Foxes frontman inspires students at DMU

By Dan Ableson

After Jamie Vardy’s record breaking goal against Manchester United at the weekend, students from DMU spoke out about a memorable night at the King Power Stadium.

The Leicester City frontman surpassed Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s record of ten consecutive Barclay’s Premier League goals on Saturday evening and the achievement has not gone unnoticed with university students.

 

Martin Shaffu, Graphic Design Student, and Jonny Crofts, Fine Art, both follow the Foxes and believe that Vardy’s accomplishments this year can give people in all walks of life a lot of confidence.

Martin said: “It’s a fantastic advertisement for those who are doing the business in the Conference and lower divisions, so it’s a fantastic advertisement overall.”

The striker’s achievement this term have lead to him receiving another call up to the national side and he will hope to continue his fine run of form for his club in order to retain the their top flight status.

Leicester musician David Dhonau lifts the lid on the local music scene

David Dhonau was born with music in his blood. His entire life has been dedicated to creating his own sound, experimenting with different collectives and genres to try to further his own musical knowledge. David’s father was a multi-instrumentalist and composer, just like himself, and his mother has been a violin teacher for thirty years, so he was introduced to an instrument at an early age, following in his mother’s footsteps and picking up the violin, before moving onto the cello when he was ten years old, and hitting grade eight by the time he was doing his A-levels.

Now 36 and playing the bass and cello for a number of different musical groups across Leicester, David is also a founding member of Anerki – a weekly night that showcases artists, musicians and performers from all over the world and encourages spontaneity and experimental performances. He came to speak to me after I heard about 1000000000 o’clock, a ‘dystopian hip-hop collective’ with David as one of the members, who have promoted Anerki through advertising the event and performing there regularly.

He said: “It’s really exciting because it’s such a mixture of art forms, we have singers, poets, musicians, rappers, live art, film projection, and its always expanding. In the next one we’re doing we have dancers and performance artists which is a first for us, so it’s really building up and going from strength to strength, and it’s really exciting because there’s not really anything else like it around here, or anywhere really, and people just seem to connect with it.”

After I heard that David played the cello, I was intrigued and had to find out why he took it up and how he uses it to match the industrial style of a lot of the bands he works with. He said: “I first picked up the cello at my primary school – they needed a cellist for the orchestra and I thought it looked interesting, and eventually it gave me an excuse to drop the violin. I studied the cello in quite a classical way learning scales, theory, technique, and the like, but I lost interest somewhat. I suppose I didn’t think the cello was very cool at the time.

“Growing up when I did there was a lot of great stuff happening – I remember buying Nirvana’s ‘In Utero’ album when they were still a band and that was the sort of music that really pushed me to form a band with a bunch of mates from school. I took up the bass, and that was a very different experience from the cello, which I enjoyed but it was very structured, you don’t question why you’re doing something, whereas as teenagers in an attic in Leicester with a drum kit and amps you’re not tied down to anything and its maybe a bit of a naive adolescent way of looking at it, but no-one can actually tell you what it should sound like – your teachers can’t, your parents can’t – its simply whatever you make it to be and thats such a great, liberating thing.”

David’s passion for creating original, experimental music has led him to take up the cello once again, and implement his own style into it, taking a more unconventional approach to make his own sound from it and make it work with his ambient, elemental string duo D’Juil, with Derby-based composer Julian Broadhurst, as well as with well-established instrumental band Maybeshewill, and his performances have taken him to festivals like Sheffield’s Tramlines and Summer Sundae in Leicester.

He said: “It’s not that it’s better or worse to do it more unconventionally, but I think it’s more appropriate to me, so for the last 9 or 10 years I’ve been using loop pedals and processing and effects with the cello rather than being restricted to the ‘proper’ way of doing it. Any technology can be used in a variety of different ways, such as record decks – they weren’t designed to do the things that people do with them now, but it took a couple of people in New York to use two of them to make a beat last longer, and suddenly thats been developed and DJ decks are now a standard thing, but it took someone to look at it in an eccentric way.”

With a repertoire of musical experience in genres ranging from ambient electronica to fuzzy alternative rock and from contemporary classical to improvised noise, David has explored so many musical paths and worked in many interesting, surreal and eccentric bands, but he is swaying from his usually strict musical path with an ambition to discover the potential of Anerki as a continuous event and to promote it and try to help it grow and develop to reach its potential. He said: “It’s currently being held at the Turkey Cafe on Granby Street on Thursdays, but we’re trying to upgrade the venue due to the popularity of the event. We were thinking of somewhere closer to the student side of town – we contacted The Font Pub and they’re considering letting us host it there. It’s just a really fun night for so many people from so many different backgrounds – and even people who don’t usually enjoy arty or performance-based events have really connected with it because it’s so raw and spontaneous. It’s basically just a massive display of human creativity.”

