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                                                               s-xpress spring / summer 08
news, 04

College to offer BA
Honours in Journalism
Peterborough Regional College is               tions - radio stations and a multitude of     to influential people, which could lead to
launching a BA Hons in Journalism in           small media businesses.                       an opportunity for a work placement or a
September 2008 – offering students the         When the new build at University Centre       job after graduation.
chance to study on the first degree in the     Peterborough opens in September 2009          BA Journalism pathway leader Peter
country to receive backing from the in-        students will move into a purpose-built       Rook said: “In the past we have built rela-
dustry’s two leading training organisa-        multi-media suite.                            tionships with several HEI providers, in-
tions.                                         The Journalism and Media Department at        cluding the University of Worcester and
In conjunction with Harlow College and         Peterborough Regional College has been        the University of Northampton, who have
Anglia Ruskin University, the course is        providing the HND Journalism course (to-      offered top-up years to HND students.
due to be accredited by both the NCTJ          gether with an HND Media Studies) since       This allowed them to achieve the full BA
and the PTC.                                   September 1999, validated by Edexcel.         qualification. Increasingly the preference
The degree will include modules on law         Students will have the opportunity to         amongst students is for a full BA, to be
and ethics, public affairs, sub-editing,       oversee the production and management         studied in Peterborough for all three
news writing, feature writing, magazine        of student magazine, S-Xpress and its         years.”
journalism and page layout and design.         soon-to-be-launched sister website.           He added: “It is great to be joining forces
Students will also learn investigative jour-   As well as learning the skills of the mod-    with the Journalism Centre at Harlow Col-
nalism, video journalism, photojournal-        ern-day journalist                            lege, which is the longest established
ism, online journalism, radio journalism,      This course provides a blend of voca-         newspaper journalism centre in the UK.”
shorthand,                                     tional training and academic enquiry. It is   Students will register for a BA in Journal-
freelance journalism and press and public      designed to create thinking journalists       ism in the first instance and will have the
relations.                                     who have developed their skills in a 'live'   opportunity to take the NCTJ examina-
The degree, can also be taken on a part-       environment.                                  tions in order to gain extra professional
time basis, has been drawn up to               As part of the course students will use       accreditation as they progress through
meet the growing demand from local             up-to-date professional equipment for         the course. Their suitability for the pre-
media industries, such as EMAP, Key            both the print and broadcast aspects of       entry certificate will be assessed by staff
Publishing, Warners and Choice Publica-        the curriculum.                               via interview and diagnostic testing in
                                               They also will work in a newsroom envi-       Welcome Week
                                               ronment, writing news stories, press re-      In 2008, alongside the proposed BA Jour-
                                               leases and features, while adhering to        nalism, we will be launching BA Media
                                               strict deadlines. Each year students build    Studies as well as a number of proposed
                                               on their existing skills and develop new      single honour degrees including English
                                               methods of working to enable them to          and History, many of which will also full
                                               plot a career pathway by specialising in      within the Arts, Law and Social Sciences
                                               their chosen media at level three.            faculty.
                                               Studies will be supplemented by a highly      The BA Journalism will also provide a
                                               successful guest speaker programme            progression route for the new 14 -19
                                               featuring leading names from the media        Diploma for Cultural Creative Industries
                                               industry.                                     to be launched in Peterborough in Sep-
                                               These provide useful networking ses-          tember 2009.
Students in search of a scoop                  sions as they offer students direct access

The course also boasts some ground-            freelance market is growing and is likely     would have significant appeal to interna-
breaking modules in areas such as:             to continue to expand.                        tional students and would also respond to
                                                                                             the increasingly global nature of journal-
•Freelance Journalism meets the de-            •The Press and Public Relations module        ism and the forthcoming Olympics in
mands of those who require a flexible          is designed to provide a skills base for      2012.
working practice based on their personal       those seeking to enter PR - an increas-
preferences and special interests and for      ingly popular route for those with a jour-    •The Radio Journalism module was
employers seeking to offer short-term          nalism background. The course will also       added in order to give students the expe-
contracts.                                     look at how PR and news management            rience the full range of practical media
With more than 8,000 periodicals pub-          has changed the face of modern re-            skills, including podcasting. Students will
lished in the UK alone, ranging from           portage and news values. Some of the          produce feature packages for and con-
newspapers, magazines and the con-             learning is embedded in real-life scenar-     tribute to the Hightrees FM radio station
trolled circulation press to technical, sci-   ios.                                          which operates under a Restricted Serv-
entific, and in-house journals the             •European and International Journalism        ice Licence.

s-xpress spring / summer 08
                                                                                                                        news, 05

On the road with Revenue
        ince forming in 2002, the indie       public platform on an in-

S       punk band Revenue have become
        one of the best known bands from
                                              ternational scale to
                                              showcase their talents.
                                              The five piece band,
The band appeared on Channel four’s           whose members come
MobileAct Unsigned, a television search       from Peterborough,
to find Britain’s best unsigned band. After   Whittlesey and Stam-
having seen off more than 1,500 en-           ford, have an average
trants, the band went on to become the        age of 23. The bands
runners up in the competition, after just     made up of: Adam
missing out to the band Envy and Other        Bridges on vocals,
Sins.                                         Jonny Richman and Sav
During their time on the show, they not       on guitar, James Hearn
only impressed the public, the judges         on drums and Simon
which included: Simon Gavin of A&M            Paterson on bass.
Records, DJ Jo Whiley, and Blur bass          They got together six
player Alex James where also blown            years ago, with most of
away by the bands talent.                     its members meeting at
Since appearing on the show the band          Jack Hunt School, with
has been touring around the city. Gui-        Simon Paterson joining
tarist Jonny Richman said: “Basically we      two years later after
have just been gigging round since the        heckling the band at a
competition. At the moment we have a          Peterborough gig.                          Revenue have many plans for this year,
tour going on, and we are also in the stu-    The band have created their own unique     member Jonny Richman said: “We hope-
dio.”                                         sound and songs by mixing together their   fully have a CD coming out soon, and we
The band also came in the top three at        different musical tastes and back-         also have a tour at the end of the year.”
the Diesel-U-Music competition, which         grounds. Their songs are influenced by     The band can be seen playing at many
supports unsigned, unseen, unsung and         bands such as: the Sex Pistols, The        local venues in Peterborough such as:
underground artists, and gives the next       Clash, The Jam, The Specials, The Lib-     Met Lounge, Lisboa, and Solstice.
generation of artists both an industry and    ertines, The View and the Cure.

Peterborough Regional College
to end A-Levels
Jason Earl                                                                               September 2007 will not be affected.
Peterborough Regional College (PRC)                                                      They will have full support through until
has decided to end its teaching of A-Lev-                                                the end of their A2 year.
els, in favour of more vocational courses.                                               The PRC holds three Centres of Voca-
This comes in light of central govern-                                                   tional Excellence in Construction, Manu-
ments push for further education colleges                                                facturing and Management with praise
to focus on local skills needs through                                                   from Ofsted and the Director of Appren-
high quality vocational career routes.                                                   ticeships at the National Learning and
This change is effective immediately and                                                 Skills Council respectively.
so, no new A-level students will be re-                                                  Mr Lawson said: “Peterborough Regional
cruited for the term beginning September                                                 College is a college committed to provid-
2008.                                                                                    ing our students with the very best oppor-
Principal Don Lawson told S-Xpress:                                                      tunities to succeed, whether that involves
“Our decision to focus on vocational and                                                 progression to university or into employ-
skills based training is founded upon                                                    ment.
strong commitment to meeting the train-                                                  “The courses we offer will develop real
ing needs of young people, adults and                                                    life essential skills that will prepare our
employers in Peterborough and beyond.”                                                   students for the rest of their working
However, help is at hand for those who                                                   lives.”
have applied for the September term.                 PRC Principal, Don Lawson.
Mr Lawson added: “We will be contacting       in finding the very best course to meet    Students can contact the college for
every young person and parent affected        their needs.”                              help and support by calling 0845 872
by the change to offer support and advice     Anyone studying an AS-level course from    8722.

                                                                                   s-xpress spring / summer 08
news, 06

Turn up the heat on
‘hot-bedding’ landlords
Jamie Sharpe
Over eight million Britons now work shifts   tion increasingly expensive, ‘hot-bedding’      any landlord found guilty of this sort of
outside the traditional 8am – 6pm hours,     is on the rise. It is such a problem as         behaviour, we stand by their decision”.
and over four million work night shifts.     means the accommodation descends                Landlords must now apply for a HMO
That coupled with the influx of migrant      into squalor, and not even a vacuum             (Houses in Multiple Occupation) Licence
workers means that the chance of easy        cleaner can be used, as someone is              in order to let a property if the entire
exploitation is often too much for greedy    asleep, at any hour of the day.                 house or flat which is let is to three or
landlords to turn down.                      “This sort of thing is happening all over       more tenants who form two or more
Incidents with migrant workers packed        the country, wherever there is an influx of     households and who share a kitchen,
into tight, overcrowded accommodation is     migrant workers,” says Russell Spink,           bathroom or toilet.
not unheard of, and has often been re-       from the Local Authorities Coordinators of      Mr. Hilton went on to add, “Some land-
ported on, however these are the only in-    Regulatory Services (LACORS).                   lords legitimately let properties to three or
cidents that are reported.                   “Until recently local councils were some-       four people, but it is then abused, and the
With a recent incident reported locally,     thing of a toothless tiger, until new legis-    landlord can come back in two weeks
where 13 eastern Europeans were              lation was passed in 2006 which gave            and find the tenants have sub-let the
crammed into tiny accommodation above        them powers to crack down on dodgy              property, or let others come and live
a butchers shop, it begs the question of     landlords.”                                     there.
just how widespread is the problem of        LACORS is a local government central            “There is no easy way to find out who is
‘hot bedding’?                               body. It was created by the UK local au-        abusing the system, and our concern is
The term ‘hot-bedding’ derives from          thority associations and provides advice        that tenants are protected from rogue
sleeping patterns and bunk shifts on navy    and guidance to local authority regulatory      landlords, and only rent properties from
ships and submarines. With accommoda-        and related services.                           legitimate owners.”
                                             Mr. Spink added, “No research has been
                                             conducted into exactly how bad the prob-
                                             lem is, but there have been numerous
                                             cases nationwide of migrant workers in
                                                                                               Fusion training
                                             overcrowded and unhygienic living condi-
                                                                                              National contact centre services or-
                                                                                              ganisation, Fusion, is working in part-
                                             Steven Hilton from the National Land-
                                                                                              nership with Peterborough Regional
                                             lords Association says, “It is a very com-
                                                                                              College Business Training Services
                                             plicated issue. Some landlords are sadly
                                                                                              (BTS) to deliver management training
                                             ignoring the frameworks set out in a bid
                                                                                              across the UK. The programme has
                                             to make more money, but this is the mi-
                                                                                              been extended to staff based at Fu-
                                             nority and it is very difficult to know who’s
The property where 13 eastern Europeans
                                                                                              sion’s other UK sites in Coventry,
                                             doing it.
were found cramped in Peterborough                                                            Sunderland and Peterlee.
                                             “Where a local authority has prosecuted

McDonalds A-levels: “Not good enough”
Oliver Savage
Universities have presented a luke-warm      awarded by McDonalds, it will mean that         PM Gordon Brown said: “It is going to be
front to accepting new students who are      those who received the qualifications will      a tough course, but once you have got a
in possession of a McDonalds Diploma.        be qualified to run fast-food restaurants.      qualification in management you can
Out of 10 university admissions tutors,      S-Xpress also managed to speak to one           probably go anywhere. I think that is the
four of them said that the new diplomas      of Peterborough’s largest local employ-         important thing, companies prepared to
are not good enough so they wouldn’t ac-     ers, Perkins Engines. A spokesman for           train people up which they weren't doing
cept students who have them.                 Perkins said: “This is a good thing. It         before, in the way that we want them to
McDonalds has been officially named as       shows that not everyone has given up on         do, in a far greater number, so that peo-
being one out of three companies able to     education, although it shows that col-          ple have the qualifications for the future.”
offer courses which might result in A-lev-   leges aren’t thought much of if compa-          A spokesperson from McDonalds said:
els, higher diplomas or GCSEs. Network       nies like McDonalds have to award               “We are very happy that we have been
Rail and Flybe (a budget airline com-        qualifications just so people can do other      chosen as the first company to be able to
pany) were named as the other two.           jobs.                                           train people and award degrees and A-
The courses will be running from autumn      “Perkins will hire people who have re-          levels. This is just the start of a new
this year. It is claimed by the awarding     ceived A-levels, even if the A-levels are       stage in education for the whole of the
bodies that when the qualification is        from McDonalds.”                                UK.”

s-xpress spring / summer 08
                                                                                                                             news, 07

Bridging the diversity divide
A day of celebration to mark the      Best Short film ‘Zohra’.
city’s cultural diversity was         The college also launched its
staged at Peterborough Re-            newly refurbished Prayer and
gional College.                       Contemplation room to mark the
Interactive activities included       day in April.
salsa dancing, art and painting,      Located opposite the Wellbeing
steel drums and a disability          Centre, it is a place for prayers
awareness stand.                      and contemplation, a place
There was a cultural theme to         where someone can have quiet
the menu in the Refectory and         time to reflect.
the Pantry ranging from Eastern       To round off the activities there
European to Indian cuisines.          was a lively colourful Bhangra
Many students queued eagerly          and dance performance.
to have free henna patterns. In-      Senior Director (Students)
clusive learning students held a      Joanne Hather-Dennis said “So
fashion show where they               much good practice in the field
showed off a range of styles and      of challenging and promoting
costumes.                             cultural diversity through educa-
Unity peacemakers performed           tion goes unnoticed.”
tracks from their CD which was        Mohammed Sarfraz, Commu-
launched at the event which was       nity/Student Liaison Officer said:
well received and there is a big      “There was a huge turnout and
demand for more copies of the         the students made the event a
CD.                                   real success. We hope to con-
Other stands included PHSS,           tinue to offer activities for stu-
PCSO, World Languages, Para-          dents that promote respect. If
lympics fundraising, Noruz (cele-     anyone wants to contribute or
brating Iranian New Year),            has ideas for future events, we
Practically Perfect craft stand,      would be pleased to hear from Satwinder Singh Suali of Bhangra Beat dancing at Diversity Day
and showing of award winning          them.”

