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Was it poor marketing by Pontio or the apathy of students that caused the R1 night to be cancelled? So, this article was intended to be a review of the Nick Grimshaw night that was to be hosted by the highly controversial, vastly criticised and all-round success that is Pontio (sarcasm warning). However, due to what those in charge called an unexpected lack of interest, the night was unfortunately cancelled and handed over to the apparently more capable hands of Northampton University. But were the students really to blame or did the fault lie with Pontio’s marketing? Let’s discuss –…

This debate occurred on Tuesday 31st of January at 7.00 in MALT. One quick point, congratulations to Martin Ellis Parry for the preparation and event management work that went into making this debate possible. Congratulations to AGOR-A for putting on a debate that didn’t encounter any silence from the audience when they were requested to ask questions. There were four people on the panel; Rev. John Butler, Professor Stephen Jay Stern, Ann Farr and Michael Brodsky from the Israeli Embassy and the Chairman, Jochen Eisentraut. The debate lasted an hour and a half with quite a few questions asked from…

Insurers have recently announced that upon renewal of their contract with the government next year that they may consider not insuring houses that are at a high flood risk. For some time now insurers have had an agreement with the government guaranteeing homeowners in such vulnerable areas protection against flooding, but a recent influx in flood related claims has seen insurers paying out more than they feel comfortable with. Such change in legislation could result in a plethora of complications from people not being able to obtain mortgages because they cannot get home insurance, to people moving out…

From Bangor Students’ Union to wider student movement; why you should mark your x on the ballot paper It may not have the glamour of the the American Presidential elections, but the next three months will see the leaders of the student movement in Bangor, Wales and the UK elected. These are, you will know, interesting and complicated times for students across the UK, and I wanted to take this chance to explain why I believe that it is vital that as many students as possible use whatever chance they have to make sure they have the right people leading…

Every day as the Leveson enquiry unfolds, we become more shocked and appalled at the inexcusable behaviour of the spotlighted media hounds. This week alone the papers pulled our heart strings when we read ‘She’s Alive’, the headline that depicted the sense of false hope and relief felt by the Dowlers when journalists hacked schoolgirl Milly Dowler’s voicemail. J.K Rowling spoke out about the horror of finding a note from a journalist in the school bag of her five year old daughter, and Sienna Miller told us how she had doubted family and was forced to mistrust her friends. We…

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…

Joey talks Christmas values and the hideous Littlewoods advert… At the time of writing (late November), I find it only just about acceptable to begin talking about Christmas. Every year, it seems that Christmas preparations begin earlier and earlier. It’s hard enough when you see adverts for ‘Christmas 2011’ on Boxing Day 2010, but when shops are putting up displays and setting out cards in September, then you know something’s going a little awry. Christmas is no longer about family. Regardless of whether you see the festive season as it was meant to be seen, as a celebration of the…

Jez looks at the reasons that people all over the world are taking to the streets and making their voices heard If 2010 was a year that will be remembered for the Coalition turning politics on its head, then 2011 should be remembered as the year where the establishment were challenged. Not, of course, by the Coalition Government, but by ordinary people (and in some cases enraged celebrities) taking a stand against what some see as “morally repulsive” inequality (Brendan Barber, General Secretary of the TUC). The start of the year was dominated by the phone hacking scandal and the…

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