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issue 1045 THURSDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2002 free

We only went and won them!

THIS WEEK HAS been the most succesful BY RICHARD WATTS Above: the two media awards, won respectively by broadcasting.” His sentiments were echoed
period in living memory for the student me- GU2 radio station (inset) and the very paper you hold by Tristan O’ Dwyer, last year’s Communi-
in your hands, barefacts. They are the first awards the
dia of the University of Surrey. medium in their relatively short histories student media of UniS has ever won and reflect an cations & Marketing sabbatical and editor of
On Thursday of last week, GU2 1350AM, and were met with jubilation and unbounded unparalleled year in terms of participation, quality and barefacts: “This award means an awful lot
the student radio station of UniS, was named exuberance from all of those who attended commitment. Photos: Paul Wright & Scott Geary. to me and everybody that was involved with
“Student Radio Station of the Year” at the the awards ceremonies. Gareth Davies, the newspaper last year. To receive a nomi-
annual student radio awards; this was fol- the station manager of GU2 for which the INSIDE nation for the first time in barefacts’ history
lowed two days later by the “Best Student award was presented, said: “This is a great was great, but to actually walk away with
Campaign” award for barefacts at the achievement for the station and everybody pages 6 & 7: a two page special looking the award, ahead of some great campaigns,
National NUS/Independent student media involved, especially given that this was our at the achievements of barefacts and GU2 is unbelievable.”
awards, recognising the series of newspapers first year of full-time broadcasting. We were The two awards represent the culmination
that contested the University’s planned rent a bit surprised to win but it is a testament photos from both of the awards cer- of much work by students, the Union and the
emonies, quotes from those that were there
increases last academic year. Both awards to everyone involved that we are the station University respectively, and place the media
and the histories of GU2 and barefacts
are the first for each communication that has won the ultimate prize in student in a very strong national position.
2 NEWS 21 November 2002

REVELLING IN THE “They are willing to pay for a car, so why not an education?” asks new Education Secretary
Two pages
to GU2 and
barefacts to cel-
Clarke delivers warning shot
ebrate the great IN AN ARTICLE written for The BY RICHARD WATTS
achievements Independent on Sunday, Charles Clarke,
of the last week the new Secretary of State for Education, government need to asses how universities
| pages 6 & 7 has suggested that children from middle are run such that they can utilise their
class families will have to pay more for a assets in a similar fashion to hospitals and
university education, and that the argument businesses. More worryingly for students,
A BAREARTS EXCLUSIVE over top-up fees is in danger of reaching
“iconic status.”
he also delivers an assured message to
those who benefit from the HE system,
INTERVIEW Mr Clarke, a former president of the highlighting both alumni and individual
Rachael Bemrose meets National Union of Students and Cambridge students as primary examples of these.
up with Clare University Students’ Union, commented In the case of the latter, Mr Clarke
Buckfield that “speculation about how to pay [for maintains that “as NUS president, one
(that’s right higher education] seems to have replaced of the most powerful arguments of my
a necessary debate about the future of HE,” generation was that we should be treated
- Dec’s girl-
and highlights that his priority was not higher as independent at the age of 18 and not be white paper to be delivered in January will
friend) to have education (HE) funding but improving “the financially dependent upon our parents.” It contribute to this focus.
a chin-wag and quality of education in our schools.” is then suggested that “many young people Objetcting to top-up fees, on the other
talk about her In his first article since the resignation do not think twice about taking out a loan or hand, is Claire Short, the International
new play bar- of Estelle Morris four weeks ago, entitled credit to buy a car or holiday,” even thought Development Secretary. Calling them “ a
earts | page17 “They’ll happily pay up for a car, so why they, unlike education, are depreciating really bad idea,” Ms Short warned that the
not for an education?” Mr Clarke delivers assets. Accepting that “each [option for introduction of top-up fees would create a
a thorough analysis of the current situation funding] brings strong postive and negative two-tier higher education system, similar to
PHONECARDS in HE and its funding, accepting that there is responses,” Mr Clarke concludes that the that in the US, and that she was sure “the
a funding deficit faced by many universities funding ‘drift’ tolerated by successive government could find a more intelligent
The Union has started selling phone-
and asserting that the public and governments must be addressed and that the way through.”
cards. Turn to the poster on page 14 for
details on this new scheme.
I’m glad someone is saying something University of
IN THIS WEEK’S PAPER Fortunately, the NUS Whichever way the top-up

UniS jump the gun on new site

president is at the centre of
the debate concerning the
fees decision goes (and I
think we all have a fair in-
Surrey awarded
A new roadsign has appeared on the
roundabout outside Tesco’s that could be
“will-they-won’t they” circus
currently entertaining the
domestic political landscape
clination of what might hap-
pen), what has the continual
concentration on Mandy and
Queen’s medal
potentially embarrasing for UniS opposite as the “Labour division” re- Mandy alone contributed to BY SARAH BUTTERWORTH
garding top-up fees continues proceedings? Monotony. It EDITOR
The firefighters made the news to take up excessive column is no offence to Ms Telford,
Two viewpoints on the firefighter’s strike of inches (of which here are a RICHARD WATTS of course - that she is the one LAST WEEK THE University of Surrey
last week: did they come out of it well, or few more to boot). that always has to get up and
became one of five Universities around
will the suffer? Comment | page 8, 9 Unfortunately for students, “Not one article has speak is part and parcel of
the country to be honoured with Queen’s
however, this particular pres-
mentioned Mandy Telford’s the job; it is just how that Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further
ident is not the current one must appear to everyone else
barearts misses James Bond - a certain Miss Telford - but
name, let alone any of the
that is really worrying. If I Education, one of the most prestigious
Having not been able to watch the film, NUS’ policies or demands.” awards in the country. It was presented in
instead the one that used to were a government minis-
barearts previews it anyway - it’s not like run the show and who used ter, faced with a national recognition of its contribution to industry and
you listen anyway... barearts | page 13 his time in office to fight for president who repeats day outstanding work in the fields of ion beam
“more financial independence from their after day the very same argument, as well applications and optoelectronic devices
Short story competition parents for 18 year olds” - a hairy situation as year after year the “annual demonstra- for over 30 years. The research groups,
Chris Ward introduces you to the barefacts indeed for those who may have a stake in tion,” I would register a passing “ah bless” headed by Professor Alf Sealy and Professor
“short story” competition that will be run- the financial future of Higher Education. thought and move on to realistic business, Alf Adams have carried out cutting edge
ning next semester barearts | page 16 Over the last four or five weeks, especially such as figuring out the capping level for research developing articles such as CD
since Sir Richard Syke’s announcement any possible top-up fees and how bursary and DVD players, printers and microwave
A kick-ass music section over Imperial’s market-fees plans, not a funds can be maximised so that the under- circuits for satellite communications.
day has gone by without a columnist’s or privileged can also attend university should The only facility of its kind in the
Four pages of music, including singles,
analysist’s viewpoint on how HE should be their abilities allow. Reminiscent of a nag- country, the Surrey Ion Beam Centre is
albums, gigs and the return on “What’s on
finded, and whether or not students should ging five year old child, you don’t just give acknowledged as a European Centre of
your campus stereo?” barearts | page 22 pay for their education. Interestingly, none people what they want in order to make Excellence and much of the work has
of these articles has even mentioned Mandy them go away. So maybe the NUS should involved collaborations with over 30 other
Footballing heroes return Telford’s name, let alone any of the policies go away and have a think about what it can
university groups. The centre is currently
They were there in the first issue of the year or requests she, as NUS president, might actually achieve, otherwise its moans will
building on its success, having received a
and now they return victorious: the men’s have to make on behalf of virtually the en- continue on into the terrible-teens.
grant for a new continuously operating state-
football team are back! Sport | page 28 tire student nation, a situation that appar-
ently only I find a little bit disconcerting. of-the-art ion beam accelerator to replace its
Day after day I receive press releases current 47 year old machine. This makes the
from the NUS headquarters to the effect of IBC one of the best equipped laboratories of
“Mandy Telford said this today to a load of its kind in Europe.
people who have heard her say all of these Speaking of the prize, Vice-Chancellor
things before. She played a selection of Professor Patrick Dowling said “It is
her classic hits, such as “top-up fees cre- a great honour for the University to be
ates a two-tiered system,” “top-up fees are awarded a further Queen’s Anniversary
against the government’s widening partici- Prize particularly in this, the year of Her
pation agenda” and, a favourite of us all, Majesty’s Golden Jubilee. I am very proud
“the NUS wants ‘grants not fees’.” Would of the achievements of our world class
somebody please play a different record? Above: Alf Adams and Brian Sealey research teams.”
21 Novermber 2002 NEWS 3

University jumps the gun on Manor Park development

exclusively by barefacts, show that UniS
is expecting its Manor Park development that the University pay for them, and so we
to go ahead as planned. Despite recent decided to take into account out future plans
difficulties with planning permission and for the Manor Park sight in order to avoid
rather damning headlines in the local press, further costs in the future.”
the road sign, situated on the roundabout This incident follows a headline in last
by Tescos supermarket was erected week’s Guildford Times that stated “UniS
around a week ago with a scratchcard-type won’t listen to us”, in which residents of
‘substance’ covering up “University, Manor the town explained their dismay at the
Park” and indicates that the development by attitude displayed by the university officials
the Varsity Centre is all but certain. concerning the Manor Park development. A
Suspicion was evidently aroused by other week before, the Surrey Advertiser ran two
road signs directing traffic to the “University stories condemning the development and
of Surrey, Stag Hill” campus, and within the current parking situation on campus,
days of the signs going up, an unknown containing strong words from Sue Doughty,
person(s) removed the covering ‘gum’. the Liberal Democrat MP for Guildford.
When asked to comment, a spokesperson Commenting on the parking situation, Mrs
for the university said: “The university Doughty said: “I have taken the issue up
thought some of the road signs were looking with the University more than once but have
a little old, so we suggested they be replaced. not had a response.”
The Highways Agency, however, required

Car theft worry for students

BY SARAH BUTTERWORTH in an incident believed to have taken place
EDITOR later that evening, a car belonging to a final
year electronic engineering student was
THE NIGHT OF Sunday 17th November stolen from St John’s Road. It was parked
saw two incidents of serious car crime there on Sunday evening, but was reported
committed only minutes from the University stolen on Monday evening when the owner
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parked in Guildford Park Road was broken care when parking cars off campus, and to
����������������� into, but although the steering column was
broken and a windscreen smashed, it is
be aware that cars left alone for long periods
can provide an easy target for criminals.
believed that nothing was stolen. However,

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have been a victim of car srime yourself,

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will be able to assist or advise you fur-
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Students to benefit from housing reforms
BY SARAH BUTTERWORTH from unscrupulous landlords. Any steps
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student accommodation is a step in the
���������������� THE NATIONAL UNION of Students has right direction. This new legislation must
��������������������������������� welcomed housing reforms announced in ensure that all landlords of private rented
the Queen’s Speech last week, designed to accommodation - not just those who own
��������������� ensure the better regulation of houses of larger properties - comply with minimum
����������������������� multiple occupancy. health and safety standards. “
������������������������������������������������ The government’s housing bill gives The NUS Health and Housing survey 2001
���������������������������� councils the power to decide whether a showed that more than half of students
������������������������������������������������� house is fit for occupation and ensure sharing houses had problems with damp,
landlords have a licence before renting out four out of ten had found evidence of mould
����������������������������������������������������� homes for multiple occupation. Houses of and 52% had reported repairs that had not
���������������������������������� this type are typically occupied by students been carried out by the landlord. Nearly
and are of notoriously low standards. The half of landlords had not complied with
����� Queen announced: “Legislation in draft
will be published to improve both housing
existing gas safety regulations or shown
the tenants the gas safety certificate. David

��������� �������� standards and standards of management Fotheringham, policy chief at the Chartered
of private rented accommodation by Institute of Housing, said “There have been
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Mandy Telford, President of the NUS
said: “Currently, students living in shared
gas fires which haven’t been adequately
checked, and hopefully this law will address
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houses are not afforded any protection those issues.”
4 NEWS 21 Novermber 2002

Merger collapses after stiff staff opposition Cannabis “more

Sir Richard also instigated. harmful than
have now completed an intense period of Opposition to the merger was both
deliberation since it was first announced
that the two colleges were exploring the is now looking for a provost – the merger
vocal and widespread, with the website springing up – it now
desirability and feasibility of merger was expected to have provided Sir Richard carries on its front page: “SORTED and
between the two institutions. A number Sykes (of GlaxoSmithKline merger fame) thanks all who have visited or contributed BY SARAH BUTTERWORTH
of areas for future collaboration have for the role. to this site for their part in this great EDITOR
been identified and may well be pursued. The institution resulting from the merger result!”. The site has a set of posters for
However, the overall conclusion is that the would have had 10,000 research students the more fervent opponents, with slogans A HEALTH CHARITY this week warned
best interests of the two institutions are not and staff – by comparison there are like “Combat Imperialism” and “UCL that smoking pure cannabis is more
served by a formal merger” approximately 10,000 students in total here Libre” to choose from. The students are not harmful to the lungs than tobacco. A study
So read the statement issued by the two at Surrey. The Association of University all opponents of the merger though, with performed by the British Lung Foundation
universities contemplating a merger until Teachers (AUT) was not in favour of the some lamenting the loss of the plans on concluded that smoking just three cannabis
this week. The merged university was set merger; “common sense has prevailed” the UCLU message board: “Today is a sad joints a day can cause the same damage as
to become the largest institution in the UK, said its General Secretary, Sally Hunt, of day. The vision was to great a world leading 20 cigarettes. When cannabis and tobacco
sufficient to rival the Ivy League institutions the news. The combination of Imperial’s university. That vision has been ruined by are combined the effects are dramatically
of the US such as Harvard. The merger plans intention to introduce top-up fees of around petty egos, small mindedness and desire to worse. Research has shown that tar from
foundered, however, due to fierce opposition £10,000 and the news of the merger were stop change” states ‘inkiboo_cs’. The debate cannabis cigarettes contains 50% more
from academics at UCL – acting provost Sir enough to ignite a large résistance in the is now turned squarely back to top-up fees. cancer causing carcinogens than pure
Derek Roberts referred to their defiance as academia of the universities. Fears of tobacco. The chairman of the British Lung
“hypocrisy” and “lies” only last week, as he redundancies prevailed, with opponents of Foundation, Dr Mark Britton, said: “These
attempted to keep the plans on track. The the merger pointing to those that followed in statistics will come as a surprise to many
universities have admitted defeat, and UCL the immediate aftermath of the GSK merger people, especially those who choose to
smoke cannabis rather than tobacco in the
belief it is safer for them. It is vital that
University grading gets the 2.9th degree people are fully aware of the dangers so they
can make an educated decision and know
THE DEPARTMENT FOR Education and BY PHILIP HOWARD the damage they may be causing.”
Skills sources have confirmed that UK NEWS EDITOR Surveys carried out this year show that
degree grading is likely to be criticised 79% of children believe that cannabis is
in the coming White Paper on Higher not want to have the same sort of problems ‘safe’ and only 2% understood that there are
Education from the government. A report in universities that we saw with A-level associated health risks. After the dramatic
in The Times Higher Education Supplement marking”. increase in people smoking cannabis, many
said the DfES ‘would not be drawn’ on the The scheme that would replace it is reputed studies carried out in the sixties and seventies
report, but apparently the higher education to be the one used in the US in which the have underestimated the side-effects of
minister, Margaret Hodge, considers the grades are rated from 4 to 1, with the highest QAA’s former director Norman Jackson is smoking the drug due to the increase of
current 4 level grading system to have being 4. There is not agreement across the of progress files which “are about adding the major active chemical compound,
become irrelevant in the face of grade board, but Professor Elton thinks is has to the classification system”. Apparently delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, in the drugs
inflation. The fear is that the A-level practise Margaret Hodge’s support – she “wants to “they can make provision for highlighting commonly consumed today. The chief
of awarding only a certain number of top replace classification with a US system of work experience, or students’ study abroad” executive of the British Lung Foundation,
grades in order to retain the prestige of the grading. There are advantages to this but it – another CV to keep up to date then. Said Dame Helena Shovelton, said: “inhalation
qualification has become rife in the current hides the fact that certain aspects of learning Professor Elton: “Degrees are so varied and volume with cannabis is up to four times
higher education system, with an unofficial are difficult to grade”. The US system gives complicated, with modularisation, that only higher than with tobacco - in other words
limit on the number of 2:1 and 1st degrees in graduates a single score, which includes a detailed profile can say what a student has you inhale deeper and hold your breath with
place in many institutions. Said Ian Gibson, a decimal place – so students can get an achieved”. These are already being piloted the smoke for longer before exhaling. This
chair of the House of Commons science and almost-but-not-quite 3.9. in some institutions, amidst widespread results in more poisonous carbon monoxide
technology select committee: “We do Another alternative being pushed by the support for the practise. and tar entering into the lungs.”
The British Lung Foundation is calling for
the government to increase public health
education on the health risks of cannabis.
The charity will also be pushing for further
research into cannabis and the lungs and its
links with chronic illnesses.
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21 Novermber 2002 NEWS 5

