Set inside a snowflake, How the Grinch Stole Christmas tells the story of Whoville, a town obsessed with Christmas. Their town is changed when one day Cindy Lou Who decides to invite the Grinch down from Mount Crumpit for the holidays. Whilst everyone around her is in a festive frenzy, she is unsure about the point of Christmas and wants to help someone in need. Despite claiming to hate Christmas and having a heart two sizes too small, even he cannot escape the spirit of the season. Based on the Dr. Seuss book, the story is told in rhyme, with the voice of Anthony Hopkins providing a brilliant sing-song narration. The fantastical scenery of Whoville contrasts with the Grinch's cave, and brings to life a colourful world of wonder and absurdity; full of over-sized candy canes, a Christmas tree as tall as a mountain and toy cars veering around the town. Subtle adult jokes, such as keys being thrown into a bowl, are interspersed with more childish humour so [...]
The Bestival team will host a fundraising gig in honour of those involved in a coach crash returning from Bestival 2012. The crash took place on the A3 on September 10 2012, resulting in the deaths of the driver and two passengers, with 50 injured. On Saturday March 30 at Nation, the benefit will include performances from Liverpool band and DJs, with proceeds going to charity. Rob da Bank said "Bestival HQ and everyone connected to Bestival 2012 were devastated by what happened after our festival... we’ve been working to get an event set up to show some love and hopefully raise lots of money for those affected and their families and we’re pleased it’s in the home town of many of those involved; Liverpool." Tickets will be available later in the year, when the line-up will also be announced.
This evening's Guild Life forum voted overwhelmingly to support a motion that boycotts any future twinning with Haifa University in Israel. The Guild twinned with Birzeit University in Ramallah in December 2011. Maev McDaid, Liverpool Guild of Students President read a letter from students at Birzeit University that urged students not twin with an Israeli institution, claiming that they are "complicit in the occupation" and a twinning would be seen as "legitimising Israeli colonisation and apartheid." Maev proposed a "motion to boycott twinning with Israeli universities." The forum went to speeches for and against the motion. Speeches in support claimed that Haifa had shown "unilateral support" for a system that had perpetrated "violations and war crimes" as well enacting a "curtailment of academic freedoms." Speeches against argued that boycotting a twinning was "actively cutting off the channels of communication" and another proposed a "two states for two [...]
Nominations for the annual Guild Awards will close in one week, and students are encouraged to nominate their favourite societies and lecturers. The awards are “designed to reward those individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty to help students at the University of Liverpool.” Students, staff and lecturers can be nominated in four categories: Guild Life, Society Life, University Life and Liverpool Life. The awards include best society, best society individual, best course representative, outstanding student support, most dedicated Halls Student Committee, student activist and impact on the community. Nominations can be made online here until Friday February 8.
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Good evening everyone! I hope you're all having a lovely Christmas break so far. As a little gift I've included my favourite Christmas song to accompany your reading of today's letter. We've been very festive on the site, with Christmas number one thoughts and reviews of Is this Christmas?, Cinderella, Bridget Jones' Diary, The Great British Bake Off Christmas special, Elf, The Darkness' attempt at Christmas songs. I'm taking time this holiday to enjoy some reading I wouldn't have time for in term. I really enjoyed Alice's book recommendations and Maisie's look at her writer of the week, Roald Dahl. I love it when LSMedia writers seem to have read my mind and written exactly what I'm looking for. If you have book recommendations, send them my way! Elsewhere we've been looking at Joe Strummer, Harry Redknapp, funding for physicists, and the historic city of Malacca. The food section have been making sure you're well fed over the holidays with vegetarian [...]
University of Liverpool Against Fees & Cuts will be holding a general assembly this week to discuss #demo2012 and the next steps. The meeting will take place at 7.30pm in the Training Room at Liverpool Guild of Students. There will be a social afterwards. Discussion questions have been outlined by the group: 1. What were the successes and failings of #demo2012? 2. What next for activism, how can we build on #demo2012. Concrete proposals for future action. 3. How do we relate to the NUS? 4. How healthy was organisation for the demo on our campus? Around 7,000 students march at #demo2012 on Wednesday 21 November, with 300 students from Liverpool among them.
