Islamic society’s feed the homeless campaign

By Noorulann Shahid It’s a chilly evening in Manchester, and I’m waiting with my sister across the road from the Mabel Tylecote building. We are clutching two trays full of warm meat and vegetable pies, and have come to distribute food and drink to some of Manchester’s homeless people. We are here as part of … Continue reading

IMF slashes UK’s growth forecast

By Philip Cockayne The UK’s 2012 and 2013 growth forecasts have been slashed in the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) World Economic Outlook report, which was published at the end of January. The UK’s predicted GDP (Gross Domestic Product) figures have been cut from 1.6% to 0.6% in 2012, and are down from 2.4% to 2% … Continue reading

The battle for US presidency continues

By Ciji Singletary At long last, the list of potential Republican presidential candidates has been whittled down to a manageable number. The final four consist of Ron Paul, the eminently Google-able Rick Santorum, New Gingrich, and, Mister Inevitable himself, Mitt Romney. Realistically, however, out of all four men, we are down to just two viable … Continue reading

From student to suspected terrorist

By Noorulann Shahid I’m standing outside the Mabel Tylecote building to meet former MMU politics graduate, Rizwaan Sabir. Sabir is a human rights campaigner and a PhD student at the University of Bath, where he is researching UK counter-terrorism. I am here, however, to talk about his experiences of being arrested as a suspected terrorist … Continue reading

Shame: The Review

By Ciji Singletary   Shame is a film about sexual addiction. Yes, there is a lot of nudity. And yes, there are more than a few sex scenes. But the most arresting parts of this film are the raw, emotional performances of the cast, not their explicit escapades. This is the second film by the … Continue reading

MUGGS H.M.S Pinafore

  By Samuel Codd   Manchester Universities’ Gilbert and Sullivan Society is the biggest, brightest and most innovative student drama organisation in the north-west.  Having celebrated their 60th anniversary in 2011, they now return to the Royal Northern College of Music, Oxford Road, Manchester in 2012 for their sixth season in the prestigious Opera Theatre … Continue reading

The Lovely Egg: Hopes for 2012

By Tom Gore   Towards the end of last year, Tuesday 6th December to be precise, I saw The Lovely Eggs perform in Manchester on the last gig of one of several UK tours that the hard-working band had done in 2011. Made up of former Angelica lead singer Holly Ross and her husband Dave … Continue reading

Who to Watch in 2012

By Jessica Sophie Lovett   As 2012 begins a new array of stars take to the media spot light in search of the public’s attention. This includes both new and old faces enjoying the attention that fame brings, and finally receiving the recognition they deserve for their talents. The faces of 2012 to watch stretch … Continue reading

The Grey – Dir. Joe Carnahan

By John Holden   There are many things to be learned from the films of Liam Neeson. As Oskar Schindler he taught us that we must not, under any circumstances, kill Jews, be it en-masse or otherwise; in ‘Love Actually’, he taught us how to love, in a heart-warming portrayal of a widowed father and … Continue reading

Quantitative Easing or Counterfeiting Money?

Philip Cockayne We have all heard many allegations throughout the years regarding the threat of the illegal forgery of notes. We’ve also been the suspects on countless occasions as a cashier in a shop has held our given notes to the light to check for the metallic strip running down the centre of a note … Continue reading