Cambridge University rejects the possibility of top-up fees

Students make a “big noise” as university officials urge government to explore all possibilities
broke rank with other leading institutions, EDITOR which has persuaded over 700 alumni to
announcing that it has “no plans to introduce refuse to donate to the University until top-
top-up fees”. In a statement released by the outside armed with trombones, guitars, up fees are unconditionally ruled out.
University Council, Cambridge urged the drums and saucepans. As rumours suggested The ‘Big Noise’ was in stark contrast to the
Government to: “rigorously explore and that lectures were being cancelled in order silent protest three weeks ago at Imperial
consider all the available funding options.” to let students attend the protest instead, the College, where the college voted to charge
The statement was released after the Council University’s reaction was positive, with one £10,500 if the Government allowed them
met on Monday 11th November to discuss a official commenting that he was “moved” by to do so.
paper brought by Paul Lewis, the President the protest. At 11am, all students observed Mandy Telford, President of the NUS,
of Cambridge University Students’ Union, a 2-minute silence in respect of Armistice said: “This reiterates the message to the
detailing the reasons why top-up fees would Day. Paul Lewis said today “The turnout government that nobody wants top-up fees.
be detrimental to University applications was unprecedented, and the noise was Lecturers don’t want them, parents don’t that top-up fees are still on the agenda
and make a mockery of the government’s phenomenal. No one can underestimate want them, students don’t want them and and will continue to fight against them.
widening participation policy. the importance of this issue. Top-up fees even Labour MPs don’t want them. This The government needs to recognise what
The meeting was accompanied by a ‘Big cannot be reconciled with attempts to widen government committed itself to a review happened today at Cambridge, it needs to
Noise’ protest by almost 2,000 students, participation in Cambridge or elsewhere.” of student funding with the aim of making listen to the public and it needs to rule out
staff and academics, who congregated The protest comes after a campaign by improvements. The NUS is astounded top-up fees.”

ACCORDING TO THE Times Higher, the

number of students heading to Australia to
study is up 44% on last year, standing now
at over 1700. Some think that the talk of
top-up fees may have given students cause BY PHILIP HOWARD
to consider kangaroo country: “Maybe UK NEWS EDITOR
students are beginning to feel that if they
are going to have to pay fees anyway, they in the UK.
might as well look further afield for the kind Benefits that students see in studying in
of courses and lifestyle they would like” Australia include a friendly style of teaching,
says Claire Wright, a horticulture student at small class sizes, high-quality facilities
Cooloola and Sunshine Institute in Nabour and Australia’s stance as gateway to Asia.
near Brisbane, already a Master of Natural Around 20% of the students are on IT
Resources Studies at the University of
courses, whilst two-thirds are on health, arts,
humanities or business and administration.
New constitution not accepted
The actual universities fees are higher, Flexible and often tailor-made programmes
with fees between £3.5k to £10.5k (A$10k are a particular pull for the post-grads say
to A$30k) a year, but with living expenses IDP, for whom they make up around 75% of
estimated to be three times lower than those inquiries, along with ‘lifestyle choices’.
Students’ Union has been questioned by a
university official, who is unhappy with the
Advertising feature treatment of the sabbatical officers’ position
in the new document.
Mr Peter Beardsley, the Academic
Regsitrar for UniS – whose task it is to
ensure the constitution is a fair and legal
document – has indicated a justified
unhappiness concerning the location of the
sabbaticla officer numbers within the “Rules
and Appendices” section of the updated
constitution – the document that prescribes
precisely how the Students’ Union operates USSU. Four years ago, an extra sabbatical
Did you collect your mug at the democratically – and has indicated a
preference that the number of full0time
role – roughly known as “Vice President
Finance & Development” – was created in

Careers Fair?
elected Union officials is contained within order to allow representation of students
the “Core” constitution. in the financial issues affecting the union.
Under the new document, which was passed This move raised the number of sabbaticals
by an overwhelming majority at Student from five to six, the funding for which came
Council last Tuesday, changes can be made from the University. The last three years
If not, claim yours on to the “Rules and Appendices” section have highlighted many difficulties with the
relatively easily, such that the document sixth sabbatical position, however, and the
can reflect the changes within the Students’ union has once again reverted to just five
Thursday 12th December 2002 Union. (Currently, in order to make any
constitutional amendment, four weeks and
sabbaticals. Requiring that the number
of sabbaticals is included within the Core
2-4pm numerous Student Councils, as well as
scrutiny by the University, must be passed
constitution, therefore, allows the University
to keep tabs on the number of sabbaticals
Lakeside Restaurant before any such changes are implemented).
Any change to the Core constitution,
and ensure that any unnecessary issues can
be avoided as a result of suitable funding.
however, must not only be passed by the Such concerns were greeted by the union
FREE COFFEE AND FREE SURREY ALUMNI SOCIETY MUGS! required number of Student Councils at with disappointment as plans are already in
the relevant quoracy levels, but also by the place to set in stone the sabbatical positions
University, creating a long-winded process and the roles they play; the delay in any
that reacts slowly to change. University approval could also affect the
Guest celebrity Mr Beardsley’s hesitancy reflects the recent part-time and full-time officer elections due
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Patrick Dowling history of the sabbatical positions at to be held at the beginning of next semester.
6 AWARD WINNING MEDIA 21 November 2002

barefacts: best student campaign & GU2: best student radio station
Having been nominated around a month of the student media at the University of editor, and the rest of his team. Given the
ago, both GU2 1350AM and barefacts have Surrey has won any sort of national award emphasis the NUS places on campaigns
picked up the awards for which they were and reflects just how quickly it has caught and lobbying institutions that can make im-
nominated, making last year the most suc- up with the national media scene. plement change, this award is all the more
cessful ever in terms of national recognition GU2 has only been braodcasting full- satsifying.
for the media of the University of Surrey. time for 18 months now, having previosuly The prizes for winning the awards were,
GU2 beat XPress radio from Cardiff uni- broadcast at sporadic times with no real for GU2, wo hours of broadcasting on
versity into second place whilst barefacts infrastructure to speak of. This was soon Radio One, and for barefacts, a cheque for
ensured, the fees changed by a £40k injection of cash from £500 and work experience at The Independ-
campaign, came second to its tirade the University and plenty of financial and ent. Details in barefacts as and when.
against the university’s planned rent administrative support from the Students’
hikes last year. Union. who ensured that the full-time sta-
GU2 was also nominated for the tion manager position became a fully-paid
“Best speech-based program placement opportunity. Gareth Davies was
- factual” but lost out to a show the first such placement student and, under
called “Mission Impossible” at his leadership, the station has reached the
Imperial College London. giddy heights it scales today.
This is the first time that any Similarly, barefacts has undergone quite a
transformation in its recent history. Previ-
ously published as an A4 document, Matt
Pannell, a former sabbatical, decided to
change the format to the familiar tabloid
style that has been hand-distributed across
campus for the last four years. Previous
editors, including Andy Blair and Kev
Marston, all helped to shape the paper and
its design such that the improvements over
the years have culminated in this prestig-
ious award for Tristan O’ Dwyer, last year’s

This is something we can all be proud of

Even if you have never writ- incredible amount of effort
ten a letter for this paper or and displayed tremendous
said a single word on GU2, dedication to every aspect
these awards are something of the station. If some-
we can all be proud of. Go- thing went wrong, Gareth
ing home at Christmas isn’t would more than likely fix
just about catching up with it himself and was on call
your family and friends literally twenty-four hours a
and seeing how they are all day; during the FM period,
getting on - it is also about RICHARD WATTS he worked 19 hours a day
blowing your own trumpet full-stop. There is nothing
and saying how brilliant “Not one article has more to be said about that
the university you chose to
mentioned Mandy Telford’s man other than this award is
attend actually is. This ap- rightfully his (along with all
name, let alone any of the
proach is so widespread here those that contributed their
NUS’ policies or demands.”
that it has manifested itself own substantial portions of
in something known as “the time) and that it would be
Surrey Pride,” but now we a crime if he does not go on
all have something we can shout about so it to achieve a successful career in the radio
is not just the sporty ones running around industry.
with that intangible ‘pride’ tag-line. But what of our own barefacts? Well, at
A lot has been said regarding how fantas- the risk of sounding sentimental, the same
tic these achievements are, so let me take a can be said of Tristan - last year’s editor.
moment to put it all in context. First of all, To take on barefacts with little experience
GU2. and make it into an award winning paper
The radio station has won this award - which is exactly what Tristan did, along
in its first year of full-time broadcasting. with his own team of helpers - is something
That is the equilvalent of saying “Accring- I can only applaud. The weekly ritual is
ton Stanley won the F.A. Cup the first time a difficult one to explain, but for Tristan
they ever entered it.” The magnitude of to put together a series of papers near the
this achievement cannot be underestimat- end of his term in office, when there are a
ed. The stations against which GU2 was hundred other things going on, is a testa-
competing have been established for a long ment to the chap and how he approaches
time and have teams easily in excess of one everything he does: professionally and in a
hundred people, all contributing to shows, considered fashion.
production, advertising - everything you I hope neither Gareth or Tristan minds
could ever imagine to run a station. GU2, me saying those few words.
on the other hand, though full of totally And so to this year - what a reputation we
dedicated volunteers, had nothing ap- have to live up to. The awards put a little
proaching the set-ups of these other places pressure on myself and Bianca Toy, the
and soldiered on, making do with the facili- current station manager of GU2, to recre-
ties it had. ate the success, but hopefully, with the help
GU2’s award cannot be mentioned with- of an army of volunteers, we can gather a
out the name Gareth Davies in the same heap of nominations once again next year
sentence, because he, as Station Manager and maybe, just maybe, add a couple more
for the award-winning year, put in the most awards to our brand new trophy cabinet.
21 November 2002 AWARD WINNING MEDIA 7

The awards ceremonies

In order to win awards, you must not and nibbles that disappeared very
only have been the best in your cat- quickly. The actual ceremony, how-
egory at what you do, but also attend ever, was very professional and had
the awards ceremony so that you can renowned dj’s such as Tim Westwood
pick up the prizes (pictured above). and the controller of Radio One, Andy
The ceremonies for the Student Radio Parfitt, there to present the awards.
Awards and the Student Media Awards The media ceremony was a more swift
were held at Goldsmiths College, Lon- affair, with a lot less focus on the read-
don and the Shakespeare Underglobe ing out of nominations and more on the
theatre on the South Bank respectively, free food and wine.
and were both fantastic evenings at The event, which was sponsored by
which student journalism in general Topman and Topshop, was part of the
was celebrated. Famous-ish women student media conference hosted by the
Emma B and June Sarpong hosted the NUS at Canary Wharf, at which poten-
radio and media awards respectively, tial winners of future awards learnt their
and both gave a sense of glamour and trade from established professionals
excitement to the occasions. from the broadsheet and tabloid papers
For the radio awards, Goldsmiths col- as well as magazines such as Heat.
lege had a somewhat unfree, free bar
8 COMMENT 21 November 2002



Make yourself heard: get along to these

meetings and state your case
This week and next, we find ourselves in a best to let everyone know just how you feel
position where two very different organisa- about the current situation, and lets you meet
tions require our help and our support. many, many like-minded people with whom
On home soil, the Students’ Union needs to you can discuss the finer merits of the cur-
have a certain number of people such that rent and proposed funding system.
this much talked-about constitution can The Students’ Union, at the time of going
finally see the light of day and actually be to press, is intending to send a coach-full of
implemented. Though it is unsure whether students up to London to participate in the
or not his can actually be achieved with re- march, which will be held on Wednesday,
spect to a justifiably hesitant university we 4th December, and it is up to you to decide
all wait and see, but it is important as many whether you would like to be a part of this
people as possible take the time to gain what or not. The NUS believes that this march
knowledge they can when the opportunities could really make a difference to funding,
arise. Thus, Tuesday 26th November, lec- especially when considering this now infa-
ture theatre L, 1pm - is the place to be. mous government white paper concerning
A little further afield, but still very close to the future of HE funding.
the hearts of all students, is the annual na- Though it is a little off topic, it would be
tional demonstration opposing tuition fees a crime not to mention anything about the
and, more importantly this year than ever awards that GU2 and we have won. ADmit-
before, the threat of top-up fees. Though tedly, a lot has been said already, so all that
barefacts has always suggested that people remains to say is that if you want to come
question their reasoning behind demand- and help maintain the best student media in
ing a free education, this opportunity is the teh country, you know where we are.

