14th November (Issue 1238) - The Courier

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14th November (Issue 1238) - The Courier

THECOURIERThe Independent Voice Of Newcastle Students Est 1948thecourieronline.co.uk · Issue 1238 Monday November 14 2011COToonAbbeyParklifeCatching upwith MaxïmofrontmanThe onlyway isaristocracymusic, page 26 fashion, page 18Students witness large police presence during march page 6Newcastle students take to the streets of the capital to protest the Government’s plans to raise tuition fees to £9,000 annually. Organisers believe some 15,000 people attended the march whilst the Police put the figure at 2,000 Photography: Gabe Mason‘Tequila’ barred from RiversideExplicit lyer compelsCouncil to take actionHelen LamOnline News EditorPopular student nightclub Riversidehas been formally banned from runningone its newest student nights becauseof the publication of an explicitlyer.The popular Wednesday night, ‘Tequila,’has come under criticism forits circulation of promotional materialdepicting a woman on her kneesin front of a man and the word ‘censored’covering her, with the slogan‘come and swallow’ next to the photo.The lyer, which was distributedaround residential areas in Jesmond,led one annoyed mother of two tocomplain that “it landed on my doormatand my youngest child saw it. Ithink it’s outrageous that this materialwas circulated. It takes no considerationof the people who might pickit up”.The council quickly responded tothese complaints with Stephen Savage,Newcastle City Council’s Directorof Regulatory Services and PublicProtection commenting: “The contentof the lyer is appalling and suggests asigniicant law in management control.”Darren Traynor, Divisional Directorof Riverside, also responded to the allegationssaying “the lyer in questionwas produced by Stage One Events –an external promoter and not by Riverside.“Our contact with Stage One Eventsclearly states all materials should adhereto strict ASA [Advertising StandardsAuthority] guidelines and mustalso be approved by us prior to use.Sadly, this was not done and the lyerin question was distributed withoutour approval or knowledge. We haveterminated our contract wit h them.”An internal repercussion of the controversyhas also lead to the sackingof promoters for violating their contracts.The event manager, Tarquin Van DeVaart, however, defended the lyer,commenting: ”We at Tequila see noproblem with the lyer. It’s up to thereader’s interpretation as to how theyview the lyer. Those with a crudemind may think the worst.”Other promotional ploys used by1000The amount of students that attendedTequila on a weekly basis‘Tequila’ were the sending of overtlysexualised text messages under randomfemale names. Such texts includedcontent like ‘last week I wascovered in love goo for days. I’m goingto get soo wet’, ‘you can’t say thingslike that if you’re not next to me’ and‘tonight I’m planning on creaming inevery oriice of your body’.One female recipient of such texts,remarked to The Courier: “I don’tknow how the club promoters got myphone number, but I found the textspretty violating and the content ofthem a bit much.”Many students have reacted negativelyto the closure of the night, however,with 150 people joining a Facebookgroup protesting the banning ofthe night.Mark Davis, a third year Geographystudent attended the night andthought “it was a really decent nightand getting shut...Continued on page 2


2Newsthecourieronline.co.uk/newsTHE COURIER Monday November 14 2011News Editors Wills Robinson and George SandemanOnline News Editor Helen Lamcourier.news@ncl.ac.ukContentsNewsTo The BrinkVice Chancellor isinterrupted during aspeech at The SageThe Gender GapResearch shows thatmore women graduatethan men6CommentJesus’ OccupationWould Jesus have reallysided with the currentOccupy movement?Feminists OnlineWhy blogs are deemedthe online miniskirtsfor chauvinist abuseSportSaturday inSalford‘Match of the Day’ indsa new homeIntra RugbyCatch up on the latestIntra Mural rugby fromClose House49113941Newcastle professor indsdietary cure for DiabetesJonny Farrar-BellResearch done at Newcastle Universityby Professor Roy Taylor has shednew light on groundbreaking ways oftreating and curing type 2 Diabetes.Taylor recruited 11 sufferers ofType Two Diabetes and through astringent, eight week long, 600 caloriea day diet, proved that it can bepossible.In order to keep to the diet theparticipants were forced to drink aliquid formula and only allowed nonstarchyvegetables such as broccoliand lettuce, with normal food and alcoholbeing banned.According to Prof Taylor the maincomplain was not tiredness or hungerbut ‘boredom with what they wereeating’. The results of the 8 week longtrial were utterly extraordinary andblow open traditional views on thetreatment of the illness.On average the participants lost15kg in weight and after 3 months fatlevels in the pancreas were back tonormal, resulting in a complete lossof their diabetes. This breakthroughin treating diabetes may lead to whatProf Taylor is calling a ‘patient revolution’with sufferers not willing to putup with the pills any longer and insteadtrying to reverse the procedurethrough the diet method. In fact, theresearcher has had to deal with thousandsof emails from those who arealready trying it for themselves.Taylor, who is director of the NewcastleMagnetic Resonance Centre,used a technique called magneticresonance, somewhat similar to anMRI scanner, to measure the fat levelsin the pancreas. Taylor along withthe ‘world-beating team of physicists’,were funded by Diabetes UK in theirresearch.The Diabetes Association, however,‘have got their head in the sand’ overthe new discoveries, according to theprofessor, as they are perhaps not yetwilling to realign their position onthe treatment of the illness. But withthe illness costing the taxpayer a reported£9 Billion a year (a tenth of allNHS spending) and with 2.5 millionsufferers, attitudes are surely likelyto change.For all his optimism, however, ProfessorTaylor only estimated that 5 –10% of sufferers would have the willpower to go through with the gruelling600 calorie diet. But with its successnow proven one can only thinkyou would be silly not to.Participants in the trialhad to stick to a strictregime of liquid formulasand non-starchy vegetablesPhotography: BiswarupGangulyThe disease, which can cause blindness,foot amputations and shortenedlife, has been on the increase in theWest. High levels of obesity due tobad and overeating has resulted inthe number of cases spiralling outof control. With levels now at 5% inthe UK and 40% in some countries ithas been talked about as the irst real21st Century epidemic.Type Two used to be known as‘adult onset diabetes’ and is causedby too much glucose in the blood andis often related to obesity. Type One,however, develops when childrencannot produce enough of the hormoneinsulin to turn glucose fromfood into energy.Whilst all sufferers of Type Two atthe moment have to take pills as amethod of treating the illness, ProfTaylor’s thought was somewhat simpler.He proposed that as Type Two iscontracted as a result of becomingoverweight with fat levels buildingup in the pancreas; if we were toforce people to lose weight througha low calorie diet then surely the fatlevels would diminish curing the sufferer.But this notion that the processcan be reversed had up to now neverbeen thought possible.Publicity ofstudent nightcriticisedContinued from the front pagejust because of the lyers seems abit ridiculous. I understand maybechanging the lyer, but banning thenight is extreme.”The night that attempted to ‘“seduce”Newcastle sold cut-pricedrinks, including £1 for shots of Tequilaand £1.50 for Jagerbombs.“Tequila,” which was originally startedin Leeds 18 years ago. It originallystarted as the ‘Tequila AppreciationSociety’ at the Leeds Student Union.It developed into more than just agroup of friends into one of the countriesbiggest student nights.It had only been running at Riversidefor three weeks when the actionwas taken. However this is not theirst time Newcastle nightclubs havefaced criticism for inappropriate promotionalmaterial.In 2007 ‘Venue’ nightclub, wasforced to change the name of a popularstudent night ‘’Debauchery’’ afterpolice and local authorities believedit to be irresponsible, encouragingexcessive drinking and unsuitable behaviour.‘’Attic’’ nightclub, which closed in2010, was also reprimanded for introducinga night named “Trashed,”The night...sold cutprice drinks including£1 for shots of Tequilaand £1.50 for Jagerbombswith promotional material statingthat the club helped people get“nailed, battered, done in and, wellproper ****ing trashed.”Other material, boasted that theclub planned to breathalyse each personas they left, with the most intoxicatedperson gaining free entry thefollowing week and that if attendeeswere “legal to drive at 3am” then theywould “refund your entry money becausein our eyes, you’re not Trashed,so we’ve failed our mission.”Despite the implementation of acitywide ban on the night, promotersfor the night are claiming on Facebookthat Tequila “will return” and“will win.”NUSU, King’s Walk, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QB. 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THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011 3newsWe will remember themWills Robinson and GeorgeSandemanNews EditorsArmistice Day saw the university observea two-minute silence at 11.00 inremembrance of those who gave theirlives in the Great War.Eleven poppy-red balloons were releasedoutside the Armstrong Buildingby students and staff from boththe University and the Students’ Union.The dead were formally salutedwith blank rounds fired from theroof of the Building Sciences Buildingto signify the start and end of thesilence.The Estate Support Service, who organisedthe event, felt the releasing ofballoons would produce a poignantsymbol to commemorate the dead aswell as demonstrate the University’srespect beyond the university campus.Each building on campus was alsoencouraged to observe the two-minutesilence to extend participation beyondthose invited to the formal commemoration.Speaking to The CourierGary Mason, of ESS, said: “When thereis a great focus on conflicts aroundthe world, and whilst British soldiersare still in fighting for out country allover the globe, it is still highly importantto show respect for those whohave paid the ultimate price.”He added: “The University alwaysobserves Remembrance on the Sundayclosest to the Armistice. The servicein the Armstrong Building is alwayswell attended, and, because notall the staff are able to attend, otherways for employees and students topay their respects are encouraged.”The issue of wearing a poppy hasbeen an issue of heated debate. Channel4 News presenter Jon Snow famouslybranded a viewer’s requestfor him to wear a poppy when on airas “poppy fascism.” Commenting onChannel 4’s Snowblog a user calledStan said: ”Do you ever think of thehundreds of thousands of Britishtroops who gave their lives in WorldWar II to keep our great country free.You alone dishonour them by notwearing a poppy.”Long-time newsman Snow replied:“Stan, they died that we might befree to wear a poppy whenever wewish. I wish to wear mine on RemembranceSunday… in concert with others,in church, not on telly.” He added:“When you wish to wear yours is yourbusiness. Compelling people to wearpoppies because you think they oughtto is precisely the poppy fascism, orintolerance, that I have complained ofin the past.”Similarly, the group Muslims AgainstCrusades were banned from protestingthe day before Armistice Day becauseof their plans to interrupt thetwo-minute silence with a “surprise.”The group, formerly named Islam forUK, gained notoriety after burningtwo large poppies near the Royal AlbertHall on Remembrance Day lastyear and were subsequently banned.The England football team has alsobeen at the centre of controversy afterrequesting to FIFA permissionto wear poppies in a match againstSpain. FIFA initially rejected the requestbut then gave the team a concessionallowing players to wear poppieson black armbands. LobbyingFIFA officials to create the exemptionwere Prime Minister David Cameronand HRH Prince William.Staff and students from theUniversity and Students’Union came together toremember the dead. Theyreleased balloons anddecorated a commemorativeplaque Photography:Moises Bedrossian


4 THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011newsProtestors crash Vice-Chancellor lecture“Dificult” questionsput to VC at publictalk on fairnessElliot BentleyDeputy EditorA public lecture on the subject of ‘fairness’given by the Vice-Chancellor ofNewcastle University was disruptedlast week as a group of students usedthe event to attempt to publicly humiliatethe VC.Members of the anti-fees and anticutsstudent group, Newcastle FreeEducation Network, arrived at thetalk with placards and lyers accusingVice-Chancellor Chris Brink of“leech[ing] off the University”. Thetalk was hosted as part of the Radio3 Free Thinking Festival at the Sage,and focused on Brink’s role as chair ofthe newly formed ‘Fairness Commission’.Newcastle Free Education Network(NFEN) last year occupied the FineArts building in protest of the University’sstance on tuition fees. Theoccupation ended after 17 days whenthe University threatened studentsinvolved with legal and disciplinaryaction.A Facebook event listed on thegroup’s oficial oficial oficial page stated thatBrink, who grew up and studied inSouth Africa during Apartheid, had“no right to lecture us on fairness”and encouraged students to “[ex-press] their disgust at his scandalousabuse of position”. Brink was formelyVice-Chancellor at Stellenbosch Uni-versity where he led a transformationagenda.Jennifer Stott, a third-year Geogra-phy student present at the talk, toldThe Courier that tensions were highfrom the very beginning. A group ofstudents entered carrying placardsthat read ‘Newcastle Free EducationNetwork’, were swiftly asked by theorganisers to set them down.The group remained quiet for thecourse of the talk, but raised theirhands to ask questions afterwards.According to Stott, BBC presenterJuliet Gardiner, who was chairing thetalk, then avoided picking any mem-bers of the group until urged to by anunrelated member of the audience.Regarding the Vice-Chancellor’s answers,Stott told The Courier that shethought Brink did appear to be listeningto the group’s questions, but describedthem as “dificult to answer”.Pete Campbell, a member of NFENpresent at the event, told The Courierthat he thought it was “naïve of theBBC to not expect [critical] studentsto turn up”, and that he “didn’t thinkthey handled it very well”. Campbellwas also left unsatisied by theVice-Chancellor’s answers: “[Brink]answered lots of the questions bysaying, ‘my statements about this areonline already’”.Once the Q&A session ended, thegroup stood up to reveal that theyhad written the message “Is he reallyfair?” across their backs for the audiencebehind them to see. The Vice-Chancellor then spent half an hourspeaking offstage to the protestersin person, which Campbell said was“appreciated”, but that they “weren’tentirely happy with the answers”.Flyers handed out by the groupbefore the speech, entitled ‘Whyare we here?’, included claims thatBrink “supported the indings of theBrowne review and lobbied for theremoval of the cap on tuition fees”.This is not strictly true, since theFliers given out byprotestors before thelecture, which werecriticised as being“inaccurate andinfl ammatory” by theUniversity.Vice-Chancellor made apublic speech in Novemberlast year at the EqualityChallenge Unit annualconference, accusing thegovernment of “consciously and deliberatelydisinvesting from highereducation” and “creating an incentivefor its young people to leave”.“At the time, he was siding with theRussell group,” responded Campbell.“It’s in the last year that his tune haschanged.” The lyers also misreportedigures revealed by The Courier lastyear relating to the Vice-Chancellor’sexpenses. They concluded: “All thisadds up to a man who has no rightto lecture us on fairness. While goingabout his day job, he leeches off theUniversity, which has until now beenfunded by the tax payer and the University’sstudents.”A University spokesperson, who describedthe lyers as “inaccurate andinlammatory”, said: “The main focusof Professor Brink’s talk was to outlinea set of principles that have beendeveloped by the [Fairness] Commissionto ensure that important decisionsaffecting people right across thecity are made in a fair way.“It is a pity, therefore, that a fewNewcastle University students usedthis as an opportunity to make a verypersonal attack on the Vice-Chancellor.”Campbell told The Courier that hedidn’t think of the protest as personal,responding: “I don’t think it’s rightthat the Vice-Chancellor is using myfees in this way. It was an attack onpeople in power abusing that privilege.”When asked what he thoughtthe Free Education Network’s actionshad achieved, Campbell said: “I thinkAbove: A still from avideo taken by one of theprotestors when speakingto Vice-Chancellor ChrisBrink (left). Below:Members of NewcastleFree Education Networkdrape a banner overa balcony in the Sage.Photography: Gabe Masonwe highlighted to the audience thehypocrisy of giving a talk on fairnesswhile earning a six-igure salary.“It’s important that a public igureis held to account for their words,”he added. “We wanted to let the Vice-Chancellor know that the issue hasn’tgone away.”


THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011 5newsStudents protestin capital for firsttime since MarchBeth StauntonPolitics CorrespondentA coach of Newcastle and Northumbriastudents made its way to Londonlast Wednesday for the first studentdemonstration of this academic year.The march went relatively troublefree,with over 20 arrests being madeby 4,000 police officers on duty.Estimates have varied regardingthe number of protesters out on thestreets, with the organisers sayingbetween 10,000 and 15,000, whilethe police put it closer to 2,000.4000The amount of police officers on duty duringthe march in LondonThe march was organised by theNational Campaign Against Fees andCuts and supported by the NUS. Althoughthe vote for £9,000 tuition feeswas passed last year, despite a 50,000strong student protest and universityoccupations across the country, manystudents remain resistant to the government’seducation policies.Katy Hargreaves, Welfare andEquality Officer, organised transportto the demonstration and believesthat it’s still worth protesting. “Theoutcomes of the white paper have nostudent benefits and will result in studentspaying much more money to receivea lower standard of education,”she said. “Protests are so important;doing nothing does nothing! They area catalyst for local action and moreawareness, eventually resulting inchange.”The police, most in full riot gear,were intent on keeping a tight controlof the crowds. They closed off sidestreets around London to avoid breakaway groups and keep the protest inone place.Third-year Gabe Mason said that“The march was largely uneventfuland quiet. The most defining thingof the march is how much the policehave changed their tactics. They nowcontrol the march in a much stricterway, outnumbering protesters.”The protest was directed awayfrom passing the occupation outsideSt Paul’s, and electricians who hadgone on strike were prevented fromjoining the march. Police had warnedprotesters previous to the demonstrationthat they were prepared toshoot rubber bullets, which is saidto have dissuaded many young peoplefrom attending. However, despitea few scuffles, generally the protestpassed off peacefully.Second-year students Martha Taylor-Roweand Ruby Smith felt theday had gone well commenting, “Wecame last year and got a buzz from it,and we’re still really angry about tuitionfees. It was a good day, and quiteserious. People are really passionateabout these issues.”“Instead of workingin the protesters’favour, many fearit will have theopposite effect.”Tessa Tyler ToddCommentaryIn 1990, 200,000 people protestedagainst the poll tax, in 2002 close to2 million protested against the warwith Iraq and in 2010 over 50,000protested against the rise in tuitionfees. On Wednesday thousands moreadded their voices to the ongoing tuitionfee campaign; but will it make adifference or will it go down in historywith one of the others, where thepeople spoke and the governmentdidn’t listen?As with the poll tax protests of1990 these protests are happeningunder an already unpopular government.The Liberal Democrats, whoonce pledged to not increase tuitionfees, went back on their word.Furthermore with the huge cuts theCoalition government have had tomake, the Conservatives and LiberalDemocrats are doing badly inthe polls. Instead of working in theprotesters’ favour, many fear it willhave the opposite effect. It is lookingincreasingly likely that the LiberalDemocrats will not be in poweragain for a considerable time, and ina move to stay in power for as longas possible they will carry on puttingforward different policies dueto the “compromises of the CoalitionGovernment” for as long as possible.This sadly means that no matter howmany people protest we are unlikelyto see a change in policy from thisgovernment.In 2002, millions marched againstThe majority of peopleat the protests werestudents marching againstthe recent white paperon higher educationPhotography: Sam Tysonthe war in Iraq, not just here in theUK but across the world and evenfrom this, the largest protest seen inliving memory, we saw no change ingovernment policy. The only resultof such marches was the public becomingmore and more disillusionedwith those supposed to representthem.Looking back over past protests,and seeing no direct change in Governmentpolicy from any of them,leads us to question the effectivenessof marches as a protest. Sureit provides a voice, but it also providesus with scenes of violence, ofincreased police presence, and mostimportantly, it provides us withmass frustration at being ignored.Many say the riots over the summerwere the result of people feeling thatthe government doesn’t care and allthese marches do is highlight that.Yes it’s great giving people a voice,but what use is a voice when thosewho can change things choose not to“In general, protestmovements are...actions of aminority.”David HiscocksCommentaryOn Wednesday November 9, thousandsof students from acrossthe country protested in Londonagainst planned education cuts.They are following in the footstepsof the Chartists of 1848 who wereamongst the first British protestersof a democratic nature; to the morerecent protesters against the Iraqwar. It is a sign of a healthy democraticsystem that it can absorb andcope with such dissent.Indeed, without the ability, nor thedesire to protest, democracy cannotexist. A democratic system isbuilt upon the ability to peacefullyvoice one’s opinion, even if one isin the minority, without fear of governmentrepression. Although theGovernment was criticised for itsuse of controversial police tacticssuch as ‘kettling’ in reaction to lastyear’s student march, in general,British governments have been admirablefor their ability to cope relativelywell with dissent. Accordingto BBC News Middle East, this is inmarked contrast to the current situationin Syria where ‘opposition isrepressed’.By protesting, dissenters are displayingto the ruling governmentthat contrary opinions do exist thatthey should be aware of. It is for theright to ‘freedom of expression’ thatwe saw citizens throughout the MiddleEast rise up in the ‘Arab Spring’.Therefore, on this basis, we can applaudall those going down to protestin London as they are fulfillinga vital democratic role, exhibiting acontrary aspect of public opinion.However, there is a problem. Ingeneral, protest movements are, bytheir very nature, actions of a minoritybecause the Government hasto act with the support, or at leastapathetic resignation, of the majority.On Wednesday, the majority ofprotesters were students, or youngpotential students.A sign of a strong democratic governmentis to enact the will of themajority, and resist the ‘tyranny ofthe minority’. Unfortunately for thestudents protesting, it appears thatpublic opinion is remarkably apatheticin regards to education cuts.Therefore, the government has noreason to pay any attention to studentdemands as they are acting asa minority group.This does not mean that studentsand other minority groups who havegrievances they wish to air shouldbe dissuaded by the difficulty of gettingtheir opinions acted upon. Farfrom it. They should protest. Theyshould voice their dissent. But thestudent protesters are unlikely toachieve real change, due to the verysystem of government that allowsthem the opportunity to protest.


6 THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011news‘Gender gap’ could see reversal of family structuresLisa BernhardtThe Universities Minister David Willettshas expressed his concernsabout the increasing ‘gender gap’ interms of university graduations.In an interview with Sky News, MrWilletts explained that by the timethey reach the age of 30, 50% ofwomen in the UK will have achieved adegree in comparison to 40% of men.He calls it a “rather striking gap”that is an issue of major relevance forsociety.But the differences in “educationalperformance” do not just occur inhigher education. It seems girls havebeen outperforming boys on a primaryand secondary school level foryears.One of the implications, according toConservative MP Willetts, will be the“changes in the pattern of householdliving” once women receive higherwages than men because a largernumber of them are university graduates.The Minister‘s claims are underpinnedby a study from the Universitiesand Colleges Admissions Servicefrom October 2011, which showedthat from the ages of 22 to 29, womenearnt, on average, more than men.Figures from the Institute of HigherEducation Policy also show that womenare more likely to gain upper secondor higher degree classiicationsand to hold places at top researchinstitutions.The ‘gender gap’ has been the subjectof several public debates over therecent years.A BBC News article from 2007 reportedthe decreasing number ofmale applicants to university, linkingthis trend to boys’ lower achievementsat school and A-levels.It was also revealed in a study by theDepartment of Education last monththat these indings can be traced backto nursery school level.Willetts’ claims have raised questionsabout the appropriate approachto young children by the currentschool system.As boys at primary school age areusually less evolved than girls, theymight be put at a disadvantage by asystem that expects the same standardsfrom both genders.Moreover, the idea of re-introducingcomprehensive same-sex educationhas been put forward within the debateby referring to the success ofworld-renowned boys-only schoolssuch as Eton College.In an article about Mr Willetts, theDaily Mail expanded the issue to aninterpersonal, post-university level.While women tend to achieve greateracademic success than men andthus are inancially independent, theyface problems in inding a partner.According to the article, well-educatedwomen are increasingly forcedto ind less educated men and consequently“marry down”.It is also suggested that the risingnumbers of high-lying women willreverse the traditional family structurewith more men staying at hometo take care of the children.Mr Willetts himself highlighted inthe Sky News interview that “it isgreat that women have these educationand employment opportunities”and he is “not against women havingthose advantages”.The ‘gender gap’ could seemore men staying home to lookafter the kids Photography:bodymindhealer (Flickr)


THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011 7newsFrantic changes made to fee chargesGeorgie MouleOver a fifth of British Universitieshave applied for last minute feechanges, weeks before the UCAS applicationdeadline.Twenty-seven institutions have submittedapplications to the Office forFair Access, in order to take advantageof a new system launched by theGovernment.The new scheme would allow universitiescharging less than £7,400 ayear to expand by bidding for up to20,000 extra places. Newcastle Universityis not amongst those to apply.Universities were required to submittheir plans for tuition fees byApril, along with any bursary or feewaiverschemes, to the OFFA, whothen assessed them.However, this was several monthsbefore the Government published itsWhite Paper on Higher Education, introducingthe new incentives for lowerfees, which was published muchlater than originally intended.These incentives will be widely seenas a knee-jerk reaction by the Governmentto combat fees being unaffordablefor many after more universitiesthan expected announced plans tocharge the maximum £9,000.The Office for Fair Access has statedthat these new applications will beassessed and an outcome announcedby November 30.They have also ruled that any applicantsthat are affected must becontacted. However, for many wouldbe applicants this may be too late, asstudents are increasingly encouragedto apply early in order to maximizethe possibility of gaining offers forlimited university places.In addition to the 27 universitiesthat have applied for a possible feechange, OFFA has confirmed thatthey will still accept further applicationsfrom other institutions eager tocapitalize on the new policy, despitethe fact that 70,000 students have alreadyapplied for entry in 2012.West London University decided tolower its fees from £7,498 to £7,400in order to be able to bid for the20,000 extra places, after the way inwhich average fees is calculated waschanged at late notice.The Vice-Chancellor of the Universityhas said that recent policy changehad added “much uncertainty to applicationsin an already uncertain environment.”Nine weeks before the applicationdeadline, it remains to be seen howthe process will pan out as many arestill confused by the new system.Some wrongly believe that fees willneed to be paid upfront. The Vice-President of the NUS has hit out at theGovernment, calling the new fee system“incoherent”, and claiming it continuesto “wreak havoc on studentsand universities”.Not only will students be unsure ofwhat they will be paying in the future,many will also be affected by the newsystem of ‘fee waivers’, a system aboutwhich very little has been revealed.It is not just students who havevoiced their opinions about thechange in policy; of the new fees, thegeneral secretary of the UCU LecturersUnion said: “Leaving universitiesand students to scramble around tryingto save a few quid here and thereis no way to run a world-class universitysector”.The new change has once againbrought criticism, with many accusingthe Government of introducing anill-thought out policy, and scramblingto fix the problems that have begunsince the new tuition fees were introduced.Echoing the sentiments of thousandsof students, Labour’s shadowEducation Minister said: “It is unbelievablethat students have had to applyfor courses before knowing howmuch they will pay in fees. The cutsgo too far, too fast, with universitiesunable to plan ahead, and frustratedstudents without the full informationto help them apply.”Calls by students fortuition fees to be loweredhave been met by someuniversities Photography:Monica Ciapala (Flickr)Will the National Demo make a difference?News Editor George Sandeman and Joe Wood asked four students for their thoughts on last Wednesday’s tuition fee protestNiall Bowerman1st Year HistoryNOGeorge Seed3rd Year LinguisticsNO“There were huge amounts of protests priorto the actual raising of fees and it didn’t doanything.” On paying £9000 for a degree asa concept Niall said: “I think it’s definitelyputting people off from less fortunate backgroundsbecause university is already dominatedby the middle class and it’s not exactlyhelping trebling the fees; you’re going tohave even less social mobility.”Ellie Radcliffe1st Year HistoryNO“Worth doing it because it shows that you feelstrongly on the issue but it doesn’t mean theGovernment will take it into account.” Whenasked to suggest how the protests could beimproved in order to draw the Government’sattention, Ellie said: “you have to have an evenbigger demonstration with more widespreaddiscontent.”“On the whole, probably no.” However, Georgecommented that “it’s worth doing because, often,there is very little else that you can do ... But Iwouldn’t say it is the most effective method necessarily.Protest in your own university and askthem to lower fees, speaking to them directly isa more effective means [of protest]. George alsosuggested that “the way students can really [expressdispleasure] about fees is by going to placeswhich have lowered them.”Rowan Leslie2nd Year MusicNORowan Leslie felt the rise in fees wasn’t so bad. Hesaid: “You’re not paying it up front anyway, you stillget the money. You’re probably not going to pay itback, the Government is going to miss out in theend. It’ll be fine! It wouldn’t stop anybody going touniversity, there’s not much difference. You’re stillgetting a loan, it’s not like your parents are forkingout [thousands of pounds] for you to go. The situationis not quite as good but it’s alright.”


8 THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011national student newsSir Jimmy money to beneitLeeds medical studentsWills RobinsonNews EditorMedical students at Leeds Universityare set to beneit from a generous donationon behalf of the late Sir JimmySaville.A generous bequest from Sir Jimmywill continue to fund a scheme thatallows medical students to undergoresearch. In 2008 Sir Jimmy gave£300,000 towards the scheme andthe new money will help it to continue.An institute to help cardiac patientsacross Yorkshire will also be set up asa result of the money left in his will.Job Title: LifeguardEmployer: David Lloyd Leisure CentreClosing date: 15.11.11Salary: TBCBasic job description: A lifeguard is requiredto work part-time. Our Lifeguards supportthe club management team in ensuringthe smooth operation of the poolside areas,promoting participation in all activities andthe positive member experience. It is aboutfull adherence to the Health and Safetyguidelines, ensuring the poolside is a safeand healthy environment for all staff andmembers.Person requirements: Must have greatTeamworking and Customer service skills.Location: Newcastle upon Tyne.Job Title: Grocery ColleagueEmployer: ASDAClosing date: 16.11.11Salary: TBCBasic job description: Grocery colleaguerequired to work 16 hours per week at theASDA store in Hebburn. Main duties include:Providing excellent customer service;recommending additional products to meetcustomers’ needs; helping to maximisesales (and customer satisfaction) by keepingshelves replenished and products alwaysavailable.Person requirements: We’re looking for helpful,outgoing people who can get along withand support others.Location: Gateshead.Job Title: Postgraduate ResearchersEmployer: Newcastle UniversityClosing date: 16.11.11Salary: £13.67 per hour.Basic job description: We are looking forat least 6 postgraduate students to actas a support team to iridium, a projectwhich aims to produce a complete holisticplan and infrastructure for Research DataManagement at Newcastle University. Thisrole is for approximately 8 hours per weekfor 18 monthsPerson requirements: We need representationfrom all 3 faculties by postgraduateswho expect to be at the University until2013. We are looking for: People who areresourceful, enthusiastic and motivated,have excellent communication skills with agood standard of written English and have ITliteracy with proficiency in MS Office.Location: Newcastle upon Tyne.Sir Jimmy died two weeks ago at theage of 84. He was one of the most celebratednames in British TV and radioin the 60s, 70s and 80s, with a stint asTop of the Pops presenter being oneof his most prominent roles.In 1997, the former presenter of‘Jim’ll Fix It’ underwent a quadruplebypass as a result of a hereditaryheart condition, of which his motherand sister were also victims. Duringhis time as a patient, he struck up afriendship with Mohan Sivananthan,who will head up the planning forthe new institution. He said: “I feelvery privileged to have got to knowSir Jimmy over the years and valuedhis friendship and support extremelyhighly.Job Title: Leisure AssistantEmployer: Newcastle City CouncilClosing date: 25.11.11Salary: £12,787 - £13,589 pro rataBasic job description: 2 Leisure Assistantsare required to work at Benfield Centre forSporting Excellence at Benfield School.Post 1. 13 hours per week (Fri 4-10.30, Sat11-6.30), Post 2. 9 hours per week (Sun8-5.30).Person requirements: We are lookingfor staff that have experience deliveringexceptional customer service and the abilityto work unsupervised as well as part ofa team. You should be highly motivated,enthusiastic and everything you do must beto the highest standard. A good operationalknowledge of leisure facilities is essentialand supervisory/ management experienceis desirable.Location: Newcastle upon Tyne.Job Title: Online Dictionary Project AssistantsEmployer: Linguee GmbHClosing date: 30.11.11Salary: From £9 per hourBasic job description: Linguee GmbHprovides a translation search engine in thelanguages English and German. Followingit‘s huge popularity, Linguee has expandedand now provides the additional languagecombinations of English-French, English-Portuguese and English-Spanish. Within thescope of a three month project, you will behelping expand our dictionary by adding newvocabulary. You will be working from homeand will be provided with the necessary software.You will be fully trained and instructedin all aspects of the program.Person requirements: You are a native Englishspeaker and study one or more foreignlanguages, you are familiar with grammaticalexpressions and are able to recognisevarious “parts of speech”, word classes andtenses, you have computer and internet access(high-speed - preferably DSL or above)and are able to work from home.Location: Working from Home.Job Title: Customer Service AdvisorEmployer: NRG - Northern RecruitmentGroupClosing date: 01.12.11Salary: £16,000 pro-rataBasic job description: A Customer ServiceAdvisor is required by ‘Insure the Box’. Yourmain responsibilities will include: to providean efficient/effective front line service to“I was absolutely delighted to hearthat Sir Jimmy decided to rememberus in his will, it is the sort of generousgesture which was typical of himand his commitment to helping otherpeople.” He has also been a inancialbenefactor of the hospital since the1960s.The former DJ spent much of histime volunteering as a porter at Leedshospital and continually showed hislevel of support for the hospital andits patients.Money has been set aside in his willto allow the scheme to continue.He also raised £20m for the creationof a National Spinal Injuries Centrein Stoke, which is also set to beneitfrom the fund.all our customers and potential customers,process sales and service activity usinga computerised system and respond toenquiries in a professional manner. Theshift pattern includes working evenings andweekends.Person requirements: The ideal candidatewill have: a minimum of 2 years’ experiencein a customer facing role; good negotiationand influencing skills; high level of both verbaland numerical reasoning; professionalinsurance, risk management experience orother relevant qualification; understandingof the FSA regulatory regime, FOS ethos andTCF initiatives.Location: Newcastle upon Tyne.Job Title: Domestic AssistantEmployer: NHSClosing date: 17.11.11Salary: £13,903 to £14,614 pro rataBasic job description: Domestic Assistant isrequired to work 20 hours per week in theMidwifery Led Unit at North Tyneside GeneralHospital. The role consists of maintainingthe standard of cleanliness as specifiedthroughout the designated work area bymeans of approved cleaning methods.Person requirements: If you are a friendly,conscientious and highly motivated individualwith good organisational and communicationskills and enjoy working as part ofa team we would like to hear from you. Thesuccessful candidate should have previousexperience preferable in a care setting andbe able to maintain excellent standards ofcleanliness and hygiene in the Ward and surroundingareas.Location: North Tyneside.Job Title: Retail Sales Assistants and StockRoom WorkersEmployer: The Retail PeopleClosing date: 31.12.11Salary: £7.00 - £8.30 per hourBasic job description: The Retail Peopleare responsible for managing the shops atthe London 2012 Olympic and ParalympicGames next summer. We are looking forfun, honest, enthusiastic, hard-working andpassionate individuals to help us to run thebiggest event merchandising operation ever.Person requirements: If you thrive and enjoythe thrill of working in a unique, fast pacedand exciting environment we want to hearfrom you!Location: London.Results of surveydemandedHelen LamOnline News EditorLoughborough UniversityStudents at Loughborough Universityare demanding to know the results ofa performance survey on their lecturers,as the information is currentlyunavailable to the public.Loughborough Students’ Union(LSU) believes that the results fromthe performance assessment, whichhad been collated from student responses,are not being publishedbecause of a conidentiality clausebetween the University and the lecturers.LSU President, Rebecca Bridger,commented that because studentsare paying high tuition fees, theyshould be allowed to know how goodor bad their lecturers are performing.The Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teachingat the University stated, however,that meetings have taken place betweenthe University, the Students’Union and the lecturers’ union, addingthat the University take the “modulefeedback process extremely seriously.’’The LSU have stated that as a last resortthey will use the Freedom of InformationAct to get the assessmentresults.Students protestat school closureUniversity of East AngliaMore than 200 students from theUniversity of East Anglia have beenprotesting at the proposed closure ofits music school. This follows the Universityannouncing in October thatit was reviewing its degree subjects.However, an oficial decision on thefate of the school is expected to bemade by UEA’s governing board onNovember 28.Reasons behind the closure of themusic school stem mainly from inancialissues. In order for the school toremain open, the University statesthat they would have to divert fundingfrom other departments, potentiallyplacing them at risk.A petition opposing the plans hascollected over 7,000 signatures, includingthose from Coldplay - whoperformed at the University lastmonth - and over 80 academics fromaround the world. The closure of theschool would also mean the loss ofseven jobs; however the 149 studentscurrently enrolled would be able toinish their degrees, with the last tograduate in 2014.Danni Minoguegets honorarydegreeSouthampton Solent UniversitySouthampton Solent University havepresented Dannii Minogue with ahonorary degree for her “outstandingcontribution to the entertainment industry.”The former X Factor judge is now adoctor of media. The singer said: “I’mhonoured and I’m shocked to receivethis degree.You start working in the entertainmentindustry and you don’t reallystop and look back at what you’vedone.”A spokesperson for the Universitycommented that: “we can quite understandthe cynical kind of impression(of the award) but it is not thecase. We would never give a degree tosomeone without some connection tothe University of the work of the University.”Dan Prendergast, President ofSouthampton Solent student’s unionsaid: “She is a musical inspirationto many students…and made a bigcontribution to the music business.”Trolley thefts atEssex TescoUniversity of EssexStudents in Colchester are suspectedof being the culprits of a spate ofshopping trolley thefts from a localTesco.The supermarket is now facing weeklylosses of £3,000 of because of thestolen shopping trolleys.A spokesperson for the Universitysaid that they have recognised the issue,however defended the studentsin stating that the students couldnot be held responsible for all of themissing trollies. They added: “We arehappy to continue educating our studentsabout the need to return trolliesto the store after using them.”As a result of the thefts, the HytheTesco is now introducing coin-locksto its trolleys. A Tesco spokespersonsaid that “we hope this new systemwill help reduce the number of trolleysthat are going missing. We have apositive relationship with the universityand we are working with them toind a long-term solution to the problem.”Plymouthstudent dies as aresult of fallPlymouth UniversityA 21-year-old male student studyingat Plymouth University has died afterfalling 2.4m over a wall and landingon concrete. Plymouth University hassaid that it is supporting his fellowstudents over their tragic loss.The accident happened at around2.15am last Saturday.Police are currently investigating;however, the death is not thought tobe suspicious.It is believed he fell over a low walloutside a house, which originally hadmetal railings covering it.He is said to have been socialising atthe Union the same night. However, apost-mortem has yet to be performedto establish the level of alcohol heconsumed.Plymouth University commented:“We are shocked and saddened tolearn of the death of one of our studentsfollowing an accident at theweekend.Our thoughts are irmly with thefamily and those closest to the deceased.”


