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    • Aigo A208 2 GB / MP3 Player / 9 Readings / 8 Ratings
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      13.04.2008 12:22
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      Great, simple, low cost MP3 Player.

      For a low cost 2Gb MP3 player, the Aigo is a safe bet. Its not got the brand name of its competitors, but it does its job of playing MP3s and acting as an emergency dicatphone.

      I'll start off with its biggest problem. The cover which hides away the USB connector is a bit too loose for my liking. It doesn't take much to pull it off and leave the connector exposed. In my opinion, some sort of lock is needed on there to hold it in place. It also needs to be removed to replace the AAA battery. It makes putting a battery in very tricky if you're on the move as you've got two covers to hold as well as fiddle with the batteries.
      Another minor niggle is its size. If your USB ports are close together on your computer, you might need to move a couple of things for the Aigo to fit in.
      As far as I'm concerned, those are its only bad points.

      On the plus side, it's cheap compared to its rivals. It may not have the bells and whistles like its better known competitors, but it does its primary job well. It can cope with .mp3, .wma and .wav files. The navigation system is simple to understand and its volume range is reasonably large. There is a lock on it so that if any buttons are accidentally pressed, nothing happens.
      The microphone is very basic and isn't the best quality, and it takes a bit of navigating to start recording, but as it's not what I want to use it for, it doesn't bother me in the slightest.

      If you do want a low cost MP3 player that can store a lot of albums on and you don't car about the bells and whistles, then this could be for you. With a good battery life, it certainly makes it a very good buy.

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      Review of the East Midlands Train's Connect service.

      The Connect service (ie the regional service) hasn't shown any great improvement since they took over half of the Central Trains franchise in November 2007. In fact, you could still think that you're travelling on Central Trains.
      A lot of the trains used on the Connect services have still yet to be repainted in the new livery, so on the platform, the chances are, you'll still end up on a green, blue and white train with the "Central Trains" wording peeled off. In fairness, as they've inherited most of the rolling stock, it couldn't be an overnight job to get that sorted. The trains that have been repainted do look very smart; even the older rolling stock.
      What could have been was their staff's uniforms. Many of them still work in the old Central Trains jackets and jumpers which personally, doesn't fill me with great confidence in the company. If East Midland Trains are unable to supply their front-line staff with properly branded clothing after nearly 6 months, they must financially be up against it, and that could quite easily impact on their self-regulated fares.
      Non of what I've mentioned so far covers the most important bit of public transport, and that is passenger comfort. The Connect services on the whole use quite old trains. Whilst the newly painted ones have had a good job done on the outside, they're still very grotty inside. At the end of the day, the seats and floors are generally strewn with the days rubbish. I've even seen a East Midlands conductor casually throw a bit of rubbish onto the overhead luggage racks. Many of the seats are very worn and if it's only a one carriage service, there isn't enough room for more than one pushchair or pram.
      The front line staff do the best they can, but when it's busy, they do struggle. From what I've seen, if you buy a ticket on the train using a debit or credit card is painfully slow and is probably the same for most operating companies. On a crowded route, many passengers through no fault of their own get away without having to pay; quite probably another reason why ticket prices are soaring.

      I can't comment on the Mainline Service to London (formerly the Midland Mainline franchise) as I've never travelled on it. having seen the trains used, and from looking into them through the windows, East Midlands Trains seem to be a lot better than their predecessors.

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      Life at the Limit is in reality, an account of how safety within Formula One has improved over the last three decades and is written by the man who has been the main contributor to this, Professor Sid Watkins. When he came into Formula One in the last 70s after a period of time when there was a fatality in the sport on average every season. The book details his struggles in convincing the powers in motor sport to accept his recommendations in making racing safer. It is mainly down to Prof. Watkins that 99% of the time, the driver can walk away from a serious crash with no more than a stiff neck and a few bruises from a major crash. Unlike many autobiographies that run from the time of birth to the date of publication, it focuses solely on the time that he has been in Formula One and finishing from the aftermath of the tragic 1994 season where Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenburger lost their lives at Imola as well as Rubens Barrichello's accident at the same event and Karl Weldinger's massive Monaco crashed that all but finished his Formula One career. To many people who do not follow motor sport, they might think of this book to be a grim read, but it doesn't just focus and go into every detail of the bad and fatal accidents but it shows what was learnt from them to make the cars even safer. Also you can get an insight of the drivers that he has met and there is quite a lot of humour in it with many a different story that can't help but raise a grin. There is a very good appendix to the book that looks at all the different physical pressures the driver endures while racing a car at excesses of 180mph. It also details a massive safety questionnaire that every venue has to complete prior to each Grand Prix to ensure the event will be run safely. Although a little bit old now (it was published in 1996), it is a fascinating read and a must for any Formula One fan. It gives behind the scenes information fro
      m key events in the sport such as Imola as well as his difficulty in persuading people to make the sport safer for driver and spectator alike. When he eventually retires, the sport of motor racing will lose one of its greatest influences.

