KAOS Fashion Show

By Elizabeth Wigley

The ninth annual KAOS charity fashion show took place on the 6th March this year and it is safe to say that it was a huge success.

The show was incredibly varied, regarding both the brands showcased and the societies featured. The balance of high street brands and student brands was great to see, and it was a fantastic opportunity to see the Spring/Summer 2016 lines from some of our favourite commercial brands.

This took form of the swimwear collection from New Look, and the men and women’s collections from Fat Face, which featured layering, an ideal transition from winter to spring looks.

It was wonderful to see the student and society brands being so well put together, which gave off a professional air. The Indian Society’s top and skirt combinations were beautiful, featuring a red veleur cropped top which really stood out. The gold and cream colour matches were also very complementary, and the dance performance was lovely to watch. The details on the backs of the tunics featured by the Pakistani Society were intricate and detailed, adding elements to the garments which weren’t expected until the models turned to return down the catwalk.

Student brand Sims and Stitches brought bright and vibrant colours to the show, featuring items such as the red maxi dress with a draped shoulder, and a personal favourite of mine was the silk bell-sleeved dress with a peacock feather print.

The denim looks featured in the Gap collection showed refreshing new ways to wear the fabric, being worn as trousers, skirts and outer layers. The look that really stood out was the women’s high-waisted flared jeans, which brought an edgy style to the collection.

The 90s-inspired look from FCUK featured crisp top and trouser combinations, taking us back to monochrome tones and that classic French Connection look.

What I felt really brought the show together were the dance performances from various UEA societies. Royal Dance and the African-Caribbean society wowed us with their incredible put-together routines, and the Indian, Pakistani and Tamil societies invited the audience into their culture, which again was mesmerising.

The whole show succeeded in bringing the students of UEA together and the hard work KAOS put in was evident – here’s to next year’s show!

What To Wear To An Interview

By Elizabeth Wigley

It’s already nearly April and before we know it summer will be upon us, which means summer job hunting! But sometimes, what we wear to a job interview can be just as important as what you say about yourself. Think about it – if you turn up looking untidy and not put together, this may reflect your work ethic.

 It is important to consider the job you are being interviewed for. Of course, if it is waitressing in a cafe you will not be expected to dress very formally, however if you are hoping to intern in an office the dress code will certainly be different.

 Black can often be the go-to colour for a job interview, as it is simple and inoffensive. This is absolutely fine as you can’t really go wrong with it, but remember that your clothes can be a clear representation of your personality. So if you love bright patterns and colours, by all means wear them! But it can be advised that you wear simple tones, with a splash of colour to break up the monochrome. For example, for a formal look a black midi skirt, black boots and a patterned shirt is ideal, as is smart black trousers with a plain top and a coloured blazer.

 Having the right silhouette is a significant aspect of your outfit. A smart, crisp and tidy look appears more professional than if you wear ill-fitted garments. For guys, it cannot be stressed enough how much of a difference it makes if your suit fits you well. Match this with some smart, clean shoes and a nicely-patterned tie and you will look the business. Accessories are also vital to get right. This can be anything from jewellery (a statement necklace can look great with block colours), to the bag you choose to bring to the shoes you wear. DO NOT WEAR HEELS IF YOU CAN’T WALK IN THEM. It can make you look less mature and just a bit silly.

 So remember, don’t overdress for an interview that doesn’t require smart attire, and don’t underdress for a job where formality is key. First impressions count, and sometimes what you wear can speak louder than you do.

Image from Flickr

Recipe – Quesadillas

By Alex Stapleton

This dish is quick to prepare and easy to make. It is also one of the tastiest meals that I have cooked this semester! It is also really easy to turn this into a vegetarian meal – just replace the chicken for vegetables of your choice. This recipe serves one.

