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issue four january 2010
Note from the editor:
change is afoot in the pulp office:
James harker has resigned and i have
stepped into the editors post. hello!
if you have been enjoying his rather
witty ‘secret histories’, then fear not;
they aren’t going anywhere.
whilst i like to think that this steroids literature
magazine can represent a broad male size zero dead authors
range of interests, this is by no means
four musicians are interviewed
in this edition, and they all advocate
an individualist, diy approach to
music. we’re not all musicians, but art music
the pro-active sentiment behind this animalation at
peter hook &
is something that student life, and by manchester art
extension pulp magazine thrives on. gallery
so why not try and write for pulp?
if you aren’t haemorrhaging from the
stress of January deadlines and exams,
we welcome ideas for features and
could always use more photography
and artwork. assemble a portfolio of
whatever work you have and start
pimping yourself out!
But more importantly, always
remember that this is your magazine. 4 11
if your interests are not being
represented then they probably
my life how to
choreographer use your diet to
should be. you don’t have to want to kathryn prepare for an
contribute. Just let us know what you shakeshaft exam
think. you can get in touch with pulp
for anything at firstname.lastname@example.org .
editor: Jonathan Barlow Berlin wall
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suB-editor: thomas aBel
cover photography: peter Bircák
charlie Bennett, peter Bircák, Jonny carrington, Bethany gray, James harker, rae hicks,
helen pownall, katy mutch, fay schofield, neil thomason, meg vickers, michael yarwood
“this piece would
be totally different
if evgeniou didn’t
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What attracted you to underwater screaming. we’ll see
choreography? the face and the bubbles, moving
through the water in different places
i joined my cheerleading team at – rivers and swimming pools. we
secondary school, then started have started choreographing a new
gcse dance. i started to really enjoy section based on swimming and fish:
choreographing material, and seeing the audience will be watching this
where i could take the dance. i did section through a pint of water. then
my first choreography on women the dancer will be submerging herself
who abuse their husbands; ever since into a tank of water, to see the effect
then i have loved choreography. i like this will have on her movement, body
how free you can be with it, and take and hair.
it where you want. there is nothing
to hold you back, there are no rules How collaborative/enjoyable is the
or boundaries and that is what i like experience of working with your
the most. i don’t have to be like dancers?
the dancer, alice evgeniou, was very
Do you feel there is anything easy to work with: i really enjoyed it.
exclusive to this medium that evgeniou understood what i wanted
cannot be communicated any other for the dance and from her, evgeniou
kathryn shakeshaft’s Bursting is an innovative way? helped choreograph the piece. i gave
evgeniou words and she made a
choreography about water. it demonstrates having a live audience brings a gestural movement from that word,
ideas such as the loss of water through breathing different element into play. dance then we turned that into a phrase. i
is a sensory experience that is am looking forward to working with
and beer being more hydrating than water. the expressed through this non-verbal evgeniou again this year; this piece
piece uses a plethora of innovative movement communication. you cannot recreate would be totally different if she didn’t
this intimate interaction through any perform it.
qualities. shakeshaft plans to extend the work by other media.
Do you have any other projects
adding movements on swimming, fish and using For Bursting, why did the topic of lined up?
an underwater video piece. dehydration appeal?
i have just started on a new project
i started by looking at a pint of water based on improvisation, seeing if you
and researching it. i found the facts can use planned choreography and
and words i could associate with improvisation on the day. having set
this pint of water i was looking at phrases for the dancer, mixing them
fascinating. up on the day and seeing how the
audience react. it will be interesting
Are you going to expand this project to see what differences there are
in anyway? with each improvisation. i will also be
helping choreograph a piece about
i am expanding this piece to 25 time, weight and space, on a poem
minutes, for one of my units. there written by one of the students.
will be a video section of the dancer
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Lunch: ham, cheese and pickle sandwich, chocolate
bar, fizzy drink.
Dinner: Battered cod and chips
Drinks: one litre of water, two cups of tea, one cup of
Breakfast: corn flakes.
Lunch: ham, cheese and salad sandwich, crisps,
E ver kept a food diary? You’d be surprised at how Dinner: tomato and herb pasta bake
Drinks: one litre of water, one pint of lager, two cups
badly you eat when you don’t plan your meals of tea.
properly. Food diaries help you identify problem areas
and you’ll start to make much more conscious choices
about what you eat. Lunch: turkey, cheese and salad sandwich, 250g of
Human Nutritionist Graduate Rachael Powell analysed oreo biscuits.
Dinner: tomato, herb and pasta bake.
the eating habits of MMUnion officers, to find out if they eat Drinks: one litre of water, two cups of orange juice,
what they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. one cup of tea.
This diet provides the ideal amount of energy and plenty
of water. Drinking enough water (6-8 glasses a day) is
very important, and moves nutrients around the body.
Moderate consumption of alcohol is fine within the limit
of 3-4 units a day for males. The diet is low in Vitamin A
which is important for vision, a strong immune system
and healthy skin. It can be increased by adding fish, eggs,
yoghurt or liver to the diet. Too much of the energy
provided is from saturated fats e.g. cheese, crisps,
chocolate and biscuits. Saturated fats raise cholesterol
levels, which can lead to heart disease. Replacing these
foods with unsaturated fat sources such as oily fish,
nuts, olive oil and avocados will reduce cholesterol
levels and keep you slim.
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two buttered crumpets.
there is a lack of iron
tuna pasta bake.
one litre of water, one hot
which is commonly
chocolate, one cup of tea.
seen in young females
Breakfast: wheat cereal.
due to a higher
salad (hummous, couscous, potato,
mushrooms, sweet corn).
rump steak, green salad and jacket
potato. The diet doesn’t provide enough energy
Snacks: chocolate biscuits. recommended for a female this age. There
Drinks: one litre of water, blackcurrant and is some balance, such as the steak meal
soda. and there are lots of fruit and vegetables,
but some meals (such as soup and an apple
for lunch) could be expanded to include
Day Three wholegrain starchy foods. There is a lack
Breakfast: two pieces of toast with jam. of iron which is commonly seen in young
Lunch: lentil soup, apple. females due to a higher requirement. An
Dinner: garlic chicken with roast sweet addition of meat and green vegetables such as
potato, carrot, beetroot. broccoli and string beans would help increase
Drinks: one glass of orange squash, one iron content. The calcium content is also
pint of water, two glasses of rosé, below recommendations. It is important to
half pint of cider, half pint of lager, eat enough calcium found in dairy products
four vodka/energy drinks. for optimum bone health.