It is quite a worrying time for students all

Just in case you didn’t see it on the front page, here is taht “Best Student Radio Station” Award GU2 won.

over the country

Fireman Sam isn’t so friendly now
The news section this week brings with it a bit of turkey and lots of chocolate.
some pretty nasty surprises: if your car is Fear not, though, for barefacts is here to SO THE GOOD folk from seems like asking the traffic
not getting broken into, then the Secretary keep you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. the fire service finally wardens to stand in for the
of State for education is as good as telling Next week, in order to combat some of made good their threat and police if they were to strike.
you that you (or thenext generation) will be those demands on your time, there will be a walked out for two days last The fire brigade of course
paying a fair amount of money to receive bumper, fun-packed edition, forgoing some week. They would like a know this, and realise that
this privilege of higher education. Add of the usual stuff we bring you in order to 40% pay rise, instead of the the government will be keen
to this the fact that it is now week eleven make way for crosswords, bigger lyrics 11% which they have been to settle before the voting
and exams, coursework deadlines and the quizzes, kriss kross puzzles and generally offered, and since no-one public become too jittery.
inevitability of half another year passing lots of fun things to whittle away those will give it to them, its time The problem is that they’re
you by, Christmas seems a very long way off hours. It is not much, but it is a declaration to man the picket line. What PAUL CANNING all at it. Post office workers,
indeed and we could all do with a stiff drink, of care, at least. seems strange is that the fire train drivers, tube drivers,
service is even allowed to go some college lecturers and
“All that money must leave
on strike anyway. The police county court clerks to name
some for us; we’ve been
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK aren’t allowed to strike; an
independent review body,
underpaid for years, where’s
my slice of the pie?”
but a few. We could be
looking at another winter of
which both the government discontent not seen since the
“The one thing more difficult than following a regime is not imposing it on others.”
and the police federation labour government of 79. The
agree to abide by, decides their pay annually. problem arises from the chancellors new
This is because they are an essential public plan to expand government spending; taxes
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published by the University of Surrey Students’ Union
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Communications Office. The other curiosity about the fire service along in April will leave him a nice pot of
The views expressed within the paper are those of individual
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intrusion or discrimination write to our editor about
Editor, the University of Surrey Students’ Union or the
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University of Surrey. becomes available, dozens of people apply. conservatives on unspectacular wages have
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21 November 2002 COMMENT 9

The nights have drawn in on the student-folk at UniS

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, it’s week to its credit, doesn’t have a Beauty of Creation, when all death has immortalised many an artist. Just
eleven. Congratulations for making it this unified political stance so it BEN SUPPER you want to do is to drown imagine if Michael Jackson had gone a little
far. Undergraduates elsewhere will already doesn’t really matter). You your housemate in the lake, more loopy than he did, and threw himself
be on holiday. The concept of week eleven see the same old faces rotated You will find that all but suspend her cadaver from the off a building thirteen years ago. Not only
will hold no more reality for them than any every day between lectures, your most complicated geodesic dome as a warning would he be a martyr to fame, but he would
other hideous, nightmarish vision. home, and Chancellors, friends have begun to evolve to other transgressors, and be remembered as undoubtedly one of the
For us, though, the fun is just beginning. looking increasingly strained. ‘coping strategies’ then go home and see your greatest musicians and performers who ever
Difficult to believe, I know, as one of your People who ought to know parents. lived. Now we’ve got to live with some
housemates saps your life from your veins better have started behaving very oddly. You This brings us neatly to Depressives, who dodgy embarrassing bleached neurotic
by going on and on and on about how will find that all but your most complicated will argue that although Happies have a recluse of our own creation, dribbling out
much coursework she has, how useless her friends have begun to evolve ‘coping point, they’re just deluding themselves. music which sounds like a soundtrack from
boyfriend is even if he’s much better in strategies’. More passive than the Happies, they will a Globalcorp advertisement. So passes glory
bed than her last one, and how her parents I have discovered that this usually involves willingly discuss philosophies of life with in the world.
should have phoned by now. But it’s really sticking fast to one of three outlooks on them in Chancellors, and neither side will Introverts, like the computer in the film
true that the fun is just beginning, even as life. There’s nothing very researched win. The Depressive will state ‘we are all War Games, realise that the only winning
her babble takes you a million miles from about this, and there doesn’t need to be. stuck in the quicksand, clinging to one move is not to play. They will go home to
the concept of ‘fun’ as surely as the chilli Real psychologists have a history of just another to survive. The higher you rise, the study. They will go home to socialise. They
con carne she made last making it all up as they deeper you have had to push me.’ And that, will go home to rest. They’ve probably
week still sits inside “Which word ending go along, and some of of course, is the trump card. You can never got a long-term partner with whom to
your saucepan upon the them get paid a fortune argue with a Depressive. You’ll just learn argue cathartically so they don’t need you.
in ʻ-cideʼ would
hotplate, growing hair for it. Well, anyway, that the world is a savage, destructive one, (Incidentally, most relationship agreements
and looking more like end your misery I’ve been busy sorting populated by profoundly lonely souls who can be solved as soon as you remember
a cow again with every in the way that people into three types: may express themselves sincerely only via that the woman is always right. However,
crawling hour. is most humane and Happies, Depressives, and aggressive or physical means. Leave them this makes the dynamics of a homosexual
Well, grab a corner Introverts. alone; no matter what you do, you’ll only be relationship utterly mystifying to me).
of your conscious most beneficial to Happies maintain a proving them right. Introverts are just as likely to be closet
mind back from this society?” sunny, sanguine attitude If you’re lucky, you’ll come across Happies as they are to be closet Depressives.
ghastly apparition for whatever happens, and somebody who oscillates unpredictably It’s no easy journey either way. With
thirty seconds, clumsily finger an all-too- remain quietly supercilious about it all. between Happy and Depressive states of everyone wearing their personalities on their
inadequate kitchen knife, and wonder Smiling, joking, laughing, and squeaking is being, and these people, who weave the sleeves, the best solution (in true Edward de
which word ending in ‘cide’ would end your their modus operandi. Their mantra is ‘You richest and most random tapestries of life, Bono style) is to think ‘outside the box’ and
misery in the way that is most humane and love it really. You might as well enjoy it’. are truly blessed. The depth, honesty, and go temporarily insane.
most beneficial to society. It’s week eleven; They’re a pleasure to be with if you’re in the utter transience of their feelings combine to Anyway, that’s all for this week. The golden
the weather is dismal; you deserve it. mood, but like all evangelists they’re a real produce the world’s richest art and music, weathervane atop the cathedral is sending
It is invariably this time of year that sorts the pain in the arse when you’re not. You’ll hear make them impossible to live with, and out bad brain waves and manipulating my
men from the boys. (I strove for a less sexist nothing but platitudes and an unrestrained then they go mad and shoot themselves. mind, so I’ve got to go and chain myself to
metaphor but then realised that this paper, delight and an all-purpose revelling in the No shame in that, incidentally: an early an oven and read the Book of Numbers.

Another viewpoint on the firefighters demands: practise what you preach

I’VE REALLY GOT to try not £28,268 a year a free money machine for indirect losses are likely to be
to be flippant here – it’s all too • A leading firefighter could public servants. By far the most orders of magnitude higher than
easy to just say the firemen did earn £29,964 a year – just a few expensive part of any company the cost the firefighters suggest.
a brilliant job at striking at the pounds short of the £30,000 a year or department is the staff, and if So do I have anything nice to
expense of 7 lives. But I must demanded by the FBU” these costs suddenly rise by 40%, say about the firefighters? Well
be slightly fair, even if I can’t Now you can obviously see the we would see a choice appearing yes, I have to say they did stop
manage unbiased and objective. problem the firefighters are faced before the government. One route protesting to help people nearby.
To be frank, 40% is ridiculous. I’m with here, they are being offered to get costs back to manageable And they do deserve a decent rate
sure they did look at the level of a huge pay increase and they need PHILIP HOWARD levels would be to sack vast of pay, but they have to accept that
skill that they have, see that it is to justify more strikes, so they numbers of staff. This would be this is one of those jobs where love
in the top bracket and consider a complain at the strings attached. “If researchers campaigned both harmful to the departments for the job and a good pension
£30k wage to be fair, but honestly. No-one likes strings attached, for salaries proportionate and reduce the chance of these have to be recompense enough,
This isn’t the private sector, this but then few get the chance to to their skill level, people getting a job as a huge and an offer of 4% and 7% is
is government – complete with take more money in recompense. universities could only influx of ex-civil servants arrived very high indeed. The thing that
housing allowances, tax breaks, I work at the National Physical afford 2/3rds of the on the job market. Alternatively most riles me about it all is not the
decent pension (when the rest Laboratory, and new standards turn current staff levels.” the government could raise taxes – initial demand, or the continuation
of the country’s pensions are a- up continuously. DTI contracts get levels. Most research scientists to cope with a 40% costs increase of the strikes, but the walking
whirling down the huge plughole tougher, the telecommunications are doctors in their field, and many would mean a huge tax increase, away from the negotiating table
that has appeared), widow and industry gets more tight-walleted, have more than 2 degrees. Music hitting the middle classes and with a deal like that on the cards.
child pension, bonuses and London but are we offered better pay for students spend their childhood in pushing the boundaries lower into To just walk away shows complete
weighting. Talking of London these problems? In every business schooling and undertaking exams. working class territory. So you see disrespect for the government and
weighting, as the Deputy Prime across the country, management How much commitment to their if the government does offer the the ministers responsible – at a
Minister said in his speech to the progressively tighten expenditure, jobs are these firefighters showing FBU an even better offer, it must guess they’ve had to come up with
House of Commons on the 14th: “at improve ‘efficiency’, and in the by walking away from the offer be attached to reform and change. the best they can reasonably afford
present a qualified firefighter earns process make people’s lives more the government has made? By That is enough to make civil just to resolve the situation quickly,
£21,500 a year. Under this offer difficult. Some people do work all means strike to be heard, but servants consider more carefully only to have the FBU just overturn
[4% and 7%]: for the love of the job – to point to surely if they just took the raise the how much they want a wage the dinner plates like a spoilt child.
• A qualified firefighter could earn researchers and musicians as cases government is going to be more increase, and deter them from the We need the firefighters to listen
£23,960 a year in point, these are some of the most amenable to dealing with them in kind of action the firefighters are and accept a deal before the fire
• A leading firefighter could earn skilled people and most highly the future? taking. But the actual firefighting they started begins to spread out
£25,656 a year qualified. If they campaigned for Let us look at the consequences itself is not the only problem. Yes, of control. What is it they say on
And in London, where London salaries proportionate to their of raising the salaries to £30k we aren’t as safe when they are the adverts? Never play with fire.
weighting allowances apply: skill level universities could only without strings or argument. The striking, but also we lose most Practise. What. You. Preach.
• A qualified firefighter could earn afford 2/3rds of the current staff government is seen as a pushover, of the tube services as well – the
10 UNION 21 November 2002

Safety issues around campus -

plans for the future
Hello All. Well, I took your
advice and thought I’d do
something productive about
fittings should be going up
there (e.g.facing up the path
towards Clandon).
M oney
the safety issues around [b] When Bank Residences are
here. First, there will be a finished, the shrubbery behind The main point to remember here is that you shouldn’t
free Aikido workshop taken UniSport will come down. be paying unnecessary tax. Students who work during
by qualified instructor, Ed [c] CCTV will go up by the holidays and do not expect to earn more than their tax-free personal allowance (which
Griffiths. This is how he UniSport entrance as soon as is £4615 for 2002-2003) should ask their employer to complete form P38(S) which means
described the session. possible. that their wages will be paid gross.
“What we normally teach at
TONI BORNEO [d] The large area of shrubbery Students who work during the term-time as well as holidays, though, cannot have their tax
these self-defence courses is next to the path behind Surrey paid gross.
a combination of awareness Court will be replaced with a If you have already worked you should have form P45, which you should then give to
when walking etc (how not to couple of small trees. The area your new employer. Otherwise, your new employer will give you a form P46 to complete.
get attacked), what to expect in an attack and behind will no longer be concealed. If you need further information regarding these issues, leaflet IR60 on the Inland
then what you can do to stop it. The benefit [e] Spring 2003 – shrubs between Stag Hill Revenue’s website ( has more details on income tax and
of this school of Aikido in particular is that reception and Union building to be replaced students.
Ray (the other instructor) has spent 25 years with a lit footpath up the hill towards Surrey A representative from the Inland Revenue locally holds a tax clinic about once a month
or more studying pressure points - these are Court. This is part of major alterations of the in the Union. For more details about this, contact SAIS, the Union, or look in the notices
basically weak points on the human body, area and access road and lighting will form section of barefacts.
which cause pain or discomfort and deter part of the scheme. Don’t forget, if you need further advice about other financial or welfare issues, then the
or stop any further attack. They work on [f] Relamping of existing lights at Wates Student Advice & Information Service is here to help you.
everybody and don’t require strength to use, House and Mole, Surrey Court and on the
meaning that we can teach a small person to other side of the pedestrian crossing by Student Advice& Information Service (SAIS): Wey Flat 2 | Surrey Court
deal with a much bigger person. As we go UniSport will be carried out immediately. t: [68]9261 | e:
through everyone will be able to pair up and Ideally, we’d all like to have CCTV cameras
try the techniques out while we help, so it around, but they are actually a few thousand
should allow everybody to get a good idea pounds a go, so if that kind of money ever
of what you can do.” becomes available, it will be considered.
So – if you turn up with your student card And, of course, we’re all concerned about the
Volunteering opportunities update
to the Dance Studio in the Sports Hall, you Tesco Underpass area. Apparently, a reliable
Things at V have been pretty hectic recently drop in centre), Guildford Club For The
can take part in the class and get a free source at Surrey Police has promised to have
so I just thought that I would tell you what’s Disabled, Hydon Hill Cheshire Home (a
personal alarm (thanks to UniS Security). a Mobile Camera put up at the entrance by
been going on and also what V has got residential home for people with learning
All non-students will be required to pay the Christmas. I’ll be checking up on that….(oh
planned coming to Christmas. disabilities), Scouts, Nightline, Disability
usual price and a further £1 for the alarm. – I’ve just had an e-mail to say that plans are
Well we now have over 120 people Challengers and loads more.
Remember: 3-5pm Sunday 1st December, really underway and although technicalities
involved in V which is absolutely fantastic If you don’t fancy doing anything on a
UniS Dance Studio. are being worked out – this will be going
but where are the rest of you? Come on the regular basis then what about the A Team?
I have also just returned from a Night Walk ahead as soon as possible).
benefits of getting involved are endless but This group of one off volunteers are going
around campus with Tony Watling (Head So, I hope this information helpful. If
here are just a few to start you off! to be running a Xmas shopping trip for a
of Security), Mr Jitendra Kakad (Electric anyone has any realistic ideas about how to
meeting new people, learning skills, having local social group for disabled people. They
Engineering, Estates and Buildings) and Mr improve safety around here, Tony Watling
fun, learning about your local area, feeling are also going to be organisising a food
Nigel Hodge (Horticultural and Landscapes has requested that suggestions come through
alive, receiving a Student Union certificate collection and soup kitchen for homeless
Manager, Estates and Buildings). Our aim the Union. So, let me know if you think
and a big celebration party at the end of the people in Guildford to help when the
was to visit all the scary places on campus we’ve missed something.
year cold nights start drawing in. Then after
and think of a feasible way for them to be In the meantime, just try where possible to
V is run for the benefits of both students Christmas there are going to be loads of A
improved. UniS do want to protect students, keep yourself out of vulnerable situations. If
and staff and is here to offer you new and Team events from helping to brighten up run
so please remember that if the results aren’t you can take a bus instead of walk through
fun ways to make a difference to local down buildings in London to Battle of The
delivered immediately, they are working on the underpass, or wait for friends to walk
community and we are positive that we have Bands, a huge music competition for local
it. Here is a run down of the plans: with you, or save a few pounds at night to
something that you will enjoy! school children.
[a] June 2003 – path from UniSport end take a taxi back from the Union, it all helps.
There are over 30 different V opportunities INTERESTED? IF SO THEN COME
past Guildford Court, and along between If you are truly stuck on campus, for better
in the community and they are desperate for ALONG TO THE STUDENTS UNION
PATS and Southern Counties Radio to be reasons than being drunk at 2am on a Friday
your help with sports, outings, teaching, & FIND ALLI CUMMINGS, THE
widened to cycle path width and lit properly. night, give Security a call and see if they can
arts & crafts, driving, playing, marketing STUDENT SUPPORT & OUTREACH
In the meantime, a couple of temporary light help.
& advertising – infact they need any kind CO-ORDINATOR OR EMAIL
of help you can imagine. We already have A.CUMMINGS@SURREY.AC.UK
students helping at a Guildford Action (a

