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Superhero Casting, Band Aid 30, and Christmas Feelgoodiness: The Popular Table - 07/12/2014

Good evening!
Here is the final blogcast of 2014, and it's very festive!

In part one, our mega panel comprised of David, Mike, Sam, Victoria, and Dario discuss some interesting news they've encountered this week, the Irish institution that is The Late Late Toy Show, and recent superhero casting news.

Part two is a discussion of Band Aid 30. Is it a good thing? Or is it an inherently flawed and problematic idea?

Part three, the final part of the show, is dedicated 100% to Christmas merriment, as the gang looks at some of their favourite Christmas TV, movies, and music.

That just about wraps it up for now. Thank you very much for tuning in every week, we hope to see you again in the new year. Have a good one!

Previous shows can be heard at http://urn1350.net/blog/219

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Clips in this show are from the Band Aid 30 single, a BBC interview with Bob Geldof, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Doctor Who, Home Alone, and It's a Wonderful Life.

Music is by The Pogues, The Darkness, and Chris Rea.

Food For Thought At the SB Christmas Market

Food For Thought At the SB Christmas Market: Oh Mikey....Food For Thought At the SB Christmas Market: Oh Mikey....

Food For Thought At the SB Christmas Market: The market had a variety of products for sale. Perfect for xmas presents.Food For Thought At the SB Christmas Market: The market had a variety of products for sale. Perfect for xmas presents.

Food For Thought At the SB Christmas Market: Someone's not happy about a Penguin pie. #mikeythepenguinFood For Thought At the SB Christmas Market: Someone's not happy about a Penguin pie. #mikeythepenguin

Food For Thought Christmas Dinner: Beautifully packages, ideal for gifts.Food For Thought Christmas Dinner: Beautifully packages, ideal for gifts.

Food For Thought Christmas Dinner

Food For Thought Christmas Dinner: Preparing the dinner.Food For Thought Christmas Dinner: Preparing the dinner.

Food For Thought Christmas Dinner: Elliott putting in the Food For Thought Xmas dinnerFood For Thought Christmas Dinner: Elliott putting in the Food For Thought Xmas dinner

Food For Thought Christmas Dinner: No prizes for guessing who is winning risk.Food For Thought Christmas Dinner: No prizes for guessing who is winning risk.

Food For Thought Christmas Dinner: After some drama, the x mas dinner was ready.Food For Thought Christmas Dinner: After some drama, the x mas dinner was ready.

Avocado Brownies

Avocado Brownies

1 ripe avocado about 200 grams
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp water
1x100 g/3.5 oz bar of chocolate
1 cup + 1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt

-oven to 355/180, butter 8"pan
-purée avocado with eggs vanilla and water until smooth
-melt chocolate and mix in
-add cocoa, sugar, baking soda and salt and mix
-if too thick, add tbsp of water
-spread into dish and cook for 20-25 minutes
-leave to cool before taking out of the pan, cool in fridge

The Pulse Investigates: Is Your Student Loan Enough?

The Pulse Investigates: Is Your Student Loan Enough?

Is funding your time at University something you often worry about?

As the first batch of students who are paying £9,000 per year near the end of their degrees, we are all too aware that students suffer from a series of financial pressures.

We therefore investigated this issue to find out whether your student loan can really cover your rent, food and other necessary expenditures.

Featuring interviews with your Students Union President Harry Copson, stories of financial woe for students around campus and tips from Save The Student, you can hear the full investigation here:

What do you think?

Lots of you got in touch with us throughout the show, to share your opinions on whether the student loan is enough and what should be done to help out students in need:

Money is always an issue for me, but I don't think the Uni can do anything for me because the problem is from the national level - Sam