Comment CommentTHE COURIER Monday November 14 2011 9thecourieronline.co.uk/commentEditors Sophie McCoid and Susie May BeeverOnline Comment Editor Jack Torrancecourier.comment@ncl.ac.ukBanksy artwork’ withinthe occupied grounds atBanksy St. Paul’s artwork cathedral. in grounds Photography: of St. Paul’sDuncandemonstrates (Flickr) anti-capitalistfeelings of anger.Photography: Duncan(Flickr)Preachers should not pass go, should not collect £200Susie May BeeverComment EditorAparticularly memorablequote has sprung to mymind countless times overthe past month, ever sinceLondon’s Occupy movement began onthe sacred ground at St Paul’s. That is,one Guardian columnist claimed, “theinancial system is not broken; it wascreated in the irst place so that therich would get richer, and the poorpoorer”. For this, I shall demonstratethe mark of an educated mind andrefrain from jumping too hastily ontoany band wagons. Yet it is partly true.The Occupy protests seem to representa different kind of protest, oneThis is not aboutreligion. It’s abouthuman solidarityagainst corruption.that has not been fuelled by (at leastnot too many) lashings of violenceand burnt out cars and shop windows.It is the protest against moredetrimental holes in our societywhich are at the root of our inancialcrisis: a protest against corporategreed and a world which steals fromthe dinner tables of the poor in orderto prime the plump.With last week’s resignation of thedean of St. Paul’s, Graeme Knowles,and its canon chancellor Giles Fraser,the notion of a link between capitalismand Christianity has bore iercelyinto the pages of British newspapers.Do faith and inance walk handin hand? Evidently not, yet there isa vast difference between religioustellings and religious values, with thelatter being opposed to the moderndaygluttony for lavish lifestyles andsix-igure pay cheques which are sounjustly corrupting the less advantaged.The hesitant campers outsideSt. Paul’s, who are expected to remainthere well into the festive season,have given much scope to thequestion over whether Jesus himselfwould have been stood alongsidethe protesters, holding painted signsclaiming ‘we apologise for inconvenienceduring global improvementworks’ whilst posing for BBC photographers.But perhaps Jesus would not beamongst the protesters. Nor would hebe sat squatting on the gilded throneabove. I’d personally like to think he’dbe impartial. A fence-sitter, if you like.Pesky things. The fact is, once religionis brought into anything, the argumentultimately becomes misconstruedand far, far too easily blownout of proportion by atheists and devoutfollowers alike. This is not aboutreligion. It’s about human solidarityagainst corruption. A stance againsthaving to bail out those who are pervertingthe system in the irst place.And although the two largely intersect,they should not be mistaken forone another.Besides, it is dificult to argue a casefor the church; protesters may claimthat it is their place to protect the vulnerableand side with those who feelcheated, yet with St. Paul’s cathedralcharging just short of £15 for an adultticket to visit Wren’s opulent interior,and the addition of a gift shop whichsells items up to the range of £235,perhaps St. Paul’s aren’t shy of cashingin on the capitalist trade and consumerismthemselves?Many of the Occupy protesters whohave settled at the site of St. Paul’swant nothing but reconsiderationabout the way in which our currentsystem is run, the entertaining of analternative which does not renderthe more vulnerable to lose out everytime. Religion or no religion, the oustingof such sleaze and voracity in theinancial world is undeniably a desirableconcept. The protests have beendescribed as a ‘movement’, and despiteus not knowing where or whenit is moving exactly, perhaps it is agolden opportunity to make bankersand gluttonous politicians sit up andlisten.Emails in response to thearticles should be sent toeditor.union@ncl.ac.uk


10 THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011commentThis weekI’ve learnt...BeckyOrwin...if twentyScousers areinvading yourlat, leave.One of my latmates is from Liverpool,and he’s lovely. Crazy, but lovely. So Ididn’t see the big problem when Iglanced at the lat calendar and saw‘SCOUSE INVASION’ scrawled acrossthe irst weekend in November; I onlyfelt slightly uneasy. I felt slightly moreuneasy when the said latmate askedif I was going home that weekend, towhich I said I wasn’t as I’d been homethe previous weekend, and he lookedme right in the eye with a completelyserious face and said, deadpan, “I’mso sorry.” Now that should ring alarmbells.Anyway, the dreaded day arrived,and I came home to ind literally morethan twenty Scousers in my lat. Generally,I’m a fairly sociable and chattyperson, but everybody has a cut-offpoint, and this was way beyond mine.I’m only slightly embarrassed to admitthat the way my friend and I dealtwith it was to barricade ourselves inmy room with cake, hot chocolate andHigh Fidelity. Apart from the noise,things started off relatively tamely –sure, we had to put the subtitles on tohear the ilm, but that’s fairly standardfor Ricky Road anyway.The point of anxiety began on hearingmy latmate in the bathroom,shouting, “NO! Don’t piss in thesink! Don’t piss in the sink!” The (Ithink justiied) worry increased a bitwhen I heard something shatter inthe kitchen, and the loud chorus of“WEEEEEYYYY!” that followed. WhenI could no longer pretend that I didn’tneed the loo, I had to ignore the factthat there was a vacuum cleaner inthe shower (I have no idea why, either),but the queue of boys did, verychivalrously, let me use the toilet irst.Eventually (thank God) campus securityclocked on to what was happening,put their foot down and turfedthe lot of them out, and they all staggeredoff in the direction of Sinnersor Riverside, or somewhere equallyout of earshot. When my friend andI eventually dared venture out to inspectthe damage, we were relievedto ind that nothing important hadactually been broken, it just lookedlike a Frosty Jack’s-loaded bomb hadgone off in the living area/kitchen.As opposed to the usual dirty-dishesloaded bomb, I suppose.Though actually, to be fair to them,when I spoke to a few of the Scousersthe next day in more manageablegroup-sizes, they were actually reallynice lads. Really nice lads. In essence,I think all of them were very decentpeople with a great sense of humourand a very active sense of fun. And mylatmate did clean up with hardly anyassistance and virtually no threats ornagging. Sadly, that doesn’t changethe fact that if there’s ever another‘Scouse invasion’, I’m going to leg itonto the irst train home, and praythat the lat is still there when I getback.Employment prospects are grim up northAnna TempletonForget the stereotypical image thatforms at the mention of an Anti-SocialBehavioural Order, or the infamousASBO; there’s a new acronym on thescene: the NEET.‘NEET’ describes those aged between16-24 who are ‘not in education,employment or training’. Accordingto Simon Cox of BBC News,the acronym is “the latest buzzwordfor teenage drop-outs.”A recent report by the Work Foundation,a job market thinktank, andthe Private Equity Foundation charityfound that nearly a quarter of 16-24year olds can be classiied as NEETS,with this igure predicted to rise inthe next few years.The report is unique in the way itmaps out concentrated areas of theUK in order to focus on regional differences,opposed to branding allyoung people with the same brush.Whether surprising or not, the resultsshowed a discernible divide betweencertain areas of the UK.The majority of ‘NEET black-spots’were in the north of England, in areaswith history of industrial decline.In such areas, deteriorating productiongenerally means a heavier relianceon public sector employment.Apart from Birmingham, out of the53 towns and cities researched, mostplaces were on the outskirts of majorcities, with low-skilled citizens andwere places that struggle to attractprivate sector irms.Academics warned that in some areas,there was beginning to be a “senseof no future” and that the coalition’scuts were “needlessly sacriicing”young people. However, there can beno generalisations about this issue. Insome cities, such as Oxford, AberdeenCambridge and York, the proportionof NEETs is fewer than one in 10 – farbelow the national average of 15.6%.Yet whilst some (possibly more af-luent) areas manage to fall below thenational average and stay out of the‘black-spot danger zone’, other areasof the UK have more worrying statistics.In Grimsby, Doncaster and Warrington,one in four under-25s areNEETs; in north-east London, a ifthare. The same is true in Birmingham,Newcastle, Barnsley and Swansea.The latest igures show the numberof NEETs hit a record high at the endof last year in England with 938,000young people been classed as such.Connexions, the career and adviceservice, was the government initiativeplaced to help those classiied asNEETs. Schemes like this may workfor the motivated but less success isgenerated on big estates. Connexionsadvisor Elwyn Lonque spends herdays in Barking in London looking forteenagers to help, but results are oftenfrustrating: “If they can’t get outof the house, there’s not much moreI can do.”The Guardian reported in 2011 that,since 2003, there has been a 15.6%decrease in people aged 16–18 inemployment, but a 6.8% increase inthose participating in education andtraining. Therefore, perhaps the reemergenceof the NEET category putsemphasis not just on criticising youngpeople for not holding down a securejob, but concentrates on the vital educationand training that leads to thesought-after position of employment.It becomes apparent that responsibilitylies just as much with the governmentin providing education andtraining, as it does with young peoplein motivating themselves to seek employment.If the ‘blame culture’ in society canbe removed, there’ll be a greater opportunityfor a better relationship tobe created between the young peopleand the state. Ultimately, with effortand co-operation, this could meanfuture deterioration of the NEET categorisationin the UK.Papandreou to bail on a Greece-y situation?Joe WoodGeorge Papandreou, the formerGreek Prime Minister, resigned fromhis position on November 6 afteremergency talks with Antonis Samaras– leader of the main oppositionparty – and Greek President KarolosPapoulias, left him with no alternativebut to leave government.Papandreou’s resignation came afterdays of criticism in regards to hisproposed referendum over Greece acceptinga new European bailout strategy,causing horror for his own partymembers and a loss of conidence intheir leader.This referendum was hastily retracted,with markets falling after theannouncement, and the Prime Ministerbeing summoned to Cannes byGreece’s unoficial masters – Franceand Germany. A coalition will now beestablished, with the hope of stabilizinga country in desperate fear of itsown economic future.Greece has already been deemed theblack sheep of Europe, with a debtamounting to 151.9% of its nationalGDP - the second highest deicit inEurope - bond yields sky-rocketingabove all other European nations at18.04%, and unemployment – in particularyouth unemployment (43.5%)– reaching the staggering heights of17.6%.The long term problems faced bythe Greek economy, along with politicaloutbreaks such as Papandreou’sresignation and the Athens riots, suggeststhat the relationship it has withthe Eurozone is not sustainable.Liberal Democrat MEP and chair ofthe European Parliament’s Committeeon Economic and Monetary Affairs,Sharon Bowles, described thesituation of Greece as like “being betweena rock and a hard place.”Greece is a major problem for theEurozone, as it has considerably diminishedthe wealth of other Europeannations, namely France and Germany,by continuing to be a member.The reason it is so great a problemfor Eurozone countries, rather thanfor non-Eurozone countries such asthe UK, is due to the use of a singlecurrency – the Euro. By having Greecein the Euro, countries which are moreeconomically stable, like France andGermany, are dependent on the Greekeconomy succeeding.If the other members of the Eurozonehad reacted quicker to the‘Greek situation’, by removing it fromthe Eurozone, many problems couldhave been avoided. Sharon Bowlescommented that it might have beenbetter to have “cut Greece loose agesago.”Unfortunately for the so called ‘Eurozonemasters’ (France and Germany),it is not as simple as merely cuttingGreece out of the Eurozone.The ‘masters’ have such a phenomenalstake in the Greek economy,through the multitude of bailoutpackages they have supplied it, thatthey cannot easily drop their dealingswith the country.However, the effects of failing economies,like Greece’s, on the Eurozonecan already be seen. France’s growthforecast has settled at no more than1%, while the French government hasintroduced cut-measures and a risein the pension age from 60 to 62 inGrimsby is one of therevealed towns in whichone in four young peopleare labelled as ‘NEETs’.Photography: niznoz(Flickr)2017 to tackle the country’s mountingdeicit. Figures for Italy’s borrowingcosts have also risen to a worrying6.6%, while the Italian parliament isdeliberating on a crucial budget vote,coinciding with a loss in conidencefor Berlusconi from his coalition partners.The problems faced by Eurozonecountries, such as France and Italy,may eventually lead to Greece beingabandoned for the simple fact thatthe other nations cannot afford tosustain it.The choice is hard for the Eurozonenations. A great deal has already beeninvested in Greece, but if they allowthe problems of one country to impactany further on their economiesthe result may be a disastrous economicdownturn.The ideal solution for the mosteconomically powerful countries inthe Eurozone, Germany and France,would be to remove Greece from theEuro entirely. This would allow forrecovery, albeit a slow one, while providingadded funds to prevent othercountries (France, Italy, Spain) sufferingthe same economic calamity asGreece.


THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011 11commentHard measures should be taken on sidelining of ‘soft’ subjectsLaura WottonAs an English Literature student hereat Newcastle it is perhaps unsurprisingthat I feel exasperated when Iread of schools’ proposed cuts to the‘softer’ arts subjects. Research publishedby the NASUWT insinuates thestripping of ‘cultural learning’ fromthe curriculum of one in eight Britishschools. Gratifyingly, a ‘star-studded’campaign against the scheme hadbeen instigated with igures such asKevin Spacey and Tate director SirNicholas Serota headlining what theGuardian terms a ‘concerted culturalbacklash’ against governmental proposals.It is true to say that in this periodof economic change and inancial regression,the arts and humanities subjectsdo not qualify for positions suchas economists, bankers and inancialgovernors. Yet the arts subjects areby no means futile. An alliance reportnamed ‘The Case for Cultural Learning’put together by leading artisticigures, exposes that children andteenagers, when exposed to a varietyof cultural experiences, ultimately improvetheir attainment in all subjects.Children’s cognitive skills have alsobeen proven to advance when partakingin subjects such as art and music,which, according to the CulturalLearning Alliance “have the powerto transform young people’s lives.”Consequently government plans to‘sideline’ such subjects may be moredetrimental than beneicial.Back in April this year, unrest at theproposed cuts to arts and humanitiessubjects bubbled to the surface in theform of protests by anti-cuts activists,but such opposition seems to beignored. The resistance that clasheswith the proposed cuts raises a varietyof questions concerning the futureof British arts education. Indeed backin April, Paul Thompson, rector ofLondon’s Royal College of Art, spokewith vengeance against governmentalpropositions stating that politicianshad “swung a sledgehammer” atan arts-focused education.A NASUWT report appeals to thegovernmental authority in educationfor all pupils to be exposed toa wide variety of arts and heritagesubjects. Such experience, it states,will contribute to a generation ofchildren capable of facing both socialand economic dificulties. In additionto this, evidence has been citedthat less privileged children will geta more successful ‘shot’ at universityentrance having studied structuredart-centered subjects that reportedly‘improve learning’.Indeed who better to showcase thevalue of an arts education than theartists themselves? Jarvis Cocker,frontman for the band Pulp, describeshis arts education as an exhilaratingstep into a new world and that “on adeeper level [he] was taught to thinkabout things in a non-lateral way.”Lord Puttnam, the British ilm producerand Labour peer, outlined thenecessity of exposure to the arts in hisstatement that “If we fail to offer ouryoung people the opportunity to participatein the arts and culture, thenwe fail to support them in becomingthe leading thinkers, innovators andcreative business and communityleaders of the future.”Cultural learning, in my belief, isa monumental necessity for the advancementof a child’s cognitive skillsand sidelining this broader educationonly serves to damage British culturalheritage in future years. The educationbudget must extend to supportsubjects above and beyond what thegovernment naively terms purely ‘vocationalqualiications’.Emails in response to thearticles should be sent toeditor.union@ncl.ac.ukShould England adopt new ‘opt-out’ laws on organ donation?Natasha HosfordYesThe new presumed consent law,which the Welsh government plans tohave in place by 2015, would result inan opt-out system of organ donation.It would require people to registerto ‘opt out’ of donating their organs,rather than opt in as with the currentsystem. This idea is by no meansa new one and has already successfullybeen in place in various formsin a number of countries across theworld, such as Spain and Belgium, formore than a decade.There is no doubt that there is a signiicantissue with the status quo inthe UK, with an estimated three peopledying each day whilst on the waitinglist for an organ transplant. It isclear that the system needs to change.At the moment an estimated 90% ofpeople in the UK support organ donations,but of that only 28% have ‘gotround’ to joining the organ donationregister. Of this 28%, too many peopleforget to carry a card, lose it, oreven don’t get round to signing it.The proposed presumed consentlaw seems to be the way forward. Forthose who are strongly opposed theyhave the right to refuse donation. Theindividual simply has to register ona national database, which they canchange at any time. This addressesthe issue of volunteers being turnedinto conscripts, as they would still begiven the free will to choose. The supportof this law depends very muchon the publicity it receives as it couldeasily give the image of doctors ‘harvesting’patients.The ‘soft’ as opposed to ‘hard’ formthe law will take, means that the deceased’sfamilies will still be consulted.Though the permission of the familyis not required for organ retrieval;organs may not be removed if thefamily takes the initiative to opposedonation. As the deceased has made aconscious choice and does not opposedonation, it frees the family from anyresponsibility and guilt from makingthe wrong decision.Although organ donation is viewedpositively, few of us have actually spokenabout it and expressed our wishesto our next of kin. Therefore, whenconfronted with the death of a closerelative, family members normallyind the decision on organ donationto be extremely traumatic. As a resultthey tend to have hesitant feelings,and whatever their decision, continuedremorse can result.If asked when faced with life ordeath whether I would have an organtransplant I would without hesitationsay yes, along with the vast majorityof you I’m sure. If presumed consentdoes work, it will save multiple livessimply from the decision of one life.Who are we to refuse other peoplethat option?There is no doubt that the presumedconsent law would increasethe number of organs available fortransplants, perhaps even enable theUK to use live organ donors only asa last resort. It would also save NHSresources on number of treatmentssuch as dialysis for kidney patients.Most importantly it would lead to organdonation being accepted by thevast majority and would mean its applicationwould no longer be a matterof controversy.Laura WottonNoThe idea of organ donation is all a bitgrisly, and even more so now Walesplans to implement a new law requiringpeople to ‘opt-out’ of organ donation(as opposed to opting in). Theterminally ill, if the legislation passes,will be subject to reams of paperworkand a guilty conscience in order topreserve their organs in death, a considerationthat will haunt the oldergeneration. The fear remains whetherBritain will propose a similar legislationon its population, a propositionthat would inspire controversyover the much-debated issue of ‘freechoice’.I do not in any way undermine theimportance and necessity of organIt is surely wiser tohave a system thatstrongly encouragesorgan donationrather than forcesit.donation, there are after all nearly300 people awaiting a critical organtransplant, yet I would criticizethis Welsh proposal in its handlingof such a sensitive issue. Opponentsbelieve that the system of ‘optingout’will reduce trust and createsuspicion in the scheme, the almost‘compulsory’ measures diminishingthe much sought after ‘freedom ofchoice’. Glyn Davis, MP for Montgomeryshire,spoke unfavorably upon theproposed change, stating that “I don’tmind moving towards a presumptiveattitude because almost everybodyis in favour of organ donation so it’sWales’s new implementationof an ‘opt-out’system for organ donationhas sparked fi ercedebate in the House ofCommons Photography:Best in Plastics (Flickr)reasonable to have a presumptiveattitude [...] But if there’s presumedconsent, then there’s a suspicion andI think that does effect trust.” Addingto this, one must consider that, in thewords of Davis, “It does not deliverbut a fraction more organs.”Furthermore, the practicalities ofpresumed consent might not be quiteso straightforward. Religious and ethicalconcerns surround this proposedlegislation. It is surely wiser to havea system that strongly encourages organdonation rather than forces it. Dr.Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales,outlines such concerns stating that“people’s organs should be donatedas a gift to others and not as an ‘assetof the state’.” His fears extend to theconsideration of whether any stateshould be granted the right to legitimizethis power when dealing with anissue of such high sensitivity. Instead,the proile of organ donation, he believes,must be raised and in this waythe procedure can be a matter of freechoice not of duty, ultimately encouragingothers to follow suit in theirown freely embraced decision withoutvolunteers becoming conscripts.The fear also remains that criticallyill patients won’t have started or completedtheir ‘opt-out’ registration bythe time of their death, consequentlyresulting in a ‘presumed consent’and the removal of the organs of thedeceased. The unnecessary distressbrought on by such a circumstancewould not only wreak havoc in thefamily of the departed but also createextensive oppositional publicityresulting in a drop in overall organdonation.It is also wise to consider the viewsof the transplant recipients themselves.Of course the scheme is designedto beneit them, but many recipientshave added that a donatedorgan, although ultimately a lifesaver,is dificult to accept when it has notbeen given positively, only as an actionof default, an easy occurrencein presumed consent. In addition tothis there are worries surroundingthe possible medical risks involved inthe procedure when a full discussionwith relatives has not been employed.Family can be key to deciphering previoushealth issues of the deceased,problems that could potentially renderthe donated organ invalid.Organ donation is undeniably a vitalprocedure yet, in my opinion, thereshould be a degree of free choice insuch a delicate affair, ultimately injectinga level of trust in medics andthus encouraging positive donation.


12 THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011commentNo place on blogs for new ‘cyber-chauvinism’Lauren StaffordInternet ‘trolling’ started in the1980s. It is not a new phenomenon. A‘troll’ is deined as someone who goesout of their way to unsettle an onlinecommunity by leaving abusive commentsor interrupting discussions,usually with the deliberate aim ofprovoking other members. It’s truethat any website soliciting commentsis often subject to this kind of abuse.Men insulting men, women insultingwomen, people expressing discriminatoryremarks about race or sexualpersuasion. These all exist online.However, misogynistic hate speechis particularly prevalent. It’s not exclusivelydirected at feminist bloggerseither, it seems that women expressingany kind of sentiment are targets.In the last week, blogger Sady Doyleresponded to the debate by postingthe hashtag #mencallmethingson Twitter. Now it’s gone viral andwomen around the world have beensharing their stories. This revealed ahorrifying array of comments whichwere not only sexist, but also sexuallythreatening.I asked a fellow student about herexperience of sexism online.“I got told to staple up my c***once during an online debate. I wasalso told by a guy I’d never met beforethat I was ‘too ugly to f***’. Thisquickly descended into about six ofthem repeatedly posting phrases like–‘f***ing ugly c***’, ‘you couldn’t handlemy d*ck’ and ‘just because youcould never get a man, you ugly slag’.This continued for about twenty minutes.I had said nothing to provokethem to mention anything about myappearance or sexual desires”.This tactic of undermining a woman’svoice by reducing her to a meresexual object is common. It seems, if aman can portray a woman as a vesselfor sex and sex alone, her opinion isno longer valid. We live, supposedly,in a progressive, society yet there issomething inherently caveman-likeabout these attitudes.Kelly tells me that she’s not deterredfrom commenting online but the situationmade her wary.“I felt like I needed some validation,that I wasn’t being stupid, thatit wasn’t okay for them to be sayingthese things to me. The speed withwhich they became aggressive andthreatening was frightening”.You might argue, what’s the fuss?It’s only name-calling. These are notphysical attacks and there are nobruises to show for them. After all,they can even be called impersonal.It’s only the internet and everyonesays nasty things online. Nevertheless,it’s still discrimination, even ifit’s not face to face. For many ‘trolls’being caustic and vitriolic is ine aslong as they’re basking in the backlightof their laptop, feeling safe inthe knowledge that their anonymityis relatively intact. Whilst I do thinkthat those who hide behind the guiseof the internet are cowards, this kindof behaviour is often relentless, blindlyhate-illed and quick to escalate. Itrelects the mentality of a would-berapist or perpetrator of domesticviolence. Threats to rape or murderare oficially illegal, but currently themaximum penalty for ‘trolling’ is sixmonths in prison. More can be done,supericially at least, to stop ‘trolls’leaving gender-related inlammatoryWomen are now usingonline blogs to speakout against threateningcomments.Photography: baronsquirrel(Flickr)insults on the web. Moderators cantake a more active role on social-networkingsites such as a Facebook andTwitter. Offenders should be traced.Yet, the point is that sexist abuse onlineis only the tip of a very disturbingiceberg. The more that misogyny becomesnormalised in our culture, themore hate speech against women willturn into hate crime.Best of this week’sonline responsesRe: New policies to impact on popular studentareas.JD:The problem is when a neighbour complainsand gets the house number wrong andmeans to complain about another house.The university and the police seem to takea guilty until proven innocent stance anddarken your name to your lecturers, thenwhen found innocent you don’t receive anyapology whatsoever. I sort of understandwhat they’re trying to do but my experienceof this new policy was that it was appallinglyimplemented and I felt probably more harassedby the university and the police whenthe incorrect complaint was made than theneighbours who complained probably did. Idon’t see why I should have to explain mybehaviour in my own private residence tothe university anyway but that’s beside thepoint.Anonymous:I fi nd the reporting of this story quite disappointingif I am being totally honest. Bothon the online version and the print versionof the Courier it all seems very biased. Itdoesn’t seem as if anybody actually askedanyone working for the university or studentunion what their opinion is on this issue. Additionally,I think especially in the print version,but in parts in the online version – thefi gures used are quite misleading. Figuresseem to be banded around for example“7,648 noise complaints, an increase from6,318 the previous year.” Can we pleasebear in mind here that this is the total noisecomplaints made – about other residentsas well as student. If we were to dive intothe fi gures I think you would fi nd that theoverwhelming majority of these numbersare not complaints made against Students– I’m not sure the article does enough tohighlight this….seems like large fi gures arejust being added in for shock value as opposedto actually reporting the truth.Re: Poundland get picky about poppiesAnonymous:It’s horrendous that anyone should be activelytold not to wear something which symbolisespride and respect to those who notonly made the ultimate sacrifi ce in the fi rstand second world wars, but also to those todaywho are fi ghting in Afghanistan. Poundlandshould be ashamed.Re: Five reasons why...whoever suggestedThe Stone Roses reunion is a fl oppy-brainedchump.M:Obviously fake!Will Smith:@M – You’re right. This article is obviouslyfake. OBVIOUSLY.Actually, wait, I have no idea WTF you mean.Cheeky Monkey:I agree with Will Smith, what do you meanthis is fake? a) it exists and b) it’s a bit oflight hearted writing with the intent of puttinga smile on your face. Like this :) whenyou get a refund from the surgeon whoremoved your sense of humor, come backand read it again, you might actually enjoyit. If not, stick to reading page after page onWikipedia. Just stay well clear of anything todo with folklore or legend, as there’s a goodchance it is fake.To respond to this week’s articles visitthecourieronline.co.uk


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14 THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011lifestylethecourieronline.co.uk/lifestylec2.lifestyle@ncl.ac.ukBespoke your bicycleLifestyle Editor Olivia Mason shows you how to style your faithful rideLight upBike lights are a mustbuy; why be dull whenmulti-coloured LED discobike lights are on themarket. See Nite Ize’sspokelight.BarsBuying coloured drop bars willmake a road bike look chic but bartape can be used on any bike andthere are thousands of colours andpatterns out there. It’s also veryeasy to apply.Keep your bum cosyInvest in a posh Brooks leather bikeseat (www.brooksengland.com) forretro glam or, if funds are tough,just buy a colourful cover foryour seat.Basket outHaving a basket on thefront of your bike adds aninstant bit of kitsch. Butwhy stop there? With someribbons, lowers and bellsyou could make a basket areally eye-catching part ofyour bike.Make a noiseWhy buy a boring bell whenthere are vintage hornsTop Websiteswww.bricklanebikes.co.ukwww.recyke-y-bike.comwww.ixedgeargallery.comwww.velodrama.co.ukIllustration: Jennifer DodsworthIllustration: Emma RawsthorneWheelsAsk Aunty AngelaColoured wheels will instantlytransform your bike.Getting a whole colouredrim set will set you back afair amount, but colouredtyres are a cheap and easyalternative.After a firey weekend everyone’s favourite Auntyis back to solve solutions to all your burning questionsMake it a ixieJoin the scenesters and convert yourbike into a ixed-gear or single-speed.This involves having the sprocket, orcog, threaded or bolted directly to aixed rear hub, so the bike has no freewheeland cannot coast. Any bike shopor Recyke-y-Bike in Byker should beable to do this for you.Top TipsColour-coordinate - never underestimate thepower of a good colour scheme. These days youcan get buy almost every part individually andin every colour. Think a pink frame, white tyres,and a green chain!Keep it clean - what’s the point in putting in allthat work just to ride about on a muddy frame?Use second-hand parts - you can pick up bargainsand have your bike with exactly the partsyou want without paying a fortune.I absolutely love my new latmatesthis year, but the problem here is thatone of them really stinks! He’s such alovely guy and is probably my favouriteperson I’ve met at university so far. DoI tell him that he smells? Or will thisdamage our friendship?I don’t think it will damage your friendship- if anything, done right, it will makeit stronger. I’m sure he’d prefer for someonehe knows and likes to tell him ratherthan someone he doesn’t know beingheartless about it. What you have to dois take him to one side and just say thatsometimes he needs to take a bit morecare with washing in the morning. Don’tmake a big deal of it and don’t do it as agroup. This will make him feel ganged upon and embarrassed.Me and my boyfriend always used tohave amazing nights out together andwith our friends. But recently he’sstarted drinking insane amounts ofalcohol. I’ve ended up in A&E with himtwice because he’s fallen and hurt himself.I’m really worried that it mightget worse or somebody else might gethurt. What do I do?I think your boyfriend is either developinga problem or is just hitting it a bittoo hard. Could there be a reason forthe sudden change? A family ight? Workincrease? Something that has stressedhim out and he’s trying to escape it bydrinking more than he used to? I thinkyou should talk to him because he couldend up hurting himself or someone else ifhe is not careful. Be sure to get the timingright though - you don’t want to end upighting about it. Or maybe ask if thereis something wrong and work it throughwith him. You may ind that if it is a problem,and you sort it together, the drinkingmay decrease on its own.In our lat we generally like to be quitequiet when we’re not going out. Butother people in our building don’tseem to have the same lifestyle and it’shard to get to sleep at 3am when someoneis playing “I’m Sexy and I Know It”at full blast and screaming their headoff. What can I do to make it stop?If you haveanyproblemsyou needhelp with,email AuntyAngela atc2.lifestyle@ncl.ac.ukHow many times do I need to expressmy love for ear plugs?! I’m serious! Theywork wonders! If that doesn’t work,you’ll have to talk to them about keepingit down at unsociable hours. You’re nottelling them to stop completely but justto have a bit more compassion for theirneighbours who don’t want to be dancingevery night at 3am. Don’t be mean or angryabout it because then they’ll do it justto spite you. But if they don’t stop thenyou have my permission to go upstairs,remove their speakers and hide themuntil they apologise.Aunty Angela, help! My boyfriend hasdecided to do Movember this year andalthough I am completely supportiveof his charitable intentions I just can’tstand the tash. I hate the way it looks,the way I can feel it when we kiss, andworst of all it looks more like fuzz thananything else.Back in my day moustaches werequite the thing for sophisticated younggentlemen. They were seen as a sign ofgood breeding! While I appreciate youdon’t feel the same way, maybe try andembrace it as a new fashionable quirk.Perhaps it could be the new spark in yourrelationship - get some role play involved!If you still can’t get on board, rememberit’s not for life and be happy you have a


THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011 15Lifestyle Editors: Olivia Mason and Ben ParkinOnline Editor: Emma Baltersex&relationshipslifestyleBlind DateRory Davies, 3 rd year Sociology, meetsFelicity Mortimer, 2 nd year HistoryFirst Impressions?Not good because he didn’t text me irst! irst! irst! Jokes. He wasfriendly and talkative so it wasn’t too awkward. I also ranghim when I was wasted in Sinners the Wednesday before,but I don’t remember any of it so it doesn’t count!What did you talk about?We did the usual chat - where we go onnights out, where we lived in irst irst irst year,etc (disagreed about which of our hallswas better - Ricky Road beats all,obviously!), and I remember speakingabout camels for some reason.Any awkward moments?Seeing our mates in Mens Bar waspretty awkward, but I guess weexpected that. And when my matetook a photo (or four) of us, becausewe’re fussy and we didn’t like ourhair. When he went to checkhis hair he said his head wastoo big for the mirror so hecouldn’t sort it out.Anything in common?We like to make sure ourhair looks all right beforehaving a photo taken andboth had a few drinksbefore we met each other.Best thing aboutthem?He was really easy to talkto and friendly. Therewas no real awkwardnessbetween us at all.Did you go any-where afterwards?Yeah we went to CCTV,which he had never beento before (not cool). Wedon’t remember muchof the night thoughof course! I ended uptexting the lifestyle edi-tor ,thinking it was Rory,saying, ‘where are you?’,‘tell me where you are!’ Inow realise why I didn’t get areply...Would you meet again?Yeah, I think I would, because wegot along well. I could see us goingfor a drink or something.Marks out of ten?8 because the date was an overallsuccess apart from the fact that Ididn’t get to say goodbye on the nightbecause I bailed quite early, thanksto too many double vodkas and jagerbombs.Sorry Rory!First Impressions?Just that she was attractive, maybe a bit northern, butthere’s nothing wrong with that - I guess! She seemedtalkative straight away and it wasn’t weird meeting herfor the irst irst irst time or anything. I was pretty curious as tohow she was roped into going on a blind date, which isdeinitely deinitely deinitely what happened to me.What did you talk about?Camels and how they could hold loads of wateror milk or whatever it is. Which courses wewere doing, life in Jesmond, how awkwardit was going to be meeting each other’smates later, preferred nightlife desti-nations, Sinners, alcoholics, football(briely) (briely) (briely) and work. We also talkedabout halls; it became apparent thatFelicity was of the belief that Hender-son Hall isn’t as good as Ricky Road,which is obviously a load of rubbish.But we talked about pretty mucheverything really (nothing too indepth).Any awkward moments?Talking about alcoholics wasprobably not a good idea, thatwas maybe an awkward moment.Meeting her mates wasn’t too bad,but still deinitely deinitely deinitely falls under thecategory of “awkward”. They playeddrinking games that I just did notunderstand at all.Anything in common?We discussed how we both like Sin-ners, and both being stupidly drunkat CCTV later, and... hair colour? Ha.Best thing about them?The best thing about Felicity was she wasvery chatty and always had something totalk about, so conversation never reallyran dry. She was also just a bit of a joker,which is always a good thing.Did you go anywhere wards?We went to CCTV afterwards at the Union.I hadn’t been there before so didn’t re-ally know what to expect. It was prettygood, very busy; that camera booth isafter-ridiculous.Would you meet again?We already have met again to try andtake a photo for the paper! Reasonablyunsuccessfully, but yeah, I’d be coolwith meeting her again.Marks out of ten?I think 8 is a fair mark out of ten -she was nice, pretty and chilled,but up for a laugh, so yeah, 8.Tashin’ onin the ToonVictoria MoleFelicity on Rory Rory on FelicityFor the lucky among us, housemates doubleup as guardian angels - guardian angelsthat encourage us to down beveragesof questionable content and are ready todigitally capture the resulting display foreveryone to see the following afternoon.Fortunately when you’ve been ‘papped’in the act, your dignity can be saved by‘de-tagging’ (this will need to be donethe approximate amount of times you attemptedto profess that you were sober).Your housemates will also make your Facebookaudience aware that you can havea lot of fun with a cucumber and that it’syour undying wish to be a northerner.Several of us have witnessed a residentialboyfriend wearing too little clothing,usually along the lines of your housemate’sdressing gown, far too early in themorning pre-coffee. When they’re aroundfor a long time they become a much-lovedpart of a student house: like a house pet,both get fed, groomed and a cosy bed. It’snot only partners that might be caughtless than fully clothed; relationshipsbetween housemates may reach newlevels as a result of the dreaded toweldrop.One of my housemates is able tosee into our shared shower through hiswindow; ironically, he’s gay. As relievingas it is that he won’t be sneaking a peek,it’s almost a shame that, should he seeanything accidentally, he wouldn’t appreciatethe view.For the cheekier singletons out there,your housemates are the ones that stayfaithfully on ‘bum-watch’ to prevent anyunfortunate lashing, but will happilystep aside and let you engage in publicdisplays of affection with inappropriatepartners. There should be force ields toprevent us from partaking in PDA withcoursemates and bouncers.One of my lat mates in irst year had aradar for when one of us had someoneback, she could even tell whether theywere a regular visitor or a irst-timer inthe lat from their voices. Regular hookupsalso earned themselves a nickname- ‘Sweaty Mess’, and what we can onlyassume was his favourite t-shirt, will foreverhaunt a particular corridor. We couldalways expect the ‘I know’ look from herthe next day.Housemates will also be there for youwhen things are of a more serious nature.If you’re left heartbroken they’ll be DTS(down to spoon) with hot chocolate andthe DVD of your geekiest, favourite ilm,which they will deinitely know fromliving with you. If at university you everneed a friend for support when goingfor an embarrassing health check-up,perhaps after a liaison with a lapse injudgement, someone will be there togiggle with you in the waiting room at thelavours of the freebies on offer.Drama is far too frequent in relationships;half an episode of Jeremy Kyle ismore than enough to demonstrate this. Ifyou fall back into the arms of a mistakeyou’ve already made, it’s the duty ofhousemates to knock some sense into youwith a broom; and should someone forkand then forsake you, you can guaranteethey would be after them with a shovel.Men (literally) come and go, but housemates?You’re stuck with them.


16 THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011lifestylethecourieronline.co.uk/lifestylec2.lifestyle@ncl.ac.ukWinter warmersLauren Cordell mulls over some festive flavoursShorthandHitchWho?The Hitch SocietySounds worryingly like an awkwarddate my mother would arrange forme…Well, unless she sends you half way roundthe world every time she gets her handson that family ‘friend’ she’s so keen on,then no. It’s hitch-hiking, the best - andcheapest - way of travelling through Europeand beyond (or so we’ve heard).You’ve got me. What else can youimpart?Croatia, or Morocco, take your pick: beerfor under a pound, sleeping on roof topsand ‘some of the most interesting peopleyou will ever meet.’ Throw in free travel,and some great friends (a boy must - forsafety reasons - be part of your group)and then you’re good to go.Funny you mention safety. I alwaysthought hitch-hiking was a bit risky.(My mother certainly wouldn’t approveof it…)Not at all, and certainly not with Newcastle’ssociety. To take part, a sum ofmoney must be raised for the charity Link(a highly regarded ‘grassroots’ organisationwhich ills in the missing bits largercharities ignore, providing things fromstationary to internet, enabling schoolsand communities to function and developworldwide). The charity itself ensuressafety and insurance for traveller, and in20 years there have been 7,500 peopletaking part with no major incidents.Marvellous. When are we leaving?Calm down keeno. Hitch-hiking must takeplace between March 16 and April 29, butmany stay on to travel. One girl we talkedto spent three weeks touring the whole ofMorocco, and guess what it cost!I have no doubt you’re about to tell me!£150. And that’s including actually gettingthere. We’re advised to try the cameltrekking in Morocco; one hitcher spenther 21st birthday on one in the midst ofan electric storm.I thought you said it wasn’t dangerous…Get over it! It’s not. There’s a 24 hournumber you can call if you’re really introuble, as well as website which isupdated when you text (it’s compulsory)each day as to your whereabouts.For a second there I thought we wereable to make a clean breakaway…Afraid not. Mother playing cupid fromhome is still a potential worry, but you’vegot 900 miles between the two of youeven if you choose Croatia, the ‘land of100 islands’, which is closer, so chancesare you’re sorted. But don’t just take ourword for it, ind out for yourselves. Firstsocial is this Thursday, and that’s just thestart!Nonie HealIt’s that time of year again; the days aregetting colder and the nights are drawingin. But as they say, every cloud has itssilver lining and this season’s may just bethe delicious warming drinks that we canuse as an excuse to indulge in. Whetheryou need a respite from some hecticpre-Christmas shopping or are just lookingfor somewhere to cosy up and keepwarm, here’s a rundown of the top ivethis winter:Gingerbread Latte @Café 1901St George’s Terrace, West Jesmond,Newcastle-upon-Tyne(£2.80)Realising this place exists is half the experience.In the cold winter months, mostpeople walk by the limited outdoor tablesand chairs outside Jesmond MethodistChurch without a second thought. Butthose in the know head inside into oneof Newcastle’s best cafes. The homelyinterior comprises an eclectic mishmashof different furniture, whilst the art onthe walls is all for sale. Cosy down on oneof the sofas at the back and slurp awayon a gingerbread latte. Sounds strange,but oh it’s so good. The combined tasteof a gingerbread biscuit, hot milk and thebest coffee in Jesmond is guaranteed toleave you wanting more. Caramel, Vanilla,Hazelnut and Butterscotch Lattes alsoavailable.Hot Chocolate Milano @Caffè Nero28-34 Clayton Street, City Centre,Newcastle-upon-TyneForget bland powder-based hot chocolate,this is the real deal. Close your eyesand imagine yourself in a cosy Venetiancafé sipping a warming, sumptuouslyrich chocolate drink. Open your eyes, andMulled CiderA less sophisticated, but far morestudent appropriate alternative tothe classic mulled wine is a tumblerof mulled cider.1. First, buy a few bottles of your favouritecider – stay away from theFrosty Jacks though, no matter howtempting the price is, you’ll end up regrettingit!2. Pick up a few apples (one per bottleof cider), a packet of dried apricots,some brown sugar, cinnamon sticksand any other winter spices you fancyadding to the mix3. Thinly slice your apples and apricotsand any other fruit you want to add4. Pour the cider into a saucepan andwarm it up (don’t let it boil though),and throw in all your other ingredients- use as much sugar as you like; justkeep tasting it until you get it right5. Strain into tumblers and enjoy!Spiced Hot ChocolateIf you have more of a sweet tooth, trythis hot chocolate recipe with a festivetwist. You just need hot chocolate powder,some nutmeg, chilli powder andmilk. The kick you get from the chillipowder and the nutmeg makes this theperfect winter warmer.1. Mix the cocoa powder with ½ ateaspoon of grated nutmeg and½ a teaspoon of chilli powder2. Then just add milk asnormal (don’t skimp onthis part and use waterinstead, it’s just not thesame!)3. If you’re feelingadventurous, addsome whippedcream on top(Starbucks style)and a cinnamonstickgranted your surroundings are perhapsa little dificult to compare to the Italiandream, the bog-standard chain-cafe settingis nice enough. And did I mention theChocolate Milano? It is probably as nearas you are going to come to a real Italianhot chocolate without jumping on a plane.Drink responsibly.Orchard Pig Mulled Cider@ The Fair Trade InnSt Lawrence Road, Upper EastQuayside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne(£2.50)Think cider and most people think ofan ice cool refreshment in the summersunshine, rather than a warming mug ofmulled cider, but this tasty tipple is mostdeinitely worth the effort of going a littleout of your way. Minutes along the Quaysidefrom the Millennium Bridge, The FairTrade Inn is a hidden treasure, seeminglytime-warped from a recent past. Windowseats at this shabby-chic pub give brilliantviews back along the river, whilst oldschooltunes drift from the free jukebox.As for the cider, it’s a warm, applely affair,infused with cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerand cloves topped off with a slice oforange - and at £2.50 a mug it’s quite thebargain.Eggnog Latte @Starbucks137 Northumberland Street, CityCentre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne37-39 St George’s Terrace, West Jesmond,Newcastle-upon-Tyne (£2.95 – £3.55)The iconic American coffeehouse hascome up with a festive “red cup exclusives”range this winter, which includesthe Eggnog Latte - advertised as unique toStarbucks and back by popular demand.The drink consists of rich, creamy eggnogspiked with an espresso and dusted withground nutmeg. Also available are theToffee Nut Latte, the Gingerbread Latteand the Praline Mocha.Hot Pear @ Stewart & Co36-38 Brentwood Avenue, Newcastle-Upon-TyneIf you’re not much of a tea or coffeedrinker or just fancy something a bitdifferent, this hot and fruity number is agreat alternative at this friendly neighbourhooddeli-come-cafe. And with thecakes and pastries on offer it would be almostcriminal not to indulge in an accompanyingsnack. The freshly baked sconesmay be the best I’ve ever tasted whilstthe rocky road and brownie also receiverave reviews. Go on, treat yourself.Do-it-yourself Christmas cordialsElissa Hudson offers the liquid low-downsof the seasonEggnog CoffeeFor those who need a regular caffeine ix,eggnog is perfect for making your coffeefeel a little bit more seasonal.1. First, just make a cup of your usualcoffee, however you like it2. Then add a goodsplash of eggnog andgive it a stir3. Whipped cream isalways a good addition,but you cangive it a miss ifyou’re countingthe calories4. To inish it off;grate some nutmegon top, asmuch or as little asyou like, there areno rulesIllustration: Emma Rawsthorne


THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011 17Lifestyle Editors: Olivia Mason and Ben ParkinlifestyleOnline Editor: Emma BalterNights out are one of the most quintessentialstudent experiences and if you’rea fresher, or very keen third year, youshould be going out several times a week,This get inexplicably expensive. and noone wants to play the ‘I can’t afford itcard’ while it would be patronising to tryand introduce you to the ancient ritual of“pre drinks”, however beyond this widespreadpractice, there are further ways tocut the costs of a night out.Value ProductsFor the majority of students, the irst andmost essential ingredient of a good nightout is an unhealthy dose of alcohol. On averagethe difference between the cheapestand dearest bottle of gin or vodka on asupermarket shelf is somewhere betweenthirty ive and forty percent. That’s thedifference between paying £8.72 or£14.29 for a 70cl bottle of vodka or gin.This slight change can therefore give youa huge saving over the course of a year.Better Quality MixersReviewTeasy does itCafes in Heaton are like Happy Hourson Osboure Road; alluring, copious, andalways trying to do something that little bitdifferent.Teasy does it is the latest reincarnation ofa former daily diner to spring up on HeatonPark Road. All mismatched chairs, exoticprints and bright furnishings, evoking that‘I’m at one of those quirky hidden gems Ihave to tell my friends about’ feel.Being different, the Teasy way, is all abouttea. Goodbye english breakfast, move overEarl Grey: this is time to sip your way intoa whole new drinking palette of aromafuelled, strangely coloured hot waters.Opting for ‘Christmas in a Cup’, which,once over the prematurity of the festiveaddition to the menu, then the realisationthat it is actually November, I found crisp,fruity and, well, Christmassy. Although perhapsslightly over industrialized, presentedcomplete with mini teapot, drainer, extracups and tray.Gimicky, but loral enough to win me over.Especially after trying the choco mint dajo;hot chocolate, without the sickly bloatingand inevitable regret.Eats wise, Teasy serves a variety of breakfast,brunch and lunch options, includingfry-ups, sandwiches andpaninis all priced inthe reasonable £3-4range. Garlic andherb mushroomsare a must try.Sweets changedaily “depending onwhat they feel like.”Luckily for us, itwas chocolate andhazelnut brownieday. Wouldn’t mindit being that time ofthe week next timeI visit.Kat BannonIanJonesPennyPincherHow to have a cheaper night outBy buying cheaper alcohol, you’re obviouslycompromising the taste a little. Ifyou’re prepared to spend a little bit moreon your mixer then you can easily counteractthe marginal difference in taste betweena brand name or Tescovalue spirit. Spending a littlebit more on a decent mixercan make all the differenceto the lavour lavour of your drink,but still allow you to savouryour drink.In TownSo you’ve got out ofthe taxi and realisedthat you’ve only got atenner in your pocket. Cuewhipping out the plasticand treating halfyour mates. Everyoneknows that it’s impossibleto be responsiblewith a debit card on anight out, so why botherbringing it at all? As long asyou withdraw enoughHow to takeit teasy:Location:150 Heaton ParkRoadHeatonNewcastleNE6 5NREmailtdinewcastle@gmail.comWebsite:www.teasydoesit.comIllustration: Jenny DodsworthMattAspinStudentSupperNaan bread pizzaswith home-madetomato sauceThis pizza is a great way of reinventinga fast-food dish that is usually labelledgreasy and fattening. By using naan breadinstead of a traditional dough base, youcan make an acceptable meal that doesn’tcause its consumer to have to loosen theirtrousers after eating! Naan bread is bothlower in fats and carbohydrates thanusual pizza bases as well as being morelavoursome, thus creating a pizza basethat is healthier and tastier – and not tomention, cheaper!Such a versatile base can be topped witha variety of items, and although cheeseand tomato form the basic pizza ingredients,more toppings should be addedin order to make the most of the bases.Chorizo and chicken work particularlywell, as do ham and mushroom! Thetomato sauce is easy to make, and the piz-zas take around 25 minutes all together.2 naan breads serve 3-4 people. Preheatyour grill, and get ready to enjoy!Ingredients (Serves 3-4)2 Garlic Naan Breads400g chopped tomatoes2 tbsp tomato purée3 cloves garlic½ medium onion, inely inely chopped1 tsp dried oregano2 tbsp olive oil300g cheddar/mozzarella.Toppings of your choiceCooking Instructions1. To make the tomato sauce, heat thecash before hand to last you the night,then by leaving your card safely at homeyou can prevent your drunken alter-egofrom needless spending. If you’re notinishing the night in a large group, thenit’s normally a good idea to try and splita taxi with others back to Ricky Road/Jesmond or wherever you may be going.Unless you’re tough enough to walkhome that is.Be CreativeTried and tested it may be to combineyour spirits with either orangeor cranberry juice, it may not alwaysbe convenient and juice is hardly strongenough to outweigh the notoriouspungency of vodka. Vodka jelly isalso a cheap, if not entirely practical,way to start an evening. If youreally want to experiment, thentry getting a pack of marshmallowsand stufing stufing them into vodkabottle, but you’ll need to freeze themarshmallows irst irst to prevent themsticking to the inside of the bottle neck.olive and onions in a saucepan until theonions have reduced and are softened.2. Add the garlic, tomatoes, tomatopurée and oregano and simmer for 8-10minutes until the sauce is spreadable.Season with salt and pepper.3. Spread the sauce over the naan bread,leaving a ½cm crust around the edge. Atthis point, add your toppings.4. Grate (cheddar) or slice (mozzarella)your cheese and add to the tomato sauceand toppings (It may seem strange to addthe toppings before the cheese but trustme, it stops your pizza becoming greasyas the juices from your toppings soak intothe sauce and naan!)5. Grill for approximately 10-15 minutes,or until the naan is warmed throughand the cheese is melted and becomingcrispy.What’sHotMovemberAlthough that facial fuzz doesnot suit everyone. try andlookbeyond the awful facial debristhis month and give the guyscredit for putting aside all vanityto raise money for a great charity.Skating@LifeMake the most of thefreezing north eastweather and getyourself down tothe Ice Rink at theLife centre. Thisoutdoor ice rinkwill be up untilthe 19th of Februaryso that’splenty of time tobrush up you iceskating skill.Fenwicks windowOK, so it’s not quite Christmasyet but this heart-warming displayfrom Fenwicks cannot fail toimpress and get you excited forthe Festive season.Grainger MarketIf you’ve been a bit indulgentin the irst month and a half ofUni and moneys looking tight,you don’t have to compromise onluxury.Mid Term DeadlinesWe are coming up to the moststressful time the term, mid-termassessment deadlines. Tension isgrowing in the library as it slowlyJesmond ShoppingWith potentially the mostexpensive Tesco’soutside London,and now aWaitrose,students inJesmondare payinga high pricefor ence.conveni-The North EastThe North East is literally nothot and as students, we are allreluctant to turn on the heatinguntil we feel the irst tingle offrostbite. Looks like the only answeris layers, layers and morelayers.What’sNotShanna Lennon


UptowDown18 THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011fashionthecourieronline.co.uk/fashionc2.fashion@ncl.ac.ukThat familiar fear of forgetting our P.E. kitand being forced to wear somebody else’sgym shorts left from yesteryear; that certaincharity-shop smell - not to mention thoseiconic, gigantic shoulder pads. Not so long agothe very thought of wearing old, second-handclothing would have sent shivers down thespines of the fashion-savvy amongst us. However,our perception of second-hand clothingover the past few years has transformed fromthe shamefully shabby to one of “oh darling! -is that vintage!?”. Why is this?Firstly, period dramas such as Downton Abbeywith their decadent costumes call us backto ‘ladylike’ dresses and soft feminine prints- easily found in any good vintage retailer;these have captured our hearts and definitelyour wardrobes! Couple this with contemporaryfashion icons such as Alexa Chung andChloe Sevigny channelling their floral teadresses and vintage denim into our magazinesand minds on a regular basis, it’s no surprisethat vintage clothing has made it out of thecharity shops and into the limelight.Perhaps vintage fashion is escapism for fashionlovers, a way to express ourselves and givea nod to the eras that inspired our favouritenew designers and trends. Whatever the reasonsfor this vintage revolution, I say embraceit! Have fun and connect with ages gone by.Lizzie Hampson


THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011 35Fashion Editor: Victoria MolefashionOnline Fashion Editor: Rosanna Soppn look goestown AbbeyPhotography by: Moises Bedrossian and Lauren CordellModelled by: Nikki Doherty, Adam Ebrahim, LauraNicholson and Holly WaghornHair & Make-up by: Abi HeathDirected by: Victoria Mole and Rosanna SoppLocation: Old Hall, Henderson HallBlack high-waisted skirt by H&MWhite vest tops by Marks & SpencerChampagne jumpsuit/black shrug/white pinstripeblouse/scallop-detail tunic top/black heels by New LookBlack maxi skirt by River IslandBlack open-toe heels by TopshopNude wedge heels by Primark


20 THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011fashionthecourieronline.co.uk/fashionc2.fashion@ncl.ac.ukfashionistaetiquettebeing chic in allsituationscampusfashionUSAOlivia Gillespie-Norris interviews students from the Fashion Institute of TechnologyWhen you want a brand new look but aren’t ableto fund additions to your wardrobe, one thingyou can make a change to that will impact everyensemble you put together is your hairstyle!Keeping up with the effervescent do’s of designerswould be impossible to maintain but it’s easyto opt for a new cut and colour or even add moretechniques to your style repertoire.Red tressesWhether it’s just an auburn tint a la EmmaStone or full on cherry red Rihanna style, thislook is relatively easy to achieve. Fair skins havealways been famed for suiting red hair, howeverit’s not limited to them - there are a variety ofshades to suit everyone, from warm coppertones to the cooler purple-infused red.Dip dyeA major hair craze of the past year that’s idealfor brunettes. The most lattering shades areones that aren’t too much lighter than the restof your hair for a sun-kissed look. However youcan be more daring as dip-dye is purposely tobe noticeable and you don’t have the problem ofworrying about your roots.Don’t fade into the backgroundThis one is only for the adventurous. A ‘fade’ isshaving the small area of hair by your face. Thislooks good with a strong sweeping fringe andcan be used to show ear piercings. From grungyattire to a one-shouldered party dress this hairstyleis exciting and on-trend.Back-combed beautyNot all of us are blessed with Cheryl Cole’shair’s bounce (or her styling team) so toachieve the luscious look, always back-combyour hair in small sections. Use a comb or abrush and plenty of L’Oreal Elnett hairspray ofcourse!French fancyThese are really useful for those in the awkwardinbetween stage of growing out a fringe or ifyou just want a change from your usual style. Itlooks impressive and does take practice- watchhow to tutorials on YouTube.com for help.Bobbing between stylesThe long bob; current style of Olivia Palermoand Fearne Cotton. To achieve this look, makesure that hair is cut to the same length thewhole way around. Perfect for those with longhair wanting a change, but aren’t quite braveenough for a dramatic chop.Part with your current partingThis is an instant change, especially whenmoving from side to middle. This style cannarrow the forehead and soften the jawline tomake your face more ovular. Curl the front twostrands of your face to add some wave to thestyle if you ind a straight middle parting tooharsh!Pixie-crop shockOnly for the adventurous, but guaranteed to getyou noticed! Make like Emma Watson who lefther Hermione Granger days behind her withher shortened tresses.Mermaid locksUsually associated with WAGs, hair extensionscan still look natural with authentic humanclip-in ones that won’t break the bank. Can beworn special occasions or when growing outshort hair.Top-knotPreviously just a way to pull your hair out ofyour face and now a fashion statement. Startby putting a hair tie around a ponytail high onyour head and then on the next tie tuck theponytail in and rufle to complete the look.Olivia Gillespie-NorrisEmilyFashion Communicationand PromotionDress: Free PeopleTop: TopshopJacket: H&MBag: VintageMoschinoSunglasses: H&MBoots: VintageOpinion on Britishfashion: “The Britishare more creativewith their fash-ion compared to themore sophisticatedNew York look- but up and comingdesigners havemore of a chance inNew York as thereis more money inthe fashion industryhere than in Lon-don, and so it makesit the best place tobe fashion wise.”Coat: VintageJeans: BuffaloExchangeBoots: SpringBag: VintageOpinion onBritish ion: “Britishfashfashionis a lotmore edgy thanin New York -people pushthe boundariesmore in whatthey weareveryday whichis great. I alsolove ASOS.com- at least we canhave it shippedover here!”LauraSecond YearEdwardSophomoreScarf: MarketJumper: BuffaloExchangeJeans: LeviBag: NikeShoes: VintageOpinion onBritish fashion: :‘’Anything goesin New Yorkbut I think evenmore so in Britain.Any combinationof outitswill not makeyou stand out ina bad way.”Hoodie: AmericanApparelShirt: WranglerJeans: DieselSunglasses: BuffaloExchangeOpinion on Britishfashion: “Ithink New York inparticular and alsoLondon fashionshave no restrictionson what should beworn and when.London is just amore relaxed versionof New York.To me- its great!”ReedSenior


THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011 21Fashion Editor: Victoria MolestylingfashionOnline Fashion Editor: Rosanna Soppbargainhuntvintage at fairpricesAmy Macauley and Hannah Walsh went to Judy’sVintage Fashion Fair in Northumbria Student’s Unionon 5th November with the challenge of inding thethree best bargain vintage pieces!Find: White patterned bagFrom: Yellow JellyishPrice: £8We found this beautifulwhite patterned bagand fell in love with it, onlyto ind out that itwas a steal at under a tenner.This is perfectfor any occasion.Find: Muted orange maxidressFrom: Talula VintagePrice: £20A vintage gem that can beworn with marl grey knitsfor an effortless laid-backstyle. You wouldn’t be ableto ind this style of chic onthe high-street.Find: Fur stoleFrom: Kerry Clear VintagePrice: £6With these going foraround £20 in Topshop, we were amazedwhen we pickedup this winter warmer foronly £6.Photography by: Yordanka Georgieva


22 THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011thecourieronline.co.uk/artsc2.arts@ncl.ac.ukartsThebookthat...I couldn’t putdown.Catherine Langley lets usknow why picking up IanMcEwan’ s Atonement willbe one of the best thingswe could ever do.As an English Literature student,my passion for books and readingis not unexpected. Therefore, itis dificult to nominate a singlebook that I enjoyed so much I could notput it down. However, if I had to pick, itwould be Ian McEwan’s Atonement. I readit after inishing my exams in year 12; myparents and my sister had already readMcEwan’s masterpiece and so passed it inmy direction.As soon as I opened its pages I becametrapped in the world of the Tallis family,their grand, extravagant house and theevents of that hot summer day just beforethe outbreak of the Second World War.McEwan very quickly lulled me into hisnarrative with his perfectly constructedcharacters that are described in theirprivileged inery in the early scenes (creatingan image in your head that is onlydistorted when you watch the ilm). Afterthe events of the opening of the story, youare thrown into the turmoil of the SecondWorld War, fromstrenuousnurse trainingin London tothe trauma andpathos of theDunkirk crossings,constantlyemphasisingand drawingyou into the lossand inhumanityof conlict.McEwan playswith your emotionsas he cutsbetween the viewpoints of the centralprotagonists, creating a tapestry by intertwiningtheir experiences of war. Thereare many revelations, twists and turnsunravelled throughout the novel with thefate of many of the characters left in thebalance, and so my attention was heldthroughout, allowing me to sail throughthis initially daunting volume. Despite thepotentially clichéd trope of love versusthe tyranny of war, McEwan brings somethingdifferent through his masterfulstorytelling and child protagonist, Briony,that I found quite compelling.Taking the dramatic setting of WorldWar Two and combining it with a lovestory of epic proportions, proves to be awinning partnership. Although I enjoyedthe ilm remake, with Keira Knightleynot ruining my image of Cecilia Tallis toomuch, there is something about the bookthat is just more compelling.I would recommend the read to anyonewho loves a book that is enjoyable, easy,and addictive, but most importantly has avery enviable sex scene.Atonement by Ian McEwan combinesthe romantic, historical and the tragicin equal measure. It was a truly mesmerisingpiece of literature that kept meguessing until the inal paragraphs of its370 pages.And if my pitch doesn’t sell it to you, itfeatures on TIME Magazine’s 100 booksto read before you die - what could be abetter reason to pick up a copy?Plain pretty orpretty pretentious?Lauren Stafford explores the key stepstowards reaching your inner cultured self1. Open your mind.Many of us will, at some point, indourselves blankly staring at a piece of artand thinking ‘nice’ but ‘what’s the point?’For this reason, it can be intimidating, butit’s a myth that appreciating art takes aphenomenal amount of cerebral energy.The only thing the Arts, whether visual,literary or performing, require us to do isto think laterally and challenge our ownperspectives. The point is to question,not necessarily to understand. Besides,not everything is inherently pretentiousor complex and it pays to be at least a bitopen-minded.2. Be more attractive.Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip once said‘Thou shalt not use poetry, art or musicto get into girls’ pants...use it to get intotheir heads’. It’s true, irrespective ofgender, that knowledge of the Arts is aninherently attractive quality. Granted,having an informed opinion on theTurner Prize will not make you instantlyirresistible but it might offer some conversationoutside the awkward ‘and whatare you studying again?’ bracket. Cultureopens up a range of extracurricularactivities that once proved unattainable,which means new venues and new peopleto socialise with. As soon as the theatreThis has been a sore point in theart world for years with artistscriticising advertisers fordevaluing the true meaning of artand making it too commercial. However,the link between art and advertising isinescapable. They inevitably feed andinluence one another, so much so that ithas become almost impossible to draw aline between the two.A large percentage of the populationcringe at the idea of going toan art gallery, fearing they won’tbe able to understand the sporadicsplashes of paint on a canvas, butwhat they don’t realise is that theadvertisements they see everyday arean art form in themselves, bringingnew movements in art and design touniversal attention. Take the 1983Silk Cut cigarettes campaign in whichPaul Arden and Charles Saatchistretched a mile of purple silk acrossan American canyon and created apacket of cigarettes out of a loaf ofbread; this didn’t just sell cigarettes,it sold surrealism.Andy Warhol is often seen as the pioneerof this creative fusion betweenart and advertising. He closed thedivide between art and commerce,successfully crossing from advertisingto art galleries. Perhaps the mostobvious example would be his Camp-bell soup cans which, although not initiallyintended for advertising, almostquadrupled the company’s proits.This is where celebrity endorsementcomes in. Artists may not be what you’dbecomes your friend, the trebles barwill no longer be the centre of yoursocial life. Okay, so maybe this isn’tcompletely true, but arguably atrip to the art gallery makes fora more sophisticated Saturdaynight than going anywherethat claims a mechanical bullas its star attraction.3. Culturedoesn’t costmuch.Most galleries andmuseums are freeand, as students,we can take fulladvantage ofconcession prices.Keep an eye out foropening nights andpreviews- not only willyou feel like a V.I.P but italso means the possibilityof free champagne and nibbles(and who are we to turnthose down?). Newcastle is agreat city full of creative typesand it’s well worth investingtime to ind ind those hiddenIllustration: Emma Rawsthornecultural gems.Kids and grown-ups love itso, the happy world of... art?4. It’s not just a humanitiesthing.Just because you’re a medic or mathematiciandoesn’t mean you’re excluded.The Arts should be accessible to every-one. If you’re looking for some solacefrom the day-to-day drudgery oflife, here’s your answer. It’s notnecessarily productive to drownyour sorrows at the pub. As analternative, pop down to theThe Stand Comedy Clubfor some well-deservedgiggles or, if you’re feelingparticularly aggrieved,maybe it’s time tochannel your angerinto some inventiveheckling. If this isn’tenough to convinceyou, it’s been welldocumented thatacademic improvement instudents is often linkedto their extracurricularparticipation in Arts-basedactivities, and employersappreciate candidateswith a diverse range ofinterests. In short, you’reallowed to take off thescrubs and put on yourculture hat once in awhile.5. It’s relevant!No one’s suggest-ing you become anexpert overnight butthe Arts iniltrate iniltrate ourlives whether we realiseit or not. Afterall, creative thoughtis what separates usfrom machines.Commercial or culture, asks Millie Walton of the wide world of advertsdescribe as a ‘standard’ celebrity, butthey can deinitely sell products. Warholand Dali, for example, starred in somevery surreal TV commercials in Japan andthis Friday saw the release of the postersfor the London 2012 Olympics designedby famous artists such as Bridget Rileyand Chris Oili.How do we differentiate art and ad-vertising then? To some extentart and advertising exist forthe same reason: to evokea feeling. Just as good artevokes a responsefromthe viewer,good advertisingmakesyou feelsomethingtowards abrand, butunlike art,advertisingis forcommercialgain. Thereare exceptionsto thisof course- DamienHirst, Britain’srichestliving artist,springsto mind- but it’snormallyunderstoodthat art is about expressing creativity, notabout making money. However, just likeeverybody else in the world, artists needmoney and here enters advertising: away to express your creativity and makemoney. Perfect. Andy Warhol himself saidthat “Business Art is a much better thingto be making than Art Art”.So is advertising always art? If it’s good,yes; if it’s bad, not really, it’s just irritating.But advertising can offer an art formthat’s accessible and universal, a way ofsubtly feeding culture to the population.


THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011 23Arts Editor: Sally PriddleartsOnline Arts Editor: Lisa BernhardtpreviewsreviewsThe NutcrackerNorthern BalletTheatre RoyalNovember 15-19The internationally celebrated NorthernBallet is returning to the North East forthe irst time in over ten years, performingtheir spell-binding production of TheNutcracker. This Christmas spectacularencapsulates the joys of childish imagination,whilst providing the audience witha visual feast including Charles Smith’ssensational set-designs and David Nixon’sexquisite costumes.The Nutcracker follows the enchantedtale of a young girl on Christmas Eve asshe is taken on a fantastical journey byher magically-animated Nutcracker doll.The story captures the imagination of theaudience and dancers alike as togetherthey are thrown into a ictional world ofmagic, winter wonderlands and sugarplum fairies. This timeless classic hasbeen the festive favourite of ballet companiesall over the world and will givethe Northern Ballet a chance to showcasethe best of their extraordinary talent.The critically-acclaimed Northern BalletSinfonia promises to be a sensation initself as it provides the perfect homage toTchaikovsky’s enchanting score.Tickets range from £9.50 - £35 and areavailable from the Theatre Royal Box Of-ice or from their online ticket shop.From the Odd/Balance of ThingsNorthern StageNovember 23-29A night of fantastical, twisted tales iscoming to Newcastle this month; twostorytellers retelling traditional fairytales, myths and folklore in absurd butmesmerising performances that cannothelp but captivate.The dazzling Tim Ralphs and MichaelHarvey will be providing an evening ofquirky, spellbinding, and probably gorystories that you shouldn’t miss!Tim Ralphs, 2007 Storyteller of the Year,performs ‘From the Odd’ a collection ofstories apparently collected from a binin Shefield, which is a medley of mythsand fables, chosen on the night by theaudience. Told, read and sung, Ralphswill transport you to a land of weird andwonderful hilarity with his bewitchingperformance.‘The Balance of Things’ is more than justa retelling of traditional French folklore.Harvey has received rave reviews for hisfairytales with a comedic twist. Frombeauties to beasts, twists and turns, hisgrown-up stories will draw you into aworld where everyday life and the marvelouslyeccentric collide...Tickets start at £7 from Northern StageBox Ofice.Phil Jupitus Live Tour‘Stand Down’The Stand Comedy ClubNovember 6As Phil admitted in the opening of hisshow, you may recognise him from‘every show on Dave’, but with a returnto stand-up after a break of ten years,Phil entertained with a different kind ofcomedy this weekend at new comedyclub The Stand.I don’t know what I was expecting fromthe show as I only really know him fromNever Mind the Buzzcocks, but on thebasis of his sharp wit and cutting remarkson the pop quiz, I was prepared to be offended,shocked, and laughing till I cried.Despite the consistent erection jokesand inappropriate yet hilarious ‘celebrityclimax’ game, I was most shocked byPhil’s new slim-line appearance. Havinglost six stone since January, he was applaudedon his weight loss as he revealedhis secret – less food and more masturbation.He did briely talk Buzzcocks,conirming that Noel Fielding is a lovelyman, Dappy has hats and Lorraine Kelly isindeed the Queen of the MILFs.I wouldn’t recommend his shows forthe faint-hearted, or if you are relatedto him, due to the amount of family sexconfessions, but if you enjoy Phil’s downto-earth,straight-talking humour and youlove a good ilthy joke, Phil’s your man.LorraineKelly isQueenof theMILFsA Night of MonologuesTrent HouseNovember 6On Sunday night, the intimate venue ofTrent House was host to A Night of Monologues,presented by the Remote TheatreCompany. The thought-provoking eveningof performances starred both past andpresent members of the Newcastle UniversityTheatre Society.The performance was simple andinformal; apart from quirky mismatchedlighting, the actors were stripped back tothe bare essentials with no frills or distractions.Those on the front row foundthemselves almost on the stage, with themonologues drawing audience membersin as if they were the individual recipientsof the story being unravelled.Each one of the ten held their own aseveryone brought a different character tothe table and exposed human behaviourthrough various tales ranging from thesecret obsessions of internet relationshipsto drunken evenings spent in clubs;the turmoil of heartbreak and even a BigBrother Diary room-style piece.Overall, it was a great success, and avery worthy way to spend a Sunday evening.The event was free; however therewas a donation pot at the back in case youthought the actors were worthy. Personally,I did.Alexandra WalkerLucy HuttonAimee PhilipsonJemima CarvillCultureShockNewcastle ArtsCentreartintheeverydayLocated in the city centre, Newcastle ArtsCentre, founded in 1981, is one of themost active independent art centres inEngland. Boasting over 82,000 visitorsevery year, it has brought back to lifenine abandoned 18th century merchants’houses.Although from the outside the centrelooks nothing more impressive than asmall craft shop, when you enter the venueyou can see why it is one of the bestplaces to exhibit your work in the city.The centre homes numerous studiosand individual craft businesses, such asglass, ceramic crafts and picture framing,as well as a full-time gallery exhibitionwhich aims to promote work of regionalimportance from all eras.The current exhibition is ‘Leonardo theInventor’, which includes small modelsbased on Leonardo Da Vinci’s scientiicworks and reproductions of his drawingsalongside work from a community projectfrom Charles Street Community Associationwhich attempts to bring together artand science. This exhibition allows you toexperience Da Vinci’s genius in a wholeother dimension. These small models arealso available to buy as ‘build your own’sets in the cosy and original centre shop.Outside the gallery space is a beautifullyunique café, selling homemadesoups and sandwiches, a perfect placeto go for lunch with friends or even theparents. As well as the café, nestled inthe characterful courtyard behind thegallery is the underground ‘Black SwanVenue’, a performance venue showcasingmusicians, theatrical events and classicalconcerts. The venue is an unexpectedtreat with a cellar bar, that runs salsa andcabaret evenings.The centre is also home to an extensiveand popular art materials shop ‘Details’,a reliable retailer for art supplies, whichcan also be accessed online. A verypopular culturally rich centre which isdeinitely worth a visit, even if it is justfor a cup of tea. With a chance to explore,learn, dance, sing, drink and eat, there isno reason not to give this venue a visit.Amy Bolton...metal sculptures on the Quayside


24 THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011thecourieronline.co.uk/listingsc2.editor@ncl.ac.uklistings14th-20thNovMonday Tuesday Wednesday ThursdayGlobalEntrepreneurshipWeekAll WeekCareers ServiceGlobal Entrepreneurship Week is a celebratoryworldwide movement of entrepreneurialpeople. Rise Up is bringing the movementto Newcastle University by hosting a weeklong competition with a sustainable twist,sponsored by Tedco, during November 14-18 2011, in King’s Gate.Rise Up is part of the award-winningNewcastle University Careers Service andis leading the way for a student-led entrepreneurialrevolution. Whether you want todevelop enterprising skills, discuss an idea,work for yourself or grow your business,Rise Up offers you expert guidance, training,resources and opportunities to help youexplore and develop your entrepreneurialside.Madventurer InfoEvening7pmThe History Room, Students’ UnionSEE THE WORLD and MAKE A DIFFERENCE!Projects talk on all Summer 2012 Projects thatNewcastle University MADSoc is supporting!Find out more by joining MADSoc on the NUSUwebsite and by visiting MAD HQ in the Union.www.madventurer.comFriendly Fires7.30pmO2 Academy NewcastleDon your Hawaiian shirt, grab your maracasand shimmy on down to see Friendly Firestonight at the O2 Academy. Expect a parade ofhits from the carnivalesque Pala.Celebrating studentresearch: vacationscholarships andexpeditions 20115.30-7.15pmCurtis Auditorium, Herschel BuildingFive presentations from undergraduatestudents will take us inside their diversesummer projects and expeditions, which reflectthe broad range of academic interestsacross the University.Talks will include: ‘The Hellenistic levels atKilise Tepe in their wider context’, ‘Nextgenerationsequencing in families withinherited cardiac arrhythmias’, ‘‘Survival ofthe bitterest’: Taste-rejection behaviour ofpraying mantids and the evolution of distastefultoxins in prey’, ‘TunbergdalsbreenExpedition, Norway’ and ‘Critically examiningthe Zulu ethnic identity in contemporarySouth Africa and the socio-economiceffects of the 2010 South Africa FIFA WorldCup on the Durban beachfront and thetownships of Umlazi and Clemont’.www.ncl.ac.uk/eventsHow to Succeed atInterviews1-2pmBamburgh RoomInterviews can be nerve-racking. Getyourself prepared by understanding whatemployers are really looking for at interviewsand how to answer their questionsconfidently. This workshop gives practicaltips and tackles common questions to helpyou become a success at interviews.www.ncl.ac.uk/careersCeilidh Fundraiser7pmThe Venue, Students’ UnionJoin the Engineers Without Borders Society attheir fantastic Ceilidh fundraiser, raising moneyfor RedR UK who help to provide aid for victimsof natural and man-made disasters.Jerry Sadowitz8pmJournal TyneTheatreCatch this fantasticcomedian- and one of thegreatest cardmagicians in theworld - tonightin the Toon.Tickets areavailable fromthe websitebelow.www.journatynetheatre.co.ukHow to find a job inthe North East1-2pmBamburgh RoomAlmost half of our 2010 graduates foundwork in the North East, so if you would liketo remain in the region, this workshop willhelp you to find out how they did it!www.ncl.ac.uk/careersCombined HonoursWeek 2011All weekCH Week is a week that is designed and run by CHstudents, in order to highlight the benefits of beinga combiner, guide combined students on how to selltheir graduate skills, and also help improve thoseskills! The more events you attend, the better chanceyou’ll have of winning a meal for two at fab newMexican restaurant Las Iguanas or drinks vouchersfor As You Like It!Workshops include: How to stand out from thecrowd, writing a CV, interview skills, skills gainedfrom a Combined Honours degree, how to get goodwork experience, alumni event to find out whatpast combiners have done after graduating (not tobe missed!), postgraduate study and some fantasticsocial events!To sign up, pop down to the Combined HonoursCommon Room and pencil your name onto the workshopsyou want to attend.Newcastle Law Fair1-3.30pmBamburgh Suite, Lev. 4, St James’ ParkCome along and meet over 50 of the UK’sprestigious law firms, course providers andprofessional bodies. The fair is open to bothlaw and non-law students from all universities.If you have any queries about the event,please contact angela.smee@ncl.ac.uk.www.ncl.ac.uk/careersHow to make winningapplications1-2pmBamburgh Room, King’s Road CentreThis workshop is for those who want toknow how to stand out from others whencompleting application forms. You willexamine good practice when applying forjobs in the UK, understanding the 3 keyprinciples behind what makes a successfulapplication.Big Green IdeaCompetition12-2pmThe Elevator, Careers ServiceThe week will begin with the launch of the“Big Green Idea”, a campus wide competitionto find the best green business idea. We wantstudents to use their imagination and thinkof a sustainable idea that in practice couldchange the business world!We want students to submit their ideas inthe Elevator in the Careers Service, on theground floor of King’s Gate and the best ideawill win £50 Eldon square vouchers.www.gew.org.ukGive It A Go: CultureChallenge1-4pmVenue, Students’ UnionCulture Challenge is a series of activities andchallenges for home and international studentsto work together to win prizes and have somefun, including dance and art workshops! Lastyear prizes included iPods, cash and vouchersso it’s worth keeping an eye on the Students’Union website for more information or emailgiag.union@ncl.ac.uk for more info.Get Your Kit Off6pmMens Bar, Students’ UnionThe traditional post-match entertainment isback at the Union and kicks off as soon as thefirst Wednesday fixture ends. Get your kit offafter the match, dump it in the SU cloakroom,then hit the bar with all the other AU team inpreparation for ‘Road’ at Tiger Tiger.Food is also available from the Mens Bar menu,as well as the Subway round the corner, soyou’ve got the best of both worlds!www.nusu.co.uk/eventsEdgelands: Journeysinto England’s LastWilderness7pmPercy Builidng, Room G.05In Edgelands (2010), Paul Farley and MichaelSymmons Roberts write about mobile mastsand gravel pits, business parks and landfill sitesin the same way the Romantic writers forged away of looking at an overlooked – but now familiar– landscape of hills and lakes and rivers.England, the first country to industrialise, nowoffers the world’s most mature post-industrialterrain and is still in a state of flux. Edgelandstakes the reader on a journey through itsforgotten spaces so that we can marvel at thisrichly mysterious, cheek-by-jowl region in ourmidst. Tickets £6www,ncl.ac.uk/nclaNewcastle Christmaslights switch-on5.30pmGrey Street, NewcastleDon’t miss the annual Christmas lights switchonfor 2011, lighting up Newcastle city centreduring the festive period.


THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011 25C2 Editor: Aimee Philipson14th-20thNovlistingsFridayGEW Finale1-4pmKing’s Gate L1.20Professor Paul Younger will be present tojudge the final pitches of the ideas formedin the previous sessions. The winning groupwill win £500 to spend on whatever theylike! We will end with a short keynote speechfrom Professor Younger who has workedalongside visionaries in sustainability suchas Sir Richard Bransonand former US PresidentBill Clinton. If youwant to get involved,head to the CareersWebsite and click on‘Events’.Bitesize Workshop:How to Write aCovering Letter1.15-1.45pmBamburgh Room, King’s Road CentreBitesize Workshops: NEW for 2011!A covering letter pitches your unique sellingpoints in your CV and shows an employerwhy you’re interested in them. This 30-minuteworkshop will show you the format andpoints to include in producing a well-writtencovering letter.www.ncl.ac.uk/careersSomething for the weekendLumiere FestivalThurs - SunDurham, various locationsIt brought in over 70,000 visitors last yearand it’s guaranteed to be just as aweinspiringthis weekend. The four dayswill be packed with dozens of artists, lightdesigners and a beautiful series of installations,artworks and illuminations allover the historic city of Durham. A varietyof talks will also be held throughout theweekend including ‘But is it Art?’, ‘Science,Art and Belief’ and ‘The Science ofLight’. Check out the full programme ofevents and installations at www.lumieredurham.co.uk.Christmas atBeamish19th November - 2nd JanuaryBeamish Museum, DurhamThe ‘Living History of the North’ is alldecked out for Christmas so get ready forsome yuletide fun from time of yore. Notonly will there be plenty of Edwardian giftsto buy for unusual Christmas presents,kids can visit Santa in his grotto and therewill be a range of seasonal snacks on sale towarm you up after you’ve been for a spinon the ice rink.www.beamish.org.ukEast Durham Foodand Craft MarketSaturdayDalton Park, MurtonA fantastic opportunity to buy some delicioushome-produced food, local drinksand arts and crafts from local suppliers.Grab yourself some wintry treats or stockup on some early Christmas presents. Agreat chance to wrap up in your woollies,test out your new winter boots and get achange of scenery.www.thisisdurham.com/eventsIce Rink at the LifeCentre12th Nov 2011 - 13th Feb 2012Life Centre, NewcastleEvery winter, Life hosts the region’sfavourite ice rink on Times Square, rightoutside the Science Centre. You can enjoy askate with family and friends seven days aweek.For admission prices, opening timesand and terms and conditions visit thewebsite.www.life.org.uk/whats-on/skating-at-life


26 THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011musicinterviewthecourieronline.co.uk/musicc2.music@ncl.ac.ukGoing missing: theimminent returnof Maxïmo ParkMusic Editors Ben Travis and Chris Scottcatch up with frontman Paul Smith fromNewcastle indie legends Maxïmo Park to talklocal bands, the difficult second album andNoah’s ark, and find out just what exactly theband have been up to for the past few monthsguitar, or if the vocal is strong enough soyou can play it a cappella. If those foundationalblocks are there, then we’ll moveon, if not then the song isn’t there yet.”Once again, though, partly it’s MaxïmoPark’s independent ethic which hashelped them to survive, free from thepressures of major labels to increasesales from record to record.“I do feel sorry for bands that getdropped after their second album forother reasons; bands that were very goodbut got in with the wrong labels,” Paulsympathises. “It’s all about making moneyto large labels. People shouldn’t kidthemselves that labels nurture the bands- those are few and far between. It comesdown to ‘did it sell as well as the last andif not, let’s move on from them’ and I feelsorry for those bands.”Prior to joining the band, Smith studiedat Newcastle University, undertaking acombined honours course in English linguistics,drawing and art history, beforedoing a masters degree in the Americas,the history of societies and cultures.“That course gave me the opportunityto study 20th century American literatureand poetry and discover the birth oftheNewcastlescene is morediverse than“Overall,it used to be,but the music industry isbased in the South and recordlabels don’t want to signsomething unless it’s a deadcert. For us, we were signedby an independent recordlabel and we remain true toourselves in that respect.And when I see bands doinga similar thing to that anddon’t conform or try to it in,it excites me.”As one of the few surviving bands fromlast decade’s indie explosion, one couldargue that that’s how Maxïmo Park haveretained their popularity; from their wellloved2005 debut A Certain Trigger to2009’s Quicken The Heart, the band haveendured not only due to their top-notchalternative anthems, nor their reputationfor high-energy live shows but theirstreak of independence. Despite theirsuccess, the band haven’t lung themselvesat major money-spinning labels ordecamped to America. In fact, three ifthsof Maxïmo Park still remain in Newcastle,the other two heading elsewherewith signiicant others.One of the three still hangingaround the North East is frontmanPaul Smith; often to beseen down at the Head of Steamclad, of course, in his trademarkbowler hat, Smith grew up nearStockton-on-Tees and graduatedfrom Newcastle University. Asidefrom Paul releasing solo albumMargins last year, Maxïmo Parkhave remained quiet for a little while. Justwhat exactly have they been up to?“We’ve had a little time off and all beenrecharging our batteries. We also kindof reinvigorated our raison d’être in theband, iguring out what we do well, whywe’re here, what we want to do, what thepeople expect us to do and put all thatinto a pot and see what comes out,” Smithrattles off, barely pausing for breath.Having rediscovered the band’s focus,fans can rest assured that new materialis on the way.“We’ve been doing a lot of demosin Newcastle - we have a little studio,although I think studio is a little bitposh for what it is!” the frontmanreveals. “We recorded demos andsome of our B-sides there on the lastalbum. We had a bit of money left fromtouring, so we recorded a few tracks -the next record is well on its way, andif we can ind ind some more money fromsomewhere, we’ll record some more inDecember and January and then thatwill be that. It’ll be nice to start onthe artwork and get on with the otherjobs, and hopefully put out a recordnext year.”Returning from their hiatus to play atthe BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festivallast week, Maxïmo Park found themselveson a bill alongside renowned poet SeanO’Brien and Skellig author David Almond,though Paul is unpretentious about theband’s inclusion on the bill.“I’m well aware that our music has itslimitations - it’s pop music, and the lyricsare lyrics, not poetry, but there are poeticelements to the lyrics, which is somethingI’d like people to be aware of whenthey’re listening to the music,”he admits. “It’s in there; thatmore romantic world viewthat we share with othermore romantic bands. We’reessentially a pop band thatplay quite aggressively onstage, but there is a morethoughtful aspect to itwhich will hopefully comeout.”With a reputation forexplosive live performances, MaxïmoPark remain a irm irm favourite on festivalbillings. Not only do they have a wholeroster of crowd-pleasing tunes suchas ‘Grafiti’, ‘Grafiti’, ‘Apply Some Pressure’ and‘Books From Boxes’ under their belts,but Paul Smith’s erratic stage presencealways makes for a captivating show.“There’s quite a random factor goingon when we’re on stage,” Smith states.“Whether it’s the rubbish I talk betweensongs, it’s kind of based on spontaneitybut the more you play the songs, themore you get into the rhythm of them…I guess it looks like a mixture of professionalismand amateurism, which is probablyvery accurate!”It was partly this live show whichgarnered attention from further aield aieldthan the local scene and made the bandstand out from the rest of the indielandill. landill.“I look back and I didn’t wantto be one of those guys with theLiam Gallagher haircuts, and that’sstill the case in many local bandsthese days,” Paul remembers. “I’drather not be so supericial supericial as tojudge people on the way they look,but you can tell a lot about a bandfrom their press photos and stuff.We always tried to do something alittle different within our means - weweren’t dressing up like Kate Bush orBjörk though! I think these days themusic scene is more diverse, due to thesuccess of bands like ourselves and TheFutureheads from the region. It’s shownpeople they can do it their own way.”Unlike so many indie bands whoachieved similar commercial successaround the same time as Maxïmo Park,Smith and co. managed to avoid thedreaded dificult dificult second album syndromewith their 2007 sophomore effortOurEarthly Pleasures. Paul speaks prettyfrankly when talking about why so manybands trip up at such a signiicant signiicant juncture.“I think being good helps - I know thatsounds terrible on irst irst listen, but manybands don’t take care about being goodirst. irst. Those bands that disappeared afterthe second album, if you hear their irst irstalbum again after the hype dies down,you realise that it didn’t display goodsong writing, and we’ve always beenbased on the songs being good irst irst andforemost,” he openly admits. “I don’twant to sound like the campaign forreal rock and authenticity, but our ethoshas always been about whether you canplay a song on the piano or the acoustic


THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011 27Music Editors: Ben Travis and Chris ScottOnline Music Editor: Graham Matthewsinterviewmusicmodern pop music,” Paul says.Speaking of his time spent at University,he adds: “I really enjoyed myself! I feel Ididn’t really get into the swing of thingsuntil third year; until then I wasquite tentative, as I’d come froma small town and was quiteconservative in my views.For me, it was always agood place to be becauseit was more traditional anda place of higher learning thana place to mess around. Butat the same time, it’s a placewhere you can mess aroundand get to meetpeople who youwould neverhave normallymet, whilstdeveloping yourknowledge ofsomething, Imean that’samazing! I reallyenjoyed my timethere.”With his headstill stuck irmly in the North East, Smithsays that he still keeps an eye on the localmusic scene, and takes the chance to seelocal bands when he can.“A few of my friends are in aband called Silver Fox. Whenyour friends are in a bandyou go along to see themand it’s a good fun night,but honestly, the irst irsttime I saw them Iwas blown away,” heenthuses. “They remindme of The Raincoats, kindof female post-punk stufflike The Slits but with amore poppyedge. Youdon’t oftensee manyall-femalebands insuch amale dominatedindustry which is good tosee”Particularly on irst irst listen,one of the most distinctive aspectsof Maxïmo Park’s sound isPaul Smith’s North East accent, acomforting reminder that the band werenever going to be one to forget their rootsas soon as they hit the big time.“I sing as I speak and what I wantedfrom the band was for it to be honestand emotionally based,” says Smith of hisvocal delivery. “Whether the emotion isfunny or sad, to take it down to its mostbasic level it still needs to come froman authentic place, and the best way todo that is to sing how you speak, andfor there not to be too much of a barrierbetween you and words. I didn’t realise Iwas doing that until our irst concert andpeople said ‘that was a bit weird actually,you sing how you talk’. The longerit went on, every time I met people theymentioned it, so in the end I thought it’sa good thing - its distinctive and works,and not many bands in the North East dothat.”Not only are Maxïmo Park a band hereto stay, they’re not leaving their Newcastleroots behind either. With new materialwell underway and promises that they’llbe “touring on a big level next year”, getready: Maxïmo Park are about to explodeback onto your radar.If you were on Noah’s ark and you could kick offany animal, what would it be?Lets’ see... dogs are quite noisy, but it depends onthe type of dog, if there are any aggressive dogs, I’dprobably kick them off the ark, they might keep youawake at night. I would deinitely keep the giraffesthough, they’re cool.If you could change one fact on your Wikipediapage, what would it be?It’s usually completely wrong; I check it from timeto time, especially when people in an interview askthings that are wrong. So I’d probably just deletethe whole page. People don’t need to know anythingmore about me other than the music we play.You’re informed that the Queen is coming toyour house and you must provide refreshments– what nibbles do you leave on the table?Well, if it was up to me, I’d probably leave somehoumous and rye bread, keep it quite upmarket,but I’m not sure she likes houmous. I think she’dlike some Ritz crackers and a probably a bit of RedLeicester.I didn’t want tobe one of thoseguys with theLiam Gallagherhaircuts


28 THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011musicreviewsSoundof theOvergroundSam Summers takes you on amagical journey through thisweek’s pop chart, finding theodd diamond in the rough, butmainly just finding the roughon his way.‘With Ur Love’ falls somewhere betweenRobert Mugabe and the Bubonic Plagueon the long list of things that are betterthan ‘Swagger Jagger’. Cher Lloyd’ssophomore effort is a frustrating listenbecause, at its heart, it is not horrible. Underneathall the ridiculous posturing andguest verses and dadadadadumdums isburied a Proper Pop Tune. ‘With Ur Love’is a beautiful creature hiding behind a veilof bad decisions, like a stripper wearinga dress made out of smaller, uglierstrippers. In the pre-chorus, for instance,Cher inally proves that she can sing, andinvests her words with heart and soul.Unfortunately, one of those words is‘swag’. Later on, just as the chorus beginsto convince you that it’s not nearly as irritatingas you irst thought, Mike ‘Who?’Posner stumbles in through the backdoor, bringing with him one of the mostill-conceived, phoned-in guest spots inrecent memory. So yes, to the surprise ofnobody, the new Cher Lloyd song is completelyunlistenable. But only just.Adequately talented schoolgirl ‘songstress’Birdy gained recognition for herunbearably saccharine cover of BonIver’s ‘Skinny Love’. Her latest track is anunbearably saccharine cover of CherryGhost’s ‘People Help The People’. Needlessto say, it’s one of the most boringthings I’ve ever heard. Here instead is amuch more exciting birdy:Is it too bold to say Ceremonials is oneof the most anticipated albums of theyear? Probably not; after all, Florence +the Machine are one of the most hypedBritish acts of recent years, masteringthe art of remaining somewhat ‘nonmainstream‘and distinctive in theirstyle (you just KNOW it‘s Flo and herMachine when you hear their songs).So due to all the pressure from the press,fans and snotty self-proclaimed musicexperts, the successor of their widely acclaimeddebut Lungs from 2009 must be afailure to be mercilessly slated by everyonewho might think themselves knowledgeableabout music. Well, we‘re all entitled toour own opinions after all, but Ceremonialscertainly doesn‘t need to fear any scorchers- it’s a compilation of very good tracks.It is different from Lungs, less rock orientated,but still full of rhythm with a strongbaroque-pop inluence heavily featuringbells, harps, organs and tambourines; suitably,considering the title of the album,almost all songs can be imagined beingplayed in a church or any other somewhatIt is differentfrom Lungs,less rockorientated,but still fullof rhythmwith a strongbaroque popinluence.sublime interior, reverberating within thewalls and creating an overwhelming wallof sound. The buzz single ‘What the WaterGave Me’, ironically reminiscent of LykkeLi‘s ‘I Follow Rivers’, gives you a good ideaof the overall album, although this conclusionhints at its slightly repetitive nature.‘Spectrum’ and ‘Heartlines’ stand out fromthe rest with their stronger bass lines andfaster paces which doesn‘t mean they‘reunpleasant to listen to. In fact, all songson Ceremonials are well made, enjoyableand won’t disappoint anyone who lovesthe dramatic, mysterious, anthemic soundof the band. Florence Welch once againproves her powerful vocal ability, singingher heart out throughout the album.Long story short: Ceremonials is a fabulousrecord and a praise-worthy follow-upto Lungs. It should satisfy critics, longtermfans and Machine-newbies alike,with an intriguing sound and great lyricalcontent which stays true to the band’sroots; if the Machine keeps on workinglike this, the future looks promising forFlorence and co.thecourieronline.co.uk/musicc2.music@ncl.ac.ukCeremonialsFlorence + the MachineRecommended download:‘Shake It Out’Lisa BernhardtAlso knocking about in the charts isenigmatic ‘banger’ ‘Danza Kuduro’. Ican’t tell you much about this song. I can’ttell you who performs it. It has variouslybeen credited to someone called Lucenzo,someone called Qwote, and someonecalled Don Omar. Pitbull may or may nothave been involved. I can’t tell you whatit sounds like, because I turned it off afterthe irst few seconds. Sufice to say it was‘clubby’. Apparently it belongs to the genresof ‘Danza’ and ‘Kuduro’. Huh. ‘Danza’ isa dance that originated in a Puerto Ricancity called Ponce. That made me laugh.Anyway, yeah, don’t listen to it.‘Try With Me’ is the single from theupcoming re-release of Nicole Scherzinger’sKiller Love album. I was optimisticgoing into this; ‘Don’t Hold YourBreath’ is the Greatest Number One of2011 by a long way, packing more emotioninto a dance song than anyone’s managedsince Robyn perfected the art lastyear. Scherzinger’s album failed to deliveron the promise of the single, but when Iheard there was a two-disc edition on theway I decided to give her another chance.Annoyingly, ‘Try With Me’ starts off as aregular ballad, then segues into a regulardance song, totally bypassing the magicaldanceballad soft spot. There are worsesongs out there, but if you’re waiting forNicole to deliver the next crying-on-thedanceloormega-anthem... Don’t holdyour breath. BAM!HollandazeOdonis OdonisOdonis Odonis, despite being a fairly freshband, appear to have already discoveredand created a distinct style for themselvesin their debut Hollandaze. And it’s brilliant.Tzenos’ haunting, reverbed-to-thepoint-of-illegibility,powerhouse of a voicecarries the record through a whirl of discordant,eerie guitars, battered drums andKim Deal-esque bass riffs. Bloody lovely.The band’s comparisons to artists likePixies are most evident in tracks like ‘BasicTraining’; the simplistic but effectiveopening bass hook could easily have beenwritten by Deal. The lyrics too could easilyhave been written by Frank Black - adesperate stream-of-consciousness styleof writing that is so rich, so honest, thatit grabs the listener’s attention before thesong ends abruptly, leaving them dazedand a little bit weary.But Odonis Odonis are not merely an imitationband. They are seemingly focusedon the experimentation and explorationof sounds, occasionally shifting their stylefrom short, snappy, powerful songs tomore ‘melodic’, slower paced tracks suchas ‘Seedgazer’: a song that stands out withits long intro and rising vocal patterns.The album is grimy and often messy –exactly what makes it great. Not an albumfor easy listening, but deinitely worthyour attention if you like an unhealthyamount of discord.Johnny Foreigner vs.EverythingJohnny ForeignerWhile Waited Up ‘Til It Was Light was anincredibly fun, energetic label debut, aftertheir self-released proper debut, fromthe Birmingham trio, Johnny Foreignerseemed to fall to the dreaded ‘dificultsecond album’ curse with the relativelyunexciting Grace and The Bigger Picture.Luckily, Johnny Foreigner vs Everythinghas managed to capture the punky magicof Waited Up.It does fall foul of being a bit too long, asdid Grace, with Waited Up being the perfectlength. There are quite a few illertracks in here and you can get a bit wornout with energetic track after energetictrack - and the less said about the mentaltrack titles the better.But everything seems much more focusedand tighter. The back and forthshouty vocals between Alexei and bassistKelly are much more exciting and theslower tracks, such as the magniicent‘200X’, make a return, offering a nice sip ofwater among a train of whiskey shots.It does seem a bit weird to have a pianoballad in the form of ‘Johnny Foreigner vsYou’ from the band, but it deinitely showsthey’re capable of more than just rippingyour face off with mental guitar riffs. Justenough change to make something differentthat still sounds familiar.Everythingseems muchmore focusedand tighter,and the backand-forthshoutyvocalsbetweenAlexei andbassist Kellyare muchmore exciting.Stereo TypicalRizzle KicksContrary to popular belief, these boysclaim to have been going since most ofus were rolling around in mud and stillenjoying Teletubbies. Rizzle Kicks met inaround 1996 and reunited again in 1998over Sunday league football. As they say,the rest is history and the fruitful productof their relationship can be seen today inthe form of their debut album, Stereo Typical.With Fearne Cotton singing their praisesat every available opportunity, it’s hardnot to have heard at least one of theirtunes. An impressive array of instrumentshave been used, including an accordion,jazz piano, and of course, as the smashhit suggests, numerous trumpets. All collaborateto produce a fresh, jazz-infusedsound, with its roots irmly embedded inthe late 80’s hip-hop camp.Songs vary from the upbeat ‘When I WasA Youngster’, to the slower ‘Traveller’sChant’, revealing the multi-faceted talentof the twosome. ‘Mama Do The Hump’,produced by Fatboy Slim is typical of hiscrazy-carnival style while remaining lyricallyseductive. ‘Trouble’, with its relaxed,lazy bassline and lirty piano gives credibilityto their harmonious vocals. StereoTypical is well worth a listen, and will undoubtedlybrighten up the long, dark winterdays with a mixture of funky chunkybeats and lemonade-cool lyrics.Recommended download:Nicole Scherzinger- ‘Try With Me’Recommended download:‘Basic Training’Recommended download:‘200X’Recommended download:‘When I Was A Youngster’Sam SummersRachel EvansChris TaylorRory Smith and Matt Valenzia


THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011 29Music Editors: Ben Travis and Chris ScottOnline Music Editor: Graham MatthewsLive: Boss Sounds Festival.Northumbria University Students’ Union, October 29The crowd gathered outside the NorthumbriaUniversity Students’ Uniontruly represented the motley natureof the music on offer at Boss Sounds,from the denim-clad, balding Madnessfans there to see Lee ‘Kix’ Thompson’sSka Orchestra, to the vibrant throng ofRastafarians enjoying Dawn Penn andthe 73-year-old Prince Buster. A strongturnout from the students of both Newcastleand Northumbria made a tellingstatement that there is still a place for2Tone, Ska and Jazz in today’s musicalclimate.This crowd made a small but energetictribute to the acts before them, pressedinside a room that has seen the likes ofMark Ronson and Zane Lowe performPreview:BattlesGateshead Old Town Hall,November 17, £15In 2007, New York quartet Battles releasedtheir debut album Mirrored. Thosewho’ve heard it will know that, simply put,it sounded like the future. As Brian Enostated after seeing the band live: “Damn!Why didn’t I think of that?”Though lead singer Tyondai Braxtonmight have left during the writing of secondalbum Gloss Drop, released earlierthis year, the record saw a whittled-downBattles striding forward blinking into thesunlight. Drenched in vibrant hues, funkygrooves and infectious rhythms, it willdoubtless be appearing on many critics’Best of 2011 lists come December.Pigeon-holing the band into a single genrefeels wrong – Battles occupy a space inthe middle ground of rock, electronicsand sheer experimentalism. Hypnoticallyrhythmic and thrillingly pioneering,for a band with their heads so locked intoprecise beats and time-signatures, they’reequally adept to cutting loose – see recentsingle ‘Ice Cream’ with its fantasticallybouncy organ riff, or the stunningly frenetic‘Wall Street’.Frankly, it’s incredible that this band iscoming to Gateshead. Renowned for beingunbelievable live, the opportunity tosee Battles on your doorstep isn’t one topass up lightly. Have I mentioned that theysound like THE FUTURE?Ben TravisSceNE:Hyde andBeastDelving into theexplosive North Eastmusic scene every weekto bring you your newfavourite local band.Who are Hyde and Beast?Dave: I’m Hyde and Neil (drummer ofGolden Virgins) is Beast. I went into Neil’srecording studio with some songs I’d beenfannying around with whilst recording withFutureheads (Dave being the band’s drummer).Neil: And then I started to nip him and takeIt was thewarmth ofDawn Pennthat wasmost impressiveamongstthe steadybasslinesof her malecounterparts.over the past year. If openers Dub Catsand Winston Francis felt any pressure,there was no sign of it affecting their performance.However, it was the warmthof Dawn Penn that was most impressiveamongst the steady basslines of her malecounterparts. Her slow, seductive performancewas punctuated with anecdotesand pearls of wisdom from her timelesscareer. City Life, her most recent EP, reallyencapsulates what Dawn Penn is about.The backing track cut from DRT’s ‘RisingSun’ blends perfectly with Dawn’s hauntinglament, a itting moment of relectionamidst an evening of bass-line celebration.Normal service was resumed with OwenGray and the boisterous Ska Orchestra,Live: The Arctic MonkeysNewcastle Metro Radio Arena, November 5Widely acclaimed as one ofthe bands of our generation,the Arctic Monkeys certainlylit up the Metro Radio Arenaon Bonire night.Following an impressive set from thisyear’s indie darlings The Vaccines, AlexTurner and co. took to the stage and treatedthe capacity crowd to a set boasting hitafter hit. With an extensive back catalogueto choose from, the Arctics could not fail toplease their adoring fans and the openingtrio of ‘Don’t Look Down ‘Cause I’ve MovedYour Chair’, ‘Teddy Picker’ and ‘CryingLightning’ showed they meant business.As performers, it is fair to say that theband have changed signiicantly sincebursting onto the scene back in 2005 withtheir seminal debut album Whatever PeopleSay I Am, That’s What I’m Not. Turnerundoubtedly seems more at ease on stagealthough crowd interaction is still kept toa minimum. You can sense that they prefercontrol.How do you both know each other?Dave: We just used to go to the same gigsages ago in Sunderland; I was underage atthe time.Neil: He’d come round trying to ask formoney for drink and cigarettes.What have you done with the band sofar?Neil: We’ve released an album eventhough we never intended on giving it toanyone else; at irst we thought it was reallyweird sounding. This is our irst propertour though.Summarise the band in ive words.Neil: Wonky, lazy rainbows stealing hearts.Who are your musical heroes?Neil: One song was actually inluencedheavily by listening to Ethiopian funk. Butgenerally, we both tend to listen to stufffrom about 1974 back; we set out to makesomething that had the same warmth andhonesty as that music.What was the irst album you everbought?Turnerundoubtedlyseemsmore at easeon stagealthoughcrowdinteraction isstill kept toa minimum.You can sensethat they preferto let theirmusic do thetalking.Dave: Velvet Underground’s White Light/White Heat. At the time, I didn’t really likeit; I was 13 so it was just noise to me. I likeit now though.What’s your favourite venue in Newcastle?Dave: Cluny2 probably. Or the Academy;I’ve played that a lot with Futureheads butwe’ll be playing there soon with Hyde &Beast.Who’s your favourite band on the Newcastlescene?Neil: I really like Let’s Buy Happiness;that’s why we’ve asked them to support ustonight.What’s next for the band?Dave: The rest of the tour and then hopefullySXSW; that’s a dream we have. Andthen maybe Europe next year.Where and when can we see you next?Neil: Stockton is the last date of this tourDave: Then December 10, we’re playingSplit Festival at Sunderland University.featuresmusicwho performed with great enthusiasmand spunk, if a little inaccuracy. The showinished rather abruptly and with greatconfusion - an encore did not follow, andwalking out into the cold air brought thecrowd back to Newcastle, and back intothe 21st century.to let their music do the talking and whocan blame them?Classic indie-rock staples ‘When The SunGoes Down’ and ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’are interspersed with more recent hitsincluding ‘She’s Thunderstorms’ and ‘TheHellcat Spangled Shalalala’ to please fansnew and old.Following an encore featuring a well-receivedacoustic rendition of ‘Mardy Bum’and usual set closer ‘505’, the Arctics exitedthe stage to a rousing reception fromthe Geordie public who were left wantingmore.Having last been in the city back in 2009,there is no doubt that the Arctic Monkeyshave improved signiicantly as a live band.Whilst not quite managing to blow meaway with their performance, they arguablygave their fans everything they wanted,plus a little bit more.Chris HaywoodRory Smith and Matt ValenziaMatty AstonCheck out TheCourier Musicsection onlinefor a wholehost of webexclusivelivereviews, ChrisTaylor’s OceanOf NoiseOn therecordClassic albumsFresh perspectiveUntil last week, I hadnever listened toPixies’ Doolittle.To me, the Pixies have been one of thosebands I’ve just never got round to listeningto, despite the fact that they went onto inluence a whole host of my favouritebands (look at most bands’ MySpacepages and they will probably have put thePixies as an inluence). In every directionyou seem to look in the music industry,the Pixies have left their subtle mark. Butthey somehow managed this with seeminglyvery little mainstream publicity and,more importantly, without selling out.The irst listen through this album resultedin me pulling a bit of a confusedface - I wasn’t too sure what to make of it.The vocals are very marmite and, normallypreferring more melodic tones, it took awhile for me to warm to that layer of thetrack. But I instantly fell in love with thescratchy, almost dirty, guitar riffs and ,beinga stickler for bass, I was glad to hearthat the whole album was laced togetherwith incredible bass lines. The more I listened,the more I began to appreciate thesmaller, less apparent, ine-tuned aspectsof the album.I instantly fell in love with the openingtrack ‘Debaser’ and ‘Hey’ and, as you playDoolittle, it seems to plunge you into awhole range of songwriting styles, experimentingwith different genres throughoutits duration; with ‘Here Comes YourMan’ sounding very inluenced by ‘70smod-rock in places, to the more prog-rock‘Monkey Gone to Heaven’ with all its biblicalimagery and ‘La La Love You’ soundingas though Morrissey had been asked to dothe vocals.Doolittle deinitely deserves all the acclaimit’s been given and I can now seewhy people just adore the Pixies; it reallyis an infectious album that just continuallygrows on you and leaves you just wantingto play it on repeat, as you continually discovernew aspects of the songs. Also, withall the tracks being quite short and sweet,it’s an easy album to digest.It’s hard to put down in words just howgood Doolittle really is, but the best wayto describe this album is simply ‘cool’; it’sjust oozing with style, from the irst trackto the last. This album makes me want togo out and buy the complete back catalogue.It’s won me over so much that myonly regret about this album is not givingin to temptation and listening to itsooner! After hearing the album so manytimes now, I’ve come to the decision that ifthere’s ever a ilm made about me, I wantthis album to be the soundtrack.Chris Scott


30 THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011fi lthecourieronline.co.uk/fi l mc2.film@ncl.ac.ukmfeaturesTop 5Studio productiondisasters5) Terminator: SalvationIf you haven’t listened to Christian Bale’sswear-illed rant, as he ires excessiveabuse at a helpless crew member, You-Tube it now. It’s really quite unbelievable.Tarnishing the ilm as well as Bale’s reputation,this embarrassing and disgracefulmoment is one that he’ll want to forget.4) Passion of the ChristControversy is never far away from MelGibson, with the man being accusedof racism, sexism and homophobia inrecent years. There was no exceptionduring the production of The Passionof the Christ, perceived as having anti-Semitic overtones, which damaged itscredibility, although not its box-oficesuccess.3) The CrowOnly eight days before the scheduledcompletion of the ilm, Brandon Lee wasshot and killed on set, due to a series ofshort-cuts taken by inexperienced crewregarding the preparation of a prop gun.Despite Lee’s untimely death, the moviewas completed and has since become acult classic.2) Twilight Zone: MovieVic Morrow and two child actors, aged6 and 7, died in a horriic helicopter accidentas the pilot struggled to navigatethrough pyrotechnics, causing the low-lying helicopter to spin out of controland crash, instantly killing the threeactors. This tragedy caused regulationsto be tightened concerning children andspecial effects.1) The ConquerorAlthough not conclusive, it is widelybelieved that thanks to the exterior locationsbeing shot near the US Government’satomic bomb testing facilitiesin nearby Nevada, radioactivity caused91 of the 220 cast members to contractcancer. This eventually claimed 46 lives,including director Dick Powell and thelegendary John Wayne.Zak BranchetteBlacklisted?Rod Lundgrendiscusses the mythsand realities ofstudio internshipsPress –Play has long been an importantcomponent of the North East, organisinga variety of special events in and aroundNewcastle. From November 17-20, theirlatest effort has produced a programmeof eclectic ilms ilms at the Tyneside Cinemaexploring interesting individualsand sub-cultures.The rich programme starts with twoilms ilms on the 17th: Crowdsuring, a practi-cal discussion advising young ilmmakersilmmakerson funding and distribution , with a varietyof industry talking heads in attendance,while Just Do It documents a groupof activists over a year as they tackle“Unpaid interns are usually too scaredto speak out [because] it will hurt theirchances of inding inding future jobs,” said attorneyAdam Klein. His clients Eric Glatt andAlex Footman are suing Fox Searchlightover their work as unpaid interns onthe international blockbuster ilm BlackSwan.The lawsuit claims they performedsecretarial and janitorial work. Furtherto taking out the trash and preparing coffee,only Mr. Glatt provides further detailsaying he prepared purchase orders andcash forms.The lawsuit claims that the beneits beneits tothe employer far outweigh the beneits beneitsto the intern. Mr. Footman, a productionintern, will graduate and becomea production assistant, the irst irst step tobecoming a producer. Likewise, Mr. Glatt,an accounting intern, will become anaccounting assistant before becomingan accountant. The tasks asked of themwere normal for their respective departments.If they’re entrusted with tasks apaid employee performs, it provides thema great resume point and a leg up overother candidates in the job market.Labor laws require internships to belearning experiences. Having interned atUniversal Pictures, I had many responsibilitiesincluding, but not limited to,copying scripts and updating productionsbinders. While these seem menial, photocopyingscripts allowed me the chance toread them and develop my own writing,likewise updating production bindersgave insight into changing budgets,updated ilming schedules, and locationchanges. This knowledge could be usedin my own ilm productions.Local film creates waves at TynesideEvery now and then a ilm comes out thatis quintessentially North Eastern, immortalisingthe region’s iconography andsettings, with Get Carter coming to mind.Rising Tide, not to be mistaken for anothermundane eco –documentary, is thelatest addition to this category followinga group of college students trappedon Lindisfarne ‘Holy Island’ plagued bya ghostly apparition. Described as a‘coming of age story of friendship, lossand revenge’ and shot around Northumberlandwith a cast of local young actors,the ilm’s beautiful aesthetics and freshconcept render it one of the more accomplishedrecent products of North-Eastilmmaking.Finishing college, a tight-knit groupof friends decide to go on ‘one last trip’together to a festival, with new memberof the gang Izzy tagging along. Beingkicked off the bus, they ind themselvesstranded on an island at high tide - andwhen tensions lare and people start todisappear, things become horrifyinglysurreal. Beautiful direction, a hauntingsound track from renowned Northumbrianmusician Kathryn Tickell, andstriking performances are amongstmany of Rising Tide’s assets, with severalcomedic moments complimenting theA coming ofage story offriendship,loss andrevengePress. Play. Enjoyhorror. However, it isn’t perfect, withthe fragmented plot and confoundingmystery, which director Philip Shottonconirmed ‘may have been a dream’,dropping this sigh-provoking revelationat the Tyneside Q&A.Nevertheless, for a ilm made on a shoestringbudget of £23,000 it is an impressiveeffort, and with a sequel continuingthe elliptical plot already shot (withthe same cast) and plans to release thetwo ilms as a double-bill, let’s hope theilm’s potential will be realised within afranchise.Chris Bindingclimate change. On the 19th, Australiandoc Shut Up Little Man explores the storyof a viral internet sensation producedfrom the secret recordings of two punks’lamboyant neighbours, while WinnebagoMan chronicles the impact of Jack Rebney,‘the angriest man in the world’, as ahistorical phenomenon in viral internetculture. Canadian ilm Beauty Day (Nov20) looks over the life of Ralph Zavadil,whose televised shenanigans inluencedMTV’s Jackass and the festivals closing filmVigilante takes an ironic look at a new breedof superhero, ‘the anti-graffiti vigilante’.With a playful mix of entertaining, bizarreand personal themes at the heart of theweekend programme, Press- Play have evidentlyworked their magic yet again.Chris BindingIllustration: Emma RawsthorneLawsuits by people other than overworkedchild actors or writerswith allegedly stolen ideas arerelatively new to Hollywood.In recent years, child starsfrom The Kite Runnerand Slumdog Million-aire have sued studiosfor being overworked andunderpaid. Likewise, writershave sued over similarities intheir works to such ilms ilms as TheHurt Locker,The Hangover Part IIand many more. Klein claims there willbe more lawsuits iled iled in the near futureover Hollywood’s internship practices.An internship is what you make of it.With a positive attitude and eficient eficientworking method, an intern becomesmemorable in the minds of busy executives.In my experience, executivesoffered guidance and introduced me toexecutives outside Universal. And, whilethese internships are very competitive,you can wow by polishing your resume toperfection, networking ‘til you’re numb,and being the anti-Debbie Downer.The plaintiffs worked on this AcademyAward winning ilm ilm with DarrenAronofsky and Natalie Portman. If theyclaim to have not had a ‘learning’ experiencethen it seems right to claim theydidn’t make the most of their internshipand that their lawsuit stems from theirdesire to cash in on this indie ilm’s $329million gross. In fact, Footman said the$13 million dollar budgeted ilm has nowearned more than enough money to paythe interns. It seems these audacious,opportunistic Hollywood hopefuls willbe walking away with no money andno hope of working in Hollywood againafter admitting the true motives of theirlawsuit.Not just since director Park Chan-Wook‘sthriller Oldboy won the Grand Prix at theCannes Film Festival in 2004, Koreancinema has grown in popularity andestablished itself amongst internationalaudiences; the fantasy drama Il Marewas remade with Sandra Bullock andKeanu Reeves in 2006, and the rom-comMy Sassy Girl from 2001 was the highestgrossing Korean comedy ilm ever made,outselling several Hollywood blockbustersand triggering a number of remakes.Despite the tremendous national andincreasing global success of its ilms,Korea is not yet regarded as one of theleading ‘movie meccas‘. The London KoreanFilm Festival, set up by the KoreanFilm Council, is thus aiming at introducinga broader audience to the country‘scinema, and in its sixth year of running,the festival will screen a variety of genresfrom animation to contemporary workin numerous venues in and outside ofLondon.The Tyneside Cinema in Newcastlewill host three ilms at the end of thismonth, the irst being Detective K: Secretof the Virtuous Woman on November 20,an Inspector Clouseau-inspired comedyabout the eponymous hero chasing aserial killer in 16th century Joseon. OnNovember 22, Dance Town tells the storyof a woman who, after escaping to SouthKorea from the North, inds herself in astate of complete isolation and begins toight her loneliness. The third ilm willbe Ryoo Seung-wan‘s 2010 crime dramaThe Unjust on November 24, an intensecat and mouse game set in Seoul afterthe police fail to close a case of numerousmurders in the city and are forced to allywith a gangster in order to avoid publicattention.Lisa Bernhardt


THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011 31Film Editor: Chris BindingOnline Film Editor: Hayley HamiltonWuthering HeightsA film adaptation of Wuthering Heightsfocusing purely on Heathcliffe and Catherine’srelationship is brilliant in theory,however in practice Andrea Arnold’sattempt falls short.While dramatic shots of the Yorkshiremoors are visually stunning the phrase‘too much of a good thing’ comes to mind.Arnold turns one of the greatest works ofEnglish Literature into a nature documentary,and one which does not involvesharks attacking. By the thousandth shotof two animals roaming together I thinkany audience will have understood the‘subtle’ suggestion that Catherine andHeathcliffe are two wild animals. With thesymbolism and nature appreciation beingso overdone the story itself loses focus.Though most viewers would be familiarwith the novel, characters appear andsituations change without explanation,ultimately sparking a loss of interest.The first half of the film focuses onCatherine and Heathcliffe’s childhood relationship.Performances by newcomersSolomon Glave and Shannon Beer werefaultless but could not save this sectionfeeling drawn out, again due to copiousnature shots. The rare dialogue Arnoldallowed herself to include, rather than reassureaudiences of a good reason for itsabsence, actually alerted to the possibilitythat a decent script writer was out of thebudget. Stilted, unnaturally phrased linesbetween the adolescencents belonged inthe playgrounds of Waterloo Road, not onthe pages of Bronte.Tower Heist Straw Dogs In TimereviewsfilmKaya Scodelario’s Catherine is outshoneby James Howson’s intelligent portrayalof an adult Heathcliffe. However dueto the continued stilted and unnaturaldialogue provided, Scodelario’s performancecould be attributed to poor material.More scenes between the two weredefinitely needed to build up the chemistry,and would have probably saved thefilm.Triumphs include Arnold’s decisionto focus on Heathcliffe and createan understanding of him, aided by bothWhoseline is itanyway?Glave and Howson’s performances. Bothactors create sympathy for the characterin a way Ralph Fiennes never did. Andthe lighting and sound are particularlyinspired ,especially the rain, emphasisethe novels gothic elements. The camerawork could have made this list, the firstfew shots of an object or person out offocus brought into focus are artisticallystunning but after a while it began to feellike the cameraman had just discoveredthe focus slide on the camera.Andrea Arnold tried to create somethingedgy, so far so that she even searched aRomany camp to find unknown actorsfor her cast. However the final result hasleft me unconvinced, and possibly evenArnold, who places the most famous castmember with the least screen time, top ofher credits (Scodelario).Verdict:If you liked Terrence Malick’s TheNew World, you will probably enjoy thisfilm, ditto if you are a Wuthering Heightsdevotee, otherwise you may be watchingthe clock instead. One for the eyes but notthe ears.Mallory McdonaldSnow Flower and theSecret FanIn a role that evokes the actions of BernieMadoff, Alan Alda plays a slimy investorand hotel owner who has embezzled thepension fund of his employees. Ben Stillerand other lowly workers therefore plan tosteal back the money from his exclusiveNew York apartment.One of the most enjoyable aspects ofTower Heist is its eclectic cast. AssistingStiller with the heist is a hapless downtroddenMatthew Broderick. Althoughalways good to watch, his dialogue sadlydoesn’t match the quality of his lines in1999’s superior comedy Election. Thearrival of Eddie Murphy as a professionalcrook was met with trepidationdue to his recent work which has beenvery poor. Luckily though he brings someenergy to the screen and his livelinessleads to some of the funnier scenes.Much use is made of photogenic Manhattan,with overhead shots of the skylineused liberally. Events coincide with theThanksgiving Day parade which providesan interesting backdrop, even if the heistitself only begins halfway into the film’sruntime.Whilst Tower Heist is fun and enjoyable,the quality of the jokes varies hugely, withcertain scenes being much stronger thanthe film as a whole. The story essentiallyconcerns the little guys taking on theclichéd greedy banker. That in itself ishard to disagree with, but it would havegreatly benefited from a sharper satiricaledge and wittier dialogue to make it amore enduring and original comedy.Verdict: Whilst it offers nothing particularlyoriginal, Tower Heist is an entertainingand enjoyable comedy with an interestingcast list. However, it needed to have amuch sharper script and greater consistencyin the quality of the jokesIt doesn’t take long to form an opinion onStraw Dogs. This remake of a controversial1971 classic readily lacks the intelligenceof the original through the posteralone. Almost identical to the original, thenew poster makes the grotesque additionsof a disgustingly obtrusive bad guyand tag line. But any hope that this wasjust tastelessness on the studio’s part islost in the film’s opening five minutes.Unlike the original, this remake patronisesthe audience into boredom, with everyaction explicitly explained. This is quitespectacular, given the film still managesto be almost a shot-for-shot remake.Moving the action from a British villageto a town in the American south, DustinHoffman’s character, David Sumnerplayed by James Marsden who moves tohis wife Amy’s (Kate Bosworth) hometownfor some whilst writing a movie.Despite trying their hardest to fit in withthe locals they end up at odds with them,driven by their intolerance of a mentallyhandicapped individualThe two leads, Marsden and Bosworth –who seem to latch on to any blockbusterthey can – have pretty average actingtalent, which is not helped by a lacklustrescript from writer/director Rod Lurie.Their dialogue seems to switch inexplicablyfrom kooky out-of-towners to overlyserioussometimes in the same sentence;not a pleasant experience on a film that isalready quite grating.Verdict:Though it could be regarded asfairly average if it were an original film,this remake hardly deserves a star, takinga masterpiece and mutating it into an unsubtle,disturbingly Hollywood-style movie,and bringing about as much excitement astaking a turd.Good old Justin Timberlake, or J-Timbz asI like to call him, continues his foray intoHollywood having tried his hand at theOscar-bait drama (The Social Network)and a few rom-coms (Bad Teacher andFriends With Benefits), turning his sexybackon those genres in favour of sci-fithriller In Time.In a world where time is literally money,Will Salas (J-Timbz) lives day to day –working the 9-5 to get an extra 24 hoursof life. At 25 years old, all citizens stopageing and are given one extra year of lifein which to earn more time to live. Shouldthe neon-green countdown geneticallyengineered into your arm strike zero,you’ll immediately drop dead.It’s a set-up which works better thanyou’d expect, and the first hour of In Timeactually does a great job of setting itselfup. In taking a ‘show, don’t tell’ approachto its central idea, this dystopian alternativeuniverse makes for a surprisinglyexciting place to explore.However, once the plot sets itself inmotion the film’s second half never livesup to the promise of its opening, insteadopting for a standard on-the-run-andagainst-the-systemnarrative as Salas andSylvia Weis (Amanda Seyfried) take on aRobin Hood-esque mission to distributetime from the immortal bankers to thosein the slums. How very topical.Timberlake does alright in his firstleading action role, faring better thanAlex Pettyfer who cements his title as theworst actor in Britain with a woeful turnas a gangster.Verdict: In Time makes for a surprisinglyentertaining ride, it’s just a shame thatthe second half lets down what could havepotentially been a much more memorablefilm. Although it’s still fun to see J-Timbztrying to be Karl Marx for two hours.David Sumner:There is onething in the biblei do believe.Charlie: Oh,whats that?David Sumner:Thou shall notcovet thy neighbour’swife.Charlie: Whathappens whenthy neighbour’swife covets you?Straw DogsThe averageapartment inthe Tower costs5.6 million dollars.We havethe best views,the most advancedsecuritysystems, butyou know whatthese peopleare reallybuying? RickMalloy: Whiteneighbours?Tower HeistOne of the most common themes in filmhistory is friendship, especially the friendshipbetween women; which seems tobe an equally fascinating and mysteriousphenomenon for writers and directors.While it is mainly depicted in a superficial, cliché-loaden manner found in aplethora of predictable rom-coms, SnowFlower and the Secret Fan, loosely basedon a novel by Lisa See, deals with the conceptof ‘laotong‘, a relationship within theculture of the Chinese province Hunan,bonding two girls together for eternity.In present day Shanghai, the successfulbusiness woman Nina (Li Bing Bing) beginsto reconsider her past and disturbedrelationship with her laotong Sophia (GiannaJun) who has fallen into a coma aftera car accident; the modern day narrative iscontrasted with the story of the women‘sancestors Snow Flower and Lily (againBing Bing and Jun) in 19th century Chinaand their struggle to maintain their deeprootedbond through times of hardship.Despite the three stories being coherentand logically connected, the constantflashbacks make keeping track a bittricky on occasion and weaken the ‘arc ofsuspense‘. The bland tone could also becaused by the plot which is admittedly notthe most original piece of writing on themarket. But then again, it is a nice, veryunintrusive narrative within a beautifulsetting that even features an awkward, butsomewhat funny Hugh Jackman cameo.Verdict: A refreshing unusual approachto friendship that refutes the actuallyoutworn, but unfortunately existent stereotypesof relationships between women.Nevertheless, it will probably fail to hook abroader audience or anyone without an interestin Chinese culture and history.Jeremy Trotter Patrick Mchugh Ben Travis Lisa Bernhardt


32 THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011thecourieronline.co.uk/sciencec2.science@ncl.ac.ukscience&technology5 thingsyou need toknow aboutThe strangestdeaths in history1) Death by the prediction of deathitselfGerolamo Cardano is considered thefather of mathematical probability theoryhence his nickname ‘The Gambler’. Hisskills went further than mathematicswith an occasional dabble into inventing,philosophy and inally astrology, andthere lay his downfall. Not only did heearn himself an inquisition through hishoroscope of Christ but he also used hisastrological skills to predict his exact timeof death. When this time came and deathdid not, rather than lose his credibility,he committed suicide. Insanity, perhaps.Commitment to studies, deinitely.2) Death by the lack of a home cookedmealThe mathematician and logician KurtGödel demonstrated the existence ofparadoxical solutions to Einstein’s ieldequations in relativity. He even presentedthem as a 70th birthday present to theman himself. Most would see the givingof ‘paradoxical solutions’ as a gift as asign of insanity but this unfortunate fatedid not occur until his later life. Priorto his demise, Gödel had an obsessivefear of being poisoned and refused toeat food which was not prepared by hiswife, Adele. When Adele was hospitalisedfor six months, Gödel died of ‘malnutritionand inanition caused by personalitydisturbance’.3) Death by the plot of a graphic novelAlthough the scientist Louis Slotin’s deathwas strictly not written into a graphicnovel, the parallels with ‘Watchmen’ arethere to be exploited for an eye-catchingsubtitle. Whilst working on the ManhattanProject, Slotin accidentally began aission reaction (much like Dr Manhattanalthough not due to a misplaced watch).The radiation levels created (equivalentto standing 4800 feet away from anatomic bomb) killed Slotin in the secondincidence of a death caused by a criticalityaccident.4) Death by a Nobel PrizePerhaps the most famous on the list, thechemist Marie Curie was killed by thesubject of her Nobel Prize winning research,radioactivity. Curie is the irst andonly person to receive two Nobel Prizesin science in two different ields. Sheeventually developed leukemia and diedin 1934 due to her prolonged exposure tohigh levels of radiation.5) Death by the cure for baldingIt’s hard to ind something that AlexanderBogdanov did not try his hand at. Thephysician, economist, philosopher andscience iction writer’s legacy is perhapsbest seen in his work on blood transfusions.As well as establishing the SovietUnion as a base for research in the ield,Bogdanov claimed to have successfullysuspended his balding and improvedhis eyesight through blood transfusion.Unfortunately for him, the lack of understandingin the ield caught up with himand he died after contracting malaria andtuberculosis from a transfused sample.Mark AtwillScience EditorThe death ofcremationHelen Culley discusses thegreener side of deathWe’ve all the heard the rumoursof Walt Disney being cryogenicallyfrozen; idyllically preservedin time until scienceprovides a way to deal with the smallissue of lung cancer and give him a newlease of life. Despite the fact that theserumours are false (the irst documentedcryogenic freezing took place a meremonth after Walt’s death) the ways inwhich we treat human remains is becomingincreasingly varied.If Promession were to feature in a glossymagazine’s Hot or Not section, it wouldbe scorching – ironic as it is the processof freezing human remains to -196°C withlashings of liquid nitrogen. Promessionis a process that any fallen eco-warriorwould opt for. In contrast to Cremation(so last season), there are no environmentallyharmful emissions - such asmercury and carbon monoxide- and nofossil fuels are used in the process. Just aswell considering today’s oil prices.So what’s the science behind this all?The idea is a very simple one; essentiallyfreezing the body to such a low temperaturethat it becomes so brittle it is ableto be shattered into tiny particles whensubsequently vibrated. The irst step isapplying the liquid nitrogen directly tothe body. This causes the water presentinside all of our cells to crystallise andbecome hard.When the body suficiently resembles ahuman Popsicle, it undergoes ultrasonicvibration to reduce it to dust; a ratherdamp dust, as the human body can beup to 75% water. This must be removedby the process of freeze-drying, allowingthe frozen water trapped in the cells tochange directly to gas in a process calledsublimation.To round off this oddly futuristicprocess, the desiccated “promains” arepackaged into a biodegradable casketand buried. Guidelines for the processstate that this will reduce to compost inapproximately 6 weeks time, serving asa source of nutrition fora tree planted above theburial site. Sounds great,as long as no passers-byend up taking a bite outof an apple with an eerieresemblance to your Great-AuntMildred.Another option is the descriptivelynamed, Liquefaction.Approved in some states ofAmerica, this process involvesexposing the body to a solutionof water and alkalinePotassium Hydroxide, inorder to liquefy lesh. lesh. Afterweighing the body andcalculating the amountof solution needed toensure complete liquefaction–presumablymeaning no chunks-the water and highlythermally stablePotassium Hydroxideare heated to over100°C. In a ised unit, the bodylies submerged in theheated solution for upto four hours, until all Illustration: Mark Atwillthat remains is boneand a completely sterile efluent. efluent.The bone, made soft by the liquefactionprocess can be crushed and givento the family as a powdery momento,whereas the efluent efluent has a slightly morepressur-stomach-churning destination. Afterbeing returned to a neutral pH by the additionof an acid, it is suitable to be usedon watering plants if requested, or simplyto enter the general water supply. Thenicest possible way of saying that you’renearest and dearest will be heading downthe drain. Similarly to Promession, thisalternative is gaining in popularity due toit’s lack of environmental detriment. Only1/7th of the energy needed for a traditionCremation is used in this process and asBlistering successUniversity scientists lead research into thegenetic treatment of skin blistering diseasesScientists at Newcastle University areheading up a British Skin Foundationfunded team performing pioneering researchinto curing genetic skin blisteringdiseases that devastate the lives thousandsacross the UK. Diseases cause bydefective proteins, such as epidermolysisbullosa can be cured by cutting out thegene responsible for the protein usingzinc-inger nucleases (ZFNs), enzymeswhich locate and snip the speciic genefrom a larger DNA sequence.Julia Reichelt leads the group, which hasutilised autoluorescent skin stem cells intheir published work, showing the removalof the implnated gene responsible forluorescence in 20% of the cells by ZFNs.This suggests a potentially transmissablelevel of deactivation of the proteins thatcause disease.Extreme diseases like epidermolysisbullosa (EB) can cause the skin to be severelydamaged by the slightest contact;effecting 1 in 17000 children born in theUK, it is estimated 5000 people live withthe disease today. Growing media attentionin the form of the BBC programmeStormchaser: The Butterly and theTornado and the 2004 documentary TheBoy Whose Skin Fell Off has brought thepotential severity of such conditions intothe public domain.This result is the irst step in a long processof research, as Dr Reichelt explains:“We are still in very the early stages ofbeing able to develop an actual form oftherapy. The idea is to isolate skin stemcells from the patients, then treat theseskin stem cells with speciic ZFN in cellculture in order to switch off the diseasecausing gene.”Provided an effective method of transplantationof the regrown skin can bedeveloped, similar therapeutic methodsLife is pleasant. Deathis peaceful. It’s thetransition that’s troublesome.Isaac Asimovthe mercurypresentin dental illings illingsdoesn’t vaporise, thesedangerous emissions arenil.As unnerving as it is to talk about whathappens after we die, it’s something thatneeds to be discussed if we want to keepour planet green and the polar bears ingood health. Can’t bring yourself to signup for either? Well there’s always TibetanSky Burial (being eaten by birds atop amountain). Personally, I’m going for Taxidermy-no harmful emissions and not achance I’ll end up as someone’s bathwater.The choice is yours...11/11/11Inevitable? Banal? A quirk of the Gregoriancalendar? Indeed, but last Fridaywas 11/11/11, and at 11:11 the timeand date formed a 12 digit palindromethat hasn’t been seen for a century.Did you mark the occasion? Probablynot, but let’s face it, in alllikelihood none of us will bearound for the nextone.with ZFNs could be utilised in the treatmentof various skin diseases. As DrReichelt adds: “ We and other researchersin the ield are very enthusiastic aboutthe usefuness of ZFN technology.” Theultimate aim is to develop a permanentone time curative therapy; although thiswill take time, steps are certainly beingtaken in the right direction.Mark Atwill


THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011 33Science Editor: Mark Atwillscience&technologyOnline Science Editor: Shaun ButcherEnvironmationEmma Summerscales discusses theenvironmental sins we inadvertantly makeJeansEveryone loves a pair of jeans,but our love for faded and wornlooks is more costly than youmight think. ‘Labour behindthe Label’ has recently lookedinto the conditions for workersproducing our garments,and reported scenes whereemployees must sandblastjeans for hours on end in sealedcabinets, where they inhalesilica particles that cause seriousdamage to the airways. Asauthorities have been madeaware of this appalling practicemore and more countries aremaking it illegal, but our lustfor denim has resulted in a catand mouse chase around theworld where companies simplymove location every time a newlaw is introduced. Go to killerjeans.orgto ind out more.LCD TVsUnfortunately once again our insatiable appetite fortechnology and our willingness to pay big bucks forthe latest TVs means the tech giants actually think it’sfeasible to mine deep sea hydrothermal vents for rareminerals needed to make our beloved latscreens. Theyare targeting unregulated areas around Papa NewGuinea and Fiji as traditional supply chains from Chinaare becoming unreliable. This will cause irreparableenvironmental damage to ecosystems in the oceansthat we haven’t even begun to explore, as well as coralreefs and plankton species to mention just a few. Visitoceansandcommunities.org for more information.TalkingToughOpen up toMouth CancerAwareness WeekThe British Dental Health Foundation hasurged Pharmacists to promote mouthcancer awareness, with this monthdedicated to the cause. Recent researchhas shown that one in six people with thecondition will visit their local Pharmacyirst, rather than going to the doctoror dentist. Mouth cancer is commonlyviewed as a rare form of the disease, butcases have risen by nearly 46% between1997 and 2008. In 2006 there were morecases of mouth cancer diagnosed thancervical cancer and testicular cancercombined. The huge increase has lead tothe Foundation estimating 60,000 peoplein the UK will be diagnosed with mouthcancer in the next decade. Worryingly,without early detection it is estimatedone in every two people won’t survive thedisease.Not surprisingly, the biggest risks formouth cancer, found in around 90% ofcases, are tobacco smoking and excessivealcohol consumption. Persons who bothsmoke and drink carry a particularly highrisk, making them 30 times more likelyIllustration: Mark AtwillCoffeeto contract the disease than those whodo not. Cancer research also states thatchewing tobacco or betel nut carries ahigh risk. Scientists have found a linkbetween bad diet and mouth cancer, estimatingit is the cause of 10-15% of cases.Although the disease commonly affectspeople over 50, more recent cases haveinvolved younger people.Dentists are trained to check for signsof mouth cancer, which is one of the reasonsregular check ups are so important.Symptoms of the disease are not alwaysassociated with pain, but if they lastlonger than three weeks you should seekadvice from your doctor or dentist. Themost common signs are ulcers or soresin the mouth or on the tongue, a red orwhite patch in the mouth or an unexplainedpain in the mouth or ear.Some other signs can include an unexplainedlump in the neck, a sore or painfulthroat and a croaky voice or dificultyswallowing. The dental health foundation’smessage to everyone is ‘If in doubt,get checked out’. An early diagnosis cansave livesLauren ToughMobile phonesConstant news coverage from across theworld thanks to the wonder of today’s communicationtechnologies can desensitiseus, but it is important not to forget that ourcomfortable lives are a million miles awayfrom the war waging in the DemocraticRepublic of Congo. One such technologyfunds the violent gangs who make thewar so bloody; the mobile phone. Militantgroups control the mines which providethe big companies with their preciousmetals such as tantalum and tungsten,the latter of which enables your phone tovibrate. It has been reported that the lateSteve Jobs recently admitted he couldn’tguarantee that Apple products were free ofthese so called ‘conlict minerals.’LaptopsWhen the time comes to purchase yournext laptop, what will you base your decisionon? The size of the hard-drive? Howmuch memory it has? Whether or not itcomes in pink? All important factors, butwhat about how many people committedsuicide at the hands of the technology giantthat manufactured it? We are all too awareof the link between sweatshops and somehigh-street clothing, but the story has beenreported to be worse in the laptop industry.China Labour Watch has reported thatsince 2009, thirteen employees have takentheir own lives due to the working conditions.Refurbished laptops suddenly look alot more appealing.We are all aware of the ethical side behind coffee thanks to various‘Fairtrade’ and ‘Rainforest Alliance’ campaigns endorsed by some ofthe major chains. Despite this, issues relating to unfair treatment of thepeople who grow the coffee continue. ‘Black Gold’ state that just 2p froma £2 cup of coffee is seen by the producers. The markets are twisted andcomplicated, so that buyers can push up the prices without the producersseeing any of the proits. Next time you decide to grab a coffeein-between lectures, think about what you’re buying and how you canimprove your choices.sciencemeetsarts2011 is the year of Marie Curie144 years ago last monday, Marie Curiewas born in Warsaw, Poland. Later to wintwo Nobel Prizes in the separate ieldsof physics and chemistry for her workin radioactivity, she has been honouredwith her very own google doodle on thesearch engine’s home page, joining thegreat pantheon of revered scientists likeThomas Edison and Gregor Mendel.A simultaneously inspiring and tragicigure, the 2009 New Scientist ‘mostinspirational woman in science’ sufferedthe untimely death of her soul-mate andhusband Pierre, and grieved his lossuntil her death from aplastic anaemia in1934, a disease thought to be caused byher prolonged exposure to radioactiveelements.Portrayed in ilm by Oscar-nominatedactresses, the life of Curie was last monthgiven new vitality when Lauren Redniss’Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Taleof Love and Fallout became the irst non-iction book to be named a inalist for theUS National Book Award.An esteemed and honoured igure, MarieCurie forever changed the landscapeof science, and the perception of womenin an erstwhile male dominated world.Happy birthday, Madame CurieTechnologyThe EnglishDeath StarWe all know sci-i is, well, science iction,but are the seemingly unrealistic literaryforecasts simply a product of theirtime? Will they become reality? Couldthey become reality? There is a constantlood of what seem to be impossibleideas inherent throughout the sci-i genreincluding lying cars, space travel, andthe unimaginable Death Star from StarWars. Some of these books that containpotentially apocalyptical ideas, such asThe Death Star, you’d think, would beburnt and the ashes brushed away intoa cupboard labelled ‘Too dangerous tocontemplate’ and forgotten about, neverto be experimented with. However, thatdoesn’t happen. Consequently, The DeathStar will be coming to a planet near you:Earth - more precisely, England.The Extreme Light InfrastructureUltra-High Field Facility, or ‘superlaser’,will, apparently, be used to hold particlesaway from each other to stop them doingwhatever they do to create a black hole. Itis said to be capable of producing a beamof light so intense that it would be equivalentto the power received by the Earth,from the sun, focused onto a speck smallerthan a tip of a pin. Scientists claim itcould allow them to boil the very fabric ofspace – the vacuum. The sceptical amongus will no doubt be thinking that the realuse of the ‘superlaser’ will fall into thehands of a Darth Vader like character whowill be parading around Earth, breathingheavily, with various missions to annihilaterival planets in the solar system. Avery scary thought, I know.Technology such as this can be quitedaunting; once the trigger is pulled,nobody will be able to stop the laser andwhat happens will remain unknown untilthat point. The fabric of space will be tornapart and anything could climb through. I,for one, am not ready for that. But, maybeit’s just my active imagination – maybeI should write a sci-i book? I’m notalone in that thought though: Dr ThomasHeinzl, an associate professor of theoreticalphysics at Plymouth University, said:“ELI is going to take us into an unchartedregime of physics. There could well besome surprises along the way.” Do we reallywant to know what these ‘surprises’will be? Are we ready for it? However,we are still eagerly awaiting the HadronCollider to ind the ‘God particle’ - maybethis will be yet another overly ambitiousscientiic project that doesn’t come intofruition.Although we can wish - dream even -for something we see in the sci-i genreto become reality, it is probably just acoincidence that certain things do. Theininite monkey theory springs to mind:with so many writers coming up withso many ideas, it has to be a coincidencewhen a literary forecast becomes reality.Doesn’t it?Shaun ButcherOnline Science EditorIllustration: Mark Atwill


34tvfeaturesFrozenPlanetTHE COURIER Monday November 14 2011thecourieronline.co.uk/tvandradioc2.tv@ncl.ac.ukTV Editors: Sophy Fairhead and Nicole StevensonA day inthe life...of Corrie’sSally WebsterLauren Cordell exploresour fascination with the latestDavid Attenborough seriesCapturing the attention of almost 7 millionviewers with its irst episode, Sir DavidAttenborough’s latest offering, FrozenPlanet, has irmly established itself as oneto watch in the coming weeks. The seriesexplores the wildlife that manages to survivein the most inhospitable and changeableenvironments which have beendubbed the last unexplored wildernesses;the Arctic and Antarctic.The irst episode pictured the legendaryAttenborough, 85, on location at both theNorth and South Poles showing what canonly be described as heroic dedication.We followed the tribulations of polar bearcourtship whilst everybody’s favouritelightless bird, the penguin, surfed in theshallows, only to be followed by a sea lion.The clumsy chase that ensued had viewersshouting at the screen, egging the gentoopenguin on to escape certain death.Elsewhere, a young bison was tragicallycrushed by a panic-stricken elder, but ithas to be the ingenious hunting techniquesof a pod of killer whales that really stolethe show. Shown selecting a hapless sealvulnerably perched on a small iceberg, thepod continually swam underneath theirprey in close formation to create wavesstrong enough to lip the ice and knock theseal into the water. Finally, exhausted, theseal heartrendingly gave in.Episode two introduced us to spring, theirst of the seasons and the time of year ofbreeding and babies. The episode managedto ingeniously humanise a ‘criminal’penguin that made his nest by stealing thepebbles of others’ and a boisterous polarCatch UpCatch Up:TheExperimentsbear cub that wasn’t too old to be put inthe ‘naughty corner’, touching the hearts(and smiles) of viewers nationwide. Later,we were treated to an insight into theweird and wonderful in the form of otherworldlycreatures such as sea gooseberries,swimming snails and narwhals, theso-called unicorns of the sea. Incredibly,we followed the woolly bear caterpillaras it successfully cryopreserved itself overthirteen winters before eventually becominga moth (Walt Disney eat your heartout!).But it’s not just the wildlife that keepsviewers glued to their screens. Oscarwinningcomposer George Fenton, winnerof an Emmy for Outstanding MusicalComposition for Attenborough’s two previousand now legendary series The BluePlanet (2001) and Planet Earth (2006),returns for this latest series. His inspiredmusical compositions alongside the Kingof Natural History’s soothing tones effortlesslyblend humour, fear and tragedyin poignant perfection. In addition,the use of ground-breaking photographymakes the series visually stunning, fromthe eerie light light of a great grey owl over apristine expanse of snowy nothing, to thethunderous breakingFarewellDowntonAbbeyFrozen Planet,Wednesday, 9pm,BBC OneBabyAdeliepenguinschasetheadultsfor foodfrom thesea atCapeOur favouritequotes fromthe DowagerDuchessoff of an iceberg. Filmed exclusively in HDand making use of time lapse technologyand the aerial camerawork pioneered onPlanet Earth, viewers are neverthelessmade aware in the episodes’ closing tenminutes of the complexities and challengescameramen face in order to get the“feeling whale-breath on your face” shots.The seven-part series continues overthe following weeks, focusing irst on thedifferent seasons and the dramatic changesthey bring, before turning to humanactivities and climate change. Viewerscan look forward to more from the cutepolar bear cubs, charismatic penguinsand calculating killer whales. And withthe conveni- ence of iPlayer, therereally is no excusenot to bewatching.men (even if we were less than turned onby their bedroom scene). It has everythinga Sunday night should – tears, lust andlaughter - and my housemates and I willbe rewatching the boxset in an attempt toill the void of life after Downton.These daughters of mine are really runningme ragged. I mean, there’s Sophie’sinsistence on this engagement and all thisnonsense with John Stape, not to mentionall the grief I get about Jeff. Oh poor Jeff…he’s been dragged into the chaos rightfrom the word go. If it isn’t those two, it’sKevin with his new lipping baby. He’s acharming man is my Jeff, and clean (unlikeKevin), but I’m just not sure I want to settledown yet. It’s caused me so much botherin the past. Besides, I’ve got to focus allmy attention on my new job at Frank’s.“Honestly, thesilly womandeserveseverythingshe gets”It sickens me tothink of the hoursof graft I put intoUnderworld, onlyto be laid off bythat nutter CarlaConnor! I meanfor goodness sake– as if my ex-husband’slottery win has anything to do withme. Though after hearing that she’d inallylost it and sacked her entire workforce,Frank and I had a right laugh. Honestly, thesilly woman deserves everything she gets.Talking of supposed ‘victims’ I’m reallysick of bumping into Fiz’s little followersin the Rovers. Let’s face it: the woman’sguilty. How can you be married to a serialkiller and not have the foggiest idea? Ifyou ask me, little Hope’s probably betteroff without her too. Mind you, what’ll happenthen? That young Chesney will probablytake her and he’s barely old enough toride his pushbike. Well, the whole thing’sridiculous.Hottie ofthe WeekSpencerMatthewsEstelle BillIf there’s one programme that shouldreign above doing extra reading this weekit’s Derren Brown’s latest episode in ‘TheExperiments’.Available on 4oD, the master hypnotistand expert in mind control takes to ourscreens once more to bafle and bemusethe public. From sceptics to avid fans ofDerren’s work (I would place myself mostdeinitely in the latter here) his new fourpartseries investigating how far you canpush the limits of human behaviour willcaptivate you all.The episode this week entitled ‘The GuiltTrip’ discusses the power of false memoriesand what guilt can make you do. Ascenario is set up in which a member ofthe general public attends a conferencein a stately home (note the Cluedo referencesthroughout the show!), unawarethat the other attendees are all actors. Unknowingly,Derren plays with his memoryand makes him question his own mindand judgement. The premise of the showis to see whether it’s possible for someoneto confess to a murder they didn’t commit.This show will make you laugh out loud,question your own memory and intrigueyou once more as to how Derren does it.Not one to be missed.Emily RaeI for one am dreading the onset of SundayBlues next week. Now that we have nothingto look forward to after X-Factor I amstruggling to get to grips with the prospectof a miserable 9 o’clock bedtime.Over 10 million viewers switched on lastSunday to experience the emotional rollercoasterride that portrayed lives upstairs,downstairs and in the ladies’ chambers.It wasn’t all good though; what hashappened to Lord Grantham? Hugh Boinevilleused to be such a hero, and we cannotfathom the moment of weakness in hislordship’s solid character as he consortswith the new housemaid behind Cora’sback. Forgive me also for wondering whywe are still following Ethel’s struggle withher baby? We have really lost interest withher and we feel that producer Julian Fellowesmight have too. Perhaps if he hadcut out those bits and concentrated onfewer plotlines, critics might see less televisionaerials and double yellow lines inthe Oxford village of Batham where it isilmed.However, the vast majority of us don’t reallycare and thoroughly relish the Mary vsMatthew tension (secretly glad Lavinia isnow out of the way), and we all enjoyeda good blub as the new Mr and Mrs Bateswere separated by stern-looking police-“So, that’s Mary’sreplacement. Well,I suppose looksaren’t everything.”“He looked so well.Of course it wouldhappen to a foreigner.No Englishmanwould dreamof dying in someoneelse’s house.”“Don’t be defeatistdear, it is terriblymiddle class”“What is aweekend?”Lady Mary: “Sybilis entitled to heropinions.”Lady Grantham:“No. She isn’t untilshe is married,then her husbandwill tell her whather opinions are.”Sophia FairheadTV EditorI know what you’re thinking. Or at leastwhat most of my female friends are thinking:ew. But I would like to put forward theidea of Made in Chelsea star Spencer Matthewsas ‘most improved hottie’.I had always noticed Spencer’s potentialin the irst season but his disgustinggelled-back mane and unnecessaryamount of facial hair just ruined it for me.So imagine my surprise when he cameback radiant in season two, a few poundsshed, hair cut short and caveman beardtrimmed down to sexy stubble. My irstreaction to the second season wasn’t tothe new cast additions or Hugo’s inidelities,it was “when did Spencer get hot??”The transition I believe was not onlybased on his physical improvements, butalso on his character change. His tediousrelationship with model and dancerFunda Onal was a bit of a turn-off whereasnow he is portrayed as more of a ladies’man, luttering from his casual sex encounterswith the beautiful Louise to hisnear conquest of Binky.If I was Caggie Dunlop and had comeoff that plane from New York to see whatSpencer had become, I would deinitelynot have gotten sidetracked into Proudlock’sarms.Emma Balter


THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011 35thecourieronline.co.ukfeaturecareersc2.editor@ncl.ac.ukGraduateProfileIf you are thinking aboutbecoming a solicitor orbarrister, with or without aqualifying law degree, thenyou should consider applyingto The College of Law,like Newcastle graduateLouisa Button.After three enjoyable years, Igraduated from Newcastle in2009. With a keen desire to headto London and a handful of interviewslined up that summer,I had hoped becoming a solicitorwould be relatively straightforward.It wasn’t to be and after a year out, aninternship in Shanghai and a bucketload of unsuccessful applications,I found myself embarking on theLPC at The College of Law, Chester.The College of Law was an obviouschoice for me. During my time atNewcastle, I had attended a numberof the College’s talks and seminars.I had spoken to tutors and currentstudents alike and was impressedby both their enthusiasmand encouragement.I had also attended an Open Day tolearn more about the course and mostimportantly, the careers service.I was soon convinced itwas the right place for me.Before starting, I was aware of thepractical nature of the LPC but had expectedit to be similar to university.However I was surprised to indthere were no lectures but workshops– two and a half hoursin length (it goes faster thanyou’d think!) combining teachingwith group work, individualexercises and presentations.Although they required afair amount of preparation, Ifound the workshops a veryeffective way of learning.Anyway enough ofwork, onto the socials!The infamous ‘booze cruise’ gotthe year off to a good start andwas followed by a number of otherevents – a Christmas Ball, anend-of-exams party and a SummerBall to name just a few.There were also a great numberof clubs and societies withwhich to get involved: Football,Rugby, Netball through to a choirand an orchestra. There reallywas something for everyone.There were plenty of pro-bono opportunitiesto sample, with a vastarray of activities run by the Collegeitself and external organisations.As I mentioned earlier, the careersservice was a key factor in mydecision to study at the College.The careers advisor – with overtwenty years’ experience – was alwayson hand to help with applicationsand interview practice, as wellas providing practitioner talks andnetworking sessions to ensure wewere given the best chance of securingthat all-important training contract.And it deinitely worked; I start atClyde and Co. in September 2012.If my ramblings still haven’t convincedyou, I strongly recommend attendingone of the many open days/evenings put on by the College.They really give you a chance to experiencelife as an LPC student; I guaranteeyou won’t be disappointed.If you are a non-law graduate but fancyyourself as a hot-shot lawyer, bearin mind The College of Law as theyoffer a conversion course – the GDL.Searhc for the Newcastle UniversityCollege of Law FacebookGroup to get more informationor to contact Louisa.CareerCrackersCareers fairsNewcastle Law FairMonday 14th November1-3.30pmBamburgh Suite, Level 4, StJames ParkNewcastle Careers inComputing FairMonday 28th November12-3pmThe Venue, Students’ UnionMarine Science &Technology Careers FairWednesday 23rd November10am-3pmKing’s Hall, ArmstrongBuildingPostgraduate Study Fair2011Wednesday 23rd November10.30am-4pmManchester Central, (formerlythe G-Mex Centre)Postgraduate Study andMBA FairMonday 25th January 20121-7pmMacmillan Hall, Crush Hall,Beveridge Hall and Chancellor’sHall at Senate House,University of LondonTribulationsof a soonto-begraduateLucy AlexanderThis week I am avoiding any morework on my dissertation, by writingmy column about how horriic theyare. The irony involved in this formof procrastination is deeply felt mylovely readers, but my kitchen is spotlessand my washing is done: there isnowhere left to hide.All over campus this week, freshfacedthird years have been enteringinto this so-called ‘rite of passage’with at least a small degree of optimism.Surely older students have exaggeratedabout how horrible the dissertationis, in order to mitigate theirgrade gained through a lack of studytime and too many cocktails on OsborneRoad in their inal year? Surelylecturers and future employers havebanded together in order to make itseem more taxing and/or importantthan it actually is?I think I speak for all third yearswhen I confess to facing the ‘dreaded’dissertation with a small amount ofcasual condescension; this perpetuatedmyth will be just that. I’ll be ine,and I won’t need to cut down my Sinnerstime in any way this year. It’s justan essay! Right? Anybody?It’s only proposal weekend, and I’vealready moved into the Robinson anddrunk more overpriced coffee than Iwould care to admit. This ‘essay’ hasalready grabbed me by the metaphoricalscruff of my neck, and lung me tothe loor. And then spat on me. Andtaken my metaphorical lunch money.I now know why people rarely referto it by its full name, and merely use‘D-Word’ to sufice.Now freshers and second-years(irst of all, I hate you), you might bethinking: ‘This sounds horrible! Whywould anyone pay to put themselvesthrough this? I’m going to go andjump out of the nearest window, toavoid ever getting to that undesirablelocation called third-year.You’d be partially right, althoughplease don’t jump out of that window!There are plenty of awesome thingsabout third-year, and I may even getround to mentioning them in my columnone of these days.Now when one of your engineeringlatmates is adamant that she is curingthe blind as part of her dissertation(I for one am not going to bursther bubble, it would be more than mylife’s worth), it certainly puts yourown topic into perspective.There’s nothing remotely valuableto society or even vaguely academicabout sexuality in ‘Little Red RidingHood’. Is there? No, deinitely not.Mostly people laugh in a nervouskind of way when I tell them my dissertationsubject. Then I get nervoustoo, and say something like: ‘Yeah butyou know, obviously that’s only partof it! I’m also doing a wider range ofthings, really important academicthings...’ Or I rabbit on about howthere are so many hidden meaningsin ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and otherwell known fairy tales, basically ruiningthe childhoods of anyone braveenough to ask.So I may not be curing the blind, butmy research is pretty interesting allthe same. The most obvious upsideis that when you show people a bookyou’re reading entitled ‘Pornography,Fairy Tales and Feminism’; you’repretty much guaranteed not to getasked too many follow-up questions.


36 THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011Puzzlesthecourieronline.co.uk/puzzlesc2.puzzles@ncl.ac.ukPuzzles Editor: Laura ArmitageYou can fi nd theanswers to thisweek’s puzzles atthecourieronline.co.uk/puzzlesSudokuCrosswordAcross1. Garret (5)4. Communicative interaction (7)7. Hassle (7)8. Smithy’s block (5)9. Tooth (5)10. Reaches out (7)11. Pact (6)13. Strategy (6)17. Time off (7)19. Stroll (5)21. Rough (5)22. Eight-sided polygon (7)23. Imagined (7)24. Watercourse (5)Down1. Try (7)2. Supernatural creature (5)3. Floorshow (7)4. Mentally quick and resourceful (6)5. Go forward (7)6. Stories (5)8. Pertinent (3)12. Gourmet (7)14. Disorderly (7)15. Everlasting (7)16. Unit of time (6)17. Perspicuous (5)18. Employ (3)20. Start (5)Be one of thefi rst fi ve to completethe crosswordand hand into Men’sBar to win a freemeal!Work out the word or phrase that is depicted in the image.DingbatsAlphadokuSame principle as normal Sudoku but each square androw must have the letters A-I. Good luck!RiddleWho spends the day at the window, goes to the table for meals and hides at night?Duckett and Haye


Sportthecourieronline.co.uk/sportTHE COURIER Monday November 14 2011 37Sport Editors Colin Henrys, Harry Slavinand Rory Brigstock-BaronOnline Sport Editor: Grace Harveycourier.sport@ncl.ac.ukWhat were they thinking?The Courier Sport sit in as football’s bad boys face up to some tough questions**As imagined by Sports EditorsColin Henrys, Harry Slavin and Rory Brigstock-Barron.Name: Antolin AlcarazClub: Wigan AthleticCrime: Spitting at anopponentAntolin Alcaraz, you are accusedof committing a crime most foul– spitting at Richard Stearmanduring your recent match againstWolves at Molineux. What do youhave to say for yourself?No no no my amigo. Spitting? Eshorrible.But you have been caught oncamera, Antolin. Surely you cannotdeny it.No, you have me all wrong. I was havinga friendly chat with my amigosRichard and Christophe. We talkabout how I am excited for returningto Paraguay this week and gettingaway from this horrible weather.Christophe tell me he is going toCyprus with his Scotland team. I sayvery nice, but my cold very bad and abit of spit came out.But we are not talking about alittle bit of spittle, we are talkingabout a great big nasty cob of spit.But my cold very bad. We are inthe home of the Wolves, which wasCarlos Tevez, you have beencharged with gross misconductfollowing your refusal to take tothe ield ield against Bayern Munich,do you have anything tosay for yourself?Yes, the manager wanted meto play, but I was very comfortableon the bench, AleksandarKolarov and I wereplaying 20 questions and Ihad only asked two so far,you don’t happen to knowany other restaurants inManchester do you?But Carlos, you’re undercontract, you can’t justrefuse to play.The contract is like a marriage,I entered in to it in love, and Iwould lay beside my love andperform because I wanted toperform, It was like making love.Now, the love has gone, and whenI am asked to perform I cannot, Ino longer feel the blood rushingthrough my veins, I go limp.Getty ImagesName: Carlos TevezClub: Manchester CityCrime: Refusing to warmnotas mucho exciting as Ithought. I see a few stray catsbut no wolves and I cannothave my Wigan pie with thewolves.Roberto tells me to wrap upwarm but he does not know.He has lived here a long timeand also in the land of Swansand whales. I visit there atthe start of the year. Eseven worse than thehome of the wolves.So you are sayingthat having a badcold led to youspitting?(Cough, sniff) Es not my fault.Roberto tells us ‘if in doubt,get it out’. I used to thinkhe meant the ball, but justlook around at the rest ofthe team. The ball is neverout of our half so what elsecould he mean?I feel a big greenie in mymouth, I get it out. Footballer’sspit all the time. Thepapers, they say I got caughtin the spit storm, butI did not spit storm Ispat spit. Besides myamigo Richard wasBut Mr Tevez, what aboutthe fans, surely you oweit to them to play whencalled upon?Football is like the tango,it requires passion,it requires heat, itrequires love. Thelove has gone. I cannever dance withManchester again.I see the fans, theway they lookat Aguero, thatloving stare ofexpectation andexcitement, thatused to be me,but they’ve movedon, and so hasCarlitos.When I irst irst cameto Manchester Cityit was like falling inlove, falling in lovewith a beautiful woman,one that had never previouslybeen a beautifulwoman, but had spentmillions to become abeautiful woman. Wedanced the tango, shescreamed for me, she saidthe man who caught it.Footballers might spitall of the time, butyou do not see itlanding on otherpeople.But of course you do!El-Hadji Diouf has done itseveral times. Are you tryingto say that he does it deliberately?Lovable El-HadjiDiouf, patron of The DioufyFoundation and all roundgood guy footballer – surelynot!But El-Hadji Diouf wasonce described as being‘lower than a sewer rat’.But, erm, but, err…What? Spit it out man.No not… You ilthy ilthy boy.Kick him out.Getty ImagesColin HenrysSports Editorshe loved me, even more than shehad loved Shaun Goater, I don’t knowwho that is but I appreciated it.But now the fans have turned theirback on me, and to make thingsworse they keep jumping up anddown when they do. I don’t knowwhy. This is why I refused to play.What do you say to other professionalswho have hit out at you foryour refusal to play?If I don’t want to play I don’t have to,nobody’s going to tell me what to doamigo, the only thing in this worldthat gives orders is balls. Balls. Yougot that? A lot of people have askedme why I’m always so unhappy, whatI want. I want what’s coming to me.What’s that?The world Chico, and everything in it.Are you just quoting Scarface?Say goodnight to the bad guy!Rory Brigstock-BarronSports EditorName: John TerryClub: ChelseaCrime: Alleged racial abuseJohn Terry, you stand here in frontof us today accused of the crimeuttering racist remarks towards afellow professional, what do youhave to say for yourself?Which ones? Oh the Anton Ferdinandremarks, I remember that, it was allone big misunderstanding. See afew days before we played QPRI went round to the Ferdinand’sfor a sleep over with Anton andRio and, well, it all got a bit outof hand.Explain?Well you see, Mrs. Ferdinandlet us stay up a little longerthan usual to see the endof this scary movie calledthe Sixth Sense. It was reallycreepy and unfortunatelyAnton couldn’t handle it andgot upset when all the cupboarddoors in the kitchen gotleft open so he had to go up tobed while Rio and me sat andwatched the rest of the ilm. ilm.Where is this going Mr.Terry?Well the next time I sawAnton was on the pitchat the QPR match and Ithought I would tell himhow the movie ended sothat he didn’t have toworry about it any longer.But when I told him thatBruce Willis had beena ghost all along andthat’s why the little boycould see him, Antondidn’t believe me and,if I’m being honest,got a little temperamental.He calledme a liar,which Imost cer-Getty Imagestainly ain’t and I told him that anyonecould see that Willis was a ghostfrom the start, calling him a ‘blind soand so ‘ in the process.Is that honestly all that happened?No, unfortunately it wasn’t. SeePaddy Kenny had overheard us discussingthe movie and was furiousthat I’d given away the ending causehe had it saved on his sky plus boxto watch that night. In all honestyI was a little shaken up by thewhole incident, I never meantto cause such uproar and Ijust want to put it behind menow.The Courier’s Bad Boys1. El Hadji DioufSince coming to the premier leaguehe has done little to endear himselfto English fans. Diouf’s favouriteparty is spitting at fans and players alike and is now at Doncaster, let thatbe a lesson.2. Joey BartonWhat can we say about Joey, attackingteammates in training, a stint inprison, a nice liver shot and even abit of play acting. very unlucky not totop our list.Do you not think asa professional youhave a duty as a rolemodel to youngerpeople though, andthat these types ofaltercations shouldbe altogetheravoided?Oh deinitely, deinitely, but I dofeel that I go to greatlengths to preserve myrole model status, forexample I was votedFather of the Year in2009 and I alwaysmake the effort to tipthe man in the bogwhen I’m on a nightout in Chelsea, mannerscost nothing.To Be Frank MrTerry, this isn’t yourirst irst misdemeanouris it? I suggest youneed to buck upyour ideas andstart acting likethe responsibleprofessional youare supposed to be.Case dismissed.Harry SlavinSports Editor3. Paulo Di CanioPaulo Di Canio is perhaps most wellknown for pushing over referee PaulAlcock. The fi rey Italian has takenhis temper in to his managerial careeras well, having a physical fi ghtwith his own player in the tunnel thisseason.4. Erick CantonaKing Cantona could also lookafter himself, famously dropkickinga fan in the face earnsErick bad boy status