Anerki is held every Thursday displaying all sorts of visual and audible art forms and installations and is host to a number of David’s projects, including dream-pop band Dayflower who are an emerging band making waves in Leicester’s alternative rock scene, and making an appearance at the popular Handmade festival.

Lifelong Foxes fan gets to meet top player and visit trophy

A football dream came true for one lifelong Leicester fan when she got to meet the Premiership trophy and one of the Leicester City players who had helped secure the title, all in the same week.

Grace Morgan, 22, a Journalism student at De Montfort University, from Glenfield in Leicester, still can’t believe her beloved Foxes have actually won the league.

She said: “When I saw the trophy with Leicester ribbons on it, it was just crazy, I never expected to see that.

“I’m really not sure it’s actually sunk in yet.”

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Grace, pictured right, wearing her team’s colours, who plays centre-half in DMU women’s football team and will captain the side next year, answered the call from DMU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard, for Foxes fans to come forward, without knowing why.

She was delighted when Prof Shellard led a group of Leicester-supporting students on a special trip to see the coveted trophy.

She added: “Dominic asked students who were Leicester fans to tweet him. We didn’t know why but me and my friend tweeted him anyway.

“He organised a trip to the King Power and we got to see the Premiership trophy – but we weren’t allowed to touch it.”

Grace’s Leicester dream just kept getting better when star left-back Christian Fuchs visited the university.

She said: “The women’s football team were asked to give Christian a tour of the campus and I got to ask him a question at the question and answer event which followed.”

For Grace, 20 years of diehard loyalty and support for Leicester City was more than rewarded in just a few days.

Leicestershire-based Coventry fan praises Foxes

Picture: Wikipedia

Picture: Wikipedia

Life-long Leicestershire resident Richard Chamberlain has been regretting not choosing to support his local football team at a young age.

DMU Journalism graduate Richard grew up supporting nearby Coventry City instead of the more local Leicester City – and he’s been feeling the the pain for the last two weeks.

Richard, who graduated in 2008 with a Journalism degree, now works for drumming magazine Rhythm, has had leaner times with the Sky Blues in recent years than his dark blue Foxes fan friends have been experiencing.

He said: “As someone who has lived in Leicestershire for all but one year of my life I should be in the thick of today’s celebrations for LCFC’s incredible achievement.

“Unfortunately, at a very young age I made a poor decision – to support Coventry City.

“Still, today even I have to take my hat off to Leicester. An inspiring, once-in-a-lifetime and much deserved victory. An unbelievable season full of great football (so I’m told).

“Today is also 29 years to the day since Coventry won the FA Cup. I’ll just keep clinging on to that, shall I…”

LIVE BLOG: LEICESTER CITY VICTORY PARADE

 20.00: NOW IT’S TIME TO PARTY!

We’re signing off now and heading for a well earned beer – big thanks to everyone from the Leicester Centre for Journalism, past and present, who has contributed to this remarkable day!

19.56: ON STAGE AT VICTORIA PARK

Manager, gentleman, winner. Huge cheer from Vicky Park crowds. Claudio is wonderful as usual –he says “keep dreaming, and don’t wake up!”

19.56: ON STAGE AT VICTORIA PARK…

Captain Fantastic Wes Morgan looking forward to ‘unknown territory’ of the Champions League. What we’ve achieved this season has been fantastic and no-one can take that away from us.

19:55: ON STAGE AT VICTORIA PARK…

Last on stage is the Charming One, Claudio Ranieri…with the PREMIERSHIP TROPHY!

19.54: ON STAGE AT VICTORIA PARK…

Fair to say it’s a bigger cheer for Jamie Vardy, then Riyad Mahrez, followed by the traditional Huth, Huth, Huth chants…and the rest of the squad

19.53: ON STAGE AT VICTORIA PARK…

Then it’s the suits who get a big welcome

19.53: ON STAGE AT VICTORIA PARK…

First up it’s the Leicester City back-room boys onto the stage at Viccy Park

19.52: BIRD’S EYE VIEW FROM SKY

Can you believe, more than 100,000 crammed into Victoria Park. It’s more like Glastonbury!!

