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2-3 News for You 4 5 6 7 8 9 10-11 12 13 14 15 North Campus and City Campuses: What are they Like? Keep Calm and Pretend youre British Blending in. Skipping Meals Eating out. Top Ten Travel Apps Beam me up. Social Media Etiquette Think before you send. Rape and Blame Culture Whos to Blame? Creative Corner The Sheep Dip, Short Story. Student Democracy and Elections Where to get your NUS and TFL Cards Recreation at London Met Whats Happening to Higher Education? Student President

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16 University Sports 17 The Jack Marshall Story 18 Student Sunday Roast Foodie Tips for Students. 19 Beauty Winter Wonders. The Perfect Photograph Cameras. 20 Sizing Struggle Clothing Worries. 21 Go Compare Style that doesnt cost the World. Look of the Month London Street Style. 22-23 Relationship Column Surviving the Distance. 25 26 27 28-29 30-31 University Music League Be Heard. Loick Essien New Talent. Nightlife Review White Heat at Madame Jo Jos. London Film Festival Films to look forward to. Reviews A Minute with Dom Lawson.



32 Christmas Tree Treats.

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Well, here we are again. Its been some very tough couple of weeks and there are probably a lot more to come, but, fear not, the end is nigh. How does it feel? Hopefully you are all thrilled (or pleased, at least) with your achievements so far. Maybe you even took note of last issues advice, and did not wait until the very last minute to finish your work? No? Its okay, change takes time Anyway, we at Verve are doing our best to help you unwind in your little study breaks and have piled up some amazing reads for you in this issue. And while were at it dont forget to visit us at vervemedia.org.uk where you can find the latest news, features and reviews that matter to you! Are you keen on joining Verve? Drop me an email at editor.vervemag@gmail.com to find out what is required to get involved. We also want to hear your opinion! Join our Facebook group Verve Magazine, tweet us @VerveLondonMet or write to us at letters.vervemag@gmail.com and let us know what you think!

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News for You

Stefan Rusu, a second-year StAR student says: Usually when students have complaints they are keen to moan about them, but searching for a solution is harder. The first thing to do is inform their course StARs about issues, but many dont even know who their StARs are. StARs, or Student Academic Representatives, work as a link between the students and the staff. Ideally each course has at least one StAR, to whom others can voice their concerns regarding anything university-related. This is the idea that underpins the StAR system, but does it really work? Go to our website to read more.

What makes us so special?

by Matthew Warcup & Jane Evans

Youth unemployment has never been this bad. With joblessness at its highest in seventeen years, what are you doing to make sure you dont end up as the best qualified shelf stacker back at home? Recent figures show the number of people out of work in the UK increased by 114,000 this summer. The total eventually hit 2.57 million - thats over five times the population of Manchester - marking a fourteen-year high. However, London Met graduates have been ranked amongst the most likely in the country to receive gainful employment. The Universitys Student Services team can take some credit for this, as they encourage students to work on building a successful career away from the classroom. Check our website to find out how they can help you.

Planking world record attempt

Jane Evans

StARs in their eyes

London Met aims to set a world record for the maximum number of people holding an abdominal plank for one minute. The event happened on the 30th September in the Universitys North Campus sports hall, in which 122 people took part. The attempt was part of an open day for Sports Science and Therapy courses, so the participants largely comprised of attending school and college pupils. This is probably just as well, because anyone whos attempted an abdominal plank will know that one minute in the position is no mean feat. Were not saying that life at university has made us all jaded, stressed and unfit, but we are sure a bit of youthful enthusiasm will have helped the world record attempt. Indeed, Kevin Campbell-Karn, Senior Lecturer in Sports Science and Therapy, spoke of an amazing buzz in the sports hall. You could feel the excitement in the air, he said. Every person involved was just thrilled to be a part of this world record attempt. Read more on our website.

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Local pub owner prepares to go foreign for football

Angela Yussuff A British pub owner has announced plans to cancel his current Sky Sports subscription. He hopes to introduce one of the cheaper European decoders, following the court victory of Portsmouth pub landlady, Karen Murphy. The European Court of Justice has ruled that prohibiting the use of foreign decoders is contrary to the freedom to provide

Ever had an issue regarding uni life that you felt you couldnt tackle alone, not getting enough feedback from a tutor or maybe sitting in a lecture that just felt too rushed and not really worthwhile? Ever heard of the StARs?

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countrys top graduate wages, competing with students from the countrys best universities. But does this owe more to geography than the added value spoken of in the report? The results were found by researching salaries earned by graduates six months after they left university. It revealed that London Met graduates earn an average of 25,493, significantly higher than the national average of 20,500. Pay Scale, who generate national salary reports, show average wages in London to be over 6,500 higher than those outside the South East region. See how Student Services can help at our website.

Differing agendas at Occupy

Annie Darling

The Occupy London Stock Exchange (LSX) protest is a phenomenal affair. Since the 15th October, small multicoloured tents have sprung up at the foot of St Pauls Cathedral and over 200 protesters have taken up residence, campaigning against corporate greed and inequality.
By Garry Knight

services. Michael Loughnane, 38, who owns the Bailey pub on Holloway Road, said it would: be stupid not to switch to a foreign decoder if the law is changed. Its a marvellous result for the little man, said Mr Loughnane. Skys monopoly of the Premier League games is outrageous as they charge about 120% more than foreign satellites. I want to be able to show every Premier League game here, but at the moment its not financially viable. However, Karen Murphys victory has highlighted a number of copyright issues.

So pubs will have to wait for the High Court to provide clarification, on whether future games can be shown using foreign decoders.

Earnings Boost

Having vowed to remain in the area until Christmas, many sport placards promoting social justice and liberation. Throughout the campsite there is a strong sense of community. A kitchen has been erected, as well as a meditation tent, university and recycling areas. But there is tension among the many groups. A member of Anonymous UK a leaderless group of activist, famous for computer hacking and wearing Vendetta masks said: We just keep to ourselves really, we dont get involved in all the assemblies and meetings and organising. Find out more about the protest on our website.

Georgie Ellmore and Jane Evans Students from London Met are attracting some of the highest graduate salaries, a new study has revealed. The findings of the Parthenon Group study show that our students rank 15th in the


North and City campuses:

What are they like?

Sanna Aaltonen library is fancy and shiny and, most of all, new. New isnt something we often get up north. The library on Goulston Street had a lot of computers, most of them for your Facebooking pleasures. Three things that were really hard to find at Goulston Street/Calcutta House (yes, miraculously theyre two different places under one roof): toilets, a cafeteria and a way out. Every door I opened seemed to lead me further into the building. This maze is something we at North campus can relate to - you enter uni when youre 21 years old and when you finally find your way to fresh air again youre a grandparent. The toilets had shiny new taps; not just any taps, but single ones that mix hot and cold water. Its hard to imagine, but it was real. This was one of the few moments I really envied City students. Luckily, other campus buildings toilets proved to be the way they are at North: a bit dodgy. The only

blackboard were cute drawings and a small note telling me I was gorgeous. A few more steps ahead was a cupcake sale. The cake was delicious, but there was still no actual cafeteria to be spotted. Trying desperately to take a proper picture of my cupcake in front of the creative students really made me feel like I didnt belong there. My final stop was Moorgate, where I could smell success and money in the air. Everyone was busy, talking on their mobile phones. The building itself was lovely, and for a second I felt like Id entered Oxford University. Finally, after hours of searching, I found a cafeteria. Seeing the great selection of goods, it definitely felt worth waiting for. The absolute best thing, though, was that I could pour my own hot drink. This meant that I could decide the amount of milk to put in and so goodbye to tea with too much milk and to coffee in desperate need of it. And, weirdly enough,

There seems to be an invisible divide between the North and City

campuses of London Met, filled with assumptions. Being a Northerner myself, I suspect the City people go around in their suits, swinging their briefcases while speaking into their BlackBerries saying something very important and possibly future-changing. As for what the Cities think about us Northerners, I can only imagine. But just to be clear, we actually can read and no, were not busy mugging people. On your average Monday afternoon, a spy entered the City campus. Or, to be more precise, as City campus is a combination of buildings here and there, a spy first entered the Goulston Street building. My first impression was that it was like the reception area of a cool business hotel. One wall was all windows, which was a great improvement as many of the North campus rooms actually lack them. Unfortunate, then, that the view was one of a construction site. Through the lounge was the library. Soon it seemed that the library was the only place you could get to - every door, each floor on a staircase seemed to lead into another part of it. At North campus, we have one library (two if you include the one at Ladbroke House, which is more of a stand-alone on the other side of Islington). North campus

other difference was at the artsy Central House, where the lights in the girls loo had been switched off. At first I made a mental note of congratulating the North toilets for having electricity, but then I realized that this darkness was due to environmental reasons. Ive seen the Switch off! stickers around, but this was the first time I saw any results. Central House was visibly the home to all fine arts students. Entering the building, the windows and walls were covered with art, and the lounge area was furnished with bright yellow chairs and tables. On a

none of the staff there were talking on the phone. At the North cafeterias, it sometimes feels like youre bothering people from their actual job, which is keeping the phone busy. City campus wasnt as much of another world as I had thought, despite clearly feeling like an outcast. Maybe it was just the smell of North that gave me away. Or the occasional gleam of fear and envy in my eyes.


