has been honoured with various awards as well as being nominated three times for Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards. Very deservedly so, in my opinion.

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22 FEATURE INTERVIEW

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LEON BRITTON: GROWING UP WITH SWANSEA CITY By Sports Editor Ben Donovan sport@waterfrontonline.co.uk X + 

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+  !  !  moving to the Liberty Stadium has helped us a lot. you need to be able to pass the ball well and keep possession.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We went into the changing rooms and walked about behind the It is that word, possession, which is typical of the way that      $&  !  scenes but it was a strange feeling because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s derelict, its run down and key role in a Swansea side that has won a string of superlatives seeing it like that when you have so many good memories of it being so          busy and bustling is quite sad really.â&#x20AC;? ]      

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously before the game there was a feeling of anxiety and nervousness because of the situation we were in â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we needed to win to stay up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For me personally, I was on loan from West Ham and I gave everything I had in the six months that I was at the club before I signed permanently. But there were players there that were playing for their livelihoods and who were going to be out of a contract, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad we did it for those lads really who had mortgages to pay and families to support.â&#x20AC;? Fast forward eight years and the outlook is far brighter. Britton has played a key role in the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meteoric rise from the bottom tier to within touching distance of the Premier League. Following their record-breaking promotion to the Championship in 2008, Swansea have consolidated their position in the second tier, and narrowly missed out on a place in the play-offs at the end of 2009/2010 under Paulo Sousa. In the ensuing summer, Britton left the club on a free   X  { $ But his departure left a bitter taste following a public falling-out with Sousa midway through the season after the Portuguese player made comments about Brittonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contract negotiations. Since then, however, Leon has gone on record to admit that he made a mistake in leaving Swansea. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I could turn the clock back to last summer then I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have left. But for various reasons I thought my future lay away from the club, but it was clear to me pretty early on that I had made a mistake and I shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have left the club. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I was delighted that Swansea were able to do a deal and bring me back.â&#x20AC;? Following Swanseaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s failure to land a place in the play-offs, Sousa himself left to join Leicester City in the summer and was replaced by Brendan Rodgers, who has transformed the club from play-off contenders to genuine title candidates. But the style of play that was so emblematic under both Martinez and Sousa has been continued by Rodgers and Britton believes the team has come on a long way this season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has been different, but the philosophy is still the same â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they want to pass the ball and keep possession. But last year we were a bit defensive and we looked to counter attack teams; but this year the

FEATURE INTERVIEW 23 manager likes us to press higher up the pitch.â&#x20AC;? One of Brittonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s former team mates and fansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; favourite, Lee Trundle, described his return to the club in 2009 as like â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;coming homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, and Leon was no different in that respect. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was like coming back home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a London boy and I spent 20 years growing up there but I now consider Swansea to be my home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so comfortable here and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve probably got more friends here than I have back in London.â&#x20AC;? With Britton returning to the club, and Lee Trundle having a season back in South Wales last season, I asked Leon what was so infectious about Swansea as a place that draws former players to return. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s such a nice city; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re by the sea and the people are so friendly and they make you feel at home. You walk down the street and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see people you know and you can have a good conversation that you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get in bigger, more diverse cities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got lovely beaches, lovely scenery, and the football team isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bad either!â&#x20AC;?

HONOURS: Leon has won two Player of the Year awards at Swansea City

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t settle down as much as you would like because a new manager comes in and he has his own ideas, and because I was at a new club you need that settling in period and a bit of stability.â&#x20AC;? With the managerial merry-go-round being in full force this season, Britton believes bosses should have more time at their clubs in order to achieve success. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get enough time at all. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a results business but you need time to bring players in and get your ideas across.â&#x20AC;? One of Brittonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s managers during his spell at the Blades was Gary Speed, who has since gone on to take charge of the Wales national team. Leon believes he has what it takes to be a successful manager. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think he can be a successful Wales manager because the players will instantly respect him because of what he has achieved as a player and at international level in particular.â&#x20AC;? Finally, I asked Leon whether he would like to end his playing days at the Liberty Stadium and if he had any plans to remain in the game once he hangs up his boots. %)  !   +  8       $ But if the club are happy with me then I would love to stay. %)  +! !

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  +$]   !   was not in the script as the Blades struggled at the wrong end of the Championship. And Britton was frank in his assessment of the opening part of what was a frustrating period at Bramall Lane. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an ideal situation. When you sign for a club the manager plays a big part in you joining. And Kevin Blackwell went after two games and then Gary Speed left after only three months.

DELIGHT: Leon celebrates with Thomas Butler after scoring against Sheffield United in the third round of the FA Cup in January 2007

For more news, views and interviews on Swansea City Check out the Swansong2010 blog www.swansong2010.wordpress.com With thanks to Jonathan Wilsher and Leon Britton FANS FAVOURITE: Leon always produced his best form in South Wales


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LGBT Awareness Week - 7th - 11th March LGBT Awareness Week is an annual event with the long-term goal of raising awareness and interest in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues. The week begins with a campaign on LGBT in the media, so you should be seeing some of our enthusiastic volunteers wandering around in sandwich boards about campus, hoping to broaden understanding. Next, we have dedicated Tuesday to raising money for charity. The London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard is a dedicated helpline, offering advice and support to LGBT people all over the country, so come and have a gander at the stall - maybe even win a prize! Tuesday night will be a riot of an evening, with question and number bingo, raising money for a worthy cause. Thursday highlights issues in the International LGBT community, with a side of Bake Sale to go with it. Finally, Friday will see collaboration with the Christian Union to address the     + ^        !$ We hope you enjoy our Awareness Week and thank you to everyone who has helped put this together. We really appreciate your support. by Sarah Edlund, LGBT Secretary

Shoreline Vagina Monologues Shoreline Theatre are once again proud to present to you The Vagina Monologues. Based on the interviews recorded by author Eve Ensler from women all over the world, this incredibly funny but emotionally moving set of monologues gives a voice to a variety of feminine characters and their varying sexual experiences, some good, some bad. Now an annual event for Shoreline, every penny raised is donated to Swansea Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Aid who work tirelessly to protect and support women when they need help the most. Come along and help Shoreline support a very worthy cause on Thursday March 10th at Sin City. Doors open at 6.30pm ready for a 7pm start. Tickets are ÂŁ5 including entry into Sin Savers   $&   +    Â&#x17E;  donated by local businesses. The money we make will go straight to Swansea Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Aid. Feather boas optional!

