November 2005

Arguing with the world

Ambitious, bloody-minded, but resolutely cheerful. Lily Hall talks with Salman Rushdie about his distinguished yet turbulent career as a novelist and tries to uncover the passion and outlook on life that has created his literary masterpieces

“Go for broke. Always try and do too much. Dispense with safety nets. Take a deep breath before you begin talking. Aim for the stars. Keep grinning. Be bloody minded. Argue with the world.’’

The horrible side to York

Lauren Carter speaks to children’s author Terry Deary about his new book and finds out all the details about his run-ins with the History department

The Horrible Histories series is unlikely to be found in the JB Morrell. Terry Deary’s work is more of an acquired taste and he readily admits: “‘proper’ historians in universities despise my sort of popular approach.” Nonetheless, outside of the academic environment and away from the watchful eyes of tutors, History students share a secret passion for these children’s books

The dark side of the Milky Way

The scientific briefing with Luke Boulter

The Milky Way is often depicted serenely floating through space, not causing bother and generally just rotating its solar systems contently. It is surprising then that at the epicentre of this placid giant is one of the most destructive and enigmatic forces in the known universe. Humanity has just got its closest glimpse at this massive executioner

A balancing act

Rachel Ringstead and Becky Mitchell look into the reality of celebrity health fads and ask if we really can cheat our way to good health these days

It seems that as well as becoming a fat nation, Britain is paradoxically the land of ‘well-being’ crazes. From the hype detoxing, to Atkins, the GI diet and Yoga, the media is full of popular, alternative health concepts that promise to instantly transform the way that we look and feel, in exchange for only a minimum investment of time and effort

All the fun of the family – and its values

If there are two words in the English language that terrify me, they are ‘family values.’ This is down to the number of utterly bizarre statements that I have heard being said by people associated with, or in support of ‘family values.’ What precisely these ‘values’ are, is a subject entirely up for debate. What they promote is, most of the time, defined by what they oppose

Gambling in suits: stocks and shares

To some, stocks and shares evoke images of yuppies in flash striped suits barking into a mobile phone. To others, it will signal a way of life; the road to their first weighty pay cheque, but to most of us, stocks and shares will mean very little indeed, if anything at all.

But it doesn’t need to be this way. The stock market can actually not only become a fun, new form of legal gambling but, if properly understood, could be the ticket to picking up a hefty financial reward in the process

Getting more bang for your buck

Does gambling really deserve its bad reputation? Becky Mitchell looks at both sides of the coin in this growing phenomenon

Poker, blackjack, roulette, you name it, gambling has made a pretty impressive comeback. Forget the bright lights of distant Las Vegas; with the rise of the Internet, gambling has now moved into the closer confines of the home and more worryingly into the bedrooms of a growing number of students

Cooking up a storm on a Baby Belling

Stuck in a ‘pasta and sauce’ rut? For those who dropped Home Economics in year nine in favour of something a little more career friendly, the hour is nigh to flex your culinary muscles in the mad, bad world of the student kitchen. Forget ready meals, Rachel Ringstead has a few tips for the undomesticated

All in good taste

Cooking is the ultimate way to reconnect with reality after spending your day wrestling with abstract concepts in the library. Shut off your brain, work with your hands and forget all about deadlines for a while

Conserving the freedom to offend

Nan Flory spoke to Richard Thomas about his controversial opera, coming to York’s Grand Opera House in February.

Even in its infancy, Jerry Springer: The Opera, the controversial show by Richard Thomas and Stuart Lee, faced adversity. When he spoke to me from his London office, Thomas, who wrote the opera’s score and collaborated with Lee on the libretto, told me that most people greeted his ambition to make a stage show out of America’s most infamous daytime TV programme with: ‘That’s a rubbish idea’

Coming up in the Barn: A preview of Drama Soc’s varied programme.

Week Six: Olympia

‘‘When all your laws are lost chaos reigns, of this be sure: The Chorus shall remain’

Athens, 399 BC. The Golden Age of Greek theatre grinds to a halt. A Chorus runs out of tales to tell. A Philosopher prepares to make his last stand. One man runs out of biscuits. Where will the next story come from?

Kalopsia

Heloise Wood reports on the premiere of James Harvey’s dark, new play, Kalopsia

Kalopsia’s programme provided a definition of the title: “A state in which things appear more beautiful than they really are”. This formed the premise of James Harvey’s new play, questioning the truth of human relationaships. Issues of aethetics pervaded the play, the drama barn transformed into an artist’s studio with Jack Vettriano paintings and magnificent wire sculptures