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EDITOR’S PIECE

CONTENTS

The start of Autumn brings with it a number of connotations. Most of these are focused around change. Change in the weather, changes in nature, days getting shorter, starting a new school year or leaving home to go to uni. So, as the nights start to close in, we mark the new season by bringing you a new, transformed, improved edition of Youth Live to brighten up October and help you reminisce about the past few months of summer. We’ve got a round up of the events of what has been a pretty eventful summer; both in the world of entertainment as we’ve said goodbye to some famous faces, and locally with a record breaking Mathew Street Festival. As the global recession takes its toll on the UK, we look at how the credit crunch is affecting the fashion industry and review some of Liverpool’s activities over the summer months with a spread of pictures as feedback has told us they want to see more photography by young people. The beginning of a new school year brings with it a whole host of new things to keep you busy. From starting GCSE’s and A-levels to beginning the slightly daunting task of applying to uni. For all those prospective university students we’ve got our own Youth Live student survival guide to give you an idea of what to look forward to next year!

JEMMA WARK EDITOR

Photography Credits David Munn - Front Page, Page 07

Ant Clausen - Page 15 David Williams - Page 04, Page 05, Page 06, Page 19 Jonathan Rigby - Page 05 Nadja Zink - Page 05 With thanks to the City of Liverpool for its financial support Youth Live | Issue 8 | Page 02

Hub Festival

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Africa Oye

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Want to Know More?

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Mathew Street Festival

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Liverpool Summer Pops

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Area Stereotyping

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Has Britain Got Talent?

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The King of Pop

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Poetry from Norris Green

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Student Survival Guide

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Striding Out

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Young Designers

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Aspire & Inspire

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Eesy Peesy Sexual Health

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Crunch Time for Fashion

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HUB FESTIVAL

An amazing 20,000 people descended on Liverpool at the end of May for the UK’s biggest and best free urban youth festival, HUB Festival 2009. Extreme sports fans, skaters, bboys, bgirls and bands all took over Wellington Dock, Liverpool for a bank holiday weekend with a funky urban twist. Amateur competitions, free promos, aftershow parties, freebies, prize give-aways up to £25,000 in value and legends in BMX, Skateboarding, Breakdancing and Beat Boxing all added to the mix. The event also saw the launch of “HUB Life” , the brand new Fringe Festival element which enabled young people to live, love and breathe HUB over seven days in some of the funkiest venues across the city. There were also official after-show parties at Urban District venues such as The Leaf Teashop and Bar and the New Picket.

download all the action at: www.hubfestival.co.uk. Now into its seventh year, HUB was established by Liverpool City Council during the city’s successful ‘08 culture bid. The UK’s biggest and best FREE urban and extreme sports youth festival celebrated a host of firsts in 2009. Highlights for HUB ‘09 included: • Animal Relentless Bike Tour with World bike champion Martyn Ashton. • International Break Dance Championships. • Live music from all the best up and coming artists across the city including The New Haze. • Nintendo Zone - Giant LED screens featuring all the latest games.

the 2008 Liverpool Biennial. www.thejammfactory.co.uk • Wolstenholme projects presented ‘Recycled Frequencies’ an exhibition exploring the creative use or appropriation of those background sounds and images. www.wolstenholmeprojects.org • ‘Global Street Graffiti’ – Street Art Exhibition at Contemporary Urban Centre • ‘Love Music, Hate Racism Community Festival’ at Contemporary Urban Centre

Highlights of HUB Life included:

Paint4Gold West Europe Heats, the most popular graffiti art contest in the world came to HUB 2009. Paint4Gold teamed up with Zap Graffiti Arts to host crews from across the UK, France, Holland, Belgium and Luxemburg, painting on a giant 250m wall to compete in a number of categories including Freestyle Throw Ups, Freestyle Handstyles and Freestyle Sketching to make it through to the Big Finals at Splash Festival, Germany in July.

• ‘Live n Loud @ The Zanzibar’ (dry bar) 34 bands performed from May 25 - 28. All bands received professional photography, live recordings of their set and were reviewed online on their website. Winners received studio time at Crosstown Studios. www.livenloudliverpool.co.uk • ‘The Jamm Factory’ and Liverpool Biennial presented HUB Life @ Rockscape - six days of the best live music and street art at Rockscape; an open air theatre in the heart of Liverpool City Centre designed by If you missed any of the action you can Japanese artist Ateiler bow Wow for Youth Live | Issue 8 | Page 03


AFRICA OYE Sefton Park was throbbing to the sounds of Africa in June. The biggest free African music festival in the UK, it hosted a number of popular and talented bands and performers, both musicians and dancers in addition to a range of stalls bringing African and Jamaican fashion and food to a Liverpool audience. People of all ages flocked to the festival site to get a taste of Africa. There were performers coming from Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal and Gambia, and Mauritania in addition to some UK-based talents. Kasaï Masaï DR CONGO Kasaï Masaï are a five piece band playing ancestral music which has been passed on from generation to generation, their sound is rooted in the healing power of percussion and singing combined with the majestic Congolese guitar and jazz saxophone. For more visit:www.kasaimasai.com DR CONGO Kanda Bongo Man is the Soukous superstar in the continent of Africa. His music has always been driven by optimism and happiness; it contains melodies that curl through the patterns like vines on a trellis. For more visit:kandabongo.co.uk Group Lolou SENEGAL/GAMBIA A London based group whose members had been performing on the international music scene for many years. Lolou is a Wolof word which translates as “That’s it, You got it”. This word sums up a long sentence in a conversation. It also means that you have found what you were looking for... Moy Lolou La. Enjoy. Daby Touré MAURITANIA Superb songs which deftly marry the traditions of his West African home with the international language of jazz, funk and pop, creating warm, breezy, passionate atmospheres with universal appeal. For more visit:myspace.com/dabytoure Plus special guests Chino, Laden & The Millennium Band JAMAICA When one refers to classic reggae entertainers, Freddie McGregor comes to the forefront, a household name Youth Live | Issue 8 | Page 04

for music lovers of the Diaspora. As an internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter and producer extraordinaire, Freddie has achieved a remarkable 40 year tenure in the music business and is considered Jamaica’s most consistent recording artist elevating his status to Jamaica’s supreme reggae ambassador. For more visit: freddiemcgregor.com CHINO Daniel McGregor aka Chino is a true musical artist on the verge of great success… His career has evolved observing and learning from the best legends and dancehall icons. These interactions resulted in an in depth knowledge of recording and production techniques. Son of Jamaican music legend Freddie McGregor you know that he has music running through his veins LADEN O’Keefe Aarons, aka Laden, always wished for fame on every shooting star that passed the midnight sky. With hard work, perseverance and a natural melody Laden has now only begun to reach for the heights of his success aiming to grace all the stages of the world with his dynamic sound. A current forerunner of young talents rising out of the dancehall. Carroll Thompson UK Oyé paid homage to the Internationally renowned ‘queen of lovers rock’ who performed her back catalogue and then some with a full live band. Lovers rock (a term officially Rooted in the sound systems of South London) had particular appeal amongst women due to the romantic lyrics coupled with dreamy basslines. For more visit:myspace.com/carrollthompson


During this year YCN ran a photography project which gave young people the opportunity to develop photography skills and celebrate Liverpool Art, Culture and Heritage. With financial support from the City of Liverpool, the project culminates in an exhibition at St George’s Hall during early December. This small montage of pictures by Nadja Zink and Jonathan Rigby gives an idea of what you might see. James Maxwell asked Jonathan for his thoughts.

Q. What was the intended purpose some comments to go underneath behind taking so many photo’s of your photos. Are there any which strike statues in Liverpool? What’s the you as, say, witty? significance behind those shots? A. The only witty photo was the one A. I took photos of the statues to where there was a health and safety get experience and to get the light, sign, reading “WEAR GOGGLES YOUR EYES CANNOT BE REPLACED” background and the angles right. Q. Based on the photographs shown Q. Why do you think it is important for here, what do you think they say about young people to know about Liverpool’s culture and heritage? Liverpool culture?

Q. What personally did you get out of A. Liverpool is changing all the time you the photography project? can see the new buildings getting build and you can still see the old buildings, A. It made me see in a different way of There is lots of history still left in Liverpool and I now look at things more Liverpool. closely in detail. Q. Last week, I was trying to think of

A. I think that the young people should feel pride and be proud of how their city used to be and now how good it is run and being modernised.

YOUNG ADDACTION

Want to KNOW MORE?