Keep calm and pretend youre British

Sanna Aaltonen

Everyone in the UK seems to love you. People call you love or

sweetheart, and you stand there smiling and thinking that they saw right into your soul. You really are a darling! And when its pub oclock, people want you to have the time of your life. Nothing says we love you like everyone asking what youd like to drink. Imagine that, free beers and drinks even when youre not yet on a first name basis. (Dont worry, you can refer to them as mate or love and youll be fine.) Coming from an unnamed Nordic country that begins with F, Im not used to people being so nice to me. In fact, Im not really used to people talking. Back home, you dont stop to apologise and check if people are alright after youve accidentally bumped into them; you either grunt to the idiot who didnt use their eyes before going on your way, or you say oops. Here, as well as everyone loving you, they really care for you. They want to know if youre alright, constantly. It confuses me. When youre in the pub trying to order a pint and the barman asks if youre alright, is he referring to you looking too drunk already? Should you say: No, Im not alright, Im thirsty, I wonder. Hopefully Ill never have firsthand experience as to whether nurses at the emergency unit at the hospital, or A&E as its called here, would ask me if I was alright if I went there all bloody and carrying half of my head in a flimsy plastic bag. I once heard that the reason plastic bags at the local shops are the way they are is because the shops are trying to keep the cost down. So instead of making one good plastic bag, they need to make three or four poor quality plastic bags to handle your shopping. You know, your guilty shopping of pizza and chips, while people in the queue have filled their baskets with vegetables

and soya milk. Huge supermarkets here are really confusing at first - its impossible to buy veggies when you dont even know what they are called in your language, or if you should boil or fry them. Pizza and pasta are easy - theyre usually spelled the same. Speaking of emergencies and getting your head chopped off, lets discuss the traffic and public transport. If youre reading this, Im assuming youre one of the few who are still alive. Honestly, walking somewhere (Im not even mentioning cycling, because those people must be mental and probably havent lived to read this anyway) is not a quaint stroll in the sunshine - its suicide. True Londoners will cross the road anywhere, anytime, anyhow, but Im just not at that phase yet and dont think I ever will be. I cant really think of one good reason not to wait for the green light, and this reluctance to throw myself under a car is probably the reason people keep asking me if Im alright. One thing Im not alright with are the double-decker buses. Maybe its just me, but getting up and down the stairs graciously is impossible. Apparently it gets better with time, so seeing the downstairs full when entering the bus and realising that the only way is up doesnt make me get out and wait for a less full one anymore. But still, its not a hop and a skip getting up or down. Just when youre starting to feel more confident in your new Britishness, youre stopped in the street by a tourist for the first time. Gosh, those tourists - theyre everywhere! Theyre really annoying, and nothing like you because you live here now. You look like a local, and youre feeling pretty local too - you know your way

around by now so you can probably help them with their question. Unless they ask you where that one place, that you have no clue about, is. And they always do. Another good sign of getting there - there being British - is the moment you catch yourself sipping a cup of tea, or a cuppa, or justifying the reasons for living with your wall-to-wall carpets, thinking its actually quite convenient during the chilly nights, or reading a newspaper and actually understanding all the weird words in the headlines. You also finally recognize the faces of these tossers and love rats the papers go on about. Youre finally properly settling in when you realise that its not love; its your turn next.

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Skipping meals
Kam Sandhu

Its several days before your loan drops, and several weeks since youve

had money. At these stringent times, when youre cooking yourself beans on toast for the fourth time in as many days, you wouldnt dream of wasting any of that precious food. But with 18 million tonnes of edible food thrown out each year in the UK, have you ever thought of checking whats in the bin? Supermarkets play a large part in creating food waste, for various reasons that do not always involve food being unfit for consumption, and recently there has been a surge of individuals taking advantage of this waste in an act dubbed skipping. Skipping, or Freeganism as it is better known, involves scouring supermarket bins for edible food, thrown away for reasons other than being harmful. Skipping has become more common during these times of recession, and arguably also more accepted (Come Dine With Me recently featured a contestant who skipped all the food for her meal). Ben Clarke from Manchester has been doing it for some time. He said: I started skipping in December 2009, having just moved to Manchester. Skipping in practice was a weird one at first, but I developed a thicker skin for the slightly criminal-esque side of it. The reaping was massive - so much food for free! Its still laughable to bring home a months supply of fruit and veg from a 20 minute trip down to the Coop bin. Though most people would turn at the thought of eating food from a bin, Ben explained that minds often change when people realise what is on offer. I think most peoples views are associated with the bins themselves, he said. But mention the rewards and people smile coyly and ask about when youre going next! There are facts and tips online about how and where to go skipping from proud patriots of the act. Skipping has also seen a lot more media coverage in recent times, yet, it remains an illegal act described as theft by finding.

Earlier this year, Sacha Hall, 21, was arrested for taking ham, pies and potato waffles from a Tesco stores waste pile. This sent out a clear message that the act was illegal, and liable for punishment. However, some skippers feel that they have a right to food that would otherwise be thrown away. I feel totally justified taking food from bins, Ben said. Its a nobrainer. Waste it or eat it! Food shops do it all wrong - buying more than they can sell, stocking shelves with constant fresh produce and chucking masses of food out. All skipping really is is recycling in the most individually rewarding, monetarily sensible and ecologically sustainable way. If done conscientiously, no one loses. Food waste is an issue that becomes more poignant as prices rise for the costs of basic living. In October, the IFS (the UKs leading finance thinktank) warned that 400,000 children will fall into relative poverty by 2015. With rising bills and rents, some families will have to pull back on their only real variable bill: the food. Yet food waste worth billions continues to occur. Tristram Stuart, author of Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal, reveals in his book the extent of the issue: There are nearly one billion malnourished people in the world, but the approximately 40 million tonnes of food wasted by US households, retailers and food services each year would be enough to satisfy the hunger of every one of them. This said, there are legalities and problems that shroud the supermarkets abilities to give out this food themselves. Strict health and safety guidelines and avoiding being sued being a couple of them. However, the amount being wasted can still be greatly reduced. One mans waste is another mans treasure.or dinner. We are taught from a young age not to waste what we have. It can seem a little contradictory, then, to penalise those who put this waste to better use. Skipping may not be the full answer to homing this food, but it has highlighted the need to do more to prevent waste. The government has been focusing on food waste issues and ministers are currently trying to simplify the use of sell by and use by dates to reduce waste in shops and households. Still, more can be done. Homes play their part too, with UK households throwing away around a quarter of all food purchased. You can reduce your waste through better planning of your meals and what you buy, and itll save you some dosh too, not to mention the guilty conscience. More information on how to make the most of your food can be found on the Love Food, Hate Waste website, along with useful recipes.


The top ten travel apps

Sam Dury

With the Christmas break approaching, all you can dream about is getting as far away from uni as possible. Whether you are returning home, taking a break or planning a future holiday, when you are travelling you need all the help you can possibly get. There really is an app for everything nowadays, and when it comes to seeing the world, you dont want to miss a thing. Fortunately, there are thousands of apps designed to help you find your way around, see the sights and make your journey easier. Here, weve found the top ten travel apps to help you on your way. Skyscanner Skyscanner is a free flight comparison app. Not only does it help you find the cheapest tickets, but allows you to buy them from your phone. Its completely independent, so theres no need to worry about being ripped off, and saves paying a fortune for last-minute flights when youre on the road. The app is really easy to use and shows every flight from every airport. Train Times (UK) Although this app is a bit pricey at 4.99, it includes everything you need when planning rail travel. Its features include live updates of engineering works and delays, a journey planner and also finds your nearest station - great for when you get lost. It even tells you which platform the trains will be leaving from for that last-minute dash to the station. Free City Maps and Walks The best way to truly discover a new city is on foot, letting you soak up the atmosphere and architecture properly. The only downside to walking is inevitably getting lost. Free City Maps and Walks solves this problem, covering over 470 cities worldwide and providing walking tours, ensuring you dont miss any of the top sights while allowing you to go at your own pace and detour as much as you like!

Lonely Planet Guides The ever-trustworthy Lonely Planet has guides for over 130 cities all over the world in the form of apps. Comprehensive and easy to use, the apps use GPS tracking and offline maps to ensure you find your way in unknown places. They also recommend points of interest, restaurants and provide reviews. If that wasnt enough, they also display stunning photography of the areas to visit. Phrasebooks are also available. All apps vary in price but average at about 3.49. Zagat To Go Zagat To Go is an extensive guide for restaurants, nightlife, accommodation and flights. The app originated with restaurants, which is where its greatest strength lies. Covering Hong Kong to Houston, Shanghai to Seattle, Zagat To Go is essential if you are travelling across the USA and Asia. The app has an offline mode and gives reviews from other users, as well as photos of the dishes. At 5.99 it is a bit pricey, but its good value, as it combines over 45 Zagat guides into one easy to use app. eCurrency Converter When going from one place to another, it is easy to lose track of how much you are spending. eCurrency is a really simple currency converting app that supports over 150 currencies. The calculator format is clear and concise and at 0.59 you cant go wrong. Wikitude This free augmented reality app is a great way to discover the world around you. Hold your camera to your surroundings and Wikitude will overlay information and interactive content about the objects and places nearby. Not only does it give you information about landmarks and points of interest, but it provides details on nightlife and whats going on - perfect for exploring new cities.

Postman When exploring new places, its great to be able to share your experience with loved ones back home. Sometimes the traditional postcard just wont do - especially when you beat the postcard you sent a month earlier home. Postman allows you to use the photos you have taken on your travels or a Google Map shot of your location and turn it into a virtual postcard. By adding greetings, messages and themes you can create an authentic postcard and share it with friends and family through social media. This 1.79 app means you can share your experiences as they happen, saving you time and money on bags full of postcards. Urbanspoon When visiting new cities, there is always the dilemma of what and where to eat. Urbanspoon is another restaurant app, but has a niche by being in the format of a slot machine. By shaking your phone, the app uses GPS to find places nearby and also lets you filter restaurants by cuisine, price and neighbourhood. This free application covers the USA, Canada and Australia and also includes ratings and reviews from newspapers, fellow diners and bloggers. Packing For Holiday and Business Make sure you leave nothing behind with this handy packing app. Packing keeps an inventory of what youve packed, perfect if your bag gets lost in terms of insurance and also great for repacking when going from place to place. It also helps you to create the lists for when you pack, based on the amount of people going and gender. There are a lot of packing applications out there, however this 0.59 wonder is easy to use and even suggests items you may have forgotten.


Is there such a thing as social media etiquette?

Tiffany Phan In this day and age, it would probably benefit all of us if we took a short course in social media etiquette before entering a world where everybody can see everything we do. Some have been fired because of it, some have been disregarded for a job because of it, some have been eternally embarrassed because of it and most of us just look stupid because of it.

A tweet too many

To friend or not to friend

There are people who friend their bosses on Facebook, connect with their teachers on LinkedIn and follow their lecturers on Twitter. Is it really as harmless as it seems? Connecting with someone on a social media platform is without a doubt inviting them into your life, or at least acknowledging that they are a part of it. Take Facebook for example. You have everything on there: your contact details (everything down to your mobile number), who youre dating, links to your personal blog, where you are in real time, pictures of your cat, your family and friends (not to mention those 52 headshots of you and your best mate). The list goes on. Following people on Twitter, on the other hand, is different, because they have to follow you back before your tweets will appear on their feed. However, by following someone you have made yourself noticed and increased the likelihood of being followed back. In other words, the person will probably casually stalk you for a bit and then follow you. Of course, this would not be a problem for those who use their Twitter to discuss politics, comment on current affairs or promote a charity. But with the slight chance that you do not and mostly ramble about everything and nothing frequently, how would that look on your teachers feed? If there are things that you are not comfortable sharing with someone like your PR lecturer, manager or your aunt (which there should be), you may want to reconsider before you connect with them.

