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News clippings — January 2005

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January 1, 2005 by Tara Brabazon

Much fantastic news this month. Firstly, our resident DJ Enrico has a regular weekly gig at the Newport Hotel under the alias of Trancexual. As members may know, Enrico is a remarkably innovative trance producer who mixes Progressive, Trance and Breaks. He also has two other projects. The first is a new group going by the name of Funny Farm. The three DJ/Producers are Enrico, Gabrielle and Davor. They are aiming to produce their first track in the next few months, with an album this year. Another of Enrico's projects is with the DJ/Producer Alaric. They are both working hard to return the core elements of Trance to people's musical experience, with attention to melody, emotion and seamless mixing. On behalf of the Collective, we congratulate him on his commitment, belief and achievements. As Enrico says, "There are no rules. Just follow the music." We follow and support him, and hope to facilitate all opportunities for Enrico's music.

Other great achievements from members emerged in the last month. Carley Smith, Jo Smith and Min Young all received First Class Honours and achieved scholarships for their doctorates. Carley intends to research Perth Glory in the first few years of the new national competition, Jo continues to pursue her interests in Australia and New Zealand relationships and Min investigates the link between leisure, fitness, class and sport. It will be a very exciting few years for these three great writers, and it will be our pleasure in the Collective to watch their success.

Sonia and Valerie, our highly active members, are currently taking part in a documentary being filmed about the University's equity programmes. We look forward to a review of this process.

Debbie Hindley's outstanding sporting research continues. She has just had a piece published in the high quality journal, Baggy Green. Debbie is producing some of the most innovative and challenging work on sport in this country. We are very fortunate to be guided by her leadership in the Tackling Sport hub.

We are finally about to see a copy of Liverpool of the South Seas, which has just been released from the warehouse. Publicity for this book will be coming out in the next few months. We are also now gathering the pieces for Access all Areas. Progress reports on this publication will emerge through February and March.

Also, one of my publications, From Revolution to Revelation, is being published by Ashgate in February. I have yet to see the final cover, but have just looked at the final proofs. I dedicated it to you, the members of the Popular Culture Collective. I couldn't have written it without you.

Finally, a bit of sad, but also happy, news. One of our members Eleanor Laud is leaving for Sydney. We wish her well and we expect PCC reports from her new home. Every speed — every success.

On to February we go.