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up and coming elections for ʻ09 graduates her childhood in S,A
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graduate jobs causing many more graduates
Faye Alder to consider post graduate study.
Editorial Team As this year looks set to be the worst year
Durham University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor
for learning and teaching, Professor
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UK university are being given £2,000 to people are anxious about their prospects.
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One Voice Fashion Show
and Dolly Mix Vintage, among others, it is still need convincing, there will be a number
Tatei Montejo no wonder that a group of DMU students of food stalls from Leicester’s restaurants
have volunteered to model. oﬀering a range of dishes from diﬀerent
Chips smell of It seems like DMU is becoming Leicester’s ird year student Sarah Lavery who has cultures and a beer festival.
fashion hottest spot. Following the success already done some
ironing boards? of the catwalk show on the 2nd of February,
De Montfort University students will be
said: “I think the One
hosting another fashion show on the 25th as Voice Fashion show is
Research has been carried out by Leeds part of the ‘One Voice’ event. showcasing some of
University into the irresistible scent of the ‘One Voice’ will be an all day free event Leicester’s best shops
great British chip. of fashion, music, drama and comedy, based and designs and I
Findings from the study found that around the diﬀerent cultures at DMU. cannot wait to be a
that distinct aroma of chips includes that Leicester is one of the most multicultural part of it!”
of butterscotch, cheese, onion, ﬂowers, towns in the UK, and only in DMU there e organisers
cocoa and yes ironing boards! are 141 nationalities, which is why a group are still looking
Researchers at Leeds University of students have decided to volunteer and for volunteers to
measured scents on an aroma-meter celebrate our diversity. help with anything
identifying each one with the human Mariana Graça, a Portuguese third year from designing to
nose. student who’s co-organising the fashion advertising or even
It has been suggested by lead researcher show said: “Everyone has worked so hard, performing and
Graham Clayton that chips have the hopefully the students will enjoy the fashion represent your culture
potential to be ‘treated like wine’ where show. or beliefs, so if you
connoisseurs can appreciate the various “Also, the integration between home and want to get involved
blends. international students on campus will be you can contact them
enhanced as this is the main aim of the ‘One through the facebook
Voice’ event.” group.
Putting pets e fashion show is shaping up to be one e ‘One Voice’
of the highlights of the day, since it will event kicks oﬀ at 11
before own health showcase designs from graduates running
their own businesses and from some of the
am in Level 1 and
the catwalk show will
Smokers are willing to put their pets most popular shops in Leicester. start at 12, and all the
ahead of their own health in a survey With participating shops such as New entertainment on the One Voice | Free fashion show? What more could you want?
carried out by US researchers. Look, A/Wear, Cult, MacQueens, Burton day is for free! If you
Twenty eight per cent of those
surveyed said they would give up
smoking after ﬁnding out second hand
Comment on the News
smoke was harming their pets.
Clarkson’s at it again
Sharon Milberger of the Henry Ford
Health System in Detroit, who led the
research said:”It’s not necessarily that
people love their pets more than they
love themselves or their children, it’s just
another motivational factor for people to If Clarkson can describe the prime minister as a ‘one eyed Scottish idiot’
consider quitting smoking,”
e ﬁndings were based on a survey of
than maybe I am a four-eyed English cripple, writes Kris Bramwell.
3,293 pet owners in the US, mostly in Regardless of your personal opinion of those infamous telephone messages. his ability to be Prime Minster than Barack
Michigan. how Gordon Brown is carrying out his job Many disability groups have come out and Obama’s ethnicity aﬀects his ability to be
ere are 71 million pet owners in the during the economic crisis, his personal criticised Clarkson’s remarks, Visually impaired US President.”
US with about a ﬁfth of those being pet appearance does not come into it. Ian Macrae, editor of Disability Now, says it Clarkson has apologised but regardless,
owners as well. Clarkson appears to have see himself as was “disgraceful” that the BBC had chosen to for all of those thousands aﬀected I believe it
an individual who can say what he likes dismiss atcher for alleged racism this week may be a case of ‘stick and stones may break
regardless the impact that such statements but decided to keep Clarkson. my bones, but names will never hurt me.
can not only have on one individual but an Mr Macrae said: “ at the BBC will not I for one believe this calls for a debate of
Chicken ief! entire group. tolerate racism expressed in private by one just how far freedom of speech goes and I’ll
is is not the ﬁrst time either. Branding of its frontline presenters, while failing to leave this up to you to decide.
lorry drivers as ‘prostitute murderers’ maybe condemn
A thief in Australia was forced to said in jest but it is evidence of how the Top Clarkson for
reveal himself to the police after injuring Gear front man can open his mouth without an overtly
himself with a frozen chicken he was thinking of the hurt he can cause others. disablist
using to break into a café. I ask you, where are the consequences? reference
e thief had stolen the chicken from If Glenn Hoddle could be sacked as to a major
a butchers shop earlier that day and England manager for saying disabled people public ﬁgure,
proceeded to use the stolen bird as well have committed sins in previous lives smacks
as rocks to attempt to gain access to the then when is Clarkson going to be made of double
café. accountable for his comments? standards,”
e 20 year old man cut his wrists and Especially in a climate where Carol “Gordon
was forced to phone an ambulance. atcher can be removed permanently for the Brown’s
He was later charged with breaking and One Show after describing a French tennis impairment
entering. player a golliwog oﬀ screen, or Jonathan Ross has no more
can be suspended by the corporation for bearing on
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Government travel database
Ciaran Scott customs and police Politics in Brief
watch-lists, leading to
over 2,700 arrests for
e government has said that it plans to crimes such as murder, Controversial
compile a database that will hold the travel rape and assault.”
information of millions of Britons.
e move would store information for up to
e scheme has come
under ﬁre from privacy
ten years, and allow the government to track
British citizens wherever they are in the world.
opposition M.Ps, who
banned from U.K
e government have said that such a database say the move, would A Dutch M.P who called the Islamic
is vital in combating crime, terrorism and lead Britain into an holy book the Quraan a ‘fascist book ‘ has
illegal immigration. All the information stored Orwellian surveillance been banned from entered U.K.
will contain every detail of the 250million state. Shadow home Geert wilders was invited to Britian to
journeys that are made in and out of Britain secretary Chris Grayling show his new controversial ﬁlm to the
each year. e information stored includes said that he thinks House of Lords.
the names addresses, credit card numbers, the government is e ﬁlm says that the Quraan incites
telephone numbers and travel itineraries of just trying to track terrorism.
every person who makes a journey to and more and more of our Mr Wilders faces trial in Holland, on
from the U.K. e e-borders scheme has come lives.“ e justiﬁcation charges of incitement of hatred.
under ﬁre from civil liberties campaignsers is always about security
who claim that such a move would lead Britain or personal protection.
into a big brother state. However Home Oﬃce But the truth is that we
oﬃcials have said that other similar databases have a government that Prime Minister
are already in place in countries such as the just can’t be trusted over database ‘is to transform our border control
United States and Spain.Phil Woolas, Minister
of State for borders and immigration defended
these highly sensitive issues. We must not
allow ourselves to become a Big Brother
to ensure greater security, eﬀectiveness,
and eﬃciency. To do so, we will make full
the move saying that: “ e UK has one of
the toughest borders in the world and we are
society.”A spokesperson for the group
NO2ID said: “When your travel plans,
use of the latest electronic technology to
provide a way of collecting and analyzing
‘very angry’ over
determined to ensure it stays that way” “Our
hi-tech electronic borders system will allow us
who you are travelling with, where you are
going to and when, are being recorded you
information on everyone who travels to or
from the United Kingdom’. e scheme,
to count all passengers in and out of the UK have to ask yourself just how free is this which is already being started, will be at
and targets those who aren’t willing to play by country?” fully implemented in march 2014, but as Gordon Brown is ‘ very angry’ over
our rules. Already e-Borders have screened over e e-borders website, a portal from the soon as December this year, 60% of travel proposed bonuses for bankers, and wants
75 million passengers against immigration, home oﬃces, states that the aim of the information will be stored in the database. them to consider rethinking their right to
Sarkozy attacks Brown
R.B.S are to pay out almost £1bn in
bonuses this year, although the bank is
almost entirely owned by the taxpayer
He said: “I think there is a moral
Matt Beenison Merkel. She responsibility on some of these bankers,
claimed that even if they are legally entitled to take
Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France, has the Labour bonuses, at a time when the bank is only
launched a scathing attack on Gordon Party policy still standing because of government
Brown regarding his management of the of spending intervention and why I think there is an
economic crises. more money important issue of needing to restore trust
e Frenchman attacked the Labour than they in the city, senior executives need to take
Government’s recent VAT cut by 2.5% take in order responsibility and consider whether they
to 15%, claiming that “it will bring them to attempt to should be taking bonuses”.
nothing. Consumption continues to stimulate the
decrease”. e reduction was introduced economy was
in the UK in November in order to try the wrong Tories meddle
and boost consumer spending in the run management
up to Christmas, eﬀectively taking 2.5%
oﬀ the price of most products, and will
and that “tax
e conservative party has admitted that
continue for a year. e policy had been and spend” a member if its staﬀ alter a page on the
criticised not just by foreign politicians economics artist Titian on wikipedia.org.
but also from the Conservatives and the were more e alteration comes after the Tory
Liberal Democrats as being a waste of tax favourable in party leader David Cameron and the
payers’ money, claiming that the cut was the current Prime Minster Gordon Brown had a
not enough to reduce prices dramatically climate. Europe. He was also quick to bring up heated exchange during Prime ministers
and customers would notice very little e proclamation by the French Brown’s gaﬀe during Prime Minister’s questions.During the exchange Mr
diﬀerence for such a big cut out of the President was made at a press conference Questions, in which he said that his Cameron mocked Mr Brown for miss-
government’s annual budget. It has also in France. Downing Street was quick policies had “saved the world”. Sarkozy’s quoting the age of which the artist died.
been criticised as being targeted at a time to release a statement saying Sarkozy own policies within France have not exactly e ‘over eager’ member of staﬀ then
when a general election is due in order had called them to let them know that left him in good stead with the French logged into Wikipedia and moved Titians
to persuade people to vote for Labour - a the comments were not an attack on population, with many workers going on birth date forward 4 years.
short-term measure before increasing the British policies. George Osbourne, the strike in protest. It has been said that his
rates again, possibly up to 20%.Sarkozy’s Shadow Chancellor, was quick to jump comments about the British policy were
comments follow the criticisms aimed at on the bandwagon to attack Brown’s in fact a defence of his own economic
Brown’s government from the German policies, claiming that the VAT cut was an management techniques as he faces
executive run by the conservative Angela “expensive failure” recognised throughout criticisms from within his own country.
Monday 16 February 2009
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‘Iran ready for talks’ says President
relations with the west have taken a turn
e president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad marked the for the worst with questions being raised
anniversary of his countries Islamic revolution by saying over the safety of allowing the country to
that he would welcome talks with the U.S.A. have a nuclear capacity.Iran however denies
e controversial leader made the comments as he spoke that their nuclear programme has military
at the 30th anniversary of Iran’s Islamic revolution. e ambitions and is being geared towards
remark was a response to a speech made by U.S president civilian power.