Day One Vegetarian diets can be just as healthy as any
other providing they have a diet low in fat
Breakfast: tomato soup, buttered white toast.
and sugar and rich in fruit, vegetables and
Lunch: soup, prawn wrap, tuna salad.
starchy foods. Vegetarians often lack protein,
Dinner: king prawn jalfrezi, naan bread,
which is the case here. Make sure you include
more high protein foods such as soy, tofu and
Snacks: Buttered toast.
dairy products on a regular basis. The amount
Drinks: one litre of diet cola, two pints of
of energy provided from fat is too high,
milk, one cup of tea.
which increases the chances of weight gain,
heart disease and type-two diabetes. Alcohol
Day Two consumption is way over the recommended
Breakfast: Buttered toast. guideline, increasing the chances of
Lunch: two vegetarian pasties, tomato developing cirrhosis of the liver, oral cancers,
soup. high blood pressure and strokes. You can
Dinner: rice with soy sauce, vegetarian find out if you are drinking too much on
mincemeat ariabiata, half 12” drinkaware.co.uk. This diet doesn’t lack
pizza. vitamins and minerals, which is probably due
Snacks: chocolate buttons, chocolate bar. to vegetarian alternatives consumed.
Drinks: one cup of tea, one litre of diet
cola, two pints of milk, one gin and
caesar salad, vegetarian burrito.
lack protein, which
half 12” pizza, wedges and dips.
one cup of tea, one french
is the case here.
martini, four sambucas, ten
whiskey and colas, one tutti frutti. issue four 9
how to use yourfor antoexam
02. have a good
breakfast 03. |ron & f|bre
iron & fibre is also important for
it’s important to consume a decent
concentration and focus and is
amount of whole grain foods
something to bear in mind for
during the day, and breakfast
your diet. there’s plenty of it in
cereals can be a good source for
many things, but make sure you’re
01. get out of bed! this. things like granola or muesli
are ideal. alternatively a bacon
getting some. red meat, eggs, leafy
greens, even bran flakes are all
sandwich is a great source of
it’s always nice to spend an extra few minutes curled excellent sources.
protein, which provides you with
up in bed, especially in manchester winters when it’s plenty of energy and stops you
warm under the covers and cold outside. But resist! feeling hungry throughout the day. 07. omega-3
getting out of bed promptly will ensure you have an or in the middle of that important
alert and focussed start to the day. a regular sleep exam when you really won’t want tuna and salmon are not only a
pattern of 8 hours is recommended. a distraction. good source of protein but also
omega-3. we’ve been hearing
a lot about omega-3 lately. in
case you don’t already know
it’s an unsaturated fatty acid.
it’s been proven to improve
memory retainment and increase
06. balanced evening
04. lunch (verb) meal
05. fruit & veg
sandwiches are a common an even balance of carbohydrates,
the hype surrounding the ‘5 fruit protein and vegetables is key to a
lunch for a reason. lovely carby
and veg a day’ is easy to dismiss good evening meal. especially the
bread is a vital part of keeping
but is a good guideline. it has a night before an exam – never sleep
yourself well fed throughout
wide range of health benefits, but on an empty stomach. this can be
the day. carbohydrates release
most relevant to the exam period achieved with something like fish,
energy slowly, so are much more
is the fortification of brain cells. potatoes and a leafy salad. or a
valuable than sugars. it’s also an
ideal time to top up with some healthy pasta if you haven’t had any
lean protein meats like turkey,
white meat chicken, lean ham,
09. have a qu|et
tuna or, even|ng |n…
or egg and
08. keep eat|ng! calm down. stress is dehydrating
cheese if snacking throughout the day is a good idea when you need to (so make sure you keep drinking
you aren’t focus on revision. so long as you’re controlling your snacking. water too). have a long, relaxing
into dead Bananas are a valuable source of protein, potassium and evening in, off the revision. foods
animal. vitamin B, which will keep your immune system in shape. like turkey and lettuce have a
this is a good idea in general, but you really don’t want to be relaxing effect on brain functions,
sick for an exam! other antioxidants you can snack on include but in the evening why not curl up
dark chocolate and green tea, but caffeine and cocoa do with a warm glass of milk.
interfere with brain functions, so don’t have too much.
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size zero by neil thomason
he calvin klein underwear model. the aftershave model.
seems like these days every man is a glamorous large-
muscled hunk. if you’re a billboard fan at least. some
young men feel the need to mimic this in the same way
unnaturally slender ‘size zero’ models and actresses put a lot more
young women under pressure. anabolic steroids have always been
the quick-fix answer to this. yet steroid use is down. prevalence of
use rates dropped ages ago and have been stable for well over a
decade. so can it be significant if it only constitutes the insecurities
of a hyper-masculine minority group?
doctors vs. the British crime survey 2008-2009
found that 50,000 16-24 year-olds have
the statistics used anabolic steroids in their lifetime.
there are nearly 70 million of us in the
united kingdom. so that’s not many, right?
maybe. But these statistics have been widely challenged.
treatment centres are reporting that steroid use has actually trebled
in the last few years. this might suggest more users are seeking
help to resolve health problems. even so, the amount of users
must be increasing for this to be the case. Jim mcveigh, head of
substance abuse at liverpool John moores university, claims that
the actual numbers the statistics referred to could be three times
what was reported. he also assesses the risks as being on a par
with heroin abuse.
former pro-wrestler ‘superstar’ Billy
wrestling! graham is the prototype for the larger
than life wrestler. graham has been
suffering the after-effects of steroid abuse for the last 20 years. his
most recent and severe health complication saw him wake up at
night with massive internal bleeding. doctors diagnosed him with
can’t have kids
he has had ankle fusions and six hip replacements due to
prolonged steroid abuse and has shrunk four inches due to his
like any other drug, steroids create a psychological
dependency. when graham tried to quit he would fall into deep
depressions, with massive doses of steroids providing his only relief.
