Comedy Night.

Tonight is the third comedy night being hosted at Firefly which starts at 1930.

The last two have been hits and this one will be no different featuring a great line up that will make you laugh the night away.

Line-up includes:
Redmond & South, Sham Zaman, Dorian Wainwright, Sal Drummond, Lorcan Mullan, Rod Pember, Jack Topher, Alex Black, Dean Smith, Matt Trimble,  Dean Smith, Matt Hoss and Mo Haroon!

So if you have just handed in your last assignment, sat your last exam for semester one or just need a break from revision for the evening, head down to Firefly.

Don’t forget every Wednesday at Firefly it’s 2 burgers for £12 from 5pm-9pm on Weds, so grab some grub and have some laughs.

When the last event took place our editor took to the stage and while he admits it was nerve wracking, he loved every moment of it.

This is a video of Duncan taking to the stage, no guarantee of comedy content

 

Comedy Night at Firefly

Wednesday 23th November will be seeing the return of a free comedy night at Firefly.

This is organised by Alex Redmond as he wants to bring an open mic comedy night to Worcester, as while there is a lot of comedy there is not so much in the way of opportunities for people to try it themselves.

Acts have been booked for the night though the line up is yet to be revealed and it is welcoming for anyone who wants to give it a try.

He is urging everyone to come along, as it is free, but there is no pressure to perform and it could be the perfect forum to test out material; to see if the material is solid.

It will be running on the Wednesday from 1930 to 2200 and it is worth noting that Firefly will have 2 for 1 burgers until 2100 that night.

If you were interested in performing you can contact Alex at comedyjam@hotmail.com

The details of the event can be found here on: facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/events/1321742987857963/

When the last event took place our editor took to the stage and while he admits it was nerve wracking, he loved every moment of it.

This is a video of Duncan taking to the stage, no guarantee of comedy content.

US Election Podcast

Donald Trump has taken the White House!

We look at how he came to this rise, the effect that could have, how the campaigns were fought and how the polls were wrong.

This brought in our highly skilled team to dissect the past months, with Senior Correspondent Sam Ceney, Features Editor Shaun Bowden, American Student Halide Aydin and all the way from Aberystwyth University; International Politics Student Daniel Mooney, as well as our Editor-in-Chief Duncan Cushenan.

Also, our Editor did make a slip up referring to the University of Worcester being in Birmingham, he does know it is in Worcester.

All opinions expressed are those of the individual and are not representative of the University of Worcester and the Worcester’s Students Union.

And the link below is our data sheet.

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Entertainment Podcast

We talk all matter, TV, Film and Gaming and are joined by a special guest; Antony Boasman who is secretary of the gaming society.

We talk about the TV over the past weeks (Westworld, Black Mirror trailer, Apprentice, Class), a bit of film and we talk to the Secretary of the Gaming Society Antony Boasman.

48:30 for the Interview with Tony from Gaming.

Gaming meets Thursdays 1900-2100 in CH001, City Campus.
Hallowween Event is this Thurday in CH001 at 1900 where the VR will be used for some horror gaming as well as the PC’s there.

https://www.facebook.com/WorcGamingSoc/

Contact us: websiteeditor.uow@gmail.com

When the Circus Came to Town.

There really is no business like show business. This classic phrase could not be more apt to describe what visited Worcester Racecourse during the last days of September this year.

The Moscow State Circus graced our presence with three days and six shows of fun, family entertainment. It was especially great for young kids and babies who were astounded and laughed out loud throughout.

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News Editor Adam Chowdhury.

Ironically, the sketches in between the acts were rewarded with the most laughs. They featured the host and star of the show: an old, eccentric man. He was comical to say the least as he tripped, slipped and blundered his way into the hearts of all the children watching on.

However, the main acts of the show were by no means playing runners up. A man running on top of what can only be described as some sort of double-wheeled hamster apparatus impressed kids and adults alike.

“It was amazing”, said two siblings of 5 & 9 years of age.

Young adult members of the audience wanted more danger but for one parent, it was a different story: “I think that this all sufficiently exhilarating to be honest, especially for the kids who are having a fun time as it is”

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There was a clear emphasis of modernising the traditional circus image and this came across in both the juggling and roller-skating acts. Neon lights lit up the stage as both acts moved to the stereotypical Euro hip-hop music. Skittles were flying across the arena, much to the pleasure of the crowd. The roller-skaters were on fine form too as they danced, glided and spun to the beat.

