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We see no reason, why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot! This is a rhyme that has immortalized Guy Fawkes’ attempt to blow up parliament in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Every year, we celebrate bonfire night with fireworks, sparklers and majestic displays. With many forgetting the story behind it. The Gunpowder Plot was a plan to blow up the House of Lords during the State Opening of Parliament on the November 5th1605. The 17th Century was a time period that saw a lot of Catholic persecution, the aim on the Gunpowder Plot, which was organised by Robert Catesby was…

Fact or fiction? Mere pranking, or genuine harassment coming to our streets? These are some of the questions the student population of Bangor are asking themselves following the revelation of a mysterious figure known only as the ‘Fishman’. Whether or not the Fishman is an elaborate student prank, or someone who genuinely feels that there is “a serious lack of Omega 3” in our diets as stated in an alleged post by the Fishman on the popular student confession site ‘Bangfess III’, over the past week reports have been coming from all over the town with stories of fish being…

70 years before the Brexit referendum, Winston Churchill called for the unity of Europe It’s the 19th September 1946. Noise level rises as Winston Churchill steps up to the podium of the assembly hall at the University of Zurich. “I wish to speak to you today about the tragedy of Europe”, he begins his speech. “What is the plight to which Europe has been reduced? Some of the smaller states have indeed made a good recovery, but over wide areas a vast quivering mass of tormented, hungry, care-worn and bewildered human beings gape at the ruins of their cities and…

Writing slates appear unspectacular and boring. But the small black tablet was an important factor in the educational reforms of the 19th century: The medium of the Enlightenment. In the 19th century, Welsh industry was heavily relying on slate extraction. Wales became the world’s most important supplier of slate. What appears like a rather unspectacular material has had a major influence not only on the Welsh landscape, which was changed through slate extraction, but also on modern education systems. Years ago – before notebooks and tablets made their way into the classroom – writing slates were the common medium for…

We’ve talked with some Sabbatical Officers about the latest Students’ Union news. 2019 National Student Survey This week, Undeb Bangor was voted top SU in Wales in the 2019 National Student Survey for ‘representing students’ academic interests’. Mark Barrow, President and previous VP for Education, said: “I think that’s just a thing that the academic side of the Students’ Union is getting the credit and recognition that it deserves.” “It’s something we can push on forward.” Harry Riley, current VP for Education, said it highlights the great work of course reps. Stance on ‘No Deal Brexit’ Undeb has also released…

By Jamie King “There’s no keys to hold between her fingers. There’s no friend to call to make sure you get home alright. There’s no silenced headphones or self defence classes. We are at his mercy, weakened by lack of food, sleep and sunlight. We are the wilted flowers, the gardener’s hand lingers above ready to pull us from the ground.” In the exact centre of the worst nightmare of anyone who’s walked a dark street alone with a hundred Netflix serial killer shows spinning in their head, or a hundred Disney princesses snatched away and locked in towers –…

Great work from the 5 Rugby League lads representing Bangor in the North vs South game winning 24-12, with Corie Shorrock and Dafydd Jones both crossing the line to score! Hopefully all 5 get picked for the Welsh Student squad. The North beat the South 24-12 in a tough Student Rugby League encounter in Monmouth on Sunday where the conditions had a big effect on the outcome of the game. Rain fell for the best part of a day before kick-off and whilst it was dry for most of the 80 minutes, the muddy surface made it difficult for both…

Titled A Jewish History of Bangor, the exhibition and map celebrate the presence of Jews in Bangor from medieval times to the Second World War (and beyond). The launch will take place at the ‘Bangor Arts Initiative’ Gallery in the Deiniol Shopping Centre, Bangor High Street, from 2-4pm on Sunday 17th March. All are welcome and it’s free. There will be short introductions by project supervisor, Professor Nathan Abrams of the School of Music and Media at Bangor University, and Gareth Roberts of The Menter Fachwen Walk and Discover Project who assisted with the creation of the map. Local residents…

Ex Bangor student Chrystal Williams headed to Lithuania to represent Team GB for the last time as a junior and to defend her title as European Champion. She didn’t fail to disappoint, winning gold for Great Britain and retaining her title as European Champion. The competition could not have been closer and it all literally came down to the very last lift. Chrystal, being the warrior she is gave it everything she possible could, with the heart of a lion and amazing support, she used every last ounce of energy and strength she had left to match her own personal…

You may have heard about Big White Wall, you may not have heard about it. You may have heard about it and thought that this is not for you because your mental health isn’t ‘concerning enough’ for Big White Wall or that you don’t need any help because it will ‘just pass’. We’re here to tell you that Big White Wall is here for all Bangor Students that need any help with their mental health, big or small. People come to Big White Wall for help with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues – from anxiety, depression,…

The first student drama show of the year, Shakers Re-stirred (written by John Godber and Jane Thornton) brought back the casual and fun nature of student shows to the JP stage, a daring take on the world of cocktail bars, with actors both old and new, provided by Rostra. This cocktail bar comedy featured, well, a cocktail bar manned by four slightly eccentric bartenders visited by slightly more eccentric guests, some seeking to be intoxicated, some already intoxicated, some on a date, some seeking a date, all in red-tinted décor and lights, with occasional music usually heard, well, in cocktail…

By Oli Hewson Bangor University has a Natural History Museum. This will be news to many of you, I’m sure, seeing as it has somehow remained a secret to me for almost three years at this institution. This may be partly down to the fact that admission to The Brambell Natural History Museum (no prizes for guessing where it is… Psst! It’s in The Brambell Building – sort of opposite Asda) is generally restricted to students of Natural Sciences at the University and rarely open to the public. When it is, however, it fills. Saturday 3rd was the weekend of…

Bangor’s first ever food festival, which took place on Sunday 30th September, shed light onto the culinary artists close to home. With over 15 different food stands, a cocktail garden, and live performances on stage, we were quite frankly blown away. This excellent bonanza was put together and raised all the spirits of the otherwise boring, hungover Sundays. Open to all members of the community, it welcomed students and locals to come together and socialise in a means that isn’t a noise complaint. As soon as we approached Bangor High Street, our nostrils were overwhelmed with the amount of flavours…

Here is a look ahead at some of the biggest games that will be coming out during the next academic year, up to exam season. September: Marvel’s Spider-Man (PS4 – 16) In his latest game, the friendly neighbourhood superhero has been around for eight years. In this outing, Peter Parker has the entirety of Manhattan to explore, which opens the game up to many different activities for the players, from fighting crime to photography. The scale of the game is important as he investigates a mystery that brings up comic book characters and rogues that span the whole of…

Review written 12/05/2018. A bit Baby Driver, a bit A Clockwork Orange in the protagonist, a little bit Scorsese, smatterings of Tarantino, but make no mistake, Luis Ortega’s The Angel is an absolute breath of fresh air. Stylish, slick, and with a soundtrack to die for – almost literally – crime never looked so cool. Newcomer Lorenzo Ferro takes on the role of “The Angel” – Carlos Robledo Puch – the real-life teenage serial killer, rapist, thief, and arsonist who sent shockwaves around the world 40 years ago, a real life Dorian Gray if ever there were one and all…

Universities across the UK will be hit with another 14 days of strikes around exam time if the pensions dispute is not resolved. Sixty-five institutions face another wave of strikes as members of the University and College Union (UCU) keep up the pressure on universities to sort the row over changes to their pensions. The union’s higher education committee (HEC) met today (Thursday) and sanctioned another 14 days of strikes, if necessary, designed to hit the exam and assessment periods between April and June. UCU said it would now gather information on when the 14 days of action would be…

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