 The immigration debate
 Jessie Rasmussen
 Since the enlargement of the European          One primary school alone in Peterbor-
 Union in May 2004 there has been a dra-        ough enrolled 60 children from migrant
 matic increase in the number of immi-          families, and this reflects the immense
 grants coming to Peterborough.                 strain schools are being put under.
 More than 65,000 people from countries         Leader of Peterborough’s City Council,
 such as Poland and Slovakia have ar-           John Peach has said that Peterborough
 rived in East Anglia, and according to Pe-     is not receiving sufficient funding to cope
 terborough’s immigration figures, 80 per       with the number of new arrivals. In his re-
 cent of this staggering figure are living in   port on immigration figures for Peterbor-
 Peterborough.                                  ough, councillor Peach said, “There are
 The health service, schools and the po-        serious financial implications.”              cated system smuggling people into the
 lice force are all feeling the pressure of a   The city has featured in BBC TV docu-         country is becoming more frequent. Once
 larger community.                              mentary, The Poles Are Coming and has         they are in the country, they get first pri-
                                                been at the centre of numerous national       ority with regards to housing, etc which is
                                                newspaper reports on the issue of immi-       unfair on people who may be in desper-
                                                gration.                                      ate need of help.”
                                                S-Xpress carried out a straw poll of peo-     But Haf Hanis, 28, a sales associate
                                                ple’s views on the subject and found that     said: “It is good that there are more peo-
                                                there was mounting resentment at the in-      ple of ethnic minority coming to Peterbor-
                                                flux of migrant workers.                      ough as it broadens the community but
                                                Naveed Khan, 35, Werrington, a cus-           there is too much growth within the popu-
                                                tomer service consultant, said: “I do not     lation and not in the economy. Migrants
                                                like the system set up for immigrants en-     need to become a part of the Peterbor-
  Migrant workers are attracted here due to
        the nearby agricultural work            tering the country. Due to the compli-        ough community.”

                                                                                       s-xpress spring / summer 08
news, 08

Calls for DNA shake-up rejected
Simon Stabler
Despite calls for compulsory DNA testing       Marper, whose charge for harassing his         not dictate our Government’s policy but
in the wake of the Sally Anne Bowman           partner was dropped and an 18 year old,        will decide if these men, who’ve never
case, the Association of Chief Police Offi-    known only as S, who aged 11 was ar-           been convicted, have been treated prop-
cers (ACPO) feel that this would be a “lo-     rested, charged and later acquitted of at-     erly. Some argue that every man, woman
gistical nightmare”.                           tempted robbery.                               and child should be on the database
Dixie from South London, was identified        The pair hope that their samples will be       while others say that DNA should not be
as the 18-year old’s killer after his DNA      destroyed in line with the European Con-       kept at all – we need sensible debate to
was taken following a pub brawl nine           vention on Human Rights which allows           find a fair and proportionate solution.”
months later.                                  for respect for private life and prohibition   ACPO also welcomes any debate on the
This contrasts with the early arrest of        from discrimination.                           issue, but feels that, “the use of the data-
Steve Wright, the Suffolk prostitute killer,                                                  base remains reasonable and proportion-
who was sentenced to life imprisonment                                                        ate, continues to contribute effectively to
around the same time, due to his DNA                                                          the detection of crime, and retains the full
being on file as a result of a 2001 theft                                                     confidence of the public.”
conviction.                                                                                   Public confidence is also a concern of Ed
Since 2004 anyone arrested for a record-                                                      Murphy, Peterborough’s spokesman for
able offence, regardless of conviction, will                                                  the Labour Party, who during the 90s sat
have samples taken and stored on the                                                          on the Cambridgeshire Police Authority.
UK National DNA Database, however                                                             “I’m not convinced on compulsory testing
Chief Supt Stuart Cundy, who lead the                                                         from a civil liberties point of view,”ex-
Sally Anne Bowman investigation, feels         Samples are kept even if suspects are          plained Mr Murphy.
that this is not enough.                       found not guilty                               “While DNA testing would be useful at
He said, “A (compulsory) national DNA          The database contains DNA samples of           placing suspects at a scene there is a
register - with all its appropriate safe-      over 4.5 million people.                       great deal of public mistrust towards the
guards - could have identified Sally           It is alleged that 100,000 samples belong      authorities, if that mistrust could be
Anne’s murderer within 24 hours.”              to under 18s and is proportionately the        ironed out I’m sure that many people
The issue of retaining the DNA of those        largest DNA database in the world.             would welcome the move.”
not found guilty of an offence is currently    Commenting on the ECHR case, a                 A Home Office spokesperson said, “We
being challenged in the European Court         spokesperson for Liberty, the campaign         have no plans for a compulsory DNA
of Human Rights (ECHR) by Michael              for human rights stated, “The court will       database – we’re very clear on that.”

Hettie Davis – Peterborough youth MP
Dan Mckenna
Hettie Davis was recently announced Pe-        involved approximately 60 youths who
terborough’s new youth MP, and she had         had some kind of authoritative position.
a clear aim of what she wanted to              The 10 candidates represented different
achieve for Peterborough’s youth.              schools across Peterborough which in-
“I hope to bring about some cohesion           cluded Jack Hunt School, Orton
amongst the youth of Peterborough, try to      Longueville and Peterborough Regional
reduce school drop outs and try to bring       College. Each candidate gave five minute
some motivation back into young people         speeches, which was then followed by a
and their perception of school and educa-      nomination process which would identify        from The Kings School and is just 14 but
tion.” This statement shows that she re-       three finalists.                               hopes to make a number of significant
ally wants to make a difference and that       The three finalists then took part in a        changes for the young people of Peter-
she wants things to improve.                   ‘question time’ styled panel which was         borough we live in today.
Hettie will now have a lot of responsibility   chaired by councillor, Mathew Dalton.          Jeremy Lloyd, a local government and
on her shoulders and at such a young           Hettie clearly had a strong mind and           politics lecturer at Peterborough Regional
age. She will be representing Peterbor-        knew exactly what she wanted to do and         College said; “The UK YP (Youth Parlia-
ough’s young people at the UK Youth            she wants to be remembered. “I want            ment) represent the young people’s inter-
Parliament, sit on Peterborough’s youth        people to be able to look back and say         ests and actively encourages them to
council and attend city council cabinet        that I did actually make a difference.”        bring about social change. Our local com-
meetings, but she doesn’t seem too              She has already appeared on Radio             munity will benefit from the hard work
phased by it. “I understand that there is a    Cambridgeshire, had a council meeting          which young people engage with to make
lot of work and responsibility but I feel I    and met MP for Peterborough Stewart            their communities reflect and adapt to
will be able to cope with the pressure”        Jackson after less than a week, and            their needs. All of our students should be
she stated.                                    that’s just the beginning for this bright      proud about what they do and will benefit
Davis was one of 10 candidates who             local MP.                                      from the work which the UK YP pro-
were hoping to impress their peers which        She was elected on February 22nd, is          motes.”

s-xpress spring / summer 08
                                                                                                                              news, 09

University to be built
in Peterborough
This is the vision for the city’s flagship fur-
ther education college and university cen-
tre, set to be located on Peterborough
Regional College’s Park Crescent cam-
A result of the partnership between PRC
and Anglia Ruskin University, it will pro-
vide the majority of undergraduate de-
gree programmes for the city. While
additional locations are also being sought
for sector-related programmes for indus-
try, in particular financial services, engi-
neering and manufacturing, linked with
major city employers. The university cen-
tre building forms part of the master plan
for Peterborough Regional College, ex-
tending the line of the further education
building and framing the College Square.
The building will have a university feel
and will include an open foyer area, with
a suspended 100 person lecture theatre,
break out space, open access PC provi-
sion and café area, along with traditional
teaching rooms and quiet study areas.
The further education college develop
ment will, in turn, provide state-of-the-art      Proposed development for the Peterborough university
education and training facilities for             which is to benefit from the latest indus-   photography studios; sports and fitness
school-leavers, adults and employers in           try-standard equipment and resources.        studios and the latest IT technology infra-
Peterborough. Providing the very best             Which includes science labs for forensics    structure.
training facilities needed for a skilled local    and psycholog; construction and engi-        The new campus will mark a significant
workforce, as well as progression routes          neering workshops; hair salons and com-      step forward for education and training in
to local higher education programmes. It          plementary therapy spa; a brand new          Peterborough, providing the higher level
is anticipated that up to 20,000 students         restaurant, theatre and performance stu-     skills needed for a prosperous and devel-
per year will study at the new college,           dios; media centre with recording and        oping local economy.

                                                                                        s-xpress spring / summer 08
news, 10

What’s the EU done for us?
Earlier this year a group of students             there is a baron spell of war.                    country. Money that could be used to
from Peterborough Regional College                In terms of a business and educational            boost health care, education etc. As well
visited the Civitas National 6th Form             sense, the EU helps to spread business            as this trade that take place outside of
Conference, which featured guest                  across countries as they can now remain           the EU hits the UK the most, as it costs
speakers such as Tony Benn and Ken                in constant contact with each other and           us the most in tax.
Clarke discussing the future of the EU            people can move in and out of the EU              The average family are going to be finan-
– and what the EU has done for young              without a passport. On top of this the EU         cially worse off as it will cost £1500 more
people. Joanne Radford and Dan                    allows the whole student exchange pro-            per family to import food.
McKenna tell us more                              gramme to become much easier and ver-             As well as this, education is a major issue
                                                  satile because of the ever growing                in all countries but specifically the UK as
                                                  contacts and communications.                      students are left with crippling debt every
Before we can even begin to think about           From another perspective, mobile phone            year.
giving the EU any more power we have              calls to and from countries in the EU             However, study and educational courses
to think, what has the EU done for us?            were at an extortionate rate prompting            are completely free in Finland. This
There are arguments for both sides as             people to completely limit the amount of          shows that not only do we pay high edu-
there are benefits and negatives concern-         time they would spend on the phone                cational fees but higher taxes, we receive
ing the UK.                                       whilst out of the country.                        the least amount of money back from the
One of the speakers and researchers on            Seeing this problem a recent slashing of          EU and we have to pay more on imported
EU foreign policy and defence, Clara Ma-          prices in these calls to and from countries       goods.
rina O’Donnell, discussed the idea and            in the EU mean that phone calls are now           So before making a final decision on the
advised everyone to look at the ‘big pic-         affordable and reliable.                          EU, making an opinion of it and deciding
ture’. She stated that for the 50 years the       However, Lorraine Mullally, a European            whether to actually give them more
EU has been together, there has been              analyst, looked at the EU and the UK              power, we must look at the important as-
peace, unlike the early 1900s where               from a different point of view. She dis-          pects.
there were two world wars. When looked            cussed how £10.2 billion goes to the EU           Overall, the EU is the second biggest in-
upon from this perspective, she seems to          from the UK every year.                           dustry to help poor developing countries,
have something. Two world wars in the             The UK receives the least amount of               yet the UK pay and contribute the most to
first part of the 1900s, the EU forms and         money back from the EU than any other             them.

Attempts to bring communities closer together
Registered in the UK as a charity, Civitas        Concerns over integration have begun to
is an independent think-tank; which brings        be raised by experts who had previously
together leading protagonists to discuss          been enthusiastic about it.
social issues such as crime, education,           Gordon Brown (pictured below) has been
family, health, immigration and welfare.          quite outspoken on the subject, calling for                    What They Do:
One of the methods they employ is the im-         an urgent renewal of British patriotism.             Discover solutions to social problems.
plementation of pioneering projects, such         He said: “I think almost every question
as The Supplementary Schools Project,             that we have to deal with about the future          Implement pioneering projects to
which provides extra tuition to primary           of Britain revolves around what we mean           demonstrate what can be accomplished.
school pupils and has proved very suc-            by Britishness, whether it is asylum or im-          Supply schools with teaching materi-
cessful in the inner London area.                 migration, the future of the constitution,        als and guest speakers.
Civitas feel that the Government want to          our relationship with Europe or terrorism.           Support informed public debate and
regulate the project as it highlights the fail-   Who are we, what we stand for, what are           encourage consensus by: Providing ac-
ure of state schools; undeterred Civitas in-      we fighting for, is crucial to any nation’s fu-   curate factual information on today’s so-
tend to expand the project to provide             ture in the modern world.”                        cial issues.
Saturday schools throughout the country.
In addition their Centre for Social Cohe-                                                              Publishing informed comment and
sion, founded in 2007, studies issues re-                                                           analysis.
lated to community integration in Britain,                                                             Bringing together leading protagonists
aiming to “promote new thinking that can                                                            in open discussion.
help bring Britain’s ethnic and religious
communities closer together while                                                                            Aims and Programmes
strengthening British traditions of open-
                                                                                                    Their work falls into two main groups: the
ness, tolerance and democracy.”
                                                                                                    services they provide for the public, and
A sudden increase in immigration has
                                                                                                    their research and educational pro-
raised questions over the number of new-
comers who can be absorbed into society
without dramatically affecting house prices
and job prospects.

s-xpress spring / summer 08
                          The word is...

