Nights Out in Norwich – Staying Safe

by Beth Papworth

 

Norwich is one of the safest cities in the UK, however, it is important for UEA students to feel safe on nights out and in order to achieve this there are crucial pieces of advice to know.

First of all, make sure that you don’t leave your drink unattended – someone could spike it when you’re not looking. A crime survey by ITV showed that one in ten people have had their drink spiked, though not all cases have led to sexual assault. Most students do not report their drink being spiked because they’re embarrassed, ashamed or do not remember what happened. My advice is to pay close attention to your drink and make sure it is never left unguarded! If you believe your drink, or a friends, has been spiked seek medical attention immediately.

Another way for UEA students to be safe on a night out is to avoid walking home alone in early hours of the morning. It is best to leave the night club with a group of friends or to save money by sharing a taxi with them on the way home. Not only is this economically cheaper than getting one by yourself, but you are also much safer in a larger group of people. A UEA student informed me, ‘‘I don’t feel safe walking alone at night, but if I am with friends then I am granted some degree of safety.’’ Students at UEA would feel much safer if they choose to stick to a group of people to avoid unsafe situations on nights out, especially as clubbing does involve alcohol consumption and this can alter people’s behaviour.

In the rare situation that you find yourself in a dangerous situation on a night out, do remember that you have the ability to make yourself safer by keeping your wits about you and sticking to a group of people!

Don’t forget that the SU operates a Safe Taxi Scheme to get you home safely, even if you are out of cash. All you have to do is call the taxi company to give them your student number and name, the company will then send an invoice to the Students Union who will pay for your travel. You’ll be asked to pay the money back but the scheme ensures students can get home safe and sound after a night out.

These are the taxi companies currently taking part:

ABC Taxi

Loyal Taxi

Best Way Taxi

5 Star Taxi

Canary Taxi

Courtesy Taxi

Cathedral Cars

Green Frogs

Beeline Taxi

(photo courtesy of Marcela Laskoski at https://unsplash.com/@ponicornio)

Captain America: Civil War Review

By Alex J Lee

Wow! If I was to sum this movie up in one word it would probably be wow. I’m a Marvel fan and I think that this is probably Marvel’s best movie yet. Captain America: Civil War got the balance of action, adventure, humour, plot, emotion and excitement just right. If you like Marvel and superheroes go and see it!

Following a fight between Crossbones and a team of Avengers – Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Captain America and Falcon – the governments of the world decide that superheroes need to be held accountable for the collateral damage caused in their fights. Iron Man/Tony Stark agrees and Captain America/Steve Rogers disagrees. Their friends and fellow Avengers get involved and it leads to the titular Civil War. Except it’s not quite so formulaic and various sub-plots arise – including the reappearance of Steve’s old friend Bucky Barnes also known as the Winter Soldier – which leads to more and more compilations.

Given the track record of DC movies to ignore collateral damage, many times taking property damage to extreme level, it’s certainly interesting to finally see a superhero movie that acknowledges this. Also given Marvels past with representation it’s good to see a Marvel movie with three black heroes – War Machine, Falcon and Black Panther – as well as three female heroes – Scarlet Witch, Black Widow and Agent 13. I hope Marvel continue to grow in this direction.

Civil War is not a flawless movie. In my opinion, (and remember I am proudly Team Cap) Tony Stark didn’t have to fully deal with the consequences of his actions leaving his story arc within the movie feeling incomplete. Also I thought Zemo was misused as an antagonist in the movie given that he is an important villain in the comics.

In many ways Civil War is a more worthy sequel to Avengers Assemble than last year’s Age Of Ultron. That said; Avengers Assemble is a good jumping on point to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I suspect someone who hasn’t seen at least two other Marvel movies would probably be completely lost.

