Author: seren

Whilst Movember might be a transient dip into facial hair for many, here are some professionals who are committed to their whiskers, and as a result leave our sense of masculinity all shredded and girly. Nick Cave Singer and frontman for the Bad Seeds and Grinderman. Sports a southward-stretching vintage horseshoe moustache. Bourbon stained with hints of smoke and gunpowder, begging for a complementary Stetson. Not quite redneck, but instead elegant with a sultry allure- has probably destroyed many a happy marriage. Most Fitting Track: ‘Stagger Lee’ Frank Zappa Eccentric musician and singer known for his satirical lyrics and unique…

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Introducing the club who won Spirit of the Year 2012 at last year’s AU Dinner…. BULC – Bangor University Lacrosse Club! We’re a fun-loving, hard fighting, worm doing and a friendly, close-knit team. There are 9 enthusiastic and hardworking committee members who look after the club and make sure every club member is acknowledged, respected and made to feel welcome. BULC promotes fun, friendliness and fitness. The Lacrosse club trains 3 times a week, with one of those sessions being dedicated wholeheartedly to fitness. As well as these 3 training sessions the club also meets up every Wednesday night without…

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Bangor Business Society’s main aim is to unite students within the business school, from all years and all courses and to provide them with support, as well as social and academic events for them to enjoy and benefit from.  This year’s committee consists of 5 enthusiastic and hardworking individuals who are willing to put 100% in to make this academic year a successful one. So far we have been involved in Serendipity, the annual activities fair, promoting ourselves and meeting a lot of our members; meet and greet socials, including our BBS Quiz which proved a huge success with prizes…

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They’ve led the Union through the ups and downs we’ve faced; the move from the old building, the introduction of £9k fees and the loss of the trading company. It’s fair to say that they’ve faced a lot, but students in Bangor face a stronger future than any other in Wales because of their hard work. One of the strongest course rep systems, an Athletic Union and Societies Department bigger and better than ever, and millions more from the University into students lives. As they head off into the real world, let’s take a look at the great work that they’ve done in their time here…  Jo…

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Minecraft society (MOBS) is a brand new society dedicated to players of the game Minecraft. For you gamer-types it’s really just a limitless sandbox to run around in but for those unfamiliar with gaming it’s essentially LEGO on a infinite scale with monsters (known as Mobs!) and explosives. This is all playable in multiplayer or single player  environments with no limitations with the cherry on top being that there is a ridiculously huge modding, or personalisation, community. My personal favourite is the Pokemon mod where you can catch and level them up and I believe someone has already built a…

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Last year’s Summer Ball brought us Stooshe just as they were starting their rise to pop stardom. Their official debut single ‘Love Me’ recently went top 5 in the UK, but which American superstar was featured on the track? A) Travie McCoy B) Travie Walkers C) Travie Quavers Send your answer to editor@seren.bangor.ac.uk and you could be in with a chance of winning a Summer Ball ticket. Good luck! Update Deadline for entries is 12th May 2012 at 12pm. The winner will be chosen at random from people that have e-mailed the correct answer by this time. We will then…

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The BBC is currently running a food series, fronted by food critic Giles Coren, called Our Food. In the second episode, Coren and his investigative team travelled to North Wales, covering Welsh mountain sheep, the black cattle of Anglesey and mussels farmed on the shore of the Menai Straits. Inspired, I decided to do some researching of my own. North Wales is pregnant with good ingredients and food heroes tirelessly working the rich yet rugged land of Snowdonia and its surrounding areas. I started my search in Anglesey and the heroic efforts of men who made the 550 mile round…

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As I’m sat here eating a packet of Space Raiders, for the first time in ages, I’ve decided something: the 90s were, when all is said and done, a particularly peculiar decade. With this review I’m going to take a look back at some of events that I think shaped the final ten years of the 20th Century; from the toys that defined our childhood to the pop culture that brought about a new age of music and TV. Bursting with colour, mainly vibrant, those years were, for many of us, as formative as reading a Roald Dahl book. For…