                           juiced                                                                  If you’ve got this far then you’ve entered
                                                                                                   Juiced. The new and exciting supplement
                                                                                                   is brought to you by students studying for
                                                                                                   the BTEC print based media. All the
                                                                                                   articles and the designs that you see be-
                                                                                                   fore you have been created and lovingly
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                                                                                                   can read articles ranging from grime
                                                                                                   music to romance. Fashion to the things
                                                                                                   that annoy you daily.

                                                                                                   The team are:
                                                                                                   Editors: Nathan Mackman and Roberta
                                                                                                   News Editor: Katie Cuthbert
                                                                                                   Picture Editor: Chris McPherson
                                                                                                   Minutes: Lauren Clark
                                                                                                   Page Designers: Jenny Roffe and
                                                                                                   Jade Tooley
                                                                                                   Sub-editors: Lauren Clark Lauren
                                                                                                   Woodward, Daisy Rowell, Nichola Munro,
                                                                                                   Michaela Flake.
                                                                                                   Photographers: Katherine Tysoe

 Make a                                                                   this summer
                                                 sun terrace including an eight lane 50          There are only around 98 lidos left in the
                                                 metre pool, diving facilities, and a separate   UK to date, a large step down from the 300
                                                 paddling pool.                                  there once were at the height of their
                                                 Situated on a large piece of land many feel     popularity.
                                                 it would ideally be a good target for land      However many of these 98 are threatened
                                                 developers. Many don’t realise the Lido is a    with closure and most are in poor state
                                                 historic building under the protection of a     desperately in need of renovation.
                                                 grade ll listing, meaning it
                                                 has historic local value
                                                      and cannot be alterd
                                                      or demolished with-
            BY NICHOLA MUNRO                           Ramsey means
                                               there’s nothing to do so
      ummer is just around the corner,         it’s nice to
S     and what better way to spend the
      days when you have absolutely
nothing to do, than at our local Lido.
                                               have some-
                                               where to go
                                                 out special permission.
                                                 Because of this The Lido
 Juiced has teamed up with Peterborough          managed to
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First opened in 1936,                            opening times of May 27 to September 3          winning a Lido season ticket is answer this
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grassed sunbathing                               It is hoped the hot summer will attract         24 2008.
areas and a raised                               around 20,000 visitors to the outdoor pool.
   Food                                                               caused by
                                                                    reducing the fat level.
                                                                                                recent studies in Japan to cause
                                                                                                Leukaemia, brain tumours and other forms

                                                                    These substitutes are       of cancer. Serious stuff, but the easiest
                                                                   cleverly named, well hidden  thing to avoid.

                                                                  chemicals which               Of course, only extreme consumption of
                                                                  manufacturers are still not   sodium nitrate could cause illnesses like
                                                                  required by law to identify.  the above mentioned, but problems more
                                                                 Monosodium Glutamate is        likely to occur in the short term include
                                                             one of the main offenders.         migraines, hot flushes and aching muscles
                                                   This powdery flavour enhancer can be         (not the nicest thing you could expect from
        Healthy                                   found in almost any product which carries     your Saturday night takeaway).
  subjects          Eating.
                c               Not one                    the label “reduced salt” or “free    There’s always a catch with every bargain,
 by stud lassed as “high of the                              from artificial flavours”.         and food shopping is no exception.
            ent                         ly
know w s today. But do important” Institute of to the AmericanAccording                         So next time you’re about to stumble into
            hat goe                     you rea                           Health it is already  your local Kebab shop after a heavy night
drunken                 s into S                 lly
             walk ho                aturday                  banned in five countries due to    out, looking for something to relieve the
  Jade To                me Keb               night         the massive health risks present.   after vodka cravings, think of the obscured
            oley inv
                     estigate        ab???                 Monosodium glutamate is the          nasties just waiting to pounce out of your
                                                           chemical to blame for the not-so-    food to complete the oh-so-lovely hangover
                                                          great “Chinese restaurant syn-        from hell waiting for you in the morning.
                                                         drome”, mainly because it is used
 I’m not here to rant about buying                so much in Chinese food in this
 overly-priced, corn-fed, ultra-free-range, re-   country.
 duced-fat chickens every time you go             Symptoms include the inability to sleep,
 shopping.                                        severe headaches, stomach cramps and
  Nor am I going to rave about the benefits       dizziness. Just what you want from your
 of increased vitamins and rabbit food in         Friday night, stop-off-on-a-drunken-walk-
 your diet.                                       home chips and curry sauce.
  But for some of us healthy eating is getting    So if you fancy the hangover from hell
 a lot harder, and with so many signs and         along with the inability to “sleep it off”
 slogans such as “80% less fat!” reeling us       due to the dehydration caused by the
 in, how are we supposed to decipher              huge amount of chemicals you’re put-
 between the good, the bad, and the               ting into your system, then go ahead.
 downright ugly products of the food world?       Another ingredient commonly used in
 The truth is, most of the products on our        preserved meat (meat has been left out
 shelves deemed “healthy” using slogans           for longer than it should be), is Sodium
 such as “reduced fat”, are the exact             Nitrate.
 opposite of what you’d expect.                   This colour enhancer is used to make meat “if you fancy the hangover from hell, along with
  If a product is labelled as reduced fat, it     look more appetising, especially in hot dogs   the inability to sleep it off, then go for it”
 will most probably be increased in               and kebab meat, and has been proven in
 substitutes to improve the flavour loss

     By Nathan Mackman                               Firstly, plan your night out and make sure
                                                     you have some numbers for a taxi. Make
     Everyone likes a drink, but with my             sure you have a good meal before you start
     eighteenth birthday in the not so distant       drinking, as it limits how quickly
     future, I decided to find out the facts about   alcohol can enter your blood stream and
     binge drinking, and share the tips I picked     gives you moreenergy to enjoy the night.
     up.                                             Remember the more you drink the less              Drunken fights are likely to land you in
     According to a BBC news report binge            you’re going to care about wasting money.         hot water with the police.
     drinking costs Britain £20 billion a year and   Another thing to remember when drinking
     as a nation we lose 17 million working days     is that you’re not Rocky.                       Lastly, but very importantly, carry a con-
     a year due to hangovers and alcohol re-         Chances are if you pick a fight you’re going    dom, you might be delighted if you get
     lated illnesses.                                to end up in hospital or a police cell, or      lucky, but you won’t feel so lucky if you get
     Shockingly, there are 1.2 million cases of      both.                                           someone pregnant, or catch something
     alcohol related violence a year, and 22,000     A black eye isn’t a good look, so if you’re     nasty off your partner. For more informa-
     deaths. one in three men and one in five        one of those people that gets violent when      tion on drinking, visit
     women fail to drink sensibly, so what are       drunk, drink less.                              or
     the risks, and what can we do to stay safe?
Stereotype me
Jenny Roffe Looks at why we’re all guilty of pigeon holing

Every person is different, that’s a fact.                     I see people get-                      teenagers, 90% said that Goths were “peo-
Some people dress the same, maybe act                                                                ple who always wear black and look miser-
the same or have the same goals in life.                                                             able” and “people who listen to heavy metal
   However in my opinion everyone is               ting called names and                             music and like to stand out with dark
different; each person has their own views,                                                          makeup and different clothes.” When
goals, morals and tastes. But it seems that       being abused because                               asked about Chavs, the responses included
many people don’t see things that way, that                                                          “people who go around looking for a fight”
certain people are better than others                                                                and “people who wear gold all the time,
because what they like and how they dress.          of the type of person                            trousers tucked into their socks and live in

  Take a look at Amy Winehouse, a                                                                    council flats with their babies.”
singer/song writer of mainly jazz and R&B                                                            It looks like the majority of people see
music, with her beehive hair look, tattoos,      they are everyday                                   stereotypes and take them to the extreme,
vintage punk clothes and bad girl attitude.                                                          people who don’t like a stereotype take on
                                                 they are
This makes her recent “drug and alcohol                                                              these views and use them as a reason to
problems”, shown in the press, seem like                                                             abuse or bully someone because they can.
                                                 every day, but it happens so regularly that it
something that someone of “her type”
                                                 seems a way of life now, and that there’s
might do. Therefore others that may dress                                                            It’s not the stereotyping that’s the bad
                                                 nothing anyone can do about it.”
or act like her, may come under abuse of                                                             thing; it’s the derogatory way that others
                                                   Most stereotyping is just an innocent way
criticism because people may label them as                                                           look at those stereotypes. Maybe accepting
                                                 of telling who someone is before actually
being the type of people that would have                                                             the fact that everyone is different will do a
                                                 knowing them. Victoria Roffe felt it made
the same drug or alcohol problems. This is                                                           lot of good for everyone. And not just in
                                                 things easier by classing herself among oth-
an example of how stereotyping can lead to                                                           teenagers’ lives either, but in everyone’s.
                                                 ers: “I just think it would be easier to class
derogatory views or negative opinions of                                                             Thinking about why peo-
                                                 myself so that I can fit in with my friends
others.                                                                                              ple are classed the way
                                                 and then be able to tell others a bit about
 Victoria Roffe, 15, from Sawtry, has been                                                           they are is the first
                                                 me in just a couple of sentences. I think
directly affected by stereotyping and feels it                                                       step to believing
                                                 stereotypes have got a lot worse recently
has got worse recently with younger                                                                  that everyone is
                                                 because people feel that they are forced
people. She said: “I think it’s got a lot                                                            who they are for
                                                 into looking at others and automatically
harder to fit in with groups of people                                                               a reason and
                                                 having an opinion on them, I feel that I’ve
nowadays, when I think about all of my                                                               trying to
                                                 had to stereotype people so I can know who
friends you would class some of them as                                                              change
                                                 I can relate to quicker.”
chavs, some as emos and even some as                                                                 them isn’t
                                                 The two main stereotypes that teenagers
chemos. This makes it difficult to class my-                                                         going to do
                                                 encounter on a daily basis today could be
self. I see people getting called names and                                                          anything for the
                                                 said to be Chavs and Goths. According to a
being abused because of the type of person                                                           better.
                                                 survey carried out amongst young

             Ever wanted to
         scream when someone
     does something that annoys
                                                 “7 things we hate about life”
                                                 - Falling over and being incredibly hurt, then      - Banging your head then someone saying
  you but never dared to because
                                                 someone saying “are you all right?” (Obviously      “mind your head.
   people might think you’re just                I am not).                                          These are the sorts of things that annoy us
  being a drama queen? Well now                  - Touching the salt or pepper shaker with re-       that others can’t seem to help but say. If
 its time to find out whether those              ally greasy or BBQ fingers – this results in not    you’ve ever said or done any of this maybe
    little things that annoy you in              being able to have a little bit of salt on food     next time think about whether it’s really nec-
   life are shared with others, or               because someone can’t wipe their hands after        essary to say or whether it’s just going to get
                                                 eating.                                             on someone’s nerves.
       whether you just need to                  - Changing the TV channel without asking
               lighten up.                       when anyone is clearly watching – if you don’t
                                                 like the channel it doesn’t mean that others
                                                 aren’t watching it with amazement.
 I am the type of person who always wants        - TV shows or ads with doorbells, ringing
to say something about those annoying            phones, or alarm clocks – they’re meant to be
things people do, but to be honest I haven’t     eye catching, when in reality they drive you in-
got the guts, so I smile politely or change      sane.
the subject. But suppose everyone was            - Being put on speakerphone without warning
thinking the same thing? Would it then be        – no-one likes to sound like an idiot, especially
such a rude thing?                               in front of people you didn’t ring to talk to.
 I have collected some information from peo-     - Buying things then finding it somewhere
ple to see if they find the same things annoy-   cheaper just minutes afterwards – no one
ing and this is what I came up with:             likes to lose out on money.
- “When someone mumbles something, then          - When people don’t finish the end of their
you say “what?” and they say “forget it!” when   sentences – humans were given the right to
you honestly didn’t hear what they said.         talk, use it.
                                                                                           By Katie Cuthbert

Facebook is now the most popular                can share their music with people all over       It is suspected – but not pro
social networking website to sweep the          the world in the hope of getting signed. The     ven – that the young adults
globe.                                          down side to website is that anybody can         who hanged themselves made a suicide
In October last year 50 million people          view your page, whether they’re your friend      pact, and all used Bebo to communicate.
worldwide were using this latest trend and      or not. This can attract a lot of unwanted at-   Facebook, so far, is the safest way of enjoy-
more than 60 million users are hoped for by     tention.                                         ing online social networking.
the end of 2008. Not bad for three Harvard      Bebo is aimed more at young teenagers, so        Your profile cannot be viewed by anyone
students who set up the site from their         it is simpler to use.                            other than friends and you can view the
dorm room!                                      My personal experience of Bebo is not good       friends you have in common with somebody
There is a highly competitive market for        – a year ago I was plagued with phone calls      you do not know, which can allows making
websites such as Facebook.                      and text messages from a man who would-          new friends safe and fun.
 Myspace and Bebo are the second and            n’t tell me his name but insisted that he got    You cannot change the look of the page like
third most used, all offering different posi-   my number off of my profile page.                Myspace and Bebo – it’s standard white
tives and negatives to what could potential     My profile page didn’t have my number on         and blue throughout – but applications for
be a very dangerous form of communica-          it, so I deleted my account straight away        games, quizzes and other fun features give
tion.                                           and changed my phone. This man sounded           Facebook an edge on the competition.
Myspace is all about pictures - the infa-       old and it really freaked me out! To top this,   If you’re not already part of this fabulous
mous ‘Myspace pose’ being the most popu-        Bebo has gained a bad reputation with re-        fad, see my step-by-step guide to signing up
lar – and you can personalise your page         gard to the high number of teenage sui-          and signing on.
with a custom layout. Myspace has a spe-        cides in Wales that have been reported in        “Facebook is the internet”.
cialist music section where unsigned bans       the news recently.
Signing Up and Signing On:                                              6.Give a few more basic details, such as religion and what you’re
                                                                        looking to get from Facebook, and your page is officially person-
1.Register at                                          alised.
2.Find friends who already have Facebook by searching your email        7.Find old pals by entering your school.
address book. Send an email to those who don’t and get them in-         8.Contact colleagues by entering your place of work.
volved too.                                                             9.Add a profile picture so friends can check out your latest look.
3.Join a network by your job, your school or where you live.            10.Mess about with the layout by dragging boxes into different
4.Add your contact details so that friends from far away can track      places according to how you like it.
you in other ways, like email.                                          11.Find more friends using the Friend Finder
5.Fill in your interests and hobbies and show off what you love         application.
about life.