‘Know More’ event. This was designed to raise young people’s awareness of Earlier in the Summer Young Addaction the many agencies there to support Liverpool along with many of the them. city’s other youth organisations came together in Williamson Square for the The event had a carnival atmosphere and many of the organisations involved had stalls where people could find out more about what services were offered. Additionally, there was a main stage showcasing Liverpool’s amazing range of young talent. Among the acts performing on the day included the phenomenal Everton Tigers whose basketball exhibition was met with awe and amazement from the crowd. There was a performance from Slambasters 2008 winner Terence Whinnett, a former service user, who is now Young

Addaction’s Ambassador. A wide range of musical and spoken word acts also performed culminating in a positive, successful and entertaining day for all involved. Youth Live | Issue 8 | Page 05


MATHEW STREET FESTIVAL ‘09

This year’s Mathew Street Festival attracted over 300,000 people over the bank holiday weekend, even despite the bad weather! Spread around Liverpool’s “Cultural Quarter” with six different stages to suit everyone’s taste in music. The main tunnel stage was headlined by tribute bands who were just as good as the real thing. The Kaiser Thiefs had many fans predicting riots, followed by the Fillers whose front man, Trevor Hurley, was wearing the trademark feather jacket worn by Brandon Flowers in many of their videos. Being a huge Killers fan myself, I was expecting The Fillers to be a letdown but they sounded just as good as the real thing! Other tribute bands included RazorLike ( Razor Light) Antarctic Monkeys (Arctic Monkeys) and Kins of Leon (Kings Of Leon). Many in the crowd knew the songs and were singing and dancing along. But the crowds became a bit hectic and a bit dangerous for families with little children so they chose to set up picnic blankets and camping chairs in St John’s Gardens where they could still watch all the action from the big screens at the side of the stage. There were food outlets in St John’s Gardens so people could take time out from the lively atmosphere of the stages and live music to unwind, relax and sample food from around the world al fresco. However, original Mersey bands had not been forgotten about. The Exchange Street stage had been set up to showcase Liverpool’s finest talent. Two 25 minute sets were performed by the winners of the Streetwaves competition. This gives anyone aged 14-25 the chance to audition and win a chance to perform. Ten other bands from across the North West, such as The Maybes, shared the stage performing all their own songs. Over 95 bands performed coming to Liverpool from places such as USA, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, France, Italy, Finland, Poland, Turkey and Scotland. The bad weather drowned out fans on Sunday but despite a slight improvement on Monday, the heavens opened just as all the bands had finished playing! The event is well staffed with security and police but beware you may get the occasional beer can getting thrown around in the crowds. There is a glass ban but as the crowds dispersed you could clearly see that not everybody followed that rule due to the shattered glass bottles covering the stage areas. by Rosie Horner

Mathew Street has reached its 15th Birthday and continues to get better with age. The old, the young, the drunk, the sober and the lucky few who are high on life all clamoured into the city centre to watch both tribute bands and the real deal play. The usually quiet Sunday city centre was filled with people from all over the country drinking beer and watching bands and artists perform. Although it seems nothing is too early for Mathew Street! The best original band for me was The Christians but the best tribute bands were the Queen Tribute band and “Vogue” the Madonna tribute. Vogue played all of Madonna’s classics. Although camper than a scouts jamboree, they were pretty amazing playing hits such as “Papa Don’t Preach” and my personal favourite “Like a Virgin”. The Christians played 11 top 40 hits in the late afternoon, packing out Williamson Square to the point where it had to be closed off by police. The bands playing inside cafes were my personal favourites such as “Some Like It Hot” - a jazz band that played at the Rococo cafe while I indulged myself with a coffee and cake. Overall the Mathew Street Festival is an amazing event, even though on the day it rained so badly you thought it might never stop! Everyone seemed to be drinking in the atmosphere and despite the presence of alcohol, everyone seemed to remain polite and civilised. It was a great day which kind of made you proud to be a Liverpudlian! by Faye Draper


LIVERPOOL SUMMER POPS THE FACTS! Sound and lighting crew consumed 386 ‘local’ kebabs Fans have come from far and wide including New Zealand, Australia, USA, Canada, Norway, Brazil, Denmark, Netherlands, Spain and Ireland Almost a million music fans have already flocked to the Summer Pops Festival over the last 9 years Over the years amusing riders have included boyband McFly asking for red wine and a cheeseboard

Amy Winehouse’s rider included 2 packets Marlborough lights, vodka, 2 bottles Jack Daniels, 1 bottle of champagne and flutes, No Styrofoam cups as they are bad for the environment. She also asked for the location of the nearest pool hall and gym. Amy and husband Blake were also spotted in the local KFC before show Russell Brand spent 10 minutes before his show psyching himself up in the toilet. Summer Pops generated income of almost £5 million for the City – 80% of which was brought in from outside the City boundaries One in four Summer Pops visitors came from other parts of the North West outside Merseyside

Local bands have included The Zutons, Atomic Kitten, Sugababes (Heidi) , The Farm, China Crisis, Charlie Lansborough, Henry Priestman, Girls Aloud (Nicola), Mel C, The Real People, Jade Gallagher, Talk Abouts, Amsterdam, The Bo Weevils, The Aeroplanes, The Maybes Ian Mcnabb, Laura Critchley, Gerry Marsden, The Quarrymen, The Undertakers, The Merseybeats, John Power, The Original Fourmost, Connie Lush, Edgar Jones, Billy Butler, Mike Pender, Ricky Tomlinson, Cy Tucker The Liverpool Summer Pops Festival has become established as an important part of the European summer music calendar, with some of the greatest names in music having played over the past eight years


AREA STEREOTYPES by Faye Draper Does an area make you or do you make the area? I live in Wavertree on the border of Wavertree and Childwall in L15 which, in my opinion, isn’t a bad area. I am not in a gang, I don’t wear black or velour tracksuits or fake tan and do alright at my GCSE’s. Would that be different if I lived in a “rougher” area of Liverpool? Was I born the way I am or was it the area that I was raised in that made me the way I am? Is it a minority of young people in gangs who make an area a “bad area” or is it due to a high concentration of working class people or people of multi-ethnic backgrounds that cause these areas to be classed as “bad”. Are the young people of the area just acting up to a stereotype? An example of such an area is Norris Green, a prodominently white working class area and known for its gang related problems. Could it be that all people in Norris Green are “scally”, “violent” and “thieves” with every young person aspiring to be a socalled “nogsy soldier”? Is it more likely that only a minority of youths are in surrounding areas congregated on these gangs and playing up to the area Camphill and drank. But, although there was this anti-social behaviour stereotype? issue in Woolton for a period of time, it When speaking to a Social Worker who has not tarnished Woolton’s status as a has worked with young people from all “good area”. Why is this? Is it because over Liverpool he said “There is no such this is a “one off” or is it because it is thing as a bad area - just a minority who a mainly middle-class area and there is no pressure to keep up a social area like to propagate the myth.” stereotype? If this is true is it peer pressure that influences these youths to join a gang Gangs in Liverpool are by no means a and live up to the reputation of the new thing. In pre-World War I Liverpool area? What makes an area a bad area? there was a notorious gang called the According to an article on ezinearticles. High Rip Gang, its members aged com it is an area with high crime and between eleven and twenty. They low employment rates. Does high crime terrorised the people of Liverpool rate result from the young people of around the Scotland Road area. Many the area and if it does is it a result of of the High Rip gang were members them feeling the pressure to follow the because of the poverty in the area at the time. All members of the gang were area stereotype? working-class. Poverty in Liverpool Woolton is regarded as a nice area during the time of the High Rip Gang of Liverpool and it has suffered from was at a high along with the majority of an anti-social behaviour issues when the country meaning that sometimes young people from Woolton and the only way to survive would be to Youth Live | Issue 8 | Page 08

steal. This was a time when there was no benefits system and the water was so badly contaminated that people were safer drinking gin instead! Poverty on this scale does not exist in Liverpool today so why do young people still wish to be members of gangs? Part of it is a desire for respect and for people to fear them. But why are there aparently no gangs in Woolton but plenty in Norris Green and in the north of Liverpool? In my opinion people shouldn’t let an area define who they or what they can become - you should define your area! Why should you live up to your area’s expectations when you can go much further than that. Why be a gang leader who is in and out of prison when you can be, say, a Doctor or Firefighter earning a decent wage and a true hero in someone’s eyes?


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Many people across the nation tuned into ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent show this year. You might have been one of them. Many people voted for their favourite act hoping that would be the difference to get them through to the final, and then maybe to even win the competition. The thousands of people entering Britain’s Got Talent all had the same dream of performing in front of the Queen at the next Royal Variety Show, which was the prize on offer to the winner.

the favourite right from the start of the competition and after her superb performance on the night, many thought she would be the one winning the competition.

As well as Susan though, the dance group Diversity performed brilliantly on the night. Their creative choreography and talented dancers did it for them on the most important final show, and as many of you will know, they ended up winning the competition with Susan coming in a close second place. They This popular television programme would be the lucky and privileged ones split the nation. On one side was the performing in front of the Queen. Britain’s Got Talent faithful, the ones glued to their televisions every episode Unfortunately Susan was targeted a and voting for their many favourites. lot by the media the week before the The other side who thought it was a final, much of it being bad media. Lots of pressure was piled upon her and it waste of time and a load of rubbish. must have certainly had a bad affect There was certainly a huge variety of on her and dented her confidence for acts on show in the final, with singers, the final. This was proved correct when musicians and dancers many thought she was admitted to the famous Priory we’d be in for a great night of talent. clinic which many celebrities have The singer Susan Boyle was tipped gone to, including Amy Winehouse and

Robbie Williams.

This asks the question why people really want to go into these sorts of competitions. For money? For fame? Or for the love they have for their chosen talent? Hollyoak’s star Brian Bovell who plays Leo said: “Children don’t want to become astronauts any more, they don’t want to grow up to be scientists. I mean kids today just want to be famous…” I feel that he has a great point here. Shouldn’t we enjoy what we do? Where has the love for the common good gone? When did we become so obsessed with things which don’t really matter?