Being personal is key to Twitter and Facebook, but documenting everything you do/think/feel/see may frankly make you seem stuck up, and even unintelligent. Your mum and best friend may enjoy reading that you have just bought the cutest top from Topshop, but the rest of the world may not. So, drop all the dinner specifications, all the on my way tos and, above all, the cryptic updates about how you feel (Im trying so hard-whiny!). And God forbid, if you talk about yourself in the third person, you need to stop. Pronto. Something people often underestimate is how revealing their tweets and updates actually are. Updating your status with having a lovely cuppa at 10pm on a Saturday from Facebook.com, not via your smartphone, will likely be read as you being lonely and at home on a Saturday night. That twitpic of you at the theatre may not mean much to your friends, but your boss, to whom you told you were sick that night, will probably react differently. You have to be constantly aware that your tweets can be read by anyone in the whole wired world, including your workmates, your boss, your teachers and the person you are ranting about.

and that you now hate the boss at your company, it is not hard to put two and two together. You can never assume that no one, or no one of importance, will come across what you have written, because they just might. All of your work troubles are therefore always better vented through talking to an actual person, preferably with less potential witnesses.

10 dos and donts for healthier social media usage

Do 1. Think twice before you mention anything about your job 2. Be aware of how the things you write make you seem as a person 3. Get a second Twitter account to curb your chronic urge to write excessively about yourself and what you do 4. Have a photo of yourself as your profile picture (N.B. youll only be taken as seriously as your profile picture) 5. Spell check Dont 6. Rant and name a person you know (your job is out of the question) 7. Assume that no one will read the things you write 8. Spam event invites/ links/requests etc 9. Obsess over the number of followers/friends/connections you have (nothing good ever comes from that) 10. Writ3 likke dis.

Your job at stake

Just because it is easier than ever to express yourself with the trillion social media platforms at your disposal, it does not mean that you should blurt out whatever you like whenever you like - especially not about your job. It may have been in the best of intentions when you detailed the latest staff training or what Christmas bonuses your department received on your blog, but when you are sent to your managers office, none of your sorrys are going to make up for your blunder. Ranting about your work, colleagues or employers is also a big no-no, even in a non-naming way. If you have written that you got a job at Selfridges four months ago,

Rape and blame culture: Whats the truth?

Sonja Swahn Lindstrm


Revealing clothing, in connection to sexual assault, is a well-known topic researched and discussed worldwide. Recently, Turkish professor
Orhan eker sparked nationwide outrage after making a statement saying that women who dressed revealingly had themselves to blame if they got sexually harassed. So how far can a mans behaviour be excused and the responsibility be put on the woman? And where do we draw the line? eker was referring to sexual harassment of the verbal kind, but can rape be excused too?

a pack of wolves, said 21-year-old student Drew Ellery. One might wonder if the blame the woman attitude could filter into the police force and court jury and sway their decisions. This is where it gets tricky. There are no statistics to prove this, but if a portion of the public blame the victim for her choice of clothing, will the outcome of the jury be in favour of the rapist? Possibly. Robert Dewar, a judge in Winnipeg, Canada, chose not to give a rapist a prison sentence because his victim wore high heels and was generally inviting. Additionally, some rape victims confess that they were met by judgmental behaviour by the police and that the first question asked by officers or defense attorneys is usually what were you wearing at the time of the assault? A 22-year-old student who wished to remain anonymous said that when she reported a rape she was treated as if she was to blame. The police officer looked me up and down in a very judgmental way.

I think [it was] because I was still wearing what I had worn the night before, when I went out clubbing. I got drugged by the guy who raped me and walked straight to the police from the place where I was raped. And somehow this police officer still judged me and continued with the report in a truly insulting way. Last year, as part of a nationwide campaign to end violence against women, the charity Rape Crisis distributed teaching materials to secondary schools. The material covered rape myths, including the subject of revealing clothing. This is one way to educate young people and give them a better awareness of the blame culture, and teach them to refrain from behaviour that sexualises women. As for now, the blame attitude belongs to only a handful of individuals, and with continued education and awareness, one could hope that it will soon be a thing of the past.

Firstly, it is vital to establish if womens clothing actually has an impact on an attackers decision to commit sexual assault. But can that ever be proved? In 2009, the Telegraph ran an article on the subject with the headline Women who dress provocatively are more likely to be raped, claim scientists. Some experts claimed the article was wrong. So what about public opinion: do we have a blame the victim attitude? An Amnesty survey carried out in 2005 found that more than a quarter of the 1,000 adults asked believed a woman wearing sexy or revealing clothing is partially or totally responsible for being raped. It is shocking that so many people will lay the blame for being raped at the feet of women themselves, and the government must launch a new drive to counteract this sexist blame culture, said Kate Allen of Amnesty International. These findings should act as a wake-up call to the government to urgently tackle the triple problem of the high incidence of rape, low conviction rates and a sexist blame culture. Stop Right Now, The Suns ongoing campaign on the matter, has carried out surveys and gathered similar statistics to Amnesty. Of the people I spoke to, it seemed UK students believe that men are the only party to blame when it comes to rape, and that there are no excuses. Not even a prostitute wearing a questionable outfit down the road deserves to be harassed by


The Sheep Dip

Graeme Swanson

He met them both at once. They

spoke to him both at once and they touched him both at once. Ten years ago at the dance. John-Norman Macleod met the Morrison twins at midnight on New Years Eve in 1922. He saw the woman that would become his wife a second before he saw the woman that became his love. May I? hed said to Marie. Of course had said Morag. John-Norman lets himself get wet in the rain. He looks around him and sees only black sky and his dog. Like every dog on the islands, John-Normans is called Lass, boy or girl it doesnt matter. Lass is an old dog and wants to die, right there and then in the rain, but John-Norman wont let him. John-Norman hopes Lass would tell the village of his death by howling at his corpse. The Minister and the old folk would come out of their warm homes, all wrapped up from the rain, and see John-Normans loyal Lass howling in heartbreak. But Lass wants to die in the rain. John-Norman took Marie, but hed wanted Morag. The women were at first glance identical. Same hair, same teeth, same eyes, but on looking closer anyone could see that Morag was a full half inch taller, with brighter eyes complementing a smaller, heart shaped mouth and her hips, thought John-Norman, were made only for giving birth to the strongest of little boys. The grass was always greener, and had a better backside too. John-Norman sighs and opens the outhouse door. Do you see my sister standing there? Had said Marie. She likes dancing too. They grabbed his hands and spun him round all night and by the morning he was in love with two women. Marie had been the first to touch his hand and the first to laugh at his jokes. Morag laughed later that night and she laughed longer too. John-Norman looks for the tins of sheep dip along the top shelf of the outhouse. There were five tins in all. He shakes them to his ear and the glug glug glug tells him they are all half empty. Morag and Marie did not agree on many things, but one of them was men. Their father was a sheep man, their grandfather was a sheep man and their greatgrandfather was a sheep man - all with a dog called Lass. John-Norman had large hands and arms that made the girls feel safe. Gray, silver and sheep-shit-rust was the colour of the sheeps bath. The gate that kept the animals in place is loose and creaks in the breeze. John-Norman lays down still, holding the five tins to his chest and is surprised for moment at how comfortable he feels. John-Norman had provided. He saw to it that nothing would stop him being the best sheep man on the island. He knew his sheep. Never let it be said that John-Norman Macleod didnt know his sheep, especially the wool. He sourced the finest sheep dip. The rumour was that there was something



John-Norman sniffs the Irish chemicals. He likes the smell. It reminds him of his father and his big white-cold hands, pushing the sheep under the dirty water and out the other side. His shoulder twinges in the rusty metal bath and he knows he has to start. Funny, Morag never married. She always seems content. Always singing but barely speaks, said the Minister. Funny, Marie never had a child, but of course you know he drinks, said the Ministers wife. Funny, Morag had a boy with no man, I wonder where she went? said the whole island. Rumours said she went to the mainland, others said John-Norman killed her and others said it was Marie. JohnNorman knew what happened. He saw it in Maries face in sheep dip season. Marie stands by the outhouse door; it rained on that day too. She looks across at the field at cold, freshly white-brown sheep. They stare back at her with their black and yellow oblong eyes and call her an idiot and a naive and barren wife. Marie wonders away. Never seen again. Is this Morag or Marie? The rumours never said. He had a baby with Marie and Morag hated sheep? I think he was a drinker and murdered both his loves? No, they only walked away; had enough of sheep, lies, rumour and him. They left, but the village stayed on the island with him. Last night on the croft, John-Normal killed all his sheep. Now he unscrews each tin and glugs one down in one. He feels his insides burn. The lights in the village stay off and Lass wants to die in the rain.

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in the mixture. The other farmers used a standard dip that merely killed the tics. But the story went that John-Norman Macleod knew a man and that man put something special in his dip that made the sheep wool pure. But this rumour, unlike the others, was sadly untrue. John-Norman bought the dip from a place in Ireland because it was cheap. It saved him eight pounds a year. Eight pounds he gave to Morag and Morag weaved his wool. Lass slumps by the sheeps bath gate, not looking at his owner. The dog breathes in the smell of the earth and the rotten wool and chemicals and thinks a dogs thoughts

about death. The rumours began at the Kirk. JohnNorman likes the other one too. He wants to have his cake and eat it. You can see it in his eyes. What man wouldnt eh? They all said it. Some only said it with their eyes, but John-Norman could see it. Some said it with their mouths. The worst was the Minister and in particular his wife, that Sweeny woman from the north island, oh she was evil, a bitter bitch only married to the church to untangle her twisted soul. She told his world he liked a drink and relished in the telling. In church each Sunday the Sweeny woman raised a hand above her head and made the glug glug mime.