38featuresportTHE COURIER Monday November 14 2011Olympic lame to illuminate ToonWith the 2012 route mapped out James Docherty assesses the role of the torch relayLast Monday saw the unveiling ofthe Olympic Torch Relay Route in thebuild up to the Games. 1018 placeswill be visited across a 70-day journey.The lame is scheduled to arrivefrom Greece on May 18 amongst tightsecurity and delivered to Land’s End,where its journey to Stratford and theOlympic Stadium will start.For the next 10 weeks, an entourageof elite athletes, organisers, celebritiesand members of the public willescort it on a journey taking in everyEnglish county and administrative areasof Scotland, Northern Ireland andWales.On its sojourn around the UK, it willparticipate in a veritable Lonely Planetsampler of British signs and events;from train journeys on historic lines(where presumably the No SmokingRules will have been relaxed) to visitingplaces as diverse as the Eden Project,The Giants Causeway and BrandsHatch Racetrack.The route has been designed to takein as much of the population as possible,with the London OrganisingCommittee promising that 95% of thepopulation will be within 10 miles ofthe torch across its 8000 mile journey.In the North East, the Torch arrivesin Alnwick on June 14, passingthrough Newcastle on the 15th, Durhamon the 16th and Middlesbroughon the 17th, slowly zigzagging its waydown the East Coast from Edinburghto Hull.Cities that have been selected forevening stopovers are concoctingmemorable celebrations, with Newcastleplanning to zip-wire the lamefrom the Tyne Bridge to the Quaysideas part of their festivities (well,it’s one way to avoid tripping on thestairs).Many will argue that the thousandsspent on transporting a gloriied cigarettelighter that looks like a cheesegrater simply because the lame itcontains was forged by Prometheusand lit by Vestal Virgins at Olympia isa shocking waste of time and money;with a well-mapped route meaningthe relay can easily be disrupted byprotesters – as happened during theBeijing Games.However, thesenaysayers are alsothe people whocomplain thatthe Olympics istoo London centric,despite eventstaking place in locationsas diverse as Weymouth,Glasgow, Cardiff and Newcastle.Agreed, the torch does spenda great deal of time in andaround London, with the wholelast week of stopovers havingthe relay travel solely withinthe M25, but, with the exceptionof people north of Inverness,everyone who wants tojoin in the celebration andbuild up to having the pinnacleof sporting events take place inthis country should be able to headto a nearbytownand see thetorchpass by.This willmorethanlikelybein thehands ofan Olympian,orsomeonewho dedicatestheirtime toensuringsport isthereforeveryone,long afterthe lamehas beenextinguishedand re-litin Rio andbeyond.These eventsshould be celebrated and promoted,in the hope that they will inspirepeople to pick up a racquet, discus orbow and discover a talent they neverknew existed.Jonathon Edwards (right)and Sebastian Coe (left)holding 2012 olypic torchGetty Images


THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011 39featuresportManchestermove forcesMOTD faceliftFreddie Caldwell breaks down thenew look Match of the Day formatMOTD presenterGary LinekerJoin1goal (fl ickr)It’s Saturday night; realistically youhave two choices. You can either be inSinners stocking up on trebles, or youcan spend an evening in front of thetelevision watching Match of the Day.I know that many of you will questionwhy anyone would choose thelatter option, but the few of us thatdid were treated to a rather changedexperience last week.In 2010 the BBC decided to movesome of its departments, includingsport, to Manchester. Given the waythat the Premier league has gone sofar this season, it seems like this wasa good choice of location and as a resultof the move Match of the Day hasgot a new studio and will also now bebroadcast in high deinition.As soon as the famous theme tuneinished however, it became clearthat the producers have used thisopportunity to make a few aestheticchanges as well.Firstly, the studio has been doneup in a different colour scheme - thefamiliar red and white is gone andin its place is a new red and blue design.Now, whilst this may not havesent shockwaves around the footballwatchingcommunity, it does stillmatter.Sky Sports have already made redand blue familiar to the world of footballbroadcasting and there are surelymany football fans who are upset thattheir weekend viewing will now bemade up from a more limited palette.However, this change was perhapsnot that surprising given that theBBC has often seemed to take cuesfrom Sky’s football coverage; AlanHansen and Mark Lawrenson havebeen squeezed into increasingly tightclothes over the last few years and itwouldn’t be all that surprising if GaryLineker started presenting in JamieRedknapp’s trademark shiny greysuit.The inluence of satellite TV is alsoevident in the new seating arrangements:the pundits have now beengiven individual chairs in place of thespherical sofa that occupied the oldstudio, which is going to make it a lotmore dificult for them to power napduring the last few games.The graphics department has alsobeen busy updating themselves forthe switch to Manchester - apparentlythe audience will better understandthe number of corners in a game ifthey can view that statistic in theform of a bar chart.This is not annoying in itself, butthey have chosen to insert thesegraphics at an angle into the postmatchinterviews. This means that SirAlex Ferguson and his colleagues nowtake up much less of the screen, andthey end up staring at someone’s MicrosoftExcel creation rather than atthe audience which is rather bizarre.The move also heralds the coming ofhigh deinition to BBC football, whichis certainly welcome when it comesto the football footage, provided thatyou have the necessary equipmentto actually view the program in thisformat. If nothing else it means thatyou can switch between BBC HD andBBC One to see if you can notice thedifference when you get bored duringWigan vs. Fulham.HD also makes a noticeable differencewhen it comes to the studio footage;the button detail on Colin Murray’scardigans is now much clearerwhich will undoubtedly please footballfans up and down the country. Itis also now possible to see Mark Lawrenson’srather half-hearted attemptat Movember as he continues in hiseffort to become the scrufiest manon television.In general, high deinition does notseem to help studio-based televisionprograms; it simply seems to putincreased strain on the make-up departments,and presenters tend toend up looking worse than they didin standard deinition. A notable exceptionto this rule would be GeorgieThompson on Sky Sports News; sadlyMatch of the Day is not so well endowedwith pundits that suit the newformat.Although there are some problemswith the changes to the program, it isworth considering the practical reasonsbehind them. The move furtherNorth is designed to help the BBCrepresent the UK better and it couldcertainly be argued that the NorthWest is more focused on football thanLondon where the show used to bebased.The new design also means thatthe BBC only has to rent the studiofor two days a week, rather than thewhole time, as was the case with theprevious setup. This seems sensibleat a time when the corporationis under pressure to make spendingcuts - probably best not to mentionAlan Hansen’s £40,000 fee for eachepisode.Match of the Day should primarilybe focused on the football highlightsthemselves and the switch to HD hascertainly improved this aspect of theshow. This at least should help regularviewers to tolerate a few morepie charts and a clearer view of AlanShearer’s increasingly strange arrayof shirts.Back of the netVideo of the weekBizzare red card in Ukrainian premier league-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dtnDG3HAWYReferees judging to the letter ofthe law is one thing, but in a gamebetween Ukranian premier leaguesides Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk andKarpaty Lviv, referee Oleg Derevinskiyperhaps went too far when heshowed Samuel Inkoom a secondyellow card for removing his shirtwhilst in the process of being substituted.Whilst one of course feels sorryfor the dismissed Inkoom, spare athought for Dnipro substitute EvgeniyShakhov who was warmedup and ready to take the ield onlyto have the oppertunity snatchedaway from him by his teammatesinnocent mistake.Surprisingly Inkoom’s managerJuande Ramos had no sympathyfor the player who he claimed hadmade an “unforgiveable mistake”Tweet of the week-@JimmyAnderson9November 10“When I heard that St.James’ Park had been renamed Iwas upset and thought my trips to Exeter would neverbe the same... #SportsDirectArena”Testing timesEngland quickie Jimmy Anderson makes light of “Ashleygate”1.) Who was the irst captain to liftthe Premier League and FA cup double?2.) Which tennis player won singlesgold at the Atlanta Olympics 96’?3.) Who is the only footballer tohave played for both Manchesterclubs as well as liverpool and Everton?4.) How many cricketers havescored more than 1500 test runs?5.) Which current sprinter ran thesecond fastest 200m of all time inseptember?1) Steve Bruce; 2) Andre Agassi; 3) PeterBeardsley; 4) 1, (Sachin Tendulkar; 5)Elena BaltaThis week inhistoryNov 14 1984 Intra Mural: A close6-4 victory for for Miners againstArmstrong seconds sees “the worstconditions of the season” as “theClose House pitch suffered” somethings never change...Nov 15 1989 National: Sachin Tendulkarmakes his Test debut for Indiaagainst Pakistan.Nov 18 2009 National: ThieryHenry’s contreversial hand ball keepsRepublic of Ireland out of World Cup.Nov 19 2003 BUSA: Newcastle WildCats crushed Nottingham Mavericks17-0 in an ice hockey clash at the NationalIce Hockey Arena.Birthday WeekNov 14 1971: Adam GilchristLegendary Aussie wicket keeperbatsmanturns 40 on monday. “Gilly”holds the record for most test sixesas well as most test centuries for awicket keeper.Nov 15 1967: Gus PoyetFamous for his volley against Sunderlandin 1999, current Brightonmanager Poyet turns 44 on tuesday.Nov 16 1974: Paul ScholesPossibly the best passer but also theworst takler the premier league hasever seen. Scholes enjoys his irstbirthday as a coach.The LongshotThis week sees the premier leaguesonly two remaining unbeaten recordson the line as ManchesterCity and Newcastle go head to headat the Etihad stadium. City are bigfavourites to take the victory withLadbrokes at 2/7 with the Magpiesvirutally counted out at 7/1. We atthe courier would like to see bothof these runs continueand will beputting our moneyon the draw at: 4/1


THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011 41IntraMuralsportEngines fail against TitansDefending champions maintain unbeaten start to their new season at Close HouseIntra Mural RugbyEd Weeksat Close HouseTitans 19Engines 7On a fairly cold November day, defendingchampions Titans squared upagainst a new look Engines team withboth sides looking conident in thewarm-ups. Titans entered the matchon the back of three wins out of threeso far this season but knew that it wasessential to keep their winning rungoing given Armstrong’s outstandingstart to the season.2009 champions Engines meanwhile,with two wins and one defeatto their name so far in this campaign,needed a result to keep themselves intouch with the top sides.Titans, sporting a fresh new strip,unknowingly took to the ield withonly 14 men. Peter Osborne was theman responsible for bizarrely forgettingto take his place in the startingline-up.Nevertheless, from the irst whistleTitans applied good pressure. Thekick off was claimed well by the Enginesbut a rushed kick saw a chargedown resulting in the Titans puttingon pressure in the 22.A good backs set piece saw GusEdgell break the line only to fumblethe ball with the line at his mercy. Titansmaintained the pressure thoughand a clearance kick from the Enginesfull back gave Dave Fagan the chancefor a drop goal, which narrowlymissed.The irst score appeared inevitableand after an exchange of plays,which included Tom Wright droppingthe ball and breaking the line, Titanswent over for their irst try; ly-halfHenry Cunningham bulldozed hisway to the line, with Fagan convertingto give his side a 7-0 lead.The lead was soon extended too asTitans struck again straight from therestart. A chip from the 10 metre lineresulted in a ly hack and long run infrom a labouring Dave Fagan.Engines managed to get themselveson the board before half-time though,when their ly-half ran through betweena broken ruck for a score underthe posts, which he himself converted.Sensing a way back into the match,Engines ensured that the second halfwas a much more even affair as bothsides applied pressure despite havingno further points to show for it.With the clock ticking down however,Titans inally managed to closethe match out; an unrelenting attacksaw Justin Rai break the line to supplyFreddie Foxely with a deliciouswide ofload.Foxely beat the covering defendersto score in the corner and while Faganunsurprisingly missed the touchlineconversion, Titans held on to securea 19-7 win and extend their 100%winning start to the season to fourmatches.For the Intra Mural RugbyUnion league table see p.44Photography: Sam TysonHeaton mess for Ladieswhile Fairies ind wingsTequila ban ires Cunnigham’s side back on trackIntra Mural RugbyJamie Galbraithat HeatonSouthern Fairies 44Cheeky Ladies 21This has been a week where the word“Tequila” has sent shivers down thespines of permanent residents inNewcastle. The newest club, the topclub some may say, in Newcastle isbanned.The men who were wearing theshirts with the word on their backs– Southern Fairies - seemed like theywere out for revenge, angered bythe fact that there would be no WKDwaiting for them when they returnedhome.The Fairies took on the Cheeky Ladieswho were a place above them inthe League and with tensions runninghigh and both teams under pressureto resuscitate their title bids, thematch started in controversial fashion.It is likely that most people wouldagree that the referee deserved a yellowcard himself for missing what waspotentially the most blatant knock-onof the match in just the irst minute.It really could have been a start toa “Should’ve gone to Specsavers” advertbut although bafled and irritated,the men in blue and red drove onand despite falling behind were soonback in the match.A good kick from Fraser Clarke levelledthe scores at 3-3 however andthen it all seemed too easy for theFairies. The speedy brute Gonzalez inthe centres ran the irst try home linkingwell with the new found Gibraltarinternational that recently just cameback from international duties awayin Belgium.Bath scored a well-inished try inthe corner and even Gibraltar produceda ine swallow dive under theposts. It could have got even worsefor Cheeky Ladies too when SouthernFairies’ captain Ivo Cunningham produceda drop goal from just outsidethe 22 which only just missed. Neverthelessthe Fairies were lying.Even number eight Ashton got in onthe act, making a darting run downthe wing, which could have reallyrubbed salt into the Ladies’ wounds.The only cheeky thing about the Ladies’irst half performance was thekicking. Their kicker just needed awhiff of the posts and he sailed theball through, however such whiffswere few and far between.It should have been game overshortly before half-time too when,with the famous sounds of the bagpipesechoing around the ground,there was a moment of sheer classfrom Fairies’ Williamson. He claimedan awkward high ball, sailed aroundone Cheeky player, then a second andthen, incredibly, a third. Like a lion escapingpoachers he glided past themall and as lovingly as ever deliveredthe ball to Clarke who was away, onlyto be hauled back by the umpire onceagain for a forward pass. Specsaverswas the word on the assembledcrowd’s lips.Williamson did get a deserved trythough, his ifth of the match, beforehalf-time however.The second half produced a differentbunch of Ladies, however, promptingrumours that they had swappedshirts with one of the girls’ teams thatwere playing next door.However they did it, they suddenlystarted to play real rugger. Althoughthey were still kicking the ball toomuch giving possession back to theFairies, the Ladies did soon get theirirst try of the match, and this wassoon followed by a controversial second.Despite the ball being droppedand knocked on, the umpire foundhimself unsighted and on the wrongside and thus allowed the try to stand.The Fairies were resilient and heldtheir lines with some extraordinarytackles from the usual suspects, Gonzalez,Gibraltar and mad man KevillMears, but there was also some greatkicking from Weeks and Fraser Clarkewho put more pressure on the Ladies.As expected another Fairies try wasscored as Clarke followed up Cunningham’skick to put the game beyondall doubt.It proved to be a great performancefrom the Southern Fairies. A ludicrouslyorganised line of backs and abeautifully led pack proved the catalystfor their victory, and while the Ladiesdid manage to get a late score – aine interception and run from theirown 22 – the Fairies fully deservedtheir win and will look to reignitetheir challenge for the title over thecoming weeks.Armstrong stay top afterfourth successive whitewashof the new seasonIntra Mural Rugby round-upColin HenrysSports EditorDespite being one of the longest-servingteams in the Intra Mural rugbycompetition, success has been verylimited in recent years for Armstrong.Known for their big-hitting tacklesand powerful pack, they have insteadbecome synonymous with mid-tableinishes; beating the rest, but rarelybeating the best.Based on their opening to this seasonhowever, that may well be aboutto change. In four matches this seasonthey are yet to concede a single point.In more than ive hours of rugby notone opposing team has managed toearn even a solitary score againstHugo Snape’s side.Meanwhile they have ran in 189points, earning four bonus points inthe process and leaving them sittingrather pretty at the top of the leaguefollowing their 34-0 victory againstLarrikins.Beneath them, defending championsTitans also have a 100% start tothe season, but having not earned asmany bonus points already ind a gapopening up between themselves andArmstrong above them.The two are scheduled to meet on23 November in what will undoubtedlybe the match of the season so far.Athough comfortably the two teamsto beat already this season, they arenot the only side to be undefeated sofar. Agrics 1 have also avoided any reverses,but their dismal 3-3 draw, aresult that still seems unbelievable nomatter how many times it is written itdown, means that they are ive pointsbehind Titans already. They do havea game in hand however, and their59-0 victory over their second team afortnight ago points towards a resurgencein form.Currently loating in mid-table obscurityare three teams who at thestart of the year will have harbouredhigh hopes of mounting title challenges.Southern Fairies impressive victoryagainst Cheeky Ladies, left, has puttheir season back on track and seesthem level on points with Agrics 1.For the Ladies, who won this leagueso comprehensively two seasonsago,but have seemingly never fully recoveredfrom a shock cup inal defeatto Titans in the same year, the defeatonly serves to prove the gulf betweenthem and the top teams in the league.Added to their 57-0 defeat to Armstrongat the start of this month andTHAT draw with Agrics 1 and it hasmade for a very disappointing start tothe season for Cheeky Ladies.It is the same story for another formerchampion, the 2009 victors Engines,who have failed to build on asolid 2010-11 season. Their indifferentstart of two wins and two defeatsis perhaps a bit misleading however,given that their two losses have beento Titans and Armstrong.At the other end of the table, thisweek perhaps brought the most surprisingresult of the season to datewhere Agrics 2, so often the whippingboys of the division, stunned big rivalsMedics by beating them 13-0 atClose House. Wins for Agrics 2 are sofew and far between that most peoplewho have experienced one still dineon them today. This one will no doubtbe no different as captain Grant Walkerenters folklore as having earned awin while in charge of the side.For the Medics it is just the latest ina line of awful performances so farthis season. Losing heavily to Armstrongand Titans can be forgiven, butto lose to Agrics 2 as well is just embarrassing.


42 THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011sportIntraMuralLate winner gives Newhist the last laughHeartbreak for Shavin as last-minute Pickering strike seals victory in seven-goal Cochrane thrillerIntra Mural FootballDivision Two (Weds)Newhist FC 4Ar U Shavin A Laugh 3Colin Henrysat Cochrane ParkIt is not uncommon for football commentatorsto react over-excitedly todream performances as being akin toRoy of the Rovers. For Newhist’s TomPickering however, the comic hero ismost deinitely the perfect metaphorfor his contribution to his side’s victoryover Ar U Shavin A Laugh.Pickering’s Wednesday began withonly thoughts of a history lecture tooccupy him. Just two hours beforekick-off however, he received a latecall-up to the Newhist side and cameoff the bench to score the winninggoal in the dying minutes to secure a4-3 success at Cochrane Park.His late goal may have stolen theheadlines but in truth it was justthe icing on the cake of an epic IntraMural encounter. Two goals from Newhist’sRory Brigstock-Barron eitherside of a Jake Wimshurts strike and adisputed Martin Windebank penaltysaw the sides go in to half-time levelat 2-2.Wimshurts struck again in the secondhalf and looked to have given ArU Shavin a priceless victory but a lateequaliser from Josh Walton and Pickering’seven later winner gave Newhista famous win.Both sides entered the game in needof points as they looked to steer clearof the bottom of the table; Ar U Shavinlooking to bounce back from defeat toThe Hurricanes and Newhist lookingto build on their irst ever pointagainst Newcastle Medics 2nds theprevious week.Newhist, despite missing defendersRowan Northcott and Colin Henrysfrom that draw, started brightest;Walton seeing an early shot go narrowlyover and Will Robinson headingjust off target from a corner.At the other end Windebank andWimshurts saw plenty of the ball too,but could only muster a few weakshots that were saved easily by JamesThornton. The game burst into lifehowever when Newhist’s Brigstock-Barron intercepted a defensive passto ind himself one-on-one withthe ‘keeper and slotted home withaplomb to make it 1-0.Newhist lost a third defender, RaymondWen, to injury shortly beforethe half-hour mark however and ArU Shavin levelled shortly afterwardswhen the otherwise impressiveBroadbent missed an interception toallow Wimshurts to level proceedings.Shavin soon took the lead for theirst time too, although Newhist wereleft feeling slightly aggrieved at theawarding of a penalty after the ballstruck Tayo’s arm in the box. Despiteprotestations that it had hit his shoulder,the decision stood and Windebankbeat Thornton from the spotwith an inch-perfect penalty into thebottom corner.Newhist’s hero Tom Pickeringruns at the Shavin defencePhotography: Hubert LamWith Shavin in the ascendancythey piled pressure on the Newhistbackline but Robinson and Matt Holmes,who excelled in place of Northcott,performed well at the back andThornton was rarely troubled.Shavin were guilty of their ownundoing however, as with half-timelooming they were penalised whena defender illegally shouted ‘leave it’,resulting in an indirect free kick in thebox. In truth it was a harsh decisionfrom the referee but rules are rulesand having already been punished inthe middle of the pitch for a similarincident, Shavin ought to have knownbetter.They were made to pay the ultimateprice too, as Brigstock-Barron backheeledthe ball to Walton from the indirectfree-kick, and when the initialshot was blocked on the line, followedit up himself to bring the score backto 2-2.Shavin started the second-halfbrightest and hit the crossbar fromone long-range effort before Wimshurtsrestored their lead. Thatprompted the introduction of Pickeringfor Newhist however, and achange to irst 4-4-2 and then 4 -3-3as they chased an equaliser.Newhist piled pressure on the backline,but with the Shavin defenceholding irm it looked as though theirtime would run out.The equaliser did inally arrive however;Robinson met a long Shavin ballupield with a huge header from theback, Pickering ducked underneaththe ball and in doing so sold the defendera perfect dummy to free Walton.Walton’s cool inish levelled thescore at 3-3 and sent Newhist wildbut the best was still to come.With time running out, Pickering receiveda through ball on the left-handside, took the ball into the box andwhile most other strikers would haveused their left-foot, unleashed a risingshot with the outside of his right tobeat the goalkeeper and give Newhistthe victory.In truth, while Newhist arguablydeserved their victory, Shavin at thesame time did not deserve to havelost. Nevertheless the New Boys nowind themselves in sixth place in theleague; their disastrous start to theseason now well behind them.Division Two (Bottom)Team Pld5 The Hurricanes 46 Newhist FC 47 Boca Seniors 58 Ar U Shavin 5GD+1-9-6-15Pts4433Magic strike late to stun SenselessLast minute equaliser sees spoils shared in Division Three clash at Close HouseIntra Mural FootballDivision Three (Weds)Shagther Senseless 2Brown Magic FC 2Robbie Cachiaat Close HouseIn another highly anticipated encounterShagther were left devastated asBrown Magic produced an equaliserin the dying minutes, denying theSenseless back to back victories forthe irst time.Following their 2-0 victory againstJesmondino last week, conidencewas high in the Senseless camp butBrown Magic’s walkover win againstNCL Galacticos had pushed them upthe table and given James Burns’ sidea week off after their 8-1 thrashing ofNewcastle Dynamos.Renowned as slow starters, Shagtherunusually began the game brightlydominating possession and theiropening goal came in the sixth minute.A great ball down the right foundHugh Grosvenor who showed skill tobeat his man before delivering intothe box for Declan Ferry who arrivedat the back post to head past the Magic‘keeper.Shagther, 1-0 up and looking comfortable,began to lose their grasp onthe match however with Brown Magiclooding the middle of the pitch andcreating chances, shots lying widefrom promising positions. It took theoutstretched leg of keeper Ben Lamontto keep the score at 1-0, againshowing his quality between thesticks.However a stroke of fortune came10 minutes before half time as a ballwas miscontrolled by one of the Magicmidielders but fell straight to EddyHill. Finding himself onside and oneon one with Lamont, he rounded theSenseless keeper and slotted in a neatinish to make it 1-1.That signalled the coming of halftimeand both teams seemed satisiedwith the opening proceedings as theywent into the interval.The second half was controlledon the most part by Shagther wholooked comfortable at the back withCachia and Sleath coping in the middle,and Brown Magic only causingthem trouble from set pieces. Goingforward the Senseless gained particularsuccess down the lanks withFerry and Georginho inding plentyof space, however they were unableto make the inal impact. The gamelooked like a hard fought 1-1 beforesuper sub Tom Eagling, on his returnfrom injury scored a wonder goal 15minutes from time which looked likethe winner.However the Magic showed theirresilience and determination as theypiled the men up the ield searchingfor the equaliser. With Shagtherunable to inish the game off on thecounter, the air of inevitability wassatisied by a Brown Magic equaliser.A soft free kick was conceded by leftback Chris Pugh and all but three ofthe Magic’s player were in the Senselessbox as it came in.Ben Lamont bravely challenged forthe ball but his punch fell straight tothe opposition who’s misguided attemptfell to Lewis Cockerill on theback post whose looping header intothe net. Cue devastation for Senselessand delight for the Magic as the linesmanran onto the pitch to celebratewith the team.It was hard on Senseless who camewithin minutes of recording theirthird victory of the season, but on thebalance of play it was probably thefairest result.Both teams now sit comfortably inmid-table on seven points, just twopoints off second place. With muchof the season still to play they will behopeful of building on their encouragingstarts to the season and beginto mount promotion pushes.Shagther face second from bottomCombined Honours in their nextmatch where they will no doubt bekeen to keep to build on these lasttwo weeks and begin to mount an extendingunbeaten run.For Brown Magic FC meanwhile, it isa dificult trip to Longbenton to facetop of the table Roman Villa.Full results, league tables andtop goalscorer charts on p.44


THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011 43IMleaguetablesp44>>>Hurricanes run out of steam asLokomotiv grab unlikely pointSecond half capitulation sees Hurricanes meekly surrender four goal advantageIntra Mural FootballDivision Two (Weds)The Hurricanes 5Lokomotiv 5Harry Slavinat Longbenton 3GThe Hurricanes’ turbulent start tothe season took another twist onWednesday when they let slip a fourgoal halftime lead against Lokomotiv.In truth, Hurricanes were lucky to escapewith a point after a second halfcollapse that saw them overrun bya rejuvenated Lokomotiv side. Theinal stages of the match saw Loko’create and squander numerous opportunitiesto complete a sensationalturn around and produce a result thatseemed virtually impossible after TheHurricanes irst half performance.Both teams came into this match onthe back of impressive performances;Lokomotiv had just picked up theirsecond win of the season after a dazzlingdisplay against Boroussia Forsythsaw them triumph 5-1 while TheHurricanes had grabbed their irstvictory of the season, defeating Ar UShavin A Laugh by the same scoreline.It was the Hurricanes that took the initiativein this encounter and lookeddetermined to build on their strongperformance from the previous week.Their dominance of the irst halfproceedings was in evidence from thekick-off, creating a couple of chancesRoman rule at Redhall DriveGalacticos hit for six as Villains go clear at the top of Division ThreeIntra Mural FootballDivision Three (Weds)NCL Galacticos 1Roman Villa 6Owen Evansat Redhall DriveWhat seemed set to be a close top ofthe table clash in Division Three lastWednesday turned out to be a demolitionjob for Roman Villa on a bitterlycold day at Redhall. Villa showed whythey are top of the division, and whyaccording to fans and pundits alike,they should be playing at a higherlevel.Roman Villa entered the match onthe back of three successive victoriesas they chase their second consecutivetitle, while the NCL Galacticos impressivestart to the season had beenundone as they were forced to concedea 5-0 walkover to Brown Magiclast time out.After a slightly late kick off due tothe referee’s decision to be fashionablylate, Villa’s irst goal came withina matter of minutes. A Niall O’Hanlonfree kick found the infamous headof Tom Islip, which knocked the balldown to top scorer Oliver Grifithswho had no trouble in smashing theball into the bottom corner.Villa continued to dominate, lookingdangerous on the lanks, and it wasnot long before the archaeologistsdoubled the score thanks to a crossfrom Drew Johnston, which foundGrifiths one on one with the keeperto coolly slot the ball home and grabhis second of the game.Within minutes, Galacticos gameplan looked dead and buried, as Grif-iths outpaced Sean Mongan into theopposition box before slotting in RobGrady whose shot Galacticos goalkeeperHussain could only fumbleinto the goal.Roman Villa kept in control of thegame with some great passing and anassured defensive display from Islipand Tristan Rhodes. They continuedto look the more likely to score withOscar Francis and Oliver Grifithspeppering the Galacticos goal withchances. The only real Galacticoschance came toward the end of thehalf when Intra Mural legend CarlosTotti received the ball from a quickcorner and almost managed to get ashot off before it was charged down.NCL Galacticos decision to substitutethe keeper at half time was aboutwithin the opening ive minutes andputting themselves ahead momentslater thanks to the left boot of HarrySlavin. One then quickly became twowhen Adam Duckworth sprung theoffside trap and raced through ongoal to slip the ball past the on rushingkeeper.Barely twenty minutes had beenplayed when The Hurricanes foundthemselves three goals to the good,Andy Thomas’s careering run downthe right hand side saw him createenough space to slide a low ball intothe box that deceived everyone, includingthe keeper, and found its wayinto the far corner of the net.Despite the relentless pressure fromHurricanes there had been warningsigns that Lokomotiv were still in thematch and these were not heededas free kick aimed towards the backpost found Scott Bowman who’s loopingheader caught out ‘keeper BenMile and put his side back in with ashout. This was as good as the openingperiod got for the red and blacksas The Hurricanes upped the anteonce more, Chris McCrory’s dash intothe box cut short by a wild lunge thatgave The Hurricanes a chance fromthe penalty spot. Adam Duckworthtook the ball and placed it past thekeeper for his second of the matchand he was soon completing his hattrick as another cool inish seeminglyput The Hurricanes in complete controlat the break.However there was only one teamthat turned out in the second half andthe tone of the half was set instantlyas a sweeping move from Lokomotivsaw them reduce the deicit, Bowmaniring home to give his side the smallestglimmer of hope. That glimmerslowly began to grow throughout thehalf as Lokomotiv’s belief grew whileThe Hurricanes let a mixture of complacencyand panic wreak havoc withtheir conidence.The comeback gained yet more momentumwhen Jamie Elwood struckfrom just inside the box to reduce TheHurricanes lead to just two and whenJosh Robinson’s cross looped into thefar corner the unthinkable comebackwas well and truly on.It was inally completeten minutesfrom the end when ascramble in the boxsaw the ball inallyturned in by JamieElwood despite the despairingdives of TheHurricanes defence. Thegoal was greeted by disbelieffrom both sets ofplayers, the jubilant celebrationsfrom the Lokomotivcamp drowningout the stunned silencefrom The Hurricanesplayers.Unsurprisingly it wasLokomotiv who pushed forwhat would have been a sensationalwinner, with the shellshockedHurricanes side strugglingto get out of their own halffor the inal inal ive ive minutes of thematch. And it was only the heroicsof their ‘keeper Ben Mile thatmade sure they escaped from thematch with a point still intact aftera ine ine double save in stoppagetime. At the full-time whistle, thedraw will have felt like a win forLokomotiv while the result will be anextremely dificult one for The Hurricanesto take after blowing theirsizable advantage. The result willundoubtedly have repercussions forboth sets of players, the result givingLokomotiv a new conidence to buildtheir season around while The Hurricaneswill have to dust themselvesdown and look to the next match toshake off the aftershock of this horrendousresult.Elsewhere in the Second Division,Newcastle Medics 2nds maintainedtheir position at the top of the pilewith a comfortable victory over BocaSeniors. An own goal set theMedics on their way to yetanother win and victorywas made sure by AlexRhodes who put his2-0 up in the secondhalf.That result meantthat second placeEcosoccer had to win inorder to keep in touchwith the league leaders.However an impressivedisplay from BoroussiaForsyth saw them runout 6-2 victors, withhat trick hero ArchieNorman stealing theshow.the only change that this game experiencedin the second half. Roman Villacontinued to play with conidence andthe Galacticos struggled to get a holdin the game. Villa were once againrewarded for their dominance whenDrew Johnston’s sweetly struck freekick found the bottom right cornerof the goal to make it 4-0. Galacticosreacted by making a second change ofthe afternoon to their goalkeeper.Villa thought they should have hada penalty minutes later when RobGrady took the ball past the Galacticoskeeper who brought the captaindown just inside the box, however apenalty may have been a harsh decisionas the ball was already out ofplay.Another penalty was appealed forjust after, however this time it wasat the other end of the pitch and thistime it was given. Totti’s through ballwas met by Duke Ubong Ata, who wastaken down clearly in the box. UbongAta stepped up for the penalty, andslotted it home to give the Galacticossome hope of getting back into thegame.This hope was short lived, as Villacontinued to dominate, and this dominancepaid dividends with their ifthand sixth goals. The ifth was thanksto a Tom Islip cross which was metby the head of Andy Carey who convertedit into the back of the net. Thesixth was added soon after as OscarFrancis sliced open the defence witha nifty through ball, which was slottedhome by Grady for his second ofthe day, putting the game beyond allreasonable doubt.The result could end up being crucialfor Villa in this season’s title race,and Galacticos will have to regroupafter such a surprising and devastatingdefeat. Fans favourite CarlosTotti looked a dejected igure afterthe game, having had little of the ballin what he seemed to feel were unfavourableplaying conditions.The apparent gulf between theteams that this game seemed to showis not really a true illustration however,and NCL Galacticos, along withCarlos Totti may still come back tohaunt Villa.Division Three (Top)Team1 Roman Villa2 Politic Thistle3 Galacticos4 Brown MagicPld4454GD+16+2-5+11Pts12997IntraMuralsportThe SecretIntra MuralFootballer#5 Newcastle:vice-cityAs a footballer/student in Newcastle,and one that enjoys a drink, Iunderstand how easy it can be to gethooked on a certain pastime, be itdrinking with the boys, or going all inon green or black.I like to think that I can handle mydrink but the old ‘One drink, twodrink, three drink, loor’ has beenproven to full effect on far greatermen than me by certain bars in Newcastle.Rumours including the words ‘cheapvodka’, ‘antifreeze’ and ‘Sinners’ aredoing the rounds at the minute. Nowonder people aren’t managing four.Even the name encourages sin. Throwin Aspers next door and you have apoisonous cocktail that might evenmatch what Sinners are selling.What choice do young, unsuccessful,unpaid, slightly overweight footballershave when placed in such anenvironment?My team are often advised not to goout on a Tuesday or Friday night, becausethe manager knows that shouldwe migrate from Jesmond to theDiamond Strip, the result could determineour result the next day, withplayers turning up bruised, paintedor high, and some still hammeredfrom the night before.Gambling is a problem with footballers,not just at Intra Mural level,but also the slightly higher professionallevel. Just last week the secondbest player to ever wear Newcastle’sNo.28 shirt, Michael Chopra, admittedto losing as much as £2m throughbetting, sometimes gambling as muchas £20k a day.While Intra Mural players have afraction of the income that Choprahas had over the years, I have heardstories of students gambling studentloans on the roulette wheel.After nights out I have known playersthat have lost amounts of moneyat Aspers that could have paid theirrent and fed them for a week.Maybe Intra Mural players have toomuch spare time on their hands. Regulartraining sessions are unheardof, while one or two games a week isclearly not always enough to keep aplayer focused.Oh, and there are university courses,but they rarely restrict a player/student too much if he wants to goout, get p*ssed, or gamble his moneyaway.The bible tells us that ‘he who iswithout sin cast the irst stone’ (John8:7).I guess the silence surrounding thedrinking and gambling culture amongstudents suggests that people aremore religious than I thought.