Lebanese Dinner 2002

The Lebanese Students Society will be If you want to take up this opportunity
holding their first grand social event of the to enjoy a healthy and diverse Lebanese
year, a Lebanese Dinner and Evening to dinner and a great atmosphere, please email
be held in Roots Cafe Bar on Saturday 23rd for further
November starting at 6.30pm. This will be information and tickets, as advance booking
a chance to feast upon the world famous is required.
cuisine of Lebanon whilst experiencing the ‘Ahlan wa sahlan’ – Welcome. We hope to
warm hospitality of Lebanese culture. A see many of you there.
Lebanese meal is never just a meal!
barearts grabs a quick as if one hadn’t been
chat with Clare Buck- enough, we are offer-
field - that wee lass ing another chance to
who used to be even win a mobile phone.
littler on 2.4 children aren’t we nice?

James Bond returns to Die CLASSIC OF THE WEEK

Another Day in latest film
With the premiere on Monday, barefacts was unable
to review the latest Bond movie for this issue -
The Omen
however, below is a short preview of one of the most Here is Wisdom. Let him that hath words: stew fudge
eagerly anticipated films this year. understanding count the number of the
For a full review see next week’s barefacts. beast: for it is the number of a man; and 5 years later while Robert is U.S.
Die Another Day opens around the country on Friday. his number is 666.” - Book of Revelation, Ambassador to Great Britain the child’s
Chapter 13, Verse 18 past starts to come to life. Their first nanny
Faith. God. Jesus Christ. Church. The decides to hang herself at Damien’s 5th
The latest James Bond film was shot proportions. On his way, he crosses paths Cross. Believer or not, you can’t watch birthday party. Thereafter a Father Brannen,
on a series of exotic locations, including with the beautiful Jinx and Miranda The Omen and pretend that this movie visits the Thorn’s to tell them that the child
Iceland, Hawaii and Norway, and boasts the Frost, women become further entwined didn’t affect you. Just like ghost movies, they adopted was the son of the Devil.
requisite array of dazzling gadgets, among in his latest adventure. Hot on the trail of this is just so... possible. Even if you’re Thorn doesn’t believe him and tries to go
them a customised surfboard. A high-speed deadly megalomaniac, Gustav Graves and a complete atheist or like me, respect but on with his life. A new nanny is brought
hovercraft chase through a minefield in the his ruthless right-hand man Zao, Bond don’t care about religion, this film will in, Mrs. Baylock, and Damien seems to
demilitarised zone separating North and travels to Iceland into the villain’s lair, a disturb you. The Omen is an extremely well take an immediate liking to her. After this
South Korea, marks the beginning of James fantastic palace built entirely of ice. There made movie and nothing is exaggerated we see incidents of Damien and his fear of
Bond embarking upon his latest mission. he experiences, firsthand, the power of a beyond the limits of plausibility. This is places. On the way to church he kicks and
From Hong Kong to Cuba to London, 007 high-tech weapon. Ultimately, this leads to why The Omen strikes a nerve and will screams and forces his parents to abandon
circles the world in his quest to unmask a an explosive confrontation back in Korea, chill the hell out of you for nearly two that habit. At the Zoo, the baboons attack
traitor, and prevent a war of catastrophic where the mission began. hours. Gregory Peck plays Robert Thorn, him. You get the picture. The Omen is not
a wealthy politician and Lee Remick is his loaded with special effects. It relies on good
wife, Kathy. Kathy is pregnant but after the acting, powerful music and our unconscious
baby is born it dies before the mother can fears. What if the devil really exists? Isn’t
see it. Knowing the it possible that his
shock that Kathy son would come to
will receive Robert earth just like Jesus
convinces the Christ apparently
Roman Church to did? Incidentally
allow them to take did you know that
an orphaned child the church that
as their own. The Damien has a fit
child was born at the about going into is
same time and day none other than our
so all would be well. very own Guildford
They name their Cathedral?

child, Damien.


James “Iron Jim” Cameron was born in Kapuskasing, 1977, and Cameron saw “Star Wars”. It was exactly the words: jolyon hunter
Ontario, Canada in 1954. He grew up in Chippawa near kind of movie he envisioned himself making after seeing
Niagara Falls and the family moved to the USA in 1971. “2001”, and it rekindled his desire to make movies and and he ended up producing, directing and editing the film,
His mother was an Artist and his father an electronic reach for his dreams. He landed his first professional visiting the wreck of the Titanic 12 times himself. Due to
engineer, and both the scientific and artistic disciplines film job as art director, miniature-set builder and process its spiralling costs, Cameron even forfeited his fees for
obviously influenced his film-making. In high school he projection supervisor on Roger Corman’s “Battle Beyond everything except the $1.5million for the screenplay. When

wrote sci-fi stories, and fantasized instead of doing his the Stars” (1980) and made his feature-length directorial it was released, Titanic took more than $25 million dollars
homework. A short story he wrote in Biology class later debut with “Piranha II: The Spawning” (1981). in its first weekend and has gone on to be the biggest film
became “The Abyss”. In 1984 he wrote and directed “The Terminator” (1984), of all time, taking more than $1 billion worldwide and
He was also an avid reader of sci-fi, and saw Stanley the blockbuster futuristic action-thriller starring Arnold winning a record eleven Oscars. I’m sure he got paid in the
Kubrick’s visionary masterpiece “2001: A Space Odyssey” Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn and Linda Hamilton. The end.
when he was 15 years old. This was the hook for the young film was an international success and helped launch his, Since the runaway success of “Titanic”, Cameron has not
Cameron, and he became fascinated with the whole motion and Schwarzenegger’s careers in Hollywood. He followed directed a motion picture, but has been active in creating
picture industry. Cameron proceeded to watch that movie it up with a string of successful science-fiction action successful television series – namely the Fox network hit
more than ten times in quick succession, and is quoted films such as “Aliens”(1986), “The Abyss” (1989), and the “Dark Angel” starring Jessica Alba (available on Sky One
as saying that he knew he wanted to be a filmmaker after sequel to The Terminator, “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” over here). James Cameron is currently rumoured to be

seeing it. However, he never truly believed e could succeed (1991). This led to him becoming one of the most sought- working on “Avatar” – a revolutionary project where he
and eventually majored in Physics at California State after directors in Hollywood. His next movie, also starring intends to cast completely digitally created actors. The third
University at Fullerton. He got good grades but realized Schwarzenegger, was “True Lies” (1994). Buffy fans keep instalment in the Terminator franchise is also in production,
that science was not something he was interested enough a look out for an early appearance by Eliza Dushku (a.k.a. but without Cameron involved unfortunately. The film is set
in. Switching to English Literature for a while did not Faith) as Harry Tasker’s daughter. to star Schwarzenegger, Claire Danes (“Romeo and Juliet”)
help, and Cameron realized he would not be happy either Terminator 2 turned out to be the most expensive film ever and Kristana Loken. The film pits Arnie and John Connor
way. He dropped out and took several jobs including truck made, but Cameron went one better with his next picture (played by Nick Stahl) against a female Terminator (Loken)
driving, school bus driving and painting, and he continued – the aptly named “Titanic” (1997) starring Leonardo di shortly before SkyNet goes live. Let’s hope it’s better than
to write at night. Caprio and Kate Winslet. This became his own pet project it sounds eh…
16 LITERATURE 21 November 2002

The literature columns will be
taking a major revamp over the

“LOVE seeketh not Itself to please,

next few weeks as I introduce
new sections (easy reading is
at the top of the list) and the
possibility of a short story
competition. I will be holding
Nor for itself hath any care;
a short informal meeting for all
those interested in contributing But for another gives its ease,
HEAVEN in Hells despair.”
to the Barefacts literature section
in the next two weeks, so watch
this space. If you want to send
And builds a
something in, same address

Chris Ward | Literature Editor

you ?
modern prose | enduring love | ian mcewan
“Dear Joe, I’m really sorry about our row. I’m not being sardonic – I really

you a story
mean it, I genuinely regret it. We always prided ourselves on being able to
get by without the occasional fights that other couples told us were necessary

“I always
and therapeutic. I hated it last
night. I hated being angry,
and I was scared by your

thought our
anger. But it’s there now,

that ?
it can’t be unsaid. You said
again and again that I owe you
love was the
a profound apology for not
standing with you ‘shoulder to
shoulder’ against Jed Parry, for

kind that
doubting your sanity, for not
having faith in your powers of
rationality and deduction and

was meant
your dedicated research into BAREFACTS SHORT STORY COMPETITION
his condition… …Our sex life

to go on and
dwindled to almost nothing. I barefacts is going to run a short-story competition next semester. Running over six
don’t want to go on about it, weeks of the spring semester’s publications, we will see if there is any writing talent at
but your ransacking my desk this remarkably science-based university. The top six entries will each have their work

on. Perhaps
was a terrible betrayal. What published in barefacts and a winner will be picked from those “short-listed” entrants.
reason had I given you to be The judges are yet to be confirmed, but will have some idea of what they are talking
jealous? As the Parry thing about. We hope.

it will.”
grew I watched you go deeper If you are interested in entering the competition and would like more details, then please
into yourself and further and e-mail either Chris Ward [] or Rich Watts []
further away from me.” who will be only too pleased to help you along with things such as word limits and
Enduring Love is a powerful suggested topics.
account of how certain situations can damage a relationship or love for Alternatively, if you think this is a rubbish idea or you just didn’t understand that funny
another person, but it is also an account of how these obstacles can be sentance above this grey box, then let us know:
overcome with optimism and effort. The obsessive Jed Parry became Joe’s
fears in his relationship, and these fears were nurtured as Joe distanced
himself from Clarissa. Ironically, he was trying to save his relationship and
to save Clarissa, but the opposite occurred. If you don’ tell us, we will never know.
In the above extract, it is clear that a lot of damage has been done to Joe
and Clarissa’s relationship. At the end of the letter, she tells Joe that she
needs some time to think things over, and although this is a
pessimistic action, her final words are quite optimistic.
“I always thought our love was the kind that was
All you need is love?
meant to go on and on. Perhaps it will. I just don’t Those of you who read get to see. The reason for adopting within the book. However, this does
know” this column regularly this format is simply because I want not mean that the book contains
Maybe this is the true meaning of “enduring love”. will realise that I have to emphasise the universality and every element of a concept, it merely
In love we have to endure many obstacles in order to keep reviewed exactly the same ambiguity of every good piece of means that a book contains enough
the love enduring. Both the negative and the positive prose novel as last week. literature. There is always more than elements for people to associate with
go hand in hand. Keeping a healthy balance You will also notice one side of the coin, and this is what and appreciate. Very few novelists
between the two allows you to appreciate the the quote at the top makes literary material withstand the achieve this effect, and some
good things. Is love always negative? Does it of the page being test of time. shouldn’t even try (*cough* Jeffrey
always end in tears? Is “true love” a mere slightly different. Many people make the mistake Archer *cough*); but those that do
cliché? These are questions that only the It too was written of believing that a novel can boast can produce not just a story, but a
individual can answer, and I can assure by William Blake, every part of a concept such as philosophical and moralistic lesson
you that everybody will have a totally but it offers an entirely love. Their reasoning for this is for those who read it.
different thing to say about such a wide and different perspective on love. This is that everybody can associate with at
universal topic. a perspective that some people do not least one element of the issues raised
21 November 2002 THEATRE 17
Exclusive: an interview with Clare Buckfield
Jenny Porter in 2.4 Children, Natasha in A truly pitiful display from you all last week with the competition - makes me wonder if
Grange Hill, and now Lucy in Moment anyone is actually reading this newspaper or not. Who can say? I receive the odd e-mail
of Weakness at the Yvonne Arnaud in saying “don’t get rid of the interactive section” but not so
Guildford. Suffering from a cold and in the much as a peep with regard to the competitions. What can
middle of hectic rehearsals, Clare kindly you do?
granted us an interview during her lunch Well, you can offer people a free mobile phone handset,
break. providing they can answer a simple question. You see,
For Clare, acting started off as a part- to celebrate the fact that the Union has started selling
time hobby when she was nine years international calling phonecards (from front reception),
old. Following her sister Julia (currently barefacts has decided, thanks to Primus, to give away
playing Julie in Hollyoaks) landing a part a T200 Sony Ericsson phone. Now, I’m not going to
in BBC’s Grange Hill, the twins began go into the finer details of why it is probably better for
to take it more seriously, enrolling at the you to not win this prize, because [a] you won’t agree
Sylvia Young Theatre School. Clare took with me and [b] you won’t even listen, so instead I’ll
to theatre school like a duck to water, “I just say it is worth a sack load of money and is very
really loved it”. When asked if there was interview: rachael bemrose nice indeed (to look at, that is).
any rivalry between her and her sister, she We generally think of actors being Anyway, you probably don’t really care, so I’ll just get
replied “there’s no maliciousness between ambitious and somewhat egotistical, so on with the question - the competition will run for one
us. If both of us go for the same part, if what ambitions does Clare have and who week only, because next week is the last printed edition
one of us gets it, we’re happy. In fact, it’s does she look up to? “I would love to play of barefacts for the calendar year.
a bonus having someone whom you are Juliet, but I’m not getting any younger, so The question is this:
close to in the business, for support and for I’d better get on with it! I’d love to do it
learning scripts!” at the National, but would probably prefer what denomination of phonecard can you now buy from
On her character in the play she says, to try Juliet on a smaller stage first before the students’ union?
“Lucy is a fun character, in her early 20’s, braving the National. I really admire Alan
whose parents have split up. She schemes, Rickman; I’ve followed his career ever is it [a] £5; [b] £ 7.24; [c] 35,682pts?
in a nice way, to get them back together. since I first saw him. And Juliet Stevenson,
She’s a happy go lucky person, mature I love Truly, Madly, Deeply in which they A bit of common sense should get you a long way with
for her age, who gets on well with her starred together: I really love that film”. that one - not particularly challenging, I think. Anyway, the
father with whom she lives”. On working On going out with the lovely Ant usual rules apply, which means that Alan cannot win, I certainly cannot win and the only
with Gwen Taylor and Michael Jayston, McPartlin, she says, “it’s lovely”. And person who can has to be a student who is currently studying a registered course at the
who have a wealth of theatre experience when I ask her about the showbiz parties, University of Surrey. My girlfriend’s decision is final and therefore what she says, goes.
between them, has been a fantastic learning she disappointingly says “we don’t go to E-mail your answers to and cross your fingers instead of revising
experience “I’m always learning with all of them, just the big ones,” stating that for anything, including Who Wants to be a Millionnaire.
them”. she and Ant are more “Pie and pub people,
I asked Clare if she enjoys theatre work who’d rather stay at home with a take
more than television, as she has recently away, bottle of wine and a good video”.
been starring more in the theatre, having Though she does add “the parties are really
starred in the West End musical Summer enjoyable, really good fun – especially if
Holiday with Darren Day earlier this they win something!” And defies anyone
year. “I enjoy the theatre more, the who says that they aren’t! Yet despite
instant reaction. You’re under much more this love of a good, glitzy night out, Clare
pressure. It’s hard work, but I like hard insists they are not a celebrity couple,
work, and it’s so rewarding and fulfilling. and that there will definitely be no Hello!
But I do love the TV. I wouldn’t be doing Mag open house spread in the near future!
the theatre, if not for the TV work. And Clare can be seen next week in Moment of
part of the great thing of this profession is Weakness at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud
the variety of thing there are to do.” theatre: see preview for ticket information.