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      • England vs Argentina / Archive General / 0 Readings / 5 Ratings
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        Argentina 0-1 England Sapporo, Japan Attendance:- 35927 Not since 1966 had England beaten Argentina and on that occasion, they went on to win Football?s most coveted trophy. On first game form, Argentina were just favourites after England?s dire second half performance against Sweden. Just one change to the England side from that game, the fully fit Nicky Butt replaced Darius Vassell in the heart of midfield. Also, only one change in the Argentina starting eleven with Kily Gonzalez replacing Claudio Lopez in their attack. The first half didn?t start too well for England with Owen Hargreves picking up an injury, colliding with Michael Owen whilst chasing possession. Trevor Sinclair eventually replaced him in the 19th minute when it became clear that the Bayern Munich midfielder could not run it off. It was a first half with plenty of chances both ends. Argentina?s best chance was their first chance in only the 6th minute when a right footed Javier Sanetti was saved by David Seaman. Most of Argentina?s subsequent attacking play was cut out by the two England centre-backs, Sol Campbell and Rio Ferdinand leaving Gabriel Batistuta and Kily Gonzalez very little to pick up on. Many people may argue that Batistuta should have been sent off for two bookable offences with in as many minutes. The first did lead to a yellow card after he piled into Ashley Cole way after the ball had left the left-back?s foot and then got away with a blatant push on David Beckham with the both the referee and linesman unsighted. England came closest through a run, reminiscent of the goal he scored against Argentina, the ball this time striking the far post and bouncing clear, Pablo Cavallero in the goal not even moving as the ball sped past him. The goal however came through a penalty in the last minute of the first half after Owen had been tripped in the area by Mauricio Pochettino whilst on one of his mazy runs. Davi
        d Beckham took the penalty with confidence and left Cavallero starting to go the wrong way no chance. Argentina could have levelled with the last kick before the break but once again, Rio Ferdinand headed the ball away as Pierluigi Collina blew for half time. England dominated the first stage of the second half. Owen again found himself clear only to push the ball wide after being forced over to the right wing. Then, only a minute later, Paul Scholes let rip a venomous right foot volley from 25 yards out that had it gone either side of the keeper, would have left him standing. As it was, Cavallero could only punch it clear. Beckham then found himself clear but under pressure from the Argentinean defence, hit his right foot shot wide where it may have been easier to strike the ball left footed. England replaced Emile Heskey with Teddy Sheringham and within a couple of minutes of coming on, nearly put a right foot volley home, again Cavallero having to punch Argentina out of trouble. At this stage, Argentina were just trying to keep the ball as much in England?s half as possible looking for a way to beat the England defence. Some brave goalkeeping from David Seaman off shots from Mauricio Ponchettino, Ariel Ortega and Hernan Crespo as well as some confident defending kept Argentina at bay. For the last five minutes of the game, ten England men stayed behind the ball to stop the Argentineans and it worked, the final whistle prompting a massive sigh of relief both in Sapporo and in England. For England, Nicky Butt worked tirelessly to win possession a number of times as well as to carve out some opportunities. Also, Rio Ferdinand worked hard; winning virtually every ariel ball that came his way. Pierluigi Cavallero in Argentina?s goal can be credited for England not scoring many more. Their big names like Gabriel Batistuta and Juan-Sebastian Veron never really showed their full potential and b
        oth were substituted by coach, Marcelo Bielsa in the second half. After the game, England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson said he was glad that they were able to play out the last 15 minutes without conceding a goal he felt that they were starting to become tired. Captain, David Beckham said that it was an unbelievable after all the highs and lows both he and the entire squad have faced over the last four years since the infamous St. Etienne game. This leaves England only needing one point from their last group game against Nigeria to assure a last 16 spot. If Argentina lose to Sweden however, they don?t need to do anything. Wednesday morning will be worth getting up for for once! Argentina:- Cavallero, Sorin, Ponchettino, Samuel, Zanetti, Batistuta (60, Crespo), Ortega, Veron (46, Aimar), Placente, Simeone, Gonzalez (64, Lopez) England:- Seaman, Mills, Cole, Ferdinand, Campbell, Beckham, Scholes, Owen (80, Bridge), Heskey (54, Sheringham), Hargreves (19, Sinclair), Butt Goalscorer:- (Eng) Beckham 44 (pen) MotM:- Scholes (Eng)