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I’M GONNA MAKE A CHANGE, FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE IT’S GONNA FEEL REAL GOOD, GONNA MAKE A DIFFERENCE GONNA MAKE IT RIGHT. AS I, TURN UP THE COLLAR ON MY FAVOURITE WINTER COAT THIS WIND IS BLOWIN’ MY MIND I SEE THE KIDS IN THE STREET, WITH NOT ENOUGH TO EAT WHO AM I, TO BE BLIND? PRETENDING NOT TO SEE THEIR NEEDS A SUMMER’S DISREGARD, A BROKEN BOTTLE TOP AND A ONE MAN’S SOUL THEY FOLLOW EACH OTHER ON THE WIND YA’ KNOW ‘CAUSE THEY GOT NOWHERE TO GO THAT’S WHY I WANT YOU TO KNOW I’M STARTING WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS AND NO MESSAGE COULD HAVE BEEN ANY CLEARER IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLDA BETTER PLACE (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF, AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF, AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE) (NA NA NA, NA NA NA, NA NA,NA NAH) I’VE BEEN A VICTIM OF A SELFISH KIND OF LOVE IT’S TIME THAT I REALIZE THAT THERE ARE SOME WITH NO HOME, NOT A NICKEL TO LOAN COULD IT BE REALLY ME, PRETENDING THAT THEY’RE NOT ALONE? A WILLOW DEEPLY SCARRED, SOMEBODY’S BROKEN HEART AND A WASHED-OUT DREAM (WASHED-OUT DREAM) THEY FOLLOW THE PATTERN OF THE WIND, YA’ SEE CAUSE THEY GOT NO PLACE TO BE THAT’S WHY I’M STARTING WITH ME (STARTING WITH ME!) I’M STARTING WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR (OOH!) I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS (OOH!) AND NO MESSAGE COULD HAVE BEEN ANY CLEARER IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE) I’M STARTING WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR (OOH!) I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS (CHANGE HIS WAYS-OOH!) AND NO MESSAGE COULD’VE BEEN ANY CLEARER IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE THAT (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE THAT CHANGE! I’M STARTING WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR, (MAN IN THE MIRROR-OH YEAH!) I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS (BETTER CHANGE!)NO MESSAGE COULD HAVE BEEN ANY CLEARER (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE THE CHANGE) YOU GOTTA GET IT RIGHT, WHILE YOU GOT THE TIME) (‘CAUSE WHEN YOU CLOSE YOUR HEART) YOU CAN’T CLOSE YOUR . . .YOUR MIND! (THEN YOU CLOSE YOUR MIND!) THAT MAN, THAT MAN, THAT MAN, THAT MAN WITH THAT MAN IN THE MIRROR (MAN IN THE MIRROR, OH YEAH!) THAT MAN, THAT MAN, THAT MAN I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS (BETTER CHANGE!) YOU KNOW THAT MAN NO MESSAGE COULD HAVE BEEN ANY CLEARER IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE) HOO! HOO! HOO! HOO! HOO! NA NA NA, NA NA NA, NA NA, NA NAH (OH YEAH!) GONNA FEEL REAL GOOD NOW! YEAH YEAH! YEAH YEAH! YEAH YEAH! NA NA NA, NA NA NA, NA NA, NA NAH (OOOOH) OH NO, NO NO I’M GONNA MAKE A CHANGE IT’S GONNA FEEL REAL GOOD! COME ON! (CHANGE) JUST LIFT YOURSELF YOU KNOW YOU’VE GOT TO STOP IT.YOURSELF! (YEAH!-MAKE THAT CHANGE!) I’VE GOT TO MAKE THAT CHANGE, TODAY! HOO! (MAN IN THE MIRROR) YOU GOT TO YOU GOT TO NOT LET YOURSELF BROTHER HOO! (YEAH!-MAKE THAT CHANGE!) YOU KNOW-I’VE GOT TO GET THAT MAN, THAT MAN (MAN IN THE MIRROR) YOU’VE GOT TO YOU’VE GOT TO MOVE! COME ON! COME ON! YOU GOT TO STAND UP! STAND UP! STAND UP! (YEAH-MAKE THAT CHANGE) STAND UP AND LIFT YOURSELF, NOW! (MAN IN THE MIRROR) HOO! HOO! HOO! AAOW! (YEAH-MAKE THAT CHANGE) GONNA MAKE THAT CHANGE COME ON! (MAN IN THE MIRROR) YOU KNOW IT! YOU KNOW IT! YOU KNOW IT! YOU KNOW (CHANGE) MAKE THAT CHANGE. I’M GONNA MAKE A CHANGE, FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE IT’S GONNA FEEL REAL GOOD, GONNA MAKE A DIFFERENCE GONNA MAKE IT RIGHT. AS I, TURN UP THE COLLAR ON MY FAVOURITE WINTER COAT THIS WIND IS BLOWIN’ MY MIND I SEE THE KIDS IN THE STREET, WITH NOT ENOUGH TO EAT WHO AM I, TO BE BLIND? PRETENDING NOT TO SEE THEIR NEEDS A SUMMER’S DISREGARD, A BROKEN BOTTLE TOP AND A ONE MAN’S SOUL THEY FOLLOW EACH OTHER ON THE WIND YA’ KNOW ‘CAUSE THEY GOT NOWHERE TO GO THAT’S WHY I WANT YOU TO KNOW I’M STARTING WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS AND NO MESSAGE COULD HAVE BEEN ANY CLEARER IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLDA BETTER PLACE (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF, AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF, AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE) (NA NA NA, NA NA NA, NA NA,NA NAH) I’VE BEEN A VICTIM OF A SELFISH KIND OF LOVE IT’S TIME THAT I REALIZE THAT THERE ARE SOME WITH NO HOME, NOT A NICKEL TO LOAN COULD IT BE REALLY ME, PRETENDING THAT THEY’RE NOT ALONE? A WILLOW DEEPLY SCARRED, SOMEBODY’S BROKEN HEART AND A WASHED-OUT DREAM (WASHED-OUT DREAM) THEY FOLLOW THE PATTERN OF THE WIND, YA’ SEE CAUSE THEY GOT NO PLACE TO BE THAT’S WHY I’M STARTING WITH ME (STARTING WITH ME!) I’M STARTING WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR (OOH!) I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS (OOH!) AND NO MESSAGE COULD HAVE BEEN ANY CLEARER IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE) I’M STARTING WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR (OOH!) I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS (CHANGE HIS WAYS-OOH!) AND NO MESSAGE COULD’VE BEEN ANY CLEARER IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE THAT (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE THAT CHANGE! I’M STARTING WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR, (MAN IN THE MIRROR-OH YEAH!) I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS (BETTER CHANGE!)NO MESSAGE COULD HAVE BEEN ANY CLEARER (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE THE CHANGE) YOU GOTTA GET IT RIGHT, WHILE YOU GOT THE TIME) (‘CAUSE WHEN YOU CLOSE YOUR HEART) YOU CAN’T CLOSE YOUR . . .YOUR MIND! (THEN YOU CLOSE YOUR MIND!) THAT MAN, THAT MAN, THAT MAN, THAT MAN WITH THAT MAN IN THE MIRROR (MAN IN THE MIRROR, OH YEAH!) THAT MAN, THAT MAN, THAT MAN I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS (BETTER CHANGE!) YOU KNOW THAT MAN NO MESSAGE COULD HAVE BEEN ANY CLEARER IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE) HOO! HOO! HOO! HOO! HOO! NA NA NA, NA NA NA, NA NA, NA NAH (OH YEAH!) GONNA FEEL REAL GOOD NOW! YEAH YEAH! YEAH YEAH! YEAH YEAH! NA NA NA, NA NA NA, NA NA, NA NAH (OOOOH) OH NO, NO NO I’M GONNA MAKE A CHANGE IT’S GONNA FEEL REAL GOOD! COME ON! (CHANGE) JUST LIFT YOURSELF YOU KNOW YOU’VE GOT TO STOP IT.YOURSELF! (YEAH!MAKE THAT CHANGE!) I’VE GOT TO MAKE THAT CHANGE, TODAY! HOO! (MAN IN THE MIRROR) YOU GOT TO YOU GOT TO NOT LET YOURSELF BROTHER HOO! (YEAH!-MAKE THAT CHANGE!) YOU KNOWI’VE GOT TO GET THAT MAN, THAT MAN (MAN IN THE MIRROR) YOU’VE GOT TO YOU’VE GOT TO MOVE! COME ON! COME ON! YOU GOT TO STAND UP! STAND UP! STAND UP! (YEAH-MAKE THAT CHANGE) STAND UP AND LIFT YOURSELF, NOW! (MAN IN THE MIRROR) HOO! HOO! HOO! AAOW! (YEAH-MAKE THAT CHANGE) GONNA MAKE THAT CHANGE COME ON! (MAN IN THE MIRROR) YOU KNOW IT! YOU KNOW IT! YOU KNOW IT! YOU KNOW (CHANGE) MAKE THAT CHANGE. I’M GONNA MAKE A CHANGE, FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE IT’S GONNA FEEL REAL GOOD, GONNA MAKE A DIFFERENCE GONNA MAKE IT RIGHT. AS I, TURN UP THE COLLAR ON MY FAVOURITE WINTER COAT THIS WIND IS BLOWIN’ MY MIND I SEE THE KIDS IN THE STREET, WITH NOT ENOUGH TO EAT WHO AM I, TO BE BLIND? PRETENDING NOT TO SEE THEIR NEEDS A SUMMER’S DISREGARD, A BROKEN BOTTLE TOP AND A ONE MAN’S SOUL THEY FOLLOW EACH OTHER ON THE WIND YA’ KNOW ‘CAUSE THEY GOT NOWHERE TO GO THAT’S WHY I WANT YOU TO KNOW I’M STARTING WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS AND NO MESSAGE COULD HAVE BEEN ANY CLEARER IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLDA BETTER PLACE (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF, AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF, AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE) (NA NA NA, NA NA NA, NA NA,NA NAH) I’VE BEEN A VICTIM OF A SELFISH KIND OF LOVE IT’S TIME THAT I REALIZE THAT THERE ARE SOME WITH NO HOME, NOT A NICKEL TO LOAN COULD IT BE REALLY ME, PRETENDING THAT THEY’RE NOT ALONE? A WILLOW DEEPLY SCARRED, SOMEBODY’S BROKEN HEART AND A WASHED-OUT DREAM (WASHED-OUT DREAM) THEY FOLLOW THE PATTERN OF THE WIND, YA’ SEE CAUSE THEY GOT NO PLACE TO BE THAT’S WHY I’M STARTING WITH ME (STARTING WITH ME!) I’M STARTING WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR (OOH!) I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS (OOH!) AND NO MESSAGE COULD HAVE BEEN ANY CLEARER IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE) I’M STARTING WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR (OOH!) I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS (CHANGE HIS WAYS-OOH!) AND NO MESSAGE COULD’VE BEEN ANY CLEARER IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE THAT (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE THAT CHANGE! I’M STARTING WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR, (MAN IN THE MIRROR-OH YEAH!) I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS (BETTER CHANGE!)NO MESSAGE COULD HAVE BEEN ANY CLEARER (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE THE CHANGE) YOU GOTTA GET IT RIGHT, WHILE YOU GOT THE TIME) (‘CAUSE WHEN YOU CLOSE YOUR HEART) YOU CAN’T CLOSE YOUR . . .YOUR MIND! (THEN YOU CLOSE YOUR MIND!) THAT MAN, THAT MAN, THAT MAN, THAT MAN WITH THAT MAN IN THE MIRROR (MAN IN THE MIRROR, OH YEAH!) THAT MAN, THAT MAN, THAT MAN I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS (BETTER CHANGE!) YOU KNOW THAT MAN NO MESSAGE COULD HAVE BEEN ANY CLEARER IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE) HOO! HOO! HOO! HOO! HOO! NA NA NA, NA NA NA, NA NA, NA NAH (OH YEAH!) GONNA FEEL REAL GOOD NOW! YEAH YEAH! YEAH YEAH! YEAH YEAH! NA NA NA, NA NA NA, NA NA, NA NAH (OOOOH) OH NO, NONO I’M GONNA MAKE A CHANGE IT’S GONNA FEEL REAL GOOD! COME ON! (CHANGE) JUST LIFT YOURSELF YOU KNOW YOU’VE GOT TO STOP IT.YOURSELF! (YEAH!