COST: 2/5 (Quite cheap)

PREPARATION TIME: 15-20 minutes

COOKING TIME: 10 minutes in total

WASHING UP: 3/5 (A fair amount)

Ingredients

– 1 chicken breast (or mixed vegetables. You could also use minced meat)

– Oil to fry (about 2 tablespoons)

– 1/2 onion (finely chopped)

– 1/2 pepper (finely chopped)

– 1 chili (if you want some spice. Finely chop this too)

– 3 mushrooms (sliced)

– 1 tablespoon of tomato puree, mixed with 4 tablespoons of water

– Salt and pepper

– 2 or 4 (depending on how hungry you are) soft flour tortilla wraps (try and get the larger ones)

– A small amount of butter

Equipment

– Chopping board

– Knife

– Kitchen scissors (optional)

– Frying pan

– Hob

– Grill (or oven)

– Mug

– Tablespoon

– Plate

Method

  1. Cut the chicken breast into small strips and fry it all until cooked through.
  2. Take the chicken out of the pan and leave it on the plate. Fry the onion in the pan until it begins to brown, then add the other vegetables. (If you are using mince instead of chicken, add this too and cook. Take off the heat after 4 minutes of cooking (and after the mince is no longer pink).
  3. In the mug, use the tablespoon to measure out and mix the tomato puree and water. Turn the grill on at the same time.
  4. Add the chicken to the vegetable mix and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Put the contents of the pan onto the plate and wash the frying pan.
  6. Butter one side of one wrap. Put this wrap butter side down in the pan and put it on the heat. Add some of the filling and put another buttered wrap (this time butter side up) on top of the filling.
  7. Place the pan and its contents under the grill until the butter begins to brown.
  8. Slide the browned quesadilla onto the plate, cut into wedges and enjoy. Repeat steps 6 and 7 if you have more wraps/filling to use.

Recipe: Joy May, Nosh for Students: A Fun Student Cookbook

Image: Self-supplied.

Hail, Caesar! Review

By Emily Vause

I went to watch Hail, Caesar! purely on a whim with no knowledge of what it was about nor who was in it, with the exception of Channing Tatum, therefore I had no expectations prior to seeing the film. If I’d had expectations however, I think they would have been surpassed. Hail, Caesar! is one of the most random, yet funniest, films I have seen in a long time. The movie is centred on the kidnapping of Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) and the general struggles running a Hollywood studio in the 1950s.

One of the main surprises the film held for me was the vast amount of actors I recognised; Scarlet Johansson, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, and of course, as mentioned earlier, Clooney and Tatum. The star-studded cast was definitely a perk however it was the performance of an actor who I didn’t know so well, that of Alden Ehrenreich, that impressed me the most. Ehrenreich convincingly portrays a wannabee actor who just cannot act while also giving a stunning performance in that role, very paradoxical.

Hail, Caesar! seems to have achieved more negative reviews than positive overall on the internet from people going to see the film expecting a masterpiece however that is not the aim of the film. Hail, Caesar! is both a spoof and an ode to past films, particularly water ballets, westerns and biblical adaptations. Many reviewers missed that point. If you need some light entertainment and a few laughs head down to the cinema and catch this one, it’s not a masterpiece but it is hilarious.

Although I recommend it for a number of reasons, if there is anything you watch it for let it be Tatum’s somewhat homoerotic tap dance sequence, it had the whole cinema in stitches.

Image from Hail, Caesar! website

Jack Garratt: Phase Review

By Khalea Robertson

Indie darling Jack Garratt first made his way into my consciousness when he was featured as part of the Burberry Acoustic Youtube series in 2014. There, it was just a boy and his piano. His voice and visible passion captured me and I had to find out more. Little did I expect to find out that it was not just a boy and his piano, but rather a boy and a plethora of instruments, with a particular fondness for synthesizers, looking to carve out a his own little niche in the Electronic R&B subgenre. Phase is Garratt’s debut full length album and having been crowned the winner of BBC’s Sound of 2016 poll, he has some hefty expectations to live up to.

Garratt claims to not be catering to the clubbing scene, but with nightlife’s proclivity for electronic music driven by prominent bass and frenetic drum machines, it’s hard not to imagine the majority of this album fitting perfectly in that environment. Allowing him the benefit of the doubt, what he may have been suggesting is that he puts some effort into mixing that sound with sensitive, sometimes sweet lyrics about the ups and downs of love, not just laying mindless choruses atop techno tracks. He does manage a fairly even blend on some tracks such as Worry and The Love You’re Given (my personal favourite), in which he also shows off his rather impressive falsetto. Special mention also to Surprise Yourself, a very radio ready record (with almost a hint of One Direction – make of that what you will) that combines gentle vocals with a rousing chorus.