Ancient Studies - Toga Party This social is a great way to have a bit of fun and let your hair down, plus there will be a prize for the best toga! This year, the committee have pulled out all the stops to arrange the perfect night. The time and place will be Oceana on Monday 14th March. We will be meeting for pre-lash in Bar Quarter at 21:00, where all you lovely Greeks and Romans will be greeted with a free glass of bubbly. We will then jump the queue and head to our own exclusive area of Oceana to party the night away in style. Interested in coming but worried about ruining those all-important bed sheets? Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry - we will be supplying toga material inclusive in your ticket price! This amazing night will only cost ÂŁ10. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t delay, get your tickets today! Available

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The Dinner will involve a champagne reception and a 3 course meal with the opportunity to network and build relationships with the people you meet. It is a speed dating concept whereby the 3 courses will be served and after each course the students will move tables and get the opportunity to network with as many of the businesses and corporate executives attending as possible. During the networking you will have the opportunity to gain careers advice in a speed networking fashion, regarding current and future opportunities, potential    Â&#x201C;    !         passing psychometric tests, improving interview techniques, as well as hints and tips on what graduate recruiters are looking for in an ideal candidate. This is the LAST CHANCE to reserve tickets and there are only a few places left.       +   +       +  $ IF YOU WOULD LIKE ANY MORE INFORMATION: EMAIL swanseabrightfutures@gmail.com Bright Futures Committee


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By Sam Barnett and Andy Belcher

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Welcome to another exciting edition of World in Motion, recently quoted as being “by far the best Travel Section of any newspaper in the world!”*. To mark the 200th edition of The Waterfront, we’re introducing a new competition! It’s called spot the stupid word, in this article we’ve included a stupid word which has no relevance to the article. If you spot it, email us and you could be the lucky winner of a packet of crisps (value up to £0.30). In this edition we bring you the most comprehensive guide ever written on the City of Budapest and Chan continues his adventures in Thailand. We’ve even included a few travel tips about gaffa tape thanks to travel guru Andy Belcher. Also, we apologise in advance for this edition, it’s just about getting smashed, we really are a serious travel section, next edition its culture in Benidorm and Malia.

Everything you will Ever Need to Know About Going to Budapest! The city of Budapest prides itself in being one of the world’s most popular short break destinations. It’s exquisite architecture, vibrant night life and breath taking views, makes Paris (a more traditional city break destination) look like an swirling vortex filled with vomit inducing cuisine and a silly old tower. Despite its growing popularity, the most daunting aspect facing anyone visiting Hungary is the tongue shredding Language. Reputed to be the hardest language in the world for an outsider to learn (beating even Welsh), any traveller to Hungary will be heartened to learn that Budapest has precious few English speakers, so you will have to (at least attempt to) mutter a few simple Hungarian phrases. Two phrases were of particular help to me. “Nem bessielek mud yarool” - “I do not speak Hungarian” and “Harom Dreher Kayrem” - “Three Drehers (Budapest’s most popular brand of lager) please”. If you manage to break down the language barrier, even partially, you’ll discover that the people of Budapest are a friendly bunch, unlike many other European capitals. If you venture off the tourist trail, into the grimy back streets of Budapest, the booze hounds that spend their lives stagnating in the many oasis’ of grog will always strike up conversations with you. Most of them puzzle over how you found your way out of tourist town and into their local. But beware; there is a thin line between a friendly local and a dribbling nutcase. One fateful evening, my friends and I were innocently staggering back to our hostel, smashed out of our minds when we were pounced upon by a crazy man (We named him Vladimir). At first he seemed to be just another friendly drunk, wanting to talk to a seemingly lost foreigner. His English was as bad as our Hungarian, our conversation consisted of “Hello!” to which we replied

“Nem bessielek mud yarool”, this repeated itself for almost an hour. It was during this monotonous conversation that I started to notice Vladimir’s greasy almost bald hair was suspiciously wet. His mouth foamed with an endless stream of saliva, most of which ended up on his head. His teeth, no more than pegs oozed an odour so spine shilling that my eyes began to wince. I managed to keep my distance but my friend Mark was square in the firing line. As well as a pool of phlegm seeping out of Vladimir’s mouth, the snot was streaming out his nose like a gooey flame thrower. Most of it ended up on his smiley bald head but Mark wasn’t safe. Our new zenoxiac friend decided he wanted to shake hands with all of us, I told him it was against my Zoroastrian faith, he didn’t know what I was on about but it did the job. Mark didn’t manage to weasel his way out, poor bugger. At the moment they shook hands, Vladimir sneezed all over my friend, covered in snot. At that, Vladimir decided he had bothered us enough, content in his evening, he left us The Hungarian Parliament standing majestically in the evening twilight with nothing but mucus and a dirty wet fart to remember him by. Real travel isn’t glamorous, people only think it is when they get back. The next day we spent the day drinking absinthe and talking to random passersby. “Alright Jimmy! Good old Jimmy, doesn’t say much, top lad Jimmy”. This continued all, day and all through the night. Sure you can visit cites and go to the attractions, with the hordes of tourists, but you never experience a city unless you live the life of a bum, at least for a few days. Saying that, if you do go to Budapest, do visit the attractions, the Parliament, the galleries and see the amazing architecture, it is an unforgettable city, just don’t be a tourist.

By Sam Barnett

Get Involved! Here at World in Motion, we recognise that we are amazing, we are an award winning section with readers worldwide. However we are always looking for new writers in any shape or form. So if you want to become part of our winning team, even if you are currently a loser give us an The hills of Buda, a must see for anyone travelling to Budapest email at travel.waterfront@hotmail.co.uk we would love to have your input! *Quoted by Sam Barnett and seconded by Andy Belcher


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  8    â&#x20AC;&#x153;The story or script youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working is somebodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life,      !  there are infinite possibilities of what you can do with it, but          !+ ! $Â&#x201A; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just telling the one story. Hopefully by the end of it, you come up with something.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seen as being a Kenneth Williams aside, all of his portrayals of true life    ^ characters have come out of scripts written by Peter Morgan _  _  8  with whom Michael has worked with five times.      