Students Union

Student democracy and elections

Democracy is embedded at the heart of our Students Union.
Our annual elections will take place in March 2012 and our 24,000-strong student community will elect the following: Full-time (sabbatical) and part-time officers Independent members of the Student Council Delegates to attend the NUS Conference 2012 Student members of the Unions Board of Trustees Why should you stand for election? Elections tell our membership and the University authorities that our procedures are democratic and fair. Being a student officer is a great opportunity. It will enable you to take a role in directing the work of a member-lead organisation. Most people do not get the chance to take this responsibility until years into their working lives! You do not have to have been involved in the Union in the past - you just need to be enthusiastic, hard-working and willing to talk to people, putting in the necessary work to get elected. Full details of the elections will appear in early 2012, so pop into the Students Union offices then to find out more. All students have the right to propose motions to the Student Council, which can become Union policy and which the Union can allocate its funds and resources to. The Student Council also

elects student representatives to various University Committees, such as the Board of Governors and the Academic Board. All students are welcome to attend Student Council meetings as observers.

Student Council
The Student Council is the governing and policy-making body of our Students Union. The role of the Council is to direct the activities of the Executive Committee (the elected officers) and hold them to account. The Student Council is at the centre of the Students Union and gives students from all over the University the right to have a real say in the policy and actions of the Students Union. Who sits on the Student Council? 10 Executive Committee (elected) officers, six independent Student Council members, 13 representatives from affiliated societies, 13 faculty Student Academic Representatives (faculty StARs), and four representatives co-opted by the Executive Committee

For more information contact Eddie Rowley at e.rowley@londonmet.ac.uk


Students Union

Where can I get my TfL and NUS cards?


TfL and NUS extra cards are administered by a Students' Union, however currently at London Met they are administered by the Student Office. Contact the Student Office studentoffice@londonmet.ac.uk. at

How do I join a society? Check out the Student Office web page for a list of registered societies, instructions on how to join and information about starting your own society. Where can I find out about sports? Visit www.londonmetstudents.co.uk for information about sports, recreation and entertainment at London Met. Met SU Priority Campaign This year our Student Council have voted to launch a priority campaign against homophobia on our campuses. For more information or to get involved, contact su@londonmet.ac.uk.

Top tip: Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannica are a useful STARTING point for thinking and research, but you should not cite them directly (and definitely not plagiarise!) You have to follow up what is said there through critical reading and use the research or sources that Wikipedia or Encyclopedia Britannica directs you to. So, you can use Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannica as a starting point, but don't use them as your reference source or for citations!

North office TMG-48 (located down the corridor leading from the Rocket entrance) Tower Building Holloway Road City office 3rd floor 2 Goulston Street (above the HUB) Aldgate


Students Union

Recreation at London Met

The University has a cosy, daytime bar called HUB beneath the

Student Union offices on Goulston Street, at the corner of Whitechapel High Street. HUB pops up from midday to 8pm Monday to Friday, providing a handy afternoon watering hole for those studying at Central or Calcutta House, Commercial Road, or the Law School just doors away. A second, larger venue at North campus the Rocket Complex includes a buzzing daytime bar-cum-lounge, a licensed courtyard and a small shop where you can pick up official London Met merchandise, stationery and other study supplies. After dark, the Rocket becomes a destination venue for London Met students, with a program of events and a very affordable late bar. Wednesdays and Fridays are tipped to be the big weekly nights at the Rocket in the autumn semester. One of the annual highlights to watch for is the Summer Ball (May 25th). The venues feature satellite TV for sport, pool, big-screen gaming, free wi-fi and a warm welcome to all. Stay abreast of whats on at www.londonmetstudents.ac.uk. Many of the Universitys cafs and catered spaces, including the new Met Lounges, the Library caf and the Moorgate Refectory, have recently been remodelled and brought up-to-date. From breakfast and throughout the day, these convenient local outlets offer bright and comfortable settings for socialising or informal group study whilst refuelling. The Metcard Get your very own London Met discount card! Get your hands on the Metcard for the hottest deals on campus. London Mets essential student discount card saves you s on drinks, entry to events plus lots of exclusive offers...and its FREE! When you register for a card you also sign up for the Met Alert! email service making sure you never miss out at London Met.

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Students Union

Whats happening to HE?

Claire Locke Students Union President.


thousands of students from all over the country marched through London against the governments plans for universities. Their white paper for higher education calls itself Putting Students at the Heart of the System. As the President of the Students Union at London Metropolitan University, I have been on the frontline of the attacks against students and education. I know how contradictory this title is, and how vital it is that we stand up and fight for the opportunities that have been won over generations.




The higher education white paper is in fact an attempt to turn the learning environment into a marketplace, and learners into customers. Putting profit at the heart of the system would be far more accurate. The government seeks to justify cuts and fee increases in higher education by saying that students are a burden on the taxpayer but the new funding regime will actually require students to borrow more money from the taxpayer in a time of economic crisis. This begs the question: is this a logical move or an ideological one? Allowing private companies to take over public resources has historically had an adverse affect on our communities. This year, energy companies have made record profits by raising prices through the roof, leaving vulnerable people to suffer the cold, and in extreme case die, because they cannot afford their heating bills. The privatisation of education and healthcare is like selling off our children to the highest bidder. London Met has a diverse student body. Many of our students come from widening participation backgrounds, with high proportions of working class and black and ethnic minority students. The very ethos of London Met is to enable students who would not previously have the chance to enter into HE the opportunity to have the same life choices that were previously only provided for the privileged few. Unsurprisingly, we face the worst cuts out of any university in Britain. These include a 70 per cent cut to the undergraduate course portfolio, which has resulted in the loss of subjects such as Philosophy,

History and Performing Arts. These courses were financially viable, had high student satisfaction and retention, and some scored higher in the league tables than any other course at London Met. To cut these courses was not logical. This was a move to vocationalise the course offering at London Met. The rationale behind such a move is highly flawed, as there is no data to suggest that students who leave London Met go into employment in the field of which they studied. In fact, the data collected from the DLHE shows that the Faculty of Computing, a faculty made up of vocational courses, has the lowest graduate employment rating. The result of offering mainly vocational courses at institutions like London Met is that the majority of working class and black and ethnic minority students who enter into HE will have their choices limited to what is deemed to be of value by the decision makers at the institution. This will limit social mobility and is a step backwards for post-1992 universities. Meanwhile, at Russell Group institutions, the sons and daughters of Middle England will be allowed to continue to study arts and humanities. Along with the reshaping of the course offering at London Met, Student Services, a department that provides support for our

most vulnerable students, has received a 30 per cent cut. Students now have to wait eight weeks for an appointment with the Disability and Dyslexia Service. This is an unacceptable attack that has already caused some disabled students to drop out of London Met altogether. The changes to HE will ultimately mean that students from disadvantaged backgrounds will either be excluded from HE altogether or have very limited choices and support. Taxpayers will be forced to cough up more in the short term, with their money ending up in the pockets of large corporations who will be primarily focused on profit-making rather than education. My great granddad once said to my dad when he was a child that one day the rich and powerful would try to take away all the rights, freedoms and opportunities that we have fought for for generations. This is now a reality, and if we do not stand up and fight we will lose them. It is much easier to keep something than it is to get it back once its gone. Education affects everyone. It is vital that we stand united to save education, because history repeatedly shows us that united, we can actually win.



London Mets? Get involved!

Sean Cleaver

Students still uneasy about London 2012

Mani Sobhani

Feeling sporty? Like to watch a team

play? Or do you just fancy getting in shape? Well we have the answer. London Mets is the name of your new favourite team! Whether you like netball, rugby, football or basketball (just to name a few), theres a place for you. You can still join as there are no cutoffs for the teams, and most of this information can be found on London Mets sports website (www.londonmet.ac.uk/ sports). But how do you actually join a team? John McBennet, manager of the London Met Sports Department, sheds light on the Universitys sports offers. Its a matter of just turning up. Were running netball and a mens rugby team who play at Saracens Amateurs, he explained. John also had good news for absolute newcomers, saying there was a place for all abilities, for any of the sports. London Met sports include two mens football teams, mens and womens tennis as well as volleyball teams. There are also individual sports you can get involved with. The British Universities & Colleges Sports website (www.bucs.org.uk) has a list of sports that people can compete in. If, for instance, youre interested in fencing or athletics, then you can see the programme, come back to us in the sports department and we can enter you, John explained. Getting everyone involved, no matter who they are and what experience they have, has always been key at London Met. John said: If you dont make those standards in the teams, every team should allow a recreational player to come and take part. Talking about the two football teams as an example, John said: The training should allow for anyone with a mixed ability or little ability to come along and train and take part.

Even if you arent up for competing, everyone is welcome to attend. Every team fixture is on a Wednesday. We could do with a lot more [supporters] to come along to the home games without a shadow of a doubt, said John. Especially the ones that are in the Science Centre (North Campus). The times of the games can be found at the sports desk, as well as online at the BUCS website. There are also some new sports, and London Met is always open to suggestions. Theres Aikido and Judo, there is recreational squash, and were trying to do some outdoor pursuits like climbing. If you find a sport that we arent running here at London Met then we have outside links with other clubs that we can send you along to, John said. John was keen to encourage people to come and use all the facilities for the recreational programmes at the University. With the Sports Card, you can get access to the two gyms at North and City campus. Its not just about being competitive, but getting people more active and generating a better wellbeing. There is a list of classes like circuit training and boxfit, or you can pick up a recreation guide or go online. With the sports pass for 60 for the whole year (or about two months at a commercial gym), you get access to both gyms and all the activities. Its not just sports, though London Met offers pilates, Legs, Bums & Tums and, of course, the craze that is currently sweeping the nation, Zumba. So get to your campus gym, get involved or go and support. London Mets are your new favourite team!

While there are some students and Londoners who enthusiastically

await the great spectacular that is the Olympics, some are dreading the thought. Overcrowded buses, roads and tube stations, push-up rents and environmental damages are the concerns among some students. 28-year-old Business student Chris Clark said he felt that London was crowded enough as it is without tourist from across the world. To bring a huge world event such as the Olympics into the already overcrowded London is a sure way to start chaos, he said. It takes me about 10 minutes just to get on the tube in the morning, then add all the media, tourists, staff etc. and it will take a lifetime. As a result of the ongoing refurbishment in East London, rents have been increased significantly, making students who initially saw the east side of London as a cheap resort during their study time flee the area for cheaper solutions. Parisa Golzadeh and Albiana Fortes, both third-year PR & Event Management students, have been East London roommates since they arrived four years ago. Ever since we came here weve always lived in East London, and it became a home away from home. But with the rents going up it has made it impossible to live there with our financial situation, said Parisa. London 2012 is the third time that the city will have been host to the games, after a last-minute substitution in 1908 when Italy was tragically struck by a volcanic erruption. They also won the bid in 1940, but due to the ongoing war the games were delayed until 1948.



