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#TheDress, Remembering Leonard Nimoy, Fictional Characters, Race-Bending, and Free Speech: The Popular Table - 01/03/2015

Hello and welcome to yet another edition of The Popular Table!

This week, David, Victoria, Felix, and Ibtisam look at how a seemingly harmless dress can spark such a heated debate. They also remember Leonard Nimoy, TV's Spock, and examine other pop culture news.

The gang then respond to a Guardian article by Will Self about how fictional characters resonate with us, before moving on to the topic of race-bending in fan-art and fan-fiction - is this good for visibility, or is it better to adapt stories from Africa and Asia?

Finally, the panellists discuss the death of Bangladeshi blogger Avijit Roy and the subject of free speech in this week's Ibi's Corner.

And that's all for this week. Previous shows can be heard at http://urn1350.net/blog/219

If you wish to contact us, you can do so at http://twitter.com/populartable, and http://facebook.com/thepopulartableURN1350, or you can leave a comment below.

Clips used in this show are from the AsapScience video 'What Colour Is This Dress?' (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AskAQwOBvhc), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II, the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon series, and a CNN report on the death of Avijit Roy.

Cricket World Cup, Qatar 2022 and Matic's ban

This Tuesday evening Simon was joined by Nick, Joe and David to discuss all the latest big stories in the world of sport.

They began by examining how the Cricket World Cup has panned out so far, including looking at England's performance so far.

Staying on the subject of World Cups, the panel had a lively discussion about the recommendation of a FIFA task force that Qatar 2022 be held in November/December.

Next on the agenda was the reduction of Nemanja Matic's ban from three games to two following his receipt of a red card for violent conduct during Chelsea's 1-1 draw against Burnley.

Finally, the panel gave their thoughts ahead of the first leg of Manchester City's Champions League last 16 tie against Barcelona.

For more sports debate, tune in to URN Sport every Tuesday from 6-7pm.

Varsity 2015 dates revealed

University Radio Nottingham can exclusively reveal the dates for the 2015 Nottingham Varsity series. After the Pulse broke the news at the beginning of the year that this year's Varsity was to be radically changed and held over a two week period after the Easter break, URN Sport can now bring you the full list of dates.

The series will begin on Monday 27th April with Basketball at the Capital FM Arena. Ice Hockey is on Wednesday 29th April.

Football is on Friday 1st May, followed the next day by Rugby Union on Saturday 2nd May.

The only event not to be held inside the two-week period is the Men's Cricket, which will be the concluding event of the series on Friday 5th June.

Tickets will be available in early March, with details to be posted on the official series website, nottsvarsity.co.uk.

UoNSU Sports Officer Kiri Madhani told URN the idea of holding the series over a short period of time:

Sports Editor Patrick Hildred summarised how the series will work:

For all your Varsity coverage, tune in to URN Sport every Tuesday and Thursday from 6-7pm, Saturdays from 3-5pm, and follow @URNSport on twitter.

URN: your number one Varsity source.

Varsity 2015

Monday 27th April

Money Special: What Happened Next?

Last term, The Pulse investigated whether your student loan was enough, talking to students from around campus to find out their stories and putting the issue to your Student's Union President, Harry Copson.

Since then, we've been talking about the issue non-stop to local figures and those that can make a difference. Here's a roundup of where we've got so far:

We'll keep you updated with this story as we put it to more people, but in the meantime make sure you tune into the Pulse every weekday between 5 and 6 for all of the news that matters to you. You can also keep accross all of your latest on-campus news, by following us on Twitter @URNPulse or liking our Facebook Page.

The Music Show Presents: The Brits Special!

Welcome to this live blog, as The Music Show previews Wednesday Night's Brit Awards tonight live on urn1350.net, covering verything from the Best Male to Best Breakthrough Act. Text the guys in the studio on our website, or tweet them @URNTheMusicShow.

Best British Female Solo Artist

The full list of nominations for Best British Female Solo Artist are as follows:

The Students of the University of Nottingham didn't all agree on who would turn out victorious in the category though:

The team in the studio also had a heated debate on who was going to pick up this years award, which has been designed by Tracy Emin!

Is Lilly Allen going to pick up an award?Is Lilly Allen going to pick up an award?

Best British Male Solo Artist

This is the first award for the males the team are looking at, with the nominees including George Ezra and Ed Sheeran:

We went around campus to discuss with you, the students, who was likely to win the award:

Rhiannon then ran through the nominees in detail with the team, as listeners joined the debate by texting in!