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Mid-Conversation: Michael talks about his career thus far

31 - Film â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Peter Morgan] is a great writer. He writes about big themes, but in a very accessible way. His work is always entertaining. He writes very human stories; take people you see as two-dimensional â&#x20AC;&#x201C; politicians, royalty, celebrities â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and he supplies the third-dimension, so you suddenly see them as husbands, fathers and sons.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funny, cheeky with a kind of irreverence about him, at the same time as being respectful to peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s humanity, making them more complicated rather than reducing them in any way.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a great storyteller; heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got an eye for a good story.â&#x20AC;? Although better known for his dramatic roles, Michael made an excellent appearance in American sitcom 30 Rock$   

           +      +   of the scenes is humour. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The brilliance of it is the writing.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was pressure going into that, because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not my usual thing. My usual thing would be you analyse the scene, work on the scene and the humour comes out of it as a by-product, where as that was absolutely for comedy.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I loved working with Tina [Fey] and it was something that the character developed the more we did. So hopefully Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll go back and do some more.â&#x20AC;? With the Academy Awards happening mere days before, it was interesting to see where Michael stood on comparisons between The Queen and the winner of the Best Film award, The Kings Speech. %& 8!  $Â&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x153;They both deal with royalty, but their very differently natured and the handling of that and the tone of the story ! $) 8    ]       $Â&#x201A;

Sheen In Character: Three of his most well-known roles, Tony Blair, David Frost and Brian Clough @      ]  )      # 8   

  industry might be affected. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are always the more commercial elements of things that are able to sustain themselves.â&#x20AC;? %   !      +         werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t very commercial a few years back and if those ventures that are a bit more tricky and perhaps less commercially viable arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t supported, then everything suffers.â&#x20AC;? %&    ^  !  & ÂĽÂŤ `  ÂĽ

 had huge effect over the last 20 years on theatre.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very few theatre productions who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have some kind of that very physical clown   & ÂĽÂŤ `  ÂĽ   )   

  Â?<  early 90s, they were just doing tiny little shows without very much support.â&#x20AC;? @    #   )            he could have been part of any production, which it would be. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Matter of Life and Death and Apocalypse Now  !   $Close Encounters of a Third Kind is up there, Babe 2: Pig in the City is quite high up there â&#x20AC;&#x201C; people always laugh at that one.â&#x20AC;? %)  !  !++ Close Encounters or Jaws. If you watch

   8           ++ +  $&            ! +           8X +  $  )          )  ! !  !+ involved in that.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153; A Matter of Life and Death and Apocalypse Now are two of my favourite films. Close Encounters of a Third Kind is up there, Babe 2: Pig in the City is quite high up there â&#x20AC;&#x201C; people always laugh at that oneâ&#x20AC;? Michael, a humble man, who has achieved a number of accolades in his career thus far and I wondered if he went back to the start of his career, knowing what he knows, what advice would he offer himself. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The better the people are that you work with, the better you become.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just work with the best writing, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing stopping you, you might not be able to work with Martin Scorsese or Peter Brook but the best writing is just out there. All you have to do is go to the library get a copy of a play, read it, work on it. Just through working on a brilliantly written scene as a performer, just makes you better. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing stopping anyone doing that.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;So Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d always just say work with the best. If your circumstances mean that that just means work on the best writing, then do it. Get used to working with the best all the time, and it will make you better.â&#x20AC;? 7  ) #       X     

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Taking Time Out: Michael Speaks to Film Editor Andy Williams and Editor James Snaith

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is now the thing thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most interesting to me is developing my own work. Doing things that are much more personal to me, whether it is a project like the Passion or writing something myself, or directing. For example, the production of Hamlet Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doing at the end of the year is something I put together myself. Those are the sorts of things Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m more into, things that I can bring more of my own personal experiences to and my own stories to. So hopefully thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be more of that.â&#x20AC;? A charming, down-to-earth man, Michael Sheen is an actor who seems to know what he wants to achieve from the business but also what he can do for the Arts in his local area. People often say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t meet the people you admire in case they are perhaps not as nice as youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d hopeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;; Michael was an example of how wrong those people are. To hear the audio of the interview with Michael, log onto www.waterfrontonline.co.uk. Photography courtesy of James Snaith, BBC and the Internet Movie Database

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    >3The classic Shakespeare tragedy, Romeo and Juliet is given a modern twist by transforming the drama into an animation aimed at children. Numerous Elton John songs are included at apt opportunities such as Saturday Nights Alright during the lawnmower race. The animators pay attention to the intricate detail of the gnomes; the wear and tear of a garden gnome, the delicate clinking noises and their fragility. For those familiar with the play, the opening provides a comical interpretation of the long introduction with it being labelled â&#x20AC;&#x153;boringâ&#x20AC;? by the red gnome. Comic references to Shakespeare are found  

  

  + left slightly disappointed; they omit the classic â&#x20AC;&#x153;O Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo,â&#x20AC;? despite having a scene where Juliet is at the top of her tower with Gnomeo positioned below. Obviously being aimed at a younger    completely truthful to the original work but instead provides a happy ending, where the feuding is resolved and the love up gnomes can live together in harmony.

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    this with an open mind. Even still this drivel some bore induced feelings of wanting to kill a bear. This humourless vacuum has very few redeeming features resulting in an hour and half that would be better spent staring at a wall. However Dan Ackroyd and Justin Timberlake provide voices that recall to memory the Hannah-Barbara cartoon from our youth. Although this is counteracted by some intertextuality invoking 2001: A Space Odyssey, which results in physical pain. The 3D is exceedingly contrived although obviously planned for example they    Â&#x201C;     +X !     the screen. Although at that point,   $ The common response to a reaction       Yogi Bear is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;but its meant for kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; which, lets be fair, so was Toy Story$         disappointment, one that its audience should not relive any time soon. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re stuck for something to watch with children, watch Tangled instead.