-MAKE THAT CHANGE!) I’VE GOT TO MAKE THAT CHANGE, TODAY! HOO! (MAN IN THE MIRROR) YOU GOT TO YOU GOT TO NOT LET YOURSELF BROTHER HOO! (YEAH!-MAKE THAT CHANGE!) YOU KNOW-I’VE GOT TO GET THAT MAN, THAT MAN (MAN IN THE MIRROR) YOU’VE GOT TO YOU’VE GOT TO MOVE! COME ON! COME ON! YOU GOT TO STAND UP! STAND UP! STAND UP! (YEAHMAKE THAT CHANGE) STAND UP AND LIFT YOURSELF, NOW! (MAN IN THE MIRROR) HOO! HOO! HOO! AAOW! (YEAH-MAKE THAT CHANGE) GONNA MAKE THAT CHANGE COME ON! (MAN IN THE MIRROR) YOU KNOW IT! YOU KNOW IT! YOU KNOW IT! YOU KNOW (CHANGE) MAKE THAT CHANGE. I’M GONNA MAKE A CHANGE, FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE IT’S GONNA FEEL REAL GOOD, GONNA MAKE A DIFFERENCE GONNA MAKE IT RIGHT. AS I, TURN UP THE COLLAR ON MY FAVOURITE WINTER COAT THIS WIND IS BLOWIN’ MY MIND I SEE THE KIDS IN THE STREET, WITH NOT ENOUGH TO EAT WHO AM I, TO BE BLIND? PRETENDING NOT TO SEE THEIR NEEDS A SUMMER’S DISREGARD, A BROKEN BOTTLE TOP AND A ONE MAN’S SOUL THEY FOLLOW EACH OTHER ON THE WIND YA’ KNOW ‘CAUSE THEY GOT NOWHERE TO GO THAT’S WHY I WANT YOU TO KNOW I’M STARTING WITH THEMAN IN THE MIRROR I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS AND NO MESSAGE COULD HAVE BEEN ANY CLEARER IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLDA BETTER PLACE (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF, AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF, AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE) (NA NA NA, NA NA NA, NA NA,NA NAH) I’VE BEEN AVICTIM OFA SELFISHKIND OF LOVE IT’S TIME THAT I REALIZE THAT THERE ARE SOME WITH NO HOME, NOT A NICKEL TO LOAN COULD IT BE REALLY ME, PRETENDING THAT THEY’RE NOT ALONE? A WILLOW DEEPLY SCARRED, SOMEBODY’S BROKEN HEART AND A WASHED-OUT DREAM (WASHED-OUT DREAM) THEY FOLLOW THE PATTERN OF THE WIND, YA’ SEE CAUSE THEY GOT NO PLACE TO BE THAT’S WHY I’M STARTING WITH ME (STARTING WITH ME!) I’M STARTING WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR (OOH!) I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS (OOH!) AND NO MESSAGE COULD HAVE BEEN ANY CLEARER IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE) I’M STARTING WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR (OOH!) I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS (CHANGE HIS WAYS-OOH!) AND NO MESSAGE COULD’VE BEEN ANY CLEARER IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE THAT (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE THAT CHANGE! I’M STARTING WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR, (MAN IN THE MIRROR-OH YEAH!) I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS (BETTER CHANGE!)NO MESSAGE COULD HAVE BEEN ANY CLEARER (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE THE CHANGE) YOU GOTTA GET IT RIGHT, WHILE YOU GOT THE TIME) (‘CAUSE WHEN YOU CLOSE YOUR HEART) YOU CAN’T CLOSE YOUR . . .YOUR MIND! (THEN YOU CLOSE YOUR MIND!) THAT MAN, THAT MAN, THAT MAN, THAT MAN WITH THAT MAN IN THE MIRROR (MAN IN THE MIRROR, OH YEAH!) THAT MAN, THAT MAN, THAT MAN I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS (BETTER CHANGE!) YOU KNOW THAT MAN NO MESSAGE COULD HAVE BEEN ANY CLEARER IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE) HOO! HOO! HOO! HOO! HOO! NA NANA, NA NA NA, NA NA, NA NAH (OH YEAH!) GONNA FEEL REAL GOOD NOW! YEAH YEAH! YEAH YEAH! YEAH YEAH! NA NA NA, NA NA NA, NA NA, NA NAH (OOOOH) OH NO, NO NO I’M GONNA MAKE A CHANGE IT’S GONNA FEEL REAL GOOD! COME ON! (CHANGE) JUST LIFT YOURSELF YOU KNOW YOU’VE GOT TO STOP IT.YOURSELF! (YEAH!-MAKE THAT CHANGE!) I’VE GOT TO MAKE THAT CHANGE, TODAY! HOO! (MAN IN THE MIRROR) YOU GOT TO YOU GOT TO NOT LET YOURSELF BROTHER HOO! (YEAH!-MAKE THAT CHANGE!) YOU KNOW-I’VE GOT TO GET THAT MAN, THAT MAN (MAN IN THE MIRROR) YOU’VE GOT TO YOU’VE GOT TO MOVE! COME ON! COME ON! YOU GOT TO STAND UP! STAND UP! STAND UP! (YEAH-MAKE THAT CHANGE) STAND UP AND LIFT YOURSELF, NOW! (MAN IN THE MIRROR) HOO! HOO! HOO! AAOW! (YEAH-MAKE THAT CHANGE) GONNA MAKE THAT CHANGE COME ON! (MAN IN THE MIRROR) YOU KNOW IT! YOU KNOW IT! YOU KNOW IT! YOU KNOW (CHANGE) MAKE THAT CHANGE. I’M GONNA MAKE A CHANGE, FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE IT’S GONNA FEEL REAL GOOD, GONNA MAKE A DIFFERENCE GONNA MAKE IT RIGHT. AS I, TURN UP THE COLLAR ON MY FAVOURITE WINTER COAT THIS WIND IS BLOWIN’ MY MIND I SEE THE KIDS IN THE STREET, WITH NOT ENOUGH TO EAT WHO AM I, TO BE BLIND? PRETENDING NOT TO SEE THEIR NEEDS A SUMMER’S DISREGARD, A BROKEN BOTTLE TOP AND A ONE MAN’S SOUL THEY FOLLOW EACH OTHER ON THE WIND YA’ KNOW ‘CAUSE THEY GOT NOWHERE TO GO THAT’S WHY I WANT YOU TO KNOW I’M STARTING WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS AND NO MESSAGE COULD HAVE BEEN ANY CLEARER IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLDA BETTER PLACE (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF, AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF, AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE) (NA NA NANA NA NA, NA NA,NA NAH) I’VE BEEN A VICTIM OF A SELFISH KIND OF LOVE IT’S TIME THAT I REALIZE THAT THERE ARE SOME WITH NO HOME, NOT A NICKEL TO LOAN COULD IT BE REALLY ME, PRETENDING THAT THEY’RE NOT ALONE? A WILLOW DEEPLY SCARRED, SOMEBODY’S BROKEN HEART AND A WASHED-OUT DREAM (WASHED-OUT DREAM) THEY FOLLOW THE PATTERN OF THE WIND, YA’ SEE CAUSE THEY GOT NO PLACE TO BE THAT’S WHY I’M STARTING WITH ME (STARTING WITH ME!) I’M STARTING WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR (OOH!) I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS (OOH!) AND NO MESSAGE COULD HAVE BEEN ANY CLEARER IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE) I’M STARTING WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR (OOH!) I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS (CHANGE HIS WAYS-OOH!) AND NO MESSAGE COULD’VE BEEN ANY CLEARER IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE THAT (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE THAT CHANGE! I’M STARTING WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR, (MAN IN THE MIRROR-OH YEAH!) I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS (BETTER CHANGE!)NO MESSAGE COULD HAVE BEEN ANY CLEARER (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE THE CHANGE) YOU GOTTA GET IT RIGHT, WHILE YOU GOT THE TIME) (‘CAUSE WHEN YOU CLOSE YOUR HEART) YOU CAN’T CLOSE YOUR . . .YOUR MIND! (THEN YOU CLOSE YOUR MIND!) THAT MAN, THAT MAN, THAT MAN, THAT MAN WITH THAT MAN IN THE MIRROR (MAN IN THE MIRROR, OH YEAH!) THAT MAN, THAT MAN, THAT MAN I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS (BETTER CHANGE!) YOU KNOW THAT MAN NO MESSAGE COULD HAVE BEEN ANY CLEARER IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE) HOO! HOO! HOO! HOO! HOO! NA NA NA, NA NA NA, NA NA, NA NAH (OH YEAH!) GONNA FEEL REAL GOOD NOW! YEAH YEAH! YEAH YEAH! YEAH YEAH! NA NA NA, NA NA NA, NA NA, NA NAH (OOOOH) OH NO, NO NO I’M GONNA MAKE A CHANGE IT’S GONNA FEEL REAL GOOD! COME ON! (CHANGE) JUST LIFT YOURSELF YOU KNOW YOU’VE GOT TO STOP IT.YOURSELF! (YEAH!-MAKE THAT CHANGE!) I’VE GOT TO MAKE THAT CHANGE, TODAY! HOO! (MAN IN THE MIRROR) YOU GOT TO YOU GOT TO NOT LET YOURSELF BROTHER HOO! (YEAH!-MAKE THAT CHANGE!) YOU KNOW-I’VE GOT TO GET THAT MAN, THAT MAN (MAN IN THE MIRROR) YOU’VE GOT TO YOU’VE GOT TO MOVE! COME ON! COME ON! YOU GOT TO STAND UP! STAND UP! STAND UP! (YEAH-MAKE THAT CHANGE) STAND UP AND LIFT YOURSELF, NOW! (MAN IN THE MIRROR) HOO! HOO! HOO! AAOW! (YEAH-MAKE THAT CHANGE) GONNA MAKE THAT CHANGE COME ON! (MAN IN THE MIRROR) YOU KNOW IT! YOU KNOW IT! YOU KNOW IT! YOU KNOW (CHANGE) MAKE THAT CHANGE. I’M GONNA MAKE A CHANGE, FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE IT’S GONNA FEEL REAL GOOD, GONNA MAKE A DIFFERENCE GONNA MAKE IT RIGHT. AS I, TURN UP THE COLLAR ON MY FAVOURITE WINTER COAT THIS WIND IS BLOWIN’ MY MIND I SEE THE KIDS IN THE STREET, WITH NOT ENOUGH TO EAT WHO AM I, TO BE BLIND? PRETENDING NOT TO SEE THEIR NEEDS A SUMMER’S DISREGARD, A BROKEN BOTTLE TOP AND A ONE MAN’S SOUL THEY FOLLOW EACH OTHER ON THE WIND YA’ KNOW ‘CAUSE THEY GOT NOWHERE TO GO THAT’S WHY I WANT YOU TO KNOW I’M STARTING WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS AND NO MESSAGE COULD HAVE BEEN ANY CLEARER IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLDA BETTER PLACE (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF, AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF, AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE) (NA NA NA, NA NA NA, NA NA,NA NAH) I’VE BEEN A VICTIM OF A SELFISH KIND OF LOVE IT’S TIME THAT I REALIZE THAT THERE ARE SOME WITH NO HOME, NOT A NICKEL TO LOAN COULD IT BE REALLY ME, PRETENDING THAT THEY’RE NOT ALONE? A WILLOW DEEPLY