The Jack Marshall story

Paula Cogan

Its just a game!

Are words that will irritate any football fan. Hooliganism, the players incredible wages and private scandals have rocked the sports universe, but among all the scandals and rivalry, there is a little beacon of hope avid Manchester United fan Jack Marshall, who left an imprint upon the football world using just his bravery and a cheeky little smile. Jacks life was that of any normal four-yearold when it unexpectedly changed forever in October 2009. At first, he kept waking up at night vomiting; doctors thought it was a virus, and sent him home until one day, Jack suddenly lost the use of his legs. The resulting scan revealed little Jack had a brain tumour and an aggressive form of cancer that had already spread to his spine. Jack bravely survived numerous operations, though still had to endure painful chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment. He defied doctors and learnt to walk again by kicking a Manchester United emblazoned football around his back garden. But despite his efforts, Jacks cancer was diagnosed terminal in March 2011, and he was taken home to die in comfort. His parents decided to try to raise awareness for brain cancer by setting up a charity called Jacks Fund and creating a Twitter account documenting his final days of life. It attracted thousands of followers dubbed Jacks Army, who wanted to help raise awareness of a cancer that affects one in 2,500 children. Followers included Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand, who organized a visit to Carrington, Manchester Uniteds training ground. It was there that Jack met his hero Wayne Rooney, to whom he whispered that he would like to give him a kiss for being the best footballer in the world. It wasnt just Manchester United looking out for little Jack, it was the whole of English football. People have written to us saying that they would never have believed it but they had found themselves wanting United to win because they knew it would make Jack happy, his mother Tracey said. And they didnt just tweet about it - Wolves fans created a huge banner with Jacks name on it so he could see it on television as he watched from his bed. Another fan

Michael Costa

went to every match last season shirtless, no matter what the weather, to raise money for the Jack Marshall Fund, while Norwich City supporters started a fantasy football league to help generate cash. The list is extensive. The Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was singled out amongst the array of football stars as a true hero by Jacks family, dedicating much of his time to them. Mum Tracey explained: [He] has done more for us than he will ever know. Seeing a little child very poorly is not easy. He could have looked away... but Jack Wilshere has never done that. Jack Marshall died on 11 October. The message on his twitter account read:

Covered in his beloved Man Utd blanket and snuggled in Traceys arms, Jack decided that in true Manchester United fashion Hed do what he wants for the final time and passed away peacefully with us, his family, at his side. It is obvious that some things are bigger than football; some things are more than a game. In Jack Marshalls short life, he united people for a common cause and proved how sport can bring people together. Though Jack is gone, his army of supporters are still marching on in memory of a brave little lad who left his mark on footballs heart. Please visit www.jacksfund.co.uk to support Jacks Fund and find out more about his life and legacy.



A foodies guide to a good student roast

Jade Jennison

Christmas is a time for family,

friends and most importantly, food! So this Christmas season, why not be the one with the chefs hat on? Whether it is for Christmas day or to show your friends that you can deliver like Delia in the kitchen, it doesnt have to be difficult or expensive. If you are cooking for a group, maybe everyone could contribute or the meal could be your gift to them (providing it is successful of course!) Follow my guide and you could be cooking a meal for four for under 13. Things youll need First things first, the turkey! Turkey is the traditional meat, but depending on how many you are cooking for and the preferences of your guests you could use a chicken, as they are easier to manage, or alternatively, a chicken breast per person. Tescos butter basted whole chicken is currently just 5 and will easily feed four. Next, vegetables. Everyone has their favourites, but winter vegetables such as parsnips, carrots, broccoli and, of course, sprouts are always a winner. Tescos preprepared roasted winter vegetables are just 2.50 a pack, and are currently on a three for 5 offer. Now its the potatoes. For roasting any type will do, but Maris Pipers are great for roasting and only 1.39 for a 2.5 kilogram bag at Tesco.

Yorkshire puddings are a definite musthave. Tescos own brand are only 49p for 15. Pigs in blankets: no Christmas dinner would be the same without them! Start with Tescos unsmoked bacon rashers for 1.80 a pack and eight pork sausages for just 84p. Stuffing is easy, just add water and mix. Tescos own brand sage and onion stuffing is only 15p! Turkey or chicken gravy granules are perfecting for finishing off any roast, and Tescos chicken gravy granules are a mere 58p. The plan Firstly prepare your meat. Whichever type of bird you have chosen, smother it in butter. To make your chicken or turkey a Christmas one without dressing it up like an elf is easy. Just sprinkle it with your choice of herbs; Christmas favourites and a lovely compliment to poultry is thyme and rosemary. Then cover with tin foil and follow the cooking instructions specific to your choice and size of bird, checking it regularly. A cheat here is to get yourself a precooked chicken. You can also get chickens prepared with stuffing; Tescos sage and onion stuffed whole chicken is 2.67/kg.

Your pigs in blankets will need to be cooked slightly after your meat has begun cooking. To make it easy you can always buy readymade ones from most supermarkets. Alternatively, if you are cooking from scratch wrap the sausages in streaky bacon and cook in the oven until they are hot in the middle. Next you need to prepare your veg. Washing and chopping off any unwanted bits makes the cooking process run smoother. This is also when you need to peel your potatoes and cut them in half. The potatoes then need to be part boiled for 10- 15 minutes then drained, because soggy potatoes are never cool. Then place them in an oven tray and cover them with olive oil. A good tip here is to sprinkle them with flour - this will help create a crispy finish as it prevents the potatoes soaking up the oil. These should cook at the same temperature as your meat. Now, depending on how long your choice of meat takes to cook, boil or steam your veggies and warm your Yorkshire puds so they will be ready at the same time. Another cheat is microwavable veg - they cook quickly and no one needs to know! Now for the gravy. Make your gravy using the juices from the roasted meat - this makes it even more scrumptious! Assemble all the elements and watch your friends enjoy. And if all else fails, get yourself to the pub for a Sunday lunch. But lets not forget a Christmas pud to follow or some roast chestnuts and a tipple. You deserve it!


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DIY winter beauty wonders

Michelle Allan


With the approaching winter wind the nightmares of chapped hands,

dry lips and limp hair will inevitably make an unwanted reappearance. Skin that is unprotected from the harsh cold needs a bit of pampering, and with Christmas just around the corner who can afford to visit a salon? Not many of us! That is why weve been searching for easy treatments you can do from home using products that are, most probably, lying in the back of your cupboard. Hair Hair becomes dry and tangled during this season so a good conditioning treatment is needed. Try the egg conditioner trick by mixing an egg yolk and a teaspoon of olive oil together, adding a cup of warm water. Apply this to your hair, wrap in cling film and leave for ten minutes before rinsing well. Face Your face takes the brunt of the harsh weather during the winter as it is exposed to the elements, so try soothing it with a DIY facial. To start, cleanse the skin with a large bowlful of freshly-boiled water, bend your head over it and cover with a towel so there are no gaps. Allow the steam to cleanse your face. Next, mix together one tablespoon of brown sugar and one teaspoon of almond oil. This paste is the perfect exfoliator - rub it lightly over the face to get rid of dead skin cells. Lastly, to complete your facial mix three ounces of barley flour and one ounce of honey. Beat

this up with the white of an egg until hard. Apply this mask to your face and leave it on for as long as possible. Finish off the whole facial by moisturizing. Hands Hands dry out and get chapped easily, so it is very important to take good care of them during the winter months. Soothe chapped hands by washing them with oatmeal instead of soap. Afterwards, dry your hands carefully and rub them with a little dry oatmeal. For a great hand moisturiser mix equal parts of glycerine, lemon juice and rose water. Fill a bottle with the mixture and leave it near the hand basin and every time you wash your hands, apply a drop to them and rub it in. To get shiny nails and healthy cuticles, combine two teaspoons of salt, two teaspoons of caster oil and one teaspoon of wheat germ oil, pour the mixture into a bottle and apply to the nails, leaving it on for five minutes. Lips Lips need to be kissably smooth with Christmas just around the corner and all that mistletoe knocking about! To exfoliate your lips, get an old toothbrush and apply a little petroleum jelly to the bristles. Now, gently rub the toothbrush bristles over your lips for a silky smooth appearance. To make a great lip gloss, put a little petroleum jelly in a microwavable bowl and melt it. In a separate bowl mix together one teaspoon of water and a powdered drink mix of your

choice until it is completely dissolved and then add some food colouring. Add it to the petroleum jelly and dispense in to a pot. This will also make a great stocking filler. Body On those cold days, nothing is better than pampering yourself in a warm bath. Take a handful of the ingredients of your choice (listed below), wrap them in a square of muslin cloth and secure with a rubber band. Now its ready to use in your bath! Again, these make a great stocking filler, so for a better look use ribbon around the band. Rose: Lifts spirits Lavender: Relaxes Camomile: Calms and soothes Rosemary: Clears the mind Follow these tips and youll be feeling winter ready and beautiful in no time!
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How to capture the perfect photograph

Tom Knock

In an age

where a digital camera is no longer considered a luxury item and more of a common article in peoples bags, photography is becoming more popular than ever. Its not even essential to own a digital camera, as many modern smartphones boast built-in cameras up to eight megapixels, which is approaching industry-standard quality. Apps such as Instagram and Hipstamatic allow people to take interesting and arty pictures using only their phones camera and upload them to photo streams for all to see. With the trend growing, are people losing grip of what makes a good photo? Are apps like Instagram taking the hard work out of photography? And what is the perfect photo? The perfect photo is, naturally, defined by the purpose of the photograph, says Ruairidh Flint, a photography student at London Met. If the photograph is being created for a fine art purpose then it, by definition, has no purpose and therefore perfection is beyond subjectivity. I suppose if the photographers ideal is to satisfy a certain group of people, then

perfection is fulfilling the ideal, but generally speaking it is almost impossible to define a perfect photograph in an artistic sense. Fine art photography, unlike commercial photography, is to create the vision of the photographer and not to fulfil a brief - the difference is the end product. If a photographer were commissioned to take photos for a clothing catalogue their perfect photo would almost certainly be different to a fine art photographers fashion shoot for their own portfolio; therefore it is entirely objective. But what of the equipment? Cameras are cheaper than ever before, with an entry level digital SLR available on Amazon for as little as 100. So is a super expensive professional DSLR the answer to a great picture? Ruairidh thinks not. A photograph taken in a professional sense where I have set up expensive lights, reflectors I have a stunning model and a great location, but the photography does not truly represent what I wanted, even though it is pin sharp, the

lighting is perfect and her pose brilliant, its not perfect. Not even close, he said. So, the perfect photograph may not be so perfect after all. Whether the photo is captured on a 1500 professional camera or using Instagram on an iPhone, its really not the quality of the photo that matters, its what the photo means that is important. This is an entry level Nikon DSLR. It is simple enough for beginners to get their head round, but good enough to use professionally. The Canon EOS 1100D alternative is just as good; it depends on your preference. I use Nikon as I find them to be more reliable.



