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Generation UEA

Since the first instalment of Concrete was published 30 years ago, I am the second member of my family to attend UEA. The first was my dad, who studied here as the first few editions appeared on campus.

A big difference between the two of us is the subjects we have studied, his being Biology and mine being languages. The iconic UEA teaching wall, however, has stayed the same.

The iconic Ziggurats were the most popular accommodation, yet there were not many housing options on campus, something that is very different to today. The furthest student halls today are the Village or those in the city centre, whereas when the first copies of Concrete were printed, a popular option was all the way across town in a place called Fifers Lane, next to Norwich airport!

Student nightlife in Norwich has not changed significantly; although it was not a Wetherspoons when my dad was here, The Bell was still one of the most popular pubs in the city with students. This is closely followed by the LCR, a key part of campus today with the majority of students, as well as 30 years ago. Bands that my dad saw whilst he was studying here are still performing today, including a band called Squeeze who he saw at Wembley arena last month. I wonder which of the artists who have performed at the LCR recently will still be touring in 30 years time.

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August 2022
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