Katherine Tysoe                                 Critics of social networking sites claim that    use Bebo regularly, eight use My Space and
                                                young people spend far too much time on          three use Facebook. Other sites mentioned
My Space and Bebo are social networking         them and are not interacting with each           in the straw poll include Face Party, Hi 5,
sites offering interactive and user submit-     other face to face.                              Live Journal and Deviantant. Some stu-
ted networks of friends, personal profiles,     Some psychology experts believe this is          dents also said that they generally have one
blogs, groups, photos, music and videos         having a negative effect on young people’s       of the sites on during the background when
internationally.                                social skills.                                   doing something else.
Many people claim that social networking        In a straw poll of 10 stu-
sites are to blame for increasing numbers       dents at
of sucides or attempted suides amongst          Peterborough Regional Col-
young people.                                   lege I found that each stu-
Users choose who they wish to talk to and       dent spends an average of
can easily block people if needs be, so they    two hours a day on social
can not recieve any unwanted messages or        networking sites, nine stu-
comments.                                       dents have accounts on
When interviewed Michela Flake, 19 said: “I     bebo, 10 have accounts on
use Bebo to broadcast videos, meet buff         Myspace and eight on
boys and to keep in contact with people I       Facebook.
went to primary school with.”                   Out of these two students
                                                                                                           juiced spring 2008

Rags to Riches to modifying your motor.
        A Six Step guide                                                                                                                          By Chris McPherson

                                   look, exhausts for that little
It’s impossible to squeeze         extra power. And let’s not forget
                                                                       Put them on the parcel shelf.
                                                                       Make sure you sort out the
                                                                                                                     checking out caraudiosecurity.
                                                                                                            They have good offers
in this guide      the sound of Vrooooom.              head unit so you hook up a                    with top quality products.
is rather short. But it does       STEP 4: EXTERIOR/INTERIOR           serious system. Subwoofers                    DO’S AND DON’TS
cover as much as you need          STYLING                             and amplifiers are important for               DO get a professional to fit parts
to know to turn a dream            Bodykits transform your car         getting some heavy bass. You                  you are unsure about.
into a reality.                    totally, although your insurance    can pick up package deals that                DON’T buy wheel covers as they
                                   company won’t be happy. But         involve the whole lot by                      look dull and can fall off.
STEP 1: BUYING YOUR RIDE           there’s plenty of other choices.
It’s time to look for a motor      The famous Lexus style lights
and there’s plenty of potential    and BMW style angel eye
hot metal about. Ideal cars        head-lights are a goodun. Inte-
are the Peugeot 106 and the        rior mods like gear knobs and
Citroen Saxo. Other cars like      interior neon’s etc will make
the Renault Clio, Vauxhall Corsa   inside your car look as good as
and the Ford KA are also good      the out. And they are dirt cheap.
to look for. When buying a car,    Pukka!
make sure you bring a mate
with you, and check the car
thoroughly and get some insur-
ance quotes to get ahead of the
                                   “   Sound of
                                              Vroom            ”                                                     Engine mods - for the serious tuner.
game.                                                                  Rim Selecta
                                                                       Wheels can seriously transform your ride, and will definitely turn
Now it’s time to protect your      Expensive if you get the full
                                                                       some heads. Just keep an eye on the size. Bigger isn’t always bet-
pride and joy with car insur-      thing, costing around £300.
                                                                       ter, as it can cause problems, especially your bank balance.
ance. Unfortunatly this costs      But its worth it, and your car
an arm and a leg. Search for       will handle like a F1 car. Don’t     Ashton’s KA running on Dubs...on Photoshop

a quote by going on confused.      go for the cheap route and get
com. This site should sort out     springs. I learned the hard way!
the cheapest insurers. As for      Lets just say you won’t feel
mods, you can get away with        comfortable!
alloys, exhausts and stereo        STEP 6: AUDIO
without the premium going up.      This is definitely important.
Bodykits and heavy tuning will     Let’s face it, factory
increase your premium.             sound is useless.
STEP 3: WHEELS & EX-               6x9’s
HAUSTS                             speakers
Alloy wheels look the business.    are a
As for exhausts; they are ideal    first.
for the petrolhead. These mods
a definitely a first. Wheels for
                                                                                                           juiced spring 2008

                            Real Street Racing
                                                              You’ve seen the movies; it’s time to see
                                                              the real fast and the furious.

                                                                                                                                      By Chris McPherson

Boy racers? No. These are            ing out of guns. As they begin
street racers. Big bodykits,         to disappear into the distance,
loud exhausts won’t win you          the noise from the cars sounds
respect here.                        like an orchestra of engineering
09.30pm – The street racers          brilliance. The race is over in
meet. The car park is packed         a matter of seconds. Once the
with modified metal. People           others are clear, the next two
show off their cars, showing         cars line up and race once it’s
their new parts. Their cars          safe to do so. Nissan Skyline’s
gleaming, shining, sparkling.        and Ford Cosworth’s hit seri-
All day these guys have been         ously high speeds.
prepping their cars, cleaning        12:00am - Midnight, and the
them. Rushing to fit that last        location has changed to an
mods before the night. An old        even more secluded area. The
Ford does a donut making a lot       racers park up on the sides of
of tyre smoke. Police turn up cir-   the roads on the roundabout.
cling the area slowly like a hawk    Its time for some drifting. A red
circling its prey. The street rac-   BMW M3 is first to the action.
ers leave and move discretely to     For the remainder of the night,
avoid police following them.         tyre shredding and sideway
                                     angles come together like a

“   It’s a way of life       ”       quarter pounder with cheese.
                                     Forget The Fast And The Furi-
                                     ous. This is the real deal.
                                                                                     Ready for Drifting.         Police made a brief appearance.

10.10pm – After several phone
calls, the street racers get         Why do you street race?
together once again and park         - “It’s a way of life, we don’t
up along-side a side road off        cause any trouble, get into
a roundabout of a dual car-          fights like can sometimes
riage way. A long straight road      happen clubbing. We are a
screaming with potential.            friendly community. I street race
 10.45pm – The street racers         because it gives me a buzz,
are all ready for some racing.       adrenaline and for that night,                     Skidnight Club
First up, a Honda Civic and          you’re not a nobody doing a 9-5,
Vauxhall Nova GTE line up.           but someone who is passionate
They shoot off like bullets com-     about their motor.” Paul

                                      Smile for the camera mate. Your famous.

                                     When we said it was for Juiced magazine... we
                                     didnt mean that..
        By Michaela Flake
                                                          Grime scene, Devious (18) said he felt Pe-       form with North Star and
        A new genre of music was formed in 2002;          terborough could be a major competitor in        Dub G and G Flex got their chance to touch
        many said it originated from 2step Garage.        the Grime scene. “Regionally, yes, I think       mike along side Tinie Tempah.
        Grime first emerged in London. Many peo-          that Peterborough is ready to conquer East       With the increase in the demand for Grime
        ple compare Grime music to the style of hip       Anglia, but we’re not ready for the big cities   music in Peterborough, more opportunities
        Hop; However the beats have more base             yet,” he said.                                   are being made available for the youths of
        line and are faster with 130-145 beats per        With more and more people mc’in in Peter-        Peterborough, such as the Heads Up barber
        minute.                                           borough the demand to hear Grime music           shop studio on Lincoln Road. More and
        There are many names in Grime we could            has now increased. Liquid night club on          more people by the day are getting involved
        thank for its existence and that helped it to     New Road now plays Grime music. However          with the music. At Peterborough Regional
        grow, for example Wiley aka Eski boy, More        the best place in Peterborough for Grime is      College students and former student have
        fire Crew and the So Solid Crew.                  The Park on Park Road. In 2006 The Park          the chance to be on the Peterborough Mc’s
        Six years, on Grime has spread all over the       set up a night of Grime. This was called Triz-   videos. The filming for these videos take
        UK. Peterborough is relatively unknown on         zackz which was run by Underdogg Promo-          place every couple of months and can fea-
        the Grime scene, even though it’s now pro-        tions. The founder of Underdogg Promotion        ture up to eleven Mc’s at a time. For more
        ducing some top talent like Mc Rowdie, who        is Leroy Palmer, known by many as Lroy           information visit
        is one of the highest rated Mc’s in Peterbor-     who set up an independent record label 
        ough.                                             known as Puttin’ It Down Records.
        Mc Rowdie (19) from South Bretton Peter-          For the first time this saw some of London’s
        borough first started mc’in at the young age      top Grime stars introduced to Peterborough.
        of 15. He was the founder of Peterborough         The night which is normally held on a Thurs-
        Black Youths. Which consisted of mc’s like        day or Friday night brings big names to Pe-
        Cabel, Shorty P, Hood Rat, Blaxim, Kurgar,        terborough like London’s Dj Ironik of
        JE and Dj Fusion.                                 Aftershock, Tinchy Stryda and Flirta D. The
        The Grime sound quickly spread around Pe-         Trizzack night also gives the chance for up
        terborough and other crews were formed            and coming Peterborough acts to perform
        like Sosa Ent and CBE (City Boyz Elite). One      with more established Mc’s. For example
        of Peterborough’s newest faces on the             local talent K Stylez got his chance to per-

Sixteen-year-old Chipmunk first took the world by storm at the end of 2007 when
he snuck in the back door of the Tim Westwood show alongside Ice Kid, who
was also 16 at the time.
Chipmunk was up first straight out of North London, fresh from completing his
The video of the set, which was aired on youtube and nation radio saw it’s views
rocket, as millions of viewers tuned in to watch two 16 year olds make history
on the Westwood show.
Chipmunk was up first, spitting on the Hood Economic beat made by Flukes. His
consistent flow and deep lyrical content grabbed the attention of many who
tuned into the Westwood show. The 16-year-old who has just finished his GCSEs,
while at the same recording and writing for his 3rd album League of my Own and
still managed to come out with ten A-C’s.His third album League of my Own pro-
voked a lot of controversy. Many people feel that Chipmunk himself is a very
big headed person. This is evident in the title of his album League of my Own
which is referring to the fact that there are no other youngers on his level at the
minute. Many people also dislike Chipmunk for the fact that his style is similar
to the style of Wiley and Ghetto, with the same sort of flow.
Many also find that in his album he makes too many direct quotes such as,
“Wiley dun told ya ya play time’s over” and also refers to himself as being a play-
ground soldier.
The album League Of My Own on the other hand is a great achievement for a
person as young as Chipmunk. The best song on the album in my opinion is My
Life. My Life touches on the pressures of being a young artist who worked so
hard to bring to the top, just to pull him back down.
He also talks of the struggle of being a young black male living in London. He
touches on all the things he’s already been through, like having a good friend
die of a knife crime.
                                                                   Art house films aren’t as unpop       to be worth their money.
                                                                   ular as you may think.                I can confirm that they don’t
                                                                   They play in cinemas, and large au-   attract big
                                                                   diences enjoy them, but that’s only   audiences, as when I saw
                                        By Roberta Sims            the minority of film                  Moliere at the South Holland Centre in
                                                                   enthusiasts.                          Spalding only about 15 people turned up,

                                                         However the 2008 Oscars saw Marion Cotil-       though it was very good.