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          I trying to cover the World Cup as much as possible around exams and coursework for the university radio station that I volunteer at so I have decided to put all the reports from the games that I see down on here for your pleasure and for those I don't see, the vital statistics and a little comment. ------------ France 0-1 Senegal Seoul, Korea Attendance:- 62561 France rued missed chances in the opening game of the World Cup in Soeul against Senegal. The West African side, number 42 in the FIFA World Rankings pulled off an opening day shock akin to Cameroon?s defeat of the then holders Argentina in Italia ?90. The opening 45 minutes was a played at a very quick pace with both sides having two or three good chances, the first falling to Fadiga whose shot, fell into the arms of the Manchester United ?keeper, Barthez. David Trezuget then had a couple of chances for the French, the first blocked bravely by Tony Sylva, the second a powerful right foot shot that rattled the post, bouncing clear. Half an hour into the game, Senegali midfielder El Hadgi Diouf dispossessed Djorkaieff and skipped past Frank Le Boeuf before sliding the ball across the face of the goal. Petit got a boot in to try and put the ball out for a corner but deflected off Barthez into the path of Bouba Diope who had the easiest of tap ins. For the remainder of the half, France seemed stunned and weak shot by Wiltord was on target for the reigning champions. The second half saw some top quality goal keeping from Silva in the Senegali goal but the French could not find a way past the defensive cordon who maintained their line and position beautifully. Both crossbars received a clouting halfway through the half, firstly the French when Fadiga beat a despairing lunge from Barthez. France?s counter-attack then saw Thierry Henry show deft ball control before striking the ball literally inches to high.
          France then had all the chances for the rest of the game threatening most from set-play, Silva making saves from Le Boeuf Henry again and Desailly twice. After three minutes of stoppage time, referee Ali Bujsiam blew the final whistle on a shock result. French coach, Roger Lemerre praised the organisation of the Senegalis and is confident of still making the last 16. Frank Le Boeuf believed that the absence of Zinazine Zidane with a torn thigh muscle played its part put praised Djorkeiff who played Zidane?s role in the heart of the field. The creator of the Senegali goal El Hadji Diouf dedicated the win to Africa and believes that if they can maintain that level of performance, they could reach the last 16. France:- Barthez, Lizarazu, Viera, Djorkaeff (60, Dugarry), Desailly, Wiltord (81, Cisse), Henry, Thuram, Petit, Leboeuf, Trezuget Senegal:- Sylva, Dar, P M Diop, Cisse, Fadiga, Diouf, Diatta, N'Diaye, Diao, Coly, P B Diop Goalscorers:- (Sen) P B Diop 30 MotM:- P B Diop (Sen) ------------ Ireland 1-1 Cameroon Niigata, Japan Attendance:- 33679 Ireland kicked off their first game of the World Cup against African champions, Cameroon. Ireland played at a very slow pace in the first half with Cameroon having the best of the opening chances, their best being Patrick Mboma who was denied by the advancing Shay Given. Also, Marc-Vivien Foe had a good chance but the ball was hit just too high and nearly obliterated the TV camera behind Given?s goal. Ireland looked most threatening from set-play. A Kevin Kilbane corner nearly set up Robbie Keane for a header on goal but could not get enough direction onto the ball. With Cameroon looking most promising on the break, it came as no surprise that that was how they came to score their goal in the 39th minute. Samuel Eto?o slipped the ball through veteran Steve Staunton?s legs into the path of
          Mboma who calmly slotted the ball into an empty net with Given already well committed to stopping the cross. On the stroke of half time, Rigobert Song nearly made a costly mistake, deflecting an Ian Harte free kick towards goal. Luckily for him, Boukar Aliom in the Cameroon goal managed to fall well to his left to stop the ball. Whatever Mick McCarthy said to the Ireland team at half time, it obviously worked. They came out with much more fire and aggression and Kilbane had the first chance, again just not being able to judge a header from a Harte cross. The equaliser soon came though through more lapse defending by Rigobert Song in the 52nd minute. His headed clearance from a cross off the lest wing fell into the path of Matt Holland whose shot was well timed and executed, skimming along the ground into the back of the Cameroon goal leaving Alioum no chance. More Irish chances came and went with a Robbie Keane header after more poor defending from Song was saved by Alioum. Cameroon?s only chance of note came when ex Sheffield United striker, Patrick Souffo shot went well wide of Shay Given?s goal. In the last five minutes of the game, Ireland had two very good chances to seal it, the first a Robbie Keane effort bouncing back of the post, the second, a Steven Reid free kick that Alioum could only palm over the bar. Ireland:- Given, Harte (77, Reid), Staunton, McAteer (46, Finnan), Holland, Duff, Keane, Kilbane, Kinsella, Breen, Kelly Cameroon:- Alioum, Tchato, Wome, Song, Kalla, Geremi, Eto'o, Mboma (69, Souffo), Lauren, Foe, Olembe Goalscorers:- (Cam) Mboma 39, (Ire) Holland 52 MotM:- Holland (Ire) ------------ Uruguay 1-2 Denmark Ulsan, Korea Attendance:- 30157 After France's defeat to Senegal, both teams knew that for a decent chance of getting top spot in Group A, they needed to win this game. Denmark in the end came out on top throug
          h two Tomasson goals. Uruguay:- Carini, Mendez, Montero, Garcia, Rodriguez (87, Magallanes), Guigou, Varela, Silva, Abreu (88, Morales), Sorondo, Recoba (80, Regueiro) Denmark:- Sorenson, Tofting, Henriksen, Laursen, Heintze (58, Jensen), Helveg, Gravesen, Gronkjaer (70, Jorgensen), Tomasson, Sand (89, Poulsen), Rommedhal Goalscorers:- (Den) Tomasson 45, (Uru) Rodriguez 47, (Den) Tomasson 83 MotM:- Tomasson (Den) ------------ Germany 8-0 Saudi Arabia Sapporo, Japan Attendance:- 32218 Germany re-wrote the World Cup record books with an 8-0 hammering of Saudi Arabia. A Klose hat-trick helped the Germans break the record for the greatest winning margin in a World Cup finals game. Germany:- Kahn, Linke, Ramelow (46, Jeremies), Ziege, Hamann, Jancker (67, Bierhoff), Klose (76, Neuville), Ballack, Schneider, Metzelder, Frings Saudi Arabia:- Al Deayea, Tukar, Zubromawi, Noor, Al Jaber, Al Dosari, Sulimani, Al Dossari (46, I Al Shahrani), A A Al Shahrani, Al Temyat (46, Khathran), Al Yami (77, Al Dosary) Goalscorers:- (Ger) Klose 20, (Ger) Klose 25, (Ger) Ballack 40, (Ger) Jancker 45+1, (Ger) Klose 70, (Ger) Linke 73, (Ger) Bierhoff 84, (Ger) Schneider 90+1 MotM:- Klose (Ger) ------------ Argentina 1-0 Nigeria Ibaraki, Japan Attendance:- 34050 Argentina took control of Englands group by way of a 1-0 win over the African number 2. From the statisics, Argentina dominated and maybe should have scored more. Argentina:- Cavallero, Sorin, Pochettino, Samuel, Lopez (46, Gonzalez), Zanetti, Batistuta (81, Crespo), Ortega, Veron (78, Aimar), Placente, Simeone Nigeria:- Shorunmu, Yobo, Babayaro, Kanu (48, Ikedia), Okoronkwo, West, Ogbeche, Okocha, Lawal, Sodje (73, Christopher), Aghahowa Goalscorer:- (Arg) Batistuta 63 MotM:- Veron (Arg) ------------ Paraguay 2-2 South Africa Busan, Ko
          rea Attendance:- 25168 South Africa came from 2 goals down to tie the opening game of Group B. Paraguays eccentric 'keeper, Chilavert was suspended for the game but throughout the first half, his stand in, Tavarelli, had barely nothing to do. The first major chance in open play fell to South Africa where MacBeth Sibaya put his 25 metre shot went just wide of the near post. Paraguay's first goal came in the 39th minute when a Francisco Arce free-kick was met by Roque Santa Cruz who powered it with his head into the back of the South African goal. He was also denied twice in the half due to fine saves from Arendse. The second half nearly started with a South African leveller but striker, Sibusiso Zuma miss kicked the volley and Tavareilli easily saved. Paraguay in the 55th minute doubled their lead after Santa Cruz was fouled 25 yards from the goal. Arce's free kick flew in in off the underside of the cross-bar leaving Arendes no chance of stopping the ball. After the goal, Paraguay kept as many players behind the ball as possible but this proved to be their downfall. What was a weak shot from Teboho Mokoena ended up being deflected by Paraguay midfielder Estanisiao Struway rolled into his own goal. The rest of the match was well fought with both sides having chances. South Africa's were the best but they could not find a way past Tavarelli. It was a Tararelli mistake in stoppage time that lead to South Africa's equiliser when he brought down Zuma in the area, earning himself a yellow card. Manchester United's Quinton Fortune took the spot kick and slotted the ball into the right of the goal. Paraguay coach, Cesare Maldini said that his side switched off in the second half, causing the mistakes that lead to the goals but believes that he has the time to prepare for the sides next game against the group favourites, Spain. South Africa coach Jomo S
          omo reckoned that Paraguay's downfall came because they were old and lost their energy at the end of the second half, allowing his side to score. Paraguay:- Tavarelli, Arce, Gamarra, Ayala, Struway (86, Franco), Alvarenga (66, Gavilan), Santa Cruz, Acuna, Campos (73, Morinigo), Caceres, Caniza South Africa:- Arendse, Nzama, Carnell, Mokoena, Sibaya, Fortune, Mokoena, Issa (27, Mukasi), Zuma, McCarthy (78, Koumantarakis), Radebe Goalscorers:- (Par) Santa Cruz 39, (Par) Arce 55, (Rsa) Mokoena 63, (Rsa) Fortune 91(pen) MotM:- Arce (Par) ------------ Spain 3-1 Slovenia Gwangju, Korea Attendance:- 28598 Slovinia, in their first appearence in the World Cup finals put up a brave fight against the group favourites Spain but were edged out by what was a dubious penalty decision against them. Spain:- Iker Casillas, Juanfran (82, Romero), Puyol, Hierro, Raul, Baraja, Tristan (67, Morientes), De Pedro, Valeron, Nadal, Luis Enrique (74, Helguera) Slovenia:- Simeunovic, Milinovic, Galic, Knavs, Novak (77, Gajser), Ceh, Osterc (57, Cimirotic), Zahovic (63, Acimovic), Pavin, Rudonja, Karic Goalscorers:- (Esp) Raul 44, (Esp) Valeron 74, (Svn) Cimirotic 82, (Esp) Hierro 87(pen) MotM:- Raul (Esp)