  3 Gnomeo, Gnomeo, a great adaption for Gnomeo.

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  8 !      American additions to the cast rise to the challenge and then some, with some hilarious scenes courtesy of American comedy heavyweights Wiig, Hader and Lo Truglio. The casting of Rogen as the rogue alien and titular character Paul was a masterstroke, and the CGI    + + as excellent. For all its good points,        predictability and perhaps an edge of deus ex machina in its climax. Also, does anyone else think that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about time Nick Frost gets a romantic storyline? Peggâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great and all, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hogging the ladies! Nevertheless, this latest offering from the dynamic British duo is top-notch,   Â&#x160;#   gap left by Edgar Wright nicely.   3 Out of this world.

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FEATURE 35

Simmo Says...

RAngharadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Round-up

You know that times are hard when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re drinking Baileys at one in the afternoon to get â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;inspirationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for your terrible column. Recently, we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been going out so much. When the word â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;alcoholicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; comes up in conversation, people look at us and laugh. We were starting to get the impression that people think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re drunks! We had an epiphany. To tackle this, we came up with a three week drinking challenge â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the challenge being not to touch alcohol. In theory, this sounded pretty easy. A fat girl jumped on Angharadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foot in Oceana, so she was injured on crutches for a month. This made it easy for her to stay in. Rose had a shambolic night out that resulted in turning THE OTHER GUYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on it. up to lectures at two in the afternoon, wasted. Myself though, I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get enough of campaign week. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like a school disco â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you spend the majority She then essentially needed a carer for the rest of the day whilst she sobered up. To say this was an eye of the time intimidated by each other, calling each other names and spreading rumours, but as soon as the opener is an understatement. 

!     \    +  4          So in short, this is how our three week no-drinking challenge went â&#x20AC;&#x201C; badly. Even though Angharad had in some kind of strange kissing orgy where everyone likes everyone and someone always cries. only one leg and couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make it to lectures, she still managed to hobble to the pub. Rose lasted two weeks I took mine-sweeping to a new level this weekâ&#x20AC;Ś The Kebab Shop Mine Sweep! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure you can and three days, then rang Angharad at half eleven one Saturday evening screaming â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;M NOT OUT, I guess the rules and yes, I am aware the health risks of it make UFC look like playing a game of mob. The PROMISE.â&#x20AC;? Needless to say, that was a lie. annoying thing is, although I wake up the morning after and look at myself in disgust picturing myself Â&#x160;   +     {$7         drinking garlic sauce with bits of chopped elephant leg in, the sport has ultimately paid off for me. My       +      %  3Â&#x201A;       favourite haunt â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Southern Fried Chicken next to Oceana â&#x20AC;&#x201C; has now started to give me a discount on change. There was no more turning up to lectures reeking of vodka, and no more beer belly from too much food as, in their words, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d prefer to give you food, than you scare our customers off by shouting cider and black. But when we looked back on what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d done over the last few weeks, it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sound very â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;THEREâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S STILL CHIPS IN THIS ONEâ&#x20AC;Ś BRUCIE BONUS!!!â&#x20AC;? exciting. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d gone to the gym, eaten some pizza, stayed in. The most exciting thing was going to see Black Believe it or not, this is not the worst drunk eating behaviour Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m aware of at the moment. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Swan, which was basically two hours of furious masturbating with a cheeky bit of ballet thrown in. We had a certain messy young man (letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s call him Tam McFadyen), who openly admits to rummaging through yet another epiphany. Dominoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizzaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bins at 4am for his late lunchâ&#x20AC;Ś. Most of the crazy memories you get from University are made on nights out. We wanted to go back to )     

    !+  ! how we were, back to the cosy cuddle of vodka. We have lots of respect for people who go out and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pink brideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dresses (guilty as charged), then look forward to Monday 21st where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be bringing all drink. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have this capacity. Walk into anywhere on Wind Street sober and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get knocked out the fun of the low budget, Irish-owned fair to Oceana at our Big Fat Gypsy Monday. Might bust out my by the smell of booze and farts. After a few multicoloured cocktails the smell has magically vanished. favoured yellow tank-top/sky blue LEE jeans/cord jacket combo for the night. You wake up the next morning with hazy memories, but nine times out of ten theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re good ones. So with In the meantime, enjoy the Black Light Night on the 14th, where you can see every manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s baby batter this second epiphany in mind, we decided to start preparing for Wednesday now. University is over in a on his crotch and every girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nostril jizz on her top lip. Going to be a beautiful, beautiful night, Swannies. heartbeat; the gym can wait. Hello world! Hope youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all keeping well, testicles deep, wet as an otters pocket and generally over-brimming for Varsity 2011. But more of that excitement to come in my next edition â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a Varsity special! Now, with Student Union elections coming up, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot you need to know. Firstly, DONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T expect someone to propose building a strip club, or paintball course on campus, or promise theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get John Prescott in charge of the bus route through campus or Ron Atkinson to head up the AfricanAmerican society, IT WONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T HAPPEN! Also, expect to be harassed, stamped, painted and a general feeling of your personal space being invaded like a group of Weight Watchers failures on a hot chip by the campaign teams. I think my top tip for avoiding this madness    X  !       +       own placard with the words â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;F**K OFF - Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;VE VOTED FOR

Simmo Saysâ&#x20AC;Ś KFC Is Coming To Uplands - RIP Chicko-Land!

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Blind Date

Name: Natalie Info: 3rd year Psychology student What they did: Had a meal at Pub on the Pond Fun Fact: I have an unhealthy obsession with Cheryl Cole

Name: Mustafa Info: 3rd year Management Science student What they did: Had a meal at Pub on the Pond Fun Fact: I HATE Harry Potter

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Asked if we could reenact some of his favourite scenes from the Deathly Hallowsâ&#x20AC;?

Best and worst bits? Best - Free food and meeting someone new! Worst - The fact heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s from Swansea and hates Cardiff. Probably bitter about losing to us a few week back. Were you listening ? Give us a fun fact about their date? He loves Harry Potter and has been at waterstones at midnight for every book release and read them all by sunrise. Bit surprised he admitted that to be honest. Describe them in three words? Harry Potter Fanatic. Were you nervous? What did you do to get ready? Not really. Um just got ready?! Any embarrassing moments? When he started saying spells at me and asked if we could re-enact some of his favourite scenes from the Deathly Hallows.