SCARRED, SOMEBODY’S BROKEN HEART AND A WASHED-OUT DREAM (WASHED-OUT DREAM) THEY FOLLOW THE PATTERN OF THE WIND, YA’ SEE CAUSE THEY GOT NO PLACE TO BE THAT’S WHY I’M STARTING WITH ME (STARTING WITH ME!) I’M STARTING WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR (OOH!) I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS (OOH!) AND NO MESSAGE COULD HAVE BEEN ANY CLEARER IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE) I’M STARTING WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR (OOH!) I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS (CHANGE HIS WAYS-OOH!) AND NO MESSAGE COULD’VE BEEN ANY CLEARER IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE THAT (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE THAT CHANGE! I’M STARTING WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR, (MAN IN THE MIRROR-OH YEAH!) I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS (BETTER CHANGE!)NO MESSAGE COULD HAVE BEEN ANY CLEARER (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE THE CHANGE) YOU GOTTA GET IT RIGHT, WHILE YOU GOT THE TIME) (‘CAUSE WHEN YOU CLOSE YOUR HEART) YOU CAN’T CLOSE YOUR . . .YOUR MIND! (THEN YOU CLOSE YOUR MIND!) THAT MAN, THAT MAN, THAT MAN, THAT MAN WITH THAT MAN IN THE MIRROR (MAN IN THE MIRROR, OH YEAH!) THAT MAN, THAT MAN, THAT MAN I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS (BETTER CHANGE!) YOU KNOW THAT MAN NO MESSAGE COULD HAVE BEEN ANY CLEARER IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE) HOO! HOO! HOO! HOO! HOO! NA NA NA, NA NA NA, NA NA, NA NAH (OH YEAH!) GONNA FEEL REAL GOOD NOW! YEAH YEAH! YEAH YEAH! YEAH YEAH! NA NA NA, NA NA NA, NA NA, NA NAH (OOOOH) OH NO, NO NO I’M GONNA MAKE A CHANGE IT’S GONNA FEEL REAL GOOD! COME ON! (CHANGE) JUST LIFT YOURSELF YOU KNOW YOU’VE GOT TO STOP IT.YOURSELF! (YEAH!-MAKE THAT CHANGE!) I’VE GOT TO MAKE THAT CHANGE, TODAY! HOO! (MAN IN THE MIRROR) YOU GOT TO YOU GOT TO NOT LET YOURSELF BROTHER HOO! (YEAH!-MAKE THAT CHANGE!) YOU KNOW-I’VE GOT TO GET THAT MAN, THAT MAN (MAN IN THE MIRROR) YOU’VE GOT TO YOU’VE GOT TO MOVE! COME ON! COME ON! YOU GOT TO STAND UP! STAND UP! STAND UP! (YEAH-MAKE THAT CHANGE) STAND UP AND LIFT YOURSELF, NOW! (MAN IN THE MIRROR) HOO! HOO! HOO! AAOW! (YEAH-MAKE THAT CHANGE) GONNA MAKE THAT CHANGE COME ON! (MAN IN THE MIRROR) YOU KNOW IT! YOU KNOW IT! YOU KNOW IT! YOU KNOW (CHANGE) MAKE THAT CHANGE. I’M GONNA MAKE A CHANGE, FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE IT’S GONNA FEEL REAL GOOD, GONNA MAKE A DIFFERENCE GONNA MAKE IT RIGHT. AS I, TURN UP THE COLLAR ON MY FAVOURITE WINTER COAT THIS WIND IS BLOWIN’ MY MIND I SEE THE KIDS IN THE STREET, WITH NOT ENOUGH TO EAT WHO AM I, TO BE BLIND? PRETENDING NOT TO SEE THEIR NEEDS A SUMMER’S DISREGARD, A BROKEN BOTTLE TOP AND A ONE MAN’S SOUL THEY FOLLOW EACH OTHER ON THE WIND YA’ KNOW ‘CAUSE THEY GOT NOWHERE TO GO THAT’S WHY I WANT YOU TO KNOW I’M STARTING WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS AND NO MESSAGE COULD HAVE BEEN ANY CLEARER IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLDA BETTER PLACE (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF, AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF, AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE) (NA NA NA, NA NA NA, NA NA,NA NAH) I’VE BEEN A VICTIM OF A SELFISH KIND OF LOVE IT’S TIME THAT I REALIZE THAT THERE ARE SOME WITH NO HOME, NOT A NICKEL TO LOAN COULD IT BE REALLY ME, PRETENDING THAT THEY’RE NOT ALONE? A WILLOW DEEPLY SCARRED, SOMEBODY’S BROKEN HEART AND A WASHED-OUT DREAM (WASHED-OUT DREAM) THEY FOLLOW THE PATTERN OF THE WIND, YA’ SEE CAUSE THEY GOT NO PLACE TO BE THAT’S WHY I’M STARTING WITH ME (STARTING WITH ME!) I’M STARTING WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR (OOH!) I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS (OOH!) AND NO MESSAGE COULD HAVE BEEN ANY CLEARER IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE) I’M STARTING WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR (OOH!) I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS (CHANGE HIS WAYS-OOH!) AND NO MESSAGE COULD’VE BEEN ANY CLEARER IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE THAT (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE THAT CHANGE! I’M STARTING WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR, (MAN IN THE MIRROR-OH YEAH!) I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS (BETTER CHANGE!)NO MESSAGE COULD HAVE BEEN ANY CLEARER (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE THE CHANGE) YOU GOTTA GET IT RIGHT, WHILE YOU GOT THE TIME) (‘CAUSE WHEN YOU CLOSE YOUR HEART) YOU CAN’T CLOSE YOUR . . .YOUR MIND! (THEN YOU CLOSE YOUR MIND!) THAT MAN, THAT MAN, THAT MAN, THAT MAN WITH THAT MAN IN THE MIRROR (MAN IN THE MIRROR, OH YEAH!) THAT MAN, THAT MAN, THAT MAN I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS (BETTER CHANGE!) YOU KNOW THAT MAN NO MESSAGE COULD HAVE BEEN ANY CLEARER IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE) HOO! HOO! HOO! HOO! HOO! NA NA NA, NA NA NA, NA NA, NA NAH (OH YEAH!) GONNA FEEL REAL GOOD NOW! YEAH YEAH! YEAH YEAH! YEAH YEAH! NA NA NA, NA NA NA, NA NA, NA NAH (OOOOH) OH NO, NO NO I’M GONNA MAKE A CHANGE IT’S GONNA FEEL REAL GOOD! COME ON! (CHANGE) JUST LIFT YOURSELF YOU KNOW YOU’VE GOT TO STOP IT.YOURSELF! (YEAH!-MAKE THAT CHANGE!) I’VE GOT TO MAKE THAT CHANGE, TODAY! HOO! (MAN IN THE MIRROR) YOU GOT TO YOU GOT TO NOT LET YOURSELF BROTHER HOO! (YEAH!-MAKE THAT CHANGE!) YOU KNOW-I’VE GOT TO GET THAT MAN, THAT MAN (MAN IN THE MIRROR) YOU’VE GOT TO YOU’VE GOT TO MOVE! COME ON! COME ON! YOU GOT TO STAND UP! STAND UP! STAND UP! (YEAH-MAKE THAT CHANGE) STAND UP AND LIFT YOURSELF, NOW! (MAN IN THE MIRROR) HOO! HOO! HOO! AAOW! (YEAH-MAKE THAT CHANGE) GONNA MAKE THAT CHANGE COME ON! (MAN IN THE MIRROR) YOU KNOW IT! YOU KNOW IT! YOU KNOW IT! YOU KNOW (CHANGE) MAKE THAT CHANGE. I’M GONNA MAKE A CHANGE, FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE IT’S GONNA FEEL REAL GOOD, GONNA MAKE A DIFFERENCE GONNA MAKE IT RIGHT. AS I, TURN UP THE COLLAR ON MY FAVOURITE WINTER COAT THIS WIND IS BLOWIN’ MY MIND I SEE THE KIDS IN THE STREET, WITH NOT ENOUGH TO EAT WHO AM I, TO BE BLIND? PRETENDING NOT TO SEE THEIR NEEDS A SUMMER’S DISREGARD, A BROKEN BOTTLE TOP AND A ONE MAN’S SOUL THEY FOLLOW EACH OTHER ON THE WIND YA’ KNOW ‘CAUSE THEY GOT NOWHERE TO GO THAT’S WHY I WANT YOU TO KNOW I’M STARTING WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS AND NO MESSAGE COULD HAVE BEEN ANY CLEARER IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLDA BETTER PLACE (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF, AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF, AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE) (NA NA NA, NA NA NA, NA NA,NA NAH) I’VE BEEN A VICTIM OF A SELFISH KIND OF LOVE IT’S TIME THAT I REALIZE THAT THERE ARE SOME WITH NO HOME, NOT A NICKEL TO LOAN COULD IT BE REALLY ME, PRETENDING THAT THEY’RE NOT ALONE? A WILLOW DEEPLY SCARRED, SOMEBODY’S BROKEN HEART AND A WASHED-OUT DREAM (WASHED-OUT DREAM) THEY FOLLOW THE PATTERN OF THE WIND, YA’ SEE CAUSE THEY GOT NO PLACE TO BE THAT’S WHY I’M STARTING WITH ME (STARTING WITH ME!) I’M STARTING WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR (OOH!) I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS (OOH!) AND NO MESSAGE COULD HAVE BEEN ANY CLEARER IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE) I’M STARTING WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR (OOH!) I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS (CHANGE HIS WAYS-OOH!) AND NO MESSAGE COULD’VE BEEN ANY CLEARER IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE THAT (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN IMAGE CREATED BY BARRY MYLESN THE MIRROR, (MAN IN THE MIRROR-OH YEAH!) I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS (BETTER CHANGE!)NO MESSAGE COULD HAVE BEEN ANY CLEARER (IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE THE CHANGE) YOU GOTTA GET IT RIGHT, WHILE YOU GOT THE TIME) (‘CAUSE WHEN YOU CLOSE YOUR HEART) YOU CAN’T CLOSE YOUR . . .YOUR MIND! (THEN YOU CLOSE YOUR MIND!) THAT MAN, THAT MAN, THAT MAN, THAT MAN WITH THAT MAN IN THE MIRROR (MAN IN THE MIRROR, OH YEAH!) THAT MAN, THAT MAN, THAT MAN I’M ASKING HIM TO CHANGE HIS WAYS (BETTER CHANGE!) YOU KNOW THAT MAN NO MESSAGE COULD HAVE BEEN ANY CLEARER IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTERYouth PLACELive (IF YOU WANNA | Issue 8 |MAKE PageTHE 10WORLD A BETTER PLACE) TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE (TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND THEN MAKE A CHANGE) HOO! HOO! HOO! HOO! HOO! NA NA NA, NA NA NA, NA NA, NA NAH (OH YEAH!) GONNA FEEL REAL GOOD NOW! YEAH YEAH! YEAH YEAH! YEAH YEAH! NA NA NA, NA NA NA, NA NA, NA NAH (OOOOH) OH NO, NO NO I’M GONNA MAKE A CHANGE IT’S GONNA FEEL REAL GOOD! COME ON! (CHANGE) JUST LIFT YOURSELF YOU KNOW YOU’VE GOT TO STOP IT.YOURSELF! (YEAH!-MAKE THAT CHANGE!) I’VE GOT TO MAKE THAT CHANGE, TODAY! HOO! (MAN IN THE MIRROR) YOU GOT TO YOU GOT TO NOT LET YOURSELF BROTHER HOO! (YEAH!-MAKE THAT CHANGE!) YOU KNOW-I’VE GOT TO GET THAT MAN, THAT MAN (MAN IN THE MIRROR) YOU’VE GOT TO YOU’VE GOT TO MOVE! COME ON! COME ON! YOU GOT TO STAND UP! STAND UP! STAND UP! (YEAH-MAKE THAT CHANGE) STAND UP AND LIFT YOURSELF,