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        • Tanni Grey-Thompson / Discussion / 0 Readings / 11 Ratings
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          If you ask nearly anyone to name a disabled athlete, most people would immediately say Tanni Grey-Thompson. She has been an absolute inspiration to any athlete with the levels of commitment she gives to athletics. Not many women would even attempt to do a marathon just 10 weeks after giving birth, then restart training only a couple of days after. I was lucky enough to interview her in April 2002 and it was just talking to her that made me realise just how much she had achieved for both herself and disabled athletics in general. 14 medals from 4 Olympic Games and 5 London Marathons, twice, Welsh Sports Personality of the Year, OBE, MBE and an ambassador for disabled athletics as well as various radio shows on local and national stations. One well remembered moment of her career was being awarded 3rd place in the 2000 BBC Sports Personality of the Year where she was unable to get onto the stage because of the lack of a ramp. This event left the BBC with hundreds of complaints yet Tanni had and still has no hard feelings about the situation and sees it as a 'genuine oversight' by the BBC. Another thing that surprised me was that she did not take Sports Studies at Loughborough University like many other top British athletes like Paula Radcliffe and Mark Richardson have done. She took a Politics course so that she had something to fall back onto if she did not make it in athletics. She said that it actually allowed her to train more as Sports Studies took more hours per week than her politics course, increasing her fitness and stamina. A further topic of the interview was about Daniel Sadler, the able-bodied wheelchair athlete that was in the news at the time. Tanni was of the opinion that he was disadvantaged because he weighs a lot heavier as many of the other athletes so has to push a lot more weight around. She explained that he took up the sport because his father was a wheelchair racer and they just went
          training together. There is also a similar situation in Canada where two guys were training partners. One was paralysed in an accident yet converted to wheelchair racing. So they could still race together, the other person took up the sport as well. Although they can't take part in any event organised by the International Paralympic Committee, they are able to compete in many other competitions. Her knowledge of her sport is impeccable and it is this that has really raise the profile of disable sports, particularly the Paralympics. No able bodied athlete has won Gold in the 100, 200, 400 and 800 meters at one Olympics which Tanni managed in Sydney 2000. How long can she continue on for? Not even she really knows! She is concentrating on the Commonwealth Games in Manchester and is well into preparation for that. Afterwards? She has yet to decide. Athens 2004 is at the back of her mind but she now has a baby daughter to look after as well her role within athletics and training and all the media events she does. Her autobiography, Seize the Day will give you a much better insight into her life. Although I am yet to read it, it has been recommended by many people to me and is on my reading list for the summer vacation!