MOMENT OF WEAKNESS include ‘Eastenders’ and ‘Dancing at
Is it True Love or just a Moment of Lughnasa’ and films such as ‘Zulu Down’
Weakness? This brilliantly crafted and and ’20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’. Clare
hugely entertaining play, Donald Churchill Buckfield (see Exclusive! interview) is
introduces us to the trials and tribulations of best known for her television role as Jenny
Tony (Michael Jayston) and Audrey (Gwen Porter in the BBC comedy ‘2.4 Children’.
Taylor), a divorced couple who meet at Make the effort! Get a ticket! And see
their country cottage after three years apart. some well known TV faces performing
Sparks, sarcasm and witticisms fly, as old at your local theatre. The play runs from
wounds are opened and forgotten memories Monday 25th – Saturday 30th November,
stirred. But then their lively journalist Mon–Thurs: 7.45pm; Fri-Sat: 8pm and
daughter Lucy (Clare Buckfield) arrives Mats on Thurs and Sat at 2.30pm. Student
and provokes an unexpected chain of standby tickets are available an hour before
events. the start of any performance priced at £7.
This has all the making of a brilliant night Tickets for the Thursday and Saturday
out! The cast includes faces that you’ll all matinee performances are available priced
recognise. Gwen Taylor is one of Britain’s £7 from the box office (01483) 44 00 00.
leading actors, known for her television For further information, see their website:
roles including the title role in ‘Barbara’ rachael
and ‘Class Act’ with Joanna Lumley. Her bemrose
theatre credits include ‘Picasso’s Women’
with Jerry Hall and the title role in ‘Shirley if you are interested in writing about or
Valentine’. Her most quoted role to date is reviewing theatre, then get in touch with
that of Mrs Bignose in the ‘Life of Brian’. rachael bemrose at
Michael Jayston’s television credits
18 MUSIC 21 November 2002

After the success of Beth Orton’s latest
album ‘Daybreaker’ comes her latest single
‘Anywhere’. Four and a half minutes of
pop music that leaves you wondering why
you even bothered. Orton’s old material

Luscious Lopez returns with her fist single off ‘This Is
Me? Then’ , soon to be released album. Catchy flute solo
gives it an old skool feel with
current pop vocals sum
ominous with this curvy
is by far better than ‘Anywhere’, the cutie. She’s not changed
trumpet introduction is something that the direction but when what
Lighthouse Family would be proud of. Her your doing is successful
voice is that of a professional, but her band why should she. Recent
doesn’t compliment her, she really needs to announcement of her
start looking through the classified sections latest engagement could
of music publications. Give this one a miss. cynically be said as well
three | s.b timed to whip up the media
to co – inside with her film
and album release. Jenny
From The Block is pure
Lopez and bound to
be another hit.
GURL NEXT DOOR six | m.b.
If you ever get the erge to play
quality indie-pop at full blast, reach for The words by: alex read
Keys. Matthew Evans and Gwion Rowlands have created simon robinson
something special. The Keys are made up of the remains of Murry jon swarbrick | duncan hills
The Hump, the Too Pure act that got nowhere, this project was rightly matty b | anthos chrysanthou
abandoned to make way for The Keys. ‘Gurl Next Door ‘ is released anna wheeler | mark iyer
on Cardiff based Boobytrap records, the label which has been the driving force stuart bryce | nick dean
behind the fine indie scene that has appeared over recent years in the city. The
Keys are sure to play a Barfly near you soon. If you like Badly Drawn Boy, you’ll if you are interested in writing for the music
like the Keys! six point seven five | s.b team, then come along to the cd hand-out in
the media centre on mondays at 5pm

48 seconds in and cue universe-destroying
riff No.178 from the artists formerly known
as Rage against the Machine. But wait – ten
seconds later and suddenly we’re listening GETAWAY
to Led Zeppelin. When Chris Cornell’s THE MUSIC | GETAWAY
vocals come in for the first time, they More trippy, spaced out wailing over fuzzy guitars from
redefine this band. The hip-hop element of Britain’s most annoyingly named band. The Music have
RATM is absent on this single, and it lacks enjoyed a fast-track road to success and been paired with The
the drive, the sheer momentum of what Coral as the future of Brit-rock, but on recent evidence The
we’re used to hearing. I concede that trying Coral are more deserving of your time. Getaway is another
to find a frontman who can spit fire like ‘danceable’ rock anthem that makes all the right noises, but is
Zack De La Rocha is almost impossible, also quite forgettable, and can’t help sounding formulaic. In
but by opting for a traditional rock singer short, this is not as good as last single Take the Long Road and
rather than a rapper, Audioslave (on Walk it but still eminently preferable to a kick in the nadgers.
Cochise at least) miss that killer edge that Which isn’t much of a recommendation now is it?
was a hallmark of RATM. six | a.c. five | a.c.
Heavenly must be one of the strongest
record labels in Britain at the moment,
not only do they have The Vines, Doves
SEVENTEEN and Beth Orton signed to them, but they
LADYTRON | TELSTAR also have Ed Harcourt. Harcourt is a man
Forgotten pioneers of the electro-clash movement able to produce works of art from nothing.

(there before the over hyped Fischerspooner were He can also produce art that really is not
poncing around on stage), Ladytron release their first single from worth displaying, like his version of Brian
their new album ‘Light & Magic’. The reason why they have Wilson’s ‘Still I Dream of It’. Harcourt
survived the over blown marketing and hype of electro-clash is IN THIS WORLD has done something really wrong here,
because they know how to make a great pop record. Yes there MOBY | MUTE RECORDS LTD he’s made the track sound ideally suited
is an analogue synth throughout and a Kraftwerk style ‘Moby’ released this new single on 4th November to for a Disney film. ‘The Ghost Parade’ is
androgyny but there is also dance pop coincide with his first UK Tour for nearly two years. 'In something completely different, Harcourt
sensibility that makes this This World', the follow up to ‘Extreme Ways’, is one of at his best, a progression from last years
as listenable the highlights from Moby's Number 1 album ‘18’, released critically acclaimed ‘Here Be Monsters’ and
as S Club earlier this year. ‘In This World’ is definitely nothing new sure to be a track to be chosen for his next
Juniors. from Richard Melville Hall, or ‘Moby’ as he is better known, LP. Covers are always risky to release, but
nine | s.r. but leaves you feeling satisfied. Look out for it on all the this one will sell for sure, get out there and
‘chillout’ compilations! purchase it quick if you’re a fan, there are
seven | n.d only 3000 copies in existence. five | s.b
21 November 2002 MUSIC 19
The way in which this record has been
compiled lends it a level of quality
assurance seldom seen in your typical
greatest hits LP. A web vote was set up in
which fans were asked to choose the most
career defining and/or their favourite Bjork
songs. The result? A greatest hits package
consisting of a truly telling representation
of songs depicting the artist’s innovative
musical development (my words not
there’s). The fact that there are tracks from
a range of her solo albums rightly suggest
that her career has been long and successful
one. The usual if you’ve already got…blah,
HOME COOKING blah, blah aside this record should inspire
TONY ALLEN | WRASSE RECORDS even the casual Bjork fan to delve deeper
With shades of dub, soul, funk and jazz, into her Icelandic catacombs in search of
this is a varied and really exciting album. more. The track listing includes Human
Tony Allen was formerly the influential Behaviour, All Is Full Of Love (still sounds
drummer with ‘Afrobeat’ and now is as heartfelt as ever) and Venus As A Boy.
heading out to do his own thing. And The uneducated will question where is that
it’s great. Opener ‘Every Season’ is the ‘oh so quiet one’? My response would be
first single to be taken from the album. unprintable in anything but an Irvine Welsh
Featuring Damon Albarn on vocals, this is novel. eight | a.r.
causing excitement in clubs and the chilled
out beats combined with Damon’s lazy
vocals sound fantastic. Title track ‘Home
Cooking’ is another standout. It is really
funky, with Afro-Caribbean reggae guitars,
trumpets and 70s beats. “Let the master
drummer teach you the style.” Exactly.
This album is gracefully stylish and NU – FLOW
effortlessly cool. eight | a.w. BIG BROVAZ | SONY
Nu – Flow is the new album from one of the U.K’s newest and most
promising R&B and hip hop acts around. Soulful female vocals take on
‘Outkast’ style rapping that intriguingly works. Current chart topping
single, Nu – Flow’s beat orientated choruses have flung Big Brovaz into
a welcomed limelight. This track shows that they’re able to balance
commercial elements along with urban creditability. Soul focused Baby
Baby is lush with piano and complimentary over rap makes it odds on
favourite as a follow single up to their first hit. The band are made up
of two producers and six rappers that have been together for four years
creating material for their first album release for big player Sony. The
combination of styles is perfectly balanced with the rap complimenting
the soul melodies rather than drown it out. Nu – Flow has the ability to
attract to the commercial market as well as R&B and Hip Hop fans that a
winning formula seven | m.b.

Jack Johnson, son of surf legend Jeff Johnson releases soft rock /
folk influenced Brushfire Fairytales. Opener Inaudible melodies
are smooth with descriptive vocals and jolly guitar accompaniment.
Upbeat Middle Man sees rhythmical singing to the time of bongos
at a floating pace. Standout Flake has a bit of help from Jack’s hero,
Ben Harper on guitar to complete a heart felt offering. A softer upbeat
‘David Gray’ in the making shines with solo song writing. Laid back
rhythms have turned him into an instant hit in America and with
making accessible music has a chance to emulate this across the pond.
The expressive Fortunate Fool and drink the water happily sit along
other album tracks as demonstrating the roundness of the record.
seven | m.b.
20 GIGS 21 November 2002

He’s not particularly relevant nowadays,

but he still knows a good tune
RICHARD ASHCROFT to criticise at the moment. The rest of the main
LONDON BRIXTON ACADEMY | 16 NOVEMBER set featured everything a discerning Ashcroft
fan could want, the epic Check The Meaning is
I walked into this one with only moderate expectations I’d full of emotion and meaning if you excuse the
heard the solo stuff and was only slightly impressed with fish lyric. Science of Silence is great and a little
the consistency of Ashcroft’s recent song writing. What I different to the usual fare. From the Alone With
got however was a most unusual live performance by any Everybody record there were a number of tacks
standard. It was hugely representative of his solo albums that lit the Brixton fuse in spectacular fashion Richard
in the sense there were equal measures of brilliance and my favourite was New York the electric guitars Ashcroft:
mediocrity. Despite all this tittle tattle the gig still ranks are devastatingly effective. It was all a bit stop seemingly
as one of the best I’ve been to all year (not that bold a start because there’s absolutely no middle ground can’t make
his mind up
statement considering I saw Wheatus at The Civic!). with his songs. It seems they’re either fantastic between being
The thing is no one really cares when Richard gets a bit examples of melodic tunesmith or totally crap or being
pretentious with the lyrics, for every Nature Is the Law irrelevant nonsense. With each record a few new amazing.
there’s a Lucky Man to redress the balance. Surprisingly good songs are added to the pile of old good
the set kicked off with Sonnet, which took everyone back a ones – give him three more solo LPs and you’ll Symphony presumably ‘new’ to avoid paying the Stones
bit; not the greatest choice in my opinion The two-hour sell have an awesomely complete live show. At the any royalties (the strings were gone in favour of over egged
out gig encompassed the best from the Verve days Lucky moment the quality is too mixed to be faultless. guitar). Perfect example of the mixed nature of this gig and
Man, Sonnet and the scarily emotive The Drugs Don’t The encore included the classic Northern Soul Ashcroft in general. Shit, excellent, shit, excellent, shit etc.
Work all filtered in during the main set. The initially duller era History which is still up there with his best. Not sure how relevant he is these days (well I am: he isn’t)
new stuff does improve with more plays so it’s a bit harsh We also got a new version of Bitter Sweet but for a night out on the lash you can’t knock it. alex read