Yet I found myself developing a certain fondness for the moments where he dialled back the production elements a bit and let his inner coffee shop singer-songwriter take centre stage. I Know All What I Do is a simple tug at the heartstrings that ends way too quickly while making you reconsider that long-standing animosity that you may have held for the drone of bagpipes. It got me thinking that although Garratt may enjoy experimenting with his assortment of electronic production tools, and don’t get me wrong, he does it well, I would enjoy a purely acoustic album from him just as much or probably even more. And the only thing the closing track, My House Is Your Home, did was cement that belief. It is an utterly gorgeous understated piano ballad that seems to have been recorded live and at its climax, is full of the rawness of a Gospel performance.

From what I have seen online, Garratt seems to thrive off of being live on stage, using that adrenaline to push him to create something unique for each audience, constantly reworking his own music. I am absolutely buzzing to see what he brings to the LCR on April 21st.

Image from MTV

8 Things To Consider When Thinking About A Semester Abroad

by Natalie Froome

 

It’s come to that time of year when module choices need to be made. This also means that, if your course allows, you can decide to take a semester abroad.

UEA has connections with universities around the world, and travelling is an exciting idea. However, it can be hard to know ‘is this the right thing for me?’

We’ve compiled a list of considerations for you to think about…

  1. Money
    Exchange rates change and prices vary. Make sure you have some idea of how much it’s going to cost you to get to your destination, and how much it’ll cost you to live there.

  2. A unique opportunity
    It’s the kind of experience you can only really have at university. We’re old enough to look after ourselves, but young enough not to have too many responsibilities. Will you get this chance again?

  3. New friends
    There’s a whole world of people you haven’t met yet. Who knows? You could meet your new best mate in Australia/Japan/Canada/Germany…

  4. Leaving old friends
    Will you be able to keep in touch and keep the friends you have while you’re abroad? It’s a long time to be away and people can change.

  5. Grades
    There are usually requirements that you have to meet in your first year in order to be considered for a semester abroad. It would probably be a good idea to check what these are and if you’ve met them!

  6. Housing
    If you’ve already signed a contract on a house for the next academic year you could find yourself paying rent for the term that you’re not living there, as well as paying for accommodation in your destination country. Check with your landlord about your contract length, or ask about sub-letting your room to another student while you’re away. Remember, in the gateway to union house there’s an advice team who can help with any problems you have.

  7. Language
    If you don’t speak the language of your destination country you’d better be a fast learner or you’re going to have a problem.

  8. What if…?
    …something goes wrong? It probably won’t, but do you have the maturity and means to deal with things if they do? If you’re very disorganised or tend to panic in a crisis then this is something to consider carefully. If you’re in another country Mum and Dad can’t come and rescue you easily. While going abroad can build your confidence, it’s probably a good idea to have a bit of confidence already in case something goes wrong. Also bear in mind that other countries have different systems, for example if you get ill in America and don’t have insurance you could face a hefty bill.

Whatever you choose to do, remember that your university experience is what you make it. Also, remember it’s your decision. Whether you stay or go, it’s got to be the right thing for you.

(photo courtesy of Lena Bell at https://unsplash.com/@lenabell)

 

 

Recipe – Chicken Fried Rice

By Alex Stapleton

Fancy a Chinese takeaway but can’t put your bank account through the pain of spending takeaway prices? This chicken fried rice dish is not only much cheaper, but also much more fun to make than it is to phone someone and have to talk to them (yuck!). You’ll also feel proud of yourself that you can make something that tastes just as good!

This recipe can be turned into a vegetarian one simply by removing the chicken from the dish.

COST: 2/5 (Reasonably cheap)

PREPARATION TIME: 5-10 minutes

COOKING TIME: 15-20 minutes in total

WASHING UP: 2/5 (Some)

Ingredients

– 1/2 tablespoon of sesame oil

– 3 tablespoons of soy sauce

– One chicken breast, cut into bitesize pieces (make sure you cook this first)

– 1 diced carrot

– 1/2 diced celery stick

– 1/2 diced red pepper

– A handful of fresh peas (defrost these first if need be)

– 1/2 tin of sweetcorn

– 1 bag of microwaveable long grain rice (these are precooked and so can easily be fried)

– 2 large eggs

Equipment

– Tablespoon

– Chopping board and knife

– Kitchen scissors (optional)

– Wok

– Saucepan

– Fork (for beating the eggs)

– Mug (for beating the eggs)

Method

  1. Boil water in your saucepan and add the diced carrots. Let these boil for 5 minutes or until soft, then drain. Cook your chicken now if you have not already.