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          • payuptony.com / Internet Site / 0 Readings / 14 Ratings
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            www.payuptony.com was set up as a quick and easy website for student to petition Tony Blair PM to bring back student grants. From its success, the National Union of Students (NUS) have become heavily involved in promoting the site all over the country. To date, there are around 74,000 university students on the list and that is since December 2001 when the site was launched. College students, graduates and parents can also sign the petition as the whole loan situation effects them just as much as you and every name counts. It does have its problems though. It is very easy for someone to put in a false name as a joke or more likely duplicate names as the site gets very slow during peak times and impatience kicks in. It is checked but because of the sheer volume of the number of people on there it takes a while to delete the false entries. The site as a whole is very good. You can search through who has signed the petition from each university and also how much debt there will be from that uni in total. At Loughborough University, the amount of debt is estimated at nearly £20 000 000, 2% the total debt! There is a potted history about student loans and aslo a bit about the history of the site. A links page guides you to other relevant sites to do with student funding and where the website has featured in the media. If you are a student struggling with debt problems, every name on the list counts! Tell your friends about it and get them to tell theres because soon, the government wil have to take notice of it if they want to maintain the student vote in the next General Election. Be patient with the site though as it is chronically slow, especially if you are simply only using a modem connection and don't make up stupid random names as they will be filtered out eventually before it reaches the hands of Mr Blair. Finally:- DO YOUR BIT!!