Best and worst bits? Best..she was attractive and could take a joke Worst..Cardiff city fan. Were you listening ? Give us a fun fact about their date? Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really good with money. Oh wait. Describe them in three words? Funny, outgoing, bully Were you nervous? What did you do to get ready? Wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really nervous at all, I think everyone cared about it more than me. I just saw it as meeting someone new. Was meant to do work but ended up watching Only Fools and Horses. Any embarrassing moments? Not really..her admitting that she was cool enough to see Harry Potter in the cinema at 9am..made me feel embarrassed to almost know her

Will you be meeting up again? Â&#x201D;      ^ 4      favourite characters. Ha nah Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see him round and about

Will you be meeting up again? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see each other around

Finally, Snog, slap, skip or shag? Well he was a good laugh so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to sayâ&#x20AC;ŚSnog.

Finally, Snog, slap, skip or shag? Snog... She was attractive.

We are pleased to announce the engagement of our first Blind Date couple - Josh and Amy - Congrats guys! BLIND DATE is a regular feature to the Waterfront If you want to participate or put a friend forward (with their knowledge and agreement) email - editor@swansea-union.co.uk. Please submit applications by Friday 11th March.


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SCIENCE The Jewel in Swanseaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Scientific Crown: A Brief History of the College of Medicine Above: Professor Mark Rees, Director of Research at ILS (left) meeting with Gunter Dombrowe, Managing Director of Siemens (right)

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38 CAREERS

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Careers Advice... Ask Jo

Written by Careers Advisor Jo Davies

Networking and creative thinking Online networks Facebook is, of course, a social space for sharing personal information with family and friends, but many employers run Pages and Groups to promote their recruitment programmes as part of their online       $     ! +

 \  7  NHS Graduate Management, KPMG, Unilever and TeachFirst, to name just a few examples. You will  +   ` )      +

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PROGRESS: Not always WHAT you know but WHO you know Lateral thinking, the ability to think creatively â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;outside the boxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, is one of the high-level skills that graduate employers look for. So you can give your job search an edge if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pro-active, tap into your networks to unearth opportunities and make speculative applications. In fact, a great many jobs are not advertised. Advertising can be expensive, advertisements often attract more applications than employers can cope with, and they may already receive quite a few speculative applications that provide a ready-made talent pool.

Useful websites for creative job hunting ²Careers and Employability Service: o www.swansea.ac.uk/careers/Jobsearchskills/Networking-CreativeJobSearch/ ² Graduate Prospects: o www.prospects.ac.uk/networking.htm o www.prospects.ac.uk/speculative_job_applications.htm

People networks You could start by talking to family and friends doing jobs that interest you. You could then move on to Â&#x201C;     !                ^  people responsible for graduate recruitment in organisations that you might like to work for. Information  ! 

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         impression and get the most out of the interview on the websites indicated above. Careers fairs and events, here at Swansea University and elsewhere, are important networking opportunities. See information under â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Happeningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on our home page at www.swansea.ac.uk/ careers/ and details of careers fairs on the Graduate Prospects website at www.prospects.ac.uk under the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Careers adviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; menu. First impressions count, so do some preparation beforehand â&#x20AC;&#x201C; e.g. research employers who will be attending, be ready with relevant questions, have copies of your up-to-date CV with you and prepare an â&#x20AC;&#x153;elevator pitchâ&#x20AC;? so that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready to describe concisely and effectively what you have to offer. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also wise to check the dress code for the event. You can network while youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing work experience â&#x20AC;&#x201C; take opportunities to gather information and ideas from other colleagues during part-time jobs, internships, voluntary work etc. Contact professional bodies and associations relevant to your degree discipline and career interests. They can advise on further professional study and training, and often have student membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; groups; hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   z Â&#x160; Visit the Graduate Prospects website at www.prospects.ac.uk and click on â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Options with your +X 8 Â&#x2022;` !8$   +X      â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Contacts and resourcesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; section. ² Also at www.prospects.ac.uk, look at â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Types of jobsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; under â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Jobs and work experienceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; where each !X +  Â&#x2022;`     8

$ ² Visit www.totalprofessions.com   

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 and developing your â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;brandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. (Make your   +     +   keep it up to date and use your public   {"       and CV.) ²Sharing professional insights. ² Tapping into and extending your network +      career opportunities, and to help and support your contacts as well. ² Increasing the visibility of your portfolio of experience in a world where mobility is increasing, employment contracts are often shortterm, and employers research potential candidates online.

SOCIAL NETWORK Many sites can help find jobs

LinkedIn includes a Students and Recent Grads group designed to provide advice on ways to network your  X +      Â&#x;!   )`   z°°$$ ° students/ to help you get started. Whatever online networking platforms you use, think carefully about the information you publish about yourself, your personal security and the public image that you want to project. Be aware that some        `Â&#x2013;         $

Employersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; websites Employersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; recruitment web pages often have interactive features so that you can, in effect, network with them. For example, PWCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s UK Student careers web page at www.pwc.com/uk/en/careers/student/ has a link to an Interactive Zone where you can. ² ² ² ²

Ask questions Take an interactive career opportunities tour to help you decide which would be the best way to start a career with PWC Experience a virtual week at PWC And lots more.

Swansea Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alumni Association On graduating you will automatically become a member of the Alumni Association, a constantly growing network of past students who can support you professionally and socially around the world. The University provides a number of ways for its alumni to make contact with each other, to network and to renew links. By registering â&#x20AC;&#x201C; free of charge â&#x20AC;&#x201C; on the Alumni Association web pages at www.swansea.ac.uk/alumni/ you will be able to join or set up a Chapter based on the subject you studied or in your region, and communicate with like-minded graduates. & 7    !           area. You can also stay in touch with Alumni via Facebook and Twitter â&#x20AC;&#x201C; see links and contact information at www.swansea.ac.uk/alumni/KeepinTouch/.

Make use of the Careers and Employability Service Remember, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re part of your network too! Find us at www.swansea.ac.uk/careers if you need help.