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sounds melodramatic doesn’t it. other long-term effects are
water retention and unwanted tissue growth. more general health
risks of excess use include an increased risk of liver damage, high
cholesterol and strokes. former wrestler Bret hart, better known
as ‘the hitman’, spent the best part of the last decade (that’s 2000-
2009 now, get used to it) recovering from a stroke he suffered in
2002. he was only 45.
some of the more emasculating side effects are impotence
(Billy graham can’t have kids) and man boobs. seriously, it’s called
gynaecomastia. look it up. whilst these aren’t usually a problem,
the hormone imbalance they are a result of can also lead to
testicular cancer. and you will need to start checking for breast
users even if anecdotal medical reports are
clashing with official government figures,
they both treat steroid use as a serious problem. Bodybuilders
who use steroids do not. why is there such a perceptive difference
here? a study called ‘Body Builders attitudes towards steroid use’
from mmus very own department of psychology and speech
pathology can help answer this. this study found that steroid users
among body builders were positive about the benefits of use and
attributed the negative side-effects to ill-informed use. their own
motivations were largely aesthetic – to get bigger, to speed up
results, or for vanity. very few of the respondents claimed they
used steroids to actually improve their training.
the implications of this are bizarre. the steroid users were
largely mistrustful of the medical evidence, relating this to the initial
medical denial that steroids can increase muscle mass. there are
men: you too
can have a
also massively conflicting beliefs promoted in the bodybuilding
circuit through ‘bodybuilding bibles’ that promote specific steroid
one anonymous bodybuilder claims “information is passed
down to beginners from the bigger people in the gyms who think
they know what they are telling you is right.” this mentoring
process is likely to be why the medical evidence, whether
anecdotal or government-statistical, is disregarded.
teroid use is not a valid part of bodybuilding, and needs
to be rejected. indeed, another study ‘the medical
prescription of anabolic steroids’, found that steroid users
were not training hard enough to get the results they
wanted anyway. how manly is that.
statistical evidence indicates that prevalence of use was much
higher in the 80s and early 90s. so were übermensch bodybuilders
and wrestlers. famous names like arnold schwarzenegger and
lou ferrigno were at the pinnacle of their bodybuilding powers.
proportionally the numbers are down, but the proportion is up.
statistics are valuable, but tell us nothing of body-image pressure on
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sent identical love
letters to his wife
and his mistress.
secret histories illustration by rae hicks
by James harker
hakespeare, wham, radiohead – they’re all guilty of plagiarism.
shakespeare lifted whole chunks of plutarch’s The Life of Antony for dialogue in Antony and Cleopatra
and also pinched whole plots and characters from various contemporaries. for instance, both
marlowe’s The Jew of Malta and shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice feature money-grabbing Jewish
stereotypes. marlowe’s pre-dated shakespeare’s by a decade, but since the crime of plagiarism had yet to be
invented, neither writer minded much.
wham stole the melody of the carpenters’ hit ‘can’t smile without you’ for ‘last christmas.’ when
the original publishers sued, george michael agreed out of court to donate a chunk of his profits to charity.
kraftwerk didn’t mind or didn’t care when they pinched the rhythm from ‘neon lights’ for the same song
radiohead, meanwhile, copped from the hollies’ ‘all i need is the air that i Breathe,’ for the middle-
eight of ‘creep.’ to this day the song’s original writer, albert hammond senior (the dad of the bloke from
the strokes), gets a cut of radiohead’s royalties.
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ot all what made keating really special were the deliberate based on running time, but could all twelve tracks of
sham rock plagiarism is so anachronisms, what he called “clues for the experts,” liszt’s transcendental etudes, a piece described by
straightforward. that he sprinkled across his forgeries. keating once hid the composer schumann as “unplayably difficult,” be
in 1985, the word “fuck” in the corner of a constable. he also performed at exactly the same tempo by two different
rock singer John fogerty was sued for self-plagiarism. scrawled “this is a fake,” in lead paint behind a samuel pianists? ventura put his concerns to the music critic Jed
his former bosses, fantasy records, alleged that fogerty palmer reproduction – a confession designed to show distler, who in turn, asked a musicologist.
re-used the melody of his old hit ‘run through the through on x-rays authentication tests. consequently, the investigation found hatto guilty
Jungle,’ for which they owned the publishing rights, in his after getting caught, keating became a folk hero. in on more than 90 counts of plagiarism. often original
new album ‘centerfield.’ fogerty took his guitar to court the few short years before his death he gained so much recordings had been distorted to mask hatto’s
to demonstrate his innocence and the judge ruled in his notoriety that the prestigious auction house christies appropriation.
favour, a massive relief for artists everywhere. commissioned a special auction of his known forgeries. But since hatto was dead at the time of the discovery,
if self-plagiarism were a crime, plenty would be guilty; so highly collectable are these paintings today, they even she was never officially tried for her offences. more
tracy emin churns out the same appliquéd crap year have fakes of their own. recently hatto’s widower and agent, william Barrington-
on year. shakespeare, on top of all that marlowe stuff coupe, claimed the plagiarisms were his doing – that
copied whole passages from his own work for latter
plays. laurence sterne, author of the 18th century classic turnitin even universities aren’t above the
urge to steal.
he’d substituted hatto’s underwhelming recordings for
superior versions without her knowledge.
in 2009, the southern illinois either way, the deception became something of
keating once hid university was accused of plagiarising its anti-plagiarism
policy from a similar indiana university document.
strange considering illinois (like mmu) had been forcing
a boon for the classical record industry. sales of the
plagiarised originals increased tenfold and hatto’s eclectic
thievery has led to a buy-and-compare sport among fans.
the word “fuck” its students to use turnitin™ anti-plagiarism technology
twilight now, for all the robert pattinson fans
in the corner of a
less funny was the 2003 British government report out there, here’s some bad news:
‘iraq – its infrastructure of concealment deception and the author of the Twilight books,
intimidation.’ this document, supposedly a justification of stephanie meyer, has been accused of plagiarism.
constable. Blair’s iraq policy, was plagiarised virtually verbatim from
a minor journal article by a californian graduate student
called ibrahim al-marashi – even the spelling mistakes
meyer is no stranger to controversy. an internet hoax
from early last year claimed she’d stolen the book’s plot
from a college roommate and in mid-november she
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, even remained. got a ticking-off from vatican officials for writing “deviant,
sent identical love letters to his wife and his mistress! i’m not sure what’s scarier: that the Blair amoral fiction.”
administration would plagiarise its pro-war arguments this time, the pressure comes from Jordan s scott;
adultery as sterne’s letters demonstrate,
adultery and plagiarism can
without even proofreading, or that its chief source
of intelligence turned out to be a dyslexic american
who claims meyer stole elements from her own
teen/vampire novel The Nocturne for Breaking Dawn.
be pretty similar offences (i’m graduate student. glen rangwala, an esteemed specifically, scott claims that meyer copied her heroine’s
plagiarising now, from right-wing american author cambridge lecturer, spotted the government’s fraud, pregnancy with an evil-spirited devil-child - an idea scott
richard a posner). in both cases the victims only suffer not that his arguments did much to stop the war. herself seems to have nicked from ira levin’s novel
when deception is revealed; when the plagiarism Rosemary’s Baby.