LSMedia caught up with NUS Vice President Society and Citizenship Dannie Grufferty earlier this term to quiz her about #demo2012 and her experiences in Liverpool. Dannie Grufferty was President here at Liverpool Guild of Student from 2008 to 2010 before being elected as one of the NUS national officers in 2010. Her Society and Citizenship role encompasses the impact students have in the wider community, both locally and globally. Campaigning on everything from human rights to the living wage, this zone arguably contributes to the views and attitudes students take once they leave university. "I think I am biased but the Society and Citizenship zone is doing lots of exciting things over the next year so I’m really looking forward to it. "We’ve got a few things we can really get our teeth into like the national demo – I’m actually more excited about the work after that, and some work we’re doing with UKUncut and other groups - some local action which [...]
Today, Wednesday 21 November, students from around the country will march in London during a national demonstration called by the NUS after this year's national conference. Liverpool students have been preparing for several weeks, and are expected to join with those from Hope, John Moores and Edge Hill to make their way to London. Here on LSMedia, writers have shared their thoughts on the demonstration - take a look at 'Why bother marching?' and 'Are high tuition fees such a bad thing?' Read NUS Vice President Society and Citizenship Dannie Grufferty's views here. All information about the route and event can be found on the #demo2012 website. iPhone users can download an app with legal advice and a find your friends feature. To add your voice to a collective social media 'thunderclap' click here. Below you will be able to see, at a glance, all the latest news from London, as well as a Liverpool perspective from the LGoS officers and a look at the NUS [...]
Public outrage has been sparked at the imminent deportation of Cameroonian playwright Lydia Besong, after she was issued with a removal order by the UK Border Agency, along with her husband Bernard Batey, earlier this week. The couple were taken into detention on 10th January, despite still awaiting a decision from the Home Office on a protection claim filed in October 2011. They are being held separately, with Besong at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre, while Batey is at Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre. Persecuted in Cameroon for her involvement in political activities in the country, Besong was imprisoned and raped, and fled in 2006. A letter addressed to Home Secretary, Theresa May, calls for their release "due to the very real serious concerns that Ms Besong and Mr Batey would be at risk of further persecution if removed to Cameroon at this time." It also asserts that "We believe Lydia Besong's courage and creativity in the face of great [...]
Liverpool University Drama Society will this week hold auditions for their upcoming plays. The plays are Fanny and Faggot, Resounding Tinkle, Macbeth and Still Life. Auditions on Tuesday: Fanny and Faggot, 4 - 6.30pm in the Guild Library Resounding Tinkle, 4 - 6pm in the Hub Macbeth, 7.30 - 10pm in the International Lounge Still Life, 7.30 - 10pm in the Training Room Auditions on Wednesday: Fanny and Faggot, 3 - 6pm in the McAusland Resounding Tinkle, 4 - 7.30pm in the Guild Library Macbeth, 8 - 10pm in the Hub Still Life, 8 - 10pm in the Training Room All are welcome to audition. Find them on Facebook here or @LiverpoolDrama
Welcome to the LSMedia & LSFilm Coverage of the 2012 Guild Elections This page brings together all our coverage of the Elections. Throughout the period we will be providing updates in the form of live updates which you can view to the left, we will also be providing articles below and broadcasting live using the feeds below! In addition to our coverage you can also listen to coverage over on LSRadio, or by clicking the LSRadio Player Icon at the top of the page.
It has been announced that four universities will join the Russell Group, which currently represent the 20 best universities for research and teaching in the UK. The four universities are York, Durham, Exeter and Queen Mary, University of London. Michael Arthur, vice-chancellor of University of Leeds and chair of the Russell Group, said: “We are delighted to announce that the Russell Group board has invited four more members to join the group, all of whom have accepted. “Durham, Exeter, Queen Mary and York have demonstrated that - like all other Russell Group members - they excel in research, innovation and education and have a critical mass of research excellence across a wide range of disciplines.” Michael Farthing, chair of the 1994 Group and vice-chancellor of the University of Sussex, said: “It is disappointing that these institutions have decided to leave the 1994 Group, but I wish them well in their new mission group." The Russell Group was [...]