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Govroam – What Is It? What Does It Mean For Us?

by Tony Allen

Govroam, now dubbed a public sector answer to Eduroam, the internet roaming service we all know and reluctantly grew to love, is rapidly gaining traction in the UK following the success in the Netherlands and Belgium. I got in touch with the organisations behind govroam in Europe and the team working to roll it out in the UK to find out what the benefits are and what challenges they have faced.

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Livewire 1350: Schedule Release and Award Nominations

by Natalie Froome

 

It’s been a busy time for UEA’s student radio station. From their spectacular re-branding in the summer to the release of a new jam-packed schedule, they’ve made it their mission to become one of the best student radio stations in the country.

The recently released schedule is Livewire’s most diverse to date. Not only are a variety of musical genres represented, but there’s a multitude of new factual shows and podcasts.

To top it all off, Livewire have recently been nominated for not one, but FOUR awards at the Student Radio Awards. The annual event celebrates the talent and diversity of content in student radio, helping to launch the next generation of talent into the radio industry.

Over the years student radio has launched the careers of UEA’s own Greg James, Annie Mac, Scott Mills and several other current industry professionals.

The nominations for Livewire this year include:

Best Female – Issy Panayis

Best Entertainment Show – Tom v Tom

Best Journalistic Programming – World Mental Health Day Podcast

Best Student Radio Chart Show

The event takes place on the 10th November at indig02 in London, supported by BBC Radio 1 and Global.

Things To Do in Norwich: Pubs

by Emily Vause

The Birdcage

Pros: This was definitely one of the most artsy bars I’ve found in Norwich, with a rocking horse in the window and butterflies on the ceiling there was nothing not to love about the interior. The atmosphere was warm and friendly and we happily sat in there for a drink with no complaints. A special highlight was when a dog came in for a visit and made his home under our table! As if that isn’t enough, apparently there’s a pub cat!

Cons: This is probably not a venue suited for large groups since it is quite little but for small gatherings it’s perfect. Pricing is steeper than some students are used to but, let’s be honest, LCR pricing has ruined us forever.

The Bicycle Shop

Pros: This bar has the additional perk of doubling as a restaurant, you could enjoy a nice meal upstairs and then head downstairs to the ‘handlebar’ area for some good music and drinks. Live music, comedy and poetry readings are popular here but unfortunately I didn’t catch one.

Cons: When I went it was very busy so maybe not the place for you and your 36 friends to pre-drink however for more intimate gatherings it is a cool and relaxed place to hang out. A warning though, if you’re used to tame cider stick to the tap, the bottled cider is not for the weak!

The Fat Cat

Pros: Just your traditional pub, there’s loads of choice for beer and cider connoisseurs and some very high percentages if you order the right thing. One pint will make your head go fuzzy for a surprisingly cheap price!

Cons: Get there early because it fills up quick and no one wants to be without a chair to sit on after three pints of Black Dragon!

(photo courtesy of https://unsplash.com/@clemono2)

 

The Flash Review

By Alex J Lee

‘The Flash’ follows the story of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), an ordinary police forensic scientist who gets struck by lightning and gains super speed. Drawing on the long and rich Flash mythos from DC Comics the series follows Barry as he becomes the Flash and goes up against a variety of super villains. Whilst ‘The Flash’ is a spin off from the DC series ‘Arrow’ the connections between the two are light, essentially just serving to create a wider universe for the characters to exist in. It’s perfectly possible to enjoy one completely separate from the other.

One of the greatest strength of ‘The Flash’ is that the series is not afraid to fully embrace the “comic bookness” of its source material – for example one episode features the Flash going up against a giant telepathic gorilla. At the same time, however, it balances the ‘out there’ concepts with real emotional human drama – in many episodes the story of Barry’s interactions and realtionship with Iris West (Candice Patton) and Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) are just as important as his fight with the villain of the week.

I think in many ways a comic book story like ‘The Flash’ is best suited to being told on TV as opposed to being told on film. A storyline within a comic tends to run over many issues building up to an epic conclusion and a film can’t fully capture that. A TV Series like ‘The Flash’ can drop hints and allow a story to build up throughout its 23 episode run. ‘The Flash’ delights in the twists and turns that its storytelling format allows with each episode building towards Barry’s epic confrontation with the Reverse Flash in the season finale.

‘The Flash’ is a superhero show and it’s very good at what it does. If you like superhero stuff this show is definitely for you. If you want a jumping-on point into the world of superheroes then I’d say give ‘The Flash’ a try. If you don’t care for superheroes at all then this show definitely isn’t for you.

Image from The Flash Twitter

Side Pony Album Review

By Khalea Robertson

Side Pony does everything an album title should. It perfectly encapsulates the mood and atmosphere of Lake Street Dive’s latest offering: fun, simple, doesn’t take itself too seriously and a throwback to an earlier time. (If you’re wondering what a side pony is, the clue is on the album cover).

The four-piece band, whose members are all graduates of the esteemed New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, has stuck to its guns in this album with its brand of 50’s/60’s pop infused with some soul – courtesy of lead singer Rachel Price’s honeyed vocals – and a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll. The album’s opener, Godawful Things, is a solid representation of that style, though a fairly unremarkable introduction. For this author, the real highlights occur when the sass is turned all the way up. One need not look any further than Spectacular Failure, an upbeat number which relates the sad tale of Bobby, a young man who seems to have bitten off more than he could chew when directing his attentions to the song’s narrator. It’s a one-two punch of pure sauciness, as the following tune I Don’t Care About You Anyway offers lyrical gems like ‘If you feel the urge to see me/Well, you best pretend you’re blind’ in a two-finger salute to a recent ex.