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              Students nowadays have such a wide taste in music, one commercial radio station cannot meet their needs with the music that is played. This is where student radio comes into play. Many universities now have a radio station which broadcasts 'alternative' music. They all vary in size, some broadcast solely over the Internet, some have licences to broadcast on AM and FM so they become more accessible for students. Most of these radio stations are funded by the Student Broadcast Network (SBN) whose news and 16 hours of shows per week must be transmitted. For those just starting out, that is all they can rely on as the Student's Union will want to see if it is commercially viable for them. That is why they will be broadcasting out a portacabin in the middle of nowhere! Those that do have the help often have state-of-the-art equipment available to them enabling them to broadcast all sorts of different types of shows. Another big point is that most of the presenters are doing this for nothing! Many will have only a couple of month experience which is why it might not run as slick as the average commercial radio show. I only started out at my university's radio station in October and now I have regular slots on a Wednesday evening and Saturday lunchtime. If a presenter is not available on the university radio station's show, then the SBN broadcast is transmitted so there will (hopefully) never be any 'dead air'! It is an great way of getting into the media circle. There will be a vacancy for reporters of all sorts from campus sports to campus news and engineers and producers are always of great help! No two shows will ever be the same and you will always hear lots of great new music before anyone else. The Student Radio Chart (7-9pm on Sunday) is widely regarded as the 2nd most influential chart in the UK as is focuses on a wider set of musical tastes than the network charts.
              To check if your university has its own radio-station, sbn.co.uk has a list of all their subscribers on the site and also all those that have a live webcast. To get involved, follow the relevant links and have fun!

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                The Hives finally have broken through out of there native Sweden with this compilation album, Your New Favourite Band. Although the two singles to be taken from the album, Hate To Say I Told You So and Main Offender have failed to do particularly in the main sales chart, both have been played a lot throughout student radio. These first four tracks were taken from their 2000 album, Veni Vidi Viscious. 1. Hate So Say I Told You So is one of my favourite tracks off the whole album. Frantic drumming and a long bass riff brings the whole piece alive and the words fall in over the top. 2. Main Offender is the lastest single in the UK charts. Again, a solid bass line and drumming holds the whole track together. Howlin' Pelle Almqvist well howls the vocals out with such apparent ease! 3. Supply and Demand is based more around Chris Dangerous' drumming with the guitars of Vigilante Carlstroem and Nicholaus Arson coming more to the fore. 4. Die, All Right! brings back the familiar drums and bass pushing the track along at the fast and furious tempo associated with the Hives. Tracks 5 to 7 were on the 1998 single, a.k.a I-D-I-O-T. 5. Untutored Youth is very repetative and relies but I like is because of a hilarious monolgue from Almqvist. The shortest track of the album but I consider it the best. 6. Outsmarted sees somewhat smoother guitar playing but the franetic drum beat keeps the track moving on in the typical Hives tempo and style. 7. Mad Man is probably my least favourite track on the album but it is still good!! It starts off slowly and quiet but soon builds up to Almqvist's vocals coming in and that is the story of the whole track. Tracks 8 to 11 were taken from the 1997 album, Barely Legal, recorded in Stockholm. 8. The guitar riff of an intro makes this song. It is not typical of the other tracks taken off Barely Legal in relying on t
                he bass to push it along. 9. a.k.a I-D-I-O-T is what I think is the best track of the album if just for the funny lyrics! Again the guitars come to the fore in this track with some slick riffs. 10. Automatic Schmuk feels out of time but it is very well held together by Almqvist's vocals. More guitar riffs that are very common towards the tail end of the album. 11. Hail Hail Spit N'Drool again(!) starts with a guitar and drum riff before the vocals come in. In my opinion, it is one of the more repetative tracks of the album. 12. Finally, The Hives Are Law, You Are Crime is a instrumental recorded by Pelle G in 2000 and was put onto the Hate To Say I Told You So Single. Overall, the album might seem repetative to some people but there are subtle variations in the style of each track. If you play the CD from track 11 to track 1, you will hear how the Hives have progressed over the past five years. The album also contains the videos for Main Offender, Hate To Say I Told You So, a.k.a I-D-I-O-T and Die, All Right! which means the audio bit of the CD is only 30 minutes long so not entirely perfect! Finally, they ARE my new favourite band!!