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Anthony Horowitz in ‘The House of Silk’ gives us a brand new Sherlock Holmes adventure that attempts to be true to the Conan Doyle originals. We return once more to Victorian London, following Holmes and Watson as they investigate theft, murder and the mysterious House of Silk. Along the way we meet many familiar characters such as Inspector Lestrade and Mycroft Holmes. Somehow I’ve managed to get this far in life without ever actually reading a Sherlock Holmes story. Despite this I feel very familiar with the characters from being a big fan of the TV series ‘Sherlock’, BBC’s retake…

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Sherlock was amazing, literally amazing! (Only mild spoilers from episodes 1 and 2) Episode 1: A Scandal in Belgravia This episode started off in a most bizarre way; it answers the cliff-hanger at the end of Series 1 where Moriaty, Sherlock and Watson are left at a stand-off. The rest of the episode concerns the investigation of one Irene Adler. What is needed now is a counter argument to the anti-feminist judgment. It is true that in the book Irene Adler is the only person who ever beats Sherlock Holmes, because she is genuinely more clever than he is; where…

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1. University is the best time To start a business. Test out your new ideas on the large group of peers available and if you’re receiving funding or working part-time don’t worry if your ideas don’t pay the bills straight away. University is the best time To start a business. Test out your new ideas on the large group of peers available and if you’re receiving funding or working part-time don’t worry if your ideas don’t pay the bills straight away. 2. Join the Bangor University Business and Enterprise Society (BUBES!). You can socialise with like-minded people, attend trips to large enterprises…

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Marley was dead: to begin with. What other opening line conjures up that ebullient festive feeling that comes from the eerie mid-winter tale that is A Christmas Carol? Possibly the most well-known and retold Christmas story of all time, second only to the Nativity, Dickens’ short work is the perfect little read for the crisp nights leading up to the 25th. Have any of you actually ever read it though? The reason everyone knows the story so well is because the adaptations of it have been so prolific and, unlike other books, faithful. After all, who doesn’t know and love A Muppet’s…

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This year the Seren team went out specially to find out how you students can decorate for Christmas at a low cost and without creating fire hazards. We even found out how you can make your own decorations to add a personal touch without sacrificing the week’s food bill! Tesco Value Trees For just 90p you can be the proud, proud owner of one of these delights! They are packaged as one strip of green but the branches do fold out, even if Seren’s editor doubts it! It may look a little spindly and lonely but with the right amount…

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Rescue operations to be handled by civilian contractors It was announced recently that the UK’s Search and Rescue Operations would be taken over by civilian contractors, with the RAF and Royal Navy no longer playing a role. This announcement was made after a first attempt to make the change had to be abandoned after irregularities were reported in the bidding process. The first contracts are expected to be awarded in 2013, with the Transport Secretary Justine Greening claiming that the move would allow the military to focus on front line activities. This announcement is one that has left a pit…

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This issue of Seren has made it to… FINLAND…which is 1299 miles away from Bangor! This issue Seren has travelled all the way to Finland! Timothy Jacobson travelled there and has sent us this picture to prove it. Congratulations Timothy you have been entered into the draw to win a meal for two! Finland is a Nordic country situated in the Fennoscandian region of north-eastern Europe. It is bordered by Sweden in the west, Norway in the north and Russia in the east. The native languages of Finland are Finnish and Swedish and the capital is Helsinki, where five million of…

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With the news this week that Yates’s was closed for refurbishment, Seren went down to check out exactly what would be changing, when it would be reopening and what deals we can expect before Christmas and in the new year. It had been a little while since I last graced Yates and aside from the general décor, quite a lot had changed. Firstly the menu had undergone a bit of a revamp and there appeared to be much more variety than on previous visits. The staff were very pleasant and cheerful, but most of all Yates’s was heaving. Despite having…

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