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40 SPORT

Intramural Football - Cup ďŹ nal day for 7thâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Ajax By Intramural reporters Owain Harries and Rupert Williams

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SPORT COMMENT PAGE Our writers have their say on the big issues Can cheating be curbed? Richard Fulton considers whether corruption in sport is so inherent that it cannot be changed. LANCE ARMSTRONG, the seven-time Tour de France winner, recently retired from cycling at the age of 39. In fact, this was his second retirement, having originally hung up his spandex in 2005 after his seventh consecutive tour win. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Why the return?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; you might ask. In short, Armstrong came out of retirement to prove his innocence. This man, on paper, is the most successful road cyclist ever, with numerous triumphs to his name, although according to a number of people, including fellow cyclists, everything Armstrong won was as a result of his alleged use of performance enhancing drugs. It is not surprising that he has had this sort of allegation brought against him for it seems that whenever an athlete breaks boundaries, he or she is accused of cheating the system in some form or another. The fact that this cynicism is so             on modern attitudes towards success. Thanks to proven offenders, such as sprinters Marion Jones and Dwain Chambers, the initial reaction to exceptional achievement is to presume foul play. Almost as soon as Usain Bolt       ]X    2008, with 3 gold medals and 2 world records in his hand luggage, questions were asked in numerous media outlets whether his phenomenal achievements were legitimate. This to me seems completely unfair. When someone

trains all year round, striving to achieve ultimate glory, to then have their victory questioned is appalling but is a byproduct of the numerous drug cheats  ^          switchers. The fact of the matter is, people pay to watch sport in a balanced competitive environment and often pay very high prices to do so. Therefore, whenever an athlete is proven to be cheating in whatever form, the paying public begin to question whether they can trust any results. Never was this more obvious that in the Test series between the cricket teams of Pakistan and England at Lords last summer. Three of the Pakistani cricketers were accused, and have since been proven guilty, of spot ^ $?    were accused of taking payment in order to carry out certain actions in the game, in this case a no ball. What is interesting is that, before the scandal broke, the grounds in the test series were full           X ! atmosphere at each ground. However, once the story was made public, even with the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;innocent until proven guiltyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; scenario in place, the stadiums for the remaining matches were half empty, with a glum atmosphere amongst the supporters. This was one of the most obvious examples in recent sporting history that cheating, in whatever form, will force crowds away.

Mohammad Asif, Salman Butt and Mohammad Aamer were found guilty of fixing Test matches in England The question is often asked, why do sportspeople cheat? The most obvious reason is for glory; sport is a competitionbased activity and some people will do whatever it takes to get to the top. Others, like the Pakistani cricketers, do it for the money, which I believe to be a far more serious issue. Drug cheats, on the whole, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get away with it. There are entire organisations committed to stamping â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;dopingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; out of sport; stringent drug tests are carried

             any drug cheats to get by undiscovered.

&         ^    more dangerous because it means that people can bet on the smallest aspect of a game. This means that athletes who are involved in betting scams can get by unnoticed. For example, by bribing a footballer to kick the ball out of play in the 5th minute of a football game, a number of people will win money, the player will get his cut and no one will be any the wiser. The people that end up suffering are the paying public, who are effectively being conned into thinking they are watching a real game,

whereas in reality certain aspects of it  + $& X    athletes are honest professionals and it is the minority that lets the rest down. 7         tested professional athlete in the world, never proving positive for anything. Perhaps it is time that we celebrate his achievements and glory, instead of tarring him with the same brush as the despicable few who tarnish the pursuit of sporting excellence.

Can England hit the world for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;sixâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and add to Ashes glory? Daniel Parker examines the 2011 Cricket World Cup and rates Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chances of success FROM THE ROAR of a partisan host nation crowd that greets every boundary to the visual impact of coloured kits that replace the standard white test strips;      8     bat and ball shine, and the anticipation of giant-killing by a non-test nation: the Cricket World Cup possesses a unique ability to intrigue and engage. The 2011 tournament, hosted by India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, promises to +      $

The red-hot favourites are undoubtedly host nation India, the spiritual home of cricket and the current economic powerhouse of the global game. From the Arabian Sea to the Bay of Bengal, Indians live and breathe the national game, and with the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Dhoni in the   +  +  

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CHANCE: England enter the World Cup as reigning T20 Champions

series, but they will still be smarting from their Ashes defeat to their arch-rivals on home soil, where established players  " 4      after the poor standard of performances. The Australians have also lost a host of  

  !   West Indies four years ago, though any squad containing the quality of Ponting, Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin cannot be written off lightly. Pakistan have endured hardship and    !     

 defeat to Ireland in the last tournament, from the tragic death of coach Bob Woolmer, to the scandals of ball   ^     the name of the Pakistani national game, whilst the removal of their hosting rights for the 2011 over safety concerns was an inevitable but painful blow to the PCB. That said, you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bet against the Pakistanis - like the Italian football team _          a barnstorming World Cup performance. Captain Shahid Afridi will be a fearsome bowling threat for the men in green. And what of England? The triumphant Ashes holders have a stellar mix of   +    +     

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 in the recent ODI tests against Australia have a bearing on the performances in   ¢ @     seen in the opening game against the Netherlands resurface? Time will tell, of course, but England undoubtedly have the ability to take home the goods from south Asia. Sri Lanka will also be a force to be reckoned with, being the only team ever to win the competition on home soil in 1996 and will fancy their chances under captain Kumar Sangakkara. The other big names in the mix are New Zealand, South Africa, the West Indies and Bangladesh. The Kiwis have           without winning, and will need allrounder Scott Styris at his best, whilst    7      under captain Graeme Smith, who has proved himself one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most reliable openers. Bangladesh have risen to prominence on the world scene at a remarkable rate since their international

bow in 1986, and are something of a dark horse, having risen above the West Indies in the world rankings. Indeed, the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Windiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; are at one of the lowest ebbs in their history, with the glory days of Clive Lloyd and Brian Lara now consigned to the past. The battles involving the so-called â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;minnowsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of the competition will also be intriguing. Zimbabweâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best hope with the bat could be Charles Coventry, whilst fellow African side Kenya have experience in Steve Tikolo; though they lack a genuine wicket-taker. Ireland reached the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Super 8â&#x20AC;&#x2122; stage in 2007, but   !     without the services of Eoin Morgan, who has defected to England; whilst Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best chance of a win will be against Kenya, having only one victory to their name in four World Cups. Perhaps the most capable underdogs are the Netherlands, having beaten England in last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Twenty20 World Cup and pushed Andrew Straussâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; men hard in their opening match in Nagpur. Look out for Dutch batsman Ryan ten Doeschate, who could be one of the tournamentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unsung heroes.


