ISSUE 682 | MONDAY 22 JANUARY 2007 FREE PALATINATE | MONDAY 22RD JANUARY 2006 ������������������������������������������������ � University: more Find the job Should we take than a degree for you our C.U. to court? Turn to centre spread for How your personality How Exeter’s Christian your free Save Our Student determines your job Union is ﬁghting for its life. Activities pullout. prospects. Page 17 Page 6 Poor Sales Threaten College Bars more convenient to visit local The drinking habits of stu- by college bars is gradually be- Alice Himsworth pubs. dents, and whether or not their ing eroded. NEWS EDITOR This year, a number of theo- ʻdrinking fundsʼ are limited, is Many individual colleges have ries have been suggested as to scarcely a matter of concern to found that a variety of factors COLLEGE BARS HAVE seen why freshers are staying away those reviewing top-up fees. have contributed to this down- a signiﬁcant downturn in sales from college bars. However, the problem could turn in proﬁts. Chadsʼ barman this year. This is leading to wor- One such theory suggests that have a signiﬁcant effect on Tom Bradley blamed the imbal- ries that, for some colleges at top-up fees may be stopping Durhamʼs unique collegiate ance between men and women least, the college barʼs future is students from spending as much system. in the freshers intake. He went not assured. College bar stew- on going out. This reﬂects con- Other factors may also affect on to say that the situation last ards and staff across the univer- cerns that the increase in fees the poor patronage of college term led to price rises in order sity have noted that far fewer is putting too large a strain on bars such as the number of bars to cover losses as a result of freshers seem to be frequenting students. Students starting this in town offering cheap drinks poor patronage. their college bars. year may be all too aware of the promotions which rival those of With the barsʼ proﬁts being In a collegiate university, col- debt they will face when they college bars. ploughed back into college fa- lege bars often provide a focal leave university, and are there- College bars, though keeping cilities they provide an impor- point for activities and interac- fore far more conscious of their drinks prices to a minimum, do tant role for the up-keep and tion, there is the potential that spending than those who fall not participate in drinks promo- development of the college. years of tradition and college under the old fees system. tions, which are seen to encour- College bars also often spon- spirit may be undermined. One barman at St Cuthbertʼs age excessive drinking. With sor sports teams. Should people College bars rely on freshers Society Bar said that the prob- the development of the Water- continue to stay away from col- for a large proportion of sales. lem seems to stem from ʻhow gate complex, which includes lege bars, there could be wider Second and third year livers-out much it now costs to go to uni- a Wetherspoons, the monopoly implications across the univer- Castle’s famous undercroft bar (photo: Oly King) are less reliable as most ﬁnd it versity,ʼ on cheap drinks previously held sity. OBE for the Thunderbolt Kid Victoria Wilkinson also turned to his childhood in Competition Fierce for Graduate Jobs 1950ʼs America for his most re- cent book, The Life and Times Alice Himsworth NEWS EDITOR of the Thunderbolt Kid. BILL BRYSON HAS BEEN Brysonʼs travel writing in- awarded an honorary OBE for cludes Down Under, about his FIGURES PUBLISHED this his contribution to literature. pursuits around Australia, and week by High Fliers Research Durhamʼs chancellor said, “I Notes from a Small Island, suggest that many ﬁnalist stu- am surprised and very grateful which features his musings dents will face tough competi- to receive an honorary Order of on Great Britain. It is in this tion for graduate jobs. the British Empire. It is a great book that he speaks of a great The report shows that some honour,” affection for the North-East of positions may receive 50 appli- Bryson received the honour England, describing it as “one cations. This ﬁgure is dwarfed from Culture Secretary Tessa of the friendliest corners of the by the estimates of some of the Jowell, who said “despite hav- planet.” big banks, which predict some ing been born and raised in the Bryson goes on to exclaim that 200-300 applicants for each of US, he has become a true Brit- “Durham, I think as anybody their graduate positions. ish institution.” who has ever stepped out of Martin Birchall of High Fliers Bill is best known for his the railway station and looked Research said, “With 265,000 witty, laugh out loud travel across the valley will appreci- graduates expected to leave writings. However, he has also ate, is one of the most beautiful university in 2007, competition worked as a journalist for the cities in the world.” for places on the most prestig- Independent and the Times. In Such adoration explains why ious graduate schemes is likely recent years Bryson has devi- the Chancellor frequently re- to be tougher than ever.” ated from his usual genre and turned to England from his na- Itʼs not all bad news though, has written about science in A tive America, and has lived here as the report shows that gradu- Short History of Nearly Eve- permanently since 2003. ate starting salaries are up rything, for which he won the Tessa Jowell presents Bill Bryson with honorary OBE by £7,000 to an average of Aventis Prize in 2004. He has £25,500. 2 NEWS MONDAY 22 JANUARY 2007 | PALATINATE CONTENTS Kat takes it all off for Cancer Research has bone cancer. Although his News Alice Himsworth NEWS EDITOR disease is managable, it is in- curable. Kat said, ʻI donʼt think Page 6 - Politics MARYʼS STUDENT Kat Yar- thereʼs anyone who doesnʼt borough has decided to take dras- know someone living with can- and religion don’t tic action in order to raise money cer, itʼs such a big deal for so mix. for Cancer Research. On Satur- many people.ʼ day 17th February in front of a Kat currently has a full head crowd at the Student Union Kat of long curly hair, which she will shave her head. Not content intends to donate to a charity to stop at this Kat intends to have that makes wigs for leukemia the Cancer Research logo perma- patients for those who have lost nently tattooed on her head. theirs through treatment. Her Kat originally pledged that father, who supports his daugh- should she raise £1,000 she terʼs idea has produced an image would take the leap and shave to show what she will look like her head. When, in two weeks, following the big shave. she raised almost £800 with a Anyone interested in sponsor- month to go before her deadline, ing Kat should go along to the Kat realised that she was going event at the DSU or email her at Features to have to follow through. Kat was inspired to take this firstname.lastname@example.org Kat’s hair as it is now and a mock-up image of what it will look like action by her grandfather who Page 11 - The Eden Project: A Durham graduate’s dream in Chemists Honoured Student Jon Major visits MPs full bloom. David Rhys Elward “are programmed to be seen and not heard”; therefore, when he received a letter from the Prime Among those honoured by the Ministerʼs Ofﬁce back in No- Pages 14-15 - Life Queen in the New Yearʼs Hon- vember, he suspected that since ours List were two members outside Durham: of Durhamʼs Chemistry De- “postgraduate chemists can be very inventive – any one of 100 Make exploring the partment. Emeritus Professor could have perpetrated a hoax North-East your William James Feast FRS and to get even - or perhaps a Grey Dr Euan James Ferguson Ross New Year’s resolu- have become a CBE and MBE College tutee, past or present”. However, having conﬁrmed tion. respectively. that the letter was genuine, Dr Professor Feast received his Ross said it was hard to keep CBE for his contribution to quiet about the honour until the polymer chemistry. He has news appeared in the press on worked in the Department as a 29 December. Research Professor since 1965. Sentiments of congratula- He was a resident tutor at Van tion have been sent to the two Mildert College from 1967- academics from all quarters 72 alongside his wife, and has of the higher education com- worked in Belgium, Germany munity, including past, present and California. He is currently and designate vice chancellors. the President of the Royal Soci- Durhamʼs outgoing Vice-Chan- ety of Chemistry. Dr Ross re- cellor Sir Kenneth Calman cently retired from his position described this recognition as as the Universityʼs Chemistry warranted for the “invaluable Comment Departmental Administrator and Secretary of the Board of contribution they have made to the University as a whole but Studies, the Board of Examin- especially to the Chemistry De- ers, the research committee and partment”. Jon’s research could help create more efﬁcient solar power Page 12 - Will Chi- the staff-student consultative Both gentlemen expect to re- na’s values ever be committee, which he has served ceive the honour in person for 32 years. urgent need for research into re- therefore looking at innovative understood by the within the next 5 months. Chris Jones “Administrators, particularly newable energy sources like so- ways to reduce the amount of West? departmental ones”, he says, lar power because of the threat material used to make cells, as THE WORK OF DURHAM of global warming, caused by well as methods of improving research student, Jon Major, Sport burning fossil fuels. the overall efﬁciency of the de- on renewable energy is arous- The government has set tar- vices. ing keen interest amongst MPs gets to reduce carbon emissions The project is part of the £4.5 from all political parties. Jon, by 60% before 2050 to tackle million UK national solar ener- from Maryport in Cumbria, climate change. Wind power is gy research programme PV-21, Page 27 - Durham’s was one of only 90 researchers one renewable source of energy and is funded by the Research ﬁves players are a selected from across the UK to that may help in the attempt Councilʼs ʻSupergenʼ initiative. present their work at the Science force to be reckoned Engineering and Technology to meet this target, but Jon be- Head of the Durham project, lieves it will only be able to pro- Professor Ken Durose, empha- with. showcase event in the House of duce a fraction of the electricity sises “Young scientists like Jon Commons last month. we require. are the mainstay of the national The MP for Durham, Roberta On the other hand, he points solar research programme. Jon Blackman-Woods and the MP out, “covering 0.6% of the plan- is doing brilliant work and for Newcastle, Jim Cousins, etʼs land mass, an area margin- has taken his message to right were among the many politi- ally smaller than the Sahara where it counts.” cians who attended the event. desert, with 10% efﬁcient solar To ﬁnd out more about the Both are strong advocates of cells would generate enough principles of solar energy and its renewable energy and are said electricity to meet the planetʼs uses, log onto www.solarbuzz. to be enormously impressed by needs.” Devices of 10% efﬁ- com or the projectʼs website at Jonʼs research on reducing the ciency are currently available, www.pv21.org. cost of clean electricity genera- but only at great cost. A pleased Professor Feast tion from solar panels. The team Jon works with is Jon feels they appreciate the PALATINATE | MONDAY 22 JANUARY 2007 NEWS 3 Students Begin the Search inclusive deal which does not additional time to form more Alice Himsworth and often offer the best value for stable friendship groups and to STUDENT OPINIONS Claire Joyner money. Whilst it does provide decide on who to live with. IT IS THE TIME OF year when some freedom as students donʼt have the worry of paying utility Alex Duncan, DSU President, is convinced that students have Palatinate small groups of students are seen huddled under umbrellas going bills, the added costs included in nothing to be concerned about gauges the rent of these properties often and need not do anything until from door to door in all areas of the city searching for that ideal provides a nice addition to the ʻFind a House Monthʼ. He said: student house for next year. The housing landlordʼs pocket. “We know that even on the 1st opinion on rush starts early in Durham as The market in Durham for stu- of October 2007 there will still the panic that you will not ﬁnd dent property is extremely com- be plenty of great houses avail- house hunting petitive with a far larger number able.” a house in time slowly spreads of properties available than Claire Rasul, DSU Welfare in Durham Shrina Patel sometime in early January. Jo Weeks This year has proved itself to students wanting to take them. Ofﬁcer, reasserted this. She Van Mildert, 1st year St. Mary’s, 1st year be no exception to the rule that Whilst this has led to increas- said: “Some landlords try to students in Durham are very ingly creative schemes by land- scaremonger students into ﬁnd- Have you/are I started looking at the No, I haven’t started quick to ﬁnd accomodation. lords it has meant that this year ing a house ʻbefore they all run you looking for a end of last term. looking yet. Students are increasingly being for the ﬁrst time rents on student outʼ, but this will simply not house next year? pressured into signing leases houses have not, on average, ris- happen.” very early on in the year, some en. This is due also to the rising ʻFind a House Monthʼ, which Will you wait The campaign seems a bit I’m happy to wait un- found their houses as early as standards of college accomoda- begins on 12th February, will for the DSU to late, but I am going to wait til february for the list to November. tion which has resulted in many start with the issue of the DSUʼs launch their for their houses to come come out. A ﬂurry of companies and third year students living-in. list of acceptable properties in campaign on 12th out because I feel I can consortiums of landlords of- This year, the DSU is urging Durham for students. All of February? trust them. fering all-inclusive deals have students to act against the rush which will meet the DSU Code appeared almost overnight in and panic of ﬁnding a house of Standards. Houses advertised Durham. Signs advertising their and signing contracts at the be- before then are in fact breaking ginning of this term. They are the DSU Code of Standards, houses are up all over the city telling students to simply ʻDo which surely does not bode well Is ﬁnding a alerting students at every turn to their need to ﬁnd a house. Nothingʼ until the middle of for a problem-free tenancy. house too The signs themselves have next month. The list becomes available on been a subject of controversy Despite the anxiety and con- the DSU website on the 12th. much cern felt amongst many students The DSU has given assurances in recent weeks as one com- hassle? Stuart Morris pany, Student Home Zone, was about ﬁnding the best accom- the server will not crash as it did Oliver Stephens forced to remove seven banners modation possible for next year, last year causing long queues St. John’s, 2nd year Hatﬁeld, 1st year for which they had not received the DSU feels it is in the best outside the Union. Will you be Possibly, although I may No, I’m sorted. I got a planning permission. One of interest of students to wait until Advice and help for students househunting move back into college. house at the end of last these appeared on a listed build- February to sign a contract. To ﬁnding a house is completely this term? term. ing causing uproar among lo- this end it has launched the ʻDo free from the DSU. The Accom- cal residents. The company has Nothingʼ Campaign encourag- modation Ofﬁce is open Mon- since apologised and replaced ing students to do exactly that day to Thursday from 10am the banners with ordinary ʻTo for the ﬁrst part of this term. until 4pm and on Friday from What are your Last year, house-hunting Two of my housemates Letʼ signs. The DSU feels that by hold- 10am until 3.30pm. experiences of was manic! I managed to took charge of it all, so it Many have questioned the ing back on ﬁnding a house stu- ﬁnding a house get a house sorted by mid- was relatively painless for sense of signing up for an all- dents, especially Freshers, allow in Durham? january though. me. Honorary Degrees for ‘Giants’ tish microbiologist, was made a thor, journalist and cook. Jodie Smith Knight Bachelor for services to The third and ﬁnal degree education in 1998 and has been was awarded to Professor Si- DURHAM UNIVERSITY the Chairman of the Greater mon White, who, along with awarded honorary degrees to Glasgow NHS Board since Professor Sir John Arbuthnott, three exceptional individuals in 2002. became a Doctor of Science. a graduation ceremony before As well as having been Princi- He has maintained strong links the beginning of term. Rabbi pal and Vice-Chancellor of the with the University, having act- Lionel Blue, Professor Sir John University of Strathclyde, he is ed as a Visiting Professor to the Arbuthnott and Professor Si- also closely linked with Dur- Physics Department for over 10 mon White were each preented ham University, acting as Chair years. with their degrees at Durham of the Universityʼs External Ad- He is highly regarded in con- Cathedral. visory Board for the Wolfson temporary astronomy circles The Chancellor of Durham Research Institute. and is one of the most frequent- University, Bill Bryson, con- The inﬂuential Rabbi Lionel ly cited research scientists in ferred the awards at the ceremo- Blue, an honorary fellow of the world. Along with contem- nies, which saw around 1,000 Grey College, became a Doctor poraries, he co-developed the PhD and Masters students from of Divinity at the ceremony. He theory of Cold Dark Matter, around the world graduate. read history at Oxford and went a reﬁnement of the Big Bang “These three individuals are not on to become the European Di- theory, representing one of the only giants in their individual rector of the World Union for most important achievements in ﬁelds but each have strong links Progressive Judaism. astronomy in almost half a cen- with Durham University and we In 1981 he published his work tury. He is a fellow of the Royal are delighted to honour them,” ʻGodly and Gayʼ, having been Society and was also awarded commented Vice-Chancellor the ﬁrst Rabbi to publicly de- the top accolade in American Professor Sir Kenneth Calman. clare his homosexuality. He is Astronomical Society, the Hein- The honorary graduates are well known from his appear- eman Prize, in 2004. all at the top of their respec- ances on ʻThought for the Dayʼ Chancellor Bill Bryson presides over the graduation ceremony tive ﬁelds. Professor Sir John on BBC Radio 4ʼs ʻToday Pro- Arbuthnott, a renowned Scot- grammeʼ, and is a respected au- 4 ADVERT MONDAY 22 JANUARY 2007 | PALATINATE Regular events Mondays, Riverside, 8pm LGBTa Social Tuesdays, Riverside 8pm, £3.50/£2.50 Jazz Cafe or Comedy Cafe Tuesdays, Vane Tempest 10pm, £2.50/£1.50 Twisted (Drum n Bass/Electro) Listings Thursdays, Kingsgate, 8pm Bar Quiz Fridays 10pm £5/£4 (£6/£5 after 11.30pm) Planet of Sound (Durham’s biggest dance night) Saturdays (unless otherwise Jan-March 2007 advertised) 10pm, £3.50/£2.50 revolver (Durham’s biggest indie night) Specials Saturday 20th January Live set at revolver SixNationState