Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Freshers, Varsity and a new schedule

Hello friends, thanks for coming back to this little place my thoughts like to call home. I’ve decided that my blogs really are too sporadic and random these days. You’ll find me pledging more regular posts across the last year but I really want to make as much effort as possible to do regular blogs for you guys! So from now on there will be a new schedule – Wednesdays and Fridays will be new post days, with the possibility of one on a Sunday too (Sundays are so boring).

Anyway, the last few days have been hectic, what with this year’s freshers hitting Staffs Uni for another start up year of madness. It’s been great so far, really great to see them all settling in and having fun. I’ve met quite a few of them, been in halls, been in the LRV and also helped to inform them about Varsity Radio.

Speaking of which, things are getting really good for the station, the building is virtually finished, furnished and filled up with delightful stuff. Next comes the equipment and internet connection, followed by the final major steps of filling in the schedule and getting everyone into the station to meet for a day. Remember, Varsity is YOUR station, so get your ideas into us for what you want on air and also get involved as a Rep or as a presenter/staff member! Email Kris@varsityradio.co.uk for more information.

Speaking of Varsity Staff, I’d like to welcome Millie on board as the new Assistant Reps manager for the station, a good friend and an enthusiastic  fan of what Varsity is all about. Saturday and Monday saw a whole lot of new Reps coming on board with the station, mainly down to Millie’s influence. Bring on the next step of the spoken word campaign!

Lots of new music on the scene for Reno at the moment, I’m really enjoying Muse at the moment but the big new album I’m paying attention to is La Roux’s self titled album, it’s my new contender for Varsity Album of the Year!

Here’s my favourite track from the album…

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Thursday, 10 September 2009

8 years, no justice.



And so it falls upon us once more, for the 8th time we shall look back upon the anniversary of America’s biggest terrorist attack and remember the souls who were caught up in the tragedy, the fire fighters, paramedics and police officers who tried so hard to save lives and lost theirs in the line of duty, the passengers of the planes involved and of course all of their friends and families who have to endure the loss of those people every day – instead of our feeble attempts to try and comprehend once a year. In the media and in the view of the general public, 9/11 is a memory, the past. However, it is almost every day that we hear on the news of new British soldier deaths in Afghanistan, and we should never forget that our troops are there because we were taken there by the events of 9/11. But whatever happened to looking for Bin Laden? Or even looking for Al Qaeda for that matter? Now it’s all about stopping the Taliban and securing the country in order to stop terrorism at home. But what if we were lead into that country, that war (and subsequently Iraq) based on a lie? Some of the 9/11 truth movement have put forward theories I don’t agree with, I’ve discussed that issue in the past before, but I remain a truther. I still believe that there are secrets behind the events of that day and we’re being kept in the dark for the sake of an ex-presidency’s lust for oil, overseas military expansion and other interests. If this is the case, it means that those people who died on that day, who we remember but once a year, died for a lie. And it is that lie which we must face every day.

Pop quiz!

Did you know that the 9/11 commission – which detailed the official events of the terrorist attacks – was given just $15 Million to research and come up with their findings. It was monitored by the White House and had a close friend of Bush overseeing the commission – independency of the report is therefore nullified. It was also capped on time to publish the report.

Did you know that the federal investigation into Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinski was given $60 Million? That’s 4 times the amount of government funding to investigate an office blowjob than to find the source of the terrorism attacks!

Did you know that there are photographs, such as the one below, showing survivors of the initial plane strikes on the WTC standing in the impact holes?


If the fire within was so hot that it softened steel then how could she have survived in this area?

Did you know that WTC tower 7 fell at symmetrical free fall speed at 5pm (local time) on 9/11 – the building was not hit by a plane and took minimal damage from the falling towers compared to the gutted buildings of WTC 5 and 6 which stood standing throughout the cleanup operation and had to be forcefully demolished?

Did you know that during the investigation of the 9/11 commission, Bush and Chaney refused to give testify their accounts of the day in public. Instead, they appeared together, behind closed doors, no press were allowed inside, they were not under oath and any notes taken by the commission had to be checked by White House staff before being allowed to leave? Sound suspicious?

More and more questions remain unanswered. More and more lies become obvious.

Until we know the full truth, those brave people at ground zero, the pentagon and Pennsylvania died in vain. As did a million Iraqis, over 200 British troops and 800 American troops. They fight for us, and I am eternally grateful for their sacrifice, but what if they are fighting for a cover up? For the advances of a continuing lie?

Ask questions, demand answers.



Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Responsibilities of a gramophone

For the last year or so, I’ve been questioning bringing this up or not… I stopped doing it for a good while because I thought it would sound really pretentious and that I’d get flack for it, but I’ve decided if you’re one of the people who think that then you can go get fucked.

So here it is, I have an ulterior motive for having a dislike of both pop and r’n’b music. The reason for hating this kinds of music is because both the image and the message conveyed by artists in their songs, music videos and public appearances. Let’s take a look, for example, at a top selling pop artist at the moment – Lady Gaga. Almost every song she sings involves getting drunk, meeting guys, having sex or doing other promiscuous activities. Example, from the song ‘Love Game’;

Hold me and love me
Just want touch you for a minute
Baby three seconds is enough for my heart to quit
Let's have some fun,
This beat is sick
I wanna take a ride on your disco stick
Don't think too much just bust that kick
I wanna take a ride on your disco stick


Or how about this? Taken from ‘Ayo’ by 50 Cent…

Just how it be, on me, backstrokin', sweat soaking
All into my set sheets
When she ready to ride, I'm ready to roll
I'll be in this bitch till the club close
What should I do, one thing on all fours
Now that that shit should be against the law
From side to side, let the ride, break it down (down down)
You know I like, when you hike and you throw it all around
Different style, different move, damn I like the way you move
Girl you got me thinking about, all the things I do to you
Let's get it poppin' shorty we can switch positions
From the couch to the counters in my kitchen

Sounds responsible to me…

I’m aware that this attitude I have towards these kinds of artists looks like I’m trying to police people, or like my opinion of things should be how people live, and that’s not what I want to convey at all. Hell, maybe without music that states going out to find boys is essential then people would still go out, get fucked and have unprotected sex. But what concerns me is that these sort of lyrics hardly do much to try and promote people acting responsibly do they? And let’s face it, the next generations will already be listening to and singing along to these words – it’s them who I’m worried about most. These words, whether heavily influencing or not, are being drilled into kids’ minds constantly by a mainstream society which finds it not only acceptable but promotes this kind of music style which encourages such irresponsible behaviour, and to be honest it makes me sick. I mean, what kind of role model is this for the thousands of kids who look up to these girls…


Here’s a nice little article from the BBC about the problems with drinking teens in this country, looks like I’m not alone in my opinion of the way mainstream society seems to be rearing its ugly head these days.


Don’t get me wrong, I’m not blaming the music industry for those figures at all, I'm simply stating that the songs listened to by people in this demographic don’t attempt to downplay these actions at all.

The funny thing is, when you watch the adverts for drink aware campaigns on UK television, all you see is mainstream people. There’s no need to advertise to those of us going to gigs or rock clubs, because we’re not fucking idiots.

Of course, the music is only a small part of the problem, but it is a factor nonetheless. Get some alternative music in you, it has a much healthier message in it, I’d suggest starting with Green Day’s new album – but then I would say that.

So, let’s have some comments, do you think music writers have a responsibility to promote healthy behaviour? Or is music just music and has no effect on anyone’s actions? Would love to hear your opinions!