stays secret, everybody’s happy. take rembrandt, the
dutch master painter, who famously signed much of his
hatto thankfully, in this age of computers,
almost all forms of plagiarism are getting
it remains to be seen if scott will prove that plagiarism
occurred and set herself up for life with Twilight franchise
apprentices’ work as his own. while this was common harder to pull off. royalties. i suspect, like Jk rowling before her, meyer
practice among 17th century craftsmen, the knowledge when english pianist Joyce hatto died in June 2006, will end up battling spurious copycat claims till the cows
of his non-authorship has caused some not-quite- she was one of classical music’s most respected names. come home.
rembrandt paintings to drop in value by millions. in just ten years she’d recorded and released over a Besides, even if she did pinch a few fairly generic ideas
and just like adulterers, there are some plagiarists hundred acclaimed renditions of mozart, Beethoven and from another vampire writer, it was meyer who turned
who seem determined to get caught. one example mendelssohn sonatas - an output most pianists would those ideas into a readable and popular novel – surely
is tom keating, the legendary art forger. (i know that struggle to record in a lifetime. that counts for something. after all, we’re perfectly
forgery isn’t the same as plagiarism, in many ways the then came Brian ventura, a new york city music willing to forgive shakespeare for his kleptomania, the
two are opposites. But since both involve false attribution lover with an interesting experience. each time he tried point being that he improved on the ideas he stole. if
of authorship i’m going to lump them together.) keating to copy hatto’s transcendental etudes, album to his you can’t take a little inspiration from the successes of the
was a talented lewisham painter whose grudge against computer, itunes re-credited the tracks to lászló simon, past, then it’s avant-garde jazz from here on out.
the high-art establishment led him to forge over 2,000 a little-known hungarian pianist.
master paintings in the early 70s. ventura was familiar with itunes confusing tracks
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literature animalation at
dead authors manchester art
post-apocalyptic peter hook &
drawings by andrew Bracey
truggling to publish? why not consider death as
a career move! some of the key literary events
of recent years have been unfinished works
from long-dead authors. unable to comment
on the modern world due to their aged and unfinished
composition, these are dredged from personal notes
and journals, sometimes presented as found, sometimes
completed, always undermining reputations and
shattering received perceptions of the artist.
by Jonathan Barlow
illustrations by Bethany gray dickens: Charlie’s final novel, The
Mystery of Edwin Drood, became
a real life mystery when death
prevented him from completing
it. As was the convention with
Dickens’ novels, it was being
serialised and only six of the
planned twelve parts had been
published. The work has been
adapted in various forms over
the years and the half that was
published remains in print.
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hether unwanted final
drafts or scraps of notes,
the significance is not the
original authorial intent,
but the irrelevance of this intent after
their death. the ethical dilemma over the
question of publishing is tied in with the
moral and legal status of the dead. last
wills must surely be obeyed? where do
dead authors stand on their new work?
this dilemma isn’t easy to dismiss.
tracing the money trail to find who stands
to gain will usually lead to the executor,
but it would be far too cynical to reduce
their decision to the financial benefits.
dmitri nabokov sent up this notion in an
interview. when asked about The Original
of Laura before its publication, he wryly
quipped “wouldn’t it be fun, before my
time does run out, to have a last spin in a
remaining ferrari?” much more is at stake.
their parents’ last will and testament.
their parents’ reputation. even if some
would happily forget about this for a bit
of cash, someone must have a moral
having made the decision to publish
their client’s work, a further decision
needs to be made: to publish in the
form in which the work survives, to
edit into a digestible form, or to find
another writer to finish the work. the
former two choices have their relative
merits. publishing a work in the form
in which it survives allows the reader
an insight into the writing process, to
see the machinations of their beloved
masters’ mind at work. this destruction of
mystique isn’t wholly a good thing. whilst
it is romanticist to over-mythologise
authors, exposing their working style
goes a bit further: it can undermine your
perception of the author completely.
recurring themes or ideas that seem to
mean one thing in an authors’ work can
seem to mean another completely in
note form. whilst one has to separate
the individual from the work, this kind of
knowledge can be hard to leave behind.
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some commentators of The Original of Laura note this,
claiming that nabokov’s theme of sexual attraction
toward children is uglier and less critical in note
form. of course! it isn’t finished yet. But undermining
opinion of the existing work can be a surprising
a better example of this is the publication of
philip larkin’s letters. larkin requested his diaries
burned on his death. his request was promptly
granted. however, seven years later, his letters were
published, and the apparent racism and general
bigotry found within them created a massive critical
backlash against larkin. praise for the Britishness of the
pessimism and disappointment in his poetry turned
into criticism of the political baggage this carries.
critical overspill and negative reassessment
remains a problem if the work is edited into shape.
popular respect for tolkien began to wane promptly
after his death when his son christopher edited and
published The Silmarillion.
whichever of these choices the executor goes
for, the standing of the author will be diluted. But
there is a third way. another writer can be brought
in to complete a work, or even extending a work.
this usually creates another work entirely, unique
to the new author. eoin colfer’s sixth installment in
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series is a colfer
book and an homage to douglas adams, not an
LOOk AT THe BIRDIe their second posthumous release after 2008’s
Armageddon In Retrospect.
kurt Vonnegut as a fan, i can’t say i mind much. the chance
to read kurt vonnegut’s shopping lists would be
Reviewed by James Harker good enough for me. and it’s not like Birdie is
completely without merit. ‘ed luby’s key club,’
kurt vonnegut was famous for his short and pithy
is a compelling, if humourless, page-turner; and
novels. Books like Breakfast Of Champions and
only an unimaginative twist ending spoils ‘look at
Deadeye Dick mixed scatological humour with
the Birdie,’ with its fast-talking psychiatrist cum
righteous indignation at the profit-driven violence
of 20th century politics.
every hundred pages or so there’s a flash of the
vonnegut was also a prodigious self-editor: he
old vonnegut genius: the “frrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrring,”
distilled twenty years of writing into just 186 pages
plastic flags in ‘hall of mirrors,’ or the duplicitous
for his breakthrough novel Slaughterhouse-Five. and
narrator in the title story. But these flashes are a
Breakfast Of Champions, took him six more years
too few-and-far between to really matter.