With support from the Lurios Tuesday 23rd January at the Comedy Cafe Mark Olver Thursday 25th January 10pm, £5 NUS advance Tim Westwood Friday 26th January at Planet of Sound Graham Gold Saturday 27th January 9pm-3am, £6 NUS, £10 other Blend (dance night) Tuesday 30th January at Twisted Utah Jazz Saturday 3rd February 8pm-3am, £10 NUS Elements (Rob Tissera) Tuesday 6th February at the Comedy Cafe Simon Brodkin DSU Saturday 10th February Live set at revolver Brinkman Dunelm House www.myspace.com/brinkmanband Wednesday 14th February 10pm 2am, £5 NUS New Elvet Hed Kandi www.hed-kandi.co.uk Saturday February 17th Durham Live set at revolver Shiny Toy Guns Tuesday 20th February at the Comedy Cafe Steve Hall Saturday 3rd March 9pm-3am, DH1 3AN £6 NUS, £10 other Blend (dance night) Dunelm House is open to Tuesday 6th March at the Comedy Cafe students and the general Al Pitcher public. Right of admission Thursday March 8th 10pm, £5 NUS advance reserved. All dates are subject Trevor Nelson to cancellation and change. PALATINATE | MONDAY 22 JANUARY 2007 NEWS 5 Vandals attack Cuth’s Boathouse they found that yet again the Alice Himsworth club house had fallen foul NEWS EDITOR of vandals. A brick had been THE PROMINENT location thrown into the upper storey of St Cuthbertʼs Society Boat- window and broke two of the house has made it a recent tar- panes. get for vandalism. Furthermore, in spite of The Boat Clubʼs position be- anti-climb paint someone had tween the Racecourse and the climbed up onto the balcony Wear makes it a great place and attempted to kick open to watch the regatta and other the door, as evidenced by mud events by the river. But its prox- marks. Fortunately the door was imity to a childrenʼs play area secured and they were not able and the derelict Bowls Club to enter the building itself. A have also made it an attractive previous break-in, several years location for local youths look- ago, saw the theft of a rowing ing for an out-of-the-way place machine. to socialise. The club fears that should Problems arose last term when someone enter the building dur- a rash of grafﬁti ʻtagsʼ were ing vacation periods they could sprayed on the building. These cause signiﬁcant damage. SCS- were removed promptly from BC Menʼs Captain George Fra- the walls by the council and a ser-Harding commented, “itʼs a new coat of paint covered dam- shame when people canʼt ﬁnd age to doors and windows. anything better to do than dam- When members of the boat age other peopleʼs property.” club returned this term to train Grey Seals in the North Rona colony (Photo: Dr Sean Twiss) Fancy a ‘Phoque’? grey seal colony on the remote their partners and travel further Twiss argues, “There are very Emily Cragg Scottish island of North Rona. to access a vital fresh water few animal populations whose Their predictable annual breed- source for themselves and their mating patterns and levels of IT SEEMS THAT the effects ing habits mean they are easy pups. polygamy are not intimately of climate change are not all to study as they gather to mate Removed from the guarding linked to resource distribution” bad news. Recent research by for 18 days during October and eye of the dominant male, the This is a trend which is also set Durhamʼs Dr Sean Twiss has re- November. weaker male seals have the op- to continue, particularly if pre- vealed that for subordinate male In this time, the female gives portunity to mate with them. dicted rates of climate change seals (phoque in French, incase birth to a pup, mating again on Twiss explains that, “The prove correct. With global tem- you were wondering), the up- approximately day 16, before increased movement amongst peratures expected to rise be- turn in their sex lives is proving returning to the sea. However, the females allows the weaker tween 1.4 and 5.8 °C by 2100, to be a great bonus. warmer, drier autumns are dis- males to mate and results in dramatic ecological changes It is a change from the warn- rupting their social behaviour more males contributing geneti- look imminent. ings of recent years, suggesting and mating patterns. cally to the next generation.” The conclusive ﬁndings of that biodiversity is being grave- Male grey seals are polyga- During the nine year study, a Twiss and his colleagues have ly affected by climate change, mous creatures, mating with 61% increase was recorded in cast an alternative light on cli- with an increased risk of the ex- approximately ten to ﬁfteen fe- the number of males contribut- mate change and its impact on tinction of some species. males, which they guard from ing to the genetic pool, from 23 animals. Twiss maintains that However research published other males within their terri- in the wettest years to 37 in the “Climate change, whilst en- recently in the Royal Societyʼs tory. Their ability to dominate driest, from a total of around dangering many species, could Biology Letters reveals the is not difﬁcult when sources of 100 male seals in the colony. also help to increase the genetic ﬁndings of Dr Twiss and his water are abundant and females The impact of this climatic diversity of some species, giv- colleagues at the University of cluster in one area, as they re- variation is likely to extend ing a leg up (or indeed over!) to St. Andrews. For the last nine main loyal to one breeding site. much further than the grey seal males who normally wouldnʼt years, Twiss has been studying But the decline in rainfall has population, having implications be so successful.” Broken glass at Cuth’s Boatclub (Photo: Alice HImsworth) the mating patterns within the meant the females must leave for a wide range of species. As Durham Research into Sustainable Farming Research Council (BBSRC); a studying the wheatʼs genetic re- friendly insecticide methods. Jagruti Dave major UK public supporter of sponses to their attacks it may In the near future farmers could bioscience research. be possible to breed wheat lines be using a spray that blocks the DURHAM UNIVERSITY is The 3-year project is being led with higher resistances to these cereal aphidʼs capacity to tol- leading a new £785,000 col- by Dr John Gatehouse, a reader pests. erate speciﬁc wheat defensive laborative project looking at en- in the School of Biological and Dr Gatehouse commented: chemicals, but which would be hancing the resistance of wheat Biomedical Sciences at Durham “as the climate warms up, the safe for other environmentally to insect pests in a bid to ﬁnd University. range and severity of attacks by beneﬁcial insects. more sustainable farming meth- He chose to investigate wheat, these insect pests is extending. The BBSRC Crop Science ods in the UK. a major cereal crop in Britain Finding a practical solution is Initiative is focused on “real In an announcement last week under threat from insects and becoming increasingly impor- world” situations. Other projects the research team, which includ- diseases, as his ﬁndings could tant.” in motion include: developing ed people from Durham, New- have wider agricultural ben- Research into insecticidal vegetables that remain nutri- castle University and Central eﬁts. compounds could result just tious after days in the fridge and Science Laboratory, York, was Wheat bulb ﬂy and cereal such a practical, and long more effective bio-fuels to help one of 18 across the country to aphids are the top two insect awaited, solution: the develop- reduce the UKʼs dependence on be given funding by the Biotech- pests invading wheat crops. By ment of new, environmentally fossil fuels. Durham scientists ﬁght climate change nology and Biological Sciences 6 NEWS MONDAY 22 JANUARY 2007 | PALATINATE University Faith Row Reaches High Court lowed to use Student Union personal sense, but it is not a “In only allowing women to Lucinda Fenton rooms or advertise through the matter for legislative action,” join and play, they are dis- DEPUTY NEWS EDITOR Guild. he adds. criminating against men...that IN A BATTLE that is taking However the Evangelical Exeterʼs Christian Union is not is completely justiﬁed...Lots of them to the High Court, Ex- Christian Union did not simply the only one affected by such clubs and societies have condi- eterʼs Evangelical Christian agree to the Guildʼs demands action by the Studentsʼ Union. tions on membership, which is Union (ECU) and the Guild that they remove their Likewise the Christian Union at right as long as itʼs in line with of Students are ﬁghting over barriers to entry. Citing the Hu- the University of Birmingham the objects and purposes of that whether or not the ECU should man Rights Act, they believe faced a similar suspension of society. Therefore in Exeter it is be able to restrict membership that their right to Freedom of a bank account and exclusion perfectly right and reasonable to its society. Expression is being trampled from free use of student union for the Christians to want to be In a move that could have on. Committee member, Ben premises. Similar action is also led by other Christians who are an effect on Studentsʼ Unions Martin, was quoted on the BBC said to have been considered in sympathy with the vision and across the country, the Council as saying, “Going to court is the against Christian Unions at Ed- values of the society, and ex- of Exeterʼs Guild of Students last thing we want to do, but we inburghʼs Heriot-Watt Univer- tend membership to those who voted to suspend the ECU from really feel that our fundamental sity and some London medical share these common values.” the Guild last October on the freedoms of belief, association schools. He plays down, however any basis that it was not upholding and expression are being threat- The question being asked fears that this could happen in the Guildʼs policy on Equal Op- ened here.” here is whether what Exeterʼs Durham, saying that the CU portunities. Dr Rowan Williams, the Christian Union has done is dis- has, “long enjoyed a very ami- The issue comes down to Archbishop of Canterbury, has criminatory? Certainly Andrew cable relationship and we will the fact that the ECU asks all also spoken out on the matter, Walker, President of Durhamʼs continue to endeavour in the members to sign a declaration saying that while the views of Christian Union, does not think hope that this can continue into of belief, which the Guild see evangelicals on the issue of ho- so. Durham Christian Union the future.” as discriminatory because it mosexual sex may be “embar- also asks members to sign a For Exeter however, the fu- excludes non-Christians, Chris- rassing” to liberal Christians, set of beliefs, although events ture looks less rosy with neither tians not of an evangelical per- traditional values should not remain open to everyone. He the Guild nor the Christian Un- suasion and homosexuals. The be compared to holocaust de- looks to the way other societies ion ready to back down. suspension meant that the ECU nial or racial bigotry. “To chal- operate to uphold his argument. had one of their bank accounts lenge behaviour may be deeply Talking of womenʼs rugby, he The Archbishop of Canterbury steps into the row frozen, and were no longer al- unwelcome and offensive in a says: Professor appointed to look after ‘Student Experience’ Houses to Rent Professional Landlord with 5 full time qualiﬁed maintenance staff providing newly refurbished houses with Ikea furniture. All houses comply with the new UDSC SAFETY STANDARDS 2006/2007 and have: - Up to date Gas Certiﬁcate - Mains Linked Smoke Detectors - NICEIC (electrical) certiﬁcate All houses come supplied with: Burglar Alarm Washing Machine Professor Gill Nicholls (middle) Durham’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience Fridge Freezer Benjamin Andrews Royal Society of the Arts, mem- Gillʼs experience in teaching Microwave Electric shower ber of the Institute of Physics, and learning and her profes- she has also held the position sional yet personable approach Gas central heating Good sized rooms PROFESSOR GILL Nicholls of Professor of Education at the really stood out in the competi- Separate living room Dining table has been appointed as Dur- University of Surrey. tive selection process for this hamʻs ﬁrst Pro-Vice-Chancellor An expert in professional new and important role and I for Student Experience. It is a learning and science education, look forward to welcoming her All rooms are fully furnished with new beds, desks, wardrobes, position aimed at improving the Professor Nicholls has writ- to our community.” Durham student experience. ten extensively on professional The drive to combine aca- drawers etc. The role means that Profes- development in education; her demic excellence with personal sor Nicholls will be in charge most recent book being ʻThe development has always been of areas such as teaching and Challenge to Scholarshipʼ big at Durham and Alex Dun- All kitchen equipment such as Pots, Pans, Kettle, Toaster, 12 learning, quality maintenance, learning resources and delivery (2005). can, DSU President, has ex- Mugs, 12 Glasses, 12 Plates, 12 Sideplates, 12 Bowls, 12x Sir Kenneth Calman, Vice- pressed delight that steps have methods. This is also the ﬁrst Chancellor of Durham Univer- been taken to manage this most Cutlery, Cooking utensils, Chopping boards, Sharp knives etc. Pro-Vice-Chancellor who has been speciﬁcally recruited, pre- sity, with whom Professor Ni- important task: “This is great provided cholls will be working closely, news for Durham students. We vious incumbents having been has said of her appointment: now have a dedicated champion elected to the position. Professor Nicholls, who joins “At Durham the student experi- for student experience report- Professional cleaning prior to tenancy ence is a key part of our strat- ing directly to the top. Being a an already illustrious board of egy for success. 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For one, the com- kilometres, China equals the more inclined to the set ideol- me to campaign ‘yes’ to its Chinese, I want to propound the its government under the ban- munists saved mainland China fourth largest country in the ogy of being a subordinated evils. idea that China is a country mis- ner of communism. The west from Japanese occupation in the world. Bureaucracy and a poor race. China has a remarkable understood by the west. has always been hostile towards 1930’s – saved it from all the human rights’ reputation can be This needs a basic transforma- number of problems corrupting China is given the reputation communist states, be it Cuba or usual slaughter and carnage of attributed to this disconnected tion. What constitutes as nor- the country; penetrating into its of having an atrocious human North Korea. The west does not warfare. The recognition of what state of affairs and the apartheid mality in the west is in fact an judicial system, its social wel- rights’ record as well as being understand the fundamentals the communists did and what nature of the country. China can abnormality in China, and it is fare and most acutely, its gov- fundamentally undemocratic. of why a country like China is they represent is fundamentally deﬁnitely be seen as socially hard for the Chinese to accept ernment. The west, its human China is a subject which the entrenched in the ordinary Chi- apartheid, and this is why the the dictates of the west. If you rights groups and citizens will world is eager to dissect and nese person’s consciousness west’s inﬂuence is slow to ﬁlter wanted to make a conventional no doubt continue to ostracize critique – even the Durham Un- and sub-consciousness. through. Chinese person wear a mini- the aspects of China which they ion Society held a contentious There are Chinese civilians There needs to be a ﬂuid route skirt, heels and dye their hair a deem inadequate. But its inad- and lively debate on China in who, secluded in the moun- for the ﬂow of knowledge in the wild colour, then they’ll prob- equacy is because it is assessed Michaelmas term. tains, are still today worship- country for it to be fully distilled ably feel physically awkward. by and compared to the West. I am adamant that there are ping Chairman Mao for liberat- in the minds of its citizens. But If you were to enforce western What we should not forget is the few organisations and political ing the country from centuries China is like a river with many ideals of democracy and human fact that China has a unique set think tanks who truly compre- of oppression and foreign rule. dams; the knowledge which the rights onto a nation whose for- of historical circumstances and hend the nature of the China Mao died in 1976; many peas- west is passing into its stream eign policy in Tibet has received social constructs which are dif- problem. I believe that to under- ants are segregated from the is blocked before it has had a ﬁerce criticism, then you will ferent to what we consume and stand China the critic must be Can China change? rest of modern China, and the chance to be wholly absorbed. encounter the same awkward- construct here. If China cannot acquainted with the country on enormity of China’s land mass Ideology is an essential part of ness and incomprehensibility, be excused, then it should at a deep and personal level - not steeped in communism, ﬁnd- is another illness that create the Chinese people’s mentalities, and the same lack of physical least be understood. so much to the point of bias but ing it difﬁcult to extricate itself symptoms of backwardness that and the Chinese simply cannot comfort. so the critic is capable of judg- from its red past. characterize China. Its vastness live without it. Its long history I’m not making an excuse for ing with insider’s knowledge China cannot reverse its long is an enemy to communication, of oppression has meant that the China – by all means just be- Mail Alice about her latest ar- the hot-spot topic of the ‘evils’ and emotive history, and it often and an obstacle when it comes Chinese are not used to the kind cause I’m Chinese doesn’t pre- ticle and get your views heard: of modern day China. takes a Chinese critic to eluci- to implementing reforms. of lifestyle which is the social conclude some kind of heavy email@example.com One of the many misconcep- date its attachment to such a Spanning 9.6 million square norm of the west, as they are bias for the country, directing Responses may be published. Everything’s changing, but are we any cleverer? Head of History Professor Michael Prestwich comments on Durham of the past, the present and the future WHEN I came to Durham in bite-sized modules; students and lecture notes on DUO, it. In practice, one major change ent system of classiﬁcation over important part of the student 1979, the History department took four courses a year. Exams have transformed things, as has has probably been very sig- time. experience. The big change, of had given two Firsts in the pre- were very different. Back in email. niﬁcant. The introduction ﬁrst All this is likely to change course, is that none are now sin- vious decade. Nowadays, over 1979, students were faced at the A big change is that in 1979 of dissertations, and then of a again in the next few years, and gle-sex, which means far fewer 20 per cent of our students get end of their third year by eight lecturers were trusted to do their substantial amount of assessed a good thing too. Transcripts inappropriate jokes. The es- Firsts. Is it the case that students three-hour exams, which