Image from Marvel Website

3 Reasons to Learn a Language This Term

by David Winlo

 

  1. Staving off third-term boredom.

We are now in the third term of the year, and much of what there is to explore in town and on campus right now may have already been explored. No matter how much or little there is going on this term, learning a foreign language is a sure-fire way to keep yourself entertained while waiting for something new and interesting to surface. Those familiar with GCSE and perhaps A-level foreign language lessons may be sceptical of this reason, but if you’ve decided entirely by yourself to learn the language, it is virtually guaranteed to interest you.

2. De-stress during the exam period

Far from cramming your head full of extra information when it is already struggling to keep up, an additional language can be an excellent way to escape your everyday stresses and get you thinking in different ways or about other things. It has been shown that people who speak multiple languages have a slightly different personality in each – perhaps you’ll see things differently when speaking Spanish, and exams will seem less stressful or be further from the forefront of your mind.

3. The holidays are approaching

Thinking of going abroad this summer? A foreign language on holiday can rescue a stressful situation, and add to the fun of any holiday activity. If you’re not sure how to get somewhere, you won’t have to worry about asking for directions and you’ll be there in no time. Wherever you are, you’re likely to get very friendly responses from the locals – in The Netherlands for example, I spoke to a waiter in Dutch and was responded to with friendliness, extra portions of dessert, and free beers!

(image courtesy of © Michael Jastremski / 2008-02-06)

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)

 

Recipe – Mug Pies

By Alex Stapleton

Need to impress someone or just fancy cooking something like mum would make at home? Mug pies are a delicious meal that can be cooked with the appliances in UEA’s accommodation (and also in an actual oven!). I made this chicken pie a week ago and it was a very tasty mid-week treat! If you do your shopping right, you can find all of the ingredients for no more than £6 (a little on the expensive side when on a student budget but a hearty meal!) and this recipe will easily feed you and another hungry friend (or if you have a big appetite like me, then you can have the whole thing to yourself)!

COST: 4/5 (Quite expensive)

PREPARATION TIME: 20-25 minutes

COOKING TIME: 25-30 minutes in total

WASHING UP: 3/5 (A fair amount)

Ingredients

– 1 tablespoon of butter

– 1 tablespoon of plain flour

– 250ml of milk

– 1/4 of a small leek (make sure to finely slice this, so you have only small pieces)

– 2 cooked chicken thighs (cut these into bitesize pieces)

(If you are making a vegetarian version, substitute these for a mixture of vegetables of your choice)

– 4 pinches of sage

– Puff pastry (enough to cover the top of your mugs)

– 1/2 of a small egg

– Salt and pepper

Equipment

– Tablespoon

– Microwave proof jug (if it is not microwaveable, it will melt, and plastic in a pie is not tasty)

– Knife (and kitchen scissors if using chicken)

– Chopping board

– Microwave/ovenproof mugs

– Extra mug for the egg

– Rolling pin

Method

  1. Place the butter in a microwaveable jug and microwave on high for 20-30 seconds until melted. Remove from the microwave (careful – hot!) and whisk in the flour until you have a roux (it should turn from a liquid into something that resembles dough).
  2. Slowly whisk in the milk (not too much at once), then microwave on high for 1 ½ minutes. Remove from the microwave (still hot!), stir in the small pieces of leek and microwave for a further 1 ½ minutes until thickened. This is your sauce.
  3. Stir the chicken and sage into the sauce. Give it a taste test and add seasoning to your liking. Transfer your mixture to the mugs.
  4. Preheat the oven to 200˚C (180˚C if you are lucky enough to have a fan oven)/400F/Gas mark 6. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface (be sure to wipe the surface before and after using – you don’t know what has been on those kitchen tables in the UEA flats!) and cut out two circles to act as lids for your pies. You want to make the lids about 2cm larger than the rims of your mugs.
  5. Brush the rims of the mugs with the egg wash, then drape the pastry lids over the mugs and seal well against the outside of the mugs. Brush the tops with more egg wash. Make a small hole in the centre of the lid.
  6. Bake for 18-22 minutes until golden brown and puffed before serving. Don’t worry if the lid collapses into your pie – mine did the same. It is still very tasty.

 

Image: Self-supplied.

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.