MUSE: DRONES – is the album as bold as it seems?

By David Winlo

For Muse’s 2015 album, they promised fans a move away from the orchestras and computer effects seen in 2009’s ‘The Resistance’ and ‘The Second Law’ of 2012. A move fans hoped would take them back towards the simpler three-piece set up that gave rise to their breakthrough album, ‘Origin of Symmetry’, in 2001. Last year they delivered the result of this decision: Drones.

From its title and cover art alone, we could see this was going to be a politically-influenced album. Whilst some bemoaned this theme becoming more common in their lyrics in recent years, there were no complaints from me. Matt Bellamy uses his protagonist to explore themes of being under control, the longing for for freedom, the rebellion this longing causes. Yes, there are bands that ‘suit’ such themes better, such as Anti-Flag and Rise Against, especially when bringing political themes into the mix as well, but Muse do succeed on this latest effort.

Musically, the album is slightly mixed with regards to Muse’s promise of a direction-change. In some areas they do well – Chris Wolstenholme provides ‘Mercy’ with some interesting moments in the bass, and Matt Bellamy once again shows off both his unusual custom guitar and his ability to create strange yet captivating guitar solos. Drummer Dom Howard has a less attention-grabbing role, but nevertheless has his moments, with strong and fitting beats and fills throughout the album. In other areas they let us down slightly – the riffs, whilst fun, are not as complex as fans of tracks like ‘Plug in Baby’ are used to, nor bass lines as imaginative as such songs as ‘Hysteria’.

Despite this slight lapse in creativity and in their typical style, Muse show us another aspect to their sound, another small range of styles they can make their own.

Image from Muse’s Website

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

 

Spending Valentine’s in Norwich?

by Natalie Froome

Looking for somewhere to take your significant other this Valentine’s Day? Want something a bit different and impressive for a date?

Here we’ve compiled a short list of Norwich’s hidden gems, places a little out of the ordinary or off the beaten track for an extra special Valentine’s.

1. The Plantation Garden

Just outside the city centre, the Plantation Garden is described as a ‘secret garden’ in the heart of Norwich. It’s a ‘beatiful and tranquil’ place, perfect for a romantic stroll (providing the weather is good!)

2. The Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts

A little obvious perhaps, but it’s on campus and the permanent collection is free to wander around. It also has a great coffee shop and is suitable if it’s raining outside!

3. Country and Eastern

For those couples who are a little more on the artsy-bohemian side, try a visit to Country and Eastern. Once a skating rink, this massive building now holds a huge collection of antiques, books and crafts.

4. Dine out!

Norwich has some great independent restaurants and one of my favourites is Captain America’s Hamburger Heaven. Just opposite Jarrolds, this restaurant is hidden away upstairs and serves THE BEST burgers in Norwich. It’s set out like an old American Diner and covered in comic book memorabilia. It’s only small so getting there early or booking is recommended.

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Three Ways To Wear… An A-Line Skirt

By Elizabeth Wigley

3 Ways To Wear… An A-Line Skirt

The cold weather can often restrict us in what we wear, and personally the idea of wearing a skirt in winter just really doesn’t appeal to me – I get cold so easily! But wearing a skirt the right way means you can adapt your outfit easily, depending on the weather, the situation and the time of day. An A-line skirt is perfect for wearing in multiple outfits, as they can be both casual and that little bit more formal.

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Teaming an A-line skirt with a polo-neck jumper gives off that sophisticated air you might be looking for. It keeps it fashionable and practical at the same time, as the knitwear keeps you warm when walking to and from lectures. In this particular style, I have paired textures together, as the top is ribbed and the skirt is of a suede material – this can enhance the look as it breaks up the idea of simple block colours.

Mixing Patterns

Wearing more than one pattern together is often not done, as it can be twtw-2fairly risky. I would recommend not wearing more than two patterns in the same outfit as this can appear quite messy and not pulled together. With this outfit, the colours of each individual garment are fairly similar, as are the patterns of straight lines. As a result you would not quite expect this to work, but somehow it does!

Evening

 

The silhouette of an A-line skirt can be ideal for an evening out when yotwtw-3u don’t want to go too fancy. Its angles provide a formal yet fun look and give you freedom to move. Here I have matched it with a patterned crop top to contrast against the bold blackness of the skirt, and I am wearing a light patterned kimono as an outer-layer. This can be worn with or without tights, and some black leather mules have done the trick to make the look classier with a mid-heel.

The Hateful Eight: How does Tarantino’s Latest Offering Measure Up?

By Emily Vause

Tarantino’s newest film is not for the faint-hearted, a bloody bonanza of racial tension, dark humour and Samuel L. Jackson: what’s not to love? The three hour masterpiece has been criticised by many who have obviously never seen a Tarantino film for excessive violence but for those of us who know and love the over-the-top director, The Hateful Eight was a triumph.

Many of the cast are recognisable from previous Tarantino films such as Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs. Fan favourite Samuel L. Jackson doesn’t disappoint with an entertaining yet intriguing performance and the lesser known but entertainingly named Walton Goggins exceeded all expectations. After a less than memorable performance in Django Unchained Goggins redeemed himself and more, his likable performance and hilarity took the spotlight even from Jackson in some scenes, something many of us would have thought impossible.

The Hateful Eight was definitely worth the trip to the cinema and it is still showing in Norwich so get to it! The film has managed to earn its place as my second favourite Tarantino film (after Django) despite what the critics say.

This is the film for you if you’re a fan of hilarious, somewhat bloody, action and as an additional perk Channing Tatum makes an appearance!

Image from thehatefuleight.com

Recipe – Beef Burgers

By Alex Stapleton

Last week, I was really in the mood for some fast food. But I can’t afford that! What I can afford instead though, are the ingredients to make my own fast food! Healthier, cheaper and better tasting than some burgers, these are a really enjoyable treat!

 

COST: 3/5 (Moderate)

PREPARATION TIME: 5-10 minutes

COOKING TIME: 10-15 minutes in total

WASHING UP: 3/5 (Moderate)

 

Ingredients

– 250g minced beef (If you want a vegetarian option, used Quorn instead)

– 1 egg yolk

– 1 tablespoon of oil (for frying)

– Two burger buns

– Fillings (lettuce, tomato etc.) and sauces (ketchup, mayo etc.)

 

Equipment

– Mixing bowl

– Mug

– Frying pan

– Tablespoon

– Knife

– Chopping board

– Fish slice/spatula

 

Method

  • Put the mince into the mixing bowl and break it into small pieces.
  • Divide the egg whites from the yolk and add only the yolk to the mixing bowl (the whites can go in the mug). Use your hands to mix the yolk and the mince together.
  • Split the mixture in the bowl into two balls and shape them into burger patties (they want to be about 2cm thick). Cut your fillings if you are having any.
  • Heat the oil in the frying pan then add the burgers.
  • Cook for 5 minutes on one side, then flip it and cook the other side for 5 minutes.
  • Use the knife to cut open the burgers and check that they are not pink inside. If they are still pink, flip the burger and continue to cook on a low heat until they are cooked through.
  • Put the cooked burger in the bun and add your fillings.

Source: Joy May, Nosh: For Students

Image: Self-supplied.