cov- job effectively. That changed, work has made an enormous which give a good picture of sence of the collegiate system, have become much cleverer, or ered all their work in the second as ‘quality assurance’ came in. difference. how someone has done would though, has remained. have there been such improve- and third years. There were no Modules needed to be validat- Word-processing means that be far better than the simple Have the students really ments in teaching that results assessed essays; everything ed, pro-formas had to be ﬁlled today’s essays are much more classiﬁcation of the present de- changed much over the years? are so much better? Or is that, hinged on those exams. There in setting out ‘learning out- impressive in some ways; foot- gree system. They didn’t drink more in the as suggested in The Times re- wasn’t even a dissertation. To- comes’. Students were invited notes were unknown in the stu- In Durham, colleges matter. I past, but some were perhaps cently, in the past the lecturers day’s students would ﬁnd all to comment on their lecturers in dent essays of the 1980s. Now, less serious. I taught for a time were too grand to teach, and the that a struggle. questionnaires (History was the some dissertations are virtually at St. Andrews, and there they students too drunk to learn? Compare that with the situation ﬁrst department to do this). of publishable quality. Much of used to sing ‘The animals came When I started teaching here, today, when only one of my col- Teaching staff began to go to the assessed work that forms in two by two’ as the academic most academics wore tweed leagues is ever seen in a jacket, each other’s lectures, to com- such a substantial part of to- procession entered the hall for jackets and ties, unless they and even he does not often wear ment and even perhaps criticize. day’s degrees is of a far higher degree ceremonies. That would were in Sociology. They were a tie. There are seminars, rather Departments were subjected to a standard than those three hour be unimaginable today, much certainly not grand, with one than tutorials. They are much process of regular review. New exams in the past. as I would like to see it happen. possible exception who thought less frequent, and usually have lecturers were made to go on There’s no denying, however, In many ways life has become he was. Students were seen in at least ten students in them. In courses to learn how to teach. that there has been grade inﬂa- harder. There are more ﬁnancial weekly or fortnightly tutori- the old days, the ratio of staff to Academics who didn’t want to tion, and quite rightly so. It was worries for students. Constant als, with no more than three students in History was about teach became experts in telling ludicrous that it was almost im- assessment has its downside; in a group. Presentations were one to twelve; it’s double that others how to do it, and a new possible to get a ﬁrst in History the pressure takes its undoubted unknown. Lecturers had no dif- these days. This means that lec- type of administrator emerged, in Durham in the 1970s. toll. ﬁculty knowing the names of turers have to spend more time expert in all the complex proc- In many ways it’s unfortunate Modern day students aids Students may not be cleverer, those they were teaching, and marking, as against face-to-face esses that went to make up the that lines have to be drawn at but as technology has devel- with an intake of not much than teaching. ‘quality’ agenda. all, and it’s true that the propor- remember being asked a week oped, so they have acquired new ﬁfty a year, students all knew They ﬁnd it increasingly hard Did all this really improve tion of those getting ﬁrsts today after the start of my ﬁrst term in skills, and the standard of work each other. to identify students, but in con- teaching, or did it just create is approaching the proportion of Durham whether I could yet tell has surely improved. For all the There were few lecturing aids; trast to the past, will probably jobs? The evidence of those de- those who obtained 2:1 degrees simply by looking at a student changes, one thing will remain; you would be lucky to have an expect to be called by their gree results might suggest that in the past. It’s not that students which college they came from. Durham was a ﬁne university overhead projector, much less a ﬁrst names. A lot has changed it really did enhance the quality are much cleverer, or much bet- Well, I still can’t do that, but when I came here, it still is, and slide projector. There were no with technology. Powerpoint, of higher education, but I doubt ter taught; it’s become a differ- colleges have remained a very it will surely stay that way. 8 COMMENT MONDAY 22 JANUARY 2007 | PALATINATE Forget the future, live Sun-tanning in the in the past winter sun Deva Scott explains why we choose to delude Alison Boyes ponders the energy crisis and ourselves at university when the adult world is offers solutions as well as warnings just around the corner CHRISTMAS SHRIMPS on natural part of our lives. We’re of a crisis. As long as oil com- the BBQ anyone? hardly going to revert back to panies are making record proﬁts Many bookies were offer- ponies and traps, and consider from rising demand and uncer- ing the longest ever odds on a a horse-drawn trip to the next tain supply, they’re unlikely to white Christmas this year and village ten miles down the road, back funding long-term alter- with the rate of climate change as our ancestors did. The yearly increasing at such an alarming sun, sea and sand package has rate, we could soon be slapping become so accessible that it’s on the sunscreen and replacing hard to see where we might It seems that big the traditional Christmas din- cut down on ﬂights. Of course businesses al- ner round the ﬁre with a garden this country’s dismal rail sys- party. Global warming, along tem doesn’t help matters, with ways emerge as with the ensuing energy crisis, domestic ﬂights often proving the proﬁteer of a is shaping up to be one of the cheaper than trains. crisis biggest issues of our time. So, dismissing abstinence from Air trafﬁc, which currently ﬂying as a solution, what other accounts for just 5% of carbon options are in the mix? emissions, is rapidly increasing Spain is leading the way natives. Just as pharmaceuti- and is expected to account for with its wind proponents. The cal companies prefer to invest Is this what we are doing to ourselves in order to shy away from adult responsibility? 2/3 of UK carbon target emis- number of wind-powered elec- in treatments to keep us alive, ONCE YOU reach the age of gia disappeared a split second ago. As a result of higher edu- tricity turbines snaking across using their drugs rather than in- eighteen, you are legally consid- later as my nostrils ﬁlled with cation becoming increasingly the peninsula would have Don vesting in a cure. ered to be an adult, but despite the smell of cigarette smoke common place, it is no longer Quixote shaking in his boots. When fossil fuels do eventu- this scientists say that the hu- and alcohol. But I couldn’t good enough to simply have a Ryan Air recently But here, the countryside army ally run out, will energy com- man brain is not fully developed help wondering if that was it. degree. Far from it. You need compounded en- and the usual barrage of bird- panies suddenly reveal some until we are 24. We may be al- Were the Backstreet Boys and a top degree and a string of lovers say wind-turbines kill ‘new’ source they’ve devel- lowed to vote, own property and Lambrini really to be the bench impressive extracurricular ac- vironmentalist’s thousands of birds and ruin the oped, patented and monopo- have access to huge interest free marks of my foray into the tivities with which to wow your fears by refusing peace and quiet. lized as the latest money-spin- overdrafts, but since the regions grown-up world? future employers. In fact, em- The looming energy crisis, ner? Until the last traces of oil of the brain which deal with Perhaps we are entitled to ployers practically deem “run- to take the mat- especially given added pres- have been pumped out of the processing the consequences hold onto the remnants of our ning the college bar” or “cap- ter seriously sures from politically unstable earth, new energy strategies of our actions do not fully de- childhood, to bask in this pe- taining the lax team, Dahling” energy-producing countries in that might force oil companies velop until our mid-twenties, culiar mélange of maturity and to be more important than your Latin America, the Middle East to relinquish their aggressive we are supposedly less likely to immaturity. I for one am eager class of degree in a world where and India and China is an area price increases may be being think through the consequences to continue shirking the respon- CVs boasting three As and 2:1 sions by 2050. Ryan Air recent- where the environmental battle concealed. of our actions and hence more sibilities of adult life, as frankly are ten a penny. ly compounded environmental- could be won or lost. Searching Meanwhile, energy-saving ini- prone to behave irrationally and adult life has never been so Sadly, the struggle doesn’t end ists’ fears by refusing to take the for more oil or coal is a half- tiatives are cropping up all over irresponsibly. scary. Moving out and embark- there. Once you have gradu- matter seriously. The Executive baked solution, and only seems the place. The latest offering I think it’s safe to say that we ated and succeeded in ﬁnding a Director Michael O’Leary at- to be putting off the inevitable from Canada was to take one in Durham retain a signiﬁcant job, you will have the pleasure tacked calls to introduce taxes crisis when fossil fuels will short shower a week instead of degree of childishness. In our of trying to get your foot onto on airlines to help cut carbon run out. The result will be, and a bath. Simple yet effective, if ﬁrst term we are eager to en- I for one am ea- the property ladder. Long gone emissions as ‘environmental we’ve heard it all before, ac- anybody took any notice. One joy all that marks us out to be are the good old days when claptrap’, claiming the low- celerated global warming, ris- thing is certain though, planes adults, or perhaps, to fully take ger to continue you could still buy a house for budget carrier was one of the ing sea levels and mass coastal will not be grounded, and de- advantage of our “adult” free- shirking the £80,000. Today the average most environmentally-friendly ﬂooding. spite possible ticket-price mark dom in any way that we please, graduate leaves university with in Europe. Environmentalists Britain’s best brains, seeing ups, the number of ﬂights is ex- whilst avoiding responsibility. responsibilities a whopping twenty thousand beg to differ and say we must no realistic alternative, have pected to keep on climbing. So We choose to leave our summa- of adult life pounds’ worth of debt and is stop using so much energy. virtually committed us to a just what will it take to get us to tive essays until the night be- faced with house prices averag- A recent conference in Af- vastly expensive nuclear power listen to our rainbow-jerseyed fore they are due, overload our ing £172,065. Scarily, the aver- rica saw scientists and envi- program. It seems bewildering friends of the earth? Petrol pric- livers with ridiculous amounts age graduate salary is £21,000, ronmentalists from around the then to read that across the At- es exceeding £1 a litre? Need- of alcohol and come crawling ing upon a degree, which is which isn’t much when you globe meet to ﬁnd solutions to lantic, Brazil is on the verge of ing to wear Wellington boots in home at 4am when we have a more expensive than it has ever consider the astronomical costs this rapidly growing problem. self sufﬁciency through devel- the living room? lecture at 9. been, forces you to ask some of owning the roof over your Among their conclusions was oping fuels made from plants. By the time we get around to But this is Durham, one of the terrifying questions: where and head. the suggestion that we drasti- No-one doubts there is an en- listening, we may well be cele- most prestigious universities in what are £9000 and three years You could blame our behav- cally reduce air travel. Yet, this ergy crisis, with unprecedented brating Christmas in shorts and Britain. Would you expect child- of my life going to get me? iour on any of the following conference saw several hundred consequences on our earth, but t-shirts under the blazing sun... ish behaviour to be anything but What on earth will a degree in reasons; a nostalgic yearning people ﬂown in from around somehow there’s a feeling we second nature to the academic anthropology, classics, or phi- to re-live our childhood days the world. Anyone ever heard are being told a half-truth. The Mail Alison about her article at crème de la crème of eighteen losophy equip me to do in the when we didn’t have to worry of videophone? The fact that more cynical among us must be firstname.lastname@example.org to twenty-three year olds in the real world? I think it was when about debt, council tax, mort- the shear hypocrisy of their wondering what are we not be- Responses may be published. UK today? Take for example I spotted the Milkround stand gages and graduate umemploy- suggestion does not seem to ing told? our bizarre preoccupation with at the Freshers’ Fair that I real- ment, a series of complex neu- have occurred to the organisers It seems that big businesses dressing up (be it as Village ised that I wouldn’t be able to rological processes or perhaps shows how travel has become a always emerge as the proﬁteer People, Smurfs or even sperm) avoid these dreaded questions simply escapism. Call it what and the soft spot we have for for much longer. It hit me that you will, but can you blame us singing derogatory songs which in three years’ time I would be for wanting to spend our eve- are little better than playground competing against a couple of nings drunkenly dancing the chants. million twenty-somethings with Macarena? Not to mention the cheesiest a BA or Bsc tacked onto the end and most childish nights out in of their names. existence. The ﬁrst time I went Currently over two and a quar- Mail Deva about her article at to Klute, I was overwhelmed by ter million students are enrolled email@example.com the feeling that I was 10 again at universities in the UK, com- Responses may be published. and it was the end-of-term disco pared with a mere one million, in the assembly hall. My nostal- six hundred thousand ten years Ryan Air are not the only ones ﬂying out of control PALATINATE | MONDAY 22 JANUARY 2007 COMMENT 9 ‘An explosion of antipathy’ Deputy Comment Editor Joe Cookson responds to Ben Halfpenny’s article on Family policy from December MY ARTICLE published in or his geographic area of resi- A well-expressed criticism was those who are from single-par- compared with one in twelve doesn’t like the news, the obser- November received a great deal dence, it stepped backwards that there was no evidence for ent families and have made it married couples. Traditional vations exempliﬁed in today’s of scrutiny, support and criti- from rather depressing personal any of what was said. Where to Durham, or Oxbridge, or any marital relationships thus offer remarks are not what one wish- cism, not always in equal meas- experience and highlighted are the ﬁgures to support what other University for that matter, a stability that other types of es to express, but they must be ure. A huge number of people some general problems which bonds can reproduce in only a expressed concisely for public have expressed sentiment cor- curse British family policy. tiny minority of instances. information. The sheer consist- responding to my own, whilst What many students who have It is an inconvenient truth that ency with which the response to a substantial majority acknowl- approached me concerning my a child’s life chances degrade my article interpolated, engag- edged that attempting to pursue views should realise, is that their immediately upon the break- ing in a deliberate falsiﬁcation remedies to problems which comparative comfort and mate- down of a union between a man of what has been written took have long been ignored by our rial afﬂuence, is not reﬂected so and a woman, as children from my breath away to the extent society is a valuable undertak- consistently here in the North, broken homes are twice as like- that this rebuttal of its continu- ing. and that classical Southern up- ly to have behavioural problems ous misrepresentation of my po- Solutions are never going to bringings, from which many and seventy percent more likely sition could have continued ad be universally effective or uni- of you have beneﬁted, contrast to be drug addicts. The cost of inﬁnitum. versally popular, and so to any- strongly with what one experi- family breakdown stands at £20 Despite this, it is not my ex- body who read my oeuvre and ences in the still numerous ne- billion per annum, with a bleak pectation that even a substantial felt it contrary to their personal glected regions of the UK. picture painted by the, I would minority of people should agree experience, then my apologies Perhaps I expressed myself suggest most striking, fact that with my quite-brutal methods abound. However, Mr Halfpen- with a degree of ineptitude seventy percent of young of- of suppressing this problem, but ny’s very subjective accusations in my initial comments, but I fenders come from lone-parent it is my desire that individuals concerning the elements of the had no desire to ‘attack’ single Young Offenders on the rampage families. should recognise the direction column which addressed single- parents, who are perfectly able your argument contemplates, are most probably exceptions It is perhaps prudent at this in which we are travelling, and parent families, I felt illustrated individuals in abundant atypi- came the cry. So, even though that prove the rule. juncture to express one’s in- how we need to turn around my assertions strongly. cal scenarios, or suggest that it contradicts the traditionally May I make it clear, that it is tense dislike for such statistics, abruptly. Burying our heads in Written objectively, my ar- women should be paid less for polemic nature of political com- my objective to ﬁnd a way in but we should also harbour a the sand shall decrease every- ticle tried to dispel emotional the same jobs. ment, here we are. which life for single parents displeasure with the individuals body’s prospects and subse- connection from what was said, It is clearly the case, however, Despite my reservations about who are currently raising chil- who continue to paint modern quent quality of life. whereas the response was writ- that encouraging thousands the consistent use of statistics dren can be made easier and Britain as a sea of tranquillity, ten in an impassioned and mis- of women to become builders to explain away ludicrous theo- more comfortable, the goal is a plainly erroneous standpoint. Mail Joe about his articles and guided fashion. In any debate instead of beauticians is a mis- ries, the numbers to show that certainly not stigmatism. Our society possesses internal make your views heard: keeping personal experience guided undertaking, and that single parenthood, speaking Having stated all of this, we problems of stark dimensions, firstname.lastname@example.org from affecting rational judg- merging the lines which deﬁne in percentages and reasonably must recognise that marriage and these need to be dealt with Responses may be published. ment is crucial. This is where our sexes is foolish, especially ambiguously, is detrimental to has to be saved from it’s pre- promptly, addressed with the Ben falls down. in a ﬁeld such as differences in a child’s well-being are now dicament because one in two most heightened of urgencies. The commentary was not career opportunities and subse- submitted for your assessment. cohabiting couples split up be- It is not constructive to shoot speaking of his circumstances, quently employment sectors. I wish to stress with priority that fore their child’s ﬁfth birthday, the messenger just because one Drop your coat, you haven’t pulled Stevie Martin discusses the love-hate relationship women have with continuous male attention THE OTHER day against my male race. us constantly trapped in a vor- examples of male virility are ac- better judgement, I decided Upon being greeted by a group tex of inescapable lechery, un- quainted with the facially chal- to venture out and satisfy the of friendly looking male chip- able to even contribute towards lenged pervert I encountered at overwhelming urge that had supervisors, I ordered my food the salvation of homeless chil- the bar in Studio the other week seemingly taken control of me. and was immediately asked my dren. I tried this a few days ago who asked my breasts if they This should have been a sim- name. Okay so this isn’t exactly and after apologising that no, I wanted a drink. ple affair: walk in, order chips, rape, and no I didn’t glare icily couldn’t give £20 a week but Perhaps if I stopped running wait three seconds while chips but told him the required infor- yes, I would peruse the website, in terror from sleazy men and are extracted from the vat of mation in an effort to appear was asked if I’d like to go out stood still long enough I would dubious-looking grease, com- equally friendly, and also to for a drink sometime. ﬁnd myself completely covered plete the ﬁnancial transaction, ensure that nobody spat in my Here was a guy who actu- in thirty ﬁve year old inbreds. smother said chips in the garlic meal. ally used homeless children I wish I had some way that fe- sauce possibly created by Sa- ‘Oh, that’s a really pretty as a way of getting laid. Or at males can stop this constant tan, and then leave. name.’ Well if we’re being hon- least, hydrated. Did he actually onslaught of sexual innuendo, Perverts on the prowl Unfortunately, this innocent est here, it conjures up images think that those twenty seconds but on the other hand, if we had quest for hideously unhealthy of successful black, blind soul we spent together would be suf- the chance to never get a wolf- versation’ to our chests. At- when the soup scalds your carbohydrates became yet an- singers in shades, but putting ﬁcient enough for me to decide whistle from a weirdo again... tempting to assert their mas- tongue (or gets in compromis- other example of the sexual this harmless attempt at ﬂirta- I fancied him loads and was up would we take it? culinity, they are, whether we ing positions with your best harrassement a weary female tion down to the crazed chip-in- for a date? I did reprimand the guy wear- want them to or not, conﬁrm- friend) a glass of wine does like myself has to endure on a duced glint in my eyes it wasn’t In an attempt to assert their ing the attractive hat, but if I’m ing our femininity, and this is a wonders for the ego. daily basis. till the leering “Are these chips masculinity, to prove to them- honest, I was having a really good thing. So next time you are informed Before I continue I would like for you and your boyfriend?” selves and their friends that horrendous day and the encoun- A ridiculous chat-up line from to get your coat due to having to clarify a few things; ﬁrstly, question was casually thrown in they are capable of, ahem, ter cheered me up considerably; a facially challenged oddball is pulled, don’t smash your glass I am by no means the clone of that I got irritated. picking up ‘chicks’, a phrase I doubt there is a girl out there a small breath of fresh air, the over his head. Roll your eyes Keira Knightley and therefore At this point I didn’t have to that I once overheard being who thinks a harmless pick-up equivalent of having a glass of and feel both the boost to your this isn’t some beautiful per- think of something incredibly used in the Swan and Three. I line or an appreciative whistle is wine; it’s harmless, it’s sort of self esteem and the secret joy son’s vanity project wherein witty and sarcastic to say, be- was about to point out to my a humungous blow to their self nice, it makes you feel better that a) you’re not his signiﬁ- I “moan” about how “awful” cause the chips had been set friend that nobody has ‘picked esteem, even if it does come but it’s not something you want cant other and b) that you aren’t being constantly ogled is, and down and my £2.50 left spin- up chicks’ since around 1955 from a thirty-ﬁve year old who to experience every minute of invisible to the male race. Ad- secondly, neither am I a femi- ning on the counter. This kind until I noticed that the two men married his sister. every day. ditionally, it would be a good nist with an aversion to hair of situation, however, happens in question were casually ﬂick- Despite the initial irritation we Sometimes you want to drink idea to move away relatively removal. With my status as the every single day. ing through the DUCK Naked should be thankful at not being something a little mnourishing quickly in the event of said per- ‘everywoman’ established, I My theory is that males are calendar, and not in the jokey, able to discuss our overdrafts at like a cup-o-soup (or that in- vert considering himself to be would like to now justify my ir- ruthless and unstoppable in their ironic way either. Natwest without some young credibly hot specimen in your ‘in there’. ritation with the majority of the quest for female ﬂesh, leaving I’m presuming these dashing superviser ‘making polite con- philosophy lectures, but then 10 Advert MONDAY 22 JANUARY 2007 | PALATINATE PALATINATE | MONDAY 22 JANUARY 2007 FEATURES 11 FEATURES 11 WHAT’S ON 24 FILM 22 MUSIC 20 BOOKS 23 WHAT’S ON FEATURES FILM Palatinate takes a look behind Art Soc’s latest collaborative project Page 16 Former Durham student and the face behind the Eden Project, Tim Smit talks to Palatinate about his time at the university and life beyond (FRONT PHOTO: OLLIE KING) 12 ADVERT MONDAY 22 JANUARY 2007 | PALATINATE ion s in the Un Saturday revolver m 10pm-2a s) aka Concept ho p, Dam ( the Student S or Tickets from and o n the do ) S), £2.50(GC £4, £3.50(NU Be nice January 20th February 17th ...with live set from revolver ...with live set from Shiny Toy Guns favourites SixNationSate (many millions of plays With support from the Lurios on myspace!) www.myspace.com/ www.myspace.com/shinytoyguns PALATINATE | MONDAY 22 JANUARY 2007 NEWS 13 The Genesis of Eden Features Editor Katherine Baker talks to Tim Smit about his unique journey from Durham University to the Eden Project Scrambling to the top of As a student in the 1970’s Heligan which rapidly grew the transparent biomes as you could still go to pubs to become one of Britain’s if auditioning for the next and drink with the min- most popular botanical James Bond ﬁlm, Tim Smit ers, I came back to Durham gardens. was given the opportunity four years ago and it has It was whilst working on to survey the culmination all changed. It seems more these gardens that Smit of his years of hard work poncey now.” developed a taste for reju- and sheer ambition. Having to cope with the venating derelect land sites Clinging to the ropes that increasing costs of living for and creating biodiversity, a keep him from falling, as students, Smit started what taste which was to inspire part of a charity fundrais- was intended to be a quick the germination of the ing challenge, the former money making scheme, but Eden Project. Durham University and in reality ended up shaping “It developed like a gue- Hatﬁeld College student his early career. rilla movement. I put out was able to view his mas- “I saw an advert asking feelers to those I already terful creation, the Eden for bands to play at college knew who could be inter- Project, from a whole new balls. Being so skint, Charlie ested in the project, and perspective. Skarbek, a fellow Hatﬁeld they in turn spoke to those student, and I created a they knew. rock band called Cubes. We were meeting in pubs “I came back to We made a good living to discuss our plans. Once out of it whilst at universtiy, we had reached a critical Durham 4 years and decided that we were mass the project was born. ago, it seems something rather special. It’s like Tinkerbell, every- An insiders view of the tropical dome at the Eden Project in Cornwall Having toured the North one has to believe in it for more poncey East playing various gigs, it to exist. This is how magic project has two fundat- Ideally I want the Eden Being so green-ﬁngered, now” we ventured to London. happens. mental aims. Firstly to make Project to become the most it comes as no surprise that We had surprising luck people feel optimistic and important building of the Tim Smit is an avid sup- and had the opportunity secondly to make people 21st century. I want it to be porter of calls for people to Whilst The Eden Project to work with artists such “There is nothing appreciate their surround- a centre for important dis- become more environmen- may be the ﬂagship of as Twiggy, the Nolan Sis- Smit’s enterprises, it is just ters and Barry Manalow. sadder than a 50 ings and the relationship cussions.” tally sustainable. that exists between people When asked by Palatinate “The evidence that hu- one of his many surprising We even worked on a song something year and plants. who the project was aimed mans have had a hand in achievements. with Louise Tucker called, Since his days as an An- ‘Midnight Blue’ that sold old trying to act “I want people to be im- at, Smit proudly said: global warming is incontro- mersed in plants like they “It is aimed at me. So long vertible. Those who doubt thropology and Archaeol- over 7 million copies.” cool” have never been before. as you are not a freak, bas- this are a complete waste ogy student, his career has With 7 platinum records The project is not aimed ing something on your of space. been nothing less than col- under their belts, the band at preaching to the public, personally interests means Humans are used to slow ourful and varied. On leav- was wound up. The project is a clear indi- but rather at offering them that millions of other peo- changes, so it will be inter- ing university he launched “I fell out of love with the cator of how ordinary peo- an opportunity to admire ple will like it too. esting to see how we can himself successfully into a music business, but not with ple can become more than their surroundings. adapt once the changes be- musical career only to opt music. There is nothing sad- a sum of their individual By coming to the Eden come exponential. out of this in favour of der than 50 something year parts.” Project I hope that people I have always been green, more leafy prospects. olds trying to act cool, and I The project cost £130 mil- “It’s like Tinker- will ﬁnd themselves fas- yet like most people I am Yet the former Durham should know seeing as I am lion to get off the ground, cinated with the natural fabulously hypocritical. student has not forgotten now of that age.” but the money raised world within the domes, bell, everyone Everyone slips, but I try to his student days. With his musical past through national lottery has to believe in and then pay more atten- be as sustainable as I can.“ “I have great memories behind him, but not al- grants and sponsorship, tion to the natural world it for it to exist” Smit’s sustainable ways of my time at Durham. I together forgotten, Tim was enough to convert a on the exterior. Many peo- have also rubbed off on his forged great friendships, Smit started to develop his derelict china claypit into ple fail to realise how de- Eden Project. From its early and I am still in contact green ﬁngers. one of Britain’s most visited pendent human civilisation days, the site has opted with a surprising number Moving to Cornwall, he attractions. is upon plants. If you aim it at a mythical to follow a Neutral Waste of them. created the Lost Gardens of Smit believes that the public, you have no guar- Policy that aims to increase antees that anyone will ﬁt the amount the centre re- the stereotype.” cylces and reduce its over- Since opening to the all waste. The waste sent public in March 2001, The to land-ﬁll sites is weighed Eden Project has gone from and the equivalent weight strength to strength. In of recylced goods is then its ﬁrst year alone it had bought. The key to sustain- 1.8 million visitors walk able living, believes Smit, is through the door. good organisation. “We had to deliberately Having climbed to the not advertise during the top of his creation, able to ﬁrst year so that the visi- look down on all that he tor numbers would drop had achieved, Smit said, down to a more manage- “Whilst at university I had able level. We now have an no idea what I wanted to average of 1.2 million visi- be. I ﬁrmly believe that suc- tors a year and welcomed cessful people only become out 8 millionth visitor early a success once they have this year.” stopped worrying and have And there is nothing to learnt to trust their intui- suggest that this interest in tion. You just need to go for the unique biomes is set to it. Despite his unquestion- tail off anytime soon. Year able success, Smit conclud- upon year the percentage ed, “Realistically though, I of returning visitors in- looked like a middle aged creases. In 2001 it was 15 bloke, out of condition, on Tim Smit, the face behind the Eden Project “The Jungle” at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Mevagissey in per cent, but now the ﬁg- top of a bit of plastic.” Cornwall ure is closer to 34 per cent. 14 CENTRE SPREAD MONDAY 22 JANUARY 2007 | PALAT A Life Outside? Features Editor Katherine Baker attempts to break down the barriers between students and the outside world. How much do you know about the area in which you go to university? Most of us students tend to ignore the wider world that lurks byeyond the boundaries clearly marked out by the Viaduct, Maiden Castle and Gilesgate, in favour of familiar territories and familiar friends. I propose this: Maybe it is time for us to take these friends out of Durham and embark upon a mission of exploration. The Epiphany term, notorious for stress, dissertations, science exams, and summative essays galore, is now getting underway. This is surely a better time than any to shirk the stress, take a break and burn off all that comfort food. There are so many great places to discover, whether you are yearning for a traditional Sunday lunch in a quiet country pub, or you fancy conquering a nearby castle, it can all be done with just a quick train, bus or car ride. Whether you have a few hours to spare or a whole day, there are much better offers out there than an afternoon on the sofa watching Neighbours, Doctors and Murder She Wrote! Give it a try... TINATE | MONDAY 22 JANUARY 2007 CENTRE SPREAD 15 Further Aﬁeld Lindisfarne: High Force Lindisfarne Boasting an 11th century Benedictine priory and a 16th century castle, Lindisfarne is a perfectly tranquil and picturesque island, steeped in history. Its coastal walks, and hill top views are quite unparalled, whilst the quaint coffee shops and pubs serve to rejuvenate the tired explorer. Accessible via a causeway that emerges from the North Sea twice a day, Lindisfarne can be reached in a car, following the A1 to Beal, and subsequent signs. Alternatively trains run from Durham to Berwick-Upon-Tweed, and the bus routes 505/515 run between this train station and Beal. High Force: As England’s highest unbroken waterfall, surrounded by beautiful woodland walks High Force offers a perfect opportunity to escape the city and relax amidst nature. The River Tees gushes down the 21 metre drop into the plunge pool below, and can be accessed eas- ily via a half mile woodland walk. If a wooded stroll takes it out of you, the Rose and Crown pub in Romaldkirk is the perfect place to recharge the batteries. High Force can only really be accessed by car. Head out of Durham towards Bishop Auk- land and take the B6277. High Force is signposted to the left approximately 4 miles from Middleton-in-Teeside. Seaham Beach: Known as the North Gateway to the North East’s picturesque beaches, Seaham’s beautiful sandy shoreline is an area of national conservation. It provides the perfect setting, whether you want to read a book whilst listening to the lapping of the waves, or enjoy a traditional English day at the seaside with friends. Seaham Beach holds the UK award for the highest water quality standards, so hypothermia aside, there is no need to fear a quick dip. Seaham is easily accessible by car and bus. When traveling by car take the A690 to Sunder- land, and follow the signs to Seaham To take a bus, catch either the 154. 220 or 222 services departing from Durham Bus Station. Alnwick Castle Alnwick Castle: Providing the dramatic setting for ﬁlms such as Harry Potter and Elizabeth, and the comedy satire Blackadder, Alnwick castle certainly has a great deal to offer. Alnwick ﬁrst appears in the history books from 1039, and has been home to the Earls of Northumbria, the Percys since 1309. Second only to Windsor as the largest lived in castle in England, Alnwich pro- vides the intrepid explorer with much to discover. To reach the castle by road take the A1 north to Alnwick and follow the signs to Alnwich Town Centre. Once in the town centre follow signs to the castle. The castle is also accessible via the 505 and 515 bus Arriva bus services from Newcastle. Seaham Beach Closer to Home Baltic Gallery Baltic Gallery: The Angel Standing proud on the banks of the Tyne, the Baltic Gallery is the hub of artistic expression in the North East. This term the featured exhibitions include “The G Word”, a showcase of the dynamic works of North East grafﬁti artists, and “Working Class Hero”, an audio visual portrait of John Lennon, by Candice Breitz. With free admission there is really no excuse not to have a look. The Biscuit factory, one of the biggest art stores selling contemporary art is also one not to be missed. Both are easily to get to, using either buses or trains from Durham to Newcastle. The Ideal Country Pub Lunch: Dunn Cow Inn If you fancy getting out of the city but have a tight time limit, County Durham has an array of different pubs and restaurants that can offer tempting competition to your mum’s Sun- day roast. Visit the Dunn Cow Inn at Sedgeﬁeld to dine in Tony Blair’s local where he enter- tained the infamous Bush, or The Angel at Corbridge for a meal in style. Alternatively, even closer to home are the Stonebridge Inn in Nevilles Cross, and Manor House Inn at Carterway Heads, both offering a delightfully refreshing change from college food. The Angel of the North: As one of the most viewed works of art in the world, the Angel of the North towers high above Gateshead. It is thought to been seen by 90,000 people a day as they cruise up and down the A1, but few actually stop to take a closer look. Built as a celebration of the areas industrial heritage, and made from 200 tonnes of Raby Castle and weathering steal, the 20 metre high Angel is easily accessible. Deer Park On a shopping trip to the Metrocentre, why not turn off the A1M taking the exist for Gateshead South and spend half an hour wandering around this magniﬁcent sculpture. Alternatively you can catch any of the following bus services from Durham Bus Station: 21, 21A, 21B, 724 and 728. Raby Castle and Deer Park: With 200 acres of park home to red and fallow deer, this fourteenth century castle offers a unique experience. The castle itself is home to a grand collection of tapestries, paintings and porcelain wares, whilst the eighteenth century walled ornamental gardens and park provide ample space to wander and forget the stresses of essay deadlines. Raby Castle is easy to reach in a car, by taking the A1M South to junction 60. Then follow Angel of the North the A68 to West Auckland, and Raby Castle is on the right. 