my main concern is for new fans. it breaks my
among the work vonnegut judged inadequate
heart to imagine the 16-year-old me discovering
are the stories in this new posthumous collection,
this clunky, badly edited book and imagining
Look At The Birdie. By his own admission vonnegut
vonnegut as some outdated, middlebrow humorist.
wasn’t a great short story writer. unlike his novels,
vonnegut’s best novels burned with invention,
vonnegut wrote stories for profit to finance his
passion and anger; this collection doesn’t even
family in his early career. after the success of
slaughterhouse-five, he abandoned the genre for
vonnegut once described a hostile reviewer as
good. he even described his early stories as “the
a “man who wears a full suit of armour to attack a
work of the gorilla i used to be.”
hot fudge sundae.”
so what’s the vonnegut estate doing with
i’m sorry kurt, but ‘splat!’
this short story collection Look At The Birdie? it’s
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kafka: |n his lifetime, Kafka was massively
hyped in Europe despite a very limited
adams book. similarly, sebastian faulks’ recent James output. He was known by reputation, which
Bond novel parrots flemings’ style, but no-one ever was built on nothing but favourable press
pretended it actually was a fleming novel. these in literary publications edited by friends.
books are tangentially related to this argument, but
they are slightly different things. Both are examples of The collapse of the Austrian economy in
a series of books, or at least a writers’ work becoming the aftermath of the First World War led
a franchise rather than a single work. there is not
an ethical argument. the estates of the authors, in
his publishers to push him for novels they
collaboration with another (usually celebrated) author could actually sell. The famous instruction
are overtly cashing in. this usually occurs under the “everything | leave behind… should be
banner of an anniversary. however, as there is no
pretence of original authorial involvement, the new burned, completely and unread” was in fact
work is completely separated and the authors’ image Kafka’s own Kafkaesque joke, designed
can remain untarnished. to manoeuvre Max Brod into taking
f we have a fixation with posthumous work, we action. A lax work-rate had held back the
do not necessarily have a love for it. these books completion of the novels, and after Kafka’s
generally receive a critical slating on publication. at death publishers eagerly accepted the
best they are dismissed shortly after, disregarded
from the authors’ canon, no harm done. however, manuscripts to generate revenue.
sometimes they completely shatter the authors’
reputation. this is not just out of disillusion or spite.
what pr might grandly name ‘a masters’ final work’,
isn’t often publicly regarded as such.
incomplete work can share the same function as a
dvd commentary: there may be a few more scraps
of information that add meaning to the overall body of
work, or provide more detail to our understanding of
the individual creative process.
AND ANOTHeR THINg... but feels forced and heavy-handed. instead of being
a light tickle from flaybooz, it’s a slap from the
eoin Colfer ravenous Bugblatter Beast. colfer’s writing isn’t
like douglas adams’, but you’re never quite sure
Reviewed by Helen Pownall if it’s meant to be emulating it, or taking inspiration
from it. this makes you very aware that you’re
in theory, it sounds great. eoin colfer, the award-
reading adams’ book through a translator. this isn’t
winning author of the Artemis Fowl novels, writes
just the hhgtg fan inside me; i wanted to like
the sixth part of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the
this book. i wanted to read it and chuckle to myself
Galaxy ‘trilogy’. douglas adams’ widow approves.
over the same ridiculous turns of phrases adam’s is
colfer himself states on interviews that he’s a big
so good at. i wanted And Another Thing... to work,
fan of hhgtg. great. grab your towel and let’s
i really did. But it never comes together.
go. But it doesn’t quite work out.
occasionally, colfer gets its right. there are
it’s not that And Another Thing... is a bad book.
some wickedly funny descriptions of various
the first few chapters are a glorious reunion,
worlds and alien races – a personal favorite is
bringing the reader up to speed with adams
a lampooning of celebrity chefs, disguised as a
original charges. colfer hit the nail on the head
comment on dentrassis chefs who are “extremely
foul – mouthed and launch into long tirades even
from here things go downhill. it turns out that
when things are going right.” these are little gems,
the guide mark 2 has kept arthur, trillian et al
when the original hhgtg spirit shines through.
in suspended animation whilst the vogons try to
there are nice nudges at the source material.
destroy planet earth (again). But inevitably zaphod
sadly though, this isn’t enough. the fact that the
Beeblebrox, piloting the heart of gold, rescues
book ends with the very wide possibility of another
them. the dialogue seems forced, like colfer isn’t
doesn’t fill me with joy. so long and thanks for
comfortable with them, and the interaction seems
the writing is trying to be playful and whimsical,
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the newest exhibit to arrive at manchester art gallery is ‘animalation’.
flip-book techniques and a deep set fascination of animals helped
andrew bracey create this playful and intriguing exhibition. fay schofield
found out more:
What was your main inspiration for the project?
well apart from always having a strong love for animals the
concept of a zoo has always fascinated me. they are a place
where we can just go to stare and to look, much like an art
gallery, and it occurred to me there are not many places in our
culture where we can go to do just that. i wanted to use my
work to make a parallel between these two types of spaces, so
when you walk round you will feel as though you are in a zoo
rather than an art gallery. for example, you might be staring at an
empty piece of paper until an animal suddenly appears.
Your exhibit is made up of six individual pieces. Can you give
us an insight into what you were trying to achieve with a
selection of the pieces?
the oldest animation, and possibly the one i am most proud
of, is a piece entitled ‘humboldt’ which is a breed of penguin.
the piece itself is actually made up of 2,500 drawings all done
in indian ink. i wanted the piece to have a liquid feeling to it – a
sense of flowing freedom which is why i chose the materials to
make it very carefully. i want the materials to reflect the nature
and the habitat of the creature i have animated.
‘hover’ is the animation which i have found has received the
most varied interpretations. some people see this bird in an
endless flight in a happy state, as though it is quite content to
hover above our heads all day long. other people view it as
though it is restricted and trapped and doesn’t have the freedom
to make any other movements.
i created ‘crawl’ because the animal on which i based it is
photography by katy mutch, drawings by the artist
fascinating. the pink velvet worm is an endangered species
of worm which has legs – a contradiction in itself. i made the
animation appear as though it was just continuously crawling so i
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don’t mind if some people who walk around the exhibition miss
it. that just means that anyone who does see it will get more out
of the piece.
What do you want people to take away from the exhibition
i want people to see my work as serious fun. even though i am
serious about what i do i still believe we can be playful with art. i
was brought up with the idea that if you were an artist you could
not have fun with your work at all – you had to cut your ear off
instead! to me this just felt fake, so in this exhibition i wanted to
show the playful side of art.
