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Weathervane

The Storm’s Sonnet

Fourteen lines rotate like a weather vane

Ciutadella Park

Ciutadella Park

In the corner, across from the fountain, sits Peter Proma

Gesture

Gesture

Nothing is spoken

Nameless birds, thrushes maybe – blue-tits, swallows

Holiday

And dry toast, and hardbook books

Craven

Craven

The cotton mill roar in his voice

Sunset strip

Our Own Sunset Strip

This is Manchester

Egg

My Life in Bastard Japanese

Each day opens slowly | but the nights are folded up | and concentrated.

Slipped in through the bricks

On Sunday Night

On Sunday night we howl

Stormy Fish and Chips

A Storm

“Fuck off, I don’t want to get worms!”

Keep us away from “disapproving” feminists at student fair, asks MENS society

A society which deals with male health and social issues made a request not to be placed near a number of left wing and feminist groups during last month’s student fair, it has emerged.

The Masculinity Exploration Networking and Support (MENS) society feared they would be disturbed by members of feminist, communist and socialist societies on other stalls if placed too close to them.

The MENS society was formed last year amidst extensive debate over their aims and purposes, with some accusing the latent group of sexism.

Gareth Morris, the society’s Chair, said, “The MENS society did ask to be allocated a stall away from other societies – to wit Communist Students, the Socialist Workers’ Party, the Riveters and New Student Writing. The reasoning for this was very simple; in the past, certain members from these groups (though by no means all of them) have disapproved of the activities of the MENS society.

John Rylands Library

Geology students given answer sheets during exam

Students were handed out exam papers with answers attached to the back during a geology exam last month.

Geology students sitting a second-year Geophysical Techniques exam were free to use the answer sheets for around half of the test before invigilators were made aware of the mistake.

The exam will now be made void and senior staff members say they are looking for “a solution that is both academically robust and as fair as possible on the students.”

Jail for rapist who attacked student in Halls of Residence

A man was handed a life sentence after being convicted of raping a student at knifepoint. The rape occurred in a Rusholme halls of residence after the man broke in through an open window.

Paul Atta, 41, of Roberts Avenue, Rusholme, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Wednesday 12 January 2011. Atta was convicted of two counts of rape, one of assault causing actually bodily harm, two counts of burglary and two counts of fraud by false representation. He will serve a minimum of 12 years before being considered for parole.

Atta broke into a Halls of Residence on Lower Park Road in Rusholme in the early hours of Monday 19 July 2010, and entered a 19-year-old woman’s bedroom. He demanded a laptop, and threatened the victim with a knife before raping her twice. Atta then forced the victim to hand over her bankcard and pin number, which he used to withdraw cash from a nearby petrol station later that day.