Gymnastics-styled acts played a heavy hand during the show and, despite a strangely themed Egyptian set piece at the end, it all seemed very typical and expected from a circus. Everyone had seen world-class gymnastics in Rio over the summer so to see a lower standard performed at the circus was underwhelming, however skilled or hard-working those routines may have been.

Unfortunately, there was another issue: ticket prices. A group of three of adults and two children used a half-price voucher to get their tickets and yet, they still had to pay £70.

“We’re not happy about that at all,” said one of the older members of the group, “But it’s nice that the kids are away from the TV,” she admitted.

Despite that predicament, overall, the circus was a success. Yes, at times, it may have been cheesy and cringey but nowadays, fun honest and innocent entertainment for all the family is a rarity. It’s events like these which pull us away from Instagramming everything in sight or ignoring parents at the dinner table because you’re so worried about someone’s Snapchat story. Things like these will probably die out sooner than we wish to admit and when they do go, everything we have will involve some kind of light projecting from a rectangular shaped object. Perfection? I think not.

 

 

A Worcester Crash Course

A Worcester Crash Course

Welcome everyone to the University of Worcester! This is ‘The Voice’, Worcester University’s very own student led newspaper. I’m here to provide you with a bit of a crash course in everything Worcester; so you’re all up to speed with the best spots to hang out and eat as well as a brief highlight of Worcester’s place at the heart of English history.

Hopefully by the end of these two articles you’ll feel much more familiar with this ancient cathedral city of ours. But more importantly, hopefully you’ll feel at home.

In part one we’ll be covering the history of Worcester and where are the best places to eat and sample the various tastes of the city.

The History of Worcester

So you’ve chosen to come and study in Worcester. But how much do you know about your new city of residence?

I guess that depends on how familiar you are with English history, or if you’re an avid fan of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce.

But fear not! We at ‘The Voice’ have compiled a highlight reel of Worcester’s finest moments over the centuries. Let’s begin.

Worcester as a settlement can be traced back all the way to Neolithic period (2,000 BC). The town grew and switched hands many times over the next 3,000 years; being occupied by the Ancient Britons (who named it Weorgoran Ceaster), the Romans, the Anglo-Saxons and then eventually the Normans.

In 1041 the fledgling town was almost destroyed after a rebellion against the punitive taxation of the last Scandinavian King of England, Harthacnut.

Fast forward 600 years to 3rd September 1651, Worcester hosted the final battle of the English Civil War – Oliver Cromwell’s ‘New Model Army’ defeated Charles II’s army of ‘Royalists’, ushering in the Interregnum.

The world-famous Royal Worcester Porcelain Company was founded in the city by Dr John Wall in 1751. Sadly, it no longer produces goods, however, there’s a museum dedicated to the company’s history that we’ll get to later.

In 1832, the British Medical Association (BMA) was founded in Worcester’s Royal Infirmary Building. The Royal Infirmary was partially demolished to make way for Worcester University’s City Campus – however there is a medical museum, The Infirmary, housed within City Campus.

Lea & Perrins’ Worcestershire Sauce was first sold in the city in 1837, and it’s still producing and playing its part within the city today.

In 1857 Worcester welcomed it’s most famous son, Sir Edward Elgar, the famous composer who masterminded classical masterpieces like: ‘Enigma Variations’ and ‘The Pomp & Circumstance Marches’.

 A Taste of Worcester

So – now that you’ve learnt a bit about the Worcester of yesteryear, it’s time to look at what delights and delicacies the city holds for you today.

Worcester has a very varied range of places to quell your hunger. There’s the recognizable nationwide brands like McDonalds, Subway, KFC, Pizza Express, Greggs, Pizza Hut, Nando’s and even a Toby Carvery.