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                • Ferrari Racing Team / Discussion / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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                  • "Too politically powerful in Formula 1"

                  They should be pulled up for unsporting behaviour. - Advantages: Steeped in tradition, Good tactical planning in a 'fair' situation - Disadvantages: Give there number 2 no chance, Blatanty bend the rules, Too politically powerful in Formula 1

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                • Student Accommodation / Discussion / 1 Reading / 12 Ratings
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                  When you start university, there is very little option but plump for a place in a hall as in all honesty, it is easier than searching for a house in a place that you barely know! Speaking to friends that like me have only just started university, halls are the best way of making great new friends in the first few weeks. After a while though, the way of life, especially in catered halls seems to get very monotonous. When choosing your accommodation for your first year, you need a clear list of the type of place that you want to live in. Typical criteria are whether you want to be catered or self-catered. Also, location of your hall in relation to your department and also the town centre shops, especially if you decide that you want to go self-catered. Be prepared to make compromises as well because there may not be a hall that caters for your every whim and also, your 1st choice preference for hall will probably be most other peoples as well for various reasons. For example, I didn't want to be in shared accommodation for fairly obvious reasons but the fact is, you have no choice but to at least get on with the person that you share with. Some people in single rooms seem to get very secluded and never seem to leave their room very often. Once all that rigmarole is over, you then have to think about your living arrangements for the next year. At Loughborough, this seems to be typically just before Christmas and no doubt is the same at most other universities. Places in some halls can be very scarce because all the prospective students want them so if you end up in one of those sorts of halls, you do not have a great deal of choice other than to move out into a house. If you are in not such a popular hall, the more chance you have of successfully reapplying for the next year. Certain things will of course act in your favour, especially if you are an international student or a member of the hall committee. If you don'
                  t want to reapply for hall for whatever reason and want to rent a house, you have to act quickly to get the best houses. Again, a key factor is location of the house with relation to your department and town because you will have very little choice but be self-catered (unless you get a part-time job in a restaurant!). It is always an idea on Open Days to have a look round "Students Ville" just to see the sort of area that you could be living in throughout most of your university life, after all, you have to be happy with where you are living to get the best out of your course. For someone who is just starting out at university, it is daunting, but not as bad as it first may seem. You just have to be on your toes and thinking a year ahead. Also, talk to people in the years above you for their advice because they will have been there and done that and are the people most experienced to help you come to your decision. Talk it over with your mates after the first four or five weeks of the year to see what they want to do. Deciding about your accommodation in the second year is not something you can do properly on your own.

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                    Riggwelter is a good old fashioned English Ales brewed at the Masham brewery deep in the Yorkshire Dales. The name comes from the old the old Norse, "Rygg" shoulder and "Velte" to overturn. So, when a sheep falls over and is unable to get up of it's own accord, it was known by the farmers to have rigged or been riggwelted. Drink too much and you will feel the same with an alcoholic content of 5.7%! It is a really dark colour with a very white head. You can really taste the alcohol in it and only after one bottle, you can certainly feel it! Quoting the Black Sheep Brewery website, it has hints of coffee, liquorice and banana flavours and the aroma of fresh coffee. I can certainly agree with that but it is one of those tastes that you will either like or dislike. If you are into proper brewed English beers and ales, then the chances are you will like it, otherwise, it may be a bit of a waste of money. At under £2 for a 500ml bottle from most supermarkets, I would say that it does make good value for money. It is also available in selected pubs throughout the North of England.

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                    • Sauber / Discussion / 0 Readings / 7 Ratings
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                      Before the 2001 season started, Peter Sauber was put under fire for recruiting Kimi Raikkonen, a guy who had only ever competed in 23 car races. Also, people were unsure of his team-mate Nick Heidfeld after his debut year in a dire Prost car. Being based away from the all the other construtors in Switzerland, it was easier for them to produce a car away from the glare of the English and Italian teams and the car that they produced surprised many with both drivers scoring points in the first race in Australia and Heidfeld making the podium in Brazil. The doubters then said that they would fall away through the rest of the season through lack of development because of finances and the improvement in reliability of other teams. This happened, mainly through the improvement of the Michelin tyres used by many of the other of the midfield teams but even so, by the end of the season, they were the "best of the rest" behind the race winning Ferrari, McLaren and Williams cars. 2002 will be much of the same in my opinion. They will be racing an evolution of last years car with last years Ferrari engine. Provided that they keep their reliability and development programme to track, there is nothing to say that they will not pick up any podium positions this season. All it will take is a wet race (like Heidfeld's podium in Brazil last season) or reliability problems over the first part of the season in the front running cars. With Nick Heidfeld, they have a very experienced Formula 1 driver having tested for McLaren in the past. Now Raikkonen has been signed for McLaren, Felipe Massa is another relitavely unproven driver. Reports say that he has matched Raikkonen's performence in testing but it is race weekend performance that counts in this sport. The structure of the team is very strong. Peter Sauber is a very experienced businessman who will eventually come up with a new sponsorship deal having lost Red Bull to Arrows.
                      Willy Rampf as technical director was instrumental in the teams performance last season although he was (and still is) a relitavely unknown person in the pit-lane. It is a small, close knit operation which, if it runs smoothly, will run well. If, like what has happened to the Prost team, things start to go wrong, they will go wrong in a big way and they could find themselves at the back of the grid. I do hope that Sauber can build on their performance of last season. With a similar driver line-up to last season, they shouldn't go far wrong. If they can keep on continually improve their car thought they season, then they stand a good chance of being "best of the rest" again. The only barometer of that is how well they get on in the first couple of races this year. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