                                                         lard from La Vie en Rose win best actress,
               .                e com-                                                                          2008 Oscars saw
                      o u can b reen in front            and in the foreign films section the Aus-
            where y          ge sc                of
   A place      , wit h a hu        for a  couple        trian film, The Counterfeiters won, and win-
                                                     for ner of the best short film was
                                                                                                                Marion Cotillard from La
plete ly alone ur best friend                 asking                                                            Vie en Rose as best actress
          at is yo                     n, and
                             attentio on.                another foreign film, Le Mozart des
of you th ngaging your                ipati
   hour s,
           e                  par tic                    Pickpockets. Chris McCay, a Moving Image
           your em                                        teacher at Peterborough Regional College       Art house films are considered ‘weird’, as
  Would you prefer to watch a film that hasn’t said he enjoyed foreign films, especially                 people don’t like the unfamiliar.
  got all the Hollywood stars acting in a style          historical ones, for example Battle of Al-      They can be seen as boring as you have to
  you already know?                                      giers.                                          read subtitles, and some don’t have many
   That hasn’t got all the action, or even the           However he said that he believed that if        speaking parts, or the storylines aren’t like
  English language?                                      cinemas were to play foreign films they         your general Hollywood type films.
                                                         wouldn’t get a large enough audience for it

  ArtHouse cinemas near you                                                         The Favourites
                                                                                    1.French film Amelie came on top here. The
  •        London – Clapham Picturehouse, Gate Picturehouse, Greenwich              story of a simple 23-year -old French girl, as she
  Picturehouse, Ritzy Picturehouse, Stratford East Picturehouse                     tries to succeed in making everyone happy. Whilst
  •        Aberdeen – The Belmont Picturehouse                                      doing this you see into the interests of her life and
  •        Bath – The Little Theatre Cinema                                         others around her.
  •        Brighton – Duke Of York’s Picturehouse                                   2. Another French favourite is Moliere - the story
  •        Cambridge – Arts Picturehouse                                            of French playwright and actor Jean-Baptiste Po-
  •        Edinburgh – Cameo Picturehouse                                           quelin who was jailed, but is freed after his fine is
  •        Exeter – Exeter Picturehouse                                             paid by two strangers. He is being paid to act out a
  •        Henley-On-Thames – Regal Picturehouse                                    play that Jourdain has written in order to demon-
  •        Liverpool – Picturehouse at FACT                                         strate his feelings for a gorgeous widow.
  •        Norwich – Cinema City                                                    3. German film Run Lola, Run is a thriller in which Lola han-
  •        Oxford – Pheonix Picturehouse                                            dles a smuggling job, delivers the loot, collects the payment,
  •        Southampton – Harbour Lights Picturehouse                                leaves the bag on the subway, and now has 20 min-
  •        Stratford-Upon-Avon – Stratford Upon Avon Picturehouse                   utes to gather 100,000 deutsche marks or confront
  •        York – City Screen Picturehouse                                          the wrath of his boss. But the main story is set on re-
                                                                                    play - Lola’s story plays over and over, but each time
                                                                                    with a different outcome.

  Not so secret
  By Daisy Rowell                                    being affected regardless of their situation.       brings out a whole load of emotions.
                                                     It began in 2003, when Frank Warren of              Some spark a smile or even a laugh, whilst
  Frank Warren knows a lot of secrets -              Maryland, USA, took a trip to Paris and             others reduce you to tears. Some change
  180,000 of them in fact, each written on           bought three postcards. He had a dream              people’s lives and inspire them to change
  one side of a four by six postcard, from           that the postcards had messages on, and             their lives.
  complete strangers around the world, open-         woke up to re-create what he had seen. In
  ing up to him about their hopes, fears,            2004 he set up a small project that gained
  dreams, confessions, regrets.. anything, as        little attention, but grew to become what
  long as they’ve never told anyone before.          PostSecret is today.
  But it goes deeper than just revealing a se-       Now, four books have been made, featuring
  cret, each one becomes a work of art, in-          unseen secrets and the most loved ones.
  spiring thousands of people to change their        The website has been featured in local, re-
  lives.                                             gional and international news, and has
  PostSecret is an art project that’s kept           even been used for The All-American Re-
  going by ordinary people, like you and me,         jects music video for ‘Dirty Little Secret’,
  revealing their secrets and expressing them        where they donated money to the project.            Want to share your secret?
  onto a postcard. After they’ve cut, pasted         Thousands of postcards were used as a               Send your postcards to:
  and glued their secret onto a four by six          background for the video shoot, and had             Post Secret
  postcard, they then send them to an ad-            everyday people holding up their postcard           13345 Copper Ridge Rd
  dress in the USA. Every Sunday, 20 some-           secret.                                             Germantown,
  thing artsy cute secrets are scanned and           What makes the project so beautiful is              Maryland 20874
  posted onto the PostSecret blog where mil-         learning that you’re not the only one out           United States
  lions of people view them, each person             there. Going through the Sunday secrets
                                                                                                         By Roberta Sims
    Boys   are inte wear as                        Many of the top cat walk designers figured        has been in style already.
               es they                             out what they were going to design last           The clothing shows horizontally ribbed
 in t he cloth s are.                              Autumn, so it is catch up time for shoppers.      sweaters layered with vests. Oother
            s girl                                 But some of the catwalk                           vests were worn above overcoats and the
  much a                                           designs can be a bit outrageous and not           use of metallic copper fabrics and the use
               Summer is nearly over, and it’s     exactly what you want to wear, or can             of furs.
  time to get the warmer clothes out for Au-       afford.                                           A colour palette of various blacks came with
  tumn.                                            But the main ideas are very similar to what       blues, burgundy reds, and bronzes.

                            I hope you didn’t change                             Don’t forget to
                           much from the previous                                                        The main style
                                                                                keep the
                           autumn to fit the white, or                                                   ideas on the
                                                                                cardigans and
                           light coloured clothes in                                                     catwalk
                                                                                jumpers as well,
                           for the summer,                                                               include dark
                                                                                because the
                           because the darks are                                                         colours
                                                                                weather is getting
                           back for autumn.                                                              reflected with cop-
                                                                                cold and the
                                                                                                         pers and bronzes.
                                                                                bright summer
                                                                                t-shirts will need
                         The main rule for shoe trends                          to be
                         next                                                   covered up to
                         Autumn is as follows:                                  keep you warm.       A mix of natural and
                         sportiness remains a key theme                                              man-made
                         but will be translated into clearly                                         materials plus
                         more chic, well-groomed and at                                              matt/shine
                         times even elegant styles.                                                  contrasts.

                             Here are some of the bargains you can find The Top
These days, it’s hard enough
                                                               to their A tunic is the understated fashion item of every
to fit in by looking nice in the on the highstreet today, compared
newest, top of the range                         catwalk look-alikes...                     girls wardrobe this spring. They had a come-
clothing, without having to                                                                 back at the end of summer last year and are
worry about spending a stu-                                   The Bag                       the perfect fashion item for every figure.
pid amount of money on an                                     Everyone needs                     The ability to cover up big bums, or hold in
item of clothing we’re only                                   a big statement                      flabby tummys after this winter’s binge
going to wear for a few                                       bag this                              can’t be a bad bonus, right?
months. But the truth is, we                                  spring, and                           Whether you’re looking
don’t need to empty our wal-                                  this white                           for something simple
lets so much that we can                                      piece                                    like this fashion-
write our names in the dust                                   from                                       able number,
particles, just to get an item
                                                              chloe                                       £18 from River
of clothing that we are really
                                 is the perfect accessory (if                                              Island, or one of
happy with.
                             you’re willing to spend £570).                                                 the more out-there
With so many standards to     But this bag for £12 at                                                       styles to go along
keep up with in today’s ruth- Dorothy Perkins will make a                                                  with this season’s
less teenage society, though, great substitute.                                                 floral style, you’re bound to
it’s hard to get away with                                                                  find something in the stores
buying cheap clothes, no
                               The Jumper                                                     to suit any figure or taste
matter how fashionable they Every spring wardrobe needs a                                        this spring.
actually look. Surely this     slouchy comfortable jumper.
should be the other way        There are many styles out there                                    Tunics also look great
round? To me, someone that covering many different prices.                                        teamed up with a thick
is willing to spend hundreds But whether you’re willing to                                         statement belt this this
of pounds on a new hand-       spend £95 on a one-of-a-kind                                        one (below), from
bag when they could easily     item like this gray jumper from                                      River island, £14.
buy a similar style one for a  Billabong or tpounds on some-
fraction of the price has a    thing like this from Burtons
strong lack of common          (right), there’s bound to be a
sense and a lot less “cool”    style to fit any budget.
than the average bargain
                                         By Lauren Woodward

                                The 1940s. What      bunch of flowers, jewellery or taking her to the       meaningful. So what did we do before mobile
                            a romantic decade.       cinema. But little do the lads know we crave           phones, the internet and landline tele-
                           It’s clear that some      the smallest gestures that make us smile               phones? Couples would make arrangements
                           of us have trouble        when we look back on them. We want the ro-             to meet up again whilst they were on dates to-
                           finding love, let alone   mantic letters and to read words of love that          gether. They would, without a doubt, make it
                          keeping it. An up-         seep from the pages. Doreen Salmon is a 74-            to that date. This bought excitement to the re-
                        dated version of “How        year-old woman born in 1934. She was very              lationship too and gave them something to
                    To Get Along With Boys” is a     successful in the world of love being married          look forward to.
 great guide for women on how to maintain a          to her husband (now deceased) for 49 years.

 relationship 1940s                                                                 She said one of
 style. Some of the                                                                 the most roman-
 chapters include: “How                  Don’t look for                             tic moments she
 to get him to date you”,                                                           encountered with
 “How to make him                      love, because it                             her husband was

 enjoy your company” and                                                            on their honey-
 “How to keep his love”.
 Read some secrets, ad-
                                   will find you.                                   moon. “We were
                                                                                    in Bournemouth
 vice and wisdom from                                                               where we walked
 the 1940s and you’ll be sure to have him pin-                                      to the end of the
 ing after you. So how do you catch his eye?         pier and were faced with a beautiful sunset.
 How do you understand him? How do you win           We were the only two people on the pier and I
                                  his love?          just remember the remarkable feeling of hap-
                                  Well, when we      piness.”
                                  think of 1940s     Doreen believes that the secret to a healthy,          So let’s show our partners/crushes that we
                                  romance, we        long lasting relationship is “attempting to un-        love them 1940s style. Girls dress up in your
                                  think of “It’s a   derstand the other person, seeing their point          loveliest outfit, get noticed, maintain his at
                                  Wonderful          of view and not trying to make them into your          tention and be proud of him. Go on lots of
                                  Life”, “Marilyn    perfect partner.”                                      dates and learn all you can about each other.
                                  Monroe”, hus-      A lot of romance these days has been lost due          Guys appreciate your girl for who she is and
                                  bands and          to technology. It’s easier to send a text mes-         tell her frequently that you care for her. Not by
                                  wives sepa-        sage or e-mail to someone than tell them you           text or e-mail, actually tell her. You must
                                  rated due to       love them face to face. But who wants to read          recognise you are both different people and
 the war and written letters to loved ones de-       the words on a screen?                                 learn to deal with each other’s differences.
 claring their undying love for each other. But      Surely we’d rather hear them? Somebody                 More importantly, don’t look for love because
 nowadays a romantic gesture is buying a girl a      telling you they love you can be much more             it will find you.

Obesity is a huge issue in the UK and is a grow-     Rosemary’ said: “Most people think going on a          the media about skinny models and the effect
ing concern. Diet guru Rosemary Conley told          diet is just a temporary change, it’s a complete       they’re having on young girls to be as slim as
“Juiced” her thoughts on obesity.                    change of your lifestyle that will be most effec-      they are. Rosemary said: “This is a very worrying
“Dining out used to be a rare occurrence but         tive.”                                                 matter and celebrities such as Victoria Beck-

nowadays it’s so easy                                The diet starts off with a two-week programme          ham are giving off the wrong message to young
to go to your nearest                                called “the fat-attack fortnight”. The daily calo-     girls. It’s not attractive and they shouldn’t be in
McDonalds and fill                                                        rie allowance is reduced to       denial and get
yourself with junk. Buf-           I’ve found girls                       1200 andit is most effective if   help.” Surely if
fets are also a killer. People                                            you underatkeand different        girls ate the right
just think ‘I’m paying for it, sohave been cured                          exercise each day. Alcohol is     things instead of
I’m going to eat it’.” So what
should we do about the in-
                                  of bulimia and                          not permitted for these first
                                                                          two weeks. After phase one
                                                                                                            not eating any-
                                                                                                            thing at all they
creasing weight gain in this      anorexia on                             the calorie allowance in-         would feel better

country?                                                                       creases to 1500 calories     about them-
Rosemary has just launched           my diet                                   per day with and extrat      selves? “I’ve ac-
an obesity campaign on a                                                       300 calories to be used      tually found girls
brand new website:                                                             as an alcoholic drink,       havebeen cured This website of-         treat and dessert. A combination of a healthy          of bulimia and
fers tips and advice on health issues. You can       eating plan and exercise is the best way to stay       anorexia on my
check your B.M.I (Body Mass Index) and see           healthy. I am a young person on this diet and I        diet and their
where you are with regards to your health and        personally feel much better in myself for doing        confidence has
you can seek encouragement on highlighted is-        it. I’m less tired and have much more energy.          grown as a re-
sues that may occur. There is also a way to          It’s brilliant!                                        sult,” stated
change your lifestyle and eating habits for good.    Recently there has been a lot of controversy in        Rosemary.                 Rosemary Conley
Star-Crossed Lovers                              I have studied one of my favourite girl-          lationship can work.
By Katie Cuthbert                                friend’s, Jenny Roffe, and her boyfriend          states that they are simply incompatible.
Like many, I have a morning routine that         Luke. I met the couple for a drink to finally describes the
sets me up for the day. Along with the usual     meet Jen’s man (having heard sooooo               key to both Luke and Jenny’s heart as being
cereal/shower/clothes/make up/hair deba-         much about him) and their relationship is         the same, implying that they are made for
cle, a big part of this for me includes half a   very love/hate: “Yeah, she loves me and I         each other.
pack of Marlboro Reds, a strong coffee (six      hate her!”, Luke joked.                           The last website that I visited, www.topdat-
sugars, easy on the milk) and a flick            The pair are lively, fun, constantly messing, gave an in depth analysis of a
through my favourite trashy newspaper –          about and play-fighting in the soppiest,          Leo/Virgo relationship and was the most
the Sun. Most days I find the thing I’m look-    cutest way. But behind closed doors, play-        accurate that I could find. It stated that
ing at first is my daily horoscope. Mystic       fights have turned to cat-fights. Jenny is        ‘with work, this could be a successful
Meg makes my morning! Will I find ‘the one’      stubborn and proud, Luke is a worrier and         match…
at 10.32am? Can I find my future in a man        overly-critical.                                  Leo’s personality is quite strong and mag-
who wears plaid? DOES HE LOVE ME?!                                                                 netic, while Virgo is much more quiet and

