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A local tattoo studio has become an award winning studio over night.Ben Ormerod and Kev Heath, of The Rogues Gallery, attended the East Coast Tattoo Convention in Essex this month and came away with both first and second place in the best small, black and grey tattoo category.Jess Hughes, the studio’s manager and resident piercer, said: “We are thrilled that before we have even reached our 6 month opening anniversary that our artists and studio have received such recognition and become a multi award-winning studio.” The studio opened in June 2012 when Ms. Hughes and Mr. Ormerod teamed up with…

A 50ft sign injured a teenage girl on Monday 26 November after it was dismantled by heavy wind.The girl, who has not been named, was trapped under the B&M sign until emergency services arrived.The victim suffered injuries to both her lower back as well as her nose and was immediately taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd. The seriousness of her injuries has not been confirmed. B&M’s sign also damaged several cars parked in the store’s disabled parking spaces.B&M Regional Manager John Trubshaw told the BBC: “Some cars were damaged and I understand a lady was trapped but the police have told us…

A number of Bangor University students have revealed that they were asked to leave Embassy nightclub last year. The students were approached by security in what they described as homophobic related incidents. A 19-year-old music student said she was approached whilst kissing another female. She was told to stop what she was doing as it wasn’t allowed. The same student also witnessed a homosexual friend, on a separate occasion, being told directly by a bouncer to “Leave before something was done about it.” “I was told stop or you’ll have to leave” said Amelia Anderson, a Bangor…

The new Asda Bangor store is keen to give students exactly what they need. The store, situated at the old Bangor City FC site on Farrar Road, is reaching out to the students of Bangor for help. “If the students could help us by telling us what we haven’t got enough of then we can sort that out. We know pizzas, energy drinks and pasta are popular at the moment.” said Sally Blake, the General Store Manager. Already the store is looking ahead to how it can provide students with what they need when it comes to big student events.…

A gang of four men have been sentenced to a total of seven years in jail for a spate of robberies from cars in rural areas around Caernarfon. In a case presided over by Judge Rhys Rowlands at Mold Crown Court, the four men were accused of stealing various electronics and valuables from parked cars in the Bethel, Deiniolen and Llanrug areas. The operation occurred over a two night period earlier this year, accessing 14 cars in the area and collecting items of value from the glove compartments. The men were jailed for conspiracy to steal from cars, a sentencing…

On November 14th 2012, forty-one individuals will become police and crime commissioners after pitching their vision for cleaning up the streets of England and Wales (excluding London, where Boris Johnson has taken on the role and duties of the Police and Crime Commissioner). The Chief Constable of each of these forces will no longer be answerable to the Home Secretary, but to their PCC who, in turn, will be answerable to the electorate when the elections come around again. If there is a complaint against a PCC, then it would be taken up with the Home Secretary. There hasn’t been…

Pontio is the company behind the Arts & Innovation centre due to be built in Bangor. According to their original schedule, we should be writing this article from inside Pontio right now, however, major set-backs have forced the site to remain a bed of rubble. In wake of the recent crane appearance at the building’s location, our editor, LJ Taylor, thought it a good time to have a catch-up with our old friends at Pontio. Interview with Elen ap Robert Elan ap Robert became Pontio’s first Artistic Director in April. Her role largely centres around developing and putting on a…

A Bangor University music student has won the Bryn Terfel Scholarship, defeating six talented performers at the Urdd Gobaith Cymru Youth Competition broadcasted live on S4C. Huw Ynyr Evans from Rhydymain near Dolgellau was presented the scholarship, worth £4,000, by Bryn Terfel. The music student said, “It was a bit scary knowing it was live and my mates at home were saying they were all watching, the pressure was on.” Huw won his chance to perform in the final concert at Theatr y Stiwt, Rhosllanerchrugog, on Sunday 14th October by winning the Cerdd Dant and the Solo Under-25 competitions in…

On Friday 12th October many members of staff and administrators from the College of Arts and Humanities gathered in the Council Chamber to witness the launch of the new School of Philosophy and Religion at Bangor University. Members of the council were invited to the event and the Vice Chancellor was happy to welcome everyone who had been able to attend. The head of the new school, Dr Eryl W Davies, claims that the school is being built from ‘sturdy foundations’, even though it is a fairly new initiative. He believes this because religion has been taught at Bangor, in…

Local business Crumbs Salad Sandwich Bar digs itself down for another year facing big brand companies now that students have settled back into Bangor. The sandwich bar, situated on the high street next to charity shop Oxfam, has already been running for 12 strong years under the ownership of the Thomas family. However, despite being a healthier and cheaper choice, Crumbs has faced a dip in sales over the past few years due to the presence of larger franchises such as Greggs and Subways. Speaking to the owner, Stephanie Thomas, and her husband David, she tells Seren how people are…

North Wales Police are currently appealing for any information regarding a fire which has killed a mother and three children in a first floor flat in Prestatyn. Charlie Timbrell, 15 months, became the fourth victim of the fire, dying of his injuries at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital on Sunday the 21st October. His mother Lee-Anna Shiers, 20 and cousins Bailey Allen, four, and two year-old Skye Allen were pronounced dead at the scene of the blaze in the Maes y Groes area of the Denbighshire seaside town. Stephen Allen and his fiancee, Jonty Lewis, spoke of how Skye and…

A new savings programme will force Bangor University to rethink their internal structure. The proposed three-year plan will see saving strategies brought into place to counter a projected £5 million shortfall. The University have set up a team to analyse and identify departments which could be made more cost effective and efficient. This comes after the Higher Education Funding Council of Wales announced cuts to the subsidiaries they provide to students’ tuition fees. David Learmont, Director of Business Improvement at the University, will be overseeing the ‘programme of change’. “Its an opportunity to reflect on how we currently operate, a…

”Where are you from?” This is the question I usually run into every time I meet a new person these days. During Fresher’s week I met more people than I have in all my life and that’s usually the question that follows after exchanging names and degrees. Where am I from. It’s the accent. Gives me away every time. I don’t mind people asking though. It’s considerate of them to ask. I’m not just classified as foreigner. Either people show interest, or they’re just being polite. I don’t really care if it get’s the conversation going. It’s funny though how…

I’ve spent the summer doing my absolute best to avoid the startling problems that have become evident with my dissertation, by spending an awful lot of time watching TED videos (www.ted.com – seriously excellent stuff) and reading similarly inspiring books. This has caused me to be uplifted and then crash harder than the diet of vending machine corn syrup snacks I spent most of July living on causes me to. There’s something about finishing a book which really challenges your assumptions, helps sharpen your aim and uplift you that can really, really depress the hell out of you. Something, I…

As a third year now I’ve been a peer guide twice. I believe that peer guiding is one of the extra-curricular activities that has taught me the most during my time at Bangor University. I’ve always thought of myself as quite a loud and extrovert character; no doubt there are people reading this nodding in agreement. During my own Freshers’ Week my peer guides did such a good job that I felt as though we should all be compelled to take up the cudgels in our second year. And so, as my time arrived, I collected my purple t-shirt. My…

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