Barrack Obama the day before, who said that he was After congratulating Barrack Obama in
looking to open a direct dialogue with the country, and his election win, the Iranian president told
urged Iran to send signals that it wants to act diﬀerently, America that for talks to happen it most
he also hinted at face to face talks in the coming months. ﬁrst apologise for its crimes against Iran and
In the speech Mr Ahmadinejad said: “ e new US pull troops out of countries all around the
administration has announced that they want to produce world.
change and pursue the course of dialogue” is remark was a direct response to a
“It is quite clear that real change must be fundamental reference in Barrack Obama’s inauguration
and not tactical. It is clear the Iranian nation welcomes real speech when he said that he would extend a
changes and is ready for dialogue in a climate of equality hand to Iran if it ﬁrst unclenched its ﬁst.
and mutual respect” e two countries have a chequered
past, with diplomatic ties being severed in 1979 when the
American backed Shah was overthrown in the revolution
and the infamous seizure of 52 U.S oﬃcials at the American
embassy in Iran. Want to write for politics?
Both countries rhetoric towards each other has changed Email firstname.lastname@example.org
over the past months, with Iran turning down its anti-
American sentiment and America becoming more willing with the subject politics.
to talk to Iran. However thanks to Iran’s nuclear ambitions,
Recession woes deepen
Ciaran Scott takes a look at the most recent casualties of the credit crunch.
than he received thanks to the failings of
With the recession in full swing, more and more people HBOS, losing £ 5 million.He added: “ e
have been saying things of cuﬀ, and losing their jobs. bonus system has proved to be wrong.
With public apologies and Nostradamus style Substantial cash bonuses do not reward the
predications what exactly has been going on in the right kind of behaviour,” e committee
ﬁnancial world for the last two weeks?One on the most also asked questions about the sacking of
important things that has happened recently is the a HBOS risk manager who was sacked in
apologies made by the ex bosses of two of the biggest 2005 after raising concerns over the level
banks that had to be bailed out by the government. of rick the group was taking on.Another
e bosses received a grilling from a treasury committee causality of the credit crunch was the former
who asked probing questions about the banker’s salaries head of the ﬁnical services authority, (F.S.A).
Sir James Crosby resigned over the sacking
of the risk manager whilst in charge of
“the recession will be the HBOS group.Sir James has said that
there is no substance to the allegations but
deeper and longer than resigned form F.S.A to spare the organisation
controversy.Al though he feels the allegations
are false he said: “I nonetheless feel that the
previously expected ” right course of action for the FSA is for me
to resign from the FSA board, which I do
with immediate eﬀect,”
e governor of the bank of England
and beneﬁts and the culture of bonus taking.Former Mervin King, has again warned that
chief executive of R.B.S, Sir Fred Goodwin told the Britain is in a deep recession.He said that
committee that he couldn’t be more sorry for what the recession will be deeper and longer
happened to the bank. e bankers put the blame on than previously expected and that the U.K
the amount of bonuses that people in the ﬁnical world economy will decline sharply in the ﬁrst
receive and commented that it needs substantial review. half of 2009. He said that the length of
However Sir Fred added that if bankers felt that they the economic slowdown would depend on
were not paid enough they would leave.Sir Fred himself the state of the world economy, but could
received a 2.9million performance bonus in 2007 plus his last longer if authorities are only partially
£1.3million salary.After the Royal Bank of Scotland ran successful in restoring consumer conﬁdence.
into trouble the government bailed it out and now it is e credit crunch woes have well and
70 % owned by the taxpayer.Andy Hornby former chief truly gripped Britain, but the question still
executive of HBOS added that he had not received any remains. Is it going to get worse before it
cash bonus last year and only received bonus in the forms gets better?
of shares.According to Mr Hornby he lost more money
Monday 16 February 2009
8 Issue 57
Daughters of Adam is is our chance to have a laugh, irrespective of who we
are, where we are from or what we study because after all we
Humayra Sadiq are all Daughters of Adam.”
e event was a huge success after a famous nasheed
e Islamic Society at De Montfort University organised band (a suitable form of music for Muslims) did a live
a ladies only event which inspired a huge amount of people performance on stage called ‘Pearls of Islam’ which is a group
hence a great turnout! e event, Daughters of Adam, of three young Muslim ladies of Afro Caribbean heritage.
was aimed at both non Muslims as well as Muslims where It consists of Rabiah Abdullah, Khadijah Muhammad and
everyone can have a great time with each other in an Sakinah Abdullah, with the use of African and Middle East
environment that is respectful to everyone. drumming and Traditional Arabic and English nasheeds.
e event took place on 1st February, 2009 at the eir combination of writing, vocal and lyrical skills produces
prestigious venue, e Empire, on Foundry Lane. e event an erray of diﬀerent pieces. eir lyrics are used in accordance
began at 3pm and came to an end at 9pm. to the religion, Islam, to reach out to the youth and the
Fatima Shah, Head Sister of the Islamic society said, “ is community and guide them on the right path.
is our chance not only to meet new sisters but also discover Other inspiring talks took place on the day by special
the beauty of belonging to this Muslim community. is guest speakers such as Seema Ahmad who is President of the Pearls of Islam Nasheed Band | Picture taken by Humayra Sadiq
is our chance to ﬁnd out what makes us women ever so Leicester Branch, Islamic Society of Britain (ISB)
special. and has engaged in youth and community work for
almost 20 years as well as Rajnaara Akhtar who is the chair
of Protect-Hijab and also works with the UK-based NGO “It was wonderful to see
Friends of Al-Aqsa.
Seema Ahmad said, “It was wonderful to see the two the two universities joining
universities joining hands to put on an event together. ere
were students, their friends and relatives of all diﬀerent ages
hands to put on an event
and countries of origin. e united variety of the sisterhood
of Islam was beautiful and evident.”
During the event a fashion show took place of head
coverings and suitable clothing for Muslim women which
consisted of costumes from around the world such as from opportunity to visit stalls and buy things of the Islamic
Turkey, Italy, Dubai and Malawi. e nasheed competition tradition and were given a three course meal.
was also a huge success and a great form of entertainment Claire Smith said, “I think the event was amazing. We
as the battle to win took place between students at De deﬁnitely get the chance to learn a lot about Muslims and
Montfort University and students from Leicester University. their faith as well as engage with them in an environment
Members who came to the event were also given the that’s suitable for everyone.”
Elections – IT COULD BE YOU!
council, academic board representative as well as 2 open
Humayra Sadiq student trustee positions and 6 NUS Delegate positions.
Nominations have been opened on 9th February, 09 for
e time has come again. Flyers are going around and candidates so do make the most of it. A candidate’s guide
posters around the faculties displaying who the next student will be made available on the website and at the Student’s
oﬃcer is and why they can make a diﬀerence, people Union reception in the campus centre.
buzzing around outside the campus centre persuading you Carl King, Union President, said, “I ran for President
to vote for them....well what is the buzz about? e time because I had been involved with the Union from my
has come to elect the next executive member for the student fresher’s year and wanted to make a diﬀerence and continue
union or the next student oﬃcer who will represent you in to be involved. Anyone who is thinking about running
the next academic year.....but IT COULD BE YOU. should. e advice and experience you get will stand you in
e elections give students the opportunity to represent good stead for future prospects.”
their fellow classmates and help make a diﬀerence within De Montfort Students’ Union will be electing
the student union. Not only do you gain a lot of skills and representatives for 2009 – 2010; and are looking for those
experience in the process, but it’s a great asset on your CV eager to make a diﬀerence and interesting in representing midday, the candidates will hence have a meeting which is
which employers these days look for. over 21,000 students in a variety of areas to become an compulsory for all of them to attend on 24th February, 09
ere are many positions, both full time and part time, integral part of the team. at 6pm. Voting will begin 27th February, 09 at 10am and
which you can run for. e full time positions consist of So whether you’re leaving this year and think you’ve got will close on 5th March, 09 at midnight. e results will be
DSU President, Deputy President for Education, Vice what it takes to be one of the Executive Committee, whether announced on 6th March, 09 at 2pm.
President of Media and Communication, Vice President you are passionate about making a change and inﬂuencing So what are you waiting for...? Grab a nominations
of Student Activities and Vice President of Welfare. Part the direction of the Students’ Union or even if you are pack and get someone to vote for you or vote for someone
time positions are for students studying currently at DMU continuing your studies, you can still make a great change yourself!
and will still be studying next year however, these still have which everyone can beneﬁt from. For further information contact Colina Wright at
a depth of opportunities for you if you want to become With a wide breadth of opportunities available for email@example.com or go to www.demontfortstudents.
a student oﬃcer. ere are 15 student oﬃcer positions students, there is so much you can get involved in and help com/vote or you could either attend the StandOut session
including Communications Oﬃcer, International Students make a positive diﬀerence to the running of the student called “I want to run the Students’ Union” on ursday
Oﬃcer, Sports Oﬃcer etc. Other positions the university union so get involved as IT COULD BE YOU! 12th February at 12pm in the Charles Frears building or on
is oﬀering are 8 student council positions, chair of student e nominations will close on 23rd February, 09 at Monday 16th February at 12pm at the Kimberlin Library.