THE KING OF POP by Pippa Christian

Career Began Aged 5 - Best Selling Album of All Time - 13 Grammys - 13 Number Ones Michael Jackson 1958 - 2009 (Aged 50)


It is inevitable that more or less everyone in the world knows who Michael Jackson is. He was born on August 29th, 1958, and the majority of people, I believe, feel that this day a star truly was born. Whether it is for admirable or abominable imagery, he has touched the nation, worldwide, in so many ways and most definitely will never be forgotten. It is understandable that each and every one of us will have our own views on the life and death of Michael Jackson, or even have no opinion at all on the matter. There are a number of roads the legacy of Michael Jackson could go down. What will he actually be remembered for? The media that spun around him for a period of his life with all sorts of accusations labelled towards him or the music side to Michael Jackson, which we all loved and grew up with? Word is on the street. And on Thursday 9th July 2009, just two weeks after Michael was announced dead, I went to find out what exactly was being said by you: the Liverpool public. After seeking what the public thought, there was one outstanding belief that, without doubt, Michael Jackson did deserve the title “The King of Pop”, and in some ways this could even be considered as an understatement. Pop was hardly Michael’s only genre of music, he seeped into all different kinds. Pop. Rock. Soul. R&B. Still, with all of these records being produced, all with a different sound to them, they altogether added up to selling over 750 million

number of lucky people from a draw so that they could attend the so-called, “starstudded” farewell. Tensions arose over the meorial being made public. Some people commented that it should have “just been family” for reasons they did not disclose while others commented: “He was a public man. It definitely should have been made public because everyone wanted to see it.”

wanted to get old… and he didn’t.

The death of Michael Jackson was so sudden and shocking; it really didn’t seem natural, especially to all of his fans. It certainly made more people question what was behind “No, if there was too much the death, as it truly didn’t we would just turn off seem like his ‘time to go’. our televisions… coverage is expected. He was a big star.” There was a lot of conspiracy Another, a woman sitting around whether the death with a young child, claimed: was simply natural or “There was a lot of coverage, perhaps he was prescribed but I don’t have a television, too many drugs? so I don’t know how much media coverage people have One member of the public actually been “bombarded” simply said “you would have with, but newspapers and to look at the evidence.” radio 2 have both given a fair Others had stronger opinions amount of coverage to his such as the two young girls, aged 16. One said: “Yes, I death.” think he was prescribed too Others decided against this many drugs, but I don’t think point of view and felt that it was intentional. I don’t the coverage was absolutely think it was deliberate in any too much and other aspects way.” had to be considered. For example, this was the Recent footage of Michael opinion of two young girls Jackson two days before his death has been broadcast aged 16: around the world. The “Yes, there was too much footage shows him looking coverage. It affected his healthy and completing a family and was unfair. Fans full run through of his much started grieving before they anticipated 50 shows due to be performed in London gave the family time.” from 13th July. Obviously The memorial service held for this would invite speculation Michael Jackson on the 7th as to why he died, but what July 2009 was made public we need to do is be happy in and the family offered tickets a somewhat strange way, as out to a certain amount we all know Michael never

The songs have a way to make you feel, we all love the way they make you feel. Some of the public couldn’t select one specific song as their favourite from all of the songs and said they were all too good to choose from!

copies worldwide. So clearly, Michael Jackson never failed to keep the public of the world wanting more of his music and to be fair, the majority of his fans never stopped loving him. We all know that the death of Michael Jackson was a huge shock to the world and media coverage of the event went to enormous lengths. Almost everything on televistion was about the legend himself. When we asked the question ‘too much coverage?’ a mixed bag of reactions came back. One person stated:

Another member of the public added: “I think he was innocent, he was just like a big kid.” It seems everyone has a favourite Michael Jackson song, whatever they may feel towards his life and ultimately his death.