16 FEATURES MONDAY 22 JANUARY 2007 | PALATINATE A Hole Different Kind of Art Deputy Features Editor Victoria Noble speaks to Arts Society’s Chris Bardo about their latest interactive project ‘Put it in the Hole’. WHILST WANDERING AROUND blank piece of A5 card. These Creative Ofﬁcer Chris Bardo, it at the imagination of your ing ‘exposed’. to home, the exhibition could Elvet Riverside last term you are located in various places: is clear that this exciting project housemate, rowing buddy, or Similar projects rippled out turn into a bizarre game of may have noticed a poster or (in fact you’re probably stand- will produce thought-provok- even your other half. from this original abstract idea. ‘Guess Who?’ ballot box sporting the slogan ing right by one now if you’ve ing results. He tells Palatinate: For example, The Royal College Complete anonymity is guar- ‘Put it in the Hole’. Maybe you just collected your copy of Pa- ‘The Arts Society want to paint of Art holds a ‘Secret Art’ ex- anteed, so if you’re hesitating, took part. Maybe you ran away in a scared, confused latinate) Elvet Riverside 1; the library canteen or the River- a portrait of Durham students, and the most accurate way “It seems that hibition every November, and unlike Huebler’s word-based Arts Society can assure that no one will ﬁnd out how you’ve manner. If the latter, then you side Cafe. Now it’s time for the is to use a more conceptual lots of students project, people can choose any never actually read a book for probably got the wrong end of creative bit, and don’t worry if method and have the students method to express their secrets that English Lit module, or that the stick, as these oddly-titled you’re artistically challenged; do it themselves.’ Once all ‘Put have got their – as long as it ﬁts on a postcard. you secretly love college food. posters are all part of Durham Arts Society’s new project. you don’t have to be Da Vinci to take part. it in the Hole’ boxes have been emptied towards the end of creative hats on Last November saw the 13th exhibition of its kind with 2500 Well, if, as my feeble offerings demonstrate, you’re feeling As the only creative universi- this term, the Arts Society exec already” contributions from the col- uninspired, you can check out ty outlet for budding Durham will gather all the contribu- lege’s art students and recent some sample ideas from an artists, the 120-member soci- ety usually spend their time “Become part of tions and display them in the Fonteyn Ballroom. Overall the effect will be a bi- graduates, as well as famous artists (such as Damien Hirst) American blog-based version of this project at postsecret. on trips to art galleries like the the biggest piece The ﬁnal layout, however, zarre bazaar of mini-artworks, and other celebrities. After a blogspot.com. Baltic in Newcastle, or in life remains undecided. Depend- compelling to look at, but, as week of viewing, the public drawing sessions. However, in of conceptual art ing on the volume and types of Chris openly admits, ‘not en- could purchase these postcards “The Arts Society a new experiment, they are to ever hit entries received, the ‘Durham tirely original’. The idea for £35 each - a bargain if you trying out an abstract creation secrets’ will form a wall mon- was inspired by a variety of end up with a genuine Tracey expect the end by the students, for the stu- Durham” tage, or perhaps even stretch previous works, primarily Emin creation. Or perhaps a dents. to a chess board-effect on Douglas Huebler’s innovative slighty-overpriced effort from creation to be a ‘Put it in the Hole’ is an on- the ﬂoor. Either way, the Art Variable Piece 4. In 1968 this one of the institution’s under- going interactive project that The idea is to anonymously Society expect the end crea- American conceptual artist graduates... ‘social piece’ that will take place throughout this express a single secret on the tion to be interesting ‘social asked visitors to an exhibition Proving a popular hit every holds up a mirror term. The end result will be a card - be it trivial or profound, piece’ that holds up a mirror in New York to anonymously year, gallery-goers enjoy spec- massive exhibition in the DSU’s simple or surreal, cryptic or to student life Durham. Also, write down one authentic se- ulating on exactly which artis- to life in Durham” Fonteyn Ballroom, with a di- explicit. And you can use any as Chris explains, ‘the work will cret on a piece of paper. Five tic impression belongs to the verse range of works aiming to method you like, from a col- be displayed alongside other years and 1800 secrets later, a inner workings of the more So whether you decide on reﬂect how Durham students lage of magazine cuttings to separate artworks by Durham book was compiled, bursting famous participants, like Ken a simple splash of colour, fa- express inner thoughts, se- photography. You could spend students, making this event with random thoughts, revela- Loach, James Dyson or Manolo vourite quotation or quirky cret concerns and life musings one minute doodling between the ultimate artistic reﬂection tions and musings: from ‘Once Blahnik. Perhaps the painting photograph – as long as it re- through artistic measures. Still lectures, or weeks perfecting of the university!’ I ate 1000 Brussel Sprouts’ to ‘I of calm, serene coastal scen- ﬂects your inner mood, sub- confused? Read on... your ﬁnal piece, but when It seems that lots of students used to write my own porno- ery? Or the political rant an- mit it - it’ll end up in the ex- Firstly, for this artistic venture you’re done creating, put your have got their creative hats on graphic novels in Junior High grily scribbled in pencil? hibition. And in a world where to even reach exhibition stage, secret in the box (or in the Arts already, as many entries have School’. The sheer volume of Similarly in the Durham-scale most people can keep tabs on it will require participation Soc pigeon hole at the DSU), been submitted since the ar- contributors and shock-value version, perhaps part of the nearly every move you make from as many people as possi- and feel safe in the knowledge rival of the boxes on 24th of of some revelations was as- fun will be spotting your own (Does ‘Joe Bloggs has written ble. Yourself included. So what that you’ve become part of the November. Above, you can see tounding. It seemed like peo- secret amidst the hundreds of on your wall. 2.13pm’ ring any do you have to do to take biggest conceptual art projects a small sample of the contribu- ple could open-up and express others. Also knowing that the bells?), why not relish the fact part? Find one of the ‘Put it in to ever hit Durham. tions, obviously all anonymous, the most daring of thoughts, people behind ‘Put it in the you can actually express some- the Hole’ boxes and pick up a Speaking to the Arts Society’s so you could in fact be looking without the danger of ever be- Hole’’s contributions are close thing anonymously for once. PALATINATE | MONDAY 22 JANUARY 2007 FEATURES 17 Durham’s Night Shift Rachel Crossley talks about the making a difference with Durham Nightline and how you can get involved this year. Take a look at the ‘c’ answers. can lead to caffeine shakes at in living in York who he visited THE NIGHTLINE QUESTIONNAIRE This describes just part of a about 5am. But I would never every now and again. I think Nightline volunteer’s routine. quit. On top of the nice warm this got a bit much when he The rest involves active listen- fuzzy feeling gained from hav- started to send himself Christ- Party animal, bookworm or good ing, elaborate excuses, ran- ing done a good night’s work, mas presents. samaritan? Take our test to ﬁnd dom knowledge and a lot of I have met some of the most Being a ‘Nightliner’ has been caffeine... amazing people doing this. If a huge part of my life at Dur- out which nocturnal Durham So, what is Durham Nightline it’s very quiet it is fun to chat ham, I have learned loads and creature best suits you... for? Firstly, it’s a service we run with the other volunteer on made some great friends. It’s for you. Students will often duty about life, love and ran- the diversity of the group that feel isolated from support, dom general knowledge – for makes it so special – all depart- stuck in their houses and col- instance, did you know that ments, all walks of life. We What would you normally be doing at 9pm? lege rooms, and unsure of how you can’t smell whilst you’re genuinely care for students, a) Getting ready to go out with the girls/guys. to solve their problems. They asleep? I don’t really recall how whatever they are feeling, and b) Settling down with a huge pot of coffee and a pile of books to write that essay you meant may have health issues, per- many such facts came out, but being students ourselves, can to do two weeks ago. sonal crises, work stresses or can’t wait to put them to use provide a unique service. c) Sitting and waiting for a phone to ring. maybe just the want for a hot in a pub quiz sometime! If you’re interested, come drink and some company. So, One of the curious aspects ﬁnd us at the re-freshers’ fair, What would you normally be doing at 4am? if you want someone to talk of volunteering here is the or visit our website at www. a) Sneaking into bed after a drunken night in Loveshack. to in the middle of the night, anonymity. Our identities are dur.ac.uk/nightline. We’re a b) Furiously typing on your laptop. That 2500 word limit is getting closer and closer... you can call or drop in and kept secret so students do not completely conﬁdential and c) Making a cup of tea for the person who dropped in a few minutes ago, before listening to there will be someone there fear meeting someone they non-advisory service. We can them talk. to listen. You may feel your know, and so that we are not provide free condoms, preg- problems are too small or silly approached for help outside nancy testing and loan of at- What would you normally be doing at 7am? or embarrassing but if they are the organisation. It does feel tack alarms, as well as a listen- a) Enjoying the warm and cosy duvet that you’ve wrapped around you. distressing you then they are like you’re part of a secret so- ing ear. If you might want to b) Carrying a boat down to the river for your early morning rowing session. important. We’re a completely ciety, especially when it comes volunteer, there’s a training c) Sneaking home after a good night’s work. conﬁdential and anonymous to imaginative excuses! It’s weekend on the 10-11 Febru- service. Whatever someone is hard work explaining where ary, where you can listen to You know you’ve had a good night when... feeling, we will offer uncondi- you were all last night whilst talks on many welfare issues a) ...the ﬁrst thing you reach for when you wake up is your coat. How the hell did you end up tional acceptance, and have a retaining some dignity. One of (including depression, sexu- in this person’s room? large range of practical infor- my favourites is “I’m taking my ality and suicide) and group b) ...you’ve hit that essay word limit and you can ﬁnally drop those overdue, recalled books back mation sources. bag for a walk” (honestly, it work to gain practise in active to the library. So, that’s what we do. To be worked!). Simple excuses tend listening skills. There will also c) ...you’ve talked to interesting people, listened to their views on life and hopefully made a a part of Durham Nightline to be best in my personal expe- be tea, coffee and biscuits. difference. takes commitment, requires rience, although I do know of Our friendly drop-in room is long, unsociable hours, and someone who made up a cous- open every night of term! Me, myself and my promotion Can your god-given personality traits really affect your career prospects? Alaric Green looks at what sets the blue collars and high ﬂiers apart AS WE PROGRESS through our According to a study con- characters can have an even Conscientiousness may not be university career and gradua- ducted by the University of worse effect - these types of ideal for securing job promo- How to succeed tion creeps closer, the question Shefﬁeld, the personality traits people often place lower pri- tions, but it’s useful for gain- that’s on many of our minds which are most conducive for ority on their own careers in ing intrinsic success such as job emerges: “What am I going to a promotion-ﬁlled career path order to help colleagues. satisfaction. And although ex- Openness is essential. Secure, open-minded be when I grow up?” are not altogether what one One would think that consci- troversion is not entirely a pos- This may once have been the might expect. Over 300 white entiousness and extroversion itive asset, it has been shown employees improve their own lives and the immediate cue for dreams of collar workers were inter- would be ideal for a successful that individuals with larger feel of the ofﬁce around them astronauts, footballers, pop- viewed in 1999 and rated on worker - a conscientious per- social networks are more likely stars or even – if my younger the so-called ‘Big Five’ traits son would work harder and to both apply for, and be more brother was to be believed - - neuroticism, extroversion, have a high performance level, successful in job changes or Extroversion and social skills can open up tractor drivers. But these days openness, agreeability and while an extrovert has better promotions. the majority of us mortals conscientiousness. social connections and skills The answer, then, is still not new doors and forge useful connections who lack the required natural with which to ‘network’ their simple. Maybe somewhere talent (even if this really isn’t way to the top. there will be a mildly extrovert- Conscientiousness towards others in the necessary for popstars) tend at some point to rein in our “Agreeability and It has been found, however, that both traits in excess can ed, open, secure and conscien- tious-yet-vigilant super-worker workplace can give a good reputation, as expectations and start looking neuroticism are impede work success. Consci- wondering what all the fuss is long as your rights are never trampled on for a more realistic occupation entiousness, and the dutiful about. As far as science goes in which to seek success. the most rarely behaviour associated with it, though, the ideal personality Success, though, is a subjec- found in high leads the individual to concen- for job success seems far too tive ideal. To some, job satis- faction comes ﬁrst, while many ﬂiers” trate too much on their own job performance and overlook able to shoot itself in the foot; an agreeable person would Points to avoid cannot help thinking more important opportunities. The presumably ﬁnd it easier to about the ﬁnancial rewards disadvantages of extrover- network, yet being agreeable Neuroticism is deﬁnitely off the menu - it - admittedly the mid-life fret- The extrinsic successes of the sion could be explained by the to the point of modesty is sig- ting and moralising about individuals, such as progres- modern British service econo- niﬁcantly more of a barrier heightens tensions in the workplace and what we’re ‘achieving’ will sion up their respective career my, which is said to admire a than a bridge when it comes makes impressing superiors more difﬁcult probably only come once we ladders, as well as their intrin- more ‘cool, collected’ worker, to promotions. A less conscien- have a signiﬁcant amount of sic successes - more personal rather than the stereotypical tious worker may have the net- money in the bank. It would aspects such as job satisfac- ‘get-up-and-go’ enthusiast. working skills to hear about Agreeability unfortunately means it can be be nice to believe that nothing tion - were both gauged, and So are there actually any good open job offers, but would not is beyond our grasp, but is this it was found that agreeability traits at all? It would be a sad have as high a history of work very hard to get your own way really the case? and neuroticism are the char- world if the most able workers performance as someone who Are the overpaid city slick- acteristics most rarely found in were emotional robots. What spends less time networking ers, who manage to climb all successful high-ﬂiers. about the current Durham and... well, working. If extroversion goes too far it can put people the ladders and avoid all the It is unsurprising that the lack student who is conscientiously It’s a difﬁcult thing to get off; quieter workers may be more focused snakes, just ourselves with a of conﬁdence and high anxiety taking in this article and ex- your head round, and really, few more years’ hard work seen in ‘neurotics’ can hinder trovertedly reading it aloud to it’s just a very complicated way behind them? Or were they job success, but it would come their neighbour, whilst neurot- of saying what we all knew al- Don’t feel overly morally responsible either, marked out already to fulﬁl as a sad truth to many that the ically checking that they are, in ready - there is no ‘perfect em- their personal goals by god- good natures and friendly ea- fact, listening? ployee’. Perhaps the best bet, as it can distract you from the bigger picture given characteristics? gerness of more ‘agreeable’ Well, the news isn’t all bad. after all, is to just be yourself. 