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Diet Obsessed World
as a negative thing. e process of putting on weight,
Daniella Jones-Ellis although in the media tends to be treated as being a girl’s
worst nightmare, does not have to be just that. It can be
It is fair to say that we live in a diet obsessed world with achieved healthily whilst those who need to do so can still
people who are determined and crazed with ideas of getting maintain a slim, healthy and muscularly toned appearance.
what is seen to be the perfect body image and down to their A recent article in Now magazine positively focuses on
ideal body weight. actress and Dancing on Ice star, Roxanne Pallett’s new
In today’s society, you are not likely to open a magazine look, by stressing the fact that she is not denying herself her
without coming across diet treats and is able to tone up
tips, celebrities’ weight with healthy eating and a daily
loss regimes and those exercise regime. Writer, Beth
celebrities, whose lives are “ ere are always features McLoughlin, said: “Tucking
in the media, coming under into treats you fancy some of
attack due to their weight
in magazines that give you the time stops you craving them
gain or large physique. advice on how to lose weight. and bingeing later”.
e distinction between It is these positive words
a woman with natural What about us girls who of Beth’s and sensible diet of transform herself.” e book contains the 12 body shapes
curves and generally being Roxanne’s that our society that Trinny and Susannah have identiﬁed, including the
overweight appears to have
want to put it on?” needs more of. With a greater well-known Pear, Apple and Hourglass. When referring to
been lost in the midst of focus on muscle toning whilst these three common body shapes they said: “ ey are the
the skinny trend being the maintaining the presence of the real key to looking great”.
dominant image portrayed within the media. treats you love in your diet, the focus on losing weight is lost By encouraging women to dress in a way that
Twenty year old female student at DMU, who would and greater successes are achieved. compliments their ﬁgure and rid the world of women ageing
like to remain anonymous, said: “ ere are always features TV stylists Trinny and Susannah are two positive role themselves in an eﬀort to cover up their body hang ups, the
in magazines that give you advice on how to lose weight. models who work within the media and aim to give women pair prove you do not have to give in to the skinny trend in
What about us girls who want to put it on?” back the conﬁdence they have lost. Speaking about their order to look and feel beautiful.
is is proof that not all females are constantly thinking new book, e Body Shape Bible, the pair said: “We
of ways to become thinner and do not see gaining weight have found the formula that will enable every woman to
Student Prepares for London Fashion Week
e complexity of the 2009 brief,
Humayra Sadiq ‘Urban Holographic’ ensured that the
quality of the entrants’ work this year was
A student from De Montfort University prepares for exceptionally high, and Beatrice impressed
galactic debut at London Fashion Week the judges with her beautiful textiles and
Beatrice Newman, fashion student at De Montfort innovative research. FAD asked students
University, has been named as a ﬁnalist in the prestigious to explore the concept of Retro futurism
2009 FAD (Fashion Awareness Direct) Competition, set to and space tourism looking back at 1960’s
take place at Vauxhall Fashion Scout in London on 24th curved design and ﬁlms such as ‘2001:
February. A Space Odyssey’ to create fashionable
One of 14 ﬁnalists, Beatrice beat hopefuls from 24 ‘uniforms’ for galactic hosts/hostesses.
diﬀerent UK universities and colleges to win a coveted Last year De Montfort fashion student,
place in the competition, which sees the most promising Jemma Simmons, was a runner-up in
undergraduates, the 2008 FAD
compete for a £2000 Competition and
ﬁrst prize and desirable was awarded £1,000
industry placement. One of 14 ﬁnalists, Beatrice towards her graduate
Her ﬁnal design collection and a work
will be showcased beat hopefuls from 24 placement with UK Beatrice’s Designs | Named ﬁnalist in the Prestigious 2009 FAD Competition
in a unique catwalk
show during London
diﬀerent UK universities label, Pink Soda.
e candidates scenes for the FAD competition is phenomenal – both
Fashion Week with and colleges to win a coveted from universities such as Nottingham in terms of students’ entries and the support that FAD
the jury, which Trent, Central Saint Martins and De provides. I’m really looking forward to joining the judges
includes Dolly Jones place in the competition..... Montfort University will present their but considering past winners’ achievements, I know we’re
(Editor, Vogue.com) collections this month to an esteemed going to have a diﬃcult time picking just one winner and
and Martyn Roberts panel including fashion experts and two-runners up.”
(Director of Vauxhall Fashion Scout), announcing the lucky those more familiar with the space theme. To ﬁnd out more about the FAD competition visit www.
winners on the evening of the event. Dolly Jones said, “ e work that goes on behind the fad.org.uk
Want to write for the Features Section of e Demon Newspaper? en
contact the Features Editor, Humayra Sadiq, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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SA: The Big Five
Catherine Muir reﬂects on her childhood in South Africa and looks at all the danger and excitement it has to oﬀer.
e Big Five: Lion, Cheetah, Elephant, Leopard and Dusky blues take over followed by purples
Rhino. and ﬁnally black.
It’s what every tourist to the South African Kruger e stars are incredibly bright, especially
National Park hopes to catch a glimpse of. if you are out in the veldt where there are no
Going on a safari is a completely wonderful experience lights nearby.
but living right next door to the park was something extra e locals are colourful people in every
special. way, right from their dress to their characters.
Falling asleep and hearing the crickets chirping, the owls e black nation as a whole is very
hooting with lions roaring in the savannah has to be the hospitable and will often help you when you
best feeling in the world. When you saddle up and hop are in need.
into the open jeep, anticipation coursing violently through But don’t accept everything they might
your body, keep in mind that the wilderness belongs to the oﬀer you.
animals. As your guide will tell you – as well as some tourists ey like to eat Mopani worms – the
who would tell you if they were still alive – you should never brightly coloured caterpillar of the Emperor
leave the vehicle. Moth, which is one of the world’s largest
It is your only protection. Except, of course, the .22 riﬂe moths – which lives on the leaves of the
on the dashboard, close at hand. mopane tree.
Shenzi and Ed | Not laughing now are you!
Near a town called Phalaborwa is a large veldtplaas – a e worms are hand picked or shaken oﬀ
farm – where a guide will take you into enclosures where the trees.
lions are kept. e local collector’s squeeze the caterpillars to remove summer months.
Keep in mind that these enclosures are hundreds of meters their bright green ‘guts’ and then they are cooked in a South Africa has its summer when Britain has its winter
long so it’s not like you’re going to the zoo. cauldron of salty water until the water has evaporated and and vice versa.
At the end of the enclosures and after countless expelled are then dried in the Hot African Sun. South African winters involve a cold morning that warms
deep breath from lions that have curiously approached the Another danger aspect in Africa is when you travel between up by midday followed by a warm evening.
vehicle, is the reason why you came in the ﬁrst place. towns. Over the past few years this has become increasingly e worst you can expect is rain.
Shumba. dangerous, so dangerous in fact, that many drivers have had Saying this, most days it rains at about three in the
is is the name of the lion that drinks water from a to resort to keeping a handgun in their glove pocket in the afternoon and after about an hour, the sky opens up and
bottle that you hold above your head to reach his mouth. car because if increasing numbers of hijackings and thefts. everything is beautiful and green and lush.
Don’t worry. But you would have to unlucky for this to happen to you. Watch out for mosquitoes!
He’s sitting behind a ten-foot fence. On a brighter note, if you happen to see a bed with its Buy the smelliest repellent you can ﬁnd and try to avoid
en Shumba opens his jaws in a yawn and you can’t help legs on a brick or two don’t be alarmed. going out after 6pm as this is when they come out in force.
but think that it’s big enough for you to put your head in e blacks have a big fear of the Tokelosh - a mythical If you decide to go on a safari and have to sleep in a tent,
his mouth, no problem. creature that has its origin in the black, and mostly rural don’t take your shoes oﬀ as you never know what you’ll ﬁnd
His paw prints in the dirt are hardly bigger than your cultures in South Africa. It is a short hairy “man” that inside them in the morning.
average dinner plate. terrorizes disobedient wives and sometimes children. Lekker is a South African word that means ‘really nice’.
If you do decide to go on a safari, then you should Africa has a great number of ‘old wives tales’ about many We have tekkies instead of trainers and we wear pants, not
deﬁnitely go to a real South African braii. of the animals such as why the cheetah has tear marks or trousers, over our underwear.
Growing up in Phalaborwa, it was a normal occasion for why the waterbuck has a white ring around its butt. Lieﬃe is an endearment like ‘love’.
a group of friends to get together and cook braii ﬂeis over According to myth, Noah had painted the toilet in the ark Above all, don’t forget to have fun and remember that
the hot coals, the ﬁre drying your costume after just having white and told all the animals to wait for it to fry but the outside the city the beasts rule and you are the trespasser.
climbed out of the pool. waterbuck couldn’t wait and so it got the white mark. An old sign once said: “Trespassers will be shot. Survivors
e best part of the evening is probably the sunset – the Just a few words on what to wear when in Africa. will be shot again.”
ones in Africa are spectacular. Lots of sun cream and wear a t-shirt while swimming While Africa may keep changing, it is an undeniable fact
e sky turns a bright pink before glowing a hazy orange when it’s very hot. Try to stay inside as much as possible that my memories of my childhood home will remain the
and then red. during lunchtime so you don’t get heatstroke during the same.
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Wash ‘N’ No Dry DRY” instruction on the label. e iron we got given in the
Sarah Taylor ﬁrst week has been used about three times and now resides
in a cupboard under the sink, never to be seen again.
I have, on occasion, bought clothes to replace
Before I came to university, whenever I went shopping for those I can’t be bothered to wash and chucked the old ones
clothes I chose mainly by price and looks. Outﬁts usually away (this is where Primark comes in handy). Clothes pile
included ﬂimsy dresses or tops that had to be carefully up in your washing basket without you realising until you
hand-washed and ironed (by my mum, of course.) riﬂe through your wardrobe for something to wear to your
Nowadays my fashion staples have widely changed. lecture and can only ﬁnd a summer dress (it’s the middle
Outﬁts often consist of jeans and a cheap t-shirt - Primark of winter) or a fancy dress costume. en comes the choice
and H&M are the only shops I frequent and sales are my between one of three options; try and borrow a massive
idea of heaven. No matter where I shop, though, before hoody from someone (with the promise to return it washed
I decide to buy something, I check the label. If it is no which usually sways them) and wear it over your pyjamas;
tumble-dry, hand wash, or dry clean only, it goes back go through all your washing basket to see if there are any
on the pile no matter what the price. If I happen to grab that don’t look too shabby or smell of alcohol/smoke, or skip
something quickly that turns out to be hand wash only, the lecture and do some washing instead. Usually preferable.
then the item is worn very rarely and washed the traditional
student way – cleaned in the sink with 36p washing powder Ultimately I have found a few solutions. Short of taking
then left in my shower with the water on. I also failed to your washing to the family/friends you have closest to you,
bring an airer with me, so when the tumble drier doesn’t sharing washers with friends is a good idea because the
quite get my clothes dry my room turns into a laundry washers can ﬁt loads in and you can split the cost. Dark
room with garments hanging from every available precipice or patterned clothes normally look OK despite not being
(which is where shower rails come in very handy). ironed/washed. Leggings are cheap, comfy and can look cool
Gone are the piles of washed, ironed and neatly folded under a massive t-shirt if that’s all that’s left of your clean
clothes left on my bed in the morning - now when I look clothes, and if all else fails you may ﬁnd your self spraying
through my wardrobe, all my clothes are slightly rumpled last night’s top with Febreze and putting it back on.
and most are smaller, having been put in the tumble drier
along with everything else despite the stern “NO TUMBLE- If only mum could see you now…
Interview With The Vampire
By Anne Rice
Review by Sam Nicholson
Sam Nicholson reviews the latest from Martin McDonagh
tried to conquer Sitting in the small theatre at e Curve, feeling like character, the real gem of this play is Paul Ready who plays
the menace that is you can reach out and touch the actors on stage is an Michal, Katurian’s disabled brother. As one of the hardest
Louis & Lestat’s experience best reserved for some of the most fantastic characters to eﬀectively portray Ready pulls it oﬀ without
story will know theatre of this century. Martin McDonagh’s play e a hitch, making every second Michal is on stage a magical
how hard it is to Pillowman qualiﬁes itself for that experience. moment.