THE RAPTURE | THE BOGGS style songs on acoustic guitar they soon
NIGHTMARES ON WAX INST. OF CONT. ARTS | 13TH NOVEMBER dragged on especially with each track being
THE BRIGHTON DOME | 14TH NOVEMBER undistinguishable from the next. If I ever
The ‘the’ tradition of bands continues have to see Dolly Parton, it is now a more
When Nightmares on Wax (NoW) released in which all instruments went through an tonight with any band containing the word exciting prospect.
their first album in 1991, it was created improvised solo, my favorite being the bass ‘the’ in their title seemingly destined for Seeing the Rapture come onto the stage is
using mainly samples and incredibly fast solo with the bassist slapping the bass so an NME front page. Top that with being a welcome relief for all. Having released
rapping. Started and run by George Evelyn fast I couldn’t see his fingers! from New York and boy oh boy the world one of this years bests singles ‘House of
aka EASE, a DJ from Leeds, NoW have It is obvious to me that NoW have an edge is yours. Fulfilling both requirements, Jealous Lovers’, they represent all that
now made a name for themselves for above most hip-hop acts – the fact they can the prospect of seeing the Rapture is an is good about New York at the moment.
bringing the soul back to hip hop. Their perform amazingly live. Outstanding. big al exciting one, but first up the Boggs. All of them look cool with hair a 1970’s
1995 album ‘Smokers Delight’ featured Yes yes, I know what your thinking, John McEnroe would be proud of (one of
beautiful music with a funky beat, and the that name. If you’re them even sported a sweat band to top the
albums that followed developed on this. going to call yourself look). They steal all of the best sounds that
As soon as we entered the Brighton Dome, something that have come from New York, angular riffs
a rather new venue, with standing and ridiculous you better from Television, punk attitude from the
seating sections, we were met with signs, be pretty good or Beastie Boys and add their own element of
‘As a result of the Fire Brigade Strike, no your going to get dance to it. ‘Out of the Races and onto the
smoking is permitted in any part of the called the inevitable. tracks’, ‘Modern Romance’ and ‘House of
building.’ Smokers delight? Outside maybe. Unfortunately for them Jealous Lovers’ all soar along with angular
This however did not stop anyone from they were rubbish. In guitars and attitude and put other New York
having a fantastic night. fact I would be quite pretenders to shame (the Liars, the Mooney
On hearing the opening chords of ‘Les willing to hover my ass Suzuki). However, there is one problem
Nuits’, one of NoW’s most famous song, over them and let go with tonight’s set, that is the insistence of
a very hip Brighton crowd were on their of last nights dinner. using a sax player on some of the songs.
feet and dancing until the end. The first To be fair to them to The inclusion is an unnecessary one, it
twenty minutes was an incredibly live set start off with the sound disrupts the dynamics of the loudness and
featuring tracks from their previous albums, was turned down quietness which make the band so great
‘Smokers Delight’ and ‘Carboot Soul’. Two (did someone know on record and seems arbitrary to include it
albums that really stand out from any other something we didn’t), live. The songs that didn’t include the sax
chilled hip-hop albums of the mid nineties. but when raised it was standout the best and highlights why the
EASE was joined on stage by a guitarist, not a relief. Bashing Rapture are so good and above the rest of
bassist, keyboardist and an amazing out country meets rock New York’s upstarts. simon robinson
percussion set up. The sound created was
note perfect. Just before another classic
song ‘Ethnic Majority’, EASE (who MC’d REAGAN | MARLOWE @ STUDENTS UNION play a major part throughout. However, for trumpet, violin and a flute. First
throughout the night) told stage crew to Well, LIVE comes to the union once again this ends up with the music sounding impressions are that of members of your
cut the lights and shouted “Nightmares and it seems that a lot of the university has somewhat confused as at times they try school orchestra forming a bit (but older).
on wax are all about the music, you don’t deadlines looming as attendance is low. to sound too much like their counterparts. This is in fact where some of them met
have to see us to experience the NoW!” What with previous Tuesday night bands Add to this a guitarist who at any given but all are from Liverpool way. The first
They carried on playing the whole track being of a high standard, Reuben, Martin moment will drop to his knees and twist track is an instrumental acid Jazz style
in the dark. ‘Mind Elevation’, NoW’s Gretsch and Kandyheads being some, and squirm around on the floor and it all track called ‘Arachnid’ but kind of walks
newest album features not only chilled tonight’s bands have a tough act to follow ends up pretty messy. They sound their along on one leg which is an unpleasant
instrumental tracks but some incredible but take to the stage Reagan and Marlowe. best when they make things simple, ‘When thing to see (or hear!) There was nothing
vocals as well. The rest of the concert was Regan, a five piece from the exotic we went’ starts slowly and they build on it particularly wrong with Marlowe but then
filled with loads of brand new tracks; with High Wycombe (where they all went to displaying a sense of control the rest of the again there was nothing that special. The
great vocalists on stage giving it their all. university), are up first. Electronic fuzz and songs don’t. The guitarists pants were on kind of thing you hear when tucking into a
The outstanding song of the night was ‘70’s disgruntled noise are the order reminiscent show most of the set, if they did make more nice four cheese pizza and garlic bread at
80’s’, with a great rap and backing vocals. of the Cooper Temple Clause (with some of an effort then perhaps this wouldn’t be your local Pizza Express. A non descript
I don’t think there was a still body in the barnet’s to match as well). They say their such a good metaphor for the band. Mavericks meets the Tindersticks via the
room, the atmosphere was incredible. The sound is “electronic rock” and with two Marlowe couldn’t be much more of a Jazz café. Trumpet player had a nice hat
concert ended with a twenty minute jam, keyboardists the electronic effects certainly different band. Keyboards are swapped and beard though. simon robinson
21 November 2002 MUSIC 21
THIS week saw one of the year’s PULP
biggest music awards taking place, the A chronological representation of Pulps’
MTV Europe Awards. Eninem was greatest hits OK. The reviewer’s job is
the biggest winner on the night picking slightly different than normal in the sense
up three awards for Best Album, Best all these songs have charted well and
Male Artist and Best Hip-Hop. Close therefore already been proven as rather
behind was Kylie who scooped two good. Instead I’ll examine the appeal
awards for Best Pop and Best Dance to those who have never really bought
Artist. The ceremony was hosted by into the whole Pulp thing. The comedic
the flamboyant P Diddy. charm of a gangly Jarvis Cocker singing
wickedly catchy pop songs about the
ON Craig David’s recent US promo painfully relevant will never be repeated
tour black executives at radio stations - case closed. Anyone lucky enough to
apparently told the Southampton see his double act with Ali G on Help
born singer that he should ditch white the Aged will understand what I’m on
guitarist, Fraser T Smith, if he really about – ‘help the aged, help the mo fo
wanted to break the US market. Craig aged’. His performance at the Brits with
has stated that Smith is staying and Michael Jackson brought new meaning to
he thought it was “disappointing that demonstrative appreciation (whatever that
there was still this slight sense of SCARLET’S WALK means?) To say ‘highlights include’ would
racism going on over there.” TORI AMOS | EPIC be stupid - here’s the most obvious Do You
This new LP from the Cornflake Girl Remember The First Time, Sorted for E’s &
NOEL Gallagher has apparently turned is pretty much what you would expect. Wizz, Disco 2000 and my favourite A Little
down the opportunity of appearing Floaty, hippy folk-pop. At 18 songs and Soul (wow I love it!). Essential purchase
on the British institution ‘This is 74 minutes, this is at least six songs too for those in search of urban pornocopia on
your Life’, branding it “naff”. The long. It’s usually not a good idea to have a bit of plastic. eightpointfive | a.r.
such a long album, unless every track is
reason behind his decision , according
essential. And frankly, here quite a few FAT MUSIC, VOLUME VI, UNCONTROLLABLE FATULENCE
to a close friend, is that he sees it
are not. If Tori had cut out some of the VARIOUS | FAT WRECK CHORDS
as “not exactly the most trendy of
duller moments such as ‘Strange’ and the ‘Uncontrollable Fatulence’ is the sixth edition in the Fat Music series. This compilation
programmes, not exactly cool. He
terrible warbling ‘Don’t Make Me Come has 18 tracks with well known punk bands such as ‘Lagwagon’, ‘Less Than
wasn’t really impressed when Martin
To Vegas’, this could have been much more Jake’, and ‘NOFX’, and the not so well known such as
Kemp appeared on it either. He
enjoyable. Saying that, there are some ‘Dillinger Four’. While this album kicks off with
doesn’t want to be put in the same
good moments. Tori sounds good when a excellent track from ‘Lagwagon’ and ends with
bracket as him.” So if its “naff” how
she tries a bit less, such as on the chilled a amusing cover of ‘Nothing compares to you’
does he know Martin Kemp was on it
out ‘Crazy’. ‘Sweet Sangria’ has a bit more from punk cover band ‘Me First & The Gimme
in the first place?
substance, with piano, it’s actually quite Gimme’s’ Most of the stuff on here is certainly
funky. The girl has got a great voice and nothing new and could be described as pure
this does shine through, but at times she uncomfortable noise. If you are a
If you would like to be featured in “what’s sounds dangerously like Enya, which can regular fan of Top of the Pops
on your campus stereo, then drop us a line never be a good thing. There is nothing you won’t want to touch this. If you
at, and we may very here that sounds new and much of it blends are a into your alternative scene you
well come and search you out. Or we may into the background. Strictly for fans, this should check it but it isn’t
not. Who knows what crazy things we can be filed under dull. four | a.w. anywhere near as good as such
might do... previous Fat comps as ‘Live Fat and
Die Young’ and ‘Life in the Fat lane’.
What’s on your campus stereo? five | n.d

This week WOYCS returns in the music section. Five people have been asked a few questions on what they have
been listening to recently and below are what they said. Here are the five questions they were asked [1] What ALL TEN FINGERS
was the last album that you bought? [4] What one song would make you get up and dance at the union? [3] What
song do you like to play before you leave the house to go party? [2] What was the last thing on your stereo when Andy Votel is a Manc DJ who has produced
you left your house? [5] Who’s your favourite band/artist at the moment? The questions were posed by one Mr and remixed a multitude of acts including
Simon Robinson and all the people who answered happened to be on the music team Ian Brown, Death In Vegas and Badly
Drawn Boy, as well as helping to set up
Anthos Chrysanthonou the famous Twisted Nerve label. ‘All
Alex Read Simon Robinson
[1] Bjork – Greatest hits Ten Fingers’ is Andy’s first LP proper
[1] Pulp – Hits [1] The Rapture – Mirror
[2] Audioslave single and is certainly eclectic. Widespread
[2] Pulp – The Lost Soul [2] Detroit Cobras – Hey Sailor
[3] Electric 6 – Danger High Voltage influences apparently include Krautrock,
[3] Michael Jackson – Billy Jean [3] Motorhead – Ace of Spades
[4] Supergrass – Latest album Hungarian Prog, West Coast Psych and of
[4] German Industrial Techno [4] Some dirty electro comp
[5] Radiohead course, Old-Skool hip-hop. Every song
[5] The Coral [5] Joy Division
is unique. ‘Gentle Man Thief’ is just
strange, with laid-back trad jazz stretched
out over slow beats, with snare drum and
trumpets. But it works. ‘Salted Tangerines’
is a collaboration with Malcolm Mooney
from the legendary German band Can. It
consists of Malcolm singing lyrics based
on poetry written in the early 70s over
tinkling piano, and is completely barking.
Stuart Bryce Rich Watts But hey, Mr. Votel can get away with it and
[1] A – Somethings Going On [1] Martin Grech - Open Heart Zoo make it sound like art. It’s terrific. Other
[2] Young Heart Attack [2] Elbow - Asleep in the Back collaborators on the LP include fellow
[3] Chemical Brothers – Hey Boy Hey Girl [3] Weezer stuff - Buddy Holly, probably Mancunians Elbow. This is nothing if not
[4] Foo Fighters – Break Out [4] something you can be a bit floppy-wristed with original, complex and utterly intriguing.
[5] The Music [5] the Boggs. without a shadow of doubt eight | a.w.
22 COMMUNICATION 21 November 2002

J - team We only went and won it
many out. Arriving at a flash reception full of top, well dressed, student and professional
broadcasters in our J-Team clobber (and sun visors!) caused a bit of attention. According
to one Louisa of Demon FM (De Montfort University) we all made ‘a bit of an entrance’!
Whatever that means. After numerous antics, such as a photo session with a certain piece of
produce which will be mentioned later, we were all ushered to the theatre.
The ceremony was well in when they brought out the award for ‘Best Speech Based
Program (Factual)’. The big news this week is, of course, that GU2 didn’t win it. A little
unfortunate, but looking back, we really don’t mind!
On the way to London a few stops were made. During a stop on the way, I’d purchased
a tin of dog food for a reason which I don’t really recall. However, it was decided that, in
the event of a win, we would swap it for the award on the stage. Pity, because in the event
of the biggest win we could have hoped for, we forgot all about it. Instead I found myself
jumping on top of Gaz, dancing on the chairs and generally cheering and pringling with
everybody. Then someone, I don’t know who, said: “Shall we go up on the stage?” What a
good idea! Seriously, we would have gone on for about another hour if that person hadn’t
spoken. I turned and ran along the row of chairs. Mr. Tea was leading the charge and began
words: judge mental and Mr Tea the spectacular trend of diving headfirst onto the stage. The stage was quite slippery and it
WE ONLY WENT AND WON IT! The simplicity of that first sentence is something I will wasn’t long before we found ourselves at the feet of Emma B, the hostess. It also wasn’t
be eternally glad of. Anything more complex, such as what else was said last week when much longer until we found ourselves jumping up and down with the award presenters,
GU2 nicely claimed the title of ‘Student Station of The Year 2002’, went straight in one a certain Andy Parfit, Controller of Radio 1, and John Bradford, Director of The Radio
ear and out the other. The excitement and disbelief over the minutes which followed the Academy. They were great sports! Now we reach what I cannot remember…
announcement triggered some sort of overload which now means I can remember very ...the aftershow party was, erm, IMMENSE! It was so strange to be at a party in a J-Team
little of what was said. It is for this reason that we have this week chosen to base the J- shirt and not have people you’ve never met hurling insults at you. People who we did meet
Column on Hazards for Fishermen at sea. Just messing. Although my knowledge of last had nothing but respect for GU2 and that was really cool. It showed that last year’s team,
weeks National Student Radio Awards is somewhat akin to the aforementioned topic, we led by Gaz, have successfully put Surrey on the radio map. Deservingly so too. I think that
should really cover it. Shouldn’t we? a huge well done to everybody who played any part in the success of last year is in order.
Paragraph 2. This paragraph is dedicated to Mr. Gareth Davies. Gaz, as many of you Also, if you see Gaz, stop him and shake him by the hand.
know, was the main man at GU2 last year. He was IN CHARGE! From organising GU2’s Mr. Tea and I would also like to say a huge thank you to Kit Kat and Nit Nat who made an
month on FM at the beginning to editing our award entries, he put an awful load of work excellent effort at presenting The J-Team Classic last Thursday night in our absence. Listen
and effort in. Even if some of it was having to listen to hours upon hours of recorded J- out for them sometime soon again on GU2, hopefully! The ‘Classic returns to normal this
Team Classic shows! Gaz, have a salute and a bag of credit from The J-Team! We did it! Thursday with new competition: ‘Flush the Mush!’ Tune in Thursdays from 7pm to find out
There are so many comedy parts of the evening that I’m worried about missing too more! GU2 won ‘Best Student Station 2002’, by the way.