Maybe we should all look at the man in the mirror to try and find a favourite one or stick with them all being your favourites and just beat it… Michael Jackson may still have lots of accusations concerning his past around him, even after his passing; but I do believe the main thing Michael Jackson will be remembered for is his music. It is his legacy. Career starting at the age of 5. Best selling album of all time. 13 Grammys. 13 number one singles. 50 years of age. 1958 to 2009. We should all feel privileged for being witnesses to the transformation of a young boy into the one and only King of Pop…or should we say, witness to the birth of the Greatest Entertainer of all time. You know it’s Thriller…

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Poetry from the Youth of Norris Green

The Message to Croxteth As the sun goes up And the sun goes down Hoods stay up and Safety stays down No wonder most children Are wearing a frown When you take a close look at Croxteth Look more into the Streets The shops and the pubs Gangs are becoming, so commercial now Getting up on TV Taking a bow famously Carrying a guns so shamelessly So don’t be forced into temptation Stand up for the rights of the nation We have a choice We’re all one voice With guns and knives Extinguishing people’s lives by Josef Keating

Croxteth - the question The sound of gunshots But I don’t know why As they echo through the streets The trees and sky As sirens of police cars go whizzing by And sniffer dogs set out to find What drug dealers tried to buy The word on the street Is that someone is dead But why should we do What is always being said It’s down to me And it’s down to you But we’re not all bad As a matter of fact The majority of us are genuine It’s time to act! by Josef Keating

Croxteth - the answer With Robby the Bobby and PC Chris We feel safer and we love this When somebody says Croxteth I think home Because I live my life there SPLASH, trampolining, and football These are some of my favourite things We move our feet To the sound of our heart We take that last breath As the music starts Rhythm speaks to feet Like the voice of the soul Standing I was broken But now I am whole The lights have dimmed My time is now A minute of silence Then an expectant bow The noiseless judgment Gives way to rapturous applause The joy I feel For I danced for the cause The lights dim in an expectant room Silhouetted souls perched for competition Patience pays as the music finally sounds Perfect expression in a single form Electricity of the body Movement like the wind by Rhianona Dooley

My Name is Mary Knife weapons are for gangs Scallies not a gang, just one person Gangs a group of bad people Murder where someone kills people. Norris Green isn’t just unicorns and rainbows Its full of scary scarecrows

But they walk around, oh so scary! Hello, my name’s Mary People get murdered day by day We find out in The Echo, but you have to pay Norris Green has a fairy It comes at night, but sometimes scary Hello, my name is Mary Hello guys, say stop to knives Kids don’t like because it comes as a surprise Bye Bye, My Name is Mary. by Mary of Norris Green

Our Life Children are scared Gangs around gun Making that terrible sound A Pitbull is not hard to find But some are petrifying And some kind Robbers don’t care About consequences of their crimes Whether they’re being arrested Or doing time for their crime Gangs today Hoodies on weapons loaded up... What’s going on? Let’s ban the drugs Then there will be no more thugs Drugs on the street Are just for mugs Hugs and kisses Are better than guns, weed, and fags Kill yer lungs when you’re young by Adam Kirkby & Troy


This work was produced as part of a Summer Splash project where young people worked with YCN in workshops led by former Streetmate and Slambaster 2008 winner, Terence Whinnett

A Child of Norris Green

People sacred of going out at night Every step that you take, danger is ahead

I am a child of Norris Green This is my home in the heart of the city Do we stop it or is it us getting shot With smiles and peoples and play instead? schemes galore This is a place where you never get Why can’t we change what’s going on? bored Why can’t we ever get things done? Thank the lord Stop police wasting time, arrest someone for a really serious crime I am a child of Norris Green Standing in a circle, hoods on their It brings a tear to my eye heads. To listen and see how many People die I ask myself why?

People might do naughty things I have a lot friends Police arrest people who cause crimes Sadness is an emotion Some people like fighting People might do naughty things And they don’t care what they bring My best friend is called Faye And we always go out to play Police arrest people who cause crimes They were bad bad times by Neve Dooley

Noggies Why go out at night, why go looking for a fight? You tell me is it really worth it, all the drama go and think about it Families lose lives and gangs use lives Noggies come out looking for a fight Liverpool is stuck in a terrible fright

Does it mean they want someone dead? By Jessica Norris Green

Crime & Time I’m writing this rhyme coz my mate done a crime And couldn’t do the time! People smoke weed, they inject with greed Smackheads die and their families don’t cry I found some green and gave it to Tom Chean The Youthy is Nogzy is boss And so is painting with gloss It’s your responsibility to change your life So go ahead and bin that knife I have to go so you need to know you’re a sicko Think of what I said because you could end up dead! by Youssef Jarir Norris Green

Gangs Gangs with knives, wasting lives With a frown they need to turn it upside down All the lads going crazy When they hear a police siren They all need to calm down All gangs acting tough And they are making people look rough Smackheads here, Smackheads there Taking drugs like they do not care The whole point of this rhyme Is because me mate’s Ma done the crime And never done the time By Ste Maxwell

Disgrace Scallies are a disgrace to the nogzy race Drugs are for mugs Not for nogzy soldiers Hoodies are not our buddies, they are baddies Weapons can be sticks, or can be bricks Death is bad People get sad Joey Laitan is a lad Maybe his familie’s sad by Joe L

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STUDENT SURVIVAL GUIDE by Carl McKeowen

greater merseyside

of hourly lectures and assignments blending seamlessly into one with themed nights out and alcoholic ‘sleepovers’! And after all that hard work there is the grand graduation ceremony - designed to acknowledge all the hard work you have put in and where you are made to feel like the well-integrated, well-educated member of society you have become! So my would-be learned colleagues get As a student you will develop various yourself into higher education, and to skills such as critical thinking, the ability help you along the way here are three to work in a team and independently, top tips for surviving university life! give presentations, conduct research, all of which will help you in the future Forget you have the desire to sleep: workplace. University life will also That’s right - students work by night broaden your horizons, help you meet and procrastinate by day. Have your new friends from all over the world tutor’s number on speed dial and make and experience things that you might your new favourite word ‘extension’. not have experienced before. Ninety- Beware not to make the rookie mistake five of all students graduating consider of giving the same excuse more than time spent at university to be the ‘time once though, as there are only so many of their lives’ (University of Glamorgan, times your budgie can die before they 2009). begin to get suspicious! Last year the number of students going to university within the UK reached an all time high and researchers predict this number will dramatically increase by 2012 (Education Guardian, 2008). With the British economy still in recession and student tuition fees at their highest rates ever, why is university still such a popular choice for school leavers?

academic way, and you talk something like a cat stuck in a washing machine. Needless to say it is important to communicate as if you were reading the BBC News. If you accidentally find that you have e-mailed your tutor to asking ‘cn i av an xtension plz’ be prepared for a reply stating ‘rofl no chance now get ya work in 2moz or ya av flunked!!’ Develop a photographic memory: Your tutors expect you to regurgitate all those facts and figures from your lectures, as well as expecting you to have read at least five books for every essay question they set. Don’t worry though, fellow students understand this. At your next ‘Circles booze-off‘ just play the game ‘Whoever knows the answer to my coursework question gets a free shot’. They’ll love you for it but be prepared to carry them home afterwards!

So University should be given Learn to speak and spell: serious consideration. It is a unique Your days of Facebook addiction has environment with equal amounts taught you 2 rite lyke thys in da very un- greater merseyside Youth Live | Issue 8 | Page 14


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STRIDING OUT

by Tim Hudson

Have a business idea? Know what to do with it? No? Give Striding Out a call! Striding Out is a national organisation supporting young, ambitous people who want to own their own businesses. Striding Out provides help for these young people (or “entrepreneurs”) and transforms their business ideas into success. If you’re interested in owning your own business in future life Striding Out is definitely for you. Their friendly and helpful mentors give young people the skills, training and advice they need so they can achieve what they want with their business. There are an array of courses that they have on offer which could really benefit you as a business person. All the young entrepeneurs can keep in touch with each other and work together to help one another. Striding Out helps people aged 16-30 and could help bring your ideas to life! They advertise their service through schools, colleges, universities and through other things

like facebook groups which are more Striding Out helped a lot with this and they gave him good training in business informal and friendly. and financial skills, and gave him Striding Out first started in London back general advice on how he should run in November 2005 and then spread his business. throughout the country. They started working in Liverpool in October last Gary has designed album covers for year and now work with 60 different many different bands and artists, but businesses throughout the city. They mostly he designs posters for bands have certainly stamped their mark on and clubs around Liverpool. Gary himself took a foundation graphics Liverpool. design course, a HND and after that a One young entrepreneur that Striding degree in graphic design, but the most Out has helped in Liverpool is Gary important thing in his sort of work is McGarvey. He set up his own Graphic ability and experience. So if you would design business back in late 2008. like to do what Gary does then just get Through university, Gary had been yourself out there and have a go. You interested in designing music posters. should never be afraid to try! He designed many for clubs and bars for free to gain experience and to make If you would like more information on himself a name. As his name got bigger Striding Out visit their website at www. and bigger he started to get paid for his stridingout.co.uk If you have an interest work. When he eventually finished uni, in design visit Gary McGarvey’s site at he decided to start his own business. www.myspace.com/youresomehorse

Striding Out provides networking events as part of its support so young people wanting to get into business can meet each other Youth Live | Issue 8 | Page 15


This is oneog Gary Garvey’s designs who was helped by Striding Out. (see page 15)z

YOUNG DESIGNERS MEAN BUSINESS by Tim Hudson will still end up with the same amount of GCSE’s as most pupils in the country. These unique courses show more about what a working environment is like and pupils get treated with more responsibility by their teachers than they would usually be at school. Sam Styles said: “It’s much more fun than working at school, a more relaxed atmosphere.”