As an MMU graduate of fine art have you got any advice for
readers who might want to break out into the artistic world?
never just wait for someone to come along to spot your art
work. you have to get yourself out there and work hard at it.
try and see as many exhibitions as you can because even if you
don’t enjoy the artwork you will take something away from it. a
great way to make contacts is by working in galleries and you will
also get used to being in an artistic environment. manchester is a
great place for creativity, so try and use it to your advantage.
Finally, have you got anymore up and coming projects you can
tell us about?
i’ve got quite a few projects coming up in 2010. i am curating an
exhibition at cornerhouse which will show the link between art
and cinema, another of my great loves. as well as this i am doing
a project which will take place all over the country on the outside
of art galleries where i will be creating coral like structures made
from the paint which i scrape off my pallet after every artistic
session i do. it all seems to be happening at once and it’s all very
Catch ‘Animalation’ at Manchester Art
Gallery until the 28th February 2010.
“you don’t know if the person
sitting next to you is a regular
or an actor. We also have a
landlord called eric, who pretty
much improvises every night.”
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the end of the world
as we know it by Jonny carrington
24 by four
5 things you can count
on when the world ends
someone W|ll have technology alWays
tr|ed to Warn us, but plays a part…
We Won’t have pa|d if Terminator didn’t teach you that
attent|on. putting cameras into ipod nanos
fash|on W|ll cease to ex|st
will lead to the fall of man, then it’s
the first thing to happen after the world ends is that
at least one of the 6.7 billion time to re-watch it, start living off
sales of beads, piercing and tribal tattoos will rocket.
inhabitants of the planet notices the grid and memorise ray mears
in doomsday a deadly virus ravages scotland and
our impending doom, but rarely survival techniques. that isn’t to
rather than the populous descending into anarchy and
anyone pays attention. dennis say all robots are going to want
turning on each other, the survivors of the plague use
Quaid predicted the impending to crush your skull in the future,
bones as nose rings. horrifying. or Mad Max Beyond
ecological disaster in The Day After wall-e might come and clean
Thunderdome: surely with no law, scarce fuel, and pig
Tomorrow but was ignored because up the mess after the robots have
shit powered refineries everyone would have hair like
his evacuation plans cost too much. finished pummeling you.
tina turner’s. in some cases fashion goes from odd to
the reliably bad nicholas cage has
downright disturbing. look at sean connery in Zardoz
twice played a character gifted with
(above). that’s far more terrifying than cities in ruin.
future knowledge. first in Next,
in which a vegas magician is our
only hope of avoiding nuclear war,
and again in Knowing, in which he
discovers that random numbers
but there’ll alWays be a safe
compiled by children tell him a haven for you to run to
solar flare will end the world.
no matter how devastating the preceding
armageddon was, humanity always manages to
re-group and build a last bastion. when the earth
was ravaged by ghosts in Final Fantasy: The Spirits
Within, we built futuristic cities surrounded by glowing
bubbles, clearly a step up from high walls and guns.
retreating underground is a common theme in post-
apocalyptic films. 1998’s Deep Impact saw humanity
survive in a hollowed out mountain. sillier still is the
sol|tary amer|can city of zion featured in both Matrix sequels. a futuristic
men W|ll save us all hovercraft hub built near the centre of the earth. not
all survival solutions are impossibly sf. 28 Days Later
should a giant tsunami or sees christopher eccelston’s deranged major holed up
meteorite end civilisation, find in a manor-house
a man. a gruff-voiced man. a using his training to
man who hates company. a man survive. it should
who walks in slow motion. stick be noted that
by him until he begrudgingly these strongholds
saves us all. men like kevin are normally
costner in Waterworld, matthew impervious to
mcconaughey in Reign Of Fire, location and attack
or will smith in I Am Legend. until our heroes
the more they don’t want to get stumble upon
involved, the better the chance them.
they’ll save the world.
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film post-apocalyptic cinema
by charlie bennett
t looks like end-of-the-world and post-apocalypse movies are back. in the
past few years we have seen films where civilization as we know it has
been threatened by viruses (28 Days Later, I am Legend and Doomsday),
zombies (Dawn of the Dead, Shaun of the Dead, Land of the Dead), global
warming and cooling (The Day After Tomorrow); and symbolic al Qaeda stand-
ins, or at least personifications of the fears they evoke (War of the Worlds,
Cloverfield). By January, we’ll have an adaptation of cormac mccarthy’s The
Road, a harrowing drama in which an unexplained cataclysm results in grey
skies, black rivers, the eradication of almost all life, and cannibalism.
it should be no surprise, of course, as the noughties have been a terribly
doom-laden era; and so might the twenty-teens if america doesn’t ratify the
kyoto protocol, if Britain’s ‘sick man of europe’ economy contracts further, or
if swine flu continues to catch up and finally kill more people than the regular
flu. cinema has always reflected small, contemporary fears and anxieties, and
naturally it is no different when it comes to the horror of impending, large-
scale doom. let’s recap …
Night of the Living Dead (1968) the film is terribly reactionary, it’s also
there was no going back to the lugosi- strangely entertaining.
karloff brand of horror cinema (except,
perhaps, as ironic pastiche) after writer- The Mad Max Trilogy (1979, 1981,
director george a romero toned down 1983)
the camp, ratcheted up the nastiness, these films evoke the pessimistic
and injected some politically subversive mood of the 1970s and early 1980s,
subtext into the horror genre with his back when opec’s oil embargo led
startling debut film. the atmosphere of to terrifying levels of stagflation, and
overbearing dread during the zombie the punk subculture began to emerge.
apocalypse excellently reproduces the the depopulated and energy-starved
social and political turmoil experienced landscape of the Mad Max trilogy not
by countercultural youths; civil rights, only taps into the fear of oil depletion,
domestic racism and vietnam are but also pays homage to the wild
implicitly addressed throughout. not west. the films borrow quite a bit
only the first great apocalypse film, but from the clint eastwood spaghetti
arguably the first modern american westerns – the dilapidated setting, the
horror film as we know it today. mysterious protagonist, the community
nuclear Logan’s Run (1976)
in which the survivors of an ecological
disaster live inside an enclosed, domed
of settlers he must protect, etc. – but
the inclusion of fast cars, scrapheap
s&m outfits and punk-rock iconography
gave the Mad Max movies a harsher
city, free to indulge in whatever their edge, which reinvigorated the sci-fi and
heart’s desire. the only catch is, in western genres both at once. they
order to prevent overpopulation, have spawned numerous imitators, but
anyone who reaches the age of thirty none of them have been as critically or
must be killed. it’s a terrifying dystopia commercially successful.