The sizing struggle

Sharn Rayment

The perfect pair of jeans seems to be

Vanity sizing is a relatively new fashion scandal, which refers to the practice of assigning clothing sizes to garments bigger or smaller than norm for that size, making the wearer feel skinnier or fatter than they actually are. Although many consider it a myth, theres no doubt that inconsistency in clothing sizes can have a psychological effect and cause frustration. Launching a name and shame appeal on Twitter revealed a list of companies people felt were the worst for inconsistent sizing, in particular two major fashion retailers. I love H&M but theres definitely inconsistency, said freelance journalist, blogger and Twitter user Lor_witters_on. It drives me crazy, especially when buying things without trying them on only to find it doesnt fit. Primark also received a slight bashing. I can buy a shirt in one size and need a t-shirt in another in Primark, professed arts and crafts blogger and Tweeter c_brookes. Their jeans are the same one style in one size and another style in another. The best way to confirm any variance was by visiting stores and going about testing sizes the old fashion way with a tape measure. First up is H&M, a Swedish retail giant who made around 446 billion in the last quarter according to Business Week, and were heavily mentioned in the Twitter appeal. Their in-store sizing chart suggests a size 14 will fit someone with

Julie Grousseau

like gold dust precious and near impossible to come across. Famously being the hardest fashion item to find in the right size, the right fit or even in the right place, denim sizes have baffled shoppers since their inception. But now many shoppers are struggling to find any items of clothing in their size, due to inconsistency in size measurements across different retailers and the phenomenon of vanity sizing causing consumer confusion. According to a study conducted by SizeUK over three years, 60 per cent of women admit they are unsure of their dress size due to variations in retailer sizing. So in a country where high streets are homogeneous, dominated by the same fashion retailers, who can we rely on for the perfect fit?

H&M currently work with around 700 suppliers worldwide, who in turn use subcontractors, adding up to around 2,700 production units used in the manufacture of their clothes. With such a high number of links in the supply chain, inconsistency from supplier to supplier is showing through in their products. But theyre not the only ones. Undoubtedly a name that dominates the British high street with their cut-price fashion offerings, Primark is also an offender of the sizing struggle. Their products fall into a similar realm of size confusion, with a pair of their size 12 super skinny jeans measuring 34 inches across the waist - the same as a pair of leather shorts labelled size 14. Primark refused to disclose any information on their sizing or methods used to keep sizing consistent. Something must be working for the company though, as according to Retail Gazette the value of the retailers revenue rose to 1,406 million in the first half of 2011s financial year, with plans to expand and have a total of 223 Primark stores open by the end of the year. However, their low price strategy was hit this year as cotton prices increased in March, along with the VAT percentage increasing to 20 per cent in January, causing an increase in their costs, which has since been passed onto customers. But as their prices go up, are consumers still willing to part with their money in their stores? Ill be going elsewhere, tweeted dancetilldawn, a student from London. Its constantly messy anyway. Poofprincess, another London-based student, tweeted: H&M and Forever 21 are so much better. Primarks prices arent even that good anymore. However, some students are staying loyal to the cut price retailer. Ill shop at Primark until I can afford not to! Said teen student and Twitter user Minx_96. Although most people aspire to shop at the most fashionable high-end stores known to man, until your budget can afford the Bond Street bill, the only option seems to be joining the long queue for the fitting room at these high street stores with a selection of different sizes. Because how do you know which one will actually fit after all?

a 36.25 inch chest, but when measured, a new cat print tea dress measures 35 inches, coming up smaller than the suggested measurement. In contrast, a pair of their slim leg, regular waist jeans, listed as a 30 inch waist on the tag measure at 32 inches, coming up wider than expected. However, H&M maintain their sizes are tried and tested worldwide. Chloe Bowers, press officer at H&M, said: H&M uses the same body measurements and sizes for all its 38 markets and they are based on Swedish body measurement lists. We do not work with vanity sizing. All departments within H&M work with the same body measurements and all garments are tried on mannequins or fitting models, so as a customer you should be able to buy the same size regardless of which department you are shopping within. Despite saying their clothing sizes are standardised across all departments, Chloe added: A garment can feel different in size depending on style and fit, for example our young department 'Divided' might work with a more close fit fabric than, for example, our ladies department.


Go compare! Look of the month

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Where designers lead the high street follows, producing high fashion pieces at low prices. Get that expensive look on a student budget with our value fashion steals.
Look 1 Equipment cotton chambray shirt - 220 at net-aporter.com Fitted denim shirt - 30 at Topshop

Sho Futata, 20, from Japan, studying English at London Met I like formal dressing such as suits, ties and boots. I usually wear boots, but not today because Im going to the gym!

Look 2 Leather Dimisi boot - 180 at AllSaints Tri buckle biker boot - 25 at Matalan

Look 3 Alexander Wang leather-trimmed felt tote bag - 710 at net-a-porter.com Felt shopper bag - 79.99 at Zara



How hard is it to keep a going through university? A guys view

Thomas Gibson

For many,

being plucked from their everyday life and routines, jostled onto a train armed with one suitcase before being injected into an unfamiliar city can be a little daunting. Along with the horrors of financial anxiety, degree fears and homesickness, how hard is it to maintain a relationship throughout university? As another mob of freshers hit London by storm, I wonder how many are leaving behind that special someone they believe are worth bypassing the clichd, university-induced lets go on a break conversation for. Years ago, humans shared the same outlook on relationships as that of the swan: once you find your partner, youre in an eternal alliance until death do you part. Nowadays, it seems that relationships are built on very unsteady foundations, and consequently participants in any union are somewhat dispensable once the first arduous hurdle approaches. Pre-1960s, marital unions held concrete morals and values, which stagnated as the sexual revolution exploded. The bohemian movement tangled peoples perceptions on sex and relationships and a new age of love was born, fuelled by eroticism and sexuality. Todays society does perpetuate a hypocritical morality, but as decent individuals the onus is on us to understand and respect anothers feelings and emotions; we need to understand the responsibilities of love and its consequences. If a relationship is going to be long distance, you have to differentiate between love and lust; if the relationship is based on lust and sexual attraction it will ultimately not work in a long distance situation. The main focus of the relationship must be one of conversation. The partners must have an interest in one another as individuals, not just as sexual beings. It rapidly becomes clear whether the feelings

were purely sexual or lustful, or if they were actually loving. You have to have complete attachment to the person, but also complete separation from them. Too much of either will mean that the relationship wont function long distance. Finding a healthy balance of being able to put the person to one side and continue with your separate lives, but also having the longing to talk to them and be with them, is crucial. Again, too much of either will make

the relationship dysfunctional, and alas, it will crumble. In 100 BC, Latin writer Publilius Syrus said: Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. My advice to anyone heading into a long distance partnership would be to assess the situation before you commit to anything; ensure you both know your true feelings about whether the relationship is worth preserving. Also, dont expect continuity - things will change.


a long distance relationship ? A girls view

a new life, which in turn can make it hard to keep up with the old one. If you adopt the party lifestyle, you enter the realms of temptation, and after alcohol what initially seemed easy to resist may not be. Having had a few during this period, Ive learned that long distance relationships require communication, time, dedication and trust. Both parties have to want the relationship to work, as one unwilling party will leave the other feeling unloved and uncared for. If left to their own devices, these two emotions can be destructive enough to end something once deemed special. One of my own relationships was killed due to these two emotions, coupled with distrust. The missing of scheduled phone calls and growing tired of the recurring travelling left me with a feeling of suffocation, which lead to raging, demanding rows with my partner and demolished everything that had once been. I wanted a different perspective on the subject so I asked my housemate, who is considerably older than I am and has never been to university, who told me that students are too young to have the right mentality to deal with vast periods of withdrawal from their partner. But it this correct? First of all, not all students are young, and secondly, we have spent our whole lives developing and maintaining different types of relationships, so shouldnt we know to follow the same principles within our intimate ones? Some of us have been throwing ourselves into relationships from early teenage years, which makes me wonder whether our years of experience (and possibly mistakes) would have taught us how to make a relationship work to a certain extent. The reality is a long distance relationship will be however hard you make it. We all have a choice, and choosing whether or not to make one work depends on how much you actually value your partner and what you have built together. If you see your relationship as something you want as a permanent fixture in your life, then you will dedicate the time needed to ensure it continues to thrive, and it wont feel like hard work.


George Dulake

Cassandra Clark

My immediate answer without thinking is, and this comes down to

if they continue giving it while apart, then what difference should distance make? All relationships can be testing at times, even more so when proximity is thrown into the mix. I believe those relationships that are long distance due to work commitments do not suffer as much as those that are because of university. Venturing down the student path requires you to pack your life into boxes and start afresh. This means a new environment, a new schedule and new friends - ultimately

constantly being told by friends, relatives and magazines, that they dont work. The mentality of today is that long distance relationships are doomed for failure from the get-go. However, this isnt always the case. Of course relationships can be (please note the can be) easier when both parties are close enough to supply the emotional needs each requires, but




University Music League

Zanib Asghar


London Metropolitans very own Amanda Marillier (Mandy Shadow) and Robert Britner will be competing against over 800 other artists. Marillier, a first year Fine Arts student, will be performing a selection of her own pop songs alongside playing the guitar. Marillier began by busking near the London Eye at the age of 16, and has gone on to perform at the Queens House in Greenwich. Check out her music videos and live performances at www.youtube.com/user/mandybob07. First year LLB Law student Britner will also be performing his own tracks. Check out his songs and covers at www. youtube.com/user/robertanthonybritner. For more information on how to vote and to listen to contestants, visit www.facebook. com/unimusicleague.