  She loves me                                                                                     subtle, and this could give Virgo an inferior-
                                                                                                   ity complex…
                                                                                                   Money is sure to be a bone of contention,

   and I hate                                                                                      because Leo would prefer to spare no ex-
                                                                                                   pense and Virgo is a legendary bean
                                                                                                   counter…’, all of which is very real in the
      her!                                                                                         lives of this couple.
                                                                                                   I think that horoscopes can be accurate in
Well, no. The man I have been ‘seeing’ for                                                         detailing a person’s love life and compatibil-
over a year usually texts around 11am,                                                             ity with another but the source of the pre-
prefers the comfort of his Biffy Clyro t-shirt                                                     diction should be researched as some are
and hasn’t got the gehonas to say ‘I love                                                          not to be trusted.
you’. But it’s nice to think that love is like                                                     From the three that I found, only one gave
Romeo and Juliet; star-crossed lovers. Des-       Leonardo Di-Caprio and Clare Danes in Baz        an accurate and detailed horoscope. I may
                                                 Lurhman’s interpretation of ‘Romeo and Juliet’
tiny. And horoscopes allow us to believe                                                           take six sugars with my coffee in the morn-
this.                                            All round, their relationship is healthy they     ing but I now take Mystic Meg with a pinch
But can the stars really determine the man       are very happy together.                          of salt.
or woman we are ‘meant’ to be with?              Their horoscopes vary as to whether the re-

PS I Love You
By Lauren Clark                                  something different. I think that it would        chapters.
                                                 have made it stand out from the rest of the       When a book manages to do this you know
      he massively best selling novel PS I       films and made it more memorable.                 that it is going to be a success right to the

T     Love You has just been made into a
      film adaptation starring Hilary Swank
and Gerard Butler. I really stress the word
                                                 The book was written by Cecelia Ahern. Ce-
                                                 celia is a young Irish woman who happens
                                                 to be daughter of Irish Prime Minister,
                                                                                                   end. With such a high opinion of the book
                                                                                                   it is no wonder that the film just didn’t live
                                                                                                   up to expectations.
adaptation as the film varies widely from        Bertie Ahern, although she has insisted in        I have asked many other people’s opinions
the book. There have been many changes           many interviews that he has had nothing to        of the film and those that had read both the
made to the story line in order to make                             do with her success. And       book and watched the film said similar
it work as a film. However, many peo-                               she has had a very suc-        things.
ple have questioned whether the                                     cessful writing career.        Lauren Woodward, 16, Peterborough said,
changes have made it work or whether                                “PS I Love You” was her        “The writers had changed the story line too
they were a big mistake.                                            first novel, first published   much, it was perfect in the book and they
If I was writing about the book then I                              in 2004. It became ‘one        should have kept it the same.”
would be giving it a five star rating how-                          of the biggest-selling         Editor of Juiced, Roberta Sims, 18, Peter-
ever, I am also talking about the film                              debut novels of 2004 and       borough, however said of the film, “The
and I’m afraid that I could not give it                             a number one best-             best bit is when it is in the past and Holly
such a good rating. I was really looking                            seller…’ according to a bi-    first meets Gerry… it was really cute and
forward to seeing a film with Irish char-                           ography in one of her later    nice.”
acters and a traditional Irish setting.                             novels. She then went on        Although the film doesn’t have anything on
Instead we got an American actress                                  to write “Where Rainbows       the book, it is still an enchanting film that
and a Scottish Actor trying to put on an                            End”, “If You Could See        will leave you feeling good at the end and
Irish accent - which didn’t go well.             Me Now” and “A Place Called Here” all of          make you appreciate the people in your life
 Also it is set in America, and so the story     which have became bestsellers in Ireland          that little bit more.
doesn’t differ from other romantic films.        and England.
Most other films are set in America and I        The novel itself was written so well that it           DVD released: 12th May 2008
thought that the fact that this one was set      provoked emotions within the first couple of
in Ireland would have given it that little
                                                                                                                           news, 11

Simon Stabler
Despite the recent allegations of financial sleaze within the         Chesterfield, a seat he held untll his retirement from Parliament
Labour and Conservative parties, former Labour minister Tony          “to spend more time in politics.”
Benn believes that the average ‘politician is conscientious’.         So keen on bringing democracy into everyday life, Benn even
Speaking last month at the third annual Civitas National Sixth        suggested that employees of large companies should be able to
Form Conference on the EU, the veteran politician reflected on        vote for who they want as their managing director.
his 47 years as an MP, reminding the audience that everyone           “Unless we can restore the vitality of representative democracy
he met in his constituency, from the bus driver to the teacher,       more and more people will conclude that they are just pawns in
was in effect his boss.                                               an unending political game to be managed and manipulated for
                                                                      the convenience of those at the top,” he said.
He said the public merely loaned their powers to him every four
years and could destroy his position or a Government with noth-
ing more than a stub of pencil in the polling booth.                                                 TONY BENN FACTFILE
Benn voiced his fears about the power that the EU may have if
the Lisbon treaty was ratified which would allow the unelected                                           Born 3rd April 1925
commissioners and council of ministers to amend it further with-                                          MP for Bristol South East
out the consent of its member states.                                                                      1950-61, 1963-83
                                                                                                           MP for Chesterfield 1984-
Despite this Benn said that he believed being part of a Euro-                                             01
pean community is still important as no member state has gone                                            Minister of Technology 1966-
to war with another, with the exception of the former Yugoslavia                                        70
who weren’t ‘in the club’, since the Second World War.                                                  Secretary of State for Industry
Benn stated that young people are apathetic when it comes to                                                 Secretary of State for
voting, because they feel no one is listening to them.                                                        Energy 1975-79
His case in point is the possibility that Gordon Brown will issue a
three-line whip in favour of the Lisbon Treaty which, Benn re-
minds us, would show as little regard for people’s opinions
as Tony Blair when he pushed for war in Iraq.

Benn’s suggested that a Commonwealth of Europe is
created to ensure that the EU doesn’t over rule member
states, a bill that he periodically introduced as an MP.
Like a mini United Nations, it would have a general sec-
retary and would harmonise by consent allowing the
government of each member state to retain its sover-
eignty over important issues such as health and de-

It was the Second World War which shaped Benn’s
views towards peace and democracy, his father
having been made a hereditary peer in Churchill’s
coalition government and his brother Michael’s
death meant that one day the title Viscount Stans-
gate would pass to him. When his father died in
1960 Benn was disqualified from the Commons,
which lead him to campaign for peerage reform.

The Peerage Act 1963 allowed him to relinquish
his title and return to his constituency of Bristol
South-East which he represented until 1983.
When the constituency was abolished and he lost
the new seat of Bristol East to Jonathan Sayeed re-
turning the following year in a by-election as MP for

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opinion, 12

“Viewpoint” - Students have their say
Angry young-ish man
Simon Stabler                                                           Branston Pickle constitutes an extra filling, or so
                    How to revive our city?                             the owner of the sandwich bar on Eastfield
                                                                        Road reliably informs me.
    agree with City Centre Director Annette Joyce when she says         I was absolutely famished so I

I   that the new Pizza Express branch in Cathedral Square will
    bring people into the area at night, but what about keeping
them there?
                                                                        popped in for a cheese and pickle
                                                                        roll. While I was waiting
                                                                        for it to be made up I
There are already several restaurants nearby, in fact you can           checked the board
get a pizza from four of them already. What is needed and what          which stated cheese
is missing from the area are accessible, or as CAMRA would              roll £1.50 so I got
call them, community pubs.                                              my money ready.
It’s all well and good having HG’s and The Verve in the centre of       When I went to
town but they seem a little too “specialist” to me. While it is pos-    pay for it I was
sible to have a quiet drink in The Draper’s Arms and an even            asked for £1.75.
quieter one in The Old Still, where can you find cosy pubs, roar-       “But it says £1.50
ing fires and a reasonably happy landlord?                              up there,”said I.
I’m not looking for a return of meat raffles and the fish man, just     “But pickle is an
a little variety in a city that is becoming a little too samey.         extra filling so you
                                                                        pay 25p extra,”he
                  Time for owners to ketchup!                           replied.
                                                                        I know there’s only
      rying not to sound like a skinflint, I do begrudge having to      25p difference but

T     pay extra for condiments from places like chip shops. I
      mean how can they deny a bit of free sauce when you’ve
spent £3 or £4 on fish and chips?
                                                                        it’s not far off the
                                                                        price of a small jar
                                                                        of the stuff.
Even worse than that, is the startling revelation that a dollop of

Leave it to the men!
Danial Mckenna
Jacqui Oatley, Match of the Days               rule to me again?' as if it's inevitable.         ing the hearts
first female commentator for more              For the people in favour of her commen-           of football
than 40 years. Good news? No.                  tating it is just the novelty factor, a differ-   fans across
The move by BBC has political                  ent voice, one that has not been heard            the world.
                                               before. This novelty will not last for long       Moments like
correctness written all over it as
                                               though. Of course everyone will have a            these are un-
they try and make the football                 male commentator that they dislike and            forgettable
world a more equal place.                      one that annoys the hell out of them, but         and for me
This particular move is unbelievably bad       with the male commentators you still al-          Jacqui Oat-
as the voice of this woman continues to        ways feel that there is a sense of knowl-         ley's voice is
sound like an excitable school girl with       edge and wisdom behind the voice, they            distinctly for-
her high pitch voice even at the dullest       know what they are talking about.                 gettable.
moments. I end up unfocused on the             However, I am not complaining about her           A split view     Dave Basset: The ex player
game, as                                       knowledge of the game, that's not an              across the       manager came out to criti-
the voice                                                                                                         cise the appointment of
                                               issue. It's the fact that no matter which         football na-
stays the                                                                                                         Jacqui Oatley.
                                               way you try and look at it and no matter          tion has
same                                           which people argue in her favour, her             emerged with figures such as Dave Bas-
throughout;                                    voice just does not sound right for the           sett, ex player and manager, strongly
irritating. I sit                              game.                                             protesting his disapproval at the move
there just                                     For me personally, Andy Gray's commen-            claiming he has the backing of a number
waiting for                                    tary on Steven Gerrard's goal for Liver-          of footballing figures and I simply must
her to say                                     pool in the Champion's League back in             agree. I'm not the biggest fan of John
'can some-                                     2004 typifies all the passion of football. I      Motson but I know that I can safely say
one explain                                    just can't see Jacqui Oatley screaming            that he has no reason to currently fear for
                  Oatley dons the famous
the offside       headphones and mic.          'Oooooohhhhhhh ya beauty!!' and captur-           his role as BBC's leading commentator.

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                                                                                                                             opinion, 13

Never try to prove a twin wrong
Amy Hill
I’m a twin, a non-identical twin                       others minds?”, “Do you feel            That is frustrating.
to be precise and when I think                       each others pain?” Blatant an-            Generally, from first glance, my twin and I
of what my number one hate                            swer, no. It infuriates me to            do look very similar, but after a while, it is
could be only one thing                               hear, “They’re the same per-             obvious we have different shaped faces,
springs to mind; people                               son.” We are two separate peo-           different noses and different body
who lecture twins on what                              ple, with two separate brains           physique. So when a twin is challenged
it really is to be a twin. My                           and with two separate lives.           on their identity, it is humiliating.
favourite scenario is when                              We are not one. We have legs           It seems twins are not allowed to have a
I’m asked which twin I am,                              and arms of our own. I try to          separate identity of their own. My twin
“If you’re Amy…then that                                refrain from sarcasm, but              and I are very different in our likes and
is…?” Well, if I’m Amy, then                              sometimes after hearing their        dislikes as well as our personality. I can’t
the other is clearly not                                     less informed intelligence,       help but cringe at ridiculous questions
Amy. Without doubt, every                                     they ask for it. Bearing in      like, “Why have you dyed your hair bright
twin has played tricks. Al-                                  mind, half of the people that     red and the other hasn’t?” Simple an-
though I have never                                         approach me don’t even             swer, she didn’t want red hair. But de-
switched classes, I have                                   know how an egg is fer-             spite being a twin myself, I oppose how
fooled others into think-                               tilised.                               some can exclude themselves from soci-
ing my twin and I have                                 I remember a science lesson             ety and only rely on each other. But with
separate dads. Foolishly, they believe it.              where my teacher didn’t agree          annoyance like this in society, I don’t
People seem to think they are the first to            I was a non-identical twin and           blame them.
ask such questions, “Can you read each        made the class vote on their opinion.