of tacky shopping centre aesthetics,
disco lights, and scalextric transport; Threads (1984)
a cautionary reminder of what would in this unsettling made-for-television
happen if those pesky liberals and film, the effects of a hypothetical nuclear
hippies ever got it their way. while holocaust in Britain are dramatised
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in the style of a feature-film narrative
blended with the cold neutrality of BBc
journalism. the city of sheffield acts a
microcosm for the country as a whole.
after the bomb hits, we’re presented
with the long-term results of nuclear
fallout over the next thirteen years in
unflinching detail. the title of the film
refers to the interdependency of various
elements that hold a society together,
and how these ‘threads’ can be torn
apart by nuclear war. it was the first film
to depict a nuclear winter (a very new
theory at the time of its making) and
does so with distressing documentary
realism. to witness this societal
erosion is an agonising experience, but
especially so in the context of when it
was originally broadcast, at the height of
cold war bellicosity and socioeconomic
Prince of Darkness (1987)
the second instalment of what director
John carpenter has described as his
‘apocalypse trilogy’ (the other two
being The Thing and In the Mouth of
Madness), a thematically linked set
of films that represent the end of the
world in different ways. here, the
basement of an abandoned church
contains a glass tube full of green
slime, so a team of student scientists
are sent to investigate it. turns out
the slime contains the essence of
the anti-christ’s evil, and demonic
possession occurs when the fluid is
passed from one character to the next,
thus representing the mystical process
as analogous to catching a contagious
disease. the characters are unable to
escape as the devil’s minions have
surrounded the church, in the form of
vagrants and derelicts. the film clearly
reflects the two big issues of aids and
homelessness in the 1980s, as well as
having a ‘science vs. religion’ theme
running throughout, though a coherent
statement is not made about any of
them. But when a film is this scary, it
probably doesn’t matter.
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peter hook &
“|’m being nourished
lonelady, aka Julie campbell, is the latest in a long line of
acts evoking the post industrial manchester cityscape. her
second single ‘|ntuition’ has just been released and she’s
been unusually promoted with a poem by paul morley.
Pulp asked how that poem came Is Manchester important as a
about… geographical space?
we got in touch with him because i’m the whole psychogeography was
just a huge fan of the way he writes. important. the place i recorded had to
he really cares about music and isn’t be manchester. we built a room in a
ashamed to be passionate or almost mill, just a breezeblock square really. i
hysterical about that. it’s an absence call it the cell. it was a hellish process.
of trying to be cool. i wanted to have you could look at the canal out of the
something a bit abstract that might window as you laid down a guitar part.
communicate the music. he sent me a manchester is important. it used to be
stream of words to respond to so what an innovative place. suffragettes, the
we have is a very impressionistic Q&a. computer, the industrial revolution, the
battery. it inspires me, even if the reasons
Are you progressing a musical tradition? it has inspired me have disappeared.
nothing so organised as that really, you
can only respond to things that resonate There seems to be a lot of music
with you. after the punk explosion there following a similar style as yours, what
was a melting pot of ideas that hasn’t do you make of them?
been recreated. there was a lot of
naivety. a lot of contemporary music is a lot of it doesn’t seem authentic. you’ve
too knowing for its own good, it doesn’t got to bring your own personality to it. if
have as much magic. i feel cold or flat you’re recreating something that’s already
when i listen to music on the radio. not gone it feels hollow. i don’t know how
always, i loved Beyonce’s ‘single ladies’, you gain authenticity; there isn’t a formula
which was an incredible song. i’m just for it. maybe off beat hi-hat, angular guitar
responding to fragments of things i like. and singing in an x factor ian curtis style
works for some people. maybe young
Fragmentation? Is this how you people will hear editors and go back and
approach your song writing? unearth things in a new way.
if you approach big ideas in your writing i object to production techniques on
you soon end up sounding like a wanker. contemporary music, it’s all too bright
But there are ideas about time and space and shiny and eager to please. it took
and existence. that topic core area runs me a little while to step away from the
through all of my lyrics. passing of time, 4-track. you make better music when
strangeness, the inner landscape. i like you have limitations. computer setups
to imagine things more than respond to with endless choice seem horrible. i
things i see in a linear way. i enjoy finding want to improve and evolve of course.
a sentence, putting it next to another at first i made music with what i had
sentence and finding something surprising to hand. i didn’t have a drummer or
reveals itself. anything, so used a drum machine, not
previously having any love for drum
You seem to be coming from the machines. Because i was limited i now
Manchester bands of the late 70s and love them. what started out as practical
early 80s. has turned into this fetish. i could have
drum machines like carrie in Sex and the
definitely, i love those bands from the City has shoes. every drum machine has
late 70s. Joy division, wire, cabaret something new to say.
voltaire, gang of four. i like hearing
echoes of other music in songs. my What do you listen to?
music’s full of echoes that i can hear.
i’ve filtered my own influences. that’s i loved scott walker’s The Drift. i really
what enriches songs; you hear echoes loved colin newman’s solo stuff. i love
of other songs and fragments that have classical music as well. i like Judy garland
gone before. you rarely hear a song that and shirley Bassey. if you really love
doesn’t recall something else. manchester music genre is meaningless.
is still imbued with the atmosphere of that
time and those bands. i have a nostalgia
for things that aren’t here anymore, so LoneLady’s debut album nerve up is
in a way it feels like i’m being nourished released on 22 February. To find out more,
by ghosts. manchester can still be a very listen to her music and read the Paul Morley
atmospheric place if a little haunted. piece, go to lonelady.co.uk
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anchester music legend So how’d this gig come together? saying ‘what’s the matter with you’ and i thought
‘aw bloody hell, typical.’ you know the thing that
peter hook recently Peter Hook: it was me copping out of having to landed on the moon, a little octagon with 8 legs, it
talk. they asked me to be a patron of the trust was like that.
became a patron of the and they asked me to say a few words here.
salford foundation trust, an initiative which absolutely terrified me so i thought how Tell us more about the Salford Foundation
the hell can i get out of this? i realised these guys Trust.
to help raise funds for disadvantaged were playing, so i suggested that we play a song
together. so it was me being a wuss. SM: well we got invited to do this because we
young people in salford. pulp spoke did three songs for ceremony (an album of new
to him along with sebastien marshal Were you already aware of each other?