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                      • Bars & Entertainment / University / 0 Readings / 12 Ratings
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                        At Loughborough University, you are never short of a decent night out at the Union. There is something to suit everyone's taste and is a great way for freshers to meet new people and to get used to the average Loughbrough University students lifestyle. Monday ------ The week starts off with Shananagans. This is the games night. In the audotorium, there is Giant Connect-4 and Giant Jenga. There is also a round of Bingo with cash and beer prizes. There is a PS2 and an N64 set up as well for people to play on with a small variety of games to choose from. The centrepiece of the games is Pi*ster, which to be quite honest is just a game of Twister. It is always fun to watch when people have had a few. Alcoholwise, a wide range of cocktails are served at the bar. Entry is free and it is one of the quieter nights. Tuesday ------- Tuesday night is Stupid Tuesday night. As it is advertised "A pint, a bottle and a Vodka for £2.50 with free entry, we must be stupid!". That just about sums it up. The music is mainly of the cheesy variety but when you've had a few, does it really matter? Wednesday --------- Wednesday night is Hey Ewe, the Athletics Union night. It is where the sports men and women go after they have (usually) won their BUSA game. They are themed nights with examples being foam parties and Bog Racing. If you get a Hey Ewe card at the start of term for £1, you can also get certain drinks for a pound a time. Entry is £1 with a Hey Ewe card, otherwise, it's £2. It does get very busy but once your in, you don't want to come out. Thursday -------- Live music night. Lots of local bands strutting their stuff looking for that road to fame. When they do make it, at least you can say you saw them before they were famous! Entry is free. Friday ------ Friday Night Disco (FND) is the biggest night of the week. Everyone in the uni seems to conve
                        rge on the union for what is widely regarded as one of the biggest events of its kind in the country. Every week, there is a guest DJ spinning the tunes and occasionally, the club tours like the Ministry of Sound do the night. If you go to the Bocca Bar, from ten, one of the campus radio station's top DJs does a live set which is also very popular but a lot quiter that downstairs! Entry is £2.50 for NUS members before 10pm and £3.50 after, guests are £4.00. The queues for the bars are massive so get a couple of drinks at a time. Saturday -------- Saturday night starts off with the Comedy Club. Again, these comedien(ne)s are looking for that road to fame, just like the live bands on a Thursday. It is a good laugh and helps you forget about that coursework you must do on Sunday! Following that is either the Platform 70s night or Temptation 80s night. These alternate on a weekly basis and fancy dress is very popular! Entry for the night is £3 for NUS members and £4.00 for guests. Sunday ------ Sunday is cinema night. Every Sunday, there are two showings of a top film. One at 5:30 and one at 7:30. Entry is £1 for Flix members otherwise it is £2. It is one of the few cinemas in the country where you are allowed to drink alcohol which is a good thing!! So there is a week in the life of Loughborough Students Union. It is what makes Loughborough one of the most popular universities in the country.

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                        • Network Q Rally / Discussion / 0 Readings / 7 Ratings
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                          It doesn't seem that long ago that the British stage of the World Rally Championship encompassed the whole of the UK. In its old four day format, they would be based in the Midlands and they would have a day in England, a day in the Borders and a couple of days in Wales. To bring the rally more in line with the other stages of the WRC, the British stage was cut to three days and the "Borders" day was taken out. The rally still visited the popular spectator stages of the first day in places like Silverstone and Donington. OK, the drivers weren't too keen on the short fast stages but rallying is essentially a spectator sport. Without the spectators, the sponsors would not pay to have their name splayed across the cars and the money would just become non-existant. Now in the past couple of years and again this year, the rally is concentrated on south Wales. OK, the roads may be better suited for rally driving but it is not the best for people wanting to spectate. They have to rely on semi-decent television coverage which again is detiriorating. I would like to see the old style format reintroduced for the Network Q Rally of Great Britain so that people like you and me can go and watch some of the best drivers in the world do what they do best in some degree of comfort.

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