18 FEATURES MONDAY 22 JANUARY 2007 | PALATINATE Going Green for the New Year Deputy Features Editor Daniel Bloom seeks out some alternative resolutions for those who can’t stand promising themselves to the gym THIS IS THE TIME OF YEAR when we’re hit from all 4 1 sides by advertisments for every possible kind of guilt- Cut down plane travel - holiday in the UK Eat healthy and buy organic relieving therapy, be it for losing weight, keeping ﬁt Demand for organic products is going up by 40% every year, or giving up smoking. Most of us will have given in Okay, so students and travelling go hand in hand, but why and as this demand goes up, prices have to come down to to promising ourselves at least one of the classics, not take alternative methods of transport when possible? meet competitors and grab customers’ attention. So there’s One ﬂight from London to Miami produces the same amount but why not try something a little more interesting? of emissions as a family car does in a year. Taking the train or no need to pay a ton for special pesticide-free products, and they’re well worth getting to avoid contamination of com- Friends Of The Earth have released their ‘Green Res- car to Europe would probably take a bit longer, but give it a mon habitats. olutions’ - following them would help bring the en- go and see if it can’t be as much fun. vironment back from the brink, and you might end up feeling a little bit less of that guilt, too. For more information see www.foe.co.uk. 3 Take up gardening If you live out, become quite probably the ﬁrst student in UK history to take up gardening while 2 at university. Plant some 5 Switch things off and wrap up warm vegetables in the garden Get ﬁt and cut down on short car trips of your house and you’ll Everyone knows that things should be switched off when save on food and the CO2 Pretend you’re a fresher again. Tesco may be a little way they’re not being used, even if they don’t bother. Make sure costs of transporting it. away but it’s nothing the 62 bus won’t ﬁx - it goes every your lightbulbs are energy efﬁcient, too, and - most contro- This one’s admittedly a twenty minutes from Claypath. Failing that, get on your bike versially - try your hand at turning the thermostat / radiator little bit more hardcore - cycling in Durham is more an extreme sport than anywhere down a notch. For livers-out this is a notorious money-sav- - if anyone actually man- else because of the horriﬁc number of hills, so it would be ing trick, but it’s obviously good for the environment too, ages to produce anything a good way to build up a ﬁne physique if you don’t already and surely it’s worth paying the price of wearing an extra worthwhile during one play university rugby, hockey, lacrosse, cricket, rowing, net- layer? Over half of the UK’s emissions come from powering year’s let they deserve a ball, football, swimming... Essentially, 70% of all car journeys normal household devices and heating circuits, and besides, medal, but you could al- are under ﬁve miles, and that’s not necessary at all. There we should get into good habits - living a green home life ways encourage the fam- are plenty of other ways to get around without struggling could save you up to £80,000 before you die. ily to try back home. for parking whilst emitting needless CO2. 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If our resolutions extra Christmas want seasoned tors, Dion Watts but also a brand- this is something just yet, so these stufﬁng, we’ve veterans as well and Helena Crow. new interactive you’d be willing pages are packed got the timetable as young blood. We’re taking over layout that will al- to part with some with solutions. for Maiden Castle And you’re bound from Jonathan low you to write silver for, please There’s a feature aerobics classes. to ﬁnd something Browning and comments about drop us a line at about things to see We’d like to there that’ll keep Victoria Jayne- articles directly editor@palatinate. in the North-East thank everyone you out of the pub Raimes, and hope on to the page. dsu.org.uk. outside of Dur- who attended the until at least Feb- to maintain the Moreover, this This is also the ham, something to Palatinate gen- ruary. high level of quali- will provide a address to contact think about for all eral meeting and ty and punctuality forum for qual- if you’re interest- you ﬁnalists soon signed up to do they achieved. ity content when ed in purchasing to be leaving this some writing/pho- However, we there’s no space in some advertising quaint corner of tography/sub-edit- Wishing you all a also have some the paper, and the space for your the country. ting. productive year, fresh ideas to try potential for com- society/DJ night/ Then, if you’re If, however, you out, starting with petitions, links, voodoo seance. beginning to missed the meet- the Palatinate etc. is endless. However, as this is think about life ing and are keen Dion Watts website. Any of The other major a new and tricky after university, to get involved, Helena Crow you who logged thing we’re hoping venture, we can’t there’s a feature make sure to on recently will to do is improve guarantee to ac- about how to ﬁnd catch us at the Re- probably have no- distribution, get- commodate every the perfect job to Freshers’ fair this EDITORS COMMENT EDITOR SPORT EDITOR FILM Helena Crow Alice Xin Liu Maz Farookhi Sophie Lyell Dion Watts DEPUTIES DEPUTIES Joseph Cookson Cat Alport CHIEF SUB-EDITOR PHOTOGRAPHY Tommy Carter Gary McCreadie EDiTOR FEATURES EDITOR SUB-EDITORS Oliver King Katherine Baker ARTS EDITOR Heather Sills DEPUTIES Joanne Butcher Lucy Boguslawski NEWS EDITOR Victoria Noble MUSIC Felicity Thompson Alice Himsworth Daniel Bloom Nafees Saeed Helen Turner DEPUTIES BOOKS Lucinda Fenton Danni Summerlin Luke Algar PALATINATE WISHES ALL STUDENTS A HAPPY NEW YEAR 20 MUSIC MONDAY 22 JANUARY 2007 | PALATINATE MUSIC From Libertines to crusaders Ben Robson and Georgina Skuse go backstage at Dirty Pretty Things’ Newcastle gig to talk sex, drugs, rock’n’roll... and road safety IT’S BEEN just over a year since much, but we’re touring much link to the Make Roads Safe between guitar strings, while Dirty Pretty Things made their better now”, casually asserted campaign. “It’s all about the Didz hangs around to provide way out of a concept and whilst rolling a cigarette on a bigger picture: saving babies, backing vocals. Anthony is lost into an indie-rock tidal wave, DPT vinyl sleeve. curing illness, all that kind of in a mop of hair and ex-Liber- sweeping up the post-Liber- And how will the band’s stuff. We’re in a powerful po- tines drummer Gary toplessly tines fan base shipwrecked af- follow-up match the massive sition.” pounds away. ter their split. success of their debut album? Tonight’s gig is sold out. Lar- Bang Bang, as expected, fren- Ex-Libertines guitarist Antho- “We have to write things rikin Love take to the stage zies the crowd and Deadwood ny Rossomando concedes that which have meaning. Irony, ﬁrst, warming up a mixed comes alive with a shower of “it’s always going to be hard” post-modernism and abstract crowd with a well-played set lager as people attempt to to break with the past in order impressionism have all been which was equally well re- dance, pint-in-hand. to establish themselves as a done. I suppose we now need ceived. Mando Diao follow, Banter is kept pretty low, but credible new band, but some- to think in ‘future mode’.” but their odd, heavy, show- with the rabble craving music, how DPT have managed it. DPT have also involved them- manship-based style (think The it isn’t too much of a problem. “I’m very pleased with how selves in the promotion of Hives meets screamo rock) is The house lights, raised the past year has gone”, he various charitable organisa- lost on many. throughout set highlight You tells Palatinate. “We’re grow- tions. “We found out that one The main act, by compari- F***ing Love It showed just ing as a band and that’s im- of our fans died on their way son, have no such worries. Carl one thing: that we really did. Dirty Pretty Things: Songs with meaning to save our babies portant. We were playing gigs home from a gig we played”, Barat wanders the stage, smok- tired because we partied too he says, explaining the band’s ing cigarettes delicately stored Album Review: Once upon a time in the Valleys... Self-confessed Welsh boyo Steffan Messenger abandons Palatinate’s usual selection of indie, pop and dance for the sounds of his homeland Fron Male Voice Choir deep and heart-felt sound of Welsh favourites arranged for its closest neighbours, tack- the lyrics in the wave of deep and the Fron Male Voice Choir Welsh male-voice harmony to a fresh approach, to contem- ling classics from every corner sound that strikes you with have succeeded in bringing Voices of the Valley a national audience. porary pop. Opener Sailing of the United Kingdom. How- such power. this particular choral tradition By Steffan Messenger He offered the choir a record- is utterly absorbing with its ever, Jerusalem, as any Welsh- from the misty seclusion of the deal with Universal, the world’s regular rolling piano accompa- man will tell you, seems rather valleys into the twenty-ﬁrst leading record company, and niment evoking tidal ebb and a controversial choice - what ‘the choir is not century. ✯✯✯✯ what followed was an album ﬂow. Other favourites include with all that talk of “England’s The music should, now, ap- that has seen record-break- the majestic Land of My Fa- green and pleasant land”! afraid to em- peal to many different genera- THE STORY behind this album reads like a fairy-tale. Hear- ing sales, caught the eye of thers, a quiet, richly textured The album’s weakness is the brace music from tions, transcending notions of Hollywood movie-makers and rendition of The Rose and pos- omnipresent echo effect which people and place and empha- ing the Fron Male Voice Choir prompted a revival of inter- sibly the ﬁnest Abide With Me is forced upon the singers, its neighbours’ sising the calm, hypnotic na- sing at his friend’s wedding, est in the good old-fashioned I have ever heard. presumably with the inten- ture of this particular style of Intelligent Music Enterprises Welsh male-voice choir. Despite an (understandable) tion of enlarging the scope of However, with the album’s singing. manager Daniel Glatman was The album of 13 well-chosen Welsh bias, the choir is not the sound. It serves, rather, to stylish cover and a modern ap- Not bad for a happy ending struck by a desire to bring the tracks ranges from traditional afraid to embrace music from distance the choir, drowning proach to the music, Glatman I’d say. Can there be life after the ‘90s? Bringing sunshine to the Basement Hannah Copeland checks out the solo efforts of Richard Ashcroft Daniel Plant ﬁnds a refuge from winter blues in eclectic dance SINCE THE VERVE split in 1999, but wonderfully upbeat New spective song writing was at AN EERIE quietness descended from the stalls, and went back Richard Ashcroft has released York from debut solo album, its best in the brilliant Check within the industrial vaults of to the tunes we remember so two solo albums to much criti- Alone with Everybody. Ash- The Meaning, managing to be Newcastle’s Metro Arena as ardently. An acoustic version cal acclaim, although perhaps croft made a great job of it heartfelt while remaining com- the lights went low. A throng of Romeo lulled the crowd less commercial success than with brilliant support from an pletely devoid of schmaltz. of eager faces ﬁlled the colos- with its playful rifts and soft he saw as frontman of one of impressive sax player. sal hall as they awaited a band vocals, juxtaposed through the the best bands of the 90s. that kept us dancing into the powerful screams and pound- When you mention him, most ‘Ashcroft’s night on the festival ﬁelds of ing bass of Red Alert. people recall the iconic Bitter- sweet Symphony or maybe the thoughtful, Glastonbury and Creamﬁelds. Memories of bright summer As the onslaught contin- ued, thumping drum beats delicious Lucky Man, but not introspective days, feeling the sun and the infused house favourites Do much else. However, there’s bass on your face, were washed Your Thing and Oh My Gosh, much more to Ashcroft than song writing was away on a sodden northern whilst people could but cheer his better known songs, as he at it’s best’ night as Basement Jaxx recap- as a cheeky foray into JT’s Sexy proves in his superb live show. tured that absent sunshine. Back faded into a dance-induc- Knowing I might be a lit- And as the white beams struck ing samba. tle biased, I decided to bring Next came the big one, Bit- the stage, the eminent duo of All linked through their along my Serbian friend who tersweet Symphony, which, Button and Radcliffe walked Basement Jaxx know exactly trademark interludes of jazz had never heard of anything with its rousing chorus and on. where their heads are at horns and bongo breaks; a Verve-like, to give an impartial massive swells of orchestral Silhouetted against a diamic- shear cornucopia of brass and view. strings, satisﬁed fans who had tic of coloured pixels, the pair screaming guitar solos perme- percussion left us stunned. At In a good spot - near the been waiting to hear it since opened with a collection of ated the other tunes, but sadly the break, this eclectic mix left front but not manic (I didn’t Ashcroft set foot on stage. new tracks spawned from their left the crowd unmoved. Noth- the crowd asking where exact- want to scare my international After a short break, Ashcroft recent release Crazy Itch Ra- ing seemed to really impress as ly were our heads at? friend at her ﬁrst proper con- came on for an encore, ﬁnish- dio. The new album, released clumsy lyrics and forgettable As the band walked onto cert!) - we watched Ashcroft ing with Science of Silence. in that period of post-summer choruses failed to have an im- the stage for the encore, a burst onto the stage and into Although perhaps a little low- blues, continues the group’s pact. rapturous violin arrangement the old Verve favourite, Son- key, it was complemented by love of fast-paced house, It seemed a lack of memo- signalled the energetic ﬁnale. net. Ashcroft: The iconic frontman arty background scenery and whilst bringing a more global rable tunes would deﬁne this Waves of arms inﬁltrated the The opening number was ac- of The Verve is able to pull it off lighting, and managed to dimension to the band’s cata- album as the weakest yet, un- haze as the strobes followed companied by colourful light- alone round off the gig perfectly. logue. til the seminal Lights Go Down the beats and the party at- ing and background screens Ashcroft is living proof that The fresh sounds of Hey You emerged. A soaring crescendo mosphere evoked memories of awash with various artistic With a few “Hello Newcastle!”s life does continue after the and Take Me Back to Your of strings and soul left us all those summer evenings long images, which had little to do to help the atmosphere, Ash- 90s. But it turns out that my House mixed banjo-wielding stunned, positive Basement gone. with the show but were aes- croft launched into The Drug’s ‘impartial’ friend was a fan Russian folk with the remark- Jaxx still had what it takes to Purveying strong vocals, pul- thetically pleasing nonethe- Don’t Work, and had the all along - she recognised Bit- able bass lines that led the pair deliver great songs. sating rhythms and outra- less. crowd swaying. tersweet Symphony from the to club fame. The band at last acquiesced to geous onstage antics, Base- Next up was the little-known Ashcroft’s thoughtful, intro- Cruel Intentions soundtrack! Pounding tribal rhythms and the vehement shouts emerging ment Jaxx did nothing short of 22 FILM MONDAY 22 JANUARY 2007 | PALATINATE FILM 2007 Preview: The Best of the Box Ofﬁce Film Editor Sophie Lyell takes a look at the year ahead in cinema and what will be tempting her away from revision LOOKING AHEAD AT 2007 it graphically enhanced visuals. seems that this is to be the For the boys, particularly year of the sequels. Hollywood those who never really grew deciding, as ever, that if it ain’t up, 2007 promises big screen broke, make seven more. adaptations of childhood faves Among the most hyped is Spi- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles derman 3 which promises four and The Transformers. Doubt- more dastardly villains and a less both will feature world/ new rival for Peter Parker’s af- mankind hanging in the bal- fections, and then there’s Pi- ance and brave heroes but the rates of the Caribbean 3. Now turtles will come with better PotC 2 may have been a bit be- one-liners and pizza. low par but the quest to save After however many bajil- Jack’s soul promises Chow-Yun lion episodes, The Simpsons Fat as a chinese pirate king, will also be making the leap and, of course, there’s Captain to the big screen. The (very Jack Sparrow himself. ‘Nuff funny) trailers hint at the fam- said. Surprisingly Shrek is also ily in peril and Homer out to set for another outing with save them. everyone’s favourite ogre be- Finally for those looking for ing groomed for kingship - un- Cate Blanchett gets serious in costume drama The Golden Age and Simon Pegg and Nick Frost snatch a buddy moment in Hot Fuzz. something a tad more serious less he can ﬁnd a replacement. there’s Letters from Iwo Jima, A promising trailer also hints Ken Watanabe starring as the are out the way let’s talk about diaries is Hot Fuzz- tagged as tion of the bestselling novel and Eric Bana taking the leads about the arrival of Shrek jun- general asigned to defend the what will really be tempting us “Big cops. Small town. Moder- The Other Boleyn Girl, and - and is a safe bet for compel- ior. island from the Americans. It to make a trip to Newcastle. ate violence”- from the guys The Golden Age - sequel to ling plot, pretty costumes and In Rocky Balboa and Live looks harrowing but it’s Ameri- Arguably proving there really who brought us Shaun of the Elizabeth. Cate Blanchett will lots of bodice ripping. Going Fast, Die Hard Bruce Willis and cans getting blown up as the is a god is Grindhouse. A dou- Dead. Simon Pegg and Nick return as an older Queen Bess, slightly further back in time Sylvester Stallone have both baddies and that’s always fun. ble feature exploitation horror Frost take the leads again and facing the Spanish Armada, 300 gives us Frank Miller’s stepped back into well worn Alas the constraints of space (yes, that’s two movies) from there’s also Bill Nighy, (who, Mary Queen of Scots and Sir (he of Sin City fame) vision of boots. Okay so they might be begin to tell so I will ﬁnish by the dream team of Quentin frankly, is the best damn thing Walter Raleigh- if I remember the Battle of Thermopylae in getting a bit too old for this recommending apple.com for Tarantino and Robert Rodrigu- about British Cinema) in this my A-Level History correctly. 