ﬁnish the book. Featuring a star-studded cast including Hustle star Marc While the preview shows are over, this show is highly
Interview With Warren, e Pillowman is an epic black comedy, which had recommended for all even in the larger theatre. e
A Vampire is a everyone at the preview show on the edges of their seats. Pillowman will be showing until March 7th, and tickets
classic piece of Set in a nameless totalitarian state similar to that of start at £14.
vampire literature George Orwell’s 1984, we meet Katurian Katurian Katurian
from Anne Rice. (Marc Warren), a twisted yet brilliant writer. When he is Call 0116 242 3595 for tickets.
While it is a hauled into police custody by
classic novel, it Detective Tupolski (Russell
is not for those Dixon) and police oﬃcer Ariel
who want a light (Benedict Wong) he has no
bedtime read. e idea why. ey seem interested
language is hard in his writing, and where his
to understand inspiration comes from. Is
and in general the he responsible for the dark
book is too long. ideas he writes down, or does
en again, it is very rewarding to make your way through he do exactly what any good
it, and ﬁnally reach the climax. While Tom Cruise is very storyteller does- simply tell the
successful in portraying Lestat in the ﬁlm, his portrayal is story?
not a patch on the real Lestat, created by Anne Rice. Any e macabre play takes you
serious reader will love this book, but it is not for the faint on a rollercoaster of emotions,
hearted. Read with caution, and stick it out even when the and leaves you wanting more.
plot becomes slow, and the language seems too much. It’s e brilliantly twisted humour
worth it. and psychological plot, is
emphasised by the minimalist
staging and heightened
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Beautiful February Catwalk for
Full Fringes... r
is season keep your forehead warm with a full oo
inge. Or you could fake one with a faux inge a tin e Ly
la Penelope Cruz at the BAFTAs... Kris
We celebrate the return of our favourite posh girl
Lily Allen with the infectious single “ e Fear” -
everything’s cool as long as she’s getting thinner...
Everyone is going mad for the new generation of
Californian brats in 90210 shown on E4 at 9pm on
Mondays. Featuring a ridiculously attractive cast and
rubbish storylines but you’ve really got to lo e it...
Orange is the new pink..
Orange is our new favourite colour for instant spring
brightness... bright rusty tones in new textures like silk
and can as for new shapes like tulip dresses, cigarette
pants and the most daring of all new trends, the
Fresh o the press, the scandal of Chris Brown’s
physical attack on Rihanna has le us speechless...
It really is time for girl iend to put it away... her
recent magazine shoot for W magazine was all too Mathe
graphic for a woman over y...
We’ve seen more than enough of this ridiculous
footwear in the past week... rubber shoes should not
be worn unless absolutely necessary, and just because
they’ve been adorned with prints of chocolates or
marshmallows, it doesn’t make them any cuter...
Evil Snowball rowers...
One of the least funniest things to have happened
all year was the snowball attack by those brats at
Gateway College... let the battle commence, preferably
when we’re not wearing dry clean only trousers.
The Newspaper of De Montfort Students
Breast Cancer Care
more middle aged than I was expecting. ere were,
William Robert Skinner however, some incredibly well pieced outﬁts; Looney’s
favourites were the orange silk shirt dress worn by
In the three years I have been a student at DMU, I have Emily Jane and Penny’s patterned mini tea dress. My
visited in succession eleven diﬀerent “catwalk” shows, favourites were deﬁnitely Giane’s orange puﬀball skirt
connected some how to the university, ranging from and black vest and Sarah’s green dress and stacked black
handmade corsets and contour fashion to a selection of bondage platforms – she was deﬁnitely channelling her
pretty students wearing their own Topshop selections inner Carrie Bradshaw in that get up! e other outﬁts
walking down a piece of carpet to a Ministry of Sound had been loaned from A Wear, Wellgosh, Casino, Bay,
compilation CD. Pilot and Cult.
Needless to say, they have all been varied and while some e hair and make up of the female models was a
have been well organised triumphs, others have been really, let down, it just all came across as very bridal and not
really dodgy. However, they have always appeared to have particularly fashion. It would have been nice to have seen
been for some sort of good cause, so naturally, one doesn’t some variety in the hair instead of everyone having the
bitch too loud in the direction of the organisers. coiﬀed and curled and - dare I say - dated up do, which
e show that I and my so-chic-it-hurts chum Looney looked more prom date princess than prêt-a-porter. By
visited on Monday night at the Union was one of the better having a fashion show aimed for students, it would surely
ones I’ve visited, after trawling through the snow in skinny of been more beneﬁcial to show the current trends in make
jeans and pointy shoes, wrapped in fur and dripping in ly with
up instead of playing safe Jan a lot of foundation and
eyeliner. pink lip gloss? Whilst I understandilandm
lia appreciate that it’s
e show started a little later than planned, which important to keep the models looking semi-similar, I think
was ﬁne, as we took some time getting to our seats and a show such as this could of allowed for more scope with the
draining our vodka and cranberries. We bought some raﬄe looks.
tickets to do our bit for the charity fundraiser and a Breast e talk from Abigail at Breast Cancer Care in Leicester
Cancer Care pin, which the Looney wore as an earring - I was particularly poignant, as it really brought together what
said he was chic… We were introduced to the charmingly the show was all about. However, hearing a woman stand on
handsome compare, photographer Tom Wren and bubbly a stage talking about her own experience of cancer was quite
organiser Sam Brown – dressed in a huge organza midnight harrowing and unintentionally made me loose my fashion
blue prom dress. e Dance Society began with a bit of an buzz, but I think it was both important and relevant to
irregular choice of song for a fashion show, dressed in some have this in the show, a lot more so than the embarrassingly
garish and unﬂattering outﬁts. e dance really was neither unprepared talk by the bra ﬁtters from John Lewis about
here nor there, and kind of detracted from the real reason surgery bras.
everyone was there. During the interval, Looney and I were moved and sat
e casual wear was very obviously pieced together from with Miss England’s Laura Coleman, a DMU Business and
more high-end stores, and the pieces from John Lewis stood Marketing graduate who was incredibly friendly and not at
out a mile! I remember thinking that while it was all very all the Miss Congeniality prototype I expected her to be. She
aesthetically pleasing, it might not be what DMU students was very sweet, and although some parts of the conversation
would wear. One particular outﬁt stood out, a very cute came across a little rehearsed, she seemed pretty down to
pink ﬂoral tea dress, with a hot pink patent belt and knotted earth and happy to be there, despite the snow making her
pink cardigan. While it looked so adorable the way it sat late. Fantastic eyebrows, and she came in the top twenty for
on the very commercial blonde haired model, it was a bit Miss World, a fact not many of Melton Mowbray’s people
can put their name to.
e second act of the show began with another dance,
Miss England & Samantha Brown this time a slaughter of Bob Fosse’s original chorography to
Cabaret (I’m sorry Dance Society, but I’m gay - don’t get
in between me and anything related to Liza Minelli…) and
Lingerie, donated by Cookie West and John Lewis. e
collection was lovely, with a refreshing change seeing some
boys in lingerie. Only joking, the boys were dressed in
very modest pyjama bottoms, but never mind! However,
my biggest bugbear with the Lingerie selection was th
the clothing, but with one particular pair of models,
who were just tacky and came across as far too Nuts
magazine. Less than an hour earlier, a woman stood
and spoke about her experience of going through
chemotherapy for breast cancer, and I felt just a little
annoyed at how inappropriate it was for girls modelling commendable.
lingerie to act so provocatively for the photographers. at e dresses were on loan from Samui
was not what the night should have been about at all, and I Frock Shop and Mimi, and while they deﬁnitely had
wasn’t alone with my opinion! a ‘prom’ edge to them, I guess that they matched the hair!
e Evening Wear selection was last, with my favourite Overall, I thought it was a very commendable eﬀort from
piece being what Sarah Mathers, the other organiser, two ﬁrst time organisers in such a short space of time and
wore – a sequinned silver dress which just reminded me of with no real professional input. Congratulations to Sam
something worn by Phillipe Blonde at his Autumn Winter Brown and Sarah Mathers for their hard work, and a total of
show last year. And yes, while it was fairly predictable seven hundred pounds was made for Breast Cancer Care, a
that the model-cum-organiser would be wearing the best hugely worthwhile cause.
dress (and still those killer heels), the other girls were fairly
The Newspaper of De Montfort Students
With the Music Industry in dire straits, e Demon looks at the increasing amount of...
MUSICAL ALBUM SHARES
PATRICK WOLF is asking fans to invest
in his fourth album.
more devalued. Patrick said of the project;
“With the old world recording industry
Using the relatively new ‘Band Stocks’ a rapidly sinking ship; recording studios
system, Patrick Wolf has abandoned the closing weekly, free downloads daily, more
traditional record company route in order musicians hitting the long road than ever
to regain full creative control. In buying before to feed themselves, I am happy to
Dogs Die in Hot Cars split up (after a How do you plan to release the album? a stake of the album (a £10 stock) you have come across a new intimate system
successful début album) in late 2007 mid- We’ve had lots of innovative suggestions get a small return from the album sales, of audience and artist participation called
way through the recording of their second sent in which it seems only right to take and a free download of the album when Bandstocks… It’s time to drop the curtain
(album). While this would have been the advantage of. e conventional marketing its released, as well as the chance to buy and stop relying on a stale patriarchy.
end for most bands, however, through e methods are out there but hopefully the limited editions and such. Patrick has I’m excited, I hope you are too. Welcome
Second Album Project lead singer Craig project will allow us to realise a lot more. already played exclusive shows in his to the future!” Patrick is aiming for a
Macintosh has invited fans to ﬁnish what is stuﬀ is in development. home to reward the early investors, and £100,000 investment and has so far
the band started, and potentially earn a continues to do so. And this is what’s key raised £38,860, with the two disk ‘Battle’
chunk of the band’s royalties. Is the approach you’re taking likely to be to this system, it makes the fans feel closer set for release over the next year. www.
replicated by other artists? to the artist, as this interaction is the patrickwolf.com / www.bandstocks.com
Demon - How did the idea for the Second I hope so. We’re not the ﬁrst to do equity that will continue to grow as music
Album Project come about? collaborative mixes or oﬀer individual tracks in the traditional sense becomes more and Graham Howlett
Craig - It came about after our decision to for remixing and re-writing - notably David
go our separate ways whilst in the recording Byrne and Brian Eno’s “My Life in the Bush
sessions of the second album, which was Of Ghosts” album website has done it, as
followed by fans of the band asking to hear have Radiohead, among quite a few others.
how far we’d got with it. Releasing the tracks But no one to my knowledge has oﬀered to
how they were wouldn’t have been fair on share their royalties with those people who
the songs, the fans, nor the band, and since actually do contribute.
they were left unﬁnished it seemed far more
interesting and appropriate putting the Are traditional boundaries between
songs online, along with all their track ﬁles, musicians and their fans being broken?
lyrics and chords, for anyone who may be Yes, until a band becomes really famous
interested in taking up were we left oﬀ. at which point it seems to reverse.
