Hey guys, this weeks track of the week is Arcade Fire – The Suburbs. It is the third third release of their third album by the same name as the single. Gaining high marks from many critics this is an amazing album and even better track!
A brand new show for a brand new year. Although incredibly delayed at posting on the blog here. Woops! So let’s start with an introduction. Flashback is a new show to Monday nights on Storm FM, playing music from the ’60′s right through to now, all mixed in with the random musings of me (Ali) and Robyn. We do take requests so if there’s a specific song you want played get in touch either during the show via the usual Storm methods or beforehand via the Facebook group page, which can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_161694460518431
Now, on to today’s show. We discussed this weekend’s X Factor and the long-awaited departures of both Wagner and Katie Waissel. Robyn and I were both in agreement that despite Wagner being hugely entertaining, it was unfair on him to keep him in the competition any longer as the chances of him selling any records was pretty slim. We also admired Katie, a little, for her graceful exit and not resorting to tears and/or tantrums.
Next up was Robyn’s little I’m a Celeb… update. Now, as mentioned on the show, I haven’t been following I’m a Celeb… as the idea of the “food” they’re made to eat in the challenges makes me feel sick so this was my chance to just sit back and listen for a bit. According to Robyn it’s “not set in a jungle in Essex and really is based in Australia”, she also refused to make much comment on Gillian McKeith’s antics to ensure she stayed on the right side of radio law :). Robyn’s favourite contestant in the jungle is Stacey Solomon, and she admitted to a (slightly embarrassing) crush on Dec (from Ant and Dec fame).
We ended the show with a little teaser for what is to come from our last two shows of the semester. That’s right it’s almost Christmas time, the Coca-Cola truck advert has been on TV and there is 10m high chocolate Christmas tree in a laboratory in Paris. So next week’s main discussion will be “What is your favourite Christmas smell?”. This topic is courtesy of Sally (my sister) and the fact I’ve been becoming slowly addicted to Gingerbread Lattes. So, get your thinking caps on and let us know your favourite Christmas smells either through the Facebook group, by commenting on this blog or by contacting us in the studio next week!
Mondays. 8pm. Be there.
- Fleetwood Mac – The Chain
- Beautiful South – Don’t Marry Her
- Katy Perry – Firework
- Madonna – Like a Prayer
- The Clash – Should I Stay or Should I Go?
- Duran Duran – Rio
- Take That – The Flood
- Pulp – Common People
- The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again
Hey guys, Thats right yet another show. The seventh installment.
Tonights show was very relaxed and calm as between us we’d been very busy and were both quite tired or quiet for one reason or another and that reflected in the show quite alot.
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Storm FM’s track of the week this week is Neon Trees with animals. From their first album Habits, the Californian band are going from strength to strength. Selling well over a million copies of their debut single, it’s definitely worth a listen!
Hey guys. We were back in studio again tonight for our sixth installment this year. Today we chatted about charity in Bangor such as the Children in need event in Bar Uno, Friday 18th and also our efforts for “No Shave November”
Jake also posed you all with the challenge (Now that both cams are working again) to come up with different hair styles for me to wear each weak, excluding shaved.
And of course we also mentioned the Paramore concert and my levels of excitement on the day.
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Wednesday the 10th November saw tens of thousands of students take to the streets in a bid to stop the Government from releasing the cap on Student fees. Ultimately this would mean that many future students would be paying an enormous amount just to put themselves through a mere three years of higher education. Young, old, British and International citizens walked along Horse Guard Avenue in a peaceful protest, intent on being heard. With Bangor students showing the rest of the crowd what we were made of through chants, placards and songs, the protest got off to a successful start. Interviews from people such as the Chair of the Bangor University Labour Party, the President of our SU and other sabbs, a positive outcome was expected. However it was visible that organizers had not planned for such a large amount of people turning up to the event.
Peaceful Protest Chanting
Interview with Rich Gorman
Interview with Labour Society Chair
Interview with Jo Caulfield & Danielle Giles
By the time the we had got to Houses of Parliament it was clearthat nobody was going anywhere fast as it had taken two hours just to walk down the street. It soon became apparent that many students were not walking any further and with many a mile to be travelled back home, universities decided to leave and head back, including Bangor.
President of NUS Wales
Myself and Amy decided to stay and see how things developed or whether the dispersion that was taking place meant that the protest had come to an end. Little did we know it was far from over. As we walked further and further towards the Millbank Tower (Conservative Headquarters) it was clear that something was going on, especially with the dozen police that came storming past. Intrigued we carried on towards the building where we were greeted with many protesters. Waiting to see what would happen, we witnessed more and more people joining onto the mass crowd that had formed until well over a thousand people stood rallying in the courtyard of the Millbank Tower.
Events developed with people starting fires outside the neighboring businesses such as Pizza Express and smashing the windows resulting in many protestors gaining unauthorized access into the tower. The protest had now become a riot. Stewards had started telling people on the pavement opposite the building to move on, however many retaliated by questioning the point of the protest if we were not going to fight to be heard – an opinion that can be both favoured and argued.
With things developing rapidly it was no wonder more police were called in. Rioters on the roof, consisting of students, anarchists and protestors, had managed to get hold of fire extinguishers and began letting them off, with one protestor throwing an empty canister over the side of the roof. The extinguisher hit a police officer and a student causing head injury to both. Footage from news sources allows us to hear other protestors chanting to those on the roof, to stop throwing things down the side of the building. From what we can report two police officers were injured as well as several rioters.
Finally myself and amy were informed that the riot police were getting ready to close off both sides of the road and that if we didn’t want to be involved with their actions, to move along quickly. We chose this opportunity to leave the area but waited just outside to get interviews with those in the courtyard. A couple of these can be heard below.
Throughout the evening and well into the night, police arrested over 50 students and eventually found the person who felt it necessary to throw the fire extinguisher into the crowd. In conclusion it can be claimed that we have not done anything to help our situation. Suggestions that the Government will not be willing to work with us can be partially confirmed with the PM saying that violence will not be tolerated and also by the fact that he is standing by his decision of removing the cap. However Bangor, alongside many other universities will not give up and perhaps many of us will see more peacefulprotests taking place in the near future. Although for now all that remains are the ruins and disdain of what was supposed to be a productive and informative march, something that many students/citizens set out to achieve.
With footage below of the events that took place, questions begin to arise. For example was the anger directed at the wrong place, should we have marched towards both the Lib Dem Headquarters as well as Conservatives? Did the police not do as much as they could have due to thefact that the cuts are affecting them too? Or was it just a protest that was badly organised, and underestimated in numbers? Add you view…
What a show we had last night! Wasn’t too bad at all. We began with a radio quiz I’ve wanted to do for a while but never have done. Maybe there was a good reason for this, make your own mind up on that one by listening to the audio clip below. Thanks a lot to Ali Thomas from “Flash back!” For coming on the show to play the game. You can catch Flashback! Mondays from 8pm.
We talked about the only time Google Street view has ever been used for good and not some sort of voyeurism! When a portly fellow saw himself on his on Street view he was given the incentive to loose weight! Well done Bob! (That was his name).
We also had a phone call from Gladys with her idea of how walking up Glanrafon, aka “Bitch”, hill could be made easier. Her idea was a tad expensive though I don’t think, especially with cuts on the way, that the university could afford to pay for some sort of cable car mechanism.
That was last night’s show, Join me next Monday for more of the same and some top tunes!