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19.52: TRAIN STATION A SEA OF BLUE

Fans not able to get to Victoria Park are heading for home. Trains very busy, but East Midlands Trains managing the extra passengers

19.49: CARAVAN OF LOVE

Check out the Leicester Mercury – some stunning pictures to have a gander at

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19.42: POLICE WARNING AS CROWDS FLOCK TO VICTORIA PARK

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19.38: GLORY, GLORY LEICESTER CITY

Press Association photographers know how to capture the moment

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19.33: BBC ARE DOING US PROUD

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-36286744

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19.30: VICTORIA PARK PACKED – OFFICIAL

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19.25: MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS!

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19.23: #HAVINGAPARTY 

Breathe Sport just tweeted this pic – now that is what we call #having a party

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19.20: NOW THAT’S A BRILLIANT PICTURE

East Midlands Today@bbcemt 2m2 minutes ago

Thousands watched as the buses went up London Road and past Victoria Park.

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19.16: BA BA PHHHFT!

Mercury reporter and former DMU journo student Pete Warzynski does the Big Interview

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Aisling Niland (14 weeks) is definitely with her dad Martin. She said: “Ba

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19.12: YOU WAIT FOR A BUS THEN FOUR COME ALONG!

Mercury deputy news editor and former DMU journo student Alison Martin in pole position

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19.06: SEAL OF APPROVAL RIGHT FROM THE TOP

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19.01: HOW BRILLIANT IS THIS!

From the Guardian Twitter feed Guardian sport@guardian_sport 5m5 minutes ago

Premier League 2015-16 review: players of the season. By Scott Murray (Photo: Getty)

 

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18.51: TRAFFIC UPDATE

London Rd has now closed due to sheer number of spectators. All London Rd services will now divert via Southgates and Welford Rd. You can view each service’s diversion here: http://goo.gl/MCmVWB

18.45: GARY LINEKER REACTS TO LEICESTER’S FINEST HOUR

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18.35: BRILLIANT WEATHER. BRILLIANT TEAM. BRILLIANT CITY

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18.30: BUS NOW PASSING CATHEDRAL QUARTER

Amazing atmosphere. Four open top buses.Trophy at front with Schmeichel and Morgan. Jubilee Square packed. Crowds now filling London Road.

 

18.22: STUDENT SUPPORTER’S SELFIE 

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18.17: WHAT A PICTURE.  WHAT A PHOTOGRAPH!

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18.13: THE OWNERS ACCEPT THE CHEERS OF THE CROWDS

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18.06: DMU GETS AN EARLY VIEW OF THE TROPHY

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18.03: YOU ARE WITNESSING HISTORY LEICESTER!

Families are celebrating what the bookies said was impossible. But Ranieri and his team proved them all wrong. If you miss this you will regret it FOREVER

 

18.00 THEY’RE OFF TO HUGE CHEERS

Confetti being thrown, 10 deep at the side of the road

17.59: ALMOST TIME!

Buses about to set off on parade. Stand by for the roar!

 

17.55: BALLOONS ABOUND AS CITY PREPARES FOR PARADE

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This was the scene in New walk just a few moments ago.

17.50: WHAT A FANTASTIC EVENT

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The bus hasn’t left yet, but the crowds are ready!

17.40: I CAN’T BELIEVE I AM LIVING THIS DAY!

 

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Former DMU Journalism student Davide Capelli, from Brescia in Italy is back in the city for the big day. Welcome back Davide!

YES, THE CROWDS REALLY ARE THAT BIG!

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Check out the DMU video https://twitter.com/dmuleicester

17.14: GET READY TO PARTY!

Hang on to that spot Tom, we’re rooting for you.

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17.09: THINK VICTORIA PARK IS GOING TO BE MOBBED!

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17.02: IT’S ALL IN THE PREPARATIONS

This is the first flag being put up this morning at the Town Hall. It’s looking a little different now!

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16.57: NEWCASTLE ARE DOWN BUT WE’LL WELCOME THE NORTH EAST BOYS 

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16.51: AND IF YOU THINK THIS IS EXCITING, WAIT TILL THE SUMMER

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16.50: NOW THAT IS A MAGIC MOMENT

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16.33: HURRY UP, HURRY UP

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16.26: FLYING THE FLAG – ALONG WITH THOUSANDS OF OTHERS

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16.21: THANK GOD THE SUN IS SHINING WHILE WE WAIT

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16.13: OH LAURA, WE LOVE YOU…

More wise advice – this time for the hungry horses

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16.08: QUEUE ALERT

Wise words from a very wise one…

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16.05: CHEERS!