But Worcester is home to a variety of different cuisines. I’ll start with a relative newcomer, and personal favourite of mine, ‘El Mexicana’. With only 6 stores nationwide, we’re lucky enough to have one at the heart of our city on the High Street. It prides itself on providing you with a selection of Mexican culinary delights.  You can choose between a taco, a burrito or a chili basket (with various accompaniments). It works in a similar fashion to Subway, in that you pick the toppings and fillings you’d like once you’ve chosen between the three aforementioned options. Reasonably priced, great portion size, and offers a takeaway service if you’re in a rush. The staff are warm, welcoming and polite. Whilst the store is plastered in bright colours.

If you’re looking to sample Asian cuisine, Worcester has a few places you ought to check out. ‘Ruby’s’ comes highly recommended and it’s located on Bransford Road near St. John’s Campus. The restaurant is a Cantonese Buffet – it offers an all-you-can-eat menu for £13.50 (Sunday – Thursday) or £14.50 (Friday-Saturday).  The menu offers an extensive selection of Cantonese delicacies. Though please note, desserts are at an additional cost.

Alternatively, if you find yourself nearer to City Campus on the opposite side of the River Severn, we’d recommend the ‘Ping An Oriental’ which is located on Pump Street (just off the High Street). Ping An offers Bubble Tea, Sushi, Panda Rolls, various Noodle Soups as well as Bao.  

For a taste of Cornwall, we’d recommend you go try some of the pasties and bakes in the Cornish Bakehouse on Broad Street. Whereas for a more authentic taste of English cuisine, there are plenty of pubs that will offer English classics – however a safe bet for sampling English cuisine would be ‘The Crown’ pub. It is also situated on Broad Street.

And finally, if you’re in search of some astonishingly good Indian cuisine, look no further than Ashley’s Indian Restaurant on The Tything (north of Worcester Foregate Street Train Station). Combining Indian cuisine with locally sourced ingredients, Ashley’s prides itself on ‘leading the Indian Food revolution in Worcester’.  Everything on the menu is under £10 (apart from the Starter Platter for 4 which comes in at £14.95).


Stay Tuned

That’s it for now! But be sure to check back next week for part two of our Worcester Crash Course! We’ll be exploring places to visit and points of interest as well as a more in depth look at what’s available to you as a student of the University of Worcester.


Sam Ceney

New to Worcester? Check out the nightlife!

For all you newcomers to Worcester, there are plenty of watering holes and dance floors to explore this freshers week and beyond.

A mainstay for Worcester Uni students is Tramps Nightclub, a large venue with regular events and promotions. Tramps is mainly focused on dancing, with multiple music themed rooms and a large dancefloor connecting them all.

Other nightclubs include a nice place for dancing called Sin, and a great place to end your night called Bushwackers. Go in that order, since you can usually get a stamp on your hand at Sin to get free entry to Bushwackers.

If you’re in the mood to chill out with some drinks and friends on a settee rather than dance, try out Keystones Cocktail Club. They’ve got a wide variety of drinks with some very talented bartenders, plus some arcade machines for those who get bored easily.

The Slug and Lettuce is a wonderful rendezvous to meet up with friends for a meal and a drink, plus it has DJ’s on Friday’s and Saturday’s so it doubles for a semi-nightclub as well. Another great place to meet up is a cosy alternative bar called Heroes, it has a warm friendly quality to it, and live DJ’s on the weekends. The Courtyard can be good for a start to a night out too.

If live music is what you’re looking for, visit the Marrs Bar. Good drinks, great tunes, good times.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for somewhere a little less energetic and a little more relaxing, try out Cellar Bar, a smaller, quieter place with a pleasant atmosphere to grab a quick drink and shoot some pool.

There are also two Wetherspoons, The Crown and The Postal Order if it is for a quick drink and afternoon lunch or for a longer night of pitchers and pints. Both serving decent food and the wide range of drinks that you have come to expect from this chain.

Though we can’t talk about the bars of Worcester and not mention our own, located on campus in the upstairs of the SU is The Pear Tree. This will offer you the student drinks at student prices with a promo card that will get you 20% off your favourite drink, they have event nights such as live band and bavarian nights throughout the year a well as weekly karaoke nights, in which you can earn free drinks by singing.

This is far from an exhaustive list, if you want to really get a feel for Worcester and its venues, you have to walk the streets of it yourself and look around. Get lost! It’s a beautiful vibrant city, there aren’t many places where you won’t find something worth visiting.

Article by Liam Stallard.