The Rolling Stones, R.E.M (I know, I know, they are no longer together) and Coldplay are just some of the bands that formed during their university years, and thanks to music lovers Karol Severin and Daniel Zawadzki, the University Music League gives students of London a helping hand on their road to fame. Students will be given the opportunity to perform their own songs in an X Factorstyle live competition. They will then be voted through to the next round by the public. The competition will be held at the THERES A NEW STUDENT NIGHT IN TOWN! And its coming to you every Monday from nine in the evening til three in the morning. Set in the dazzling lights of Soho, DJ Amy B will be playing you a mixture of indie and alternative music. There is something for everyone, and with cheap drink offers from 1.50 and FREE entry, BOUNCE is the place to be! Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/ candybounce

University of London Union (ULU), in Russell Square. Live contests will run through October 2011 till April 2012, avoiding any clashes with exams. An interactive platform allows fans to watch live performances and vote for their favourite artists on the UML website. The contestants with the most votes by April will then compete at a major London venue. The democratically-voted winners will be given the opportunity to record an EP with the help of producer Charlie Hugall. Hugall has worked with Florence and the Machine, Kaiser Chiefs, Razorlight, Jamiroquai and many other artists. This is just a taster of what you can expect from our new regular LGBT section on vervemedia.org.uk. Matthew Warcup, Journalism & Media Studies Student

ROLL UP, ROLL UP Read all about it Join your LGBT society today! With plenty of upcoming events and nights out and a chance to meet new people, you are sure to be in for a good time. There is a meeting every month at the Rocket Complex. For more details search for London Met LGBT Society 2011 onwards on Facebook.

CALLING ALL BOOKWORMS! If you enjoy being engrossed in a book then Gays The Word is for you. Set in the bustling Russell Square, the shop offers a warm and friendly atmosphere. It holds a large selection of different genres from childrens books to fiction to self-help, and there are always events and book signings happening. Check out their website and Facebook page for more details: www.facebook.com/gaystheword Twitter: @gaystheword



Theres a new face on the scene Loick Essien

Soraya Downie

Young, fresh-faced singer Loick Essien is the one to watch out for after
he tore up the charts back in the summer with his sensational single, How We Roll. The release entered the official UK Singles Charts at number two in July and saw him finally earn mainstream recognition. The 21-year-old Londoner, now signed to Sony Music Entertainment, first began focusing on music when he was offered a years scholarship to the Sylvia Theatre School; though initially at the age of twelve, Loick wanted to be an actor and even went on to have small roles in TV shows such as Doctors and Holby City. It was during his time at the famous stage school that Loick realised he wanted to make a strong presence in the music industry, and that this was the best opportunity he could have received to begin his dreams.

Ive always been a big fan of music and I suppose I wanted to be a part of it, especially as Michael Jackson was my biggest musical influence of all time, Loick said. Speaking highly of the late performer and witnessing Michael Jackson on TV left him fascinated by music and something clicked - Loick realised that he too wanted to be a singer. Fast forward to 2008 and Loick began to crop up in music videos on the underground urban music channel AKA, as a way of generating interest from fans of the urban grime and R&B scene. I was fortunate enough to work with Chipmunk a couple of years ago, Loick said. The single Beast was so popular on Channel AKA that people kept voting for it to get played. Thats when

I realised that this was what I wanted - fans and making an impression on people. Fellow urban artist Bashy has also helped Loick to get the much needed attention he desired, lending his vocals on the single When The Sky Falls. Stuttering featured the controversial (though probably the UKs biggest hip hop group) N-Dubz, and was Loicks first single to enter the Official UK Singles Chart at number 36. Having decided to release How We Roll in July as a follow-up to Stuttering, Loick wanted to show how far he had come from his Channel AKA days. With a Bonnie and Clyde-inspired video and added vocals from singer Tanya Lacey, Loicks slick, catchy lyrics rang through and proved to be a hit with massive UK radio stations including Radio 1Xtra and Kiss FM. His next single, Me Without You, is a ballad that Loick believes shows how much he has grown over the last few years. The song doesnt just mean a guy living without a girl; it could be about anyone missing that one person in their lives that they cant live without, he explained. Currently touring with fellow urban act Wretch 32s Black and White tour, Loick is very happy that he was chosen by someone that is also making the UK R&B scene bigger and better. Wretchs management approached my management and me about being part of the Black and White tour, Loick said. Weve known each other for a while, so its such a big thing for me. Its all crazy, non-stop madness, but Im enjoying every moment of it. Refusing to lift the lid on who will be featuring on his debut album Identity, set to be released early next year, Loick promises that fans will hear the transition he has gone through in the last three years, which, he hopes, will lead to him having a tour of his own and bring him further success over the next year. 'Me Without You' was released November 6th on RCA, and was taken from the forthcoming album 'Identity', to be released in 2012.


Nightlife review
Georgia Ellmore


Tucked away in London's West End on the famously vivacious Brewer

Street lives a decadent club which, for one night a week, turns into a showcase for some of the best bands on the alternative indie rock scene, as well as some of the best DJs in and around London. Madame JoJo's, which opened in the early 1950s and is infamous for its kitsch cabaret shows, plays host to White Heat, a contrastingly modern live music event held every Tuesday night.

while head-banging to your favourite guitar solo. Music aside, drink offers suit a student budget with bottled beer at 2.50 and 2.00 for vodka mixes. This little gem is not just for die-hard rock fans either From 11pm onwards DJs perform until 3am, meaning you can party well into the night, particularly if you are lucky enough to have Wednesdays as a free day from uni. To conclude, if you want a cheap night, more than decent live music, a friendly crowd and that familiar after-gig ringing in your ears, Madame JoJos White Heat night is the place to be. Turn to page 32 to get your name on the guestlist at a White Heat night of your choice! www.madamjojos.com / www.facebook. com/whiteheatclub

The venue is situated a short walk from Piccadilly Circus and Tottenham Court Road tube stations. It is incredibly small, and you can feel the intimacy as soon as you walk down the red carpeted stairs, which makes for the perfect place to see bands with a feeling of exclusiveness without the stuffy feeling of some other live venues. With the whole club being air-conditioned, it can be comforting to know you will not be stuck in the middle of a boiling crowd

Doors Bands: 8:00pm 10:30pm: 5 email/advanced, 6 Door Doors Club: 10:30pm 3:00am: 5, 4 Mailing List (Free Entry from 11:00pm)

White Heat, Tuesdays @ Madam JoJo's, Soho



Marta Corato

The London Film Festival volunteers

have already dismantled the red carpets that have been blocking out most of Leicester Square for two weeks, George Clooney has taken his plane back to the US, and we have been sleeping for an entire weekend to relax our very tired eyes. The same as every year, we managed to catch just a tiny part of the more than 300 films showing in central London, but it has been more than enough to know which ones to suggest you look out for. The festival winner was We Need To Talk About Kevin, with Tilda Swinton as an ostracised mother trying to come to terms with the high school massacre committed by her son. Ezra Miller, playing the title character, said: Intellectually, it's a very exciting piece, there is something about exposing the beast in your head that is quite energizing. However, he said he was relieved to finish the 30 days of filming and going back to being himself. The title might have gone to Kevin, but the protagonists of the festival were definitely George Clooney and Michael Fassbender, with no less than two films each. George came to London to present comedy-drama The Descendants, but primarily The Ides Of March, of which he was director, producer, writer and actor; surprisingly, he was playing just one part, but he did a great job. Im interested in making films that ask questions and don't particularly provide answers, said George, speaking of his political thriller about a campaign manager (Ryan Gosling) that discovers the dark secrets of the Congress candidate he's working for. Evan Rachel Wood, who plays a young intern with a lot to lose, said that what attracted her to the film was that there were no good characters, but no villains either.

The less eclectic, but just as handsome, Michael Fassbender was a bit grumpy at the press conference for Shame, also known as the film in which he shows his family jewels. Getting into the role of a sex addict was a tough one for him, and meeting real addicts to prepare the role wasn't an easy experience either. Even if a person like that hugs you, you just sort of want to squirm your way out of it, he said. He was more comfortable in the role of Carl Jung for A Dangerous Method, which instead upset Viggo Mortensen, playing Sigmund Freud. The script is like a very well-manicured garden, in the shadows of which there are very disturbing creatures and secrets, he said. Indeed, there were some obscure parts to David Cronenberg's most recent film one of them being why he chose Keira Knightley to portray Sabina Spielrein... In her last year as the artistic director of the festival, Sandra Hebron made some tricky choices for the galas. The only good thing in the festival opener, 360, was probably Jude Law's face, while the closing film The Deep Blue Sea had some great acting and was beautiful to look at, but was very slow and moody. Even in rehearsals it took days and it was terminally boring, said director Terence Davies, though he added that there is something very satisfying about that, when you hear something resolved. And he's right: if you want to watch The Deep Blue Sea you'll need a bit of patience, but you will be amazed. The much-anticipated surprise film Damsels in Distress was a real shock for most people, and not a good one: at least 30 people left the screening within the first ten minutes without really giving it a chance. It's true that Damsels doesn't make much sense, but it's so quirky and bizarre that I found it impossible not to like.


The true guilty pleasure of the festival was definitely Anonymous. Director
and absurd ones. Also good for the mood because, lets face it, there wasnt a lot of happy stuff going on at the LFF is Hunky Dory, set in 1970s Swansea; a teacher decides to make a version of The Tempest using songs from David Bowie, and this causes quite a mess. There was also Darwin, an amazing documentary about the homonymous abandoned city in Death Valley, California, and its 35 citizens. Sad, sad love stories are always incredibly attractive: Like Crazy and Restless deal with different age groups mid-twenties and teenagers respectively and different plots, but they are equally going to break your heart. In Like Crazy, Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones are separated by the ocean, as she (an English girl studying abroad) is banned from the US. The protagonists of Restless have to face the fact that she (Mia Wasikowska) has terminal cancer, and they only have three months to spend together. If you decide to watch one of them, or both, bring tissues to dry your eyes and water to rehydrate. If you dont mind subtitles, three foreign films that you should check out are the Greek film Alps by director Yorgos Lanthimos, who received a bunch of Oscars and Cannes nods for his first film, Dogtooth, and Norwegian film King Curling , which is weirdly as entertaining as a movie about a curling champion suffering a nervous breakdown could be. These were all really great films, but we had two absolute favourites. You cant go wrong with Sean Penn in the role of a retired rockstar trying to put the pieces of his past together in the moving and brilliant This Must Be The Place. We also suggest Cannes sweetheart The Artist arent you curious to see a silent movie shot in 2011 for a modern audience? It is definitely something worth watching. The festival might be over, but all the movies have just been released or will be out in the coming months most of them in 2011 even. The most important lesson weve learnt is that walking up a red carpet is quite embarrassing if youre not a Hollywood star, but you wont need to suffer this humiliation if you simply go to the cinema to watch these fantastic films.