480BC. The most famous last sort of thing, but both fran- more upcoming ﬁlm trailers ez, this promises 70’s/80’s style comedy british cop romp. The Other Boleyn Girl may be stand in history, 300 spartans chises have a habit of deliver- and the best procrastination sex, blood and violence in the Historical drama will be bag- ﬁction meanwhile but boasts square up to the vast Persian ing. Let’s hope they stick to it. aid after facebook. Happy cin- cult style we all know and love. ging audiences, and probably a star studded cast - Scarlett army - expect lots of male Phew, now the franchises ema-going to you all. Another one to put in your lots of Oscars, with an adapta- Johansson, Natalie Portman bonding, gore and stunning, Palatinate at the movies The Pursuit of Happyness is successful but Apocalypto gest lost in the jungle. Cult Classics Kathryn Beck on what’s hot in Paris nising in action ﬁlms like Bad Richard Benson (Holden) who The Pursuit of Hap- Boys, therefore the tenderness has supposedly been locked pyness and gentleness that he gives in his apartment in Paris for John Elmes to the role provide a nice con- weeks, writing a movie script trast to his broad frame. It is for ace Hollywood director ✯✯✯✯ inconceivable that some- Alexander Meyerheimer (Noel one of his stature would Coward). Benson, however, A STAUNCH FILM critic could struggle and cower in a tussle has been living the high-life easily go to town on this with a weedy, small tramp but and with only two days until ﬁlm as a Hollywood crowd Gardner’s self–deprecating and his deadline, panics and hires pleaser. Its storyline of an av- indulgent character commands temporary secretary Gabrielle erage American in the USA’s it. Do not expect Shakespeare, (Hepburn) to help him. ﬁnancially fragile 1980s toiling but with the moving ﬁnale in While there is not outstand- against overwhelming odds mind I could not stop smiling ing chemistry between Hep- to eventually succeed, whilst as the credits rolled. burn and Holden, the quirky never letting go of his moral and parental responsibilities, Apocalypto ‘will-they, won’t-they?’ sub- Ben Chandler Hepburn and Holden heating plot of the characters they has more than a slight taste of things up in Paris create ﬁrst in their script and cheese. However, though this point ✯ then later between Gabrielle THINK OF AUDREY Hepburn and Richard in real life, injects would be seized upon by ﬁlm and you will undoubtedly ﬁnd enough life to keep the ﬁlm buffs, it must be remembered MEL GIBSON MAY take it as yourself cross-referencing to ﬂowing. Another high point that this ﬁlm is inspired by a Jaguar Paw had always been told never to play with matches... something of a compliment Breakfast at Tiffany’s and My of the movie are the comical true story. Surely that puts the that he has become a “Love- Fair Lady. What won’t cross cameos from the likes of Tony feel good factor into perspec- utterly fails in his attempts to scenes of David Lean, Gibson’s him or hate him” ﬁlmmaker. your mind, however, is the lit- Curtis (Some Like it Hot) play- tive. There was likely to be capture the audience’s sym- lack feeling and cannot com- The historical inaccuracy, the tle known, remarkable ﬁlm, ing an actor who looks like some embellishment by direc- pathy. He’s a great athlete, a pensate for a sparse script and extraordinary use of dramatic Paris When It Sizzles, showcas- Tony Curtis(!?). tor Gabriele Muccino, but if great marksman, and a great an even more sparse plot. pauses, the blood- his bizarre ing Hepburn in all her (often Gaby and Rick, despite rub- the majority of incidents that practitioner of rainforest hide The ﬁlm is saved by Gibon’s combination of the aesthetics forgotten) comedic glory with bing each other up the wrong occur in Chris Gardner’s (Will and seek, but his relationships skill within individual scenes of Verhoven, Michael Bay, and, co-star William Holden. way, inevitably fall in love. Not Smith) life are true then how with other characters (espe- - particlarly the harrowing dare I say it, a little Scorsese, is While the ﬁlm was slammed original, but great fun. Direc- do we not feel sympathy at his cially his heroic wife) are limp gauntlet of arrows and spears one of the most unlikely ex- by critics and there were re- tor Richard Quin knows his au- plight and then elation at his and brittle. from which the jungle captives amples of originality in Holly- ports of tension between Hep- dience well and milks them for triumph? Gibson tries to convey noble must run for their freedom. wood today. burn and Holden as their off all they’re worth. Smith’s interaction with his sentiments about the dangers The agony and powerlessness Apocalypto is a piece of screen love-affair came to an Do not buy this ﬁlm expect- screen son, Christopher (por- of civilisation, as opposed to of their plight is perfectly cap- ﬂawed genius from a director end, there is something de- ing outstanding Hepburn gold trayed by his actual son Jaden) the innocence and bliss of the tured. who, through various actions lightfully quirky and off-beat dust, but rather accept it for is heartfelt and reﬂects all captured jungle people, but However while Apocalypto and misdemeanours has prov- about this ﬁlm. what it is: a trashy, funny early the aspects of a loving father. these are lost among huge set is sensational it is let down by en himself to be utterly weird. Paris When It Sizzles tells 60s rom-com you can’t possibly Viewers are more accustomed pieces and indulgent camera its hero. Jaguar Paw isn’t Wil- On the one hand, it’s a misﬁre. the tale of drunken bachelor dislike. to seeing Smith Snr attitudi- work. Unlike the big populous liam Wallace, and he certainly Its protagonist, Jaguar Paw, PALATINATE | MONDAY 22ND JANUARY 2007 BOOKS 23 BOOKS What remains of the great literary novel? With the last generation of British novelists established, Palatinate Books Editor Danica Summerlin questions whether the new British writers can live up to their standards. AWARD CEREMONIES are a In ten years, the British literary linked, quite nicely, with the genre, both are commercially fact of life. They allow books establishment has changed New Labour government of successful yet neither has been editors pages of raptures at considerably. 1997 saw the the time. awarded the more prestigious the brilliance of Ian McEwan, publication of Harry Potter This year’s Costa prize was ‘literary’ prizes. another establishment ﬂavour and the Philosopher’s Stone, instead a celebration of a Andy Warhol’s ‘ﬁfteen of the month, or at least the Ian McEwan’s return and new anti-establishment. The minutes’ is a cliché, but one withering tones of disrespectful Simon Armitage’s collection unanimous winner of the which has to be applied in surprise when an unknown CloudCuckooLand. All were, poetry prize, John Haynes, these situations. Very few of and therefore unworthy writer in their own way, anti- wrote eloquently on the new these new writers go on to scoops the prize. ‘establishment’ works. The next Nigeria. And while most of produce the same calibre of Unfortunately, this year’s three years saw Zadie Smith the authors are now full time work time and time again. Whitbread award ceremony publish White Teeth and a writers, none have taken the If the Whitbread awards for did not live up to expectations. selection of works from Phillip Zadie Smith route of Oxbridge novel and debut novel since The Costa Book Awards, as Pullman, Seamus Heaney, Ted to world success in three 1995 are analysed, then only the annual celebration of Hughes and Rose Tremain. This years. Stef Penney, winner of Kate Atkinson (1995, Behind the UK’s best writers are now was a new form of writing, the First Novel Award for The the Scenes at the Museum and known, recently announced its which looked into the heart Tenderness of Wolves, has been 2004, Case Histories) has made category winners. And, more of a multi-cultural Britain working as a writer in ﬁlm and the leap from debutante to Giles Foden’s The Last King of Scotland won in 1998 than any other year, it was the and often asked perceptive television before moving into novelist nominee. new writers who attracted the questions about how we view the world of novel writing, This isn’t to say that Zadie fact the death knell of a career McEwan or Ishiguro. They are judges’ attention. and interact with others. It and James Scudamore worked Smith and DBC Pierre (winners in writing. real, living books. for a marketing ﬁrm for four of the debut novel award in The world of commercial The phenomenal power of years before his success with 2000 and 2004 respectively) ﬁction is even more different. advertising, or of programmes The Amnesia Clinic. aren’t excellent writers – they Smith, Pierre and Atkinson such as the Richard and Judy Martin Amis, J.G. Ballard, are. But Pierre is too wacky have all succeeded; Smith is Book Club has made the John Banville – a selection of to be accepted in the literary one of the most successful Awards appear outdated and the well known British writers. establishment, while Smith authors of the last ﬁve years high-brow. It is true. Rather All have been nominated for won the Booker in 2005 and while Pierre’s equally wacky than embracing Ian McEwan the Whitbread Award. But now can bask in the glory of follow up to Vernon God Little, et al at the expense of other do you know of Sid Smith? her success as a model for New Ludmilla’s Broken English, has authors, perhaps the organisers Norman Lebrecht? Pauline Labour and the fashionably been well received. Penney’s should forget literary ﬁction. Melville? None of these left-of-centre crowd. Yet there ﬁction looks to be successful, The quirky ﬁction of Pratchett have made the precarious are very few other young not least because the story or DBC Pierre deserves to be journey into literary stardom, writers coming through who is one which will attract a recognised at a far greater something which is perhaps can perpetuate the myth of variety of potential readers level than it currently is, yet more poignant when they are the successful author straight and the same can be said of is already recognised in the contrasted with Terry Pratchett from university, and even her co-nominees Scudamore one area of literature where it or Ian Rankin. Pratchett and fewer who have been able to and Marilyn Heward Mills. really does matter: sales. Rankin have won awards go on to commercial success; They certainly aren’t as deeply, Or maybe literary ﬁction itself The Costa Book Award is a key award for a debutante. singularly introspective as is a dying form of writing. relating to their particular perhaps the Whitbread is in Read, friend Let my memory live forever Ali Smith’s new collection delights Philippa Guy Clare Finney delves into the familial roots of South-American author and feminist Isabel Allende’s magical novels. BEING AN ENGLISH STUDENT, favourites. In a desert-island becomes their destiny. reminiscent of The House of I am always given countless list of Smith’s favourite The exoticism of the Spirits. Yet this is no work of novels for Christmas that end writers, the book weaves culture, the mystery of the ﬁction, but a powerful, soul- up sitting on my bookshelf together poems, short stories supernatural, and the realistic bearing autobiography. In gathering dust. Although and diaries into a collection of sympathy of the characters December 1991, Allende’s I have the best intentions of global extracts. combined to make my ﬁrst daughter fell seriously ill, and reading them, the rainy days Arranged in sections such taste of magic realism an soon fell into a coma. In Paula, inevitably never arrive and as “Journeys” or “Beliefs”, exquisite experience. Allende’s Allende wished to recall the instead they are carted off The Reader allows you to be use of magic is subtle, and story of her family. The result to Oxfam or recycled as next inﬂuenced by the novelist’s heightens their realism rather is a novel of such pace and year’s presents. own inspirations in a world than reducing it, making her brilliant intensity, one almost At last, however, someone where the cartoon Beryl the an ideal introduction to the passes out during reading by in my family has realised that Peril is juxtaposed with Philip genre. Indeed, Allende herself forgetting to breathe. I don’t have time to read all Larkin and Thomas Hardy. expressed some surprise that City of the Beasts is the only day and this year gave me Some of the extracts are her work had been classiﬁed disappointment. Instead of the Ali Smith’s new book, The slightly strange, such as as magic realism, ‘because female protagonist Allende Reader. Rather than a novel, director Derek Jarman’s [she] sees her novels as realistic understands, the subject is now it is a wonderful and eclectic discussion on the colour white, literature’. ﬁfteen-year old Alexander anthology of the award- but these are intermingled The brilliance of House of Cold who joins his fearless winning Smith’s personal with extracts from much-loved Spirits was far exceeded by grandmother, a reporter, in the authors such as Margaret the next book in the trilogy, A Amazon. What little potential Atwood and Kate Atkinson; of Daughter of Fortune, the tale for originality there was in Allende uses her experiences to write novels highlighting course there is a token extract of the spirited orphan Eliza this somewhat stale plotline from Jane Austen, albeit small, the political tension in South America (William Gordon) as she follows her lover on a seems to have passed Allende in the “Girls” section. journey from Chile to the gold by. The novel was written for The experience of reading YOU NAME IT AND Allende’s ability to articulate the Trueba mines of San Francisco when young adults, and much of her the book is like entering an won it. Whether novelist, family’s most elusive emotions he becomes infected with ‘gold subtlety and eloquence has Aladdin’s cave of literature journalist, playwright, teacher and the intricacies of their fever’ and her saviour in the been lost under this restraint; where you can pick and choose or human rights campaigner, relationships that made it form of an enchanting Chinese the language is patronisingly what to read and ﬁnd things the list of Allende’s honours a worldwide bestseller. The doctor is still one of the most simple, and the magic realism that you’d never usually select and awards would constitute reader is transformed into extraordinary stories I have is more fantastic than realistic. but end up loving. It’s an ideal a book in themselves. But her a participant in the family’s ever read. Even its successor, A Disappointing, but I prefer to starting point for those who greatest achievements are of a ambitions, loves and spiritual Portrait in Sepia, though highly see it as the exception which are too busy to read or not more personal nature. journeys. Participation in the enjoyable, could not match it. proves the rule that Isabel sure what they like. As the When her family epic A turbulent history of Chile as With its straightforward Allende is one of the most ﬁrst in a series of anthologies House of Spirits burst onto it ruthlessly invades their ‘big acceptance of spiritual worlds, extraordinary authors of the by writers, look out for more. the literary stage, it was her house on the corner’ and Paula was in many ways twentieth century. 24 WHAT’S ON PALATINATE | MONDAY 22 JANUARY 2007 WHAT’S ON Just a little off the top, Sir? Palatinate looks forward to DULOG’s latest showstopper as the Demon Barber takes to the stage at Durham’s Gala theatre... “Attend the tale of Sweeney A cruel and bloodthirsty en- turn of last century. Todd...” terprise ensues wherein guilty Originally the society aimed to and innocent alike are pun- put on light opera (hence its FOLLOWING THE SUCCESSES ished and the name) such as Guilbert and Sul- of recent years, the group that potentially hellish consequenc- livan, but it has since branched brought you West Side Story, es of jealousy, love and decep- out to include West End style SWEENEY TODD at The Gala Fame and City of Angels now tion are violently revealed. musicals such as Fame and West Theatre, 30th January- 3rd brings the Demon Barber to Side Story. The society puts on February. Durham’s Gala stage. The production stars James four productions a year. It has Dangerﬁeld as Sweeney Todd produced shows in Durham’s For ticket information and Set in the fog of Victorian and Emma Gordon as Mrs professional Gala Theatre for bookings please contact London, this dark and spine- Lovett. It is directed by Kirsty the past three years. the Gala box ofﬁce on 0191 tingling show relates the har- McIntyre, and produced by 3324041. rowing tale of Sweeney Todd, Alexandra Carey. The powerful DULOG’s aim according to an embittered man seeking and horriﬁc script was written President Natalie Neagle is to It is recommended that revenge on those who had by Hugh Wheeler. ‘produce professional quality children under 12 years are ac- him unjustly deported. He sets musical theatre and light op- companied by an adult. up his barber business above DULOG (Durham University era within Durham University Mrs Lovett’s pie shop on Fleet Light Opera Group) has been and allow as many people as Street and the pair forge a running for over 50 years now, possible to participate in order touching relationship amidst and records reveal that a to provide experience and the torturous realities of Lon- society with similar objectives nurture talent.’ don life. has been in existence since the Palatinate Film Guide What’s On at Durham’s Gala Theatre for the week beginning 22 January 2007 Cryptic Crossword by Alan Evans Screenings: Also On: Monday 22 January Thursday 25 January Screen 1: Rocky Balboa 12:50 15:15 17:40 20:00 The Artists’ Cinema - 11:30 A rare chance to view a col- Tuesday 23 January lection of short ﬁlms made by Screen 1: Rocky Balboa 15:15 17:40 20:00 some of the world’s leading artists, including Turner Prize Wednesday 24 January nominee Phil Collins’ ﬁlm Screen 1: Rocky Balboa 12:50 15:15 17:40 20:00 He Who Laughs Last Laughs Longest. A real treat for both Thursday 25 January cinema and art lovers. The Artists’ Cinema 11:30 Screen 1: Rocky Balboa 12:50 15:15 17:40 20:00 Saturday 27 January The Gala Film Poster Sale - Friday 26 January 10:00 Screen 1: Blood Diamond 13:10 Durham Digital Stories 18:00 Monday 12 February World Cinema Club - 20:00 Palatinate Gig Guide The pick of the week’s gigs and shows in Durham and the North East Monday 22 January The Enemy Friday 26 January Kerrang Tour 2007 Digital, Newcastle Graham Gold @ Planet of Feat. Biffy Clyro & The Bronx Sound Across: 14. Moving sideways, Social Security shield the Carling Academy, Newcastle The Hussy’s DSU, Durham 2. Laughing, perhaps, at methane? That’s fun- lazy (6) Voodoo Rooms @ Bar Pure, ny! (3) 16. Fly to T. S. Eliot’s head again (6) Tuesday 23 January Sunderland Hellogoodbye 7. In Calman, I assume madness (5) 19. This island is amateur (5) Mark Olver Carling Academy, Newcastle 8. State of girl we hear whining hiding National 20. Cutting around one and putting it with an- Comedy Cafe, DSU, Durham Trust article (7) other (7) Saturday 27 January 9. Fresh start as river comes in close (3,4) 23. Game all bent out of shape (7) Twisted Blend 10. Church in a porcelain dominion (5) 24. Unusual route – how bizarre! (5) Vane Tempest, DSU, Durham DSU, Durham 11. Convened outside boat bazaar (6) 25. Shown every other child (3) 13. Georgia leads small twins (6) Jesse Malin & Danny Sage Jamie T Down: 12. John Doe’s nerve may shatter (8) Carling Academy, Newcastle Northumbria University, New- 1. A wren’s misdirected retort (6) 15. Remove river allowed inside (6) castle 2. Herring tail consumed at entrance (4) 17. Turns and takes another hour out in Com- Wednesday 24 January 3. Sting dapper genius (5) pany of Wayward Saints (6) Cute Is What We Aim For Architects 4. Risk neck being broken by underwear (8) 18. Nothing of friend’s is as valuable as these Carling Academy, Newcastle Newcastle University, Newcas- 5. Thanks beaten ﬁrst person on island (6) (5) tle 6. Exalted editor retires through disordered 21. I deceive with representation (4) Thursday 25 January medicine (8) 22. Happiness comes from jingle ending (4) Tim Westwood Sunday 28 January 7. Manchester United quest for release (11) DSU, Durham The Wombats Carling Academy, Newcastle Last Issue’s Answers: No One Cares About Your DJ Across: 1. Heyday; 5. Bypass; 8. Left; 9. Limerick; 10. Aerosol; 11. Yeast; 13. Silver Medal; 16. Guava; NIght The Little Ones 18. Plumage; 21. Cul-de-sac; 22. Keys; 23. Lloyds; 24. Thrash Warehouse, Durham & The Boy Least Likely To Down: 2. Eyeless; 3. Ditto; 4. Yellower; 5. Bump; 6. Portend; 7. Sacks; 12. Implicit; 14. Lividly; 15. Biffy Clyro descend on Newcas- Carling Academy 2, Newcastle Leg Byes; 17. Usual; 19. Maker; 