Student opens up about university struggles in Leicester

By Beni Azakaye

A first year student at De Montfort University in Leicester has raised concerns about the cost of living as a student and her failed trials to get a job.

The 19-year-old said: “I live off noodles and water every day.”

She described her eating pattern as 0-0-1 daily to save money for her accommodation rent and wants the government to provide a benefit plan for students fending for themselves or a card for reduced costs to help them save more.

The student said she attends multiple food banks every Thursday and saves what she gets so she can have a perfect Sunday lunch.

She said she has found there is a lack of jobs for university students in the city and that most jobs available are just full-time and not matching her timetable.

“I’m going through this phrase because I deserve a better future.” she added.

DSU event tickets sell out amidst World Cup hype

By Katie McKenna

Tickets have sold out for the De Montfort Students’ Union England v Iran Fifa World Cup fanzone event, showing a lot of anticipation for the biggest sporting event of the year.

The event in the Function Room is set to start half an hour before kick-off time at 1pm on Monday(NOV21) and will end at 3.30pm.

As the 2022 World Cup is only just starting on Sunday, it’s easy to imagine the anticipation growing even further as the England team progresses through the tournament. Bigger events may be needed to accommodate for this intense demand.

Bronze Age ring discovered in Leicestershire to go under the hammer

By Charlie Hawes

A Bronze Age ring, which is thought to be more 3,000 years old, is set to be sold at auction after being unearthed by a treasure hunter near the Leicestershire village of Ashby Magna.

The triple-branded gold penannular ring, which dates from around 1300-1140BC, was discovered in September last year when Malcolm Mott stuck gold with a metal detector.

An auctioneer has valued the ring between £2,000-£3,000, with an opening price of £1,800.

Chris Wren, of TimeLine Auctions in Essex, where the ring is due to be sold, explained the significance of the find. He said: “This is a nice, straightforward, generic object from the Bronze Age, these types of rings are not desperately common in the UK with similar finds across the country and in Ireland.  

“There is a debate about how it would have been used, either worn as a ring on the finger or used in the hair. Similarly, it’s possible these rings could have been used as a type of currency or as all three for multi-purpose.

“For trading, these rings could have been used as ‘hack silver’ or ‘ring money’ for the purchase or exchanging of goods.”

The Ashby Magna British Bronze Age triple-banded gold penannular ring

The ring has been analysed by the British Museum and has passed standard checks against the Interpol database of stolen works of art.

The British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) report of similar rings states: “Their appearance in Britain most likely coincides with the beginning of the ‘Ornament Horizon’ (c.1400-1100BC), a new tradition of gold ornaments which coincides with the early Taunton to the later Penard metalwork phases for England and Wales.”

According to the British Museum, the ring was made by “stacking three short lengths of circular sectioned wire, one on top of the other, to produce a ribbed ring. The ends of the wires are smoothed to give a continuous edge.”

The ring, which weighs 11.57 grams and measures 14.14mm overall, is to be auctioned by TimeLine Auctions in Harwich on November 29, 2022, at 10am.

For further information about the ring and the sale, visit the auction house website.

Local radio cutbacks: ‘BBC bosses have taken their eyes off the ball’ says former Radio Leicester legend

By Safiyyah Choudry

BBC Leicester legend Martin Ballard describes local radio as “a jewel that should be preserved” as the station faces staffing cuts.

Radio Leicester has a special significance and place in local radio, as it was one of the first local stations introduced by the BBC in the 1960s.

Today (November 8) is the 55th anniversary of the station, and in an exclusive interview, the former presenter says he fears that the cuts will silence the “friendly voice in the corner of the room”.

Mr Ballard, 61, has produced and presented a plethora of programmes covering countless elections, budgets and major sporting events, to name a few. Throughout his career spanning almost four decades, he worked predominantly for BBC Radio Leicester.

He expressed his sadness towards the looming cuts and explained that once there is shared programming, “the keyword in local radio doesn’t work anymore because it’s no longer local.”