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WILL LIGHTNING STRIKE THRICE AT VARSITY 2011? By Daniel Matcham Sports Reporter WITH VARSITY 2011 only a few weeks               8   

+ $&  team, who have won the competition for two years in succession, are in an optimistic mood that they can retain their title, in spite of the yearly team     + !   Â&#x201C;$ &   !      +  universities of Swansea and Cardiff, will +     @  )        in Cardiff on 30 March, following the       +      $  )          +     +  !         

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ROWING TEAMS AIMING TO MAKE A SPLASH IN CARDIFF By Richard Hasley Sports Reporter DIRE FINANCIAL circumstances, a ¤[<     +    weather were no match for Swansea {!  " `+      4 +     ]{` 

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TITANS LOOK FOR REVENGE AS VARSITY 2011 EDGES CLOSER By Chris Penn Deputy Sports Editor LAST YEAR saw the Swansea Titans American Football team suffer a heavy defeat to their largely experienced arch rivals, the Cardiff Cobras, in their debut season. This year has seen a considerable improvement with three wins already, whereas last time around the Titans only won two in total. However, Titans captain Richard Ledger was upbeat when he spoke to The Waterfront. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have developed as a squad, working with both Fresherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and the experienced members of the squadâ&#x20AC;? he said. &     +      victories, one of which was a dress rehearsal of the showdown on March 30, which saw the Titans squeeze out a narrow 26-25 victory against the Cobras. &             +      Â&#x2013;   and saw the rivalry fully ignited when spectators witnessed a six touchdown + Â&#x17E;  !  $ They have bridged the gap with the best team in the UK, the UWE Bullets

who normally demolish teams by forty odd points. However, the lads put up a +!     9ZZ9     again shows a vast improvement since last year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our offense and defence have come a long way, and is working out well as a new playâ&#x20AC;? added Ledger. To those unfamiliar with the sport of American Football, it is a game of offense versus defence with each match lasting approximately two hours. The objective of the game is to score points by getting the ball into the opposing teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s end zone. The ball can be moved by running with it or throwing it to a teammate. Points are scored by running with the ball into the oppositionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s end zone, catching a pass that is thrown into the zone, kicking the ball through the opponentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal posts or tackling an opposing player in his own end zone. The Waterfront examined the current squad and highlighted the key players to watch: Chris Alred (3): Quarterback- so far this season Chris has hit good form, throwing for several touchdowns as well as running in two of his own. George Tita (49): Running back- sadly

ULTIMATE FRISBEE RELISH TEST AGAINST THE BEST By Chris Penn Deputy Sports Editor )\Â&#x160; ?7Â&#x2013;)Â&#x201D;   ^ team regardless of the sport would dent anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spirits. However, Swanseaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ultimate Frisbee team are enjoying the challenge of bridging the gap with their South Walesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rivals. &        ^  making them one of the youngest teams in the UK, whereas Cardiff have been playing for 35 years and are the national holders. First team captain Matthew Thomas reckons that they can close the gap even more this year after their 15-4     Â&#x2013;  $ %@  $@ !   of training and brought in new players as well as current members improving.â&#x20AC;? On the weekend of 19th and 20th March, the team competed in the Outdoor Western Regionals against 9Â&#x2DC;       Â&#x2030;   

places away from qualifying for the Nationals. This was a result that pleased both the team and Matt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are a new side so coming 9th was a huge achievementâ&#x20AC;? he said. One of their matches saw them lock horns with the Cardiffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2nd team and earned an impressive 12-2 victory, but Cardiffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1st team again impressed by            therefore qualifying to defend their national title. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of the team are second years that started as freshers last year with little knowledge of the sport. We have all come on a long way since then and we look to carry on this progression to catch up on Cardiff.â&#x20AC;? The form may well be with Cardiff, +      Â&#x2013;      happen. If you are interested in playing, the club train Monday 7-9pm in the sports hall and Wednesday 2-5pm in Singleton Park or join the Facebook group: Swansea Ulitmate Frisbee.

MENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SQUASH SUFFER NARROW DEFEAT Swansea 2nds Glamorgan 1sts

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By Chuka Madubunyi Chief Sports Correspondent

REVENGE: The Titans have seen a marked improvement this season George is currently injured however     +      &   where heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll look to build on his three touchdowns so far this season.

 

$ If you want to go support the Titans, they kick off at 1pm on the Pontcanna   @ # <$

David Gatehouse (81): Wide receiverthe Titans current highest Touchdown         !$ Nick Keyse (23) and James Cuddihy (95): Defense- 20 sacks between Nick and James which is a fantastic achievement. A sack is when the defensive player tackles the quarterback

SWANSEA STUDENT PREPARES ENGLAND FOR CRICKET WORLD CUP By Chris Penn Deputy Sports Editor ON JANUARY 7, 2011, the England Cricket team wrapped up an emphatic 3-1 Test victory over Australia in the 9<Z<°9<ZZ 7         that the Lions had roared in Oz for 24 years. Praise went to the usual likes of Andrew Strauss, James Anderson and Alastair Cook; however a creditable mention went to England Fitness Coach and Swansea University PhD student, Huw Bevan. Bevan is looking at the stresses and strains of Twenty20 and one-day cricket and how players recover from them for his PhD, by working closely with the Health and Sport Portfolio in the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College of Engineering. In particular he is working close to a senior lecturer, Dr. Liam Kilduff, who he met when Bevan was working as the Head Strength and Conditioning coach at the Ospreys. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We work from the point that I rely on whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new in the area of Sports Science and we then discuss if we can apply it to his settingâ&#x20AC;? said Kilduff. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Also Huw possesses key performance questions that we then use to design studies to try and answer themâ&#x20AC;? he added. ]!   +          England cricket team for about two years with there certainly being no coincidence with Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rise to being a formidable side once again. National media has heaped praise on the Welshman for the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s triumphs in the

Ashes and the Twenty20 World Cup in 2010. Huwâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presence has come as welcome relief after the transition phase that the team were going through after the 5-0 whitewash of the 2006/2007 Ashes series in Australia. Following the devastation of defeat     !   ?`] + appointed Kevin Pietersen as captain, before Andrew Strauss took to the helm on a long term basis and sought to build a team that was capable of competing at the top level of international cricket. When asked about why Bevan has been a huge success, Kilduff replied, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Huwâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personality, knowledge and drive are the key qualities that have helped him work at the level he is at.â&#x20AC;? At the moment, Bevan faces the challenge of the 2011 Cricket World Cup in India where England are currently struggling with a narrow victory over the Netherlands, a draw with the hosts, and a historic defeat against Ireland.