How have you found the fan response to Do you have any predictions for the future
the project? of music?
e responses have been excellent and we’ve My concern is that people no longer
already had quite a lot of interesting versions expect to pay for music - I think its going
sent in - the problem is that I actually think
they’re all interesting. It’s amazing hearing
to lead to more and more band tie-ins with
corporations, which will eﬀect the license TWITTER
someone else take on your tune - some for creativity. I understand that this sort of It seems everyone is still disgustingly touring with messages from the band
people have really gone way oﬀ from where thing is a part of music’s evolution, but I obsessed with celebrity culture, and thanks themselves, using Twitter as a means to
the demos are, which is great. One thing hope there’ll still be enough people buying to the turnaround success of Twitter the ‘sell’ somewhat in disguise. Even if an artist
I’d still like to hear more of though is new records to counter it. Someone one day will paparazzi are having their stories written isn’t pushing product through twitter or
vocals - people recording over mine. But on write a circular song in the key of H. for them. Considered a micro-blogging associated blogs they are still pushing the
the whole it’s going well. Feedback has all service (simple text-based posts of up to brand, and as far as the record labels go the
been positive, it seems to me there’s many Contribute to the album at www. 140 characters in length), it allows its users more a fan can relate to an artist, the more
people keen to push what’s possible within dogsdieinhotcars.com to send and read other users’ updates. So likely they are going to spend some of their
music and the internet. it’s basically like your Facebook status dough on them.
Jed Howlett but on a whole diﬀerent website. It can If you fancy checking it out for yourself,
be alright though, Mike Skinner of the here are some oﬃcial posters on twitter. To
Streets posts thoughtful messages several ﬁnd them type the following after www.
times a day akin to his successful Myspace twitter.com ….
blog, and Does It Oﬀend You, Yeah? are /lilyroseallen - Lily Allen
posting frequent updates regarding the /thisisblocparty - Bloc Party
recording of their second album, again this /skinnermike - Mike Skinner ( e
is pretty interesting. Some of it is more Streets)
menial though, with Lily Allen’s recent /coldplay - Coldplay
posts consisting of her bragging about her /ztnewetep – Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy)
number one single and after announcing /dioyy - Does It Oﬀend You, Yeah?
where she was going for dinner last week /PW_Oﬃcal - Patrick Wolf
was ‘surprised’ to ﬁnd ‘2 paps outside’ /musewire - Muse
waiting for her. Coldplay’s twitter page Graham Howlett
mixes oﬃcial messages about releases and
Monday 19 January 2008
20 Issue 55
Tom Jones - Give A Little Love Alesha Dixon - Breathe Slow Rival Consoles - Helvetica EP
Alistair Hardaker Sam Nicholson Graham Howlett
Granted the start of this song Alesha Dixon releases her Demon Music favourite
sounds like a fat gut strutting, first single of 2009 “Breathe Rival Consoles (aka Ryan L.
but this is Tom Jones, and you Slow.” This Alesha is a far cry West) precedes the release of
can practically feel the smile from the one we remember his debut album ‘IO’ with
on his face on Give A Little from girlband Mis-Teeq. This the release of Helvetica. In
Love. It’s happy, it’s soulful single however is nothing stark contrast to what The
and because it’s so utterly spectacular. It forms part of Demon has heard of IO,
unpretentious and straight forward it works its charm. the never ending stream of female pop singers flooding the the title track begins with octave displaced piano melody,
recent top 20. with West describing this as being ‘arranged and stylistically
Lyrics like #Living in a world where there’s plenty #so how come suited to the Helvetica font’. Second track ‘Indie is Dead’
we’re running on empty mean there’s a message here, but it’s While it is undeniable that Dixon has got a beautiful voice, she draws the pace to a halt with Beethovien style piano sonata
vague and unpolitcal; which exactly the way it should be – it’s has no stand out features. The song is rather boring and over and ‘Holst’ picks up where Helvetica left off, only this time
precisely because it’s just an upbeat song with a sentiment like uses vocal effects, burying the voice under technology. There is more dense and fluid. Final track ‘Seventeen (IO RMX)’ is a
‘give a little love’ that he’s still the Tom Jones everyone likes so no backing music to speak of, rather more technology in the shiny and plastic sounding revolt against contemporary
much. form of a drum machine. dance music. Overall an interesting step forward, and worth
tracking down the 7”on Erased Tapes now!
My Chemical Romance - Desolation Row Kid Cudi - Day n Night
WANT YOUR ARTICLE HERE?
Sam Nciholson Sam Nicholson You
This song departs from The Kid Cudi’s debut single from
Black Parade with anthemic from the album “Man On The If you want to
lyrics and guitars which seem Moon,” is nothing but another
to never stop. However while average track. While it does write music
the song is musically very good, have some likeable features, all
it has to be said that rather of which come from the music reviews or live
than being a step into the future, “Desolation Row,” seems video, overall the song is very
to return to the bands teenage routes, and the sounds of poor. Still, dance fans may like this track, as it uses the tried reviews for THE DEMON then
“Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge.” In the end, My Chemical and tested forumla of fun bassy beats, mixed with techno
Romance fans will love “Desolation Row,” as it makes you sounds. It is also undeniable that the song is very catchy. sieze your chance by sending an
want to get up and scream at your parents: the exact MCR Overall though it is a very forgettable, and not a song which
mentality. is going to make the public buy his album. email to email@example.com
Lilly Allen I’d like to thank Lilly Leathermouth Leathermouth is the Rhianna - Good As if the multi million
Allen for avoiding the manic side project of selling good girl gone bad
It’s Not You ‘rock-chick’ cop out that Xo My Chemical Romances Girl Gone Bad needed any more mileage,
every other female artist Frank Iero. Compared to out comes the remixes
seems to take. Thank you My Chemical Romance, album. Umbrella, Shut Up
for not putting on a guitar Leathermouth’s debut album and Drive and Disturbia,
and pretending to rock out “Xo” is very dark. Music plus every other track from
to some faux pop-rock to filled with anger and insanity the original album feature,
get the girls buying your that makes thick speeding with remixes from the
records. Instead, on your rock anthems, worthy of likes of The Wideboys and
second album you’ve kept the some of the greats. Soul Seekerz -not the most
sound, character and tone that popular DJ’s in the UK but
worked so well on the first. It is obvious that in the nontheless of a fairly high
Thanks for singing in an English accent without playing on album, Iero takes chances and looks at music in every standard. Rhianna works best in the club, so remixes
it. Thanks for not compromising. You’ve written about God, possible way, something he can’t do while under the wings breathe new, novelty life into these songs. That is, for DJs.
politics and romance – which one album really can’t cover of the Way brothers. From the obviously titled “This Song
properly- but it’s nice to have some variation. And don’t take Is About Being Attacked By Monsters,” to the annoyed The probem with this album, and any remix album is a
this the wrong way Lilly, but ‘F*** You’ was a bit obtuse- I tones of “Your Friends Are Full Of S***,” Xo is a complex lack of consitency in style and substance, unless you are
guessed this profanity would be wrapped up in cute pop mix of music.While some of the tracks are admittedly in fact a DJ theres little mileage to be had here, even less
before putting the CD in. We know you’re mischievous not perfect, (Sunsets Are For Muggings being an ample so if you’ve already played ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ again
without the sarcasm. Overall though, thanks- you’ve example,) Xo utilises the most important ingredient of and again. Having said that, this album will pass the time
reminded us that you can have character without being a any rock album: attitude. This makes it one of the best for hardcore Rhianna fans before her fourth album comes
novelty. PS I particularly enjoyed ‘I could Say’ and ‘Never debut albums of the year, and hopefully Iero doesn’t let out. Certainly not essential for the part time rhianna fan
Gonna Happen’ Leathermouth fall to the side, as My Chemical Romance but better than waiting most of the millions of fans who
Alistair Hardaker pick up speed in 2009. Sam Nicholson bought her first. Simon Hargreaves
The Newspaper of De Montfort Students
The Rags To Riches Story of a Hip Hop Icon
Fox Searchlight proudly announces the release of the long violent life on the street as well as hits for the clubs, Biggie
anticipated feature ﬁlm NOTORIOUS in cinemas across emerged from Brooklyn during the early 1990’s and quickly
the UK from 13th February, 2009. Celebrating the hip became one of the most inﬂuential music artists of our time.
hop legend Notorious B.I.G, later known as Biggie, the At the height of his career Biggie was embroiled in a feud
biopic tells the rags to riches story of a music icon whose with rapper Tupac, which developed into a highly publicised
life and death forever changed the landscape of music. east coast versus west coast battle.
Embodying the American dream Biggie rose from the Notorious is directed by George Tillman Junior (Men
streets using the power of his music to speak to an entire of Honor and Soul Food) and written by Reggie Rock
generation. Bythewood and Cheo Hodari Coker.
e ﬁlm captures the larger than life world of Notorious e soundtrack to Notorious is available from January
B.I.G aka Christopher Wallace (played by Jamal Woolard) 26th on Warners Music. Featuring brand new releases from
examining the relationships of those closest to Biggie his peers including Jay-Z and Jadakiss the soundtrack also
including his mentor and friend P. Diddy (Derek Luke), includes a selection of greatest hits and early, little-known
fellow rapper Tupac (Anthony Mackie), his wife Faith Evans recordings.
(Antonique Smith), his on / oﬀ girlfriend Lil Kim (Naturi www.notoriousmovie.co.uk
Naughton) and his mother Voletta Wallace (Angela Bassett).
Notorious is a tribute and celebration of Biggie produced
by Voletta Wallace, Wayne Barrow, Mark Pitts, Robert
Teitel, Trish Hofmann and executive produced by P. Diddy. TO WIN A COPY OF THE ‘NOTORIOUS’
SOUNDTRACK & ‘BIGGIE BIBLE’
“I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the team ANSWER THIS QUESTION
which brings the story of my friend, B.I.G to the big screen.
e movie is a mother’s story and his mom was instrumental WHAT IS ‘BIGGIE’S’ FULL NAME?
in getting this ﬁlm made. Notorious is a tour de force,” Sean
Combs executive producer, Notorious. EMAIL : FILM@DEMONPAPER.COM
A talented wordsmith, crafting rhyming narratives about
British success at Baftas
LEADING ACTRESS- KATE WINSLET * RISING STAR AWARD -NOEL CLARKE *DIRECTOR - DANNY BOYLE * THE CARL FORMAN AWARD - STEVE MCQUEEN.
Monday 16 February 2009
22 Issue 57
The demise of British Film
Ruth Conners explores the downfall of the Great British Film Industry.
e British ﬁlm industry has long been viewed as e trouble is Hollywood only ‘allows’ a certain ﬂops like Revolver. e only category Britain is given full
Hollywood’s ugly sister - even in our glory days of number of vehicles for us to work with, drawing on our license for is extravagant costume dramas, purely because
Pinewood Studios. James Bond or Carry On ﬁlms were own British clichés - to the rest of the world the UK consists they involve British characters and locations. Try as they
considered second rate to American glamour. However, as of London, where people either speak like Hugh Grant or might American studios will never capture British heritage
time moved on money dried up and with today’s output it’s Dick Van Dykes imitation. Popular British genres appear like us. Similarly their sentimental style can’t manage the
disputable if there is even an industry left. gritty nature of dramas like Vera Drake and Kidulthood.