The rest of the album gently takes you on a breezy Sunday afternoon stroll of bold romantic come-ons, declarations of adventures to be had and mild self-pity (perhaps best expressed in Mistakes which features a lovely plaintive trumpet). Thankfully, LSD successfully manages to avoid the oversimplified tropes of love, heartbreak and one-night stands that permeate mainstream radio.

If you are looking for mind-blowing originality, this probably isn’t the album for you. But if something relaxed, witty, well packaged and ripe for bopping along to or busting out your Hairspray-esque dance moves sounds like your kind of party, Lake Street Dive’s Side Pony is definitely your cup of tea.

Image from lakestreetdive.com

 

Pride, Prejudice and Zombies – Did it Have Bite?

By Emily Vause

Although I had wanted to see this film for a long time I did not have high hopes that it would go on to become a cinematic masterpiece. I went out seeking a good laugh and maybe a bit of a scare and in these respects it succeeded. After reading, and loving, Pride and Prejudice I was interested in what a few Zombies could add to the mix. What they did do is turn the Bennet girls into tough, feminist role models with Elizabeth’s main concern about marrying being giving up her knives.

If you have read Pride and Prejudice this film is an absolutely hilarious watch but even if you haven’t, the humour is not restricted to inside jokes for those who have read the book. Though there are a few, the humour in the film is genuine and had the entire cinema in hysterics. One character in particular had everyone in tears. There was not one scene that Mr Collins, played by UEA’s own Matt Smith, was in that did not make the cinema roar with laughter. If there is anything you watch the film for let it be his atrocious character and amazing acting.

Of course the sexual tension between Elizabeth and Darcy is just as clear in the film as it was to perceptive readers of the book. One scene in particular, I won’t say which but some may guess, had me in hysterics. It will not disappoint.

There are a few scary bits I warn, not so much for content but for loud bangs and jump scares that absolutely succeeded in their aim. That is not a deterrence from seeing the film however, in a way the horror adds to the humour in a great way.

I know there are a few Pride and Prejudice lovers out there who probably think the film just looks trashy, and I thought that when I heard about the book, but we are both wrong. Pride, Prejudice and Zombies is one of the funniest films I have seen this year and everyone needs the experience of Darcy angrily beheading trees in their lives.

Image from variety.com

The Music That Made Me

By Frances Butler

I think we often underestimate the power of music.

We all too rarely consider music as something that surrounds us, defines moments in our lives and is the life of so many. On that note, I decided to revisit a band I haven’t had a good listen to for about 2 years: Black Veil Brides. The name alone is enough to gain an exclamation of happiness, disgust or puzzled indifference – depending on whether you know who they are, and then, of course, whether you hate them or not. They are a band that have successfully managed to polarise the majority of alternative music fans; mostly due to their appearance, oddly enough, and not what actually matters – the music itself.

It’s only when I chose to come back to this band to see where they are now, that I realised, a good five years since I first listened to them, how much I appreciate the inspiration and strength their music not only gave me, but still continues to give to many others.

I remember being frequently made fun of for my music taste, especially when I mentioned this band. As insecure as I sometimes felt, I learned to care a lot less about what other people thought and trust myself a lot more.

They’ve made the journey all bands and artists strive for – from a small local following, not being taken seriously (for their image; dismissed as ‘posers’ and Motley Crüe or KISS rip-offs) and a debut album that was relatively unheard of, to having recognition by major labels (Universal), 4 albums and thousands of fans.

How did they do it?

By believing in themselves, having ambition, and quite frankly not caring one bit about any negative opinions of them.

I’ll remember them for being the particular band that, even though I don’t choose to listen to them anymore, are still capable of stirring up memories of gaining a sense of identity, self-belief, and proving your doubters wrong – and that is something everyone can relate to.

Feel-Good Brain Food

By Natalie Froome

Feeling sluggish? Finding it hard to concentrate for long? It could be down to what you’re eating.

 It’s hard to get the balance right at uni, students tend to keep odd hours and aren’t known for being the best at cooking, but by getting these 5 foods in your diet you can eat well and improve your mental as well as your physical health.

 1. Wholegrains

Choosing wholegrain options such as granary bread, brown rice and brown pasta could help you to feel more alert during the day as they release their energy a lot slower than their white counterparts.

 2. Blueberries

Their health benefits are plenty, but they can be pretty expensive. Try a place that sells fruit and veg cheap, such as Aldi or Lidl.

 3. Tomatoes

Full of vitamin c, easy to prepare and eat either fresh or cooked.

 4. Broccoli

A great source of iron for energy and a green veg that will help to get some essential vitamins in your system, including vitamin K, which is known to help cognitive function.

 5. Get some Nuts

Nuts are a well known source of vitamin E, which is good for your skin as well as your brain.

Image from Unsplash by Rachael Walker

Free Talks by Leading Minds

by Natalie Froome

All about expanding your horizons? These Lectures are free and open to the public

MONDAY 1st FEB

‘Behavioural economics and control trials in the UK Government’ – Rohan Grove, HM Revenue & Customs

TPSC LT

TUESDAY 2nd FEBRUARY

‘Maximising potential through occupational therapy and Education’ – Professor Nicola Spalding

JSC LT