Under 18s ruin it for the rest of us
Jessie Rasmussen                              Everyone old enough to consume alcohol           so can therefore sympathise with this
In the press recently there have been a       should constantly carry a form of ID             issue.
number of reports that the drinking age       showing their age and an image of them-          No matter the legal age for drinking, their
limits will increase from 18 to 21. This is                            selves, this should     will always be a way around it and under-
an absolutely ridiculous idea which will                               be presented on         age youths will still manage to get their
be impossible to enforce.                                              entry to a nightclub    hands on the substance.
Due to the recent increase in underage                                 or pub and when              “People are able to drink
and binge drinking, the government feels                               buying drink. Buy-                responsibly”
it necessary to incur a penalty on every-                              ing alcohol for
                                                                                               The smoking ban has been successful
one under the age of 21!                                               those underage
                                                                                               since it was enforced in July, however I
Most people enjoy a drink at the week-                                 should also carry
                                                                                               strongly feel that attempting to change
ends and can do so responsibly. I agree                                severe punishment
                                                                                               the drinking age will not be successful
that binge drinking is dangerous and un-                               as a way of deter-
                                                                                               nor easy to enforce and will see much
derage drinking is a serious issue but                                 ring the problem.
                                                                                               precious police time being spent trying to
what makes the government think that                                   It is a well known
                                                                                               deter under 21s from drinking.
people over the age of 21 are automati-                                fact that most
                                                                                               Smoking has already been taken away
cally more sensible than an 18 year old?                               young men aged
                                                                                               from us I will not see alcohol going down
  “Underage youths will still                                          between 20 and 30
                                                                                               the same route! I agree with being
 manage to get their hands on                                          drink until their un-
                                                                                               healthy and staying safe whilst out but a
                                                                       conscious. It is
      the substance”                                                                           lot of people are able to enjoy smoking
                                              clear by simply attending your local night-
By making the laws surrounding under-                                                          and drinking responsibly (myself in-
                                              club on a Friday or Saturday night.
age drinking stricter, then the number of                                                      cluded) so they shouldn’t be deprived of
                                              It would be unfair to many nineteen and
14 year olds getting drunk at their local                                                      something they enjoy doing.
                                              twenty year olds, who have already en-
park will reduce. It is too easy to go into                                                    The behaviour of teenagers is always
                                              joyed the time where they have been
your local off licence and purchase a bot-                                                     going to be a problem with or without al-
                                              legally able to drink, to take that privilege
tle of cider without being asked for proof                                                     cohol, punishing everyone else is not
                                              away from them. I am twenty years old
of age.                                                                                        going to change this fact.

 HIGHTREES GOES LIVE                                                  Peterborough Regional College has secured a Re-
 Make sure you tune in to 106.2 FM during the week dur-               stricted Service Licence (RSL), providing students and
 ing starting May 12 when Hightrees FM will be broad-                 radio enthusiasts with a taste of real broadcasting expe-
 casting across the city once again. It is the fifth time             rience. For the first time the station will be producing a
                                                                      15-minute daily news bulletin every evening.

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feature, 14

Sleeping on the floor, public show-            market prices. However ‘The Village’,            flasks then you can wrap them in hood-
ers, no technology and standing in             which consists of a market (check this           ies, blankets or down your sock and the
a field full of sweaty rockers isn’t           out before the festival starts if you want       security do not check these.
everybody’s idea of a good time.               the good bargains) more than makes up            Festival toilets are notorious for being
                                               for this. Think Camden market but                disgusting, but having attended a few day
But Debra Hagger tells us about
                                               cheaper. However, remember to be care-           open air concerts I can safely say the
her experiences at the three day               ful around here though, as even though           camping toilets were the worst I have
rock festival ‘Download’, and why              the festival is very anti drugs, you’re likely   ever seen. They were big pits in the
this should be on your to do list              to find some kind of illegal substance           ground with little metal cubicles where
this summer.                                   being sold or smoked.                            there is a hole in a piece of metal. The
                                                                                                smell was revolting and by day two you
For any of those unfamiliar with the                                                            needed a bandana over your mouth and
Download festival, it is held at Donning-             There’s some kind of                      nose to be able to get within 100 meters
ton Park in June every year with acts                 illegal substance                         of them. The showers were another
from the Punk genre, Rock, Metal and              being sold or smoked                          shock; they were communal (yep every-
Screamo, and has hosted some of the                                                             body of every sex showering together)
greatest bands of the last 30 years.                                                            and dirty. The first and only time I dared
To be perfectly honest the idea of a rock                                                       venture near them I found a load of pota-
festival sounded hideous, but in the spirit                                                     toes littered around the place. I resorted
of trying everything once, I found myself                                                       to bathing with some boiled water and my
midday Wednesday, lugging a tent,              The biggest rip-off of the whole festival is     sponge in the tent.
clothes, food and alcohol (my back hasn’t      the alcohol, it’s £4 for a beer and consid-      The music part of the festival starts on
been the same since) across a field with       ering you can’t take any in with you they        Friday, with the smaller bands appearing
my best friend in tow.                         have a captive market. Saying this there         on the stages early in the day and the
I’m not the most practical person in the       is a sneaky way to get around this; put          headliners appear from about six on-
world, so putting up our tent could have       your drinks in small water bottles or hip        wards.
been a disaster. However what me and
my friend Rachel are very good at doing
is fluttering our eyelashes, and in minutes
we had four guys (two dressed as
nurses) putting up our tent. We didn’t
even have to break a sweat.
It is always a good idea to arrive at a fes-
tival a few days before the actual event,
so you can get a good camping spot, but
also to get used to having to sleep in a
different environment. My first night in the
tent was the worst ever. We couldn’t be
bothered to blow up the airbed so we
slept on the floor. To say that was uncom-
fortable would be an understatement.
There was also random yelling, and not
to mention the scare of drunk individuals
walking past (and into) the tent. By the
second night however, with a padlock on
the tent, I was completely at ease.
Amenities can be quite costly. It’s £2.50
for a cup of coffee, £5 for a burger, and in
the camping store we paid around £1
more than we usually would for super-
                                                                  Bring Me The Horizon’s Oli Sykes live at Download ‘07

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                                                                                                                          feature, 15

                                                                                              •Stash your cash, do not let it out of
                                                                                              your sight.
                                                                                              •Don’t be lazy and try to carry every-
                                                                                              thing at once it will be to cumbersome
                                                                                              at check in, will take twice the time and
                                                                                              you will hurt yourself.
                                                                                              •Arrive at the festival for the campsite
                                                                                              opening, this way you will get a good
                                                                                              camping spot and not have to walk
I would advise you to stay in the festival      you’re a part of that. From the pit you can   •Do not pick a camping spot near the
all day as you can hear lots of different       get a good view of the stage and the          road, here you will get drunk people
bands and maybe discover something              screens but you do have to be very care-      staggering into your tent, the noises of
new. If the bands aren’t to your taste then     ful as during a surge while My Chemical       the road and the lights.
           there is a hill on one side of       Romance were performing I got my ribs         •Pitch your tent near a landmark so you
                                                bruised in the crush. It is also a good       can find you way back in the dark (and
       When the headliners                      idea to avoid mosh pits as I saw many         with beer goggles on)
                                                bloody noses being dragged out.               •The same with your car
       hit the main stage all                                                                 •Wait as late as you can to get to sleep,
                                                The nightlife around the festival rivals a
hellbreaks loose                                night out in Peterborough. You can attend     about three in the morning it gets qui-
                                                a movie screening at midnight, which          eter, plus when it is that late you’ll be
the festival where                              again has an amazing atmosphere. As           out like a light.
Rachel and I spent our                          well as this there is Alternative Karaoke     •Use a mat in the bottom of your tent
afternoons. From here you can see the           where you can have a sing along, and          because it will be cold at night
stage and hear the music without getting        Download Discharge Cabaret which is an        •Use an airbed - your back will kill you if
crushed. If the music isn’t really your         amazing show full of bizarre moments          you don’t
thing then there is the Red Bull arena          and can mess with your head a bit if          •Don’t get a piercing before or during
where there are free style motorcyclists        you’ve drank (or taken) a bit too much. If    the festival it will be a pain to keep
riding to rock music, an EA hub where           none of this appeals to you then you can      clean over the weekend and will hurt
you can play the latest games and also          always go back to the tents and have an       •Arrange a meeting point if you get sep-
some workshops where you can learn an           all night drinking session with the people    arated from your mates, and not one
instrument, watch fire displays and learn       who surround you.                             like ‘the toilets’.
about being eco. Sadly, I can’t tell you if     The festival finished Sunday night with an    •Take a bandana to the toilets with you
these are any good because there was            amazing last set by Iron Maiden, and so       or you won’t even make it close to
not enough time to get around every-            with a heavy heart and lighter bags we        them.
thing.                                          made our way back home.                       •If you take a camera don’t bother tak-
When the headliners hit the main stage           I have never in my life been so glad to      ing pictures of the bands they don’t
all hell (literally) breaks loose, the lights   see my bedroom and bathroom (I was so         come out well you will just waste your
start flashing and the music gets so loud       close to hugging a flushing toilet). De-      film.
you can feel it drumming through your           spite the toilets, the crushes and the        •Don’t take to0 many clothes you will
heart (during Linkin Park’s ‘The En’d I         prices it was an incredible weekend and I     not need them and they are just extra
thought I was going to have a heart at-         wouldn’t change anything (not even the        weight (I made this mistake and had
tack). The best thing you can do is go          showers). I can think of little else that     more clothes than I knew what to do
down into the pit as the atmosphere is          could beat waking up every morning to a       with)
amazing. There is nothing like jumping          breakfast cooked over a camp stove,           •If you need to take sugar and salt don’t
with thousands of other rock fans so            being surrounded by like minded people        put it in little bags these will be mis-
crushed you can barely move, and it stirs       and a five-minute walk everyday to go         taken for drugs. Take a little trip to your
something inside, when you can look on          and see some of the most talented bands       local pub or fast food chain where you
the screens too see thousands of hands          on this planet.                               will find little packets of salt sugar and
in the traditional rock pose, and to know                                                     sauces you can, er, liberate.

                                                                       about 1hr 30 minutes from Peterborough.
Download Info:                                                         •Tickets cost £145 for a weekend camping pass and
•Download festival usually runs the second weekend                     £125 without camping (if you’re a festi-traitor)
in June every year                                                     •Tickets are available now and can be brought from
•The festival is held in Donnington Park, which is           

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The sinister side of Facebook
The Internet has made way for many              George Bush’.                                 of other faiths. This seems to be the con-
pioneering websites and technologies.           The list is endless and this feature has      sensus amongst many who feel that in a
Social networking, in recent years, has         paved the way for very humorous, enter-       community like Facebook, users should
become an online phenomenon. But is             taining and informative groups. Unfortu-      be able to debate on various topics but
there a much darker, more sinister              nately the list doesn’t stop there.           without the unnecessarily crude com-
side to sites such as Facebook?                 As I was browsing, a number of groups         ments or groups.
Danny Morgan investigates.                      alarmed me. I came across quite a few         At this point it becomes a balancing act.
                                                that were pro-anorexia. Some could be         Yes, Facebook should be monitoring ac-
With around 60 million users worldwide          confused as support groups, when really       tivity on the site and yes it should protect
it’s no wonder Facebook has hit the             they are supporting anorexia as a healthy     its members, but is banning groups on
headlines in the last year. However, not        lifestyle. Thankfully there are those that    the network infringing on freedom of
all of the coverage has been positive. In       do support people with eating disorders.      speech? Do we want to see the start of
fact a high percentage of press coverage        Speaking to Kim McCall, one of the sup        censorship on the Internet, the likes of
on Facebook has been surrounding scan-          port groups’ founders, I discovered that      which occur in China? It is possible that if
dals, lawsuits and privacy issues.              the Internet could be extremely influential   we start censoring some areas of the In-
While various allegations were made to-         regarding eating disorders.                   ternet then there would be no stopping it.
wards Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of           “Anorexics and bulimics feed off images       I tried to contact Facebook for their view
Facebook, the social networking public          and information on thin idols, so if you      on these matters but at the time of writing
largely ignored the ongoing issues as it        see an eating disorder group with these       I had received no reply.
appeared not to have much consequence           images, you know that they will be pro-
for them. But that was soon to change as        eating disorders.”.                             “There is no specific
controversy arose over Facebook’s ad-           Kim used to work with people suffering
vertising system, Beacon, which tracked         from eating disorders and she told me           group to monitor and
users’ web activity and purchases and           how overwhelming the disorder could be.       make changes to the inter-
sent the information to Facebook for the        In that sense an eating disorder really
purpose of targeted advertisements. This        can become a lifestyle, so surely web-                  net”
angered many who believed it invaded            sites and groups promoting the ‘lifestyle’
their privacy.                                  are very worrying.                            Regarding the closure of groups and
Facebook changed their policy, making           “Luckily none of the patients I saw ac-       websites those wanting pro-ana groups
the system opt-in rather than opt-out.          cessed pro [eating disorder] sites. How-      shut down have more of a case as this is
After this it seemed Facebook was never         ever, a few would discuss it occasionally.    clearly a danger to people’s health.
out of the news.                                I did try and research it a little and just   Those with eating disorders may go
                                                found it horrendous.                          searching for these groups. Likewise they
                                                                                              could be looking for support but as the
“I came across quite a few                                                                    pro-ana groups are mixed with the sup-
     groups that were                                                                         port groups its possible sufferers could
      pro-anorexia”                                                                           stumble upon the wrong type of advice.
                                                                                              Does that mean, then, pro-smoking
                                                                                              groups should also be banned because
The next big worry for users came after
                                                                                              they are promoting something that is un-
security issues were highlighted. The
                                                                                              healthy and deadly?
BBC programme Watchdog investigated
                                                                                              On the other hand, banning those groups
and revealed how much personal infor-
                                                                                              which simply offend others could be detri-
mation could be stolen simply by using
                                                                                              mental because at what point does it
data taken from a user’s profile such as
                                                                                              stop? If you ban groups that are against
their date of birth or location. A large per-
                                                Mark Zuckerberg: Founder of facebook          religion then surely you must do the
centage of Facebook users post these
                                                “Facebook has an obligation to protect its    same for those that are for it? You cannot
details online unaware that criminals can
                                                users from harmful information and            have rules for some people and not for
use this information to steal identities and
                                                groups that are there to give harmful ad-     others. To maintain freedom of speech for
finances. A nail in the Facebook coffin?
                                                vice that could entrench the sufferers fur-   everybody then you must do exactly
Not exactly as the number of Facebook
                                                ther into their condition.”                   that…maintain it for everybody.
users continues to rise even with the re-
                                                A number of other ‘hate’ groups have          However, Facebook could certainly be
cent security scares.
                                                emerged. Some of these groups have            more active in encouraging users to be
But there has been another area that has
                                                caused quite a stir in the social network-    respectful in their comments and choice
not received much scrutiny and that’s the
                                                ing world. One such group is the ‘F***        of words.
Facebook ‘groups’. Facebook groups
                                                Christianity’ group and ‘F*** Islam’ group    There is no specific group to monitor and
allow users to create and join ‘mini com-
                                                which has given rise to other groups          make changes to the Internet like there is
munities’ based on a common aim or in-
                                                campaigning against them.                     television. This is because, in theory, no
terest. For instance, many users join fan
                                                The aim of these groups is not to stop        one actually owns the Internet. It’s a re-
groups of various musicians or join
                                                freedom of speech or discussion on reli-      source shared around the world, other-
groups based on a political stance. One
                                                gious matters but rather that people          wise it would not work how we see it
popular amongst users is entitled ‘I bet I
                                                should be more respectful when speaking       today.
can find 1,000,000 people who dislike