SWANSEA MENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S 2nds took on the University of Glamorgan menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1sts in squash last week. Swanseaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Berian Davies took on Â&#x160; 8    `              !Â&#x201C;  Clode went up 0-7 within three minutes. The set concluded at 0-11, with Davies unable to register a point. The second set started differently however, with Davies showing some resilience and taking a 2-0 lead. Clode dominated the T and used an array of shots to move Davies round the court and the set ended 3-11, giving Glamorgan a two-set lead. &            between both players and it was Davies who switched tactics in a bid to save the match. He came out even more determined and started showing some of his shot-making prowess. Both players used the angles on the court well, as they sought to out-manoeuvre each other. The match reached its climax with a nine-shot rally which ended when Clode played a lob hat ended the set 6-11 to Glamorgan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The match was okayâ&#x20AC;? Davies concluded. He was disappointed with the result but also had kind words for his opponent saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is a very good player. He was tough to play againstâ&#x20AC;?. The second match of the day was between Swanseaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alex Sadlier and Glamorganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jason Gollaglee. Sadlier           shots that drew errors from his opponent. At 4-0 it looked like Sadlier was cruising to a comfortable set victory, but he let Gollaglee into the match. That seemed to get Glamorgan going as Gollaglee scored another successive point when the referee awarded him a stroke. Gollaglee raised his game by dominating the T and the score quickly reached 8-6. Sadlier continued to take the lead until he committed an error to level the score at 11-11 before he eventually came out on top in the set, 14-16. The second set saw Sadlier come out strong, and the set ended 11-5. The tables were turned in the next set however, when Gollaglee blazed through to win 4-11. The match between Sadlier and Gollaglee would decide the overall winner on the day. Both players started to play some incredible shots and it looked like Sadlier was up against it but he pulled off a sensational comeback to eventually win the set 13-11. At this point, Swansea started to believe and in        

 +  again as Sadlier found himself trailing 1-4. However, he fought back to get the score to 9-10 but Gollaglee held his nerve to win the set 9-11 and give Glamorgan the win. At the end of the match, Sadlier said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was seeing double towards the end of the match. It was a good game though and we almost won.â&#x20AC;?

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BADMINTON WIN TO CLINCH LEAGUE TITLE Swansea 1sts Aberystwyth 1sts

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By Daniel Parker Sports Reporter ON A SUNNY March afternoon there was a sporting master class taking place in the indoor environs of the Sports Centre as Swansea Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Badmintonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1sts secured an emphatic win over Aberystwyth 2nds to win the Division Two Title. Swansea have brushed aside all opposition this season with successive 8-0 demolition jobs on court, and have proven their credentials not just as a side worthy of promotion to Division One, but richly deserving of Premier League status. The afternoon was already off to a bad start for Aberystwyth when they arrived in South Wales without a full lineup, meaning that they were instantly +X    9<  $ {  + this, the Swansea doubles line-up of  ^ ]     year Sam Crossley went on to produce a ruthless display against Aberystwythâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s    +8   +     the match with 21-9 and 21-14 games victories. On the adjacent court, Swanseaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s duo of Ben Wong and John Nolan were equally calm and collected as they completed two 21-5 routs to put Swansea 4-0 to the good overall. )                 Â&#x160;    secured a match in two games (21-14, 21-18) although the Welsh trainee was presented with a stern challenge from

his Aberystwyth counterpart. The next set of matches produced equally emphatic Swansea wins. Spencer and Crossley threw in some bullet-fast smashes of the shuttlecock in 21-12 and 21-10 game victories, while Wong and Nolan forced mistakes from Aberystwyth, who were ultimately   +  9ZZZ  9ZZ¤ scorelines.  7  Â&#x2DC;<   ^   !   title were already safely in green and white hands, though Swansea had yet another ace in the pack as captain Barry Â&#x160;           singles action. His performance oozed           Aberystwythâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no.1 around the court in a 21-4 win. The next game was an even bigger morale-crusher for Aberystwyth, their man limited to a mere 2 points at   Â&#x160; 8  $ @  7+  8  X  ! players heading back to mid-Wales on the end of an 8-0 hiding, you could have forgiven the Swansea side for stopping to celebrate their incredible championship victory. Instead, the men in green went straight back into rallying practice, perhaps the perfect demonstration of their work ethic and professionalism. `  ] Â&#x160;    understandably full of pride at the way things are going on and off the court for badminton at Swansea University. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This season has been a real improvement on previous years in a lot of ways, for us and the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side who are also top of the leagueâ&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had a lot of good new players coming into the ranks, and with three menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teams now, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a real competition for places which can only

Varsity Countdown!

be a good thing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The training set-up has also been          boys on.â&#x20AC;? Swanseaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ben Spencer added to the skipperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sentiments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You always have good years and bad years, and of course youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to lose top players. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a real sense of the sport growing here, just looking at the amount of undergraduates involved. The social aspect of the club is a real attractionâ&#x20AC;? he said. Â&#x160;         prospect of the Varsity showdown with Cardiff. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll go into Varsity as underdogs, but we won last year in the same      8        it,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was great to play with a home crowd last year, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s such to boost to hear every point get a cheer from the Swansea fans.â&#x20AC;? 7        #8    will gain a whole host of new fans and the recognition they really deserve as the year reaches an exciting climax.

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7 March 2011