Saturday, October 13, 2007
Out of Date Cider - Big News in Norwich
It's all go at the University of East Anglia it would seem. Not only has prominent Tory blogger Iain Dale gone up there this past week to address a reunion dinner of the Tory Student Group, but I happened this morning to be talking to the biggest name in Norwich journalism - the editor of 'Concrete', UEA's interestingly named student paper. Whether the title refers to where they bury most of their stories or not remains to be seen, but for aspirant SGS journos it is worth knowing that said editor is none other than the founding editor of the school's own weekly rag, "What's the Story Sporting Glory". Where the sgs red-top these days headlines such feeble scoops as 'Teacher Drinks Cocoa in Office', its dynamic founder is where the real stories are. I asked him what his biggest news last week was, and he was able to tell me that his paper had uncovered some disgraceful alcoholic gerrymandering - yes, the UEA Union has been selling out of date cider!
I've asked for regular copies of 'Concrete' so we can keep an eye on developing news on one of our students' top uni destinations; and, ironically, Norfolk will also host the half term CCF manouevres - exact destination undisclosed for obvious reasons of national security.
NB: Comment heard on this morning's touchline - there haven't been so many English people in France since we last invaded it! Good to see the PC count is as high as ever amongst ex-parents and football watchers!
UPDATE: Knowing that another sgs luminary is currently co-editor of Oxford's Cherwell, I did a quick hop over to their site to see if their news can possibly compete with Concrete's - and the answer is absolutely not; all they've got is some stuff about controversial right-wing historian David Irving and the BNP's Nick Griffin visiting the Union, and the usual 'fit college' competition - plus a few other things. Can't compete, sorry!