Three young people in North Liverpool have had their design work chosen by two businesses in Liverpool. George Roberts, Sam Oswald and Sam Styles got this unique opportunity because they were studying for their ICT diploma at the Inspire Centre. George and Sam Oswald joined up together to create the logo and strapline for North Liverpool Business Forum. George said: “They came in to give us a briefing of what they do and then just left us to do the work, there were prizes if you won the competition.” Sam Styles designed Youth Live | Issue 8 | Page 16

the logo for the Inspire Centre itself when it first opened back in October last year. The Inspire Centre is co-owned by four schools in North Liverpool and gives pupils a unique chance to learn new skills in a more business like environment. These courses do count as GCSE’s. As a result of being away from school for about two days a week, these creative diplomas are one of the options that are on offer for you to take. If you take one of theese diplomas you

Lots of different schools join up together for these courses including Notre Dame, Alsop, Archbishop Beck and The North Liverpool Academy. These schools all own this training centre. The students and teachers from these schools all come together to work as a group. Many other schools across the city are trying to get involved with this exciting new idea. Hopefully this will bring a bright future to many of our young people in Liverpool and maybe even yourselves.

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ASPIRE AND INSPIRE

ASPIRE HAIR SALON In most schools creative subjects for GCSE and 6th form students only stretch as far as media studies and film studies. However, students in three North Liverpool schools get the chance to be creative by following a more vocational qualification – in hairdressing and beauty.

Students go to the Aspire Hair Salon in Walton Village, where they wear uniforms and practise on both paying customers and family members sacrificing their hair for the education of their children. To achieve their qualification, girls and boys must complete both practical and written assessments which involve washing, cutting and colouring hair. Students at the salon can also be trained in a beauty aspect, where they can practise massaging and facials amongst their peers and customers. It is the 60 paying customers each week who help to fund the equipment bought by the salon. Initially, the three schools taking part in the scheme, Alsop High, Notre Dame Catholic College and the North Liverpool Academy, helped to pay for the buildings and its interior to help ‘develop the learner’ and allow students to prosper academically who otherwise would not, explained Madeleine Hardaker, the Centre Manager who has piloted the scheme from the beginning.

Janine, 18 expressed the daunting prospect of cutting a real person’s hair. “The people surrendering their hair are cooperative and once a good customerhairdresser relationship is established, the atmosphere becomes more relaxed and the situation becomes less overwhelming.” The year 13 student plans to continue on to do her level 3 in hairdressing elsewhere. Currently,

in Creative and Media is an exciting new qualification for young people in England aged 14-19, who want to learn about some of the UK’s most dynamic industries. The Diploma covers a rich range of disciplines including film, TV and fashion. Fancy having a go of that? Recently visiting the Inspire office I was given the chance to look round at all the wonderful facilities they have to offer to children from the schools; Alsop, the North Liverpool Academy and Notre Dame. These schools have the chance to take part in a creative diploma, and work on it whilst at Inspire, with their main focus being on the IT diploma.

The company, Inspire, has been running since October and offers a wide range of facilities to young people to help them achieve what they want to do. They have new apple Macs, many flat screen computers, and are in the process of creating a radio station. The office is very modern and, I believe, appeals to younger people. It is a new building in the Connect Business Park and is the lack of funding for the Aspire Salon improving its facilities all the time. does not permit students to continue on to do a Level 3 diploma, but Ashlyn Mannarath describes Inspire as, Madeleine hopes this will be achieved “A great place amazing place with great in the future so that GCSE students teachers.” may benefit. Thomas Roberts says, “Inspire is a fun The scheme has attracted little place to work and learn where you get criticism and Madeleine explained treated as young adults and not kids.” that the stigma previously associated with hairdressing has faded and it’s Inspire brings children’s learning to life now seen as a respected profession. and teaches pupils about working with As well as encouraging students to employers. When the children come remain at 6th form, it gains students to Inspire they have to wear work type in years 10 and 11, 4 GCSEs on top clothing, as it gives them more of an of other subjects taken and a Level 2 idea of what work will be like when diploma for those in 6th form which is they are older. Antony Stagg, the Centre Manager of Inspire, says that Inspire is universally recognised. by Faye Maxwell a successful, thriving business, which engages with businesses and provides services to schools and organisations in the local community. How would you like to have a go at creative diplomas such as computers or Inspire is a great place which clearly design? Would you like to do this as a helps younger people to achieve their future career? Well Inspire is the place dreams and goals in life. It is a fun, new, that helps young people to achieve exciting business and I can really see it creative diplomas; it helps them to going far in the future. by Eleanor Davies achieve their dreams. The Diploma

INSPIRE


AN EESY-PEESY WAY TO AVOID CHLAMYDIA! by Helen Vaudrey Recently Youth Live caught up with Clinical Director Dr Jim McVicker and Zoran Blackie of Abacus to talk to them about the health risks of Chlamydia and how they can help if you think you may be carrying a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Abacus is a centre in Liverpool that provides advice and counselling in all aspects of sexual health. Abacus has been providing Chlamydia Screening as part of the Chlamydia Screening programme for over three years and offers free Chlamydia screening in their clinic for those under 25 for those who think they may have the STI or would like to check that they are healthy sexually. Out of the many STI’s circulating between people today, why would you say Chlamydia is paramount? For three main reasons really: 1. It is very common one in ten young people tested are found to have the infection. 2. Most people with chlamydia don’t have any symptoms - you might not know that you have it. 3. It can cause long term problems if not treated. What damage can Chlamydia do to the body if not treated? For women initially Chlamydia can result in irregular bleeding and may cause pain on passing urine. It can go on to cause pelvic inflamation which is a very painful condition. This is more likely to happen with repeated infections. In the long run the infection can affect future fertility. For men Chlamydia can cause pain on passing urine but some may develop painful joint swelling and skin rashes. In the long run it can affect their fertility also.

Chlamydia – are you infected? A URINE SAMPLE CAN HELP STOP THE SPREAD OF CHLAMYDIA. OFTEN WITH NO SYMPTOMS, CHLAMYDIA IS EASILY PASSED ON THROUGH UNPROTECTED SEX. LEFT UNTREATED, IT CAN LEAD TO INFERTILITY.

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of the serious and harmful effects of sexually Why is the screening only available to the transmitted infections. under 25’s? Why did you chose to start giving free Older people can be screened but the risk is Chlamydia screenings to people under 25? much higher for young people and statistics show that one in every ten young people We want to help young people and pass the who are tested carry the infection. message on that these infections can be treated easily. We are also trying to promote Interestingly it seems to be younger regular sexual health checks and encourage people who receive more warnings about people to avoid risky behaviour; it is always sexual health than anyone else due to the good to double check that you and your warnings in their schools and clinics. Why partner are healthy even if you have been do you think so many are still catching tested before STI’s? Are there any free screenings for other STI’s? Quite simply they are not listening to the warnings or perhaps not taking them All of them are free! seriously enough. We all tend to think that these things will never happen to us. That Are the tests strictly confidential? is what Abacus is trying to change. We are trying to change young people’s awareness No information is shared except in special Youth Live | Issue 8 | Page 18

circumstances if we feel there is cause for concern; if a person has been abused we are obliged to take some sort of action. However, in normal situations we can notify you privately by text, mail or phone. What would you say to people embarrassed about taking the tests? Being embarassed is perfectly natural and understandable. However there is no reason to feel embarassed here. The staff are used to dealing with all kinds of situations and are very professional and understanding. They are there to help. For more information you can call: 0151 227 1471 or visit: www.eesypeesytesting.nhs.uk for information, competitions and even to order discreet home testing kits online.


CRUNCH TIME FOR FASHION by Katie Rosseinsky The recession has become an inescapable reality. Its constant presence in the news, marked by depressing figures and tumbling graphs reminding us of the latest crisis, is accompanied by other widespread and damaging effects, from crashing banks to the demise of Woollies. With the biggest decline in economic growth for nearly 30 years and unemployment on the rise, the downturn is clearly impacting on our everyday lives. And as recession generally equates to less disposable income, figures for retail sales have plummeted, leading to an increasingly bleak British high street. The prospect of new clothes can seem trivial when thousands of people are losing their jobs, so it is unsurprising that the fashion sector has been hit hard. After all, in times of economic uncertainty, an ever-expanding wardrobe seems not only financially unwise, but inappropriate. Whilst young people largely boost the sales and influence the direction of fashion on the high street, it is not unlikely that the lack of part time jobs and the financial worries of their parents will have a knock-on effect on the way they shop and what they wear. History shows us that in times of economic hardship, fashion often changes to mirror the more sombre mood. Hemlines are said to reflect the health of the economy, supposedly rising and falling with the stock market, which was illustrated in the early decades of the twentieth century. In the prosperous years of the ‘Roaring Twenties’, skirts reached knee length for the first time, reflecting the liberated and optimistic feeling of society. However, in the following decade, years of worldwide economic hardship, known as the Great Depression, saw a return to more conservative designs, with a softer silhouette and a colour palette of austere tones. Then in another contrast, the recession of the early 1980s brought with it ‘power dressing’: an abundance of shoulder pads and bright colours.

street brought with it an explosion of bright colours and patterns, from bold geometric prints to myriad florals, new styles for autumn and winter are likely to be based around more washed out, muted shades. Another less expected effect of the recession on designers has been a nostalgia for the styles of the past, with the influence of the 30s, 40s and even the Victorian age in evidence for the new season. Whilst the economy is stuck in such an uncertain, turbulent state, the designs of bygone eras provide a sense of stability and assurance.

may seem, recovery shouldn’t be too far off. Although the designs for the coming season may seem to imply a gloomy outlook, fashion is something that constantly transforms itself, so it will probably not be long before both the catwalk and the high street are characterised by an altogether brighter image.

The state of the economy is something that, like fashion, largely moves in cycles: while fashion often revisits the styles of past decades, the economy moves from high to low, boom to bust. Therefore, however bleak and Although this year, summer on the high unpromising the current outlook Youth Live | Issue 8 | Page 19


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