44 THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011sportIntraMuralIntra MuralHockey round-upThe display from Group B of Intra Mural’sonly mixed sport on November 6conirmed just how temperamentalsome stick and ball games can be.Despite being the clear dominators,with powerhouse ‘Quinny’ controllingas ever in midield, the Gunnersonly came out top against bottom ofthe league Combined Honours bya slim 2-1 margin. Toby Crow wasthe irst to put it past the Honour’s‘keeper, tallying two in two gamesand hence securing him the top goalscorer title. An equalizer before halftime levelled the playing ield, but itwas Gunners’ Sam Mawer’s effortlessone man weave from ive yards insidethe opposition’s half to the goal linethat earned his side the three pointsto take them top of the table.Meanwhile NUSSC faced GreenSticks in a game that could go downin IM history; all four men’s Uni captainswere on the pitch. Passes werepinpointed, shots were sharp and thepace was fast and furious. Thrown inwith controversial umpiring by NUM-HC Vice President Charlie Henry (rememberwho’s team you’re on) and itwas a clash of the titans like no other.NUSSC captain Sam Harris-Wrightwound through the Sticks’ defencewith speed and lair, gliding throughthe hard work before pressure in the‘D’ saw him top more balls than couldbe repaired by the solitary shot thathit the backboard.It was then left to Sticks’ ChrisAshton to slot the ball past an otherwiselawless Drew Johnston on hisnear post to see a share of the spoils.Intra MuralNetball round-upBiology Netball’s hopes of a titlechallenge were dented by a heavydefeat to Uni Hockey last week. The17-3 reverse to the Hockey girls –Biology’s irst defeat of the season –means that they are now already sixpoints off the top of the table, whereUni Hockey and Net Assets share thelead.Both sides have four wins from theiropening four matches, with the Assets15-9 victory over Agrics B givingthem the lead by just a solitary goal.At the other end of the table, defendingchampions Mansoc and CHS bothgot their irst wins of the campaign,the former coming out of a tough encounterwith Leazes Ladies with anarrow 11-8 victory.CHS meanwhile were the high scorersof the day as they piled more miseryon RRB1’s torrid debut season.Sarah Addison’s side put 19 unreturnedgoals past the newcomers, toleave RRB1 bottom of the league withno points and a goal difference of -60.In the later 5pm-6pm league, therewas further misery for pre-seasontitle favourites NUSSC who werethrashed 16-1 by the free scoring Agrics.The rural ladies have now scored67 goals in their irst four matchesand lie second in the table behindNetball Ninjas, the only team to havebeaten them so far.The Ninjas are now four points clearat the top after inlicting Chem Eng’sirst defeat of the season. The Mengenever really got going as the impressiveNinjas secured a comfortable11-3 victory to maintain their 100%start to the campaign.CHS join them and Agrics on 12points after a 10-6 win against TheHistory Girls, as they look to matchtheir achievements of two yearsago when they were second only toNUSSC in the league table. For TheHistory Girls, however, it marked avast improvement after a poor startto the year, and will no doubt givethem a huge conidence boost.FootballWednesday 11-a-sideDivision 1Team Pld W D L F A Pts1 Barca Law Na 4 4 0 0 22 0 122 Crayola 4 2 0 2 5 6 63 Henderson Hall 4 2 0 2 9 11 64 Newcastle Medics 1sts 3 1 2 0 9 2 55 Dyslexic Untied 3 1 1 1 4 3 46 Aftermath 4 1 0 3 3 19 37 Castle Leazes 4 0 1 3 5 16 1Castle LeazesCrayolaDyslexic UntiedNewcastle Medics 1stsHenderson HallBarca Law NaDivision 2Team Pld W D L F A Pts1 Newcastle Medics 2nds 5 4 1 0 14 3 132 Ecosoccer 4 3 0 1 22 11 93 Boroussia Forsyth 5 3 0 2 12 11 94 Lokomotiv 4 2 1 1 19 13 75 The Hurricanes 4 1 1 2 15 14 46 Newhist FC 4 1 1 2 9 18 47 Boca Seniors 5 1 0 4 12 18 38 Ar U Shavin A Laugh 5 1 0 4 7 22 3Boroussia ForsythEcosoccerLokomotivThe HurricanesNewcastle Medics 2ndsBoca SeniorsDivision 3Team Pld W D L F A Pts1 Roman Villa FC 4 4 0 0 19 3 122 Politic Thistle 4 3 0 1 12 10 93 NCL Galacticos 5 3 0 2 12 17 94 Brown Magic FC 4 2 1 1 16 5 75 Shagther Senseless 5 2 1 2 7 6 76 Jesmondino FC 4 2 0 2 8 8 67 Combined Honours 5 1 0 4 8 15 38 Newcastle Dynamos 5 0 0 5 5 23 0Combined HonoursPolitic ThistleJesmondino FCNewcastle DynamosNCL GalacticosRoman Villa FC031105625520125116Top Goalscorers7: Jamie Hurworth (Barca)5: Chris McKee (Barca)4: Dave Edwards (Medics)2: Dave Eccles (Aftermath)2: Joel English (Medics)Newhist FCAr U Shavin A LaughTop Goalscorers439: Josh Batham (Ecosoccer)8: Zack Goddard (Ecosoccer)6: Archie Norman (Forsyth)6: Adam Duckworth (H’canes)5: Scott Bowman (Lokomotiv)Shagther SenselessBrown Magic FCTop Goalscorers227: Ollie Griffi ths (Roman Villa)5: James Dunn (P Thistle)5: Rob Grady (Roman Villa)4: Duke U Ata (Galacticos)4: Lewis Cockerill (B Magic)Netball4pm-5pmIntra Mural


THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011 45BUCSsportRaiders run wild in the Cougars denNewcastle prepare for Northumbria clash with huge win against TeessideAmerican FootballTeesside CougarsNewcastle RaidersOlivier Masnykat Teesside084The Newcastle Raiders visited TeessideCougars for the American FootballTeam’s first game of the seasonhoping to get their season off to aflying start. Despite playing away onTeesside, against long-standing rivals,the Newcastle Raiders managed todemonstrate outstanding skill anddetermination, as indicated by thescore line.The opening drive of the game sawNewcastle immediately dominatethe field, the defensive team provingstrong against a frail opponent. Duringpre season the team had focusedon fitness, strength and set pieces andthe defence utilized this opportunityto put into practice the skills learntover the previous weeks, althoughminor errors in some of the preparedsequences of play revealed necessarypoints of improvement for upcomingfixtures. Comprised of a mixtureof experienced and new players, thematch proved a useful opportunityfor the fresh talent to experiencevaluable game time and the chance toimpress their more established teammates.The offensive team quickly foundthemselves on the field of play due tothe exceptional performance by thedefencive team. Following on fromtheir example, the offence were keento match the standard of their defensivecomrades, and did so by rackingup the points, particularly in the latterstages of the game. The offencedeployed complex plays for the firsttime under game conditions, the extratraining sessions throughout preseasonproving beneficial. Such playswere one of a number of factors whichenabled the team to coast to the easyvictory the team deservedly earnt.During the second half of the match,Newcastle increased their point scoreeven more significantly with even thedefence getting themselves in on theact, returning an interception for atouchdown and as a whole the defensiveperformance proved promising,the group displaying initiative andambition outside the traditional perceptionof their role.Newcastle Raiders’ performanceaside, the Teesside Cougars failed totruly challenge their rivals in a mannerwhich would justify the wellknownanimosity and rivalry betweenthe teams. Their weaknesses acrosstheir team allowed the Raiders’ to accesskey areas of the pitch with littledifficulty, a point the Newcastle playersshould be aware of in followingmatches as such victories will notcome as easily in the future.Outstanding players included BenCross, of the defensive section of theteam, who performed exceptionallythroughout the whole game. His contributionsin particular in terms oftackling, as well as scoring a touchdown,demonstrated his versatility inall areas of the pitch. Such attributeswere further displayed in the specialteams. As well as Cross, there was animpressive display from the returningEd ‘Oblivion’ Green, his two sacks onthe quarterback and all round performancesomething which the newplayers on the defensive line can definitelylearn from.Touchdowns were scored by a rangeof players, Josh Pratt, Joe O’ Sullivanand Dan Sleuth to name but a few,while Alex Hind got his name on thescoreboard in his first ever game forthe Newcastle Raiders. Noteworthyperformances from rookies such asAlex McPeake, and Ross Howells bodewell for future encounters and a greatfirst match sets a high standard forthe rest of the season.Cunning Fox sees off Leeds MetLadies’ HockeyLeeds Met 2ndsNewcastle 2ndsVikki Monkin Leeds02After an early 7.45am start, the ladies’hockey second team, set off for theirfirst away match against Leeds Metthrees. After multiple ‘team naps’ andwaiting around for almost six hours,the team finally got on the pitch justas it was getting dark.However, this wasn’t going to fazethe girls as they started the matchwith fighting force.Ball speed was quick on the newLeeds Met pitch, and the Royals wereusing this to their advantage, movingoff the ball well, and soon they weredominating play.Despite having all of the possessionFireworks on the Thames for NUBCNUBC’s coxedMen’s Fours hada successful tripdown to LondonPhotography: NUBCThe Raiders kickedoff their season instyle at TeessidePhotography:Gemma Fisherand spending ninety percent of thetime in their attacking half, the forwardswere finding it difficult to convertgoals, striking balls straight tothe keeper for easy saves. Skilful playfrom Roxanne Morris in the ‘D’ led tomultiple short corners and despitemultiple attempts on goal, the scoreswere still even at 0-0.The tempo of the match began torise as the attack grew more goalhungry in order to produce a scoremore reflective of their excellent play.A lucky break from the Leeds Metforwards led to speedy tracking backfrom defending duo Coral Lapsleyand Susanne Hill.However, this solid pair weren’t lettingany balls through leading to Goalie,Rachel Wilson, only touching theball once in the first half. Newcastle’stireless running began to wear outthe opposition, leaving space on eitherwing for the forwards to run into.Gayle Telfod picked up a great ballon the right hand side of the pitchdribbling it expertly up to the baselinebefore squaring across the ‘D’ towhere Sophie “foxy” Fox, was eagerlywaiting. After much celebration forFoxy’s first goal of the season, thewhistle was blown for half time.After encouraging words from CaptainMillie Karlsen, the girls weren’tabout to let the tempo drop for thesecond half, bouncing back onto thepitch with seemingly even more energythan before.As the growing number of spectatorsgathered around the pitch, theroyals dominated the game with shortsharp passes hardly letting Leeds Mettouch the ball. Despite some dubiousumpire decisions and the Leeds coachgetting increasingly more frustratedon the sideline, the girls continued toBoat ClubCharlotte Irvingin LondonFireworks were not only going off inthe night sky on November 5, but alsoon the River Thames between ChiswickBridge and Putney.A top Men’s Four and a Women’sQuad from Newcastle Universitymade the trip down to London to settheir store against tough Club, Universityand School competition atFuller’s Head of the River Fours.Newcastle’s Elite Men’s Coxed four -George Rossiter, Sam Arnot, Ed Ford,Tim Clarke and Charles Barry- racedthe 6.8 kilometre course in the reversedirection of the Oxford-CambridgeBoat Race.They set off number 39, only twoplay with force, keeping possession intheir attacking half.After an awful slide tackle just outsidethe ‘D’ from the Leeds Met defence,a penalty corner was awarded.Gayle Telford’s straight strike flewpast the keeper bringing the score to2-0.An excellent performance by the ladiesSecond team, who are set to dowell in the Conference Cup shouldthey continue to play to perform atthis level.Up for the cup?Sadly the Seconds result wasnot reflected elsewhere:Newcastle 3rds 0 - 7 Leeds 2ndsNewcastle 4ths 1 - 4 N’bria 2ndsplaces behind the GB Four looking setto be sent to the Olympics in 2012.They fought hard eventually finishingninth in a tough event.Second to go down the course fromNewcastle was a Women’s CoxlessQuad of Gemma Hall, Philippa Neill,Franziska Horbach and Nicole Lamb.They had a storming race, lookingsharp as they passed under HammersmithBridge to cheers from the fans.This showed in their result as theyfinished fourth out of a total of 38crews, placing as the top Universityof the day. Yet again this excellent resultsets NUBC in excellent stead forthe summer season and compoundsour status as one of the best rowinguniversities in the country.Cup successbut Firstslose inTrophyNetballFiona MossNetball correspondentBirmingham 1stsNewcastle 1sts3027With memories of last year’s disastrousjourney down to the Midlandsstill etched into the minds of theFirst’s old girls, the team lookedtowards this fixture with slightanticipation.However, following such a successfulstart to the season, the girls wereconfident that they could reverse lastyear’s result and the opening quarterfinished with the two teams beingseparated by only a single goal.Although the scores remained tight,Birmingham did continue to edgeahead but Newcastle were not a teamto be left behind and kept pushingat Birmingham’s score. Although thegirls managed to win the final quarterby three goals, it was not enoughto steal the win from the home sideand the girls lost 30-27.The entire team played exceptionallywell against a team of a muchhigher standard than those theyhave been playing this season, withsuper interceptions coming from lastweek’s and this week’s players of thematch, Sally Burden and Mia Archer.This unfortunate loss saw the girlsexit from the BUCS Trophy, howeverit gives them great confidence intheir own abilities looking aheadto a successful season and possiblepromotion.Durham 3rdsNewcastle 2nds2341Despite a slow start to the match,Newcastle maintained the upperhand but it wasn’t until the secondhalf that the girls really found theirfeet and began to make a distinctivegoal difference. The defence weresolid with Eustacia Hamilton andplayer of the match Lauren Barnettpicking off countless interceptionsdown the court; whilst the defensivepractice that the girls worked on intraining really proved to be an assetto the teams game with Emma Richardsongetting numerous tips. Thiswas a great win for the second team,who now move on to the next stageof the cup.Leeds Met 4thsNewcastle 3rds2845Despite not performing at the samelevel that they have done in theprevious weeks, the Thirds managedto keep control of their match anddepart with a win, passing throughto the next round of the cup. Eventhough the team was shook up byan injury to centre Holly Nuttall, theattack played particularly well withgreat shooting from Anna Rosenburgand man of the match Laura Wilson.Newcastle’s Fourth team received abye into the second round of the cupwhere they will play York Secondsaway. The Second team will now playLeeds Fourths in the second roundand Newcastle Thirds will host TeessideFirsts.


46 THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011sportBUCSStirling make Royals pay tShootout heartbreak for Firsts but Seconds and ThirMen’s FootballNewcastle 1stsStirlingNick Gabrielat Longbenton 3G3(3)3(4)Royals keeperWeston Murauunable to keepout six of theseven penaltiesfaced.Photography:AlexanderWilsonNewcastle’s Men’s Football 1st XI sufferedpenalty shootout heartbreakin the irst round of the BUCS FootballTrophy. The shootout followeda hard-fought 3-3 draw with a determinedStirling University secondteam on the Longbenton 3G.The Royals came into the gamebrimming with conidence, boastingtwo wins on the trot in the BUCSleague, including an impressive 6-3triumph at home to Liverpool Uni inlast week’s ixture.As such, it came as no surprise thatthe home side shaded the scrappyopening exchanges, with the Royals’irst chance falling to Ed Savitt, freshfrom his hat-trick scoring display lasttime out. On this occasion, the informstriker drilled an effort into the sidenetting after a whipped cross fromwinger Rishi Dhad, was only halfcleared.The home outit were, however,eventually rewarded for a period ofsustained pressure. Although livelywinger Dan Clements just failed toget on the end of a terriic inswingingball from the left foot of Savitt, thetwo combined moments later to createthe opening goal.This time it was an inswinging freekick from Savitt that Clements metwith his head, superbly glancing theball into the far corner of the net.Newcastle continued to dominateproceedings right up until the halftime whistle. They were even unfortunatenot to double their advantagesoon after, as a low cross from forwardTom Stapleton found Clementsat the far post, who saw his irst timeeffort acrobatically tipped over thebar by the Stirling keeper.The second period began with Newcastlelooking as if they would continuetheir irst half dominance. A neatinterchange of passes eventually sawSavitt ire the ball over the bar from12 yards out, admittedly after beingforced on to his weaker right foot.However, with the home side lookingincreasingly comfortable, theive-minute spell that followed waslabelled “nothing short of disastrous”by head coach Mark Woodhall, talkingafter the inal whistle.The away side drew them-selves level after the Royals wereslow to react to a quickly taken freekick 30 yards out. The ball was shiftedright to an opposition player who wasgiven far too much time to set himselfand ire the ball goalwards. Althoughkeeper Weston Mukau got a hand tothe rasping effort, he couldn’t keep itout.Things got even worse for the Royalsas, moments later, a rash challengeinside the area, from the otherwiseimperious centre-back Charles Igolu,gave the referee no option but topoint to the spot. The penalty wascoolly converted. Inexplicably, thehome side now found themselves 2-1down.A period of frustration then followedfor the Uni outit, as they struggled toget near the galvanised Scottish side.However, an inspired substitutionfrom Woodhall saw the home side’sfortunes at last begin to turn.Holding midielder Adam Fearn wasbrought on to replace the tireless Stapleton,enabling centre midielderTim Rakshi to push into a slightlymore advanced role, just behind centreforward Savitt.The extra numbers in midieldworked well in bringing the homeside back into the game, as the Royalsbegan to dictate play from the middleof the park.The change in tactics was eventuallyrewarded. Centre-half Igolu madeamends for giving away the penaltyby nodding home a looping cross fromright-back Kurran Dhugga. Soon after,Newcastle were unlucky not to regainthe lead, as Rakshi saw his headercleared off the line, in what proved tobe last chance of the 90 minutes.It was the home side that thendrew irst blood in extra time. Rakshishowed great endeavour to chasedown a long ball over the top beforeeventually rounding the keeper andstabbing the ball home from a tightangle. The goal came against the runof play, as the Scottish outit had hitthe woodwork on three occasions inthe 30-minute period amidst a seriesof frenzied goalmouth scrambles.However, the home side’s joy wasshort lived as, in the middle of yetanother goalmouth scramble, the refereepointed to the spot following aseemingly innocuous challenge frommidielder Tom Smith. Once again, thespot kick was coolly tucked away, takingthe game to a penalty shootout.Unfortunately, the home side wenton to lose 4-3 in the shootout, withmissed spot kicks from Fearn andRakshi proving decisive. As a result,the Royals saw their cup run come toan abrupt end, in spite of a laudabledisplay.Whilst Woodhall was understandablydisappointed with the result, hewas quick to praise the performanceof his players after the game. “Thelads showed irst class attitudes outthere today,” he said. “Aside from thatnightmare ive minute spell in thesecond half, I can’t fault them one bit.”He went on to show great humility,even in the context of a cruel loss.“Whether you feel a refereeing decisionwas right, wrong or [you’re] indifferent,it’s how you react that matters,”he observed. “We’ve learned oneor two lessons today, hopefully we’llbe stronger for it in the long run.”Newcastle fi rststring lose despitea sterling effort.Photography:Alexander WilsonMen’s FootballNewcastle 2ndsYork St. John 3rdsEdward Holdenat Longbenton21Newcastle’s second string weredrawn at home against the lowerranked York St John’s third team inthe irst round of the BUCS cup. TheToon team were on a high after abig victory over their local rivals theweek previous and were optimistic ofa win against York.Newcastle started the game on thefront foot, getting the football downand playing to feet, not allowing YorkSt John’s a touch of the ball. The Newcastlepassing display was carefullyorchestrated by the little man in mid-ield Jonny ‘Scouse’ Randalls. Newcastlepeppered the St John’s goal, withmultiple efforts from the potent strikeforce of Chris Holt and Mark Turner,so it was inevitable when the breakthroughcame via a lethal throughball from Sexton, splitting the defenceapart, connecting with Turner, whosewell timed run saw him latch on tothe ball and apply a sweet inish tosend the home side into the lead afterjust 20 minutes.After the goal the away side ralliedand managed to retain possession fora sustained period, putting the Newcastleside under pressure. Yet, thewell marshalled defence lead by CaptainEddie Holden repelled the onslaughtcompetently. However, Yorkwere eventually rewarded for thispressure and pulled a goal back viaa lucky lob from 30 yards out whichcaught the Royals keeper Jackson offguard and send the teams in at halftime level at 1-1.The injured club president, ArthurOkonkwo, led the half time team talk,emphasising the Royals superiority inpossession for the vast majority of theirst half, despite ive minutes whereNewcastle switched off and concededthe equaliser.Okonkwo’s words seemed to springNewcastle into life, and they startedthe second half in a similar fashionto the irst. With many of the freshersstamping their mark on the game, theonslaught soon returned. The wholeof the second half saw the youthfullooking Royals side camped withinthe York St John’s half. The full backpairing of Jack Callaghan and Eddie‘cushions’ Holden saw plenty of theball, bombing forward to stretch thedefence even thinner. Yet the Yorkdefence held resiliently against theRoyals forceful onslaught, to the increasingfrustration of the Newcastle


THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011 47BUCSsporthe penaltyds go through in cupLocal rivals Teessed byrock solid NWR defenceWomen’s RugbyNewcastle 1stsTeesside 1stsEmma BoyleCochrane Park105NWR 1st 10 - 5 Teesside 1stKnock Out Trophy – 1st roundOff the back of two wins in theirfirst two league matches, NWR werefeeling confident going into the firstround of the Trophy against Teessideat Cochrane Park. Confidence can leadto complacency though, and whatensued was an ugly, physical gamewhich lacked creativity and flare.It didn’t start out too badly for NWR.Despite finding themselves defendingin their 22 from the kick off, theysoon won possession and with somenice hands from the backs and a coupleof well placed kicks Newcastlewere attacking in the opposition’shalf. It didn’t take long for the ball tofind speedy Winger Elizabeth Seversto allow her to put 5 points on theboard for NWR.From then onwards though, Teessidefought back and NWR constantlyfound themselves on the back foot,defending in their own 22. One onlookereven commented that birdshad started to land in Teeside’s halfbecause Newcastle were unable togain possession and break out oftheir own half.The situation was not helped by thehuge loss to the team of Captain andFly-Half Phoebe Lebrecht who had toleave the pitch due to injury. However,despite spending almost 30 minutesconstantly defending in their 22,Newcastle’s defence held strong andthey didn’t concede a try. A try-savingtackle from Centre Holly Malins andstrong rucking from Scrum-Half HannahMcShane were notable contributionsto the defensive effort.The second half continued in thesame vein with NWR struggling toconvert what little possession theyhad into attacking opportunities.Constant knock-ons and poor disciplinemeant a stop-start game and alot of hard work for the forwards whogrew weary and the backs struggledto stay switched on.It wasn’t all negative; Newcastlestayed strong in defence with PropsCharlotte Flint and Sarah Bannonrefusing to let anyone through them,showing their teammates how it wasdone. In a rare moment of NWR havingpossession, simple hand-outs toWinger Livvy Coombs allowed herto make a break and run at least athird of the length of the pitch makingmuch needed ground for the team.Newcastle continued with this attackingmomentum with the whole teamputting their all into retaining possessionand pushing forward. Strongrunning from the forwards and loopingfrom the backs eventually putnumber eight Araba Chintoh acrossthe line to make it 10-0 to Newcastle.With 10 minutes left to go, Teessidestill refused to back down. With Newcastletiring from the constant defendingand struggling to keep theircool due to the un-sportsman likeconduct of some of the opposition,Teesside’s forwards managed to driveacross the line to get one try back. Itwasn’t enough though and when thewhistle blew for full time, Newcastlehad managed to scrape the win despiteonly having about 10% of possessionfor the entire match.Back of the match went to fresherRosie Neal for quickly adapting fromWinger to Centre and making covertackles all over the pitch. Forwardof the match went to fresher RhianHockey for instantly making an impactwith a huge tackle when subbedon. Player of the match was awardedto Araba Chintoh for her work rateand consistently being in there insupport of runners – Captain PhoebeLebrecht told Chintoh “NWR wouldn’tknow what to do without you.”Knights to rememberAnother dominant victory for women’s basketballplayers. Nevertheless, the defensiveefforts could only last so long, withNewcastle draining the energy oftheir opponents bit by bit throughtheir confident possession play. Andyet again the breakthrough camethrough Mark Turner with his 26thattempt on goal, giving the Toon sidea 2-1 lead. Striker Turner, who lookedlike he couldn’t score in a brothelbefore Wednesday’s game, was evidentlydelighted with his brace, andthis set the tone for the remainder ofthe match.The Royals attempts continued, andsaw efforts from Sexton, Holt andMarks go agonisingly close. The gameclosed with a 2-1 win for Newcastleseconds, but the score line did notshow just how much they dominatedthe game. However, a win is a win,and so onwards and upwards for thesecond string in the cup.Men’s FootballNewcastle 3rdsLeeds 1stsJohn Colvilleat Longbenton11Without a win so far this season, Newcastle’sThird team made the shorttrip to Bullocksteads to face NorthumbriaFourths in the first round ofthe Conference Cup.In a classic cup tie which saw twoown goals and a Poly red card, Newcastlecame out on top 4-3 winnersthanks to two goals from NathanCampbell and one each from Medics’captain Josh Davison and wingerPaddy Noble.Read the full match report at www.thecourieronline.co.ukWomen’s BasketballNewcastle 1stsManchester 1stsRosie Wowkat the Sports Centre6157Newcastle went into this cup gameagainst Manchester with high spiritsand expectations after performingwell in their previous two games.Buoyed by their efforts in recentweeks the team put in a rewardingweeks training and were fully preparedfor Manchester when they tookto the court on Wednesday.The game started off with bothteams looking extremely strong, withManchester getting some great shotsup underneath the basket. To matchthat talent, the home side were alsopenetrating into the key with fantasticdrives from the point guards.Pocket-sized Eglė Duleckytė dominatedthe court with a great move tobasket with her fouled perfect finishgiving her a shot from the free-throwline to add to the score. Due to lackof rebounds from the Knights at bothends, the girls were endlessly runningup and down the court, but this didnot stop them playing great defence,with the first quarter ending 20-13 toNewcastle.Corinne Vaughan started off thesecond quarter with some more stunningdrives to the basket and somegreat assists giving the option for thenow reliable Rosie Wowk to put upan easy bank shot. With some batteringstands in the key, Manchesterwere denied points and the Knightswere able to run through some perfectlyperformed plays at their endof the court. Like a scene from theteam’s favourite film, Coach Carter,Silvia Montserrat took a step back tobe outside the three point line andsunk a sensational three with a roarof applause from the bench. Withsome fierce passing, Newcastle wereable to break down the opposition’sdefence creating space for the homeplayers to take several composedshots, pushing the score up to 38-19by half time.Manchester were not here to loseand came out incredibly hard in thesecond half. With a newly instatedpress, Newcastle were struggling toget the ball smoothly into the otherhalf, letting the score drop from atwenty point lead, to just ten. Technicalfouls were dished out to Manchesterfor their feeble attempt toput players off when taking shots,allowing Newcastle to gain some unchallengedbaskets. Rebounding improvedmassively in the second halfwith giantess Tasslem Von Strengproving white girls can jump by grabbingthe ball after missed shots. Localcelebrity Alice Holloway made herpresence felt with an assortment ofsuperb post moves under the basket.The score was boosted again whenmore threes were sunk by Duleckytė,who has recently been awarded thetitle ‘best three point shooter in theworld’.As the match reached the final quarter,the pressure mounted; Manchester’sscore getting worryingly close asthey clawed their way back into thegame. WNBA player, Emily Jackson,made the game look easy by infiltratingthe defence and putting up a coupleof baskets. Deafening noise fromthe bench spurred on the Knights asthey stepped up their defence, creatingfast breaks with well executed finishesfrom lefty Inga Vareikaitė. Thetension in the air could be cut with aknife, but only Manchester suffered asthey began to make ridiculous fouls,resulting in free shots for Newcastle,who kept their composure to sink thefree shots. The Knights finished witha great score 66-57 after a tiring lastquarter.Founder of the charity ‘Action forthe Blind’, Chris Bunten reflectedpositively on the game saying “Ithas been my most satisfying win inmy eleven years of coaching. All theplayers were fantastic, showing suchdedication and an amazing attitudein training. The work has paid off andI’m so happy to be a part of this teamand have fallen in love with coachingwomen’s basketball!” Next week willbe a huge challenge for the NewcastleKnights as they play this week’s victimsagain in a league game on Manchester’shome turf. But with a similarand stronger performance theyknow they can continue their quest tobecoming league winners yet again.


Sportthecourieronline.co.uk/sport48thecourieronline.co.uk/sportLadies hockey:Leeds lose outpage 47Intra Mural:BB shoots down Shavinpage 42THE COURIER Monday November 14 2011NWR lock horns with Teesside in Trophy Third successive win sees women throughCrouch, Touch, Pause, Engage: Newcastle’s pack faced their toughest test so far this season, but managed to edge a low scoring cup tie against local rivals Teesside Firsts Photography: Hubert LamRoyals stick it to StrathclydeMen’s HockeyBUCS PWC TrophyStrathclydeNewcastle 1stsJohn Colvillein Strathclyde25Last Wednesday saw Newcastle Men’s1st team travel across the border toGlasgow in their opening game of theBUCS PWC Trophy, winning comfortably5-2 and preserving their unbeatenrecord.Aware of the importance of the Trophyfor the University and a chanceto instantly guarantee some BUCSpoints, Newcastle made the journeyto Glasgow knowing a win was essential.What lay in their way of victory,however, was a relative unknown inthe form of Strathclyde.After a delayed start, the game gotunderway at the Stepps playing ieldsin terrible playing conditions. Withrain falling heavily and in the dark,the hosts’ loodlights struggled to cutthrough the rain meaning the gamewas largely played out with poor visibility.Despite the adverse conditions,however, Newcastle got off to the perfectstart, Max Underwood convertinga well-worked penalty corner routineinto the bottom right corner off theailing Strathclyde keeper.However, aware of the knockout natureof the trophy, Strathclyde cameback strongly with a skilled attackingline and looked particularly threateningon the break.With large shadows being cast onthe pitch, the hosts managed to inda Newcastle Foot in the “D” to win ashort corner which they converted tobring the scores level early on. Strugglingin the rain Newcastle suffered alapse in concentration and with communicationnot up to scratch, somepoor marking allowed an overlapto develop on the right-hand side ofthe pitch, which Strathclyde utilisedwith lethal precision to score a wellworkedgoal to take the lead on 25minutes.After a discussion at half-time Newcastlecame out a better side in thesecond half. Dribbling less and supportingeach other more in attack,Newcastle began to get a foothold inthe game again and were able to driveinto the Strathclyde defence to causeproblems. The pressure told ive minutesinto the half as Ben Underwoodsaw a reverse shot ind its way in atthe near post courtesy of some goalkeepingas questionable as the Royals’forward’s choice of facial hair.Minutes after, Ben Gowing put thevisitors ahead for the irst time sincethe opening moments, tucking theball away neatly from the lick spot.Indeed Newcastle had the chance toextend their lead shortly after withtwo golden opportunities. The irstfell to Rob Ramsden, who, from a fewyards out, missed to the left of thegoal when it seemed easier to score,and the second a snap shot fromPerth man Marcus Adams with onlythe post denying him a goal on his1st XI BUCS debut against his fellowcountrymen.Newcastle pushed on, however, andKieran Borrett made it four soon after,calmly placing his shot past thekeeper following a driving run intospace. Strathclyde, aware they wereabout to be eliminated, did not give upand Newcastle were forced to defendresolutely, calling on some quick reactionsfrom Calum Mackenzie to clearthe ball inches off their own goal line.However, indiscipline, with 10 minutesremaining, was to effectively endthe game as the Glaswegians were reducedto ten men following a yellowcard. Comfortable with the extra manthe Royals calmly saw out the gameeven having time for Max Underwoodto grab a second, and cap a ine individualperformance to end the game5-2 in favour of the men in blue, andset up a last sixteen tie away againstleague rivals Liverpool John Mooreson November 30.With their irst win on Wednesday,the Royals now turn their attentionsback to 1A and will look to get an essentialthree points against strugglingLiverpool University.

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