bringing you the randomness from cyberspace

words: chris “funkyberry” hunter
Do you remember a few weeks ago I reviewed www.snapyourd – the website where you can take a photo of
your desk, and send it in for all the world to see? Well I checked
back there at random today (Mon 18th) and out of 200 desks on
there, mine is one of the creator’s 5 “Personal Favourites”!!
Sorry but I’m really impressed about that!
I wouldn’t normally put competitions up on here, but this
one is so random that it has to be mentioned. Goto http:// for your chance to win £1000! All you have
to do is to guess what day/hour/minute/second a washing machine,
that they are running overloaded non-stop, will breakdown.
The research is for Which, so I think it’s genuine. There are
even 4 webcams on the washing machine!
Ok. This site will probably be the longest URL that I’ve put
in here, but I really think I should mention this site… here goes:
weird/microexp.html will tell you loads of really cool experiments that you can do with
microwaves. I learned a lot from this site, and I think the coolest thing is putting fluorescent
tube lights into the microwave, and having them light up when you turn the microwave
on! It was also interesting reading the explanation about why you don’t put forks in
microwaves. *DISCLAIMER* Myself or Barefacts will accept no responsibility for any
personal damage, caused to you or a 3rd party by you being stupid and dumb in testing out
these mad experiments!
My final site this week is a really cute and addictive little game!
717 is a stickman boxing match that you can bet on, given odds of each stickman winning,
based on past performance. There are 6 stickmen to choose from, and they run around the
room until 2 meet each other and have a fight – they do this till there is one left. I’ve been
playing this for 15 minutes now, and I had to really force myself to stop (although I don’t
really have a great score to show for it!)
24 INTERACTIVE 21 November 2002

As that great Irish band “the cranberries” once

said, everybody else is doing it, so why can’t we?
Thus, this week we have a bit of a James Bond theme with the lyrics quiz, and that, of
Hi there all. Last week’s answer
was the rail thing that you can
slide your trays along in the HRB.
This week’s challenge is quite
course, means we get to continue putting in pictures of sexy people, with slightly justified gettable… although for people
reasons. At least we think so. that are stuck – don’t let
So wihout further ado, here is the quiz, by sarah butterworth and a nice picture. orientation fool you.
- funkyberry -
1. “Hold one up and then caress it, touch it, stroke it and undress it”
2. “And love is a stranger who’ll beckon you on”
3. “I’m in a puddle on the floor, waiting for you to return”
4. “I know when to talk and I know when to touch”
5. “You’ll never know how I watched you from the shadows as a child”
6. “Lurking in some darkened doorway, or crouched on a roof top somewhere”
7. “The way that you hold me whenever you hold me”
8. “Beckons you to enter his web of sin – but don’t go in”
9. “Dance into the fire, that fatal kiss is all we need”
10. “Comes the morning and the headlights fade away”

Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?

£100: what was the name of the banqueting hall gutted at Windsor castle in 1992?
a: St Jason’s Hall | b: St Wayne’s Hall | c: St George’s Hall | d: St Sharon’s Hall

£200: in which sport was Daley Thompson an Olympic champion?
a: cycling | b: shooting | c: athletics | d: diving
£300: for which national rugby union side has Gavin Hastings been a record scorer? A big thank you to rich and a hand-over-ears anna this week for their
a: scotland| b: ireland | c: wales| d: england help with this here crossword. I hope you can remember the answers.

£500: in which sport would you use a pommel horse?

a: show-jumping | b: fencing | c: gymnastics | d: snooker

£1k: which singer is famously known as the “man in black”?

a: kenny rogers | b: glenn campbell | c: jonny cash | d: willie nelson

£2k: what was Dr Kildare’s first name in the television series?

a: james | b: john | c: pete | d: timothy

£4k: what is the Celcius equivalent of 77degrees Fahrenheit?

a: 15C| b: 20C | c: 25C | d: 30C

£8k: which of these cars was designed by Alec Issigonis?

a: citroen 2cv | b: rolls royce silver ghost | c: volkswagen beetle | d: morris minor

£16k: which character was played by Ewan McGregor in the 1996 movie “Emma”?
a: Mr Knightly | b: Frank Churchill | c: Mr Elton | d: Robert Martin

£32k: which of these is not a recognised ruling body in professional boxing?

a: wbo | b: wbc | c: wbf | d: wba

£64k: in British greyhound racing, what colour is worn across down

by the dog in trap 3? 1. money order [6] 1. spring flower [6]
a: red | b: white | c: blue | d: black 4. on ship [6] 2. pound [4]
7. change hue [9] 3. get away [6]
£125k: which US state is nicknamed the “mother of 9. clothe [4] 4. united in enterprise [6]
presidents”? 10. profit [4] 5. musical work [4]
a: delaware | b: virginia | c: south carolina | 11. secret agents [5] 6. fungus attacking wood [3,3]
d: north dakota 13. bandage [6] 7. spiritual leader [5,4]
14. take-off [6] 8. superfluous [ 9]
£250k: which nationality was the astronomer Copernicus? 15. tenent [6] 11. farm animals [5]
a: swedish | b: dutch | c: polish | d: greek 17. amongst [6] 12. squalid [5]
19. flower [5] 15. superior [6]
£500k: from which author;s work did scientists take the word ‘quark’? 20. occasion [4] 16. crime [6]
a: lewis carroll | b: edward lear | c: james joyce | d: aldous huxley 22. precipitation [4] 17. creature [6]
23. lament lot [anag.] [9] 18. in the direction of [6]
£1m: ‘hydroponics’ is a term related to which of the following? 24. cure [6] 21. otherwise [4]
a: whale-song | b: plant-growing | c: sea travel | d: humidity measurement 25. myth [6] 22. cosy [4]
21 November 2002 LIFESTYLE 25

Final years Funkyberry (CIT) and Ickle Sarah (Music) give

a random slice of campus life from their humble dwellings
L ife After The Womb
words: rich w

All this talk of awards and what does Life After the Womb have
within Battersea Court Rawson…
to offer in terms of silverware or glass bowls, or free bottles of
After recovering from the trauma of A few week’s ago I wrote about the whiskey and large, picnic hamper sets? Absolutely nothing. More barren than a Spanish
accidentally going to rather Rawson Phenomenon – the strange fact coastline after an oil slick.
than hotmail.comI was able to start week that nobody ever seems to know where So this had a knock-on effect and, aside from those that lost in these awards we keep
11. I check my watch… 7:30… owch! I Battersea Rawson is – but this week it hearing about, LATW got to thinking who else normally gets neglected when it comes to
look in my hotmaIL struck me that many awards ceremonies and the handing ou of accolades to fellow ‘professionals.’
box, and find that moons ago, when GU2/ This is actually a much harder task than it may at first seem, because, on the face of it, hu-
someone has been kind GuildfordCampusRadio mans are all too ready to congratulate their colleagues when a good knees-up, plenty of free
enough to send me the was housed in nothing alcohol and the possibility of a wee snog are offered as the perks of attending a bash. Thus
following email: “what
if you could have it “After but a cupboard, Rawson
must have been far better
we have pretty pointless ceremonies in which people not only justify their weird habits by
getting fellow weirdos in a room, but ones in which they celebrate their strangeness with
all.. larger breasts...
NO SURGERY...” recovering from known. Yes, ladies and
gentlemen, that very
unparalleled enthusiasm.
So what about the Welfare sabbatical? What sort of recognition do they get? In all fair-
Good question. What
if I could have larger the trauma of cupboard (well, small
room) is in Rawson 2,
ness, they get very little, and so perhaps it is time we offered them the opportunity to get
themselves some nice glass bowls in which they can keep all of those condoms and little
breasts? Its honestly
something I haven’t accidental- barely 10 metres from
where I am now. Hidden
welfare leaflets they often have so handily lying around.
The first category could be for “Best Hug,” where nominees have to demonstrate a firm-
thought about before.
People seem to have got ly going to between a door out of
my floor and the Wells
but-not-too-firm wrapping technique. They should be judged on comfort created by a
gentle rubbing action of one hand on the back of the hugged, as well as ease with which
the impression that I’m
rather strange already, staircase it looks like it’s
been derelict for many
the hugged can place there nose into the hugger’s shoulder (and thus probably depositing a
fair residue of snot). Extra points should be given for maintaining an emotive, yet sexually
so I guess no one would
really notice…On first instead of years, containing only a
few sad old boxes and
distant cuddle by the necessary maintaining of distance between the respective crotches of
the hugged and the hugger.
thoughts - HELL NO!
I check my watch again, microphone stands. So,
I’ve been prompted to
The second category would be the “Best Tissues” award; this would take into account the
number of tissues a ‘welfarer’ has, what size they are, whether they have that nice balm on
7:30… right… time
I got on with the day. the week was think of new uses for this
bit of Surrey history. One
them that means your skin does not get irritated and flakey, whether they have an extensive
supply of them or not, whether they are carefully concealed such that the ‘afflicted’ (for
Last night I went to see
Harry Potter 1. I’m well able to start.” suggestion was a special
‘party room’ for Rawson
want of a better word) doesn’t feel like they have to cry or sniffle or dribble but that the
security is there just in case they do. All these things would be taken into account and my
impressed with that 2, but I’m not sure how - there are a lot of them. (Life After the Womb is secretly glad it doesn’t have to consider
movie. We saw it at the well that’d go down with all of these things...)
Union, and if anyone the powers that be! Or A third category could be “Best Sympathetic Tone;” that is to say the noise a welfarer
hasn’t been there to see maybe we could open makes when the afflicted is telling them the information they wish to convey. Though
a Sunday night film – I totally recommend a Battersea Court bar?! Suggestions on a somewhat dependent on the subjective view of the person doing the talking, there are
it. They put the full stage speakers on, and I postcard….. distinct characteristics associated with a genuine, hearlfelt “uh-huh.” Judges should
swear the floor literally shook when Hagrid Yet again I’m going to talk about one of therefore look for the following points: eye contact between the involved parties such that
knocked that door down! For free it’s a the major highlights of my week – Sunday the afflicted is put at ease by the unintelligible murmur; a depth of tone that suggest warm,
quality night out! Thanks to Jo for dragging Roast (which was this week held at cuddly animals sitting in front of an open fire in the farmhouse of a Welsh farmers lodg-
me along! lunchtime especially so I could get to a ings, in the middle of winter with the gales blowing hard outside; a decent enough length of
Finally the lift project is in… although I rehearsal at 2pm – awww)! The six of us acknowledgement such that the welfarer doesn’t seem too keen to show they are listening,
totally messed it up. I’m just going to have have decided that this tradition is too good but doesn’t conversely make it too short and abrupt such that the afflicted thinks they are
to work harder for the exams. Exams are to be kept to ourselves, so have hit upon the
funny things. I never want to revise – I just idea of starting a Roast Dinner Society. Our not being listened too. It is also important to
want to get in there and do it (although if aims would be to promote the social values consider where the welfarer is placing their fingers
I don’t revise, I’ll have nothing to write of weekly roast dinners (and of course the whilst listening to the person. Should their
about!). [Break for time check – 7.30… accompanying wine), experiment with new hand be twitching on the knee - a sympom
right] Oh yer, the other cool thing about cooking techniques and raise awareness of of boredom, then this ill discourage the
exams is that you get to read all the vegetarian steaks – yes, they do exist! Also afflicted; if, however, they place theri index
amusing things that people have written – getting your weekly vegetable allowance finger in an intelligent fashion on one or
on the exam tables!! I think sympathy is all in one day (well… almost) is pretty other of their cheeks, then this will
due for my multimedia course – we get our useful. And after the 20 signatures, AGM, display true care and attention to the
exam at 5pm-7pm on a Friday night! committee malarkey, we could buy what plight being described before them.
Anyone reading this in Battersea Court, the meat eaters in the group have been after The overall winner of the award will be that
as you should know by now, there is the all along – a brand new carving knife (to welfarer who can maintain all of the
competition running for the best decorated be shared equally amongst members, of above elements whilst continuing to pro-
kitchen this Christmas. There are some cool course)! So… any takers? vide an effective service to the afflicted
prizes on offer – so get decorating! Oh by Of course, we’d need a society and without seemingly having to concen-
the way, my watch stopped 9 months ago. headquarters, complete with oven, cooking trate on any of the particulars other than
chris ‘funkyberry’ hunter utensils, food, wine…. and that’s where the the person in front of them. Of course, if
old GU2 cupboard comes into play! they do win the award then they will invar-
‘ickle sarah iably burst out into floods of tears, thank
everyone involved with their work, even
– A View to a Kill 10. A-ha – The Living Daylights
though they coudn’t tell them anything
about it, and invite everybody in
Simon - Nobody Does It Better (The Spy Who Loved Me) 8. Shirley Bassey – Goldfinger 9. Duran Duran
– The World is Not Enough 5. Tina Turner – Goldeneye 6. Lulu – The Man With the Golden Gun 7. Carly
Forever 2. Nancy Sinatra – You Only Live Twice 3. Sheryl Crowe – Tomorrow Never Dies 4. Garbage the auditorium up on stage to share in their
16. Felony | 17. Animal | 18. Toward | 21. Else | 22. Snug lyrics quiz: 1. Shirley Bassey – Diamonds Are success, but hey - taht’s welfarers for you
Escape | 4. Allied | 5. Opus | 6. Dry rot | 7. Dalai Lama | 8. Redundant | 11. Sheep | 12. Seany | 15. Better | and they are a lovely bunch of people.
19. Peony | 20. Time | 22. Snow | 23. Allotment | 24. Remedy | 25. Legend. Down: 1. Crocus | 2. Quid | 3. It’s just they don’t get awards that have it
written on nice bits of glass.
Aboard | 7. Discolour | 9. Clad | 10. Seer | 11. Spies | 13. Swathe | 14. Deduct | 15. Belief | 17. Amidst |
b];[£32k: c]; [£64k: b]; [£125k: b]; [£250k: c]; [£500k: c]; [£1m: b]. Xword: Across: 1. Cheque | 4.
WWTBAM:[£100: c]; [£200: c]; [£300: a]; [£500: c]; [£1k: c]; [£2k: a]; [£4k: c]; [£8k: d]; [£16k:
Upside-Down Answers
26 PERSONALS 21 November 2002