Roland Emmerich put aside the apocalyptic wave of 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow to tackle the theories that Shakespeare didn't really exist and his plays were written by someone else. And that Queen Elizabeth I had a bunch of illegitimate children. I think whoever it was that wrote them would be laughing, you know? Said Joely Richardson, who plays the younger version of Queen Elizabeth. Indeed, this film will make you believe for a second that everything you thought you knew was wrong. The plot seems to push it a bit too far, but the film is one of those cases where something is so bad it's good historical inaccuracies and all. This year's British heavyweights stuck with classic literature. Ralph Fiennes' Coriolanus was once again inspired by Shakespeare and Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights was a rendition of Emily Bront's novel. Fiennes, who directed and starred in his film, chose to write a modern take on Coriolanus because the play challenges the audience about where their loyalty should lie and it's also always relevant. On the other hand, Andrea Arnold was looking for an adaptation of Wuthering Heights that was closer to the true nature of the book. Another British costume piece, this time set in the 1920s, is horror The Awakening, with Rebecca Hall playing a hoax exposer investigating ghost appearances in a boys' boarding school. It might not seem that spooky as you watch it on the big screen, but wait until it's evening and you're home alone. Also quite haunting, Take Shelter is about a man who has visions of the end of the world and becomes obsessed with protecting his family from a storm that isn't coming or maybe it is. If you think that a film about cancer couldn't possibly be uplifting let alone funny you should watch 50/50 with Joseph GordonLevitt and Seth Rogen. It is based on the real experience of writer Will Reiser living with cancer. He said that having to write a film about it was possibly the most therapeutic thing he could do, before adding: Everyone thinks that when you have cancer everything is just really grim and sad, and there were moments that were painful and sad, but also a lot of funny

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Marta Corato

There are two good reasons to say that 50/50 is not just another movie about cancer you know, the ones that have probably been taken from a Nicholas Sparks paperback. First of all, screenwriter Will Reiser drew from his own experience as a cancer patient, which makes things a tad more realistic than usual. Secondly, it's a comedy. With Seth Rogen. Enough said. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Adam, a Seattle National Public Radio producer who is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. His friends, family and girlfriend are by his side: his overprotective mother (Anjelica Houston), his artsy, bitchy girlfriend (Bryce Dallas Howard), his best friend Kyle (Seth Rogen) and the awkward, unexperienced psychologist Katherine (Anna Kendrick). Kyle is based on Seth Rogen himself (Will Reiser's real life best friend) and this shows: never has the Canadian actor managed to combine his comedic and a little gross side with a sensitive aspect that has such depth. He may use Adam's prescription drugs and dare him to find a girl using cancer as a pick-up line, but he's also constantly helping him and shows some serious acting skills when Adam has to undergo surgery and the fun time is over. Reiser and Rogen were trying to make a movie that would be as close to reality as possible, and director Jonathan Levine clearly handled it with extreme care; the result is funny but it never becomes too much, and the relationships between characters are truly heartwarming. 50/50 is genuine, realistic, half sad and half funny. It's the opposite of a tearjerker, but you will probably have to hold back the tears after having laughed for most of the movie. Even the stoner drunk Seth Rogen fans (no offence intended, he himself used that definition) were drying their eyes outside the cinema.

The extraordinary life of icon Amy Winehouse is to be revealed in a book written by her father. The story of the tiny singer with the big voice, who tragically died in July, will be documented in a memoir set to be published by Harper Collins next summer. All proceeds from Amy will go directly to help children who are disadvantaged through illness and substance abuse. Mitch Winehouse has said of the tribute: I believe that through Amy's music, her foundation, and this book, her name will live forever.


Wuthering Heights

Marta Corato

There is no peace for the Bront sisters this year. Just a few months ago the cause of our sighs was Jane Eyre, and now it's the turn of Heathcliff and Cathy. Wuthering Heights is different from every period drama you have ever seen: there is no music, no frills, no curtsies. Actually, there isn't much other than the moor, the grey skies and the silent, angsty protagonists. Heathcliff, the foundling that is rescued in Liverpool and reluctantly adopted by a family of Yorkshire farmers, has been brought back to his literary origins by director Andrea Arnold. He is a gypsy in the book, and possibly a rescued slave in the film. It is nice to see a version of Wuthering Heights with a Heathcliff that has not been whitewashed. Most of the film stands on the incredible performances of first-time actors Shannon Beer and Solomon Glave, who are significantly better than their grown-up versions and will Kaya Scodelario ever stop grinning malevolently at the camera? Wuthering Heights is a punch in the teeth for anyone who thought that costume films were all flamboyant Jane Austen adaptations; it is bare, raw, atmospheric, and probably the best period piece that has been produced in a while.

Fan-to-fan face-value ticket exchange Scarlet Mist has been forced to close after the website was inundated by fraudsters. The popular service, a godsend for music fans, was set up in 2003 to help sell a friend's Glastonbury ticket, and co-founders Richard and Olly Marks have since developed the platform to counteract the growing tout market and unfair secondary ticketing prices. The brothers are hoping to develop a similar, more secure site, but, until then, we'll have to settle with Ebay and risk being ripped off.


DUDE! Having David Green withdrawals? Good news: the director of stoner comedies Pineapple Express and Your Highness is back, and bringing funny man of the moment with him. The Sitter sees Jonah Hill (Superbad, Get Him To The Greek) playing a college student forced to babysit his unruly neighbours, leading to one crazy night. With a UK release date of 20th January 2012, you'll have to hold on a little longer... (P.S.: Watch out for an appearance from Method Man).


5 MIn utES WIth.. DoM L a

Metal Hammer's top writer, contributor
at Classic Rock and Classic Rock Present Prog, and founder of the Machine Head fan pack magazine spoke to Jude McArdle about his new position as The Guardian's first and only dedicated-to-metal music columnist. JM: Congratulations on the new position. But seriously, the first? The Guardian's been going since... ummm 1821. Of course the newspaper was a different beast back then and the genre didn't exist, but the question remains: Why has it taken The Guardian this long to decide it is something they should cover, and what has swayed them? DL: The honest answer is that the mainstream music press in this country is almost entirely populated with and run by people who don't like metal! It might sound trite and paranoid, but the truth is that if you look at the main newspapers' chief critics, they all began their careers at either NME or Melody Maker and none of them have ever exhibited the slightest interest in heavy music, beyond the occasional confession of a guilty pleasure - nearly always AC/DC - or a respectful nod to Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. The same applies to the Mercury Music Prize judging panel. We shouldn't be surprised that The Guardian has never had a decent metal critic on their books. I'm beyond delighted that they've chosen me, I must admit, and not just because I've been a Guardian reader since my early teens...I've long been frustrated by both the lack of coverage for heavy music in the broadsheets and the poor quality of the few bits of coverage that have sneaked in there. The standard approach has been to take the piss, mention Spinal Tap a couple of times and then get some key facts wrong. Well, who cares, eh?. I think the key to my involvement is that in the pre-internet era it was more than feasible to completely ignore metal and pretend that no Guardian readers were interested in reading about it. Now that the paper has such a significant online presence, and a much bigger audience, it can't maintain that pretence any more. Metal is one of the most popular forms of music on the planet and even though it is widely perceived as a niche thing, it's far more mainstream and widely enjoyed than the somewhat trend-obsessed mainstream



Exit International

Most mainstream critics share the tired notion that metal is only listened to by sexually-retarded adolescent males.
music press would care to admit. It's also a much deeper and more diverse and creative genre than most mainstream critics realise, blinded as they are by prejudices based on the tired notion that metal is stupid and only listened to by sexually-retarded adolescent males. Hopefully I can at least help to alter that perception by writing intelligently about the music I love. JM: Do you think metal fans care that their favourite music is under-represented or ignored by mainstream media in general? DL: I think it's a big mistake to get upset by the lack of mainstream attention given to metal, because metal culture is by nature adversarial and detached from mainstream values. It's supposed to be outcasts' music, so going "boo hoo!" when the Brit Awards or the Mercurys ignore the entire genre is a bit feeble-minded, to say the least. The metal world does not need a pat on the head from the self-appointed cool brigade any more than a chart pop act should be bothered that Slayer fans hate them. I don't expect a lot of Metal Hammer readers, for instance, to be interested in the fact that I'm writing for The Guardian. The metal scene

will survive, as it has done for 40 years, with or without mainstream approval. We're the cockroaches that crawl from the smoking rubble after the apocalypse, aren't we? JM: Which bands or new talent should we be watching out for? Your top tips please. DL: Aaarrgh...thats too tricky. There are loads of great new bands around, as always. As far as the UK goes, I'm really excited about hearing the debut album by Monuments. Another band I absolutely love is Exit_International. Filthy bass-driven punk noise of the highest order. November sees Dom hitting the studios to record a new album with his band Oaf with producer Russ Russell (Evile/Napalm Death). Twitter.com/oaf _twits / soundcloud.com/ oafsongs / oaf.bigcartel.com

Dom's favourite London venue: The Underworld in Camden It's the death & black metal Mecca, as far as London gigs are concerned, and I've seen countless amazing shows down there. www.theunderworldcamden. co.uk




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We are looking for volunteers to be everyday heroes and help Londons Air Ambulance to save lives. You dont need powers or special skills. There are several ways in which you can donate your time to the charity. All our new volunteers receive full training.
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Whether you can donate a few hours a year, a week or a month, every little helps and we would love to hear from you. For more information and to get involved, please contact Kirsty Whipp, Volunteer Coordinator, on 020 7943 1302 or email Kirsty.whipp@bartsandthelondon.nhs.uk If you are unsure and just wish to discuss possibilities please call for an informal chat.

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