 

  1. Heat the sesame oil in the wok over a medium heat.

 

  1. Add the cooked chicken and 2 tablespoons of the soy sauce. Let this fry for 5-6 minutes, stirring regularly.

 

  1. Stir in the vegetables. Let this mix fry for another 5 minutes.

 

  1. Add the rice and stir thoroughly. At this point, you can turn the hob up to a high heat.

 

  1. Beat the eggs and pour them into the wok. Stir continuously until the eggs begin to set (you’ll know when they do because the mixture will start to stick to the wok). Add in the final tablespoon of soy sauce.

 

  1. Give the mixture one last stir on the heat and then serve immediately.

 

Sabaton and Alestorm Rock the LCR

By David Winlo

‘We are Sabaton! We play heavy metal, and this, is Ghost Division!’

These were the words I had been waiting to hear since before uni started. However, before all that came the Scottish metal group Alestorm. This was a band I hadn’t really been familiar with until a couple of weeks prior to the gig, but this didn’t matter. Alestorm have plenty of catchy sing-along choruses, all of which are about pirates of course, so tankard (actually bottle) of beer (actually cider) in hand, sing along I did. The excitement I’d heard in their studio songs was only added to by the live performance. I was particularly impressed by the new guitarist, who had all the songs nailed as well as pulling off some excellent solos. I also gained respect for Chris Bowes as both a vocalist and a keytar player, as I listened to his gravely voice and watched him play some impressive solos… whilst chugging a drink!

Alestorm’s set was bizarre – a fact which allowed for some of the humour which permeated the evening. Speaking to the crowd about the giant inflatable duck, and its banana-bodied counterparts on the banner behind the stage, Bowes explained: ‘you see, we recently went insane…’ I felt this cleared things up nicely. Sabaton’s set meanwhile featured as usual a large tank on which the drums were placed, as well as microphone stands decorated with fake guns and helmets. Both sets looked very impressive, and both bands used their space well, with Sabaton in particular moving around the stage for the audience’s benefit.

Now for Sabaton’s music: Sabaton are a power metal band from Sweden who sing primarily about historical conflict. WWI and WWII were both covered in a few songs, as were specific individuals who are sung about on the newest album, ‘Heroes’. One of these, Audie Murphy, was covered in the song ‘To Hell and Back’, had the whole audience jumping along to the beat. The whole band was on sparkling form, and there were moments of excitement, humour and audience unity, as we all sang along to fan favourite ‘Swedish Pagans’. My own favourites from the evening were Alestorm’s ‘Drink’, and Sabaton’s ‘Wolfpack’.

Image from Live Nation

KAOS Fashion Show 2016 – Pre-Show Interview

By Elizabeth Wigley

Kids Action Overseas (KAOS) is a charitable society here at UEA, and their ninth annual fashion show is being held on Sunday 6th March. Ahead of the show, I interviewed some of the committee to get an inside look as to how the show will be run, and what the society aims to achieve through the event.

For those who aren’t aware of KAOS, would you mind giving a brief explanation as to what their aims are?

We are a charitable organisation which raises money for free charities, such as Khandel Light, New Hope Kenya and New Hope Cambodia. We organise these charity events in order to raise money to improve the standard of living for children in these countries who are deprived and can’t fend for themselves.

Does the charity raise money for countries in particular continents or are you internationally-focused?

We concern ourselves with international countries, for example at Christmas we organised the Christmas Shoebox Appeal where presents were sent to kids in Romania.

What exactly does the money raise do for the children concerned with the charities?

Part of the money raised goes towards increasing education in the areas, so it contributes to building schools for the children, which enables them to get the standard education that they need. Some of the money also goes towards developing the areas they live in, which consequently improves the standards of living.

You are including student brands and society lines in the fashion show as well as well-known high-street names – why do you feel this is important?

UEA is such a diverse place so it’s great to get lots of people from a range of societies involved in the show. We feel it’s important that students can approach us and say they want to showcase their brands and promote what they have created. So, it’s a chance to display the talents of the university whilst raising money at the same time. Also, it’s an opportunity for the societies to promote themselves and encourage people to join.