After all the fun and excitement ALMOST ACCURATE ASTROLOGY Cancer
The planets are making you
from your birthday (as well as the words and predicting: daisy clay rush things without much time
embarrassment you suffered…but to think about things but don’t
let’s not go into that now though), now is worry too much because it will all work out
the time to be sensible and sort a few things out. You have alignment of Venus and Pluto so be sure the most of it. You fine. It is a good idea to just try sitting down for a while to
spent a lot of time thinking about that special someone luck will be highest this Friday and Saturday so don’t waste make a lists of things to do, things to buy, people to see,
lately but the planets dictate that you must finally tell them it by staying indoors! and places to go. Don’t forget to make a list of these lists or
how you really feel. You will certainly feel much better you run the risk of forgetting to check them.
after facing up to things. Aries
The planets are warm this week and so are you. Leo
Sagittarius All this heat could lead to lots of fun, but be New beginnings and life changes are on the
After finally having a bit of a sort out, much to careful not to get burnt. Look forward to hot way but do not resist them. Embrace new
the delight of your housemates and neighbours, dates on the 22nd and 25th. Your skills in the kitchen should acquaintances with open arms and look forward
you are feeling more organised. Seize this also be successful so how about baking some scones for all to lots of nice shiny new things. Everyone likes shiny new
opportunity to try and plan ahead. If you ignore this advice your friends to share. Remember that you’ll need baking things, especially you. But you can still share your nice
you may find your food cupboards empty and your social powder though. shiny new things because that would be nice, and possibly
calendar too full for you to cope. Try to keep on top of shiny too…quite a new thing for you too!
things……and allow yourself to see things from more than Taurus
one angle… Recent arguments with friends have been Virgo
troubling you. Minor disruptions to the This week you will be full of confidence, which
Capricorn positioning of the planets seem to have caused can only be a good thing unless you overdo it.
All that creativity seems to have gone well, and some more major disruptions to your life. As the planets After someone you trusted lets you down you
you are now full of determination to go through are sorting themselves out it is time for you to do the same. will feel a strong urge to seek revenge. Best not though.
with that idea you have been considering for Also, sharing a bar of chocolate could seriously improve Your plans of revenge are just too mean and will probably
a while. Find the courage to do it (you know what) whilst your chances with that new friend of yours. backfire. Do watch out for that open kitchen cupboard too.
you still can.
Gemini Libra
Aquarius What are you like?! All these deadlines are All these midnight meetings in secret locations
This week the stars indicate that it will be getting nearer and nearer (so near that you are arousing the suspicions of friends. They will
important for you to avoid fish. As an Aquarian could poke them with a short stick) and you’re find out about that night at the laundrette unless
this may sound odd to you but it is vital you doing nothing about them. Get your act together and stop you stop these late night antics. A last piece of advice is that
keep your feet firmly on dry land. In fact, avoid the lake at playing Solitaire or Hearts (although well done on your you should not attempt to climb into any wide open spaces,
all costs. You are safe to have showers but a bath may not new top score!). Try to focus on one task at a time as no matter how inviting them may seem.
be the best plan either. Good luck this week. Mars will temporarily disrupt your multi-tasking abilities.
Sacrificing a night or two out will pay off when you get Remember - none of our esteemed astrologers have any
Pisces those deadlines out of the way and can really get down to qualifications that mean they can actually predict anything
You lucky, lucky thing you – you couldn’t be non-stop partying! The fact you have a beautiful girlfriend other than the date of the next Royal scandal, which, given
much luckier this week with the current will make you feel better whenever you see her, though. current events, isn’t particularly difficult as it is.

Well, shag a met-ro and have a triple The CC Sick boys (hope the hangovers admirer, 1st weeks clue - how did a
UIP round!! We bloody did it guys!! These are the gone mark) photo of u get near her bed!!!
2002: GU2 1350AM! Thank you to the
personals. Steps, you say? I know someone who can Pascoe’s bird la la la, Pascoe’s bird la la
BEST manager (Gaz)- and the BEST You gossip- do those... la!
team EVER!!!!!
meisters,you. Get out your retro gear for 70’s night out I don’t fancy Pascoe’s much!!!
The big monkey is keen to spend Why can’t you with Guildford and Cathedral Court!!!...
christmas with you!! mon 25th nov, meet 7.30pm at reception Rhys, watch where you get her next
just be nice time!”My eye, my eye!!!”
She’s got that homeless look down to the
last detail
to each Pikeys: culturally they’re far behind
I’m walking along the beach in brighton,
other, eh? Malibu is USSU’s official broken tool a little bit drunk and i’m not sure if its
You got the vibe? cos I know at least 2 To the girl who is terrified of needles my ears ringing or the music being way
people that have! but still gave blood Fri afternoon; Wanted: Common sense, need i say too loud.
hope it went well and you really did do more!?!
sod this – i’m giving up with the whole something amazing. juggle those hats - that’s what its all
lot of it. sod ya’ Schoolgirls nite la la la!! about.
Surf & Totty in Lanzarote! Book your
Wanted: some fuckin fixtures for the place for Canary Islands Jan 2003 now. Another Netball social, oh dear! as opposed to hugging, you could just
4’s!! 1 week, just £300. fall asleep on me - that’s fine.
for details. Sorry JJO, I know I said I’d stop
Back of the net! mentioning u in the personals. You’re congrats deserve it
Congratulations to GU2 1350am - best getting quite a reputation!
Hey baby – you’re gorgeous. student radio station. Shame there is so i would thank my mother, but she
much SBN this year. Watch out Pat Sharp, u won’t know wouldn’t let me have a go on her electric
I can give you 200 pounds in cash or 230 what’s hit u! wheelchair.
as a cheque Who the f**k is Tim Westwood?
Geebes hope you binned the toothbrush could these be award winning
Dominc says: Fireworks are outside! J-team for Radio 1 slot. after you used it to scoop out the personals? find out next year.
Luke says: Aeroplanes are above the Who the f**k is Rich W? adam, stop moaning and get on with
sky! Dare you to splash out for once Delly being an admin. some people just can’t
guys dont leave me all alone on help but moan.
Would the people on the ground floor sundays :( p.s NORWICH IPSHITCH Becks how was ur wkend? Did u trot or
of the new court please stop playing MCVEIGH!!!!!!!!) cannter? i’m hearing some very dodgy noises
outdoor Jenga! through my flooy - are you in there or is
Laurence, Jonno, Mark, Chris, Rich. Blonde streek Robbin u have an it someone else?
21 November 2002 SPORT & STARS 27
Mixed fortune for the netball teams This week at UniSport
Surrey 1sts travelled away to play By Beth Clark Wilson CAPOEIRA
Buckingham Chilterns College this week.
The art form is 400 hundred years old and was created as a martial art by African
It was the first time Shoeless Jo had driven University of Surrey 1st 27 slaves in Brazil. A combination of dance and the martial arts as you participate in this
the minibus so the team were unsure as to Buckingham Chilterns College 28 non-contact Brazilian form of combat. Requires grace and fluidity as well as speed
whether they would make it! She did fine
and perception.
though and the firsts arrived 45 minutes University of Surrey 2nd 41 When: Thursdays | Time: 7-8.30pm | Where: PATS | With: Anthony Early
early! As it neared 2 o’clock no one seemed Merton College 2
to be around to open the changing rooms
so players resorted to changing on the bus. closed the gap to one goal. Bucks players
The game soon got underway as the umpires let themselves slip here, showing bad We are looking for enthusiastic students wishing to broaden their experience. This is a
turned up and sorted themselves out. sportsmanship by walking the balls back to great opportunity to show your skills and develop into one of our future sports coaches.
The first quarter saw Surrey firsts pull away centre, to the frustration of Surrey players. Kids zone on Fridays 4-5.30pm
by about two goals, but Bucks were close The score ended 27-28 to Bucks. This could Sports Club on Saturdays 10-12 noon
on their tails, both teams battling hard for be blamed on bad decisions by the umpires, Please contact Nadine at the Sports Centre.
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The thirds must be top of the SESA league,
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Boat club go ERGO crazy in Birmingham

USBC ventured north of Watford on Sunday machine), with its largest number of
17th November, to take part in what is competitors in four years. Well done to
becoming key event on the international Julia Mitchell, Melissa Ng, Alice Lydall,
rowing calendar. The National Indoor Arena Helen Davies, Ella Willat, Jon ‘flame boy’
in Birmingham’s city centre played host to Churcher, Simon Granshaw, Tim Craxton,
the British Indoor Rowing Championships, Alex ‘Winner!’ Deacon, Duncan Russell,
for the second year, since its move from the Olivier Rey, Ed Harman and Halil Uzner!
Rivermead Leisure Centre in Reading. Special mention goes to Alex ‘Winner!’

Above and below: photographs taken at the presentation of the cheques given to repre-
sentatives of various charities. The money was raised for RAFT and Disability Challeng-
ers by the Colours Ball and seriously sexy week.

This year saw a huge US contingent taking Deacon who, with a time of 6m.35.9s. came
part, hailing from Ivy League colleges such 20th overall in his division (J18) and to Alice
as Stanford and Brown. Our home grown Lydall who came 22nd in her division (J18)
stars, Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell with a time of 8m.15.0s.
were unable to give a repeat performance of The club members will now be looking to
their spectacular race from last year, due to improve on their times in preparation for
honeymoons and the flu. However, James the upcoming race season, with both the
Cracknell and his new wife TV presenter men’s and women’s squads training over
Beverly Turner were there to award prizes eights times a week. The club will next
to the best in each category. be competing at Walton Small Boats Head
USBC were out in full force, for the Race, our home race, at the beginning of
ultimate test: 2000m on the erg (rowing December.
28 21 November 2002

Footballers triumph in BUSA match
Finally O’Sullivan’s band of merry men notched up their By David ‘Jonah’ Jones
first BUSA victory of the season against a mediocre side
from Imperial College School of Medicine last week. While 3
University of Surrey 2nd XI
our captain will no doubt claim that new 4-5-1 formation was 0
the key to our success, it was the superb level of commitment ICSM 2nd XI
from every player on the pitch that made the difference.
ICSM kicked off with some bruising challenges but Surrey a poor example of a shooting gallery as we each took turns
were up to challenge led by Sibbick, Waite and Warborough to add to the score-line, although to be fair the ICSM keeper
who were more than happy to roll up their sleeves and get had a good game between the sticks. Man of the Match goes
stuck in. Surrey soon took a grip of the game and made good to Jon Shafford for his tireless running on the right flank,
use of the width, allowing Ruggiero and Shafford to attack and he was unlucky not to get on the score sheet himself.
the opposition full-backs. The strikes were soon raining in Overall then it should have been a thrashing, but the result is
but for the umpteenth week running a lack of composure a satisfying one: bring on Brighton.
in front of goal proved our undoing. Just before half-time If you would like to know more about anything to do with
though Ruggiero’s sweet 25-yard effort nestled nicely in the the football teams of the University of Surrey, then please
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midfield in the second half while Shafford took pleasure in
repeatedly skinning the helpless left-back. Sibbick doubled
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credit must go to the striker who showed good strength and Eddison Ruswa on
composure to kill the game. The remainder of the game was

Women’s Basketball victory Second round of ski-races

By Gemma de Cordova Anja kept the team calm and focussed photo: chris hunter
and Zoe and Siren got us a few points, but
University of Surrey 39 Roehampton edged ahead and were leading
Roehampton 31 18-10. With seconds left of the half and
feeling desperate not to lose the match,
I called a tactical time-out, the topic was
Last Wednesday, the Ladies Basketball team DEFENCE, as Roehampton had possession
(yes we do have one!) played only their 3rd and looked threatening!! The girls held their
match of the season. This being the first defensive position beautifully, and not only
year in ages that we’ve entered a team in did they stop Roehampton from scoring, Zoe
the league, we all wanted to get Surrey on made and energetic drive and got us 2points
the map. before the buzzer went for 1⁄2 time!!
It wasn’t a good start, only 6 fit and The 3rd 1⁄4 was a different story – we took
available players, no Coach and a mission the lead with some excellent team play. Seyi
via train and bus to Roehampton. I’m out and Fumi worked hard to keep Roehampton
with injury myself, so I took on the role of out of the game – so that they only scored
coach and after arriving (with a little help 3points that 1⁄4!
from old ladies for directions) we got down The final 1⁄4 was just as good. The girls
to a good warm up. Roehampton arrived had to work incredibly hard, with only 1 sub
with full team, experienced coach – not to – Cheri who was playing in her 1st match By Chris Hunter races, we only lost 2 due to missing gates.
mention the array of supporters – once the and also made a brilliant contribution. The There were the usual major wipeouts, and
game had started it left only one sub and me final score was 39-31 – it was fantastic and Saturday 16th November was the date one guy even managed to go the wrong way
on our bench to cheer the girls on! our 1st victory! I’m so proud of the girls and for the 2nd round of the Kings Ski Club round the very first gate – only realising
After a slow but confident start, we can’t wait to take on South Bank next week Championship. We took 9 racers and with halfway down the course. In compliance
were behind 6-7 at the end of the 1st 1⁄4 infront of a home crowd. See you there! fiddling the teams and nicking a skier off with the rules, he had to run all the way
and determined to do better in the 2nd 1⁄4. another University, we had enough for 2 back up the slope, and keep going! The most
mixed teams and a ladies team. The course impressive skier was someone that fell over
is basically the same each time, but the 1⁄4 of the way down the course and lost one
conditions can be totally different. This of his skis. Another rule says that you have
week the Dendex matting was slightly to complete the course with at least one ski
less lubricated, so we all were skiing a bit on – so he skied the rest of the course with
slower. just one ski (its hard enough to do a slalom
The theme was “The Romans”, and course at speed with two skis on – let alone
Southampton University turned up fully just one!)
dressed up as all the Asterix characters. The final results were Surrey Ladies 5th,
They always win the fancy dress, but for Surrey 1 6th, Surrey 2 joint 17th out of
next race’s theme (“Soap Operas”) we’re 19 teams and about 6 ladies teams?. So
going to make a real big effort – look out for although we were down on numbers this
the photos next time! time, the results are getting better. Next race
The ladies team was doing quite well, and in 2 weeks time – lets beat Southampton Uni
Surrey 2 also did very well. I think in all our at the fancy dress!!

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