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Monthly Archives: December 2010

David Willetts MP Minister for Science and Universities at University of Birmingham where he made his first keynote speech.

Coalition help for poorer students ahead of Commons vote

The coalition government proposed to help pay the cost of tuition fees for some of the country’s poorest students ahead of the tuition fee vote last week.


So how did they vote?

After much agonising we now know how each Liberal Democrat MP cast their deciding vote during last Thursday’s crucial debate. As expected, every Lib Dem at the centre of government, including Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Business Secretary Vince Cable voted for the rise.

One theory is that active left-wing students tend to smoke, so are less inclined to take action

Do student ethics go up in smoke when it comes to tobacco companies?

The National Union of Students has a £5.5m tobacco habit, is this why students don’t campaign against cigarette companies?


Album: Yann Tiersen – Dust Lane

He’s probably the most successful composer you’ve never heard of, but having written stunning soundtracks to films like Amelie and Goodbye Lenin!, this French multi-instrumentalist’s pedigree is assured.

Academics protest

Academic staff fills ranks to march on eve of Commons vote

Up to 500 students and activists marched in Manchester against the government’s proposed rise in tuition fees last Wednesday. The march took place on the eve of the House of Commons vote, which saw an increase in fees by a majority of 21 votes.

Manchester Literature Festival- Magma Poetry

Two very different poets introduced Magma to the Manchester Literature Festival, giving the audience an extraordinary display of the talent and skill, which lines the…

Manchester Literature Festival- Face 2 Face with Heidi Thomas

Thomas is an award winning script writer for both television and stage. She has done a prolific amount of screen writing based on book adaptations…

Manchester Literature Festival 2010- Bewilderbliss and Corridor 8

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Sea Monsters on the Devonshire Coast- Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters is Ben H. Winters’ imaginative parody of Jane Austen’s nineteenth century classic.

Zombies Ravage Hertfordshire- Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

A blend of comedy, romance, thrilling swordfights and contemporary horror

18th Century Gothic Horror- The Castle of Otranto

Everything you would expect to find in an early piece of Gothic writing is there

Deadly Seducers- Dead Until Dark

To add to the stress of a human-vampire relationship and the perils that befall it, there is a murderer on the loose and his pattern is “fang-bangers”