You are including other societies in the event such as Royal Dance – do you feel this helps to promote your message and distribute your ideas throughout the university?

Yes we try and make the event as diverse as possible, so by having as many performers as we can this means there is something for everyone which all can enjoy. As well as this, by having so many different groups of people getting involved in the event it shows everyone pulling together and working as a team to raise money for these charities.

In what ways can students get involved in raising money for KAOS?

The best thing you can do is come along to the fashion show, have a look at what we do both in terms of the events and what the money raised does for children overseas. Also at this time of year we will be running elections for committee positions so if anyone is interested in getting involved in a deeper sense this is a great opportunity to put yourself forward.

The show is being held this Sunday 6th March at 7pm in the LCR. Come along for a great night to raise money and have some fun! Buy your tickets at the link below, and to find out more about KAOS or to join the society follow the second link included.

 http://www.ueastudent.com/groups/kids-action-overseas-k-a-o-s/events/kaos-fashion-show

 http://www.ueastudent.com/groups/kids-action-overseas-k-a-o-s

Image from Facebook

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

A Defence of Mary Chapman Court

by Alex Lee

I live in Mary Chapman Court. Whenever I tell someone this I tend to get either a pained or sympathetic reaction. We have a reputation as the worst accommodation block! But I honestly couldn’t be happier to be living in Mary Chapman Court. Here’s a few reasons why:

* First of all, those rumours about bed bugs and cockroaches? Yes they are true but they were greatly exaggerated and in fairness to maintenance they were very quickly dealt with.

* We live so near to the city, seriously it’s a two minute walk to the market place/town hall! This is so handy for going to events that are happening in the city. It’s also super convenient whenever we need to pop to the shops, whether that’s because we fancy some retail therapy, we urgently need to get something or we are doing a weekly food shop.

* Sure, on campus you have a lake but in Mary Chapman Court we live right next to a river. We semi-regularly see ducks and swans swim past us! I know the first time that I mentioned to my mum that I was living next to a river she thought it was lovely!

* There’s only five (and some flats have even less) people per flat. The biggest benefit of this is that we all get several cupboards in the kitchen, no storage issues over here!

* Our post is delivered right to our door. No trips across campus and queueing up at the Post Centre for us! This is so convenient and so much less time consuming.

* Every flat in Mary Chapman Court has both a bath and a cooker! We’ve got luxury facilities over here! But honestly, I love that oven so much – I don’t know how I’d cope with just a combi-oven on campus.

* These flats are a lot roomier than any on campus. Our bedrooms are larger, our kitchens have an attached dining room area. We have space and it’s amazing! Whenever I’ve visited flats on campus the first thing that I have noticed is how much smaller everything feels.

(photo courtesy of: UEA Accommodation Facebook Page)

Hidden Norwich: House Cafe

by Alyssa Ollivier Tabukashvili

 

Half an hour early for the Ligature exhibition at St Margaret’s Church, we found ourselves opposite a cute little café called ‘House’. Although this was essentially in the city, it would not be considered a location familiar to most first years, and so its discovery is certainly worth mentioning.

As you might expect, House Café has a homely feel to it; as well as dining room-style tables to sit at, they have placed a sofa set and low coffee table for those seeking utter serenity. The décor also adheres to this style with fairy lights and a bookcase, potentially making it a cosy place to read and study.

They serve a great number of teas, made from loose-leaf, presented in a teapot for you to pour at your pleasure. I tried their liquorice root tea, as I have worked in tea and coffee for two years, and enjoy comparing the flavours to those where I worked. Many are put-off by liquorice tea because they believe it will taste like liquorice, which is commonly disliked. However, the tea definitely suited my expectations, which were similar to a liquorice and mint combination I’ve tasted many times.

House Café also offers generous slices of homemade cake; whilst the price is close to (or slightly higher than) Starbucks/Costa prices, there is no doubt that you get more from this one, and with the luxury of being homemade.

The staff were incredibly friendly and warm to us, and what almost concluded the homeliness to House Café was the family-business end to it: when enquiring about ingredients, the waitress addressed her mother.

I would undoubtedly return to this café, maybe call it a ‘date spot’, provided I was in the general area.

You can find them on their site: housecafe52.co.uk

And on social media:

Facebook: House Cafe

Instagram: housecafenorwich

Twitter: housecafe52