20. Asps McQueen tle this Monday Carling Academy, Newcastle Leave your completed entries in the Palatinate pigeon hole. First correct entry wins £20 PALATINATE | MONDAY 22 JANUARY SPORT 25 Too many mince pies this Christmas? COME TO AEROBICS! All classes taught in the purpose built aerobics studio in the Graham Sports Centre (Maiden Castle) MONDAY 7-8pm BODY BLAST TUESDAY 1-1:45pm AEROBICS 5-6pm ADVANCED PILATES* WEDNESDAY 2-3pm AEROBICS 3-4pm LEGS, BUMS & TUMS THURSDAY 5-6pm BEGINNERS PILATES* 6-7pm BODY BLAST FRIDAY 1-45pm LEGS, BUMS & TUMS ALL CLASSES £2 - FITNESS SUITE MEMBERS £3 - NON-MEMBERS *PILATES CLASSES MUST BE PRE-BOOKED ALL OTHER CLASSES NO NEED TO BOOK CALL MAIDEN CASTLE ON 0191 3342173 for more information 26 SPORT MONDAY 22 JANUARY 2007 | PALATINATE It must be something in the water! John Elmes gives Palatinate Sport the lowdown on the Durham graduates who are making it big in the cricketing world ... and the young superstar who missed out on his chance to study here, in order to play for England ... John Elmes was not a gritty, hard fought and Ashley Giles’ (though of Michael Vaughan, or even positives for England, Alastair surrender of the precious urn, sympathetically), possibly the nous of his vice, Andrew Cook shone brightly as the but a spineless concession. Duncan Fletcher’s reign as head Strauss. person to spearhead England’s AT PERTH as Monty Panesar’s The national media, so ﬁckle coach, and Andrew Flintoff’s Where ‘Freddie’ has struggled test batting line–up in the haphazard sweep shot with English sports especially tenure as captain. Flintoff is a with the responsibility and as a future. missed and his wicket broke, when success has been tasted, remarkable cricketer. result has not performed to his With Trescothick’s fragile thousands of barmy armyites’ is braying as the giant in He is in a class of few when astronomically high standards mental state slowly and heads sunk between their legs the fairy tale so wonderfully it comes to the best players this tour, Strauss would most tragically shortening his test in the grim realisation that put it for the “blood of an in the world, but an added likely have revelled with it. career, Cook who in his ﬁrst we had just handed the Ashes Englishman”. burden of captaincy took its I have been fortunate meeting with Australia – whilst back to the Aussies. In more speciﬁc terms, a few toll on his technique: bowling to have been coached by and playing for Essex in an Aussie To thoroughly kick Englishmen and a Zimbabwean. and batting. His cricket brain train with Strauss as well as tour match of the 2005 Ashes English support, when it was This disastrous tour should is highly competent, but does witness him play when I was a – made 214 against a withered completely battered down, this spell the end of Geraint Jones’ not have the technical wizardry Middlesex C.C.C junior player. attack, has proved that even However, this is not where our the tender age of 21 does not link ends. I am only halfway shadow quality. through my Durham course His resolute, tactical and but have been involved with draining century in Perth DUCC from the start. proved this. Why should I give As a graduate from Hatﬁeld, consideration to this? Well Strauss also experienced when his national academy university cricket, although at selection had emerged there a higher standard (academy I was still the possibility that should think). It is testament he would not join as he had to how seriously our university been accepted into Durham takes its cricket and sport in University. general, that we can produce Were it not for his ﬂair, Was the next KP in Klute such sporting luminaries. Cook would almost certainly last night? Of course there are a few have been opening the (Picture Sam Charters) other special cricketers that batting for DUCC First XI, hailed from Durham namely spending countless ﬁtness and which are not likely to unfold, the former England captain net sessions with the UCCE but one cannot help thinking Nasser Hussain and the from the tutelage of our Sky that Alastair must have looked England capped – and unjustly commentator and former at Durham’s cricket pedigree overlooked – James Foster. England player, Graeme ‘Foxy’ when writing his personal From a series that Fowler. statement eh?! Is the next Engand captain in your lecture? (Picture: Sam Charters) gleaned little by way of Ahh, these are heady dreams PALATINATE | MONDAY 22 JANUARY 2007 SPORT 27 Durham demonstrate ﬂair at ﬁves BUSA tournament Ady Lee ner with conﬁdent wins for The singles plate com- had removed his gun restrictor Rugby Fives Captain Will “Average” Midmer and petition saw Durham dominate there could have been the ﬁrst Adrian “Boost” Love ﬂying as almost all of the players all-Durham doubles ﬁnal. This year’s BUSA National the ﬂag well for Durham. Fol- Rugby Fives competition fell lowing this, Dave “Myfanwy” on the long weekend of 24th Newsome, Dan “I Don’t Know -26th November and Durham Why” Katte, Henry “Guns The University Rugby Fives Club Elder” Richards, Hugo “Huggy (DURVsC) took its best haul of Bear” Armitstead and Alan results ever from the nation- “BB” Bowden fought valiantly wide competition. but were unfortunately out- Once again Durham’s gunned by highly-experienced Durham take on the opposition (Photo: Ady Lee) The last remaining player in an hour), the UCL opponent the main singles competition emerged victorious after the was Lee who match went to the wire in comfortably won his quar- three sets with Lee suffering from cramp and blisters. In the DURVsc (Photo: Ady Lee) ter-ﬁnal match before meet- involved progressed through The plate doubles to the ﬁnal stages of the com- ﬁnal was eventually contested petition. by Durham’s second pair Hay The doubles competi- and Midmer and a big-hitting tion proved even more success- pair from UCL. Success at this year’s BUSA competition (Photo: Ady Lee) ful for DURVsC with all pairs in Although it was the plate either the ﬁnals of the main competition, it took nothing strength and depth in squad circuit players. draw or reaching at least the away from the fact that the was demonstrated by a mas- It should be mentioned semi ﬁnals of the plate compe- very tight three sets were some sive entry of ten players, al- that all ﬁve players fought tition. of the best doubles seen all most double every other uni- tooth and nail for every point Second seeds Moham- tournament. It’s a testament versity’s entry. against opposition they had no med and Lee saw off the threat to the quality of ﬁves played An inﬂux of highly-skilled right to contend with. of a troublesome Leeds pair in by both teams that UCL even- freshers in Chris ‘Emre’ Hay As expected, skipper Ady the semi ﬁnal to set up a tually won by one sole point. and Hal ‘Al-Fayed’ Mohammed “Flair” Lee progressed without mouth-watering clash with the All in all it was a tre- combined with the retention trouble through to the third ﬁrst seeds from Cambridge mendously successful tourna- of more experienced players round of the main singles tour- . Unfortunately with Mo- ment which has well meant Durham were a real nament. hammed suffering from tonsil- and truly put Durham Univer- force to be contended with at The following round litis and Lee still suffering from sity back on the ﬁves map. All the Nationals this year. saw Love and Midmer drawn The singles tournament (Photo: Ady Lee) the ill-effects of his singles the players are looking forward After arriving in Pe- against what on paper were semi ﬁnal the previous day a to the Under 25s Champion- terborough and spending the two highly-seeded Oxford and win was never really on the ship and the North of England ing an opponent from UCL in post-tournament press confer- night in stylish ten bedroom Leeds players. They can howev- cards. Championships in February. the semis. After a marathon ence this match was picked out manor (complete with ghost er be very happy by their per- Katte and Armitstead two hour match (the average as the stand-out match of the we are told), the tournament formances, pushing them all lost a very tight, ﬂair-ﬁlled semi ﬁves match should last half tournament. kicked off in the perfect man- the way in two very tight sets. ﬁnal and if only Armiststead Old boys return to Durham The students prove their mettle against the old boy’s team in the annual alumni rugby match... the ruck. students. L Firth stealing at the students scored through him to remain “stuck in the Annual Alumni rugby match Senior player A Bruce least two balls against the head expansive ﬂair and attractive mud”. also offered his ability to dump in the scrummages. T Walford link play from Robinson, Bruce, Durham University 31 tackle on ex-club captain R displayed not only his strength Worrall, Sangster putting The game eventually Old Boys 22 Campbell. This lead the students at the scrum but also his ability skipper McDermott in for his ﬁnished 31-22 in favour of to defend aggressively, which to pirouette. The students won second try. the students. The game was was indeed necessary against all their line outs. Rewarding defensive played in excellent spirit, the students to gain their ﬁrst Richard Worrall ﬁve points by Dan Kelly. In the Old boy’s impressive play was seen by the students. with competitive well-phased counter attacking. The Old The Old boys started M McDonough putting in rugby. The students try scorers close succession the students boy’s showed that they still the second half with noticeable a great hit on his opposite were Kelly, Keenan (2) and managed to put two more possessed the ‘mongrel dog’ intent to close the score line number and T Basey putting in McDermott (2). Keenan also tries (Keenan and McDermott) Sponsored by Deloitte that is installed into the heart further. A change of personnel a try saving tackle, which some with three conversions. Richard on the scoreboard, which and UBS, the annual alumni of all those who fashion the and with the wind behind their mentioned maybe worthy of Worrall Man of the Match. were, both converted by ﬂy rugby match began on a grey Palatinate Shirt. With this they backs, they used their extra winning the DURFC’s match half Frank Keenan. windy Januaryafternoon. counter attacked efﬁciently weight and power to great “hit box”! The students showed The students began with some imaginative phase effect, mauling the ball many The old Boys showed great skill and physicality in well taking full advantage play allowing them to score a metres. With this the Old boys that they still had the running their defence. D Sangster of the wind. After a series of converted try. managed to put points on the power, with ex-DURFC Captain showing great strength in his fast ﬂowing play the Old boy’s Set pieces were scoreboard. Melanie bamboozling current tackling and effectiveness at defence ﬁnally broke allowing certainly in favour of the Again however skipper McDermott causing 28 SPORT MONDAY 22 JANUARY 2007 | PALATINATE PALATINATE SPORT Durham beat northern rivals in a good start to the year tone for the entire ﬁrst half amount of pressure and with a the glory and dotting down, a in this instance he was correct with the Yorkshire 10 opting tail wind Taylor duely slotted his few words of praise must go as the Palatinate skipper went to boom huge kicks down ﬁeld second left-footed drop goal to his human battering ram, on to lift the Doug Gillet Cup pinning the University side of the season. From the restart namely messrs Bruce, Firth, to celebrate a well-earned Durham University 15 into their 22. another wave of concerted Collins and Konrad. With this and hard-fought 15-12 victory. To their credit Palatinate pressure resulted score going unconverted due With this victory Yorkshire U20 12 the Palatinate pack worked in a score, this time for the to a serious lack of leg-power under their belts the tirelessly in securing phase ﬂeet-footed and twinkle-toed from Keenan, DURFC went Palatinates look forward to after phase of ruck ball against Timothy Walford who dotted into the last 15 minutes of a taxing trip to Cambridge the wind. However, it was a down under the posts after the game with a narrow 15-12 next weekend to face a Blues great shame that all this hard coasting through the White lead. side containing two Durham Richard Worrall brief motivational speech from work was wasted by the feeble Rose’s cover defence. This This lead seemed old-boys. A tough week of coach, Phil Harvey, the team attempts of the ﬂy-half to score was happily converted unassailable given the training is expected and An arduous journey deep prepared itself to launch into reach touch. However valiant by Keenan and took Durham’s conditions, however, the hopefully a solid performance into the heart of “God’s own the ﬁrst half. the Palatinates defence was, total to 10 points, with 8 of Yorkshire side attacked the on Saturday can propel the county”. Armed only with the However, any beneﬁts the youthful exuberance of those points coming from Old Durham line with ferocity. It squad into a very challenging might of the Palatinate shirt, gained from the rousing pre- the Yorkshire squad managed Etonians much to Field-Game was, however, in these dying but also very promising second the knowledge that “the better match chatter were soon to rumble over a brace of legend Rhodri Basey’s delight. moments of the game that half to the BUSA season. the weather is in Durham, the rendered useless as Durham tries in the ﬁrst half and go Durham continued to apply the true difference between worse it will be down there”, County representative Second into half-time orange break themselves to all aspects of the the sides prevailed. Brawn was Durham Team the team departed for Skipton. Five-Eighth Dale Taylor failed with a slender 12-0 lead. game and credit must go to the no match for brain as ﬂank A Collins, L Firth, T Walford, C On arrival it was soon to kick the ball 10metres. Fresh-faced and full makeshift 2nd row of Madden forward Worrall cleverly got Robinson, A Bruce, D Cooper, R noticed that the conditions This unfortunate event was of beans with the wind at their and Robinson who tirelessly hit his hands onto the ball and the Worrall, B Madement, T Basey, were to play a pivotal role in followed by another as Durham backs the mighty DURFC began rucks and carried ball. tackled Yorkshire player was D Taylor, J Moroney, C Dunlop, the forthcoming encounter. ﬂank forward Daniel Cooper the second half as they meant Back to the game, penalised for holding on. R McDermott, T Watson, F With this in mind Durham’s pulled up after 77 seconds to go on, constantly applying and Durham’s ﬁnal score came Keenan. Replacements: J skipper promptly proceeded of the game had lapsed with pressure on the Yorkshire from a typically robust catch Sir Edward Wood Konrad, G Frater, D Madden, A to lose the toss giving his what can only be described as a defence and testing them and drive from the Yorkshire was heard whispering “clever Lambert, O Reeve, M Horrocks, team the unforgiving task of tight hamstring. Unfortunately both out wide and in tight. 22. With Benjamin ‘Bambi’ people always win” into the ear D Kelly. playing up-hill, into the sun for Durham this was to set the Sure enough, after a concerted Maidement selﬁshly taking all of a bemused Lloyd Firth and and against the wind. After a Swimmers Durham students take to continue the gridiron successful year of other university teams, said: the team are positive and the Pete Barraclough Recent years have seen a huge “I’ve been amazed at how fast new term has seen an inﬂux of return for the game in the UK, the Durham squad have picked new faces at training, with en- It is not often that as well as regular broadcasts up the game. Even those who couraging progress also being Jo Sherwood, Vicky Beany, Erin Pearson Heather McKay, Helen Mason, a major new sport comes to on SKY, ﬁve and ITV, The NFL have never really watched the made off the ﬁeld. DUSC PUBLICITY SECRETARY Durham but last Term saw the has announced that a full- game are understanding their The Club is still ac- Jon Reilly, Matt Seegelaar, foundation of the Durham status regular season game Durham University Swimming Tom Kirk, James Murray, Tom Saints American Football Club. will be played in London later Team was busy again last Williams and Marc Hanson The new club is start- this year, the ﬁrst time this weekend, this time travelling performed brilliantly despite ing from scratch with a large has happened outside North to Birmingham for the their hard weekend at the group of enthusiastic rookies, America. The standard of the Northern division of the BUSA individual BUSA competition a few experienced players and competition in Britain may Team Championships. the weekend before. an expert coaching staff. There be well below the televised Being a slightly different James Murray impressed are plans afoot for Durham to sport, but it is still ﬁercely set-up to the individual BUSA again, lowering his own 100m start playing friendly ﬁxtures competitive and many of the competitions, this programme ﬂy record and Vicky Beany was at the end of this term, which teams which Durham will play involved only 50m and 100m back to her old tricks ﬁnishing means they can apply to join against feature players in the swims on each stroke and two 2nd in both the 50m and 100m the British Collegiate Ameri- Great Britain squad. There are relays. breaststroke. Both the relay can Football League ready for also strong links between the Each team is required to teams performed well with next season. The BCAFL stu- student game and the British select their best swimmer for the men ﬁnishing 2nd and dent league has 39 teams play- Premier League and a number each event and points are the women 4th in the medley ing during the 2006-07 winter of students have been scouted accumulated for an overall event. season, and expects to add 5 or to play in NFL Europa (for- team position. The top three The team eventually merly NFL Europe) alongside A Saint’s player practises blocking Photo: W.L’Heveder ﬁnished 4th overall behind 6 teams next year. teams from the Northern young Pros from America, and the much bigger teams of American Football division then go on to the potentially ex-sprinter Dwayne positions and plays remarkably tively recruiting players for all Loughborough, Manchester ﬁrst came to prominence in the Team Championships ﬁnal Chambers. quickly.” With training step- positions and encourage any- and Birmingham. A few good UK during the early 1980s with later this year. The Saints team is ping up a gear this term there one interested to come along scalps were taken including the NFL featuring on TV, There It is a tall order for a small rapidly taking shape, combin- is a lot of work to be done, to training, details can be Nottingham, Shefﬁeld and was also a boom in participa- team like Durham to challenge ing players from all over the as the rookie players learn to found at HYPERLINK “http:// Leeds as the team recorded tion at that time, but adminis- in this division against the world and all corners of Dur- handle themselves in bulky www.dur.ac.uk/american.foot- their highest ﬁnish ever. trative problems and changes likes of Loughborough and ham. Head Coach Frank McPar- and restrictive pads and hel- ball” www.dur.ac.uk/american. in TV scheduling affected the Manchester but the team of lin, who has coached a number mets. But the indications for football. game’s popularity.