Before the release of Four Weddings and a Funeral
in 1994 the British ﬁlm industry was dead. Studios With our preference for script over special eﬀects,
had long disappeared and even the Bond ﬁlms were American actors are increasingly chasing starring roles in
beginning to fall from grace. America had taken over, Britain: Gwyneth Paltrow became Jane Austen’s Emma and
enticing the masses with bigger budgets, better special Renee Zellweger played iconic singleton Bridget Jones. But
eﬀects and the cream of Hollywood talent. However this also works the other way - in the past year Simon Pegg,
Richard Curtis’ eccentric British stereotypes had made Russell Brand and Ricky Gervais have all made the move
the ﬁlm a success, earning $258m worldwide and to LA for work. However this can also be unsuccessful,
making a star of the spluttering Hugh Grant. ere was as seen recently with Gervais’ Ghostland failing to set the
a sudden revival, money rapidly appeared and Shallow American box oﬃce alight.
Grave and Braveheart were brought out soon after.
While this means we now have a regular input Realistically, there isn’t the culture for ﬁlm production
into the ﬁlm market, either with a romcom or token in Britain. Our actors are far more likely to be trained for
appearance from our comics, it is almost impossible to theatre than ﬁlm and writers will gain more recognition
ﬁnd ‘purely’ British ﬁlms – a British story funded by writing a successful television drama series than scripting a
British people. Our biggest movies of the past ten years: ﬁlm. Also money isn’t so readily available - most companies
Stardust, Pride and Prejudice and the Harry Potter are either small scale, working on a ﬁlm-by-ﬁlm basis.
franchise would have disappeared without a trace if it wasn’t in cycles: we’ve had social comedies like Brassed Oﬀ and Britain will always have a place in the ﬁlm market if we stick
for American money. Ricky Gervais admitted recently: ‘ e e Full Monty, the romcoms of Richard Curtis and gritty to what we do best, but unfortunately when it comes to big
Americans are just better (at ﬁlm making) than us. ere’s gangster ﬁlms like RocknRolla and Snatch. However these budgets and high production values we will always have to
an odd exception, but when it comes to making movies we soon fall out of favour - no matter how hard Guy Ritchie settle for second place.
don’t really cut the mustard. Not since about 1950.’ tries he has yet to return to his pre-Madonna success with
Slumdog Millionaire The Wrestler The Reader
Director : Danny Boyle Director: Darren Aronofsky Director: Stephen Daldry
Starring: Dev Patel , Anil Kapoor Starring: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei Starring: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes
Rating : 15 Rating: :15 Rating: 15
After Trainspotting, Danny Boyle appeared to lose his Welcome back to the ring the comeback King Stephen Daldry’s tale which spans from post war
touch almost as quickly as he had gained it. Since then Mickey Rourke as Randy ‘ e Ram’ Robinson. A bold Germany all the way to the mid 90’s, starring Ralph
he has concerned himself with a couple of successful statement, but a justiﬁed one with this power house Fiennes, David Kross and the sensational Kate
experiments in the horror and sci-ﬁ genres, before returning performance from Rourke, which has a Best Actor Winslet, is a romantic, erotic and bleak story of the
to the familiar territory of the poorer end of society, who Oscar written all over it. e ﬁlm follows an old, beaten consequences of the holocaust. Winslet’s character
turn their lives around, in ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. down wrestler who suﬀers a near fatal heart attack Anna Smitz is embroiled with charges of crimes against
Slumdog ﬁnds Boyle in a particularly exuberant mood. which threatens to end his beloved wrestling career. humanity, all the while under the watchful eye of
e narrative and visuals burst with an energy and Director Darren Aronofsky has created an indie ﬁlm her teenage lover played by newcomer David Kross.
originality not seen in full since ‘Trainspotting’, and the littered with power slamming scenes which hit below Winslet’s performance is a revelation, as her character
characters are convincingly portrayed and thoughtfully cast. the belt in order to shatter the audience. However the manipulates angers and shows utter periods of naivety
e excellent use of music, along with Boyles trade mark plaudits go to Rourke, with one of the most heartfelt through the course of the spanning years. Bleakness,
montage cutting style, bring the vibrancy of the setting performances of the year, as a down trodden lonely love and Guilt are the main themes during the ﬁlm, but
beautifully to screen, and compliment the stories disjointed man, who seeks to rectify the mistakes of his past. Who Daldry never manages to stear the ﬁlm into depression,
plotline. says wrestling is fake, wacth this masterpiece and you but instead shows the charm and experience of a great,
In short, Danny Boyle is one of Britain’s most exciting will beg to diﬀer. vetran director, who highlights the importance and
directors, and ’Slumdog Millionaire’ is him at his most simplicity of words on a page.
pleasing – a superb ﬁlm.
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Monday 16 February 2009
24 Issue 57
Longhorns Let it Slip Late
After losing their ﬁrst three competitive matches, the Leicester Longhorns faced Derby Braves,
intent on sealing their ﬁrst victory of the season, in a match that went down to the wire.
Picture by Ian Cockerill
Leicester Longhorns 12
Derby Braves 21
Leicester Longhorns suﬀered an agonising
and undeserved defeat against the Derby
e 2009 ‘ShowBowl’ was a competitive
and keenly fought contest, with Longhorns
eventually going down 21-14.
e Longhorns went into the game on
the back of three straight defeats in the early
part of the season, and not playing up to
their potential, but the team was rejuvenated
with the return of key player, and went into
the match full of conﬁdence.
Longhorns came out of the traps and
forced a Braves fumble on their very ﬁrst
possession, recovered by Leicester, as the
team asserted their power early on.
ey capitalised on the forced error, and
after saving the drive with a great fourth
down conversion by Leicester Longhorns
Tommy Gibbs, Stuart Rawlings ran in for Close...but no cigar | Leicester battle bravely against Derby, but would eventually go down to a score late in the game.
Longhorn’s ﬁrst touchdown of the season
on ﬁrst and goal. time to retake the lead, as the second quarter e third quarter began slowly and Longhorns next possession produced
Longhorns missed in their attempt to came to a close. neither team looked like they could match yet another turnover, with the ball
extend the lead, failing to complete the two e team produced two huge plays, with the standard that they produced in the ﬁrst being fumbled on ﬁrst and ten, and the
point conversion. the Longhorns, for the ﬁrst time this season, half, but the exceptional Longhorns defence Braves used the ball to run in a ﬁve yard
e touchdown saw the only points of showing their prowess with the throw, with carried on as they had throughout the touchdown to lead the game 20-14, and
the ﬁrst quarter, which was dominated by quarterback James Ashmore passing two season, pressuring the Derby oﬀence, with a the successful conversion made the game
Leicester, who played some outstanding great balls to get Leicester down to the sack by Piers Comerford. 21-14.
football at times, on both oﬀence and Derby goal line, with credit going to Greg Neither team could break through in the Leicester had no answer, and ﬁzzled out
defence, and were putting in their best Stevenson, who caught superbly to help the third quarter, and the fourth quarter began towards the end, suﬀering a painful defeat at
performance by far of the season. team get downﬁeld. with a nightmare start for the Longhorns. the hands of their closest and bitter rivals.
Braves hit back, and began the second quarter On third and goal, Tommy Gibbs caught e defence was called for a dubious e undeserved defeat leaves the team
much the better team, and it wasn’t long until a pass in the end zone to give the Longhorns roughing the passer call, and then the on 0-4 with half of the season now passed,
the team took advantage of their pressure and the lead, and with the two point conversion Longhorns fumbled the ball on their ﬁrst and the chance of making the post season
scored their own touchdown, with a brilliant completed, the Longhorns went in at the possession of the period, with the ball being playoﬀs seemingly gone
catch by the Derby wide receiver. half leading by 14-7. recovered by the Braves. However, if Leicester can continue to play
Braves converted for the extra point and e second half saw the undoing of all Derby took full advantage and scored like they did in the ﬁrst half for the rest of
went 7-6 up. the good work that the Longhorns had done with a great 22 yard touchdown pass, and the season, they should have no problem
But the spirit in the Longhorns camp in the ﬁrst half, with mistakes, and dubious with the extra point converted, the game picking up the wins which they desperately
shone through and they chose the perfect referring decisions that would cost them dear. was level early in the fourth 14-14. warrant.
Very Nearly Varsity Day 2009
It’s almost that time of the year again, so get ready to lock horns, with the University of Leicester.
e Demon has brought you coverage of Last year ultimately saw Leicester come basketball ﬁxture. e day will again be rounded oﬀ with
many of De Montfort’s sporting clubs, out on top, with victory in both rugby and ey will no doubt be looking to the rugby showpiece at Welford Road, home
from Cheerleading and American Football, all football matches, as well as across the improve however, with Varsity holding such of the Leicester Tigers.
to Frisbee and Golf. board in the other sports too. importance to both universities. Keep reading Demon sports for more
March 25 however signals the biggest day DMU salvaged some pride by taking the roughout the day of the 25th, almost information as and when it comes in and
in the sporting calendar for both DMU and indoor cricket title, along with ultimate all teams will compete for bragging rights to the sports teams and players, get your
their ﬁerce rivals, University of Leicester. frisbee, both tennis ties and a hot tempered and to do their university proud. A-game ready.
Interested in writing for Varsity? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Newspaper of De Montfort Students
Not Your Average Joe
With British boxing in as strong a state as ever, the likes of Hatton, Froch and Haye representing,
one of the most naturally talented ever has hung up his gloves...for good.
In the last month British boxing became that good. Hopkins destroyed the previously
substantially weaker, as a legend of the undefeated and highly talented Kelly Pavlik
sport ﬁnally hung up his gloves. (who many had called Calzaghe to ﬁght)
After his last victory over Roy Jones Jnr in months after his defeat to Joe.