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review, 17

At the Movies
The Bank Job                     Oliver Savage
DVD Release Date: 30th June 2008               Four people were arrested in the end. To         films for his films to be able to win
The film was released at cinemas on            find out who was arrested and on what            awards. He has been able to direct sev-
February 28, 2008 and is due for DVD re-       charges, you will have to see the film as        eral films which have won a variety of
lease on June 30, 2008. The film is yet        names and details of the arrests were            awards (Species – MTV Movie Awards,
to be nominated for any awards, but how        never released by the media. Before the          Dante’s Peak – Blockbuster Entertain-
did it do at the hands of our reviewer.        credits, there is information on what hap-       ment Awards). If Donaldson has directed
The film is about the Baker Street bank        pened to certain characters that were in         this film with the same quality and care
heist in September 1971. The film ex-          the film.                                        that he has with his other films, then The
plains why no-one was ever arrested            Jason Stratham returns to the comfort-           Bank Job is in with a chance to
over the heist and why none of the stolen      able and convincing role of the main             at least be nominated, if not win, an
goods have been retrieved. The main            character that gets to run about and fight.      award.
characters are the robbers who are             Jason Stratham gets into a fight near end
friends and have worked together before.       of the film, and of the small bit of fighting,
They break into the bank and steal £3mil-      he certainly causes enough damage.
lion (now worth £30million) from the           Saffron Burrows, personally, plays an un-
safety deposit boxes.                          convincing role of the organiser of the
The whole point of the heist was so that       bank heist for the MI5. Roger Donaldson
Martine Love could get sex photos of a         was a good choice for a director in my
member of the royal family and members         opinion.
of government officials. The heist is          He has directed many Thriller films since
pulled off, but things then fall apart. They   1977 and his ability to direct great
separate and then some die and some            Thrillers has only improved over time. He
are kidnapped.                                 has worked with Craig Fairbrass (who
The last few robbers who are free make a       also stars in The Bank Job) on The Re-
deal with the government for amnesty so        cruit. Donaldson seems to have a good            If we can’t win an oscar, we’ll steal it along
that they could never be touched for it.       connection with those who star in his            with this

St. Trinian’s                Georgina Bowley
                                               It all unravels when Annabel, a snob-            ruthless plan yet, stealing and selling
                                               bish Cheltenham Ladies College girl, is          one of the worlds most famous works of
                                               subject to the anarchic world of St Trin-        art, the ‘Girl With A Pearl Earring’, from
                                               ian’s.                                           the National Gallery.
                                               After surviving taunts, a sports thrash-         After various plans and preparation, the
                                               ing, a bit of stressing and some seri-           rebels concoct the perfect plan, defying
                                               ously embarrassing broadcasting,                 guards, tight-roping ceilings and jump-
                                               Annabel is made a ‘Trinian Girl’.                ing through lasers, it’s the ultimate girl-
                                                With 1st Years making ridiculously              power hour.
                                               strong vodka, Goths creating drugs,              Starring comedian Russell Brand as the
                                               Chavs fussing over designer tampons,             charming, roguish and dodgy as hell,
                                               classes in law-breaking and slappers             Flash Harry, Stephen Fry as the pill
DVD Release Date: 22nd April 2008              becoming brain boxes, there’s no time            popping game show host and Gemma
Governed by Camilla Fritton, the won-          for slacking.                                    Arterton as sassy head girl Kelly, ex-
derful Rupert Everett in drag, ‘REBEL-         When the school faces the combined               pect no less than a riot in the movie.
LION’ spills out from every window,            threat of financial trouble and Education        If your looking for a fun, action packed,
contradicting every rule a strict girl’s       Minster Geoffrey Thwaites who threat-            humorous watch, for either a family af-
boarding school ever had.                      ens to expose Camilla Fritton’s un-              ternoon or a girlie night in, this is your
                                               orthodox ways, the girls face their most         one.

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Alien vs Predator: Requiem                                    James Glenister
                                                 and Predator films the aliens were por-       ning around the town killing any humans
                                                 trayed as mindless killers who will kill      that get in their way. When the Predator
                                                 anything that moved and the predators         general finds out he quickly makes his
                                                 as intellectual hunters who kill for sport    way to Earth to hunt the Pred-Alien and
                                                 and this has not changed. The film starts     Aliens.
                                                 as the first AVP ended, with the dead im-     When the Predator arrives on Earth he
                                                 pregnated Predator giving birth and a         immediately starts killing the aliens and
                                                 cross breed Pred-Alien being born. After      unfortunately a town is caught in the mid-
                                                 the Pred-Alien is born it hunts the Preda-    dle of the battle. I recommend you watch
DVD Release Date: 12th May 2008                  tors on the Predator Spaceship and kills      this film when it is released on DVD if you
The Alien and Predator films were two of         them, this causes the ship to crash into      are an AVP fan. The film is filled with the
the biggest sci-fi franchises in the 70s         the earth, the setting for the film. Once     things that we loved in the original films
and 80s and with this, the second meet-          the ship has crashed the Pred-Alien es-       such as chest bursters and face-huggers
ing of these two science fiction giants you      capes along with some face-huggers            but it has also introduced some new
will not be disappointed. Although the re-       which soon impregnate two humans              ideas which you can decide for yourself if
cent films are less shocking than the orig-      shortly after the aliens burst out of the     they are successful but in my opinion
inals they still entertain. In the first Alien   hosts’ chests and there are aliens run-       they are!

Does It Offend You, Yeah! - Music Review                                                       Ashleigh German
I had never been to the Met Lounge and           songs to which the kids went nuts for and     “the show must go on” and Morgan treated
never heard of Does It Offend You, Yeah?         vacated the stage. Which was nice of them.    us to the Super Mario Brothers theme tune,
But being put on the guest list I couldn’t       Four lively guys jumped on, instantly rock-   three times as he kept losing track. “I hope
miss them, and boy am I glad I didn’t.           ing out the place and the music hadn’t even   there’s no journalists in the audience
With my feet sticking to the floor, jammed to    started! Arms outstretched and the dance      tonight!” he giggled, it didn’t go a miss but
the barrier I sipped my canned (hello?) or-      floor bounced from all the jumping to the     just like professionals they took it in the
ange juice waiting for the main attraction.      beat. And talk about the beat! Fundamen-      stride. That sorted, the ride was back on!
Readers of NME magazine will be familiar         tally all the songs are based on the same     Highlights were Let’s Make Out and We Are
with the guys who have been together for         digitally enhanced baseline but I had still   Rock Stars (which is their current single)
around a year but with a tour of intimate        never heard of anything like it.              making me a complete convert to the elec-
gigs they‘re reaching a whole new audi-          The band (who got their polarising name       tronic state they operate in.
ence. We had the delights of George              from an episode of BBC1s The Office) have     For the 40 minutes they were onstage I
Pringle (yeah I was expecting a boy too) but     been likened to The Klaxons, but they are     moshed with the rest of them to the energy-
what we got was an unconfident, pretty           much more inventive with the perfect blend    fuelled digital-ridden beats that you can
Kate Nash only with more brains behind her       of electro-indie punk keyboards and anthem    hear on their myspace page,
songs. I say songs, poems spoken to a toe-       making drums, producing great head-bang-, and on
tapping backing track. She was followed by       ing, ear-bashing tunes.                       their debut album; You Have No Idea What
Cut Off Your Hands. They screamed four           Half way through the keyboards cut out but,   You’re Getting Yourself Into.

New sponsored kit for PRC
 A fantastic new deal was secured by the         tutor and team manager said: ” We are         proud they are to be a part of the squad.”
Peterborough Regional College (PRC)              delighted with the funding. The RAF           The players helped kick-start the new kit,
rugby team when the Royal Air Force              have always supported the College but         a navy blue strip with the Royal Air Force
agreed to sponsor their new rugby kit.           this is the first time the team has been      logo across the chest, with a win against
Emma Hanson of the RAF said: ” We                lucky enough to receive sponsorship for       Otley College from Suffolk.
have always enjoyed our link with the            the kit. The team have already said how
local college and
have been keen to
support their sports
“We hope the shirts
will in some way
give them a sense of
fitness and team
spirit, qualities we
look for in future
candidates for the
Royal Air Force.”
Speaking of the im-
portance of the
sponsorship Phil
Sammons, sports

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feature, 19

Posh Promotion
- Fergie’s view
Danial Mckenna
What a year it has been for Peterborough       “The club often struggle at Christmas for
United. No one may have expected such          one reason or another and in fact this
a successful season, even Darren Fergu-        Christmas period was probably the best
son himself.                                   that Peterborough has had in recent sea-
The Posh have been successful for so           sons, but the win against Shrewsbury
many different reasons this season and         Town on New Years Day was probably
although expectations were high from the       the turning point.”
beginning, the success this season has         Not only has Ferguson achieved what he
not been what Peterborough United fans         wanted to at the beginning of the season,
have been used to of late.                     but he has achieved so much more as
The Posh were one of the favourites for        well. He knows what he wanted and
the title at the beginning of the season       where he wanted to take the club.
but this is not something that Darren Fer-     “Our aim at the start of the season was to
guson felt was justified and he let his        get promoted and fair play to the lads,
feelings be known when asked about it          they have showed a lot of character and
“I didn’t think that the bookies were justi-   to go on a lengthy unbeaten run put us
                                                                                             “We were obviously very keen to secure
fied in giving us that tag because we          right up there.”
                                                                                             automatic promotion and the title was still
were a young team and there were a lot         From the game against Rotherham on
                                                                                             very much our aim. MK Dons were obvi-
of new players, but we tried to put that to    January 29, The Posh went on a lengthy
                                                                                             ously the favourites, but we pushed them
the back of our minds.”                        unbeaten run, totalling 17 games, until
                                                                                             as far as we could to see where it would
 Ferguson’s feelings being made clear          the defeat on April 12 at home to Stock-
                                                                                             take us.”
but an up and down start to the season         port.
                                                                                              An intriguing battle throughout the sec-
saw them sitting mid table and not too far     This run even saw the team nearly equal
                                                                                             ond half of the season which saw Paul
off the playoffs by November.                  the clubs record of nine straight wins
                                                                                             Ince’s side with a slight advantage as
However, a run of eight wins in 10 games       (held by the 1992 team) were it not for a
                                                                                             they always seemed to have a game in
in all competitions saw not only Peterbor-     draw with Notts County on March 15.
ough climb the League 2 table, but saw         Records such as these haven’t even
                                                                                             A key game in the season came on
Aaron Mclean make his way up the               come close to being broken until now.
                                                                                             March 21 as Peterborough United met
league’s goal scoring chart.                   The run of eight straight wins saw them
                                                                                             MK Don’s which was deadlocked and fin-
Then came the Christmas period and as          rocket to the top of the table to battle it
                                                                                             ished 0 – 0.
usual this is where they slipped a little.     out with Paul Ince’s MK Don’s.
                                                                                             A realistic aim at the start of the season
Even though this was a bad spell in their      This saw both teams pull away from their
                                                                                             saw them not get in above their heads
ever-blossoming season, it was not like        rivals and battle it out for the champi-
                                                                                             and not carried away with what the book-
the past Christmas spells that The Posh        onship, but what was the best Ferguson
                                                                                             ies and the media were saying.
fans have become accustomed to.                was hoping for?

The 17 game unbeaten run...
Jan 29   - Peterborough 3-1 Rotherham          Feb 26   - Wrexham 0-2 Peterbrough            Mar 21   - MK Dons 1-1 Peterborough
Feb 2    - Rochdale 0-2 Peterborough           Mar 1    - Peterbrough 1-0 Bury               Mar 24   - Peterborough 1-0 Chester City
Feb 9    - Peterborough 0-0 Wrexham            Mar 4    - Barnet 0-2 Peterbrough             Mar 29   - Peterborough 4-0 Lincoln City
Feb 13   - Chesterfield 1-2 Peterborough       Mar 8    - Dag & Red 2-3 Peterbrough          Apr 5    - Wycombe 2-2 Peterborough
Feb 16   - Peterborough 1-0 Barnet             Mar 11   - Brentford 1-2 Peterborough
Feb 23   - Macclesfield 0-3 Peterbrough        Mar 15   - Peterborough 0-0 Notts C

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