and oliver scott of detachments Sebastien Marshal: well peter sent us a message “peter sent us a
at a celebratory event where they on myspace about seeing an alien ufo in the
70s. message on myspace
performed for guests. PH: me and me mates went to Blackpool on our
scooters. we parked behind this old gentlemen’s
association - all three of us were trying to get to
about seeing a ufo”
sleep in the morning. when i woke up it was a order covers, released by the trust), perfect kiss,
interview by Jonathan Barlow
clear blue sky and there was something going in a lonely place and mr. disco.
photography by peter Bircák
ˇ across quite slowly and i thought ‘oh my god. it’s PH: one of the great things about being a
a ufo.’ i got my mate and was like ‘look at that, musician is charitable work is quite a pleasure to
look at that’ and he was like (squinting upwards) do. in Joy division and new order we did quite
‘what, i can’t see anything’ he couldn’t open his a lot of charity gigs for some pretty big causes.
eyes - he were that knackered. it went behind a in the miners’ strike we did a gig for the miners.
cloud and the cloud shot off. he didn’t see it, only 10,000 miners marched down to london and it
i saw it. me other mate came around the corner culminated in a gig with us, we were like ‘wow’.
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and the pits still got closed. you can’t win them can’t hold their tunes, so what they do is they simon cowell, what the fuck do you ask him?
all. But as a musician it’s nice to do what you love get a massive up from x factor. you’re only as
anyway but do it for a good cause. good as your songs. no matter how many times enjoying much new music, Peter?
you brush up your stagecraft, your microphone
Tell us about your music, Detachment! PH: yeah, that’s a great thing about being a dJ. i
SM: at the moment we’re working with James
“10,000 miners marched wouldn’t listen to a tenth as much music as i do if
i wasn’t a dJ but you have to because you have to
ford who’s doing alright for himself. we’ve also
worked with andrew weatherall and trevor
down to london and keep up, it becomes your job. it was wonderful
getting back into dJing because it gave me a love
Jackson. we combine our knowledge of the
dance genre and techno-electro and merge it
it culminated in a gig for music. Being in the studio with new order,
i didn’t want to hear music again, it really drains
with a more song-based approach. i think we do
with us” you of wanting to hear it. so getting back into
dJing gave me a love for it again. it’s the second
technique, get a dresser, it doesn’t matter. people best job in the world, i highly recommend it.
That combination has been around for a while, don’t listen to that on the radio, they listen to
how are you approaching it afresh? good songs. the only advice you can give any Heard the Bad Lieutenant stuff?
band is to keep writing great songs. you can have
SM: a lot of groups do it clumsily. when we do great equipment, but you can still write shit songs. PH: i like some of it. Bernard’s committing
it, it sounds completely natural. a lot of bands just the same sin he did at the end of new order
have a token keyboard part or whatever. So you’re not a fan of X Factor? which is putting too much vocals on it and not
Oliver Scott: the music should speak for itself. enough music. too many overdubs and too
certain types of music get pigeonholed. hopefully PH: it’s karaoke; i got asked by the men, ‘do i much production i’d say. But some of them like
the kind of music we make can’t be. have a question for simon cowell?’ what do you runaway i liked a lot. the single was okay. it just
PH: you guys still have to get out and flog your ask him? musically he’s an absolute non-entity. sounds like new order without the bass to me.
arses. you can watch as much x factor or pop SM: he’s just a cutthroat businessman.
idol as you like but ultimately those bastards are PH: he is a pop businessman. But to ask a serious
on a hiding to nothing. they can’t rough it, they musician (although i hate the term) a question for
Detachments debut album is expected in 2010. Check
them out at myspace.com/detachments
For further information about Salford Foundation Trust go
By Michael Yarwood
this month: & Meg Vickers
irst term stretch the overdraft? nights out tough on get thrifty
the wallet? your second loan instalments give you an when most people set up a budget for the first time they
ideal second chance to get on top of your finances. realise they’ve got more going out than they’ve got coming
don’t waste it – budget! in, so you may need to consider reducing your outgoings
most students have to cope on a very tight budget, so it’s and increasing your income.
a good idea to set up a realistic financial plan. once you’ve here are some tips to think about:
done that make sure you stick to it. The Complete Police
Academy dvd Box set can wait until next week. 01. look for student discounts – use your nus card
wherever you can.
How to budget
the easiest way to start is to fill 02. apply for the access
out a budget sheet, which you entrepreneurial opportunities at to learning fund - this is a
can pick up from the student discretionary award from mmu
union advice centre or from manchester metropolitan university that you don’t have to pay back
the website. mmu.ac.uk/studentfinance/alf.
first, look at your outgoings. Student Enterprise Society can help php.
Be honest, otherwise it won’t you improve your employability whilst
work. include the essentials: 03. apply for financial help from
food, rent, bills, course costs, as at MMU. They are easily accessible via charities through the educational
well as going out. remember Facebook and other social networking grants advisory service tinyurl.
that some costs will vary from sites so get involved and break down com/edgrants.
week to week so put down an
average figure for these. also those employment barriers. They offer 04. apply for help with nhs
allow a little for unexpected entrepreneurial opportunities Flux 500 costs (prescriptions, glasses,
outgoings and emergencies. and |nnospace projects. dentist) by filling out form hc1,
next, work out how much available at the advice centre.
money you’ve got coming in.
for most students this will be student loan, maintenance 05. if you’re working make sure you’ve paid the correct
grants, bursary and wages from a part time job. amount of tax. you may be entitled to a rebate.
add up each of the columns so you have a total for
income and a total for expenditure. once you’ve done this 06. get the advice centre to check you’re receiving the
you’ll know whether you’ve got enough money coming in correct funding such as grants, loans and bursaries. if you
to cover your all outgoings or whether you need to review have children or any disabilities check whether you’re
your situation. eligible for any benefits.
if you’re finding it difficult to set up a budget the advice
centre can help you to draw one up based on your the student union advice centre is a free service for mmu
individual circumstances. students. they’re independent from the university so they
can give you unbiased advice if you owe money for tuition
fees or hall fees. for more information on the advice centre
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|t has been just over two decades since the fall of the Berlin
Wall. This anniversary has been thoroughly marked in the
general media, but now pulp proudly presents selections
from some ambitious contemporary student journalism.
Richard Davis crashed the New Year party in Berlin, Peter
|ssue 8, 1989/90 Kay (not that one, sorry) assessed the aftermath of the arms
race, Richard Searle speculated on the future of a newly-
united Germany and Mark Hillsdon interviewed West German
journalist referred to only as Herr Bebber. Enjoy!
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