November of last year, Joe Calzaghe ﬁnally Jones Jnr himself said he still felt as good
called an end to the will he or won’t he saga as ever prior to the ﬁght, though whether or
by announcing his retirement. not that statement should be taken with a
King of the super-middleweight division pinch of salt is debatable.
for over a decade, the undefeated Calzaghe Calzaghe’s most dangerous challenger of
made the switch to light-heavyweight recent years turned out to be none of the
seemlesly in his latter ﬁghts and demolished mentioned, nor the otherwise unbeaten
two legends of the sport. Dane Mikkel Kessler, who Calzaghe
After 46 victories, which include 32 dispatched of with relative comfort.
knockouts and 22 defences of the coveted It was a young Cameroonian ﬁghter by
WBO super-middleweight belt, the Newbridge the name of Sakio Bika. roughout their
ﬁghter retired a legend, unquestionably. super-middleweight contest, Bika always
ere were those who had question looked dangerous, always moved forward
Calzaghe right from the start, slating his onto Calzaghe.
victory over a ‘past it’ Eubank and whoever he His un-orthadox and ‘in your face’
fought never seemed to live up to their billing. ﬁghting style proved one of Joe’s most Pride of Wales | Calzaghe goes on the attack against American Bernard Hopkins
Take for instance Jeﬀ Lacy, billed as the diﬃcult challenges and the Welshman was
next big thing from the United States. cut by Bika’s continuos leading of the head. Eventually Calzaghe earned the ﬁghts Honoured with a CBE, Calzaghe has
In a one man demolishion job, Calzaghe Nevertheless, like all true champions many believed him to deserve, his last two ignored any requests to ﬁght new up and
pounded Lacy over a thousand times in 12 he found a way to win, a way around the bouts in the bright lights of the USA, his ﬁnal coming talent, such as Britain’s newest
three minute rounds to take a unanimous challenge infront of him. ﬁght at the iconic Madison Square Garden. World Champion Carl Froch.
and emphatic victory. Obviously it is hard to compare ﬁghters of Most of the world know and respect ‘the He validly claims ‘What else have I got to
Many even questioned the heart of all times, weight divisions etc, etc. Hitman’ Ricky Hatton as one of the best prove?!’
Bernard Hopkins and the previously ough in modern times, in his class in the business, but the fan’s favourite paid Promoter Frank Warren has the feeling that
mention Jones Jnr. Despite being knocked Calzaghe was imperious. Trained by his tribute to the Pride of Wales, acclaiming if the ﬁght and the price were right that Joe
down early on by both, the Calzaghe father Enzo in a shed like structure, he him the best Britain has ever had. might return for one last hurrah, but for now,
swaggered back on each occasion, picking always seemed shy, a doger of the public eye. Arguable of course with so many great Calzaghe has no urge to ﬁght anyone at all.
up comfortable points victories over both. Despite a Hollywood looking girlfriend ﬁghters down the years, the likes of Ken Maybe in retirement he will ﬁnally receive
A point that may or may not have been and his Italian roots, he was never anything Buchanan and Calzaghes fellow Welshman the credit he duly deserves, as on of the all
discussed though, is that maybe he was just less than the model sportsman. Jimmy Wilde who fought 149 times pre war. time greats.
Irish Inspire, England Labour and Welsh Whirl
e Six Nations kicked oﬀ with Wales looking to defend their grand slam and emulate the great Welsh side of the 70’s.
form of the domestic French sides, with week supension to stand out amongst a host with his decision for the England game.
Tom Kwah only Toulouse making the last 8 of the of average perfomances, the Tiger’s scrum- He is also waiting on Williams, who
Heineken Cup, whilst major players Stade half scoring two of England’s ﬁve tries. picked up a knock along with pretty boy
Irish eyes shone brightest on the Francais and Biarritz crashing out. It was also a happy day for Andy Goode. Gavin Henson who are both injury doubts
opening weekend of the RBS Six Nations Meanwhile the Irish sides faired slightly Returning to the side under his former for undoubtably the tie of the weekend at
championship as Declan Kidney’s side better, with O’Driscoll’s Leinster and last team-mate Johnson, the Brive number 10 the Millenium Stadium.
overcame France at a muggy Croke Park. years’ winners, and favourites, Munster ran in the ﬁrst of England’s touch downs Scotland will be hoping that prop
Kidney chose Brian O’Driscoll to progressing. with a neat chip and chase catching the Geoﬀ Cross will be alright to play some
continue as skipper for the torunament, and e last 8 is however dominated by Italian backline oﬀ guard. part later in the tournament after he was
the Leinster centre repaid his coach’s faith, English Premiership sides, Leicester Tigers Despite the comfortable winning stretchered oﬀ in the match. He took a
running in a superb try to help the Irish facing Bath at fortress Welford Road whilst margin, much improvement is required heavy blow to the head in a dangerous
come from behind to take a 30-21 victory. Harlequins face the ﬁrst of the Irish sides. before they face last year’s Grand Slam tackle by himself, for which he was also
France ﬁelded a back line without Martin Johnson’s national side however heroes from Wales, who themselves looked somewhat ironically yellow carded.
the likes of half-backs Dimitri Iashvilli ﬂattered to deceive at Twickenham, a little rusty in their opening match. ey next face France in Paris, whilst an
and David Skrela and also minus the the 5 tries in a 36-11 win over Italy at Eventually 4 tries were enough to see Ireland win over Italy could pile pressure on
experienced and wiley Damian Traille. Tickenham proving little more than gloss oﬀ a battling Scotland side at Murrayﬁeld, the showdown with England at Croke Park.
Despite some strong forward play the over cracks in what was described as a with World Player of the Year Shane Wales on the other hand look in good
backline inevitably looked weak, tries ‘lacklustre’ performance. Williams grabbing one of the scores. shape to retain the title they took last year,
from Jamie Heaslip and substitute Gordon Injuries plagued the sides run up to the e main talking point was Warren and it is in fact the Irish side who now pose
D’Arcy along with 3 penalties and 3 ﬁrst match, Moody, Tindall and Care just Gatland’s decision to play Stephen Jones the most potent threat. It could set up a
conversions from the ever reliable Ronan a few of the many missing through injury at outside centre instead of the in form Grand Slam decider in the ﬁnal weekend
O’Gara were eventually enough to break a (along with the always injured Johnny and inspirational James Hook. when the two teams meet in Cardiﬀ.
spirited French team. Wilkinson.) e Osprey’s man missed out despite More will become clear after the next
e win for Ireland in the ﬁrst game of Despite this, they still ﬁelded a strong excellent domestic and European form and round of matches, but for now, advantage
the weekend possibly underlined the weak side, with Harry Ellis returning from a six it will be interesting to see if Gatland sticks Ireland and Wales.
Monday 16 February 2009
26 Issue 57
DMU Table Toppers Ten Questions
Lewis Mitchell quizzes player/manager Jamie
1: Who was has been your biggest inspiration in your footballing life?
Meet your Men’s Varsity squad, currently at the summit of their Probably my brother, Lee Minshull. As a child he set the standard,
playing for a number of clubs at youth level and I just pushed myself
BUCS league, courtesy of captain - Diggins and manager - Minshull to try and become as good as him (even though playing at the Walkers
means I get the last laugh!)
2: Who is the biggest showboat at training?
Owyn Sidwell (GK) Richard Morgan AKA Webby (AM) Fabio Figuerino - it doesn’t always come oﬀ but when it does it’s
An accomplished goalkeeper who has come from Arguably the most talented player in the side – the bloody magic
strength to strength this season. First time at the kid might be playing with an alice band to cover 3: Who is top of the table in ‘Dick of the Day?’
Walkers, like many – No doubt he will moan at the his croissant shaped hair. Partial to a cider in the Benedict Mason - the kid constantly says stupid comments… great lad
ban of hair straighteners and the fact he can’t wear a morning. though!
vest or a low cut top on the pitch – Whoopsy 4: Who is the most talented player you’ve played with or against at
Josh Gill (RB) Fabio Figueiredo (AM) It’s got to be our own midﬁelder, Richard Morgan, AKA Webby. For
Hair piece like Samuel L Jackson. One of the many A touch of class with his ever changing hair piece three years now he has been in the ﬁrst team and I have never seen a
football freshers in the team he has established that doesn’t match. Always up for a bit of Futsal. kid with such an angel touch and the vision of a binocular-bearing
himself as a talented right back this year. He has also is Ronaldo wannabee is a credit to the team. theatre goer.
studied hard and kept his social events down to a 5: Have you got any regrets in your time with the DMU football
Not really - when you’ve played in the ﬁrst team since Fresher, been
chairman in your second year and player-manager in your third year,
Lloyd Lindo (CB) Sam Pearce (LB/AML) you have to look back with pride. Even though I still haven’t scored in
Not a favourite with the Gaﬀer (according to Won the most M.O.T.M. awards this year, this a Wednesday match.
Lloyd). Another fresher who has thoroughly Spanish multi-athlete can dribble with both hands 6: Who is the biggest joker in the side?
deserved his place in the side. A solid centre half and feet. Quiet before a drink – sex pest after. Lee Linnett - One funny f****r. Always shouting, always got a smile
who likes singing R’n’B to the bys in the shower. on his face and a pleasure to play with.
7: Who is the worst/best dresser throughout the squad?
James Dixon (LB) James Lock (AML) Worst has to be Fabio Figuerino. I swear he was wearing a silver shell
Accustomed with the ﬁrst aid room at the Walkers, One of the late comers who always pushes suit the other day… Best dressed is hard to say, but if you like the emo
this time out he is ﬁtter than ever. Been a great himself to the max. Known for his love of X rated look then probably Owyn ‘safe-hands’ Sidwell.
partnership with Pearce, when he’s played. Hoping photography and baby oil. Great impact player – if 8: Are there any self-professed ladies men hiding in the team?
to see one of his 30 yard screamers on the day. Loves his girlfriend lets him. Well most of us have got birds, but Patrick Wilmott is always banging
Fran. on about girls. I cant see it myself though… Surely someone who
looks like Screech from Saved by the Bell can’t pull that many women!?
9? Are you a Pro Evo or Fifa man?
Jamie Minshull (CB – Player Manager) Perry Hawkins (CF/AMR) Pro Evo all the way - but the new Fifa is pretty tasty… oh and I never
Drama queen with a cheesy weekly comment up his Newest recruit to the side due to skinning Gill at lose (I get most of my tactics from these games actually)
sleeve, to go with the smell. Done a fantastic job as training. is David Brent Wannabee supports 10: And ﬁnally… who is the longest in the shower?
player manager on and oﬀ the ﬁeld. Collects bags. Coventry. (Enough said) Kole Ogundipe - he’s only 3 ft tall but he’s like a tripod!
Captain’s Varsity Log
Patrick Wilmott (CB/RB/CM) Bamkole Ogudipe (AMR)
Came second in the auditions for ‘I Am Sam’ and Firm believer in postage notes and 4-4-2. Often
‘Rainman’. With a secret up his sleeve/pants, this
weak bowelled utility player has been brilliant all
mistaken for Lewis Hamilton due to his chizzled
chin and love for older women. Kole has jumped
over the park this year. into the football scene at DMU.
From the oﬀset I could tell that this season was going to be
a successful one for us.
All of the way through Mens Football as a whole there was
William Harry Benton- Miko Yusuf (CF) a buzz and lots of ambition from everyone involved.
Loves a long shot – 1 in 39 might go in. A big lad I believe that a lot of that stems from the excellent group
Diggins (DM – Captain) with a big heart. Always lurking in the corners at
Granddad was the only candidate for Captain and of freshers who jumped into football and brought a fresh life
Souq – Hehehehe. to the club. is fresh passion was shown in our ﬁrst game
he actually might pass this year. His scoring record
speaks for itself (0). Has great mentality on and oﬀ away at Oxford.
the ﬁeld. Loves a beer. I could feel the excitement and aniticipation of everyone
Benedict Mason (CF/AMR) on the coach to the game and all the lads were determined
Andy Gundelach (CM) e young Oli Gunner Solskjaer always pops up
Need an excuse for homework, this lads got one. to impress and get oﬀ to a good start.
with a goal, thinks he’s spiderman with his free
No doubt in his ability scoring the winner last running antics. Always Late. ere were a lot of freshers in the team and barely any of
time round, but no older brother to hold his hand the boys had played together before. is was brushed aside
though. very early on and to anyone watching it was as if we had
been a team for years.