Celebrating with a drink? Here’s two very different takes on that theme: Captain Morgan created a special edition of their rum on honour of LCFC captain Wes Morgan, while local eatery Meatcure have created this appropriately coloured cocktail

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16.01: OH CLAUDIO, WE LOVE YOU…

Claudio Ranieri reflects on #lcfc‘s final game of their title winning season against Chelsea. #CheLei amp.twimg.com/v/3c3317d1-6f2…

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15.53: DMU FOOTBALL CAPTAIN LIVES DREAM WITH PREMIERSHIP TROPHY

DMU Journalism student Grace Morgan (right) had her dream come true when she had her picture taken with the Premiership trophy won by her beloved Leicester City.

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15.35: LEICESTERSHIRE-BASED COVENTRY FAN PRAISES FOXES

 

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A Leicestershire-based DMU graduate who grew up supporting Coventry City has congratulated the Foxes. Check out the full story at http://bit.ly/27rFwmw

15.27: POSTER BOYS

Well did you miss it? Make sure you nick one off the office wall if you haven’t got one…

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15.19:  KEEPING OUR CELEBRATIONS SAFE

East Midlands Ambulance staff ready for action

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15.06 CITY’S FAVOURITE SON FRONTS BBC DOCUMENTARY

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14.50: DMU GRADUATE LIVE REPORTING ON TWITTER

Former DMU Journalism student Isobel Frodsham reporting from the Leicester Mercury.

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14.43: IT’S GETTING BUSY OUT THERE

The city centre streets are filling up ahead of the Victory Parade. 100,000 predicted/ Are you among them?

14.41: WHAT ARE THE ODDS!

ODDS OPENER

How much would a cheeky tenner earn you if you’d put a fistful of greenbacks on the Blues to win the title? Check out our video on the Leicestershire Press Facebook http://bit.ly/1oRmaF4

14.25:CHAMPIONS SUPPLEMENT A MUST FOR ALL FANS

These are sure to be collectors’ items

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14.22  TOP TRAVELWISE TIPS

Leicester’s London Road will be closed from 6pm until midnight to make way for the victory celebrations. Revellers and commuters are asked to take note of the other diversions and closures throughout day. More here: http://bit.ly/1WBtSSb

 

14.08: JOINING IN THE FESTIVITIES AT VICTORIA PARK

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13.59: HOSPITAL TRAFFIC ALERT

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13,53: INTERNATIONAL FOXES FANS JOIN THE CROWDS

Former DMU Journalism student and LCFC fan Davide Capelli is back in the city for the victory parade. He says he has met up with other Italians, including some from Sardinia.

13.52: LET THE TRAIN TAKE THE STRAIN

Chocolates and flags will be handed out to revellers arriving at Leicester train station this afternoon. But passengers are warned to expect the area to be very busy, and extra trains have been laid on. More advice from East Midlands trains here:

http://bit.ly/1shMcTI

13.35: EX-BOSS PEARSON OFFERS TITLE CONGRATULATIONS

Foxes’ assistant manager Craig Shakespeare has said City’s former manager Nigel Pearson rang him to congratulate them on winning the title.

“Nigel phoned me to congratulate us, the players and the club,”  Shakespeare said.

13.32: LEICESTER DUO GET ENGLAND NOD

Drinkwater and Vardy both in Hodgson 26-man England squad for Euro 2016 reports BBC

13.30: THIS IS SCANDALOUS!

Independent reports that Leicester City will get less prize money than Arsenal, Tottenham and BOTH Manchester clubs!

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Let’s make some noise!

13.22: HEAR THE DMU GOSPEL CHOIR REIMAGINE SOME FOXES’ CHANTS

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03slf5y

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13.12: JOIN THE CELEBRATIONS AT DMU

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AND IN THE WORDS OF JEFF STELLING…

WHAT AN EXCITING SEASON

In case you need reminding here are sone of the season’s highlights. Enjoy!

http://bit.ly/1TRIoyF

NO NEED TO WAIT TILL 6PM

Celebrations start at 3pm in Victoria Park

6 HOURS 45 MINUTES TO THE PARADE

The sense of anticipation in the city is almost palpable.