Taking East Midlands Today as an example, he said: “People in Leicester who watch East Midlands Today will say they get fed up with hearing about Nottingham, and people in Nottingham say they get fed up with hearing about Leicester.”

Mr Ballard believes that removing the relatable aspects of local radio diminishes its duty to be relevant. He said the audience of BBC Radio Leicester would feel unsatisfied with the unspecialised content. He said: “The BBC hierarchy have taken their eyes off the ball.”

The government has expressed “concern” and “disappointment” towards the scheme, which will see all 39 stations start to share the same shows at certain times of the day. The stations will continue with their own local programming from 6am to 2pm on weekdays. After 2pm, the BBC will broadcast 18 afternoon programmes across England.

Rhodri Talfan Davies, director of Nations at the BBC, strongly advocates the planned changes.

“These proposals aim to maintain the distinctiveness of our local services while allowing the BBC to adapt with our audiences and ensure we remain relevant.”

“Of course, change is never easy – and we will work closely with all our colleagues to introduce these plans sensitively and fairly. BBC Local Radio remains an essential service for millions of listeners – the very best local radio network in the world – but it’s also essential we make difficult choices that will enable us to reach out to many people that increasingly rely on their mobiles for local content.”

All changes will be made in phases and finalised by the end of 2023.

TV Priest to play Leicester show

By Shaikha Rahimi

The post-punk band will play in Leicester’s Firebug at 8pm tonight.

London-based rock band TV Priest will play Leicester’s Firebug Bar tonight. The post-punk band are touring in support of their second studio album My Other People.

TV Priest are best known for being signed by Sub Pop Records, a Seattle-based record label that achieved fame for signing central players in the grunge movement such as Nirvana, Mudhoney, and Soundgarden.

Frontman Drinkwater said the band enjoys travelling to refine the sense of community while playing shows for their fans. “We’re lucky to be out doing all of this and meeting our people. It’s the reason you get in a band, really,” he said.

“We have been all over Europe so far – and have been to Amsterdam for the first time, which is amazing. We just came back from the US and Canada in August, so we’ve been busy. It’s been a busy last couple of months.”

The band premiered One Easy Thing on February 15 as the lead single for their second studio album.

“The suit of armour [in the music video of One Easy Thing] is metaphorical in lots of ways in terms of how I interpret music and how music is so rooted in emotion.

“I always strive for an element of honesty in our performances. I like to bring a range of emotions. When you go to a show, you go through so many different feelings – one minute being more combative and angry, the next minute tender, and then maybe funny. I try to be as open and honest as possible in the way I am on stage by letting the emotion of the song be the conduit,” said Drinkwater.

This UK and Europe tour is the band’s second tour after they have toured their debut album Uppers.

“The first time we toured we were very keen to shake out and shake off a lot of the frustration we’ve had from being separated for two years. So, the nature of that tour was quite intense, punky, visceral, and loud. It’s not to say that we moved away from all that, but this album has got a few more tones by the nature of it. We’re very keen on showing that and playing with a bit of light and dark.

“We play loud music most of the time, but this time I want to show it’s not just who we are as artists. We’re capable of showing emotions other than anger,” said Drinkwater.

And, he added: “[On this tour] I’ve allowed myself to be more of a singer in lots of ways and to have moments where I draw melody. It’s really strange because sometimes when you listen to a song you sort of disassociate a bit, and for me, that’s really special. Even for the rest of the band, we try to play around with the technicalities of a song to expand the kind of sound we’re producing. The boys invest a lot of time learning about different sounds to create something that feels more considered than just back-to-back noise.”

“We play loud music most of the time, but this time I want to show it’s not just who we are as artists. We’re capable of showing emotions other than anger.”

The band kicked off their tour in Diksmuide, Belgium on October 23 and will continue touring the UK and other European cities before finishing in Cologne, Germany on November 25.

Doors will open at 7pm and the show will start at 8pm at Firebug Bar. Tickets are priced at a face value of £9.

Tickets are available for purchase at https://www.seetickets.com/event/tv-priest/firebug/2312962.

The band will play 13 European shows and 12 UK shows to include Leicester.