Lee Linnett (CM) Jay Jay (CF) We played a very organized game and ended up winning
Loudest in the side, even though he’s hard to Another late comer who impressed from the 3rds. 1-0 in a game where we were always on top and deserved
understand. Either constantly drunk or suﬀering Got an eye for goal and the voice of a ganstaaaa. victory.
from a form of turrets, the lad has been a Ferrari is was to set us up for the season to come and give
engine this year. us that winning mentality that has and will drive us on to
DMU v Leicester
success in the rest of the year.
Player/Manager Jamie Minshull has done a fantastic job
Khalid Inyang (CM) this year by having faith in the boys and driving us on to
e DOG of the team, with legs to match, up and
down all day long. Prefers to be Inyang not Gray!! Football Varsity 2009 – believe we can win every game. is has left us sitting at
the top of the table with 4 games to go and we all have
Walkers Stadium, 23 every ambition to carry on and win the league as well as
February. Tickets on Sale Now. It’s now our job to keep pushing on and working hard as a
team to ensure the season ends as well as it has started.
The Newspaper of De Montfort Students
Yes it’s Ladies Night
...and the feelings right as DMU’s women look to emulate the success of their last Walkers visit.
Jo Peacock (Captain) Beth Clarricoates
Following the euphoria of winning the last A conﬁdent player in her ﬁnal year, Jo plays a Plagued by Knee troubles for part of the season,
Varsity match held at the Walkers Stadium, pivotal role in the centre of the midﬁeld. Her unfortunately the team has been without Beth
DMU’s women were humbled in last work rate is fantastic, both in defense and attack, for a lot of games. However she has commanded
season’s encounter. and as a motivational captain. A brilliant tackler, respect for the performances we have seen. Beth
e players’ disappointment at the with bags of energy and a super strike on her. is a classy player, and a solid and trustworthy
Walkers experience being cancelled may Often surprises with her “go go gadget legs” centre back of which the attack is unlikely to
have been a factor in the demoralising 6-0 which always manage to get a toe on the ball. break through.
However, this year an inﬂux of freshers Rosie Corbett (Chairperson) Gemma Brierley
has given new life to the team and after As a swift centre forward, Rosie plays more than Gemma is a player relatively new to the team,
sorting out their goalkeeping crisis expect a just an organisational role for the team. She is who has quickly proved herself as an excellent
close conest this time out. often the subject of sideline abuse from Leicester member of the team. Receiving “Player of the
Two years ago the women triumphed in Uni as she is a constant threat to them. Rosie Match” on her ﬁrst game, she is an excellent
a 2-1 win over their University of Leicester is one of the ﬁttest players on any pitch and winger who is a consistent and trustworthy
counterparts and this year’s squad will be dedicates herself fully to the ball. creator of play.
hoping they can produce a similar result.
ey are currently placed bottom of the Jo ‘Robbo’ Robertson (Social Sec) Amy ‘Wozza’ Warren
BUCS Midlands Conference 2B, a league Jo is a very reliable right winger. She has a lot of Amy is one of our loudest players - new
which also contains Leicester Uni who sit evident experience behind her which enables her to DMU this year, she has made a massive
4th. to read the game exceptionally professionally. impact on the team. Her bright and dominant
As it has proved in the past though, Regularly creating positive space to win passes in personality is evident on the football pitch -
Varsity is not a night of form, more of order to put great balls into the box, Jo is a high- Amy is a very strong right back, and has rescued
inspiration, ability and desire to win. quality ‘feeding’ player. the team from precarious situations on a number
is is something DMU’s women will of occasions.
bring in abundance and hopefully, along Katie ‘Diego’ Wakeﬁeld (Social Sec)
with the men’s side they can complete Nicknamed ‘Diego’ for her dedicated love of Ellie Banks
another historic double at the home of Forlán, Katie is a steadfast defender who can A fresher to DMU Football, and yet a player
Leicester City Football Club.… always be relied upon. She is often covering who gells with the team excellently. Ellie unites a
other players and is frequently found rescuing strong and controlling centre back role with the
Captain’s the team from the opposing attack. ability to push up to create opportunities. Very
vocal in games and very valuable to the team, Ellie
Sasha Annis (Treasurer) is currently injured so we are hoping she will back
Don’t let Sasha’s ultra feminine demeanour to ﬁtness by the 23rd.
fool you – she won’t duck out of tackles. Sasha’s
ﬁtness is one of her best assets, along with Monica Madlani
her quick feet. is multi-footed player will Monica is a constant ﬁghter. Another fresher this
Jo Peacock constantly surprise you with her capability and year, she quickly achieved a well-deserved place
skill. as centre forward. Monica possesses all of the
At the beginning of the year; with a new skills to take it past the opposition, and we will
Manager, new committee, and the largest Jess Newman (Media) hopefully see this demonstrated at the Walkers.
yearly inﬂux of talented female footballers As our brand new Goalkeeper, she had big
we have seen at DMU, the potential shoes to ﬁll, but Jess – originally a dedicated
seemed enormous. defender – has deﬁnitely stepped up to the Zoe- Jade Tucker
Unfortunately this season has been mark. Jess seems to be a natural to the gloves and Deﬁnitely one of the most dedicated and
beleaguered by a lack of goalkeeper. Many throughout each game I am more impressed by committed players for DMU Ladies Football this
of the games have involved outﬁeld players her ability. year. Zoe has improved twenty-fold this year,
taking on the role of Keeper, a factor which evolving into a great tackler and skilful passer
has put a lot of pressure on the team and Molly Waldron who is often very beneﬁcial to the game.
demanded additional energy. is has led to Molly is a regular at Leicester City and her game
questionable dedication, and disheartenment is beautiful to watch - rarely making mistakes
for an otherwise talented and enthusiastic with one of the most competent footballing Serena Weaver
team. minds. e last time we encountered Leicester Serena is calm and collected under pressure, but
However, the last few months have seen a Uni, Molly scored the best goal of the season, so ups the ante when it is necessary. Her relaxed
huge change. We have not only established I am anticipating a repeat on the 23rd. nature helps the rest of the team to keep their
an excellent goalkeeper, but the team spirit heads when they are becoming stressed by the
and commitment has lifted massively, giving game.
much improved performances.
As a team we possess an amazing variety of Fionnuala ‘Fi’ Connor
experience, aptitude and ﬂair. But we cannot Originally a player of Gaelic football, Fi Godswill Unuh
have single players trying to go it alone; we consistently stuns me with her natural ability to Will always puts in 100% in training and a
are at our strongest working as a team. If we play [English] football. Excellent in all positions, great person to have around the squad. She is an
can keep our heads in the game and play to she is dependable and fast. Currently ﬁnishing enthusiastic player, dedicating herself thoroughly
our utmost ability, I see no reason why we her fourth year at DMU this is Fi’s last chance to to tackles and I hope to see this implemented in a
should not conquer Leicester Uni at Varsity play at the Walkers, so I anticipate a devoted and match situation.
2009. skilful performance.
Monday 16 February 2009
28 Issue 57
The Boys The Girls US Inﬂuence
Meet the men who The ladies are also Football of a different
will represent DMU in action, looking to type as Ian Cockerill
at the Walkers regain their crown follows the Longhorns
Football Varsity 2009
University of Leicester v De Montfort University, Walkers Stadium, Monday 23 February 2009.
league victory over DMU this season, DMU Varsity is all about the result. If it’s an ugly have staked their claim to be involved after a
Lewis Mitchell player-manager, Jamie Minshull reveals that win it’s a win nonetheless. consistent start to the season.
his team are keen to reclaim the upper hand. “We know that the fans will come to Tickets have been selling well in
Varsity is a time for heroes. e 16 De “ e start of this season has already shown watch us play our stuﬀ, but if we have to anticipation for the contest, with both
Montfort players selected to play on the that we mean business. We’ve changed the grind it out then I have every conﬁdence Universities set to bring sizeable followings
hallowed turf of Leicester City’s Walkers format of training and pushed the idea of that we can do so.” to the Leicester City stadium. Minshull
Stadium against University of Leicester will hard work and graft into the team ethic. e biggest hardship of the player- has paid tribute to the backing from the
all have sleepless nights in the build-up to Despite our league defeat to Leicester manager role is ultimately selecting the sports societies and suggests that the fans
this contest, dreaming of hitting the winner University we know we are still top dogs and match day squad of 16 that will take part at have a big part to play in creating a party
in front of friends, family and foe. want to prove it on the biggest stage.” the Walkers Stadium. At least three players atmosphere.
e battle between DMU and Leicester De Montfort currently sit top of the from the preliminary squad will be left out “I think the fans will make the day. e
University is reminiscent of a cup ﬁnal in Midlands 3B Conference after six league on February 23rd and Minshull admits that more DMU supporters we get there, the
the sense that both teams will be ﬁghting games, with Leicester University breathing it is a task that few would envy. more the Leicester side will crumble. With
for the silverware and accolades at the down their necks in second position. e “It is a hard decision. We have 19 players the DMU fans behind us we can achieve
ﬁnal whistle. League form goes out of Varsity will clearly have no bearing on all playing to the best of their abilities anything. I know that the sports societies
the window in this instance, which will the ﬁnal stages in the league, but victory to play in this prestigious match. But at at our University are fantastic at supporting
hopefully bode well for DMU who lost to for either side would prove to be a clear the end of the day, it is my decisions that one another.”
their rivals earlier in the season. psychological boost. inﬂuence the match and if we win everyone On a personal level, Minshull regards this
e Varsity at the Walkers Stadium was DMU try hard to play an attractive will praise me and if we lose everyone will year’s Varsity as his most important, with
kind to De Montfort back in 2007, when brand of football that has so far pushed blame me. But it is my job to do what is the added responsibility of team selection
the 1st team ran out 2-1 winners against them to the top of their BUCS division. right for the team.” and tactics something the 21-year-old clearly
Leicester University. e poor condition Nevertheless, Minshull agrees with the e squad will have a sprinkling of relishes.
of the Foxes’ pitch last year meant that the notion that his side must win at all costs players who have experienced the Varsity “I played in the 2007 and 2008 Varsities
2008 Varsity was played at Stoughton Road and may need to sacriﬁce their principles in occasion before, such as captain, Will but this year means more as I’m also
playing ﬁelds. Leicester gained their revenge order to regain the Varsity honours. Benton-Diggins and playmaker, Richard managing and coaching the side and I can’t
with victory on home soil and with their “Whilst we enjoy playing good football, Morgan. Meanwhile a number of Freshers wait for the ﬁrst whistle to blow.”